Sophist

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  • Sophist commented on the blog post U.S. Anti-ISIS Recruitment Videos: Why They Don’t Work

    2014-11-10 09:41:25View | Delete

    There is a fairly large portion of society that is stuck in Winston Smith mode.
    Despite mounting evidence of government complicity in acts of terrorism, 2+2=5
    is all they can see, all that they are willing to see.

  • I think the chickenshit media blitz is to fortify the illusion that Washington isn’t completely slave to Tel Aviv. This latest round of acrimony is a sham, and if it allows some airing of personal grievance, to lend it authenticity, even better.

  • I call kabuki, the chickenshit comment, AP re-cycling Sarkozy’s Liar comment, seems like a co-ordinated effort. So is it to smear Netanyahu, or to provide cover for something else ?

  • Good thing we have a functioning two-party democratic system to protect us.

  • Color me paranoid, but I think having the banks involved in the prison industry
    recalls some very bad prior precedent, debtors prisons, top among them.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Crazy like a completely sane person

    2014-10-02 06:51:41View | Delete

    To the rest of the world, the U.S. is run by a gang of international criminals.
    The a complacent percentage of the western world, the U.S. is a shining beacon
    of democratic freedom.

    There’s also a percentage of westerners who also view the U.S. as being run by
    a gang of international career criminals, but the complacent percentage provides
    enough cover for the criminal element to operate with impunity.

    Most of our corporate media policy is geared towards keeping that complacent percentage afraid, bedazzled, or hooked on the myth of the shining city on the hill.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post After Media Assault Americans Believe ISIS Threat To US

    2014-09-09 06:26:07View | Delete

    It’s this MIC ‘deep state’ that has made people so disaffected with contemporary ‘democracy’. The deep MIC state persists despite the party colors flying over the
    various houses of the executive branch.

    The depressing aspect of democratic kabuki theatre, is that once all the electoral dance cards have been signed, the power structure continues more or less unchanged.

    Even if the GOTV campaign’s succeed against any incipient populism, occupy, etc,
    the media dominance enforces status quo mediocrity against a frightened gadfly population, who are frankly terrified by the prospects of the developing police state, and whistling past the graveyard as they go about their lives.

  • Sophist commented on the diary post 86% of Gaza Dead Were Civilians (Believe the UN, Not NY Times’ Jodi Rudoren) by fairleft.

    2014-08-07 07:37:31View | Delete

    That this type of indiscriminate slaughter happens enough to have
    been morbidly joked about as “mowing the lawn”, says a lot about the
    ingrained sense of impunity that has been enjoyed under the auspices
    of the broken two party system, which seems to look the other way
    no matter which party holds power.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/5/ceasefire_after_gaza_assault_leaves_1800

  • I think ‘Rule by Deception’ is the hallmark ethos of our modern technocracy.

  • I’m not drawing parallels between the underlying issues, just the way
    the plucky photogenic underdog/soldier/spy/whistleblower story publicly
    plays out.

    I’m just expressing a cynical sceptism, not a certainty that they are
    in fact poster-person representatives of a controlled opposition policy.

  • sorry for the double post, formatting issues

  • Oliver North, Valerie Plame, Edward Snowden, putting an attractive face on
    government wrong doing since 1986, using a poster-boy/girl scapegoat as a
    ‘managed’ distraction from high end wrong doing.

    I was very hopeful that the plame/fitzgerald show would net some real criminal
    charges against the gangsters in power, but in retrospect the whole punch-n-judy
    show ended up focusing ire in a controlled opposition court case that neutered
    the whole issue.

    I’m personally grateful for the revelation from Snowden, it confirmed a number
    of points that some technology folks have been warning for years, specically
    about the cushy relationships and history between technology companies and
    the defense department.

    Some of the more strident voices have claimed that the big tech giants biggest
    ‘clients’ always have been the U.S. Gov’t.

    Snowden confirmed some of the worst fears, but in a way that has made the mob,
    en masse kind of just shrug, say meh, and go back to watching tv, with the claim
    that “TPTB are too big to fight, move along, nothing to see here.”

    Maybe that’s the point of the poster-boy controlled burn.

  • Oliver North, Valerie Plame, Edward Snowden, putting an attractive face on government wrong doing since 1986, using a poster-boy/girl scapegoat as a ‘managed’ distraction from high end wrong doing.

    I was very hopeful that the plame/fitzgerald show would net some real criminal charges against the gangsters in power, but in retrospect the whole punch-n-judy show ended up focusing ire in a controlled opposition court case that neutered the whole issue.

    I’m personally grateful for the revelation from Snowden, it confirmed a number of points that some technology folks have been warning for years, specically about the cushy relationships and history between technology companies and the defense department.

    Some of the more strident voices have claimed that the big tech giants biggest ‘clients’ always have been the U.S. Gov’t.

    Snowden confirmed some of the worst fears, but in a way that has made
    the mob, en masse kind of just shrug, say meh, and go back to watching
    tv, with the claim that “TPTB are too big to fight, move along, nothing
    to see here.” Maybe that’s the point of the poster-boy controlled burn.

  • There’s this dogmatic orthodoxy in cosmology today, that gravity is the only force needed to explain events at interstellar, and intergalactic distances.

    But this strict orthodoxy ignores the alternatives suggested by plasma cosmology, and the fact of electrically driven events in space.

    The dogmatic view is that there are no relevant electrical interaction between bodies in space, that the ‘vacuum’ of space is ‘electrically neutral’. But this view is factually incorrect.

    The aurora borealis, for example is part of a complex electromagnetic dynamic between the earth and the sun.

    NASA and much of the modern academic cosmology establishment continue to defend an ‘energy scarce’ gravity-only cosmology. The implications of plasma cosmology, and electrically driven stellar dynamics are heretical, no less so to an empire built on oil and petrochemical energy.

  • Sophist commented on the diary post Over Easy: James Clapper Says Journalists Are Snowden’s ‘Accomplices’ by msmolly.

    2014-01-31 08:12:44View | Delete

    Shorter James Clapper “I’m not a traitor, you’re the traitor, all of you villainous seething mass of public rubes that aren’t following imperial policy.”

  • Sophist commented on the blog post National Review’s Future At Risk Over Climate Change Smear

    2014-01-31 08:09:46View | Delete

    Mark Steyn is a tool, but the fraudulent claims against Mann aren’t so easy to dismiss. There is evidence of fraud, and of oppressing any dissenting views among meteorologists, of censoring publication of dissent. Maybe the climategate emails weren’t admissable, but Mann and that IPCC’s own response to them are.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 15:04:41View | Delete

    If A is the temperature of the sun, and B is the temperature of the earth, and B gets its temperature from A, then the fact that we can’t explain the temperature of A has some bearing on our explanation for the temperature of Bay.

    It’s not a strawman to suggest the explanation for climate change concerns may be contingent on a flawed understanding of the sun.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 14:22:49View | Delete

    But for an empire predicated on fossil fuels, this is the worst
    kind of heresy.

  • Sophist commented on the blog post Climate Change Could Make Planet Unlivable For Humans

    2013-12-18 14:22:19View | Delete

    The idea of so outrageous a controversy in contemporary sciences boggles
    the mind. “Impossible, that our grey haired academics could be so wrong.”

    The idea of an electrically powered sun is not new however, and has been
    proposed numerous times, since Faraday.

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