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Social Media Trumps Reality …

“Ballad Of A Thin Man”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965)

Flashback!

TRUMPOCALYPSE!!!! – LOVE TRUMPS HATE!!!! – NOT MY PRESIDENT!!!! END OF THE NATION, MAYBE THE WORLD!!! YOUR VOTE IS A HATE CRIME!!!  OCCUPY WALL STREET!!! 

Noooo wait! That was the last nasty apocalyptic crisis where the world was going to end.. Sorry! My Bad!!!  OMG I can believe he just said that!!! He must be a Homophobic Racist Nazi!!!.

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Oh, Oh, I am just SOOOO ashamed of myself, I just feel so guilty for being alive, and I’m guessing that would make you a nasty Bulverizing Blowhard expressing your annoyance that someone created ripples in your worship pool.

Damn!!! It’s been almost three weeks since Donald Trump’s surprise election victory. Republicans in the Senate, Republicans in the Congress, and TRUMP in the Whitehouse!  HOOHAA!

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And wouldn’t you know it? The world hasn’t ended. (Not yet anyway).

In the financial world specifically, despite an overwhelming consensus that the stock market would crater on such a turn of events, every major market index closed at a fresh all-time high last Monday.

The last time the markets simultaneously closed at record highs occurred all the way back in December of 1999.

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Just who is The Devil’s Advocate?

“Almost as surprising as the election result has been the market reaction,” said Joshua Feinman, chief global economist at Deutsche Asset Management.

I’ll say!

Don’t bother trying to find a trading guru or analyst who predicted this scenario – they don’t exist!

I keep surfing across interesting tidbits and random artifacts daily. This one rises to the surface in the boiling stew of the President Trump victory right here at “Life Site News” When you first look at it you are tempted to say”Oh Yea, just another article about social media slime balls and their gullible followers”. Or:

Fake News Alert: CNN Finally Admits “White Helmets” Staged Fake Video

So, in the light of the CNN “Fake News” ooopsi, the tiny tip of the MSM Fake News iceberg reveals itself, and then contemplating, that is rationally thinking about the Trump Hate news, one can easily imagine where the fire under the boiling pot of the “Trump Hate’ meme is coming from.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch the MSM are caught with their parts in an unhygienic place, and hesitantly, admit that perhaps there was a little hanky-panky going on … lovely ladies and gentle germs of the activist progressive haters international better just BOHICA. But that is really just alright with you all, right?

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“CNN would continue by claiming:

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Fake News Central?

The nearly one-minute long video has been the subject of criticism on social media. On Wednesday Syria Civil Defence released a statement calling it an “error of judgment”.

“This video and the related posts were recorded by RFS media with Syria Civil Defense volunteers, who hoped to create a connection between the horror of Syria and the outside world using the viral ‘Mannequin challenge.’ This was an error of judgment, and we apologize on behalf of the volunteers involved,” the statement read.

Ignored by both the “White Helmets’” and RFS’ as well as CNN’s explanation of the video is the fact that the now admittedly staged video – besides the “mannequin challenge” style – is virtually indistinguishable from the “thousands of other videos from Aleppo” cited by CNN.

Just like “thousands of other videos from Aleppo” cited by CNN, the “victim” being “rescued” by the “White Helmets” is covered in dust and what appears to be blood, but otherwise uninjured. Unlike in a real bombing, those “rescued” by the “White Helmet” have their limbs intact, no deep, visible wounds, and lack any of the burns or trauma associated with weaponry used in modern combat.

It is unlikely that out of  the “thousands of other videos from Aleppo” cited by CNN, none of them would feature actual trauma, and instead feature only the dust and fake “blood” covered “victims” as seen in the recent, admittedly staged video, as well as during recently staged protests in Europe.

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afp-afp-hz9r9Lacking any critical sense , not even the proverbial “grain of salt” has any currency with a generation of progressives who “don’t care about facts”, but happily dive into the pool of lies, calumny and Bulverism that constitutes their entire social media, “in group”, emoticon raddled universe of visceral non-thought.

Have you heard the shocking news? President Obama has signed an executive order mandating a full recount of all votes cast in the election. He’s also ordered a “special election” to be held on Dec. 19. Donald Trump is furious, and denounced Obama’s decision as proof that “the system was rigged all along.” “President Obama doesn’t care about what the American people want,” he said, according to abcnews.com.co.

120-nytAnd at “The Washington Free Beacon” we find: “All the News that’s fit To Fake” which seems to be something of a satire on the New York Times attempt to brand everything published or circulated that does not line up with their pro-Hillary bias as “Fake” news. 

The Story about Fake News ran alongside a completely erroneous series of articles about Hillary’s campaign being carried over the top to certain victory by the huge surge of Latino’s at the polls. Unfortunately, in the cold clear light of day this is just more KoolAide Drinker Propaganda, it would appear.

130-fake-news-rallyWhiskey Tango Foxtrot, EH???? I wonder just what they were drinking over there, probably the same stuff the reporters writing about the disarray in the Trump transition team or the Republican party being split over who will be Secretary of State???? When is Fake News not Fake News?  I guess that would be when it is published in the NYT???

C.S.Lewis wrote all about it back in the 1940’s and far from changing their stripes, all the usual suspects have just been pouring it on in heavier and heavier layers until here we are in 2016, 75 years on and it has been so deep for so long that those so inclined have arrived at a place where the BS actually is their reality.

They are living 24/7 in a virtual reality world where they believe anything and everything they are told by their masters – they have moved beyond 50 shades of grey to 50 shades of illogical shouting where anyone who disagrees with their Howler tribe is branded a hater, or a “homophobic racist Nazi”, or even a knuckle dragging neanderthal, “clinging to their guns and religion”.

1000-justin-in-africaBut there is a price to pay for choosing this path. That kind of “thinking” gives us” MONROVIA, Liberia, November 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began a two-day visit to the impoverished West African nation of Liberia this week by treading delicately around his government’s frank encouragement of homosexual and transgender status in Canada and internationally.

Global Affairs Canada’s website offers more than 130 links to projects around the world from Kashish to Manila and Dominica with which it is promoting homosexuality, but Trudeau shied from touting the issue in the heart of a region that is strongly opposed to that agenda (That would be Africa, for you geographically challenged social media types). …

Yet he is signalling that he will advocate “LGBT rights” in an address Saturday morning in Madagascar when speaking to La Francophonie, a consortium of the world’s nations with close ties to French language and culture. I’m guessing they will be a more sympathetic audience because sophisticated French cultural practices are more in tune with folks sticking their parts into unsanitary places.  But I am not sure about that, it might just be another bit of “Fake News” overheard at Tim Horton’s.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley chat prior to a roundtable meeting with oil and gas producers in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley chat prior to a roundtable meeting with oil and gas producers in Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

And “The Question” easily becomes, “Is this just “Targeted Fake News”?  Or is the Canadian Prime Minister lying to his African audiences?   If you’re trying to imply something like ‘lying on the bed with your naked butt in the air’ versus ‘lying through one’s teeth’, well there’s no difference … really, no difference for a social media thinker.

And what the HEY??? OMG I thought Justin was married and also had a BFF back home? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, eh?

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As C/S.Lewis writes in his Essay on “Bulverism”:

It is a disastrous discovery, as Emerson says somewhere, that we exist. I mean, it is disastrous when instead of merely attending to a rose we are forced to think of ourselves looking at the rose, with a certain type of mind and a certain type of eyes.

It is disastrous because, if you are not very careful, the color of the rose gets attributed to our optic nerves and its scent to our noses, and in the end there is no rose left. The professional philosophers have been bothered about this universal black-out for over two hundred years, and the world has not much listened to them. But the same disaster is now occurring on a level we can all understand.

We have recently “discovered that we exist” in two new senses. The Freudians have discovered that we exist as bundles of complexes. The Marxians have discovered that we exist as members of some economic class. In the old days it was supposed that if a thing seemed obviously true to a hundred men, then it was probably true in fact.

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What, Me Worry???

Nowadays the Freudian will tell you to go and analyze the hundred: you will find that they all think Elizabeth [I] a great queen because they all have a mother-complex. Their thoughts are psychologically tainted at the source.

And the Marxist will tell you to go and examine the economic interests of the hundred; you will find that they all think freedom a good thing because they are all members of the bourgeoisie whose prosperity is increased by a policy of laissez-faire. Their thoughts are “ideologically tainted” at the source.

Now this is obviously great fun; but it has not always been noticed that there is a bill to pay for it. There are two questions that people who say this kind of thing ought to be asked. The first is, are all thoughts thus tainted at the source, or only some? The second is, does the taint invalidate the tainted thought – in the sense of making it untrue – or not?

Now this part is the part upon which all Social Media will founder and the subsequent wreckage be strewn far and wide”

If they say that all thoughts are thus tainted, then, of course, we must remind them that Freudianism and Marxism are as much systems of thought as Christian theology or philosophical idealism. The Freudian and Marxian are in the same boat with all the rest of us, and cannot criticize us from outside. They have sawn off the branch they were sitting on.

If, on the other hand, they say that the taint need not invalidate their thinking, then neither need it invalidate ours. In which case they have saved their own branch, but also saved ours along with it.

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When you have a weak or non-existent argument you can always use the F-bomb, and your tame, fake news, panty sniffing, media will worship you as kool and sing your praises to the universe.

The only line they can really take is to say that some thoughts are tainted and others are not – which has the advantage (if Freudians and Marxians regard it as an advantage) of being what every sane man has always believed. But if that is so, we must then ask how you find out which are tainted and which are not.

It is no earthly use saying that those are tainted which agree with the secret wishes of the thinker. Some of the things I should like to believe must in fact be true; it is impossible to arrange a universe which contradicts everyone’s wishes, in every respect, at every moment. Suppose I think, after doing my accounts, that I have a large balance at the bank. And suppose you want to find out whether this belief of mine is “wishful thinking.”

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Canadian Prime Minister’s 2016 Halloween Costume for going trick or treat with his kids. (OH! My Bad! must be some more Fake News, eh?

You can never come to any conclusion by examining my psychological condition. Your only chance of finding out is to sit down and work through the sum yourself.

When you have checked my figures, then, and then only, will you know whether I have that balance or not. If you find my arithmetic correct, then no amount of vapouring about my psychological condition can be anything but a waste of time.

If you find my arithmetic wrong, then it may be relevant to explain psychologically how I came to be so bad at my arithmetic, and the doctrine of the concealed wish will become relevant – but only after you have yourself done the sum and discovered me to be wrong on purely arithmetical grounds.

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But it is in no way connected to reality …

It is the same with all thinking and all systems of thought. If you try to find out which are tainted by speculating about the wishes of the thinkers, you are merely making a fool of yourself.

You must find out on purely logical grounds which of them do, in fact, break down as arguments. Afterwards, if you like, go on and discover the psychological causes of the error. In other words, you must show that a man is wrong before you start explaining why he is wrong.

The modern method [Note: This essay was written in 1941.] is to assume without discussion that he is wrong and then distract his attention from this (the only real issue) by busily explaining how he became to be so silly. In the course of the last fifteen years I have found this vice so common that I have had to invent a name for it. I call it “Bulverism.”

Some day I am going the write the biography of its imaginary inventor, Ezekiel Bulver, whose destiny was determined at the age of five when he heard his mother say to his father – who had been maintaining that two sides of a triangle were together greater than the third – “Oh, you say that because you are a man.”(Ed: Now I have had that experience personally (not from my wife) and that goes hand in hand with “stop feeding us facts, we are not interested in facts, we just want to have a pleasant conversation with friends”)

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“At that moment,” E. Bulver assures us, “there flashed across my opening mind the great truth that refutation is no necessary part of argument.

Assume your opponent is wrong, and then explain his error, and the world will be at your feet.

Attempt to prove that he is wrong or (worse still) try to find out whether he is wrong or right, and the national dynamism of our age will thrust you to the wall.” That is how Bulver became one of the makers of the Twentieth Century.

I find the fruits of his discovery almost everywhere.

Thus I see my religion dismissed on the grounds that “the comfortable parson had every reason for assuring the nineteenth century worker that poverty would be rewarded in another world.”

Well, no doubt he had. On the assumption that Christianity is an error, I can see clearly enough that some people would still have a motive for inculcating it.

I see it so easily that I can, of course, play the game the other way round, by saying that “the modern man has every reason for trying to convince himself that there are no eternal sanctions behind the morality he is rejecting.”

For Bulverism is a truly democratic game in the sense that all can play it all day long, and that it give no unfair advantage to the small and offensive minority who reason. But of course it gets us not one inch nearer to deciding whether, as a matter of fact, the Christian religion is true or false.

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Political discussion – according to the progressive left wing media this is what they are dealing with. Zombie Apocalypse?, anyone, anyone? This is a phenomenon now recognized as “Psychological projection”. It is a defense mechanism people subconsciously employ in order to cope with difficult feelings or emotions. Psychological projection involves projecting undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone else, rather than admitting to or dealing with the unwanted feelings.

That question remains to be discussed on quite different grounds – a matter of philosophical and historical argument. However it were decided, the improper motives of some people, both for believing it and for disbelieving it, would remain just as they are.

I see Bulverism at work in every political argument. The capitalists must be bad economists because we know why they want capitalism, and equally Communists must be bad economists because we know why they want Communism.

Thus, the Bulverists on both sides. In reality, of course, either the doctrines of the capitalists are false, or the doctrines of the Communists, or both; but you can only find out the rights and wrongs by reasoning – never by being rude about your opponent’s psychology.

Until Bulverism is crushed, reason can play no effective part in human affairs. Each side snatches it early as a weapon against the other; but between the two reason itself is discredited. And why should reason not be discredited? It would be easy, in answer, to point to the present state of the world, but the real answer is even more immediate.

The forces discrediting reason, themselves depend of reasoning. You must reason even to Bulverize. You are trying to prove that all proofs are invalid. If you fail, you fail. If you succeed, then you fail even more – for the proof that all proofs are invalid must be invalid itself.

The alternative then is either sheer self-contradicting idiocy or else some tenacious belief in our power of reasoning, held in the teeth of all the evidence that Bulverists can bring for a “taint” in this or that human reasoner.

I am ready to admit, if you like, that this tenacious belief has something transcendental or mystical about it. What then? Would you rather be a lunatic than a mystic?

And so we now see that virtually every “debate” extent today in all venues and all media is simply some variant of “Bulverism” which we are now calling “Social Media” and “Fake News”.

For the powers of reason have been abrogated by the legions of  the thoughtless – Truly Truly I say to you – a Zombie Apocalypse.

Cheers

Joe

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November 2016, The Canadian Landscape as it now appears.

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