Episode 357 – Language is a Weapon

06/14/201955 Comments

“In our time it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing” wrote George Orwell 70 years ago, and the observation remains true today. But bad writing is not just bad writing; the language employed by politicians (and their string pullers) can literally be a matter of life and death. Join James today on the podcast as he delves into the tyrants’ linguistic weapons and how we can arm ourselves against them.

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SHOW NOTES

Politics and the English Language, by George Orwell (text)

Politics and the English Language, by George Orwell  (video)

Corbett Report Radio 186 – Politics and Language with Andrew Gavin Marshall

“Enemy Combatants” and drone killings

The Phoenix Program by Douglas Valentine

Interview 1248 – Douglas Valentine on the Resurrection of the Phoenix Program

The Tyranny of Words by Stuart Chase

Episode 350 – History Is Written By The Winners

The WWI Conspiracy

re:publica 2012 – Rick Falkvinge – Working swarm-wise

Swarmwise by Rick Falkvinge

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  1. John Lothe says:

    Excellent episode yet again James, the dangers inherent in language as a tool seem to me to be largely over looked in societies which have highly developed language tools. I wouldn’t assume to know why that is exactly but it is something I came to understand rather early on in life. The lack of proper definitions and understandings was something that confused me to no end. How some people could use words which they could not accurately define, and do so with such bravado or sincerity, in some cases getting worked into a fury over a word which they could barely explain the meaning of if given time and inclination. Tact and the explication of terms seems to be something we all should employ more and more often as time goes by, and perhaps suggest to the younger minds coming up that the castration of language we see being encouraged via media and technology tailor made to dumb you down, isn’t in their best interests? Either way you have spurred my mind to thinking deeper on the subject and I thank you for that. Cheers

    • weilunion says:

      I and my colleagues wrote much about language and critical thinking in an Encyclopedia of Critical Thinking, back in 2004.

      Critical Dialogue and Learning to suspend judgment

      People might find it interesting

      https://books.google.com.ec/books?id=qoccIUS_AfcC&pg=PA402&lpg=PA402&dq=The+learning+conversation+AND+Danny+Weil&source=bl&ots=b_w7Gz5Tbl&sig=ACfU3U0uGWi2Aw2f7y7U78XEVnikb9tUCw&hl=es-419&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiYyvThjuriAhXCnuAKHe1ED8oQ6AEwAHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=The%20learning%20conversation%20AND%20Danny%20Weil&f=false

      Learning to engage in learning conversations is an example of how to use language positively and critically.

      When asking people to define terms and asking oneself to do the same:

      1. Ask for examples of what a person means by what they say
      2. Ask for metaphors for clarification
      3. Ask yourself and others what they mean in light of what others mean

      These are only three ways to become sensitive to how one is using language and how others are using it.

      It is also called metacognition

      It is also a shield against manipulation by sophists and charlatans.

      Al this requires learning to suspend judgment, a difficult task indeed.

      • Duck says:

        “…1. Ask for examples of what a person means by what they say…”
        If you dont say what you mean you cant mean what you say… and a gentleman ALWAYS means what he says.
        😉
        Your actually dead on though, most people struggle to define what they are actually saying, and as Corbett points out few are really going to say “Yeah… got kill THESE people wholesale so i can have cheep consumer goods”. Willful and educationally caused blindness are a curse on the modern world- olde tyme farmers could sit around and discuss the gold standard vs cheep silver money. People who complain about the jews or the illuminati dont see that really WE have become weak minded and easily swayed by pretty words

  2. pearl says:

    Without a doubt, week after week, The Corbett Report is the acid test producing the effect of gleaning the ever elusive shred of sincerity from the melting pot that is the mainstream media, selflessly undertaking the grueling task of deciphering its mostly sinister intentions, like traversing a hostile hotbed, a veritable inferno of newspeak, but which promises to be the Achilles’ heel of the global jackboot fascist society, so that the true individual triumphs at the end of the day. 😯 😉

  3. seth.w.h says:

    Great piece as usual James, interestingly reminds me of a passage in the Holy Bible that refers to speech as a weapon:

    Ephesians 6:11-24 King James Version (KJV)

    11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

    15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

    16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

    17 And take the helmet of salvation, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD.

    • Duck says:

      The word is double edged… as is the Word.
      We can use words like sonar to test reality with echo or we can use them like a smoke to hide it…. the Word can either save people or condemn them when they allow their own desires to drop them into strong delusion so they destroy themselves.
      🙂

      • brian.s says:

        Orwell used the term ‘doublethink’ for the use of words to serve self contradicting meanings.
        The Word that is God is not a possession or control of an ‘other’ so much as the self-aware nature of which there is no Other – no opposition. No contradiction.
        That a mind of conflict and contradiction asserts and projects itself as if a power to deny or oppose God – and in effect usurp Unified Purpose and Meaning to many conflicted and conflicting ‘meanings’ is a mind in image and form, grasped or invested and identified as a self exclusion and self judgement set over and against ‘otherness’ generated BY judgement from a sense of separateness or lack.

        Intimacy of being is wordless and formless and yet finds recognition in the expression or extension of the qualities of being as resonance of ‘and Behold it was very Good!’
        The attempt to possess Reality for a ‘self alone and apart’ is the possession fallacy, from which a fear of being possessed is invoked as the need for ‘control’ or defence against loss of the invested ‘possession’.
        Unspeakable recognition of truly shared Intimacy of being is thus exchanged for a mind of conflict in its judgement of good and ill, relative to its own usurping ‘needs’.

        Marketisation and weaponisation are the only filters of meaning to the mind that is set into making its own meanings prevail over a feared and misperceived Life. This is to say that the nature and means of Commune-ication are distorted to serve a sense of possession and control under the ‘word’ that goes forth to multiply as the expression and extension of your acceptance.

        Freedom is your capacity to recognise, accept and align truly in ‘willingness’, but the a-tempt to exercise freedom in your own account, for your own agenda in seeking your own validation or vindication is the lie and the father of it – because we have nothing but we inherit everything or in scientific terms we inhere in Everything as part OF and not set apart from in power over, or subjection under.

        The mind of fragmentation and dissociation is set in loss of Meaning or wholeness and self-lack. And if we listen there for who we are and what the world is, we perceive through a glass shattered and dark in fear and conflict – masked under narrative control.

        Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
        Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
        All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
        Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

        Nor is the desire for wholeness ever allowed real resolution or healing under an implicit dependency on war and sacrifice as the basis for allegiance and compliance with a hidden ‘god’ or ‘self’ of denied fear or unconscious denial, protected by fear.

        Conscious awakening to the true nature of choice, is the freedom to discern the false from the true instead of the attempt to make true or deny true messengers that appear in the frame of our fears.

        All defences DO the thing that invokes them excepting that of a true forgiveness or release of self and other to a wholly present relational communication.

        In the alloy of the self and world WE have made are both true and false ‘versions’ or perceptions. The function of illusion is to replace truth, but the function of truth is its extension by sharing. Because we have so expertly learned to get in our own way, we cannot of such a mind get out of the way, but need to release such a habit-identity to the call to joy – as a current response-ability of attunement. This meets obstacles or blocks in a willing curiosity to be shown the nature of the false so as to release it in our selves – and thus become unself-consciously witness to the qualities of presence – as distinct from the artifice of presentation and packaging of toxic or unhealed debt as assets worthy of appreciation or at least passing off as acceptable currency.

        Words, concepts and images can all be used to mask a hidden agenda – denied transparency of self-awareness and ‘lived’ or acted out in fantasy at expense of a true appreciation. The rub here is that once phished – EVERYTHING is misperceived through the lens of an identity theft.

        Truth is NOT a weapon but to the mind that would ‘wield it’ upon its un-owned projections. Truth is the healing and undoing of projected entanglements of self-denial and thus truth must be the first ‘casualty’ that war can usurp it – war being firstly a deceit of misidentification that projects away to then bolster and defend against.

        Though I articulate in chosen terms, I cannot speak to the mind of a defended self-illusion because it can ONLY ‘see and hear’ in terms of attack. Both to get, take or possess for itself, or in need of defences against being dispossessed of self.

        Fear of Love is fear of loss of self – against which is set a ‘conditional ‘love’ set apart and invested as survival of a lave-hate. For when our conditions are NOT met, we experience a fearful and hateful reminder of our separation-trauma.

        Bringing the denial-mind to light is the releasing of identity and allegiance to a ‘first-born’ sense of consciousness – for it was born in reaction of a ‘self-consciousness’ to our created and creative being – and is becoming a channel or instrument of conscious willingness through its own self-set curriculum.
        By our fruits we know the measure of our own word. Not as a damning self-rejection but as valid feedback for evaluation, rebalancing and flow of communication in time and space. Recognising the deceiver and the nature of our willingness to be deceived is the opportunity to choose to be redeemed in truth instead of damned by lies. Let truth undo or reveal the already answered by choosing not to ‘go it alone’.

        The Word of God is timeless – before and above – all time – and yet beneath all temporal overlay of distortion of a mind set in its own exclusive thinking. It is where you know and are known perfectly in shared being and not ‘shared pain, hate, or separations seeking reinforcement and validation.

        • Duck says:

          “….Orwell used the term ‘doublethink’ for the use of words to serve self contradicting meanings….”
          Its been a long time since I read it but I believe doublethink was the act of holding an idea and believing it even when the subject KNOWS it to be false… this needed (if i recall…) and “endless series of victories over your own memory” the Words used mattered less then the ability to selectively edit your own memory and understanding to keep in line with official dictats of what reality was.
          and creepily it pretty much describes the ACTUAL state of many regular people today who really are so double minded that they can believe Iraq had WMD EVEN AFTER YOU SHOW THEM ITS NOT TRUE… new info leaks out of such peoples brains really quickly because its painful for them to think too much outside the group think

      • seth.w.h says:

        Revelation 1:15-17 King James Version (KJV)

        16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: AND OUT OF HIS MOUTH WENT A SHARP TWOEDGED SWORD: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

        17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

  4. scpat says:

    Thought provoking topic. One example that comes to mind of words being used as weapons is the live news coverage of Waco as events were unfolding there. The media repeatedly called the building where the Branch Davidians we’re living, a ‘compound’, rather than a home, a building, or some other word to describe it.

    • alexandre says:

      Very good as always. Big big big subject. Add to that the fact that these weapons are literally translated to other countries. In Brazil we are full of new terms and ways of speaking that didn’t exist before. For ex. the typical gerund thing – “I’ll be sending…” is now the Portuguese “estarei mandando…”, which is absurd, no one spoke like that before. Or the term “discurso de ódio”, literally “hate speech”. “Conspiracy theorist” is another one.

      Brazil went through a language reform in 2008 supposedly to “harmonize” the Portuguese speaking countries”, and a linguist friend even wrote an article against it. I wondered why this reform? Some strange things like getting rid of the word “story”, leaving only “history”. Bedtime history?? I guess in a New Manufactured World the languages must be “harmonized” somehow, so when the masters use their weapons, all colonies understand. They’re not only fooling people and hiding behind euphemisms. They’re disseminating concepts and symbols (more like symbolic words and terms) – hate speech, trigger, empowerment, climate change etc – which reach every corner, gets translated and adopted. The Portuguese word for “empowerment” (empoderamento) would be a laugh over here before, like saying “freezerness”, but it got adopted faster than you can say 1984. Language does change with time, but there are deep psychological problems when you mess with language like that – intentionally. The pilot that says “situation awareness” is not the same pilot that says “situational awareness”. Old pilots used “situation”; new pilots use “situational”. Brazil adopted even that way of speaking, which I can’t explain how absurdal it sounds, BUT…not many seem to be concerned. Another psychological miracle where everyone believes it was always like that. Eurasia has ALWAYS been in war with Oceania, right? I’m no linguist and know very little about it, but I think the communication part of language is much less important, in this case, than the psychological. The language changes the psychology, and when you force someone to talk in a certain way and adopt new engineered terms, you’re changing their psychology. Mind-control. We are being forced to talk (and be) like firms and adopt the LEGALESE (all upper case, please) and little by little it seems to be working.

      Again, big big subject.

      • alexandre says:

        I’m sorry scpat, I didn’t mean to write as a reply to you. I was going to reply about Waco, but didn’t and then what I wrote went into the reply to you. Sorry about that. In any case, I agree about Waco. That event is a symphony of linguistic weapons, and one of the scariest events.

        • scpat says:

          No worries, alexandre, I was actually going to comment on your post anyway and say, “great post!” Extremely important topic. I haven’t seen much written or podcasted on this topic. It would be a great one to explore more and see where else in the world these types of language changes are happening. Informally at least, here in the U.S. there is a lot of slang from music that gets used in the place of ‘real’ words. Then of course there are the broad/vague concepts used, like ‘environmental justice’, ‘sustainable communities’, etc. that we are supposed to feel good about but don’t quite understand what they entail.

        • manbearpig says:

          Absolutely, very intriguing, provocative post Alexandre…

          freezerness…absurdal…8-)

          Brazil’s 2008 language reform…!?? I must look into this! France has an “academy Française” that notoriously tried to prevent the Anglification of the French language with words like “week-end” (as I recall Mr Toutbon preferred “fin de semaine” etc.)

          imposing language and messing up minds…

          makes me think of “human-caused climate change”…

          talking and acting like firms… gives a whole new dimension to the term “corporate personhood”…

          reminds me of a book called “The simplified man” that describes how we are moulding ourselves to be more like machines: “…Press the star key,” repeats the voice server, which forces the person to behave brainlessly to be served. If machines claim to simplify our lives, they also reduce our behaviour to the logic of their functioning without ambiguity, irony or emotions. Because it is insidious, dehumanization is formidable…”

          and We are what we say…

          a lot to examine there!

          • manbearpig says:

            oops! I overlooked a deepl automatic translation error:

            “If machines claim to simplify our lives…”

            should be something like “If machines are supposed to simplify our lives…”

            another aspect of language manipulation…translation… what’s lost in translation could cause global destruction…

            like the Ahmedinejad statement that the media presented as “Israel must be wiped off the map” when apparently he said something more along the lines of “the regime occupying Jerusalem will (must) vanish from the pages of time…” ?

            • alexandre says:

              Uff, a relief. I was wondering if I was a bit off target – if Corbett wasn’t talking exactly about what I wrote and I wandered off etc. But ok, glad for your responses, and yes, big vast subject in any case.

              What scpat says makes me think that changes in language are quite normal like slangs, dialects, deformations etc (complicated subject, maybe Corbett could do something on that for us), but then you have these political weapons, absurd inventions that must come from legalese, since these bastards all live in that mud puddle. “Sustainable communities”, who talks like that? So we have two things; normal (spontaneous) transformations, and political distortions (intentional), something like that, and one could argue that the second hides inside the first. After all when I tried to comment about these new terms with a very intelligent academic, he assured me that they’re normal linguistic developments etc. Nothing to worry about. (I’m sure his eyes were saying “You’re not a …. conspiracy theorist, are you”?)

              Manbearpig, I think it was an orthographic reform, not a language reform. Spelling reform, it seems – https://unitedlanguagegroup.com/blog/brazilian-portuguese-spelling-reform/

              I myself don’t know much about it since, like me, most people didn’t give a damn about it and continued writing the same. But it is interesting, in these Technocratic times, when something like that happens. I’m gonna check Argentina (my second country) because Argentineans absolutely refused to adopt English terms, going so far as translating song titles to Spanish. Things changed there as well, I’m sure.

              About being firms, it’s what I feel. “Corporate personhood” is a good one, makes me vomit. Imagine a musician (me) going to play at a bar and having to give a receipt (invoice) for a 50 dollars pay, and for that I’m forced to open up a firm. I (regrettably) also do music for commercials and my clients (studios) also started demanding invoices. So I was forced to open up a firm, something they invented called “micro individual company” – and you pay the government 20 bucks a month. Mine is called SlaveAx (Ax for Alex and Slave for my citizenshipness positional obligatorietylessnessless). There is an alternative, a personal autonomous receipt, which is much more adequate for my condition, but strangely no one accepts it. So you’re forced by your own environment to become a firm, ain’t that a beauty? Where’s the conspiracy then? Wherever we look there it is; Technocracy, coming, forcing, imposing, pushing – and all that through your clients, friends etc. It’s demoniacal.

              Corbett touched a big point there because language must be the first thing in any human group. He should definitely do more stuff on the subject.

              • pearl says:

                Speaking of music, Alexandre, I’ve put off far too long my wanting to express how impressed I was by your talent. Back in early May you left a great comment which prompted me to explore your website, eventually leading me to the excellent short film of Ayn Rand’s “The Simplest Thing in the World” in which you composed the suspenseful background music – Bravo!! I hope your work expands to great heights.

                I don’t mean to embarrass you by including the link here, but as I’m more inclined toward Ayn Rand’s philosophy than Neo-Platonism so pervasive in our world, the film’s message portraying the tragic reality of how fear suppresses one’s creative self meant a great deal to me:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu6dAFs9cfU

              • manbearpig says:

                Pearl! You’re a Pearl! Alexandre! You’re very talented! (I was in Spain learning Spanish during the first half of May so missed all this)

                An Atlas Shrugged fan, I was unaware of this story…

                Long live the Corbett Report!

                (and its Corbetteers!…)

              • pearl says:

                It was new to me as well! Truly a great film and cautionary tale, so well made.

            • alexandre says:

              manbearpig, yes, translations. I read in a book once the phrase “indian monk”. The word Índio in portuguese means “indian” – like in native American – and indiano means a citizen of India. So there I went reading with this picture in my mind of a Pawnee in a lotus position and it didn’t make any sense. Imagine translating Shakespeare! (I had a book of Shakespeare’s poems and half the book was the translator explaining how difficult it is to translate).

              Something came to mind now. Leonard Bernstein, in one of his Norton Lectures, asks people to check up Karl Krauss. Something about the degeneration of language. I’d love to know what Corbett thinks about him. In any case, the subject is gigantic.

              • generalbottlewasher says:

                Alexandre, you have translated the visual to the audio. I knew you had something to say and I hope people would listen. Very beautiful music. Thank you. And you too Pearl.

          • cooly says:

            Manbearpig-

            Your mention of The Simplified Man reminded me of an article I saw somewhere, and this may be just tangentially related to your point, about how the increasing sophistication of airliners is having a negative effect on the hands-on flying skills of commercial pilots, which naturally atrophy as the planes practically fly themselves. A single example of the bigger picture, how by accident and also more importantly by design, our physical and intellectual skills are being eroded.

      • NES says:

        Alexandre–VERY interesting and informative post. We can always use firsthand insight into what is happening in other countries and how other cultures are receiving and translating the Narrative. Keep posting, please. Thanks.

  5. Ukdavec says:

    Good work James.

    Perhaps the show notes need to be updated to reference the interview with Douglas Valentine on the Phoenix Program?

    https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1248-douglas-valentine-on-the-resurrection-of-the-phoenix-program/

  6. Duck says:

    Sadly the only reason false words have power is because people are too scared to see the world as it is. Thats why most people have never and will never be free to choose- they are scared to go against whatever they think most people think.
    Like CS Lewis said is screwtape raises a toast the great sinners and the great saints are made of similar material in that that can go against consensus opinion and behavior. It kinda reminds me of Mr Corbetts comment about how there will always be backdoors for criminal actions because those in power need them to do their own will. I guess that there will always be a rat, just a ‘stainless steel rat’ (lol fun books..) but the reduction of most humans to almost robotic levels of media programing is rather depressing

    • brian.s says:

      As long as hate is valued as power of protection, justification and defence how can it be truly accounted for, and released as meaningless. Hidden agenda has a way of growing in the dark to subvert the mind from within and the power of backdoor denials over a self-evasive ‘consciousness’ built upon denial, is all the power we give it. (Moment by moment).

      Our idea of power is corrupted by the attempt to have it for ourself (or deny it to the other), which generates a prodigal journey into conflict, fragmentation and depletion – all of which reinforce outer dependence and powerlessness. Following the voice or thoughts of depression leads to depressing outcomes. Especially when packaged in wishful and emotional manipulations set in negative terms of escape from fear of loss – rather than alignment in true desire.

      Fear of being exposed, seen or known for who we fear we truly are – beneath our social masking, is the fearful attempt to escape damnation in pain of loss. Survival in our own terms is ‘delaying the Inevitable’ where death has replaced truth.

      Fear of exposure to love is the conviction or belief we are NOT love – and are unworthy, unfit and hateful. If love is the law that holds things one, then our mind is the lawless attempt to seek substitute ‘loves’ outside ourselves – rather than extend the love that in truth, we are created to be. Hollow masking thought goes forth to multiply a sense of self-lack – and generates a world in which “Everything is BACKWARDS”.

      “In A Time Of Universal Deceit, Telling The Truth Becomes A Revolutionary Act” – George Orwell

      However the wages of sin is a ‘universe of deceit’ but the mind works a bubble of self-justifiction as the persistence in hate within the forms or wish of love. Because the ‘power’ to separate seems to have replaced or usurped Communication or Oneness in the mind so divided.

  7. sherry.a says:

    “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too.

    Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it.

    Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”–gore vidal

    • weilunion says:

      Yes, well said. Language is thinking, thinking is language and sophistry is as old as at least Ancient Greece or older.

    • Duck says:

      Sherry
      Its sad to live at a time on the cusp of a dark age which, unless we have an uncharacteristic change in human behaviour we are at. However, even in a dark age some people keep the light of civilization alive. Their lives are just kinda dull as they miss out on the fun of doing more then copy and pass on a text that anyone but they care about. we COULD be at the edge of a great age of discovery and art and such but sadly human nature is…well..human nature 😉
      Wellonion… true, sophistry is old, I think that its just an outgrowth of people wishing to show off. On the other hand socrates IS kinda the father of technocracy if the ‘Republic’ is a guide to what he wanted. As I get older I more and more believe that our human weakness and inability to see our will worked in the world may be actually a GOOD thing… lol…. posting after beer makes me glum

  8. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I am glad that Corbett covered “words” and their definitions, along with demonstrating how we can communicate ideas to others within the realm of their own reality.

    Definitions

    Generally speaking, I feel like knowing the definitions of words are vitally important.
    In fact, “The Powers That Should Not Be” often will warp the true definition of a word in order to manipulate folks.

    Learning hinges on knowing what the terms mean, on knowing the meanings of the words in the text.
    If schools would emphasize the use of a good dictionary, I believe that many kids would benefit.

    I think that one of the aspects which makes Corbett so sharp is his command of the English language. He readily absorbs the imagery of the text, and also is able to communicate it in a variety of ways to different audiences.

    With Corbett, I also notice that he is very good about describing the “backstory” or painting an overall summary of a topic for new CorbettReport visitors. I appreciate this. It puts clarity to what comes next.

    Sometimes, I miss the old dictionary book-tomes.
    Some words can have many different definitions. Occasionally, when online, some of these definitions are missing.

    Hoi Polloi
    About a month ago, from one of Corbett’s articles, I had to re-lookup this word, “hoi polloi”.
    It impacted me.
    Of course, there can be different contexts for the use that term.

    Currently categorized in this “hoi polloi” class compared to many of the folks living in the nearby affluent suburbs, I well understand how some of my fellow “hoi polloi” workers feel ‘when they are disrespected’ by the more affluent.

    • Camille says:

      I really do enjoy my dictionaries. I’d love to get an 1800s edition to have on a podium in the library I need to get built to house my collection of books.

      I briefly brought up this matter of words being weaponized in my new video, made from a presentation I gave in my local area a couple weeks ago on the food topic, how the words stores like my local food co-op use, non-GMO, sustainable, they are being used to get these frankenfoods on the shelves, and it’s working! The last response I got after speaking to the Board of Directors was that the products “are consistent with the product statement as it is written.”

      Please Stop the Ride to a Biotech Food Takeover
      https://youtu.be/HSyfJDbfDTI

      The topic I’m moving on to next also deals with the meanings of words, how we are being manipulated because we are using different definitions than “they” are. That one is still in the planning stages.

      The new video has a link in the notes to a transcript and the source links. Please feel free to reuse any or all of it if you can. This issue of synthetic biology goes so far beyond food and it needs to be stopped ASAP.

      Thanks for pointing out “hoi polloi”, I’d missed that.

      • alexandre says:

        Camille, what a scary video. Congratulations. Where I live (small country town in Brazil) I still can drink real milk and sometimes find a real chicken, and occasionally I get a few vegetables grown by my neighbor. The rest is from the supermarket. After your video I should say I’m lucky to STILL be eating “only” GMO – not that anyone knows what is GMO and what isn’t around here. But in the US the thing is really scary. I remember back in 1987, when I tried to “go live in New York”, once I bought something I thought was a paté (pate?) and when I opened it, it was some processed salami that was so tightly packaged that you couldn’t see the slices. My intestine went crazy for a month, it was really weird. Do you remember Rima Laibow’s presentation about Codex Alimentarius in 2005? How things progressed since then. Do you talk about Codex in your videos?

        Here’s a link – http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/thematic-areas/biotechnology/en/

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Thanks for posting the video Camille.

        I often follow the market news.
        For example: Beyond Meat Rallies As Fake Meat Rival Impossible Burger Struggles To Meet Demand
        https://www.investors.com/news/beyond-meat-stock-rallies-impossible-burger-struggles-with-demand-fake-meat/?src=A00220&yptr=yahoo

        A couple things I have noticed.
        ~~ These “fake food” companies get a lot of press in the financial markets. A lot of press, a lot of hype, comparatively speaking to other companies and industrial sectors…especially when their initial stock offerings were about to happen.
        ~~ Rarely, if ever, do I see any print within an article about the supposed health benefits of ‘meatless fake food’. Profit is the name of the game. The focus is all about the fad and hype and money. Health is rarely mentioned.

        When ‘money motivation’ trumps ‘healthy & beneficial motivation’ it becomes easy to see what caliber of product a corporation will sell.

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          Aggh!…during posting my comment, I got distracted on what I originally wanted to say…

          Camille,
          In my opinion…
          The Biotech Food Takeover could serve as the epitome of “Language As A Weapon”.

          • Camille says:

            I think that another one of the benefits, for them, of switching hoi polloi over to brewed up bio-goop, is that they can add all of their “micronutrients,” like fluoride, and who would even know? Maybe lithium could be a micronutrient! JUST chill out and eat your eggs.”

            Thanks for watching and for telling people about this insanity, HomeRemedySupply!

  9. manbearpig says:

    Human life has no meaning without emotion.

    Neither does a word.

    So, I say “Hi!” and introduce myself, and sputter some stupid joke,

    and then I turn around and draw a huge swastika on the blackboard

    which invariably illicits an audible collective gasp, whispered commentary, interrogation, sometimes a nervous chuckle or two, a chair squeaks.

    It’s just an unimaginative demonstration to begin speaking about the power of constant and ubiquitous symbols on the conscious and more importantly, the subconscious mind.

    Honing words, as symbols of concepts, down to their barest meaning (as defined by…?), striving for precision in expression is an excellent exercise in clarity of thought and essential when debating ideas with other humans struggling to acquire clarity of thought, argumentation, consensus, victory and understanding

    BUT

    even the most precisely defined words and/or images are never perceived in exactly the same way from one person to the next, from one moment to the next.

    Words, in human interaction, are always subject to interpretation.

    Always.

    Words are always associated with some emotion, faint or forceful, conscious or unconscious.

    Once communicated, filtered, interpretated

    words are always dripping with the subconcious miasma of echoing emotions and emotionally charged images, as they voyage through the traumas and ecstasies of recorded experience, fears and fetiches of the specific receiver, aspirations, associations, negations and grudges and varying quantities of adrenaline, oxytocin, cortisol, testosterone accompanied by other physical states, indigestion, hypertension, sedation, the mind and body filtering, processing, more, or often less, precisely defined words, images and concepts…

    And the way a person receives, filters, processes a symbol or concept comprised of a group of more or less precisely defined words and/or images,

    delivered in more or less emotionally charged ways

    will vary from one minute to the next of changing, subjective, digestive reality.

    Truth is not as important as the perception of Truth

    in human communication, where there is no absolute meaning, only filtered and tainted interpretation.

    The masters of semantic jiu-jitsu, the spin-doctors, gatekeepers and other perception management experts know how to use the momentum of your known and unknown emotions, your emotionally charged associations and suppositions, uncertainties and anxieties behind their words to lead you, blind you and mislead you, to throw you across leaps in logic, to indignation, away from their atrocities and onto the soft warm feel-good cushions of pardon for crimes you didn’t commit and twist you into submission and terror with promises of protection from dangers that don’t exist or of their own creation.

    They know that in human interaction words do not have meaning that is independant of emotion, of subjective connotation, of history and fantasy.

    Emotion is infused with meaning and meaning with emotion. They’re inextricable.

    Without emotion there is no meaning. With meaning there is emotion.

    Emotions are part of your intelligence, helping you to know what is good, bad, ugly, important for your survival, your pleasure, your growth…

    Know thyself; thy words and thy emotions.

    And then we dissect Wag the Dog, Nurse Nayirah and Jon Stewart defending dying 9/11 heros.

  10. hugo.c says:

    Heard of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” or the “Whatever the next one Was Challenge”?

    Meet the “Chase Challenge” in which you choose any political speech (preferably in English) and “Chasify” it by replacing the fluffy with “blab”.

    Publish here (or wherever you wish).

    Bonus points for doing both sides of any debate or for interviewer and interviewee. Super special bonus points for doing a “percentage of blab” score for any of the above.

    Have fun and Good luck!

    PS: I note that Chase chose to blab ‘forever’. I think that’s a bit rough. It clearly means “without end”. So, no inflating your “percentage of blab” scores by blabing the unblabable.

  11. Libertydan says:

    I have a Polish friend (born in London and now in the U.S.) whose Polish father was recruited by the Brits to fight the Nazis, who refers to “The Germans” as if they were all Nazis. His father has passed on the propaganda that was sold to him as a young man, and it lives on. Indeed, I correct my friend on the point that many “Germans” (people living in Germany at the time)resisted the takeover of the Government there by the Nazis, and were killed for it. Some of the first individuals to be taken out were German Journalists that were exposing Nazi propaganda and deceit. The truth is the enemy of an Empire built on Lies! (I see similar things taking place in the U.S.A. today)
    The Nazi Empire can be likened to the British Empire before it, and the American Empire after it, in that young men are manipulated by propaganda to serve as mercenaries for the elite psychopaths who seek to rule over the masses. Once a “Contract” to serve is signed, these young men are considered “Government Property”. They are indentured servants who will be prosecuted for desertion if they attempt to leave. They have signed away their Rights and are exposed to massive mind control whereby they are made to think that aggressive actions like invading another country, kicking down doors and killing unarmed innocent people in their homes is the work of a hero. Yet, without these “Universal Soldiers”, who are under the spell of lies and deceit, Wars could not be waged.
    “War is a Racket” by Smedley D. Butler (The most decorated man to ever serve in the U.S. Military up to the time of his death)is a very short book whereby he explains how he was recruited into the Marines at age 19, served 33 years and retired as a Major General, only to realize how he was being used as a pawn for Corporations after he retired. He then became, perhaps, the most feared anti-war activist of his day and spoke out about the deliberate U.S. Government antagonizing of Japan long before the events of December 7, 1941. He died June 21, 1940 at the ripe old age of 59, which seems a bit too convenient to be by chance for me.
    Indeed, most of the people of the world go about their lives doing what they need to in order to survive. They seek Life, Liberty , and Happiness, no matter what geographical location or country they are in. Yet, there are some that seek to rule over others and make the world their kingdom. It is only when these people are able to control many that aggressive military actions take place.
    Those in control of the money supply (owners of the Federal Reserve) provide money to hire mercenaries, buy weapons, and generally control the minds of the masses by way of media propaganda. After the Coop that took place on November 22, 1963 and the clever swap of Federal Reserve Notes (Fiat money) in place of U.S. Dollars (which are defined as a specific weight in Silver), the owners of the Fed were able to create unlimited amounts of money. Only a portion of the money that the Fed creates is transparent. (a partial audit of the Fed by the GAO revealed nearly $16 Trillion created in secret over 27 months. 2007-2009). Since that time it has been discovered that upwards of $21 Trillion is unaccounted for at the Pentagon. It seems to me that the private owners of the Fed are creating money in secrete which they are laundering through the Pentagon. This would be $21 Trillion up and above what Congress appropriates to them (the largest military spending in history)
    Honest Transparent money is the key to saving the world from the spell of these tyrants. Perhaps, Cardano is the key.
    Dan

  12. Fawlty Towers says:

    “After the Coop that took place on November 22, 1963 and the clever swap of Federal Reserve Notes (Fiat money) in place of U.S. Dollars (which are defined as a specific weight in Silver), the owners of the Fed were able to create unlimited amounts of money. Only a portion of the money that the Fed creates is transparent. (a partial audit of the Fed by the GAO revealed nearly $16 Trillion created in secret over 27 months. 2007-2009). Since that time it has been discovered that upwards of $21 Trillion is unaccounted for at the Pentagon. It seems to me that the private owners of the Fed are creating money in secrete which they are laundering through the Pentagon. This would be $21 Trillion up and above what Congress appropriates to them (the largest military spending in history)…”

    Most likely what’s been happening.
    It’s one thing to pollute and inflate your own money supply, until it becomes worthless…
    It’s another to pollute and inflate money supplies in countries the world over who for the most part can’t seem to get enough of Uncle Sam’s funny money. 🙁

    Is this what we are supposed to tell people we interview on the street, when we ask “Where does money come from?”.

  13. Fawlty Towers says:

    Just how does the Fed go about numbering their bills?
    Is it public knowledge? Would we know the last legit numbers?
    Would they be so bold as to duplicate numbers?

    • Duck says:

      Fawlty Towers
      “..Just how does the Fed go about numbering their bills?,,,”
      As I understand it MOST of the money they issue is now electronic- a book keeping entry that they paid x amount to some entity so the vast majority of money they issue (as far as I know) is not even physically touchable and thus doesn’t have a serial number…. double fake money…lol
      The theft of the VALUE of the money people have is like magic as inflation eats their purchasing power

  14. molonlabe says:

    Interesting that a video about language shows cartridges flying through the air. They do not do this unless they are thrown. Bullets (the front part) fly through the air when fired. A little precision please.

  15. mkey says:

    GcMAF – The Persecution of David Noakes and Lyn Thyer
    https://in-this-together.com/gcmaf/

    I wasn’t aware of this case, seems very worthwhile to follow through.

  16. colin786 says:

    In relation to the MSM, I thought this article by Jonathan Cook useful in explaining how journalists and editors can become trapped in a world-view that does not allow them to question or work outside of that bubble. Cook was able to do this because he moved to Palestine. I have also been fortunate to be able to live in Brazil, where we can look at the world away from the Euro-centric or Anglo-sphere dominant paradigm.

    https://truepublica.org.uk/global/jonathan-cook-the-corporate-medias-world-of-illusions/

  17. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Regarding The Phoenix Program for those who enjoy reading fiction…

    An aware Dallas area architect, Steve A. Madison, has authored a book series “The Flight of the Mayday Squadron”. Available online via Amazon for a good price.
    (60 second ThemTube video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PofTpyGoA9c

  18. M says:

    Thank you for this. I was thinking exactly this while watching The Unknown Known documentary about Donald Rumsfeld and the reasons why he was asking for dictionary definitions of different words. His term as Secretary of Defence (Secretary of Offence as War is Peace, funny how the War Department became “Defence” department) is a great example of this.

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