.. IF someone lies ...
.. THEN no credibility ...
.. it's the old cry "Wolf!" story
IF JWHoward was in his grave (not actually wishing), THEN he'd most likely be rotating like a (bent!) Sunbeam Mixmaster beater. As it is, Howard's got little hair left to tear out - but he *must* be watching (suffer, you dog!) Ghost of Latham: "Disunity is death!" Latham was 'aping' Howard - as, we suppose, Rudd is now.
It looks to me, as if Lab(Rudd/Gillard) has wedged Lib(Turnbull/Bishop) in such an extreme way, that the Libs can't even cry "Wedge!" - because they're so red-misted, just so utterly consumed, that they're attacking each other mercilessly (may we say "Thoughtlessly?")
On the surface, it's a fight about Lab's ETS (emissions trading scheme - or whatever it's called this week. Rhyming 'week' with 'weak,' whatever it is or might do, it's *guaranteed* not to be effective - because both Lib AND Lab are BOTH totally in the carbon-extractor/burners' pockets; no CO2-remedial scheme (Lib OR Lab) could ever come into existence WITHOUT 'big-end-of-town' permission. (A guffaw may be triggered by the thought that Rudd's ETS may have been conceived some little while ago, in part if not wholly under Howard's direction.) Slightly under the surface (as in 'down a mine,' say, or perhaps better, 'stuck deep in a cave' (Plato's?)) - are the massed Lib-voting troglodytes, agitating their so-called 'representatives' to such an extent that the Libs appear to have been 'perfectly' panicked.
A highly significant bit here (some would say extremely unique), is this; Q: IF the sheople in general were to be sooo pissed off (vis-à-vis Rudd's ETS), THEN they'd likely attack Rudd&Co, and seek to sink Labor; and such a trend would clearly be indicated by polling - say. BUT: That's not even hinted at; Oh, no! From this, we can conclude: that the overwhelming majority of so-called 'climate-change sceptics' are - ta-ra! - troglodyte *Lib* voters. Not just rusted on, but irrevocably welded-on; a simmering, stinking pile of (climate-change) discontent. It means that Labor knows that it can't lose a single vote from this cohort; *these* troglodytes are already irrevocably lost - to any and all rational thinking, say; the ice is *known to be, seen to be, melting.* And (Milligan), troglodytes (or any other such idée fixe idiots) just can't argue with facts like that. (Evidence tending to overwhelming; scientists saying 'change quicker than expected,' Arctic ice going, latest is Russian permafrost melting - could be a 'killer' if methane 'goes ballistic...') My point? IF (this group) can't see the greed-house - err, greenhouse coming, THEN they're not open for *any* argument at all.
Prediction: Turnbull's a 'goner.' Grounds: The troglodytes are simply 'unturnable.' (Haw!)
Caveat: That Labor has calculated correctly (currently looks like it.)
End of on-the-surface bit.
An acquaintance used to maintain that Aus politics (vis-à-vis the sheople) had great similarities with religion, aka thoughtless beliefs, irrationally held. Then we got the detested Ameri-speak (spit!): in addition, the sheople are now considered to have been 'dumbed-down.' Voter-corruption is indicated as well; anyone recall Fraser/Howard's $5 election? One is still and often likely to hear "What's in it for me?"
In the political arena, we have the putative 'prime' actors, the politicians - who may be more or less puppets; controlled, cashed-up and/or coerced by forces largely invisible. Examples are 'big money,' who must try to be invisible since bribery is criminal, and some sort of mafia(s) similarly seeking invisibility, since coercion is also criminal. (Q: Who are far-and-away the worst coercers? Tip: Think "Z.") Note that any/all invisibility is both anti- and non-democratic. After 'prime' comes 2ndary; those who unduly influence. Then tertiary; an 'active' media can neither be independent nor fair. The 4th estate as 5th column reared its ugly head when Murdoch's theAus attacked possibly the last independent Aus PM (i.e. one who attempted to operate independent of the US, that is), namely EGWhitlam.
"All politicians lie!" gained wide currency during Howard's reign, although he can hardly claim precedence. The 4th estate is clearly not merely the messenger; they actively mix-in and so the MSM-messengers have made themselves 'legitimate' targets - although there's nothing 'legitimate' about lying to the sheople/voters. All such lying is both anti- and non-democratic; by all means now, shoot the eff'n messengers (ready, aim, FIRE!) Lying via and by the AusBC (Barker, say) has been well-documented in these pages.
So far, not so good. Obviously, the sheople/voters are key (of, by, for etc.); although some smart-arses might say "There's a fool born every minute," it's neither nice nor fair to mis-educate, mis-inform, let alone outright lie to voters. Bad as all the above is, it is mainly in the public domain; all one needs to do is look (closely enough) and think (more than enough - for some). Q: Is there anything else? Anything even slightly new, say? A: Yes.
Almost nothing 'just happens;' agents are always at work, some that we can see (sadly, most of these turn out to be malignant), and some that we *cannot* see (almost all guaranteed to be *totally* malignant).
Before we even start on this, let's consider 'covert' (—adj. secret or disguised [POD]). There *could* be things that have to be secret - but I can't imagine much, if any at all. After all, good deeds bring acclaim, bad deeds bring prison (if/when the system works); anything good hardly needs to be hidden. Further, secrets, by their nature, can't be known by voters, let alone be voted upon - so secrets must be, by definition, both anti- and non-democratic. Examples abound in the negative, like the current UK enquiry into Iraq, only just starting but already yielding alarming evidence of filthy, lying perfidy.
Sigmund Freud's nephew Bernays wrote a book, "Propaganda." Before that, Bernays was employed by Wilson, in reference to WW1. Bernays saw that propaganda worked in the war-frame, and set out to employ propaganda in peace-time, as a 'tool' of industry. He morphed the name/concept into PR (public relations), since 'propaganda' had and still has very negative connotations (and not only 'connotations.') And so a disguised concept has endured to this moment - and beyond (unless we stamp on it; stamp it out!)
One of Freud's concepts was (still is - I assume), that "evil lurks in the hearts of men" (quoting the intro to a long-ago radio show.) This 'unconscious evil' was - it was asserted - at 'the heart' of war, and had to be controlled, suppressed or otherwise negated. These concepts among other similar assaults are described in a 4-hr series of videos by Adam Curtis/BBC, 1st brought to my notice by ICH/The Century of the Self, and lately by Aetius Romulous/Freud's Bastards. So far, I have no better source. (Sorry; me sorrier than you.)
*Because* we (me, 'n a few of my mates) are seekers of justice via truth, AND because "All politicians (and the MSM+AusBC) lie!" - we need to develop systems for sorting the few shining nuggets of truth out of the ocean of BS-dross that we are being inundated with. Sooo, we put info to the 'reality' test: we *look* (i.e. don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see - say.) We self-query: "Can this be true?" Most of the content in Curtis' videos "The Century of the Self" has the 'flavour' of truth. (You don't have to take me 'on faith' (Haw!); go see for yourself.)
Short summary here: we, the voting sheople, are being propagandised; with at least these *three* objectives:
1) the most obvious, the manufacture of *demand*; to sell us things we most likely would not otherwise buy. This powers the economy (so they say); it turns us into consumers, who in turn buy the gee-gaws (worst: gi-normous SUVs(spit!) - aka 4WDs) that keep the economy hummer - err, humming along.
2) pretty bloody sinister, the manufacture of *consent*; the sheople essentially being tricked into acquiescing to our so-called 'leaders' (better 'rulers,' best (actually, of course, worst): 'tyrants') - but whatever you call them; their malignant plans (i.e. illegal invasion of Iraq; Iran next?)
3) the double-edged sword, the suppression of the sheople's (supposed!) subconscious destructive drives.
OK; Q1: Why "double-edged," and Q2: Why "supposed?"
A2 (deliberate reverse-order:) "Supposed," because by definition, the sub-conscious is - err, well: sub-conscious. Who could possibly know what is - or is not - in the sub-conscious? Yes, this is circular; yes, it's going nowhere - *except* ... the BS (violent impulses) supposedly in the mass-sub-consciousness have been blamed for wars(?) - and then covert actions based on the same BS have led to us, we the sheople, being psychologically manipulated.
According to the videos, some manipulations work; *something* is being fiddled with; some results are provable (the sheople buy largely as directed, say). But (there's almost always an applicable but:) the most obvious manipulations we see are the inculcation of fears; fear of 'the other' (refugees, Islamofascists), fear of terrorism (often instigated by 3rd parties, see Pape's "Dying to Win.") Q: Are *you* (sub-consciously) violent? Q: Do *you* wish to be (covertly) manipulated?
A1: "Double-edged" means that it cuts two ways; (1) It gives the tyrants their excuse to *suppress* us, we the sheople-voters, and (2) It gives the tyrants their justification for doing so.
In case the penny has not yet dropped, there is an *extreme* contradiction here ...
.. we, the sheople do not start wars ...
.. actually, quite the contrary.
PS Nevertheless, I saw this coming. No, not the wedging, but the irrationality of the (lying) pushed propaganda paradigm. Easy, really; the more lies, a) the farther from reality, and b) the harder to keep all the lies agreeing, i.e. avoiding logical conflicts. Nature doesn't have this problem; it's perfectly self-consistent. Turnbull's troglodytes (of course, they're not all his), but who ever they 'belong' to, they've been carefully 'cultivated' - another ta ra! - the mushroom club! *Not* odd in this case, is that they seem to be exclusively *Liberal* mushroom-troglodytes. Haw again! And these 'climate-change sceptic' troglodytes are not the only ones...
Far more seriously, one simply *cannot* have a proper democracy, while the voters are not fully and fairly informed. We the sheople try hard to be good; to be (blatantly!) lied to or (covertly!) manipulated, in our sad reality both, means that our so-called 'democracy' is abso-bloody-lutely null and void. Lying, deceiving is not 'just' immoral, not 'merely' criminal, it's total cowardice; the 'people in control' - causing such mayhem - can't even admit up-front as to what they're doing.
Contempt. Sheer and utter contempt.
 Psychological Operations (PSYOP, PSYOPS) ...
«The word is commonly used by governments who do not wish to use the term propaganda or brainwashing to refer to their own work. The word propaganda has very negative connotations, and by calling it psychological operations instead, more sophisticated methods of psychological manipulation are accurately incorporated by the terminology. This euphemism for mind control is ironically an example of psychological operations -- i.e. using psychological techniques to persuade [manipulate] a large number of people to support something that they wouldn't normally support.»
Q1: Would it be fair or unfair, for the Aus govt. or 'our' AusBC or both, to propagandise us? Knowing that propaganda is a form of psyop; a mind-control technique even?
Q2: Exactly how unfair? How utterly criminal?
lies (again? - no, still; Turnbull vs. troglodytes)
Posted by IDHolm at 16:51