Sunday, December 17, 2017

The martial law of sports

  This was written during the USC World championship in Bergen 2017, but easily pertains to all major sports championships anywhere.

  There are fences everywhere, also many places where they have no practical purpose.
  Establishment media is filled with smiling people, telling us how we all look forward to this «celebration of sports».
  Fences have always a purpose, of course, the most important is to be fences.
  Almost everyone I speak to tells me how pissed they are. They are pissed because very few people question why oppressive tactics are used during a sports arrangement or used - period.
  I don’t live in the city, so I wasn’t affected as much as those that have to walk around there every day. The arrangement is also moved around to the surrounding islands, though. All traffic is closed on my island during the weekend. If I want to go anywhere these days, I have to walk or ride a bike, but I won’t get very far then either. The bridge, for instance is closed off the entire day Sunday.
  I have to swim across the bay in order to reach the mainland.

  There was no lack of advance warnings about the finances of it either. The city council was told in blunt terms that it would become a disaster when they triumphed it through without a real political process, and only a few weeks after the event, it was clear that the warnings hadn’t in any way been loud enough, that they had in truth underestimated the risk. All warnings turned out to be true, and then some. We see once again how sports are stealing resources from truly worthy issues. It is doing that even if all the budgets are holding up, of course. We see how easily even the most basic civil rights can and will be discarded. We see how bread and circuses continue because very few speak up against it, how people are fooled through nationalism and patriotism in taking part in the professed celebration. We need to rechristen it the Great and Horrible Distraction and act accordingly.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Christmas squeak

 Christmas is shit
 In so many ways
 It’s almost ridiculous
 A joyless time
 Pretending to be a celebration
 So beyond fucked up
 Modern trite existence
 Religion and greed
 In a great mashup
 Of shit and crap and horror

 It isn’t for the adults
 And certainly not for the children
 Only lies, deception and illusions
 Speak of the greatness of Christmas
 It isn’t a time for relatives to meet
 People disliking each other
 The rest of the year
 Hate each other at Christmas
 Christmas Christmas Christmas
 Mithramass Mithramass Mithramass
 Dance around the dead tree
 Three more weeks of horror
 Are ahead of us

 Go left, go right, stumble
 Through the fog of
 The anesthetic mind
 Is this really so hard
 To understand, to grasp
 Behave like a puppet on a string
 And that’s precisely what you are
 Lift your right foot
 Lift your left foot
 The moment they pull
 And you hardly notice
 The string is there

 Insane choir – Christmas
 Christmas squeak Christmas squeak
 Squeak squeak squeak
 Christmas – your name is hypocrisy
 Your name is pretense, your squeak is
 The most horrible of horrors
 Christmas defenders
 Jump off a cliff
 And bother human beings
 No more no more no more
 Yes, I wage war on Christmas
 And I’m a proud warmonger
 Rejecting the peace
 Of the walking dead

 Amos Keppler 2017-12-05

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

The true fake news - seen through the eyes of Julian Assange and John Pilger

  I would say that about ninety-five percent of what is conveyed through establishment media is fake news, but even that is being too kind. Since the foundation is fake, corrupted, everything becomes fake. Those in charge and their cronies in establishment media aren’t just lying and deceiving: they are also lying by omission, lying by telling the truth.
  I had the great pleasure of listening to Julian Assange (by video link) and John Pilger at the Holberg Debate 2017 in Bergen on Saturday. Julian Assange was first out. He repeated calmly the truth that is obvious to most truly aware people.
  This is based on my shorthand writing and memory of the event, since we weren’t allowed to record anything.

  Establishment media has always been disastrous, destructive, contrary to anything even resembling truth, filled with fake news every day. It has been used to create and maintain the current order. A fear of truth pervades establishment media. It is threatened by facts, by truly alternative media. The agenda of the establishment and its puppets is always oppressive. They show that with everything appearing in public.
  His claim that every journalist in establishment news media, by his/her support of the establishment narrative is responsible for an average of 130 deaths in various wars is undoubtedly close to the truth.
  He also described how it takes a turn for the worse, both present day and in the future, how distorted automatic info is growing/ascending, how it in insidious ways are demonetizing true/alternative info, interpreting it into the centrist/establishment centrifuge obscuring truth.
  Data mining from Facebook and similar is used increasingly to search for patterns in given population groups and becoming an ever-better tool to interpret those patterns. We the people become the most important tool to control ourselves. Those in charge need to get into our heads, and the more they do that, the more they will gain control over us. The prospects of succeeding with brainwashing and behavior control have never been «better».

  John Pilger spoke about the same subjects, came to the same conclusion from a slightly different perspective.
  He spoke about the irony when Alec Salmond was attacked by the Guardian for working in Russia Today, about the BBC as a long-term tool of UK/western governments, and took us on a brief history tour of real fake news, how establishment media in western countries has basically served us propaganda and called it news.
  The «free press» served those behind the coup in Iran in 1953, in Chile in 1973 and many more.
  There wasn’t even the pretense of true inquiry before the Iraq invasion in 2003. Journalists were undoubtedly willing collaborators to war crimes.
  They continue to be so, by sharing eagerly the establishment’s propaganda on Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and many more, willingly repeating any pretext for bombing and attacking a given country.
  «If satire wasn’t dead, we would convulse with laughter».
  US/NATO is preparing for war with Russia and possibly China and establishment media is as ever very supportive in that regard.
  «Double standards are the pillars of fake news».
  He told us about his meeting with Leni Riefenstahl - «Hitler’s filmmaker» in 1993:
  «She told me that the "messages" of her films were dependent not on "orders from above," but on the "submissive void" of the German public. Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? "Everyone," she said».
  Wikileaks has caused huge panic in establishment circles.
  We should look at our own societies, not be so eager to find fault in others. There is no reason to congratulate ourselves with our own.
  Everyone has the power to become a truly alternative, independent voice.

  The local newspaper Bergens Tidende basically ignored the event of two notable people visiting our town, except for the editorial warning and sour note in advance and scolding attack afterwards. Bergens Tidende is a typical liberal supporter of the establishment and its massive war efforts.
  I was at a meeting about «fake news», arranged by and with the establishment press at the local library some time ago. They basically used that evening to whitewash themselves and brag about their «accomplishments».
  The Holberg Debate 2017 was something stunningly different, where the people of the establishment media had no control over events, and that certainly infuriated them to no end.