The FUD-Packer’s Ball

Throughout the Cold War years, it was a standard claim from the people called the left in America that the intelligence services manipulated domestic politics. This did not come from the mainstream left, but the fringier left-wing activists. For its part, the right in all its forms simply ignored the claims. Eventually, the mainstream right became the primary defenders of the intelligence agencies. They were viewed as the first line of defense in the Cold War and thus were lionized.

Of course, the claims about the intel agencies were not without some merit. In the late 1960’s a communist student publication called Ramparts reported that the National Student Association, which was a federation of student governments, was funded and controlled by the CIA. Later it was revealed by the Church Committee that many newspapers were cooperating with the CIA. Operation Mockingbird was one of the CIA programs used to manipulate the media.

The Church Committee is an interesting bit of history as it might be the last time Congress did anything useful in terms of oversight. The final report was massive and you can still access it on the Senate website. One reform that resulted from this event was the establishment of the permanent US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which has been thoroughly captured by the CIA. Members of this committee participated in the Russian collusion hoax, for example.

Putting that aside, the headline item at the time was that the intelligence agencies were spying on Americans, experimenting on Americans, and manipulating the media by placing assets at media companies. In the fullness of time, the important revelation was that this practice was thoroughly normalized in the agencies. The intel agencies saw nothing wrong with what they were doing. That means we can assume they continued doing it despite the revelations.

Again, the Russian collusion hoax is a good starting point. If the intel agencies were comfortable in trying to overturn the 2016 presidential election, then it is safe to assume this behavior is normalized inside these agencies. That returns us to the Church Committee and the scale of operations fifty years ago. In the analog days, the intel agencies were comfortable with subverting newspapers, so what sorts of things will they be comfortable doing in the digital age?

For example, would the intel agencies pay social media influencers? If they were paying student groups in the 1960’s how opposed would they be to paying social media characters to push certain themes? It is not as if anyone bothers to look into the background of bigfoot influencers. These characters seem to appear from nowhere, gain a big audience and join the ranks of influencers. Inserting intel agents into this space is a low-cost, high reward activity.

Look at someone like Michael Tracey, who is a bigfoot influencer on Twitter with over a quarter million followers. According to Twitter, about 15% of their users have more than one thousand followers. Only one percent of American users have more than three thousand followers. That means someone with a quarter million followers is in a ridiculously small club of users. This assumes the follower counts are accurate and the followers are not purchased from a bot farm.

Michael Tracey has no job and no obvious source of income. He lives in New York City, one of the most expensive places in America. He regularly travels the world to pester government officials at press gatherings. His Substack mostly gathers dust, in terms of readership, and he never posts monetized content on Twitter. Maybe he has a rabbi that underwrites his activity, which is not unusual, but maybe that rabbi is tied to one of the intel agencies, which would not be unusual either.

Note that Tracey spends most of time doing FUD-packing. FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Right now, he is flaming the Trump world right now with claims that Trump is responsible for the war funding bills. It is a weird claim, but coming from a major account it does seep into the public consciousness. This is new for him, as he usually spends his time attacking progressives. In fact, he built his following on the right by FUD-packing the people on the left.

Now, Michael Tracey is probably on the level, but there is no way of knowing it, which is the point of this example. In a world where people are more likely to get their information from anonymous and unexamined characters on social media, how hard would it be for the intel agencies to manipulate this system? Build up a network of influential FUD-packers and you can control the unhappy portion of both political parties by saturating them with misery.

Here is something else to consider. These days, the intel agencies do not have to actually buy the FUD-packer. They can simply manipulate him though the various donations options most people have these days. When they like the FUD-packing from an influencer, they can send a bunch of small donations. They can also use their bot farms to boost that guy’s FUD-packing. In other words, a FUD-packer could be compromised without even knowing it.

The point of thinking about FUD-packing is that we live in an age where it is much easier for the intel agencies to do what they habitually were doing fifty years ago, so it is wise to assume it is as common now as it was back then. The digital information space is now a wilderness of mirrors manipulated by people who are drawn to the work because they love FUD-packing. As a result, our information space is a FUD-packers ball where nothing should be taken at face value.


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Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
1 month ago

I don’t take anything “influencers” say at face value. I am always getting links sent to me or otherwise see stories from them that are nothing short of retarded. Just yesterday some twitter “influencer” claimed an Israeli F35 was shot down (by Russia) over the desert on the way to delivering a nuclear bomb to EMP Iran. This is despite the fact that EMPs cannot be delivered by a plane (planes cannot fly high enough). Aside from the BS they just make up, all they really are is talking heads. Very, very few of them do any original reporting. They… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
1 month ago

Tracey is using out-of-context snippets to make his accusations about Trump echoing the mainstream channels. Just spinning popular tunes like a good grifter I can understand, but no grifting, no renumeration, a plentiful travel budget? Hoo boy. Never did trust the guy. Rufo, on the other hand, gave a good defense of himself and has credible results. You fight the battles you can win, not the whole danged war. Any gain is a gain. Rufo’s also not a threat to the system itself, in fact helps it shed its more damaging elements. FUD-packers in a maze of mirrors? Holy Jetsons,… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

So what is the context that makes Trump not an israel firster?

Steve
Steve
Reply to  c matt
1 month ago

Defusing war in the middle east during his term? If the reports are to be believed, war in the middle east isn’t turning out very well for the Palestinians.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  c matt
1 month ago

He most likely is. That’s just the rules of the game we have at this time.

That would also make him a known quantity. We can guesstimate how much we can get out of him. As long as it benefits white people, or doesn’t actively harm them, I expect others to jump in and try to get their piece too, to try to use him for their own ends.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

There seems to be a pattern in the online influencer/media world. Cater to white conservatives who are desperate for attention and to not be called racist. Then, once you get GrillerCons on your side, steer them in various directions. Obviously, the Daily Wire, which I’ve never actually watched, is the prime example, but there are many others. The pedophile-looking Hanania seems like one. Tracy – whom I’ve also never read – sounds like another. The big tell for these guys is that they almost always steer people away from Trump, but, more specifically, they steer whites away from populism and… Read more »

MikeCLT
MikeCLT
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

Hanania was the first guy I thought of as being thus compromised.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  MikeCLT
1 month ago

That guy seems like he’s compromised in any number of ways. He definitely seems like the kind of guy who wants money and fame, but goodness knows what kind of compromising pictures they have of him. He screams deviant.

SR
SR
1 month ago

‘Hell’: Israeli Boy Kidnapped From Nova Music Festival In New Hamas Video

https://commoncts.blogspot.com/2024/04/hell-israeli-boy-kidnapped-from-nova.html

ps. would you please add CC to your blogroll? thanks!

Mysterious Orca
Mysterious Orca
1 month ago

I agree that a huge amount of seeming authentic individual user activity on social media is probably actually a cutout for US/Isreal/NATO deep state entities. And, as I’ve read much maybe most of what Tracey has posted for years (and obviously think he has insightful and useful things to say), I have often also often wondered if someone is bankrolling him. But if so that someone would be someone like the FSB or Guónbu, with instructions to tear down trust in the US deep state, and definitely not the CIA, which seeks to maintain it. Tracey’s writings are reflexively anti-authoritarian… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Mysterious Orca
1 month ago

If what you say is correct, and I have no basis to contradict it, so what? I don’t fault Trump for playing along to save his skin, but how does that further the cause? Even if he escapes the current persecution and becomes president, why would he stop “playing along”? Even his second term would eventually end, and damocles sword will still be hanging over his head. He would sooner fink on his magatard followers than his executioners.

miforest
miforest
1 month ago

There is ceritianly plenty of fear and ucertianty to go arround .

miforest
miforest
1 month ago

CIA is tight with mossad. I There is evedence that the JFK job was a joing venture between the two of them . here is a good side discussion on some of that
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miforest
miforest
Reply to  miforest
1 month ago
Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  miforest
1 month ago

You simply cannot understand world affairs until you finally realize that the CIA has always been a mere subsidiary of the Mossad & the Council of the Sanhedrin. Wild Bill Donovan was never in charge of anything whatsoever; he was simply the token goyische figurehead who gave carte blanche to Morgenthau’s fifth columnists [and Morgenthau had thousands upon thousands of fifth columnists]. The big question these days regards the NSA. Are there still any patriots remaining in Fort Meade? Or has the (((mind virus))) rotted them all out into a state of encephalitic demoralization & despair & dejection? How many… Read more »

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
Reply to  miforest
1 month ago

While I find the whole thing amusing, my bet is American intelligence services are fueling the anti-Israel protests as part of a Color Revolution against Netanyahu. The days of unconditional love for Israel are gone.

miforest
miforest
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

I wouldn’t put it past them .

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

Jack Dodson: “…American intelligence services… fueling the anti-Israel protests as part of a Color Revolution against Netanyahu…”

Dude!!!!!

Let’s get Rabbi Solomon Friedman to fill up P0rnHμb with fully kosher versions of:

1) Somalian Jew => Khazarian Yenta pr0n

2) Eritrean Jew => Khazarian Yenta pr0n

3) Ethiopian Jew => Khazarian Yenta pr0n

I don’t think they even allow Mizrahic Jew => Khazarian Yenta pr0n.

The yentas were so d@mned h0rny that they had to officially ban the Third Reich pr0n.

I think it’s something like a felony to have a sw@stika in Khazarian pr0n.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

I would not doubt it. I recall an author pointing out that the US had financed BOTH SIDES in Vietnam…and that book was written in 1973, while the war was still winding down. That book did not dwell on military history; it was highlighting the schizophrenic nature of many government actions. Another example, that may even still be current, is (was?) the fact that the US Government on the one hand funds anti-smoking education in the name of public health, while other agencies provide agricultural assistance to crop growers including tobacco.

Grate
Grate
1 month ago

“Right now, he is flaming the Trump world right now with claims that Trump is responsible for the war funding bills. It is a weird claim,”

I have no idea why you think this is unusual. It is typical of the entire Trump era.

Trump supporters project upon Trump the idea that he is an outsider. Then Trump supports the establishment every chance he gets, then his supporters get angry when anyone points this out.

Hemid
Hemid
Reply to  Grate
1 month ago

The evidence for that specific claim is that liars have claimed it and people who hate Trump believe it. As I type, I’m listening to a podcast where the guest is an I guess somewhat popular rightist—the “hierarchy!” kind—who calls himself “White Papers.” He just now claimed that the reason Trump ordered a bunch of McDonalds that one famous time was “explicitly to own the libs.” This is MADE UP. Trump ordered a heap of fast food to give it to a bunch of visiting boy athletes, because he knows what they like. Trump sucks in almost every way, but… Read more »

Maus
Maus
1 month ago

Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt. Gayness. Egalitarianism.
FUDGE-packers.
Fixed that for you.

Orcs gonna Orc; and Sauron’s gonna Sauron. So don’t be FNG; be grey.

Moran ya Simba
Moran ya Simba
1 month ago

All high profile information, that is to say all public information, should be distrusted to some extent. That seems to be prudent. I think this produces mass psychoses even greater than what we see today and I think the already very real psychoses we see today (trans and all that stuff and many other things) are the result of this technologically facilitated divergence between the information space and reality (when I put it like that it seems almost glaringly obvious to me). IOW the madness we see today is but the foothills. People go psychotic when they are isolated from… Read more »

Moran ya Simba
Moran ya Simba
Reply to  Moran ya Simba
1 month ago

I could have used the edit option right now, I kinda bungled that by skipping a transition to what I think produces mass psychosis; the submersion in false information not related to reality

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  Moran ya Simba
1 month ago

MyS, that’s an excellent synopsis of the psycho-sociological tsunami which is wiping out yuge portions of the populace; the at-risk personalititties simply don’t stand a chance in its wake. About 15 years ago, I abandoned all work upon numerical analysis [basically “STEM”], and switched instead to psychological analysis, and, in muh personal life, I raised familial psychological health [to include SLEEP] above all other concerns in life. I can feel the psychosis everywhere now. People are falling apart at the seams. Mass schizophrenia rules the day. Sleep. Cardio. Diet [preferably organic]. Fast. Then Sleep some moar. Keep your loved ones… Read more »

Pete Daczak
Pete Daczak
Reply to  Moran ya Simba
1 month ago

Covid the example par excellence.

Eloi
Eloi
1 month ago

I don’t know if many realize, but, since its inception, the CIA has always been involved with mind control. Not conspiracy theories (some of which I believe), but a cold, simple fact.

Mycale
Mycale
Reply to  Eloi
1 month ago

It’s just undeniable. We know the CIA started experimenting with mind control using psychedelic drugs in the 1950s with a man named Sidney Gottlieb (sigh…) running the operation. Ten years later, youth culture was awash in those exact same drugs. Really tough to say that is a coincidence.

James Angletoon
James Angletoon
Reply to  Eloi
1 month ago

A good primer is ‘Poisoner in Chief,’ about Sidney Gottlieb, written by former NY Times reporter Stephen Kinzer (his ‘Overthrow’ is also excellent).

Available as a PDF:

https://archive.org/details/kinzer-stephen-poisonerin-chief

TempoNick
TempoNick
1 month ago

This reminds me of something Putin was supposed to have said a while back that at its base level, the Soviet Union did not operate much differently than the United States does.

He was KGB; Bush, Bush, Zero and Clinton CIA.

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago
Mycale
Mycale
1 month ago

I hope this isn’t too off-topic or distracting but I’ve long held the belief that the CIA is funding OnlyFans, as well as paying the media to pick out OnlyFans “content producers” and write articles about how much money they make. They do this in order to entice young women to start selling their bodies for pennies and ruin their ability to pair bond for life. The numbers they talk about in these articles simply do not make sense. We’re also pretty sure that the CIA funded a massive social media operation in service of pushing their Ukraine narrative. They… Read more »

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Mycale
1 month ago

Plausible. Seems every day we find out another thing the intel “community” had their noses in to destroy white virtue.

Like someone said the other day, they will decide to declassify it someday soon, and say, “Yeah, we did it. What are you going to do about it?”

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

They will never have to apologize for promoting Women’s Empowerment

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  Mycale
1 month ago

Trouble is, what would anybody find embarrassing these days? The black male victim might be momentarily embarrassed, but people would shrug their shoulders. The only way to get somebody is either catching them on video in the act or through kiddie porn.

If they had an Only Fans with 12-year-olds, that’s how you entrap people.

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago

^^^ blackmail … I swear Google keeps turning autocorrect back on on me. That was right when I spoke it into the tablet.

Mycale
Mycale
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago

It’s not about the blackmail or embarrassment but about the negative effects of degrading yourself online for money. It’s about the negative of paying for pictures of women online. Two people degrading themselves in front of a screen instead of talking to each other and maybe pairing up, or just learning how to converse with other people of the opposite sex. There are podcasts out there that interview top OF “creators” and you can hear how screwed up they are – and how, best of all from the POV of the elites, they think they are empowered and independent. “Sexual… Read more »

Apex Predator
Apex Predator
Reply to  Mycale
1 month ago

“Sexual liberation” has always been a key tool for the elites jews.

Sorry, but I couldn’t let this slide twice in a row, I gave you a pass on you first post, not again. You are either truly delusional or a purposeful misinformation agent, in either case, you are simply wrong.

“Sexual liberation” AKA Feminism is and was a wholly jewish operated movement. Please stop with making this overly complex. Here to help…

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GBe_2gWXgAAWrUC?format=png&name=900×900

Mycale
Mycale
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 month ago

While it’s undeniable that Jews were heavily involved in these movements, it is also undeniable that the WASPs, Rockefellers, Ford Foundation, etc. were fully on board with the agenda and arguably took the lead on it. The Rockefellers in particular were adamant that Catholics and blacks were having too many kids and they needed to find a way to stop that. Sexual liberation might have been the high point of the WASP-Jewish alliance.

Brandon Laskow
Brandon Laskow
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 month ago

Kate Millett was a shiksa

Judaism is a very patriarchal religion. Friedan, Firestone, Steinem, etc., were probably motivated by rebelling against that but they were not speaking for the Jewish people as a whole.

XLOVELI
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 month ago

First-wave feminism was HEAVILY packed with Jewish sisters. Gloria Steinem was only one of the most obvious examples. The Jews seem wired to make changes in the larger society that they don’t like. They band together through nepotism to accomplish this feat. The female branch of them concentrates on feminism, as, being women, that is as high as they can reach (the male branch concentrates on the world). Feminists lower the beauty of the world, it goes without saying. They make things ugly, and are ugly themselves. They have the reverse Midas touch, turning everything they encounter to shit. Women… Read more »

Xman
Xman
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago

“If they had an Only Fans with 12-year-olds, that’s how you entrap people.”

cf. Epstein, J.

You gotta figure Mossad and CIA were running this guy together.

Xman
Xman
Reply to  Mycale
1 month ago

OnlyFans is owned by the Ukrainian Jew billionaire Leonid Radvinsky:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonid_Radvinsky

If the CIA controls porn, they are doing it in collaboration with the Jews.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

“Radvinsky and his spouse contributed $11 million to AIPAC”

I should have already guessed that OnlyFans funds AIPAC, but being a generally decent person, these things don’t always occur to me on their own

Xman
Xman
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Yes. Nice catch, Jeff.

It’s literally true that AIPAC is funded by porn money.

No matter how corrupt you think things are… you’re probably underestimating the depth of the depravity.

Apex Predator
Apex Predator
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Thank you for this. I was about to tell Mycale that he misspelled J E W as C I A. I’m baffled by these complex conspiracies when Occam’s Razor fully applies here.

Greedy tribals absolutely –love– watching shiksas degrade themselves for money. This is merely the digital version of the 70s and onward massively Jew controlled porn industry.

They despise intact European families and modest daughters. Feminism is the other side of that coin also almost completely comprised of tribal agitators.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 month ago

Hugh Hefner, Larry Flynt and Bob Guccione–Finkels to the bone…

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Did they dig deep into their lunch money, or maybe get a little venture capital and media exposure?

Xman
Xman
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

How much did they give to AIPAC?

Brandon Laskow
Brandon Laskow
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

In case anyone doesn’t get it, Ostei was being facetious. All three of them were goy boys.

Whiskey
Whiskey
1 month ago

FUD packing has its limits. Its the “clever hack” that does not solve the underlying problem: innate hostility towards Whites traveling down the road to “complete solutions” while being utterly dependent on Whites. I see in the various entertainment oriented Youtube channels: Mr. H., Valiant Renegade, WDW Pro, Culture Casino, Midnight’s Edge, and Critical Drinker (the big one) people saying that companies like Disney are anti-White and filled with hatred towards straight White men. They never would have said this even two years ago. I also see stuff in the comments that viewers will NOT see anything with a black… Read more »

Whiskey
Whiskey
Reply to  Whiskey
1 month ago

Replying to my own comment, but want to add that the dynastic impulse among big shots trumps (pun intended) FUD packing. Right now you have an intifada on the Ivy Leagues, particularly Columbia. Aimed at the kids of powerful people who now fear for their own position and that of their family. Who have power, money, and the means to make things happen. Who have connections within the FUDs. At the same time, California is well on its way to establishing a Reparations tax on (straight White men only). There has been a committee and chair appointed to determine who… Read more »

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  Whiskey
1 month ago

It’s something they forget that propaganda still has to be “inside the margins” in order to have any appeal to anyone outside their small core of religious zealots.

Hemid
Hemid
Reply to  Evil Sandmich
1 month ago

We’re beyond propaganda, I think.

To persuade people you have to speak their language—literally. You have to make human mouth sounds and (seem to) think human thoughts. Our ruling and assistant ruling classes do neither of those things. The pronouncements of our politicians, corporate executives, generals, “experts,” “educators,” etc., all the way down to the war ads and girls’ diaries on the editorial page, are *incomprehensible*. They have no persuasive power—or purpose.

That *quality of their speech* is their final message to us: You are ruled.

Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
1 month ago

As for FUD packers, Intel ‘services’ et al – in response to them mine is DDD – Disdain, Disrespect, and Disgust.

Moran ya Simba
Moran ya Simba
Reply to  Stranger in a Strange Land
1 month ago

Not a bad response

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
1 month ago

This is all well and good, and it wouldn’t surprise me if CIA FUD-packing and other shenanigans are a real thing. However, if we conclude that the CIA is a part of AINO’s power structure–which it undeniably is–and reason that Big Media is the Power Structure’s propaganda wing–which it certainly is–then FUD-packing and similar activities are almost otiose. When the CIA and Big Media are a binary system, FUD-packing may be minor league activity for greenhorn spooks and drudges trying to make it to the majors.

Tom K
Tom K
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

I love it when somebody here throws a word I’ve never heard of before into the mix like “otiose.” With this one, I’m going to try to think of Otis, the town drunk on the Andy Griffith show, to remember what it means.

Compsci
Compsci
1 month ago

“…our information space is a FUD-packers ball where nothing should be taken at face value.” Seems like a feature created to cause distrust in the general population. I used to think—at the beginning—that the Internet would/must be suppressed/censored because of the ability of it to spread alternative information and viewpoints, but then I rejoiced because I also knew such suppression would be impossible given the nature of the technology. As usual in these matters, I see that I was wrong. Z-man’s missive today points out another way to undermine/suppress the internet, malinformation. In short, create enough noise to signal and… Read more »

Filthie
Filthie
Member
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

“Some suggest that we need to improve our “spidey sense” and become better consumers of Internet information, but I’m not certain how…” —————————- Most of us don’t understand how propaganda works. Fortunately our current noble class doesn’t either – they just spam us with lies and shite and hope some of it sticks. You guys here are proof that you just can’t take a dump, tell someone it’s ice cream and expect him to eat it. Lies on their own, by themselves… are more often liabilities than anything else and are easily debunked for the most part. The REAL trick… Read more »

Maus
Maus
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

Don’t underestimate how many profoundly stupid people have to lick that shit before they can say “Hey, wait a second, that’s not chocolate.”
Dissidents are the Special Operators of noticing. FUD is for the rear-echelon POGs.

Apex Predator
Apex Predator
Reply to  Maus
1 month ago

100% top reply, this cannot be overstated. The amount of –really– fucking dumb people is growing exponentially. This number is growing like a snowball rolling downhill with Tiktok, Social Media, Ghettoization of culture, and total lack of education acting as a crushing downward force on intellect. IQs are dropping precipitously and you are accurate in your assessment that in relation to the size of the armed forces we are basically spec-ops. Normies are dim, and the left which comprises a scarily large percentage of the population has bought this propaganda wholly. I have friends highly intelligent / educated, midwits, and… Read more »

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  Apex Predator
1 month ago

J: “…hence why I have minimized my interaction massively at this point…” I’ve been withdrawn from mainstream suhciety for moar than three years now; the last time I socialized with other Whites would have been circa Christmas of 2020, when TPTB were introducing the very first MRNA v@xxines. Since January 1st of 2021, I’ve been effectively an hermit. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about methods by which to contact old acquaintances, to see whether or not it might be possible to trust them. But you can’t just walk up to Normies and blurt out this sh!znat; you have… Read more »

anon
anon
Reply to  Maus
1 month ago

Don’t underestimate how many profoundly stupid people have to lick that shit before they can say “Hey, wait a second, that’s not chocolate.”

Not only does a dismally large percentage fail to realize the turd that they are licking, they force you to lick it too.

I specifically refer to the lot who got vaccinated and wanted mandates for the rest to be vaccinated too.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

I can’t find the exact quote, but from Nietzsche (of course!) writing about how a priest/mystic gains power over his followers: It is not necessary that a claim be true, only that the follower believe it to be true.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

That’s the key, isn’t it? Good propaganda is aimed at manipulating the emotions to cloud reason. It’s for the chirrens!

XLOVELI
1 month ago

The CIA has long acted like a shadow government. They seem to believe in Langley that they have a mandate to make policy as well as execute it. Both the US and the USSR had leaders who came from the Intel ranks. And Putin is of course ex-KGB. What does serving in the intelligence agencies teach one? It’s like being a cop — you see the worst of humanity, and it has to taint your worldview. It begs the question what would the Intel boys stop at doing? Likely, nothing is off the table. Only their fear of getting caught… Read more »

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
1 month ago

As far as the congressional intelligence committees, they select for stupidity. Case in point: Senator Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina and key player in the Russia collusion hoax. Burr’s primary past employment was selling lawn mowers, not that there’s anything wrong with it per se, but it is plain he was in over his head peddling them. Case in point: Mike Turner, Republican of Ohio, who likely is mentally retarded. Case in point: Democrat Adam Schiff of California, who likely is mentally ill. On and on. They put morons on these committees, take them into Super Sekret spy dens,… Read more »

Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

small quibble – should’ve left out the word ‘likely’ in regard to Schiff mental illness – or used ‘certifiably’ instead.

Dutch Boy
Dutch Boy
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

The spooks are basically unrestrainable because the politicians are terrified of them. They have something on nearly all of them and the pols know it (one of the benefits of the surveillance state).

Tom K
Tom K
1 month ago

I keep getting unsolicited emails from Michael Tracey to join his substack. I had only vaguely been aware of him before that and before this accusation against Trump. It wouldn’t surprise me if he is being or has been coopted as a Fed asset. But I don’t know about Trump either. The era of good governance is dead. I sure didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 or 2020 because I thought he would be a good steward of the public trust. People who trust the “trusted sources” are living in a carnival funhouse. That’s most people. For instance, my wife… Read more »

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
Reply to  Tom K
1 month ago

Pay attention, and you will frequently hear the propaganda organs conflate today’s Russia with the communist superpower of the past. The deception is brief and inserted seemingly arbitrarily. You wife is to be forgiven.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

The Soviet symbol on “Moscow Marjorie’s” hat on the NYP cover wasn’t lost on me

Dutch Boy
Dutch Boy
Reply to  Tom K
1 month ago

Let’s face it: Trump got a lot of votes in 2016 and 2020 (including mine) because of the odious alternatives. He was (and isn’t) any dream candidate.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Dutch Boy
1 month ago

I have always contended that H lost 2016 more than he won it

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
1 month ago

No comment yet I see on the John Rivers account on Gab, which really seemed like “someone” calling in a favor when the account went all-in on the Wu-Flu panic.

Mr. Generic
Mr. Generic
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

We will call it “Trial by Pfizer”.

If he dies because of vaxx complications, then we will know that he was sincere, but if he lives, then we shall know that he was a vicious shill all along.

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 month ago

He was a true believer in the vax, and I honestly commend his willingness to be contrarian on the subject, even if I consider him ultimately incorrect.

I could be just nostalgic too, as he was one of my main gateways to dissident thought in his Twitter career. Those were fun days.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

While it’s a common theme here (or should be), today’s essay only hints at the problem: The intelligence agencies and/or other shadowy groups — call it the Deep State or whatever you like — is the real power behind the throne. Our entire system of government is mostly theater. The real powers that be are, in all likelihood and for all practical purposes unaccountable to anyone and above the law. Of course it’s hard to get “proof” of such salacious allegations, but neither can they completely hide their activities. On an ongoing basis, one of the most telling hints is… Read more »

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

Exactly. The National Security Apparatus has been in control a long, long time. No one cared when it was effective. Now that it is stupid, corrupt and vicious, they may care but cannot do anything about it.

Senators and congressmen and presidents are bit players in a stale, bad drama and have very little actual power.

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

It’s actually worse because we know who these people are, at least in principle. We know their names and at least a nominal position they hold. For example, Flynn designed a kidnapping and murder plot for Julian Assange. We are simply powerless to do anything about them. Though I don’t usually use the term, this is what I understand the term “deep state” means. These are the people who classify a billion documents. They are the unelected and unaccountable people in the various bureaucracies and intelligence agencies. They are not so much above the law as they are outside of… Read more »

Pozymandias
Reply to  Tars Tarkas
1 month ago

It may be something like a law of political science that democracy will *always* be a facade with the real power being elsewhere. The reason is that some man or group of men must ultimately be in charge and their position cannot really be subject to elections every few years. Part of being in charge is being in charge permanently so that you can see projects from concept to completion. Some faction within the government or civil society will become the de facto ruling hunta. Will it be the postal workers? environmental enforcement agents? corporate executives? air traffic controllers? All… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

If they have noting on you, they will just make it up.

Although, in a way, deep fakes are a double-edged sword. Too frequent and outlandish use of them destroys their credibility neutralizing their effectiveness (not that it would matter in court of lawfare anyway).

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  c matt
1 month ago

Or send your next door neighbor to attack you, maybe

Tars Tarkas
Tars Tarkas
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Rand Paul? Is that what this comment refers to?

pyrrhus
pyrrhus
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

The Intelligence agencies comprise the new Praetorian Guard, and obviously think they can overthrow any elected official with real or planted blackmail activity…If not, there is always a hand plane crash that can be engineered….

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
Reply to  pyrrhus
1 month ago

The failed coup attempt against Trump was spectacular. Angleton and the Boys would not have come up short. Like everything else now, the National Security State has a crisis of competency, and its directors and employees are far more stupid than in the past and marinated in the self-destructive Woke ideology.

There also is the question of Praetorian Guard for whom. It seems to shift, possibly on the basis of high bidder.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

I’m gonna say they would have pursued an entirely different strategy. Most successful “deep state” hoaxes start by taking some true thing and then twisting it into something else, turning that true thing into something that it is not. So it’s harder to disprove, since it started with a true thing. The flaw in the Russia hoax was that it was based on vapor from the beginning.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

“… one of the most telling hints is simply how our elected officials so often and seemingly inexplicably change their voting or administrative behavior shortly after they arrive at the center of power.” Assuming what I heard decades ago was true, this suspicion is not off the mark. Case in point, the FBI when J Edgar was in charge. Hoover died in office—well past mandatory retirement age for Government service—having been exempted repeatedly by Congress and with no President daring to fire him. Why? It is said that Hoover met with each politician upon election—ostensibly a “meet and greet” get… Read more »

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

During this chat, Hoover would reveal the politician’s “unverified” FBI dossier.

I think this was what Comey thought he was accomplishing his first meeting with Trump when he revealed the “Steele” dossier…

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

Guess I should have finished reading your comment first. Oops.

But Wiki does list it as opposition research now. Has since about the time Biden was (s)elected.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

Not a problem. The point of my comment was that the Deep State has blackmailed pol’s for years in one manner or another—or worse, gotten rid of them. Those not formally “in the bag” are converted rather quickly upon arrival in DC.

We (the masses) often hear of this, but are told it’s the “big money” and “corporate” donors who hold the sway and power. I’m not so sure any more.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

A black budget is also a dark pool.
If the circular money laundry of foreign aid works, so do black budgets supplemented by criminal networks (drugs, trafficking, weapons,).

Hillary, oddly, had immunity to operate globally like Hunter Biden did. The same pair famous for Mena shipments and dead witnesses created the Global Initiative and, oddly, took the limit caps off of black budgets.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

Your assertion would seem to be supported by the current crop of civil and criminal charges against him, most of which seem to be rather (pardon the pun) trumped up.

Zaphod
Zaphod
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

Even if there were ever such a thing as a squeaky clean politician wet behind the ears and new to the Imperial Capital, it’s a not even trivial matter for the security state to insert some demonstration “skeletons” into his laptop and give him a gentle heads up on how he ought to conceive of his place in the pecking order.

*chuckles in IME (Intel Management Engine)*

RedBeard
RedBeard
1 month ago

Speaking of FUD, fuds, and psyops anybody know what happened to westernrifleshooters.us? Most of it was probably boomers with massive pensions lecturing the rest of us it was the end of the world but some of the memes were great, and they say naughty things..

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  RedBeard
1 month ago

It was back up briefly a couple days ago, with a note about changing servers or something, so I’m not yet ready to ascribe its absence to enemy action.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

I’m very aware, and have posted before, that “dissident” media is no doubt infiltrated and controlled to some degree by globohomo. After completely capturing and controlling the “mainstream” media it’s not as if they would just ignore the “dissident” part, especially since it has grown post 2016. And so I take note of things that seem to “suddenly” trend on dissident media in that context. I am no more perfect at sussing out controlled op and fakery than anyone else is. So one of the tools I employ is noting who uses racial slurs, and/or tolerates them in the comment… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

In other words, you employ the time tested tactic of a niggoleth.

Zaphod
Zaphod
Reply to  c matt
1 month ago

TMC, forced to build fabs in Arizona and hire the Diversity because the GAE is hell-bent on triggering Operation Formosa Fuckup in the next few years have had to issue memos to their imported Taiwanese staff warning about how the Replaced by John Deere People are likely to react very, very badly upon overhearing the word 那個 (neige == that / that one). It’s a very common and useful utterance. Imagine having to circumlocute around it all the live-long day just so that some piece of animated background scenery doesn’t go postal., Going to be very interesting to see if… Read more »

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

If the CIA shills ever cross that line…

Fedbois have been agents provocateur since forever. I always assume the most strident “DR” are online versions of Ray Epps, playing for the other side.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

Half a century ago I’m sure the feds had no trouble finding agents who would use the forbidden words. But today? Finding such people in their gen z/millenial recruiting pool? Questionable. Even old white boomers are very reluctant to use them now.

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Sharp observation. I cannot recall where I read or heard it the other day, but someone commented that one of the worst problems with current FBI corruption is that the older agents who at least knew it was wrong are retiring and going away, and the young crop coming up believe that is the correct way to behave.

The stupid zeitgeist flows both ways.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Find someone willing to say a naughty word in order to take down a ring of Whyyte Soopremacists? In a New York minute.

They are willing to commit murder. You think a naughty word is beyond them?

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

I agree but that’s a little more specific. What I was talking about here was general regime astroturfing that’s done on a daily or weekly basis. Moreover, anyone who did cross that line in that way, regularly and publicly, would pretty much ruin all their future prospects with the regime. Even if they were doing it on the regime’s behalf.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

You may be right. Asking a Leftist to drop N-bombs is like asking a Carthusian abbess to drop a deuce on a crucifix.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Possibly, I guess. My sneaking suspicion is that like lawfare as it exists, that would only apply to apostates, agents who someday regret what they have done. So long as you stay loyal, your career path is secure. Snowden would probably be the golden haired boy if he were a contractor for RNC rather than NSA.

It’s why gang initiation rites often require commission of a serious crime. To ensure you never have second thoughts.

Zaphod
Zaphod
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

In this best of all possible Panglossian mud balls, I think we can be pretty certain that whilst neither may be common occurrences, it’s more than likely that both the aforementioned events *have* occurred.

cg2
cg2
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

James Bond 007, Licence to say “nigger”

Mr. Generic
Mr. Generic
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

This is a good start, but anybody who has spent any time on sites like Gab or 4chan can assure you the approach is not enough. Agents (particularly those employed by our Greatest Ally) are quite capable about displaying supposed racism up to and including racial slurs. However, what all of them are utterly incapable of doing is holding CONSISTENT racial/ethnic views. For instance, somebody who drops the N-word constantly, promotes tons of stories about black disfunction, but proudly Stands With Israel? Or conversely somebody who blames every problem in the world on “da Joooos!” in a comically simplistic way… Read more »

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 month ago

I agree that can help, though it’s one you need to be a little careful with. Pop over to Taylor’s site. You see all kinds of people who have personally experienced the darker side of urban dysfunction. If that’s your only first-hand experience with diversity, why would any intelligent person generalize to white/not white instead of black/not black?

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 month ago

“Or conversely somebody who blames every problem in the world on “da Joooos!” in a comically simplistic way”

Those somebodies, as simpleminded as they may be, are closer to the truth than you are.

You resist what is in front our eyes because of a lifetime of
conditioning.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 month ago

The Finkels are serious troublemakers, no doubt about it. However, there’s plenty of blame to go around. The Puritans and the nuggras, albeit in very different ways, are also deeply complicit in the destruction of the West.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

And, yet, as I look around at the problems in my own community, almost everything can be traced back to the actions of soy boys and karens. Admittedly, that might be because we lack the other usual suspects, but whites seem to be able to cause enough trouble all by their lonesome.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 month ago

But it is always the juice?

Vizzini
Member
1 month ago

“In other words, a FUD-packer could be compromised without even knowing it.”

My SubscribeStar subscription to the Zman is reaping excellent rewards!

— William “Vizzini” Burns

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Vizzini
1 month ago

The best spy is someone who doesn’t know that they’re a spy.

Vizzini
Member
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

Yep. Plus, all the guys at Langley are jealous of my Lagos Trading Company t-shirt!

Xman
Xman
1 month ago

Well, the CIA is full of fudge-packers, so I’m not surprised they would be “FUD-packing”…

https://www.cia.gov/stories/story/cia-employee-group-receives-award-for-promoting-lgbt-issues/

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

All the more appropriate that a certain dissident website that some of us frequent features a faux coat of arms with a clown and a Latin motto that translates as best I can figure “we are so irrevocably sodomized.”

Maus
Maus
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
1 month ago

That deserves a medal or two, Ben. Come for the stoyak; stay for the nerd fights and music commentary.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

In the old days it was honey traps. I imagine they’ve been replaced by doo-doo traps.

DaBears
DaBears
1 month ago

The Baltimore bridge destruction and other infrastructure losses are actual FUD and yet the silence is deafening.

Mow Knowname
Mow Knowname
1 month ago

My question to this group:
Who is the nefarious source who paid for our host’s lavish mountain lair in West Virginia?

Do you REALLY think a guy with a full-time job, “Buy me a Beer”, Minter & Minter rings and bars of soap add up to West Virginia real estate prices?

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Mow Knowname
1 month ago

Good question. Sounds like Z is near Martinsburg, which I know pretty well. Only the super wealthy can afford Martinsburg or the vast estates around it.

We don’t call it Martinhattan for no reason.

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

I always know I’m getting close to the WV border when the strip club billboards start showing up along the highway.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

The prevalence of Martinsburg strip clubs has two reasons. First, Virginia doesn’t allow full nudity in their strip clubs so people who enjoy that form of entertainment pop across the border for the full monty. Second, rich white, Jewish, Indian and Asian girls in NoVa aren’t the best pool for recruiting dancers whereas WV is the perfect hunting ground. The housing scene around Martinsburg and, really, any of those towns/cities along the mountains is always strange. You can have some very nice houses across the street from a shack. Here in Loudoun County, we drive out the poor before building… Read more »

RealityRules
RealityRules
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

Capitalize White and lowercase the others please.

Marko
Marko
Reply to  Mow Knowname
1 month ago

I for one have no time to write six-plus essays a week plus 2 podcasts. Who’s got that time with a regular job? Someone who’s being paid by THE KREMLIN, that’s who!

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Marko
1 month ago

Z has talked about visiting Russia before. This guy has red (Russian) flags all over the place.

Mow Knowname
Mow Knowname
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

People, it’s been right in front of us the whole time: “Z”.

I KNEW he was a tool of the Rooskies.

…and to think of the naughty comments I gave posted to this site over the years. See you all in the camps…

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Marko
1 month ago

As to Marko’s comment regarding Z-man, I think there is merit here.

Have we not seen over the years a productive ability with regard to writing and podcasts equivalent to *more* than one man?

Does not Z-man’s the level of understanding and insight and opinion on a variety events surpass that of a *single* individual?

Did not Z-man recently move into a remote country “Dacha” from a slum ridden apartment in Swaziland? Does this not indicate some unexplained wealth?

No, I think Marlo has outed Z-man as a tool of the Deep State.

You have been warned….

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Speaking of FUD, has anyone listened to the latest Rogan-T8cker interview?

Personally, I found the opening 40 minutes on UFOs totally bizarre.

I wonder if that is supposed to be the start of the UFO psyop?

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Good question. Sounds like Z is near Martinsburg, which I know pretty well. Only the super wealthy can afford Martinsburg or the vast estates around it.

We don’t call it Martinhattan for no reason.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

Whoops. Replied to the wrong post.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

Ha! You wish! Now we all know that Martinsburg is the space invader’s secret base!

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

True name–Martiansburg.

And you know that all that Mothman stuff happened in West Virginny, don’t you? I’m guessing Idrid Cold is Z’s next door nayburr.

DaBears
DaBears
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Some of us have witnessed oddities that are inexplicable according to Newtonian physics. I and ten other engineers watched a tetrahedron the size of a small town cruising at 1k agl without any discernible means of propulsion or other features. NFW it was or ever will be constructed by human beings within our lifetimes.

Seeing is believing. And it changes your paradigm.

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  DaBears
1 month ago

And it changes your paradigm.

I think that’s just it: it doesn’t.
The plight of our current situation is the same whether there are UFOs or not.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Evil Sandmich
1 month ago

There is a butt-ton of evidence of “something”, but I can’t use it, so I refuse to have an opinion.

Since all data is accumulated anecdotes, DaBears’ anecdote means a heck of a lot, for sure. There is still wonder and mystery in the world.

But, if they’re terraforming Earth with viruses, chemtrails, and climate change because the colony fleet is due to arrive…

Drive-By Shooter
Drive-By Shooter
Reply to  DaBears
1 month ago

Did any of you contact local ATC or NOAA for radar data gathered at the time of the event? I’m guessing that the tetrahedron was a projected hologram. It would need no propulsion, and the horrid aerodynamics would be irrelevant. Changing the size of the hologram would give the illusion of a constant volume object moving toward or away from intended viewers. I can only assume that you and the other engineers were gathered in one spot, not separated into subsets located thousands of feet apart on opposite sides of the position, or apparent postion, on the ground beneath the… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Drive-By Shooter
1 month ago

Perhaps a test of “Project Bluebeam”, then?
Putting out the story of such a “project” is pure FUD, right there.

Drive-By Shooter
Drive-By Shooter
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

Never heard of “Project Bluebeam” before. The NASA angle suggests that there’s some flattardism or Apollo-denial involved as a motive for the hypothesis. It’s nice, tho, to see that you can reply to one of my comments without throwing another temper tantrum. There may be reason to hope for you after all. Fyi, a deposit of anecdotes is like having almost no data at all when you have no good reason for believing in the class of alleged phenonemon to which the anecdotes belong. Anecdotes about alleged alien spacecraft are not like anecdotes about shifty lawyers, cheating housewives, and Jews… Read more »

Archie Parr
Archie Parr
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Tucker’s “UFO” interest is his way of telling intelligent people that he’s not on the level. It’s a wink. There is absolutely no chance he believes it. None.

It’s a shame; his 2020 monologues during the worst of the Floyd riots (one night he went for 28 straight minutes without interruption) were the most articulate expression of our rage since Buchanan. But I fear it’s just an act, which is what I sized him up as back in his bow-tied smarmy prep school days.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Archie Parr
1 month ago

Like old Alex Jones rants, “lunatic” camoflague makes him harmless, not a threat to the system. Lawfare and half billion-dollar judgements tend to pack a serious wollop.

I do disagree with the “compromised” label, and I trust what Tuck’s telling us. Yes he’s a moderate Episcopalian, but I don’t hear anyone else openly and frequently advocating for white interests. He actually says the dreaded W-word quite a lot.

Mike Tre
Mike Tre
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Most people don’t realize Rogan is more like a weatherman than a comedian: He’s right only about half the time.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
1 month ago

High trust is a weak spot, so low trust is a good development. The fever is the body fighting off infection.

TS Smeliot
TS Smeliot
1 month ago

I’ve noticed that Tracy seems mostly to appeal to Gen Xers and millennials who consider themselves Republican/conservative now, but never went along with the pro-life/no homosexual unions/marriage cultural war of the 1990s. He’s just a moderate 1990s lefty who finds some of the “woke” things around him ridiculous, but has no real answer to any of them except to complain. He’s useless. He documented the 2020 riots quite well, traveled around taking photographs and interviewing, but I don’t recall him suggesting anything concrete as an answer except “look at this, it’s terrible, these rioters are terrible and ordinary people pay… Read more »

Lakelander
Lakelander
Reply to  TS Smeliot
1 month ago

As I recall, he pushed the line that White antifa members were the main instigators of the riots.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

This is yet another reason why trying to have an opinion as a midwit feels pointless. The common wisdom is that history is a nonfactual fairytale, our perceptions are biased beyond use, and memory is so faulty it ought not to be allowed as evidence in court. Then you add in all these other reasons to disbelieve what you see and hear with your own eyes and ears on a daily basis. I know Zman has said the mark of a stupid person is not being able to tell who to trust, but it seems like everything comes with an… Read more »

Intelligent Dasein
Intelligent Dasein
Member
Reply to  Frank
1 month ago

We live in a time when both the supply of and the demand for truth are at a low ebb. This will inevitably change as society continues to fall apart, but the demand for truth will rise much more sharply than the supply. In those periods, ontology, epistemology, and error-avoidance will be sought after skills.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Intelligent Dasein
1 month ago

“In those periods, ontology, epistemology, and error-avoidance will be sought after skills.”

Or perhaps the most sought after skills in such times will be merciless brutality.

Sure, I hope that when things fall apart the chicks will finally appreciate my philosophical studliness 🙂 “You have such a huge ontology,” she purred.

Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 month ago

and your epistemology is the best I ever had

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Intelligent Dasein
1 month ago

Either ontology, epistemology and error-avoidance or running trot-lines, shooting bucks at 50 yards, and building houses.

Archie Parr
Archie Parr
Reply to  Frank
1 month ago

I have no idea whom to trust anymore, because the psychological and social development of people under 30 is so unlike anything I experienced growing up that I can’t read their expressions or behavior. I suppose that marks me as stupid. These are people raised on mimicry, of watching tens of thousands of visual images to imitate the behaviors of others. How much of their own behavior is genuine, or automatic? I can’t possibly know what they’re thinking, and it’s impossible most of the time to determine the intentions behind, say, cooperative behavior at work. We assume good intentions. But… Read more »

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Frank
1 month ago

Your comment reminds me of some questions that present themselves to me in my more humble moments: If you know that there are people significantly smarter than you, who can benefit by tricking you, how do you decide whom to trust? If you know that the complexity of the world exceeds your cognitive capacity, how do you decide what to believe? How can you have any confidence in your conclusions about how the world works? I’m asking for a friend, of course 🙂 A good analogy for this quandary is the Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings. They were… Read more »

Steve
Steve
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 month ago

And Tolkien’s inspiring conclusion is that a few lowly Hobbits with stout hearts saved the world.

Maybe They had a crapton of help. What I always found the most inspiring was that in what was little more than a Tolkien afterthought, a few Hobbits singlehandedly saved the Shire.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

Steve, can we be guided by what guided the Hobbits?

The Hobbits were like rabbits in the woods, almost the very definition of “prey.” They were unremarkable with respect to their intellectual ability or capacity for violence.

Yet they had access to a religious truth that guided them to victory for their people.

Do those of us, in this world, who are not geniuses of mind or violence, have access to an equivalent truth to guide us?

Steve
Steve
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 month ago

Have faith, LitS. We are guided by the Truth. In the end, we win, they lose. For all values of “they” that reject the Truth.

Apex Predator
Apex Predator
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 month ago

Sam: It’s all wrong By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  LineInTheSand
1 month ago

Line, not to change the subject, or direction. Many here rely on faith in a higher power. That’s not you, so you have these questions. Others do not. One of us is right, the other wrong. However, neither of us are *evil*. I can live with that.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

In all questions religious or spiritual, I am forced to say both: both are right, both are wrong.

Both have parts right, but no synthesis.
I can translate without rancor.
All I want is the actual reality based truth: how does it work?

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Frank
1 month ago

Mind the asterisks because indeed it truly is your ass that is at risk.

Spice Enjoyer
Spice Enjoyer
1 month ago

I suppose that explains the existence of Richard Banania.

OT: curious, but what’s the deal with the Pepper Cave? I noticed they’ve shoah’d from the shout-outs recently.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Spice Enjoyer
1 month ago

Outright threats on Gab. Now, I follow the better “historical revisionist” accounts on Gab for their dense detail, there is a strong Nazi fanboi contingent as well as rank antisemitisms (which can seriously overload the comment space), but Cave went above and beyond with the fedposting. (Not a detail guy, either.) Drawing unnecessary fire is not a wise option.

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  Spice Enjoyer
1 month ago

I was wondering what that dude’s deal was as he went and made a spectacle of himself on Fedi before going to Minds and (apparently) giving up on that too. Guess he’s back on Gab with all the people too lazy to go to Truth/Fedi?

EngagementOpera
EngagementOpera
Reply to  Spice Enjoyer
1 month ago

I first decided this one was an industry plant when his “dark past” was “unearthed” (very common newsverb of the now) and he responded by opportunistically trolling RW Twitter on the daily–a real “What Makes Banania Run” situation. He also somehow got a book not only published, but *reviewed* by NY Times contributor types, though I must admit I don’t understand that whole biz too well.

usNthem
usNthem
1 month ago

The KGB and the stasi ain’t got nothing on the US intelligence community, who, one can most likely assume, control the government here. Further, the White American population is apparently on par with the Ruskies and Chinese as a “danger” to our precious democracy. Lions and tigers and bears oh my…

Ann Thompson
1 month ago

I would make that Fear, Doubt and Guilt …

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Ann Thompson
1 month ago

Fear, uncertainty, doubt, guilt, and…c’mon, somebody, give me an E!

Zfan
Zfan
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

To borrow from Lou Reed’s backup singers, give it EXHAUSTION.

Zfan
Zfan
Reply to  Zfan
1 month ago

Boomer Reference from “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”. I know that any joke that needs an explanation is a poor joke– I am a piss poor comedian. Shoot me.

Marko
Marko
1 month ago

If Tracey isn’t being FUD-packed he sure is into BUD-plucking.

Bewildered Unaligned Democrat

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Marko
1 month ago

My guess is that Tracey is like most of 40+ years old white Democrats that I know. The Democrat party that they signed up for in the last century was about economically protecting the little guy from rapacious corporations. Today, I see so many bewildered older Democrats who wonder when that old mission was replaced by “overthrow Whitey.” Like Tracey. But I have no sympathy for them. They are absolute willing zombies under the command of the elite media. They would rather support the “overthrow Whitey” Democrats than the evil racist fascist populists. They have almost no ability to think… Read more »

Zfan
Zfan
1 month ago

ZMan, you certainly have a gift for the bon mot!

NateG
NateG
1 month ago

My first thought when I initially saw the FUD-packing title was Lindsay Graham.

Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
Reply to  NateG
1 month ago

A rarity when the first comment of the day may turn out to be the best one – or at least best snark.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  NateG
1 month ago

The potential for a golden meme showing Lindsay Graham and Elmer Fudd in a compromising position is surely there.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Another conspiracy uncovered!

And just why did they call it…Looney Tunes?
As if we were being…guided!?!

Tom K
Tom K
1 month ago

And yet some FUD is justified, at least the Fear part is, Uncertainty and Doubt not so much.

https://nypost.com/2024/04/23/us-news/trans-sex-offender-busted-allegedly-trying-to-kidnap-elementary-school-student/

TomA
TomA
1 month ago

Please allow me to add two more names to the pool of usual suspects. Pepe Escobar has a new canard circulating that the Israelis flew an F-35 with an EMP nuke toward Iran and the Russians shot it down. WTF! My good friend Dan Bongino is now selling the whopper that the Israelis are the real victims in the ongoing slaughter of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Yes, cyber warfare is a real thing, and it works quite well on the stupid fraction of the population. It’s also known as Reddit warfare these days, and its not working so well in… Read more »