28/07/19 22:21 Filed in: society
Here is a very interesting interview with Gabor Maté in which he talks about the accuracy of the press in the Western World and how it compares to other, more openly repressive regimes. He makes a telling point that propaganda in the West is in many ways more pernicious and successful than propaganda in openly totalitarian regimes. This is because many Western citizens believe that the propaganda, that's pushed on them, is actually true. They believe it because they believe their country is respectable, open and tolerant. By comparison, many of the citizens of openly totalitarian regimes know that their propaganda is lies, and so they greet it with open scepticism. In some ways, this means that our liberal Western democracies are operating a more shrewd totalitarian system. They do monitor everybody, and manipulate the views and knowledge of the masses, and 'weed out' any citizens they deem a threat to their control, but they do it on the quiet, while publicly lauding how open and tolerant they are. This is therefore still Big Brother, but not the Big Brother where you can't turn the propaganda television off, it's the Big Brother where you don't want to turn the propaganda television off, because it's fun, exciting and saying such great things.
Returning to the video, during the short interview, Mate talks about such matters. He also touches upon the anti-semitism accusations in the British Labour Party and Russian interference in the U.S. election.
I've watched several video interviews with Dr Maté in recent weeks and I've found him to be intelligent, compassionate, perceptive and objective. His views on trauma, addiction and compassion are well worth reading/listening to. Enjoy!
The most recent fashionable item to own in Western households is a digital cylinder that understand your requests and carries them out, known as a vince-command device. Amazon’s Echo was the trailblazer in this field but Apple have caught up with their Alexa device. These devices, with their ability to listen to users, understand their speech, process the requests, reply and carry out the digital tasks, are being viewed as a boon to a busy household. Unfortunately, no one seems to be talking about the big potential problems that are inherent in these devices. Read More...
This article is partly a review of a very interesting book called; ‘The Missing Times: News media complicity in the UFO coverup’ by Terry Hansen and it's also about a very strange idea that bubbled up in my brain after reading the book.
Firstly, I'll talk about Hansen’s book. ‘The Missing Times’ focusses on how a very large number of compelling UFOs incidents , ones that have occurred worldwide in the last seventy years, have been covered up and ignored by the U.S. media. The book does a very good job of investigating this issue and how local news is filtered to remove such stories before it reaches the major media outlets. It also goes into great depth studying the more general matter of how any topic that is frowned on by the establishment is covered in the mainstream media (i.e. television, film, books, newspapers etc). As Hansen shows, using exhaustive and detailed references, the major U.S. televisions channels, film studios and newspapers, along with the ones here in the U.K. all follow a very narrow line of what is and what isn’t eligible for print/broadcast. It is a carefully managed filtering mechanism that does a very effective job of preventing the general public from looking at key issues. Read More...
02/05/17 22:20 Filed in: reviews
Here's a very good animated version of an interview with the writer Aldous Huxley, recorded in 1958. Huxley wrote 'Brave New World', a classic work of dystopian prophecy.
In the interview, Huxley paints a picture of what we have to watch out for in terms of totalitarian control. Sadly, I think Huxley's warnings have mostly come to pass. Nowadays, our Western society may not have the obvious flavour of a communist/fascist totalitarian state but that is not because we are free of such control, it is simply that the powers-that-be have chosen a more glamorous, mesmeric system which still suits their needs and keeps us drugged but productive.
Huxley tellingly stated towards the end of the interview that the ideal result for the controllers is that the masses they control don't know they're enslaved or that they even like their servitude and enslavement. This is not such a far-fetched situation. Tragically, many slaves in history have rejected freedom and returned to slavery because slavery guarantees food and lodging; freedom doesn't. For those that contest that we are still free, it's worth noting that even the mainstream press now accept that our emails are read, our internet browsing is collated and examined, we are identified automatically on CCTV, our social networking profiles are psychologically analysed, our smartphones movements are tracked, we can be detained without access to a lawyer for a month, we can be legally watched without evidence being required. The list is long. Some say that this keeps us safe but from what? Fear is a great controller, as Goering himself once pointed out. Read More...
28/03/17 10:07 Filed in: reviews
The video below is a short but very interesting speech from Noam Chomsky in response to a question about the truth and agendas in Western education. At first, Chomsky's comments about education can seem very anti-establishment, iconoclastic and a bit extreme. Part of me, when I was watching it, though 'Noam, aren't you being over the top?' But I think he's right. It is very hard to break free of indoctrination, especially if it starts its work on you when you're young and continues throughout your life; It's even worse when there's very few people around who are willing or able to spot the indoctrination. The control the indoctrination creates is so strong that even though I've spent years discovering how wrong the textbook view is on critical subjects, I still feel uncomfortable stating it openly.