On Psychopathy And Power

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15-10-19 09:56:00,

Due to a very painful and disturbing revelation in my personal life I have had the unfortunate occasion to spend the last several days thinking a lot about psychopaths and what makes them tick. I don’t want to get into the hairy details at this time, but I would like to share some of the more general thoughts that have been coming up here on the matter.

It is interesting that psychopathy should have reached a dark tentacle into my life in the way that it did, given that the three years I’ve been at this gig have been spent writing more and more about the way our world is run by calculating manipulators who are devoid of empathy. I often say that we have found ourselves ruled by psychopaths because we have a system wherein (A) those who are willing to do anything to anyone are rewarded with immense wealth, and (B) immense wealth translates directly to immense political power. Add in the fact that studies have shown that wealth itself kills off empathy and compassion, and you’ve got yourself a perfect recipe for a plutocratic dystopia dominated by antisocial personality disorder.

I’m not really interested in getting into the specific clinical diagnoses of psychopathy and sociopathy for the purposes of this discussion. What I’m talking about here is a specific slice of humanity that is neurologically wired in such a way that they experience the world more as a series of puzzles which can be manipulated around to get them them whatever they want regardless of who it hurts, rather than experiencing a world full of fellow sentient beings with whom you can have deep, meaningful connections and interactions. Not all people who are diagnosed as psychopaths are high-functioning enough to manipulate people at high levels, and not everyone who manipulates people in this way would necessarily be diagnosed as a psychopath or even a sociopath. Feel free to mentally substitute whatever term you prefer.

Whatever you want to call it, people who have this condition (and are able to avoid prison) tend to do quite well for themselves by our society’s standards. Because they don’t see other people as anything other than tools and resources,

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Too hungry for power, too inept to rule: Moreno & his neoliberalism are behind Ecuador’s turmoil, ex-president Correa tells RT

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08-10-19 08:47:00,

Ecuadorian authorities are trying hard to shift the blame for ongoing protests on foreign influence, yet they are the ones who have mishandled the economy, and now refuse to give up power, ex-president Rafael Correa told RT.

The anti-government protests were triggered by austerity cuts linked to a loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), approved back in March. The spending cuts, unveiled by President Lenin Moreno last week include elimination of state fuel subsidies – which has already resulted in fuel prices more than doubling. In an attempt to quell the unrest, Moreno issued a 60-day national emergency decree late last week, yet the crisis continued and the government was ultimately forced to move out of the capital city of Quito to the southern coastal city of Guayaquil on Monday.

READ MORE: Ecuador cracks down on protesters over austerity & IMF loan, President moves govt from capital (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

The country’s government has blamed the unrest on foreign meddling. The president branded the protest a “coup attempt” backed by Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro and exiled former president of Ecuador – one-time ally and now an arch-enemy of Moreno – Rafael Correa.

Foreign meddling or inept policy making to blame?

Correa himself, however, denies any involvement, insisting that only the government and its inept policies are to blame for the turmoil in the country. Speaking exclusively to RT Spanish, the former president said that the protest is a result of Moreno’s abrupt shift to neoliberal policies and his turning to the IMF for “help.”

“[Moreno] thought he could create something new and better, but he only managed to destroy. We’ve left Ecuador’s economy growing and the growth continued up to 2017-18. But this year, stagnation awaits us,” Correa said.

The very decision to strike a loan deal with the IMF was based on lies, Correa argued, as the country’s government tricked the public, painting the economic situation worse than it was in reality.

“They’ve been juggling the facts and deceived the people, stating that Ecuador’s debt reached 60 billions of dollars – 60 percent of the GDP,” he said, arguing that the debt has not reached this mark even now.

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Slow Burn: Dirt, Radiation, and Power in Fukushima – Global Research

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03-10-19 06:48:00,

Amid the radioactive fallout of the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and across what would come to be known as the Exclusion Zone, Japanese members of the nuclear lobby laboured to contain the political fallout of the Fukushima disaster. This article scrutinizes the profuse rhetoric over recycling as mobilized by nuclear boosters and the wider operations of circularity in waste management in Japan. Japanese leant heavily on the notion of recycling to attempt to frame the clean-up in Fukushima in more ideologically convenient terms. This led, for example, to officials trumpeting plans to ‘recycle’ over 16 million cubic metres of radioactive topsoil scraped from hundreds of square kilometres of Fukushima Prefecture, as well as efforts to achieve ‘thermal recycling’ by generating electricity from the incineration of collected irradiated vegetal matter and the large amounts of protective clothing and other material used in the ‘decontamination’ campaign. By scrutinizing this appropriation of recycling rhetoric and its leveraging across Japan’s nuclear waste management apparatus, the article exposes contradictions and distortions in contemporary Japanese policy that have considerable socio-political ramifications. 

Introduction

The record earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011 ushered in a highly mediated disaster as Japanese grappled with the triple-meltdowns and radiation crisis at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Largely out of sight of international camera crews and probing journalists, the Japanese state and multiple municipalities embarked on the largest radiation response effort in history in an effort to restore hundreds of square kilometres1 covered in radioactive debris. This campaign saw about 70,000 Japanese workers remove over 16 million cubic metres of irradiated dirt2—scraping topsoil off roadsides, meadows, wooded areas, agricultural fields, school grounds, residential zones, shrine compounds, and parklands. Crews swept up radioactive twigs and pine cones, whittled exterior bark from tree stumps, and clipped low-lying branches in an attempt to bring radiation levels down to allow resettlement of tens of thousands of evacuees. Workers garbed in protective gear, joined by volunteers, scrubbed and hosed down streets, pavements, stairways, kerb stones, and storm drains in urban and suburban areas.

They also wiped down the exterior of houses, apartments buildings, shops, schools, and other public facilities, using specially treated wipes to clean roof tiles, gutters, window sills, panes, mullions,

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Diese neue Power Cannabis-Kapsel soll alle Schmerzmittel zukünftig ersetzen! (mit Video)

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02-10-19 06:16:00,

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Diese neue Power Cannabis-Kapsel könnte alle Schmerzmittel zukünftig ersetzen!

An Orten, wo medizinisches Marihuana legal ist, sind Opioidmissbrauch und -Abhängigkeit um 25% zurückgegangen, aber die Regierung behauptet ratlos zu sein, warum das so ist.

Opioidmissbrauch und -Abhängigkeit ist in den gesamten USA ein massives Problem, weshalb Menschen nach natürlichen Alternativen suchen.

Die gesundheitlichen Vorteile von Cannabis werden in der Mehrheitsgesellschaft immer mehr akzeptiert, da immer mehr Studien veröffentlicht werden, die den  Cannabinoidkonsum unterstützen. Das passt den großen Pharmaunternehmen natürlich gar nicht, weshalb sie verzweifelt an dem Monopol festhalten wollen, das sie kontrollieren.

In den 23 US-Bundesstaaten, in denen medizinisches Marihuana legal zu verwenden ist, sind Todesfälle durch Opioid-Überdosierungen laut neuen Daten um fast 25 Prozent zurückgegangen. Die ersten Staaten, die legalisiert wurden, waren Kalifornien, Oregon und Washington im Jahr 1999, wobei Washington, D.C. und 10 andere die jüngsten im Jahr 2010 waren.

CBD Kapseln, in BRD legal erhältlich

Die Studie wurde von Bachhuber, dem Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center und der University of Pennsylvania und seinen Kollegen durchgeführt, die zwischen 1999 und 2010 in allen 50 Bundesstaaten Daten zu Todesfallzertikaten verwendeten.

Laut JAMA Medicine, in Staaten mit einem medizinischen Marihuana-Gesetz, Überdosis Todesfälle von Opioiden wie Morphin, Oxycodon und Heroin sind nach nur einem Jahr um durchschnittlich 20 Prozent gesunken. Nach zwei Jahren sanken sie weiter auf 25 Prozent. In der Zwischenzeit explodierten OpioidÜberdosis-Todesfälle im ganzen Land. 

Das Zentrum für Seuchenkontrolle und -Vorbeugung berichtete, dass die Zahl der Todesopfer von 4030 im Jahr 1999 auf 16.651 im Jahr 2010 gestiegen. Offensichtlich beinhalteten 3 von 4 der Todesfälle verschreibungspichtige Schmerzmittel.

Higher Perspective hat über Organisationen berichtet, die mit der Herstellung ihrer eigenen CannabisProdukte begonnen haben. Eines davon ist The Foria Relief Company, die vaginale CannabisSuppositorien mit Kakaobutter als perfekte Alternative zu Tabletten wie Vicodin, Midol und Ibuprofen
entwickelt haben.

Siehe auch: London: Erste Cannabis Kinderklinik in Europa eröffnet

Das Produkt soll helfen, die Muskeln zu entspannen und Schmerzen zu lindern.

Higher Perspektive berichte:

“Die Cannabiskapsel wird aus dem Extrakt der Cannabisblüte hergestellt, die alle frei von Pestiziden sind. Die Wirkstoffe werden ohne Mikroben verarbeitet und dann mit einer spezischen Mischung aus 60 mg THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) und 10 mg CBD (Cannabidiol) verpackt.

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Iran Will Be A Full Nuclear Power By End Of 2020: Report

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10-09-19 01:22:00,

Authored by Elijah Magnier, Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media

French President Emmanuel Macron failed to promote successfully his Iranian initiative with the US administration despite the initial blessing of his US counterpart. This failure led Iran to make a third gradual withdrawal from its JCPOA nuclear deal commitment, raising two main issues.

Iran has become a regional power to be reckoned with, so we can now scrap from reactions to its policies the words “submit,” or “bow to the international community”. Moreover, since Europe is apparently no longer in a position to fulfill its commitments, Iran will now be headed towards a total pull-out following further gradual withdrawal steps. Just before the US elections due in November 2020, Iran is expected to become a nuclear country with the full capability of producing uranium enriched to more than 20% uranium-235, weapons-usable and therefore in a position to manufacture dozens of nuclear bombs (for which uranium must be enriched to about 90%). However, this does not necessarily mean that this is Iran’s ultimate objective.

Screenshot of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inspecting and touring a facility. 

Industry data shows that half of the effort goes into enriching from 0.7% to 4%. If Iran reaches the level of 20%, the journey towards 90% is almost done. A few thousand centrifuges are needed to reach 20% enrichment while a few hundred are enough to cross from 20% to the 90% needed for a nuclear bomb.

When Iran announces it is reaching a level which is considered critical by the west, there is the possibility that Israel might act militarily against Iran’s capability as it did in Iraq in 1981, in Syria in 2009, and in assassinating nuclear scientists. If this happens, the Middle East will be exposed to a mega earthquake whose outcome is unpredictable. But if Israel and the US are not in a position to react against Iran’s total withdrawal from the JCPOA (nuclear deal), Iran will no longer accept a return to the 2015 deal. Its position will become much stronger and any deal would be difficult to reach.

Sources within the decision-making circle have said “Iran will become a state with full nuclear capability.

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The Power to Oversee the Education System, A Historical Timeline from the Prussian Empire to the Rockefeller Dynasty – Global Research

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29-08-19 07:38:00,

Throughout history, the idea of those in power to oversee the education system started in the 16th Century. The history is complex and is rarely mentioned.

The formation of the American public education system began in the Kingdom of Prussia around 1525, a former Kingdom in north-central Germany with an extension of lands that crossed between the Baltic and Northern seas. It encompassed Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, France, and Switzerland to the south. It also touched upon the Russian border to the west and on the Austria-Hungary border to the east. During the time of the Titanic knights in the 13th Century, Christianity was established. The Teutonic Knights were a German militaristic-religious order based in Jerusalem, Palestine who had conquered the ‘Old Prussians’ and brought both German and Dutch settlers into their realm. Many ‘Old Prussians’ were killed, exiled or had to assimilate. In the beginning of the 14th Century, opposition to the Teutonic Knights gained momentum among the Prussians and overthrew the order with Polish and Lithuanian forces which led to the Thirteen Years War. It ended with the Prussians, Lithuanians and the Poles as the victors in the war leading to the ‘Second Peace of Thorn Agreement’ a peace treaty that was signed in 1466 between both sides. The Order agreed on the rights of the Polish Crown for Prussia’s western half called Royal Prussia in return the Knights accepted Eastern Prussia, later called Duchy of Prussia until 1525, as a territory under the Polish crown. Western Prussia was then administered under the Polish crown in accordance to the agreement.

Prussia became one of the most powerful states, although political conditions of that time became perplexed as those in power sought what can complement their special interests. Gordon A. Craig’s ‘The Politics of the Prussian Army 1640-1945′ said

“that they were maintained and that the disparate fragments of territory were forged, not only into a viable political union, but into one which was recognized as a Great European Power, was the result of two things: the political will and the sagacity of the Hohenzollern rulers after 1640 and the effectiveness of the Army which they created.” [1]

One of the last Grand Masters of the Teutonic Knights,

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Texas Power Company Admits to Regularly Overcharging Customers Because of “Smart” Technology Data Collection Errors

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26-07-19 06:03:00,

By B.N. Frank

Original utility analog meters lasted on average 40 years.  Not “Smart” Meters and their grids.  They have SO many issues associated with them including data collection errors.  This often lead to customers paying higher bills.  Another example of this was recently reported in Texas.

From the Houston Chronicle:

The manager of the Texas electric grid said Wednesday that it should not be forced to fix a data error that increased electricity costs by millions of dollars and reprice a block of wholesale power sales because generators submit erroneous data so frequently it would have to adjust prices as often as once a day.

(AS OFTEN AS ONCE EVERY DAY!!)

[…]

In its filing with the Public Utility Commission, ERCOT said it would be “imprudent” if it was forced to correct prices because on any given day the grid manager receives wrong information or data sent in error on power availability that affects wholesale prices. ERCOT said that it would cause increased price uncertainty and market instability if ERCOT were forced to reprice trades that move through the system.

(IMPRUDENT?)

Ed Hirs, an energy economist at the University of Houston, said ERCOT’s argument was astonishing for a regulator that has spent millions of dollars to build a computerized market model that prices power and measures capacity in 5 to 15 second intervals. ERCOT’s job is to create an orderly and reliable market, Hirs said, but the filing essentially described a built-in flaw that encourages any trickster to take advantage of it.

“This is a multi-billion enterprise that is unable and unwilling to repair mistakes,” he said. “How does it do its job?”

Well Ed, maybe its job is ripping off customers because they seem to be doing a bang-up job of that.

Reports keep being published about customers getting overbilled due to utility “Smart” Meter and Grid technology.  Activist Post has reported about it as well:

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Is There A “Power Player” Behind The Current Tech Craziness Propelling The New World Order’s Geo-governance?

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09-06-19 07:27:00,

By Catherine J. Frompovich

“We’ve arranged a society based on science and technology in which nobody understands *anything* about science and technology. And this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is
going to blow up in our faces
.”

Carl Sagan, in his final interview on 5/27/96

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. 
 The world will have a generation of idiots.”

…  Albert Einstein

American journalist Abby Martin, an RT News contributor, published a report in June of 2018, which somehow smacks of a “hidden agenda” insofar as the current unrelenting push regarding high tech developments [e.g., 5G, Internet of Things, Transhumanism, etc.], the New World Order, the U.S. Deep State and Shadow Government, and even terrorism, in my opinion.

Martin claims there’s a “mother of all multi-national corporations.”  She alleges it to be SERCO. 

Readers ought to listen to what Abby tells us about how far-reaching SERCO’s influences run, including managing prisons; air traffic control; public transportation; it runs every state school in Bradford, England; privatizing community centers; it acquires hospitals in Australia and England; it sets Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); it supplies defense and intelligence services across the USA by providing services to the U.S. Army, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Dept. of Homeland Security, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Dept. of State, and the Intelligence community!

Who is Serco? What is Serco?
19:36 minutes

https://youtu.be/3IsVtUCzRgc?t=32

Oh, SERCO also works with the U.S. government to fight cyber-terrorism!  “We are the company that runs the world,” according to Martin.  She adds, “There’s no doubt we live in a Corporatocracy.”

Pay particular attention from 6:11 to 10:37 minutes on the timeline for a most revealing commentary about SERCO and a shareholders’ meeting on the 47th floor of the World Trade Center North Tower on that fateful day, 9/11, 2001!  I won’t divulge any more,

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Jewish Power Rolls Over Washington

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02-04-19 01:45:00,

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has just completed its annual summit in Washington. It claims that 18,000 supporters attended the event, which concluded with a day of lobbying Congress by the attendees. Numerous American politicians addressed the gathering and it is completely reasonable to observe that the meeting constituted the most powerful gathering of people dedicated to promoting the interests of a foreign nation ever witnessed in any country in the history of the world.

There are a number of things that one should understand about the Jewish state of Israel and its powerful American domestic lobby. First of all, the charge that the actions of The Lobby (referred to with capital letters because of its uniqueness and power) inevitably involves dual or even singular allegiance based on religion or tribe to a country where the lobbyist does not actually reside is completely correct by definition of what AIPAC is and why it exists. It claims to work to “ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong and secure” through “foreign aid, government partnerships, [and] joint anti-terrorism efforts…,” all of which involve the U.S. as the donor and Israel as the recipient.

Being a citizen of a country is not just an accident of birth. It requires loyalty to the interests of that country and to one’s fellow citizens. No two countries have identical interests, something that is particularly true when one is considering Israel, an ethno-religious autocracy, and the United States, where The Lobby works assiduously to compel American government at all levels to adopt positions that are beneficial to Israel and almost invariably harmful to U.S. interests. Asserting that the two nations have nearly identical interests is little more than a fraud.

Second, there is the claim that Israel benefits American security. That is also a lie. Washington’s relationship with Israel, which is now more subservient than it ever has been, is a major liability that is and always has been damaging to both American regional and global interests. The recent decisions to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights were ill-conceived and have been condemned by the world community, including by nearly all of America’s genuine close allies.

The harm done by the Israeli connection to policy formulation in Washington and to U.S.

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The Power of the Israel Lobby Is Unrivaled – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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17-03-19 01:45:00,

The Power of the Israel Lobby Is Unrivaled

Zionists openly brag about the power of the Israel Lobby, but others who mention the lobby’s power are branded as anti-Semites.  We are supposed to accept the lobby’s power but never complain about it.

This documentary prepared for broadcast by Al Jazeera — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcnSDsUkEVw&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c9da6fa6-ce81-4102-a54b-2216a90ba156  — shows the extraordinary power of the Israel Lobby in two ways.  

One is that it consists of recordings by a Jewish journalist who infiltrated Zionist organizations and captured the self-satisfied bragging of Israeli and American Zionist agents about how they destroy critics of Israel and defenders of Palestinians and exercise Jewish power over the US Congress, US media, and US universities.  There is no doubt that the Zionist Lobby is extremely powerful.  Former US Representative Jim Moran describes how the Israel Lobby ended his 24-year career in Congress, not for criticizing Israel but just for opposing one of Washington’s wars that Israel regarded as beneficial to Israel.

The other is that the Israel Lobby succeeded in preventing the broadcast of the documentary prepared for the Arab news agency. 

Eventually the documentary was leaked to the Internet and can be watched at the URL above. For a one hour abridgement of the 4 hour film, see: 

https://ifamericaknew.org/TheLobby/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c9da6fa6-ce81-4102-a54b-2216a90ba156&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c9da6fa6-ce81-4102-a54b-2216a90ba156 

Once the Israel Lobby succeeds in its global campaign to criminalize all criticism of Israel, the videos will disappear off of the Internet.  http://www.unz.com/audio/gunsbutter_the-global-campaign-to-criminalize-criticism-of-israel-402/ 

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More Power to You Miss Omar

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10-03-19 03:09:00,

More Power to You Miss Omar

Eric S. MARGOLIS

“Tell me who you cannot criticize and I will tell you who is your master”. (Attributed to Voltaire).

Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media. Israel is our nation’s most sacred cow. Any questioning of its behavior brings furious charges of anti-Semitism and professional oblivion.

I keep in my bookcase a cautionary book, ‘They Dared Speak Out’ written by US senators and congressmen who all lost their positions after rebuking Israel for its mistreatment of Palestinians or daring to suggest that Israel had far too much influence in the US.

Journalists learn this first commandment very early. Criticize, or even question, Israel at your own peril. Until recently, we journalists were not even allowed to write there was an ‘Israel lobby.’ It was widely considered Washington’s most powerful lobby group but, until lately, mentioning its name was seriously verboten.

Now, young Democratic stars Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a feisty congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, have suddenly broken the taboo and said what dared not be said: there is too much rightwing Israeli influence and there must be justice for Palestine.

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have come to the defense of Ilhan Omar against the usual charges that she is anti-Semitic. So have black groups and smaller liberal Jewish groups. The Democratic Party, that once received half its financial support from Jewish sources, is badly split over the Palestine crisis. Its old guard is retreating and does not know what to do beyond issuing fiery denunciations of the heretical Miss Omar. The Democrat Party split comes just at a time when it is trying to bring down President Donald Trump.

Many people seem unaware that Islam is now America’s third largest religion and may soon surpass the number of Jews. In Canada, Muslims are already the second religion.

Ilhan is not anti-Semitic. I grew up in New York and New England where vicious anti-Semitism abounded. I know real anti-Semitism when I see it. But she is quite right in charging that vast amounts of pro-Israel money have bought Congress and the media.

Sheldon Adelson, the pro-Israel casino tycoon,

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The Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence – Global Research

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29-11-18 05:11:00,

The Power of the Documentary is an unusual film festival, because its aim is to break a silence that extends across much of film-making, the arts and journalism.

By silence I mean the exclusion of ideas that might change the way we see our world, or help us make sense of it.

There are 26 films in this festival and each one pushes back a screen of propaganda – not just the propaganda of governments but of a powerful groupthink of special interests designed to distract and intimidate us and which often takes its cue from social media and is the enemy of the arts and political freedom.

Documentary films that challenge this are an endangered species. Many of the films in the festival are rare. Several have never been seen in this country. Why?

There’s no official censorship in Australia, but there is a fear of ideas. Ideas of real politics. Ideas of dissent. Ideas of satire. Ideas that go against the groupthink. Ideas that reject the demands of corporatism. Ideas that reach back to the riches of Australia’s hidden history.

It’s as if our political memory has been hi-jacked, and we’ve become so immersed in a self-regarding me-ism that we’ve forgotten how to act together and challenge rapacious power that is now rampant in our own country and across the world.

The term “documentary” was coined by the Scottish director John Grierson.

“The drama of film,” he said, “is on your doorstep. It is wherever there is exploitation and cruelty.”

I like those words: “on your doorstep”.

What they say is that it’s the blood, sweat and tears of ordinary people that has given us the documentary film at best. That’s the difference.

A documentary is not reality TV. Political documentary is not the consensual game played by politicians and journalists called “current affairs”.

Great documentaries frighten the powerful, unnerve the compliant, expose the hypocritical.

Great documentaries make us think, and think again, and speak out, and even take action.

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Tomorrow at the MCA, we’ll show a documentary called Harvest of Shame directed by Susan Steinberg and Fred Friendly and featuring the great American journalist Edward R.

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The Power of Western Propaganda | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Power of Western Propaganda | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

24-02-18 01:56:00,

Guardian columnist and leader writer Natalie Nougayrede wrote an op-ed last month examining propaganda in our supposed age of “lies and distortion.”

Focusing on “Russian propaganda” and “Russian meddling” in the West’s political systems, Nougayrede argued

“citizens who live in an authoritarian, disinformation-filled environment deal daily with the reality of propaganda in ways we can’t fully experience, because we live outside of it.”

The former executive editor of Le Monde newspaper in France couldn’t be clearer. Propaganda is what “they” — Russia and other official enemies — do, not something the West dirties its hands with.

In actual fact, as academics David Miller and William Dinan argue in their 2007 book A Century of Spin, sophisticated propaganda has played a central role in Western societies, particularly the United States, since the early 20th century. US dissident Noam Chomsky calls this “thought control in a democratic society.”

As the “father of public relations” Edward Bernays explained in his 1928 PR manual,

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society … it is the intelligent minorities which need to make use of propaganda continuously and systematically.”

This echoes the thoughts of another influential intellectual of the period, Walter Lippmann, who believed the elite needed to be protected from the “bewildered herd” — the general public. How? By “the manufacture of consent.”

Indeed the term “public relations” is itself a brilliant bit of spin, with Bernays noting:

“Propaganda got to be a bad word because of the Germans … using it [in 1914-18]. So what I did was to try to find some other words. So we found the words Council of Public Relations.”

As the quotes from Bernays and Lippmann highlight, Dinan and Miller say:

“Public relations was created to thwart and subvert democratic decision making” — to “take the risk of out of democracy,” to paraphrase the title of the seminal 1995 book written by Australian academic Alex Carey.

With the US and UK at the heart of the global advertising and marketing industries and corporations funding think tanks and huge lobbying efforts, today the general public faces hundreds of thousands of talented professionals spending billions trying to influence their thoughts and actions.

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The Power of the Spoken Word | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

The Power of the Spoken Word | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

25-12-17 11:18:00,

By Jeff Street

Most people know that imagination and visualization are potent tools for powerful manifestation.  But many are less familiar with the power of the spoken word and how their voice contributes to the creation of their reality.  When you voice your thoughts, intentions, and desires, especially if you do so passionately, you add substantial energy to them and thereby dramatically increase the chances that they will manifest.

It might not be much of an exaggeration to say that your words are like orders placed with the universe, especially if you repeat the same words frequently and consistently and don’t contradict them with conflicting thoughts, words, and deeds.  Which by the way, is what most people are doing most of the time — having highly contradictory thoughts, words, and actions.  That’s why most people can’t tell they are creating their reality — it’s all canceling out, and the net effect is ambiguous and very little of their true desires ever manifest.

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This point is eloquently hammered home by the renowned Law of Attraction teacher Abraham (as channeled by Esther Hicks) when he said — When you no longer split your flow of energy with contradictory thoughts, you will know your power.

Before we dive into the power of the spoken word and how to apply it deliberately and effectively I wanted to give you a little bit of the back-story of how I discovered my creatorship and the power of the spoken word.

Discovering My Creatorship

In the time since my “awakening” in the spring of 2014, the correlation between my thoughts, intentions, and desires and what shows up in my life has been blatantly obvious.  One of the strange things that started happening during the early stages of my awakening, before I figured out what the heck was going on, was an amazing amount of synchronicities (very convenient “coincidences”) and lots of “good luck.”

My rational mind found it very strange because It didn’t seem like it should be possible to be that lucky.  It seemed like some kind of magic was going on or I was graced by the universe. 

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