A good episode that describes how they counted casualties in the Iraq war.
Recently, the British medical journal The Lancet published an study which updated their estimate of the number of Iraqis who’ve died since the U.S. invasion. With that in mind, we revisit a show we did in 2005 about the earlier study published in Lancet estimating the number of Iraqi deaths. That study was mostly ignored in the U.S. Alex Blumberg revisits the original study and looks at the new one.
As a fakeologist, you will probably agree with option #2 – that they made the numbers up – and made them so big – a big lie – that everybody would believe them.
Right. If you’re going to make up stuff, why go door to door in dangerous areas? Why not just sit in your office and make up stuff? And if you’re going to go door to door, why not just get the data?
Right. And if you’re going to make up stuff, why make up a number that even the people who are on your alleged side are going to argue with you about? That doesn’t make any sense at all. If he was going to fake the data, he would have said, there was 300,000 dead. And then everybody would have been joining in and saying, this is a horrible thing.
And instead, he comes up with this much larger number. It just doesn’t make any sense.
So if you’re going to lie, do a better job.
If you’re going to lie, make it a more plausible lie.
I’ve posted many of the MM essays I thought were bang on. I’m not interested in many of them, so haven’t posted or promoted them.
Is he a team of writers, like Mozart and Shakespeare?
What’s this fight all about? Is it a real fight, or itself scripted to misdirect from the voluminous research?
So … here’s a claim that keeps coming up again and again. In Taos, New Mexico there is a man with a mind greater than all the greatest thinkers in history. This man single-handedly is solving puzzles in physics and astronomy and mathematics and world history that no one else has ever solved before, and at a pace that seems superhuman. This man has accomplished these tremendous intellectual feats:
An amazing podcast on the secrets of magic tricks and how even our own minds, even if we know how a trick is done, can still be fooled. This podcast is instructional on how psyops and hoaxes can be constructed
Go to around the 50-minute mark for an explanation on how the audience or parts thereof are necessary to shill for the trick to really work.
Just a few years before he got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, our host Ira Glass had another career. He performed magic at children’s birthday parties. A powerful sense of embarrassment has prevented him from ever doing an episode on the subject, but when he learned that producer David Kestenbaum was also a kid conjurer, they decided to dive in together.
A common theme in all hoax/psyops is you never get enough information to form a resolution: both the official and alternative stories are always incomplete. This forces your brain to fill in the blanks, which helps you convince yourself that you’re right.
In essence, gaslighting, where they place conspiracy in the culture and then deny its there when you point it out, calling you crazy.
I came up with the idea to intersperse
real film footage with re-enacted
footage and to make the reenacted
footage so realistic that there was no
way for the viewer to separate reality
from what they were producing as
nonfiction from fiction
faces of death pose the question of
ethics and capitalism when I was doing
faces therefore I wanted to make it as
grim and disgusting as horrifying as
possible now I mean is there an element
of like morality involved and so forth
none zero it would have been great if I
was the kind of guy he said I can’t go
forth with this project because it’s
it’s just defiling me as a human being I
wasn’t that guy I was the perfect guy
for the job
In the comments for Maarten’s recent post regarding the flying Yugo, the conversation turned towards the inevitable question of who would participate in such a ruse? My immediate guess is military personnel. No big headline, that, but it should be stated once again to ward off the suspicion that actual criminals may be involved. The people used in hoaxes have to be reliable, and the notion of a criminal being reliable long term doesn’t really add up, in my opinion.
We’ve all heard it: “That can’t possibly be true—too many people would have to be involved. Somebody would have spilled the beans by now.” In fact, that is usually the first reaction I hear from people I’ve tried to enlighten about topics such as 9/11. It’s almost like a knee-jerk reflex, and it’s apparently enough to stop them from even considering any conspiracy theory further.
Getting kicked off youtube is one thing, but getting off a major dns provider is quite another.
This, of course, is how sites like even fakeologist may disappear from general perusal. Just de-list them. I’m hopeful that there will always be a dns provider available that won’t censor.
Completely decentralized DNS servers is the way to go. Therefore I recommend NOT giving your info to a biggie like GoDaddy.
I will reconsider my listings on another big server in the future.
This is how the nutwork does their Hegelian dialectic: use a controlled group to comment on a #HRDPAR about a vicsim, insult them with “hate” speech, and shut them down effectively by delisting them.
When you own all the players, it’s easy to control the outcome.
A leading neo-Nazi website is losing its internet domain host after its publisher posted an article mocking the woman who was killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. GoDaddy tweeted late Sunday night that it had given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider because the site has violated the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company’s terms of service.
In episode 141 David talks with Brian Friedman, a New Orleans journalist, in his quest to find out whether Meredith McIvor, the woman who took the blame for the plagiarism of Michelle Obama in Melania Trump’s RNC speech, is real. She has rarely been heard from. The last time was 10 years ago when Donald Trump blamed errors in two of his books on the woman he called his ghost writer. Friedman is not just concerned about whether the Trumps have an imaginary friend to blame things on, but also how