The official Merriam-Webster Word of the Day for June 30, 2015 is …. “disinformation”!
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Truth: I live in Seattle, was a freshman in high school right when Nirvana broke, and never thought they were anything more than a pretty good band lead by a complete fuckup with perfect cheek bones and piercing blue eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I like a few of their albums (In Utero specifically), but you know, I just always thought Soundgarden was a gajillion times better, even as an angry disaffected teenager. 20 years later, of all the platinum selling “grunge” bands, SG are the only ones I actually listen to on a regular basis. Will I ever watch this Montage of Heck movie? Probably, but I also just watched the Foreigner Behind the Music, so you know, that’s my way of saying that I’d pretty much watch any rock music docu-anything because there’s something incredibly wrong with me. Anyway, the reason I’m posting this is because as a kid I always thought Kurt’s story about being a drug addict because of his “chronic stomach condition” was a bunch of utter shite, so after all these years it’s compelling to see that, according to King Buzzo of the legendary Melvins, it absolutely was (from Stereogum):
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Kurt also told me there was absolutely nothing wrong with his stomach.
Doing what the Dutch investigation has so far declined to do – smear the separatists and Russia – the “Daily Beast” comes up with a belated hit piece, adding exactly nothing new, but taking the opportunity to repeat the US propaganda line…
‘How can you tell it’s a smear job,’ you ask?
The one link to any opposing ideas goes to a discredited piece of obvious disinformation, that infamous Photoshopped picture of an attacking plane [above]. The Daily Beast uses the smarmy jibe, “as some Russian media claimed,” to pretend they’ve actually looked at both sides of the debate. They have not, and will not.
My response there won’t post, so I’m annoyed. Perhaps they have my email and/or IP address on their list as well. But their site won’t put it through, not in Chrome, Opera nor Microsoft Internet Explorer.… Read the rest
‘Welcome to – how do you say – “a hole in history itself.’
This book is about magic, and about Generation Hex, teenagers and young adults who practice it.’
– Jason Louv (from Generation Hex, Introduction)
From Binding the Occult:
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For those of you that weren’t around during it’s heyday it would be hard to understand. There was no proper term for it. I could say Hyper Culture, I could say Ultra Culture, there were a million different terms for what was going on. It was a movement. The internet was still fresh and new. It had been born from some chaotic cesspool and out from it came a storm of ideas and people who were steeped in all sorts of eclectic occult knowledge. One, especially a sixteen year old boy, could just bathe in. Here was a world where the only books I could easily find were by a witch named Silver Ravenwolf, and suddenly I am diving into ideas that until recently were completely obscure.
This may be refreshing to some, challenging of worldviews to others, and possibly rankle some curmudgeons. Please do continue reading to get to the meat and potatoes.
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I love debunkers — the REAL ones. I am a rational skeptic and I know a dedicated and skillful debunker can save us all time and help keep us from being duped yet again in dangerous and impactful ways. The problem is finding and identifying the real ones in a murky sea of fake naysayers and hating trolls with a hidden and biased agenda that does not prioritize truth.
We are living in an unprecedented era where one person or a small team can use independent and alternative media to communicate key perspectives to millions of people worldwide — in a short amount of time. Given what we are dealing with in the way of planetary demise, this is a really good thing!
We’ve recently seen a spike of interest in our T-Shirts. So the Disinfo team has collaborated, and we’ve come up with some new designs! Let us know which ones you’d like to see made.
Also, is there any interest in having hoodies and/or zip-up hoodies?
Fancy that – the Wall Street Journal has a whole article about our trademarked brand name:
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Connoisseurs of delicious irony must have been pleased when the latest edition of the CIA’s “Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications” circulated online last week.
The 185-page style guide, made public thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by a group of attorneys known as the National Security Counselors, stresses that “good intelligence depends in large measure on clear, concise writing.”
But within its pages is a reminder that intelligence officers are not always so forthright in their communication. In a section on “possibly troublesome words,” the meanings of “misinformation” and “disinformation” are carefully distinguished. ” ‘Disinformation’ refers to the deliberate planting of false reports,” the style guide advises. ” ‘Misinformation’ equates in meaning but does not carry the same devious connotation.
The “devious connotation” of “disinformation” originated in the Cold War wrangling of intelligence agencies on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Open Minds Special Report – The origins of the Majestic 12 documents has its roots in a complicated set of events that included disinformation, hoaxes, and lies. For this reason, most of this history has been lost or is glossed over. However, the true origins of the documents and how UFO researchers came to know the term Majestic 12, is important when assessing their legitimacy. We have taken months to investigate this story, which has included working with the public relations department of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. While our investigation is ongoing, in this video we share with you what we have found thus far.
Mark Pilkington’s 2010 book Mirage Men is one of the more credible takes I’ve read on the topic of unidentified flying objects. Pilkington alleges that many of the stories we’ve heard about alien visitors and flying saucers are part of a deliberate campaign of disinformation created by intelligence agencies to cover up secret military technology and clandestine operations. These “mirage men” have manipulated some UFO believers to the point of madness and beyond through the use of fabricated “evidence” and psychological warfare techniques, all in the name of national security.
Pilkington, along with directors John Lundberg, Roland Denning, and Kypros Kyprianou, just released a documentary based on the book. Also titled Mirage Men, the film expands on the premise of the book and feature interviews with some of the mirage men and their victims. It’s now available to rent online courtesy of Perception Management Productions, Random Media, and Yekra.… Read the rest
Douglas Rushkoff is a well-known social critic and media theorist. While he may be best known for nonfiction works like Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now and Open Source Democracy, his bibliography is a remarkably diverse one, with entries into prose fiction and even graphic novels.
Recently publisher DC Vertigo released a collected digital omnibus of his graphic novel Testament. (Find it here.)
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From the imagination of best-selling author Douglas Rushkoff, one of the most iconoclastic and acclaimed minds of our era, comes a graphic novel series that exposes the “real” Bible as it was actually written, and reveals how its mythic tales are repeated today.
Grad student Jake Stern leads an underground band of renegades that uses any means necessary to combat the frightening threats to freedom that permeate the world. They employ technology, alchemy, media hacking and mysticism to fight a modern threat that has its roots in ancient stories destined to recur in the modern age.