Environmental Roundup


World’s top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers

Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming.

Public relations firms have played a critical role over the years in framing the debate on climate change and its solutions – as well as the extensive disinformation campaigns launched to block those initiatives.

Now a number of the top 25 global PR firms have told the Guardian they will not represent clients who deny man-made climate change, or take campaigns seeking to block regulations limiting carbon pollution.

I guess that means the remaining PR companies will get more business.

And do you remember how everyone was encouraged to get diesel cars?

Golly — who would have thought that policies based on a logical fallacy and a pseudo-religion would be a bad idea? It’s not just bad, it’s deadly. For the last ten years environmentalists and greens told Europeans to buy diesel cars, not petrol, because they produce less CO2. So British people, and a lot of Europe too, did exactly that — lured by generous tax breaks, pushed by the guilt trip if they were thinking of buying a petrol car. The car fleet of the EU was transformed. Back in the early nineties, hardly anyone owned a diesel, but now, as many as half of all new cars in the UK are diesel, and some extra 45 million diesel cars have been bought across Europe. But clean energy turned out to be dirty fuel, with diesels producing tons of small dangerous particulates, black carbon, and other real pollutants.

It’s so bad, the UK is not meeting air pollution standards, and more importantly, by at least one estimate, some 7,000 deaths a year can be attributed to diesel pollution from cars

Good thing I never bought one.

And you know how environmentalist outfits have names like GreenPeace and Friends of the Earth.

Greens go violent

Aug 4, 2014
The BBC is reporting that an employee of an unconventional gas company in Northern Ireland has had his home petrol bombed.

The company exploring for shale gas in County Fermanagh has confirmed that the family home of one of its site workers has been attacked with petrol bombs.

Two petrol bombs were thrown at the house in Letterbreen during the early hours of Sunday, but no-one was hurt.

The fracking firm, Tamboran, said it followed a number of unlawful incidents and threats to its security staff.

Staff were threatened at a quarry in Belcoo, where Tamboran is intending to drill a gas exploration borehole.

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth. They all sound so nice, don’t they?

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32 Responses to Environmental Roundup

  1. wobbler2012 says:

    I’ve got a gas guzzling 3.3 liter petrol monster that does about 15mpg and am proud of it, I also turn absolutely everything on every year for “Earth Hour.” F**k all these cult of climate change fanatics.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Now its all the rage to go with a flex fuel car or an electric POS……………….

      In Nashville not long ago the skyeye helo for channel5 found and taped 6 electric cars broke down out of juice on the interstate all at the same time………….Those Batteries don’t last for the prescribed amount of miles in hill and mountain country!

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    FBI: Eco-Terrorism Remains No. 1 Domestic Terror Threat …


    Mar 31, 2008 · The FBI defines eco-terrorism “as the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally …

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Generally when something or someone threatens you,you don’t call the police you go out and kill the SOB before he can get you or they!

  4. Ivan D says:

    The world would be a much better place without the world’s top PR companies. They are amoral and contribute absolutely nothing.to anything. They are staffed by people who I am ashamed to share a species with

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Edward Bernays

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      Edward Bernays

      In the early 1920s
      Born Edward Louis Bernays
      (1891-11-22)November 22, 1891
      Vienna, Austria
      Died March 9, 1995(1995-03-09) (age 103)
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
      Occupation Public relations, advertising

      Edward Louis Bernays (November 22, 1891 – March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as “the father of public relations”.[1] He combined the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred Trotter on crowd psychology with the psychoanalytical ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud.

      He felt this manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the ‘herd instinct’ that Trotter had described.[citation needed] Adam Curtis’s award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC, The Century of the Self, pinpoints Bernays as the originator of modern public relations, and Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.[2]

      Contents [hide]
      1 Life and influences
      2 Techniques
      3 Philosophy and public relations
      3.1 Propaganda
      3.2 Tie-in
      3.3 Campaigns
      4 Overthrow of government of Guatemala
      5 Recognition and criticism
      6 Works
      7 See also
      8 Notes
      9 References
      10 External links

      [edit] Life and influencesBorn 1891 in Vienna to Jewish parents, Bernays was a double nephew of psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud. His father was Ely Bernays, brother of Freud’s wife Martha Bernays. His mother was Freud’s sister, Anna.[3] In 1892 his family moved to New York City, where he attended DeWitt Clinton High School.[4] In 1912 he graduated from Cornell University with a degree in agriculture, but chose journalism as his first career. He married Doris E. Fleischman in 1922.[citation needed]

      Bernays, working for the administration of Woodrow Wilson during World War I with the Committee on Public Information, was influential in promoting the idea that America’s war efforts were primarily aimed at “bringing democracy to all of Europe”. Following the war, he was invited by Woodrow Wilson to attend the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.

      Stunned by the degree to which the democracy slogan had swayed the public both at home and abroad, he wondered whether this propaganda model could be employed during peace time. Due to negative implications surrounding the word propaganda because of its use by the Germans in World War I, he promoted the term “Public Relations”.[5] According to the BBC interview with Bernays’ daughter Anne, Bernays felt that the public’s democratic judgment was “not to be relied upon” and he feared that “they [the American public] could very easily vote for the wrong man or want the wrong thing, so that they had to be guided from above”. This “guidance” was interpreted by Anne to mean that her father believed in a sort of “enlightened despotism” ideology.[6]

      This thinking was heavily shared and influenced by Walter Lippmann, one of the most prominent American political columnists at the time. Bernays and Lippmann sat together on the U.S. Committee on Public Information, and Bernays quotes Lippmann extensively in his seminal work Propaganda.[citation needed]

      Bernays also drew on the ideas of the French writer Gustave LeBon, the originator of crowd psychology, and of Wilfred Trotter, who promoted similar ideas in the anglophone world in his book Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War. Bernays refers to these two names in his writings. Trotter, who was a head and neck surgeon at University College Hospital, London, read Freud’s works, and it was he who introduced Wilfred Bion, whom he lived and worked with, to Freud’s ideas. When Freud fled Vienna for London after the Anschluss, Trotter became his personal physician, and Wilfred Bion and Ernest Jones became key members of the Freudian psychoanalysis movement in England, and would develop the field of Group Dynamics, largely associated with the Tavistock Institute where many of Freud’s followers worked. Thus ideas of group psychology and psychoanalysis came together in London around World War II.[citation needed]

      Bernays’ public relations efforts helped to popularize Freud’s theories in the United States. Bernays also pioneered the PR industry’s use of psychology and other social sciences to design its public persuasion campaigns:

      “If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it? The recent practice of propaganda has proved that it is possible, at least up to a certain point and within certain limits.”[7]

      He called this scientific technique of opinion-molding the ‘engineering of consent’.[citation needed]

      Bernays began his career as Press agent in 1913, counseling to theaters, concerts and the ballet. In 1917, US President Woodrow Wilson engaged George Creel and realizing one of his ideas, he founded the Committee on Public Information. Bernays, Carl Byoir and John Price Jones worked together to influence public opinion towards supporting American participation in World War I.[citation needed]

      In 1919, he opened an office as Public Relations Counselor in New York. He held the first Public Relations course at New York University in 1923, publishing the first groundbreaking book on public relations entitled Crystallizing Public Opinion that same year.[8]

      As for Bernay’s many accomplishments, he also worked with a vast number of famous clients, including President Calvin Coolidge, Procter & Gamble, CBS, the United Fruit Company, the American Tobacco Company, General Electric, Dodge Motors, and the fluoridationists of the Public Health Service. Beyond his contributions to these famous and powerful clients, Bernays revolutionized public relations by combining traditional press agentry with the techniques of psychology and sociology to create what one writer has called “the science of ballyhoo.”

      [edit] TechniquesBernays refined and popularized the use of the press release, following its invention by PR man Ivy Lee, who had issued a press release after the 1906 Atlantic City train wreck. One of the most famous campaigns of Bernays was the women’s cigarette smoking campaign in 1920s. Bernays helped the smoking industry overcome one of the biggest social taboos of the time: women smoking in public. Women were only allowed to smoke in designated areas, or not at all. If caught violating this rule, women would have been arrested. Bernays staged the 1929 Easter parade in New York City, showing models holding lit Lucky Strike cigarettes, or “Torches of Freedom”. After the historical public event, women started lighting up more than ever before. It was through Bernays that women’s smoking habits started to become socially acceptable. Bernays created this event as news, which, of course, it wasn’t[citation needed]. Bernays convinced industries that the news, not advertising, was the best medium to carry their message to an unsuspecting public.[citation needed]

      One of Bernays’ favorite techniques for manipulating public opinion was the indirect use of “third party authorities” to plead his clients’ causes. “If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway”, he said. In order to promote sales of bacon, for example, he conducted a survey of physicians and reported their recommendation that people eat heavy breakfasts. He sent the results of the survey to 5,000 physicians, along with publicity touting bacon and eggs as a heavy breakfast.[citation needed]

      Bernays also drew upon his uncle Sigmund’s psychoanalytic ideas for the benefit of commerce in order to promote, by indirection, commodities as diverse as cigarettes, soap and books.[citation needed]

      In addition to the theories of his uncle, Bernays used those of Ivan Pavlov.[citation needed]

      PR industry historian Scott Cutlip describes Bernays as “perhaps the most fabulous and fascinating individual in public relations, a man who was bright, articulate to excess, and most of all, an innovative thinker and philosopher of this vocation that was in its infancy when he opened his office in New York in June 1919.”[citation needed]

      Bernays used the “Freudian Theory” to deal with the public’s conception of communism, as he believed that we should not be easing the public’s fear of communism, but rather promote that fear and play with the public’s emotions of it. This theory in its own was so powerful that it became a weapon of its own during the cold war.

      [edit] Philosophy and public relationsBernays’ papers, opened in April 2010,[9] contain a wealth of information on the founding of the field in the twenties. The Biography of an Idea: Memoirs of Public Relations Counsel Edward L. Bernays (1965) contains an overview of the decade. Many of the essays selected for the Coolidge-Consumerism collection from the Bernays Papers were written as early drafts for The Biography of an Idea.[citation needed]

      Bernays, who pursued his calling in New York City from 1919 to 1963, styled himself a “public relations counsel.” He had very pronounced views on the differences between what he did and what people in advertising did. A pivotal figure in the orchestration of elaborate corporate advertising campaigns and multi-media consumer spectacles, he nevertheless is among those listed in the acknowledgments section of the seminal government social science study “Recent Social Trends in the United States” (1933).[citation needed]

      On a par with Bernays as the most sought-after public relations counsel of the decade was Ivy Ledbetter Lee, among whose chief clients were John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Bethlehem Steel, Armour & Company, and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Lee is represented in the Coolidge-Consumerism collection by “Publicity: Some of the Things It Is and Is Not” (1925).[citation needed]

      The belief that propaganda and news were legitimate tools of his business, and his ability to offer philosophical justifications for these beliefs that ultimately embraced the whole democratic way of life, in Bernays’ mind set his work in public relations apart from what ad men did. The Bernays essays “A Public Relations Counsel States His Views” (1927) and “This Business of Propaganda” (1928) show that Bernays regarded advertising men as special pleaders, merely paid to persuade people to accept an idea or commodity. The public relations counsel, on the other hand, he saw as an Emersonian-like creator of events that dramatized new concepts and perceptions, and even influenced the actions of leaders and groups in society.[citation needed]

      Bernays’ vision was of a utopian society in which individuals’ dangerous libidinal energies, the psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drive that Bernays viewed as inherently dangerous given his observation of societies like the Germans under Hitler, could be harnessed and channeled by a corporate elite for economic benefit. Through the use of mass production, big business could fulfill constant craving of the inherently irrational and desire driven masses,[clarification needed What mass irrationality?][citation needed] simultaneously securing the niche of a mass production economy (even in peacetime), as well as sating the dangerous animal urges[clarification needed What dangerous urges?] that threatened to tear society apart[citation needed] if left unquelled.[citation needed]

      Bernays’ magisterial, philosophical touch[citation needed] is in evidence in “Manipulating Public Opinion” (1928) when he writes: “This is an age of mass production. In the mass production of materials a broad technique has been developed and applied to their distribution. In this age, too, there must be a technique for the mass distribution of ideas.” Yet he recognized the potential danger in so grand a scheme and in “This Business of Propaganda” (1928), as elsewhere, sounded the great caveat to his vision: a public relations counsel “must never accept a retainer or assume a position which puts his duty to the groups he represents above his duty to society.”[10]

      [edit] PropagandaMain article: Propaganda (book)

      Cover of Bernays’ 1928 book, Propaganda.In Propaganda (1928), Bernays argued that the manipulation of public opinion was a necessary part of democracy:

      The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.[11]

      Articles in the journals of opinion, such as the one by Marlen Pew, Edward L. Bernays Critiqued as “Young Machiavelli of Our Time”,[12] and the debate between Bernays and Everett Dean Martin in Forum, Are We Victims of Propaganda?, depicted Bernays negatively.[13] He and other publicists were often attacked as propagandists and deceptive manipulators, who represented lobby groups against the public interest and covertly contrived events that secured coverage as news stories, free of charge, for their clients instead of securing attention for them through paid advertisements.[citation needed]

      Bernays’ brilliance for promotion in this vein emerges clearly when one reads, in the Bernays Typescript on Publicizing the New Dodge Cars, 1927-1928: “Two Sixes”, the story of how he managed to secure newspaper coverage for the radio programs he developed to promote the Dodge Brothers’ new six-cylinder cars. The Bernays Typescript on Publicizing the Fashion Industry, 1925-27: “Hats and Stockings” and the Bernays Typescript on Art in the Fashion Industry, 1923-1927, reveal a similar flair for consumer manipulation in the arena of fashion.[citation needed]

      [edit] Tie-inAs is evident from the description of his campaign to publicize the Dodge cars, Bernays had a particular gift[citation needed] for the marketing strategy called the “tie-up” or “tie-in” — in which one venue or opportunity or occasion for promoting a consumer product, for example, radio advertising, is linked to another, say, newspaper advertising, and even, at times, to a third, say a department store exhibition salesroom featuring the item, and possibly even a fourth, such as an important holiday, for example Thrift Week. [14]

      In addition to famous corporate clients, such as Procter & Gamble, the American Tobacco Company, Cartier Inc., Best Foods, CBS, the United Fruit Company, General Electric, Dodge Motors, the fluoridationists of the Public Health Service, Knox-Gelatin, and innumerable other big names, Bernays also worked on behalf of many non-profit institutions and organizations. These included, to name just a few, the Committee on Publicity Methods in Social Work (1926–1927), the Jewish Mental Health Society (1928), the Book Publishers Research Institute (1930–1931), the New York Infirmary for Women and Children (1933), the Committee for Consumer Legislation (1934), the Friends of Danish Freedom and Democracy (1940),[15][16][17] the Citywide Citizens’ Committee on Harlem (1942), and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (1954–1961). For the U.S. Government, he worked for the President’s Emergency Committee on Employment (1930–1932) and President Calvin Coolidge.[citation needed]

      In the 1950s, some of his ideas and vision helped portray India as the most democratic republic in Asia by having the People’s Congress of India adapt a Bill of Rights. Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Assembly, and Freedom of Petition were added to the constitution of India.[citation needed]

      The amusing Bernays Typescript on Public Relations Work and Politics, 1924: “Breakfast with Coolidge” shows that President Coolidge too was among his clients. Bernays was hired to improve Coolidge’s image before the 1924 presidential election.[citation needed]

      Another selection from his papers, the Typescript on Publicizing the Physical Culture Industry, 1927: “Bernarr Macfadden”, reveals Bernays’ opinion of the leader of the physical culture movement. Yet another client, department store visionary Edward A. Filene, was the subject of the Typescript on a Boston Department Store Magnate. Bernays’ Typescript on the Importance of Samuel Strauss: “1924 – Private Life” shows that the public relations counsel and his wife were fans of consumerism critic Samuel Strauss.[citation needed]

      [edit] CampaignsThis list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.
      Some of the campaigns Bernays worked on:
      1913 Bernays was hired by the actor Richard Bennett to protect a play that supported sex education against police interference. Bernays set up a front group called the “Medical Review of Reviews Sociological Fund” (officially concerned with fighting venereal disease) for the purpose of endorsing the play.[18]
      1915 Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes American tour convinced magazines to write articles that told people that Ballet is fun to watch.
      1920 Successfully hosted the first NAACP convention in Atlanta, Georgia. His campaign was considered successful because there was no violence at the convention. His campaign focused on the important contributions of African-Americans to Whites living in the South. He later received an award from the NAACP for his contribution.
      In the 1920s, working for the American Tobacco Company, he sent a group of young models to march in the New York City parade. He then told the press that a group of women’s rights marchers would light “Torches of Freedom”. On his signal, the models lit Lucky Strike cigarettes in front of the eager photographers. The New York Times (1 April 1929) printed: “Group of Girls Puff at Cigarettes as a Gesture of ‘Freedom'”. This helped to break the taboo against women smoking in public. During this decade he also handled publicity for the NAACP.[19]
      Bernays once engineered a “pancake breakfast” with vaudevillians for Calvin Coolidge in what is widely considered one of the first overt media acts for a president.[citation needed]
      Bernays used his uncle Sigmund Freud’s ideas to help convince the public, among other things, that bacon and eggs was the true all-American breakfast.[20]
      In October 1929, Bernays was involved in promoting “Light’s Golden Jubilee.” The event, which spanned across several major cities in the U.S., was designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Thomas Edison’s invention of the light-bulb (note: the light-bulb was in fact invented by Joseph Swan). The publicity elements of the Jubilee – including the special issuance of a U.S. postage stamp and Edison’s “re-creating” the invention of the light bulb for a nationwide radio audience – provided evidence of Bernays’ love for big ideas and “ballyhoo”.A follow up event staged in 1954 (and directed for television by David O. Selznick) was styled “Light’s Diamond Jubileee”.[citation needed]
      Bernays attempted to help Venida hair nets company to get women to wear their hair longer so they would use hair nets more. The campaign failed but did get government officials to require hair nets for some jobs.
      Bernays worked with Procter & Gamble for Ivory soap. The campaign successfully convinced people that Ivory soap was medically superior to other soaps. He also promoted soap through sculpting contests and floating contests because the soap floated better than its competitors.
      Bernays helped the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) and other special interest groups to convince the American public that water fluoridation was safe and beneficial to human health. This was achieved by using the American Dental Association in a highly successful media campaign.[citation needed]
      In the 1930s, his Dixie Cup campaign was designed to convince consumers that only disposable cups were sanitary.[citation needed]
      In the 1930s, he attempted to convince women that Lucky Strike cigarettes’ forest green pack was the most fashionable color. Letters were written to interior and fashion designers, department stores, and prominent women of society pushing green as the new hot color for the season. Balls, gallery exhibitions, and window displays all featured green after Bernays got through with them. The result was that green did indeed become a very hot color for the 1934 season and Lucky Strike kept their pack color and female clientele intact.
      In 1939 he was the publicity director for the New York World’s Fair
      After his semi-retirement in the 1960s he worked with anti-smoker lawyer John Banzhaf’s group, ASH and supported other anti-smoking campaigns.
      [edit] Overthrow of government of GuatemalaBernays’ most extreme political propaganda activities were said to be conducted on behalf of the multinational corporation United Fruit Company (today’s Chiquita Brands International) and the U.S. government to facilitate the successful overthrow (see Operation PBSUCCESS) of the democratically elected president of Guatemala, General Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. Bernays’ propaganda (documented in the BBC documentary, The Century of the Self), branding Arbenz as communist, was published in major U.S. media. According to a book review by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton of Larry Tye’s biography of Bernays, The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays & The Birth of PR, “the term ‘banana republic’ actually originated in reference to United Fruit’s domination of corrupt governments in Guatemala and other Central American countries.”[21]

      [edit] Recognition and criticismMuch of Bernays’ reputation today stems from his persistent public relations campaign to build his own reputation as “America’s No. 1 Publicist.” During his active years, many of his peers in the industry were offended by Bernays’s continuous self-promotion. According to Scott Cutlip, “Bernays was a brilliant person who had a spectacular career, but, to use an old-fashioned word, he was a braggart.”[citation needed]

      “When a person would first meet Bernays”, says Cutlip, “it would not be long until Uncle Sigmund would be brought into the conversation. His relationship with Freud was always in the forefront of his thinking and his counseling.” According to Irwin Ross, another writer, “Bernays liked to think of himself as a kind of psychoanalyst to troubled corporations.” In the early 1920s, Bernays arranged an English-language translation of Freud’s General Introduction to Psychoanalysis for the US publication. In addition to publicizing Freud’s ideas, Bernays used his association with Freud to establish his own reputation as a thinker and theorist—a reputation that was further enhanced when Bernays authored several landmark texts of his own, most notably Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923, ISBN 0-87140-975-5), Propaganda (1928, ISBN 0-8046-1511-X) and “The Engineering of Consent” in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (March 1947).[citation needed]

      Bernays defined the profession of “counsel on public relations” as a “practicing social scientist” whose “competence is like that of the industrial engineer, the management engineer, or the investment counselor in their respective fields.” To assist clients, PR counselors used “understanding of the behavioral sciences and applying them—sociology, social psychology, anthropology, history, etc.” In Propaganda, his most important book,[citation needed] Bernays argued that the scientific manipulation of public opinion was necessary to overcome chaos and conflict in society.[citation needed]

      Bernays’ celebration of propaganda helped define public relations, but it did not win the industry many friends. In a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter described Bernays and Ivy Lee as “professional poisoners of the public mind, exploiters of foolishness, fanaticism and self-interest.” And history showed the flaw in Bernays’ identification of the “manipulation of the masses” as a natural and necessary feature of a democratic society. The fascist rise to power in Germany demonstrated that propaganda could be used to subvert democracy as easily as it could be used to “resolve conflict.”

      In his 1965 autobiography, Bernays recalls a dinner at his home in 1933 where

      Karl von Wiegand, foreign correspondent of the Hearst newspapers, an old hand at interpreting Europe and just returned from Germany, was telling us about Goebbels and his propaganda plans to consolidate Nazi power. Goebbels had shown Wiegand his propaganda library, the best Wiegand had ever seen. Goebbels, said Wiegand, was using my book Crystallizing Public Opinion as a basis for his destructive campaign against the Jews of Germany. This shocked me. … Obviously the attack on the Jews of Germany was no emotional outburst of the Nazis, but a deliberate, planned campaign.[22]
      According to John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, in a published review of Larry Tye’s biography of Bernays,[23]

      It is impossible to fundamentally grasp the social, political, economic and cultural developments of the past 100 years without some understanding of Bernays and his professional heirs in the public relations industry. PR is a 20th century phenomenon, and Bernays — widely eulogized as the “father of public relations” at the time of his death in 1995 — played a major role in defining the industry’s philosophy and methods.
      As a result his legacy remains a highly contested one, as evidenced by the 2002 BBC documentary The Century of the Self, where he is described as “undemocratic”.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        5 Propaganda Techniques

        Propaganda techniques are commonly encountered in commercial advertising but these techniques, or variations of them, are used by political campaigns and nearly every other organization that needs to persuade the public. The five techniques are known as bandwagon, testimonial, transfer, repetition and emotional words.


        The bandwagon technique seeks to convince people that “everyone” is doing something, or likes something and you should too. This method plays on an individual’s need for social acceptance. One example of this is seen in political rallies with large cheering crowds, waving flags and cheering or booing in unison. In advertising it is common. Examples include a 1959 Elvis Presley album titled “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 2” and any TV programs that claims to be “the show America is talking about.”


        Testimonials use people to persuade other people of the value or importance of something. This is most frequently done with celebrity endorsements but it is also done with experts or average people. In politics, this can be as simple as having the president or another popular political leader endorse an idea or point of view. In advertising, examples include Jenny Craig having celebrities talk about their diet plans in commercials and any advertisement that uses a doctor or someone dressed as a doctor to say something is healthy.


        The transfer technique involves using symbolism to give virtues to a product or idea. This is sometimes done with celebrities, such as putting athletes on a Wheaties box or putting Michael Jordan’s name on sneakers. Sometimes placing, for example, an American flag next to a product can convince people that it is somehow patriotic. Products also might be placed in a hospital setting to give the impression that a product is healthy or somehow endorsed by medical workers. This type of propaganda is most frequently found in print advertising


        Repetition is the most frequently used propaganda and advertising technique. Repetition works under the assumption that the more often people hear something the more likely they are to believe it, even on a subconscious level. In politics this is known as “staying on message.” A politician, during a campaign, speaks to different groups of people every day, but always includes the same handful of points that they wish to make. In advertising, it works basically the same way. An advertiser will attempt to convey the same handful of points about a product in all of their advertising including television, radio, print and digital.

        Emotional Words

        The emotional words technique uses strong language to attempt to persuade people. This can mean an impassioned speech but relates more often to key words that trigger emotion in people. For example, putting the word “free” in an ad causes it to be looked at more closely even if the product is not free. Putting the word “important” or “urgent” at the top of a page will make people more likely to look at it. In politics this technique is used almost constantly. Referring to an idea as “left wing” or “right wing,” “liberal” or “conservative” automatically triggers certain responses to the idea. Calling a foreign government a “regime” automatically implies certain attributes about that government.

        Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_8464540_5-propaganda-techniques.html#ixzz2wz8vxqyE

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          The five techniques are known as bandwagon, testimonial, transfer, repetition and emotional words

          ClapTrap one liners……………no safe level of Bullshit would be mine!

      • carol2000 says:

        Bernays’ ties to Mary Woodard Lasker:
        [In 1934] “Under the auspices of a local charity, Bernays planned a Green Ball and dispatched a well-connected society matron to the Paris couturiers to coax them into providing green gowns for the event. He convinced a leading textile manufacturer to sponsor a Green Fashions Fall luncheon for fashion editors and invited an art historian and a psychologist to expatiate on the significance of green. He organized a Color Fashion Bureau, which disseminated trends to the press, naturally emphasizing the popularity of the color green.”

        “Using green paper, he concocted a letter-writing campaign to interior decorators, art-industry groups, department stores and clubwomen describing the sudden ‘dominance’ of green. He induced department stores to feature green dresses and suits in their window displays, and he persuaded the Reinhardt Galleries to hold a “Green Exhibition” of paintings. The result of this six-month flurry: green became the hot new color of fashion.” (The Lives They Lived: Edward L. Bernays and Henry C. Rogers; The Fathers of P.R. By Neal Gabler. The New York Times 1995 Dec. 31.)

        => Note that Mary Woodard was employed at Reinhardt Galleries, and its owner, Paul Reinhardt, was her first husband. Furthermore, she was for many years the only art dealer in New York with a degree in art history, and fashion magnate Eleanor Lambert was one of her close friends.

        • carol2000 says:

          The Green Ball was held the night of Oct. 25, 1934, at the Waldorf-Astoria. It was actually a charity benefit for the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. Mrs. Frank A. Vanderlip, the president of the infirmary, was the honorary chairman. Mrs. Harold E. Talbott Jr. was executive chairman, with somewhere between six and ten assistants. Members of the younger set of “Society” posed in scenes from famous paintings, and the Radio City Music Hall ballet entertained at supper. The illustrious box-holders included Mrs. Frank C. Altschul, Mrs. George F. Baker [Jr.], Mrs. Walter P. Chrysler, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Mrs. William Goadby Loew [Florence Baker], Mrs. William S. Paley, and Mrs. Alfred P. Sloan. (Society Prepares Gala Green Ball. New York Times, Sep. 30, 1934; 1,000 See Tableaux at the Green Ball. New York Times, Oct. 26, 1934.) It was just one-shot publicity by and for wealthy and connected socialites, and the fashion world promptly returned to normal. (First Night. White Fox on Black Velvet is Liked. By Virginia Pope. New York Times, Nov. 11, 1934.) In 1938, Mrs. Bernays was on the board of the Infirmary, along with Mrs. Frank Altschul, Paul D. Cravath, Mrs. Marshall Field, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, and Miss Elizabeth Lamont. (Spring Style Show to Help Infirmary. New York Times, Apr. 17, 1938.) Marshall Field’s investment banking firm was a financier of Tobacco & Allied Stocks, which eventually took over Philip Morris.

          Mrs. Bernays (Doris E. Fleischman) was a fashion fascist: She deplored diversity of style and proclaimed that “You can create fashions by coordinating your ideas, and you can create acceptance of them by coordinating your propaganda,” and called for the creation of a “supercontrol” committee to centrally dictate fashions. (Style Curbs Are Urged. New York Times, Oct. 31, 1935.)

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          So going green was always about going Commie…………….Even in Fashion. The Fashion Police have been around forever!

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    A group of Nazis spends months formulating a new smoking Ban for Schools only until some smart ass comes along and drops state law on the party!

    Sullivan County BOE considers smoking ban

    August 4th, 2014 8:31 am by Rick Wagner

    Sullivan County BOE considers smoking ban

    BLOUNTVILLE — Smoking tobacco soon could be banned on all Sullivan County school property.

    That would include nonstudents smoking inside private vehicles in a school parking lot, which is allowed now, and nonstudents smoking a set limit outside entrances to sporting events after school hours, also allowed now.

    Read more: Sullivan County BOE considers smoking ban | Kingsport Times-News http://www.timesnews.net/article/9079663/sullivan-county-boe-considers-smoking-

    Theres just one problem they the school doesn’t have authority to make smoking illegal on the premises the same as a town or city doesn’t have the right to on public property. The state reserves all laws and regualtions dealing with tobacco to the state and the state alone.

    November 14, 2007
    Opinion No. 07-152
    Local Government Regulation of Smoking in Parks
    Does Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1551 prevent a city, county, or county having a metropolitan form of government from enacting an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in parks owned or leased by such city, county, or county having a metropolitan form of government?
    In 1994, the General Assembly enacted the “Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Act,” codified at Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-17-1501, et seq. This Act, in pertinent part, provides:
    The general assembly intends by this part and other provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated to occupy and preempt the entire field of legislation concerning the [1] regulation of tobacco products. Any law or regulation of tobacco products enacted or promulgated after March 15, 1994, by any agency or political subdivision of the state or any agency thereof is void; provided, that cities, counties and counties having a metropolitan form of government may regulate the use of tobacco products in buildings owned or leased by the political subdivisions; and provided further, that airport authorities created pursuant to the provisions of title 42; utility districts created pursuant to the provisions of title 7; and special school districts may regulate the use of tobacco products in buildings owned or leased by the entities. Notwithstanding any other provision of the law to the contrary, individual owners or operators of retail establishments located within an enclosed shopping mall shall retain the right to determine the policy on the use of tobacco products within the person’s establishment.

  6. 18 Year old smoker says:

    May not be relevant, I was lucky enough to have older parents and grew up in a smoking house, most people in my generation – and especially me (despite the propaganda) don’t really care about second-hand smoke as I light up in my house all the time. I damn hope the smoking ban will be revoked nationwide at some point.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      I tell ya you will never in your life see as many hard working folks to get the bans Abolished as you will see here………………

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    harleyrider1978 August 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Cowellian August 4, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    According to the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibition was explicitly constitutional.

    Lets see 9 comes way before 18…………….

    Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people


    Now they gonna use video cameras to catch smokers…………………lol

  8. Rose says:

    We didn’t buy a diesel car despite the inducements.
    I am not concerned about the long term effects of CO2 but I am concerned about the more immediate effects of pumping out toxic particulate matter all over pedestrians, particularly ones pushing prams.

    Logic, it’s a wonderful thing but seems to elude our politicians when confronted by a fashionable cause.


  9. How come these PR companies are brazenly turning down business from people who don’t agree with their beliefs, but Christian bakers on both sides of the Pond have been ordered to bake ‘wedding’ cakes for two people of the same gender contrary to their beliefs?

    It’s a rhetorical question, of course. If you stick with the script, you can mostly do what you wish.

  10. petesquiz says:

    “World’s top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers”

    Why would PR companies want to represent anyone who speaks the truth anyway? There’s far more money in lies!

    “Greens go violent”

    And where do they think they’ll get their petrol bombs from in the future if there’s no fracking?

    • Rose says:

      Why would PR companies want to represent anyone who speaks the truth anyway?

      They wouldn’t .
      In times gone by, anyone who tried to defend an alleged witch was accused of being a witch themselves. We haven’t evolved much since then.

      “If you take part in secondhand smoke policy training in the tobacco control movement, chances are that you will be taught that all opposition to smoking bans is orchestrated by the tobacco industry, that anyone who challenges the science connecting secondhand smoke exposure and severe health effects is a paid lackey of Big Tobacco, and that any group which disseminates information challenging these health effects is a tobacco industry front group. Consequently, the a chief strategy of tobacco control is to smear the opposition by accusing them of being tobacco industry moles. And in no situation should one say anything positive about an opponent, even if true.”

  11. Anonymong says:

    I do hope the petrol bombers planted some trees or something to offset the carbon cost of their actions.

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  13. harleyrider1978 says:

    Heres a great doom and gloom from the green wackos just out

    If California’s Drought Weren’t Scary Enough, Now It May Trigger Earthquakes

    Scientists believe the risk of quakes is growing as the state drains groundwater reserves near the San Andreas Fault.


    This is sorta like Michaels comparison of a butterfly flapping its wings in Australia caused Hurricane Katrina to hit New Orleans.

    • carol2000 says:

      Those earthquakes from groundwater depletion would be shallow, not like the powerful ones caused by tectonic plates slipping past or under each other.

  14. smokervoter says:

    The carnival barkers are defending the validity of the freak shows.

    “…drums keep pounding rhythm to the brain, la-di-da-di-da…”

    • Rose says:

      Now I’m just going to have to play that, Smokervoter.

      • smokervoter says:

        Although Sonny & Cher were a bit of a phoney-baloney freak show themselves, that song “Beat Goes On” always impressed me with its driving bass line and the fantastic, killer organ riff.

        Well, it turns out it was the inimitable ‘Wrecking Crew’ of studio musicians that made that song what it was. I suspected so.

        “The backing track for the song was recorded using the renowned group of Los Angeles session musicians who are now collectively known as “The Wrecking Crew”. The arrangement is credited to Harold Battiste, but Wrecking Crew bassist Carol Kaye asserts that at the session she devised the distinctive syncopated bass line that is featured on the released recording, replacing the original walking bass line in the prepared arrangement:

        Songfacts: “What’s an example of one of the songs that you guys really added to and made it into a hit?”

        Carol Kaye: “Well, “The Beat Goes On” is a biggie. I mean, it was a nothing song, and then the bass line kind of made that. But you’d have to say all of them. There’s only a certain song, like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” that was guaranteed to be a hit because it was a great song. But about 95% of that stuff would not have been a hit without us, that’s true.”[2]

        “The Beat Goes On” was sung at Sonny Bono’s funeral, and the phrase also appears on his tombstone.”

        In my humble opinion, Carol Kaye might be the finest bass player ever.

        • Rose says:

          I didn’t know any of that, but you are right it is the bass line.
          I’m not a musical sort of person but some things just stay with you.

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