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  • rogerglewis 7:49 am on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works 

    Re visited this for a comment on Watts Up With That.In The Uk we have a guy Called Prof Brian Cox, he pulls the same schtick. He was the one in the Aussie debunking show debunking here. With his #Graff”

    CLimate science propaganda has become about signalling belief and testing faith even in the most ridiculous concepts this article elaborates on the point vis, General Political propaganda.

    Most folk that wash up on these shores must know it is a fool’s errand to try and disabuse the faithful of their faith. And unfaithful priests will continue to seek offerings from their flocks for as long as the Host remains alive.
    On Settled Sceance

    and re-branding the Carbon Surplus question?

    Consent Factory, Inc.

    For students of official propaganda, manipulation of public opinion, psychological conditioning, and emotional coercion, it doesn’t get much better than this. As Trump and his army of Goldman Sachs guys, corporate CEOs, and Christian zealots slouch toward inauguration day, we are being treated to a master class in coordinated media manipulation that is making Goebbels look like an amateur. This may not be immediately apparent, given the seemingly risible nature of most of the garbage we are being barraged with, but once one understands the actual purpose of such official propaganda, everything starts to make more sense.

    Chief among the common misconceptions about the way official propaganda works is the notion that its goal is to deceive the public into believing things that are not “the truth” (that Trump is a Russian agent, for example, or that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, or that the terrorists hate us for…

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  • rogerglewis 3:15 pm on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Rohingya Psyops: Waging Covert War on Myanmar 

    An Excellent Analysis. The Gas and Silk Road connections are very redolent of Syrian Intrigues.


    by Gearóid Ó Colmáin, February 6, 2017

    The United Nations has accused the Government of Myanmar of committing ‘genocide’ against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country’s troubled Rakhine State. In recent weeks the crisis in Myanmar has escalated, with human rights groups and NGOs publishing copious denunciations of the alleged human rights abuses and mass murder committed by the Myanmar Armed Forces, (Tatmadaw). The Myanmar government claims that they are fighting a war on terrorism against forces which seek to destabilise the state, Islamist forces in particular. They also claim that the so-called ethnic minority commonly referred to as ‘Rohingya’ are really illegal East Bengali immigrants.

    Despite thousands of serious allegations of rape, pillage and mass murder committed by these Bengali immigrants in Myanmar, human rights groups and the ‘international community’ have blamed all the violence on the Burmese authorities. Who are the Rohingya and why have they…

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  • rogerglewis 9:04 am on September 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guaranteed Income and Living Wage Schemes Cannot Possibly Work 

    Skepticism awaiting added argument.


    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg Supports Universal Basic Income.

    In its basic form, universal basic income means “everyone gets a paycheck, whether they have a job or not.”

    Many expect even more. They want a guaranteed “living wage”.

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  • rogerglewis 8:47 am on September 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Mosler on “Where Does Money Come From?” 

    Very useful discussion in the comments.

    Origin of Specious

    I was recently at a dinner event with Warren Mosler, organised generously by Ralph Musgrave of the Ralphanomics blog.

    The event included both MMTers and Sovereign Money proponents. It was a great event, and I think everyone got a lot out of it, even the Sovereign Money people.

    Here is a photo of us, with Warren (somewhat ironically) holding up a Positive Money shirt. Notice smiling non-Brits on one side, unsmiling Brits on the other (hee hee hee):

    Mosler.2 Left to right: Me, Warren, Ralph, Andy Blatchford, Mike Harley, William Richardson

    One of the pleasures of the evening (for me at least) was hearing Warren making a careful, line-by-line criticism of the book Where Does Money Come From?, published by the New Economics foundation. I’ve heard little but praise for that book, which I believe to contain a number of misleading statements. So it was reassuring to hear Warren taking issue…

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  • rogerglewis 8:14 am on September 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    #105: Anticipating the next crash 

    Re-Blogging before commenting. In this very complex question separating Apples from Oranges and avoiding inevitable circular reasoning is an important and non-trivial task.

    Surplus Energy Economics


    Because the global financial crisis (GFC) was caused by a collapse of trust in banks, it can be all too easy to assume that the next crash, if there is one, must take the same form.

    In fact, it’s more likely to be different. Whilst the idiocy-of choice before 2008 had been irresponsible lending, by far the most dangerous recklessness today is monetary adventurism.

    So it’s faith in money, rather than in banks, that could trigger the next crisis.

    Introduction – mistaken confidence

    Whenever we live through a traumatic event, such as the GFC of 2008, the authorities ‘close the stable door after the horse has bolted’. They put in place measures that might have countered the previous crisis, if only they had they known its nature in advance.

    The reason why such measures so often fail to prevent…

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  • rogerglewis 8:08 am on September 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    An idiots guide to arguing with bankers 

    Posted this to Facebook Back in 2011, sadly so little has changed .

    Matthew Richmond


    I was recently drawn into a petty dispute with a total stranger on Facebook about the causes of the financial crisis. Although the individual (who I will allow to remain anonymous) has some pretty bizarre views on the EU and the welfare state, his positions on the cost of the bailouts are illuminating. The exchange has some useful lessons for anyone who becomes embroiled in an argument with a financial whizz kid who thinks they can explain away the crisis using the same bankrupt thinking that caused it. I have posted the (rather long) exchange below, but I would summarise the key lessons as follows:

    1) Do not get sucked into number crunching – the key point is that the numbers are essentially meaningless, and as soon as the markets lose faith in the validity of the numbers they cease to count. If you put positive assumptions into the number…

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  • rogerglewis 12:41 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    THE SINISTER REALITY OF ANTIFA: violence, secrecy, links to George Soros, & perversion of social justice causes. 

    A wonderful Blog from The Slog. essential reading along with Chris Hedges on Truth Dig.

    The Slog.

    me4  In this extended analysis of Antifa’s influence and structure, The Slog deconstructs the positive image the organisation tries to portray, and raises serious issues for anyone tempted to support it. In particular, there are awkward questions for Momentum, Diane Abbott and the British Labour movement to answer.

    Researching the coverage of Antifa’s antics in the mass media, one cannot help but discern a certain reticence to come out and call a spade a spade. Its confrontations with liberal-defined “Far Right” organisations are almost always identified in terms that include a smear-description like Nazi, neo-Nazi or racist for the object of abuse, but only ever the heroic “anti-fascist” nomenclature for Antifa itself.

    So let’s open by saying what Antifa is about, rather than what it is against.  It is an organisation that embraces the use of violence, and is openly dedicated to the destruction of capitalism. In its ranks are various…

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  • rogerglewis 8:07 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    #103: Down and running? 

    anyone interested in some answers had better head over the Dr. Tim Morgans Blog where there are certainly a whole heap of better questions being asked!

    Surplus Energy Economics


    Some months have now elapsed since the warning here about the very real risk of a run on the pound sterling (GBP). Though – thus far, anyway – the currency’s value has eroded rather than crashed, the relentless, almost daily setting of new lows is starting to look ominous.

    This process has an importance reaching far beyond Britain itself. As will be explained in a forthcoming discussion, the next financial crash is likely to differ from the 2008 global financial crisis (GFC) in at least one crucial respect – this time, it’s likely to be currencies, rather than banks, which are hit by a traumatic haemorrhaging of trust.

    And, if you’re looking for the likeliest candidate for a crisis, sterling stands out from all other major traded currencies.

    The real problem, frightening in its implications, is that there are almost no fundamental grounds for…

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  • rogerglewis 5:23 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    #85. Perfect Storm gets nearer 

    I feel like I found the Holy Grail, Dr. Tim Morgans Blog. Well, that´s another day of reading when I should be DIgging a Gert big hole for our new Heating System Accumulator Tank.

    Surplus Energy Economics


    If you have read Life After Growth (2013 and 2016), or before it Perfect Storm (2011), you will be familiar with the thinking on which the theory of surplus energy economics is based. Though the next article here was to have been a rescue plan for the British economy, it seems more important to update you on surplus energy economics.

    My perception is that things are starting to stir, and that the climate is becoming much more receptive to ideas which challenge the traditional interpretation of economics.

    What’s happening now?

    Though less than six years have elapsed since Perfect Storm, a great deal has changed. Back in 2011, many found it disconcerting that the head of research at a major City institution would put his name to a report stating that a tightening of the energy equation might be bringing 200 years of…

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  • rogerglewis 5:21 pm on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Wind Power–Some Basic Facts 

    Very interesting and a very good comments section.

    Watts Up With That?

    From Paul Homewood’s Blog

    August 12, 2017

    tags: wind power

    By Paul Homewood

    We see many glowing articles about wind power, and renewable lobbyists, such as Renewable UK, are often given undue space in the media to peddle mistruths.

    This article is designed to lay out some of the basic facts. It will naturally concentrate mainly on the UK, but I believe it will have relevance elsewhere too.

    Renewable lobbyists like to emphasise how “clean” wind power is, and how many tonnes of CO2 are saved.

    Others will argue that wind farms are a long way from being environmentally friendly, and arguably save little CO2 anyway.

    I am not going to get into these debates, as they are subjective, and therefore not relevant to an objective analysis.

    Capacity and Outputs

    So, first to some basic facts.

    Last year in the UK, according to government statistics, wind power generated 37.4 TWh…

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