Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Edward Bernays: Propaganda

The manipulation of American society is well-developed psychological art backed by decades of science. The innate tendency of humans to follow scripted and reinforced narratives was identified, studied and applied by Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud.

An early example of his work was the popularization of smoking among women.

Bernays hired women to march while smoking their “torches of freedom” in the Easter Sunday Parade of 1929. Where it had once been considered a "trashy" thing for refined women of that era to do, it became a symbol of a spirited rebellion against the backdrop of early feminism, liberation and the suffrage movement.

Today, the psychological art of opinion manufacturing is a multi-billion dollar industry that is maintained by the American media and advertising agencies focused on directing public opinion towards the products and business interests of their clients.

The danger exists where Americans are awash in selective news reporting. Such reporting collectively limits what they believe is "the truth". Americans seek confirmation, and when they hear a unified, distorted perspective, it becomes "reality". News outside of this is reflexively understood to be "fringe".

Edward Bernays

Torches of Freedom (cigarettes)

Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923)

Propaganda (1928)

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media(2002, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky)

Friday, April 15, 2016

ARISE 666: THE APOCALYPTIC ICONOCLAST | Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis

I have been spending way too much time on the internet lately. The reason is because I have once again glommed on to one my pattern obsessions where I see a pattern happening that usually spirals into the rabbit hole and eventually bring us closer to the abyss. Those devoted fans who listen to my show know I see patterns in stories and in news items that meet up halfway with my knowledge of history. When I see them combine, I make a hypothesis those winds up approximating and event...

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Survey: Majority of College Students Afraid to Speak Freely Because They Might Be Offensive

American universities have done a complete about-face away from the free speech havens they once were.
Recently brought to the forefront of American media has been the attack on free speech and lack of respect for the press on college campuses.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Flashback: The Rake

Even if you are not a fan of Creepy Pastas, you have probably heard of the rake. There is a good article on Clyde Lewis' Ground Zero that is worth checking out.

During the summer of 2003, events in the northeastern United States involving a strange, humanlike creature sparked brief local media interest. There seemed to be a number of people who were seeing a bed side entity that was being called “The Rake.” The name was taken from an Internet meme that was created on a social network. The Rake was a hairless creature reported to be at least 6 feet tall, emaciated and sinewy with dark black eyes. The entity allegedly looked like a balding old man. The ribs could clearly be seen against the skin and the lips on the face were pulled back slightly giving the entity a death grin. - Rake: The Voice of the Silence | Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Third Secret of Fatima

Theory: The Catholic Church has not released the Third Secret of Fatima because it contains a disastrous prophecy of the apocalypse or dissension within the Catholic Church.
Facts: The Three Secrets of Fatima are said to be a series of visions and prophecies allegedly given by the Virgin Mary to three young Portuguese girls starting in May of 1917. According to the official interpretation, the secrets involve Hell, World Wars I and II, and the shooting of Pope John Paul II. Two of the secrets were revealed in 1941 in a document written by Lucia, one of the three girls who saw the Virgin Mary in 1917 (the other two succumbed to influenza), but she hesitated to convey the Third Secret because she was unsure whether God had yet authorized her to act. In 1944 a bishop ordered her to write down the Third Secret; she did so, sealed the enveloped and said that it could not be opened until her death or in 1960, whichever came first because she claimed the message would then appear clearer. She has also stated that she wrote the secret on a single sheet of paper. The text of the Third Secret was released by the Vatican in 2000 and claimed to predict the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981.
Unanswered Questions: It’s not known why the Vatican waited for 40 years to release the Third Secret. After 1960 passed without the release of the Third Secret speculations arose that it could contain visions of worldwide nuclear annihilation and deep rifts within the Catholic Church among other things. Also, the official statement revealing the secret mentions only a man in white robes who would be assaulted with bullets in a crumbling city; there is no specific mention of a Pope, and in fact, the girls believed in 1917 that the man was the Holy Father. Some who have seen the original handwritten document also claim that the document the Vatican released was only part of the Secret. They claim there are actually two parts to the Third Secret; a four-page vision that was released, and another single page that were the direct words of the Virgin Mary that is still locked away in the vaults of the Vatican. Also, in 1960 a press release from the Vatican claimed the secret would probably never be released as it contained “words which Our Lady confided as a secret”; however the secret released in 2000 contains no direct words from the Virgin Mary, only a vision seen by the girls. Theorists point to this as evidence that the Vatican has yet to release a portion of the Third Secret that contains the direct words of the Virgin Mary. Some theologians believe that the secret concerns an apostasy; Cardinal Ciappi, personal theologian to Pope John Paul II, is quoted by sources as saying, “In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.”
Ideas: Conspiracy theorists believe that the Third Secret contained on the single sheet of paper refers to the apocalypse, apostasy, or satanic infiltration of the Catholic Church. Numerous witnesses claim they have seen the original letter or have seen the envelope it is contained in and claim it is a single sheet. Lucia, the girl who wrote the Third Secret in 1944 also claims it is written on a single sheet of paper and is reported to have explicitly stated that the Third Secret contains apocalyptic content.
Conclusion: We believe the conspiracy surrounding the Third Secret of Fatima to be a valid one, primarily because of the untruths and morally questionable actions by the Catholic Church throughout history, from the selling of absolutions to the handling of molestation charges in recent years; you could say we’ve lost the faith. Too many eye witnesses have come forward stating the text of the Third Secret is contained on one single page as Lucia has also stated. Vatican officials through the years have also released conflicting stories surrounding the Third Secret. That being said, even if the true Third Secret were released, we’re still skeptical of anything claiming to prophesize the future, especially when it may rely on the interpretation of a vision by three young girls.