Death By A Thousand Lies

On July 4th, a Federal judge in Louisiana issued an injunction against the Federal government barring various departments from contacting social media companies with regards to censoring speech online. This is a practice that started in the Trump years but took off under the Biden administration. On a daily basis government actors contact the censors at these companies and tell them which posts to remove, users to ban and topics that are to be suppressed that day.

In the Trump years, this practice consisted mostly of government officials calling to complain about things that were obviously fake about the White House. Given the lunacy of the people running these companies, the complaints were ignored, but the complaints from fellow partisans were not ignored. A working relationship between the censors and the FBI, DHS and other agencies evolved. Under Biden it is one click away from being enshrined in government regulation.

Most people alive today remember when the media proudly refused to cooperate with the government on this stuff. They would make a big deal about not going along with government requests to suppress stories. It was all a lie, of course, but they felt the need to make a big show of it. The secret police had long ago infiltrated the major media companies to shape the news. Operation Shamrock and Operation Mockingbird we both used to control the media.

The response from the media was much different when the Twitter Files revealed the level of cooperation between Twitter censors and the government. The primary response was to ignore the whole thing. This is the real power of the media. They can simply ignore a story and let it be buried under a mountain of nonsense about carny folk or conspiracy theories about things like global warming. The second response was to trash the reputation of Matt Taibbi who did the reporting.

So far, the media response to this injunction is what you would expect. On the one hand, they are treating it as a partisan issue. You see, it is the nasty Republican states that are hassling Biden for no reason at all. On the other hand, this ruling is preventing the government from defending our democracy against election interference. The brave disinformation researchers are now prevented from doing their work to protect you from words and sounds that threaten our democracy.

Disinformation is information that is intended to deceive, usually from an official source, like the media or the government. This is an easily solved problem by having an adversarial relationship between the government and the media so both sides police each other. Instead, the media has teamed up with the state to battle this invisible fiend who is attacking our democracy. It is tempting to call this language Orwellian, but it is too ridiculous and insane to be Orwellian.

This is a feature of managerial polyarchy that does not get attention. An enormous amount of time is spent on imaginary things. The Russian collusion hoax probably cost over a billion dollars in the end. It was something that obviously did not exist, because it could not exist, but for the people in the hive it had to exist, so they treated it as if it were as real as a rose bush. Take a tour through the fever swamps of the hive and you will see plenty of people who still believe in it.

Then you have the innate need to credentialize everything. Since Grog sold a faulty wheel to Trog, humans have been trying to deceive other humans. In fact, the second oldest profession rests on this very idea. Of course, you cannot have public debate without people trying to convince others of things that are not true. The argument in favor of democracy starts with accepting this trade-off. You accept false opinions in order to encourage the free flow of ideas.

Suddenly, the people who used to claim to be the guardians of this idea are obsessed with disinformation. So much so they will help the government crush anyone who dares say anything that has not been approved. Of course, this means there must be disinformation researchers and disinformation experts. Colleges are now offering courses on the subject. How long before we see someone with the title “licensed disinformation researcher” on a cable chat show?

Notice no one ever asks what a disinformation expert does. The most likely reason for this is the people in this racket could not tell you. Here is the Wilson Center’s page on their disinformation project. Nina Jankowicz is listed a senior fellow. Read her bio and you will see that her only gainful employment has been as a professional liar, spreading government propaganda. Perhaps the theory here is the same as the government hiring former criminals to solve crimes.

If you put “disinformation expert” into a search engine you get millions of links to stories featuring them. If you search on how to become a disinformation expert, then you will see tumbleweeds on your screen. Everyone seems to accept that this profession is real, but no one has the slightest idea how you get the title. One would think that someone in the media would do a deep dive into the topic, but that would risk being accused of disinformation and who wants that?

What this reveals is the inherent decadence of managerialism. Since all authority lies with the expert, every opinion must have an expert behind it. The demand for experts is unlimited, so you end up with experts in things like disinformation. The same process unleashed the army of bigots known as antiracism experts. In place of a holy book or the word of the local shaman, moral authority lies with the expert, so the managerial system manufactures an expert for every normative claim.

There is a practical value to this for the system. These make-believe jobs provide work for the swelling army of credentialed mediocrities. There are now millions of people calling themselves “open-source intelligence researchers.” What this means is they spend all day on Google, going past the first couple of pages. This is the town busy body for the digital age. They work with the disinformation experts to get you banned from Twitter for noticing things.

It is tempting to focus on the un-American aspects of these censorship campaigns, but the fact is America stopped being a rights-based society long ago. The important issue is the vulnerability it reveals. The regime is employing armies of people to control information online and failing miserably. It turns out that the unguarded entrance to the Death Star is a well-formed meme. This probably explains why they are treating Douglas Mackey like his public enemy number one.

It is a sweet irony that a regime that is built on a foundation of lies thinks that its vulnerability is clever lies on Twitter. They are not wrong about this. The regime of lies was possible because people trusted the system. People living in a world of lies are not going to trust the system and they are certainly not going to trust the people who are responsible for the world of lies. They will seek out alternatives. It turns out that the answer to the Big Lie is millions of little lies.


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The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
11 months ago

Two more examples that prove it’s all fake and gay:

NYC mayor’s fake dead cop memento photo:

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/nyc-mayor-fabricated-coffee-stained-photo-fallen-officer-peddle-political-lie

US Navy posts 4th of July tweet with silhouettes of Russian ship, fighter planes:

https://www.zerohedge.com/military/us-pacific-fleet-roasted-tweeting-july-4-graphic-russian-jets-ship

Ryan
Ryan
11 months ago

I think it may have been another Zman post where I saw someone with the title “extremism researcher.” I thought man, in a better world that would be such a kick ass job. Traveling around the world looking for the roughest rapids, the highest mountains, the most insane cliffs to dive, biggest waves to surf. The title would carry both envy and respect.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Ryan
11 months ago

You can rest assured they spend every waking moment ferreting out child molesters and mutilators, negro supremacists, and anti-white zealots.

MemeMax
MemeMax
11 months ago

Love how the polemical cliche was inverted at the end— “Death By a Thousand Lies” sounds like something WFB Jr. would publish in 1965, based primarily on a few lines of Cicerolock he caught in a bar (the sound was turned, but he thinks he got the gist). Today there are Conservatism Inc. interns who do this same ConGPT shtick every day… It used to pay for an apartment in D.C., I’ve heard. Of course that living situation was in the Before Times, when the Blond Road Warrior had not invaded with his disrespectful, funny, righteous lies about crowd size.… Read more »

Luber
Luber
11 months ago

This all sounds well and good until you start wondering where the memes are coming from.

Given the prevalence of alt-right and dissident meme-war influencers who are suspected of being or outed as Feds, we can suspect the memes might be government propaganda too. Throw in their love of the Q psyop and Trump’s January 6th honeypot…

Or were you really naive enough to think 4chan was an organic place to hang out?

Hemid
Hemid
Reply to  Luber
11 months ago

4chan was never a good or true thing, but it wasn’t always dead. But one day, the owner started Gamergate (roundaboutly causing the “Brexit and Trump” phenomenon) by banning discussion of an obscure nerd beef, probably as a favor to his shitlib girlfriend. It was already banned everywhere big except Reddit, who’d get around to banning everything eventually—but 4chan caved *immediately*. Once that seal was opened, the end was inevitable. Between that fateful day and ~2017, anon could still invent the draft-our-daughters Hillary ads, the real-life NPC, “It’s OK to be white,” “Islam is right about women,” etc. Some instantly… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
11 months ago

Here’s an interesting comment from an article at WRSA:

“Look up “Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulations” (SEAS) and “Sentient World Simulation” (SWS). These were used by the military industrial complex. SWS has been live since 2007 and is being used to build a synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information, such as major events, opinion polls, demographic statistics, economic reports, and shifts in trends. It is also creating a digital map of our environment and our bodies. The internet of things and the internet of bodies.”

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Alzaebo
11 months ago

Judging by the lack of progress from the vaunted counteroffensive, both of those simulations need serious improvement.

trackback
11 months ago

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Lovemore Mbigi
Lovemore Mbigi
11 months ago

Managerialist bureaucrats and elected officials cannot visit the bathroom without first seeking “expert” advice. Experts are the ultimate career condom.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
11 months ago

An army of ants moves a mountain
One grain at a time

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
11 months ago

In my adult life I was never much of a TV watcher, and I have a suspicion this is a key part of how I ended up on the DR. One becomes much more susceptible to propaganda and mind programming the more one watches TV. It doesn’t get you the same way in print. I didn’t understand this back then, I just didn’t watch much TV (other than sportsball) because I didn’t care for much of what was on and had other things I’d rather do. But I am certain this is a factor in how quickly and readily one… Read more »

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
11 months ago

My experience with the idiot box is almost identical with yours, and I agree with your conclusions. I would note, however, that nowadays there are other screens–computer and sail foam, primarily–that compete with the boob toob. I’m not sure if these newer conduits for agitprop simply fracture screen viewership or augment it. But if the latter, it is even more difficult to withdraw from Big Poz now than ever before.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
11 months ago

The Regime has its parts of the internet it controls (ever expanding) and the parts it doesn’t. Whereas on TV, they control all of it.

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
11 months ago

I take a walk around at night in my neighborhood, and and so many houses have a massive wall-to-wall T.V. watching absolute slop every night.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
11 months ago

Jeffrey Zoar: Same experience although a bit earlier for me. I watched standard tv shows as a child in the ’60s, but less than most of my friends. By junior high I was already turning it off and kicking my younger sister outside to play. I watched original Star Trek reruns in high school (never watched it when it first aired) and by college in the late ’70s I loaned my rarely-used portable tv to friends to watch the Olympics because I already didn’t give a damn. Name any hit tv show of the ’80s or later and I can… Read more »

Lovemore Mbigi
Lovemore Mbigi
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
11 months ago

Austrian Mustache Man is on record as saying that live performances and moving pictures featuring simple public messages are orders of magnitude more powerful than any tightly written screed.

Ploppy
Ploppy
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
11 months ago

I get stuck watching the evening news when I visit my dad, and the funny thing is that the regime propaganda isn’t particularly convincing or clever. This social media injunction was discussed on PBS, and they had some yenta professor to explain why it was bad. Thing is she just babbled and equivocated without saying much of anything or really making a point, in that motormouth kibbutzing style like the little goblin Ben Shapiro. No persuasion, logic, or even just using a good-looking person to deliver the message. All the regime really has is the ability to make their narrative… Read more »

Pozymandias
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
11 months ago

Growing up I’d say TV was the main thing that gave me a sense of being a part of an actual culture. I still recall how the TV schedule came as a little printed booklet inside the Sunday paper (The Baltimore Sun). I recall my father often demanding “where’s the schedule!?!” after he’d get home from work. Then we really would often gather around the glowing box and watch some of those shows that became 70s and 80s classics. If you were up late enough there was the 11 o’clock news and then Johhny Carson or Letterman. The whole thing… Read more »

Davidcito
Davidcito
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
11 months ago

Yeah after many years of no television, i moved in with my dad temporarily during lockdowns in 2020 and watched tv with him. Im amazed at all the commercials they slam people with. It takes three hours to see a ninety minute movie with all the commercials. Theyre hammering these boomers with drug and supplement or class action lawsuit commercials now. I cant help but think at least the internet allows you to watch or read what you want uninterrupted. I think thats why (((they))) are so aggressively pushing culture as extreme to the left as possible. They know the… Read more »

crabe-tambour
crabe-tambour
11 months ago

I thought that the World’s Second Oldest Profession was that of soldier of fortune–who some cruel types refer to as “mercenaries.” Mike Hoare and Bob Denard might have been offended at the demotion to Bronze-Medal status.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  crabe-tambour
11 months ago

The second oldest profession are who most utlize the first and third.

crabe-tambour
crabe-tambour
Reply to  crabe-tambour
11 months ago

Not to mention Hilaire du Berrier.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
11 months ago

Nina Jankowicz–gotta be a Bangladeshi.

pyrrhus
pyrrhus
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
11 months ago

Sounds like an Eskimo to me….Maybe she’s an expert on building igloos…

Vajynabush
Vajynabush
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
11 months ago

Actually, the “-wicz” ending is not nearly as indicative of tribe membership as the “-witz” ending. The former is more likely to be Polish.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Vajynabush
11 months ago

True. But when you factor in her “occupation”…

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
11 months ago

The term “expert” is used in lieu of actual expertise. Expert is a label you can throw around that has no definition, no sanctioning body and no credentials. It’s like the word “green,” but for people. if someone presents a person to you as an “expert” who is to say she’s not an expert? Do you call the “board of experts” and ask if she’s a member? “Expert” as it is used in this context is just a fake and gay credential substitute issued by nobody because it sounds good.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
11 months ago

Which degrees must one obtain to qualify as an expert?

CorkyAgain
CorkyAgain
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
11 months ago

Near as I can tell, an “expert” is someone who’s been obsessed with and talking about a topic longer than anyone else.

Severian
Reply to  CorkyAgain
11 months ago

C’mon man! As The Big Lebowski informed us, an expert is one who is here to fix the cable.

Ploppy
Ploppy
Reply to  Severian
11 months ago

“You can imagine what happens next…” “He fixes the cable?”

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
11 months ago

Communications or journalism or hate whitey with a minor in mashed potatoes or women’s studies. Think of all the “climate change experts” on TV and in the newspapers who have never taken a class on atmospheric chemistry or even basic chemistry. Or god help us, all of the gender experts making the rounds on TV, cable, internet and newspapers. Their “expertise” lies in the fact that they themselves are degenerate weirdos. Generally they are activists posing as journalists “reporting” on subjects they know nothing about.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
11 months ago

A great deal of my current religious thought comes from an interview by a scientist who stated, “fewer than five percent of the so-called ‘climate change scientists’ knows anything at all about thermo-dynamics.”

Their ignorance disgusted him.
They weren’t interested in the basic questions or consequences of what they insisted on talking about, only the limelight and perks.

Onlyfans, the university version.

pyrrhus
pyrrhus
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
11 months ago

But what I want to know…is what’s the difference between a “disinformation expert” and a “fact checker”? Both are professional liars hired by someone to suppress unwanted information…Does the “expert” get a higher salary?

joseph a tully
joseph a tully
Reply to  pyrrhus
11 months ago

Experts say “yes.”

joey jünger
joey jünger
11 months ago

The American version of Gleichschaltung/ coordination between media and state is the epitome of the idea of being a victim of your own success. Once it became clear their control was total and their message unified, it became much easier to find out the truth. If the unified front says the vaccine is safe and effective, you can be reasonably certain that it is dangerous and ineffective. If they say Ukraine is winning the War and Russia is on the verge of collapse, you can be fairly sure Ukraine is getting demolished and the Ruble is doing very well. If… Read more »

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  joey jünger
11 months ago

On the topic you brought up, I relish Z’s idea that the GOP will find a way to pull Trump from the GOP ballot as I’m sure Trump will cook up a scheme to sell stamps so that people won’t even have to write his name in (“$5 a piece, or 5 for $20, order them for the whole family!!”)

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Evil Sandmich
11 months ago

For the low, low price of just $1,000, Trump will sell you an autographed picture of him in his prison cell!

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  LineInTheSand
11 months ago

I’m holding out for the official Cheeto Orange-anodyzed Donald Trump handcuffs!

(I understand the My Pillow guy will be in charge of distribution.)

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
11 months ago

I can’t even

you people are SO MEAN

*mascara running down cheeks*

Zulu Juliet
Zulu Juliet
Reply to  joey jünger
11 months ago

The Big City paper had a Sunday spread about US Intelligence confirming that Covid 19 did NOT come from Wuhans’s bio-weapons lab. No siree! No way. The lie astounds. The nature of the virus had all the hallmarks of an engineered bug. Have the Chinese purchased that much influence, or are Deep State actors so culpable for the creation of Covid that they keep telling such a risible lie in the face of all evidence? Like you say: Just assume everything is a lie and you’ll be closer to the truth. That would have been crazy crank-talk twenty years ago,… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Zulu Juliet
11 months ago

Would it have been crazy crank talk, or has the wider availability of other sources only made it more obvious now?

MiguelinID
MiguelinID
Reply to  c matt
11 months ago

This comment hits home for me. As I rewind the clock and look at 9/11, JFK assassination, the casus belli for every war the U.S. has taken part in, World War 2 and 6 million, polio vaccine, etc., I’ve come to the realization we’ve been lied to for a very, very long time.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Zulu Juliet
11 months ago

So they’re still at it, huh?
Harder than ever.

When do we celebrate Malaria Month?
It’s a good thing Sickle-cell Americans have some resistance.

Ploppy
Ploppy
Reply to  joey jünger
11 months ago

“California Patrick Bateman”

That is a really good nickname for Newsom, if it didn’t rely on being familiar with a movie it’d be good enough to be a Trump nickname.

FooBarr
FooBarr
11 months ago

Went out last night I went out and passed by the Ugg store. It was a rainbow jamboree. It was covered in grotesque perversion and hash tags like – “Feel Heard.” How do you feel heard. What does that even mean? Witness the aggrandizement and celebration of mental illness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhxLmzCQD1k

Btw, on topic, I have yet to talk with a single person, even those locked in on anti-regime sources, who is aware of what is happening in France.

Stephanie
Stephanie
Reply to  FooBarr
11 months ago

Feeling heard probably means be as loud and annoying as possible unless you’re on the right then they’ll call the cops on you.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  FooBarr
11 months ago

Yeah, I asked a neighbor if her daughter had been checking in with a friend who’s on a school trip to France. She asked me why. I said, “Well, because of all the riots. They’ve been happening all across France for a week.”

“What riots?” she replied.

That’s power.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
11 months ago

Citizen: Husband’s coworker, wife, and two teen kids merrily embarked on a train trip across Europe a week ago – definitely including France. These people are generally oblivious of anything not reported by the state media, and regard my husband as a bit of a ‘right winger’ (if only they knew). I truly wonder if they’ll notice all the brown and black faces in Europe, and how much the tourism agencies are able to shelter visitors from racial reality. While I don’t wish them any physical harm, I’d love to see them smacked in the face by what’s actually happening… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  3g4me
11 months ago

From Gallia Daily on Telegram:

Statement from Minister of Digital Affairs: “The President asked us to put maximum pressure on social networks”

🗣 “The President asked us to put maximum pressure on the social networks. Responses have been made to rapidly remove reported content. These emergency measures will become mandatory on August 25, under penalty of sanctions.

We have to admit that our demands have been heard and that the major platforms are taking action”.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  FooBarr
11 months ago

I am kidnapping “Feel Heard”!

I’m going to pair it with a swastika on every single Twitter comment

JerseyJeffersonian
JerseyJeffersonian
Reply to  Alzaebo
11 months ago

Well, make it good, because the first time you do this, your account will be banned.

Don’t look for safe harbor over at Zuckerberg’s new Twitter clone, Threads, because reports are coming in that people are being banned after their first post.

mmack
mmack
11 months ago

Since Grog sold a faulty wheel to Trog, humans have been trying to deceive other humans.

Me tell Trog no buy wheel from Grog, he no offer Extended Warranty.

Trog no listen, pay 84 months on square wheel Grog sell him. Grog tell Trog “This wheel not roll away like others.”

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  mmack
11 months ago

Grog son Scog guy curb feeler from Trog friend Squog’Tavi’us. Now look for bling rim.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
11 months ago

Square wheel mean no need hydraulic shocks

Cart jumps by itself

Low
Ri
duhs
Go a little slowah

Wolf Barney
Wolf Barney
11 months ago

The character, Handsome Truth, has received much attention lately for spreading information pointing out that there is one group who essentially control everything. He and his guys do things like distribute flyers in plastic baggies on driveways throughout neighborhoods, hang banners over freeways, and gather at busy intersections, with signs and a megaphone. Because of their actions, news reports on local stations express grave concern over “hate.” (they never show what information the flyers contain–it’s just “hate.”) Rolling Stone magazine ran a disapproving feature on Handsome Truth and Ron DeSantis signing an anti-free speech bill, making spreading information like this… Read more »

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Wolf Barney
11 months ago

Brave man. I’m surprised he hasn’t been put down yet.

Zulu Juliet
Zulu Juliet
Reply to  Wolf Barney
11 months ago

One of my favorite moments from the 2016 Trump rally I attended was when Trump pointed out the Press at the back of the hall and said “See those people back there? They are the worst people ever! The worst!” Much cheering.

No wonder they hate the man [and us].

Stephanie
Stephanie
11 months ago

Even Jen Psaki’s 4 year old child called her a wicked fool. She thought it was a cute little story to tell the world. She was and is one of the biggest believers in eliminating free speech and debate in favor of a tyrannical and mandated belief-system. She’s probably also the one who told Joe Biden to threat-whisper at people as a winning strategy, it’s probably how she treats her own child and it was creepy and didn’t work then, either. Doh! Anyway, it’s no surprise that the judge specifically called her out as one of the worst offenders. So,… Read more »

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Stephanie
11 months ago

I wouldn’t discount the microdosing thing

Hemid
Hemid
11 months ago

Two inspirational stories were recently suppressed on (read: by) the only still freely accessible alternative info dump, 4chan—and therefore they were suppressed everywhere, because the “content” of the internet is whatever 4chan decides it is. The process by which that decision is reached is now literally fake and gay. The first story was a burgeoning sequel to “Gamergate,” equally inexplicable to non-dorks and equally alarming to the fraction of the establishment that understood its memetic significance. Shortly before a supposedly controversial Harry Potter game was released, the infamous “Twitter trannies” (actual) launched a harassment campaign against female “vtubers” (game streamers… Read more »

Stephanie
Stephanie
Reply to  Hemid
11 months ago

The singularity? It happened? Real life and the internet merged via 4chan and now we’re living in it? That actually makes the most sense to explain what has happened to the world recently because this stuff is off the chain; chest-feeding men, really!? Lol We can’t say we weren’t warned. The last thing everyone says to anyone first learning about 4chan is, “but don’t go there”. But now, even if you don’t go there it comes to you in real life. Witness we just had a month of ‘Pride’ with the so very chanish White House antics. Just amazing. Anyway…… Read more »

G Lordon Giddy
G Lordon Giddy
11 months ago

I once worked for a company that was in the business of rolling up other companies, I was designated the “ expert” of a particular segment of the company. Never mind that under me the company was busy getting rid of employees capable of helping me succeed in my role as the “expert”.
This is America now under our managerial elite, a ton of “ experts” that oversee a system that is a mile wide with experts but an inch deep in competence to hold up the “ experts” and the system they manage.

Carl B.
Carl B.
Reply to  G Lordon Giddy
11 months ago

The old saying is: “An expert is someone from out of town.”

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
Reply to  Carl B.
11 months ago

It’s funny because there are real experts, though we don’t usually call them that. We now use the term “expert” to describe someone who doesn’t have any real expertise. An automotive expert is a made up title that means absolutely nothing. The most likely person to use that label is a journalist. A real automotive expert is an engineer working in design or production and a member of the SAE.

mmack
mmack
Reply to  Carl B.
11 months ago

Scott Adams had a joke in The Dilbert Principle that companies loved hiring consultants because OBVIOUSLY they were smart. They weren’t stupid enough to work there as an employee.

Filthie
Filthie
Member
11 months ago

Hey Z… I notice you are on Nitter.

I am not a knowledgeable computer geek, but do you have a link to their sign in page? It seems to be some kind of mirror of twitter?

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
11 months ago

“People living in a world of lies are not going to trust the system and they are certainly not going to trust the people who are responsible for the world of lies.” Indeed. I’ll expound upon a recent experience that I alluded to in a comment the other day. On the way back from the airport, my family and I got a cab back to our house. I had a conversation with the cab driver which was quite pleasant. The driver informed me that he no longer read any newspaper or consumed any other legacy media. This was a new… Read more »

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
Reply to  OrangeFrog
11 months ago

There are a lot of murmurings of a “Great Turning Away” which is pointing towards a post-political future due to disillusionment with our democratic system. It isn’t as much a fight against the system as a malaise that chooses to avoid the system when possible and to submit when there’s no way to avoid it. Soon the average person’s view of government will be the same as a Chinese citizen, with a small fanatical sect of true believers in the inner party. The question will be whether the amount of wasted energy used on our side in democratic processes will… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Chet Rollins
11 months ago

The Chinese are much more hierarchical than us. While our egalitarian streak has lately been used against us, it’ll also be the saving grace when politics and authority break down. Enough people will decide, I don’t need you, I can do it myself.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  OrangeFrog
11 months ago

OrangeFrog: I’m amazed you were able to get a White English cabbie. They were already thin on the ground when I lived and then visited there in the early ’80s.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
11 months ago

I reckon we’re right on schedule for a credentialed, professional disinformation researcher; Lord have mercy, we already have Happiness Officers, Heads of Product and Innovation, Diversity Chiefs, Talent Officers. I see no reason the Evil won’t continue. At least in the West, we have a phenomenal problem with simply too many people. They need work, and that work is make-work. I’m thinking of almost all levels of management; these people direct the work of the technically competent below them and pump up their resumes by doing so. Note that, even though I tend to fall firmly in the camp of… Read more »

Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali
Reply to  OrangeFrog
11 months ago

It’s what Graeber calls “bullshit jobs.”

Another Guy
Another Guy
Reply to  OrangeFrog
11 months ago

“I’m talking about vanity projects to migrate on-premises applications to the cloud.”

Heh, heh. Just this morning, before reading this post, I led a meeting, as a manager, for a customer migrating our services from on premisis to the cloud.

For most of my career, I was a software engineer, but I got tired of working so hard, so now I am a manager. I don’t think that my work is without value, but it would not exist without the work of the engineers.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Another Guy
11 months ago

Another Guy, Heh. Warning! Your job could be make-work! In all seriousness, at least you were a software engineer. And now that you are a manager, I presume it is a manager of software engineers and similar folks? This is a different breed or manager entirely, and, if managers are needed at all, is the right way to do things. A lot of hubbub is made about the “Soft Skills” in management, which to some extent have their place; hence why so often I find myself dealing with a new manager with no technical background. But: technical know-how is key… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  OrangeFrog
11 months ago

Remember unisex diapers? Then boy/girl diapers? Then unisex diapers again?

RealityRules
RealityRules
Reply to  OrangeFrog
11 months ago

Well put OrangeFrog. VP Customer Success VP of People Chief People Officer Director of Happiness Principle Dreamer Chief Space Officer I agree that even in engineering there are a bunch of made-up projects. There is a balance. You don’t want to be an airline running twenty layers of databases around forty other different databases. At the same time, despite what we are told, there are probably far too many software engineers whose perfectly healthy ambitions and creativity has no viable outlet other than the latest refactor of dubious utility, or a port to some new same-features-different-authors middleware that justifies projects… Read more »

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  OrangeFrog
11 months ago

Fake money seems to demand fake jobs. Expanding this out to societal wide UBI is problematic because some percentage of real jobs are still required, to keep the lights on etc.

Wkathman
Wkathman
11 months ago

It is exponentially more ludicrous for a government — ANY government — to launch a campaign against disinformation than it would be for the mafia to declare war on racketeering. It’s immeasurably more asinine than prostitutes claiming to favor abstinence. The entire business of modern rulership requires an endless flow of disinformation. If on some random Monday, a government ceased altogether drowning the public in disinformation, that government would be overthrown no later than Thursday of the same week. Disinfo is the very LIFEBLOOD of the system. That our system pretends to fight tooth-and-nail against such disinfo only further demonstrates… Read more »

Barnard
Barnard
11 months ago

I am becoming more convinced a big portion of the difficultly employers are having in getting their companies staffed is made up nonsense jobs like the ones you mention here. Between this, DIE garbage and social media influencers how many millions of people are in jobs that have no practical benefit to anyone? The problem of course is even if most of it went away, the majority of these people are now unemployable in any meaningful and important role in a company.

B125
B125
Reply to  Barnard
11 months ago

There is just a lack of white men in general, as Boomers retire there aren’t enough to replace them, plus millions are on drugs or dropped out of society.

I also think there is an outflow of white men from large corporations into smaller and medium sized businesses.

Large corps captured by DIE don’t hire white males anymore, and are also generally miserable to work for.

Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali
Reply to  B125
11 months ago

Even before DIE, large companies were crud places to work for. There’s a deliberately created “company culture”, and deviation from that makes one a marked man. The ones who conform we derisively call “company men.”

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Arshad Ali
11 months ago

The term company man is quite ancient. I think it probably originated as a derisive label by union workers for fellow workers who refused to join the union. If so, the term likely dates from the 1880s or so.

Marko
Marko
Reply to  B125
11 months ago

Even medium-sized companies (<1000 employees) have gotten corporatized. I have worked for a few. DEI is trickling down. Even the older guys in management are trying their best to stay relevant and adopt the latest ideological jargon of the managerial class.

Just the other day we got a DEI insert into our Values Statement. The boss explained it as if our company had an spectre of disinclusion and intolerance haunting the office space, ready to pounce on an unsuspecting employee.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Marko
11 months ago

Specter is right. They haunt the febrile mind of the Leftist, or what serves him for a mind. I saw an article recently where new minority-only hiking trails are being established for PoC who fear encountering a white rayciss on the established trails.

ROFLMAO

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  B125
11 months ago

B125: If my husband had not gotten a job in a small, privately-owned company (now a much larger but still privately-owned company) when he left the government, there is no way he’d still be employed. Although they’ve brought in a bit of diversity, the owner and managers are all White men. God knows what will happen when the owner dies – vague talks of profit-sharing and senior employees owning the company have gone nowhere.

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
Reply to  Barnard
11 months ago

This is one of the main reasons we are so unproductive and why almost everything is made somewhere else. We have armies of “experts” throwing roadblocks into any productive system we still have.

Captain Willard
Captain Willard
11 months ago

“These make-believe jobs provide work for the swelling army of credentialed mediocrities.” Yes. This backs up Peter Turchin’s theory on the overproduction of self-styled Elites causing instability and conflict in Systems. The Race industry also absorbs thousands of these knuckleheads too. Whomever would dominate the System must find work for all these camp followers. This, in a nutshell, explains the revulsion of the media to RFK Jr. He is more threatening to them than Trump, because at least Trump employs thousands of media-whore types who are deemed necessary to counteract him. So “Disinformation Management” is the new HR. It’s yet… Read more »

Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali
11 months ago

“People living in a world of lies are not going to trust the system and they are certainly not going to trust the people who are responsible for the world of lies. They will seek out alternatives.” You might be dismayed by the the large percentage of people who do buy into the regime’s lies and the small percentage who do seek out alternatives. Lies and propaganda work. The small percentage who do seek for alternatives have on average a much higher level of cognitive ability and consequently can see through the hollow claims, the false arguments, and the outright… Read more »

Mow Noname
Mow Noname
Reply to  Arshad Ali
11 months ago

It would be flattering to think “noticing” is based on cognitive abilities, but some of the smartest people I know are born-again Covidians, mouth-breathing anti-Trump (Bush II, Bush, Reagan, Ford, Nixon) zealots and card carrying global warming doom-mongers.

People are wired differently.

Intelligent Dasein
Intelligent Dasein
Member
Reply to  Mow Noname
11 months ago

Intelligence in the quantitative and measurable sense, the sense of those who refer to IQ and g, is of no value at all when it comes to actually perceiving reality. It just amounts to a sort of facility at juggling abstractions and making combinations with them, which also happens to be precisely the kind of useless activity that advanced managerial states select for. In fact, these “smart” people can be more broadly, deeply, and thoroughly bamboozled than the average dolt, because they can lie to themselves with more intensity. If one of their trusted authorities tells them some utterly outlandish… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Arshad Ali
11 months ago

“ The small percentage who do seek for alternatives have on average a much higher level of cognitive ability and consequently can see through the hollow claims, the false arguments, and the outright inherent contradictions of the regime’s lies.” Ali, exactly. The average person simply is overwhelmed. It takes a superior intellect to figure out when one is being BS’d. We call this ability, “critical thinking”. I certainly am *not* an expert on CT, and I certainly can’t tell you how to develop such a skill—heck, I probably can’t even define it adequately. I just know such is how I… Read more »

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Arshad Ali
11 months ago

Lies and propaganda work until they don’t. Communist control of information in the USSR was even greater than Leftist control in AINO. And yet, it didn’t take long for most people in the Soviet Union to realize they were being deceived and to seek out and disseminate contrary data and info. The subversives succeeded to such a degree that, by the 1980s, there were very few people who were willing to go to the mat for the USSR. This cynicism and ennui made the country’s collapse much more likely. I imagine something similar is occurring in AINO.

Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
11 months ago

Yes, you are right. There’s a threshold to lies and propaganda. When the divergence between observed reality and propaganda becomes too blatant, an increasing number of people notice it and become cynical and blase. I’m not sure, though, that the amount of garbage now being churned out is any less than in the Soviet Union.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Arshad Ali
11 months ago

There’s just as much garbage now, perhaps even more. However, there are also more alternative sources of information, and dissidents are not yet being massacred or packed off to labor camps in great numbers. Things are bad and getting worse in AINO in 2023, but it’s still nowhere near as bad as it was in the USSR in 1933.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
11 months ago

Ostei: Yes and no. Most people in the Soviet Union knew the official press organs were propaganda, but most people also had no real involvement or interest in politics. At first they were merely trying to survive. Later on your average person was more concerned with finding who had gotten a shipment of bananas or had some western jeans for sale. Average Whites (and I deliberately include Slavs here) are average. They don’t want to run the country and their political opinions touch on what affects them directly. The Soviet Union didn’t ‘collapse’ because the average person tired of the… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  3g4me
11 months ago

Blowsy had moved back in with her parents, eh? That or a trailer park nearby.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  3g4me
11 months ago

I wasn’t claiming that the cynics caused the USSR to collapse, simply that their total apathy toward the rodina meant that when the tiger slipped the leash there was little to stop it from devouring his owner. Something similar will probably happen in AINO. You don’t have to be a Lenin or a Robespierre to damage the establishment. All you have to do is refuse to lift a finger in its defense.

TomA
TomA
11 months ago

This is yet another problem that gets solved by collapse. All the scolds and busybodies that infest the disinformation domain have way too much time on their hands living off the grift, and that idleness is the source of this societal entropy. When the plates stop spinning and Karen can’t afford a latte every 3 hours, she won’t be in Starbucks all afternoon staring at her laptop. More likely she will be dumpster diving for dinner scraps while astounded at how quickly her life went to shit in a heartbeat. Frankly, this is the only viable solution to the dead-weight… Read more »

angelus
angelus
Reply to  TomA
11 months ago

Yes, I am gleefully awaiting the day when the Internet goes down permanently. I have already mostly disconnected from it except for this site and a couple others, and no longer watch cable or Internet news programs. I have gone back to books and dvd’s. It’s pretty amazing how little you miss the constant need to check anything online, and the 5G radiation that was slowly frying your brain goes away. I go outside a lot more and am more at peace.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  angelus
11 months ago

Turning off the internet is about the last thing the regime ever wants to do. They prefer we stay online watching porn and playing video games, cuckflix, and ordering doordash, plugged into their coordinated propaganda messaging. If they turned it off, we might, heaven forbid, go out into the real world and talk to each other.

Which is a separate question from some degradation over time of the internet through incompetence, and ferals and meth heads stealing all the copper wire

Mr C
Mr C
11 months ago

One benefit to the Russian collusion hoax, for the regime, is that it has generated strong support for the proxy Ukraine war.

If Trump didn’t equal Putin and Putin didn’t mean Trump, then the “left” would not support this adventure.

It makes you wonder if they are smart enough to setup Russia as the bad guy that far ahead of things.

Mr. Generic
Mr. Generic
Reply to  Mr C
11 months ago

> it has generated strong support for the proxy Ukraine war.

Oh, you mean all the millions of online NAFO bots? Have you ever met a person in meatspace that actually supports the war efforts in Ukraine?

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Mr. Generic
11 months ago

yes I have met them. A depressingly large percentage of folks

Sumguy
Sumguy
11 months ago

This post today made me think about “Clown World™️“ has it has manifested across the millennia, and how gullible the masses truly are. I recently read up on the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis. It is famous for being the legendary site of Pluto’s “gateway to Hell”. In much the same way that the Oracle of Delphi has been attributed to gasses being released and creating euphoric hallucinations, Priests WHO WERE LITERALLY TRANNIES would stage rituals at the entrance of a cave where animals would be sacrificed to Pluto. The animals would asphyxiate in the presence of high CO2 emissions… Read more »

Captain Willard
Captain Willard
Reply to  Sumguy
11 months ago

I think it was methane, not C2, right?

But good stuff here. Nothing new under the sun…

Sumguy
Sumguy
Reply to  Captain Willard
11 months ago

In the case of Delphi it was methane, but I think in the case of Hierapolis, it was CO2.

The ruins are located in Turkey near a hot spring, so I’m sure the geothermal activity produces CO2

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Sumguy
11 months ago

Sumguy: Fascinating and in keeping with things my husband has been reading/watching of late. Numerous ancient iterations of the same sexual degeneracy and satanic influences we see today – all in empires that later collapsed. May this one soon join them.

FNC1A1
Member
11 months ago

What would happen if people on our side of the great divide began to style themselves “disinformation” experts?

mikebravo
mikebravo
Reply to  FNC1A1
11 months ago

They would be spotted and denounced immediately. Recognized for not using todays pass words and not being full of shite!

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
Reply to  FNC1A1
11 months ago

Attempts would be made to squelch accurate information if it became widespread and conflicted with State propaganda. The problem isn’t the myriad of lies the Regime wants to counter that Z noted. It is the myriad of truths.

If we ever get the upper hand again, we need to censor the hell out of these people, “un-American” or not.