Too many websites are just plain insane – i.e., annoying, stupid, dishonest and deranged. And, far too many of the bizarre ‘facts’ they peddle are lies made up out of thin air. And, it has gotten so bad that I’ve had to avoid whole websites and discard volumes of information because they are completely crazy.
Never trust someone who is dishonest, stupid or insane.
I’ve had to deal with this problem for decades. And, it amazes me that, with all the resources that are available to us, that we still must deal with insanity.
Worse, it gets in the way of discovering the truth.
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Another Website Fails the Sanity Check
Another Website Fails the Sanity Check – The ShockCast
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I want to talk about a horrifying part of recent American history, and I find myself frustrated over the fact that I cannot trust what initially seemed to be an excellent source. And, I’m afraid that I will discover that most of the sources on this subject are either corrupt, dishonest, stupid or just plain crazy. Yet, this is important, so I will do my best to find information and analysis that I can trust on what Operation Gladio was – and maybe is.
I don’t want to go too far into Gladio, since I want to stay on the subject of insanity. But, here is what one rather dishonest website says about Operation Gladio:
Operation Gladio is the codename for clandestine “stay-behind” operations of armed resistance that was planned by the Western Union (WU), and subsequently by NATO, for a potential Warsaw Pact invasion and conquest in Europe. Although Gladio specifically refers to the Italian branch of the NATO stay-behind organizations, “Operation Gladio” is used as an informal name for all of them. Stay-behind operations were prepared in many NATO member countries, and some neutral countries.
The role of the CIA in Gladio and the extent of its activities during the Cold War era, and any relationship to terrorist attacks perpetrated in Italy during the “Years of Lead” (late 1960s to early 1980s) are the subject of debate. Switzerland and Belgium have had parliamentary inquiries into the matter.
The word gladio is the Italian form of gladius, a type of Roman shortsword.
And yes, Wikipedia cannot be trusted as a source, but it can be a starting point for a thorough search on the topic. Unfortunately, the operative word is ‘can’. Truth mixed with lies can send you in the wrong direction, no matter how careful you are.
And, my source on Gladio that has me so frustrated?
Well, it’s this article:
Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance | OffGuardian.org
It sounded soooo good. Everything said in that article sounded right. Some of the details seemed to be a bit sketchy, but I was willing to work with it. Maybe some of those details that seemed sketchy were actually quite accurate. But that was before I decided to do my ‘sanity check’.
I do this for every website that I want to use as a source of information. And, I’m afraid that websites like, Off-Guardian.org, fail my sanity check. Every time. And, you should never trust people with a mental disease like the one that they have, to tell you how the world works.
The Crazy Physicist
Years ago, when I was living in Jerusalem, I had to go to the downtown Jerusalem police station – the one near the big Russian Orthodox church. I was there for something to do with the registration of our car. Or something like that. And, in the waiting room, I sat down next a rather ragged looking guy. And, trying to be friendly, I asked him what he was there for.
He proudly showed me a scratch on his arm and claimed that he was a victim of terrorism. Alarm bells went off in my mind. His terrorist was either a rose bush or the awning of a sidewalk cafe. But, I very carefully nodded my head and changed the subject to something safer. I asked him what he did.
To my utter astonishment, he told me that he was a physicist, and that he was going to earn a Nobel Prize. I had studied physics at university, so I was curious about any further insanity that I would hear. So, I asked him how he was going to earn this Nobel Prize.
With ponderous dignity he pulled out a piece of paper and wrote on it:
0 = 0
And, he said THAT would earn him a Nobel Prize.
I very carefully made sure that my expression was cautiously positive before looking at him and saying, “I see.”
Even though I had little to be concerned about, in terms of personal safety, the knowledge that I was sitting next to someone insane, was a little disconcerting. Unfortunately, Jerusalem attracts a lot of crazy people, and I have plenty of stories to share on the subject. But, that’s for another time.
I say all that to ask a question:
Would you believe a homeless person if they showed you a scratch and claimed that they were a victim of terrorism?
Or that they were a physicist, about to earn their Nobel Prize?
Of course not.
Unfortunately, we DO trust people who are just as insane, every day, without realizing it. And, we love to trust the ones who say things that we like to hear. And, I must tell you that what I was ‘hearing’ in that article about Operation Gladio sounded very good indeed. But, when I ran my ‘sanity check’ on the website, I realized that I couldn’t trust it.
I really hate it when this happens. But, insane is insane.
This means that OffGuardian is off limits.
The Sanity Check
What is this ‘sanity check’, you ask?
Listen carefully, because it’s really, Really, REALLY complicated. It involves the complicated use of the fingers, a keyboard, a mouse and your eyes.
Since almost every website has a ‘search function’, go to the search box type in the following letters:
I, s, r, a, e and l.
Just six letters. Then hit the return key and read what you find. And, if everything that you read is ‘bad Israel this’ and ‘awful Israel that’, then the website has failed the sanity check.
You don’t need to know HOW they fail the sanity check. You just need to know that they have, and that’s that. And, OffGuardian is relentless anti-Israel. There is not a single good thing that they have to say about Israel. And, their sympathy for the ‘poor Palestinians’ is revolting.
If they had just ONE article that was sympathetic towards Israel, I wouldn’t call the website insane. And, I looked for it. Couldn’t find it. And, the articles that I found were… well …deranged.
I lived in Israel for 15 years. And, I know that what OffGuardian says about Israel is insane and dishonest. And, I am so very tired of constantly finding dishonest and insane websites that claim to reveal ‘the real truth’ about this or that.
Now, is my ‘sanity check’ completely accurate?
Well, it works pretty well. The Jews have always been a kind of ‘canary in the coal mine’ for centuries. Whenever a society turns insane, people always seem to turn against the Jews living among them. And no, I don’t understand this insanity. Only those who are insane would claim to understand.
Oh, when you look more closely at other articles on relentlessly anti-Israel websites, you can see their insanity in more detail. For instance, a brief overview of OffGuardian shows hardly a word of criticism for Russia, Syria and Iran.
Everyone deserves criticism, unless they’ve already been beaten up so badly, and unfairly treated, that they deserve support – like Israel.
Why I Never Criticize Israel
I will never criticize Israel. Ever. I know what they are going through, and I know the incredibly high standards of ethics and morality that they have set for themselves.
You might disagree, but you have not earned the right to disagree. Only when you’ve spent serious time in Israel, years at a time, getting to know the people. Getting to know how they think. Even watching them defend themselves.
Only THEN do you get the right to criticize Israel.
Before I went to Israel, I used to think that I had the right to criticize her. But, that was before I found out what was really going on.
Furthermore, you probably wouldn’t understand the legitimate criticisms of Israel that I DO have – like why I’m not fond of Netanyahu. Why I dance on the grave of the Labor Party. Or, why I can’t stand Tel Aviv. It would take too long to explain, so I normally don’t bother.
Yes, Israel has a ‘gay community’ and does this ‘gay parade’ thing. But, so does YOUR country. So, don’t talk to me about how awful Israel is because they have homosexuals, or because they all haven’t embraced Christianity. Your country isn’t any better.
More importantly, there’s a morality issue here:
If your neighborhood is unfairly tormenting a defenseless neighbor and even threatening her life, you don’t beat her up for not washing her windows.
You defend her, and quietly wash the windows yourself, if it’s a big enough issue for you.
Israel deserves our support, not our condemnation. It would be evil to abuse an already abused people. We have persecuted the Jews for 2000 years. They’ve suffered enough. It’s time to stop the persecution.
Sanity Check B
Okay, that’s one part of my ‘sanity check’. But, there’s more. You might call it a ‘Side B’.
If I see articles that portray every Israeli with a halo or try to claim that Israelis want a third temple… I run away. Israelis are far from perfect, and THEY DO NOT WANT A THIRD TEMPLE!!!
Please, stop it with the Third Temple insanity. And please, Please, PLEASE never give money to the Temple Institute. THOSE people are insane, and they hate Christians, but the Temple Institute loves the money.
So, don’t glorify Israel beyond what she deserves. She’s a modern country with modern problems, living under unfair conditions, in a brutal neighborhood. Praise her for what she deserves to be praised for, and leave any criticism to those who love to hate Israel.
The point of this ‘sanity check’ is to see if a source of information sees clearly. Hatred towards Israel is the mark of someone who does not see clearly. Likewise, way too much praise of Israel. Either way, the site cannot be trusted to give you clear and well-reasoned content.
By the way, a hatred of Israel often indicates that there is some kind of bias that a website is concealing. They know that their readers won’t like that bias, so they hide it. But, it routinely comes out in an antipathy towards the Jews and the State of Israel. Most white nationalists, Russophiles, ‘christian nationalists’, neo-nazis and Arabists will not tell you that they are such. Some who are anti-Christian will hide that fact. But, the one thing that these people seem to have in common is a hatred of Israel.
Other Sanity Checks
Are there other elements to my ‘sanity check’?
Let me quickly scratch out a couple more things.
Well, there are the everything is a conspiracy sites. I shake my head at these people. You would be surprised at how hard it is to keep things secret. The larger the group of people, the harder it is to keep that group secret. Yes, there ARE conspiracies, but they are a lot simpler than most conspiracy theorists imagine.
Nukes, Aliens, Area 51, and ‘Secret Weapons’. I just luuuuv these. Only two nuclear weapons have ever been used in a non-test situation. EVER. And, that was 80 years ago. Yes, there’s an ‘Area 51’, but it’s not as special as you think. And, those secret weapon projects aren’t all that secret.
Oh, and there are no aliens, except the kind like me. That’s right. I’m an alien. Taiwan says so. I even carry a card that proclaims me to be an alien with the right to live in Taiwan.
Hopefully, this rant has given you an idea of how I look at websites, and maybe how you should, too. There’s a lot more to this than what I’ve said, but it’s a good start. Please share with us (in the comment section), how YOU determine if a site is worth reading and listening to.
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Except when I’m not.
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