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Why Are People Afraid Of Being Wrong?

January 9, 2016

If I had to isolate one personality characteristic most common in Social Media, it has to be FEAR.

Fear is not evident in everyone (especially not in those on my friend list!) but it sure is out there and running wild. Fear of damn near everything is bad enough – but mostly in chats I have observed a strange fear of being WRONG about something. For example, one person on Facebook just BLOCKED me after sending a snotty message because I DARED to mention that contrary to her assertion, New York’s Lincoln Center is not located on 68th Street. This demonstrable fact upset her. Why? I have no idea, but her reaction is not atypical.

I recently listed FBI stats in a NY Times comment section (the lowest form of Social Media) showing that terrorism in the USA is mostly non-Muslim. “Uh, NO!” came one brilliant reply from a master of forensics.

I have repeatedly asked Hillary supporters to give me one reason SHE should get any votes. If a specific reason is ever cited, a rare happening, it always turns out to be wrong – which I gracefully explain using a new invention called FACTS. Invariably, these facts are dismissed with a wave of the phrase “you are a hater!” and then I am usually compared to a lower bodily orifice. Why? Because a cherished belief turned out to be wrong. To Hillary supporters, merely correcting their mistakes about her record is like asking a jesus-christer if Mary really was a virgin.

BEING WRONG IS NOT A SHAMEFUL THING

Acknowledging an error, and acknowledging ignorance, is the first ESSENTIAL step in the process of LEARNING. Yet time and again we see people who have false beliefs which they cling to in spite of facts. This is evidence of fear, and when fear takes hold, facts mean nothing.

We are ALL ignorant concerning many things. How could it be otherwise?

Does anyone seriously think they know everything? Yet the words “I do not know” seem to be the most difficult things for many people to string together. Rather than say “I do not know”, they will fabricate “facts.” Then, they cling to the fabrication with religious zeal. They simply cannot tolerate being wrong. This is where the lie that 99% of terrorists are Muslim comes from.  Prove this is wrong, which is easy, and all hell breaks loose.

Why? I don’t know many more things than things I do know. How could it be otherwise? Yet people go to war over the supposed SHAME of being wrong about something. They not only refuse to acknowledge an error, they double down. They act just like Bush/Cheney/Powell on the subject of WMD (and STILL people insist that there WERE WMD even though “W” once slipped up and admitted otherwise.)

Think of Donald Drumpf clinging to his demonstrably erroneous belief that thousands upon thousands of Muslims over in Jersey City cheered on 9/11/01. Or that Paris is a city in Germany.

This is part of Drumpf’s appeal to a generally disturbed public. He is simply incapable of acknowledging a mistake. And he is cheered for this ignorant intransigence as though it were an asset. He also must be keenly aware that if he does say he was wrong he will lose his most ardent – and ignorant – supporters. They would turn on him faster than Drumpf can bankrupt a casino.

Putting fear-based people in positions of authority will always lead to death and destruction on a global scale. Until America rids itself of fear, people exactly like “W,” who lived in constant fear (as do most dry drunks), will hold a deep appeal to voters. Look at the millions of deaths and the widespread destruction “W” caused in his panic over supposed “evil doers” he saw everywhere.

This is not Bush’s fault, nor is it Drumpf’s fault. Sick people will always elect other sick people. It is inevitable. And the sickest among us will never seek help, for in our culture “YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR HEAD EXAMINED” is a deep, deep insult. When you break a leg, is: “YOU SHOULD GET THAT X-RAYED” an insult? No, nor should it be.

Sick people whose addiction is fear will never let go of that fear. They need it. They are accustomed to it. It is in the warp and woof of their personal fabric, planted there ages ago and nurtured with all the loving care an addict always give to their drug of choice.

This fear is nothing new. 1919 was a year of monumental fear in America – and that is when this book was written. It sure resonates today.

Click this Image To Rad About The Book

                   Click this Image To Read About The Book

I wrote an introduction to this new edition, putting it all in its historical context. If we want and desire true happiness and freedom, we need to beak the cycle of fear. Fear-based people will only spread fear in the Home of the Brave.

Election Time Is America’s FEAR-A-PALOOZA

December 24, 2015

Crime is down in America. Despite this fact, a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law just found that Americans are terrified of crime. 
70% of Americans believe that they are in danger of being killed by “ISIS” – which they think is trying to take over America. International Terrorism is a chimera; a fantasy drilled into the consciousness of Americans by politicians who use this demonstrably false threat to hold power. The BBC documentary THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES charts this fraud in great detail. It works and now the HOME OF THE BRAVE is quaking in its boots. Even though home-grown followers of a reputed Prince of Peace have been bombing and shooting up Planned Parenthood centers, nebulous “foreigners” are feared to the marrow.

Even though more toddlers have killed Americans than terrorists have, the fear of foreign terrorists is pervasive and forms the basis of the Republican political campaign.

Listening to the hysterical shrieking of the conservative fear-mongering horde, one would never know that you are more likely to be crushed to death by your furniture, than killed by terrorists.

People deliberately spreading fear… THEY are the real terrorists. The only people terrorizing you now are these power-hungry politicians.

There is a candidate on the Democratic side who also talks the neocon bull about the need for America to lead the world in  “the global fight to exterminate Islamic State” which presents NO threat to us here. Mrs. Clinton even calls for a NO FLY ZONE even though ISIS has no air force. Or a single airplane.

When trying to persuade people to vote for her, as they ignore the many serious complaints about her, Mrs. Clinton’s supporters always whip out yet another fear: They say we MUST have her in office to save the Supreme Court.  So even though they admit that she cannot be trusted in other ways, and she talks like a conservative, and is sponsored by Wall Street (which shovels money at her) they somehow trust her to make progressive SCOTUS choices. Why? And said from he court, what are we to expect from her choices to run The Fed? The Commerce Department? The FDA? The Treasury Department? The SEC? The Education Department? Will she secure the separation of church and state? When it comes to the mythical man in the sky, Mrs. Clinton is as much a bible thumper as any other conservative, claiming that this amalgam of Bronze Age fairy-tales made her the person she is. Religious pandering always accompanies fear mongering with conservatives and Mrs. Clinton is no exception.

Back to earthly matters: Will Clinton protect Social Security from Wall Street privatizing? Will she prosecute the rapacious banksters who crashed the economy of the world? Yes, you say? Why should we think so? This would be biting the hand that feeds her, and feeds her husband, and feeds her daughter, and feeds her much touted grandchild – whose father is a hedge-fund huckster from a family of Republican politicians.

And when all else fails, the Clinton wing raises the fear of back-alley abortions – claiming she and she alone will save Roe v. Wade.  See my previous post in this blog in which I show why that is balderdash. This is more fear… It is all some people have to offer. Some. Not all…

So clearly, we cannot lay the far-mongering rap exclusively on the Republicans. It infects conservatives no matter which party they sign on with. One thing is certain: I will never support any candidate who inspires and exploits fear. THAT is terrorism: “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims” (New Oxford American Dictionary). And deliberately scaring the crap out of people is intimidation. Doing so for political gains is TERRORISM. No, it is not swarthy, Muslim, foreign terrorism but terrorism it is.

Using fear is, of course, nothing new. The whole phony “Cold War” worked wonders in the fear department. I hear from people to this day who believe that “commies” are trying to take over America – which was another totally phony fear. The USSR was never a threat to America. Again, see THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES to learn how Ronald Reagan whipped this fear up to a post-McCarthy fever pitch even though the CIA told him it was baloney. The CIA. Hardly a bastion liberal pinkos… For a look at fear in the early 20th Century I recommend the reissue of a 1919 classic called UNMASKING FEAR.

Click this Image To Rad About The Book

Click this Image To Read About The Book

This valuable study of mass hysteria and rampant fear first appeared in 1919, long before mass media – which today is the most virulent and relentless purveyor of fear. But the lessons apply. And I consider them are well-worth learning from. IF, of course, people can learn. I have my doubts – especially when I see people running for their lives from… nothing at all. When their furniture is a bigger threat…

Why Is This Discussion STILL NEEDED?

October 23, 2015
Abortion. Freedom of choice. Telling women what they may or may not do concerning their own bodies.
This is still a concern for many of us.
And it should be, because many politicians oppose reproductive freedom.
Why does one noted politician think it is right to say things like this:
The decision to have an abortion is between “a young woman, her family, her physician and pastor.”
Her PASTOR? Really?
Or:
Abortion is “a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women. There is no reason why government cannot do more to educate and inform and provide assistance so that the choice guaranteed under our constitution either does not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
What good is a right if it is NOT exercised?
Who says that about ANY OTHER right?
Freedom of Speech should “
not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
Or:
Abortion should be “safe, legal and rare, and by rare I mean rare.”
Will there be an acceptable National Abortion Quota?
Would any other right be so easily and glibly dismissed?
Free speech should be safe, legal and rare, and by rare I mean rare.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness should be safe, legal and rare, and by rare I mean
rare.
Here is another comment from a politician. Do you support this view?
“I for one respect those who believe with all their heart and conscience that there are no circumstances under which abortion should be available.”
One politician had THIS exchange with an anti-choicer:
“I know you’re pro-choice, but you have indicated that you would like to reduce the number of abortions. Could you see yourself, with millions of voters in a pro-life camp, creating a common ground, with the goal ultimately in mind of reducing the decisions for abortion to zero?”
The politician nodded, telling attendees of the nationally televised event: “Yes, yes.”
REMEMBER:
When they say rare – they mean NEVER.
And who said these things?
SHE did: the last time she ran for president. And lost.
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So it’s 8 years later and time for her to whistle a different tune.
I will vote for someone who will protect the right of ALL women to control their bodies. Without interference from a government that will “provide assistance so that the choice guaranteed under our constitution either does not ever have to be exercised or only in very rare circumstances.”
Or involve her Pastor

Why The Violence And Anger?

October 7, 2015

Gun violence is again, sadly, in the news. Mass shootings are on the upswing even though crime is, overall, continuing to go down.

Politics has become more angry and divisive than ever.

People ask: How did this happen?

More important is: WHEN did this happen.

History shows us

The powers that be promote fear and hatred of an enemy. They believe that this promotes unity and a national sense of purpose. When the USSR collapsed, America was left with millions of frightened people who had nobody left to fear and hate. This is why the PTB wrote, before 9/11/01, about the need for a “new Pearl Harbor.” This was written in 1997 as the manifesto of the pompously named Think Tank, “The Project for the New American Century ” – run by people like Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld… and then we all know what happened when they were in the White House…

Having an external enemy is something people like this feel is vital for a national identity. So we get feeble attempts at demonizing nations – or lame terror groups like ISIS – because they seriously think we need an enemy at all times. In lieu of a named enemy, we have free-floating anxiety and Americans turn on each other.
This is why so many of our neighbors are armed to the teeth.
They have been taught to fear The Other since childhood.
We are still paying for the brainwashing of the Cold War.
Pay attention to the people who want to be president and see how so many of them promote fear. When we fear, we lose the ability to think clearly. And this is what these people want. Why?

This 3-part BBC documentary explains how and why governments do this.
Click the image to see it. And you will know how these insane people think.
Remember what John Lennon so pointedly observed: “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

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Now, in the absence of an enemy – America is an asylum filled with violent, deranged people. And our own government did it to us, with the help of sick people for what they consider the national good. We are living the results of generations of fear and hatred. Why, we even have whole “news” networks on TV which do nothing but scream out impending disaster just to keep us in fear.

This is not new, and neither PNAC nor the pornographer Rupert Murdoch with his FOX “news” should get no credit for originality. In 1919 a book came out which showed people how fear twists their lives.

Almost a century later it still applies. The book has been reissued – and I wrote the new introduction. I urge all to get hold of this slim volume HERE or click the image below. Although some will try to dissuade you from reading this book, because they fear it, I think it is a “must-read” to see how fear twists people without them even knowing it.

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Click Image To See This Book At AMAZON.COM

Wall Street Eats Its Own

October 3, 2015

NY Times reports on the deluge of suicides and mental breakdowns among Wall Street hot-shots.
Headline is: 

DEATHS DRAW ATTENTION TO WALL  STREET’S GRUELING PACE

and it is quite wrong.

On Moneyism

September 30, 2015
Capital is MONEY. So why don’t we call our system MONEYISM?
Why hide behind a euphemism? Call it what it is.
For many people it is all about money even though people were around long before money was.
People should not be pictured on our money.
Not presidents, not Harriet Tubman, not Margaret Thatcher, not Ben Carson’s mommy.
In honor of MONEYISM, you know what should be on the money?
MORE MONEY!

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE? IT’S IN THE BIBLE! (again)

September 6, 2015

I posted this back in 2012, but with the hypocritical ignoramuses in the republican party (formally called “candidates”) howling about “religious freedom” and how it trumps the Constitution, I thought it time to revive it. These bigoted loudmouths know nothing of their beloved bible.

     It is the religious right wing loud mouths who always can be counted upon to a) demand that we obey the Holy Bible and b) make the claim that there is no such thing as separation of Church & State in America because those words are not in the Constitution. Never mind that this separation was primary on the minds of those who wrote the Constitution. Forget that this separation is what made the United States of America absolutely unique in the history of Western “civilization.” And the hell with the facts that the United States Supreme Court has consistently held that such a separation exists. Throw all that away if you wish.  Let us see what the Bible itself has to say on the subject:

     As Moses is ready to die and the Israelites prepare to enter the Promised Land, Moses grows concerned that there the tribes have no leader to keep the people from anarchy. So, being Moses, he consults God. Here is what happens in the King James Version of the Holy Bible:

Numbers, 27:15-23

And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,

Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:

And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

    Do you get what happened? Moses puts Joshua in charge of the people and has Aaron’s son Eleazar in charge of the priesthood. Moses and, more to the point, GOD ALMIGHTY have vested two separate people with the powers of Church & State. It is right there in the Good Book.  Joshua is in charge of the people and Eleazar is in charge of tending into God’s judgment. It’s all there in black and white.

    As long as the religious literalists insist that the Bible is a history book, and as long as they insist that it is God’s “divine plan” for humanity, silly claims but they make them nonetheless, then we see by example that God wants the power of the state separated from the power if the religious establishment. There is no getting around it.

    UPDATE: Further driving the point home is 1 Samuel, 13:8-14 where King Saul, tired of waiting for the arrival of Samuel the priest, makes his own burnt offering. When Samuel arrives all hell breaks loose. Why? Because Saul has usurped the power of the clergy and thus violated the biblical separation of Church & State.
Can it be any more clear?

Separation of Church and State… It’s In The Bible!

Mel Gibson For President!

September 4, 2015

(and no, he is not from Australia)

Gibson Quotes

PC is BS. The Right Invented It To Play “Victim”

August 7, 2015


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  The thing about POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – aside from its having been passé since 1989 – is that it is a complete and total myth. PC is a mechanism which allows conservatives to claim that they are victims whenever they victimize others and say something rude, stupid, and nasty.

  As with the equally mythic War On Xmas, the conservatives need to feel victimized to justify their free-floating anger. When somebody says, “Now this is not politically correct, but…” it is always the preface to something rude and offensive. But it makes them seem brave for being boorish. Before the righties invented PC, they would start such odious statements with, “Now, don’t get me wrong but…” which implies a misunderstanding. PC removes the misunderstanding and remakes them into bold, challengers of the status quo – when they call women sluts and say African Americans are just not grateful enough to the white people who freed them. And yes, I have heard this and worse quite often. 

  Outside the minds of the whining conservatives, there is no such thing as PC. The truth behind the invention of PC was exploded a generation ago in the book The Myth of Political Correctness, and there has never been an effective retort.

  Poor Ben Carson!

  Ben Carson, a man so mired in the past that he actually complains about what he calls “Women’s Lib,” based his whole risible presidential campaign on purveying misinformation while claiming any challenge to his utter foolishness was just PC, against which he bravely stands. But, alas, last night in the FOX game-show “Who Wants To Be A Jingoistic Dimwit” the perennially broke Donald Trump stole Carson’s thunder with his own rant about being under attack for not being PC. “What a brave boy am I,” the PC brigade trumpets! At every turn. And then the brave Trump assailed Rosie O’donnell with whom he once had a public feud. This, as any shrink will tell you, is the way a Toxic Narcissist thinks. Once an enemy, always an enemy. Even Trump’s first of many wives (is the sanctity of marriage PC?) says that he never lets go. You can see it in the long suppressed documentary TRUMP: WHAT’S THE DEAL – which was supposed to be on national TV 25 years ago. Its point is: the old Trump is the New Trump – so watch out.

  Along with being opposed to PC, many Trump supporters say they find him refreshing because “he speaks his mind.” Well, hell, so does Fidel Castro – known for delivering three hour speeches. Do you Trump-ettes support CASTRO for speaking his mind?

"Fidel Castro - SAYING WHAT'S ON HIS MIND"

“Fidel Castro – SAYING WHAT’S ON HIS MIND”

  My Uncle Harry always spoke what was on his mind. Unfortunately, he spoke it to lampposts, fire-hydrants, German Shepherds, and to his radio – which he seems to have thought was some sort of intercom. You know who also speaks their mind? People with Tourette Syndrome. Drunks in the corner bar. Folks with no mental filter. If it is such a virtue to say what is on your mind, then how is it that you conservatives get angry when someone speaks what is on their mind about YOU? I mean, if I say to a Trump supporter, “You are a complete ignoramus who knows nothing about politics or the American way of life as codified in the Constitution. You are a dolt who actually believes that Trump is, as he constantly says, ‘really rich.’ Why do you believe it? Because Trump said so? You strike me as the kind of rube who will buy anything with varnish on it.” Are you angry? Well, don’t be! I was just telling you what is on my mind. Isn’t that your guy’s greatest virtue? So why knock me – or Fidel – for doing it?

I’M REALLY RICH!

  And as to the Trump refrain about being rich – which will be put to the test once he actually mounts a campaign – please keep this in mind, for it is an exact parallel:

  You want to vote for Fredo? Go for it. Personally, I support a Trump/Palin ticket. Why? Because with those two crackpots in the White House we will finally achieve the long-sought dream of a Nuclear Free America. Within days of their election, the rest of the world will unite to see to it. And the world will be a much safer place.
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  And this brings us to the main thing about today’s conservatives. As was quite clear last night, they subsist on fear. And they will manufacture fear where it does not exist:
AMERICANS DON’T WIN ANYMORE! Trump childishly bleats.
SOCIAL SECURITY IS BROKEN!  cries Huckabee, 
falsely.
WE NEED TO STAND UP TO OUR ENEMIES! hollers Canadian Rapheal Cruz – who won’t even use his real name

  Judging from the respective sizes of Trump, Huckabee and Cristie, they seemingly photosynthesize on fear. Fear is a tool that is used to stop people from thinking. This is why they whip up fear at every turn. People in a state of fear will be in FIGHT/FLIGHT mode and they will not think. This is what Meredith Willson showed in The Music Man when a flimflam artiste had a whole town in an uproar over an utterly innocuous pool table. That scene is now the conservative play-book in its entirety.

   Today’s conservatives lack ideas (have they offered any?). They lack substance. All they can do is attempt to spread fear. Interestingly, The Music Man is set in middle America in the year 1919. In that year a book came out detailing how the grip of fear is exploited to control people. 1919 was a grim year indeed! The book is UNMASKING FEAR by Lloyd Kenyon Jones. 1919 was the year of hysteria called The Palmer Raids. It was the year of many “Race Riots” – which in those days meant white people killing black people wholesale. It was a horrible time, as I note in my introduction to a new edition of this valuable book.

   To know the present, we must study the past. The people on the game-show “debate” stage last night are as old as history. They are Iago in the age of mass media, allowing them to do millions of times more damage. FEAR is their weapon of choice. It lies back of everything they do. Read this valuable book to get a historical perspective on these thugs. Yes, thugs. For that is what they are.

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Click Image To See This Book At AMAZON.COM

 

Media Echo Chamber Alert!

July 25, 2015

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Ok, I have had enough. The media echo chamber is filled with “LONG HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS” in their coverage of the Louisiana “shooter,” as they call him. Not MURDERER but shooter.
Please remember this:

  • Suffering from mental illness does not mean someone is crazy and it does not mean s/he is dangerous.
  • There is NO SUCH MEDICAL CONDITION as “insanity.” Sanity and insanity are LEGAL TERMS not medical.
  • YOU KNOW AND LOVE PEOPLE WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL. You just may not know that you know them.

And please remember this: When someone who commits a horrible crime is described by American media as MENTALLY ILL… it means CAUCASIAN MALE.
In the media, African-American males are SAVAGE THUGS filled with unfounded anger aimed at whites.
I will not even bother to give examples – as they are all over the place, ready to be found.

White males commit 64% of Mass Shooting murders. If African-Americans did so in HALF that number, America would be living in a media-fueled lockdown situation and a FOX inspired lynch mob mentality would prevail. 

And you KNOW it.
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