Astroturfing – what is it… how do we spot it… and protect ourselves from it

One of the most devious forms of propaganda is affectionately known as astroturfing.

According to Wikipedia:

Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participants. It is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding information about the source’s financial connection.

In simple speak, astroturfing is a fake grassroots’ campaign. We are given the idea that a rapidly growing number of regular people are spreading a message…

But in an astroturfing campaign, the effort is funded by big-time interests. And these interests gain financially (and/or worse – gain control over our minds).

In fact, the “fake news” label is usually associated with astroturfing.

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Dan Pena is not nice (and he likes it that way)

I have binge watched Dan Pena videos all day today.

And in one video, he recommended we look into the etymology of the word “nice”.

So I did. And here is what it says:

Middle English (in the sense ‘stupid’): from Old French, from Latin nescius ‘ignorant’, from nescire ‘not know’. Other early senses included ‘coy, reserved’, giving rise to ‘fastidious, scrupulous’: this led both to the sense ‘fine, subtle’ (regarded by some as the ‘correct’ sense), and to the main current senses.

In simple speak, the origin of the word “nice” derives from stupid and ignorant: I find this to be interesting (and not surprising).

With that said, this Dan Pena documentary is quite the watch. Dan’s ruthless advice to coaching people will turn off many. Most hate everything Dan Pena stands for. But in the end, the same people get won over by Pena’s core beliefs.

Brian Rose of London Real (and his video team) did an AMAZING job publishing this two-part, behind-the-scenes video of Dan Pena’s Quantum Leap Advantage Seminar…

Here is part #1:

Watch the final 11 minutes here (forward to the one-hour mark).

Is there really too many people on the planet?

All our life, we have been blitzed with the warning that there are too many people living on our planet.

At the same time, we have been guilted into thinking that throwing out food is a bad thing – because there are people starving in Africa, etc.

Let’s put our critical thinking cap on, shall we?

When we run the math and assign a sizeable area of land to every family of 4 on the planet, something interesting happens:

This 66-foot by 66-foot plot of land (enough for a townhome and play yard) could house the entire 7 billion people in the state of Texas… and the rest of the earth would be empty.

This short video sums the population myth up nice and tidy:

The punchline is there is P L E N T Y of space for humanity…

And the same is true for food.

According to Thomas Malthus in 1798, we were supposed to run out of food in the year 1890. Of course, this prediction failed.

Instead:

We have so much food today that governments throughout the world have paid farmers NOT to grow more food. I am not kidding – watch this:

So why are powerful NGOs striking fear into us that there are too many people on the planet?

My guess is to make room for the robotic society. After all, paying Universal Basic Income is expensive. Conspiracy theorists will scream that depopulation is taking place secretly… in plain sight.

What age is the prime of life?

According to this New York Times’ article, our prime time is middle age:

Between ages 35 and 65, and in particular between 40 and 60, people report increased feelings of well-being and a greater sense of control over many parts of their lives. A majority of the participants in the MacArthur study said they felt better about their lives than they did 10 years before.

Coach Red Pill offers his thoughts on how to prepare for our prime years in this must-watch video:

Here is the problem with selling out

Professional vlogger Casey Neistat gets a regular mention on this blog.

He deserves it. He lives an AMAZING life. And I like sharing that with you.

I dig his entrepreneurial spirit… his upbeat, positive life attitude – even the way he bounces back from failure.

As a result, he became an “overnight” success on YouTube (after failing for decades).

However:

With that success comes the haters. And lately, they have been hating on him a lot.

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