A Proper Gander At Propaganda


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The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man



PRESENTS: The Gutenberg Galaxy – The Making of You

Did you know virtual reality is as old as civilization itself?

International governing interests need a medium for many day-dream fantasies sold as scientific and historical facts.

(Please excuse the inevitable typo. Autocorrect is a contextually illiterate evil little gremlin. AA Morris.)

Article last updated 9:11 AM (GMT) Thursday, January 25, 2018.


Traditional media and now electronically connected social media are the real operant conditioning chamber that most of us simply do not see.


"Hey, let's all build a bunch of walls we can't see over. That'll make us safe!"

Protective walls become endless governmental maze.

Somehow we only end up waiting on more lines and having to pay more fees to do things like take plane rides and still the News reports the world is about to end. Before 9/11 we could travel from the U.S.A. to Canada or Mexico sans passport, with but a license. Now we have extra hoops to jump through that do nothing to keep us safe in the first place. These rules and laws exist as operant conditioning tools of social management and nothing more. All borders are fake and the tools of Nation States. National identity is another divisive lie. Nobody really has the right to impose immigration policies.  Immigration law is a clear indication that we do not live in lands of the free and homes of the brave as advertised. Things like immigration are tools used to manage civilization. The few have long managed to manipulate the many into undertaking all sorts of pilgrimages as history clearly shows. Religion and government are two heads of the same Biblical Beast we have long been warned about with clever metaphorical, artistic revelation. We've been warned with everything from children's fairytales to Biblical passages. These ideas are clichés and yet most of us ignore the obvious wisdom of such thinking in favor of following one kind of pied piper leader or another. If we fall out of the mainstream kind of behavior, most seem to end up following alternative leaders and gurus instead. People leave one divided and conquered cult to only join another. People seem to really like having others do their thinking for them. Not only are people not seemingly interested in reading non fiction works, they are also seemingly not interested in thinking for themselves in the first place, preferring to defer such activity to those they deem more qualified for such things.

Common sense safety measures are one thing, governmentally designed operant conditioning simulated threats are another.

Most of us might not want to see that we are all trapped as it were, like rats in the proverbial maze, forever frightened that an imagined three eyed siamese cat is out to get us. Terrorism is a tactic used by governments against the non combatant public and this is all it ever really was. All other tales of terrorism ring a lot less true when one considers that government clearly benefits from such claimed activity, and all we need are claims we cannot examine to get the public in an emotional state where they are easily misled with false solutions that will only cost us more in taxes and will only continue to expand governmental growth into even more needlessly restrictive and costly forms. The News media makes liberal use of "shock and awe" style propaganda to keep the public in a constant state of traumatic terror which feeds into a belief in the need for what turns to to be nothing but imagined governmental protection. We have to believe we need to keep funding all the layers of government we do not really need. We have to have faith we need to keep paying taxes for protection from what turns out to be nothing but governmentally concocted fantastic phantom menaces.

terrorism | Origin and meaning of terrorism by Online Etymology ...

Your ego-identity is as much a product of civilization as any other commercial item.


image source: Modern Times (film) - Wikipedia

I know someone who died on... I went to the funeral of... I know someone who knows someone...

So many variations of the same tired childish theme. The old game of spreading gossip and hearsay goes back a long way. The earliest days of international banking are filled with tall tales of heroic Naval martyrs whose images would be used to fund all sorts of future ventures. This is one of the ways the few manage to get the many to keep turning the wheels of endless industry for all time.

The Time of Our Collective 'Hive' Lives


image source: Metropolis (1927 film) - Wikipedia

"The Invention of Teenagers: LIFE and the Triumph of Youth Culture"

"In its December 1944 feature, LIFE breathlessly discussed the "teen-age" phenomenon in language that, in 2013, somehow feels naive, chauvinistic, celebratory and insightful, all at once. That so many of the article's impossibly broad, sweeping claims ("Some 6,000,000 U.S. teen-age girls live in a world all their own: a lovely, gay, enthusiastic, funny and blissful society. . . .") clearly apply to a specific type of teenager — i.e., white, middle-class — tends to blunt some of the more incisive observations. But taken as a whole, the LIFE article and Leen's photographs constitute a fascinating, early look at a segment of the American populace that, over the ensuing decades, for better and for worse, has assumed an increasingly central role in the shaping of Western culture."

source: The Invention of Teenagers: LIFE and the Triumph of ... - Time Magazine

November 29, 1958 Issue

"A Caste, a Culture, a Market II" By Dwight Macdonald

"“All in all, the juvenile market runs at retail to a staggering $33 billion annually,” the editors of Life exulted last spring. In their excitement, they forgot to furnish any hint as to how the figure was arrived at, or how it is divided among infants, children, and teenagers. Gilbert is able to be more exact; American teenagers, he points out, now spend—apart from what their parents spend on them—some nine and a half billion dollars a year, a figure related to the fact that there are seventeen million American teenagers, with an average income, in the form of earnings and allowances, of something over ten dollars a week. And in his various studies he has divided and redivided, dissected and redissected this market in every imaginable way."

source: Inventing the American Teen-Ager | The New Yorker



image source: Life (magazine) - Wikipedia  •  Time (magazine) - Wikipedia

Saturday Evening Post Historic Suggestions

"The ordinary man as the Saturday Evening Post has discovered, thinks in concrete images, pictures, and parables. He finds it difficult to read a long article unless it is dramatized, and it takes the form of what newspapers call a "story." "News story" and "fiction story" are two forms of modern literature that are now so like one another that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish them."

quote source: page 241, "News From Nowhere" by Edward Jay Epstein

History Defined:

"late 14c., "relation of incidents" (true or false), from Old French estoire, estorie "story; chronicle, history" (12c., Modern French histoire), from Latin historia "narrative of past events, account, tale, story," from Greek historia "a learning or knowing by inquiry; an account of one's inquiries, history, record, narrative," from historein "inquire," from histor"wise man, judge," from PIE *wid-tor-, from root *weid- "to see."

source: history | Origin and meaning of history by Online Etymology Dictionary

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"Were it possible to induce the masses to adopt atheism, this belief would exhibit all the intolerant ardour of a religious sentiment, and in its exterior forms would soon become a cult. The evolution of the small Positivist sect furnishes us a curious proof in point. What happened to the Nihilist whose story is related by that profound thinker Dostoiewsky has quickly happened to the Positivists. Illumined one day by the light of reason he broke the images of divinities and saints that adorned the altar of a chapel, extinguished the candles, and, without losing a moment, replaced the destroyed objects by the works of atheistic philosophers such as Buchner and Moleschott, after which he piously relighted the candles."

"The object of his religious beliefs had been transformed, but can it be truthfully said that his religious sentiments had changed?"

source: Gustave Le Bon: The Crowd: Book 1: Chapter 4: A Religious Shape ...

Gustave Le Bon: The Nature of Crowds  source: Academy of Ideas


Gustave Le Bon's The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind


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source: The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind : Gustave Le Bon : Free ...

G.O.D. – Generating Order From "Chaotic" Destruction

Culture needs to be constantly reimagined. Cultural identity matters more than the actual facts of the matter. Traditions were always disposable


An Independence of Solitude in The Midst of The Crowd

“It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

quote source: Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"



"Plato continues, saying that the freed prisoner would think that the world outside the cave was superior to the world he experienced in the cave; "he would bless himself for the change, and pity [the other prisoners]" and would want to bring his fellow cave dwellers out of the cave and into the sunlight. The returning prisoner, whose eyes have become accustomed to the sunlight, would be blind when he re-enters the cave, just as he was when he was first exposed to the sun. The prisoners, according to Plato, would infer from the returning man's blindness that the journey out of the cave had harmed him and that they should not undertake a similar journey. Socrates concludes that the prisoners, if they were able, would therefore reach out and kill anyone who attempted to drag them out of the cave "

source: https://www.enotes.com/homework-help/chapter-nine-lord-flies-what-simon-discover-beast-272051  •  Allegory of the Cave - Wikipedia

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21st Century Digital Media Crowd Psych 101:

Astroturfing Your Mind

"In political science, it is defined as the process of seeking electoral victory or legislative relief for grievances by helping political actors find and mobilize a sympathetic public, and is designed to create the image of public consensus where there is none."

"Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g., political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by a grassroots participant(s). It is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding information about the source's financial connection. The term astroturfing is derived from AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to resemble natural grass, as a play on the word "grassroots." The implication behind the use of the term is that instead of a "true" or "natural" grassroots effort behind the activity in question, there is a "fake" or "artificial" appearance of support."

source: Astroturfing - Wikipedia

The Medium is The Massage Case Study: The Power of Hollywood Manufactured Idolatry

Hollywood - Ep 7 : Autocrats - YouTube  source: jamon2112

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."

"DeMille realized early that the costumes worn by players in his films could do more than project the personality of the character being portrayed. They could reach into the marketplace. There was a new consumerism in America after World War I, and it welcomed DeMille’s displays of elegance and glamour. His films began to influence fashion trends. For the first time, high fashion was as conscious of Hollywood as it was of Paris."

source: Costumers – Cecil B. DeMille

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The Tower of Collective Unreason Revealed

Of witless assumptions and the reign of idols. The factual accuracy of officially sanctioned history is of little importance. What really matters is how this History is used to mold and shape human personality and human behavior. What matters is the mythic potential of the stories sold and told as offical accounts of actual events.

"Throughout Finnegans Wake Joyce specifies the Tower of Babel as the tower of Sleep, that is, the tower of the witless assumption, or what Bacon calls the reign of the Idols,"

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gutenberg_Galaxy#Gutenberg_galaxy


Origins of the public. Evolution of the audience member.

"The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man is a 1962 book by Marshall McLuhan, in which the author analyzes the effects of mass media, especially the printing press, on European culture and human consciousness."

"He also argued that the development of the printing press led to the creation of nationalism, dualism, domination of rationalism, automatisation of scientific research, uniformation and standardisation of culture and alienation of individuals."

"In the early 1960s, McLuhan wrote that the visual, individualistic print culture would soon be brought to an end by what he called "electronic interdependence": when electronic media would replace visual culture with aural/oral culture. In this new age, humankind will move from individualism and fragmentation to a collective identity, with a "tribal base." McLuhan's coinage for this new social organization is the global village."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gutenberg_Galaxy

Always Question All Underlying Assumptions

Felix Unger Assume  source: shortvideos



"F for Fake (French: Vérités et mensonges, "Truths and lies") is considered the last major film completed by Orson Welles..."

"The film opens with Welles performing magic tricks for some children while Kodar watches nearby. Welles quotes Robert-Houdin to the effect that a magician is just an actor. Welles promises that for the next hour everything in the film will be based on solid fact. Kodar is then shown strolling around a street in a miniskirt while being ogled by the men on the street. Welles reveals the footage is taken from another experiment about girl-watching, where Kodar deliberately drew attention to herself and the men were unaware they were being filmed. Welles says her story will continue later in the film, and then narrates the story of Elmyr de Hory, an art forger who sold many fake paintings to museums and collectors all over the world. Elmyr is shown throwing a dinner party at his home in Ibiza and being feted by European society, although he dances around the question of whether he is guilty or not. One of those filmed is Clifford Irving, who had published a biography of Elmyr called Fake, and later in a notorious scandal was revealed to have been the forger of Howard Hughes's diary. Welles discusses the irony of Irving commenting on Elmyr's forgery while having committed a version of it himself. Irving and Elmyr tell about the art dealers who were fooled by the forgeries, and Welles considers the question whether this means art dealers and appraisers are fake also."

"Welles presents more of Irving's story of having had secret contact with Hughes, and the odd stories of Hughes's behavior that may or may not have been true. He wonders if believing such stories makes a person credulous or not, and questions the true wisdom of so-called experts, who verified Irving's forgery as authentic. Reichenbach is shown telling how Elmyr provided him with several paintings of questionable authenticity, but the art dealers he gave them to were willfully blind to it. Welles notes that Elmyr doesn't even own the house he lives in; it's provided for him by an art dealer. Welles recounts his own past use of fakery: how he got a job in Ireland by falsely claiming to be a famous New York actor, and how his broadcast of War of the Worlds made deliberate use of fake news to enhance the story. He also notes the coincidence that his first film Citizen Kane was originally going to be a fictionalized version of Howard Hughes."

source:  F for Fake - Wikipedia


image source: GOOGLE image search

Fake Artifacts Are Used To Craft A Western European Identity

"Faced with this dilemma, Michelangelo opted for the seemingly logical solution: he forged a classical sculpture by artificially aging it. ... According to art historian Noah Charney, author of The Art of Forgery, far from valuing originality, Renaissance patrons of the arts admired artists who could reproduce the ..."

source: How a Forged Sculpture Boosted Michelangelo's Early Career - Atlas ...  •  Fakes and Forgeries - Page 27 - Google Books Result  •  Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age

Using The Stars As Means for World Wide Sea Based Mapping and Navigation is Real Science

Using celestial phenomena as source for Zodiac based speculative astronomy and astrology is superstition used to sew civilization together with astrological identity based products people are supposed to self identity with. Modern celebrity shepherds exist to act as role model inducing figures for a vey shallow and commercial World-wide cargo-culture. We are supposed to emulate the behavior of our favorite celebrity shepherd role model idols. It's all about crafting ego based identity products of one kind or another. Ego based identities glue societies together. Numerous forms of mass public manipulating, celebrity shepherds exist. The celebrity journalist is just another script reading actor on a very real and very contrived World stage; and so are the major and influential political figures. History is more myth making and idol crafting tool, used to manage the vast human resource of the World, than an actual record of real events. Myth making matters more than actual and demonstrable fact.

Cargo cults need artifacts and relics to worship, secular or spiritual.

see: John Harrison - Wikipedia  •  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult  •  artifact | Origin and meaning of artifact by Online Etymology Dictionary


image source: American Idol (#1 of 29): Extra Large Movie Poster Image - IMP Awards


Idolatry: "worship of idols and images," mid-13c., from Old French idolatrie (12c.), from Vulgar Latin idolatria, contraction of Late Latin idololatria (Tertullian), from Ecclesiastical Greek eidololatria "worship of idols," from eidolon "image" (see idol) + latreia "worship, service" (see -latry)."

source: idolatry | Origin and meaning of idolatry by Online Etymology Dictionary

"With this cult of personality, focus shifted from craft to authorship..."



source: Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age

F For Fake Renaissance: Forging Ancient Art is an Old Art

"Join us as Jacob Duellman investigates Varronian Chronology, the ancient inscriptions sourced and indexed by Joseph Scaliger, his Chronology and gross blunders in textual analysis and mathematics, his influence in the world of academics during the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and the repercussions we experience to this day. Many of the sources tonight are written by men of the late 17th and early 18th centuries."

UnSpun 100 – Jacob Duellman: “Scaliger Notatus, Hallucinatio Scaligeri, Part 6”  source: GnosticMedia

History is a Weapon: Crowd Psychology 101

History is made of many lies. The last century of history, for example, with two supposed "World Wars" and a "Cold War" that continues to this day, is derived from Newsreel mythology and other forms of propaganda and fake News. "Fake News" is nothing new; it is as old as civilization itself. "Fake News" of post-modern times evolves from word of mouth gossip spread by international banking backed Church choir song. The words "gossip" and "gospel" have much in common.


Propaganda (1928): History is a Weapon


"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."

"From our leaders and the media they use to reach the public, we accept the evidence and the demarcation of issues bearing upon public questions; from some ethical teacher, be it a minister, a favorite essayist, or merely prevailing opinion, we accept a standardized code of social conduct to which we conform most of the time."

They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure. Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that 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—a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million—who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world."

"It is not usually realized how necessary these invisible governors are to the orderly functioning of our group life. In theory, every citizen may vote for whom he pleases."

source: Propaganda by Edward Bernays (1928) - History Is A Weapon


image source: Disney's "Chicken Little"

Telephone Gossip "Water Cooler Chatter" Games Are As Much Propaganda Medium As Any Mass Electricity Communications System

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A Place For All Those Wires

It's not really about spying. It's about the medium. It's about mass communication and propaganda.

"The Long Lines Building was designed by architect John Carl Warnecke and completed in 1974. As it was built to house telephone switching equipment, the average floor height is 18 feet (5.5 meters), considerably taller than in an average high-rise. The floors are also unusually strong, designed to carry 200 to 300 pound per square foot (10–15 kPa) live loads"

image and quote source: Titanpointe: The NSA's Spy Hub In New York, Hidden In Plain Sight  •  33 Thomas Street - Wikipedia

Where are you on this spectrum?

Can you demonstrate what you believe or do you rely on others to do that for you?

I'm not judging anyone. If you are comfortable following others and hanging on every word someone else has to say and that works for you, then keep at it. If you think that listening to or watching endless hours of talking and debating heads equates with a thorough course of self education and that really makes sense to you; don't let anyone get in your way.

"Averroes classified people as of three categories:

1. the demonstrative class, which is capable of strict reasoning and demonstration according to Aristotle’s laws of logic;

2. the dialectical class, which is satisfied with the plausible opinions general to thoughtful people; and

3. the rhetorical class, who are persuaded simply by what they are told and whose views cannot stand up to criticism.

It is to the last and second, according to his view, that the apparent readings of Scripture are addressed, and not so much for their enlightenment as for their moral control and improvement. For such folk cannot grasp philosophical demonstrations and, if unsettled in their minds, would be morally undone."

source: Creative Mythology page 142 (Joseph Campbell)

History is a weapon. Government is secular religion.

"Certain historical events--and they are precisely the most important--I again repeat, are not to be understood unless one has attained to an appreciation of the religious form which the convictions of crowds always assume in the long run. There are social phenomena that need to be studied far more from the point of view of the psychologist than from that of the naturalist."

"The convictions of crowds assume those characteristics of blind submission, fierce intolerance, and the need of violent propaganda which are inherent in the religious sentiment, and it is for this reason that it may be said that all their beliefs have a religious form. The hero acclaimed by a crowd is a veritable god for that crowd. Napoleon was such a god for fifteen years, and a divinity never had more fervent worshippers or sent men to their death with greater ease. The Christian and Pagan Gods never exercised a more absolute empire over the minds that had fallen under their sway. All founders of religious or political creeds have established them solely because they were successful in inspiring crowds with those fanatical sentiments which have as result that men find their happiness in worship and obedience and are ready to lay down their lives for their idol. This has been the case at all epochs. Fustel de Coulanges, in his excellent work"

source: https://brocku.ca/MeadProject/Lebon/LeBon_1895/LeBon_1895_05.html

Herodotus The Father of Lies & A World Wide Western Culture Based Ego Identity


"The 1592 Edition of Herodotus’ Histories edited and printed by Henry II Estienne in Geneva"

"The bulk of the edition is devoted to Herodotus’ Histories (pp. 1-635). Herodotus (c. 484-420s BCE) is the earliest extant prose author in the Western tradition."

"The first printing, in 1566, (a copy of which can be found in the Edward Worth library) was dedicated to another great Greek scholar of the period, Joachim Camerarius (1500-1574), who indeed had been the first to defend the veracity of Herodotus’ work (in a 1541 edition of Herodotus). This edition contained Latin translations of Herodotus by Lorenzo Valla and of the pseudo-Herodotean Life of Homer by Conrad Heresbach (1496-1576, a German Calvinist humanist), as edited by Estienne himself. It also contained the Latin translation of the fragments of Ctesias. Estienne had been the first to collect and publish the Greek text of the fragments of Ctesias in 1557. In the prefatory material to that edition of Ctesias he wrote the following:"

image and quote sources: http://www.ucd.ie/readingeast/essay1.html

Historical Apologetics Keeps The Lies Alive

apologetics | Origin and meaning of apologetics by Online Etymology ...

Fake News evolves into history. Nature does not make mistakes, humans do. We call these mistakes "paradoxes'. Contradictions are man-made. Historical accounts and News accounts are filled with many fallacies. Truth matters a lot less than propaganda. Myth matters more than factual accuracy. European based history once relied only on mass produced print based media to be spread among the literate public. Today television and computer screen is the medium of choice for most.

The Lies of History Considered

Why do you think Herodotus is referred to as the "Father of Lies"? Could there be an allegorical meaning to this? What do we really know about the character called "Herodotus, the Father of History and Lies"? Idols and icons and blessed saints, whether of religious or more secular origins are the tools used to build civilization. The medium used to be the mass produced printed word, and of course, gossip spread by telephone game, hearsay, parroting. These older forms of propaganda based media still obviously exist today. Word of mouth hearsay is also still tends to be taken to be gospel. Gossip columnists have long thrived thanks to the seeming endless market for gossip based, rumor fueled, tabloid fare. Obviously cartoonish and scripted stories are sold as "real events" to a largely unsuspecting world-wide digitally connected audience who has been indoctrinated since birth to believe in what they see on screens if they are told by authoritative voice over it is real. Most people have not yet realized that the News and subsequent resulting, textbook history is mostly made of lies. Most do not seem to grasp that this is the way the civilization "sausage" is made.

Here Lies History, It Was Never All it Was Cracked Up To Be

I agree with JLB, history is not what many of us believe it is. History is more advertising "sizzle" and marketing myth, than actual fact. What matters more is ego based, identity crafting by means of cultural mythology. Factual accuracy is not very important.

Is 'Ancient Greece' a Fairytale?  source: John le Bon

History is a Retro Active Con Job

"Retroactive continuity, or retcon for short, is a literary device in which established facts in a fictional work are adjusted, ignored, or contradicted by a subsequently published work which breaks continuity with the former."

source: Retroactive continuity - Wikipedia

A "History" Of Headless Men

History Gets Revised From Time To Time, But Is Always Made of A Lot of Lies

"Various species of mythical headless men were rumored, in antiquity and later, to inhabit remote parts of the world. They are variously known as akephaloi (Greek ἀκέφαλοι, "headless ones") or Blemmyes (Latin: Blemmyae; Greek: βλέμμυες) and described as lacking a head, with their facial features on their chest. These were at first described as inhabitants of the Nile system (Aethiopia). Later traditions confined their habitat to a particular island in the Brisone River, or shifted it to India. Blemmyes are said to occur in two types: with eyes on the chest or with the eyes on the shoulders. Epiphagi, a variant name for the headless people of the Brisone, is sometimes used as a term referring strictly to the eyes-on-the-shoulders type."

"The Travels of Sir John Mandeville writes of "ugly folk without heads, who have eyes in each shoulder" with their mouths "round like a horseshoe, in the middle of their chest" living among the populace in the big island of Dundeya (Andaman Islands) between India and Myanmar. In other parts of the island are headless men with eyes and mouth on their backs. This has been noted as an example of blemmyes by commentators, though Mandeville does not use the term. ...During the Age of Discovery, a rumor of headless men called the Ewaipanoma was reported by Sir Walter Raleigh in his Discovery of Guiana, to have been living on the banks of the Caura River. Of the story, Raleigh was "resolved it is true, because every child in the provinces of Aromaia and Canuri affirm the same". He also cited an anonymous Spaniard's sighting of the Ewaipanoma. Joannes de Laet, a somewhat later contemporary, dismissed the story, writing that these natives' heads were set so close to the shoulders, that some were led to believe their eyes were attached to the shoulders and the mouth to their breasts."

source: Headless men - Wikipedia  •  Father of History or Father of Lies; The Reputation of Herodotus - jstor   •   Herodotus: Father of History, Father of Lies 

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Chicken & Egg Historical Accuracy?

Which "Histories" came first? Were the histories attributed to the character we low as "Herodotus" derived fort his prior "Histories"?

"After the Fall of Constantinople, Chalkokondyles wrote his most important historical work, Proofs of Histories (Ἀποδείξεις Ἱστοριῶν). This historical work comprises one of the most important sources for the students of the final 150 years of Byzantine history, despite being defective in its chronology. It covers the period from 1298–1463, describing the fall of the Byzantine empire and the rise of the Ottoman Turks, which forms the centre of the narrative, down to the conquest of the Venetians and Mathias, king of Hungary, by Mehmed II. The capture of Constantinople he rightly regarded as an historical event of far-reaching importance and compared it to the fall of Troy. The work also sketches other manners and civilization of EnglandFrance and Germany, whose assistance the Greeks sought to obtain against the Turks. For his account of earlier events he was able to obtain information from his father."

"Chalkokondyles' History was first published in a Latin translation by Conrad Clauser at Basel in 1556,[1] although the translation itself bears the date of November 1544. A French translation was published by Blaise de Vigenère in 1577 with a later edition by Artus Thomas, with valuable illustrations on Turkish matters. The editio princeps of the Greek text had to wait until 1615 for J. B. Baumbach's printing. The two best editions are: Historiarum Libri Decem, ed. I. Bekker, Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae (Bonn 1843) and Historiae Demonstrationes, 2 vols., ed. E. Darko, (Budapest 1922-7). The text can also be found in J.-P. Migne, Patrologia Graeca, volume 159. A complete English translation (by Anthony Kaldellis) of The Histories was published in two volumes in 2014 by Harvard University Press, as volumes 33 and 34 of The Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. Partial translations include one of Books I-III in Laonikos Chalkokondyles. A Translation and Commentary of the Demonstrations of Histories, trans. Nikolaos Nikoloudis (Athens 1996) and another of Book VIII in J. R. Melville Jones, The Siege of Constantinople: Seven Contemporary Accounts (Amsterdam 1972)..."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laonikos_Chalkokondyles


Historical Apologetics Evolves Into Political Spin & Modern Marketing and Advertising Based Propaganda

"First, a general observation. In seeking for external evidence to establish publication of Herodotus' Histories, we need to distinguish between poss echoes of Herodotus in the works of others."

source: Evidence for the Date of Herodotus' Publication - jstor  •   https://www.jstor.org/stable/631367?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

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The Great Work: Building Apocryphal & Allegorical Babel


The same technology that was used to mint money was also used to make the typographical print matrixes needed to mass produce the printed image and word.



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Industrial Age Delights: A History of Minting Money & Human Minds with Machinery

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A look at common cents.

"Until 1550, coinage techniques used in European mints had not progressed from the hammered coinage of Ancient Greece. This was problematic because an increase in the supply of bullion from central Europe and America was overworking mints. That led to low quality coins which were easily forged or clipped, i.e. precious metal was shaved from the edges of the coins. In accordance with Gresham's law, the clipped and forged coins drove good coins out of circulation, depreciating the currency. Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks showed there was a better way[2] and Donato Bramante, the architect who made the initial plans for St. Peter's Basilica, developed a screw press to make the lead bulla attached to Papal documents. In England, a 1560 proclamation of Elizabeth I exchanged old debased coins for new pure coins. The Tower Mint added machinery to its hammering for this “great recoinage”. Eloy Mestrelle did the technology transfer from France but when the great recoinage ended mint authorities found him redundant and in 1578 he was hanged for counterfeiting. In 1632, Charles I employed another French refugee, Nicholas Briot, to improve coinage standards in both England and Scotland, which had its own coinage until 1707, but the English Civil War ended his machine coinage. Yet another Frenchman, Peter Blondeau, provided machinery for a proposed coinage designed by Thomas Simon with Oliver Cromwell’s portrait. The restoration of 1660 ended that, but in 1662 Charles II recalled Blondeau to establish a permanent machine made coinage. He employed a secret process for placing lettering or other designs on the edges of coins.[7] The inscription chosen for the edge—DECVS ET TVTAMEN, meaning an ornament and a safeguard—refers to the protection against clipping which the lettered edge provided.[8] In accordance with Gresham’s law, however, the inferior hammered coins limited the circulation of his coins until the hammered coins were demonetized in 1695.In 1550, the French ambassador to Augsburg, Charles de Marillac, saw a way for France to get an economic advantage over the Holy Roman Empire when he learned that a local engineer had perfected a mechanical process of rolling bullion to the required thickness, cutting blanks from the rolled metal, and striking coins from those blanks. This technology was significantly more advanced than the general manufacturing processes of the sixteenth century  making the coins difficult to counterfeit. The negotiations which obtained rights to the process for France were so secret that the inventor was identified with a codename, but he was most likely Marx Schwab. Aubin Olivier went to Augsburg to learn the technique and Henry II of France made him chief engineer of a mechanized mint in Paris, called the Moulin des Étuves, on 27 March 1551. This mint produced well-struck and perfectly round gold and silver coins. Having perfectly round coins made it easy to detect clipping, but the coiners establishment would have none of this and within a decade the Moulin des Étuves’ ex-employees were finding work in Navarre and England."

"The Industrial Revolution shifted the focus of the economy from a rural to an urban, money based, enterprise. The main technology of the Industrial Revolution, the Watt steam engine, also increased the overall level of economic activity. Both of these factors increased the demand for money. Factories were financed by introducing paper money and credit, but low denomination coins were required to pay their workers and in England copper coins were scarce. Matthew Boulton had backed Watt’s development of the Steam Engine and he used it to power coin making machinery at his Soho Manufactory. Boulton struck coins for the East India Company, supplied steam powered coining machinery to the Moscow mint, and manufactured private tokens which circulated widely in England. In 1797, Boulton received a contract to strike royal British copper coins called cartwheels. In 1805, he received a further contract to supply steam powered coinage machinery when the British Royal Mint left the Tower of London and established a new facility on Little Tower Hill."

image and quotes source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milled_coinage

Digital Currency is Nothing New in This Context

"In 1983, a research paper by David Chaum introduced the idea of digital cash.[4] In 1990, he founded DigiCash, an electronic cash company, in Amsterdam to commercialize the ideas in his research.  It filed for bankruptcy in 1998.  In 1999, Chaum left the company. In 1997, Coca-Cola offered buying from vending machines using mobile payments. After that PayPal emerged in 1998.[9] Other system such as e-goldfollowed suit, but faced issues because it was used by criminals and was raided by US Feds in 2005.  In 2008, bitcoin was introduced, which marked the start of Digital currencies. Origins of digital currencies date back to the 1990s Dot-com bubble. One of the first was E-gold, founded in 1996 and backed by gold. Another known digital currency service was Liberty Reserve, founded in 2006; it let users convert dollars or euros to Liberty Reserve Dollars or Euros, and exchange them freely with one another at a 1% fee. Both services were centralized, reputed to be used for money laundering, and inevitably shut down by the US government. Q coins or QQ coins, were used as a type of commodity-based digital currency on Tencent QQ's messaging platform and emerged in early 2005. Q coins were so effective in China that they were said to have had a destabilizing effect on the Chinese Yuan currency due to speculation.[11] Recent interest in cryptocurrencies has prompted renewed interest in digital currencies, with bitcoin, introduced in 2008, becoming the most widely used and accepted digital currency."

"The Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK government advised his Prime Minister and Parliament to consider using a blockchain-based digital currency. The chief economist of Bank of England, the central bank of the United Kingdom, proposed abolition of paper currency. The Bank has also taken an interest in bit coin.  In 2016 it has embarked on a multi-year research programme to explore the implications of a central bank issued digital currency. The Bank of England has produced several research papers on the topic. One suggests that the economic benefits of issuing a digital currency on a distributed ledger could add as much as 3 percent to a country’s economic output. The Bank said that it wanted the next version of the bank’s basic software infrastructure to be compatible with distributed ledgers."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_currency


The Allegorical Meaning of Saturn: Government & Money

Saturn is a symbol of banking in this context.

"The Temple of Saturn (Latin: Templum Saturni or Aedes Saturni; Italian: Tempio di Saturno) was an ancient Roman temple to the god Saturn. Its ruins stand at the foot of the Capitoline Hill at the western end of the Roman Forum. The original dedication of the temple is traditionally dated to 497 BC, but ancient writers disagreed greatly about the history of this site. ...In Roman mythology, Saturn ruled during the Golden Age, and he continued to be associated with wealth. His temple housed the treasury (aerarium),  where the Roman Republic's reserves of gold and silver were stored. The state archives and the insignia and official scale for the weighing of metals were also housed there. Later, the aerarium was moved to another building, and the archives transferred to the nearby Tabularium. The temple's podium, in concrete covered with travertine, was used for posting bills."

source: Temple of Saturn - Wikipedia


The Allegorical "Mark of The Beast" is A Governmentally Issued Social Security or National Identity Card

image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesday_Book


image source: The new Nigerian national eID program | Gemalto

"120 Million MasterCard Branded National Identity Smart Cards to Roll Out in Nigeria"

"The Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will be issuing MasterCard-branded National Identity Smart Cards with electronic payment capability. This program is the largest roll-out of a formal electronic payment solution in the country and the broadest financial inclusion initiative of its kind on the African continent."

source: 120 Million MasterCard Branded National Identity Smart Cards to Roll ...


The Science and Art of Renaissance Music


Of Apollo's Musical Museum Musings: The Arts Initiate Us Into Civilization & Culture

Art is used by society to indoctrinate us and not to truly educate.

"This ladder of the planetary shells, presented by a fifteenth century Italian music master to demonstrate, as he declares, “that the Muses, Planets, Modes, and strings correspond with one another,” actually is an idea of the greatest age. It was known already to the Stoics and is developed in Cicero’s “Dream of Scipio” (cited in Occidental Mythology ), where the spheres are named in this same order and said to produce a loud agreeable sound by the motion of their revolutions."

"But the earthly sphere, the ninth, “remains ever motionless and stationary in its position in the center of the universe” "

 "In a properly Christian art the forms do not seduce the senses to this world, but are allegorical of spiritual themes and of the legends of the Savior and his saints, by which the mind and spirit are exalted beyond this world to God, who is transcendent and apart. Whereas in Gafurius’s design — as in general in classical art— the Muses represent and are addressed to the spheres of their respective stations, all of which pertain to the body and field of power of the serpent itself. And the serpent, in turn, is not opposed to the Lord of Life and Light, but a manifestation of his creative force and harmony. To realize this, and to rise then along the mounting scale from one glory to the next, one has only to face and dare to enter the lion’s mouth: the flaming sun door of the present, absorbed totally in the living here-and-now, without hope, without fear. Whereupon the rapture of the Muses — the arts — will begin to be experienced in the body of this world itself, transporting our spirit from glory to glory, to that summit of joy in consciousness where the world eye — beyond hope, beyond fear surveys the universe in its coming, going, and being."

"For, just as the serpent is not opposed to the Lord, but the vehicle of his down-going grace, so are the Muses — clothed in the garments of this world — not opposed to the unclothed Graces, but in triple rhythm (3 times 3) the earthly heralds of their paradisial dance. And they are nine because (as Dante tells of his own Muse, Beatrice) their root (the square root of nine being three) is in the trinity above."

"Beyond the frightening visage of all-consuming time, the arts — the Muses — initiate us to the enduring harmony of the universe, the planes or aspects of which are controlled by the planets and their spheres. Gafurius shows the signs and deities of these at the right of his design, matching the Muses at the left. As Thalia, below, is of the earth, so Clio (lower left), the Muse of History, presides on the plane of the moon, controller of the tides of time, while Calliope, Heroic Poetry, matches Mercury (Hermes), the guide of souls beyond the temporal sphere. Next come Terpsichore, Muse of the Dance and Choral Song, in the sphere of Venus and Cupid; Melpomene, Tragedy, who purges and illuminates with the fire and light of the Sun; and Erato, Lyric and Erotic Poetry, on the plane of Mars, god of war. Beyond this central, tragic triad, then, we are released by the power of music from all visible forms whatsoever.* Euterpe, the Muse of Flute Music, elevates the mind to the plane of Jupiter, where the soul, as the child to its father in the confirmation scene at the right, is turned to the protecting aspect of the Lord."

"Polyhymnia, the Muse of Sacred Song, celebrates the aspect of the Father in Saturn, wielding the scythe that cuts us free from this world controlled by the planetary spheres, after which, in the sphere of the fixed stars, the Muse Urania, Astronomy, transports us from the body of the serpent altogether (the loop of whose tail suggests the sun door), to the very feet of the highest transformation of the Father, sheer light."

"This ladder of the planetary shells, presented by a fifteenth- century Italian music master to demonstrate, as he declares, “that the Muses, Planets, Modes, and strings correspond with one another,” actually is an idea of the greatest age. It was known already to the Stoics and is developed in Cicero’s “Dream of Scipio” (cited in Occidental Mythology ), where the spheres are named in this same order and said to produce a loud agreeable sound by the motion of their revolutions. But the earthly sphere, the ninth, “remains ever motionless and stationary in its position in the center of the universe”: hence Gafurius’s surda Thalia. “Learned men, by imitating this harmony on stringed instruments and in song,” Cicero states, “have gained for themselves a return to the supernal heights.” 

"And Gafurius, in accord, has allotted to each step both a note of the scale and the title of a Greek musical mode. The names of the notes are at the left; they are of the Classical conjoint Dorian-Phrygian tetrachord (our A-minor scale), as follows: Proslambanomenos (A), Hypate hypaton (B), Parhypate hypaton (C), Lichanos hypaton (D), Hypate meson (E), Parhy- pate meson (F), Lichanos meson (G), and Mese (the octave). At the right are the matching modes: Hypodorian, Hypophrygian, Hypolydian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, and Hypo- mixolydian. Assigned, furthermore, to each sphere is a metal whose symbol is that of its planet: to the moon silver, quicksilver to Mercury, copper to Venus, gold to the sun, iron to Mars, tin to Jupiter, and lead to Saturn. The soul, descending from its heavenly home, takes oa the matter and weight of these metals and, ascending, casts them off, to arrive naked again above. Hence the symbolism of nakedness — the naked soul — before God: the naked Graces before Apollo and the figures in the mystery-cult bowl. Hence, too, the “dance of the seven veils” performed by Salome before Herod, the earliest extant version of which symbolic “stripping of the self” is the Old Sumerian “Descent of Inanna to the Underworld” of about 2500 b.c ."

source: pages 103 - 104 Creative Mythology

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20TH CENTURY 'NEW WORLD' MEDIA: British Pathé: Pathé News

"Pathé News was a producer of newsreels and documentaries from 1910 until 1970 in the United Kingdom. Its founder, Charles Pathé, was a pioneer of moving pictures in the silent era. The Pathé News archive is known today as British Pathé . Its collection of news film and movies is fully digitised and available online."

image and quote source: Pathé News - Wikipedia


"Pathé Records was a France-based international record company and label and producer of phonographs, active from the 1890s through the 1930s. The Pathé record business was founded by brothers Charles and Émile Pathé, then owners of a successful bistro in Paris. In the mid-1890s they began selling Edison and Columbia phonographs and accompanying cylinder records. Shortly thereafter, the brothers designed and sold their own phonographs. These incorporated elements of other brands. Soon after, they also started marketing pre-recorded cylinder records. By 1896 the Pathé brothers had offices and recording studios not only in Paris, but also in London, Milan, and St. Petersburg."


The Inventor of The Newsreel: Charles Pathé – Film and Record Pioneer

"Charles Pathé (French: [pate]; 26 December 1863 – 25 December 1957) was an important pioneer of the French film and recording industries. As the founder of Pathé Frères, its roots lie in 1896 Paris, France, when Pathé and his brothers, pioneered the development of the moving image. Pathé adopted the national emblem of France, the cockerel, as the trademark for his company. After the company, now called Compagnie Générale des Éstablissements Pathé Frère Pt'honographes & Cinématographes, invented the cinema newsreel with Pathé-Journal."

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"A newsreel is a form of short documentary film prevalent between 1910s to 1960s, regularly released in a public presentation place and containing filmed newsstories and items of topical interest. It was a source of news, current affairs, and entertainment for millions of moviegoers until television supplanted its role in the 1950s. Newsreels are now considered significant historical documents, since they are often the only audiovisual record of historical and cultural events of those times. Newsreels were typically exhibited as short subjects preceding the main feature film into the 1960s. There were dedicated newsreel theaters in many major cities in the 1930s and 1940s, and some large city cinemas also included a smaller theaterette where newsreels were screened continuously throughout the day."

image and quotes sources: Pathé Records - Wikipedia  •  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Pathé  •  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newsreel


Renaissance Greco-Roman Gods Are Allegories

"Apollo is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology. The ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and .."

"As the patron of Delphi (Pythian Apollo), Apollo was an oracular god—the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle. Medicine and healing are associated with Apollo, whether through the god himself or mediated through his son Asclepius, yet Apollo was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague. Amongst the god's custodial charges, Apollo became associated with dominion over colonists, and as the patron defender of herds and flocks. As the leader of the Muses (Apollon Musegetes) and director of their choir, Apollo functioned as the patron god of music and poetry. Hermes created the lyre for him, and the instrument became a common attribute of Apollo. Hymns sung to Apollo were called paeans. In Hellenistic times, especially during the 3rd century BCE, as Apollo Helios he became identified among Greeks with Helios, Titan god of the sun, and his sister Artemis similarly equated with Selene, Titan goddess of the moon  In Latin texts, on the other hand, Joseph Fontenrose declared himself unable to find any conflation of Apollo with Sol among the Augustan poets of the 1st century, not even in the conjurations of Aeneas and Latinus in Aeneid XII (161–215). Apollo and Helios/Sol remained separate beings in literary and mythological texts until the 3rd century CE."

image source: Apollo - Wikipedia

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An Industrial Revolution In Reading 

"During the 1800’s, a major technical revolution occurred in the area of communication—the invention of a non-manual printing press by Friedrich Koening and Andreas F Bauer. Although the manual printing press had been in operation for quite a while, their press was the first to use steam to provide the power. In 1436, John Gutenberg had patented the first the manual printing press. Prior to Gutenberg’s invention, books in Europe were still copied out by hand from a scribe, and the accuracy of the text (whether one edition matched the next) was dependent upon the skill of the man doing the writing. Having a machine that could produce copies of texts that matched word-for-word was a dramatic leap forward."

"Nothing of this kind had ever been invented before and rumors circulated. Mr. J. Walter, proprietor of The London Times, ordered two of the printing presses for his newspapers at a cost of £1400 each. Nearly two years passed before the presses were completed and during that time the work had to proceed in secret. The pressmen who worked for the Times (and would subsequently be out of a job once the new system was put in place) threatened to destroy Koening, Bauer, and their machines. Walter had to promise to find the pressmen other jobs in order to prevent violence (Elligett, 2009)

On November 29th, 1814, the first newspaper printed on a steam-powered cylindrical machine was produced. The following note appeared in a Times article on that day:

Our Journal of this day presents to the Public the practical result of the greatest improvement connected with printing since the discovery of the art itself. The reader of this paragraph now holds in his hand one of the many thousand impressions of The Times newspaper which were taken off last night by a mechanical apparatus. A system of machinery almost organic has been devised and arranged, which, while it relieves the human frame of its most laborious’ efforts in printing, far exceeds all human powers in rapidity and dispatch. That the magnitude of the invention may be justly appreciated by its effects, we shall inform the public, that after the letters are placed by the compositors, and enclosed in what is called the forme, little more remains for man to do than to attend upon and to watch this unconscious agent in its operations. The machine is then merely supplied with paper: itself places the forme, inks it, adjusts the paper to the forme newly inked, stamps the sheet, and gives it forth to the hands of the attendant, at the same time withdrawing the form for a fresh coat of ink, which itself again distributes, to meet the ensuing sheet now advancing for impression; and the whole of these complicated acts is performed with such a velocity and simultaneousness of movement, that no less than 1100 sheets are impressed in one hour.

Finally books and newspapers could be produced on a mass scale. As Richard D. Altick (1973) notes in Victorian People and Ideas, this made the written word available to all aspects of society. Although education was “sketchy” at best for the lower classes, the literacy rate still rose from 67% (male) and 51% (female) in 1814 to approximately 97% for both sexes in 1900. The literacy rate would not have changed much for the upper class, so the increase in literate people came from the middle and lower classes."

"During this time, the lower class also saw an improvement in working conditions—working fewer hours and receiving a bit more pay over what was required for necessities. Public libraries were built and included “reading rooms” where patrons could find a quiet haven to enjoy works of literature (Altick, 1973). Publishing practices changed at this time. Rather than finding an upper class patron to sponsor a work, authors could afford to publish a run of works on their own to sell to the general public thanks to the efficiency of the steam-powered press. They could also publish by subscription—where the public agreed in advance to purchase a work based on an author’s prior works. Also, publishers themselves would purchase the right to produce one run of a novel or book of poetry or would purchase the copyright of a work outright, paying an author a lump sum of money."

image and quotes source: A Revolution in Printing: How A Steam-Powered Press Changed the ...


"Joachim Camerarius (April 12, 1500 – April 17, 1574), the Elder, was a German classical scholar."

"He translated into Latin Herodotus, Demosthenes, Xenophon, Homer, Theocritus, Sophocles, Lucian, Theodoretus, Nicephorus, Ptolemy and other Greek writers. He published upwards of 150 works, including a Catalogue of the Bishops of the Principal Sees; Greek Epistles; Accounts of his Journeys, in Latin verse; a Commentary on Plautus; a treatise on Numismatics; Euclid in Latin; a book of horsemanship, Hippocomicus; and the Lives of Helius Eobanus Hessus, George of Anhalt and Philipp Melanchthon. His Epistolae Familiares (published after his death) are a valuable contribution to the history of his time. He produced the first printed Greek edition of Ptolemy's astrology text, the Tetrabiblos, in 1535. It was printed in a quarto format by the publisher Froben at Nuremberg along with Camerarius's translation to Latin of Books I, II and portions of Books III and IV, accompanied with his notes on the first two books, the Greek text of the Centiloquium (Καρπός) and a Latin translation from Iovianus Pontanus. An avid believer in astrology, he followed it with a second edition of the Tetrabiblos in Greek in 1553, with an accompanying Latin translation by Philipp Melanchthon and the Centiloquium (Καρπός) in Latin and Greek. This was printed in Basel, Switzerland in octavo format by Johannes Oporinus."

"He translated into Latin Herodotus, Demosthenes, Xenophon, Homer, Theocritus, Sophocles, Lucian, Theodoretus, Nicephorus, Ptolemy and other Greek writers."

image and quotes source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Camerarius  •  Printing press - Wikipedia

Joachim Camerarius:

"Joachim Camerarius, (born April 12, 1500, Bamberg, Bavaria—died April 17, 1574, Leipzig), German classical scholar and Lutheran theologian who mediated between Protestants and Catholics at the Reformation. He joined the humanist circle of Helius Eobanus Hessus at Erfurt in 1518 and later became the pupil and friend of Philipp Melanchthon at Wittenberg (1521). He was made professor of classics at Tübingen in 1535. In 1541 Duke Ulrich of Württemberg summoned him to reorganize the University of Leipzig. His classical publications include editions with commentaries of Sophocles, Herodotus, Homer, Plautus, and Xenophon, as well as Latin translations of Greek authors. He also wrote a catechism about the classics in Latin verse (Praecepta honestatis atque decoris puerilis, 1528) and Latin biographies of Hessus (1553) and Melanchthon (1566). He was present with Melanchthon at the reading of the Confutatio pontificia at Augsburg in 1530, and also at a diet there in 1555. In the same year he was the mediator in the dispute over Osiander at Nürnberg. Maximilian II summoned him to Vienna in 1568 to give advice and to order Austrian church affairs."

source: Joachim Camerarius | German scholar and theologian | Britannica.com

1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Camerarius, Joachim (classical scholar)

"1784 - ‎Biography & Autobiography However, Herodotus has not wanted persons to defend him : Aldus Manutius, Joachim Camerarius, and Henry Stephens, have written apologies for him ; and among other things, have very justly observed, Camerarius in particular, that he seldom relates any thing of doubtful credit, but produces the authority on which his ..."

source: A New and general biographical dictionary

"The authoritativeness of Herodotus’s work has been questioned since antiquity."

"The Histories is considered the first work of history in Western literature, and was written in the Ionian dialect of ancient Greek, ca. 440 BC. It was later divided in 9 books, and each was given the name of one of the nine muses of Greek mythology: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia, Urania, and Calliope (in that order). The work starts by documenting the rise of Persians in Asia, recounting as well stories about other Asian peoples, their customs, and their rulers; then takes us to a tour of Egypt and other places and peoples in Africa; describes people inhabiting regions to the north of the Mediterranean Sea, in Europe and around the Black and Caspian Seas; finally, it focuses on Greece and the campaigns of Persian kings to subdue the Greeks, first under king Darius ca. 490 BC, and then under king Xerxes, ca. 480 BC, both of which ended up in Persian defeat. Because Western thought has been fundamentally based on principles that first emerged in ancient Greece (e.g., rationality, questioning of authority, freedom from superstition, objective examination of nature, equality of people, etc.), and since such principles took form and crystalized in Greece primarily in the “classical times” (the century that followed the failed Persian invasion), it is not unreasonable to surmise that the Western European civilization might have taken a different course, had the Persians succeeded back in the 5th C. BC. In particular, one wonders what the Enlightenment in the 17th-18th C. would be without its classical roots: would the same principles be discovered then, all of a sudden? Would science be the same without the influence of its ancient Greek heritage? All these are interesting questions that motivate people to acquire a more intimate knowledge of the events that Herodotus describes in his Histories."

source: http://www.foundalis.com/lan/c/HerodotusEn.htm

F For Fake: History Fades Into The Mists of Time

Who really knows how much of what we think of as history is based on actual event and how much is based on fantasy? We can't really be sure about much of anything regarding more ancient and even more recent history. The News is made of many many lies. It should come as no surprise that all of history is made of many of the same exact kind of, National identity building, types of lies. Myth matters more than accuracy. History is a weapon and tool used to craft state based, ego centered identities for the human resource to self identify with. What we do know about our collective artificial world is that it is an international European banking based construct.

"Michelangelo carved the marble statue Sleeping Eros in 1496, when he was only twenty-one,” Charney goes on, “and, according to an early biographer Giovio, doctored it in order to make it appear to be ancient. The statue was passed off as such when it was sold to Cardinald Raffaele Riario, grandnephew of Pope Sixtus IV and a great collector of early Roman antiquities.”

source: Why forgery was a good move for Michelangelo | Art | Agenda | Phaidon  •  Did Michelangelo Start His Career as an Art Forger? | art net News  •  How Michelangelo Got His Start by Forging Antiquities - Artsy  • Renaissance - Wikipedia  •  F for Fake - Wikipedia

The Trivium: An Important Intellectual Tool

Nature does not make mistakes, humans do. We call these mistakes "paradoxes'. Contradictions are man-made.

The Trivium Method - Gene Odening (entire) - what you should have been taught in school but weren't  source: GnosticMedia

history (n.)

"late 14c., "relation of incidents" (true or false), from Old French estoire, estorie "story; chronicle, history" (12c., Modern French histoire), from Latin historia "narrative of past events, account, tale, story," from Greek historia "a learning or knowing by inquiry; an account of one's inquiries, history, record, narrative," from historein "inquire," from histor"wise man, judge," from PIE *wid-tor-, from root *weid- "to see."

source: history | Origin and meaning of history by Online Etymology Dictionary

apocryphal (adj.)

"1580s, "of doubtful authenticity," from apocrypha + -al (1). Middle English had apocrive(late 14c.) in same sense. Related: Apocryphally."

allegory (n.)

"figurative treatment of an unmentioned subject under the guise of another similar to it in some way," late 14c., from Old French allegorie (12c.), from Latin allegoria, from Greek allegoria "figurative language, description of one thing under the image of another," literally "a speaking about something else," from allos "another, different" (from PIE root *al- (1) "beyond") + agoreuein "speak openly, speak in the assembly," from agora"assembly" (see agora). Related: Allegorist."

source: apocryphal | Origin and meaning of apocryphal by Online Etymology ...  •  allegory | Origin and meaning of allegory by Online Etymology Dictionary

Truth Transcends History

Truth transcends even lies. "Ancient Times" may or may not reflect reality. The truth is that it doesn't really matter. The real truth of human reality transcends even the truth of the stories we use to give meaning to our ego identity based existences. The literal human, the human who has been trained to read and write, and to otherwise consume mass media culture is a different type of being from one who knows only a more aboriginal and more tribe like existence that does not rely on urbanization and industrialization.

Joseph Campbell on The Stories That Guide Us  source: BillMoyers.com


This is how Babel is built.

Babel is still being worked on to this day. Babel is a World-Wide (allegorical) human beehive that is symbolic of the very real 'world' of human artifice. Civilization is "Babel'.

Mining Monolithic Rock

Quarried (quartered) stone gets replaced with cement and then steel. Mine rock becomes mind minting metals used for crafting typographical fonts and minting coin money.

image source: File:Verhaecht babel-lille.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

You Are The Real Artificial Intelligence


image source: A.I. Artificial Intelligence - Wikipedia

Gestalt psychology - Wikipedia

The Gutenberg Gestalt

The mass produced printed word and image as the true "MATRIX" of human personality and ego generation.

History matters more as cultural identity building myth than as real actual fact.

History is not what we think it is. Ancient history does appear to be more myth than provable fact. Even more recent historical events are not as real as advertised. Fake News is an all too real phenomena, Fake FEMA style drills have a way of evolving into "LIVE" News events that morph into university taught history. History is made of many cultural identity building lies. What matters more is the mythical potency of a story, not its factual basis.

"Based on the applied by us mathematical methods it was proved, that the Scaligerian chronology, and therefore also the Scaligerian history of the "antiquity" and the Middle Ages, is totally wrong. Moreover, it appeared that our history right up to the end of the XVI century was consciously falsified at the epoch of the XVII-XVIII centuries."

source: History is Fake - An epic journey of new discovery so fantastic that our ...

We should not be too surprised to learn that the "ancient world" is made more of fairytale lies than actual real events.

Myth matters more than fact. History is a cultural (ego) identity creation and manipulation tool. History is a human resource management tool.

Human ego is purposefully exploited by the system.

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image source: A.I. Artificial Intelligence - Wikipedia


You have been programmed by culture.

The Ramification of Emotions

Most people tend read only headlines and fail to notice retractions and corrections. People seem to remember only the kinds of emotionally charged ideas they need to.

Social Media is the latest medium of government. Government relies on social shepherds and soap operatic, overly dramatic "personal" narratives to define the bounds of human reason and to drive humanity into new behavioral forms. Contrived FEMA drills get reported as real News as the recent Las Vegas mass shooting event shows. What most take to be real historical fact is actually little more than scripted mythic heroic fiction. Dramatic tales of mythic heroes and victims are the means by which the mass of humanity is shepherded into brand new patterns of behavior that the governments of the world desire. This is the way we have always been manipulated into action. This is how civilization is built. These National State News heroes and martyrs are necessary artifacts of culture, or more specifically the religion known as Government. We are not supposed to notice all the obvious crisis acting fakery and that the evidence presented to us by governmental report and the News (and even alternative sources) indicates that the entire event was nothing but a drill with no real deaths to actually report. Yet without such dramatic tales, of heroes, victims and martyrs, we could have no National or even more local News led rituals of public morning over fallen "friends" we never knew.

A Real Call To Action Motivated By Fake Events

"Do not believe in anything simply because you've heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. ... I suppose we should add to that list, do not believe anything simply because Buddha – or, for that matter, Simon – says. I guess that makes it fairly comprehensive. It does not, however, bring my remarks about belief to an end. I still have a few more things to say about that sometimes thorny subject. If a belief is clearly false, but is not shaken by evidence to that effect, it is commonly called a delusion. In a person who is not mentally ill, such a delusion might be the result of self-deception, or deception by a third party, or sometimes a combination of the two."

quote source: Conditioning, Beliefs and Basic Attitudes


Modern Human Personas Are The Real "A.I."

Understanding metaphor and allegory might matter more than factual accuracy.  

"In Jewish folklore, a golem ...is an animated anthropomorphic being that is magically created entirely from inanimate matter (specifically clay or mud). The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material in Psalms and medieval writing."

"The most famous golem narrative involves Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the late-16th-century rabbi of Prague. There are many tales differing on how the golem was brought to life and afterward controlled. According to Moment Magazine, "the golem is a highly mutable metaphor with seemingly limitless symbolism. It can be victim or villain, Jew or non-Jew, man or woman—or sometimes both. Over the centuries it has been used to connote war, community, isolation, hope and despair."

The Golem represents the unfinished human being, an uncultivated or uncultured or uncivilized person.

"The word golem occurs once in the Bible in Psalm 139:16, which uses the word גלמי (galmi; my golem), that means "my light form", "raw" material, connoting the unfinished human being before God's eyes. The Mishnah uses the term for an uncultivated person: "Seven characteristics are in an uncultivated person, and seven in a learned one," (שבעה דברים בגולם) (Pirkei Avot 5:6 in the Hebrew text; English translations vary). In Modern Hebrew, golem is used to mean "dumb" or "helpless". Similarly, it is often used today as a metaphor for a brainless lunk or entity who serves a man under controlled conditions but is hostile to him under others. "Golem" passed into Yiddish as goylem to mean someone who is clumsy or slow."

"God fashions Adam from dust and places him in the Garden of Eden. Adam is told that he can till the ground and eat freely of all the trees in the garden, except for a tree of the knowledge of good and evil."

image and quote source: 1.4 The classic narrative: The Golem of Prague  •  Adam and Eve - Wikipedia

see also: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Wikipedia

I, Robot... You, Jane

""I, Robot...You, Jane" is the eighth episode of season 1 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The episode was written by staff writers Ashley Gable and Thomas A. Swyden, and directed by Stephen Posey. The episode originally aired on April 28, 1997. In this episode, Willow accidentally releases the demon Moloch onto the internet. There he wreaks havoc and gains a following." "In Cortona, Italy, in 1418, a circle of priests trap a horned demon (Moloch "the Corruptor") in a book using a magic ritual. The book is sealed in a box, with the head priest expressing the hope that the book will never be read, lest the demon be released upon the world. In the present, the book is delivered to Giles and added to a pile that Willow is scanning into a computer. Willow tells Buffy that she has formed an online relationship with a boy named Malcolm. As Buffy tries to warn Willow about the dangers of rushing into a relationship with someone she has not seen, Fritz (a computer geek) is instructed by Moloch, via the computer he is working on, to keep watch on Buffy. Later, when Xander asks Willow if she will accompany him to the Bronze, she passes, preferring to talk to Malcolm. When Willow arrives late the next day, Buffy finds that she missed classes to talk to "Malcolm". Buffy asks Dave for help in finding out Malcolm's real identity, but his angry response causes her to suspect that he is Malcolm. When Buffy asks Giles for help, he confesses he cannot help her much as he finds technology to be intimidating.

Willow becomes suspicious of Malcolm after she learns that he knows Buffy was kicked out of her old school, and logs off the conversation. Back at the library, Giles discovers that Moloch's book is blank. Outside of school, Dave tells Buffy that Willow wants to talk to her in the girls' locker room. At the last minute, Dave has a change of heart and warns Buffy that she is about to be electrocuted. In the library, Giles tells Buffy and Xander that demons can be imprisoned in books; if the books are read aloud, the demons are set free. Giles also explains that Moloch is an extremely powerful and seductive demon, winning his victims over with false promises of love, glory and power. Buffy and Giles realise that there is no limit to the destruction that a demon could do through the Internet. After they find Dave's body, Xander and Buffy go to Willow's house, and Buffy tells Giles to ask the computer teacher (Ms. Calendar) for help, hoping that between his knowledge of demons and her knowledge of computers, they can reimprison Moloch. Willow is kidnapped by Fritz. Giles seeks help from Ms. Calendar, and is surprised that she is already aware of the demon in the Internet. A robotic incarnation of Moloch crashes through a wall and attacks Buffy, Willow and Xander. After a brief battle, Buffy tricks Moloch into punching an electrical power line, causing his body to explode and, presumably, destroying him for good."

source: I, Robot... You, Jane - Wikipedia 

see also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinocchio  •   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avengers:_Age_of_Ultron

The News Media & Government Promote Ad Hominem Style Reasoning In Order To Generate New Homunculi

Highly charged emotional yellow journal headlines proclaim the same old tired themes over and over. We go from scandalous sexualized headlines to news of threatening war to rumor of random violence and then on to acts of terrifying delight, only after light hearted commercial break and sports scores, of course.

Yellow journalism - Wikipedia

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Modern Human Personality Generating MATRIX Revealed

"Though the World Wide Web was invented thirty years after The Gutenberg Galaxy was published, McLuhan may have coined and certainly popularized the usage of the term "surfing" to refer to rapid, irregular and multidirectional movement through a heterogeneous body of documents or knowledge, e.g., statements like "Heidegger surf-boards along on the electronic wave as triumphantly as Descartes rode the mechanical wave." Paul Levinson's 1999 book Digital McLuhan explores the ways that McLuhan's work can be better understood through the lens of the digital revolution. Later, Bill Stewart's 2007 "Living Internet" website describes how McLuhan's "insights made the concept of a global village, interconnected by an electronic nervous system, part of our popular culture well before it actually happened."

source: The Gutenberg Galaxy - Wikipedia


The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Human

"The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man is a 1962 book by Marshall McLuhan, in which the author analyzes the effects of mass media, especially the printing press, on European culture and human consciousness. It popularized the term global village,[1] which refers to the idea that mass communicationallows a village-like mindset to apply to the entire world; and Gutenberg Galaxy, which we may regard today to refer to the accumulated body of recorded works of human art and knowledge, especially books. McLuhan studies the emergence of what he calls Gutenberg Man, the subject produced by the change of consciousness wrought by the advent of the printed book. Apropos of his axiom, "The medium is the message," McLuhan argues that technologies are not simply inventions which people employ but are the means by which people are re-invented. The invention of movable type was the decisive moment in the change from a culture in which all the senses partook of a common interplay to a tyranny of the visual. He also argued that the development of the printing press led to the creation of nationalism, dualism, domination of rationalism, automatisation of scientific research, uniformation and standardisation of culture and alienation of individuals."

"Movable type, with its ability to reproduce texts accurately and swiftly, extended the drive toward homogeneity and repeatability already in evidence in the emergence of perspectival art and the exigencies of the single "point of view". He writes: the world of visual perspective is one of unified and homogeneous space. Such a world is alien to the resonating diversity of spoken words. So language was the last art to accept the visual logic of Gutenberg technology, and the first to rebound in the electric age."

"The book may also be regarded as a way of describing four epochs of history: Oral tribe culture Manuscript culture Gutenberg galaxy Electronic age"

"For the break between the time periods in each case the occurrence of a new medium is responsible, the hand-writing terminates the oral phase, the printing and the electricity revolutionizes afterwards culture and society. Given the clue of "hand-writing" that terminates the "oral phase" one expects "printing" to terminate the manuscript phase and the "electrifying" to bring an end to the Gutenberg era. The strangeness of the use of "electrifying" is entirely appropriate in the McLuhan context of 1962. The Internet did not exist then. McLuhan himself suggests that the last section of his book might play the major role of being the first section: The last section of the book, "The Galaxy Reconfigured," deals with the clash of electric and mechanical, or print, technologies, and the reader may find it the best prologue."

Oral tribe culture

"The oral tradition is not dead. In schools or at home or in the street, where children are taught to learn by heart, to memorize, nursery rhymes or poems or songs, then they can be said to participate in the oral tradition. The same is often true of the children belonging to religious groups who are taught to learn to say their prayers. In other words, childhood is one of the ages of man (in Shakespeare's sense) and is essentially an oral tribal culture. The transition from this oral culture takes place when the child is taught to read and write. Then the child enters the world of the manuscript culture. McLuhan identifies James Joyce's Finnegans Wake as a key that unlocks something of the nature of the oral culture."

"Of particular importance to the Oral Culture is the Art of memory."

The village

"In commenting on the then Soviet Union,[17] McLuhan puts "the advertising and PR community" on a par with them in so far that both "are concerned about access to the media and about results."[18] More remarkably he asserts that "Soviet concern with media results is natural to any oral society where interdependence is the result of instant interplay of cause and effect in the total structure. Such is the character of a village, or since electric media, such is also the character of global village."

Manuscript culture

"The culture of the manuscript (literally hand-writing) is often referred to by McLuhan as scribal culture. Medieval illumination, gloss, and sculpture alike were aspects of the art of memory, central to scribal culture."

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"Finnegans Wake: Joyce's Finnegans Wake (like Shakespeare's King Lear) is one of the texts which McLuhan frequently uses throughout the book in order to weave together the various strands of his argument. Throughout Finnegans Wake Joyce specifies the Tower of Babel as the tower of Sleep, that is, the tower of the witless assumption, or what Bacon calls the reign of the Idols."

Movable type

"His episodic and often rambling history takes the reader from pre-alphabetic tribal humankind to the electronic age. According to McLuhan, the invention of movable type greatly accelerated, intensified, and ultimately enabled cultural and cognitive changes that had already been taking place since the invention and implementation of the alphabet, by which McLuhan means phonemic orthography. (McLuhan is careful to distinguish the phonetic alphabet from logographic/logogramic writing systems, like hieroglyphics or ideograms.) Print culture, ushered in by the Gutenberg press in the middle of the fifteenth century, brought about the cultural predominance of the visual over the aural/oral. Quoting with approval an observation on the nature of the printed word from Prints and Visual Communication by William Ivins, McLuhan remarks:

In this passage [Ivins] not only notes the ingraining of lineal, sequential habits, but, even more important, points out the visual homogenizing of experience of print culture, and the relegation of auditory and other sensuous complexity to the background. [...] The technology and social effects of typography incline us to abstain from noting interplay and, as it were, "formal" causality, both in our inner and external lives. Print exists by virtue of the static separation of functions and fosters a mentality that gradually resists any but a separative and compartmentalizing or specialist outlook. 

The main concept of McLuhan's argument (later elaborated upon in The Medium is the Massage) is that new technologies (like alphabets, printing presses, and even speech itself) exert a gravitational effect on cognition, which in turn affects social organization: print technology changes our perceptual habits ("visual homogenizing of experience"), which in turn affects social interactions ("fosters a mentality that gradually resists all but a... specialist outlook"). According to McLuhan, the advent of print technology contributed to and made possible most of the salient trends in the Modern period in the Western world: individualism, democracy, Protestantism, capitalism and nationalism. For McLuhan, these trends all reverberate with print technology's principle of "segmentation of actions and functions and principle of visual quantification." 

Electronic age : The global village

"In the early 1960s, McLuhan wrote that the visual, individualistic print culture would soon be brought to an end by what he called "electronic interdependence": when electronic media would replace visual culture with aural/oral culture. In this new age, humankind will move from individualism and fragmentation to a collective identity, with a "tribal base." McLuhan's coinage for this new social organization is the global village. The term is sometimes described as having negative connotations in The Gutenberg Galaxy, but McLuhan himself was interested in exploring effects, not making value judgments:

Instead of tending towards a vast Alexandrian library the world has become a computer, an electronic brain, exactly as an infantile piece of science fiction. And as our senses have gone outside us, Big Brother goes inside. So, unless aware of this dynamic, we shall at once move into a phase of panic terrors, exactly befitting a small world of tribal drums, total interdependence, and superimposed co-existence. [...] Terror is the normal state of any oral society, for in it everything affects everything all the time. [...] In our long striving to recover for the Western world a unity of sensibility and of thought and feeling we have no more been prepared to accept the tribal consequences of such unity than we were ready for the fragmentation of the human psyche by print culture. Key to McLuhan's argument is the idea that technology has no per se moral bent—it is a tool that profoundly shapes an individual's and, by extension, a society's self-conception and realization:

Is it not obvious that there are always enough moral problems without also taking a moral stand on technological grounds? [...] Print is the extreme phase of alphabet culture that detribalizes or decollectivizes man in the first instance. Print raises the visual features of alphabet to highest intensity of definition. Thus print carries the individuating power of the phonetic alphabet much further than manuscript culture could ever do. Print is the technology of individualism. If men decided to modify this visual technology by an electric technology, individualism would also be modified. To raise a moral complaint about this is like cussing a buzz-saw for lopping off fingers. "But", someone says, "we didn't know it would happen." Yet even witlessness is not a moral issue. It is a problem, but not a moral problem; and it would be nice to clear away some of the moral fogs that surround our technologies. It would be good for morality. The moral valence of technology's effects on cognition is, for McLuhan, a matter of perspective. For instance, McLuhan contrasts the considerable alarm and revulsion that the growing quantity of books aroused in the latter seventeenth century with the modern concern for the "end of the book." If there can be no universal moral sentence passed on technology, McLuhan believes that "there can only be disaster arising from unawareness of the causalities and effects inherent in our technologies."

McLuhan frequently quoted Walter Ong's Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue (1958), which evidently had prompted McLuhan to write The Gutenberg Galaxy. Ong wrote a highly favorable review of this new book in America. However, Ong later tempered his praise, by describing McLuhan's The Gutenberg Galaxy as "a racy survey, indifferent to some scholarly detail, but uniquely valuable in suggesting the sweep and depth of the cultural and psychological changes entailed in the passage from illiteracy to print and beyond."[29] McLuhan himself said of the book, "I'm not concerned to get any kudos out of [The Gutenberg Galaxy]. It seems to me a book that somebody should have written a century ago. I wish somebody else had written it. It will be a useful prelude to the rewrite of Understanding Media [the 1960 NAEB report] that I'm doing now." McLuhan's The Gutenberg Galaxy won Canada's highest literary award, the Governor-General's Award for Non-Fiction, in 1962. The chairman of the selection committee was McLuhan's colleague at the University of Toronto and oftentime intellectual sparring partner, Northrop Frye."

source: The Gutenberg Galaxy - Wikipedia

Educational Movie/Documentary of 1960's - This is Marshall McLuhan: The Medium is the Message


The Lie of The Mythic Intrepid Reporter Revealed:

"News From Nowhere" by Edward Jay Epstein

“The public image of American journalism has always included a good proportion of myth. Well before the Second World War, Broadway and Hollywood had made the stereotype of the Intrepid Reporter—dogged in his pursuit of the truth, fearless in his determination to see it printed—nearly as familiar as the white hats that identified the good guys in a Western. The war made legends out of such foreign correspondents as Ernie Pyle and Margaret Bourke-White; in the cold-war years that followed, with their prolonged emphasis on foreign affairs, the image of the newspaper correspondent came to be fixed in a new stereotype, but one every bit as solid, and as favorable, as the old one of Hollywood. Television was at first merely an instrument of this myth, but in the mid-1950s it grew to be something more. With the development of national network news programs, the legend came to life."

The Selling of The Pentagon: Faking War Footage For Television

"Another commonly used device for generating film about an event to which television cameras are not privy is re-enacting the happening. This usually involves having participants act out for the cameras after the fact the part they played in a news event. In this practice, however, the line between what constitutes "staged" news as opposed to a legitimate reconstruction is not always clear. For example, in its documentary on "The Selling of the Pentagon," CBS criticized the Department of Defense for staging the landings of South Vietnamese river patrols for conveniently placed cameramen (since it was known there were no enemy troops in the vicinity)."

"Yet a former Saigon bureau chief pointed out that "it is considered standard operating procedures for troops to fire their weapons for the benefit of cameramen. If our cameramen had to wait until a fire fight with the Vietcong broke out , we'd have much less footage - and perhaps, cameramen."

quote source: page 158, "News From Nowhere" by Edward Jay Epstein

source: News from Nowhere, by Edward Jay Epstein | commentary

The Emperor's New Clothes - Wikipedia




Stanley Kubrick, after doing extensive research about the Vietnam War, claimed most soldiers did not see or experience any combat.

The video below is an excerpt from a full interview.

Here is the original YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvoxjkTNOXE  (The excerpt is from time 53:40) The video is still available to watch on YouTube.

(Alt link: https://youtu.be/wvoxjkTNOXE?t=53m40s)

Please take a listen:

A Band of Fakers: "Phony Vets and the Journalists Who Love Them"
"It's hard not to be amused when it comes to the imaginary exploits of aging "Confederates" and Great War "aces" who fought the Red Baron, but the phony tales spun by modern imposters — especially those who claim Vietnam service — are no laughing matter. These are the frauds who, every Veterans' Day, show up at parades and at the Vietnam memorial in Washington in their rag-tag fatigues and flea market medals, telling credulous reporters that Agent Orange or Post Traumatic Stress ruined their lives, and that memories of slitting children's throats keeps them awake nights. All too often, these suffering "veterans" never set foot in Vietnam — and yet, the images they offer have permanently shaped the way Americans view soldiers from this war: As slovenly, drug-addled baby-killers who loiter on America's streets when they're not committing violent crimes. Phony Vietnam vets typically tell tales of Vietnam horrors to explain and excuse their failed lives, Burkett says, and naive journalists uncritically lap them up. Much research proves that — far from being homeless, alcohol-drenched failures — most Vietnam vets are healthy, mentally stable, successful men who deserve their country's respect."

source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fake-war-stories-exposed/4/


The Great Bathtub Hoax!

Journalists were never to be trusted.

"The bathtub hoax was a famous hoax perpetrated by the American journalist H. L. Mencken involving the publication of a fictitious history of the bathtub. On December 28, 1917, an article titled "A Neglected Anniversary" by H. L. Mencken was published in the New York Evening Mail. It claimed that the bathtub had been introduced into the United States as recently as 1842, the first ones having been made of mahogany lined with lead. The article went on to describe how the introduction of the bathtub was initially greatly discussed and opposed until President Millard Fillmore had a bathtub installed in the White House in 1850, making the invention more broadly acceptable. The article was entirely false but was still being widely quoted as fact for years, even as recently as January 2008 when a Kia TV ad referenced the story with no mention of its fictional nature. In 1949 Mencken wrote: The success of this idle hoax, done in time of war, when more serious writing was impossible, vastly astonished me. It was taken gravely by a great many other newspapers, and presently made its way into medical literature and into standard reference books. It had, of course, no truth in it whatsoever, and I more than once confessed publicly that it was only a jocosity ... Scarcely a month goes by that I do not find the substance of it reprinted, not as foolishness but as fact, and not only in newspapers but in official documents and other works of the highest pretensions."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathtub_hoax

Do you know the difference between gossip and actual fact?

Gossip = Gospel

Real experts can demonstrate their knowledge in the real world. Bull shit artists have to talk and write about about theories and assumptions and ad hoc mythology.

"gossip (n.) Old English godsibb "sponsor, godparent," from God + sibb "relative" (see sibling). Extended in Middle English to "a familiar acquaintance, a friend, neighbor" (c. 1300), especially to woman friends invited to attend a birth, later to "anyone engaging in familiar or idle talk" (1560s). Sense extended 1811 to "trifling talk, groundless rumor." Similar formations in Old Norse guðsifja, Old Saxon guþziff."

"gospel (n.) Old English godspel "glad tidings announced by Jesus; one of the four gospels," literally "good spell," from god "good" (see good (adj.)) + spel "story, message" (see spell (n.1)). A translation of Latin bona adnuntiatio, itself a translation of Greek euangelion "reward for bringing good news" (see evangel). The first element of the Old English word originally had a long "o," but it shifted under mistaken association with God, as if "God-story" (i.e. the history of Christ)."

quote sources: https://www.etymonline.com/word/gossip   •   https://www.etymonline.com/word/gospel


image source: Watchmen - Wikipedia  • Watchmen comic-book sequel:  Doomsday Clock (comics) - Wikipedia

The Yellow Joke

The word "kid", a verb, that means "tease playfully," 1839, earlier, in thieves' cant, "to coax, wheedle, hoax" (1811), probably from kid (n.), via notion of "treat as a child, make a kid of." Related: Kidded; kidding. Colloquial interjection no kidding! "that's the truth" is from 1914."

source: kid | Origin and meaning of kid by Online Etymology Dictionary



"Historians cite the Yellow Kid as the first example of modern merchandizing, a success which many attribute to the fact that he was a children’s character marketed to appeal to adults––a youthful anti-establishment symbol packaged by the establishment itself for mass consumption."

"You know the Yellow Kid: that baby-faced, buck-toothed street urchin who graced comic strips in the latter half of the 1890s. He was created by Richard Outcault, who later went on to create the equally successful Buster Brown and his little terrier Tige. The Kid, whose full name was Mickey Dugan, first appeared in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World in 1895, one of a cast of characters in a strip called Hogan’s Alley. He soon became better known as the “Yellow Dugan Kid” for the omnipresent over-sized yellow nightshirt which bore his dialogue: quippy observations in a broad New York dialect. As the Kid’s popularity rapidly grew, the strip’s presence actually increased paper sales for the World. And the capitalization didn’t stop there. Soon there was a Yellow Kid version of everything, from playing cards, pins, dolls, and ice cream, to bottle openers, sheet music, even cigarettes. Historians cite the Yellow Kid as the first example of modern merchandizing, a success which many attribute to the fact that he was a children’s character marketed to appeal to adults––a youthful anti-establishment symbol packaged by the establishment itself for mass consumption. (Not unlike the Kid’s fellow yellow superstars, Bart Simpson and SpongeBob SquarePants. Coincidence?)"

quote and image source: The Innocent Origin of Yellow Journalism: How the Yellow Kid ...

The Yellow Blueprint for Culture

"Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a US term for a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion."

"Joseph Campbell describes yellow press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion. The term was extensively used to describe certain major New York City newspapers around 1900 as they battled for circulation." 

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

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"The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Time"

"Scientific discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibition"

"Anyone who opened the pages of the New York Sun on Tuesday, August 25, 1835, had no idea they were reading an early work of science fiction—and one of the greatest hoaxes of all time."

image and quote source: Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Time | At the Smithsonian

The Tip of The Proverbial Iceberg of Historical Lies:

"Yellow Journalism: The “Fake News” of the 19th Century"

"It is perhaps not so surprising to hear that the problem of “fake news” — media outlets adopting sensationalism to the point of fantasy — is nothing new. Although, as Robert Darnton explained in the NYRB recently, the peddling of public lies for political gain (or simply financial profit) can be found in most periods of history dating back to antiquity, it is in the late 19th-century phenomenon of “Yellow Journalism” that it first seems to reach the widespread outcry and fever pitch of scandal familiar today. Why yellow? The reasons are not totally clear. Some sources point to the yellow ink the publications would sometimes use, though it more likely stems from the popular Yellow Kid cartoon that first ran in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World, and later William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal, the two newspapers engaged in the circulation war at the heart of the furore. Although these days his name is somewhat synonymous with journalism of the highest standards, through association with the Pulitzer Prize established by provisions in his will, Joseph Pulitzer had a very different reputation while alive. After purchasing The New York World in 1884 and rapidly increasing circulation through the publication of sensationalist stories he earned the dubious honour of being the pioneer of tabloid journalism. He soon had a competitor in the field when his rival William Randolph Hearst acquired the The New York Journal in 1885 (originally begun by Joseph’s brother Albert). The rivalry was fierce, each trying to out do each other with ever more sensational and salacious stories. At a meeting of prominent journalists in 1889 Florida Daily Citizen editor Lorettus Metcalf claimed that due to their competition “the evil grew until publishers all over the country began to think that perhaps at heart the public might really prefer vulgarity”.

source: Yellow Journalism: The “Fake News” of the 19th Century – The Public ... 

"Railways and Revolvers in Georgia (1856)"

"The London Times offered an example of the violence of American society. It printed a letter from an Englishman living in America who described bloody gunfights fought with "Monte Christo pistols" during a train ride through Georgia. American papers denied the story, but the Times stubbornly defended it, only relenting a year later after learning that "Monte Christo pistols" was slang for bottles of champagne."

"Empire City Massacre (1863)"

"A report in the Territorial Enterprise described a gruesome event. After losing his money by investing in San Francisco utilities, a man went insane and slaughtered his family, then rode into town carrying the "reeking scalp" of his wife and collapsed dead in front of a saloon. The story was widely reprinted. However, it wasn't true. It was the invention of Mark Twain whose goal was to trick San Francisco newspapers into printing a story critical of the utility companies."

source:  Media Hoaxes in the Era of Yellow Journalism - The Museum of Hoaxes


"In or about 2017, a team of archaeologists led by Nicolò Marchetti of the University of Bologna pieced together the fragments of a Hittite pot from approximately 1700 BCE that had been found in Karkamış, Turkey. After it was pieced together, the team saw that it had what appeared to be a large smiley face painted on it."

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1963: The Smiley Face Logo is "Born"

"A smiley (sometimes called a happy face or smiley face) is a stylized representation of a smiling humanoid face that is a part of popular cultureworldwide. The classic form designed by Harvey Ball in 1963 comprises a yellow circle with two black dots representing eyes and a black arc representing the mouth () On the Internet and in other plain text communication channels, the emoticon form (sometimes also called the smiley-face emoticon) has traditionally been most popular, typically employing a colon and a right parenthesis to form sequences like :-), :), or (:that resemble a smiling face when viewed after rotation through 90 degrees. "Smiley" is also sometimes used as a generic term for any emoticon. The smiley has been referenced in nearly all areas of Western culture including music, movies, and art. The smiley has also been associated with late 1980s and early 1990s rave culture."

images and quotes source: http://www.timesofisrael.com/historys-oldest-smile-found-on-4000-year-old-pot-in-turkey/  •  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiley


"We The People" is a Lie

“We the People” is national identity generating, marketing sloganeering and nothing more. It is advertising and psychological manipulation.

"Ask not..." is another political marketing lie. JFK is a sainted yellow journal idol. The fake JFK assassination would do more than just effect the decade of the 1960's, it would spawn the so-called "conspiracy"  crowd in the first place.

"Tin foil" spun conspiracy mazes lie at the foundation of a multimedia empire. The JFK assassination has made a whole lot of money for Hollywood and related media interests. Layers of deceptive governmental, News media, tabloid and Hollywood promoted lies have long attempted to cover for the fact that the evidence we can actually examine points to this event being a governmental propaganda hoax with obvious national identity and even international identity, shaping agenda. All of the conspiracy mazes are meant to get us to not notice how fake and cartoonish this event really was. The mainstream News media is responsible for the dumbing down of humanity. The reach and effect of the ubiquitous News makes this medium one of the most powerful cultural shaping and manipulation tools of government.

The News Media, The Government & Hollywood Are The Source of The Conspiracy Marketplace

"Best-selling books and blockbuster movies have raked in massive profits since 1963."

"On the very day John F. Kennedy died, a cottage industry was born. Fifty years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, it's still thriving. Its product? The "truth" about the president's assassination. By the evening of November 22, 1963, I found myself being drawn into the case," Los Angeles businessman Ray Marcus wrote in "Addendum B," one of several self-published monographs he produced on the assassination. For him, authorities were just too quick and too pat with their conclusion. "The government was saying there was only one assassin; that there was no conspiracy. It was obvious that even if this subsequently turned out to be true, it could not have been known to be true at that time." Most skeptics, including Marcus, didn't get rich by publishing their doubts and theories — and some have even bankrupted themselves chasing theirs. But for a select few, there's been good money in keeping the controversy alive."

"Best-selling books and blockbuster movies have raked in massive profits since 1963. And now, with the 50th anniversary of that horrible day in Dallas looming, a new generation is set to cash in. Of course, the Warren Commission officially concluded in 1964 that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone — and issued 26 volumes of documents to support that determination. But rather than closing the book on JFK's death, the report merely served as fuel for an already kindled fire of doubt and suspicion."

"Since then, even government investigators have stepped away from the lone assassin theory. In 1978, the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations ended its own lengthy inquiry by finding that JFK "was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy."

source: 50 years on, finding profit in 'truth' on JFK case - The San Diego Union ...•  Inaugural Address - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum  •  We choose to go to the Moon - Wikipedia


Ours is a Yellow Journal Inspired World: Literal Cartoons Are Offered As Proof Contrived and Theatrical Events Are Real

"Frank Luther Mott identifies yellow journalism based on five characteristics: 

scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news

lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings

use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts

emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips

dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

Poor Eternal Fictional Yellow Journal Victim: Blessed JFK

Who did it? The CIA, the FBI, the MAFIA, CBS, ABC or NBC?

We are not supposed to notice it was all a scripted, cartoonish soap opera.


Yellow Journal – Mythic Martyred – Secular Saints

From JFK to 9/11 to the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Sandyhook Shooting Hoax, the mainstream and even alternative News is made of many scripted lies. The fake JFK assassination was the first televised participation mystique event of the 20th century electronic based media age. 9/11/2001 would act as a culturally manipulative sequel of sorts. Both these events relied on literal cartoons sold to the public as "evidence" that these crafted and fake events were in fact real.


image source: Eternal Flame at JFK Gravesite Undergoing Repairs - NBC4 Washington


"early 13c., "body part or other object from a holy person," from Old French relique (11c., plural reliques), from Late Latin reliquiæ (plural) "remains of a martyr," in classical Latin "remains, remnants," noun use of fem. plural of reliquus "remaining, that which remains," related to relinquere (perfective reliqui) "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" (see re-) + linquere "to leave," from PIE *linkw-, nasalized form of root *leikw-"to leave." Sense of "remains, ruins" is from early 14c. Old English used reliquias, directly from Latin."

source: relic | Origin and meaning of relic by Online Etymology Dictionary


artifact | Origin and meaning of artifact by Online Etymology Dictionary   •   construct | Origin and meaning of construct by Online Etymology ...


image source: Excalibur - Wikipedia

"How Jackie Kennedy Invented Camelot Just One Week after JFK's Assassination"

"First Lady Jackie Kennedy was plunged into shock and despair when her husband, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated at 46 on Nov. 22, 1963. But even in the midst of unimaginable tragedy, she had a key focus: to ensure that his legacy endured. And to do that, she spun a fantasy that has only grown in the five decades since. On Nov. 29, 1963, four days after her husband’s burial, the widowed mother of two invited Life magazine journalist Theodore H. White to the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. There, Jackie, then just 34, crafted a glittering fairytale about JFK’s 1,000 days in the White House that continues to captivate the nation. The inspiration? JFK’s favorite Broadway musical, Camelot — the story of mythical world, ruled by King Arthur, where goodness reigned supreme."

“Don’t let it be forgot, that for one brief, shining moment there was Camelot,” Jackie told White, quoting from the musical."

source: How Jackie Kennedy Invented Camelot Myth Just One Week After ...  •  Jackie: behind the creation of JFK, America's once and future king ...


"Participation mystique, or mystical participation, refers to the instinctive human tie to symbolic fantasy emanations. This symbolic life precedes or accompanies all mental and intellectual differentiation. The concept is closely tied to that of projection because these contents, which are often mythological motifs, project themselves into situations and objects, including other persons, as readily as we project color into the objects we perceive."

"PARTICIPATION MYSTIQUE is a term derived from Lévy-Bruhl. It denotes a peculiar kind of psychological connection with objects, and consists in the fact that the subject cannot clearly distinguish himself from the object but is bound to it by a direct relationship which amounts to partial identity."

source: Participation mystique - Wikipedia



The JFK "assassination" was a public television ritual. JFK is a sainted and blessed secular idol of the very religious faith we know as government. Government is secular religion. Historical figures like JFK are mythic idols meant one inspire the mass just as much as any sainted Catholic statue would.

ritual | Origin and meaning of ritual by Online Etymology Dictionary  •  television | Origin and meaning of television by Online Etymology ...


20th Century American Television Idolatry: JFK

“How the JFK assassination transformed media coverage.”

"Other live TV news events followed, and the next time networks devoted as much time to commercial-free news broadcasts came with the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States."

“The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was a transformative live, global TV news event. It swept an industry without a playbook for covering a breaking story of such magnitude and utterly changed how people receive their news."

"For four days, starting with gunfire in Dallas and ending with Kennedy’s funeral procession in Washington, major U.S. TV networks went live with wall-to-wall coverage, suspending commercials. Other live TV news events followed, and the next time networks devoted as much time to commercial-free news broadcasts came with the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. “The Kennedy assassination became the template for coverage,” said Bob Schieffer, who 50 years ago covered the event for the Fort Worth Star Telegram and is now a veteran broadcaster with CBS. We were working in one of the worst moments of the nation’s life back then and we didn’t know what to make of it, much like what happened on 9/11,” he told Reuters. The technology was primitive in 1963, but the idea was born of broadcasting live from the scene, having an anchor for the coverage and letting the images do the talking when possible. Some of the tasks were daunting, such as moving studio TV cameras that weighed hundreds of pounds into places such as Dallas police headquarters and stringing heavy cables up a wall and through the police chief’s office.”


"Mourning and a sense of loss were visceral, with a survey at the time saying about two-thirds of Americans watching the events fell ill or felt emotional distress. Newspapers and radio were the main sources of news the day before the assassination, but the pendulum had swung."

"This is when America became a TV nation,” said Patty Rhule, a senior manager of exhibits at the Newseum, a museum for the news industry in Washington."

source: How the JFK assassination transformed media coverage - Reuters


The fake assassination was a scripted and contrived yellow journal multimedia event.

The JFK "assassination" is the blueprint for modern fake News events (government drills) sold to the public as real. Before Septmeber 11. 2001, there was Novermber 22, 1963. Security clearances and governmental control of the News media make crafting artificial events an easy process. The public has been conditioned from birth to be eternal passive audience members for mass media communications. This eternal passive audience has been conditioned to accept highly edited footage with authoritative voice over as evidence when in fact such visual claims are nothing but visual gossip. The News media is not the investigative body its advertising claims it is.

The News media is a propaganda weapon.

"The first truly modern presidential candidate, Kennedy blazed new trails in marketing himself—in 1960, Norman Mailer even wrote a famous piece about him called, revealingly, “Superman Comes to the Supermarket.” As president, JFK and Jackie were acknowledged masters of image-shaping PR events (tours of the White House, photo ops with the family) that have since become obligatory for all presidents. Even after her husband’s death, Jackie Kennedy Onassis kept the flame by shaping his iconography. In what may be the finest piece of political brand-management in American history, it was Jackie who came up with—and promoted—the notion that his presidency was “Camelot.” Steeped in a love of showbiz—he dug movie people, hung out with the Rat Pack—JFK was our first pop president, actually holding a birthday gala at Madison Square Garden, where he was serenaded by Marilyn Monroe. He was also our first true TV president. Not ony did he come across well on the small screen (most famously in his debate with sweaty Richard Nixon), but his brisk, witty, detached style was perfect for a medium that Marshall McLuhan famously termed “cool.” Even his assassination became a grand, tragic pop spectacular, forever changing TV news, making stars of reporters like Dan Rather, uniting an entire country who all watched the same thing on television—and henceforth expected to see the news happen before its eyes. From the beginning, most of the American public has refused to believe the official story that the assassination was the work of one man, Lee Harvey Oswald. There simply had to be more to the enormity than that—some dark conspiracy coming to a head in that grassy knoll. Such paranoiac thoughts were, of course, hardly new to the American psyche (which had recently endured McCarthyism). Indeed, in 1962 Hollywood had released The Manchurian Candidate, the greatest of all conspiracy thrillers; a few months after that, Thomas Pynchon had published his brilliant debut novel, V., which was about the paranoid desire to find secret patterns hidden beneath surface events. Still, the Kennedy assassination marked a transformative moment in our culture. It pushed conspiracy theory from the margins into the mainstream and it’s been there ever since."

"During a splendidly written commencement address at Yale in 1962, President Kennedy told his audience, “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.” He couldn’t have known it at the time, but he might have been describing his own place in history. By now, our whole idea of John F. Kennedy has entered a realm in which serious biographies exist side by side with trashy miniseries, sorrowful boomer nostalgia collides with gossip about his trysts, attempts to sanctify his presidency are matched by attempts to tear it down, and the sense of tragedy that haunts his name has its mirror image in the existence of bands named Dead Kennedys and Family Guy gags about a JFK PEZ dispenser getting its head shot off by a sniper. These days, JFK is as much a fictional creation as an actual historical figure."

source: The Kennedy Mystique Explained in Ten Words — Vogue - Vogue


9/11/2001: The First Large Scale 21st Century Multimedia-Governmental, Yellow Journal Cartoon, Hoax Event

image source: Theory of Ghostplane  source: CollinAlexander

The Medium of Super Hero Film Used To Reenact Terror & Tragedy Over And Over Again

Modern high end Hollywood special effects also just so happen to reinforce the absurd idea that buildings can magically crumble away and disintegrate into CGI dust, just like the Government claims the Twin Towers magically did on 9/11/2001. We are supposed to accept obviously fallacious, and Government approved, cartoon physics as Natural fact. Huge steel towers can only be deconstructed with controlled demolitions, of course. Hollywood propaganda product reinforces cultural mythology. Myth matters more than demonstrable Natural fact.

"The tragic events of 9/11 happened over 15 years ago, but that doesn't stop superhero movies, like Iron Man and The Dark Knight from recreating this national tragedy by destroying cities over and over and over and over again."


image source DC Entertainment

"The tone of Superman Returns is at once mournful and joyous. The film is sad that no Superman actually exists and grateful for the idea that humans have invented him to save us from imagined tragedy. It, too, uses the images of 9/11 to add emotional resonance. In one of the film's most potent moments, ..."

"Its 2013 predecessor, Man of Steel, deployed 9/11 imagery in its destructive finale, in which half of Metropolis is demolished and presumably thousands of civilian lives are lost. The human toll of the sequence, and Superman's seeming indifference towards it, caused an outcry among fans that the film's ..."

quotes sources: Why 9/11 Changed Superhero Movies Forever  •  Superhero movies have become an endless attempt to rewrite 9/11 - Vox  •  From Cloverfield to Batman v Superman: how did the 9/11 terrorist ...

“We choose to go to the Moon"

"We the People" is just a marketing slogan.

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September 12, 1962: A Scripted Lunar Narrative Begins

The Birth of The Apollo Moon Landing Program

"On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech about the effort to reach the Moon, to a large crowd gathered at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas." source: Wikipedia  image source: 1902 film "A Trip To The Moon", DC Comics, JFK Assassination hoax.

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The Yellow Journal Cultural Blueprint: Films Are Just Photographic Cartoons

The Live Action Cartoon Film – "The Watchmen" 

"Watchmen is a 2009 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the 1986–87 DC Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. It stars an ensemble cast of Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. A dark satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre, the film is set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, as a group of mostly retired American superheroes investigates the murder of one of their own before uncovering an elaborate and deadly conspiracy, while their moral limitations are challenged by the complex nature of the circumstances."

image and quote source:  Watchmen (film) - Wikipedia

"McLuhan saw comics as extensions of the woodcut and photographic media, “a world of inclusive gesture and dramatic posture.”

"In his first book, 1951’s The Mechanical Bride, McLuhan reproached the Man of Steel, calling Superman’s crime-fighting tactics “the strong-arm totalitarian methods of the immature and barbaric mind.” He was more favourable a few years later when surveying the medium as a whole. He devoted an entire chapter of his seminal book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man to unpacking the intangible ways comics ape and infect our culture."

"“[T]he modern comics strip and comic book,” he wrote, “provide very little data about any particular moment in time, or aspect in space, of an object. The viewer, or reader, is compelled to participate in completing and interpreting the few hints provided by the bounding lines.” These are qualities of what McLuhan termed “cool” media, lo-fi creations that force us to fill in the blanks. They contrast with “hot” media like film, which make the viewer “a passive consumer of actions.” Comics, in his words, are cool."

source: Marshall McLuhan on the Cool Medium of Comics | McLuhan Galaxy


image source: DC COMICS


Yellow Journal Hero:  The "Underdog Against The System"

*The FOR Presents: "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story" the 1957 Comic Book


image source: MLK comic book published in 1957  •   Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story - Wikipedia


MLK: Life Actor and Publicity Stuntman?



Odd that the police and prison officials would allow a 1960's era photographer to bring all his equipment into the prison and into what would seem to be a tiny prison cell. Why would the police and prison officials help promote MLK's image? MLK is just like JFK and RFK. These are secular saints who gave their lives for their beliefs, or so the stories go... These are examples of yellow journal, "virtual" personas that populate governmental mythology most mistake for actual reality and factual history. MLK, would be an example of controlled opposition. MLK would appear to be as much a life actor and live action yellow journal role player as JFK and the rest of the cartoon cast.

image source: Martin Luther King | Prison Photography

Secular Saints Share The Same Tabloid, Yellow Journal Fate

"By now, our whole idea of John F. Kennedy has entered a realm in which serious biographies exist side by side with trashy miniseries, sorrowful boomer nostalgia collides with gossip about his trysts, attempts to sanctify his presidency are matched by attempts to tear it down, and the sense of tragedy that haunts his name has its mirror image in the existence of bands named Dead Kennedys and Family Guy gags about a JFK PEZ dispenser getting its head shot off by a sniper. These days, JFK is as much a fictional creation as an actual historical figure."

source: The Kennedy Mystique Explained in Ten Words — Vogue - Vogue


image source: Walt Disney Comics


image source: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story - Wikipedia

"The government realized that sequential art---i.e., comics---offered useful ways to communicating practical information to a wider range of people."

"Comic books have become a significant part of not only American culture, but also internationally. They emerged in England and America, first as newspaper comic strip supplements, beginning in the late 1890s, and then in bound form as cheap paper- magazine format in the early 1930s. Comic books became a staple of the childhood of millions of American children in the 1940s."

"This printing press made it possible to generate a more vivid yellow color, and in turn this led to the characterization of new rascally immigrant boy, the subject of a new cartoon strip: The Yellow Kid. This strip playfully mocked the odd slang and dialect of the slum kids and their adventures, of whom the Yellow Kid was one. Getting a more vivid color, such as yellow, was a shift in the vividness of emerging comics formats. First in the Pulitzer and then in the Hearst newspapers, this strip also gave rise to a related term, "yellow journalism"."

"Of course there were cartoons and illustrations in newspapers and pamphlets in the early 19th century, and even some precursors to comic strips, in the sense of their being "sequential art." Comic strips in newspapers, though, were made possible by improvements in printing---especially, the printing of colored drawings. A breakthrough happened in 1894 with the invention of the Hoe Color Press (picture at left), a printing machine that allowed for the creation of color supplements, and this meant comics as a vehicle for attracting greater leadership by such newspapers as the Pulitzer and Hearst lines in major cities. This printing press made it possible to generate a more vivid yellow color, and in turn this led to the characterization of new rascally immigrant boy, the subject of a new cartoon strip: The Yellow Kid. This strip playfully mocked the odd slang and dialect of the slum kids and their adventures, of whom the Yellow Kid was one. Getting a more vivid color, such as yellow, was a shift in the vividness of emerging comics formats. First in the Pulitzer and then in the Hearst newspapers, this strip also gave rise to a related term, "yellow journalism. This is because the newspapers in that era were sometimes creatively muckraking in a positive direction, but also were willing to engage in a kind of distortion of the facts that served the political preferences and interests of the publishers. Today it might be considered to be more like the kind of tabloid journalism in which the facts are not always checked at their source. In the ensuing decade, a variety of comic strips were created, and some of these involved rather skilled feats  of artistry and composition."

"Another development in the 1920s was the emergence of pulp fiction, and extension of the "penny dreadfuls" several decades earlier in England, and the "dime novels" in the United States. These were prose, with illustrations being mainly on the front covers.  Adventure stories, horror,  science fiction, all evoked the thrills of movies and fantasy. The Amazing Stories at the lower left issue (of the bunch of covers on the right) featured one of Buck Rogers' adventures! In 1929, though, this was turned into a comic strip!  Other characters who entered the comic strips included Chester Gould's Dick Tracy.  Many comic strips and then comic books would follow. It was timely, because crime movies about gangsters such as Little Caesar and Public Enemy were especially popular."

"Captain America and all the rest began to fight not only crime, but during the Second World War, against the Nazis, the Japanese military, spies, and other nefarious influences. A psychologist suggested that a woman superhero would be empowering for the many women who were becoming involved in the war effort, and so Wonder Woman began. in 1942. One thing that was great about these guys is that they took on Hitler in his lair.!  (Stalin, too, in the beginning----until he became an ally!) Comics began to be produced in great numbers. This was the "Golden Age" of comic books. Radio had become mainstream, too, since the 1920s. Kids gathered around the radio to hear the Adventures of Superman, and also other crime fighters, such as Gang Busters, The FBI in Peace and War, and many other programs. The government realized that sequential art---i.e., comics---offered useful ways to communicating practical information to a wider range of people. During the war, the comics appealed also to teens and  many servicemen ----many of whom were not only young, but also bored. Thus, information books were issued in comic book form during and after the war  ---> After the war, the theme of fighting bad guys continued. But the war being over required a new bunch of villains."

source: https://www.blatner.com/adam/cartoons/comicbooks/history.html

The Comic Book Super Hero: Ego Inflating Herculean Mythology "Reimagined"


image source: DC Comics

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"All-Star Squadron #14 the next issue in this story goes backward to show us how Per Degaton had managed to get his hands on a time machine, and free the Crime Syndicate from their prison as well as detailing how the Crime Syndicate stole nuclear weapons from 1962 on Earth Prime during a very troubling time period in America history, The Cuban Missile Crisis. The action of Per Degaton, leaves President Kennedy no choice, but to assume the Russians were attacking America and  thus leads to a Nuclear war between Russia and the United States during this crucial moment in history, thus, explaining why Earth Prime in 1982 was devastated by nuclear war."

image and quote source: http://superherouniverse.com/articles/jsa_allstarsquadron_jla.htm


November 22, 2017


"The series was revealed on May 14, 2017, with a teaser image displaying the Superman logo in the 12 o'clock slot of the clock depicted in Watchmen and the series title in the bold typeface used for Watchmen. Doomsday Clock will feature twelve issues releasing over a year-long period beginning on November 22, 2017."



image source: DC Comics

November 22, 1992

"On November 22, 1992, seven years after the events of Watchmen, Ozymandias' plan for peace has failed after the details of Rorschach's journal were exposed. Consequently, Ozymandias is now the most wanted man in the world. The United States of America is on the brink of war with Russia and American citizens have been ordered to evacuate their cities. As preparations for nuclear war begin, a new Rorschach breaks into a prison to retrieve Erika Manson (also known as the Marionette), alongside her husband, Marcos Maez (also known as the Mime). Erika discovers that this Rorschach is not Walter Kovacs, but a successor. Rorschach takes them to the lair of Nite Owl II and introduces them to his partner Ozymandias, who reveals he is dying of cancer. He offers the couple the location of their son and $200 million if they help him locate Doctor Manhattan. Meanwhile in another universe, Clark Kent is having a dream about his parents Jonathan and Martha; he relives the night they died in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. His wife Lois wakes him, concerned, as she cannot remember the last time Clark had a nightmare and Clark states he does not think he has ever had one."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_Clock_(comics)

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The End of The Clockwork Universe

"In the history of science, the clockwork universe compares the universe to a mechanical clock. It continues ticking along, as a perfect machine, with its gears governed by the laws of physics, making every aspect of the machine predictable "

"This idea was very popular among deists during the Enlightenment, when Isaac Newton derived his laws of motion, and showed that alongside the law of universal gravitation, they could explain the behaviour of both terrestrial objects and the solar system."

"A similar concept goes back, to John of Sacrobosco's early 13th-century introduction to astronomy: On the Sphere of the World. In this widely popular medieval text, Sacrobosco spoke of the universe as the machina mundi, the machine of the world, suggesting that the reported eclipse of the Sun at the crucifixion of Jesus was a disturbance of the order of that machine. Responding to Gottfried Leibniz, a prominent supporter of the theory, in the Leibniz–Clarke correspondence, Samuel Clarke wrote: "The Notion of the World's being a great Machine, going on without the Interposition of God, as a Clock continues to go without the Assistance of a Clockmaker; is the Notion of Materialism and Fate, and tends, (under pretence of making God a Supra-mundane Intelligence,) to exclude Providence and God's Government in reality out of the World."..."

source: Clockwork universe - Wikipedia see also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrery

image source: DC Comics and the Charlie Chaplin film "Modern Times"

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Mystical Participation

"Participation mystique, or mystical participation, refers to the instinctive human tie to symbolic fantasy emanations. This symbolic life precedes or accompanies all mental and intellectual differentiation. The concept is closely tied to that of projection because these contents, which are often mythological motifs, project themselves into situations and objects, including other persons, as readily as we project color into the objects we perceive."

source: Participation mystique - Wikipedia

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Bow, Kneel & Genuflect, Before Iconic Sainted, Mickey Mouse Martyrs

Patron saint - Wikipedia

Sainted icons are generated with nearly every News cycle, blessed widows do the News media talk show circuit, like they would were they hawking a new book, new look, album or film. These widows sit through endless hair and makeup sessions immediately after losing their husbands to horrific events and we are supposed to take all of this seriously. We are not supposed to act like adults and notice that the journalists are either willingly misleading the public or are simply incapable of rational thought in the first place. The News is controlled and even honest journalists will not be able to really report on anything important in depth in any way that matters, not without it getting drowned out by all the perpetual multimedia noise and nonsense. Rational News stories are nearly unique, they occur so rarely and get a lot less coverage than obvious propaganda product. Religious martyrs, military martyrs, and of course the slain heroic citizen martyr are all used as emotional trigger idols. The mass public is an eternal audience that is programmed with these kinds of emotional narratives. Over time and generations, these stories all have effect on the resulting society, more often than not resulting in more laws and less demonstrable human freedom. In many ways we are less free today than we would have been before 1776. In fact we all would be more free without all the layers of needles government that have exploited humanity and all other natural resources for generations of seeming endless time. The average person usually gets blamed for what the few have always done. The few institutionalized slavery and the few still manage to keep us all in a form of slavery to this day.

terrorism | Origin and meaning of terrorism by Online Etymology ...

"A patron saint, patroness saint, patron hallow or heavenly protector is a saint who in Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, or particular branches of Islam, is regarded as the heavenly advocate of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, clan, family or person. Catholics believe that patron saints, having already  ..."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patron_saint

Beware Collective Opinions: Peer Review Pressure Comes in Many Guises

There is always either officially sanctioned historical or scientific or even conspiratorial mazes for you to spend the rest of your life mentally lost in.

Crowd psychology is human instinct. Group think is contagious. Beware the Oracle of Delphi. Peer reviews and approved panel opinions lead to the intellectual rule of the mindless mob. Individuals can leave proverbial Platonic Shadow Theater Cave, groups cannot. Community think based on gossip and hearsay and not on rationale thought is the exact recipe for more Government. Community think based on demonstrable principles and individual thought is another thing entirely. This latter phenomena is like agreeing on 2+2 equalling 4, or that the sky is blue and grass green.

Consensus driven opinions are the tools of the 'scientific' and conspiracy minded who get lost in theories that have no relationship to reality.

"The Delphi method...is a structured communication technique or method, originally developed as a systematic, interactive forecasting method which relies on a panel of experts. The experts answer questionnaires in two or more rounds. After each round, a facilitator or change agent provides an anonymised summary of the experts' forecasts from the previous round as well as the reasons they provided for their judgments. Thus, experts are encouraged to revise their earlier answers in light of the replies of other members of their panel. It is believed that during this process the range of the answers will decrease and the group will converge towards the "correct" answer. Finally, the process is stopped after a predefined stop criterion (e.g. number of rounds, achievement of consensus, stability of results) and the mean or median scores of the final rounds determine the results. Delphi is based on the principle that forecasts (or decisions) from a structured group of individuals are more accurate than those from unstructured groups. The technique can also be adapted for use in face-to-face meetings, and is then called mini-Delphi or Estimate-Talk-Estimate (ETE). Delphi has been widely used for business forecasting and has certain advantages over another structured forecasting approach, prediction markets."

source: Delphi method - Wikipedia

September 11, 1928: The First Broadcast of a Play by Television

Television, an electronic, yellow journal medium.

"On September 11, 1928 W2XB, owned by General Eelectric's WGY in Schenectady, New York, televised the first dramatic program in the United States. The play broadcast was The Queen's Messenger by J. Harley Manners, "a blood and thunder play" with guns, daggers, and poison."

"Mar 6, 2017 - In a new book, the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that our devotion to digital devices has morphed into something very much like addiction. ... We are engineered in such a way that as long as an experience hits the right buttons, our brains will release the neurotransmitter dopamine. We'll get a flood ..."

source: http://www.historyofinformation.com/expanded.php?id=4682  •  Why We Can't Look Away From Our Screens - The New York Times •  Exploiting the Neuroscience of Internet Addiction - The Atlantic   •   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine

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Having The Vibe On and Triggering Joysticks

The HTC Vive headset will make you believe in virtual reality  source: PCWorldVideos


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Gustave Le Bon's The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind


source: https://archive.org/details/JosephCampbellAndThePowerOfMyth

The Power of Iconic Storytelling Revealed

"The Power of Myth is a book based on the 1988 PBS documentary Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. The documentary was originally broadcast as six one-hour conversations between mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) and journalist Bill Moyers. It remains one of the most popular series in the history of American public television. ...The companion book for the series, The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers, and editor Betty Sue Flowers), was released in 1988 at the same time the series aired on PBS. In the editor's note to The Power of Myth, Flowers credits Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as "the Doubleday editor, whose interest in the ideas of Joseph Campbell was the prime mover in the publication of this book." The book follows the format of the documentary and provides additional discussions not included in the original six-hour release. Chapters:"

source: The Power of Myth - Wikipedia


"Character Inspired Color"

"The study also presents the results of a detailed content analysis of seven leading U.S. newspapers at 10-year intervals, from 1899 to 1999. The content analysis—which included the Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Raleigh News and Observer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Francisco Examine and Washington Post—reveal that some elements characteristic of yellow journalism have been generally adopted by leading U. S. newspapers. This critical assessment encourages a more precise understanding of the history of yellow journalism, appealing to scholars of American journalism, journalism history, and practicing journalists."

quote source: Yellow Journalism by W. Joseph Campbell - Praeger - ABC-CLIO

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The Yellow Blueprint For Culture:

"Joseph Campbell describes yellow press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion. The term was extensively used to describe certain major New York City newspapers around 1900 as they battled for circulation."

"Frank Luther Mott identifies yellow journalism based on five characteristics:

  1. scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news
  2. lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings
  3. use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts
  4. emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips
  5. dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system."

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

POST SCRIPT: November 22, 1981, ABC Television


source: ABC Commercial Breaks - November 22, 1981 (Moonraker)  MicroJow  and  https://genius.com/Bobby-darin-jingle-jangle-jungle-lyrics