As the Midhurst Secondary Plan is revealed clearly as farce, recollections are getting down right mythical.

April 13, 2014

Memory is a funny thing when you’ve chosen to serve power rather than truth

Jesus Pilate

Then Pilate saw that he was making no impression, that in fact a riot was imminent. So he took some water, washed his hands, in front of the crowd and said, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood. it is your concern.’ Matthew 27:24

Denial sign 6

As Simon Peter stood there warming himself, someone said to him. ‘Aren’t you another of his disciples?’ He denied it saying, ‘I am not’. One of the high priest’s servants, a relation of the many whose ear Peter had cut off, said ‘Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?’ Again Peter denied it; and at once a cock crew. John 18:25-27



Your 2nd chance to be told what the Midhurst Secondary Plan creators and review agencies have in mind for your township communities.

March 16, 2014

An invitation for Tuesday, March 25th.

Midhurst Community Info Meeting 2

Advertising excerpt:

Over the last several months, we have been working with the review agencies and would like to share with the community the updated proposed plans of subdivision and zoning provisions.

Join us and our team of consultants who will provide details on the proposed draft plans of subdivision and zoning by-laws, which implement the approved Midhurst Secondary Plan (OPA 38).

The evening will include a short presentation by the MLG followed by an open house format, which will provide an opportunity for one-on-one discussions.

The fiction need not be his own creation; anyone who believes advertising literally, for example, would be for all practical purposes a lunatic. Northrop Frye CC 1912 – 1991

A New Year advertisement from the Midhurst Landowners Group

January 13, 2014

This full page ad appeared in the January 2, 2014 Springwater News. The back page.

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It also appeared in the Barrie Examiner, p. 12 January 9, 2014.

Advertising implies a competitive market and an absence of monopoly; propaganda implies a centralizing of power. If advertising is selling soap we know that it is only a soap, not the exclusive way of cleanliness. hence the statements of advertising contain a residual irony. — Northrop Frye CC 1912 – 1991

Terry Craig sings of a Midhurst that existed at one time and is also eternal.

August 13, 2013

The community will follow a muse’s re-awakening. It has no choice.

Broken churches cannot be healed with propaganda then counter-propaganda.

Fascists are quelled (both sides) through intervention of community muses and healers.

The Muses  in Greek mythology, poetry and literature, are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.

The Greeks got it. The Old “Midhursters” and Springwater Park – Camp Nibi has it too.

He calls them by name and they respond.

The Call pierces the veil of our vanity; transcends free will.

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The real violence exerted by propaganda, Thomas Merton

May 18, 2012


The real violence exerted by propaganda is this: by means of apparent truth and apparent reason, it induces us to surrender our freedom and self-possession. It predetermines us to certain conclusions, and does so in such a way that we imagine that we are fully free in reaching them by our own judgment and our own thought. Propaganda makes up our mind for us, but in such a way that it leaves us the sense of pride and satisfaction of men who have made up their own minds. And, in the last analysis, propaganda achieves this effect because we want it to.

This is one of the few real pleasures left to modern man: this illusion that he is thinking for himself when, in fact, someone else is doing his thinking for him.

And this someone else is not a personal authority, the great mind of a genial thinker, it is the mass mind, the general “they,” the anonymous whole. One is left, therefore, not only with the sense that one has thought things out for himself, but that he has also reached the correct answer without difficulty – the answer which is shown to be correct because it is the answer of everybody. Since it is at once my answer and the answer of everybody, how should I resist it?

Thomas Merton 1915 -1968

When dialogue begins, propaganda ends.

May 14, 2012

Moral indignation is a technique used to endow the idiot with dignity.


McLuhan on Propaganda:

Jacques Ellul observes in Propaganda: When dialogue begins, propaganda ends. His theme, that propaganda is not this or that ideology but rather the action and coexistence of all media at once, explains why propaganda is environmental and invisible. The total life of any culture tends to be “propaganda”, for this reason. It blankets perception and supresses awareness, making the counter environments created by the artist indispensable to survival and freedom.

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.

The successor to politics will be propaganda. Propaganda, not in the sense of a message or ideology, but as the impact of the whole technology of the times.

Artists create counter environments:

The poet, the artist, the sleuth, whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial; rarely ‘well adjusted,’ he cannot go along with currents and trends…. Their power to see environments as they really are.

Perhaps the world has been given to us as an anti-environment to make us aware of [God’s] word.

The future masters of technology will have to be light-hearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb.

Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.

Computers can do better than ever what needn’t be done at all. Making sense is still a human monopoly.

There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.

H. Marshall McLuhan 1911 – 1980

Confusing a targeted audience is one of the necessary ingredients for effective mind control.

May 7, 2012

Where I was raised, a half truth was a full lie.

The big lie and monotonously repeated nonsense have more emotional appeal in a cold war than logic and reason.


. . . well publicized facts are always the bane to the mind controllers.

Demoralization of the target audience is yet another step in successful mind control.

Such is the Pavlovian device, repeat mechanically your assumptions and suggestions, diminish the opportunity of communicating dissent and opposition. This is the simple formula for political conditioning of the masses.

The flight from study and awareness is much too common in a world that throws too many confusing pictures to the individual. For the sake of our democracy, based on freedom and individualism, we have to bring ourselves back to study again and again. Otherwise, we can become easy victims of a well-planned verbal attack on our minds and our consciences.

 Dr. Joost A. M. Meerloo 1903 – 1976


Born as Abraham Maurits ‘Bram’ Meerloo in The Hague, Netherlands, he came to United States in 1946, was naturalized in 1950, and resumed Dutch citizenship in 1972. Dr. Meerloo was a practicing psychiatrist for over forty years. He did staff psychiatric work in Holland and worked as a general practitioner until 1942 under Nazi occupation, when he assumed the name Joost to fool the occupying forces and in 1942 fled to England (after barely eluding death at the hands of the Germans). He was chief of the Psychological Department of the Dutch Army-in-Exile in England.

After the war he served as High Commissioner for Welfare in Holland, and was an advisor to UNRRA and SHAEF. An American citizen since 1950, Dr. Meerloo was a member of the faculty at Columbia University and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York School of Psychiatry. He was the author of many books, including Rape of the Mind, the classic work on brainwashing, Conversation and Communication, and Hidden Communion.

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