The Mother of All Limited Hangouts

The Mother of All Limited Hangouts has begun. Yes, I’m talking about the “Covid Twitter Files,” which are finally being released to the public, in almost textbook limited-hangout fashion. I’ll get into that in just a minute, but first, let’s review what a “limited hangout” is, for those who are not familiar with the term.

The way a limited hangout works is, if you’re an intelligence agency, or a global corporation, or a government, or a non-governmental organization, and you have been doing things you need to hide from the public, and those things are starting to come to light such that you can’t just deny that you are doing them anymore, what you do is, you release a limited part of the story (i.e., the story of whatever it is you’re doing) to distract people’s attention from the rest of the story. The part you release is the “limited hangout.” It’s not a lie. It’s just not the whole story. You “hang it out” so that it will become the whole story, and thus stop people from pursuing the whole story.

Victor Marchetti, a former special assistant to the Deputy Director of the CIA who went on to become a critic of the Intelligence Community, described the tactic this way in 1978 …

“… a favorite and frequently used gimmick of clandestine professionals. When their veil of secrecy is shredded and they can no longer rely on a phony cover story to misinform the public, they resort to admitting, sometimes even volunteering, some of the truth while still managing to withhold the key and damaging facts in the case. The public, however, is usually so intrigued by the new information that it never thinks to pursue the matter further.”

All right, so, you’re probably asking, if the “Covid Twitter Files” are a limited hangout, what’s the whole story that they’re distracting us from?

Let me try to refresh your memory.

In March and April of 2020, in the course of roughly five to six weeks, the majority of societies throughout the world were transformed into pathologized-totalitarian police states. A global “shock-and-awe” campaign was conducted. Constitutional rights were suspended. The masses were locked down inside their homes, where they were subjected to the most massive official propaganda blitzkrieg in human history. Goon squads roamed the streets of Europe, the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, Asia, the Americas, and elsewhere, beating and arresting people for being outdoors without permission and not wearing medical-looking masks. Corporate media around the world informed us that life as we knew it was over … a “new normal” was coming, and we needed to get used to it.

The entire official pandemic narrative was rolled out during those first few weeks. Everything. Masks. Mandatory “vaccines.” “Vaccination” passports. The segregation of “the Unvaccinated.” The censorship and demonization of dissent. Everything. The whole “New Normal” package. It was rolled out all at once, globally.

If your memory of what happened is a little hazy … well, have a look at this 257-tweet Twitter thread of corporate-media articles compiled in March and April of 2020, documenting the initial “shock-and-awe” campaign …

That is the story. How that happened. Why that happened. And who or what made it happen. It isn’t a story about a virus, or our governments’ reactions to a virus. It is the story of the radical restructuring of society based on lies and official propaganda, executed, globally, through sheer brute force and systematic psychological conditioning. It is the story of the implementation of our new totalitarian global-capitalist “reality” … the “New Normal” that was announced in the Spring of 2020. It is not a story the global-capitalist ruling classes can permit to be told, except by “crazy conspiracy theorists,” “science deniers,” and other “crackpots” and “extremists.”

All right, so … the “Covid Twitter Files,” or the “Fauci Files,” or whatever we’re calling them. If you wanted to bury the actual story (i.e., the story I just outlined above) with a limited hangout and discredit those of us who have been trying to report it for nearly three years, you couldn’t do any better than Elon Musk is doing. Instead of a story about how the entire global-capitalist power apparatus coordinated with global IT corporations like Twitter, Facebook, Google, et al., to conduct a global Gleichschaltung op the scale of which Goebbels could have never dreamed of, censoring and visibility-filtering dissent and enforcing the official pandemic narrative, not just in the USA, but in countries all throughout the world … instead of that monumental story, we are getting The Alex Berenson Show!, starring Alex Berenson as Alex Berenson, with a special guest appearance by Alex Berenson, written and directed by Alex Berenson, and so on.

Seriously, though, who better to handle the “Covid Twitter Files” than Alex Berenson, in whose opinion the events of the last three years were simply due to mass hysteria (or Pandemia, $14.99 on Amazon), and certainly not to any kind of coordinated radical restructuring of society by the global-capitalist power apparatus, or any other wild conspiracy theories. Forget about that 257-tweet thread I compiled in March and April of 2020. What actually happened, according to Alex Berenson, was that people just went kind of crazy, and overreacted, and “mistakes were made.” Mistakes like Twitter suspending Alex Berenson, and other very important people! Or, wait, no, it wasn’t just mass hysteria … it was also Pfizer and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, and the White House, and someone named Andrew Slavitt, all of whom conspired with “Old Evil Twitter” to suspend Alex Berenson from the platform, all of whom Alex will be suing forthwith!

The Alex Berenson Show is just getting started, so definitely stay tuned to “Free-Speech Twitter” to follow all of Alex Berenson’s exploits as he leads “Team Reality” to its ultimate victory over “Team Apocalypse” and exposes the crimes of the usual assortment of official “bad apples,” or whatever cartoonish fairy tales Alex Berenson and Elon Musk have in store for us! It promises to be quite the spectacle!

I’ll be covering the show in my columns, of course — I still have a few subscribers and readers who I haven’t totally alienated yet — and discussing “The Art of the Limited Hangout” for the benefit of anyone still paying attention in the weeks and months and possibly years ahead. If you are one of the many people who now appear to seriously believe that military-contractor oligarchs like Elon Musk and narcissistic ass clowns like Alex Berenson are going to deliver us from the New Normal Reich, and “prosecute Fauci,” and end corporate censorship, or in any way meaningfully bite the hand of the global-capitalist system that feeds them, you may want to give those columns a miss.

For the rest of you, I will do my best to point out how this phase of the PSYOP works, because it’s going to last for quite a while. The “Covid Twitter Files” are not The Mother of All Limited Hangouts; they’re just one part of it. There are many more limited hangouts to come. The New Normal having been successfully implemented, the history of its implementation is now being written (or, rather, rewritten) to conform to the official Covid narrative, a process which will likely continue for years.

Those of you who are old enough might recall this phase from “The War on Terror.” It started around April 2004, when the Abu Ghraib torture photos were released, and continued until the Summer of 2016, when The War on Terror was abruptly cancelled and replaced by The War on Populism, which prepared us for the implementation of the New Normal in the Spring of 2020. All of which is part of an even larger story, i.e., the story of the evolution of the first globally-hegemonic power system in history, which, lacking any external adversary, has nothing to do but go totalitarian, eliminating all internal resistance and establishing ideological uniformity throughout the territory it occupies, which, in this case, means the entire planet.

Sorry … I know, history is boring, and complicated, and not nearly as fun (and cathartic) as the shit-slinging circus that Musk is making of the Twitter Files. Personally, I can’t wait to find out which official “bad apple” they’re going to offer us in today’s edition of the Two Minutes Hate, and who’s going to be released from “Old Twitter Prison,” and, whatever, anyway, don’t worry about all that evolution-of-global-capitalism stuff. It’s probably just a bunch of fancy-sounding nonsense I made up to try to sell you my books, or to make myself sound smart, or something.

Forget that I even mentioned that stuff. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!


CJ Hopkins
January 11, 2023
Photos: SNL/NBC, Twitter

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20 thoughts on “The Mother of All Limited Hangouts

  1. Reblogged this on Calculus of Decay and commented:
    Bullseye… Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, on it’s surface, is easy to be viewed as a big win for “freedom of speech” , for “balanced culture war views” – throwing a bone to the milquetoast political ideologues on the Right, etc

    This is not the case.

    The technocratic vision of an All-Seeing Eye has postulated and craved and is dependent upon a “Global Brain” since that term was coined some hundred years ago. What could be deemed a Global Brain? A mechanism like Twitter with which the sentiments of hundreds of millions of people can be gauged in real time – this mechanism is a good start.

    Now, couple the ability to monitor the real-time happenings and sentiments (to current events, for instance – breaking news, like a Trump related announcement or a blood moon or a new Taylor Swift album or a Kanye-flavored antisemitism happening) – we couple the sentiments, en masse, with the BIG DATA troves of each user.

    The Big Data troves know the device, the location, the metadata of each node on the network of the Global Brain hive mind, or call it multiple heads of a Hydra. This feeds the machine learning, dictating artificial intelligence – the end goal is ARTIFICIAL CONSCIOUSNESS.

    As for Musk, we only need to look at his priors. He comes from a bloodline of true technocrats. He was a founder of PayPal, these founders were called the PayPal Mafia. One of the key founders is Mr. Peter Thiel. Thiel was one of Facebook’s early investors (Facebook is a DARPA/CIA project as was Google). Thiel is the founder of Palantir Technologies. I could write volumes and volumes about the depth and breadth of the expanse of the scope this company has in terms of it’s advanced database products for law enforcement to conduct “predictive policing” , how this company has grown thanks to the Patriot Act constitutional overreach – a vendor for the IRS, DEA, FBI, ATF, DHS and endless amounts more of state, municipal and task forces, it’s ties to the efforts to seize cryptocurrencies worldwide, ties to BlackRock, ties to Erik Prince’s latest iterations of private military contractors, etc etc …Thiel also is on the Steering Committee of Biilderberg Group, dozens of Neoliberal think-tanks, etc. And he financed campaigns of the Milquetoast Conservatives that share the sentiments of the “Twitter Right” such as JD Vance.

    Don’t think such gusto is unique to one person.

    Musk bought the company to seize the absolutely invaluable global brain hive mind and look no further than the fact he has set forward to buyback the shares of the company, winding up it’s status as a publicly traded company and is bringing the company private.

    As a private company, now, the regulatory compliance requirements to his privately owned and operated Twitter are no different than let’s say my neighbor’s privately owned and operated snow plowing service. There are no SEC filing requirements, no disclosure of the financial innards of the company, no shareholders whatsoever to answer to (in the markets that is – this is not pertaining to private investors), there is no disclosure of joint projects, state contracts, mergers, acquisitions, divesture..there are no DEI/ESG pressure permeating into the culture of the company with pressure from BlackRock/Vanguard/State Street. No Management Discussion and Analysis, no pressure from the outside Wall Street consulting firms, no hedge funds making plays against the FMV of Twitter’s publicly traded stock – for the publicly traded stock no longer exists.

    Do not discount how CIA/USAID Eleemosynary Blackops have benefited Tesla as to the company’s rights, privileges and obligations it has been able to procure in the drilling for lithium deposits all over the globe.

    It is all part of the greater plan. One World Order is coming and these people will not stop.

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  2. You’re a limited hangout, a controlled opposition clown that’s been drinking his own kool aid for a while now. It seems humanity has moved on from the hoax, and your owners, are becoming more and more unhinged and desperate in their psyops.

    Almost nobody wears masks anymore except the 80 iq crowd, and even them can sense something is very off with the narratives now. Viruses don’t exist is regularly talked about in a midwest US community. Give it up cj, it’s starting to get sad how you’re just typing the same non sense over and over, it’s like you’re stuck in summer of 2020, or want others to believe society is stuck in summer of 2020. Demoralization propaganda, the doom and gloom, yes yes we know cj, as a controlled opposition apparatus, this is what you do, this is what you signed up for, just like all the other “interesting websites” affiliates you have. Internally, you know you’re a loser, but I’d thought I type it and remind you :)

    Wake up and smell the coffee retard, the blood drinkers lost the war, even the useful idiots on the ground doing the heavy lifting don’t believe in the lies about “government” anymore. Have you spoken to city officials, or “police”, or other agencies filled with useful idiots? They don’t seem to be drinking the kool aid anymore.

    But hey! Gotta keep earning, right pedo? I think they say, once you sell your … There’s no going back!


  3. I suppose when the mainstream media is suppressing the actual news, we’re not going to see much in the way of anyone who is actually resisting oppression with equal force. I’ve yet to see one article presenting anyone who has popped a cap into globocap’s thugs.

    I don’t live anywhere close to where any of this oppression is occurring so it’s like watching the latest episode of The Twilight Zone. I am nonetheless preparing for the worst by surreptitiously planting food anywhere where it will not be noticed or molested. I am not planning on being left alone. I am planning on being chased from my home. I am ready to literally dig into the earth and hide behind rows of pungi sticks slathered with feces. I’m ready to eat bugs and cloak myself with heat concealing mylar blankets.

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  4. I am glad that you are writing about “Limited Hangout.” I think I’m not the only one who tends to think, “oh cool, now the truth is coming out about Covid,” and I lose sight of the fact that there is so much more that I am being distracted from.


  5. Having great respect for you and your writing, and not wanting your excellent article to be misconstrued as a (albeit unintentional) ‘limited hangout’ in and of itself, I feel the need to point out that the the global-capitalist power apparatus hasn’t only been attempting to radically restructure our entire society, but have also been attempting to exterminate 90% of the human race. True story…

    To BoboFet… Who are you? What have you ever written? With regard to being a loser, something tells me you know whereof you speak.


  6. The Twitter Files are only a tiny fraction of what needs to be uncovered, yes, but I’m amazed that Mr. Hopkins works so hard to paint their release as something designed to trick or fool us into thinking there’s nothing more. In my view the releases strongly point to the problem being much more widespread than just Twitter, and isn’t that understanding of how much more needs to be done a good thing?


  7. “I still have a few subscribers and readers who I haven’t totally alienated yet”

    Months ago, after reading a tech article on how substack gleans data I un-subscribed from my collection of stack authors. You never offended me – quite the opposite. Just sayin’.

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    1. You’re reading this article on this website and simultaneously believe we should give the “World’s richest person” the benefit of the doubt? Are you suffering from mental disconnect or are you a troll? Honest question.


  8. I would like to remind to the guy who pretend that nobody ‘wears masks anymore’ that it is maybe true if he lives in Florida but in most of the formerly ‘free world’, the criminals in power still force people to wear muzzles in medical facilities.

    So, inform yourself before accusing others.

    Besides, look at communist shithole China and tell me if they don’t wear muzzles.

    Eric, well done, you understand exactly what social media and smartphones have been designed for.. ++++ Musk is sending hunreds of deadly 5G satelites to space, it’s not for fun, it’s for control and surveillance.


  9. Hi C. J – Thanks for your appearance at The Poetic Bureau – me thinks youre onto something.
    A man thats busy pushing electric cars, cocooning the planet in a web of satellites, and fucks around with implanting microchips in biological brains – No Trust!

    You now have a fellow Mass formation critic in Dr. Peter Breggin, who doesnt fancy neither Desmet nor Malone.
    Dig this:

    See you in the Rotten State of Denmark!
    Cheereo and Greetz from
    Urban Fool


  10. Elon Musk the scientist realizes Elon Musk the awakened mystic, that would be interesting?

    Someone once asked Albert Einstein,

    “What is the most important principle in scientific investigation?”

    Do you know what Einstein replied?

    Even in his wildest dreams the questioner could never have imagined the reply he was given,

    Einstein said, “The absence of egoism.”


    Modern physics, in the hands of Albert Einstein, has turned almost into mysticism.

    Nobody has noted the fact, because mystics don’t understand modern physics and the physicists do not care about the mystics.

    The mystics have always experienced that they are one, but nobody has listened to them.

    Perhaps man was not mature enough to understand the depth of their declaration.

    The mystics have simply expressed the oneness of all.

    That existence knows only one moment.

    The present moment.

    Physicists go into detail.

    Physicists say that existence consists of two elements: space and time.

    And Einstein turned even these two into one.

    Albert Einstein, especially, was the first scientist to come to the conclusion that time is the fourth dimension of matter.

    He used to say that “There is not space and time, there is only ‘Spacetime’.”

    Einstein had said, “the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.”

    We are accustomed to dividing time into past, present, and future.

    But in reality these are not the divisions of time, these are divisions of our mind.

    Because past does not exist anymore, except in our memories.

    And the future exists not yet, except in our imaginations.

    Time means mind.

    Time is a projection of mind.

    It does not exist, it is only an illusion, although a convincing one.

    Exactly where you are, this very moment.

    Wake up!

    Truth is not an object but an awakening in you.

    it is an awareness within you, it is intelligence functioning at its optimum.

    You cannot see truth.

    You cannot grasp truth, it is not a thing.

    You cannot give or take truth, it is not a thought.

    It is your inner eye, your inner perception, what in the East is called the third eye.

    To be the seer, alert and awake is to be true.

    Drop the mind if you want to know the real.

    Put aside the mind if you want to penetrate into the truth.

    The truth is always there, but your mind is standing in between.

    Put aside the mind, make a window and look, and everything, the very mystery of life, becomes unveiled before you.

    Truth is not an object, you cannot believe in it, you cannot worship it.

    Truth is not a thing but the clarity of perception.

    Truth is not without but within.

    And everybody has been seeking it without, hence everybody is missing it.

    Truth is not an object that you have to find, search for or seek.

    Truth is your subjectivity.

    Truth is the one who is seeking, truth is not the sought, but the seeker themselves.

    To think of truth as something outside is to miss from the very beginning.

    With the mind nobody has ever been able to know the truth.

    Without the mind anybody can know the truth, because the mind is the only barrier.

    The mind must cease for the truth to be.

    What we have acquired through our knowledge of matter is nothing compared to what we will gain by knowing the conscious self – no mind.

    We know the atomic structure of matter but nothing of the atomic structure of the soul.

    And this is our great misfortune.

    We have achieved power, but no peace, no enlightenment.

    The aim should be peace, not power.

    And if the aim becomes peace, then the focus will be on the mystery of human consciousness itself, not into the secrets of nature.

    There has been much research and exploration into unconscious matter, but the time has come when we must concentrate on the evolution of human consciousness itself.

    The science of the future will be the science of consciousness, not the science of matter.

    This change must occur before it is too late.

    Those scientists who are committed to the investigation of the inanimate are of the old orthodox minds bound by tradition and convention.

    People of full awareness must come forth to alter the direction of scientific research.

    Science must strive for knowledge of human consciousness itself.

    In their efforts to master the material world modern scientists have attained results unprecedented in human history; there is no reason they cannot be equally successful in achieving the same insight into the individual.

    Consciousness can be known, it can be mastered;

    Only then humanity can be transformed.

    Then the science of consciousness will come into being for the very first time.

    This will give birth to the greatest event in human history; this will give birth to a great creative energy.

    This alone will save humanity.

    There is no other way.

    This science of religiousness has always remained in the hands of a few enlightened beings; it has never spread to the masses.

    The religion of the people has always been fettered by superstitions and blind belief.

    But now, the evolution of consciousness is finally eradicating this blindness.

    The life, the future of humanity depends on this.

    Remember, all belief comes out of not knowing the truth.

    The end result of believing, of having faith in a truth that you have not realized yourself.

    It is hearsay.

    When there is an existential self knowing of life itself, then there is no longer a need to believe.


    For the first time, humanity can be one, no divisions.

    What divides all the religions?

    Just small details, meaningless details, about their idea of god.

    But there is no god, there has never been, all definitions are inventions.

    Observe how all of these differences now disappear.

    All belief systems are purely creations of imagination.

    Accepting a personal god creates unnecessary problems which are insolvable.

    Any hypothesis which creates problems rather than solving them is useless.

    The time is right, for the collapse of all these retarded political and religious delusions, to end all these great lies, before humanity comes to an end.

    Only a great spiritual revival can remove all these pseudo rulers from their counterfeit thrones of absolute power that creates all global enslavement, ignorance, wars, starvation, violence and poverty.

    We have weeks to prevent a global nuclear suicide,

    Yet, if individuals don’t start taking the responsibility, if they don’t desert all their so-called great political and religious leaders and their churches and their propaganda and holy books, the world is not going to survive very much longer.


    1. Nobody will ever read these banner ad ‘paragraphs’ that constitute your diatribes. Not that you don’t have a point to make. It might even be a good point, but your style is off-putting if not offensive to the reader. Unless you’re a satirist? If so, then kudos for your unique artistic vision! I support humour and satire above all! So, either clean it up if you’re not a satirist or just keep up the good work if you are! 🙏


      1. I actually read the whole thing because it is kind of funny. They’re not engaging in satire, but their ability to articulate their point of view is flawed. They begin by pointing out that time is an invention of the mind then follow that up with events that are about to unfold in time, e.g. “for the first time…etc.” They point out certain features of the mystic, then add the importance of understanding which isn’t a feature of mysticism at all. There are quite a few of these contradictory statements.


  11. Fixin’ the News ‘Show your Work’ Edition:

    “In the [corporate media news cycles] time since [Pentagon contractor Elon Musk] Matt Taibbi released his first [limited hangout] story on the Hunter Biden laptop, further [FBI leaking] reporting has revealed that Twitter [abetted] assisted the US [MICIMATT] military’s online [propaganda] [virtual scorched earth] influence campaigns, [disappeared] [memory-holed] [criminalized] censored “anti-Ukraine narratives” on [orders] behalf of multiple US [murder inc.] intelligence agencies, [regulated] suppressed “legitimate content” on [seasonal flu] Covid-19 on behalf of [Pfizer] the White House, and [gloried] [reveled] participated in the “Russiagate” [criminal conspiracy] [coup d’etat] hoax.”

    Illuminated paragraph was taken from


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