How did Americans get so utterly clueless about world events? (Hint: It was no accident.)

If you hear the indefensible defended enough times, confidently, by people with titles and credentials, it starts to sound like a good idea.


by Cassandra for Veterans Today

If you could just see what passes for “news” here in the USA, in both electronic and print media, you would understand American ignorance better.  It is literally a 24/7 barrage of straight-faced lies, distortions, and slick disinformation delivered on almost every front—including the so-called “liberal-leaning” newspapers and magazines, so-called “progressive” websites, and even public radio and public TV stations—not to mention the more partisan cable and commercial outlets.  We routinely see articulate and distinguished-looking university professors, think-tank scholars and Zionist-controlled public officials whose right-wing “expert opinion” on this or that issue is the ONLY view presented on a news show. 

Never a Noam Chomsky or a Naomi Klein or a Robert Fisk or a Michael Parenti, or a James Petras,  NEVER—and very rarely people like Ralph Nader or Elizabeth Warren who, if they’re included, will be forced to compete with five or six other guests for air time.

So, nothing is ever covered in-depth unless it’s a piece of propaganda somebody wants to pull over on us.  Everything else is disjointed bits and pieces, he-said she-said, with no background or fact-checking to help us sort out the truth.  Sometimes they’ll have one moderate-conservative “expert” (a government flack, basically) facing off against a Neocon or Zionist; the only difference between them is the fine points about precisely when we should invade Libya or Iran to stop terrorism—never whether this would be a sane, lawful or moral thing to do, or have any effect whatsoever on terrorism—and never any alternate paradigm for looking at world events.  This is the kind of thing we see and hear, ALL THE TIME, DAY IN AND DAY OUT.  Even well-educated people here in the USA, who keep up with current events and read the newspaper, are badly misinformed.  Many of them tacitly believe that the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle between the opposing views they hear.  But since this “middle” has been absurdly skewed (with the actual truth of the matter omitted altogether), and since the “facts” they think they know are actually lies, they find themselves supporting the most outlandish things—or at least, lacking the certainty to oppose them.  (I don’t like wars, but maybe we really DO need to invade Iran to stop terrorism?)  (Maybe Hugo Chavez really IS a brutal dictator, since everyone seems to agree he is?)  And that’s the whole point of perception management: keep us confused with a blizzard of conflicting and unverifiable “information”, until we throw up our hands and conclude that the world has gotten too complicated to understand and we’d best trust our experts to decide what’s right.

And these are good people I’m talking about: people who believe in human rights and social justice, who are against racism and genocide and unnecessary wars and greedy mega-corporations; people who are willing to fight for what they believe in—-if they could only figure out what the hell the truth is and whose side to be on.  But unfortunately, they are very careful to keep away from “nutty conspiracy theories”, because they’ve been told by the experts they see and hear all the time to stay away from those!  These educated people want facts, not half-baked fairy tales!  So they discount and ignore everything that has been so described by the deceivers—-the very things that could lead them out of this labyrinth of lies.  And that’s the whole reason for all the money spent on perception management!  It works!  I believe Americans are the most lied-to and deceived people in the world, because we still cherish the idealistic myth that our leaders, our media and our highly-educated “experts” mean well and are mostly honest, if occasionally misguided—And even more importantly, the idealistic myth that powerful people would never, ever, conspire against the weak on a global scale and get away with it, decade after decade.

A lot of us are honest and really care about doing what’s right.  If Americans ever open their eyes to the truth, some things are going to change very quickly.  (But I just don’t know whether their eyes will be opened in time.)

Sigh.  How can that be changed? 

The 64-trillion dollar question.  Our enemies are so powerful; they seem to control everything.  And the indoctrinated people are very resistant to hearing dissonant messages.

I know all about ignorant but well-meaning Americans, because just ten years ago, I was one of them.  9/11 came and went, and I never dreamed for a second that someone other than “al Qaeda” did it, because that’s what everyone was saying, everywhere.  Furthermore, it never occurred to me that I was taking the unproven word of government officials as truth,  just because they’d said it so soberly while wearing nice suits.  And I knew better than to be so trusting—or should have known.  But it was a bad habit I had formed over a lifetime of being an American, immersed in the soothing background music of American exceptionalism.

Sure, I knew Nixon had been a dirty liar, and Reagan an idiot, and I loathed Bush.  But really, that was little more than unthinking partisanship on my part.  Hadn’t I defended Bill Clinton, another dirty liar, to the end?—just because I liked him and therefore trusted him to act in my best interests?  (And why did I like him?  Because he said nice words and seemed to mean them, and because he was a member of the Democrats, whom I also trusted.  Yes, I was an idiot.  Now I see what a self-indulgent corporate toady and opportunist he was. (Oh, and a rapist to boot.)

And likewise I wholeheartedly supported Al Gore who I now realize is a NWO-connected fat-cat in a liberal-Democrat costume, living in a great big fat-cat mansion and making hypocritical self-important speeches.  And I was all about “war hero” and “Vietnam critic” John Kerry, although by that time even I saw clearly that my candidate refused to take a stand against the Iraq war, or to speak honestly about a host of issues; but never mind, I said, he has to lie to win the election.  Well what the hell is that?—I have to accept that my candidate is a liar and a moral coward and vote for him anyway?  And then he walks away from a stolen election, with the funds he solicited from me for a recount?—forcing other groups to solicit more money from me for recounts that Kerry won’t ask for because he’s already conceded?  So I hated Kerry after that, and I hated every politician that lied to me—and that was nearly all of them, both parties.

Well anyway, once I started reading Truthout in 2004, (TO was one of the few independent Online News and Opinion sites available back then. Thankfully scores of more truthful alternative sources of information services such as Veterans Today have sprung up since then, run by fearless, candid, diligent, relentless, conscientious, concerned, stalwarts determined to challenge the falsehoods peddled by politicians and propagandists paraded daily on American Cable News Networks across the country) it opened up a whole new world for me.  It took time to break up the logjam of my misconceptions; but I began to hear about problems with the government’s version of events on 9/11—-great big problems.  And about drug running out of Mena Arkansas, including during the years my precious Bill Clinton was governor; and of course there was the Katrina debacle, where I saw government officials pretend to be incompetent so that pre-planned disaster would ensue and prove very profitable.  And I discovered the Fed was a private banking cartel, and the debt-based dollar was an instrument of enslavement, and JFK wasn’t killed by a lone assassin or even by Cubans, and there is an enormous underground child-sex-trafficking network that reaches to the highest levels of government (George HW Bush) and industry and gives the cabal control over people….   Well, once you get an American to start looking at “conspiracy theories” instead of dismissing them, there is a snowballing effect.  I have spent much of these years trying to share my discoveries with others.  One way is on blogs; but after a while we’re all just preaching to the choir.  Eventually we all know the same things pretty much—-which is a good thing.  But the tough cases are the people who either won’t read blogs at all, or will only go to CIA-connected HuffPo or DailyKos and then they think they’ve heard the full range of everything credible that’s out there.

I have to tell you, some of my best friends and family are among the toughest cases.  Smart, highly-educated, committed to social change, politically-aware (as far as anyone can be without realizing both Bush elections were stolen), these people vote, they sign petitions, they join peace marches and canvass for Democrats; they read the NYTimes and listen to tedious speakers on C-SPAN in an effort to understand the issues; but although they may be “disappointed” with Obama, or even view him as “unfortunately weak” against those mean Republican bullies, it is simply impossible to get them to consider for a moment that Obama’s “weakness” could be intentional sabotage, that he could be working for someone else—a Trojan-horse candidate.  They can believe a boxer might throw a fight, or a basketball player might throw a game; but in American politics?—heavens no, it could never happen!  And don’t even bring up the subject of 9/11 to them because they are sick to death of hearing about it.  They have never really listened; but they have heard the subject brought up ad nauseum, and dismissing it now is as easy as batting away a fly, and just as automatic—-a Pavlovian response.  They have never listened; they have never looked at the facts of the case.  This is the sheer power of perception management: it can cause people to shut their eyes and stop up their ears against certain information that conflicts with the mainstream message—information which threatens to confuse them and shake their confidence in their understanding of the world, and also to shake their self-esteem as sensible, mainstream people who do not subscribe to nutty ideas.

All I can tell you is, if you can get one of these people to listen, just once, to one case where a dissonant message that went against the official story turned out to be absolutely true, and the official story turned out to be a blatant lie—-then you can start the snowball rolling.

Veterans Today you’ve got a lot more work to do.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cassandra has a BA in psychology and also an MSW degree. She does a little writing, a lot of reading, and is an avid gardener. She works occasionally for a small publisher in her hometown, and dabbles in herbal medicine, medical issues and natural sciences.

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148 Responses to "How did Americans get so utterly clueless about world events? (Hint: It was no accident.)"

  1. Cassandra  September 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Yeah I know all about Jim Cramer.

  2. Cassandra  August 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I have no information on that, Peter. Check it out and get back to us.

    A few years ago I would have said, to a post like yours, are you kidding?—that’s just crazy. But I’ve learned it’s a crazy world out there, and a lot of the craziness is completely intentional. It’s getting hard to shock me any more. People will do every sort of weird and evil thing at the behest of the cabal.

    In the same way that a person of corrupt character will sometimes go into the ministry to cover who he really is, well… a closeted gay man might don the role of someone who is SOOO far from being gay that he helps OTHER men “cure THEIR gayness”. Because heh, who’s going to suspect a guy like THAT? And Regent University would be an excellent place to start. Marrying a Christian hottie doesn’t hurt either.

    Have you perused the Google images of Marcus Bachmann? Let’s just say it’s a good thing he’s got Michelle on his arm because he looks soooooooooo gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as Seinfeld would say—but gays who pose as straight and make life hard on other gays deserve to be outed. If he’s got skeletons in his closet, I hope someone will expose him. People with secrets are blackmailable, and we already have plenty of those in office; don’t need any more.

    I’m a lot less innocent than I used to be, ever since I read about the Franklin child abuse scandal. If you aren’t familiar with that, check out Nick Bryant’s book; it will shock you to your core. I am now reading The Search For The Manchurian Candidate. It will shock you too. The cabal is up to all kinds of exceedingly dark doings. Assassins and “terrorists” – yes – we should always question their background for possible intelligence or FBI connections. Hypnosis done on unwitting subjects, in the guise of therapy, is a real possibility. Don’t ever let anyone hypnotize you, even for a beneficial reason—because you won’t know what they do once they get you in a trance, and you won’t remember afterward. There are people who pose as benevolent helpers who are not. You could find yourself one day, standing in a crowd of screaming people with a dead guy at your feet, and wondering what that smoking gun is doing in your hand.

    But maybe I’m preaching to the choir?

  3. Cassandra  August 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Very interesting Anthony! I’ll check out those links.

    Seems like the 9/11 truth movement needs its own team of investigators to run intelligence on the other side. If they could be publicly exposed as phonies, that would be a big thing indeed.

    I agree with you that Griffin deserves a Nobel. That’s the kind of courage and dogged determination, going against the tide, that should be recognized and honored. But that award has become irredeemably politicized and meaningless with the likes of Kissinger and Obama among past recipients.

    I’m so glad you saw my latest posts and replied. I’ve enjoyed the dialogue with you and look forward to more.

  4. Anthony J. Hall  August 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Jack Blood found something to suggest there is some problem with Shermer’s Ph.D. I treat it as if the jury is still out on whether or not Shermer has a real Ph.D.

    My view of Scientific American changed completely when I saw his regular column there. Shermers status at Claremont seems very ephemeral, although he and Zak probably bring in shit loads of money for Dr. Love’s psy ops lab.

    Prof Griffin tells me no one in and around Claremont takes Shermer seriously. On the other hand there is event at Claremont next April where his students and colleagues will honour Prof. Griffin for his lifetime of scholarship, much of it as a philosopher of religion. He told me that the four books he wrote on “evil” earlier in his career helped prepare him for the task of going through the record of what did and did not happen on 9/11 in such a careful, poised and detailed way. He deserves a Nobel Prize for the contribution he has made in recent years.

    This contrast we highlight in


    Jonathan Kay, who praises Shermer in Among The Truthers, might have had promise as a public intellectual at one point but he abandoned his higher calling to join the family business as a propagandist for the Zionist hard right. Did you see my review of Kay’s book which ran initially in VT?

    Check out David Eppstein, (U of California, computer science, Irvine campus), one of the Darth Vaders of 9/11 denialism on Wikipedia. Prof. Eppstein is a very zealous defender of the sacred myth of 9/11 on Facebook. Scott Sommers seems assigned by the Shermer gang in the efforts to smear Joshua Blakeney and I as conspiracy theorists, which in Shermer/Eppstein land seems to be a code for holocaust deniers. Then along comes

    I look forward to reading more from you Cassandra. Cheerio

  5. Cassandra  August 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

    And another PS –

    OMG, I just noticed that, similar to Shermer, almost everything on Zak’s impressive publication list is dated 2001 or later—-even though he received his PhD in 1994. He didn’t even publish his dissertation, which must have been a good one. (He was Phi Beta Kappa and Summer Cum Laude in his two undergrad majors—first in his class for both.) What the hell did he do for those seven years after 1994? But no publications except for unspecified items in four newspapers and one radio station. And his “employment record” begins with “visiting scientist” for DoD in 2001. So whatever he was doing for the seven years after getting his PhD, he isn’t saying. Does this picture look as clear to you as it does to me?

    Suddenly around 2001 he “caught fire” so to speak. Before long he was everywhere, participating in everything, with multiple academic posts and board memberships, cranking out books and articles—and in a brand new field entirely unrelated to his masters and doctoral study. His first neurological training, in MRI, was a one-year fellowship in 2001 at Mass. General Hospital. By 2002 he was Clinical Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda, and Director of Claremont’s Center for Neuroeconomics Studies, a new interdisciplinary field he had invented.

    Looks like his wagon, and Shermer’s, were hitched to the same star.

  6. Cassandra  August 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

    PS Zak’s CV contains some DoD-related items. Check it out.

    (Click on “curriculum vita” link on this page):

    “Member, Opportunities in Neuroscience for Future Army Applications Panel”

    “Visiting Scientist, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Defense, 2001”

    Neuroscience for future army applications! Wow. Doesn’t that make you want to salute the flag?

    “Board Member, Neuroinsights, MarketPsy Capital, LLC, Neurotech Development Foundation”—which appears to be involved with investments in the neurotech industry.

    Zak didn’t know squat about neurology until 2001. Now he’s up to his ears in it, and I suspect, making a lot of money.

    In this article (link below), it says “OPN Capital Markets has partnered with San Francisco-based market research firm NeuroInsights to provide focused market intelligence to OPN and to its clients as its exclusive investment bank partner.”

    Also mentioned is that a Dr. Bruce Leuchter, who is “currently the Director of Clinical Neuropsychiatry and Neurostimulation Therapies at Weill Cornell Medical College”, will be joining OPN as a managing director: “Dr. Leuchter has extensive experience working closely with venture, private equity and hedge fund investors targeting special situations and long/short equities in the CNS space…. Previously, Dr. Leuchter spearheaded a new global investment research initiative at Goldman Sachs & Company focusing on emerging biotechnologies…”

    Well isn’t that special! So it looks like Dr. Zak is well-connected indeed. And Dr. Shermer too.

    “NeuroInsights partners with OPN Capital Markets to provide premier services to investors and companies”…-a0255832759

  7. Cassandra  August 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    You’re right Zed. Obama was “perfect” for the cabal in a number of ways, one of which was that he’s black. That gave him a portion of built-in immunity against criticism, because his critics could be labeled racists and to some extent that would stick.

    Also he’s the FIRST black president, which gives him extra cachet. People are so proud of his achievement that they hate to concede his flaws. Many black Americans especially hate to do so. And he’s not Jewish so his leniency toward Israel can’t be blamed on that. And he’s Asian, so that gave him some credibility with Asians. His name sounds Muslim, so that gave him credibility with Muslims (at first anyway). He’s African, so that gave him credibility with Africans. His mother and grandparents were mid-Western whites, which somehow makes him more comfortable to whites. He’s tall, slim and handsome as a Ralph Lauren model, has an attractive wife and beautiful children and an ivy-league education. So in that way he’s Kennedy-esque. As a candidate he had a little something for everyone.

    And best of all, he is owned, lock stock and barrel, by the cabal. He doesn’t take a pee without their say-so. I don’t know how they got their hooks in him but I suppose it was the same way they often go after the children of intelligence agents to recruit them too. And if you believe Larry Sinclair and Wayne Madsen, Obama has a secret gay lifestyle with much to conceal, including cocaine use; and that keeps him walking the straight and narrow. If he behaves himself, he’ll look forward to a very comfortable retirement.

  8. Cassandra  August 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Forgot to mention—Paul Zak’s research centers around oxytocin, the brain chemical which “allows us to determine who to trust”. If by some chance there is a secret intelligence program to refine the science of deceiving people, they would want to know how to elicit trust, how to calm that oxytocin release or whatever; and they’d do research with neuroimaging to test various types of communications for whether they can gain subjects’ trust or not. Edward Bernays would simply love this. I’m purely speculating of course. But what else am I supposed to think about a guy who majors in math and econ, and then decides to go into neuroimaging? To me it means that his primary interests were money and power, and then he wanted to know more about what was going on in people’s brains.

    “Neuroeconomics” is the term he coined for what he studies. What the hell is that? Well, looking it up it seems to be the science of figuring out why people make the choices they do. And it involves game theory, tying in with Zak’s mathematics. So you can see that Zak and Shermer were a perfect fit, with his math/econ and Shermer’s experimental psych—–making them both perfect for a psy ops program. With “college professor” and “professional skeptic” as cover.

    Or am I just getting carried away?

  9. Cassandra  August 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Wow Anthony, that one’s a keeper. Excellent and well-deserved slam on Shermer. I’m going to circulate it among some of the “skeptics” in my life.

    A question I would have liked to see posed to Shermer goes something like this:

    “The 9/11 attacks, JFK assassination, and the Holocaust all were historical events, were they not? And I assume as a scholar you would agree that historical events are always subject to further study and analysis as years go by? Could you please explain why you think these particular events should be closed to further study?”

    On looking over Shermer’s CV, did you notice that he didn’t receive his PhD until 1991, yet he lists himself as an “assistant professor” at Glendale College for the four years before that? Is he saying Glendale hires MAs as tenure track professors? And what did he do during the year between finishing his MA in experimental psych and starting to teach at Glendale? CIA training perhaps? The gap is unaccounted for. I have a strong suspicion that one of his areas of interest during his experimental psych studies was persuasion and mind control. Just call it a hunch! Occidental among others is known as a CIA talent-hunting ground; I’m sure they all are.

    As soon as he got his hard-earned PhD, Shermer turned into an adjunct professor. What’s wrong with this picture? Is that all this bright young man was aspiring to? Or was “adjunct professor” a cover for other things he was doing?

    Another odd thing about the CV is that Shermer seems to have had very few publications during the 15 years after he finished his BA—a quiet and undistinguished career of teaching a hodgepodge of courses to undergrads at a small college—the very definition of professional invisibility. But then suddenly, after getting the PhD, his CV simply explodes with books, professional articles, popular articles and opinion pieces, lectures and keynotes, TV appearances and documentary series, memberships, honors, you name it. Did he go on amphetamines? I’m just kidding, but something sure happened in little Michael Shermer’s life that changed everything. My strong suspicion is that someone at Pepperdine, Cal State or Occidental recognized talent and ruthless ambition when they saw it, and funneled him through the cabal’s program of whatever it is they do with young hopefuls.

    We know the cabal will advance its own to the front of the hall, while shunting honest men and women to the sidelines. David Ray Griffin had best get used to ridicule and relative obscurity, because he has offended the cabal with his failure to respect their boundaries. They have many wunderkinds like Shermer who know all the tricks to use on people like Griffin.

  10. Cassandra  August 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Many Israelis and probably most American Jews are just as brainwashed over the “democratic” state of Israel as Americans are over our “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”. The myth of Israeli exceptionalism is alive and well in spite of everything that’s happened. I see the two myths as perfect parallels. The average Israeli wants to love his or her country and wants to believe it is fundamentally good. They are helped along by a vigorous program of perception management every bit as effective as our own. They are living right up close to the suffering of Palestinians, just as we are living up close to the suffering of our minority underclasses; but segregation and gated communities help to minimize our awareness. (In the case of Israel, it’s even separate roads and 25-foot walls.) Minimizing the people’s awareness is crucial—-because if people saw, up close, the suffering and injustice their government’s policies were causing, their hearts would be touched and the more compassionate of them would demand change. So in addition to minimized contact with the suffering underclasses, certain narratives must be created that make their suffering seem to be their own fault. In Israel the brainwashed mainstream has been persuaded that if Palestinians would only stop attacking, they would finally have their own state and the peace they claim to desire. But apparently Palestinians are stubborn and irrational and inherently violent, and their hatred of Jews can’t be cured by any kindnesses that have been extended. The only way to deal with them is the way you’d deal with a vicious dog: put it behind a high fence, and when necessary, shoot it. They are sick to death of hearing about the plight of the poor Palestinians, who they feel threaten their safety every day and want them all dead. And American Jews are the very worst in these attitudes; they have been subjected to all the propaganda, without having the experience of living there and knowing Palestinians and Arabs personally for perspective, and witnessing both the good and bad aspects of the Israeli government. I know American Jews who won’t brook any discussion whatsoever on the subject, if it deviates from praising Israel’s restraint and long-suffering courage.

    I understand and sympathize—to some extent—-with this sort of blindness, since I have seen it in my own friends and family, and since I too have been ignorant and blind in the past. But of course I don’t sympathize with the callousness. Norman Finkelstein has had some choice words to say about this.

    Yes, subversion of the left has been a very important, and devastating, tactic. And you have expressed that so well.

    “Thus, even people who pose as thoroughly opposed to any form of ethnic or religious or gender prejudice act AS IF the ordinary strictures against racism are too inflammatory in this special case. No one can actually quite SAY that, of course, but where reason cannot be tolerated, what we find instead are mere eruptions of obscenities and even violence, right in the antiwar organizational meetings – AS IF someone had “gone too far” and had attempted to “divide the movement,” by saying “inflammatory” things.”

    “…the “linkage” to Palestine was dubious and we did not wish to “alienate” the many “Jewish” activists who would become upset and “divide the movement” if too much attention were given to Zionist racism. In reality, the connection to Palestine is thoroughly direct ”

    “The “AS IF” element is crucial in all modern propaganda, wherein the facts too obvious to be denied directly and can be hidden only by an ATTITUDE in the newsperson or “antiwar” speaker, treating a false “perception” AS IF it were something all sensible people can see plainly. This precludes even the minimal thought required to see the truth.”

    Unfortunately, your argument at the end is thoroughly reasonable; and the blind masses, once inflamed, do not care about reason. They act on their gut feeling—-that Jews are threatened by enemies all around them, that they already suffered decimation in the holocaust, and that they are so hated around the world, for their religion and the accident of their ethnicity, that a second holocaust threatens—-unless good people everywhere have the “courage” to stand up for them.

    This is the whole purpose of perception management: to create deep feelings that will overwhelm facts and reasonable argument.

    Excellent post, Dave.

  11. Zed_Lepplin  August 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    They’re trying to turn us into racists and haters because we are no longer for Obama.

    Disinformation is powerful. Knowing it when you see it is even MORE powerful.

    Stop the hate crap. And Dump Bushama.

    Not because he is black or jewish or anything else except a bad, failed, leader who lied to us all.

  12. Cassandra  August 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Yes Dave. The key word here is “trusted”. All the left and “antiwar” organizations have been infiltrated by gatekeepers. Diabolical, no? So we rail against the war machine, and we flee to our antiwar groups for solace, TRUSTING them to be as they represent themselves—-but sadly, they are not. Yes, they have many faithful members who are honest and true; but there is secret rot at the core—-rot so subtle we generally miss it. We may not notice what gets left out of the discussion, what gets self-censored. And pointed questions about this will be deftly deflected with retorts about “ideological purity” or “letting the perfect be the enemy of the good”; such characterizations put the blame back on the critic.

    This was the trouble with Truthout ultimately. I wised up to them eventually. They tout progressive memes with gusto, but there are conspicuously consistent omissions, leading me to speculate on who really funds them.

  13. Cassandra  August 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I don’t think Israel wants to appear too obviously a super-power; that would interfere with their image as an idealistic, plucky little nation struggling to defend itself against hostile Arab savages all around.

    They prefer instead to be powerful behind the scenes.

    Do you know what a golem is?

  14. Cassandra  August 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Well aren’t you sweet, sugar.

    Yes. But I’m too old for you anyway.

  15. Anthony J. Hall  August 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Yes, Cassandra, Shermer is a piece of work. And so are all the media venues, but especially Scientific American, Shermer discredits with his psy op alchemy of pseudo-scepticism. Shermer is not a real professor. He just plays one on TV.

    What do you know of Shermer and his psy ops lab with Prof. Zak at Claremont U in California? When it comes down to it, the 9/11 sacred myth has very few willing to defend the lies in a blanket way like Kay, Shermer, Scott Sommers, and David Eppstein (computer science, U of C Irvine) do. Amazing, though, how the keepers of the sacred myth seem to have an inside track of control over Wikipedia, a key agency of diversion to point public attention away from the real lies and crimes of 9/11.

  16. DaveE  August 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Cassandra, you need to write as often as your hosts will allow. You have REAL talent! Your follow-up comments are as good or better than your original piece, which is VERY rare, from what I’ve seen.

    Anyway, well done.

    Are you married???!!!

  17. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Pretty is as pretty does.

  18. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  19. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I don’t know. I suppose he was an ok guy as far as it goes. Presidents don’t do much but pose for the cameras anyway while the jackals go to work behind the scenes. Reagan is responsible for letting the jackals in, in the first place, but it’s the price of attaining the office I’m sure. You have handlers and they pretty much tell you what to do. And your big-money backers expect to have a lot of say about who gets appointed to this or that post because they need influence in a particular area. If you go against them they’ll screw you in the next election, or worse. Some of these backers are essentially international mafiosi. It’s a deal with the devil. Ask JFK.

    It was VP Bush and the neocons who ran the show while Reagan napped. I have come to see this in recent years. A president tap-dances on the stage to hold the people’s attention and give them the illusion that he’s in charge; but the real action takes place elsewhere. The real power is elsewhere. Presidents come and go, but the cabal is always there, pulling the strings, arranging things the way they want them to be.

    But as you say, Reagan’s two terms put us well on our road to hell in the proverbial handbasket.

  20. DaveE  August 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Obama ain’t pretty, even WITH its clothes on……

  21. DaveE  August 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Right on. Obama is a Jew, wherever he was born. Look at his alleged ma’.

  22. DaveE  August 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I remember a conversation I had in a bar, in 1981, after a gig I played, where I said, “It’s over. This scumbag (and his “Moral Majorit” followers) will destroy America in the next 20 years.”

    I was a little off on the time-frame, but Reagan WAS the beginning of the end.

    Eff the working class, fight capitalism’s wars behind closed doors, destroy Social Security by putting it’s revenues in the General Fund for use by Government reptiles, borrow to the hills and triple the debt to fund the WMD manufacturing sector, arm the Taliban to start a proxy war with Russia for the Rockefellers and Rothschilds, force neoliberal chaos in Central America for the same bankster cabal, the list goes on…..

    Reagan was pure scum. And IT trained a bunch of reptiles (it’s successors) to be even worse.

  23. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I love your post but not sure it’s true regarding certain persons of the objectivist persuasion. I do think a sense of justice and common good is inherently human, but even so not everyone is “born with the gene”. And some souls are warped by their upbringing. I’m pretty sure something went wrong when Richard Perle was being made.

    But forgive me for being too literal. The overwhelming majority of humanity does have a sense of justice; it’s just a few psychopaths who screw it all up for us.

    But they are outnumbered!

  24. DaveE  August 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Even neocons have been blessed by their Creator with a sense of justice and common good. The fake left-right paradigm, forced upon us by The Deceivers, is what is evil. We all know what is right. The only issue is how to define the issues and how to compromise when those issues compete.

  25. DaveE  August 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    In other words, you had a REAL job! Fair enough. Welcome to the Truth Movement, nonetheless. You’re always welcome back!

  26. DaveE  August 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Amen, sister! And to make matter worse, the fact that doctors spend so much time in the sheltered yet very predictable confines of academia only amplifies and inflates their susceptibility to brainwashing from the judeo-corporate mob that’s trying to kill us, aka the “pharmaceutical” industry.

    Well said.

  27. Dave Kersting  August 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    ‎— There simply can be no form of violent racism more flagrant than the forced creation of an officially “Jewish” settler-state in multi-ethnic Palestine. That reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict cannot be hidden or denied, even by the Zionists themselves or by mainstream media. There simply is no moral or ethical argument; therefore, the Zionists rely on omnipresent hucksterism – mainly shifting attention to nebulous and irresolvable arguments, which operate by mere distraction.
    — In ANY other case, such blatant racist violence would receive zero tolerance and primary emphasis, not only by mainstream media, but by every modern person, and certainly by the organizations whose purpose is to fill in for the well-known deficiencies of mainstream media. But the Zionist ploys have (quite necessarily) included crucial subversion of the “leftists” and “antiwar” communities – where most people expect to find the first glimmerings of truth, if it is being “overlooked” in the mainstream. For decades, all the major antiwar and “alternative” organizations have been dominated by Zionists who openly declare themselves AS Zionists by touting the openly racist “two-state-peace” deception. This sort of peace – founded on the principles of segregation and apartheid – is sold as “realistic,” because it allows “courageous (but critically truncated) criticism of Israel,” while also avoiding any offense to those “in the movement” who “can’t let go of the idea of an expressly ‘Jewish’ state in most of Palestine. Thus, even people who pose as thoroughly opposed to any form of ethnic or religious or gender prejudice act AS IF the ordinary strictures against racism are too inflammatory in this special case. No one can actually quite SAY that, of course, but where reason cannot be tolerated, what we find instead are mere eruptions of obscenities and even violence, right in the antiwar organizational meetings – AS IF someone had “gone too far” and had attempted to “divide the movement,” by saying “inflammatory” things. In reality, the “two-state-peace” concept is thoroughly Zionist, since it serves to enshrine the perpetuation of an expressly supremacist “Jewish” state in Palestine: the definition of Zionism. And it’s real purpose is to present a hopeless dead-end for peace efforts, since it serves to prevent discussions that seek peace in the time-honored way: through justice INSTEAD of prejudice.
    — With a little thought, many people will recall that Zionist racism was scarcely mentioned during the antiwar festivals that were held in the run-up to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. For those very few who asked about this, the reason given was that the “linkage” to Palestine was dubious and we did not wish to “alienate” the many “Jewish” activists who would become upset and “divide the movement” if too much attention were given to Zionist racism. In reality, the connection to Palestine is thoroughly direct – all Middle East leaders agree that it’s the core and pilot-light of the entire Middle East problem – and the OVERT OBVIOUS and thoroughly DESTABILIZING violence of forcing a “Jewish” state into a multi-ethnic region has always been the dream argument of an antiwar lifetime, absolutely bulletproof and impervious to the standard “anti-Semitism” slander: which is used JUST as much within the “anti-Zionist” mainstream as it is by the most unabashed and openly right-wing Zionists. In reality, a plain and ethical and fully honest rejection of OVERT, OPENLY-DECLARED racist violence has proven to make sense of the conflict for countless people, far more than the numbers of people who turn against equal-rights activists for taking the time-honored position against open racism.
    — The “AS IF” element is crucial in all modern propaganda, wherein the facts too obvious to be denied directly and can be hidden only by an ATTITUDE in the newsperson or “antiwar” speaker, treating a false “perception” AS IF it were something all sensible people can see plainly. This precludes even the minimal thought required to see the truth.
    — It’s crucial to understand that Zionism has nullified the antiwar movement. It’s very empowering to understand that the entire war-scenario we see today, grounded in the open racism of Zionist ethnic-cleansing in Palestine (and requisite destabilization of the entire region) has never been treated with the perfectly standard and foolproof remedy: simply demanding an end of unconstitutional funding for any policy of ethnic or religious prejudice by anyone in the conflict, any policy that would not be legal or tolerated for one moment in our own communities. This is “even-handed,” asking only that we honor our Constitution in our foreign-policy, as it requires us to do. A direct, step-by-step application of this principle would gradually remove the direct racist provocations and inexorably free the region from the dominion of unchecked Zionist fear-mongers and real-estate thieves.

  28. Dave Kersting  August 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    What’s left out in the article is the deeper level of disinformation, wherein the most crucial elements of the antiwar discourse are erased by omission, under direct Zionist control, by the progressive and “antiwar” organizations that are trusted to provide an “alternative” for those who realize how corrupt the mainstream media are.

  29. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Yes, Shermer is a piece of work isn’t he?

    I like your notion of a badge of honor worn by those brave enough to face the scorn of the ignorant. Social pressure is a powerful thing; nobody likes to look foolish or endure ridicule. But every new person who summons the courage to step forward and confess his or her 9/11 skepticism tips the balance a tiny bit more, toward the day when critics stop laughing because they find themselves laughing alone. (Then, as you say, then they will claim they “saw the light years ago”.) It could happen. Courage is contagious.

    “Revolutionary transformation”. I like the way you think, Tony.

  30. Anthony J. Hall  August 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Good article, Interesting discussion.

    Both the article and the discussion demonstrate the importance of 9/11 as the window through which millions pass through on the way transformed ways of thinking about the contemporary realities of power, its deployment and the misrepresentation of its attributes in many media venues.

    Indeed, it seems that a preoccupation with 9/11 truth is one of the few unifying issues cutting across the VT constituency. It is the first serious news site I am aware of that, although not specifically a 9/11 site, has readers and writers that have pretty much universally figured out that 9/11 is not as it was initially reported to us and that the Israeli state is somehow deeply involved. Indeed, VT has offered Joshua Blakeney and I an alternative to 9/11 Blogger whose webmasters have adopted an agenda that is not effectively serving the broad and growing quest for 9/11 truth.

    The fact that so many careerists and opportunists avoid the subject like the plague has made 9/11 a sort of spring board issue. It divides the opportunists from those committed to higher ideals. The quest for the truth of 9/11 and the goal of enforcing the law on the crime’s real perpetrators, therefore, holds the promise of revolutionary transformation based on bringing back truth-based, evidence-based criteria to the formulation of public policy. In a way it falls on us to renew the Enlightenment’s heritage emphasizing reason over superstition, equality and human dignity over renewed forms of slavery, self-determination over tyranny.

    As it now stands it still is not a good career move to devote serious attention to what did or did not happen on 9/11. But that could change as soon as the ceremonies of 9/11/11. We must do everything in our power to make this moment the time when the pendulum shifts and all the denialists are suddenly put in a position where they will start to claim retroactively that they saw the light on 9/11 years ago.

    I see our shared recognition of the importance of 9/11 truth as a sort of badge of honour worn by those of us who insist on doing so in spite smears and snears of the 9/11 liars movement led by the likes of the pathetic Michael Shermer and Jonathan Kay. The quest for 9/11 truth has become a rallying cry of a genuine people’s movement, a coalition of those who refuse to back down from our agreement that the emperors of the genocidal 9/11 Wars are not wearing any clothes. Obama looks especially ridiculous in his smarmy nudity.

  31. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    The CEOs and upper level managers surely know it, but I doubt all the reporters do. Broadcasters have been hiring people for looks, articulate speech and appealing personality, not brains or experience or insight. It’s image, not substance. And it’s a great job! You make good money, become a celebrity, get to hobnob with famous people, and make your mother so proud. Once you’re in such a “great job”, you become reluctant to rock the boat. That’s how they hook you. If your conscience or common sense kicks in every so often, you look around you and all your associates seem to be happy with the job; none of them are rocking the boat; and you think about today’s job market you would face if you get fired. And then you just shrug and say to yourself, well everyone else is doing it, so…. And that’s the way they hook all these so-called TV reporters. In their heart of hearts, they probably realize they are phonies. Well, Hannity doesn’t think he is. But most everyone else does. Still, they are just useful idiots. They control nothing. They never get a glimpse of the forces they are really working for. And being brainwashed like most Americans, they don’t often think deeply about things anyway. Print reporters are in a similar bind. All reporters are running scared nowadays, and they all feel damn lucky if they are employed. So, very few of them are going to rock the boat. And the few who do are out on their ear immediately, so, problem solved. Hundreds are waiting in line for that job.

    Oh, I forgot to mention the way “news” is collected nowadays. It’s not like a reporter has a bright idea on a hard hitting story involving a betrayal of the public trust, and goes out to collect information and interviews. They don’t have time for that any more. And besides, such stories have a way of upsetting important advertisers, which in turn upsets the upper management. But that’s ok, because there’s always plenty of story material coming to them by email and fax: press releases from government officials and industry and political candidates and think tanks and PR firms…It’s simply endless. They provide all the talking points needed, neatly organized and ready to be paraphrased. Often there’s an accompanying video that can be used too. How convenient! And sometimes an organization will send them a pre-written story that is not an obvious advertisement for a product, but is something sort of related to it and includes some new trendy idea or surprising fact. Opinion polls, new job statistics, celebrity news, campaign news, crime trends. There’s no need to pound the pavement any more; it all comes right to your desk. Open wide now for the Magic Spoon…isn’t that delicious? And if all else fails, there’s bound to be an interesting Tweet or two to make a story out of.

    Are you physically ill yet?

  32. TheTruth  August 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Of course.
    US economy will fall. Israel will rise as a superpower. They will seen as the ‘heroes’ when they claim to save the world against the arabs..especially with the arab uprising. It has been their plan all along. And there will be no paper money.

  33. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi  August 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    10 Years After

    controlled media knows damn well they are being paid to sell disinformation

  34. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Good advice NAA.

  35. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Just An American,

    Thank you so much for your heartfelt comment. I think depression has been a real problem for people who see too clearly. It’s only natural! Ignorance is bliss. It’s like if a giant asteroid were headed straight for earth, and you were the only one who knew about it. Everyone you told would just laugh or say you needed therapy, because there’s nothing about asteroids on the news. (If it’s not on the news, it can’t be true!) And there you would sit, grieving over the end of everything all by yourself. Well guess what—-that’s why I use the name Cassandra.

    But you are not alone; lots of us are out there. We may not live next door, but we are here and we understand. Over time I have come to terms with the possibility that the cabal has us completely cornered. But also in the back of my mind is the idea that every “perfect plan” always has a flaw. People can be ingenious in foiling their enemies. Look at how the poorly-armed and poorly-trained Viet Cong set bamboo booby traps for American soldiers, and succeeded in wearing them down by knowing their own country better than the invaders. Look at how Afghans and Iraqis have worn Americans down, in spite of our satellite imaging and drones and night vision goggles and other fancy gadgets. My thinking is, the fancier a gadget is, the more vulnerable and subject to malfunction. If those things ever come after us, I think we will come up with ways to foil them. (I have already thought of several, but I’m not telling because “someone” may be listening.)

    The other problem the cabal dreads is the occasional honest man or woman who can’t be bought, blackmailed or intimidated. Honest souls step forward and reveal what the cabal wanted kept secret, and then a bit more of the truth is out there in the open. There will always be honest and fearless men and women—not many, but a few—-and there’s nothing the cabal can do about that.

    I do not waste my time arguing with people who aren’t ready to hear the truth; not much anyway. I don’t make myself obnoxious because that’s counter-productive. Sometimes a news item will come out that hints at the truth, and I’ll send it to someone who might be swayed by it. But mostly I only lay out the full truth here, among those who are ready to hear it. And whenever I can, I talk to Republican voters who are friendly enough to talk politics. I explain that I’m a lifelong Democrat but I have realized that my party was using me; and that I think the Republican party is using their voters too. You would be surprised at the meeting of the minds that can ensue. We are all Americans, and the truth is most of us want pretty much the same things: we want safe neighborhoods, good schools and hospitals, well-maintained roads and bridges, honest and competent public officials, affordable homes with reasonable loans, taxes that don’t bankrupt us, and a secure retirement. We may differ in how those things should come about, but all of us can agree that at the moment nothing is going well and we are all being used. We all love our families and our homeland, even if we don’t like the government, and we want to be secure here and put things back on track. So why is it that we’re supposed to fight? I say don’t fight with people who vote for the other party; talk to them. Make friends with them. Find the things you can agree on. Show them that people of the “other” party are good people, reasonable people, who can be friends. I think that is a worthwhile use of your time. And maybe sometime when the opportunity presents itself, you can casually remark that you’re not so sure about the official story of 9/11, and leave it at that. Maybe you will open a teeny avenue of dialogue there.

    And I love dirt’s idea, described above in the thread. When somebody disagrees with him on 9/11 or some other issue, he asks if they’d like to make a little wager on it. Say, 100 bucks. And when he proves them wrong and takes their money, he earns their respect. Next time they pay attention when he makes an assertion and asks if they’d like to bet on whether it’s true.

  36. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Yes Todd. It’s performance art.

  37. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you Alan.

  38. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Monsanto!! Oh gawd. Don’t get me started.

  39. Not An American  August 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    It’s not what is said, it’s ‘how’ it’s said. To change minds people need to be spoon fed small doses of reality, too much too quickly is to lose them.

    I remember a discussion I had with a devout christian where I tried to explain I didn’t share his faith, therefore could not accept his logic. It was after two weeks of discussion and after he talked to his minister that he understood my point.

    I also remember showing a very good friend all the facts that suggest 9/11 was an inside job. He dismissed it all until a TV show suddenly struck him – hard – since then he’s slowly putting the pieces together.

    Just don’t act crazy, or be too aggressive in your opinion. You could even pretend to reform around to their opinion and ask probing questions when they discuss these things. That’s psy-ops at its’ finest.

  40. Alan Sabrosky  August 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I assure you it wasn’t only due to Fetzer. Not sure how anyone could read my “Riposte Against Zionism” and still think that I am a closet Richard Perle in VERY deep cover, but to each their own.

    That “missing decade” was much longer, due to health problems and then the beginning of my computer business, the only thing I wrote on international affairs for about 15 years was a brief backgrounder on 9/11 immediately after the event (done for a local journalist) and a couple of letters to the editor. I was literally offline, and if you Google my publications over the years, you’ll see that — and without the encouragement of Debbie Menon, I would still be ignoring international affairs and doing computer work (which takes about 80% of my time). In fact, the first articles I wrote had nothing to do with 9/11: they were on topics like the defunct Two-State Solution and the USS Liberty incident. Ah, what tangled webs…

    FYI, this exchange was brought to my attention by a friend, and I thought the courtesy of a brief explanation was in order. I do not now browse VT forums either.

  41. Nobody special, just an American  August 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

    They prescribe the “new and impoved” drugs with high # prices.. pharm co.s recrute cheerleaders and put them in short skirted suits.

    The FDA is funded 49% by pharm cos. they can run 3 month trials and later the public finds out the side effects and the tort lawyers get all the $, while the sick people/guinia pigs get sicker or die.

    The constant tests, tests, and more tests. Again soaking the ins. cos. and medicare/ medicaid, is one of the paramount reasons these last two, along with the high priced drugs are draining them dry.

    We can get into Monsanto and their funding also.. It never ends !! Off with their Heads ! I say !!

  42. Nobody special, just an American  August 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    What difference does it make anyhow?

    You are talking to yourself…. LOL…

  43. Nobody special, just an American  August 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

    T J,

    I hate to break this to you, but you are seriously mentally ill.

    You post to yourself !! Please, seek help soon !!

  44. Nobody special, just an American  August 23, 2011 at 10:16 am


    Spot On !! They have been doing this for decades. Unemployment figures are based on the people still drawing benefits.. What about the millions that have ‘fallen off he rolls’ ?

    Thanks for the great post.. I’m not crazy after all !! lol

  45. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Yes John. “An embarrassment of circumstantial evidence” is a good way to put it. And building 7 is just such a nugget that stands by itself as an indictment of the official version of events.

    Interesting how your brother in law so gullibly latched onto the facile explanation of the perception managers. I’ve seen happen it a million times! Just recently I witnessed a whole tableful of good friends erupt into groans and eye rolling when one person brought up the fact that steel-framed high-rises don’t collapse as a result of fire, and I supported him. Every one of these people had graduate degrees, but no one expressed any curiosity or asked about supporting evidence. What are you gonna do with that degree of resistance? This is a fact of human nature which the perception managers know very well.

    Other 9/11 nuggets, for what it’s worth, are the presence of thermite/thermate in the post-collapse debris; the odd size and shape of the hole in the Pentagon which did not match the size/shape of the plane that is supposed to have caused it; the purported phone calls from plane passengers which would have been impossible to make, according to government reports; the lightning speed with which the government confidently reported names of attackers who were not even listed on passenger rosters; the eyewitness reports of explosions in WTC basement levels BEFORE any planes hit; and that famous photo of the steel high rise in Madrid that burned for 36 hours, reduced to a warped skeleton, but never did collapse.

  46. Nobody special, just an American  August 23, 2011 at 9:35 am


    I sit here with tears in my eyes at the reality of your article. You have explained me perfectly and my struggle to get family members, friends , and aquaintances to wake up !

    I will send them this article , as I do other blatantly truthful articles I find, and HOPE beyond hope that they read it.. Most if not all will not. I am labled a kook… ‘negative’… obcessed with conspiracy theories.
    Some have even told me right out to not send them any more, others have said they want no further dealings with me. It gets horribly lonely knowing the truth and not knowing how to spread it. 🙁

    Thank you, and thank you also to the other commentors , as I feel not so lonely now !

    I have been consumed recently with the debacle in Japan and trying to get alternate news sites to print more and more information coming out of Japan ( also a propoganda based country ). The enlightened there have taken to blogs to get the information out. Japan declared a news shut out there over a month ago. In April , Hillary Clinton assured the Japanese gov. that the US would NOT test Japanese imports for readiation, even tho nearly all other nations are and finding radiation in everything from green tea leaves to tires and cars.. Egypt has/had two ships full in quarantine in their port.

    If you want to know the truth of the blatant genocide of the children of Japan and TEMPCO, come and read at

    As of a few days ago , I have found out also that the Macondo Well in the Gulf is leaking again !!
    You can find this information at ( I hope I spelled that correctly, alot of lllll’s ) 🙂

    Good Luck one and all, we have a horrible fight facing us. I do not want us to lose, but if we can not come together as a peoples, WE THE PEOPLE, and put aside our frivolous differences they use to divide us, we are indeed lost for good. I feel we are at a great crossroads and if actions is not taken now, it will be impossible in the very near further.. The machine has gotten too Big and has too much $$$ being thrown at it for personal Corporate gain. 🙁

    Just an America

  47. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I like that, dirt. Nice idea.

  48. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 9:14 am


  49. Cassandra  August 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Well Graig, that’s a fine summary of some of the wool that’s been pulled over our eyes for quite a long time. Maybe if the 24/7 news didn’t keep blasting at us rapid-fire with one new thing after another—mostly trivialities and lies—maybe we’d have time to contemplate things that have happened and whether they make sense.

    I think this fundamental trust of our leaders and experts is something intrinsic to America. Even when we say we hate them, there is still that inner conviction, born of lifelong indoctrination, that America is Good, that our country has Integrity and Kindness—and that’s what keeps us so blind. “The Soviet Union was corrupt and cruel and they lied to their people; America is the opposite of that in every way”—is the cherished myth. The Watergate scandal was a great shock to us, but it shouldn’t have been; what a naive collection of children we’ve been. Even now Watergate is viewed as an anomaly, the fault of that madman Nixon who thankfully is gone. (Kissinger stayed neatly out of the spotlight, didn’t he?)

    When the ayatollahs call us The Great Satan, we have no idea what they’re talking about.

    Thanks for your comment Graig. I have enjoyed this discussion so much. It started as an email conversation with friends, but somebody thought it should be made into an article and here we are. As I said earlier, it’s lonely when you’re the only one who can see a truth. We need to talk to each other.

  50. dirt  August 23, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Oh, I forgot, he had BofA (bank of america) as a stong buy too. No one would normally survive the sterns BS, but BofA as well?! I know the names on his paychecks and they make bombs and nerve gas.

  51. dirt  August 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I’m an investor, I wend my way through more lies than the average fan of VT has to. The lies stop for a bit only because I don’t listen to anything on the weekends. Max Keiser, Dylan Ratigan, and Peter Schiff are good guys on TV and that’s about it. Steer clear of Jim Cramer at all costs. He wanted people to invest in Bear Sterns weeks before the collapse, wow.

    It is good that most people don’t understand our banking and financial system. For if they did there would be a revolution by morning. – Henry Ford

  52. John  August 23, 2011 at 3:52 am


    Interestingly enough, I recently had exactly the conversation you describe about the BBC and WTC 7 with my brother in law.

    His response was that based on WTC 1 and 2 having already collapsed (due only to fire, naturally) and a fire in WTC 7, someone advised BBC that WTC 7 would be coming down too – just a simple mistake made in the confusion of the day.

    I think that part of the problem with debunking 9/11 is that almost everywhere one looks there are significant anomalies, to the point where there is an embarassment of circumstantial evidence. It might be more effective to focus on just one point. I think people are beginning to do that with WTC 7.


  53. US Veteran  August 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Eating junk food, watching junk on the TV and hearing junk on junk programs maybe part of the problem.
    With the population dumb down, they are easier to control.

  54. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    “there is a chance that are newscasters are kept as clueless as we are.”


  55. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    My heart sinks whenever I read stories like this, Cindy. Feels like a big net is closing slowly around us.

  56. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    We were really in a bind in 2008, weren’t we? It was either Barack Obama, the relatively unknown newcomer to the scene, who looked good—-too good in fact—and whose meteoric rise to prominence from nowhere was definitely suspect—-or it was the deeply corrupt and dangerous John McCain (whose shady past was a matter of record), paired with brainless hot-mom and acclaimed Russia expert Sarah Palin. Talk about a conundrum. I nearly voted third-party on that one; but I was so afraid McCain would win, I was forced to hold my nose and vote for Obama.

    I believe that conundrum was manufactured. I believe we were driven into the arms of Obama by an intentionally-placed nutjob opponent who drummed up sufficient fear to force our hand. That’s the way this game is played. The cabal wanted Obama in the White House, not McCain. Only Obama could win the blind love and devotion needed to cover the deeds he’d be called on to do. McCain would have been tarred and feathered if he’d given torturers a pass, as Obama has done, and expanded the unofficial wars we’re waging for Israel. Only Obama could get away with that. That’s the genius of it! Democrats are disappointed, but they won’t denounce their guy, because he’s their guy. So he gets away with murder—Literally.

    I suppose the same thing will happen next year. The Republican opponents will be so heinous, so despicable, that voters will be driven to re-elect Obama. Because if we don’t, it will be even worse.

    CIA, yes. Wayne Madsen has written extensively of the involvement by Obama’s mother, grandparents, father and stepfather in covert intelligence work, both here and abroad. He has persuaded me with a wealth of detail that it must be true. And I should add, Obama’s attendance at two schools in Jakarta required that he renounce US citizenship and get an Indonesian passport. This is the secret his handlers are desperate for you not to know. If the gap in his American citizenship were known, it would present major problems for his viability as a candidate, and possibly legal challenges to his eligibility.

  57. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Yes JD, it is worldwide. The reason I focused on Americans is because I have first-hand experience here, and because foreign critics often rail at us for our apparent stupidity and callousness. I wanted to explain why it is that so many of us can’t figure out what seems clear to the rest of the world: that our military campaigns and blind support of Israel are evil and have nothing to do with spreading democracy, winning hearts, or anything else good. Why do we appear so shallow and mindless?

    Naked aggression is frowned on, so the cabal prefers “softer” ways of enslaving people, ones that make their subjugation seem to be the natural order of things, or their own fault. How very clever of them! Usurious debt is one way, and manipulation of attitudes is another. You might want to read about Edward Bernays, who is regarded as the father of modern perception management because he took a scientific approach to refining and perfecting it. But the art of manipulating people is an old one. Machiavelli wrote the most famous work on the subject, but he was only distilling much older practices that had long been known by despots.

    We aren’t generally taught about any of this in public school. Gee, I wonder why.

    Here’s a good article on current perception management, if you haven’t read it yet:

    The Man Who Sold The War

  58. john  August 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    t j bronco, you need to report to the phyc ward, they will adjust your meds. As fo americans, yes we are brainwashed, have been our whole lifes. Some of us pull our heads out of our behinds and wake up. I think most americans do not do so because they do not WANT to face the truth that they have spent their whole lifes bent over.

  59. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Lucky you, with your long happy marriage and your most excellent father in law! We need to put that guy on commission and send him out there!

    9 minutes for a Real Housewives tragedy. Wow. I’m sorry the guy died, but Ralph Nader won’t get 9 minutes when he goes. He may not even get 9 seconds.

  60. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Many people feel the JFK assassination was a disastrous moment in our history, a moment (like the signing of the Federal Reserve Act) that changed everything, driving further nails into our collective coffin so to speak. But it did seem the whole process went on steroids with the election of Reagan. He allowed the young neocons like Rumsfeld and Cheney to run rampant in the government, and they came back stronger and more arrogant by GWB’s time. By now the cabal has grown so confident of its position that it barely bothers to conceal its motives any more. Almost as if it’s saying to us, “Go ahead, cry to your mommy that things are unfair, you miserable little cockroaches. See what it gets you. We don’t have to take your human rights crap any more. We are the masters of the universe, and we can squash you just for the fun of it. That’s survival of the fittest my friend, and you are at the bottom of the food chain.”

    Pandering is an ancient art, I guess, but it never leads anywhere good.

  61. Graig  August 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks, Cassandra. Excellent piece. I especially like the part about managed perception.

    Back in the early 90’s I postulated something I called “Perceptual Threshold,” because I had not heard the term before.

    Perceptual management keeps you below the perceptual threshold. If you ever get above the threshold, it’s time for blackmail, threats, and even death. Most people exist below that threshold by techniques of the big lie, myths, fantasy, and false patriotism, mastered back during World War II and the NAZI’S.
    Those that get above it are few and managed easily. They are well practiced today.

    History is our witness.

    Of course, Oswald did not kill Kennedy. Madeline Brown, one of LBJ’s lovers, was witness to that.
    “When they met in California , John Kennedy’s father, and H.L. Hunt met three days prior to the election – they finally cut a deal according to (an aide to H.L. Hunt) and H.L. finally agreed that Lyndon would go as the vice president… this came from the horse’s mouth way back in 1960 – when H.L. came back to I was walking… with him… and he made the remark, ‘We may have lost a battle but we’re going to win a war,’ and then the day of the assassination he said ‘Well, we won the war’, said Brown”
    Of course, an ANFO bomb did no destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Building, in Oklahoma City. ANFO bomb is not a powerful enough explosive to produce the damage pattern.

    Of course, planes and fire did not bring down World Trade Center buildings 1, 2, and 7. Some powerful force reduced the buildings to dust; probably a small underground nuke.

    Of course, a plane did not hit the pentagon. It was probably a soviet made, nuclear tipped “Granit Missile, which penetrated (it did not go off) 3 or 4 reinforced concrete walls.

    Of course, Obama’s long form birth cert was not his original birth certificate. It was as phony as a three-dollar bill. Many qualified graphic experts proved that.

    That dog and pony show most likely prompted the false Bin Laden Attack.

    Of course, Bin Laden was not killed in Abbottabad , Pakistan. Multiple witnesses across the street from the compound saw exactly what happened. On witness, interviewed by a Pakistan TV station, told the reporter he and others saw a chopper land, let off about 20 or so men, and hover near a mountain for a while, then come back and pick up those people again. Just as it took off, it exploded, killing all on board. Those witnesses went into the compound and saw body parts all over the place. No other chopper landed in or near that compound. Did you read about that on Fox?

    In order to drop Bin Laden’s body in the ocean, that chopper would have to have traveled some 800 miles just to get to the ocean.

    Of course, those SEALs who died on that chopper in Afghanistan were killed to keep them quiet.

    These power brokers, lie to you, perpetuate common myths, and even have some people, killed in the name of control. And, this has been going on for years.

    Keep up the good work, Cassandra.

  62. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Wow! Great link, dirt. Thanks.

  63. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I am exactly right where you are, Dan. I couldn’t have said it better.

  64. Cindy  August 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    ***Correction: “to BUY their school lunch”

  65. Cindy  August 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Keeping with the theme of public manipulation:

    I was shocked to hear on this morning’s news that Florida’s school children require PALM PRINT SCANS to guy their school lunch !!

    The rationalization is that it makes the lunch line move faster.

    What a bunch of crock.

    It’s the same concept as theme parks like Disney and Universal requiring you to give your fingerprint upon entrance into the theme park.

    It’s a way to get biometric data in a seemingly innocent and benign way.

    It really is 1984 and beyond.

    The morning news did say that some students opted out of the palm scanners, which gave me hope that there are still some free-thinkers in this generation.

    ****Here is more info on the palm scanners:

  66. Dan  August 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Cassandra, it’s incredible, isn’t it? I just read an article on TSA abuses, which has my blood boiling at the barbarity of the TSA, whose character and that of the federal government in general can be gleaned from the official predilection to single out and physically abuse, humiliate, and ridicule those most in need of society’s protection, such as amputees, nursing and pregnant mothers, those in wheelchairs, and the venerable aged among us. Considering the TSA and the rest of the state security apparatus was set up primarily in response to an attack on American society conducted by our own government, it’s safe to say that what most of us think of when we think of America no longer exists. The government literally and in fact promotes every vice and punishes every virtue, abuses those most deserving of care, spills our soldier’s blood like water to serve Israel, and is in the process of expropriating what little savings and investments most of us have left through inflation. Concentration camps are apparently all over this country now, Congress has made a bonfire of our most fundamental rights, and what are openly referred to as “war games” are reportedly being conducted on an ongoing basis by the US military and the government against a new enemy, the American people.

  67. Zed_Lepplin  August 22, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I’m a Navy veteran from the Vietnam era, now disabled. I volunteered for Obama and donated money I could not afford to his campaign. Of course, it was a knee jerk reaction to president Gilligan Bush and his lies and fake wars. I am here to say that Barack Obama scammed us all. He is not even a Democrat.

    What branch did he serve in?

    The CIA. That’s all the explanation we need. Because we all know the CIA is a corrupt, criminal organization. One of the most deadly, murderous groups on planet Earth other than MOSSAD.

  68. JD  August 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Great article Cassandra. I believe this ‘disease’ of disinformation is global or at least present in bunch of countries which are sort of ‘main players’ on global stage, does not matter if its America, Europe or someone from Asia. I see similar stories in Pakistan and that makes me wonder if same forces that control the mainstream media in US and Europe, control it in Pakistan or elsewhere in Asia. Somebody mentioned of Jews here. I think ‘Zionists’ is the right word because it encompasses people from every religion who have the same globalist agenda. There are good fellas in every faith.
    God bless and peace!

  69. CALynn  August 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

    This is one of the most excellent pieces I’ve read about the pre-meditated brain washing of Americans.
    I agree wholeheartedly. I’ll celebrate my 32 wedding anniversary next month and I always tell everyone my husband married me because I was the smartest dumbed-down girl he could find. I had no idea how much I didn’t know until I entered by husband’s family. Immediately after the wedding, I was deployed to my father-in-law’s political boot camp, a rugged, no-nonsense indoctrination with a highly honest historical perspective of Amerca without the “spin”. I count my blessing every day that I was fortunate enough to see the light.
    Last week one of the morning news shows did a 9 minute segment on the hanging death of one of the husbands of the Real Housewives of Los Angeles complete with interviews with his attorney, Bravo executives, even upcoming show plot lines. It was morbid and absurd.
    Our so-called news shows are a disgrace but they are corporate controlled on purpose. To dumb us down. The less we know, the more they can steal.
    He was a passionate, educated historian (along the lines of

  70. dirt  August 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

  71. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Put ‘er there, Dan! You said it all.

    The lies are so deep and vast, we’re drowning in them.

    At the grocery store, many foods I routinely buy have gone up 25-50 percent in price. Rents are up, utilities are up, everything is up, yet cost-of-living increases are frozen. I can still afford to buy food, but what are people doing who were barely making it before? And how can rents go up when real estate prices remain low?

    It should be obvious to everyone that the government is manipulating the numbers. Yet the zombies all around us keep saying, inflation is low, inflation is low, it’s only a recession, we’re coming to eat your brain…

  72. dirt  August 22, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Have an idea for you and it really helps DDL. The next time someone calls you crazy about something you know to absolutely be true, tell them to put their money on it. Either you profit or they shut up, believe me, you win if you handle it with class and quiet reserve. Always be sure what you’re arguing is provable. I don’t argue anymore. If someone asks my opinion these days it’s because I’ve always been proven right in the past and they trust I don’t mislead people just for the sake of being right, it’s not about that. I have more to lose than they do. If I’m found to be credible people will listen no matter how crazy it sounds. Years ago it came down to who could yell the loudest or make the best seemingly smart arguments. Not anymore. If you want to win and teach them something, quietly ask them if they would like to wager on it, and make sure it stings, like a few hundred 🙂 They’ll find some respect after a few trips to the ATM I guarentee it my friend.

  73. Dan  August 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Have to apologize, Kathy. I wrote “mild recession,” when I meant “mild recovery,” and said “Official unemployment is pusing 23%,” when I meant “True unemployment.” These small boxes are murder for writing more than a few lines.

  74. Dan  August 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

    So, Kathy, because your sister’s an exec with a financial firm, she thinks she knows what’s going on? Here’s the deal. All economic and financial “news,” analysis, and punditry is based on government/Fed economic data. The talking heads do indeed disagree, but their analyses and recommendations are necessarily intentional disinformation and propaganda because the gov’s key economic data are straightforward falsifications. The true rate of inflation right now is 11.2% (as re-calculated by shadowstats using the gov’s own current data, but pre-Clinton era methodologies), and not 3.6% as officially reported. The output of the economy, GDP, as a measure of total spending, is adjusted to reflect the rate of inflation to arrive at a “real” figure. Right now, official GDP is slowing to a growth rate of 1.3%, but this is based on an adjustment called the deflator, roughly equivalent to deducting the rate of inflation, which the gov says is 3.6%. If the true, real-life rate of inflation of 11.2% is used as a substitute for the official deflator, that puts the economy in a true depression, and not in some mild recession that could drift into another recession unless more vote-buying money is counterfeited for shovel-leaning political payoffs and enriching the banksters. Official unemployment is pushing 23% right now, and way above the official rate of 9.6%. There will be no recovery whatsoever with a true rate of unemployment like this. It goes without saying that both this administration and Congress are blowing smoke in our eyes with that falsified economic data, rendering virtually every word coming from the mouths of government and the financial industry outright lies. These master parasites in and out of government know the truth and they’re lying through their teeth to keep this sinking ship afloat until a one-world government controlled by the financial and new-class intellectual mandarins can be imposed. The War on Terror is now known to have been based entirely on lies, irrespective of 9/11, making everything the gov, talking heads and pundits say or write about it necessarily total crap as well. You need to give her a good shaking until she awakes from the trance propaganda has left her in.

  75. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Here’s a useful video:

    The Money Masters: How international bankers gained control of America

  76. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Right on, Coffeecrimson! Very well said.

    I strongly agree with you that travel can change and broaden your perspectives immeasurably—-especially if you avoid the tourist hotels and restaurants and hang out among the locals instead.

  77. Todd Marshall  August 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

    “In retrospect I see that we’ve been manipulated to see politics in a two-dimensional way—a football game where we root for our own team (even if they’re bums) and demonize the other team and its fans without even knowing them personally. But it’s just not that simple, never has been. I’ve been a Democrat all my voting life, but that doesn’t mean I always agree with fellow Dems, or that I always disagree with Repubs of my acquaintance. ”

    To continue the sport metaphor, the Republicans and Democrats are like the Globe Trotters and the Washington Generals … they are really on the same teams reporting to the same people. It’s all an act.

  78. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I have a special animus toward Dem officials who have betrayed both me and the high ideals they like to get misty-eyed over. Even now their fundraisers call me, hoping for donations, and I always give the young volunteer a little lesson in what kind of operation they’re working for. Nancy Pelosi is one of the worst.

    No, of course her obscene rise in wealth isn’t related to her subservience to Israel! It must be this booming economy that did it.

  79. Todd Marshall  August 22, 2011 at 9:12 am

    “and the debt-based dollar was an instrument of enslavement”

    Perhaps Casandra can tell us how to properly manage a medium of exchange.

  80. Vox  August 22, 2011 at 9:00 am

    There are three reasons why:

    1. Jews
    2. Jews
    3. Jews

  81. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I have mostly abandoned pigeonholing people, postneocon. In retrospect I see that we’ve been manipulated to see politics in a two-dimensional way—a football game where we root for our own team (even if they’re bums) and demonize the other team and its fans without even knowing them personally. But it’s just not that simple, never has been. I’ve been a Democrat all my voting life, but that doesn’t mean I always agree with fellow Dems, or that I always disagree with Repubs of my acquaintance. I find Americans have reasons for their political persuasions—reasons involving family heritage and tribalism, prior experiences, gut instincts and often, sheer ignorance and brainwashing. I sympathize with that because I too have been ignorant. American ignorance is a bipartisan phenomenon!

    I find that most Americans want to do the right thing, and most are convinced that we’re going to hell in a handbasket and also that we’re being used by the fat cats and the bankers. To me, that’s a starting point for dialogue. We’re not as far apart as the cabal wants us to believe, and it doesn’t fall neatly along ideological lines either. The point is, the cabal is against us all. Their researchers will identify the values and viewpoints of a given group, and deliver them memes and candidates that satisfy their longings and also set them up for conflict with other groups. Their provocateurs keep the flames of conflict well fanned so that we’re forever busy hating each other, and forever ignorant of who the real enemy is and where the evil is coming from.

    Tell us the story of what led you to be a neocon, and what caused you to change.

  82. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 8:40 am

    New ways to undermine the juggernaut! I’m all about that. My theory is that exposure of crimes and collusions is the best tactic, but it’s not the only one.

    Watch out for that elephant though. He’s a big ‘un and he’ll take notice of anyone who nibbles at his hindquarters. Actually he’s more of a giant octopus. You’ll think you’ve got him for sure, and then you’ll get knocked down from behind. Be prepared for that.

    I agree that “working within the system” doesn’t work at all, not any more. They own the system.

  83. Coffeecrimson  August 22, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I think Americans are isolated from the rest of the world to make sure they don’t hear anything else. And I don’t mean from the news. I mean from the people of the world. We don’t want to learn any other languages or about anyone else’s customs and it cuts us off. Not enough of us travel or talk to people from other countries. I knew there were problems in Venezuela, Iran and Panama before the government did. I found it out by talking to people from those countries. They don’t like our government. It still surprises me that they liked Americans. But they didn’t like our government and from what I was told (and read later on) they had good reason. I just hope we wake up before that hate spreads from government to people. And I, like everyone else, am tired of hearing the white tower experts. I want to hear from the man on the street. He’s the one who knows what’s going on. His expertise is denied only because he doesn’t have a piece of paper. How can you argue with experience? Our expertise is the best because we have lived it, but we’ve been tricked into not believing our eyes and our ears. There has to be some way for us to build that confidence back into ourselves. The kind of confidence that says that ain’t right. I do it this way.

  84. Coffeecrimson  August 22, 2011 at 8:25 am

    My God, they are purty people. And while they might be reporting all they know, there is a chance that are newscasters are kept as clueless as we are. After all, no one does investigative reporting anymore. It costs the newspapers too much time and money. And with all the newspapers consolidated, we’re not going to get an alternate view of the news. We’re going to get the same old rehash for an hour and a half every night by eye candy.

  85. Cassandra  August 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Looks good steven. Thanks for the tip.

  86. Kathy  August 22, 2011 at 7:34 am

    TJ Bronco, what on earth is wrong with you? Is anyone else tired of reading the ranting and raving posts by this person? …must be on crack.

  87. Vox  August 22, 2011 at 7:15 am

    We don’t do revolution except to sit back and watch the militant street justice of the black or the mexican or to sit and watch as the jew destroys the White race.

  88. Henry Pelifian  August 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I agree wholeheartedly that our television news is often junk news and propaganda when it comes to our domestic and foreign policies. There is little that is either accurate or critical. Many Americans now seem to embrace those that pander, as if pandering was the reason our country became a democracy. Under President Reagan pandering reached its apogee continuing largely intact today despite all the government’s failures in domestic and foreign policies. Pandering diminished both the democracy and our economy but diverting attention from what is wrong with the country.

  89. lawrece fitton  August 22, 2011 at 6:15 am

    good luck with conspiracy theories. there’s more than one way to be misinformed.

  90. foo  August 22, 2011 at 5:12 am

    @ Cassandra

    “I think you should write an article, foo.”

    I have only a few suggestions for action — not enough to write an article about.

    The purpose of my post was to stimulate discussion. Informing ourselves and getting the word out to others, while essential, only leads to frustration. That feeling of helplessness and hopelessness is deliberated engendered by the PTB.

    There’s an old joke:
    Q: How do you eat an elephant?
    A: One bite at a time.

    That’s what I was getting at — how do we take bites from the elephant? What actions, preferably legal and non-violent, can we take to subvert Big Brother?

    Voting doesn’t work — we already know that. Let’s abandon “working within the system” and find new ways to undermine the juggernaut. Let’s brainstorm them here on VT.

    BTW, I, too, have encountered posts of mine that have disappeared. When I tried to repost them, VT has responded that the post already exists!

    To me, that suggests a problem with the computer system, rather than censorship.

  91. Greg Bacon  August 22, 2011 at 4:44 am

    No problem getting treated like mushrooms, just call up AEI, the Brookings Institute or your Zionist friendly Congressional Rep!

    Nancy Pelosi’s links to Israel are strong and personal from November 2006

    Before a packed meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) three years ago, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) connected her political support for the Jewish state with her personal life.

    “My daughter is Catholic. My son-in-law is Jewish,” she said. “Last week I celebrated my birthday and my grandchildren — ages 4 and 6 — called to sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ And the surprise, the real gift, was that they sang it in Hebrew.”

    “She likes to say that, growing up in Baltimore, she went to a bar or bat mitzvah every Saturday,” Amy Friedkin, a former president of AIPAC and a friend of Pelosi’s for 25 years, wrote in an e-mail message to JTA.

    Friedkin noted that there’s even a soccer field in the Haifa area of Israel named after the lawmaker’s family.

    “I’ve heard her say numerous times that the single-greatest achievement of the 20th century” was the founding of the modern state of Israel, Friedkin wrote. “She has been a great friend of the U.S.-Israel relationship during her entire time in Congress and is deeply committed to strengthening that relationship.

    To the present:

    Nancy Pelosi Reported Net Worth Triples in Last Two Years

    August 20, 2011 “Bluegrass Pundit” — It’s nice to know someone is prospering during the ‘Obama years’. The rest of us are watching our home values and retirement investments plummet.

    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reported a minimum net worth for 2010 that was more than 50 percent higher than the prior year, according to personal financial disclosure forms made public by the Clerk of the House on Wednesday.

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) also saw a healthy growth in his minimum net worth, but the total change in his case is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, while Pelosi’s is in the millions.

    Pelosi, who ranks among the 50 richest Members of Congress, reported $43.45 million in minimum assets, according to financial disclosure reports released Wednesday. That marks an increase of more than $13 million in assets from 2009.

    The two aren’t related, right?

  92. Debbie Menon  August 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Wow! Cassandra, you Rock!

    Welcome to VT. You are an excellent and well-informed, critical thinking writer.

    I smile at your generalized attack on the egos of the intellectualism and the education system because you are not only well educated yourself, but you claim to have a family of well-educated members who I am sure you love and admire.


  93. robert  August 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Let’s not forget the Palestinians murdered, tortured and occupation of their ancestral home by the zionist entity for 63 years now! The zionists collaborated with Hitler and were complicit in the holocaust! They have always used this zionist backed holocaust to justify their theft of Palestine from it’s indigenous population! Germany pays cash, Palestinians pay with their lives!

  94. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Zed, I replied to your comment earlier, but my reply vanished into the ether for some reason. Here goes again:

    I agree with you: a society based on pleasure becomes easy to control. Human beings are routinely controlled by the cabal using their weaknesses for pleasures of this world: hence the absurd river of drugs flowing into cities and communities everywhere; hence the thriving casinos and prostitution rings, mountains of porn (some of it exceedingly dark and ugly), the glorification of greed and violence, the sexualization of young girls, the shallow and trashy movies, TV and video games, the Satan-worship and child abuse parties. None of these things lead to happiness or security or independent thought; they all lead away from it. There is method to this madness! Rot a society from within and you’ll gain control over it.

    Most of our representatives in government are owned by covert powers, and I believe many of them have been entrapped in illegal/immoral activity and are being blackmailed. This in fact is what qualified them, in the minds of their sponsors, for political office: that they are under control and can be trusted to follow orders. This is the sort of elected official we get nowadays, pompously posing and bloviating about matters of principle while they know full well it’s all a game. If they play the game faithfully, they can look forward to prestige, privileges, future job offers, and a comfy taxpayer-supported retirement. These are the people we write sincere and heartfelt letters to, appealing to their conscience. Might as well write letters to a sack of beans.

    Moral corruption of susceptible individuals is what keeps the cabal’s machine running from generation to generation. Interestingly, it seems to me that Muslims have proven unusually devout and resistant to corruption of their faith. My theory is that this is what has caused them to become the cabal’s Enemy Number One. A man who can’t be corrupted cannot be controlled. It’s a problem to be solved, and the cabal is on it.

  95. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    So this is very interesting. I have one reply that I keep trying to post, but it vanishes. Is it being censored? But I don’t know why. Can’t see why it would be offensive.

    Can anybody explain?

  96. Debbie Menon  August 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Well said NAA!

  97. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks MPrck.

  98. MPrck  August 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Well, thankfully you don’t sound like a Cassandra to me, I think your right on the money. That was a pretty inclusive boil down of our current situation, I LIKED IT !

  99. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    You’re not crazy, DDL. Take heart. Knowing something that others can’t see can be a lonely thing; but you know lots of folks are out there who see the same things you do.

  100. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    The cabal did 9/11. The Israeli government is full of them. So is ours. The ultimate goal is world domination. 9/11 and 7/7 provided a pretext to advance many of their aims under cover of “fighting terrorism”. Yes, I am well aware of Israeli involvement.

    Thanks for the links. I’m always glad to read new stuff.

  101. postneocon  August 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Wow… I could have written the very same article about my experience, but from the viewpoint of a reformed neo-Con. Amazing how two people from very opposite political viewpoints end up meeting at the Truth. I plan to forward your article to a number of people with the subject line… My Story… ;o)

  102. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I think you should write an article, foo.

  103. steven  August 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm on the money for 24 years

  104. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Good points Tim. I have had some experiences similar to yours.

    Yes, the story about the Federal Reserve Act is an amazing one. Remarkable that it has all but disappeared from history, and that the Fed is today considered by most everyone to be a distinguished and prestigious wing of the government, instead of the private banking cartel it is. That’s the awesome power of the Mighty Wurlitzer.

    Thanks everyone for a very interesting discussion.

  105. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I’m glad you wrote this, Anthony. This is a problem we’re all plagued with, wherever we go. We find a site we like, and then it turns out there are people connected to it whom we don’t entirely trust. Hell, maybe all the sites have at least one disinfo agent! That wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Maybe some are more skillful deceivers than others.

    I am aware of the controversy surrounding Fetzer, but I haven’t studied the two sides enough to draw a conclusion. I lean toward Kevin Ryan et al., because they’re the ones I know and respect; but still. Haven’t formed a conclusion about whether the controversy even matters.

    There is another site, Boiling Frogs, which is hosted by Sibel Edmonds, yet it includes a writer whom I know to be a disinfo agent. He represents himself as “one of us” these days, but I know his history and can prove it. I wrote to the site recently to point this out and ask for explanation about why he is a contributing writer, but I received no reply. In fact, I wrote twice. Now what am I to think of this? What am I to think of Sibel?—-a person I have admired for her courage and her explosive revelations. Is she a disinfo agent too? Or is she merely ignorant of this writer’s history and maybe someone else is controlling correspondence with readers? But that doesn’t really make sense. Seems like Sibel would know better than to leave that in someone else’s control who turns out to be untrustworthy. I can’t figure out what to make of this.

    I don’t tell this story to change the subject, Anthony. The problem is, this is the kind of ambiguity we all live with, every day. We just can’t tell who the hell to trust half the time, we can’t tell truth from fiction, everything is all tangled up, and the people who are doing the tangling are putting everything they’ve got into the effort. People who advertise themselves as “former intelligence officials” (thus gaining credibility with the likes of us) are in some cases still working for the agency, and this gig is just another assignment—-to fool the dumb bloggers. It’s an information war, and the stakes are high.

    I’m just a reader here, trying to share some insights and learn something new; I make no representations about the credibility of VT or its writers.

  106. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Doctors too are subject to the most shameless brainwashing. Med schools are infiltrated and controlled by pharma hacks who make sure nutrition and herbal supplements get pushed aside in favor of all the latest and most expensive drugs for every imaginable minor ailment. Perfectly effective folk remedies have been almost entirely forgotten because they are cheap, effective and un-patentable, and would undercut drug sales. “Diagnosis” now consists of consulting a web page of symptom complexes and narrowing it down to which drug to prescribe. In the same way that our public school education has been dumbed-down, medicine has been dumbed down too—-and for essentially the same reasons. An ignorant populace, and an unhealthy populace plagued by chronic ailments and costly medicines, is more easily controlled than a strong, healthy, educated one.

    Do you trust that the medicines and vaccines these people develop for us are actually intended to be beneficial?

    Medical research, by the way, has been totally corrupted by money. Give it the same trust you would give the average government report delivered by an official in a nice suit.

    Some doctors are merely useful idiots, while others are members of the cabal. It’s so hard to find a good honest one who really knows what he or she is doing.

  107. DDL  August 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    This is right up my alley. (sort of) unfortunately, because of my relentless quest for the truth I have alienated most of my friends and family from even responding to my emails on “The Truth.” From us being “Nuked” on 9/11 to SS agent William Greer shooting Kennedy, to the Fukushima cover-up, no one wants to be bothered or everyone thinks I’m crazy. This only highlights the fact of how they have been brainwashed for centuries into believing all of the BS we are fed in the MSM. And ALL over a long period of time. Several hundred years infact. Sometimes it seems impossible to get just “one” fool to see the truth and dismiss the gatekeepers and disinfo-hubs that litter our planet spreading BS and backing it up with basically nothing. I find it harder and harder to convince even on of my friends or family members to wake up and smell the nuclear fission. They get very upset at my opinions even though I have facts to back them up. Maybe they deserve what they get if and when shit hits the fan.

  108. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    What? Sorry, I can’t hear you. There seems to be a loud clanging…

  109. Debbie Menon  August 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    “The truth is, highly-educated people have a tendency to take themselves a mite too seriously. Their ego is all tied up in their intelligence and academic achievements; their standing among their peers is dependent on it. They have an absolute dread of appearing foolish or gullible—-so at the mere mention of “conspiracy theory”, they will run for the door. They don’t realize this intellectual conformity makes them easy to manipulate by those who’ve made manipulation their craft.”

    Well said dear.

  110. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    One thing I’ve learned about in my reading is that the cabal has been around for a long time; and they used the same tricks back then too. Their knowledge and equipment is more sophisticated now, and their funding richer; but the motivations and general modus operandi has persisted through the centuries.

    I’m not going to tell the media kingdom anything. I don’t think they care what I want.

  111. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I keep trying too, Getreal. Educating people one at a time, where I can. At some point we’ll reach critical mass—-unless everything falls apart first.

  112. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Useful idiots come in many different flavors, don’t they?

  113. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I think there is plenty of bravery in America, but people are confused and timid about what to do. The enemy to be opposed seems to be everywhere, and nowhere.

    I’ve been saying for a long time that Americans don’t “do” revolution any more. We admire it, at least our own and maybe France’s, but we don’t do it nowadays. Revolution is unlawful! Ours is a culture that reveres peace in the streets, the rule of law, and the judicial process. When we want to protest a gross injustice, we ask for permission from the government! And we go wherever the police tell us to go, like good little peasants. We don’t believe in rioting and violence and window-smashing. These things sometimes occur (provoked, I think, by agents) but Americans generally disapprove. And that is our handicap at present. We are locked into a powerless situation where the institutions of government no longer respond to our wishes or our processes of redress. We are ignored except at election time. Yet to take to the streets with pitchforks would not only go against the instincts of many of us, but it would also bring public disapproval and sway the public mood toward tougher police control. It would also invite DHS to try out some of their new crowd-control toys on us. It’s hard for me to see how we get out of this—-barring some large public scandal by one of our officials that changes people’s perception of what’s going on. But even a scandal depends on news media to report it. So I admit, I am stumped. What could be a bigger scandal than the Murdoch thing, which seems to have largely gone away?

    Yes, there are plenty of things Obama could have done, and could still do, to bring about the changes we want, changes he explicitly promised on the campaign trail—-if he were so inclined. He would have most of the people behind him, in a groundswell. But he has conspicuously turned flaccid on us. We’ve been punked—-once again.

  114. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I just call them the cabal, Frank. Their network is very large and hierarchical and secret, and I don’t really know who belongs to it. Oftentimes “owners” are only proxy-owners anyway. From what I hear, the Rothschilds ultimately own pretty near everything. But you can’t run the world without helpers: their minions are many.

    Maybe it’s time for you to submit an article on media ownership?

  115. foo  August 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Complain, gripe, piss and moan…and what does that accomplish?

    We congratulate ourselves on how smart that we are and how stupid that nearly everyone else is, except for the Jews, who are just plain evil.

    That’s nothing more than intellectual masturbation.

    Fight the media. Sabotage the media.

    We’ve all heard about flash mobs. People text and tweet and suddenly, apparently spontaneously, a large group gathers at a location.

    Radio and TV stations, newspapers and Web sites do public opinion polls. Like-minded people, keeping in contact with one another, could form a virtual flash mob and tilt the results.

    On an individual level, deface currency at random, with “END THE FED” or “IMPEACH OBAMA” or whatever message that works for you. Money can be more than merely a medium of exchange.

    As valuable VT is as a source of information, where are the articles that explore actions?

    The truth will not set us free. It’s what one does with the truth that gets results.

  116. Tim  August 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    In late February or early March of 2010, I found an alternative news source with inside information regarding an oil spill or possibly multiple oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, and/or Alaska. I told my wife about this information, and she was curious but doubtful, and thinking that I was going a little over the edge with my new found online friends. She happened to talk about the matter at her work place, and all of her co-workers were giving her the business about her husband being a little out there. Then, around June, there was the big spill in the gulf. Suddenly, her co-workers were asking her daily “what has your husband told you? What should we expect next?” They wanted to know what connections I had to be privvy to such information. Basically, I just started exploring alternative opinions and story lines out of curiosity. I am so much more in tune with world events than I have ever been. It is so easy to see the lies and rhetoric spouted by the talking heads on mainstream media. People think I’m nuts when I tell them that I am adept at reading between the lines while watching the news. My wife has realized that I am on to something. It has taken her awhile, but now I catch her watching the news and commenting on the BS. She was the type that never wanted to watch the news. She preferred to watch Entertainment Tonight. I’m not advocating for mainstream media. I’m saying that we must keep informed on what they want us to beleive and compare to it what is real. The way to get people’s attention is to predict something before it happens, but be selective and try to predict something that you feel very confidently about. Others will start to realize that you aren’t as kooky as they thought. They will begin to ask questions. Another thing I do is to plant a seed about a topic and challenge them to research it on the internet. For instance, I will ask, “did you know that the Federal Reserve is a private bank and they are ‘for profit’ and no way are they an official part of our government?” Then I give them just a little background on the Federal Reserve Banking Act of 1913 and howit was drafted by the banking cartel at Jekyll Island , Georgia. Then I lay out a comment about how there is a fascinating book about it called the “The Creature of Jekyll Island.” In my opinion, 99.999 % of our problems in the United States are related to the Federal Reserve. In a nutshell, our government was hi-jacked with this ACT.

  117. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Yes, those quotes pretty well say it all.

  118. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Yes I am familiar with Operation Mockingbird and the Mighty Wurlitzer. I’ve been a busy girl these past 6-7 years, reading and reading, and every discovery leads to yet more things to read and learn about. After a while you cease even being surprised or shocked any more.

    To rule the world with a minimum of violence and overt bullying, it is necessary to engage in deception on a grand scale, involving many players. If you can deceive enough people to a sufficient degree, you can induce them to spend their days arguing among themselves and pursuing foolish pastimes, not even realizing they have become slaves.

    (Hmmm. Sounds a lot like that motto: By deception we wage war.)

  119. 60sstreetpunk  August 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Great article. As bad as Vietnam was (69-70) we knew it was not how press were reporting it.
    Someone beat me to it- I was going to say how gullible and clueless many many doctors are and how they jump to prescribe the latest useless incredibly expensive spinoff meds. Plus, many have diagnostic skills that make you wonder how they got accepted into American med schools.
    Thirty five years ago my dad rec. I move to Ireland and because of him I read underground press and underground Catholic newspapers, and now with sites like VT I get to learn from people who are far superior to me in knowledge department.

  120. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I wonder what the skeptics of your acquaintance would say about that video of a BBC anchor reporting that WTC 7 has just collapsed—-while viewers can clearly see the building still standing, next to her left shoulder. Eventually, as she’s droning on about the demise of the building, a noise behind her startles her so that she pauses and looks around. It’s the sound of the building falling—-the event someone has written copy about, in advance, for her to read to the camera, only she reported on it 20 minutes too soon. What would your skeptics say about that? Who wrote that report for her to read, and why did they write it? How did they know? WTC 7 had stood all day, long after Buildings 1 and 2 had gone down. Why would anyone think it was still going to fall? And why would they write that it had already fallen, when it had not?

    Does reporting on world events sometimes begin before they happen?

    What could be the explanation for that? Do news agencies employ psychics?

    Do you remember the “pancake theory” of why WTC 1 & 2 collapsed? It was first posed in an online article issued from Australia. And do you know the date of publication? The date was 9/11/01. Somehow, on the very day this disaster occurred, a Sydney University “lecturer in civil engineering” named Tim Wilkinson got so inspired that he figured out the mystery of how it happened, all by himself, and felt confident enough to write it all up and publish it. Wow! Now that’s fast. He must be smart!

    Of course it was too early to publish such an article; impossible for him to have researched the blueprints, thought the matter through and come up with a scholarly treatment of it. But in perception management, whatever message gets out to the public first, and with the most fanfare, is likely to be the one that sticks. The eggheads can argue over details later and write treatises on how it really happened a different way; but for the public, it’s that first message that sticks. And that’s why Tim Wilkinson’s piece, which could only have been written well ahead of time, was posted immediately. (Sometimes the perception managers expose themselves in their over-eagerness.)

    World Trade Center: Some engineering aspects, by Tim Wilkinson

    So tell that to your skeptics. All it takes is one strange event for which the dominant meme does not seem to to offer any explanation.

  121. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Yes they do oldhippy!

  122. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm


    Yes, the brainwashers absolutely control the schools!

    I used to believe that major textbook publishers were private businesses. Now I realize they are essentially front companies for perception management. Get to new generations of Americans while they’re still too young to think independently, and you can skew their world view for life.

    Yes, the holocaust industry is real.

    And yes, I have seen first-hand as schools give lip service to “critical thinking” (a buzzword which is currently in vogue) while simultaneously doing all in their power to squash critical thinking when it occurs—unless it involves a politically “safe” topic.

    It’s actually pretty funny to brag about promoting critical thinking about the holocaust, and then proceed to prescribe precisely how it is to be taught and what conclusions the students are to arrive at in the end. Definitely Orwellian.

    And teachers, being themselves products of a brainwashing program, are handicapped in their own critical thinking by a lifetime of disinformation and conformity.

  123. Brian  August 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Cassandra, are you aware the Israeli government did 911?

    Christopher Bollyn is offering a free download of his book Solving 9-11: The Deception that Changed the World.

  124. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    “…even our most highly educated have been conned.”

    In fact, the highly educated are the absolute worst, Ross!—because they have the firmest faith in academia, in books and newspapers and in persons holding advanced degrees. They have great confidence in the accuracy of their own world view, and an instinctive affinity for and trust in anyone who looks and talks in a professor-ly manner—-which is part of the job description for think-tank wonks. Act like a professor, modestly cite your ivy-league degrees and impressive vita, and the educated man or woman will sit up and pay attention to your message. At the very least, they will give you the benefit of the doubt for good and honest intentions, even if they should disagree with your argument. Educated people want to see credentials! Don’t show them the evidence you’ve found of government malfeasance unless you first demonstrate your credentials for doing so. And if there’s anything wacky in your background, or you’ve lived an imperfect life, forget about it. The highly educated aren’t interested in that smoking gun you’re holding, or that photograph of the president fondling a boy. Go peddle your wacky theories elsewhere.

    The truth is, highly-educated people have a tendency to take themselves a mite too seriously. Their ego is all tied up in their intelligence and academic achievements; their standing among their peers is dependent on it. They have an absolute dread of appearing foolish or gullible—-so at the mere mention of “conspiracy theory”, they will run for the door. They don’t realize this intellectual conformity makes them easy to manipulate by those who’ve made manipulation their craft.

    The only way to break free of that and see things as they are is to declare your independence: “I don’t care what other people think about this material, or about me; I’m going to examine it and evaluate it for myself.”

    The cabal hates it when we think like that.

  125. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Earlaiman, apparently I am sitting way too close to the fan. The stench is becoming really foul; time to grab an umbrella and a clothes pin.

    Luckily, we can always count on Fox for high comedy. Among other things, I love their glittering array of brainless blondes.

  126. Cassandra  August 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Wow, some great comments here. I’ve been gone all day but I’ll get started answering them.

    Yes Kathy, isn’t it funny how we all know what brainwashing is, and how OTHER countries practice it, but it took years before we could recognize it happening right here, under our noses, and shaping the way we see events. It was like torture I guess—I was brought up believing only OTHER countries do that! We were simply too civilized and morally upright to do such a thing. (I was a very successful case of brainwashing.)

    Congrats on opening your sib’s eyes! That’s 1 down, 6 to go!

  127. david  August 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Please, please don’t tell us that you hear clanging swords inside that Trojan Horse.

  128. Getreal  August 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Great article. It certainly sums up where I have been for the last 10 years. For the first 5 years following 911 I would talk to anyone and everyone about how it was an inside job and direct them to websites where proof could be found. I managed to enlighten many but the majority remained unconvinced.
    Now whenever 911 was is discussed and the finger is pointed at the 19 muslims I simply laugh and say “You don’t still believe that old dis proven conspiracy theory do you?”. This will then allow an opening where I can direct the conversation to building 7 and physics911.
    Gobbels is credited with saying “It you repeat a lie often enough it eventually gets accepted as truth” well I work on the principle that if we repeat the truth often enough it will eventually be accepted as … well the truth !
    This will reach critical mass at some point and then the game will change. Let’s just hope it happens before the whole thing turns to custard for the Western world.

  129. theoldhippy  August 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    The actual problems are family values, culture, religion and morality. As a wise man once said, “Religion is the opiate of the people.” The elite have used pie-in-the-sky promises to quell rebellions populations since the beginning of history. While selling morality to the masses, the elite live by different rules and are above plebeian laws.

  130. David  August 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Americans depend on bandwaggon effects of the media, so the media brainwash us with their narrow-minded reportage and it didn’t just today. Look back in 1800, how media portrayed aliens and because of that Americans were afraid of them. Same thing exist today, the media paint foreign affairs as disgust and unimportant to our way of life. It’s time for us to tell the media kingdom that if they report, they should give us chance to make up our minds instead of them pushing what they believe to achieve down in our throats.

  131. dirt  August 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Know hundreds of those pukes. Still can’t find a reason for them to exist yet, I keep looking though.

  132. Getreal  August 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Great article. It certainly sums up where I have been for the last 10 years. For the first 5 years following 911 I would talk to anyone and everyone about how it was an inside job and direct them to websites where proof could be found. I managed to enlighten many but the majority remained unconvinced.
    Now whenever 911 was is discussed and the finger is pointed at the 19 muslims I simply laugh and say “You don’t still believe that old dis proven conspiracy theory do you?”. This will then allow an opening where I can direct the conversation to building 7 and .
    Gobbels is credited with saying “It you repeat a lie often enough it eventually gets accepted as truth” well I work on the principle that if we repeat the truth often enough it will eventually be accepted as … well the truth !
    This will reach critical mass at some point and then the game will change. Let’s just hope it happens before the whole thing turns to custard for the Western world.

  133. dirt  August 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    “The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” J. Edgar Hoover …

    There is a power so organized, so subtle, so complete, and so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” – Woodrow Wilson

    That’s where it started for me…

  134. DaveE  August 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Great piece. I too share your disdain for the ever educated, self obsessed egocentric idiots that come from the good-ol’-boy Ivy League frat houses. They’re the worst of the worst because they’ve been programmed for so long to believe they’re “smart” and their egos are far too inflated to admit they’ve been had on such a massive, all pervasive scale.

    I too, was one of ’em for a long time. I have a brother who is a doctor, yet is one of the stupidest people I know. Trying to set him straight on anything involving common sense is like trying to teach a crocodile to paint the Mona Lisa.

    Pride, ego, vanity…. call it what you want….. is bad news, and yet it is what OUR BAD NEWS plays upon to keep people so utterly bamboozled.

  135. francfist  August 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I think there are thousands and thousands, maybe millions, who have been smelling the smoke but just cannot bring themselves to think about it so they go turn on Jersey shore. The thought that so much of what you were told and accepted as truth by those you thought were decent Americans, is a thought too horrible for many to contemplate – so their mind pushes it away. Just like your mind doesn’t like to think about an accident happening to your child. Right? It is because of the helplessness, hopelessness of it. I think if somehow, something could happen to let Americans know that we could collectively do something about it, then they’d do it. But they need a myth, a hero, a leader. Obama got in because enough Americans KNEW we needed our mythic hero to come and fight for us. I think if Obama had called upon the American people during the bank bail out and asked them to come stand with him against the banks – I believe millions of Americans would have gone to Washington and answered that call. But instead we got a pretend mythic hero because THEY knew that’s what America is waiting for. ……
    The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell is an interesting book.
    For an American awakening to occur – a hero or heroic organization needs to step out and actually put themselves on the line. But is there really anyone brave enough to do this?
    We’re waiting for the spark and I’m thinking that is the only way out because the enemy is so entrenched and powerful and rich. And maybe they know it too and that’s why employment for private bodyguards is one of the few growth industries as I read recently.. But if they are getting nervous, we certainly need to beware their next plot..

  136. Solon  August 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    The brainwashers control media and — absorb this: they also control our public schools. Our children in public schools are being brainwashed and we are paying for it with taxpayer dollars.

    The other day I came across an article about an Israeli professor who was shocked — shocked — at the racism in the textbooks assigned to Jewish Israeli schoolchildren. That’s ironic, since the US and its Israel advocates have made it their business to monitor OTHER people’s schoolbooks.
    Even before Jerry Bremer was put in charge of Iraq, a company in N. Virginia was given the contract to supply textbooks for Iraqi schoolchildren.
    A few years ago, Jeff Feltman told a State Dept. subcommittee that he would arrange to monitor Iranian children’s textbooks.
    And recently I heard David McCulloch discuss his new book (on Americans in Paris). He emphasized that American school children are NOT taught history.
    So I wondered what American school children are taught about holocaust. I found a website about schools in Michigan. It included a link to “Guidelines” for teaching holocaust, and it’s at the US Holocaust Museum website
    Both sites were disturbing.
    The Michigan site concentrated on FICTION — novels, short stories, picture exercises ie”assemble photos of Auschwitz” –that were taken in 1980 iirc. Auschwitz is a reconstruction, it is not original; Russians destroyed the original. The picture exercise is calculated to appeal to emotion, as are the novels, stories, and a diary that I spent 30-45 minutes reading — it may or may not have been authentic, who can say? The obvious objective behind the diary is to appeal to the emotions of young children. The first goal of Hasbara, as stated in the 2002 Hasbara manual, is to engage people EMOTIONALLY, not rationally. And in his new book, Ben Shapiro takes on Hollywood TV and movies and argues that they present EMOTIONAL narratives, from the right, not the ‘facts’ the right relies on. . .
    The Holocaust museum website says the goals of the “guidelines for teaching holocaust” are to teach critical thinking, “that the Holocaust was a unique event not only in the modern world but in ALL OF HISTORY, and that people should learn to resist man’s inhumanity to man . . .
    The Holocaust Museum site ALSO posts a banner saying, “Holocaust denial is antisemitism.” Now, Deborah Lipstadt has categorized Holocaust REVISION as Holocaust denial, and condemned them both. However, even Bennie Morris has stated that ALL history is subject to revision, as new information comes to light, etc. So the H. Museum’s demand that “Holocaust denial is antisemitism” as part of guidelines for teaching holocaust in US taxpayer-funded schools, amounts to the requirement that American schoolchildren give assent to a dogma that they are forbidden to challenge — forbidden to think about critically.
    The combination — of emotional rather than factual and sound evidence-based appeal, and the requirement that school children give uncritical assent to the narrative as presented, seems to me to be a violation of the Bill of Rights guarantee of freedom of — and from — religion.
    If Jewish people wish to teach holocaust as religion in Jewish schools that receive no taxpayer funding, that’s their right. US taxpayers should not be required to fund and acquiesce to the dissemination of dogma, to which American school children are required to give assent.

  137. Not An American  August 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

    @Frank and wallytron:

    It matters not who controls what. What matters is results, and Cassandra’s article is spot on by articulating very clearly the results and methodology.

    No need to spoon feed you guys anything, do your own research on who owns substantial portions of the media (hint – he’s been in the press a lot these days) then read about his deeds and philosophy. Once you ascertain his nature via his deeds and philosophy you then know his agenda.

    Sun Tzu, Only by knowing both yourself and your opponet can success be assured.

  138. wallytron  August 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Not the juden again….its always the juden

  139. Frank  August 21, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Not ONE mention of WHO owns the media and whose purpose it serves? Shameful!

  140. foo  August 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

    @ Earlaiman

    “How can it be changed? Information! The Information system! And, since the Mainstream Information System has been compromised and part of the problem for so long, and the “new” Internet alternative has been so effectively infiltrated as you have pointed out in those two so obvious cases, we will just have to wing it, and keep at it until we have established a common venue which is free and open (with all the warts and errors, and vulnerability of open-market manipulations) and hope that we can get the facts and truths out where people can read them with some degree of credibility.”

    We need electronic guerilla warriors and warfare. Visit the Web site of a TV station and download their newscast. Edit it, and then hack it back onto their site.

    I don’t have the geek chops to do it. I sure wish that I did.

  141. Vox  August 21, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Nah it couldn’t have anything to do with WESTERN MEDIA BEING ENTIRELY CONTROLLED BY jews?

  142. Cosmomind  August 21, 2011 at 4:14 am

    I can assure you that it is not only the American that is clueless. As a Norwegian, I can switch between On Line Main Stream Media in Norway, Denmark and Sweden ( it is almost the same language). I can go on to English newspapers and further to German newspaper (we also learn German in elementary school if we choose to do so) and it is like a big copy-and paste party!!

    I can also count on one hand those who ever even heard about for instance Noam Chomsky. So even if there is some good analyses along the road, most people stick to the headlines. I also can recognise the authors description on how the real intellectual are treated in television where they are ridiculed by a staged gang that all the time is there to ensure that people after the show still have no clue. We had a big thinker and author in Norway, George Johannesen, and they made him a media clown, and he stated once: – The news faucet is in USA.

    Part of the issue is the “Operation Mockingbird” implemented by the CIA. You can read about the operation in “American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate and beyond”, by E. Howard Hunt, and in “The Mighty Wurlitzer” by Hugh Wilford. The whole idea is to infiltrate media across the globe and present the news so fragmented that people newer will realise the whole truth. One can argue how heavily the CIA are involved, but it seems like it works, whoever is behind.

  143. John  August 21, 2011 at 3:43 am


    I too have intelligent, well educated, ‘well-read’ friends and relatives who are completely taken in by the propaganda. It is very disconcerting.

    I believe this blindness is due to cognitive dissonance, where holding one idea precludes even considering competing ideas. The idea strongly held is the inherent worthiness of the US government, or more generally, of the American way. So how is the idea of worthiness challenged? What will that take? If that happens, then things may change very quickly.


  144. zed  August 21, 2011 at 2:53 am

    great work done

  145. zed  August 21, 2011 at 2:51 am

    When a society becomes totally based on pleasure, it becomes easy to control it. Family values, culture, religion and morality are the weapons which can protect a society from being manipulated. I am afraid, Americans have to go back to the source if they want to get out of this cob web.

  146. Ross johnson  August 21, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Yes Cassandra,even our most highly educated have been conned.We humans are still basically tribal beings and years of thinking and associating with a certain group is difficult to change,since this yearning for security in what we know and identify with, is a powerful force that keeps us in awe and enslaved to the system .

    In all realty we have been conned by a corporate banking system that has owned our productivity for some 300 yrs and loaned it back to us as debt.This greed has actually decreased productivity and creativity on this planet enormously,thus we now have wars and suffering on a scale that surpasses all historical experiences.What bank or Govt has created the computer,or some new scientific innovation?

    Innovation mostly comes from individuals and small business entities,not Govt and their large corporate parasites.

  147. Earlaiman  August 21, 2011 at 1:43 am

    You are not alone out there, Cassandra. There are a few hundred thousand more just like you were Rip Van Winkling and who who have not yet awakened.

    Some of us heard the noise earlier than others, and woke up. Some just haven’t heard enough, or been close enough to the fan to smell what is coming out of it.

    Besides, it is Sunday, and there is a game on and they just don’t have time!

    Let us hope that they will awaken gradually, and not all at once for… if some sudden, unexpected and terrible and shit stuff happens (as Gordon Duff and a few others suspect it is going to), or if everyone suddenly gets the suspicion that something is not quite right and comes downtown with a baseball bat in hand to find out what went wrong and set things right, a lot of people are going to get hurt.

    How can it be changed? Information! The Information system! And, since the Mainstream Information System has been compromised and part of the problem for so long, and the “new” Internet alternative has been so effectively infiltrated as you have pointed out in those two so obvious cases, we will just have to wing it, and keep at it until we have established a common venue which is free and open (with all the warts and errors, and vulnerability of open-market manipulations) and hope that we can get the facts and truths out where people can read them with some degree of credibility.

    Credibility is the keyword here, and it has to be nourished and protected.

    For what happened to Mainstream credibility, you might want to take a break and have a laugh while watching: FOX News on the World’s most baffling mystery (today).

    Have you ever seen such beautiful people? Or such serious-minded Newscasters? I think the Pakistani guard on the left is one of the guys who is going to be patsied for this missing CIA agent’s death, as soon as they discover where his dead body has been dumped!


  148. Kathy  August 21, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Excellent article, Cassandra. I spent a semester studying in the Soviet Union in 1987 and was amazed by the depth of how the average Soviet citizen was brainwashed. Now, all this time later, I clearly see the same brainwashed public in the US. I, too, bought the official 9/11 story hook, line and sinker at first. When it was suggested to me that the official story is “fishy”, I thought the person who brought me this infromation was extreme. Yes, family and friends are the toughest nuts to crack. One sibling is an executive with an multi-national financial firm and is convinced that if something is going on, “she would know”. She does not want to read any more “hate-filled” articles, if you please. My one triumph – of 7 siblings, one has opened her eyes! 1 of 7!

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