Posts Tagged ‘propaganda’

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Night of the Hollow Men

This was a night dominated by the hollow men of the Democratic Party: Panetta, Kaine, Biden and Obama. Men who knew better, but did worse. The theme was liberal virility, strength, and managerial efficiency. Missing was any empathy for the homeless and the hungry, the poor and the downtrodden. It was a frontal embrace of the neoliberal order, a demonstration that the Democrats have the competency and toughness to manage the imperial order in a time of severe internal and external stress.

The last three hours weren’t a full-throated repudiation of Sanderism, so much as a casual dismissal, as if the core concerns Bernie’s movement gave voice to regarding the ravages of economic inequality didn’t even merit their attention. And Bernie sat passively in the imperial box seats with Jane squirming at his side, watching it all unfold.

 

And then Bernie quit the party.

 

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The Very Very Incredible Deal

 

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The right wing assclowns are out in force now, and it’s getting on my nerves. Alex Jones has become Trump’s Reichsmarshal on the ground, and today he’s said:

“THIS FILM WILL DESTROY HILLARY”

Here’s Indiewire’s review of this laughable, juvenile propaganda:

Dinesh D’Souza’s Latest Documentary Is Republican Propaganda At Its Dumbest

If you wanted to show who Hillary is, and why she’s not trustworthy, all you needed was this:

 

 

None of this makes Trump sane.

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Joe Giambrone
At OpedNews

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”
-George Orwell

I’ve certainly had my share of run-ins with Democratic Party apologists, the ones who insist that all the evils of today’s world are Bush’s fault, and who are impervious to contrary evidence. As if seven-and-a-half years of Obama’s imperial reign simply didn’t happen, or worse yet, that Obama is just a passive victim of circumstance. He’s merely responding to the big bad Bush world, and can only do positive things.

This is the mindset over at places like Mother Jones. You can post damning comments from Obama’s own Vice President, and yet those will not sink in. At all. The cognitive dissonance is beyond controllable levels. No truth shall pass.

“[Erdogan the Saudis, the Emiratis, etc.] poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad, except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra, and al Qaeda, and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”
-Your Sitting Vice President

Biden was told to shut up and to apologize immediately for telling the truth. Nothing was done about Erdogan, the Saudis, the Emiratis etc., except to send them more arms, such as those used to massacre the civilians of Yemen. Joe Biden thought he was informing the next generation of imperial technocrats, the Harvard graduating class, but apparently, they don’t yet possess the required security clearances to be shown the true inner workings of the empire.

The problem today is that radical fundamentalist Sunni Jihadis are willing to murder crowds and blow themselves up in the process. This was easily predicted, and little events like 9/11 may have pointed in that direction from the start. These Islamists are dedicated, well-trained, experienced in combat, and now spilling out across the world, as Syria becomes less tenable for them (mostly thanks to the Russians).

In Syria, they are proxy armies, much the same as those supported by our CIA in the Mujahadeen of the 1979-1989 Afghan War (launched by Democrat Jimmy Carter). There’s already a long history of using these types of people and having “allied” nations provide much of their weapons, money, and training to wage war covertly. It is a formula, a very successful formula. The people entrenched in the bowels of the American Empire credit this formula with bringing down the Soviet Union! Of course they’d do it again, and again, and again.

Now in 2016, American foreign policy has aided and abetted these ISIS terrorists for years. The buck stops at the Oval Office of Barack Obama. Most deluded Democrats are incapable of comprehending this, and they never will no matter the evidence.

So they say things like: Obama killed a lot of ISIS leaders.

As if that was the important point, instead of half of Syria becoming a terrorist wonderland with half a million dead and thousands of radical fighters returning to their home countries to slaughter thousands of innocent Westerners. Those attacks, such as the spree in Nice, provide endless justification for more war, more invasion, more bombing.

Since the White House publicizes this targeted-assassination propaganda it must be the crucial part of the story. We’re supposedly winning even though humanity is losing in a big way.

I’ve already made this lengthy case, of course. The US actions in Syria betrayed its lies. The Russians, who are the ultimate target of this Syria campaign, as in Obama’s other covert destabilization in Ukraine, have exposed the White House time and again. The US refused to bomb the long lines of ISIS oil tankers providing the money for their Caliphate and enriching Erdogan’s own son in the process.

The US imperial plan has been to kick the Russians out of its Mediterranean naval base and its Syrian air bases. It is Empire 101, an attack on Russia’s allies in order to weaken Russia, a seamless continuation of the rollback, which began in 1979. But the American people don’t understand how that game is played, and indeed they remain ignorant of why their country acts around the world at all.

Such ignorance is probably to be expected among most of the population, but those over at Mother Jones style themselves as informed intellectuals. Most are clearly not, as a political party’s talking point cannot be considered true knowledge about a situation. But the pseudo-intellectuals cannot tell the difference, or perhaps they just don’t want to. By accepting responsibility for Barack Obama’s crime spree this would make them culpable as well for supporting him. Thus, Democrats, and their loyal voters, remain half of the problem.

Lastly, the Mother Jones crowd types passionately about George Bush but ignores the fact that it was Democrat Nancy Pelosi who decreed: “Impeachment is off the table.” The Democrats, and later Barack Obama as President, protected everything that Bush/Cheney did. We witnessed a protection racket, a criminal system of protecting war criminals from prosecution and the acceptance of an imperial model, where expansion, destabilization, and Crimes Against the Peace are normalized.

Fascism.

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They’re lying about it across the political spectrum, hoping you won’t read the actual document. I’m still analyzing it. The language is diplomatic throughout, using “may have” repeatedly when repeating what the FBI plainly found, no maybe about it. We need the original FBI documents as well, and we need INDICTMENTS & PROSECUTIONS.

In 9/11 Document, View of a Saudi Effort to Thwart U.S. Action on Al Qaeda

NY Times:

But it is also a far more substantial document than many American and Saudi officials — from the White House press secretary to some members of Congress to the Saudi foreign minister — tried to indicate in a flurry of news conferences and emailed news releases on Friday afternoon.

Article goes on to print the lies of the fraudulent 9/11 Commission:

The commission’s final report, released in 2004, said that the panel had found no evidence that the “Saudi government as an institution, or senior Saudi officials individually funded” Al Qaeda.

The Saudis deny everything, but no one asks them about Bandar’s claim to have been following the hijackers “with precision.”

 

They already have a cover-story in place, from the start. If all else fails, the Saudis will claim to have been following the hijackers in order to monitor them. CIA knew they were in the country and did NOTHING to simply GO ARREST THEM. The real story is CIA, George Tenet and the Bush junta. The Saudis are a minor loose end left hanging from this high Treason.

The corporate news won’t tell you the truth. They merely parrot he said / he said, as if that was investigative journalism.

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The NY Post handles it a bit differently…

Yes, the Saudi government helped the 9/11 terrorists

A CIA memorandum dated July 2, 2002, stated unequivocally that the connections found between the hijackers, the Saudi embassy in Washington and Saudi consulate in Los Angeles are “incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists within the Saudi government.”

“Numerous” FBI files also fingered two Saudi government employees who assisted the 9/11 hijackers as “Saudi intelligence officers,” the newly declassified documents reveal.

 

 

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Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels was recently the celeb royalty featured on Jerry Seinfeld’s car show, in an episode entitled: “Everybody likes to see the monkeys.” Now I wish I hadn’t bothered to tune in because now I have to respond.

The corporate overlord sensibility is prevalent, dripping from every annoyed grunt Michaels offers the inconsequential rabble. Instantly, I recalled how Tim Robbins and John Cusack had punched his number back in 1992. Michaels is a tool of social control, a buttress who defines what can be said to millions, and what cannot.

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Michaels tipped his hand when Seinfeld challenged him on “alternative comics,” those “below 14th street” who don’t exist as far as SNL is concerned. The “alternative” is any alternative view to corporate whoredom, and Michaels sneers and scoffs his way through the idea that anyone but corporate-approved mindless, inconsequential distractions should matter.

Yes, he gleefully categorizes everyone and everything his show does as nothing more than monkeying around. And now we see the flaw in SNL as an institution. The boss believes in flinging poo and nothing beyond. He has no integrity on display, simply the desire to let the monkeys run amok for fun and profit. The world may burn to the ground elsewhere, but nothing relevant will appear in Lorne Michaels’ Monkey House. His show pretends to address issues, but it’s a pretense, a marketing strategy.

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That’s why the show’s fakeness and vapidity are so entrenched and intractable. SNL cannot actually say anything meaningful; Michaels won’t allow it. It is not an “alternative,” to the rest of the corporate mainstream marketing propaganda but exists to reinforce it.

Even Michaels’ choice of restaurant reinforced his elite ruling-class view, escaping to where the coffees likely run $25 a cup, and no other diners were seen, or perhaps permitted. Michaels is a media mogul who decides for America what it can joke about each week, a propagandist, a puppeteer, a tool of social programming.

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Anyone finding all this particularly unfunny?

 

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I don’t always agree with Bill Nye (he seems corrupted by Monsanto propaganda), but on this I do agree:

Bill Nye visits Noah’s Ark theme park

“The influence is strong. I spoke with a lot of kids (and took a great many selfies). Almost all of them do not accept that humans are causing climate change — and that is the Answers In Genesis ministry’s fault. Through its dioramas and signage, the organization promotes ideas that are absolutely wrong scientifically, while suppressing critical thinking in our students — which is in no one’s best interest, conservative or progressive.”