Friday, April 25, 2008

Propaganda as Institutional Self-Deception

Remember this NY Times article: "Behind Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand"? Also check the amazing article: Propaganda as Institutional Self-Deception at Reality Sandwich
"Trouble is, how do we get these guys into a reality detox center?

Don't forget these are the same policy makers who brought us Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Try to remember that historically people who use torture do so because they have no other way to change reality. Think back to the heretics who said the world was round, or that the Earth orbited the sun. Rather than concede to the simple evidence of nature's laws, it's more convenient to simply torture, imprison or murder those who refute you. That, or give them company stock from your friendly, local military contractor. Regardless, the Pentagon and its pliant media could surely benefit from this geography lesson: Denial ain't a river in Egypt."

Read the entire great article here at Reality Sandwich.

Here's the NY times piece:
Behind Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand

In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay. The detention center had just been branded “the gulag of our times” by Amnesty International, there were new allegations of abuse from United Nations human rights experts and calls were mounting for its closure.

The administration’s communications experts responded swiftly. Early one Friday morning, they put a group of retired military officers on one of the jets normally used by Vice President Dick Cheney and flew them to Cuba for a carefully orchestrated tour of Guantánamo.

To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.

Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.

Read on at NY Times

Slacker - Directed by Richard Linklater


Slacker Intro (Starts talking at 2nd minute)

The opening scene from director Richard Linklater's (Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, Dazed & Confused, Fast Food Nation) first film, Slacker, set and filmed in Austin, TX.

Linklater discusses dreams and alternate realities with the cab driver - a main thematic undercurrent in the film.

Stephen Colbert on Larry King


Stephen Colbert on Larry King part 1 & the rest

ROFL @ the hope bong!
Take everything he says seriously! :p

Daily Dedroidify: Philip K. Dick

Daily Dedroidify: Philip K. Dick

PKD was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. Though hailed during his lifetime by peers, Dick received little public recognition until after his death, when several popular film adaptations of his novels [Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Minority Report, Paycheck, the Truman Show (Time Out of Joint), A Scanner Darkly & PKD inspired Southland Tales] introduced him to a larger audience. (His books outclass the movie adaptations by far.) His work is now some of the most popular in science fiction, and Dick has gained both general acclaim and critical respect, though, sadly, most of the popular interest in his work has occured after his death.

In February and March 1974, Dick experienced a series of visions and auditions including an information-rich "pink light" beam that transmitted directly into his consciousness. A year after the events, in March 1975, Dick summarized the 2-3-74 experiences that would pervade his writing for the final eight years of his life:

# March 18, 1974: It, from inside me, looked out and saw the world did not compute, that I - and it - had been lied to. It denied the reality, and power, and authenticity of the world, saying, 'This cannot exist; it cannot exist.'
# March 20, 1974: It seized me entirely, lifting me from the limitations of the space-time matrix; it mastered me as, at the same time, I knew that the world around me was cardboard, a fake. Through its power of perception I saw what really existed, and through its power of no-thought decision, I acted to free myself.

There are those who are eager to create a 'Saint Phil' who emerged from this experience. In that regard, it's wise to remember that Dick himself always bore in mind what he called the "minimum hypothesis" -that is, the possibility that all that he had undergone was merely self-delusion. On the other hand, there are those who regard Dick as a charlatan who foisted upon his readers a pseudo-mystical revelation fueled by mental disorder. But surely a charlatan is one who insists on the seriousness and accuracy of his claims. This Dick never did. One has only to go and read VALIS (1981) to find a piercingly knowing humor in Dick's portrayal of himself as Horselover Fat: "Fat must have come up with more theories than there are stars in the universe. Every day he developed a new one, more cunning, more exciting and more fucked."

Those who insist on the "truth" or "falsehood" of Dick's experience of 2-3-74 are missing the central point: that those experiences provided him with the means to explore, with integrity, insight, and humility, the difficulties of making sense of any spiritual path in a relentlessly secular and cynical Western culture in which even apparent revelations can be instantly repackaged as popular entertainment.

PKD wrote a captivating essay called 'How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later' after a series of recurring strange events in his life with VALIS that Rome's civilisation never ended and we were still there. In the philosophical movie 'Waking Life' by Richard Linklater (Who is directed 'A Scanner Darkly'), they expand on the essay, that PKD wasn't far from the truth... that there's only one instant, and it's right now. And it's eternity. On the other hand, if you consider the vatican's world influence you could indeed say that Rome civilisation is still in effect...

At one point, during an encounter with VALIS, Dick learned that his infant son was in danger of perishing from an unnamed malady. Routine checkups on the child had shown no trouble or illness; however, Dick insisted that thorough tests be run to ensure his son's health. The doctor eventually complied, despite the fact that there were no apparent symptoms. During the examination doctors discovered an inguinal hernia, which would have killed the child if an operation was not quickly performed. His son survived thanks to the operation, which Dick attributed to the "intervention" of VALIS.

"After all, if you're a buddha, you should be able to figure it out for yourself."
Philip K. Dick

We Are Change confronts Schwarzenegger


We Are Change confronts Schwarzenegger

I love these guys: WeAreChange.org
See the powers that be are not that powerful at all, look at how they squirm when confronted. And look at how sheepish the security is, wtf, are those robots already? :p (for clarification, robots=conditioned people :p)

And in case you heard about the incident, check this and the video:

Secret Service (SS) Provocateur attacks WeAreChange

Bohemian Grove Primer


Bohemian Grove Primer