Understanding and Overcoming the Psychological Effects of Trauma (video)

This video compares the psychological effects produced by witnessing two very different traumatising and shocking events.

  • a TV prank show in which a woman arrives home to discover a shocking scenario: a large meteorite which has landed in her back garden.
  • a large terrorist attack (9/11 and 7/7)

The fact that the TV show is a light entertainment program is not meant to make light of, or mock, the horrific events of 9/11 or 7/7 or the subsequent wars of ‘terror’ and occupation.

Although terrorism and TV prank shows are (obviously!) very different, they can produce many of the same psychological effects, as this video clearly demonstrates.

Unless we understand the psychological aspects of terrorism we won’t ever be able to make any sense of these events (which can actually add to their traumatic effect).

In other words, to understand the psychology of events like 9/11 is to understand the events themselves.

To watch the complete video of psychologists discussing 9/11 and trauma click here.

The official story of 9/11 (in under 5 minutes) is explained here.

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Killing Us Softly – The Negitive Effects of Advertising (video)

In this update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. In the late 1960s she began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction, and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems. Kilbourne is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and co-author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids.

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Are We Leaving The Scientific Age and Returning to a New Dark Age of Ignorance and Superstition?


In this age of rapidly evolving technology, dominated by computers, gadgets and the increasingly sophisticated digital infrastructure which now surrounds us, the idea that we might actually be leaving the scientific age and returning to a new dark age of ignorance and superstition might, at first, seem a bit absurd.

But before you dismiss the idea consider the fact that a true ‘scientific age’ is not actually defined by high technology at all (or even a higher technology relative to the past). What actually defines a true ‘scientific age’ are human skills, human attributes and human achievements. We’re talking about things like an adherence to logic, reason, rational principals and employing the scientific method using available evidence.

We’re talking about good old fashioned common sense and critical thinking!

And these skills can be applied (or not applied) by us in any age, regardless of the level of technology which happens to be in use at that time.

There was a time when all of the important decision making was carried out far away from the masses, behind closed doors by a small handful of wealthy elites and their minions, and we general public had to rely on the local wealthy priests and lords-of-the-manor to tell us what they were up to and what it all meant. Most of us couldn’t read, or even get access to books and we couldn’t afford to take a horse and go and spent a month or a year investigating what was going on in the world for ourselves.

Today, all of the important decision making is still carried out far away and behind closed doors by a small handful of wealthy elites and their minions (in fact power and decision making have become far more centralized). And for those of us who still get our news from the mass media we are still relying on about five sources to tell us what on earth these ‘leaders’ are up to and what their agendas are. ie the five corporations who own about 95% of all mainstream media currently.

And so for those of us who still do use mass media and officially sanctioned ‘experts’ to help us define our world view, or even to define it for us, how is this any different from the past?

How can this be thought of as ‘progress’ at all?

Clearly nothing much has changed. But the reason why it might feel like progress has been made is that this heavily controlled information is now being beamed wirelessly into our ipads, iphones, laptops etc for us to look at while effortlessly sipping a coffee on the train to work, or while out and about being a consumer at the weekend, or just lying in our own beds.

But doesn’t this just mean we are still being potentially misinformed, but now in a stupendously hi tech way!?

The fact that we are the ones pressing the buttons certainly makes us feel that we are the ones accessing information by and for ourselves, but in reality we are still just passive recipients of this mass media information which is being downloaded into the rest of society too. We’re not that unique, special or ‘in control’ at all. But these gadgets sure do flatter us into feeling that way!

In fact, could the truth be that today we’re being more heavily – and more efficiently – programmed with superstitious belief systems than at any other time in human history?!?

While there really is much to celebrate about this information age (obviously there is, it’s just not the subject of this post) and while the internet may indeed ultimately prove to have been the saviour of the human race,  it is also true that the ability for a small group of media corporations to beam compelling video, audio or text directly into the eyeballs of whole populations in real time represents the potential for them to literally create a consensus reality – to ‘cast a spell’, if you like, over a whole population, and in doing so have us create whatever reality they want us to create for them. A reality, the description of which they can now programmed into whole populations instantly, convincingly and at exactly the same time.

Somehow we seem a little reluctant to associate today’s high technology with magical abilities, yet one definition of magic is (and always has been) the use of secret (or misunderstood) high technology by those ‘in the know’ to play tricks on the ignorant masses and in doing so to control their beliefs, their thoughts and their behaviour. In this sense television might arguably be regarded as the most magical device ever created. It literally has the power to put the viewer in a trance and download information and entire belief systems into the conscious and subconscious minds of the viewers. In isolation this might be regarded as casting a spell. When it’s happening to whole populations at once it is more like a mass ritual, a spell so powerful it affects a whole society – or even the entire planet.

This ability – this power – is not just limited to ‘news’ and other current affairs information. It also just as potent when used in entertainments, especially those aimed at children and young people. If this enormous power continues to be misunderstood, or go completely unnoticed, by the majority of the population then it is likely that we will indeed slip into a new dark age of superstition of pure Monty Python proportions (only not as funny).

It might be argued that we are, in fact, already living in just such a world.

A world completely dominated by artificial consensus-based realities created using high technology (technology such as the high definition plasma TV screen in your living room, or the 3G smart phone in your pocket). A world of high definition ‘spells’ being cast over whole populations. A world of spells that are more ‘real’ than the real world itself…

But, in this modern age, can we humans really still be that susceptible to such spells, superstition, subconscious programming and other such ‘hocus pocus’?

Answer: Yes.

And therein lies an alarming (and potentially catastrophic) misunderstanding for all of humanity:

Carrying a laptop, iphone, ipad, smartpen etc around with you at all times and using them to bombarded yourself with vast amounts of information all day long while ‘on the go’ might make you feel like you are some kind of all knowing child of an ultra modern information age – a rational, logical, critically thinking, well informed and intellectually superior person….. but in truth you might actually be doing little more than stuffing your brain full of superstitious belief systems and living you entire life completely under ‘spells’ cast by an all powerful mediacracy.

BBC’s ‘9/11 Conspiracy Road Trip’ – Documentary, Mockumentary or Just Plain Offensive? (Part 2)

In part one of this review I started breaking down some of the BBC’s latest propaganda piece ‘9/11: Conspiracy Road Trip

There was so much about this program that needed pulling apart that I didn’t make much headway in part one my review (hence the need for a part two), although I did manage to show that Andrew Maxwell – the show’s host and ridiculer of anyone who dared to question the official story of 9/11 – was (rather ironically) the biggest ‘conspiracy theorist’ of them all.

In this second part of the review, rather than waste another hour or two picking the rest of this hideous propaganda piece apart, I’m just going to recommend you watch this video which does a first rate job of analyzing the program in its entirety.

Source of video:

http://www.youtube.com/user/wideshutuk

See also this blog entry by Emily Church (and others on her blog) where she describes her experience as one of the ‘conspiracy theorists’ who took part in this ‘road trip’.

‘Telephoning’ Lady GaGa to tell her she’s a bit of a hypocrite

More GaGa failness.

Watch this clip first…

That was actually me ‘telephoning’ Lady GaGa to call her a hypocrite.

Why?

For saying she wants to meet with Obama to help fight bullying after appearing in videos that depict bullying within a distinctly casual, sexualized and fashionable context.

OK so I admit it only glamorizes bullying ‘a bit’.

But then again…… that video has been viewed over 120,000,000 times on youtube alone. That’s a lot of susceptible little minds (many of whom worship everything GaGa promotes).

And we do know that 30 second clips of ‘social programming’ do have a big effect on the attitudes and behaviour patterns of modern societies. It’s called ‘advertising’ and it’s a multi billion dollar industry (because it works so well on us).

Full story here courtesy of billboard (extract below)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lady Gaga wants to meet with President Barack Obama about her concerns over bullying.

Gaga expressed sadness over Twitter Wednesday about the suicide death of a 14-year-old New York boy who had complained in an online video about being bullied over his sexuality.

The pop singer tweeted to her 13.7 million followers: “I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end.”

The White House held a conference on bullying prevention in March to discuss bullying, estimating that it affects 13 million students, or about a third of those attending school.

Obama said then he hoped to “dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It’s not.”

(Speaking of hypocrites…)

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Message to Nathan Eccleston: Yes we do champion social networks for giving people a way to exercise their right to freedom of speech in a democracy, however, in practice please don’t actually express any opinions – just talk about what you had for breakfast and stuff like that

Nathan Eccleston is a professional footballer who plays for Liverpool FC.

This is the tweet he wrote about 9/11 a few days ago which had to be removed and is currently under investigation:

R.I.P all 9-11 victims my thoughts are with their family’s and all those that was affected by this tragic accident!

I ain’t going to say attack don’t let the media make u believe that was terrorist that did it. #OTIS.

(OTIS apparently stands for Only the Illuminati Succeed)

Here is the full story according to the BBC….

This is a made up example of the sort of tweet which is generally considered

acceptable for grown ups to write in this modern age.

OMFG! no proper milk for breakfast hving to use UHT eeewww! Wkd night last night proper hangover now tho. laters!

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the official story of 9/11

which Mr Eccleston has expressed some doubts about.

Any questions?

(if so go here)

The End

Great! And now that that’s all cleared up, you can all now run along like good little children and go back to talking about your sports games at every spare moment of your waking lives.

After all, that is why we provide you with 24/7 sports entertainment distractions…

… to stop you being passionate about truth, freedom, your family and your children’s future and instead only ever be passionate about goals, transfers and referees’ decisions. (clever aren’t we!)

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