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Spineless coward who grovels to Israel tells Marr she will stand up to bullies.

White entitlement and the rise of the idiots.

"Leaving becomes Remaining but in an even more slavish relationship than before June 2016."

Advice for Corbyn.

"Today, Israelis are hunkering down. Boycott activists from abroad are denied entry. Unarmed Palestinian demonstrators have been gunned down in Gaza. And critics inside Israel are silenced or beaten up."

Has the Iraq war been a crime (by NATO) on the same level as the holocaust (of jews) carried out by Hitler?

The urgency of global unity.

Abolishing the death sentence in 'USA', 'China' and other 'nations' who sentence people to death is the world's TOP priority now.

Is murder legitimate if a person has "a bad bone in their body"?

"He (Michael Brown) wasn't unarmed. He was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self."

The debate about militarism is the chief debate of our times.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen apparently backs people who publicly mock genocide victims on a grand scale.

I thought love was only true in fairy tales.

10 London letting agents told a reporter posing as a landlord they would not let to 'African-Caribbean' people at his request.

Hilarity on the Guardian.

What is the relationship between free speech and civility?

Sitting with the thinker, trying to work it out. It's a traffic jam of the brain: makes you want to scream and shout.

Oh I'm banging on my tv set and I check the odds and I place my bet.

How many ways can you polish up a turd? And left, right.

One nation under the new media.

Solitary sister, is there still a part of you that wants to give?

A woman who walks down King's Road in a dungarees has no confidence issues.

Public debate is what makes you modern.

Surveillance is a public safety issue.

Taking it all instead of taking one bite.

To live by the present media's definition of 'gender' is to be feudal, enslaved, animalistic and ignorant.

People conform to bogus 'gender' grooming standards.

Gender is a social construct.

The lack of humility in 'Europe', the 'UK', in the "NATO" perception of reality is one of the things needing eradicating before anything else.

The real tragedy of the consumer thinker.

The NATO police state, a simple introduction.

Global solar energy will change society beyond recognition.

Cultural independence was achieved.

Very well spoken cretins.

The general issue of honesty, including intellectual honesty.

1.6 million 'British' voters already signed up to demanding change in 'Westminster'.

Intellectual honesty.

Nobody says you HAVE to dance to the tune they play.

When/how does my 'end of day' trading method work for me?

A country full of crazies.

Whom are the British mainstream media, above all the right wing voices, attacking right now?

Alistair Campbell's worship of money and power runs so deep that he is happy for anyone intelligent in Britain to consider him to be a brainless fuckwit.

Britain and other European nations must take responsibility for both their own imperial 'past' and for the USA.

In among the chaos of American soldiers, trapped in a gory nightmare, there is Captain Willard, hunting monsters in the jungles.

On May 3rd 2018, VOTE CORBYN you slackers.

Racism in Britain today.

If Russia had just done what Israel has just done, what would YOU be saying?

Silence of the UKIP publicists.

The problem with almost all people living in the west (and similar societies).

A lot of people who hate Corbyn are like very dumb pack animals.

Whom do British people like?

The mainstream western media may gain a tiny bit of credibility if it were to mention that the 'Russian spy nerve agent' incident took place only eight miles from the largest stock of nerve agent in western Europe.

A look at the word 'disinformation' and at the verb 'to disinform'.

Clarity vs 'persuasion'.

Adrian Bailey, Labour MP.

Genuine 'feminist' principles under heavy attack from 'consumer feminism' and those whom some label "feminazis". This is a TERRIBLE TRAGEDY - decades of good work are being undone by jumped up fuckheads from Hadley Freeman to Tony Blair and his posse of widow-maker 'female MPs'.

Kemi Badenoch, Conservative MP.

Homelessness and poverty are a predicament, not a choice.

Just what kind of democratic order is it to which we aspire?

The New Iraq War, a bad road to travel on.

"We must invade Iraq, they have weapons which could kill millions," Blair said.

"With us or against us" (where "us" means the 1%).

What is the USA best at really? And what is it officially shit at?

Would the BBC consider an ad hoc security force acceptable for British protesters too?

When neo nazis are "ad hoc security".

The NATO mainstream media bias is beyond the pale.

How quickly, it should be noted, they may tightly clench and make themselves into hard fists.

A culture which sees torture as a weapon for protecting the noble.

Apartheid apartheid apartheid.

Brand considers whether "the unions are hurting walmart".

The ugliest of the ugly, the sickest of the sick, masquerading as good. The 'foreign intervention' dignifier.

The last man.

Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti.

Ionesco's most famous work is about the chasm between force and reason.

Alex Cockburn and Bérenger.

Malcolm Gladwell, a corporate shill.

There is no political solution. To our troubled evolution. Have no faith in constitution. There is no bloody revolution. We are spirits in the material world.

Some Guardian propaganda at work.

War criminal public relations is called propaganda.

Textbook example of barbarism - what 'the west' calls 'civilisation'.

"Speed and agility are key for the counterpuncher, as well as a willingness to patiently chase down every ball to frustrate opponents."

Defending soldiers against corporations.

12,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered with axes and bludgeons after Dutch Nato troops who were supposed to protect them simply moved away to allow Serbs to carry out their murderous work.

'Medieval religious ideas' and the 'USA'.

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The basic maths of a modern democratic way.

The far-right sees Islam as a more popular talking point than anti-Semitism, and seeks to rally supporters through the former while obscuring the latter in a Zionist position that seeks to keep Jews out of Europe.

The stale, smelly, fetid and diseased old west and its fetid old blindness.

The alternative to the UKIP-Murdoch-Daily-Mail axis.

Something disgusting for you to see.

Black people have had to live for generations under a system that is demonstrably unfair to them. There's plenty of documentation for that.

Private power directly makes public decisions.

Edward Bernays' claim that 'the very essence of the democratic process' is 'the freedom to persuade and suggest,' what he calls 'the engineering of consent' .

Low and high cancer risks?

Russell Brand's take on Ferguson is worth watching.

War crimes of the British Media.

Being an economic unit.

Beaten repeatedly by Alex Cockburn, legend among thinkers.

Democracy is a state of mind, not a way of doing paperwork.

We should be responsible for our own actions primarily.

The denial that individualism exists and is a positive force.

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Point 1274: Spineless coward who grovels to Israel tells Marr she will stand up to bullies.

Thrust: Recently Emily Thornberry has attacked the failure of Tories to stand up to Trump.


Direction of resistance: Thornberry herself has failed to stand up to Trump's bosses, naturally, ie the Zionist state of Israel, with its genocidal and apartheid stance.


Removal of resistance: Read Winstanley's article in the references below.


Unification: Winstanley tells us: << Thornberry's speech also spoke approvingly of a 1917 Labour "war aims" document, which endorsed the Zionist project in Palestine.

But - again, perhaps understandably - she failed to mention that Sidney Webb, who drafted that document was, at least in-part motivated by an anti-Semitic desire to rid Britain of its Jews - much like the Zionist movement itself - and to send them to Palestine as settlers.

In shockingly bigoted comments, Webb once said that he was glad there were "no Jews in the British Labour Party." >>.

And much more besides. Thornberry's support for genocide and land theft appears to be demonstrable, she has no desire to see any 'bullies' in Israel stopped, she has no respect for the rights of Palestinians and clearly takes an orientalist approach to non-white culture - seeing it as something which white culture has to come along and 'civilise'.

A woman like her should not count on Asian, African and other non-white British votes or any support from the antiwar movement which she also tries to ingratiate herself with. She needs to resign from Parliament - she is a shit MP who endorses racism. FUCK OFF Emily, you're shit. Go to hell.


References: https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/labours-foreign-spokesperson-emily-thornberry-endorses-israeli-racism

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Point 1273: White entitlement and the rise of the idiots.

Thrust: A lot of people you meet in London are not only stupid but very self-satisfied in their stupidity.


Direction of resistance: Big football events (eg the world cup) really bring this out.


Removal of resistance: Some of the stupidest people I ever meet in London, some of the most self-satisfied in their stupidity, are Australian and South African.


Unification: Indeed, M.G. Piety writes 'This sense of white entitlement is increasing. Even as our achievements are diminishing, our sense of entitlement is growing. It's not just an unattractive character trait (nobody, after all, likes a whiner); it's morally offensive. It's also dangerous. It's making us stupid. It's making us lazy-dare I say shiftless? It's part of the reason, I would argue, for the precipitous descent of the U.S. from its former position of world economic dominance.'


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Point 1272: "Leaving becomes Remaining but in an even more slavish relationship than before June 2016."

Thrust: William Podmore writes << The solution is for the people to exercise sovereignty, to take control. Let's begin by movingheaven and earth to concentrate our force on Westminster politicians to compel them to do the right thing.

We must insist the government walk away from the table. The tangle of detail and objections is designed to trap us in the EU net.

Let's return to the simplicity of our decision. Reinstate the red lines for Brexit. That would terrify the EU would-be masters. Only then can real negotiations begin - from the true position of British strength.>>.


Direction of resistance: The tragedy is too many pathetic lily-livered cowardly corporate whores and slaves failed to vote for Corbyn at the general election.


Removal of resistance: THEN these same cowards whine when the far right's brexit under May has turned into Remain plus even more slavery - the worst outcome of all.


Unification: As Podmore puts it, "civil service leadership that wants to remain in the EU, and that exaggerates any problems, minimises any advantages".

In consideration of all that has happened, in the event of a second referendum, despite being confused in the interim, by the fog Podmore mentions, I would vote to leave - just as I would vote for Corbyn.

The people who failed to vote for Corbyn are the real racists and real goons, not the Brexit voters.

The ignorant need to get off their crack and fucking face reality.


References: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/14/brexit-at-two/

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Point 1271: Advice for Corbyn.

Thrust: You have been losing LOTS of support from asians in the last few months - possibly 100s of 1000s of British asians have gone cold on you Corbs.


Direction of resistance: It's your approach to anti-racism - because Labour is run by colonialist white supremacist females, mainly, and their ring-masters like Blair, your idea of anti-racism is a band of black female MPs, many of whom are racist towards asians.


Removal of resistance: FIX IT, boy.


Unification: We need 20 front line asian men and women working visibly for you - in the top ranks - and MUCH more about discrimination in the workplace, which impacts asians more than ANYONE ELSE in Britain.

I'm telling you this for your and everyone's good - you will LOSE SOON if you don't fix this. More and more asians think you're weak. They say you're a good man, but that you're not up to the job. Israeli-apartheid-supporting black female MPs are one of the biggest reasons why. FIRE those MPs. Dawn Butler MUST GO. She's a fucking racist.


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Point 1270: "Today, Israelis are hunkering down. Boycott activists from abroad are denied entry. Unarmed Palestinian demonstrators have been gunned down in Gaza. And critics inside Israel are silenced or beaten up."

Thrust: On the topic of Israel, that most unique nation, Jonathan Cook writes: <<It claimed to have 'made the desert bloom' by planting forests over the razed houses of 750,000 Palestinians it exiled in 1948. Soldiers in the 'most moral army in the world' reputedly cried as they were compelled to shoot Palestinian 'infiltrators' trying to return home. And all this occurred in what Israelis claimed was the Middle East's 'only democracy'.

An industry known as hasbara - a euphemism for propaganda - recruited Jews in Israel and abroad to a campaign to persuade the world that the Palestinians' dispossession was for the good of mankind. Israel's achievements in science, agriculture and medicine were extolled.

But in a more interconnected world, that propaganda campaign is swiftly unravelling. Phone cameras now record 'moral' soldiers executing unarmed Palestinians in Gaza or beating up children in Hebron.

The backlash, including a growing international boycott movement, has driven Israel's right wing into even greater defiance and self-righteousness. It no longer conceals its goal to aggressively realise a longed-for 'Greater Israel'.>>


Direction of resistance: It is inconceivable that Israel in its current form will exist even ten years from now.


Removal of resistance: People whose opinions on Israel MUST be read by you include Stephen Hawking (interesting that, since he had the same views on Israel as Jeremy Corbyn, the masses don't go around labelling him a terrorist and 'anti-semite' - but they don't - I WONDER WHY?!!) and Gerald Kaufman, amongst others.


Unification: Apartheid/Zionist Israel has far surpassed Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia in terms of depravity, backwardness, stupidity and self-destructive ideology.

The sooner British and American establishment society stops failing to even condemn Israel, let alone stand up for the rights of those Israel abuses, the sooner British and American society will rejoin the human race.

The recent massacres in Gaza by Israel's 'armed forces' (nazi troops seems to be a more accurate description), the abuse of Ahed Tamimi, the death of Razan al-Najjar - this is Israel's gravestone.

The long campaign of deflecting criticism of Israel's genocide by labelling its critics 'anti-semitic' and/or 'terrorist' has definitely reached its delta. The credibility of such propaganda has long died for those with any real intelligence. People who still support Israel now really only include the fucking stupid and the morally bankrupt.

Such people have no future and the genocidal nation of Israel has as much of a future as its supporters.

The human race wants to evolve and move forwards. Israel is in the way of that. Its culture of hatred, genocide and racial apartheid is something which cannot make it anywhere near half way into the present century. I advise all its 'supporters' to face the truth sooner rather than later.

And again - why is it that the term 'anti-semite' is used to smear those, like Corbyn, who stand up against racism, politically, and who pose a real threat to the far right, to corporate domination and to corruption, whilst others, such as Hawking, with the same views but who pose no real threat to oligarchy, are not tarred with the same brush? Why is it that so many people in the Conservative-Labour party will call Corbyn anti-semitic but will not say the same of Hawking, whose opinions on Israel were exactly the same as Corbyn's? What does this say about the honesty of these people? And indeed about their intellectual honesty.

Reader, do you want your kids to become people who are honest, above all to themselves, or do you want them to spend their lives lying, to each other and to themselves? Well? Go on. Tell yourself the truth.


References: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/13/knesset-foils-efforts-to-end-israeli-apartheid/

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Point 1269: Has the Iraq war been a crime (by NATO) on the same level as the holocaust (of jews) carried out by Hitler?

Thrust: I have written in the past: As many as 7 million innocent, mostly 'muslim' people may have been killed in your name. That's something like 23,000 buildings like the Grenfell Tower all being incinerated in that fashion - that's how many people 'we' have killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, 23,000 lots of the Grenfell Tower. Died in the same way - innocent and in the way of corporations' dollars. All this death has to be stopped and everything leading up to it. 'Our' war machine is beyond the pale.

Jack Balkwill writes 'Australian scientist Gideon Polya did a study of the effect of war on the Afghanistan population and concluded that as a result of the invasion and occupation up to 2009,'This carnage involving 4.5 million post-invasion violent and non-violent excess Afghan deaths constitutes an Afghan Holocaust and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention.

So if this estimate is correct, there are 4.5 million dead in Afghanistan as a result of the invasion and occupation. Combined with the 2.5 million who died from war and sanctions in Iraq, we arrive at the rough figure of 7 million dead.

But if 7 million people died, why is it that few seem aware of these numbers? After all, anyone you ask on the street can tell you 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust. Why aren't 7 million Muslims important enough to notice?'.'

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.

Be ashamed of anyone who disregards those 7 million dead.

As ashamed as I and many are of anyone who does that OR disregards the 6 million jews who died in a similar genocide which clearly too few people truly learned from. 7 million people may have been slaughtered in Afghanistan and Iraq. Are 6 million Jews MORE important than 7 million Iraqis and Afghans (or the same? Just as important?)


I think this debate will concern people for decades to come, no matter what the conclusions are in coming years.


Direction of resistance: From where I sit the chances seem, to me, to be that NATO will be tried and condemned for its actions over the last few decades, primarily by citizens in all nations where NATO operates.


Removal of resistance: Through democratic judicial process NATO, I believe, will be closed down and treated as one of the most shameful episodes in imperial history.


Unification: And the world will move on, in peace, together. All people, all languages, all 'cultures', all as one.


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Point 1268: The urgency of global unity.

Thrust: Professor Hawking (the professor Hawking) has pointed out that (I gather) itinerant species living on vast space ships must exist in the universe and would fuck us over if they found us. Quickly and gruesomely.


Direction of resistance: We will ourselves end up as itinerant species, hopefully somehow enlightened, against all odds, and not predatory.


Removal of resistance: What we need is to unite together across the globe and develop the capability to have huge space ships which can house us well and thus enable a degree of itinerant activity.


Unification: Our planet will one day die and we will surpass it. We will end up itinerant unless some other itinerant species comes and fucks us over.

This is not conspiracy theory or sci-fi, this is not far fetched. This is statistical likelihood, this is nature. This is why we are stupid to fight each other. We have to get together and start making loads of space ships and start having vast presence and enjoying space together.

The bigger we grow, sadly, the more we guarantee conflict with intinerant species outside our own. This is the scary part of the future, alas. Fortunately it's a big big dream (and it's a good one). As usual our aim should be to become enlightened, evolve past adversarialism and be capable of absorbing others into that enlightenment.


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Point 1267: Abolishing the death sentence in 'USA', 'China' and other 'nations' who sentence people to death is the world's TOP priority now.

Thrust: Most of the world is against the death sentence.


Direction of resistance: The 'US' and 'China' are clearly not planning to reverse their position and there appears to be no strong lobby pushing their societies that way, yet.


Removal of resistance: They will attempt to export this morality globally and we will all come under attack.


Unification: Already the 'US' is killing people globally round the clock, exporting its belief that murder is a legitimate solution to conflicting opinions and driving others to embrace that evil ideology every day, from ISIS and Al Qa'eda to criminal cartels the world over, political and unpolitical alike.

We must be discouraging murder, not encouraging it, EVERY DAY.


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Point 1266: Is murder legitimate if a person has "a bad bone in their body"?

Thrust: Someone was recently murdered in the 'UK' and a witness said "she didn't have a bad bone in her body".


Direction of resistance: This is a stupid thing to say under the circumstances and unconsciously evil. It implies that murder is a legitimate tool for dealing with people who have "a bad bone in their body".


Removal of resistance: Moreover, what in FUCK does that mean? ie "didn't have a bad bone in her body"? Having already established that NOBODY should ever be murdered I think we can move on maturely to face the fact that it is utterly meaningless and inaccurate (in what it intends) to say someone "didn't have a bad bone in her body". It is ridiculous.


Unification: Under the circumstances, emotional discharge taken into account, the witness statement is perfectly reasonable - ie that it should exist. That the press reports it is ignorant and a betrayal of the emotional speaker who spouted the crap.


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Point 1265: "He (Michael Brown) wasn't unarmed. He was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self."

Thrust: Arlene Eisen writes "It was simple arithmetic, I thought. In 2012, police, security guards and vigilantes killed a total of 313 Black people. Divide the number of hours in a year by 313 and you get one every 28 hours. If federal law required all law enforcement agencies to report all their killings; if most reporters didn’t depend exclusively on police department press releases; and if I had had more time to investigate, I have no doubt that the number would have been 24 hours or even more often. Yet, after spending more than 18 months in dogged research and data analysis, I am sure that at least one Black person is extrajudicially killed every 28 hours by police, security guards and vigilantes."


Direction of resistance: She points out "Still, 62 or 20% of those 313 killed in 2012 were armed—including three who carried toy or replica guns. Please keep in mind that in 41 states, including Missouri, it is legal to carry a pistol openly, in public.[3] Some states require permits, most do not. Carrying a gun is not a crime, let alone a capital offense."


Removal of resistance: Arlene goes on "Study of the 313 deaths profiled in Operation Ghetto Storm leads to the conclusion that whether a Black mother's child is young or old, wearing a hoodie or a suit, carries a gun or not, makes little difference. That child will still be subject to omnipresent surveillance, racial profiling, mass incarceration, trial without due process and execution without trial. For example, conservative white pundit Ben Stein insisted, "He (Michael Brown) wasn't unarmed. He was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self.""


Unification: This is all very unacceptable and those responsible are clearly criminals - ie those responsible for the system which perpetuates this racism and violence against 'non white' people.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/05/what-if-michael-brown-had-been-armed/

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Point 1264: The debate about militarism is the chief debate of our times.

Thrust: "In the opinion of this person" predatory behaviour does not lead to mastery of your situation and your existence.


Direction of resistance: Some will argue that the reason we beat lions, tigers, bears, sharks, etc, to controlling the bulk of this planet - is that we're MORE predatory, not less so.


Removal of resistance: I think a systematic comparison of us to everything else demonstrates that this is not so.

Indeed I'll have to dig up the details of it but Chomsky cites western science which points at "mutual aid" being the source of our advancement and evolution - something Chomsky tells us the 'elite' peers of those evolutionary scientists had to suppress, not wishing society to accept the idea that being good to each other is how to advance - elites, particularly 'mediocre elites', thrive upon the notion that domination is key to survival. The opposite is the case. Take Hitler. Did his domination methodology cause his campaigns and attempts to conquer Europe to succeed or fail? I will find that Chomsky reference and the name of the western scientist Chomsky is alluding to asap and add it to this page.


Unification: It's a long debate and I'll have to revisit much data already here and seek much more, but it is clear to me that the evidence shows this: we have reached where we are through the technology of co-operation more than through anything else. Without that we are not powerful and masters of our destiny. The use of weapons and violence has never been what gave us power over our destiny even if at times in the past there may have been moments where our intelligence and capacity to co-operate led to the use of such past, primitive devices to achieve our ends. In other words, even then, when we used it, when we were too primitive to find better means in some situations, it was the result, not the cause, of our real survivalistic trait. That trait is co-operation. Look around you at everything which flies in the face of that and learn to repel it.


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Point 1263: The Guardian's Barbara Ellen apparently backs people who publicly mock genocide victims on a grand scale.

Thrust: I wrote previously that "Some Guardian writers are hindering the birth of gender equality.

Guardian writer Barbara Ellen linked to photos taken surreptitiously of men asleep on the tube to back up her idea that men are rude and take up too much space on public transport.

The Guardian has not removed the link despite complaints made by its readers so presumably it sees nothing wrong with using such evidence on its pages.

Posting voyeur photos on the internet for ridicule is also ill mannered. The Guardian is capable of agreeing that they should not be shown because when a poster supplied a link to a site showing women being inconsiderate on public transport it was immediately deleted.

The self-proclaimed feminist writers on the Guardian who in fact act in immoral and sexist ways seriously harm decades of hard work by many women and men who have fought for equality."


Direction of resistance: Today I saw an article advertised on the Guardian by Barbara Ellen in which the advert claimed Joan Rivers "had the last laugh".


Removal of resistance: Joan Rivers mocked children who had been killed by 'Israeli' planes saying that they were stupid and deserved to die.


Unification: Days later Joan Rivers, during a "routine throat operation", had a heart attack and died within a short time.

I'm not sure what in fuck Ellen can possibly be talking about but, despite having decided not to publish anything about Rivers, and despite having withdrawn and never re-published the point about Ellen and the voyeuristic photos, I feel that the egregiousness of standing by someone who mocked victims of genocide deserves at least this analysis!


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Point 1262: I thought love was only true in fairy tales.

Thrust: Smash Mouth's version of "I'm a believer" is a fine version of a fine song.


Direction of resistance: This is about every woman I have ever loved.


Removal of resistance: And any to come.


Unification: Check it out via the link in the references below.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mYBSayCsH0

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Point 1261: 10 London letting agents told a reporter posing as a landlord they would not let to 'African-Caribbean' people at his request.

Thrust: The BBC reported in 2013 that "10 firms told a reporter posing as a landlord they would not let to African-Caribbean people at his request.

A black researcher was denied viewings, yet his white counterpart was welcomed.

BBC London was initially tipped off certain letting agents were willing to discriminate against African-Caribbean people on behalf of landlords, with the alleged misdoing rife in parts of west London".


Direction of resistance: I could add the things I have seen and experienced also to this but there's no need, the evidence will simply pile up when sought, such is the eregious nature of the problem.


Removal of resistance: The BBC adds "A survey of 750 adults by the Runnymede Trust found 29% of black people seeking private housing had experienced discrimination - compared to 1% of white respondents."


Unification: What is even more shocking is that the BBC focuses all of the problem on the word "black", or certainly gives it a lot of weight.

Indeed anyone considered "non white" is also considered "black".

If the world were post racial then they wouldn't be in this confusing mess.

The point is that men of 'pakistani descent' are the most discriminated-against people in the 'UK', even more discriminated against than ALL women in the 'UK' and indeed 'pakistani women' these days too. Ultimately 'pakistani men' should be at the centre of these articles as they have about 0% chance of a decent life unless they become incredibly rich. That is a sad fact and robs people like me of a chance to not bother to become a rich and powerful person.

The stats re 'pakistani descended men' can be found already in some surveys done with government money, but the available stats will readily grow and show the picture fully if people ever CARE to find out. If not - what can anyone in my shoes do other than seek self-protection.


References: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24372509

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Point 1260: Hilarity on the Guardian.

Thrust: This conversation between commenters is hilarious:

"A: One day I will write a book titled "The Death Of Patriotism".

B: At least it will have a happy ending."


Direction of resistance: The subject of the article is not hugely interesting.


Removal of resistance: Stocks and IPOs and pointless faff.


Unification: Nothing to do with solar power.


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Point 1259: What is the relationship between free speech and civility?

Thrust: Vijay Prashad asks "Whose speech will be found wanting in terms of 'courteousness and respect in words and deeds'? Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions activists? Occupy movement activists? Anti-Poverty activists? Unionizing adjuncts? Unionizing administrative assistants? The ghost of Mario Savio?"


Direction of resistance: Prashad is talking about this: "Civility, in this instance, seems to imply a refusal to allow for a criticism of Israeli state policy and US foreign policy. It has a concrete character, not an abstract value. It means that this criticism is going to be called uncivil, while other criticisms (such as of the government of Sudan or North Korea) would be championed. If you are along the grain of the protests of power, then your protest is called courageous; if you go against power, you are uncivil."


Removal of resistance: And yet in the end those of you who bow down to the oppressors and ignore people like me - you are enforcing a rule for your children to live under - ie you are ensuring that your children will be obliged to be slaves.


Unification: You kid yourselves that some 'financial power' you are given in exchange for being an obedient corporate whore will 'help' your kids, but that's a foolish belief - it is far from certain that that money will survive in the first place and on top of that money is no protection against fascism of any kind. In the end you are stealing from your children the right to not be slaves.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/08/berkeleys-faux-free-speech/

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Point 1258: Sitting with the thinker, trying to work it out. It's a traffic jam of the brain: makes you want to scream and shout.

Thrust: "Let's go all the way" by Sly Fox is the theme song of the 1980s.


Direction of resistance: Cartoon capers, happening in reality.


Removal of resistance: The drums are something else. All of drum and bass was probably descended from just ONE DRUM BEAT in this song. Every last second of it.


Unification: Check it out via the link in the references below.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQiGqGMT8i4

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Point 1257: Oh I'm banging on my tv set and I check the odds and I place my bet.

Thrust: Sheryl Crow's "Leaving las vegas" is a fine tune.


Direction of resistance: Let's make it about giving up the gamble of our crazy global consumer frenzy.


Removal of resistance: Let's be sane. Work slowly, make big things, in space, so we really can afford the fun too many of us have too much.


Unification: Check it out via the link in the references below (Sheryl Crow, that is).


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkc-en0_LGY

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Point 1256: How many ways can you polish up a turd? And left, right.

Thrust: Tom Waits' "Hell Broke Luce" is, like much of the music of his I've heard, loud and dark.


Direction of resistance: Big fucking ditches in the middle of the road.


Removal of resistance: Listen to the general, every god damn word.


Unification: Check it out via the link in the references below.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fju9o8BVJ8

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Point 1255: One nation under the new media.

Thrust: American Idiot by Green Day ought to be the new National Anthem in the 'US'.


Direction of resistance: At least until the fad of National anthems passes there.


Removal of resistance: As a direct result of the tune, no doubt.


Unification: Check it out via the link in the references below.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yi-LvnM_5M

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Point 1254: Solitary sister, is there still a part of you that wants to give?

Thrust: Killer by Seal is a wonderful tune from my teenage years.


Direction of resistance: Solitude is the real killer. Look at the heart of Robin Williams or Bob Geldof's talented daughter, and at so many, from all walks of life, who suffer, sometimes even die from it.


Removal of resistance: Don't let it get you. Call me. Play music. Watch comedy. Come and eat with me. I stretch all boundaries. No problem you have is something I can't show you that you don't need to worry about it. Don't let it get you. Listen to love. Never despair.


Unification: Check out the tune via the link in the references below.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5xAyX_U2GM

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Point 1253: A woman who walks down King's Road in a dungarees has no confidence issues.

Thrust: Currently various groups of 'western males' (middle class, well paid ones, working class ones, black ones, white ones) within earshot of me can be heard, every now and then, shouting stuff like "go on mate!" and other hollers associated with "watching sports".

This sort of boorish behaviour, something I have had to put up with since childhood in the form of numerous macho school friends who feel insecure about being intellectually second-rate and attempt to make up for it with this kind of crowd mentality, this hide in a mob of macho boors mentality, stems, as I have now mentioned, from a lack of confidence.


Direction of resistance: Western women of the Hadley Freeman variety find their solution to their lack of confidence (brought about by their intellectual second-rate status) in how they dress.


Removal of resistance: Freeman has, I am sure, advised women strongly against wearing a dungarees - dig around and you'll find her warnings. I simply can't be arsed to find that article now and reference it. If you look, you'll find it.


Unification: Freeman imagines that western women (and all women) need to define themselves in terms of how they look - and that they need to have some kind of 'sex appeal' in order to be strong or successful or whatever it is exactly that she hopes they'll gain by never ever wearing a dungarees. In another article I seem to recall her advising women on the best way to wear a leather bustier.

This 'intellectual' (well she went to the same Oxford college as I did - to the average fool, Freeman IS an intellectual and her lectures on bustier-wearing part of some intellectual teaching) cannot seem to comprehend that a woman (or man) should not need to appeal sexually to others, randomly, in order to have strength or confidence or to be considered by themselves or others to be someone achieving something.

In fact if the woman I love were to be walking along King's Road in a dungarees it would no doubt inspire even more adoration in me, because the very fact that she doesn't give a shit what people think of her is what makes her most appealing to me - not that she should give a shit if she appeals to me (or anyone else) or not. So I hope my words don't cause anyone to go wearing a dungarees just to impress someone with their sheer confidence levels.

The fact is that Freeman wants women to dress to please - to identify themselves not as humans but as sexual humans, as sexualised humans, as, many would assert, objects.

This is why she's no doubt very well paid by the Guardian - because she teaches precisely what corporations want the world at large to be taught.

The video in the references below is quite informative on the topic of what precisely corporations want of our women and girls. I suggest you watch it and if you are a friend of Hadley Freeman (one or two of my readers are, in fact) you challenge her to actually think about the content of the video below. Later I shall no doubt quote from it extensively but today I have other work to get on with.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIIKTNPP5Ts
https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2016-10-01/how-we-let-the-media-damage-our-psyches/
https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2013-10-14/yes-feminism-lost-its-way-but-why/
https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2014-09-22/when-men-only-streets-are-okay-in-london/

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Point 1252: Public debate is what makes you modern.

Thrust: Don't throw it away.


Direction of resistance: Don't perceive it as the enemy of some marketed falsely-named thing you label "democracy" but which is oligarchy and corporate tyranny.


Removal of resistance: Use your mind, not your screen.


Unification: Learn from your brain, not from someone's marketing department.


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Point 1251: Surveillance is a public safety issue.

Thrust: Occupy.com writes, "It's very easy for our citizens and public interest groups to call for more encryption, more digital security technologies, without even raising the topic of surveillance," Soghoian said. "Instead of debating this as a surveillance issue, as a public safety issue, we're just talking about this as a cybersecurity issue.""


Direction of resistance: In other words, the public must ALWAYS be safe from surveillance, whether by "criminals" or blanket state mechanisms.


Removal of resistance: It's not just about using surveillance for public safety. In many ways it is a threat to public safety and has to be carefully contained, the same way nuclear reactors are.


Unification: Occupy.com is covering an event where "Scores traveled across town to the activist-organized Internet Ungovernance Forum at Bilgi University, a two-day conference that brought together hackers, activists, academics and diplomats from around the globe."


References: http://www.occupy.com/article/hackers-forum-defend-global-internet-overshadows-un-meeting

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Point 1250: Taking it all instead of taking one bite.

Thrust: "That's all" by Genesis is a homely tune, I find.


Direction of resistance: I could leave but I won't go, though my heart might tell me so.


Removal of resistance: Collins is a great and greatly maligned musician. A pop legend.


Unification: Check it out via the link in the references below.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khg2sloLzTI

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Point 1249: To live by the present media's definition of 'gender' is to be feudal, enslaved, animalistic and ignorant.

Thrust: I have written that Most of what we call gender is imaginary: from skirts, to macho behaviour, to abstract tendencies and traits.

People are confused because of course sex organs are real and these minor differences in types of ape are real.

Few would be ready to see as fake everything from cosmetics-usage to task segregation by this imaginary 'gender' construct.

We are just apes and if we call ourselves 'people' it is still harmless to a greater extent but once we see ourselves as men and women, rather than one group of people, as men-people and women-people, we are being stupid.
and also People conform to bogus 'gender' grooming standards.

People who think they are 'men' will veer towards short hair. People who think they are 'women' will veer towards long.

These are just trifling examples but it runs very deeply: we are just apes who ape things, from day to day.

In a post-gender society people won't become dirty or weird, as the terrified naive people imagine, they will be exactly the same but they will not have any uniform dress code or look which symbolises gender.

If you try to read or watch today's 'media' with this degree of enlightenment in mind you will either (a) give up and just leave, (b) kick the living shit out of them, or (c) eventually learn to handle the situation in a balanced way.


Direction of resistance: Obviously there is a very small area of existence wherein differentiation of sexual organs is a practical and real thing. Outside of that, however, it is only animalistic and backward to not cast it off using the enlightened and self-disciplined mind which is so much easier to understand in this day and age.


Removal of resistance: All we would lose are the bad things. We wouldn't lose sex, or pleasure, or the good things in life, and obviously Love would be UNTOUCHED by such a change.


Unification: Post-gender and post-racial attitudes are an important part of being modern, intelligent, sensitive to change and aware of how to separate yourself from backward animal-like misuse of your mind.


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Point 1248: People conform to bogus 'gender' grooming standards.

Thrust: People who think they are 'men' will veer towards short hair. People who think they are 'women' will veer towards long.


Direction of resistance: These are just trifling examples but it runs very deeply: we are just apes who ape things, from day to day.


Removal of resistance: In a post-gender society people won't become dirty or weird, as the terrified naive people imagine, they will be exactly the same but they will not have any uniform dress code or look which symbolises gender.


Unification: If you try to read or watch today's 'media' with this degree of enlightenment in mind you will either (a) give up and just leave, (b) kick the living shit out of them, or (c) eventually learn to handle the situation in a balanced way.


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Point 1247: Gender is a social construct.

Thrust: Most of what we call gender is imaginary: from skirts, to macho behaviour, to abstract tendencies and traits.


Direction of resistance: People are confused because of course sex organs are real and these minor differences in types of ape are real.


Removal of resistance: Few would be ready to see as fake everything from cosmetics-usage to task segregation by this imaginary 'gender' construct.


Unification: We are just apes and if we call ourselves 'people' it is still harmless to a greater extent but once we see ourselves as men and women, rather than one group of people, as men-people and women-people, we are being stupid.


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Point 1246: The lack of humility in 'Europe', the 'UK', in the "NATO" perception of reality is one of the things needing eradicating before anything else.

Thrust: Attachment to insanely throwback and feudal dogmatism is not really the crime of 'Muslim' states more than others.


Direction of resistance: The most egregious criminals on this front are the 'UK', 'US' and many 'European' "nations".


Removal of resistance: It is very sad for a people to be so deeply in love with themselves that they absolutely categorically cannot accept the existence of ideas which contradict their self-love.


Unification: No "enlightened" person would ever stop being self-critical. Survival, intelligence, progress - ALL depend on self-criticism and on NOTHING ELSE.


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Point 1245: The real tragedy of the consumer thinker.

Thrust: Taking any obvious example, from Nick Cohen or Hadley Freeman (who blatantly would only ever write about William Morris if it was the one which produces designer sunglasses) to any number of people imagining they're anything more than consumer "thinkers", a product, not a part of any academia to which words like "Milton" can be meaningfully connected, the tragedy is in each case that the persons in question see themselves as rather unique, rather privileged, rather special, rather clever.


Direction of resistance: In fact they are clones, psychologically, of 100s and 100s of MILLIONS of other people. Indeed more than that. Many sets of 100s and 100s of millions, ie billions.


Removal of resistance: They perpetuate it, the ones who most see themselves as "superior" (and implicitly, therefore, DIFFERENT). Blind to how their behaviour is simply the logical extreme of apes, mimicking each other. And that they, the self-deluded self-declared privileged are not just clones of others, but out to ensure everyone they can make behave as clones of THEM does so - they don't even notice the perpetuation of being a clone in their own actions - even though it is present EVERY SECOND of their lives.


Unification: I emphasised that "It is very important to be an individual. All evolution and progress is rooted in individuality.

I have said, long ago… << How to save the WHOLE world's population...

The problem in ALL places is the desperate desire to be like others.

Humans still, predominantly, feel that they need to be "respected" by others.

What they call "respect" actually means "accepted as the same in many ways".

The clothes people wear, the way they speak, the ideas they allow themselves to have, their lifestyles tend more and more towards copying each other and being large collections of clones.

If you, as an individual, shun this silly behaviour and strive NOT to go around wanting to be seen as the same as others and "normal"... you will save the world, which can only be saved ONE PERSON AT A TIME.

We're running out of that time, though, so hurry, as before long only a few people out of the totality will, if we run out of too much time, surely be all we can save! >>

But I cannot say it enough so I'm saying it again.

I first realised it when walking by the river just by Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.

A beautiful 20 or 30 something young posh 'white' woman with clean hair, clean clothes, looking fashionable, gave me the impression that she liked me and then flicked her hair - a flick which I have seen many times being done in the same way with the same clothes the same smile the same everything - but different people. For a second she looked like she (and all others who have ever worn the same sort of clothes, flicked their clean hair in the same way) was a clone. Nothing more. That made me realise how to save the world."


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Point 1244: The NATO police state, a simple introduction.

Thrust: This selection of quotes from "Necessary Illusions" by Noam Chomsky (1988) is a good place to start:

I "In accordance with the prevailing conceptions in the U.S., there is no infringement on democracy if a few corporations control the information system: in fact, that is the essence of democracy. In the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the leading figure of the public relations industry, Edward Bernays, explains that "the very essence of the democratic process" is "the freedom to persuade and suggest," what he calls "the engineering of consent." "A leader," he continues, "frequently cannot wait for the people to arrive at even general understanding ... Democratic leaders must play their part in ... engineering ... consent to socially constructive goals and values," applying "scientific principles and tried practices to the task of getting people to support ideas and programs"; and although it remains unsaid, it is evident enough that those who control resources will be in a position to judge what is "socially constructive," to engineer consent through the media, and to implement policy through the mechanisms of the state. If the freedom to persuade happens to be concentrated in a few hands, we must recognize that such is the nature of a free society. The public relations industry expends vast resources "educating the American people about the economic facts of life" to ensure a favorable climate for business. Its task is to control "the public mind," which is "the only serious danger confronting the company," an AT&T executive observed eighty years ago."

II "Despite the frank acknowledgment of the need to deceive the public, it would be an error to suppose that practitioners of the art are typically engaged in conscious deceit; few reach the level of sophistication of the Grand Inquisitor or maintain such insights for long. On the contrary, as the intellectuals pursue their grim and demanding vocation, they readily adopt beliefs that serve institutional needs; those who do not will have to seek employment elsewhere. The chairman of the board may sincerely believe that his every waking moment is dedicated to serving human needs. Were he to act on these delusions instead of pursuing profit and market share, he would no longer be chairman of the board. It is probable that the most inhuman monsters, even the Himmlers and the Mengeles, convince themselves that they are engaged in noble and courageous acts. The psychology of leaders is a topic of little interest. The institutional factors that constrain their actions and beliefs are what merit attention."

III Chomsky indicates support for Ginsberg's belief that "western governments have used market mechanisms to regulate popular perspectives and sentiments. The 'marketplace of ideas,' built during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, effectively disseminates the beliefs and ideas of the upper classes while subverting the ideological and cultural independence of the lower classes. Through the construction of this marketplace, western governments forged firm and enduring links between socioeconomic position and ideological power, permitting upper classes to use each to buttress the other ... In the United States, in particular, the ability of the upper and upper-middle classes to dominate the marketplace of ideas has generally allowed these strata to shape the entire society's perception of political reality and the range of realistic political and social possibilities. While westerners usually equate the marketplace with freedom of opinion, the hidden hand of the market can be almost as potent an instrument of control as the iron fist of the state."

One piece of evidence Chomsky presents is this: "The influence of advertisers is sometimes far more direct. 'Projects unsuitable for corporate sponsorship tend to die on the vine,' the London Economist observes, noting that 'stations have learned to be sympathetic to the most delicate sympathies of corporations.' The journal cites the case of public TV station WNET, which 'lost its corporate underwriting from Gulf+Western as a result of a documentary called 'Hunger for Profit', about multinationals buying up huge tracts of land in the third world.' These actions 'had not been those of a friend,' Gulf's chief executive wrote to the station, adding that the documentary was 'virulently anti-business, if not anti-American.' 'Most people believe that WNET would not make the same mistake today,' the Economist concludes. Nor would others. The warning need only be implicit."


IV "Another task was to overcome the dread “Vietnam syndrome,” which impeded the resort to forceful means to control the dependencies; as explained by Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, the task was to overcome “the sickly inhibitions against the use of military force” that developed in revulsion against the Indochina wars, a problem that was resolved, he hoped, in the glorious conquest of Grenada, when 6,000 elite troops succeeded in overcoming the resistance of several dozen Cubans and some Grenadan militiamen, winning 8,000 medals of honor for their prowess."

V "The global planning undertaken by U.S. elites during and after World War II assumed that principles of liberal internationalism would generally serve to satisfy what had been described as the "requirement of the United States in a world in which it proposes to hold unquestioned power." The global policy goes under the name "containment." The manufacture of consent at home is its domestic counterpart. The two policies are, in fact, closely intertwined, since the domestic population must be mobilized to pay the costs of "containment," which may be severe - both material and moral costs.

The rhetoric of containment is designed to give a defensive cast to the project of global management, and it thus serves as part of the domestic system of thought control. It is remarkable that the terminology is so easily adopted, given the questions that it begs. Looking more closely, we find that the concept conceals a good deal. The underlying assumption is that there is a stable international order that the United States must defend. The general contours of this international order were developed by U.S. planners during and after World War II. Recognizing the extraordinary scale of U.S. power, they proposed to construct a global system that the United States would dominate and within which U.S. business interests would thrive. As much of the world as possible would constitute a Grand Area, as it was called, which would be subordinated to the needs of the U.S. economy. Within the Grand Area, other capitalist societies would be encouraged to develop, but without protective devices that would interfere with U.S. prerogatives. In particular, only the United States would be permitted to dominate regional systems. The United States moved to take effective control of world energy production and to organize a world system in which its various components would fulfill their functions as industrial centers, as markets and sources of raw materials, or as dependent states pursuing their "regional interests" within the "overall framework of order" managed by the United States (as Henry Kissinger was later to explain)."


Direction of resistance: That's a fair bit of reading for now.


Removal of resistance: So read it over a few times and get to grips with what is being said.


Unification: There is a shit load more to be quoted from the quotes from Chomsky already online, let alone from what is to come from later chapters of the same book and from other books (eg Year 501 and Manufacturing Consent and Occupy).


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Point 1243: Global solar energy will change society beyond recognition.

Thrust: Sources from Oregon University have furnished the public with these figures: "Average over the entire earth = 164 Watts per square meter over a 24 hour day So the entire planet receives 84 Terrawatts of Power our current worldwide consumption is about 12 Terrawatts so is this a solution?"

Currently it appears that close to or less than 1% of the energy used on earth is derived from alternative sources, let alone the fraction of that which is from solar.


Direction of resistance: Unmoved by climate science's position on the fossil fuels industry, the latter is still ploughing full speed ahead.


Removal of resistance: Hopefully under Jeremy Corbyn this will change.


Unification: Climate-conscious energy should have every government subsidy needed to reduce the population's energy costs to a minimum and distribute adequate energy to all without any problems or repercussions like climate change, pollution and war.


References: http://zebu.uoregon.edu/disted/ph162/l4.html

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Point 1242: Cultural independence was achieved.

Thrust: Many people now see 'Scotland' as outside the 'UK' in cultural identity.


Direction of resistance: Around 19/9/2014, 45% of 'Scotland', when on the spot, voted to be non 'UK' citizens.


Removal of resistance: Many people inside and outside 'Scotland' will plan their future in different ways.


Unification: I myself have come to see that one day I'll live in 'Scotland' - probably 'Aberdeen' or 'Edinburgh'.


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Point 1241: Very well spoken cretins.

Thrust: I was walking past a church in South Kensington the other evening.


Direction of resistance: I happened to overhear a middle class pair, a man and woman, enjoying themselves by being amused at some soundbite about the different number of 'categories of transsexuals' in New York (official categories in the state's eyes).


Removal of resistance: I questioned this pair, who imagined themselves to be reasonable, about how it is that they overlook Jesus's basic teachings about how to treat others, how to not set up God shops and organised religions and exploit people - how come the church generally represents the preferential option for the rich and not the preferential option for the poor, when Jesus had made it clear what he actually was trying to do.


Unification: The 'reasonable' man who had been making jokes about transsexuals to his reasonable female associate then went on to insist that Jesus had performed magic tricks and was some kind of super human fairy being.

This is what we're dealing with, people - very well spoken cretins.


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Point 1240: The general issue of honesty, including intellectual honesty.

Thrust: Arun Gupta writes "Avaaz found a lucrative revenue stream by warning about climate catastrophe that can be solved with the click of a donate button. To convince people to donate it says we need Occupy-style actions. When the moment comes for such a protest, Avaaz and 350.org blocked it and then when it did get organized, they pushed it out of sight. If you go to People's Climate March, you won't find any mention of the Flood Wall Street action, which I fully support, but fear is being organized with too little time and resources. Nor have I seen it in an Avaaz email, nor has anyone else I've talked to."


Direction of resistance: This is worth bearing in mind.


Removal of resistance: And there are plenty of other similar organisations you need to examine in more detail.


Unification: And unless you're amazingly irresponsible and are happy to passively take part in genocide you should definitely read sources like Counterpunch and find out more about the so-called "white helmets".


References: https://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/19/how-the-peoples-climate-march-became-a-corporate-pr-campaign/

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Point 1239: 1.6 million 'British' voters already signed up to demanding change in 'Westminster'.

Thrust: 1.6 million 'British' voters living in 'Scotland' and unwilling to be 'British' are voters and have all known rights to participate in the pursuit of democratic change throughout the land, above all in 'Westminster' - far far above all, since that is the power centre. They have every right to demand change in 'Westminster' along with the whole country.


Direction of resistance: This is a large body of people whom the mainstream's monologue oft ignores.


Removal of resistance: And then there are the many millions who backed Corbyn in the face of much media spite and much fuel to the fires of classist hatred.


Unification: The mobilisation of millions of people, directed towards effecting a strengthening of democratic state mechanism and the proper policing of concentrated private power is ever more possible with each passing day.


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Point 1238: Intellectual honesty.

Thrust: Elliott Sperber writes "Climate change is a scientific fact. The planet is warming, and this warming is anthropogenic - that is, it is caused by people. It is not, however, caused by all people, or by all cultures, equally. Some ways of life are simply more destructive than others. The evidence for this is overwhelming. And as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise, and as glaciers and ice caps continue to melt, we all bear witness to ever new hurricanes, floods, fires, and other disasters. We even have new terms to describe these exigencies - e.g., extreme weather events. Famine, disease, war, water insecurity, and other insecurities proliferate."


Direction of resistance: Sperber goes on to assert "promotions for the People's Climate March (which entreat people to 'save the world,' and to 'save everything we love,' along with descriptions of itself as 'a movement that can save the world') may reflect an orientation less concerned with transforming the world in keeping with the interests of actual justice than it is with organizing society in a manner that preserves certain privileged ways of life".


Removal of resistance: Sperber probes further: "How else does one explain the fact that, in the film Disruption (which, according to the People's Climate March website, "gives a behind-the-scenes look at a part of the effort to organize the People's Climate March"), the organizer Keya Chatterjee herself proclaims (some 40 minutes in) that "we have to get off of fossil fuels to protect our way of life"? This assertion leads to as much confusion as it reveals. Just which way of life is Chatterjee referring to? Isn't our way of life the problem that we're supposed to be combating? Or, did she mean something else? Beyond the fact that the march is supported by the Climate Group, whose members include, among others, BP, Goldman Sachs, and Duke Energy, an examination of the implications of the film's title is revealing."


Unification: Sperber presents a clear solution to the problem: "As such, instead of the coercive, exploitative, capitalist model that produces food, homes, transportation systems, energy systems, and other human needs for exchange, a critical, emancipatory politics would produce and distribute those conditions necessary for actually egalitarian, democratic social relations for their own sake."


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/19/save-the-world-really/

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Point 1237: Nobody says you HAVE to dance to the tune they play.

Thrust: Structures which take us beyond the Google Facebook (etc) Status Quo?


Direction of resistance: Well you have to be able to bootstrap and lift off.


Removal of resistance: It has to be able to attain 'virality'.


Unification: That is why I study 'virality' so.


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Point 1236: When/how does my 'end of day' trading method work for me?

Thrust: Well, in ordinary markets, in the longterm, it seems to work overall, if executed strictly by the rules.


Direction of resistance: During downturns and crashes one has to pull out - all that really matters is to pull out when your current portfolio is hugely hit by change - or even, if you want to invest your money on something more profitable, even when it just flatlines overall for many many months - ie really crappy markets (which much of the ftse appears to have suffered for a while, I have found - for a year or more - although that is not true of the arms dealers, fossil fuels dealers and financiers - but everyone else seems to be doing really shit and maybe it's worth sitting it out and waiting a year or three!)


Removal of resistance: Do I have a better method? A day trading method which works regardless of the market conditions, volatility, etc?


Unification: Yep. Obviously. Have a nice day.


References: dosh.tvhobo.com

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Point 1235: A country full of crazies.

Thrust: A young (well, younger than I, so in her 30s or maybe on the brink of 40) woman I met in a part of London (in a particularly backward part of Putney right next to Wandsworth - the two of them, Putney and Wandsworth, together form one of the most backward and racist and warped parts of the great city of London - the specific area in question is Lower Richmond Road between Putney Bridge and on the way to Putney Common - the area is vastly different, for example, to Wimbledon Common - the latter is hugely pluralist, visibly so, and a wonderful place - Putney common, meanwhile, and its surrounds, is a land of racist tories, UKIPpers and crazed white christian fundamentalists who apparently hold somewhat insane views) I have generally felt is backward and full of crazed racists but foolishly decided to give a second chance to yesterday - said two deeply annoying and stressful things to me yesterday.


Direction of resistance: Firstly she denied that there is racism in Britain's workplaces which hinders opportunity for non-white, most of all asian, members of British society - indeed she, like many racists, working and middle class alike, I have heard say this, claimed that "asians work too hard". She is clinically obese and clearly lazy and stupid - so to her anyone who isn't clinically obese, lazy and stupid "works too hard". A fat, flatulent oaf, is what she is.

Secondly she claimed, fervently, that Einstein (the famous physicist, born Jewish, to become agnostic) was a devout catholic.


Removal of resistance: When (in response to her claims that the Bible is a very sound book, which I alleged was actually a mostly bat-shit crazy book with a few good Jesus quotes in it) I tried to give her the address of this link: The words of "John B Good". she insisted that she could not take it or ever read it (ever), because she was too busy.


Unification: People like her exist in droves and if you want Britain to no longer be an absurd, stupid, immoral, laughable, backward, village idiot of a country, you need to face this and educate idiots like her - obviously since I'm "not white" she won't listen to me so YOU will have to try. I 'look white' and so she was actually very impressed by me and interested in what I was saying until she discovered that I am 'not white'. Sadly. A hell of a lot of backward racist fools exist in this country - don't be fooled by the fact that Corbyn is rising - his rise hasn't yet made any real impact on how god damn racist a hell of a lot of British people really are. Corbyn has not done anything yet which can change the crazy racists among Britain's 'white' population. MUCH EFFORT is needed, above all by our Jeremy. You've got to change them, my brother. For their own good, and all of ours. They're bringing us down. Imagine someone so stupid as to strongly believe that Einstein was a devout Catholic. Einstein who objected to Israel's apartheid - and somehow this woman imagines Einstein loved the faith of the inquisition which hunted down and murdered so many jews, muslims and other 'infidels'!!! You need to be strong, Jeremy. You need to talk down to, harshly, idiots like Chuku Umuna, Alistair Campbell, Jess Phillips, etc - and you need to be even more harsh with the kind of idiots out there (whether they vote for you or not - and the crazed racist I met who believes Einstein was a devout Catholic was also very contemptful towards 'liberals' and basically hates you - but you still have to educate her).


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Point 1234: Whom are the British mainstream media, above all the right wing voices, attacking right now?

Thrust: I notice on the news and newspaper web sites I observe, the headlines for example picked on Facebook or MSN's front page - a number of regular targets of corporate media attack.


Direction of resistance: As well, of course, as 'migrants', and 'muslims' and to quite a large extent 'non white' or 'non British, American, Australian, Israeli, Canadian' people (it often seems, to the exclusion of everyone else, although more often than that it's merely ALL 'non white' people whom our corporate media and our many insane racists love to hate and blame for what is really the fault of the insane racists themselves) - there are some other 'key' targets these right wing goons never stop demonising.


Removal of resistance: In Britain this includes: the police, doctors, nurses, Jeremy Corbyn and anyone they can connect to him.


Unification: Obviously in the USA police and doctors are in a different bracket. Why? Because in the USA the police and doctors are all basically a private army controlled from on high by corporations.

In Britain companies like G4S and various big corporations, no doubt many of them American, Australian, Israeli and Canadian, are apparently being scheduled to take over and control our healthcare, our local amenities and services, including our police, and no doubt much more.

Privatisation of all that is sacred is being pushed hard and those doing it want it to happen at an ever-increasing rate.

This is why it is important to not merely vote for Corbyn or 'campaign' for Corbyn etc, but in fact to understand what commercial society is and isn't, should be and shouldn't be. What the status quo is. What financial literacy means (economic literacy is neither here nor there). And so much more.

Where to begin? Try the references below.


References: http://counterpunch.org/
http://chomsky.info

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Point 1233: Alistair Campbell's worship of money and power runs so deep that he is happy for anyone intelligent in Britain to consider him to be a brainless fuckwit.

Thrust: Observe the Facebook post from "Evolve politics" in the references below.


Direction of resistance: Then read Campbell's 'response' to the local election results.


Removal of resistance: Clearly Campbell has no desire for anyone intelligent in Britain to respect him.


Unification: He is happy for anyone who is not as thick as pig-shit to think of Campbell as being - well, as thick as pigshit. Campbell you thicky, why don't you want intelligent people to respect you? Do you really love money THAT much? Seriously, man. What kind of a fuckhead are you? What kind of a world do you want? One where people don't use their intelligence? This appears to be the case.


References: https://www.facebook.com/EvolvePolitics/posts/1999631536955450

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Point 1232: Britain and other European nations must take responsibility for both their own imperial 'past' and for the USA.

Thrust: Because countries like Germany, France, Britain, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, etc have never satisfactorily 'repented of' their 'past' imperialist genocidal activities in regions like Africa, Asia, 'The Americas' (and in their own 'home' lands), the USA has inherited a kind of genocidal baton from them and is on a course to ultimately destroy Europe and Britain, one way or another, through its childish and maniacal military and economically-violent activities.


Direction of resistance: Much of the world will defend itself against the eventual meltdown and destruction, but the nations least able to survive include Britain, France, Germany, the USA itself and many other of those nations who refuse to finally take responsibility for the genocidal history Britain, Europe and North America have between them stretched out much of the last thousand years.


Removal of resistance: It is imperative for the safety and future of Britain, France, etc - that these nations stand up and rein in the USA instead of bowing and scraping and facilitating this renaissance of European and British imperialism.


Unification: To this end strengthening the state such that it can bring corporate power to heel seems to be crucial.


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Point 1231: In among the chaos of American soldiers, trapped in a gory nightmare, there is Captain Willard, hunting monsters in the jungles.

Thrust: Make of it what you will.


Direction of resistance: There's a lot to read.


Removal of resistance: Don't pause here, click the links and read it all.


Unification: As far as I know, Chomsky is usually right. If you want to ask yourself what the crux of this issue is about, think about those Kurds, and also think about the actual nature of the Assad government, going back many many years - whatever the situation may be with regard to imperial intervention.

Without a doubt a cessation of violence throughout Syria and the world at the earliest opportunity is what I think is the number one priority, whatever else is the case, or isn't.

Pepe Escobar's esteemed opinion on the matter is this: "Condemning Sultan Erdogan is one thing.

Yet, for all practical purposes, Chomsky, David Harvey and Judith Butler, among others, are supporting the ILLEGAL presence and shady ops by Pentagon, CIA and assorted usual suspects in sovereign Syrian territory."


References: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-civil-war-assad-regime-turkey-afrin-kurds-eastern-ghouta-us-allies-militia-a8252456.html
http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/04/23/a-call-to-defend-rojava/
https://www.mintpressnews.com/noam-chomsky-among-progressives-calling-for-continued-us-involvement-in-syria/241129/
https://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/15/turkeys-policies-at-a-crossroads/

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Point 1230: On May 3rd 2018, VOTE CORBYN you slackers.

Thrust: Unless you are economically illiterate, unless you want your kids to live short horrible lives under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust, unless you want inequality to continue to accelerate, unless you want wars to continue to proliferate, unless you want to hyperconsume crap sold to you by corporations so that you and your kids become less and less healthy.


Direction of resistance: If you want a better way, choose a new kind of politics.


Removal of resistance: Choose real democracy, real science, real economics, real pluralism, real utopia.


Unification: CHOOSE CORBYN, mother fuckers.


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Point 1229: Racism in Britain today.

Thrust: The racist treatment of young non-white Britain is undeniable and disgusting. British 'heritage', as perceived by many of Britain's most stupid and racist elements, is often seen as a 'great' thing and British society often perceives itself as modern and wonderful and its history as 'exceptional' - yet in reality Britain is a shitty racist cesspool and any claims that it is great are laughable, ridiculous. The first thing these fucking idiots need to do is fix their huge racism problem which makes them an utter laughing stock in the eyes of most of the humans of planet earth.


Direction of resistance: Corbyn rightly attacks May and other tories for their racist bullshit, their absurd policies, their pandering to imperialism and to populist racist ideas like those of Farage and Trump.


Removal of resistance: But this overlooks the fact that it is the majority of British people who need to address THEIR racism - this point is important to understand and if British people fail to address it now, after this many centuries of being the idiots of the planet Earth there is very little hope for any kind of decent future for this island of fucking idiot hyperconsumers enslaved to American corporations.


Unification: A lot of Labour supporters point at tories and call the whole lot of them racist - which is ignorant as many many tories are not racist, ie many voters, and a few of the MPs, just like many Labour supporters are not racist and a handful of Labour MPs are not racist.

The real problem is not something you can foist onto one 'party' or other - it is a problem which can only be solved when MILLIONS of white British people who are racist are taught, by great men like Corbyn, to not be such utter fucking racist stains on the human race.


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Point 1228: If Russia had just done what Israel has just done, what would YOU be saying?

Thrust: Al Jazeera reports: "The Palestinian Authority has declared Saturday a day of national mourning after 17 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces as thousands marched near Gaza's border with Israel in a major demonstration marking the 42nd anniversary of Land Day."


Direction of resistance: Al Jazeera mentions: "More than 1,400 others were wounded after Israeli forces fired live ammunition at protesters and used tear gas to push them back from a heavily fortified fence, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health."


Removal of resistance: Now just imagine that Putin had done that, not Israel, to Ukrainians, not Palestinians.


Unification: Imagine what the British media and figureheads would be saying. What double standards they have. In fact anyone who shows any concern about these actions by Israel is being labelled 'anti-semitic'. It's not really possible to have any intellectual respect for such people or institutions - in the end they have dug the grave of their own credibility and nothing more can be done to save that credibility. A month from now it seems probable that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, unharmed by the latest absurd smear campaign against him, will trounce the other parties.


References: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/israeli-forces-kill-3-palestinians-land-day-protests-180330100034136.html

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Point 1227: Silence of the UKIP publicists.

Thrust: Racist Britain (ie UKIP, Tony Blair's followers, the majority of the Tory party) has really reduced the degree to which it is outrageously racist and islamophobic since Corbyn humiliated them about three times in a row (the leadership elections and then the general election).


Direction of resistance: UKIP has turned from lion to mouse. And the British press is far more concerned with demonising Russia than muslims at the moment, scared shitless of how badly wrong their decade of sick racism has gone for them - the diseased racism of Blair's followers (who called MOSHE MACHOVER anti-semitic - go look him up, check him out and feel horror at their actions towards him) and of Cameron's followers and Farage's followers caused much of Britain to unite behind Corbyn - and we will stay united for many elections to come.


Removal of resistance: To the racists I give this friendly advice: STOP BEING RACIST YOU FUCKING PATHETIC DICKHEADS.


Unification: They will never have any credibility until they completely purge themselves of their love of white supremacism. Blair is long gone, now, and his followers need to get over it. Too many people in Britain don't want his racist crap, nor the racist crap of May, nor that of Farage. That's why Corbyn currently has a majority and why it seems likely that at the coming local elections Labour will TROUNCE the rest. I will definitely be voting Labour myself. If any apathy had seized me, the latest round of smears against Corbyn has re-awakened my desire to vote.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXTRsd_zlYI
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/2943-don-t-be-distracted-islamophobia-is-still-on-the-rise
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/2957-daily-mail-s-dan-hodges-apologises-to-stop-the-war-for-spreading-fake-news
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/2956-stop-the-war-statement-on-douma-attacks-the-war-in-syria-09-04-18
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/news-comment/2949-israel-kills-palestinians-and-western-liberals-shrug-their-humanitarianism-is-a-sham

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Point 1226: The problem with almost all people living in the west (and similar societies).

Thrust: Salesmanship.


Direction of resistance: Basically the one, single 'skill' almost all western people I meet believe in and possess, in varying degrees, to the exclusion of all else, is 'salesmanship'. It has become the meaning of the word 'intelligent' for most such people - real intelligence is often, meanwhile, seen as weak and foolish because it generally contradicts the requirements of salesmanship.


Removal of resistance: That's because real intelligence is founded on honesty and salesmanship is founded on deception.


Unification: Some advert for kick boxing on a video on Dailymotion in which (ie the advert) two relatively annoying women selling their wares was what, at this time, brought this problem to my attention.

Salesmanship is just a form of deception used for the purpose of exploiting others. There's nothing at all good about it.

Be real, be someone, don't be just another tool attempting to make everyone else into a tool too. Or you're not really living.


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Point 1225: A lot of people who hate Corbyn are like very dumb pack animals.

Thrust: In Wandsworth and no doubt in places like Kensington and Chelsea you meet people who are tories who really hate Corbyn - unlike the sensible tories like Giles Brandreth you'd meet in nicer places than Wandsworth or Kensington (nicer demographically I mean).


Direction of resistance: These Corbyn-haters are very simple beasts who have a few major beefs - (1) his attitude to genocide - they like it, he doesn't. They don't understand what 'mutually assured destruction' means, they love bombs, they hate what's different and they only feel safe if they are 'allowed' to bomb people. A 'leader' to them MUST be willing to kill 100s of 1000s of innocent people. Pretty fucking warped people, eh? But that's the smaller of their visible flaws.


Removal of resistance: The main one, ie item number (2) in their list of reasons to hate Corbyn, and what makes them pack animals, is that they justify their hatred of Corbyn by telling each other what's wrong with him - and never reading what he writes or listening to what he says. His clear arguments for MAKING CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE QUEEN is ignored by these pack animals, these pack rats. They claim he wants to 'waste' money - and yet they are patently uninterested in getting OUR elected governments to make corporations stop ripping us off and stop stealing our tax money. They don't read what he says, they have no idea what his policies are - and so they are really just animals, not literate or informed or scientifically sound humans - just rats, interested in their bellies and somewhere to shit - and that's all they do - eat and shit.


Unification: These pathetic pack animals need to understand that the main reason they hate Corbyn is that he's kicking their arse and that he will be Prime Minister - if he wasn't going to be, if he wasn't a threat to their ignorant values - they wouldn't hate him, they'd laugh at him and forget about him. They don't remember Galloway - they forget him, they have no need to openly loudly hate him. He has lost power and can do nothing to them politically any more - other than, of course, draw much much support to Corbyn.

Another thing the pack animals don't get is how racist Britain is and how much of 'non white' Britain has been desperate for Corbyn for decades - if they don't want him to have so much support, these pathetic pack animals need to address the thing which nobody but Corbyn wants to address - Britain's ABSURD racism problems. So if you're one of the pack animals - grow a fucking brain you pathetic dumb creature. We have beaten you. May is a joke and most of the human race across the planet is laughing at her - because you and her are no longer a threat. Corbyn is going to trounce you, you pathetic, genocidal fuckwits and apologists for huge theft of YOUR resources and money by corporations - you're too stupid to make corporations pay the taxes which they owe you and me and everyone in this country, you useless losers.


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Point 1224: Whom do British people like?

Thrust: Okay, so many/most 'remain' voters hate Russia and also gladly bomb the shit out of millions of Asians, Arabs and Persians - effectively millions of 'remain' voters hate Russians and Asians and Arabs and Persians and Far Easterners - also known, thanks to the love of westerners of just massively generalising, as 'asians'.


Direction of resistance: Okay. Now we have the bulk of leave voters - who hate - muslims, migrants, Western Europeans, Eastern Europeans.


Removal of resistance: Whom does that leave? Hardly anyone in Britain doesn't hate millions of people outside Britain.


Unification: What a pathetic and fucked up mentally diseased bunch of fuckup bastards you are, Britons. You fucking pathetic bastards. How shameful you are.


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Point 1223: The mainstream western media may gain a tiny bit of credibility if it were to mention that the 'Russian spy nerve agent' incident took place only eight miles from the largest stock of nerve agent in western Europe.

Thrust: Craig Murray tells us: "Nerve agents including Sarin and VX are manufactured by the British Government in Porton Down, just 8 miles from where Sergei Skripal was attacked. The official British government story is that these nerve agents are only manufactured 'To help develop effective medical countermeasures and to test systems'."


Direction of resistance: How can any of you trust media who omit such a relevant and important fact?


Removal of resistance: I suggest you learn to ignore the bullshit coming out of places like the Guardian, BBC, Times, Telegraph, etc.


Unification: And if you work for those organisations - an intelligent honest man or woman can only pity you.


References: https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/the-elephant-in-the-room/

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Point 1222: A look at the word 'disinformation' and at the verb 'to disinform'.

Thrust: In America and its colonies, the definition of the 'English' word 'disinformation' is currently given as: "false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth" (see the link in the references below) - which is a fair enough definition.


Direction of resistance: Nonetheless, I think this fails to convey precisely what disinforming people really is and why it needs to be loathed (and not praised as some skilful way to get laid or steal people's oil, etc).


Removal of resistance: If people are informed (by fact, events, logic, etc) and come to conclusion x, naturally, that could be construed as, let us say, advantageous outcome (for those involved) y.

If someone wants to screw those people over and exploit the situation to that own someone's advantage, sucking it out of all involved, one method in the present day is to present information which draws people's attention and beliefs away from the information they would naturally establish as truth if left to their own devices. Thus such people are being 'dis-informed' - ie others are influencing such as to draw them away from being informed, causing them to be 'dis-informed'.


Unification: Understanding that aspect of it is crucial to undertanding how to counter it - whether in yourself of in others, in private or in public.

We also, tragically, live in an era of scientific revisionism and of blind elitism, generating not only a community of "mediocre elites" (a phrase I read in a Pepe Escobar item somewhere recently), but also armies of hyperconsumer minions. Idiots and their idiot armies, armed to the teeth with idiocy.

I suggest you read a bit of Chomsky's "Necessary Illusions" to begin with, and go from there. After that perhaps treat yourself to the wit of Alex Cockburn or the wisdom of P.G. Wodehouse.


References: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinformation
https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/02/99404/

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Point 1221: Clarity vs 'persuasion'.

Thrust: TVhobo's new, growing, browsable index of phrases and keywords which lead to urls which may be quite relevant to those words and to grid points which may also be quite relevant to those words is part of a scheme to provide more and more and more clarity to users worldwide - enabling them to pin down ideas, facts, etc etc - with reference to more and more existing information.


Direction of resistance: What the 'mainstream media' and corporate-captured 'establishment' (the unholy corporate-state nexus, in short) seeks to do is to persuade and never clarify - whether it is the advertiser who knows better than you, enough to not tell you that as well as getting lots of sex and cars you'll also get obese and maybe even get cancer, because of the thing they are 'persuading' you to do - or whether it is the nannying MP or journalist, or even your local nurse consultant standing in for a legitimate doctor at the walk-in center - holding back information from you which you are not 'responsible enough' to handle is common practise for these self-proclaimed ubermenschen.


Removal of resistance: TVhobo is trying to do the opposite - to show you what you need to see to go and find out the truth for yourself - whether about the idiocy of your daily hyperconsumerism or the genocidal evil of those people you have allowed, through your passivity, to be your masters.


Unification: Clarity, not persuasion, is the name of the policy. And it's not a game. So it's not the name of any game. Bernays-fed hierarchists are the ones who play games. We, here, need to deal in facts, reality, truth, really existing possibilities for progress, really existing progress.

The phrase 'really existing' which I have heard Chomsky use is a useful one - ie you can talk about 'science' vs 'really-existing science' (a discipline used to make people fat, diseased, likely to die from radiation - has a lot of cheek pretending it is a guardian of truth and progress!!!)


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Point 1220: Adrian Bailey, Labour MP.

Thrust: "Almost always voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas"

"Consistently voted for the Iraq war Show votes

5 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2002-2003

Consistently voted against investigations into the Iraq war

1 vote for, 14 votes against, between 2006-2016".


Direction of resistance: Not good, really.


Removal of resistance: MPs in his situation need to make a huge public u-turn on this attitude towards what has clearly been a vast war crime which MPs should not be burdening the country's and world's children with the consequences of.


Unification: They must prove they are accountable. When they mess up badly, they need to admit this and address the problem.


References: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/10683/adrian_bailey/west_bromwich_west/votes

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Point 1219: Genuine 'feminist' principles under heavy attack from 'consumer feminism' and those whom some label "feminazis". This is a TERRIBLE TRAGEDY - decades of good work are being undone by jumped up fuckheads from Hadley Freeman to Tony Blair and his posse of widow-maker 'female MPs'.

Thrust: You do not have to go far to find men (and women) who have for decades very adamantly 'supported women's rights' - who have for decades acted in accordance with what decency requires of us when it comes to the contemporary problem of the oppression of women, whether in Washington, London or Berlin or whether in Kabul, Mexico City or Lagos - who have for decades supported this attitude and who live it and feel it - but who today dissociate themselves entirely from 'feminism' from today's 'feminists' and from the ignorant racist elitist power groups which claim to be feminists but which John Pilger labels 'consumer feminists'.

Some say, openly, that today feminism and gay rights movements are nothing more than an attempt by white women and white gay men to have 'their share' of the fascist, racist, imperialist pie - with no reference to values or decency, completely betraying their causes and selling out to the greatest ignorance of all.

Take a look at the article about Pussy Riot below in the references, for example, to be shocked by the kind of pure ignorance supported by 'Guardian feminists' - or read about the suicide of Cherice Morales - consider the impact of the vitriolic consumer feminist media and wonder how Hadley Freeman could sit there portraying the suicide as something caused by the trauma of rape - the behaviour of Cherice's English teacher does not appear to be in any way acceptable, but nor does Hadley Freeman's - and ignorant fuckheads like Freeman must take responsibility for what THEY do to young girls like Cherice.

In an article by Hadley I attacked a while ago, her pathetic, warped, ignorant and infantile prose style made it appear to readers, at first sight, that Cherice had been abducted and brutally raped and had thus committed suicide - in reality she 'loved' her English teacher, was underage by a year, had sex with him, confessed in a church, the news reached her mother, the man was arrested, the media witch hunted him and Cherice killed herself. Hadley Freeman needs to be ashamed of herself and should NEVER WRITE FOR THE PUBLIC AGAIN - what she owes Cherice is to shut the fuck up and stop being an evil fuck. What happened to Cherice is tragic. The judge's words about her were unacceptable. The English teacher's behaviour was absolutely irresponsible. And the press's response was totally unforgiveable.


Direction of resistance: The attitude of these mindless fuckwits who have hijacked feminism and turned it into a very genuinely imperialist and fascist movement is exemplified well by "Caity" Johnstone, a former Counterpunch writer, now firmly in bed with America's racist white right wing, who claims: "Men's sexuality is pretty simple: rub him the right way and he'll cum. Doesn't matter if he's got bills to pay or the hot water system just exploded or the in-laws will be here in twenty minutes and the house is still a mess - he's still good to go. Doesn't matter if he had too much to eat and feels bloated, or he hasn't had a shower in a while, or the kids are in the next room and could burst in at any moment - those are just more reasons to have sex." (If Caity raises her sons to be men who fit that description, somehow, then that is her sons - but as for how other women raise their kids, and as for the nature of men in general - of every last man - it is absurd for anyone to pretend that Johnstone's view is accurate in the slightest. She is a bitter, racist fuck who only seems to know dickheads - for like calls to like).

Such a warped view of men's sexuality sits side by side with the warped view of women's sexuality which sexist men take.

As one Counterpunch writer put it, Johnstone plays 'rhinemaiden' to some white supremacist American guy whose name I forget right now - she has no right to lecture men in general on anything. She should shut her stupid racist fucking mouth and learn to not be a sexist dickhead.


Removal of resistance: What a tragedy it is that soooo many people who have fought the fight of gender equality over the decades of my life are being thwarted by corporatism which has co-opted nasty racist little fucks like Freeman and Johnstone and uses fake feminism as a new way of vote-gathering and corporate-dominated populism.


Unification: Hillary Clinton's representing a man who raped a teenage girl was justified, yes JUSTIFIED, not only by Clinton but by much of the media, claiming she was just doing her job. For fuck's sake. How utterly disgusting. And how can one pretend therefore that Clinton could be a 'feminist' president? If her job as president is to make more widows, to thwart the rights of women to have abortions (how come the Democrats aren't fighting for abortion? Because it's not in their interests to do so - how feminist is THAT???) she will simply 'do her job'.

It is a real tragedy for women that feminism has been destroyed and that institutions like the Guardian and the Labour Party and the Democrats have become a new and sick face of corporate domination, one which represses the strength of that feminist movement through whose power alone writers like me were sheltered from the onslaught of racist fascism in our youths and were able to rise up and deliver to you what we deliver.

The word 'feminism' has lost all its meaning and is now merely a fig leaf used to cover more diseased crime.

Before Weinstein was outed as whatever the fuck he is - Freeman was attending his parties. Yes. She was WELL in bed with that sickness - and I am curious about how come Weinstein isn't in jail? Surely he's been accused of rape? Surely he needs to stand trial? Surely if convicted Weinstein must go to jail? What the fuck is going on here? And as for anyone who sits there reading the works of ignorant fuckheads like Hadley Freeman or Caitlin Johnstone - well done - YOU are killing the women's movement. YOU FUCKING IDIOTS.


References: https://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/23/the-secret-history-of-pussy-riot/
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/06/topless-protesters-femen_n_4910812.html
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/11/femen-nudity-racist-colonial-feminism
https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/27/silencing-america-as-it-prepares-for-war/
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/08/ghostbusters-remake-not-feminist-black-women
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/14/hillary-clinton-doesnt-care-that-much-about-abortion-rights/
https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2016-10-01/how-we-let-the-media-damage-our-psyches/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIIKTNPP5Ts

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Point 1218: Kemi Badenoch, Conservative MP.

Thrust: And so the list of alleged public servants goes on.


Direction of resistance: The plan is to cover every current MP and as much as possible of all potential candidates likely to oppose them at elections.


Removal of resistance: And then to examine the data and perhaps make a list of the 'best' and 'worst' MPs. Also the points in question will be given as many relevant and useful keywords as possible in the browsable index as the highest priority, before all other writing which is currently going on picks up any further pace.


Unification: So, who is Kemi Badenoch and what has she voted for and against? Let's take a look at this seemingly unheard-of MP with very little in the way of 'fame' - not a name which many would recognise as that of an MP, other than in her own constituency.

Well, let's go with these things which pop up before most other things, when researching her on the web: "Consistently voted against more EU integration" and "Kemi Badenoch has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament."

So a conformist.

Further on we find: "Consistently voted against UK membership of the EU"

and "Consistently voted against transferring more powers to the Scottish Parliament" (Scotland, you NEED Corbyn, your parties can't beat the tories, only Corbyn can).

Other than this there's nothing.

What if she were to vote against war and rebel against her party's genocidal backing for puppets of military dictators like Bush and Obama and Clinton and Trump? (Do I mean Bush and Obama etc are dictators or puppets of them? Well, whatever I mean, do any of us even know the precise truth? I mean ultimately it's one or the other, but seemingly weighted towards being the latter, and perhaps a bit of both, with a stronger element of the latter than the former - check that with Humphrey Appleby for accuracy if you like).

So what about the press?

This line is interesting: "As someone who experienced first-hand the inequities of corrupt, socialist regimes - having grown up in Nigeria often without water or electricity - she became a Conservative politician."

The jingoists at the Spectator hail her as an example of "The British Dream" - presumably some sort of white saviour view of the world, where all we non white barbarians need to be given opportunity by the benevolent white saviour and we can all thank God it's Christmas instead of you. And watch Friends on the telly. Badenoch's views on the tv show "Friends" are important to read, without a doubt.


References: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/25693/kemi_badenoch/saffron_walden/votes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/kemi-badenoch-tory-mp-immigrant-africa-conservative-british-dream-interview-house-commons-a7911021.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/18/young-people-puritanical-on-sexual-harassment-tory-mp
https://www.conservativehome.com/highlights/2017/12/interview-kemi-badenoch-im-not-really-left-leaning-on-anything-i-always-lean-right-instinctively.html
https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/05/first-nigel-lawson-then-boris-now-kemi-badenoch-moves-from-the-spectator-to-politics/

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Point 1217: Homelessness and poverty are a predicament, not a choice.

Thrust: Everyone should be able to see the hygienist every six months, to have all their dental work done properly, to have doctors able to treat them freely and in a leisurely fashion when they're ill, no matter how small the ailment and no matter how big. Everyone should be able to eat enough, genuinely nutritious and unharmful food to maintain strong and healthy bodies. No hierarchy of 'work' nor claims about what they "deserve" has any place in that matter - everyone is entitled to eat enough healthy food and be strong. Everyone should have shelter fit for human habitation and deemed so by widespread evidence-backed consensus. This is a minimum requirement of an evolved human society.


Direction of resistance: The traditional "state"-based society divides humans up by material worth and thus can never ever deliver the ideal situation to us as a (unified) collective.


Removal of resistance: To seek a stateless society rashly and unscientifically, however, only entrenches the traditional state-based system - and creates a risk of regression instead of progress - as well as other calamities (relating to our habitat, primarily).


Unification: The traditional mechanisms are there in good faith and intrinsically the system has no objection, at its root, to using the mechanism to actually overpower the mechanism itself, and upgrade the situation to something provably better.

The process itself has to be carried out ingenuously, for 100s of years if necessary.

THIS, not facebook, not pictorial memes nor soundbites, is what "a new kind of politics" actually means. Evolution doesn't ever stop and say "okay, now it's okay to be ignorant for a while, because you've finished evolving". The lazy and infantile habits of humanity's past need to no longer be perpetuated casually by the many (not the few).


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Point 1216: Just what kind of democratic order is it to which we aspire?

Thrust: In Necessary Illusions, Noam Chomsky asks "Just what kind of democratic order is it to which we aspire?".


Direction of resistance: Chomsky is looking at the "question" of 'democratizing the media'.


Removal of resistance: Chomsky shows with unchallengeable evidence (go on, challenge it if you think you can) that "Across a broad spectrum of articulate opinion, the fact that the voice of the people is heard in democratic societies is considered a problem to be overcome by ensuring that the public voice speaks the right words".


Unification: For a minute stop caring about the pleasure and thrills you spend all your time making sure you have. Think about nature, living properly, your parents, if you have them your children.

Think about what you're doing. And maybe take some time out to read what Professor Chomsky is saying about all of this. You owe it to your children to do the intelligent thing.


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Point 1215: The New Iraq War, a bad road to travel on.

Thrust: Simon Jenkins writes in the Guardian "Islam's wars are not Britain's business. We owe their human victims all the aid we can to relieve suffering. We do not owe them our incompetence in trying to recast their politics. That is a task for the Arabs and their neighbours, not for Britain's soldiers and taxpayers".


Direction of resistance: Jenkins goes a little way towards admitting Britain and the west's guilt in destroying the middle east.


Removal of resistance: He mentions at least 2 centuries of Britain's crimes.


Unification: Of course Britain's crimes go back way further than just 2 centuries, but Jenkins was writing this pre-Corbyn, when the Guardian was still going all out to appease UKIP voters and bring those racist voters back to a Blair-backed Labour party.


References: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/25/britain-new-iraq-war-doomed-token-gesture

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Point 1214: "We must invade Iraq, they have weapons which could kill millions," Blair said.

Thrust: "WE" went in and killed millions. Iraq didn't have the weapons Blair claimed. Kofi Annan said Blair was breaking the law. The end result has been Iraq's being turned into a deadly wasteland, spawning 'Daesh' or 'Isil' or whatever and much more besides, causing major problems in the region and around the world.


Direction of resistance: This is pretty dark stuff.


Removal of resistance: Focus on that a minute.


Unification: Or more.


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Point 1213: "With us or against us" (where "us" means the 1%).

Thrust: F. Ivan Goldberg warns: "It is against this impending economic catastrophe, and the anticipated reaction of the American popular and working classes, that we need to understand something that has gone totally unreported in the mainstream press. The United States has for the first time in history established a Military Command ready to coordinate and carry out military operations in the heart of the American homeland. You’ve probably heard of Central Command (CENTCOM), located in Florida and coordinating U.S. military operations in the Middle East, and perhaps of the recently established Africa Command. There is now a Northern Command. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, it has its sights set squarely on the North American continent. In preparation for what it sees as the inevitable confrontation with the resistance of "its own" citizenry, "the U.S. government has gradually reduced long-standing legal barriers to military deployment within U.S. cities. Urban warfare training exercises now regularly take place in U.S. cities." (Robinson, Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity)

Along with contingency preparations to use military force against its own citizens, the U.S. government has recently passed legislation that gives legal cover to the use of such force. During the Congressional Christmas break in December of 2011 President Obama signed into law the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act authorizing the annual budget for the U.S. armed services. Embedded in the bill are provisions which gut our civil liberties as defined in the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. In general, they define the entire world as a battlefield in the war on terror, with the implication that we are officially in a state of global civil war. As a practical matter it means that a person picked up anywhere, whether on the streets of New York or in the hills of Afghanistan, can be said to have been captured on a battlefield. In its specifics the provisions strip away the last line of defense between the coercive powers of the State and the protection of every American citizen from the arbitrary use of those powers.

The bill was passed with no congressional hearings, no public debate, and with hardly a mention in the mainstream media. The most relevant provisions in the bill for U.S. citizens are contained in Section 1021. It creates a federal statute to the effect that the government has the legal authority to arrest and place under military detention, indefinitely and without charges, any United States citizen, apprehended anywhere on earth, including on U.S. soil, who is suspected of participating in terrorist activities, or who is suspected of aiding or associating with any person or group intending to carry out terrorist activities. The statute authorizes legal detention "under the law of war without trial until the end of hostilities.". Since there is no end in sight to such hostilities, the statute in effect authorizes the military detention for life, without legal remedy, or even legal counsel, of any American citizen so much as suspected of terrorist associations. Mind you: not someone proved to have engaged in terrorist activities; but anyone suspected of having terrorist associations - however this may be construed."


Direction of resistance: If you are wondering why this is going on, the answer is not hard to find: "Which brings us back to Ferguson. What shocked the nation was not so much the shooting of an African-American teenager by a white police officer (people of color are shot by white policemen in American cities almost every day of every week), but rather the savagery of the police response to those protesting the killing. For several nights the television images coming out of Ferguson were such that one would be hard pressed to distinguish them from the images filmed during the second battle of Fallujah in Iraq. The militarization of local police departments, a phenomenon going on for years but given scant coverage by the corporate media, was on full display for all to see. What was not so clear was the reason behind this transformation of local police departments into urban security forces. However, the reason becomes apparent once we realize that there is just as much need for the containment and control of the American superfluous workforce as there is for its counterpart in Asia or Africa."


Removal of resistance: In the course of 30 years, during the time the children of today grow into adults with a bit of experience, we are likely to enter a period of history more painful than that of Nazism or the British Empire or Genghis Khan or anything grisly.


Unification: Unless we can do something intelligent about this. That means YOU making at least one decision today: not to be a sucker for consumerism any more. Consumerism is the lifeblood of the military industrial complex. Learning how to not just give into it is crucial. It can't save you. But it can cut the chains and give you some chance of saving yourself. More than you have now, anyway. If you're a consumer with no will of your own. Even that 1% which will enslave you is itself enslaved to the consumerism - nothing else drives any creature to turn away from their nature so far that they would do that to others just like them, on the whole, biologically speaking. Break the spell. Ignore the brands and the advertising. They are the cutting edge of barbarism and ignorance and they want to make you theirs.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/02/ferguson-evenings/

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Point 1212: What is the USA best at really? And what is it officially shit at?

Thrust: Lawrence Wittner writes "The United States has more guns and gun-related deaths than any other country. A study released in late 2013 reported that the United States had 88 guns for every 100 people, and 40 gun-related deaths for every 400,000 people-the most of any of the 27 economically developed countries surveyed. By contrast, in Britain there were 6 guns per 100 people and 1 gun-related death per 400,000 people.

Yet, in a great many other areas, the United States is not No. 1 at all.

Take education. In late 2013, the Program for International Student Assessment released a report on how 15-year old students from 65 nations performed on its tests. The report showed that U.S. students ranked 17th in reading and 21st in math. An international survey a bit earlier that year by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that the ranking was slightly worse for American adults. In 2014, Pearson, a multinational educational services company, placed the United States 20th in the world in 'educational attainment' - well behind Poland and the Slovak Republic."


Direction of resistance: Don't encourage your kids to Americanise and be carried away by America's great education project, ie hollywood and facebook.


Removal of resistance: They could end up as nothing more than brainless meatheas who love guns.


Unification: Tell yourself the truth. Raise your children to be evolved, progressive beings with much of real worth to contribute to life and to us all.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/13/the-united-states-is-no-1-but-in-what/

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Point 1211: Would the BBC consider an ad hoc security force acceptable for British protesters too?

Thrust: When neo nazis are "ad hoc security".

In 'Ukraine' when an armed coup involving neo nazis who openly support Hitler was launched with 'US' money and overthrew the democratically elected government, the BBC referred to armed rioters in Ukraine as "ad hoc security forces" of "protesters".

On the topic of the killing by neo nazi forces of Ukrainians' in 'Odesa'/'Odessa', Counterpunch writes "Photos of the victims of the Odessa fire which have been circulating on the Internet have cast doubt on the official version of events. It's now clear that many of the anti-junta activists who occupied the Trade Unions House were neither burned to death nor died of smoke inhalation, but were savagely shot at point-blank range by agents and thugs who had infiltrated the building to kill as many of the occupants as possible, burn the corpses, and then slip away without notice. Some of the victims - like a young woman who was eight months pregnant - were strangled with an electrical chord and left slumped backwards over her desk in a room that shows no sign of fire or smoke damage. In another case, a woman was stripped naked from the waste down, raped, killed, and set ablaze."

Tell your children why you and your mainstream media have just hidden from those facts, not faced up to them and are continuing to support the people who did that killing and who are killing every day - even today, even yesterday, even tomorrow.

What will you tell your children? When they ask why none of you stopped these crimes, why you were accessories? Who knows what future circumstances they will be asking in. History indicates that, as children of criminals, it will be from a vulnerable position. My sympathy is with them. For now they are innocent. Just like those people who died in 'Odesa' in the horrible ways described.


Direction of resistance: I'm interested to know what would be an ad hoc security force protecting democratic protestors standing up to NHS cuts, austerity and dodgy American trade deals in say London?


Removal of resistance: It's an interesting question.


Unification: The media, not I, has asked it - by using the term to describe the violent undemocratic thugs in 'Ukraine' who overthrew a majority-elected government using firebombs and rifles.


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Point 1210: When neo nazis are "ad hoc security".

Thrust: In 'Ukraine' when an armed coup involving neo nazis who openly support Hitler was launched with 'US' money and overthrew the democratically elected government, the BBC referred to armed rioters in Ukraine as "ad hoc security forces" of "protesters".


Direction of resistance: On the topic of the killing by neo nazi forces of Ukrainians' in 'Odesa'/'Odessa', Counterpunch writes "Photos of the victims of the Odessa fire which have been circulating on the Internet have cast doubt on the official version of events. It’s now clear that many of the anti-junta activists who occupied the Trade Unions House were neither burned to death nor died of smoke inhalation, but were savagely shot at point-blank range by agents and thugs who had infiltrated the building to kill as many of the occupants as possible, burn the corpses, and then slip away without notice. Some of the victims–like a young woman who was eight months pregnant –were strangled with an electrical chord and left slumped backwards over her desk in a room that shows no sign of fire or smoke damage. In another case, a woman was stripped naked from the waste down, raped, killed, and set ablaze."


Removal of resistance: Tell your children why you and your mainstream media have just hidden from those facts, not faced up to them and are continuing to support the people who did that killing and who are killing every day - even today, even yesterday, even tomorrow.


Unification: What will you tell your children? When they ask why none of you stopped these crimes, why you were accessories? Who knows what future circumstances they will be asking in. History indicates that, as children of criminals, it will be from a vulnerable position. My sympathy is with them. For now they are innocent. Just like those people who died in 'Odesa' in the horrible ways described.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/08/false-flag-in-odessa/

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Point 1209: The NATO mainstream media bias is beyond the pale.

Thrust: The BBC referred to armed rioters in Ukraine as "ad hoc security forces" of "protesters".


Direction of resistance: Out there, hundreds of years in the future, history is crying at how savage and idiotic the mainstream of our current society is.


Removal of resistance: Even the children of BBC staff, when they protest peacefully and are battered up by police, in London, are labelled 'violent' and 'rioters' very easily.


Unification: These double standards are the result of amazing dumbing down of the population over the last few decades: only someone very stupid could talk about a group of 'protestors' (who include many people who openly praise Hitler's SS and their killing of people by race) as having an 'ad hoc security service'.


References: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26215030
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/20/what-really-happened-in-ukraine/
http://attackthesystem.com/2014/02/24/ukraine-the-protest-movement-and-the-fascists/

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Point 1208: How quickly, it should be noted, they may tightly clench and make themselves into hard fists.

Thrust: Mateo Pimentel writes "Just as the alienated within our borders terrify the powers that be, the outside aggressors - the main opponents in the people's mind - loom on the horizon of our borders, waiting like god - awful harbingers of death who want to 'kill us for what we stand for..' Or so the rhetoric commonly goes. But if Americans stood in unison, looked the fascist, totalitarian, and domestic embedded power in the face and said, 'No more,' then would not the whole world have our true measure in an instant? Could we not count on them after this? Even if a threat should emerge, who could possibly stand to oppose our revolution, or our newfound sorority with other peoples, and expect to emerge victorious? The answer is 'none.'"


Direction of resistance: Bear this in mind, friends.


Removal of resistance: That's the way forwards.


Unification: "In a word".


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/27/in-the-shadow-of-repression-we-fear-no-evil/

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Point 1207: A culture which sees torture as a weapon for protecting the noble.

Thrust: Cesar Chelala writes "It is with this experience that we stand firmly with those Americans who are asking the US to bring its use of torture into the light of day, and for the United States to take the necessary steps to emerge from its dark period of its history, never to return."


Direction of resistance: So.


Removal of resistance: Is this okay with you reader?


Unification: ie torture and that kind of thing. What Chelala is talking about. Are you on board with the people who torture others, commit genocide, etc etc etc? Or not. Well? Make up your mind. Consider what you'd want others to decide if you were the victim of all this.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/28/a-failure-of-democracy-and-human-rights/

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Point 1206: Apartheid apartheid apartheid.

Thrust: Ben Norton writes "The new apartheid law dictates that Palestinians cannot take buses that go from central Israel to the West Bank."


Direction of resistance: Apartheid apartheid apartheid.


Removal of resistance: Apartheid apartheid apartheid.


Unification: Apartheid apartheid apartheid. I thought British and American people were claiming they are against apartheid and racist laws such as those of Apartheid South Africa, Hitler's Germany and present day Israel.

They need to clarify, I feel, asap, whether or not they oppose all those racist states or not. Thatcher I gather did not oppose South Africa's apartheid, but the Queen did/does. So I gather. It's therefore a crucial thing to look into on every level, everywhere in our society - for the problem persists in Israel and must be defeated by global democracy.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/28/under-israeli-apartheid-palestinians-cannot-ride-israeli-buses/

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Point 1205: Brand considers whether "the unions are hurting walmart".

Thrust: Check out this crucial Russell Brand video.


Direction of resistance: Have a gander.


Removal of resistance: Be amused.


Unification: And don't be amused.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PObwtaKXZYY

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Point 1204: The ugliest of the ugly, the sickest of the sick, masquerading as good. The 'foreign intervention' dignifier.

Thrust: Pale Riders writes "But my poor jaw had not yet done descending. For Digby, astonishingly, goes on to offer one of those arguments for state murder and the Nuremberg-level war crime of carrying out "dirty wars" on the sovereign territory of other nations: "One can, at least, say they represent some form of modern warfare and that the President of a military Empire is always going to be required to deal in such ugly matters."


Direction of resistance: Riders explains "Now, I'm sure we are all to understand that Digby herself wouldn't make that argument. But she does see its point. She thinks it's something that can be debated. She might not like it, she might even oppose it (while of course never opposing the continuation of its perpetrator in power). But from the gritty, savvy realpolitik perspective that our earnest progressive liberals are always so keen to show they understand and appreciate, you can certainly make that argument and remain within the bounds of respectable debate in Digby's eyes."


Removal of resistance: Let's make this easy for YOU to understand. Imagine you are about to be tortured or killed by a death squad or something - or by a drone. Is the debate "who is it fair to kill like that?" a 'debate' worthy of an ethical human society?????? Eh?


Unification: Riders points out "Wholesale murder, wanton destruction, untold - and unnecessary - anguish and grief and suffering and turmoil: these things can be borne, if reluctantly, by our liberal progressive peace--lovers. But torture - that, apparently, is the one thing that is beyond the pale. And in this particular case, it is not even torture being carried out by the Obama administration."


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/29/the-moral-blindness-of-our-leading-liberals/

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Point 1203: The last man.

Thrust: Susan Babbitt writes 'The question occurred to Eugéne Ionesco, concerned about fascism. His 1959 play Rhinoceros is about a small town where people turn into rhinoceroses. At first, everyone is horrified by the rhinoceroses but as more people become rhinos, the change is seductive. Even the town's logician becomes a rhinoceros, wanting to 'move with the times'. Finally, one man, Berenger, remains. Now he is the monster.

Ionesco said his play is about totalitarianism, but not political. Indeed, George Orwell wrote in the original preface to Animal Farm, lost for 25 years, that the greatest threat to freedom of thought and expression is not authoritarian government after all. Rather, it is a prevailing orthodoxy of beliefs: 'Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark,' not by official bans but because of 'an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right- thinking people will accept without question'.

This includes ways of identifying oneself and one's aspirations. Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci commented that everyone is a philosopher, meaning that everyone, whatever their society or social role, deliberating daily about their lives, employs ideas about what it means to be human, usually without noticing. At each such moment, we bolster an existing conception or, by thinking differently, work toward a better one.

In the end, Berenger reminds himself that 'man's not ugly to look at, not ugly at all!''. However, a few sentences later he says 'I should have gone with them while there was still time. . . . Now I am a monster, just a monster'. Berenger's conviction about his humanity waivers. He might, after all, go with the rhinos without regret, suggesting that rhinoceritis is not as serious a problem as identifying it as a problem, once everyone is a monster.'.


Direction of resistance: She points out 'Cuba has quietly challenged European ideas for 200 years, especially the cherished liberal idea that we live best when we live 'from the inside', satisfying desires, following personal dreams. One reason the idea fails is that knowing one's desires is not automatic. If rhinoceritis threatens, and it does, Martí's 'revolution in thinking' is worth noting, in the North. We won't realize democracy if, aiming for freedom, we are unwittingly seeing an oyster's shell and believing in the darkness that it is the world.'


Removal of resistance: The play ends with a powerful monologue of which this is the most hard hitting line. "Oh well, too bad! I'll take on the whole lot of them! I'll put up a fight against the lot of them, the whole lot of them! I'm the last man left, and I'm staying that way until the end. I'm not capitulating" (translated out of French, obviously).


Unification: Ionesco's most famous work is about the chasm between force and reason.

'La cantatrice chauve' is a short absurd play which demonstrates clearly some of the problems associated with our current mainstream approach to reason and identity.

This is an amazing excerpt from it, I implore you to sit and enjoy for a moment, at least:

"Scène XI

A la suite de cette dernière réplique de M. Smith, les autres se taisent un instant, stupéfaits. On sent qu'il y a un certain énervement. Les coups que frappe la pendule sont plus nerveux aussi. Les répliques qui suivent doivent être dites, d'abord, sur un ton glacial, hostile. L'hostilité et Vénerve-ment iront en grandissant. A la fin de cette scène, les quatre personnages devront se trouver debout, tout près les uns des autres, criant leurs répliques, levant les poings, prêts à se jeter les uns sur les autres.

M. MARTIN

On ne fait pas briller ses lunettes avec du cirage noir.

Mme. SMITH

Oui, mais avec l'argent on peut acheter tout ce qu'on veut.

M. MARTIN

J'aime mieux tuer un lapin que de chanter dans le jardin.

M. SMITH

Kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès.

Mme. SMITH

Quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade.

M. MARTIN

Quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cas-cade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades.

M. SMITH

Les chiens ont des puces, les chiens ont des puces.

Mme. MARTIN

Cactus, Coccyx! coccus! cocardard! cochon!

Mme. SMITH

Encaqueur, tu nous encaques.

M. MARTIN

J'aime mieux pondre un oeuf que voler un boeuf.

Mme martin, ouvrant tout grand la bouche. Ah! oh! ah! oh! laissez-moi grincer des dents.

M. SMITH Caïman !

M. MARTIN

Allons gifler Ulysse.

M. SMITH

Je m'en vais habiter ma Cagna dans mes cacaoyers.

Mme. MARTIN

Les cacaoyers des cacaoyères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao! Les cacaoyers des cacaoyères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao! Les cacaoyers des cacao yères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao.

Mme. SMITH

Les souris ont des sourcils, les sourcils n'ont pas de souris.

Mme. MARTIN

Touche pas ma babouche!

M. MARTIN

Bouge pas la babouche!

M. SMITH

Touche la mouche, mouche pas la touche.

Mme. MARTIN

La mouche bouge.

Mme. SMITH Mouche ta bouche.

M. MARTIN

Mouche le chasse-mouche, mouche le chasse-mouche.

M. SMITH

Escarmoucheur escarmouche!

Mme. MARTIN Scaramouche!

Mme. SMITH Sainte-Nitouche!

M. MARTIN

T'en as une couche!

M. SMITH

Tu m'embouches.

Mme. MARTIN

Sainte Nitouche touche ma cartouche.

Mme. SMITH

N'y touchez pas, elle est brisée.

M. MARTIN Sully!

M. SMITH Prudhomme!

Mme. MARTIN, M. SMITH François.

Mme SMITH, M. MARTIN Coppée.

Mme. MARTIN, M. SMITH Coppée Sully!

Mme SMITH, M. MARTIN Prudhomme Fran¸ois.

Mme. MARTIN

Espèces de glouglouteurs, espèces de glouglouteuses.

M. MARTIN

Mariette, cul de marmite!

Mme. SMITH

Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti I

M. SMITH

Le pape dérape! Le pape n'a pas de soupape. La soupape a un pape.

Mme. MARTIN

Bazar, Balzac, Bazaine!

M. MARTIN

Bizarre, beaux-arts, baisers!

M. SMITH

A, c, i, o, u, a, c, i, o, u, a, c, i, o, u, i!

Mme. MARTIN

B, c, d, f, g, 1, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, x, z!

M. MARTIN

De l'ail à l'eau, du lait à l'ail!

Mme smith, imitant le train.

Teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff!

M. SMITH C'est!

Mme. MARTIN Pas!

M. MARTIN Par!

Mme. SMITH Là!

M. SMITH C'est!

Mme. MARTIN Par!

M. MARTIN I!

Mme. SMITH Ci!

Tous ensemble, au comble de la fureur, hurlent les uns aux oreilles des autres. La lumière s'est éteinte. Dans l'obscurité on entend sur un rythme de plus en plus rapide :

TOUS ENSEMBLE

C'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici *!

Les paroles cessent brusquement. De nouveau, lumière. M. et Mme Martin sont assis comme les

Note : A la représentation certaines des répliques de cette dernière scène ont été supprimées ou interchangées. D'autre part le recommencement final - peut-on dire - se faisait toujours avec les Smith, l'auteur n'ayant eu l'idée lumineuse de substituer les Martin aux Smith qu'après la centième représentation.

Smith au début de la pièce. La pièce recommence avec les Martin, qui disent exactement les répliques des Smith dans la première scène, tandis que le rideau se ferme doucement.

RIDEAU"
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Point 1202: Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti.

Thrust: I am reminded of the ending of La Cantatrice Chauve.


Direction of resistance: Somewhat.


Removal of resistance: Take a look.


Unification: "Scène XI

A la suite de cette dernière réplique de M. Smith, les autres se taisent un instant, stupéfaits. On sent qu'il y a un certain énervement. Les coups que frappe la pendule sont plus nerveux aussi. Les répliques qui suivent doivent être dites, d'abord, sur un ton glacial, hostile. L'hostilité et Vénerve-ment iront en grandissant. A la fin de cette scène, les quatre personnages devront se trouver debout, tout près les uns des autres, criant leurs répliques, levant les poings, prêts à se jeter les uns sur les autres.

M. MARTIN

On ne fait pas briller ses lunettes avec du cirage noir.

Mme. SMITH

Oui, mais avec l'argent on peut acheter tout ce qu'on veut.

M. MARTIN

J'aime mieux tuer un lapin que de chanter dans le jardin.

M. SMITH

Kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès, kakatoès.

Mme. SMITH

Quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade, quelle cacade.

M. MARTIN

Quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cas-cade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades, quelle cascade de cacades.

M. SMITH

Les chiens ont des puces, les chiens ont des puces.

Mme. MARTIN

Cactus, Coccyx! coccus! cocardard! cochon!

Mme. SMITH

Encaqueur, tu nous encaques.

M. MARTIN

J'aime mieux pondre un œuf que voler un bœuf.

Mme martin, ouvrant tout grand la bouche. Ah! oh! ah! oh! laissez-moi grincer des dents.

M. SMITH Caïman !

M. MARTIN

Allons gifler Ulysse.

M. SMITH

Je m'en vais habiter ma Cagna dans mes cacaoyers.

Mme. MARTIN

Les cacaoyers des cacaoyères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao! Les cacaoyers des cacaoyères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao! Les cacaoyers des cacao yères donnent pas des cacahuètes, donnent du cacao.

Mme. SMITH

Les souris ont des sourcils, les sourcils n'ont pas de souris.

Mme. MARTIN

Touche pas ma babouche!

M. MARTIN

Bouge pas la babouche!

M. SMITH

Touche la mouche, mouche pas la touche.

Mme. MARTIN

La mouche bouge.

Mme. SMITH Mouche ta bouche.

M. MARTIN

Mouche le chasse-mouche, mouche le chasse-mouche.

M. SMITH

Escarmoucheur escarmouche!

Mme. MARTIN Scaramouche!

Mme. SMITH Sainte-Nitouche!

M. MARTIN

T'en as une couche!

M. SMITH

Tu m'embouches.

Mme. MARTIN

Sainte Nitouche touche ma cartouche.

Mme. SMITH

N'y touchez pas, elle est brisée.

M. MARTIN Sully!

M. SMITH Prudhomme!

Mme. MARTIN, M. SMITH François.

Mme SMITH, M. MARTIN Coppée.

Mme. MARTIN, M. SMITH Coppée Sully!

Mme SMITH, M. MARTIN Prudhomme François.

Mme. MARTIN

Espèces de glouglouteurs, espèces de glouglouteuses.

M. MARTIN

Mariette, cul de marmite!

Mme. SMITH

Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti, Khrishnamourti I

M. SMITH

Le pape dérape! Le pape n'a pas de soupape. La soupape a un pape.

Mme. MARTIN

Bazar, Balzac, Bazaine!

M. MARTIN

Bizarre, beaux-arts, baisers!

M. SMITH

A, c, i, o, u, a, c, i, o, u, a, c, i, o, u, i!

Mme. MARTIN

B, c, d, f, g, 1, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, x, z!

M. MARTIN

De l'ail à l'eau, du lait à l'ail!

Mme smith, imitant le train.

Teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff, teuff!

M. SMITH C'est!

Mme. MARTIN Pas!

M. MARTIN Par!

Mme. SMITH Là!

M. SMITH C'est!

Mme. MARTIN Par!

M. MARTIN I!

Mme. SMITH Ci!

Tous ensemble, au comble de la fureur, hurlent les uns aux oreilles des autres. La lumière s'est éteinte. Dans l'obscurité on entend sur un rythme de plus en plus rapide :

TOUS ENSEMBLE

C'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici, c'est pas par là, c'est par ici *!

Les paroles cessent brusquement. De nouveau, lumière. M. et Mme Martin sont assis comme les

Note : A la représentation certaines des répliques de cette dernière scène ont été supprimées ou interchangées. D'autre part le recommencement final - peut-on dire - se faisait toujours avec les Smith, l'auteur n'ayant eu l'idée lumineuse de substituer les Martin aux Smith qu'après la centième représentation.

Smith au début de la pièce. La pièce recommence avec les Martin, qui disent exactement les répliques des Smith dans la première scène, tandis que le rideau se ferme doucement.

RIDEAU"


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Point 1201: Ionesco's most famous work is about the chasm between force and reason.

Thrust: La Cantatrice Chauve ends with the characters metaphorically beating each other up, a surreal act of violence led up to by a build up of tension and a breakdown of communication, from phatic to nonsensical to absurd to all-out destructive.


Direction of resistance: It starts with standard mindless phatic "civilised" conversation.


Removal of resistance: It is absurd the whole way through, grotesquely meaningless, and in the final sequence as they break down and beat the shit out of each other their exclamations become shorter, more emotional, more absurd and meaningless - and they descend, like crazy fools into a final crazy folly.


Unification: Tout cela mène au pire.


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Point 1200: Alex Cockburn and Bérenger.

Thrust: Jeffrey St Clair writes "When I met Alexander Cockburn, one of his first questions to me was: "Is your hate pure?" It was the question he asked most of the young writers he mentored. Cockburn's rules on how to write political polemics: write about what you care about, write with passion, go for the throat of your enemies and never back down. His admonitions remain the guiding stylesheet for our writers at CounterPunch."


Direction of resistance: If I were one day to be comparable to Alex Cockburn, it would be very hard to be humble and to avoid vanity.


Removal of resistance: My hate is pure. I will never give in.


Unification: A passage of literature I admire as much as the life and work of Alex Cockburn is the closing monologue of Ionesco's Rhinoceros:

"Oh well, too bad! I'll take on the whole lot of them! I'll put up a fight against the lot of them, the whole lot of them! I'm the last man left, and I'm staying that way until the end. I'm not capitulating" (translated out of French, obviously).


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Point 1199: Malcolm Gladwell, a corporate shill.

Thrust: Fred Gardner points at Malcolm Gladwell's "convoluted defense of Enron's management" and points out that "Gladwell derided Love's warning that HRT could cause breast cancer. (Love, a distinguished clinician and UCLA professor, had been publicizing The Nurse's Health Study finding that women taking Wyeth's Prempro had a higher rate of breast cancer.)"


Direction of resistance: For these reasons and others Gardner calls Gladwell a "corporate shill".


Removal of resistance: Gardner adds "Gladwell's defense of HRT is a textbook example of corporate damage control."


Unification: Stop being a shill, Gladwell. Seriously.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2007/04/01/how-corrupt-is-malcolm-gladwell/

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Point 1198: There is no political solution. To our troubled evolution. Have no faith in constitution. There is no bloody revolution. We are spirits in the material world.

Thrust: The example of the pretence that Russian planes entered British air space and threatened Britain is not alone and there are dozens of acts of British propaganda around you right now, all of which make a lot of you believe Russia is threatening and menacing, but in all cases it is entirely untrue and is pure propaganda as with the crystal clear act of propaganda shown in 1197.


Direction of resistance: According to Chomsky, "Reinhold Niebuhr argued that "rationality belongs to the cool observers," while "the proletarian" follows not reason but faith, based upon a crucial element of "necessary illusion." Without such illusion, the ordinary person will descend to "inertia." Then in his Marxist phase, Niebuhr urged that those he addressed - presumably, the cool observers - recognize "the stupidity of the average man" and provide the "emotionally potent oversimplifications" required to keep the proletarian on course to create a new society; the basic conceptions underwent little change as Niebuhr became "the official establishment theologian"."


Removal of resistance: This selection of quotes from "Necessary Illusions" by Noam Chomsky (1988) covers all protest and objection to my citation of Niebuhr as an example of the archetypal NATO bastard:

I "In accordance with the prevailing conceptions in the U.S., there is no infringement on democracy if a few corporations control the information system: in fact, that is the essence of democracy. In the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the leading figure of the public relations industry, Edward Bernays, explains that "the very essence of the democratic process" is "the freedom to persuade and suggest," what he calls "the engineering of consent." "A leader," he continues, "frequently cannot wait for the people to arrive at even general understanding ... Democratic leaders must play their part in ... engineering ... consent to socially constructive goals and values," applying "scientific principles and tried practices to the task of getting people to support ideas and programs"; and although it remains unsaid, it is evident enough that those who control resources will be in a position to judge what is "socially constructive," to engineer consent through the media, and to implement policy through the mechanisms of the state. If the freedom to persuade happens to be concentrated in a few hands, we must recognize that such is the nature of a free society. The public relations industry expends vast resources "educating the American people about the economic facts of life" to ensure a favorable climate for business. Its task is to control "the public mind," which is "the only serious danger confronting the company," an AT&T executive observed eighty years ago."

II "Despite the frank acknowledgment of the need to deceive the public, it would be an error to suppose that practitioners of the art are typically engaged in conscious deceit; few reach the level of sophistication of the Grand Inquisitor or maintain such insights for long. On the contrary, as the intellectuals pursue their grim and demanding vocation, they readily adopt beliefs that serve institutional needs; those who do not will have to seek employment elsewhere. The chairman of the board may sincerely believe that his every waking moment is dedicated to serving human needs. Were he to act on these delusions instead of pursuing profit and market share, he would no longer be chairman of the board. It is probable that the most inhuman monsters, even the Himmlers and the Mengeles, convince themselves that they are engaged in noble and courageous acts. The psychology of leaders is a topic of little interest. The institutional factors that constrain their actions and beliefs are what merit attention."

III Chomsky indicates support for Ginsberg's belief that "western governments have used market mechanisms to regulate popular perspectives and sentiments. The 'marketplace of ideas,' built during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, effectively disseminates the beliefs and ideas of the upper classes while subverting the ideological and cultural independence of the lower classes. Through the construction of this marketplace, western governments forged firm and enduring links between socioeconomic position and ideological power, permitting upper classes to use each to buttress the other ... In the United States, in particular, the ability of the upper and upper-middle classes to dominate the marketplace of ideas has generally allowed these strata to shape the entire society's perception of political reality and the range of realistic political and social possibilities. While westerners usually equate the marketplace with freedom of opinion, the hidden hand of the market can be almost as potent an instrument of control as the iron fist of the state."

One piece of evidence Chomsky presents is this: "The influence of advertisers is sometimes far more direct. 'Projects unsuitable for corporate sponsorship tend to die on the vine,' the London Economist observes, noting that 'stations have learned to be sympathetic to the most delicate sympathies of corporations.' The journal cites the case of public TV station WNET, which 'lost its corporate underwriting from Gulf+Western as a result of a documentary called 'Hunger for Profit', about multinationals buying up huge tracts of land in the third world.' These actions 'had not been those of a friend,' Gulf's chief executive wrote to the station, adding that the documentary was 'virulently anti-business, if not anti-American.' 'Most people believe that WNET would not make the same mistake today,' the Economist concludes. Nor would others. The warning need only be implicit."


IV "Another task was to overcome the dread “Vietnam syndrome,” which impeded the resort to forceful means to control the dependencies; as explained by Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, the task was to overcome “the sickly inhibitions against the use of military force” that developed in revulsion against the Indochina wars, a problem that was resolved, he hoped, in the glorious conquest of Grenada, when 6,000 elite troops succeeded in overcoming the resistance of several dozen Cubans and some Grenadan militiamen, winning 8,000 medals of honor for their prowess."

V "The global planning undertaken by U.S. elites during and after World War II assumed that principles of liberal internationalism would generally serve to satisfy what had been described as the "requirement of the United States in a world in which it proposes to hold unquestioned power." The global policy goes under the name "containment." The manufacture of consent at home is its domestic counterpart. The two policies are, in fact, closely intertwined, since the domestic population must be mobilized to pay the costs of "containment," which may be severe - both material and moral costs.

The rhetoric of containment is designed to give a defensive cast to the project of global management, and it thus serves as part of the domestic system of thought control. It is remarkable that the terminology is so easily adopted, given the questions that it begs. Looking more closely, we find that the concept conceals a good deal. The underlying assumption is that there is a stable international order that the United States must defend. The general contours of this international order were developed by U.S. planners during and after World War II. Recognizing the extraordinary scale of U.S. power, they proposed to construct a global system that the United States would dominate and within which U.S. business interests would thrive. As much of the world as possible would constitute a Grand Area, as it was called, which would be subordinated to the needs of the U.S. economy. Within the Grand Area, other capitalist societies would be encouraged to develop, but without protective devices that would interfere with U.S. prerogatives. In particular, only the United States would be permitted to dominate regional systems. The United States moved to take effective control of world energy production and to organize a world system in which its various components would fulfill their functions as industrial centers, as markets and sources of raw materials, or as dependent states pursuing their "regional interests" within the "overall framework of order" managed by the United States (as Henry Kissinger was later to explain)."


Unification: According to Shams of Tabriz:

"The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a single bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in the first place? How can there be anyone to blame when there is only One?" and...

"Whatever you speak, good or evil, will somehow come back to you. Therefore, if there is someone who harbours ill thoughts about you, saying similarly bad things about him will only make matters worse. You will be locked in a vicious circle of malevolent energy. Instead for forty days and nights say and think nice things about that person. Everything will be different at the end of 40 days, because you will be different inside" and indeed...

"The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back – not even a seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouths do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile" and...

"If you want to change the ways others treat you, you should first change the way you treat yourself, fully and sincerely, there is no way you can be loved. Once you achieve that stage, however, be thankful for every thorn that others might throw at you. It is a sign that you will soon be showered in roses" and...

"Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that he has been denied" and...

"Loneliness and solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path. Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without feeling lonely. But eventually it is best to find a person who will be your mirror. Remember only in another person’s heart can you truly see yourself and the presence of God within you" and...

"Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy or fight someone we tumble straight into the fires of hell".


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Point 1197: Some Guardian propaganda at work.

Thrust: Go to the link below.


Direction of resistance: Admit that the top of the page seems to tell you that Russian planes did something against international law and may have been preparing to nuke England. It gives you that kind of story, leaving it to your imagination - so the extremity of your assumption is down to you.


Removal of resistance: Then, near the end, where less than 10% of the readers reach, it tells you "The spokesman said there was no particular reason for concern over Russian warplanes flying in international air space, but that such exercises were shadowed by Nato aircraft as a precaution and to protect civil air traffic" - so basically there was no reason to do it other than to make a show of pretending Russia is dangerous and wasting money on prancing around with military toys like a bunch of dickheads (and Russia is no less guilty of THAT).

Who is "the spokesman"? They don't make it completely clear, but it is relatively clear - "Nato said". That's who. A NATO spokesman said pretty much that it wasn't actually illegal but we were a bit upset and so you should all consider it pretty much illegal. These are sick military fucks. Sickos. Such lies are a sick sick sick thing. And in broad daylight. Easy for even a 12 year old school child to spot, and many would, if shown the information, and many are.


Unification: The url is named "raf-russian-bomber-uk-airspace", the article is named "RAF intercepts Russian bomber approaching UK airspace" - it basically misinforms you by dancing close to a sensationalist lie without being detailed enough to tell you either the truth OR a lie. It is therefore deceptive and a lie in spirit - it embraces the spirit of lying. It is propaganda. Another example of the Guardian being a TOOL. That's right. A TOOL.


References: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/01/raf-russian-bomber-uk-airspace

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Point 1196: War criminal public relations is called propaganda.

Thrust: The Guardian's Nicholas Watt writes "The deputy prime minister insisted he was speaking in a personal capacity, as a leading international lawyer warned that the statement by a government minister in such a formal setting could increase the chances of charges against Britain in international courts."


Direction of resistance: In other words, Clegg feels that we have broken the law but is not allowed to say so when he was speaking in his capacity as deputy Prime Minister in case we are made to face justice.


Removal of resistance: In other words the British government opposes justice.


Unification: So, is this actually 'a democracy' which believes in 'rule of law'? I'd like to ask Clegg that personally, with reference to this material. I hope he's ready for my questions.


References: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2010/jul/21/nick-clegg-illegal-iraq-war-gaffe

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Point 1195: Textbook example of barbarism - what 'the west' calls 'civilisation'.

Thrust: Garry Leech writes "The consequences of prioritizing corporate profits and consumer lifestyles in wealthy nations have been devastating for many around the world. According to the World Health Organization, more than 10 million people die annually in Latin America, Africa and Asia due to a lack of access to adequate healthcare and medicines."


Direction of resistance: When you perpetuate consumerism that's what you are playing a role in.


Removal of resistance: No man or woman is an island.


Unification: It's up to you to take control of your own choices and make sensible intelligent decisions instead of being guided along by consumerism and the corporate and advertising media.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/07/revolution-in-the-united-states/

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Point 1194: "Speed and agility are key for the counterpuncher, as well as a willingness to patiently chase down every ball to frustrate opponents."

Thrust: Bits of truth can be like punches, to a weak or lost mind.


Direction of resistance: You have to make them leave an opening before the punch is likely to hit.


Removal of resistance: They will block a lot, so the art is to hammer and hammer and hammer until gaps open and you can punch and that makes them weaker and worse at blocking from that moment in the match - and your persistence will make the truth get through in the end.


Unification: I once read this about players in tennis who favour counterpunching - a bit like how Rumpole of the Bailey favours defense, not prosecution: 'Speed and agility are key for the counterpuncher, as well as a willingness to patiently chase down every ball to frustrate opponents.'

Floating around the internet, with that information, I also just dug this up: 'Counterpunchers also have a tendency to anticipate and are usually equipped with extremely good passing shots, thus enabling them to turn lots of defensive situations into offence. The game of the defensive counterpuncher has more to do with physical endurance and willingness to get every ball back in play as well as mental determination to keep from getting bored or trying for too much. Their game plan often involves moving their opponents to the back of the court and outmanoeuvring their opponents.'

Bear all this in mind, I suggest.

I'll add all the references asap, and find further sources on the same concepts.


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Point 1193: Defending soldiers against corporations.

Thrust: Eric Mann writes "There are at least three gifts we can give to the veterans and G.I.s on veterans day. One is to bring all the troops home, close down all 800 U.S. military bases, provide 'jobs or income now' and the most extensive program of medical and psychological support for the vets–and the entire working class–and to demand that our government apologize to the peoples and nations all over the world for its wars of aggression and apologize to the working class men and women it sent to kill and be killed to expand its empire."


Direction of resistance: When I worked at an unscrupulous conference sector marketing firm in the city, which is doing very well, and where insanely racist, sexist, homophobic and just plain illegal cold data gathering was used to pump big big 'pipelines' of sales full of cash, one of my more sordid and fucked up bastard peers, a senior runt, was mocking soldiers, saying they're all racist nuts who go off to do lots of killing. Meanwhile he sat there, powering the corporate pipelines with his professional deception and pure bastardy, he - and people like him - being the real culprits behind the military crimes of Britain and the USA.


Removal of resistance: Mann points out "One of the most cruel and vicious lies of the system is to claim that the G.I.s came home from Vietnam to derision and hatred from a hippy, Black militant, radical anti-war movement–when in fact just the opposite was true. The anti-war movement was deeply involved with the G.I.s themselves, lead by a broad united front including many G.I.s."


Unification: It is everybody's duty, even yours, to defend OUR soldiers - all soldiers - from the corporations - to do as Mann suggests.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/11/74430/

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Point 1192: 12,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered with axes and bludgeons after Dutch Nato troops who were supposed to protect them simply moved away to allow Serbs to carry out their murderous work.

Thrust: Dr Mahatir Mohamad wrote "In Bosnia Herzegovina 12,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered with axes and bludgeons after Dutch Nato troops who were supposed to protect them simply moved away to allow Serbs to carry out their murderous work."


Direction of resistance: Too few people are rounded enough to keep abreast of all sides of the 'big debates' on the world agenda.


Removal of resistance: Failure to do your homework results in being shit.


Unification: In the end, it is doing our homework which makes us out-survive the wild beasts.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/17/stop-postulating-the-clash-of-civilizations/

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Point 1191: 'Medieval religious ideas' and the 'USA'.

Thrust: Kirkpatrick Sale writes "when Americans nationwide were asked, 'Whom or what do you most thank for your good health?' 54 percent credited [..] God.

[..] this was the favorite choice among lifestyle (26 percent), genes (26 percent), and doctors (4 percent). [..] a majority of Americans believe that their health is more a result of the benevolent and regular intervention of the Deity than the way they live or the bodies they inherited or the medical profession. That is an abject admission that they don't believe that what they eat or ingest, or how much, or how often, or how much exercise they get if any, or what sanitary conditions they live under, or how often they see a doctor, or whether they access preventive medicine has any significant importance for their health."


Direction of resistance: Sale points out "Lifestyle was chosen as the entity to thank by 33 percent in the North, 28 percent in the Midwest, 31 percent in the West, and 14 percent in the South. Genes were chosen by 6 percent in the North, 16 percent in the Midwest, 18 percent in the West, and 13 percent in the South. Doctors rated 6 percent in the North, 5 percent in the Midwest, 4 percent in the West, and 2 percent in the South [..] And God was the choice of 48 percent of the North (which some had thought Godless), 51 percent in the Midwest, 46 percent in the West, and 70 percent in the South. Is it any wonder that the South is the unhealthiest region in the nation by almost all measures?"


Removal of resistance: This is a nation which calls itself 'exceptional'.


Unification: This is a nation which calls its leader 'the leader of the free world'.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/04/thank-god-were-healthy/

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Point 1190: 各 花 入 各 眼

Thrust: John V Walsh writes "The major adversaries of the U.S. Empire are China, Russia and Iran. Of the three, China is the greatest threat to U.S. hegemony since its economy has already surpassed that of the U.S. in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) according to the IMF. And military power in the end is a function of economic power, as we have known at least since Thucydides."


Direction of resistance: Nonetheless the arrogance of white supremacism appears to be leading the 'west' into a war against China.


Removal of resistance: A war it surely cannot win.


Unification: A war which will harm us all, particularly here in 'the west'. A war we must STOP, right now, before it goes any further down the dark path it is taking us down.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/10/the-tar-baby-and-china/
http://english.cri.cn/7046/2011/07/19/102s649358.htm

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Point 1189: The basic maths of a modern democratic way.

Thrust: These days if you give people the material, time and motivation, the majority of people can make an intelligent assessment of what you show them.


Direction of resistance: Only a century ago, 'intellectuals' were evidently very convinced that they need to lead the 'masses', indeed through 'necessary illusions', people as recent as Edward Bernays and Reinhold Niebuhr have maintained.


Removal of resistance: Yet now it is far more plausible to far more people that all a person needs in order to come to intelligent conclusions is the right conditions and the right information.


Unification: If this is true, there is no chance for the Bernays way - and the shift of consciousness across the globe required for bringing about a restructuring of what we call society everywhere, from 'China' to 'the USA' and everywhere 'in between' - is an inevitability which is destined to stamp itself on our history very imminently. Some would say immanently, indeed.


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Point 1188: The far-right sees Islam as a more popular talking point than anti-Semitism, and seeks to rally supporters through the former while obscuring the latter in a Zionist position that seeks to keep Jews out of Europe.

Thrust: Alexander Reid Ross writes "The more that right-wing populism can obscure its racial ideology and fascist roots, the more of a mass appeal it has. While it gains mass appeal based on central talking points, its imagery and symbolism begins to proliferate. Hence, DIJ and their fans claim to be non-anti-Semitic, because they work with Jews sometimes, and support the State of Israel. Mass-murderer and white supremacist Anders Breivik also supports the State of Israel, as does the French National Front and countless far-right parties in Europe gaining international legitimacy from Zionist claims while retaining and supporting anti-Semitism in Europe. Indeed, this is precisely the 'Third Position' proposed by Strasser: fascism through pseudo-anticapitalist racial separatism rather than Imperialism.

The important German newspaper, Der Speigel, points to this trend, opining (correctly) that the far-right sees Islam as a more popular talking point than anti-Semitism, and seeks to rally supporters through the former while obscuring the latter in a Zionist position that seeks to keep Jews out of Europe."


Direction of resistance: Evidence Ross presents regarding 'DIJ' is very damning indeed: "I recalled my conversation with the band's promoter, who claimed that, just as Marilyn Manson and Slayer use Nazi imagery, so too should Death in June blur the lines of acceptable communication.

Neither Slayer nor Marilyn Manson contributes money to genocidal causes. On the other hand, the singer of Death in June visited a genocidal Croatian militia during the ethnic cleansing of Serbs in 1992, recorded an album called 'Something is Coming' from Croatia at that time, donated to a Croatian nationalist military hospital, and has reportedly called Serbs 'barbarians,' declaring his decision to give substantive support to the genocide to be a 'cultural' and 'Euro-socio' decision (I hardly think that this approach is defensible in terms of Guy Debord’s Situationist theory presented in Society of the Spectacle; in fact, it appears more like a reproduction of the spectacle of European nationalism and white pride). Slayer and Marilyn Manson also did not publish music on far-right-wing record labels, whereas DIJ has published songs on extreme- right wing compilations (such as one commemorating the Nazi propagandist and documentarian, Leni Reifenstahl, whom Susan Sontag wrote up as a fascist long after the end of the war in the essay 'Fascinating Fascism'); neither do they belabor Nazism as the principle aesthetic aspect of their approach. Slayer and Marilyn Manson also have not applauded atrocities against immigrants and people of color, whereas witnesses state that DIJ's lead singer once dedicated a song to the 'White Wolves' (who bombed two markets in England, killing 3 and injuring more than a hundred back in 1999)."


Removal of resistance: Ross adds "Among the greatest dilemmas for contemporary radical movements, such as the ecology movement, is how to deal with and identify reactionary tendencies, such as white nationalist claims to 'blood and soil,' which claim a hierarchy of national belonging based on the number of generations one's family has lived on 'the land.' (It apparently doesn't matter if someone's family moved to Wisconsin from Germany in the 1910s, and then to California in the 1990s; they are still more 'US American' than a Guatemalan or Chinese immigrant who moved to San Diego in the 1970s, even though they have relatively no 'connection to the native soil,' according to this position.) Even the most acceptable version of this tendency, which asserts that Indigenous peoples maintain true rights to the land, claims that there are still hierarchies promoted amongst white nationalists as to how US American they are, and this way of thinking seeps into the broader counterculture. For instance, I was recently told by a very well-respected and well-known 'radical' (who happens to be blonde) that I was less of a US American, because my parents are immigrants. When I told my very non-'radical' friends from Houston about this exchange during a recent trip to Texas, they were totally appalled by my 'radical' friend's pretense. It just goes to show that ostensibly non-'radical' people from the South can understand antifascism better than pretentious 'radicals' in Portland, Oregon."


Unification: More people in the 'British' establishment need to take all of this seriously. More people in 'Britain' on the whole need to. This is our problem. We need to provide some kind of educational solution which will undermine any tendency among anybody to veer in the direction of fascism, a very serious, a very dangerous, a very catastrophic problem we are facing in a worryingly accelerating fashion today in 2018.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/14/fighting-the-trojan-horse-of-hipster-fascism/

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Point 1187: The stale, smelly, fetid and diseased old west and its fetid old blindness.

Thrust: Andre Vltchek writes "Entire modern and ecological neighborhoods are growing up all over China; entire cities are being built, with enormous parks and public exercise grounds, with childcare centers and all the modern sanitation facilities, as well as wide sidewalks and incredibly cheap and super modern public transportation."


Direction of resistance: Vltchek points out "While China's transformation into a middle-class socialist society is clearly a miracle (but more than a miracle, it is actually proof of the superiority of central planning, and of the general excellence of the system), perhaps the single greatest success on our planet in the last 100 years, the Western Left mumbles something about what has happened is actually not pure, that it is not really Communist, and that in many ways it is all extremely sinister."


Removal of resistance: We should all be humbled by the example of 'China' and realise what "exceptionalism" really can mean, if we stop making it mean "white man and his token black friend".


Unification: This article by Mr Vltchek (see the references below) is a must-read for anyone who is not stupid.


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/14/do-western-leftists-hate-socialist-countries/

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Point 1186: The alternative to the UKIP-Murdoch-Daily-Mail axis.

Thrust: To bring back the readership of the Daily Herald, but as readers and contributors on a new democratic website.


Direction of resistance: That would be the hobo.


Removal of resistance: Chomsky explains, in Necessary Illusions, what the Daily Herald was (as you are unlikely to know) "As for the media, in England a lively labor-oriented press reaching a broad public existed into the 1960s, when it was finally eliminated through the workings of the market. At the time of its demise in 1964, the Daily Herald had over five times as many readers as The Times and 'almost double the readership of The Times, the Financial Times and the Guardian combined,' James Curran observes, citing survey research showing that its readers 'were also exceptionally devoted to their paper.' But this journal, partially owned by the unions and reaching a largely working-class audience, 'appealed to the wrong people,' Curran continues. The same was true of other elements of the social democratic press that died at the same time, in large part because they were 'deprived of the same level of subsidy' through advertising and private capital as sustained 'the quality press,' which 'not only reflects the values and interests of its middle-class readers' but also 'gives them force, dainty and coherence' and 'plays an important ideological role in amplifying and renewing the dominant political consensus.'

The consequences are significant. For the media, Curran concludes, there is 'a remarkable growth in advertising-related editorial features' and a 'growing convergence between editorial and advertising content' reflecting 'the increasing accommodation of national newspaper managements to the selective needs of advertisers' and the business community generally; the same is likely true of news coverage and interpretation. For society at large, Curran continues, 'the loss of the only social democratic papers with a large readership which devoted serious attention to current affairs,' including sectors of the working class that had remained 'remarkably radical in their attitudes to a wide range of economic and political issues,' contributed to 'the progressive erosion in post-war Britain of a popular radical tradition' and to the disintegration of 'the cultural base that has sustained active participation within the Labour movement,' which 'has ceased to exist as a mass movement in most parts of the country.' The effects are readily apparent. With the elimination of the 'selection and treatment of news' and 'relatively detailed political commentary and analysis [that] helped daily to sustain a social democratic sub-culture within the working class,' there is no longer an articulate alternative to the picture of 'a world where the subordination of working people [is] accepted as natural and inevitable,' and no continuing expression of the view that working people are 'morally entitled to a greater share of the wealth they created and a greater say in its allocation.' The same tendencies are evident elsewhere in the industrial capitalist societies".


Unification: These are my notes on Necessary Illusions so far. I'm staying offline mostly and working through the said book, using 4 different formats of it simultaneously to work through it as though it is a lecture series and I am a student of it. Which is in fact accurate. That's what it is and that's what I am. I'll add to these notes later (i.e. I'll 'synchronise' them with my offline work at some stage soon):

CHAPTER ONE



- opening up the media to citizen participation



- US establishment reacted aggressively against UNESCO's enquiry into such possibilities

reason given for aggression: concern for "freedom of the press"

chomsky asks: "how serious is this concern? what is its substantive content?"

chomsky asks: "what would a democratic communications policy be? is it a good idea? if so is it an attainable concept? what kind of democratic order is it to which we aspire?"



- When Judge Gurfein rejected the US government's attempt to bar publication of the pentagon papers, he implied that the press was out of line for publishing it but that it was a sacrifice and that it needed to be made in order to not be totalitarian



chomsky and any interpretation of events based on common sense imply that this was unfair - and that it was completely legitimate to publish the pentagon papers and to attempt to make the US government accountable to the people of the USA. Gurfein said that the press had to be "suffered by those in authority" and failed to recognise any participation in public debate by the people as a legitimate thing, seeing it as something useless to be "suffered" and no doubt ignored, however that may be achieved. the 'right of the people to know', which Gurfein claims to believe in, does not seem to be anything but an endpoint for such knowledge. the idea that people could debate and make decisions about what they know seems to fall outside the capacity of gurfein and anyone who thinks like him.



- Anthony Lewis of the New York Times backs Gurfein, accusing the media of interfering irresponsibly in the vietnam and watergate eras

Chomsky says this is a commonly held belief



- there has been debate in this time about the media, but not about democratising the media and freeing them from the constraints of state and private power

rather, the debate has been about whether the media have not exceeded proper bounds in escaping such constraints, the question is whether they have threatened the existence of democratic institutions



- in 1975 the trilateral commission studied "the governability of democracies" and concluded that the media had become a new source of national power and the commission labelled this an "excess of democracy" and a "crisis of democracy"



- the commission blamed "previously marginalised" people who create an "overload" , aka "special interests" groups



- chomsky sums up the commissions position: "the general public must be reduced to their traditional apathy and obedience and driven from arena of political debate and action" to protect the elitist version of 'democracy' from being improved upon



- the concept of 'special interests' groups is used to suggest that disagreement with the elite's policies come from some small marginal group. it refers, chomsky explains, to: "workers, farmers, women, youths, the elderly, handicapped, ethnic minorities, in fact to the general population".



- the tacit assumption is that the 'national interest' is "corporations, financial institutions and other business elites"



- in the post vietnam era there was what chomsky calls 'a right turn' - this included the dismantling of the limited state programmes which were designed to protect the poor and deprived, the transfer of resources to the wealthy, the conversion of the state even more than before into a welfare state for the privileged and the expansion of state power and the protected state sector of the economy through the military system



- enter 'the reagan doctrine' (the rest of the 'right turn') - activist foreign policy, goal to extend US power through subversion, international terrorism and aggression (which the media characterised as the vigorous defence of democracy worldwide)





- polls in 1988 showed that almost half the US population believe the US constitution is the source of this Marx quote: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" (even Marx hadn't mastered gender equality, I'll contend).



- chomsky says that the reagan phenomenon offers a foretaste of where capitalist democracies have been moving in general, since - elimination of labour unions, elimination of independent media, elimination of political associations, elimination of forms of popular organisation which interfere with domination of the state by concentrated private power

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- the trilateral commission concludes that "broader interests of society and government require [..] regulation by the government (of the media)"



- Peter Braestrup's two-volume study, sponsored by Freedom House, of media coverage of the Tet Offensive of 1968 [..] was widely hailed as a landmark contribution, offering definitive proof of the irresponsibility of this 'notable new source of national power.'

- Chomsky explains "Until the TET offensive the media had reported the war as American command had wanted them to see it. Journalists were taken on guided tours. [..] But during the TET offensive that didn't work. The war was all around them. They could look out of the windows of their hotels and see fighting and they saw that it was a very different war to the one they had been programmed to present. In that respect coverage of the TET offensive was different but only in that respect."





- The basic question of fact is whether the media have been adversarial and threatened free institutions by being overly critical

-Chomsky says 'Some, however, have held that the factual premises are simply false.'



- Ginsberg maintains that 'western governments have used market mechanisms to regulate popular perspectives and sentiments. The 'marketplace of ideas,' built during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, effectively disseminates the beliefs and ideas of the upper classes while subverting the ideological and cultural independence of the lower classes. Through the construction of this marketplace, western governments forged firm and enduring links between socioeconomic position and ideological power, permitting upper classes to use each to buttress the other [..] In the United States, in particular, the ability of the upper and upper-middle classes to dominate the marketplace of ideas has generally allowed these strata to shape the entire society's perception of political reality and the range of realistic political and social possibilities. While westerners usually equate the marketplace with freedom of opinion, the hidden hand of the market can be almost as potent an instrument of control as the iron fist of the state.'





- Chomsky says 'Those segments of the media that can reach a substantial audience are major corporations and are closely integrated with even larger conglomerates. Like other businesses, they sell a product to buyers. Their market is advertisers, and the 'product' is audiences, with a bias towards more wealthy audiences, which improve advertising rates.'



- Chomsky goes on 'In short, the major media—particularly, the elite media that set the agenda that others generally follow—are corporations 'selling' privileged audiences to other businesses. It would hardly come as a surprise if the picture of the world they present were to reflect the perspectives and interests of the sellers, the buyers, and the product.'



- Chomsky argues 'those who occupy managerial positions in the media, or gain status within them as commentators, belong to the same privileged elites, and might be expected to share the perceptions, aspirations, and attitudes of their associates, reflecting their own class interests as well. Journalists entering the system are unlikely to make their way unless they conform to these ideological pressures, generally by internalizing the values [..] and those who fail to conform will tend to be weeded out by familiar mechanisms.'



- In the case of the TV station WNET which lost its corporate underwriting from Gulf and Western because it made a documentary called 'Hunger for profit' about 'multinationals buying up huge tracts of land in the third world.' Chomsky explains 'Gulf's chief executive wrote to the station, adding that the documentary was 'virulently anti-business, if not anti-American.' 'Most people believe that WNET would not make the same mistake today,' the Economist concludes. Nor would others. The warning need only be implicit.'





- Chomsky warns: 'To confront power is costly and difficult; high standards of evidence and argument are imposed, and critical analysis is naturally not be welcomed by those who are in a position to react vigorously and to determine the array of rewards and punishments. Conformity to a 'patriotic agenda,' in contrast, imposes no such costs. Charges against official enemies barely require substantiation; they are, furthermore, protected from correction, which can be dismissed as apologetics for the criminals or as missing the forest for the trees.'





- Chomsky gives examples - no argument is required in the western media when condemning Libya, Iran, Russia and others. Whilst intellectual opposition to US aggression, e.g. in Indochina, elicits "only horror and contempt" from these fakers who pretend to be empirical, modern thinkers. 'Evidence, no matter how compelling, is dismissed as irrelevant.' And attempts to present volumes of such evidence are portrayed as boring and somehow unacceptable (media culture teaches us to soundbite, to tweet, to Facebook, to be brief, to be perceived as cool).



- 'Conformity is the easy way'. The media is designed to induce conformity to established doctrine. Evidence for proving unfamiliar or new ideas has no place in the soundbite-oriented media.



- Herman and Chomsky have published extensive documentation about how the media actually functions. Their 'propaganda model' has been tested very openly and fully and shows how biased and corrupt our media in the UK and US are. It is very well confirmed and Chomsky is unaware of any serious challenge to his conclusions.



- standard model of the media (adversarial, cantankerous, confront private power too excessively)

- the propaganda model (the media are docile, submissive, serve interest of state corporate power)



-the propaganda model has extensive documentation to back it - that's what's going on

claims that the standard model is what's going on - cannot be proved, are patently false - can easily be disproved, obviously - by showing the propaganda model to be true





- Chomsky points out: 'Journalists often meet a high standard of professionalism in their work, exhibiting courage, integrity, and enterprise, including many of those who report for media that adhere closely to the predictions of the propaganda model. There is no contradiction here. What is at issue is not the honesty of the opinions expressed or the integrity of those who seek the facts but rather the choice of topics and highlighting of issues, the range of opinion permitted expression, the unquestioned premises that guide reporting and commentary, and the general framework imposed for the presentation of a certain view of the world. We need not, incidentally, tarry over such statements as the following, emblazoned on the cover of the New Republic during Israel's invasion of Lebanon: 'Much of what you have read in the newspapers and newsmagazines about the war in Lebanon—and even more of what you have seen and heard on television—is simply not true.' Such performances can be consigned to the dismal archives of apologetics for the atrocities of other favored states.'



- Debate by society about the media is today restricted as follows. it consists of:

critics of the adversarial stance of the media

responses by people who defend the media

it excludes any critique of the media for adhering to the predictions of the propaganda model

it excludes any recognition that this position might be a conceivable position



- Chomsky says that the media can be shown to perform the role of training the minds of the people to a virtuous attachment to their government whilst imaging that its role is to help the public assert meaningful control over the political process.



- The media are vigilant guardians protecting privilege from the threat of public understanding and participation.



- Democracy should mean that citizens should have the opportunity to inform themselves, to take part in enquiry and discussion and policy formation and to advance their programmes through political action. In the US and UK democracy is much more narrowly conceived. The citizen is a consumer, an observer, not a participant. The public has the right to ratify policies which originate elsewhere but if these limits are exceeded we have not democracy but a 'crisis of democracy' which must somehow be resolved.



- Democracy in the US and UK is today reduced to interactions among groups of investors who compete for control of the state.



- US foreign policy officially includes the stated belief that, internationally, 'nationalistic regimes' that respond to domestic pressures for improvement of living standards and social reform, with insufficient regard for the needs of US investors are perceived as a threat to US interests.



- Chomsky cites disparity between US media treatment of US client states vs its treatment of others. Some of those the US calls democratic find that only 10% of their population consider themselves to be living in a democracy. A pattern which is as true now in 2014 as it was in 1988 when Chomsky observed it about El Salvador. Today consider Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, etc.



- In accordance with the prevailing conceptions in the US, there is no infringement on democracy if a few corporations control the information system: in fact, that is the essence of democracy.



- In the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the leading figure of the public relations industry, Edward Bernays, explains that 'the very essence of the democratic process' is 'the freedom to persuade and suggest,' what he calls 'the engineering of consent.' 'A leader,' he continues, 'frequently cannot wait for the people to arrive at even general understanding [..] Democratic leaders must play their part in [..] engineering [..] consent to socially constructive goals and values,' applying 'scientific principles and tried practices to the task of getting people to support ideas and programs'; and although it remains unsaid, it is evident enough that those who control resources will be in a position to judge what is 'socially constructive,' to engineer consent through the media, and to implement policy through the mechanisms of the state. If the freedom to persuade happens to be concentrated in a few hands, we must recognize that such is the nature of a free society. The public relations industry expends vast resources 'educating the American people about the economic facts of life' to ensure a favorable climate for business. Its task is to control 'the public mind,' which is 'the only serious danger confronting the company,' an AT&T executive observed eighty years ago.





- Reinhold Niebuhr argued that 'rationality belongs to the cool observers,' while 'the proletarian' follows not reason but faith, based upon a crucial element of 'necessary illusion.' Without such illusion, the ordinary person will descend to 'inertia.' Then in his Marxist phase, Niebuhr urged that those he addressed - presumably, the cool observers - recognize 'the stupidity of the average man' and provide the 'emotionally potent oversimplifications' required to keep the proletarian on course to create a new society; the basic conceptions underwent little change as Niebuhr became 'the official establishment theologian' (Richard Rovere), offering counsel to those who 'face the responsibilities of power.'





- A Dutch Minister of Defense wrote 'whoever turns against manufacture of consent resists any form of effective authority.'





- The manufacture of consent rarely involves conscious deceit. So-called intellectuals and 'elites' readily adopt beliefs which serve institutional needs; The chairman of the board may sincerely believe he is serving human needs. Were he to act on these delusions he would no longer be chairman. It is probable that the Himmlers convince themselves that they are engaged in courageous acts.







CHAPTER TWO



- Chomsky says there are three possible types of media control system - corporate oligopoly, state controlled or democratic communications policy

- Chomsky says the latter has never been tried and thinks we should implement it

- the right of the public to shape their own affairs - this is a future possibility but not the status quo



- capitalist democracy, according to Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, suffers from business control of political and other institutions because of



1. the demand constraint - imposes limits on what people are likely to demand - in a capitalist society profit is taken as the yardstick of a society's success above all else, at the expense of the more obvious and more real societal goals, such as high living standards for the vast majority or totality - as has been proved most abundantly our capitalist society causes an increasing majority to experience lessened living standards and the moral vacuum required for lording it over the majority is coupled with a propaganda mechanism which leaves those with good living standards trapped in a lifestyle leading to terminal conditions like cancer - so nobody's overall longterm living standards (not even those of the minority who take more than everyone else) ends up better off under this insanely materialistic scheme. the causal process which enables otherwise intelligent people to allow this to be done to them goes like this: failing to secure capitalists' interests leads to 'inadequate' profits, which leads to 'inadequate' investment, decline in production, decline in jobs and wages, decline in incomes, decline in tax, decline in government coffers and the wealth of the nation.



naturally it is easy to see the flaws in that fantasy view of society today - money printing is being used to pump investment in worthless markets, top heavy profits for the few, suffocation of all other industries, decline in jobs and wages, increase in political party wealth, increase in share prices, decrease in performance of companies whilst their share prices rise - what we have is a completely schizophrenic economic and social system which now serves no purpose other than, if you look closely, ensuring a minority with immense wealth and power increase the distance between themselves and the rest of the population all over the world, near to them and far from them. this somewhat destroys the idea that what they are doing is for the sake of jobs, wages and increasing taxes.



then, add specific new cruelties to your analysis (TTIP and much more besides), and you can see that we have an emergency, to quote Jamiroquai, on planet earth



2. the resource constraint - shapes what happens within those limits - different groups and different individuals have access to different resources which they can deploy to influence political outcomes; example resources: control over mass media instruments, campaign contributions and the impact of this on policies, high paying jobs for politicians after they leave office









- 'the political class and the cultural managers typically associate themselves with the sectors that dominate the private economy; they are either drawn directly from those sectors or expect to join them'

- 'it will never be a good world while knights and gentlemen make us laws, that are chosen for fear and do but oppress us, and do not know the people's sores. It will never be well with us till we have Parliaments of countrymen like ourselves, that know our wants.'





- 'With the rarest of exceptions, the representatives of the people do not come from or return to the workplace; rather, law offices catering to business interests, executive suites, and other places of privilege.'





- the daily herald: in the 1960s it had over 5 times as many readers as the Times and almost double the readership of the Times, Financial Times and Guardian combined.


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Point 1185: Something disgusting for you to see.

Thrust: Palestine Chronicle writes "In the three amateur videos released by the Yesh Din human rights group, the IDF soldiers appear to be protecting the masked Jewish settlers from Yitzhar during their confrontation with Palestinians in the village of Urif in the West Bank on Tuesday.".


Direction of resistance: When will the barbarism end?


Removal of resistance: When will sane and intelligent seeming people stop supporting Israel's never ending disgusting sick fucked up militant bastardy?


Unification: Alas. Oh Palestine, please accept my apology. I for one don't think that what you suffer is acceptable or reasonable, even though I can see so many people sitting there in various forms of consumer slavery doing nothing whilst their own friends abuse and murder you and your children. I'm sorry Palestine. I'm trying my hardest to teach them, but they just won't learn. I'll keep trying. What else can I do?


References: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/video-israeli-soldiers-protect-settlers-attacking-palestinian-villagers/

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Point 1184: Black people have had to live for generations under a system that is demonstrably unfair to them. There's plenty of documentation for that.

Thrust: M.G. Piety writes "As a white person, I have to say that I find this pathetic display of white entitlement disgusting."

She is referring to an incident where "23-year old Abigail Noel Fisher who charges that she was denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin because she was white. No matter that her GPA (3.59) and SAT scores (1180 out of 1600) were not particularly distinguished and that there were black and Latino applicants with even better SATs and GREs who were also denied admission."


Direction of resistance: Piety wonders "When did white people become so pathetic? Black people have had to live for generations under a system that is demonstrably unfair to them. There's plenty of documentation for that. Where do white people get off thinking that they are entitled to ask the government to redress a "wrong" done to them that would appear to be no more than a figment of their fevered imaginations?"

Piety questions "Where has this sense of white entitlement come from? When Jeil 2 Savings Bank of South Korea came under investigation for alleged irregularities by its executives and major shareholders, its president, Jeong Gu-Haeng, committed suicide. When white guys in the U.S. run their banks into the ground, not only do they take no responsibility, they expect the government bail them out. That is no more, nor less than they feel they are entitled to. White people can't handle having to deal with the consequences of our own actions. We can't handle anything that is really difficult. Difficulties are 'unfair'!"


Removal of resistance: Although it is a subtle point, too complex to be truly accepted by the bloody minded and by anyone unwilling to think about an argument for more than a few minutes, Piety is spot on (my experiences have proved beyond any kind of doubt), when insisting "White people have benefitted from the handicaps placed–both intentionally and unintentionally– on minorities for as long as the country has existed. Unfortunately, this is now coming back to bite us, and by that I'm not referring to reverse discrimination. You know how you make somebody strong, how you make them smart? You handicap them, put a lot of obstacles in their path. Many minorities have had so many obstacles in their paths for so long that they've become smarter and stronger than we are".


Unification: M.G. Piety is one of my favourite authors in the world.


References: http://mgpiety.org/2014/05/29/the-rhetoric-of-entitlement/

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Point 1183: Private power directly makes public decisions.

Thrust: Many decisions of momentous importance to society as a whole with deep public ramifications are made as 'private' decisions by corporations.


Direction of resistance: We are talking primarily about the USA and UK here, and their obvious allies (you can do the work, and understand which countries are and which are not steeped in these somewhat stupid ways).


Removal of resistance: Read Chomsky's Necessary Illusions, from 1988, which begins with a look at what Brazilian Bishops were doing, back then, to work towards a more democratic media.


Unification: 'And now, as twilight dims the skies above, recalling thrills of our love, there's one thing I am certain of: return I will to old Brazil' (as the song goes).


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Point 1182: Edward Bernays' claim that 'the very essence of the democratic process' is 'the freedom to persuade and suggest,' what he calls 'the engineering of consent' .

Thrust: Chomsky attacks Edward Bernays' claim that 'the very essence of the democratic process' is 'the freedom to persuade and suggest,' what he calls 'the engineering of consent' .


Direction of resistance: I would add that Bernays' method is like hen pecking.


Removal of resistance: Not to be confused with raining down with tonnes of precisely relevant evidence and allowing people to make up their mind at their own leisure, even if they want to spend a year thinking about it - or longer - when they have that data.


Unification: Chomsky's method is what intelligence, rationality and progress are all founded on - i.e. the same method, not on anything written by Chomsky himself, as reason significantly pre-dated Chomsky.


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Point 1181: Low and high cancer risks?

Thrust: Is the future of society a better place, upwardly mobile? Or downhill towards extinction?


Direction of resistance: So many products and services and events and lifestyles are very cancer-causing but hardly any are legally touted as such, yet.


Removal of resistance: In time the harm will be fully recognised by officialdom, there are only delays, there is no real way to stop the recognition coming. The deaths are mounting. These are sadly what humanity is waiting for before properly policing the cancer causers.


Unification: If we get in a rut, our cities will advertise 'low cancer risk' to us as an advantage, whether in products, locations or jobs.


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Point 1180: Russell Brand's take on Ferguson is worth watching.

Thrust: 'What Value Do Our Laws Have?' by Russell Brand is really important to watch.


Direction of resistance: Please watch it if you can.


Removal of resistance: Russell Brand is out there working hard for you and letting a lot of people mock him and treat him like crap because he clearly has the integrity to tell us what he has genuinely and sincerely seen to be the truth.


Unification: How come so many fools mock Brand whilst sitting like mugs swallowing the lies and bullshit of people who even openly admit that they believe in lying to us and who really are deluded? Russell Brand is on the case. Don't be too stupid to understand what he's doing for you, please. That's just my opinion, but please, listen to me. Have some respect for Russell Brand, he's a great soul.


References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr9E3UVaArU

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Point 1179: War crimes of the British Media.

Thrust: John Pilger writes "In 2003, I filmed an interview in Washington with Charles Lewis, the distinguished American investigative journalist. We discussed the invasion of Iraq a few months earlier. I asked him, 'What if the freest media in the world had seriously challenged George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld and investigated their claims, instead of channeling what turned out to be crude propaganda?'

He replied that if we journalists had done our job 'there is a very, very good chance we would have not gone to war in Iraq.'

That's a shocking statement, and one supported by other famous journalists to whom I put the same question. Dan Rather, formerly of CBS, gave me the same answer. David Rose of the Observer and senior journalists and producers in the BBC, who wished to remain anonymous, gave me the same answer.

In other words, had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist".


Direction of resistance: It is unacceptable to sit there, responsible for so much death, and carry on shamelessly pretending to be a journalist.


Removal of resistance: Every pro war journalist needs to resign out of respect for their own ancestors and for the human race. It is the only respectable thing they can do and the only way to mitigate their hand in genocide.


Unification: Pilger points out "It's 100 years since the First World War. Reporters then were rewarded and knighted for their silence and collusion. At the height of the slaughter, British prime minister David Lloyd George confided in C.P. Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian: 'If people really knew [the truth] the war would be stopped tomorrow, but of course they don't know and can't know.'"


References: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/05/war-by-media-and-the-triumph-of-propaganda/

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Point 1178: Being an economic unit.

Thrust: You and I tend to be coerced into being economic units.


Direction of resistance: Escape is hard and rare.


Removal of resistance: Keep trying.


Unification: Don't be an economic unit.


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Point 1177: Beaten repeatedly by Alex Cockburn, legend among thinkers.

Thrust: In the lifetime of the grid, I have come to see two debating positions of mine thwarted by the words of the late Alex Cockburn, about whom you can go and read.


Direction of resistance: What I read by Idries Shah taught me a great deal about what 'religion' really is but I omitted to follow Shah's humility towards religion until I watched a video of Cockburn talking lucidly about what's wrong with hating religions and with generalising about them in inaccurate ways.


Removal of resistance: Moreover, my belief that guns should not exist is slightly different to what it was thanks to Cockburn's strong case for self-defence.


Unification: I have recently bought 'A colossal wreck' by Alex Cockburn and will hopefully read it soon. Still working slowly through Necessary Illusions (by Chomsky) in various formats.

I loved hearing Noam Chomsky counterattack accusations against him - I must memorise and quote a lot of his statements in that argument.

So there you go. People who are from the right or far right, even neoliberals in all their forms, who universally pretend that I don't accept criticism or like to hear those who attack me, it's the complete opposite. My heroes are who they are because they are people I can learn from or have learned from.


References: https://www.c-span.org/video/?196500-1/depth-alexander-cockburn

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Point 1176: Democracy is a state of mind, not a way of doing paperwork.

Thrust: When individuals are, in the majority, self-determining, then what we pretend we can create with what we call 'democracy' will really be something it is possible for us to create.


Direction of resistance: Doing this requires, primarily, walking directly away from all the normal mainstream sources you habitually go to.


Removal of resistance: That is not to say that it requires a permanent flight from the material world.


Unification: What's required is moderation and perspective, amongst other things.


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Point 1175: We should be responsible for our own actions primarily.

Thrust: Facing a nasty, racist, self-righteous, Israel-flag-waving dickhead, long ago, Chomsky defended himself by saying 'we should be responsible for our own actions primarily'.


Direction of resistance: Chomsky then went on, in this recording, to say that 'we should give much more attention to one priest who we've killed than to a hundred priests that they've killed'.


Removal of resistance: When you do stuff, in life, what you do has repercussions.


Unification: You cannot see the future, but you can see the things coming at you. You cannot see what you don't know how to look at, but you can keep your eyes open and look at whatever you are able to see.

The absurd classicism and formalism which continues to haunt Britain is holding too many people back from accepting that they can think for themselves and be intelligent and do not need rigid ordained structures and concepts to build their lives around.

Hollywood's America is just as mad as the classicism of the Romans and the British Empire's.

Stop being mesmerised by it. It's an insanely backward con. Look at the world with open eyes instead and take responsibility for your actions. Don't hang your world on the shape created by Hollywood. It's your life, not theirs, and you pay for the mistakes they make, not them.


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Point 1174: The denial that individualism exists and is a positive force.

Thrust: One method of discouraging independent minds, creative behaviour, individualism etc - is to try and polarise people's view of their choices.


Direction of resistance: On the one hand is obedience, subservience and being given everything you want in exchange for agreeing to want whatever you are conditioned to want.


Removal of resistance: On the other hand, the false view maintains, is the extreme egotist, who disobeys to the extreme and must be reined in.


Unification: Groundhog Day is an example of this foolish view. It shows how the view is used to actually promote being a manipulative fuckwit.

Few portrayals exist in mainstream American film where individualism is celebrated. Rather, individuals are usually singled out in American films only to be scapegoated and demonised.

Examples where American films have done the opposite, have achieved amazing things, include Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel's version of Rhinoceros, as well as Catch 22 with Alan Arkin, and all of the seasons of the TV series MASH. Patrick McGoohan's masterpiece, The Prisoner, stands out as a fine example of the promotion of individualism. The episode called 'The General' is extremely important to know about and I'll write about it some time soon. First I'll sit back and re-watch it on DVD. One of the first DVDs I ever bought was a box set of The Prisoner and I still have it. It spent a long time in storage, curiously enough. A bit like Number Six.


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