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Waking up in the bottom of the ninth

When a man ain’t got no ideas of his own, he’d ought to be kind of o’ careful who he borrows ’em from.” 

– one of my favorite quotes from The Virginian by Owen Wister

This post is going to be about American partisan politics and is a follow-on to yesterday’s blog post.

So, I’m going to start with yesterday’s post, which was about the “big picture” of the left’s culture war, of which climate change activism is now front and center. That culture war stormed into American headlines in the 1960s, with protests, from civil rights to women’s rights, to environmental concerns, and especially to anti-Vietnam activism.

A few years ago, I was reading a book, The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America, by Roger Kimball, which explains a cultural movement in the 1950s, called the Beat movement, as setting the stage for the 1960s radicalism. Kimball writes:

“The Beats were tremendously significant, but chiefly in the way that they provided a preview in the 1950s of the cultural, intellectual, and moral disasters that would fully flower in the late 1960s. The ideas of the Beats, their sensibility, contained in ovo all the characteristics we think of as defining the cultural revolution of the Sixties and Seventies.”

Kimball, Roger; Kimball, Roger. The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America (p. 46). Encounter Books. Kindle Edition.

Just to explain, why I often state what I see as “the big picture” or “the little picture,” it’s because that’s a common way of thinking I learned in the Army when I was young. Many businesses routinely talk about “big picture” strategy now, just as there are umpteen books and guides on using the ancient Chinese military strategy treatise, The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, as a strategy guide for business. I find Sun Tzu fascinating, so I even read a “Sun Tzu for Women” book, that applied Sun Tzu war strategy into a women’s guide to “win” in business (I thought it was stupid, btw).

Beyond the strategy stuff, I think in history it’s important to try to understand events that led to the current events, rather than just reacting in outrage to every blaring headline or breaking news blip, which is the way too many people understand the world these days – based on their feelings and very superficial reactions. Trust me, I’ve got umpteen blog posts fuming about Trump’s awful behavior or Hillary’s vast corruption, etc., etc. In fact, too often I’ve written blog posts based on my being outraged by some current event rather than taking a few days to do more research, think about the matter more, and most of all step back and try to look at the “big picture,” so I’m guilty of this too.

When right-wing pundits and social media started breathlessly warning about “The Great Reset,” as if this was a brand-new nefarious plot, I started doing a bit of research, because it sounded just like what it is – more of the same far-left “never let a crisis go to waste” brainstorms from the Davos elite. The most interesting aspect of the Great Reset is that while the right-wing thought leaders in America were only reacting to some Democrats’ pandemic overreach and raising alarms about the impact from lockdowns and other pandemic mitigation efforts, the left-wing super-elites were plotting out a post-pandemic global plan to ram through their climate agenda, which had already been pushed through the UN in 2015, with their Agenda 2030 This is why I said the right usually wakes up in the bottom of the ninth, because it’s true.

We have the left hoping to incite enough fear about climate change/global warming to get people to go along with their big plans, “being woke,” and on the right now, they started bragging about “being awake.” The difference can’t be more startling, because the left has global networks pushing through their agenda, from the UN, countries around the world, wealthy elites, international corporations and that mega pit of murky money – all those NGOs funded by mega-wealthy elites, big corporations, governments and charitable organizations. The right has an assortment of hysteria-prone reactionaries and Trump sycophants, heavily invested in the constant news media/ Twitter politics Outrage Theater happenings.

Very few Americans even view Twitter politics, but almost all of the news media people, pundits, elected leaders, and political activists on both sides of the aisle invest an outsized amount of time daily, battling for control of the political spin cycles – on Twitter. I will say, Trump understood the importance of the Twitter spin battlefield and he was very good at what I think of as guerilla spin warfare – he could jump on Twitter, tweet out one, often poorly written tweet, and demolish a Dem spin narrative that major news journos, pundits and Dem operatives had spent a lot of time orchestrating, launching and then rapidly amplifying via retweets and spreading it to other social media platforms and TV news venues. Sometimes his antics were appalling, but I admit, sometimes they were hilarious.

And yes, I have been a staunch conservative my entire adult life and I jumped on more than my fair share of the right’s bandwagon of hysterical takes too. More of the thought leaders on the right should have been awake since the 1960s onward and certainly by the 1990s when the climate activism, gender activism and “fundamental transformation” activism moved into high-gear. And they’ve been completely oblivious to the orchestrated Dem/liberal media spin information war until the Trump era. If you weren’t alive in the 60s or 90s, well, rather than get invested in the latest primetime FOX episodes of Outrage Theater (yes, primetime cable news is all Outrage Theater, just different flavors), it might be better to calm down and read some history.

Roger Kimball’s book is a good explainer of the left’s culture war in America. A short and very condensed and probably oversimplified history of how that happened was many of the big activist thought leaders in America capitalized on their 60s and 70s protest success of forcing American colleges and universities to cave to their demands, then in the 80s many of the most radical activists became ensconced in American academia, politics, sitting on corporate boards, got influential media positions and thus the long march through the institutions was seeded, took root, and grew.

People on the right smugly talking about “being awake” now, 40-50 years after the left’s culture war movement has worked its way through every major institution, leaves me more than a tad concerned. All of the right’s reactionary ideas I’ve seen are short-sighted, lack any clear strategy and even more importantly they lack any clear objective. Lately, it’s all playing defense and running around getting worked up about the “Great Reset.”

Ten years ago, a lot of the right was all into the Tea Party (I was supportive), back to the Founding Fathers (always been there too) and invested in Glenn Beck’s schtick and big rallies (ever wonder where Trump got the big rally ideas…). I was a big Rush Limbaugh fan in the 90s too. It was all about getting people on the right worked up, feeding them a steady diet of wild, convoluted global & Obama conspiracy theories, hawking patriotism and waving American flags. Yet, nothing changed in Washington, even with a slew of Tea Party candidates being elected.

The “Great Reset” is just another push in the left’s much larger, ongoing culture war, which truly is at the bottom of the ninth. Their long march through the institutions is almost complete. Sounds pretty alarming and gloomy, but here again, the game’s not over yet.

Small, localized systems can adapt more quickly than cumbersome global systems. The same holds true for people dealing with shortages and other randomized problems. So, if there are problems in one state or area of a state, people closest to the problems may be able to find workable solutions to avoid chaos and create some streamlined, simple social safety nets and yes, working together and helping each other is the only way for America to unite and weather major crises.

Americans rely heavily on the complex big chain stores and big systems for our daily lives and to survive and thrive. We might have to start coming up with more flexible solutions to deal with shortages and other problems, if large systems flounder or fail. Being calm, being proactive, being problem-solvers, being resourceful and being more like our ancestors who built this great country, doesn’t take relying on Washington politicians, it will take all of us working within our own families, circle of friends and communities to pull together, as the daily partisan spin information war tries to feed division and pull us apart.

I’m reading a book, The Reshaping of Everyday Life: 1790-1840 (Everyday Life in America), by Jack Larkin, which is part of a 6-book series on Everyday Life in America in different time periods. Larkin explained the 1790-1840 span covered dramatic changes with the creation of a new national government, distinct political parties, and a culture of democratic politics, plus the population quadrupled. However, everyday life was mostly agricultural, physically grueling, very hard, very dark at night, as homes outside cities were spread out. An immense amount of labor went into “making land,” the arduous process of clearing forests to create farmland. Beyond the sparse living conditions, information was sparse too and traveled very slowly.

People stayed focused and committed to their daily struggles, their families, and most clung to their faith. Larkin wrote, “Successive waves of religious enthusiasm, the “Second Great Awakening,” washed over communities in every region and created a powerful evangelical Protestant piety.” Here’s a link on the Second Great Awakening. That religious change led to cultural change and a great deal of American social activism, from emancipation of women movements, more abolition efforts, temperance movements, etc.

The only answers anyone in Washington comes up with lately are either throw more money at problems or they turn to the US military, heck “call in the National Guard,” is a go-to solution and now using the Defense Authorization Act, seems to be the go-to presidential solution.

Perhaps, the answers won’t be found in Washington or in partisan politics.

Perhaps, we need to start finding more answers within ourselves.

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More Dem word games in the news

This is a politics blog post. I started trying to give readers a heads up in the beginning of my blog posts, so they can decide whether it’s a topic they want to read about or skip it. Even more than politics, this post is going to be about the destructive, partisan spin information war raging across American news and mass media. Sorry, I got very long-winded in this post, but here goes:

Yesterday, some Biden administration flaks began prepping the spin battlefield (the news venues in America and especially politics Twitter, which is the main spin war battlefield). They began redefining the word “recession” in preparation for the release of the second-quarter GDP data expected on Thursday. This ridiculous redefining, like this “recession” change, goes on constantly and the liberal media often will go along with and even push the left’s redefining efforts, but it’s more insidious than that. Merriam-Webster online in recent years has become a player in the left’s redefining efforts too. This leftist redefining words effort has happened with Wikipedia entries, where I watched a bio being altered in real-time, to fit left-wing political aims. I suspect Google plays along too with altering algorithms to filter search engine results. Twitter and facebook have resorted to just banning certain words and content, while liberal-run fact-checker sites carry water for the Dem spin version of events and terms.

These days people frequently make mention of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, about life in a totalitarian superstate, Oceania. Yes, many of the word game tactics employed in the American spin information war eerily seem like Newspeak, a fictional language, in that Orwell novel. It’s important to look beyond the spin word games and not lose sight of what the main objectives are in the spin information war – destroy the American capitalist system and destroy our constitutional republic – “fundamentally transform America.” Here’s the truth, the things the far-left wants to “fundamentally” transform are essential beliefs, values, and components of our constitutional republic and economic system. Yes, the word games being pushed by political hacks and liberal media do have the 1984, Ministry of Truth vibe. And it’s beyond disturbing. I reread Orwell’s novel, 1984, last year and disliked it as much as I did when I read it as a teenager. I abhor totalitarianism.

Here’s the link to a blog post I wrote in 2016 about the spin word games: The Pieces of the Media Messaging Puzzle.

This spin war is not just benign political messaging or partisan PR efforts, as we’ve been lulled into believing for decades. It’s an actual information war aimed at trying to control mass media in America and use that media dominance to manipulate and control American public opinion. When all of the liberal media venues – news, daytime talk shows and even the scripts in TV shows begin pushing a particular current left-wing hot topic in their culture war, that’s how the political left in America try to drown out opposition and more importantly manipulate Americans into believing the views flooding media are the “mainstream” views.

Anyone who disagrees is a fringe hater, bigot, racist or… deplorable person, who should not be allowed into polite society. Add in that public polling has gained an outsized influence in the spin info war and is used as a tool to con Americans into accepting manufactured polling data, that results from massive efforts to flood mass media with the new accepted views, often replete with new terms and words, that almost overnight replace old words and terms. The most obvious current effort has been with the alphabet gender politics and normalization of transgenderism. All sorts of new made-up gender designations began permeating media many years ago. Back in 2014, facebook added over 50 new gender designations pushing this far-left political agenda to normalize gender fluidity. These same tactics were used to normalize gay marriage and once that succeeded, the bar moved further left.

The ultimate goals with the left’s culture war have remained consistent since at least the 1960s – to destroy the America free market system and destroy our constitutional republic, which is euphemistically termed “destroying the patriarchy.”

With the hysteria on the American right about the “Great Reset,” well, obviously a lot of people on the right have latched onto this latest “big idea” among the world’s elites, who fly to Davos via private jets every year, but the reality of what’s been happening for decades among the far-left is explained in a quote by 1960s Marxist activist, Rudi Dutschke, here’s Wikipedia:

Herbert Marcuse corresponded with Dutschke in 1971 to agree with this strategy, “Let me tell you this: that I regard your notion of the ‘long march through the institutions’ as the only effective way…”[4] In his 1972 book, Counterrevolution and Revolt, Marcuse wrote:[5]

“To extend the base of the student movement, Rudi Dutschke has proposed the strategy of the long march through the institutions: working against the established institutions while working within them, but not simply by ‘boring from within’, rather by ‘doing the job’, learning (how to program and read computers, how to teach at all levels of education, how to use the mass media, how to organize production, how to recognize and eschew planned obsolescence, how to design, et cetera), and at the same time preserving one’s own consciousness in working with others.
The long march includes the concerted effort to build up counterinstitutions. They have long been an aim of the movement, but the lack of funds was greatly responsible for their weakness and their inferior quality. They must be made competitive. This is especially important for the development of radical, “free” media. The fact that the radical Left has no equal access to the great chains of information and indoctrination is largely responsible for its isolation.”

Much of the hysteria on the American right is akin to the same hysteria back in the 1990s about the UN/one-world government fears and the Clinton push for socialized health care & more federal controls to blunt state powers. Of course, during the Clinton years, there was a rise in right-wing extremism, a rise in federal overreach, a rise in corruption in the Clinton WH, and some military adventures that turned into debacles (Somalia, where a UN-led humanitarian mission creeped into hunting down Somali warlords, and Haiti.) Unfortunately, on the right in America, most people only pay attention to the latest hot buzzwords right-wing pundits start blabbing about, when in reality this is all an ongoing “struggle” by the left. The American right always seems late to the game and wakes up to the left’s actions in the bottom of the ninth.

The World Economic Forum and Davos crowd get mentioned in right-wing media a lot lately, but here’s the thing, their policy ideas take root and grow faster than kudzu vine in the American South at the United Nations. The UN is where countries get pressured to sign onto the Davos crowd brainstorms and the Great Reset is just another gambit to advance the UN’s, Agenda 2030: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development., which was signed in 2015.

The Great Reset is a plan to use the economic upheaval and repurpose the social mitigation policies deployed in dealing with the pandemic, to propel the climate change agenda, which is in the UN’s 2030 Agenda. Heck, every major company in America has been yammering about “sustainability” for years now, so if all of a sudden you heard about the “Great Reset” recently and got worked up, the reality is the global climate change movement morphed out of the environmental movement, which began in the 1960s. The Great Reset is just the latest big push in the climate change movement and here’s where people really need to pay attention – the climate change agenda is only one tentacle of that much larger leftist culture war (the woke agenda) – that was far-left in the 1960s, but has now taken over the Democratic Party completely, drives mass media content and exerts enormous pressure and influence in corporate America. Moderate Democrats went the way of the dinosaurs. Most disturbingly, the woke agenda flourished on American college campuses, worked its way into American K-12 schools and is now being flooded into the US military via gender politics and a witch hunt looking to label white males as “white nationalists” and “extremists.” Also, the US military has bought into the far-left climate change agenda too. Here’s Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, III, from 2021:

“Today, no nation can find lasting security without addressing the climate crisis. We face all kinds of threats in our line of work, but few of them truly deserve to be called existential. The climate crisis does,” he said, adding that “climate change is making the world more unsafe and we need to act.”

All of these far left-wing political agendas continued through the years and gradually moved to occupy more space in mainstream left-wing politics – the far-left gradually took over the Democratic Party, as college activists grew-up and moved into positions of power, from politics, to tenured professors, to sitting on corporate boards.

Here’s an important point to remember, on the American political right, for decades most of the GOP establishment seemed oblivious to the left’s spin information war and kept trying to make concessions to the left’s culture war movement. They invariably caved and/or apologized for being “insensitive” and often agreed to work harder to be “more inclusive.” Even worse, they automatically adopted whatever new words or terms the liberal media pushed and ceded the left the upper-hand in defining all the terms. The Republican party leadership became further and further alienated from their base, where right-wing American punditry seeded discontent daily and grassroots movements took hold. The Tea Party movement was one of those reactionary movements on the right, where more traditionalist, conservative Americans felt their beliefs and values were under attack (because they were.)

Along came Donald J. Trump, who capitalized on that festering right-wing alienation and feeling unrepresented in Washington. Trump, love him or hate him, learned to use the left’s same corrupt spin information war tactics and he left Democrats and the liberal media panic-stricken. No matter how intensively they flooded liberal media with scorched earth smear campaigns against Trump, he hit back with as low and offensive smear campaigns against Dems and liberal media. It’s a been a race to the bottom.

My personal view all along has been that ending this spin information war is paramount to the survival of our constitutional republic and there will be no winners in the American spin information war – except for the enemies of America, domestic and foreign, who want America destroyed. The spin war can only divide Americans and that path leads only to widespread civil strife and the destruction of our constitutional republic.

For me it’s not about R vs. D or Trump vs. Biden, it’s about finding ways to pull Americans together. The cult of personality politics, trying to get behind one person who’ll save our country, won’t save America. Only when enough Americans decide to work together, start rebuilding community, demand one set of rules again, demand accountability and an end to the wholesale public corruption in Washington, will our politics begin to change. Somehow, I just don’t see politicians, political pundits or mass media in America ever working to that end, because their success depends on fueling controversy and divides for clicks and/or political advantage.

It’s taken America decades to arrive at this point, where political corruption has infested all of our major institutions. The effort to clean house, clean up the mess, and rebuild our institutions can’t be done with catchy political slogans or sound bites – we’re all going to have to roll up our sleeves and get busy. The first thing I think will help is when more and more people quit participating in the orchestrated partisan spin war’s Outrage Theater, that both parties, the media and the pundit class stage every day.

We all probably need to start thinking more about our own true north and working to improve ourselves and bolstering our family, friends and community more than about getting outraged about the latest media-fueled partisan political hot take. Ranting about “The Great Reset” isn’t going to change a thing, but doing things that improve your own life, help your own family, your friends and community will. Only strong resilient American families and communities can withstand the political and cultural turmoil, as this culture war/political war rages on. Being outraged clouds judgment and leaves people immobilized by fear and panic. We should all strive to maintain a bit of calm and conviction in our lives, no matter what spin hysteria media is blabbing about.


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Some after-rant thoughts

As usual after a rant, I think I should have clarified a bit more. I am not trying to diss the preppers who are giving constant shortage updates or videos of empty shelves, it’s just that for this type of effort to be effective at providing useful information requires a more organized local networking effort with it, I think. The one guy, who is doing “boots on the ground” reports is getting bombarded with emails, videos and information, that will be unsustainable on a larger volume level or a long-term effort. This is exactly what happens whenever the federal government tries to start some national hotline response. It’s the problem of few people at the national level trying to respond to thousands of people and provide them localized and personalized information. There are almost always noble intentions, but it becomes unsustainable at a national level or if it’s one person trying to sift through a massive amount of information that he or she is receiving.

I get it that many people on the right are defensive and still trying to prove there are really shortages and that inflation is a serious problem, when the White House is still lying about the economic disaster. Here’s a Fox News report with Bret Baier citing that Americans are paying $460 more a month than a year ago for goods and services:

This type of “boots on the ground” shortage information is something that can change within hours as stores receive and unload trucks or stock shelves and while the major grocery chain in-stock computer systems with their online shopping are riddled with problems, it’s still more reliable than random people reporting shortage problems at stores or video of empty shelves that someone sent in. That information becomes dated quickly.

Even the facebook local efforts and community bulletin board stuff I’ve seen often gets to be too much unverified information and comments to sift through. I can usually find the information I need faster just doing some searching on my own or making a few phone calls rather than reading through hundreds of comments.

This overload happens in all sorts of information-gathering and information-distribution efforts, in all sorts of organizations and situations and it often requires some filtering and verification processes to get to verifiable, useable and actionable information.

I didn’t intend to bash the guy trying to help share information. Oddly enough, I’ve put a lot of thought into this information “void” situation pondering when the spin information war finally reaches critical mass for at least the past 15 years and I’ve read a lot of stuff about information warfare, information operations and all sorts of topics pertaining to national emergencies.

Unfortunately, I think we’re close to that critical mass point with the information “void.” One of my main concerns was wondering how will it be possible to unite enough Americans and keep them working together in a crisis where all the information systems people rely on – the news, social media, elected leaders, our institutions are thoroughly corrupted and people don’t know who or what information they can trust and millions of Americans are conditioned to “reacting” instantly to things they see or hear on social media and flying into hysterical reactions. We are very close to this crisis point, as we’re facing an epic economic and food shortage crisis barreling toward us.

Along with a catastrophic economic crisis headed our way, this information “void” problem could leave us unable to unite and work together on anything. That’s been something I’ve thought about for years, long before Trump, red hats, Biden’s America, the pandemic or this economic crisis.

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Look to the sky

“When a man ain’t got no ideas of his own, he’d ought to be kind of o’ careful who he borrows ’em from.” – Owen Wister (The Virginian)

So, this is going to be another long political blog post, but I want to be clear that although I’m pretty conservative and mostly supported Republicans, at this point, I believe neither party really serves the American people. There’s too much big money in our politics, too much political theater (spin info war) and let’s be honest, both parties have spent America into a destabilizing pit of debt. I’ve gone on and on about how getting out of debt and building up some savings are important for personal emergency preparedness, well that holds true for our government too. So, straight up, if I criticize Democrats, that doesn’t mean I think Republicans are better and vice versa. Both major parties have spent us into this precarious situation. Neither party holds any sort of moral high ground with combating the vast public corruption in our politics. Both parties are committed to engaging in this destructive spin information war played out in the news media and on social media 24/7.

Media – whether it’s the news organizations, Hollywood, or social media platforms – aren’t out to find the truth; they’re about making money. Our elected officials are about money too and power… and control.

Yesterday, along with the Twitter/Elon Musk media drama, another story emerged of the Biden administration setting up a “Disinformation Governance Board” within the Department of Homeland Security. Nina Jankowicz apparently will head this board. Naturally, right-wing folks on Twitter began tweeting out all sorts of social media comments and videos of Janckowicz, including this:

And here’s a tweet of Jankowicz singing about disinformation (I watched about 15 seconds and that’s all I could take):

“Disinformation” was a term used frequently during the Cold War to explain the Soviet Union’s efforts to spread communism world-wide and undermine western democracy. Now, Democrats are so desperate to control the media environment (especially social media) that the Biden administration established a sort of Ministry of Truth within the Department of Homeland Security. Last year I reread George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and wrote a blog post about it: Don’t Join The Crazy and well, that goes double now… Just this silly woman singing about disinformation was enough for me to discount her as person who should be heading up any federal government board.

I love doing counted cross-stitch;-)

The last thing Americans need or should tolerate is a “Disinformation Governance Board” run by the Department of Homeland Security. Free speech is vital to maintaining our personal liberty and protecting our individual rights.

Since 2016, suddenly “Russian disinformation” became a Democrat spin talking point, with efforts to paint Trump as a Russian asset, agent or some variation of “working with Russia,” and the Clinton campaign manufactured the bogus Steele dossier and peddled it to the FBI, into our intelligence agencies and to the US State Department, all to try to destroy Trump’s presidential campaign.

I constantly say timelines matter and they do. It’s easy to forget which order events happened and when they happened, so I keep looking back and thinking through timelines and the sequence of events.

There’s always been a huge question mark in my mind about why Trump entered the 2016 race and who he was working with in the beginning. Trump received millions of dollars worth of free liberal media to disrupt and wreak havoc in the 2016 GOP primary. He was still good friends with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who allowed Trump to phone in for interviews, which other GOP candidates weren’t allowed to do. All across liberal media, they were selling Trump in the beginning – all to create chaos in the 2016 GOP primary. And Trump was still hanging out with friends like Howard Stern at Mar-a-Lago, in 2015, when he entered the race. Trump had also been good friends with the Clintons and Bill Clinton’s golfing buddy. Trump-supporters chose to forget all that history. Trump was useful to the Democrat spin war effort in the spring of 2015, with turning the GOP primary into a freak show.

Trump became a problem for Democrats by late 2015, because Hillary was a terrible campaigner, the email scandal, which broke in early 2015, was also dragging down her campaign. Trump had gained a following and hobbled together some campaign themes that were resonating, plus his rally, large crowd rabble-rousing had created almost a cult following, in addition to creating energy and momentum to his campaign. By late 2015, Democrats, the liberal media and the Clinton campaign unleashed one of the most aggressive smear campaigns in American politics, largely propelled via their spin war. That effort continues to this day and in 2016 “Russian disinformation” became a central theme of many of those smear attacks.

Yes, of course the Russians engage in information warfare operations against the US, but in the past few years the American spin information war has veered so far off the rails, that some Democrat political operatives worked with Silicon Valley execs. to field fake Russian bots in the 2017 Alabama Senate race. We’ve had Democrats & liberal blue checkmark Twitter (especially the journalist class) fighting to get Trump and other right-wing people banned from social media. We’ve had years now of spun up hysteria about “dangerous” Russian disinformation on social media and a whole lot of government/media brainstorms floated on ways to combat this purported “threat.”

I grew up during the Cold War and became fascinated by it, along with falling in love with early American history. I have a high school education, went to college one year, then joined the Army. I am a total dunce at science and math, didn’t think I was smart enough for college and never returned. I like to read a lot about things that catch my interest. I am not an expert on anything, so I try to provide a lot of links in my posts, to indicate where I found information or read something or saw something online.

The Russian disinformation story began long before the Cold War (1947-1991). In 1917, the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, overthrew the Czarist government and seized power in Russia. Lenin wasn’t satisfied with the Russian revolution and wanted a global communist revolution, so in 1919 Lenin formed the Comintern:

Lenin and his associates viewed Russia as no more than a springboard from which to launch a global civil war. They feared that if the revolution remained confined to backward, agrarian Russia it would perish under the combined onslaught of the foreign “bourgeoisie” and the domestic peasantry. In their view it was essential to carry the revolution abroad to the industrial countries of the West, whose workers, they believed, were anxious to stop fighting one another and topple their exploiters. To organize and finance this effort, they formed in March 1919 the Third International, or “Comintern.” This organization was a branch of the Russian Communist Party and operated under the aegis of that party’s Central Committee. By virtue of rules laid down in 1920 at the Comintern’s Second Congress, Communist parties abroad were to be created either afresh or else by splitting Social Democratic parties; in either case, they were to be accountable to Moscow and not to their domestic constituencies.

Hoping to exploit the political and economic turmoil afflicting central Europe after the Allied victory, Moscow sent agents with ample supplies of money to stir up unrest. In Germany three revolutionary efforts undertaken with the help of local communists and sympathizers—in early 1919, in 1921, and again in 1923—failed, partly from the passivity of the workers, partly from effective countermeasures of the Weimar government. In Hungary a Bolshevik government under Béla Kun came to power in March 1919, but it lasted only four months before being overthrown. Efforts to incite social unrest elsewhere had no success either and eventually were given up in favour of infiltrating existing institutions by both legal and clandestine communist organizations.”

Thus began the modern era of Russian disinformation. Russian police state behaviors didn’t begin in the Soviet era, but permeate through Czarist Russian history. There’s a Russian cultural acceptance of harsh government controls, unlike our American traditions of personal liberty and individual rights. Piles and piles of books have been written about the Soviet efforts to undermine the West and Russian disinformation/misinformation, along with mountains of great spy/international thriller novels. I loved many books on the Soviet efforts and the Cold War spy novels.

I don’t think America has a “disinformation” problem so much as it has a media culture problem and also a broader culture problem in how Americans react to and interact via social media. Too many people react instantly to social media drama, think shallowly about information they see or hear, if at all, and rush to become part of the latest media-driven “national conversation” or weigh in on the big news drama of the day. Few people take the time to research information or wait before leaping into the online social media hot take public square. It’s about as easy to rush to judgment and spread information without checking it out as it is to click and buy stuff online. Taking a deep breath and taking some time to think about purchases or buying into media hysteria would serve each of us better.

The quote at the beginning is one of my favorite quotes. It’s from The Virginian, a 1902 novel considered to be the first true American fictional Western and it’s one of my favorite American novels. As America expanded westward, American culture developed and spread, but often Americans in settled parts loved to hear frontier stories of drama, hardship and heroism sold in American print, from newspapers to American dime store novels (1860-1915), which were peddled largely to the uneducated class. It’s fine to be entertained by cheap fictional drivel, but to run a country via a 24/7 political soap opera/spin information war, replete with constant smear campaigns, fabricated “news” and pundit-generated hysteria as the constant chorus, is no way for our republic to prosper. We’ve moved from dime store novels, which ran a 100 pages to 280 character tweets and many Twitter peeps were complaining that 280 character tweets were too long to read… go figure.

Trying to encourage people to slow down and think about things, read more, consider differing viewpoints and work to stop reacting instantly, like puppets on a string, can help each of us regain control over the information overload, shield ourselves from the media-driven drama and regain more control over our minds rather than running around reacting 24/7.

The last thing America needs is a Ministry of Truth run by a bizarro Mary Poppins of Disinformation. Seriously, this woman is ridiculous.

The truth has a way of breaking through even the darkest clouds of lies (or the most ridiculous spin war garbage.) Sometimes even one ray of truth poking through can light our path forward, I believe. The thing is we’ve got to start breaking away from our screens more to even see the clouds in the sky or catch that ray of truth.

Look to the sky… not at the screen.

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Twitter doesn’t matter at all

The news media, pundit class and assorted social media influencers are going on and on… and on about Elon Musk buying Twitter, which is the main battlefield of the spin information war. Most of America isn’t on Twitter and certainly doesn’t follow politics Twitter, but Twitter is where the spin battles are fought out between the blue-checkmark politics elites – the journalists, politicians and influencers, who Twitter decided were blue checkmark-worthy.

Elon Musk is an eccentric billionaire and that right-wing Americans are looking to another rich guy, who isn’t even a conservative or Republican, in any sense of the word, as their savior, speaks volumes about how this spin war has fried brain cells. That so many powerful, left-wing Twitter elites are having meltdowns over Twitter no longer being under control of liberals, likewise, speaks volumes of how important the corrupt spin war is to them. They’re upset they are losing control of the main spin battlefield in America.

I don’t care about Elon Musk or Twitter. I care about America – both our republic and the millions of wonderful American people. A lot of prominent right-wing folks are running around thanking Elon Musk for “saving free speech,” while a lot of left-wing folks are hysterically portending the “end of our democracy.” Some liberals are talking about leaving Twitter and some are even going the Hollywood routine of dramatically announcing they’re leaving America… again.

Our country is facing massive challenges right now – especially economic ones, a total lack of leadership in Washington, Russia and China waging aggressive information and economic war against the West and the war in Ukraine. And this domestic spin war greases the skids for political corruption and it still fuels divides in our country every day. Hence, with the Twitter political crowd, one side grasps at Elon Musk as the savior of free speech in America and the other side is hyperventilating he’s the devil sent to destroy our democracy. That’s the level of stupid in our country.

Here goes with my broken record about the American spin information war… again, sorry, but it’s important. The American spin info war way of politics started with the Clinton crowd, then over the years spread to the entire Democratic Party and liberal activists. Trump borrowed the Dem spin war tactics in 2016 and beat the Dems and liberal media at their own corrupt spin war antics.

Back in the 90s, once the internet came along and forums like Excite became popular, the emerging Clinton spin war moved online. The objective of the Dem spin information war was, and still remains, to control public opinion via control of political news messaging in America.

Those Dem spin word games, from the very beginning, were repetitive messaging campaigns orchestrated by Dem operatives, who coordinated with liberal news media. The most important thing about this spin information war, is it’s just the visible part of a very ruthless, coordinated, win-by-any-means-necessary way of politics, where wholesale public corruption runs rampant.

Bill Clinton survived impeachment and Excite went away:

“The original Excite company was founded in 1994 and went public two years later. Excite was once a popular site on the Internet during the 1990s, with the main portal site being the sixth most visited website in 1997. The company merged with broadband provider @Home Network but together went bankrupt in 2001. Excite’s portal and services were acquired by iWon and then by Ask Jeeves, but the website went into a steep decline in popularity afterwards.”

The spin info war crowd (journalists, political pundits, pols) eventually moved on to Twitter. This crowd might likely move somewhere else at some point, but the vast corruption in our political parties assures this spin information war way of trying to control the news media and public opinion won’t go away easily or quickly.

When Twitter started being mentioned constantly, for a long time I had no interest in using Twitter (and still don’t really), but I became curious why TV cable news kept mentioning tweets so much (this was pre-Trump). By 2016, Twitter was where the political class and journalists hung out online and it was where the daily spin battles played out. Trump understood that and he had a gift for disrupting and hijacking Dem spin attacks, often with a single, poorly worded tweet. That’s why Dems and liberals wanted him silenced too. If you get in the way of the Dem and liberal media spin war, every effort will be made to silence you (see the attacks on Ron DeSantis).

I went on Twitter at first to try to figure out why Twitter mattered so much in politics. So, I followed hundreds of journalists, pundits and politicians, trying to understand what was going on. I quickly began to understand that Twitter was the main spin war battlefield now and that spin cycles emanated to other news media formats from Twitter via amplification with rapid retweeting (trending stories,) especially by journalists and liberal media pundits on Twitter. Instead of any real investigation, it’s more common for some explosive breaking news or new spin angle to be floated and tweeted by one journalist or news source and other journalists and news organizations instantly begin retweeting the hot take news.

Twitter retweets and that rapid amplification process manufacture the American news spin cycles.

Vast public corruption ripples underneath this spin info war. There’s widespread abuse of power, using government assets for partisan political purposes, weaponizing the FBI for partisan political purposes, and weaponizing intelligence assets for partisan political purposes that now go into this spin war way of politics in America.

John Durham still plods on with investigating the 2016 Clinton campaign corruption (largely centered on the bogus Steele dossier being packaged and sold, not just in the media, but to the FBI and intel agencies and through the US State Department too.

Long ago I lost faith any of the powerful elites live under the same rules the rest of us do. Anyone thinking Republicans will save us, well Republican politicians in Washington aren’t trying to end the corrupt spin information war, they’re trying to get better at it. Of course, back to the truth about binary choices – the lesser of two evils is always still evil.

With multiple serious crises on the horizon, what matters most now is trying to encourage as many Americans as possible to get busy stocking up on basics, learning more skills, learning to plant some food, and most of all start talking to other like-minded people and work on building some community.

Here’s an important truth: one person, not a political figure, an eccentric billionaire, media person, influencer or obscure blogger can save our democracy or protect free speech in America.

Twitter doesn’t matter at all

Only “we the people” can save our country. That means as many Americans as possible need to start putting in their oars and rowing as hard as they can to pull our country away from the dangerous falls we’re drifting towards.

We certainly don’t need a bunch of yahoos blustering about civil war or civil divorce.

We all should be trying to encourage like-minded fellow citizens and trying to find ways to share ideas and work together in our communities to help each other weather these serious economic crises already on the horizon.

We need as many helping hands across America as possible. And that sure is a tall order.


PS: I’ve followed the spin information war so closely, because it affected me personally in 1998, when I ventured onto the Excite message boards and began posting political comments there during the Clinton impeachment scandal.

If you get in the way of the Dem spin info war, every corrupt means possible will be used to intimidate and silence you. Trump survived 4 years of being under assault, 24/7, by Dems and liberal media, determined to destroy his presidency and force him into submission. Trump fought back, embracing the same corrupt spin war tactics as Dems and then went too far with his “Stop the Steal” effort. The Jan. 6th attack on the Capitol finally gave Democrats and liberal media cover to ban Trump from Twitter and social media. Elon Musk buying Twitter puts that huge spin win of silencing Trump at risk.

I’m not Trump, only a nobody homemaker, but I was attacked in 1998 and don’t have any way to prove it happened. I’m now a nobody blogger, whose blog barely gets any views and on Twitter, I tweet when I feel it’s important to fight to disrupt corrupt spin attacks. I currently have 55 Twitter followers, but attracting followers isn’t necessary to disrupt spin attacks, I found. It’s making the right connections in choosing who to quote tweet with retweeting and where to post comments. Unlike Trump, I don’t want to ever be center stage. I want the vast, wholesale public corruption, that this spin information war propels, to be exposed. I wrote about what happened to me in Messages of Mhere on my home page. I used pseudonyms, but every person mentioned is real, including me. Ironically, my kids told me it wasn’t safe to use my real name on the internet and explained user-names to me. My user-name on the Excite message boards was mhere, a play on the Russian word for “peace.” A user-name doesn’t protect you from corrupt, powerful people, I learned. I wrote that story in 2013 and it’s my best recollection of the events that happened to me during the Clinton impeachment. I can’t prove any of it.

I don’t have any power or know any powerful people, but I still believe no one should be above the law in America.


It’s 4:57 pm EST, 4/28/2022 – Thought I want to add, for the record, my real name is Susan Holly Heward.

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Why mention Trump, when Dems are in power?

A few thoughts to add:

My blog post today is too long and rambling, yes, I know that.

My blog post, by mentioning Trump’s spin corruption along with the vast Dem corruption might sound like both-side-ism, since Trump is out of office and Biden and the Dems are in power. So, here goes with why I mentioned Trump’s spin antics too, even though the Dem corruption is so much more widespread and organized That January 6th rally which turned into mayhem at the Capitol was fed by Trump’s corrupt “Stolen Election” spin effort, as much as the Dems “Trump-Russian Collusion” hysteria was corrupt fevered spin crap to stop Trump’s inauguration and when that failed it turned into 4 years of relentless spin attacks to wreck Trump’s presidency.

I don’t believe two wrongs make a right, but unfortunately in politics we seem to keep getting the same bad choices.

Here’s the difference I see between Trump’s spin corruption and the vast Dem/liberal media/big tech spin corruption. Trump doesn’t have a vast mass media spin machine. He doesn’t have thousands of media and partisan activists and operatives who will jump into action to spin up a narrative or create massive spin distractions.

Trump had his own sideshow antics, his own personal Twitter account, and the bully pulpit of the Office of the President for 4 years. He had a willingness to thwart rules, norms and had no interest in the legality or morality of his actions. He also enthusiastically engaged in vicious name-calling spin attacks and petty smears, that were on par with the Dem/liberal media character assassins. He now has much less media spin firepower, but Dems and the liberal media machine fear him, because he’s effective and as willing to use fair means or foul to win as they are.

Trump also does not have and likely never will build a vast, corrupt media spin enterprise like the Dems, liberal media and big tech elites are running, because of his own one-man show personality and his ingrained habit of playing his own team members against each other. What Trump does have is millions of Americans who would take the Trump economy and policies over the Biden debacle and millions of Americans, who are sick to death of the Dem power grabs and infringing on Americans’ personal freedom, under the guise of public health measures to fight Covid. I am right there too.

The Dem/liberal media/big tech corruption is of a magnitude Trump could only dream of possessing and with Dems currently in control of the White House and Congress, it’s a much more pressing concern in my estimation. And since their effort is definitely aimed at targeting Trump supporters or people who won’t go along with liberal ideologies and edicts, most people on the right (myself included,) naturally look to the opposite partisan side to counter the one we disagree with.

Here’s where I part company with many on the right, I am against the use of corrupt spin information war and public corruption – whichever direction it’s coming from. It’s about more than am I for politician X or politician Y; it’s about believing in supporting the rule of law, equal protection under the law and that we operate demanding one set of standards for all of our elected officials.

My views on this blog have a very small reach, but since I pay for this WordPress account, I feel like putting my two cents in.

I hope more Americans start thinking as Americans rather than placing themselves in partisan boxes and feeling like they have to choose red pill or blue pill constantly.

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Time to expose the wholesale public corruption

Yesterday was a typical news day, as far as how the major news organizations and journalists report news on Twitter, which is where the American news narratives are generated. First it was ominous reports that in a speech the president of Ukraine said Russia is expected to invade on February 16th. Hours of repeating that followed. By late afternoon, there were reports that the Ukraine president’s speech in question appears to have been misinterpreted. And so it goes with the news media.

Russia assuredly could invade, but I sure wouldn’t trust the American news media reporting that event. It’s February 16th, so we shall see what happens. I am sitting here sipping my coffee and plan to just go about my day.

I’ve seen some prepper YouTube channel headlines run with full-blown nuclear war prep mode since the Ukraine situation has escalated, but thankfully most of the prepper headlines I saw were about basic emergency preparedness. To be clear having knowledge on nuclear preparedness isn’t a bad thing, but I prefer that topic to be covered calmly, not in reaction to news media-generated hysteria.

Events happening with our neighbors to the north have disturbed me more than Ukraine.

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency powers Monday to quell the paralyzing protests by truckers and others angry over Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions, outlining plans not only to tow away their rigs but to strike at their bank accounts and their livelihoods.”

Along with the spin word games to paint the Freedom Convoy as racist, right-wing terrorists, no stone has been left unturned trying to freeze financial support to the truckers.

So, the Canadian government can just label Freedom Convoy protesters and people who support them as terrorists and freeze their bank accounts. I can assuredly see Dem. politicians in Washington attempting a move like this too, in their zealous effort to hunt down right-wing extremists in every nook and cranny. When a government starts punishing ideological beliefs and views as the same as actions, we’re hurtling down a slippery slope.

With the recent protests in Canada, I don’t support blocking roads or bridges, but I absolutely support the right to peacefully protest and despite the mainstream media’s effort to amplify the spin narrative that the Freedom Convoy protesters are violent subversives, so far these trucker protests have been peaceful.

The latest Trudeau government response of invoking emergency powers serves as a harbinger of what’s coming to America very soon. The effort to neutralize the Freedom Convoy protesters began with a massive liberal media spin effort, in Canada, in the United States and in the Biden White House, to paint the protesters as dangerous right-wing subversives.

The following is a chronology of how we came to Trudeau invoking Canada’s emergency powers act.

Here’s a quote tweet I retweeted Feb. 10th:

Here’s a tweet from Feb. 9th with a video compilation of the American liberal media spin effort to smear the protesting truckers in Canada:

The liberal media spin effort went into semantical overdrive trying to use typical spin word game tactics. Framing trucks as a “weapon of economic warfare” wasn’t a bridge too far for the American liberal media spin crowd.

That media spin effort to sway public opinion did not deflate support for the Freedom Convoy protesters, but a former Obama DHS official made the recommendation to slash the tires of the trucks, which was mercilessly mocked on Twitter by right-wing pundits (and people who know about semi tires):

GoFundMe stopped donations to the truckers protesters. Before Trudeau’s latest crackdown effort, he had tried to seize GoFundMe donations to the trucker protesters. GoFundMe came under fierce criticism, backed down from supporting that move and announced they were returning all of the donations to the donors.

A Christian fundraising site, GiveSendGo, began taking donations for the Freedom Convoy. Trudeau tried to impede that fundraising effort too.

A Canadian judge froze these funds:

“The Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued an order halting access to funds collected via the GiveSendGo website, Canadian outlet Global News reports. Protesters had raised millions via “Freedom Convoy 2022” and “Adopt-a-Trucker” campaigns on the site, but government officials in Ontario asked the court to stop organizers from accessing and doling out those funds, a request that was granted Thursday, Ivana Yelich, a spokeswoman for the office of the Premier of Ontario, told the outlet.”

The GiveSendGo fundraising site responded:

“Online crowd fundraising site GiveSendGo said on Twitter it will not follow a Canadian court order mandating it stop distributing funds to convoy protesters.

“Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo,” the company wrote on Twitter. “All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns.”

Trudeau’s latest move of invoking emergency powers allows his government to label anyone who supports the truckers as a “terrorist” and that could include anyone even making a comment on social media that they support the truckers . Then the Canadian government can freeze their bank accounts.

To add to this, there are reports that the fundraising site GiveSendGo has had its site hacked and the donor list is being “leaked” online, so all of these private donors could be labeled “terrorists” and be subject to financial reprisals. Kind of amazingly serendipitous timing how this hacking and doxxing of donor names came right in time to aid Trudeau invoking emergency powers and efforts to freeze bank accounts of people who donated money to the truckers.

American liberal media support Trudeau’s actions completely and so does the Biden White House. And just like the Democrats, liberal media and big tech elites worked together to #Resist Trump, tirelessly working to destabilize and destroy his presidency by any means necessary, these same tactics are being deployed against the Freedom Convoy.

The American media and Democrat effort to aid Justin Trudeau’s move to crush the Freedom Convoy alarms me more than Ukraine.

The same liberal media and Democrats who spun the violent rioting that accompanied the BLM protests in 2020 as “mostly peaceful” and who raised money to bail out those protesters arrested for criminal actions, including burning down a police station in Minneapolis, are now spinning truckers as “economic terrorists.”

After the January 6th US Capitol attack, there’s been a disturbing full-blown US government, FBI, liberal media and most of all Democrat political effort to label Trump supporters and Americans with right-wing political views as “white nationalists” and “domestic terrorists.” The Biden administration has pushed this labeling effort into the US military and the Pentagon has been busily tracking soldiers’ social media content, encouraging soldiers to report on each other, and an array of programs to promote liberal political views.

Trump’s ill-conceived “Stolen Election” 1-6 rally spin effort has provided Dems and their liberal media and big tech friends cover to ramp up spin attacks and paint every Trump supporter as an “extremist” or “white nationalist.” At the same time, there has been no liberal media or Dem effort to condemn or confront the violent rioting in 2020.

The Biden administration also tried to initiate having the IRS require banks to report on every bank account that has more than $600 of activity in a year, but faced steep opposition. They wanted the IRS to monitor every American’s financial transactions. This all brought back memories of the Obama-era IRS corruption, with the IRS targeting right-wing charities.

I’ve written endlessly about the spin information war for years and argued it’s a serious national security threat. All along this spin war has been much more than just political spin messaging “word” battles in the media. The media spin word games are only the most publicly visible part of vast, wholesale public corruption.

It seemed to me these YouTube preppers jumped into nuclear war worrying, by listening to the liberal media and Biden administration reporting on the situation in Ukraine. My gut reaction was I didn’t trust anything the Biden administration or liberal media says. The unified war drum hysteria seemed to signal another Dem spin effort more than actual intelligence on the ground in Ukraine. I also don’t trust right-wing media or pundits either, so I’m as much homeless with news sources I trust as I am with political parties I support these days.

I kept thinking these mostly right-wing YouTube preppers have a much closer and serious threat than Ukraine or Russia – it’s the wholesale public corruption with this political/media effort to control public opinion in America.

The spin information war corruption includes Democrat clandestine corrupt collusion with liberal media organizations and big tech elites. It also includes Trump’s impulsive and ill-conceived spin war efforts and that January 6th rally (spin effort there) that turned into an attack on the Capitol. He was trying to interfere with a Congressional constitutional duty of certifying the Electoral College vote. Throughout his entire presidency, Trump was under a massive, corrupt Dem spin attack, but he continually tried to emulate the Dem’s wholesale public corruption waged via spin war.

If you ask me about whether there was Dem corruption in the actual election – I haven’t seen any evidence yet, that would have changed the outcome, but would not be surprised if in a couple years we find out about all sorts of Dem corruption there too. So, my view is America follows the constitutional process with the information on-hand at that time, which is what happened. Biden was inaugurated. Dems tried to stop Trump’s inauguration in 2017 too – claiming Trump-Russian Collusion was so serious Trump’s inauguration should be delayed.

Exposing all of the public corruption and having one standard of justice is what we should all be demanding, not falling for the “lesser of two evils” choices we keep buying into every 4 years. Until this vast corruption is exposed, where the media spin war noise can’t cover it up, the powerful politicians, big media and big tech elites will keep operating this spin war against the American people and it will get much worse. They keep getting richer and more powerful by constantly dividing Americans into two partisan camps and pitting them against each other.

The Biden White House cheering on Trudeau’s power grabs to crush the Freedom Convoy just feels like it’s a more clear and present danger, to borrow the Tom Clancy title, than the Russians and Ukraine. Boy, the corruption in that novel is small fries compared to what’s going on now.

Ukraine is an international hive of corruption, just look at aspiring artist, Hunter Biden…

I wonder how many documents the US embassy in Kiev destroyed in the past week, prior to evacuation…

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An important message

I’m posting a YouTube video with some thought by Dr. Robert Malone, that was posted on January 14, 2022. I don’t know if this video will be censored on YouTube, but for the moment, here it is:

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Some thoughts on information access

Our American politics goes into the crazy zone on both sides so often in recent years, that I often shake my head in disgust at the hyperbole and wonder if America will ever regain a large center, where calmer leaders emerge and foster a sense of good citizenship rather than this constant right-wing saber-rattling and paranoia of evil radical leftists destroying America and left-wing “transformation” politics and paranoia of dangerous right-wingers lurking everywhere. I’m very much politically homeless at present – thoroughly sick of plenty of politicians on both sides. I’m not into being outraged everyday and frankly living like that seems totally counterproductive and exhausting. And it sure won’t unite America.

This is a very unsettling time we’re in and although most partisans prefer to reduce all problems as being caused by the other side, things are rarely that simple. Even if you don’t care about politics at all or if you have strong partisan political views, I expect the spin information war is impacting everyone, and when it comes to efforts to impose rules and measures to infringe on fundamental rights American have, well, that effort is coming from the left, where this corrupt spin information war began. There are now more people taking notice and speaking out on the politicized efforts by large (liberal-owned) social media platforms to control and silence more and more people for what is deemed “spreading misinformation.”

This current trend I expected for over 20 years with the crap Dem spin information war, that began with the Clinton crowd, spread to the entire Dem and liberal political sphere and then finally spread to the Republican side with Trump embracing the same corrupt spin information war model as Dems in 2016. Trumps supporters cheered that Trump was “owning the libs” and “breaking all the rules,” while still being outraged at that very same behavior by Democrats and liberals… Trump acting as corruptly as them became the new Republican standard.

The American political spin information war has advanced to a critical point. Every trusted information entity has lost a lot of credibility in recent years, especially the news media. Finding ways to access accurate, reliable information is going to become the biggest lifesaving tool aside from the most basic, food, water, and shelter needs. Having sources of information you can trust when the political class is engaged in spinning everything and the news media is thoroughly corrupted by spin and collapsing journalistic standards makes finding reliable information challenging. The online information ecosystem is filled to the brim with inaccurate, false, and unreliable information and it’s beginning to create what I dubbed an “information void.” We’re surrounded by mountains of information, but we don’t have the the time or resources to even sift through a fraction of it and determine which information is reliable. Where we used to trust in professional news organizations to provide reliable information, that trust has eroded a great deal and polls continue to indicate Americans no longer have much trust in the news media – across the board.

The continuing Covid political drama has reached the point where I believe the harms to children, the school disruptions, the devastating impact on small businesses due to government-imposed mitigation rules/shutdowns, the continuing politicization of public health and the mental health fall-out from millions of people living their lives in a political/media-induced state of fear for almost two years now has left trust in many of our most vital institutions in a downward spiral. Added to all of this, the world economic system shows major signs of instability. There isn’t much good news on the political or economic fronts in America, but the most at risk and crucial front that doesn’t get much attention is how vulnerable we all are in America when it comes to access to reliable information.

I started reading a 2020 book, A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream, by Yuval Levin, which delves into the role of institutions in our society and the need to bolster them. For decades I’ve been concerned about the growing partisan divides and lack of trust in American institutions, so I keep reading articles and books, which deal with these topics, both trying to understand what’s happening, gain some historical background and most of all looking for potential paths that might lead to less political and cultural chaos in America.

I recently finished two Sebastian Junger books, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging and Freedom. Junger delves into the idea of community in Tribe and explores what he thinks many people express when they talk about their feelings of isolation and lack of belonging in modern society. In Freedom, he takes the reader along on a personal adventure, while exploring what freedom means. Both books were quick reads. They left me with a lot to think about, but no closer to how all of that helps us with personal ways to weather the worsening economic, cultural and political storms we’re inexorably entering.

Reading about big picture theories and ideas about what’s happening interests me, but truthfully in my everyday life, I’m looking for uncomplicated ways to keep my life less stressful and functioning as normally as possible in these crazy times and probably that’s what most people are doing. However, along with the normal activities, I spend time trying to plan and prepare for bad things too, many of which feel like they’re not on the far horizon, but much closer.

Being able to access accurate and timely information is critical when it comes to not only preparedness, but truly it informs our decision-making from daily life decisions to critical decisions in an emergency.

The movement to silence views under the guise of “stopping dangerous misinformation” on social media platforms began a few years ago and it’s accelerating. I doubt most people realize how unreliable the American news media ecosystem really is and this applies across the political spectrum, not just to the news that doesn’t fit your partisan leanings. As institutions all around us have begun to fray, become corrupted, fail to adhere to their own ethical standards, well, journalism isn’t immune from that decay too. There’s a pervasive reliance on “reporting” what some other news agency or reporter working somewhere else “reported” and very little independent verification going on before running with “breaking news.” It’s typical now for news agencies and journalists to keep issuing updates and corrections, because they ran with information they hadn’t verified and then find out it was inaccurate or not true. Even worse is too often photos or videos are attached to news stories, which are not even from the event in the news story or the narrative attached to the photo or video is inaccurate or untrue.

On social media in the past few years political left messaging efforts have centered on protecting Americans from “misinformation.” I noticed it when Twitter banned Alex Jones, a far-right conspiracy guy, whom most people considered nutty. I thought Jones was a whacko, so it wasn’t hard to rationalize that Twitter decision, but now across social media platforms the movement has been to censor and remove content and ban people from platforms – always claiming they were spreading “dangerous misinformation.” Through 4 years of Trump, it was “dangerous Russian misinformation” and in 2020 the political left in America switched to censoring and banning “dangerous Covid misinformation.”

Today on Twitter I saw another disturbing effort to try to silence Joe Rogan, a famous podcaster, whom I had never listened to. He got Covid and received treatment from his doctor, which included ivermectin. He spoke about his experience. Then he interviewed Dr. Robert Malone and YouTube, Twitter, and facebook removed the video of this interview. Joe Rogan has the full interview on Spotify. Dr. Malone is a virologist, who has worked with Dr. Fauci and he’s been critical of the vaccines. Any prominent people who speak out or question the government Covid policies and rules, end up being attacked and then efforts are made to censor them on social media. Now there’s a group letter by some activist doctors and science educators, calling on Spotify to stop Rogan from spreading “misinformation.”

Watching this online trend by big tech liberal elites to use their social media platforms to silence political viewpoints, I expect an escalation of this behavior, especially if the economic chaos deepens and shortages become more widespread. In recent weeks the shortage situation is worsening in my local stores and although I had planned to attempt a low-spend January, as some online homesteaders and frugal living people do as a challenge, instead I’ve been looking over my pantry and around my house and doing more stocking up. After seeing the increasing out-of-stock situation and trying to glean information from various news, I decided to stock up more on some items.

As the shortage situation escalates and economic conditions continue to worsen, I expect more groups of people and even more ordinary people in America to be targeted online for censorship and banishment. Thinking about ways to continue to communicate outside of relying on big tech social media platforms or apps on our cell phones will become critical as this crazy spin war rages further out of control. The spin war battles will expand to targeting more and more social media “influencers.”

Relying on liberal owned and controlled platforms, who are actively participating in a partisan political spin information war is a huge vulnerability. The information piece of preparedness, of being able to openly communicate and share information online, I expect will become harder if censorship efforts expand. I’ve been thinking about how people will communicate not only in worst case situations, like the grid goes down, but how to talk and share information outside of the social media controlled space and it’s challenging. Most of us are so used to relying on the convenience and accessibility of apps on our cell phones and the large social media platforms that we haven’t thought about freely being able to talk to each other and to find reliable information as a vital part of our preparedness, except in a worst-case scenario type situation.

I believe knowing people around you can create a vital network close at hand in any emergency, but we also need to be able to network with other people we trust across America and know what’s going on across the country and in the world. If you want any sign that the mainstream news media is unreliable, just look at the assiduous way they avoid giving a lot of coverage to the anti-lockdown, anti-Covid rules protests that have been happening in Australia and several European countries. Their doubling down on not talking about Hunter Biden’s laptop technique has now become perfected and is used by liberal news media to not talk about Covid-related news that doesn’t advance the partisan Democrat spin narrative.

Finding solutions to come up with alternative ways to communicate quickly and find accurate information isn’t as easy as prepping for items we can still purchase, but it’s vital and something that’s been on my mind a long time (years actually, as I wondered how this corrupt spin war would advance).

Former President Trump has tried to cultivate loyal news media entities by hounding and haranguing FOX News owners. He’s sucked up to One America News and cheered on Newsmax too. However, the liberal-owned news and social media organizations dominate (and control) most of the information world we operate in.

To see just how difficult it is to find alternatives, with the same ease and convenience of the popular social media platforms most Americans use, all you have to do is watch Trump-connected efforts to create a Trump-friendly news space and a social media platform to compete with the liberal-owned ones, who banned him. Direct TV is expected to drop One America News (OAN) from its satellite service. Amazon kicked Parler, a right-wing owned social media upstart, off of its web-hosting service. There’s now efforts to censor Joe Rogan, the largest podcaster in the country and a pressure campaign against Spotify to censor Rogan. Then there’s GETTR, a social media upstart by former Trump aide, Jason Miller, which I am not joining, because I want more details on Miller’s financial dealings with international business people, especially Guo Wengui, a dissident Chinese billionaire, who allegedly has close ties to the CCP.

Interestingly, Joe Rogan joined GETTR after being angered by efforts to censor him and within days Rogan was slamming GETTR for faking follower counts and harvesting his Twitter tweets to GETTR.

For ordinary Americans, who have an online presence or say a following on a YouTube channel, those can be demonetized, censored or even banned, leaving those people little recourse or alternatives. Even in a much more basic sense, trying to find alternative ways to communicate for most of us would likely have to rely on much less ambitious efforts than trying to create our own start-up social media platform, but still it’s important to think about things like having some basic information on people who matter to us saved somewhere other than online or in our cell phone. Having a good, old-fashioned address book, where you write down addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, etc. of close family, friends and people we want to keep in touch with, especially in an emergency, might be a simple first step.

I’m totally tech-challenged, so I don’t have any big ideas on how to prepare for the worsening access to reliable information situation, but in my gut I feel it’s going to become a huge challenge for all of us.

Update 1/17/2022, 9:21pm: If you think my concerns over maintaining ways to communicate are ridiculous, consider for a moment that all it takes to get on the wrong side of Covid information rules is to disagree or question anything the Biden administration, CDC, Dr. Fauci, Dem-run state Covid rules, or to point out their lies on some social media platforms or even podcasts and other online forums. Countering the Covid narratives can get you labelled a right-wing extremist in America, but in several other Western countries, the crackdown on publicly disagreeing with government policy and/or protesting can lead to even more stringent government actions.

Germany is considering shutting down telegram service:

“Germany raised the prospect of closing down the Telegram messaging service over concerns about its use as a platform for extremist groups. “

“The country could seek to block the service if the government reaches the conclusion that it breeches national and European Union law.”

The so-called “extremist groups” are people planning protests against the Covid lockdowns and rules. In America, between the Covid government overreach and the continuing liberal political effort to broadly label Trump supporters and other conservative white people as racists and “white supremacists” or “white nationalists,” this type of effort to silence Americans doesn’t seem that far-fetched at this point. Before Covid, I would have said none of this stuff could ever happen in America and now it’s beginning to happen.

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A must-read Matt Taibbi take on 1/6

Today I read this Matt Taibbi piece, A Tale of Two Authoritarians, which delves into the post 9/11 security measure overreaches and the many similarities to government “social mitigation pandemic measures. Taibbi doesn’t cater to partisan political sides, but instead just lays out the chronology of new security measures since 9/11 and how those American government overreaches expanded since then. He writes about the Pelosi 1/6 event and the reemergence of Dick Cheney:

“Seeing leading Democrats nuzzling the man George W. Bush called “Iron Ass” summed up the essential problem of the ordinary person trying to find a political home in this landscape. Even if you find the Trump phenomenon troubling, his opposition is not only authoritarian, but organized and armed with the intellectual tools to understand and appreciate how the technological elimination of democracy might be achieved in the 21st century.”

“We’re living through a period where an unpleasantly likely outcome for the ordinary American is the invocation of emergency powers to eliminate basic rights. From which side is that threat most likely to come? The pattern during Trump’s presidency was hyping the Russian menace to justify increased surveillance and censorship. Russia has since been switched out in favor of two new emergency bugbears. The first is the rise of “domestic terrorism,” and if you don’t think Cheney-style democracy-canceling is on the minds of officials heading into the next presidential election, you haven’t been reading the growing pile of articles quoting military types advertising their preparations for counter-coup in 2024.”

“The second emergency of course is the pandemic, which ought to have been exhibit A in Trump’s uninterest in being a dictator — he could have legally invoked all sorts of powers and did not. Instead, it’s become part of a widening propaganda campaign designed to enlist the wine-cave MSNBC set behind full-blown Big Brother governance.”

I wish I had even a tiny bit of Taibbi’s writing ability, but I don’t, so I recommend you read his piece a few times and then think about the issues he raised. He highlighted concerns about the new medical security state efforts that so many Democrats and government health officials have promoted since the pandemic began. He mentions Julian Assange and although I have never been sympathetic to his situation, I do admit that after 9/11, while having some concerns about the Patriot Act and many of the military actions, I still largely supported GWB and trusted our “experts” in intelligence and our military.

I grew up trusting authorities and I had a belief that there were mostly people with expertise, sound judgment, and most of all good character serving in public positions than there are. I was definitely too trusting and believed in public servants actually nobly serving the public interests.

When President Obama came along, he expanded on many of the Bush era Global War on Terror efforts and there were reports of more and more drone strikes in multiple countries, I began to wake up to the abuses of power. There were few clear answers from the Obama administration and Congress, whether controlled by Democrats or Republicans, has failed to rein in any of the post-9/11 emergency powers and instead there’s a willingness to expand these powers in Washington and zero ability to effectively do any true oversight or demand any accountability.

When the pandemic happened, once again, I believe that initially I was way too willing to trust the medical experts that were rolled out and a large part of my trust was that I believed these government health officials were non-political and dedicated to public health. Silly me. Plus from both sides of the aisle, Republicans and Democrats had nothing but praise for Dr. Fauci and other health officials. I was too trusting again, that’s for sure, as we are now approaching two years into pandemic politics and seemingly endless efforts by liberal (mainstream) media, Biden officials, Fauci and CDC quacks, plus Democrat officials across America to incite fear, hysteria, impose new rules and to never let go of their failed pandemic policies (some of which began at the beginning of the pandemic and were approved by the Trump administration).

As corruption continues to spread among our federal governmental institutions, it’s becoming more and more disturbing to realize, not only how corrupt so many of the touted “experts” are, but how whenever anyone now gives glowing accolades about any revered official in Washington or that some official is respected by both sides of the aisle, it’s like a signal for me to put up my guard and be wary that we’re in for another snow job. It’s like when James Comey, the former director of the FBI, hailed Peter Strzok and other high-level FBI officials caught up in the efforts to spy on the Trump campaign and spread the Trump-Russian Collusion spin lies, as highly respected career professionals. As information trickled out, those career professionals turned out to be highly-partisan, liars and most definitely not adhering to any sort of professional behavior.

Twitter gets dismissed by most people as just ridiculous social media, but by following hundreds of journalists, pundits and politicians, and watching the interactions I came to realize why Trump relied on Twitter to wage his one-man spin war. He flipped Dem and liberal media spin cycles constantly with just a few tweets and that ability is why Democrats and powerful liberal elites were so desperate to try to muzzle Trump.

However, the more disturbing people on Twitter were retired generals, who joined with Democrats and liberal media to tweet their rage and anger about Trump and some, like General Michael Hayden, tweeted frequently to undercut Trump’s decisions. It was shocking to watch a retired general and former CIA director engage in berating, petty name-calling, and actively trying to undermine a sitting President of the United States. Hayden wasn’t alone, as former Obama CIA director, John Brennan, also spent many hours engaged in the Twitter spin war against Trump too.

When I tried to explain to my sister, who doesn’t use social media, about the importance of Twitter, she repeatedly has dismissed this, as just social media garbage and she points out that most Americans aren’t on Twitter and that’s true. However, the ones who are the big players in the news media, in politics and especially in the partisan messaging operations (they set the narratives in the news media) are all on Twitter a whole lot. This small group of elites, who dominate the politics Twitter space, are the ones who drive the mass media spin war, especially news media.

The social media efforts to silence people started in 2018 on Twitter with Alex Jones and Jones is an easy person to loathe. He spouted all sorts of crazy conspiracy theories. It was easy to dismiss his being banned from Twitter, but then the banning continued and last year Trump was banned after 1/6. Trump’s a lightening rod, he tweeted all sorts of lies too, but then more and more people who challenged the liberal Covid orthodoxy began to be banned. The liberal big tech, politically-motivated social media purges have escalated and they all go in one direction – those who challenge the liberal/Dem narratives.

Once again, while most people on the right didn’t care about Alex Jones being banned, as the bans continued, on YouTube, Bret Weinstein, a evolutionary biologist, who raised some concerns about Covid vaccines, had his YouTube channel demonetized and I believe a few of his videos were removed from YouTube too.

A week ago, Dr. Robert Malone, a prominent virologist, was banned from Twitter for ostensibly spreading “Covid misinformation.” Videos where Malone was interviewed by other YouTubers have been removed too.

Sitting Congresswoman, Marjorie Taylor Greene, a flame-throwing, Trump-supporter from GA, was banned from Twitter a few days ago.

Matt Walsh, a right-wing political commentator was suspended from Twitter today, for apparently some transgender language infraction. Walsh, upon his return to Twitter, tweeted:

One of the comments to Walsh’s tweet summed up the situation perfectly:

Mark Krikorian@MarkSKrikorian·Replying to @MattWalshBlogYou won the victory over yourself. You love Big Brother.

We’re heading into some disquieting and disturbing times. Everyone who uses social media or online platforms should realize that at any moment their online presence can be wiped out and they can be silenced across multiple social media platforms. Plus efforts for new social media platforms that aren’t controlled by the liberal big tech giants keep getting derailed at every turn.

Another disquieting thing I’ve noticed is beyond the efforts to silence opposing views, around the world, especially the Western world, there have been large protests against Covid lockdowns and rules, but you see very little liberal (mainstream) media news coverage of these protests. You’d think with Omicron being the hottest topic (besides 1/6), there would be a lot of news coverage of the large anti-Covid rules protests.

I’m going to end with this quote from Taibbi’s piece, which sums up the real stakes with this new era of trying to silence certain “undesirable” people on social media:

“Professionals” do make errors, about everything from terrorists to viruses. In fact, a fair number of the people seeking this enhanced authority are dumber than average. You don’t have to like Donald Trump to recognize the dire threat represented by a clique of mediocrities with just enough brains to use their offices to organize the criminalization of their opposition.”

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