(from FNC, in part)
To the political and cultural globalist establishments of the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe, respectability has for a long time trumped reason and truth. Establishment history, sociology, psychology, religion, politics, and even science must protect the establishment and its special interests and future. The big lies in all these spheres of influence reflect a terrible axiom about the human condition: Most people prefer present comfort and respectability over truth, reason, and reality. Sometimes the big lies stretch to absurdities to suppress obvious truths. More often than not a willful moral and intellectual blindness must be marshaled to shut out the light of truth. This often results in fanatical or hysterical action by politically correct partisans and paid intellectual zombies to keep a single ray of sunlight from shining through and restoring some truth. The biggest lies usually weave an elaborate false narrative of history and human understanding.
The freer the nation in its politics and culture, the more truth will flourish. The more false narratives prevail the less free a nation becomes until it finally collapses from totalitarian government and intellectual or spiritual folly.
With the prevalent culture of false news, reinforced by a cadre of Kool-Aid drinkers, the above only makes sense. The dream of The Big Lie, whether it be concerning gun control, climate change, or Russian electoral influence, it is no longer the exception.
It has become the Rule.
The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous. – Joseph Goebbels (wikipedia)
Goebbels is undoubtedly smiling, somewhere.
(March 15 for the Julius Caesar/Shakespeare impaired!)
I subscribe to a smattering of emails from allegedly like-minded individuals.
Sometimes I am in agreement with their themes.
Other times, not so much.
One guy, who operates a small libertarianesque, survivalist business has been promoting a book ‘not yet in bookstores’, purporting to describe the next financial collapse, and confiscation of bank accounts(!) by the government!!
(Other nations wherein this has begun, or is beginning! – ZeroHedge)
Allegedly, this is to begin MARCH 15! (The Ides of March, for all you Julius Caesar fans.)
Coincidence? Astrology? A soothsayer’s truth?
I’ve no idea. I cannot afford the book, and probably wouldn’t buy it, anyway.
Most of my income is direct deposit disability. I suspect if BIGGOV wanted to take it, they would so do.
WHY? Because they can!
(So, you thought you’d withdraw your cash and hide it in your mattress? Not so fast there, Bucko!)
I’ve oft written here (or
copied stolen other’s writings) regarding the substitute of ‘science’-with-an-agenda attached, versus pure science.
And, it seems to have happened, yet again!
First, DDT was BAD. It must be banned.
Then, the World was getting colder. The NEW Ice Age was upon us.
Followed by The Ozone Layer was being eaten away by hydrocarbons.
More recently, the World is getting WARMER. No WAIT! Weather is changing!
Now, we are losing BEE populations at an alarming rate! It’s the evil pesticides and GMOs, again! Ban stuff!
Of course, most of us are not scientists, and trust those who are to evaluate evidence without concern for the outcome, to give us a possible solution.
And governments world-wide jump on the band wagon to take control of the ‘problem’, even if it doesn’t exist!
Turns out DDT does remain present, but doesn’t seem to be harmful in the long run. Too bad, it’s banned!
The New Ice Age didn’t happen.
The hole in the ozone closed. Another crisis avoided apparently in a natural cycle. Of course, many chemicals were banned, regardless.
Climate Change? Yep, it happens. But unless scientists skew their results to fit a socialist agenda, humanity appears to not be responsible.
Regarding THE BEES:
I do find it interesting that every environmental ‘crisis’ comes now with an attached (socialist/world-wide) solution.
It’s for the children, ya know!
I, generally, want the government to leave people alone. If you think you are really a six-legged otter, and not a human, go ahead.
Be happy in your delusion.
Just don’t bother ME with it, or petition the government to mandate some kind of accommodation for all six-legged otter thinking people!
Just because you feel you are a woman inside a man’s body – or vice versa – doesn’t mean you are. I’m a big believer in scientific evidence. If you can show your chromosomal makeup is somehow skewed, then please, get help! Have surgery and counseling. Be who nature intended you to be.
BUT, if your opinion is just based on HOW YOU FEEL – also, seek help. Don’t force others to join you in your fantasy, however.
Although popular culture and many of the leading media organizations have bought wholeheartedly into the idea that gender identity is something distinct from one’s biological sex — that a man could be born in a woman’s body or vice versa — such beliefs have no grounding in any credible scientific evidence, according to a report published Monday in the journal The New Atlantis.
Arizona State University professor of statistics and biostatistics Lawrence S. Mayer and John Hopkins University Medical School professor of psychiatrics Paul McHugh co-authored the report, which examined top peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences.
“Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence,” they noted.
Sounds as if many of these folks have ‘issues’. Please seek help.
(as oft intoned by Tamara!)
Thank Joel for this! (in part):
I have no idea what this is all about, but a vision of lamp posts danced in my head…
The honorary degree will be folded into five sharp corners and shoved where the moon don’t shine.
Because a group of idiots in charge knows better than the individual idiot!
There was a time (I think I was 5 or 6) when I remember telling my parents I wanted to go to Harvard or M.I.T. (!) I’m certain, as we had recently moved from New Haven to Phoenix that it hurt them I didn’t even mention Yale…
But, I was young and impressionable.
Alas, it appears most of the Ivy League and other ‘famous’ schools have now become infamous…
A shame, really.
And my grades didn’t get me a needed scholarship, so I attended a local party school and junior college. And paid for it all myself.
Guess I learned something after all.
(And, now for something completely different – as promised)
22 VETERANS COMMIT SUICIDE DAILY
Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #5 of 22)
The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke
By MARY CLARE JALONICK – Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.
The proposed guidelines released Wednesday are voluntary, so food companies won’t be required to comply. But the idea is to persuade companies and restaurants — many of which have already lowered sodium levels in their products — to take a more consistent approach.
It’s the first time the government has recommended such limits. Sodium content already is included on existing food labels, but the government has not set specific sodium recommendations. The guidelines suggest limits for about 150 categories of foods, from cereals to pizzas and sandwiches. There are two-year and 10-year goals.
“The totality of scientific evidence, as reviewed by many well-respected scientific organizations, continues to support lowering sodium consumption from current levels,” said Susan Mayne, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “In fact, it’s very difficult in the current marketplace not to consume too much sodium.”
Americans eat about 1½ teaspoons of salt daily, or 3400 milligrams. That’s about a third more than the government recommends for good health and enough to increase the risk of high blood pressure, strokes and other problems. Most of that sodium is hidden inside common processed foods and restaurant meals.
I’m overweight and diabetic. And have high blood pressure and cholesterol. Much less than I used to, in all respects, fortunately. 🙂
NOT BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED MY DIETARY CHOICES!
I don’t always make the ‘correct’ decisions with regard to the type of foods, or portions or ingredients – but, Hell, it’s my body and my choice!
(Where have I heard that before?)
Worst case scenario – IF the government controls how much salt is in commercially-produced products and restaurants (removing shakers from tables ala Bloomberg), and I feel the need, I’ll just bring my own!
Damn government control freaks!
When it rains, it pours…
First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to the innocent in the San Bernardino shootings. And also to those in Savannah, Georgia.
Now, an observation.
Most of you know I believe in the Conspiracy Theory of History. That is, many times – but not all – other forces are at work to force political agendas in times of crisis. Think Rahm Emanuel. Again, not always.
But, it IS interesting that virtually every time a mass shooting occurs, The President jumps onto his tired bandwagon about pushing more gun control. Many times before the bodies are even cold.
Or all the facts are known.
And students of conspiratorial history are familiar with governmental interference with many things. Forcing disease upon the American Indians and Blacks. The Army giving LSD to soldiers in the 60’s. The FBI’s COINTELPRO (black bag) program. The NSA’s MKULTRA.
There appears to be evidence the convicted assassin of Robert Kennedy was ‘manipulated’ (chemically treated and hypnotized) into taking the actions he did. (Evidence that he was never behind Kennedy, aside!) D. A. Vince Bugliosi kept pushing to reopen the case, to no avail.
And President Nixon ordered ‘The Plumbers’ to beat the Secret Service to Arthur Bremer’s apartment, after he shot Governor Wallace. Hmmm.
I used to know a clinical psychologist, socially. I asked him about stuff I’d been reading about governmental mind control, chemical hypnosis and suggestion – the whole Manchurian Candidate meme. Thinking he would pooh-pooh all the claims as pseudoscientific claptrap.
Instead, he shocked me with this statement, “Oh, the Soviets have been doing that since the 40’s.” (!)
And did he think we haven’t?
It’s not a large leap to believe that this ‘science’ hasn’t progressed since the 40’s, and that government forces (and corporate ones?) have been using it to push agendas.
What a better way to force through more gun control on the innocent than to have more visible mass shootings?
And if someone could control when those shootings occurred?
Of course, this is all just supposition. I’m in no way suggesting this is actually happening.
And, it does appear there are enough goofballs out there with their own agenda (Islamic fundamental terrorism).
And some folks like to never let a crisis go to waste!
I’d two encounters regarding drones the other night.
One was an episode of Madame Secretary, wherein the female Secretary of State co-opts her own brother to obtain information to locate and assassinate an American-born Isis member.
Via a drone strike in a foreign land.
(I’ve an ongoing discussion regarding this TV show – a friend thinks it’s a stalking horse to put Hillary Clinton in the White House. I disagree. The protagonist is a former CIA officer, married to a religious ethics professor at The War College, who is a part-time NSA guy. Hardly The Clintons!)
The second encounter was a TV commercial showing a drone package delivery (Amazon? – I don’t remember, we have The Hopper and fast-forward through most of the commercials! 🙂 )
Now, I don’t know if this was a planned placement of drones on commercial television to get us used to the idea of them flitting about, or serendipity, or what?
I do remember this administration’s last attorney general not ruling out the idea of drone strikes against American citizens on our own soil(!)
Two drones and The Hopper in one evening? Perhaps it’s just coincidental? Showing us how far technology has advanced?
A former intelligence analyst, Stella Morabito, who grew up in a left-wing family and calls herself a “realist,” is speaking out about mass manipulation, political correctness and the transgender agenda.
Her writings at The Federalist got the attention of Rush Limbaugh back in June when he seemed fascinated by her piece on mass delusion. A subsequent related piece is here.
In this exclusive video interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation, she details how the left uses mass manipulation techniques to confuse Americans and grab power. She condemns conservatives for not even realizing the behavior modification techniques being employed in the political square, such as those encouraged by liberals such as Cass Sunstein, who wrote the book “Nudge” or George Lakoff.
More with video @ The Daily Caller
I will keep saying it until ‘they’ lock me up, or silence me – Political Correctness will be the death of this Republic!
or maybe IV, I forget. (courtesy of Old NFO,)
(aka, an extreme overuse of film icons…)
You ‘thought’ you had…
Remember how criminal fingerprint bases were kept separate from military and civil (e.g. fingerprinted for a job)?
Yeah, not so much anymore…
I completely missed this one, but it came out in a discussion of the latest release of the ever increasing scope of the OPM hack (an additional 6 million files hacked, PLUS all fingerprints).
This from the EFF-
FBI Combines Civil and Criminal Fingerprints into One Fully Searchable Database
Being a job seeker isn’t a crime. But the FBI has made a big change in how it deals with fingerprints that might make it seem that way. For the first time, fingerprints and biographical information sent to the FBI for a background check will be stored and searched right along with fingerprints taken for criminal purposes.
The change, which the FBI revealed quietly in a February 2015 Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), means that if you ever have your fingerprints taken for licensing or for a background check, they will most likely end up living indefinitely in the FBI’s NGI database. They’ll be searched thousands of times a day by law enforcement agencies across the country—even if your prints didn’t match any criminal records when they were first submitted to the system.
Full article HERE. What isn’t clear, but is included are ALL the military fingerprints, which we were told were always to be kept separately for security reasons…
Yeah, right… Shoulda known better…
You can read the Fibbies Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) HERE.
Think about it… How many doors, objects, etc. do you touch on a daily basis when getting too/from work… The grab bar on the Metro, the bus, the door to the elevator, handrails? Bathroom doors? Restaurant doors at lunch?
Suppose there is an incident at a location you’ve been to, they dust and lo an behold your fingerprints show up…
You have a high security job, now how are you going to explain to YOUR security people why the cops just hauled you downtown for an ‘interview’…
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
But wait… It is going to get even better! For certain values of better…
Specifically, in 2012, Deputy Assistant Director Jerome Pender stated:
Only criminal mug shot photos are used to populate the national repository. Query photos and photos obtained from social networking sites, surveillance cameras, and similar sources are not used to populate the national repository.
But the new RFQ contradicts this because it appears the desired software would allow officers to submit non-mug shot photos to NGI. The RFQ says the FBI is looking for a mobile biometrics tool that would, “at a minimum . . . include fingerprints and facial photographs for submission and receipt of a response.” Photographs taken in the field are clearly not “mug shot photos” because they’re taken before booking and possibly even before arrest. And it’s hard to see how a mobile tool that allows officers to collect these non-mug shot photos and “submit” them to a database is not also “populating the national repository.”
The article from EFF is HERE. And HERE’s the link to the FedBizOps page for the biometric system…
Yep, kiss that whole privacy thing good by… As if we had any to start with…
Yeah. Thanks, Jim (and Lawdog)! (groan)
And, of course, we know the BATFE is not continuing to add to a database involving NICS check data, because it would be a violation of criminal law…
Ya think some enterprising young attorney at the DOJ isn’t conspiring to meld these databases together, along with Homeland Security? For our safety, of course.