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THE ART OF PUPPETEERING part four.

a cut n paste collection of narratives relating to Perception Management, Steering Opinions, and Master Hoodwinkers.

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
(...said Bertrand de Jouvenel)

"Pavlov made some extremely profound observations both on animals and on human beings. And he found among other things that conditioning techniques applied to animals or humans in a state either of psychological or physical stress sank in very deeply into the mind-body of the creature, and were extremely difficult to get rid of. That they seemed to be embedded more deeply than other forms of conditioning...."
(transcript of INDUCING CONSENT aldous huxley 1962)

"Fascism should more properly be called 'Corporatism', since it is the marriage of Government and Corporate Power."
(....said mussolini)

"You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from the political game. The reason was quite simple, to force the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security."
(the essence of OPERATION GLADIO, a decades-long covert campaign of terrorism and deceit directed by the intelligence services of the West against their own populations.)

"Terrorism is the best political weapon, for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death."
(... said adolf hitler)

"The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness."
..... said DOROTHY THOMPSON (1893-1961)

Dorothy Thompson also said..........

"Well, it is our fate to live in a time of crisis. To live in a time when all forms and values are being challenged. In other and more easy times, it was not, perhaps, necessary for the individual to confront himself with a clear question: What is it that you really believe? What is it that you really cherish? What is it for which you might, actually, in a showdown, be willing to die? . . . I say, with all the reticence which such large, pathetic words evoke, that one cannot exist today as a person -- one cannot exist in full consciousness -- without having to have a showdown with one's self, without having to define what it is that one lives by, without being clear in one's mind what matters and what does not matter."

and......

"Society is deranged. ... It is dominated by moral and emotional morons. ... I want Sabotage and Opposition ... Sabotage and Opposition ... Sabotage and Opposition, against Militarism in all of its forms."

"There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings."

and she said...

"Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live."

DOROTHY THOMPSON wikipedia

DOROTHY THOMPSON wikiquote



Plus: an alternative shot from this session..... http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/1064211224/

thursday 09082007



THE ART OF PUPPETEERING part four.

a cut n paste collection of narratives relating to Perception Management, Steering Opinions, and Master Hoodwinkers.

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
(...said Bertrand de Jouvenel)

"Pavlov made some extremely profound observations both on animals and on human beings. And he found among other things that conditioning techniques applied to animals or humans in a state either of psychological or physical stress sank in very deeply into the mind-body of the creature, and were extremely difficult to get rid of. That they seemed to be embedded more deeply than other forms of conditioning...."
(transcript of INDUCING CONSENT aldous huxley 1962)

"Fascism should more properly be called 'Corporatism', since it is the marriage of Government and Corporate Power."
(....said mussolini)

"You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from the political game. The reason was quite simple, to force the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security."
(the essence of OPERATION GLADIO, a decades-long covert campaign of terrorism and deceit directed by the intelligence services of the West against their own populations.)

"Terrorism is the best political weapon, for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death."
(... said adolf hitler)

"The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness."
..... said DOROTHY THOMPSON (1893-1961)

Dorothy Thompson also said..........

"Well, it is our fate to live in a time of crisis. To live in a time when all forms and values are being challenged. In other and more easy times, it was not, perhaps, necessary for the individual to confront himself with a clear question: What is it that you really believe? What is it that you really cherish? What is it for which you might, actually, in a showdown, be willing to die? . . . I say, with all the reticence which such large, pathetic words evoke, that one cannot exist today as a person -- one cannot exist in full consciousness -- without having to have a showdown with one's self, without having to define what it is that one lives by, without being clear in one's mind what matters and what does not matter."

and......

"Society is deranged. ... It is dominated by moral and emotional morons. ... I want Sabotage and Opposition ... Sabotage and Opposition ... Sabotage and Opposition, against Militarism in all of its forms."

"There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings."

and she said...

"Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live."

DOROTHY THOMPSON wikipedia

DOROTHY THOMPSON wikiquote



Plus: an alternative shot from this session..... http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/1064211224/

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Aug 2007, 01:25
Hi Russell.
This has been a very informative 4 part cut'n'paste on Puppeteering. And, very entertaining images .

It certainly does a good job of explaning Puppeteering, but does not go near the concept I previously termed "Grand Puppeteer".

Is this reader to believe Russell's views are reflected in his choice of material?

I will make another post to discuss my reaction to this material.
russell higgs: But with the absence of any omnipresent invisible superbeing, then this is some of the Grandest Puppeteering in town.

plus DOROTHY THOMPSON offering some tips on how to cut the strings.
one of my favourite DOROTHY THOMPSON quotes is...

"I don't want to emphasize American unity if America is unified around a bad idea."
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Aug 2007, 09:52
There is a character, DORY, in the movie "Finding Nemo".

She has no fear. She has a dynamic and positive nature. She has the most evidence of "life" of all the characters in the movie.

She also has no short-term memory, which gives her the benefit of not being held back by all kinds of intellectual and emotional baggage. There is a bit of ontological anarchy in her life, as she gets to rebuild it again and again.
russell higgs: I saw a woman on Oprah once who had no memory longer than 24 hours.

Every morning her husband had to tell her important things, such as the fact that her parents were now dead. Otherwise she might try to phone them. So one way or another it meant that sometimes her day was dominated by fresh grieving.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Aug 2007, 12:14
Regarding your 4 part cut&paste entitled THE ART OF PUPPETEERING...as I read it:

1. It is an interesting collection of items about how individuals are manipulated...willingly, as well as unwittingly...by "The State".

2. One of the strong messages is that "The State" desires compliance, and is comfortable in using "fear" as a major inducement to compliance.

3. I also hear that #2 applies to all States...not just those controlled by fascist regimes.

4. In part4, especially, I see support for an antidote based around individuals fighting back against the enemy [The State}.

Is that a reasonable summary of the material, Russell? I would like to know if I am getting the message correctly before responding, lest I am seen by you to be darting off at a tangent.
russell higgs: I am saying many things in this 4 part series, THE ART OF PUPPETEERING,

but not once during it do I actually ever use the words "the state".

Nor do I ever over simplify the issue by calling anyone "the enemy".

Puppeteers are everywhere. They can be State operatives, they can also be religious enthusiasts, advertisers, door-to-door sales people, thieves, dominant spouses, etc etc

And yes, in the 4th part, which is this page, I've offered some constructive quotes by Dorothy Thompson, a strong american woman who prominently stood up against fascism and militarism in the 1930s.

But there is also so much more going on in this 4 part PhotoBlog mini-series. So much more.
This is my favourite quote by Dorothy Thompson,

“Peace is not the absence of conflict

but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict,

alternatives to passive or aggressive responses,

alternatives to violence.”
russell higgs: Thanks Captain,

thats another of my favourites too

here is my webcomic version of it....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/65897547/
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Aug 2007, 11:18
Thanks, Russell, for clarifying the messages.

Puppeteers are easy folks to deal with, don't you think. You can just cut the strings by saying "Bugger off...I am not a puppet."
russell higgs: only if people are aware that they are being (or have been) manipulated in the first place. Thats not always so easy.

for example....

many citizens are too tired, tired from work or from being a parent etc, and they are therefore extremely susceptible to regular doses of propaganda etc.

many people are too tired (or are too habitual or have too little time) to seek out alternative perspectives other than the INFOTAINMENT being presented day after day after day in the mainstream.

I know some adults who have clearly never ever questioned or reviewed information that they absorbed when they were children. etc etc etc
really interresting !
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Aug 2007, 15:25
You feel a need, then, to drag sleepwalkers out of their coma?
russell higgs: I feel a need to communicate ideas.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Aug 2007, 16:37
Sounds to me a bit like harassment. My feeling is many, many folks don't want to be informed they are being manipulated; they already know but are in denial or something cos by pretending ignorance they can avoid having to deal with it.

For many people, a blissful life is one in which hassles [conflicts, upheavals] can be avoided.

Also....is it ideas [concepts, theories, thoughts] you are communicating, or facts? Your cut&paste comes across more like compelling evidence of manipulation than idea.

Am I failing to understand?
russell higgs: ....

THIS COMMENT OF YOURS IS RIDICULOUS.

What do you mean "harassment"?

I'm not knocking on people's doors or cold calling them on the phone. And I don't have the budget to pay for giant billboards in the streets or repetitious ads on TV.

People arrive here voluntarily.

and when a visitor arrives on a page such as this, they find an image of me wearing FLOUR, accompanied by other ideas both visual and textual.

as for "facts", I Don't Believe in anything as Simplistic as "facts".

this cut 'n' paste text selection is clearly labelled by me as being "NARRATIVES".

As for your remark about "a blissful life", I see no evidence to suggest that ignorance is bliss. I see quite the opposite.

And when I answered your previous comment on this page by saying that I feel a need to COMMUNICATE IDEAS, that is because I LOVE IDEAS.

Some people like running in marathons or drinking fine wines. That is their pleasure.

My pleasure comes from Thinking, Exploring, Creating and Communicating.

In this Daily Self Portrait PHOTOBLOG,
as with all my websites,
http://conformandobey.co.uk/
I AM SHARING IDEAS.

But first of all, this daily project's priority is to entertain myself.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Aug 2007, 18:26
Thank you for this, Russell.
It seems to me you do your best communicating when you are SHOUTING.

You are, of course, correct in saying "people arrive here voluntarily", and so harassment is probably not a suitable description of what is happening. I would remark that it is possible some people find themselves at your site due to the process of search engines rather than voluntarily...however, you do not prevent them from leaving.

I find your dismissal of the concept of "fact" to be interesting. I shall keep that in my mind whenever I arrive at sites where you present your ideas.

Regarding your refutal of bliss, I am a bit confused by your need for "evidence" on this matter, when you have just dismissed the concept known as "fact".
russell higgs: ....

Sometimes I do my best communicating by SINGING some of my favourite ideas .....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZleRPEw4ifY

I also enjoy presenting Written ideas in various ways, SOMETIMES BIG, sometimes small.

I think I do my best communicating in a broad variety of ways.

Meanwhile, I doubt that any Search Engines actually force people to visit my Daily Self Portraits.

as for the word "evidence" I am comfortable with my use of it.

Evidence, as in "grounds for belief", "to show clearly", "to be plainly visible" etc etc
Thanks for reminding me of the wonderful Dorothy Thompson.

You've got me re-reading Peter Kurth's biog "American Cassandra: The Life Of Dorothy Thompson".

One of my favourite quotes attributed to her is....

"They have not wanted Peace at all;
they have wanted to be spared war,
as though the absence of war was the same as peace."
russell higgs: I haven't read that biography yet. I'll look and see if it's in my library.

your peace quote has brought to mind a quote by William E. Gladstone....

"We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.
Then will our world know the blessings of peace."
  • Queen Mab
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Aug 2007, 22:38
Goering is credited as saying (at the Nuremberg trials I think).....

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger."

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