His Imperial Majesty has a bit of a credibility problem. After three major and one deadly minor wars, it wasn’t easy fooling people into voluntarily throwing themselves in front of enemy cannon for the profits of the bankers. Now, it is true-fun filled fact time-that there were more volunteers percentage wise for Vietnam than there were for WWII, but Vietnam didn’t need almost every single young male for the draft, whereas the earlier conflict did. Vietnam had half the men in uniform, in a country with a higher population, and as this was also a Cold War with the Soviets, not all positions were front line combat.
The difference between the two was that society as a whole supported one war but not the other. Fundamentally, both excuses used for the war were flawed. In one, we were to believe the Nazi’s were actually a threat to us ( rather than to Britain ), and in the other that Vietnam was a credible domino in the way of subversive Red’s who would drain our precious bodily fluids ( it must have been surmised that as soon as South Vietnam toppled, our nuclear arsenal would magically be defeated ).
To be fair, our potential enemies gave us good reasons to propagandize for the war ( unlike in WWI where the innocent civilian cruise ship was full of munitions, AND the Germans tried taking out newspaper ads advising against civilian cruises-and I believe most papers wouldn’t sell them the space. Oh, were our bankers hot to trot for war, even forcing cultural German-American purges akin to today’s LefTard hysteria ). But I find it hard to believe anyone actually thinks our entry wasn’t already planned and pushed for. Remember that pesky draft started over a year prior to Pearl Harbor?
What I mean about the credibility problem is that the folks who must cooperate don’t believe the government anymore, to the point it is only cooperation if no inconvenience is required. Not that people are smart. They aren’t. The fact that 99.9% of people actually believe the official story of 9/11 tells me all I need to know about our species natural intelligence ( we are hardwired programmed to be a tribal herd animal, so it is natural we go along with the herd in believing stupid crap like government lies, church lies, etc. What we do NOT do is think for ourselves ).
People will believe the government lies. What they don’t believe is that the government cares about them. You cannot piss on the legs of the 90% for generations, and then turn around and say it is only rain. They won’t say you are lying, but they will stop caring about what you want or need. I don’t actually think most people care enough to logically think out what they are told, but I think subconsciously they smell a rat and act by tuning out. It is self-preservation.
I refuse to listen or read to the mainstream news. It used to be you could read between the lines and discount the left bias. Or the profit bias, or the sponsor bias. Now, rather than slant, you have outright lies. So I just don’t subject myself to the whole thing. If I never cared they had an agenda, I would probably just stop watching only because it went from news to info-tainment. The quality went from poor to non-existent. People are opting out not because they don’t believe your lies, but because you don’t even try to lie well.
People get all worked up about voting, and you vote for A, then you cannot find one person who voted for B, or even knew another person who voted B, and yet B passes by a wide margin. How many times does that happen before you stop going to the polls? People would vote for the liar, except you don’t even pretend to honor their participation by pretending their opinion matters. Again, this isn’t even going to be a conscious decision. You just avoid an unpleasant feeling by not participating. You have no idea who is pulling the strings behind the throne. But you know it isn’t for your benefit.
So you withdraw from the operation. You shrink your worldview to where it matters ( or there is a perception thereof ). You avoid federal authorities if at all possible and focus at the state level ( or even just the town ). The general consensus becomes “elections are rigged federally, I’ll just vote local”. And the level of government you begin to ignore likes that you dropped out. One less citizen to mold or control. The problem with this is that while indifference isn’t as bad as rebellion, you STILL need cooperation to govern.
I flew on an airline once after 9/11. It was a very trying experience, with the cattle chute captivity and the fear of arbitrary focus. It was the fear of loss of control and the need to perform obsequiously. I told myself I wasn’t ever going to fly again. And then was validated as airline safety issues became such a regular occurrence that it wasn’t even news anymore. Hell, the terrorists weren’t going to kill you so much as the unshielded full body scans or the airlines differed maintenance were going to.
Now multiple that by everyone that just decided flying was too much trouble. The airline industries go bankrupt, as do localities once depending on airlines ( Nevada casino’s, for instance ), and all along that food chain. When 70% of your economy is consumption, and you do everything you can to kill consumption, where do the elite profit from? Because it isn’t just tuning out the 6 pm news or not flying. It is everywhere that folks are opting out prior to being forced to, simply because they stopped caring about anyone else. And that death of civic virtue isn’t from laziness or poor moral fiber. It is from that lack of credibility from our national leaders. Continued tomorrow.
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Seconded. The last time we owned a television set was sometime last century.
Momentarily glancing at televisionprogramming at the gym or in the cafe area of the market, my confidence is confirmed == televisionprogramming is made by idjits. Insulting.
I agree, but I also think people gave 50+ year old programming too much credit. Mr. Ed. The Monkey's. Come on! TV has always been lowest common denominator. The good 9% stand out, the great 1% are forever classics, and the 90% drek is for the channels that advertise all the geriatric meds. If it is slightly worse now that is only because everything is running off the rails along with the economy, our empire and civilization.Delete
I know that I always harp on just how bad television has become, here in the comments section. But I swear that with each passing day, it becomes exponentially worse, in a race to the bottom. Aside from older movies/tv series, or the very rare modern tv series or movie (that I try to screen as much as possible for PC, prior to viewing) I don’t watch tv anymore. Though the tv is always on in the main house of our farm, where I live, so I catch bits and pieces of it here and there. There’s nothing on anymore that doesn’t feature girl power nonsense, little brown folks equal extra good, and butt weasels being exceptionally fine folks. Also noticed that they have added a lot of pro-illegal immigration propaganda to the mix lately, and anyone not supporting Pedro sneaking over the border illegally, may as well change their name to Adolf :DDelete
Actually, I was kinda shocked the other day. They showed a black dude as a criminal in some police show that my mother was watching. I kept wondering how the hell that one got by the PC censors?
Yeah, you’re right, there were some shit shows back in the day. But at least it was harmless escapism, and generally void of some a-hole leftist’s moralizing message.
I agree with you, and I'd wager that whatever escapism was held most dear to the individual, the more anger and resentment its demise in quality causes. I was never a huge TV fan, but rather books and movies. The implosion of both industries causes deep hatred and response in me. Therefor, I can relate to what you are saying, and I apologize for trivializing your reaction. Seriously. I'm not being sarcastic. That was too knee-jerk of a reaction. And I know I've done it more than once. It makes perfect sense that those areas you have more contact with, you are more knowledgeable about and notice the change more. So, temper any responses from myself with that admission. Peace.Delete
11:14 AM here. I’m not the original poster from above Jim, and no worries at all, as I took no offense at all from what you said. Sorry if it came off that way in my tone. Sometimes humor or emotion transfers poorly across the medium of cyberspace. I actually meant it as more of a light hearted post :DDelete
In yesterdays comments section, I made a crack about my Jewish financial advisor, to sort of lighten up the tone in the comments section. I actually felt a little guilty when you took the time and effort to provide a helpful response :D
Every now and then we'll watch Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune while eating supper but the rest of the time the thing is off. Over the past year or so there has been a dramatic over representation of negro's in everything and in the most unusual positions too especially the commercials. To watch TV today you'd think the average negro is in a harmonious family setting in a $900k house in a regulated subdivision with lots of friends and family of every denomination you can think of with the most common relationship being a negro/mulatto male with a stunning blonde white woman.Delete
And the prescription drug commercials. Oh-Em-Gee. If the TV is a cross section of this country, this bitch HAS to go down, to save the world. It is angering, embarrassing, and disappointing, all at once.
I loved Jeopardy. Even though it usually makes me feel pretty stupid ( and that is even with disregarding certain impossible subjects like opera ). I need to see if I can fix and reinstall the TV antenna cable the lawn guy cut, just to watch that one show again.Delete
12:47-no, your tone conveyed nothing. It just suddenly hit me as I was reading it that I was being unfair. These sudden Come To Jesus moments come about irregularly with or without prompting.Delete
I don't watch talmudvision period . you all gotta enough smarts to figure this one out lol or continue to be playedDelete
Kilgari plan anyone ? my spelling sucks . Un agenda 21 or 30 ? Deagle ? Privately owed central banks ? just a thought but do soe research on why things are as they are and fuck you CIA/NSA etc ! the opportunity costs are higher than you wish to pay .Ya im semi fly
I don't agree with those a bit too smug about not watching TV. As with all drugs, it is discipline and moderation, not total avoidance, that is key. If you can't control yourself, fine. Total avoidance. That is why I don't touch booze. Just don't be self-rightous about it. Admit you can't handle the drug. TV for most is a drug to relax and decompress. As long as you control it, and not it, you.Delete
I'll never fly commercially again. Last time was in 1980 from Anchorage to Seattle and I had a Ruger 357, a Remington 870, hundreds of rounds of ammo and numerous blades in the cabin with me. That plane would have been full of holes and dead hijackers before it crashed.ReplyDelete
Yes, that cattle car mentality is very rememberable. Combine that with no way to defend yourself except plastic junk all around. No thank you. I'd rather drive anyway and no I don't see ever crossing an ocean again as it's generally more dangerous on the other side.
My brother in law wrenched on Tomcats in the Navy for 22 years then wide bodies at Eastern til he got a liver transplant from the hep c he contracted through the shots in the Navy. He told me the aircraft inspections are just like the vehicle inspections in the military. If a part is broken and not in inventory it is ordered and the craft keeps making money for them CEO's and their hookers and blow. I personally have seen 3 different color liquids running down a plane wing while flying. Never again.
That's just the extra liquid spilling over. Plenty left over by the end of the flight:) There is an old Tom Selleck movie where he goes to prison. As a civilian he was the main boss of the plane safety inspectors. I laugh every time I see the part where he grounds a plane until it is perfectly safe. And the movie came out in the 80's, early 90's. I can't imagine how much worse it is now, since the economy was relatively great back then.Delete
Isn't that the movie Tom Sellack shanked someone with an icicle?Delete
"An Innocent Man". I had to look it up. I don't remember an icicle. But I could be wrong.Delete
It was a clear plastic shiv with a taped handle. He snapped it off in the doods belly and dropped it down the floor drain in the community shitter. Pretty good film for the most part. Scary too. The 2 shithead cops got their comeuppance at the end. I wouldn't do well in long term jail.Delete
If I never travel further than 100km from my fortress ever again it'd be to soon. My wife is a foreigner and wants me to travel with her back to her homeland for holidays. Yeah, nah. My wheat berries, Mauser, comfy chair and whatanot are at Fort DingoDelete
even 100km is pushing the friendship. (for my American friends I think that's 375 furlongs... you measure distance in furlongs don't you?)
GS-hell, I wouldn't do good SHORT term prison.Delete
Dingo-don't let the fuzzy headed ever talk you into leaving the compound. Charlie Is Out There. For the life of me I cannot understand why so many love travel. I'll be perfectly at home when horizons shrink After Oil.
Us Mericans measure distance in gallons of precious, irreplaceable fossil fuels used. I did laugh out loud at your comment. :)
Ha! Friggin classic!Delete
375 furlongs is 75.5 km dang close enough to 100km (I picked that number and unit out of the air). A furlong being 1/8th of a mileDelete
If I had my way I wouldn't travel any further than I could walk in a day.
Anecdote. When Lord Trump launched missiles at Syria I was on my way to a coastal city to make a delivery on a Friday. 100km one way. Traffic was absolutely horrendous (Friday exodus). Long story short what should have been a 2 to 3 hour turn around worked out to be 8 hours. All the time I'm stressing are we in WWIII? Am I going to be trapped 100km from home with a conked out truck and a load of goods I'm responsible for?
Dang I might make a guest post out of that horrible day. I'm getting all worked up thinking about it. Thank dogness I wasn't in New Zealand when that happened (funny story I flew out of Christchurch the day BEFORE they got hit by the huge earthquake... nice bullet to dodge... I hate travelling)
Please do not think that you are Baby Jesus' favorite. It might seem that way, tempting and then escaping the Fates, but There Can Be Only One, and I lay claim on the title. :) PS guest articles eagerly sought and the pay in Brownie Points is generous.Delete
Correct Jim. While on my bicycle exercise route I see displays of such apathy. Many able bodies N.I.L.F. (not in labor force) by choice. Once nice lawns and kept yards are brown weeds or dirt parcels, (due to punitive Vegas water rates) and folks do not bother with good citizenship by bending ass over and picking up trash from yards or in front of where they dwell. Dogs are barking, kids are screaming, houses and property are ghetto and barrio dumps barely meeting county codes. (even in 150-200k valued areas) Folks are tuned out, binge watching porn, getting high, sedated by pharmacueticals, etc. This is all the result of top down malfeasance of leadership. May not even be intential or planned. Just a combination of too much stupid. Causes and effects equals Turd World. Enjoy the collapse!ReplyDelete
I don't get out much, if I can help it. And even I can see that a crap load of affluent & non are all on Happy Pills. Who cares if the $200k house is cracking and leaking? We feel fine! Christ, do laundry!?!?. Just go buy some more clothes. Shopping makes you feel happy! I hate people.Delete
Jim, and his minions really need to make efforts to ciculate in the society for the purposes of gathering intel of your area, neighbors, and what resources are available now and are possible sources post collapse. Also very important is to have visual and sensory cues to remotivate selves towards prep actions. (I do it as a necessity, though unpleasant) a hive mind is detrimental when blindsided by external forces and threats. Carry on.Delete
Circulate. Another word for socialize. Blech! Bah! Humbug!Delete
There ain't no one out there worth socializing with!Delete
By doing so I would make myself dumber!
Hell, I feel stupid just for writing about them.
An ex father in law never left the property. Not for shopping, a movie, nothing. Of course, he had four joined city lots so it was a world onto itself. His response to "why don't you go to X" was always the same. "I didn't leave anything there I need to go get". For an uneducated Mex, he was pretty damn smart. He influenced me long before I read 'Ol Remus.Delete
Shopping in and of itself isn't necessarily a bad thing,some is unavoidable (grocery).Delete
If(and that's a big if) I go shopping it's only with prepping in mind. If it doesn't further my agenda (and is on sale) I don't buy it.
I'm pretty much the same way, but I still don't like it. I borrowed the NOL's car and just got a shopping cart full of Mason jars. Needed to be done. Glad to be home and have it out of the way. Felt soiled by public contact.Delete
Standard rule of thumb generally is never believe something until you have three different sources of information. That is getting harder to do these days even in the age of information because most places just recycle stories from another. I am comfortable with Breitbart, but know they are amongst the worst of the offenders there.ReplyDelete
Truth is anywhere you go you get smoke blown up year backside.
Echo chambers are the shelter of choice for most.Delete
Nicely Haired Dude,ReplyDelete
I was terribly saddened just now to hear about the yardscaper ruining your television antenna cable. Will 'those people' never learn?
Upon your mention-not-recommend of the free book SLOW BURN by Bobbie Adair, I plowed through it in record time. Excellent writing, a page-flipper. And, I might mention, I strongly recommend it.
He is a great writer. I could take care of the yard, but the NOL needs X amount of business expenses so she hires a guy. He patched the cable after he cut it ( how he managed it...? ) but it was never right after. Thank goodness for YouTube instructions. I just need to remember to actually research and do. "Those People"-ha!Delete