There they go again, jacking American public opinion with carefully crafted myths. As Seminal diarists powwow and Bill Egnor have noted, Attorney Scott Horton’s recent article in Harpers.org busts the cover story for three apparent murders of detainees at Camp No, a Gitmo within Gitmo: namely, the myth of “asymmetrical warfare by suicide.” He gets a whole lot of help from a slip of the lips by the principal myth-maker, Army Colonel Michael Bumgarner. After a strict definition of the sense in which I use “myth,” by Alan Watts, I list a few responses.
|By: knowbuddhau Wednesday January 20, 2010 12:57 pm|
|By: knowbuddhau Tuesday January 12, 2010 8:00 pm|
In her segment, Cheney daughter ignores tough questions, Rachel Maddow and her guest, The Nation‘s Washington editor, Chris Hayes, bust the ham-handed myth-making of Dick Cheney’s daughter in terms positively Pavlovian.
|By: knowbuddhau Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:24 am|
Rachel Maddow and Brown University Africana Studies Department Chair Professor Tricia Rose examine our examination of talking about race relations in America today. The disconnect, between rhetoric and reality, is a measure of the power of myths over facts in the minds of electorates.
|By: knowbuddhau Tuesday January 12, 2010 8:52 am|
Glenn Greenwald’s morning post is a tour-de-force through the misbegotten bizarro world dreamt up by deliberate “falsehood-disseminators” intent on jacking public opinion to hell and back and sticking us with the bill both ways.
|By: knowbuddhau Saturday January 9, 2010 10:55 am|
What’s the motive for terrorist attacks? Helen Thomas asked that pivotal question, but the White House ducked and cover-storied. Ray McGovern has the obvious answer that few dare speak.
|By: knowbuddhau Friday January 8, 2010 9:42 pm|
Rudy “9/11 is my middle name” Giuliani himself tried to get away with what appears to be another installment in Karl Rove’s Scherezade Strategy, laughably making the myth that we had no terrorist attacks while George Bush and Dick Cheney were instituting torture AS FEDERAL POLICY (each act itself constituting a form of state-sponsored terrorism, which President Obama so far has shockingly failed to investigate and prosecute). In tonight’s broadcast, Rachel Maddow busts that myth to smithereens right over Mr. 9/11′s head.
|By: knowbuddhau Thursday December 24, 2009 5:20 pm|
By relying so heavily on deception, propagandists have made of truth, our invincible ally, and their own worst enemy. Once enough of us catch on to their public opinion-jacking magic, they’re doomed.
|By: knowbuddhau Thursday December 24, 2009 11:52 am|
In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, the first thoughts of a self-aware consciousness are explored. When consciousness first thought, “I am,” it next thought, “I fear what I am not.” This fundamental misconception is at the root of all human suffering, generating the all-consuming Fear that drives our insane militarism. What’s the answer to primeval fear?
|By: knowbuddhau Wednesday December 23, 2009 1:01 pm|
In my debut entry, you can watch Jon Stewart bust Scott McClellan’s central myth: ‘Whatever it is, it isn’t willful deception. It’s the Beltway culture, not the otherwise good and decent people making the myths that create the Beltway culture!’ Now it has reminded me of the Bill Moyers Journal segment in which Matt Taibbi and Robert Kuttner reprise the roles of Stewart and McClellan.