Category: COVID-19

Nations Under Attack (Part 4): Propaganda Narratives in Action

Part 1 of this series argues that elites aggressively seek to acquire and control resources and power—primarily for their own personal enrichment. Part 2 outlines how the Western elites enact this agenda against nations that are targeted for resource pillage and inclusion within the broader sphere of Western influence for ongoing power projection and exploitation. Part 3 deals with narrative as a tool of war. This part provides an overview of the common propaganda narratives used against key targets of the empire.

“So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.””

GEN. WESLEY CLARK interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

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

― Edward Bernays, Propaganda

The following catalogue of the principal propaganda narratives employed by the USA and its allies against they key target nations of the last few decades, specifically China, Russia, Iran, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela.

These propaganda narratives are presented without undue criticism or rebuttal. To be effective, most propaganda narratives require some element of truth within them to make their tale credible to the casual observer. In presenting these narratives, I have not taken much effort to analyse the truthfulness of the various claims and assertions from which they are composed. It is hoped that the reader will take some time to research and reflect on a range of different perspectives before reaching his or her own position as to the truth of the matters. In the end, my position is that all propaganda involves some sort of lie and in my view the propaganda narratives documented are inevitably damaging to the peaceful co-existence of the world’s community of nations and people.

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The Viral Conundrum

The COVID-19 event has brought a new awareness to many people about the fields of epidemiology and virology which most of us have largely assumed to be unproblematic examples of sound science with which we have had little cause or standing to debate the ‘experts’.

However, if the past three years has taught us anything it is that vastly too much of what we have been told by politicians and ‘experts’ has turned out to be false and, in many cases, deliberately deceptive. The draconian measures many governments instituted in a largely vain attempt to control spread of the purported SARS-COV2 virus have been widely discredited as being ineffective and lacking scientific evidence or justification—including lockdowns, face masks and social distancing.

Fundamental to the entire covid-19 narrative is the assertion that there is such a thing as a virus and that this virus has been isolated and characterised as the purported SARS-COV2. But, what is the evidence for this assertion and do viruses even exist?

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COVID-19 — Facemasks and Psychologists

During the course of the current COVID-19 pandemic, facemask wearing has become a point of massive contention with many authorities insisting on their use by people in public places and even issuing fines for people caught not doing so. In some cases this has led to ugly and often unnecessarily violent confrontations between members of the public and sometimes with police.

Meanwhile, the science on the issue has seemed to shift so that at one time people in positions of authority were saying they were unnecessary and even inappropriate for general public to use and then the same authorities shifting to recommending them and even making them mandatory by all.

In this connection, a section of recent ABC News article dated 9 September entitled “Majority of Australians support mandatory face masks in public places, survey reveals” caught my eye: 

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Notes on the COVID-19 Pandemic

PCR Tests

It is beyond question that the PCR research tool was never intended to be used as a diagnostic test. Indeed, Kary Mullis, the developer of the method is on record as explicitly warning that PCR should not be used in this fashion. PCR was developed as a method for amplifying small samples of DNA and RNA so that they can be detected, period. The issue Mullis pointed out with PCR being used for diagnosis is that the number of amplification cycles the researcher uses is purely arbitrary and after around 35 cycles the test is extremely prone to false positives. Mullis went on to assert that after 60 cycles 100% of tests for any section of DNA would likely prove positive given that so much genomic code is shared across all living organisms. In the case of the current situation, we understand that the number of cycles used varies between laboratories and across regions (i.e. this implies that it has not even been standardised). While the number of cycles used is commonly not advertised in the press, it is understood from a number of sources that between 35 and 45 cycles is commonplace. That means the PCR test results must be assumed to be inherently prone to significant error rates. A second issue with PCR is that the method does not actually test for the presence of a virus, but rather for sections of DNA (or in this case RNA) that have somehow been identified as being uniquely associated with the genome of a target organism.

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