Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
Last week, Kylie Jenner, reality TV show star and daughter of male-to-female transsexual Caitlyn Jenner, adopted a pet rabbit and named it “Bruce,” presumably after her father pre-transition. Kim Kardashian appeared on a FOX TV talk show to discuss this. I know this because I came across a headline titled “News Anchor Walks Off The Set Rather Than Report About Kim Kardashian” with an accompanying video. The video showed two news anchors reading a story about Kim Kardashian when, all of a sudden, one of them stands up, storms off the set and gives a diatribe off camera about how Kim Kardashian isn’t really news.
On Facebook and Reddit people clicked “Like” and commented how they totally agreed with him, and asked why do they talk about the Kardashians so much? So, it was a very successful “viral” campaign for Kim Kardashian and the TV show. Many people seemed to believe that the news anchor had done this spontaneously, out of actual annoyance with Kim Kardashain. Of course it was scripted but the anchor pulled it off well enough that the audience suspended disbelief long enough to watch a video about Kim Kardashain, click on some online advertisements, and add comments to their Google profiles.
A few years ago when Glenn Beck had his TV show, he used to do some filming outside of the FOX News building in Manhattan and quite often I’d walk by and sometimes hang out for a while and watch the cameramen and gaffers set up. Glenn Beck did an interview with GQ magazine admitting that he was a “clown” with a photo showing him crying in an exaggerated and comical way. Later, videos of the photoshoot were “leaked” to the internet that showed Beck having Vicks VapoRub applied to his face to make him tear up.
Glenn Beck’s act was taken somewhat seriously by his audience, and at the peak of his show his ratings were higher than anything else on FOX news. For his die-hard fans he was a serious political commentator that really cared about America and was really concerned about Obama’s “socialism” – with the on-air tears to prove it. I always found him to be somewhat more talented than Steven Colbert. He never played it quite as broadly as Colbert and he played it “straight” not “satire” like Colbert but both performances were hilariously funny send-ups of the typical conservative TV talking head. Steven Colbert played his character to make liberals laugh and Glenn Beck played his character to make conservatives cry.
When Steven Colbert first hit the big time they did an article showing how a good percentage of his fans were conservative Republicans and while some of them knew he was a liberal telling jokes at their expense, many did not and thought he was a “real conservative” making fun of liberals. Before his show, Steven Colbert would do a speech before his studio audience reassuring his liberal fans that he was just playing a character and he didn’t really believe the “terrible” things he was saying so it was ok to laugh at his “racist” jokes. But of course he never broke character on camera. For some very odd reason, Colbert was invited to roast George W. Bush at some Washington dinner. The jokes hit far too close to home and the satire was so mean-spirited many in the audience were afraid to laugh.
When the Republicans went nuts accusing Colbert of disrespecting the President the liberals responded, hey, that’s what he does on TV every day. Did you not realize he was making fun of you?
One more anecdote: when I was a young boy growing up in the 1980s, we used to watch professional wrestling and would often get into arguments with other boys about whether wrestling was “real” or “fake.” In the early 2000s, a new professional wrestling company, the WWE, started up and part of their act were winks-and-nods to the audience about how it was, in the wrestling parlance, “worked.” This way, older and more sophisticated viewers could get the satisfaction of being “in on the joke,” but still enjoy the spectacle, in that detached, sardonic, hipster sort of way.
With all this in mind, let’s return to Donald Trump, his campaign, and the Republican party’s reaction to it.
Trump inherited a substantial amount of real estate from his father and more than one of his early signature development projects were built by “S & A Concrete, whose owners were ‘Fat’ Tony Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, and Paul ‘Big Paul’ Castellano, head of the Gambinos, another well-known crime family.”
Later, Trump moved into Atlantic city casinos and part of his public persona was similar to that of Frank Sinatra in the 1950s – the rumors of his associations with organized crime just made him more popular and “edgy.” But by the late 1980s Attorney General Rudolph Guiliani was doing a very thorough job of taking down the remnants of traditional Sicilian organized crime, and labor racketeering was rapidly dying as a profit center.
Trump, being no dummy, started reinventing himself as a Celebrity CEO. He put out a book, Art of the Deal, which was highly popular during the “Wall Street” craze of the 1980s. He even had a Monopoly-style board game named after himself. He bought the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants and became a regular guest on TV shows aimed at women; Opray Winfrey most famously. His wives and personal scandals became tabloid gossip. After his third or fourth bankruptcy, he really came into his own and made a top rated “reality TV show” called “The Apprentice,” where he played a CEO who sent aspiring actors on various business assignments and would famously say, “you’re fired” to losing contestants.
The public loved it, and like most reality TV shows, you can enjoy it on two levels. You can believe that it is “real” and not “scripted” and get caught up in the drama. For the more cynically-minded, you can simply observe the characters, enjoy the spectacle, and the drama comes from guessing which contestant the writers will script to lose first and why.
The details of just how much money Donald Trump has, and just what he owns, are notoriously opaque, but in 2015 Forbes is said to have estimated his net worth as 4.1 billion. Business Insider claimed:
$3.3 billion is represented by “Real Estate Licensing Deals, Brand and Branded Developments … basically [implying] that Trump values his character at $3.3 billion.”
However official documents from federal election regulators suggest a far lower number.
In July 2015, the Federal election regulators released new details of his wealth and financial holdings when he became a Republican presidential candidate, reporting that his assets are worth above $1.4 billion, which includes at least $70 million in stocks, and he carries a debt of at least $265 million.
Trump got rich not by investing in real estate but by making himself a brand. It’s the brand, not the buildings. It’s the CEO he plays on TV, not in real life, that is his most valuable asset. He did not make his money by savvy real estate deals, he made his money through savvy media deals.
Now, knowing this background, what sort of people would be Trump’s closest business associates? Who are the people that Trump actually spends time working with? Who are his rich friends? Who are his investors?
The New York City and Hollywood media companies. Viacom, etc.
Not FOX news.
Not the Koch Brothers.
A question that answers itself: are the people that run the media companies conservative Republicans? Or are they liberal Democrats?
Trump is apparently also a celebrity in Israel, and infamously did a TV commercial for Bejamin Netanyahu. Trump is close to Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who owns the major Israeli newspaper that supports Netanyahu and Likud, and gives it away for free.
Trump has no “organic” connection to the Republican party. His base is in the urban, liberal, Democratic – and very Jewish – media companies. Not defense, not technology, not Walmart. Not traditionally GOP run businesses – the exact opposite.
However, the Republican party base is not sophisticated enough to see beyond the TV appearances. Trump has been able to throw around a handful of “politically incorrect” lines and win in all the polls simply by staying “in character.” Because he is already a media star, he doesn’t need to pander to the institution of the Republican party itself, but can do an end-run by simply playing to part of his pre-existing audience. His wealthy, liberal, Democratic friends in the media are more than happy to give him as much exposure as he wants because they already have a good working relationship and his character is great for ratings.
This is, of course, driving the Republican party nuts. He doesn’t even need FOX News, which is the GOP controlled media station, and he is already a celebrity so he’s already a well established brand on TV. A brand that has no reliance on the institution of the Republican party or the think tanks of Conservative Inc. The Republican voter base can’t tell the difference anyway and it might not even matter if they could.
Recent news coverage says that Trump isn’t spending any money on ad buys and isn’t even hiring the consultants that are usually needed to gather enough signatures to get on the ballots in various states. His poll numbers could drop over night and, when necessary, FOX could really come out swinging and tar him as a liberal New Yorker – which he is. He could be prevented from even being on the ballots in important states.
His “trump” card is that he could run as a third party and split off just enough votes to kill the GOP and put Clinton in office. He did, in fact, win the California Reform party’s primary in 2000.
In the last election, Israeli billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who owns the pro-Netanyahu newspaper in Israel and gives it out for free, was the sole donor to the Newt Gingrich campaign. Gingrich was a washed-up Representative thrown out of the Congress decades ago for various scandals. He was popular with no one, but Adelson gave him enough money to stay in the race and Gingrich wound up winning his home state of Georgia and South Carolina – two states that have electronic voting machines and no way to validate the election results. Considering that Adelson only has one “issue” – unlimited support by the USA for Israel – and Gingrich was a reliable Israeli asset, his campaign had the effect of disciplining the Republicans and having the other candidates each try to “out-Israel” the others.
Republican voters were simply not savvy enough to understand that a foreign liberal Jew was financing some of the major candidates – and it may not have made a difference even if they did.
1. Millions of people going to Atlantic City to put money into Trump-branded machines with blinking lights and getting less, if any, money back.
2. Millions of people staring at an electronic device with blinking lights that projects an image of Donald Trump acting in various TV shows that are sometimes presented as “real” or “news” but generally speaking are highly scripted productions.
3. Every few years, millions of people will go to a polling place, push a button on a computer screen, then return home to watch the electronic device with the blinking lights tell them who their next President will be.
4. The funding for much of this process comes from billionaires with far, far more money than Donald Trump – and who virtually never appear on TV or in the media – who live in a country half way around the world from the people voting for Donald Trump.
Please ask yourself: is there any way for you as an individual, or your community as a group, to “verify” any of this? Can you determine if the slot machines are “tight” or “loose?” Can you determine if the TV shows are “real” or “scripted?” Can you verify that the electronic voting machines are “accurate?”
Of course you can’t. To even ask the questions is somewhat suspicious, likely to brand you as some sort of “conspiracy theorist.”