Distortion & deception are the objective, distraction is the catalyst

Although The Slog’s masthead says ‘A dairy of deception and distortion’, I have this weekend been debating with myself (there being nobody else around at the minute) whether to drop ‘diary’ and simply call the blog ‘deception, distortion, and distraction’. In recent weeks, it seems to me that the last of those three has come into its own – pretty much across the piece.

As I’ve been arguing for some weeks now, most of the systemic sex-perversion crumbs we’re being handed by the Establishment are designed to do four things: (1) help us forget about the child victims (2) pretend that showbizz is a sink of unique iniquity that isn’t typical of the rest of society (3) show off the Met Police’s ‘good’ side with maximum publicity, and (3) distract attention from the obvious involvement of local Labour politicos and Tory former public schoolboys in this lascivious enjoyment of infant flesh by the sexually deranged.

Last night online, and today in most of the Sundays, it was hard to miss the new line coming out from Plod: ‘we’ve got 25 celebrities on our list, and we’re only up to Number 8, so stay tuned folks’. The tabloids will be loving it, and Twitter will be awash with marginally more careful speculation – now that Lord McScalpine has created the precedent of suing ex cathedra to the judicial system. But it’s got damn-all to do with the real nature of this social disease: it is merely another caligulan circus laid on for the benefit of the couch-ridden rubber neckers.

Look at what lies behind the Syrian conflict, and very much the same rule of thumb applies. Syria being the arch-villain for the West, there’s no end to attention-seeking poppycock about Syrian fighters bombing Turkish territory, NATO ‘thus’ giving the Turks missile launchers (plus lots of troops) on the border ‘to protect Turkey from invasion by Syria’. It’s all Bashar Assad can do to mount a donkey at the moment, let alone an invasion. But wait – hark – he has weapons of mass destruction. He must have, because Willy Vague and Hilarity Clickon say so. Maybe he does, but we recognise this plot, do we not? Assad’s ability to do anything with his weapons is, I would surmise, minimal.

The Muslim brotherhood, meanwhile, are the new Knights Templar: they rescue unsullied virgins from the wicked ravishes of barbarian Alawhites, who are of course world-renowned for their scheming desire to take over the Islamic future….rather like Israel’s Elders of Zion want to rule the planet. I read a Guardian piece about the Bruvvas last week that was so gushing, I hadn’t read anything like it since the last Guardian piece I read about Arab peace convoys on their way to Gaza. The MB, we were told, were the moderate Islamists. This is like Kerensky referring to ‘the neocon wing of the Bolsheviks’.

It’s all tosh, alleviated only occasionally by unintentional Snafu. Last Friday, reports came out of Syria confirming that the rebels had captured the main stash of WMDs, so Hague was required along with NATO to put out another release saying no, Assad still had his weapons and was transporting them to his last redoubt in the mountains. Really won’t do, don’t you know, to be careless with our rationale for marching in there. We simply must get our ducks in a row, chaps.

But a rationale is all this tragicomic soap opera is. The NATO game plan is very easy to discern: we do something big that will catch the enemy on the back foot, grab the East/South East Med area to secure a never-ending access to energy and raw-earth minerals, neutralise Iran sufficient to achieve regime-change, shut Netanyahu up, and accept the fact that if you can’t beat misogynist religious terrorism, then you might as well join it. Terrorism comes in all the sizes and all the colours, and the Washington-Wall Street axis is now as overtly terrorist as you can get. Luckily, the American electorate is unlikely to go along with this forever. And even if they did, approaching sovereign insolvency has a mind-concentrating effect on military spending.

Mind you, when it comes to distraction, you have to hand it to the Black Dude – he is the guvnor, sans pareil. Big smiles and getting tough with Republicans….while heading full-throttle down the vortex of fiscal doom. America is back in recovery, he reassures us, helping Americans to forget that it was in intensive care while he was busy lying about the employment statistics. But as he lights up Christmas trees and plays out the sleeky-clean image, it is vitally important for the citizenry to gawp gullibly at the hype coming out of Wall Street and the White House: unemployment is down slightly, and 146,000 new jobs were created in November.

At that rate, the USA will have full employment again in 2036.

Meanwhile, the deficit – $120bn and growing – continues to push the country’s debt load higher. The same is true here in the UK, where George Osborne had his twice-yearly opportunity to bamboozle everyone last week, and made the most of it. There were hundreds of millions here and billions there being spent, but those pesky trillions we owe remained as silent as the grave into which our economy – drunk on banker hubris and depressed by joblessness – will surely collapse before too long.

More maths: while George was busy trying to get his savings up from £14bn to £22bn, the treasury over which he has nominal control spent 20 times that amount on QE….an acronym for economic stimulation that surely now should stand for Quantum Escapism. The economy is being neither eased not stimulated, and the banks continue to fritter this taxpayer bonus away. But austerity is “on target” says Michael Fallon, the government’s resident Libor expert.

Of course, the greatest distraction mechanism on the planet is the eurozone; but posting about that at The Slog is close to absolute nauseam levels. Only one area of endeavour could rival the EU in terms of spend and denial, and that’s Britain’s NHS. As most of you know, it is headed up by the slimy Jeremy Hunt…a man schooled more than most in the dark arts of obfuscatory protestations of innocence and misleading distraction. But Jeremy is worthy of a slot all to himself re this one – and in the coming days, trust me, he is going to get it bigtime.

You have been reading edition No 355 on the subject of why, if the MSM are complicit in the game of spinning agendas rather than publishing news, the blogospere’s destiny is to be the opposition to all things Bollocks.

Perhaps my bottom line would be this: with enough distraction, you can distort reality sufficiently well to deceive. The only way to stop that process is for the citizens to come to attention.

50 thoughts on “Distortion & deception are the objective, distraction is the catalyst

  1. Still waiting for a response from you on the Peter Tatchell banner photo which I see you have left up. Have you any real evidence other than what appears to be a doctored photograph? Can you produce other photos, videos or any other evidence of Tatchell carrying this banner? If not you should certainly change the name of this blog to ‘deception, distortion, and distraction’ or maybe just Bollocks.


  2. Don’t know where this banner photo is, I haven’t seen it, but, if manipulated, the EXIF metadata hidden in the photo might not have been, because you need a special tool like Exiv2 to strip it out. This would provide you with a wonderful thumbnail of the original unmanipulated photo… Anyone up for it?


  3. Nix da! Found the photo, metadata already stripped out. My untrained eye tells me the layering looks very dodgy, with all that transparency behind the banner. In fact, it looks as badly faked as obama’s birth certificate. Any Photoshop experts out there who want to play around with the layers?


  4. Oh my days. You mean like Greece? This is the beauty of the Libertarian / ”free market” argument isn’t it? Like the Trotskyists if it fails, it’s because it wasn’t radical enough! And what pray tell are all these sacked public workers going to do? And what will their cessation of income do for the social security bill and for aggregate demand in their local economies and for their mortgages held by bankrupt banks?

    ”Liam” is one of the Telegraph’s regular defenders of our insolvent banks – you know those banks which came cap in hand for £70bn in bailouts this week to cover all the compensation for fraud and toxic assets they’ve had to write down AGAIN. We are paying for our compensation for being victims of fraud!

    Look, there isn’t enough work to have everyone fully employed full time. And as long as we are signed up to the free movement of people and as long as companies continue to offshore and as long as technological continues to make people redundant it is going to get worse and worse.


  5. Btw, I have to agree – I saw that Guardian article about the MB… unreal level of b######t. Wonder if it has anything to do with Cairo being the second largest US intelligence outpost? These people get everywhere.


  6. Has the censor’s axe fallen already? Anyway the jist of it is that Ben Fellows is back with a guest post at Max Farquar, claims he has been tipped off that he is about to be made the fall guy for internet censorship post-Leveson.


  7. One in a series of fascinating interviews with the far-sighted Jimmy Goldsmith. One shouldn’t forget that it was probably he and his Referendum Party that gave euroscepticism a voice and led to a wider public enlightenment as to the EU’s agenda.


  8. Mr Slog, impressed with your reference to Alexander Kerensky. I read his autobiography many, many years ago. I don’t think that our politicians are even in the league of him. He may have been impotent in his efforts to restrain the Bolsheviks, but he wasn’t as traitorous as any of our extant politicians. I can’t see any redemption for our nation without a purge of the current politicians and civil servants. I always thought that Mr Djugashvili’s penchant for purging sections of his population from time to time was quite a mind clearing activity. And of course, the French revolution’s terror. It might just help our public servants to recognise that the line between civilisation and barbarism is quite thin. And there aren’t too many in the public eye that I would weep for.


  9. Thumb-up for the proposed ‘distraction’ mod.
    Shades of TS Elliott’s ‘Burnt Norton’
    “Distracted from distraction by distraction”
    An exquisite cameo of 20-21st century western civilisation


  10. Spot on about Syria.

    If our “intelligence services” said it was raining, I would immediately look out of the window to see for myself. Lying incompetent bas***ds of the first order!

    After the end of the Second World War, their sole purpose was to find out what the Russians were doing or likely to do. And yet they were as clueless as everyone else that the Russians were just going to fold up their tents and go home, because they couldn’t be bothered anymore. An epic waste of time and money!


  11. “Osborne needs to outflank Labour by taking the argument to the public that we’re not growing because debt levels are so high, because our marginal tax rates are high ”
    Absurd nonsense. We’re not growing because there isn’t enough demand in the economy.


  12. If you’re waiting then you must be blind. I replied to your six hours ago…in a rather more polite tone than the above.


  13. Some support from a surprising quarter?
    It’s Sheriff of Nottingham times: ‘What do the working classes eat? Pasties. Let’s tax those. Where do they go on their holidays? In a static caravan.We’ll tax them.’I didn’t notice a tax on polo mallets.I loathe Cameron; I loathe Osborne.
    We didn’t vote them in and yet here they are deciding for us, I’d like to see their heads on spikes on Tower Bridge. Seriously.
    Why aren’t the bankers in the dock? The working classes are suffering in this country. They are a joke in this country. They are a joke in the media. They’re always portrayed as chavs and rioters.
    Paul O’Grady.
    Popular media figures are normally discouraged from expressing any political preference for fear of their careers. Good for Mr O’Grady.


  14. Mmmm, Monti resigning and Berlusconi making a comeback. Why do this reek of bollocks? More distraction but, from what? We have that yet to discover. Mind you, you can bet it’s serious…


  15. You poor kids…..

    The problem is quite simple really.

    1. There are not enough raw materials on the planet to supply the rising Chinese and Indian middle classes with the westernised standard of living they aspire to – and you already enjoy.

    2. The adoption of modern technology, especially information technology in all its forms, has destroyed the market for middle management and a host of blue collar jobs and the process is accelerating in every industry. This means we need less people to produce exactly the same outputs.

    What that means is that the price of labor must fall. Furthermore, threats of strike action etc. are now a waste of time.

    What that means is that the political power of the formerly rich middle class which has been large for the last hundred years, is declining rapidly and will never recover.

    To put that another way: You don’t matter anymore. We don’t need your labor, we don’t need your brain with its communication and organising skills. We don’t need your kids and wife either. You are superfluous to requirements for the forseeable future.

    Putting (1) and (2) together, the political problem for the West becomes obvious – how to manage the decline of the Western middle classes back to their relative state of political powerlessness and penury circa 1850 or even earlier with the minimum of nastiness and upheaval.

    If you can find a copy of an economic history of the West “Farewell to Alms” you will understand that we are heading back to the malthusian economic equilibrium – the majority living just at subsistence level.

    Of course all you perceive is less jobs, lower wages, less government handouts more taxes and rising prices – but (1) and (2) are what is driving it.


  16. Nearest and dearest is fighting metastatic cancer so money and futures aren’t all that important at the moment really.

    What we are seeing in Australia at the moment are foreign countries trying to buy up both farmland and mining companies to secure raw materials and food for their populations. We don’t have much problems with foreign individuals doing it a bit, but when sovereign nations start it becomes a bit of a worry.


  17. One is given to wonder what your knowledge of the intelligence services is to draw the conclusion that they are ‘lying incompetent bast**ds of the first order !’ ?? If you are meaning the Iraq Dossier then I would suggest you actually study the facts of the case. What actually happened was that Blair and his dog Campbell corrupted the functioning of the state – in this case the JIC (Joint Intelligence Committee) which sifted and reviewed intelligence reports. Nor do I think MI5’s work against Jihadists could be called ‘an epic waste of time and money’; quite the contrary in fact.


  18. One point of reference is as stated above, the (non) performance with regard to the Soviet Union. Another is indeed the performance with regard to Iraq which was backed up by John, sorry, “Sir” John Scarlett.
    I do not believe conspiring to start a war of aggression falls within the remit of our “intelligence services”. In fact, so far as I recall, doing so was held to be a war crime way back in 1946-but our rulers pay scant attention to laws, which are only to be enforced against others.
    My knowledge of MI5 is indeed limited but it would seem in the past to have specialised in trying to destabilise duly elected UK governments. It is unlikely to have advanced much since then, other than to regard its major enemy as the normal people of the UK.


  19. Distraction is usually the best trick. I’m sure any ‘magician’ would agree to this being the best technique to manipulate someone’s mind.

    As for the “citizens coming to attention”, does anyone reading this believe this could possibly happen pre-economic collapse? KFC is still open ya know? :-)


  20. @ walrus
    As I said earlier, the above could never derail the German economy which is competing head on with China and India for global success status with backing from the ECB.


  21. Not just content with just the various scams of bribes and whatnot going on in the govt discredited work program and now the ‘pretend’ jobs of which i have posted about in places. Now we have govt practically forcing jobseekers to get involved in the sex industry.
    After the DWP again refusing an FOI request on the official position on UJM is it mandatory to sign up yes or no.
    And stories about claimants being bulled into signing up and if not having their benefits stopped then channel 4 news revealing the extent of corruption and bug ridden faults on the UJM website we now get this, sex work jobs being advertised on govt ‘job search’ site.



  22. Yeah the wilson plot , peter wright.. Colin wallace smear the kincorra boys home cover up , the cabal of nutters threatening military coup of the UK headed by royal persons who alledgely might have had a penchance for young ppl in NI care homes.
    Whilst trying to stop the kgb ‘influence’
    At number 10 . Why did mrs T go to so much trouble of stopping the wright book?


  23. I have some experience of photoshop.
    Prior to the image put to final usage, the layers are flattened. Ie all combined into a single layer.
    As for exif info in the jpegs , i am not sure if that is retained in the final document.


  24. Well re tatchell photo: something not adding up, because mr tatchell involved in pope visut protest a while back, this from the bbc website.

    The protests focused on how the Roman Catholic Church had handled the child abuse scandals, the Church’s attitudes to the rights of women and gay people, and the Pope’s stance against condoms.

    Mr Tatchell issued a challenge to the Vatican to be more open about the child abuse scandals.

    Peter Tatchell talks about the Pope’s “harsh, intolerant” views
    He said: “We are appealing to the Pope to open up the Vatican sex abuse files and hand them over to the relevant police forces worldwide.

    “The fact that the Pope is refusing to do so calls into question the sincerity of his apology.

    “In fact, he hasn’t apologised for his own personal failings. He always apologises for others and we think it is time the Pope himself apologised for his failure to tackle sex abuse in the church.”


  25. This is purported to be the original placard used as the basis for the Tatchell smear. You can’t always believe what is in front of you and as they say in the world of stockmarkets – DYOR.



  26. A good example of your eyes deceiving you is this ‘F’ test : –

    Read the following text and count every “F”


    How many ‘F’s?

    Count it twice to make sure.


  27. ‘A diary of deception and distortion’, does indeed describe what your Webb site does, but whilst you are thinking about the change to, Deception and Distortion. Get the name registered before someone beats you to it, then charges you, “loads a money”, for it?

    Seriously though, Deception and Distortion is something our Political Masters are Very Very Good at, no doubt aided by the Media and Advertising people. Something you are no doubt aware of, but of course, never took part in? Maybe it is now Gamekeeper turned Poacher? But I possibly can’t comment, I enjoy your blog too much and don’t want to get banned.

    As for the WMD comments by Haigh and Co, [much preferred Legs % Co] that Syria might use these weapons. I have two main fears;
    1] What happens if these weapons get in to the hands of Al Khaida, The same Al Khaida that allegedly were responsible for 9/11 and who we are both fighting in Afghanistan, yet supporting in Libya, Egypt and Syria. [maybe it is a different faction of Al Khaida, a bit like, The IRA and the Provisional IRA] Then once in control of these WMD’s decide to use them in Europe. What will be the action of the West/NATO?

    2] What happens if the Countries that lie on the southern shores of the Mediterranean become failed states, aka Somalia. But with WMD’s and the means to launch them into Southern Europe?
    Or is this Plan B, to get the West/US out of recession, a new arms war and the sale of Patriot Missile Defence Shield to the EU, therefore at a stroke transferring the US debt to the EU?

    I seem to remember Haigh, the US General, not our Master Haigh, saying, “ the First and Second World Wars where fought in Europe, and if you Dummies let us, we will fight the Third World War in Europe”. Or this time it could be Europe and the Middle East, but at least it is a] Well away from “Mainland USA and b] Good for business.


  28. I do not think I am blind and I have looked at the Peter Tatchell post with the doctored photograph which you seem to think is evidence and there is no reply from you there. I have also looked at the other posts that you have put up and there are also no replies on those either, so would be so kind as to point out to me where you replied?


  29. I can see why you thought 2 Larry, but it’s not a trick question, all you have to do is count how may times ‘F’ appears in the 5 lines of text and post the answer on here.

    If that’s ok with you John, hmmmm perhaps I should have asked first…….


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