“Life and Fate” is a Mini-Russian TV series based on the novel of the same name. Although I don’t care much for subtitles this one is much easier to read as it is blacked with white lettering.
The characterizations are pretty slick Hollywood-type in what westerners would call typical Russian stereotypes and icons. Still it is an enjoyable production that could have never been done in the Soviet era. “‘Life and Fate’ is an epic tale of World War II and a reckoning with dark forces emerging, including Stalinism. With Hitler and the Nazi army looming on the Front, the series takes us deep into the hearts and minds of citizens and soldiers struggling to cope with the ravages of war” as one reviewer succinctly wrote.
Still if you want to understand more about Russia and even understand the mindset of a nation that many think is still an adversary today, this drama may shed some light on a complicated dog and pony show of modern times.
“On their way to a justice of the peace to get married, a couple has a fatal car accident. The couple is sitting outside heaven’s gate waiting on St. Peter to do the paperwork so they can enter. While waiting, they wonder if they could possibly get married in Heaven. St. Peter finally shows up and they ask him.
St. Peter says, ‘I don’t know, this is the first time anyone has ever asked. Let me go find out,’ and he leaves.
The couple sit for a couple of months and begin to wonder if they really should get married in Heaven, what with the eternal aspect of it all. ‘What if it doesn’t work out?’ they wonder, “Are we stuck together forever?”
St. Peter returns after yet another month, looking somewhat bedraggled. ‘Yes, he informs the couple, you can get married in Heaven.’
Great,’ says the couple, ‘but what if things don’t work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?’
St. Peter, red-faced, slams his clipboard onto the ground.
What’s wrong?’ exclaims the frightened couple.
Geez!’ St. Peter exclaims, ‘It took me three months to find a priest up here! Do you have any idea how long it’s going to take for me to find a lawyer?”
In the coming weeks, months and years, we can expect to see more trolling taking place by both paid and unpaid trolls. The Trump supporters are fairly easy to spot since they start with a post that is something like “Do you support Trump?” or Trump is the greatest thing since sliced bread or some such. They have been mostly posted by some account in Europe such as Moldavia or whatever. But it would seem they are recruiting Americans to spread their propaganda and infiltrating leftist groups and pages. I’ve encountered quite a few who’s signature thesis is that “libtards are turds” or some such as if calling me a name will make me as angry as they seem to be. They are not interested in discussing issues but more interested in pushing buttons. The modus operandi of the regressives has always been to spread lies and innuendo all based on Fox, Limbaugh, Milo and Brietbart. In turn, these are models based on the Nazi Germany era propaganda machine who whipped up anger towards Jews, gays and whoever else didn’t share in their myopic view of life and is cunningly designed to piss people off.
The neoliberal/neoconservative is a little more difficult to spot in that the message is more positive. A typical approach is to post a picture of a soldier and say something like “Do you support our troops?” A more honest question might be something like “Do you support our troops while they are bombing, killing and injuring and invading countries and cheering on the ruining of innocent peoples’ lives?”
The progressive movement doesn’t have a more prominent face than Bernie Sanders. And before you get all excited one way or another Bernie has many flaws, especially in foreign policy, but his domestic positions are much better than any politician in the country. Bernie has been attacked repeatedly, often unfairly, by both the GOP and Demos who’s agenda should be obvious to anyone with two neurons firing at the same time.
Just this year there was an article on businesses in China where they used 10.000 cell phones at a time to beef up social media stats. This “business” is no doubt here in the United States tucked away in some corporate complex.
So what I am saying is that it is up to each individual to discern what is important to you and judge not only the message but the messenger by the content they post or refer to. We are constantly bombarded with “the lesser of two evils” since no one or nothing is perfect in this flawed universe.
If you take some time and step back and stop your anger towards your political opposites, you might see how your views are exploited by mainstream media, corporations and government.
The emphasis on such political views are used to discredit the polar opposites of whatever political stances you might have that affects how you think and what you vote.
Issues that really have no bearing on the way government should be are elevated to a front row seat, while issues that affect everyday lives are ignored. Our founding fathers realized that the secularization between religion and governance would nip most conflicting political views in the bud.
Issues that really should matter the most, such as economics and the environment, are pushed to the back burner in favor of the divisive politics such as race, abortion and sexuality. Elites understand this all too well- they know if they can get the mentally challenged constituent to focus on policies other than economics and its sister, the environment, they can pick our collective pockets with impunity. Yet people fall for that perpetual game.
All this is done in the name of “freedom” which people don’t understand that “freedom” for some only restricts everyone’s ability to live a good life. Many folks think that not only do they have to disagree with another, they must punish their opposites with draconian laws of hatred to restrict others of their “freedoms.”
“The Mongolians were the tools, and the victims, of a delusional psychopath driven by a fusion of religious, imperial and reactionary ideology. Ungern’s atrocities were a foreshadowing of worse things to come for the world, and both his life and the suffering he caused have been eclipsed by the greater horrors that followed.”
“…in some ways he had what Isaiah Berlin described as ‘borderlands syndrome’, the insecurity that comes from being on the fringes of a great empire, and which seems to produce an unusually high frequency of the most blindly cruel servants or leaders of these empires. Such men, including the Austrian Hitler, the Corsican Napoleon or the Georgian Stalin, developed, according to Berlin, either ‘exaggerated sentiment or contempt for the dominant majority, or else over-intense admiration or even worship of it…which leads both to unusual insights, and- born of overwrought sensibilities- a neurotic distortion of the facts’.”
James Palmer “The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia”
Millions of people watch only Fox News to get their political and entertainment view of the world. Outright lies, half truths and innuendo are part and parcel of the mental orgy that follows the Nazi Germany playbook on propaganda. Essentially, “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth,” as Nazi Germany Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels once said. And that is the basic framework of Fox News. Today, we see this technique spread throughout social media and when people are called on their lies, they’ll deny something easily researched because essentially they are too lazy to get other opinions or the facts. Even the spin on the truth becomes “alt-facts” passed off as an “opinion.”
People, especially regressives, want to believe the worst about any subject by blaming the government while they support the corporate takeover of democratic institutions, eliminating their Bill of Rights and gladly giving them up because in their minds they think they are punishing those who think differently.
Gabriel Sherman, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News–and Divided a Country” makes the observation that Ailes started out as an advisor on Nixon’s 1968 campaign for president and “In the 1970s, he honed his theatrical instincts as a Broadway producer and ran a fledgling conservative television news service bankrolled by the right-wing beer magnate Joseph Coors— in essence, a dry run for Fox News. And in the 1980s, Ailes mastered the dark art of attack politics as a mercenary campaign strategist, skills he would soon put to use in turning a television news network into an unprecedented political force.”
By the time Fox News was started Ailes used his propaganda techniques as “…a news executive was essentially running the Republican Party…a remarkable development in American politics. But it was an outcome Ailes foretold. After the 1968 campaign, Ailes spoke of a time when television would replace the political party, that other mass organizer of the twentieth century. With Fox News, that reality was arguably established.”
Eventually, Ailes was forced out of Fox News because of sexual harassment charges stemming from his abuse of “on air talent” and other women at Fox News. Since the public will probably never know all the details due to settlement disclosure agreements, one can only conclude that even liars eventually will be caught in the web of deceit and pseudo-religious and false political stances that were merely cover for inciting the angry listener to the lowest levels of human depravity.
“Since banking is fraud, then any other ‘alternative banking system’, e.g.: the gold standard, is still fraud. Unless, as Tim Madden says, someone out there has a quadrillion dollars to bail out the banks, we are headed for a financial collapse. If we do not have barter in place, there will be suffering. ‘Money’ is purely and simply an illusion used by the banks to steal the efforts of our production and to enslave us all. It would behoove us all to get out of the fraudulent banking system sooner than later. Barter however, still suggests a debtor/creditor relationship. We are at our happiest when we are being who we really are, whether this is lending our energy, exuding our talents, giving our time.”
Mary Elizabeth Croft, Spiritual Economics
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Whether you believe or not in Christianity, but notice how he is portrayed in the Bible, which is far different than what today’s Christianity has morphed into…
“…if you analyze so-called primitive Christianity and the teachings of Jesus you find an emphasis on caring, non-violence, and compassion. He stopped the stoning of a woman, he fed the hungry and he healed the sick— “women’s work,” right? He exemplified stereotypically feminine values. Only later did the Church become authoritarian and rigidly male-dominant. The Crusades, the Inquisition, the witch-burnings— these are all chapters of our history that we need to understand for what they were— wars against women by the Church. So it wasn’t simply a question of religion, and it certainly had nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus. It is one of the ways that dominator systems distort this enormous human yearning for bonding and for connection that we have, by constantly associating it with domination and with violence. So I can’t really put it at the door of the Church. But what I can say is that it’s shocking that to this day the Church has not condemned violence in intimate relations— be it against children, against women, or against men — as part of its central teachings. That is shocking and highly immoral.”
Riane Eisler, author, widely recognized for her work in anthropology, human rights, peace, and environmental studies
The basis of Buddhism is a doctrine known as the Four Noble Truths.
• The First Truth is that all life is suffering, pain, and misery.
• The Second Truth is that this suffering is caused by selfish craving and personal desire.
• The Third Truth is that this selfish craving can be overcome.
• The Fourth Truth is that the way to overcome this misery is through the Eightfold Path.
“The priest grabbed Richard by the ear and dragged him to his office, where he proceeded to beat the boy with a book— a Bible, Richard realized. Later that night, Richard received a second beating from his mother. From that day on Richard had little interest in religion, and came to believe that the nuns and priests were a bunch of sadistic creeps who used religion and the always ominous specter of God to scare and manipulate people into doing what they wanted, when they wanted, how they wanted. Religion was one big con job, he thought, and he soon turned away from the Catholic Church, its teachings, mandates, and disciplines.”
Philip Carlo “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer”