Drowning Reason in Political, Word-smithed, Kitsch

“Kitsch causes two tears to flow in quick succession. The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, by children running on the grass!”― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being   In kitsch we trust: lies, euphemisms and […]

What Speaking Truth to Power Should Sound Like!

This is the sort of speech that the left should be clamoring for from their own representatives, or at least their Prog-caucus back benchers. When the left, instead, settles for silence or thin propaganda tainted pablum then supporting them is clearly counter productive and self defeating – akin to Jonestown kool-aide quaffing BELGIAN MP, LAURENT LOUIS, DROPS […]

Psywar: Managing Public Perception

    Psywar Managing Public Perception The real battlefield is your mind   Includes original interviews with a number of dissident scholars including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips (“Project Censored”), John Stauber (“PR Watch”), Christopher Simpson (“The Science of Coercion”) and others. http://metanoia-films.org/  

German Intelligence: “al-Qaeda” All Over Syria

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  German Intelligence: “al-Qaeda” All Over Syria By John Rosenthal, 26 July 2012 Source: Voltaire Network   German intelligence estimates that “around 90” terror attacks that “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July, as reported by the […]

Story Time: U.S. State Financial Capitalism, Presidential Politics, and the Management and Manipulation of Expectations

  Story Time: U.S. State Financial Capitalism, Presidential Politics, and the Management and Manipulation of Expectations By Paul Street, July 19, 2012 Source: ZNet Article “You Can’t Be Neglecting of Marketing and P.R.”   It doesn’t get much more emblematic of the plutocratic nothingness of what passes for a democratic political culture in the U.S. than […]

The F Word

While you’re at it, do what you can by signing this petition: In Support of Asylum for Julian Assange in Ecuador, and consider a personal appeal to the Correa Administration of Ecuador via embassy@ecuador.org.—Thanks!   The F Word By Adam McKay, 06/20/2012 Source: HuffPost, Canada You know how in every heist movie they get past the security cameras that show […]

History is the Enemy as ‘Brilliant’ Psy-ops Become the News

  History is the Enemy as ‘Brilliant’ Psy-ops Become the News by John Pilger, June 21, 2012 source: Global Research Arriving in a village in southern Vietnam, I caught sight of two children who bore witness to the longest war of the 20th century. Their terrible deformities were familiar. All along the Mekong River, where the […]

The Argument Industry: Hyping Controversy and Avoiding Solutions

  The Argument Industry: Hyping Controversy and Avoiding Solutions Charles Hugh Smith, 05/29/2012 Source: Of Two Minds   The mainstream media has always loved controversy and wars, military and cultural alike. Now we have an “Argument Industry” that thrives on keeping problems insoluble.  That much of the “news” is artifice and propaganda is a given. How can […]

How to Brainwash a Nation

How to Brainwash a Nation: Edward Bernays, Assassin of Democracy. 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 […]

The Progressive Left and The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

  Bolivarian Revolution in Washington Russia Today by video Tuesday, May 10, 2011   In Washington, the rhetoric most heard about Venezuela and its socialist president, Hugo Chavez Frias, is overwhelmingly negative.   “Chavez is making himself the Osama Bin Laden and the Ahmedinejad of the Western Hemisphere,” Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) told Republicans during […]

American Propaganda, Edward Bernays, Spooks and News

  There is this immense resistance from the self proclaimed progressives to be politically steadfastly and obstinately inconsistent. I'm certain the same applies to the Right. It has to do with the tribal instinct, but also with something else.   Many on the progressive left have in the past year, or so, have taken to […]

The West: First Birthing Then Battling Straw-men

  The West is Trapped in its Own Propaganda By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS   Hillary Clinton Needs a Mirror   […] What has happened to the West is that it can see itself and others only through the eyes of its own propaganda. There was a great deal of talk about China’s lack of democracy. […]