“Scientists know we must protect species because they are working parts of our life-support system.”
— Paul Ehrlich, Entomologist, Population Biologist, Bing Professor of Population Studies and president, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University, California
We are watching a serious situation unfold throughout America. We are also currently being convinced it’s okay for this to happen! It’s the very extinction of America’s Wildlife, due to ignorance! Profoundly, conducted by our government agencies and those connected, via subsides and grants within corporations and other private industry, who assists in this venture. It is a very grave and difficult circumstance to observe. The seriousness of this offensive situation to be taken as a priority to react, and stop this nonsense immediately!
America’s Wild Horse Herds, as well as Wolves, serve as an example of this misconduct by our government agencies, corporations, hunter’s, and rancher’s alike. This also includes numerous other species, on the verge of extinction, and overwhelmingly too numerous to mention here (i.e. yes, the list sadly a long one).
The point within a nutshell explanation – the methodology of government misinformation / propaganda (used to promote their extremely large budgets by falsification) has spilled-over into public access; their reasoning irrelevant here as the damage has been done.
Keep in mind this same information is used in many instances within propaganda-filled political speeches, within corporate reasoning for their destruction of both Public and private lands, within the outright killing of our natural as well as wildlife resources in America – and essentially America is a good example, currently, of living these lies!
History is riddled with examples of governments and media that lacks supporting evidence, or is slanted to push an agenda. But government or media messages are only two potential components of misinformation campaigns. It could be said that, in general, the true power of such campaigns lie with the public, or audience, and how thoroughly they accept these messages.
MISINFORMATION OR JUST LIES
From a very simple amount of misinformation – to the complicated, based on a lot of work looking at propaganda over several decades, a government misinformation campaign is defined as one in which the government intentionally distorts and/or promotes some very questionable information for public dissemination for a particular purpose. Usually the purpose is to gain support for a policy, an action – Wild Horse’s and Wolves examples:
1. Information in regard to false EPA Reports and the requirement for truthful Environmental Assessment being completed;
2. Falsifying or eliminating (e.g. cattle graze) data from grass-lands study – make no doubt a very significant exclusion indeed, placing the blame on other hooved animals when indeed it is NOT them at all, but the cattle;
3. Falsification of regulated wildlife heard counts (i.e. deer, Elk, etc.) and claims of over-kill by predator’s (unsubstantiated by truthful scientific data gather, as referenced by many well known scientist’s and biologists in this field);
4. Guesstimates and population-range counts of wildlife currently given by government agencies, no doubt and obviously side on the elements of regulatory situations, rather than truth – when reasoning for Wolf Kill or Wild Horse Herd Roundups to be completed, and the information given to the public, the counts extremely erroneous and favoring the demand for Management-by-Kill paradigms – even though information seriously false and very obvious as such.
In some instances, more typically, the information is partially true and a certain clear slant is given to it. We’ve known since World War II and the work by the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels that extreme blatant lies that fly in the face of what an audience directly experiences doesn’t work very often; although the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of the Interior consistently proves that wrong as well. So Goebbels argued that sometimes it’s more important not to deny, say, that a building was bombed, but rather to give it a particular spin to, for example, minimize the damage.
A successful misinformation campaign plays off of several situations. It will seemingly go along with public opinion, it will play off of fear, but most often plays off a lack of evidence – but we do find the evidence later on, and why there exists so much debate now. Those are key things, and that the message is visual, and that it is repeated with some of the same kind of language and discourse—”Here the enemies are again. There they go again.” It can be very effective, these distraction and chaotic confusion elements not to be ignored either.
How things get cast and then ratcheted up as being more important is always fascinating. This is something that strategists, or manipulators, work at very carefully. We call it framing.
How can we frame this issue in a way that will tap into something people are already worried about – such as cost and equating cost with a distraction or confusing element, or just creating a lie about what the cost may be — and that will, and does discredit some other point of view? The cost of keeping our Cowboy and Ranch heritage (falsely assimilated as American’s apathetic to these types of unknowns), however, is almost never an issue because this is something that we just have to do – also most often created, falsely, from distraction, fear, or chaos – or the best of the working set, all three.
This Heritage non-existent today, only kept within the custody of Propaganda (a theater of the mind only, and yet costly to taxpayer’s), manipulating the public’s belief that our government is doing something, rather than simply spending tax money frivolously — consider how our government is saving this Heritage they speak about, in reality they do not do so at all — disappeared among the Fracking sites, oil wells, energy platforms, cattle, etc., and locate that Heritage if you can!
WILD HORSES AND WOLVES
So allow me to further the Wild Horse and Wolves examples, which will give you a perspective on how they drive the general public’s attention away from the Wild Horse Herds or Wolf extermination.
By looking at statements people made in the news media, by looking at opinion polls, listening to spokespersons and so forth, we’re able to start piecing together the kinds of views that people have.
Ironically, the capacity to stir misinformation toward saving the Wild Horse Herds from their natural environment and from starving, to send them to slaughter later, is significantly an oxymoron! But the general Public was convinced of this as a factual circumstance!
Wild Horses do not starve in their natural surrounding, that is, unless human’s have trespassed into their environment and destroyed something significant to their well-being. Horse Management Areas were derived, and payed for by taxpayers, so, indeed, the Wild Horse Herd Environments would not be destroyed! But the government agency paid by taxpayers to manage these areas, have indeed allowed them to be destroyed! Why?
Propagandist’s, in this situation setup their distraction – the starvation of wild horses – which developed into a false discussion of the same, distractingly so, as the truth of the matter (mentioned above) never seemed to reach the general public, nor accepted by the time the truth obvious.
But this type of authority, a government agency, wanted us to see the Wild Horse’s as needy, not tough enough to sustain nature, or live for very long in the winter cold – even though they have survived for centuries (the stupidity factor, or common sense, plays a role here, but the general public does not operate on common sense any longer).
Also, in the case of horses they had to destroy the historical heritage aspects, as well as the peaceful nature of horses – although wild as well — and the natural breeding hierarchy, which in reality keeps their population low; which man’s interference made the increase exponentially and unnaturally in wild horse populations, if the BLM counts relatively accurate, which they are not. Confusion follows and BLM finds it necessary to “not” end the confusion, as it supplements’ the situation, for larger budgets and subsidies to welfare ranchers and corporations, making it much easier to do so without scrutiny — The case for criminality does exist here, if only the Department of Justice would take action!
Now they say we have a Wild Horse problem in America – in truth that is false, as we have an intrusion problem from government and welfare rancher’s being the direct cause, with no Wild Horse problem at all!
The aspect of family within Wolf Packs and how they can enhance a forestry environment by being predator’s overseeing deer or Elk herd populations in a natural management perspective, is not given to the general public either. So the Propagandist will have you ignore, displaced by misinformation, the natural facts, replaced by hate, animosity, ignorance, and data manipulation of scientific reports. The Wolf situation remains a good example of this right now. Ignorance prevails here, nothing more. . . and again quite costly to taxpayers.
It has been shown it becomes very easy for the general public to support a Wild Horse Herd Roundup, the killing of more and more Wolves (out of fear as well, from misinformation), and on it goes – and once that happens, the whole argument shifts.
It’s no longer, “Are we right in our action?” “Was the original information correct that led us to this action?” It shifts from that to “Well, now we have to support the roundups to save the wild horses, or we support the hunter’s as the wolves will kill us if we don’t!” Sounds ridiculous, well guess what, it is ridiculous when one thinks about it! It becomes worse, the displacement toward those who are giving the public at large the truth, are then termed terrorist’s, or other negative and disgusting, packed with hate, denouncements toward humans in general.
OUR GOVERNMENT AND PROAGHANDA
Has American politician’s attempt to make Propaganda legal? Absolutely!
“The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee’s official website.” – Bi-partisan amendment to the defense authorization bill in 2012 (a trailer ensued but was cut at that time), one that is sponsored by Rep. Mark Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington state. The tweak to the bill would have essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns.
There are those Legislator’s that would like to keep the Bill alive, even today. . . The bill’s supporters say the informational material used overseas to influence foreign audiences is too good to not use at home, and that new techniques are needed to help fight Al-Qaeda, a borderless enemy whose own propaganda reaches Americans online.
Critics of the bill, and I concur, say there are ways to keep America safe without turning the massive information operations apparatus within the federal government against American citizens.
This is dangerous territory, and exploiting the “protect us from the terrorists” excuse isn’t good enough to trump protecting Americans from our own powerful government propaganda campaigns intended to sway public opinion.
Black Propaganda is against the law, still, in America – but there does exist “White Propaganda” and “Gray Propaganda” as well; Although, many government agencies use it, as well as misinformation (also against law, policy, regulatory actions, and management outlines).
It is disgusting that we, as American’s should be “putting-up” with this situation from our elected officials. . . Who and how voted these people into office? Oh, they lied to get into office – perhaps it is time to verify what these politician’s say, and how they go about business with thorough and checked references given to the public. Also their past accomplishments, deeds, or mis-deeds, and out of fairness their explanation toward their mis-deeds – YES, RESPONSIBILITY rears its ugly head once again! We expect no less from those potential employees who may work for us at one time or another!
It is time for American’s to WAKE UP! DON’T BE AFRAID, NO ONE WILL HURT YOU FOR TAKING A LOOK AROUND AND SEE WHAT THE CURRENT SET OF POLITICIAN’S HAVE DONE TO AMERICA!
THEY ARE NOT IN THE BALLOT AREA EITHER – NO GUNS OR TROOPS – NO ONE STANDING OVER YOU AS YOU VOTE – SIMPLY VOTE THEM OUT!
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April 22, 2014 at 11:32 pm
Another awesome article. Many thanks, John. I share all of them with their valuable information. Keep them coming please.
April 24, 2014 at 11:40 am
Natures Balance cannot be messed with…………..
February 28, 2015 at 5:54 pm
Great Wild Horse Advocacy here and for the wolves and all of nature’s creatures.