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21st Century Pavlov’s Dogs

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If you have read my novel, “White King Rising,” you may remember that the propaganda chief for Al Qaeda–a man named Samir– was tasked with bringing America down from within, using our core values and our Constitution to undermine the institutions of education, family, religion, justice, military, and the long-revered Free Press.

The character “Samir” created a diabolical and brilliant strategy to get us to destroy ourselves. That strategy involved attempting to perform remote mind control upon the American people. To the readers, it was a daring and shocking supposition.

However, today we are living through the hell of what is now nothing short of prophetic insight into how you can get normally sane, rational, thinking people to turn into a mob, at your command. It was accomplished in my fiction, and it is being accomplished now in your world, your state, your city, your living room.

To discover how, one has to be willing to look creatively at the the work of Ivan Pavlov, the Russian scientist. Most of you know something about Pavlov and his experiments with conditioned responses in dogs. He was studying the relationship between a stimulus and its conditioned response physiologically. Whether he liked Lenin, or Stalin, is a moot point. The work he did laid a foundation for some really insidious mind control technologies.

Make no mistake. Pavlov was not experimenting with dogs because he was running a dog training academy. He was not running an obedience program for wayward pups. Not having the permission to work on human subjects yet, he began where most scientists do–working in a laboratory on animals. In this case it was dogs. And the results were conclusive.

Conclusive enough that authoritarian regimes have been using the technology against theirs and others’ citizens for all of the 20th century, and now massively and surreptitiously in the 21st Century.

The only way a bad guy could in fact control billions of people on planet earth would be to find a way to get the men and women to control and restrain themselves. Thus the stimulus-response technologies of propaganda and public relations today.

In Black Propaganda, the technology is simple. Just link an emotional response–one that is violent and visceral–to a person, a word, a symbol. If the message which produces the negative emotion is repeated often enough, all it takes eventually is for the targeted person to show up, or a word to be spoken, or a symbol to be presented, and the response of people is knee-jerk and unthinking.

Over time, the constant repetition of the message, coinciding with a situation which produces a response–usually of fear, anger, hatred–creates a short circuit that now renders emotional stability, critical thinking, or logic, unable to enter. One simply reacts to the “button” when it has been punched.

And men and women are reduced to salivating dogs just as Pavlov’s were when they heard the buzzer in the presence of food. Later, the food was taken away but the buzzer remained. If the buzzer was pressed, even though there was no food, the dogs would salivate. Today, if the “crisis” buzzer is pressed, even though there is no real crisis at the moment, the emotional response occurs anyway.

I would like to suggest to you that this explains a great deal of the mystery you are experiencing when you see people going off halfcocked, like lynch mobs being directed by some shadowy hidden figure. When you see normally rational people turn into seething, close-minded hatred of another person or group–without any apparent current provocation–just know that someone has planted a propaganda button about a person, group, or idea. Then, in the future, when you expect to rationally discuss or debate some issue or person, you are greeted by the rabid barking of a human being whose logic has been short-circuited. And who no longer retains a control over his emotions, and his subsequent actions. An example of such a button is: “America is systemically racist.”

Quite a conundrum, isn’t it? To solve problems in present time, you have to talk about them, discuss them, create solutions for them, persuade others to embrace your ideas and solutions. But, if the person you are talking to is “conditioned” to hate you because of the color of your hat, or the color of your skin, or whether or not you wear a mask at all times, you are in the world of stimulus-response, and someone is punching the “buttons” of you and those you are trying to talk to.

If you are not in control of your own mind, and you allow yourself to be controlled by words and symbols other people have planted in your mind to produce an immediate emotional response, then just recognize this: My character “Samir” is real. He and others like him have an agenda. And your well-being is not part of it. “Samir” wants you to do his bidding without you even knowing he gave the command. He sees you like a “salivating dog.” It would be a tragedy if you fulfilled his demented vision and became one.

Pop Quiz: How To Tell If You Are A Racist.

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I learned long ago that talk’s cheap. Anyone can say anything. But, it is what they do that reveals their true thoughts and character. Learn to look, don’t listen.

“Their actions speak louder than words.” That’s something we have all heard. Here’s another cliche which is true. “Your actions speak so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying.” “Do as I say, not as I do.” That’s the poster child for poor parenting! So, pick your truth.

And let’s see what you would do and support, or have done and have supported. Let’s all take this quiz:

Do you support bringing the unemployment of blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and women to historically record lows? OR Do you support keeping those groups with perpetually higher unemployment than whites for example?

Do you support rising wages for blacks, and other minorities? OR Do you support holding them in the low income class, rather than the middle class?

Do you support stopping the killing of blacks and Hispanics in the inner cities like Chicago? OR Do you just turn a blind eye, dismissing them as criminals and “untouchables” that deserve what they get?

Do you support bringing business investment into depressed neighborhoods and inner cities to provide employment for the impoverished youth? OR Do you want to have them remain without work, dependent upon you and what you dole out of your wallet?

Do you support giving the parents of inner city youth the choice to take their child to a school where they have some hope of an education and chance for the future? OR Do you want to force them to remain in the inner city schools, even if it means they could never have a hope of competing and succeeding?

Do you support ending draconian life sentences for crimes that did not warrant that penalty? OR Do you want to continue that Clinton Era law, and keep a lot of criminal blacks, Hispanics, etc. off the streets permanently?

Do you support programs that help convicts come out into society and get a second chance, and employment? OR Do you ridicule the men and women who work to create those programs and believe that black people can’t change?

Do you support permanent funding of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities? OR Do you want them to have to beg every year for the money to keep their doors open, and their legacy continued?

Do you support encouraging a traditional and nuclear family where the parents take responsibility for their children? OR Do you want the state to become the “parent” of minority children, and take full responsibility for how they think, and what they can earn, and how high they can climb?

Do you insist that all black and minority lives matter, and refuse to only talk about black lives related to law enforcement? OR Do you turn a blind eye to all issues related to the loss of black lives, except for those related to law enforcement?

Do you believe that one is not “guilty by accusation,” and deserves Due Process–no matter their race, no matter the alleged crime? OR Do you rush to judgment at every bad act and actor and form your own “lynch mob”–demanding that no Due Process occurs?

Let’s check ourselves out on this. If you predominantly answered affirmatively to the first question in each series, you are not a racist–in my opinion. If you answered predominantly affirmatively to the second question in each series, you–in my opinion–are the racist.

For the record, Trump answered affirmatively to all of the first questions, and did not do so just with “words.” He did so with actual programs that have worked and resulted in dramatic improvement where the programs have been allowed to be implemented. So, if Donald J. Trump is a racist, he is really bad at it. He would surely get an F in a “How to Be A Successful Racist” class.

His opponents have chosen to predominantly support none of the first questions–not even with words–and appear to be the racists. Their actions or inactions speak louder than words. I think they would ace a class entitled: “How to Keep Minorities Down.”

There is a lot of noise out there, my friends. Look, don’t listen.

Facebook “Adds to” a Lee Kessler Blog

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I don’t know whether to be flattered or angry. I’ll choose angry today. Two weeks ago I posted one of my Blogs from It had to do with voting, and my recommendations–not on who to vote for–but on how to make sure your vote gets counted, and counted in a timely manner, this election.

The Blog was one of the ones most commented on by you, my readers, and most forwarded. Facebook, however, was not satisfied with it, and decided to do their own improvements.

It’s bad enough that some company feels they can censor your words and thoughts, that are not at all inflammatory. It’s even worse when some millennial “woke” person creates an algorithm, and the algorithm then finds words, and then Facebook adds their commentary or evaluation.

In this case they added right on top of my Blog–as if it were part of it–a box with all kinds of “helpful” information on voting during this election. If you click on their link, you find some good information there. And you also find “evaluations” and opinions about mail in voting. And that is just what it appears to be–an opinion, not supported by current facts necessarily. If they cared about facts they would have stated what the rejection percentage has been in recent years and months with mail in ballots, or the number of fraud cases in recent elections.

When I checked the source of the Facebook-approved voter recommendations, it is Jason Grumet’s think tank, the Bipartisan Policy Center. Grumet is a former Obama energy and climate advisor.

You can form your own opinion. You read my Blogs because hopefully you value my opinion on some issues. I doubt you needed Facebook’s! So, I am going to post it again. You can read the original post. It is just to the right of this one, under Recent Posts. Title: How to Ensure Your Vote Counts

Two Little Words that Unleashed a Fury

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For many of us–whether Democrat, Independent, or Republican–who have lived a bit of life, the last 4 years have been a rancorous, scary, confusing, and threatening time. All of our foundational institutions have been under assault, and emotionally many bounce from anger, to grief, to fear. There is a mystery here. How did this happen?

As for me, I have asked myself almost daily–and I challenge you to ask yourself this–what could one man have done that warrants his being criticized from the moment he rises to the moment he sleeps? Why has he been attacked from every direction, with a merciless hyper-critical assault waged against him every single day, for the last 4 years?

The relentless harangues feel like persecution. And I have wept on occasion for my country, and the media, which seem to have turned into a constant tear-down machine. Surely, no one deserves to be criticized for every single thing they say or do. No one could be that evil, that wrong, or that “deplorable.” In our heart of hearts, I think we know something is off.

It is almost as if, in the eyes of some, he is so totally “wrong” that people have been driven to hate. I ask myself, what is his crime? What, exactly, did he do that was so wrong that he deserves to be tarred and feathered, pilloried, and ridden out of town on a rail?

Then, last week, during the President’s acceptance speech, he uttered two little words that I think are the words which, when he first said them five years ago, cast the die and resulted in the fury of hatred we have all had to live with. He may not have known then what saying those words to the American people would mean. But, I believe he does now.

When he said those words last week, all of a sudden I felt a weight lift, and a fog disappear. This was the Real Why behind the attempt to overthrow a President of the United States. He seemed at peace with it. And so am I. Words of warning from a business mentor from 35 years ago now echo in my mind.

The President said that he knows now that this all began when he said two little words. Those little words unleashed a fury. The words? America First. He said them when he announced his candidacy, and constantly repeated them when he was campaigning. He was running for the American people who had been sidelined when other countries’ interests had become senior to America’s interests, and where the American worker had been sacrificed, and the middle class all but destroyed. He promised that if he were elected, he would put America First.

If you have ever heard the term globalism, or even other more conspiratorial terms like new world order etc., you may now understand why Donald J. Trump poses such an “existential threat” in the minds of some. For more than 70 years, men and women who hold themselves to be superior to all of us have been systematically moving the world to be just “one big happy family”–where our prosperous nation has been persuaded that we are not all that great, and our wealth isn’t really ours to keep and give away at our discretion. It really belongs to all men, and we should subordinate America’s interests to the interests of the world–the globe–and those who control it.

Language that supports the “fraternity” of man, and actions that force wealthier nations to weaken their own economic systems, reducing the status and freedoms of their own citizens, is language that is embraced, adored, and elevated. To speak to the contrary is forbidden.

Yet, Donald J. Trump promised to put America First–to work with other nations and to help them, but not at the expense constantly of the American citizen. Every rally he spoke of it. And 63 million Americans heard just those two words. They did not hear his tweets, they did not care about his “tone.” They cared that he promised to put America First and all of his subsequent policies and successes have kept that promise with the people.

And that is why he is despised by the powerbrokers, the elites. Those two words threaten to tear down the painstaking and covert work they have done for years to enrich themselves in the quest for globalism, and what it represents. Someone does not want us to ask the question, “just which higher echelon elites that transcend mere country borders will be running the show, governing all the world’s populations?

So, I will. I think now we need to pay just a bit more attention to the word “globalism” and identify why the words “America First” are such a threat to it Who are these globalists? What American politicians (of both parties), bureaucrats, bankers, industry leaders, educators, military generals, medical professionals, Wall Street titans etc. embraced the creation of a new world? Who infiltrated our schools? Who was counting on the fact we would not notice, since the indoctrination occurred gradually, over generations?

And who went instantly insane when candidate Donald J. Trump, and then President Donald J. Trump, said two little words? True colors, my friends, and true intentions. For the first time in my lifetime, I am staring directly at the true menace to liberty. I now understand what my mentor warned me about 35 years ago when he said there were men outside and inside this country who had a very different vision for the world. And he taught me then how to cook a frog.

The words “America First” appear to have turned the heat up under the frog so much that it (the American People) jumped out of the pot. And that is just unacceptable to those who would be rulers. It is the Original Sin in their world.

The President once said–and this is very near an exact quote: I am the President of the United States. I am not President of the World. My responsibility is to work for the American people, to put their best interests first. Other countries’ leaders should put their people’s interest first. I am not angry with them for furthering their own country. I just don’t want them to do it at America’s expense constantly.

It seems we need to maybe ask, who does want to be President of the World? Hmmm…