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JAKARTA/INDONESIA, 13JUN11 - Jeffrey D. Sachs,...
JAKARTA/INDONESIA, 13JUN11 – Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals, USA, captured during the Inclusive Asia: Reinvigorating the Millennium Development Goals at World Economic Forum on East Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 13, 2011. Copyright World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org)Photo by Sikarin Thanachaiary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 31, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Yesterday I mentioned Richard Grove and his website tragedyandhope.com. Like many of you I am a big fan of documentaries, especially those made by independent filmmakers. So I decided to watch the film of which Mr. Grove was co-writer: “State Of Mind: The Psychology of Control”, finding it very interesting. A number of YouTube channels have posted the film and hundreds of thousands of people have viewed it.

The film delves into the subjects of public relations, advertising, psychiatry, and pharmaceuticals, with a variety of short interviews from various men and women who have developed an understanding and expertise. Basically the film points out that there are people who have historically been involved in scientific studies of various modes of shaping human opinion and perception, with financial backing from what has been called by many “the global élite”.

What was interesting about the film was how the historic figures were named, identified, and discussed, that these people developed methods to literally shape the thinking of men and women. The defining of the term “cognitive dissonance”, where a person finds him or herself in a tension-producing situation because two or more opposing ideas surface in one’s mind, which the so-called “global élite” diminish or eliminate through psychiatric drugs or media propaganda, was a revelation.

If you view the film, you will probably never watch TV in the same way again, or you may simply never watch TV again. One of the persons in the film pointed out that on the 6 o’clock news the various networks carry the same stories, pause for advertisements at the same times, and that there is no variance on this consistent day-after-day, week-after-week, year-after-year feature of mainstream news reports. Perhaps you have wondered about this. You may have noticed while checking out ABC, CBS, and NBC that you can bounce between them and find the pattern of sameness.

It was after reading Berkeley communications Professor Ben Bagdikian’s book “The Media Monopoly” that I began to notice this “sameness” as well as the almost total absence of interviews of national leaders from other countries around the Earth. I would personally like to hear extended interviews of government leaders from all the continents, but one can’t even find short interviews. Along with the absence of world leaders’ thoughts and views of current events, the thoughts and views of what some have come to call “critical thinkers”- those men and women who look deeper into issues and question the status-quo – are media non-existent.

The reason for this exclusion of critical thinkers and so-called dissenters, non-conformists, perhaps original thought visionaries, is the effort to diminish or veil any surfacing of cognitive dissonance in the citizenry. The old saying “the proof is in the pudding” applies to the media corporations’ choices of programs and formats. One finds that year after year the programming has remained the same, there is no change of programs or formats, and critical thinkers/thinking is in effect censored.

So, we find that most people, namely those who rarely read a nonfiction book, ask questions, or spend any measureable amount of time researching issues for themselves, become “good citizens” who parrot the talking heads of mainstream media corporations, without any idea whatsoever that the message(s) they are receiving are scientifically created for molding and shaping their perceptions of the world.

I would recommend to others to view the film “State Of Mind” as it is very thought-provoking. The producers are to be congratulated for focusing on the first hurdle to significant change on planet Earth: erroneous perceptions of the people that leads to a false understanding of the way things really are.

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I know that many fellow bloggers, because they read many articles per day, don’t have time to burn watching a 150-minute documentary so I did not post the link here. Perhaps you will write the title on a sticky-note to view later. It presents food for thought and should be beneficial with regard to discernment when considering sources of information.

After viewing “State Of Mind” I came across a video from Bill Still’s YouTube channel. Mr. Still is the documentary filmmaker (The Money Masters, The Secret of Oz, Jekyll Island) and monetary reform advocate. Mr. Still gave some slight editing to a talk given in April 2013 by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, an economist who several years ago was one of the youngest economics professors in the history of Harvard University.

A bit about Mr. Sachs.

He was born in 1954. After leaving Harvard in 2002 he became the director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City. Earth Institute is an organization consisting of 850 professionals in the nature and social sciences’ disciplines whose focus is on world sustainable development. Jeffrey Sachs works on globalization issues including trade-economic growth, natural resources-extractive industries, public health-economic development, economic reform, international financial systems, macroeconomic policy, competitiveness, climate-change, and the ending of poverty.

In 2011 Mr. Sachs suggested creating a third United States political party: The Alliance for the Radical Center.

He has been a persistent critic of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and its policies around the world. At the same time he has been critical of international bankers for decades of ineffective investment strategies. He has advised government leaders in nations of South America, Africa, and Europe, and was director of the United Nations Millennium Project between the years 2002-2006.

Mr. Sachs has received many honorary degrees and been named to a number of “World’s Most Influential People” lists through the years. So, when you listen to what he says in this video, you will realize that he has “been around the block” more than a few times, and for a man with Mr. Sach’s world experience to convey this profound message is a signal that change is long, long overdue.

 

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That Thoughts Rule The World.

English: Composite image of the Earth at night...
English: Composite image of the Earth at night. Français : Image composite de la Terre la nuit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 30, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on Earth – more than ruin – more than even death… Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”

– Bertrand Russell

These days there is more than enough information accessible via the internet, as many reading these words can certainly agree. People are grateful that more men and women around the world are getting current events reports and news from sources besides the so-called mainstream media. I suppose that Bertrand Russell’s quote applies to all people generally – his words certainly resonate with me.

When Mr. Russell mentions “subversive and revolutionary”… One can understand where he is coming from – my take on his sentiment is summed up as “beneficial, positive changes”. My interpretation of “destructive and terrible” is the human thought through history which has led to world conditions where “austerity” has swept the nations – practiced virtually everywhere. I have conveyed that such conditions are the result of private ownership of central banks which led to the highest levels of wealth inequality since the days before the Great Depression.

“Merciless to privilege” from Mr. Russell translates in my mind to the image of Christ overturning the tables of the “moneychangers”, those who gain through usury, charging interest, and includes those financially powerful, private owners of the central banks around the Earth. Many men and women have come to advocate for public banking, where the people in the form of governments control the quantity and creation of money as a public service.

His “merciless” sentiment relates to nationalization of the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, and all private central banks on Earth. It also relates to the number of people who have called for a single-payer national health care plan in the United States, where the health of all people is seen as a right, not a privilege. At present health care is a business – where maximization of profit is at the top of the list of “things to do” instead of caring for one’s fellow brothers and sisters – and seems to combine profit and health care in an illogical way.

When Mr. Russell says “established institutions” my thoughts turn to the military-industrial-complex that Dwight Eisenhower so famously warned Americans about in his presidential farewell address. One thinks about the tremendous expenditure on weapons, tanks, planes, bombs, drones – products which are designed to kill people in large numbers – and wonders, if such expenditure had been reduced significantly decades ago, what a better world humanity would be living in.

Bertrand Russell’s words “looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid” could be a little too intense for some, as what is implied by the feeling behind the words is facing one’s demons, and the world’s demons – action which is somewhat unpleasant. It would be interesting to hear/read what events Mr. Russell experienced which in his mind entailed “looking into the pit of hell”. Perhaps he was referring to the times he spent in what some have termed “hard thought”. Many can relate the words “hard” and “hell” when it comes to thinking about possible actions to solve problems on Earth – to create a new and better world.

If Mr. Russell was referring to problem-solving without fear then he is suggesting that men and women jump into the world of ideas and creativity completely. In 1950 he said, “If war no longer occupied men’s thoughts and energies, we could within a generation, put an end to all serious poverty throughout the world”. In 1965 he wrote, “Do not fear to be eccentric (odd, off-center) in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric”.

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In trying to catch up with what Karen Hudes had to say – former attorney at the World Bank, employee for twenty years, and whistleblower on World Bank corruption – I came across a fellow by the name of Richard Grove. Mr. Grove worked in the financial sector in the field of computer software and technology, eventually becoming a whistleblower under the provisions of the finance industry Sarbanes-Oxley law, with information pertaining to software which allowed fraud and corruption of the kind that led to the economic crisis of 2008.

Since 2003, after accumulating enough savings to pursue a change of lifestyle, Mr. Grove has read and researched, becoming self-taught, and communicating through the internet what he has learned. He started a website “Tragedy and Hope” in 2006 (tragedyandhope.com), using the title of an underground classic 1966 book by Professor Carroll Quigley of Georgetown, where he has compiled a tremendous amount of information for those who wish to enter the arena of ideas and self-teaching.

The reason I bring your attention to Richard Grove and his website is because he seems to be a person who has made up his mind to compile and share relevant, important information that is rarely found in university classrooms or on the mainstream media. So you have a potential new source of information which will perhaps be beneficial for you. Please share any “essential” websites or books or other sources of information in the comments below.

He has created a documentary “State Of Mind: The Psychology of Control” which you can find at the YouTube channel “TragedyandHopeMag”. I just discovered this YT channel today and have yet to view a significant number of videos there. After a short time of checking out the variety of topics, you might be interested in the filmmaking tutorials at the channel. Perhaps you have had thoughts of creating short (or long) videos or documentaries, and have wondered where to go for free instruction/tutorials, as opposed to signing up for university film classes.

So, I thought Richard Grove’s creations would be of interest for readers, and I am conveying what could be helpful for development of an increased awareness.

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