EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

11.27.09

Beyond the ‘Public Relations’

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Marketing, Microsoft, Novell at 7:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Edward Bernays
Edward Bernays, a man behind mind control,
imposed ignorance, and consumerism

Summary: Novell’s and Microsoft’s use of PR, new AstroTurfing from Comcast/Radian6, and convenient delusions about the Gates Foundation

FOR THOSE who may not know this, the term “public relations” (or “PR”) was coined early in the last century after the term “propaganda” (also beginning with “Pr”) got a bad reputation. The methods used in the United States to manipulate people’s emotions about products and policies directly influenced the Nazi regime, which in turn destroyed the positive/benign connotation associated with a word like “propaganda”. Nowadays it is a dirty word (languages evolve/devolve), but the rules and methods remain the same, most commonly under the umbrella of “PR” (where the word “relations” is euphemistically used in the same sense as in the Council of Foreign Relations). For those who are interested, there is an excellent BBC documentary series about the subject and it is called “The Trap”. It comes in many parts. US citizens celebrate a shopping/spendings holiday today, called “Black Friday”. The documentary addresses the emergence of consumption culture as well, since it is closely related to the genesis and commercial purpose of PR techniques.

“They were all uploaded by an account called “TESTDRIVE9″, referring/belonging to a company Novell seems to have hired or partnered with.”Over the past couple of years we have spent some effort studying Microsoft PR agencies (Microsoft externalises PR activities). Once these are analysed and documented properly it becomes easier to tell apart truth from spin. The same goes for front groups of Microsoft, whose inherent function is similar but not identical.

Since this Web site is primarily about Novell, worth bringing up is a bunch of new “success stories” that ended up in YouTube this week. They were all uploaded by an account called “TESTDRIVE9″, referring/belonging to a company Novell seems to have hired or partnered with. From its channel description:

Interactive Ideas (www.interactiveideas.com) is one of the UK’s leading value-added software and peripheral distributors, providing channels to market for technology products.

This channel hosts short non-technical videos explaining the real world business benefits of implementing SolarWinds, Red Hat, Novell, Acronis, JBoss and Kerio solutions in your organisation.

This account has just uploaded no less than 4 European “success stories” (advertisements) for Novell, from Denmark, Holland, Austria, and the UK. Here is an example.

Novell’s (mis)use of YouTube is a subject we previously touched on in:

Novell recently preached about its attempt to “change the perception of Novell.” And yes, it seems like “perception management” [1, 2], as PR professionals call it.

To give another new example, Radian6, the non-Microsoft AstroTurf equivalent of Visible Technologies, is still spying on our reader Ryan on behalf of Comcast, trying to suppress his rants about bad service. He can see that Radian6 is doing this and has produced proof a few days ago. His blog was also being monitored by Visible Technologies, which was funded by Microsoft, contains (former) Microsoft employees, and has Microsoft as a client.

“Novell recently preached about its attempt to “change the perception of Novell.””Another entity that uses heavy PR and “perception management” (other than Microsoft, Novell, and Comcast) is the Gates Foundation, whose selfish deeds require huge amounts of spin. The Gates Foundation already controls a lot of the press (simply because it funds the press) and right now there is more spin about “family planning” (sometimes a euphemism for sterilisation, much like “public relations” for brainwash or “rendition” for torture).

It turns out that the Gates family is still very keen on shrinking the population in Africa. The Gates Foundation funds this goal, just as it funds colonisation of Africa with Monsanto [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] and the pharmaceutical industry (patents) [1, 2, 3].

From reading Bill and Melinda’s thoughts on family planning you would think they only cared about WHY women would want smaller families (they say because their children don’t die) and that they didn’t care any longer about HOW women can reduce the number of children they have (family planning). But the Foundation just funded one of the largest family conferences on family planning in years

According to Wall Street’s business press, the Gates Foundation is building another mansion at the cost of $500,000,000 while spending the same amount of money grabbing more control of the education system, which Microsoft in turn uses to exclude rival software and to indoctrinate the young. From one source that glorifies it:

School boards in Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Hillsborough County, Fla., voted this week to take part in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s national $500-million program to improve teacher effectiveness, according to press reports.

The Associated Press wrote a few weeks ago that “The real secretary of education, the joke goes, is Bill Gates.” There is nothing positive about it, based on history.

“Excessive distrust is not less hurtful than its opposite. Most men become useless to him who is unwilling to risk being deceived.”

Luc De Vauvanargues

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

A Single Comment

  1. Yuhong Bao said,

    November 28, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Gravatar

    “FOR THOSE who may not know this, the term “public relations” (or “PR”) was coined early in the last century after the term “propaganda” (also beginning with “Pr”) got a bad reputation….”
    I know the history of what I call “legacy PR” (as an example, it was used in the fluorine deception) and yes it has many flaws.
    What do you think of this:
    http://www.briansolis.com/2008/04/pr-20-putting-public-back-in-public/
    Yea, I discussed Radian6 before and:
    “trying to suppress his rants about bad service.”
    Not exactly, I just see him responding, and responding with disclosure, which means it is not astroturfing.

What Else is New


  1. Links 28/3/2017: Linux 4.11-rc4 Kernel Released, Red Hat Surge on Sales

    Links for the day



  2. The Crook Goes to Brussels to Lie About the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    The person who spent years lying about the UPC and severely attacking critics (usually by blatantly lying about them) goes to Brussels for another nose extension



  3. The EPO's HR Roadmap Retrospective

    A look back at the terrible ‘accomplishments’ of the Jesper Kongstad-led Administrative Council, which still issues hogwash and face-saving lies, as one might expect from a protector of Battistelli that lies to national representatives and buries inconvenient topics



  4. Links 26/3/2017: Debian Project Leader Elections, SecureDrop and Alexandre Oliva FSF Winners

    Links for the day



  5. His Master's Voice, Jesper Kongstad, Blocks Discussion of Investigative and Disciplinary Procedures at the EPO

    The Chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation is actively preventing not just the dismissal of Battistelli but also discussion of Battistelli's abuses



  6. Heiko Maas and the State of Germany Viewed as Increasingly Complicit in EPO Scandals and Toxic UPC Agenda

    It is becoming hard if not impossible to interpret silence and inaction from Maas as a form of endorsement for everything the EPO has been doing, with the German delegates displaying more of that apathy which in itself constitutes a form of complicity



  7. With IP Kat Coverage of EPO Scandals Coming to an End (Officially), Techrights and The Register Remain to Cover New Developments

    One final post about the end of Merpel’s EPO coverage, which is unfortunate but understandable given the EPO’s track record attacking the media, including blogs like IP Kat, sites of patent stakeholders, and even so-called media partners



  8. Everyone, Including Patent Law Firms, Will Suffer From the Demise of the EPO

    Concerns about quality of patents granted by the EPO (EPs) are publicly raised by industry/EPO insiders, albeit in an anonymous fashion



  9. Yes, Battistelli's Ban on EPO Strikes (or Severe Limitation Thereof) is a Violation of Human Rights

    Battistelli has curtailed even the right to strike, yet anonymous cowards attempt to blame the staff (as in patent examiners) for not going out of their way to engage in 'unauthorised' strikes (entailing dismissal)



  10. Even the EPO's Administrative Council No Longer Trusts Its Chairman, Battistelli's 'Chinchilla' Jesper Kongstad

    Kongstad's protection of Battistelli, whom he is supposed to oversee, stretches to the point where national representatives (delegates) are being misinformed



  11. Thanks to Merpel, the World Knows EPO Scandals a Lot Better, But It's a Shame That IP Kat Helped UPC

    A look back at Merpel's final post about EPO scandals and the looming threat of the UPC, which UPC opportunists such as Bristows LLP still try hard to make a reality, exploiting bogus (hastily-granted) patents for endless litigation all around Europe



  12. EPO Critics Threatened by Self-Censorship, Comment Censorship, and a Growing Threat to Anonymity

    Putting in perspective the campaign for justice at the EPO, which to a large degree relies on whistleblowers and thus depends a great deal on freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and anonymity



  13. Links 25/3/2017: Maru OS 0.4, C++17 Complete

    Links for the day



  14. Judge and Justice Bashing in the United States, EPC Bashing at the EPO

    Enforcement of the law based on constitutional grounds and based on the European Patent Convention (EPC) in an age of retribution and insults -- sometimes even libel -- against judges



  15. Looking for EPO Nepotism? Forget About Jouve and Look Closely at Europatis Instead.

    Debates about the contract of Jouve with the EPO overlook the elephants in the room, which include companies that are established and run by former EPO chiefs and enjoy a relationship with the EPO



  16. Depressing EPO News: Attacks on Staff, Attacks on Life, Brain Drain, Patents on Life, Patent Trolls Come to Germany, and Spain Being Misled

    A roundup of the latest developments at the EPO combined with feedback from insiders, who are not tolerating their misguided and increasingly abusive management



  17. It Certainly Looks Like Microsoft is Already Siccing Its Patent Trolls, Including Intellectual Ventures, on Companies That Use Linux (Until They Pay 'Protection' Money)

    News about Intellectual Ventures and Finjan Holdings (Microsoft-funded patent trolls) reinforces our allegations -- not mere suspicions anymore -- that Microsoft would 'punish' companies that are not paying subscription fees (hosting) or royalties (patent tax) to Microsoft and are thus in some sense 'indebted' to Microsoft



  18. Links 24/3/2017: Microsoft Aggression, Eudyptula Challenge Status Report

    Links for the day



  19. Bernhard Rapkay, Former MEP and Rapporteur on Unitary Patent, Shoots Down UPC Hopes While UPC Hopefuls Recognise That Spain Isn't Interested Either

    Germany, the UK and Spain remain massive barriers to the UPC -- all this in spite of misleading reports and fake news which attempted to make politicians believe otherwise (for political leverage, by means of dirty lobbying contingent upon misinformation)



  20. Links 23/3/2017: Qt 5.9 Beta, Gluster Storage 3.2

    Links for the day



  21. The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation Has Just Buried an Innocent Judge That Battistelli Does Not Like

    An innocent judge (never proven guilty of anything, only publicly defamed with help from Team Battistelli and dubious 'intelligence' gathering) is one of the forgotten casualties of the latest meeting of the Administrative Council (AC), which has become growingly complicit rather than a mere bystander at a 'crime' scene



  22. Nepotism at the European Patent Office and Suspicious Absence of Tenders for Big Projects

    Carte blanche is a French term which now perfectly describes the symptoms encountered in the European Patent Office, more so once led by a lot of French people (Battistelli and his friends)



  23. “Terror” Patent Office Bemoans Terror, Spreads Lies

    Response to some of the latest utterances from the European Patent Office, where patently untruthful claims have rapidly become the norm



  24. China Seems to be Using Patents to Push Foreign Companies Out of China, in the Same Way It Infamously Uses Censorship

    Chinese patent policies are harming competition from abroad, e.g. Japan and the US, and US patent policy is being shaped by its higher courts, albeit not yet effectively combating the element that's destroying productive companies (besieged by patent trolls)



  25. 22,000 Blog Posts

    A special number is reached again, marking another milestone for the site



  26. The EPO is Lying to Its Own Staff About ILO and Endless (Over 2 Years) EPO Mistrials

    The creative writing skills of some spinners who work for Battistelli would have staff believe that all is fine and dandy at the EPO and ILO is dealing effectively with staff complaints about the EPO (even if several years too late)



  27. EPO’s Georg Weber Continues Horrifying Trend of EPO Promoting Software Patents in Defiance of Directive, EPC, and Common Sense

    The EPO's promotion of software patents, even out in the open, is an insult to the notion that the EPO is adhering to or is bound by the rules upon which it maintains its conditional monopoly



  28. Protectionism v Sharing: How the US Supreme Court Decides Patent Cases

    As the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) starts delivering some decisions we take stock of what's to come regarding patents



  29. Links 22/3/2017: GNOME 3.24, Wine-Staging 2.4 Released

    Links for the day



  30. The Battistelli Regime, With Its Endless Scandals, Threatens to Crash the Unitary Patent (UPC), Stakeholders Concerned

    The disdain and the growing impatience have become a huge liability not just to Battistelli but to the European Patent Office (EPO) as a whole


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts