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Bullshit Spoken In An Assertive Tone: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix



Watching the slow, silent realization creep over online
Democrats that Biden really isn’t going to do anything for
them.

Americans: $2000 checks please

Government:
Sorry did you say airstrikes on Syria?

Americans: No,
$2000 checks

Government: Okay, since you asked nicely
here’s your airstrikes on Syria.

This latest Biden
airstrike is being spun as “defensive” and “retaliatory”
despite its targeting a nation the US invaded (Syria) in
response to alleged attacks on US forces in another nation
the US invaded (Iraq). You can’t invade a nation and then
claim self-defense there. That’s not a thing.

If
you’re uncritically repeating US government claims about its
justifications for its acts of mass military violence,
you’re not doing journalism, you’re writing Pentagon press
releases.

It’s like the Biden administration is
actively trying to vindicate everyone who spent the last
four years saying that as far as policy decisions are
concerned there’s nothing unusual about the Trump
administration.

The only way to see the Biden
administration as significantly different from the Trump
administration is to jack your mind into an alternate
reality made of partisan narrative constructs.

The
short-term plan to fix America: Get rid of Trump.

The
long-term plan to fix America: Mumble mumble diverse cabinet
mumble mumble mumble I bet Trump is hatching some pretty bad
schemes for 2024 mumble mumble.

The facts are in and
the debate is settled. Those who claimed the Democratic
Party can be used to move the United States toward sanity
were wrong. The first step to escaping a burning building is
to stop pushing on the fake emergency exit door that’s been
painted on the wall.

Biden is doing to his campaign
promises what MBS did to Jamal Khashoggi.

Yes what
Mohammed bin Salman is doing to Yemen may be quantifiably
hundreds of thousands of times worse than what he did to
Jamal Khashoggi, but as a liberal I am more offended by the
latter because Yemeni children don’t write for my favorite
newspaper.

China’s success on the world stage benefits
the Chinese people
. America’s success on the world stage
comes
at the expense
of the American people.

The
second-most profitable ability is a knack for moving
numbers around in a way that benefits the powerful.
The most profitable ability is a knack for moving
words around in a way that benefits the
powerful.

You can convince people to believe absolute
bullshit if you say it in a confident-sounding and assertive
tone. If you say it when designated an authority figure it
becomes even more convincing. Powerful manipulators are
acutely aware of this, while the general public is
not.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it is broke,
spend billions of dollars in mass media influence convincing
everyone that it’s not broke and doesn’t need to be
fixed.

When everyone’s been marinating in propaganda
their entire life, common sense is often
non-sense.

Coming to a mature understanding of the
world is the slow, humbling process of realizing that the
socialists and anti-imperialists have been pretty much right
about pretty much everything, and that everyone who calls
them crazy or extremist is wrong.

Lord, please let me
love myself the way western centrists love criticizing the
brutality of non-western governments while ignoring their
own.

They snatched the slingshot out of the child’s
hand because he might hurt someone, then a few short years
later they handed him an automatic rifle and gave him the
power of life and death over people in a village
overseas.

Alternate answer to Fermi’s paradox: we
haven’t met the aliens because a civilization far more
advanced than our own would have matured emotionally and
spiritually beyond the need to sail around the galaxy
molesting the natives like a bunch of fifteenth century
Europeans.

Whether or not you will make the best
decision in a given moment has a lot less to do with what’s
happening in that moment than with how consciously you have
lived each moment leading up to it.

Deep inner looking
will reveal a kind of “event horizon” to your field of
experience beyond which there’s only emptiness. Deeper
looking will reveal that your perception of your field of
experience is actually coming from that emptiness.
That emptiness is therefore your true self. This is the only
sensible place from which to take your stand.

Putting
truth before all else makes it harder to be comfortable, but
it’s also the only path to real lasting
happiness.

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