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The Party Bus

My work rented a party bus for our big day in the city.  For some reason, we got a bus with a stripper pole for crackheads and trainables.

Put on the Glasses

Last week I went on a little vacation with some family who I don’t see as often as I’d like. Where we went on the little trip isn’t as important as the oldies and pop music that we listened to on the long drive. Personally, I can’t stand the newer music that constantly plays over those top 20 channels and see it as more of a dumbed down version of reality but I have to admit some of it is pretty catchy. As the days went by, so did the music but something was missing from my regular listening regiment; this wasn’t just a vacation from home, it was a vacation from politics. It was an amazing experience that once you turn off the television and news radio how pleasant the world becomes.

Spending time with family was always a painful and aggravating experience in my past. They always seem ask you all of those questions about work and offer pointless advice which you pretend to listen to. Seriously, how many people want to talk about work when they’re not there? I know I don’t. Luckily for me, this time was more like spending time with friends and away from the everyday world I’ve become so accustomed too.

The trip was kind of an experiment about how the world would look after I took one or two things (television and talk radio) out of my life. It didn’t take long before the voices of the talking heads faded from my mind and I began to enjoy and appreciate the inherent beauty of the world. Even though the things I did literally cost pennies, there were dozens of other families doing the exact same thing. The people, even though they didn’t know each other, got along and even took care of each other which is a far cry from what we’re lead to believe on the evening news.

Since this was just a vacation, only lasting for a week, until I walked into the door of my house and decided to face the news, Fox News that is. Bill O’Reilly was on defending his position he took supporting gun confiscations of law abiding citizens the night before. Thoroughly disgusted, I changed the channel to the next news channel on my favorites list, MSNBC, where Rachael Maddow was making some snarky comments about the CPAC conference. The night went on as I checked up on what happened in the world while I was away. It didn’t take long before was linked to a video clip of Glenn Beck flamboyantly comparing himself to Thomas Paine, since he was the only person spreading the truth. Sadly my vacation was abruptly over as soon as I turned on the television.

As I watched the most popular talking heads I couldn’t escape the feeling that my brain cells were slowly withering away. All of the news shows were completely inane, defied logic and common sense; surely no one could believe what they saw on them. Could people really be so out of touch with their own inherent sense of the world around them to take the evening news seriously? There wasn’t a single iota of intelligent debate, thought provoking content or artistic merit however there was plenty of false “outrage.”

I think it’s time for the people that read this to take a little vacation. Since everyone is having a hard time with money now days it doesn’t have to be a vacation from work or to some far off place; the vacation I’m talking about is away from television and talk radio. The best part about this vacation is that it’s completely free. Here’s how to do it: turn off the TV, stay offline unless it’s to find something relevant to what you’ll be doing that day and go outside. It really is as simple as getting up and talking to a neighbor, hiking or going to a park. Just make sure when you do go out that you do something that you normally wouldn’t do and see people who you normally wouldn’t see.

As we all know vacations can’t last forever so once your week is over with; turn on your TV, turn on your radio then watch and listen. It won’t take long before you see how pathetic the programming really is. Now I’m not telling you to stop following news and politics, what I’m telling you to do is to observe the world around you and then examine the sources of your information. If what you watch makes sense by all means keep watching but if it doesn’t find a new source of news. If you’re reading this, you have the internet and there’s no excuse not to find news that makes you think. Put on the glasses, what do you have to lose?

Masters Of Reality

The average person thinks of reality as something that is absolutely true based on fact and evidence but the inspection of what is real in our modern life is often neglected. For people the concept of reality is determined by a combination of personal experiences, varying from person to person, and what they’ve been told instead of taking an introspective look at the world around them. The idea in sociology that states there are many different realities based on each person’s knowledge and experience is called “multiple realities.” Generally speaking our perception of what is real isn’t based on those absolute a scientific truth which governs the laws of nature but to our interpretation of the world around us. At best the majority of our perception of what’s real is based second hand and knowing this; the battle over what the perception of what reality is becomes clear. The stability of our society as we know it requires propaganda and manipulation so the public accepts their current reality without questions.

Media’s Role in Reality

Right now, you are quietly being told what to think by me without even knowing it and might possibly be pondering the ideas that I’m presenting to as you read this little article (which is how the media works). The media plays a large role in our perceptions even if it claims to be fair and balanced, truthful or made for the purpose of entertainment. All of the things people see, whether they like it or not, influence how they see the world around them.

Just by turning on one of the many news channels and flipping between them it’s easy to see the fight over perception. Most news channels cover the exact same stories and have the exact same talking points but push a different concept of reality. The difference between the channels is the way the propaganda is sold using positive and negative connotation, emphasis on certain points and, one can’t forget, the opinions that are pushed instead of fact to the viewer. The mainstream media counts on the public’s willingness to believe what they’re told on a daily basis knowing that the majority of people won’t bother to think or research what they’re being told.

Perhaps one of the more covert methods of influencing opinion is through entertainment television. The simplest example of this are T.V. shows like cops or CSI where criminals are denied the right to due process, tortured for information, stating that free speech and guns are illegal. The repetition of ideas like this slowly makes viewers identify and accept how the fictional world operates as people slowly associate it with their perception of reality. Since the stories are mostly fiction most people suspend their disbelief and don’t question the subtle messages behind the shows.

Government Manipulation

Governments have always known that to win a war, they must win the hearts and minds of the people that their forces are occupying or face the possibility of losing control of that state. Psychological warfare is an integral part of the United States domestic and foreign policies effectively keeping reality in a manageable state. For instance, on order to keep the public’s heart in mind under control, the Bush administration created false newscasts designed to push propaganda on the nightly news. After all was said and done, over 20 agencies of the government had created hundreds of false ads and passed them off as fact without being held accountable for the statements in the ads.

Picking up on Dutch news stories, Counterpunch published an article on 3/26/2000 revealing that the United States had infiltrated the news giant CNN with members of the army’s Psyops division. According to the army’s recruitment website the official purpose of a Psychological Operations Specialist “is to alter the behavior of foreign populations in a manner consistent with United States diplomatic, national security and foreign policy objectives. A Psychological Operations Specialist is an information and media specialist who can assess the information needs of a target population and develop and deliver the right message at the right time and place to create the intended result.” What exactly were the Psyops units doing as they worked with CNN and was the integrity of the media compromised? Keep in mind that this was before the Bush was in office. The policy of using the military for the production of news hasn’t changed as officers are still used today as analysts for mainstream news shows.

On July 25th 2008, former White House Press Secretary Scott McCellan admitted that the Bush administration directly gave talking points to news anchors at Fox News. The startling admission is used as an example by rival news networks but it would be a fallacy to believe that Fox is the only news station which is used as political mouth piece. Since McCellan came out with the widely known secret about Fox NBC has come under the same criticisms for its close relationship with the Obama administration.

Sunstein’s Conspiracy Document

Cass Sunstein current Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs wrote a research paper about the nature of conspiracy theories a year before he was in office. The research paper goes into great depth about those people who don’t believe the official government accounts regarding how the world works stating that those people suffer from a “crippled epistemology.” Basically Sunstein means that a lack of understanding makes people believe in so-called conspiracy theories even if their knowledge is based on government admissions. The document combines proven theories with false ones in order to minimize the effect the truth will have on the reader.

Sunstein explains that some theories are true but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t believe government official accounts:

“Of course some conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be true. The Watergate hotel room used by Democratic National Committee was, in fact, bugged by Republican officials, operating at the behest of the White House. In the 1950s, the Central Intelligence Agency did, in fact, administer LSD and related drugs under Project MKULTRA, in an effort to investigate the possibility of “mind control.” Operation Northwoods, a rumored plan by the Department of Defense to simulate acts of terrorism and to blame them on Cuba, really was proposed by high-level officials (though the plan never went into effect).13 In 1947, space aliens did, in fact, land in Roswell, New Mexico, and the government covered it all up. (Well, maybe not.) Our focus throughout is on false conspiracy theories, not true ones.” Conspiracy Theories pg 4

Notice how he compares admitted facts to believing in Space Aliens.

The first half of the document uses basic psychology to explain that conspiracy theories are due to ignorance but he neglects to go into depth about the legit reasons of why such theories are so popular now days; namely the government being caught covering facts up. Instead of citing all of the government admitted plans throughout the years and legit arguments these theorists have he once again attributes them to the idea that most people are retardly ignorant to the facts(which is true in some cases). Sunstein could indeed call a video of himself explaining that the second amendment doesn’t apply to citizens a conspiracy theory, though there’s video of his speech explaining it, since reality is dependent on what the government wants to admit at any certain time.

The second half of the paper is by far the most interesting as Sunstein explains his solutions and how to fight the people who question the official government stances on issues. In order to combat the ideas that may compromise the government’s agenda, sunstein argues that the United States government needs to do the following:

1. “Government might itself engage in counterspeech, marshaling arguments to discredit conspiracy theories”
2. “Government might formally hire credible private parties to engage in counterspeech.”
3. Infiltration of groups and discredit them from within.

What this means is that in order to stop people from spreading anti-government ideas the government itself must take drastic steps to discredit those ideas. The government needs to infiltrate groups, we all remember that anti war group who made cookies in that Michael Moore movie, and make them focus on issues that discredit the groups. The government needs to hire people, like newscasters, magazines, Hollywood writers and of course writers like myself to engage in counterspeech. It all sounds like a brilliant plan to stifle thought and debate.

The idea that our thoughts and beliefs aren’t really our own and are subject to covert propaganda is a frightening one. The real question in all of this is: Who’s reality do you live in? If you go through life believing what you see on your nightly news or read in your papers is your perception really yours? In order to really think for yourself you have to be able to observe, question and think instead of passively accept what you’re told. Don’t take my word for it, think about it for yourself.

Don't Believe the Hype

This week, the first shipments of the swine flu vaccine have been delivered to health care workers across the country. Even before the vaccines arrival, health care workers in New York are pressing legal action because being immunized has been made mandatory for anyone working in the health field in the state. With all the talk of how deadly the “pandemic” will be and how everyone must take the vaccine; it appears that the medical community would be completely insane not to take it. What would make the health care workers resist the vaccine and what do they know about the vaccine that we don’t?

In the 1970s the swine flu surfaced much in the same way that it did today. The government, media, and press made videos about the impending doom that we all faced when confronted with this flu. As time went by, a vaccine was developed which was given to millions of people throughout the country. The vaccine was a disaster and its use was brought to a halt after hundreds of people developed neurological disorders, some resulting in death, from the vaccine. In the end the vaccine caused more damage than the actual flu that the government claimed would end society as we knew it.

Fast forward to what’s happening today; we’re faced with the similar pandemic, the H1N1(Swine Flu for the less politically correct) has come again and is threatening societies very existence. You would think that this would be more dangerous than the normal flu but so far that isn’t the case. Whereas the normal flu kills over 36000 people across the country, the swine flu has only killed around 600 people in the United States so far. Even though we’re 6 months into the end of the world, if you believe your nightly news, society is still functioning as it normally would.

There are many reasons behind why health workers are refusing to take their mandatory vaccinations. One reason is that even the people who do all of the paper work are required to take it, even though they don’t work with patients. Another reason is that they remember what happened the last time a pandemic threatened the country. Some have even come out and pointed out at how little testing had actually been done with the current vaccine. With all of the arguments one thing is certain, a large portion of the workers in the health field are refusing to be immunized.

What effect will the flu vaccine have on the public? The truth is no one knows. If you trust the government, it will save human civilization but if you read the inserts that come with the vaccines, it becomes clear that they haven’t been fully tested. Since the vaccine has only been tested literally for a few weeks and hasn’t been tested on pregnant mothers, women who have recently given birth or on young children it comes as no surprise that people are refusing to take the vaccine, fearful of the side effects.
Here’s a portion of the information that is being included with the vaccine made by Novartis:

5.1 Guillain-Barré Syndrome
If Guillain-Barré syndrome has occurred within 6 weeks of receipt of prior influenza vaccine, the decision to give Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.
5.2 Altered Immunocompetence
If Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is administered to immunocompromised persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressive therapy, the expected immune response may not be obtained.
5.4 Limitations of Vaccine Effectiveness
Vaccination with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine may not protect all individuals.
8.1 Pregnancy
Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or FLUVIRIN. It is also not known whether Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or FLUVIRIN can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
8.3 Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether FLUVIRIN or Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is administered to a nursing woman.

8.4 Pediatric Use
Safety and effectiveness in pediatric subjects below the age of 4 years have not been established. [see ADVERSE REACTIONS (6) and CLINICAL STUDIES (14)]

Before you decide whether you and your family are going to take the vaccine it is important to do some basic research into it. If you do decide not to take it remember that schools must have vaccine waiver forms by law and pay close attention to the legal actions being taken by the health care workers, here and in other states for the legal steps you can take, if the vaccine ends up being required in your area.

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