I could have said, “More ‘focus’ on clearing old stuff out of this house (HAH*) than anything else”. Or I could have said, “The Kp blog is now more about ‘Essence’ than quantity (of ‘news’ items)”.
That’s really the way it is right now.
Today was spent in a) walking in nature (2 times), b) collecting unused (by me) items from the basement, c) collecting items from “high up” (so I had to use a ladder) in the garage, d) placing those items out by the road (where, thank you, someone(s) comes by during the next few days and picks them up), and e) doing other nice things like breathing and eating.
The other part of this is that, from time to time, I have have to pause and release emotions/memories about the things being released (and taken to the side of the road). The emotions/memories just suddenly “pop up”, and I’m facing them, and asking the Universe and my Guides (or whoever else helps with “clearings”) to heal, dissolve, and/or take them away. It’s being done, kind of, one thing at a time.
My current operating principle is:
Be mindful NOT of “how much the items are ‘valued’ by humans”, or “how many $ could be obtained by selling them”, rather,
Be mindful that the RELEASING of them will bring joy into the lives of others who want and/or need them.
One more: “I really love having ‘garage giveaways’”.
As we traverse the current energy structures, which seem to change every microsecond, I am finding it useful to just take each microsecond, each micro-moment, as it comes.
I’m also releasing the idea that I must return to the Islands, and be there as I “used to” be there. The past is a “gone moment”. Now is all that matters.
Btw, I still feel, quite deeply, that I will return, in some way, I just do not know what that “some way” will be.
Various deceptions continue to come on fast; but rather than dig into each one, Winter Watch offers an examination of a prime Black Magik/Mind Fuckery case – the Roanoke shooting of Aug. 26, 2015. The […]
Joan mentioned this to me earlier. Unbelievably (to me, at least) she was taken off FB. Here’s what she wrote in an email:
“…dear friends, after almost fifteen years of daily posting on Facebook, my account has been permanently disabled, with no warning and no recourse – I would so love it if you could join me on GAB, where I will continue with my usual posts, such as patriot/lightworker news and current events, plant-based recipes, art, science and spirit, and more! Love and blessings to all! My GAB url is: https://gab.com/joanwheaton“
She’s also joined MeWe (https://mewe.com/i/joanwheaton) but primarily she’ll be posting her items (dogs, kitties, flowers, beautiful Joshua Tree scenes, and delightful food creations on Gab.
Caveat: her food creations images will possibly lead directly to “extreme drooling” over them; her pet images could lead to strong “cuteness reactions”.
Let’s all send our Light and Love to Joan and her family at this time.
[Kp note: HOLY CRAP!! Joan posts a lot more data than I do, and generally covers the same people, as well. Could be worth checking out Joan’s Gab page.]
In this book, which has been a labor of love for the past decade, Seneff explains how and why glyphosate poses an existential threat to humanity, and why it’s so important to avoid it if you care about your health and the health of your family.
“It’s been a decade of learning everything I could about glyphosate,” Seneff says. “When I first heard about it I basically dropped everything else I was doing because I was so confident that I had found the answer to the autism epidemic. That was the thing I was looking for. Back in 2012, I heard a two-hour lecture by Don Huber, and it changed my focus entirely.
I already understood the symptoms of autism, a very complex disease — lots of gut problems and mineral issues — and it all came together with his lecture. Overnight I just started poring over all the papers I could find.
Shortly after that I found Séralini’s paper,1 which had not yet been retracted at that time. It was later republished, the paper by Séralini, a French toxicologist who had shown that very low doses of glyphosate over the lifespan of a rat could cause a lot of damage.
He pointed out that after three months, everything looked good, so it’s a slow kill. This is one thing I emphasize in my book. Glyphosate is subtle, and that’s really a huge problem because people don’t [make the connection]. We have diabetes, obesity, autism, Alzheimer’s. It’s a long, long list, all the gut problems.
The microbes are being very much disturbed by the chronic poisoning with glyphosate, and then the gut becomes a central starting point for many diseases, including neurological diseases and arthritis. So, you see that disruption of the gut, and glyphosate can cause exactly the things that we’re seeing.”
Glyphosate Contamination in Common Products
Before delving into glyphosate, Seneff spent five years focusing on the potential toxicities of vaccines. She still believes vaccines can play a role in the chronic diseases we’re seeing, including autism.
However, glyphosate may actually play a more significant role. Seneff believes it contributes to and worsens damage caused by vaccines, in part because it binds very efficiently to aluminum used as an adjuvant in certain vaccines. It likely binds strongly to many other toxic metals as well.
The theory is that, by being wrapped up with glyphosate molecules, the metals can more easily penetrate various barriers in your body. This is because glyphosate causes these barriers, such as your intestinal barrier and your blood-brain-barrier, to become more porous. And, as leaky gut or leaky brain set in, the toxic metals are shuttled across, along with the glyphosate.
Interestingly, Anthony Samsel, a public health research scientist, and Zen Honeycutt, founder and director of Moms Across America, have independently found glyphosate contamination in live virus vaccines that do not contain aluminum adjuvant.
Seneff suspects glyphosate may be a contaminant in many drugs as well, particularly drugs produced by genetically engineering E. coli or yeast. They’ve also found glyphosate in tampons, which may then be absorbed through your uterine lining.
Seneff also hypothesizes that, since glyphosate is found in many vegetable-based fats, such as canola and soybean oil, studies comparing the health effects of fats may be compromised since they never consider the effects of glyphosate. Interestingly, while not fat-soluble, glyphosate can still enter fats (and is found in the vegetable oils just mentioned).
Samsel suspects glyphosate acts as a phosphate analog, because it has a phosphonate unit, and fats have phosphates (phospholipids). This is something he’s investigating right now, so eventually, we may learn more about that mechanism.
Glyphosate and the Rise in Celiac Disease
In her book, Seneff details the dramatic increase in glyphosate use since its introduction in the mid-‘70s. Estimates suggest that one pound of glyphosate is applied in the U.S. every year for every man, woman and child, in America, which is an astounding amount. It’s not even enough to buy non-GMO products, as many non-GMO items have been shown to have some of the highest levels of glyphosate.
Oats, wheat, barley and legumes like chickpeas and lentils tend to be very high in glyphosate because these crops are sprayed with glyphosate right before harvest as a desiccant to speed the drying process.
“I think that’s the reason for the epidemic in celiac disease,” Seneff says. “Samsel and I wrote a paper on that. We showed there’s a strong correlation between the rise in celiac disease over time and the rise in glyphosate usage on wheat, specifically on wheat. It matches much better to wheat than it does to the other crops, which makes sense, because wheat is the source of celiac disease.”
A case study of an American woman who tried to commit suicide by drinking glyphosate reveal some of the chemical’s effects. She developed a paralyzed gut, and this may well be what’s happening to many, on a low-grade scale. In essence, people’s guts are sort of semi-paralyzed by the glyphosate in the diet, which causes small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Bacteria starts festering in the upper intestine because the peristalsis is not working properly, so food remnants get stuck. Glyphosate has also been shown to accumulate in the brain, and animal studies show it causes neuro excitotoxicity due to excess glutamate in the brain. This, in turn, “is absolutely connected to autism,” Seneff says.
In her book, Seneff also discusses the importance of sulfur for optimal health, how sulfate deficiency is connected to autism, and how glyphosate can cause sulfate deficiency.
How Glyphosate Affects Your Gut and Autoimmunity
Part of what makes glyphosate so toxic has to do with the fact that it’s a very efficient metal chelator. It binds metals and minerals really well. For example, glyphosate is a million times more effective at chelating aluminum than EDTA, a chelating agent used in heavy metal chelation treatment.
This, in turn, disrupts your gut microbes because it makes minerals unavailable to the microbes. Your gut microbes need minerals, as their enzymes depend on them for proper functioning. Glyphosate also disrupts the shikimate pathway, both in plants and microbes, and beneficial microbes are particularly sensitive to glyphosate.
When lactobacillus bacteria are killed off in your gut, your ability to digest gluten and casein (milk protein) is impaired, as this bacterium carries several enzymes your body does not have that specialize in breaking down proline, an amino acid found in gluten and casein. This, in turn, can eventually lead to autoimmune problems. Seneff explains:
“We have all these allergies to gluten and casein these days, all these different food sensitivities, and I think it’s because the lactobacillus are being killed off. They can’t support the digestion of those proteins anymore. Then the protein sticks around, the peptide sequence, and that’s what causes an immune reaction.
Then you can get an autoimmune attack through molecular mimicry — the antibody mis-recognizes a human protein because it looks like the piece of gluten that they become sensitive to, so they attack a human protein instead.”
Glyphosate Makes Harmful Fat Even More Hazardous
Interestingly, glyphosate may also contribute to the harm caused by the omega-6 fat linoleic acid (LA). LA is metabolized into arachidonic acid, which is metabolized into an endogenous cannabinoid that eases pain. The enzyme that accomplishes this conversion is cytochrome P450 enzyme, which is disrupted by glyphosate.
Seneff suspects arachidonic acid is getting redirected through enzymes that convert arachidonic acid into extremely immunogenic products instead, such as leukotrienes, which act as signaling molecules that turn on an inflammatory response. A generic term for these signaling molecules is eicosanoids. She explains:
“Leukotrienes are rightfully blamed for causing all the chronic pain we’re seeing — rheumatoid arthritis, joint and bone pain, and even, probably, problems with the brain, maybe headaches.
All the different kinds of pain we’re experiencing that are connected to inflammation could be a consequence of cytochrome P450 enzymes blocking the ability to convert arachidonic acid into the endogenous cannabinoid. Instead, it gets redirected towards these signaling molecules that cause all this damage.”
On top of that, LA, when oxidized, turns into highly toxic free radicals such as 4HNE, which cause direct oxidative stress damage to cell membranes, mitochondria, stem cells and DNA. In your mitochondria, a feedback loop then occurs that causes the shutdown of your energy metabolism system, resulting in an increase in adipose tissue. Translation: Excessive LA causes accumulation of belly fat.
Glyphosate Is a Biological Toxin
Its effect on the shikimate pathway is a key mechanism by which glyphosate causes biological harm in humans. The human body does not have this pathway — a fact used by Monsanto to argue for glyphosate’s safety. But the microbes in your body do have it. Research has shown over half the microbes, on average, in your gut have the shikimate pathway and can therefore be decimated by glyphosate.
These include lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, which use the shikimate pathway to produce the aromatic amino acids tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylalanine, crucial coding amino acids that go into all the proteins of your body. They’re absolutely essential for protein assembly, and your body must rely on your diet and gut microbes to produce adequate amounts of these amino acids, as your body cannot produce them any other way.
When your gut microbes are harmed, it can result in a deficiency of tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylalanine. These amino acids are also precursors to many other important biologically active molecules. For example, tryptophan is a precursor to melatonin and serotonin. Tyrosine is a precursor to thyroid hormone, dopamine and adrenaline.
“These are all really, really important hormones that control brain behavior and regulate behavior and mood,” Seneff says. “Serotonin deficiency is connected to depression, and we have an epidemic in depression. So, I think there’s a direct path there. Also, some of the B vitamins come out of the shikimate pathway, including thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3) …
You need thiamine for augmenting your immune system. If you don’t have a lot of thiamine, you’re not going to be able to generate a healthy immune response. That’s why it’s a part of septic protocols. If you’re wrecking it with glyphosate exposure that’s disrupting the shikimate pathway in your gut microflora, you’ve got a huge problem.”
Glycine Can Help Counteract Adverse Effects of Glyphosate
One simple remedy that can help lower your glyphosate burden is to take a glycine supplement. As explained by Seneff, the way glyphosate disrupts the shikimate pathway is by affecting an enzyme called EPSP synthase. That enzyme bonds to a molecule called phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP). The “phospho” in that name stands for phosphate.
At the place where EPSB synthase binds to PEP, there’s a glycine molecule. It’s a highly-conserved glycine in the enzyme. If that glycine is swapped out for alanine, a very similar amino acid, the EPSB synthase enzyme becomes completely insensitive to glyphosate.
“So, it’s black and white — either there’s a glycine there, in which case it’s incredibly susceptible to glyphosate, or there’s alanine, in which case it’s completely insensitive,” Seneff says.
Incidentally, this is how agricultural scientists create glyphosate-resistant GMO crops. They turn the glycine molecule into alanine, thereby rendering the plant impervious to glyphosate.
When glyphosate enters your system, it can take the place of the glycine molecule. While similar, (the “gly” in glyphosate stands for glycine) it’s not identical and does not work the same way as glycine. Hence, this replacement causes all sorts of trouble.
By taking a glycine supplement, you can counteract this chain of events by making sure there’s enough glycine present to fill up those glycine slots. As noted by Seneff, “If there’s lots of glycine, you’re going to be much less likely to pick up glyphosate.” She continues:
“I had thought about glyphosate being glycine, and knowing that it’s a glycine analog and that it was affecting places where glycine binds. Glycine acts as a neural transmitter. Glyphosate messes that up. I thought, ‘I wonder if it can get into the protein in place of glycine?’
My book actually centers on this idea that glyphosate substitutes for glycine in certain proteins. There’s a specific algorithm for where it would happen, and you can show that those proteins are suppressed by glyphosate experimentally.”
Importantly, glyphosate suppresses glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), a very important enzyme in red blood cells that maintains NADPH in its reduced form. If you have reduced levels of NADPH, you’re at increased risk for chronic disease, as your ability to recharge antioxidants is impaired. This is yet another mechanism by which glyphosate contributes to any number of disease states.
Glyphosate’s Impact on Collagen
Yet another protein that has a high glycine content is collagen, the primary protein for your connective tissue. It constitutes about one-quarter of your body’s proteins. Because of the presence of glycine, glyphosate has the ability to impair collagen as well.
“I feel confident that glyphosate is messing up collagen,” Seneff says. “Collagen has a beautiful triple helix structure, which gives it really special properties of tensile strength and flexibility to hold water. Collagen has long, long sequences called GXY, GXY, GXY, where every third amino acid is a glycine. Those glycines hook together to form that triple helix.
There are people who have mutations in those glycines that cause joint and bone diseases, and I think glyphosate is causing that. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is associated with glycine mutations in collagen, and there’s an increase in the prevalence of that syndrome recently.
Of course, you have many more people getting hip replacement surgery, and people have back issues, back pain and shoulder surgery, knee and foot problems. All these different problems with the joints, I suspect, are being caused by misfolded collagen because of glyphosate messing it up.”
Glyphosate’s Impact on Your Vascular System
Another mechanism of action involves the suppression of nitric oxide (NO), primarily through the suppression of endothelial nitric oxide (eNOS), which is one of three ways your body makes NO. eNOS is a close relative to cytochrome 450 enzymes which, as mentioned, are decimated by glyphosate.
“The NO works together with sulfur dioxide to control the viscosity of your blood,” Seneff explains. “NO turns into nitrate … And sulfur dioxide turns into sulfate … Nitrate is a chaotrope, and sulfate is a kosmotrope. Kosmotropes are very interesting molecules that control the viscosity of blood. It’s all about water structuring, stuff that Gerald Pollack talks about.
Kosmotropes make the water structure more like gel and the chaotropes make it more like fluid, liquid. Those two work against each other to maintain the correct viscosity of the blood while other things are going on. If you put a bunch of lipid particles into the blood, it’s going to get more viscous, so you’ve got to make it less-viscous by adding NO.
So, there’s a back and forth between NO and sulfur dioxide that’s regulated by eNOS. This is a theory that I have, and it makes a lot of sense. I have continued to gather evidence that supports it.
If glyphosate messes up eNOS, then it messes up the blood’s ability to maintain its proper viscosity, which means your blood could be too fluid. You could end up with hemorrhaging. It could be too thick, it can’t circulate, so you end up with blood clots.”
One piece of good news is that Mexico is banning glyphosate and will phase it out entirely by 2024. There are fears Mexico may also start banning U.S. imports found to be contaminated with glyphosate, which would actually work in everyone’s favor by shining a bright light on the matter.
While the ultimate answer is to ban the use of glyphosate worldwide, in the meantime, a key strategy to protect your own health is to buy certified organic or biodynamic food. Glyphosate is not permitted in organic agriculture, and even if contamination occurs, the levels are going to be far lower than that of conventionally-grown foods.
Seneff also recommends eating a high-sulfur diet, as sulfur is crucial for the health of your metabolism and immune system. “Sulfur deficiency, I think, is a driver behind some of our health problems,” she says.
Also consider taking a glycine supplement to counteract and push out any glyphosate you might be exposed to. “Glycine is not very expensive and it is very safe, so it’s an easy thing to take as a supplement, which I think could definitely help,” Seneff says.
Other health-promoting habits include eating plenty of fermented foods and getting optimal amounts of vitamin D and K2. As noted by Seneff, your vitamin D conversion is also adversely affected by glyphosate.
As is typically the case when talking to Seneff, as she is phenomenally well-informed, we cover far more details in this interview than I’ve summarized here — including environmental effects and countermeasures to speed the cleanup of soil and water — so I encourage you to listen to the interview in its entirety.
Of course, to learn more about glyphosate, be sure to pick up a copy of “Toxic Legacy.” It’s by far the best book to date on this pernicious toxin that is robbing people everywhere of their health and quality of life.
One in ten Australians living in the state of Victoria have said they “seriously considered suicide” during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, according to a new survey. In its latest issue, the Journal of Psychiatric Research reported that one in ten of over a thousand Victorians surveyed “reported having seriously considered suicide in the […]
Nazi Germany in the 1920s and 1930s was the most scientifically advanced country on Earth. Several races of Galactics were making contact with Germany at that time. Reptilians, Zetas, Pleiadians are among the ones I know of. There was a group of women known for their long hair called the Vril. They were telepathically getting design specifications for anti-gravity spacecraft from some entity. They seem to be associated with the Alderbaran star system, which Dr Salla has recently said the Nazi factions in Antarctica have established bases.
I grew up believing UFOs were real. My father was a P-38 fighter pilot over Germany in the latter half of the war. He saw the “Hanibu” anti-gravitic craft as well as German jets breaking the sound barrier.
When Germany collapsed, Reptilians continued working with a remnant of Nazi Germany who had space travel capability from secret bases in Antarctica (a joint use base) and South America (Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay primarily, but there was also Nazi bases in the US).
When the power center shifted to the United States after WWII, those same groups contacted US leaders.The Pleiadians were largely rebuffed, as their technology was contingent on pursuing a peaceful future, and that was just too much for those US Presidents during the Cold War. All they wanted was tech to counter the Russians, they were not keen on raising consciousness..
There have been pictures circulating for a number of years now of “elites” with black eyes. Black eyes from fights and accidents do happen. But these are usually the left eye. This phenomena has become known as the “Black Eye Club“. The presumption has been this was bully tactics by the cabal on them to stay in line. Recently rumors have circulated those black eyes are from a sting from a Vril Draco, which purportedly implants a mind control parasite that allows the Vril reptilian who implanted it to control the being. The elites we see with these black eyes are purportedly clones (copies) of the originals, who are secreted off somewhere (for their cooperation in producing the clone?) It’s a puppet show essentially.
Short conversation with Stan X of the Andromedan Data Collectors
Terran: Question for Stan:
Terran: In Dr Sallas and Tompkins books they mention the Vril women in Germany with the. Long pony tail hair.
Terran: Recently there’s been claims that there is a type of reptilian with a proboscis that injects something [a brain controlling parasite] into the eye of beings (referenced by the elites in the “black eye club”) and it is said these elites with black eyes are clones of elites controlled by “vril reptilians” . Is there any truth to this story? And if so does that make the vril women mind controlled by another entity?
Terran note: I captured theses screen shot of a purported Vril parasites, the videos are full of creepy sound frequencies that I don’t care to share in my blog post, but the image is below. I have no idea whether these are actual images. But it does beg the question ass to why the elites in the medical community don’t want people taking proven and safe therapeutic drugs for COVID that are also anti-parasitic.
Stan X: TERRAN. THERE “WAS” TRUTH TO THE STORY. THAT “STORYLINE”. HAS BEEN “PLAYED OUT”. DATA. COLLECTORS. STAN. X. END.
Terran: Were the Vril women clones or victims of that?
Stan X: TERRAN. THE “VRIL WOMEN” WERE NOT “CLONES”. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN. X.END.
Terran: We’re they [Vril Draco] hybrids?
Stan X: TERRAN. THAT IS A HIGH PROBABILITY. DATA COLLECTORS.. STAN. X.END..
Terran to Denice: (These energies have me on edge and I don’t know why.)
Terran to Denice: (A lot of people feeling off at the moment. Could it be these sea saw weather patterns going North and South?)
Terran note: Some related links on the VRIL. I know little about this subject and can vouch for none of these web sites. These are references for your research not endorsements. It a rabbit hole I have not gone down before. The data about Vril Reptilians made me wonder if the Vril women were a misdirection, which is why I inquired of Stan X of the Data Collectors.
I suspect Maria Orsic may have other origins than Vril. I dislike the term “Nordics” because it conflates the Ummo, Pleiaidans and other Scandanavian looking races into one origin and reference point in history. Its kind of like calling Scots, Germans, because they are both white.
The Vril data is all intertrwined with the beginning of the Thule Society, The Black Sun secret society (quite ancient) and other related spin offs from Nazi Germany. In much of the imagery are Black Sun motifs.
Some have claimed Donald Trump is of the Black Sun. As far as I can tell the only link to Trump is associative, in that Trump’s Uncle knew Nikola Tesla and Nikola Tesla’s papers were stolen by Nazi spy George Scherff.
I did encounter some Black Sun esoterics scattered around the alps, for them the Black Sun is a metaphor for energy harvesting from other people (basically a Black Hole sucking energy from its surroundings) which is absurd to me because you can get all the energy you want from Source without taking it from others, through your heart. You have to operate from pure love to use it however. The magi systems they view will and mind as more powerful than love (which they see as a sentiment). They have the equation backwards.
We know from Dr Salla’s books and articles that the Nazis had a partnership with a reptilian base in Antarctica, and Admiral Canaris was involved in that. Dr Salla says the base was recently cleared or abandoned. The Nazi cavern base in Antarctica was not part of the Andorra complex. There is still ongoing skirmishes with the Nazis on Mars, according to Dr. Salla.
The people of London have had enough. Massive protests against COVID lockdowns have broken out in London. The event is called the “Freedom March.” The crowd size is massive: NOW – More aerial footage of the #londonprotest.pic.twitter.com/RbMqH8KMWI — Disclose.tv ? (@disclosetv) June 26, 2021 Big freedom protests again in London today. Are you watching @BorisJohnson? Tyranny […]
In the movie Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio and his team work by placing thoughts and ideas into influential people. Have you ever had a idea suddenly pop up in your head? If so, you might be a influential person.
Think back to when you’re going through your day, and boom — a crazy, completely random idea enters your mind. It’s frustrating and completely throws off your routine. You’re not alone. The worst part is that the thought seems to linger before disappearing — the inception.
We all have thoughts that come in out of left field and throw off everything. Whether you’re trying to study, or trying to focus, the IG post you saw yesterday or the article you just read, randomly comes to mind that doesn’t have anything to do with you.
These “inceptions” are the effects of what’s known as propaganda. Propaganda is “telling people what to think.” The act of thinking happens in the brain, which is made up of three separate brains:
Human Brain: This is the only part of your brain that’s you consciously control. It oversees all logical thought process.
Mammalian Brain: This is the first half of your subconscious. It oversees all emotional attachments. This is the largest brain.
Lizard Brain: This is the second half of your subconscious. It oversees survival and reproduction.
And that’s why propaganda is so dangerous — it doesn’t appeal to your logical mind; it appeals to your feelings, the language of your subconscious, the driver of 90% of the actions you take. By doing this, propaganda influences you to have certain thoughts that it placed there. These thoughts lead to actions like impulse buys, and before you know, you have new shoes everywhere.
The good news is that these aren’t your thoughts, and since they’re not, you can use this piece of information to form a solution. Identifying these thoughts and evaluating them stops the propaganda before it takes place.
The first step is understanding what propaganda, or inception looks like.
The Creator of the Propaganda Machine
To grasp propaganda, you need to know the man who made it famous: Edward Bernays.
Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud — the father of modern psychology — understood psychology and the working of the human mind, but more significantly, what made them tick.
If you want to go full-blown conspiracy, Bernays happens to be the grand-uncle of Marc Randolph, co-founder of Netflix. Talk about a first-class ticket to people’s subconscious.
Bernays effectively used propaganda to help companies sell products by appealing to the consumer’s wants and desires. How did cigarettes become so profitable? Thank Bernays. JC Penny, Sears, and other major retail giants. Thank Bernays. “You don’t need a new dress — you want a new dress because you know it’ll make you look good.” By using psychology techniques to appeal to the subconscious, Bernays and companies have been influencing consumers for years.
As with Bernays, Netflix has been keen on influencing the masses as well. Two examples include the R. Kelly trial and the orcas at SeaWorld. Both movements were driven by Netflix documentaries. After numerous years, R. Kelly went to jail, and SeaWorld had to change its policies. This shows the power of the propaganda machine, not just to increase sales but also to start a revolution.
Now that you know the history and have examples, let’s see how it affects you.
Propaganda, Propaganda, all that matters is Propaganda
You’ve encountered propaganda today, and had no idea. If you look at your favorite TV shows or music, you’ll see that some kind of product is being pushed. And it doesn’t have to be a physical product — it can be a narrative, a lifestyle, a way to look at the world.
We identify with certain celebrities, actors, politicians, and we see ourselves in them. So when they take stances or make statements, that leads you to take a similar perspective. Everything in our society has some form of propaganda because propaganda is very rewarding, especially to companies, industries, and countries.
What makes propaganda so dangerous is that when it’s properly executed (which is often), you, the target, think those thoughts as if they were yours, and then transform them into actions. “Yes, I want to buy a new purse.” “I should get a new car.”
Lastly, all propaganda has elements of truth in it. If it was an outright lie, you would automatically dismiss it. But with that truth, it bypasses your logic brain and enters into the emotional brain. When you take everything that propaganda does, you have:
Propaganda shapes your views on factual events taking place in the world
Propaganda convinces you the thoughts you have are yours
Propaganda persuades you towards one direct path
By now, you know the history of propaganda, how it affects you, and what makes it so dangerous. Now, we’ll discuss how to arm yourself against it.
You should’ve realized that Netflix isn’t the only propaganda machine out there. Every company with a marketing department is using propaganda techniques to capture you as a potential customer. But, as we said before, it’s not just companies. For generations, rulers, shamans, and politicians have been telling you what to think. The technology is a lot better now.
The first step to break this cycle is to step back. Whether it’s the news or a social media post, before responding or engaging, take a step back and ask yourself “how well informed are you on the particular subject?” This forces you to address what you know and don’t know. If you can’t speak to the counterargument, then you’ve been exposed to propaganda by one side and face a bias that makes you more likely to be swayed one way versus another. So it’s important to take a step back.
The second step to overcoming propaganda is to pay attention to the message being delivered. You may or may not know everything about the topic being shared, but you should expect whoever is sharing the topic to present a thorough argument. When attentive, you pick up on what angle the messenger is coming from. The more you’re actively engaged, the clearer you see the direction that the messenger is trying to take you.
The final step is to evaluate yourself. Remember, propaganda is here to move you towards a goal that it wants for you. So ask yourself, is this a goal that you want for yourself? Have you previously thought about this? If not, then you can easily flag that thought as a propagandist idea.
As the poem goes, “I am the master of my ship — the Captain of my soul,” by constantly stopping to pause, think and evaluate yourself, you ensure that you stay in control of your mental ship rather than relinquishing control.
Propaganda is all around us. Unfortunately, not many in the general population are aware of this age-old trick. But now you are. You’ve been informed against it, and you know that at the end of the day, propaganda wants to you to do its bidding. The question is, will you?
Once you realize that everyone is trying to get you to think how they want you to, you realize how truly influential you are. You then have two choices: blindly act and let your body take the wheel — or take a minute, ask yourself, “why am I doing this?”
That small moment to pause, breathe and reassess, ensures that you stay in control of your actions — and your life.
In my adventures, I’ve come to see that life is a great game, and we too can develop strategies to ensure that we come out on top. I’m developing an E-Book that will unveil the world’s mysteries, how it applies to us, and how we can better our lot in life. If interested, please follow my handles (IG/Twitter) for more information to come. Ashe.