Back in 2012, as an extension of work on our Peoplenomics.com subscriber site, I took a look at the future of the Internet. The result was my book “Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet.”
As normal (for me), since I tend to “live 10-years in the future” on strategic issues, I’m turning out to be right, but, until now, it had been slower than I’d imagined. Gradualism, understand, is how revolutionaries have worked since the socialist dialectics of Europe began their spew and the all-out attack on traditional American values began – in slow-motion.
So, another landmark on the road to digital collapse is seen today, not in Bitcoin’s fall to the $7,400 region, but instead in the Defense One report “Russia Will Test Its Ability to Disconnect from the Internet.”
Eventually, we will live in a world of multiple regional networks and the homogenous internet we’ve enjoyed becomes firewalled based on population and authority because – as we often remind – ideas are contagious.
Yet to be recognized by the World Health Organization is a terrible aspect of digital meme contagion: The BAD ideas propagate faster than the GOOD ones.
The result is a process leading to what we call “Digital Mob Rule” – or simply DMR emerging.
You probably see DMR – but since the corporate-controlled media hasn’t got a way to monetize it yet – your clarity of thought is prohibiting recognition. That’s because in the CGTW (Global Group Think World) people are encouraged to “do what everyone else does” and not question authority. Especially authority of key brands.
The evidence, however, is in “push polls,” for example. These don’t really get to the heart of American thinking, or even likely voter behavior. They are largely used to sell an idea, especially along the main line of digital attack.
Two examples from today’s headlines, if I may? First is a poll claiming that a “Majority of Americans Want First Amendment Rewritten — 51 percent of Millennials want fines or jail time for ‘hate speech‘”
In the article is this telling quote:
“”The findings are frankly extraordinary,” executive director Bob Lystad told the Washington Free Beacon. “Our free speech rights and our free press rights have evolved well over 200 years, and people now seem to be rethinking them.”
Yet, to anyone aware of Global Digital Mob Rule – that is breaking our everywhere from Venezuela, to Hong Kong, to Chicago and DC – the answer is clear and simple: The long-term attack on American values by anti-freedom forces (those who fancy themselves better than the rest of us, and therefore “more fit to rule“) is paying off.
This is all possible because Digital Mob Rule provides for digital mob formation without any “connection to Reality.” Which gets us to the second poll’ – One showing how if you “Watch Fox News? You likely think the U.S. economy is great. MSNBC viewers not so much...”
This “mobbing activity” (digital swarming is a good term, too) is then reinforced by the left-wing media which has one main agenda: Throwing out Donald Trump. Who, like it or not, has been prevented from effectively being president because of the present witch hunt.
Upon news that the US Justice Department has opened its own CRIMINAL investigation of the FBI collusion with the Clinton Campaign (aided by the previous administration’s Intel chieftans) to spy on the Trump campaign, the New York Times explained it all away in “Justice Dept. Is Said to Open Criminal Inquiry Into Its Own Russia Investigation — The move is likely to open the attorney general to accusations that he is trying to deliver a political victory for President Trump.”
Anyone who is familiar with Edward Bernays’ book (Propaganda) should be able to “spot the crooked writing in the headline” without much help. In case you need it…
Likely? Says who? A couple of reporters who make their living writing anti-Trump stories? Hmmm… A “news”paper that has a core audience of Trump-haters and left-wing leaders who often signal one-another via the paper’s editorial slant?
You see, the headline isn’t just reporting news; it is PREDICTING a future. And trust, me, as someone who has been intimately connected with prognostication, predicting something in advance, preconditions its likelihood via expectations. “As you believe, you will achieve” is the spin the PMA movement uses, right?
But, if that isn’t clear-enough, notice all the value judgements the “reporters” (who in my view would be more honestly labeled columnists , write this. (I’ve highlighted the judgements passed so you can follow my thinking here.)
“The opening of a criminal investigation is likely to raise alarms that Mr. Trump is using the Justice Department to go after his perceived enemies. Mr. Trump fired James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director under whose watch agents opened the Russia inquiry, and has long assailed other top former law enforcement and intelligence officials as partisans who sought to block his election. “
You mean they aren’t? Sez who?
All that stuff in red, to my way of thinking, constitutes reporter judgements, better called opinion. You should know I proudly keep my Nattional Society of Newspaper Columnists membership up to date…Yes, I do know a little something about writing from covering “the news” off and one since 1969…
A paper more interested in raw factual reporting, rather than supporting the Star Chamber Shifty-Schiff’s involvement with the Anonymous whistle-blower (which I can say as a columnist) might have actually found someone to quote who would make the reporter judged “likely” projection. Or, they could have gone to the Trump Tweets. One of which was:
“Where is the Whistleblower, and why did he or she write such a fictitious and incorrect account of my phone call with the Ukrainian President? Why did the IG allow this to happen? Who is the so-called Informant (Schiff?) who was so inaccurate? A giant Scam!.”
That’s apparently NOT enough to fill up a Big Newspaper. And, absent enough facts, the idea of contexting is not to “line up the actual facts to date so the reader can build their own context. No, the modern advocate journalists presume everyone holds to their anti-Trump bent and thus, are driving to project and judge in their nominally labeled “news reports.”
Which is how I see it…and for what it’s worth. The business section of the Times is usually much more circumspect and less judgmental. It’s still worth the price of the paywall.
But that gets us back to monetizing the news, propaganda, digital swarming and Edward Bernays, doesn’t it?
Speaking of the art of Propaganda, we’ve been having a fine exchange in the Comments Section amongst other thinking people (like you, thank you) on the topic of “which edition of Bernays’ book is best” Originals (spendy) or reprints and Kindlized (cheap, like mine) or semi-recreations (somewhere in-between). As one contributor laid it out:
“BTW, I recently bought a fresh copy of “Propaganda.” It is purported to be an exact clone of Bernays’ 1928 first printing, done by a “Print On Demand” publisher in India. Cost was ~30% less than the current trade release. Turnaround is 90 days m/l by Abe’s estimate, but I have a (much later and less aesthetically pleasing) trade copy, should I want to look something up in the interim.”
Well, the review has arrived and it’s quite worth reading – as afficianados of quality reads brings me back to 1964 when I was shelving books in the Seattle Public Library to support my acquisition of ham radio equipment:
“It is an exact copy of the body and intro pages. However, the cover is printed paper over heavy cardboard, where the original was midnight blue fabric over heavy cardboard. The cover is printed artwork (original to the republisher) and looks nothing like the original Liveright edition. The title printing is generic TNR with black ink, where the Liveright original was done in a “schizophrenic” Broadway-like font, in gold leaf. The dust jacket is identical to the cover, which looks nothing like the Liveright original, and lacks Bernays “pocket Bio,” which was on the back of the original dust jacket.
That said, construction seems very good. The pages are not bunched and stitched, but the spine is heavily-glued (I tried to break the backbone in a number of places, and couldn’t damage either the pages or the binding.) The pages are modern paper — lightly-textured but without linen. They are thin, 20 or 22 pound bond (print does show through, but only slightly) and quite white — probably in the 90% to 93% range, where the Liveright original is ~70% (of course that might just be the book’s age. I don’t get to travel in circles where I get to examine pristine copies of rare books…) The binder bound an 8mm silk ribbon into the book’s spine as a bookmark, which was a pleasant surprise.
Printing is excellent. I got the impression, reading the printers’ blurb, that they photocopy pages, then transfer the photocopied pages to their book format. In this copy of Propaganda, spacing is jiggered between words, to fill each line without hyphenating, which was typical for hand-set type (or for newspaper columns, as I’m sure you’re painfully aware), so I suspect this is indeed how they acquired the print-manuscript. Every letter is clear – looks typewritten – better than inkjet, not quite as good as laser, but definitely quality stuff. I’m 50 pages in, and have yet to see a smudged letter or an ink blotch…
The actual publisher/printer is: Gyan Books Private Limited
They’re doing business as: Facsimile Publisher
Gyan Books Ltd., 5 Ansari Road, Darya Ganj, New Delhi-110002, India
12 Pragati Market, Ashok Vihar Ph-2, Delhi-110052, India
The website for both is www.gyanbooks.com
I don’t know if they will republish you in hard copy. I would say they’re certainly worth an E-Mail…
I tell you from the heart, it’s an honor to get up at the un-Godly hour every morning and write for such an intelligent audience! I’m sure an Old Librarian who graces the Comments are will have further notes on the art of judging collectible books. Which, unlike BItcoins, work by candlelight and kerosene, just fine.
Mr. Knows It All
Back to hard-core money-making, now.
The Fed is still piling on a 7.5 to 8% run rate in the new H.6 Money Stocks report out after the close yesterday. And as every high-end real estate broker in the South Bay knows, Tesla did better than expected and popped $45 in the overnights. It’s one of the reasons the NASDAQ futures are showing +11.50 at click-to-publish.
The REAL PROBLEM is this afternoon going into the close. I’ve plugged last night’s closing figures into our analytics and as you can see, any weakness right at the close today would put the stock market exactly on a declining trend line at today’s close:
As to this morning, yeah, a bit soft at the open, perhaps a mid-day run one way or the other, though I’d shade the bet to the upside. But, then after the Euro markets close this afternoon, I’d look for the weekly day-traders to come off the table in the closing 5-minutes and by then, hitting around the trend line at the close – it gets interesting.
And THAT is when The Gambler comes out. (With apologies to Kenny Rogers...) All-in short for Monday? All-in Long? Or just in cash till the break from the trend line show itself more definitively?
I’ll never tell. LOL
Ahead of the Curve
As if the impeachment fiasco isn’t enough, Slow Joe keeps making claims. As race tightens, Joe Biden says: “I’m the frontrunner”. Yeah. I’m the Pope. No, Mike Bloomberg is…whatever. Just sit down.
George Soros Says Wall Street Won’t Decide the 2020 Election. Why’d he say that? Because he’s already bought it, maybe?
Speaking of people who should drop out: Beto O’Rourke says he expects Americans to surrender their guns. Typical rich socialist blather & pomp. Reality rehab time? Is there something in the water out toward New Mexico that breeds liberalism? And why does the press call him Beto? Why not call him Robert Francis O’Rourke? You know…his name? Beto-Bob? Even that would be more honest. But,, you see? We’ve circled back to Bernays, haven’t we?
MLB umpire apologizes for tweet threatening to buy AR-15 to defend Trump in new civil war, but we’re wondering why apologize? It’s to defend and isn’t that what guns are for? Defending Rights of Others? Or, is that another subverted American core value, too? The sponginess of liberal thinking is astounding. Clarity of thought left when situational ethics showed up.
More reasons to flee California (and if you move to Texas, leave your politics behind, please) as Time reports California’s Power Shutoffs Might Prevent Wildfires. But Are They Worth the Risks?” If you thought the Smokey Mountains were in Tennessee and North Carolina, a rethink is in order as Wildfires rage across California, forcing evacuations. The Sieras become the Western Smokeys.
Another reason for web firewalling? As the Artificial Intelligence Market Expands, New Cloud and Enterprise Data Center Hardware is Being Developed, Spurring Revenue of $50 Billion Annually… OMG yes, can you imagine the reposting capability of AI to spread dangerous memes? Especially when AI can start to regularly hack Captchas? Enjoy the sunset of Reality…don’t know how long it lasts. No one from Roman Times has called us back for comment….
With stories like For China’s Social Media Giants, It’s a Battle for the Ages about, it’s really who makes the best deal with the CCCC that will determine the outcome. Call it click pro quo.
Fed Meeting next week. If they don’t lower, expect crap to hit the fan (in markets). Ergo, a lower open Monday and Tuesday – which we’ll call in adance as lobbying the Fed to lower, right? In background, and with Europe negative, today Russia’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates on Economic Fears.
OK, enough already. Got a new invention for homeless people coming up out Sunday here. And the test plan for the time machine experiments on the Peoploenomics side…along with the ongoing comparisons between now and 1929 & 1987 – though the Wednesday PN report really lays out the groundwork well, if you missed it. Worth a reread…
A special thanks to our Seattle benefactor of test gear as a second 100 MHz dual channel scope has arrived to join my 20 MHz Kenwood dual channel and my 100 MHz Tektronix. And thanks to Jeff ‘XD for the great idea on the RSP1-based spectrum analyzer – on the way from Ham Radio Outlet.
With only four months to age 71, we keep picking up the pace…plenty of time to rest “in the box.”
Write when you get rich,