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The lack of budget and slick effects hampered this Philip K. Dick film, but the story is interesting and topical. What’s more Phil wrote himself into the movie.

Snared in the rising fascism of the Reagan era, the paranoia and political persecution of dissidents are strong threads running throughout this one. The former McCarthyism red scare paranoia influenced this assault on free association in the land of the free. Dick was personally targeted, and this appears to be his response to an out of control security state, going after sci-fi writers and dissidents of the new “conservative” social order.

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In a purely personal moment, the actress playing the lead neo-nazi bitch looks a lot like my own stepdaughter. And yeah, I can see it.

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Dick brought a lighthearted treatment to this serious descent into totalitarianism. The situations are not new, but the alien contact twist certainly tosses in a monkey wrench. The ending was a bit weak, and this may have relegated it to the desperate-indie bin. With a stronger finish, it could have had the bucks it needed to succeed. C’est la vie.

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by Joe Giambrone

Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.”
-Brown Family Statement

Let a real evolutionary leap come out of this Ferguson fiasco. Police will be required to wear body cameras at all times when on duty. Their actions will be recorded and not fall into the black hole where only one side of a story remains, as dead men tell no tales.

Police are to be held to a higher standard than the rest of us for several reasons. It is their job to enforce laws, and they are given discretion as well as deadly weaponry to do so. Regular citizens have no such priviledge. Police are a special case where accountability, oversight, accuracy, and the public trust need to be maintained. Right now these are all at an all-time low.

Paterson, Newark and Jersey City plan on equipping their forces with body cameras, and this is just the beginning. “The federal court in New York has ordered some police officers to carry cameras, while departments in Albuquerque, Fort Worth, Texas, and Oakland, California, have voluntarily started the practice.”

This is still a land of sovereign citizens with Constitutionally protected rights. As such we need to make sure that these rights are not systematicallly stripped away by law enforcement that operates above the law, beyond the law, outside the law. How much more difficult would it be for a dirty cop whose shifts are recorded? Think about it.

The Michael Brown slaying, whether one wishes to believe it or not, is an unclear situation. We have only the testimony of the officer, and some forensic evidence that may or may not have come about as claimed by the officer. If the officer was wearing a body camera then this entire shooting incident would be recorded frame by frame without the possibility of embellishment or of deception. It would also provide clear evidence against the assailant… or not.

The body camera has proven to be one of the most powerful and revolutionary tools of community policing to come about in decades. Where they have been in use, “public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared with the previous 12 months. Officers’ use of force fell by 60%.

In a land where the police are turning into militarized organizations from out of 1984, or The Hunger Games, we are now at a crossroads. Either all that rhetoric about freedom, liberty, rights, law and order was meant to be taken seriously, or else we are to tolerate a fascistic system of double standards and unaccountable state power, including the wholesale murder in the streets of the poor and of minorities.

It’s time we put the solutions on the front page. Sixty percent decrease of police use of force. Nearly ninety percent reduction in citizen complaints. That means better policing, honest policing, trust built with the communities they are meant to serve. That is a solution that is beyond money, beyond empty slogans and has already been proven to work.

The White House has already responded to a petition demanding body cameras on police officers. Empty rhetoric so far, the usual bland say nothing, do nothing vapidity of politiicians. This is going to take citizens to stand up and demand a just system of justice. It will take awareness, political pressure and local action across the land. The structures of police departments are largely local and respond to local pressure.

Even the ACLU has gotten on board the recording of on-duty police officers. While the unaccountable surveillance of the public remains a violation of the 4th Amendment, the oversight of policing falls into a different category. ACLU policy analyst Jay Stanley said that, “all parties stand to benefit — the public is protected from police misconduct, and officers are protected from bogus complaints.” Interactions with police tend to be kept to a higher standard when there is a video record of everything said and done.

I have no idea if Michael Brown is the best icon for this cause, but he is clearly one of many, many victims of police violence against civilians in the US. Today there are 8,790,000 videos of “police brutality” searchable through Google. These are not taken as seriously as an official record, from the officer’s own body camera. Yet they are all one would need to make a reasoned case that it is time to hold police to the standard of the law.

Society only works when the social contract is honored by all parties. The citizens of Ferguson are telling us this week that one party has broken this contract.


Joe Giambrone publishes Political Film Blog.

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In a classic honey pot trap a crude photo was sent mysteriously out into the chain to be picked up and passed on in order to DISCREDIT anyone vouching for it.

APAssociated Propaganda takes point:

Russian TV says photo shows Ukrainian fighter downed Malaysian plane; US rejects that claim

“Mark Solonin, a Russian author who is an engineer by training, said in his blog that both aircraft looked disproportionate to the landscape and concluded that their images were crudely edited into a satellite picture.

Others noted that the commercial airliner in the photo appears to be of a different type, a Boeing 767.”

Probably all true. The question is why? Who created an obvious fake photo showing what likely actually happened?

This isn’t the only fake or forgery going around. The audio “confession” of Donetsk commanders, which is up on the NY Times website, is a glaring fraud:

Kiev’s evidence of militia’s responsibility for airliner crash faked – expert

Only that particular fraud tells us a lot more about the actual shoot down operation. It was prepared PRIOR to the downing of MH17. It is a recording concerning the shoot down of a Ukraine SU-25 the day before, July 16th, not the 17th. Therefore this audio PSYOP was prepared and executed knowingly (by Ukraine intelligence working with CIA) in order to specifically blame the rebel commander.

More deception concerns BBC’s censoring of eyewitnesses who saw the Ukraine fighter jet in the same airspace as the destroyed Malaysian airliner.

Censorship or error? Internet criticism for BBC removal of MH17 report

So, to recap, this latest photo is a fake. It is faked in order to make you look bad if you present it as evidence. It exists to discredit YOU. Tellingly, the Toledo Blade (AP) wouldn’t even show the actual photo, as it looks too much like what actually occurred! They merely comment using bloggers as their sources.

Faked photo, of questionable sourcing – DO NOT USE:

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This is a honey trap ploy to discredit Russian media. I suggest you read my piece on disinformation and the 9/11 Truth Movement to get up to speed on how this stuff distorts reality.

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Many people jumping over here from Disinformation. Other relevant info to the MH-17 includes the Russian presentation from back in July. Radar data showed the fighter plane:

Russian MH17 Evidence Against Ukraine Nazi Regime

The Russians tested the nose cannon from the SU-25 to compare damage:

MH-17: THE UNTOLD STORY

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Facebook has me unable to post any more comments that challenge Moyers’ slanted so-called “news.” Daily his feed posts a dozen different articles, mostly attacking Republicans, but coincidentally letting the Democrats slide, even in the face of glaring hypocrisy.

In a futile effort to keep him honest, I responded to these obvious hypocrisies. His gaggle of idiots mindlessly defended the indefensible (predictably). But Moyers himself never responds, except via this censorship.

Today he’s apparently taking on JP Morgan, while last week he was lauding Eric Holder, the man who let JP Morgan and friends rape and pillage without consequence. Shame this makes it nowhere near his deluded audience:

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The cozy relationship between the power elite and the media elite needs to be called out. 

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I think the zinger that got me banned by the poobah was this gem, which I may put on a shirt:

PARTISAN NEWS IS NOT REAL NEWS

Apparently, by censoring dissenters, Moyers has copped to the “partisan news” charge. Guilty. Half the story is a full lie, you know. That’s how this country is so utterly fucked up the ass, most of the people believe one party’s propaganda or the other’s. Neither is telling the full truth, and that is a MAJOR FUCKING PROBLEM, MR. BILL MOYERS.

“When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly up-end a man’s moral constitution and make a temporary fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say it demands that a man kick his truth and his conscience into the gutter, and become a mouthing lunatic, besides?”
-Mark Twain

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This article was suggested by a reader:

Bill Moyers, CIA “Liberal” (and Nazi Joseph Campbell)

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LIVE FEED: Riot police on standby for London Million Mask March

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Looks very chaotic, pointless and dangerous. Chants include, “Revolution,” and the old standby, “Our Streets.”

But what are they about?

…Explosions are heard now, as I post. Police response.

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“Revolution” is a recipe for disaster. You need to build a better alternative and not tear down what exists. Mindless calls for “revolution” are as stupid and dangerous as the warmongers you claim to oppose. There is still a means for achieving power and making change legitimately, but it’s a lot harder than making a bunch of noise in the street once a year. You have to build a political movement to show up at the polls.

Ineffectual marches don’t change anything. What is the cause and effect? You make the politicians notice you? And? They notice challenges to their jobs a lot more. That’s where these mindless movements fail, and I suspect it’s by design. They claim to be leaderless, but someone decided what sort of protest would happen and on what day. As this is the only venting avenue in sight the disgruntled fall for it. It won’t work. It won’t change anything. But it manages to grab people and send them out marching in a pointless display. Tomorrow it will be over, and that’s that.

Build the alternative, or forget about it. You’re being played, million mask marchers. Your efforts are in vain.

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This oddity left me wondering what the hell it was all for? This is not a sci-fi film, and it’s not about a space station. It’s a pseudo-period film, set in the 1970s inside another fictional sci-fi movie.

So it’s about mores and biases from the past. The obvious question is if they are still infecting the present? If the red parts of the maps are accurate then perhaps there’s something to that concept. Sexism, patriarchy, homosexuality, and parenting all get a poke. But it does seem like something is off-kilter in the plot of this thing.

I did laugh several times. The intentional awkwardness of the interactions makes this a comedy of discomforting social phenomena. The drugged-up useless mother versus the overachieving, childless career woman, the repressed homosexual captain vacillating between his overcompensating butch demeanor and flirting with his clueless crew, there are some familiar characters and tropes out of the 70s. But in the end, I thought there was a gaping hole in the story, some missing spine.

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It ends a bit dark, too. The exclamation point seems to want to say that this happened, in another context, in another realm on earth. So is it motivated by a troubled 70s childhood? 

On a five-star scale, I’d have to go about 2 for the laughs. It’s a curiosity more than a movie.

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Glenn Greenwald:

Elizabeth Warren Finally Speaks on Israel/Gaza, Sounds Like Netanyahu

So the so-called “progressive” Democrats are full of shit. There is no hope, nor any representation, for people like myself in the Democrat Party. I knew that already, of course.

That is why I stopped voting for their devil’s bargain back in 2000 and I have been a vocal proponent of third parties, specifically the Greens and Justice Party, ever since. Everyone should de-register Democtat and become an Independent or a Green or whatever. It won’t cost you one penny. It will, however, shake up the business as usual in Washington DC. If there was a mass exodus and they could no longer take YOU for granted, they would have to change. The choice and the moral failing is in your court.

 

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The pathetic pitch of Democrats, how people like Elizabeth Warren are the only hope that we’re supposed to hang all our hopes on, falls away like so much other political propaganda.

I do not endorse Israel’s genocide against the people of Palestine nor do I want ANY much-needed US tax money sent to that terrorist state so that it can steal the rest of the land. Neither of the two corporatist parties reflect that view, and they don’t represent me.