Podcast Episode 77
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Podcast Episode 77: Raging Crowd Queens
Modern Times, Modern Places Book by Peter Conrad
"In Modern Times, Modern Places, the noted critic Peter Conrad - ranging among literature, the visual arts, music and the performing arts, science, and psycho-analysis - connects these disparate areas and sees the modern era as a whole. ..."
source: Google Books
"We The People" is just marketing sloganeering.
"The invisible government tends to be concentrated in the hands of the few because of the expense of manipulating the social machinery which controls the opinions and habits of the masses."
"To advertise on a scale which will reach fifty million persons is expensive. To reach and persuade the group leaders who dictate the public's thoughts and actions is likewise expensive. For this reason there is an increasing tendency to concentrate the functions of propaganda in the hands of the propaganda specialist. This specialist is more and more assuming a distinct place and function in our national life."
"New activities call for new nomenclature. The propagandist who specializes in interpreting enterprises and ideas to the public, and in interpreting the public to promulgators of new enterprises and ideas, has come to be known by the name of "public relations counsel."
"The new profession of public relations has grown up because of the increasing complexity of modern life and the consequent necessity for making the actions of one part of the public understandable to other sectors of the public. It is due, too, to the increasing dependence of organized power of all sorts upon public opinion. Governments, whether they are monarchical, constitutional, democratic or communist, depend upon acquiescent public opinion for the success of their efforts and, in fact, government is only government by virtue of public acquiescence. Industries, public utilities, educational movements, indeed all groups representing any concept or product, whether they are majority or minority ideas, succeed only because of approving public opinion. Public opinion is the unacknowledged partner in all broad efforts."
"The public relations counsel, then, is the agent who, working with modern media of communication and the group formations of society, brings an idea to the consciousness of the public. But he is a great deal more than that. He is concerned with courses of action, doctrines, systems and opinions, and the securing of public support for them. He is also concerned with tangible things such as manufactured and raw products. He is concerned with public utilities, with large trade groups and associations representing entire industries."
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source: Crowds on Demand
"Strategic Operations Inc. (STOPS), defines Hyper-Realistic™ as “such a high degree of fidelity in the replication of battlefield conditions in a training environment that participants so willingly suspend disbelief that they become totally immersed and eventually stress inoculated". "
"Strategic Operations Inc., (STOPS) on the lot of Stu Segall Productions, at one time one of the largest independent TV / movie studios in America, provides “Hyper-Realistic™” training services and products for military, law enforcement and other organizations responsible for homeland security. STOPS employs state-of-the-art Hollywood battlefield special effects, combat wound effects, medical simulation systems like the patented Human-worn Surgical Simulator (“Cut Suit”), role players, Foreign Language Speakers, and immersive training scenarios to create training environments that are the most unique in the industry."
"Since 2002 Strategic Operations has provided Hyper-RealisticTM training support to more than 750,000 military and law enforcement in the US and Canada. STOPS is an official Navy medical research & development facility under the Simulated Ambulant Laboratory Technology (SALT II) contract, and has a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) for a non-flyable MV-22 Osprey on-site to develop advanced medical care procedures and training for en route surgical resuscitation. The company also supports medical training and education for the civilian sector. STOPS manufactures a wide range of innovative products including a patented mobile, scalable building system that can replicate the look of any area of the world, replica weapons, 3-D live-fire targets, ballistic unmanned ground vehicle targets, and props of all kinds. STOPS has constructed MOUT (Military Operations on Urban Terrain) and mission rehearsal facilities for training at numerous military bases across the U.S., Canada, Africa, and the Pacific."
"Strategic Operations Inc., (STOPS) on the lot of Stu Segall Productions, at one time one of the largest independent TV / movie studios in America, provides “Hyper-Realistic™” training services and products for military, law enforcement and other organizations responsible for homeland security."
"STOPS employs state-of-the-art Hollywood battlefield special effects, combat wound effects, medical simulation systems like the patented Human-worn Surgical Simulator (“Cut Suit”), role players, Foreign Language Speakers, and immersive training scenarios to create training environments that are the most unique in the industry. Since 2002 Strategic Operations has provided Hyper-RealisticTM training support to more than 750,000 military and law enforcement in the US and Canada."
"Dancing mania (also known as dancing plague, choreomania, St. John's Dance and St. Vitus's Dance) was a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It involved groups of people dancing erratically, sometimes thousands at a time. The mania affected men, women, and children who danced until they collapsed from exhaustion. One of the first major outbreaks was in Aachen, in the Holy Roman Empire, in 1374, and it quickly spread throughout Europe; one particularly notable outbreak occurred in Strasbourg in 1518, also in the Holy Roman Empire. Affecting thousands of people across several centuries, dancing mania was not an isolated event, and was well documented in contemporary reports. It was nevertheless poorly understood, and remedies were based on guesswork. Generally, musicians accompanied dancers, to help ward off the mania, but this tactic sometimes backfired by encouraging more to join in. There is no consensus among modern-day scholars as to the cause of dancing mania. The several theories proposed range from religious cults being behind the processions to people dancing to relieve themselves of stress and put the poverty of the period out of their minds. It is speculated to have been a mass hysteria, in which physical symptoms with no known physical cause are observed to affect a group of people, as a form of social influence."
December 7th, 1941
"The conquest of the world by the Coca-Cola began with the Second World War, thanks to the ancient friendship of Woodruff with General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States. The company took Washington to the exceptional authorization to import all the sugar it needs, an article that the conflict had become scarce and subject to rationing. This represented an invaluable advantage, since the competition was not benefited by the same privilege. Woodruff won the Eisenhower Award enticing with the promise that all American soldiers, wherever they were, they could buy a bottle of Coca-Cola for 5 cents, by the time the war lasted. The maneuver allowed Woodruff you even board the ships for free military transport most of the bottling plants that the company mount in Europe. No fewer than 64 plants were thus sent overseas. After the victory, they remained where they were and civilians replaced military customers. Since then, Coca-Cola would be released successively in almost every country in the world, including China and the former Soviet Union, while the company would create a number of other related products such as Fanta and Cherry Coke, Diet, and also Coke ..."
"Coca-Cola collaborated with the Nazis in the 1930s, and Fanta is the proof"
"The not-so-sweet history"
"The onset of the Second World War confronted the Coca-Cola Company with an acute irony. For all their dogged efforts at building an overseas empire during the past decade and a half, [they] could point to only one country that was a complete, unqualified success: Nazi Germany.” — Frederick Allen, Secret Formula"
"1933, the year Adolf Hitler took power in Germany, Coca-Cola’s local unit sold 100,000 cases. The subsidiary’s finances were in shambles, however. Enter 30-year-old German businessman Max Keith, a giant of a man with an imperious air and a massive greatcoat. Keith, a “born leader” who terrified subordinates but commanded their respect, took over Coca-Cola Germany’s books and quickly put them in order. He then revolutionized sales, breaking records every year and eventually heading the company. One of Keith’s first marketing triumphs was supplying massive amounts of Coke to the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics. At that time, Hitler was riding high. Not only did German athletes win the most gold medals, German boxer Max Schmeling had recently beaten black American Joe Louis in New York. (Schmeling watched a film of the match at a lunch with Hitler, who slapped him with glee every time Schmeling landed a punch.) Nazi Germany was preparing to conquer Europe, and that September, Hitler’s second-in-command Hermann Göering announced a self-sufficiency regime, severely limiting imports and discouraging foreign companies. Coca-Cola’s Atlanta-based president Robert Woodruff sought to protect his European business, just as many other U.S. executives did. As Mark Pendergrast points out in For God, Country & Coca-Cola, “Some, like Henry Ford, were in fact Nazi sympathizers, while others, such as Walter Teagle of Standard Oil, avoided taking sides but saw nothing wrong with doing business with the Nazis. Like his friend and hunting companion Teagle, Woodruff practiced expediency.” Woodruff enlisted a German banking envoy to convince Göering to let him keep exporting flavor syrup to Germany. Keith, meanwhile, began producing much of the syrup he needed domestically, and briefly considered smuggling the remaining ingredients in. Then in 1937, a rival German soda maker on a trip to the U.S. discovered Coke bottle caps with Hebrew writing on them, indicating they were kosher. The company quickly claimed Coca-Cola was run by Harold Hirsch, a Jew on the American company’s board. German Coke sales plummeted. Keith told Woodruff he should sack Hirsch, but he refused. So Keith took steps to identify Coke with Nazism, including sending sales teams to mass patriotic events. “As young men goose-stepped in formation at Hitler Youth rallies,” writes Pendergrast, “Coca-Cola trucks accompanied the marchers, hoping to capture the next generation.” Keith put Coke at the center — literally — of a 1937 exhibition showcasing Nazi Germany’s industry. He built a working bottling plant in the middle of the fair, where a company photographer snapped Göering enjoying a Coke."
A Coca Cola World
"In 1941, America entered World War II and thousands of US citizens were sent overseas. To show support for the brave men and women, Coca-ColaPresident Robert Woodruff ordered that “every man in uniform gets a bottle of Coca-Cola for five cents, wherever he is and whatever it costs the company”. "
"In 1943, General Dwight D Eisenhower sent an urgent cable to Coca-Colarequesting shipment of materials for 10 bottling plants."
"During the war many people enjoyed their first taste of the drink, and when peace finally came, the foundations had been laid for Coca-Cola to do business overseas. Woodruff’s vision that Coca-Cola be placed within ‘arm’s reach of desire’ was coming true. From the mid-1940s until 1960, the number of countries with bottling operations nearly doubled. Post-war America was alive with optimism and prosperity. Coca-Cola was part of a fun, carefree American lifestyle, and the imagery of its advertising – happy couples at the drive-in, carefree mums driving big, yellow convertibles – reflected the spirit of the times."
"Treated as a wartime necessity, the Coca-Cola bottling plants established near the front lines were allotted considerably larger sugar rations than the half-share allowed to the company for production of the beverages intended for civilian consumption in the States."
"In an attempt to raise and maintain morale, Eisenhower sent an urgent telegram to the States requesting 3 million bottled Cokes to be shipped to North Africa—where at this time he was serving as Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force—along with the equipment and supplies needed to wash, refill, bottle, and cap that same amount twice monthly without, of course, displacing necessary military cargo. Once approved by Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall, the Coca-Cola Company was more than happy to comply with Eisenhower’s orders. Treated as a wartime necessity, the Coca-Cola bottling plants established near the front lines were allotted considerably larger sugar rations than the half-share allowed to the company for production of the beverages intended for civilian consumption in the States."
"Once the bottling plants were installed overseas, the next issue became maintaining the makeshift factories without sacrificing necessary military manpower. As an answer, the Coca-Cola Company sent 148 of its employees abroad to oversee the installation and management of the plants. These men were given US Army uniforms with the rank of Technical Observer and were treated as officers, although they had no military duties to speak of. Although one might think this would cause friction between the fighting men who sacrificed everything and the Coca-Cola men who led a life of relative leisure, the relationship was quite the opposite. In fact, servicemen would often go out of their way to ease travel restrictions and other obstacles for the “Coca-Cola Colonels” as they were affectionately called."
"While the Coca-Cola Company was busy boosting the morale of American fighting forces, they were simultaneously laying the groundwork for becoming an international symbol of refreshment and solidarity. Many of the bottling plants established overseas during the war continued to operate as non-military factories after the war’s end. Furthermore, GIs liberating towns throughout Europe or working side-by-side with locals in the Philippines felt pride in sharing their favorite drink with their new-found friends. They thereby created an enormous consumer base throughout the world that would not have been possible without Eisenhower and the Coca-Cola Company’s cooperation in working towards bettering the morale of the American fighting man."
"On the 29th June 1943 General Dwight D Eisenhower ordered three million bottles of Coca Cola to be sent to the allies in North Africa."
"Plant and machinery for down town bottling plants were also sent so another three million bottles could be sent to the troops every six months. By the end of the hostilities five billion bottles or cans of Coca Cola had been drunk. Coca Cola had not only lifted the spirits of the US Armed Forces, it had also introduced itself to new markets. When the war ended the bottling plants and a little bit of America stayed too."
"THE PEACE EFFORT"
"When Eisenhower became President of the USA in 1953, he remembered Coca Cola's response to his call. He rewarded the company with a contract to supply all White House banquets."
"Both Presidents Kennedy and Carter also enjoyed Coca Cola. Carter used his influence to help it break into the difficult market of China."