'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrity

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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on June 25th, 2017, 11:00 pm 

Sivad » June 26th, 2017, 11:49 am wrote:
Mossling » June 25th, 2017, 7:28 pm wrote:
Sivad » June 22nd, 2017, 10:48 am wrote:Trump has been shitlisted by the establishment for a number of reasons so they're going after him for it. I'm not a Trump supporter, I hope hey lock him up, I just deplore bullshit partisan hypocrisy more than I loathe Trump.

But Trump's scandals are linked to the significant Russian interference in the election, which he has now recognised himself (and is trying to blame Obama for), which seems like it puts him beyond "regular politicking".

That very political system has been, and could very likely still be, under threat from a traditional foreign enemy, and via the office of the POTUS himself, which is something new.


It's not anything new

Thanks for the quick reply ;P, sorry I made a little edit to my most recent post above thinking I had some time before you replied, but doesnt change much.

, transnational elites have held sway over the office for some time. What's the difference between a "traditional enemy" and transnational corporations with inimical interests to the American public? I agree with you that Trump is really bad, but he's no worse than any of the other crooks we've had.

Do you mean to ask me what is the difference between a traditional enemy nation state and a transnational elite corporation?

I'd say plenty - the availability and transparent use of military and intelligence assets probably the most obvious one.
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Sivad on June 25th, 2017, 11:25 pm 

Mossling » June 25th, 2017, 8:00 pm wrote:Do you mean to ask me what is the difference between a traditional enemy nation state and a transnational elite corporation?

I'd say plenty - the availability and transparent use of military and intelligence assets probably the most obvious one.


Maybe 30 years ago, but not these days. When it come to POTUS puppeteers I prefer Russia to Citibank. Russia just wants geopolitical concessions within it's own sphere, Citi wants to exploit me and the rest of the world.
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on June 26th, 2017, 12:03 am 

Sivad » June 26th, 2017, 12:25 pm wrote:
Mossling » June 25th, 2017, 8:00 pm wrote:Do you mean to ask me what is the difference between a traditional enemy nation state and a transnational elite corporation?

I'd say plenty - the availability and transparent use of military and intelligence assets probably the most obvious one.


Maybe 30 years ago, but not these days. When it come to POTUS puppeteers I prefer Russia to Citibank. Russia just wants geopolitical concessions within it's own sphere, Citi wants to exploit me and the rest of the world.

Who knows what they are really interested in. Hitler, Kim Jong Un, Pol Pot, and so on and so forth. Plenty of examples of twisted fascist agendas within the last 100 years. For those who have the most absolute power it seems tempting for them to see the future as a canvas on which to paint their own world-view, 'warts and all'. As you seem to infer, our choices put forward via our however-compromised vote, our wallets, or, for the more viscerally-minded, more violent means, requires us to choose which warts we are most happy to have in our lives.

Returning to the main thrust of this topic, however - the noble quest for Truth and the love of wisdom that it engenders because it, like the virtues of prosocial living, makes our lives more efficient, seems to be considered a hindrance by the likes of Trump - it appears that he considers the prosocial Truth something ephemeral - maybe some sick joke that intellectuals like to throw in his face.

As stated many pages ago on this thread, Socrates disagreed with how democracy was being put on a pedestal by members of Athenian society who had no keen interest in wisdom - no keen interest in pursuing The Philosophical Truth. It seems that he did defer to democracy being the most suitable form of government once the primary importance of wisdom had been given the necessary respect that was due to it, though.

However, what appears to be happening in America at the moment concerning The Truth and Democracy, is something more extreme and dangerous:

* The POTUS recognises that a traditionally hostile foreign nation state successfully interfered with an American democratic election - an election that elevated him into power.
* The POTUS and his administrative team have - as individuals and collectively - highly significant historical business ties and apparent future business aspirations towards that traditionally hostile foreign nation state that elevated them into power.
* When American intelligence services, such as the FBI, continue to conduct an investigation into the CLEAR ATTACK ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY BY A TRADITIONAL FOREIGN ADVERSARY, Trump THEN SELF-ADMITTEDLY OBSTRUCTS THE INVESTIGATION BY FIRING THE HEAD OF THE FBI, and when his motives are questioned HE BRANDS THE FBI'S GENUINE NON-PARTISAN CONCERN FOR THE SAFETY OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AS "A PARTISAN LIBERAL AGENDA" - AS "FAKE NEWS" - AS NON-TRUTH.

This is all apparently beyond "politics as usual". This is an attack on The Truth - on traditional Western political, and thus American, wisdom - wisdom which includes and champions the high value of the American democratic process.

This is not 'business as usual', my friend. Trump intends to kill Socrates as the Athenians did, and potentially the American democratic process as well.

If the Truth falls, then so does wisdom, and thus the wisdom of democracy as a political process. It appears that Trump has no respect for any of it, and the only major world nation or political leader that he hasn't expressed disapproval of is THE VERY FOREIGN TRADITIONAL AMERICAN ADVERSARY WHO INTERFERED IN HIS OWN COUNTRY'S DEMOCRATIC ELECTION.

If this does not concern you, then logic seems to be wasted on you.
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on June 27th, 2017, 1:35 am 

Here is one timeline below of how the post-truth anti-US democracy situation has been unfolding:

Trump asserts that the US election is being rigged via "media-pushed lies" - fake news. In other words he has no faith in the US democratic system:


Trump asserts that the Russian hacking story is a DNC hoax and his lack of concern regarding Putin's reported involvement is questioned:


Trump hears from an intelligence briefing that the hacking was not a hoax and then he shows the minimum concern over it:


Even Fox News is concerned about how anti-US democracy attacks from Russia have been called "fake news":


Trump finally admits that the Russian hacking was real, not a DNC hoax, and is now trying to blame Obama for it:


This is not apparently someone who loves American Democracy, let alone The Truth. And there's "yuge" protection of Russian interests over anyone else's.... for some reason....
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on June 27th, 2017, 8:24 am 

Trump’s Lies
NY Times, JUNE 23, 2017
Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump’s lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.
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President Trump’s political rise was built on a lie (about Barack Obama's birthplace). His lack of truthfulness has also become central to the Russia investigation, with James Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testifying under oath about Trump's “lies, plain and simple.”

There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president — of either party — has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant.

We have set a conservative standard here, leaving out many dubious statements (like the claim that his travel ban is “similar” to Obama administration policy). Some people may still take issue with this standard, arguing that the president wasn't speaking literally. But we believe his long pattern of using untruths to serve his purposes, as a businessman and politician, means that his statements are not simply careless errors.

We are using the word “lie” deliberately. Not every falsehood is deliberate on Trump's part. But it would be the height of naïveté to imagine he is merely making honest mistakes. He is lying.
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Trump achieved something remarkable: He said something untrue, in public, every day for the first 40 days of his presidency. The streak didn’t end until March 1.
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on June 29th, 2017, 10:57 pm 

Irony...

'The literal definition of fake news': late-night hosts on Trump's Time cover
The Guardian, 29 June 2017 16.37 BST
“Trump is so obsessed with praise from the media that according to the Washington Post, he keeps this framed Time magazine cover hanging in several of his golf clubs,” Meyers said. “Cool cover, flattering photo. Just one problem. The Time cover is a fake. That’s right, Trump hung a fake Time Magazine cover with his face on it in his private golf club. That is the literal definition of fake news. This would be the saddest thing I’ve ever heard if it wasn’t the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.”

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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on July 1st, 2017, 11:01 pm 

Even the great Trump-paid sophist Kellyanne Conway is now caught by her post-truth spaghetti lies when confronted with video evidence of her speaking out against personal attacks (like Trump's on msnbc hosts recently):



She says "the toxicity both ways" by accident, like a normal human being, and then remembers who her truth has been bought by and replaces it with "coming to the president".

Projected truth is for sale to the highest bidder, but you can't argue logically with your reflection in a (video) mirror. As the direct reality fades (after the video disappears), the seamless transition into post-truth occurs as if it is completely normal, and the reality becomes distorted by words. Kellyanne's headshake - shaking off the truth of the idea of 'toxic POTUS' is like some robot meeting a 'good heart' bug in its program - glitching for a second and then reverting back to 'safe sophist mode'; lie for political gain.

It's amazing how a human can behave in this way at such a high level of sociopolitical responsibility. Then again, feeding one's children is more important than word games, now, isn't it? Personal economic gain over civil norms, though? Hmmm, let's see how long that meme works for this administration.
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on July 11th, 2017, 10:57 pm 

An interesting apparent new tactic on 'the war on truth' here from the New York Times - as possible proud traditional American guardians of the truth. They seemed to have gotten three leaked facts:

1) Donald Jr. met with Russia-employed lawyer during Trump campaign.
2) The meeting was related to helping the Trump campaign.
3) The meeting was about sharing Russian-obtained dirt on Hilary.

So the NYT decides to release only the first fact and Donald Jr. denies it, then they release the second fact and Donald Jr. admits the meeting and says it was about child adoption. Then they release the third fact and Donald Jr has to change his story for the third time.

In this 'game' the NYT is completely in control because the Trump admin cannot know how much information they really have. So now, knowing that newspapers are hitting back in this way, as things unfold Trump must be panicking, knowing that the proud "failing NYT" - effectively an American institution that champions the first amendment - branded by Trump as a "fake news" outlet, is setting the scene so as to cause maximum damage to the Trumps.

NYT knows the Trumps will lie - consistently - so they can release information in such a way that the liars dig themselves into a hole. They effectively 'forced' Donald Jr. to lie twice, and then finally release the damning emails himself.

Fascinating.



And as stated in the above video, what does this now mean for the situation regarding Russia's proven (by at least 4 major intelligence agencies) intereference in the recent US election, now that it has been confirmed in writing from a Russian-backed 'operative' that Russia was actively supporting the Trump campaign?

What a saga. Is this all going to be a case story for children to come?: "Honesty is the best policy, my darling - remember what happened to the Trumps"...
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on August 2nd, 2017, 10:52 pm 

What a post-truth admin's public face looks like after going through 3 communications directors, 6 months in:



It seems like this press briefing room is indeed the core of the nation's 'truth engine' - as journalists - ideally guardians of facts for the good of the nation - try to extract what truth they can from the government and hold them accountable.

When the lady at 0:50 asks why the president LIED about taking a phonecall, when in fact it was a face-to-face interaction with the Mexican president, all Sarah H-S can do is say "that's a pretty bold accusation", but with almost an understanding tone, like she's had enough of it also. She tries to make out that Trump saying that the Mexican president called him when in fact they met in person at the G20 is just a minor detail that is irrelevant, when in fact, of course, it was an attempt by Trump to spin the event in order make himself look like the more dominant and powerful one - a powerful guy who is being approached - via phone - by Mexico's leader. Of course this is relevant in the broader on-going assault on the truth - there is spin and then there are totally obvious LIES.

I wonder whether for someone like Sarah, the constant manipulation of what is true from top-down undermines one's own grip on reality itself. She certain looks and behaves 'under siege' here.



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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Braininvat on August 3rd, 2017, 9:16 am 

Trump appears to like the telephone lie - his most recent being his false claim (exposed by the Boy Scout executive offices) that the head of the Scouts had called him and told him his speech was the greatest speech ever delivered to their Jamboree. This is so ridiculous a lie, so easily checked on, that it causes more concern that the POTUS is suffering some form of mental illness, perhaps a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He seemed to be compelled to fabricate this lie when it was clear that his speech had, in fact, been considered inappropriate and embarassing and was widely poked fun at in the media.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/03/politics/ ... index.html
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on August 3rd, 2017, 10:09 pm 

Braininvat » August 3rd, 2017, 10:16 pm wrote:Trump appears to like the telephone lie - his most recent being his false claim (exposed by the Boy Scout executive offices) that the head of the Scouts had called him and told him his speech was the greatest speech ever delivered to their Jamboree. This is so ridiculous a lie, so easily checked on, that it causes more concern that the POTUS is suffering some form of mental illness, perhaps a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He seemed to be compelled to fabricate this lie when it was clear that his speech had, in fact, been considered inappropriate and embarassing and was widely poked fun at in the media.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/03/politics/ ... index.html

Lies that might seem obvious and ridiculous to progressives, but to Trump's base who think anything outside of Trump's tweets is fake news, what he says is believed.

I personally don't think Trump suffers from anything near the degree of mental illness as is being inferred by various commentators - I think that he is somehow compromised or secretly financially allied with Putin's interests and that situation is more immportant to Trump than anything else.

The only sector of American society who is not educated well enough to succumb to, or even care about, such a potential, appear to be the core who apparently helped vote Trump into the Whitehouse.

This core in itself seems to be displaying a lack of concern for the progressive scientific truth - behaviour along the lines of the Amish - a Christian-leaning demographic rooted in the idea of a protestant work ethic (which saves them from their sins) and who see the preservation of their hard-working lives as a traditional ticket to heaven.

The science behind automation, or the economic reasoning behind globalisation, may easily be interpreted as a sort of 'work of the devil' - a plot to send them - God's chosen people/community - to hell because their sins will be unaddressed. One sees, however, comments from Trump supporters inferring their superieror intelligence over progressive liberals - not an intelligence rooted in science, but in choosing their beliefs - an investment in 'God's chosen communities' (traditonal American Christian enclaves that built their wealth on the back of slavery) that had been 'allowed' by God to be racist and callous and to pass down the economic benefits of those behaviours to the current day as part of 'God's blessing'.

One heard an echo of such sentiment in Reince Priebus' recent exit interview from the Whitehouse - he said he did not know where he was heading next, but "God is good and everything is going to be just fine" - see 7:57 in this video:



When this is the truth - that no plan is needed beyond trusting in God, then who cares about modern progressive details regarding blurred globalist economic boundaries, or manual labour predicted to be replaced by AI robots within the next 10-15 years. "God is good to us" - he allows racism and callous leadership to go unpunished (which makes Trump's lies and racism acceptable) and so that is the solution to all problems.

This seems to be the general mentality of the present US administration, and part of doing God's work is undermining globalism and the sophisticated scientific visions that deliver AI and other automated solutions so that God's traditional communities can get back to making their way to heaven. For God does not like those who are sloth - since the devil makes short work for idle hands....

It's the same age-old problem as seen outlined in 12 Years a Slave - South vs North, thick-skinned protestantism vs The Enlightenment. The word of God vs Science.
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on August 14th, 2017, 10:56 pm 

The true colours of the present Whithouse are showing now more than ever - that this 'post-truth movement' is apparently not really a philosophical stance with all this 'fake news' and 'poor journalism' high ideals rhetoric - it is a cover-up for a pseudo-Christian white supremacist agenda, as already outlined weeks ago on this very thread.

Trump's failure to condemn Virginia neo-Nazis is shocking but not surprising
The Guardian, 14 August 2017
Trump’s tepid response, so stark in contrast to his predecessor’s handling of tragedies such as the Sandy Hook school and Charleston church shootings, is arguably the low point of his short presidency to date.
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The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi publication, expressed delight: “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate … on both sides! So he implied the antifa [anti-fascists] are haters. There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all.”
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Significantly, Republicans, losing patience with Trump in recent weeks, also berated his failure of leadership. Senator Cory Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told CNN’s State of the Union: “I think the president needs to step up today and … call it for what it is. It’s evil, it’s white nationalism, it’s bigotry and it’s unacceptable. And if he doesn’t do that, we can continue to answer the question of why. But I believe he has a chance to do that today.”

Senator Orrin Hatch, 83, of Utah, who was eight years old when his brother Jesse, a nose turret gunner in B-24 bomber, was killed in the second world war, tweeted: “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.

Senator Marco Rubio, beaten by Trump in the party primaries, tweeted: “Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists.”

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, another Republican, called it a “grotesque act of domestic terrorism” and called for a justice department investigation, which is going ahead.
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Trump himself remained unusually silent, in person and on Twitter. And Gabriel Sherman, a journalist at Vanity Fair magazine, tweeted: “When I asked senior WH official why Trump didn’t condemn Cville Nazis, he said: ‘What about the leftist mob. Just as violent if not more so.’”

The stance was shocking but not surprising. Trump’s opinionated statements and policy positions are all over the place, except on two issues: Vladimir Putin and white nationalists. Even as cabinet secretaries and members of Congress condemn and sanction the Russian leader, the president is unfailingly reluctant to criticise him directly.

Even as his daughter Ivanka tweeted condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis on Sunday, the president was, his critics say, committing crimes of omission.

There were similarities with February 2016, when, in an interview on CNN, Trump refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan or disavow his endorsement by the former Klansman David Duke. He later blamed a faulty earpiece. Duke, in Charlottesville on Saturday, told the USA Today Network: “We’re gonna fulfil the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s gonna take our country back.”

Neo-Nazis and the so-called “alt-right” have been a crucial part of the Trump base. Critics have noted the nods, the winks, even the Republican national convention speech, with its giant screens and logos that bordered on fascist parody.


There is an emboldened far-right movement afoot across the whole of the West which harks back to the Greeks and Romans who executed the likes of Socrates and Jesus - a tribal mentality that believes in a racially-superior divinely favoured identity - from Golden Dawn in Greece, to the Catholic Church in Rome, to the National Front in France, and all the way across the Atlantic to the KKK and so forth. This ethnically-rooted sore of 'divinely favoured tribes', of which one is either 'in' or 'out' is still festering across the 'Enlightened' West, and it seems that Trump and co. are riding its stench.

"Post-truth" seems to be just a smoke-screen - sophistry to hide the smell of pre-Enlightenment bigotry still alive and kicking (and driving cars into protesters) across the West.
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Re: 'Post-Truth Politics' - Collapse in Information Integrit

Postby Mossling on August 17th, 2017, 12:23 am 

Moral equivalency is becoming the key area of post-truth spin - for example:

* Russia has moral equivalency to USA - both countries "are killers", even though there is significantly more freedom and safety for journalists (Truth guardians) in the USA.
* George Washington and Robert E Lee have moral equivalency as slave owners, even though Washington helped found a united America, something which Lee attempted to help tear down over his desire to maintain slavery which was being abolished.
* Groups of people who chant "Jews will not replace us" and individuals who happily fraternalize with them are equally fine and thus morally equivalent to any person who opposes such white supremacist rhetoric.

It seems that this last attempt to spin the truth is one step too far now. Trump's support for any person who is happy to literally stand alongside masses of individuals shouting Nazi slogans is at odds with The West in general. Just because one isn't mouthing the words does not undermine the fact one is literally physically aligned with the views - marching in a mob at night with flaming torches. There is no way to spin KKK symbolism when it is already so well-known as a meme.

And even FOX news is aware of it.

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