This year's annual Bilderberg conference is set to meet in Watford, UK. Global elite power brokers from the world of politics, finance, business and media will once again meet to discuss their agenda for the coming years and, much like the secretive Bohemian Grove gathering, many are more than a little concerned as to what exactly these powerful public figures discuss behind closed doors, away from the prying eyes and ears of the public.
Tags: business, copyright, downloading, film, illegal, internet piracy, money, movies, preferences, research, survey
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Tags: documentary, corruption, drug war, dea, prisons, drugs, policy, trailer, prison industrial complex, incarceration, narcotics, legalization, militarization
Tags: Don Jon, Joe Gordon Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, trailer
Joe Gordon Levitt v. Scarlett Johansson — looks promising.
Tags: propaganda, war, war crimes, empire, war propaganda, Lies, advertising, foreign policy, wars of aggression, deception, soldiers, Army, combat, reality, recruitment, infomercials, suicides, reality show, recruiters
Sell, Sell, Sell…
Your Soul to the Devil.
Touting yet another incarnation of “the truth of what it means to be a soldier” I doubt the new US Army infomercials, excuse me, “realty show” barrage, will be showing the dismembered bodies, the mutilated people in the conflict zones, the childrens’ corpses, the wheelchairs, the prosthetic limbs or the Nuremberg Statutes, etc.
I considered blowing right by this NY Times ode to the misanthropic marketing efforts of militarism, but then again, one cannot escape his nature.
“Program-length commercials are becoming more popular as part of a trend known as content marketing, sponsored content or branded entertainment. The trend is meant to counter the growing habit — particularly among younger consumers, like the target audience for the Army, ages 18 to 24 — of ignoring traditional forms of advertising.”
You’re an idiot, a dupe, and a demographic to be sold a lifestyle of so-called “service.” That is the job of the ad men of Madison Avenue who relish the opportunity to sell you this vision of the future. And a number of your brethren will sign on the dotted line, not in blood, but it should be.
“The Army’s advertising agency, the McCann Worldgroup, also part of Interpublic, will undertake a promotional campaign for “Starting Strong” in realms like social media”
…We have to innovate to engage the audience,” Mr. Davis said. “That’s the bottom line.”
Well, if that’s what you’re paid to do, then I guess you “have to.”
“Joining the Army is kind of like dating somebody; you don’t marry them on the first date,” Mr. Davis said. “It’s a decision. It’s a long conversation.”
…The idea to try content marketing came after two “Starting Strong” pilot episodes “did extremely well in testing,” Mr. Davis said.
It’s a long, fucking sales pitch, and you don’t really get a guarantee on the product. In fact, you’re the product. They won’t tell you that. But, you’re harvested. Your body, mind and soul become the exclusive property of the United States Military Industrial Complex. That’s the deal. They offer promises of future money and education, much of the time promises not kept. Injured soldiers find themselves kicked out on their asses with substandard medical care from the perpetually underfunded Veteran’s Administration.
And after you help out with “the mission” and go to war somewhere, for who the fuck knows what in a place you’ve never heard of, and the bodies pile up, the army doesn’t quite give a shit about your concerns. And if you blow your brains all over the bedroom wall from the guilt of what you have done to innocents half a world away, well the Army and the Madison Avenue clowns contracted by them don’t care about that either. Nor if you beat your family to death, become a zombie, drug addled spree shooter or whatever. It’s really not relevant to the mission … of world domination and threat of good old American force against those arrogant little brown bastards who don’t take orders from Washington.
So have fun. Have a nice fucking life.
“Based on testing, we’re fairly optimistic this will gain the traction we need…”
Coca Cola, Cars, Beer, Smart Phones, Exercise, Joining a Killing Machine, World Domination, Whatever. Sell, Sell, Sell.
Tags: 2012 warning, boston bombing, censorship, Chechnya, CIA, cover up, coverage, covert, Dagestan, deception, Dzhohar, fbi, FSB, Islamists, marathon, media, meetings, news, Novemer 2012, Russia, Russian, Tamerlan, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, tsice, Two Warnings, UK Daily Mail, warning
This is a key part of the Boston Bombing story that has been censored and mangled by US corporate news (aka “presstitutes”). Only the UK Daily Mail is telling the truth here. They are the only professional news media in the Western world that has covered the Graham Fuller / Ruslan Tsarnai connection. They are also the source of this 2nd Russian warning, after Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s trip to Dagesatn in 2012, as recently as last November.
Don’t let this go down the Memory Hole.
US media repeats that mantra that there was one Russian warning back in 2011, that the FBI looked into. This second contact is ignored.
Russia asked FBI to investigate bomber just 6 MONTHS ago after being spotted with ‘a militant’ on trip to Dagestan: Was it this known terrorist who Boston killer liked on YouTube?
Russian authorities contacted FBI in November with questions about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, police source said
- It came after he was seen meeting with a person involved in militant Islamic underground movement in Dagestan
- FBI never responded to the concerns, the source claimed
- Tsarnaev’s mother said the FBI had trailed him for five years amid fears he was inspired by Russia’s Bin Laden
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Tales in a Kabul Restaurant
Tags: money, kickstarter, indie film, artisitc freedom, fans, crowdsourcing, funds, fundraising, Zach Braff, Garden State
Zach Braff delivers a funny pitch for money and shows how its’ done. I didn’t even like Garden State, but I may have to see this one anyway.
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Taking Facebook to Task
A new campaign seeks to force Facebook to censor “sexist” content, and the examples used are easy to understand.
Censorship is usually the knee-jerk, easy response to troubling issues. That is why it is a bad idea. What are the other options?
My Response to this call for censorship of Facebook:
“There’s a better way to confront them. They expose who they are, their identities, by doing this. Shouldn’t the people making the threats be held personally accountable, rather than punishing the medium (Facebook)?
A better approach would be to get their own statements to backfire on them in their personal lives. By silencing it, and making them curtail their conversations to private places, you lose your knowledge of them and their activities. Worse still you make topics like rape and abuse verboten and prohibited on Facebook. That is always the end result of censorship and selective “moderation.” Films and fiction that deal with topcs like this will be off-limits on the new, “politically correct” Facebook, that you yourselves are pushing for. This is not a simple issue, despite the glaring examples that can be cherry picked. Censorship always brings unintended consequences and a slippery slope.
The Everyday sexism Project is also involved with the censorship drive. Their own website is pretty good reading for anecdotes. Would its content be censored on the new Facebook they are pushing for?
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Tags: Afghanistan, Chuck Hagel, defense lawyers, drones, geneva conventions, guantanamo, gulag, hostilities, human rights, hunger strikes, INDEFINITE DETENTION, injustice, International Law, invasion, killing, law, muder, My Lai, Nuremberg, Obama, prison, rights of prisoners
The US gulag at Guantanamo Bay Cuba is now waiting for a large portion of its illegally-detained prisoners to kill themselves.
“Guantanamo’s military defense lawyers cite My Lai massacre in plea to Hagel
Military lawyers for former CIA captives held at Guantánamo are appealing to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to intervene in what they describe as deteriorating conditions and leadership failures on a scale similar to the Vietnam War’s My Lai Massacre. Hagel is a Vietnam combat veteran. The military lawyers call death among the detainees “imminent … whether by suicide, starvation, organ failure or associated complications. (source)”
The detained prisoners have arrived at Guantanamo through questionable means, such as through bribes to warlords (themselves much more powerful terrorists than the taxi drivers and sheepherders they sold to bounty hunters), in order to produce bodies, sold to the US like slaves. Others arrived as prisoners of the war in Afghanistan whose only so-called “crimes” were defending their homeland against an illegal US/NATO invasion, under the Nuremberg statutes. Prisoners of war are entitled to legal protections, while Guantanamo “detainees” and “enemy combatants” (a fictional term created for this purpose) are denied all rights, and live at the whim of the office of the President.
This mass suicide option fits seamlessly in with Obama’s drone murder response to the roster of US “enemies” around the world. Prison and laws are less convenient than the outright killing or “disposal” of alleged enemies as they appear.