Archiv: perception management


22.03.2020 - 09:48 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus deaths: What we don’t know

(21.03.2020)

The figures for coronavirus are eye-watering. But what is not clear – because the modellers did not map this – is to what extent the deaths would have happened without coronavirus.

22.03.2020 - 09:26 [ scientism / Twitter ]

“The way in which we code deaths in [Italy] is very generous in the sense that all the people who die in hospitals with the coronavirus are deemed to be dying of the coronavirus.”

(20.03.2020)

22.03.2020 - 09:23 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Why have so many coronavirus patients died in Italy?

(20.03.2020)

“The way in which we code deaths in our country is very generous in the sense that all the people who die in hospitals with the coronavirus are deemed to be dying of the coronavirus.

“On re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12 per cent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88 per cent of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity – many had two or three,” he says.

16.02.2020 - 18:37 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Trump Supporters Are George W Bush Supporters LARPing As Ron Paul Supporters

Believing that a US president is going to save you is just as dumb as believing the FBI and CIA are going to save you. Republicans have been doing the former while Democrats have been doing the latter. Both have been duped by custom-made establishment propaganda into cheering for different aspects of the establishment, and the only one who wins is that very same establishment.

23.01.2020 - 07:59 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

How To Be A Mentally Sovereign Human

Being a mentally sovereign human means constructing your own understanding of this weird reality based on your own investigations and your own reasoning, which means constructing it from the ground up. Even your most basic assumptions about reality itself must be rigorously cross-examined with complete skepticism. Nothing must be taken on faith.

30.12.2019 - 19:25 [ Rasha Al Aqeedi / Twitter ]

The video circulating on social media of Abu Mahdi al Muhandis threatening U.S. forces in Iraq is an old one from 2015. Thanks to @Akba1r for verifying.

29.12.2019 - 15:17 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Why Everything Is Fucked

The most powerful early humans were the cleverest humans, the ones who understood how to use this new capacity for language and abstract thought to their own advantage. They realized that by simply saying something is true in a sufficiently confident way, they could persuade the less clever humans to treat it as true.

Those clever humans used this newfound ability to place themselves in charge, and to make a bunch of rules to be passed down from generation to generation proclaiming that the less powerful humans must submit to the more powerful humans. Over the generations these rules became more and more numerous and complex, weaving in moralism, codes of filial piety, and insane, power-serving religions glorifying meekness, obedience and poverty.

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But then, I believe in miracles.

21.12.2019 - 10:45 [ New York Times ]

Syria Says Possible Drone Attacks Hit 3 Oil, Gas Facilities

Near-simultaneous attacks believed to have been carried out by drones hit three government-run oil and gas installations in central Syria, state TV and the Oil Ministry said Saturday.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted the Homs oil refinery — one of only two in the country — as well as two natural gas facilities in different parts of Homs province.

18.12.2019 - 14:40 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Attacking The Source: The Establishment Loyalist’s Favorite Online Tactic

If you’re skeptical of western power structures and you’ve ever engaged in online political debate for any length of time, the following has definitely happened to you.

You find yourself going back and forth with one of those high-confidence, low-information establishment types who’s promulgating a dubious mainstream narrative, whether that be about politics, war, Julian Assange, or whatever. At some point they make an assertion which you know to be false–publicly available information invalidates the claim they’re making.

14.12.2019 - 12:22 [ Lauren Kay Johnson / Washington Post ]

I helped write the official lies to sell the Afghanistan war

From July 2009 to March 2010, I served as one of the U.S. Air Force’s designees for a nation-building mission, and I witnessed the disconnect between what happened on the ground and the messages the public heard about it. As my team’s information operations officer, I played a direct role in crafting those messages. I employed “strategic communication” during events like the 2009 Afghan presidential election and directed embedded reporters to only the sunniest stories, keeping them away from disgruntled troops who might not stick to tidy talking points. But my job wasn’t only to mislead the American public: Our information campaign extended to the Afghan people and to higher-ups within the American military itself.

25.11.2019 - 19:31 [ CNN ]

He invented the web. Now he’s warning of a looming ‚digital dystopia‘

Ahead of a conference in Berlin Monday, Berners-Lee tweeted a warning of the risks faced.
He wrote: „If we fail to defend the free and open web, we risk a digital dystopia of entrenched inequality and abuse of rights.“
In an earlier statement on his foundation’s website, he called the web „one of the defining opportunities of our time,“ adding that collaborative action must be taken „to prevent the web being misused by those who want to exploit, divide and undermine.“

14.11.2019 - 18:55 [ Harvard International Law Journal, Forthcoming / papers.ssrn.com ]

Cut These Words: Passion and International Law of War Scholarship

(12.11.2019)

First, and perhaps the most fascinating mystery, is the near-total erasure of the Vietnam era,
and its vociferous doctrinal and policy debates, from the War on Terror international legal debate. The more one reads, the stranger it becomes—particularly once the invasion of Cambodia becomes publicly known in 1970, and the U.S. Department of State justifies the intervention in international legal terms. The doctrinal debate is eerily similar to those underlying key controversies between 2009 and 2018. The underlying law is, in many respects, largely the same. The contours of the international legal questions and their purported implications for the future disclose remarkable similarities. And yet, with the exception of that single footnote in the Al Aulaqi memorandum, there is almost no reference to the raging scholarly discourse that occurred barely two generations earlier. This would perhaps be understandable if I had gone deep into the national archives of, say, Bangladesh, and had found obscure texts that had never been published in English, or had never been made available in libraries or on the internet. But we are talking more or less about similar substantive debates occurring in similar journals by scholars contending with the same government offices. And it all just disappeared. Why?7

27.10.2019 - 09:39 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Recordings Reveal Threats to Publisher: ‚I’ll Come After You With Everything I’ve Got‘

The meetings were recorded by Ari Harow, Netanyahu’s bureau chief who turned state’s evidence. Netanyahu knew he was being recorded. Mozes did not.

In one recording, Netanyahu tells Mozes: “…the law itself [to regulate Israel Hayom] is correct and I’ll support it. But if you take me down, I’ll come after you with everything I’ve got… It will become my life’s mission.“

28.05.2019 - 05:34 [ spiked ‏/ Twitter ]

Brexit Derangement Syndrome has been on full display today. Remoaners are saying that Farage didn’t really win, Change UK did well, and there is no mandate for Brexit. These people aren’t only out of touch with voters, they’re out of touch with reality

25.05.2019 - 16:27 [ European Parliament ]

COP21 and Agenda 2030: The challenges of complementarity

(26.11.2015)

The interaction of climate change and development has found full recognition in the Agenda 2030 programme adopted in September 2015.

25.05.2019 - 16:15 [ Kommission der Vereinten Nationen für nachhaltige Entwicklung ]

Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development

(26.09.2015)

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.

13.04.2019 - 16:29 [ Spiked ]

In defence of internet freedom

Will internet regulation end the internet as we know it? Has the left turned against the working class? And will cultural appropriation eat itself? Brendan O’Neill, Ella Whelan and Fraser Myers discuss on this week’s spiked podcast.

09.04.2019 - 14:14 [ YouGov ‏/ Twitter ]

66% of Brits consider David Gauke’s statement regarding Brexit – that “sometimes you do have to accept your second or third choice in order to avoid an outcome you consider to be even worse”, to be generally good life advice

09.04.2019 - 14:13 [ Yougov.co.uk ]

Would you like to work for the Security Services? Plus, Catholic priests, and compromising in life results

1. Would you ever like to work for GCHQ, MI5 or MI6 (Britain’s security services)?

I would: 45%
I would not: 36%
Don’t know: 19%

09.04.2019 - 10:17 [ Spectator ]

The Tories’ bid to police the internet is a big mistake

(8.4.2019)

Today, a Government in dire need of a good news story has mooted legislation resulting in the very opposite. The Conservative manifesto from 2017 said:

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet. We disagree.”

Now the Tories are delivering on their promise. But their attempt to police the internet should worry us all. The “Online Harms” white paper calls for an independent watchdog to write a “code of practice” for tech companies.

31.03.2019 - 18:28 [ Alltime10s / Youtube ]

Top 10 Movies That Predicted The Future

Published on Oct 14, 2015
Bet you didn’t think that ‚The Matrix‘, Terminator 2 and Super Mario Bros predicted 9/11, well guess again as we delve into the top 10 movies that predicted the future..

05.08.2018 - 13:06 [ Consortium News ]

The Victory of ‘Perception Management’

(28.12.2014) To understand how the American people find themselves trapped in today’s Orwellian dystopia of endless warfare against an ever-shifting collection of “evil” enemies, you have to think back to the Vietnam War and the shock to the ruling elite caused by an unprecedented popular uprising against that war.

While on the surface Official Washington pretended that the mass protests didn’t change policy, a panicky reality existed behind the scenes, a recognition that a major investment in domestic propaganda would be needed to ensure that future imperial adventures would have the public’s eager support or at least its confused acquiescence.

This commitment to what the insiders called “perception management” began in earnest with the Reagan administration in the 1980s but it would come to be the accepted practice of all subsequent administrations, including the present one of President Barack Obama.

05.08.2018 - 12:45 [ Radio Utopie ]

Taktik des Terrorkrieges: Wahrnehmungs-Management, Verwirrung, gelenkte Querfront

(7.6.2017) „Surkow kam ursprünglich aus der Theater-Welt. Und diejenigen die seine Karriere studierten, sagten, was er tat war, Avantgarde-Ideen aus dem Theater zu nehmen und sie in das Herz der Politik zu überführen. Surkows Ziel war es nicht nur Leute zu manipulieren, sondern tiefer zu gehen und mit ihrer Wahrnehmung der Welt zu spielen und diese zu unterminieren, damit sie niemals sicher sind was wirklich geschieht.

Surkow veränderte die russische Politik in ein verwirrendes, sich permanent veränderndes Theaterstück. Er nutzte Geld des Kremls um alle Arten von Gruppen zu sponsorn: von antifaschistischen Massenjugendorganisationen zu derem völligen Gegenstück: Neonazi-Skinheads, sowie liberalen Menschenrechtsgruppen, welche dann die Regierung attackierten. Surkow unterstützte sogar ganze politische Parteien, welche in Opposition zu Präsident Putin standen.

Doch die entscheidende Sache war, dass Surkow anschließend bekannt werden ließ, dass er dies tat – was bedeutete, dass keiner sicher war was echt und was gefälscht war im modernen Russland. Wie ein Journalist es formulierte: Es ist eine Strategie der Macht, die jedwede Opposition konstant verwirrt hält. Eine unaufhörliche Formwandlung, die unaufhaltsam ist, weil sie undefinierbar ist.“