World War III is a guerrilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation: Down the Rabbit Hole, Volume Four
Class warfare is culture, not agenda. Gaslighting is the art of linguistic transmutation.
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This tagline, in a world where we know everything said means the exact opposite, is particularly terrifying to me.
People assume the goal stated is coupled with a desire to prevent this.
When I see this, I see literal blatant Revelation of the Method. A few years ago, barely anyone knew what predictive programming is. They're still mostly unaware. But more and more people are seeing it now. The more actively they engage, the less they are passively affected. That's a win.
Part of the strategy is to make you wonder who is doing it so that when you talk about the connections you sound like a loon.
That’s by design.
If you sound like an idiot when you talk about it, you’ll be treated like an idiot when you attempt to explain it.
Once you understand what is really happening, it’s simple. At that point you can put the notorious red string away for good because there’s no need for it or for you to look absolutely ridiculous whenever you whip it out.
There are merely people, like anyone else, who were raised with certain values and act in concert with the values they were taught. Period. End of story.
Your values are not the same as theirs. You perceive this as agenda. It is not. It is culture.
And that culture has nothing to do with anything any of us would identify with in a divide and conquer sense… it’s not race, it’s not mainstream organized religion, it’s not genes. It’s simply ingrained behavior taught within a certain CLASS of people over the course of generations.
That’s literally ALL it is. Just like how YOUR values were passed on to you.
Generational attitudes, passed down from father to son, from mother to daughter. Very, very simple to understand.
Infiltration is merely presence. It’s not overt or heavy handed or made of red string connections and plotting and utter fucking nonsense.
It’s just that someone who was raised in this way is now on the scene in whatever capacity, influencing outcomes by inserting their own class values into the mix. Very, very simple to understand.
The extremely simple issue here is that the values of most of humanity do not match the values of the majority of this group. In order to get you to lean toward their values anyway, they are taught a strategy - from birth - which involves convincing you that you want the same thing they do when that is not the case or not the whole story. You end up wanting some piece of it so badly because it sounds so right and honorable and just that you end up buying into the fine print too - and the fine print ends up being something horrendous you never saw coming, some way of transmuting your positive energy and turning it into something so left field of your own values that you question whether this could even possibly be happening.
It is. It’s absolutely happening. But the trick past the transmutation is to gaslight you at every turn.
If you were taught to get your way at all costs in this manner since birth, generation after generation, you’d likely behave in this way too. This would be simply the natural order of things to you. You would see nothing wrong with it. You would see absolutely nothing wrong with lying to defend it either because you would be taught that, as a means to an end, that behavior is absolutely ok. Not just ok - admirable and to be lauded.
Media affects expectation. It affects consciousness. The most powerful tool to alter reality is the media because it so strongly alters perspective. The more you see it, the less likely you are to be manipulated by it. The more you understand it, the better you will be at cracking it open in front of others so that they will start to understand it too. The more people understand, the more we develop an immunity to this type of manipulation as a culture.
Exposing the ways tech in the media is used to manipulate people makes people less likely to fall for it. It doesn't stop people from creating new ways to manipulate people. It's more like a consciousness arms race.
The way propaganda works is seamlessness. You don't see the holes and you're kept within the world the media creator has constructed through willing suspension of disbelief. When you intentionally break the medium, you break the spell. The best way to do that is to show it to people, highlight what it does, and break it in front of them so they can see how it works.
Breaking the media exposes it. You have to understand it to break it in a way that makes sense. It's spellcasting. You're breaking cultural spells.
One of the most important things to pay attention to is transmutation of messaging. The message, taken one way, seems innocuous or positive. Taken as it is actually meant exposes the true intention.
Dominion Voting's slogan is "Changing the way people vote." (They mean this quite literally, no?)
Washington Post: "Democracy dies in darkness."
New York Times: "All the News That’s Fit to Print."
Coca-Cola: "Together tastes better."
McDonald's: "What we're made of."
Samsung: "Do what you can't."
Sony: "Make believe."
Think about it and post the others that you notice in the comments.
Let’s look at another example of language flipping. Check out this headline:
This one is obvious. "FREEDOM PASS?!" Are you fucking KIDDING me?!
It's so cheesy and obvious - it's hard to believe that the majority of the population blindly believes the words exactly as they are put forward. No sense of word play or pattern recognition. Just acceptance at utter face value.
The transmutation of language ALONE, flipped to mean the inverse, is enough to drive you batshit crazy, but THIS is so *hokey* it's vomit inducing.
It's like living inside of a giant Dad Joke that never lands. If they're trying to kill us by making us groan to death, they're doing an excellent job.
This is flipping the meanings of words in order to manipulate you. This is literally spellcasting.
Gaslighting and language flipping are the main tactics used because of the plausible deniability aspect - they say one thing, do the reverse, and to anyone stupid enough not to realize it, they come out smelling like roses.
To anyone smart enough to get it, telling others is hell because the programming is to ridicule and gaslight anyone who disagrees with the rhetoric.
If you're aware of the language reversal and you attempt to point it out, or if you have managed to maintain your pattern recognition and critical thinking skills in this environment, you are mocked and labeled a "conspiracy theorist," a term that was developed by CIA to keep people from questioning the JFK assassination.
Perceptually, optics are everything. One of their favorite little slogans that makes the rounds in the military is "perception is reality."
No, it is not.
But to most, it might as well be. And that's the idea being conveyed here.
Truth is reality. And perception can be in alignment or disalignment with truth.
If you shift perception, you can alter the accepted narrative, but it doesn't change the truth.
The more this faction convinces people that truth is some fluid amorphous thing, the more control they have over the narrative and what people will accept.
If there is no perceptual consensus, there is no cohesion. If there is no cohesion, we're easier to divide and conquer.
So this faction uses the media to manufacture cohesion around a false perception of reality - which is why having and maintaining control of the media is, was, and will always be so important to them.
And it's why we're seeing the censorship push now - it's an act of desperation to maintain narrative control because it is slipping away.
Control the narrative, control the people.
The way we undo this is by continuing to tell the truth.
Awareness is at a tipping point, and this is what they fear most - consensus of the many which is based around truth. Because then the lies don't work on us. And without the lies to keep us in line, they no longer have the ability to control us.
These insane overreaching reactions mean they are scared.
Because the thing they fear the most is us once the spell wears off.
Are you paying attention? WaPo is a disinfomation rag purchased by the CIA through Bezos. Amazon Cloud Services received 600M from the government and Bezos turned right around and bought WaPo with 300M of that money.
Subsequently, I do not believe a word they have to say.
For those who are keeping an eye on this, additionally, the censorship is doing the opposite of what's intended - it's making the rabbit holes glow brighter. You can use Facebook to take the temperature of this. Whatever people are at each other's throats about, the algorithm is stoking. If you're aware of this, you know to use Facebook as a barometer, not a primary means of communication. Whatever people are arguing about - it's manufactured. It's emotional baiting. Steer clear of it but also be aware of it. It can help you make appropriate decisions if you watch - for lack of a better term because I hate to say it this way however accurate it might be - the movement of the herd.
My advice to most would be to go through a conscious detox of media from your lives.
When disconnected from the media, one begins to make - at first - healthier, more objective choices about media consumption. If something feels heavyhanded, you check out. You start to see where your strings are being pulled... there's this sort of Call Out The Fuckery stage that goes along with that.
If you then immerse yourself in it and study it from the detached state... you start reading people, inflections, body language, cuts, angles, music tone, shot juxtaposition... you start to understand the exact grammar and how it is used to manipulate you.
Past that point, it becomes difficult to watch it at all. But if you DO watch, you're doing it from this place of detached analysis where it's extremely hard to have any sort of emotional reaction to it. There's no tug at the heartstrings. You've broken the spell and you're able to take the messaging apart and see what makes it tick.
If you delve further, you learn to manipulate it.
You learn how to splice phonemes together to make new words.
You learn that jump cuts manufacture anxiety.
You learn that flipping a cut across the 180 axis in a fight scene creates disorientation which adds to suspense.
You learn that a laugh track can make things that aren't funny - and shouldn't ever be - hilarious.
You learn that altering the tone of the music alters the tone of the entire piece.
You learn that what I'm doing right now, by repeating the words "you learn that" over and over again... this creates an hypnotic rhythm that could potentially lull you into accepting what I am saying without questioning it.
LOOK AT WHAT I JUST DID. AND FUCKING QUESTION IT.
This is spellcasting.
Why do you think this faction sought to gain control of the media?
The only way to inoculate yourselves is to immerse, understand, and then fully resist any further immersion.
A practical example of resisting immersion - if you're feeling compelled to binge watch a series, you never stop at the end of the episode.
(I use the word "compel" for a reason - you are being compelled. It's a trick.)
The cliffhanger is put here on purpose so you will automatically begin to watch the next one.
You subvert this effect by finding a boring spot mid-episode and pausing there.
This will cure your binge watching. I never take anything in in one sitting unless I am at a movie theater and have consciously chosen to do so. I will pause what I'm watching, get up, walk around, do other things in between, do other things during... consuming media with me for others can be trying if they don't know what I'm doing so I tend to be choosy about who I watch things with.
Back when I watched network television, I'd flip channels and watch several things at once. No immersion, no emotional effect.
But the repetition I spoke of earlier - this is the main way that thought control is enacted via the news.
Let's take a look at some videos exposing Operation Mockingbird.
First, some clips from the hearing in 1975:
From the description: “Do you read newspapers? Or perhaps do you prefer reading things online? Maybe reading isn’t your medium, how about watching the news? Because all of us, at one point or another has consumed media. And media is an important part of our life and our society. How else am I going to check sport results from the other side of the world or see if it will rain tomorrow. But… What happens when the media becomes a tool? A tool used to manipulate, to plant thoughts into our head. Today we will look at one such instance.”
This doesn't just happen on American soil. EU news media was systematically infiltrated as well. In this clip from 2016, veteran journalist Dr. Udo Ulfkotte explains his experiences with being approached and bribed by the CIA to put forward specific messaging whenever tapped to do so. He put out a book in German detailing his experiences called Gekaufte Journalisten. He was doing interviews to support the drop of his book in the English language. In 2017, the year that book was supposed to drop in English, Ulfkotte was allegedly suicided.
Here, you can see that the book was slated to drop in English in May 2017. Ulfkotte died in January 2017.
The English version of the book finally dropped in October 2019 under a new title, Presstitutes: Embedded in the Pay of the CIA.
A book was recently released about Ulfkotte’s death called The Mysterious Death of Udo Ulfkotte: Evidence for a Murder by Jonas Schneider.
I know many of you watched Social Dilemma on Netflix. As a primer for understanding algo fuckery at a high level, it's a great first look at how you are being manipulated to fuel the divide and conquer agenda. And if you're not already well-versed in how data harvesting is weaponized against you, again, this is a great place to start. (If you have advanced technical and digital marketing knowledge, you can probably skip it. You already know how this works. But if you want to show someone who has never been exposed to a breakdown of these ideas or has a bit of knowledge but never did an active deep dive into the subject, I highly recommend it.)
But let's remember what many of us have told you about class warfare and social media usage. You use it all the time. But they don't use it much. They don't allow their children to use it at all.
Besides the obvious fact that their children's posts could be harvested for blackmail material or they might be targeted by strangers with other nefarious agendas, either merely because they are children or to find some way to get at their parents, there are other more universally relatable reasons why social media is disallowed.
Jaron Lanier, the inventor of VR, gets into that succinctly here:
The key thing to keep in mind is that if you are using an app that advertises to you and controls your behaviors in a fashion that spikes your dopamine levels, you and the actions you take are the products being sold to advertisers. So, at a basic level, this is how it works.
On a deeper level, it's not only advertisers who are utilizing the tech to move the needle of your actions and opinions.
Lobbyist and other various social agenda groups hire people to go online and argue with others all day long to control narratives on public posts.
Algorithms are spiked to keep you in constant conflict, not just so that you will keep returning for the dopamine hit you're receiving from the argument, but also to keep everyone at odds with one another.
When we can't perceive the true enemy, we are exponentially easier to control.
When we think the enemy is each other, this destroys the fabric of society.
When this is taken to its most illogical conclusion, we have the threat of civil war as we see it right now with literally EVERYONE thinking their own personal version of algorithm-manipulated reality is "correct" and that everyone else is WRONG.
These tools are so powerful that we went from hopes and ideas of a digital utopia to a full on dystopian nightmare in ONE generation.
That's all it took - one generation for Orwell and Huxley to be either rolling in their graves or giggling profusely at the way we've handled things.
Simply cutting the cord does not immerse you in it to the point of understanding the hold it has. It's necessary shadow work. If you just detach, something else will draw you in. If you understand it fully, you can see it coming next time and have a chance to identify the threat.
Walking away from it doesn't provide the same knowledge that using it as a crucible does.
And we’re back to that same old Alan Watts quote again... "Once you get the message, hang up the phone."
Bernstein, C. (1977). The CIA and the Media. Rolling Stone. [online] Available from: http://www.carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php
Curtis, A. (2002). The Century of the Self, Parts 1-4. BBC. [online] Available from:
From the description: “The story of the relationship between Sigmund Freud and his American nephew, Edward Bernays. Bernays invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was the first person to take Freud's ideas to manipulate the masses. He showed American corporations how they could make people want things they didn't need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires. Bernays was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion, using every trick in the book, from celebrity endorsement and outrageous PR stunts, to eroticising the motorcar. His most notorious coup was breaking the taboo on women smoking by persuading them that cigarettes were a symbol of independence and freedom. But Bernays was convinced that this was more than just a way of selling consumer goods. It was a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying the inner irrational desires that his uncle had identified, people could be made happy and thus docile. It was the start of the all-consuming self which has come to dominate today's world.”
From the description: “This episode explores how those in power in post-war America used Freud's ideas about the unconscious mind to try and control the masses. Politicians and planners came to believe Freud's underlying premise - that deep within all human beings were dangerous and irrational desires and fears. They were convinced that it was the unleashing of these instincts that had led to the barbarism of Nazi Germany. To stop it ever happening again they set out to find ways to control this hidden enemy within the human mind. Sigmund Freud's daughter, Anna, and his nephew, Edward Bernays, provided the centrepiece philosophy. The US government, big business, and the CIA used their ideas to develop techniques to manage and control the minds of the American people. But this was not a cynical exercise in manipulation. Those in power believed that the only way to make democracy work and create a stable society was to repress the savage barbarism that lurked just under the surface of normal American life. Includes copyrighted material from Zodiak Entertainment.”
From the description: “In the 1960s, a radical group of psychotherapists challenged the influence of Freudian ideas in America. They were inspired by the ideas of Wilhelm Reich, a pupil of, who had turned against him and was hated by the Freud family. He believed that the inner self did not need to be repressed and controlled. It should be encouraged to express itself. Out of this came a political movement that sought to create new beings free of the psychological conformity that had been implanted in people's minds by business and politics. This programme shows how this rapidly developed in America through self-help movements like Werber Erhard's Erhard Seminar Training - into the irresistible rise of the expressive self: the Me Generation. But the American corporations soon realised that this new self was not a threat but their greatest opportunity. It was in their interest to encourage people to feel they were unique individuals and then sell them ways to express that individuality. To do this they turned to techniques developed by Freudian psychoanalysts to read the inner desires of the new self.”
From the description: “This episode explains how politicians on the left, in both Britain and America, turned to the techniques developed by business to read and fulfil the inner desires of the self. Both New Labour, under Tony Blair, and the Democrats, led by Bill Clinton, used the focus group, which had been invented by psychoanalysts, in order to regain power. They set out to mould their policies to people's inner desires and feelings, just as capitalism had learnt to do with products. Out of this grew a new culture of public relations and marketing in politics, business and journalism. One of its stars in Britain was Matthew Freud who followed in the footsteps of his relation, Edward Bernays, the inventor of public relations in the 1920s. The politicians believed they were creating a new and better form of democracy, one that truly responded to the inner feelings of individual. But what they didn't realise was that the aim of those who had originally created these techniques had not been to liberate the people but to develop a new way of controlling them.”
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