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Alexander Khodakovsky

Alexander Khodakovsky in Donetsk. ‘That Buk I know about … They probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its presence,’ he said. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

The Guardian has interviewed a confused “commander” in the east who has no direct knowledge whatsoever of what went on, and tries to turn it into an admission of guilt.

“That Buk I know about. I heard about it. I think they sent it back. Because I found out about it at exactly the moment that I found out that this tragedy had taken place. They probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its presence,” Khodakovsky told Reuters.

He heard the same news story put out by the Ukrainian government, the fraudulent audio “intercept” that was sent everywhere. He’s relaying the news story without any first hand knowledge that a rebel-controlled BUK ever existed, or was “sent back,” to Russia which was the Kiev government fraud, exposed by its sloppy video evidence.

So this interview subject, Alexander Khodakovsky, a “commander” has no first hand knowledge that any BUK system even existed prior to the Malaysian incident. Odd?  No?

Nor any knowledge that it was ever sent “back” anywhere. He’s clearly speculating. He has no knowledge that it ever existed at all, and is only relaying stories he’s heard, though where he heard them from is of no concern to the Guardian.

The Guardian then goes one better–

” This week the Guardian also spoke to witnesses who said they saw a missile-launching system that looked like a Buk drive through Torez, near the crash site, last Thursday, a few hours before the plane was downed.”

Really?  No Names. Nothing to corroborate this story. No idea of the sympathies of those who are allegedly making these claims, but since it fits in with the ‘blame Russia’ bias of the rag, let’s throw that in too.

This is the standard of evidence for deciding matters of war and peace?

PS: The Spy Satellite that Didn’t Bark

There’s an easy rebuttal to the Guardian’s Torez claims from unnamed so-called witnesses: the spy satellite photos.  Where are they? Why is the US hiding them?

If the US had pictures of these large lumbering vehicles, as claimed, they would be on the front page of every newspaper in the west. The propaganda is shown by what they won’t show as well as what they do claim.

 

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And the next day, the BBC’s flagship news program Today on Radio 4, ran a seven-minute segment asking, in the words of presenter Mishal Husain, “Are the protestors right? Have we been biased at the BBC in favor of Israel?”

Approximately 5,000 protesters brought the roads around the BBC’s London headquarters to a standstill 

 

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We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.
-Propaganda, Edward Bernays, 1928

 

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‘Last thing US wants in the world is democracy. It wants control’

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Former CNN reporter talks openly of censorship throughout the corporate media. 

 

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Fakethrough! GMOs and the Capitulation of Science Journalism

 

Yesterday I posted a possible positive use for genetic modification (cancer treatment).  Today, we need to keep it real and note the inexhaustible list of downsides to eating these Frankenfoods that are churned out and put on supermarket shelves without any long term testing whatsoever.  You are the guinea pig.

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MPAA now in the crosshairs…

Soloway directed this year’s Afternoon Delight, a story about a housewife, played by Kathryn Hahn, who discovers she likes to get it on far more and in different ways than she’d previously thought. In a discussion of her film, Soloway reveals that to get the film the R she promised to her distributors she had to cut the scenes depicting women enjoying having sex…

The MPAA is happy to give a pass to “boys being boys,” but any picture that portrays a woman taking pleasure in sex on her terms should be treated like obscene material.

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Filmmaker Alex Winter presents a radical and potentially disturbing take on the web beyond the law, the secretive parts of the internet nicknamed the “dark web.”

Winter already did a film favorable to Napster, calling it a “revolution” and giving a one-sided view of file sharing.

 

What strikes me is the total contempt and opposition to the music artists (and other copyright holders) who want to get paid so they can survive.   There is no balance to his presentation, and his fawning description of a web beyond the law, the realm of drugs, organized crime and terrorism, sort of gives pause.  Just what is he advocating?  Some laws are a good thing.

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I remember a documentary from 1970 about the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin touring across Canada.  Just after Woodstock, when the massive crowds tore down the fences and the concert turned free – the bands met up with Canadian crowds who only wanted free concerts.  The kids tried to tear down fences in several shows, and Jerry Garcia discussed it with others about how the band needed to get paid so they could tour at all.   The musicians do need some compensation, and the expectation of free everything is childish and unrealistic, actually detrimental to all concerned.  If artists can’t survive then they will be out of the game.  Some compensation needs to be part of the system, or else it validates the claims of music corporations that downloading is “theft.”  Many people hate corporations with a knee jerk response, and the big ones deserve it.  But the musicians themselves are a part of this equation.

Alex Winter’s new project Deep Web is described here:

Deep Web: The Untold Story of BitCoin and The Silk Road

His pitch for a $10,000 sugar daddy is another moment to give pause.  Seems like someone oblivious that he’s playing with fire.  Or else he’s a bit of a pyromaniac.  Something to consider, anyway.

How can we balance the needs of free communications with the need to uphold the law and fight crime?  The new age is scary, for so many reasons.  The rise of hackers, government and corporate sponsored, as well as individuals and straight out criminals has us all at a disadvantage.  The modern condition is hackers 1, citizens 0.  As systems become more complex and pervasive that score is going to get a lot worse.

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What a loathsome piece of shit.  Thankfully Glenn Greenwald sets Maher and his bigotry straight.   Bill Maher is as ugly as Hannity and Limbaugh, and just as dangerous when he misleads his section of the viewing audience.

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