Fake News


This settles it for me. Let’s move on.
Russian Interference in the Election: A Media Hoax?

America Versus the Deep State
-James Howard Kunstler

The fakest of all “fake news” stories turns out to be… “Russia Hacks Election.”

The story may have climaxed with Trump’s Friday NSA briefing, the heads of the various top intel agencies all assembled in one room to emphasize the solemn authority of the Deep State’s power. Trump worked a nice piece of ju-jitsu afterward, pretending to accept the finding as briefly and hollowly as possible and promising to “look into the matter” after January 20th — when he can tear a new asshole in the NSA. I hope he does. This hulking security apparatus has become a menace to the Republic.

No Smoking Gun on Russia Hack
Language used in the intelligence community’s latest report suggests that they may not possess indisputable evidence.
By PHILIP GIRALDI • January 9, 2017

Purge the CIA
They’re a threat to the republic


The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Note: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility.


12 Replies to “Fake News”

  1. from OFW site:

    Norman Pagett says:
    January 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    i added my own twopennorth to Ahmed’s piece, I though it needed some balance if Gail will allow me to repost it here


    While one cannot but agree with what Dr. Ahmed says in this excellent and thought provoking lecture, I think it is necessary to take issue with his (rather wishful) thinking.

    Whether engaging in trafficking human beings, or ferrying vast quantities of oil around, the intent has always been the same, to get rich by converting one form of energy into another. That is the basis of the society we live in. It is all we (collectively) have. We cannot remain prosperous by taking in each other’s washing and mending each other’s shoes.

    If every fuelpump and oilbarrel since oil went into commercial production in 1859, had had OIL KILLS PLANETS printed on it in letters a foot high, we would still have burned the stuff as fast as possible, with or without Rockefeller’s help. We may see him as the epitome of greed, but we’ve all shared in it, willingly and eagerly, even though the wars it spawned killed millions and destroyed the planet we live on. Wailing weeping and handwringing now will not rectify the mess we’re in, neither will we stop burning oil, despite Dr Ahmed’s exhortations to “do something’—aimed and governments as well ourselves. That, if I may say so, is wish politics, together with a liberal dash of wish economics and wish science. Oil consumption is not like smoking, with health warnings printed on packets. Smoking is a lifestyle choice. Oil is the choice of life or death. Except that we don’t have a choice.

    We have pulled off the neat trick of converting petroleum into food, (to quote prof Albert Bartlett.) That has put 7.4 billion people on the planet, 6 billion of who would not be here without hydrocarbon support. Remove hydrocarbon fuels, and those 6 billion don’t have a future. 1 Bn people are at starvation level now. We are on course to reach 9 or 10 bn by 2050. Common sense says that we cannot sustain that number, so something has got to happen within the next 30 years to stop it. This is going to be our ultimate holocaust.

    And thinking oneself into a utopian future of renewable energy systems is not going to prevent it. Windfarms and solar panels deliver electricity. Without or (hydrocarbon based) infrastructure, electricity is of very little use, and cannot sustain civilization in any sense that we know it. Doubters should imagine electric cars running on unmade roads. Or making a single lightbulb. We are headed back to the ‘naked light’ society from whence we came only a few generations back. We are perhaps expecting to have a “downsized” future where we will be only mildly inconvenienced by changed (energy) circumstance—where ‘they’ will fix things. We must get real here. Your future, my future is dependent on business as usual supporting us through a healthy lifespan and into secure old age.

    We are all complicit in the madness, everyone demanded (and is demanding) that oil should make princes of us all, governments of whatever stripe have had no choice but to concede to everyone’s demands. Even now, Trump is offering what might be the final straw to clutch at, promising to ‘make America great again”, in denial that it was cheap energy that provided that greatness. And having no other straw to clutch at, millions reached out in desperation. But of course, we are navigating through the rear view mirror of history, where we see that the faster we burned oil, the richer we got. It seemed to good to be true, which it was. We called everything “GDP” when in fact GDP was exclusively a result of consuming hydrocarbons. But our leaders still offer that future. Whether saint or charlatan, they can offer no other. There is no other.

    Dr.Ahmed asserts that “things must change”. I can offer the certainty that humankind has never collectively changed unless forced to do so. That change has invariably been unpleasant, and driven by (short lived) dictators intent on tribal supremacy. Homo sapiens has existed for 100,000 generations, give or take. Those countless generations have had one overriding factor, that of homicidal intent, driven by the genetic force of survival. That drive has brought us to where we are now. Nevertheless, Dr Ahmed, though sincere and well meaning, is suggesting that we mend our ways over the course of the next 20 years or so. (just a single generation). I’d like to believe it to be possible, but oil driven resource wars of the past 100 years would suggest otherwise.

    This book will explain how we got into this mess:

    [picture of cover for The End of More]

    I only wish it could explain how to get out of it

  2. my prediction (forecast?) has been for the first mass famine, over a million dead, along the east coast of the us, fall of 2024. mass famines will be a thing of the past by 2034, because there won’t be enough people left to support them. something like that…

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