If you can squelch the truth, the Ministry of Propaganda doesn’t have to hire as many people. From Caitlin Johnstone at caitlinjohnstone.com:
We’re in the final countdown to British Home Secretary Priti Patel’s decision on the fate of Julian Assange, with the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition to the United States due to be approved or rejected by the end of the month. Joe Lauria has a new article out with Consortium News on the various pressures that Patel is being faced with from both sides of this history-making issue at this crucial time.
And I can’t stop thinking, as this situation comes to a boil, about how absurd it is that the US empire is working to set a precedent which essentially outlaws information-sharing that the US doesn’t like at the same time western news media are full of hand-wringing headlines about the dangerous threat of “disinformation”.
When you silence people, you usually end up hurting yourself worse than you hurt the silenced. Simon and Garfunkle wrote a song about it once. From Luca Goldmansour at fair.org:
NBC (4/6/22) referred to making charges against Russia for which there is “no evidence” as having “blunted and defused the disinformation weaponry of the Kremlin.”
Disinformation has become a central tool in the United States and Russia’s expanding information war. US officials have openly admitted to “using information as a weapon even when the confidence and accuracy of the information wasn’t high,” with corporate media eager to assist Washington in its strategy to “pre-empt and disrupt the Kremlin’s tactics, complicate its military campaign” (NBC, 4/6/22).
In defense of the US narrative, corporate media have increasingly taken to branding realities inconvenient to US information goals as “disinformation” spread by Russia or its proxies.
The New York Times (1/25/22) reported that Russian disinformation doesn’t only take the form of patently false assertions, but also those which are “true but tangential to current events”—a convenient definition, in that it allows accurate facts to be dismissed as “disinformation.” But who determines what is “tangential” and what is relevant, and what are the guiding principles to make such a determination? In this assessment, Western audiences are too fickle to be trusted with making up their own mind.
Debt paves the war for dictatorship. From Jeff Thomas at internationalman.com:
Some people are more observant than others. Some are more capable of thinking outside the box than others. Whether this is by nature or nurture is a moot point.
When we are children, we tend to look upon the world in all its wonder. We are amazed at what exists and we absorb it like a sponge. Then, when we are in our teens, we begin our second wave of discovery. We begin to pay more attention to the things that we find confusing; we become absorbed in issues like world hunger, warfare and political strife. These situations seem senseless and we repeatedly ask, “Why should these things be?”
Typically, in our twenties, we have not yet found any solid answers and our mood turns from interest to anger. We tend to gravitate toward liberal philosophy, as liberal philosophy tells us what we would most like to hear; that these terrible things should not exist and that we should take every step available to us to end the injustices of the world – at whatever cost to ourselves and others.
Change, like winter in Game of Thrones, is coming. In fact, it’s arrived, and the adjustments are wrenching. From James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:
When I wrote The Long Emergency nearly twenty years ago, I never thought that, once it got going, our government would work so hard to make it worse. My theory then was just that government would become increasingly bloated, ineffectual, impotent, and uncomprehending of the forces converging to undermine our advanced techno-industrial societies. What I didn’t imagine was that government would bring such ostentatious stupidity to all that.
Obviously, there was some recognition that ominous changes are coming down. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have heard so much chatter about alt energy, “sustainable growth,” “green” this-and-that. But the chatter was more symptomatic of wishful thinking for at least a couple of reasons: 1) mostly it ignored the laws of physics, despite the fact that so many people involved in enterprises such as wind and solar energy were science-and-tech mavens; and 2) there was a dumb assumption that the general shape and scale of daily life would remain as it had been — in other words, that we could still run suburbia, the giant cities, Disney World, WalMart, the US military, and the Interstate highway system just the way they were already set-up, only by other means than oil and gas.
It looks like a few sensible voter security measures aren’t returning America to the Jim Crow era. From Tom Ozimek at The Epoch Times via zerohedge.com:
Early voting in Georgia broke records this week despite last year’s adoption of election integrity measures that critics derided as “voter suppression” and President Joe Biden called a “blatant attack” on the Constitution and compared to a Jim Crow-era relic.
More than 710,000 people had voted early in Georgia’s primary election as of May 19, according to the secretary of state’s office, which is 149 percent higher than at the same point in 2020, when elections officials encouraged vote-by-mail and early voting to reduce crowding at polling stations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The record early voting turnout is a testament to the security of the voting system and the hard work of our county election officials,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a statement.
“As Secretary of State, I promised to strike a strong balance between access and security in our elections, and these numbers demonstrate that I kept that promise and that voters have confidence in Georgia’s elections,” he added.
There’s been a massive split between much of the American people and the government. From Joe Hoft at thegatewaypundit.com:
Historically, all “revolutions” arise from societal disruption, chaos, if you will.
Case in point is the rise of Nazism.
In the 1928 German elections, the Nazis received 2.6% of the vote. In 1930, a year after the 1929 Wall Street crash, the Nazis received 18.3% of the vote. By November 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, the Nazis were the dominant party with 33.1% of the vote.
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What we are now witnessing in the U.S. is planned chaos to lay the foundation for “revolution.”
That is, the Biden regime wishes to impose a global one-party totalitarian state, a retrograde hybrid governance model combining the most tyrannical aspects of the Chinese Communist Party and the World Economic Forum, in which there are no nations, but only land and people to exploit.
Haven’t we seen this movie before? Mike Whitney is one of the few that got Covid right from the very beginning (by right we mean that he realized that Covid was really about control and power, not health and safety). From Whitney at unz.com:
“I can’t believe it’s monkey-pox season already and I haven’t even taken my Ukrainian decorations down.” Robin Monotti
Bill Gates prediction that the world would face an unexpected smallpox outbreak is miraculously unfolding. Should we be surprised?
I know I’m not. Here’s the money-quote that was delivered by Gates 6 months before the first case was recorded.
“It’ll take probably about a billion a year for a pandemic Task Force at the WHO level, which is doing the surveillance and actually doing what I call ‘germ games’ where you practice… You say, OK, what if a bioterrorist brought smallpox to 10 airports? You know, how would the world respond to that?” Bill Gates, Sky News, November 6, 2021
One can only marvel at Gates’ extraordinary powers of perception. He’s like some kind of Software Soothsayer able to divine the future from the entrails of animals. Is that it, or does he have a crystal ball tucked-away somewhere in the bowels of his Lake Washington mansion? Whatever it is, it’s trully astonishing. Here’s more from the World Socialist Web Site:
“An unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox virus has officially spread to 10 countries outside of Africa, with 107 confirmed or suspected cases reported as of this writing, in the United Kingdom (9 cases), Portugal (34), Spain (32), France (1), Belgium (2), Sweden (1), Italy (3), Canada (22), the United States (2), and Australia (1).”
Wouldn’t you find it disconcerting if your child turned you in to the authorities for committing a thought crime? From Simon Black at sovereignman.com:
Zhang Hongbing was 14 years old when the Cultural Revolution began to sweep China in 1966.
But even though the Chinese Communist Party had already been in power for nearly two decades by that point, Chairman Mao still believed that there was too much capitalist influence in China.
So he decided to completely rewrite literature, history, and the entire education system.
School instruction switched from teaching math and science, to activism.
Students were encouraged to find and punish “revisionists” who sought to undermine the revolution’s progress, including their own parents and teachers.
When Zhang’s father was denounced as a “capitalist roader” (which was an extremely derogatory term at the time), Zhang participated in the dozens of “struggle sessions” where his father was humiliated and beaten.
Then, two years later, Zhang thought he heard his mother commit a micro-transgression by tacitly criticizing Chairman Mao.
When he confronted his mother, the argument escalated to the point where she tore Mao’s picture off the wall, and burned it.
From now on there will always be a pandemic and governments will use each one to increase their power at the expense of the people. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
That’s probably next – after Monkey Pox, which is shaping up to be the next excuse for re-opening the World Hospital, in which we’re all to be admitted as involuntary patients.
The pox – which will be on us – is said to have been spreading among us. Sweden’s gesundheitsfuhrers have already declared it a “danger to public health” that could “justify new restrictions.” Belgium just announced actual restrictions – including a “mandatory” (that word, again) 21-day quarantine for those suspected of being Monkey Poxxers. And the World Health Organization – which seeks to “organize” the world using assertions about sickness as its justification for doing just that – has called an “emergency meeting” about the pox.
We can safely assume what comes next.