You have the right to remain silent as your country’s treasury and natural resources are plundered and looted. You have the right to remain ignorant, as anything you don’t know can and probably will be used against you in the court of ”Free” Market. You have the right to EmpyreMedia and celebrity gossip, and if you decline to rewind your mind, you have the right to a TPTB-appointed Police State to repress you. If arrested, and you cannot afford to pay the bribes/legal fees, you have the right to at least one ‘strip’ search, indefinite incarceration, and a felony record. You have the right to be represented by mercenary shills nominated and appointed by TPTB in all things political and legislative, even if you fail to visit a Diebold/ESS ‘voting’ machine every four years. You have the right to free speech (unless you say what EmpyreMedia will not). You have the right to a ‘credit’ that enables you to buy some food every month, for banksters have found a way to profit from this. You have the right to be dependent upon your masters so you may serve them and their paper 90l). Consume, consume, and consume, and feel free to consume some more. This offer might be good for as long as you or the Empyre lasts, but may be terminated by TPTB at any time (especially if you are deemed to be an enemy combatant). Truth, justice, and freedom not included. [Post your ad here]
“…while we here in the USA have our freedom of speech, who is listening? Who is given the megaphone? Who gets a soapbox? Who the Robber Class says can have one, that’s who.” Cindy Sheehan
If $¢¥€₦₮¥$₮$ were paid to turn ordinary people into conned-sumers using any and every tool at their disposal, what would we see? ‘When foolish people go to market, the shopkeepers rejoice.’ We’d see the media training people to be ignorant, for such people can be conned into buying things they don’t need. And/or Impulsive spendthrifts who feel entitled to whatever they can get their hands on. And/or greedy people who will buy things they do not need. (‘Greed is good.’) If the majority of the population is selfish, unlikable, and/or have no friends, there will be little sharing of anything, so most people will purchase their own goods–for example, most people will purchase seldom-used tools rather than borrowing a tool from a unlikable neighbor. Therefore, other negative character traits like unreliability and lack of consideration also benefit thing-$€l1%ers. Indolent people do not often produce anything of value, so lazy people who waste their own time (and that of other people) are valuable to those who sell things. Currency savers trade their time and labor for F1AT, paper and electronic, and there are many clever ways to sell debt. And so it goes… A population with little social capital (few friends/trustworthy neighbors/honorable relatives) is more likely to watch the ersatz ‘e-proles’ and UnrealityShows that appear on Tee\/ee. Such a population will be exposed to much advertising, both overt and covert, coverups, propaganda, and dis@$troturf groups. Obviously, the for-profits and faux prophets would like to do this. The result is predictable–a bunch o’ little Eichmanns, just as greedy and unethical as those who paid the $¢¥€₦₮¥$₮$ for their services, while scientists are despised and mocked.
“An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.” Joseph Pulitzer
“One of the intentions of corporate-controlled media is to instill in people a sense of disempowerment, of immobilization and paralysis. Its outcome is to turn you into good consumers. It is to keep people isolated, to feel that there is no possibility for social change.” David Barsamian
“The purpose of commercial [media] is to induce mass sales. For mass sales there must be a mass norm … By suppressing the individual, the unique, the industry … assures itself a standard product for mass consumption.” John Whiting
“The problem with capitalism is that it best rewards the worst part of us: the ruthless, competitive, conniving, opportunistic, acquisitive drives, giving little reward and often much punishment–or at least much handicap–to honesty, compassion, fair play, many forms of hard work, love of justice, and a concern for those in need.” Michael Parenti
The 3mpyreMedia will never allow anything that threatens the status quo. Even if it did, Tee\/ee-addicts couldn’t believe it, for the cognitive dissonance caused by such knowledge would be too great (because no6ody likes to think of her/himself as an idiotic addict). Such people are in mental cages delimited by corpsegub Tee\/ee ”programming,” ignorance, –> fear, debt, and a McJob… in the physical cages of overweight bodies and/or for-profit McPrisons. Having learned to despise each other, such a herd of humans will be divided and conquered.
“Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public incredulity.” Marshal McLuhan
“The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” Thomas Jefferson
“Take the emphasis on professional sports. It sounds harmless but it really isn’t. Professional sports are a way of building up jingoist fanatacism… This idea of cheering for your home team… that’s a way of building into people irrational submissiveness to power [i.e., the nation state?]… and I think it’s one of the reasons it gets such a huge play… The indoctrination that’s done by tv and so on, is not trying to pile up evidence and give arguments and so on, it’s to inculcate attitudes… There are a lot of measures of how effective this is…” Noam Chomsky
A story: Telemachus lived in Roman times (probably named after the more famous Telemachus who was the son of Ulysses). He told others that 90D had commanded him to stop the gladitorial contests, and then traveled to the Coloseum. Since security was rather lax in those days, Telemachus was able to get between two gladiators right before they were about to fight, and he asked them to stop. The gladiators had nothing to lose… they didn’t fight. This so angered the crowd that some of them grabbed Telemachus and ripped him apart. One member of the audience was horrified at what he saw. Concluding that the state-sponsored gladiatorial battles were harmful to some of those who watched them, he banned these types of things once he became the next Caesar. The ban didn’t last, but neither did Rome.
“Even open-minded people will often find themselves unable to take seriously the likes of [Noam] Chomsky, [Edward] Herman, [Howard] Zinn and [Susan] George on first encountering their work; it just does not seem possible that we could be so mistaken in what we believe. The individual may assume that these writers must be somehow joking, wildly over-stating the case, paranoid, or have some sort of axe to grind. We may actually become angry with them for telling us these terrible things about our society and insist that this simply ‘can’t be true’. It takes real effort to keep reading, to resist the reassuring messages of the mass media and be prepared to consider the evidence again.” David Edwards
“Americans are too broadly underinformed to digest nuggets of information that seem to contradict what they know of the world. Instead, news channels prefer to feed Americans a constant stream of simplified information, all of which fits what they already know. That way they don’t have to devote more air time or newsprint space to explanations or further investigations. Politicians and the media have conspired to infantilize, to dumb down, the American public.” Tom Fenton
Unethical profit seekers will prosper more than those with an enlightened self-interest under the current corrupt regime(s). Those with the most ¢urren¢y can buy/control the regulators and lawmakers, so widespread corruption is desired by the wea1%theist. So, if $¢i€₦ti$₮$ are paid to turn ordinary people into conned-sumers–greedy, selfish, unlikable, distractible, opinionated, ignorant, indolent, impulsive, insatiable, childish conned-sumers, utterly dependent upon social structures that ensure servitude to TPTB, then unethical people can afford $¢i€₦ti$₮$ and friction-free media control. Duh, captain obvious.
Don’t play their game. Vote NO! the only way that matters in a whorium-contaminated $oci€t¥.
“Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the state has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied. ” Arthur Miller
John Swinton once was ‘the’ preeminent New York journalist in 1880. Swinton was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:
“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
“There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
“The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
“We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.” (Source: Labor’s Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.)