‘Pay’ for the ‘Truth’?

In the film series Back to the Future, Doc’s DeLorean transports through time when it reaches 88 mph.

bttf-88

For this and other reasons, 8-August seemed like a good date to finally make a change to this site I had been considering for some time. In a recent video update I flagged the change that was to come: Honorary Membership would be changing to Part Membership. Those who had been enjoying access to Full Membership material, without financially supporting the site, would no longer have access behind the paywall. In this post I will briefly explain why I wanted to make this change, and discuss the broader topic of ‘paying for truth’.

Background Pt 1 – Brief Timeline

Circa 2013: I first learn that Sandy Hook and the Boston Bombings are a hoax.

Early 2014:
I start listening to podcasts like We’ll Do It Live, the Max Resistance Roundtable, and Kyle Hunt’s Solar Storm.
Mid-2014
: I begin attending Meetups around Brisbane with the express intent of finding like-minded people to begin a podcast on this and similar topics.
October 2014: The ARP is launched with Ethan and Lindsay the Silverfox as my co-hosts. Shows broadcast live every Sunday for one year straight.

March 2015
: Sunday Sessions begins and we welcome dozens of people onto the show to discuss anything and everything ‘alternative’ each Sunday night.
June 2015: The Ball Earth Skeptic Roundtable begins and runs for 12 consecutive episodes.
Late 2015: We wrap up all three weekly shows with a view to taking somewhat of a break to freshen up our minds and souls.

Early 2016
: I begin a full-time role at a new company and save money for long-awaited world travel (having not left Australia since 2010).
Mid-2016: I quit my full-time job and begin what turns into a 12-month, self-funded, itinerant-style ‘holiday’.
During this time I build this website and continue my independent research. Several live shows covering baby hoaxes go ‘semi viral’ and the YouTube channel grows.
Late 2016: Membership to this website is launched.

Early 2017
: The first attempt to reach Winton for the Dinoskeptic film is unsuccessful. A small group of supporters help fund second attempt.
April 2017: The second attempt to reach Winton is successful. Over two hours of material is released to Members while on the road.
May 2017: My first ever truly viral video proves a point I had been making for some time: there is no hope for these people. Conspiratards vs normies.
Mid-2017: I finally run out of money and go and get another job. An old boss has work for me and I go back to what I was doing years ago (basic admin work).

Present
: I continue to work at a ‘real job’ two/three days per week and spend the rest of my time dedicated to genuine research and producing content.

Background Pt 2 – Honorary Memberships

There have been several different reasons why I have upgraded people to Honorary Membership over the past eight or nine months.

In one or two cases, people have signed up as Full Members and then sent me emails to express their dissatisfaction with what they found on this side of the paywall. I have then given them the option of a refund and/or temporary access without payment as a way of saying thanks for the feedback.

In one instance a gentleman was taking time to send through information about typos in my articles, almost like a voluntary copy editor; Honorary Membership was my way of saying thanks.

On more than one occasion I have offered Honorary Membership to individuals whose own work (on YouTube or elsewhere) I have appreciated over the journey.

‘Paying for truth’?

In 2013 a character named Markus Allen caused consternation in ‘media fakery’ circles (namely Hoaxbusters Call and Fakeologist) for his decision to implement a paywall on his site. You can listen to a fascinating exchange and discussion on the topic here. I highly recommend you take the time to listen to that call. It offers insights into a range of issues inherent to, and personalities involved in, this scene. In due season I will provide a deeper analysis of that call and the broader incident it encapsulated. It shall suffice for now to state that I am thankful for the insights Mr Allen has offered me both directly and indirectly, and I hope to one day record a show with him about his experiences in this scene.

It was in 2016 that I first listened to the aforementioned call, when I was still – to some extent – under the impression (or spell of hope) that the ‘truth community’ existed in the way I had initially been led to believe – or, at least, that some of the individuals associated with the scene had the same reasons for being here as I did. Shortly after listening to the call, I left a comment somewhere on fakeologist regarding it. Markus Allen contacted me directly and we corresponded for a brief period. He informed me that his own ‘pay for truth’ venture had not been as successful as he had initially hoped, and that he was no longer involved in producing any content whatsoever.

Again, a deeper analysis of all of this will be forthcoming. Suffice for now to say that when I first instituted the paywall I did not expect it to ever become a viable, primary source of ongoing income, and this remains my position to this day. In fact my main motivation for maintaining the paywall is not to make money but to keep the cretins out.

What effect does this have?

Take a look through the comments on some of my videos on YouTube. Only recently have I begun employing the ‘approve messages’ option. Prior to that, I would let almost every comment remain, as a way to let third parties see for themselves what kind of people are out there leaving comments. I say ‘leaving comments’ rather than ‘watching videos’ because many of them clearly leave their comments without actually watching the videos on which they are commenting.

The important point to note is that it is not merely the normies leaving stupid and negative comments. It is the ‘awake’ people too. Conspiratards and normies are two sides of the same coin. For a brief overview of my thesis, see this video.

Just last night I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel. It was inspired by a thread I saw earlier that day on /pol/concerning the blatant programming taking place via outlets like Time magazine and National Geographic. Somebody within that thread posted the following:

magazine-programming

Upon seeing it my mind quickly turned to the song Everybody’s Happy Now by Aldous Huxley, whose work has been central to my own research and development over the past 12 months or so. Amazingly, there seems to only be one cover of the song currently available on YouTube:

As I had the night free, I had a decision to make: how to spend my time before bed? Would I watch one of the many films on my list of those to see and analyse? Would I make a Members Update for this site? No, the post and image in question had inspired me and so I decided I might as well put together a YouTube video. My production chronology was up to 1777 and this topic more than any other seemed worthy of that lucky number. So I spent several hours putting together the following:

A technical or contextual analysis of the piece is unnecessary to this post. What is important is the following:

1777-stats

I have seen well-known ‘truther’ channels reach 100 thumbs up before receiving a single thumbs down. I have seen countless videos on similar topics to my own reach hundreds of thumbs up without receiving 15 thumbs down. As usual, my own video received more thumbs down than up, and no comments from the dissenters as to why. Instead I received several nasty comments from people who I would be happy to bet would not utter such things to my face in person.

Of course, there is good reason to be critical of the video. For one thing, my singing in it is even poorer than usual – and my singing is poor at the best of times. Then there is the fact that in the video I suggest that stoner culture is as degenerate as alcohol abuse culture, which is a touchy subject for many people. The first of these points is technical, the second is to do with content, and many valid criticisms could be made about the video in either regard – but no such criticism is offered.

The reality is this: there are people subscribed to my YouTube channels who are there only to be negative. Not to be critical (and certainly not constructively critical) but to be negative. These people click on my uploads as soon as they appear in their subscription feeds, because they cannot wait for their next fix of Two Minutes of Hate. I am their Goldstein. It is no different to the brainwashed retards who, in a perverse way, enjoy having Trump as president, and enjoy listening to his speeches, because it gives them something to get angry about. Something to get passionate about. Something to vent at. Something to make them feel alive. Something to hate.

A few weeks ago I took the time edit (into smaller files) and reupload the Dustban episode concerning their departure from Fakeologist. I used their piece as an anchor for a post in which I asked the question: what effect does this have? It was intended to encourage you, the reader/listener, to ask yourself what effect your time in and around this online scene has had on you. It was my hope that some people would also ask themselves, in a serious way, what effect this has on others as well.

I will elaborate on this point in a followup piece to What Effect Does This Have but for now I will say this: being around negative people has a negative effect on me. Putting my time and effort into producing content for negative people is even more deleterious to my spiritual health. These people are cretins to me. On YouTube the audience is comprised of more negative people than positive people. Far more. This is the simple fact of the matter.

The paywall is a filter

Charge even a nickel per week and watch the cretins disappear. They were never here for good. It is genuinely doubtful that these people are even capable of articulating a logical explanation of what the concept of ‘good’ means to them. When I say that these people are probably damaged beyond potential for self-repair, I am not exaggerating or being rhetorical. That is all I will say on the matter for now. Just as your typical Trump hater would not actually pay to watch clips of Stephen Colbert and his laughter track, your typical JLB hater is not going to pay to watch my content either. There is plenty of free stuff on YouTube to get angry about, and they would rather spend their money on whatever it is that retards spend money on.

Sometimes a filter will keep out that which might otherwise be better off in. This is the nature of filtration. Until today I have tried to mediate this problem by way of the Honorary Membership. Now that about 20 people are financially supporting the site, it no longer seems fair to them that others should receive the same content for free.

I’ll go even further and say that I do not think it is fair to me. I don’t expect – and wouldn’t encourage – anybody to spend money they had saved to travel the world, on instead building a website and producing content for it for 12 months. Nor would I suggest they work less than full-time in order to allow more time for research and content production. I don’t really expect anybody to do anything; we all have our own paths to take and decisions to make.

If this existence ends, as so many people seem to think it does and/or must, in some kind of ‘judgement’, we will all have to face that judgement alone. How did we spend our time in this realm? Was it really worth it? Once upon a time I thought I had the right to answer that question on behalf of others, even if I did not express these judgements outside of my own mind. I was more judgemental back then. As I approach 30 years of age I can see now that this propensity to judgement was not helping my psyche or spirit in any way.

A passage in Matthew speaks about not judging others lest we allow ourselves to be judged. There is more to this passage than the superficial reading.  I know that I am being judged all the time. This line of work, content production on the so-called ‘internet’, is all about putting oneself out there to be judged. This is what art is. It comes with territory. Then there is my own judgement of myself, and not a day goes by where I don’t engage in some form of self-reflection. Is there something bigger than the audience, bigger than myself, judging me too? I don’t know.

What I do know is that the reason I try not to allow myself to judge others any more is because I know it has no good effect on me. I can analyse others, study others, learn from the mistakes of others, and I have benefited greatly from doing so. I will continue to do so and continue to benefit as a result. Rather than simply learn from my own mistakes, why not learn from the mistakes of others as well? But in terms of judging other people, saying ‘this is right, and you are not doing what is right, so you are bad’, this is a habit I have greatly diminished over the past year or so and will continue to try to eliminate (or at least nullify) from my mind going forward.

My point is that it makes no difference to me how you spend your time. Those who dedicate their lives to the system, that is up to them. There is every chance I may do likewise on the other side of 30. It also makes no difference to me how you spend your money. It will, however, make a difference to you. Those who do not value what I am doing here at $5/week will not be receiving access to the fruits of my work.

Those who want to resent or judge me for this are welcome to do so. For their own sake, I hope they can see the error of their ways sooner rather than later.

The ‘truth’ is ‘free’

There is nothing on this site which any sentient creature cannot find or discover for him or herself. I am a member of no secret societies or fraternities, I have been initiated into no elite clubs or groups, I have received no special training in the occult or esoteric schools. Any ‘truth’ I have to share here is available to all for free – if they are willing to put the time into doing the genuine research for themselves. I myself have put thousands of hours into genuine research and have, I suspect, much more time ahead of me to continue to do so.

If there is such thing as ‘truth’, and if I have any of it to share on this site, it is only because I have paid for it with my time. Has this been (or will this be) a wise investment? Only time will tell.

Annexure

Lately I have spent more time focused on ‘synchromysiticism‘. Below is a video I saw for the first time yesterday. Make of it what you will.


Made available to the public on 22-Nov-2018.


 

27 thoughts on “‘Pay’ for the ‘Truth’?

  • 09-August-2017 at 2:12 am
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    As one of your former honorary members, I would like to say thank you for your generosity in allowing me to have access to your content for full members for an extended period of time. I didn’t find many typos or factual errors during my voluntary proofreading of your articles and I thought it was the least I could do to let you know when I found something that was not clear nor correct as I know you pride yourself on accurate information.

    When I asked you to explain the meaning of the acronyms you use you responded by creating your JLB Lingo section. (By the way, you still haven’t added your definition of “spruiker”. I had never heard of that word before encountering your work.) When I asked you about your recommended reading list you then added that section to your website which shows you do take on board feedback from your members.

    I think you are absolutely correct when you say that it’s not fair to your full members when there are people accessing exclusive content without paying anything while they are making a regular financial contribution to support your work. You have produced an amazing amount of original though-provoking content for your members and deserve every dollar you get. I appreciate your research and skepticism.

    What does being a Part member mean exactly? You didn’t explain. What can you do as a Part member that you can’t do as a Free member? It would be useful if you would provide a side-by-side comparison of the benefits of being a Full, Part, and Free member.

    Finally, I like your idea of having a Great Quotes section and would like to see you cite the sources of these quotes too as you are no doubt aware there are many “great quotes” in circulation on the internet but when you try to track them to their source you hit a brick wall. For example, try finding the original source of this quote by Arthur Schopenhauer “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” If anyone does manage to find it please let me know.

    • 09-August-2017 at 2:31 am
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      Niv, my friend..

      I intend no offense with my comment, if you are offended, I make no apologies.. but it is, pretty obvious what the ‘Full Membership’ function is about. Full, you get everything.. anything less and you are missing out, on what you yourself describe as extensive, thought-provoking research. Why not just fully support this, no questions asked ?

      • 09-August-2017 at 6:52 am
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        No offence taken, Miss Ali. The definition of “Full Membership” is perfectly clear to me and I will be upgrading soon. In the meantime, I just wanted to know what “Part Membership” means. Is it just a category for the former honorary members or is there a different level of functionality on the website for “Free” and “Part” members?

        • 09-August-2017 at 4:53 pm
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          That’s great Niv..!

          JLB’s operation and all that it is, and JLB.. deserves to be supported, in more ways than one ! It’s perfectly clear to me, from listening to what JLB has already expressed, what all this is about.. but I’m sure he will satisfy your queries himself..

    • 10-August-2017 at 11:15 am
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      What does being a Part member mean exactly? You didn’t explain. What can you do as a Part member that you can’t do as a Free member? It would be useful if you would provide a side-by-side comparison of the benefits of being a Full, Part, and Free member.

      Actually, this is all explained on the Members Page, which I updated prior to implementing the change. I also went into some detail about the reasons behind and expected benefits of the change in the recent Member’s Update.

      The long and short of it is this: I can’t stop people from signing up as Free Members with throwaway email accounts. This is just how wordpress operates. There are currently about 250 accounts signed up to this website as ‘Free Members’ but who are they? How many are bots? How many are doubled or tripled-up accounts? I have no way of knowing. They might as well be YouTube subscriptions.

      The Part Membership is not something people can sign up to on their own – I need to manually upgrade their free account. This way, the only people accessing the material set aside for the non-paying membership level are those who at least provide a working email address. This way I can get a much better gauge of who is actually accessing that material. In other words, I can determine how many people are interested in my work enough to check out the website.

      Sooner rather than later I will be deleting all of the old ‘Free Membership’ accounts and more or less beginning that list from scratch. From there, each time somebody signs up as a new Free Member, I will send them an email, and if it bounces, I will immediately delete their account. If it is a legitimate sign-up, I will upgrade them to Part Membership. In other words, Part Membership is the new Free Membership.

      For the purpose of this reply I put together the following visual schema:

      Over the past three years I have tried many different things. Some have worked, some have not. Sometimes my predictions/expectations have come to pass, sometimes they have not. I expect that over the next couple of months, the Part Membership level will grow to a few dozen, from which a small proportion will then upgrade to Full Membership. At the very least, I will be keeping the Part Membership material way from YouTube. I have been providing free material to YouTube for years now; at least this way the free material will only be for the potential benefit of my operation, not theirs. If nothing else, this strategy will help to filter out the literal retards who still seriously believe I am a paid shill sent to datamine their details – as if their conspiratard opinions are important to anybody, let alone TPWRTS.

      In the best case scenario, a decent proportion of Part Members enjoy what they see there and decide to sign up as Full Members. If the site grows at the same rate over the next twelve months as it has over the past twelve months, I may well be able to live – very frugally, but healthily – purely off the revenues from the operation. Although this is not my primary goal at this point, it is something I am open to. Even one year spent purely dedicated to content production could be enough to produce all of the content in the backlog. If that is to happen, I need to implement a more sensible method for disseminating my material, and this three-tier membership structure is far more logical than what I was doing previously.

      I will also get to learn a little bit more about the psychology of people ostensibly interested in ‘alternative research’. The normies and conspiratards are what they are. There is no mystery there for me anymore. The Full Members have put their money where their mouth is; whatever their motivations, I have some insight into the correlation between their words and their actions. The people in between are the people I do not yet have enough information on to arrive at any firm conclusions. I have my suspicions, and this structure will allow me to test some hypotheses. Who are these people who claim to value truth, or detest lies, and are not conspiratarded enough to believe I am a boogeyman, yet do not value the content I am producing?

      Time will tell, and I will learn. That is how it works.

        • 12-August-2017 at 9:44 am
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          You’d better get used to it: I plan to utilise visual representations even more often going forward. They help me communicate with myself and with the audience. For instance, it was only while putting together the visual in question that it occurred to me that I really don’t know what to expect with the Part Memberships. I have predictions and hypotheses, but I don’t really know. Putting the schema together helped me think about it, and hopefully helped some readers to see what I was thinking.

      • 11-August-2017 at 3:19 pm
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        Jlb, could you post your youtube videos, or a link to them, to this site as well? I have quit watching youtube and I just noticed you have been posting on there. I really dont want to go back to checking youtube every day, but I also dont want to miss JLB content.

        Also, I might be the cheapest mofo on the planet and yet it was a pretty easy decision for me to sign up to the site

        • 12-August-2017 at 9:40 am
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          Jlb, could you post your youtube videos, or a link to them, to this site as well? I have quit watching youtube and I just noticed you have been posting on there. I really dont want to go back to checking youtube every day, but I also dont want to miss JLB content.

          Yep, this is on the priority list for today.

          Also, I might be the cheapest mofo on the planet and yet it was a pretty easy decision for me to sign up to the site.

          I doubt you are more frugal than me. My jackets are all $10 jobs from Kmart. I wear two at the same time when sitting at the cafe because they pump up the air-con too high. Thanks for the kind words, though 🙂

          • 12-August-2017 at 7:50 pm
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            Thank you JLB.

            You might be surprised at how cheap I am, but I suppose overall you have me beat. I’m certainly too cheap for coffee shop coffee, but then I more than make up for that by consuming other things. Also, when I have my little girls I spend money like its my last day on earth. I’m pennywise and pound foolish.

            I have spent very little money on clothes in my life, I’m almost certain I have you beat in that department.

      • 13-August-2017 at 6:35 pm
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        Thanks for the clarification, JLB. I posted my comment before noticing your description of Part membership on the Part Members page in the Members Area. It was too late to edit my comment so apologies for my idiocy. I’ll put that one down to my being temporarily blinded by the obvious!

  • 09-August-2017 at 2:48 pm
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    “Averroes classified people as of three categories:

    1. the demonstrative class, which is capable of strict reasoning and demonstration according to Aristotle’s laws of logic;

    2. the dialectical class, which is satisfied with the plausible opinions general to thoughtful people; and

    3. the rhetorical class, who are persuaded simply by what they are told and whose views cannot stand up to criticism.

    It is to the last and second, according to his view, that the apparent readings of Scripture are addressed, and not so much for their enlightenment as for their moral control and improvement. For such folk cannot grasp philosophical demonstrations and, if unsettled in their minds, would be morally undone.”

    source: Creative Mythology page 142 (Joseph Campbell)

    • 09-August-2017 at 3:23 pm
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      Before I respond to what I think was your motivation for posting this, let me ask in simple terms: why did you post this?

  • 10-August-2017 at 2:58 pm
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    A thought or two regarding this discussion.

    I am here to support YOU. I will continue to support you, as both your research and your musings based upon your interactions within this microcosm we call the Internet truth community & beyond inspire me to:

    1. reevaluate my own disposition on a multitude of levels in many different facets of day to day life, both on and off the Internet.

    2. objectively question most anything.

    3. thoroughly examine what many have deemed “givens”, i.e. mainstays of current mainstream conditioning.

    4. keep an active intellectual acumen through exposure to well written prose laden with dynamic vocabulary.

    As I’ve mentioned to you before, the benefits I gain from your work are worth exponentially more that what you require for a full membership. Hear me, dear sir: NOBODY IS OFFERING WHAT YOU ARE OFFERING. I WOULD GLADLY PAY MORE.

    I’m well aware that I can only speak for myself, but it truly matters not to me if you choose to allow those who do not financially contribute to this website access to the material contained therein. The duality of fair vs. unfair never once permeated my thought process, not in terms of my own role as a full member, anyway. That being said, I have on more than one occasion thought it unfair to you. Your words, your voice, the videos and images you’ve painstakingly compiled… your body collective of work is the fruit of a unique and beautifully brilliant mind. Access to something so profound should not be given away. A compulsory $20 donation per month is certainly not enough to topple one’s fiscal prowess; it should serve more as a token of appreciation, and a testament to the notion of “no free lunch”, albeit on an intellectual level, and perhaps even on a quasi-esoteric level if one is truly improving himself through the benefits of accessing your work.

    I have a few thoughts on a more productive way to use YouTube, but I’ll save it for another day. This comment is already a bit long. Thanks again for all that you do.

    • 11-August-2017 at 7:07 am
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      What a great and thoughtful comment Alistair Caine !

      “..the benefits I gain from your work are worth exponentially more than what you require for a full membership..”

      This is truer than you know, and reminded me of something I read recently in:

      ‘The Science Of Getting Rich: The Original Classic’ – Wallace D. Wattles (published 1910)

      and that is.. “..give everyone more in use value, than you take from him in cash value..”.

      When JLB set up his Patreon, I think I was the first patron. I have helped to upgrade his computer, an essential tool for the operation, and in gratitude, was given an Honorary Membership, to which I reciprocated by paying my Membership for the year.. and it goes something like that !

      “Your words, your voice, the videos and images you’ve painstakingly compiled… your body collective of work is the fruit of a unique and beautifully brilliant mind.. ”

      You echo my sentiments perfectly.. I have followed JLB and his work from the beginning of 2015. Maybe not so much ‘followed’ as walked along with, as he extends an invitation to those of like-mind, and even not so.. as long as they are willing to ‘think’! I can not describe my JLB experience that will give it, its true justice.. although I will if he ever requests such a thing, from his ‘member’ audience..

      I remember one of his first videos I watched in 2015.. a Sydney-Siege one, where he analysed the situation, and pointed to ‘the-flower-van-man’.. and I thought “..now this, is my kind of thinker..” !

      Why only the other day I learned of the word “..perpetuity..” !

      • 20-August-2017 at 3:07 am
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        Thanks for the reply Miss Ali! One of these days I’m going to figure out the settings here, so I can be properly notified when people respond to my comments. I just checked on a whim to find your reply; please accept my apologies for the delayed response. Good to know another like minded individual who appreciates JLB’s hard work 😊

    • 12-August-2017 at 10:13 am
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      I can’t properly convey here how much I appreciate words as kind as these. Thank you 🙂

      Regarding the ‘gladly pay more’, my hope at this point is to eventually move to a content production model which involves semi-regular release of longer-form video content. For example, the Hoax Odyssey concept film I have been putting together. Suppose I release a five-minute trailer prior to production of the final piece, and suppose a few people like the idea enough to want to support it directly – and have that support acknowledged via the credits. Basically the same idea as crowdfunding of films on kickstarter etc, and not too dissimilar to how things worked out with the Dinoskeptic project.

      For me, if I knew a genuine independent researcher and content producer was putting together, say, a modern September Clues, to go through the fake footage, the fake victims, and the fake narrative, I would love to throw $20 their way and get my name in the credits. In some ways I am amazed that nobody has done this yet. I may have to be the first. I think to myself, imagine if every time somebody watched 2017 September Clues, at the end they saw something like, ‘this independent project supported by John le Bon’. I would be proud of that, and it would be giving my own ‘brand’ more exposure, each and every time somebody watched the video in question. And I would feel good knowing that whoever made it was able to buy a few coffees while working on the project with my contribution. Win-win-win.

      This is another reason why I plan to dedicate significant time to finishing the Dinoskeptic film, so that the fruits of this kind of project are there for all to see. If people like what I put together for that, they will be more likely to support future work. There are so many topics which deserve coverage, and which have received little if any to date. The Tesla hoax, the Cavendish experiment, even Baby Hoaxes like the Sydney Siege. Between these and others I have already alluded to, I could keep myself busy churning out one new, feature-length video every couple of months.

      The other benefit of getting into this kind of rhythm is that it would allow each supporter to contribute to only what they actually care about (and/or can afford). Some of the members of this site right now are keenly interested in certain segments of the work I do, but not quite so keen on other segments. Suppose somebody loves serious analysis of ‘synchromysticism’ but disagrees with my stance on miscegenation. They might choose to support the Hoax Odyssey work but skip anything to do with race realism.

      This would also allow me to better understand what is actually worth putting time into. The reality is this: money talks and bullshit walks. If I put out two trailers, one on the Hoax Odyssey and one on what I now call White Dilution, and the former receives plenty of backing but the latter receives almost none, I know what is worth putting my time into. People can claim to care about this topic or that topic all they like, but if they won’t support those putting out the content related to it, then their words are about as meaningful to me as those of a politician.

      The tl;dr is that while I truly appreciate that yourself and a few others have suggested that they would be happy to pay more than $5/week for membership to this site, I don’t plan to increase the subscription any time soon. Not only this, but even if I were to increase the Full Member subscription, I would grandfather it so that those who signed up at one price stayed at that price. Early supporters are worth their weight in gold and deserve to be recognised as such. Those with extra money to spare are encouraged to put it aside and wait for my next crowdfunded project to see if it is something they would like to support. First, though, I need to finish the Dinoskeptic post-production…

      • 20-August-2017 at 3:08 am
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        Sounds like a great plan. Definitely looking forward to seeing the Dino-skeptic project!

  • 10-August-2017 at 5:06 pm
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    Will happily pay, and always stay..

    Great read JLB.. will comment more later on : )

  • 10-August-2017 at 11:47 pm
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    The “two minutes hate” is something that I have been saying to myself for the past 10-12 months, I thought I was the only one who had noticed it.

    Every day there is usually 1 or 2 news “stories” which seem to incite anger and rage into the average person for a couple of minutes. Especially lately with all this Kim Jon Bin Jung Sung or whatever his name is commotion which people buy into. In the last two weeks I have actually seen a friend of mine get up off his couch and start shouting and swearing at the T.V. because they were talking about North Korea bombing Australia…just, ah don’t even get me started on that whole fiasco. When I saw that all I could think about was that chapter from 1984.

    We are living in an extraordinary time, stop and observe what is happening, it’s like we’re living in some kind of half bad dream-half fairy tale world. If someone told me they had built a time machine and I could go back to any era in “History”, I would choose to stay right here. It’s comparable to watching a movie without having seen the trailer or having read about the plot, you have no idea about what’s going to happen next, amazing!

    • 12-August-2017 at 9:42 am
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      Excellent comment. Yes, the news seems designed to not only condition the masses into certain beliefs, but also to incite a few moments of hatred, exactly as Orwell explained in 1984. As is often the case, Orwell’s work can be seen as much more than mere *fiction*. I agree with the sentiments of your final sentence: ‘Curiouser and curiouser’.

    • 13-August-2017 at 5:20 am
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      TheyAreLaughingAtUs.. I like your comment !

      When I read Nineteen Eighty-Four (and I will have to read it a second time..) this “Two Minutes Hate” thing, was also one of the many things that stood out to me.. not only for its illustration of how the mass-mind is manipulated and cultivated through the ‘Telescreen’.. but the emphasis on its ability to control the emotions of the crowd, to abandon logic, and take leave of the senses..

      “..the horrible thing about the ‘Two Minutes Hate’ was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretense was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one, even against one’s will.. into a grimacing screaming lunatic.. And yet, the rage that one felt was an abstract undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another.. like the flame of a blowlamp.. ”

      An ‘abstract undirected emotion’..

      Another thought-provoking part for me, was when Winston was first encountering O’Brien, before they had actually met..

      “..he had a trick of resettling his specs.. curiously disarming.. civilized.. A gesture, which if anyone still thought in such terms, might have recalled an Eighteenth century nobleman, offering his snuff box.. Something in his face suggested it irresistibly.. he had the appearance of someone you could talk to.. if you could cheat the Telescreen..”

      ‘..if anyone still thought in such terms..’ ? – I find this part to be very revealing..

      So in Winston’s 1984 setting, he is recalling a time in the past, possibly one of the human intuitive ability, a trust, or even reliance on one’s senses, in the social and interpersonal world, that is no longer prevalent in Winston’s time, now the Telescreen has taken over !

      It provokes a number of thoughts for me, an example of which, is the Robbie Parker and Sandy Hook event.. I mean, how detached from ones logical senses are the masses, not to realize something is not quite right, with this man’s performance, brought to them by their beloved Telescreen ?

      “..it’s like we’re living in some kind of half bad dream-half fairy tale world..”

      And this leads nicely on to my other comments..

  • 11-August-2017 at 3:38 pm
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    Create a discount membership that only gets access to your writing.

    • 12-August-2017 at 9:37 am
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      I have considered various ideas with regards to different levels of paid membership. Once I have more of a back-catalogue of member material and a more regular schedule of content release, something like this may be in store.

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