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Hillary Clinton pulled a remarkable play over the weekend by saying she would consider Republican Mark Ciuban as a running mate.
Over the weekend, Cuban was asked whether he would vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and, while expressing my disgust over the lack of any true candidate for the presidency, he went on to diplomatically say that Trump was a decidedly unknown quantity while Clinton, although his was displeased with many of her positions, had revealed herself through clearly though out her campaign, so he would chose Clinton over Trump on the basis of being the know entity.
This was a brilliant maneuver that centered Cuban for presidential consideration in 2020 or, most certainly 2024. Without compromising his principles.
To my surprise, Clinton's camp picked up Cuban's dilemma at once with the idea of let"s talk.
This could be one of the high points of the campaign because if Bernie Sanders bore any really extreme onus against Clinton, it could force him to stay in the race as the only reigning liberal with clout.
Trump would be considerably marginize even if he remained the Republican candidate and I would award a solid victory to the Clinton-Cuban faction, since more disgusted conservatives would prove of an advantage than the loss of the Sanders liberals.
This makes the next week very important in the progression towards the presidency. 
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In an earlier posting, I associated DonaldTrump with Edward Bernays who remained one of the secret guiding of commerce through his yearly speeches the were intended to be a sort of psychological year of review for his peers except his presumed equals weren't paid to represent 647 of the nation's finest business enterprises.
When I first started to consider Bernays, the double nephew of Sigmund Freud , he could be barely found other than in the four hour coverage of the Freuds and after, but now the information about him has become widely available in the pale feature "The Century of the Self" on You Tube.
Here I shall only add one or two important features that never made his own biography or Larry Tye's quite outrageous, yet clearly approved book, "The King of Spin".
During the First World War, Woodrow Wilson and hoist assistant Edward decided to provide special training sessions for chosen members of the Democratic Party to form an elite cadre to support the party principles well into the 20th Century.
Now, although Bernays has to be seen as the walking personification of American capitalism, he would also provide his services and considerable wealth to help create the NAACP, the ACLU and vertically carried the expense of Philip Randolph's Sleeping Car Porters Union" through a major mid-century strike along with doubling and tripling the funds received by the March of Dime polio campaign along a with the prevention and treatment of dozen other critical diseases.
This makes it difficult to place him or, which I think is the point, circuses him by which is more to the point, criticize him throughout the long ye which he dominated much of the government.
This explains why he received his his training along with his assigned teammate, a young man from the Department of the Navy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
It is never explain at the end of the warthat Bernays receive the contract for the entire great nation stand down in 1918 that allowed him to build his powerful organization nor was it explained that when Roosevelt, a the president of the United State, was beginning to plan a vast railroad and a public transportation network that Bernays was on hand to provide him with the prepared plans for a highway system that more favor by Bernays' clients in the automotive that was shovel ready in a way the redirected the president 's plans. (This also gave Hitler an idea for the German Autobahn without which the Nazis could not have begun a two from war, which was sparked by a more careful reading of Bernays' theories than were attended to in this county.)
Bernay's ended his life principally supervising a ring of 8 colleges near the Massachusetts-New York brother where he lived along the lines of public manipulation that he brought to bear on thee Middle East situation as he use the last of his major organization to set up the current war in the Middle East that have caused of present troubles.
Although the contacts were brief and he was just another member of the crowd, I can not consider Donald Trump excusing himself from the yearly opportunity to take in the yearly lecture.

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Whenever I begin on very sensitive area in relies, strange things happen to my input-line, so I am forced to fall back to the regular general address.
This time it was the refugee crisis.
I had begun to restate my position that we should accept the world's refugees into the area of the United States enclosed on three sides by our Great Lakes, so the geography is clearly defined.
Here, they would build 5 to 7 major cities using the funds that most other nations would be using for their refugee problem.
The first up for us would be that predominantly American labor and materials would be used for the projects.
As the communities began to set their divisions and prospects in order, Muslims already integrated.into America would drawn into the area because the second phase in the plan would be to reestablish exact models the same cities within the vast emerging areas of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland, which should be fully habitable by 2050 with the only provision being that thy should be integrated within the northern nation and separated widely enough so they could not be consolidated into larger Islamic states.
Most economists believe that the center of commerce will develop in the Arctic Circle and sustain the world during the next few millennia of climatic warming, so the refugee camps will be organizing with a goals in mind rather than nearly contained.
Most scientists and sociologists prefer either global warming scenario of a disci-mated middle planet or a world experiencing a sever drought forming parallel to the Rocky Mountains down through South America, or a combination of both conditions. This would force our own American refugees into the sites vacated by the repositioned Middle Easterners thereby fully restoring America to Americans, which which would the main objection to be anticipated by American conservatives.tto an otherwise fruitful plan.
Given the geographic of the development,both the tight clusters of American cities and the widespread Islam cities in the Arctic Circle would be predominantly constructed by American and Canadian interests, thus extending the bounty to whom would otherwise be suffering economical deprivations.
The major flaw in this plan lies with the possibility that the American refugees, once moving northward might want to bypass the the area reserved for them to move directly into the burgeoning North West territories in light of the new prosperity.
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The New Mind Manipulators
04/25/2016 01:06 pm ET

Jeremy Lent
Founder, Liology Institute; Author, ‘Requiem of the Human Soul’
Your mind is being controlled by distant strangers who don’t have your best interests at heart. If that sounds like a paranoid fantasy, brace yourself and read on. These are the findings of a series of scientific studies that show how a few dominant institutions have the power to affect how you feel, how you act, and even how you vote - without you ever knowing about it.

Deliberate mind manipulation of the masses is, by itself, nothing new. Nearly a hundred years ago, our global mania for consumption was unleashed by the malevolent brilliance of Edward Bernays, known as the “father of public relations.” Bernays was Sigmund Freud’s nephew and used his uncle’s insights into the subconscious to develop his new methods of mind control, designed to create the modern American consumer.

Bernays-1 Edward Bernays: the father of modern consumer culture - © Waking Times

“We must shift America from a needs to a desires culture,” declared Bernays’ business partner, Paul Mazur. “People must be trained to desire, to want new things, even before the old have been entirely consumed. We must shape a new mentality. Man’s desires must overshadow his needs.” In 1928, Bernays proudly described how his techniques for mental manipulation had permitted a small elite to control the minds of the American population:

[T]he conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government that is the true ruling power of this country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of... In almost every act of our daily lives... we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons ... who pull the wires which control the public mind.[1]
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Bernays set in motion what we have all come to know as an essential part of our capitalist ecosystem: the use of mass media to promote roles, desires and status symbols that rake in profits for corporations. The chilling words of Wayne Chilicki, chief executive of General Mills, show how faithfully Bernays’ vision has been followed: “When it comes to targeting kid consumers, we at General Mills follow the Procter & Gamble model of ‘cradle to grave.’ We believe in getting them early and having them for life.” [2]

What’s changed is that a new generation of mind controllers are using the burgeoning technologies of data mining and social media to inject their power even deeper into our minds than their forebears could have dreamed possible. A modern-day Bernays named B.J. Fogg has founded a field called “captology,” derived from the acronym CAPT or “Computers As Persuasive Technology.” At the ominously named Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab, he teaches freshly minted graduate students how to use technology to “change people’s attitudes or behaviors.”

His teachings have spawned the interfaces of our new daily routines: the chimes from our smartphones diverting our attention, the thumbs-up icon on our news feeds, and the Like statistics telling us how popular we are today. These are known as “hot triggers” which kick off behavioral loops in our subconscious. Successful apps, they teach, are those that trigger a momentary need, and then provide us with an instant solution. The solution sparks a micro dose of endorphins in our brains. That feels good. So, like rats on a wheel, we find ourselves getting addicted, going back for more.[3]

Rat on a wheel
Like a rat on a wheel, we are trained to need more... and more. - © Getty Images

Facebook has built its global empire of 1.6 billion active users on this addictive routine. According to one of Fogg’s students, Nir Eyal, Facebook’s key trigger is FOMO: fear of missing out. Humans evolved in hunter-gatherer bands, where survival meant being part of the community. The social anxiety of missing what our friends are doing arises from deep within our hormonal system. Meanwhile, as psychologist Sherry Turkle has pointed out in her book Alone Together, we sacrifice our daily physical intimacy with those around us by focusing our attention on the screen in our hands. [4] This has been brilliantly captured by artist Eric Pickerskill in his photography series, “Removed,” which documents the feeling of everyday social situations - after removing people’s smartphones from the picture.

REMOVED_-_Eric_Pickersgill Social media makes us alone together - “Removed” © Eric Pickerskill

Facebook has been researching the extent of its power over our behavior, manipulating its own users as guinea pigs. On election day in 2010, it sent “Go out and vote” reminders to more than 60 million users, causing an estimated 340,000 to vote who otherwise wouldn’t have. If it chose to send these reminders to supporters of a particular party or candidate, it could easily flip an election without anyone knowing about it. Under current law, it wouldn’t have to tell anyone what it was doing. In another experiment, which caused a public outcry, Facebook successfully manipulated the emotional state of 689,000 users by sending them either an excess of positive or negative terms in their news feeds.

The mind control doesn’t stop at social media. Do you believe in your autonomy when you’re carefully conducting research on a topic and use Google to search for something? Think again. Psychologist Robert Epstein has unearthed the massive subliminal power of what he’s called the Search Engine Manipulation Effect, or SEME.

This effect is based on the fact that when we search, we click half the time on one of the first two results, and more than 90% of our clicks are on the top ten links listed on the first page. There might be thousands of other web pages containing our key words, but Google decides which ones we’re going to read.

Mind control Is your mind being controlled? - © RD Revilo

Epstein and his associate Ronald Robertson wanted to test whether SEME could impact how people decided to vote in an election. They asked a sample of Americans to research candidates for an Australian election (to minimize preconceived notions about the candidates) using their own mock search engine, “Kadoodle.” They randomly divided the sample “voters” into three groups, and served up the same results to each group. The only difference was the ordering of the results: one group’s results favored one candidate; another group’s results favored the opposing candidate, and the third group saw results that favored neither candidate.

The results were staggering. The proportion of people favoring Kadoodle’s “favored” candidate increased by 48%. Disturbingly, three quarters of the people in the manipulated groups were completely unaware of any bias in their search results. In the “neutral” control group, there was no significant shift of opinion.

Since then, they’ve replicated these findings in larger tests conducted across the U.S. They’ve discovered that using simple techniques, they can mask the manipulation so that virtually no-one is aware they’re seeing biased rankings. In 2014, they took their testing to India during the election for prime minister, where people were already very familiar with the candidates. Even so, they were able to shift the proportion of people favoring a chosen candidate by 20%, with 99.5% of people showing no awareness they were being manipulated. [5]

In many countries of the world, including the U.S., Google has a near monopoly over internet searches. The search-ranking business is entirely unregulated, and courts have ruled that Google’s right to rank search results however it pleases is protected as a form of free speech. If Google chose to swing the U.S. election, they could probably do so without anyone knowing about it. [6]

Would they do something like that? It turns out that Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, has funded a semi-secret company, The Groundwork, to provide Hillary Clinton the engineering talent she needs to win the election, prompting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to call Google “Hillary’s secret weapon.” Meanwhile, Hillary has hired a longtime Google executive as her chief technology officer. If Google were prioritizing pro-Hillary search results over those favoring Bernie Sanders, we’d never know.

Eric Schmidt & Hillary Clinton Eric Schmidt and Hillary Clinton: Is Google secretly manipulating public opinion in her favor? - © LibertyBlitzkrieg.com

The British economist Kenneth Boulding once warned: “A world of unseen dictatorship is conceivable, still using the forms of democratic government.” So you decide, is your mind being manipulated?

Until these unseen influencers are better regulated, there are still some things we can do to protect ourselves from their mind control. One idea, suggested by technology thought leader Jaron Lanier, is to investigate your relationship with social media and take back your power to choose by conducting your own experiments. Consciously go through periods of complete disengagement from social media - a day, a week, or a month - and notice how it feels. How strong and how frequent were those urges to reconnect? Did you miss anything? Did anything positive arise in their place?

Another idea is to become aware of the sources of our news. Notice the extent to which you live in an information silo. Make a regular habit of checking the websites of news sources outside your ideological comfort zone. When conducting a search on Google, see what’s listed two or three pages down, and occasionally try an alternative search engine for a reality check. DuckDuckGo is one that doesn’t track your activity, meaning you will get a more neutral result.

Finally, we can use the realization that our minds are being manipulated to delve deeper into the patterns of thought instilled in us from early infancy by our culture. What ideas do we take for granted that are really constructions of the global corporate profit machine? What implicit beliefs do we hold about the world that are merely the result of deep cultural indoctrination? My book, The Patterning Instinct: A History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, attempts to unearth some of these. Asking these questions, while consciously searching for patterns of meaning that could lead to a more equitable and sustainable world, offers a pathway of liberation from the mind control those distant strangers are attempting to impose on us.

[1] Cited in Gore, A. (2013). The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. New York: Random House, Ch. 4.

[2] Cited in De Vogli, R. (2013). Progress Or Collapse: The Crises of Market Greed. Routledge: New York, p. 47

[3] Weisberg, J. (2016). “We Are Hopelessly Hooked.” The New York Review of Books, February 25, 2016.

[4] Ibid; Turkle, S. (2012). Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other New York: Basic Books.

[5] Epstein, R. (2016). “The New Mind Control”. Aeon (published online).

[6] Spannos, C. (2016). “If Google and Facebook can flip elections does code now rule the real world?” New Internationalist Blog, March 11 2016.



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