FEAR OF FEAR ITSELF….

In the so-called civilised west, we are becoming increasing used to situations, where the mainstream media attempt to instill a sense of panic in the population by feeding into people’s basic fears.

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”H.L. Mencken

THE POLITICS OF FEAR

The ‘Paedophile’ panic is a recent example, which undoubtably will soon be replaced by emerging front page stories of an inevitable Ebola pandemic, which of course will run alongside the ever-present threat of Militant Islamists hiding in every corner, poised and ready to strike anywhere at a moments notice.

According to the mainstream media that is.

JIMMY SAVILE MORAL PANIC

By tapping into our deepest primal fears, the media can quite easily control many aspects of our everyday behaviour and, you only need to think back a few short years to the much-hyped ‘swine flu’ pandemic, the one that never actually materialised – to see how successful this can be.

And lucrative for those who manufacture the promoted ‘cure’ that is.

THE INDEPENDENT

Even when conclusive evidence emerges (somewhat later) that the vast majority of these lurid, fear-inducing and entirely misleading headline stories are nothing more than complete rubbish, it is still highly unlikely that most people will wake up.

There are still millions of people in this, and other western countries who still fall time and time again for whatever they read in the papers, see on the television or goes ‘viral’ on the Internet.

Do you honestly believe, that anything that contains even the slightest chance of genuinely enlightening people to what is really going on, would be allowed to spread in the same way – as say – a half-dressed Miley Cyrus straddling a wrecking ball?

Or Twerking?

Or ‘No Make-Up’ selfies?

Or thousands upon thousands of people pouring buckets of icy water over their heads?

Or God knows what else has been rolled out to tittilate, distract and steer people away from anything that may actually educate them?

However, the fear of your children being stolen, killed or abused by a manufactured bogey-man, or your loved ones succumbing to a ‘deadly’ virus, or a ‘terrorist’ attack, are of course very real and genuine fears, which are guaranteed to concentrate the mind somewhat, which is why they work so well.

Every time they are used.

However, by preying on people’s fears and relying on what they believe to be the general ignorance of the population, the media can at times, create a panic which, with hindsight, can seem almost too ridiculous for words.

In September 2003, a Khartoum newspaper printed a story of a merchant’s ‘vanishing penis’, which occurred after shaking hands with a ‘mysterious stranger’.

Ordinarily, this would not not be seen as anything more than an amusing, if somewhat unfortunate tale, but the story caused a major panic in the area, with local hospitals being flooded with dozens of hysterical men claiming that their penises had also been stolen.

Doctors couldn’t find a single case of a missing organ and announced the ‘illness’ to be psychosomatic – but this didn’t stop the local police from rounding up 50 ‘foreigners’ on suspicion of practising sorcery.

The panic continued with one newspaper even reporting that: “The situation has reached the point where a wife accompanying her husband to the front door at home bids him farewell by saying, ‘Be careful not to shake hands with men, but you can shake the girls’ hands as much as you want’.”

The panic that swept through Khartoum in 2003 was believed to be an outbreak of ‘KORO‘, a psychiatric disorder that causes men to believe their penises (or, more rarely, women to believe their labia) have shrunk back into their bodies.

FULL STORY

The ‘Koro’ panic of course only became widespread because of the religious beliefs and teachings in countries where ‘Sorcery’ and ‘Black magic’ practices are far more common among the populace.

In the UK and the USA, however, something more ‘believable’ would be required for anything like the above to have a similar effect.

Like an Alien Invasion?

Many people may be aware of the Orson Welles’ ‘War Of The Worlds’ CBS Show, that went out to an unsuspecting radio audience on October 30th 1938, which caused very real and genuine panic.

Or the lesser known media ‘story’ that was broadcast by the BBC in January 1926, which appeared to be a supposedly ‘live’ report of a revolution sweeping across London entitled ‘Broadcasting from the Barricades’.

“On 16 January 1926, BBC Radio interrupted a broadcast of a speech from Edinburgh to give a special announcement: an angry mob of unemployed workers was running amok in London, looting and destroying everything in sight. Listeners were stunned. Anxiously they gathered around their radios as the alarming reports continued, informing them that the National Gallery had been sacked, the Savoy Hotel blown up, and the Houses of Parliament were being attacked with trench mortars”

A SIMPLE PLAN

What about the Central Park Zoo escape of 1874?

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Or the panic that was spread on social media in the Philippines when a TV report misleadingly uncovered a “flesh-eating skin disease” and then linked it to a prophecy made by an Indian holy man.

“The Philippines Department of Health has told the BBC that there is no “flesh-eating” bacteria epidemic in Pangasinan province and claims to the contrary are a “hoax”. But fear about a plague there has spread through social media, using the Twitter hashtag #PrayForPangasinan.”

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People are far more sensible and clued up these days though eh?

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  1. Good quote from the great H.L.Mencken, also known as “the great J.C.Hackmuth”.

    (In the ‘Bandini’ books of John Fante, Hackmuth=Mencken… if Mencken hadn’t supported Fante as a struggling writer there would probably have been no books, and you wouldn’t now have myself commenting from behind this pseudonym. Spooky!)

    For anyone wanting to get into the heads of those crusaders behind these moral panics, I’ll recommend again the following film:

    IMDB.COM

    (And for those wishing to delve deeper, there is an excellent archive of contemporary newspaper reports here:

    BOOKOFTHEDEAD.WS

    I found them really illuminating, as the pattern is still repeated to this day: motley collection of ‘campaigners’, blowhards, politicians on the make & an all-too-willing media swept along on a tide of ‘righteousness’.

    They are also simultaneously hilarious & terrifying: hilarious due to the complete disconnection between the reality of the situation & that presented as reality by the ‘campaigners’; and terrifying, as these lunatics & bare-faced liars had – and continue to have – real influence on the real lives of ordinary people. Anything for ‘the cause’…

    (It was a real eye-opener seeing one of their targets mentioned in the film above appear uncut on a mainstream television channel here in Spain only a week or so after having watched, listened & read about how those responsible were, quite literally, raping the minds of children & were as evil as murderers. From a group of politicians gathered together in Parliament to watch this stuff, puking into buckets because they were supposedly convinced it was real – and therefore acted accordingly – to a national broadcast… bizarre!).

    Another decent article from April of this year, “The great Dungeons & Dragons Panic”:

    BBC.COM

    And whilst we are fixated on the imagined horrors of the world the real monsters roam free… nothing changes.

    1. An illuminating and intelligent response once again Bandini 🙂

    2. Perfectly summed up Bandini “motley collection of ‘campaigners’, blowhards, politicians on the make & an all-too-willing media swept along on a tide of ‘righteousness’ ”

      And as I am finding out, even when you catch the political element providing information they shouldn’t to 1 of the main dodgy ‘campaigners’, (which as their own Codes of Conduct & Laws confirm is against the law) their party just lies to protect them. Embarrassing that a Councillor should be aiding and abetting such abusers perhaps?

      I wonder if those who were responsible for spreading the ‘Mary Moss’ list and causing a huge uproar with the masses are worrying at all. Especially now Cliff has been questioned.

  2. BUSTED: Foley Beheading done with CPR DOLL:-

    *LINK REMOVED*

    WHO IS ISIS:-

    PUBLIC.ISISHQ.COM

    Which Country Drinks the Most Alcohol?
    (COMMENTS & PICTURES ARE WORTH A READ-ESPECIALLY ISRAEL!):-

    FREEREPUBLIC

    Rejecting The Rule Of Law Means Inviting The Rule Of Guns

    TOWNHALL.COM

    U.S.COPS “PROTECTING & SERVING”…SORT OF (NOTE:THE COPS HAVE ARRESTED SOMEONE ON THE WATER & THEN HANDCUFFED HIM. WHAT HAPPENS IF THE BOAT HE’S THEN CARRIED AWAY BY, SINKS? HE HAS NO CHANCE AT ALL OF EVEN GRABBING ONTO ANYTHING TO SAVE HIMSELF. WELCOME TO AMERICA, WHERE BUREAUCRATIC RULES OVERPOWER ALL POSSIBILITY OF COMMON SENSE.:-

    “Eyewitnesses recall the day Brandon Ellingson drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks “Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Piercy didn’t go for a Type I flotation device, with straps that wrap around the torso and allow for handcuffs. Instead, he pulled out a Type III life vest with arm holes — one that was impossible to secure on a man whose hands were already cuffed behind his back.”

    Read more here:

    KANSASCITY.COM

    A RABBI PLEADING FOR THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IN AMERICA? BUT JEWISH POLITICIANS IN THE LATE 60’s WERE THE PROPONENTS OF THE FIRST STRICT GUN CONTROL BILL – TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE “DARK PEOPLE “THIS PLAYED WELL WITH A LOT OF WHITE SOUTHERNERS, WHO DIDN’T REALISE THE CAREFULLY PLANNED & LONG TERM TRAP THOSE JEWS WERE LEADING THEM INTO,NAMELY TOTAL GUN CONTROL/CONFISCATION,LEAVING THE, HELPLESS AGAINST THE MARTIAL LAW TAKEOVER OF THE U.S..

    FREEREPUBLIC.COM

  3. With regard to “KORO” & all it’s various manifestations in gullible societies around the world – & yes this has arisen in many widely unconnected places in Africa & Asia – whenever this kind of thing occurs,a wise police force (if there is such a thing),takes the statements of the victims & then puts some ears out in the community to find out “WHO IS SELLING THE CURE”.

  4. INDEPENDENT.CO.UK

    But then,the Saudi “royal family” are strongly suspected of being “crypto-jews”,so the destruction of Moslem holy places,etc,would be natural for them:-

    FACEBOOK

    “If you live in the suburbs, you might be wise to advise your children on how to live, work and survive in America’s inner cities because that is where they are likely to be living in the near future in a Warsaw ghetto type of scenario.
    The mass migration from the suburbs back into densely populated urban areas is not a next week thing, or a next month thing or even next year proposition, but the groundwork is happening right now. If you are not a Baby Boomer, you will not likely be retiring in the suburbs.”

    THECOMMONSENSESHOW

    SOMEBODY WAS PULSING A TECTONIC WEAPON SIGNAL @46 KHZ ON FRIDAY BEFORE ICELAND RED ALERT…..SOMEBODY IS TRYING TO CAUSE THE BLOW AND ALSO THE SPLIT OF ATLANTIC RIDGE.

    STEVE QUAYLE

  5. This may have some relevance: ‘Flat Earth News’ by Nick Davies.
    (I’ve only just heard of this today, so obviously haven’t read it yet… but it sounds interesting.)

    “‘Finally I was forced to admit that I work in a corrupted profession.’

    When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street’s unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.

    Working with a network of off-the-record sources, Davies uncovered the story of the prestigious ‘Sunday’ newspaper which allowed the CIA and MI6 to plant fiction in its columns; the newsroom which routinely rejects stories about black people; the respected paper that hired a professional fraudster to set up a front company to entrap senior political figures; the newspapers which support law and order while paying cash bribes to bent detectives.

    Davies names names and exposes the national stories which turn out to be pseudo events manufactured by the PR industry, and the global news stories which prove to be fiction generated by a new machinery of international propaganda. He shows the impact of this on a world where consumers believe a mass of stories which, in truth, are as false as the idea that the Earth is flat—from the millennium bug to the WMD in Iraq—tainting government policy, perverting popular belief.

    He presents a new model for understanding news.

    With the help of researchers from Cardiff University, who ran a ground-breaking analysis of our daily news, Davies found most reporters, most of the time, are not allowed to dig up stories or check their facts—a profession corrupted at the core.”

    The website set-up to support the book doesn’t seem to be being updated, but there is stuff there that might interest some, for example this:

    FLATEARTHNEWS.NET

    For anyone wondering where ISIS sprang from – aren’t we all?!? – there is an article here:

    THEATLANTIC.COM

    Sample quote: “The group began more than two decades ago as a fervid fantasy in the mind of a Jordanian named…” [drum-roll] “… Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.”

    1. You’ve probably already see this, but just in case – Nick Davies has his own website will lots of his old articles. NICK DAVIES

  6. WELL,FANCY THAT!.:-
    The Causes of the MH17 Crash are “Classified”. Ukraine, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium Signed a “Non-disclosure Agreement”

    GLOBAL RESEARCH

    NOW LETS SEE; FROM MY PREVIOUS POST, THE U.S.COULD HAVE A FOOD SHORTAGE BECAUSE OF THE MASSIVE DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA – A MAJOR U.S.FOOD PRODUCING AREA – & ELSEWHERE IN THE U.S. & THE COMING COLDER-THAN-USUAL AUTUMN (SORRY,”FALL”) & WINTER.

    THERE ARE ALREADY REPORTS OF HUGE RISES IN FOOD PRICES THERE & OF SHORTAGES OF SUPPLIES TO MARKETS. NOW LOGICALLY EUROPE’S NOW-FOOD-SURPLUS WOULD GO TO AMERICA. BUT THE U.S.GOVERNMENT IS DESPERATE TO FIND AN EXCUSE TO BRING IN MARTIAL LAW.(THE FERGUSON Mo. WAS JUST THE LATEST ATTEMPT TO START SERIOUS RACE RIOTS – THEY FAILED WITH THE “WHITE HISPANIC” EARLIER IN FLORIDA). SO PERHAPS THEY’LL REFUSE THE EUROPEAN FOOD & TRY SOME HUNGER RIOTS INSTEAD.

    WHICH EXPLAINS THE FILMS “HUNGER GAMES”,CONDITIONING AMERICANS TO FIGHT FOR THEIR FOOD.

    OR AM I BEING CYNICAL?:-

    “Kudos to Russia for its genius to pick ag products as a punch in the solar plexus of power. As Deena Stryker recently pointed out in a recent article, Anyone who has witnessed European farmers drive their tractors into the center of Brussels and dump crops in front of EU headquarters, knows the hold they have on legislators. Much of European agriculture takes place on family farms and the EU has had to create special rules and subsidies to keep its food producers happy.”

    – See more at:

    44DAYS.NET

  7. Really good article. Going into “War of the worlds” If you haven’t seen it, i would highly recommend “F for fake”

  8. People are increasingly turning away from the MSM. Their relentless hysteria is the very thing that is slowly killing them off.

    Hmmm how to being more traffic to your online media page if you are an ailing newspaper? Could it be that if you got some random to constantly slate you & add links to your newspaper, it would bring traffic to your site & probably money via clicks? All publicity is good publicity (to some) right? Who knows? Maybe? 😉

    1. An Interesting point, which makes a lot of sense 😉

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