Posted On: Monday - May 31st 2021 2:01PM MST
In Topics:   Books  World Political Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity
You gotta go to the Russia Today site to get the real news sometimes, just as the Russians would have had to grab a bootleg Wall Street Journal back in the 1970s. I found a couple of interesting articles back on May 19th, this one about a book called A State of Fear regarding the still-ongoing Kung Flu PanicFest in the UK. Russian times says New book exposes UK’s unethical psyops team that ramps up anxiety over Covid-19 to control a compliant public.
This post is not a book review, but I'll just excerpt a few passages from the RT article:
By any measure, the coronavirus situation in Britain should be looking pretty rosy by now, as Covid-19 cases are down, hospital admissions are down, deaths are down and vaccinations are up. The NHS has not been overwhelmed, the pubs are open and the kids are free to hug their gran. So, why the glum faces?Well, in general, when you live in 1984 Oceania on steroids, you're not gonna smile so much.
Something seemed off kilter last night as the TV news screened images of holiday-hungry Brits arriving in Portugal, a teenage cancer survivor hugging his nan after a year of forced separation and a bunch of lads in a Barnsley pub drinking pints and watching the football play-offs.That's the same story here. "We're almost through this folks, due to your safety minded-people in your face diapers. We've got a new President who CARES ABOUT SCIENCE!, and therefore a new vaccine, approved just after election day." "Oh, but wait... one more thing ..." [/Totalitarian Columbo]
These scenes of jollity were tempered with news from India of a new variant that had arrived in the UK and was proving wildly virulent, perhaps threatening the freedoms we had longed for, if its spread continued unabated. The message was clear: restrictions on our freedom might have eased from Monday, but we could be back in lockdown unless we can manage this latest ‘scariant’ from the sub-continent. Stay alert. Stay afraid.
RT article writer Damien Wilson:
I’m sorry, but this time I just don’t buy it. Enough with the scare tactics, the dashboard of death and the prophets of doom. It’s quite clear the vaccine is working. I’ve had both doses on the very clear understanding that it works, and I don’t expect I’ll be hospitalised or die even if I do at some point contract the virus.You people brought on this perpetual state of anxiety yourselves by believing in government and following its edicts. That's the root of the problem. Now, they know they can fuck with you forever.
But PM Boris Johnson and his government are addicted to fear and the control it gives over a compliant public. As journalist Laura Dodsworth makes the case in her new book, ‘A State of Fear: How the UK Government Weaponised [SIC!] Fear During the Covid-19 Pandemic’, the British public needs to push back on this constant bait and switch aimed at keeping us all in a perpetual state of anxiety.
But things quickly soured (the deterioration). No sooner had thousands boarded their flights to the sun than BoJo announced it was inadvisable to travel to countries on the UK’s amber list, that the Indian variant posed a major threat to those who refused to vaccinate, that plans were being drawn up for a return to the loathsome local lockdowns, and that ‘freedom day’ on June 21 was most probably a non-starter. The abuse continued.Yes, but as a loyal
As Dodsworth discusses, fear diminishes over time, but by announcing an easing of restrictions, the government faced losing the psychological grip over a malleable public that it had worked so hard at establishing and then enforcing by draconian emergency laws.See, that's no good...
Aided and abetted by what the author calls its team of “unelected psychocrats” – the behavioural [SIC!, OK I can't keep this up.] insights experts who advise the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) – the government has encouraged the use of fear to control people’s behaviour during the pandemic. One unnamed member of that team, the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B), said they were “stunned by the weaponisation of behavioural psychology” on the British public.I don't usually suspect a conspiracy when it's likely more an intense mass of parallel stupidity and/or evil, but this story seems to fit that bill. Government and the Lyin' Press worked together to keep the Brits cowering.
Another anonymous member told Dodsworth, “In March  the government was very worried about compliance, and they thought people wouldn’t want to be locked down. There were discussions about fear being needed to encourage compliance, and decisions were made about how to ramp up the fear.”
Gavin Morgan, one SPI-B psychologist who was prepared to be named, admitted, “Clearly, using fear as a means of control is not ethical. Using fear smacks of totalitarianism. It’s not an ethical stance for any modern government.”
Establishing control was relatively easy. A straightforward effort was in the choice of data and graphs that were shared with the public at the regular press briefings from Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty. Professor David Paton, a professor of Industrial Economics at Nottingham University, called the duo’s appearances “the ultimate psyop”.
I've excerpted about half the article, but the rest is worth reading. Here's how the writer Mr. Wilson ends it:
The creepy ‘psychocrats’ pulling the strings have been rumbled, and as awareness grows of their role in the government’s inept management of the pandemic, they’ll scuttle under the furniture like cockroaches caught in the light, leaving the politicians fully exposed and expected to explain themselves. And then the real fun begins.No they won't, and you wish.