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Saturday, January 29, 2011

UNREST IN EGYPT - Government Shuts Down Internet and Cellphones

You heard right.

The Egyptian government wants to stifle and oppress any opposition to their apparently unpopular policies...
Everyday people, citizens, working class folks who may love their country but disagree with the government.

Think it can't happen here?

Think again, my friends!


One day soon, Big Brother in charge here will

flip the switch,

and all the things you take for granted will screech to a halt.


When that happens, you won't be able to call your friends, or family,
and you won't be able to email anyone either,
or check online for the truth.

All you'll know then is
WHAT THE GOVERNMENT and MEDIA tell you...
If you believe everything they tell you, then you'll be happy.

So
WAKE UP
and start looking for the truth while you still can.

I'll be here as long as I can,
until they stifle my free speech,
or hack me again,
or make it look like I died in a car wreck.

Now back to our regular series about
PROPAGANDA.

PROPAGANDA AND YOU - A New Series - Part 1



“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
-- Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Nazi Germany 

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What is propaganda?
How has it affected history?
How does it affect you today?

We'll be exploring this fascinating topic over the course of several posts, and hopefully by the end of the series we will all be more aware of the mass mind-control and manipulation that has controlled our perceptions since the time we were able to read or watch TV.



Does propaganda still exist today?
You had better believe it!

Like a fish born into a fishbowl,
and being fed by unseen hands,
someone other than you has been in control of everything that you take for granted.

And like that fish,
many people don't care who is feeding them,
or what they are being fed,
as long as they continue to receive a steady supply of
'food'
from the hands of the providers.

That poor fish may never realize what a wonderful wide world awaits
beyond the fishbowl...
endless oceans of possibilities exist
beyond the poor fishes perception.

And,
like a living frog placed in a pot of water,
we will likely sit placidly and meekly,
as the hand that provides
turns up the flames beneath us
and slowly
but surely
cooks the very life right out of us.

"But Mr. Apocolyte," you might say, "isn't some propaganda actually good?
It isn't all lies, is it?"

"Yeah, some of it is patriotic, and I love my country!", says another.



So do I, friend.
And I love my fellow man as well,
which is why we all need to
wake up, and smell the propaganda.

"Well, if I'm going to die, I'd rather die in my sleep, and not know what was coming!"

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

Now, as I begin to poke and prod you awake,
let's enjoy some cartoons, shall we?

No need to pull back the curtain too far, too soon, is there?

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During World War II, the United States produced many films designed at educating the public as well as instilling a sense of patriotism. Several films of excellent quality were made by Walt Disney. These films are enjoyable to watch, highly entertaining, and creatively composed.

They are also persuasive propaganda at some of it's finest.

Here is the classic EDUCATION FOR DEATH!



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Here's an entertaining little stop-motion animation WWII propaganda film (not by Disney)
 called BURY THE AXIS!
(you'll want to crank up the volume, the sound quality is low)


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Now what would WWII propaganda be without a talking nazi duck?
Donald Duck stars in
DER FUEHRER'S FACE!



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Finally, here is an enjoyable and visually stunning bit of an oddity from Disney called
VICTORY THROUGH AIR POWER!
PART 1




PART 2




PART 3




PART 4




PART 5




PART 6




PART 7




PART 8




PART 9




PART 10




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That wasn't so bad now, was it?
We had fun and we learned something!
Whetting your appetite a bit?
Starting to get interested? Maybe a little?
Waking up just a tiny bit, are we?

Well, we're just getting warmed up, friend!

I WANT YOU...


...to join me next time for
PROPAGANDA AND YOU - Part 2!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

UNEMPLOYED BUT BLOGGING - For How Long?

Friends and readers,
I have managed to survive the last two years after losing my job of the previous 7 years
due to health reasons, surgeries, and insurance battles. Besides myself, I'm doing everything I can for my
father who has been dying slowly for the last three years. 

In the midst of all my troubles, I began blogging about one of my favorite subjects: Comic books.
I haven't always been puntual, but I have managed to post several times and I hope to continue.
I hope someone out there has enjoyed a post or two on my blogs.

I presently keep 4 blogs going online:

where I hope to drum up work using my artistic gifts

where I present black and white comic art classics and more

where I present comic stories and history in color

and this blog, which was my first.

My original intent for this blog was to be a mixture of issues and personal social commentary.
Since I already have avenue for comic related topics, I am in the process of altering the purpose of this blog to fit more into the original intent.

While there are serious issues facing many people right now, both in the USA and around the world, I have always had a sense of humor about life, and I hope to keep some of that humor here if possible. I hope you'll stay with me as I transition this blog. Some issues may be close to your heart, and some may be deeply close to mine.

As long as I am able to, I hope to continue blogging, and as I talk about current events or social issues, I hope you will feel free to comment with your own opinion,
therefore adding to the discussion.

I know I am not alone in my troubles. There are many people suffering setbacks in one form or another these days. Here in the USA we have a tendency to take for granted many of the wonderful blessings we do enjoy here. It is easy to get caught up in ourselves, and forget how great we do have it here.

The old axiom is true.
You don't know what you have until it's gone.
Be thankful for what you have today.
Tomorrow is another day, and none of us can see clearly what is facing us just around the next corner.

So treat each other with respect.
Take time to assess your life, slow down and think a bit more.
Take a moment and call the people in your life that you've been too busy to find time for.
Because life isn't about making sure you have the latest smart phone, what you wear, or even how much sex you get.

It's about people, pure and simple.
Really, that's all we have.

Each other.









 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING - THANK YOU!



Hello, comic lovers!

I am almost ready to begin re-posting here.

Usually I like to keep things light and avoid deep personal issues, but I need to take a moment and explain why there haven't been any posts for the past several months, and where I've been for so long.
For anyone who cares, I didn't forget about you or abandon you, but the truth is I was the victim of cyber terrorism which destroyed my computer and has played havoc with my personal life as well as my income for the past several months. That is why I haven't been able to post anything for nearly a year.

To anyone who fancies themselves a computer hacker, go get a real job and stop destroying peoples work. The fact is I have a family and an elderly father who depend on me to take care of them, and when you attack my computer and my personal work, you are attacking and hurting not only me, but several people who depend on me. Life is hard enough nowadays.
Not only did these cyber-schmucks ruin my life for the past year, but they prevented all of you wonderful folks from enjoying the posts I had prepared. For that alone, I am angry at these spoiled cyber-creeps. So, you break-a my computer, I break-a you face! Go find a real hobby instead of destroying what someone else created...

Well, I'm back, and starting from scratch once again. Please be patient as I begin to re-scan all my stories and then soon enough I'll be posting with regularity.

Though I had never intended to do so, I will be setting up a PayPal link here and on my other blogs so that anyone who wishes to may offer donations, and I again say that I must do so as a real neccesity at this point. If you enjoy this blog, or any of my other blogs, please consider a gift of any size if you are able. I thank you for considering this, and I and my family thank you for your viewership and support. The link is on the right near the top - Please click on the PayPal / Donate button (you don't need a PayPal account). I am grateful for any amount you can manage. Thank you again.

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Please stay tuned for much more to come.

Thank you!

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To commission original artwork of any type, email me at theapocolyte@hotmail.com