Can Truth Be Propaganda? – #PropagandaWatch

by | Jul 31, 2019 | Propaganda Watch, Videos | 47 comments

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Some want to make the distinction between “propaganda”—manipulating others with lies—and marketing—manipulating others with truth. But is this an accurate distinction? Or is it possible to use truthful information in propaganda. Join James as he explores an example of true propaganda from WWII and calls on the audience for more examples.


How Propaganda Hacks Our Brains

Selling war : the British propaganda campaign against American “neutrality” in World War II


  1. One of the most fact-based propaganda efforts that I’ve noticed is the “sustainable development” propaganda effort by the UN. It employs many “facts” of climate data trends, while peddling a vague sort of “solution” that masks the real motives of the purveyors of this misinformation. All the classic characteristics of propaganda are on display here: facts that serve the propaganda narrative, (facts that don’t are not mentioned), lack of context, and fear-mongering. Fear is essential to making people accept a resource-based future that herds them into small areas where it is deemed people may still live, while seizing land from indigenous peoples around the globe. At the same time, the facts that support individual autonomy as a basis for achieving a liveable planet are not mentioned; this idea is not even seen as a possibility.

    Thanks for a great segment!

  2. The phrase ‘perception is reality’ comes to mind when thinking about this topic, doesn’t it? In my view, one of the major arenas for lies by omission and selective reasoning is politics. It’s all perception management. The whole political discourse seems to be structured that way. All the way down to the individual voter who gets their talking points from their respective outfits and then disseminates them. Whether they are aware that they only argue over one tree when there is a whole forrest around them I don’t know, but most everyone who is locked into a certain ideology does that. It is maddening, and I don’t do it anymore, to try to open up the perspective of someone who turned from wave to particle. It’s like looking at a fractal. You think you’re looking/talking at something/someone unique, but it’s all the same. They became a copy of the system they’re part of. Ants in a colony. Gears in a machine.

  3. In reference to your example: Photographic evidence of horrific
    GERMAN/NAZI crimes against humanity: specifically against Poles,
    both jewish and christian.
    Well, i suspect photographic evidence of RUSSIAN/STALINIST crimes
    agains humanity, specifically against the POLISH aristocracy and elites,
    primarily christian but also jewish could have enflamed AMERICAN opinion
    Of course, instead the RUSSIANS became our GREAT ALLIES during WWII,
    until they weren’t, starting with the post 1945 COLD WAR.
    Propaganda is Marketing: making a target audience BUY one Model of truth
    over another model of TRUTH: that is, SELLING people CHEVY over FORD, or GM over “foreign imports”, etc…..

    • ejp
      One of the things that woke me up to how people lie was reading a guys memoir of being in a concentration camp and meeting a pole who told him all about the katyn massacre.
      About a year later I cam across an article about the Russians admitting to doing that particular crime.
      Either the guy in the camp lied or the writer lied….it only took a couple of things like that for me to realize that much as I loved history it was way more complex then I’d thought, more like a puzzle or a mystery movie

      • Calibrator, I have often wondered where the term ” no good deed ever goes unpunished around here.”, originated from?
        I now have an idea. Thanks.

  4. I’ve been awaiting something like this to come up. I will not comment till I have heard what James has to say first. Imagine that!
    It goes back to the WW1 documentary James did and fact checking Docherty and Macgregor “Hidden History”. Im putting my precog intuition in check here and am curios if that is an improvement or hindrance. Do you have any experience in what Im suggesting here?

    Back in a minute. I have a feeling James will go much deeper that I can imagine.

    • Yes he did! What a mind. From the research of Gerry Docherty and James Macgregor they uncovered two such books of propaganda. One by a big honcho, Sydney Bradshaw Fay, Professor of modern European history at Smith College, “THE ORIGINS OF WORLD WAR”. The other by a subordinate named Barnes, ” The Genesis of War”.
      Fay and Barnes tag teamed the contemporary history magazines and produced books on the sensational proclamation that Germany was not solely to be held accountable for War Guilt! That Russia and France where to blame for most of the war guilt and the Kaiser was a good guy. However the “profidios English” were never mentioned. Lord Milner and the despicable round table of criminal war mongers of the Boar War machinations born out of South Africa and Empire were craftily protected and no mention of England’s role was put forward.

      I believe it was the Anglo-American Establishments attempt to soften and counter the anti German propaganda that was so effective just 5 years before. The run up to WW2 was in gear in 1924 and the paid academics where in full propaganda mode by 1929. Imagine the effort and time to hand draw all the architecture plans for the factories and logistics for American manufacturers to move in on that decimated country in such a limited time frame. Train, steamship and light trucks all set into motion from across the Atlantic, with the sole intended purpose of gathering slave labor to man the enterprise. Talk about the Minds of Men. They pulled it off with disastrous consequences. Had to sell the moves to the public. They of course were the last to know the game that was afoot.

  5. I think the exact distinction between marketing, e.g. of consumer products which is often nefarious, and propaganda is a moot point.
    However, the point well made by Corbettt is that we should always consider what’s being ommitted or too heavily focused on.

  6. I am a 72 year old USA expat living in SW Mexico and trying rather dismally to learn Mexican Spanish. In my efforts, my teacher and I would often discuss world events as a subject to learn the language. What became clear quickly was that the word propaganda has no negative connotation here and is used in the traditional sense of marketing or advertising.

    I think your fundamental question revolves around the question of what truth is (as opposed to is is). If certain truthful facts are cherry picked to build an argument while facts that would weaken or destroy that argument are deliberately withheld or censored, then it is propaganda in the pejorative sense. Not rocket science.

    In American criminal law, if the prosecution discloses to the defense only the findings in their investigation that would lead to a guilty verdict, and hides from the defense exculpatory evidence from their investigation, that is grounds for overturning a conviction.

    • and hides from the defense exculpatory evidence from their investigation, that is grounds for overturning a conviction.

      If the defence ever finds out about those findings or manages to do their own research. I’d say the entire judicial process is as framed as can be.

      A problem I have with truth is: how does one know what’s true? But otherwise, I’d mostly agree with your assessment about what’s really driving propaganda, and that is framing and context.

  7. 1) British invention of concentration camps and their wars of aggression made excellent ww2 propaganda for the germans
    2) The real Soviet desire to expand into the western hemisphere was an excellent excuse for a continuation of US imperial policy in S.America
    3) The fact that most habitual drug users are low life troublemaker scumbags is an excellent excuse for ‘war on drugs’ state power grab against regular people
    4) The real power exercised by the Israel lobby over the US government is being used to feed antisemitism (probably to aid some other deep power actor get some of that power)
    5)The fact that Henry Ford was a racist A@£@$@ who liked Hitler is used to make his exposure of Banker class and ‘jewish lobby’ of that time un-digestible to normal people
    6) The Koch bro’s spent plenty of money digging up real dirt on the left…. while their dad was one of the capitalist looters who were all over soviet russia and re-built it (as was Henry Ford the arch anti-semetite anti-commie… who’s tractor design licensing allowed the horrible collectivization)
    7) The real support that the Bolsheviks got from bankers and the high jewish make up of its leadership (Dr Richard B Spence -NOT richard SpenceRRRR!!- writes a lot on this) is used to feed anti-Semitism now
    8)The whole Pizzagate thing which is pretty believable strikes me as being part of a fight between the elites…. if they exposed a 1/4 of the pedo’s any administration could do almost anything and still be thought ‘great’
    9) The real catholic chrch sex scandals have broken most of the conservative social power of the church… letting other powers have their way with social engineering DR E Michael Jones is a(very catholic) but good source on that.
    10) The real abuse and harm done to homosexuals in the past is used to promote the acceptance of LITTLE KIDS dancing at gay bars and the use of hormones on small children to change sex along with other social changes that are not designed to benefit the average person or make them happier
    11)The fact the the government lies thru its teeth is used to make people believe all manner of insane ideas WITHOUT VETTING THEM AT ALL so that…. (to paraphrase walter bowart on the CIA abetted drug revolution) their minds expand to the point they cant tell LSD from heroin
    12) THIS guy (link below) makes excellent propaganda because he points out the propaganda of movies, steering the listener into a rather dark place. Not saying I agree with his political opinions but I think he is THE BEST at showing social changes and how media accomplishes them in movie media… he’s also kinda dark and homophobic in his outlook so (as always) watch with caution ON propaganda as a tool

    • The “government” consists of different groups.
      And depending on the state, different parts are corrupt and
      into crimes and/or wars.
      And most of them should be in prison, but are somehow
      untouchable. Much worse than Epstein, as they are causing
      the deaths of people.

      Israel is already bombing countries.
      The US is only waiting for the opponents to respond.

      Similar problems are created by other government-entities,
      but to a lesser extend.

      They are creating wars, with or without propaganda.

      And many people in these governments actually think that
      they are doing a good job.
      I think that we should target those people, and make them
      aware what is really happening.
      And by whom they are manipulated.
      It is just as in WW1, but now mainly the intelligence agencies
      are using them to sell drugs and weapons.

      The super-elite like the Rothchilds, are also trying to profit of it,
      but their agenda seems destabilization, not destruction.

    • ‘…Or start using racketeering instead….’
      “War is a racket”….Smedley D. Butler, two (and a half…..) time medal of honor winner said it best, before his sudden death from stomach issues
      The western elitess were selling drugs like sugar, coffee, tobbacco and opium for centuries. The opium wars are like… wow, fighting a war FOR DRUG SALES….
      drugs is how FDR’s delano ancestors got rich

      • ‘Extra History’ on the youtube has a good primer on the opium wars for anyone who is interested

  8. So true… propaganda is best when its HALF the truth or the truth to people who know half the facts

  9. Another question(s) is: When do mind control techniques (or when do algorhythms) function as propaganda? Here’s an article from on Google’s use of both to sway people into believing vaccines are good and safe and the other rot they use to further the eugenics agenda. There is some measure of truth in their propaganda. Measles and mumps are, indeed, childhood (and possibly adult) illnesses. .

  10. Carbon Dioxide IS a greenhouse gas. There WAS a forest fire in Central Alberta.


  11. Alex, very well said however what comes to my mind is the word diversification, propaganda seems to be the manifestation of TPTSB being diversified . From the root causes, the social con’s, come the marketing that turns to propaganda when the lie becomes more important than the goal. That to me is the devil in the details.
    That was a very good explanation of music selling an idea. Music as a force from afar influencing action at a distance. What a potent sorcery . I’ve seen a few temples around the U.S. and they all had an orchestra pit.

    • Alex, TPTSB, This is an acronym for ” The Powers That Shouldn’t Be ” I do apologize for not posting it along side the above comment. It may be an “colloquial idiom” to this site only. I’ve seen it sparingly here and there, but mostly here. It is certainly slang in this post truth time.

      • Alex , the thought at the time was better than the transcription on paper. Im afraid its my english, not yours.
        The spark for my thought was your comment above, quote”… is about the dumbest thing I’ve heard in my entire life.”
        I may have topped the list with this one.

        The word diversifacation popped up in my head as a necessary component of propaganda campaigns. How many ways can you spin a message ( or tune ) to accomplish the desired response. Half truths and out and out lies always seem to be present and in propaganda’s case over marketing, the more the reinforcing the better the results, there by minimizing being exposed as a fraudulent endeavor. We have a saying here-abouts, it goes like ” convinced by overwhelming evidence… ” .
        I think we get more at the truth by music than by words. More truthful stimulation of the sense of ourselves in relation to life. Words diverse to the point of noise, diluting the sences, specially english. English seems perfectly suited to propaganda. Music seems not to suffer those prejudices of locale dialects. Chants without words mean much more than the sum of the individual parts to me. Which reminds me of the latin origin of the word propaganda. ” a call to propagate the beliefs of the faithful.” or something similar.

  12. I have a few historical sources for the definition:

    Encyclopaedia Britannica Micropaedia (1980): the systematic effort to manipulate other people’s beliefs, attitudes, or actions by means of various symbols – words, gestures, banners, monuments, music, clothing, insignia, and so forth.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica Macropaedia (1980): Propaganda is the more of less systematic effort to manipulate other people’s beliefs, attitudes, or actions by means of symbols (words, gestures, banners, monuments, music, clothing, insignia, hairstyles, designs on coins and postage stamps, and so forth). A relatively heavy emphasis on deliberateness and manipulativeness distinguishes propaganda from casual conversation or the free and easy exchange of ideas. The propagandist has a specified goal or set of goals. To achieve these he deliberately presents a selection of facts, arguments, and displays of symbols in ways he thinks will have the most effects. To maximize effects, he may omit pertinent facts, and he may try to divert the attention of the reactors (the people whom he is trying to sway) from everything but his own propaganda.
    Comparatively deliberate selectivity and manipulatiiveness also distingush propaganda from education. The educator tries to present various sides of an issue – the grounds for doubting as well as the grounds for believing the statements he makes, and the disadvantages as well as the advantages of every conceivable course of action. Education aims to induce the reactor to collect and evaluate evidence for himself and assists him in learning the techniques for doing so. It must be noted, however, that a given propagandist may look upon himself as an educator, may believe that he is uttering the purest truth, that he is emphasizing or distorting certain aspects of the truth only to make a valid message more persuasive, and that the courses of action that he recommends are in fact the best actions that the reactor could take. By the same token, the reactor who regards the propagandist’s message as self-evident truth may think of it as educational; this often seems to be the case with “true believers” – dogmatic reactors to dogmatic religious or social propaganda. “Education” for one person may be “propaganda” for another.

    Chambers Encyclopedic English Dictionary (1994): the organized circulation by a political group, etc of information, misinformation, rumour or opinion, preseted so as to influence public feeling; also the material circulated in this way. [from the Roman Catholic Congregatio de propaganda fide ‘congregation for propagating the faith’, responsible for foreign missions and training missionaries]

    The Australian Modern Oxford Dictionary (2007): 1. Organised propagation of a doctrine, religion, cause, etc., by use of publicity; selected information, etc. 2. (usu. derog.) the ideas etc. so propagated (neo-Nazi propaganda; vicious anti-Semitic propaganda).

    Brewers Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (1999): The Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith (New Latin Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide) iss a committee of cardinals in 1622 for propagating the faith throughout the world. Hence the term is applied to any scheme, association, publication or the like for making PROSELYTES or influencing public opinion in political, social and religious matters.

    Oxford English Reference Dictionary (2002): 1a. an organized propramme of publicity selected information, etc., used to propagate a doctrine, practice, etc. b. usu. derog. the information, doctrines, etc., propagated in this way, esp. regarded as misleading or dishonest. 2. RC Ch. a committee of cardinals responsible for foreign missions. [it. f. mod.L congregatio de propaganda fide congreagtion for propagation of the faith]

    I also have Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2000 CD-ROM but it doesn’t seem to work on Windows 7.

  13. From Day 1, I have seen the limits put on information that I have been looking for. One day the website and video were there, the next it wasn’t. I wouldn’t worry about it James, the truth will come out. My example would be music. You always see a song being posted for free, then taken down.. then re-posted..then taken down.. until the people policing the policies run out of funds. That is it. That is why currency, free from control, needs to be accessible to all. That is happening and the truth will follow it. And once enough truth comes to light, as to how to remove your chains and become free, we all will be free.. if we so choose.

  14. From Shorter Oxford English Dictionary – 1947

    Propaganda – 1. A committee of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church having the care and oversight of foreign missions, founded in 1622

    2. Any association, systematic scheme, or concerted movement for the propagation of a particular doctrine or practice. Sometimes erroneously treated as a plural.

  15. From my 1968 hard copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica: “Propaganda is the making of deliberately one-sided statements to a mass audience… (It is) an act of advocacy in mass communication. / In order to reach a mass audience, propagandists rely upon every medium of communication — oral, printed, pictorial, plastic, musical or dramatic. Every new channel is promptly laid hold of… Propaganda as an act of advocacy is distinguished from such closely allied uses of communication as instruction, information and inquiry. / It increases whenever the equilibrium of society is threatened or upset, and decreases with the restoration of the imperiled equilibrium or the emergence of a new level of adjustment. / One long-run objective of totalitarian policy is the substitution of ritual and ceremony for discussion and persuasion, hence propaganda… (Such) leaders live in perpetual anxiety of losing control and require the reassuring balm of ritual adulation. All this is in vivid contrast to the operation of a free society which revels in the clash of news and views. / Tactics… The choices open to the tactician are ultimately to disseminate, to withhold or modify a statement; to use, omit or block a channel; to select or reject a person. / (To win) confidence… (they sometimes) adhere to the truth, especially by playing up statements which the audience can directly verify… (or even toning) down true statements, not to deceive, but to sound plausible. ‘

    The 1968 Britannica entry for “propaganda” closes with a caution. When discerning propaganda from other forms of advocacy, consider:

    ‘Does the calculated manipulation of attitudes (information) imply a denial or disrespect for freedom of opinion? This is true if the forum of information is not equally accessible to all and if educational opportunities are only open to the privileged.”

    Who knows? Mere possession of pre-internet books like this one could be construed as a thought crime. Whenever I pass through TSA, I always leave my 1968 Webster’s New World Dictionary, second college edition behind. It stubbornly defines “ground zero” as strictly “the surface area below or above the point of detonation of a nuclear bomb.” High school graduates in 2019 may not know this but… prior to September 11, 2001, this designation referred only to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  16. Excellent point and a very important one.
    I must apologize for not reading all the comments posted in this section, so I might repeat what someone else has already posted.
    In my humble opinion, one of the major subjects where a lot of propaganda is used is “Climate Change” so much so, that we cannot see anymore where the truth lies …
    My 2 cents worth …

  17. An example of true propaganda used in a different war “The War of the currents” from 1888.

    Where animals were Westinghoused (Electrocuted) by Thomas Edison’s company to demonstrate how dangerous AC current was in order to discredit the Westinghouse’s use of AC (Competing with Edison’s use of DC)

    I think Corbett stresses an extremely important aspect: “context”.

    Even the definition of a word, varies by context. Many, many words have a variety of different definitions.
    Even a paragraph’s meaning is dependent upon the context of the Chapter.
    Even a joke delivers its punch line, because the context previously set-up the punch.

    Some everyday examples of “Can Truth Be Propaganda?”

    ~~ Spousal arguments or incidents.
    Suppose a wife shows her friends the bruise on her arm and tells her friends that the husband was mean and brutalized her physically when he lost his temper.
    However, she may not convey the full context, that she verbally abused and denigrated the husband when he had just come home from a long day at work and had been up all the night prior with one of the sick kids. The husband tells her to “Go to hell you b___. I want to shower, eat and go to bed.” She loses it. And starts scratching and hitting him. He firmly grabs her arm to stop the physical blows. It causes a bruise.

    ~~ Workers and Employers
    There are any number of examples which we see everyday. A worker complains that the boss is always riding him unjustly. The worker doesn’t mention his own incompetence or laziness, while it is true that the boss rides the worker.

    ~~ Tabloid headlines are full of “out of context” stories and rumor gossip built on a “truth”.
    Even the photos. Perhaps a celebrity had a bad hair day, or wasn’t expecting someone to climb over the fence and take a picture while sunbathing.

  19. on nasa’s official climate propaganda site
    we read, amongst other nothingburgers james has already dealt with (like the “95% certainty” that climate science is correct), the bold claim that earth is warming up roughly 10 times faster than it is supposed to, when compared to other periods in the past, when earth was coming out of its respective ice-ages.

    the citation backing this claim up leads to another page of nasa itself (where else?), where we can now try to understand how they arrived at that ever so convincing number (10x).
    here it says:
    “As the Earth moved out of ice ages over the past million years, the global temperature rose a total of 4 to 7 degrees Celsius over about 5,000 years. In the past century alone, the temperature has climbed 0.7 degrees Celsius, roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming.”

    read this again and tell me if you notice something slightly off here.
    now for the sake of argument, let’s assume that indeed, all these numbers are reliable and highly scientific (which i have my doubts about). does something strike you as odd here?
    and i dont mean the fact that they rounded up a 5 to 8.75-fold increase to “roughly” 10-fold (that’s like saying a cup of coffee that costs between 5 to 8.75 bucks in a particular part of town, costs, you know, roughly 10 dollars. i guess nasa already included the tip 😉 )

    i’ll explain in a second comment, because i don’t know how much 3000 characters per comment actually is.

    • i’m talking about the fact that they blatantly compare 100 apples to 5000 oranges and think they can get away with it.
      the average temperature (which we all know can only be constructed, not measured) during a century goes up and down and round-about, and at the end of the century you arrive at a higher number than you started with, or you calculate a median or what you will, and you come to the conclusion “alright, this century has seen a 0.7 degree increase in temperature. time to head for the beach.”
      now how about a 5000-year period? does the temperature move up slowly, incrementally, each year a few millimeters up on the imaginary thermometer?
      of course not! in fact, i’m willing to bet a 5k year period could see several centuries during which the average temperature could go a degree or two up or even down, and then stay more or less stable for a couple of hundred years.
      the whole argument makes no sense. unless they want to suggest that the temperature will always keep rising at least 0.7 degrees every century from now. which would result in a whoppin’ 35 degrees increase when this current 5000 year period is over. but i don’t think even they believe it works like that.

      so in conclusion, this piece of propaganda (or is it even deserving of being called propaganda, i think bs would be a more accurate term), does not exactly lie (except for the grossly overpriced coffee), it just uses a purely mathematical argument that completely falls to the ground, if you so much as even start to think about it.
      it is a “dummy” information. but for those who want to believe , it is enough to point to this placeholder for real proof, so if they ever needed any, they feel they could refer to it any time.
      but if they ever did, and actually looked at this “proof”, they would discover – yes. another nothingburger…

    • That’s an interesting point you’re making. I didn’t know about that 10x thing and I bet 99.97% of people didn’t invest any time into dissecting it as you did.

      Statics should be used very carefully and that’s what this type of arguments typically boils down to.

      Like the mentioned 97% figure. Why 97%? because 32/33 is 0.97. Why 32/33? Because the study that “studied” 2000 scientific papers found (over the weekend by reading abstracts) that 1 one of these works concluded there is no anthropogenic global warming while 32 haven’t excluded the anthropogenic nature of global warming. Other works didn’t seem to make any statements on global warming whatsoever. Hence 97% of scientists agree that blah blah blah. Repeat ad nauseam, add Obama to the mix and keep repeating.

      Good luck explaining that to Joe Sixpack and Joan Soccermom.

  20. The coverage of Hurricane Barry a few weeks ago on the gulf coast was so much propaganda it was a bit nuts. Living on the gulf coast, I absolutely understand the need to take a storm seriously but this was downgraded to a tropical storm and it still made international news! I had people calling me from the U.K. asking if I was ok because they were being shown images of Katrina.

    Shame on the corporate news for sending people into a panic! All that hullabaloo for a light rain. Funny thing though, the local news coverage was completely different. Cautious but chill and no Katrina images.

  21. James, could you be putting out propaganda? Don’t get me wrong, love your work, but here is something to consider.

    My history with RoundUp and life on the farm
    July 26, 2019
    By David Kruse – Columnist , Farm News
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    Part 1 of a series
    I was born in 1952 in Spencer and my life on the farm near Royal started before the Green Revolution. I went to college at SDSU in 1970 studying agronomy and read how we were on the cusp of a worldwide famine due to a population explosion and that agriculture as we knew it would be helpless to increase productivity enough to avoid it. The doom and gloom forecast of worldwide famine in the 1970’s and 1980’s was publicized in the book, “The Population Bomb,” by Stanford University Professor Paul Ehrlich.
    The agriculture that I grew up with was what they essentially call an organic farm operation today. We lived on a quarter section that we eventually expanded to 400 acres in order to make a living. On the home quarter section, we had some pasture for a small herd of milk cows where I chopped thistles with a hoe… the cow herd was eliminated when I was a senior in high school. We grew alfalfa, oats, corn and soybeans. We also fed cattle, hogs, and had laying hens. My father’s agricultural training was growing up on a farm and then attending farm school on the GI bill after a stint in the U.S. Army.
    Weed control when I was very young was relegated to a mechanical cultivator. We transitioned from a tractor front mounted cultivator to a rear mount and from 4 wide rows to 6 narrow rows and then to 12 narrow rows. Then we sold it and never cultivated again. We started by cultivating 3 times during a season because of the lack of herbicides. That eventually declined to 2 times and then once, before being phased out of the operation by use of herbicides.
    The first herbicide we used was 2-4D on corn and latter Banvel, which is now called Dicamba. Yes, it did drift over onto soybeans. It worked so well we used it anyway. The first herbicide widely used on soybeans was Treflon for grass control. Then came a few products for broadleaves on soybeans which were not spectacular. Through this whole period, we walked soybeans for weeds; typically, sunflowers, button weeds (velvetleaf) and cocklebur. Frankly, once thicker than fleas, you have to look hard in order to find any of these weeds locally these days. That is attributable to RoundUp.
    I started farming on my own in 1973 and RoundUp first came on the market in 1974. Walking soybeans was mostly child labor. It was a hard summer job in the sun that no one enjoyed. It was where parents taught their kids how to work. We used a hook or pulled the weeds. That is why some families had a lot of kids. They walked corn too. Then came RoundUp herbicide.

    [SNIP – Please keep comments to 500 words or less. -JC]

    • cropduster,
      Sometimes you can break up a comment by replying to your previous comment. That allows one to post more than 500 words. But if it is a long diatribe, I would advise against it.

      I guess David Kruse’s article is behind a paywall. Copyrights….

      Here is the website of David Kruse’s business.

  22. Electric Vehicles – Marketing or Propaganda or Guesswork?

    NEWS August 1, 2019
    Article by Irina Slav
    (I would like to see her do a review of “How and Why Big Oil Conquered the World” for

    Consumers Aren’t Crazy About Electric Cars

    “Enthusiasm among drivers is lacking about autonomous vehicles and even electric cars, J.D. Power’s latest Mobility Confidence Index has revealed.”

    “The results of the survey would be surprising—and bordering on shocking–for the proponents of EVs and all the headline space these vehicles are getting, with analyst forecasts for their adoption overwhelmingly optimistic. Unlike them, consumers are not as optimistic about the future of plug-in cars and self-driving vehicles.”

    “According to the survey, electric cars scored a mobility confidence index reading of 55 on a scale of 100. Self-driving cars scored even lower, at 36 points, which would hardly be a surprise since this technology has yet to mature, and developing trust in it would be a long process…”

    “… According to the survey, there are still a lot of people who wouldn’t buy an EV: just 39 percent said they would buy one. Even more people don’t believe EVs are as reliable as ICE cars: 51 percent. One thing the majority of respondents in the survey were positive about in EVs was their beneficial effect on the environment….”

    My personal note:
    I hate these new models of SUVs and their dang rear door which opens electronically. These doors open slowly and are so quirky to open. Daily, I see car owners try to open the rear back door, and they can’t get it work.

    I like the latch on my old SUV. I can open a door. I don’t need no robot.
    Heck, there are times I wish I had the old style roll-up windows.

    • I have the “old” rollup windows and I like them. I don’t even have a central locking mechanism on my car.

      But I’m not sure why are such features being mashed into the topic of electric cars. EV can have as much superfluous electronics in there as EIC can.

  23. The vaccine issue is a good example of propaganda partially based on truth.

    The study angle: they’ll say there’s no evidence to support the case against studies, but they haven’t even looked at the issue in a scientifically pertinent way. Instead of performing proper saline studies, vaccines are stacked against other vaccines which are deemed safe, even if there are no studies to back up that claim.

    The vaccine effectiveness angle: they’ll claim the vaccine has killed off the disease and present a narrow graph in which the time starts with the introduction of the vaccine. The graph on a wider time frame will show that there were other factors driving the incidence of the disease down decades or centuries before the vaccine was first introduced.

    Reporting on side effects is kept deliberately on an anecdotal level. Any side effects that don’t arise within a few days of the vaccine being administered are kept outside of the discussion.

    Equivocation of toxic compound ingestion and the same being injected into the bloodstream is particularly insidious.

    • “The vaccine issue is a good example of propaganda partially based on truth.”

      I agree completely. It is a classic example.

  24. That’s an excellent example, with the phobia.

      • Interesting articles.

        • Sure, excellent example of truth figuring as propaganda. The last article ends with:
          “Dr Gill added: Whilst neonicotinoids are controversial, if the effects of replacements on non-target insects are not understood, then I believe it is sensible that we take advantage of current knowledge and further studies to provide guidance for using neonicotinoids more responsibly, rather than necessarily an outright ban.”

          Disgusting, he sounds like mf lawyer.

          DuckDuckGo search for “guardian colony collapse disorder” gives one result, an article from six years ago. At least they wrote about CCD (what a perverse expression) once.

          Unfortunately, it’s not just bees that obviously have problems, I find other insects are also reduced. I forgot when I last had to clean windshield during a journey like I had to do decades ago.

  25. Possible one for a future propaganda watch?

    I’ll put this under truthful propaganda because what they claim is basically true.

    On Monday the 21st of October a consortium of Australian mainstream media organizations (Alternative media not invited!) jointly published a full page mock redacted article on their front pages.

    For example, the front page of the Australian looked like this

    ████ News restrictions ████████ Secrecy ████ Jail terms ███████ for Journalist and whistleblowers ████ It couldn’t happen in Australia? ████████ It’s happening now ████ When the government ████ starts hiding ███ the truth ████ ████ from Australians ████████ what are they ████ covering up? ████████ The elderly ████ are being abused ████ inside our ████ nursing homes ████ The government ████ won’t tell you which ones. ████████ Government approves ████ huge sale of ████ agricultural land ████ to foreign countries ████ The tax office ████ can take ████████ money ████ directly out of ████ people’s accounts ████ But you’re not ████ allowed ████ to know.

    The government owned media joined in too!

    Of course the Guardian is always there to guard us!

    It’s all in the name of our right to know.

    In the last 18 years since 9/11 there have been over 75 bills passed that restrict Journalism, increase government secrecy and penalise whistleblowers – It’s nice to know that out mainstream media are quick off the mark and on the ball.

    Of course we need the holy priests of the media to forward whistleblower information to us, It’s not like whistleblowers could, say just upload information to the Internet themselves.

    We need the priests of the mainstream media to filter the information and make sure in is unbiased and truthful

    • Thanks so much Octium! I had no idea about what was going on down under.

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