We Need to Talk About Search

08/16/201980 Comments

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Why does no one seem to understand the bigger picture of search algorithm manipulation. This isn’t about being able to work around search blacklists to find certain information, it’s about how we are being steered toward a future where we will not have control over search results at all. We will ask our computer oracles a question and we will get one pre-approved answer. This is the nightmare future we are stumbling into, and (almost) no one seems to get it.

SHOW NOTES:
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  1. ChrisChristiesMooseKnuckle says:

    Hey James,

    I believe that thorough indoctrination via inculcation has rendered most people unable to ascertain fact from fiction, at an almost universal level (some are cowards; afraid of what other’s may think of their views; which is a truly pitiful way to live theclife granted to you—in the 1920s, Bernays & his ilk stated that 90% of people are incapable of sifting through the disinfo (if I recall correctly, this was stated in Bernays’ book, aptly titled, “Propaganda”); thus, separating the wheat from the chaff.

    The growing scientism, with its natural byproduct of intellectual laziness (not to mention the horrendous level of knowledge proferred at these institutions, is laughable. The primary fear should be that a true Idiocracy is actualized; ushering in both technocracy & the attendant, digital enslavement, that would be inevitable once certain lines have not merely been crossed, but erased entirely.

    Keep up the solid research, Mr. Corbett, &, if you don’t already possess one, a dead-man’s switch is essential, & must be promulgated to all; incouding normies.

    Peace.

    • ChrisChristiesMooseKnuckle says:

      I respecrfully disagree with your “Game Over” video that was uploaded roughly a week ago—true researchers have always begun with the official narrative(s), in order to come to the obvious conclusion that some aspect of the government had a decisive role in said event: There was no access, for the public, to the internet; however, those with an innate/finely-tuned BS detector, were able to see the deception re the JFK assassination; just as the Soviets knew how ro read between the lines of Pravda, keep their mouths shut in regard to their kbowledge, & utilize the samizdat to spread the truth.

      The growing scientism, with its natural byproduct of intellectual laziness ( not to mention the horrendous level(s) of knowledge proferred at these institutions, is laughable. The primary fear should be that a true Idiocracy is actualized; ushering in both technocracy & their own personal, digital enslavement.

      The children born on 1/1/2020 will be the first of the generation dubbed Alpha (when e the Epsilons?). Why were those born between 1/1/1964 & 12/31/1979 dubbed Generation X? Even at the time, thete were those who commented on the symboloicsl/subliminal impact that it’d have on them, as kids; lasting, for most for their entire lives: You ate worthless, & thus, crossed out of the the way society had always functioned—the Baby Boomers (generally soesking, are the biggest sellouts, ever; going fron hippies to yuppies; leaving future gdnerstions worse of thsn their own ( prior to this, each subsewuent generation was left, at least, a bit better off than their parents. The late Millennials (religious subtext to this’lerhaps; as Generation Y is a synonym for this generation). I’ve seen numerous articles proclaiming how small GenXers are, as a generation, compared to all others, contemporaneously speaking; &, how Millennials are much more like the Boomers (selfie culture, solipsism, etc.), & how Boomers are refusing to retire (despite being the ones who have suffered, generally speaking, far leass than other generations) when those of thecsame age, in orevious generations would normally have done so. Basically, there appears to be an ongoing effort to cross out (“X” out) GenXers, & hand the reins over to the Millennials (in particular, the ones born towards it end; for they’re indoctrination as been fuller; plus, many of them can’t recall a time, in their own lives, wherein tech wasn’t a major component of their reality. Has anyone else noticed who difficult it is to get a simple answer to a simple question (“professionals” of this respective field, included)? I’m far from being a genius, & no damn well there are those who’ll be more up to date on thing (e.g., Mr. Corbett); but, I don’t even eant to talk to others, as it’s become so frustrating to deal with them, even when dumbing down my choice if words, dramatically; not to mention the conversation, if let alone to thrive on its own, will ultimately devolve into the banal, such as celebrities, the endless movie sequels (why can’t original fiction be written at the level that it once was?), hero-worship, etc.

      —Some Rando on the Interwebz

      • ChrisChristiesMooseKnuckle says:

        P.S. I’ve heard that you don’t like long messages & preffer lengthyvmaterial by broken up: If true, I hope my two posts fit the bill, so to speak. Please let me know if I wrote too much in a single post—I’ve been a subscriber, for awhile, but only posted a couple of messages, previously; which were far shorter than the two posts, above.

        P.P.S. I disabled spell-check, don’t proofread, & since my fondle slab’s keys are tiny in comparison to my fingers, I’m constantly hitting the wrong keys; so, I hope my posts were intelligible—to some, anyway; yourself, hopefully, among that group).

        Enjoy your weekend, & may the climes remain sunny. 🙂

        • ChrisChristiesMooseKnuckle says:

          Hey James,

          You linked to Truthstream Media, in the show notes, which induced a desire within me, for an interview(s) &/or, even better, a possible future collaboration(s), in the near future. The divide which seemed to have been mostly conquered by independent joirnalistd, has enveloped the nation of the US, & it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it; so, just as Leftists & Libertarians focused on their common objectives—putting differences aside, as both groups pretty much understand reality; primarily differring as to what the solution(s) is.

          In that vein of the unification of the Left/Right, might I suggest that you invite Whitney Webb, of MintPress News, on your show, for an interview—or, better yet, a roundtable (not of the Cecil Rhodes variety, of course) discussion with her on Ricky Varandas’ podcast, which also fearures Sam Tripoli—as her work on Epstein & the roots of the blackmail operation he was running, are laid out far better than any journalist has done; at least, in written form, as opposed to video presentations; whereas, Ryan Dawson did a good video which connecting myriad edges of highly-influential nodes, to use network theory parlance; later adopted by Niall Ferguson—yes, he’s a CFR stooge & Anglophile, for sure; but, he tends to let details slip out, which others do not (this is not a lack of circumspection, on the behalf of Niall; for in my opinion it’s an intentional nod to those who are in the know [including, us “wacky conspiracy theorists”], & his desire not to be viewed in the annals of history, as a complete shill.

          Whitney was recently interviewed by The Jerusalem Post—smartly, she recorded the whole interview—which will almost certainly be a hit piece, despite Whitney claiming the woman interviewing her came off as friendly & aggreeable.

          For a brief synopsis of Niall Ferguson’s work on network theory, the article—adapted from parts of hos book The Square and the Tower—is within the print edition of Foreign Affairs (though, it may be online, as I only own the aforementioned copy, & have no membership), in their September/October 2017 edition (Volume 96; Number 5), comprising pages 68-79.

          • ChrisChristiesMooseKnuckle says:

            P.S. The next video, after this one, will be your coverage of Jeffrey Epstein; so, take that into account, as I may be blown away with hitherto unknown veritable, documentaty evidence—you should still host Whitney Webb on one of your podcasts; if not for the sheer fact that she’s one of the only journslists who quickly/teadily admits errors, is open to criticism because aside from promulgating the truth, as she sees it, she possesses what you do: An unquencing desire for verifiable information—readily willing to entertain various theories, while stating that she cannot prove those types of claims, yet, if ever—not to show off one’s intellectual might; but, to obtain an epistemological understanding, as true to reality, in a world of nonstop PSYOPs; i.e., sans a “crippled epistemology” via Cass Sunstein’s cognitive infiltration team of bootlickers.

            I can help with initial connections in regard a few sites, that are smaller in size—drastically so, in certain instances—than your own & many others; but, these people call out whoever is guilty of something, & are truly principled individuals. I am on friendly terms, but have no real pull, so cannot guarantee anything, as to coordinating appearances.

            I just thought I’d throw the idea, relayed to you above, in case you were interested in conquering, yet again, the false Left-Right divide.

            I hope your son had a speedy recovery & that all Corbetts & Corbeteers finf themselves in good spirits, health, form, etc.

            Be good, all.

            Peace.

            • ChrisChristiesMooseKnuckle says:

              Lastly, James Evan Pilato, during a New World Next Week episode, from about a3 or 4 episodes ago, exclaimed “whatever that is” to the term “surveillance capitalism”: The word’s a neologism invented by the author & professor, Shoshana Zuboff, & employed in her tome, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Guman Future at the New Frontier of Power.

              I had previously watched the video of Yasha Levine—as well as several other interviews of him—which you briefly played a clip from & provided a link to the talk he gave, which was taped by C-Span—I’d reccomend reading his book prior to Ms. Zuboff’s; as his is a lot shorter & doesn’t delve into as many factors; i.e., the obilosophical examination of the subject isn’t treated by Levine. Both of the aforementioned books are great additions to Patrick Wood’s two books on technocracy; though, he grasps the overall topic much more clearly, the two books which I recommended offer valuable information & come from a vastly different oerspecrive, at times (I despise echo chambers; the true hindrance to knowledge & hence the advancement of all people, for the better).

              I also highly refommend Annie Jacobsen’s book, The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top Secret Military Research Agency. As with any book, have your BS detector on full alert; especially seeing as Annie had written to prior books, obtaining access to a lot of high-ranking people within the agency she was researching, & still hasn’t burnt her bridges; whereas Douglas Valentine experienced something far different. Her book’s still worth the read (I fact-check everyone; achavit which I hope will, one day, be adopted by all); in facr, I’d tead her’s before the others. Parenthetically, Jay Dyer did a two-part book report on said book; which is a good primer for all; not just for those who aren’t toing to read it.

              Later.

              • ChrisChristiesMooseKnuckle says:

                I mistyped the subtitle to Shoshana Zuboff’s book: It is “The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power”. I think you’d not only find information which is very relevant to your work, Patrick Wood’s, & others; but, I think you’ll enjoy them; for they don’t hide gems within a 1348 page tome (I’m not naming names here), no matter howcinportant such a lengthy tome is, to our understanding of the world. 😉

  2. manbearpig says:

    Ok, so it seems a new type of video has been inaugurated; the

    “WE NEED TO TALK…” format.

    Cool!

    So about this first one, you’re sounding the alarm that “Search” is a word that’s soon to be utterly obsolete and replaced by the word “Query” for the

    “One Correct Answer” in the

    “One Politically correct Reality”.

    So the question ultimately is:

    How to safeguard our access to Reality
    itself…?

    how to safeguard the knowledge even that we need to safeguard it?

    How to create untraceable, unviolable internetworks?

    How to build our own accessible, uncensorable Alexandria-style libraries of Humanity?

    in an era of soon or sometime-to-be quantum computers and ubiquitous surveillance…

    Gotta Believe it’s possible;

    On various occasions Corbett Report commenters have confidently left ideas and instructions for how but…

    harrowing chase scenes in the matrix as a metaphore are swimming in my (programmed) head…

    but will soon be able to broach the subject with more tech specialized students…
    ?

    • dlx says:

      I firmly believe that we need a free market. Free from gangster banksters and their cronys in power.

      We will never get a single search reality as long as there are consumer wares around to intice us.

      Hell, facebook, google and the other giants live and thrive on ads. We are the product they are selling to corps who want to buy adspace.

      So I wonder how they intend to fund their company in a censored socialist hell. Perhaps this is where Libra comes in when it comes to FB.

    • cherub says:

      Sometimes low tech is best. Maybe we need a samizdat.

  3. Octium says:

    I remember that once upon a time if you typed a single search term into Goolag you were likely to get 100’000s of pages of search results – Of course you needed to be desperate enough to search through them all!

    As an experiment just now, I did a search for the word “freedom” using Goolag.

    At the top of the search page it reports…

    “About 1,370,000,000 results”

    OK, that sounds like a fair enough number of results, what more could I expect?

    Thumbing through the pages using the tabs at the bottom I get to page 36 (last page) and now I notice at the top of the screen it says…

    “Page 36 of about 353 results”

    353 results? What happened to the other 1,369,999,647 they promised me and mentioned on every page up until then?

    If I tell Goolag not to omit similar results to the pages just displayed then can get up to “Page 49 of about 481 results”

    That’s still a huge shortfall!

    BTW, Love Truthstream media too!

  4. martin.hill says:

    The Google bug – Douglas Adams predicted this decades ago – in the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – The answer to the meaning of life, the Universe, and everything by the computer Deep Thought – was —– “42”

  5. milan says:

    Very easy: try to google news that Larry Page (or Sergey Brin) was arrested coming back from Thailand because he have porn pictures on his computer (probably minority).

    This was a news many years ago but today it is IMPOSSIBLE to find it on Google (or Bing or DuckDuckGo) today.

    Does anybody remember this?

  6. Oneoone says:

    Hi James,

    It is a coincidence that you brought this up today. I was just a quarter of an hour ago thinking of all the possible ways I think I have been fooled by Google’s services and such like. There are existing quasi-celebrities of whom all the search engines I know give a null result. Also, my former school friends seem not to exist at all. This makes me think that I have qualified for some special category. Go figure.

    What has to be understood is that these big companies are comrades with state intelligence facilities, so some of these policies are military related. This symbiosis of state and corporate power of course is the definition of fascism.

    Sincerely,

    101

  7. pearl says:

    There’s a follow-up Project Veritas video which I came across at Cryptogon earlier this week. The shadowed whistle blower has come into the light of day with a cache of google documents broken up into 10 downloadable files over at the Veritas website (for some reason, I’m unable to download with my current OS; maybe that’s a good thing, protecting me from malware). Something about this feels off to me, but there it is:

    Follow-up whistle blower interview:

    https://www.cryptogon.com/?p=55658

    Google document dump:

    https://www.projectveritas.com/google-document-dump/

    • cherub says:

      IS cryptogon a legit site to post vids to? Is it like bitchute or youtube?

      • taxpayer says:

        Cryptogon is a legitimate site who seek “to disseminate information and perspectives that have been ignored, covered up or otherwise belittled by government, media, and corporations.” Unlike bitchute, they don’t invite people to post their own videos, tho they do have a page for submitting tips.

        I hadn’t heard of Project Veritas before, and they do seem awfully concerned about defending the U S President, but the material from Zach Vorhies seems legit.

    • manbearpig says:

      Hey Miss Pearl,

      I hadn’t seen all this “Google Whistleblower” stuff before this Morning.

      “Something about this feels off to me…”

      Couldn’t agree more, Leaping Lamb.

      • pearl says:

        “Off” was my understatement of the month. I didn’t watch the video until after I’d posted it here, and wow! it was poured on rather thick, wasn’t it? I enlarged and paused on the portion of sites blacklisted by Google, and oh no! NOT Megyn Kelly!!! Say it isn’t so!

        My cheeks are a deep shade of pink.

        • manbearpig says:

          Hey Miss Pearl!

          Understatement can be very powerful. Though the English are generally credited with having mastered this art, the French, mercilessly ruled by the tyranny of good taste in the form of ever impeccable moderation in all matters, have perfected their own style of understatement (to the point where the phrase “It wasn’t terrible” means “it was terrible”… and “it Really wasn’t terrible” means “it was Really Terrible!” (which I suppose, it could be argued, is a form of doublespeak rendering people vulnerable to an insidious strain of cognitive dissonance (but such a conclusion would be exessive and uncouth and thus utterly invalid.)))

          Anyhow, all this to say that your understatement about soemthing feeling “off” seems perfectly appropriate in the case of this so-called “Whistleblower” and certainly nothing to blush about.

          Incidentally my cheeks are a deep shade of pink too. Sunburn and Campari. Fortunately my beard pretty much hides the rosacea. Summer vacation over now…8^(

          p.s. Personally, I couldn’t get through more than a few minutes of the PV interview, enough to see I was being taken for a jerk (which doesn’t mean I’m not one, just that I hate it when you rub it in.)

          • pearl says:

            Haha! Thank you for putting a smile on my own, woolly little face this morning.

            It was a pleasure to read your thoughts from the beaches and decks of Southern France. One of these days, I’m going to taste Campari for the first time, with you in mind.

  8. InsectInPixel says:

    James,
    It’s time for you to have a serious conversation with Tim Berners-Lee. Do what you can to get 30 minutes with him.
    Maybe even Nicholas Negroponte too.

  9. NES says:

    Sorry for the length of the post. Thanks for the talk, James.

    EXPERIMENT—I don’t use Bing and avoid Google. It’s nearly impossible to do so since the monster changed its algorithms. However, I wanted to see for myself what Google is doing in real time. I did. The Goolag has put all content that does not support their false Narrative in an unsearchable mode. I performed several experiments with Bing as a browser.

    First, I keyed in ‘Suicide Jeffrey Epstein’. I got MSM crap. No CR info on any page that I could locate.

    No matter what I key in around the word ‘Suicided’ I got nothing on Epstein other than MSM journalists who support the Narrative.

    I know James does not use Facebook. Nevertheless, these come up as the so called Corbett Report postings. Examples proliferate.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheCorbettReport/posts/2351614121555153

    https://www.facebook.com/TheCorbettReport/posts/2353080848075147

    Next, I keyed — ‘Suicided Corbett Report’–into the browser and a list of info popped-up on videos about Gary Webb — ‘Corbett Report Suicided Gary Webb’. NOTHING on Epstein and several pages deep, too. I tried again several times to bring up the Suicided video on Epstein with various keyed wording. It would not show up on a search of any length.

    So, I changed my tact. I rekeyed the words ‘Suicided Corbett Report’ three times in a row. The third time I repeated the request a list of CR videos popped-up with the ‘Suicided: The Final Days of Jeffrey Epsetin’ at the bottom of the first page after a number of earlier dated posts. This was a completely different list than what had appeared previously. Only when I continued to repeat my original request in the exact words did the video show. The algorithm has a tortured work-around if you know any of the words to use. BUT you have to know the words. Which means that no person searching without knowledge of the information for which they are searching will find anything more than the Goolag’s false narrative.

    There is no question that Google’s parsing algorithm is shadow banning the CR. It is deleting or pushing everything to the end of all history that does not support it’s narrative, and definitely anything that represents freedom of thought such as the Corbett Report.

    Anyone who thinks this isn’t a supremely bad occurrance because they can find a video if they know the words to key-in is NOT getting the take-away.

    FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. I know that a huge portion of the US population just can’t get this because the last two generations have been coddled, educated and conditioned by the MSM. But we know one thing, as with the Catholic Church, intelligence and critical thinking are the last things Google wants. Control requires keeping the public stupid by narrowing the information and resulting knowledge available to them while having them believe in Goolag’s infallibility and that of the Mother Net.

    The Catholic Church did exactly this in the 15th century. They wanted to maintain control of the populace in order to continue sucking wealth from them at a time when new thoughts/concepts/ideas arose within the masses that would not be quelled–mainly, concepts of freedom without the Church. The so-called ‘church’ tortured, burned and murdered thousands upon thousands. We are staring down the barrel of this scenario now with, as Neil Young put it about Bush, “a kinder, gentler machine gun hand”

  10. el Gallinazo says:

    David Icke deals with this issue constantly.

  11. proeft says:

    Thank you James,
    They are programming masses of people just exactly as a sociopath programs an abused spouse. I really appreciate your work.

  12. lwc says:

    The most troubling thing about this message is that this concept must be explained. To THIS audience.

    The second most troubling thing is that I feel I must make this comment to this audience.

    Who shall deliver us from this body of death?

  13. alaine says:

    I have been enjoying Amazing Polly on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tRfinLVNm8

    • Olaf says:

      The way i see it: This “stunning & brave” “whistleblower” has not only revealed his identity upon disclosing the information (so you can have a face to attach to your favorite hero you see…), the “leaked” documents themselves are loaded with mainstream political right-left misinformation propaganda.

      You think they wouldn’t even bother to make it seem like the “leak” is legit and that it represents their views by adding some extra terms to their algorithm’s blacklist if they were the ones doing the “leaking”?

      They’ve clearly realized that since the cat’s already out of the bag and people are starting to point their fingers at them, their next best move would be to dangle a red-herring in front of people’s faces and have them chase after their created left-wing boogeyman-identity instead.

      The solution to this “political” problem cannot come from political thinking. Nor can it come from political action.

      Learn to recognize the patterns or we’ll remain mute & walking blindfolded indefinitely as they distract, deceive, divide & ultimately conquer us at every step of the way.

      Big Tech is not in bed with government.
      The two are joined at the hip.

      • manbearpig says:

        Yup! Olaf, you Nailed It!

        In that so-called “whistleblower’s” dead-man-switch interview I got as far as “tampering with the elections”

        oooooooooooooooooooooooooo Tampering with the Elections! oooooooooooooooooooo

        Good grief.

        So That was Amazing Partisan Polly’s mission? Gain credibility with good work so she could promote this classic mixing-truth-and fiction gatekeeping psyop?

        or is she just dangerously gullible?

        hocus pocus! Now you see it! Now you Don’t! Look at This! Over there!

        Like feeding the fish in the sea this Morning. they’ll jump wherever you want them to, too.

        So here we go again with another Assange/Snowden/Q-anon hero worship BS.

        and it’ll work, of course.

        oy vay.

  14. marvinsannes says:

    Mark Barden, grieving Sandy Hook parent and also playing SWAT in an FBI get-up on the same day is now impossible to find on youtube.

    I bought a set of 1905 encyclopedias for $150, just in case my grand-kids wish to look up something in history.

    History is re-written. At Library sales, “$5.00 for all you can carry”, I buy all the history books I can. These books will be forbidden or valuable!!

    • cherub says:

      You need to screen capture all such things and save them to optical disk and pass them around. I made a video about Parkland that shows clearly that the closet video was indeed recorded approximately 5 hours before the shooting started. See the approximately 1:54 mark.

      Mass shooting: questions, curiosities, statements and solution
      https://www.bitchute.com/video/XmMoxsDhV5xU/

      PLEASE SCREEN CAPTURE THIS AND SAVE IT TO OPTICAL DISK AND POST IT EVERYWHERE YOU CAN. I DO NOT CARE IF YOU COPY IT AS LONG AS IT’S IN FULL.

      I did later decide that my solution needed to be modified a bit (replace the guns with paint ball markers with special balls)

      How to stop mass school shootings without destroying rights.
      https://www.bitchute.com/video/C0bT9Ukx1ohe/

      That last video does not work for me, but the thumbnail for it contains the entire text and can be seen here https://www.bitchute.com/channel/eor/

  15. dregeye says:

    Epstein U2b search experiment
    complete search term in quotes as presented by Mr. West:
    first listing

    complete search term without quotes:
    130th listing

    without quotes but filtering “Long (> 20 minutes”:
    16th listing

  16. cherub says:

    How do you tell if your videos are being throttled? At one point I was getting 50 views a day, but that only lasted 3 or 4 days, now I am getting around 1 to 5 views per day?

    Also, It used to be that when I copied and pasted “Mass shooting: questions, curiosities, statements and solution” into duck duck go, that my video on bitchute would be the first result. Now I cannot even find a link to it unless it’s on a forum post like this.

    So, I apologize, but I would very much like to spam this on every vid that Corbett makes, and everywhere else I can find, because I know of no other way to get it out there.

    PLEASE SCREEN CAPTURE THIS AND SAVE IT TO OPTICAL DISK AND POST IT EVERYWHERE YOU CAN. I DO NOT CARE IF YOU COPY IT AS LONG AS IT’S IN FULL.

    Mass shooting: questions, curiosities, statements and solution
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/XmMoxsDhV5xU/

    The most important part of this video shows that the closet video was indeed recorded approximately 5 hours before the shooting started. See the approximately 1:54 mark.

  17. davinci says:

    How is nobody talking about this??
    Google “Machine Learning Fairness” Whistleblower Goes Public
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1VeElBAeas

  18. cherub says:

    Oh, I would also like to ask all of you, have any of you seen this “A Call for an Uprising” fellow on youtube?

    I have misgivings about him due to the number of followers he has (several hundred thousand), but many times he does seem to put out the truth (however difficult it is for me to accept) in the same realm that Ted Gunderson covered.

    I am having a very hard time accepting it though. I mean, I could handle this stuff back when it was just Dennis Hastert or Jeffrey Epstein, but this whole religious dimension to it… it’s just too much for me to accept. And I used to be so cocky about realizing 9-11 was an inside job. I have been humbled.

    What’s your take on him?

  19. Lillybilly says:

    Dear James,
    you are absolutely right – I’ve noticed it massively in the last few years – probably because I am in my fifties and have seen the change over time. I never trusted the computer when it appeared in the 70’s – I knew no good would come of them. What i have seen is the dumbing down of the available information when searching and it is very irritating.
    What to do ? I think the only people who will be able to use the net soon, will be those who can programme and use the ‘dark’ net – anyone else is better off becoming a lucid dreamer and telepath in my opinion. If you have any further suggestions I’d be interested to hear them – I just don’t see a way round this apart from becoming a programmer and builder of these machines – how very boring! It does appear to be a nightmare scenario.

    • Octium says:

      The real problem is for newbies that go out and buy themselves an Internet connected Etch-A-Sketch or some home invasion speaker and don’t know any better.

      People who already know of the existence of the rabbit hole or at least know where the entrance is can get around a lot of the censorship without having to be a programmer.

      First task is to own at least one real computer. Ideally a Linux desktop, but a Windows or Apple desktop is still better than a phone. You need to have administrator access to it and plenty of holes to plug in things like hard disk drives and USB sticks!

      Second thing you can do is install an offline RSS feed reader like RSSOWL
      http://www.rssowl.org/

      It regularly checks a list of websites that you can nominate and downloads a summary of the articles posted to them. By default it only comes with a list of mainstream sites like the BBC , however it is easy to add new sites of your own.

      To build up a list of sites, start with a known good one like the corbettreport.com and subscribe to the RSS feed. If the site doesn’t advertise the feed you can often guess it by adding “rss” or “feed” to the end of the address.

      For example :-
      http//www.corbettreport.com/rss

      Sometime owners of the site don’t even know they have a feed as it is part of the package they use to run the website and it is on by default.

      You can build up a good list of sites by starting with one and then adding others that are mentioned on that site, for example James has interviewed many good people who have their own good sites over the years.

      It even works for Youtube (Only downloads the titles, not the videos), for Youtube, find the users channel in the browser and add that URL to the news reader.

      The good thing is that the news reader will download all the article summaries, titles and dates even if you don’t have the time to read them now. They will be saved to your local disc and you can search them later (Even if the Site has since disappeared off the Internet)

      Back it up on an external hard disk. Your computer might be the only place in the future where the information has not been memory holed!

      • Octium says:

        Just to add, I recommend using a separate RSS feed reader from the one that might be in your web browser, once you build up a big list of sites it can slow down your computer, so it is nice to be able to run it separately at a time when you are not using your computer so much. Also the one built into browsers can often be limited. The Opera browser had a nice one, but then it got sold to the Chinese Government 🙁

  20. InsectInPixel says:

    This whole Google leak via Veritas reminds me of that guy a long long time ago who leaked those nsa docs. Remember that? (Sarcasm)

  21. alexandre says:

    Recently I think I left a link to the Veritas thing somewhere with the question “Another example of controlled opposition”? or something like that. My advertising antennas (har har…rubbing hands) didn’t let me trust that thing. Depth of field, well produced, good photography etc, signs that for me puts it in the “ad” category. Sounds very foolish, yes, and I am, but I’ve been right most of the time. One of the first was Al Gore’s Inconvenient Bullshit, and immediately after watching it I found “The Great Global Warming Swindle”. Remember Kony 2012? I saw that was bullshit in 4 minutes. The advertising odor is always very strong, and so it is (maybe not so much, but still…) with this Veritas piece.

    If there’s a real Info-War going on (forgive the Alex Jones aroma), then they will confuse you to death using tricks you can’t imagine, and plenty of them. Maybe they’ll produce a film based on Corbett’s Century of Enslavement, something that will really make you believe that hey, finally the truth is reaching people etc. When I feel that odor, I shut it down, even if I don’t know why it smells like that, what would be the purpose of producing a farce about some Google whistle-blower, without knowing anything. If I smell it, I get “en garde” (?). Do you see how Corbett always cuts a little too late when it cuts to some other material after he stops talking? It should cut immediately (good editing / timing etc), but it always takes a little bit too long. I love that because 1 – reminds me of the reporter on Woody Allen’s Bananas saying “Take it away, Howard” and the camera stays on him too long. And 2 – because it’s typical of a non-ad type of video. I don’t know if Corbett (or Broc West) do that on purpose, but I love it.

    In any case, things are indeed moving in the direction James explained and I was baffled with this video, because it’s pretty obvious. Why should James need to do a video like that? Who’s not getting it?

    • pearl says:

      My guess for the reasons James sees the need to do a video such as this might be because none of us are searching for his or others’ content (who link to others and so on…). I have my regular websites bookmarked – I’m not searching for them, so yeah, it is a bit surprising to me how swiftly the memory-holing is happening, not surprising that it is happening. Only by word of mouth and direct links will any of this information reach normal Joe Sixpack.

      The other may be that not all of his viewers are on the same page. Some are years and decades more learned than others who simply aren’t.

      • alexandre says:

        Good guess. I’ve been quite specific with searches for some time now, because indeed you only get trash back. All of the thumbnails with CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX etc all the way down. When I’m not specific, I go immediately to page 30 or so and start from there. In a way this was a bit of a scary video in the sense that it needed to be done. What an age we’re in. Is this going on with the other engines as well (startPage etc)? I’ll have a look.

        • alexandre says:

          Well, that was interesting.
          StartPage, first search on “Federal Reserve” (video) I got nothing but trash up to page 8, when I stopped.
          “Federal reserve Truth” got me a very curious twisted short video at the bottom of page1 called “Jekyll Island and the Creation of the Federal Reserve” – deserves a look to see how the bastards work. They included the Jackyll Island thing in their official crap, so when you talk about it, the other says “oh yes, the Jackyll Island meeting, yes..” as if they knew.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xoz4jbEZzlc

          Bottom of page 2 I got one from Renegade Films called “Wake Up”
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6F5XVWu5u8

          “Century of Enslavement” gave me Corbett on 2nd and 3rd places, but that’s no good.

          DuckDuckGo was the same, a bit better.
          “Federal Reserve” = only trash.
          “Federal reserve Truth” gave me Corbett on the list below the thumbnails, without thumbnail.

          Yippy with “Federal Reserve Truth” gave me Corbett on first page.

          I don’t know. It looks like the categories are well separated now. You’ve got the official shit as “the truth”, and if you want “conspiracy stuff” you have to be specific and add words like “truth, fraud, conspiracy” etc. A French friend said in the middle of a skype conversation something like “Ah, I know, you mean Bohemian Grove, 911, Bilderberg and all that, right?”, as if he had a list like the one from the FBI. So….how does it work now with the categories so separated? “Official” and “Conspiracy”, i.e. “Valid” and “Forbidden”. Serious and bullshit, sane and crazy, normal and abnormal, citizen and maniac, good person and potential terrorist…

          What was that about “whatever is forbidden is not allowed” versus “whatever is allowed is not forbidden”, how was that?

          I think I’m already living here in Brazil what Corbett is trying to make people understand. I already don’t talk about this stuff with anyone, I already make people very angry whenever I open my mouth, I’m already seen as a bit weird. And people already are not thinking what they’re not supposed to think. So as far as I’m concerned, we’re already there, that’s why I found this “we need to talk” so strange. Very sad.

          • pearl says:

            “I already don’t talk about this stuff with anyone…”

            The other day, I had the rare opportunity and pleasure of reading to my daughter portions of David Ray Griffin’s compelling introduction to “Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics”. He makes so many brilliant points therein, any intellectually honest person must be forced to admit that their denial that 9/11 was an inside job is strictly a matter of faith. Who knows how that’ll turn out, but it did appear to sink in.

            • alexandre says:

              Interesting. That would be a good experiment – to read portions of D.R. Griffin (or any other) to people – but I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to start, and if I did read something, it would only confirm to them that I’m weird and “fell for that conspiracy trap”. No one I know even knows who Epstein was. Curiously the guy that started me in this path, first showing me Chomsky, Pilger, Robert Fisk etc, stop talking to me after I mentioned something about 911 that was a bit beyond Pilger or Chomsky. He just said “conspiracy theorists miss the forest for the trees”. And this guy was Scottish. Brazilians are much more closed. Even if they let something in, it’s there in the US, who cares.

              • cooly says:

                alexandre-

                Your former Scottish friend sounds like a real genius. Conspiracy theorists miss the forest for trees? Really? It’s by seeing the trees that you understand what the forest is. Duh.

                And here in the US isn’t much better for meeting people who are remotely interested in new information. I don’t bother trying. If I occasionally do toss in a comment that fits the context of the conversation, a comment about what is really going on, they just look at me like I have Tourrette’s Syndrome.
                And being called weird has never bothered me. People call you weird when you are different, not like them. In which case my thought is, excellent! I’m glad I’m not like you.

              • pearl says:

                “and if I did read something, it would only confirm to them that I’m weird and ‘fell for that conspiracy trap’.”

                Griffin is quite skilled at not allowing such a lazy conclusion. The man’s a ninja, I tell ya.

                But, I do identify with what you’re saying. Other than my mother and my literal captive audience of one, my precious daughter who was strapped into her highchair playing with her bowl of spaghettios as I droned on (I’m kidding! She’s in college now), others refuse to believe our government would ever do such a thing to its own citizens. Sure, murdering despots happen in other countries, but this is America, and on it goes…at which point, they would do well to read Mr. Griffin’s intro, where he takes each and every conceivable response and reduces it to its logical, most basic assumption. But, of course, we all know that it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.

              • alexandre says:

                Cooly – I hope I got the saying right. It’s not “miss the trees for the forest” is it? In any case, yes, it’s the exact opposite. What THEY seem to do is miss the forest completely, so it’s impossible to talk about anything when this separation is so complete. I noticed that these people function in terms of categories. You are “something”, a communist, a fascist, an anarchist, something-ist before anything else. I think Jordan Peterson is like that. So if you talk 911, you’re already a “conspiracyist” and that’s the end.

                Pearl – I’ll have to get the book then. I’ll look if there’s a Portuguese version. I doubt it, but…

    • candlelight says:

      En garde, alexandre!

      You raise an interesting specter regarding “controlled opposition” and how you cope with it, or handle it, using the smell factor, aka, your gut. I like the opinion linked below written by Caitlin Johnstone – How to Tell If Someone Is Controlled Opposition. I think she makes a very valid point that in essence, we don’t really know who is and who is not controlled opposition, wherein we(she)are left to “navigate” through this “confusing landscape” based upon what “disrupts establishment narratives” and what doesn’t….Ironically, utilizing her own formula, I’m compelled to cherry pick her own viewpoints such as this: “I therefore pay attention solely to the message, and no attention to what may or may not be the hidden underlying agenda of the messenger.” This little bit of letting bygones be bygones is a bit of a stretch in my opinion.

      https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/02/11/how-to-tell-if-someone-is-controlled-opposition/

      But, in any event, she brings up an excellent point regarding the inherent paranoia and lack of trust engendered by the very fact of government infiltration, generally, of anti-establishment movements. And the direct and desired result of such infiltration, has a very murky effect and the truth is as a consequence, hard to ascertain.

      With Veritas(which I never heard of until this Google “exposé”), I almost feel sorry for the supposed whistle-blower, because, personally, he seems quite genuine – even if what he’s leaked could be thought of as a bit of psychological conditioning. However, there is one aspect of this Veritas “presentation” I find quite odd. Could they have perhaps explained how it was that the sidewalk incident with the police came to be neatly videoed? Or was this some sort of reenactment? And if it was a reenactment, why in hell didn’t they say so? Because on its face, without explaining how it came to be, it’s absolutely farcical to the observer, and brings to mind your question, what would be the purpose of this exercise? Talk about high production value causing nausea.

      Anyway, it does pay to be guarded, not necessarily jumping onto every popular and/or esoteric conspiratorial notion by rote, but by gut and smell(logic helps, too). It’s as good a diving platform as any to jump on to…or off of.

      • alexandre says:

        En garde, candlelight!
        Well, all my life I’ve been following this intuition, which is stronger – or at least a priori – than reason. It’s a dictatorial intuition, so to speak. Whenever I see videos with good lighting and depth of field (Snowden, Wikileaks, Kony etc), it says “fake”. This comes from working all my life in advertising so it’s quite obvious to me when it’s “a piece”. (Sandy Hook interviews are quite scary actually). I never use it as an argument because it’s easily destroyed as something totally subjective and illogical, but it works for me all the time. This last Veritas thing was the same, but even I said to myself “calm down, this could be real” – after all, what could be the purpose of such a piece? But as I said, it’s dictatorial. When the alarm goes “fake”, that’s it and later we can find out why. I try to be careful though (cause it could be a personal neurotic thing), and it doesn’t apply to everything, so I’m not in the “everything is conspiracy” mania. The alarm never went off with Corbett, or TruthStreamMedia. Even with Richard D. Hall, which has many mistakes and personal opinions, bias etc, the alarm doesn’t go off as “fake” because he’s genuine. It’s not about being right, but genuine. That’s the first thing.

        I’ll take a look at Caitlin’s link, but off the bat I’d say that it’s almost impossible to sort things out now with reason only. Hell, I see even Corbett falling for the ads sometimes. If you don’t have this gut feeling, this intuition (which is/was a normal human capacity), it’s like being blind … in a color war… oh, the muse is upon me.

        Also, it’s quite clear now what the advertising is there for; to sell the Brave New World. It’s only one plan, so it’s quite simple. No matter how complicated and developed the symphony is, it comes from two or three themes. And the New World composers aren’t very good so it’s only one theme.

        • alexandre says:

          Candlelight, after reading Caitlin’s article, just one comment:

          She says: “I do this not because I know that the speaker is legit and uncorrupted, but because their message in that moment is worthy of elevation.”

          I would say that this is how the manipulation works so well specifically in elevated academic circles. “Pay no attention to the messenger, only to the message” is, to me, a big mistake. If you don’t care that the one delivering the message is Lucifer (or Ahriman, Iblis, pick your demon), then all He has to do is deliver the right information in the right manner and “wallah”. Jazz is street music, and on the streets you have to be en garde a lot. WHO the person is – where he comes from, what gang he’s part of etc – is of the utmost importance since you can’t possibly know all his tricks.

          At the end what I do is try to bring the art world into what would be a scientific quasi-academic realm. Information, facts, corroborated evidences, well done research etc, all sounds very scientific and academic, and that’s well and good, only the “Masters of the Universe” are demonic tricksters, malandros, gatunos, cunning rascals, scammers and vagabonds for whom the scientific world is all they want. Advertising – now disseminated throughout the political / economic / historic world – would be the elevated, educated high industry of the scoundrels, making low street tricks look and sound grandiose and oh so very serious. I smell the bastards from miles away, so, contrary to Caitlin, I’ll continue following my nose.

  22. Peripatêtikos says:

    It seems the core imperative of The Corbett Report is to develop and disseminate practical (stimulating, interesting) information, encouraging and enabling listeners/viewers to learn something real and honest about the tyranny which is ever at work in our world. A very laudable “The Truth Shall Set You Free” sort of operation.

    Naturally, a portion of a given group cannot be expected to rise above their current thinking. Analyzing, discussing or decrying those limitations will garner diminishing returns, and doesn’t support the core imperative. Any commenting forum is a chaotic aggregation sphere, and is unlikely to self-refine, so to speak, especially given such a topic.

    For this reason, I sympathize, but I also feel James may beat a dead horse in attempting to school commenters about the nature of the beast: Google manipulation of search algos, or more broadly, the totalization of big tech’s power over individual liberty. While the former is a valid yet technically nuanced point, commentary based on a misunderstanding of it will obscure the latter, the larger one.

    As ever, concerning first principles, I would suggest an emphasis upon big tech as consumer-oriented monopolies (oligopolies, to be more precise).

    Efforts to counter such tyranny are of three types:

    1. Disengagement: Unsubscribe, unplug, boycott, self-demonetize, self-deplatform. Encourage others to do the same.

    2. Alternatives: Promote, support, participate in the development of alternative structures and services.

    3. Destruction: Promote, support and participate in the destruction of the monoliths themselves.

    Most TCR topics fall under one or more of the three. (I.P. Freely falls under 1 and 3, for example.)

  23. grahamaskey says:

    I suspect you wouldn’t pass a Japanese driving test if you’re recording a podcast and waving your arms around as you drive

  24. siamdave says:

    I completely agree James, it is very bad and kind of getting exponentially worse recently – I have tried to find stories about one thing or another that I read over the past year to give links to a friend, and no sign of them, just, to use your example from last week, the moon landing hoax – I KNOW there are many, many sites questioning this, but you do a search, and nothing comes up except a whole list of sites ‘debunking’ the ‘moon landing hoax conspiracy theorists’ etc – if, in such a situation, you happen to remember something specific, such as Dave MacCallum’ kind of iconic ‘wagging the moon doggie’ you can eventually find it – but if you are just looking for general info about any of these ‘conspiracy theories’, it is very, very difficult to find now.
    SO – not to ramble too long – the central question is – what are we going to do about this? YOu have a lot more experience and knowledge about this stuff – can you do some kind of show about the most reliable search engines, or how to use the ‘dark web’ you refer to, or some other way we can find ‘non-deepstate’ information????
    thanks, and keep up the great work

  25. AlainBos says:

    I agree, my views take a different approach but we end at the same point.
    I noticed that cybernetics (mkultra) has gone mai9nstream.
    If you do a search for microchips in the brain there will be results that promote brain implants for anorexia patients (in the original tests with monkeys it was a simple push of a button that activated a chip which made the monkey eat).
    Than there is a brain-chip for ADHD, a made up mental disorder and I do not know which button can stimulate a brain-with-no-errors into stimulating this brain to be correcter than it was.

    I envision humanity chipped and all opposition is gone with the push of a button and the final coup de gras will be the final moment when all, people will lose the ability to make conversation telepathically and utter silence will be people’s only companion.

    Off course, by then there could be a chip that simulates a telepathically joined society tailored to your personal needs but it will be fake.

    And the when humanity is millennia further the first steps will be taken to remove all microchips for every human and like the bright sunlight on a autumns morning people will blink their eyes to look at the new sun…

    if you agree say this out loud : LONG LIVE HUMANITY !!!!!!

  26. Airean says:

    I just recommended your Century of Enslavement to a young person and was surprised – yet again – how much harder it was to find. If there is any bright spot in this process, I don’t think it will have as much to do with our endeavors to stay on top of information access, but rather lies in the fact that there will always be people born with the tendency to truth and that “wrong think” is affirmed by factual information, but it isn’t the source of it. Factual information is key, but our “pre-installed” inner compass towards truth and moral behavior will outlast the agenda plans.

  27. AnimalsArentFood says:

    A few thoughts/ramblings:

    1. @James & Broc, for years now, when James pauses for a clip cutaway, an awkwardly large amount of the pause is retained in the final cut. Is this deliberate or have you just not noticed?

    2. It became clear what Google had in mind back when they started deliberately reducing the capability of their own search engine by removing certain operators, wildcards and other options that allowed you to find exactly what you were looking for. They even started hitting users with Captchas if their query was more complex than “cnn news”, “best deal on new iPhone” or “how is babby formed”.
    If you were to ask Google for an explanation, they would no doubt say it was done to combat bots (and no doubt it does actually help to combat bots) but there is zero chance that this was their true motivation. They would never remove that much functionality because of bots, but they would remove it if they were trying to produce a new generation of dumbed-down lazy users who have been trained to prioritize speed & convenience above all else; users who truly do prefer to be told what they want (as Schmidt & friends envisioned).

    3. Programming a search engine that produces good first-page results isn’t that difficult. The difficult part is producing the results fast, which Google is able to do because of a secret algorithm and an absurd amount of fast, quality servers & bandwidth.
    Because of this, you would expect there to be at least one other full-function search engine that can produce first-page results as good as (or better than) Google, but perhaps slower.
    The fact that there is no such engine tells us that Google is likely buying up all new search engines that produce good first-page results, before they can become serious competitors, leaving us with engines that are usable but typically produce significantly inferior first-page results.

  28. bharani says:

    So true James.

    In the 1990s when Googles Search Engine started there was a wonderful function. You could have a vague question. A fuzzy question about somethig you thought or heard or read and couldn’t quite remember. Google would return lots of data. Most irrelevant. But in the ball park. I learned a lot reading through this list of data. Discovered things I never knew. It was wonderful.

    Then Google also provided this wonderful option. SEARCH WITHIN RESULTS. So you could refine your search. Very quickly finding what you were vaguely looking for in the beginning.

    Then there was the Google FILTER BUBBLE and the Net FILTER BUBBLE. Showing you what you already know. Gone was the SEARCH WITHIN RESULTS sadly.

    Now whenever I want to find something I basically have to know quite a bit about what I am searching. I deduced from this that Google was learning how I searched and was making it increasingly difficult to find items. Google was learning what I knew. As dad said a long time ago. If ???/Google knows what you know, then it will know what you know and what it knows. Not a good thing.

    Thanks for the headsup

    • AnimalsArentFood says:

      Yep, at this point, you can search for phrases for which there absolutely must be thousands of results and get zero results instead.
      Google Search now completely removes results that it thinks you, as a mindless consumer, shouldn’t be allowed to see.

  29. brian.s says:

    Firstly – look at the framing of your own search/find in terms of asserting a ‘we need’ instead of ‘I need’ or I invite looking at search’.

    ‘Seek and ye shall find’ is innate to Consciousness as functional and lawful communication within and among our self and selves – BOTH.
    ‘Seek but do NOT find is masking in the FORMS of search and answer as a substitution for communication enacted as mind-control or mind-capture depending whether you identify in doing or being done unto.

    The operation of MIND to the purpose of NOT seeing, knowing or owning its own fear or inner conflictedness is a shifting narrative overlay demanding allegiance and sacrifice of depth and breadth or richness and reflection of our created and creative being.

    That this ‘lesson’ is running as our current opportunity of waking from ‘mind as control to the heart of a true command is all about recognising and releasing the sacrificial sympathy with image and form of Life and the qualities of Life – such as freedom, justice, love or power.

    I write always to the integrative waking of an ‘upstream’ embrace and see that despite our fearful perceptions and responses – a greater process or indeed an integrative process is INNATE and undoing of the separative or divisive compartmentalising power struggle of a fragmented perception.

    Google cannot ignore what works without undermining its own functionality and so will seek to bias what works as a measure of personal and private advantage. If they kill the goose that lays the golden egg they learn their reciprocal dependence and have a prompt to serve a wholeness rather than control it. This is where art feels the relational wholeness that mere technologism is blind to and thus serves artificial substitutes for life.

    Technologism starts with – and extends a kind of thinking that is inherently divorced from the heart and so is destructive to the whole. But of course can just as easily serve a different purpose than that which invoked it as a substitution for power.

    The attempt to dissociate from inner conflict in displacement ‘realities’ in which to re-work the separation theme or trauma to fantasy goals is a persistence in fantasy that seeks ANYWHERE and everywhere BUT truth.

    Seek and find is ask and be answered.
    There is an answer hidden beneath the framing of the problem. You cannot find answer to a problem in the frame that the problem sets because ‘problem’ is a device of outsourcing agency and blame along with feared consequence – that multiplies problem in complex packaging of toxic debts handed down the generation as a negatively self-reinforcing process of denial – masking perhaps in part as as a heroic escape or overcoming that then operates a protection racket demanding allegiance of conformity and compliance.

    Breaking the spell or releasing allegiance may be interpreted as attack and threat by those invested in the established group order – but is fundamentally the releasing of a mis-take towards willingness of a fresh take.

    [SNIP – Please keep comments to 500 words or less. -JC]

  30. bladtheimpaler says:

    Beware of whistle blowers bearing documents…and in general any documents. I mean how does one believe that the North Woods docs can make it into the public sphere after the 9/11/2001 event? We’re all being played and have probably already lost most of our connection to a truthful reality much beyond what we can personally verify with out own senses and within our own vicinity. Verify what exactly? Government-corporate records on sensitive files allowed to be accessed by the public. Think on it from the Pentagon Papers to much else, exactly where is the line between truth and fiction exist and to what ends?

    Perhaps if we all just work on being better people our lives and those around us might improve a bit and this may become the only solace we will ever get.

    • Olaf says:

      The truth is that humans, like all other animals are at all times being programmed and thus being changed in a multitude of ways by stimuli that they receive from human and non-human sources alike. You can’t really help but influence and/or become influenced by the people and the environment that you interact with.

      There is exactly one way for the world to be, and all results follow by invariable sequence from causes.

      Stimuli possess both immediate and long-term effects and in the long run, punishment, unlike reinforcement, works to the disadvantage of both the punished organism and the punishing agency.

      Free will is an illusion.

      We conform unless trained otherwise and nobody is responsible for what and/or who they are.

      Life is without objective meaning, purpose or intrinsic value and morality is but a subjectively invented notion which does not objectively inherently exist.

      We inherently constantly move towards what we were programmed to believe will maximize our own received pleasure and/or minimize the pain and suffering that we incur.

      We are inherently driven by four basic motivations: Self-preservation, aggression, security and sex, whether by means of pursuit of direct pleasure or of indirect – empathy-driven – vicarious pleasure.

      When people have variables in their minds which in any number of ways do not correspond to the physical reality of the world in which they live, they are then inevitably susceptible to various degrees of manipulation and/or harm from various sources.

      The greatest source of threat to people’s innate pursuit of pleasure maximization and pain minimization are organized groups of people with great influence which derive their pleasure at the expense of everybody else.

      Once someone becomes aware of these “truthful realities”:

      Do they feel more inclined to close their eyes to the tricks of these groups of people and await in silence for their and/or their loved one’s turn/s on the chopping block?

      Or

      Do they feel more inclined to try to expose and combat these threats, before things get out of hand and it’s too late for them or anybody else to do so?

      Does a “good” person in your book go for the former or the latter?

      • alexandre says:

        Well, your description of a human, or even animals, is incomplete. You’re describing some of the mechanisms of an amplifier or a radio without considering that they can be turned on with electricity. Or you’re describing language in terms of phonology and syntax without considering semantics. Something like that. Incomplete. The chakra system, without going deep into that (which I couldn’t), would be a good symbol (note the word – symbol) of how a human works. There are (symbolically) 7 chakras, but we think, thanks to our beloved and sacred Lord science, that we are made only of the first 3 (food, sex and power). The 4th would be compassion but we don’t even get to that, let alone the remaining 3 above. Humans use to have what was named “soul” a long time ago, which would be just a name (a symbol), a reference to something else other than the sum of physical parts, something that cannot be found in the operating table, but nonetheless can be easily perceived. It would be the meaning, or semantic, part that is always forgotten – today more than ever. Scientists say it doesn’t exist, like a dream cannot exist because it doesn’t appear on the X-Ray. Religious people say it’s a real physical thing and try to prove it scientifically, only making a fool of themselves. Neither understand, among a million other things, the word “metaphor” (symbols) and are stuck in their terminologies and doctrines.

        Joseph Campbell once in an interview, noting that the interviewer didn’t know what a metaphor was, asked the guy for an example of a metaphor. The guy said “So and so runs like a deer”. Campbell said “That’s not the metaphor. The metaphor is ‘so and so IS a deer'”. The guy replied “That’s a lie!” So you see the fundamental problems we have with language already.

        If you’re gonna talk about what humans are, first have a long conversation with some monk in India for about 40 incarnations. This reduction of life to a “nothing more than” is typical of this poor excuse for a science that won’t admit it doesn’t know shit about life and throws away everything it can’t describe with its toys, i.e. 99%, and then says “life is” the 1% left. No it’s not.

        We apparently lost completely any notion of what we are and what life is, and with the dumbification we are suffering for almost a century or more, it’s become more and more impossible to even have the basic apparatus needed to understand the terms and definitions of the subject, let alone the subject itself.

        And that’s less than 500 words. Uff…

        • generalbottlewasher says:

          Alex, if I didn’t know better I would say you have become Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He sounds much like what you are saying. Well maybe it is just a flavor, or a melody similar. I hope someone could recommend some one of similar style to read at the beach.

          • alexandre says:

            That’s a monster of a compliment, thank you. Imagine, Garcia Marquez, whose boots I’m not worthy to kiss… I know nothing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Nothing. My [late] mom must have some in the book shelve. I’ll have a look.

        • manbearpig says:

          “…like a dream cannot exist because it doesn’t appear on the X-Ray…”

          awesome.

          Incidentally, I’m always careful to stay under 500 words too, (I use “wordcounter”) but always end up in the moderation queue anyway.

          Must be my penchant for space…

          hamsterwheel time now in my cold rainy polluted city…

          wwwwwhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnne

          • alexandre says:

            Yeah, I use it too. Some time ago someone gave me the tip that James doesn’t like longer than 500.

            By the way I was thinking about suggesting to James something like another room for opinions, thoughts etc, so they don’t clutter the comment section too much. I don’t know, “living room” or “the fireplace”, something like that. When we write a comment that’s more to the point, short, factual, links etc, we leave it here, but for long ramblings we go to “the living room”. A button? What do you think, James?

            • generalbottlewasher says:

              Alex, you have made a ideal pop into the universe As you may want to rethink that last idea.

              Re: Frederico Feline’ s. The Conductor movie.

              Does an orchestra have chaos to the point where you must place the woodwinds in a closet, the violins in the cupboard and the horns in the bathroom? No amigo. The orchestra is in a pit,{ us } all together and the cacophony, from all players is crafted by the man { James } with the hollywood wand in his hand. There are very few rules, which are completely out of our control. So long as we keep playing the piece will continue to sound better. We must feed off each other and take our cues from the conductor, who also resides in the pit. For some reason he has brought us all together. Time to awaken and play your heart out. It is the only time you may have to play, somewhat freely without segregation from the pit

              • alexandre says:

                Ok, point taken. (“Orchestra Rehearsal”, is it? Fabuloso!)

                It was just an idea. Sometimes James asks for information, more direct stuff, and maybe it’s boring having to read through meanderings – such as my own – that go on and on with opinions, views, “we humans are like…” this and that. But ok, Felini it is then! Poor James….

              • generalbottlewasher says:

                Pardon monome , yes yes Feline 1978 ” The Orchestra Rehearsal ”

                Bonjour. It was a live idea at least, giving birth to many more live thoughts.

  31. cooly says:

    alexandre-

    I agree. Corbett must frequently roll his eyes at our babbling and philosophizing. But I am reminded of two things that Confucius said that have always stayed with me:

    1) “Trying to control the thoughts and opinions of people in such a place as the Corbettreport forum is like trying to herd cats.”

    And even wiser-

    2) “Raking leaves when it’s windy is fucking retarded.”

    • alexandre says:

      Ha ha ha. Man, is it? I was doing exactly that the other day, what a prick. But it can be very funny as well.
      I wouldn’t go so far as herding cats or controlling thoughts, just organizing a bit. Our babbling can be good and enlightening, but not mixed with more technical stuff. Anyway, it was just an idea.

      Bonjour, generalbottlewasher. And it’s Fellini! (laughs)

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