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The Great Western Firewall vs. the Great Firewall of China: different methodologies, identical results. (www.guardian.co.uk)

A truth untold is a lie. A fact hidden is censorship. – The Author

When I recently signed off of Reflections in Sinoland, saying I was not going to do any more columns for the time being, so as to write my third book, Red Letters – The Diaries of Xi Jinping, I really meant it. But an interesting and thought provoking series of events happened over the last couple of weeks, which has inspired me to write a non-fiction piece again.

This is a plea to everyone reading, that we Westerners had better wake up before it’s too late. If we don’t, we are going to continue to have many repetitions of Ukraine, Serbia, Georgia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Libya, Mali and the list goes on, non-stop, since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. That was when the West’s elites perceived a genuine global threat to the status quo of capitalism and their dominion over Earth’s resources. Now with the world being more multipolar than ever, we come to China and Russia. As Western Empire’s decline accelerates, in desperation, America is trying to take down these two colossal civilizations. This, even as Russia and China work openly and secretly to interlock their cooperation and resistance. It is clear they are creating a unified front in the face of Western bellicosity. Yes, the United States is delusional and megalomaniac, but it’s frightening to know that if carried to its logical conclusion, it will mean the end of humanity as we know it.

A big part of this plea to my readers is for Westerners to quit using the mainstream media and to start seeking out alternative news sources, as frustratingly fractured as they are, and to invest a modicum of time to do some research and investigation along the way. A good place to start would be all the hyperlinks below and then take advantage of the list of resources at the end of this article. The other plea is to come to terms with just how evil and corrupt our Western governments and capital are, in spite of what we learned in school text books. All of our lives and future absolutely depend on it. You will see what I mean after reading this.

An author friend of mine sent me a hyperlink about Hillary Clinton and her possible political downfall. This is due to America’s decision to destroy Libya, using France and the UK as proxies. It was also a major slap in the face to China and Russia, who did not veto the US led, 2011 UN Security Council vote for a “no fly” zone over Libya. “No fly” as in bombs away, baby, much like Slim Pickens’ Major Kong riding bronco in Dr. Strangelove. We know how this flagrant disregard for international law is playing out. Under the guise of “humanitarian” wars, the West pushes its fatuous, well-worn R2P (so called “Responsibility to Protect”), to overthrow, or at least control, resource rich governments. In reality, R2P really means the West’s “Right to Plunder”.

According to this article series, Hillary apparently went over the heads of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CIA to push through the bloody regime change. I replied to my friend that given Americans’ predilection to cheer on their government’s slaughter and maiming of millions of dark skinned, mostly Muslims, across the planet (not to mention, by current Kiev proxies, thousands of fair skinned Ukrainians as well), then surely this macho orchestration of Kaddafi’s murder might actually help her win the White House. I then said that even if Queen Clinton is not the Democratic candidate, her replacement will just be another Wall Street-Anglozionist-Russophobe one percenter, so what difference does it make? Think Joe Biden or John Kerry. His closing comment was that I was probably right, but “he despises Bill and Hillary Clinton with a passion”.

That got me to thinking about how much my thinking has evolved and grown in the last 4.5 years of living in China. In 2010, I thought Bill and Hillary were good leaders and capable politicians. I voted for Clinton twice and Obama the first time. By 2012, I futilely wrote in the Green Party presidential candidate on my Oklahoma ballot, as my awareness of the truth was growing. But I still thought that Hillary would make a great president. Not anymore. Being a dual national, that same year, I also voted for François Hollande, thinking that he, as a so called Socialist, would be different than Mini-Me Nicolas “W.” Sarkozy. Wrong again and if I have to, I’ll write in a name on my ballot for France’s elections in 2017.

Working as a school teacher affords me a lot of personal time. We work about 190 days a year and I can usually leave my professional life on campus, so I have my evenings and weekends to myself. As a result, since 2010, I have spent thousands of hours writing books, columns and more importantly, doing the necessary research to generate my work as accurately and as truthfully as possible. It is this massive amount of investigation that has opened my eyes about how the world really works. Especially revealing has been the West and its 500 years of brutal colonialism, with its exploitation of our planet’s human and natural resources. The myth is that the West has nobly done all this in the name of progress and the pursuit of knowledge. But the impetus has been and continues to be profit, Empire and global domination. To legitimize it all in the eyes of its citizens, throw in God, Country and King. Voilà, the annals of history as told by the Princes of Power.

The second thing that happened these last few days was an exchange of emails with another writer friend of mine. This time, it was to congratulate them for having an article published in a heavyweight American newspaper. In their article, they forcefully condemned a Communist country’s use of censorship to control its version of history. To get published in this newspaper is a quite an achievement. It is one of those news sources which is so well respected, that if they print something, it’s the truth. And if they don’t write about an event happening in the world, it never occurred. So, my friend can now stake claim as a mainstream “made” (wo)man in the news establishment world, and I am truly happy for them and their success. It is a dream that many a writer and journalist fantasize doing.

Yes, this Communist country’s censorship is more overt compared to what I like to call the West’s Great Western Firewall (GWF), but the aims and results are identical. Why do countries like Cuba, China, Vietnam, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and countless others not have faith in the West’s tried and true GWF, where the state and capital know that merely controlling the mainstream media is enough to define what is true, not true, what happened and didn’t happen? That the alternative media is too diffuse, too fractured and ultimately only constitutes feeble background noise, attenuated over time?

The difference is that for 80% of the world’s people and their governments, they have been the victim of five centuries of Western colonialism and exploitation. And all these countries continue to be ceaselessly assailed by so called Western “civil society” and “democracy” NGOs, to effect psyops, destabilization and ultimately, regime change through assassination, coups and armed uprisings (not to mention the economic and social predations of the IMF and World Bank). With these examples of “superior” Western virtues and civilization trying to tear the 80%’s countries apart, one can empathize with their belief that they need to be more controlling and heavy handed than maybe they would like to be. Being the aggressor and not the victim, the West plays by a different, privileged set of rules. For 500 years, the West has had and continues to own the copyright to the human race’s history books and current events. These other countries must battle against this massive, distorting prism of perceived reality.

A long time ago, I had a girlfriend who had been savagely raped at a young age. She kept a pistol in her purse 24/7, even going to the bathroom, and slept with it under her pillow. She was paranoid and trusting of nobody, not even me in our intimate relationship. Can’t say that I blame her. And she reminds me of China, Vietnam, Cuba and all rest of the 80% of the people of the world, who were and are being savagely raped during 500 years of Western colonialism. Like my old friend, I can empathize with their paranoia and lack of trust.

In any case, the West can be just has heavy handed at censorship as these more criticized countries. Westerners who criticize Baba Beijing for setting up thousands of social media accounts to help control the official government narrative don’t realize that their governments spend billions doing exactly the same thing. If you think all those thousands of comment trolls who haunt mainstream and alternative websites across the planet work for free, think again.

I have learned over the last 4.5 years that my friend’s mainstream acceptance can sometimes come at a cost. They replied to another email I had sent. My original email contained a link for an article that explained the background history of this very same Communist country that my friend wrote about. The revelations in this article that I sent were written by a non-establishment journalist who researches FOIA released documents, testimonies, court documents, interviews, etc., and has contacts in the dark, dank netherworld of spydom. I was very surprised to get back a reply from my writer friend, saying that this investigative journalist is, “a nut case conspiracy theorist”. I wanted to reply to this riposte that I wasn’t sure who was sending it, the friend I’ve known for 30 years, or the one who wrote the article for that high powered, establishment newspaper. I joked to myself saying maybe they wrote it, knowing that the NSA and America’s 15 other spy agencies would store a copy for future reference.

Alvin Toffler said,

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

Being outside of the West for the last 4.5 years has afforded me the opportunity to leave the Matrix and its iron fisted control of the Washington-London-Paris consensus. As a born scientist, I am in a never ending quest for the truth, as uncomfortable as it may be to discover. All my research has allowed me the luxury of unlearning and relearning humanity’s ancient and modern history, up to our resulting current events. I am not sure, if I were still living in the West, if I could have broken my brainwashed chains and set myself free from the bondage of its suffocating conventional narrative.

I worked in the corporate world for 25 years before becoming a teacher. Like almost all of us, I felt compelled to spout “the imperial party line” of the West’s tightly scripted version of history and current events. In fact, until 2010, I still believed much of it was true. Conformity is society’s most powerful control mechanism. Those who don’t go along to get along can pay a very heavy price. Just ask Malcolm X, JFK, RFK, MLK, Oscar Romero, Gandhi, Ché Guevara, the four American nuns raped and killed in El Salvador, Jesus Christ and millions of other (less) well known martyrs, whose lives were and still are being cut short, or imprisoned, beaten, raped, tortured, bankrupted, ostracized, or made stateless or jobless. Just in the last week alone are the cases of Sami Al-Arian, Barrett Brown and Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary, which brilliantly leaves in line after line of blacked out text – pages and pages of censored truth. Makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it? There are many multitudes like them who are ignored by the mainstream media. And we know that if they are not objectively reported on in the New York Times, Washington Post or on CNN and Fox, then they don’t exist and they don’t matter.

As I wrote in a Reflections in Sinoland column, it takes courage to leave the Matrix and seek the truth. For the multitudes who escape martyr status, sacrifices still often have to be made, both professional and personal. Rejection and ridicule by the vast majority, who is still ensconced in the mainstream propaganda bubble, are commonplace. It means being labeled a conspiracy theorist. In reality though, it is those in the Matrix who are the real conspiracy nuts, for trying to rationalize and justify the world they are selectively presented, in the suffocating cocoon of the GWF. Baba Beijing has its just as ruthless and controlling Great Firewall of China and the outcomes are identical. Only the methodology is different. The big difference is that most Chinese know their information is censored. Most Westerners obediently believe they have “freedom of the press” and that censorship is everybody else’s problem. Sadly, Westerners are deluded, gullible and easily manipulated. But this has been true of all citizens of Empire, since the dawn of civilization.

It is hard to accept and very disillusioning to realize just how irredeemably corrupt and evil are the West’s supposedly democratic systems and the political and business leaders who own the process. All my thousands of hours of extensive research confirm this and nothing surprises me anymore. Especially that false flag operations are not the exception, but the banal norm of imperial national governments. They most certainly have been the weapon of choice since the first civilizations in Sumer, China, India and Africa, and they continue at a fast and furious pace in current events. This article lists many false flags that governments have admitted to, or were exposed by FOIA laws, while they last. False flags routinely change the course of human history. Let’s remember that Maidan in Ukraine was a classic false flag and since then, at least weekly, the West is launching one after another there, which has brought our planet to the threshold of World War III.

False flags are ingrained in the DNA of Empire, to control and manipulate their subjects. Empire keeps on perpetrating false flags relentlessly, because they are so ruthlessly successful at achieving their aims. False flags brilliantly create mass fear and uncertainty among the people and justify the persecution of the group to be dehumanized for exploitation or destruction. The shock and awe of false flags allow governments and capital to herd the masses like sheeple, to induce them to gleefully go to war, commit genocide, accept economic servitude and environmentally destructive resource extraction, while willfully renouncing their free will to the tyranny of fascism and oligarchy, for “security and safety”. It’s been working like a charm since 5,000BC and will undoubtedly continue to work, because of all our embedded social memes for group survival and evolutionary genes for individual survival. At the end of the day, in spite of our “superior” intelligence, we as a species are not much better than a herd of gazelle or a colony of ants.

Unless we get smart and get involved, it brings me to a frightening conclusion: false flags will continue unabated, until they cause the demise of the human race. To put the challenge before us into perspective, here are a few recent cases, going back in time.

Charlie Hebdo. The whole thing stinks to high heaven. Even my Parisian wife was raising her eyebrows: how could they get so many thousands of matching Je Suis Charlie t-shirts on people and color placards in their hands, for mass television exposure, immediately after the incident? A supposed terrorist just happened to “leave” their ID in the getaway car? This is as laughable as Mohammed Atta’s fake passport “found” in the molten rubble of the 9/11 Twin Towers, which the FBI then conveniently “lost”, when even the mainstream media had the temerity to question its validity. But it was enough to “identify” the supposed 9/11 perpetrators immediately after the supposed attack. Ditto Charlie Hebdo.

My extensive research shows that one of the key components of successful false flags is to imprint in the minds of the sheeple exactly who the perpetrators are, as soon as it happens, almost like embedding a social meme across the population. If the sheeple are given any time at all to think about it and to ask questions, then the false flag can easily fail. Thus, the 9/11 Nineteen, Lee Harvey Oswald , James Earl Ray, Sirhan Sirhan, the “Communists” who burned down the Reichstag, the Spanish who “blew up” the USS Maine, the North Vietnamese who “attacked” the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin, the supposed Boston bomber brothers Tsarnaev and on and on, were clearly and convincingly identified by the authorities within hours of the false flags. Surely, Nero loudly accused the Christians, as soon as his arsonists were setting fire to Rome, while sending out crisis actors to dramatize these followers’ perfidy. He not only got his grand palace, for which the Roman Senators were refusing to give the (now) burned neighborhoods’ land to build it, but Nero also got to kill thousands of Christians in the process. The hallmarks of a truly successful false flag.

A few hours of research on Charlie Hebdo makes it glaringly apparent that the deep state was involved. The film footage of the police officer supposedly shot in the head at point blank, while lying on the sidewalk, was quickly extirpated by the mainstream media. With millions of views on YouTube in just two days, it was censored. In the West, our masters have learned that the alternative press is like low grade interference. It is too scattered and diffuse to cause critical mass. But when something like the censored Charlie Hebdo hoax assassination goes viral in a matter of hours, then it can become a threat to the official narrative, and often gets censored. On alternative websites, it’s still there. Break out the popcorn and beer, boys and girls, and watch crisis actors help dupe the world.

The shooter supposedly blasts a bullet at point blank range into the cop’s head with a high powered machine gun, yet there is no blood and the “victim’s” head stays intact. Had he really been shot, his skull would have exploded like a gangrenous pumpkin. He wasn’t shot at all. So, a combat trained “terrorist” just happens to miss his target from centimeters away. Yet, all the mainstream media are lined up with their propaganda, saying a police officer was viciously assassinated by the so called terrorists, while lying helplessly wounded on the sidewalk. Later, a Star News reporter had a colossal slip of the tongue and stated that (fake) blood was put on the ground after the fact, which is obviously true. It goes on and on. The supposed hostage taker, Amedy Coulibaly, at a (surprise, surprise) Jewish grocery store, was obviously already handcuffed when he was practically pushed outside into a hail of fire. I wonder what his handler inside was telling him in his final moments? We’ll never know, because dead men don’t talk. Neither can his supposed Charlie Hebdo shooter partners, the Kouachi Brothers, who got cut to pieces the same day.

Speaking of important dead witnesses, there was a top cop, Helric Fredou, investigating the Charlie Hebdo hoax. Lemme see if I got this right. The day after the false flag, late in the night while he was writing his report, Mr. Fredou “commits suicide”. Whatever he was writing was surely destroyed on the spot. The biggest case of his life, one of the great cases of the decade and he offs himself? Yeah, sure. My research shows that deadly accidents, sudden fatal illnesses and suicides happen inordinately often in false flags. Funny how it works out that way. This very important story was largely censored in the West.

There is another Charlie Hebdo story that the West highly censored, A third suspect, Hamyd Mourad, turned himself in, declaring that he had an unassailable alibi – he was in class at high school. Alternative media reported this faithfully, but I found only The Daily Telegraph which reported that Mourad had an alibi. The rest of the MSM Ministry of Truth omitted this key fact, leaving everyone with the impression that he turned himself in, because he was guilty:

• The Washington Post (January 7) “Charlie Hebdo suspect said to surrender; two others at large after Paris terror attack”
• Die Welt (Germany), “One suspect has turned himself in to police in connection with Wednesday’s massacre at the offices of Parisian satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo”
• ABC News (January 7), “Youngest suspect in Charlie Hebdo Attack turns himself in”
• CNN (January 8), “Citing sources, the Agence France Presse news agency reported that an 18-year- old suspect in the attack had surrendered to police”

This is not coincidental. There is a concerted effort by the MSM to act as ventriloquist dummies on TV and marionettes in the newsroom, to do the bidding for the West’s elite owners. The MSM is riddled with CIA agents and “intelligence” NOCs (non-official covers) of all stripes, to help keep everybody singing in unison. A journalist with the courage to spill the beans has turned this truth into a best seller in Germany. Former CIA Director William Casey was just stating the obvious, when he went on record saying,

The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.

There are many, many videos on the internet exposing the Charlie Hebdo false flag: Here is a French SWAT member opening machine gun fire into the backs of his comrades, obviously shooting blanks. Here’s another cop setting off an explosion in the middle of the swarm of cops surrounding him. Had it been a real stun grenade, everybody around him would have been floored by the percussion wave. You can compare all these videos to an “official” mainstream NBC video to see how the latter one has been expertly edited to excise all the incriminating evidence. Winston Smith in 1984’s Oceania would feel right at home in the West’s “newsrooms”, as history is cut, pasted and censored to the requisites of Big Brother. Just like my friend lambasted a Communist country for censorship, the West works tirelessly to control its past too.

Apparently, in false flags, there is a psychological slip of the tongue, where crisis actors can’t help but smile or smirk when they get in front of the camera, for the joy of fooling the world. It’s called “duping delight” and this website has catalogued a bunch of them. Even the million man march in Paris, supposedly led by the defiant leaders of the “free world” was a hoax. Benjamin Netanyahu is waving to nobody. Who needs Kim Jong-un? Heck, he probably gets his best ideas from his Western counterparts. Nobody does censorship and propaganda better than Westerners do. After all, they’ve been writing the playbook for 500 years.

As all false flags are used to manipulate the masses after the fact, it is happening in spades, thanks to Charlie Hebdo. France’s authorities and thus their mainstream media marionettes are already talking about how Charlie Hebdo is France’s 9/11 and the government will be passing a Patriot Act law, like the United States. Sayanora to Liberté, Fraternité, Egalité. You can kiss your Quiche Lorraine goodbye, mes chers. Say hello to indefinite imprisonment, black sites for torture and murder, SWAT teams and military weaponized police replacing cops on the beat, shooting first and asking questions later, while committing what used to be illegal search and seizure. My fellow French citizens, welcome to Angloland’s New World Order. Kafka was a fellow European, remember? It’s reality imitating art.

It keeps on keeping on. Just Google “crisis actors Boston bombing” and you will see real actors pretending to be injured. The hoax double amputee, Jeff Bauman, is photoed after supposedly losing both legs, conscious and sitting up, with a phony tourniquet that is loose. The joke is on us. I’ve had the good fortune to work on major movie and TV sets numerous times in France and China and all the photos and this video look like, well, a movie set. One lady has been interviewed on international TV for at least three different “terrorist acts”, and has apparently even been identified. There are many videos showing similar actors before and after the supposed bombing. Also, the private “security” contractors near where the supposed bombs went off,dressed identically like the two patsy Tsuravev brothers, replete with carbon copy, oversized backpacks are a nice touch. They were from a company owned and operated at the time by Chris Kyle, of American Assassin fame, who has mercifully been put out of his psychopathic misery.

If you believe the official, Hollywood version of 9/11, you are saying on that day, the natural laws of physics, chemistry, gravity and matter were supernaturally suspended. You are insisting that Newton, Einstein, Bohr, Planck, Lavoisier, Mendeleev and all the foundations of science did not apply that morning in New York City and Washington, D.C. No, it was pure Harry Potter. You are claiming that for the first time ever, 815°C, burning jet fuel melted thousands of tons of steel, steel that has a melting point of 1,510°C. That’s more fantastic than alchemy. You are claiming that tens of thousands of massive, bolted, welded, riveted steel I-beams, girders, piers and supports just miraculously gave way, like hot butter, and collapsed at nearly the same rate as an object falling off the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And not just the two 110 story Twin Towers, but WTC 7, which wasn’t hit by an airplane. Yet this massive, 52 story skyscraper (226m/743ft) went down in free fall in six seconds flat. If you had jumped off the top when WTC 7 began to collapse, you would have hit the ground at the same time as the top of its roof did.

There is only one compound that can cut through hardened steel the way the three WTC skyscrapers were brought down in the blink of an eye, and that is military grade thermite, which is what is used for controlled demolition of steel buildings. Its use outside the military is tightly regulated and licensed, just like dynamite is. Independent scientists found military thermite at the WTC sites. They also found pools and puddles of still molten steel, several days after the supposed terrorist attacks. Only military grade thermite can heat up hardened steel and keep it that hot for so long. Otherwise, the steel would have cooled off much quicker.

Again, you have to suspend the natural laws of the Universe to swallow the guffaw, official story about the Pentagon being hit by a Boeing 757. This was a plane with a 38 meter wing span (124ft), still carrying 32,000 liters (8,600 gallons) of highly flammable jet fuel in its wings and two massive jet engines, along with its 47m long (155ft) fuselage, plowing into the outside of the building at several hundred kilometers/miles per hour. Miraculously, that 38m, fuel-filled wingspan supposedly left only a narrow, 19m gash in the Pentagon. Plane wreckage and debris just magically disappeared, no dead bodies, no luggage, no plane seats – it all just evaporated into thin air, like Bewitched. Just as damning, all those supposed 32,000 liters of burning jet fuel did not rage into a towering ball of inferno, for hours on end. Nope, all the contents of the offices right next to where the supposed 115 ton plane careened at flight speed into the Pentagon, were still sitting there. Desks, computers, file cabinets, chairs – even papers and documents were miraculously still sitting on tops of desks right where the fiery “crash” supposedly occurred. A security camera accidentally caught the explosion on film and that massive 757 jetliner never enters the picture, although it looks like possibly a missile on the right came in low for the strike, if it was not blown up from inside. That could explain the damage done. But a 757? No way. Where I grew up, in Oklahoma, we are fond of saying that you can’t stuff ten pounds of manure in a five pound bag. Well, you can’t slam a 38m wide jetliner into a 19m hole.

All of this is just the tip of the iceberg of what a hoax the official 9/11 fantasy story really is. I have studied it for many countless hours, analyzing all the evidence. An outstanding, one hour-forty five minute documentary, Zero Hour, fills out the whole sordid saga. A brave, highly qualified group of 1,500 architects and engineers has come together, to make the public aware of the greatest false flag in modern times ever being pulled off. They all deserve our attention.

It all goes back to the murder of the JFK, by the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff doesn’t it? In fact, in their heart of hearts, Americans know the truth. Since the Warren Commission, in its annual Gallup poll, a majority of Americans believe the deep state killed Kennedy. A solid majority believe the same deep state was responsible for Martin Luther King’s murder. A solid plurality of Americans think there was a cover up about 9/11. This plurality will surely grow to a majority with the help of groups like AE911.

It’s not just Americans who recognize rotten fish when they smell it. My high school daughter was fascinated by all the evidence I showed her and my wife about Charlie Hebdo, so she agreed to watch Zero Hour. She not only watched it, but took it to school and gave it to her Theory of Knowledge teacher, who in turn showed it to the class. Hats off to the prof. They would surely have been fired had they done that in the United States. The shocking result: my daughter said all of the students already knew that 9/11 was perpetrated by the American government. And it is their sense of resignation to do anything about that I find so disturbing and shameful. My wife too was just as telling. After looking at all the evidence about Charlie Hebdo and glancing over at the TV screen and seeing millions of sheeple wearing their t-shirts and holding up their absurd Je Suis Charlie placards, she said, “OK, so what can you really do about it”? It is this feeling of helplessness that is so damning of the West’s state of affairs. Our so called democracy is a hollow mirage.

This brings me to the crux of this article. In spite of our evolutionary tendencies to deny and block out unpleasant events, deep down, we know our governments and capital are committing very bloody and disastrous false flags. And it is our acquiescence to all these false flags that is giving the Princes of Power a carte blanche to drive the human race towards a dystopian, fascist future. After all, if our leaders can murder their own president and get away with a coup d’état in Dealy Plaza in broad daylight, they can bring down the 9/11 towers and will surely do much worse, confident of humanity’s powerlessness. And it makes the Iraq’s, Ukraine’s and all the other false flags just that much easier for them to pull off.

Until we rise up and protest openly against our leaders’ false flags, we will have no freedom in our future and probably no future at all. For our very survival, we must, in mass, get informed of the truth and stop saying, “No, it can’t be”, because it is. False flags is where it all starts and where the nightmare has to end. The Princes of Power are playing for keeps and it’s either us or them, now or never. Who knows how long internet freedom and FOIA laws will stay on the books? Another 9/11 sized false flag is inevitable, at which point we can kiss goodbye the alternative media and a still relatively open internet.

OK, I said it. I don’t think this article will be appearing in a mainstream newspaper any time soon. Such is life. But I can live with that.

Postscript: The United States just weighed in as having the 49th most free press in the world, behind Malta, Niger, Burkino Faso, El Salvador, Tonga, Chile and Botswana. You can rest assured this story will not see the light of day in the mainstream West. Stand tall, stand proud.

Alternative News, Information and Research Sources: Operation Get Smart

In 1807, Thomas Jefferson wrote,

Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day.

Great advice to us all, two centuries later. The disinformation, propaganda and myth making have never stopped. So, quit flagellating yourself by wasting time accessing the mainstream media. You know they are marionettes for the One Percent, and that includes PBS, NPR, BBC and ersatz “liberal” aggregators like Huffington Post and Slate. When I stopped, I felt like I got off bad drugs. My mind cleared and I could think objectively again. At the end of the day, whose voice has the most credibility: the world’s victimized 80% or the West’s aggressor 15% (20% if you throw in vassal Japan, South Korea and the other usual suspects)?

Instead, use that time to read the following books, as weapons of truth to combat Western Empire. All three are exhaustively researched and referenced. Like William Blake’s cleansed Doors of Perception, they literally changed my life:

• JFK and the Unspeakable, by James W. Douglass. This was the American deep state’s great first false flag, a coup d’état that changed the world for worse, much worse. Our slippery slope started here.
• NATO’s Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe, by Daniele Ganser. A gripping, sordid account of how NATO has killed, assassinated, maimed and terrorized thousands of their own European citizens and leaders, while overthrowing a few more, and most assuredly still are.
• Killing Hope, by William Blum. It’s all here, a detailed dirty laundry list of the CIA’s endless coups, assassinations, psyops, (mainstream) propaganda, destabilization, running drugs, partnering with the Mafia, ad nauseam, across the four corners of the planet. The heart of the deep state.

On the internet, only two “mainstream” Western sources are listed here. The Guardian is usually good, but their bias against Russia since the 2014 Ukrainian junta has been servile abomination. If you want to really know what’s going on in the Middle East, its history and interrelationships, Robert Fisk at The Independent pushes his editors to the limit. My daily dose from A-Z is Al-Jazeera, Global Research, Global Times, The Guardian, RT, Russian Insider, Saker, Sputnik News, teleSUR and Voltaire. For several, like Paul Craig Roberts, American Conservative and ICH, I get email alerts. They all get looked at in cycles, over the days and weeks. I’m still looking for alternative Indian and Brazilian websites in English, and I’m committed to finding one in South Africa, to fully cover BRICS.

Al Jazeera English – Live US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Sports, Weather & Business News
The American Conservative
Antiwar.com
China Daily Website – Connecting China Connecting the World
China | South China Morning Post
chomsky.info : The Noam Chomsky Website (his website is always outdated, but he’s all over the internet)
Chris Hedges, Columnist – Truthdig
ClubOrlov
CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
Deena Stryker
Fort Russ
Trends Monthly – Trends Research Institute
Fire Dog Lake (I contribute to this website)
Globaltimes.cn | Latest China, world news and business stories, comments from the Global Times
Guardian | World news | The Guardian
Global Research
The Greanville Post • Vol. VIII
Hidden Harmonies China Blog | 中国博客 探索和谐
INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE
Russia & India Report: Top Stories
The Intercept
The Journal | Articles & Archives | Life+Outdoors | Field Notes (great site for science, history, etc.)
MintPress News | Independent, non-partisan journalism
The Nation
New Eastern Outlook
Oped News (I contribute to this website)
Oriental Review | Open Dialogue Research Journal
Outlookindia.com
Paul Craig Roberts – Official Homepage
People’s Daily Online – Home Page
Asia Times Online :: the best of Pepe Escobar
Press TV
Réseau Voltaire (in French, the English version is below)
The Independent | Robert Fisk
RT
Russia Insider: politics and news
Sputnik international
teleSUR
This Modern World
TomDispatch
Truthout
The Vineyard of the Saker
Voltaire Network
Worldbulletin – News on Turkey, Middle East, Muslim World, Latest News, Culture&Islamic History Worldbulletin News
World Socialist Web Site – Marxist analysis, international working class struggles & the fight for socialism
Xinhua – English.news.cn
新华网_传播中国报道世界

While it is not strictly politics, to keep up on the latest in Science and Technology, I read ZME Science almost daily.

Want a fun, low cost honorary degree in Chinese Studies? Jeff’s book, 44 Days, will have you laughing while learning and becoming an expert on all things Middle Kingdom. If you live in China, buy it on the 44 Days website, clicking on either Print Book, Ebook or Color Ebook.

Author’s Bio:
Jeff J. Brown is the author of 44 Days Backpacking in China: The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013),Reflections in Sinoland – Musings and Anecdotes from the Belly of the New Century Beast (2015), and Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). He is currently writing an historical fiction, Red Letters – The Diaries of Xi Jinping, due out in 2016. He is a member of The Anthill, a collective of authors who write about China, and also submits articles on Oped News and Firedog Lake.

In China, he has been a speaker at TEDx, the Bookworm Literary Festival, the Capital M Literary Festival, the Hutong, as well as being featured in an 18-part series of interviews on Radio Beijing AM774, with former BBC journalist, Bruce Connolly. He has guest lectured at international schools in Beijing and Tianjin.

Jeff grew up in the heartland of the United States, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He went to Brazil while in graduate school at Purdue University, to seek his fortune, which whet his appetite for traveling the globe. This helped inspire him to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia in 1980 and he lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, China and Europe for the next 21 years. All the while, he mastered Portuguese, Arabic, French and Mandarin, while traveling to over 85 countries. He then returned to America for nine years, whereupon he moved back to China in 2010. He currently lives in Beijing with his wife and younger daughter, where he writes, while being a school teacher in an international school. Jeff is a dual national French-American.

Jeff can be reached at 44 Days, [email protected], Facebook, Twitter and Wechat/Whatsapp: +86-18618144837

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  1. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Wait? What did I just read?

    • Replies: @Alfa 158
    , @David
  2. I think unz.com is good, so you might add that to your list.

    Also, Information Liberation: http://www.informationliberation.com/

    And, Intercept: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/

    And, Cryptome: http://cryptome.org/

    And my personal favorite, G2mil: http://www.g2mil.com/enemies1.htm

    How can you say that an aircraft not hitting the Pentagon is a conspiracy theory? America’s leading television news channel reported from the scene that it was not hit by an aircraft that day. Here is that video report:

  3. Dave says:

    Is this for real ?
    An amusing mixture of fact and fantasy, by an “educator” who thinks far too highly of his own abilities.
    And how many times can you use “500 years” in one column ?

  4. Alfa 158 says:
    @Anonymous

    Sorry, wish I could help but I’m as baffled as you are.

  5. I also believe that the rich and powerful people and institutions in america are against the american majority bloc.

    But most of what you wrote in your post is just dead wrong. At least that is what I suspect. The stuff about the boston marathon bombing being a set up with actors is just dead wrong. Obviously. I looked at the page you linked to, but there was nothing at all on it that suggested any sort of hoax.

    I don’t think there is any hope for you.

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  6. Kiza says:

    Some people call it Hollywood, I call it CIA-lollywood. Take a red pill from the hands of the Wachowskis, stop following the Western media and open your eyes. Movie studios have been used for years to make daily news, especially from the war zones. 99.9% of news are lies or psyops manipulated truths. If landing on the moon had to be ‘improved’ in a movie studio (by Stanley Kubrick), why not a war? A moving picture is worth a million words.

    Being from US, the author gives the US people special prominence, but the 0.01%-ers do not care of your nationality. We are all in the same poo.

    Finally, the author says: “The big difference is that most Chinese know their information is censored. Most Westerners obediently believe they have “freedom of the press” and that censorship is everybody else’s problem.” Ask anyone who came from a communist country and he/she will tell you exactly the same: we never believed our communist manipulators, but so many of you do believe your Western manipulators, even when you say you do not.

    All regimes are the same. Things will get much worse before they get any better.

  7. We may need to take all sharp objects away from the author.

  8. JP says:

    Che Guevara was a cold blooded killer, a coward. And he didn´t like to take showers, too !
    Chavez Bolivarianism( XXI century socialism) has destroyed Venezuelan economy and society . Right now caracas is the most violent capital in South America .
    Cuba had good social indicators before the Commies took over, but now…
    Can a regular Cuban, NKorean or Chinese citizen, just like you, decide to pack his stuff, grab his passport and move to another country?

    I know, the west is bad, but are people moving away from Cuba, Venezuela or the other way around?

    • Replies: @palladino
    , @Anonymous
  9. Renoman says:

    This is way too long and convoluted, if you want to get peoples attention you have to pare down your idea list. Brevity -learn it.

  10. Kiza says:

    This comments section is like an exhibition of brainwashed Western sheeple at the level of “What”, “What” and then “What” again. It strongly reminds me of the movie Idiocracy (2006) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/. Nevermind, a coming financial tsunami will wake all such idiots up, when everything they have and everything their parents accumulated gets wiped out.

  11. Don Nash says:

    Preaching to the choir Brother. Well said.

  12. Pure, gnostic delusion. These stupid hippy ideas didn’t work 30-40 years ago when they lodged in Mr. Brown’s brain and they are blowing up all around him now. So rather than question his Ideals, Mr. Brown therefore questions the Reality: r-selected Arabs and Africans in locales for which they are manifestly unsuited committing violent, bloody acts must all be a Deep State-false flag operation.

    Grow up Mr. Brown. The Great Socialist Experiments all blew up circa 1989, and multicultural empires always eventually devolve into their constituent nations.

    The Han Chinese supremacists among whom you currently reside realize all this; why don’t you?

  13. iffen says:

    multicultural empires “always” eventually devolve into their constituent nations

    How do new ethnies arise?

    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  14. David says:
    @Anonymous

    What you read is Solipsistic bunk. It’s too much to ask, but if I come off this way, find out where I live and shoot me.

  15. David says:

    I think it’s all for the good that that poor girl suffered as she did. The Author has gained such profound insight into the psychology of traumatized nations. It’s like the struggle before the well built walls of Troy being for The Poet to sing about in ages to come.

  16. Thanks for all the interesting links, but for the rest……..no thanks. I just love how these conspiracy theorists work. First they pull out the “here are my credentials that I am to be taken seriously” as they ever so slowly work themselves over to the deep end and then SPLASH off they jump.

    We have
    1) westerners better wake up before it is too late
    2)the government is controlling us
    3)the press is feeding us lies
    4) the Charlie Hebdo hoax
    5) the 911 hoax
    6) last but not least, only I know the real story

    Maybe, just maybe, there are a whole lot of stupid people and there are just a few smart people. And maybe, just maybe, the following rule applies to all conspiracies.

    Never blame on a conspiracy what could just as easily be ascribed to human stupidity.

    Sorry author, huge organized groups are never ever able to keep secrets. It just doesn’t work that way. But my compliments on the Charlie Hebdo flash mob spin, that was a new one.

  17. First, some eyewitness testimony: I was in DC right after 9-11 as a consultant to Congress on terrorism, counter-terrorism and the nexus of these with law enforcement. I occasionally visited the Pentagon then and I can assure the writer and his readers that a jet did crash into it. I later learned that a colleague died on the plane that the passengers crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. His wife talked to him as this was happening. A little over ten years later the final shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers took place within a few yards of my apartment on the corner of Laurel and Dexter Streets in Watertown, Massachusetts. I was there, it happened as reported. None of this was staged.

    Based just on my personal experiences, I’m forced to dismiss elements of this writer’s statements as a lunatic rant.

    But then I started looking at some of his other assertions and they too are utterly absurd, even self-contradictory. For example, the evidence is growing that the Castro brothers likely encouraged Oswald’s assassination of JFK and may actually have been behind RFK’s assassination when it became likely that he might become President. (BTW, IMHO, this was only fair play and a case, as Madame Nu said, of the chickens coming home to roost, since the Kennedy brothers had been bumping off other countries’ leaders left and right and had had the Castro brothers in their sights for years.) And the list goes on and on. On almost any incident with which I have some familiarity, Mr. Roberts appears to be essentially clueless. Massive reading of nonsense does not make one an expert.

    As others have noted the 500 years trope becomes tiresome really quickly. Wet behind the ears, student radicals back in the ’60s were producing better written, better researched, and more plausible conspiracy theories back then. Mr. Brown’s work shows a sad decline in the intelligence and intellectual power of the conspiracy theory movement since then.

    It’s too bad because the USA’s leaders have involved the country in a lot of very bad and very dangerous activities. And the pace of such involvements has picked up since the Cold War ended in the Reagan-Bush era. We need some rational discussion of these issues but it’s not going to come from the fevered mind and pen of Mr. Roberts.

  18. This was posted for Karlin, but you may be interested as well:

    For information of Anatoly Karlin, in Russian language (but those who are very interested may use Google translate: you get satisfactory quality in terms of sense, not of style.)

    http://el-murid.livejournal.com/2200758.html

    http://el-murid.livejournal.com/2201011.html

    http://el-murid.livejournal.com/2243652.html

    http://el-murid.livejournal.com/2243970.html

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  19. @iffen

    Outmarriage at the margins. And the dissolution of empires.

    Also, old-fashioned conquest and rape.

  20. @Kiza

    a coming financial tsunami will wake all such idiots up, when everything they have and everything their parents accumulated gets wiped out.

    Along with the Left’s beloved ‘diversity,’ ‘public education,’ ‘civil rights’ and all the other expensive, unsustainable, inorganic social engineering schemes.

    The good news will be, no taxes, except the protection money you have to pay to that well-armed group of conservative property owners who banded together to keep the thugs out of the neighborhood.

  21. My favorite question for so-called conspiracy theorists (and alternative reality folks generally) tends to be “Very well, I accept everything you say. I’ve used the magic glasses and seen our saurian overlords. What, now, am I to do, and what can I expect from doing that?”

    Write my congressman?

    Vote for the Anti-Saurian Resistance Party?

    Candlelight vigil? Torches and pitchforks in the street?

    Join the Anti-Saurian Resistance? Perhaps we can defeat them, or at least retain our honor through martyrdom (think White Rose in fascist Germany).

    Keep my head down and opt out as much as possible?

    JOIN the Saurian Overlords if I can get a good deal? If you can’t beat ’em … (logical, but not often proposed).

    The usual recommendation is to buy all the revelatory publications and donate to the continuing Search for Truth, so that the message can be distributed far and yon via more publications and more Truth. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    One need not accept consensus reality or choose to participate in evil. That being said, one should do a fairly careful cost/benefit analysis before challenging the apex predators in an otherwise livable ecosystem.

  22. palladino says:
    @JP

    Right on. Che jumped out for me also.

    A writer who tries to blend Che Guevara, JFK and Jesus Christ cannot be taken seriously.

  23. “We work about 190 days a year and I can usually leave my professional life on campus, so I have my evenings and weekends to myself”

    WOW, life must really be nice in that place (I’m not 100% sure how you manage your dual loyalty’s but i digress), here in my real world i work all day everyday, take calls at all hours of the day and night and even on weekends, I’ve had gotomeetings on Sundays, Saturdays and all days in between AND I DO ALL THAT SO I CAN STILL EARN AS MUCH AS I DID IN 1997.

    that is the real world America in which i live……shit gotta go, the masters are calling but hey, at least i still have a job unlike the majority of Americans i know.

  24. based on the comments I’m glad i stopped reading where i did.

    facepalm

  25. unit472 says:

    I didn’t get the point of this rambling post either but I would say that China and Russia are not building anything together. Not that the potential isn’t there but the Chinese are not going to take on, even as junior partner, someone as reckless and incompetent as Vlad the Bad. Everything the man touches turns to excrement.

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  26. mindful says:

    Based on the amount of gibberish in this article, I can only surmise that the editor’s intent was to discredit the positions argued by its author.

    I stop reading any time I encounter the phrase “anglo-zionist.”

  27. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Kiza

    A financial tsunami will only come if there’s a major geopolitical disruption. Enough of the world’s industrial production in Europe and Asia, energy supplies, etc. are under US military and financial control.

    • Replies: @Kiza
  28. First rule of the Internet: Anyone who uses the word “sheeple” is crazier than a shithouse rat, followed closely by those who accuse their opponents of being Nazis, communists, or — even better — ZOG agents. But Jeff Brown, take heart, because I have good news. We’ve developed drugs that can help you. Before you travel that path, you could try something else: Eat more beef. That vegan diet is playing with your mind, such as it is.

    • Replies: @leftist conservative
  29. Kiza says:
    @Anonymous

    The financial tsunami is coming not because of a “geopolitical disruption” then because there is $200 trillion of debt in the World, because almost every Western government is printing money like crazy, and because the whole Western financial system is drowning in all kinds of worthless paper obligations which will never be honored. Fiat money is just one of such ‘obligations’, the US Government and State Government pensions are another. The constant wars the US engages in are a consequence or a symptom of this situation, not its cause. But wars are straining and already close-to-bankrupt system. The financial system rests on a foundation of trust (that the obligations will be honored), but this trust is sitting on a knife’s edge and could collapse any time. Marshal Law will come after the financial collapse.

    Control of resources is the war aim of the US, but it may not be soon enough to prevent the collapse. The debt has been running up much faster than the production and the control over natural resources only delays collapse, it cannot resolve the current amount of debt.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  30. aalto says:

    Either 95% of the above commenters are on the payroll as the author said could happen in which case we’ve lost, or they’re genuinely that stupid and there’s no point fighting & I thought the article dispiriting.

    No I didn’t , I thought it was brilliant and identified with nearly word. They want us to win, just look at them, they know they’d only fuck it up completely if we didn’t.

  31. X says:

    For all the Muricans who are still freedom lovin’ FOX news true believers and can not accept the reality presented in this article, remember you are nothing new.

    “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  32. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Kiza

    Are you FSB?

    • Replies: @Kiza
  33. Wally [AKA "BobbyBeGood"] says: • Website

    Much too much in one dose, Mr. Brown. Relax a bit and fight one battle at a time.

    Briefly, I too know that 9/11 was a false flag operation and was utterly impossible as alleged in the government’s absurd conspiracy theory. Yes, it is the government who comes up with the truly laughable conspiracy theories.

    Brown makes other valid points, i.e.: JFK.

    But Mr. Brown just doesn’t know when to stop. It’s as if he is intentionally trying to discredit those who are truly sincere in getting at the truth by throwing in cliched communist speak and Green Party authoritarianism cloaked in caring about the environment.

    I note that he cites http://www.antiwar.com who are devout believers in the USG’s silly 9/11 conspiracy theory.

    What’s really going on, Mr. Brown?

  34. Either 95% of the above commenters are on the payroll as the author said could happen in which case we’ve lost, or they’re genuinely that stupid and there’s no point fighting & I thought the article dispiriting.

    I can tell you right now, I’m on the payroll, deputized by the Bilderbergs. You wouldn’t believe how generous they are. Disinformation is great work if you can get it.

  35. Kudzu Bob says:

    The author should switch to decaf. All that espresso can’t be good for anybody.

  36. Being half way around the planet, just woke up here in Beijing. Thanks for reading my article. I empathize with all the denials in these replies. It took me years to change my perception. This very personal article helps articulate my journey: http://44days.net/?p=1828. It is hard, I know, and as some have pointed out and I wrote in my article, the sense of helplessness and powerlessness can be very dispiriting.

    The problem is our intellectual brains are 21st century, but our limbic brains are still stuck in survival mode from millions of years ago. In order to survive, we are very adapt at blocking out unpleasant experiences, in order to maintain social/group cohesion. Unfortunately, throughout history, our psychopathic leaders have learned very well that they can use this mechanism to get away with murder and false flags.

    To give up all hope is intellectual and moral suicide. All I can keep doing, and people like Mr. Unz and anyone else who is concerned about our future, is to get the word out.

    Jeff in China

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Anonymous
  37. @Carlton Meyer

    Thanks Carlton for this. I will add it my article as another example of Western censorship. My second book is at the editor and I’m going to use this article as a prologue, so I really appreciate this.

    I never saw this video. It just goes to prove how fractured is the alternative media. Unfortunately, this really works against seeking the truth.

    Also, thanks for all the links.

    Best from Beijing, Jeff

  38. @New Reader

    First rule of the Internet: Anyone who uses the word “sheeple” is crazier than a shithouse rat, followed closely by those who accuse their opponents of being Nazis, communists, or — even better — ZOG agents. But Jeff Brown, take heart, because I have good news. We’ve developed drugs that can help you. Before you travel that path, you could try something else: Eat more beef. That vegan diet is playing with your mind, such as it is.

    The author is obviously wrong and has some real issues, but why do you feel you need to be so nasty about it? Is your ego that much in need of boosting?

    • Replies: @New Reader
  39. Ron Unz says:
    @Jeff J. Brown

    I’m very pleased at the attention your fine piece is receiving here, and especially glad that you’ve now joined this long comment-thread.

    I should emphasize that I haven’t personally investigated most of the major examples you cite in your long article, and therefore don’t have a clue how much of your analysis is plausible and how much is not. However, the main case on the other side derives almost entirely from the Western MSM Megaphone, which I regard as being utterly non-credible on almost all touchy matters. Therefore, there’s really no particular reason to doubt that many or most of your examples are generally correct, and at the very least I think your views should receive a widespread airing, certainly including on a small webzine such as ours.

    The reason I’m absolutely convinced of the sheer worthlessness of our MSM comes in several other examples that I have researched extensively, and previously written about, including in this major article from a couple of years ago:

    https://www.unz.com/article/our-american-pravda/

    And as it happens, in one of my follow-up columns to that article I indicated that I had shifted toward considerable skepticism regarding the traditional American MSM account of the June 4th Tiananmen Square crackdown:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-liberal-bias/

    In the past I’ve also sought to compare the nature and behavior of the Chinese Government with that of our own ruling American Regime, not necessarily to the advantage of the latter:

    https://www.unz.com/article/chinas-rise-americas-fall/

    • Replies: @leftist conservative
  40. Mr. Unz,

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Many of the comments before yours are disappointing to read. Cynicism is the WD-40 of Empire. Our leaders count on it to stay in power. If the founders of the United States, warts and all, were cynical and not sincere, world history would have been very different. That is true of all revolutions. Cynicism is a nasty form of denial, to shut out unpleasantries and the uncomfortable truth. Cynicism is wonderful comic relief on stage, on screen and in satirical writing. We all need it sometimes to cope. But at some point, reality has to stared in the face and we all have to look at ourselves in the mirror.

    In my daily life, I am going to be a lot less “polite” and reticent about false flags, when these events are brought up in conversation. When I get the disparaging “conspiracy theorist” put down, I’m going to come back that I’ve done too much research to accept that insult, that I’m actually a conspiracy analyst and they are the coincidence theorists, who are defying logic and science, for clinging to their shibboleths.

    For those of us who have transcended cynicism, and I think you are one of those, Mr. Unz, all we can do is keep on trying to communicate, share and inform.

    Mr. Unz, I will read all of your links above. Thank you, Jeff in Beijing

  41. Joe Webb says:

    if you take all the claims about false flags with regard to the Muzzies, go ahead and start with 9-11….what does it all add up to?

    Then, consider that any story , even those that you tell from your own memory, are often false.

    Consider also that any story can be questioned, like did we actually go to the moon. Lots of folks think we did not.

    Back to the Muzzies. The claims are out there is this article that the recent Paris shootings or part of them, are false flag operations. Are the beheadings that have just been reported as tied to ISIS also false flag ops?

    Then more comprehensively, do the Arabs/Mussies have reason to hate the West? Are they capable of flying airplanes? Is Israel the ultimate cause of 9-11, regardless of who pulled the trigger?

    Are all these wars of the last 20 years or so wars for Israel?

    The author of this article appears very young and naive as well. I wonder if he has a sort of unified view of world political dynamics. Like, what are the major forces alive in the world today. Please define them.

    Joe Webb

  42. @Ron Unz

    mr unz, certainly I agree with you that mainstream media is not to be trusted on almost any issue that could affect the wealth of the rich or the profits of the corporations (and that reaches into so many areas), and, yes, the federal govt is not to be trusted.

    But it is one thing to acknowledge this truth that we both agree on, and quite another thing to make statements like what Mr Brown has written at the top of this thread. To make the sort of judgments about the boston marathon bombing –for example–that he has made, and make them based on those photographs shown in the links he posted, that just degrades the credibility of this entire site. There is just no basis for concluding that actors were involved! I would love to see the media and the gov’t caught perpetrating such an act. But the evidence does not even come close to that level.

    And many of the other ideas he posted above are likewise based on extremely tenuous evidence.

  43. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @JP

    “Can a regular Cuban, NKorean or Chinese citizen, just like you, decide to pack his stuff, grab his passport and move to another country? ”

    Good question.
    Cuban or Chinese citizen could move, the problem is it is difficult to get the visa of any country.
    I dare say that you couldnt go to Cuba without comiting a crime in your country, if you are an american. Or could you say na mexican could move freely to USA?

  44. Joe Webb says:

    whoops! Mr. Brown apparently is not a young man and therefore entitled to charity for his naiveté.

    “For 500 years, the West has had and continues to own the copyright to the human race’s history books and current events. These other countries must battle against this massive, distorting prism of perceived reality.”

    Actually, the race that writes these books is the White race, even the Marxists, anti-Imperialists, and of course, the conspiracy nabobs as well. The reason for this is our comprehensive intelligence, much more so than anybody else. Alas, and they are almost always White Men, dead and alive.

    This is right out of the syllabus for Decolonialization Studies, White Men are Evil, Capitalism and Sin, and the like, the old lesiangaytransthisandthat Studies. Puhlese.

    Not one word about Israel….third rail I guess, or the Jewish Power, or Mossad, etc.

    Brown, sounds like a muzzie crypto name.

    I don’t want to be coy so: nationalism, racialism, religious Seriousness, as in the Russian Orthodox Church as well of course as Islam, and also here at home. These things are all combating the Matrix..hoo boy.! Paul Craig Roberts …gee whiz. Things are complex, but it is easy to talk about false flags and so on. To the Moon Alice. Joe Webb

  45. Joe Webb says:

    don’t think anybody polices travel to Cuba. I went there is 2000 and did not seriously try to avoid detection.

    In fact, or probable fact, the US has wanted communism in Cuba, not Cuba LIbre, cuz of its propaganda value. Total failure. Then there is Venezuela, same deal.

    We get lots of mileage out of the Indian, mulatto populated countries and their clown leaders. Could not have had a better deal hatched by CIA and alphabet soup spy agencies.

    I recall an Indian lady in Venezuela a few years declaring, Hugo is going to build me a house! Si, Cuba, si, Venezuela si, Yanqui No!

    Of course, did you know that Chavez was recruited by the CIA? Another False Flag Op.

    ——–

    Things are going to get trickier now that China and Russians, at least as smart as the Whites who run Europe and the US…. I support Russia against the “West” because the putative West is no longer the West, or what Christendom used to be. And I am not a Christian. Just Believe in Greco-Roman-Christian, conservative and national cultures. No Totalitarian liberal Globalism , please..

    What we got is what Matthew Arnold called Hebraised Protestant materialistic culture with a strong Puritanical holier than thou Attitude. The Puritans got here about 1610 carrying Israel with them. They thought the Amerindians were one of the lost tribes of Israel. You wanna know why we luv Israel? That is why, besides the propaganda of our own time.

    At one time a more comprehensive Christianity, like The Church with its Hellenism (Arnold again) and tendency to look inward for sin, gave way to the crazy Protestants who were always looking outward for sin…in the other guy of course. The City on the Hill, the New Jerusalem…we still think that way in large part. We hold these truths to be self-evident nonsense.

    The Repugnican Party itself was corrupted recently by Jaffe or Joffe& Co (Strauss too…all these jews), per the article a couple weeks ago right here at Unz review…about 50 years ago compliments of National Review and the traitor Catholic whats his name that sold out to the Jewish Power.

    So, between Liberal dreaminess going back at least to the Unitarians and Abolitionists, actually before, but just a new dispensation from by-gone Puritans, and struck out for racial equality and abolition…well, the equality was not there then, but it was implicit and therefore coming…and behold modern liberalism: secular, and Unlimited, Equality Forever as the postage stamp reads right now…ending now in post modernism…hellelujah, free at last, we are all equal and Ready for the Global Marketplace, Free Love, No Borders, etc. This will last maybe a couple more decades before the mangling of race unity explodes in civil war.

    AND then the New Repugnican Party, just as liberal as the Demogogues hand in hand together destroying an historical, racially defined, culturally homogenous, religiously similar enough to stop fighting about it, transformed in just a couple generations into the near Nothingness of today. Congrats. Brave New World which the rest of the world does not care for. Brown at least got that right.

    However, it is not False Flag ops. Or, very little of that. Big Picture Please. Joe Webb

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  46. @leftist conservative

    The author is obviously wrong and has some real issues, but why do you feel you need to be so nasty about it? Is your ego that much in need of boosting?

    This is America, and in America when we are at our best when we call things and people by their real names rather than trotting out polite euphemisms. The author of this post is nuts, maybe even literally stark raving. Someone needs to say so, and I appointed myself to do the dirty deed. You’re certainly free to disagree, but spare me the lecture on bad manners. What’s next, a tutorial on the proper placement of tableware?

    Beef is what’s for dinner, and a thick skin is what’s for the Internet. We’re all price takers in life. The price makers don’t bother to post anything here or anywhere else. So we might as well say what we mean, as long as our I.Q.s have a third digit to the left of the decimal point.

  47. Actually, I corrected the original article on my website, about the use of thermite and added a passage about the possibility that Mossad used micro-nuclear devices to bring down the Twin Towers. Thanks to Carlton Meyer above, I also added his YouTube link as another great example of the GWF and its ruthless censorship.

    You can see the updated article here: http://44days.net/?p=2186

  48. map says:

    This is an interesting thread. I’d like to present both a critique and support of the author’s work because I think a more interesting and nuanced picture can emerge.

    For those who do not believe in conspiracies, has anyone ever thought through the meta-argument they implicitly use to reject conspiracy theories outright? I don’t mean an example of a conspiracy theory that might be wrong , like space alien cover-ups. I mean the underlying argument that demonstrates that conspiracies simply cannot exist.

    It seems to me that rejection of the conspiracy theory is built on some assumption of information theory, that it is impossible for large numbers of people to maintain a secret. Information always wants to get out, there is no guarantee that anyone can be trusted to keep their mouths shut and, eventually, the conspiracy collapses due to its weakest link in the chain.

    Think, for example, of a start-up. Start-ups depend heavily on large numbers of people coordinating their activity. Transparency is critical, not only for the different personnel to inter-operate among each other, for even recruiting these individuals in the first place. Whether a startup wants partners, vendors, employees or customers, it has to be open about its goals if it wants to recruit these people. Conversely, anyone can give up the ghost with this transparency.

    Conspiracies are treated analogously as startups, where individuals are recruited into a conspiracy by virtue of what they can do. Thus, conspiracies can unravel easily and cannot be trusted as explanations for what happens.

    The problem is this: The purpose of a startup is the startup itself. What happens if the purpose of the conspiracy is not the conspiracy itself? What if the purpose of the conspiracy is to create a vehicle by which like-minded people find each other? What if that like-mindedness not only agrees on the goals of the conspiracy beforehand, but also agrees on keeping it quiet? Doesn’t this alter the plausibility of conspiracies quite dramatically?

    The various disinformation campaigns and regulatory pushes and mass surveillance exists for the purpose of preventing these vehicles from forming in the first place, by discrediting their believability. People then never share their beliefs that official propaganda is lies. They remain alone and atomized, and, thus, easy to control.

    This is why it did no good for the Soviet Citizen to know that what he was being told was a lie. Without the ability to form a conspiracy, that knowledge was not useful because critical action could not be taken.

    So, it is quite possible that government conspirators are operating to create false flag events to manipulate the public and push their agenda. Thinking along these lines is not useless.

    The problem with Mr. Brown’s argument is that he has a very atomistic view of the false flag itself. He seems to think that, say, the Reichstag bombing was an effective piece of government propaganda because the government created it and successfully blamed the Communists. But Nazi machinations is not what made the Reichstag false flag believable. It was the Communists themselves. The Communists were well known street thugs and mass murderers. The Reichstag bombing was believable because that is what a Communist would do based on their actual history and behavior and literature.

    In other words, the false flag operation is not a Big Lie embedded inside a Small Truth. It is a Small Lie embedded inside a Big Truth.

    The false flag actually reveals less than Brown would imagine because its plausibility does not come from the false flag itself. It comes from the consistency of the actors involved, no matter how much volition is directed from the outside. Thus, the Tsarnaev Brothers being Chechen Muslims is the relevant factor, not the presence of a secretive military contractor. Why? Because the false flag would be impossible if the Tsarnaev Brothers were Amish. The same applies to Charlie Hebdo, or 9/11 or any of the other conspiracy theories. Without the presence of hostile foreigners with their own agendas and motivations, there would not be any rich vein of false flag operatives to manipulate.

    The matter then breaks down to the typical discussions that we have at Unz, like invade the world and invite the world.

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  49. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Joe Webb

    “don’t think anybody polices travel to Cuba. I went there is 2000 and did not seriously try to avoid detection. ” why avoid detection? Is not legal to exit USA and travel to Cuba? I know that in Cuba, anyone that want to go to other country need a visa of that country. Is this your case, or in USA travelling to Cuba is ilegal?

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    , @Joe Webb
  50. @Jeff J. Brown

    “Actually, I corrected the original article on my website, about the use of thermite and added a passage about the possibility that Mossad used micro-nuclear devices to bring down the Twin Towers.”

    My handlers have asked me to ask you to refer to Mossad as The Mossad – your cooperation is appreciated.

  51. Kiza says:
    @Anonymous

    Yes I am FSB, I am the one who advised Vladimir Putin to keep buying gold on the market whilst the US manipulators were depressing its price. Now in Russia we have the second largest reserves of gold in the world, after China. Whilst the US$ is becoming toilet paper, we unloaded most we had into gold. Now we will launch gold currency, not gold-backed currency then high gold content Ruble: 10%, 20%, 50% and 99.99% purity.

    Just kidding, are you CIA?

  52. The Dissident Right/Dissident Left is too deeply into “conspiracy theories,” if I may use that term.

    Yes, conspiracies between the rich and powerful happen. But all this nonsense about the government using actors in false flag ops is not what is going on.

    Instead of using conspiracy analysis, use ecosystem analysis and evo-psych analysis.

    America is an ecosystem, one containing pseudo-organic entities that live and evolve over time. What sort of pseudo-organic entities? Culture, for one.

    When you accept that culture is a major influence on human behavior, and that there are ecological forces in this social ecosystem that act upon and mold and shape and evolve our culture and subcultures, then conspiracy analysis becomes unnecessary to explain why the elite dominate us.

    Under this paradigm, the question arises as to whether our culture/subcultures have been domesticated by the dominant forces of this social ecosystem, and whether homo sapiens americanus has also been domesticated by the dominant players of this ecosystem.

    Are we in a sense domesticated animals?

    Are those at the top of society in essence a separate species, one that has domesticated us via culture and thus “farm” us for their own benefit?

    Are the elite essentially a predatory/parasitic species that use us as domesticated animals?

    Under this paradigm, the conspiracy/actors analysis becomes trite.

    The meta view is the better view.

    So, how do we effect change?

    Through education, which is basically how the elite domesticated us. Problem is that you have to get to people young. Which is why the GOP never fulfilled their promise of school vouchers once they got into power–they know the powers that be don’t want to lose control of the educational curriculum

    • Replies: @aalto
    , @Joe Webb
  53. aalto says:
    @leftist conservative

    Think you prove that education alone is not enough.

  54. @Carlton Meyer

    Quite a few good links there, Carlton. Thanks.

    One minor quibble though: be careful with The Intercept. I have followed Greenwald for years, since he was at Salon. For the moment, he still seems to be on the up-and-up. But his new boss, a billionaire named Pierre Omidhyar who wholly owns The Intercept, is good buddies with George Soros. I’ve even heard that he helped finance the recent ‘revolution’ in Ukraine. I have a deep, dark suspicion that, at some point, he may try and spin the Snowden revelations in some creative way, or perhaps even suppress revelations that would be truly shocking–revelations that we haven’t already guessed at, in other words.

    But thanks for the list.

  55. @leftist conservative

    Jeff’s not the only one who smells something fishy with the Boston Bombing story. Pepe Escobar, who is often reposted here at Unz.com, also found the official version suspect. He believes he has some evidence suggesting the participation of Craft International, the security company founded in 2009 by none other than Chris Kyle (the “American Sniper”). Kyle, coincidentally, was shot to death barely two months before the bombing. Here’s the link: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-220413.html

  56. @unit472

    I would say that China and Russia are not building anything together.

    BRICS, SCO–is that your idea of ‘nothing’?

  57. @map

    In other words, the false flag operation is not a Big Lie embedded inside a Small Truth. It is a Small Lie embedded inside a Big Truth.

    You have good point there, map. False-flags are merely tactics. Tactics alone can only be effective within the context of something larger–namely, a strategy. Some conspiracy theorists spend WAY too much time fussing and arguing over tactics, when they really should be giving more thoughts to strategy. For example, what’s endgame in Russia/Ukraine? The middle east? If you can figure out what the basic, underlying strategy is, you stand a much better chance of anticipating the neocons next move. In my opinion, an understanding of things like geopolitics and economics is an essential foundation for understanding their over-arching strategy. Arguing about whether WTC 7 was brought down by semtex of thermite is a waste of time.

    • Replies: @map
  58. @Anonymous

    The US makes it illegal to travel to Cuba. However, I have heard that it is not illegal in Cuba for an American to enter. The trick is convincing the Cubans that you’re not CIA, and then you will probably have to ask (bribe?) them not to stamp your passport, so the US won’t arrest you when you come back.

    • Replies: @Biff
  59. Joe Webb says:
    @Anonymous

    well, in 2000 it was illegal. Now, it is sorta illegal still, but …

    I an unaware of anybody prosecuted for travel to Cuba, ever. JW

  60. iffen says:

    If most of what you say is factual, why are people like you and Mr. Unz still around?

    How would the average person such as myself know that you are not a false flag?

    • Replies: @Dahlia
  61. Dave says:

    Mr. Unz has a great site and I visit several times a day. But I’m surprised he would post this obvious drivel. I know teenagers that could have written a piece with more maturity and balance than this.
    As I stated in my first comment, this meandering piece contains fact and fantasy. The issue isn’t whether conspiracies exist, because they certainly do. The issue is the lack of critical analysis in regards to any individual theory.I think most regular visitors to Unz.com have a healthy skepticism about anything that comes from the MSM, that’s why we come here in the first place. Criminal conspiracies are both an historical and judicial reality.
    A mature adult tries to remain skeptical without lapsing into utter credulity.
    Mr. Brown has clearly failed that test.
    And saying so doesn’t make us flag waving Muricans or double agents.
    It makes us sane.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  62. Ron Unz says:
    @Dave

    You’ve raised a perfectly reasonable point, and I’m sure I would agree with you about many of the particular items discussed in the article if I went through them one by one. However, there’s a serious problem: I no longer trust my own judgment about such matters.

    I can think of many examples of “crazy conspiracy theories” that I casually dismissed as total “fantasy” for decades but am now about 95% sure were absolutely true all along. Here’s one perfect example that I’ve written about:

    https://www.unz.com/article/was-rambo-right/

    Now I come from a background in the hard sciences and when I eventually discover I’ve been totally wrong over and over again about all sorts of important things I reluctantly conclude that my “reality-detection machinery” is miscalibrated and must be adjusted.

    Within the Intelligence community, there’s something known as “raw intelligence.” Basically, your operatives go around and gather up all the unsubstantiated rumors, speculation, and malicious gossip they can find, then your analysts begin sifting this huge pile of nonsense to try to locate the small nuggets of factual reality. It’s a two-stage process and if you refuse to even examine what you initially consider “obvious nonsense” you’ll be much less successful at getting to the truth.

    This small webzine was established very much with this important principle in mind. There’s nearly 500,000 words of my own writing located here, much of it on all sorts of ultra-controversial topics, and (with very minor exceptions) I absolutely stand behind everything I’ve written. However, there’s also another 70,000,000 words of articles and comments written by other people, often providing totally contradictory perspectives, and I certainly don’t stand behind any of that. Indeed, one of my areas of major specialization is race/ethnicity, and I’m about 99% sure that a large portion of the articles and commentary published here in that subject area is totally mistaken, often absurdly so. But I can’t see why people shouldn’t be allowed to conveniently read it and draw their own conclusions.

    And the same certainly applies to “conspiracy theories,” many of which are incorrect but some of which seem to be true. I would think that even if just one-tenth of these “conspiracy theories” were actually true, the result would be a gigantic upheaval in our view of the world. So it seems very cost-effective to at least consider exploring most of them, even the seemingly implausible ones.

    • Replies: @Dave
    , @Kiza
    , @Dahlia
  63. Biff says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    It is not illegal for an American to go to Cuba.. It is illegal for them to spend money there.

  64. I am very struck by the extremely emotional responses to this piece here. I see no attempt at legitimate argumentation, just direct recourse to ad hominem attacks: “the guy is obviously nuts”, etcetera, etcetera.

    What I recognize in these responses is this kind of compulsive, neurotic need of certain people to be duped. Again and again and again. For example, many of these deep State psy ops like the Boston Marathon and Sandy Hook as well as 9/11 and 7/7 all have in common that a drill of the exact same scenario was being run in close proximity to the real event. So they were running a simulation of the event that would happen on that very day! What is the likelihood of the conjunction of the simulation and the actual event recurring over and over by pure happenstance?

    I have started to wonder whether this neurotic need to delude oneself that you see in these commentators emerges from the same place in their diseased minds as the passive homosexual’s overpowering need to be roughly sodomized. If this is the case, as I suspect, it is quite disheartening; such a pathology is most likely incurable.

    • Replies: @Dave
  65. Dave says:
    @Ron Unz

    Agreed. One of the reasons I visit is the broad spectrum of opinion offered, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
    But I was put off by Mr. Brown’s seeming lack of focus and rigor, and in my opinion the juvenile recitation of the “500 years” meme. His piece was long winded and clunky.He could have easily constructed 3 or 4 posts out of this one article.
    We’ll see if he can tighten it up a bit next time, if there is a next time.

  66. I have started to wonder whether this neurotic need to delude oneself that you see in these commentators emerges from the same place in their diseased minds as the passive homosexual’s overpowering need to be roughly sodomized.

    The passive homosexuals I’ve known have preferred their sodomy gentle. Just sayin’.

    • Replies: @leftist conservative
  67. Kiza says:
    @Ron Unz

    You have perfectly described the principal difference between you and the numerous, pardon me, sheeple who visit your website.

    In one of my other comment I have described how the communist regimes have been labeling anybody who did not accept the official regime truths as “morally and politically warped“. I find the “conspiracy theory” an eerily similar label that the Western regimes attach to their dissidents. If you do not believe in the official MSM version of events, you are labeled a “conspiracy theorist” and discounted from consideration. As much as the communists’ label was effective against dissidents, so is the Western regimes’. No “serious person” will consider what you write, “take sharp object away from the author”, it is all those who are not “morally and politically warped”, the non-paid believers in the “official truths”, the non-professionals defenders of the regime who will constitute the torch carrying lynching mob. Thus, for the suppression of dissent, the masses of the believers in the “official truth” are much more useful than the police or the army.

    It is this label of “conspiracy theorist” that matters, not the actual content of Mr Brown’s article. Like you, I am not particularly concerned how accurate each of his numerous points is. But, he definitely has the right to offer an alternative point of view without it being disparagingly labeled a “conspiracy theory“. The fact that he is being labeled so frequently is a testament to the regime’s power over sheeple. It is a bit like that famous scene from the movie “1984” (and Apple ad) in front of a huge TV screen from which The Big Brother builds up a crescendo of hate against the internal dissidents, as well as hate against the new Euro-Asian enemy (with who we have always been at war).

    I have firmly established that the reaction intensity of the sheeple is always directly proportional to the distance of someone’s description of events to the “established regime/MSM truths”. Therefore, the reaction to Mr Brown’s article is showing how revolutionary his points are. The history is full of examples, of even professional bodies of educated and intelligent men dismissing brilliant, radically different ideas of individuals simply because they were too far away from what they have been thought or what their brains can fathom.

    Therefore, I hope that Mr Brown will not be burnt at a stake for listing the probable false-flags by the US Government. The only good thing is that if you are successfully labeled “morally and politically warped, or a conspiracy cookoo, at least the regime does not torture you or kill you, they leave you alone.

  68. @New Reader

    New Reader wrote:
    “The passive homosexuals I’ve known have preferred their sodomy gentle.”

    Tell us more of your bawdy adventures!

    • Replies: @New Reader
  69. Dave says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    Anyone who disagrees with your interpretation of this article has a diseased mind ?
    Got it.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  70. @Dave

    “Anyone who disagrees with your interpretation of this article has a diseased mind ?
    Got it.”

    Got it? Uhh, no… I’m quite positively 100% sure that you do NOT get it. That much is quite obvious.

    As for the “diseased mind” reference, I would stand by that. It seems that people like you really have a deep problem wrt objective reality. I mean, you guys profess to believe the most incredible stories.

    Like, for example…

    A lone gunman successfully kills the president of the United States. He has no motive. He just happens to be a nut who wants to kill the president. Another lone gunman shows up a couple of days later, and also with no discernible motive, kills the first lone gunman. Not only will people profess their belief in this, they will insist that if I or the author of this piece, declines to believe this story, it shows that we are crazed “conspiracy theorists”.

    The U.S. military had a Bin Laden corpse to show us, photos and all, but declined to show us because they were afraid of offending Muslims. This, after, torturing and murdering countless Muslims. Yes, they had a corpse to show us, but would not show it. Little Johnny did his homework but the dog ate it and we believe him little Johnny, don’t we?

    These are just a couple of examples. I could go on. But more to the point: what precisely is a belief system in which you maintain that your government, the power elite, torture and murder, they firebomb cities full of women and children, BUT they would not lie to you! Anybody who suggests they are lying to you is self-evidently crazy and you can guffaw with your sense of complacent superiority.

    But the laugh is on you guys. You are the ones who are so self evidently batshit crazy delusional when you say smugly “I got it”.

    You got what? And then I see the same idiots in these other discussions smugly talking about how other large swathes of the population are congenitally stupid. You know, human biodiversity, they have low IQ’s ya dee da.

    The incredible gap between you guys’ self image and how incredibly nutty, ignorant and deplorably stupid you are is one thing that really makes this site so delightfully hilarious!

    • Replies: @Dave
  71. @leftist conservative

    Tell us more of your bawdy adventures!

    Watch me be wrong, but something tells me that my favorite stories wouldn’t make it past the moderators here. And, truth be told, I wouldn’t blame them. Which in a way, I suppose, is a bit unfortunate, because some of what’s widely believed about how AIDS is transmitted, and who’s at risk and how much, isn’t factual. But the details, well, they’re on gritty side.

  72. A lone gunman successfully kills the president of the United States. He has no motive. He just happens to be a nut who wants to kill the president. Another lone gunman shows up a couple of days later, and also with no discernible motive, kills the first lone gunman. Not only will people profess their belief in this, they will insist that if I or the author of this piece, declines to believe this story, it shows that we are crazed “conspiracy theorists”.

    I am personally acquainted with someone who served with Oswald in his USMC platoon. He and the others in the platoon were interviewed by the FBI after the assassination. All of them laughed their asses off at the idea that Oswald did it. You see, Oswald was a terrible marksman known for scoring “Maggie’s Drawers” (complete miss of the target) on the shooting range. He was incapable of making the kill, which could never be replicated afterwards by skilled shooters.

    The Warren Commission’s version was laughable anyway, but my friend’s recollections nailed it for me, anyhow. Myself, I think the conjecture in the movie Ruby — the Mafia hit hypothesis — is the most plausible, but who knows? That much said, the overwhelming (t0 me) probability that Oswald and his antique Italian carbine weren’t what killed JFK is not confirmation of every nutcase conspiracy theory. It’s only confirmation of one conspiracy theory.

    Does our government lie through its teeth daily? Does the sun rise in the East? But that is not evidence for every claim, and certainly not for the mish-mash at the top of this thread, which is so laughably deranged that (unlike others here) I am not going to even bother to wander into the fetid swamp. If that makes me a patsy, as Oswald surely was, so be it.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  73. Dahlia says:
    @iffen

    Certainly can’t be discounted!

    But I tend not to think so. The common theme of his alleged (modern) false flags is that the official perpetrators belong to racial or ideological groups the Left is sympathetic towards.
    The piece strikes one less as the pleas of a sober Cassandra and more like a descent into madness because reality isn’t reflecting his ideology.

    Or he could be pulling one on the Left!

    I agree strongly with Dave and the others. Seriously, I believed that if a piece received top billing, then it was personally endorsed and thought highly of by Mr. Unz. Correctives are great and color, well, adds color, but…

    • Replies: @iffen
    , @iffen
  74. iffen says:
    @Dahlia

    It just seems like a little editorial direction would be an improvement. Mr. Unz seems to be saying that there is no way to distinguish between what is factual and what is speculation. There are some good writers here and when you put them on the same page with something like this post it detracts from their work. I guess it just depends on what you want in your magazine. There seems not to be a clear choice as to what is wanted. Do we want Steve Sailer to write for the NYT or do we want the people who write for the NYT to think more like Steve?

    • Replies: @Dahlia
  75. Ron Unz says:
    @New Reader

    Frankly, this is exactly the sort of reason I think it was quite useful to publish this long “conspiracy theory” article, whether or not I personally knew much about the particular items it discusses.

    Consider that one of the strongest “anti-conspiracy” commenters claims he’s long had direct personal information leading him to utterly doubt the official JFK story and he’s therefore always been sure it was a “conspiracy.”

    But the JFK assassination is clearly the grand-daddy of all American “conspiracy theories.” By doubting it he’s suggesting that killing of an American president by various conspirators was more or less successfully covered up by our entire government and the MSM for the last fifty years. Frankly, if the MSM and our elites could cover that up, they could cover up *absolutely* anything. Indeed, the whole public denigration of “conspiracy theories” originally began in defense of the Warren Commission’s controversial “lone gunman” finding.

    During my entire life I never once doubted the official story of the JFK assassination and therefore never bothered investigating it. The notion of a “MSM coverup” large and long enough to keep such a conspiracy under wraps seemed utterly implausible to me. I automatically dismissed any “JFK conspiracy-monger” as just some sort of nut and tended to discount his opinions on everything else. However, in the last year or two I read a couple of the books very favorably reviewed in the NYT, the WSJ, and the rest of the elite MSM that very strongly argued for a “conspiracy”, and they’ve shifted my perspective quite a bit. After all, if you can’t believe the NYT and the WSJ about the JFK assassination, who can you believe? So I think these days “New Reader” has some very respectable company in his JFK opinions.

    Here’s another example of what it means when the MSM has totally lost its credibility in one’s eyes. There are probably hundreds or even thousands of websites around claiming that no plane hit the Pentagon but it was instead some sort of missile, a belief considered so utterly, totally insane by the MSM that I’m not sure they’ve ever actually stooped to debunking it. Personally, I’ve never investigated the matter and I don’t have a clue what actually happened.

    But towards the top of this comment thread, an commenter calling himself “Jus’ Sayin’” claimed that he was in DC right at the time and can provide eyewitness testimony that a plane did indeed hit the Pentagon. Now the unverified remarks of an anonymous commenter on a small webzine hardly rank as the strongest evidence in the world, but I have to say that these days they carry about as much weight with me as the published accounts of any elite journalists in the pages of the NYT. That’s a terrifying statement for me to make, but a candid one.

    https://www.unz.com/article/behind-the-great-western-firewall-is-the-ugly-truth/#comment-875754

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  76. @Ron Unz

    Dear Mr. Unz:

    I was dumbfounded in the above comment when you stated that you always believed in the Warren Commission version of what happened in the JFK assassination, even to the extent of doubting the sanity of anybody who questioned the story. I infer from this that you also similarly believed the official version of what happened with Martin Luther King and the other Kennedy, Robert.

    Now, let me say, I am a fan of some of your recent writing and have shared it within my circle of friends. You are certainly somebody who is quite sophisticated in terms of statistical inference. Regarding these high profile political assassinations in the sixties, doesn’t the high number of “lone nut” gunmen give you pause? Just how often does somebody with no real motive decide to get a gun and shoot the president or some other very high profile figure? Is it plausible that all of these high profile assassinations would be the work of random “lone nuts”?

    In particular, in the case of the most famous incident, the assassination of president Kennedy, we actually have two lone nuts supposedly acting independently of one another closely in time and space. The first lone nut, Oswald, shoots the president, and the second lone nut, Ruby, shoots the first lone nut a couple of days later. When you say you believed this story, had you really thought about it critically? But, more importantly, why would you automatically assume that anybody who doubted this double lone nut explanation was some sort of crazy?

    Another thing to consider is the frequency with which certain deep events coincide with drills that simulate those very events. Here is an article by an anti-conspiracy writer in which he lays out a bunch of data that, I think, would lead any reasonable person to the opposite conclusion of that which he draws. I find this article quite extraordinary and suggest you read it: http://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/08/12/terror-attacks-and-drills/

    Offhand, what is the likelihood that the conjunction of drills and various terror attacks is a mere coincidence? If it is not, why do you think the drills and the real attacks tend to coincide?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  77. Thanks, Kiza, for caring that I may be burned at the stake for writing this article. I actually feel much safer living here in China than I do in the United States. When we went back last summer for our daughter’s wedding in Oklahoma, I was half scared I would be questioned at the border, for my website column, Reflections in Sinoland, not to mention I am a dual national French-American, which is technically illegal in the US, unless you are Israeli, of course.

    As a scientist, all I can do is gather as much evidence as possible about an event, and then make a judgment about its validity. Also, based on the observations, I can say, I think my judgment is 80% correct/possible, 95%, 99%, etc. This is a huge point of penetration by non-scientists and cynics to disavow the obvious evidence, to wit, human evolution, anthropogenic climate change and false flags. These cynics, or those with a selfish economic interest, call always say, “see, it’s not 100% conclusive”, even though the carefully laid out statistical model says it’s 95%, 99% or 99.99% probably true. Cynics will hang onto that 5%, 1% or 0.01% out of fear, ignorance, religious belief, selfishness or just plain stubbornness.

    When I spent hours studying the evidence about Charlie Hebdo, principally videos and photos on the internet. One can say, “Oh, they’re fake”. Could be, but it flies in the face of reality and “cui bono?”. When you see the NBC version of the grocery store raid, where it completely doctors out all the incriminating evidence of a false flag that are found in the alternative press videos, when you see the censored ” cop assassination” performed by the crisis actors, when you see a cop firing blanks into the backs of his SWAT mates, not to mention the poor, handcuffed Coulibaly get murdered in broad daylight, then you are free to cling to your 5% or 1% of doubt. When you watch Zero Hour, about 9/11; read JFK the Unspeakable; Gladio, by Ganser; Killing Hope, by Blum (and their are many others) and do your research, which admittedly takes a lot of time, and you still claim that these were not false flags, then I respect your right to disagree.

    My suspicion is that most of the cynics who have commented above have NOT taken the time to do their due diligence and are just genuflecting to disagree out of habit or possibly risk learning something that flies in the face of their well protected and rationalized version of reality. As I said in my article, it took me over ten years of slow, careful research to overcome all the conformist denials, those many social memes that were hammered into my brain from the time I was born. It was painfully, like peeling a huge onion, one layer at a time.

    As far as this article being too long, yes, I cringed when I posted it on my website. But I decided to offer a single source of available evidence for JFK, RFK, MLK, 9/11, Boston and Charlie Hebdo, instead of breaking it up into smaller, mainstream acceptable, 800-1,000 word sound bites.

    Tonight in Beijing, we will celebrate with the biggest, spontaneous explosion of fireworks in the world, in this fair city of 20 million souls. For about 2-3 hours, it is Armageddon on Earth, something that has to be experienced to believe – at least I’m 99% sure of that. For those who insist on clinging to that 1%, come see for yourself.

    Happy New Year of the Ram, 2015, from the belly of the New Century Beast, China.

    • Replies: @Kiza
  78. Ron Unz says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    Thanks, Jonathan, and what can I say. Given the JFK facts I’ve discovered in the last year or two, I feel like an enormous fool.

    However, I didn’t mean to imply that I’d ever even slightly investigated the JFK assassination and decided that the official story was correct. I simply never paid any attention to the topic, concluding from the tone of the MSM that there couldn’t possibly exist any solid evidence on the other side. (I’d always half-suspected a MLK conspiracy, which was a very different situation).

    I really don’t think my reasoning was all that unreasonable. For example, here’s a note I dropped a few months ago to a very highly-regarded friend of mine whom I was shocked to discover had for decades been 100% sure about a JFK conspiracy, naturally keeping entirely quiet about his beliefs:

    BTW, I hate to keep harping on it, but every time I consider the implications of the JFK matter I’m just more and more astonished.

    The president of the US. The heir to one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in America. His brother the top law enforcement officer in the country. Ben Bradley, one of his closest friends, the fearless crusading editor of one of the nation’s most influential media outlets. As America’s first Catholic president, the sacred icon of many millions of Irish, Italian, and Hispanic families. Greatly beloved by top Hollywood people and many leading intellectuals.

    His assassination ranks as one of the most shocking and dramatic events of the 20th century, inspiring hundreds of books and tens of thousands of news stories and articles, examining every conceivable detail. The argument from MSM silence always seemed absolutely conclusive to me.

    From childhood, it’s always been obvious to me that the MSM is completely dishonest about certain things and over the last dozen years I’ve become extremely suspicious about a whole range of other issues. But if you’d asked me a couple of years ago whether JFK was killed by a conspiracy, I would have said “well, anything’s possible, but I’m 99% sure there’s absolutely no substantial evidence pointing in that direction since the MSM would surely have headlined it a million times over.”

    Was there really a First World War? Well, I’ve always assumed there was, but who really knows?….

    Perhaps commenters far less naive than myself can now better understand why I tend to be extremely agnostic these days about all the thousands of other “conspiracy theories” floating around…

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  79. @Ron Unz

    Ron, I’m sorry if my previous message came across as a tad scornful. It was not my intention. To tell the truth, my own awakening on this is also fairly recent. I also did not look into the JFK assassination until maybe about five or six years ago. Now, I don’t think that I ever had much belief in the Warren Commission report, mind you, but also I had never thought about it that much or really looked into it. So really, I just didn’t know. It is a bit before my time. I was born a year after the JFK hit.

    But anyway, when I finally decided to look into it, my preconception was that I would find something very murky, the proverbial “rabbit hole”. And what did I find? It’s crystal clear, Ron. This was a CIA black op. I concluded this in a half day or day, at most, of research on the internet. This is the main contention of the independent research community, the JFK truthers if you will, and there seems to be an orgy of evidence to support this. In fact, one of the insiders left a death bed confession, E. Howard Hunt, who was later one of the Watergate burglars. This was written up in Rolling Stone magazine, and should have been the scoop of the century. Rollingstone.com later took it down, but it is mirrored elsewhere still, here for example: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1808231/posts

    But the other thing I discovered when I looked into this was that the people who are always smeared as “conspiracy buffs” and so forth are not crazy at all. In fact, the more prominent people in the JFK research community are, in fact, simply, scholars of great intellectual capacity and rigor, who have decided to investigate topics that the powers that be do not want investigated. People like Mark Lane, who was one of the best attorneys in the country. And Jeff Brown mentioned the James Douglass book, JFK and the Unspeakable, which is a fine work, very meticulously footnoted and argued. And others, of course.

    So, for me, like surely for many other people, the JFK case was my “entry drug” of sorts by which I realized the truth of what you are getting at when you talk about “American Pravda”. The event is really two things, properly understood, the hit itself, which is really kind of mundane, and the subsequent cover-up. Of the two, the cover-up, including this entire “nutty conspiracy theorist” psy-op meme, is really perhaps the thing more worth studying!

    Now, you did not answer the other part of my message. (Yet…) I linked this article: http://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/08/12/terror-attacks-and-drills/ which I find extraordinary. What do you think of the author’s assertion that the conjunction of these terror attacks and the drills is a coincidence? Also, what do you think of his assertion that there is no particular reason for government agents to plan these events to coincide with the drills? Have you thought about this? If not, I really put it to you that you ought to think about it.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  80. We’ve all seen the debris from the crash of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. Bodies, airline seats, luggage, and debris were everywhere. Now watch this news video (and others linked there) about the site in Pennsylvania where we are told Flight 93 crashed on 9-11.

  81. Ron Unz says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    Absolutely no offense taken, Jonathan…

    It actually sounds like our situations aren’t all that much different. Probably about five years ago I started getting a little suspicious for the first time, but was too busy with other things to investigate the matter. Then a year or two ago, I finally became more curious and decided to read a couple of those books that had been so glowingly praised by the NYT and the rest of the MSM, and they seemed extremely convincing to me (the Douglass book and especially the Talbot book). I then very gingerly raised the question with a couple of people I’m friendly with and highly respect, and they both said that they’d been absolutely 100% sure of a conspiracy for decades but had never said anything publicly lest they destroy their credibility in everything else.

    And I’d actually seen something in the newspapers about the Hunt death bed confession at the time and had said “Hmmm…” but nothing more. Obviously, now it just provides a piece on top of all the other massive evidence.

    As for that link of yours, I’ll admit I haven’t had a chance to look at it, nor any of the links in the original article. The problem is that I’m currently very busy with all sorts of other things, generally on the software development side, and so can’t devote any serious time to investigating all these complex matters. But at least I can help provide a suitable platform for others to try to present their perspectives on all sides of these important questions.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  82. Dahlia says:
    @iffen

    I try being open-minded, but I jumped ship (and without a life jacket, y’all!), when it got to the Boston bombing crisis actors.

    I had never heard of the little boy who was one of the three murdered, but I have no doubt he existed. Why do you need actors if one is willing to blow up these innocents?

    It strains credulity.

    As to motivation, where are the conspiracy theories about Anders Breivik and Timothy McVeigh? Again, it doesn’t sound like a dispassionate examination of the powers that be.

    The best analysis I’ve found so far on the billionaire plutocrats funding astroturf operations came from CounterPunch; I have no issues with solid, good liberals who can examine and expose conspiracies.

    Ron, did this guy seek you out? Or did you receive an email out of the blue, lol! You may be being had!!

    • Replies: @Dahlia
  83. Dahlia says:
    @Dahlia

    I forgot to add that Steve Sailer himself pointed out something fishy is going on when one of the bomb brothers’ accomplices to another murder or murders is killed during questioning with a wildly implausible reason given for this. What are they hiding?
    That’s a long way from positing there were actors pretending to be hurt while a real bomb had killed real people.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  84. Ron Unz says:
    @Dahlia

    That’s the thing, Dahlia, I’ve never really investigated most of the items in the article and don’t currently have the time to do so. I’m sure some of them seem more suspicious than others, but I’d probably guess that 80% turn out to be pretty close to the official story. But maybe 20% don’t, which is an enormity.

    However, even if some of these things aren’t what they seem, for me none of them remotely match the shock that JFK probably *was* killed by a conspiracy and the MSM covered it up for a full half-century. I still find it very difficult to wrap my mind around such a possibility. We’re not talking about a couple of petty criminals nobody had ever heard of possibly being framed for some terrorist bombing in Boston. We’re talking about the President of the United States. Simply unbelievable…

    I probably should try to write up a column presenting my (very limited) perspective on these issues.

    • Replies: @Dahlia
    , @map
  85. Dahlia says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron,
    I agree with everything you just said. This guy, whoever he is, does not have the same motivation as you when it comes to this. That’s my intuition. I don’t know what his motivation is, but it’s clear to everyone here that you are passionate about the powers-that-be and how they manipulate us. I have never gotten the feeling from your writings that there was some official story so unbearable to your world view that you went looking to pick it apart. And then discovered there were conspiracies everywhere… and the truth happened to align with your world view in all of them.

  86. map says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    “You have good point there, map. False-flags are merely tactics. Tactics alone can only be effective within the context of something larger–namely, a strategy. Some conspiracy theorists spend WAY too much time fussing and arguing over tactics, when they really should be giving more thoughts to strategy.”

    That really is not my point.

    My point is that false flag attacks do not alter any underlying truths. They do not do so because the entities being set up by the false flag have a high degree of plausibility of committing those acts anyway, either because they’ve actually done something like that before or they have created literature expressing doing something similar.

    A false flag implicating Muslims committing acts of terror like hitting the World Trade Center hardly distracts from the general mayhem they cause when they are around non-Muslims anywhere else in the world. Similarly, a false flag implicating communists in the Reichstag is an equal non-event, since communists are known mass murderers elsewhere. Such false flags may generally be useful. Whatever you do, you should not use the false flag to whitewash either Muslims or Communists.

  87. Dahlia says:

    Let me be clear, my biggest concern here was the article being given pride of place and as such, I assumed a strong endorsement by you.

  88. map says:
    @Ron Unz

    Mr. Unz,

    I’m sorry, but the only conspiracy involved in the Kennedy assassination is the conspiracy to create a conspiracy out of the Kennedy assassination. From the conversion of Oswald to right-wing fanatic to the lionizing of Kennedy ad nausea, to the bullet nonsense, the whole event stinks of Leftist narcissism.

    How come a similar drama does not exist with the Reagan assassination attempt? That was just a lone gunman that somehow managed to get past the Secret Service. But with the Kennedy’s, it’s some sort of grand plot. I don’t buy.

  89. Dave says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    You’re engaging in a textbook example of psychological projection.
    I repeated several times that conspiracies are an historical reality. I have personally doubted the standard line about JFK and RFK for 20 plus years, having read several books about those murders.
    I have no doubt that the U.S. government has engaged in all kinds of heinous, extra legal activities.
    That doesn’t mean I’m going to automatically believe any theory that some unknown writer drops here.
    Questioning and/or finding fault with his presentation is completely normal and not remotely “batshit crazy”.
    Everyone doesn’t have to agree with Mr. Brown, as hard as that may be to understand.
    As far as HBD is concerned, calling any one here who discusses it nutty, ignorant and deplorably stupid simply reveals a concerning lack of curiosity on your part about a subject that has literally mountains of research going back decades.
    You’ll willingly believe the most outlandish conspiracy theory imaginable while simultaneously refusing to sincerely engage with the voluminous research on differences in I.Q. between population groups.
    Got it.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  90. Kiza says:
    @Jeff J. Brown

    Dear Jeff, I understand why you feel safer in China, it has the most advanced anti-drone systems in the World. Also, I hope that you will enjoy the awesome celebrations of the New Year of Ram/Goat. People of a year of the Goat are very serene and calm, they have strong inner resilience and excellent defensive instincts…, how appropriate.

    It appears that you have been a convert to the other side for some time, I swallowed my red pill back in 1992. It appears that Ron has taken his red pill only very recently, but as a man of action, he then set up a web site for this intellectual exchange. This “other side” is the side of skepticism towards authority and authoritarian truths, which Descartes established hundreds of years ago. Before, I once suggested a possibility that France was selected for the gentle Charlie Hebdo treatment just because it was the nation of Cartesian doubt and famous disrespect of authority (nobody despises their police like the French do). After all, the vulgarity of Muhammad cartoons started in Denmark (Jyllands-Posten newspaper), and Denmark would have been the most logical choice for a terrorist attack. But if you can fool millions of hard-core skeptics, then you can fool anyone. Naturally, if Charlie Hebdo was really a false-flag. As you wrote, we can only assign a probability to every possible scenario of an event, or how certain I, personally am. Even for 911 or JFK we can only have personal beliefs, there are only tit-bits, no hard proof.

    This issue of probabilities that you highlight is an extremely important point regarding our other side. The regime has almost limitless resources, we are only poor individuals with our brain as the only tool of defense. They have limitless resources and top professionals money can buy because they live off us like parasites. This is, for example, why we can never defeat the NSA: if we use better encryption of our information they increase our taxes and buy better experts and faster computers to crack it. This applies across all areas, not only information security and privacy. In this sense, mental resistance to regime’s propaganda is totally asymmetric, it is a biblical struggle of David against the Goliath. But the first gigantic step is to stop uncritically believing what you read and see from the Government, the MSM and the 0.01% elite which controls them.

    Where I come from there is one appropriate saying: an illiterate person is not the one who cannot read, then the one who believes everything he reads (without questioning it). Therefore, dear sheeple, stop believing and start questioning, this is why you have a brain.

  91. But the JFK assassination is clearly the grand-daddy of all American “conspiracy theories.”

    Oh please go pick up a god damned American history book, you self-absorbed, terminally ignorant, deranged idiot. The JFK assassination is the great-great-great grandson of American conspiracies. I’ve had it with this thread. Only a carnival mark, or a psychiatrist on retainer, would continue to participate in this charade. Yes, I’m rude as hell here. More than one person has told me over the years that I don’t suffer fools gladly, and those people were absolutely correct.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  92. @Ron Unz

    Well, I’ve been rather caustic in some of my messages on this page, but that was directed at other people, who I really feel deserve it. People can, of course, believe what they want, and they can like this article or not. What I find appalling is that most of the commenters on this page do not feel that there is any onus on them to formulate a legitimate argument. They really seem to feel that it is okay just to accuse somebody of being “obviously crazy”. Others complain that the article is too long, which, as far as I can see, says more about their limited attention span than anything else.

    But what is most amazing is that, as the discussion goes on, people who threw all these ad hominems at the author, then recognize that they themselves do not believe the official story on JFK or other matters! By God, these people are true practitioners of Orwellian doublethink! Are they not? They believe (quite correctly) that the authorities have been lying for the last fifty years about JFK but then accuse Jeff here of being a “conspiracy nut”!!?? Is this not extraordinary??!!

    As for the friends you highly respect, who confide that they have known the truth about JFK for years but have not told anybody because they fear it would damage their careers or reputations… I would also infer that if the friends you are referring to were in high positions in the “intelligentsia”, journalism or academia, say, they likely would have blocked subordinates from telling the truth about this matter as well, no? So, in this case, what is really the difference between this and the state of affairs you had in the USSR? Does this not tell us that, broadly speaking, Jeff’s characterization of the GWF, Great Western Firewall, is quite accurate?

    There is one question that I cannot resist posing, as a one Jewish ethnic to another… have you ever looked into the claims of the “revisionists”? Of course, I mean Holocaust revisionists mainly, but also ww2/Third Reich revisionist history in general. That is a very general question, granted, so I would, rather, ask more specifically: Do the terms “Prussian blue” and “the Leuchter report” mean something to you? Or the name Robert Faurisson? Or David Irving?

  93. @New Reader

    I think that if you study the history of this whole thing, you will see that the whole “conspiracy theory” meme was trotted out in order to discredit the JFK research community. In that sense, Ron Unz’s formulation is correct: it is the original “American conspiracy theory”. Of course, it is not the first actual conspiracy in American history or history generally! Of course not!

    The assassination of Abraham Lincoln or, heck, of Julius Caesar, were conspiracies of course. However, as far as I know, there was no “conspiracy theory” bugaboo then. People doubtless said: yep, those folks conspired,… so, yep, that was a conspiracy…. and nobody thought that if you posited that there was a conspiracy when there obviously was, that this made you some kind of nutter.

    The whole notion that you think people conspired, i.e. there was a conspiracy, therefore you are obviously crazy — the “conspiracy theory” meme or bugaboo — this, as far as I know, really does originate with the JFK assassination.

    Even if Ron Unz and I are wrong about this point, why on earth would you get so angry and insulting about it? If you have a legitimate counter-argument to make, why are you not able to calmly put that forth?

  94. To Mr. Unz and the many others who have a hard time accepting that JFK was killed by his own government, I simply say, make the time to read “JFK and the Unspeakable”. It is also an incredible way to learn about US history, from the late 50s to the Vietnam War. I am sure that it will help you overcome our powerful evolutionary instinct to deny or compartmentalize unpleasant news and experiences.

    As I said in my article, once you break this “truth barrier”, then all the other history changing false flags that have happened since then – RFK, MLK, Tonkin, 9/11, Iraq, Boston and for Europe, Charlie Hebdo, can be digested and put into proper perspective. JFK was truly the start of our slippery slide to fascism in the United States.

  95. Carlton Meyer, you must be a researcher by profession! Thanks for the second clip, this one about UA 93. I can’t add it here, but I have also added it to the original article on my column:

    http://44days.net/?p=2186

    Keep up the great work in search for the truth. Your two new clips have made my article just that much more worthwhile as a resource. Rock on… Jeff in Beijing

  96. Kiza, thank you for your well reasoned reply. I love your quote at the end and will add it to a collection I’m compiling, attributed to “Kiza”, unless I hear from you otherwise, at [email protected].

    • Replies: @Kiza
  97. Kiza says:
    @Jeff J. Brown

    I emailed you one detail.

    A friend of mine suggested that Socratic Skepticism (of the Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates – What is the nature of truth and reality?) is more appropriate as a foundation of the skepticism towards authority and mass media than Descartes’ methodological skepticism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_skepticism.

    Why so many individuals attacked you so viciously here, why they choose to believe the “official truths”, and why they are afraid of the freedom, according to Erich Fromm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_from_Freedom.

    One other thing my friend commented is that we may get all worked up about being manipulated an lied to, but both are an inherent part of power and there is no issue of morality of the regime. Lying is not a corruption of power, it is the nature of power. If we choose to believe the lies, then we recognize the power of the rulers and we are a part of the system. It was this power which shot JFK, for example, and we can only choose to be a part of the system by believing the official version of the lone gunman or choose to be outside.

    Happy New Year.

  98. iffen says:
    @Dahlia

    “the official perpetrators belong to racial or ideological groups the Left is sympathetic towards”

    How does the MLK killing fit this?

    I try to play what if with most conspiracy ideas. What would change?

    Take the JFK assassination; it’s not like there is (was) a shortage of New England patrician politicians.

    The main question I have is if one does not trust the MSM, why would you risk having your site identified as not reliable or factual? How would the random person choose between non-reliable sources?

    • Replies: @Dahlia
  99. Ace says:

    It’s hard to take someone serious as having serious analytical insights to impart when he writes “In 2010, I thought Bill [PRC sock puppet] and Hillary [Ms. Cattle Futures 1978] were good leaders and capable politicians. I voted for Clinton twice and Obama the first time.”

    Ok, then. On to the part about false flag (and then some) and how they are “not the exception, but the banal norm of imperial national governments.” Yepper.

    Mr. Brown ought to reflect on the state of the countries “savagely raped” by Western colonialism. “Backward,” “superstitious,” and “tyrannical” are words that come to my mind but not, apparently, to his. Mr. Brown might also care to characterize the treatment of Tibet by his current hosts. As some wit observed a while ago, how did so much Chinese uranium end up under Tibet?

    I look forward to Mr. Brown’s future articles on fluoride, chemtrails, alien abductions, and global warming.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
  100. Dahlia says:
    @iffen

    Cracker,
    You’re right. I had barely fleshed it out last night. Unpalatable or painful political reality is more like it. With MLK, he was killed by a nobody. Having your hero killed by a nobody may be the unkindest reality of all.
    There are people far more versed in these kinds of conspiracy theorists who might make interesting reading. What’s the motivation behind not wanting to believe the moon landing?? Can’t imagine the minds of such people…
    I believe if I were, say, Sibel Edmonds, I wouldn’t want to be lumped in with anyone troubled.

    BTW, what kind of Cracker are you, Georgia or Florida? Both my stepparents are Florida Crackers and my husband is partly. And from all over the state.

    • Replies: @iffen
  101. @Dave

    “Everyone doesn’t have to agree with Mr. Brown, as hard as that may be to understand.”

    This is a pure straw man. Nobody ever claimed that you had to agree with the author. I certainly made no such claim. What I very much object to in your behavior, that I find lamentable, not respectable, and just plain pathetic, is that you you and other commenters here do not even seem to feel that you have to present a legitimate critique. It is all snarky ad hominem, making allusions to how the author is “obviously crazy” etcetera. This is simply not respectable. I also think it is improper to make such personal attacks on an identifiable individual from behind the cloak of anonymity.

    As for Human Biodiversity, I never stated an opinion on it. I certainly never said that HBD does not exist. I am pretty sure it does. Nor did I express any lack of curiosity about it. Again, you engage in a straw man. In fact, I have rather nuanced views on this and, no, I do not adhere to the politically correct view that everybody is the same, or that the topic should be a taboo. I did share my casual observation that the discussion of HBD on his site is dominated by people who are self-evidently idiots. I find that to be a very great shame precisely because it is such a fascinating topic.

    Now, I do not anticipate continuing this dialogue much for the simple reason that I do not take commenters such as you seriously. If you do want to be considered seriously, you would need to do two things:

    (1) Actually formulate a legitimate critique. It is not sufficient to simply say that somebody is “obviously crazy”.

    (2) Make a serious attempt to engage with, to understand what other people are actually saying, rather than constructing straw men.

    • Replies: @Dave
  102. Dave says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    I gave several detailed reasons for my problem with his piece. It was a poorly written, meandering mess. He does no favor to serious conspiracy researchers by presenting these topics in the form that he chose.
    You came on here, guns blazing, dumping all sorts of nonsense on people for not liking the tone or presentation of this article. Many of them provided explicit reasons for their disagreement.
    You called anyone who disagreed with Mr. Brown a variety of names. No one owes Mr. Brown anything in a forum like this. They can like it or hate it or love it. He put it out there and we reacted. Our reactions triggered you to go ballistic in your defense of him. He has not provided any real evidence for any of his assertions, and neither have you. His hyperlinks leave a lot to be desired.
    You dump a mountain of verbal insults on a variety of commenters, and then present yourself as some serious, disinterested third party just wanting the facts to come out.
    Everyone can read your initial comments, and you come off as slightly unhinged.
    You and Mr. Brown and your angry self importance are the reason most people run from conspiracy research. It’s not necessarily the information itself as much as the personalities trying to desperately convince us of the truth of these matters.
    I won’t respond to anymore of your obvious trolling.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Revusky
    , @David
  103. @Dave

    (blah blah snipped) “Many of them provided explicit reasons for their disagreement.” (…blah blah…)

    I have looked back and have no idea what you are talking about. I cannot see this. What “explicit reasons” are you referring to?

  104. iffen says:
    @Dahlia

    Alabama

    Redneck was being used by someone when I first wanted to comment on a post. I have since decided I like cracker better than redneck anyway.

  105. @Ace

    “t’s hard to take someone serious as having serious analytical insights to impart when he writes “In 2010, I thought Bill [PRC sock puppet] and Hillary [Ms. Cattle Futures 1978] were good leaders and capable politicians. I voted for Clinton twice and Obama the first time.”

    Well, he’s just tracing his evolution. For example, in 1970, I myself believed in Santa Claus. In 2008, I no longer believed in Santa Claus, but I believed in Obama. (More or less…) In 2015, I do not believe in Santa or in Obama. That’s a positive trajectory, no? What’s wrong with that?

    • Replies: @Ace
  106. Kiza,

    Thank you for your suggested reading. Socrates and Descartes have both had a huge impact on human thought. It will be interesting to compare their ideas.

    As far as the assortment of comments about this article and on me personally, I must say, I am a little surprised. Mr. Unz is a very erudite thinker and thoughtful writer, yet there are a number of readers, at least on this post, who do not take his cues, you and others being the exception.

    Extreme, chronic cynicism is an form of blindness and quite frankly, a mental handicap. I can empathize with them, because I was just like that when I was a teenager who had never traveled much beyond the borders of Oklahoma. Since then, I have grown up and gotten much, much wiser, as well as indulgent of humanity’s warts. We can never know just how wise extreme cynics are, because of the masks they wear to hide their insecurities, not to mention their possible lack of knowledge and intelligence.

    The spontaneous, Armageddon fireworks show in our neighborhood last night, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, was something to behold. I am going to post a couple of videos of the event on http://www.44days.net, which should be up by tomorrow. No politics, just pyrotechnic culture… Enjoy.

    • Replies: @Kiza
  107. Dahlia says:
    @Ron Unz

    Slightly OT, but this honest appraisal is the best explication of a mind prone to conspiracy theories as I think I’m ever going to read! No insult to Mr. Unz whatsoever, he’s far too intelligent to be taken and had the ability to articulate this, but someone less intelligent…

    “However, there’s a serious problem: I no longer trust my own judgment about such matters….
    I can think of many examples of “crazy conspiracy theories” that I casually dismissed as total “fantasy” for decades but am now about 95% sure were absolutely true all along.
    Now I come from a background in the hard sciences and when I eventually discover I’ve been totally wrong over and over again about all sorts of important things I reluctantly conclude that my “reality-detection machinery” is miscalibrated and must be adjusted.
    Within the Intelligence community, there’s something known as “raw intelligence.” Basically, your operatives go around and gather up all the unsubstantiated rumors, speculation, and malicious gossip they can find, then your analysts begin sifting this huge pile of nonsense to try to locate the small nuggets of factual reality. It’s a two-stage process and if you refuse to even examine what you initially consider “obvious nonsense” you’ll be much less successful at getting to the truth.”

    Glancing around at some articles and discussions about the *wrong* kind of conspiracy theorist”, one quickly sees that the profile is very similar to that of another group who just so happens to be in the news right now: anti-vaxxers: libertarian, intelligent, more cerebral than corporeal, etc. But then they do these odd things of not vaccinating their children and then putting them in a daycare(!), or even running to a hub of mass, international humanity (!!!).

    The picture is of a people not with extra special intuition, but profoundly lacking it, spinning their wheels, and overcorrecting.

    I do not think it is a coincidence that the antivaxxers are huge in the West, where the libertarians, extreme cerebrals per Agnostic at akinokure.blogspot, and that the lowest rates I’ve ever heard of thus far of unvaccinated children in daycare are in Silicon Valley:
    http://www.wired.com/2015/02/tech-companies-and-vaccines

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  108. Kiza says:
    @Jeff J. Brown

    Yes, there is a life beyond politics, a life of festivities, I will check the fireworks out. Wish I could have been in Beijing last night to experience this Armageddon. But, I would like to round up our discussion.

    Firstly, I read your whole essay again and personally I cannot find anything that I would disagree with. Some of your critics focus on the form, because your essay is more like a blog than a properly structured article, but this is pure nit-picking. Internet is not like a newspaper or a book, and the forms can merge. Content is king, form is courtier.

    Others complained about the quantity of your “conspiracy theories” in one article. Well, this is where we come to the mentioned distance from the “established truths”. In marketing, there is a saying that you cannot change people’s perceptions, that you can only shift them. If you give the regime’s believers too high a dose of reality, you activate their defensive mechanisms and in rejection they scream “it is impossible that everything is a conspiracy”. Thus, their reaction will always be proportional to how far you are taking them from their comfort zone. This is an effect similar to an old rule of anti-smoking advertising: if you scare people too much by showing them the health effects of smoking, their minds will shut down and they will never get the message to stop smoking.

    You call them the cynics. I am interested why such people desperately stick to the “established truths”, give their freedom away so willingly and deliver their minds on a platter to the power and the authority (call the power “democratically elected” if you like, it makes little difference, North Korea or US, the same). In fact, I have one mental test/experiment: when you hear, see or read an “improbable alternative theory”, before labeling it a “conspiracy” swap them around for a moment and imagine that the “alternative explanation” came from the MSM and that the MSM version came from a “conspiracy cookoo”. When I did this, I often ended up calling the MSM version “the conspiracy theory” (a lone gunman killed JFK, how cookoo can you be?).

    Finally, there is one new development in the world of MSM, which I have highlighted here on unz.com already. In the past, the statements of authority were almost always backed up by some form of proof albeit often fabricated. The new trend is that a statement by an authority (e.g. US President) is enough. I would love to know why. Has the Iraq War 2 been a turning point? The authority got away so easily with WMD stories without any proof? Cheap props such as vials filled with white baking flower WMDs at the UN were sufficient? Why bother fabricating and possibly getting caught, when you can just keep repeating in the MSM your version ad nauseam until it becomes the “established truth” and to Hell with the disbelievers on the Internet. I call this approach “repetitio mater stupidorum est” (studiorum =>stupidorum, repetition is a mother of stupidity instead of knowledge). The phantom Russian tanks in Ukraine rolling through the US and German MSM is a very good recent example of such.

    This is all from me on the topic of conspiracy theories versus established truths.

  109. Ron Unz says:
    @Dahlia

    Thanks, Dahlia, but suppose you were trying to define “conspiracy theory” in the pejorative sense of the term. Unfortunately, I think the only definition which fits is a theory strongly denied by the authorities, such as the political elites and the MSM. After all, many of the official beliefs regularly promoted by the MSM and other elites certainly involve “conspiracies” and are sometimes quite complex and seemingly implausible. But since they’re backed by our elites, nobody ever calls them “conspiracy theories” in the usual negative sense of the word.

    I went to see that film Interstellar a few weeks ago and although it wasn’t any good, one early scene was quite amusing. For various reasons, the American government of the future claims that the Moon Landings were faked as a means of winning the Cold War by bankrupting Russia and almost everyone believes that to be the case. The few people who claim that Armstrong did land on the Moon are ridiculed as “crazy conspiracy theorists.” That sounds very plausible to me.

    For example, I remember one survey taken of American troops at the height of the Iraq War found that 70% believed that Iraq had attacked America on 9/11 and that’s why we’d invaded Iraq. I think the polls of American voters at the time put the figure at close to 60%. And all that happened without the government or media even once making such an explicit claim and huge numbers of liberals constantly denouncing Bush and the Iraq War. My guess is that if the government and its MSM allies launched a concerted effort to explicitly convince people that Iraq had attacked on 9/11 and stamped out any contrary media voices, within six months 90% of the public would have believed that. Just consider how quickly Gay Marriage has moved from fringe-lunacy to dominant orthodoxy.

    Or consider Global Warming. A huge fraction of leading rightwingers claim it’s all a hoax and a “scientific conspiracy” while liberals denounce them as raving lunatics and conspiracy-nuts. Since I don’t know anything about the topic, I can’t really say one way or the other, but this was my perspective a couple of years ago:

    https://www.unz.com/article/two-cheers-for-heresy-on-global-warming/

    As for the anti-vaccine movement, my impression is that the main people behind it are that blond Playboy model and Oprah Winfrey, neither of whom probably have a brain in their head, so I haven’t paid any attention to any of the nonsense.

    Similarly, the main reason I always believed a JFK conspiracy was just total nonsense was that roughly 100% of the elite MSM took that view and there never seemed to be a single prominent and thoughtful person who said otherwise. But in the last few years, the elite MSM has glowingly endorsed books by prominent people who say exactly the opposite. So I took a look at a couple of the books and since they seemed extremely persuasive, I’m now reasonably convinced that there was a “conspiracy” and the MSM just covered it up for fifty years. Naturally, I feel like a fool about the matter.

    Obviously when we look at a particular question, the different theories about it—including the endless “conspiracy theories”—all totally conflict with each other, so all or nearly all of them must necessarily be incorrect. Unfortunately, the only solution is to gather facts, apply logic, and try to figure things out. If the political leaders or the NYT strongly takes one side, that certainly adds to its weight, but doesn’t really settle the matter unless we just decide to believe whatever the TeeVee tells us.

    Obviously, it would be nice if we could always believe the NYT and the politicians and the TeeVee about everything and not have to do any thinking for ourselves, but based on past experience that doesn’t seem like the best idea.

    I’m pretty busy with my software work, but if I have a chance to write something up about these matters, there are quite a few additional things I could say, some of which might really surprise you.

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    , @Dahlia
  110. Dahlia says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron,
    Thanks. I really want to clarify something as I feel terrible about my wording; I had wanted to work on it when my baby crawled into my lap and wanted to “type” so I quickly wrote the ditto sentence and didn’t edit.
    I in no way meant “textbook example”. In fact, I believe you have phenomenal intuition. The difference between you and the Silicon Valley worker sticking his unvaccinated kid in a daycare or a crank is a difference so great as to be a difference in kind.

    I thought you articulated so well the processes of the cerebral type; that’s what I meant to say. And that it’s this type, lacking your gifts, that’s prone to such errors. Extremely unartful on my part….sorry 🙁

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  111. Dahlia says:
    @Ron Unz

    I completely agree about t.v. and your articles and comments have hardened my position in the past couple years. I’ve even read some of them aloud to my husband, who had trouble believing “entertainment” could influence people so.
    Personally, on the big, complex things, I don’t know. I’m just a homemaker. What I do know, though, is people. “Conspiracy theories” for me, *tend* to be made or broken by the credibility, the lucidity, of the messengers.

  112. David says:
    @Dave

    I just want to commend your perseverance. I also find the ass who wrote this piece strangely revolting. His view that he is above people and nations is offensive. Maybe my ego fails me. I hate the fact that he can influence my government. His obstinacy and heat of opinion are the surest proof of his stupidity. Unz’s claim that more “raw intelligence” — apt choice of words for Brown — will aid in the search for truth is likely not the one he would make about our national security state. In any case, Brown brings not one novel idea or rare fact to the table.

    While Unz is humbled by remembrance of past errors, Brown recalls his failures of judgement and shows no distrust of it in the present. Brown, if that’s you in the picture, pull the pantywaist away from your eyes!

  113. Ron Unz says:
    @Dahlia

    Absolutely no problem, Dahlia. I certainly remember all those nice things you’ve said in the past about some of my writings, including that big Race/IQ article when it was still being ferociously denounced by 99% of the HBD people on the Internet.

    Unfortunately, I’m very busy with my software work right now, but when/if I do have a chance to write up something about “conspiracy theories” I think you’ll find a few items surprising, whether or not you accept them.

  114. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Jeff J. Brown

    I posted this on Club Orlov, but is is appropriate here, as I actually linked to Jeff Brown’s great essay here:
    This thread has died, it seems, but I just wanted to clarify:
    I use the word “staged” to mean both events with actors and no real victims, events with real victims where a group or agency conducts the operation to place the blame on someone else, and mixed events, with both actors and real victims.
    9/11 was a good example of an event with both.
    Immediately after the event, one could view (and still can on videos) actors or shills inserting the “burning jet fuel caused structural steel to melt” meme into the media.

    I’m sorry to belabor this, but Dmitri’s metaphor is great, but should be expanded upon:
    Reality, whatever that is, is known only within human brains. Maybe theoretically there is an objective reality, but if there is, it is known only by subjects who reconstruct it.
    We don’t want to get into metaphysics here, or epistemology, or a nominalist versus reality debate, but as Jose Ortega y Gassett pointed out, people who have different models of reality live in different realities.
    Once one’s reality has flipped due to the realization that false flags are common tools of manipulative statecraft, there is no going back.
    However, that also means that there is no hope of “converting” others to your reality.
    One must be humble, of course: only events we personally experience first-hand can be known with some certainty, and even there, human memory and perceptions are flawed.
    Thus, a new event may or may not be a false-flag, and one’s prejudice about it will be a real problem.
    However, better safe than sorry: once someone or something or some government is a proven liar, it is safest to assume they will continue to lie.
    Nobody ever lost money or their lives by over-estimating the duplicity or evil of government.

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  115. @Anonymous

    Publius, thanks for reading and commenting. No, it is never too late to add to such an endlessly fascinating and critical topic that determines so much of our history.

    I read Mr. Orlov’s article on false flags and it is excellent. I even emailed him to recommend posting mine on his website, as a compliment. He replied he read mine, but decided not to post it. Both of them together make nice bookends on the history, psychology and mechanics of false flags. So,thanks for linking my article on Mr. Orlov’s website.

    As you suggested, the hardest part for any citizen of any government, is to accept that it lies, cheats, steals, kills, breaks laws and commits false flags as a matter of course. As I pointed out, in all my research, this is nothing new, but surely goes as far back as Sumer, Ancient China and Egypt. Power really does corrupt people and systems.

    For everybody interested in accuracy, I have continued to change and add to the original article on my column. So the definitive, corrected version is: http://44days.net/?p=2186.

  116. Ace says:
    @Jonathan Revusky

    Obama started his political career in the living room of two communist terrorists, went to a church whose ”pastor” twice exclaimed, “God damn America!”, wasn’t constitutionally qualified for the presidency, and had and has less papers than most cocker spaniels.

    I’m all in favor of political awakenings but I have to take into account that some intermediate positions are more astonishing than others.

    Obama? Really? That was OK with you?

  117. Ace, in retrospect, YES, it is astonishing that, at the time, I did not see through Obama. However, like it or not, this man is the twice elected president of the United States. That means that a majority (of those who bother to vote admittedly) voted him in. Not once, but twice. So, on the other hand, NO, it is NOT astonishing at all, since obviously many millions of others supported him.

    As for all this nonsense about Obama being a socialist or a communist or a muslim who “hates America” or “hates white people” — look, this is silly. For Obama to be a communist or a muslim or any such thing, the man would actually have to believe in something! This is just a cipher, a hollow man. He’s a puppet and the important thing with a puppet is to understand who is pulling the strings.

    As for the business about the Reverend Wright saying “God damn America”, that’s really just a red herring. That is a sound bite taken from a long sermon and has to be understood in context. You can find the full sermon on youtube and draw your own conclusions. Jeremiah Wright is a veteran of the U.S. marine corps, who served his country with distinction, unlike all his chicken hawk detractors. But that’s a distraction any way. Wright was not running for office.

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