Systematic Lying

Dick Puddlecote has picked up on Michael Siegel:

Helena Miracle? Not So Much; New Study Casts Doubt on Conclusions of Anti-Smoking Groups

The authors summarize the study as follows:

“We examine the association between county-level smoking-related hospitalization rates and comprehensive smoking bans in 28 states from 2001 to 2008. Differences-in-differences analysis measures changes in hospitalization rates before versus after introducing bans in bars, restaurants, and workplaces, controlling for cigarette taxes, adjusting for local health and provider characteristics. Smoking bans were not associated with acute myocardial infarction or heart failure hospitalizations, but lowered pneumonia hospitalization rates for persons ages 60 to 74 years.”

DP continues:

Despite the incontrovertible fact that heart attack “miracles” are impossible and utter junk, these deliberately mendacious studies turn up in every juridiction where smoking bans have been enacted and each is exactly the same; they are all – without exception – an exercise in tobacco control lying.

On the same day, in response to a recent fall in smoking prevalence, Chris Snowdon points out:

Deborah Arnott of the anti-smoking quango Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) attributed the fall in smoking, in part, to the government’s ban on ‘glitzy tobacco packaging’. She means plain packaging. Ms Arnott has spent the last five years of her life furiously lobbying for this silly piece of virtue signalling so it is no surprise that it is at the forefront of her mind, but the smoking prevalence figures were collected in 2015, whereas plain packaging was only introduced in May 2016, and hardly anybody has seen a plain pack yet because retailers are still selling old stock.

Dick Puddlecote’s piece has the title “Liars Always Get Found Out In The End”, and Chris Snowdon’s the title “The Victory of Vaping.”

I’m not sure that the liars will have been truly “found out” until they stop telling lies. And there is no sign of them doing this.

I have long since come to the conclusion that absolutely everything Tobacco Control says (and has ever said) is a lie. Their modus operandi would seem to be: 1) decide what conclusions you want your “study” to reach (e.g. smoking/vaping causes bubonic plague), 2) produce the “scientific study” that draws these predetermined conclusions, 3) publicise it as widely as possible in the mainstream media, and then 4) lobby politicians to paint red crosses on the doors of smokers’ houses, and bury the smokers in mass graves.

Unfortunately much the same methodology applies to any other field (e.g. climate change/global warming).

It’s also true in MSM reporting of the US Presidential election, where last weekend Hillary Clinton criticised Donald Trump for using the word “bombing”, while using it herself, and so CNN simply edited the video footage of her to remove her own use of the word. The MSM reporting of her 9/11 fall was also edited to make it seem like she merely “stumbled” slightly.

The mainstream media would seem to be constantly lying about absolutely everything. And I’ve begun to think that this was always its purpose anyway.

Since there’s no possibility whatsoever of preventing steps 1) and 2), the only way that I can see of stopping all the lying is for the mainstream media to lose all credibility and go bankrupt. That way there would be next to no possibility of the “studies” being used to lobby politicians.

And as best I understand it, public trust in the MSM is plummeting, and TV audiences are dwindling, and newspaper readership falling, as more and more people get their news and information from elsewhere (e.g. the internet). We seem to be moving towards a world where newspaper and TV reporters are being replaced by ordinary people with mobile phones who happen to be on the spot , and who upload videos to YouTube or elsewhere, which then propagate across the internet (and go viral if they’re picked up by Matt Drudge and other news gatherers) without any MSM involvement (and therefore no editing) whatsoever. But that might be wishful thinking on my part.

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15 Responses to Systematic Lying

  1. prog says:

    Hillary will contrive or exploit a violent incident or a provocation with Russia that will be blamed on Trump.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    If this is true we can kiss the NAZIS and the WHO good bye forever

    Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
    September 30th, 2016
    Overpasses For America

    As the United Nations becomes increasingly radical in its assaults on liberty and national sovereignty, the movement for free nations to leave the dictator-dominated UN has now officially arrived in Australia. Speaking on the floor of Parliament in his inaugural address, newly elected Senator Malcolm Roberts with the One Nation party said Australian values were under threat from “insidious” institutions such as the unelected UN. To deal with it, he called for an “OzExit.” In a passionate defense of freedom, Roberts also blasted privately owned central banks and the incestuous relationship between global mega-banks and Big Government.
    The tide is already turning. Roberts said the historic Brexit vote, in which British voters decided to secede from the European Union, should be seen as a model worldwide as nations work to reclaim their sovereignty from globalist institutions. The Australian lawmaker, who represents the state of Queensland, joined a growing chorus of anti-UN voices stretching from the halls of the U.S. Congress to the Presidential Palace of the Philippines.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Thursday, 15 September 2016
      Australian Efforts to Dump the United Nations Gain Momentum

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Australia’s values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations,” Roberts, who belongs to a pro-sovereignty, pro-borders political party, said on the floor of the legislature in his maiden speech. His comments promptly made headlines worldwide, from RT and the BBC to the Washington Post and the U.K. Express.

        He also blasted the increasingly totalitarian EU and other controversial institutions of what globalists call “global governance,” and celebrated the growing uprising against transnational government. “The people of the United Kingdom recently spoke, and I have great admiration for the way they broke free of that socialist, monolithic monster, the European Union,” he said.

        “The EU is a template for total socialist domination of Europe through unelected bodies, such as the IMF, forcing their frightening agenda on the people,” Roberts continued, referring to the radical International Monetary Fund currently being groomed to take a lead role in the global monetary regime. “It is also the UN’s template, and Australia must leave the UN.”

        “We need an OzExit,” Roberts added, a reference to Australia exiting the UN.

        Roberts also blasted various UN schemes that seek to undermine liberty, property rights, and nationhood. “People are waking to the UN destroying our national sovereignty through implementation of the UN’s 1975 Lima declaration and 1992 Rio declaration for 21st century global governance, often known as Agenda 21 — more recently as Agenda 2030,” he said, referring to dangerous plots to empower the UN at the expense of nations and people that have been thoroughly exposed in this magazine and other publications.

        Based on Roberts’ speech, it seems that Americans are facing many of the same dangers as Australians. Those UN schemes, he said, were “signed quietly by the then government and sneakily implemented by ministers of every government since under the guise of biodiversity to steal property rights, sustainability to pass regulations controlling people and climate change to push foreign control using unlawful agreements like the Paris sham.”

        The Obama administration and other U.S. administrations before it have engaged in similar lawlessness, with Obama recently using his pen to “ratify” the imploding UN Paris Agreement to shackle humanity under the guise of stopping “climate change.” The Constitution requires Senate ratification.

        “Let me say: the people of Australia are desperate to regain our sovereignty,” Roberts said, echoing growing sentiments expressed by voters across the Western world. “We need to rebuild our nation. Australians have had enough of foreign control, enough of tax and enough theft of our prosperity and future. Australia is on a precipice.”

        In his hard-hitting speech, his first as an Australian lawmaker, Roberts also vowed to work to restore Australia’s Constitution and its national sovereignty. He then promised to fight against the crushing tax burden, and to push to devolve powers back to state and local government. Finally, he vowed to take on the establishment to do it. “We are not worried what the establishment says about us,” he continued. “We’re not here for the establishment. We’re here for everyday people and our nation.”

        His passion for politics was unleashed during the “grassroots uprising” among the Australian people against the “reviled and dishonest carbon dioxide tax,” Roberts said. Indeed, so massive was that uprising that the supporters of the tax were swept out of office in a landslide, with opponents of the tax dominating the election. After taking power, the newly elected government swiftly worked to abolish the hated scheme, vowing to reject UN “socialism masquerading as environmentalism.” Globalists were not amused, and worked fiendishly to undermine the government Australian voters put into power.

        Just a few days before former French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that he, too, was a climate skeptic amid an effort to get re-elected after years of Socialist rule, Senator Roberts also took aim at the increasingly discredited man-made global-warming theory. “Like Socrates, I love asking questions to get to the truth. So I ask the question: over the last 130 years, what was the longest single temperature trend?” he asked. “Is not the inconvenient truth this — that from the 1930s to the 1970s, during the period of the greatest industrialisation in human history, when our carbon dioxide output increased dramatically, atmospheric temperatures cooled for 40 years straight?”9

        “Another inconvenient fact is that temperatures, statistically, have not been warming since 1995 — 21 years,” he continued, a reference to the great “hiatus” in warming. “Records show there have been warmer periods in Australia’s history than the current decade. Temperatures are now cooler than 130 years ago. This is the reverse of what we are blatantly told by the Bureau of Meteorology, which has manipulated cooling trends into false warming trends.” He also noted that changes in CO2 levels are a result of temperature changes, not a cause of it. And global warming would actually be beneficial, Roberts added.

        “The UN’s claim is absurd,” he continued. “Instead of science, activists invoke morality, imply natural weather events are unusual, appeal to authority and use name-calling, ridicule and emotion. They avoid discussing facts and rely on pictures of cute smiling dolphins. These are not evidence of human effect on climate.” It is clear that the man-made global-warming theory is a “scam,” he continued, blasting “extremist voices” in Parliament advocating the de-industrialization of Australia to deal with a phony problem.

        In his speech, Roberts also praised a wide range of prominent Australian climate skeptics and ridiculed alarmists for their failed predictions. “Again, and again, and again, climate activists have been warning us that we have just five years to act,” said Roberts, who has an honors engineering degree covering atmospheric gases. “Every time, nature has proven them wrong.” He also said it was time to restore the understanding that science is a method of inquiry, not a belief system.

        In an act of courage, Roberts referenced the establishment forces behind the curtain pulling the strings of the climate-alarmist movement, previously exposed in a U.S. Senate report that blasted the group as the “Billionaires Club.” Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald in 2012 in his capacity as leader of the climate-skeptic Galileo Movement, he said that what passes as “climate science” has been captured by “some of the major banking families in the world” who form a “tight-knit cabal.” That has been obvious for quite some time, with “vampire squid” mega-bank Goldman Sachs and billionaire “bankster” families, including the Rockefeller dynasty, showering resources on global-warming zealots.

        In his September 13 maiden speech as senator, Roberts also took on the international banking cabal. “Worldwide, privately owned central banks have greed as their creed and cannot be trusted to work in a country’s best interests,” he said. “A royal commission into the banking sector and currency is just one tool needed to expose what the big international banks are doing to trash our country.” He also called for stopping the “manipulation of our economy so often exerted by the tight-knit international banking sector.” GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has similarly taken on the Federal Reserve and its manipulation of interest rates.

        On the purpose of government itself, Roberts boldly defended Western civilization and its traditions of liberty and limited government. “In my view the purpose of great institutions such as this parliament, and broadly politics, is to protect life, protect property and protect freedom,” he declared. “Government has, sadly, transitioned, though, into a beast that only wishes to control people’s lives. And it has very curious bedfellows…. Big government in partnership with big banks is a disaster for ordinary Australians. One of the greatest threats to our liberty and life as we know it is the international banking sector.”

        Then he quoted U.S. President Andrew Jackson, who said, “It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.” That, of course, holds true in all nations at all points in history.

        The Australian senator’s comments come amid massive UN scandals and growing outrage about the UN all over the world. In the United States, there is an increasingly influential movement to have an “Amexit” from the UN. Legislation in Congress, dubbed the American Sovereignty Restoration Act (H.R. 1205), would do just that, in addition to evicting the widely ridiculed “dictators club” from U.S. soil.

        As the UN becomes increasingly extreme — last week the UN’s “human rights” boss even equated hundreds of millions of Western voters and their political leaders with ISIS — the movement for free nations to leave the UN will only accelerate. Americans hoping to get involved can call their members of Congress and educate opinion molders in the communities on the threat. The future of liberty and national independence hangs in the balance.

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Hint RIO Declaration on the precautionary principle aka 1992 in rio

    UN destroying our national sovereignty through implementation of the UN’s 1975 Lima declaration and 1992 Rio declaration for 21st century global governance, often known as Agenda 21 — more recently as Agenda 2030,” he said, referring to dangerous plots to empower the UN at the expense of nations and people that have been thoroughly exposed in this magazine and other publications

    Precaution as Customary Law
    The question whether the precautionary principle is a principle of customary international
    law has received a great deal of attention, particularly since the principle’s inclusion
    in the Rio Declaration.

    Rio Declaration on Environment and Development

    The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development,

    Having met at Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992,

    Yes indeed the precautionary principle is an intregal part of GLOBAL GOVERNANCE and well taking over the world!

  4. Jay says:

    A few days ago on the radio I heard what seemed to be an ‘authoritative’ source talking about the fact that politicians now openly lie and giving this behaviour a label “post something something”. I wish I’d paid more attention to the piece but perhaps someone else will have come across this and remember more. The thing is that a label means that the behaviour has become widespread – and it also seems to legitimize the behaviour. Seems like everyone’s lying and they see nothing wrong in it.

    • prog says:

      Postmodern politics? Progressive lefties

      And, of course, closely-related postmodern/normal science…start with the desired result and work backwards.

      It’s endemic- tobacco control, global warming, etc, etc, so often rooted in political agenda. Dumbing down of both people and traditional science in order to achieve social change/total control by the elite.

      • Jay says:

        Could be – from the first piece you linked to:

        ” Since there are no true theories, the revolutionary way is to promote a theory that strategically accomplishes what needs to be accomplished.”

        That essay codifies all the crap and I can make ‘sense’ of the stuff that David Thompson highlights on his blog!

        Many thanks for the links!

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  6. smokingscot says:

    “And as best I understand it, public trust in the MSM is plummeting, and TV audiences are dwindling, and newspaper readership falling, as more and more people get their news and information from elsewhere (e.g. the internet). We seem to be moving towards a world where newspaper and TV reporters are being replaced by ordinary people.”

    Perfectly correct Frank. With respect for MSM, that applies to radio as well.

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