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The Sanctity of Privacy

Todd Hayen

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash

I remember as a kid that privacy was pretty important. It really did have a sort of sanctity to it. There was a deep principle violated if someone invaded your private domain, and the abhorrence to this invasion and betrayal was often conveyed in movies, TV shows, and books.

This sensitivity seemed most prevalent when it came to sexual matters—such as affairs, body parts being exposed, rapes or other bodily transgressions. Most of this stuff was considered horrendous when violated due to shame. But even the shame was a privacy-based shame. Meaning a person was shamed if their privacy was invaded, simply because privacy was sacred, and people felt horribly betrayed if it was breached.

But it wasn’t only personal body or sexual privacy violations that were an issue. No one read other people’s diaries without permission, letters were private, and it just seemed that people were careful divulging personal information. It was just wrong to snoop, and spying was frowned upon, and noisy neighbors were always considered a nuisance and an infringement on private matters.

People were more mysterious in general. No one openly told anyone what they had for dinner unless specifically asked. No one went around telling people they were sad, or depressed, or anxious. No woman, unless one of ill repute, wore clothes that revealed much of anything. Female bodies were pretty sacred, or at least private. No one shared freely personal issues about health—certainly not mental health. These were the days when psychiatrist’s offices always had a separate exit from the entrance. No one dared let on that they were seeing a doctor for mental or emotional issues.

Maybe a lot of this focus on protecting one’s privacy was due to a fear that people would think less of them, find them morally reprehensible, or just in some way judge them in a negative manner if certain private things were revealed about them. I don’t doubt this.

Today, along with the loss of the sanctity of privacy, we have lost any sense of care of what others think of us—and outwardly dare them to think anything other than perfection. No one dresses up to go to dinner out of respect for themselves or fellow diners. No one cares what they wear in public. No one cares what they say in public. This disregard for what people think is a bit of an oxymoron considering people are generally major whiners, believing that anyone who looks sideways at them hates them. Go figure.

People back in my childhood days also believed very little about themselves was anyone else’s business. I grew up at a time that was a mere 20 years after the Nazi war. As little kids, incessantly playing war as a favored theme of outdoor play, it was common to blurt out iconic lines such as, “show me your papers!”—preferably in a German or Russian accent if we could pull it off. Private information was no one’s business, especially the government’s. And anyone who asked for private things to be revealed was either a Nazi or a commie.

So, what happened? Guess! Yep! The decades since my adolescence have been busy with brain training the population. Media, news, talk shows, cable series and now YouTube, TikTok, and all versions of social media, have taught us all that privacy, and our efforts to protect it, is for ninnies. “I have nothing to hide,” is the ubiquitous mantra we hear in response to our accusation that the government is pressing down on us with a police state agenda.

Nothing to hide, eh? People seem to think that the only thing anyone would need to hide is criminal activity. What they don’t take into consideration is that the rules regarding what constitutes “criminal” are ever changing. And these rules will continue to change until taking Fido for a walk in the evening will be considered a criminal offense. You don’t think it will get that bad? If you don’t think it will get that bad, you aren’t thinking. That is something else the agenda has taken away—our power to think.

I never in a million years would have thought that donating $100 to a peaceful protest in Canada’s capitol would be against the rules (I would say “law” but no one needs a broken law anymore to get arrested, ticketed, or to receive some other punitive recourse). Sure enough, it ended up that way. The government of Canada decided, well into the event, that the Trucker’s Convoy violated a whole whack of “rules” and therefore anyone who “aided and abetted” such criminality should be punished. My bank account became mysteriously frozen. There is more to this story than I am conveying here, suffice it to say, “I had nothing to hide.” The government thought otherwise.

This is the proverbial slippery slope, and I don’t care what anyone thinks about the unlikelihood of Canada or the US of A becoming a full-fledged totalitarian state—it is possible, and it is now in the early stages of such a state. One of the first signs is a wholesale disregard for privacy. My privacy was violated by my banking institution (BMO of Canada if anyone is counting) prying their nose into what I spend my money on. That is private.

Do you think anyone cares? Do you know what people said upon hearing my story? —“Well, you did a bad thing, me however, I have nothing to hide.” It is difficult for me to fathom that even if someone did not care to contribute to the Trucker’s Convoy that they would not understand that anyone who didshould have the right to do so. Isn’t that an important part of our constitutional rights? But only shrews empathized with my plight (many having had the same experience). Sheep did not care, because they have nothing to hide . . . or rather they think they have nothing to hide.

The only thing this ridiculous phrase will do for people who recite it is to allow the agenda to dig even deeper into their privacy. “Here you go officer, here’s my ID, here are my papers, here is my medical record, my phone records, my wife’s name, here it all is. I have nothing to hide.” Imagine the puzzled look on this guy’s face as the handcuffs are slapped on and he is escorted to his new place of residence for a few days, or for a few months, or for a few years.

Keep in mind, privacy and autonomy are inextricably linked. Only an autonomous person, a free person, can have autonomy. So one way a power can strip a person of his or her autonomy, which is the goal of any totalitarian regime, is to first strip them of their privacy.

Of course, this stripping of all privacy may not be completely accomplished any time soon (ha). At first, the people will have a very strong desire to conform and comply. And that will be nice for the agenda as well. People will eventually have no privacy, and that will be fine too, because most people will follow what the authority of the nation, or the world (can you spell WHO?) has to tell them. The tele in the bedroom—one that all bedrooms will require, with two-way communication capabilities—will announce, “have you had your vaccine today?” and most good citizens, who have nothing to hide, will say, “I sure have!”

Maybe that’s another thing people today will say, “that’s not going to happen.”

Give me one good reason why it won’t.

Todd Hayen is a registered psychotherapist practicing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He holds a PhD in depth psychotherapy and an MA in Consciousness Studies. He specializes in Jungian, archetypal, psychology. Todd also writes for his own substack, which you can read here

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David McBain
David McBain
Dec 18, 2023 9:47 PM

I remember reading Peter Wright’s Spycatcher and the lengths the establishment went to cover up their shenanigans. That was when “economical-with-the-truth” Sir Robert Armstrong went to Australia to stop it’s release in Australia. (Changed days there.) As far as I remember, the book had been banned in the UK. There wasn’t so much electronic communication these days but I remember Peter Wright describing how they steamed open letters etc. BTW, Tony Benn once described how he caught them rifling through his dust bins. Governments snooping on their employers (the public) is not at all new and it’s a classic case of the tail wagging the dog. What we have to hide is not the question.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 18, 2023 10:05 PM
Reply to  David McBain

Not new, but since early ’50, it’s gone critical mass.

Jill
Jill
Dec 18, 2023 3:04 PM

I got pulled over by the police a few days ago; one of my brake lights was out. “Show me your driver’s license and proof of insurance”, he said to me. That’s the modern day equivalent of “Show me your papers”. Right away he knew my name, my age, where I lived, probably who I lived with, and who knows what else.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 18, 2023 10:06 PM
Reply to  Jill

And? It’s been totally that way since 2004.

Paul
Paul
Dec 19, 2023 4:41 AM
Reply to  Jill

So you chose to contract with an agent of the state corporation? Your choice to do business with them.

niko
niko
Dec 17, 2023 5:07 PM

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John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 5:27 PM
Reply to  niko

It’ll do that.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 3:37 PM

“The only thing this ridiculous phrase will do for people who recite it is to allow the agenda to dig even deeper into their privacy. “Here you go officer, here’s my ID, here are my papers, here is my medical record, my phone records, my wife’s name, here it all is. I have nothing to hide.” Imagine the puzzled look on this guy’s face as the handcuffs are slapped on and he is escorted to his new place of residence for a few days, or for a few months, or for a few years.” [Quote of above article.]

~~~~

I was forewarning a young worker about all this, at Target 10 years ago, Ryan, he had grown more and more absorbed in my screeds and spiels I offered, free of charge, to signers of my petitions in the evenings there, as I would often bring up some of these surveillance issues. I would catch him eavesdropping within earshot as he pushed carts past, pausing to listen or say: “You should listen to him, he knows a lot about this.”

A refreshing change from the attitude the security guards were obliged to show me, with regularity. Ryan showed himself as very talented, and way below pay grade, paying bills while he studied animation at college part time. One night I explained to him at length the incursions upon us by the Utah Data Center [aka “Mission Data Repository”] and its boggling capabilities. Many grossly illegal. Full tilt Gestapo, at least if you ask me.

It was 10pm, near closing, near empty lot, but Ryan was “all ears.”

So was the “American Gestapo,” as Truman once called them, as well as a couple of Iraqi War Marines, warning me in a diner one night, 2000 and something, to be quiet.

Suddenly a young and very aryan featured “customer” (I had already seen him a couple times before in the area, so he must have been my “shadow”) strode out from inside the store, well out of earshot, and called out to us from a good 50 feet away “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear!

Ryan and I both took it in, a little like two deer in the headlights of a customized surveillance.

As the Nazified lad walked frowning past us, I called out back at him, with an obliging chuckle, “Sounds like a man who trusts his own government!”

[For whatever reason, I’m not sure, it so happened to be the last time I ever saw Ryan.]

But I saw the young NSA-friendly agent [his catchy quote happens to be featured on the marquee of the Utah Data Center, with “under management by the National Security Agency”] another time, the following June, where I was working the front entrance of the Long Beach Town Center Walmart. Can’t prove it, but he walked past me into the store, then apparently choreographed a dispute with some other petitioners that led to a cholo (30ish street tough in gang attire) accosting me, “Did you just disrespect my homegirl?!” and then he gave me two pretty solid uppercuts to either cheek, then sauntered off.

I was talking to the head of LP (Loss Prevention], Shelley, a little Latina, and she dialed “50.” The FD and PD both came, they checked me out, seated, tho’ I soon waved them off, but the young cop went in and looked at video, and when I asked him later, he said he knew who the ruffian was. The perps were all banned from the store in perpetuity when they returned the next morning. I happened then to overhear Shelley serve them notice, to their rue.

The young “agent” who staged the whole tactile Psyop never crossed my path again, at least visibly. And, oddly, in lieu of an expected migraine, counter-intuitively I felt much better the next day. Who knew?

$4$&£4£~~~~

In mid-teens I became a fan of Roberto Assagioli, founder of the school of Psychosynthesis in Italy, at odds with Mussolini during his regime. My attorney father had a copy of his book on the “disidentification process” and it so fascinated me I wrote a 100 page paper about it that wound up tanking my grades that semester, the beginning of my academic swan song. (I turned to music studies as a focus entirely the next year, full time afterwards.)

What I just discovered quite recently was that Dr Robert Gérard of UCLA, a long time client of my attorney father, had been a contributor to Asaggioli’s books.

So that had been the connection unknown to me at the time. I am digging deeper into all of that since Gerard was under the aegis of Dr. Louis J. West later, the chair of psychiatry at UCLA. He knew Charles Manson from their stints in 1967 Summer of Love SF, Haight Ashbury, and was also Jack Ruby’s official prison drug therapist in 1964. (!?) [?] At least. An LSD “researcher.” Key.

AND: a key CIA figure as the protegé of Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, notorious head of the department of curious poisons, at Langley.

I had dinner with Dr. Gérard when I had just turned 12, 1964. I found his obituary last month after much digging. My hair stood straight when I read one historical note: during the Blitz, “Eisenhower assigned him to his psychological warfare staff.”

Born, like my old man, in 1917, he could not have been much more than 22 or so at the time?

The plot continues to thicken around Gerard in my research. And then some…

But as a colleague of Assagioli, Gerard has left us fascinated on that score, with deep tie-ins of my own days and ways.

As for Assagioli, there was this valentine from Mussolini’s men: they laid hands on him, as a treacherous pacifist, arresting & jailing him for a month (see my quote of Hayen at the top of this) on these rather unusual charges:

“PRAYING FOR PEACE AND INVITING OTHERS TO JOIN HIM, AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL CRIMES.”

If past is prologue…….

Capice?

judith
judith
Dec 17, 2023 12:38 PM

I began seeing privacy (and with that, decorum, civility, consideration, consiousness) going the way of the dodo bird when I had to listen to phone conversations about divorce, mean teachers, what to buy for dinner “they’re all out of….”, aberrant children, aberrant parents, aberrant in-laws, pets, recipes, medical test results, fashion, you name it, while standing in line at the grocery store, in gym locker rooms, on gym work out floors, in restrooms, in doctors waiting rooms.

THEN came the speaker phone capability. Then you got to listen to both sides of the, forgive me, moronic conversations. And loud. Really loud.

And if you had the audacity to say something…..well, you were of course relegated to Karenism. A title I hold proudly.

When a fellow gym goer placed his phone, on speaker, on the bench press, by itsel,f and then went to another machine to work out, and carried on the conversation for all to hear, well, I saw it coming.

Tip of the iceberg. The unraveling. It just got worse.

Everyone in their own little entitled bubble.

God, for the days of phone booths.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 17, 2023 10:12 AM

“we have lost any sense of care of what others think of us”.

More or less, I still see most are extremely sensitive of what other people say and think about them on the average Joe’s, fame Faecesbook, and here on social media.
Any correction and tone……..people are hurt.

I see it both ways. If people already have a wrong perception of everything, why bother about their opinion if you know you are doing the right thing in a polite way.
Do we have to make a knot on ourselves to please people who see our deviance as a threat to be corrected?
“the sheeple have lost any sense of care of what others think about them as long as they are with the power.” (Germany in the 1930’es)

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 18, 2023 12:52 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

What you say here makes perfect sense. As I say in the article, there is a weird contradiction regarding this I see in the culture. It seems that privacy is lost, and people are insensitive to their private lives being exposed, but are at the same time ultrasensitive to what people think about them. It is like they have no problem exposing themselves, but then are very sensitive to what people think of what they just exposed.

The roots for this, in my opinion, lie in a loss of self confidence, self image, and self worth. If a person does not think highly of themselves, they then wish for external validation, and thus are not apprehensive about showing everything they can of themselves for approval. Of course not everyone approves. A vicious cycle. Who knows? Maybe not. Just a thought.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 18, 2023 9:37 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Its precisely like that. “Im completely open and honest, therefore I must be lovely”.
For some I know Faecebook is their whole identity. Take their Faecebook away and there is nothing.
The change of language from respectful Sir and Madame to I, me, you makes it even more difficult.
This change in language comes from media techniques, media campaigns, semantic manipulations, and thats why its so difficult because they dont feel personally involved nor guilty as this is the way the powerful media told them they should be to be with the in crowd. Brian Ferry https://youtu.be/Iva8yrTR3aI

bart
bart
Dec 17, 2023 10:10 AM

there is only privacy for CIA (man(ipulators) in the middle) or GPT spoofed person chat GPT bots
Press and hold the printscreen button to DDOS the local network emulators where OFF is the ON switch.
OFF is not ON check this https://web.archive.org/web/20231217102128/https://off-guardian.org/2023/12/16/the-sanctity-of-privacy/

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 4:35 PM
Reply to  bart

CIA has zero personal privacy. They are prisoners too.

[McGoohan had already brought out these core dynamics brilliantly over a half century ago in his epic “The Prisoner” on British television. How did he sneak that one through?! Got deeply darkly gray-listed in the industry after that for his efforts on our behalf. One General Smedley Butler Medal of Honor for the great lad.]

StStephen
StStephen
Dec 17, 2023 9:09 AM

Well put! Tell me: When your bank account was frozen were you unable to make any withdrawal at all from that account, of any amount? And for how long?

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 17, 2023 1:25 PM
Reply to  StStephen

I was completely blocked out online. Even my set up recurring transactions, such as for internal bank account transfers, didn’t work. When I called to say “what the hell” they were very cryptic and told me that I had to come into the branch and talk to them there. They never gave me a reason, and I asked several times. They kept putting me on hold and then coming back and saying, “I’m sorry, I can’t tell you any more, you have to come into the branch and talk to them there.”

My wife has “special privilege” at this bank because she has been with them for so long, and she talked to someone who unfroze it for me with “no questions asked” and “no questions answered” either, so it was frozen for only a day. Never knew why, but I put two and two together. It happened exactly when other accounts were being frozen due to donations to the convoy.

The fund I donated to was frozen, over $150,000 was raised for the truckers (along with my $100) and that money is frozen to this day.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 17, 2023 5:06 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Well Putin/Russia got $300 billion frozen in West for an uncertain time period as punishment for trying to send $50 to the truckers, so you are in noble company.

StStephen
StStephen
Dec 17, 2023 9:56 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Thank you for answering. I was aware of what was done in general terms but curious as to your personal experience of it. And they didn’t even need CBDCs to do it.

They might take away the whole night and day

If we let ‘em

Mightn’t they?

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 18, 2023 12:57 PM
Reply to  StStephen

CBDCs just lengthen the arm of control–which is already long enough. Everyone (most everyone) has money in a bank. And as long as that is true, they have control…obviously.

I can’t tell you how angry it made me. It was a very strange feeling, “what????? They can’t do that!!!!!” Yeah, right. They can do any damn thing they want. Pretty sobering.

When cash is gone, and they decide for whatever reason to freeze me, then I literally won’t be able to buy a donut. Game over.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 4, 2024 3:27 AM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

They shall rue the day that I am forbidden a donut!
(Cd be a Homer S. quote.)

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 4, 2024 3:24 AM
Reply to  StStephen

And it was a lovely answer.
He could’ve said: “Bug off. That’s private.”

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Dec 17, 2023 6:36 AM

US Congress: Bills in Senate and House to Withdraw from UN and WHO

https://jamesroguski.substack.com/p/exit-the-united-nations-and-the-who
Exit the United Nations and the WHO
I support the “Disengaging Entirely From the United Nations Debacle Act,” (H.R. 6645 and S. 3428) which is designed to withdraw the United States from the United Nations and the WHO. Spread the word!
James Roguski
12 Dec 2023

Dr. Rima Laibow interviewed by Maria Zeee

https://rumble.com/v41hh1h-uncensored-breaking-us-moves-to-exit-the-who-and-the-un-ft.-dr.-rima-laibow.html
Uncensored: BREAKING!!! US Moves to EXIT the WHO & the UN! ft. Dr. Rima Laibow
Stew Peters Network
Streamed on: Dec 15, 2023
Dr. Rima Laibow joins Maria Zeee to discuss the breaking news that the United States is officially moving to exit the UN & WHO through bills HR6645 & S3428!
Visit this link to contact your representatives: https://preventgenocide2030.org

https://jamesroguski.substack.com/p/sign-the-united-kingdom-petition
Sign The United Kingdom Petition
If you live in the United Kingdom as a citizen or a resident, you can sign the petition to tell the government that you want the United Kingdom to exit the World Health Organization.
James Roguski
18 Nov 2023
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/648609

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 17, 2023 5:00 PM

Not bad if this is not another false flag.

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Dec 17, 2023 8:01 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Nothing will come of the UK petitions – but it’s worth doing them regardless. I doubt the US Congress will do anything useful, but maybe. However, if Trump wins in 2024, he’ll take the US out of the WHO and all UN emissions and energy agreements.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 17, 2023 5:17 AM

Re privacy:
Keep distance, isolate yourself, cut all your connections to your friends, colleagues and family: The non-vaxxed are again causing spread of deceases and sickness all over America.
“Deep concern that “the low vaccination rates” could lead to more severe disease and increased healthcare capacity strain”. https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/cdc-issues-health-advisory-over-low-vaccination-rates-across-us

So again we have this silly duality: Real privacy in our own home, Negative privacy in prison. Real weather and Negative Clima. Divine and Pagan. Good and Bad.
Why do we have this + and – as a universal Sisyphus condition.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 4, 2024 3:46 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

I am bound by TERF Rules to respond to any mention of prison and privacy issues.
Delusional trans MEN criminals/rapists are being admitted to women’s prisons.
PRIVACY is crucial for women in prison, not to mention in locker rooms, bathrooms, domestic violence shelters.

This “duality”, Divine and Pagan, needs work. Maybe Divine and Corrupted? I am Pagan and embrace the Divine. Just sayin’

STJOHNOFGRAFTON
STJOHNOFGRAFTON
Dec 17, 2023 2:42 AM

Forget privacy! There’s none in this life. You won’t even get any privacy at your funeral. People will be looking at your box.They will know that you are in there trying to get some rest in peace but they will insist on the last word in a ceremony where the audience will be encouraged to talk about you. There is no privacy in Hell either. You’ll be harassed by Satan and his entourage of fallen angels. Heaven will be different. Blissfully, privacy won’t be an issue.

StStephen
StStephen
Dec 17, 2023 9:01 AM

Really? Isn’t everyone who tries to enter Heaven interrogated at St Peter’s Gate?

underground poet
underground poet
Dec 17, 2023 11:42 AM
Reply to  StStephen

Not if you cross the red line in the middle of the desert with a score of camels first.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 18, 2023 1:37 PM
Reply to  StStephen

St. Peter already knows your [past] downsides. Just one of the perqs of HEAVEN.

“Remember, Heaven goes by favor not by merit. If it went by merit your dog would go in and you would be left outside.”

~ “Mark” Two[a]in

[All quotes subject to verbatim confirmation]

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 18, 2023 9:55 PM
Reply to  StStephen

They are, and most of them have a Fireman or a suicide by Cop with them.

One good plus one bad gives Zero. In this way they hope to sneak through the door.
When they are in, they will think they made it. Then they become one of God’s Angels who are sent back to earth to look after the perhaps eligible.  😀 

Jin_Tonic
Jin_Tonic
Dec 17, 2023 12:52 AM

anyone with half a brain cell who doesnt get feed pollution from the fake new alt media which regurgitates MSM talking poiints as something alternaive (alternate media)
only dumb fucks would believe a bunch of truckers 20 months later tio the party after the lockdown started and about to finish in most countries.
who looked about as organic as women weightlifting team being women.
the CONvery was designed to bring in laws to make it illegal as everything that convery did was nothing except get idiots believing in the BBB tractor party 222 sponsored by Monstano which again alternavive media sold to it dumbfuck viewers as fighting the deep state,

retard TV at it finest,

The I dont watch TV lot who now get there disinformation and pSyop direct from TV now internet from new alt media is some off theee dumbest fuckers I have meet.

The convery LOL sums up how idiotic they become.
the same lot who believed in trump, brexit or converys or GBnews or fox 666 carson.

yes the same lot who repeated vaccine passport is invading your civil liberties but paid elon musk CIA 150£S for passport verification authentication on twitter to be verify with a blue tick,

You cant make up this retard,.

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Dec 16, 2023 10:41 PM

Best sentence in this post: And anyone who asked for private things to be revealed was either a Nazi or a commie.”

Because that’s still the case.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 8:35 PM

Privacy?!

The only Privacy now (and for much longer than people will grasp, yet) is, literally, Imaginary.

If you can imagine something “they” [AI] don’t know how to map out, then you might have dug deep enough to have a small portion of Privacy.

Maybe. In any case, that is where what’s Left of our Privacy “abides.”

Then of course our real hope, our truly only Hope persists, where there is true ‘privacy’ “under the shadow of His wings.”

Since that is sacred space, confounding any unauthorized visitors.

You can’t violate what you don’t “comprehend.”

£4£&$4$+”8″=====

“For your lives are hidden in Christ with God.”

~ the Apostle, Epistle to the Romans

“Then war broke out in Heaven … and that great serpent ….was cast out by Michael, the Archangel….”

[NB All quotes reviewable, for verbatim confirmation. Easy duty… these days.]

KiwiJoker
KiwiJoker
Dec 16, 2023 9:03 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

… And then there is the Confessional, which is in no way to be considered information gathering by a private multinational organisation…

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 10:34 PM
Reply to  KiwiJoker

Now that you mention it, I told a locally celebrated Franciscan Father, who surfed here, well, into his 90s (though since departed, shortly before Coronapalooza™) that, based on some vigilance and certain “facts-in-evidence”, I had substantive doubts that the Confessional was still an extant ‘sacred space’ of privacy. “I think we can be heard, Father!”

I put the idea forward that in “The Box” [Confessional] that for some years it had been on my mind that it was plausible, even more than plausible, that spooks were “wirelessly” monitoring confessions and violating the Sacrament. Compiling information of the most personal & private kind.

Why NOT? was my perspective, since you might often not get certain FBI to do that, as many agents are, it appears, traditionally Catholic, yet the C👁️A is, only from what I gather anecdotally, much less so inclined.

I would appreciate that he couldn’t be very committal, to confirm or deny, and I also don’t feel the right or the call to relay any of his response.

On the drive home my right retina detached, and after 7 years of struggles, that eye went stone blind. That was 2011. By 2019 it was shot, 99% . [They say stem cell therapy may cure most blindness in near coming years, but I won’t hold my breath. Pricey, iffy? But it seems you just turn around, and hopes prevail in the long run. Up. Just a curious but captivating footnote, for 1 runaway ADHD “patient”.]

But you add to that CIA pile the big urNazi and USANazi factions, the Masons (++!!) In gross abundance, the stone cold amoral Mafias (albeit many often Catholic poseurs), atheists, etc. et al., and you would have to be very naive and trusting, at best, to expect many on that losers’ laundry list to have qualms about tapping into confessions, by surveillance or just over-the-shoulder ‘mere’ Humintel.

Worse yet, still, so much of the clergy appears unbriefed about much of the darker side(s) of the “Intel Community” and simply appear to comply with their interferences in religious or devotional matters. Well, in their defense, you would presume that they feel obliged to cooperate, if not collaborate.

Which brings us to the [even more] unsettling: how much of the church has been infiltrated by wolves in “sheep” clothing, and how deeply?

We know that postwar Nazis used many clerical ratlines to smuggle lucre out of Germany to foreign lands.

And, hardcore agents straight to early Langley, and NAZA, NAZO, Gladio. Well, all over.

Sheeesh, almost like it was a conspiracy! Of some kind.

dom irritant
dom irritant
Dec 17, 2023 8:39 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

the jesuits are the original and still running international espionage ring and have been gathering info through confessions world wide for centuries

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 18, 2023 2:46 AM
Reply to  dom irritant

Two of the greatest men I have ever met are Jesuit friends of mine..

One, a very dear friend, Fr. James Hart McCown, SJ, was Flannery O’Connor’s confessor and confidant till her early death at 39 (only the second writer, after Faulkner, at that date, inducted into the Library of America series, and possibly the most prominent Catholic novelist in America of the last hundred years). His brother, Bob McCown,, SJ, last I heard, had been teaching Shakespeare in China at U of Shanghai, and had well before that made the fabulous documentary (uncredited in Hollywood) upon which the major release “The Mission” with de Niro and Jeremy Irons, was based. Harold Martin, SJ of Gesù Cathedral in Miami was also incredibly good to me. And many others. Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, gave his life to 33° Présidente Calles’ fédérales’ firing squad during the Cristero War in the late 1920s. So many, such bravest witness.

Please be more careful when you accuse “the Jesuits” in toto, presumably, by your words, while speaking of some rogue faction, real or imagined, or you may be accused of a cheap smear.

Who wants that?

dom irritant
dom irritant
Dec 18, 2023 7:30 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

maybe you should do more research
from what i comprehend there are 4 levels or degrees, the 4th being the one that gives them the rite to murder kings and anyone else they choose as usurpers
i am sure there are many ‘jesuits’who believe they are doing ‘gods’ work but once they are accepted for 4th level the gloves are off, similar to the masons. all that good work they apparently did in paraguay putiing the natives in concentration camps 1700’s as an early communism experiment. himmler based the way the ss was run on the jesuits etc etc etc ad nauseum

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 17, 2023 6:15 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

All International ngo’s and churches are hijacked by Intelligence Agencies as trojan horses in foreign countries, like all MSM. All of them.

When it began to be public known that all ngos were trojan horses of destabilisation and infiltration, they shifted to multinational companies where it is more difficult to spot an influence agent.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 18, 2023 2:53 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Well, I don’t know the exact degree or extent but there certainly is a serious infestation. [That word calls to mind something I read by the first Franciscan Fathers who came to Mexico City in the 1500s speaking of a “satanic infestation” there, which is not so hard to believe given the vast number of human sacrifices by the Aztec priests then, in their pyramids running with blood.]

Perhaps the more precise descriptor is “Trojan stalking horses.” That is a separate incursion from influence agents.

Because that is partly, at least, how I have seen them function?

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 19, 2023 12:04 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

Yeah. The make a pagan seed and try to let it grow inside the community or country. It has many faces. Infecting the local language, planting new pagan words and concepts. Same with pagan religious movements.
Catholics are a difficult feature, on one side they are well known pagans, on the other side I believe many Catholics and Priests are trying to be true believers.
I have seen the Catholics making good schools, hospitals and charity. Maybe they must do that to bring the herd into the fold, but it was better than nothing and better than what was available. So why not appreciate it.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 4, 2024 4:04 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Hmm, looks like you have some odd opinions about Pagans since you mentioned us in a previous post to which I replied.
“Catholics are well known pagans”? I think maybe you have a religious belief that you and your congregation are the “true believers.”

ariel'
ariel'
Dec 16, 2023 10:19 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

To put it another way, if you raise your vibratory frequency, ‘they’ are unable to operate in your vicinity. We have existentially proved this many times.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 11:10 PM
Reply to  ariel'

Well, there is a body of facts-in-evidence that would appear to support that take. There are problems inherent in all that though, as it would seem to require, for any real security, to be uninterruptedly on that level of vibe, since any lapse would be a breach of self-defense and protection, at least during such lapses.

But they also have means now of sampling at least our vibrafions if not its content, and replicating it by broadcasting it back at you, to achieve certain ends. A whole new thing under the sun.

CAVEAT COGITATOR!

Of course, too, past and even ancient occult and esoteric practices & techniques, now appear increasingly enhanced by developing brain reading tech, which Intel is happy enough to use when pressed? [One can deduce that much by simple logic, extrapolation, I have never spent much time on studying the details, since most of it creeps me out. Bigly! 😱 With reason.]

I think “they” are often, or some, leery to use these things, as they grasp by results alone that they are venturing into angelic space.

And by whose authority?

Not God’s.

And they know a DMZ
[even a TMZ] when they cross one…..

But brazenness probably increases with each transgression that produces results. Uncorrected. Hmmmm.

But it’s a two-way street.

ariel'
ariel'
Dec 17, 2023 5:28 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

Yes it does make dialogue a little difficult.
Brain-reading tech?’ Well, ‘the crux of the biscuit’ would be, if it is for real, ‘How good/accurate is it?’
Seeing that they have lied their heads off about so many technical matters, moon landings, nuclear weapons, vaxxines, viruses, global warming, should I
bother to go on? Should we trust them with any ‘scientific’ explanation when their avowed object is to keep us in a state of abject fear? Just doubt helps them to keep us enslaved.
In the late 80s and most of the 90s I led a fixed base intentional consciousness research group of between 6 and 30 participants who lived and operated harmoniously together.
I hadn’t gone to university (although I was accepted by 2) because I didn’t know what I ought to be doing there. At 18, who does? When I heard Bob Dylan’s lyrics, Eric Clapton’s Guitar licks, and when the first group stood around me after my first workshop series, and didn’t want to disperse, I got the message.
I had a large truck. All aboard. And then we were given and accepted a fixed base. I had already understood and formulated the circle process. It was as if I already knew it. At basics, you just put a group of people with the same intent into a circle, and consciously move the energy person to person around the circle . You can use this to unlock the dream(ing) process, You can include any meditation which fits into the circle format.
The day after I arrived where I still live now, I was asked to show how it works. I put 30 at-risk teenagers, 30 very noisy teenagers, support crew and film crew into deep meditation, unbroken until I deliberately brought it to a halt. 5 teenagers came up to me afterwards and asked for help with meditation.
You are basically making a human alternator, and the circle, if stable holds the increasing power/energy. It’s very simple and probably as old as humanity.
The energy, when built up, is transferrable.
People with the wrong attitude just bounce off it at about 400 yards. County officials cannot think inside this perimeter. Nobody could interfere with us.
Yes, it’s a 2 way street.
However, this was 2012, and all that has taken place since has complicated matters further, with all the smart tech, and the poison shots.
Angelic space?’ Sure, why not?

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 19, 2023 5:36 AM
Reply to  ariel'

“Brain-reading tech?’ Well, if it is for real, ‘How good/accurate is it?’”

What I picked up somewhere related to Elon Musk, is that they postulate they now are able to translate the waves from the brain into simple words and sentences via electrodes on the head.

However, they ran into a new problem. That we change, and get wiser after new experiences, and these waves from the brain therefore also changes and they then have to start all over again to interpret the new waves.

It fits into the universal condition of weather and organic life: A non linear chaotic system which moves and changes up and down forward backward every day.

The conclusion of all this is, as stated in IT magazines, “we must improve AI”.
Saying fiddling fiddling fiddling feeding feeding feeding the quantum computer full of holes and loose ends, “and some day we will get there”.
A new Sisyphus project trying to do it better than God.

40% of the worlds population is anticipated to work in the AI world sitting 10 hrs a day zombified in front of a computer “improving AI”.

ariel'
ariel'
Dec 19, 2023 3:02 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Well. what’s wrong with straight-up telepathy? Although by their own definition, they cannot use it. Obviously, everything that they do is to further their sick fantasies of ‘complete control,’ but what they don’t seem to realise is that their lower vibratory level is blocking them from what they, or rather their ‘scientists and technicians’ are trying to do, and that they are self-limiting, excluding themselves from the ‘more
than already-existing and in-use potentialities,’ which are in active operation between suitable harmonised groups and individuals.
You simply cannot hate, envy, lust, rob, deceive, buy, bribe your way to higher consciousness states, no matter how much you spend, and how angry and frustrated you may get. And no matter who has told you can. All that stuff is for 2 and 3D ‘objects; within the hologram, which can be possessed, although only temporarily. The clue is in the last word, within ‘physical’ time.
That’s why they think they want to be immortal without understanding that that means ‘dead.’
OK so they can recognise frequency patterns and waveforms being projected by the brainwaves of the test subjects. Morons.
As you say, ‘GOD DOES IT BETTER.’ I could even improve on that. I really must get the ‘GOD DOES IT MUCH BETTER ALREADY’ tee shirt together,
Thanks for all the input.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 4, 2024 4:23 AM
Reply to  ariel'

This is why I think the govt Remote Viewing is dangerous. When these states are used with corrupt intent, anything can come through.
Same for CERN.
And yes, they are morons when it comes to brainwaves. I watched ppl’s brainwaves (EEG) for 25 yrs.There are so many variables involved influencing EEG.
I will be looking for more info on this bc it sounds totally absurd from what I know.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 3:34 AM
Reply to  ariel'

My reply to this is still in “pending” 5 hours later???

The most aggravating aspect of “all that” is that it freezes the dialogue abruptly & decisively, all options to edit it, add to it, etc.

5 hours ?!?

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 18, 2023 11:43 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

After all this IoT and AI and Digital False ID bs, I have a feeling I dont belong more here on this earth.
It is as if the earth is in a stranglehold, captured, occupied by a foreign force.
The only thing that make it bearable is what Christ gave us.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 19, 2023 4:29 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Amen, many times!

I feel your ennui too

Cynicon Implant
Cynicon Implant
Dec 16, 2023 7:01 PM

What the sheep don’t understand is that the controllers will eat the sheep first. Lamb is yummy; shrews leave a bad taste in their mouths.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 17, 2023 4:39 AM

precisely

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Dec 16, 2023 6:19 PM

The Abolition of Private
Reposts from Jan 2023 (Ironic sarcasm ahead!)
https://off-guardian.org/2023/01/12/what-is-the-us-gas-stove-ban-really-about

People are still clinging to these outdated notions of “private” property or spaces – that it’s “your home”. Indeed, since it conflicts with the social contract of collective health, the concept of “private” needed to be abolished.

In the name of Public Health, “private” parts were abolished long ago.

The Social Contract of Collective Health
https://rumble.com/v24xlp4-pbd-and-neil-degrasse-tyson-duke-it-out-on-the-morality-of-forcing-covid-in.html
Jan 11, 2023

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/dystopian-roots-californias-covid-19-misinformation-law
Authored by Douglas Eckenrood via The Epoch Times,
Jan 13, 2023

Unfortunately, the California Legislatures’ penchant to rely on questionable medical “consensus” is nothing new. During the 1920s, California adopted “model laws,” in which law enforcement conducted the proactive arrest of women suspected to have sexually transmitted diseases—all in the name of public health. Literal law enforcement sweeps, arrests, and forced gynecological exams would happen with no probable cause needed.

California relied on the U.S. Attorney General’s published opinion that these proactive public health efforts were constitutional and that the public’s interest trumped individual liberty. One of the reasons that this unbelievable and sick overreach is even known is that during a particular morality sweep, of the 22 women arrested and inspected that day, two of the arrestees were sisters, one of whom was Margaret Hennessy. The wife of a Standard Oil manager, she was recovering from influenza and was out for some fresh air with her sister, which was a common practice in that day.

Mrs. Hennessy had the courage to go to the news media and let her outrage be known, which should be an example to all of us. California’s “morality policy” using public heath concerns to expand the power to investigate, detain, and arrest individuals was illegal then and is still illegal now.

The first step in combating authoritarian overreach is not debating what or why they are doing something. It’s making the government identify where their authority to impose a mandate or new law comes from and then impose the constitutional test. You already know the answer, don’t you? They don’t have the authority to do what they are doing.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 8:38 PM

“EXAMS?” 🤔🙏

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 8:42 PM

They do not have the authority. But the Patriot “Act,” of 20 years standing, gave them ‘well~buttressed’powers to apply them just as extra-judicially as they so desire.

Martha
Martha
Dec 16, 2023 10:13 PM

Germ theory cannot be dismantled fast enough, so that these witch hunts never happen again.

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Dec 16, 2023 10:54 PM

When brainwashing and coercing people into regularly going the doctor’s for a check-up or a dose of poison – from the cradle to the grave – doesn’t work, the fascist “Public Health” arm of BigMed/BigPharma helps to corral the sheeple into the warm embrace of mainstream medicine.

Public Health needs to be abolished.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 3:44 AM

The “soi-disant” Epoch Times has nearly supplanted most other newspapers here in “The OC” of SoCal, in a brief span, or is starting to, and I see now in San Diego, too. It is seriously damaged goods, in my opinion, most likely heavy CIA/fascist/Reichwing-oligarch backing. It just reeks of that.

“But that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.”

Jill
Jill
Dec 19, 2023 5:33 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

In the spring of 2020 Epoch Times was massively promoting the idea of a deadly contagion sweeping the world. I haven’t read it since.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 22, 2023 1:13 AM
Reply to  Jill

Yes, J remember.

They are a front, like ModeRNA, for very special interests, an “elite”.

Ugh.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 19, 2023 5:48 AM

But today there is no “news media” to go to. Mrs. Hennessy would have got nowhere today other than showing off her pssy to the police.
Our Court system takes 5 year to go through and are only for millionaires.
Humanity is progressing backwards.

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Dec 16, 2023 5:46 PM

Intrusive surveillance is something that marketing companies excel at, they can rationalize their objectives because of the need to be ‘competitive’ and so ‘innovative’. Governments are much less flexible and innovative but there’s nothing stopping them from purchasing the results (with the added bonus that for countries where broad surveillance of the population by government is illegal surveillance by private company is not).

Its difficult to find out exactly what they’re up to because a lot of the marketing effort goes to selling their services and individual capabilities may well be exaggerated, However, I read an interesting piece just this morning about a company claiming to be able to pull keywords out of microphone equipped devices**. A great tool but its the sort of thing that attracts a firestorm so their website boasting of this capability rapidly shape-shifted to sound harmless.

(**No, it wasn’t Amazon. They’re probably the exception that proves the rule. Check out one article on this…

https://bgr.com/tech/marketing-company-says-it-can-eavesdrop-on-conversations-through-our-devices/

There is skepticism about this but unfortunately its of the “it can’t happen here” sort!)

dom irritant
dom irritant
Dec 17, 2023 8:47 AM
Reply to  Martin Usher

probably easy to do when you know how

Raz Putin
Raz Putin
Dec 16, 2023 5:40 PM

The “rule of law” and the “law of the land” have been effectively murdered by the Western Cabal’s latest campaign.
Humanity has been placed aboard a vessel on the high seas from which it is being bought and sold.

underground poet
underground poet
Dec 16, 2023 6:02 PM
Reply to  Raz Putin

When hasn’t it been?

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 10:44 PM

Well, to defer to the most accurate current nomenclature, on the shtreet, there is “selling” ~ and then there is FIRE SALE selling.

This age seems to be losing its footing on a slippery slope to the latter.

But it is at such times that Faith can begin to sprout wings! “Con permiso” or without, who cares.

No luxury. So the worth.

underground poet
underground poet
Dec 17, 2023 11:47 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

There has always been being at the right place at the right time too, that’s called luck.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 4:51 PM

I call it Providence, perhaps disguised to certain eyes (behind the veil) as luck.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 22, 2023 1:20 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

More light on this issue, “Providence v Blind Luck.” from that beacon GKC:

Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle.”

– “Wells and the World State,” What I Saw in America

“There are arguments for atheism, and they do not depend, and never did depend, upon science. They are arguable enough, as far as they go, upon a general survey of life; only it happens to be a superficial survey of life.”

– Illustrated London News, Jan. 3, 1931

Big Al
Big Al
Dec 16, 2023 5:33 PM

Pretty generalized thinking. “No one”?, I mean, come on. Did you look at how people dressed in the sixties, Todd? I did, and there were plenty of scantily dressed women who weren’t of ill repute. Take a look at some pictures from Woodstock. But of course, we are on a slippery slope to totalitarianism and the building blocks came during those times as well (Vietnam, CointelPro and the FBI, etc.), and even before that. The “I have nothing to hide” excuse is simpleton thinking from those who just don’t want to deal with or believe what can happen at the end of that slope. We started hearing that in earnest after 9/11 and all the measures taken with the fake global war on terror. There’s is only going to be so many of us who will as you can see by the cell phones stuck to most people’s faces.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 17, 2023 4:45 AM
Reply to  Big Al

Everything I write is “generalized” thinking. I can’t write a 1200 word article without it being pretty generalized. If I said there were no scantily dressed girls in the ’60s, then I was wrong. But I think the point is made that I am trying to make. Things are different now with regard to privacy. My examples may not be 100% accurate or “true” but I think my point holds true.

TRT
TRT
Dec 16, 2023 4:06 PM

“that’s not going to happen.”

They said the same thing in 2020 when some of us were warning that vax passports were coming. When those passports were introduced less than a year later, those same people either didn’t care or voiced their support for them.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Dec 16, 2023 5:45 PM
Reply to  TRT

I was living in France when Germany and Austria strongly hinted they were going vaccine mandate.

France had already introduced signing an attestation for every time you left your house for your 1 hour excursion within 1 KM of your home. Robocop style gendarmes demanding “papiers” in bars and restaurants

I’d seen the films, read the books, I could see where this was going.!

We immediately got the cats their passports and we left the country.

The mass demos stopped the mandates but I’m happier to fight if I have to in the UK – and in my mother tongue !

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 16, 2023 8:15 PM

The cats require passports?

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Dec 16, 2023 8:25 PM
Reply to  Pilgrim Shadow

Yes

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 17, 2023 1:51 PM

That blows my mind.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 4:52 PM
Reply to  Pilgrim Shadow

But were they properly boostered?

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Dec 18, 2023 9:36 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

Rabies, yes. Only dogs have the compulsory wormer.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 19, 2023 4:32 AM

I was reveling in vaxx absurdity, a gag at the puppies’ expense.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 8:45 PM
Reply to  Pilgrim Shadow

Pickwickian passeportes, sûrement.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 9:05 PM

I had been making plans early 2020 to return to live in Paris, at least part of the years, after a 40+ years grim yet often joyful “hiatus.” Then Macron spread his Rothschild/Vichy quasi-nazgullish wings. Then Coronapalooza™ soon covered the globe, and France with it.

(At least their Franc Maçonnerie did not close the churches entirely, as they did here in California, revoking Easter Communion entirely (though always VISIBLE, on the wireless air, the Holy Eucharist was always available for live streaming!).

“EVERYWHERE”

[NB I had spoken in 2018 to a Master Mason ~ unbeknownst ~ who was fronting a Catholic affiliated org. I was shocked when he told me offhand, as I blithely critiqued Freemasonry, that he was a Mason.

“But that is strictly prohibited, under the papal ban for some centuries now.”

He, and his masonic “brother” friend standing nearby, shook their heads mildly but firmly in disagreement.

In our exchanges a little later that same morning he said a startling thing:

HE: I come from people whose lifelong work has been to hide the “cracker.” [Or near words.]

ME: You mean, the Eucharist?!

HE: Nodding.]

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Dec 16, 2023 10:57 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

Did you return to France?

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 11:49 PM

“Pending”

😆

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 17, 2023 10:34 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

Interesting. But complicated.
The Pope, at least the present, can only be pagan.
Catholics involved in politics, mass murder, and flat earth theories during at least a 1000 years.
Then we have Mason say Lucifer, using the Catholic Christ’s last supper as their superior ritual.
Segundo Christ his church is inside us all, which allow me to stay out of all bs.
But, it is a little smokey.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 17, 2023 6:21 PM

Was it forced jabs or did they get the chance of consent? Im talking about animals rights here.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 16, 2023 4:00 PM

“Apply the 1984. Now, the 666.”

TRT
TRT
Dec 16, 2023 3:47 PM

Excellent article. I would say that we are not in the early stages of the construction of a totalitarian state in North America. That happened in the early 2000s after 9/11. The last few years have definitely accelerated the process. We’re probably around half way there at this point.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 17, 2023 4:48 AM
Reply to  TRT

Could be. I wouldn’t argue with you.

nylon
nylon
Dec 16, 2023 3:45 PM

I don’t see much demand for privacy around here.
Everybody seems very willing to expose every detail of their private life on social media.Too willing.
Even criminals on the run get busted because they post pictures with hints to their location.
The need to be seen at any cost has made privacy a conflicting request,almost absurd .
Many post private sexual videos online without any interest in making money out of it,for free, clearly making an illogical exposure of their most secret area just for the sake of it.
Makes no sense but it’s happening.
Yes,come and see my privacy.
Nobody seems to protect it anymore,it’s as sacred as virginity.
Instead what I see around me it’s a big demand for exposure.
Everyone wants to get as much as possible of ego’s favourite food.
And no price seems too big for that indulgence.

Lizzyh7
Lizzyh7
Dec 16, 2023 6:06 PM
Reply to  nylon

Most refuse to believe there is any price to be paid. Many will scream in outrage when you even mention there might be a price and especially that they will have to pay it.

nylon
nylon
Dec 16, 2023 7:55 PM
Reply to  Lizzyh7

Expect to see the same reaction that you get by telling a smoker that smoking is bad and that consequences are real and measurable.
They will shut you off and curl up like an hedgehog.
I’m not sure if this fits under the umbrella of cognitive dissonance but is not falling too far from it.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 12:09 AM
Reply to  nylon

I told the street bloke (comme moi) at my gym that his freedom to smoke was our burden since we would have to pay into healthcare for all the fatal cancer sticks, after he had insisted that it was his right to smoke, angrily, or pouting,
it’s “All I’ve got left” as his “right.”

Being a bit of a pain, since he was so adamant that it was his right, I suggested that Christopher Reeve’s wife Dana lost all her rights in one fell swoop, a non -smoker always, and died of secondhand smoke at 43, only a year after her husband had passed, leaving their young son an orphan. [Smoke-borne DU may disastrously adhère to brain or lung cells.]

I tried to argue the point mildly and friendly, but in my mild mid-sentence his outrage grew & grew, and soon enough, in a blink, he struck out for the nearby corner and walked into & through oncoming traffic while the cars had to dodge around him.

That was his manly protest, and a memorable moment it was, almost got hit by moving cars. That was meant to answer my argument, I guess. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Mostly cry. He had so sternly shamed me.

What can you do, so much of our species is not always even that pliable, at least by stark staring logic alone.

Hedgehog, gone wild into road rage.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 17, 2023 4:51 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

Good lord.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 17, 2023 11:57 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

Its so awful what happen these days. How dared he do that. https://www.wannapik.com/vectors/11963

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 1:39 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Yep. I was shocked, as he intended, but not really at all surprised. He just wanted to put me & my logic in its place. Where he “thought” it belonged.

It struck me as suggestive of core “nazism,” always a curious thing, when you ponder it.

Emotionally, my reflex, and self-defense, was to take it in, forgive it, pity him more than judge (small sample size), turn away with a serene philosophical sigh, and say to none in particular, “Next!”

nylon
nylon
Dec 17, 2023 2:02 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

His personal deep state,in his head, ordered him to protect the beloved addiction at any cost and so he did.
Challenging that deep state was not an option for him.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 4:57 PM
Reply to  nylon

Yes, that, and nowadays he may also have been wirelessly programmed.

But I knew I was pushing it somewhat with him, and those were the results.

USA = United pSyops of Amerika aka pSyops ‘R U.S.

carisse
carisse
Dec 24, 2023 3:00 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

One hopes he’s learned to avoid noxious anti-smokers now.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 4, 2024 4:54 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

I am of the opinion that we all take risks w our lives. It is not for me to say what risks you should take and neither do you tell me.
YES, smoking and alcohol and addiction are dangerous but to decry that sort of risk, personal (HA, PRIVATE!) issues because it effects insurance rates is selfish and short sighted.
I want ppl to stop sky diving because my insurance premiums cd go up. I want ppl to quit going in wilderness alone, too dangerous! I want ppl to stop riding motorcycles…
Ppl who are swept up into someone else’s risk taking (smokers, alkies…) need to do an inventory and decide what they will do about their exposure.
What I got from that little story is that a man was feeling alot of shame abt his smoking, a difficult addiction to quit, and was further shamed by someone on the street. He needed a bit of understanding not a lecture.
“He had so sternly shamed me.” I don’t think so!

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 1:29 PM
Reply to  nylon

A female guard I know had a handy term when I told ber about some scantily clad rollerbladers at our nearby beach, streaking past us,

“Attention whores”

O for a return to Queen Victoria values LOL

Our contemporaries could do far worse. [And, they have.]

Skinnymouse
Skinnymouse
Dec 16, 2023 3:29 PM

This is so well said.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 16, 2023 2:16 PM

What if people are happy with that life?
The young people I see around seem to be quite happy, not to say extremely happy, for their macbook and the access to a world they dont know about and never could access in school.

Are we sour old men who think “our way” are the ultimate state of divine life on earth. Beyond us 68 leftist hippie freaks exist only chaos? They got jabbed. We didnt.

“I dont need no doctor, I dont need no fokking doctor, all I need is my baby and without her, Im in misery.

Paul Watson
Paul Watson
Dec 16, 2023 3:37 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

What if?

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 3:43 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

I know what you mean, but I have to say “happy” isn’t the goal. There is physical happy, and there is soul happy. The “soul happy” part you don’t know is missing until it is too late. You can be physically happy your whole life (if you are rich enough to keep feeding a unsatiated “instant gratification” body) and then suddenly hang yourself because your soul is dead.

I am not saying privacy is the end all. But I do believe without privacy, you cannot be autonomous because some power faction out there is going to suck you up and make you perform for them. “Dance, bitch, dance…”

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 16, 2023 6:24 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Yeah, I also know what you mean here.
I got over this problem by realizing I had an obligation to give the gift I got, further to those who need it, especially the young and my own.

As Christ said: “You got it for free, and shall give it to others for free”.

It was the way I got it myself. In the childhood I learned about the bible, Adam and Eve and all that, but didnt quite understood it, it got lost it in the struggle forward.
Only late, experience obtained I digged into it and found the preservation of the soul.

It was difficult, hard work, but finally the two cents fell. So I give the young, friends and family members in the same way a discrete seed.
Then its available for them if they someday maybe decades later look after something which can give their potential tortured soul peace and explain what life is/was about.
To the bottom it is the difference between divine and pagan, between up or down, good and evil, white and black, heaven and hell.
Our universe and earth are complex, but the key to it is simple.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 17, 2023 4:53 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

That is one very important thing i have learned living through the past three years…”our universe and earth are complex, but the key to it is simple.” Amen to that.

ariel'
ariel'
Dec 16, 2023 10:28 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

You have to do some spiritual work in order to be even minimally ‘soul-happy.’ This does not go down too well, especially with those who have no idea that it really exists, except as a form of words. ]
But, it is accessible to us every moment.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 4, 2024 4:59 AM
Reply to  ariel'

I assume “spiritual work” is not to be confused in this context with any “religious work”.
More like Shadow Work.

ariel'
ariel'
Jan 4, 2024 4:34 PM
Reply to  Lupa

Yes, correct. Organised religion IS politics, (by other means) basically. ‘Spiritual work’ is ‘doing and ‘not-doing’ the stuff most religions only talk about. And Shadow Work has to be a part of it. Or otherwise we don’t know our-selves/Self at all.

Rob
Rob
Dec 16, 2023 2:04 PM

While you had your privacy during the “golden years”, you had a fucked up war, Vietnam where most people were afraid to stand up to it….
There was also apartheid shit called Jim Crow laws.
The cold war allowed for the same nonsense today, a virtual martial law imposed on those who did not see Russia as the evil empire that y’all trusted blindly.

Women who preferred to be single were shamed for not getting married.
And so on.

Going back to those times is a regression. I don’t know why you boomers think it was such a great time. Perhaps those who did, were the ones who enjoyed economic stability and were rewarded for “hard work”.

Bloobock
Bloobock
Dec 16, 2023 2:22 PM
Reply to  Rob

The word “regression,” as you used it, is a propaganda term. History is an exclusively backward-looking phenomenon; there is no history to learn from when you put your hand over the past and look only to the glorious progressive future of untested ideas. It is “regression,” then, to see any value whatsoever in the time-tested ideas of our ancestors, or the culture in which those ideas were embedded over eons of trial and error? It is “progress,” then, to adopt instead the ever-changing, prepackaged ideals handed to us by think tanks, corporate boards and media conglomerates?

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 2:44 PM
Reply to  Bloobock

Very well put.

petunia petherington
petunia petherington
Dec 16, 2023 3:48 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

‘I grew up at a time that was a mere 20 years after the Nazi war’…No…it was the Jews war!

mjh
mjh
Dec 17, 2023 1:38 AM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

But Rob does have one good point — those of us who are Boomers should be wary about presenting an idealized version of what society and life were like “back in the day.”

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 17, 2023 4:56 AM
Reply to  mjh

I would not say it was idealized at all. But there were some things about it that were good. I can’t say any particular time in the past was even close to perfect. There have always been problems. The tumors were there, now they have metastasized everywhere. I do think now is worse as we enter the end game.

judith
judith
Dec 17, 2023 12:52 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

I do, too. Right now is soul-less.
Yes, the past had it’s corruption and the never ending wars. I think corruption and wars and poverty will always exist.
But there is no spirit today. No hope. No interest. No spark.
Of course, that’s me at almost 70.
Perhaps the youth feel differently.
They may feel as we felt differently when we were young and the world was changing.
LIfe goes on. It changes.
But I think the last four years have sucked the life out of life.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 5:00 PM
Reply to  judith

Only Spirit can restore it.

ariel
ariel
Dec 16, 2023 4:18 PM
Reply to  Bloobock

‘Progress’ is a very interesting ‘word.’ Meaning 2. Concise Oxford Centenary Edition: ‘development towards a better, more complete, or more modern condition.’ page 1147
A little further on you will find on page 1150
‘Propaganda’ 1.’ information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view. the dissemination of such information,’
This propaganda is guaranteed to be safe and effective

Stella
Stella
Dec 16, 2023 8:19 PM
Reply to  Bloobock

“Theses on the Philosophy of History” An essay written by Walter Benjamin is a great critique to historicism.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 2:42 PM
Reply to  Rob

There is no doubt those times had their problems, and maybe things were basically the same as they are now but more people were in denial and didn’t see it for what it was (your example of the “fucked up war” is one of those things that nearly the entirety of the population of the US knew practically nothing about).

My examples of “a greater sense of privacy” I do believe was more prevalent in those times. That doesn’t mean “those times” were “great times.” Maybe the privacy issue was that way for fucked up reasons, or maybe that sense of privacy had not yet been thoroughly stripped away in the agenda’s effort to strip us of our autonomy. It is hard to say.

Martha
Martha
Dec 16, 2023 10:25 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

I’m old enough to remember privacy, modesty, and I hope in the future it will return. Maybe after a huge CME fries the satellites and power grid?? Send us back to the days of typewriters, alternative newspapers and face to face gatherings?

Skinnymouse
Skinnymouse
Dec 16, 2023 3:33 PM
Reply to  Rob

I don’t read where Todd was saying it was such a great time. He was writing about one aspect of that time.

Lizzyh7
Lizzyh7
Dec 16, 2023 6:15 PM
Reply to  Rob

You boomers? Quit with the generational war crap that is being spoon fed to you by our owners through all those oh so great devices you simply can no longer live without. If you could pull your head out of that device you’d see the divide and conquer for what it is. You will eventually see through it though, but by then it will be way too fucking late, if it isn’t already. Yeah, I know, all the young think it will never happen to them, I once thought that way too. But that’s just another lie our owners use to make you think the new way is superior and there’s nothing at all to be learned from the past. Just one more form of the ever-present dumbing down, brought to you by the sponsors of idiocy, sigh.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 16, 2023 6:38 PM
Reply to  Rob

They say a majority of Russians over 60 years old still romanticise Stalin’s Sovjet purges, Gulag camps, concrete bureaucracy and Cheka secret police as “the good ol’ days”.

Kremlin are doing some job to stop it when they see these attempts to “get back”.  😅 .
Same pattern.

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine
Dec 16, 2023 10:58 PM
Reply to  Rob

Young people are known for being stupid. You rest my case for me.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 5:04 PM
Reply to  Thomas Paine

Well, young people are mostly at best germinating seeds. Some few germinate well, others are blocked off somehow, like Jesus put it in the parable of the seeds and the few finding good soil.

Bloobock
Bloobock
Dec 16, 2023 1:57 PM

This is a profound insight, and as close as I’ve seen anybody get to describing an irreducible psychological origin story for the sudden gear shift in human culture that happened in March 2020. The moment when science officially became what’s now called Scientism was the announcement by Pfizer, a few months into their double-blind study of the effectiveness of their “vaccine,” that the “vaccine” worked so well that it was simply unethical to complete the study, or even to allow the continued existence of the control group. The kind-hearted “scientists” couldn’t live with themselves if they didn’t “offer” the “vaccine” to the people who had been given saline injections. It was the first time since the invention of double-blind studies that this had been done, and it would have been a hanging offense a year earlier. Certainly none of the “scientists” involved in the decision would ever have worked again if the culture we thought we were still inhabiting had not been quietly replaced with a new global Law of Jante.

Privacy, if allowed to exist, turns every individual into a potential control group, and thus a threat to the delicate neuroses of every other individual, who need to believe that mistakes are impossible, or undetectable, or, in the worst case, unprovable. The rage against anti-vaxxers was never about the details of the decision they made, it was about their implicit insistence that privacy is still permitted.

Iggytog
Iggytog
Dec 16, 2023 1:13 PM

There will always be people who wont follow the herd.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 3:44 PM
Reply to  Iggytog

Poor, alone, wretches!

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 16, 2023 7:11 PM
Reply to  Iggytog

The homeless on the bench gave the whole bunch of Elite and sheeple the finger.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 11:22 PM
Reply to  Iggytog

“Be good and you’ll be lonely.”

~ Mark Tw[a]in*

*[But we don’t really believe what this Master Mason implied, only because the best among us, and the better, are never lonely, they are mostly in the mostly unseen company of angels. Aha.]

peter.ilcken
peter.ilcken
Dec 16, 2023 11:37 AM

Mr Hayen ,
I have read your article with interest and I also feel that in this respect we apparently unnoticed ( without intention ? ) , as individuals give up a lot of ” private ” without any reflection . Thanks for your article and observation. I have noticed that for some time now there have been an overwhelming number of videos on Y tube shorts in which women are explicitly portrayed in close-up with images of their crotches. None of that from men. Kind regards, peter. P.S I don’t hear much about this from the women’s movement?

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Dec 16, 2023 11:06 AM

“Bloody just stop oil protesters should bloody well be locked up. Give the police more powers”

“But Dad, don’t you think that’s what they want you to demand ?”

Crickets.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 3:01 PM

I was just thinking something similar to your comment after watching the first 20 minutes of the new documentary on the January 6 Capital “invasion.” I found it most disturbing to see Americans (police) fighting Americans (protestors). Aren’t they both Americans? There was so much hate on both sides of that conflict, and zero respect for Americans doing what they are supposed to do…protest something that they feel is egregiously wrong with the system. There was so much righteousness (the cops believing they were the “true” Americans fighting off the foreign invaders) and belligerence on both sides of the divide.

In this regard, without knowing any detail about “why” this was happening, I have to side with the Americans that were protesting. They were outgunned, had no authority, no “rubber bullets”, no bombs to throw at the police, no physical advantage or even equality. Yes, if they were breaking the law, they were subject to submission and arrest. But that clearly is not what happened.

Whether you like it or not “hillbilly, longhaired, bearded, Trump supporters” are Americans too, and they have just as much right as anyone else to protest and want their candidate for president. Yes, things were out of hand. Maybe the protesters stepped out of line (they eventually definitely stepped out of line, how they got to that point was also undoubtedly influenced by the Capitol Police), but they still should have been treated differently by fellow Americans, and the protestors should have treated the police differently as fellow Americans.

Lizzyh7
Lizzyh7
Dec 16, 2023 7:06 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

And many of “those Americans” are now facing long prison terms as well as financial ruin, for essentially being damned near escorted into the building. There is much to be learned from Jan 6, a protest organized on Facebook for God’s sake, and one ginned up for decades by a Republican party all too happy to feed the rage that comes from seeing elections don’t matter one bit. And the Democrats have used that incident ad nauseum to fund raise from those who still think they are going to save “our democracy” – from what, exactly? As if we live in one.

The saddest thing about that whole thing to me is the very idea that any election would change much at all. But as a set up for the expression of all that ginned up outrage that elections matter, Jan 6 was a coup alright, but not in the way our media is selling it. Insurrection? Without guns? WTF, over? A “protest” set up on a social media site and the “authorities” just didn’t see it coming? In what world? There’s even one short clip showing The Oath Keepers assisting the Capitol Police to escort a small force of cops in full riot gear out of the building who could not get through “the mob” unaided and needed help from those terrifying bearded Trump supporters, who did actually treat the Capitol Police as fellow Americans in that instance. But never mind all that.

There is plenty to be learned from that day, and the overriding lesson there is do not protest those bullshit elections, do not argue, do not point out the inconsistencies in said election, lest you be jailed and considered a lunatic. And even if you do not formally protest, we all should see that our government can do whatever it takes to shut down any dissent at all – freezing bank accounts; bringing criminal charges for breeching barricades moved aside to facilitate said breech; staging long criminal trials to keep the media frenzy going, while criminalizing any form of speech that might point out those abuses; not to even mention tracking and tracing every movement of anyone in the vicinity that day, whether those were actually protesting or not, while forcing those people to defend themselves against possible criminal charges regardless of why they were there.

Using that dreaded “right wing” to do this was a perfect set up in the moment. You say you want civil rights for all? Well, you can have those, in name only of course, but do not ever think that means that all those pesky civil liberties apply to you, they don’t. Do not even use the phrase “civil liberties” as that harkens back to an age when those things seemed important and paints you as a nutter today. A potential criminal nutter, to be watched and assessed for your behavior at all times. It’s not 1984 anymore, it’s 2023 and that lame ass shit from 1984 is so outdated you can’t even see it yet. But you will.

Martha
Martha
Dec 16, 2023 10:29 PM
Reply to  Lizzyh7

Happy 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party! Seems like only yesterday.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 11:26 PM
Reply to  Martha

And a Happy 254th Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven!

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 17, 2023 3:47 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

So, is it hip hip hooray or
Da Da De Dum?

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 17, 2023 5:06 PM
Reply to  Johnny

Both, and so much MORE!

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 17, 2023 5:02 AM
Reply to  John Ervin

Yea!!!!

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 18, 2023 2:18 PM
Reply to  John Ervin

NB: math was never my strong suit [nor, apparently, arithmetic.]

12.16.1770 ~ 3.26.1827

So. 253rd.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Still redeemable till the 1st expires..

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 11:38 PM
Reply to  Martha

The Tea Party show was only a diversionary psyop from the dreaded tax looming for the “signers”: rich land owners being compelled in the future to pay their slaves any wages. Let alone back pay.

Very taxing. And no cup of tea, colonially.

[Covered in Gerald Horne recent histories: “The Counter Revolution of 1776” and “Race to Revolution” and “Negro Comrades of the Crown 👑” all detailing the global fallout from the landmark King’s Bench Lord Mansfield ruling of June 1772 in “Somerset versus Stewart” essentially abolishing any & all legal foundation for slavery. Or rather, finding there was none.

“I must release the Black to his freedom.”

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine
Dec 16, 2023 11:00 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

The police led them into the building.

As with so much these days–it was a put-up job.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Dec 16, 2023 10:33 AM

The fact is that unless everyone agrees on everything, then almost every human being on earth will do something, say something, trade with someone etc etc that will cause someone on earth outrage.

Why should anyone be required to seek the request of the whole social media world for things which don’t affect them?

I don’t answer to people who don’t pay me and I don’t answer to people who didn’t create me. Journalists in the main are an extremely arrogant bunch, many of whom think that snorting cocaine gives them moral superiority.

Where privacy should be limited is for actions by public officials/senior Establishment worthies who are telling everyone else to do something they are overtly refusing to do/are doing the precise opposite.

You know: things like telling everyone to stay indoors whilst attending booze-fuelled parties with plenty of snogging going on. Telling everyone we have a climate crisis due to too much flying whilst racking up 100,00 air miles a year. Telling everyone to eat vegetarian whilst splurging on sirloin steak at Michelin starred restaurants. Telling Russians never to kill whilst killing continuously for 80 years yourselves.

But who some villager has sex with is nobody else’s business, unless they have STDs which might get transmitted more widely.

What I say to a family member over the phone is no business of the perverts at MI5, GCHQ etc.

Where I go on holiday is absolutely no business of my sister’s, unless I choose to tell her.

And what I buy, where, is absolutely not the business of Bill Gates, Jacob Rothschild, any MP or Civil Servant and is not information that my bank has any right to sell to third parties.

underground poet
underground poet
Dec 16, 2023 12:42 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Politics is the disease that people want to get.

But they better not let it go to their head.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 3:06 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Yes, yes, yes. The only people who have business to know your private decisions, choices, etc. Is someone you have “contract” with to share certain things…CERTAIN things, not everything. It is one of the biggest problems in couples relations and I deal with it every day. Marrying someone does not give the partner the “right” to know every personal detail about their partner. But most couples think differently. Yes, a couple’s contract does limit personal privacy. But they both need to know the limitations of that contract.

Sorry, I went off on a tangent. Probably not related to your comment!

mjh
mjh
Dec 17, 2023 1:34 AM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

But what about all of us posting here on Off Guardian? Aren’t we, voluntarily and without any contract, sharing information about ourselves — about our opinions, our political views, our very selves? And who is to say that some Big Brother isn’t watching us and making note of it all?

underground poet
underground poet
Dec 17, 2023 11:50 AM
Reply to  mjh

The idea is that they do but actually learn from it rather than trying to control it.

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 16, 2023 9:52 AM

Seems to me the sanctity of privacy has been swallowed by the cult of celebrity.
Everything’s on the table, literally.

‘Fifteen minutes of fame’ has become de rigueur for ambitious Gen X, Y, Z and millennials.

It doesn’t matter whether their privacy has been violated, any publicity is good publicity. They seem to thrive on the adulation and the condemnation.

The rest of us just have to wear the consequences.
Shit splatters.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 12:34 PM
Reply to  Johnny

Very good observation, I had not thought of this, and it makes perfect sense.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 16, 2023 4:28 PM
Reply to  Johnny

Everyone selling their own “brand.”

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 16, 2023 11:45 PM
Reply to  Johnny

“They seem to thrive on the adulation and the condemnation.” Quoth Johnny.

[Putative] pimps anyways. Their biz thrives that way.

Such practices,like pornography, are acids stored in the vessels of our cultures. Media has stored them now for us by orders of magnitude. Shunnable thus. More & more.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 16, 2023 9:42 AM

The arrogance of the media is proclaimed everywhere. Consider how often there is a presumption of some community whose qualities are laid out for you. And the implication is that you should either emulate these qualities … or be considered “irrelevant”.

From my feed today,

“How Mercury Retrograde Went Viral”

(Something “went viral” and is therefore already proclaimed to be popular. What do you mean you’ve never heard of it?)

“‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ at 25—Frank, Queer, and Ahead of Its Time”

(Being “queer” is The Thing now. And you don’t want to miss out on The Thing!)

“Why Millennial Women Are Embracing Angel Investing”

“Millennials” Are you one of them? If so then you must conform to our description!

And here is a whole slew of “we”, “our”, and “us”:

“From viral dances to lil-stinker headshots to songs we couldn’t get our of our heads, our favorite Very Online moments of the past years.”

“The Unsung Geniuses Who Uncovered Why We Sleep and Dream”

We’re more terrified of ageing than ever – but why?”

“From climate anxiety to fear of diseases wiping us out, it is no wonder that we are worried about getting older. Are we trying to stop the end of the world with Botox?”

“What does switching from paper to screens mean for how we read?”

“It’s well established that we absorb less well when reading on screen. But why? And can we do something to improve it?”

(Note also that “well established”. So don’t argue!)

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 12:38 PM
Reply to  George Mc

This is also a fascinating observation that I had not noticed! Thank you for bringing this up…again, the agenda’s effort to homogenize us into “one being”—destroying individual autonomy.

ChronoChris
ChronoChris
Dec 16, 2023 1:12 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

It reminds me of something I’ve been musing recently. The idea of a societal concept; a thing that has validity because it is accepted by society. When someone states that “this is a societal concept” I now reply “I’m sorry, I missed that meeting. When did we as a society discuss, debate, refine and then accept this?”. These concepts are designed by individuals or organisations and then transmitted via the media and other channels. To say these are societal concepts is false; it’s a way of shutting out debate.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 2:22 PM
Reply to  ChronoChris

I before erroneously believed that societal “concepts” came about organically, and as such, had some validity. But now I believe that anything “societal” or “cultural” is a manipulation by the agenda. I think once “marketing to the masses” became a refined art, the agenda saw this as the great opportunity to manipulate the masses through the media. And of course social media has been the big boon for this. It is fascinated to dissect what is going on and find the bedbugs embedded in the bedding that are the real cause for our itching.

ariel
ariel
Dec 16, 2023 4:27 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Nobody mentioned Unisex Toilets. Privacy meant something, previously.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 17, 2023 5:07 AM
Reply to  ariel

Good point. I should have touched on that. The whole “trans movement” as well as the “fluid gender” movement with the pronoun nonsense is a perfect example of the destruction of privacy. Sex, sexual organs, sexual privacy has always been a very powerful form of personal privacy. Now it no longer exists.

It is interesting how, for some reason, trans people do not mind sharing a bathroom with any other gender. Why is that?

dom irritant
dom irritant
Dec 17, 2023 9:20 AM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

aye but it is usually men pretending to be women not so many women pretending to be men in mens toilets

Paul Watson
Paul Watson
Dec 16, 2023 9:04 AM

Good article.
Everything is inverted, right is wrong, good is bad.
A Satanic agenda leading to the destruction of humanity..

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Dec 16, 2023 12:39 PM
Reply to  Paul Watson

Unfortunately I have to agree with you.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 16, 2023 8:54 AM

I couldn’t locate specific quotes but I’m sure that Kierkegaard – and probably Nietzsche too – made comments about the “third person” people i.e. these ones who don’t have any personal life but constantly imagine themselves only as seen by others. These are the people who always act as in put on a show – even when they are alone. They always assume they have an audience. Nowadays, they always assume they are on camera. They never think of “I” as individual and responsible for the self but only of the “They” who they serve always by imitation. The biggest irony being that this “They” never – or rarely – goes back to any specific individual but is a construct of the rulers.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 16, 2023 9:10 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Found a Kierkegaard quote. I was going to abridge it but it seemed too good for that. Apologies for the length:

“The public is an idea, which would never have occurred to people in ancient times, for the people themselves en masse in corpora (“in mass, in a single body”) took steps in any active situation, and bore responsibility for each individual among them, and each individual had to personally, without fail, present himself and submit his decision immediately to approval or disapproval. When first a clever society makes concrete reality into nothing, then the Media creates that abstraction, “the public,” which is filled with unreal individuals, who are never united nor can they ever unite simultaneously in a single situation or organization, yet still stick together as a whole. The public is a body, more numerous than the people which compose it, but this body can never be shown, indeed it can never have only a single representation, because it is an abstraction. Yet this public becomes larger, the more the times become passionless and reflective and destroy concrete reality; this whole, the public, soon embraces everything. . . .

The public is not a people, it is not a generation, it is not a simultaneity, it is not a community, it is not a society, it is not an association, it is not those particular men over there, because all these exist because they are concrete and real; however, no single individual who belongs to the public has any real commitment; some times during the day he belongs to the public, namely, in those times in which he is nothing; in those times that he is a particular person, he does not belong to the public. Consisting of such individuals, who as individuals are nothing, the public becomes a huge something, a nothing, an abstract desert and emptiness, which is everything and nothing. . . .

The Media is an abstraction (because a newspaper is not concrete and only in an abstract sense can be considered an individual), which in association with the passionlessness and reflection of the times creates that abstract phantom, the public, which is the actual leveller. . . . More and more individuals will, because of their indolent bloodlessness, aspire to become nothing, in order to become the public, this abstract whole, which forms in this ridiculous manner: the public comes into existence because all its participants become third parties. This lazy mass, which understands nothing and does nothing, this public gallery seeks some distraction, and soon gives itself over to the idea that everything which someone does, or achieves, has been done to provide the public something to gossip about. . . . The public has a dog for its amusement. That dog is the Media. If there is someone better than the public, someone who distinguishes himself, the public sets the dog on him and all the amusement begins. This biting dog tears up his coat-tails, and takes all sort of vulgar liberties with his leg—until the public bores of it all and calls the dog off. That is how the public levels.”

KiwiJoker
KiwiJoker
Dec 16, 2023 8:07 PM
Reply to  George Mc

In New Zealand we have long had a phrase for this phenomena:

‘Tall-poppy Syndrome’

.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 16, 2023 8:29 PM
Reply to  KiwiJoker

Odd you should mention poppies. Kierkegaard begins his book Fear and Trambling with a quote from J. G. Hamann:

What Tarquinius Superbus said in the garden by means of the poppies, the son understood but the messenger did not.

Translator H. Hong provides background for this quote.

When the son of Tarquinius Superbus had craftily gotten Gabii in his power, he sent a messenger to his father asking what he should do with the city. Tarquinius, not trusting the messenger, gave no reply but took him into the garden, where with his cane he cut off the flowers of the tallest poppies. The son understood from this that he should eliminate the leading men of the city.

John Ervin
John Ervin
Dec 22, 2023 1:37 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Maybe he meant mostly the salient Artists, as such visible floral beauty may suggest. Not to mention de Quincey connexes [“Confessions of an Opium Eater”]!

Power despises nothing more than the Art Spirit. It can commodify the art, and insists, but it can only kill or castrate the Spirit, or die trying, since it has too little of its own to navigate all that safely.

Paul
Paul
Dec 17, 2023 3:02 PM
Reply to  George Mc

I used to be like that.

Honestly I think it’s part of the agenda in keeping us apart from God. When you know God loves you and wants to help you, it changes your life.