Open Thread WE 30 NOV 22 ~ bugging the ruling class


Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Hola C99. Welcome to another midweek ponderance of some things thought worthy!


This thread was inspired by a poem written by a political prisoner in the book I'm reading
entitled Doing Time: 25 years of prison writing. It is a grouping of literature penned by convicts sponsored by the organization PEN published in 1999.


The particular referenced poem was written by Judith Clark titled To Vladimir Mayakowski while serving time for the crime of political expression in Bedford Hills
Correctional Facility in New York, 1993. Which, in turn, shifted my thinking to the question:
what is it that the 'ruling class' fears most about their crumbling underpinnings?


A partial list, in no particular order, are some of the foci of said mental gymnastics ..

free thought
mass protests
loss of control

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.

Patrick Henry


Credits ~

Goat in water acrylic on panel Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Lisa Ericson

Vladimir Mayakovsky (1892-1930), a Russian poet and dramatist, was considered the
"premier voice" of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.


What do you see as a wrench in the machinery that best puts the elites' panties in a bunch?
Perhaps that is one way to fight repression? Open for comments, related or otherwise.

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Lookout's picture a sin for TPTB.

An obedient and subservient population is the goal. Questions not allowed. Were are in a 1984 world.
Are you ready for two minutes of hate? Russia, Russia, Russia!

Whatta world...

Thanks for the OT!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

for the 'top of the hour news headlines', popular on radio networks like the BBC.
Used to listen to it during my commute to work in Singapore.
Propaganda descriptions of extreme psychological distortions.
Always delivered in that crisp, efficient brit clip.

I surmise your reaction to the free thinking restrictions would be
to think freely? Therefore pissing-off the rulers! There are probably
laws against that somewhere. Subversive thinking, enemies of the
state, national security, bla bla bla.

The twits are now positioning to become the thought police.

Thanks for chiming in and continued free thinking!

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from it.

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of it.

The first 20 seconds shows the deleted part."

Edited to add the following:

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of the 'crimes of aggression' by Ukraine against their own territories for the last 10 years?
Maybe because the EU funded that act? Why is that acceptable aggression? Oh, and it
is OK to freeze, sanction and steal Russian property, because they have to pay
reparations for Ukraine's inability to uphold the Minsk agreement. Makes perfect
non-sense. Maybe she thinks we weren't paying attention.

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earthling1's picture

I'll add: Losing money.
Thanks for the OT.

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Neither Russia nor China is our enemy.
Neither Iran nor Venezuela are threatening America.
Cuba is a dead horse, stop beating it.


although the super rich do not seem to blink if a few million
goes by the wayside. They just hire a new accountant. Wink

thanks for your support!

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elites' panties in a bunch?

The upcoming mourning for Jiang Zemin.

Singing the national anthem.

Holding up blank sheets of paper.

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@ban nock

but most of the wrenches I use are avoiding consumerism, working independent,
questioning authority and disobeying signs - for what it's worth. They already
robbed me of a decent retirement, but am too honest to steal from folks of our
class. Will take the zillionaires bucks without them being any wiser. Wink


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by making it obvious I do not consider them superior to me or anyone else. Laugh at them, ignore them, turn down invitations to hear them speak, and so on. The more obvious our indifference and disdain of TPTB is shown to be, the better off we are.
I think your list is great!

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981