This fits in with my recent comments that the national debt isn’t the problem most people think it is: The Idea That Deficit Spending Is a Burden on Our Children Is the Dumbest Propaganda.
This article already claims that we’ve blown past the bogus 1.5C “limit” (which we have). The silly accounting tricks used by other scientists and other reports do this to keep the panic down.
The Ring of Fire has a new video out about Hawaii declaring a climate emergency. You can watch the video here – but I want to point out the double-speak for the video caption:
Via America’s Lawyer: As sea levels rise and coastlines shrink, Hawaii becomes the first state to declare a climate emergency. RT correspondent Brigida Santos joins Mike Papantonio to explain how state and federal lawmakers are taking steps to meet the worsening climate crisis head-on.
This is of course, total b.s. as it is a fundamental impossibility to “meet the worsening climate crisis head-on”. Can’t be done. Even if all of civilization was to totally shut down, it still couldn’t be done and it isn’t being done, anywhere, but the idea here is to make people think lawmakers are “doing something” effective when they’re really not. If Hawaii was deadly serious, they’d stop tourism immediately, forever as a Step 1, but they’re not. Mainlanders would stay home. Hawaii would be reverted to an eco-paradise as fast as possible. But you’re never going to see that.
The business of deception is still at work throughout the world. Right now, Israel is murdering tiny children in a war of propaganda that contains real bombs and real death. Deception is paramount, you can’t actually speak the truth because you’d find yourselves hated. You can say “We’re retaliating against civilians for the rocket attacks on our country”. Nor can you say “Our lawmakers are pushing some more paper around and making more promises about how they’re still planning on solving the climate crisis”. Even more importantly, you cannot say “The climate emergency will collapse our civilization and way of life soon, we cannot solve this and billions of people are expected to die”.
All three of these statements are true, factual and to the point, without all the endless bullshit and lies we’ve come to expect (and live by). The business of deception is deeply embedded within our institutions, media, government and even the public mindset. Go ahead and deceive us, tickle our ears and tell us what we want to hear. Make us feel good.
In truth, deception is pretty horrible business, because it always fails. Promises made are broken, predictions made are inaccurate, politics postures and dithers, and people die. We’ve come to expect this too. It’s business as usual, the business of deception and it’s found everywhere, from ‘alternative energy’ promises to electric vehicles. Civilization is on a head-long path toward destruction and the refusal to admit to this trajectory found in virtually every endeavor humanity has devised is just more deception designed to protect vested interests and maintain the status-quo for as long as humanly possible. Even when a crack is discovered and there is a small admission of truth, this is quickly buried under an avalanche of bullshit to cover it all back up.
Media Bias Fact check is a website that investigates claims and statements made from many different sources, including news sources, politicians, private individual and social media for accuracy. Using just one day’s example, you can see how the business of deception is rampant in our society. Pick any day for countless other examples.
I’ve come to view virtually every source, every report, every story, every comment, everything said or put into print as a probable deception. First off, know that every author of every book, comment, video, story, broadcast, talk show, whatever form of communication is spreading their own agenda. That’s not necessarily bad, you just have to be aware of it. Find out what it is if you can. And then look for the deceptions being expressed. Most forms of propaganda can be readily identified. But some is very subtle and secretive and easy to miss.
A baseline of truth can be developed and identified as you gain experience in identifying deceptions. I have often called this propaganda because it really is the same thing. You need to know when you are being lied to. This is happening all of the time.
Almost everything we think we know has been taught to us by deception. This is why bias is so common now. We consumed disinformation and adopted these viewpoints and beliefs. Next, we hold these deceptions to be true and will vigorously defend them. This is where polarization and divisions come from, they are deceptions in belief.
I shouldn’t need to say this, but will – people die for these deceptions (in large numbers). We’ve all seen it, this is happening all around us all the time. This is normalized behavior, part of our society, and often, harmless to others, but not always. Sometimes, large numbers of other people are badly hurt or killed because of deceptive beliefs held by others. But what happens when entire societies are being consistently deceived and lied to by their leaders? What happens when the whole of humanity is being lied to and deceived?
I’ve discussed this many times before. There are topics that are of enormous interest to everyone, such as the survival of the biosphere and our own species. We’re being broadly lied to about what is unfolding and what our chances actually are to stop the ecocide (which includes our own species). The business of deception is to always portray a positive future that holds endless promise (and development). But is this true? I do not think it is.
Why aren’t we being widely told about the predicament that we are now in? Why are they hiding this truth from us? Why don’t they admit to what is already known by science, by researchers, by analysts, by investigators? Why do they think we can keep on this trajectory of consumption, resource extraction, species extinction and polluting our atmosphere, water and soil as if this will always be fairly harmless activities? Why do they also promise us a bright future when the signs of environmental decline and collapse are now everywhere? Why do they think that humans too won’t be threatened by the same decline? How can they ignore the problems with finite resources, escalating emissions, population overcrowding and declining water supplies?
Why can’t they just give us the truth? Why is everything just another lie?
Rare is the voice that will try to speak the unvarnished truth. The business of deception is far more comfortable, it protects position, career, tenure and perception. It’s politically expedient to be a liar. It’s potentially disastrous to speak the truth. But it is the truth that we desperately need to hear on every topic. Every war. Every social issue. Every threat that faces us.
Why can’t we have it? We’re literally being forced to go look for it elsewhere. The very people we hired to provide us with truth have all consistently failed to speak the whole truth.
I doubt that anything can really be done about this in our complex world, where deceiving others is so prevalent. Go find the voices that will speak the whole truth to you or figure this out for yourself. In the meanwhile, don’t fall for the business of deception, everybody is cashing in on this now.