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One of the few articles on the political scene that resonated with me on the drone matter and The Alien is under Construction which I will post afterwards..If you think you have escaped the shadows on the wall after surfacing from Platos Cave..then this is for you.

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Manufacturing Normality - Exposing The "Self-Appointed Guardians Of Reality"

ubmitted by CJ Hopkins via CounterPunch.org,

Sometime circa mid-November, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s defeat (i.e., the beginning of the end of democracy), the self-appointed Guardians of Reality, better known as the corporate media, launched a worldwide marketing campaign against the evil and perfidious scourge of “fake news.” This campaign is now at a fever pitch. Media outlets throughout the empire are pumping out daily dire warnings of the imminent, existential threat to our freedom posed by the “fake news” menace. This isn’t the just the dissemination of disinformation, propaganda, and so on, that’s been going on for thousands of years … Truth itself is under attack. The very foundations of Reality are shaking.
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Who’s behind this “fake news” menace? Well, Putin, naturally, but not just Putin. It appears to be the work of a vast conspiracy of virulent anti-establishment types, ultra-alt-rightists, ultra-leftists, libertarian retirees, armchair socialists, Sandernistas, Corbynistas, ontological terrorists, fascism normalizers, poorly educated anti-Globalism freaks, and just garden variety Clinton-haters.

Fortunately, for us, the corporate media is hot on the trail of this motley of scoundrels. As you’re probably aware, The Washington Post recently published a breathtaking piece of Pulitzer-quality investigative journalism shamelessly smearing hundreds of alternative publications (like the one you’re reading) as “peddlers of Russian propaganda.” The piece, a classic McCarthyite smear job perpetrated by the Post‘s Craig Timberg, was based on the groundless, paranoid claims of what Timberg unironically describes as “two teams of independent researchers,” The Foreign Policy Research Institute, a third-rate, former anti-Communist think tank, and an anonymous website, propornot.com, that no one had ever heard of prior to its sudden appearance on the Internet last August, and which, based on the tenor of its tweets and emails, appears to be run by Beavis and Butthead.

The Washington Post has been catching some flak for taking this courageous “pro-Truth” stand against the forces of Putinist falsehood and fakery. A host of dangerously extremist publications, like CounterPunch, The Intercept, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The New Yorker, Fortune Magazine, Bloomberg, and US News & World Report, have lambasted The Post for its “shoddy,” “lazy,” or otherwise sub-par journalism practices. The Post, of course, is “backing its boy,” and refusing to apologize for defending democracy, as it has throughout its storied history, like when it smeared Gary Webb as retribution for reporting the CIA-Contra connection, more or less destroying his career as a journalist, or when it blatantly shilled for Hillary Clinton throughout her ugly, fear-mongering campaign, notably publishing sixteen negative pieces on Sanders in sixteen hours, or when it ran this piece on how Clinton might have been poisoned by secret Putinist agents … and these are just a few of the highlights.

But I don’t want to single out The Washington Post, or its Executive Editor, Marty Baron, who is clearly a paragon of journalistic ethics. The rest of the corporate media have also been mercilessly flogging the “fake news” hysteria, and the “Putinist propaganda” hysteria, and the “normalizing of fascism” hysteria, and beating the “post-Truth” drum to death. The Guardian, The New York Times, et al., NPR, the TV news networks, the entire mainstream media chorus is barking out the message in perfect synch. So what is really going on here?

As I suggested in these pages previously, what we are experiencing is the pathologization (or the “abnormalization”) of political dissent, i.e., the systematic stigmatization of any and all forms of non-compliance with neoliberal consensus reality. Political distinctions like “left” and “right” are disappearing, and are being replaced by imponderable distinctions like “normal” and “abnormal,” “true” and “false,” and “real” and “fake.” Such distinctions do not lend themselves to argument. They are proffered to us as axiomatic truths, empirical facts which no normal person would ever dream of contradicting.

In place of competing political philosophies, the neoliberal intelligentsia is substituting a simpler choice, “normality” or “abnormality.” The nature of the “abnormality” varies according to what is being stigmatized. Today it’s “Corbyn the anti-Semite,” tomorrow it’s “Sanders the racist crackpot,” or “Trump the Manchurian candidate,” or whatever. That the smears themselves are indiscriminate (and, in many instances, totally ridiculous) belies the effectiveness of the broader strategy, which is simply to abnormalize the target and whatever he or she represents. It makes no difference whether one is smeared as a racist, as Sanders was during the primaries, or as an anti-Semite, as Corbyn has been, or a fascist, as Trump has relentlessly been, or peddlers of Russian propaganda, as Truthout, CounterPunch, Naked Capitalism, and a number of other publications have been … the message is, they are somehow “not normal.”

Why is this any different from the shameless smear jobs the press has been doing on people since the invention of the press and shameless smear jobs? Well, hold on, because I’m about to tell you. Mostly it has to do with words, especially binary oppositions like “real” and “fake,” and “normal” and “abnormal,” which are, of course, essentially meaningless … their value being purely tactical. Which is to say they denote nothing. They are weapons deployed by a dominant group to enforce conformity to its consensus reality. This is how they’re being used at the moment.

The meaningless binary oppositions that the neoliberal intelligentsia and the corporate media are supplanting traditional opposing political philosophies with (i.e., normal/abnormal, real/fake), in addition to stigmatizing a diversity of sources of non-conforming information and ideas, are also restructuring our consensus reality as a conceptual territory in which anyone thinking, writing, or speaking outside the mainstream is deemed some kind of “deviant,” or “extremist,” or some other form of social pariah. Again, it doesn’t matter what kind, as “deviance” in itself is the point.

Actually, the opposite of deviance is the point. Because this is how “normality” is manufactured. And how consensus reality as a whole is manufactured … and how the manufacturing process is concealed. Apologies for getting all Baudrillardian, but this is actually how this stuff works.

The media’s current obsession with “fake news” conceals the fact that there is no “real news,” and simultaneously produces “real news,” or, rather, the simulation thereof. It does so by means of the binary opposition (i.e., if such a thing as “fake news” exists … then, ipso facto, “real news” exists). Likewise, the focus on “not normalizing Trump” conceals the fact that there is no “normality,” and simultaneously manufactures “normality” … which is always only a simulation.

Similarly, the stigmatization of Trump as a modern-day Hitler, or Mussolini, or some other type of fascist dictator, conceals the fact that the United States is already virtually a one-party system, with concentrated ownership and control of the media, an omnipresent militarized police force, arbitrary enforcement of the rule of law, the maintenance of a more or less permanent state of war, and many other standard features of authoritarian systems of government. At the same time, this projection of “fascism” conjures, or manufactures, its opposite, “democracy” … or the simulation of democracy.

This neoliberal simulation of democracy, and normality, and reality, is what the corporate media, and the entire neoliberal intelligentsia, is desperately working to shore up at the moment, as they took quite a hit with this election mess. Trump was not supposed to win. He was supposed to be another Hitlerian bogeyman that the neoliberals could save us all from, but then, well, look what happened. The problem for the neoliberal ruling classes, and the mainstream media, and liberals generally, having gone balls out on the Hitler schtick, is that they pretty much have to keep it up now, which is going to get increasingly weird as Trump turns out to not be Hitler, but, rather, just another Republican plutocrat, albeit one with zero government experience and some certified bull goose loonies on his staff. I’m sure Trump will want to help them out, though (i.e., his neoliberal “enemies”), with the occasional racist or misogynist tweet, as he will need to maintain his “white working class” creds, at least until the “War on Islam” gets going.

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In any event, we can all look forward to some serious pathologization of dissent throughout the coming four (and perhaps eight) years. And I’m not referring to Trump and his boys, though I’m certain they’ll be in there slinging it too. I’m referring to our friends in the corporate media, like Marty Baron and his smear machine, and the Guardians of Reality at The New York Times, The Guardian, and other “papers of record.” WNYC is already airing a daily “descent into fascism” segment. And of course the neoliberal left, Mother Jones, The Nation, et al., and The New York Review of Books, apparently (they just can’t get enough of this Hitler stuff), will be monitoring liberals’ every thought to ensure that fascism does not get normalized … which God have mercy should that ever happen. Who knows how America might end up? Torturing people? Attacking other countries that pose no threat to it whatsoever? Indefinitely imprisoning people in camps? Assassinating anyone the president deems a “terrorist” or an “enemy combatant” with the tacit approval of the majority of Americans? Surveilling everyone’s phone calls, emails, tweets, and reading and web-browsing habits?

Imagine the dystopia we would all be living in … if things like that were considered “normal.”
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Meme Wars: We Have an Agenda

A Fortean Essay in Story Technology
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CHAD as a Tlön object: Deception as Art Form.
CHAD is a Post-modern construct. It is a new form of Matter and idea, a liminal object rather like an Escher construct consisting of deliberate distortion of perspective as regards the way we process information, visual, intellectual, and technological. It consists.

The display of many skills involved indicates that the whole package is designer-stamped. We have a nicely balanced trail of clues, complete with still photographs, video, turned, cast, and milled parts (probably in light alloy or high-impact plastic) laid out in kit form. We have a Web site, broadcasts, and links to other Web sites which are anxious to joint the liminal game and manage the Fortean percentages of the real.

In the Post-modern game, it really does not matter that the above may be fakes, for in terms of Fortean percentages what is a fake? Is what many sceptics call a "complete imposture" ever that complete?
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The CHAD alphabet alone comprising of imitation of imitations rather suggesting that a group of Post-modern professionals in high-tech arts and media have constructed a complete package to be released rather like blown seed-pods. Some might object, they might say that several CHAD-type UFOs have been seen by other people at different times and places. Of course they will be seen! This is the entire object of the exercise. We must remember that the folk who panicked during Orson Wells' famous broadcast swore that they saw and heard the Martians! This was/is not so much a demonstration of fact versus fiction so much as demonstration of the interpenetration of minds and worlds. The "Martians" represented a temporary world, a bubble full of low percentages that prevailed for a time but whose tracks were detected rather like a fast particle whose half-life is (a percentage if ever there was!) hardly measurable.


The Metaphysics of Imposture
Let us consider the following argument concerning the action and effect of imposture in a particular context.
X (a physically strong man with a good constitution) is in a room with Y, who is a bit of a joker. Y goes out of the room, and in jest, screams back along the corridor that the entire building is on fire and they are both trapped. The result is that X, frightened to death, has an immediate heart attack and dies. We start with an image and we end with a death. Somewhere along the line of information-exchange the image has become corpuscular, and the "real" world has been changed by an act of imagination.

Therefore when we say CHAD (which is as yet a mere image) is an imposture, that may be true, but deny it as we may, we cannot help our imagination being wonderfully stimulated by such a complex multi-media operation. Another analogy. Water engineers use a harmless dye to trace leaks. This is another way of looking at CHAD. Someone somewhere is taking note of every single reaction to the CHAD Phenomenon, including this one from yours truly. SERPO was a crude prototype. It didn't work because as a metaphysical engine, its absurd scope was unacceptable. The gang got the scaling wrong. But as a lesson learned. the CHAD operation is light years ahead in complexity and power. It is subtle, structured, and represents the boundaries of the just-possible. Almost all Ufological discussions lack humour, and to try and put a smile on the face of the severely depressed old-fashioned “scientific” puritans of Old Ufology, I would like to add that CHAD represents a techno-eroticism equivalent to the old Startrek movies. Yes, they are using this element as well as the magical appeal of the boxed game and the CD. The creators know exactly what they are doing.

Whether we like it or not, CHAD is part of the new Matrix High Frontier. It is but a small part of a struggle for political control of a sector of highly specialised sector of mental Prime Time and you don't even need a set! Strange, but Hollywood has not got onto the concept of meme-wars yet. I suspect it will in the very near future.
Meantime there are a group of physicists headed by Jack Sarfatti and Hal Puthoff, who are working on the physics of possible UFO propulsion such as Warp Drive and Zero Point Energy, but such people do not appear at MUFON conferences. Neither are Post-modernism, techgnosis, Information Theory, Web Theory or memology discussed. The result is that MUFON “science” is something that Wells or Verne would have recognized.

Ufology is in desperate need of updated reconstruction. One thing is certain. The CHAD phenomenon cannot be dealt with by the boiler-house science of the Victorian Station Masters who dominate Old Ufology. CHAD, being a UFO, represents the debut of a New Model Ufology. Yes, CHAD is a synthetic UFO, but "real" UFOs might be equally synthetic from quite a different point of view. If we are ever to begin to understand both artificial intelligence and possible alien psychology we had better start thinking right of that very box and not keep on piling up case-histories like some gone-mad grocer out of a Norman Rockwell painting of Old American grocery store.


Inside the CHAD Engine: Tlön Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
The CHAD phenomenon cannot be dealt with by the methods of Old Ufology. We need a New Ufology for a New Age. Using the ideas presented here in association with Borges' story Tlön Uqbar, Orbis Tertius it is possible to lay down the foundation of a New Model Ufology before Ufology itself descends to the blushing enthusiasms of Coney Island Roswell.

In this story, Borges as Narrator and bibliophile discovers some very odd volumes that cannot be anything but brilliant forgeries.

Borges finds that the partial and fragmentary texts he has found are the work of a secret cabal of scholars whose forgeries have been carefully built over hundreds of years by generations of dedicated and specially chosen disciples. These scholars have left fragmentary footprints of their terrifyingly detailed labours in sole support of the idea that only the utterly astounding is in any sense “real.” This is the complete reversal of the present modern sceptical position: that everything “real” must be of a mundane nature. This singular binding idea of Tlön culture supports both morals and mathematics, and the view that metaphysics is a branch of fantastic literature. This leads to a hair-¬raising view of the theory of Tlön literature:
“In literary practices the concept of plagiarism does not exist: all works are the creation of one author, who is atemporal and anonymous. The critics often invent authors: they select two dissimilar works - the Tao Te Ching and 1001 Nights, say - attribute them to the same writer and then determine most scrupulously the psychology of this interesting homme de lettres...”
But to what point, other than demonstrating an entertaining (but a little precious) cleverness as regards the theory of Literature and the creative Imagination?

But let Borges continue his tale.

He tells of the purchase by a certain Princess Faucigny of a strange compass whose needle “longs for magnetic north” but will not point in such a direction. Around the concave (!) metal case is inscribed the alphabet of Tlön. Some months later, he comes across a small metal cone dropped by a dying drunk outside a primitive lodging. This cone is impossibly heavy, and such cones in the “fictional” country of Tlön are “images of the divinity in certain regions of Tlön.”

Both the extraordinary compass and the super-dense cone are breakthroughs in part of the world of Tlön, appearing in our own world just as certainly as a foot is put through a faulty floor. But like Bigfoot and apocryphal UFO “physical evidence,” these are objects that do not behave completely consistently in our world, their geometry being, like the diagrams below, a liminal or Escher configuration rather like Bigfoot or the UFO. The liminal event is a snowflake event, a “fast transient” rather like the “partial reality” of the drawings of Escher:

Borges finds himself in the middle of an interpenetration of worlds, the kind of thing that we are now gingerly approaching “legitimately” by tentatively constructing or rehearsing (for all “experiments” scientific or otherwise, are essentially rehearsals) such ideas as “quantum entanglement.”
Of course once the hair-line cracks appear in our primary world, greater penetration follows. Borges continues his story by saying that “Around 1944” a researcher for the newspaper The American eventually brought to light in a Memphis library the forty volumes of the First Encyclopedia of Tlön. In these volumes, the fantastic aspects of the previous descriptions of Tlön culture have been toned down somewhat. “It is reasonable to imagine,” says Borges “that these omissions follow the plan of exhibiting a world which is not too incompatible” with that world we ourselves experience as “real.” Suitably modified and re-designed, effective seeding of the interpenetrating world of Tlön does indeed take place:

“...the international press infinitely proclaimed the ‘find.’ Manuals, anthologies, summaries, literal versions, authorized revised-editions and pirated editions flooded and still flood the earth.”

Here then, is the direct analogy with the MJ-12 papers, and CHAD manuals:

“Almost immediately reality yielded on more than one account: The truth is that it longed to yield.”

And here is Borges’ version of the rituals of that god-game called “presentation of the evidence.”

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Borges concludes by giving us nothing less than the theory of conspiracy theory brought to its ultimate conclusion and summed to infinity. Already he says, the history of Tlön has wiped out the history of his childhood: Perhaps, for the gradual invasion of Tlön we may read Ufology’s progress through Adamski via von Daniken to Area 51 intrigues. This voyage-in-progress comes complete with the equivalent to elliptical compasses, super-heavy cones, hieroglyphics on Roswell debris, alphabets on CHAD structures, and very strange crash-retrieval manuals arriving as if from nowhere:
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The past is as permeable and open to change as the future
“. . . a fictitious past occupies in our memories the place of another, a past of which we know nothing with certainty - not even that it is false.”

This is an anticipation of both the formation of MJ-12 and Eisenhower's early warning (in his retirement speech) about the power of scientific elites, and it was published at exactly the same time as such elites were being formed. The structure of such elites (such as present Neocon groups) was indeed a kind of mimicking simulcra of what Borges prophesied:

“a scattered dynasty of solitary men has changed the face of the world. Their task continues.”

Against this, to have a Ufology based on the assumption that a clue to extraterrestrial contact might be found in dusty document boxes of long ago is ridiculous. It has reduced Old Ufology to a mundane clerking exercise.
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Product Mystique: the Alien Arrives on the Production Line
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From the NSA JTRIGS Deception Persuasion Manual

Already the “alien” is “breaking through” or “being constructed” in the manner of an object from Tlön. Perhaps gung-ho “alien base” believers are not right or wrong, but have seen too far too soon. The alien as Tlön artifact can only intrude first in a version that is psychologically scaled down, such as the heavy cone or CHAD parts, none of which is of any use to anyone. Even the most conservative of scientists admit that yes the alien is there, but is impossible to get at - they exist millions of totally inaccessible light years away. Then, as cultural time passes, the alien life form gets nearer: the alien is now small, a bio-particle in the frozen waters of Mars, perhaps. As the metaphors expand further (and metaphors are the purest form of show business) the USA (officially) prepares legal grounds concerning alien rights (and we are not talking about the Mexican border here). At the same time as we do this, Australian scientists--prepare to demolish the space and time separating aliens and humans by (at first) teleporting a laser beam.

Thus the very gradual approach to the acceptance of the alien idea: we partially “accept” covertly and otherwise rehearse a series of scaled-down models in the manner of the “teleportations” (Charles Fort’s word) of Tlön, of which the UFO could just be an example. Each scaling stage represents a careful management of wonders and involves inducing that intellectual eroticism absolutely essential to all significant discovery and experience. Thus the proper answer to Fermi’s question “where are they?” is that "they" are in the wings. They are being costumed for that wonderful cultural pantomime (the final stage of the psycho-social equation ignored completely by its protagonists) called Factual Solidity, which is the greatest star prime-time performer of all. This is the final stage of a program before the “system” is forced to change its paradigm from billiard-ball atoms through molecules and quarks to the “arrival” of the alien form itself, the perfection of Alchemical consumerism.


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What Karl Rove Learned From Jorge Luis Borges
One of political mastermind Karl Rove’s favorite writers is none other than Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine fabulist. Alec Nevala-Lee on what Borges’s stories reveal about Rove’s alternate political reality.
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Years ago, or so we’re told, a reclusive southern businessman, contemptuous of the world around him, decided to invent a country of his own. Using his vast fortune, he bankrolled a secretive organization of writers and intellectuals whose mission was to construct nothing less than every last detail of an alternate reality, similar to our own in many ways, but more orderly and elegant, in which anything could come true as long as enough people believed in it. The result was an enormously convincing fictional world, and its reception exceeded its creator’s most optimistic expectations. Presented with such a beautiful falsehood, the rest of humanity gratefully embraced the illusion. It began to study, teach, and debate a totally imaginary history and science, until the real thing, neglected, was all but forgotten.

This is the plot of “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,” one of the most famous stories by the Argentine fabulist Jorge Luis Borges, who belongs on any short list of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Borges has a lot of admirers, including me, but if the story above seems uncomfortably familiar, it may be due to the influence of one of his most avid fans. He’s a man who, in response to a Proust questionnaire in Vanity Fair, put Borges at the top of an alphabetical catalog of beloved authors, and playfully named the real Borges as his favorite hero of fiction. He mentions Borges prominently on his website, with an approving nod to the story about “the encyclopedia on a nation that doesn’t exist,” and in a video promoting one of his own books, although he has trouble pronouncing Borges’s name correctly. He is Karl Rove.

Oddly enough, aside from a recent humor piece by Nathaniel Stein on The New Yorker blog, Rove’s love of Borges has gone mostly unremarked, perhaps because it seems so incongruous. In general, members of the conservative establishment aren’t known for their taste in literature. Mitt Romney once acknowledged, in what is probably his second-most embarrassing online video, that his favorite novel is L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth, and the identity of Paul Ryan’s novelist of choice is a matter of record. As a result, it’s surprising, and superficially encouraging, to find a prominent figure on the right who openly admires a writer numbered among Joyce and Kafka as one of the essential authors of the modern age.
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Yet it isn’t hard to see why Rove is drawn to his work. The great theme in Borges, among all those labyrinths and mirrors, is how the world can be shaped, and even physically transformed, by the intellectual structures we impose on it. In his story “The Secret Miracle,” a man waiting to be executed pictures all the possible forms that his death might take, as if by imagining the worst, he can prevent it from happening—an attitude that many Democrats assumed before the recent election. “The Lottery in Babylon” describes a government so powerful that its actions can no longer be distinguished from the operations of the universe, which seems like a conservative’s nightmare of Obamacare, but which might also appeal to a man who once dreamed of a permanent Republican majority. (On his website, Rove refers to this story as involving “a lottery in Baghdad,” a Freudian slip of epic proportions.)

These ideas find their fullest expression in “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.” In the fictional world invented by Borges’s army of scholars, the only science is psychology, and an idea, or even a physical object, can become real if enough people believe it exists. Rove has put this principle into action more aggressively than any other political figure in recent memory. It lurks behind the push polls in the South Carolina primary calculated to plant the rumor that John McCain had fathered a black child, and in the White House Iraq Group, chaired by Rove, designed to sell the public on the supposed threat of Saddam Hussein—a more targeted version of Orbis Tertius, with its secret group of intellectuals “directed by an obscure man of genius.”

And then there’s Fox News, for which Rove has long served as a sort of spiritual godfather. Borges notes that mankind was seduced by the fictional universe of Tlön because its rules were more elegant than reality itself, which is precisely what Fox News provides. Its vision of the world is compellingly clear: it’s easier to believe that the president is a Muslim socialist who secretly wants to take our guns away than to understand the perplexing truth, which even many observers on the left have trouble accepting, that he’s a political moderate who draws much of his policy from the conservative playbook of the past. And unlike the shadowy cabal of Orbis Tertius, this systematic reordering and simplification of reality has taken place in plain sight.

Borges himself was well aware that his story was more than just a fantasy. The countries that remake themselves after the model of Orbis Tertius are the same ones that had previously been drawn to communism, fascism, and any other system with a semblance of order. When the author notes that a world in which physical artifacts can be willed into existence allows for “the interrogation and even the modification of the past,” it’s hard not to connect this to the rewriting of history under authoritarian regimes. “The lies of a dictatorship are neither believed nor disbelieved,” Borges writes elsewhere. “They pertain to an intermediate plane, and their purpose is to conceal or justify sordid or atrocious realities.”

It’s tempting to think that these lies came crashing down on election night, in which Rove stuck obstinately to his guns on Fox News even as the reality at Obama headquarters threatened to break through from the other side of the split screen. Rove’s refusal to accept his own network’s call for Ohio was the logical culmination of the inability of such conservative pundits as Dick Morris to acknowledge the possibility of any outcome short of a Romney landslide. Like the characters in Borges, they’re idealists in the original, philosophical sense, who hope that if they believe something strongly enough—and say it as loudly as possible—it just might come true. In the end, anchorwoman Megyn Kelly wandered off to find answers in the labyrinth beyond the news desk, leaving Rove, like many a Borges protagonist before him, unable to free himself from his own illusions.

But his public meltdown shouldn’t fool us. The nonexistent nation is alive and well. In Borges’s imaginary universe, places survive as long as people believe in them, like the doorway that continued to exist only while it was frequented by a single beggar. Rove has far more true believers, and thanks to a media landscape as fragmented as any postmodern narrative, in which individuals of all political parties listen only to sources that confirm their own beliefs, that alternate reality is still standing. As Borges warns, what remains is a fictional history, “filled with moving episodes,” harmonized to remove all inconvenient facts. When the project of Orbis Tertius is complete, he writes, “The world will be Tlön.” And thanks largely to Rove and his successors, for much of the country, it already is.
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As I suggested in these pages previously, what we are experiencing is the pathologization (or the “abnormalization”) of political dissent, i.e., the systematic stigmatization of any and all forms of non-compliance with neoliberal consensus reality. Political distinctions like “left” and “right” are disappearing, and are being replaced by imponderable distinctions like “normal” and “abnormal,” “true” and “false,” and “real” and “fake.” Such distinctions do not lend themselves to argument. They are proffered to us as axiomatic truths, empirical facts which no normal person would ever dream of contradicting.

In place of competing political philosophies, the neoliberal intelligentsia is substituting a simpler choice, “normality” or “abnormality.” The nature of the “abnormality” varies according to what is being stigmatized. Today it’s “Corbyn the anti-Semite,” tomorrow it’s “Sanders the racist crackpot,” or “Trump the Manchurian candidate,” or whatever. That the smears themselves are indiscriminate (and, in many instances, totally ridiculous) belies the effectiveness of the broader strategy, which is simply to abnormalize the target and whatever he or she represents. It makes no difference whether one is smeared as a racist, as Sanders was during the primaries, or as an anti-Semite, as Corbyn has been, or a fascist, as Trump has relentlessly been, or peddlers of Russian propaganda, as Truthout, CounterPunch, Naked Capitalism, and a number of other publications have been … the message is, they are somehow “not normal.”

Why is this any different from the shameless smear jobs the press has been doing on people since the invention of the press and shameless smear jobs? Well, hold on, because I’m about to tell you. Mostly it has to do with words, especially binary oppositions like “real” and “fake,” and “normal” and “abnormal,” which are, of course, essentially meaningless … their value being purely tactical. Which is to say they denote nothing. They are weapons deployed by a dominant group to enforce conformity to its consensus reality. This is how they’re being used at the moment.

The meaningless binary oppositions that the neoliberal intelligentsia and the corporate media are supplanting traditional opposing political philosophies with (i.e., normal/abnormal, real/fake), in addition to stigmatizing a diversity of sources of non-conforming information and ideas, are also restructuring our consensus reality as a conceptual territory in which anyone thinking, writing, or speaking outside the mainstream is deemed some kind of “deviant,” or “extremist,” or some other form of social pariah. Again, it doesn’t matter what kind, as “deviance” in itself is the point.

Actually, the opposite of deviance is the point. Because this is how “normality” is manufactured. And how consensus reality as a whole is manufactured … and how the manufacturing process is concealed. Apologies for getting all Baudrillardian, but this is actually how this stuff works.
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This is the furthering and expanding of Saul Alinski's principals. Change the narrative and you change the meaning! Redirect your opponents argument and put them on the defensive!

Fortunately most Americans are catching on to this!

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« Reply #7 on: Dec 9th, 2016, 1:42pm »

They better learn faster the PTB are doing a full court press to shut gag whatever is contra narrative. Senate Bill S0317 formerly HR6393..If Trump does not stop this..it means hes in with "them"

You will like this obituary of William Casey former CIA head..and how news is manipulated so you think we are being protected..only we are not..now mind you..this was all before the sudden discovery of fake news..
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Although official White House press releases yesterday characterized him as a "great patriot", his actual role in history is much less clear. Like so many government officials around the world, his rise to prominence came by abusing the powers given him. In the late 1960s, Casey was the Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. His enforcement chief was Stanley Sporkin, whom Casey later brought with him to the CIA.

Nowadays, officials at the SEC distance themselves from Casey and his policies. They say that under his leadership, the initials of the S.E.C. were understood to mean "See Everything Crooked". However, in their heyday, Casey and Sporkin made quite a dynamic duo. Their favorite trick was the "enforcement proceeding". Every day, they read the newspapers for anything unusual or interesting. When they found something, they would bring a suit to stop whatever it was. These suits were actually hardly ever litigated in court. However, they were invariably accompanied by banner headlines about how the public was being protected.

The technique they practiced thousands of times can be illustrated by one fairly random example of this method. In the late 1960s, the Franklin National Bank, a prominent New York financial institution, folded. Although the SEC does not regulate banks, Sporkin, when he read about it in the newspapers, filed suit on the same day. The great genius of Casey and Sporkin was to think up creative theories for new kinds of lawsuits they were constantly inventing. Here, the theory for the suit was that the bank failed adequately to disclose to its stockholders that it was in financial difficulty. Had the bank been regulated by the SEC, this theory would have been reasonable. However, banks and bank stocks were all regulated by the federal and state banking authorities.

The main thing about this was that it was all just a publicity stunt. In accordance with the custom in those days, the same day that the SEC filed suit, its lawyers met with the officials of the Franklin National Bank. They then entered into what was known as a "consent decree". The way this worked was that the bank officials agreed to an injunction "without admitting or denying the charges". In other words, they promised never to do it again, without admitting to whatever it was that they did. They all then walked together into the office of a federal judge, who gave a rubber stamp approval to the deal. By this procedure, more than 95% of the suits which the S.E.C. filed under Casey were "settled" either the same day or the next day. The defendants got an exceptionally good deal. In return for their consent, the SEC promised to close the book on whatever they had done. There would be no further civil or criminal proceedings. The guilty officers would not have to go to jail. They would not even be asked to give the money back. They could even open a new bank. The SEC got, in return, newspaper publicity. Both Casey and Sporkin loved to see their name in the newspaper every day.
This gave Casey and Sporkin the opportunity to get favorable publicity for themselves in the newspapers all around America by claiming that they had taken strong steps to remedy this situation, whereas in reality they had done nothing at all. Needless to say, neither the uninsured depositors nor the stockholders of Franklin National Bank ever got a dime back.

expand that to our your in good hands with NSA grin
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 10th, 2016, 5:51pm »

Leaked footage has emerged of Charles Jaco when he was the CNN anchor made internationally famous for heroically covering the 1990 Persian Gulf War.

The first part of this video shows the stage set he was on while he clowns around with fellow CNN staff. The Saudi Arabian “hotel” in the background is adorned by fake palm trees and a blue wall in a studio. This clip was leaked by CNN staff.

The second part of this video is a live CNN satellite feed recorded onto VHS showing the final cut. Charles Jaco is wearing a different jacket, but he had the same act. Even though the acting is terrible as Charles Jaco wore a gas mask, and his fellow correspondent Carl Rochelle wore a helmet—the American public were manipulated and duped en masse. The sirens and missile sound effects are part of the stage set. The camera never pans out or shows the sky as they appear terrified of chemical weapons being dropped from above.

These clips are the highest quality of this newscast and behind the scenes. And yes, Charles Jaco was a reporter for CNN and then worked as a reporter for FOX 2 NOW in Saint Louis, Missouri.A

And then, there’s nothing better than watching this harrowing interview with a “university professor” caught in crossfire: a student of Edward Bernay who reports for Qatari news channel Al Jazeera, from the last pocket of resistance in Aleppo. He becries the “extermination” of civilians and says “it’s getting very crowded.” Actually, Abdul appears to be shitting his pants, perhaps the props are for real in this video. Contrast the appearance of this poor fellow, his twitches and flinches, to the phoneys up above.

The genius of mainstream media is that Americans actually pay to get brainwashed. Yeah, that’s right, state news is not free in America, they actually pay for CNN or The Washington Post. That’s amazing, what an amazing society? Strangely similar to Greece in many ways.

I’ll leave the last word to John Swinton, Chief editorial writer of the New York Times from 1860 to 1870.

“There is no such thing as a free press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who would dare to write his honest opinions. The business of the journalist is to destroy truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell himself, his country, and his race, for his daily bread. We are tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping jacks; they pull the strings, we dance; our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are the property of these men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
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« Reply #9 on: Dec 10th, 2016, 6:03pm »

The guy wearing an army helmet is a nice touch. grin
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hehe the Devil is in the details! grin
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