The Disaffected Lib: So Much for Democracy

We now know that Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by well more than 2.5-million ballots. Perhaps as many ballots again were not counted due to Republican efforts to disqualify eligible voters. – Strike One. We now know that investigations by the Central Intelligence Agency determined that Russia meddled in the election by ...

The Disaffected Lib: Ask Yourself, Have You Been "Tuned Up" Yet?

This breathes new meaning into the phrase “bored to death.” Behavioural pschology suggests we may have been conditioned to submit to neoliberalism.  We have been made susceptible to manipulation and control. Alfie Kohn, in Punished by Rewards (1993), documents with copious research how behavior modification works best on dependent, powerless, infantilized, bored, and institutionalized people. And so ...

The Disaffected Lib: Displaced Fear

 Conservatives are fear-driven.   Their minds work differently than ours, or at least they work differently than progressives’ minds.  Brain scan research has found that rightwingers process information via the right amygdala, the centre of the brain’s threat response system.  Lefties perform the same process using the insula, a small part of the brain that functions ...

Canadian Progressive: Faking Syrian War Images To Manipulate The Western Public

The demonization of genocidal dictators like Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad is standard practice in the western media’s coverage of developing-world crises. In the photo-shopped imaged below, The Krone (Die Kronen Zeitung), Austria’s biggest newspaper, shows how to manipulate the Syrian uprising for a gullible western public. In its July 28 edition, the paper pasted the picture of ...

Art Threat: New video of Michael D’Antuono’s art

Last month I posted an interview with Michael D’Antuono. A few days ago he sent me the above video, which is a beautifully narrated piece which outlines the background of his newest portrait series, Corporacy. An excellent watch.

Excited Delirium: Understanding the Current Canadian Political Situation

So much is going on in the Canadian political landscape, I really didn’t know where to start. That said, this article tries to cover a lot of the problems that are emerging as a result of treating Canadian voters like commodities to be traded and bought (or suppressed) using modern direct marketing and database mining ...