by Not Sure

5 May 2024


            In 1965, the BBC started a program entitled Thirty-Minute Theatre, which ran nine years and ended in 1973.  Of the 291 episodes produced, 241 are missing, and one is incomplete.  I have only seen an episode from 1968 entitled “The News Benders” which was set five years in the future, 1973.  A freelance journalist has been picked to come to work for a news organization.  This turns out to be an offer that he cannot refuse.

            The journalist has unknowingly had a potentially lethal surveillance device implanted in him, during what he thought was a routine operation.  Comply or die.  What makes this bit of ancient television worth watching is the depiction of the news as something which is completely manufactured.  The producers are part of some sort of brotherhood, and layers of deceptive cooperation are revealed.  It’s all very practical:  allowing events to unfold naturally is messy and dangerous.  Rather they must be planned and carefully orchestrated, and the public given a very different version of reality.  Sound familiar?

            To me, this piece of fiction seems as good a foundation as any upon which to build an operational “world view”.  If we choose to pick up the dusty, old books and piece together events from the words of those who plan and implement this Agenda, always written by Authorized Historians and Public Intellectuals, we find that we are engaging with a story that is entirely different from that which is presented on the nightly news.  This approach can feel scary.  There’s not a “trusted news source” to refer to.  There isn’t an “alternative”.  The premise is simple: Everything we’re told is a lie.  Not in part, but fully fictional.

            While this approach can feel scary, it is also liberating and sometimes it’s downright fun.  Usually it’s disgusting and upsetting, because we may be watching fiction, but we can be assured that real pain and suffering was involved in “the filming”.


            A couple of weeks ago, I saw that Israel had demanded that 40 hostages be released who met the humanitarian criteria (women, children, men over 50, and those who are sick).  Eventually, Israel agreed that they would be satisfied with the release of 33 hostages who would be exchanged for “hundreds” of Palestinians.

            The number 33 catches my eye.  I ask why it isn’t a different number.  Were there not 34 hostages who could be said to meet the “humanitarian” criteria?

            I typed into the search engine “Israel 33” to see what would come back.  Here a few items:


·        On October 24, 2023, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that 33 Americans had died because of the October 7 Hamas attack in Israel.

·        On October 30, 2023, it was reported that attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank were increasing.  Among the dead were 33 children.

·        In May of 2021, Israeli airstrikes on Hamas killed 33.

·        The 2006 Lebanon War, or the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War was also called the 33-Day War.

·        Ezekiel 33 brings us Ezekiel as Israel’s Watchman.  This is some dark reading; the people must take responsibility for their own moral and religious choices.

·        On November 28, 2023, 33 Palestinians were released on the fourth day of a truce between Israel and Hamas.

·        Numbers 33 recounts the stages of Israel’s journey from coming out of Egypt, to wandering through the wilderness.  Finally, at verse 50, they are camped by the river Jordan. 

50 On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the Lord said to Moses, 51 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into Canaan, 52 drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols and demolish all their high places. 53 Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. 54 Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes.’


55 ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. 56 And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’”


As I watch this episode unfold, with no trusted narrator to clarify events, the story often seems so implausible.  I ask myself, just how old is this script?


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