Following on from yesterday’s post on Within our Lifetime [?], a constant theme I’ve blogged on is that it is unnecessary to be a soothsayer – one only needs to have read widely.  All the facts you need are in the minutiae.

For example, this is an interesting exercise:

#  Now if you’re a moderately well-read person, you know who Saul Alinsky is. You know that he wrote the book — influential particularly for folks on the left — Rules for Radicals. And if you were born before a few years ago, you know that Clinton has always been a tad touchy regarding her ties to Alinsky. When she was First Lady and it was discovered that her senior thesis was written on Alinsky’s controversial tactics, someone — no idea who — gave her college the idea to seal her thesis from public view.

Most of you know of Alinsky but this is an interesting snippet:

#  On the page preceding the Table of Contents, Alinsky wrote, “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”


#  Barack Obama is also an Alinskyite. Trained by Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation, Obama spent years teaching workshops on the Alinsky method. In 1985 he began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project. Later, he worked with ACORN and its offshoot Project Vote , both creations of the Alinsky network.

#  Obama’s acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic convention was on a stage designed in the style of the Pergamon Altar, a Greek Temple which has been reconstructed in modern day Berlin.  One needs to go to a religious text for the next bit, to Revelation, commenting on the Church at Pergamos.


# Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; Revelation 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

#  Who was Antipas?  Antipas, an early Christian martyr, was roasted alive inside a hollow bronze bull on the altar, because he refused to renounce his Christian faith and worship Augustus Caesar, the Roman dictator, and the other idols. The bull was designed so that the screams of the victim as he was burned to death would make the bull appear to come to life during the sacrifice.

There’s our bull again.

# Jeremiah Wright said in a Shawn Hannity interview on national television that Black Liberation Theology is the doctrine that he taught Obama at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

#  The black Christ is he who nourishes the rebellious impulse in blacks so that at the appointed time the black community can respond collectively to the white community as a corporate “bad nigger,” lashing out at the enemy of human-kind. (A Black Theology of Liberation” by James H. Cone, page 121).

So that profiles Obama, without even getting onto Bill Ayres. As for his tactics, look for yourself at the escalation of racial tensions across the country:

Standard tactic to provoke, it was very much part of the lead up to The Great War, Roosevelt engaged in it, it’s a known known.

Why does the EU want to flood Britain with low level migrants?  Why does France do nothing whatever at Calais?  Why did a naval ship pick up the latest boatload and cheerfully deliver them to Italy?

Closer to home, one form of provocation which has been annoying me for about a year is the insistence, at most online news sites, on putting up pics in prominent places, e.g. in the top window, of gross things such as close-ups of someone’s earwax, a spider crawling out of an ear, the inside of someone’s lanced boil and so on?

They were never shown in prime places three years ago, this is a recent phenomenon.  If it were just the one publication, you might say it was a sick sub-editor but this is in most news pages, from the Mail to the Independent.  As most news is syndicated these days, was this just part of the package which went up automatically, with no subby raising an eyebrow, or is this part of the deliberate upsetting of the society, scaring them, making them inured against atrocity?

And they persist with the pic. Long after most news stories move down the page and out, these pictures are kept in pride of place so that you must confront them before looking away when clicking into the site.

A reader/blogger, Behind the Veil, wrote yesterday:

Having witnessed the latest ISIS execution test bed photos in the main stream media I found myself scratching my head. Why do they not just simply execute these people? What is it abou the never ending variations and gruesome methods they come up with. The people still die.

Of course then it starts to hit you. These ever increasingly elaborate executions only have any meaning for photographs and video. They are designed for consumption and reaction I.e. Us.

It’s almost as if they are trying to amp up the outrage so we cry out “enough! Let’s get in there and teach them a lesson”. Someone is goading us and I wonder why.

Indeed.  And you still think it is all coincidental, the natural march of history?

2 comments for “Provocation

  1. Errol
    June 25, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I don’t understand the ‘goading’. We could simply say ‘enough’ and turn their entire country to glass. It’s not complicated. A better solution would be to publicly say “Why are you unhappy?” and force them to acknoledge that they are in the wrong, that they are evil.

    Then launch a cheerful crusade and wipe them out completely.

  2. Greg Tingey
    June 25, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Run away RIGHT NOW.

    Quoting bullshit from a collection of Bronze-Age goatherders’ myths, as if they mattered, or meant anything, will get you …
    contempt, from me, at any rate.

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