Thursday, October 30, 2014

Etiology of Social Dementia - 12

This series has been about the government and business miscalculating the detrimental impact that their propaganda has on the public.

They evidently do not think that using misinformation, lies, and other forms of propaganda to control and manipulate the public has an adverse impact on the public.

Let's hope that is the case, instead of the alternative, which would be that they deliberately damage the minds of the populace with falsehood.

As it turns out, many of us in western civilization are out of touch with the most simple of factors in and around us, for example, notice some of these details:
The average person has a pretty poor understanding of things like what proportion of the population are immigrants or Muslims, what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant each year and how the government spends our money. But are we uniquely ignorant in Britain?

It turns out that people in other countries are just as wrong – in fact, often much more so than the British. Americans think that a quarter of US teenage girls give birth each year – when it is actually 3%. The US is also one of the countries that are furthest from reality on the extent of immigration, with an average guess of 31%, when the actual proportion is 13%.

The French think 30% of the population are Muslims, when the real figure is 8%. The French are also too pessimistic about others’ democratic engagement: they think only 58% voted in the last presidential election, when 80% did.

Incredibly, Italians think that nearly half of their population is over 65 years old. Italy does have a relatively old population, but the actual figure is only 21%. Even more bizarrely, Italians also think half their population is unemployed, when the real figure is only 12%.

Looking across all the questions, Britain actually does relatively well: we’re fifth most accurate out of 14 countries in the “index of ignorance”. Italy is the most wrong, with the US next worst.
(Guardian, emphasis added). That article wonders "out loud" as it were about why this is so:
"The ‘index of ignorance’ raises not only a wry smile, but questions over why people’s perceptions are so far from reality ..."
(ibid). In this series and others I have said, based on what some educators say, that it is because of the institutionalization of lies within society by western governments:
"Noam Chomsky: One of the most important comments on deceit, I think, was made by Adam Smith. He pointed out that a major goal of business is to deceive and oppress the public.

And one of the striking features of the modern period is the institutionalization of that process, so that we now have huge industries deceiving the public — and they're very conscious about it, the public relations industry. Interestingly, this developed in the freest countries—in Britain and the US — roughly around time of WWI, when it was recognized that enough freedom had been won that people could no longer be controlled by force. So modes of deception and manipulation had to be developed in order to keep them under control
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(The Deceit Business). The right to lie does not end at the doorstep of government and business, at least in the U.S. where there is a right to lie (It Takes A Culture To Raise A Compulsive Liar).

The suicide rates are going up and people hardly even know where they are these days (You Are Here).

Perhaps the government and big business need to stop being the main ignorance generators in western society (Agnotology: The Surge)?

The previous post in this series is here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Supreme Being Netanyahu - 2

Front entrance: NSA Headquarters
In October of 2009 I complained about the hard headed, hard hearted, and hard core right wing politician Netanyahu of Israel (The Supreme Being Netanyahu).

The self-destructive relationship that the U.S. has had with Israel through Netanyahu has been detrimental to peace in the region as well as peace in the world.

In fact, "peace" has become, in this unhealthy relationship, a meaningless word over there and now over here.

About the only government agency that still unconditionally "loves" Netanyahu at all costs is the military NSA ... probably because they use the Mossad of Israel on the intake side of the military NSA's insatiable demented hunger to destroy the privacy of Americans and everyone else by incessantly spying on us all.

To top it off, Israel has enough nuclear weapons to bring about the war to end all wars by ending all human life (The Most Dangerous Moment in Recorded History).

So, the souring of the relationship with Netanyahu is an opening for pressure on the Israeli government to listen to the moderates in its populace and in its government:
The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.

This comment is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis. The relationship between these two administrations— dual guarantors of the putatively “unbreakable” bond between the U.S. and Israel—is now the worst it's ever been, and it stands to get significantly worse after the November midterm elections. By next year, the Obama administration may actually withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations, but even before that, both sides are expecting a showdown over Iran, should an agreement be reached about the future of its nuclear program.

The fault for this breakdown in relations can be assigned in good part to the junior partner in the relationship, Netanyahu, and in particular, to the behavior of his cabinet. Netanyahu has told several people I’ve spoken to in recent days that he has “written off” the Obama administration, and plans to speak directly to Congress and to the American people should an Iran nuclear deal be reached. For their part, Obama administration officials express, in the words of one official, a “red-hot anger” at Netanyahu for pursuing settlement policies on the West Bank, and building policies in Jerusalem, that they believe have fatally undermined Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace process.
(The Atlantic, Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations). In past posts on Dredd Blog it has been pointing out that the relationship is not a good one:
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was opened for signature in 1968 and entered into force in 1970. It has nearly 190 Parties, giving it the largest membership of any arms control treaty in the world. The Treaty comprises legally binding nonproliferation commitments and is the basis for international cooperation on stemming the spread of nuclear weapons. It is widely regarded as the legal and political cornerstone of the nuclear nonproliferation regime and as containing three main concepts or “pillars” – nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. In Prague on April 5, 2009 President Obama said that the basic bargain at the core of the Treaty is sound: “countries with nuclear weapons will move towards disarmament; countries without nuclear weapons will not acquire them; and all countries can access peaceful nuclear energy.” The President also called on NPT parties to take steps to strengthen this vital nonproliferation instrument.
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High-level talks between Israel and its Muslim neighbors regarding a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East have been canceled by the US and Israel.

A nuclear weapons-free zone has been repeatedly proposed, only to have Israel – the only state in the region with nuclear weapons – reject it in favor of maintaining this nuclear monopoly, further destabilizing the region, and keeping the threat of others’ nukes as a primary excuse for its militarism.

Diplomats tell the Associated Press that the US, one of the organizers of the meeting on this latest NWFZ proposal, would likely make a formal announcement of its cancellation soon, claiming that “the time was not opportune.”

While Iran is a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, has publicly pledged its opposition to nuclear weapons development, has subjected itself to thorough international inspections, and in fact has exactly zero nuclear weapons, Israel has done none of the above and has approximately 200 nuclear warheads. Iran is being severely punished and threatened with attack, Israel is supported with unparalleled economic, military, and diplomatic support.
(Origin of the Classic Nuclear Bully - 2). This bully relationship is a danger to human civilization (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch - 2).

In the first post Netanyahu had been criticized for overseeing war crimes against defenseless groups.

Currently he has now done even worse war crimes during his recent attempted genocide which he calls "mowing the grass."

We need to get back to the place where peace was preferred to war, and human sanity was preferred over madness.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mocking America - 4

What is your mission?
What does the passing of Rick Piltz who died recently (Rick Piltz Dies at 71) have to do with the co-founder of the Weather Channel?

John Coleman is  co-founder (pushed out) of the Weather Channel.

He appeared on Fox News recently to declare that global warming induced climate change is a hoax (Co-founder of The Weather Channel Is In Denial), which was quickly confirmed by Dr. Sarah Palin (Heartland Institute is their mentor now; The Exceptional American Denial), all of which was quickly debunked by The Weather Channel.

Dr. Palin is a well known scientific historian who from her front porch, while observing "Russia", discovered that Eugenics is being reborn by a conspiracy of 98% of the world's climate scientists (Agnotology: The Surge, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11).

But, let's continue with this:
Piltz revealed in 2005 that the Bush administration was revising supposedly scientific reports to cast doubt on the existence of human-caused climate change. He leaked copies of the edited documents to The New York Times, after resigning from his job as a senior associate for the U.S. government’s Global Change Research Office.

Piltz’s move not only drew attention to Bush’s intentional suppression of scientific fact, but also to the administration’s dubious hiring practices. Less than a week after the story was published, the official who made the edits, Philip A. Cooney, announced he would resign as chief of staff for the Council on Environmental Quality in the White House to return to his former role as a lobbyist for the petroleum industry [a.k.a. Oil-Qaeda].
(Bush Wars on Climate Truth, emphasis added). The mission of the right wing Oil-Qaeda group (Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment, 2, 3) is to continue global warming induced climate change until it destroys civilization (MOMCOM's Mass Suicide & Murder Pact, 2, 3, 4, 5).

They are ensconced in a trance of denial or they could not promote this unthinkable act.

A heinous criminal act not seen in any of the worst mass murder/suicide pacts of history (Comparing a Group-Mind Trance to a Cultural Amygdala).

These psychopaths of the epigovernment (Epigovernment: The New Model, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) love to mock America by, among other things, denying the work of the American scientific community.

As has been shown in this series, one of the ways they do it through epigovernment infiltration of the media:
I sense a neoCon surge in the propagandasphere, remembering that Mittster Romney purchased The Weather Channel and Weather Underground:
On January 3, 2008, it was reported that The Weather Channel and its assets were put up for sale by Landmark Communications. On July 6, 2008, NBC Universal, Bain Capital and Blackstone Group agreed to purchase The Weather Channel from Landmark.
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On July 2, 2012, The Weather Channel announced that it would acquire Weather Underground, which will become operated under its subsidiary The Weather Channel Companies, LLC.
(Wikipedia, The Weather Channel, Weather Underground, emphasis added). The neoCons are long term propagandists, and are making a power play to try to control information about the Global Climate System.
(On The Origin of Tornadoes). This is the activity of the real matrix we should be concerned with, not the science fiction one (The Matriarch of the Matrix, 2, 3).

The previous post in this series is here.

A 1958 video which shows we went into the catastrophe with our "eyes wide open."





Monday, October 27, 2014

The Universal Smedley - 4

This series began with a post about a general named Smedley, then expanded out to others who made a career out of the massive war industry, educational system of war, and over-arching politics of war (The Universal Smedley, 2, 3).

What I am talking about in this series, then, is those who were and are the architects of current industrial civilization (Viva Egypt - 2; Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, 2, 3, 4; The Peak of Sanity - 3).

In today's post, among other things, I want to discuss a book written by a recent addition to the Smedley Corps, one whose mind also encountered and absorbed some or all of the Smedley memes:
Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz has said of the upcoming Concert for Valor:
“The post-9/11 years have brought us the longest period of sustained warfare in our nation’s history. The less than one percent of Americans who volunteered to serve during this time have afforded the rest of us remarkable freedoms -- but that freedom comes with a responsibility to understand their sacrifice, to honor them, and to appreciate the skills and experience they offer when they return home.”
It was crafty of Schultz to redirect that famed 1% label from the ultra rich,
At Amazon
represented by CEOs like him, onto our “heroes.” At the concert, I hope Schultz has a chance to get more specific about those “remarkable freedoms.” Will he mention that the U.S. has the highest per capita prison population on the planet? Does he include among those remarkable freedoms the guarantee that dogs, Tasers, tear gas, and riot police will be sent after you if you stay out past dark protesting the killing of an unarmed Black teenager by a representative of this country’s increasingly militarized police? Will the freedom to be too big to fail and so to have the right to melt down the economy and walk away without going to prison -- as Jamie Dimon, the CEO of Chase, did -- be mentioned? Do these remarkable freedoms include having every American phone call and email recorded and stored away by the NSA?
(Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?). His notice of the 1% diversion by a 1% figure (Howard Schultz) was interesting.

It was interesting because the original universal Smedley, author Fanning's ideological ancestor, had coined the phrase in the 1930's:
"We are divided, in America, into two classes: The Tories on one side, a class of citizens who were raised to believe that the whole of this country was created for their sole benefit, and on the other side, the other 99 per cent of us, the soldier class, the class from which all of you soldiers came. That class hasn’t any privileges except to die when the Tories tell them. Every war that we have ever had was gotten, up by that class. They do all the beating of the drums. Away the rest of us go. When we leave, you know what happens. We march down the street with all the Sears-Roebuck soldiers standing on the sidewalk, all the dollar-a-year men with spurs, all the patriots who call themselves patriots, square-legged women in uniforms making Liberty Loan speeches. They promise you. You go down the street and they ring all the church bells. Promise you the sun, the moon, the stars and the earth,–anything to save them. Off you go. Then the looting commences while you are doing the fighting. This last war made over 6,000 millionaires. Today those fellows won’t help pay the bill."
(The Universal Smedley). The original universal Smedley also wrote a book "War is a Racket."

Do we do the math (Cost of War) or count the cost of freedom buried in the ground some other way:
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established.
(The Greatest Source Of Power Toxins?, quoting James Madison). Whatever "freedom" is, "no nation" can preserve it in the midst of continual warfare.

MOMCOM has some of "it" on sale now --cheap (MOMCOM - A Mean Welfare Queen), but it is feudal "freedom" since we are so low on inventory / stock of the James Madison type of freedom right now (American Feudalism - 6).

The previous post in this series is here.

Another accounting method: