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Just a soul whose intentions are good


Winston Smith

What is the point of this blog?

Conspiracy is neither my obsession, nor my guilty pleasure. My interest lies in the multifarious ways in which we are, as a society and as a culture, being manipulated from behind the curtain. I became aware of social conditioning/culture manipulation whilst quite young and yet I still somehow failed to see how it had affected my own thinking until well into middle age.

Conditioning is everywhere in our culture and those who practice it in order to advance certain agendas are past masters at its many forms. I therefore offer the information presented within this blog as an overview of the many methods that the manipulators of our society can and do use, to their advantage and our cost.

I’m aware that many who read these posts will be coming to much of what is covered here cold. And so, I have compiled this brief glossary of terms as an aid to understanding the concepts here covered.




Disinformation: The dissemination of false data or the deliberate omission of part or all of the facts pertaining to important information.

Straw man argument: Focusing debate or attention on selected – cherry picked – points of the opponent’s thesis to give a false interpretation of their meaning, or bring their motives into question.

Cognitive dissonance: Mental conflict occurring when assumptions or beliefs are contradicted by new information.

Group think: A lazy form of thinking where the individual prefers to adopt the opinions of their peers rather than make the effort to figure things out for themself. Once an individual has made a commitment to group think, it can be difficult and even dangerous to challenge their paradigm.

Cultural Marxism: Unlike traditional Marxism, which is economics based, Cultural Marxism focuses on culture. It maintains that all human behavior stems from the culture. Adherents can be characterised by their belief in a collectivist future, brought about by infiltration of the system via academia, the media and the political establishment. They believe in change from within enacted incrementally.

False flag: Essentially a self inflicted wound designed to implicate an enemy to justify an intended aggression against them.




Hegelian dialectic: The dialectic, put simply, involves taking two opposing ideas; Thesis and Antithesis (eg. Capitalism and Communism, Left wing and Right wing, Theism and atheism) and putting them into conflict. After a time the two arguments begin to take on aspects of their opposite, in effect creating a third way, known as Synthesis. The blending of Capitalism and Communism creates a kind of collectivist fascism. The blending of Theism and Atheism creates New Age type quasi religions.

Agenda 21: Not what it appears to be, but rather the very epitome of the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

New World Order: This is not, I believe, the name of an organisation as is commonly claimed, but rather, a scheme that has been running beneath the surface of our society for well over one hundred years. It is the planned take down of the Nation State by a cabal of elitist Oligarchs. They have been working tirelessly for a world (radically reduced in population) collectivised and controlled by a global police state apparatus.

Illuminati: This name, which you will rarely find used on this blog, should be considered a general term intended to describe the more occult (hidden) aspects of New World Order conspiracy. I feel that it is generally used inappropriately and most often (though not always) by COINTELPRO operatives trying to discredit those who question.

Operation Gladio: Though the code name is only really relevant in Italy, it has come to refer to the top secret ‘stay behind armies’ which NATO put in place, in almost every European country, to act as a sort of behind the lines guerrilla force should the West be overrun by Soviet conventional forces. These largely right wing or Fascist groups had members reaching right up into governments, Police, Military and other Establishment organizations. When WWIII failed to materialise, these CIA backed fanatics began to use their resources and networks against Leftist groups, even going so far as to commit terrorist atrocities and blaming them on the Red brigade. These atrocities are even said to have included the bombing of the Bologna railway station and the kidnapping and murder of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

Tavistock: The Tavistock Institute pretends to be a benign charitable NGO, but is actually a key component in the creation of social manipulation and mind control techniques.

What they claim to be.

What they are accused of being.

Skull and Bones: A fraternal secret society operating out of Yale University. Included in its list of members are many notables of the power elite including Presidents. This group is, by definition, occult.

I will add more to this section as time permits.


Bibliography of essential texts

I would further wish to direct the reader’s attention to the following essential readings. If you have not had access to any of these books then you have little chance of understanding the world you find yourself living in.

John A Stormer: None dare call it Treason

Gary Allen: None dare call it Conspiracy

Dr Anthony Sutton: Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution 

Wall Street & the Rise of Hitler

America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones

The federal Reserve Conspiracy

Carroll Quigley: Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

The Anglo-American Establishment 

Holly Sklar: Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management

Edward Bernays: Propaganda

Zbigniew Brzezinski: The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era

John Coleman: The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

David Ray Griffin: The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé

Michael C Ruppert: Crossing the Rubicon

Webster Griffin Tarpley: 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in the USA

Eustace Mullins: The Secrets of the Federal Reserve

Niki Raapana, Nordica Friedrich: 2020: Our Common Destiny and The Anti Communitarian Manifesto

Cathy O’Brien, Mark Phillips: Trance: Formation of America

David McGowan: Weird scenes inside the canyon 

Programmed to kill: the politics of serial murder

Other books of note: Confessions of an economic hit man by John Perkins, The shock doctrine by Naomi Klein, Debunking 9/11 debunking by David Ray Griffin, Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy by David Ray Griffin.

Hey man, what’s with all the wiki quotes?

I have occasionally been criticised for relying too much on a certain online encyclopedia. I am only too aware that Wikipedia is, in general, an unreliable source. Many of the moderators on there are in the employ of the Intelligence community and it has long been a vehicle for the dissemination of disinformation. That said, I made an editorial decision at the very beginning that I would make it as easy as possible for people to check any facts I use to back up my ‘opinions’ (after all, I’m not writing academic papers here, I’m trying to help speed the day that ‘hundredth monkey’ makes the connection).

This should in no way be taken to mean that I use Wikipedia as my primary research tool. I quote it when I know it is correct on a particular point simply because I’m only too aware that many people do use it and, in many cases, simply won’t bother to read anything that isn’t easy to access online. I fact check everything I print, to the best of my ability. And I have a large personal collection of well-thumbed books on history, science and politics to hand. This may only be a blog, but I take what I do here very seriously.

I would also ask that if, whilst using this site, you come across a dead or broken link, please let me know so that I can fix it promptly.

One more space that can’t be filled



Once again I find myself writing about the death of one of our number.  I should have done this earlier, but frankly, I was just too damned depressed to contemplate it. Dave McGowan has succumbed to his illness and the research community is by far the poorer for it. I did not know David, though we corresponded briefly by email just a short while before his diagnosis. In fact he was kind enough to feature one of my blog posts on his Facebook page. He was generous that way.

David was a fearless researcher who worked tirelessly to crack the doors of perception. He knew things were not the way they were advertised and wanted to give others the means and opportunity to see that too; again, generous. I’ve often referenced, here on orwelliania, his wonderful book Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon about the darker side of the 1960s/70s Laurel Canyon scene. For me it was a vital piece in the jigsaw and I hope to god that someone has the wherewithal and the good sense to keep that essential tome in print (his other fine books equally so, for that matter).

The other invaluable resource that I hope will live on now that Dave is no longer with us, is his wonderful website The Center for an Informed America. It would be a tragedy indeed were this to disappear.

It is not my intention to eulogise David here. That would be presumptuous, I was not a close friend, merely an admirer of his work. I did not know him, though I wish that I had. Instead, I’m going to reprint an article that shows the deep insight that David brought to his life and work. The site Truth and Shadows have also recently chosen to reprint this particular article, I suspect, for the same reason I wished to. It’s a wonderful portrait of the man and his process. Bear in mind, David penned this piece just one day after 9/11.

Perhaps I can reach a few people who might miss the article on Truth and Shadows; introduce just a few more (even just one) to David and his ideas.

That is my hope.

Please read with an open mind.




By David McGowan  The Center for an Informed America

“We are going to see a great number of articles in the future from so-called experts and public officials. They will warn about more violence, more kidnappings, and more terrorists. Mass media, the armed forces, and intelligence agencies will saturate our lives with fascist scare tactics and ‘predictions’ that have already been planned to come true.”
– ‘Conspiracy theorist’ Mae Brussell, 1974

SEPTEMBER 12, 2001 – I have a friend with whom I frequently disagree on matters of politics. He thinks that I am a crazed conspiracy theorist, and I think that he is a reactionary fascist. There was one thing that we agreed on though.

A few weeks ago, I told him that our fearless leaders seemed to be veering dangerously close to unleashing ‘tactical’ nuclear weapons upon the world. Although he seriously doubted that that was in fact the case, he readily agreed that such an action would be reckless and unconscionable. He stated that he couldn’t envision any scenario under which such a strike would be justified and that we should avoid, at all costs, crossing that threshold. Opening that door, he believed, could only serve to escalate tensions and make this a much more dangerous world in which to live.

He was one of several people who called me yesterday to discuss the alleged terrorist attacks upon America. During the course of that call, he stated flatly that when the perpetrators were identified, they and their backers should be nuked. When I reminded him of our conversation of just a few weeks before, he said that things have changed now. I asked him if he had considered whether that wasn’t perhaps precisely the point of the attacks. Unfazed, he reiterated his belief that I am a crazed conspiracy theorist.

Excuse my cynicism here, but have we Americans completely lost our ability to think?

Are we now so thoroughly brain-dead that we are completely reliant on our media outlets, with their endless supply of ‘experts,’ to make sense of events in the world? Are we really that stupid – or do our leaders just think that we are?

The actions taken on the morning of September 11 were crimes – horrendous crimes against humanity, to be sure, but in the final analysis, not so very different from any other crimes. And the first step in solving any crime is to look at who had a motive and who had the means and opportunity to commit said crime.

As for motive, we are being asked to believe that a band of Islamic terrorists are the most likely suspects. But is that really the case? Was it a state-sponsored terrorist group that had the most to gain by launching such an assault? Or was it our own political, corporate and military leaders?

While the people of the Palestinian territories may well be dancing in the streets today in celebration of the blow struck against the United States, they certainly won’t emerge as the winners in this national tragedy. When the bombs begin to rain down upon them, as they certainly will, the loss of life, property and hope will be far more profound for them than it will be for the people of New York. Their short-term ‘victory’ will be a hollow one indeed.

This is certainly not to suggest that there are no governments, groups, or organizations around the world – or within these borders – that have legitimate grudges against the United States government. The numbers of such entities are legion. Two hundred years of imperialistic covert and overt military ventures have created a lot of enemies of the American ship of state, and a tremendous amount of residual bitterness. Yet none of these groups stood to gain by launching such an attack.

The United States, on the other hand, has much to gain in the aftermath of this chapter of American history. I am not talking here, of course, about thepeople of this country, who will pay a steep price for the carnage of September 11. Big Brother has assured us that we will be protected from future acts of this sort, and we will welcome with open arms the repressive, overtly fascistic ‘reforms’ that will be enacted.

The people of this country, and of the world, are always the ones to pick up the tab for acts of gross governmental malfeasance. The people of some hapless country (or countries) that is identified as the culprit will pay with their lives and the lives of their children. The people of America, and much of the Western world, will pay with the wholesale stripping away of their remaining human, civil and privacy rights.

Such a scenario only serves to benefit those who sit at the top of the food chain. Our elected leaders – who are elected only in the sense that every couple of years we are given a choice between two interchangeable candidates – will revel in the free reign they will be given to ram through legislation so appallingly reactionary that it would have been unthinkable just days ago. Military spending and the militarization of the country will escalate to a fever pitch.

Welcome, my friends, to the new and improved police state – the largest, most powerful, and most technologically advanced police state the world has ever seen. With the much-lauded U.S. economy tanking, and unemployment figures hitting their highest levels in years, this will come in very handy for the ‘powers that be.’

The ugly truth is that all ‘anti-terrorist’ measures are designed not to protect the American people from attack or to protect our ‘freedoms,’ but to protect wealth and power – specifically the unprecedented levels of wealth currently held by corporate America – and to restrict those very freedoms that threaten their hold on that wealth. This American tragedy, in other words, plays directly into the hands of the corporate and military elite of this nation, who have for years been propagandizing for a more belligerent and imperialistic foreign policy and for more repressive legislation here on the homefront. Having been presented with a pretext to enact such measures, it is our leaders – elected or otherwise – who stand to gain the most from yesterday’s bloodshed.

As for the question of who had the means and opportunity to commit these crimes, the official story holds that they were the work of a well-organized foreign terrorist organization. Officials have acknowledged that the operation was an exceptionally well-planned and well-coordinated series of attacks that required months of planning and a large network of co-conspirators to pull off. So well-organized was the operation that government spokesmen and television talking-heads (which are really the same thing) have been at a loss to explain some of the day’s events. Many questions have been left unanswered and some haven’t been asked at all. Some of the answers that have been offered have strained credibility far past the breaking point.

One question that has gone unanswered is how a plane was able to penetrate so deeply into the Pentagon’s airspace – even after two other planes had already plowed into the World Trade Center towers. Despite the ridiculous current claims, the airspace surrounding the Pentagon is perhaps the most tightly controlled, militarily secure airspace in the world. This would be all the more true in the immediate aftermath of a large-scale ‘terrorist’ attack on New York City.

Claims have been made that even if the approach of the aircraft had sounded an alarm, it would not have been targeted due to the fact that it was a commercial aircraft with many innocent lives aboard. Nonsense. Anyone who thinks that U.S. military/intelligence personnel would hesitate to target a commercial airliner, particularly in light of the fact that two such aircraft had already been used in suicide attacks, is living in a media-induced fantasy world. The question then of how this plane was able to ‘elude’ the Pentagon’s formidable defenses is one that should receive close scrutiny from America’s ‘free’ and ‘independent’ press. There is virtually no chance that that will happen.

Another question that begs for an answer is how teams of presumably armed hijackers were able to breach the security measures of no less than three major airports and successfully hijack four separate flights. Contrary to the claims now being made, security precautions currently in place in U.S. airports are anything but “lax.” That fact was being implicitly acknowledged by this morning, as reports began to come in claiming that the hijackers had improvised weapons from razor blades and other items carried in their shaving kits. The network and cable news broadcasters reporting this story actually did so with straight faces.

This scenario would be laughable were this story not such a tragic one. According to the latest official accounts, three to five terrorists boarded each of the hijacked aircraft (all of these terrorists, of course, were such religious fanatics that they had agreed to give their lives for the cause they believed in, and none of them presumably had second thoughts about that decision once the operation was underway). Does anyone really believe that a few guys wielding toothbrush handles embedded with razor blades could quickly and efficiently gain control of a commercial airliner? I would think that such a group would have their hands full trying to hold-up a liquor store.

How could, as has been reported, such a ‘terrorist cell’ possibly simultaneously overpower the flight crews and corral all of the flights’ passengers into the rear of the planes? I don’t consider myself to be a particularly brave or heroic sort of guy, but I would not hesitate for a second to take on a couple of guys wielding toothbrushes, particularly if my life, or the life of my family, was on the line and if I knew that I had some sixty people (the average number of passengers on the flights) behind me who would back me up. Maybe that’s just me, but somehow I think most Americans would rise to the occasion.

Nevertheless, these terrorist teams reportedly succeeded where so many other, better-armed terrorists have failed. The majority of hijacking attempts, as officials have acknowledged, end in failure. There hasn’t been one to succeed in this country for a decade. And yet these teams succeeded, and on a spectacular scale, in four-out-of-four attempts and with only the most primitive of weapons. To what are we to attribute that fact? Don’t look to the media for answers.

Perhaps the most obvious question raised by the attacks, and one that officials have feebly attempted to answer, is how the planning for such an operation could have escaped the attention of the country’s intelligence services. Whenever such an event occurs, the intelligence agencies rather predictably hang their heads, slump their shoulders and sheepishly grin as they explain their powerlessness to predict such things: “We did the best we could,” they explain, “but our resources are limited, our adversaries formidable, and our sources not infallible.”

That’s a real nice story, but the reality is that the CIA – along with the FBI, ONI, DIA, NSC, NSA, DEA, and virtually every other three-letter acronym you could think of – constitutes the largest and most insidious intelligence network the world has ever seen. Its agents have fully infiltrated every foreign government on the planet, as well as every significant ‘terrorist’ group and every domestic resistance movement that has ever posed even a remote threat to the goals of those who helm the American ship of state. It is simply inconceivable that such an ambitious attack could have been planned, coordinated and launched without the knowledge of numerous members of the national security state.

That is the inescapable reality that no amount of media and government spin can erase, though politicians and their media puppets will work overtime to do exactly that. One need only to turn their television set off and their brain on though to see how preposterous is the claim that these attacks took the intelligence community by surprise.

Perhaps the most disturbing question raised by the attacks is what exactly caused the twin towers of the WTC to collapse? The impact of the planes affected only the upper floors of the towers; their foundations were unaffected. The UK’s Guardian acknowledged that the initial impact of the aircraft would result in less stress on the building than is normally caused by high winds. The buildings were specifically designed to handle such horizontal movement.

The Guardian and its expert consultants conclude that the collapse of the buildings was the result of secondary explosions, attributed to the delayed release of the large supply of jet fuel carried by the aircraft. How though could the ignition of the jet fuel have occurred as a delayed, secondary explosion? As the endlessly played videotapes of the attacks graphically illustrate, the initial impacts resulted in enormous fireballs and the immediate engulfing of a portion of the buildings in flames.

It is inconceivable that the aircraft’s fuel tanks would not have burst upon impact, with their contents then immediately ignited. Indeed, if that wasn’t in fact the case, then how are we to explain the initial explosions and fireballs that were witnessed by the world? What exactly was it that created the spectacular initial blasts if it wasn’t the jet fuel? But if that was the case, what was it then that created the secondary explosions that appear to have occurred? These secondary blasts were acknowledged early in the day by an NBC newsman. The correspondent stated on the air that he had just talked with the fire department’s public safety commissioner who verified that large secondary explosions precipitated the collapse of the towers.

A radio broadcaster on WLS in Chicago (according to a correspondent), whose former colleague* is a CBS journalist who was on the scene at the towers, said on the air that this colleague had witnessed an enormous fireball emanating from beneath one of the towers immediately before it came crashing down. What are we to make of these scattered reports, none of which received any follow-up coverage amidst the non-stop blizzard of media attention?

To be sure, the collapse of the towers, captured on tape for all the world to see, had the decided appearance of controlled implosions, facilitated by the precise placement of technologically advanced explosives. The world has never before witnessed such complete destruction of a targeted building by an act of war or a ‘terrorist’ assault. We have seen the United States target many a building for destruction. In the most recent military venture, we saw an embassy building and a television studio, among many others, take direct and multiple hits from state-of-the-art bombs and guided missiles. The buildings were devastated, to be sure, but the damage didn’t come close to matching the pile of rubble that the Twin Towers were reduced to.

We also saw a highrise Israeli apartment building take a direct hit from an Iraqi Scud missile during the Gulf war (actually, most of us probably didn’t see that, except for those who happened to be tuned in to CNN for the brief few moments when the footage was aired; as it turns out, that Scud missile was actually safely intercepted by a trusty Patriot missile, or so it was claimed, just as if the footage had never aired). The point though is that the building was hit and did suffer extensive damage, and undoubtedly at the cost of many lives. But again, the building – though sheared nearly in half – was in considerably better shape than the WTC towers.

It occurs to me then that perhaps America has invested entirely too much time and money in pursuit of creating ever more powerful and efficient weapons systems. Who would have ever thought that the best weapon with which to reduce an entire tower to rubble was the plane itself. It doesn’t even have to be a military plane – any old commercial aircraft will do. Someone obviously should have followed up on the early work done in this area by the Japanese during World War II.

In the final analysis, we must ask ourselves the following questions: Who had the means to get highly-trained commando teams onto four commercial aircraft flying out of three separate airports? Who had the ability to violate the Pentagon’s airspace, completely unmolested and unchallenged? What weapons were really used to commandeer those aircraft and who had the means to get them on the planes? Who had the ability to plan and execute such an ambitious, multi-pronged attack without the interference of the U.S. intelligence services? Who had the means to staff each of the four teams with at least one well-trained, and suicidal, pilot? Who had the means and opportunity to plant secondary explosive charges, if in fact these were used?

Finally, perhaps the most important question to be asked is: who stands to gain the most in the bleak aftermath? It is certainly not the American people, or any resistance movement within these borders. It’s definitely not the still-to-be identified target(s) of the nation’s wrath (which will likely include Iraq). That would seem to limit the remaining choices.
It is quite possible, indeed quite likely, that members of some ‘extremist’ group served as the foot soldiers of these attacks. But it is just as likely that they were used as pawns in the global chess game that serves as our collective reality. It is also likely that these ‘terrorists’ were motivated by legitimately perceived grievances with the U.S. government. Those motivations weren’t likely shared by their puppeteers, however, who cynically manipulated those belief systems to serve their own ends. Most of the participants probably did not know that they were embarking on suicide missions. Quite likely only the pilots knew that, and they may very well have received a little more ‘training’ than your average pilot.

All of this is, by necessity, just speculation at this point. The true facts of the case will emerge over time in bits and pieces, mixed in with a healthy dose of disinformation. It matters little though in which direction those facts point. The official story has already been written.


Dave McGowan, passed away from cancer at 12:42 p.m. on Sunday 22/11.

Godspeed David.


30/11/15: This just appeared on David’s Facebook page

“Several people have expressed concern about what will happen to Dave’s body of work. Dad signed his intellectual property over to me (Alissa, the eldest daughter) a couple of months ago to safeguard it in the event of his passing. Please be assured that both this page and his website will be maintained (actually, I’ll soon be rolling out a new and improved website that he and I were working on together before his death). No permission has been sought for reproduction of any of the material on his website, so if anyone sees any “mirror” sites, please let me know.”

The snake that eats its own tail

Image: Y. Caradec

Image: Y. Caradec


I fear the day is fast approaching when it will be illegal to visit or author a site such as this. What I, and perhaps you also, call a free thinker’s blog, many others would call a conspiracy site. Those people will probably cheer the latest clamp-down on free speech. Many people will say ‘I hate conspiracy theorists’, when what they really mean is they hate the disquiet caused by having their consensus reality shaken by unwanted doubts.

After the shocking events in Paris on 13/11, the French government seemed almost to fall over themselves in their haste to grab extensive and draconian new powers. With the population still reeling from the horror of seeing so many innocent citizens murdered en masse, the authorities moved swiftly to remove more of those same citizen’s civil liberties.

The new powers were deemed necessary for ‘the security of the state’ and the public was assured the measures were only to last for the duration of the emergency. Where have we heard that before?

A state of emergency can only last 12 days, after which a vote is needed to define and prolong the measures. On Sunday the French president, François Hollande, was reported to have told parliamentarians he was considering an extension of three months. ~ The Guardian 17/11

The great thing about terrorism, from a government’s stand point, is that the threat it poses is often nonspecific and completely interpretive. As a case in point, the US still hasn’t revoked the emergency powers initiated on 9/11, fourteen years ago.

It is rare indeed for any government to completely relinquish powers it has taken the trouble to acquire. In fact, I can’t think of a single instance where this has happened since the end of WWII (excepting when it was forced by foreign intervention).

Most significant for the French state in the current context are the powers given to the security services and police to act without judicial oversight. They can conduct house searches at any time, enforce house arrest and confiscate certain classes of weapons, even if people hold them legally. ~ The Guardian 17/11

Let us see whether or not these powers continue past the state of emergency.

As a slight aside, this author finds it a little odd that these attacks seem most often to take place in countries that have gigantic, well resourced security forces and are thus best equipped to react in a massive show of force.

The other interesting phenomenon we are seeing lately is the way Western governments all seem to act in concert on these issues. At no other time in history would a terrorist attack in Paris have led to governments all over the world initiating restrictive security measures. Since when has an indirect threat been sufficient justification for a clamp-down?

It appears, any attack, anywhere is being used globally to rationalise the confiscation of civil liberties on an unprecedented scale. These include vague pronouncements like this, from the French government: “Police will be able to place under house arrest individuals flagged for their behaviours or their acquaintances, their comments or projects.”

How long before this language becomes the global norm? We’ve already seen Cameron make a speech to the UN where he compared ‘conspiracy theorists’ to terrorists.

There was a time when such a statement, made by a world leader, would have been considered ludicrous and dangerous. That time, it would appear, has passed.

I’ll end here with a reminder or two that the word terrorism itself is open to interpretation.

– Winston Smith

You see everything you do

Torture victim to torturer: You’re going to Hell, you know?
Torturer (smiling): That’s alright, I don’ t believe in Hell.
Victim: That’s because you think Hell is a place people go when they die.
Torturer: And what do you think it is?
Victim: Hell is the world that is born in your mind in that instant when you finally run out of road.

When elites win, we lose

There’s no mystery here, money talks; votes…..not so much.


Truth may be crazier than fiction

-Winston Smith

There was a side of this city I didn’t want you to see.
There’s just these guys that I know, we go back pretty deep.
And I hope this whole thing didn’t frighten you.
There were times that it terrified me.
I know what they said, I don’t know if it’s true
I hope this whole thing didn’t frighten you.

~ The Hold Steady, I hope this whole thing didn’t frighten you.


I’ve tried several times to write a post for this blog over the past few weeks. Each time, however, I’ve been stymied. It’s not that there’s nothing happening worth remarking upon; there is a staggering amount of dark shit going on in the world right now.

No, the problem is that very little of what has been happening makes even rudimentary sense. The entire world appears to have simply gone mad—der.

We have open admissions in the media and even from politicians that the US is funding and training ISIS in Syria. Yes I know ‘conspiracy nuts’ have been saying this for several years now, but to the general population, nothing is real until the TV says so.

And does this revelation draw public outrage and calls for sackings of all involved?

Nope. Apparently we’re fine with it. Apparently, the people our children died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are now our trusted allies in the fight against the unutterably (because it’s all BS) evil Assad.

We have always been at war with Eastasia Winston.

Here’s another prime example;

Obama announces that he is going to bomb ISIS and a year later there is no noticeable effect other than the fact that the ‘terrorists’ have grown in strength and brazenness.

Alternatively, Putin announces that he is going to bomb ISIS and seventy two hours later, most of their infrastructure and leadership is reduced to smoking craters in the desert.

What exactly were the Americans and their allies doing all those months with all those billions of dollars worth of bombs?

How did they miss all those convoys of shiny new Toyota trucks crammed to the gills with flag waving, black clad jihadists?

We don’t know, because the media won’t ask.

Does this send a ripple of discomfort through the psyche of Joe and Joanne public as they sit before the blue glow of the family alter? It would seem not.

A sink hole has opened up and swallowed reason. You can literally tell people anything now and, so long as it’s coming via an official organ, they won’t blink.

I get the feeling even the powers-that-be can hardly believe their luck in this regard. They seem to set little tests every now and then just to reassure themselves that the public really are as gullible as they seem.

A man guns down a pretty reporter- filming the entire thing as he goes. The Glock fires several times, but no shell casings are ejected. The woman is shot at point blank range, but there are no impacts and she doesn’t even drop the mic after being shot twice. Instead she turns and runs(!) with multiple gunshot wounds. We’re told the gunman then shoots her dead, but we have to take ‘their’ word for that because he has suddenly lost interest in documenting his crime.

For the record, a Glock that doesn’t eject shell casings is not firing bullets. This was entirely fake, but the world bought it, so test complete.


The narrative has grown more and more absurd as the months have passed, to the point that Dali resurrected couldn’t make sense of it. This is probably deliberate, but the other possibility is that the secret manipulators have lost control of the game.

As the global economy slips into the manufactured implosion that is meant to lead us into the global police state, is it possible that things are not going quite to plan? Some people believe it is Putin who has put the cat amongst the pigeons, but perhaps the true culprit is something a little more amorphous. Could that thing be humanity herself?

Sure, the vast majority are little more than human place-holders, but there is (and has always been) a tiny group of brilliant souls amongst us who are irrepressible. These are the innovators, the navigators, the problem solvers. They are the best of us and they are constantly devising work-arounds for the many problems that beset humanity.

Could the fractured narrative we are seeing be a result of the powers-that-be reacting on the fly to unwanted solutions to their fake paradigms?

This last point is pure speculation on my part. I have no evidence to back my thesis other than my gut, which I nevertheless trust implicitly. Just as I am certain that there is a secret evil in the world, manipulating events, I am equally certain that there are quiet champions who are diligently working in opposition to it.

I hope that this is so.

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How I learned to stop getting angry and laugh at the NSA.

– Winston Smith

I see a whole lot of people getting very worked up about the endless spying by government intelligence agencies upon, well, everyone basically. These people vent their spleens online, railing against the unjustified intrusions into every aspect of our lives; the violations of our privacy and the curtailing of our civil liberties. You know the sort of thing.

It sucks, I get that. I’ve felt that rage a multitude of times.

One day, however, my rage just… left. I tried to get properly worked up over some new Snowden revelation or other and it just wouldn’t come. Initially I was nonplussed. This was clearly an outrage, so why wasn’t I, you know, outraged?

Then I realised, this was what you call an it’s not me, it’s you type situation. The two-way relationship I thought I’d been having with the intelligence agencies; they spy on me and I get outraged by their spying on me, just wasn’t working for me anymore.

You see, at first I’d been flattered by their constant attentions, with everything they had going on in their lives, they were choosing to focus on a little nobody like me. Something like that can really turn a fella’s head.

I thought about all those guys and gals at all those rows and rows of hi-tech monitoring stations, bent forward over their screens, headphones on, listening with rapt attention to my every word (I know that’s not really how it works, but in my fantasy that’s what it always looked like and it’s my fantasy, so butt-out).

I’d write them little love letters like the example below, telling them how important they were in my life (I’m thoughtful that way).

Original image: Banksy. Words: Winston

Original image: Banksy. Text: Winston


But, like most unequal relationships, the whole thing eventually lost its appeal. I guess I began to lose respect for them.

Here’s the thing; how can you respect someone who will just do it with anyone? literally anyone. I mean, where was their pride? Where was their self-respect? Those whores were willing to spy on absofrickinlutely anyone; your Grandma! They didn’t care. They would do (and were doing) everyone.

No class.

I began to see how utterly undiscerning they actually were. It was kind of pathetic, comical even. I mean, Grandma? How desperate were these guys? The answer, the only one I could logically come to was, very.

Maybe they do it for the money (that taxpayer mulla is hard to turn your back on). Maybe they just need to feel relevant. The most disturbing possibility is that they actually believe they’re doing something…good.

Whatever motivates them, I can no longer play my role. Once you’ve seen how ridiculous someone has become, you can’t really unsee it. And try as I might, I can no longer get all worked up over the pathetic fumblings of a ridiculously self-important and clearly delusional dinosaur.

And that’s why all I have left for them is derisive laughter. They are funny, in a sad kind of way,  because they have no idea how pointless they have become. And, because they are ignorant of that fact, they will eventually overstep – go too far – and wake the sleeping giant. You can push an apathetic people a very long way, but go one inch further and they will dig in their heels and turn on you. Then you get to find out who is really in control in this relationship.

Proselytising propaganda for the modern young thing

– Winston Smith

Getty Images.

Getty Images.

There are two types of propaganda.* The first is of the Fox News variety (delivered at an almost cartoonish pitch of hysteria); aimed squarely at the traditional/conservative/working class. It talks a lot about patriotism and the flag and how this is the greatest country that ever existed (whichever country the target audience happen to be in). It gets a lot of people all stirred up and increases the sales of tiny flags (usually made in China). It also pisses the hell out of progressives.

And then there’s the second type, I call it the NPR model (delivered in hushed, eminently reasonable tones that suggest the speaker knows that those listening are already aware of and in agreement with their views), this is propaganda specifically designed to ensnare those who think they’re way too clever to fall for propaganda. Type two is all about how messed up our society is and what a terrible country we are; how we should all feel ashamed and want to do something to change things. This ‘guilting’ works very well upon the minds of those who feel underrepresented within the system, however, the change it advocates never goes anywhere and the leaders it throws up are all plants. In the end it just walks us back into the coils of the establishment.


Here’s the thing I’ve come to realise, though, the first type largely exists to distract you from the second. The ham-fisted nature of overt propaganda is a shell game meant to fool the unwary; to prevent them from noticing the real propaganda; the stuff that works because it is mostly saying exactly what its intended victims want to hear.

If you don’t question absolutely everything you hear and read, if you let your guard down because you think you can trust a particular source, you are going to be propagandised; it’s as simple as that. And then you become just another tool in the hands of the oligarchs.

Think once. Think twice. Think; don’t be a tool.

Do these people know they've been propagandised?

Do these people know they’ve been propagandised?



*Actually, it’s just two separate, but complimentary layers of the same beast.


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