"You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they're people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong."—They Live
We're living in two worlds, you and I.
There's the world we see (or are made to see) and then there's the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.
Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America—privileged, progressive and free—is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and "freedom," such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the teeth.
All is not as it seems.
This is the premise of John Carpenter's film They Live (1988), in which two migrant workers discover that the world's population is actually being controlled and exploited by aliens working in partnership with an oligarchic elite. All the while, the populace—blissfully unaware of the real agenda at work in their lives—has been lulled into complacency, indoctrinated into compliance, bombarded with media distractions, and hypnotized by subliminal messages beamed out of television and various electronic devices, billboards and the like.
It is only when homeless drifter John Nada (played to the hilt by the late Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of doctored sunglasses—Hoffman lenses—that Nada sees what lies beneath (see video below) the elite's fabricated reality: control and bondage.
When viewed through the lens of truth, the elite, who appear human until stripped of their disguises, are shown to be monsters who have enslaved the citizenry in order to prey on them. Likewise, billboards blare out hidden, authoritative messages: a bikini-clad woman in one ad is actually ordering viewers to "MARRY AND REPRODUCE." Magazine racks scream "CONSUME" and "OBEY." A wad of dollar bills in a vendor's hand proclaims, "THIS IS YOUR GOD."
When viewed through Nada's Hoffman lenses, some of the other hidden messages being drummed into the people's subconscious include: NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, CONFORM, SUBMIT, STAY ASLEEP, BUY, WATCH TV, NO IMAGINATION, and DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY.
This indoctrination campaign engineered by the elite in They Live is painfully familiar to anyone who has studied the decline of American culture. A citizenry that does not think for themselves, obeys without question, is submissive, does not challenge authority, does not think outside the box, and is content to sit back and be entertained is a citizenry that can be easily controlled.
In this way, the subtle message of They Live provides an apt analogy of our own distorted vision of life in the American police state, what philosopher Slavoj Žižek refers to as dictatorship in democracy, "the invisible order which sustains your apparent freedom."
Source: They live, we sleep: A dictatorship disguised as a democracy
A suspect in Lakebay, Wa., marina standoff is in custody - @KevinKIRO7
Source: A suspect in Lakebay, Wa., marina standoff is in custody - @KevinKIRO7
The deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has admitted that a new cybersecurity bill could "sweep away" privacy protections, adding that it raises privacy and civil liberties concerns. The bill could hit the Senate floor this week.
Responding to a July query from Minnesota Senator Al Franken, DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that some provisions of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) "could sweep away important privacy protections"and that proposed legislation "raises privacy and civil liberties concerns."
The bill authorizes companies to share information about cyber threats with "any federal entity." Any company participating in the data sharing would be immune from consumer lawsuits.
If passed, it would mean that sectors of the federal government would begin to receive, store, and circulate sensitive information. The data would be exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosures.
Source: Homeland Security admits cybersecurity bill CISA could "sweep away privacy protections"
Man dies in police handcuffs in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand - @NZStuff
Source: Man dies in police handcuffs in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand - @NZStuff
The police have blocked off the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 64th Street in Brooklyn's Sunset Park as a massive sinkhole opened up around 7:30 am Tuesday morning, taking most of the street corner with it.
MyFoxNY reports that there are no reported injuries from the collapse.
National Grid workers are on the scene to work on affected gas lines, and the north bound N train is expecting delays due to the wreckage, CBS NewYork reports. The footage of the sinkhole shows at least one disconnected pipe, and the water lines to several nearby businesses have reportedly been cut off.
Pictures posted on Twitter show a large hole that could have easily swallowed up a car. The cave-in is limited to the street, and the sidewalk remains intact. The New York Fire Department tweeted these photos:
Source: Enormous sinkhole opens in Brooklyn, New York
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Astronomers are constantly uncovering the "most distant," "most massive" or "most energetic" objects in our universe, but today, researchers have announced the discovery of a truly monstrous structure consisting of a ring of galaxies around 5 billion light-years across.
The galactic ring, which was revealed by 9 gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), is located 7 billion light-years away and spans an area of the sky more than 70 times the diameter of a full moon.
GRBs are thought to be detonated when a massive star reaches the end of its life. As the star implodes after running out of fuel, a black hole is formed and vast quantities of energy are blasted in collimated beams. Should Earth be aligned with these beams, an incredibly luminous signal can be observed and these beacons can be used to precisely gauge the distance to the GRB and the location of the galaxy that hosts it.
The GRBs are all cataloged in the Gamma Ray Burst Online Index, which precisely records each GRB distance and location, like pins on a cosmic map.
Astronomers believe these GRBs (and therefore the galaxies they inhabit) are somehow associated as all 9 are located at a similar distance from Earth. According to its discoverers, there's a 1 in 20,000 probability of the GRBs being in this distribution by chance — in other words, they are very likely associated with the same structure, a structure that, according to cosmological models, should not exist.
Source: Giant mystery ring of galaxies should not exist
Photo: Car smashed by storm debris in Billerica, Mass. - @KateMerrill
Source: Photo: Car smashed by storm debris in Billerica, Mass. - @KateMerrill
The U.S. Department of the Interior shared a photo from a wildlife refuge showing a red-winged blackbird hitching a ride on the back of a red-tailed hawk.
The photo, which was shared by the department on Facebook and Instagram, was snapped by eagle-eyed photographer Mike White at the DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges in Nebraska and Iowa.
"We occasionally see territorial blackbirds (among others) dive-bombing raptors, but this is definitely something you don't see every day," the department said.
White's photo was titled "Hitching a Ride."
Source: Red-winged blackbird rides on red-tailed hawk's back
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Statement: Family of slain Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton releases a statement - @jgertler_WREG3
Source: Statement: Family of slain Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton releases a statement - @jgertler_WREG3