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Anchor
2nd January 2015, 09:29
The filmmaker behind cerebral political documentaries Century of the Self (2002) and The Power of Nightmares (2005), Adam Curtis, produced this short for BBC's "2014 Wipe" year-in-review program, which aired Tuesday night in the U.K.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/12/31/bbcs_adam_curtis_on_the_contradictory_vaudeville_o f_post-modern_politics.html


So much of the news this year has been hopeless, depressing, and above all, confusing. To which the only response is to say, "oh dear."

What this film is going to suggest is that that defeatist response has become a central part of a new system of political control. And to understand how this is happening, you have to look to Russia, to a man called Vladislav Surkov, who is a hero of our time.

Surkov is one of President Putin's advisers, and has helped him maintain his power for 15 years, but he has done it in a very new way.

He came originally from the avant-garde art world, and those who have studied his career, say that what Surkov has done, is to import ideas from conceptual art into the very heart of politics.

His aim is to undermine peoples' perceptions of the world, so they never know what is really happening.

Surkov turned Russian politics into a bewildering, constantly changing piece of theater. He sponsored all kinds of groups, from neo-Nazi skinheads to liberal human rights groups. He even backed parties that were opposed to President Putin.

But the key thing was, that Surkov then let it be known that this was what he was doing, which meant that no one was sure what was real or fake. As one journalist put it: "It is a strategy of power that keeps any opposition constantly confused."

A ceaseless shape-shifting that is unstoppable because it is undefinable. It is exactly what Surkov is alleged to have done in the Ukraine this year. In typical fashion, as the war began, Surkov published a short story about something he called non-linear war. A war where you never know what the enemy are really up to, or even who they are. The underlying aim, Surkov says, is not to win the war, but to use the conflict to create a constant state of destabilized perception, in order to manage and control.

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But maybe, we have something similar emerging here in Britain. Everything we're told by journalists and politicians is confusing and contradictory. Of course, there is no Mr. Surkov in charge, but it is an odd, non-linear world that plays into the hands of those in power.

British troops have come home from Afghanistan, but nobody seems to know whether it was a victory or whether it was a defeat.

Aging disk jockeys are prosecuted for crimes they committed decades ago, while practically no one in the City of London is prosecuted for the endless financial crimes that have been revealed there.

In Syria, we are told that President Assad is the evil enemy, but then his enemies turn out to be even more evil than him, so we bomb them, and by doing that, we help keep Assad in power.

But the real epicenter of this non-linear world is the economy, and the closest we have to our own shape-shifting post-modern politician is [U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer] George Osborne.

He tells us proudly that the economy is growing, but at the same time, wages are going down.

He says he is reducing the deficit, but then it is revealed that the deficit is going up.

But the dark heart of this shape-shifting world is Quantitative Easing. The government is insisting on taking billions of Pounds out of the economy through its austerity program, yet at the very same time it is pumping billion of Pounds into the economy through Quantitative Easing, the equivalent of 24,000 Pounds for every family in Britain.

But it gets even more confusing, because the Bank of England has admitted that those billions of Pounds are not going where they are supposed to. A vast majority of that money has actually found its way into the hands of the wealthiest five percent in Britain. It has been described as the biggest transfer of wealth to the rich in recent documented history.

It could be a huge scandal, comparable to the greedy oligarchs in Russia. A ruthless elite, siphoning off billions in public money. But nobody seems to know.

It sums up the strange mood of our time, where nothing really makes any coherent sense. We live with a constant vaudeville of contradictory stories that makes it impossible for any real opposition to emerge, because they can't counter it with any coherent narrative of their own.

And it means that we as individuals become ever more powerless, unable to challenge anything, because we live a state of confusion and uncertainty. To which the response is: Oh dear. But that is what they want you to say.

Pweeky
2nd January 2015, 11:58
I saw it and could not believe that the old satanic pedophile bbc was showing it... Shame about the presenter trying to be funny and failing miserably

Nick Matkin
2nd January 2015, 12:38
Thanks for posting the link to the video.

A refreshing view of the 'news' and its manipulation, aired on main stream media, the BBC no less.

Now... would it have been broadcast on Fox or CNN do you think...?

Nick

Jean-Luc
2nd January 2015, 13:00
Very interesting, thanks for posting.

Maybe it was aired late in the night and will serve as some excuse for the BBC to show it keeps presenting balanced views.

Sunny-side-up
2nd January 2015, 13:44
Very interesting, thanks for posting.

Sums up so much of our world and what has been happening across the whole, not just political.

Side note observation: this could be added to the Avalon post about Clones/look a-likes but! Interesting how very similar Mr Vladislav Surkov and Mr George Osborn are in both looks and job behavior/tactics !

Xanth
2nd January 2015, 21:04
Slipping gems like this into the programming is part of the confusion strategy ... the whole point is that you can't tell the truth from the lies, which is why the programming contains both; with the intention of contradiction and confusion

T Smith
2nd January 2015, 21:51
Very interesting, thanks for posting.

Maybe it was aired late in the night and will serve as some excuse for the BBC to show it keeps presenting balanced views.

Or maybe it simply serves to illustrate the commentator's central thesis, to keep the observer confused and addled? NWO-controlled BBC presenting solid analysis of social commentary.... in and of itself an inherent oxymoron and contradiction.

One thing's for certain. We're most certainly living in an Orwellian world of newspeak and doublespeak....

Anchor
2nd January 2015, 21:52
Slipping gems like this into the programming is part of the confusion strategy ... the whole point is that you can't tell the truth from the lies, which is why the programming contains both with the intention of contradiction and confusion

I think this is probably correct, but all is not lost.

For those that see these truths clearly because we already know them, let that resonance resound!

Hold to the truth for all.

Octavusprime
2nd January 2015, 22:55
Although it says BBC, this video cannot be found on the BBC website. Adam Curtis likely released this piece independently. BBC would never publish something so overtly criticizing England nor it's own broadcast network.

Anchor
3rd January 2015, 00:04
Although it says BBC, this video cannot be found on the BBC website. Adam Curtis likely released this piece independently. BBC would never publish something so overtly criticizing England nor it's own broadcast network.

They do though. The Power of Nightmares (2005) was aired on the BBC and it prompted many to say it was the first time in 20 or more years they felt it had been worth paying the license fee. What they do do however (and this might be closer to your meaning) is make it *really* hard to see if you miss the original broadcast.

From what I read, this short piece was aired on the BBC - I didn't see it with my own eyes though, I am not in the UK (and even if I was I no longer watch TV anyway !)

EYES WIDE OPEN
3rd January 2015, 00:21
Although it says BBC, this video cannot be found on the BBC website. Adam Curtis likely released this piece independently. BBC would never publish something so overtly criticizing England nor it's own broadcast network.

LOL I watched this as the BBC broadcast it so I can confirm it was broadcast. It was part of Screenwipe. (brilliant satirical series)




I saw it and could not believe that the old satanic pedophile bbc was showing it... Shame about the presenter trying to be funny and failing miserably

Hmmm, I personally think Charlie brook is really funny. Have you never seen screenwipe or newswipe before?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcy8uLjRHPM

EYES WIDE OPEN
3rd January 2015, 00:25
I think people on here are not familiar with charlie Brooker.

Brooker has often worked with Adam Curtis.

Here are another 2 from 2010:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW3XeT7qavo



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87WqBDgc7wY

EYES WIDE OPEN
3rd January 2015, 00:28
Here is my fave clip from screenwipe on how to report the news; Its hilarious!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHun58mz3vI

EYES WIDE OPEN
3rd January 2015, 00:32
Curtis is making 3 more films for the BBC right now. Out There, At the Mountains of Madness, and Dream Baby Dream.

lucidity
3rd January 2015, 07:14
Curtis is making 3 more films for the BBC right now. Out There, At the Mountains of Madness, and Dream Baby Dream.

Good... Adam Curtis is brilliant.
But how do you know that he is currently making 3 documentaries ?

eaglespirit
3rd January 2015, 07:34
Well Avalonians, all I can say is 'it is here and we are it, the higher happening'...
carry on in all you do for the highest good you can muster!

EYES WIDE OPEN
3rd January 2015, 13:10
Curtis is making 3 more films for the BBC right now. Out There, At the Mountains of Madness, and Dream Baby Dream.

Good... Adam Curtis is brilliant.
But how do you know that he is currently making 3 documentaries ?


Because Charlie Brooker said so when he introduced Adams section in screenwipe. Plus its also on wikipedia. :)

Meggings
10th January 2015, 14:46
Independently, a friend outside Avalon Forum sent me a link to two items - one was the Adam Curtis video in the opening post here, and the other was to Jon Rappaport's blog of January 9, 2015. https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/cia-mind-control-program-did-it-really-end/
The two are linked, for since 1955 the stated aims of a CIA program called MKULTRA was to addle the thinking process by use of drugs so that people can be controlled more easily.

It behooves us to understand some of the evil put in place before we were even born and is in place now, SO THAT WE CAN SAY "NO MORE". The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. This is the slow process of fashioning the new world we all want - one step at a time, doing something positive every time we see something negative, petitioning governments, writing articles, sharing with others. Feed the poor you see, even if a law says you cannot do so, as 90-year-old Arnold Abbott in Florida was doing, who said: "I am my brother’s keeper and what they are doing is just heartless. They are trying to sweep the poorest of the poor under the rug.”

We are vast, we are powerful, we say no more evil.

Here, from 1955, are the types of drugs the MKULTRA men at the CIA were looking for. These are direct quotes from the document:

Substances which will promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public.

Substances which increase the efficiency of mentation and perception.

Materials which will prevent or counteract the intoxicating effect of alcohol.

Materials which will promote the intoxicating effect of alcohol.

Materials which will produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc.

Materials which will render the induction of hypnosis easier or otherwise enhance its usefulness.

Substances which will enhance the ability of individuals to withstand privation, torture and coercion during interrogation and so-called “brain-washing”.

Materials and physical methods which will produce amnesia for events preceding and during their use.

Physical methods of producing shock and confusion over extended periods of time and capable of surreptitious use.

Substances which produce physical disablement such as paralysis of the legs, acute anemia, etc.

Substances which will produce “pure” euphoria with no subsequent let-down.

Substances which alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced.

A material which will cause mental confusion of such a type that the individual under its influence will find it difficult to maintain a fabrication under questioning.

Substances which will lower the ambition and general working efficiency of men when administered in undetectable amounts.

Substances which promote weakness or distortion of the eyesight or hearing faculties, preferably without permanent effects.

A knockout pill which can surreptitiously be administered in drinks, food, cigarettes, as an aerosol, etc., which will be safe to use, provide a maximum of amnesia, and be suitable for use by agent types on an ad hoc basis.

A material which can be surreptitiously administered by the above routes and which in very small amounts will make it impossible for a man to perform any physical activity whatsoever.

That’s the list.

Akasha
10th January 2015, 20:18
.....In Syria, we are told that President Assad is the evil enemy, but then his enemies turn out to be even more evil than him, so we bomb them, and by doing that, we help keep Assad in power.....

A perfect example of subtle BBC misrepresentation of the situation, and no doubt an important aspect of this particular "program", the reality of the situation being that I.S. in Syria provide an excuse for allied forces to bomb and weaken Syrian infrastructure under the guise of fighting the war on terror.

The whole bizarre presentation was an extension of the phenomena it was supposedly reporting on - attempting to confuse further an already confused public, bringing a new level of uneasiness to the very dupes who finance such presentations: gluttons for punishment and deserving of the tripe they are continually spoon-fed. Sorry but after being TV free for over a decade, The BBC's antics are all too clear, no matter which "cutting edge" director they happen to be sponsoring at any given time.

Carmody
11th January 2015, 02:07
No-one is 100% correct all the time, so I won't give the conflated situation more or less 'weight' due to this given reality.

The trick is to keep such things in mind, as mental notes, when heading for the core of the given situation. To not lose track.