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You Are Being Lied To - The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths by Russ Kick

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Reseeding because this is an excellent volume to leaf through until you find the mesmer in your eyes.

"You Are Being Lied To" is a massive collection of articles that acts as a battering ram against the distortions, myths, and outright lies that are fed to us by media and [insert your favorite devil here] by an unprecedented group of researchers - investigative reporters, political dissidents, academics, media watchdogs, scientist-philosophers, social critics, and rogue scholars.

From The Introduction:

You Are Being Lied To. It takes some nerve to give a book that title, eh? It came to me very early in the process, when this collection was just a germ of an idea. I did pause to wonder if it was too audacious; after all, I didn’t want my mouth to write a check that my butt couldn’t cash. But after spending several intense months assembling this book, I’m more convinced than ever that the title is the proper one. We are being lied to. In many ways.

For the purposes of this book, the definition of “lie” is an elastic one. Sometimes it means an outright falsehood told in order to deceive people and advance the agenda of the liar. Or it can be a “lie of omission,” in which the crucial part of the story that we’re not being told is more important than the parts we know. Sometimes the lie can be something untrue that the speaker thinks is true, otherwise known as misinformation (as opposed to disinformation, which is something untrue that the speaker knows is untrue). In yet other cases, particular erroneous beliefs are so universal—serial killers are always men, the Founding Fathers cared about the masses—that you can’t pinpoint certain speakers in order to ascertain their motives; it’s just something that everyone “knows.” Sometimes, in fact, the lie might be the outmoded dominant paradigm in a certain field. Arelated type of lie—a “meta-lie,” perhaps—occurs when certain institutions arrogantly assume that they have all the answers. These institutions then try to manipulate us with a swarm of smaller individual lies.

Which more or less leads me to my next point: This book doesn’t pretend that it has all, or perhaps even any, of the answers. It’s much easier to reveal a lie than to reveal the truth. As a wise soul once noted, all you have to do is find a single white crow to disprove the statement, “All crows are black.” The contributors to this book are pointing out the white crows that undermine the “black crow” statements of governments, corporations, the media, religions, the educational system, the scientific and medical establishments, and other powerful institutions. Sydney Schanberg may not know the exact truth of the POW/MIAsituation, but he sure as hell knows that Senator John McCain does everything he can to make sure that truth will never be known. David McGowan may not know exactly what happened during the Columbine massacre, but he shows us that there are numerous puzzle pieces that just don’t fit into the nice,
neat version of events that’s been presented to us. Judith Rich Harris is still building the case that peers matter more than parents, but she has soundly laid to rest the notion that parenting style is by far the most important influence on who a child becomes. Can we say that a divine hand didn’t put a secret code in the Bible? No, not exactly, but David Thomas can show that 1) those “holy” codes also appear in War and Peace, The Origin of Species, and a Supreme
Court decision, and 2) you can find almost any word or name you want to find if you torture the text enough.

There are some cases, though, when it’s fairly safe to say that the truth has been revealed. Thomas Lyttle does show us that licking toads will not, indeed can not, get you high, and Michael Zezima definitively reveals that both sides committed atrocities during World War II. Meanwhile, Charles Bufe demonstrates that the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous lifted their ideas wholesale from the evangelical Christian group they belonged to. They even admitted it!

Such cases of positive proof are in the minority, though. Basically, the pieces in this book show that the received wisdom—the common knowledge—is often wrong. Well, then, what’s right? That’s a much, much more complicated question, and the answers are elusive. Hopefully we’ll all spend our lives pursuing them. But the first step is to realize that the “answers” that are being handed to us on a silver platter—or, perhaps more often, shoved down our throats—are often incorrect, incomplete, and usually serve the interests of the people promoting those so-called answers. That’s where You Are Being Lied To comes in.

So dive in at any point, and you’ll see that this book’s title is deadly accurate. What you do about it is up to you.

The Disinformation Company (abbreviated as Disinfo)

Was a privately held, limited American publishing company until 2012 when it was sold to Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari.[1] It also owned Disnformation Books, which focused on current affairs titles and books exposing alleged conspiracy theories, occultism, politics, news oddities, and purported disinformation. It is headquartered in New York City, New York. Arguably, its most visible publications to date are 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know and the Everything You Know About [subject] Is Wrong series, both by the company's editor-at-large Russ Kick.

Russ Kick

Was the founder and editor of the website The Memory Hole, which published and archived US government documents, including scientific studies and reports, civil rights-related reports, intelligence and covert action reports, consumer safety reports, and images including photographs of flag-draped coffins of American military personnel. These photos of the war dead garnered worldwide media attention, including heavy rotation on all 24-hour news channels and front-page coverage on major newspapers, including The New York Times.[1] The Memory Hole also gained attention for posting a completely uncensored version of a Justice Department report about its internal hiring practices, leading to a front-page story in The New York Times.

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Russ Kick also edited the three-volume, 1,600-page anthology set titled The Graphic Canon from Seven Stories Press, which features the world's great literature interpreted by over 120 artists and illustrators ... does anyone have that and can share???

I found it and shared it here: https://concen.org/content/graphic-canon-definitive-anthology-worlds-gre...

The files are in .cbz format, which I am unfamiliar with, but hopefully work with most ebook readers...