The Greatest Hoax of All — Keeping It Unreal

Please folks, put the fantasy-based reality you’ve grown up in aside for five minutes to read this short article and use a smidgen of logic, just this once.  🙂

Donald Jeffries:

“Fifty years ago, our government and its state-run media tell us, Americans sent men to the moon. Neil Armstrong said “One small step,” and all that, and the photographs of the event were startlingly clear. Well, except for all the shadow anomalies, and lack of stars in the sky, that is. As a twelve year […]

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The Lies The Grownups Told Us — Caitlin Johnstone

I remember that moment distinctly, at 7 or so, when I first thought, I can’t wait to be grown up and have figured it all out.

“It doesn’t have to be like this,” I remember distinctly knowing.  And I imagined, some day as an adult, it all will make sense, at last.

Now at 50 a lot of it really does make sense, once you see we’re living in an insane asylum where fakery and pretense are rewarded, and where honesty and reality are blissfully ignored and/or cunningly avoided.

Welcome to the world where your child’s peanut butter & fluff sandwich is considered not only sustenance, but perfectly healthy.

CJ:  “But that’s all they’re ever doing: pretending. The only difference between you and the confident-sounding pundit people on TV is that the confident-sounding pundit people on TV have gotten good at faking it. They don’t actually understand life any better than you do, they’ve just learned the secret that you can get pretty much as far as you want to in life by feigning confidence in yourself.”

When you’re a small kid the grownups tell you cute little lies. Lies about things like those presents under the Christmas tree coming from a hairy obese trespasser instead of your poor overworked mother, or that babies come from a man and a woman loving each other.Then you get a little bigger and you learn…

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Jingoistic Military Fetishization Is As American As Bald Eagle McNuggets — Caitlin Johnstone

“Face it, America. Trump’s tank parade isn’t in any way alien to anything you’ve ever stood for. The only way to make it more American would be to add a few monster trucks and a Kardashian. This parade is your reflection. This parade is you.”

“Putin’s America,” tweeted Anand Giridharadas, a pundit who was genetically engineered in a Monsanto laboratory to appeal to NPR listeners on every possible level.Giridharadas used these words yesterday to caption a short video clip of two tanks being carted through the streets of DC in preparation for their appearance in a parade for Independence Day,…

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The Forever War Is So Normalized That Opposing It Is “Isolationism” — Caitlin Johnstone

Another brilliant one by CJ.

”It all comes down to sovereignty. An anti-interventionist believes that a country has the right to defend itself, but it doesn’t have the right to conquer, capture, infiltrate or overthrow other nations whether covertly or overtly. At the “end” of colonialism we all agreed we were done with that, except that the nationless manipulators have found far trickier ways to seize a country’s will and resources without actually planting a flag there. We need to get clearer on these distinctions and get louder about defending them as the only sane, coherent way to run foreign policy.”

After getting curb stomped on the debate stage by Tulsi Gabbard, the campaign for Tim “Who the fuck is Tim Ryan?” Ryan posted a statement decrying the Hawaii congresswoman’s desire to end a pointless 18-year military occupation as “isolationism”.“While making a point as to why America can’t cede its international leadership and retreat from around…

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The Fact That Americans Need To Be Deceived Into War Proves Their Underlying Goodness — Caitlin Johnstone

Awww, this is too sweet not to share.  Not sure I’d agree most days and with most folks, but it’s lovely to give those who deserve it the benefit of the doubt and a moral boost once in a while!

Of course, her audience is those who already give a crap, at least a little one, not those whose spend their days at the beach and shopping and playing video games, which is a hell of a lot of time spent for a boat load of Americans.

Last night Fox’s Tucker Carlson praised Trump’s decision not to go forward with a planned attack against Iran which the president claims would have killed approximately 150 people in response to a downed drone, which if true would have been a profoundly barbaric response to a broken toy plane and would have led to retaliations…

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Fear the Self? — Healing the Hero

Each time, wondrous, when I hear I’m not alone.

A good actor can change his physiology to reflect the character he is playing, old man, child, superhero, monster, adapting the body shape, posture, gait, and face to fit what he wants to project. In a similar but more subtle way people who have suffered developmental trauma, or have a domineering, overbearing, narcissistic parent will […]

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On Authentic Spirituality — Caitlin Johnstone

How does she do it?!

An amazing individual with an amazing talent and craft, there’s little more sexy than that, imo.  Then spiritual as icing on that rich cake . . . Wow! 🙂

Spirituality, as it is implemented in our world today, is almost entirely useless.No, that’s not fair, I take that back. Spirituality as it is implemented in our world today has been very useful for giving people pleasant narratives to tell themselves about the nature of reality, for helping people to compartmentalize and dissociate away from…

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