Cutting Through the Fog

It is with heavy heart and no small amount of hand-wringing that I am announcing my departure from Piece of Mindful. I will henceforth be blogging at CuttingThroughTheFog.com. My decision does not stem from any ill will towards Mark or anybody else here. Everyone has been nothing but gracious and supportive towards me, so I have nothing to complain about. I like this little community, and I intend to remain active here in comments (time permitting). At the end of the day, the problem is that I’m a control freak, and I simply don’t feel in control here. So I decided to start my own blog. In other words, PoM, “it’s not about you, it’s about me.”

I invite all of you to come check out my first post, “Shattered by Choice” and to subscribe to the blog. I expect I’ll be posting infrequently, but I hope that when I do write something you will find it worth reading.

[Edit: this is not an April Fool’s joke.]

 

Firehose of Propaganda

One thing that has become very clear to me in the last few months is that TPTB have dialed the smoke machines up to 11 trying to blanket us in a thick fog of misdirection and disinfo. It’s just an intensification of what they’ve been doing for a long time. I came across this article from cracked.com on “5 Ways to Stay Sane in an Era of Non-Stop Outrage.” It sounded like click-bait but actually offered some surprisingly sound advice. What caught my eye, though, was the advice to “Understand the ‘Firehose of Falsehoods.'” What’s that? Continue reading “Firehose of Propaganda”

One of the Most Fake Photos of All Time: The LBJ Swearing-In Ceremony

So last night somebody posted this famous pic to Reddit’s conspiracy subreddit with the catchy title “One of the most disgusting photos of all time:”

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Here was his comment to go along with the picture:

“This photograph was taken on Air Force One. Immediately after being sworn in as the 36th president in a coup, LBJ, standing next to Jackie Kennedy (with her husband’s blood still on her dress), turns to his long-time friend, Texas congressman Albert Thomas and smiles, as Thomas returns a wink. And a smirk.

The White House photographer who took this photo, Cecil Stoughton, has stated he feels as if this photograph is ‘sinister.'”

Well, if by “sinister” he meant “fake,” then I agree. This is one of the most fake photos, or as I like to say, fauxtos, of all time. And here’s why.

Continue reading “One of the Most Fake Photos of All Time: The LBJ Swearing-In Ceremony”

Fauxtography inside the Matrix

The Tel Aviv Museum of “Art” has an interesting exhibit called “Fake?” It’s an exploration of various forms of fakery in art, from some of the most notorious Vermeer forgeries by Han van Meegeren to phony archaeological artifacts. I recently went to see the exhibit, and it was, to my surprise, an interesting and thought-provoking meditation on the question and definition of fakery in art.

One of the things that caught my eye was a deconstruction of a famous photograph of Theodor Herzl meeting Kaiser Willheim II on October 28, 1898 outside an agricultural school in Mikveh Israel in what was then Palestine. (Herzl, you’ll remember, is regarded as the father of the modern Zionist movement and makes an appearnce, along with some fishy photos and other red flags, in my paper pulling back the curtain on the Dreyfus Affair hoax.)

The exhibit showed that this famous picture was actually a fake, created by splicing and dicing two different pictures. Here is the famous one:  Continue reading “Fauxtography inside the Matrix”

The Curious Case of the Jerusalem Truck Attack: Notes on “Operation Fantasy Land”

On January 8, 2017, a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber plowed his flat-bed truck into a group of IDF soldiers getting off a bus near a promenade overlooking the Old City. Or did he?

Surveillance footage surfaced showing the moment the truck slammed into the soldiers and was broadcast worldwide. When I saw that video, I was skeptical, to say the least. Don’t get me wrong: the Palestinians have more than enough reasons to want to drive over a gaggle of Israeli soldiers. But there is a wealth of evidence that most, if not all, terrorist attacks are hoaxed, especially those of recent years. And if the IDF footage of the Mavi Marmara raid is anything to go by, I had good reason to suspect hanky panky here as well.

So I put together a post with a slam-dunk case showing how and why the footage was fake, fake, fake. I was about to post it, but then…something really unexpected happened that forced me to question everything.  Continue reading “The Curious Case of the Jerusalem Truck Attack: Notes on “Operation Fantasy Land””

Did Those Uruguayan Rugby Players Really Start Eating Each Other?

It is known as “The Miracle of the Andes.” A plane of people, including Uruguayan Rugby players crashed in a remote area of the Andes mountain range. In waiting for help, they were forced to turn to eating the flesh of the passengers who died during the crash. Their story was made into a Hollywood movie in 1993, “Alive,” starring Ethan Hawke. True story or another public hoax?  Continue reading “Did Those Uruguayan Rugby Players Really Start Eating Each Other?”