Several news items I picked up today. First:
A federal judge in Minnesota who has seen a sizable portion of the unreleased documents on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy says those documents, due to be released Thursday, won’t be as exciting as many are hoping.
Last night it was Tom Perez and the ‘new’ Democratic National Committee that disavowed all knowledge of how the infamous ‘Trump Dossier’ was funded by the Clinton Campaign. Tonight it is none other than Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the ‘old’ DNC that has abandoned Hillary.
A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject.
“A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.”
The last quote is from Albert Einstein, and had me wondering whether he’d lived a “quiet and modest life”. And I didn’t think that someone so famous and successful could possibly have done so. So what did he know about quiet and modest lives? Didn’t he spend a lot of his life on the move between Germany and Switzerland and America? Did he ever get much rest? Was Einstein telling the truth?
The third news item had me wondering how the Illinois math professor had got to be one in the first place. Doesn’t “unearned credit” mean that somebody is lying?
Gutierrez argues that subjects like algebra and geometry, which relate to arithmetic, also perpetuate racism and white privilege. She worries that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”
And isn’t creating a “perception” a way of fooling people?
The second news item is the new breaking story that the Trump Dossier that claimed Trump was in league with the Russians was actually all got up by the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee, according to the Washington Post. And so it seems the dossier is a complete fabrication.
And the first item is about the fact that, over 54 years after his assassination, there are still a lot of things being kept secret about the JFK assassination. Why? And will we ever find out? Because when these kinds of documents come out they’re usually so heavily redacted as to be completely unreadable.
And in an era in which news organisations are being accused of publishing “fake news”, you have to wonder whether any of these stories are true. We still have no idea what happened in Las Vegas, and it looks unlikely that we’ll ever know.
We live in a climate of secrecy and lies. And since secrecy entails concealing the truth, secrecy entails lying. We are being constantly lied to. We’re drowning in lies.
Smoking bans are based on the lie that secondhand smoke is harmful. And the lie that secondhand smoke is harmful is based on the lie that firsthand smoke is harmful. The claim that vaping is just as harmful as smoking is another lie. In fact, the whole of Public Health is built upon telling lies about tobacco, alcohol, sugar, salt, fat, meat, and any number of other things. There are lies built upon lies. And the lies keep changing all the time, as old lies are replaced by new lies.
Global warming is a hoax. Which is to say that it’s yet another lie.
Some people believe the lies. Some people believe everything they’re told. They can’t believe they could be lied to by so many people, so constantly. I’ve been accused of believing lies about Catalonia myself.
Most of what you see in the news is a LIE. There’s been no “abuse”, there are no “900 injured”. I’m flabbergasted that after all these years of you learning to distrust the media, you are now swallowing what they dole out, in favor of the NWO.
Maybe he’s right? But is there a New World Order? If there is one, they seem to be pretty secretive about it. Where’s their headquarters? When did they last hold their Annual General Meeting? Why should I believe in the existence of this secret organisation?
9/11. WMDs. Las Vegas. Lies, lies, and more lies.
Does it matter? Yes, it does. If you’re being lied to, you’re being misdirected. And if you’re misdirected to the junction of Lexington and 12th, it’s going to take you longer to get there. In a world of lies, everything takes longer. That’s Idle Theory’s explanation of why lies matter: lies decrease idleness, and keep people busy.
Why are so many lies being told? In an era of perpetual war, there is a need for perpetual secrecy and therefore for perpetual lying. Because in war one tells lies to the enemy in order to misdirect him and hamper him. In war, you are always trying to decrease the idleness of your enemy, make him work harder, keep him guessing – and guessing wrong.
And we seem to live in an era of perpetual war. WW1 was followed by WW2 which was followed by the Korean war, the Vietnam war, and the Gulf war, and the Iraq war, and the Afghan war. I’ve probably missed out a few wars. Oh yes, the Cold War. And now we seem to be on the brink of a new Korean war. Hot wars, cold wars, warm wars, tepid wars. And there’s the Drug war. And the war on smoking, of course.
And perhaps that’s why there’s so much secrecy, so much lying. The lies that are told to the enemy, or about the enemy, are lies that are also fed to one’s own side. And in war lying about everything, to everyone, becomes endemic. Everything becomes a secret, including the way to Lexington and 12th. And everything is encrypted.
The war on smoking entails a great deal of lying precisely because it is a war. As soon as there’s a war going on anywhere, there are going to be lies being told. Big lies. And since the war on smoking got under way shortly after the end of WW2, it might almost have been a continuation of it. And the professional liars in the mass media and government, who’d spent their entire lives lying to everyone, now started to lie about something else, using all the tricks of mass deception they’d picked up over the years. Want to get people to stop smoking? Tell them lies about it! The bigger the better. Tell them lies about firsthand smoke, and then tell them lies about secondhand smoke, and then lies about thirdhand smoke, and now lies about vapour which isn’t actually smoke at all, but kinda looks like it.
I don’t think we’re going to learn anything about the JFK assassination today. After 54 years of secrecy and lying, it’s hardly likely anyone will start telling the truth now. Nor are we likely to ever learn anything truthful about the Trump Dossier. Or Las Vegas. Or Catalonia. Or global warming. Or tobacco. Or sugar. Or salt. Or anything else you care to mention.
P.S. There is no junction between Lexington and 12th in NYC. 23rd Street is the nearest Lexington Avenue gets to 12th Street. If you go asking for directions to Lexington and 12th, you will always be misdirected.