Sunday, April 26, 2009

Reference: There are lies, damn lies, and even lies to cover lies, Bangkok Post, April 27, 2009

An article in the BP lays out a successful strategy for lying by quoting Hitler as follows: "Make it big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it" (There are lies, damn lies, and even lies to cover lies, Bangkok Post, April 27, 2009). Thoughtfully, on the same page, the Post provides readers with topical examples of this lying strategy in an article on the alleged effects of global warming in Southeast Asia (Economic green stimuli offer unique opportunity, Bangkok Post, April 27, 2009). These lies may be summarized as follows: "Over the coming decades, climate change will lead to decreasing rainfall and millions will suffer from water shortages"; "Rice production will decline threatening food security"; "Forests will turn into scrub land"; "Floods, droughts, cyclones, and other extreme weather events will become common"; "Deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory disease, malaria, and dengue fever will increase"; "Sea levels will rise by 70 cm or more inundating entire islands and low lying areas"; and the biggest lie of all, "All of these dangers may be mitigated by reducing CO2 emissions from fossil fuels". We have been hearing these lies for about two decades now but apparently the "coming decades" have yet to come for we have seen none of the predicted events. Hitler's wisdom is being fully implemented.

Cha-am Jamal


Murtaza said...

A very appropriate observation.
It has become the way of the perpetrators of lies that if a lie is stated repeatedly from time to time, ultimately people might start believing it to be the truth. Of course, this is another lie, but that is how lies are!

CPMJohn said...

But Jamal, what else do they have to write about that will sell as many papers as FEAR? (They did SEX yesterday; people are now sex-sated.)