It is comical how easily one can be ignored for pointing out that new technology is dangerous and fetishistic. So-called “smart” cell phones are a prime example. For years I have been pointing out their dangers on many levels. To say most people are devoted to them is an understatement. Maybe it is an exaggeration to say they revere them, but if asked, they will say they couldn’t live without them. It’s sort of like saying I don’t revere my partner but couldn’t live without her or him. Ah love!
But what’s love got to do with it? Love and romance are out of date. Sex is a just a quick fill-in when there’s a break in the technological action. Creative and erotic energy is pissed away on trivia. Being lost and confused and having no time is in. But only the latter can be admitted.
Busy busy busy! Beep beep beep as the eyes go down to the screens. Thumbs athumbing or voices talking to the gadgets, while the busy beavers forget who is under whose thumbs.
Eros is replaced by Chaos while Aphrodite weeps in the woods, but no one hears.
Pass the remote. The silence stings.
We are children of Greece but we forget its truths in our time of digital dementia, if we ever knew them. Beauty is banished for ugliness and technology is worshipped as a god. Art has become meaningless unless it’s falsely connected to celebrities and entertainment culture. There are no limits; everything is permitted. Hubris reigns. Even the thought that Digital IDs, Central Bank Digital Currencies, and vaccination passports are on the agenda does not dissuade the lovers.
It’s a game of control abetted by radical stupidity, and it is not a mistake, as Dylan, contrary to his public posturing and corporate imaging, lets his artist’s soul sing:
There are no mistakes in life some people say
It is true sometimes you can see it that way
But people don’t live or die, people just float
Floating in a void of gibberish and double-talk, heads barely above the water, alienated from reality while fixated on the Spectacle, while sometimes when panicky looking for a life preserver but never to the right source, this is where technology and capitalism have taken us. On any issue – the bombing of the Nord Stream pipelines, the facts about the US proxy-war against Russia in Ukraine, Covid-19, the economy, etc. – the mainstream media daily pumps out contradictory stories to confuse the public whose attention span has been reduced to a scrolling few seconds.
Sustained attention and the ability to dissect the endless propaganda is a thing of the past and receding faster than the computer jargon of milliseconds and nanoseconds. Planned chaos is the proper name for the daily news reports.
Fetishism, in all its forms, rules.
What else is the cell phone but a pair of red high heels?
What else are all those phone photos millions are constantly taking as they antique reality to store in their mausoleums of loss?
What about the constant messaging, the being in touch that never touches?
Despite the fact that everything digital is extremely ephemeral, the smart phone itself seems god-like, a way to transcend reality while entering it. “My phone is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
A toehold on “reality.” A machine in hand that saves nine – million abstractions. And prevents boredom from overwhelming minds intent on floating, because, as Walter Benjamin wrote in “The Storyteller,” “Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.” Vibrating and dinging phones will suffice to disturb that dream bird of creative silence that is the only antidote to floating in the void of noise.
But fetishes come in many forms because the need for false gods is so attractive. To think you have a way to control reality is addictive.
I recently saw an article about an auction sale at Sotheby’s in New York of the movie stars Paul Newman’s and Joanne Woodward’s personal effects. These include Woodward’s (who is still alive and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease) wedding ring and dress, the shackles Newman wore in the film “Cool Hand Luke,” a suit from his racing car days, etc. – over three hundred items in all. According to a Sotheby spokesperson, the Newman-Woodward family, who will receive the proceeds, are doing this to “continue telling the stories of their parents.” Don’t laugh. The article mentions that one of Paul’s watches sold at auction a few years ago for $17.8 million dollars and another for $5.4.
So I ask: what are the wealthy purchasers of these objects really buying? And the answer is quite obvious. They are buying fetishes or transference objects that they think will grant them a piece of the immortal stars’ magic. They are buying idols, Oscars, illusions to worship and to touch in place of reality. Ways to enter the cultural hero system.
Ernest Becker put it this way in The Denial of Death: “The fetish object represents the magical means for transforming animality into something transcendent and thereby assuring a liberation of the personality from the standard bland and earthbound flesh.” If one can possess a piece of the demi-god’s power – an autograph, a watch, a ring – one will somehow live forever. It’s not about “trusting the science” but about believing in the magic.
Newman’s daughters who have pushed this sale, as well as a new documentary, The Last Movie Stars, and the memoir Paul Newman: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man – compiled from their father’s transcripts of conversations with his friend, Stewart Stern, over thirty years ago – have done something supremely ironic.
On one hand, they are selling their father’s and mother’s memorabilia, allegedly to tell their stories, through things that are fetishes for those desperate for holy secular relics, while at the same time publishing a book in which Paul honestly knocks himself off the pedestal and says he was always an insecure guy, numbed by his childhood and the false face Hollywood created for him. In other words, an ordinary man with talent who was very successful in Hollywood’s dream factory, where illusions are the norm.
“I was my mother’s Pinocchio, the one that went wrong,” he tells us right away, leading us to the revelations of his human, all-too-human reality. His was a life of facades and dead emotions, false faces, and his struggles to become who he really was. He tells us he wasn’t his film roles, not Hud or Brick or Fast Eddie or Cool Hand Luke, but he wasn’t really the guy playing them either. He was a double enigma, an actor playing an actor. He says:
I’ve always had a sense of being an observer of my own life…I have a sense of watching something, but not of living something. It’s like looking at a photograph that’s out of focus…It’s spacey; I guess I always feel spaced out.
His courageous honesty reminds me of Friedrich Nietzsche’s final work, Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), not because Paul waxes philosophical but because he’s brutally honest. If a movie star’s truths strike you as not comparable to those of a great philosopher, I would suggest considering that Nietzsche’s key concern was the theater and how we are all actors, a few genuine and most false. In The Twilight of the Idols he asked, “Are you genuine? Or merely an actor? A representative? Or that which is represented? In the end, perhaps you are merely a copy of an actor.”
Paul Newman lived for 17 years after speaking to his friend Stewart Stern. I like to think those conversations helped him break through to becoming who he really was. From what I know of the man, he was generous to a fault and did much to ease others’ pains, especially to bring joy to children with cancer. I think he changed. While his things that are on the auction block now serve as illusionary fetishes for those looking for crutches, I believe he finally threw away the mental crutches he used when playing Brick in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof. Perhaps the wooden ones will be in the auction and some desperado will bid on them.
We know that with the planned chaos being used to shock people into submission through fear, there has been a drastic rise in depression and mental distress of all kinds, especially since the Covid-19 propaganda rollout with its lockdowns and deadly jabs. The magic anti-depression pellets dispensed for decades by the criminal pharmaceutical cartels can not begin to contain this sense of helplessness that continues to spread. They too are fetishes and ways to divert people’s attention from the social and spiritual sources of their anguish.
There is something very chilling in the way the reality of flesh and blood humans living in a natural world has been replaced by all types of fetishes – drugs, objects, celebrities, machines, etc. While all are connected, the cell phone is key because of its growing centrality to the elites’ push for a digitized world. No matter how many articles and news reports about Artificial Intelligence (AI) that appear, it is all just a gloss on a long-developing problem that goes back many years – machine worship.
“Smart” cell phones are the current apotheotic control mechanism promoted as liberation. They are a form of slavery promoted by the World Economic Forum, their bosses, and their minions. As Alastair Crooke puts it, “It is that a majority of the people are so numbed and passive – and so in lockstep – as the state inches them through a series of repeating emergencies towards a new kind of authoritarianism, that they don’t fuss greatly, or even notice much.” Freedom is slavery.
Here is Ernest Becker again:
Boss [Medard Boss, Swiss psychanalyst and psychiatrist] says that the terrible guilt feelings of the depressed person are existential, that is, they represent failure to live one’s own life, to fulfill one’s own potential because of the twisting and turning to be ‘good’ in the eyes of the other.
The other calls the tune to one’s eligibility for immortality, and so the other takes up one’s unlived life…In short, even if one is a very guilty hero he is at least a hero in the same hero-system [personal and cultural].
The depressed person uses guilt to hold onto his objects and to keep his situation unchanged. Otherwise he would have to analyze it or be able to move out of it and transcend it…Better guilt and self-punishment when you cannot punish the other – when you cannot even dare to accuse him [the social system], as he represents the immortality ideology with which you have identified. If your god is discredited, you yourself die; the evil must be in yourself and not in your god, so that you may live.
I wonder if I should bid on the shackles Paul Newman wore as the prisoner in Cool Hand Luke. They are probably the cheapest item on the auction menu. I think they will remind me that the Captain was wrong when he said to Luke, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”
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it has begun, my computer for work operates at dial up speeds because the cloud has to grep every single file on my computer. And the marketing DOES seem almost majick. i dont carry my phone, but if i talk to someone about a mustang, then go onto a site with ads, i start getting mustang ads replacing the product ads, for a product i bought last week. it is transferred to me from some sort of recognition from a colleagues phone. we tested it!
Cell phones do not have to be worn, nor used much at all on a given day. Addicts can start by putting it in airplane mode when carried on the person, checking it once or twice a day by opening it briefly.
Those who are comfortably situated in life, i.e. don’t depend on their phones for livelihood know this. Many others, if not most in urban areas are not so free as their jobs effectively require their use – this does not extend to non-working hours however.
A year or so ago I went to a cell phone store to have my replacement i-phone set up; while the representative was waiting for it to load, etc. I asked him ” What’s the prevailing perspective here about microwave radiation? ” Without looking up from his late model device ( with wings ) and without hesitation he answered ” There isn’t one. We don’t talk about it. After all, what’s the alternative? Not having a phone? ” This was a really smart young man and a really buff specimen ladies would die for. His instant response made me think he thought about it plenty.
They feel they are alive as they record/display or narrate the smallest events of their lives. But I know persons not hooked on the phone who are also compelled to narrate everything, regardless of my disinterest.
and some of us just like to hear our own voice? guilty as charged…
Excerpted from: Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation Biological Effects and Safety Standards: A Review
PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES)
Rome Laboratory (OCDS)
26 Electronic Pky
Griffiss AFB NY 13441-4514
Published June 1994
[“Exposure to RF/MW radiation is known to have a biological effect on living organisms. Research conducted over the past 30 years has provided a basis for understanding the effect of irradiation of biological materials. Experimental evidence has shown that exposure to low intensity radiation can have a profound effect on biological processes.
The nonthermal effects of RF/MW radiation exposure are becoming important measures of biological interaction with EM fields. Modem RF/MW radiation protection guides have sought to account for the effects of low level radiation exposure. Adherence to the ANSI Standard  should provide protection against harmful thermal effects and help to minimize the interaction of EM fields with the biological processes of the human body .
It is essentially the absorption of RF/MW energy that causes stress and trauma to biological systems. The greatest amount of energy will be absorbed when the incident radiation is emitted at the resonance frequency of biological material , . In this regard, RF/MW radiation emitted at nonresonant frequencies should be absorbed to the extent when the radiating mode is a pulsed signal. The generation of such signals creates transient responses that will match the resonant frequencies of biological materials. Nonresonant at pulsed RF/MW radiation may be more harmful to living organisms than CW radiation emitted at nonresonant frequencies.“]
The publication lists numerous reference materials available at the close of the paper.
Complete text: https://electroplague.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/rf-microwave-radiation-biological-effects-rome-labs.pdf
Enjoyed this essay so much that I read aloud the introduction and included a link to the essay in today’s edition of the Reversing Electromagnetic Poisoning podcast here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/2075097/12527782-lower-emf-exposures-for-a-city-dwelling-ehs-woman-case-study-3
It belatedly occurred to me to post a relevant, if not earth-shattering, observation I’ve been ruminating about for months:
I never acquired pay TV– cable, satellite, or streaming– and so I make do with OTA “free” broadcast TV and its bargain-basement programming.
I don’t mean to go all Marshall McLuhan here, but over the past several months I’ve been struck by the growing number of TV ads that incorporate smartphone use into the commercials. I certainly understand that it’s just straightforward, commonsense marketing to create advertising that features people happily using smartphones for products and services predicated on smartphone use.
For instance, I see multiple ads for “build credit” apps, which I gather are banking and financial services that purport to create credit scores or improve deficient credit. These ads obviously target a young demographic, so it’s not surprising that they demonstrate the Fun! and Exciting! way to build credit or savings. Thus, the ads literally put the smartphones front and center– e.g. showing enthusiastic young customers accessing the vendor’s site on their smartphones, with plenty of close-ups of the smartphone and its display.
This same scenario is used for a variety of merchants; one sees meal-delivery service or Home Depot customers shopping via smartphone, ad infinitum. It’s obvious, at least to me, that these ads are “selling” the necessity and desirability of maximizing smartphone use– you know, because it’s not only efficient and convenient, it’s fun and empowering.
I know– ads relentlessly promoting new technology by showing people using it is not new or startling. Duh. But the more I see the smartphone-promoting ads, the more I think of them as the equivalent of the cigarette ads of my youth.
Both products are, or were, flogged as beneficial, cool, and high-status; the only difference is that smartphones are even more addictive than cigarettes, if such a thing is possible. 😡📱
Also note how much time the people in shows – actors and even talk show hosts – spend on the phone.
Philadelphia pays out to BLM protesters:
The chief of police in the city happens to be called…. Outlaw!
As Edward Curtin point out, the mobile phones rob us in multiple ways and his article is a wakeup call to severely limit their use if not get rid of them altogether. The latter certainly applies to the mobile networks, especially 5G, as those networks (especially 5G) are super high bandwidth and that high bandwidth from 5G is absolutely required by the global fascists for the license plate readers, facial recognition, digital IDs, vaccine passports, temperature-checking cop glasses, (weaponized?) drones deployed to make sure we aren’t ‘gathering in groups’; zillions of cameras monitoring us moment-to-moment, (weaponized?) robot dogs barking orders to us, smart appliances that spy on us; 15 minute neighborhoods monitoring you to see if you crossed the line; digital wallets full of slave-currency known as UBI, etc. In other words, if we don’t want to find ourselves soon in an electronic prison from which there may be no escape, then we do indeed need to say goodbye to the 5G boxes that are within reach of wherever we are. The door of the electronic prison will not close or lock unless those boxes remain on those poles, trees, buildings that are within reach of just about anywhere we are.
The EMF from them is harmful in the extreme and is killing and sickening species worldwide.
When you read the 70 years of research proving EMF is harmful at the cellular level, and see the simple but brilliant experiments done to animals, insects, amphibians and plants: group A (no EMF) and group B(with EMF) and you watch the 3-eyed, 2 headed offspring emerge, then you will start to question much of what you know about ‘pandemics’ and illness—or at least add another factor in the Great Poisoning ‘equation’ that Catherine Austin Fitts talks about..
Finally, there is the growing idea that the quackzines contain nano-elements that, with years of research and patents on nanostructures, appear to be able to be controllable and programmable when they are activated–by 5G–inside the body. In other words, 5G will also be essential for a ‘new, improved’ hideous level of soul-crushing control over all humanity. If that turns out to be true, then perhaps it will be no surprise, given the cunning of the evil Cyclops freaks running the Great Fascist Reset.
One of many deadly problems associated with 5G is ‘phased array’.
“The single most important fact about 5G that nobody is talking about is called phased array. Phased array will totally change the way cell towers and cell phones are constructed and will transform the blanket of radiation which has enveloped our world for two decades into a million powerful beams whizzing by us at all times. Like in PAVE PAWS they are going to concentrate their energy in narrow, steerable high power beams. The arrays are going to track each other, so that wherever you are, a beam from your smartphone is going to be aimed directly at the base station (cell tower), and a beam from the base station is going to be aimed directly at you. If you walk between someone’s phone and the base station, both beams will go right through your body. The beam from the tower will hit you even if you are in the general vicinity of someone who is on a smart phone. And if you are in a crowd, multiple beams will overlap and be unavoidable.” (Arthur Firstenberg “From Blankets to Bullets” His new book is The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life’.)
Whatever you believe about 5G
the world has plenty of guinea pigs
and they are acting the part:
“… while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.”
Your subsequent long copy/paste comments in reply to yourself have had to be removed, I’m afraid. Please write a comment of your own, or post a shorter extract and link to the longer text. Thank you, A2
Will do. Thanks you for the heads up.
p53: Thank you for your well written comment. Human psychological damage from electromagnetic broadcast is cumulative, and cognitive dissonance is very Real. In short: The civilian public is committing mass suicide. Let’s ignore the data and buy another “smart” device…
Figure 1 illustrates the atmospheric absorption for millimeter wave frequencies.
“At the millimeter wave frequency of 60GHz, the absorption is very high, with 98 percent of the transmitted energy absorbed by atmospheric oxygen. While oxygen absorption at 60GHz severely limits range, it also eliminates interference between same frequency terminals.” [End quote]
Erm… How does this absorption factor affect biological cells? Ugh…
Fixed Wireless Communications at 60GHz Unique Oxygen Absorption Properties
April 10, 2001
Fixed Wireless Communications at 60GHz Unique Oxygen Absorption Properties (rfglobalnet.com)
Yes, thank you. The psychological damage is very real, but attribution to a weapon causing it is difficult if it is a Directed Energy Weapon. See this info from NationalDefenseMagazine for how sophisticated are the Directed Energy Weapons (DEW).
While I agree with the message in many ways expressed in the article and comment section of “turn off that thing,” of even “ditch that thing”, IMO a fair criticism of the current situation with cellphones should have a mention of the economic side of it, namely the uberisation of the economy specially in the global South where a great part of businesses found they could make good money by keeping the online services they started with the lockdowns and renting delivery companies.
This situation has expanded the industry of delivery services and a new kind of workers (most are even unionised) which have to be constantly using their cellphones as part of their job, and it’s useless to deny that reality.
So, indeed turn that thing off if you don’t really need it.
Re. the ‘Emergency alerts’ that are to be sent to all mobile phones on 23 April, here in the UK.
The commenter, ‘Wardropper’ here on OffG a week or so ago made the point that the exercise is obviously planned to be an exercise in compliance, and that people should not comply. The 3-minute video below says the same thing.
“UK Emergency alerts… do not reply” (video: 3.03 mins), at:
It is a puzzler.
If you were the authorities and wanted to monitor those that
are NOT indoctrinated sheep
how might you go about it?
Have all the sheep respond to an ‘Emergency alert’.
Those that do NOT respond go on a list.
A puzzle. Respond to the sheep alert
or assist the authorities in finding those that need further education.
I clicked on your link and my security software threw a fit.
Is it because there is a genuine risk at that website?
And which side of the aisle is creating the risk?
Is the website lax in getting certificates
or did a basement dwelling hacker plant something on the
or was the hacker a member of the Gestapo?
I could just bypass my security software…
but I don’t think so. Too bad.
Is there another link to the video?
Yes, I too experienced that claimed security alert at the link which I provided earlier today.
Sometimes I wonder whether the sites which produce those reactions from security software are a risk, or whether it’s merely an attempt to get people to [so-called…] ‘upgrade’ their security coverage…
I don’t know whether there’s another link to the video.
One more possibility, the Gestapo has given our software security companies lists of websites that they want blocked.
Or simply hack them and place malware on them so the security software can detect and block the site.
you can find all that info on GulagTube.
Here in Germany we have just had a warning that a warning will be coming… 😂 telekom did state that they are obliged by law to send this message.
Faraday pouches make a great little gift ~
or if the occasion demands something more special, use one as the gift-wrapping
(there’s 2 basic sizes: phones & tablets)
They are relatively inexpensive, look cool, and are even effective (in areas of strong signal, it’s imperative that the bag be correctly secured)
*really useful for anyone who needs to carry a phone, but only to make outgoing calls.
There are some clever ones that claim to have 2 levels of blocking (complete / no signal, or partial / similar to do not disturb)
I bought one as a present for a phone-addicted relative
“very nice, what is it for?”
“you put your phone in it when you want some peace & quiet”
– looks at me like I’ve got 2 heads –
I suspect that it’s never been used..
Okay, on that occasion it was a flop,
But it’s the thought that counts..
In the pouch, I wonder if your phone will drain its charge soon, sturggling to get a signal – unless switched off.
I don’t know, even when I use one, my phone is in airplane mode.
A few articles ago, there was mention of a universal alert, and that it’s possible to disable it in settings.
Well my phone doesn’t have the capacity to disable “severe” warnings
(it’s designed for the chinese market, so comes with the mentality I guess..
Same as the article, with video and lyrics:
Multiple views may be needed. Red heels not included, but there are black ones.
And while on topic, does anyone still use dumb-button phone?
yes my son (45yrs old) does…
I am a wait-and-see when it comes to DeSantis for President. Haven’t formed a strong opinion one way or the other.
Do you think the opinion of the lead prosecutor at a concentration camp may help me make up my mind?
This lead prosecutor at a concentration camp doesn’t like DeSantis and he wrote an article.
I am not going to tell you what he said, you can read the attached link if you feel like it.
The specifics don’t really matter to me, just that someone gave space to the lead prosecutor at a concentration camp because they thought we might value his opinion.
Perhaps you might be curious to see what a friendly face this lead prosecutor at a concentration camp has. [Warning: you may have an irresistible urge to spit at your computer screen] His picture is included at the link.
At any rate, Democrats sure have a twisted idea about whose opinion people value. (Yep, this lead prosecutor at a concentration camp is a Democrat.) Shouldn’t come as a surprise, though.
Note: I vote US Green Party.
Thanks for introducing me to a great website I had never heard of. Yahoo news is the best!
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If you enjoy exploring the world at the risk of hitting imperialist news or
things you couldn’t display at an office then
try this random websites of the world link:
You never know where you will end up.
Truth be told, it can be enlightening but some web pages you would rather not ever see twice like, for example, Newz for Yahoos.
I see I am getting some thumbs from concentration camp fans pointing towards their brains.
No surprise there, war profiteers need their cannon fodder and always seem to find an endless supply.
You lost me on Partnerships pissing around with words is for baby amusement arcade propagandists. Drop “Gay” we did in 1963.
Otherwise You’ve just excused yourself to go to the politicised US German Russian bathroom to put on a Zion Diaper., before the revolution.
Off topic, I admit, but if anyone is interested in the US election steal, here is an excellent overview of what was done. Maybe you are not interested but everyone should be as Biden has on the brink of WW3 and he is not a legitimate President. Maybe exposing him will wake people up to other issues: https://www.frontpagemag.com/auditing-bidens-victory/
MaryLS, Biden is not Biden, anyway. He’s a body double. Compare ears. Actually he’s not a very convincing double. My memory is that Biden had blue eyes, but I might be mistaken about that. They made the double wear contacts for a long while– that’s why he squinted so terribly.
In the end, excitement is only created by a stringent form of unpredictability, which one has to keep up until the end. Everything familiar and already heard repels us. Unless it is so good, perfect, complete and well-rounded that even then it is worthy of constant repetition. The simple minds of this earth will never understand this and bask complacently in the eternally regurgitated porridge of monotony & dullness. They can all join the worthless league of the “chosen nothings”!
Smartphones are not the problem. People are, and how they choose to use these ingenious liberating/enslaving little widgets. They are an invaluable window into increasingly complex and challenging world, or an instant means of digital distraction from stuff that “does yer ‘ead in”.
Up to you.
Bread and circuses. . . in the palm of everyone’s hand! If the ancient Romans had invented you can bet the entire world would now be yakking away in Latin and declaiming “Hail, Caesar!” to the living god-emperor.
If, as some (myself included) believe, smart phones have a digital hypnotic effect built into the very mechanism, then it’s appropriate to say these phones are the problem.
Everyone I know or have ever watched in my neighborhood who uses their cell phone seems almost unable to set it aside. That’s far more than simple entertainment. It is human nature to get bored with something – anything – once it’s been used, especially repeatedly used. But no smart phone user ever seems to get bored with it – most unnatural.
I truly believe the technology is such that it alters a person’s brain chemistry.
Brain Science from Bench to Battlefield: The Realities – and Risks – of Neuroweapons
Dr. James Giordano
June 12, 2017
I edited the link to begin with what these cocky ass hats have been planning for at least the last 65 years. >
There are many dozens of studies and articles which define psychotronic devices and their potential applications. Also: Electromagnetic induction does indeed shift brain chemistry.
there is a reason we dont have control over the refresh rate. I dont think we have control over refresh on windows anymore either – but linux i run at 72hz, seems like less strain – but i may have drank too much koolaide.
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
Yawn! Ya think! Bugger off yankie bullet neck faggot get off your fat arse. Put the misses on nobody listens to your civil war drivel plonker. Go play with your plastic darts, ya great Pussy.
Is your Grandad still alive? That’s how far out of date you are, rubberlips.
I hope that you get the help you so obviously need.
As guns are a form of technology; and all technology has inherent leanings that function to guide people onto particular pathways (viz. tech ain’t neutral; see Heidegger; McLuhan; etc.), one can say that your statement above is not entirely accurate; and, more pertinently, a dangerous one! RGB-Y3 out!!
” We are “We are children of Greece” but we forget its truths in our time of digital dementia, if we ever knew them”
Come on Ed Curtin..You write it so well. You remind me of a friend – a very holy and intelligent man.
We used to go fishing together along the River Ribble..in Lancashire..
I gave up religion. when I was 15. They were all trying to program me, to be a Roman Catholic Priest, except my Mum…
She must have seen the magazines under my bed, and knew exactly what I wanted.
I always liked little blonde girls from the age of 3.
My Mum, and My New Girlfriend – I said it will be OK…
They instantly got on so well..
“Will you come on holiday with us -a boat on the Norfolk Broads?”
Nice Girls – Blessed
My Mum and My Wife – They got on.
They could see the Love.
We brought our kids up in the summer holidays in Greece – mainly the Greek Islands, cos it was really cheap. We would wake up…the next morning on a Greek Farm…
Where’s the Beach?
The Greeks were absolutely totally Brilliant with our kids.
We’ve got Grandkids now, and still I crawl into bed with her in the middle of the night.
We are still like kids.
I dropped lucky.
I love her to bits.
We have already done over 40 years together.
She does her best to keep me fit..
Camping Again at a Music Festival half way up a mountain in Derbyshire – we’ve got the tickets and some of our friends are going – mostly girls.
So its blow up beds, cold feet – this time with hot water bottles again
For the moment, the French have broken out of living through machines:
IRAN CRITICIZES PARIS FOR POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST 10 DAY PEACEFUL PROTESTS
French protests have caused serious damage to civil infrastructure in different cities. In addition, the entrance to the Bordeaux town hall was set on fire the previous day during nationwide protests against plans to increase the retirement age. Many consider the protesters’ demands legitimate and urge dialogue.
The socialist mayor of the capital city, Paris, promised to work for the revocation of that controversial initiative and also called for a reestablishment of dialogue.
The French communist leader accused President Macron of “creating an atmosphere of civil war” due to police violence. French police claim to have used explosives and Molotov cocktails against them in Sainte-Solin, where the situation is rapidly heating up.
Faced with the silence of the Elysee’s allies and even the United Nations Organization regarding the riots and violence in France, Iran roundly condemned the brutal police repression of protesters. In addition, he asked Paris to respect human rights and refrain from the use of force against its own people who are demanding their demands peacefully.
Well, maybe not so peaceful now; they’re setting things on fire. I can’t help it: My impulse is to say “Bravo!”
Me too! Burn baby burn! Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
How ’bout “Vive La France!”?
Never forget the agent provocateur thugs.
vive la france
Mankind has sprouted a radioactive appendage. That is progress. We were told we would travel in space and explore the universe. All we got were these boring little unreliable devices that chain us to Big Brother. The introduction of these things correspond to a new wave of degradation and decadence. Antiwar rallies have been replaced by “transgender” demonstrations. The greatest act of mass hypnotism, convid , was perpetrated with the greatest of ease.
Yeah, but what are you going to do about it! Stop bellyaching and start organizing.
exactly so, Mr. Greene!
we’d all love to hear your plan. I think the idea is to get the warriors to trigger one at a time because that is the only way they can deal with he lunatic fringe. apparently this fringe has defeated them before, they think they are wise to us this time. Lets not be their nihilists, this time…
Mobile phones are already digital prisons, spying and distraction de-vices. All neatly packaged into one shiny cover.
I hate mine, even though its been de-googled. I often forget to turn it on and use it rarely. I prefer email even though this is yet another form of remote communicating – a way to separate us.
The enemies of the fantasy ‘new world order’ are feeling, touching, intuiting. Loving ourselves and each other and knowing the sacredness of Nature – and all those things that give meaning, beauty,humor and awe to life.
No link to the actual document but the article appears to be publishing the contents. London’s S.M,A.R.T station rollout https://winteroak.org.uk/2023/03/13/exposed-londons-secretive-smart-stations-roll-out/
Talking about phones…
“Mind Control Tactics Used on Young People and Children (and Everyone Else)”: https://home.solari.com/mind-control-tactics-used-on-young-people-and-children/
“Imagine a world without smartphones” by Emanuel Pastreich: https://emanuelprez.substack.com/p/imagine-a-world-without-smartphones
“Secret, Don’t Tell – Encyclopedia of Hypnotism” by Carla Emery DeLong: https://www.secretdonttell.com
Sharing to FB where it will be shadowbanned from 95% of my 500+ “friends. Unless they look at my page. Interesting how Newman says he’s been “an observer of my own life…I have a sense of watching something, but not of living something”, while Krishnamurti’s main prescription for consciousness is to silently, judgelessly watch oneself act, and learn from it. Maybe Paul was learning and didn’t quite realize it. Carlos Castenedas’ main message, as I see it, is intent is everything. Don Juan spent the entire time trying to connect Carlos to his intent, with intent to make it impeccable. When we see the corrupt system surrounding us and infecting ourselves and face it with impeccable intent, we live life with purpose and can help refocus and heal ourselves & Humanity.
i also picked up that we have to convince our physical bodies that there is a mental and spiritual realm where things are possible. I think that is what the ‘science’ is trying to divorce us from.
A shame that Newman never really received the accolades he deserved from Hollywood.
The Long Hot Summer was every bit as “hot” as one could imagine. I would take Woodward any day over Taylor. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is still very good. Very similar stories.
Both are old time “pump primers” without the gratuitious sex common today. Kind of like Kim Novak in the movie Picnic. Wow! That dress Kim Novak wore to the picnic. My wife had one just like it. I forced my wife to watch the movie one evening (she was not a fan of old movies) to help her better understand what her dress did to me. A friend of hers from high school was a seamstress and made one that fit her body perfectly while we were in college. She was every bit a hot as a brunette Novak or Woodward. I digress………. She had her way with me any time she wanted.
Good stories. Turner Classic Movies still broadcasts them occasionally.
It is a testament to Newman and Woodward that they stayed together. How could they fail?
The title of this article, however, took me immediately to admitted sex addict David Duchovny and the soft porn series called The Red Shoes Diaries. We occasionally “pilfered” one of the stories out of video store in the 90s when the kids were not with us. Pump primer.
I was delighted that this article never found it’s way there. Although, it was, I believe, implied.
Don’t have the cash to bid on any of the items.
Maybe the pipe cutter Luke used to steal the parking meters.
Bug crunching comes to telly. “Mmmmm – delicious!” say the BBC Countryfile presenters. It’s all so “natural”.
And put this together with the transgender programme – for an unpdate of which see here:
Result? Insectivore asexual beings.
aye, when your cycling or window surfing, haha ; )
get me outa here!!!
How long until iconoclasm comes for the cell phone?
Different generations are known to reject the beliefs and behaviors of their parents or grandparents.
When will the generation arrive that believes it to be “uncool” to use a cell phone?
Imagine a generation — all of them — that rejects the cell phone.
What will that look like? The 1950s ?
The hand-chip. Which brings up the eye-screen.
Personally, I’ve built a lean to in the woods now, grow my own food, get water from a river, and sew my own clothes. I use a carrier pigeon now to communicate with friends and family. That’s how I had this posted. Still waiting for the damn thing to come back to see how many thumbs down I got.
Lmao!! Thumbs up from me
And there we have it, the devil incarnate, convenience.
Back in my day we used milked caterpillar saliva to stick on leaves and moss that we used as “clothing”.
no, it was boiled resin and fish heids around here.
Fish heids? Ooohhhh whas awe hoity toity noo then eh?
Ida geen muh left yin fir a fish heid, ya lucky lucky basturt.
no. sardonic sentiment denied.
but it made me laugh.
Very amusing post. I can just imagine Kit or Catte receiving your pigeon. Your post surely confirmation of receipt.
They’ve probably adopted it.
Or eaten it.
Fashion shines a light on those behaviors that we find so frustrating and puzzling.
I posted elsewhere regarding how insurmountable it seems to be to get through to those blockheads that don’t believe as we do, with respect to politics and covid.
Fashion demonstrates what mimics we are, mimics of our identity groups.
Here is what I had posted elsewhere:
The biggest shakeup to my world view came with Russiagate.
Why were all these intelligent people falling for it?
I had previously believed that intelligence sat at the top of the hierarchy for how people process information and get their belief systems.
Now I know that intelligence is a sub-layer in the hierarchy, and not even second.
1) People identify with groups and get their beliefs from that group – herds.
2) People mimic their herd.
3) People apply intelligence to rationalize the beliefs that they already hold.
Trying to deprogram a headline-reader or ingestor of the MSM (aka MIC-mouthpiece)
by interacting with them at level #3 is like “spooning against the tide”. You are not even getting close to level #1.
This applies to fashion and politics and certainly religion.
Social animals are dependent on the immmediate group, especially in the early years. That instills limitation and loyalty.
And you can trust this… When the smart city arrives it will offer food clothing and entertainment that can’t be bought in the “rural“ world. If you want to be anybody at that point you’ll have to live where they tell you to live. This is as sure as the smart phone predictions ever were.
Watching Star Trek growing up I always wanted one of those “communicators”. lo and behold we have them now but somehow the ones in Star Trek seemed less confusing.
The ability to break up into atoms and travel through space, the ability to scan a health condition and fix it, the ability to travel to distant planets.
The absence of commercial consumerism, red heels and corporations selling us shit. Well on the commercial breaks but it I can’t recall it being in the script. Hell I don’t even remember them eating anything?
It’s the same corporations that have taken hold of technology and held humanity back for the sake of a buck or two. Thats what we are worth.
I don’t think technology is a bad thing, I think what we have done or shall I put it another way, what we have not done with it…. thats the evil.
Landed on the moon, really eh?
It’s not what we have NOT done with technology that is the problem. It’s what THEY have DONE with it . THAT IS THE REAL EVIL. .
We let them. We failed. Nanny states tend to go this route.
”We failed.” Yeah, I can tell you’ve got fire in your belly! Not! Is everyone posting on this outlet on the verge of suicide!
still waiting to hear your plan. me and a few like minds agree to take a stand, but then when i look around, i seem pretty alone. Until we take some responsibility as a group then we are exposed, and as far as i know, no one likes being punched in the face. not too many Davids left to face goliath. Divide and conquer works!
yes, very few want to take any responsibility. but only taking the responsibility will we have any effect!
An article that, for once, talks about the actual nub of the issue. The solution is simple, ditc h the smartphone. I see a strong analogy to my own alcohol addiction. Ditch the drink. Easier said than done, but done none the less, done the hard way and I have never looked back.
The smartphone is the prison in your pocket, the nexus of the control matrix and I refuse to participate. It robs you of your freedom and your senses and those are things that I am not willing to compromise on.
Mobile phones are pretty cheap devices to get access to the internet.
What’s the difference between the internet on a mobile phone or a laptop, anyway?
Why are some people who obviously use the internet telling others to ditch their internet devices?
It doesn’t seem logical.
I turn the laptop off and leave it somewhere. It doesn’t track my every move. I try to use the laptop as little as possible.Life would be better without it too, but sometimes I need it for work, which is where I am now, doing the sound for a band. I see your point, but I don’t see many people walking the streets glued to their laptops.
Logic has nothing to do with it. The internet on the cell phone is different because you carry it around with you, but with a laptop, you usually sit down. See now?
Back when I was married my ex would complain about me spending too much time on the net, at which point a reminder was given that my PC didn’t go with me to the bathroom or bedroom or car or work the way the phone did.
More than once, I’ve been the only one on a city bus or a waiting room who wasn’t glued to a cell-phone. People are seriously addicted to these phones. They’re leashes, that the wearers voluntarily put on.
they are also muzzles, no one talks to anyone because of these insidious devices
Bob, well said. From my own experience I know that ignoring the sigh is also an option. So indeed with the toys of the devil, ignore that junk and avoid it like the plague.
(I wonder if this comment is also pending and will disappear in the trash)
the prison in your pocket
Brilliant. Says it all in one short phrase.
apart from the fact they are a complete invasion of your privacy, if you are going to own a dumbone at least leave it at home when you go out, you do not need to be instantly available to anyone!!
And in first place for the world’s most dangerous fetish . . .
The worst thing about this is not the white coat ceremony but the masks. As newly minted doctors should they not be able to do their own research? Why do they comply with masking that, even if they believe in viruses (does belief have a place in medicine?!), do nothing to protect themselves or others against respiratory disease? The studies are out there for all to see if they’d only look for them.
Medicine is a complex belief system. Medical students are expected to internalize it, they don’t learn how to find the answers to their own questions. Those doctors who do thorough research are able to do that in a few particularly important small areas, because it takes a lot of time and effort.
i can’t watch this too many faceless morons
Agreed. Scamdemic enablers.
Think of your ‘smart’ phones as the telescreens of Orwell’s book, 1984.
Technology is a great thing for humans. This has been proved time and again. It becomes a bad thing when it is controlled by a cartel of people who have no respect for anything.
“Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.” – Alan Watts
“When all the world is overcharged with inhabitants, then the last remedy of all is war, which provideth for every man, by victory or death.”
Thomas Hobbes showing the psychopathy of the English “liberal” elite in all its glory.
Hobbes must have known that war is just part of the economic cycle.
And Rome, the bread & circus show is carefully constructed every generation to control the masses.
Thanks for a beautifully written article!
Sex and the city (slut n the city original series not the new woke one) that’s when I noticed girls/ladies (trannys) went more mad for the overpriced designer high heel shoes craze.
Thanks to that programming with that shit show and the ‘Devil wears prada’ .They dont even hide that fact,
I baffled how many men and some women couldn’t see the that Sarah Jessica Parker is a tranny.
If you go back into the older books they talk about the’ inverted’ sibils (usually trannies when a civilization is ending) and how they would wear high heels not to touch the floor as they couldn’t relate to nature and how the red shoes and the parasites delights and all that intales in there rituals they performed, which now are performed by the public under the guise of ‘it being normal’.
Which brings me to the swiping movement (mudra) of changing a screen / page on the smart phone.
To much to go on about the HIGH heels red shoes, smart phones.
High possibility that we as a Civilization could be fuckd.
your fetish, lol
just tormenting ; )
sjp a tranny? who knows, but that chest-of-drawers jaw and lack of any real chest certainly made her very unattractive, maybe ye are correct?
I thought it was her Tribey-ways, but the emergence of Gal Gadot ruled that out.
actually, i am mistaken here, i meant j anniston,.. having realised that,
is that js parker even human? always thought it looked like a pterodactyl with a perm..
That is where Iain Davis was wrong. The problem is not authority, which can be laughed away by spoilt brats.
The problem is the wholesale dependence of all areas of life on corporations, into which we have long allowed ourselves to be brought more and more.
For example, almost no one in Europe today knows how to keep alive, sew clothes, spin wool, keep farm animals or build a simple house.
People did the same shit when most lived on farms.
I did not write that they were angels.
They were independent because they could produce what they really needed themselves.
One of the most hideously monstrous sayings ever concocted is “The Clothes Make The Man.”
No one says that much anymore; but it has an heir: “The Phone Makes The Man.” Only little people carry and constantly communicate on their smart phones. The big guys wait for their minions to come before them in person to communicate.
People see their phones as badges. They just don’t realize what those badges signify.
clohews make a man a woman though 🙂
The new styles for men are very effeminate, hence, “making a man a woman” as you put it.
no really my point.
Anybody who talks about what a product “says” about them is actually saying that they are an easy mark, a gullible fool with no insight into how the World works or depth of thought.
If the only thing products do is say something about those who use them, there’d be no problem. Unfortunately, they also influence their users to certain beliefs. Especially so the smart phone, which is clearly a hypnotic device.
It’s so obvious that these phones are putting their users into a hypnotic trance that it escapes everyone’s attention. Humans simply don’t notice the obvious.
You cannot watch cell phone users and not conclude them in a kind of trance.
“Every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.”
women go crazy for a sharp dressed man, methinks
then we have “legs, she knows how to use them..” ; )
ahhh, them good ole days…
Women also go crazy for the Rebel, who always manages to look like he just stepped out of a catalog.
The ephemeral objects change, but the concept of “status symbols” persists eternally.
At last an article on mobile phones. But we also need to focus on the radiation and the environmental and health and ethical issues. Do they still have the suicide nets at the Apple factories ?
I don’t want to minimise depression as a clinical condition, but it seems to me that there are socio-economic factors involved too i.e. that upbeat relentlessly snappy Western consumerist mentality that prompts everyone to be constantly wanting everything all at once all the time and to encourage a sense of worthlessness when they don’t get it – which they never will, since there is always a bright shiny new novelty waiting round the corner.
I reckon this hamster wheel of consumerist entrapment is something that everyone is aware of at least on a subliminal level. And – surprise surprise – covid and the entire pandemic/vaccine paradigm was an intensification of that wheel movement. We were told we were being threatened by an invisible menace only detectable by obscure “scientific” methods and the self-appointed priesthood of this “Science” were the ones to tell us when we could finally relax – which was obviously never going to happen as the next strain, and the next and the next, sprung inevitably into view. I reckon that even (especially?) the most gullible had this subliminal awareness that they were going round and round and there would never be any exit.
dunno geo, methinks they don’t even think beyond their next purchase…?
fair comment tho’.
Walking along using a phone seems to be an almost infallible badge of stupidity. It seems to cut across gender, race and age too. They’re the people who need instructions or orders, or are getting angry when they’re told they haven’t thought things through properly.
Always leave mine in the house when I go out with the dog. Most people I know have learned not to try and contact me during the day. Treat it like a phone booth. Turn it off until you need to make a call.
One should always have a land line even if they have a cell phone. That way they won’t get too used to using the monstrous device.
Quite right. I can’t imagine why some people have to be walking around using their cellphones or talking to themselves like madmen; how very irritating.
Don’t tell anyone but I don’t need a cellphone 😁; comfortably living out my retirement you see; everything I need is within an hour’s walk which I enjoy in the company of my loyal dog instead of using the car.
In my adult years though, I was the typical workaholic, nailed to my desk and computer 8 hours a day. I did enjoy those years; those were the days! But that has nothing to do with cellphones has it? Oh, and I did vaguely hear about the uberisation of the economy, especially in the global South where people have to be constantly connected to the internet to earn a living, but that’s not an excuse is it? They are stu*** all the same aren’t they? Wait a minute…
I recently had to make a train journey to Heathrow airport. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was sitting down or standing up and gazing into their silly little gadget. Go only knows what they were looking at or imbibing. Well, I thought, what a load of c…s! and ostentatiously got me book out and started reading, Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain. That was my little revolution against a tide mesmerised shit. Join the revolution!
There has been a push for a long time to make people get mobile phones. It was obvious, with banks and tech platforms for example constantly badgering for your mobile number when they already have your landline number. It’s now clear with the “Emergency Alert” call to all mobiles (scheduled for next month) that it’s all part of having us contactable/traceable 24/7.
Who with any sense wants or needs one of the bloody things?
Here’s one remedy. Switch off the phone and take out the battery. Then place the lot in a lead lined bag for the duration.
Let’s see how our rogue gov’t and their technology deal with that one.
i kept my old samsung, for music and a camera (work shtuff).
it has no sim.
the fucker is still reporting on me, i can tell by the adverts appearing on it and my emails.
Sounds like you need an earlier model. One which isn’t ‘smart’. Are you sure the phone doesn’t have a sim? If the phone is displaying the correct time and date, it has a sim as the phone uses the network to keep its time up to date.
mmm, the old, defunct sim remains in there, still works on house wifi, nowhere else.. it’s from about 2017,
maybe the smart meter (not my choice) is listening to me ; )
The internet of things, in action.
actually shows me a hypocrite! argh,
They keep pushing for you to do online banking with your phone.
Possibly so, but why? I already do online banking from my pc, what difference does it make to them if I do it from my phone? (Unless of course they’ve been told to push for phones.)
The big businesses first stop maintaining the laptop versions of their app. Then, they tell you they no longer support it.
In person banking only, for me, thanks.
Still, as more and more people go online to do their bakning, there will be fewer and fewer opportunities to deal with actual human beings. Soon, we’ll have to go online, because it won’t make good business sense to maintain a brick and mortar store when no one is using it.
CBDC looms ever closer.
Of all the symbols of consumer fetishism, the author has to pick red shoes? Is he unaware of the rumours of a ‘Red Shoes’ Club’? Is it real? I don’t know – but a lot of celebrities seem to be pictured with them and the film ‘THe Red Shoes’ has a creepy undertow of mind control (as does the career of Kate Bush who named an album after it). However you can’t talk about it so everything is very much not permitted. Tom Hanks happened to be in ‘The Man with One Red Shoe’ playing a CIA agent but nothing to see here….
CBDCs would seem to require cell phones so expect more moves to make life difficult without them. Several British cities are in the process of making it impossible to park a car without one.
BTW I’ve mentioned several times the number 23 seems to have some extra significance to the controllers. Well….
What are the odds this is mere random happenstance?
Some theorise that the original colour of Dorothy’s shoes in L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) symbolised silver currency and was a warning against the orchestration of crises by the East Coast financiers.
No author who wants to be taken seriously will refer to the green curtain, unless it is couched in a children’s tale.
Your point is well made.
Some say that Frank Baum wrote the story about the banking system. The yellow brick road that led to the Emerald City and salvation was gold and Dorothy’s shoes which returned her to normality were silver.
The characters were also styled on some prominent people of the day. Some the author obviously felt didn’t have a heart, or a brain, or were too cowardly to stand up and be counted.
The FED came along 13 years later, after all opposition was destroyed on the Titanic. The rest is a gruesome history.
Do you honestly believe this nonsense? adrenechrome, babies etc? or maybe its another stage play? To me they built the framework for the public to identify who the enemy are, players of the black side of the chessboard, the ones supposedly pulling the strings. Exposition is the beginning of the script where the characters and conflict are introduced.
All of the flight numbers of the original 911 planes have significance within the Aleister Crowley occult school.
93 is one of the most significant numbers in the Crowleyite canon, 11 and 77 are both obvious inclusions as both are part of the 11 times table (11 being their “magic number”) and even 175 is a number of middling significance.
I am sure that if you search for connections between Crowleyism and the number 23 they will be easily found.
“23 is the reverse of 32. Hence, 23 is the number emblematic of the other or reverse side of the Tree.
23 is the essence of the Tree of Death (reverse / non-manifestation
/ non-being / noumena). 23 ‘manifests’ by dividing itself (into being): 2
÷ 3 = .666 (the Beast). As 666 is to 32, so 23 is to the reverse of 666 that
is 999. – The Beast ‘made flesh’ is a reflection or ingress of 23 / 999 (noumena)
into phenomena as 32 / 666.
On another level, 23
signals the chaotic state between two stable states. As such, it fits into
the category of ‘in-between-ness’. It is therefore one of those things which
is Not. 23 is one from the demonic hosts of Non-being about to invade Being.
“The 93 Current will split apart the unconsciously created world we inhabit. 23 is not identical with 93, but an emanation from it.”
“The association of 23
with physical immortality has been developed in the writings of Aleister Crowley,
Robert Anton Wilson, and myself. Crowley gave meaning to all the primes between
11 and 100. He felt that 23 was the frequency of the life force at its highest
in nature, at the spring equinox. For mystics, immortal life is present in
nature, and to find life at its highest vibration anywhere is to touch the
secret of the Grail. Wilson, who is greatly influenced by Crowley, made 23
into his supreme number for synchronicity. Be aware of 23 as it appears in
your life, and it will guide you along your pathway of magick and greater
“Author Robert Anton Wilson used the supposed occult significance of
23 in his famed Illuminatus trilogy of books, apparently inspired after
The occultist Aleister Crowley had been convinced of the power of 23.”
Maybe the answer is already in a good question?
Depression is indeed the regret of a life lived less than full. And the converse is to live it to the point where one risks losing all.
Most people probably lack the constitution for that; thus must find a middle way, that doesn’t lead to Pfizer and Xanax, and the endless diversion of their red shoes smartphone.
Red shoes are Hollywood, which changed the colour of Dorothy’s from silver.
“We know that with the planned chaos being used to shock people into submission through fear, there has been a drastic rise in depression and mental distress of all kinds.”
So this depression is a strategy, just as the “cascading crises of our era,” which Joe Biden promised in his inauguration speech.
“Polycrises” is the offering of the World Economic Forum, which publicises historian Adam Tooze, who in turn has revived the work of French complexity theorist Edgar Morin in the 1970s.
Back then the oil price shock, the Nixon shock when the U.S. president ended the convertibility of U.S. dollars to gold, the soaring inflation that led to labour unrest and food shortages, seemed to those of use who experienced them however tangentially to be rooted in the material: oil, sweat and bread.
Today’s crises have much of the stage about them – not least that they are called in advance by Klaus Schwab and his minstrels’ gallery of hooting owls.
Hmm this sounds like someone who doesn’t suffer from depression lol
You’ve got to be kidding 😉 Been there and got my classification! But I did turn my back on medication.
It’s a topic for another article but I think telling people they’ve been labeled as X cannot possibly help them. The discomfort, and risk, is the tension between the two poles I mention at the beginning.
I’ve embraced my unreliable, disloyal mind, accept that half if not more of my decisions will be the wrong ones, and set sail!
It’s not directed at you so much as I don’t really agree with Becker. Just seems like a callous, materialistic way to view depression that’s too linear, too cause and effect. Reminds me of the way those who don’t suffer from depression tend to sum it up. The same people who assume all you need is cheering up.
I just blurted it out and meant to remove it, tbh. 😅
Becker is intriguing, but not necessarily in a good way. When I read it, I was so hooked I read it again.
I shouldn’t really comment without a third reading as it’s been some time. As you say, linking human experience to their denial of death is too mechanical. On one level it seems to be true that fear, or the choice to ignore, are unavoidably related to our perception of death.
This relates well to the trans(humanist) offer, and the twisting of love of Earth into its clearance and enclosure.
Both views ignore creativity. Humans are not amoeba, or single cell biologies that respond in a linear fashion. We can be poisoned en masse (as we see) but we are not limited by mass events (except for the catastrophic) and can adapt in infinite ways.
As I tried to explain to my 13 y/o son and his friend, clumsily I’m sure, gas particle physics suggests that a fine mesh of myriad pathways is more efficient at dispersing traffic than a highway. That is the argument against centralisation.
Widening the main road will always make the traffic jams worse.
I don’t live my life to the full. I don’t seek out risks. I don’t regret that. I’m not depressed.
The article sounds right when it says depression is judging yourself through the eyes of others.
Agreed. I was framing it more as polar responses, since I like so many have been told I’m bi-polar. But haven’t we always lived between two poles? Is big pharma telling us the obvious and shilling some pills?
I’ve had the good luck to visit a real physician. She told me to compare myself to people who are really sick, thank God for my good luck, and get the fuck out of the human meat grinder called “health care”.
compare yourself to no-one, just come to terms with yourself, and the wider “society”. choose where you are/want/should be… consider the lillies.
comparisons cause anxieties, or worse.
(another nice idea perhaps). ?
sorta works for me, most of the time…
In psychoanalysis depression can be repressed or even suppressed aggression, but with the aggression being directed against the ego or self which can lead to self-harm or even suicide.
Severe depression can therefore lead to, and also become associated with, some form of the so-called “end of the world delusion” where the mood state is the blackest of black and death is seen as the only viable way out. To say the least, severe depression is a very serious problem. Toxic drug treatments are mainly palliative, and ideally non-drug oriented treatments are preferred if possible.
Never confuse smartphone usage with social media addiction or a bad phone choice. I’M READING THIS ON A PRIVATE OPEN SOURCE SMARTPHONE, via a less easy to track Tor connection – so should you!
Smartphones have become a crucial tool to keep up to date on the madness over the last few years and an important tool to communicate and spread the truth. Off Guardian would do well to avoid negative smartphone articles and promote Open Source smartphone OS usage instead, like GrapheneOS (Fdroid apps only).
I had a go: https://moneycircus.substack.com/p/the-tyranny-of-choice
Correction to your Blog: You don’t need a high end phone for GrapheneOS. Works perfectly fine with older phones like Pixel 3A 🙂
My wife has a droid, and we both want to kill it…
I know, most Android OS are terrible. I used to be an iOS guy, but then I found GrapheneOS, it is slick and so much better, try it!
Reclaim your freedom and control, ditch Apple and Google.
You need to upgrade.
Thank you so much for this article, it really speaks to me. I say this as probably one of the last humans to not own a smartphone or have a desire for one. I’ve been preaching the cons and dangers of them for years, but of course no one cares or wants to hear it. Totally agree that people have a fetish for them and technology, and can’t see reality any longer.
I’ve also thought that this obsession has made society numb to any unwanted infiltrations into daily life. Interesting details about Paul Newman as well. I wasn’t aware he was so insecure and didn’t feel like he resembled any of his characters.
Anyway, thanks again, it was great to hear another rare voice like mine with the same point of view.
On smartphones: I recall standing in a pub with three friends. They all had their smartphones out and were clicking away in their own private worlds whilst I stood there with my pint of beer and thinking, “Gosh I’m glad I came out tonight!”
On Paul Newman, a wonderful actor and one of the few that had a genuinely human quality. That he seemed to drop out and disappear seems appropriate.
Shakin’ it up down here boss, still shakin’ (Cool Hand Luke) How many people are still shakin’ it George? – I still wonder.
Seems to me you wouldn’t get away with that strumpet washing the car routine nowadays – which led to shakin’ of a different order.
Spot on George – that “car routine” certainly shook up a few, and in more ways than one!
He went into track racing big time whilst, during, and after, his acting career. He did that for the rest of his life. He became adicted to it, almost, and would race every time he could because of contractual obligations. Sometimes even that didn’t stop him and would register under a different name. Quite a few hollowood actors did the same when they wanted to compete in races in between filming.
They still have a racing team now, and his son’s and grandson’s i believe, are drivers.
yep, all those social events, where everyone is on their phone… the social aspect being “look at this, look at this!!”, as they fail to look, never mind have some discussion on “this”, before another one says “look at…” and the topic changes…ffs.
goldfish are better company ; )