Posted tagged ‘Power of Propaganda’

MEN BEING MEN

April 30, 2018

 

I’m not a man     Because I’m not a man I’m very interested in this issue:

Texas!    A long, tall  Texan!   Quintessential masculine-type man!

tex built

Now,   I’m  just having fun with these pictures.   Of course not every man from Texas looks like this.     And not every man needs to look like this . . .  to be a man.   But strength of character,  directness,  watchfulness,  decisiveness,  honesty,  plain and gentle speaking, protectiveness  are some of the qualities looked for in a man.

A well-known Texan:

George Strait

 

The well-known Texas law man type:

tex ranger one

A Texas Ranger exemplifies a good honest lawman that is capable of getting the bad guy.

tex rangers two

You just get the feeling that they are “man enough”  to get the job done.     You’re safer with lawmen like this.      And they have a fine, long and honorable  history

Tex historic

Manly men.

Hard-working men:

tex business

 

I love hardworking cowboys.

They know what they’re after;  they know how to do it.:
tex cowboys

I love to see men in plaid:

tex plaid

(Is this getting too personal?)

There’s a reason I’m “having fun”  with photos of men like this.      It comes from the University of Texas which is just the latest focal point of anti-masculine doctrines.   Schools and universities all over our country are promoting the idea that there is something wrong with being masculine.    Television “programming”  have been doing that for many years in their entertainment and in their advertising.

According to an article in PJ Media,   “masculinity”  is now a Mental Health Issue.  This Texas university has allowed its counseling department to develop a “healthy” masculinity program,  by which they warn against – of course –  actual healthy masculinity.

Here’s the problem in their eyes:

The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.”

Did you men realize you are “restricted” for being just what you are?

Who are these people targeting?      They are targeting young boys and young men who are in the process of assimilating the characteristics of masculinity from the good role models around them.

A very precarious process, I hear,  nowadays.

Take heart.  There are plenty of women who feel comforted around normal, natural masculinity.     Your moms;  your sisters;   your daughters.

And, oh yes,   those women who are looking for a good, reliable husband.

It’s the natural order of the world.

 

 

 

 

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SPEAKING OF AMBER, ORANGE, “BUTTERSCOTCH”

April 30, 2018

glasses

I wrote about my amber-colored blue-light blocking glasses in the last post.
Reminded me of another use of the color amber.

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Biased much?

If you look up photos of President Trump on the image section of any Search Engine,  you’ll get the most grotesque, distorted, outrageous set of facial features you could ever imagine.    Sure, some people are not very photogenic.

Remember the days when the entertainment-news media used to color his face and hair orange and then make fun of the coloring?

orange shine

orange up

ORANGE

orang hair

 

Sometimes I noticed that even the podium he was using or the walls behind him were smeared with an unnatural orange color too.

Then I guess all the jokes about “Orange Slime”  etc.,  got old,  and they aren’t bothering to show him with orange hair anymore.

no orange single

 

No orange

no ornage

Just a curious thing I’ve noticed.

This was a very obvious, very sophomoric attempt to denigrate the man and make him look silly.      But,  more seriously,    his enemies haven’t stopped trying to tear him down.    They are doing more sinister things.    I’m not talking about the  96%-98%   negative coverage of President Trump on television and social media — that should make us all pause at the consequences of that!

But as marxist/progressives commonly do,  they are coming after the children.   There have been articles about modern textbooks being published quickly for use in high schools.  Here are some quotes from a  Canadian news source*   reporting on a new Advanced Placement history textbook:

Teaching kids that President Trump is “mentally ill” and that his supporters are “a bunch of ignorant, poor, white hillbillies” is not just an insult to Trump and supporters, it’s an insult to truth that is being replaced by outright lies. . . .

High school textbooks that depict President Donald Trump as “mentally ill” and his supporters as “a bunch of ignorant, poor, white hillbillies” and that teach 6-year-olds anal sex are the perfect hide-y-hole for the uninterrupted indoctrination of school children by the public education system.

“The book goes on to describe President Trump as an extremist and his “not-very-hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters.”

Their conclusion:

“This is what public school indoctrination looks like, folks. There’s no telling how many history teachers will be using this textbook to poison the minds of their students.

“They may as well be using Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals.”

One would hope that Americans are familiar with Saul Alinksy and his “Progressives.”

This is not about being “for Trump” or “against Trump.”  This is about deliberately  distorting the truth about an individual to serve a political agenda.       It is about teaching students to believe one political group and to hate the other political group. Educating children has become an act of hate.

 

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.*  https:  //  canadafreepress. com / article/mamas-dont-let-your-kids-grow-up-to-be-marxist-morons

 

AN ENEMY HAS DONE THIS

April 18, 2018

Two posts ago I wrote “End All Inquiry.”     But –  if you don’t have a broad range of intellectual tools and a broad knowledge base,   how are you going to  inquire?

It’s as if the entertainment-news media  (and whoever controls them)   just wants us to accept what they say,  as truth.        How’d that come to pass?

I know we allow a flood of information rushing in  at us all the time –   very little of it essential news  – but it’s almost like we don’t know how to analyze any of the information, so we say  “I don’t have the time.”      Or mental energy.     Or ability.

The “mental ability”  of ordinary American citizens  (past) —

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas – 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.
Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.

7-10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

 

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus. *
Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
Show the territorial growth of the United States.
Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865?

 

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch?
Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

 

Geography (Time, one hour)

What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
Describe the mountains of N.A.
Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fermandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

 

CAN YOU HANDLE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE – AND READ ACCURATELY?   You need only an hour for this next section  if you’ve passed Eighth Grade.

Orthography (Time, one hour)

What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?
What are elementary sounds? How classified?
What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e’. Name two exceptions under each rule.
Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.
Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
Use the following correctly in sentences, Cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

 

Another school,  another exam:

Govt Hist Test

An American student is expected to “Describe the battle of Quebec” ?

Why is “Antietam”  so important?

Question # 9.     This exam was written before President Bill Clinton.    But,   so,  what was he impeached for, exactly?   An accurate answer should be part of our Common Cultural  knowledge.

School rooms which taught children  basic facts and how to analyze them used to look like this:

schoolroom 1

These schoolrooms were successful.

In case you didn’t catch the size:

schoolroom 2

 

About thirty years ago many experts were analyzing the deplorable state of American schools, based upon how little students knew from one year to another –  and compared with what previous generations knew.

President Ronald Reagan   concluded in his famous comment on the state of education in our county:        If an enemy had done this to our schools,  we would call it an Act of War!”     

An Act of War,  what has been done to our schools.

Keep the children ignorant –  and they can be led to believe anything they’re told.

“Great”   for when elections come around.

An empty,  muddled mind is  good  ground  for Propaganda.

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.*   An example:  how much more time is taken up by  politically correct propaganda informing students that Columbus did NOT discover America,  and that he and other Whites committed genocide and stole the country away from the indigenous people and how other ethnic groups sailed to America long before Columbus, so he wasn’t special, and it’s only  White prejudice  that used to make him a hero,  and the indigenous people deserve reparations for what they experienced  500 years ago  and America has nothing to be proud of and we don’t even deserve to have this nation!   . . .     how much time on this compared to just answering the question:  How did Columbus do it.

 

Politically Correct propaganda like this anchors us to the  20th century spread of marxism and the demeaning of Western Culture.      These agenda-driven propagandists might not be able to explain why.   (heh)

 

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Gloomy Cloud

By the way,  a real  grudge from a former teacher —     NEVER  say:     “to you and I,”  or   “for he and I,”     or  “with she and I”     or any other breach of the parts of speech.    It doesn’t just show ignorance,  it’s evidence of  the pervasive miseducation of Americans and it says:  “I don’t even care.”

And things in our nation are not going to change.

 

“My teacher gave my friend and I a book about Global Warming.”     (‘Right’!)

“Our friends told she and I all about Trump.”      (Doubt it.)

“The news showed my wife and I how Assad used chemical weapons . . .”     (Nope)

 

Just a sign.   Just a sign.

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AGENDA THROUGH A ONE-STICK DRUM

April 12, 2018

What does a one-stick drum sound like?

      “boom    boom  boom   boom   boom   boom . . . .”

(Eventually you get the point.  Oh –   it’s “boom.”)

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About getting your agenda through –   if you pound the public with only one side of the story,   eventually the public “softens”  and accepts that one point of view.

Ever see a drum and bugle corps performance  – in person?

drum corps

It’s an amazing thing.     Dozens of drummers playing a rich complex, musical rhythm that is quite mesmerizing.   It’s an artistic experience that fully engulfs you.

But —   one drum stick?    Imagine –

single drumstick

Bang.        Bang.         Bang.           Boom.    Boom.    Boom.

Not much of a musical experience!

But one single drum beat, repeated,  can have quite an effect on our mental  processes:

drum info.jpg cr

    . . .  boom   . . .   boom . . . boom  . . .    boomity boom . . . boom . . .

. . .boom . . . trump . . . boom . . .  russia . . . boom . . .  collusion . . .  boom . . .  trump . . . boom . . .  russia . . . boom . . .  collusion . . .      According to polls of Democrats,  68% of them think that  “President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in order to get elected.”

Huh?      Proof,  evidence,  testimony,  paper documents, and the money trail  all show that the Hillary campaign  colluded with the Russians   (to obtain a false document that was presented to the FISA court to get permission to spy on an American citizen who worked on the Trump campaign . . .    Hillary colluded . . .     with a Russian government official and a former British spy who declares his hatred of President Trump  and who obtained that false document and transmitted it to members of the Hillary campaign.

I understand, however, that the drumbeat from the entertainment-news media uses the word  “trump”  and   “russia”  and   “collusion”   like a    boom boom boom   from one drumstick on a drum.

68% of Democrat voters think that it was Trump who colluded.

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You can do it with science too.    “Boom out”  or broadcast only one set of facts,   false facts or true facts, as long as they’re one-sided,  one drumstick . . . .

In  spite of many thousands of scientists,  with thousands of studies, that show that the planet’s average temperature is not rising,  it may be cooling slightly,  antarctic ice is not disappearing,  it’s actually growing,   ocean levels are not rising, and the penguins and polar bears are safe,    in spite of all  that,   “Global Climate Change”  problems are still being promoted.

It has to be promoted.    The flow of  hundreds of Billions of US dollars is at stake.

Remember the news article a few months ago that some antarctic expedition returned with the dismaying report that even the Emperor Penguins have disappeared?

penguins

Did you hear that a very large colony of them have been “found”?   They had just moved to another part of Antarctica.    (That’s the “other half”  of the story.)

Ice is melting in Antarctica?     Ice is melting in Antarctica.   Ice is melting in Antarctica.   Ice is melting in Antarctica. . . .

No.    According to a BBC  report  (a Far Leftist source of information)

Some 272 billion tonnes more snow were being dumped on the White Continent annually in the decade 2001-2010 compared with 1801-1810.

This yearly extra is equivalent to twice the water volume found today in the Dead Sea.

And:  10%   more precipitation (snow)   in that same time period.   (Remember,  Ice Ages don’t begin with lower temperatures –  it doesn’t get “icy cold’ in an Ice Age.  What happens is that snow falls are greater,  earlier in the Fall, later in the Spring, and less of it melts from one winter to another.  The ice pack increases in depth;  glacier-type ice forms and grows in depth from one year to another.

(The BBC article is obliged to tell us that the ice is melting down there on one part “really fast” — but they don’t strike with the other drumsticks:  (1)   the part of the ice shelf that is melting is already floating over the water –  that ice melt won’t add to ocean levels,  (2)   underneath those parts of the melting ice shelves are not “automobiles and cow flatulence from evil meat-eaters”;   underneath the ice are many new volcanoes,  91 new ones so far have been discovered.  The water is being warmed in that vicinity by volcanoes.)

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Back to the U.S.        Lots and lots of drum booms for “March of Women who Hate Trump and Wear Pink Hats” and “March for Women’s Rights”  and the march against gun-ownership   where many schools facilitated their students field trip to Washington DC to participate and   boom . . .  boom . . .  boom    lots of celebrities promoted themselves by being interviewed with the marchers . . .

Hardly a sound about the much larger marches and demonstrations such as the February   “March for Life,”   the many  rallies supporting Pres. Trump and his policies,    and this week’s  Students March Against Abortion –   with 365 schools around the country participating.    But I can’t find any information on that yet.

Just . . .   no information.

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Maybe this is an exercise in Zen paradoxes:    What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Facebook and Twitter and YouTube take away one hand in our country –  the conservative hand.

“Zen” ideas are nice and sweet,   cute,   but this can get dangerous for the world too.   There are many governments around the world who are questioning the source of the chemical gas attack in Syria.   Some are even questioning whether it happened.

drum jungle

I don’t know.  I don’t have an opinion on that.     There is an extremely LOUD SCREEN of BOOM BOOM BOOM –  President Assad did it to his own people  –   BOOM  BOOM  BOOM    . . .    Assad did it    –   Assad did it   –    Assad did it  . . .

Aren’t those called  WAR DRUMS?

warriors

All our Founding Fathers agreed that in order to hold on to our nation, the voting public   would have to be well-informed and intelligent enough to understand the  issues.   We have to work very hard today to become well-informed.     Too hard.

Some people have an Agenda to insert into our country.    They need to “transform”  the American people.    They need for the American people to acquiesce to their agenda.

They seem to have a very loud single drumstick.

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The other half of the story:

In a follow-up to the unexplained death of Deputy Sheriff  Fitzsimons in a couple posts ago –    one of the things he was questioning is why there was permission granted for the Parkland students (and associates)  to assemble in Washington DC before the shooting even happened.

Seems strange.   I still can’t find the .jpeg of that email,  but here is a copy of the words from that email inquiry:

Good morning,

In reference to your inquiry concerning the March For Our Lives Demonstration, here in the District of Columbia on March 24, 2018. MPD received a permit application several months prior to the actual event, and there was several months of planning for this large event.

If you are requesting additional information reference this event, please follow the below steps to file your Freedom of Information Act request:

https://foia-dc.gov/App/Index.aspx

If your have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free in contacting me directly.

Officer Scott C. E-xxxxxxx, Badge No. 2372

Homeland Security Bureau
Special Operations Division
Planning and Logistics
Metropolitan Police Department
xxxx  New York Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002

 

GOEBBELS TODAY

April 9, 2018

One of these pieces is poison.   But it’s okay;  have some!

candies

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 The National Socialist entertainment-news propaganda method:           entertainment-propaganda entertainmentpropaganda  entertainpropmenta     ganda enterpropa tainment   ganda enterpropatain gandament propaganda – entertainment – entertainment- – propanews – media . . . ganda.

That is:     entertainment with intermittent bits of palatable propaganda.

I very, very, very much wish that everyone would know, at an instant,   just who Joseph Goebbels was.  I wish we’d remember  well   his role as the very cunning and successful  Propaganda Minister of the National Socialist party in Germany,  in the 1930s and 1940s.

But knowing that he was Hitler’s Propaganda Minister is not enough;  knowing what he did in that position and the methods he used to bend and manipulate   German thinking  is far more important.

Because it could happen again, that way.

radio

The last several times I’ve been with groups of friends I noticed that somewhere in the conversation it eventually comes up that “there’s nothing good to watch on TV anymore.” The group agrees and gives examples.   The same complaint is made for movies and music and radio shows, and, of course,  those ever disappointing entertainment-news programs.

Then there’s another common theme:   “It’s all the same.”     Or: “I don’t feel comfortable with any of it.”      The content of all the media seems to be a direct assault on common sense,  on morality,  and  on American values.     Immoral.    Uninformative.    Inaccurate.    Untrue.

movie studio

movie studio

In order to popularize German socialist thinking,  Goebbels got control of all the radio programming,  movie production studios,   newspapers, and publications:

typewriter newspaper copy

typing out news articles

Billboards, posters, pamphlets,  all media seemed to have the same intention — to advance the agenda of the National Socialists.

posters

All countries did it too, to fight the Nazi propaganda machine.   Nnot long after the war laws were passed against propaganda,  but it was too valuable a tool to lay down altogether.   Recently, a decade or so ago,   those laws were removed altogether.

(Really!   It’ss now legal for government agencies to use propaganda in  American media!)   

Propaganda was  used by this, that, or the other interest group,  with subtlety and discretion,  but always with the dangerous potential that this powerful tool could get into the hands of a determined and well-organized enemy with an agenda to Transform America into something that Americans don’t want.

The German people were not Nazis – not until this propaganda machine began to transform them — and accompanied by the  enforcement might of  (in American terms)  the Justice Department,  the rogue FBI contingent,  the rogue Internal Revenue Service,  and many others in that so-called Deep State that seems to be setting policy for us.

They are writing and rewriting television, movie, music, comedy, and advertising content to promote the Blue-Progressive-Anti-Trump message with all the means used by Joseph Goebbels.   It worked for him.

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This graph represents the conclusions of several different media studies.     Anywhere from 91%  to 95% of “news”  coverage has been NEGATIVE  for Trump and his policies and his supporters.

There are numerous attempts to criminalize opposition political opinion.    (That’s another whole issue to pursue!)

Again:  it worked for Goebbels and the National Socialist:  propaganda   plus enforcement!

poison piece

Do we really want to go down that path?

Push back!   Push back!   Push back!

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A BRIEF COMMERCIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

May 9, 2017

(I have these once in a while,   commercial announcements.   Usually they’re about something I’ve just found out about and am delighted that it exists. )   

wi fi jiggly  This has been me for the last few weeks,  sitting at my computer with a tangle of RF fields around me.   I know that’s a cell phone signal strength photo,  but it feels the same on my body.  It hurts if I’m there too long.

So there’s something  wrong with the electrical fields in my house which magnifies signal strength and electrical surges.    My TV got zapped once again, and I’ve been without television- watching for almost three weeks.  (It’s all being repaired right now as I’m writing, so I’ll soon have a TV again…..)

However,  what I learned,  being without all the entertainment-news that the alphabet channels present to us,  is that nearly all the news is  not  accurate,   or it’s  distorted, or flat-out not true.    And overwhelmingly against the president (and any conservative, somewhat Republican, viewpoint).

(Now I don’t think that President Trump is any kind of Savior for our country.  Maybe.   But likely not.   It’s just that the alternative would have been so destructive to all of us that we’ll settle for what President Trump might be able to do . . . )

A recent study, however,  by some independent communications outfit showed that 89% of all news programming showed President Trump in a negative light –  nasty things said about him;  suspicions;  innuendoes;  criticisms;  opposing views;  supposed errors;  and accusation after accusation after accusation – without any supporting proof.   The American public and the world is being trained to “hate” Trump and all he stands for.

Check out, for instance,  the “images”  of Donald Trump that search engines will give you.  (See below.)

I’ve gotten used to hearing a news segment and then mentally “ducking”  for the anti-Trump onslaught that is sure to come.

So,  without my TV,  I’ve been “forced” to watch the news over the Internet –  and there is a LOT there to choose from!!   Streaming everything from every country you’d want!  It takes only a few moments of watching local news (on the Internet)  to  remember how awful the Mainstream Media News is.

So here’s my “commercial announcement”  —     OAN news.  Streaming 24/7* on YouTube.   You’ll get a few short  commercials between news segments,  but you’ll also get some well-done segments showing some great event in American history — and you don’t even have to “duck”  for the cynical comments that would normally follow.  Just really nice informative spots that showcase something good in American history.

OAN   –   One America News:     news without the attitude adjustment.

 

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.*    Actually I found it by searching on YouTube for “F o x N e w s  s t r e a m i n g.    Then I clicked on the Fox News Streaming 24/7 –  and got  OAN news.  Maybe there are other ways to find it.

Try it out.   What a relief not to have to listen to how you are supposed to “feel”  about each news segment.

 

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(Search engine results for images of Donald Trump.)

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Are we, the public,  being manipulated?

 

 

WIKI AND THE SWORD OF DESTINY

March 17, 2017

 

(I have to repeat this yet again:  “There is something wrong with the passage of time!  It is speeding by too fast” —  too fast to take in all the things that each week offers us.)

And so this post is still thinking through the things of March 15 . . .

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March 15,  on this day we remember the life and martyrdom of St. Longinus –  the name given to that Centurion who thrust the spear into the side of Jesus after He had died on the Cross.

Longinus Card 220

      The story makes sense:    The Jews in Palestine at the time knew the Law:  “Cursed is anyone who hangs from a tree”  (i.e.,  a criminal, executed);     and if the criminal is allowed to hang there overnight,  then the whole land is cursed.

       The three men executed had to be killed before sunset and taken down from their  “trees”     or else the large Jewish population would revolt against the Roman authorities.

      The Jews in Palestine would also have known that any lamb to be sacrificed had to be perfect,  unblemished,  and never to have any broken bones, before, during, or after.

To fulfill the Law,  then, the Roman authorities sent out the order to the Centurion in charge to break the bones of the three so that they would die quickly, before sunset that day.    But the Centurion found Jesus already dead.   Probably.   It looked like it.   To make sure,  he thrust his spear into the side of Jesus.

The Catholic Church was born that day,  from the water and blood,  (the spiritual meaning of the Water and Blood)  that gushed out of the side of the dead body of Jesus.*      Eerie, un-explainable phenomena had taken place in the natural world that day;  and now at the sight of this Water and Blood,  it was remarked, then,  “Surely this   (actually) was the Son of God!”

All parts of this Day have been preserved and recorded –  including  the part that this Centurion played and the lance that he used.    The tale was told in Greek and Latin and in subsequent languages of Europe.    Thus, in Greek:   λόγχη   –   meaning “lance”  which is not too far from the name  “Longinus”  now given to this Centurion.  For his part and for his conversion to the faith of Christ,  he is called St. Longinus.      The remark attributed to him,  (surely, this was the Son of God!)  has confirmed the faith of many.

It’s a tale well worth pondering – and internalizing.      My Roman Martyrology for March 15th begins with this short statement about him:  ” At Caesarea in Cappadocia the martyrdom of St. Longinus who is said to have pierced our Lord’s side with a spear.”   

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SED CONTRA   (but contrariwise):    (just in case you haven’t joined the cynical modern-day scoffers,  religion-wiki offers you that chance!)    —

I had time to look around on the Internet for some more information –  and eventually came to the odd and sometimes untrustworthy site of Wikipedia,  which carries the predictable words:  doubt, doubt, doubt,  unreliable sources,  apocryphal,  legend, pseudopigraphical,  perhaps,  been asserted to,   folklore,  local tradition, etc., etc.

And then this odd statement:   In the Roman Martyrology he is mentioned, without any indication of martyrdom, in the following terms: “At Jerusalem, commemoration of Saint Longinus, who is venerated as the soldier opening the side of the crucified Lord with a lance.”

Wait!  But my Roman Martyology  said he WAS martyred.

He was mentioned along with an indication of his martyrdom . . . .

It’s not a big thing, except as it is part of a subtle rewriting of the history of Western Civilization that is going on all over, all around us, and at breathtaking depth and speed.

We truly live in an age of Fake News,  Fake Information,  just about Fake Everything.  There is a reason for this,  a methodology,  but that’s not my point here.      Right now, these days,  I am more concerned with something called The Tipping Point,  as well as the growing  movement towards Totalitarianism.

The stakes are high.

spear of destiny

We have this spear from almost two thousand years ago.      It was the “Spear of Destiny” given all sorts of supernatural powers by those who believe in . . .   anything.    (“When one stops believing in God, one doesn’t believe in Nothing;  one will believe Anything!”  (GKC))

And such we have personified by the man who last led a portion of our world into Totalitarianism.    Hitler.   He truly believed that the two   “spooky, supernatural”  items from the time of Christ  (the Christ Figure, I suppose),  which are the Spear and the Holy Grail, would give him the godlike powers he tried so hard to attain.

The bridge to our day and a new totalitarian way of thinking?

Hitler (and his companions) were masters at managing the attitudes and enthusiasms of millions of people.     He was a master of propaganda  and mass mind control (of the “scientific”  or “psychological”  kind – I’m not referring to any spooky supernatural mind-control),   and of manipulating the minds of crowds and masses of German people.  There were subtle changes made to their history,  their culture,  their “destiny.”

Studying the minute details of how this was accomplished day to day in Hitler’s Germany will reveal chilling similarities to what is being accomplished today.    From  subtle and not-so-subtle changes in our textbooks and other sources of information,   to entertainment which entices us to enjoy the new morality and agree with the new mindset,   to  Fake News that knows it’s Fake but also knows its lasting effects even when it gets caught out,  to the “children” on campuses who will not allow any other opinion but the one they’ve been propagandized with – and will become violent to shut out any diverse opinion . . ..

We have it all – and so much more.

I watch this growing trend towards the Group Think of the totalitarian mindset –  and I wonder:  When are we going to reach that Tipping Point – and experience the fulfillment of consequences that we didn’t even realize we were forming.

The Tipping Oint towards the full reality of Totalitarianism.

Bar Cross in middle

.*    It was His death that was the Sacrifice, offered to the Creator,  God the Father,  that enabled the many benefits of salvation and grace to pour out into the world.      (This Teaching has been a bit mangled in the last few decades – but that is our fault,  it’s not the Teachings that have changed.)

  To Abraham it was said that one of his descendants would bring Blessings upon the whole world.”    These Blessings refer to the future one-time Sacrifice of Christ which effected the  sure possibility of Salvation offered to anyone in the world who wants it.     Thus, at the time of His death,  Christ’s Church begins.

Quicumque !!!     

QQ 150

  (for those of you who have visited my house and seen the wall above my computer!)

………

INFORMATION EVOLUTION

July 17, 2014

I hope this will be a short post tonight. Everything I’m thinking is pretty much not new.    However, one of the “advantages” of being in a state of recovery (from fluid-filled lungs) is that in addition to reading news reports from around the world I also turn on television and can watch it for hours. . . .   The power of television to sway one’s thinking was quite apparent today.

So,  in the last post I meant to illustrate the power of propaganda by the judicious use of facts and interpretations.    Today began with a call from Son, telling me of the crash of the Malaysian passenger plane today –  and most importantly, he reminded me how “facts”  change throughout the day.

So I was curious.

I listened carefully to the reporting on at least two cable news channels.   I decided not to rely on my memory throughout the day,  but to make a diagram of the events.    SAMSUNG  I added to it from time to time, and it helped me create a mental picture of what we knew so far.  And, indeed, by the end of the day, the narrative had changed, contradicting what was reported before.    These things happen in an ongoing and “confusing” situation.  No one knows everything,  right at first.  Erroneous reports do, indeed,  creep in.

But two significant “contradictions” remain unexplained.

Underneath the curved line of the trajectory I drew to keep the flight route in my mind is a list of five reasons why various experts throughout the day said it was likely not a missile strike.    Different people, different sources, mostly military and aviation experts.    It wasn’t a missile strike because of this, this, this. . . .

And then, after time spent with the other big news event of the day, in Gaza, we came back to this plane crash, and now we have the “official” voices from our Rulers, senators, P.R. spokesmen, etc.,  saying it was definitely a missile, Russia did it  (or is behind the deed),  and one cable news channel even kept repeating an old video of a missile shooting down another aircraft, both of them followed by smoky contrails so you could see the moment of impact.    Over and over again.   Make sure we are  visually convinced that this was a missile strike too.

Maybe it was.   But I’d like to hear how the five reasons that it wasn’t are explained away.   Because the narrative that is forming is quite serious.   Do we really want to accuse Russia of a deliberate act of bringing down a passenger airliner?  Of recklessness?

The power of the new news, the visual aids,  the short provocative statements (“This was an act of war.”)  made me look at my own diagram, carefully written throughout the day, and think of it as a work of fiction.

One more thing on my diagram.    Within an hour or two it was reported that there were 23 Americans on board.  Of course it’s too early to tell us who. but that number was firm throughout most of the day.      By the end of the day, new reportings of the manifest of passengers listed how many passengers from each country. . . .  but not everyone.   The numbers didn’t equal the total number of passengers on board.   There was now no tally of passengers from America.

I don’t know the diplomatic implications of acknowledging American victims.   Maybe they are working that out.

That sounds a lot like “massaging” the facts.  Manipulating the facts.   Managing the meaning of today’s dramatic events.

Maybe it all happened as some day we will be told it happened. 

But I remember another July 17th,  18 years ago.  I recorded the first few hours of it on my VHS recorder.   I recorded the radar screen from Logan Airport which showed over and over again the missile that rose up to meet Flight 800, and then both radar blips disappeared.    There was eyewitness testimony of a missile strike.  And there was photographic evidence, diners in a restaurant nearby inadvertently took a photo  of the missile approaching that airplane.

And then we were told – complete with cartoon illustrations – that a frayed wire sparked and ignited the (unignitable) jet fuel in the fuel tank.

I don’t know if I can find that old VHS tape anymore.

Our information will “evolve”  according to the way our Rulers want it to evolve.    Then things will happen as our Rulers make them happen.

 

THE TAKING OF ST. ANTHONY’S FORTRESS

July 14, 2014

(I seem to be recovering enough from the altitude sickness to pay some attention to the entertainment/news industry.)

July 14th,  Bastille Day

July 14th,  1789 –  The day of the “storming” of the Bastille Saint Antoine, an act which forever after provided the Leftist Revolution of France  plentiful fuel for propaganda.

The Bastille was a fortress built to protect the nation of France through the centuries.  In  1789  it was rumored that gunpowder was stored there and the rioters, the mobsters, the revolutionaries wanted it.    They assailed the fortress, broke through the doors, found their gunpowder — and a bonus:  seven bewildered prisoners.     These seven the mob took and paraded around Paris as victims of the nobility, now liberated by  . . .  the Revolution!    Posters, paintings, slogans, songs, and poetry followed.

Bastille

“The Storming of the Bastille” proved to be powerful and effective propaganda wherever the Revolution spread.  Monarchies were torn down, leftist republics put up in their place.

Mark this date in your mind.

Remember the power of propaganda.

The effectiveness of propaganda seems to increase the further the slogans get away from the facts of the event.  Any event.  Any century.

The leftist Revolution continues on in  this century, although it has left a trail of hardship and sorrow and human misery and death in its wake.   It continues on  —  with the use of propaganda and slogans.   Today we call these slogans:  “sound bites.”     Television, radio, videos, and movies are the perfect media for sound bites.

I usually wait until September to start a new course or two of personal study,   but I think I will start one new course today:  studying – again – the French Revolution, how it came about, how it proceeded, and how the spirit of that Revolution is still promoting itself today on a global scale.    Global, now, not just national,  because a Revolution is always hungry.

July 14th.   Bastille Day.

Poor Americans.    “If you don’t know history,  you are condemned to repeat it. . . .”       Poor Americans.   The Revolution is hungry.