Axios are bubbleheads: Memo to you ditzes -- smash and grab partisan reportage didn't save a dead profession.

You obviously do not need a brain cell to write dreck for Axios.

This article is a knee-slapper. I love this passage.

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Thought bubble? You need a brain for a thought.

The partisan Left press made a big mistake backing Hillary Clinton. She was not capable of winning an election. Period. Trump would not have run otherwise: he knew her, and assessed his chances. The moment he declared his presidency, the press should have put on their thinking caps, as moth-eaten as they were.

Clinton was a sore loser — when she failed to show up to give a concession speech, the press, if they didn’t put the obvious together them, should have dismissed her. The end. Don’t bother covering her morning after concession. Go home.

But then she kept spewing about how James Comey ruined her chance at victory — which means that she cannot handle internal problems, and the press should have not indulged her.

But when she become vindictive and destructive by blaming Russia, the press fell for it.

And then went on and on and on with that bullshit story. They came off as paranoid cowards, and I am sure Putin laughed so hard he cried at the yokel press.

But by then, journalism was dead. There was some delusions that people were watching MSNBC — but audiences were so minuscule that it didn’t add up to an actual audience.

And they got those slim pickings bleating Clinton propaganda.

This was stupid and showed not just how journalism doesn’t use logic, facts, or see reality, but that they are incapable of thinking about tomorrow: you are placing your future on the Mueller Report, which would absolutely not find a shred of evidence of collusion with the Russians. It is nonsense.

And what happens to your fortunes once Mueller clears the president? You lie to your audience who are there to see someone get thrown to the lions — and there is no show?

Now they are blubbering that even that paranoid segment of society has dumped them. Yeah, that was pretty obvious a mile away.

And if the press thought their audience are marching away, they haven’t seen anything yet.

They are not coming back because you lost credibility with them. You made an empty promise. You failed to deliver the goods. You didn’t predict Trump’s victory, and you falsely called his downfall.

But that smash and grab partisan reportage did not resurrect a dead profession. It can’t. You cannot believe what a sore loser rival says when they want to inflict pain on someone who earned what they thought that they were entitled to have just because they fancy themselves as superior to everyone else…

Fox News is partisan? You don't say, Carl Cameron! Too bad every other outlet is partisan, too.

I love this very late Come to Democrat Jesus headline.

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Carl Cameron has been on Fox News for how long? I wrote about him in my 2005 book OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s war on journalism…that came out in 2005. Count the years, kids. He just realizes this now?

This is nonsense. Of course he knew and was part of that machine. They cuts his checks and now he is trying to reposition himself the way Lara Logan did. Mainstream media outlets are partisan — Left or Right. There is no one here who is right by default.

So why now?

This latest partisan attempt to take on the Drudge Report may have something to do with it.

It is too complicated and busy to be a threat. It represents why the left alienate so many people and fail at any real connect. The Huffington Post was supposed to Drudge on. No dice. So was Buzzflash, which is trying to make a comeback.

The problem with the Left is their sanctimonious and long-winded narratives where they try to present themselves as a superior race out to save the little people from themselves, and no one has to pay for anything because someone has a printing press in their basement.

And their message is a real demoralizing and patronizing downer: people are so incapable and stupid, that they cannot function without government nannying in every aspect of their lives. Let’s infantilize the populace! is a shitty campaign slogan…

And, really, not all that different than Fox News, who always found other people to blame for their audience’s various real and imagined failures: the difference being that even FNC’s riff implied people were capable if other people got out of the way…but it still implied their audience would be helpless without the FNC.

So there is your choice: you are either too stupid to live unless the government puts a diaper on you…or a partisan network tells you how to put one on. Neither narrative is close to the truth — Hollywood made a huge mess of things by convincing Middle Class people that trades and hard work were bad things and that everyone should be a famous and special just for voguing.

There are no correct or productive answers coming from the communications industries: they are antiquated and should be ignored, regardless of their self-serving sway…

The New Republic's hate-filled propaganda. Nice try. Use some facts.

More strategic anti-Serb hate-speech courtesy of the New Republic, the same people who made Stephen Glass a “name” journalist. Fabulists excel in this rag and so do exploiters, and this piece of garbage is very instructive.

Aside from fellating Bill Clinton in this propaganda piece, it is trying to set up a false narrative that goes against actual research, such as how Serbs were forcibly driven out of Kosovo by the Albanian faction there for decades. Long before the civil war. To dead Western silence. There is high unemployment, no tax base, and that little issue of the Albanian mob ruling the roost through drugs and human trafficking.

Did I mention Serbs over there are being harvested for their organs? Yeah, there is that, too.

And then you have this knee-slapper:

But for Kosovo Albanians, who had faced political repression from Serbia throughout most of the 1990s and had virtually no allies throughout the twentieth century, this was the start of the American infatuation.

Yeah, tell it to the illiterate. Nice try. Just because you do not get everything your own way, it doesn’t mean you are being oppressed. You sucked up to the Clintons, and gave Ms. Albright interesting things for her sold soul. Since that whole Telecom thing did not turn out, she had to settle for a measly statue.

But this is war propaganda, in hopes of setting a narrative so that Serbs can once again be painted as villains.

This is the Internet Age with yokels using old media to do it.

Giving Clinton and fellow war-monger Madeleine Albright statues just goes to show you the level of corruption and overt ego-bribing going on in that bankrupt hellhole. Memo to the appeasers: no one likes the Clintons, anymore.

For a reason.

The US and the rest of the planet dodged a serious bullet when Hillary bungled an easy presidential run.

But the piece tries to anticipate and gaslight: the Serbs are trying to say they have been victimized.

Uh, yeah, they have. Scores of people have gone missing; so don’t try to bury the bodies and blame it on the people who have vanished in the night.

Wicked trash. That’s what the West is puking these days.

The entire subtext of the article is genocidal: just look at the headline.

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That is coded language for the Clintons failed to exterminate all of the Serbs so that other people can just grab their land and take their valuables.

No mention of how PR firms painted a demented fairy tale back then. Kids, this is how people get suckered into supporting bad people trying to get things at the expense of others.

Journalists keep trying to go back to the good old days when they told the little who to hate without evidence, and they, like obedient little children, would do it.

Now, it is a different ballgame.

Because if we had real journalists — and we don’t — they would comb through Clinton’s and Albright’s books, seeing just how many millions of bucks they got from this regime and other regimes for their cause — and where, exactly did they get the money to pay for it?

Or did it cost Serbs an arm and a leg? Kidney, perhaps?

Both those trolls should be rotting in the Hague.

Along with every reporter who used a Ruder Finn press release as reality back then…

The Curse of Marat, and the death of journalism.

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That painting up there, for the historically illiterate, is a piece of political propaganda that came from the French Revolution. The painting The Death of Marat, depicted with hilarity the murder of French journalist/Revolution leader/physician/propagandist Jean-Paul Marat.

As a journalist, Marat had blood on his hands. He was a minion of Maximilien Robespierre, writing hatchet pieces about Robespierre’s targets for liquidation, justifying their politically-sanctioned murders. The purging was the end goal, and Marat knew it and killed people with his fake news.

He was a propagandist and mouthpiece, and he was murdered by Charlotte Corday, who was depicted as a heroine by another painter.

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Needless to say, she was executed for it, but Marat was presented as a hero in the first painting by another propagandist, Jacques-Louis David.

That painting had dainty blood, a journalist with a quill and paper at his dying breath, and a halo of white light coming from above. It is over-wrought and pure propagandistic melodrama.

And shows that the profession has not changed in centuries.

The power to destroy others through words was too alluring, and journalism never bothered to address it because it made them useful to the power elite. It was always easy to hide this reality because there is always a power struggle, and the confirmation bias ensures that going after one overlord makes it seem as if the profession holds power accountable, even if they are doing it on the behest of another.

The Internet made them obsolete. One overlord used Twitter, and the rest is histrionics. The profession keeps having meltdowns because no matter how they go after Trump, they can’t touch him. They couldn’t pull a Watergate. They couldn’t stop his victory, and then they couldn’t vindicate themselves and prove they are a power because they are not.

So in Canada, reporters all marched lockstep to become Marat, whoring themselves for taxpayer money the way Marat whored himself to Robespierre.

In the meantime, there is a void in real information-gathering. The staged and choreographed self-aggrandizing propaganda is fading away with no benefits to speak of and now that Robert Mueller blew the Beltway popsicle stand, the ratings and circulation are plummeting even more. They became their own David, trying to put a halo on Marat.

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Marat was no guardian. Neither are journalists. They are mercenaries for hire, nothing more.

They are not detectives or scientists. They never were empirical or ever bothered to question what they were doing, how they were doing it, or why….

Pre-election propaganda continues...

The federal Liberals reminds me of the grade school lazy bad boy who screws up nine months of the year, and then for the final month, sits up in the chair, keeps his mouth shut, and does something that resembles work so that the teacher passes him, hoping the previous nine months are forgotten.

The gambit often works, but when I got those students in college, it did not. Previous bad acts (i.e. marks) dragged down the brat who would fail anyway, and I couldn’t be swayed to make the previous bad stuff disappear (and as a professor, you can do that).

The feint was to charm in the beginning, get away with being a swine, and then end with wearing a halo. It was a power play, nothing more. Those who never grew up never passed my course. You didn’t master the previous material, and you are not smart enough to catch up and then just present something good. There are too many holes in your foundation.

Journalism is a provincial, folksy, and non-empirical dead beast. It is like the oblivious teacher who would pass an idiot because of a deceptive façade. Justin Trudeau massively fucked up, and now the pre-election propaganda begins.

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This is the thinking of a stupid person. Do you honestly imagine a photo-op is all it takes?

Do you not understand basics of reality?

Obviously not. What concessions did Trudeau have to make to get that photo-op?

That was the entire point of isolating Canada: to break it, and then get a coward to capitulate to something no sane person would do.

That is the question an intelligent reporter would ask, but Canada doesn’t have any.

At what price? is one of the most important questions to ask, but when your sugardaddy is going to lose an election, then you have to spin some propaganda to bolster his chances.

The problem is schools are enclosed and teachers can pass students without prying eyes.

In the public, doing that has the opposite effect. People who worked hard and had to earn their keep make it a point to vote the bums out, which is a fine Canadian tradition.

But the clean-up detail has begun, and at a furious pace, but social media makes attention spans short, and all it takes is one stealth move to have all of it implode…

The Hamilton Spectator's side job columnist gets in hot water...

He is actually a social worker who is in trouble in his day job, losing a column as a result.

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I had a relationships column in that paper long before Gary Direnfeld did — in the Ego section for the under-30 crowd, while I was getting my M.A. from Western University. I had it for a year, long enough to know the Spec was a dead-end place, and very shortly after I left, the section itself folded.

Not surprising that something like this would happen, but it does more often than you think…

The Rebel is not a Role: How Pseudo-rebels confuse their sanctioned role with outsiderism.

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Spy magazine had a very good article in the 90s called Everybody’s a Rebel by Paul Rudnick. It was all about the faux rebellion of Hollywood, and how we had actors and singers proclaim to be “rebels” even though they were the Establishment, and living it up in mansions.

There are fake rebels, but they are not rebels: they have a role in society that prevents actual rebellion. They placate people — allow them to release and live vicariously through these stand-ins: you can pretend you are standing up to the Man and be rich and famous — and mainstream. It is a safe Zero Risk fantasy.

There are many roles in society, but the the fake rebel looks somewhat different than the cornfed ones, and it is easy for the fake rebel to think they are rebels, which they are not. They are the psychic equivalent of the Amish’s rumspringa: it is pretending to allow the naive and life inexperienced youth into thinking they are “running loose”, but not really. The kids don’t know the difference, and stay within the in-group and abide by the rules.

Rock music is Western society’s version of rumspringa. It runs on the same principles, and also has the same misconceptions about it.

For decades, the mainstream music industry could keep this reality well-hidden because the gate-keepers could hide it. You had people such as Madonna reap the bountiful benefits of seeming like rebels because they were the vent built into the Machine. Hollywood also used the same logic with “bad boys” and “bad girls” becoming famous on the false pretence of being “rebels.”

That’s not being a rebel. That is playing a role.

Rebels shun a system. They are outsiders who do not get lucrative contracts or endorsement deals. Industry is about making money, not losing money. You have a certain overhead, and a break even point, and that requires a precise number of people paying for your product or service.

The point of profit means more people are buying it than the break-even point. The more profitable it is, the more people see it as a need, and/or want. Need trumps want, and want profits come from disposable income.

Big hits can come only from (a) pandering to the wealthy who are willing to overpay for it for status and prestige, or (b) pandering to the middle class who don’t have the same amount of money, but have the numbers for an item or service to be profitable. To pander to a mainstream audience is where most people in entertainment and communications (such as journalism) can make a decent living.

But there is a catch: the mainstream are Middle Class, and that means what they seek is Zero Risk. The rich take eccentric and Avant-garde risks all the time. They can like the obscure indulgences, and set trends — or keep them out of the hands of the plebs. The Middle Class follow rules and trends, not make them.

Cutting edge talent either play to the rich — or the poor. They either have a rich patron and do well — or they forever toil because the poor don’t have the disposable income to support those players. To be an ideological rebel is to be a true outsider who is beholden to no one.

To be seen as a rebel to the Middle Class is a different matter. It is all shallow things that do not actually threaten the structure of patriarchy. They can tweak its nose, but as it is the patriarchy that created the untrained audience and cuts the pay checks, they butter your bread, and you don’t get to go on stage unless you sing their tune.

But the fake rebel can never be acknowledged as a false one: there are pretences to keep up. The fake rebel is, in fact, the lynchpin, to keep a patriarchal system in place: if people discover that any true rebellion is punished, they will become afraid and upset. If they think that sometimes rebels can “win” and succeed, then they believe they have freedom and freedom of choice.

That’s why music and movies heavily hype fake rebels so much.

It is an escapist outlet.

But then the Internet came along, and as it blew into town, tore down the façade, and now the fake rebels are having a meltdown.

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Fake rebels are a valve or a vent to keep the machine from over-heating. In a machine, there are different parts that look different from each other. The different appearance is irrelevant: it is all part of the same machine that is used for the same function.

Madonna is having public tantrums because of it. She buys her own hype that she “unconventional” (not at all), and a “maverick” (keep on dreaming, fairy princess).

She is not a rebel. She was the Establishment’s vent to keep its machine running.

It’s like the Spice Girls: each had a different role to play, but none were the black sheep: Baby Spice was not the rebel. She was part of the band. Scary Spice was not the rebel, either. Neither was Ginger, Posh, or Sporty Spice. They were a package deal, and one Spice’s differences were cosmetic: they all wore costumes, danced and sang on cue, and worked on the same product.

Sure, there would be egos and arguments, but the product was the united front.

When you are in the mainstream entertainment industry, you are not an outsider. You are an insider. You may not get along with your co-stars, but that doesn’t make you an outsider. That makes you an asshole.

The Machine tries to get attention of people, turn them on, and then get them to buy their product for survival.

But getting attention in a Tower of Babel is extremely difficult. That’s why old country media, when they had control of the information stream, could have monster acts sell millions of records: the pickings were slim, and they could attract different sects within the Tower by appealing to different roles.

And there were those who wanted a safe rebel, and acts like Madonna directly appealed to them.

But when the Internet came, this system became hobbled because the old rigs were blown away. People didn’t need a stand-in: they could present themselves in that role, but then, as the old role-keepers faded and stop reinforcing the old sanctioned parts, people adopted new roles in order to fit in with their fantasies, confines, and strengths.

Suddenly, we had real racial diversity — and Hollywood’s Oscars were not seen as about talent, but its obnoxious whiteness.

Anorexic models were not seen as an ideal, but as a way to keep women confined — and then the girth of new players increased sharply.

The Internet is global, but it turned into thousands of ideologically=driven villages: the scale is smaller with no room for the monster acts anymore.

The Babel part took over the Tower, and the chattering no longer was in sync.

And acts like Madonna became antiquated with modern sensibilities. She is incongruent with the zeitgeist. She wants to be a big act, but even if she were half her age, she wouldn’t be any more popular. She was a product of a more restricted time, and could never be as successful under any other circumstance.

She was just fortunate that the elements of that era aligned to her benefit. Those old tricks do not work in 2019.

True rebels, on the other hand, will always be outsiders, regardless if the focus is the Tower or the Babel.

There is no sect where they fit. There is no whole where they have a place.

That is why they are rebels. They are feral futurists whose instincts show them a path not yet paved.

And they break away from those towers to build new worlds without anyone’s permission or approval…

The Ontario 2018 Election Campaign finds its way in the 2019 Canadian Federal Election.

Kathleen Wynne made a huge tactical error in 2018: she radicalized the Left, splintering it, and gave Ford his majority, despite not winning most of the large city votes.

The electorate here are bribable and don’t think too far ahead. They take things at face value, and never question anything that plays up on their own fantasy-narrative.

Wynne forgot that the Liberals are centrist. You pander to the illusion of the Middle Class. Stick to the narrative, and never radicalize your opponents. She never had a feel for the middle ground because she naturally aligns to the more distant left. The nuances always eluded her.

What she ended up doing was energizing the NDP base — a turf they knew better than she did. Wynne made a promise to the far-end of the scale, all the NDP had to do was up the ante, and that’s why the NDP became official opposition why the Grits no longer hold official party status.

Know your audience. When I taught public speaking to advertising students, that was lesson #1. You found a base and a niche, and you have to speak to them.

You have to know their motives, nuances, language, experiences, needs, wants, and Shibboleths. You have to know the ortgeist and the zeitgeist. You ride on the wavelength, and immerse yourself, and when you come out, you are prepared to address those people in a way they will understand.

In-group and out-group dynamics are essential to understand, and Wynne, to her detriment, did not.

She took the Left as one giant entity, and it is not. You energize your core, offer sweeteners to those on the fringe of your domain, and do not frighten rivals to the point that they all go marching to the polling stations to prevent your victory.

Wynne overplayed her hand, and energized Andrea Horwath’s clique while alarming Doug Ford’s. She veered too far from the base, who then either stayed home on election day, or went with one of the other two parties. This is not the breakfast of champions.

Justin Trudeau is of the same ilk: he tries to co-opt the base of other parties, but is merely radicalizing them. The Greens can take seats with a superior environmental platform — and they don’t need to take a lot of seats, just enough.

And now the NDP have been awakened.

The Grits’ Pharamcare gambit has now been upped by the NDP. That policy is their domain. The idea of universal healthcare came from their political forerunner, the CCF.

And they are expanding it to more than just Pharmacare — and their Pharmacare is more ambitious than the watered-down Liberal version.

The Grits are in snits now, with them trying to change the narrative to say the NDP version is “unrealistic”: well, so is yours, and it doesn’t stop you from puking it out.

You opened the door to it, now face the consequences of the awakened rival.

And memo to the Liberals: voters do not look for realistic promises. They look for politicians who promise to instantly solve their problems.

The Grits are sticking to platforms other parties can do better. They got into power with the promise of legal pot, which was something no other party had any dibs on before. They have no encore.

Worse, what they did do in power was cringeworthy and incompetent: they cannot claim to be moral because of that whole SNC Lavalin thing. They can’t pretend to be allies with China or the US because they screwed that up royally.

So they are stuck. They have checkmated themselves way too early in the game.

All Scheer has to do is come out with a sensible economic platform and be reasonable with foreign policy, showing that he will not humiliate the nation. A few promises of helping Canadians get out of credit card debt would give him a walk into the top spot with a majority.

And the Tories can do this without a genius guiding the ship. The Grits need a roomful of virtuosos to eke out a minority.

Trudeau learned nothing from Wynne — and it shows. Pharmacare was the magic word that gave the NDP new life — and it’s all downhill for the Grits from here…

The whole art and science of Method Research: learning to read the signs empirically and with street smarts.

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Madonna may be calling, but the Patriarchy’s favourite female monster act keeps getting the wrong number. She doesn’t get that she is not a rebel. She is The Man.

I found this article to be a good indication of how unself-aware she is — and unaware of modern society.

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Madonna never became a somebody: she picked the wrong profession.

She became an anybody and an everybody.

She was a fantasy stand-in: she would sing on stage, and her fans would imagine themselves on that stage singing those songs and gyrating — only they imagined they were more famous and iconic.

Once social media allowed anybody and everybody to make fishy pouts on selfies and post it to Instagram, she was redundant. Fans didn’t need her anymore because they could have a new fantasy of being “discovered” with their own selves instead of her — they didn’t need hours of rehearsals — they just had to film themselves and put it on Facebook and watch the likes coming in.

Those fans aren’t “slaves”: they just went out on their own, hoping to either strike it big, or whine for socialism when the whole famous thing didn’t pan out.

Madonna has no clue about the modern age. Of course she pines for the good old days when the gate-keeping Patriarchy told the little people that she was hip, cool, and edgy. They had slim pickings. She is a product of a bygone era, but still tries to play the role of a maverick that she never truly was.

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But Madonna has something in common with journalism: they never got it because they were not empirical, but had the benefit of a benevolent Patriarchy who shielded them from their own obliviousness with those fabled gates.

Trump figured it out, however. He saw it. He is a lot hipper than Madonna and more savvy. He saw Twitter was where all the cool kids were going, and so, he won his presidency with it.

Just to be clear: he didn’t merely just post on Twitter: he figured out its rigs and system, and did something unprecedented with it: win the highest public office in the world on his first try.

Journalists and Madonna fumed with jealousy, and the press is trying to make up a narrative about how there is a recession in the US, but it isn’t.

Because the press has another void in their brains: they cannot read any of the signs.

They don’t have Method Research. They don’t have F.R.E.E.D.

I do, however. It is the system that took me the majority of my life to create.

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What is happening to the US economy isn’t a recession: it is a transition. The dinosaurs of the economy are becoming extinct, while the fittest new animals are thriving. Journalism collapsed. Hollywood is crumbling. Bricks and mortar retail is struggling.

What they all have in common is an inability to learn and adapt because the old rigs gave them real power and control. They lost the rigs, which were always their crutch, not magic wand, and they don’t want to confront the reality of their true mundaneness. They are Madonna, fuming that the illusion of being a Chosen One came with an expiration date, instead of shifting. Madonna’s ignorance is a real knee-slapper: for all the talk how she “re-invents” herself, she has never re-invented her structure. She is static.

Just like journalism. Just like Hollywood. Just like bricks and mortar retail.

The mindset of the world is shifting and rapidly so. It is something I have noticed and chronicled for years.

And I took it all into my equations.

I do not need to appeal to authority to tell me what will happen because I have devised a superior method that is faster and more accurate than employment statistics.

You look for the unintended consequences. You look for subtle shifts.

Because people lie. They keep the most critical detail away because to reveal it would expose a vulnerability that explains a seemingly baffling situation.

They will tell you everything is wonderful when it is horrific, for instance. Or, if they are doing well, they will claim poverty in order to get pity and gain something from someone who has something that they want.

When I worked as a journalist, this kind of thing would happen all of the time. There was not a single story where there wasn’t at least one crucial holdback that I had to find to explain what was really going on.

It didn’t matter how benign the story, it was always something. It could be minor or major, but it altered the essence of the story, in every single case. I never played up on it in my reports because it was my job to tell people about the reality of a situation, not present a narrative of me being some sort of great detective.

But I saw the shifts as I saw the subtle inconsistencies of what people told me. I could look for signs and test various theories as I continued to research.

And then I could build up on it through Method Research, the process of studying something by walking among those who you are studying by becoming one of their number.

Madonna’s still in the dark about why she isn’t a monster act any more. It has much to do with her age, but also because the times shun people who want to be seen as larger than life. She wants to be an event and an icon. People would rather place themselves in that position on a smaller scale. The way she puts out albums is old school. She should have gotten out of the music business a decade ago, and do something else. Trump did. He decided to try politics. He succeeded.

Madonna just wants attention. She still wants to be somebody, but music is disposable entertainment, and that hamster wheel is broken. She wants to tell the little people how to think, hoping to convince them to pay attention to her again by properly grooming and instructing them to fall for the correct mindset. Not happening. People prefer their own mindset, thank you very much.

Journalists are also stuck in that stupid loop. They keep trying to tell people how to think instead of understanding how thinking has changed in the last twenty years.

And it is their job to feel those changes, not work against them or ignore them. Method Research is the very art and science of honing instincts: you can have data to back up your deductions, but your senses are more in tune and accurate than those snail’s pace offerings.

For people who follow scripts and rules, Method Research terrifies them. They are passive by nature and want to parrot authority in order to sound smart without having to do the legwork.

But for those who are truly critical and active thinkers, they can glide on any wavelength to see reality in order to find the truth, regardless of the time or place to see the light…

The circus is in Kosovo...

And professional clowns Bill and Hillary Clinton are there to celebrate their psychopathic choices in bombing Serbs.

Kosovo, the place where doctors were involved in illegal trafficking of organs.

Or didn’t the Clintons tell you that?

The Clintons have seen their fortunes fall as incompetent nerd Hillary couldn’t win an easy and fixed presidential election. She blamed the Russians because she thought it was payback for all the sick and twisted things her and her husband did over there in order to secure their power, including pretending their fake news was real.

Speaking of which, Le Monde Diplomatique has an interesting article (English version here) about all those lies during that civil war waged against the Serbs during the West’s propaganda campaign, with this piece of war propaganda that is too stupid for words:

[Serbs] play football with severed heads, depose corpses, tear off fetuses of pregnant women killed and grill them,” said the German defense minister, the Social Democrat Rudolf Scharping, whose words were repeated by the media…

And yet the deceptive press ran with that canard.

Yes, the press and politicians are worthless scum who try to tell you what to think without facts, logic, or perspective.

They are nothing but clowns, and yet they decree that they deserve respect.

Not happening…

The Journalistic Paranoia Narrative continues...

Ronan Farrow is playing a very interesting gambit.

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What he thinks will happen, is anyone’s guess. It most likely will not work.

Lara Logan repositioned herself and got a downgrade after her own version of it, and the press merely dismissed her.

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Jill Abramson did it, too, but it didn’t work for her, either, and the last we heard of her, she was quoted in a very whiny and paranoid Washington Post column.

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Google News failed you?

No, it didn’t.

This is the same Journalistic Paranoia Narrative that the press is trying because telling people how brave they are for reporting on Kardashian ass isn’t working.

The fact that reporters are blaming everyone else for their deficiencies says all you need to know. They accept zero responsibility for the calamitous fortunes.

It is not Google’s fault. Media outlets shamelessly scrape and flat-out steal each other’s scoops and stories — and then have the nerve to accuse other people of playing those games.

There is no magic narrative that will alter reality. Journalism is flawed beyond belief, and the reason they got away with it for so long is that they had the monopoly on communications. When Big Tech opened up those lines and anybody and everybody could broadcast their thoughts, it was game over. They became archaic and unnecessary because the Internet took away their special status.

They didn’t reinvent themselves — not their methods or business model. They would have had to differentiate themselves from the rest of the white noise, and failed to do it.

Google News didn’t take anything away from journalism, but they took away people’s voices and reputations with impunity for decades. They shut out people as they made fun of others.

Now that this power is gone, the press has been hard at work trying to find that magical narrative that will turn back time. It’s not happening.

Yet we have those within the profession attacking elements of it. Logan, Abramson, and now Farrow. The first two did not actually gain much, and lost more in the bargain. Logan’s lofty 60 Minutes spot was as high as a journalist could go — so it is downhill from now on. Abramson didn’t get much out of it, either.

The jockeying for a position in a dead profession doesn’t make much sense. Creating an alternative would be more authentic, but when you play gambits instead of blazing your own path, you are always hoping to get back in — even if there nothing more to get…

Everyone wants to stop the gravy train for others -- never themselves...

When I lived on the escarpment in Hamilton in my late twenties, my house was on the edge, overlooking the city. I had a backyard that was big as a large field with trees blocking the view of Stelco and Dofasco, and I had many animals make those trees their home.

Being on the edge of the cliff gave me plenty of privacy, but also a valuable lesson.

I had neighbours who secretly — and illegally — poisoned the trees in order to get a better view. They offered me the opportunity to do the same, and I declined. Who wants a view of that?

But there was another reason, and it had to do with the environment: trees have their spread of roots, and it is the roots that keep the ground from eroding. Kill the trees, and watch your property shrink because you have nothing holding that edge together.

In the years that I lived there, the size of the property at my house never changed. I always lost two pounds mowing it myself, and didn’t mind.

My neighbours who poisoned their trees, saw their properties’s size erode, some more rapidly than others. By the time I left the neighbourhood, my backyard stuck out much more than the others.

These days, you would have people blame it on “climate change” and not on short-sighted nincompoopity.

You have wealthy morons and braggarts build on the edge of water and ravines, tearing down everything, and then when the inevitable happens, they try to milk it for all it is worth to virtue-signal as a form of deflection. No, you idiots: stop building your hideous McMansions as you tear down the flora and displace the fauna, and, ta da! none of it would be happening. Stop blaming other people for your own stupid diva demands, and stop buying your own hype.

But those tree-poisoners in my neighbourhood don’t just remind me of Limousine Liberal Environmentalism, they are a perfect representation of Ontario in general: getting rid of the spread of roots in order to show off, and then wailing like a spoiled child in soiled underpants because they lose more than the paltry sum they imagined they would gain.

Ontario is a massive welfare state. This province would be a Third World region without government nannying. Doug Ford slashing their largesse is the right thing to do, but, like all other right things to do, it isn’t a popular one.

He is in the same place as his brother Rob Ford. When he was elected, he promised to stop the gravy train. What many voters failed to realize was that they were feasting on that gravy and weren’t not as smart or successful as they deluded themselves. In Toronto, you had poor people think that they were middle class, and middle class who thought they were rich.

Along comes Rob Ford, sees that the net and gross were widely misaligned, and then brought in reality.

And then came the howling from people who suddenly had to face the fact that they were poor all along, or that they were middle class all along.

The same is happening to Doug Ford.

And the amount of provincial inefficiencies in Ontario is absolutely disgusting.

I can guarantee you if the province were to cut funding for certain kinds of public transportation, the CBC and Toronto Star would slap some poor, disabled person, as a “victim” of this horrible reduction.

What they will conveniently not mention is that wealthy people living in McMansions use the same cheaper public transport because there is no means test in order to qualify for it.

Or, when you see a minor fender bender, there are several police cruisers, a firetruck, paramedics…and no one is actually sent to the hospital. The same holds true when you call the paramedics who have to stay with you in the emergency waiting room until you are admitted.

The amount of waste and inefficiencies in the province is vile…but if they were to be efficient, a lot of people with Sunshine pay checks would be out of a job because they are redundant. They are not needed, nor should they even be there in the first place.

That’s how spending gets out of hand: you have people who get dragged in through nepotistic means, and then make a huge salary, while other people do not need the services they could afford on their own — such as a PSW, but get thanks to the province.

Doug Ford may be hurting in the polls, but so what? Kathleen Wynne gave away money the province did not have and she was unpopular because the electorate wanted even more.

And the Toronto Star has nerve decreeing that people got “burned” by the cuts: no, they are not owed a job, for instance. And for programs that were slashed, they would not have been had the public sector been doing their jobs, and were more vigilant and efficient. That is not on Ford.

When colleges and universities got lavish funding — they all went and built up their campuses, even though they had much lower enrolment rates and retentions than what they were building. They over-expanded the bricks and mortar, and did very little else with the money given. You had teachers bank sick days, which is pure lunacy. You had staff take extra time off so that they got fully paid — but then whoever took over their job temporarily got a higher rate of pay.

You cannot then push forward your sickliest client and then bemoan what will happen to them — you weren’t thinking about that when you were pushing the envelope when the gravy train was riding through your place of work.

So what we have now is a group of people who are livid that their fantasy-world has been threatened: they are not as competent or smart as they brag to their friends, neighbours, and relatives. They could have that McMansion because they were using cheap public transit meant for the poor, elderly, and disabled who had no other ways of getting around town. The family who had luxury SUV had it because they could shove their children in city-funded programs on the cheap.

That is not what taxpayer money was ever meant to do. You have to separate the genuine needs from the cheap parasites who know the loopholes and take advantage of them.

Much of the bellyaching comes from the short-sightedness of those who miscalculated and thought the free ride was never going to end. You keep sucking the life out of the province’s roots, they can no longer hold the ground together, and it erodes.

And then someone comes in, sees the rot, and then takes drastic steps to stem the losses.

And then we have a climate shift. People may get upset, but what they should be is humbled. People should not have to fund your lazy nephew in a made-up job you thought up in order to look like a big shot. Poor people should not have to pay HST so you can ride on cheap public transit so you don’t spend money on gas for your Mercedes.

That’s why a forensic accountant — and insurance investigator would find real efficiencies. Outsiders would see more and take less for granted than any in-house middle manager. There is real fraud and skulduggery happening, and since the press has decided to play cover up for the sake of a fake narrative, a more capable agent would do wonders.

And it is about time someone stopped the ground from eroding because the view without it here is very ugly, indeed…

CBC's propaganda paranoia: Now, let's not read old new stories. That's scary.

The CBC wants everyone to march lockstep with their beliefs, and it shows. The “old country” media outlets do not want people to get information from anywhere else…including old news stories.

This knee-slapper of a propaganda piece is warning the little people that there can be old news stories circulating, and that people aren’t checking the date.

Except that is not exactly true, either.

People look on Snopes, for instance, and think that is somehow enough verification.

But there are other reasons why old news stories come back: to remind people of sins from the past.

The Guardian, for instance, marks its stories as being old ones; so this isn’t an actual thing. Journalists are control freaks, and if they cannot meddle or have their work used as intended, they implode.

But that’s just life. Deal with it.

And their base assumption that the entire planet are helpless and gullible rubes who could not survive without them sounds just like an abusive parent or spouse’s narrative. Nice try.

But what the article doesn’t mention is the little problem of how many outlets have contracts that want a content provider to sign away their moral rights. This problem has been around for a long while now — and this is the intellectual equivalent of a deep fake video; an outlet often has the right to alter the work, which is far more deceptive than someone posting an old article from an outlet’s archives.

And considering that an increasing number of media outlets that even have or allow old articles to be shared without a paywall is shrinking.

So this is not an actual problem. People have the right to post and comment on things any way they wish. When I used to post on Metafilter, every once in a while, someone would accidentally post an older article to discuss, in which people would immediately and gleefully point out. This article is an absolute stretch, and is a pathetic attempt to make people think they are too stupid to find information unless a journalist pierces their nose with a ring, loops a rope through it, and then drags them where they need to be.

And as the article itself is nothing but self-serving misinformation that is one-sided and patronizingly demeaning to its readers, they are not ones to puke and spew…

Reuters wants to know who will pay for shoddy journalism. Seriously.

When you deliver actual news, people would pay for it; so stop asking silly questions.

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Subjective propaganda and narrative fairy tales is not news. Speculating on the Firm’s philandering members is not news. Celebrity gossip is not news. Sports scores is not news. Reality show trash — not news, either.

Who won Miss Small Potatoes at the country fair — not news, either.

Movie reviews is not news. Covering canned events is not news. Cribbing from press releases is not news.

Having un-empirical journalism is not news.

No one wants to pay to be manipulated.

So there is your answer…

Legacy media put out bad statistics? You don't say!

There is a must-read article by Thomas Baekdal about the latest “report” purporting to show how big bad Google is “stealing” money away from the victim media, complete with bad statistics as so-called “proof.” Baekdal does an excellent job of punching colossal holes in this report, but seems somewhat naive as to the motives of why this report was put forth in this form in the first place.

As someone who covered the journalism industry and went into journalism in order to study it, I can fill in the blanks.

The statistics of the report are meant to deceive: it is putting forth a false narrative how journalism is a blameless victim industry that was ravished by Donald Trump, Russia, and Big Tech. In this case, it is Big Tech who are the villains. The entire narrative is a sham.

And to make this clear: journalism would never put forth any sort of empirical or sound research: they only know narrative. No story is without a purpose or fit, and ever since Trump won the election even though the vast majority of news outlets told the little people to vote for Hillary Clinton, they have been scheming to go back to the good old days where their decrees were taken as Gospel Truth. The industry — both the owners and the content providers (i.e., journalists, producers, and editors) do not want to keep up with the times or make changes — they want their old clout back. The end.

This is the very reason journalism collapsed, and why we have a black hole when it comes to accessible information: people are not taking the void seriously. I am. It is the reason I have been pushing for an alternative to journalism for years. My motives are not tied in to dictating thoughts or exploiting people’s fears to get rich: things would run smoother and kinder if we had a reality report to guide us.

This “report” is pure garbage and is not meant to inform, but persuade: it is meant to scare middle class people and turn them away from social media as politicians — who also like to tell the little people what to do — are given permission to meddle and wrest control away from those citizens on the pretence of protecting them. It is an age-old game of propaganda, nothing more.

What News Corps and other media owners are hoping is to force this lie on the information stream and people to relinquish their own power and go back to the days when the press decided who you were going to vote for, shun, worship, and believe. Those days are done, and no manipulative fake report is going to get them there. The script does not play in the real world. The legacy media memorized the rhythms of a single wavelength that was rigged in their favour and that wavelength is gone.

The rhythms of the world shifted and changed. The end. Power is like virginity — once you lose it, there is no getting it back. You’re fucked.

Anyone who challenges this report and its subtextual narrative is going to either get their voices ignored or attacked. This is like a thug who gets arrested ranting about how the police are trampling on his rights to impose his authority on people and is somehow a helpless victim.

Because if media owners were truly in the business to inform and be integral to true democracy, they would have never fallen behind the times, but kept up with it. That never happened for a reason: because the old ways made them powerful, and the news ones had different rigs that were more equitable.

But even if that report was true, it doesn’t support the narrative, anyway. The industry failed to see reality — meaning they never had a grasp on it in the first place — and that’s not something they can blame Google: they saw the new world and work with it, while the press stayed on the old, and thought that was going to work. It didn’t…

90% of Canadians fell for fake news? Try 100% -- including journalists. I could write a book about that...wait, I already did.

Another bad survey pretending to be fact. Ho hum.

90% of Canadians fell for fake news? Try 100%.

Including journalists who fall for it every single day.

This is a deceptive survey — as if there was real news and fake news as two separate and distinct entities.

Nice try. Journalism isn’t empirical and cribs from PR, so we can discount that theory.

I wrote the book on reporters falling for — and creating — fake news way back in 2005.

And trying to pin this on Facebook is also deceptive as Facebook is not a content creator. They cannot police news just as they cannot police airbrushed selfies or people lying where they are checking in.

“Fake news” is not the problem: because journalism is so sloppy and narrative-driven, it makes it easy to also just make stuff up and speculate wildly as they act self-important.

That doesn’t take effort and is not an actual accomplishment.

If journalism was empirical and narrative-free, then propaganda and lies would really blare out, and it would be easy to see the difference.

But they still do the same thing over and over and over again.

We don’t have real news — just varying degrees of fake — and if you haven’t noticed, then you are still falling for it, sucker…

More boo hooing how the Big Tech meany brought progress to the little people. Legacy media, please grow up and get with the times.

Boo hoo!

News Corp is all sad and blue because their model of doing journalism is archaic.

The business of news was hurting long before Big Tech. I covered that business when Big Tech wasn’t big, but were the new kids on the block making the most out of technological progress, while the old geezers of legacy media jawed around about how great they were and didn’t keep up with the times.

That is on journalism. Not Big Tech. That is like the horse and buggy driver railing against cars.

You snooze, you lose.

You had people like me sound the alarm way back then, but as journalism never respects a woman’s knowledge, they thought — seriously — that this whole Internet thing was a fad.

As in, people will get tired of the news freedoms Big Tech brings and come back to being told what to think.

The business is corrupt beyond repair. Their hubris blinds them to the obvious.

So they had this coming, and…

Fake news fear-mongering continues: no matter what's the journalistic narrative, they always leave out their own fake news.

The Toronto Star is blaming politicians and Big Tech for fake news.

They are not taking it seriously, according to them.

Uh-huh.

This is the newspaper that told us the fake dangers of Gardasil and pushed a fake cancer victim who was fake robbed on readers until people clued them in.

I wrote the book on journalism’s penchant on spewing fake news way back in 2005, long before it was a thing.

This omission is deliberate: they always try to position themselves as truth-tellers, which is a lie. They never bother to do basic research, and all sorts of vested interests push their agendas through them…which is itself fake news.

The narrative never changes, even if journalism collapsed and never managed to rise from the dead…

Fragmented political narratives: When no one questions the propaganda, the contradictions go unchallenged.

I find Canadian Left-wing propaganda interesting: it is all narrative, all the time, and the Mary Sue variety to boot. It rarely makes any sense, and uses nothing but fear-mongering and sunny spinning of rot.

Lately, we have had a big contradiction with two leftie propaganda messages meant to frighten the little people to vote for them in October, except they contradict each other. On the one hand, Doug Ford is the bad guy for all these necessary cuts to public service graft. If the top 1% make $200,000 per annum, and a big chunk of public sector employees make that or more, while almost half of private sector employees work for minimum wage, we have a serious problem. Almost a million Ontarians work for the government while almost another million received social assistance. With our population, that is a problem, to put it mildly.

But according to “job reports” issued by the federal regime, the economy is healthy and there are lots of jobs!

That is also quite a feat, given Alberta’s woes, and how badly Ontarians are reacting to Ford reining in the deficit.

So which is it? You cannot go hard on Ford is the overall economy and employment stats are that rosy. Why should young teachers fret that they got their redundancy papers? Aren’t there bunches of other jobs they could get?

And for those who dine on government gravy in Ontario, why should they worry when the economy is doing so grand?

Because you either have a very bad economy the federal regime is trying to hide…or what Ford is doing isn’t as horrific as the narrative goes.

But it is an election year where political operatives try to lie from both sides of their mouth and hope people are too strung out on weed to see what they are doing. Not all of us are doped up, and we can see what you trolls are trying to pull…

Make up your mind what lie you wish to pollute Canada with and stick with it…