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Friday, July 10, 2015

Take that you Media Hogg

Reading comprehension is victim number one in the fried internet era, just as it was in the fried post-World War II era.
"The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies 'something not desirable,' he writes, then points a finger at words like democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic and justice.
"Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way.... Statements like Marshal P├ętain was a true patriot, The Soviet press is the freest in the world, The Catholic Church is opposed to persecution, are almost always made with intent to deceive. Other words used in variable meanings, in most cases more or less dishonestly, are: class, totalitarian, science, progressive, reactionary, bourgeois, equality.
Orwell continues: "In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible....Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness." In our time, too.
He observes: "Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
We all need to do a better job. The ability to reason and ascertain the truth is much more fundamental than fixing education and the economy, although I agree that the economy needs fixing through a more fair tax scheme and redistribution of wage income, and in the form of higher minimum wages.

Fixing education seems a bit more difficult than fixing the economy, in fact I am not sure how that could be done in the real world.

It is always up to the individual at some level to educate herself. Everything else that is considered education by some will always be viewed as brainwashing by others.

Politics can never be separated from education and so we cannot attain a Platonic ideal form in the real world. Sad to say. We can only do so in our own mind.

Today, obviously our entire reality down to our personal preferences is easily available to the PTB with a single mouse click.

Abandon hope all ye who log in anywhere.

Let me also state that the price I paid still resonates. Up my ass.

Russia and the US are partners in fomenting corporate capitalism. Anybody who allows themselves to get caught up in memefying Syria and Ukraine, etc as some significant struggle between sociopolitical rivals simply has succumbed to propaganda and fallen onto the scrap heap of infotainment reactionism.

The only subtle degree of separation between these global capitalist nation states (including also China) is in how the levers of power controlled by public versus private sectors differ in each state.

The relative power of one sector over the other may not be applied exactly the same in Russia and US but the net effect on the public is still the same: we are fast becoming cyber serfdom caught up in the infotainment melodrama of Ukraine while Exxon does mega deals with Russian state controlled oil companies and consolidates ever more economic power among the economic elites.

From Counterpunch:
In a nutshell, then, the United States executive branch is being driven by corporate forces that transitively dictate the long-term strategic goals of the intelligence services. Activists like William Blum have spent their lives investigating and carefully recording this reality. For additional illumination check out the War and Peace Studies performed by the Council on Foreign Relations during World War II on behalf of the State Department. It's a flat out recipe for neoliberal hegemony. As Canadian filmmaker Scott Noble demonstrated in his movie "Counter-Intelligence," the United States is part of a corporate empire and the intelligence services are the Praetorian Guard of this empire.
So Glenn, does this mean that addressing mass surveillance, and the mass subversion which enables it, will entail tackling the related problem of corporate state capture? Or, as Sheldon Wolin refers to it, the specter of inverted totalitarianism. 
Finally, I don't think society should have to rely on hi-tech billionaires to support our interests in the halls of Washington. Corporate pressure is not the solution. Corporate pressure is the problem.
As I mentioned earlier, the fossil fuel industry, the defense industry with its appendages in hi-tech, and the plutocrats of Wall Street are largely directing the U.S. government. Our elected leaders are their proxies. The NSA's surveillance machine is but a small part of a much large private sector data aggregation machine. Both systems exist to further the aims of the economic elite. Ed Snowden has confirmed as much. I believe his words were: "These programs were never about terrorism: they're about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation"
Certainly, there are technical aspects to the global surveillance apparatus and the mass subversion campaign that enables it. And there are also economic aspects. But, at its core, this is a political problem. We should not expect the oligarchs to willfully hobble themselves. Recall the forces of popular pressure behind Woman's Suffrage, the New Deal legislation, and Civil Rights. American citizens must politically mobilize, rise like lions from our collective haze of empty consumption and reality TV to retake (and remake) our government.
Bill Blunden is an independent investigator whose current areas of inquiry include information security, anti-forensics, and institutional analysis. He is the author of several books, including The Rootkit Arsenal , and Behold a Pale Farce: Cyberwar, Threat Inflation, and the Malware-Industrial Complex. Bill is the lead investigator at Below Gotham Labs.


socrates said...

This one was easier to fix or I am getting the hang of mailed in blog editing. We are now up to nine entries for the first ten days of July. That may be some sort of DFQ2 record. Nagging questions remain. Are we simply dominating the Summer Blog League? Who knows how we will do in real blogging games? Is the blogging roster set? Is this blog fighting for the eighth seed or does it have more potential?

socrates said...

I had never heard of Robert E. Harrill until watching this documentary on the fort fisher hermit. He lived from 1893-1972. He was educated and obviously was around during the Depression.

This was a non-violent Ted Kaczynski who spurned modernity and all its emptiness. He wasn't an actual nature boy/survivalist like you see on processed t.v. shows. He did what he had to on his own terms. He became the second biggest tourist attraction in North Carolina.

Unfortunately, locals and it could have been anyone murdered him by dragging him around in a sleeping bag. He was often abused, not just at the end.

He spoke of common sense. That was his schtick. He was probably like that guy Vox from Pffugee Camp. If more people had common sense, Bernie Sanders would be driving the bus, not the scumbag medium tools. Fuck the medium! Wake the fock up everybody is simply a variation on old-aged, nothing new under the sun greatness, a rallying call to say fuck you, medium, I won't do what you tell me.

socrates said...

I'm checking out some dfq2 stats. They were not kept until June 2010. We are missing over a year for the number currently resting at 287,757 view hits.

The two best months were Junes 2012 at 8,703 views and somehow October 2014 topped that with 9,187 views.

Top ten all-time list:

The Theresa Duncan Story Solved
Feb 4, 2010, 38 comments

Jul 10, 2010, 41 comments

Meta Lollapalooza- Right Circumscribing Left
May 25, 2009

Patrick Frey Has It Wrong & Proof Of Cyberstalking...
Jun 2, 2012, 15 comments

Michael Rivero Exposed As A Right Woos Left Jew Ha...
May 31, 2009, 17 comments

Jeff Wells Of Rigorous Intuition Linked To Pentago...
Mar 6, 2010, 58 comments

Susan Polk Was Innocent Of Murder
Feb 2, 2010, 11 comments

Exile on Arsenic
May 23, 2010, 129 comments

Tragic Story of Talented Actress Peg Entwistle Exp...
Jul 10, 2010, 14 comments

Ayn Rand Was A Stupid, Sociopathic Wench
May 3, 2012, 6 comments

I'd have to manually look at each entry to share more.

Those numbers don't come close to a bunch of threads at my first blog which can be accessed through the dfq2 blogroll.

Though a bunch of posts here had to be rewritten after Kimberlin found a way to have a big chunk of them deleted.

Here is the dfq2 geographical rundown. As common sense would say, most of the visitors are from Amerikkka.

United States





United Kingdom



Saudi Arabia


My conclusion is that this is still a very small blog which borders outside of the medium. It is the Sanctuary by which those from Logan's Run sought escape from The Medium through the use of common sense and Gambini like determination to not let the proverbial them pull the wool over our collective consciousness eyes.

socrates said...

Dude, the comeback is complete. I can't approach 100 m.p.h. with my cheese anymore, but I can still reach 93,94 with velocity and have added both a knuckleball and a hard splitter to my blogging repertoire.

I am not sure when I'll publish next. I have somewhat of a life, although I do enjoy blogging. It'll probably be by tomorrow night. The title is "New Uncle Tom Identified."

And no worries about the greatness schtick. It's done, done.