Saturday, May 7, 2011

How To Brainwash A Nation

From Episode Two of the film series "The Century of the Self" by Adam Curtis. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, Edward Bernays started his business life as a publicist. While still in his twenties, he was part of the propaganda effort that drove the United States into in World War I (WW I.)

He personally advised several US presidents starting with Woodrow Wilson and counseled numerous corporations and business associations. Hitler's propaganda chief and Nazi henchman Joseph Goebbels was a reader and fan of Bernay's writing in particular Bernay's book "Crystalizing Public Opinion."

In this short excerpt from Curtis's film we see one example of Bernays at work.

Bernays was one of the engineers of the Cold War. He perfected the technique of manufacturing a distant but ever-threatening enemy and then creating a constant state of fear by generating false news reports that endlessly re-stated and exagerated the threat.

The stated purpose of Bernay's methods was to give those in power greater control over what he called "the mass mind." It worked well in the 1950s and sadly, it appears to be working quite well today... but maybe not forever.

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At my Church after the premise is made and proof given of that premise the congregation is encouraged to say SO WHAT?!!? Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal writes about the relevance in article below:

Osama bin Laden’s Useful Death

by Paul Craig Roberts

In a propaganda piece reeking of US Triumphalism, two alleged journalists, Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt, of the Associated Press or, rather, of the White House Ministry of Truth, write, or copy off a White House or CIA press release that "Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind killed by Navy SEALs in an intense firefight, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago (emphasis added) from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed Monday."
How many Americans will notice that the first paragraph of the "report" justifies CIA prisons and torture? Without secret prisons and torture "the terror mastermind" would still be running free, despite having died from renal failure in 2001.
How many Americans will have the wits to wonder why the "terror mastermind" – who defeated not merely the CIA and the FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with Israel’s Mossad and the intelligence services of NATO, who defeated NORAD, the National Security Council, the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Air Force, and Air Traffic Control, who caused security procedures to fail four times in US airports in one hour on the same day, who caused the state-of-the-art Pentagon air defenses to fail, and who managed to fly three airliners into three buildings with pilots who did not know how to fly – has not pulled off any other attack in almost ten years? Do Americans really believe that a government’s security system that can so totally fail when confronted with a few Saudi Arabians with box cutters can renew itself to perfection overnight?
How many Americans will notice the resurrection of the long missing bin Laden as "terror mastermind" after his displacement by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Guantanamo prisoner who confessed to being the "mastermind of 9/11" after being water-boarded 183 times?
Americans are too busy celebrating to think, a capability that seems to have been taken out of their education.
Americans are so enthralled over the death of bin Laden that they do not wonder why information gleamed years ago would take so long to locate a person who was allegedly living in a million-dollar building equipped with all the latest communication equipment next to the Pakistani Military Academy. Allegedly, the "most wanted criminal" was not moving from hide-out to hide-out in desolate mountains, but ensconced in luxury quarters in broad daylight. Nevertheless, despite his obvious location, it took the CIA years to find him after claiming to have gained information of his whereabouts out of captives in secret prisons. This is the image of the CIA as the new Keystone Cops.
In an immediate follow-up to the announcement that the Navy SEALs and CIA mercenaries acted in an exemplary fashion following the rules of engagement while a cowardly bin Laden hid behind a woman shield when the gunfire erupted, we have from the pressitutes that "U.S. officials conceded the risk of renewed attack. The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge bin Laden’s death, CIA Director Leon Panetta wrote in a memo. . . . Within a few hours, the Department of Homeland Security warned that bin Laden’s death was likely to provide motivation for attacks from ‘homegrown violent extremists’."
John Brennan, White House counter-terrorism adviser, told reporters that "it was inconceivable that the terrorist fugitive didn’t have support in Pakistan where his hideout had been custom built six years ago in a city with a heavy military presence."
So the claimed murder of bin Laden by the US in a sovereign foreign country with which the US is not at war, a crime under international law, has set up three more self-serving possibilities:
Terrorists will avenge bin Laden’s death, says the CIA, setting up another false flag attack to keep the profits flowing into the military/security complex and the power flowing into the unaccountable CIA. Homeland Security can extend the domestic police state, abuse of travelers, and arrests of war protestors. And Pakistan is under the gun of invasion and takeover (for India, of course) for shielding bin Laden.
The Israel Lobby’s representatives in the US Congress quickly fell in with the agenda. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, declared that the Pakistani Army and intelligence agency "have a lot of questions to answer, given the location, the length of time and the apparent fact that this was actually – this facility was actually built for bin Laden, and its closeness to the central location of the Pakistani army."
The two reporters question nothing in the government’s propaganda. Instead, the reporters join in the celebration. Nevertheless they let slip that "officials were weighing the release of at least one photo taken of bin Laden’s body as part of what Brennan called an effort to make sure ‘nobody has any basis to try and deny the death.’"
As the Guardian and European newspapers have revealed, the photo of the dead bin Laden is a fake. As the alleged body has been dumped into the ocean, nothing remains but the word of the US government, which lied about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda connections, about yellowcake, about Iranian nukes, and, according to thousands of experts, about 9/11. Suddenly the government is telling us the truth about bin Laden’s death? If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll let you have for a good price.
My initial interpretation of the faked bin Laden death was that Obama needed closure of the Afghan war and occupation in order to deal with the US budget deficit. Subsequent statements from Obama regime officials suggest that the agenda might be to give Americans a piece of war victory in order to boost their lagging enthusiasm. The military/security complex will become richer and more powerful, and Americans will be rewarded with vicarious pleasure in victory over enemies. (Source)



Monday, May 2, 2011

What We Have Here Is A Head-Fake....PROPAGANDA!!!!!


Unplug the fan because there is just too much bull-sh*t flying around. The worst part about it is that the "sheeple" are so easily beguiled. Watching the "spontaneous" celebrations one is reminded of the winning of the super-bowl or something. My grandfather used to tell me that I see the world through rose-colored glasses -- my how times have changed. I wish I could replace the stark reality of yellow journalism, corrupt government, ill-informed, gullible, brain-dead public with a pair of rose colored glasses right about now. Here is a morning read.....

Media Runs Fake Photo To Illustrate Bin Laden Death Propaganda  

Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, May 2, 2011

Killing Osama bin Laden is a pretty big deal. You’d think that it would be in the interests of US forces to take a snapshot of the elusive terror leader to milk the propaganda value of such a momentous turn of events, and yet the corporate media has given us nothing but a years old fake picture. This makes little sense, unless of course, somebody is trying to hide something, namely the fact that Osama’s dead corpse has been on ice for the best part of a decade.
According to some reports, Bin Laden’s body has already been hastily “buried at sea,” meaning that the comic book story of his dramatic killing is based solely on the less than credible word of the U.S. government.
Of course, it’s probable that we’ll be treated to seeing all the gory details in due course once Osama’s corpse has been properly thawed and suitably presented for public consumption.
But the fake photo, which is still being used by the likes of the Daily Mail and the London Telegraph even after it was proven to be a contrived hoax that has been circulating on the Internet for years, fits perfectly with everything surrounding the Bin Laden myth – the fake video tapes, the fake audio tapes, the fake claim of responsibility for 9/11.
Everything about the Bin Laden myth that has been rapaciously whipped up by the establishment over the last 10 years has been fake, so why worry about putting out a fake photo and claiming it represents the freshly dead remains of the world’s most wanted?
We don’t need MSNC to tell us, “We think that bin Laden ‘death photo’ is a fake,” because we know it’s a fake. It’s been knocking around on the web since before Obama even took office. Here it is featured in a story released over a year ago. As Stokes Young illustrates, the bloodied face of Bin Laden is an obviously contrived composite image created from an image of Osama that dates back over 10 years.
But that didn’t stop TV news stations across the Middle East, as well as major newspapers in Britain like the Daily Mail and the London Telegraph, amongst a host of others, from passing the fraud off as evidence of Bin Laden’s death.

Despite the fact that Bin Laden’s corpse has almost undoubtedly been safely stored in a highly secure U.S. government morgue since at least 2002, the political grist to be enjoyed by an administration that has plummeted to the depths of unpopularity knows no bounds, which is why Obama victoriously proclaimed Osama’s “death ” during a speech last night almost as if the president himself had pulled the trigger.
The birther controversy and NATO’s indiscriminate murder of children in their pursuit of Colonel Gaddafi will now be swept under the rug and Obama can build his campaign for 2012 on the lie that he was the president who finally brought the evil boogeyman to justice.
Never mind the fact that numerous public officials went on the record to plainly state that Bin Laden has been dead for years and that the announcement of his demise was being kept back until the most politically expedient time.
As Kurt Nimmo and Alex Jones document, from FBI counterterrorism official Dale Watson, to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, to Pakistani icon Benazir Bhutto, to CFR members, to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, all voiced publicly what the evidence clearly indicated, which is that Bin Laden died in late 2001.
The fact that a deluge of provably fake video and audio tapes were released by an organization with direct ties to the Pentagon in the years that followed illustrated how the military-industrial complex was keen to prolong the Bin Laden boogeyman myth as a backdrop against which to launch their takeover of the middle east under the umbrella of the “war on terror”.
But don’t think for a minute that final “confirmation” of Osama’s death will mean an end to the “war on terror” and U.S. troops pulling out of Afghanistan, just as the capture of Saddam Hussein did absolutely nothing to speed a U.S. exit out of Iraq.
If anything, the announcement of Osama’s death will only lead to more warfare and bloodshed in the region. Whether genuine or contrived, terrorist retaliation plots are already in the works and when they are unleashed, the establishment will point to them as a justification for more air strikes, more invasions and more regime change plots disguised as humanitarian aid.
In life, Bin Laden’s propaganda value as an Emmanuel Goldstein hate figure was immense, but in death his usefulness to the US military-industrial complex will, for a time at least, only increase.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.

P.S - I don't think this is a coincidence that this was announced on May 1st (May Day). Stay tuned....I've got a little researching to do.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Response to Jina a Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist Racism Chaser...

I received the comment below from a reader in response to the blog post Thank You Mr. President For Finally Releasing Your Long Form Birth Certificate: are a pathetic idiot. This man has nothing to hide. The only reason he waited so long was not to legitimize people who tried to claim he wasn't a real American. The funny thing is that with all the documents and witnesses Obama will be able to get, there are still many in this world who will not believe he is a true American because at the end of the day he is black.

Bottom line, if his mother is a U.S citizen and he was born in the U.S, he is a U.S citizen. You are legitimizing the claims of people who would never vouch for your BLACK @$$ boo boo. Unfortunately this is not your cause. Are you one of those idiots who believe that a man who graduated in the top 5% of his class at Harvard didn't deserve to be there too? If you were a truly educated women you would have already had some form of experience with the above mention racism in college or high school. And please don't tell me that you're one of those blacks that decry Affirmative Action.

It's a shame that we have so many black people criticizing a black person who is trying to do positive things. Please don't start saying race doesn't matter and I'll vote and think w/o race in mind, because at the end of the day this affects you and your children. It is disadvantageous for you as a black woman not consider race, because at the end of the day most people will consider race when they consider you.

How the black community reacts to Pres.Barack Obama affects how much the larger community feels they can REVEAL about how they feel about Obama. It would be nice to live in a world where blacks could be differentiated, but that is sadly not the case, and the success of this presidency has implications for the obstacles faced in front of blacks in the generations to come.

People complain, but overall if you were to list everything he has done over these few years you would see a very massive list with practically everything he had promised to do. Don't project your hate and issues with black men and women on our president. Get over your daddy issues see things objectively.

I suspect that you are one of those blacks that felt they never meshed with blacks around them. And you've decided to mesh with a group of whites within an ideology that uses you as little more than a tool and a puppet, that would have little use for you if we didn't have a black president or you were no longer willing to stick to the script(i.e. Michael Steele). Whites love a good black-on-black squabble, and you are really pleasing them right now."
April 30, 2011 10:34 AM
Because I don't have time to respond individually to the same indictments and because my response was too long for the comment section of my blog, I'm posting my response here. So I invite all of you Obama Lovin' folks to read this and think twice before wasting your time and mine with inane ad hominem attacks.  

^@Jina~Please know that I am exercising every ounce of restraint I can't muster to refrain from acting like you -- A COMPLETE FOOL & verbally\digitally assassinating your black posterior.

I find it fascinating how you conclude that I'm a pathetic idiot because I don't pledge blind allegiance to Obama because he is a black(ish) man. This speaks more to your low frequency of intellectual activity than it does to mine. Not one of you Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist Racism Chasers who have commented in this tread has dared address the posted article -- Why is that? Because your are just plain dense!!! Cognitively dissonant is what you are. You write: "It's a shame that we have so many black people criticizing a black person who is trying to do positive things.
Really? Like what? Please expound on this for me? As far as I can tell he is like Bush on steroids. I'm honestly confounded as to why Republicans don't love this blood thirsty war monger. 
You also write:"Bottom line, if his mother is a U.S citizen and he was born in the U.S, he is a U.S citizen." You couldn't be more wrong. First of all "Boo-Boo"  (isn't that what you called me?)the fool, there is a difference between a Natural Born Citizen and a Naturalized citizen. If you had read the article or gleened any intelligence other than the Tom Joyner Morning Show or The Steve Harvey Show you would know this (dumb ass). Obama touts that he is a Constitutional scholar and as such surely he was aware that because of Article II, Section I, Paragraph 5 (Presidential Clause)of the Constitution his eligibility would be questioned. Why, because the definition of Natural Born Citizen is obscure. Secondly, your "positive" president was adopted as a minor by Lolo Sotero (which is why he went by the name of Barry Sotero)and there was no dual citizenship allowed in Indonesia at the time that he moved there. As I mention in the blog post which you clearly didn't read, a parent can't terminate the citizenship of a minor but this still doesn't hold mustard because
the Nationality Act of 1940, revised 1952, Section 318(a) states, “A former citizen of the United States expatriated through the expatriation of such person’s parent or parents and who has not acquired the nationality of another country by any affirmative act other than the expatriation of his parent or parents may be naturalized upon filing a petition for naturalization before reaching age of Twenty-Five [25] years and upon compliance with all requirements of the naturalization laws with the following exceptions:  (b) No former citizen of the United States, expatriated through the expatriation of such person’s parent or parents shall be obliged to comply with the requirements of the immigration laws, if he has not acquired the nationality of another country by any affirmative act other than the expatriation of his parent or parents, and if he has come or shall come to the United States before reaching the age of twenty-five years. (c) After his naturalization such person shall have the same citizenship status as if he had not been expatriated.”
Well guess what? Your black(ish) president renewed his Indonesian Passport after the age of 18 which is an affirmative act, as he had to swear allegiance to another Country (Indonesia) in order to obtained the renew passport.  Obama renewed his Indonesian Passport when he traveled to Pakistan that is why he had to stop in Indonesia first.  Remember, in 1981, his White mama (funny how you racism chasers keep forgetting that he had one of those) was divorcing Soetoro in Hawaii and was not in Indonesia.  Obama admits to traveling to Indonesia first and then onto Pakistan.  Obama claims in his book Dreams from My Father that he stopped in Indonesia to visit his mother.  But again, his mother was not in Indonesia, she was in Hawaii  divorcing Lolo Soetoro (see her passport records courtesy of your stupid compatriot "Old School Oldies" who thought she was "educating me" by posting a link to it in the comment  In addition, the State Department has stated in response to a FOIA [Freedom of Information] request that they do not have a U.S. Passport application on file for Barack H. Obama.” So your Boi is a liar!!!

So, Jina before you come on this tread and try to indict me -- Get your damn facts straight!!! Ok?

Finally and for the record -- I have no "Daddy" issues. Don't project the dysfunction of your personal life onto me. Neither do I seek knowledge and truth for the benefit of "white people love". I have an incredibly loving family (all of whom are black) and it is their love and approval that matters to me. In fact, it is precisely because of this love and support that I don't have to pledge blind allegiance to dishonorable, deceitful, dishonest, evasive, fork-tongued, rogue black politicians and most especially black(ish) politicians simply because they are black or black(ish). I am free enough and secure enough in my person to evaluate people on the content of their character. Hopefully, one day you will be woman enough to do the same.

P.S. I forgot about this little comment of yours"Are you one of those idiots who believe that a man who graduated in the top 5% of his class at Harvard didn't deserve to be there too? No, I'm an informed free opinionated conservative black woman, mother, wife, daughter (of two parents who lived together in the same home until death parted them) who believes Obama when he says “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide”. He hasn't released his academic records, so I ask you Einstien --What's he hiding? I'm old enough to know Cupcake that there is entirely too much smoke (and mirrors) around this man for there to be no fire.