Salmon Live In Trees And Eat Pencils

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http://bbc.in/2iJd5QG

So is this what they mean by “post-truth” ?
Obfuscation? Obscuration?
Or simply “if you throw enough shit, some of it is gonna stick”.

Honestly, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry any more. Who-da-thunk it? Putin & Mutko are channelling Joseph Goebbels –

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

And as of now, whether I look East, West or South, I see nutters bullying us into submission. Anyone see the stat from Oxfam: eight people have the same cumulative wealth as half of the world’s population?! Stop the world; I wanna get off.

:o(

4 thoughts on “Salmon Live In Trees And Eat Pencils

  1. Unhappily, many people prefer to believe lies and propaganda rather than official statistics and verifiable facts because they prefer to have their prejudices confirmed than accept that things are not actually how they want them to be,

    This has always been the case but the rise of the internet has given their attitude validation, because no matter what you believe, you’ll be able to find some backing for your views. People lack the critical ability to differentiate between real information and made-up bullshit. They also think that because they have a vehicle to publicise their views, no matter how bonkers or implausible they are it means that those views have to be treated on the same level as the comments of actual experts. We see this on TV nowadays too. The idea of “balance” means that if you have a respected expert on a programme, you have to have someone expressing a counter-opinion, even if that person is clearly talking nonsense, or be accused of biased reporting.

    The gutter media encourage this counter-factual scepticism because it serves their purpose to have real experts treated as though their views are just like anyone else’s. The perfect example of this is the anti-vaccination movement, but you could also cite the propaganda of the Leave campaign and Michael Gove’s comment that we have all had enough of experts.

    Populist politicians thrive in this environment, because their supporters just treat any criticism as an establishment plot to discredit their idols.

    • I suspect it’s more that people prefer not to think too much at all. Life is tricky enough without challenging one’s own preconceptions. And now it’s so much easier to find people who agree with you (on social media and in the right-wing press), why bother to listen to those that don’t?

      The really worrying thing is that there’s little that can or will be done about it, as those benefiting from the hate are the ones grabbing power. Unless and until they demonstrably harm the casual fascists who support them, they will retain that power. And even then, a bit of ‘them-bashing’ can make that tolerable.

      It really is difficult to keep 1930’s Germany out of mind at the moment.

      • Yes, there are certainly parallels with the rise of authoritarian regimes in the 1920s and 30s. The insistence on parliament doing what they are told by The Will Of The People is inherently fascist, as is the portraying of the judiciary as the Enemy Of The People.

      • Thanks both. It’s just all getting TOO depressing – the bare-faced lies and utter bollocks that are being spouted from those in positions of trust and power, and yet they’re increasingly getting away with it.
        These days I even find myself apologising to my daughters about the utter mess our generation is going to leave their generation to clean up. But I fear if we keep on our current trajectory, society will be too far gone TO clear up. China’s poisoning its own citizens, Trump’s stealing from his, Putin’s offing any dissenting Russian voices, and the Tories are dithering about pulling the trigger having allowed Boris & Nigel’s yob-mob to load 5 out of 6 barrels in our economic suicide pistol.

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