Friday 24th of November 2017

preaching to the unconverted...

in Trump we trust...

It hit me this week, around the time when Sarah Huckabee Sanders was blithely seconding Chief of Staff John Kelly’s Civil War revisionism, that I missed Sean Spicer.

I missed the panic in his eyes, which signaled a scintilla of awareness that he was peddling hooey. I missed the squeak in his voice, which suggested perhaps the tiniest smidgen of shame.

He never seemed to me entirely at home in his domicile of deception; she dwells without evident compunction in a gaudier fairyland of grander fictions. There’s no panic. No squeak. Just that repulsed expression, as if a foul odor had wafted in and she knew — just knew — that the culprit was CNN.

True, she hasn’t told a lie as tidy as Spicer’s ludicrousness about Donald Trump’s inauguration crowds. But her briefings are breathtaking — certainly this week’s were. For some 20 minutes every afternoon, down is up, paralysis is progress, enmity is harmony, stupid is smart, villain is victim, disgrace is honor, plutocracy is populism and Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia if anyone would summon the nerve to investigate her(because, you know, that never, ever happens). I watch and listen with sheer awe.

With despair, too, because Sanders doesn’t draw nearly the censure or ridicule that Spicer did, and the reason isn’t her. It’s us. More precisely, it’s what Trump and his presidency have done to us. Little more than nine months in, we’ve surrendered any expectation of honesty. We’re inured.

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employed to lie on behalf of the president...

President Barack Obama had three press secretaries during his eight years in the White House. The Obama press secretaries were Robert Gibbs, Jay Carney and Josh Earnest. Obama broke a string of two consecutive presidents who hired women to serve in the role. Each of Obama's press secretaries was a man.

It is not unusual for a president to have more than one press secretary. The job is grueling and stressful; the average White House spokesman stays in the job for only two and a half years, according to the International Business Times, which described the position as "the worst job in government." Bill Clinton also had three press secretaries and George W. Bush had four. 

The press secretary is not a member of the president's cabinet or the White House Executive Office. The White House press secretary works in the White House Office of Communications.

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The Press Secretaries are employed to tell lies on behalf of the president... Some are more skilled than others but it also depends on the way the President of the USA manages his/her own lies (we'll close Guantanamo), and also on the way the MMMM (Mediocre Mass Media de Shit) is enamoured with the President. The press was eating in the hand of Obama who was very clever in his obfuscation with spirited fun.

For example "Carney's toughest jobs was defending the Obama administration in the face of intense criticism over how it handled the 2012 terrorist attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others." But the story that the press missed entirely was about "why go to war against Gaddafi?" in the first instance. There was no reason other than Gaddafi was trying to set up a Pan-African Bank that would deal oil and other goodies in another currency than the US dollar (God). The usual mantra that "he was about to kill his own people" was a lot of bullshit.


of falsumnuntium

The new buzz is to appear buzzy while producing nothing... I mean busy with new cool fast vernacular and miniaturised baby-sized ideas that are tailored for minimalistic Millenials to cope with the simplest of task, outside punching a small smartphone with two thumbs to tell their mates that they are... are... are.... hey who cares... They “read” (actually they can’t read, they see only images of words without understanding spellings) the thinnest of news digest on a rolling thumb-flicked screen till they hit the latest Hollywood naked scandal and stay there for two whole seconds, scanning the image not for the sexy titillating bit but for the latest swimwear fashion which is already dead yesterday. 

So busy we, young people, are that there is no time to do anything thoughtfully before moving onto the next page of waft. ADHD is rife. It is de rigour. Addiction to the smartphones is necessary and obligatory. The temptation to respond to a “text” or post an instant image is so great that a large proportion of young — L-plated, P-plated and on the loose — drivers are online, driving and punching away the keyboard... while trying to appear not to. I’ve been crashed in the back of my car by a few of them, even discounting those on cocaine.

We, responsible adults who mucked up the planet by trying hard to muck up the planet, need to perform all we wish to say in three seconds to maintain the attention span in our educated youth who will move on to the next distraction. It’s tiring for the old bones...

Apparently, in serious atmospheric professional hubristical devotion to the new yooth, a new social media strategy to catch these young flies, involves a debate over the word “program,” (or programme) and the glorious five-seconds opening of a new highway extension using Facebook. This has been compared to the TV program Utopia by senior staff inside a Department of Infrastructure in Kanbra, also designed by the government massaging the media into believing that things are moving fast while pandemonium of doing not much, at speeds like a fly in a jar, is the rule. 

On the other side of the coin, the deceitful Abbott Government hid the way it dealt with refugees at sea, in order to turn the boats as “promised”. This became a dirty secret “war” in which the Australian Navy breached again and again the rules of international maritime behaviour. We were not suppose to notice the orange lifeboats. Some journalists found bits and pieces of information but in general the serious scribes met the wall of “operational matter” under which any disclosure of information would “place the country at risk”. This was rubbish, but eventually this disgusting Australian refugee policy led to the Manus Island disgrace and others.

But to “tell the truth”, we, the populace of indebted morons, were asleep most of the time, reassured by our Liberal (CONservative) government that the budget would be in the black soon and that the sun was shinning because we were burning more coal. And what was global warming again? A pseudo-scientific scare promoted by the Communists to bugger our economy. But the yooths don’t care much about these long drawn out issues. The yooths don’t even know the meaning of issue. Most who reach puberty while being already in charge of a media department know the value of vacuous hubris to counteract the threat of hard work. This is the concept they have learnt while doing an arts degree at Oxford university, under the pretence of a Rhodes scholarship, and fudged Graball economics at colleges like Harvard.

Meanwhile, our magic communication hub, the NBN, devised by Turnbull under Abbott instructions, would get a first class governmental tick despite being downsized from the original plan to a Tesla coil linked to a penlite that would glow in the dark for $29.95 plus postage. 

Amongst these communication and communicative gems that would be satirical if they never happened, the media itself is being infested by “fake news” and other tremors that make old journalists shake their heads. Nothing new with “fake news” despite being the “word of the year”, now compressed to: Fakenews, gefälschteNachrichten, Faussesnouvelles, noticiasfalsas and Falsumnuntium. Here the Roman and the Greek writers had already perfected the art of fake news back in BC. Thereafter, the art of “fake news” was adopted by the Religious mobs and all other “fake news” were deemed to be fake. 

There was a satirical show on the Beeb, made about three years ago that seems to have been used as training videos for budding millenials, soon parachuted in leadership positions because they would not be able to produce anything but to show other people how to be cool and trendy while not producing anything. 

Programs (programmes) that had been viewed by 4 million people on TV last Wednesday were already passé and the new way of doing things was to get “the public” to send their own (short preferable) videos of their cats, dogs and latest ailments to compare with other videos of the same ilk, that would be seen by many yooth on their smartphones, instantly. Cool!... Of course, the senior producer saw this venture as a public-funded Yootoobe in a tone saying public toilet, but this was shot down in flame by the new yooth executive in a barrage of fancy words and illusionary statistics, designed to pander to our new young morons. 

This would be funny, like our own Utopia show on ABC/TV which I do not watch because having been there, I find it excruciatingly too close to the bone, when I had to fight for the good oil, in advertising and other situations. See my friend E. T. Gundlach... But this new cool is infiltrating ALL our media, including, I believe, our esteemed ABC, from the top (?) down... So, dear public, if you really want to know anything, read the fake news, invert it and divide by three, add a pinch of salt and forget it. The “news” has been massaged for a long time to suit our shrunken brains. 



Gus Leonisky

Your local yooth with old bones... See also: the emperor's new clothes

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Hillary Clinton on Trump’s Special Counsel Threat: “This Is Such an Abuse of Power”

In an exclusive interview with Mother Jones, Clinton warns that prosecuting her would be “like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime.”

“I regret deeply that this appears to be the politicization of the Justice Department and our justice system,” Clinton said on Wednesday. “This Uranium One story has been debunked countless times by members of the press, by independent experts. It is nothing but a false charge that the Trump administration is trying to drum up to avoid attention being drawn to them.”

She said the Trump administration was trying to change the subject from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government. But she said she was not personally worried about being prosecuted.

“I’m not concerned, because I know that there is no basis to it,” she said. “I regret if they do it because it will be such a disastrous step to politicizing the justice system. And at the end of the day, nothing will come of it, but it will, you know, cause a lot of terrible consequences that we might live with for a really long time.”

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