Category Archives: Cognitive Dissonance
Disbelieving the obvious, despite the mental effort required to do so.
Shared from Tom Woods
We learned a lot about our fellow man over the course of the virus panic, much of it unflattering.
The UK-based rapper known as Zuby recently listed 20 of them on Twitter, and his list went viral.
I thought you’d enjoy it:
20 Things I’ve Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The “Pandemic”
1. Most people would rather be in the majority, than be right.
2. At least 20% of the population has strong authoritarian tendencies, which will emerge under the right conditions.
3. Fear of death is only rivaled by the fear of social disapproval. The latter could be stronger.
4. Propaganda is just as effective in the modern day as it was 100 years ago. Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser.
5. Anything and everything can and will be politicized by the media, government, and those who trust them.
6. Many politicians and large corporations will gladly sacrifice human lives if it is conducive to their political and financial aspirations.
7. Most people believe the government acts in the best interests of the people. Even many who are vocal critics of the government.
8. Once they have made up their mind, most people would rather to commit to being wrong, than admit they were wrong.
9. Humans can be trained and conditioned quickly and relatively easily to significantly alter their behaviors — for better or worse.
10. When sufficiently frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism, but demand it.
11. People who are dismissed as “conspiracy theorists” are often well researched and simply ahead of the mainstream narrative.
12. Most people value safety and security more than freedom and liberty, even if said “safety” is merely an illusion.
13. Hedonistic adaptation occurs in both directions, and once inertia sets in, it is difficult to get people back to “normal.”
14. A significant % of people thoroughly enjoy being subjugated.
15. “The Science” has evolved into a secular pseudo-religion for millions of people in the West. This religion has little to do with science itself.
16. Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right thing, rather than actually doing the right thing.
17. Politics, the media, science, and the healthcare industries are all corrupt, to varying degrees. Scientists and doctors can be bought as easily as politicians.
18. If you make people comfortable enough, they will not revolt. You can keep millions docile as you strip their rights, by giving them money, food, and entertainment.
19. Modern people are overly complacent and lack vigilance when it comes to defending their own freedoms from government overreach.
20. It’s easier to fool a person than to convince them that they have been fooled.
This is how it’s done : A bunch of German protesters walking through a shopping mall without masks without being stopped because they have safety in numbers and keep moving.. However, they only have to wear masks indoors anyway and the curfew they are protesting about later in the video means that pubs have to close at 11pm. (Berlin is famous for pubs staying open all night!) Lucky bastards, I wonder what they would make of the Melbourne situation?
Amongst all the corona angst and the resulting masses of unemployed, often young people (millenials) the boomer whingers are still turning out in force to accuse young jobseeker recipients of bludging.
Apparently restaurant owners across the nation are having trouble finding casual staff, because what casual staff may earn is similar to the current double jobseeker payment. (Around $2000 a month). There are rumours of many of them frequenting beaches and surf spots rather than looking for work.
At the same time the Victorian health minister is blaming millenials for not social distancing (unless it’s in the government approved form of working at Bunnings or taking part in a faketevist BLM protest).
On one hand they are supposed to be working, on the other they are meant to stay at home.
That about sums up all the confusing advice handed out by the government in these strange times.
Now, as for businesses who want to hire casual staff : why would anyone in their right mind take on a casual job right now, if they could lose that job again in a month’s time and then have to reapply for jobseeker and not have any money for weeks? In fact, the same goes for permanent jobs. With corona still going around, there are no guarantees that there may not be another massive shutdown, especially if things spiral out of control in Victoria.
I guess the go-to casual workers relied upon in such a situation would be Kiwis and foreign students from India and China who are now thin on the ground.
And we are not really talking about a few hours a week casual which still leave you with a partial jobseeker payment, but jobs that should be permanent- part -time with longterm employment guarantee and benefits.
Business owners who have had the benefit of exploiting their staff for decades are now dumbfounded as to why people would rather go surfing than work in appalling , unstable conditions.
Since the economy is now good and fucked for years to come, due to unnecessary shutdown, I think surfing is a great option and should be encouraged . It gets you out in the fresh and sun, plenty of vitamin D and of course you are also social distancing ! At least you cannot be blamed for wanting to kill Nanna.
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has issued a warning not to travel to Victoria because Victoria, you see, is rotting from the inside, infested with Corona-virus, up to 49 whole cases a day now, which is about 4 times as much as the daily caseload in NSW !
The question now is, how could this happen? How could Victoria drop the ball so badly, when it had the harshest lockdown restrictions in the nation , where even single family members could not visit each other for nearly three months, where people were fined for driving in the wrong suburb, golfing, fishing or sitting by themselves on a park bench?
It might be, because our government, run by delusional fools led by a communist style dictator Dan Andrews, really believed the virus could be kept to minimal numbers by enforcing said draconian lockdown, not realizing that they were simply kicking the can down the road and once things opened up, the virus would spread again.
Now even 49 cases a day is not very much when we compare with the numbers from the rest of the world, but they are sure to rise exponentially in the next weeks.
One reason for the “outbreak” were non-compliance with the rules by – wouldn’t you know it, Muslim families celebrating Eid. Of course it took a full 3 days for this little juicy bit of knowledge to emerge, until then they were simply “families” that flouted the rules. Families? How about a bunch of religious lunatics who are simply unable to exist without their rostered seasonal observances.
But speaking of lunatics, the ‘Black Lives Matter Most’ movement and their phony grievances – run by the far far-out left -who want to see everything burn, could not wait to go their ideologically driven ritual marches and that in a city where the Footy is still the number one religion but banned until further notice. Of course they had the blessing of the government to go ahead unfined , mainly because there were simply too many of them and it could have turned into an ugly bloodbath with police, or possibly the army.
Of course other states had those protests too and have not yet seen a rise in cases. To that I can only say : Just you wait, it will take another week to reach two infection cycles and I will bet my hat that cases in other states will rise too. Like Italy in Europe and New York in the States, Victoria is simply the first to succumb.
The truth is, respiratory viruses are designed to be transmitted and we are designed to get them. Lockdowns don’t work for several reasons and they destroy economies, but mainly , unless you practically threaten people with being welded into apartments, people will always find a way to circumvent the restrictions, maybe because they are young and not at risk, maybe because they don’t believe in the existence of the virus or maybe because they understand the risks and still don’t care. You will never ever get 100% compliance and because of that , there will be outbreaks once the lockdown is lifted. And the stricter the lockdown, the more people will rebel against the restrictions.
There is no doubt that the virus is real and deadly to a vast number of old/sick people, but it’s gonna do it’s thing, despite our best efforts. Even countries (or states) that have had few cases and brought their numbers down to zero will eventually have to open their borders to ward off economic ruin. And then what ??
Coronavirus cannot be controlled. We have to learn to live with it. It’s just a shame the economy had to be ruined for that lesson to be learnt.
FEMA is a phrase that is well known to the ‘tinfoil’ community. But what is it? FEMA is an American term for Federal Emergency Management Authority, a government agency that manages emergencies and has an extensive array of heavily fenced sites (camps) across the US, most having buildings and large piles of plastic coffin shaped boxes. Presumably these coffins are available should a large number of corpses (from some tragedy) need to be buried or moved in a great hurry. Of course a government apparatus such as this is ample fuel for speculation. Some theories state these sites are made into prison camps in times of unrest, or possibly death camps. The concept of your own state potentially having a covert network of prison camps is chilling. Except that we already do in Australia (it’s called off shore processing of asylum seekers).
It’s worth pointing out Australia gets more than its fair share of Asylum seekers, and many are not legitimate asylum seekers, they avoided poor but safe countries on the way to get here.
But back to the FEMA story, the terrifying part about the FEMA camp mythology is the idea of what the camp represents. A place where you lose your rights and freedoms and the timeline to an end of your deprivation is uncertain. Before you know it unreasonable thugs in uniforms (prison guards) start punishing you for trivial infractions of arbitrary rules there were just invented last month. These rules that aren’t really legal, as they never passed a vote in government just rubber stamped by a bureaucrat.
Oh hold on, while you were fantasizing about a FEMA camp, one was constructed around you and maybe you didn’t notice. Just because Nanna Smith still lives on the corner does not mean all things are well and good. We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto. Nanna Smith is terrified to come outside for fear of catching contagious lethal respiratory disease. Others are afraid to come outside for fear of being fined or harassed for standing too close to someone else or not having a good enough reason to be outside.
You’re soaking in it. A dishwashing liquid is a good measure to destroy viruses on surfaces, just don’t drink it OK.
The Corona Virus, (COVID -19), SARS COV 2, was the perfect pretext to bring in all these draconian measures.
What are you doing outside your cell home, prisoner citizen?
One wonders if the Ruby princess cruise liner was allowed to disembark in Sydney (despite concerns for the ship’s crew) was simply to increase the numbers of infected and dead to justify and continue the restrictions.
To date (7 April 2020) in this crisis, Australia has had about 5895 infected and 41 dead. This is less than a typical ‘flu season, and the types of people dying are largely the same targets, the over 70’s. So rather than shut down the entire country, maybe we should just quarantine the old, step up disinfection protocols wear masks and try to continue as normal. Before you say this is impossible, Taiwan has done this and they are extremely close to China geographically, and it’s working for them. Taiwan has had 373 Infections and 5 deaths.
The other factor about the corona virus is that it is accelerating deaths of people already at deaths door and therefore ‘getting the credit’ rather than the deceased underlying condition. Imagine if someone was dying of cancer and then Corona virus came along and killed that person in their already frail state, is corona virus the true cause of death? Because it would be easy to claim that, and it can greatly inflate the figures, and its rather misleading.
Of course while this corona virus pandemic is unfolding, financial markets have imploded. There has been little talk of the serious economic problems; the lime light has been taken by the corona virus.
Was corona virus the bump in the road which destabilized the financial system?
Was the financial system so unstable anything would have collapsed it?
Either way the corona virus has been the perfect distraction from the attention the financial system and the perfect set of restrictions to stop people gathering and protesting about how many lives are going to be deeply affected by the financial system collapse.
In Australia most superannuation fund are heavily invested in real estate either directly or indirectly.
Real-estate values will be hit severely hard by this twin crisis
Superannuation funds will be gone and governments will be heavily in debt to afford to pay welfare of different form to keep the workforce alive until people can generally return to work.
The cold comfort in this twin crisis will be the fact corona will be targeting boomers, so less will need their retirement money. Possibly as many as one in five boomers will be killed by this virus, imagine what that will do to real estate prices as so many houses suddenly go onto the market.
But if the curve does not flatten the general death rate raise from 3% to 9% for adults under 65, and if you’re over 65 I suggest you get very comfortable in your home alone, especially if the hospitals get overwhelmed.
There are so many other issues yet to be touched on:
Massive spike in unemployment
rent and mortgage payment problems
the weird loop holes in the restrictions:
Supermarket crowds, yes, well spaced non-contact recreation, no.
Normal wedding: only 5 people, Muslim wedding: 30 people.
Should we wear masks or not?
What really is an essential service?
Travel out of you town or city for permanent relocation or to a weekender, OK or not?
Visa issues for immigrants
Australian’s stuck overseas behind closed borders
Centerlink for who and when?
Who deserves a bail out?
Should essential businesses be nationalised (or surrender partial/full shareholding) as part of bail outs.
The border shut downs
The only state border open currently is the NSW/VIC border, let that sink in. The NSW/VIC border is heavily burned from the 2019/2020 summer bushfires so it’s much less populated now anyway.
Daigou (shop raiders/hoarders/ smugglers): What do we do with them? Assets strip? Imprison? Deport? Terminate residency? Terminate citizenship (many have lied about their occupation to gain citizenship)? Terminate? Send them to Mexico?
Factories and prodcution
Is it time to bring our factories back? If so which ones and should we build different ones? Should we look towards fully automated factories with low numbers of highly skilled staff, rather than the 19 century style 3rd world sweatshops only competitive due to low labour costs?
Should we consider the misinformation and blatant lies form China about this virus to be considered an act of war? If China was open an honest about this virus from the start it probably could have been contained in China and possibly just to Wuhan. Should we demand reparation from China for the damage to the economy they have caused? Does it make a difference whether this virus was either:
a) naturally occurring
b) a product of the wet market
c) a bio-weapon accidentally released
d) a bio-weapon deliberately released
considering the cover up China did after it started spreading and the confusion created in other countries in dealing with it? How many people died as a result of China’s lies? Is the CCP (Chinese communist party) guilty of murdering foreign citizens?
This article is much longer than usual but now you have the luxury of time to think about all of this.
There are more than 700 other articles here spanning the last 8 years, so feel free to look around.
This retard clearly does not realize the hypocrisy of opening a carbonated drink to protest against the claimed CO2 based global warming. Does he realize the satisfying hiss the drink makes as he opens it is pure CO2 being released into the atmosphere? Does he realize the CO2 burned to generate the electricity required to make that aluminum can he will use just once and then throw away?
Nope, just a useful idiot like the Communists who are trying to take over Extinction Rebellion (XR). So what’s it really about and why now? Well the global warming alarmist rhetoric comes from the UN IPCC, and the UN is almost bankrupt. So the UN needs to get about 1 Billion dollars in the next 2 weeks or cease operations. The UN’s plan is to unleash its hordes of brainwashed global warming activists to create disruption in western countries to coerce more money out of those governments. So really XR is international economic terrorism, disguised as environmental activism.
So face it XR you have been played and this is your poster-boy, an attention seeking hipster uni drop out with wealthy parents and no clue about how the climate or environment works. You all look stupid and are just wasting everyone’s time and achieving nothing. Global warming is fake and so are your reasons for existence.
Here Stefan Molyneux is the most outrage I have ever seen him, but with good reason.
Why not cap it off with some more Stefan…
Last weekend saw another anti-mosque protest in Bendigo, this time by the UPF (United Patriots Front), , mostly ex-military out of towners who are using the anti-mosque sentiment in Bendigo for their own purposes . It appears that while actual Bendigo citizens joined the rally, some of the Bendigo anti mosque action groups distanced themselves from this subtle take-over. One of the typical signs of any protest movement are the splinter groups which eventually result. The UPF itself being a splinter group of the more moderate Reclaim Australia.
All things being equal, though, all these groups have a common goal of trying to prevent the spread of Islam in Australia, as it has begun to reveal itself worldwide for the violent hate cult it really is . While the military posturing and patriotic flag waving might be unpalatable and offensive to middle class sensibilities, so far it hasn’t actually harmed anyone, which is more than can be said for the aggressive and violent left wing black bloc in particular
On the other side of the fence (or bridge in this instance), a leftie group from Melbourne ,called No Room for Racism, which drew attention to itself at the last Bendigo protest in August by being violent, intolerant and aggressive, culminating in the burning of an Australian flag and the resulting scuffle which led to the use of pepper spray by the police.
It’s interesting that the left wing protesters were easily kept in check by the police behind the bridge in Rosalind park so they were unable to confront the UFP, even thought here are plenty of ways to enter the park from the other side and if they had been real citizens of Bendigo they would have known this.
Because of the amount of drama caused by No Room for Racism in August, they could only attend the latest rally by coming up with a new name : Bendigo Action Group are basically the same people as No Room for Racism, a group which is rumoured to be founded and funded by socialist party Yarra City counciller Stephen Jolly. Many of the same faces that have turned up at protests in the last 4 years were also seen in Bendigo on the weekend, including, notably, the politically neutral Kenji Wardencliffe (of Wardencliffe photograpy) who was there to take photos .
Here is an example of his work and the cognitive dissonance it captures perfectly :
I contacted Bendigo Action Coalition (who should more aptly be named Melbourne Controlled Opposition) on their Facebook page with the question of the connection between Stephen Jolly , No Room for Racism and Bendigo Action Coalition). The question was deflected by the use of several fallacies and now I am not able to post on their page anymore, another typical example of leftist free speech in action. Why not just answer the question with yes or no rather than making a huge song and dance ? I guess the answer to that is obvious : I got too close to the truth.
Here are the screen shots, one contains a draft of my reply and the other what I actually ended up sending which got me banned from posting on the page, confirming the old Communist proverb : ” We believe in Free Speech as long as you agree with us, if not we shut you up and kill you.”
Click on the photos to enlarge.
This seemed appropriate.