Here in the US the big news recently is the so-called Baltimore riots. It's the perfect kind of storyline where everyone must have an opinion, this way or that, and people get really upset about it. The press tells us that the riots started when a man Freddie Gray
was taken into police custody, roughed up in the police vehicle, ended up with a broken neck, and died. Then over the weekend we were shown a lot of dramatic prime time TV footage of rioting and police. Now there is a 10pm curfew in Baltimore, which sounds like martial law to me.
Here is the only image to be found of Freddie Gray, I downloaded this from wiki:
Oh dear. Freddie doesn't look too real in this photo, unfortunately.
First, the shadows are wrong. The sun is hitting Freddie from our right side, on his left cheek. But look behind him at the stairs to the house -- the sun is hitting the top of the stairs, while the side facing Freddie's sun is in shadow. In fact, if you look at the blinds in the window, it looks like the sunlight is coming down from nearly overhead. So where is the sun, on right side of the photo, or above the photo?
Secondly, why is it so hard to see Freddie's face? The camera is only a few feet from his face, but the picture quality is ridiculously bad. This points to manipulation, which is right there to see. Why is Freddie's forehead above his left eyebrow about an inch shorter than his forehead above his right eyebrow? Why does Freddy have a scar above his left eyebrow, where his skin color and reflectivity change in a sharp line? You can see the splice line.
So the question I will get from well-meaning concerned friends and colleagues, or from a hypothetical newcomer to fakery, is why do they need to fake a victim like this? We know that police brutality exists, we know that blacks are oppressed in certain systemic policy-level ways in american society, isn't this real because of all of that?
The answer is, of course, the Hegelian dialectic. If you control the imagery and optics you control the public response and create your new reality. Let me see here... Use imagery and symbolism to incite a riot, or the appearance of a riot on TV; this of course merits a strong state response, and a general call for security; therefore, the call for security is answered by placing the area into martial law. After all, here we are today with Baltimore under lockdown after the 10pm curfew.
So in a way, this one faked image was a facile way to implement draconian government tactics. The image is shown all over the place and nobody cares, or can see the splice line.
I also thought this was amusing. The Wikipedia article on Freddie gray links to another wiki article entitled Rough Ride
. It looks like this article was created intact on April 29, complete with history of previous instances of this practice in Baltimore. So the wiki editors apparently went into full effect inventing cultural miscellanea for these psyop clowns. Who knows, maybe we'll see this show up in a new TV show. Or if we're lucky, we can find this storyline in a TV show that aired a few weeks ago! They love to provide that immersive virtual reality experience to their loyal consumers...