People will generally believe what makes them comfortable to believe and reject and/or ignore that which makes them uncomfortable.
This is especially true when the information challenges their core beliefs in the system and/or group in which the grew up.
No unlike a substance abuser who refuses to believe his behavior is destroying his and other peoples lives.
I guess the Truthers and Building 7 folks are worried about their job security in these lean economic times and need to do a little fundraising.
If they could raise another million or so they could finally prove their weak theories and then we could all rest easy knowing the Truth.
so true cmaukonen
I remember reading once that we hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest.
Recommended and tweeted. Great piece Cindi. I think (hope) that people are awakening. I base this conclusion in part on my own awakening. I was once like the people in the room who regarded the lady as a cuckoo conspiracy theorist. For example, I had a friend back in the early 1990′s who told me about the Bohemian Club. It was the most ridiculous and improbable thing I had ever heard–yet over 10 years later there was finally enough substantial proof to validate the story and convince me. Since then, I have increasingly become less inclined to dismiss people.
As for spying on American citizens, if you ask most Americans what a Fusion Center is, they cannot tell you. I know because I have literally asked hundreds of people in my own district and so far, NO ONE knew! These centers were created as part of the Patriot Act and there are at least 70 of them in regions all over the USA. The Central North Texas Fusion Center, for example, is located in Collin County Texas. Interestingly enough, the person in charge of it is the son of a US Representative Sam Johnson whose district is located in Collin County. His son was awarded a no-bid million dollar government contract by the Collin County Commissioners (all Republican like Johnson at the time).
Fusion centers are government data gathering centers on information regarding citizens (persons of interest) who live in the region. It’s software that scans the Internet for information on designated people. Reports are sent to the local police and to Homeland Security.
If you want to read some interesting and well-documented stories on Fusion Centers, go to The Collin County Observer and insert “Fusion Center” in the search box.
One of the reports issued by Johnson’s son was so inflammatory back in the spring of 2009 that Homeland Security came down to Collin County to tell him to cool it. The report contained rants about Muslims in our community–just about anyone who might disagree with a conservative point of view. I think he has toned them down since then.
Here is one to start, but there are many pieces that Bill Baumbach from the Collin County Observer has written on the topic of Fusion Centers.
There’s a similar (maybe exact) sentiment in the Simon & Garfunkel song The Boxer. This is a good post, but I suspect it won’t garner much comment on FDL, many just won’t go there. Me, I try to keep an open mind about most everything, and there are just too many unanswered questions about numerous events on that day, Building 7 being the most obvious one, for me to accept the “official” accounts or the conventional wisdom. Too much like the Warren Commission report for my taste.
Addendum. We have been brainwashed to accept what “the authorities” tell us. It’s amazing that more people don’t question “the authorities” such as “the news.”
These pundits that we see on TV are fed the crap that they then feed to us adding of course their own personality to the telling for entertainment purposes and to make it seem more “spontaneous” and “real.”
They are not the ones who determine and control the topics that are discussed on mainstream media. That direction comes from a much higher and more connected corporate level. The people who deliver the news are not in charge of programming. They are pawns like the rest of us. They just yammer on topics that they are told to yammer about.
If you don’t discuss something, then it doesn’t exist–much like the tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it.
I keep an open mind about 9/11…but I really haven’t been convinced on either side of the discussion…I see possibility, some truth in both sides. That said…I think a better example is the mortgage crises.
I have been living it. In 2003 when I began telling people about what GMAC was doing to me…I was totally dismissed. “They can’t do that, it’s illegal”. “Why would they want you to lose your home…they want to work it out with you”. “Just contact the FDIC, talk to a lawyer, you need to follow through”.
No one believed me. Finally by 2006, after printing out copy after copy of consumer complaints and hauling them to the lawyers offices, they believed these things were happening. But, the people above the lawyers I talked to did not believe it, or were willfully suppressing the story.
My mortgage was fraudulent from beginning to end. My stock broker got kickbacks, I was steered with a 750 average credit score (because I was a single woman purchasing a house, they targeted women, african americans and the elderly). They engaged in one TILA and RESPA violation after another. There continues to be no one to champion my cause or the cause of the millions of others just like me. It’s rampant in the industry.
But because it wasn’t featured in the news, it wasn’t mainstream, the mantra was “poor people who didn’t deserve loans”.
In a sense this is just now beginning to surface, large scale fraud, not greedy home buyers lying on their applications…whole scale fraud…a monopoly on it.
Every thing I have said was happening…since I began telling my story in 2005, here, at daily kos, on huff po, has been validated eventually. Escrow account manipulations, accounting errors, completely bogus fees referred to as miscellaneous. It’s all there.
But for years, no one really believed me, cause it wasn’t in the news…and sub prime is key word for “not creditable”.
The day it happened, watching it on TV, I knew the buildings were brought down by controlled demolition. But I didn’t yet know why or that the government would lie about it. After all this time there are still people who are adamant that the buildings were brought down by the planes including building 7. There is nothing that will persuade them. They will never believe their lying eyes. But if president Obama came on TV and said it had been determined that the buildings were collapsed with planted explosives they would cease their arguments immediately and and accept the “new” truth.
9/11 was a false flag attack and the government is still covering it up. The 9/11 commission report is a conspiracy theory and a very poor one. It totally fails to explain the events of that day.
“It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.” – Voltaire
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” Upton Sinclair
“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” – Douglas Adams
The Oligarchy doesn’t like the Republic and the example it sets for a free humanity. In order for Oligarchical Empire to survive and continue to pillage mankind it must attack everything that would offer safe haven and deliverance from their control.
A point that Cindi’s, Liz’s and wavpeaces’s stories all show is that people may only believe what is in their ‘comfort zone’, but that the zone is also a frontier. The key is confirmation of reported ‘facts’ against real experience. Reflective people determine the sources they trust by whether they are verified or not.
An undisputable fact here, a personal experience there, something that happens to a friend, a YouTube video, a story in the news — like the Watergate investigations, the Church Commission, Iran-Contra, WMD or the Occupy evictions — and the frontier moves. Sometimes it’s just a little as one more ‘piece’ falls into place. Sometimes it’s a landslide and the whole landscape lights up.
So keep on discussin’, y;all!
I have always questioned authority and never understood people who gave it a presumption of accuracy and reliability.
Of course, I also know that all is illusion and knowing that to be so does not disturb me. It excites me and makes life interesting.
I do not know the details, but I know that I nevertheless have sufficient information to form an opinion that, at the very least, some people in high positions of authority in our government knew about the planned attack before 9/11 and acted in certain ways to allow it to happen.
One consequence of 9/11 is that we have a meaningless sham democracy in which it does not matter whom we elect. Never ending war for access to and exploitation of natural resources, including human resources, for profit and empire building for its own sake is all that matters to those who took control of our government.
Another consequence is that the news is managed.
To awaken, begin by killing your television. Then read, laugh at the foolishness that abounds, read some more, and always practice the art of critical thinking.
Assume responsibility for illuminating yourself because no one else will do it for you.
Great article, Cindi. Recommended.
I saw those towers burning and collapsing and the one thought I couldn’t shake was – police state forever starting now. And so it was. On that day the police state became our very brains.
Any critical analysis of a thousand very good questions would henceforth become Trutherism, to be greeted with obligatory sigh, eye-roll, scowl. “Look, you yipping assholes,” said the new-police-state-occupied mass mind, even among my fellow supposedly critically-thinking liberals – “they told us what happened, I believe it, that settles it.” (And even if I have a doubt or two, it doesn’t matter. It’s done. Let’s look forward, not .. )
Here are some of my own questions. Call me a dirty fucking truther.
Building 7. (No one can state “Building 7″ strongly enough.) No Pentagon video despite dozens of cameras, no human remains or plane debris. Entire ground zero crime scene dismantled and carted to other side of world as fast as possible. Utterly ridiculous bullshit put forth such as Atta’s pristine passport found amidst the avalanche of ruination. Deliberately destroyed air traffic control tapes. Ludicrous lack of air defenses. Cheney and Bush refusing to testify except together and off the record.
I’ll stop there. Those are just a few things that are a matter of record, not even arguable. I too bring it up with people. Why not?
The most spectacular crime of our lifetime, essentially uninvestigated.
Oh, and one more 9/11 question. THE question. Who profited?
As Rumsfeld said re the attacks – and whatever lies could be foisted therefrom upon a stupified public – “go massive.” And here we are.
Fukushima is fine. The Gulf of Mexico is cleaner than ever. Our brave troops win wars and keep us safe. Iran is scary. Lazy black and Latino people caused the housing bubble and financial crisis. Jamie Dimon is a savvy businessman. Our sexy president with the beautiful smile is not a murderous fascist.
Agree with Mason, kill your fucking tv.
Thanks for this great diary. Rec’d.
Wherever in the cosmos Douglas Adams is now, I’m sure he has a, perhaps not his, but a towel and is honored and flattered by being, rightfully, quoted along with Voltaire and Upton Sinclair. cmaukonen, you remain one of the reasons I frequent this place; thanks.
I don’t buy the 9-11 lie.
The biggest lie “Land of the free and home of the brave.”
I’ve lived TV-free for many years.
The first 9/11 video I saw was a clip of Building No. 7, its 40+ stories collapsing gracefully, swiftly, and with extraordinary precision into its footprint late that afternoon. Nary a plane was in sight.
To my mind, this absolutely undercut the official tale. So did the suspicious celerity with which Michael Chertoff and the Bush Administration jammed the 300+ page “USA PATRIOT” Act through Congress. G.W. Bush signed it on 26 Oct. 2001, a mere 45 days after the Twin Towers fell.
I’ve drafted regulations. The Act’s topics are highly technical, e.g., surveillance and money laundering. In 45 days, you just don’t organize the disparate legal expertise needed to draft more than 300 pages of highly technical proposed legislation, let alone get it through the House, and through the Senate, and onto the President’s desk. “They” were prepared.
Obviously, someone had put this Building No. 7 video up on the web. In several discussions of it that I’ve read over the years, none have suggested that this video was photoshopped.
But the powers-that-be had said, were saying, and still say, nothing of it.
About what else are they silent?
Yes, it’s hard indeed to locate others’ mental boundaries and gently nudge them further out. Absent freedom of speech, it can be impossible. Hmmm.
Thanks, Cindi. Recalling how my own thinking has expanded over the years, in a number of respects, your post makes me wonder where some of my personal mental limits remain, beyond which there be dragons.
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