By Larry Romanoff for The Saker Blog, May 21, 2021
If I were a dictator, one of my first dictates would be that every adult must take at least one university-level course in logic. In today’s world, with what is essentially an international criminal element in control, one which effectively manages public perception through their leverage over the mass media, readers would benefit immensely from some exposure to the principles of logic.
The main issue is that logic is concerned with the practical science of reasoning (truth and validity of arguments), but the actual mental processes we employ in reasoning are the province of psychology, not science, and are often not valid, leading to conclusions which are not true. It is the latter that media propagandists use to violate the former, by taking advantage of our psychological reasoning processes to lead us to false conclusions while masking their tactics so we remain unaware of the deception. Most of these tactics are surprisingly simple.
One is to associate an argument with a famous person or an embedded religious or political tenet. A statement like “Every patriotic American will agree that . . .”, is often sufficient to lead us to a wrong conclusion, in spite of our intuition telling us something is not right. Another tactic very commonly used is to attack the character or authority of the author, or even the tone of his writing, without actually addressing the substance of his argument, and in fact to rigorously avoid addressing the argument. If I can successfully impugn your character, many readers will discount anything you say.
And surprisingly often, simply stating the opposite without any supporting evidence is sufficient to deflect our reasoning from the truth: “He stated the now-debunked theory that . . .”, with no evidence the theory was actually debunked, nor by whom, nor on what basis.
I will focus here, with examples, on two primary tactics in the false logic of media propaganda. The first is the astonishingly simple one of attaching a lie to a truth. Our psychological reasoning processes will recognise a first statement as true, then automatically accept an attached lie as being also true. The second is the use of statements that appear at least plausible, but which are followed by a vacuum of information, forcing us to either accept or reject outright the statement, but giving us no basis on which to do so. Uninformed readers will almost inevitably accept such unsupported statements as true, in spite of the total lack of evidence.
Much of the information presented to us in the form of what we now term “the official narrative” of so many geo-political events, is almost childish in its presentation yet so cleverly done by the propaganda experts that little apparent criticism is generated and the public seem to accept the stories in spite of the immense and glaring flaws. This is the reason the media articles present either no details or almost none; if no information is given, there is nothing to question or attack; if no claims are made, no resistances arise.
Thus, we have statements referring to “China’s increasing militarism in the South China Seas”, but no information, no data, no documentation beyond that empty claim. This leaves readers with the choice of either accepting or rejecting the claim itself but, except with informed readers, no basis on which to do either because of the complete lack of information. And, traditionally, if the public encounter this claim in five or six different media sources, they will tend to accept it as true in spite of the complete absence of evidence. Even worse, it has been repeatedly proven that big lies are more readily accepted than are the small ones. This is the legacy left by Freud, Bernays and Lippman, the ease of “pulling the wires that control the public mind”, provided only that one controls the microphone.
Usually, the ‘official narrative’ contains a simple statement that is either true or at least marginally plausible, one which we tend to accept intuitively as true. As I noted, one of the most clever tactics in propaganda is to attach a lie to a truth. Casual or cursory readers and viewers will almost always fail to notice the startling lack of logic and discontinuity in reasoning in the information they are accepting as true. Consider this from CNN:
“China’s ambition is to make high-speed rail the mode of choice for domestic long-distance travel, but [China is really doing this because] high-speed railways are symbol of the country’s economic power . . . increasing prosperity . . . [and] political influence.” (1) In other words, China is building its high-speed rail network to (a) show off, and (b) to gain political influence over other nations. A lie attached to a truth. The first statement is true – that China is making high-speed rail the travel mode of choice, but the attached statements are rubbish, insulting claims presented without a shred of supporting evidence. But in the mental logic of an unschooled reader, the lie attached to the truth is generally accepted, unquestioningly, as also true.
Here is another excerpt from CNN, this one even more startling in its claim:
“A Pew Research report from late 2020 found that of 14 countries surveyed across Europe, North America and East Asia, every one had a majority negative view of China. But opinions of China were worsening even before the pandemic . . . and [this began] in 2019 when top [Chinese] diplomats began aggressively calling out alleged slights against China in press conferences or on social media.” (2) Do you see what has happened? The Jewish-owned media and (largely) Jewish columnists trashed China relentlessly for all of 2020, with Pew cheerfully noting that all surveyed countries had a negative view of China. However, the reason for this negative view wasn’t the incessant attacks on China in the public media, but instead was due to Chinese diplomats “aggressively calling out” these false claims and insults. A lie attached to a truth. The first statement of the polls is undoubtedly true, but the attached claim is obviously rubbish, yet readers will generally accept the entire paragraph as true. So, the reason people don’t like me is not because you have been publishing lies about me but because I have been objecting to the lies you tell.
The above two examples taken from thousands similar in my files, are simply hate literature, preparing the public to accept severe political or military action based on ‘a thousand cuts’. But there is another category potentially much more serious, related to the covering-up of crimes committed by our International Cabal of Gangsters (ICG). The propaganda tactics and the devastation of logic are very similar, as is the naive credulity of readers. In these cases, we also have (a) a simple statement that appears intuitively plausible, (b) a complete lack of information and detail, and (c) a ridiculous conclusion either presented outright or at least insinuated, but entirely without support. Again, in modified form, a lie attached to a truth.
I assembled some typical examples for presentation here, and was surprised to see they all related to biological attacks. Each is a startling example of an ‘official narrative’ that cannot possibly be true, yet so cleverly done that each event raised no discernible challenges from the vast readership of the mass media. Each is almost certainly an example of high crimes perpetrated by our ICG and being covered up by their media friends, yet no one apparently noticed. Such is the power of clever propaganda. Hence the subtitle of this essay: All you need to do is think. Let’s look at these in turn.
UK Foot and Mouth Disease
In Part 1 of this series I referred to the two epidemics of UK foot and mouth disease that resulted in the culling of millions of cattle and bankrupting most small farmers. I covered this in detail in an earlier article (3) which I recommend you read. The official narrative was that “Animal Rights Activists” entered the biological labs at Pirbright and Porton Down and stole “some vials” (note the framing) of the pathogen and spread it throughout the country. This is our simple statement that appears intuitively plausible, but presented with a complete lack of information or detail. The ‘truth’ was the outbreak of the disease; the lie attached to it was about the perpetrators.
However, both Pirbright and Porton Down are Level-4 Military bio-weapons laboratories under 24-hour military guard. No ‘activist’, animal-rights or otherwise, could possibly penetrate such an installation without being shot dead in the attempt. Second, a ‘vial’ is a tiny glass bottle containing maybe 10 ml. of fluid, something you could easily put into your pocket. But the deadly pathogen was spread throughout the entire nation and infected many millions of cattle, which would require several thousand liters of the pathogen. You cannot accomplish that with a ‘vial’, and you cannot carry it on a bicycle. So now we have our animal-rights activists approaching a forbidden, off-limits, deadly-force environment, backing up a 5-tonne truck, loading it with several cubic meters of a deadly pathogen, and driving away not only unmolested but apparently unnoticed. Further, we must have had thousands of activists to cover all of England and infect the millions of animals on virtually every small farm in the country. Even more, they must have been wearing Harry Potter invisibility cloaks because they did all that unseen and undetected. Why does this story make sense to you? And so far, we haven’t required facts; we are simply using logic.
Would the story make more sense if the media had told you that for three months prior to this outbreak, departments of the UK government were scouring the nation for all sources of timber that could be burned to incinerate diseased animals? It wasn’t even much of a secret. Would the story make more sense if the media had told you that according to papers leaked from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the UK government had made a ‘dry run’ of precisely this event only a few months beforehand? Very similar to Event 201 prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, if you’re interested in coincidences. Would the story also make more sense if we learned that one or two Big Agra companies suddenly appeared in the aftermath to take control of more or less the entire beef supply of the UK?
China’s “Pork Speculators”
In 2019 and 2020 China was hit with a nation-wide wave of deadly swine flu, necessitating the culling of several hundred million pigs – China’s main meat source. The pathogen was distributed with small drones flying over countless thousands of farms while spraying something. The outbreak was the truth; the attached lie was again related to the perpetrators. All of the Western media, including Hong Kong in this instance, flooded their pages with claims that ‘pork speculators’ were responsible for this. Let’s ignore facts for the moment and try to apply some logic.
First, many laboratories in many countries research such pathogens, but the amounts necessary for research typically are a cupful. The volume of pathogen necessary to infect and\or kill 300 million pigs would be at least tens of thousands of liters. Where would our ‘pork speculators’ obtain such a volume of a deadly pathogen? The nearest 7-11? Wal-Mart? The only source of any pathogen in that volume would be a military bio-weapons lab where it was created for use. There is no evidence that China has any such labs but for the moment let’s assume they do have. How would the pork speculators gain access to it? What do you suppose would happen if you and I went to such a military installation and said, “Good morning. We would like to buy 5,000 liters of anthrax, please.” Exactly. And if the Chinese did have such a facility they would be unlikely to supply people wanting to kill most or all of their own country’s meat supply.
Perhaps more to the point, in any country, WHO would have access to these facilities and the pathogens contained therein? Only agencies of that government. Nobody else. Logic permits us to dismiss the possibility of the pathogen arising from a Chinese facility, so what would be the source? We don’t have a smoking gun, but China and Russia are surrounded by 400 American military bio-weapons labs. There is no other likely source, and no other country with a likely motive or with ample experience in this area, which means the swine flu epidemic in China was either quite or very possibly a US biological weapons attack. And the media flood of ‘pork speculators’ was propaganda meant to pre-empt rational thought on the part of readers. The lie attached to the truth, to protect the perpetrators (ICG) and blame the victim.
Let’s Look at SARS
We don’t know how SARS was created and released, but we do know the official narrative as presented in the Western media was a lie from beginning to end. And if the media are promulgating a lie, we know they are covering for those responsible. Why else would they do it? I covered this in detail in an earlier article you may care to read. (4) Let’s look at only one part of the SARS epidemic, the “super-spreading event” at the Amoy Gardens residential complex of 30 and 40-story buildings, home to almost 20,000 people that experienced a massive outbreak and had to be evacuated. Virologists were unanimous in categorising this as “the most spectacular event” of the entire SARS crisis.
The official (Western media) narrative flood told us the virus was spread through defects in the building complex’s drainage or sewage system, Wikipedia adding poetically that the virus “was blown by a gentle maritime breeze” from the toilet sewage pipes into the stairwells and thence to all the apartments. We don’t need facts here; we just need to use our heads.
What would be the source of the huge amount of SARS pathogen required to infect all those buildings? What would be its means of locomotion, and why would it choose to gather in volume in that one location? And how could it do so? Do SARS viruses form flocks? By what means would such a huge amount of this coronavirus enter the sewage systems in the first place? The sewers are all underground; there is no entry point. How could a breeze, ‘gentle maritime’ or otherwise, possibly enter the sewage system of a huge apartment complex? Is there a hole in the external wall where all the toilet pipes emerge? Next, to blow air and pathogen from an underground sewer upwards to infect all apartments on 40 floors of 10 buildings would require more than a gentle breeze – more likely a hurricane.
I am not a plumber, but a “defective sewage system” in a high-end high-rise apartment building does not seem to possess the claimed qualifications to distribute lethal pathogens to all apartments. In any case, aside from the initial – and unsubstantiated – claim, there were no reports either before or after the outbreak to suggest any plumbing defects ever existed. Once again, to a casual reader the story sounds plausible until we stop to think about the practical logistics. After all, sewage and drainage pipes are no doubt dirty places which make a happy home for germs of all kinds, but those germs are there because we put them there each time we dispose of waste. They don’t enter a building and seek out the drainage pipes of their own accord, then run around independently like mice looking for a place to hide, and lurking until victims approach. Nor do they spread throughout a building and intentionally enter each home. Either case would require an intelligence. And a large pail.
Would it have assisted your understanding if the media had informed you of the immediate conclusion by Russian virologists that the SARS virus “absolutely” originated in a lab? It was interesting that while SARS emerged first in Guangdong Province, fate led the infected persons to travel to Hong Kong where the virus spread. The health officials in the Chinese Mainland snuffed it out immediately while Hong Kong took the hit, and SARS was statistically a Hong Kong epidemic rather than Mainland Chinese. That almost sounds like an attempt that failed.
Let’s Look at MERS
In late 2012, the world experienced the onset of a new mini-epidemic from a novel coronavirus that was named MERS because it supposedly originated in the Middle East, infecting small numbers of people in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar. The virus was blamed on camels which, after millennia of friendly cohabitation with man, suddenly decided to share their virology with humans. I covered this in detail in an earlier article you may care to read. (5)
The outbreak in Korea was the largest manifestation of MERS outside the Middle East, hitting that country with economic damage in the billions. According to the official narrative in the Western media, South Korea’s infections were apparently traced to an (unidentified and almost certainly fictitious) “businessman” who developed MERS after returning from a trip to the Middle East. We have our (quite plausible) opening statements followed by conclusions offering zero detail, in fact truth followed by a lie.
One item neglected by the media was the massive outbreak of MERS at the US Osan Air Base in Korea, which conveniently was very near the home of the likely-imaginary ‘infected businessman’. The Osan airbase is the home of the US JUPITR ATD, a military biological program that operates its other lab facility at Fort Detrick, MD, as well as home to one of the US military’s bio-weapons production labs and a very secretive WHO bio-lab operated by the US military. The theory most closely fitting the facts is that the MERS outbreak may have been caused by a laboratory accident at the JUPITR biowarfare project, and our ‘infected businessman’ may in fact have carried the pathogen in the opposite direction.
Interestingly, there was sparse coverage of the MERS outbreak in South Korea, certainly compared to SARS, where we were treated to virulent China-bashing 24/7 for most of a year.
Let’s Look at ZIKA
An unremarkable little virus so mild most people don’t even know they have it, and one that had never done any harm to anyone. ZIKA is spread only by mosquitoes and never traveled anywhere in its entire life, remaining sequestered in a forest in Uganda where it was discovered. But then one day ZIKA developed a kind of viral wanderlust and traveled 12,000 kilometers or so, crossing the Pacific Ocean, the US and Mexico, all of Central America and the Caribbean, and finally traversing all of South America to land on the Atlantic side in Rio and São Paulo. From there, it almost instantaneously radiated outward 4,000 or 5,000 kilometers in all directions to cover most of Brazil, then spread to all of South and Central America and the Caribbean, flooding more than 20 countries within a few months, voyaging as far as Mexico and Puerto Rico.
How did this happen? Well, according to the massive flood in the Western media, ZIKA was brought to Brazil by an infected traveler from Micronesia who had come to watch the World Cup. The plausible lie attached to the truth. And again, we don’t need facts; we just need to use our heads. ZIKA is not a contagious disease; it is spread only when bitten by an infected mosquito. If the (fictional) traveler had indeed been infected, how many millions of mosquitoes would have had to bite this unfortunate Micronesian to become infected and then infect millions throughout Latin America within a very short time? To cause such a rapid outbreak would require hundreds of millions of infected mosquitoes. Even more, how could infected mosquitoes traverse all of South America? Can mosquitoes fly over the Andes? How could they travel 10,000 or more Kms. to flood 20 countries in a few months? How did they travel the 12,000 Kms. to Brazil in the first place? You know the official story cannot possibly be true.
ZIKA was given massive prime time Western media coverage, replete with photos of graveyards, tombstones, urns filled with wilting flowers. Why? The number of people who had experienced even mild illness from ZIKA was perilously close to zero, and no person had ever died from it. What was happening?
Two things. First, something that was heavily censored in the Western media: a UK company named Oxitec had for several years been conducting “transgenic mosquito trials” throughout Latin America, pretending to mate their mosquitoes with the local variety to produce sterile offspring, releasing hundreds of millions of mosquitoes in all countries. It was then that the outbreak of ZIKA occurred.
The second thing was that ZIKA was being tarnished with tales of brain damage to infants, tales entirely lacking medical or logical foundation, but propagated nonetheless. On the heels of these tales, and interspersed with them, was the sudden awakening or resurrection of literally hundreds of US-based and funded NGOs all campaigning loudly – with massive media support – for all of Latin America to abandon its laws against abortion – for the sake of all these ZIKA-infected mothers who would now give birth to infants with “devastated brains”.
And that is the entire story. The pro-abortionist NGOs are primarily Jewish, as are the media, and as is Oxitec with its funding and connections naturally including the usual group of suspects. The only conclusion that fits all the known facts is that ZIKA was deliberately unleashed, using pre-infected mosquitoes, as part of a plan to eliminate the anti-abortion laws in Latin America – the world’s only holdout. I researched this thoroughly and covered it in an earlier article which may interest you. (6)
By late May of 2020, Beijing had been virus-free for nearly 60 days. I recall having an uncomfortable feeling that this wasn’t the end, my fears justified when Beijing experienced a new outbreak in the Xinfadi market. (7) The media immediately hit us with a small flood of propaganda that Beijing was experiencing its “second wave” – a characteristic of COVID-19 that had been heavily promulgated by the media in spite of the clear fact that NO epidemic in history has ever exhibited second or third or fourth natural ‘waves’. We were also hit with repeated claims that “China’s wet markets” were a natural breeding ground for pathogens, and that this latest outbreak “showed how the virus can still come back as restrictions are eased”. (8)
The Western media went silent rather quickly with the announcement from the intensive investigation of “a groundbreaking virus tracing discovery”, which was that the strain of the new virus in Beijing was the same as that in much of Europe, that this variety had never before been detected in China and was clearly an import. Dr. Daniel Lucey confirmed a Reuters report on the genetic sequencing that “the virus is from a different continent”, and thus was clearly imported. (9) It was also much more contagious – and more deadly – than previous varieties.
The media did note that the Xinfadi market was the largest fresh-food market in all of Asia, filling more than one square kilometer and equivalent to nearly 160 football fields, with many thousands of shops. But they failed to tell us that virtually the entire market was “severely contaminated” while nothing in the surrounding area was touched. It was obvious the contamination entered the market – and only the market – from a source external to China, definitely unrelated to bats or other ‘wildlife’.
The propaganda framing and tactics are instructive: we were already conditioned to accept ‘second waves’ in spite of these being a media fiction, and also pre-conditioned to accept that these markets are unsanitary – even when they aren’t. But given the lies attached to a truth, and given no detail, our mental processes accept as true the conclusions desired by the media.
The lack of logic, however, is glaring. How can a very different variety of a virus travel from another continent to Beijing without leaving infections along the way? And this new virus was traveling with friends if it could infect 160 football fields in a couple of days. Virus outbreaks always begin on a very small scale, and then expand, so what would be the source of such a huge amount of pathogen released in one place at one time? And why would it cross half of China, choosing to land on and infect only that one location in Beijing, the largest market in all of Asia with hundreds of thousands of visitors each day, while sparing every other possible victim? That would almost require an intelligence. And a large pail. To forestall such conclusions, the Western media placed a news embargo on this topic immediately upon the facts being released. We are left with the uncomfortable feeling that the Western news media were issuing propaganda meant to cover for their friends in the ICG.
I will dwell here on only one media propaganda topic, that of the source and distribution of COVID-19 in China. The Western media, beginning with Radio Free Asia, were at first unanimous in the virus ‘leaking’ from the labs at Wuhan University, but when China counter-attacked with Fort Detrick, the narrative changed to bats. This was so true that even the US social media censored anyone suggesting a lab origin for the virus. We have now turned 180 degrees, with the lab origin again on the table and Facebook welcoming posts on Wuhan (but not Fort Detrick). Presumably, blaming bats is now prohibited.
This new ‘examination’ was prompted largely by Nicholas Wade, a former New York Times science writer, who performed a detailed investigation proving that the case for a lab leak was scientifically strong although, like all others, he focuses only on a release from Wuhan but not from Fort Detrick which would be more plausible for many reasons.
In terms of media propaganda, the process is similar: a lie attached to a truth. In spite of all prior attempts and a great amount of media noise, there was never a shred of evidence presented to document the possibility that the virus escaped from the Wuhan lab. But we are now fed a new item – that the US has a huge volume of “intelligence” which has apparently not been examined, but which will now be critically appraised for proof and evidence of China’s ‘guilt’.
Once again, all we need to do is think. For 18 months, the US, through the media, made intense and unremitting efforts to blame China for the outbreak. Is it really possible that during all that feverish prosecution the CIA and State Department sat on a “treasure trove” of intelligence which might have proved China’s guilt, but somehow didn’t bother to check? Such an assumption is completely devoid of logic. The more sensible assumption is that everything was examined from every possible point of view, and logic would suggest that this latest ploy by Biden will produce nothing but more media noise. The best defense is a good offense.
To add a bit of fuel to the fire, the US State Department claims – with no evidence again – that “several scientists” at Wuhan were hospitalised at the onset of the outbreak with “what appeared to be” COVID-19 symptoms, as if they would know. But this “almost proves” it was China’s fault after all. The Chinese authorities have stated firmly that the above claim is not true, that no one from the Wuhan lab was ill or hospitalised, but the Western media ignore this or discount it as Communist propaganda. In this case, a lie attached to another lie.
I would be remiss in not mentioning the greatest leap of all in the logic of the Western media narrative of this event: that an accidental escape of a pathogen would occur in one of China’s main transportation hubs with literally tens of millions of travelers leaving or passing through on the eve of China’s annual migration – the world’s largest – where perhaps 600 million people might be traveling home for Chinese New Year. If I were a pathogen wanting to escape confinement, I couldn’t do better. Utilising this one location at that time would virtually guarantee an instant nationwide epidemic of biblical proportion, spreading the infection throughout the entire country with the potential to set China’s economy back 30 years in one swoop. That would almost require an intelligence. And a large pail.
This story has not yet reached its final chapter.
China’s 6 Bio-attacks
It hasn’t been reported in the West, but China suffered a total of 6 biological attacks within two years, the swine flu and COVID-19 being only two. There were various concentrated outbreaks of bird flu, some of very deadly pathogens, and none of which had a clear natural source. The question is, why China? The media propaganda narrative suggests China lacks sanitary cohesion, but the truth is that most countries in Asia are well below China in sanitation, India being perhaps the worst example. Logic encourages us to ask why India doesn’t have dozens of pathogen outbreaks, and why all these epidemics occurred only in China. And of course logic also induces us to ask who has 400 biological weapons labs surrounding China and Russia.
Mr. Romanoff’s writing has been translated into more than 32 languages and his articles posted on more than 150 foreign-language news and politics websites in more than 30 countries, as well as more than 100 English language platforms. Larry Romanoff is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He is one of the contributing authors to Cynthia McKinney’s new anthology ‘When China Sneezes’ — Chapt 2 – ‘Dealing with Demons’.
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Let’s keep it clean folks. We’re talking about Propaganda and the Media.
I was revisiting some posts on this very subject from 12 months ago and found a wonderfully apt comment from Dragan to reflect on…
…from the post…
“Soon, but not soon enough to stop loss of life, people will realize what is happening. Not why or how they got there. And the solution to which they will reach for salvation will be flawed. Figures of authority will spin lies which is all they know to do. They will be sharply dressed, groomed and ready to take you thirsty over the river. Watch for prophets, they will spring like mushrooms after the rain. All of them will be peddling hope, what you crave the most now. However, fruition of that hope, if you scratch it just a little, will require the usual suspense of disbelief. They will sell cheap and o boy would they sell fast.”
…and my 2 cents worth as a response to Dragan…
“The situation now looks for all the world like a failed state in its death throws. This current crisis is not about a virus…nor is it even racism for that matter… these are just subplots along the way. This is about the systemic breakdown of a hegemonic and plutocratic empire that chose to make its core business global bloodshed. This is absolutely about hubris and greed in an Empire that grew to such an extreme extent that it has now rendered itself completely dysfunctional at every single level.”
Also, please keep any spambots out. They are what’s really degrading the comment sections — deliberately.
Even if we were to talk about just propaganda and the media with relation to covid, Saker’s rules make that near impossible. I understand there are trolls and other nonsense deliberately designed to poison the well, but one cannot really discuss this without discussing the things Saker doesn’t want discussed. Especially in light of Fauci’s emails now openly discussed in media that pretty much reveal insights that vindicate those who took a position contrary to Saker’s.
For example that the US was funding the Wuhan Lab. They waited to see what would result after the alleged spill. They determined that at best it would not be so serious, but then decided to launch a massive worldwide propaganda campaign anyway.
Even assuming Fauci’s emails are a limited hangout, or are another narrative within a narrative designed to also mislead, we can’t discuss it because that gets us into discussing the ‘Not a dictionary definition pandemic’ area that Saker doesn’t want discussed here.
Given that even controlled platforms like Facebook and Twitter have done a U-turn, I humbly request that in light of new ‘official’ details that Saker please reevaluate the moderation rules.
Thanks for your non-toxic (really, I never though I would use THAT word OMG!) approach. From The Saker Blog side, much appreciated.
You can discuss all of what you want to discuss freely in the MFC, the Cafe. You quote platforms like Twitter and Facebook and that may make sense from your perspective. From the sense of limited resources, I still stick with the Saker’s rules.
“Today in the electronic age of instantaneous communication, i believe that our survival, and at the very least our comfort and happiness, is predicated on understanding the nature of our new environment, because unlike previous environmental changes, the electric media constitute a total and near instantaneous transformation of culture, values, and attitudes. This upheaval generates great pain and identity loss, which can be ameliorated only through a consciousness of its dynamics. If we understand the revolutionary transformations caused by new media, we can anticipate and control them; but if we continue in our self-induced subliminal trance, we will be their slaves. Marshall McLuhan.
Thanks Larry Romanoff for helping us understand!!!!!
The thing here could be to assume that the internet is a minor manifestation of a shift in Mankind’s consciousness. And then study what this thing – this “electric media” is….
We could talk about media and propaganda, but not about what media is talking about – so all we can ever talk about is what media is talking about. DRASTIC would not be for us.
Karl Rove’s “reality based community” would never have a chance. It would always be late, always confused, always “wrong.”
So what exactly would I be talking about when I say that if laboratory leak would have remained a strong and trending topic, then we would be talking about transparency and safety of cutting edge and possibly lethal biological science done in top level institutions?
Then it would be about safety of these laboratories and diminishing the dangers rising from such scientific studies. It would less be about Anglo-Indian cov-variants, it would be less about lockdowns and vaccines. It would be about necessity of international cooperation – and as Alina Chan (@Ayjchan) is saying: we could then be perhaps better prepared for the next pandemic.
And it is seems to be true that both China and Russia are surrounded by very special labs and are quite worried about what’s exactly going on in them.
Was I now talking about media and propaganda, I’m not so sure. Perhaps it is infringing smartass-bypass worthy of removal.
It is sad that things have come to that. It’s true for MoA as well.
I saw a number of media propaganda pieces these last few days from the US. I don’t look much at US news, but if it actually infringes my screen, I know something is happening.
There was an interview (Fox) with some interviewer and Pompeo. Pompeo told just how much (masses) of evidence they have that the Wuhan Lab and the CCP is responsible. But when it came to saying anything about the ‘evidence’ he had nothing. And the next three minutes was spent with three references to Tiananmen Square and a last dig at Hong Kong. No evidence … the lie linked to something that looked like the truth as Romanoff describes here. And an interview so very scripted that one could feel it. Sorry, I don’t know the people so I cannot give you names. But the media propaganda was clear as a bell.
I watched 2 interviews (Fox) and decided it is not good for me :-) The mocking bird script is running so hard that even if I had questions, I would first question the mockingbird script before I questioned the origin and the sequence of ‘plagues’ described here. Looked to me as if someone was trying to hide and bury something.
An excellent presentation. I had a very similar thought process comparing India and China. Logic can be an extremely useful tool. However, a lot of smart German philosophers have made some pretty serious philosophical mistakes.
This may not be the fault of logic. I have a saying that ideology is the child of emotion, that is a rationalization of human feelings.
I’d like to see Mr. Romanoff do a similar analysis for the events of September 11, 2001, which, to my mind could use quite a lot of logical thinking to figure out.
Well, if Mr. We Lied We Cheated We Stole says it’s true, it is probably false. People seem to forget that.
But speaking of the broader issue. I’m amazed that while people nowadays have deep distrust for the media, they watch it anyway, and unlike good little Soviet people who ‘learned to read between the lines” before the USSR broke up, Americans say they distrust the media, read, listen to and watch it…..and still believe it!
I was certain that in all first year hippie classes they taught the up and coming hippie not to believe the mainstream news; and yet what do you know? Every hippie on the face of the planet – or so it seems – believes the climate change narrative. It’s truly bizarre. And another thing: if you look at the lockdown protests around the world, many people at them look like hippies, thanks to the coloured hair, the style of dress *etc. This says that the hippie listens to the MSM when it comes to climate change – not to mention things like new age clap-trap, fornication, masturbation, abortion, gay rights etc – but doesn’t listen to the VERY SAME MSM when it comes to corona measures. Again, how bizarre! Wouldn’t it twig that, because the MSM is 100% guranteed to be full of it, you should get married, have children, not masturbate, go to church, convert gays, burn fossil fuels and end lockdowns and great re-sets etc? I mean what do they tell themselves? That, in the past, when more conservative values prevailed, the evil establishement had the reigns on the media, which has since been delievered into the hands of some ‘saviour/s’? But when did this ‘deliverance’ happen, that the hippie could start trusting the MSM for lifestyle tips? And, on that note, when did the evil conservative establishement regain its hold of the media – only during the news hour, of course – to start lying to the hippe about corona measures? See how bizarre it truly has to be to be a hippie and protest lockdowns at the same time?
*I said above that peole with coloured hair and a certain sense of fashion, if not out-and-out hippes, were at least going to be into new age clap-trap, fornication, masturbation, abortion, gay rights etc. I stand by this statement 100%, and would defy anyone who thought that they could divorce the above look from the beliefs and the behaviours mentioned alongside them – to any statistically significant extent.
Hr Romanoff dont you know that logic is rayzizz and perpetuate white supremacy?
The US is certainly directing bio-weapon attacks on China and they and Russia and Iran know it. China has mounted an immense heroic response to several attacks in a row. How much longer will humanity allow fascist rogue state US to endanger its future?
i always think that resorting to biological weapons is reckless and indicate a kind of desperation on the part of the actors. First, no matter how advanced we think we are natural order is immensely more complex than what our level is capable of understanding. To unleash something that we do not have full control is a full-on risky proposition even in the hands of a group of madmen. Second, the possibility of taking self-inflicted collateral damage cannot be precluded. How much you are willing to accept own loss in order to take out the bishop of your adversary? Nevertheless there is always a tempting desire to deploy it without overtly implicating yourself and hence without a trace of accountability it is easy to deny its cause thus avoiding risk of open warfare where nowadays would surely mean armageddon.
In this day and age, warfare becomes more likely in the field of economy and media between equal peers. A blowup still remains practically the worst of all options.
I do wonder why China would never think twice to invest in corroborative efforts in setting up this virology lab in the heart of the country. I don’t think they are naive enough to trust their adversary. Is it a strategy to keep your enemy even closer?
Vientito, you’re asking The question i’ve been asking myself almost from the beginning… As far as I remember, I never read any article adressing seriously this matter. Maybe mr. Romanoff could give us some clue: naiveté? Sun Tzu (gone wrong… Or right… in any way we still don’t understand?). WTF???
I believe you are wrong that they were not naive enough. In fact the6 had been very naive, as all along they thought that given the close business/ trade relationship they had with the USA, they would not be treated as enemies by the US deepState. I think they learn their lessons by now.
I am “agnostic” regarding the current headline-making disease, but if it was a biological weapon released on China and the rest of the world, my impression is it was a dud (and that’s a good thing, too, for the elite concerned as the Red Death has a way of sneaking in on the supposedly protected) and that the pandemic has been 90% a media creation. I am forced by my circumstances to at least listen to the Japanese TV during mealtime and wish–dangnabitall–I wasn’t quite as fluent in the language, because I find the constant propagandizing incredibly irritating. I believe we are basically being subjected to psychological warfare.
“I would be remiss in not mentioning the greatest leap of all in the logic of the Western media narrative of this event: that an accidental escape of a pathogen would occur in one of China’s main transportation hubs with literally tens of millions of travelers leaving or passing through on the eve of China’s annual migration – the world’s largest – where perhaps 600 million people might be traveling home for Chinese New Year. If I were a pathogen wanting to escape confinement, I couldn’t do better.”
Times of Israel reported in April of last year that, “the US intelligence community became aware of the emerging disease [COVID-19] in Wuhan in the second week of that month [November 2019] and drew up a classified document.” The article goes on to say, “US intelligence informed the Trump administration, “which did not deem it of interest.” Hmm…
This flies in the face of all MSM reporting of the emerging pandemic in the USA, official and unofficial. If the Trump administration knew all along that the virus would first attack China, then Iran and Europe, and finally the USA in the spring of 2020, they must also have known that there would be free money from the FED, $6+ trillion, available to the big banks and corporations in April to bail them out from the collapsing derivatives market, which there was. This bailout sailed through Congress unopposed. It’s hard not to think that COVID-19 was deployed in the USA as a “fund raiser” and was a “plandemic” all along.
“It’s hard not to think that COVID-19 was deployed in the USA as a “fund raiser” and was a “plandemic” all along.”
It might be very hard for a clear thinking person not to harbour such thoughts.
To believe otherwise would be like thinking the smallpox-infested blankets that were given to the Plains Indians back in the 19th Century were to keep them warm in the wintertime.
It’s hard not to think that COVID-19 was deployed in the USA as a “fund raiser” and was a “plandemic” all along.
My previous comment didn’t make it through, but yes, I find it hard not to conclude the same thing. And with all the current “look over there, it was the Chinese!” accusations flying from US officials I find it more and more likely every day that it was the US deep state behind all of this all along. That’s just a basic rule of thumb these days. Watch for the media driven feeding frenzy of accusations and know for sure that it’s just the US pot calling the enemy du jour black to cover their tracks.
That your previous comment didn’t make it through is interesting. This is, after all, the AngloZionist Empire. Even alternative news sites like this one run the risk of being “cancelled” by the Thought Police. Zionism has its hooks into all media. The Mighty Wurlitzer (MSM) is only the most blatant example of this. Remember that old Marx Brother’s line, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” It harkens back to a pre-scientific, pre-logical mindset that never went away after the Dark Ages. In turbulent times like these it has reared its ugly head with a vengeance.
We are told to believe that steel skyscrapers fall down into piles of rubble from burning jet fuel and office fires, despite all evidence to the contrary. We are told that a bunch of Arabs did 9/11 and we have to invade 7 nations in 5 years to root out the “terrorists.” We are told that the descendants of the Khazars are the rightful heirs to all the land between the Nile and the Euphrates because it says so in some holy book, and don’t let anyone tell you different. Now we are told that COVID-19 morphed naturally from a bat virus and it’s all China’s fault. Hmm…
The amount of propaganda in the MSM about Covid is astonishing. Youtube banning people with PhDs in Molecular biology that have experience in diseases and vaccines has been intense. You really have to research yourself. The fact that everything in the MSM about Covid is a lie and seemingly designed to sell vaccines, makes the Covid Psyop one of the biggest propaganda campaigns of all time.
“If I were a dictator, one of my first dictates would be that every adult must take at least one university-level course in logic”
There’s some irony here -the very logic skills encouraged here would make considerable inroads in to preventing the rise of a dictator, particularly the stealthy inverted totalitarian corporate ‘dictatorships’ that we see today.
A fearful, credulous apathetic population is an ideal one for ‘dictators’ of all shapes and sizes.
FWIW, it’s hoof and mouth disease
The best defense against propaganda masquerading as truth is satire …
Good article, very scary if true. I tend to think most of it is, but I have to take issue with a few statements presented as fact here, that clearly are not:
1) “clear fact that NO epidemic in history has ever exhibited second or third or fourth natural ‘waves’”. This just is not true, with a little research into the “Spanish Flu” will attest (unless you’re claiming that’s all bs or something). Perhaps he’s claiming that it’s not a second wave if the virus mutated, but that is exactly what these waves generally mean.
2) “How can a very different variety of a virus travel from another continent to Beijing without leaving infections along the way?” Well, on an airplane?
Other than that, a lot to think about.
That must be involved with a flight without stopovers
A University course in logic for everyone? Interesting!
could be opening up another opportunity to condition everyone onto a self deluding page or more propaganda. who is going to decide on course content and teaching methodologies…dependant no doubt on location: methodology relevant to location.
maybe such choices could be very democratic so that student and teachers decide what is to be taught and how; which would instantaneously render the need for the course pointless. the people are smart enough already if they can decide what is to be taught, and how!
which is of course my point. we are wasting time. the criminal element are indeed in charge and are in the process of killing off the people. the criminal element, the decisive and most deeply criminal part of it are the western capitalist derived elites, the richest and most powerful part of the criminal element.
Indeed what we have is god old traditional class war, the rich opposed to the wealthy at a point of the evolution of exploitative society at which traditional capitalist exploitation is now exhausted, bringing western society at least to unavoidable revolutionary social change… from the top to bottom or from the bottom to the top.
one has to give! and at this point it looks like the bottom is giving-in, and the rich will prevail with their Re Set facsimile of Orwell and company, which is nothing but revolutionary social change from the top down.
I mean how hard is this for people to understand who have worked and live the capitalist reality for the generation they were born into, the one before they read about, and the one they have lived all their lives. and where are our brilliant simplifiers and talkers who can clarify the most complex of issues for the clarity of the people, out in the streets challenging the status quo which is what should be happening right now, immediately, directly/
the days an unnecessary university course in logic would take the people cannot afford. every day now that passes by and the people are not out in the streets belling the system and making this revolutionary day their own, the people cannot afford. all the talk, agonizing really on the Saker, the UNZ and so many other points elsewhere is mountainous futility and waste of precious time. the equation is simple:
western capitalism/exploitative society is at an end. such social organization increasingly can meet the needs of ordinary people sufficient to keep them socially quiet and surviving and happily exploited. such populations should be out in the streets in effort to secure their current and future. and if they are successful it means the rich must lose their social power, wealth and swing from any suitable rafter, pole, branch and summary useful contraption set up expediently
that is the basic, necessary and essential logic from which all else flows naturally. the people are by no means outside of such understanding without university courses in basic logic. what may be necessary only at this point is trip wire, whatever it would take to ignite the people and their need to move to clear away the obfuscating minority, conjured to look like an impregnable octopus blocking the popular way. all it may take is the clarifying finally the issue in the public’s mind, dotting the i’s crossing the t’s etc.
so where are the sharp-tongued revolutionary clarifiers, among the people simplifying everything? again every day that passes without such popular action makes the people weaker, in the face of, or up against the means in the hands of the minority elites…the minority criminal class running the world at this very moment. they are a minority and can be vanquished by the people out in the streets. but if they are left to their means on this day it can become hopeless for the people…
its time for the people to move…and not to university for logic courses
My first thoughts as well. University course in logic; heck, grade school, middle school, and high school courses in logic might have been useful 50 years ago, but those ships have long since sailed. Understanding what’s going on these days is not hard even for the most modest of intellects, but what’s lacking is the simple willpower – or maybe its desperation – to stand up and do something about it. The so-called “wealth effect” has permeated every nook and cranny of American society, such that even the poorest of the poor subscribe to it and honestly believe that they too have a fair chance at winning the generational wealth sweepstakes; or in the worst cases, simply given up and accepted that a life of criminality – whether overt or covert – is their only chance at “getting ahead” in life. The real tragedy is that “getting ahead in life” ever became a recognized thing at all. Many a criminal’s career – “legal” or otherwise – is based on that simple paradigm alone.
You have to remember, fully one quarter of Americans think the Sun goes around the Earth.
I recently flew from China’s Guangzhou to Los Angeles, and from L.A. to Istanbul..
After several weeks there, it wasn’t until I left and entered an EU country that they bothered to check my negative PCR test & medical documentation; the first and only time during the travel marathon..
“Something’s happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear”..
Mr. Romanoff had difficulty accessing the website today and asked me to post this reply in his behalf:
The 1918 pandemic did indeed have three of what the CDC refers to as ‘waves’, but the circumstances were anomalous in several respects and cannot be used in direct comparison with other pathogen outbreaks.
The situation was much complicated for two reasons particularly: because the pathogen was spread by the Rockefeller Institute itself when it shipped its meningitis vaccine to many other countries, and because the spread was materially affected by troop movements of the time. All evidence is that if the pathogen had been left to its own devices without human interference, it would have swept through the populations, peaked, and died out. You can read the entire story here:
As to the airplane travel, this would not fit the circumstances. Remember, we are not talking about one man with a mild cold and perhaps spreading a few germs. This was a volume of pathogen sufficient to “severely contaminate” thousands of shops in 1.25 square kilometers of area. Would you check that as baggage, or take it with you into the cabin?
Dear Mr. Romanoff: I enjoyed your dissection of propaganda in the media, but there is another technique that you may have overlooked. That is the “ID format”. It associates a person or government with some key derogatory word and uses it so often that the reader or viewer not only believes it, but is so unaware of it that the reader automatically inserts the ID format word when the associated word is used. For example, “increasingly aggressive China”, “autocratic Chinese Communist Party”, “Godless Communism”.
A good example is your sentence, “The Jewish-owned media and (largely) Jewish columnists trashed China relentlessly for all of 2020…” It is true that the media “trashed China for all of 2020” but what has that to with “Jewish-owned”? “Jewish-owned is the “ID format. (In fact you know that media is controlled by the State Department, intelligence services, think tanks and academia.)
What of the assertion that the pro-abortion NGOs are “primarily Jewish” and they had a plan to “eliminate the anti-abortion laws in Latin America.” What has that to do with “primarily Jewish”. and what motive can you give for “primarily Jewish” NGOs wanting to abolish Latin American anti-abortion laws? Margaret Sanger, the Malthusians and the eugenics movements were hardly Jewish.
Well how about the Jewish Capitalist media ownership being symbiotically Jewish and capitalist, and from there hostile to socialism and hence China? Does that work at all?
Some ID formats resonate with reality do they not. Is it not a matter of discriminating between authentic ID formats and propagandistic lying ones?
I noticed the same thing, and it seemed out of place in an otherwise well-written article.
Good catch! Maybe the most compelling examples of this repugnant habit of ”associating a person or government with some key derogatory word /…/ so often that the reader or viewer not only believes it, but is so unaware of it that the reader automatically inserts the ID format word when the associated word is used” are the pet slurs regime / dictator / dictatorship. Accompanied also by their absence where they actually do apply, such as Israel, Saudi Arabia, the US, and the EU. Regimes/dictators/dictatorships are applied to the Axis of Resistance countries and the Axis of Resistance countries alone. The US, by contrast, is run by an administration, mind you.
Agree. “Jewish” is a racist word and shouldnt be allocated other than to Torah or birth place of Judea.
What Romanoff could be ID speaking of is Zionists. Those in control of MSM have dual citizenship with Israel, membership of the hidden hand and in collusion with the Malthusians.
Usual mix of truth and lies, semantic manipulation. Correct gramma is made for divine purposes only.
If Mr. Romanoff is referring to Zionists, why wouldn’t he say so? Would you think that someone who says “Germans” is really referring to “Nazis”, or uses the term “Americans” but really means the Anglo-American ruling class? You know who controls the American press. Its the financial ruling class, which consists of Buddhists, Hindus, Orientals, Jews, Afro-Americans, Catholics, Muslims, but the majority is Anglo-Saxon. They are of different religions and ethnicities, but they they are all of the same class. They are of the financial ruling class and this is their identity. It is their class identity that describes them. They run the press, no matter who specifically owns the newspapers or media.
To claim that MSM is run by Jews lets some of the world’s most despicable and criminal individuals off the hook. Just blame it on the Jews. That’s been done before. And who benefits?
If Mr. Romanoff wanted to speak of Zionists, I’m, as literate as he is, he would have said Zionist. Your claim that he said Jews but meant Zionists would be like someone saying Germans but meaning Nazis. The controllers of the media are a class of people, not an ethnic or religious group. That class is the ruling financial elites of the West. They may include Hindus, Catholics, Blacks, Australians, people with dual citizenship, Italians, etc. but the majority are Anglosaxons. They tend to run in families. We are facing a class of people, not an ethnicity or religion.
The danger of misidentifying who is ruling the West is that it lets some of the most despicable and criminal individuals off the hook. Blame it on the Jews. It’s been done before. Who benefits
You are right but. Remember the Bible speaks about the false Jews. I have found so many precise predictions for our time in the Bible.
So when you hear people speaking of Jews in a negative sentence it is usually Israeli Zionists, or the false Jews.
I think we may forgive many people making the error because what they see is the false Jews; Rothschilds plus the top of MSM Boards filled with only dual citizenship people. It took myself a while before I figured out what was happening here.
The real Jews are used as the ultimate scapegoats, whipping boys, to cover for the elite class and the false Jews whoever they may be.
Indeed Leif, the Jewish references did almost jump out of the page at me and seemed to take away from the article itself. It makes me somewhat wary of sharing Larry’s undoubted insights an example of which ‘A Cautionary Tale About the WHO — May 10, 2020′ is given below. Linking to that brings up above it as shown, “What part will….(11) READ MORE’
I looked up some of the evidence references.
(1) is an extremely badly written essay linked to a David Irving Video
(3) Is a blog post on Churchill with no less than 21 references to Jews (excluding names of Jewish people and mostly in bad light). The blog post itself is on a site dedicated to the documentary Adolf Hitler: The greatest story never told.
I’m not really sure whether the linked ‘documentation is overwhelming and the evidence undeniable.’ or more agenda driven opinion. (undeniable is patent nonsense-anyone can deny anything)
This definitely makes me cautious in sharing to a wider public, when all I was wanting to share was some info on WHO shenanigans re possible vaccine misuse in Africa. Useful in one way as I searched for some source research material and use this instead.
‘What part will your country play in World War III?
By Larry Romanoff, May 27, 2021
The true origins of the two World Wars have been deleted from all our history books and replaced with mythology. Neither War was started (or desired) by Germany, but both at the instigation of a group of European Zionist Jews with the stated intent of the total destruction of Germany. The documentation is overwhelming and the evidence undeniable. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11)
Sunday, May 10, 2020
A Cautionary Tale About the WHO — May 10, 2020
A Cautionary Tale About the WHO
By Larry Romanoff’
I looked up some of the evidence references.
(1) is an extremely badly written essay linked to a David Irving Video
(3) [sic] Is a blog post on Churchill with no less than 21 references to Jews (excluding names of Jewish people and mostly in bad light). The blog post itself is on a site dedicated to the documentary Adolf Hitler: The greatest story never told.
You do realise that you’ve utilised the very same techniques that Larry expounded upon — and for us to be wary about — in his essay don’t you?
Para 3: …. “Another tactic very commonly used is to attack the character or authority of the author, or even the tone of his writing, without actually addressing the substance of his argument, and in fact to rigorously avoid addressing the argument”… etc, etc.
You made a very good point… Apart from what you so clearly put… as a brazilian, who lived through this zika drama, I can’t see why this operation could be aimed at “anti-abortion laws”… This explanation seems to me rather a catholic point of view, not related to political and geopolitical facts… Like the campaign which was in course to break the BRICS alliance… We were back then suffering an intense lawfare and “coloured revolution” attack.
Unfortunately, it does make me wary or sharing Larry’s undoubtedly insightful work.
The longer reply with links to other articles by him is in moderation.
No need. Romanoff is aware and write on his site “Zionist Jews” so it is just a little type error we all can do. I see Larry a profound and comprehensive research valid to read.
Thank you for keeping the feet of the Anglo Zionists to the fire, as they say in this neck of the woods.
The problem is not primarily the lack of critical thinking *skills* among Americans/Westerners. It’s an attitude problem, to put it mildly. Americans desperately *want* to believe that China is an evil empire ruled by an evil regime doing evil things, because it helps them cope with the crumbling of their own evil empire. They want that conclusion to be true, so badly that they presume it to be true in lieu of doing any analysis themselves. No amount of logic training in 2021 will change that ideological bias. Americans are hopped up on Copium.
Exactly. It must be ”somewhat agonizing” to a moronic majority population such as in the US to abandon the delusions about being exceptional, indispensable people — at the hands of brutish Russians and Chinese no less. Interestingly, the US neocons might be the exception that proves the rule. Sure, they hate Russians and Chinese like nobody else does but that is quite true of how they feel toward their ”fellow Americans” too. To them, Israel only is worthy of any admiration.
Larry – come back really soon with the new revelations of Fauci (June 3d-4th) via a FOIA agreement to download hundreds of Fauci’s messages. It includes an Eco-Alliance scientist along with “Sir Jeremy Farrar, and others. It was reveals a real trove of e-mails that US/Others were working in the Chinese Lab there.
It’s a real revelation, and you’re just the person to parse that info out for us.
See Tucker Carlson’s monologue on Zero Hedge with the date, mentioned.
And also, Robert Kennedy’s even more worthy summation of this NEWS. June 3d.2021
just to play the part of devil’s advocate, is it entirely possible to make your move anticipating the well known move of FOIA? so to speak, with the actors script out communication which the mastermind knows a day will come when “public” will dispatch such request. Then everything will seem like a revealed incrimination of your targeted party. To me, it is not too far fetched for someone with full knowledge how it works within the legal framework of that country. If this is indeed the case, Fauci himself might also be a piece that is to make the fall as well cascading another route into the rabbit hole.
So.. In search of truth I stumbled upon this. First gratitude. Now post flattering, the propaganda and narrative drive here follows the exact same script the staged terrorist events through Europe and USA, specifically nato countries.
The only glimmer of hope is in hong kong where there is a mass rejection of both narrative and vaccines and misery among political class on slow uptake…
The way I see it, there will a new winter, a new side effect, this time “unforseen” and that will all end, begrudgingly of course.
The mad cow coverage was enlightening and from macr economics perspective makes complete sense.
To the government paid trolls reading this, bugger off, I don’t bite. Karma is on you and you’ll see the prison you seek by yourself.
Can u put a link to the first 3 parts maybe?
Go to right hand side of the page and you will see Search Articles. Put in Larry Romanoff and all the parts will appear in reverse order.
I just did that and this is part 3: http://thesaker.is/propaganda-and-the-media-part-3-establishing-and-controlling-the-narrative/
Part 2: http://thesaker.is/propaganda-and-the-media-deception-on-a-grand-scale-part-2/
Part 1: http://thesaker.is/propaganda-and-the-media-part-1-introduction/
When I was at an exclusive English public school in 1967, the smarter students had a course that was called “The Use of English”. It was very similar to the training Mr Romanoff proposes. We were presented with articles from the BBC’s “Listener” and asked to analyse them. To work out what was the real message and motivation of the person who wrote the article or those being interviewed. Essentially, we were taught how to detect propaganda and suchlike. An excellent course.
I am pretty sure they stopped this a long time ago at this particular school. Now, all the kids must attend holocaust training. One day each year is dedicated to remembering the “6 million”. Only God’s favourite tribe has ever suffered. Ragheads don’t count. Here is an article where the headmaster seems to have overdone it in his zeal. I find it quite funny.
“Calls for private school head’s sacking for ‘tasteless Holocaust analogy’”
With the elite of British kids being taught in this way, it is hardly surprising that they are trying to take on Russia. That they believe in Global Warming. That they believe in Renewable Energy. The dangers of CO2. Artificial Intelligence and much else. Hilarious. :)
I thoroughly enjoyed this article, but may I add that the logic course I did back in 1958-9 was in the fifth and sixth grades and it’s worked well for me.
And may I add a simple observation that I hope will pass the moderator. Why was it called SARS? Well they could hardly call it ARS, now then, could they?
I wish I could speak German and why the deletion?
The definitions of what is consistent with the term fact and what is not is one of biggest problems with msm and also the elaborations of this author. I can agree with some of the assumption and some claims seem to be more likely than others,
On the one hand, he is correct about that there are many possibilities to explain an event. Now we are getting into the weeds:
1. Is it a fact that ONLY the wet market was exposed to a pathogen or not? If you you are truthful, you have to say NO. There could have been other places exposed, with also different possibilities of transmission. Maybe a viral load was deployed on a bus station somewhere before the market – now if we believe the official version, then we can say that this could have happened but the viral load wasn’t enough at the hypothesized bus station etc. or we could say nothing ever was deployed at the station. This is just one disputable hypothesis.
It is a gateway to hell – the media is making claims which they cannot backup and others push policies on these notions.
2. All depends on the assumptions you make (if it is not just about formal logic) before you make conclusions about claim and decide for yourself if it’s true or not. Now how many assumptions can we make beforehand? Infinite: Chinese agencies are telling the truth / do not, a foreign agency deployed the viral load / did not and the Chinese special services did it / not, are the testing methods adequate to proof the existence of a particular virus…
You see, if we just would apply the laws of physics that have been proven in their limits, then we could deduce at every point in time and space what has happened with the particular theoretical physical system. Now VIRUSES are a completely different ball game. You’d have to accept all the presuppositions of biochemistry, virology etc. to even start to make conclusions. Much of what is attempted to be covered in ‘Biology’ is unknown – only certain aspects are known and summed up in models (which can work reasonably well). Claims in these sphere are severely limited.
All we know is that people were sick, they infected others and some had to be hospitalized.
This is where all the lies stem from. All kinds of claims have been made without even a shred of evidence.
Everyone is short on facts, but claims are made big time.
A good example is the use of the destruction of MH17 over Ukraine on 17.07.14 for propaganda purposes.
Assumptions of the US incl. vassals:
– The airspace over East Ukraine was completely controlled by the Donbass militia.
– The airplane could only be shot down by a BUK-missile, which was in exclusive control of the D. militia at that time. Technical and structural deficiencies of the plane are ruled out a priori. Only a missile could have brought the plane down.
– MH17 was indeed there, in this part of airspace.
– Donbass militia is exclusively and completely under ‘Russia’s’ control.
Therefore ‘Russia’ shot the plane down. A logically correct conclusion.
With this incredible idiotic chain of assumptions, adults are persuaded to act against an entire nation. Formally logical conclusion, but an insult to everyone’s intelligence.
The author also uses the same style of assumption building and conclusion. This is also propaganda and a misrepresentation of ‘facts’ at best.
If the author would have interest in building a objective case, he would state: My assumptions are these, which are backed up by these facts, therefore my conclusion is this. Instead f.e. in the case of the “ZIKA” outbreak, which was hypothetically propagated by transinfected mosquitos, which a “jewish” / “usual suspect” Oxitec company produced and released. Now even without analyzing all the references, you can state that these are also claims, which only warrant a different narrative. That’s it. That’s not a fact – just a narrative with a seemingly higher probability of validity.
Before considering propaganda, why not just look at the facts?
1. Fauci et al. funded viral gain of function research (GoF) and defended these grants.
2. Much of this GoF research was performed in the US
3. Much of the GoF research was performed in China and some at the Wuhan lab
Anyone who conducted or funded or approved funding of such research is now culpable for so many deaths that it lies in the realm of genocide.
Further, those who performed any research deliberately adding to the knowledge base and techniques needed for such Frankenstein viruses bears a degree of responsibility.
Hard pill to swallow, but as a former researcher and research director, that is how it looks to me.
Now, regarding “who done it”, that question is only part of the picture. Both China and the US appear culpable in this mess. Following the trail of Cui Bono is difficult here because of the current feeding frenzy of pharma, governments, etc.
Diving into the details of propaganda is of marginal interest.
I have a query on the Fauci GoF work supposedly in Wuhan. I just cannot accept that the Chinese government knowingly would work with a US military research type like Fauci. The Chinese are not stupid. Perhaps someone like Godfrey Roberts might comment. Just who would Wuhan and Fauci be working against (either defensively or aggressively)?
I could readily accept that Chinese biolabs might work on this stuff (add USA, Russia, UK, Israel, Iran, Australia, Germany, Canada, Poland, former Soviet states, Japan, Nth and Sth Korea) but i struggle to accept widespread collaboration between these states – except five eyes plus Israel. Too many hostilities.
“Just who would Wuhan and Fauci be working against (either defensively or aggressively)?”
There is a saying in the gambling world:
“If you are sitting at a card game and you can’t figure out who is the mark – YOU are the mark.”
Wuhan was built with French help after China decided it needed a P4 lab post-SARS outbreak about two decades ago.
There has been collaboration ever since, not just with the French but also with others. And being P4 labs, they collaborate on some very deadly bugs like the Ebola virus and other exotic ones. Highly unlikely they work on bugs that cause peptic ulcers. In 2019 several highly regarded and decorated scientists — Chinese Canadians — in Canada’s P4 lab were investigated and suspended for collaborating with the Wuhan lab, apparently for ‘ transferring IP material’ without permission.
As recently as last week Fauci was almost defrocked for denying that an organisation related to him had funded Wuhan on GoF work.
People who work in P4 labs usually have very high security clearance. The government knows what they’re doing. And despite the outward animosity between the countries, some things, such as work on GoF, — just like energy supplies to the West from USSR in the Cold War — remain the same. Even more so when GoF work is banned in a certain country (US) but moving along merrily in another (PRC). Money and expertise grease the exchange machinery — one party needs both, the other needs the ‘updates’ on progress made.
No it still does not add up.
The Chinese are not stupid and Fauci’s connections with the military research into bioweapons is not a secret. possibly China trusted France and Canada in years gone by but the USA!!!!!!!!
@watcher, China was not working with US military, they were working with civilian BSL4 lab in Winnipeg, Canada. The samples of cv19 were being sent between Winnipeg and Wuhan, without legal and secure oversight, in fact no civilian oversight period. Unfortunitly the Chinese scientists were under 5eye survailance for over a year, so was China stupid? I think they were set up, luckily they twigged fast and locked everything down once they realized they were being attacked. The world seen the response, it was impressive, for a reason.
Well, Propaganda is not marginal and may even be essential if you consider propaganda is also employed to suppress reason, morale and logic. The field of BIOWARFARE and Humanity appears to be the real subject of this article.
“China’s increasing militarism in the South China Seas” is phrased more like “The Communist Party of China’s increasing militarism in the South China Seas,” at least on Fox Hasbara and Fox Plunderbund.
They would never refer to the United States of Amnesia as “the two factions of the neoconservative, neoliberal, Demopublican Party.”
Prior to reading this I had “brushed up” on logic (that assumes I learned some in school, doubtful) and came to the conclusion that most people I converse with in any depth are incapable of employing it. Looking back on my schooling (judged good) I realize not only was I not taught any logic, it was the opposite. I learned how to resist it.
This is an interesting article but like far too many writers, stretches the point on occasions which detracts from the rest.
My main point at issue is the Zika stuff. Part of it makes sense and the possibility that some scientific fool was mixing mosquito species and accidentally spread Zika to the Americas i can quite easily accept- it has happened before with biological control methods (Cane toads) and can happen again. What i find absurd and frankly it detracts from the article is that somehow it was a deliberate plot by pro abortionists. Such a complex scheme is absurd, especially when there are many other more effective measures. Always think occams razor ie is it logical and the simplest route.
So while I am strongly sympathetic to the main views of the article, the insertion of his clearly anti abortionist makes me distrust the rest.
So now i look to the other items and consider them. UK foot and mouth disease – yes looks like a cover up but where again he inserts his emotions he goes wonky. if we assume that it was a leak from the UK bioweapons mob it was either accidental or deliberate. I can easily believe accident. However while the deliberate plot by big Ag is possible, he has no evidence and adding this stuff in weakens his credibility big time. Sometimes saying less has a bigger impact.
The SARS, MERS and Swine Flu stuff is balanced, factual and therefore effective. Just logic and probability.
When it comes to the current COVID, second waves are known and indeed we know that in the Spanish Flu epidemic the second and even third wave killed more people than the first. Yes the May Beijing outbreak was imported from Europe, but it showing up at a market is not such a surprise. What we have learnt in Australia is that cold storage areas are particularly vulnerable with rapid spread quite common. With closed borders ALL our COVID cases have essentially been imported, with spread occurring when quarantine breaches have been found. Now i do not discount the possibility of deliberate spread in Beijing via the market.
As for the actual origin of the COVID virus, I will not comment, except obviously there is a political will on behalf of the western media and governments to attack china wherever possible so the smallest excuse or shred of possible (even unlikely) evidence will be blown up. My other – essentially general comment is that the best form of attack is defence, so it is possible that the US or other western nations are noticing that the finger is moving towards them and are busily muddying the waters.
Excellent post Watcher…I couldn’t agree more with your observations!
Nice article Larry.
This is the legacy left by Freud, Bernays and Lippman, the ease of “pulling the wires that control the public mind”, provided only that one controls the microphone.
Noam Chomsky has a very interesting passage in his book ‘Media Control’ (2002) about how Lippman saw democracy:
‘Now there are two “functions” in a democracy: The specialized class, the responsible men, carry out the executive function, which means they do the thinking and planning and understand the common interests. Then, there is the bewildered herd, and they have a function in democracy too. Their function in a democracy, he said, is to be “spectators,” not participants in action. But they have more of a function than that, because it’s a democracy. Occasionally they are allowed to lend their weight to one or another member of the specialized class. In other words, they’re allowed to say, “We want you to be our leader” or “We want you to be our leader.” That’s because it’s a democracy and not a totalitarian state. That’s called an election. But once they’ve lent their weight to one or another member of the specialized class they’re supposed to sink back and become spectators of action, but not participants. That’s in a properly functioning democracy.’
Looks to me Lippman’s disciples have succeeded in moulding democracies to their liking. And, oh, how easy it was because that passage explains a lot about what has happened, and is happening still, in the US and the West.
I agree w ur Noam Chomsky premise in quotes,
I was essentially implying a similar theme in less words, see Srebrenica narrative comments section.
I explained in one of the posts to Amarynth(has not posted it yet) my 2nd comment to myself was a joke (before he went ballistic in his reply to me)
The human mind has been trapped in a web of errors for centuries, and our modern institutions, which derive from it, are for it like an instrument of torture which wants to force it to take a direction which is not the one that had given him Nature.
In fact, error has crept in everywhere, whether religious, philosophical or scientific, it reigns supreme, it is imposed by social suggestion, it is in our mores, it is in the teaching given to our Children, it is in our institutions. We are so imbued with it that we are no longer aware of it, we have made this state of affairs our normal state.
The vast majority of people on the planet believe that history is the correct account of the facts of the past. They seem unaware that the world has long been ruled by lies and that the disorder of today’s society is the result.
At all times, there have been parties which, wanting to seize a power to which they were not entitled, have based their claims on an idea, a system, a religious or social theory, which they have. spread by violence, fraud or trickery.
The era of destruction opened in the 8th century. We even specify the date: it began in 747 BC.
Finally, since then, the methods of the usurpers have remained the same.
It is curious to study how this order of things began, what were the motives for the first deliberate errors, and which men were the first to have the audacity to write them down.
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Do the Chinese really already know themselves?
Sounds like a typical anti-Stalin rant applied to Putin. We have heard it for ages: Stalin betrayed Spain, Stalin betrayed Germany, Stalin betrayed China, Stalin betrayed Greece, Stalin betrayed this, Stalin betrayed that. Here we’re supposed to believe that Russia — and China too — have similarly ”sold out” with absolutely nothing to show for them.
At the risk of boring you:
1) Putin and Russia make a difference. Internet warriors do not.
2) Putin and Russia have a rock-solid mass base at home and abroad. Internet warriors have not.
3) With regard to public approval, not a single internet warrior would even surpass an ugly misfit and sheer fraudster such as Alexei Navalny.
4) We’ve seen these preposterous claims about Putin and Russia here before, mind you, in the droppings of Biswapriya Purkayastha who was finally shown the door; not a day too soon.
5) At the very least, it would be an act of decency on your part to sincerely thank Russia and China for taking all the enemy’s abuse and slander, hence letting you pass under the radar with all the dangers you’re posing to Western imperialism / sarc off /.
The author’s main idea here is “Think logically”. Whiteness is denounced now as racist. One trait of whiteness is thinking logically. Therefore I am being handed the choice between being treated as a racist or being propagandized. Nowadays those are two issues one has to take seriously and they are excluding each other.
Being caught doing some racist act like defending 2 + 2 = 4 can cost me my job. Submitting to the CRT will cost me my soul. I’m strongly encouraged to fight my whiteness (stop thinking logically) by submitting to the CRT (I am evil and can’t do a thing about it).
Now being racist is having a soul and thinking logically. What a great success of anti-racism! Why should I care, I’m anyway considered racist, bigoted and so on?
“But will Russia do that? Its history of betraying allies like Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Belaruss, Syria (by not supplying s400) in last 8 years make it very doubtful.”
Good effort! Keep it up! Sooner or later, someone will take you seriously.
When it comes to betrayals, England has no equal. :)
Russia (and China) are playing for time. They are not in a hurry to collapse the West – as it may lead to unpleasant (for them) surprises. Better to let the balloon deflate slowly. Russia makes not claims to be able to save the world. The USSR did and we all know what happened.
”Good effort! Keep it up! Sooner or later, someone will take you seriously.”
If this troll were to try in any of the countries allegedly betrayed by Russia, it cannot be ruled out that the security forces would take Aeur for an agent provocateur and have Aeur put before a firing squad. Aeur would have to conclude that the governments also have sold out, LOL.
Revelation of the century:
Putin and Xi have no brains; Aeur does. Aeur should be candidating in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary elections.
Unfortunately,—most regular people are sitting ducks for deception, because usually there is neither the time
nor the means to do diligent and reliable independent verification of every statement put out by the media or by other sources out there.
Most things in daily life are taken “on faith”. If that trust collapses, then the whole system of society collapses.
You seemed frustrated and need to know how the US/UK power is eliminated and that somehow this is not given for you to know. Is that it?
Indeed there is the simple pony trick of deception by misleading, suggestive prose.
However, behind this is an overarching systemic weaponisation of popular trust in journalism, not restricted to the USA and the other four of the Five Eyes, but is endemic in Anglo-Saxon culture.
Our collective ruin will be from the reckless, habitual, nonstop lying of Anglo-Saxon spies.
CIA (Dis)Information Operations Come Home to the US
Help wanted: Western media is in dire need of more Russia writers. Must be willing to lie, distort & engage in lazy speculation
Are there really 400 bio labs around China and Russia?