Mar 232024

I would put a different title on this podcast.   “More War” is not the point.  How about:  The CIA curriculum will give you an Edge in Life!  Truly.  The CIA has plumbed the depths of human behaviors.  Andrew Bustamante was a great student;  he is a great teacher. 

The CIA curriculum reminds me:

Nothing IS,  but the THINKING makes it so.   Shakespeare (Hamlet) figured it out.

And so,  I have a strategic advantage the better I understand HOW you think.  Right?

The CIA Curriculum is practical – – you win by being absolutely anchored in REALITY.  Don’t dupe yourself. You’ll get into trouble;  the stakes are high.  I think that’s AA principles,:  the wisdom to know the difference.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and   
Bustamante knows who and who not to recruit – – the wisdom to know the difference.   ASSESS;  there are some people whose minds you will not change.  Don’t waste time on them.  Have the wisdom to know the difference
If I withhold this video  (maybe I shouldn’t send it to you?  It might be kinda radical.)
If I did, it would be like withholding introductory economics and introductory philosophy from high school students.  How do you expect them to function in the world if they don’t have some basics about how the world works?  Would YOU like to get dumped into a jungle country without some orientation – how does the local economy work?  What do local people think about life and affairs?
The video is lengthy.  You may not have time to listen to the end.  Not to worry.  You will learn the thinking before you get to the end.

I think it is  APPLIED thinking – – –  talking about in the REAL world

     APPLIED economics

     APPLIED philosophy


TO ME THIS MEDIUM, A PODCAST, IS a juicy piece of meat carried by the burglar

to distract the watchdog of the mind (using the words of MARSHALL MCLUHAN)  

 Our Mediums (print, radio, film, TV, internet, . . ).

Concerning the title of his book, Marshall McLuhan wrote (thanks to Wikipedia):

The title “The Medium Is the Massage” is a teaser—a way of getting attention. There’s a wonderful sign hanging in a Toronto junkyard which reads, ‘Help Beautify Junkyards. Throw Something Lovely Away Today.’ This is a very effective way of getting people to notice a lot of things. And so the title is intended to draw attention to the fact that a medium is not something neutral—it does something to people. It takes hold of them. It rubs them off, it massages them and bumps them around, chiropractically, as it were, and the general roughing up that any new society gets from a medium, especially a new medium, is what is intended in that title“.[9]

. . .   McLuhan argues that a “message” is, “the change of scale or pace or pattern” that a new invention or innovation “introduces into human affairs”.[10]

. . . the message of a newscast about a heinous crime may be less about the individual news story itself (the content), and more about the change in public attitude towards crime that the newscast engenders by the fact that such crimes are in effect being brought into the home to watch over dinner.[12]

In Understanding Media (published in 1964), McLuhan describes the “content” of a medium as a juicy piece of meat carried by the burglar to distract the watchdog of the mind.[11] This means that people tend to focus on the obvious, which is the content, to provide us valuable information, but

in the process, we largely miss the structural changes in our affairs that are introduced subtly, or over long periods of time. As society’s values, norms, and ways of doing things change because of the technology, it is then we realize the social implications of the medium. These range from cultural or religious issues and historical precedents, through interplay with existing conditions, to the secondary or tertiary effects in a cascade of interactions that we are not aware of.[12]

Oh Dear!  There are lots of people (including politicians, apparatchiks, police, judges, . . ) whose “real people” come through the television set in sound bytes.

Andrew Bustamante,  broadcasting chapters from the CIA Curriculum with clarity, comes through a medium that is IN-DEPTH – – what are the social implications of  that?   I’ll leave to you!   /Sandra




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