Archive for April, 2012

Impeach Obama 2012

This is an Alex Jones production, whom I have a lot of disagreements with. In this case, Jones should have acknowledged the need to impeach and arrest the Congressmen who enable these crimes and vote for them. Congress is no savior of America, obviously, and most of the problem. This appears to be genuine in its message and sincerity, and of course Infowars was attacking Bush and Obama without respite all along. Still, some Obamaphiles will say it’s an election cycle smear to benefit Mitt Romney.

In truth, we need to rise up and oppose both parties. I’d sooner vote for Rocky Anderson or the Green Party candidate than any of these imperial monsters.

One nitpick on the video — Obama actually DID benefit some mortgage payers by having banks write down interest rates for five years, with the HAMP program. So that is clearly inaccurate. Not to excuse Obama’s long list of impeachable offensives, but let’s get the facts straight, Alex.

Premiering this Tuesday, April 17th, Julian Assange presents the international news that mainstream American journalism censors out. This show on Russia Today RT should irk some of those in power as they seek to silence Assange and Wikileaks from telling the truth about criminal foreign policies around the globe. How ironic that we have to turn to Russian media to get the facts, and the American Pravda corporate news works as an instrument of imperial propaganda.


Indie Film Financing News

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This could be a huge change for indie film in the US.

The western narrative on Syria is a one-sided Big Lie. In this fictional account, the government of Syria has been “killing its own people” for the past year, seemingly without a reason. The existence of armed terrorists and military units crossing the border into Syria was covered up for many months, and is still routinely ignored in the press coverage. Several recent reports can bring the viewer up to speed on the scope of this deception:

Al Jazeera Journalist Explains Resignation over Syria and Bahrain Coverage

Confirms sightings of armed paramilitary units crossing the border from Lebanon into Syria as far back as April 2011. Al Jazeera refused to air video footage of these armed units captured in May 2011, thus causing the rift and eventual resignation of several of their staff in the Beirut, Lebanon bureau of Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera Exodus: Channel Losing Staff Over Bias

Russia Today report on press situation.

Syrian Journalist: CNN, Al-Jazeera falsifying events in Syria

PressTV is Iranian news. Report implicates CNN in the faking of news coverage and acting as a propagandist for the Syrian opposition public relations operation. More about CNN broadcasting fabricated Syrian government “attacks” is shown in this video:

CNN Today: Fake Syria Sources, Fake Attacks, Fake Body Counts

This is war propaganda, which is not a victimless crime. There are at least two sides in this conflict, with many indicating more than two sides among the rebels. Clearly foreign governments are providing arms and now are openly providing money to alleged “freedom fighters” who have murdered numerous civilians and maintain a death squad to execute prisoners and so-called “traitors” (civilians loyal to the Syrian government). Terrorist acts by the Syrian opposition as well as fabrications of fake government attacks are documented, and so are its “Al Qaeda” connections, which are even admitted to by none other than Hillary R. Clinton.

Syria is a flashpoint for global conflict, potentially a spark that can unleash World War 3, involving powers such as Russia and China (who openly vetoed the American led push for war on the Syrian state in the UN Security Council). Syria, as an ally of Iran, seems to be the target of a Washington coordinated multi-pronged assault involving Qatar, Saudi Arabia and others.

The gross hypocrisy of Washington’s alleged concern for the plight of Syrian civilians, with a complete disregard for the civilians of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia (US allies), is not fooling those in the Arab world. Only ill-informed western audiences buy this so-called “humanitarian” interventionist policy, which is imperialism under the cloak of protecting somebody somewhere.

by Joe Giambrone

A futuristic bread and circuses gladiatorial sacrifice — will it discomfit the next generation and open their eyes?

I have to admit that I don’t go to the theater very often. There isn’t a hell of a lot of “product” I’m willing to pay to see, much less pay top dollar while being assaulted by advertisements and propaganda prior to the showing; it sometimes approaches Dante’s visions of Hell. I just want to shout at the screen about the idiocy and the offensiveness of the people producing these visual treats. The mindless corporate whore characters, their canned charisma beaming down as they sell the junk food or car or mobile phone — where are the rotten tomatoes? The glorious stormtroopers get a plug as well, with Riefenstahl type camera work and the unquestionable greatness of the men in uniform. How best can we worship?

So, when I do venture out I like to be sure it’s going to be worth the time and effort and mental assault. The Hunger Games was worth the ordeal, though not a perfect movie by any standard. The PFB blog has already examined the Politics of the Hunger Games in a post by Bob Burnett, and he did such a great job I’ll try and avoid redundancy.

Perhaps it’s due to Jennifer Lawrence, who is one of the most interesting American actresses of the day. Her unstoppable performance in Winter’s Bone nearly redefined what a no-budget indie passion project could rise to in America today.

The American republic descends into fascist tyranny, and this lawsuit is one of the last threads holding us tenuously above the abyss. Congress and the President have abdicated their duties to obey the constitution and to defend it. They are in breach of their oaths of office and should be impeached immediately, which would require a national uprising of unseen proportions. Obama has continued the Bush regime’s totalitarian policies and imperial ambitions around the world, and we are all going to pay the price for it. Turn off your god damned American Idol, sheeple.  You have no one but yourselves to blame for this destruction of the nation. Entertainment is not citizenship.


Well done piece on the psychadelic experience.

This is heartening:

March & Q1 2012: CNN Loses Half its Audience

…For the month of March, CNN was down -50% in total viewers and down -60% in A25-54 viewers (Total Day). The net was down -21% in Total Viewers and down -26% in A25-54 viewers (Primetime) compared to March 2011.” (TVNewser)

Are people getting wise to the endless stream of lies pumped at their screens? It’s taken 15 years, but perhaps the internet really is waking people up to the discrepancy between what talking heads tell us, vs what the verifiable sources tell us.


The Politics of THE HUNGER GAMES
By Bob Burnett

“The Hunger Games” movie had a multimillion-dollar weekend opening and seems destined to be the most successful film of the year. Which is remarkable because it’s a political movie set in a not-too-distant America and expresses themes that are familiar and disturbing.

“The Hunger Games” was published in 2008, the first book of a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It imagines a post-apocalyptic America, “Panem,” with an authoritarian central government set in “The Capitol.” Inhabitants of the Capitol live a life of luxury while the rest of the citizens of Panem live in twelve slave colonies, “Districts,” scattered across North America. Once a year the Capitol televises a great spectacle where two teenagers are selected by lottery from each district, brought to the Capitol, trained and groomed, and then transported to an arena for a battle where only one teenager can survive — the games’ slogan is, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

“The Hunger Games” heroine is sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen who represents District 12. She supplements her family’s diet by (illegal) bow hunting. Her archery talents protect her when the games begin.

“The Hunger Games” novel was targeted for young-adult readers — there’s violence but no sex — and then crossed over to a larger audience. The “Hunger Games” movie grossed more than $155 million in its first weekend: 61 percent of moviegoers were women and 56 percent of ticketholders were over 25.

Unlike other recent blockbuster movies — “Harry Potter,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Spiderman” — “The Hunger Games” is set in a recognizable America and expresses themes from the contemporary zeitgeist.

The first is that things aren’t going well. “The Hunger Games” is part of a wave of dystopian novels — other examples are “Pure” and “Divergent” — that are favorites with young-adult readers. The books assume an America that has been ravaged by nuclear war or an environmental calamity. This builds upon fear that the US is headed in the wrong direction — in the most recent Gallup Poll 72 percent of respondents felt this way.

The second theme is that the central government cannot be trusted. In “The Hunger Games,” President Coriolanus Snow, an autocrat, governs the Capitol, which controls the twelve districts by means of a ruthless police force. In addition to forced-labor camps, Panem utilizes extensive electronic surveillance, and during the period of the games, compulsory television viewing. This reflects the belief the US government cannot be trusted. Those on the right believe the Federal government has been usurped by “socialists” and gotten too big. Those on the left believe the Federal government has been bought by plutocrats and isn’t doing anything to protect workers. Many Americans believe there is too much government intrusion into our private lives.

The third “Hunger Games” theme is that government no longer works for all the people. There’s a small group that lives a life of privilege while most people struggle to fend off starvation. Collins doesn’t use the terms 1 percent and 99 percent, but it’s clear that those in the Capitol are members of the 1 percent and everyone in the Panem districts is part of the 99 percent.

The fourth theme is ubiquitous surveillance. There are cameras and listening devices planted everywhere in Panem. Even before Katniss enters the games, she’s aware that most of the time her movements are being observed. After she enters the games she has no privacy; a tracking device is implanted in her arm and every move Katniss makes is broadcast on TV.

The fifth theme is young adults dying as “entertainment.” This is the aspect of “the Hunger Games” that’s gotten the most negative attention — the notion that a battle to the death involving teenagers serves as a form of reality television for the citizens of Panem. (By the way, the movie is rated PG-13.) But the fact is the US has an unusually high rate of teenage violent deaths. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among all teenagers, but homicide is the leader for black male teens. If you couple these facts with the ubiquitous American culture of violence — the prevalence of handguns, violent imagery in books, films, games, and music — most contemporary teenagers accept the violence in “the Hunger Games” as near reality. Note that at the end of Harry Potter, Harry and the teenage students at Hogwarts School engaged in a battle to the death with Lord Voldemort and his allies.

The sixth theme in “the Hunger Games” is revolution. This is only hinted at in the movie — there are scenes of fighting in District 11 after Rue is killed. But in ” Mockingjay,” the final book of the trilogy, Katniss leads a rebellion against the rulers of Panem. We’re beginning to hear muttering about revolution in the US: states seceding from the union, Americans withdrawing to survivalist enclaves in the deep woods, Tea-Party radicals eliminating of the federal government, and so forth.

Sixty-three years ago, Orwell’s dystopian novel, “Nineteen Eighty-four,” turned out to be prophetic. Will that be true of “The Hunger Games?” Decide for yourself and “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Bob Burnett is a Berkeley writer. In a previous life he was one of the executive founders of Cisco Systems.