How To Read The News

09/06/202090 Comments

It’s not the most original observation you’ll read this week, but it’s one of the most important: the news lies to you by omission.

Shocked? I thought not. But let’s really interrogate what this means.

All of us (presumably) would agree with the observation that “the news is lying to you.” But most people hearing that statement immediately interpret it to mean that the news is lying by commission, i.e., deliberately spreading information that they know to be untrue.

While this is certainly true sometimes (and we can all think of examples of the news outright lying about the facts of a case), blatant lies about verifiable facts represent only a tiny fraction of the media’s mendacity. Most of the time, the talking heads of the corporate mouthpiece media are not telling fibs, per se; they’re just leaving out vital pieces of the story.

Often, this type of lying—lying by omission—is a more effective means of duping the public than telling provably untrue statements about independent reality. When the talking heads of the corporate media leave out the proper context for a story, the audience can be led to incorrect conclusions about the world. And, since these perfidious presstitutes haven’t technically said anything that’s untrue, they can never be caught in their lie. They maintain a plausible denial that they just didn’t know the rest of the story.

In the interest of learning how to really read the news, then, let’s look at an example of a news story where the media is hiding key information from the public and see what that news story looks like when we add the relevant context.

Want to know more? Read this week’s edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber for James’ breakdown of the media’s latest attempt to lie to you by omission.

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  1. robert.t says:

    Great work again, James. Even when they tell the truth, they make it a lie by omission.

    We need to accept that the world’s mainstream media, consisting of some fifty or sixty slop buckets a few decades ago, now consist of five or six slop buckets. Even Comcast was not so enormous that it could not be gobbled by GE.

    This tiny clique of media giants needs waste no energy now on competition. The five or six slop buckets may supply thousands of smaller buckets to give the impression of diversity, may carry different colours and labels – red team/blue team, thinky/populist, left/right etc etc – but they are all slop buckets containing the same worthless slop.

    Everything in the mainstream media (and nearly all alternate media) is a distortion, a manipulation, a conditioning or an advertisement.

    Tell everybody.

    • weilunion says:

      “We need to accept that the world’s mainstream media, consisting of some fifty or sixty slop buckets a few decades ago, now consist of five or six slop buckets. Even Comcast was not so enormous that it could not be gobbled by GE.”

      Perhaps you meant we have to ‘understand that….”, but to accept it?

      No, we have to understand the monopolies that run the agenda for elites (and why and how they exist) but to accept it would be stultifying and pretty much accepting subjective and objective servitude.

      What we must do is rebel against it not simply through not accepting the psy-op but building alternatives like this site or at least promoting them.

      With literacy now vanishing, both media literacy and certainly print, what happens is that we as humans become dumber and dumber and more susceptible to the fascist message and manipulation.

      So, no do not accept it, know it and rebel against it.

      • robert.t says:

        If you read my words again…

        I said we need to accept what the media are. If you read that as urging acceptance of media as they are…that’s unfortunate.

        But I did not say or imply that. In fact, it seems to me that I implied the very opposite.

        Let me try again since you don’t like the word “accept” in this context. The media cannot fly straight or provide what they promise because they are completely owned in more than the literal sense.

        In the movies, Robert Redford might threaten the sinister forces with a revelation to the New York Times. In real life, the movies, Robert Redford and the New York Times ARE the sinister force.

        • FlyingAxblade says:

          use the PointerPointer with the audio from William Tell: told again while trying to figure out how to avoid workplace from mandating 10% Biometric finger print clocking.

        • lovetodust says:

          I assume you are referring to “Three Days of the Condor”, robert.t?

          Fabulous movie. I can’t remember if I took more notice of the end of the film from something on the Corbett Report or another independent site.

          We are all relieved and satisfied when Robert Redford tells Cliff Robertson he’s mailed his report to the New York Times. “How’s THAT?” we smugly ask.

          Until Cliff Roberston answers him. And you hike your jaw up from the floor.

          You’ll have to watch the movie, folks.

    • ray10 says:

      Agree completely Robert, well put. I remember in high school in 1971 a guest teacher from the Catholic school in Chicago tell us about Israeli treatment of the Palestinians since he came from there to the U.S. as a temporary teacher. He told us he would be on a televised debate that evening and talk to the class the next day. It was on an obscure channel and then (technical difficulties) I remember the next day him telling us sarcastically-you live in a free country right!: he was a science teacher down the hall that came to speak with our social studies class with our regular teacher sitting with us.

    • rselt says:

      Spot on Robert….unfortunately the people are fooled into thinking they are living in the Information Age when in fact we’re all living in the Misinformation Age. I blame the Media Sellouts. Without the MSM propaganda machine, there would be no exaggerated crisis to fuss over. When you evaluate things from the financial angle, one realizes all this media manufactured nonsense is good for business. Every time there is a Black Swan event, a great wealth transfer takes place out of the hands of many into the hands a few.

  2. lizzie says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we ignored the stream of slop and chose to look the other way 99% of the time. Then the remaining 1% left we could act like a efficient ninjas casting arrows coming from the right place. Just floating ideas here.
    If a tree falls and makes a sound and there is no-one there to hear it, does it make a sound? My thoughts on this are it is cause and effect, if the conditions are right there will be something named a sound that will be perceived. But there will never be a sound or anything else for that matter that exists independently on its own without being determined by other conditions. So if we can make the causes and conditions ripe for peace and prosperity by only allowing goodness in our lives then in a sense all the gloomy doom stuff will disappear.
    We can then affect the real change that is beyond the argument realms. To above and beyond.
    One of the ways to do this is to listen to music/writings etc..from people with pure hearts. Hold them dear

    This band Zen Wurrlitzer does it for me
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=qnTHl6cJzPM

    • lizzie says:

      Debra B, Sust and Ruby. Not sure if you guys saw it but I replied to your comment here in regards to acting in a sane way to an insane world here https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1572-new-world-next-week-with-james-evan-pilato/#comment-92883

    • joe_r says:

      Truely… for it gets frustratingly overwhelming and down right despairing to know every aspect of life is so corrupted with rot…evil per se that it can make one feel powerless to it all. Music to me is just one part ( nice tune by the way ) to at least work on myself and to be true to thine self… Keeps them theys at bay in a world that’s not going to get better anytime soon if ever at all… To overcome it all one must overcome ones self in a sense I believe why we are here in the 1st place. Also believe it irritates them to no end we are not so easily duped like the masses…

      • lizzie says:

        Correctamundo! A higher learning, perhaps that’s where we are going. It sure is an uncomfortable experience being in the world going and against the grain. Think the causes and conditions are ripe for us to just pop out this dull vibration

    • Alchemist says:

      “Energy is the currency of the universe. When you “pay” attention to something, you buy that experience. So when you allow your consciousness to focus on someone or something that annoys you, you feed it your energy, and it reciprocates with the experience of being annoyed. Be selective in your focus because your attention feeds the energy of it and keeps it alive, not just within you, but in the collective consciousness as well.” – Emily Maroutian

  3. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Corbett’s article “How To Read The News” is impressive.
    In the beginning, as I was reading, I thought the subject matter was pretty dry.
    But I sat up straight when he got to
    “Germany pressed to rethink Nord Stream 2 pipeline after Navalny poisoning”
    I have been watching natural gas, here and abroad. Natural gas will play a major energy role in the future decade.

    The last two paragraphs were a good close.
    “Business Model” is an appropriate term.
    I liked this Corbett line:
    “But at least keep this in mind:
    if you have only read one report on a major news event, you not only don’t know the full story of that event but you may be even worse off than if you had never read it at all.”

  4. MagicBullet says:

    This is another type of news lie on CNN today. It’s more of a warp of the truth, by including both twisting truths of commissions and omissions at the same time, in this case poisoning the well of German protest truthers by lambasting all of them as, “anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and the far-right”.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/05/europe/germany-virus-response-victim-of-own-success-intl/index.html

    The final thrust of the sword:

    “…experts cautioned that conspiracy only reflect a tiny proportion of Germany’s population of more than 80 million people –who, according to recent polling, overwhelming back Merkel’s coronavirus measures. The outrage that followed the protests was not because “more Germans believe in conspiracy theories, but a realization that these people exist…”

    • lizzie says:

      That is a good example of how they twist the story. The attack on conspiracy theorists is hardcore. My BBC addicted mum talks about dangerous conspiracy theorists every time we talk not realising I am one. It is powerful and effective. What do we do to counter that? I have thought about making a tinfoil mask to wear in the shops, perhaps embracing those terms and making light of those terms is the way to go.

      • Duck says:

        You could talk about things historical that she knows about from the normie side, having lived thru them, and bring new facts up… things like the “incubator babies” being a flat out lie, or some one the weirdness about the Brixton Bomber and how he was allowed to carry on doing his thing https://www.borderland.co.uk/
        is a good UK source for weirdness like that, factual, though he leans rather left in bias.
        If she sees things like that in the past she may come to see them in the present.

        • lizzie says:

          Yes, I have given her some examples, like Tony Blair and his weapon of mass destruction. That usually does the trick

  5. Steve Smith says:

    This is the opening sentence of this Sunday’s editorial in the Tampa paper entitled,

    Vaccine Release Shouldn’t Be On A Political Timetable

    “The federal government should be sending a single message about the corona virus vaccine-that when one arrives, it will be safe and effective.”

    The editorial predictably goes on to bash Trump and extol “these agencies and others involved in managing the pandemic”. Which it claims are “a last line of defense in protecting public health. And “should be unquestionably above political suspicion”.

    “America’s experience and ability to manufacture and distribute a vaccine is enormous, once scientists figure out which ones work. There’s no need to raise uncertainty about the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine by overselling the science or short-circuiting the rigor of the development process. Politicizing the virus is one thing; doing the same to a remedy would be disastrous.”

    The editorial closes with this.

    “A vaccine is vital for getting the economy and society back on track. Consumers need the confidence to leave home more often. Workers need it to return to the office. And all Americans need confidence in the nation’s scientists and regulators. Their handling of these clinical trials will affect broader attitudes about vaccinations. The stakes require getting this right. That should be the government’s chief focus and public pledge.”

    Sigh. The gist seems to be. Stay ignorant, trust me and comply.

    • CreativeLife says:

      Good day Steve,
      Only got a minute but read your post. Geez, this NorthEastWestSouth NEWS subject is deep. Go to Jon Rappaport and Nomorefakenews and look up his course on Logic and Analysis, he also has a video where he decribes the content and how to uncover layers of anything you wish to understand or research, layer by layer. He has been a journalist for over 35 yrs and just the content description has valuable information. He report daily on the psychological operation, but his interviews and videos are usually outside of his main body of work. He has studied vaccines, disease corruption, etc. intensively.
      Nothing is as it seems, especially in the world of information or should I say better witchcraft in the controllers hands. Steganography is very interesting, lots of videos Python, think about how coded messages have always been used by intellegence etc. It will jump out at you once you get your eyes opened and know the diabolical nature of those in control of all media types and government
      November 1 the day after October 31 – check this out
      List of Satanic Holidays
      https://www.theopenscroll.com/hosting/SatanicCalendar.htm
      Gotta run, the sin of ommission is witchcraft and sorcery. Know your enemy!
      They use it in pushing their pharmakeia by ommission you know not the truth of the history or ingredients. Trying to say that vaccines were invented as a study for biological warfare by the military is just plain bullshit! There was an act in the late 1800’s to stop it then when the lying Jenner was exposed. There is and never will be safe and effective poison injections. WHO controls all testing, funding, production. There are no valid court cases only dog and pony shows. The so called Vaccine Court in DC is a fraudulent cesspool.
      Lies, Lies, Lies all to try and eliminate the WHO’s biggest enemy ‘vaccine hesitancy’. And the so called Alt Internet Media is just an extension of the MSM. This is global so it makes sense that every source of media must be infiltrated and orchestrated to sell the lie the will draw in the hesitant ones, the dissidents. Oh they are crafty and they will use anyone. Nov 1 is a High Satanic Holiday for human sacrifice. They are operating in Plain Sight.

      • Steve Smith says:

        Thankfully, I am much less naive and gullible than I used to be. And I am careful to examine whatever I find credible and convincing information being cognitive of any tendency to be led by emotions.
        At the same time I have to acknowledge that it is my emotions that motivate me to care. So I need to keep it all balanced while I sift through the overwhelming amount of information trying my best to discern who is lying and who is not. Trying not to succumb to depression in the face of what seems to be some horrible prospects ahead while feeling pretty much helpless to do anything about it.
        All the while trying not to feel too guilty about my complicity in the evil for the first fifty years of my life. And trying to deal with the sick part of my psychology that in some small way finds this all incredibly interesting and uses the incredible, unprecedented events of these days to keep myself engaged in life. I am ashamed of myself for that.

        Thanks for your thoughts. You seem wise.

        • CreativeLife says:

          Life is a highway! Good tune. Many years ago I was fortunate to be raised on a farm with many horses, livestock and pets. I lived outside for the most part, except sleeping and curiously loved my natural surroundings. A sudden family tragedy led to me living with an elderly aunt in the city for a time. I went from riding horseback to school to walking on cement sidewalks in endless traffic. The smell was gross. I was in school only a few months when we had an announcement over the speaker, someone had been killed and we were sent home. So I went and my aunt was sat in front of a TV, something I never paid attention to before watching and crying. Crying and watching.

          I couldn’t figure it out cause it just didn’t seem real to me. Later my mom came from work and she explained it was President in the US (we stayed at a beach house across the border sometime). It was JFK.
          Things were real strange. And it has been that way ever since I left the farm.
          I never did like TV after that. The only thing I did like before that was Mr. Ed. a talking horse, and my mom sure gave me heck when I brought my little Arab filly into the front room in our ranch style bungalow, to see if she would learn to talk with Mr. Ed. Kids! And I liked Annette Funicello on the Micky Mouse Club. (what I know now about Disney geez) Steve, you see I have had many years to walk this lonesome valley. It’s not a phony education walk, or university of TV walk, it’s hours and hours of study, unlearning and learning, trying to make up for so much lost time and energy. I had all that crap and walked away from it all. It wasn’t easy, great pay, great benefits, raising two kids on my own after a horrendous marriage. If I can help a brother or sister avoid the traps and snares of this insane world it is worth all I have had to go through, and the years of study. These days I find I’m getting a little tired and fed up.

          The revelation of the mystery and beauty of life is fascinating and bewildering at the same time. Sometimes it feels like there are just not enough hours in a day to quench the thirst of a thought released on the wilderness of a blank page. Until the hand can no longer hold the pen, and the eyes drift into the dark it’s just one more word…. Having a tough year with next to no crop despite the hours of labour and love, knowing what is coming in part, raising and educating the love of your life is no easy task. Are we prepared? hmm each day another thought enters, the list grows. Steve, all any of us can do is the best we can. Keep engaged. Keep your mind sober. You are not alone, ask for guidance and listen well. Breathe deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth, be still and know.

          [SNIP – Please keep comments to 500 words or less. Longer comments can be split into multiple posts. -JC]

          • CreativeLife says:

            Steve cont’d
            You my friend are not alone, there is a kindred spirit in the new man rising up. I have knowledge in some areas and lacking in others, in a very few moments over this lifetime I have been granted a tiny gift of wisdom here and there, but it is because I asked with a contrite heart and the doors were opened. When it been with a haughty spirit I was left to my own devices, and that did not turn out as well I assure you.
            I have been ridiculed and persecuted yet I remain in tact, my reverence for creation and the Creator keeps me in awe, always has for some reason. Like anyone I have had my fair share of screw ups, pain, sadness, depression and confusion, false pride and found wanting in relationships. My love and adoration for children and the deep love for their innocent curiosity, puts a militancy to my nature. I abhor people who refuse to see how this diabolical system is set up to bring harm to them and the family. So in the instances where I believe someone is speaking nonsense and it could affect an innocent child either directly or indirectly I get miffed and will prepare a well aimed truth injection and shoot it straight at that mind virus, with no mercy. Couldn’t sleep otherwise.

            • Steve Smith says:

              Thank you for taking the time to write such a heartfelt and sincere reply.
              I have way too little knowledge about way too many things and am often adrift. If not for generous souls willing to share what life has taught them, usually the hard way, I would surely have given up long ago.

  6. HomeRemedySupply says:

    BUMP
    BUMP
    Corbett’s “Recommended Viewing” of “It’s Just an App Bro!”

    “Computing Forever” lays out the map very clearly. (14 minutes)
    This probably will be the next step in the United States if Ireland pans out on their pilot program.

    In fact, the recent headlines in the U.S. about a rushed vaccine as soon as November might be a ruse. It might be a ploy to convince the public to accept another “milder” alternative like the “Health Passport Ireland”.
    In sales, you always give the customer a choice…
    “Would you like a rushed mRNA vaccine now or would you prefer a Health Passport?”

    The other day, I posted the 2 minute video “Health Passport Ireland”.
    https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1574-new-world-next-week-with-james-evan-pilato/#comment-92835

    There was one or two episodes where Corbett shows the Chinese phone colors on their health app. I couldn’t locate it, but you see clips in the “Computing Forever” video.

    • lizzie says:

      On my FB feed there was a sponsored add for that dastard app. It had 3000 thumbs down compared to 38 thumbs up.
      Since then the whole page has been removed. Who would guess that the people don’t want to be tested and tested and vaccinated tested and vaccinated.
      You can contact them here on their website and tell them what for.
      https://www.healthpassportireland.ie/

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        The “Health Passport Ireland” ad.
        It had 3000 thumbs down compared to 38 thumbs up.

  7. Jed says:

    Howdy Steve. Makes perfect sense — I read “government” as “mind control.” How is the Mind Control going to control minds when they don’t send out a unified message? Tru-dat! Now put that crap down, where’s your guitar?
    You could leave that Tampa rag in your shop, keep a Bic lighter close by and, maybe, an extinguisher. Years ago at my buddies cabinetry shop whenever we’d catch someone reading a newspaper we’d touch it off, sometimes it’d be a race and there’d be two gazules lighting it at the same time — the look on their face as the thing burst into flames, man oh man talk about necessity, and there was sawdust all over as well so the event would always end with a multi-moron stomping dance. Newspapers are the best!

    • Steve Smith says:

      Hey, I’m better than I was last year. Read the damn thing every day. I was able to talk my wife into a Sunday only subscription this year. But I agree that it is total crap. Gotta keep up with what the enemy is doing though.

      I listened to Corbett’s interview with Ernie last night. I always enjoy those. I don’t listen to many of Ernie’s podcasts but always do when he has James on.
      The most recent one was very good. Ernest was somewhat subdued and they discussed many pertinent issues.

      One thing that JC mentioned was something that I have been thinking about lately. That is the perversion of the word Anarchist. That really bothers me. What the hell am I supposed to call myself?

      At one point James says that the next few years are going to be bad. Not much doubt of that. But he also admits that Ernie has has a better feel of what’s going on with the average person in America as he travels the country roads in the Love Bus and meets them.
      Ernie seems to be slightly more optimistic than I am. But then I am stuck here in suburbia, listening to and reading bad news from around the world and mostly talking to furry or feathered friends.

      One slight correction though. James said that some people just aren’t tech savvy enough to even want to listen to an explanation of things like how digital money and stuff works. Well I am here to tell you that I am always willing to have someone explain how the blockchain works. They’ve done it numerous times. But I am just so damn un savvy, or just plain stupid that I still cannot wrap my head around the idea. Just can’t find the right way of picturing it to be able to grasp the concept. But I don’t understand things like electricity or gravity either so perhaps it’s just that I should have not been a dropout.

      Anyway, good podcast. Worth a listen.

      https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/declare-your-independence-with-ernest-hancock-radio/id404507508?i=1000489907645

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Corbett & Ernie
        Thanks Steve!

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        September 2nd, 2020 podcast Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock – Radio – Guest James Corbett.

        During the last half of the podcast, Ernie mention Arizona Senator Karen S. Johnson and 9/11 Truth.
        She delivered a landmark speech about 9/11 into the Senate record on June 10th, 2008.
        (13 minutes)
        https://youtu.be/3pwryIHfVGM

        By searching her name at 911blogger.com, a person can find out more.

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          Senator Karen Johnson gave each Senator a packet about 9/11.
          In the packet was a DVD of a film entitled:
          “Improbable Collapse – The Demolition of Our Republic”
          (70 minutes)
          https://youtu.be/9-nOXK5AkVQ

          If you are new to the subject of 9/11, I strongly encourage you to watch this film. Of course, much more information has been revealed since that time.

          Tucker Carlson and Professor Steven Jones can be seen around the 53 minute mark.
          It is worth watching if you have not seen this.

          Our “North Texans for 9/11 Truth” group burned thousands of DVDs with this film. In fact, today, I recognized a member of ours in the film.

  8. scpat says:

    James, you’re just a conspiracy theorist who attempts to put together a story that will give comfort to your world view. That’s all conspiracy theorists are! They don’t care about the hard facts, they just want this confusing world to make sense! 😉

    • robert.t says:

      My definition of a conspiracy theorist as seen by the media-saturated:

      Someone who does not expect a probable explanation issued by the state and media within six hours of an event, and who does not expect a certain explanation (hard facts!) within 24 hours. That’s a conspiracy theorist as seen by the gobblers of mainstream media. That’s me.

  9. ejdoyle says:

    Great work James. I see you have some shills who have decided to register with your site to give you nonsense. Since we go back ten years I have to say your integrity and detail oriented work is quite refreshing, from your Panopticon work and your 5 Min breakdown of 9/11 to today’s work ****

    Regarding the “truth” I have been singing about it for a long time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHhO6Fj9aY0

    My best to you and yours.

    • lizzie says:

      10 years, that’s awesome.
      Corbett has made me laugh and cry in the 3 years I have been watching. To be frank this world is a better place with him in it. Does a shill still make a comment if there is nobody around to argue with 🤔
      I miss I Shot Santa

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Yea, I like Jim Bob too. (Jim Bob is “I Shot Santa”) He’s got a history here at Corbett Report. That ol’ cuss just can’t stay out of those bar fights.

      • Alchemist says:

        Where’d he go? Come back ISS

      • Jed says:

        I miss ISS as well.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        “I Shot Santa” (ISS) (Jim Bob) “WingSuitFreak”
        I should say some more, because I may have played a role with his no longer being here.

        Not many weeks ago, I Shot Santa was making a lot of comments on a thread. He threw some disparaging remarks and name-calling insults to a Corbett Report member. In no uncertain terms, I told Jim Bob to cut it out. Jim Bob just got more riled and double downed. I asked him to retain his humanity, his compassion.
        (See the “Chito” video lower on the thread.)
        Not long afterwards, I noticed that “I Shot Santa” was no longer commenting. I am guessing that James Corbett cut Jim Bob loose for the vitriolic attack of another member’s character.
        Way back, there was another time that “I Shot Santa” disappeared from the comment boards. It also followed a bar fight where he was involved with some pistol whipping (name calling). I really like the guy, and still do.

        I should say something else. I am not a moderator here at Corbett Report, nor do I have any kind of special relationship with James Corbett. Like many, I have been publicly corrected or chided for my poor comment format by Corbett. I can only imagine the “What?…oh my gosh?!” hand slap to the forehead when James Corbett reads some of my “off the wall” comments. Corbett must have a high tolerance level. Once a year, typically in December, we exchange a very, very brief email when I send him a yearly amount as a Corbett Member. That’s it. I have the same rank and standing as every other Corbett Report member. I like it that way. I’m not here for rank nor glory nor praise.

        • Steve Smith says:

          HRS, I am grateful for what you do around here. Numerous times have you brought my attention to something that I would surely have missed. So thanks.

          I like to think that old ISS is enjoying his river and preparing for the shit storm on the horizon.
          Perhaps JC did bring out the ban hammer but I doubt it. We’re all big boys and girls around here and I bet James has much better things to do than to babysit us.
          I won’t be surprised when ISS pops back in and updates us on what he has been up to.
          But I do miss the acerbic SOB though. Hope he is faring well.

          • HomeRemedySupply says:

            Thanks Steve. I grinned on the last lines. He would appreciate that.

            As an aside, I want to point folks to a comment which you recently made which linked to this article at Brookings…
            “Want herd immunity? Pay people to take the vaccine”
            https://www.corbettreport.com/gatesvaccine/#comment-93051

            There were many aspects to the article which were pretty wild. At the get-go, this assertion got grit in my food…
            “…A truly effective vaccine – which even those who have survived the virus should take since no one knows now long their antibody immunity will last – will avoid the tragedy of the million-plus deaths it otherwise could take for the country to reach herd immunity.

        • lizzie says:

          I am also grateful for what you do.
          You read and respond to comments remarkably well, what a great a talent you have.

          I was highly entertained by ‘the exchange’ ISS had with some of the other members. If you can’t release a bit of your frustration now then when can you?
          I like his never give up attitude.
          As tempting as it may be sometimes to get aggressive with people in the chatasphere, I keep in mind the Buddha’s advice.
          Is it kind?
          Is it wise?
          Is it the right time?

        • Alchemist says:

          Thanks HRS. The CR community wouldn’t be the same without you.

          As for ISS, I think we all appreciate his realness and raw honesty. He says what no one else will. Sounds like he took it too far with his words one day.. who hasn’t done that before, right? Maybe he just needs a breather. Or maybe he decided to take off his glasses and put on a cape;) Whatever he’s doing, I’m sure it’s inspired

    • CreativeLife says:

      Thank you EJ, it was a pleasure to spend some time with you and your music!

      I Miss the Old Days too!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D70TBfip4Ug&list=PL2I0HKePfL5luiz7YVqNKphm1eBEOhx9f&index=15
      I have to agree, one or two Aunt Margaret tests, and the sock puppets come out in full force. All in a day though, cause ‘Life is a Game’ like you sing!

      We can open up a whole can of worms on topic, considering your lyrics. The 24/7 “news” cycle spell makes Goebbels psyops look like cartoons. Codes, images, seduction, reverse meanings, gematria it’s just a cesspool of gimicks magic illusion and manipulation, kinda sorta, right? I think I’ll hit the piano and try a few of your powerful simple messages with my granddaughter, home education means the sky is the limits. We still use their trigger words like ‘conspiracy theorists’ to discount ourselves. Hmm!. I love it when I hear someone replace that with agenda analyst to throw aside their mind games. Kick dust in their faces and take back our language and word usage. Gonna finish cooking and play some more!

    • Steve Smith says:

      Great song EJ Doyle.
      “All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie” BD

  10. Stronghorse says:

    About the hurry to develop a vaccine for the dreaded COVID-19.

    I recently read an article that mentioned that there is a law in the UNITED STATES that prohibits rushing a vaccine through the normal multi years process, UNLESS there is no viable alternative treatment.

    Hence the need to demonize Hydroxychloroquine. If Hydroxychloroquine and Zinc works, then the law says that they cannot rush a vaccine to treat the same malady that can be treated by something that already exists.
    So I did a little digging, and…………………………

    Under section 564 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, (FD&C Act), the FDA Commissioner may allow unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions caused by CBRN, “Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear”, threat agents when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.

    So it seems that if all the doctors and scientists are right, and there already IS a viable treatment for the current threat virus, then Mr. Bill Gates and Company would be required to follow the standard procedure for developing their new cash cow vaccine in order to inject the masses. At least in the U.S., and if the U.S. doesn’t allow it, very few other countries would allow it either.
    By that time, (several years), even the normies will have figured out the scandemic.

  11. Libertydan says:

    What the MSM calls “News” these days is actually bias propaganda with an agenda. Craig Roberts calls them Prestitutes because they can be bought.
    Note the Red Carpet treatment Bill Gates gets as a result of his “Investments”. Yep, he is one of their best Customers, eh!

  12. Duck says:

    https://www.corbettreport.com/episode-212-remembering-mae-brussell/#comments
    THIS lady knew how to read the news… if “certain people” were going to gain power they would have to be in certain positions and that would be reported n in the Main S media.
    http://maebrussell.com/

    They news never has context, thats why we watch the corbett report

  13. yelv says:

    I am a great admirer of your work, James. But you do fall into the trap of calling the pot black. You say the Russian pipeline into Europe has a capacity of 1.9 trillion cu. ft. This is meaningless without the time factor. The question is: is it per second, per minute, per day or what? And you are usually so complete and perfect in the accuracy of your statements.

    • robert.t says:

      It’s an annual figure, easy to look up…but since that’s hard to envisage anyway best to say it’s a lot of gas.

      The problem is that US imports into Eastern Europe have to come the hard way and Russian gas deliveries are a no-brainer for the long term. It’s been said that the US has at times made up the shortfall for Poland by buying and rebranding Russian gas. With Germany and the EU falling away from the US there are even wet dreams of a Polish-led Intermarium, a confederacy of Eastern nations between Russia and Western Europe which will be Anglo-friendly. Slavs, Magyars, Balts, Bulgars, Albanians and Romanians all happy together while they wait for some more of the good fracked stuff to get floated in from the USA. Beyond crazy.

  14. HomeRemedySupply says:

    The U.S. rising stock market, the Bank of Japan and Softback, Robinhood, along with other nonsense.

    This topic might be kind of dry for most folks, but the stock market over the past few months has not made much sense from a fundamental perspective.
    Zero Hedge and other folks have been pointing out various aspects to the market during these pandemic financial quarters.

    This particular article gives a person some insight into what transpires.
    Most folks won’t find it interesting, but it is worth noting.
    Connecting The Dots: How SoftBank Made Billions Using The Biggest “Gamma Squeeze” In History
    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/connecting-dots-how-softbank-made-billions-using-biggest-gamma-squeeze-history

  15. Ukdavec says:

    Covid 19 stats from the World Bank – testing kits supplied…. in 2018 !!!

    https://twitter.com/ronanmanly/status/1302291604934471680

    https://twitter.com/rwoster/status/1302299432671686658/photo/1

    Now been memory holed.

  16. FlyingAxblade says:

    General Information: the bit about Convict-19 Tests being sold in 2018 is not correct. Yes, PCR tests and other things were sold to many countries in 2018. In April 2020, those tests were repurposed, as well as numerous other medical items, for Convict-19.
    It is clearly stated on the WCO website. I posted a video half hour ago showing. “Buried Axblade”

  17. Steve Smith says:

    Having seen video of the protests in Berlin and London. And having noted the mostly vastly underestimated numbers reported by the mainstream. It struck me as I was listening to the Declare Your Independence podcast with James last night when he mentioned it that there really is a simple way of getting pretty accurate numbers of the crowds by using the same method that beekeepers use to estimate varroa mite populations in their hives.
    If there were a photo of the entire gathering one could just divide the area into small equal size grids, count a few random grids and multiply by the total number of them that were full of people.

  18. pearl says:

    “But at least keep this in mind: if you have only read one report on a major news event, you not only don’t know the full story of that event but you may be even worse off than if you had never read it at all.”

    So true. And same applies to our tendencies to ally ourselves with a person, group or movement because we share a common enemy. My saying this is in light of the oxymoronic association I keep seeing between libertarian groups and reformed theologians, such as “The Blogmire” cited above linking to the summary of the Salisbury poisonings. I don’t know squat about the man who owns said blog, so my concern isn’t with him personally but rather his theology and who he follows, namely Doug Wilson, whose link follows personal friend Peter Hitchens on the list of “Fab Sites”, and of whom I am well informed. Suffice it to say that when one begins to pay the slightest heed to any amount of institutional church life, its celebrity pastors (and Doug Wilson is one of the big boys), their church politics (governed like puritan theocracies) and the disturbingly regular frequency of the most sordid accounts of sex crimes and authoritarian abuse, just know that these are the logical outcomes of their authoritarian philosophy/theology. Read John Calvin and Martin Luther; learn church history (ie “Out of the Flames”, “The Reformers and Their Stepchildren”). In no sense does Reformed theology respect individual autonomy or man’s ability to reason. I am absolutely baffled by the association of the two camps.

    • pearl says:

      In keeping with the vigilance which many exhibit here, I found the online version of “The Reformers and Their Stepchildren”. As the back blurb on my hard copy testifies (and which I copy below), Christian or not, we enjoy our freedoms because of the first “radicals”, dissenters and nonconformists:

      “The coalition of church and state has continually had outspoken opponents since its’ inception in the 4th century under Constantine. All through the long medieval night of papal terror and up to the present day of accommodation and compromise, there has never been a time when the voice of dissent and nonconformity was not heard, protesting against established religion and coerced uniformity. The most prominent target of that protest has been the arrogant usurpation of Christ’s Kingly Authority and Headship over His churches and the souls of men, whether that usurpation was Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, or any other. As it has been, so shall it ever be. This enduring testimony of dissent, this genuine Christian nonconformity arises as the inevitable response of the Christian soul to the internal witness of the Spirit toward the truth and supreme authority of God’s word. Consequently, the origin, nature and history of Christ’s churches can never be adequately discerned or explained apart from some grasp of the biblical truths advocated and defended throughout the history of genuine Christian Dissent and Nonconformity. As Dr. J.S. Whale, former professor of Ecclesiastical History, Mansfield College, Oxford University and President of Cheshunt College, Cambridge University said, ‘Dissent, not only from the centralized absolutism of Rome, but also from the State establishments of Protestantism in the Old World is an historic fact of enduring influence. To account for the tradition of liberty in the ‘free world’ of today without reference to dissent would be to read modern history with one eye shut.’” The Baptist Standard Bearer, Inc.

      Excerpt from Introduction:

      “BEFORE THE REFORMATION WAS TEN YEARS ALONG IT HAD become evident that not all who were rebelling against the medieval order were of one mind and heart. It had become apparent that within the camp of the dissenters there were deep-seated differences, tensions of such dimensions that a parting of the ways was in the making. It had become plain that the Reformers would as a result be obliged to deploy some of their forces to a second front; they would have to divide their energies between two opponents, Rome and the Radicals.

      “From the outset the Reformers realized that the opposition that was shaping up on the Second Front was going to be formidable — at least as formidable as the opposition from the side of the Catholics. As early as May 28, 1525, Zwingli, in a letter to Vadian, expressed the opinion that the struggle with the Catholic party was “but child’s play” when compared with the struggle that was erupting at the Second Front.

      (continued below)

      • pearl says:

        Continued from above excerpt of the Introduction to the book “The Reformers and Their Stepchildren” [which is in moderation; my counter says it’s at 480 words]:

        “The opening of the Second Front affected the course of the Reformation very significantly. By way of reaction to it the Reformers backed into a corner where they would not otherwise have retreated. The opening of the Second Front caused the Reformers to go back on their own former selves; it made them swing to the right. This bending to the right, occasioned by the emergence of the Second Front, caused much that was latent in the earliest rustlings of the Reform to go underground, as it were, not to emerge again until much later times.

        “No suitable name has been found for the Second Front.”

        https://www.gospeltruth.net/verduin/stepchildren.htm#1%20donatisten

  19. chrisb says:

    Email to the NYT corrections and editorial, August 12,2020 — No Response!

    In this article “President Trump shares a video containing misinformation about hydroxychloroquine”, 07/28/20, and this article “925 Quarantined for Covid. Is This a Successful School Reopening?” 08/12/20, the journalist reported “The video featured what appeared to be a group of doctors in white coats…” and “a Washington news conference featuring people who identified themselves as doctors…” respectively. My question to you and the journalist is, are they licensed doctors or not? As a long time reader of the NYT, I hold the NYT to the highest standards of investigative journalism as the “The News Paper of Record,” and I would assume the the journalist would confirm whether or not these people were doctors or not when filing these articles, and make that known to the reader — they did not. The impression and take away I get from both of these articles is that the group of people in white coats are not doctors, but “conspiracy theorist…” As an adult and citizen of the United States that has to make decisions in this time of health and economic crisis, and who relies on the NYT to give me accurate information, I would assume that the “The News Paper of Record” would want to give me accurate information to inform my decisions. Were the doctors in the video Licensed Doctors or not? Thanks in advance for your clarification on this issue.

    V/r

    Chris Bogan

  20. Lumen says:

    Hi James,

    Great Article, as usual. I know this is off-topic but just want to mention that Telus Email has been bought over by Google, which provided the free Gmail. We have been told that if we do not choose a Username and PW, they will pick one for us. Also, I have just started receiving phone calls and emails from various companies such as Tim Hortons, London Drugs etc. offering me gifts to complete a ridiculously short survey of questions requiring no reliable info (such as dates, sale-person’s name, content of interaction), in return for a choice of 1 of 4 expensive items and, of course, requesting my home address and phone number, in order to send the gifts. Some of the reviewers expressed surprise about these gifts for such a simple survey and jubilantly submitted their personal info. I have been with Telus since 1998 but it’s time for me to look for another provider, even if I have to pay more.

    All the best for keeping me informed.

  21. Tobias Fünke says:

    Thank you James for your constant war on the ill informers. You are a endless resource & a desperately needed perspective. I will continue to support you and try and spread your work to anyone who will read/listen/watch. 🙂

  22. nexangelus says:

    Latest in the UK, no social gatherings bigger than 6 now, ever changing, ever morphing stupidity, which a lot of the younger generation are thankfully catching onto as being complete doodoo…

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54081131

    Also when the mainstream media reports on naysayers and people who are anti-establishment, etc they always try to make them out as stupid, tin foil hat wearing, uninformed bumpkins and then toss in the conspiracy theory spouting for good measure…yeah, right?! Sometimes I find it hard not to become extremely frustrated and agitated at it all.

  23. HomeRemedySupply says:

    The original YouTube Video has been censored, but here is the Bitchute version.

    COVID-19 The Musical – by Frankie Goes To Nowhere
    (7 minutes)
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/ELmSXAQq0H5v/

  24. HomeRemedySupply says:

    In this 2020 Covid era, there are so many scenarios which tend to “de-humanize” us as a species.

    I ran across the following video which I though was a nice illustration of “Humanity”.
    Courage, Strength, Community, Compassion, Understanding, Purpose, Tenacity, and more.

    Humanity – Chito and Community of Del Rio, Texas
    (9 minutes)
    https://youtu.be/c2nOI6Dfnc0

    Currently, with so much going on, I keep reminding myself to retain my humanity.

  25. HomeRemedySupply says:

    September 8, 2020
    Christian the “Ice Age Farmer”

    TECHNOCRATIC FOOD CHAIN
    Farms Blamed for COVID19 – Brucellosis/False Flag? – SB4453 – “Give Up The Farm”

    (15 minutes)
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/pl5usIjPEqTT/

    DESCRIPTIVE
    Anthony Fauci has published a paper blaming farming and ranching for pandemics, jumping on the UN’s Biodiversity agenda, and setting the stage for new Senate Bill 4453, “Food Supply Protection Act of 2020,” which codifies the Rockefeller Foundation’s takeover of food.

    After a year of predictive programming about the next deadly pandemic having its genesis in poultry farms, rumors now abound about a deliberate brucellosis infection of our food supply – this could accomplish a number of objectives in the technocratic, transhumanist takeover of food. Christian explores the latest in the #FoodWars.

    ~~www iceagefarmer.com/2020/09/08/farms-blamed-for-covid19-brucellosisfalse-flag-sb4453-give-up-the-farm/

  26. debra.b says:

    RE: UN Agenda 21 globalgoals.org

    “The Pandemic is A Portal by Arundhati Roy – A Future where the Global Goals are achieved.”
    Published on Sep 7, 2020

    “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. Right now, nothing could be worse than a return to normality. It’s time to reimagine a new future where the #GlobalGoals are all achieved.

    In September, world leaders will meet virtually for the UN General Assembly which marks 5 years since the Goals were agreed. Let’s keep the pressure up so they turn things around. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine and create a better future.“

    (2:05 video) https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=emb_logo&v=ALN3UkxXA8g

    A graphic which pictures the Statue of Liberty (amongst other creepy background graphics) states “Has made the mighty kneel. And brought the world to a halt.”

    • lovetodust says:

      Thanks for this debra.b.

      I will not be able to look at the CT classrooms, though. Not if I want to live to see another day. I think my cortisol rage would finally get the better of me. And my heart. But thank you anyway. I’m sure it is as dystopian, draconian, mean, nasty, harmful and horribly un-fun as all the schools world wide.

      On a lighter note – go to Bitchute and watch the recent talk Dr. Sherri Tenpenny gave. It’s called “Breaking the chains of Tyranny”

      About 35 mins long. She really sums up the covid/vaccine fraud. Succinct and to the point. I listen to her a lot and this was a great talk to get you up to speed. She does not mince words.

      I will try to link it here: https://www.bitchute.com/video/lqIBJq0INC9v/

      Hope you can link it.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Tenpenny covered a lot of ground in a short time.
        She is so spot-on that the MASK issue is probably the most important issue in the western world, because it embodies “creep” control mechanisms by Authoritarians.
        creep – DEFINITIONS – move slowly and carefully in order to avoid being heard or noticed.
        – (of an unwanted and negative characteristic or fact) occur or develop gradually and almost imperceptibly.

        I wasn’t aware of the “Hugs over Masks” campaign. It is huge and growing.
        “Hugs over Masks” campaign
        https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffhp&q=hugs+over+masks&ia=web

        • Alchemist says:

          At first I thought we were fighting the wrong battle with the mask issue, but now I get it. It’s really is creepy to see every single person with a mask.

          Someone mentioned to me that masks are worn in rituals, to say goodbye to the old persona and hello to the new. Based on the transformation I’ve seen on society, I don’t think it’s far off to say we could be part of a massive ritual.

          • cu.h.j says:

            Good insights. Masks are a ritual for compliance for something that does nothing to stop Covid 19. walking around with masks outdoors in particular is very stupid. I haven’t seen any legitimate scientific studies that show they do anything but can actually be harmful. So the masks aren’t about safety at all but are compliance testing like JC astutely pointed out. We must not comply with the scam.

            • Jed says:

              I see a passive-aggressive thing going on with mask wearers, they’re doing their part and are proudly showing so, morons, alone in their cars, walking, cycling, they know it pisses some people off and they love it.

          • lovetodust says:

            Good point. Sad but true.

            • Jed says:

              They’re silly. The masks look like speedos and bra cups. The welding style clear plastic things look like dog-collars, as if the wearer would start chewing their own rear end if the thing’s removed. Silly.

      • debra.b says:

        You’re welcome, lovetodust!

        I hear ya about not looking at the schools in that link I posted. It’s all those things you say…makes me heartsick.

        Thanks for the Dr. Tenpenny link. I like the “take aways”. I need pocket size info because I’ve got brain fog something fierce. I’m very worn out health wise. I rest and grab moments when I can. 🙂

    • Jed says:

      Greetings commenters, there’s another nursery rhyme coming so skip this post if you’re a hater (and go * yourself too). Thanks for putting up that Roy quote Debra, I guess that’s how Roy pays for her Booker Prize (“God of Small Things.”) That quote touched off something, lit something off in me, I guess things add up little by little like how all of mainstream publishing is a fix, a mind control mechanism, one big “New Yorker” magazine.

      “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. Right now, nothing could be worse than a return to normality. It’s time to reimagine a new future where the #GlobalGoals are all achieved.”

      We know about your “GlobalGoals” Roy, we’ve read the Guide Stones. Pandemic my ass, any quick look at stats from previous years proves it’s a seasonal flu, and as more and more folks find out and start adding things up this world is gonna go coo coo for co co puffs and I am so ready.

      We don’t need no hi-tec
      weapons or guns,
      we outnumber these reptiles by millions to one.
      We’re gonna die anyway
      so let’s have some fun,
      We outnumber these shitholes by millions to one.
      Don’t comply with the nonsense
      Arundhati Roy’s so dumb,
      we outnumber her drugies by millions, so run,
      you round shouldered soft handed mean nasty scum,
      we outnumber you by millions and now here we come.
      Get a big piece of paper and a pen just for fun,
      make a million dots on one side, on the other just one,
      Now sit back and look at those graphics there hun,
      see what I’m saying, why we so dumb? We outnumber our enslavers by millions to one.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Debra.B,
      Thanks for making us aware of that YouTube Channel “The Global Goals” with all its “Great Reset” propaganda…
      …which includes Mr. Bean supporting GAVI 2020 while promoting ridiculous stats with a young child.
      Fortunately, most of the videos have very few views by comparison to other channels.

      • debra.b says:

        You’re welcome HRS! The things we stumble across when we’re looking for something else. Or we’re not sure exactly what we’re looking for. Well, that’s what happens to me anyway. 🙂

  27. debra.b says:

    😢
    Here’s how CT classrooms, schools look during the pandemic
    Sept. 9, 2020

    “From plastic partitions to tape on the floor, hand sanitizing stations and cameras recording lessons, school looks a little different this fall.

    Photos from school reopenings around Connecticut show what the new normal looks like for students and teachers this school year.“

    [SEVERAL PHOTOS]

    https://www.ctpost.com/news/coronavirus/slideshow/Here-s-how-CT-classrooms-schools-look-during-the-208434.php

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Those photos…that is sad.

      These photos demonstrate the Educational Competency & Integrity of School Educators.

      Two things are very evident.
      ~~ Either school educators have never grasped their High School Biology about viruses,
      ~~or school educators have no spine (no integrity) to speak out against the absurdity of it all.

      Any person who has taken High School Biology should know that these measures in a classroom will do nothing to curtail the spread of microbial type infections.

      The stupidity behind these measures is so idiotic that it is like the movie “Idiocracy 3 – Rise of the stupidest Stupids”.

  28. HomeRemedySupply says:

    September 9, 2020 – Wednesday

    BREAKING: Canada Forcibly Removes and Imprisons ‘Uncooperative‘ Coronavirus-Positive Citizens at Secret Location (video)
    https://rairfoundation.com/breaking-canada-forcefully-removes-and-imprisons-uncooperative-coronavirus-positive-citizens-at-secret-location-video/

    EXCERPTS
    In Quebec City, Canada, the state has the ability to force people who test positive for the coronavirus into isolation at a secret location if they are deemed “uncooperative,” according to Dr. Jacques Girard, who heads the Quebec City public health authority.

    During a portion of a press conference exclusively translated by RAIR Foundation USA, Girard discussed an instance where patrons from a particular bar were told to wait for test results for the coronavirus. The patrons disregarded the orders and went to other bars before the test results came back positive, which led to them being taken and forcibly placed into isolation by the state.

    Girard presents as a mixture of being proud of his power to force citizens who are “uncooperative” into isolation, and coy about the details of that isolation…

    …Girard explains that if a person is told to stay in isolation, public health officials have the right to go to their home to make sure they comply. If not, the state can pick them up and force them to comply….

  29. debra.b says:

    Via techocracy.news

    The Caustic Wages Of Perpetual Fear
    POSTED BY: PAUL ROSENBERG VIA FREE-MAN’S PERSPECTIVE SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

    https://www.technocracy.news/the-caustic-wages-of-perpetual-fear/

    I’ve gone on for a long time about fear making humans stupid, and even about it being a weapon and a brain poison. But I’ve also wondered at times whether people would hit fear-fatigue… that point where people have simply had enough fear and walk out from under it.

    As it turns out, however, I was a bit optimistic on fear fatigue. I’ve been reading Robert Sapolsky’s newest book, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best And Worst, and was disappointed to learn what the best new research shows on the long-term application of fear. (Or, in the academic terminology, sustained stress.)

    My disappointment, however, was soon tempered by two things:

    1. I gained information on how fear poisoning works.

    2. That human neurology is immensely variable, that there are exceptions to everything, and that if the whole picture were actually as dark as the most troubling findings, we’d have devolved into nothing but murderous monkeys long ago.

    I barely need to say this, but 2020 has been The Year of Fear. I’m a bit amazed by the extent of it. There is a certain appeal to soaking up all the fear stories in normal times – our ability to look evil in the eye makes us appear vibrant – but 2020 has pushed far beyond that level. What we’re encountering is much more than simple fear porn, and there are certain outlets (including websites) that I can only describe as obscene.

    This is more destructive than people realize.

    What Perpetual Fear Does To Us

    I’m going to quote from Sapolsky, who is one of the best neuroscientists of our time. I’ll edit a bit to simplify and to remove the brain-area references, and will follow the passages with a few elaborations.

    “During sustained stress, we’re more fearful, our thinking is muddled, we assess risks poorly, and act impulsively out of habit, rather than incorporating new data.”

    Under a long stream of fear (like scary headlines), our thinking breaks down. Let me put that very simply: You may be very bright in essence, but when you consume hours of fear every day, you become stupid. And please understand: This is biological. Your brain operations become those of a stupid person. (And yes, I’m using “stupid” very unscientifically.)

    Also bear in mind that fear works. The people selling fear on TV, web pages and social media are being rewarded for it. They have become, using my terms loosely but not unfairly, drug dealers, selling damaging material that people become dependent upon. Moreover, these are professionals. Social media companies are fully aware that their business models depend upon people being addicted to them. They are careful to keep them addicted.

    The fears people consume, then, are coming to them from people who are cashing in from it.

    “Stress weakens connections that are essential for incorporating new information that should prompt shifting to a new strategy—while strengthening connections with habitual brain circuits.”

    [ARTICLE continues……]

  30. Alchemist says:

    Yesterday in the Bay. I was half expecting a dragon with seven heads to appear in the sky

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Bay-Area-awakes-to-foreboding-smoke-choked-15553731.php

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Those PHOTOS! Wow! So surreal.

      So, the new ‘America The Beautiful’ song goes…
      “…Oh beautiful, for spacious skies
      For amber waves of light.”

  31. onlyjob says:

    Dear James,

    As a devoted follower and subscriber I must point out that this investigation is unlike other quality investigations of yours.
    Politics of Russia is slightly more complicated and without necessary familiarity, this article makes several incorrect assumptions. Without too much nitpicking let me point out just a few interesting aspects:

    * Quite obviously Skripal was not the actual target of poisoning. It was a staged assassination, designed to send a warning to all potential defectors. Ties to military intelligence (GRU) were exposed by various investigations and practically confirmed by TV interview with two pathetic assassins who was later given new identities by the state.

    * Russian government has been taken over by organised crime. They have clans, affiliations, etc., and state do not necessarily order assassinations of dissidents: in one recent case, opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was probably murdered as a present to rulers, but seemingly not under direct order by them.

    * Navalny made dozens of high quality documentaries investigating crimes and corruption of high profile politicians government and officials. Certainly Navalny made some powerful enemies who have motives, means and opportunity to orchestrate poisoning. Their ties with the government may be loose.

    * Russia have a long tradition and unspoken policy to intimidate all political dissidents and opposition, however little, regardless of threat. Currently Navalny is the biggest opposition leader, fully qualified for intimidation. He has been arrested countless times, his home and office have been raided many time by police, etc. State have motive to eliminate him as a threat.

    * 2% popularity may be correct according to official polls and we all know how little they can be trusted. Observation that he “has never held any elected office, his political party doesn’t have a single MP in the Duma” fails to notice that it is only because state refused to register his party and excluded representatives from elections for bogus reasons. In 2019 there were massive protests because no opposition representatives appeared on ballots despite meeting all criteria for being registered for elections.

    * Poisoners probably did not count for amount of publicity and political pressure from Navalny supporters. Without that support Navalny could have quietly died in the hospital. Failed assassination attempt is not necessarily fake: there are no shortage of real/successful murders of notable dissident journalists and politicians in Russia. With all dodgy aspects of the story considered, it is unlikely that Navalny is controlled opposition who is being promoted by methods of “fake” assassination attempt.

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