Propaganda

A number of recent articles in various online media sites really began to annoy me due to the manner in which various subjects were presented. It’s not bad enough that we are fed constant propaganda by the media on all manner of issues, but it’s worse when these issues are distorted so that it leads people to believe that what is being said is the absolute truth of the matter. As always, ‘experts’ are being quoted as having done some form of research and then come to the conclusion that fits the latest impending calamity, the favourite driver of our nanny state adherents. It doesn’t matter what the subject is, as long as it follows the approved thought, it’ll be made to look good; but if it follows non-approved thoughts, it’ll be made to look bad. Sometimes there’s no attempt to even make the so-called research or reporting appear unbiased, assuming a complete reliance on people not being capable of critical analysis.

Controlling the narrative - (source: The Next Web)

Controlling the narrative – (source: The Next Web)

No group is more ardent in doing everything possible to push their agendas than the health do-gooders and the climate worriers. And they have no trouble pushing their wheel barrows, with the media always lending a hand and taking over with the hard sell. As more people begin to suspect that something is amiss with these horror stories, where everything is out to kill us along with impending world-wide climate catastrophe, the do-gooders, climate worriers and their media accomplices double down and try even harder to instil fear in everyone. And to try and make it sound even more authentic, the media rarely present alternative views, or if they do, it’s for no other reason than to ridicule those views and ensure that those with alternative views gets little opportunity to present their case. I stopped watching so-called informative TV programs a long time ago, as I became increasingly disgusted with the one-sided nature of these programs. In no sense of the word could you say they were balanced or unbiased, and the propaganda was certainly rife.

The Nanny State - (Source: Centre for Independent Studies)

The Nanny State – (Source: Centre for Independent Studies)

So what really got up my goat recently were two articles in the Age newspaper about electric cars and alcohol. Both were classic examples of the climate worriers and do-gooders at work, aided and abetted by media propaganda. A cursory look beyond the headlines of the articles revealed the true nature of what was being printed. The articles weren’t in any way genuine informative or scientific articles, but simply more pap to further the pre-set agenda that infests our Leftist media and their cheer squads. The first article that caught my eye was about a chap named ‘Daryl’ who was experiencing a persistent sore throat and attributed that to his daily commute to work in Melbourne, blaming city traffic and air pollution. So how did he remedy his sore throat, by getting an electric car. If this isn’t the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard of, nothing is. Daryl would have been better off moving out of Melbourne somewhere into the bush where there were no cars. But what was also stupid about this article is that it didn’t suggest that Daryl’s sore throat was now cured, but went into another age-old ramble about electric vehicles and how they would save the planet.

Electric Therapy - (source: The Age)

Electric Therapy – (source: The Age)

The second article was about alcohol and how it causes more harm than drugs. Once again, a fully legal product was being demonised and made to appear worse than illegal drugs (with cigarettes thrown in for good measure), in a pattern that I’ve been observing for some time now. There are numerous stories about how people are being affected by drug users and things like ‘safe injecting rooms’, which are supposed to make things better for the community but appear to do the complete opposite. There seems to be an ever increasing push to normalise illegal drug taking while at the same time demonising alcohol, as well as cigarettes. But what struck me instantly about this study was the accompanying chart ‘proving’ that alcohol was more harmful than drugs. The chart groups all forms of alcohol into one, yet separates all illegal drugs into separate types. Why not separate alcohol into wines, beers (light, mid-strength, heavy), ciders, spirits etc? There’s an obvious reason for this and that’s because it would debunk the study in one fell swoop. When I added the drug numbers and combined them into one, it paints an entirely different picture (I included Kava into the alcohol figures).

Blame Alcohol - (source: The Age)

Blame Alcohol – (source: The Age)

Blame Drugs - a more accurate picture

Blame Drugs – a more accurate picture

And what really gets me are the fanciful dollar figure attributed to the cost of alcohol or whatever is the subject of these studies, which seems to grow larger with every study undertaken. These ‘studies’ always cite a ‘big’ figure as to the cost to the health system; however, the health system is pretty much a closed system with a finite budget year after year. In the case of this study alone, the supposed cost due to alcohol is $6.8 billion and methamphetamine $5 billion, and that doesn’t include the other listed items in the chart. Yet these studies reuse costs multiple times for each health issue; they not only double count, they triple and quadruple count and then some. For example, how many heart related issues, and the associated costs, are counted separately against alcohol, sugar, fat, lack of exercise etc? These never ending figures are more amazing than ‘The Magic Pudding’.

Controlling the narrative - (source: The Next Web)

The Magic Pudding – (source: The National Trust)

And then the Age adds another scare story to their endless collection, parroting a Victorian Environmental Assessment Council report that sea levels are now rising and in 20 years will be over your ankles if you live in a bayside suburb. I’m not sure what climate scientists etc habit the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council, but they sure can copy the Climate Council’s agitated fear mongering about climate change. It’s strange that as this impending catastrophe is rushing towards us like an out of control freight train, you’d think that all bayside properties would be going for a song, yet prices are always on the rise. Perhaps not all really believe this scaremongering. Mind you, it seems that rising sea levels aren’t the biggest problem afterall, ‘plastic litter was one of the biggest threats to the health of Victoria’s coastline.’ They just had to throw in the horror that is plastic to round things off.

From a mere $2+ million on Port Philip Bay - (source: realestate.com.au)

From a mere $2+ million on Port Philip Bay – (source: realestate.com.au)

The problem with all these impending catastrophes and the complicit media is that there is no longer informative news published, but purely propaganda of the highest order, where people are being misled every day. What’s worse is that the media has a deep rooted agenda and so-called news is built around that agenda, where stories are created by seeking supportive narratives. While drafting this story, I came across an article that perfectly describes this agenda driven media, where ‘truth’ is what the media makes it:

Those of you who closely watch the media — newspapers, broadcast & streaming news, national magazines, national public radio — may have noticed that all the news about climate change is beginning to sound the same — regardless of outlet (there are a few sensible exceptions). This is no accident. In fact, it is an organized movement among American journalists.

…I quoted  Michael Cieply when, in November 2016,  he told the world about the NY Times’  Editorial Narratives…

I don’t know how many readers took this bit of news seriously or how many readers realized the implications of the exposé.  Personally, I was not surprised, as I had long suspected it.  But the implications of this are quite disturbing.  It means, in layman’s terms, that the news that you read has been pre-determined by the Editors and has little to do with actual events (real news) that happen in the real world.   Those of you who have recently read Orwell’s 1984  will recognize some of the features of the Ministry of Truth (writ small at the NY Times’ “Page One meeting”).  At the NY Times, the profession of journalism has been turned to the task of pushing the narratives of editors down the throats of the people. Newspeak is rampant.

This false narrative is what drives so many beliefs about things such as climate change, of which I’ve spoken previously and now drugs. If you survey people in South Gippsland and elsewhere, it’s drugs that most will consider a much bigger problem than alcohol. But, unfortunately, too many are used to accepting at face value everything that the media says, trusting the media far too much and not questioning what is said in any way. But there are also other things afoot, if you do try to find out things for yourself, it can be very difficult to find alternative arguments and evidence because these are being suppressed. This is deliberate action on the part of Google, for one, that ensures only results supporting ‘group think’ come to the fore. This naturally leads people to believe that these represent the facts. Unfortunately, what’s also happening now is that alternative voices are being actively banned from media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc and now even GoFundMe it seems, simply because someone express views that go against the ‘accepted’ narrative. So, unless things change, all that people will see and hear is one-sided propaganda.

Update 1. And here’s something that I saw on the news just days after posting this story, something that appears to be happening across Australia, ‘Fresh calls for meth tests after poisoned renter forced to abandon her possessions‘ or ‘Half of tested properties contain traces of meth‘. What? No alcohol testing:

There are renewed calls for landlords to test for the residue of a potent drug inside their properties after a New South Wales tenant became ill and was forced to abandon her possessions.

According to Megan Liddicoat from Meth Detection Australia, every property the company has swabbed on the South Coast has tested positive for residue from the drug ice.

“I haven’t actually tested something in the South Coast area that isn’t positive,” Ms Liddicoat said.

Dr Jackie Wright, an Adjunct Researcher at Flinders University, has been studying the impacts and risks of second-hand exposure to methamphetamine.

“From both manufacture and use, those drug residues deposit and stick to all of the hard surfaces in the property,” Dr Wright said.

“But they also penetrate all the soft things, so furnishings, carpets and curtains

MORE than half of all Queensland homes tested for methamphetamine residue have come back with positive results, and some of the suburbs are where you would least expect it.

Update 2. So, alcohol is the scourge of our society, ‘North Richmond residents live in fear of injecting room but feel trapped and unable to leave‘:

It appears to be a catch-22: North Richmond residents who support the year-old medically supervised injecting room feel trapped in the area despite being fearful and wanting to leave.

They also lack the financial ability to move because the injecting room’s presence has affected the market value of their properties amid sliding prices across the city.

They say that feeling of being trapped is now affecting their mental wellbeing and their social lives.

It’s a similar story around the neighbourhood. Many who this week spoke about the effect of the injecting room — and repeatedly emphasised that they support its existence — spoke on condition of anonymity because they fear retribution from users, who they’ve come to recognise in the street like they would a neighbour.

Residents say their neighbourhood is growing increasingly alien.

Update 3. And with Winter upon us, once again cold weather (our earliest snow season for decades) is having an impact on people’s health and wellbeing. The most impacted by the cold are the elderly, who cannot afford heating bills anymore due to the rising cost of energy (both electricity and gas) and so there’s been a 34% increase in deaths over the last 10 years. But what isn’t being done by our so-called health experts is a costing the impact of energy unaffordability and related illnesses not just to our health system but also on work and wellbeing. The impact is ostensibly being government driven by the imposition of unaffordable energy.

Progress? Australia has more fashionable energy but less ability to protect elders from the cold

Deaths in elderly folk from hypothermia or cold related conditions are up 34% in last ten years. These are people who can’t afford heating.

Power prices were up 117% in the same period, undoubtedly due to policies that put weather control 100-years-from-now, above the present day quality of life.

This doesn’t appear to be the additional deaths from flu or cardiac causes which also rise as indoor room temperature falls. The real total will be much higher.

Update 4. It appears that the propaganda about injection rooms is slowly crumbling as more evidence points to the fact that it’s not what the panacea to a problem after all, ‘Richmond community needs to be heard on injecting room‘:

Of course, the injecting room was never going to remove all the illegal drug activity in the area, nor was it going to address all the amenity issues that accompanied this culture.

But the expectations were high.

So it’s no wonder local residents are distressed and angry that the level of drug related activity continues and in some areas further afield seems to have increased.

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