Western Europe's child molestation problem: People are giving money to restore a burned church in France. Are you kidding me?

We know that the Vatican has allowed priests to molest children with no consequences for a long, long time.

When Notre Dame burned, instead of walking away, countries are giving taxpayers’ money to rebuilding it, and that is taking away money from victims who were molested by the clergy.

But Western Europe never likes to look inward to their own rot.

Children are getting abused at very alarming rates.

And nothing is being done about it. As usual.

It is not as if other countries can have any virtuous airs. We have American judges who think child molesters make good Christians.

I have zero tolerance for people who prey upon children. If you do not have the drive to protect the vulnerable, there is something seriously wrong with you…

Why feminism keeps getting it wrong: Stop putting all your eggs in one political basket.

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Republican State Sen. Kim LaSata is channelling Dr. Josef Mengele. The worthless motherfucker had this to say about abortion:

“Of course it should be hard!” the senator from St. Joseph exclaimed. “And the procedure should be painful! And you should allow God to take over!! And you should deliver that baby!”

That’s not godly, you worthless cocksucker. That is devil-worshipping. That is how psychopaths think. They always find a way to blame victims for torturing them. Why is this bimbo bitch allowed to be in power in the first place? If this shit is such a good Christian, then please, LaSata, tell me where in the bible does it say to do this to women? You’re the kind Jesus stood up to, not for. Fuck you. You are weak and trying to prey upon the strong.

I am certain Hell is making a special padded room just for her when it is her time for eternal damnation, but for the rest of us moral and sane women who cherish our freedoms from torture-lovers and other scum, why aren’t women free in 2019?

Where did feminism go wrong?

For starters, it’s allowing this kind of propaganda to corrupt our thinking.

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What the fuck are you trying to prove? That you are helpless and weak? Don’t listen to Margaret Atwood. She’s an oblivious tool.

So, uh, no.

Wrong mindset.

Try this instead.

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And then this.

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Feminism has two major problems now.

The first, it doesn’t go for the jugular. It is always reactive and always defensive.

Try the Chicago Way.

But instead of sending people to morgues, you should be sending bad policies and ideas to the morgue.

Such as anti-abortion.

If you do not believe in abortion, then don’t have one. Your right ends where my body begins.

Feminists have to learn to send misogynistic concepts to the morgue.

One way is to start pushing to have men’s reproductive rights on the table — and as anti-abortion laws are illegal because they target sex, which is against the law, start making legal arguments that if women are confined, then men must be confined as well.

If anti-abortionists realize the grave they are burying feminists in will be their final resting place for their own freedom, power, and control, they will not know where to turn.

If they insist on being devil-worshippers, they made a deal with the devil and it is high-time they start paying up. They alllow incest, rape, and child molestation to go unpunished; ergo they have no moral compass and cannot be trusted.

That breaks down one fortress. That’s the eye of the storm — and it allows feminism to start fighting — and then learning the methods of their oppressors. Stop fighting to prevent losses and start fighting to win.

Take spoils and then learn.

But that’s just half a battle.

The second one is more important.

Feminists stick with Left-wing parties which is an incredibly stupid method.

Realistically, there is no fucking in way in Hell that you are going to have one party rule forever. Sooner or later, they fuck up and the other side will take over.

Are you going to have to lose sleep after every election? What’s wrong with you?

Rich white men never have to worry: they always give the same amount of money to both parties, and no matter what, the regime will jive with their intentions.

Feminists have to start going after Right-wing parties — and breaking into those parties and keep doing it until their rights and freedoms are always off the table.

When you storm and flood, dumb fucks like LaSata cannot function: she just memorizes a little rule and thinks she is a cunning strategist who has a fortress where she cannot be challenged. Wipe the floor with her — not just through a Democratic ticket — but also a Republican one.

And should the sexists form a new party — do the same thing.

Instead of moping and being useless in red cosplay, start becoming a living nightmare to oppressors.

Break their rigs. Do not validate their structures of thought.

Suffragists broke into politics by fighting for the right to vote.

You prevent regression if you fight to break into sexist parties and make them bend to your demands.

May every single party be civilized and not try to gain and elevate themselves by oppressing and stomping on others. Fuck that shit. Enough is enough.

If you do not believe in abortion, don’t have an abortion. The end. That’s your sanctioned insanity.

But you do not have the right to tell other adults what to do with their bodies. That’s plain evil.

So don’t morally masturbate and pretend you believe in a god if your ideas involve inflicting pain and torture like a Nazi because no one is buying your toxic garbage…

Oppressing freedom of speech, Canada-style.

Never let the government dictate how to think.

I believe in freedom of expression, even for vile trolls. I want to know what people think so that I am prepared and that scum aren’t swept under the rug.

But the Canadian federal regime wants a “digital charter” — Pierre Trudeau codified human rights with his charter, while his son Justin takes them away with his.

This is the equivalent of forbidding danger signs near cliffs and landmines. Censorship is tantamount to propaganda by omission: if we erase all those inconvenient rage puking of sickos, then people think things are safe and good, and they are neither.

But we have a cowardly government that is too lazy and stupid to march right into the eye of the storm and confront reality.

This “charter” helps no one but those who want to hide messes and then proclaim there isn’t anything bad happening…

Globe and Mail's propaganda about the Ontario Premier's propaganda: It's all propaganda, all of the time.

The Globe and Mail is babbling propaganda against the Ontario Premier’s propaganda.

Ontario News Now would never have been a thing if journalism in Ontario had an ounce of competency.

When you look down on people and craft narratives to make your side seem superior, you will alienate those people who will look elsewhere.

And the Globe is not one to talk. People don’t refer to it as the Toronto Globe and Mail for no reason: it serves as Toronto-centric propaganda as the rest of the country are seen as lesser beings.

But the Ford Brothers had their own radio program on Newstalk 1010. They were given unfettered access to mainstream news outlets. When politicians are given those kind of platforms, don’t be surprised when they cut their teeth and then bypass the system the way millions of other people did with social media.

And people are not going to see any problem with it because this is the Age of Propaganda.

When you have news outlets blur lines, they shouldn’t get huffy when people they enabled take full advantage of it.

They sized up the sham of the press, and then build their own in the bargain…

Toronto Star gets everything wrong...yet again.

The Toronto Star doesn’t get anything right. There is a silly little column about political pantywaist Sam Oosterhoff, and it is worth tearing apart because of its sheer ignorance to reality:

I am putting his name forward to be the first Canadian male anti-abortion politician to gestate a baby, the minute science effectively figures out how to do it. Apparently for a male to have a fertilized egg planted inside of his body and to gestate it until it’s ready for birth is life-threatening. Oh no!

This is a childish argument that completely ignores reality. Why are you pretending that men don’t have vulnerabilities when it comes to reproductive rights? They don’t need to get pregnant: they have sperm, and that’s good enough to put their own reproductive rights on the table.

Feminism keeps doing the same things and employing the same strategies, which is the reason why women’s rights are always precarious and never entrenched. You can’t keep using defensive strategies when your opponents keep using offensive ones. You have to learn to link their fortunes with yours: whatever happens to you will happen to them. You take away the rigs of barriers: they want women to lose their reproductive rights, then so do those who call for it. We take away men’s rights to choose when they can reproduce, if they can, with whom, how many times, and where.

If pregnant women are being framed as “host bodies”, frame men as “sperm gifters.” They gave away their sperm, they have no claim to it.

What you give to one, you must give to the other. You don’t make hypothetical arguments. You don’t justify yourself or allow yourself to be put on the table. You don’t fight to keep your rights — you go after the other side’s rights. Anything else is regression. This is a new war; ergo you use new strategies to ensure the other side knows that if they throw a grenade at you, you are chaining yourself to them first, meaning the explosion will hit them just as hard.

But women have this unnatural habit of justifying themselves to men and explaining and arguing. I once had a sexist male relative who kept trying to break me in for as long as I could remember. I could be dressed to the nines, and he’d say, “You have a pimple,” to which I replied, “And you have a huge glaring bald spot where hair used to be.” He lost the battle and then lost the war. You want to point out a real or perceived flaw on me, I upped the ante and struck where it hurt the most. Asshole, you don’t have the monopoly.

If it is all about reproduction, then start at the very beginning. If we are using biblical arguments about how God made man first, then his sperm is fair game. It’s God’s will and all that jazz. If women cannot be trusted, then neither can men.

When those misogynists are too busy fighting for the survival of their own rights, they have no time to meddle in other people’s rights. Feminists would be wise to throw away their old playbooks. They are obviously flawed. Bridging rights and entrenching that bridging puts the manipulators on notice that there are going to be heavy and painful consequences for their scamming — and anti-choice is a scam — it is a form of propaganda that uses fear-mongering to keep women in place so they do not succeed more than men. It creates a false pecking order and to indulge it is an admission that the pecking order is real and just.

And it is neither. Go after Oosterhoff’s reproductive rights. He is sheltered and insulated from reality and a nice big cold bucket of reality water would keep the little twerp and his ilk in their place.

The Toronto Star has no clue about reality, either. They puke 60s bullshit in a 2019 world. It’s no better and offers no solutions to how to create a real and lasting utopia…

Russiagate did not destroy journalism. It was destroyed before then. What it did was show that partisan propaganda ain't what it used to be.

This was an interesting take on Russiagate:

It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD

The Iraq war faceplant damaged the reputation of the press. Russiagate just destroyed it

No, journalism was destroyed before that. Trump won the 2106 presidential election even though the press all marched lockstep against him.

He had Twitter, and he won.

And then social media and Big Tech became censors of the worst sort, but now that Robert Mueller, after months and months of having free rein to investigate — and he is a very, very good and thorough professional — found nothing.

The press and Big Tech rigged and stacked and manipulated to extremist and disturbing degrees.

And nothing.

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This was the industry’s last stand.

And they incited a populace and could not make an outcome happen.

They desperately wanted Trump to be led away in handcuffs as they cheered, and said, See! See! We were right! We are the heroes!

Why was this so important to the press?

Because they cannot come to grips that they collapsed.

It had to be the Evil Russians who rigged and stuffed ballots, not that they could not tell the little people how to vote and they would dutifully listen to them.

Hubris blinds the profession who refuses to admit it’s fubar.

I wrote about journalism’s collapse for Zer0 Books in 2018 in a book called When Journalism was a Thing.

Despite the publicity I should have gotten — and my publisher was supportive of my book and pushed it, knowing that I had ovarian cancer and was seriously out of commission, but did everything a good publisher should do without skipping a beat — managed to get me two interviews, and I managed to procure one on my own.

I was shut out.

I was ignored. Blacklisted.

All for speaking the truth and reality of the situation.

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With 61 pages of references.

But all but two journalists were in denial. To those who interviewed me, and gave me a platform to express myself, thank you.

The rest are absolute hypocrites. They wrote about every bout of presidential flatulence, but when it came to examining and exposing their own shortcomings, they conveniently ignored me.

And now they can’t touch Trump.

But I am not going to stop. I have a laser-beam focus and a nuclear-level energy to keep going.

I have spent my entire adult life working on an alternative system, and I had to put up my proposal on Amazon in Kindle format — something no author should ever be forced to do — so if it comes to intellectual theft, I have a lattice of proof, and it was made clear to me that it was going to happen via email.

If journalists were all about truth and informing, they would have not just read the book — they would not run and hide from me like a bunch of conniving cowards — they would take my words to heart.

But they aren’t. They want to strut and vogue in superhero capes and mask pretending to save humanity.

No, you’re not. A big, fat super story you were all banking on to save you just went up in smoke.

You’re all Zero Risk, and your big, fat gamble just wiped you out.

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And not only am I still standing, teaching, and writing books, motherfuckers, I am still an ambitious visionary who is merrily living my life to the fullest as I never bank or leech on anyone’s demise to fill my belly or validate my existence…

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Ideological propaganda thrives in a confirmation bias...

I always find it interesting how partisan propagandists use a confirmation bias to argue bullshit.

Like this piece of manipulative dreck from Boing Boing:

One company bought all the retail outlets for glasses, used that to force sales of all the eyewear companies and jacked up prices by as much as 1000%

Yes, companies have been doing that for decades in the US. A responsible outlet would note that, but then the propaganda faucet gets turned on:

This is a good example of how decades of far-right ideologically driven antitrust malpractice has hurt everyone. After all, glasses aren't just a fashion item: they're a necessity for people with poor vision, a prerequisite for driving, walking, cycling, reading, getting an education or doing your job.

No, that is not an example — good or bad — of “far-right ideologically-driven” anything.

Because you had left-winged presidents in there for a total of what — sixteen years since Ronald Reagan?

Neither one of those presidents bothered with countering that “far-right ideologically-driven” problem. They left it alone.

Motherfucker, that is simply how that country rolls, whether it rolls to the right or left.

So that’s on all of you.

You are not better than your “far-right” fellow citizens. That narrative you are puking is a pure bullshit story.

Stop gaslighting people as you are trying to throw half your country under a bus, blaming them for everything as you take responsibility for nothing. It doesn’t matter who is elected president on the left or right.

The rich stay rich.

The poor stay poor.

And the middle class stay oblivious as they look to blame everyone else except themselves…

How do rich people make it? By bribing, blackmailing, stealing, cheating -- and ignoring the rules they make up to lull the gullible poor and middle class.

If you are stupid enough to think “socialism” will work, I have a newsflash: it is the wealthy who are funding that asshole dream to lull dumb little boys and girls into thinking they found a greed hack that will give them something for nothing.

There is one born every minute.

There is a scandal in the US because rich motherfuckers paid money to get their loser children into Ivy League schools.

Bribing and cheating so their brats get an inflated diploma as they pay people to do those tough homework assignments — and then they can crow how brilliant and successful — and superior their kids are.

It is the hopelessly vapid Middle Class who follow rules — and I don’t care if the rules from capitalism or socialism — they are so distracted by following rules thinking they fought the Hack To Life, that they never question who made up those rules — or why.

I earned all of my university degrees and certifications and paid my own way and got a scholarship. I took the hardest classes, and I made certain I educated myself. That takes work, but for the rich, they use feints and ruses, building up things with carny, tricking people, and then using brute force to get things they did not earn all while wearing a mask.

They discard masks and put on new ones: that’s the kicker. You have idiots who look for opposites in a Default Delusion, thinking that’s all it takes to Win At Life. The One Rule That Explains Everything is the biggest con modern society has going, and people who are not wealthy keep falling for the same trap over and over again.

No, you have the same brutes in suits putting on another mask and playing the same game with the same cowardly Middle Class who have no guts, stamina, or cunning to push a little more or a little harder.

This isn’t the first time this kind of scandal has happened — but it is the one that netted bigger names. Their children already have jobs lined up for them — meaning that in both work and school, they are taking the spots where truly gifted people could have been placed.

But that’s not the point. It is not about the best or brightest: it is about creating an illusion of best and brightest shilling propaganda, making people feel jealous and inferior — and then rigging the board to keep fleecing suckers who think those little paper crowns matter.

It doesn’t matter what political system you have — it will be the same cheaters who con their way because the sheeple will be too lazy and gullible to question things — and are conniving enough to think if they show support or adoration that they will be “rewarded” for their minionism.

It is a Sucker Circus. A freak show of manipulators fucking over the connivers, but when you have fear freezing people in place, the circus gets stale with its limited shenanigans and pathetic games.

And no, you can’t handle the truth…

Is the Internet a "Monster"? No, it is just a reflection of the monster we call the Human Race.

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Fear is a drug.

It is a habit and an excuse not to do the things we need to do to progress.

This AFP article asks if the Internet is a “out-of-control” monster.

No. It is a tool, the way a hammer is a tool.

You can take a hammer and kill someone with it.

But for billions of people who used hammers their entire lives with incident, we don’t have discussions about whether a hammer is a monster.

Because that’s just stupid.

But so is AFP.

They have a vested interest in slagging the Internet; so this isn’t exactly an objective think piece. Just griping because AFP, like other news outlets, can’t get what they want with it. Boo hoo.

The Internet is a warehouse of babblings.

It merely expresses what is crossing the minds of billions of people.

So if the warehouse is an “out-of-control monster”, then so is the entire human race as a collective.

That’s not the way to see the world. That’s a coward’s defeatist attitude.

Bravery and sensitivity shows us a better way — and it is far better to understand those around you than run away from them.

No wonder the profession collapsed as badly as it did.

Because once we get to the core of those “monsters”, we find another person with their own melodies that may differ from our own, but are lovely nonetheless…not monsters…

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Attacking the Dead: How to separate children from their roots in an Age of Propaganda.

New York magazine has a bullshit piece about champagne socialism — the fake trend that culturally, historically, and politically ignorant wannabes are babbling about now that they are too old and used up to be rich and famous and want someone to support their worthless butts because mommy and daddy never had the courage to tell them that they are average and have to work hard to earn things.

Self-sufficiency please.

And it is not as big of trend and the press pretends it is.

But people with money love to manipulate the little people.

Truly, it is like shooting fish in a barrel. Middle class young adults are gullible and conniving — the perfect patsies.

And the Left keep playing them for fools.

The Left never understood math, and with no math, no foundation in logic. They gravitate toward narratives, meaning they gravitate toward propaganda.

So with no understand of numbers, means no understanding of neither finance or measurement. They have missed a critical step in Piaget’s hierarchy of cognitive development.

So you do have the structural solidity to understand quantity. How much can you afford? How much can a government afford? How much debt can you afford? How much debt can your country afford?

This is the exact point where the Left and Right have their chasm. The Right lack a certain piece of emotional intelligence, but the Left as a collective don’t have the logic. There are two black holes — one on the Left and one on the Right — that prevent unity and consensus, but let’s focus on the Left’s black hole this time. I will leave the Right one for another entry.

So when you have a collective with no logic, but a predilection for propaganda not understand that there is no bottomless well of monies to spend on everyone without anyone putting any effort, they want to be proven Forever Right. The problem is that they are hopelessly wrong.

There is no fairy godmother, Prince Charming, or magic beans. You have to work hard actively, and be a realist.

And you have to know the past. That is your reference.

Someone wants the United States to be weakened. That much is plain. They want it weak enough in order to find a pool of minions to exploit and distract so they don’t get challenged. This isn’t personal; this is strictly a lazy form of pragmatism. You cannot actually compete directly because until now you keep getting your ass whumped: so divide and conquer.

War is deception, after all. Psyche out your rivals.

As someone who has had inferior rivals try to psyche me out since I was a kid, I know the drill. Plant seeds of discontent in united groups in order to divide them and have them so busy with their petty and vindictive bullshit garbage fights to see someone is reaping the benefits of the propaganda campaign.

It is a sucker circus.

But instead of the news media asking, How did this fake trend come from, they are hyping it up, meaning they are, as usual, cribbing from PR firm press releases. Let’s stop WikiLeaks from sounding any alarms by discrediting them, and let’s try to manipulate the gullible youth.

But for the gambit to work, we need to create another divide that goes beyond Left and Right: young and old. Propaganda works devastatingly well at isolating and alienating youth from the support of their families, particularly their parents.

And we are seeing it now with this sudden interest in demonizing the icons of previous generations, such as John Wayne and Michael Jackson.

Were these men flawed? Yes, and so are you, princess. I have yet to hear someone not say something stupid and offensive. If we were to punish people on the basis of their insensitivity, then let’s just throw a nuclear bomb on this planet and get it over with once already.

Except that would be a dumbass thing to do.

Tolerance is critical to social evolution, and that means putting up with other people’s bullshit just as they put up with yours. Each generation improves, but that doesn’t mean you have no respect for your ancestors because they had less refinement than you do now, because you will seem as vulgar and barbaric to the next generation as the last generation seems to you.

You wouldn’t be as high up the ladder as you are unless the previous generation didn’t pave a path for you in the first place.

But disrespect is the hallmark of the current ideological mindset. People behave like entitled divas, snapping their fingers and expecting everyone else to do the heavy lifting as they bark orders, and burn through the hired help for not jumping high enough on cue.

Fuck you.

For all the whining about the previous icons, what have the complainers done in comparison?

Not much, if anything. Kvetching on Twitter isn’t doing anything at all.

“Socialism” is a passing fancy because when you have a disrespectful generation, you also have an ungrateful one: it will never be enough. They have gotten into the habit of always finding fault and expecting other people to do their work and live their lives for them.

It is time to change the programming once and for all.

What we have is a me-centred mindset in an Age of Propaganda.

And it is not just on youth. The adults who should have been the guides didn’t understand the nuances of connection, nor did they explain that humans are flawed by nature. It is not an excuse to not do your best, but you still have to stop pretend you are without flaw or have no social burdens to carry. We all do.

But an Age of Propaganda keeps people living in the Now with no sense of connect to the Past, nor consideration how their panic will impact the Future.

When you attack the dead, you are so planting seeds of destruction for those yet to arrive, and none of us have the right to do that…

Why are icons suddenly being attacked when they aren't alive to defend themselves?

An obscure John Wayne interview in Playboy from 1971 is enough for people to want to rename an airport.

Michael Jackson — who was acquitted of child molestation — is being attacked once again, with the BBC yanking his songs from their playlist.

So, what gives? Are people woke?

No, they are merely following someone else’s self-serving decrees uncritically. No questions, no skepticism.

And that’s not acceptable.

Especially as people who cannot speak for themselves are not alive to defend themselves. It is as if we have people who are trying to erase history and expect their decrees to be the final word on the matter.

I believe in facing reality. I am also someone who doesn’t get impressed by statues or buildings named after people. People will suck up to you when you are alive, but as soon as you’re dead and no one can get anything out of you anymore, will run and worship the living who has money.

Hero worship is a big, fat delusion.

People can’’t wait to destroy you…those who can accept people warts and all are in short supply these days…

Facebook moderators see horrific things...so did I. Except I wasn't making a quarter of a million dollars a year for it.

The Verge has a sob piece about the horrible “working conditions” of Facebook moderators.

Yeah, they see graphic things.

So do police, soldiers, firefighters, social workers, and doctors and nurses every day.

I did, too.

First during the war in the former Yugoslavia. I got my hands on video footage of Serbian soldiers and civilians being tortured and killed by Croat and Bosnian forces, as well as the Mujahideen who were dispatched there.

I saw soldiers getting roasted on a spit. I saw eyes getting gouged out. I saw horrific and traumatic things and I was in my late teens.

And then, when I called editors and producers to tell that their coverage was skewed and that there was footage of atrocities being committed against Serbs, I was told “So what.”

I didn’t become a conspiracy theorist. I didn’t become broken or hardened. It just realized journalism was a sham, and decided to do something about it.

I couldn’t help those dead people. All I could do is promise them I would fight for truth and peace until my very last breath, and ensure that I built a foundation that would carry it on long after I died.

The second time I saw disturbing coverage was when I had to shot list wire feed a few years later. It was disturbing, but not as disturbing in comparison.

I was still sad at what I saw, but my job was to ensure that someone in the newsroom would run the story so that people would know what was going on in the world. I learned how to list things in such a way that the most disturbing information would get an editor’s attention and would run with it. I had a very good batting average.

If you retreat at injustice, you are a very me-centred person.

If you push forward and do active things, you are a very you-centred person.

I take no pleasure at looking at disturbing images. I avoid it, but reality can be very ugly, and we have far too many people with sick ideas and no impulse control.

And they are putting their work on Facebook in an attempt to normalize their destruction. It is very deliberate. Once they shock and create an unnatural habit, then they have a foot in the door and try to lure people to see what they are doing as normal, moral even.

I was a teenager, and I never saw it as moral, just, or normal. Those people are bullies, and even they don’t believe it, either.

They want to control other people, and be on the top of a fake pecking order, and this is the only way they know how to do it.

If someone did to them what they do to others, they would be hollering the loudest.

It is a vile game.

If Facebook wanted to be of service, they ought to record the names and addresses of all of these people, and then publish them in a list along with what sick thing they did.

And then call up their mothers and fathers to ask them how proud they are of their children — in a public forum.

Maybe the parents are proud. The world has a right to know.

People get upset at a John Wayne interview from 1971, and never ask what sickos live next door.

I never cowered, back down, broke, or justified the human trash who tortured and killed Serbs.

I moved forward as I live my life to the fullest, happy to be alive, and grateful for all of the wonderful people in this world.

You are neither going to taint me, corrupt me, or destroy me.

Because people like that are weak, and they try to steal the life blood of the strong.

No dice.

To have to bother with the hopelessly wicked can be draining, but there are ways to deal with them without becoming lost in that wickedness yourself…

How the press is trying to downplay their bungling of the Smollett Affair. Editorial cartoons as propaganda tools to malign the people who saw the truth.

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Nice try, propagandists.

You spread a lie — a very badly constructed lie, you are exposed for spreading a lie, and you then try deflect attention by demonizing the group of people who exposed you?

Is that your manipulative plan?

And we know that false hate crimes are a thing, just as false cancer patients are a thing.

And as someone whose grandmother’s entire family was slaughtered because of their ethnicity, I am not someone who takes hate crimes lightly.

There is even an entire book written about false allegations, and considering the FBI does not keep track of the number of false hate crimes, you have no idea.

Let’s not pretend.

And while offence may seem like a good defence, it isn’t. Do it too many times and people will figure out you are nothing but a cowardly liar.

Because that cartoon is propagandistic hate, nothing more.

Pure garbage for those who spread lies and propaganda and try to spin a narrative as so not to be challenged…

Is The New York Times treasonous propaganda? Or just tantrum-throwing brats?

How silly is the New York Times? Do they think that they are smart enough to fool all of the people all of the time?

The New York Times is propaganda. It has an on-going spat with the US President, and truth be told, they got the Trump Machine going way back in 1976.

Trump wisely dumped the news media when he saw they collapsed and Twittered his way to the White House and the Times were in shock.

Denials that Twitter got him into power. One article accuses Trump of “hacking” the media. No, he bypassed you losers.

Just like millions of other people who flocked to Twitter and Facebook.

And ever since then, the Times has had a personal vendetta against the man who proved they are no longer relevant.

We can look at countless articles and columns that can only be described as wicked:

Trump the Anti-American

Trump Is Cracking Up

Trump: King of Chaos with this passage:

Rather, I believe that this chaos is the perpetual result of the absolute incompetence and idiocy of a preening philistine who has faked his way through life pretending that he knows more than he does and is tougher than he is.

Is It Time to Call Trump Mentally Ill?

The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump

The People vs. Donald J. Trump

He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?

Who Decides Whether Trump Is Unfit to Govern?

Is Mr. Trump Nuts?

The Times even published a fictional story about his assassination.

This is abnormal behaviour. Ted Bundy is getting better press these days.

I cannot imagine too many national leaders who would tolerate this kind of relentless and unsubstantiated abuse from their press. Some would go so far as to call it treasonous as it openly encourages some loon to cause extreme harm to that leader.

If anyone disagrees, then let them put their comfort where their mouth is: for the next four years, they must allow their name to be placed in New York Times’ pieces with the same wording, implications, and intensities — and not say one word of complaint.

And if you think you are above reproach, we will let every bully, ex-lover or spouse, and enemy you ever had do the articles on you, day in and day out.

You will have a smile on your face as the world gets to read what other people think of you. No objecting, no explaining, no anger, no calling a single accusation a lie.

I could have plastered more, but the point has been made. The Times has gone beyond overkill. It is not a news product. It is a propagandistic one.

They can dish the obscene vitriol, but when the President pushes back, they lose their brain cell:

Trump Attacks The Times, in a Week of Unease for the American Press

You call the man evil and insane on a regular basis, and then you get in a tizzy because he calls you out for it? Why the unease? You employ extremist propagandistic measures and then you are shocked that your ways are coming back to you? Are you narcissists deluded? Are you nuts? Stupid?

Treasonous?

Or just spoiled brats?

The article is nothing more than a hypocritical tirade:

Even by his standards, President Trump’s biting attacks on the press this week stand out.

He has praised a libel lawsuit against The Washington Post, called for “retribution” against NBC for satirizing him on “Saturday Night Live” and, on Wednesday, issued his sharpest words yet against The New York Times, calling the newspaper “a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

So what? You called him a lot worse than that. The Washington Post deserved to be sued. For all the talk about poor teenagers getting shot and killed — they distorted an event and could have easily incited some unbalanced loon to harm Nick Sandmann. He will carry this scar for life.

And you are an enemy to the truth. You are an enemy to rationality. You are an enemy to face and demand to know why you have allowed such sickness to corrupt the information stream.

You are behaving like a cabal of vindictive psychopaths.

One upon a time you would have gone on a berserker rage on someone and they would have been seen as pariahs for life. Now, you do this extreme hate puking nonstop and you cannot make a dent.

Doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome? That’s the very definition of lunacy.

One day, sensibility will come back to fashion and people will read your propaganda, and shake their heads, wondering how a single person could have an ounce of respect for the New York Times.

I will tell them the truth: that you are predators and propagandists who lost you superpowers, and then became unhinged trying to grab it back.

But democracy had better ideas.

So did reality and the truth.

And then people will begin to chuckle, and laugh at the lies you spewed oh so very seriously.

And then they will wonder if you just were attacking the president or was this your modus operandi, and I will point them to all of your other sins, such as your famous bullshit story about “Weapons of Mass Destruction”, how often you crib from press releases, how you let Harvey Weinstein get a free pass and drooled over him, how you allowed con men to present themselves as business tycoons, fucking up countless lives in the process, and how you skewed coverage of other wars…

And I can already do that with a single red book.

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I am still keeping tabs on your games and propaganda. It’s not hard: you keep using the same primitive feints.

You are just not the potent minions who could deliver the way you used to be.

And it must eat you alive…

Toronto Star nincompoopity continues. Children, grow up.

I am still laughing at this stupid article from the knuckle-draggers of the Toronto Star:

Why experts say Canada should follow Australia’s lead on China in wake of Huawei crisis

Yay, experts. They are never wrong, so you can’t question this bullshit. I like this attempt at shutting down debate:

Canada should not be afraid to follow Australia’s lead in standing up to Beijing in policy and practice, say experts who have analyzed foreign relations for decades.

Ottawa has long prioritized economic gain over national security, worrying over the state of its relationship with the global heavyweight rather than voicing and defending its interests, say analysts.

They have analyzed things for decades, so you can’t question the big gaping holes in this article.

Nice try, but there are so many things wrong with this bullshit story that I could write a book on it.

For starters, Canada is not Australia. We cannot just blindly follow someone else’s playbook and expect the same results. If a single “expert” is making that decree, take away their credentials. They are morons.

Australia has its own problems right now, and they stem from their unpopular policies at home and abroad. Canada doesn’t need more luggage.

And the worst of this article is its Middle Class mindset that it is all about tweaking the nose of other nations to “slap back” at them — and that everything will work out in the end.

You don’t know that, and neither do your experts.

For example, you do not know what dirt China has on the Canadian government or its players. You don’t know what China owns here or what the contracts say are penalties. Australia may be in a better position than Canada and can afford to do what they do.

And you do not know what’s actually going on between Australia and China — you do not know what backroom concessions the Aussies had to give in order to save face publicly. That is not something “experts” would know. That is something insiders would, however.

You keep quoting the arm’s lengths people, who cannot tell you anything that is useful — just the façade of it.

Canada has to solve its own problems actively and originally, not crib from other regimes. That requires being creative and not stealing playbooks from other countries and appealing to authority.

If governing were that easy, then we wouldn’t be having the big problems we are having now…

Memo to Wired: Journalism is dead, even if the corpse goes back to its partisan, patriarchal, and propagandistic roots.

The idiots at Wired are trying for a cinematic moment with this piece of bullshit wishful thinking:

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

No, garbage pukers: journalism is dead. Own it, you deluded losers.

Journalism is a zombie moseying about aimlessly, still hoping everyone will give up their social media accounts and come crawling back to them.

Not happening.

The zombie has gone back to its roots, but that means they are returning to:

  1. Partisan reporting

  2. Propaganda spewing

  3. Patriarchal structures.

Oh, like that’s a good thing.

Is this journalism’s MAGA?

Make journalism great again!

Journalism was never great. It always needed discipline, but it got away with it because it was the only communications game in town.

And if you need proof that journalism is dead — Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post and they defended their overlord, and nothing took.

He took to Medium to defend himself — and then people paid attention.

Do you morons understand the reality of your situation?

The man owns The Washington Fucking Post and he went to a social media platform for pretentious nerds — and nobody reads Medium, and yet that took off more than what The Washington Post puked.

He could have written his response there.

He chose a wobbly social media platform.

So, Wired, go fuck yourselves, and stop pretending you matter anymore…

Actrivism, Part Seven: The first question should always be: What PR firm is behind the "trend" and who is footing the bill?

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Jeff Bezos is trying to claw his way out with a veiled Blame Trump. That’s right. The government grabbed you and made you cheat on your wife. But the deflection and gaslighting is nothing new.

Bezos is merely taking a page from Hillary Clinton’s old playbook: It’s a vast right-wing conspiracy!

Yeah, and your husband still did the deed all by his horny little self. The end.

Bezos is not used to having bad publicity. He is trying to do what every other philanderer does: blame someone else and make himself look like the victim. He isn’t a victim. He plays with the Big Boys because he is one of the Biggest Boys. His employees from Amazon to Whole Foods to the Washington Post are miserable to the point of open revolt. Anyone who falls for his garbage is naive.

And just to be clear, I am a regular at Whole Foods, which I like, and Amazon, which I have ordered countless books and other items from superhero statues to a carpet sweeper just in 2019 alone; so I am not against the company. I got my amplifier, radio, theremin, and ozone generator from Amazon. Bezos has piled up quite a few of my pennies over the years because I like the service and use it regularly, but I am not blind to a feint.

Because it doesn’t matter in the Bezos Scandal: he has enemies because he is a general in a corporate army. Globalization is a battleground. There will always be casualties, and generals like Bezos get lots of help, and when they lose one alliance too many, they implode. He cannot blame himself, so he blames others.

You went into the boxing ring willingly and had your guard down and got knocked out. That’s on you.

Globalization is monopoly and it is not a good idea. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t rely on one path because you are missing out on new worlds and new opportunities if you don’t pave others. Bezos may have had plans that hinged on always being on top, but that’s not a realistic or functional theory, and that speaks to his glaring weaknesses as a strategist.

It would be nice to have a list of all of the people Bezos stomped over on his climb to the top. Having a list of enemies would be a handy reference for the public because they wouldn’t be hero worshipping if they saw it.

But the Zero-Risk Mindset plays tricks on you.

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But notice how Bezos sat and stewed for a bit, trying to come up with a narrative to deflect attention away from his adultery. He is wealthy because he thinks.

And what he thought was: who is behind this?

Middle Class people don’t think in active terms, for the most part. That’s the reason they never breakthrough the barrier.

They never ask who is behind this coverage?

Especially if the coverage fellates their egos and validates their folksy and uninformed opinions.

Look at this New York Times piece of propaganda:

Thank God for Canada!

Our boring neighbor is a moral leader of the free world.

Oh, I am sure the homeless in this country, all the rape victims who’s reports are dismissed by police, and the First Nations people here are thinking the same thing.

But, I am sure SNC-Lavalin is thankful for such a helpful government!

Boy, talk about bad timing.

But why did the Times choose to publish it?

That’s a very good question.

We can look on FARA to have a quick sketch of the country’s use of US firms for their affairs. This list isn’t definitive, but it is a start.

If we started to investigate the origins and motives for such a piece of fawning propaganda, we’d have a better understanding of how certain narratives take root and grow.

I find Samatha Markle’s tweet about her sister interesting.

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“Stop the PR crap.”

It would be great to know all the firms that represent the Duchess of Sussex, for instance, and then compare their angle to the angle used by journalists.

Because journalists do not disclose this information to the public.

I stumbled upon this fact during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia as a teenager. Both my mother and I had seen actual press releases on separate desks at different daily newspapers.

Hello! You are coverage a war and you are using a press release as a source?

And then with a little more digging and research, I found out that there was more than one PR firm hired by both Croats and Bosnian Muslims to skew the narrative and optics to their side. Even a publication geared toward the intelligence community confirmed it.

So yes, no wonder the side spending millions of dollars on publicity were seen as the Good Guys and the poor helpless victims, and not aggressors.

Just like Kuwait hired Hill and Knowlton and got Western countries to do its dirty work for them against all odds.

I knew about Hill & Knowlton. I knew about Ruder Finn in the Yugoslav conflict.

So was it just wars, or was this just the way things rolled in journalism?

I decided to find out for myself by going into the business and seeing how it would be vulnerable to various kinds of manipulation.

And how it interacts with the public.

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There are PR firms, and Crisis Management firms, and it is not hard to spot when a person or company employs one. The messages fit a certain pattern. Their effectiveness on manipulating public opinion are fascinating.

People will let their children eat their boogers because it’s too much effort to discipline them, but suddenly, they advocate a certain brand of shoes, or spout a political philosophy, thinking it is posh.

No, it has been paid for by someone else.

You suddenly like a new hamburger chain? That’s not your discovery. That’s an effective advertising campaign. You get your directives from advertisers, and follow it until a competitor finds a new angle and the cycle repeats.

Whenever there is a new trend, there is some sort of push from a third-party.

That includes this latest socialism kick.

Who are these players? How did they get the money and the connections?

Who is paying for their expensive PR?

That is the question people should ask first. Find the moneybags and the PR firm and then you know exactly why you are being recruited to believe in anything from “social media influencers” to “socialism.”

Overnight sensations are not overnight: the fantasy of being discovered and then having instant fans fawning all over you is a myth. There is always someone in power with clout and media experience backing the “ingenue” for a variety of reasons. It is not organic.

I recount this type of scam in my first book: the “overnight sensation” trope has been used often enough. Lana Turner was said to have been “discovered” by accident, when she wasn’t. One young violinist was also the benefactor of a choreographed farce with a wealthy man pushing her from behind the scenes.

When you are a spectator, you are passive by default. You only see things once the curtain rises. You think it is all natural.

Take reality show competitions: they have scriptwriters and rehearsals along with NDAs to ensure people don’t spill secrets. You have “judges” look “shocked” at how good a performer is, and we don’t wonder how genuine the response is.

The same goes for newsmakers: we don’t question who is behind the scenes and what is the benefit. Do you go to a music concert just because?

What is the usual incentive? Once you figure out the incentive, then you know how you are vulnerable to PR.

It is one thing to like your music or frozen dinner because of an effective ad campaign, but it is quite another to choose your politics or religion that way, and yet that’s what people do.

When I worked as a journalist, I made mental notes of even why I was drawn to certain stories or issues: how much of it was me — and how of it was as a result of someone’s effective persuasion?

Being an Actrivist forced me to include myself as a test subject: okay, why am I taking this track? Why am I interviewing this expert? How did I find this person? What was my criteria for choosing this professor over a hundred others who all study the same thing?

And what percentage of the “criteria” was mine, and what was the other direct or indirect influences?

Am I being played here directly? Collectively? Deliberately? Inadvertently? Am I a the target audience, or am I a proxy to influence the publication I am working for — and/or the audience that reads it?

Because I broke down my methods to study them, I was very aware of subtle influences of all sorts.

That’s why it is always automatic with me to ask who is the kingmaker of any given story? Who is pulling the strings and setting the agenda?

Is this newspeg organic or contrived?

It is contrived. How else do you get a reporter’s, producer’s, or editor’s attention?

In a world of 7.4 billion people, how does one stand out?

By having the money and backing of someone with clout who is schooled in optics.

Even on social media…

Piaget, Pandas, and why there is absolutely no "war" on men or boys. As usual, the National Post is afraid of women with self-respect.

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When I was in my early twenties, I had a rabbit named Trixie, given that name because I got her on Halloween (trick or treat), not because of Beatrix Potter.

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Trixie Pixie weighted 900 grams.

She was a tiny little thing, but had a heart of a lioness. I also had a red canary Ben who was free and the two were inseparable. When Ben passed away because the vet gave the wrong antibiotic twice instead of once, Trixie was very sad. I rescued another rabbit Susie, and the two also became inseparable.

Trixie had numerous operations because her jaw was too small for her teeth. She went to the University of Guelph constantly, but she lived about six years. She was loving, bossy, nosy, and very brave.

Particularly when it came to standing up to humans that rubbed her the wrong way.

There was one man who was a family friend who was not the most sensitive person in the world. He thought it was funny to make loud nonsensical noises when he saw Trixie, and tried to twist her nose repeatedly. She’d run away, I would tell him that wasn’t acceptable, he’d dismiss me as some sort of snowflake, and do it again.

But Trixie always got her revenge.

Because she knew which pair of shoes he wore and then promptly pissed in them. Only his. Never anyone else’s.

Then he’d put them on, complain they were wet, but never quite hit upon the fact that he was mucking around in rabbit urine.

And then he’d come for the next visit, where the cycle went on without deviation. I never went to hide his shoes from Trixie.

That’s what you get for intimidating a 900 gram herbivore.

Trixie was a smart little bunny. I had to euthanize her when she developed a brain tumour. I think her passing hurt me the most in the fuzzy kid division.

She had an unbelievable sense of fairness. I had been dealt a serious blow in my professional life, and one that would have been a breakthrough. I can count on one hand the number of times I have cried in my life, and that was one. I was blowing off steam on my sofa in the living room with my mother on the love seat that was in front of a ledge with potted plants on it. Trixie ran to the ledge, and promptly knocked flower pots right on my mother’s head by pushing them with her own little noggin.

What can I say? She thought mom was responsible for me getting upset and was going to level the playing field. She was a righteous little mini-lop.

She was protective of me, and I always returned the favour. I did not take kindly to people trying to abuse her, but it seemed every time I told a male — and it was always an adult male — to knock it off, they would fly off the handle, and keep doing it. I had a male relative do the same thing, and neither one of those people are in my life anymore.

They were both ill-behaved and unteachable. When someone tells you not to make loud and stupid noises and try to twist their pet’s nose, stop doing it. You are being a swine. There is no benefit in frightening a small animal. There is no benefit in bad manners that net you no rewards, but impede your social standing as you alienate people who just want you to stop annoying them and their pets.

It is not a “war” if someone tells you to stop being uncivilized. It is the inevitable byproduct of feral behaviour. I never went to these men’s houses to molest and disturb their animals.

But it wasn’t just my pets. These were the same people who belittled every one of my achievements, called me names, tried to gaslight me as they patronized me, telling me what to think regardless if I had expertise and they never heard of the subject before in their lives, and thought they had every right to tell me how to dress, dye my hair, put on my make-up, and that I should stop having a career, and do something of value, like get married and have children.

I never stood for it. I told them off, even as a kid, and then they got upset with me, calling me rude.

Excuse me, I just said, “Hello.” You made lengthy comments about a pimple on my chin. That is a deliberate attempt at establishing a pecking order by making me feel inferior to you and be too consumed with my alleged deficiencies to see what you are doing.

I am not a moron. The fact that I push back doesn’t mean there is a “war” against snowflake you.

Instead of getting your knickers in a knot, you can sign up for some etiquette lessons.

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They really are miracle workers. Bless the Brits for their centuries-long dedication to sensitivity to other people’s feelings.

They didn’t write a silly column in the National Post whining about some non-existent war on boys and men, and then try to impose a narrative about it being “ideology versus science” because it isn’t.

So what’s really going on here?

Simple: communications technology finally caught up to reality, and what was always happening suddenly could no longer be suppressed by a patriarchal news media.

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In Canada, men are a minority, and have been for at least thirty years. 50.4% of the population are women, and yet men are vastly over-represented in positions of power in both business and government. We have always had rigs that favoured men, and biology has zero to do with it. White men, who are even a smaller piece of that demographic pie, are even more over-represented based on the population make-up.

So here is a single minority group among a mosaic of minority groups, who are upset because the Internet finally allows us to hear what everyone around us is thinking. Stop mansplaining is not throwing a grenade; it’s feedback that the individual does not need to be treated like she is in kindergarten when she has a graduate degree and has expertise in the field under discussion.

Before, the press would either ignore the complaints, or worse, spin them to make it sound as if some lunatic fringe was spewing insanity. That is a crying shame. If people understood that in a planet of 7.4 billion people, you will have a sea of disagreement, outrage, support, and differing opinions decades ago, they wouldn’t take the peculiar stance that they are.

Fox News exploits this demographic: they target frustrated white men and then tell them nothing in their lives is their fault, which is ridiculous. Sometimes you are the architect of your own misery, and the sooner you see it, the sooner you can do something about it and get yourself out of your slump.

A big problem for men is the fairytales they have been told where there can only be The One, and if someone opposes you, that they are the Villain to be vanquished and women are just there to be saved because they are inferior to you and are made to drool all over you.

That is a fantasy.

And a horrible lie. If we reversed the gender roles, it would be no less horrific. No one should be following this destructive rigged script.

A more sensible map is that we all have hopes, dreams, and goals. We all have different life requirements. We are all flawed and make mistakes. We have rights, but also responsibilities. Life isn’t always looking for an entourage to drool all over you, nor find an inferior ditz to relieve your crude urges. People who have different ideas have the same rights as you do.

Cooperation and negotiation to coordinate our competing interests is far more profitable and liberating than some competition where it is all-or-none. A shrewd person makes alliances, and ensures that there is a balance for everyone in terms of work, risk, responsibilities, and payoffs. Jealousy, greed, laziness, and ego are very destructive forces, but they are not some static force that chains us forever to ruin our lives. We have to face our worst traits, acknowledge them, realize they manipulate our perceptions of reality, and then do something about them.

Men shouldn’t feel threatened if a woman is a visionary who is ambitious. She has every right as does he to aim high, but the second a woman does break through as a man is called on the carpet for trying to sabotage her, other men get scared and then make up a propaganda tale of there being a war on men.

No, there isn’t. There is a man person who is prime minister, just as the other two political parties have man people in charge of their party. The only party to have a woman person is the Greens and they have one seat.  The world’s most powerful players are men. That hasn’t changed. And those men have their fans and many are seen as visionaries.

There is no war just because someone calls you an asshole. You are an asshole.

That Fox News can tell bedtime stories to men who are silly enough to believe them is not a surprise. The sad thing is that those men don’t realize that the FNC gets rich by keeping them running on a hamster wheel of hate, and keeps them in a very unhappy holding pattern because that’s how they create audiences. MSNBC plays the same propaganda for losers on the left. Both sides would be wise to look inward, get off the fucking wheel, and break old habits and modify their behaviours to make them prosper.

But the National Post is playing a similar game, recruiting Jordan Peterson into their web, which I find utterly fascinating. Peterson is a psychologist by trade, and this pop psych narrative has many of his detractors unnecessarily stymied. Their counterarguments are too cerebral. They are over-thinking things and not addressing the audience that has had a spell cast on them as they have been primed by the FNC into thinking they are victims.

What’s interesting is that Peterson’s pop psych arguments do not go anywhere near the logic of Jean Piaget’s Stage Four of Cognitive Development (Piaget is Person #31 on the List of People Everyone Should Know). The Formal Operational Stage is one that many adults never attain, but you cannot be an experimental psychologist and not be in that very stage because that’s the very stage where experimental psychology depends on for its very purpose and methods.

So Peterson isn’t someone who could possibly be devoid of a Stage Four mind, yet his pop psych is clearly at Level Two and Three.

That’s quite a feat.

Journalism was never in Stage Four, and I have said that is the reason it collapsed, but Peterson made a career of intellectual regression. It is a cagey move: for one, your detractors will never reach the people who are being beguiled because they will use Stage Four Arguments, and those under the spell have been stymied by their Stage Three prison, and can’t see it.

They very well may be capable of making the leap to the Fourth Stage — but they were led to believe that they didn’t need that leap because the narratives they were told are of lower stages, and they cling on to those stories, thinking it is the answer for Winning At Life.

It is a recipe for self-destruction.

So if there is no “war” on men, why are they stuck in a slump that distorts their perceptions of reality?

The answer lies in pandas.

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Many ambitious white collar types — and even the entire profession of journalism — have the same problem, regardless of gender, race, nationality, religion, or age. They make it so far, and then they can no longer move upward in a company or career. They have the right education and experience. They are smart and even social.

Are they victims of outside forces?

No, but they are a victim of their own panda.

A panda is a term for a seemingly benign personality trait or mindset that is more destructive to you than you realize.

Such as indulging in aggressive behaviours and ignoring repeated requests to knock it off. You may feel as if you have power to thwart and emotionally upset people, but if they push back, they aren’t going to give you another inch. They can retaliate.

Do you want short-term thrills — or do you want long-term viability?

In business, being passive-aggressive can get you up so far, but then when you hit a certain level, the rules change and what what worked for you begins to work against you.

Adherence to The One Rule That Explains Everything is a losing gamble.

And if your rule is that you can bully other people and they’ll just sit and take it, you are in for the surprise of your life. There are people like me who don’t care about your gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, wealth, education, nationality, connections, fame, or political affiliation.

You pull some bullshit stunt on me, and I will unleash my righteousness on you. Fuck you.

Treat me with kindness and respect, and I will go out of my way to help you if you should ever be in need or want of it.

No war.

And we in an era right now where we have arrogance and temper tantrums where everyone is accusing everyone else of waging some “war” on them.

No, what you are experiencing is the technology that lets you hear the world’s thoughts at once.

People have agendas. They bully. They try to get things they did not earn. They try to impress people with some image. They hedge their bets on a side they think will reward them.

The fuel of arrogance is messing with a lot of minds, but that’s easily remedied with a good dose of humility.

The only problem is when you chose the medicine, it goes down very easy — but when life rams it down your throat, the cure is often more traumatic than the disease.

And it’s coming a lot sooner than people think.

It’s not a war, but reality people need to worry about.

After all, if we just give in to “biology”, remember, people sure did love to kill, rape, and pillage, and enslave other people.

And they went to watch the slaughter of gladiators, imprison foreigners to serve as their slaves, and spark wars for pure financial profit.

Eventually, people started to become civilized and learned something called empathy.

And they sublimated those biological drives into something creative and productive.

So the biology excuse is pure nincompoopity, and it’s time to go up a rung in evolution — not down…

Actrivism, Part Three: If you had actrivism, you wouldn't be looking for easy solutions because you would be the solution.

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NewsGuard is snake oil?

You don’t say, Drudge Report!

Of course it snake oil. It is meta-propaganda.

That a partisan press outfit showed how easy NewsGuard is garbage goes to show you that the political propagandists are of the low-grade quality that brings to mind Mr. Haney, the snake oil huckster from Green Acres.

And just how much the public in the West have been infantilized.

When print ruled, you had a lot of sketchy publications, yet not a single one required a “label” or a “NewsGuard”, and, in fact, had there been a law to slap on such patronizing labels, people would have gone ballistic.

Comic books had labels because they were geared toward children.

And treating adults like they were five would have caused an uproar, and justifiably so.

What we are seeing is one side of the political equation placing badges on a side they find inconvenient, and that has fascist origins.

What we have are two partisan thugs trying to silence and shame people for having thoughts that are their own.

This puritanical temper tantrum is burning itself out. If just a couple of people stand their ground, the gig is up.

If you stand up to the bullies on the playground, they retreat because they don’t want effort, and they certainly don’t want everyone else to know how weak they really are.

NewsGuard is garbage. It is a scarlet letter used to shame publications so that people will not be exposed to different ideas, right or wrong.

I know NewsGuard is propaganda and garbage. I don’t need such a thing because I am an Actrivist.

I learned how news is actually constructed by actually having jobs that involved constructing it.

I experimented, and tweaked things to see the limits of it. NewsGuard is no match for me.

And best of all, I don’t spew propaganda.

I can recognize it from the Left, Right, Centre, Mainstream, Fringe, you name it.

Because I have spent my entire life scouring more articles, transcripts, books, and journals than most people. I can break down New York Times propaganda with ease. I can break down Fox News propaganda with equal ease.

Both a propagandistic and partisan outfits. One is not superior to the other: one merely panders to a different psychographic than the other. They prey on people’s manufactured “images” they present in public, and tell the pigeons what they want to hear.

It is the reason I don’t have respect for either.

The Default Delusion dictates if one side is wrong, then the opposite is has to be right by default, and that’s not true. More times than not, it is a false opposite, and equally wrong or deficient.

But when you study something by working in its core, you know how things work. There is no guesswork or trying to make that educated guess — you know every piece and how it all fits together.

But you also go in ready to break down the pieces. You take nothing for granted. You go in with the express goal of seeing the problems, and finding solutions.

And the solution isn’t to pretend one faction is superior to the other.

You also start to see how personal fear and selfishness creates the biggest problems to concepts and institutions.

Once you see the heart of the matter, you know you can find a solution because you finally know what you are confronting.

And there is no app that can solve that problem. There is no machine, AI, or software that can do it, either.

People created the problem, and that means it is people who must solve it.

Not a proxy.

Not a manipulative propagandistic app.

But human beings brave enough to understand they are dealing with human beings — not narrative monsters…

Crusty Foulers or the Thidwick Conundrum: Understanding the leader-follower dynamic in an Age of Propaganda.

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When I was a kid, I was socially very typical: I had friends, I followed fashion and popular culture, and had pinups of male heartthrobs on my wall. I thought they were nice eye candy, never thought I’d marry one because, hey, in Hollywood, you don’t know where they’ve been — and never wrote to one or ever bothered to haul myself to see one in person, not even in concert.

Then one day I looked at my walls, and counted the pictures, and then thought, how many pictures of me do they have?

I took down the pictures, and never looked back.

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I had that picture on my wall, and then I didn’t. I still could enjoy the show, but suddenly, it felt liberated. I could put pictures I drew or art I bought, and could express myself more freely and authentically.

Hollywood wasn’t going to dictate what was pinned to my walls.

I didn’t think much about it until years later when I mentioned it to someone and they could not believe that was the reason I took them down.

The person thought it was a horrible reason. Why would I expect them to have fan pictures on their wall?

I didn’t: I just thought it was silly to have photos in a one-way dynamic. I can enjoy a movie or show without the pictures. It is sanctioned insanity.

The person still could not understand why that would be a good reason. It was as if I was on a lower-rung on some pecking order and I had no right to find it silly. They thought your age alone was the “right” reason: not personal revelation and liberation.

And then I had the same response from other people, and that was interesting.

I thought about it a lot over the years, and then came another revelation.

You have classifications of people who support you, and not all of them are fans because you are special or endearing or whatever.

Yes, you have people who genuinely like you. These are few and far between. Be grateful for them because they aren’t selfish or exploitative. They support you because they appreciate what you are trying to do creatively.

But these are the minority and the unwitting façade for a different kind of supporter: the Crusty Fouler.

Crusty Foulers are the barnacles they latch on to the bottom of your ship. You think they are supporting you when they are dragging you down. They have a vested interest in singing your praises, and often, these are not the kinds of supporters you want or need. Monster fame often turns on the famous person. Those with smaller followings are blessed, but even they need to be careful.

So what other types of followers are there?

You have “investors”: people who support you because they think they can put support into you, you’ll go big, and then they can get something “back” from their investment. It could anything from proving they are ahead of a crowd and can spot a winner. Other times, they see you as an ideal mouthpiece for their ideology, and as they are less charismatic, you are the ideal to “sell” the narrative.

You have people who see you as their avatar or proxy: they never see you singing on a stage: they replace you with their fantasy of them singing on stage. Or, they see the person they have someone they are dating, but they merely plaster your face on their fantasy, and then impose it on the person they are seeing. When it goes too far, you have a stalker.

You have empty followers who support you because it is posh to do it. People who bank on having social media numbers know it and inflate the numbers by buying fake followers in hopes other people join the bandwagon. They do not understand the deeper nuances of what you are, do, or represent.

You have people who want to cultivate an image, and liking you represents veracity of their narrative. They like “smart” actors, and you are seen as smart. It has nothing to do with you personally, you are just shorthand for something else.

This last group of so-called “fans” are the most troublesome, particularly if you are a politician, Titan of Industry, or some sort of scholar. You are expected to remain static and on point. Veer one inch away, and they will turn on you.

But so are the investor fans who try to get more from you than you ever get from them. They seem appealing as fans on first glance: they cheer you on in your early days, but that is the way they lure you. If you are full of yourself, that’s what you’re seeking: praise. If you’re not careful, you wind-up as Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose who has a pile of exploiters living in your antlers and expect you to carry the weight.

These “fans” are the kind campaigning politicians try to seek with promises and bribes: they need numbers to win, and then they make big promises, not realizing that these aren’t actual supporters: they will drop you if a rival promises double. Kathleen Wynne discovered this the hard way.

The hardest thing for most people living in the public eye to understand is that you have very few true supporters, and that there are people whose support you do not want because the price is too high and you cannot afford it.

But your detractors may also have the same motives. It’s nothing personal: you are an obstacle that prevents their homogenization of thought and behaviour.

Some people understand the problems of it. Howard Schultz wants to run for president as an independent. It does not take an overly intelligent person to see how corrupt and beyond repair are the Left and the Right. So he is running as an independent. Trying to get to a fresh parcel of land where you do not have a well of dubious support is almost impossible if you are thinking large scale, such as national political office.

You are boxed in in many ways.

I have seen these dynamics when I worked as a journalist: you have tethered and uptight politicians trying too hard not to make a misstep with the established supporter-base because tradition dictated that to win votes, you have to pander by giving in and not challenging people’s thinking.

That created a very bad habit in citizens and leaders alike.

A leader needs the support of followers: they pool they resources and give up part of their power to the leader, and, in return — the bargain — the leader gets power over people, but does things to benefit the collective. The leader gives up some freedom, but get the final say on how that benefit will be executed.

The followers have to back off and not meddle or second-guess the leader in order for this to work. If you have a control freak base, you are out of luck.

The leader cannot betray the followers: if the promise was to help people, then people have to be helped. You cannot turn on them, or take the power and spoils all for yourself and then turn on the people who gave you power.

The leader has to have ideas, vision, and courage in order for this to work. If you have an inexperienced leader who caves in, you are out of luck.

But there is one more thing: you cannot expect to get more than what is available. The investment for both the leader and the followers has to reap some dividends, but modest ones. The bigger and more unrealistic the expectations, the bigger the downfall for both.

The more selfish the leader and followers, the less they end up getting. It becomes a pendulum that swings too hard and too fast.

One of the most important things for both sides to remember is that followers cannot give all of their power, meaning they cannot be passive and expect the leader to do all of the work. The leader is not the slave. But that also means that the leader does not have all of the power and expect the followers to do all of the work. The followers are not slaves, either.

Why Western culture is angry is that every leader is a disappointment because this dynamic is broken and both sides are equally to blame: the leaders and the followers. When you have able-bodied and education youth want Basic Income, what you have is a selfish electorate. They see it is all just a bribing game, and now they are going for broke with sob stories and temper tantrums.

And pity the wannabe leader who promises them that demand: there will be no end to the dissatisfaction, and then the leader will be resentful and then try to plunder by some other means, setting off outrage and abuse.

Crusty foulers latch on to any ship. If you want smooth sailing, you have to deal with it.

The need to be validated is not a motive for seeking power or a public career. You must improve upon the world. You need to want to be helpful and useful to strangers. It is not about ego.

But it is not about being a doormat or mask, either.

It is about leaving the world in a better and kinder place than you found it. That means standing your ground as you both find your footing and make you climb to your little cloud in the sky as you look at the world and are grateful for your gifts that you give to others — and receive from them in kind…