November 14, 2016

Hell froze over

Trump’s rhetoric – including his controversial stances on immigration, the military, and more – is well documented, and Oliver joked that it sounded like “reading the to-do list on Satan’s refrigerator. Which of course Satan no longer needs now that hell has frozen over.”

“Either we just elected a president who didn’t mean a single thing he said, or we elected one who did. And it’s impossible to know which one,” 

Oliver explained how despite some strong work from the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN in covering Trump’s campaign, most Americans consume their news inside an echo chamber – one that isn’t afraid to promote false stories. Oliver cited a recent BuzzFeed News story which found 38 percent of posts on three major right-wing Facebook pages included some form of fiction or misinterpretation, while 19 percent on liberal pages were also guilty of trafficking in fabrication.

“Weird conspiracy bullsh– has always been bubbling under the surface,” Oliver said. “But Trump was the first major candidate to harness and fully legitimize it. And It’s obvious in hindsight: He came along and told millions of people every crazy email you’ve ever forwarded was true. And that, at least in part, is why he will be our next president.”

As for Oliver’s other query: “What the f— do we do now?” The host had some suggestions. “We need to stay here and fight,” he said. “For the last eight years, we’ve had a president we could assume would generally stand up for the rights of all Americans. But that is going to change now. So we’re going to have to actively stand up for one another. And it can’t just be sounding off on the internet or sharing think pieces or videos like this one that echo around your bubble. I’m talking about actual sacrifice to support people who are now under threat.”
 What the fuck do we do now 



13 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:24 AM

    It should be quite obvious by now that the American electorate is in general superlatively immature, grown ups trapped in the mind of a child, easily distracted, easily manipulated and robbed of the ability to think critically. This is not by accident it's by design. The (manipulated) reaction to Trumps election, the hatred, violence and threats and ridicule support same.

    How easy for the cynical invisible elite to divide and conquer these kiddies while robbing them blind.

    "Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked.” What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all “You’re fired!” Trump’s victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him." –Michael Moore on the failure of both political parties in America

    Grow up kiddies and pay attention - because you will wake up one morning and have nothing - no country, no wealth, no love, no dignity - NOTHING - except despair.

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  2. Anonymous8:00 AM

    Just stumbled on this - refer my previous.

    Oh the poor kiddies.

    'Tolerant' educators exile Trump voters from campus:

    The response to the shock has been to turn campuses into kindergarten. The University of Michigan Law School announced a ”post-election self-care” event with “food" and "play,” including “coloring sheets, play dough (sic), positive card-making, Legos and bubbles with your fellow law students.” (Embarrassed by the attention, UM Law scrubbed the announcement from its website, perhaps concerned that people would wonder whether its graduates would require Legos and bubbles in the event of stressful litigation.)

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/14/trump-liberal-college-campuses-michigan-yale-glenn-reynolds-column/93765568/








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    1. That's hilarious.

      But Justin, these are the same people who now give 'warnings' so that students can forgo classes if the topic or content might upset them!

      Kindergarten didn't arrive with Trump, this has been a long term development in universities, including here. It's got nothing to do with Trump or the election, nor special to the US.

      So no, cannot put this one on silly lefties responding irrationally to the Trump win, or of displaying intolerance to Trump and his voters. This response is congruent with what's been going on for several years now. (How the hell are these young adults cope with they get into paid employment?!)

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    2. Anonymous6:07 PM

      Caz, I don't think you could claim yours truly is trying to put this on the lefties re my above. I was just making a general observation and providing an example. I have no dog in this fight because both the parties of the left and the right don't represent the interests of the plebs, rather their owners and financiers: the filthy rich elite who couldn't give a shit about left or right, George Carlon made that point rather brutally - and I agree.

      Also I couldn't agree more that kindergarten did not arrive with Trump. It should not be lost on the student of history that the clue to this infantilisation of the American physic is the term kindergarten - it's German, or Prussian actually.

      It was the Prussia model of "education", a consequence of the Prussian army being defeated (and humiliated) by Napoleon I at Jena-Auerstedt in 1806, that was adopted by America , or really America's richest such as the Rockefellas and Carnegies who contributed a lot of cash to the schooling (and control of same) of the American youth. Any American who wanted a career in "education" had to go to Prussia (or Germany) and study at Leipzig Unversity to get their PHD in education.

      The following quote will give you an idea what the Prussian model of "education philosophy is:

      "Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished ... The social psychologist of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black." -----Bertrand Russell quoting Johann Gottlieb Fichte, the head of philosophy & psychology who influenced Hegel and others – Prussian University in Berlin, 1810"

      http://www.whale.to/b/russell_h.html

      Of course, when the student of history studies the "social psychologists of the future" such as B.F. Skinner then it's easy to conclude that the purpose of the education system, no let's call it what it really is, as it was always intended: a schooling system, can be summed up in one term, or two words, or three syllables: Pavlov's Dogs.

      And what you end up with is an "unaware and compliant" (grown up) child, who is conditioned what to think rather than how to think, who is encouraged to cope with life's disappointments by playing with toys. In short you end up with a population of children, easily manipulated and distracted, who are conditioned to react in a given way at a given time.

      Anyway you can do your own research on all the above should you so desire, and should you do so then you will find out who was/is behind this schooling thingy (the greedy bastards) who had the most to gain by dumbing down the American mind (the greedy bastards) and why? That's, easy follow the money.

      Sadly the greater majority of Americans think they are participating in a grand democracy - they aren't - it's theatre.

      Princeton Study Says U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

      "A groundbreaking study from Princeton University is causing a lot of controversy, but its findings are undeniable.
      The university study explain that U.S. democracy is pure fiction. That is, the researchers explain, it simply does not exist."


      http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/01/princeton-study-u-s-no-longer-an-actual-democracy/


      From Prussia to America: Public schools destroy lives

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGg-mFBX0Kc


      Once again, this game is not about political parties, that's the childish distraction, it's about power, wealth, the destruction of individualism, the promotion of collectivism (the individual being subordinated by the state) and ultimately controlling and harvesting the masses (human resources) - globally.


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    3. Maybe not you Justin, but others absolutely ARE treating the colouring book thing as if it's got something specific to do with Trump and the election, and they are, of course, sneering, in the way that the newly (post election) converted do.

      Lots of people in the US are carrying out acts of kindness, to support one another.

      What this really tells us is that this was no normal election and no normal election. People are acting as if they have amnesia (e.g. our own Turnbull and Bishop!). The reactions, ACROSS THE WORLD, were not wrong during the 18 month campaign, and didn't not suddenly become wrong 24 hours after Trump's win. That's why people are gutted, and it's not Trump, it's what he embodies, it's what the voters really think and feel about their fellow humans, it's how far gone they are that they will follow any gold plated pied piper straight over a cliff. And it is tragic. It hasn't even officially started yet, but people are not stupid, most things are actually very predictable, no one can pretend they 'didn't know' what a Trump presidency would do to America and to the rest of the world. We all knew. You did not need to be an American to see it.

      I will have to revisit your kindergarten potted history, too tied to absorb, very interesting, when I have time to come back to it.

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    4. Anonymous2:28 PM

      John Taylor Gatto - The Purpose Of Schooling (7 minutes)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeEWPbTad_Q

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  3. Anonymous2:07 PM

    John Oliver - very funny:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlHo-F1z_aw

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  4. Oh yes, extremely funny! (Finally someone who is actually being funny, rather than blaming protesters, the left, the media, the polls, the polling methods, the fake social media headlines.) He gets it. He's not in denial.

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  5. Anonymous4:44 PM

    Moral of the clip above - be careful what you wish for.

    As Trump supporters will find out soon enough.

    Politics, like war, is all about deception.

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    1. Yes, exactly, and Trump is defined by deception. Indeed it was shouted from the rooftops,across the whole world, not only in the US, but voters decided that was worth a whirl, for a change. You know, someone who is honest about never telling the truth about anything. I'm sure his supporters and all of his new fans find a logic in there somewhere.

      He was unfit to be POTUS last week, he is still unfit to be POTUS, no matter how many times the sheep and the rhinos lecture and hector the rest of us that he is by some miracle a different person because he won.

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    2. Anonymous2:26 PM

      Not only Trump is defined by deception, they all are - the whole bloody show is deplorable.


      "Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted." William Hazlitt


      "The most effectual engines for pacifying a nation are the public papers… A despotic government always keeps a kind of standing army of news-writers who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, invent and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper." — Thomas Jefferson.

      "The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars: the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth." - - H. L. Mencken - (1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist.

      "You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month." - CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories." Katherine The Great," by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991)

      “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” - Neil Postman

      “The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” - Frank Zappa.

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  6. I continue to believe that pulling out colouring books is an objectively reasonable response to the new American and global reality.

    Americans have spoken and their choice was a big temper tantrum throwing toddler, to be the most powerful person in the world.

    How can anyone be surprised if everyone else now behaves like a toddler?

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  7. “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” - Neil Postman

    This didn't arrive with Trump, but has certainly reached its zenith with his win as POTUS.

    That's why people - some, bizarrely only around half - the people of the world are repelled and yes, actually afraid.

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