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Revelation of the Method and the Murder of Spirit. A Page from the Cryptocracy’s Psychological Warfare Manual

Posted in Etc. with tags , , on March 17, 2009 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

hoffman_m_customby Michael A. Hoffman II
revisionisthistory.orgNo, this isn’t a column about ectoplasm or the Fox Sisters; but the epistemology of mass suppression of spirit, soul and mind; in other words, a page from the Cryptocracy’s own psychological warfare manual.

In the June 5, 2006 edition of the New York Times, there appeared on one-third of page A19, an illustrated report on the concept that the 9/11 terror attacks were US government-sponsored. The article was titled “For 9/11 Conspiracy Buffs, A Chance to Compare Notes.” It was reported by Alan Feuer.

If we were not in the alchemical “Must Be” stage of the “Making Manifest of All that is Hidden” era, then this NY Times report would have never seen print, or the reporter would have merely poked fun, or suggested that 9/11 conspiracy investigators are fit mainly for the booby hatch, in the American tradition of what Richard Hofstadter sneeringly termed “paranoid style.”

Nothing of the kind in this report, however. The New York Times graciously called the 9/11 investigators “skeptics and scientists.” Even the website of these dissenters was provided:

The anomaly that is the collapse of World Trade Center building 7, which was not attacked in any discernible manner, but mysteriously fell anyway, was cited rather than avoided. Also noted by the Times are incendiary topics such as the collapse of the World Trade Center towers through “controlled demolition,” and the fact that “the military command that monitors aircraft ‘stood down’ on the day of the attacks.” This is just the sort of sensitive, hidden data that ought to make the Cryptocracy squirm, unless the Cryptocracy itself approved its release for purposes of Revelation of the Method.

Physics Prof. Steven E. Jones is recognized by the NY Times as the antidote to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Report, which claims to debunk the notion that the collapse of WTC building 7 was any kind of anomaly. A long URL is furnished for Prof. Jones’ rebuttal paper.

The tenor of the New York Times report is mostly respectful. It all but affirms that there’s a good case for believing the US government did this to its own citizens. That’s quite an astounding concession in the nation’s “newspaper of record,” in an article taking up one-third of page 19 in the paper’s first section, under the headline “New York Report.”

The June 5 Times report is unprecedented; it should have made huge waves: Bush’s press secretary should have been asked about it, Ann Coulter should have been confronted; Prof. Jones should have been on all the news networks. The New York Times should have editorialized. Instead, just a few tiny blips of reaction on the media screen and then, flatline.

I promised at the beginning of this column to take you on a foray into the control epistemology of the Cryptocracy, so here goes. The “Revelation of the Method” is a deadly weapon in the hands of the enemies of the Establishment, in those times past when the American people were possessed of an alert mind, an awakened consciousness, concentrated will-power and not too many distractions.

Today, amnesia, apathy and distractions both digital and consumer cornucopic, are all-pervasive, except when people are cued by the Establishment to become outraged, as in the outrage generated on behalf of Darfur and a few years before that, for Kosovo. This is official outrage. Unofficial, spontaneous, grassroots outrage is harder to find.

When the New York Times, an organ of the System itself, strongly hints that the US government is complicit in the murder of thousands of its own citizens – – and as a result of this revelation there are no sustained street protests, mass rallies, riots, pickets, lawsuits, televised hearings, booing and hissing of Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush and Ashcroft whenever they attend public forums; no special investigations by the newspaper and television journalists – – then murder of our spirits is taking place on a mass scale and the Cryptocracy’s gamble in revealing this information, is paying off.

It is risky to reveal to the people what has been done to them by the gangster class that lords it over them. Patently, in the wake of the revelation, the risk is one of reprisal, retribution and rage by the people. But where there is little or none of that, then the Cryptocracy has tripled its hold on the minds and hearts of Americans: it has strongly hinted about the mass murder it committed on Sept. 11 and yet, there are few significant repercussions. This non-reaction tends to demonstrate that the people of the US accept, at the subliminal level of their consciousness, that their own leaders are mass murderers of their fellow citizens, and mostly what they do in return is shake it off and head to the mall.

If the Federal government succeeds in another big attack on America by means of its Islamic patsies, it could well tip our country over into military rule. Bringing the behind-the-scenes perpetrators of the first 9/11 attacks to justice, prevents the state’s orchestration of a second attack, the one that most likely would lead to martial law tyranny and the eclipse of the American dream of liberty. But even after revelations in the June 5 New York Times – – replete with directions to web pages that give strong evidence of an official role in the terror attacks – – Atlas shrugs.

This is a less-than-human response, a result of the alchemical processing of humanity, the devolution from angel to beast.

There you have it, a page from the real-time psychological warfare manual of the Cryptocracy.

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Revelation of the Method and the Murder of Spirit. A Page from the Cryptocracy’s Psychological Warfare Manual

Vatican, Catholic bishops and Hizbullah allied in condemnation of Israeli TV show

Posted in Media Watch with tags , on February 23, 2009 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

042707044049-hizbullah-customAgence France Presse
February 21, 2009

Catholic bishops in the Holy Land expressed outrage on Friday over what they called “repulsive attacks” on Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary after an Israeli TV program spoofed them. Hizbullah issued a statement on Thursday condemning the show. “We, the members of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in the Holy Land deplore and condemn with utter dismay the repulsive attacks on our lord Jesus Christ and on his mother, the blessed Virgin Mary, carried out on Channel 10 of the Israeli television,” a statement by the bishops said.

Hizbullah said it was “deeply concerned with the insults against the blessed Virgin Mary and one of our great prophets Jesus Christ.”

“Hizbullah puts this heinous offense in the hands of all defenders of human rights and freedom of belief,” it said. “Zionists should put an end to their racism and their ridicule of religious symbols.”

Earlier this week, the private channel broadcast a series of skits, one of which suggested the Virgin Mary “was impregnated at the age of 15 by a school friend.” Another said Jesus died at a young age “because he was fat” and that his excess weight would have made it impossible for him to walk on water.

In the program, Israeli comedian Yair Shlein joked that since Christians “deny the Holocaust, then I want to deny Christianity.” Following protests, he later apologized to Arab Israeli Christian dignitaries.

The bishops said they viewed “this recent incident in the larger context of continuous attacks against Christians throughout Israel over the years” and called for an official investigation.

“It is unconceivable that such incidents have to occur in Israel which hosts some of the holiest shrines of Christianity,” said the statement, signed by the Latin patriarch of Occupied Jerusalem as well as Armenian, Chaldean, Greek, Maronite and Syrian Catholic bishops.

The pontiff is scheduled to visit Israel in May. But the Vatican said Friday it has formally complained to the Israeli government over what it called an “offensive act of intolerance.” A statement from the Vatican press office said its representative in Israel complained to the government about the show, which was broadcast recently on private Channel 10, one of Israel’s three main TV stations. The statement said the government quickly assured the Holy See that it would intervene to interrupt the transmission and get the broadcaster to publicly apologize.

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PROPAGANDA WATCH: TIME Magazine challenges Gaza death toll

Posted in Media Watch with tags , on February 18, 2009 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

2009021823395090_1In a February 18 article in TIME Magazine’s Middle East Blog entitled “Gaza Body Count: Were We Duped?”, Zionist propagandist Scott MacLeod hits new lows by suggesting that the massive Palestinian death toll during Israel’s recent Israeli war against the Gaza Strip may have been exaggerated by “Palestinian propaganda.”

The absurd charge does not deserve rebuttal. There’s more than enough proof — photographic and otherwise — of the unprecedented carnage in Gaza, most of it borne by the defenseless civilian population.

Nevertheless, we would remind Mr. MacLeod — as a propagandist for one party to the conflict — that he could become criminally liable if that party is found guilty of war crimes or crimes against humanity by a legitimate court of law.

There is no question of the numbers — or innocence — of the more than 1300 Palestinians killed during Israel’s recent three-week-long onslaught in the Gaza Strip. Nevertheless, the following article attempts to apologize for Israeli blood-lust by casting doubt on those figures in the minds of the average reader, indirectly suggesting that Palestinian resistance faction Hamas “inflated the number of victims.”

Even though the author pretends to be neutral by appearing to distrust Palestinian casualty figures issued by the Israeli military, his intentions are obvious — one has to look no further than the article’s blatantly loaded title.

If you find yourself falling for the author’s pretended objectivity, just note the quote from the Talmud in the last paragraph: “One who destroys a single life destroys an entire world. One who saves a single life saves an entire world.” Anyone who knows their Talmud can tell you that the true reading of this phrase — which is also heard in the “Holocaust” propaganda piece “Schindler’s List” — is: “One who destroys a single Jewish life destroys an entire world. One who saves a single Jewish life saves an entire world.”
Gaza Body Count: Were We Duped?
TIME Magazine, Middle East Blog

February 18, 2009

By Scott MacLeod

Was the news media — and by extension, world public opinion — outrageously duped by Palestinian propaganda into exaggerating the number of casualties in the recent Gaza war and thus unjustly tarnishing Israel’s image? That’s the line of a report on Gaza casualties released this week by the Israel Defense Forces, prompting debates and questions in the blogosphere including among commenters on our Middle East Blog.

True, most news reports have relied on figures from the Palestinian Ministry of Health or the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

On Jan. 19, Palestinian Ministry of Health figures put the number of dead at 1,314, including 522 women and children, or 39 percent of the total.

On Jan. 22, the PCHR reported that 1,285 people had been killed in the Gaza conflict, including 895 civilians, or 69.6 percent of the dead.

The IDF report on casualties first appeared in the Jerusalem Post on Sunday. Conducted by the IDF’s Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration, the 200-page report identified more than 1,200 Palestinian deaths and listed casualties by name.

According to the Post, the CLA said “580 of these 1,200 had been conclusively ‘incriminated’ as members of Hamas and other terrorist groups.” The CLA said 300 were “non-combatants” — women, men over 65 and children aged 15 and under. The CLA said the remaining 320 were all men, and estimated that two-thirds were “terror operatives,” the Post said.

By this count, according to the CLA, one-third of the Palestinian death toll were civilians — not the two-thirds claimed by the PCHR. “World Duped by Hamas Death Count” read the Post headline on the story.

A controversy over the Gaza toll initially made international headlines on Jan. 22, right after the cessation of major hostilities, when Lorenzo Cremonesi, a reporter for Italy’s Corriere Della Sera newspaper, published a report from Gaza disputing the Palestinian death count. Corriere quoted “a doctor” in Gaza’s Shifa hospital saying the death toll could not be more than 600, reporting that the dead mainly consisted of young Hamas fighters between 17-23 years old. The paper also said that local journalists knew about the fabrication and quizzed Hamas officials about why they were “inflating the numbers of victims.”

So were we duped? Have Corriere and the IDF managed to shine a light on the truth about the war that the rest of us didn’t see?

The media were largely dependent on the Palestinians for the casualty data. It’s worth remembering that Israeli authorities barred journalists access to Gaza until the end of the war, hindering independent accounts of the conflict and its effects. Information from one side can be wrong or even deliberately distorted. I can say, though, that I have high regard for PCHR director Raji Sourani, who I know from my many reporting trips into Gaza. He is a dedicated and courageous activist and recognized as such internationally. Certainly, Sourani is in the pocket of no government, having long tangled with Israeli and Palestinian authorities alike in his defense of human rights.

What is more important to note is that the Palestinian figures were effectively accepted and endorsed by independent organizations such as the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Israeli human rights groups. They effectively corroborated the Palestinian figures, not by doing independent body counts, but in most cases by closely observing the war on the ground in Gaza with scores of their own staff people. The ICRC, for example, had a dozen or so foreign staff working mainly in Gaza hospitals, and another few dozen Palestinian staff. Indeed, the CLA report itself basically corroborates the overall death count of 1,300 plus or minus — and indirectly dismisses the figures contained in the Jan. 22 report in Corriere as off base by half.

What the CLA is really disputing is the Palestinian claim of civilian deaths — two-thirds of the overall number killed. Such a figure is an indictment of Israel’s Gaza operations as well as of the IDF’s commitment to “purity of arms” — the doctrine that vows that “IDF soldiers will not use their weapons and force to harm human beings who are not combatants or prisoners of war, and will do all in their power to avoid causing harm to their lives, bodies, dignity and property.” Some 200 groups including the Palestinian Authority have pressed the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate possible Israeli war crimes for alleged targeting of civilians and non-military buildings.

The issue of combatant deaths versus civilians deaths is murkier business than totaling the overall body count, even leaving aside the question of the methodology that enabled the CLA to “conclusively” identify 580 and inconclusively tag another 200 of the dead as terrorists. One problem is the conflicting definitions of combatant. Are you a combatant if you are a member of Hamas but do not carry arms? Are you a terrorist if you are not a member of Hamas but still went into the streets to defend your neighborhood against Israel’s incursion? The CLA appears to be using the loosest possible definition, which naturally maximizes the number fitting into the category.

“One civilian death is one too many,” said an ICRC official to me this week when I asked about the CLA’s casualty report. Yes, whether there were 895 civilian deaths in Gaza, or “only” 405, the number the CLA seems prepared to acknowledge, most people would agree that far, far too many civilians died and suffered during the brief but violent Gaza conflict.

Most people would include Israeli activists such as Rabbis for Human Rights, to whom I’ll give the last word. The group wanted to hold its annual retreat this year in Ashkelon, to show solidarity with the citizens of southern Israel who were under the bombardment of Hamas rockets. But military orders forbidding big gatherings that could result in large loss of life forced the retreat to be held elsewhere. During the conflict, RHR jointly published newspaper ads in Israel declaring: “Citizens are not cannon fodder — Not in Sderot and not in Gaza.”

In his RHR blog on Jan. 12 at the height of the war, Rabbi Arik Ascherman lamented, “During the first week or so of Cast Lead, we were told that the IDF was not harming citizens. It is perhaps a credit to Israelis that this is what they wanted to believe. However, as the numbers of dead children, reports of the IDF not allowing ambulances to get to the injured for days, etc. are gradually creeping into the Israeli press, the standard response has changed to ‘We have no choice.'”

At the end of RHR’s retreat, the rabbis issued a communique expressing deep distress at the loss of life on both sides. It also emphasized “the ultimate value of human life in the Jewish traditions: ‘One who destroys a single life destroys an entire world. One who saves a single life saves an entire world (Mishna Sanhedrin 4:5).'”

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Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero

Posted in Media Watch with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2008 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

The Jewish Daily Forward
March 19, 2008

The history of comics has been big recently, and there’ve been a number of books and articles about it. Because so many Jews were there at the creation of both the comic book and the great superheroes who served as the main attraction, you have to ask the obvious question: What, if anything, does it mean that the industry was so heavily populated by Jews?

Your answer to this will depend on what you think “comic books” really do. In “Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero,” Danny Fingeroth seems to assume that the most important comics tell tales of superheroes. He is mostly interested in what he calls “The Golden Age” — from 1938 until the end of the Second World War — when caped crusaders and men of steel patrolled the streets of Gotham City and the skies of Metropolis. Fingeroth, a former comics editor at Marvel, also gives due attention to the “Silver Age” of the 1960s and beyond — the heyday of oddball heroes, like Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four. Unfortunately, the narrative he constructs leads him to breeze over what happened to the comics between the golden and the silver ages, to the fact that after the war, comic book buyers got bored with the squeaky-clean defenders of the innocent. They were more interested in Wonder Woman’s breasts.

As David Hajdu points out in “The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America,” overt sex sold, horror reigned and the villains stole the stage from the superheroes. Magazines suddenly sported racy titles, like “Crime SuspenStories,” “My Secret Life” and “The Crypt of Terror.” These, too, were created by Jews. As far as Hajdu is concerned, you need to look at the whole industry — at both “Superman” and “The Crypt of Terror” — to understand what the comics mean. Hajdu demonstrates that the comics’ particular meanings and their particular forms of Jewishness cannot be divorced from their specific — and distinct — histories.

Fingeroth admits that it’s “hard to tell” where the comics themselves are properly Jewish. It probably is. Superman presents a relatively easy case: Jules Feiffer has argued that the Man of Steel really came “from the planet Poland,” while Gerard Jones, in his excellent 2004 book “Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book,” suggested that Superman quite literally embodies the Jewish immigrant’s dilemma (he has to pretend he fits in, while knowing that he has special, unseen and potentially unappreciated powers). The “secret” of Superman’s success also rests on the fact that his is the dilemma of every geeky and not-so-geeky kid. A hero on the inside, he’s prime bully bait on the outside. So Superman’s dual identity fits a number of important bills. DC Comics, Superman’s publisher, profited from all of them.

But what about Batman? Hardly an immigrant and definitely not Jewish. And the rest of that alliterative and hardy crew of caped and costumed heroes who bashed the bad guys all through the early 1940s? Again, hard to tell. Nevertheless, Fingeroth wants to tell. The trouble is that he has to hyperextend in order to tease out what he calls “shreds of Jewish meaning” from the superhero comics. Unfortunately, that’s all they are: shreds.

According to Fingeroth, some heroes are stand-ins for Moses, some for survivors. Because comics script writers were ambivalent about not being professionals themselves, they created heroes who were established professionals in their day jobs. (Sorry, Mom.) You get the idea. Perhaps the oddest of Fingeroth’s claims is that Captain America’s writers were particularly Jewish in that they wanted every story to be “universal.”

In “The Ten-Cent Plague,” Hajdu makes the interesting case that postwar comics were the first shot in a coming youth revolt. By the early 1950s, cities were banning comics. Prodded by their parents, kids were burning them. The Senate was investigating them. Hajdu indicates that the sex and mayhem stories that caused such a ruckus represented the flip side of the superheroes’ adventures. He suggests that we see them as expressions of a particularly Jewish — though likely unconscious — mistrust of assimilation, of its enforced conventions and unavoidable authority. So if DC’s Superman appealed to the nerd in all of us, the sleazy comics peddled by companies like EC spoke to an inchoate but increasingly independent youth culture.

This new buying public of rebels without a cause — the same kids who would turn Elvis into a superhero of a different kind — scared the daylights out of their parents. Even though there was no overt proof, psychologists, politicians and the chief crime fighter in the land, J. Edgar Hoover, claimed that reading comics led directly to juvenile delinquency. In 1954, psychologist Frederic Wertham published his most famous work, “Seduction of the Innocent,” which made it sound as if he wanted to protect our children from the pernicious influence of the comics. But Hajdu makes an excellent case that the anti-comics brigades wanted protection from our children. The seduced, it seems, resembled other paranoid fantasies of the Cold War: all those fifth-columnists in the State Department and the communist dupes in the schools, those invasive germs in the kitchen and the brainwashed automatons lurking in the streets.

While Hajdu explicitly refuses to draw a parallel between McCarthyism and the attacks on the comics industry, they are linked by a common fear of contagion and subversion. And, though Hajdu won’t go this far, it would be fair to guess that there was more than a touch of latent antisemitism in the comic book affair. The Catholic Church, the American Legion, towns without many Jews and towns with too many Jews all ganged up on the comics. Jewish comics editors and publishers like Bill Gaines (hopped up on amphetamines and aggression) came up before televised committees of such manifestly upright, proudly non-Jewish lawmakers as Estes Kefauver and Robert C. Hendrickson (and, as Michael Chabon shows in “Kavalier and Clay,” the Jews did not come out so well). In an era when the most famous American traitors were a pair of down-at-the-heel communist Jews, it’s hard to imagine that the great comics scare was not a sideshow in the even greater Red Scare.

Hajdu’s book winds up in the mid-1950s with the exemplary case of EC’s Mad magazine. Mad’s caustically anarchic humor — sometimes gross, and often puerile — matched up Jewish snarkiness with adolescent rebellion. It was a hit. Having incurred the anger of the powers that were, EC turned Mad into a “real” magazine, upped its price and found a different distributor. EC and Mad lived to fight another day.

In the glory days of the depression and World War II, millions of people read about Superman, Batman and the scores of other superheroes who rode in on their cape-tails. Though a lot fewer people now buy comics, Fingeroth is right to say that these heroes still saturate our culture — if mostly at the movies. In the final chapter of “The Ten-Cent Plague,” R. Crumb is quoted as saying that he never got over “Mad.” We have never gotten over Superman, either.

For better and for worse, the comics, cranky and grandiose as they frequently are, really do express the various fantasies of American Jews. What’s more — and this is absolutely critical to their success — they seem to reflect the fantasies of everyone else. Of course Jews and non-Jews sometimes dream of different things, but that might be the most important point. The comics can mean so much because they can skillfully coordinate so many dreams.

The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America
By David Hajdu
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 448 pages, $26.

David Kaufmann, cultural critic for the Forward, teaches English at George Mason University.

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Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero