~ Behind the propaganda engines ~
Version May 2005
[Need for searching the truth]
[Rare snippets of real info]
[Circumventing political correctness]
[News feeds & archives]
...The leader of Suquamis Tribe replied:
The president in Washington tells us that he wants to buy our lands.
But, how can you buy and sell the sky? It seems completely inappropriate to us.
Shining leaves of a particular pine tree, even smallest particles of sands in
our beaches, all the pastures, all the insects mean unforgettable memories for
my people. Although we don't own the least bit of this fresh air and water
how can we sell these in order you to waste? No, the land and sky are of Great
Manitu. Our Great Manitu is also your God. Will these beautiful forests remain
when the last indian living in these wild lands disappeared and became only
a memory living in clouds? Your only aim is wasteful expenditure and to poison
our rivers for gold and perhaps to darken the sky so to make us not to be able
to breath. What will happen when white hunters completed to murder all our wild
buffalo flocks? Do you think the excellent fresh odour will remain when all the
wild hourse flocks are domesticated?"
Now, er, is this snippet "true"? See evaluation lore:-)
|Need for searching the truth - a rant|
Well... please excuse this rant.
See: I strongly believe that you should feel by yourself the need to reverse the distorted information
patterns, news-propaganda and advertisement - that abound so evidently around us (just have a look at my
reality cracking section). If you don't feel such a need, or if you believe you
already have your own valuable sources of real information, this part of my site
will probably not interest you much (even if I think you'r in for a surprise).
Note that it is not only a matter of pushed advertisement,
whereby we find ourselves - faces down - in the sorry situation where we
now remember better some ads we have heard (a thousand times) in our youth
than we are able to recall the names of the friends we had (don't you too
that somebody should pay for this?). Shouldn't
we [retaliate] ("anti advertisement": an ongoing project)
The Ancient Greeks believed that you could not rely on someone else to tell you
what is right or wrong: everyone he himself must
researcher in search of truth.
Today, people rely on all sort of media
to tell them "the real news".
The problem - and the ironical aspect of such an attitude at the same time - is that in the awful commercial society we live in all medias - bar
some parts of the Internet - are OWNED by someone, who will obviously pursue
interests. You can bet that these media's "search for the truth"
- in the unlikely hipothesis that it
will be at all pursued - will never be allowed
to contrast the interests of their owners.
Unfortunately it is NOT ONLY a simple problem
of 'ownership' (whereby a newspaper owned by -say- a car-factory-owner will always be against
bykes and against any "pedestrian
solution" for our cities and will continuously (and viciously) push in order to compel
people to use a stinking car to fetch their
beers two-hundred meters from where they happen to vegetate).
There are MANY more cases of 'orchestrated
propaganda', as I tried to show with my old "propaganda cracking" essay
propaganda techniques in the context of the NATO / Yugoslawjan war.
Indeed it is so easy to 'orchestrate' mass media, that curious "ethically correct"
censorship phenomena now appear. It is for instance in all "mainstream" European media
nowaday practically "forbidden"
to deal with all the (huge) criminality problems due to
immigration (this is most evident for instance in France).
Alas! Since a lot of
poor and simple people, that do not happen to have a villa in a closed and well behaving
part of the town have to deal with these very problems in some
peripheries, it is no wonder at all that -as a a consequence- quite a lot of
zombies lean more and more towards little pathetical (and nazistical) "simplifiers" like
LePen in France, the Vlaamsblock in Belgium, Haider in Austria or Bossi in Italy.
The real problem is
reality is quite complex, not simple: therefore there are MANY "news" and MANY truths,
and of course there is
simple "miracle explanation" you could use to interprete the
global complexity of the world surrounding you. Lot of gains for those that profess a "simple" solution
for everything. The fact that such a solution is complete nonsense does not mean NOTHING in the real
world of politics. Big industries in Germany were in 1944 still paying the nazi,
even as russian and american bombs
were destroying them black and blue. There is an ineluttable logic in stupidity.
Moreover: profit and cynism are both very strong
forces, that you -as a reverser- should always take account of. Actually the very moment you meet somebody who
preaches to have a "solution" for all problems, you better
try to remain some steps "behind" him, so that you have the time
to sneak into a side-alley when the shooting starts and that moron gets what he jolly deserves.
This makes things quite complicated of course: "What? No compass? No weltanschauung as simple as
"I understand everything through
this gimmick philosophy"? Yep: this complicates things... on the other hand
propaganda and his ugly offspring:
simplifiers, and corresponds thus
better to what people await: most people want to feel that issues
are simple rather than complex, they want to have their prejudices
confirmed, they want to feel that they 'belong' somewhere (with the implications
that others do not), and need to pinpoint one or more "enemies" to blame for
That is where the capability of searching can be quite helpful. But it will
not be sufficient alone. Evaluating what you find is also very important, in
a web of rumors, conspiration theories, balooney sites.
The web gives tremendous opportunities for propaganda, but it
for the first time in the history of mankind, tremendous
COUNTER propaganda. Some snippets of "real" information MUST be
behind all the "fog" by the puppet masters, the problem is to find them.
Propaganda and advertisement take many forms and affect all of us, mostly in a
The printing press, and mass communications technology, have
the use of propaganda by governments, large corporations the
wealthy and the powerful.
They control the outlets of information sources and use it - of course - for
their own benefit.
The purpose of propaganda is to distort the truth.
Finding the truth was never easy.
It is like searching for a needle in the haystack. It takes lots
I hope the resources I have tried to gather will help you on your own quest.
|Rare snippets of real info|
In a world where almost all main media, and almost all other
information sources are OWNED by the slavemasters, how can you hope to gather some real info?
The fact is that slavemasters need some real info as well, not least in order to fight
effectively against knowledge, therefore -- on some places --
some short snippets of true information are still presented... hidden below the dull iceberg
of unskilled Guinea-Pig conditioning called "news".
Moreover you can always reverse some information out
of their disinformation.
"When somebody points at the moon,
only a fool looks at the moon,
reversers look at the pointing finger,
and sometimes bite it off"(Ancient reversers' lore)
[The Chomsky's papers]
[All the newspapers of the world]
[News feeds & archives]
Monde diplomatique] MONTHLY: *very* good, one of the best
sources of information of this planet, a little 'pauperistic' and
'whiny', but they see through reality
better than many others. This is one of
the BEST KNOWLEDGE SITES
of the whole web, without any doubt... hope you can read some
french... anyway there is
also a on-line version [in english].
This magazine will give you every month enough
material to easily
crack most newspapers (or TV-info) around you. Best buy.
Average search engine: s=iraq+iran
Zürcher Zeitung] DAILY:
among the best information sources in the whole world... of course
swiss need a 'unfogged' world image in order
to sell their chocolate and their
watches... and could not care less about "ready-made"
version of the NZZ] is also
Good "htdig style" search engine: &words=iraq+iran
very UK-centric, but quite good foreign politic analysis. Has the advantage to be in english and to have
one of the best cartoonists of the world (Steve Bell). If you just manage to avoid all the useless
crap about england,
this is a good font of all-around information. Has almost ALL its articles on line.
Good "verity style" search engine: QueryText=iraq+iran
Economist] WEEKLY: there
is of course MORE disinformation than information, but the former
is -at least- VERY cleverly presented. These people are in touch with the real slavemasters: must read (and reverse) for all those interested in
"high level" propaganda (where some snippets of true information are
continuously presented below the dull iceberg of skilled Guinea-Pig conditioning). Besides Karl Marx himself was an avid reader of the Economist :-)
The Economist's search modules have a NorthernLight type engine that can be quite useful for
quick references and 'angles' fishing purposes...
Pais] DAILY good to average
"european style" information,
especially valuable for people interested in south American
affairs (seen from an european perspective :-)
Do not forget to check the
[News feeds & archives] section!
Line by Noam Chomsky,
interviewed by David Barsamian, is for instance a
very cool and precise analyse of the world
affairs (a little too much anti-Israeli obsessed imo, for the rest quite
You'll find a small
part of Chomsky's cutting
these pages as soon as you can, you'll not regret it!
I'm not Chomskian myself (far from it), but his views
and mine do actually converge on so many points that I'm glad he
exists and teaches :-)
"Q: Why is it important to keep the rabble in line?
Any form of concentrated power, whatever it is, is not going to want to be subjected to popular democratic control or,
for that matter, to market discipline. Powerful sectors, including corporate wealth, are naturally opposed to
functioning democracy, just as they're opposed to functioning markets, for themselves, at least. It's just natural.
They do not want external constraints on their capacity to make decisions and act freely. It entails that the elites
will be extremely undemocratic."
" Democracy should produce free people.
That's the "ultimate aim" of a democratic society: not the production of goods, but the production of free human beings
associated with one another on terms of equality."
Castigat ridendo mores... who can ever forbid you to say the truth when laughing?
[The Onion] quite light,
but not bad at all, could be dubbed "the reversers' paper", since
it is actually
very often a good source of reversing thoughts. Sarcasm is a truly powerful weapon against
propaganda, conditioning, advertisement-induced cliches and censorship.
And the importance of pda to avoid crap...
Note, especially with ad infested newspapers like the onion, how important it is to use
the "pda-web": http://mobile.theonion.com/. Compare speed and
Signal / Noise ratio
with the previous
Note that if you use opera as a browser (which you should), you just
use the SHIFT+F11 trick
(View, small screen), which automatically kills all frills (well most frills) on a given page.
[McSweeney's Stories] by David Eggers (parodies Esquire)
[The Baffler], each issue seeks archly to debunk the
hip-seeking excesses of the corporate culture business
(it's not completely on-line yet, though)
|All the newspapers of the world |
Feel free to visit
[fu_speci.htm] and fetch whatever
newspaper you need, but don't old your breath for truths... being able to read any newspapers
of the planet does not mean much if you don't know how
to filter out the very rare snippets of information and to recognize the few valuable sources of information that
are not simple progandistic megaphones of their owners' interests. This said it is for sure quite instructive
to learn that slightly different soups of commercial advertisement,
hysterical nationalism & ridicolous propaganda are served - under all latitudes -
to the zombies...
Check the [reality
|Exegesis (text reversing)|
See the [ad hoc] section
Of course there's not only propaganda, but also a lot of CENSORSHIP being enforced. Often enough
propaganda techniques are used to enforce censorship. You may wanto to check
(and fight against) the recent european laws about copyright under preparation at the Council
and the European Parliament, that the political lackeys of the commercial powers
that be are going to adopt following the recent two
Communications of the European Commission COM(2000)789 "Follow-up to the Green Paper on combating counterfeiting
and piracy in the single market" and COM(2000)890 "Creating a Safer Information Society by
Improving the Security of Information Infrastructures and
Combating Computer-related Crime" (Euphemisms are particularly abundant during
propaganda indoctrination campaigns, therefore they're of course pounding quite
heavy with 'euphemistical rhetoric' in these texts... the commercial puppetteers and
are for instance called "interested parties" in the Commission's Jargon... allow me to puke :-(
Yet against propaganda and against censorship we can always use
the same old weapons: transparence,
knowledge spreading and of
course the most powerful one: sarcasm (as I said above:
Ridentem dicere verum Quid vetat?
There are many ways to ridiculize censorship attempts. Some interesting ones
have been devised and/or collected
by defenders of the
CSS Descrambler (see, for instance Dave
Touretzky gallery). Since some American clowns, under
commercial pressure, stated
that executable source code was not subject to First Amendment
protection against prior restraint of speech, and thus its publication could be prohibited, other ways to publish the code
had to be found for the United States. Some of them quite inventive. Such
approaches are interesting because
they can be applied mutatis mutandis to many other similar cases.
Just one of these examples will clarify what I mean: the complete C-source code of the CSS Descrambler (for
reading encrypted DVDs) is for instance located
INSIDE the image below :-)
To extract css-auth.tar.gz from the graphic file above, use an hexeditor,
go to byte 0x00799D and copy the
next 0x547E bytes to another file. Voila: the clownish censorship attempt brilliantly rebuked.
(Of course all this is nonsense: should you really need a Cssdescrambler you would
immediately, since you'r supposed to be a searcher, just
find one of the many copies of the complete C source code that exist all over the web :-)
|Circumventing political correctness|
A case of signal drowned by noise
,00.html: Kilroy-Silk defies critics and insists: I'm no racist
It took me quite some time to find the REAL article (not just the
citations) by Kilroy-Silk, see if you are quicker, it seems to me
that many of those discussing thesed things on their racist/anti-racist
blogs all over the (UK-related) web never happened to read the real stuff.
Not that what kilroy -- a politician turned media presentator for
housewives, quite a slimy figure, btw -- writes in his text makes much
sense (even if some does), but that's not the point: the point is
that when something happens the real data "disappear" and a lot of
noise, like huge clouds, settles on the web. This is annoying, to say the least, for Seekers.
See if and how you can find the article yourself... starting from
the guardian link above and without using the google link below until you have solved this.
btw: i finally got the article with the simple string
but it took me some time to get to it, i kept using snippets from
the citations found trough the guardian article above, and they
all brought me to other citations, like matrioskas, never to the
Seems to me that people really love and enjoy to discuss things
they hear from second hand, almost never using sources. Note how
ALL the official links you will find using the guardian artice
above will bend backwards in order NOT to report the complete
"There is not one single British asylum seeker in any Arab
That's a rhetorical little gem :-)
(You will find the complete text of the "racist" article
by Kilroy-Silk on our messageboard, but this would mean that you are not
capable of finding it by yourself on the wide wide web :-)
Re: politically correctness hinders searching?
A case of signal drowned by noise
by Nemo: (11/01/04 13:49:56)
politically correctness hinders searching? A case of signal drowned by noise Don't know... maybe I was too lucky... reading Gardian's article:
and knowing a little about journalistic language patterns, I would bet that the following strings are in the original article:
- 'suicide bombers, limb-amputators, women-repressors'
- "headlined 'We owe Arabs nothing'"
As the second one seemed more promising, I asked Google the following queries:
- "We owe Arabs nothing"
<-- the obvious one,
- "We owe Arabs nothing ***"
<-- underline possible hints of second hand information,
- "We owe Arabs nothing **"
<-- underline only two words in order to try to see the snipet,
- "We owe Arabs nothing **"
<-- show all search results.
After a quick browsing searching for pages containing more than citations, i.e. more than something along these lines:
- "bla bla bla" [...] Kilroy Silk / said
- ?bla bla bla? [...] Kilroy Silk / said
- 'bla bla bla' [...] Kilroy Silk / said
I found quickly this promising search result:
January 09, 2004. We Owe Arabs Nothing.
[Click here to read full article].
One of the worst cases of journalism ever, or
an exercise ...
www.therandomwalk.com/ - 28k -
Cached - Similar
note the "Similar
pages" option for this kind of things...
We live in a society obsessed by plagiarism... wich is *not* necessarily bad from a seeker's point of view, because that way we can trace to the source who said what :=)
When someone cites somebody, in written works, he must enclose the cited phrases in quotation marks
(i.e. ',",?) if those are small, or double indent them if they are big, and give credit to the author providing his name.
Seekers can take advantage of these habits by getting strings that must be in the original text...
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