Friday, September 28, 2007

Who Controls the Present, Controls the Past, Who Controls the Past Controls the Future

The ghost of Stalin is alive and well in modern day Europe. The British Culture Secretary, James Purnell, is being criticized after it emerged that his image had been digitally inserted in a group photograph a short time after he had railed against news media for fauxtography.

James Purnell found himself in an embarrassing situation over the disclosure just two weeks after he warned broadcasters of the danger of losing the trust of viewers. The controversy centred on a photocall at Tameside general hospital, Greater Manchester, to mark the start of work on a new unit. Mr Purnell was among four local MPs invited to the event, but he arrived after the photograph been taken and the other MPs had left.

He was photographed in the same position and his image was added into the earlier shot. The picture was then distributed to the local press. The hospital said the minister had agreed to photographs being "merged", but he said it was an innocent "misunderstanding". In a statement to BBC North West, the hospital said: "As we would not be able to stage a repeat of this historic day for the hospital, we decided to take a photograph of Mr Purnell in the same spot very shortly after, and merge it with the earlier photograph, to which Mr Purnell kindly consented."

Media control and deception are a time-honored tradition of the Left. The Commissar Vanishes maintains a virtual museum of Bolshevik-era airbrushing. Nice to know that in a world of cheap change, some things remain the same. The Burmese socialist regime should know.

Here's the classic reference to the disappearing commissars.

An oblong slip of newspaper had appeared between O’Brien’s fingers. For perhaps five seconds it was within the angle of Winston’s vision. It was a photograph, and there was no question of its identity. It was THE photograph. It was another copy of the photograph of Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford at the party function in New York, which he had chanced upon eleven years ago and promptly destroyed. For only an instant it was before his eyes, then it was out of sight again. But he had seen it, unquestionably he had seen it! He made a desperate, agonizing effort to wrench the top half of his body free. It was impossible to move so much as a centimetre in any direction. For the moment he had even forgotten the dial. All he wanted was to hold the photograph in his fingers again, or at least to see it.

‘It exists!’ he cried.

‘No,’ said O’Brien.

He stepped across the room. There was a memory hole in the opposite wall. O’Brien lifted the grating. Unseen, the frail slip of paper was whirling away on the current of warm air; it was vanishing in a flash of flame. O’Brien turned away from the wall.

‘Ashes,’ he said. ‘Not even identifiable ashes. Dust. It does not exist. It never existed.’

‘But it did exist! It does exist! It exists in memory. I remember it. You remember it.’

‘I do not remember it,’ said O’Brien. ...

‘We are the priests of power,’ he said. ‘God is power. But at present power is only a word so far as you are concerned. It is time for you to gather some idea of what power means. The first thing you must realize is that power is collective. The individual only has power in so far as he ceases to be an individual. You know the Party slogan: “Freedom is Slavery”. Has it ever occurred to you that it is reversible? Slavery is freedom. Alone—free—the human being is always defeated. It must be so, because every human being is doomed to die, which is the greatest of all failures. But if he can make complete, utter submission, if he can escape from his identity, if he can merge himself in the Party so that he IS the Party, then he is all-powerful and immortal. ...

‘Do you believe in God, Winston?’


‘Then what is it, this principle that will defeat us?’

‘I don’t know. The spirit of Man.’

‘And do you consider yourself a man?’


‘If you are a man, Winston, you are the last man. Your kind is extinct; we are the inheritors. Do you understand that you are ALONE? You are outside history, you are non-existent.’ His manner changed and he said more harshly: ‘And you consider yourself morally superior to us, with our lies and our cruelty?’

‘Yes, I consider myself superior.’ ...

He seized one of Winston’s remaining front teeth between his powerful thumb and forefinger. A twinge of pain shot through Winston’s jaw. O’Brien had wrenched the loose tooth out by the roots. He tossed it across the cell.

‘You are rotting away,’ he said; ‘you are falling to pieces. What are you? A bag of filth. Now turn around and look into that mirror again. Do you see that thing facing you? That is the last man. If you are human, that is humanity. Now put your clothes on again.’ ...

Men have defied tyranny through history because defiance is sometimes the only way to remain a man in the face of oppression. Resistance provides the possibility of remaining a man even in death; a possibility that is to be preferred to the certainty of slavery. And if the idea of remaining a man even in death sounds crazy, it is no crazier than the Party's idea of immortality through power. To resist is to perform an act of faith and to believe that while a man may vanish, the spirit of something always remains.


Blogger Aristides said...

"Regard the flowers at eventide as, one after the other, they close in the setting sun."

Oswald Spengler, Decline of the West vol.2.

9/28/2007 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Fake "Survivor"
Another Media Matters Fake "Story"
They are Blaming Limbaugh for calling this guy a "Phoney Soldier"!

Media Matters is a Soros Funded, Hillary Boosting Propaganda Outfit.

Soros also funded the NASA Global Warming "Whistleblower" Hanson, to the tune of hundreds of thousands.

9/28/2007 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Doug do you have a link to your Hanson comment?

Have you been to Climate Audit?

9/28/2007 07:43:00 PM  
Blogger jackalope said...

Mike H:

If Doug will not respond, I will. The IBD article in question is here:

George Soros is the Antichrist. Hillary is his minion...

9/28/2007 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Just a little slow!
The Soros Threat To Democracy

How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen, a man billed as a lonely "NASA whistleblower" standing up to the mighty U.S. government, was really funded by Soros' Open Society Institute , which gave him "legal and media advice"?

That's right, Hansen was packaged for the media by Soros' flagship "philanthropy," by as much as $720,000, most likely under the OSI's "politicization of science" program.

That may have meant that Hansen had media flacks help him get on the evening news to push his agenda and lawyers pressuring officials to let him spout his supposedly "censored" spiel for weeks in the name of advancing the global warming agenda.

Hansen even succeeded, with public pressure from his nightly news performances, in forcing NASA to change its media policies to his advantage. Had Hansen's OSI-funding been known, the public might have viewed the whole production differently. The outcome could have been different.

That's not the only case. Didn't the mainstream media report that 2006's vast immigration rallies across the country began as a spontaneous uprising of 2 million angry Mexican-flag waving illegal immigrants demanding U.S. citizenship in Los Angeles, egged on only by a local Spanish-language radio announcer?

Turns out that wasn't what happened, either. Soros' OSI had money-muscle there, too, through its $17 million Justice Fund. The fund lists 19 projects in 2006. One was vaguely described involvement in the immigration rallies. Another project funded illegal immigrant activist groups for subsequent court cases.

So what looked like a wildfire grassroots movement really was a manipulation from OSI's glassy Manhattan offices. The public had no way of knowing until the release of OSI's 2006 annual report.

Meanwhile, OSI cash backed terrorist-friendly court rulings, too...

9/28/2007 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

(I tried to comprehend Mike's links for far too long!)

9/28/2007 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger jackalope said...


I didn't mean to tread on your toes.

And just what does Mike's link have to do with this subject?

Mike, hello mike...

9/28/2007 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

The "Maths" gave me a headache.

9/28/2007 08:30:00 PM  
Blogger Alexis said...

Powerful socialists may call their lies an attempt to control the past, but I think there is a more powerful reason for their lies – they fear truth. Truth reminds the powerful that they are men and not gods. Truth reminds privileged people of how lucky they are, depriving them of their smugness.

The main reason why empires fall is because the beneficiaries of empire lead such sheltered lives. They lack awareness of the precariousness of life, of the dangers other people face. They are blissfully unaware of what is necessary to keep them safe and secure, oblivious to how privileged they are, ignorant of the benefits they receive through no exertion of their own.

A rich man slumming it in the ghetto will think he understands poverty, but he does not. He will not understand the hatred a boy will feel that comes from watching police cars race through his back alley, knowing his life means nothing to that policeman. And yet, these ignorant rich keep seeking political influence to spread their suffocating mindlessness far and wide.

Censorship and political correctness are merely part of a barrier against reality those with privilege erect against the world. To them, food comes from the grocery store or a boutique, not from the soil. And “nature” is not the natural world as it exists in all of its harshness, but a Marie Antoinette parody of “nature” with little or no resemblance to reality.

It would be easy to suggest that totalitarianism is about controlling the destiny of humanity, but such seeming control veils an utter lack of self-control. It isn’t about powerful men creating illusions to control the masses, for the masses are not fooled; it’s about powerful men creating illusions to convince themselves they live in a Disneyesque fantasyland where the hired crowds revere them and the courtesans love them.

When universities enact their speech codes at the behest of political correctness, they turn themselves into parklands of delusion. The worst lie is the lie one tells to one’s self, and the fantasy of social engineering of a captive student audience is a very comfortable lie to believe.

Milan Kundera asked whether God and shit could coexist, and talked of kitsch as a means to act as though the shit in our lives does not exist. Political correctness comes from power brokers who claim to be gods and yet cannot tolerate their own shit. Tyranny is like a septic system designed to carry truth away from the powerful lest it offend them with its odor.

9/28/2007 08:37:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

" a Disneyesque fantasyland where the hired crowds revere them and the courtesans love them."

At length I recollected the thoughtless saying of a great princess, who, on being informed that the country people had no bread, replied, "Then let them eat pastry!"

Marie-Antoinette arrived at Versailles from her native Austria in 1770, two or three years after Rousseau had written the above passage. Whoever the 'great princess' was - possibly Marie-Thérèse , it wasn't Marie-Antoinette.

Her reputation as an indulgent socialite is difficult to shake, but it appears to be unwarranted and is a reminder that history is written by the victors. She was known to have said "It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness". Nevertheless, the French revolutionaries thought even less of her than we do today and she was guillotined to death in 1793 for the crime of treason.

9/28/2007 09:06:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I just feel guilty 'cause the Dream Act didn't pass.
Anyone with a good story deserves citizenship and a free College education.

9/28/2007 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger Aristides said...

Observation: had we deposited knowledgeable "advisor units", who spoke Arabic, along the way into Baghdad during Op I.F. -- while increasing our routes of entry by an order of magnitude -- we would have gained the optimal {space-time-notional} position to see our objectives reached once the next phase materialized.

(Also: had that really been "our next-phase plan", Turkey's back-stab would have been particularly insufferable).

For instance, watch On Demand, Military Channel: Delta Company, first episode (attack into Iraq from Kuwait). See how limited our push was, how much better it would have been had we had Petraeus's plan back then, and the soldiers to see it done.

(Note: I think we should also demand to define the term 'population protection. It should be defined as an adequate force with which to consistently, knowledgeably enforce the principles of objective justice (which is a psychological point), and by 'objective justice' I mean a Lorenz attractor which is never reached, which is a more complicated point.)

The Abbreviated Version: I believe, truly believe, that we should devote an awful lot of energy to trumpeting the following idea:

With 20/20 hindsight, this was the best available Pre-War Strategy, with which to accomplish our goals (which were worthy of us). This was the best way to pacify, persuade, and evolve Iraqi "culture" toward something resembling a nominally good lowercase-s state.

Whether a politician embraces that conclusion -- and more importantly whether she (heh) assimilates that conclusion -- should be the litmus test for all of us vis-a-vis Who You Vote For. It seems to me that we could positively affect something by demanding this point. If we devoted all our energy to gathering a majority...

Well, voting on a principle (or axiom) is better than voting on a theory. Perhaps, instead of emotive symmetry, we should seek agreement on factual analysis in our politicians.

My two cents.

9/28/2007 09:38:00 PM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

And just what does Mike's link have to do with this subject?

NASA is providing false testimony to the effect that greenhouse gasses are the cause of global warming, a testimony that is contrary to reality and scientific fact available. NASA has become a sinister propaganda instrument, fabricating false perceptions to serve a political agenda.

9/28/2007 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

"I Am Who I Am" says the Lord
(Exodus 3:13-15)

Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" God also said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you': this is my name for ever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations."

John Piper has a good sermon based on the above passage. He begins:

The aim of all my ministry is the advancement and joy of your faith to the glory of God (Phil. 1:20,25). "

9/28/2007 09:52:00 PM  
Blogger Aristides said...

And sublimated into 'agreement on factual analysis' is the idea of 'agreement on actual facts.'

9/28/2007 09:53:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Of course when dealing with communists you have to understand that the backfield is always in motion. Since Ethel Rosenberg their genius has been to turn the meaning of things on their head.

How do you defeat someone like Soros. For one thing I don't think he understands the first thing about the USA. Its always the second or third things. But I don't know what means precisely nor how to act on it.

Nor do I know if any activity is required. There have been times in my life where everything did had exactly the opposite intended effect. This went on for years. I didn't understand it.

I'm not so sure that soros' activities will not in the end be said to have had the opposite effect of what he intended.

The brits are becoming a serious cautionary tale.--a Good Cal Thomas piece.

Perhaps there will not always be an England. An exodus unprecedented in modern times, coupled with a record influx of foreigners, is threatening to erode the character of the land of William Shakespeare and overpowering monarchs, a land that served as the cradle for much of American thought, law and culture.

The figures, making headlines in London newspapers, tell only part of the story. Between June 2005 and June 2006 nearly 200,000 British citizens chose to leave the country for a new life elsewhere. During the same period, at least 574,000 immigrants came to Britain.
Too bad only Jesus can save a man from his sins.

9/28/2007 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Alexis said...


Marie Antoinette was a well meaning and honorable woman who was unfairly maligned by her enemies at court. She was also amazingly naïve.

As Dauphine, she snubbed the Madame du Barry, a common courtesan who had become the royal mistress, thus not only gaining the enmity of a major court faction but nationalistic Frenchmen. A mistress of common origin was a means for a king to gain the favor of the common folk; witness the popularity of Nell Gwyn, His Majesty’s Protestant Whore, in England one century earlier. So, a foreign princess’s snub to the royal mistress was worse than a crime; it was a blunder – and probably the underlying cause for her later execution.

Marie Antoinette’s renovation of Petit Trianon at Versailles was widely resented, and her insistence on creating “naturalistic” settings did not increase her popularity. During the Civil War, Mary Todd Lincoln’s extravagance in a time of hardship, her family origins, and her haughty demeanor made her almost as much of a target of hatred in the North as Marie Antoinette was in France. I think the biggest difference between the reputations of Marie Antoinette and Mary Todd Lincoln is that Abraham Lincoln was a far better spin doctor than Louis XVI. Catherine the Great started out from a position of greater peril at the Russian court, yet her intelligence, ability to win friends, and her ingratiation to Russian culture led her to greatness. In contrast, Marie Antoinette was dull witted, inclined to make enemies when she didn’t need to, and tone deaf to French culture.

Although the French Revolution is credited with her judicial murder, Marie Antoinette was the principal author of her own misery due to her lack of good public relations. The penalty for stupidity is sometimes death.

9/28/2007 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Myths Of British Ancestry
FreeRepublic Discussion

9/28/2007 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jimbromski said...

Wow, the Poison Dwarf. Now you see him, now you don't. Poisonous century is a better description.

9/28/2007 11:15:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...


The "poison dwarf"? Surely you jest. He was once styled the Great Hero Yezhov and odes were written to his sweet name, that is, before it became known that he killed and tortured hundreds of thousands of people for no apparent reason as head of state security. Here are some verses of that immortal poetry extolling Yezhov's name.

In flashing lightning you became for us a sign,
Yezhov, sharp-eyed and intelligent People's Commissar.
The wise word of the great Lenin
Prepared the hero Yezhov for the battle.
He heard the burning call of the great Stalin
In all his heart and blood.
When the October dawns began to shine
With courage in his eyes he stormed the Palace.
When war appeared on the horizon,
He mounted his horse and rode to the front.
Class fought class. The earth blazed.
In those days, the Motherland ran with blood.
The enemy pressed us in a sinister ring --
With iron and steel, fire and lead.
I remember this. In the purple sunsets
I saw Comrade Yezhov through the smoke.
With his sword held high, dressed in the greatcoat
Of the people, he led the attack.
He fought, learning from the great heroes
Like Sergo, Voroshilov, and Kirov.
With his fighters he was kind, with his enemies severe,
Hardened in battle was brave Yezhov.
When on the steppes the uprising occurred
And the Kazakhs straightened their shoulders,
When they rose up, shepherd against kulak,
Lenin and Stalin sent Yezhov.
Yezhov came and, the fog clearing away,
Kazakhstan rose up in the battle for happiness.
He united the villages under the banner of the Soviets,
He gave us the strength and wisdom of the Kremlin's decrees.
The Kazakh people following behind him,
He led the advance against the kulaks and the beys.
The people behind Yezhov began the attack
The golden vision became a reality.
Yezhov banished the blood-suckers to the hills,
He liberated their herds and flocks.
We put an end forever to the kulaks' perfidy.

9/28/2007 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Arabella Ark on the Hana coast.
Eros Hoagland for The New York Times
In the Land of the Lotus Eaters
New Age migrants come to Hana for a new life in a fragile oasis of Hawaiian culture.
But it can be tough in paradise.
Slide Show

9/28/2007 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

One guy in the slideshow wrote a guidebook for Hawaii, and now is at War with the very Tourists he invited and profited from!

9/28/2007 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger eggplant said...

Mətušélaḥ said...

"NASA is providing false testimony to the effect that greenhouse gasses are the cause of global warming, a testimony that is contrary to reality and scientific fact available. NASA has become a sinister propaganda instrument, fabricating false perceptions to serve a political agenda."

James E. Hansen, an employee at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies might(?) be pursuing a global warming political agenda but NASA as an agency is not. In fact, Mike Griffin, the administrator of NASA, caught some unfair criticism from the MSM and looney left after publicly expressing doubts about aspects of global warming. The people running NASA are well aware that getting involved in the global warming thing is not in their best interests.

9/29/2007 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger David M said...

Trackbacked by The Thunder Run - Web Reconnaissance for 10/01/2007
A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the check back often.

10/01/2007 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger Brett Blatchley said...

Most all of you all forget God.

Even if you don't believe God exists, there is absolute truth.

None of the revisionists can change reality; they can only influence what people think about history (when they think of it at all).

A lie, is a lie, is a lie; repeating it will never make it the truth.

The very particles that comprise our universe testify as to what has actually happened.

The question is: is this truth relevant to the living?

If many of us are correct that God exists and is the God the Jews and Christians worship, then truth will have a very sudden and unpleasant impact on most people. God is not mocked; we can believe a lie, but He knows the truth and will hold humanity to account.

Personal accountability, that simple fact, is the underlying reason for all the revisionism:

Jesus said: "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." (John 3:19-21)

The really sad part is that just a few verses earlier, Jesus states: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes (trusts) in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." (John 3:16-18)

People don't want to admit that they're responsible for their failings, and because of that, multitudes will never accept a pardon that God offers, a pardon that Jesus gave Himself for.

10/01/2007 03:12:00 PM  

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