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Female Pilots in Iran Have Taken To The Sky
Iran is a much more open and modern society than many western people realize. I haven’t been there, but from watching some of the travel blogs of the many young westerners who have journeyed to this ancient land, it would seem Iranians are one of the most warm and generous peoples anywhere.
Iranians are often confused with Arabs – who are also Muslim – but who are also very different culture. Iranians are Persians, not Arabs. I have met a few Iranians when I lived in asia for 7 years. They were all just as warm and friendly as the people who appear on the travel blogs of westerners. As were the few arabs I met as well.
The idea that Iranians are warm, friendly, reasonable and highly educated people, who generously greet all visitors to their country, including Americans, is a big threat to the narrow narrative that is constantly portrayed by western medias. That narrative being, that Iranians are very serious, religously highly conservative and anti-American. Some of them might be like that, but then again, you can say that about many western nations as well, whose international behaviour on the international stage has been far worse.
Which nations have been launching constant wars around the world these past two decades? Iran’s highly conservative religious leaders – as different from westerners as they may be – haven’t attacked and destroyed other nations’ people and infrastructure.
So here we have two female pilots in Iran taking full control of a domestic commercial airliner flight, back in 2019 actually. If you recall, some of Iran’s neighbours, like Saudi Arabia are still arresting ladies who drive cars, even though, Saudi ladies were supposedly “given” this “right” a few years ago. In Iran, ladies do drive and more than 50% of university graduates there are women.
In reality, PR stunts by these brutal western friendly absolute Royal Arab dictatorships – such as the great western media campaign focussing on how Saudi Arabia is “opening up” and “modernizing” – are simply that. PR Stunts. Stunts to appease hapless western hollywood “human rights” types and the lap dog and incessantly unquestioning western mainstream media.
Thousands of westerners used to holiday in Iran each year in pre Covid days as Iran is a very beautiful country and contains one of the highest number of World Heritage Sites in the region. It seems all westerners are very warmly greeted by Iranians, which, given the blatant and ongoing interference by westerners in Iran’s internal affairs, going back many decades and continuing until today, is quite incredible don’t you think?
Would we in the west be so forgiving and welcoming of the Iranian people if their goverment had been caught deposing our democratically elected leaders, stealing our resources, had dropped chemical weapons on us and had generally bad mouthed and interfered in our affairs, time and again, over numerous decades?
It doesn’t seem likely.
Of course, it is highly unlikely that Iran, like most other nations would ever be caught doing these things, as most nations do not act in this extremely objectionable manner. And then when the USA and UK are caught acting highly objectionably like this, they make it all worse by their incessant lieing about their own actions, whilst proceeding to slander others to deflect attention away from themselves.
Anyway, one day I might journey to ancient Persia – modern Iran – to see it for myself. Thousands of westerners do that already. After all, there is no substitute for personal experiences. You might even meet some lovely female pilots there.
Hate Crimes Against Muslims Surge AFTER They Are Attacked (!)
There are many things that surprise me in life and sometimes not in a pleasant way.
Before 9/11, I had no real clue about Islam or Muslims. What they believed in and where and how they lived. I don’t think I was alone in that regard as a westerner. But 9/11 changed all that for sure. Now everyone knows all about Muslims right? (we think we do anyway).
For we have had negative stereotypes about Muslims carefully, some brutally, implanted into our collective pysche for two decades now. I don’t see how this can be anything other than a deliberate campaign of mis-information.
Take “Hate crimes” against Muslims for example. It has been commonly reported that verbal and physical attacks against muslims spiked in New Zealand AFTER 51 members of the Christchurch muslim community were gunned down by a white supremicist terrorist from Australia in 2019.
It is difficult to comprehend this personally but I guess it is simply an extreme version of “monkey see, monkey do” type behaviour. I guess ignorant and frightened people think that if a guy can kill alot of muslims, then surely it is okay for them to abuse or attack other muslims themselves. Even on the other side of the world.
After the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attack hate crimes against muslims spiked in the UK as well. It probably did in alot of western countries – I haven’t checked them all.
Even PBS media in America noted the effect. The global Islamophobia industry is very effective and well documented it seems.
There is only one truth that we know for sure about 9/11 – the official story of events is at least partially, perhaps substantially untrue.
9/11 was very helpful to anyone in authority who had an agenda to unleash a broad targeted attack on nations with major muslim populations – and oil. That day was also very helpful if those same people in authority had agenda’s to unleash “shock and awe” against similar populations. Yes, 9/11 was very useful to a small group of elite people.
Sadly, the whole world has suffered from the consequences of 9/11 and continues to do so. Muslims are targeted by violence from the general public whether they are the perpetraitors or the victims of other crimes. It seems, Muslims therefore, are victims no matter what they do, even when they don’t do anything.
And whilst the issue of Islamic extremist terrorism is certainly real, its vital to keep reminding ourselves that Christian extremist (State) terrorism has killed 10,000 times more people than the Islamic kind. Somehow, this usually gets overlooked.
Surely that is someone’s master plan? These gross imbalances of public information and consciousness couldn’t have happened by chance could they?
Why Are Ordinary People Always Ignored?
Since I have become much more aware of how life and the world actually function – as opposed to my previous life where I was living in a cosy blanketed dream world – I have been active in corresponding with official people and public organizations about the things that they say which are demonstrably untrue or misleading. I ask them what their sources are for the misleading or false public information they share.
No one ever replies.
How can you take these people seriously? Why do so many people take them seriously? By “them”, I refer to mainstream media, government spokespeople, international organizations of most kinds, etc. Some might mean well, but they are simply making it more difficult for ordinary people to understand how the world actually operates.
For example, our biggest national newspaper The New Zealand Herald has printed false information more often than one would expect from such a long established and “respectable” organization. Sometimes its not such important information, but at other times, this newspaper simply perpetuates the totally false ideas and western propaganda on the globally topical issues of the day.
For example, some months ago the Herald republished an item from one of their contributing media outlets talking about nutty “conspiracy theories”. In amongst a list of far fetched and genuinely silly theories, such as microchips in vaccines and the real Paul McCartney of the Beatles being killed in 1966, the Herald article included the US government’s Project MK Ultra. I don’t think Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike for all the years afterwards, but even if he was….who the hell cares?? The look-alike wrote and sang masterful songs anwway.
Paul McCartney’s alleged death in 1966 is in NO WAY comparable to Project MK Ultra.
MK Ultra was the name of a real and publicly documented spread of CIA led projects which focussed on mind control and other psychological techniques, often on people against their will or who were unaware they were being experimented on. Some victims didn’t survive these experiments.
It consisted of 162 different secret projects that were indirectly financed by the CIA, but were contracted out to various universities, research foundations and similar institutions. In all, at least 80 institutions and 185 researchers participated, but many didn’t know they were dealing with the CIA.
MK Ultra went on for two decades (1953-73) both in the USA and Canada, was conducted in the highest secrecy due to the shocking nature of its content and human rights abuses. All of the records were destroyed by the CIA in the early 1970s in attempts to keep it secret.
But the CIA could not track down and destroy every reference to MK Ultra and when it became public Congress was tasked to investigate and confirm its existance, which it did.
Two further decades later, President Clinton issued a formal apology on behalf of the US government and financial compensation was paid to certain victims still living.
However, here we were in 2020, decades after MK Ultra had been well established on the public record and the mainstream western media were still publicly mocking people who wrote about it.
It surely should be the other way around right? It should be our respected media outlets that are digging into and highlighting shocking and horrifying events such as Project MK Ultra and the people who deny its existance should be the ones being mocked. Part of the media’s role is to lead the search for truth and to protect the people from the excesses of the elites. Right?
However, today, it is the mainstream media who are often ignorant of real historical events and the thorough investigators of history are dismissed as conspiracy theorists. We live in a mirror universe.
Of course the problem is that there are real nuts out there who promote genuinely nutty ideas, but surely our media can tell the difference? That is their job isn’t it?
By lumping everyone together as “conspiracy theorists” our media and other organizations are either deliberately or unknowingly covering up important issues. I’m thinking in many cases it is deliberate on behalf of senior management, but maybe inadvertant by day to day level journos and writers.
If you have read some of my other posts here on China, you’ll be aware that I have grave doubts about the claims heavily promoted by western governments in western media concerning genocide of the Uighers in Xinjiang, China. Although not visiting Xinjiang autonomous region during my trips to China, my postive personal impression of China, combined with my own investigative work – all mixed in with good doses of skepticism and common sense – lead me to believe the “genocide of Uighers” claims are completely false. Or at a bare minimum, highly exaggerated. You can read why I have these opinions in my previous posts.
However, I wrote to several different branches of two global Human Rights organizations – including one in my home city – to ask for their official opinion on the genocide claims.
No one replied.
Imagine that. When asked for an official statement on persecution, neither Human Rights organization bothered to reply. Maybe I’m not important enough for them to bother about.
Lack of interest occurs everywhere it seems. Two politcal parties here in New Zealand were making the same public statements that “genocide of the Uighers” was “beyond any doubt” some months ago. I wrote to both parties asking for their sources of information in making such serious (and IMHO false) claims.
One party replied sending me the same US and Australian government funded military sources that the western global media has been spreading. These sources are totally inappropraite to quote as they have clear conflicts of interest and are partly funded by weapons manufacturers and antagonistic governments. It appears, New Zealand politicians just read the same news propaganda as everyone else. They don’t have any inside sources or reliable and authorative contacts any different to the ordinary voter – or at least they didn’t show them to me.
I pointed out these deficiencies in their sources to that political party.
That political party never replied.
At least this party responded once – the other political party I wrote to never replied at all to my initial questions as to their sources of information.
The party that never replied at all is the same party which holds my local district electorate in our parliament and so it is supposed to be my representative. But they ignored me. Maybe I’m not important enough. I’m just an ordinary voter after all.
Is this how democracy is supposed to work ? Sadly, most western people still think their democracy actually works.
Is this ongoing official global disinterest in ordinary people the reason for so much doubt, anger, protest and frustration in the world? If it isn’t, it ought to be.
How Media Lies to You
Here are two recent media articles ostensibly on the same subject but offering quite different focuses. Readers of each article will likely get completely different impressions of what is going on.
The first story is from a western media outlet and the second is from RT News America, a global news outlet known for its critiques of western media shortcomings. We can’t say which article is correct, if either of them are.
The article contents are in black, my comments in red.
The following headline and the abridged article recently appeared in the New Zealand Herald, our national newspaper which is closely associated with the western mainstream media,
“Covid-19: Wuhan scientists planned to release coronaviruses into cave bats 18 months before outbreak”
22 Sep, 2021 12:00 PM
Article headline immediately focuses on and associates “Wuhan Scientists” and “Covid 19.”
Studies show up to 70% of people read no further than the headline and their takeaway message of the article occurs within these few seconds. Just in case you are someone who reads the first few lines as well as the headline, the reference between “Coronaviruses” and “Wuhan scientists” is repeated.
Wuhan scientists were planning to release enhanced airborne coronaviruses into Chinese bat populations to inoculate them against diseases that could jump to humans, leaked grant proposals dating from 2018 show.
New documents reportedly show that just 18 months before the first Covid-19 cases appeared, researchers had submitted plans to release skin-penetrating nanoparticles containing “novel chimeric spike proteins” of bat coronaviruses into cave bats in Yunnan, China, according to UK newspaper The Telegraph.
They also planned to create chimeric viruses, genetically enhanced to infect humans more easily, and requested US$14 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to fund the work.
“They” – the Wuhan scientists who are the main focuses of the article – planned to create highly dangerous chimeric (man made) viruses and requested financial assisitance from “DARPA” to do so.
The article makes no mention of who or what Darpa is, which would lead most people to conclude Darpa is a Chinese organization, as this is consistent with the context of the article, but this is not correct. Darpa is an American military research agency, a part of the United States Department of “Defense” (Pentagon). It is responsible for the development of emerging technologies for possible use as weapons by the American military, viruses included.
The proposal also included plans to mix high-risk natural coronavirus strains with more infectious but less dangerous varieties.
The bid was submitted by British zoologist Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, the US-based organisation, which has worked closely with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) researching bat coronaviruses.
Darpa refused to fund the work, saying: “It is clear that the proposed project led by Peter Daszak could have put local communities at risk”, and warned that the team had not properly considered the dangers of enhancing the virus (gain of function research) or releasing a vaccine by air.
Peter Daszak was also behind a letter published in The Lancet last year which effectively shut down scientific debate into the origins of Covid-19.
Viscount Ridley, who has co-authored a book on the origin of Covid-19, due for release in November, and who has frequently called for a further investigation into what caused the pandemic in the House of Lords, said:
“For more than a year, I tried repeatedly to ask questions of Peter Daszak with no response. Now it turns out he had authored this vital piece of information about virus work in Wuhan but refused to share it with the world. I am furious. So should the world be.”
“Peter Daszak and the EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) proposed injecting deadly chimeric (man made) bat coronaviruses collected by the Wuhan Institute of Virology into humanised and ‘batified’ mice, and much, much more.”
THIS SECOND ARTICLE FROM RT AMERICA IS REPORTING ON THE SAME SUBJECT, BUT PRESENTS A DIFFERENT FOCUS ENTIRELY…
“Leaked docs show DARPA considered funding $14mn project to infect Chinese bats with altered coronaviruses in 2018”
22 Sep, 2021 16:25
Documents published by a scientist group probing Covid-19’s origins reveal that controversial US non-profit organization EcoHealth Alliance had sought $14 million in 2018 for a project that would expose Chinese bats to altered coronaviruses.
This article immediately focuses on the western “EcoHealth Alliance”, an allegedly controversial organization, and not on “Wuhan scientists.”
Some 18 months before the first Covid cases appeared, the three-and-a-half year study had planned to release skin-penetrating particles containing “novel chimeric spike proteins” from bat coronaviruses into bat caves in China’s Yunnan province. The goal was to study and prevent transmission to humans.
Now we hear the 3.5 year study – still not associated with Wuhan scientists – was to help prevent virus transmission to humans, a surely noble goal.
The proposal, titled ‘Project Defuse’, was submitted by EcoHealth Alliance for funding consideration as part of an initiative aimed at preventing emerging pathogen threats by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It was ultimately rejected over safety concerns.
This article clearly describes Darpa as an American military research organization.
EcoHealth President Peter Daszak, a British zoologist, is listed as the person in charge of Project Defuse, which would have been a collaborative effort with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and a number of US universities, along with the US Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center and the Palo Alto Research Center.
The article shows the project leader is British scientist Peter Dasuk with several American research organizations being listed as collaborators.
Earlier this month, investigative news outlet The Intercept revealed that federal agencies, including the US National Institutes of Health, granted EcoHealth Alliance a total of $3.1 million – with nearly $600,000 used in part to “identify and alter bat coronaviruses likely to infect humans” at the WIV.
They indicate that researchers were looking to tailor bat coronaviruses to target “human-specific cleavage sites”. This would make it easier for the virus to get into human cells.
Here a connection is listed between US research organizations and coronavirus research. Specifically, work included modifying coronaviruses in order to increase human infectiousness.
In a statement, DRASTIC said the proposal’s “discussion of the planned introduction of human-specific cleavage sites” indicated that a closer review by the “wider scientific community of the plausibility of artificial insertion is warranted.”
Although DARPA’s ‘Biological Technologies Office’ rejected the project since it would “potentially involve ‘Gain of Function’ research” without assessing the risks of such, it left the door open for future funding since there were “several components of great interest” in the proposal.
This paragraph is more ambiguous – stating that Darpa rejected funding on this particular occasion, but also making it clear that they were still interested in some aspects of the project.
In response to a verification request from a news outlet, DARPA stated that it has “never funded directly, nor indirectly as a subcontractor, any activity or researcher associated with the EcoHealth Alliance or WIV.”
The documents do not present any conclusive evidence to support the disputed theory that Covid-19 was leaked from a Chinese lab, but they further highlight the fact that US agencies had expressed interest in risky research into bat coronaviruses in the years leading up the pandemic.
This paragraph is self explantory. It highlights an aspect of the whole story that is not commonly mentioned in the western media. Also not made clear by either article – perhaps because no-one really knows exactly what went on between American and Chinese authorities and organizations – is who it was who actually initiated and lead this “gain of function” research on coronaviruses in Wuhan.
Was this an American military initiative or did the Chinese government play a part ? Was it a joint venture? Was it for civilian or military use? Was the Wuhan lab used simply as a specialist facility for doing the donkey work or did they contribute to the direction of the research program itself?
The lab in Wuhan was only commissioned in 2018, a year before the similar Fort Detrick military bio-research lab in America was shut down over safety concerns. Are these two events linked? Like all major global stories – invasions, assassinations, terroriat attacks, regime changes etc – the truth of the matter takes years and decades to emerge.
No doubt the truth about the Covid 19 global pandemic will emerge at a similarly glacial pace. Read internationally to get a better view on this and every subject. Check in with small citizen journalists who now are the best source of information in many cases.
The mainstream media we thought we had, died long ago. You must remember that.
“Why Your Struggle is Invisible” – Part 2
The Font recently posted an article – “Why Your Struggle is Invisible” – which documented how officials and organizations hide in plain site, the difficult economic realities of life such as Inequality and Income disparity. These are common themes these days, but little is ever done about them, and indeed they continue to worsen.
The original post was based on a Credit Suisse global wealth report from 2013. I came across an article recently published by Forbes Magazine in April 2021.
A couple of highlights from it,
- the wealthiest 1% of Americans controlled about $41.5 trillion according to Federal Reserve data released September 2021.
- the net worth of all households and nonprofit organizations in America was $136.9 trillion.
Therefore, 99% of Americans have $95.4 trillion in wealth (Tr $136.9 – Tr $41.5)
This means that the top 1% of Americans own 44% of the combined wealth of everyone else (the 99%) in that country, that is getting on to half the wealth. This hardly seems a believable statistic for life in a supposedly civilized society.
We all sort of know about these things but the problem is only getting worse . Why is that? Aren’t there supposed to be people to report on and prevent these types of things – the media, politicians, regulatory authorities?
Forbes Magazine reports further from the 2019 data recently released by the Federal Reserve. Quite openly, and without alarm, Forbes notes the following sickening fact –
“For all Americans, the average net worth is $746,820, but the median net worth for all Americans is just $121,760“.Forbes Magazine 2021 – quoting from Federal Reserve data
It surely takes little thought or investigative effort at all to realize that officially published figures from the Federal Reserve simply can not be a true and correct picture of reality. If the Federal Reserve is openly releasing fairy tale information, what other government information about modern life is fairy tale? Well, we know that answer already – all of it right? Massive military budgets for “defence”, tax payer bail outs of corrupt financial institutions, unalterable support for guns and Israel just to name a few.
Check out official figures next time you see a financial article or simply google something financial. In almost every article you will see wealth and poverty and income figures quoted as “average” or “per capita” – rarely will the figures include the “median”. There’s a very good reason for this.
If the average wealth of all American’s really was almost three-quarters of a million dollars, who would be unhappy about that? Based upon these figures, Americans are being told that they have, on average, $747,000 worth of wealth – d they really?
Even the homeless? Do you have that much? That is equivalent to owning quite a nice house a mortgage free I would think, especially if located out of the big city centres.
This was the point made in my previous “Why Your Struggle is Invisible” post mentioned above – that “per capita” or “average” wealth and income figures are highly misleading and, as inequality continues to increase, will become even more misleading. That is why they are so frequently quoted – to mislead you.
It doesn’t matter which ethnicity or age group or education level you belong to or attain – a huge disparity between officialdom and reality exists across the board in most nations, but it is particularly bad in the United States, where inequality is the worst in the western world.
Here is US breakdown by age according to Forbes. The final column, % disparity, I added myself and it calculates what your actual wealth is as a percentage of the wealth you are being told you have.
In a perfect society the Median and Average would be the same. They never are and the gap continues to widen.
Across all Americans, the Fed data reports that people’s actual wealth is $121,760 whereas their officially reported wealth is $746,820. That is a huge gap any way you look at it. This gap is like you have just $16.30 in your wallet or bank account, but you are being told, and it is being widely reported that you have $100. Big difference right?
|Younger than 35||$76,340||$14,000||18.3%|
But not to worry. Poor and struggling people can save up for a subscription to Forbes Magazine to get some highly useful tips on how to increase your worth and get ahead in life, as seen in the following article extract from the same article,
“How to Increase Your Net Worth
Though your net worth will fluctuate over time, there are a number of tried-and-true methods for increasing your net worth, including:
• Pay off debt. Reducing your total liabilities will increase your net worth, even if your asset level stays the same.
• Maximize your retirement contributions. Not only will you increase the amount of assets you have, but you may also reduce your current tax burden.
• Cut expenses. If you spend less money, you keep more of it, which adds to your amount of total assets.
• Increase your income. Provided you do not also increase your spending, a higher income will enable you to save and invest more, which can raise your net worth.
• Learn to invest wisely. For most people, saving money alone isn’t enough to increase their assets over time. At least some of that money must be invested to give yourself the opportunity to build true wealth over time.”
WOW! You can see these Forbes people must have been the leading graduates from Harvard business school right? I mean, who would have thought that you can get ahead in life by “increasing your income” and/or “cutting expenses”? Or by borrowing less? Such incredible wisdom.
These little gems of wisdom would be well worth the high cost of the glossy Forbes magazine right?
Just in case you have some money left over from your Forbes subscription, you can follow their final piece of advice concerning what to do with your spare money – “invest wisely.”
You know, playing the stockmarket is for everyone! Just take your precious little few dollars and get stuck into share trading! What’s holding you back?
This article confirms what is already known by rich people and widely felt by struggling ones,
Elites from all parts of society are totally out of touch with the reality of the masses – they live in their own small world that the other 99% of us will never have any understanding of, yet alone be part of. And no attempt is made to even hide inequality and elitism any more. This Forbes article, and the thinking of the authors just rubs the struggle of the 99% into their faces….with unconcealed laughter.
Do you realize what a billionaire is? If you think a billionaire is just someone slightly richer than a millionaire, understand that the difference is much more than that – one billionaire has the same wealth as a thousand millionaires combined. Sit down right now and start to write down the names of one thousand people. After writing down one thousand names, remember that each name is a millionaire and once you have taken several hours to write all these names, realize that you have only written down the name of just ONE billionaire.
We are supposed to be aided and protected by our political and media representatives, in order that the worst of societal forces out of our control, pass us by without undue harm. But the opposite of that happens in reality. Political classes pass tax cuts for the already wealthy and pass legislation that enables the crippling effects of elite greed to pervade further and further into the lives of everyday people. Endless wars are promised to be ended, but military budgets constantly increase. Our mainstream media stand by and do nothing. In fact they facilitate the whole process.
What is there to do about this? Send this post to a friend – what do they think? Find out the name of your Congressperson or Senator and write them an email, preferably in conjunction with and signed by a group of people. Group votes are important especially if you live in a swing state.
Start a discussion. We can’t complain forever. We have to take even tiny actions ourselves. No one else is going to help you. If you don’t do even a little thing, then you have no right to ever complain.
Hong Kong & Shanghai – The “Exotic” Cities.
One of the more delightful and disturbing things I have learned in recent years is how the use of pleasant sounding words of the english language mask often hideous and immoral acts. We have all gotten used to it really, as this has been happening for centuries.
In times past, the British Empire would report back on their “Expeditions” abroad. Of course, expeditions were often more like “unprovoked and violent military invasions of small and unweary nations”, but that is too big a mouthful to say and it is a bit too harsh sounding. “Expeditions” are much nicer sounding right?
Like the 1903 British expedition to Tibet.
In modern times America uses one its “nice” phrases quite alot in public – “routine patrol.” Once again, this sounds fairly harmless right? Almost routine, unsurprisingly.
President Ronald Reagan used this phrase when communicating to the world as he attempted to explain how and why the American military shot down an Iranian civilian airliner full of people in 1988.
Almost nothing in the details of Reagan’s global press conference was true. And rather than admitting that the American warship was operating illegally within Iranian waters during the period of the 8 years long Iraqi invasion of Iran, a war supported by America and the west, Reagan simply spat out the phrase, “whilst on routine patrol.…”
“Routine Patrols” are very commonplace. It bascially means, “operating anywhere, anytime, doing anything.” Legally or not. Much less controversial than “illegal activities in other nations exclusive maritime zones.”
Another great euphemism is that which was applied by westerners to old Hong Kong and Shanghai after the defeat of China in the Opium War.
After China was defeated, Hong Kong was taken at gunpoint by western powers in order to profit from the misery of their newly created drug addicts in China. The forced western sales of drugs into China exploded and this made the “westernized” Hong Kong one of the most corrupt places on earth. It was soon riddled with drugs, criminal gangs, spies, prostitution and vice. Shanghai shared a similar fate.
And all of these appalling things – imposed on China by the West – were hidden and excused under the guise that Hong Kong and Shanghai, were simply “exotic”. They were places rich people went to enjoy women, drugs and other pleasures not so easily available in the prudish and respectible western nations that had created them.
In fact, so much money was made from these “exotic” attractions and their activities of vice, that a new bank was required to finance the now very lucrative western drug dealing industry in China. No respectible bank wanted to be associated with the profits from such “exotic” activites in China and so a new bank was created, named after the locations where such illicit activites went on – The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation or HSBC.
This new bank – handling much of the international drug trades finances – opened in the two most “exotic” Chinese cities in 1865 and today is one of the biggest banks in the world.
I wonder how many people know the original business model of HSBC? Or know where today’s utterly terrible and violent international drug trade actually started and which western nations started it? What did this drug trade do to human rights?
It makes the western moral pronouncements and blatant interference in the internal affairs of China in recent years quite sickening when the full context of these same nations previous activities in China are known. It seems that blatant interference in the affairs of other nations is just in the DNA of some western nations. It seems like an entitlement. That they see themselves as superior and it is therefore justified to interfere.
When British and American governments talk of the necessity of China to their improve human rights one only needs to think back to the history of Hong Kong in order to dismiss these nations’ sickening moralizing and hypocrisy.
But western propaganda is really too powerful to see through in many global issues today. Like “John from Dorset” in a previous post, most westerners now know something is wrong with their societies, but they just can’t see or connect the dots. Sadly, many people don’t even see the dots, let alone realize that they still need to be connected. So in this confusion, it is easy for western governments to deflect the frustration of their citizens away from their leaders and project their anger onto unrelated parties, like China for example. There must always be someone to blame right?
Euphemisms like “expeditions”, “routine patrols” and “exotic” are all dots in the picture of today’s reality. There are thousands more dots. We have to work hard at seeing these dots and the picture they create once they are connected.
Help others see the dots by sharing non-mainstream media information. There are some excellent citizen media outlets on my twitter and facebook pages. Have a look at them and judge for yourself. Become a snow flake at the start of an avalanche.
One person really can make a difference.
Operation Northwoods – The Original 9/11 Blueprint?
Operation Northwoods was a proposed false flag military and terrorist style operation directed against American citizens created by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, and (falsely) blame the attacks on the Cuban government, through the creation of fake evidence and statements.
The desired result from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances at the hands of a rash and dangerous Cuban government. The fake threat of a dangerous Cuba would then be used by Washington to justify a major war with, and likely occupation of, Cuba itself.
The plan was drafted and authorized by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sent to the Secretary of Defense, who forwarded it to President John Kennedy for consideration.
Suggested actions detailed in the Pentagon’s “Northwoods Documents” show the American government orchestrating terrorist violence on their own people by,
- assassination of civilian Cuban Americans on US streets,
- sinking of boats of Cuban refugees in international waters,
- hijacking American civilian airliners to be shot down or give the appearance of being shot down,
- blowing up U.S. ships,
- orchestrating violence and terrorism on civilians in U.S. cities.
The full Northwoods documents make it clear that this was a serious and genuine Pentagon plan to kill and terrorize its own US civilian population simply to make President Castro of Cuba look dangerous and irrational.
For example, the operation recommended developing a “Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington”, which involved the bombing of civilian targets. This was to be blamed on the “irresponsible” Cuban government to paint a false image of Fidel Castro and to misinform the American public and the world.
This was not just some day dreaming idea or an “on the fly” concoction. This was a well thought out and detailed plan which made it all the way to the desk of the president of the United States for his consideration.
The Pentagon plans also included staged attacks on and around its own US military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a base which the United States created by force. Using staged attacks on their own Cuban base and its surrounds, the American Generals were hoping either to provoke Cuba into taking retalitory actions or use the attacks as international justification for a full scale American invasion of Cuba.
“Since it would seem desirable to use legitimate provocation as the basis for U.S. military intervention in Cuba, a cover and deception plan, to include requisite preliminary actions such as had been developed in response to Task 33 c, could be executed as an initial effort to provoke Cuban (retalitory) reactions”.
Remember, it was only in the previous year – 1961 – that the disasterous failure of the CIA invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs had occurred. The failed “Bay of Pigs” was yet another American attempt to take over a sovereign nation, depose the President and install a leader more to Washington’s liking, all whilst avoiding any public connection. That CIA failure was a big wake up call for the newly annointed occupant of the Whitehouse.
Operation Northwoods included many and varied sub components such as Operation Dirty Trick. This was another false flag plot to blame Cuba’s President Castro if the 1962 Mercury space flight carrying US astronaut John Glenn crashed, saying:
“The objective is to provide irrevocable proof that, should the MERCURY manned orbit flight fail, the fault lies with Cuba…..this to be accomplished by manufacturing various pieces of evidence which would (wrongly) prove electronic interference on the part of the Cubans.”
The proposals contained within the 1962 “Operation Northwoods” documents were rejected by President John F. Kennedy although similar CIA operations were carried out inside Cuba as part of Operation Mongoose. In fact, some say Kennedy was so shocked by the Bay of Pigs failure and the Northwoods proposals, that he privately vowed to dismantle the CIA and start over with it.
President Kennedy was assassinated the following year in November 1963.
The “Operation Northwoods” files from 1962 are still little known in western society and its mainstream media. Yes, they have appeared in western media circles on occasion, but the mainstream media and their PR experts are highly skilled at hiding undesirable things in plain site.
Remote controlled flight of commercial airliners was already possible back in the 1960s.
If commerical sized passenger airliners were able to be flown by remote control in the 1960s for the purposes of shooting them down yourself – or give the appearance of being shot down by others – then to me, it doesn’t seem much of a technical leap to fast forward 40 years and for civilian airliners to be remote controlled for the purposes of crashing, or giving the appearance of having crashed, into tall buildings or the ground. Does it?
What did crash on 9/11? Planes or drones? Did they have anyone on board? Were they being flown by pilots or by remote control?
It will probably be decades, if ever, before we know the full truth about 9/11.
Two things are clearly certain right now,
- the events of 9/11 – as documented by official records – are partially, substantially or completely untrue.
- the Northwoods documents make it very clear that some sections of the American government will stop at nothing – nothing – to achieve their goals.
Links vs Causes
One of my pet peeve words – out of many – that is often heard on the mainstream media is “links”.
You hear it frequently out of the mouths of people who are attempting to deceive you. So you hear it alot from the political, media and military leadership class. That is, the Military-Industrial-Media-Political complex.
Vice President Cheney used the word alot when drumming up support for America’s unprovoked military attack and take over of the sovereign nation of Iraq.
“There were links between Saddam Hussein and Al-Quada…” or words similar to that would often spew out from Cheney’s upper most orrifice. At other times, you will hear “links” being used by any of the hundreds of senior American or British military and political figures who happen to be violently occupying this country or that. Or aiming their drones at innocent people due to “links.”
I have heard ordinary people use the same word frequently as well. They learn to say it from their daily indoctrination sessions by the Wall St media.
What powerful elites are trying to convince you of, when they say there are “links” between ISIS and a car bombing last week, is that the car bombing was caused by ISIS. Which may or may not be true, and it probably isn’t true, as if it were true, they would have most assuredly said so in very definite terms.
When you hear this word used incorrectly so frequently by so many people, you end up permanently incorrectly identifying the meaning of the word, which all goes to help the elites spread their propaganda messages. These messages help to block off original thinking in people.
All the elites and their media have to say or claim is that there were “links” between party A and event B, and automatically, all listeners will conclude that party A caused event B. Even the tiniest or silliest “links” will do the job. Whole races, ethnicities and religions can be tarred and feathered with the spouting of a single word, repeated frequently enough.
The nonsense that is inherent in this faulty logic and non-thinking type of behaviour can be identified by highlighting the “links” between obviously silly eamples, say bread and domestic violence. One day you might find yourself listening to a media report along the following lines,
“BREAKING NEWS : We can now reveal that multiple studies have shown that there are clear links between bread and domestic violence. One independent think tank has reported that in over 98% of cases of domestic violence, bread had either been earlier consumed by the perpetraitor of the assault or was proven to be present at the location of the incident.
One university expert, who didn’t want to be identifed due to them not being authorized to comment, confirmed that bread and domestic violence have long been associated and they feel it is time to speak out about this irrefutable linkage.
“From our years of field research, we have proven conclusively that nearly all initiators of domestic violence are habitual bread eaters. Bread is commonly available in most residential locations and so violent offenders have no problems securing it. It is time we looked at this serious social issue and decide if bread should continue to be so commonly available.”
Does this sound completely farcical? Well, just substitute “bread” with Saddam Hussein and “domestic violence” with Al-Quada and there you are. Equally causative cases. That is – zero.
It is not necessary to prove anything these days, and especially not in the media or political circles. Just hire yourself a Public Relations company (see earlier post) who will put together an expert campaign of lies, innuendo, half truths and wild exaggerations, and, hey presto! you’re in business with whatever agenda you have in mind, no matter how outrageous. Regime change, claims of genocide, foreign invasions, stealing oil, WMDs……
“Links” solve everything.
Is Iran’s Democracy So Different to Ours?
The Iranian people got to experience a strong and vibrant democracy from 1907 – 1953, before their country was plunged back into dictatorship by the 1953 coup instigated by the USA & UK. During these five decades of real democracy in Iran, the people enjoyed systems of government very similar to that we see today in countries like the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
(See other posts here under the “Iran” tag about their electoral history.)
This full and free democracy is now no more, but much of Iran’s previously democratic procedures and institutions still survive today.
So. How different is the Iranian democratic system from ours then?
Iran’s current Constitution revolves around six main bodies,
- Supreme Leader
- Guardian Council
- Assembly of Experts
Although the connections between each of these are a bit complex, it all seems to boil down to one thing. The Supreme Leader has direct or indirect control over all of the other arms of government.
Although this might sound a bit dictatorial, this is actually quite a common form of government which is well accepted by the west.
Iran’s Supreme Leader enjoys similar powers and authorities to the leaders of such western friendly nations as Eygpt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan. So we can’t fault Iran’s system of government, as the same system is used by many of the western world’s good friends and close allies without complaint.
And it can not be repeated too many times – it was the western world that took Iran’s true democracy away from their people and replaced it with a dictatorship in 1953.
Iranians are able to have a bigger say in their affairs than many of the people in the neighbouring Arab dictatorships. Positions from the President down, including the leaders and councils of every Iranian city are democratically elected. But the Supreme Leader is not.
Iran has a Guardian Council, much influenced by the Supreme Leader, which decides which people would make suitable candidates to run for President. The Council excluded most of the 600 people who sought the post in 2021.
There are positive aspects to political life in Iran. Women are allowed to run for President and many have sought office, but none have made it past the Council vetting process thus far. Women have occupied various cabinet level positions in several recent Iranian administrations.
There are currently 17 women in the Iranian parliament, out of a total of 290 elected representatives, approximately 6% of the total.
That might not sound alot, but by comparison, it took until the mid 1990’s, in the 102nd US Congress (1991-93) to reach this same percentage of female representation. It was only the 103rd US Congress, (1993-95) and all others since, that surpassed this percentage.
Female congressional representation by party in America highlights greater disparities. Even in the 116th US Congress (2019-21) there were just 13 female Representatives in the House from the Republican Party, a mere 3% of the total, although this represents a low point.
So it is not a perfect system in Iran, as we in the west would deem ourselves fit to judge it, but it is not at all as bad as it is sometimes made out. There are conflicts of interest certainly, but Iran is not alone in that regard either.
As Secretary of State for the pivotal American state of Florida, Katherine Harris was a central figure in the 2000 US presidential election result which saw a narrow and highly controversial victory for Republican George W Bush. The whole election result hinged upon whether Bush or Democrat opponent Al Gore won the state of Florida and its 27 electoral votes. Whoever won Florida would win the Whitehouse. The vote count was inconclusive.
As Secretary of State in Florida Katherine Harris is an impartial and apolitical official who would be required to formally certify the winner in her state based upon her state government role and responsibilities.
However secretary of state Harris is also a staunch Republican who took time out from her official Florida government duties to campaign for George W. Bush in New Hampshire, according to the Washington Post. New Hampshire is a long way distant from Florida, but the tiny northern state holds the first primary election of a presidential campaign and is therefore critical in getting a good start in the overall race.
Harris, the official apolitical certifier of Florida’s election result, was also serving as the co-chairwoman of George W Bush’s Florida campaign and was a delegate to the Republican national convention in Pennsylvania.
How is it possible that an American public official can serve as private campaign manager for one of the presidential candidates?
That type of conflict of interest would never be allowed or tolerated by people in my country New Zealand. It would be considered blatant corruption and a clear conflict of interest.
It is not just the Republican party in American that is tarnished with these types of scandal and corruption. Remember poor old Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and his two primary election campaigns of 2016 and 2020?
New York Times Headline March, 2020:
“Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders”
“Interviews with dozens of Democratic Party officials, including 93 superdelegates, found overwhelming opposition to handing Mr. Sanders the nomination if he fell short of a majority of delegates…..”
Superdelegates – making up almost 15% of the total delegate count – are highly influential senior party insiders who have total freedom to vote for any primary candidate of their choice, when the party convention officially votes for their candidate for President. This contrasts with normal elected state delegates (85% of total) who must vote for the candidate that voters in their state chose. Superdelegates therefore are highly influential in choosing the Democratic Party presidential nominee as their combined support for a second placed candidate, say Hillary Clinton, in a close race could give the nomination to that second place candidate, beating out the first placed candidate, who only held a small advantage, say Bernie Sanders.
This was a possible scenario facing the Democratic party in 2016 when outsider Bernie Sanders was running a strong and popular campaign against party insider and elite favourite Hillary Clinton. If Sanders had of won the primary election contest by only a small margin, superdelegates could have overturned the result by voting all together for Clinton, as they are free to vote for anyone they like. Party insiders like superdelegates would naturally support senior party insiders like Clinton.
As it turned out, the superdelegates en masse vote wasn’t necessary as there was enough help from the supposedly neutral Democratic party leadership for Clinton to win the primary vote anyway.
“Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile acknowledged sending town hall questions and topics to Hillary Clinton’s campaign (before the event), calling it a ‘mistake I will forever regret.’ “
Bazile was sacked from her role as commentator for CNN as a result of this scandal.
Of course, Brazile wasn’t in the top job at the Democratic Party very long. She had only just replaced Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the party Chair.
Wasserman Schultz herself was forced to resign as party chair after a leak of internal Democratic party emails showed party officials actively favouring Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential primary and secretly plotting against Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders.
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic party,” Bernie Sanders said in a statement. “The party leadership must always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race”.
So, can we really claim America’s democratic system is better than Iran’s? How much goes on in western democracies that we would never know about if it weren’t for Wikileaks?
One final thought.
Just think what it would have meant for the long suffering world if America had a type of Guardian Council like Iran has, that appraises candidates for President, based upon their suitability for office!
At least three of the last four American presidents – all of whom were, and clearly are, grossly unfit for any public office – would have been removed from the list of candidates.
What anguish, death and suffering might the world have been saved if the United States electoral system had of disqualified George W Bush, Donald J Trump and Joseph R Biden from running for President?
The fact that any of these people occupied the Whitehouse is a damning stain on a nation’s culture.
It’s No Coincidence PROPAGANDA Begins With “PR”.
The term “Public Relations” (PR) was invented by American Edward Bernays in the early 20th century, just prior to World War 1. He was known as the “Father of Spin.”
Mr Bernays was the nephew of notable psychologist, and researcher into matters of the mind, Sigmund Freud. It is no coincidence that the word PROPAGANDA starts with “PR” or that it involves manipulating the mind.
Bernay’s best-known campaigns include a 1929 effort to promote female smoking by branding cigarettes as feminist “Torches of Freedom”, and his work for the United Fruit Company in the 1950s, connected with the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of the democratically elected Guatemalan government in 1954.
There are over 40,000 PR firms in the world – nearly one third of them in the United States – employing approximately 100,000 people.
The Pentagon, America’s military headquarters, spends over US$1 billion with PR companies annually, accounting for almost 8% of the entire American public relations industry revenues. That gives you a good clue as to the business of both partners.
PR is NOT advertising. Advertising is publicity that is openly bought and paid for by a person or organization.
PR is publicity that is not paid for – it’s free but secretive.
With advertizing, the link between the media content and the organization behind it are clear and public. With PR, the links between the media content and who paid for it, and their motives, are hidden.
Social, newspapers and broadcast media give free exposure to any “issue” if that media outlet’s management thinks it will increase its viewership, and therefore its revenues and profits. As the head of one of the big four news channels said many years ago, modern news is about entertainment and profit – not about information.
This free mainstream media exposure takes the form of editorials, front page headlines, features and special pieces, letters to the editor, TV specials and documentaries, podcasts, blogs, etc. You know, what you might think makes up normal everyday “news”.
Importantly – it doesn’t matter if the issues promoted by the mainstream media are true or false, real or imagined, beneficial or harmful, violent or peaceful. As long as issues increase revenues they will get media coverage via their PR companies partners.
PR Companies help almost anyone with almost anything. Clients of PR companies can be nations and governments, celebrities, corporations, government departments like the Pentagon, elites and the super rich or other public figures or any just anyone who wants to improve their public image in order to, say, invade another nation or deflect attention away from their major crimes or simply bad public image.
PR companies can help their clients in the following areas,
- Image Creation… how people see you, your organization, your policies, your country, your political party.
- Crisis management….. when you stuff up, they make your problems disappear or are at least minimized in the minds of the public.
- News and Media management.….. they counter negative opinions or promote positive opinions, whether or not either are true or justified.
- “Brand” & Communications management.…this makes sure your language, public images and actions all support your desired image.
- Campaign Creation & Co-ordination.…. media campaigns – short or long term, positive or negative – created on behalf of countries, individuals, corporations.
For example, here’s a Saudi guy who clearly needs alot of PR help in the eyes of most westerners. His PR people have worked in many of the categories listed above to deflect negative public impressions and create new positive ones. His PR people have flooded the airwaves with wholesome, normal looking poses such as that below, where a Starbucks coffee in his hand in place of a bloodied hacksaw.
Has his PR company suceeded in changing his public image? What do you think? What is your impression of him these days?
Max Bolomolov, Founder of Exclusive PR Solutions adds startling comments on the role PR companies play in presenting news items to the public via the mainstream media,
“The news that you that read on a daily basis is often created by PR companies, who present ideas to media organisations in terms of things that are news worthy and can sell.”
Understand what this means – much of your daily “news” is simply the ideas of PR companies, “sold” to media corporations, often as part of an ongoing campaign, created to increase the ratings and revenues of the media organization. Irrespective of the truth, legality or morality behind the story. You might have noticed this pattern in the news. Subjects are often presented in an ongoing “campaign style” format. Once ratings for that particular subject fall away, new campaigns are ready to take their place. For example, for many months we had almost contant coverage about Hong Kong. When interest (ratings) about that started to fade, it was replaced by Uighers. Interest in Uighers has faded too now, and now we see a more general negative topic concerning China, being their so-called military “aggression.”
How long will this topic last? China rarely acts rashly or militarily so hopefully, a full scale war will be avoided. Depends on how good the western PR is I guess as to whether our elites can convince enough people that China is our enemy, like they did with Iraq.
Do you believe that actually? That our news often eminates from PR companies? If you don’t believe it, read on.
Let’s take a look at the world’s No1 PR company – Edelman Public Relations.
A few of Edelman’s selected Clients –
a) Edelman PR created a campaign to ensure that US State Attorneys-Generals did not participate in legal actions against their customer, Microsoft.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Edelmans used….
“unethical tactics, such as the planting of (fake) news articles and editorials written by Microsoft’s media dept, but presented to the public and the state attorney generals – via the media – as being genuine public submissions”.
(a campaign style effort)
b) Edelman PR creates fake groups claiming to be real grass roots organizations.
eg: “Working Families for Wal-Mart”, a group funded by Wal-Mart but presented as a spontaneous public initiative. Two bloggers were paid by Walmart to travel around America interviewing Wal-Mart employees and then report back with glowing responses.
“Everyone they talked to was delighted with Wal-Mart”, reported the fake group to the mainstream media and the public.
The deliberate mis-representation of fake organizations and the facts surrounding them, is known in the PR industry as “Astro Turfing” and is a widely used technique.
c) Edelman PR provides “creative services” and “strategic counsel” to Saudi Arabia’s UN based staff, in order bolster that countries poor image on the international stage. (FYI – Crown Princes, you need alot more work IMHO – see above)
d) Edelman PR creates mind control projects to alter public opinion on behalf of its clients.
Eg: the Edelman strategy to increase public support of the Canada Energy East pipeline for client TransCanada Oil.
Edelman’s spied on the web movements of internet users by using a technology called “Multiplier” that profiles and tracks “fence sitters” on the topic their client is invested in.
By collecting huge masses of data on citizens’ internet movements, potential pipeline supporters who held neutral views are re-programmed into becoming supporters.
Edelman targeted neutral people potentially sympathetic to the oil industry, eg: construction workers or engineers who might get jobs on the pipeline, and nudged them towards a favourable viewpoint, by re-prioritising their Google search results and targeting them with specific Social Media advertisements and biased PR presentations from Facebook & Whatsapp sympathetic to the pipeline.
This same technique of social media manipulation of susceptible people is used to alter public opinion on anything not just pipelines; eg: Global warming, foreign invasions, deregulation agendas, tax cuts for the wealthy, controverisal legislation…
e) Edelman PR reluctantly dropped “GEO Group” as a client in August 2019, after Edelman employees revolted at prospect of whitewashing the reputation of the American “concentration camps” owner. (their quote).
GEO Group is one of many private prison companies in America which houses the 3 million prisoners of the US Government, and it also does work for the US govt in their Guantanemo Bay Prison in Cuba.
When Edelman employees leaked their company’s GEO slide presentation, highlighting how Edelmans would whitewash the fact that GEO prisoners are often held in appalling conditions in America, a major controversy erupted and Edelman was forced to drop GEO as a client, due to the public backlash.
Edelman PR commented simply, “Edelman takes on complex and diverse clients … and ultimately decided not to proceed with this work.”
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This is just a small sample of the types of businesses that Public Relations companies involve themselves with and the services they offer – mind control projects, implanting fake articles into media outlets, creating fake public groups, improving the image of US “concentration camp” operators, etc.
We call this our mainstream news media. It must be avoided.
Next time you’re reading or listening to a product of the mainstream media, just remember – it is probably part of a PR media campaign to alter your opinions about something or other….
Disconnect yourself from the mainstream media. It’s the only real way to know anything.
The Sun Never Sets on Their Killings
U.S. Military says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians, including 7 children – NO Terrorists – in ‘tragic mistake.’
“If there is a nation that commits unspeakable atrocities, it is the United States of America. They don’t care about human beings.”
Nelson Mandela, 2003.
Even as reports of civilian casualties emerged, the top U.S. general had continued to describe the attack as “righteous”.
The head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, said that at the time he had been confident it averted an imminent threat to the forces at the airport.
In a statement, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the drone strike had killed 10 innocent civilians and children, including the prime target, a Mr. Ahmadi who worked for a non-profit aid organization called Nutrition and Education International.
“We now know that there was no connection between Mr. Ahmadi and ISIS, that his activities on that day were completely harmless and not at all related to the imminent threat we believed we faced,” Austin said.
Condemnation floods in from around the globe at US atrocity, committed even after they had left the war torn nation of Afghanistan in pieces.
Many ask, “Could the Taliban be any worse for the Afghan people?”
Afghan atrocity confirmed just a day after the three genocidal nations announce a new military pact to spread nuclear powered weapons throughout Asia-Pacific region in a major build up and threat to peace.DAILY NEWS
American drone strikes killing Afghan civilians have not been rare events sadly. Seventy-two civilians were killed by drone strikes in a few days in 2019.
EMERGING MARKETS SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 UPDATED 2 YEARS AGO
At least 40 civilians at wedding party killed during nearby U.S. backed Afghan army raid.
The raid, days after a U.S. drone strike aimed at militants among farmers killed 32 pine nut harvesters, showed how civilians have borne the brunt of the Afghanistan war.
When will the world stand up and say, “Enough is Enough!” to the daily atrocities carried out and predominantly led by the United States of America?
Being President is Like Walking a Dog
Foot and Paw Prints in the Sand – What have they to do with being a nation’s leader?
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “he’s most powerful man in the world” thousands of times with regards to the President of the United States. I sure have. I used to believe it actually.
I think most people still do believe it, especially about their own leader. And it is true to some extent, but much less than people think.
The best analogy I can think of for the powers of the occupant of the Whitehouse or Number 10 Downing St is the picture above – showing the remnants of a person walking a dog.
Except for one major difference – it is the President who is the Dog.
The question then becomes… if the President is the dog, whose are the footprints beside the dog?
That is, “Who is walking the dog?”
When a responsible owner takes their dog out for a walk in a public space, where the pet’s behaviour will be seen by many people, what does the owner do first of all?
The owners put their dog on a sturdy lead. That way, the dog can appear to be walking freely but actually, it is still under the control of the “owner”. The dog and its owner never become separated. The pet is at all times ultimately under the control of its owner.
All owners walk the same path irrespective of the size, breed or type of their pet, but each pet appears to be moving independently to public observers. Leads are a great tool.
Most pets always walk close to their owners, maintaining a close and reliable relationship over the time they are together. This close relationship normally lasts for no more than eight years.
Other pets take a more unpredictable path, meandering from side to side, occasionally even stopping to sniff and explore, but they always, come back to the intended path of the owner. Dogs on leads are allowed a certain amount of freedom and independence after all, otherwise the pet will quickly lose interest in its life and get all maudlin. Nothing worse than a melacholic pet in public is there…..
Owners look after their prize pets. They usually like their pet to look all shiny and healthy looking otherwise the public passing by won’t take much notice of their prize possession. Owners like to feel proud of their pet. Money is no object when competing in and winning the biggest competitions.
Most pets quickly realize the relationship between them and their owners and accept it. Otherwise, how else will the pet get all the freebies and treats from the owners if they don’t co-operate? So it is easiest just to kick back and obey all owner commands. Doing a few tricks will help cement your reputation.
If owners realize they have a champion in their midst, they will go great lengths to clean up after their prize pet when it does do the inevitable “whoopsee”. Well established owners will always carry a little plastic bag with them when walking the dog to clean up after their pet soils themselves with the brown stuff. It always happens at some point. The plastic bag fixes all!
“Nothing to see here folks – see, he’s as good as new.”
Occasionally, owners get a nasty surprise after securing ownership of their new pet.
It isn’t common, but it has been known that beloved and precious pets can sometimes undergo quite a personality change after getting the lead on them and hitting the wide open spaces of the beach. What the owner thought was going to be an excellent vermin catcher turns tail and in fact, sometimes cosies up to the damn varments!
This is quite distressing for the wealthy pet breeder types. It means their bloodlines are not as pure and well controlled as they thought. There is variation in the breeding process. Owners hate variations and unpredictable events. These flaws can ruin long established pet breeders’ reputations if not fixed quickly.
Long established pet owners do not get to that position overnight or by being taken for a ride. They have been around the block a few times. There are always procedures at hand to handle recalitrant pets.
The most basic technique of all is to simply cut the lead that connects the pet to its owner whilst convieniently leaving the plastic bag at home. Off goes the dog at one hundred miles an hour, its tongue hanging out in great enthusiasm! Freedom at last!
But the pet’s freedom is short-lived. You see some pets tire of being on a lead. After several years of faithful ownership, some pets forget who the owner is and actually think they are free and independent beings. That can cause discord, which if not treated, can lead to a complete breakdown in owner-pet dynamics.
Pets bought up in a household of wealthy and indulgent owners won’t last long with true independence. They will always get themselves into trouble at some point. And if the owner is not nearby with the plastic bag, then who is going to clean up the shit?
Newly independent pets have been known to withdraw from all walks in public due to the large amounts of brown stuff sticking to them. The public doesn’t like smelly pets and the odour is hard to remove. These pets are forced to withdraw from public life, but it has been known in very rare cases for soiled pets with very large and wet tongues to lick themselves clean. This takes an enormous effort and endurance and is not recommended.
There is one last category of difficult pets that requires even more drastic action should the animal tug at the owner’s lead for too long. How can we put this?
Even the most highly admired and prized pets are never safe once they break away from the owners’ designated path for too long.
In extreme cases, when pets are just too much trouble…. they are simply, well… they’re put down. It’s a sad and distressing occasion for most people to witness.
The faint hearted and animal lovers please look away now….
The Epoch Times, Falun Gong & The Anti-Beijing Campaign
I was recently walking into the city here in Auckland and came across these determined elderley people in the rain.
You can see what they are promoting – the practice of Falun Gong, The Epoch Times media group and an “End The CCP” (Chinese Communist Party) campaign. You will see the same type of people doing the same type of thing in many parts of the world. I have seen it in Korea and Australia as well. I’m sure much the same thing appears in many western cities these days.
Good on them I suppose. At least they are taking part in the promotion of their views in society. Most people never actively engage in such a way. We don’t have to agree with them and I don’t.
On the days when I pass by these people, I don’t find anyone who speaks english and as I don’t know Mandarin at all, I’m unable to discuss and share views with them. I would genuinely like to ask why they promote such views and whether they have any respect for the positive achievements of the chinese communist party in raising the standard of living for 700 million chinese people, thereby improving global human rights in the single biggest campaign ever.
Behind this anti-communist party campaign are the seemingly harmless promoters of “Falun Gong” (the elderley people you see in the rain above) and “The Epoch Times” media organization, the free newspapers you see in supermarkets, all over Facebook & Youtube and in many other public places.
Falun Gong’s prime motive is to expose what they consider the “evil” of the Chinese government and “save all sentient beings” in a forthcoming divine battle against communism, destroying the Chinese government in the process. The vast Epoch Times media group is one of their main outlets for such views.
The head of the Falun Gong movement – which the Chinese government, hardly surprisingly, considers a cult – is Li Hongzhi, who created it in 1992. Their global headquarters today is a 400 acre compound in New York state, USA.
Li has railed against what he called the wickedness of popular music, homosexuality and feminism while pronouncing that he is a god-like figure who can levitate and walk through walls.
Li has also taught that sickness is a symptom of evil that can only be truly cured with meditation and devotion, and that aliens from undiscovered dimensions have invaded the minds and bodies of humans, bringing corruption and inventions such as computers and airplanes.
It’s that motivation against a variety of modern technologies and its skepticism against rational thought that helped drive the organization towards Donald Trump in his 2016 campaign for the US Presidency. That move was both lucrative and beneficial for its anti-Chinese government message.
Former practitioners of Falun Gong have said that the world is headed toward a judgment day, where those labeled “Communists” will be sent to some kind of hell, and those sympathetic to Falun Gong will be spared. Donald Trump is viewed by their supporters as a key ally in the anti-communist fight.
“It is so rabidly pro-Trump,” commented a former practitioner, referring to The Epoch Times. Devout practitioners of Falun Gong “believe that Trump was sent by heaven to destroy the Chinese Communist Party.”
Falun Gong’s spectacular growth in western consciousness, via its network of media sites, Facebook and YouTube channels has made it a powerful conduit for the internet’s conspiracy theories, including anti-vaccination propaganda and QAnon, to reach the mainstream.
Through its reclusive spiritual leader, its political vitriol, online conspiracy theories and the rise of Donald Trump and his very public trade “war” on China, Falun Gong and the Epoch Times have become a digital media powerhouse that now attracts billions of views each month.
In 2005, The Epoch Times released the ”Nine Commentaries,” a series of anonymous editorials that it claimed exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s “massive crimes” and “attempts to eradicate all traditional morality and religious belief.” (nothing over the top there right?)
In an April 2017 email to the staff obtained by The New York Times, The Epoch Times leadership envisioned that its Facebook strategy could help turn the media organization into “the world’s largest and most authoritative media.”
Today, The Epoch Times and its affiliates are a major force in far right-wing global media, with tens of millions of social media followers spread across dozens of pages and an online audience that rivals those of The Daily Caller and Breitbart News. But they still make time for the old school media around the world as well. I see these same free newspapers in my local supermarket.
Who knows what the real motivation is for the Falun Gong movement. Perhaps there is some underlying beneficial spiritual belief there. More likely, it is a purely financial initiative. After all, any spritual “leader” who can call the US President a key ally in his crusade and can help convince the Whitehouse occupant to launch a trade war against his enemy, is going to milk that connection for all it is worth right? And it will be worth millions, if not billions.
It wouldn’t surprise me if many of the adherents of Falun Gong are good people who are simply being used by western and chinese ex-pat elites for their own political purposes in a long multi-faceted war against China.
But whatever lies behind such movements, in my view, the dangers of their movement far outweigh anything positive in their message.
Falun Gong and The Epoch Times are too closely aligned with those western religious extremists and evangelicals who inhabit a variety of public positions and who populate much of the world’s leadership unfortunately.
Whether you are talking about the likes of the Pompeo’s or the Pence’s or the Bushes, Al-quada or ISIS, Falun Gong or the most fervent promoters of Mao or Stalin….they are all in what most people would call the “extremist” camp. These figures may be of dissimilar appearance but the dangers they pose are quite similar.
The answers to life’s most perplexing questions and issues are rarely found in extreme views in any direction. Extremists promise results and may even deliver sometimes for a short while, but cults and extremists are not long term tonics for life’s ills.
We should stay clear of them all. Only hard work and diligence create true wealth. Not demagogues.
Extremists are easy to spot when they carry knives and machine guns. But some extremists and their motivations are more difficult to spot.
Sometimes they look like harmless old people quietly exercising in the rain.
Lies About The Uyghurs Are So Blatant!
US Government puts out totally contradicting statements about Uigher terrorism. It’s obvious who is lying.
So here is one of the stalwarts of the Wall St media, the very aptly named Wall St Journal proclaiming that China is needlessly irate after Washington removes the Uigher based East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from its global terrorist organization data base in November 2020.
Just in case you are one of the 60-80% of people who only read the headlines and then form an opinion around only that, the East Turkistan Islamic Movement – ETIM – is a terrorist organization according to some parts of the US government, the European Union and the United Nations. It fights alongside ISIS and al-Quada in various wars around the world. It is dominated by Uighurs.
With a barely concealed eye roll this Wall St Journal article is implying that the removal of the ETIM from the USA terrorist database is just China making a big fuss about nothing….in order to justify Beijing’s crackdowns in Xinjiang. There’s no real threat. It is all just an excuse and Chinese propaganda.
To reinforce this idea, the WSJ headline refers to the opinions of scholars. These scholars are no doubt very bright people who are supposedly neutral, book worm types – and are much too stiff and innocent to tell lies so you’d better believe them when they say, “The ETIM is Defunct.”
Why is it such a big deal for the US government to de-list a terrorist organization like the ETIM?
Because the United States can, and do make it very difficult for organizations or even whole nations to function normally if they choose to.
Groups such as the ETIM and ISIS who are on international terror lists are subject to a wide range of international controls and restrictions which inhibit their ability to function.
But even innocent nations can be strangled almost to death by application of these same restrictions. Ask Cuba, Iran or Venezeula about the American power to make life very difficult for no reason at all.
Extremist organizations on international terror lists have financial, diplomatic and travel restrictions placed upon them which inhibits their ability to raise money or buy weapons. Its members are restricted from easily moving about the world for terrorist training and it places restrictions on any “respectible” bank, organization or nation from having anything to do with them. Of course, there are probably ways around all of these things, but with these international restrictions in place, it is much harder for terrorist groups to function.
So in removing the East Turkistan Islamic Movement from these restrictions, the ETIM has a much easier job buying weapons, getting training and moving about the globe in order to conduct terror. America, by removing the ETIM from their terror list under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was now saying essentially that the ETIM are great people and they are free to do what they like.
From the WSJ article,
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the delisting of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a group that once advocated for an independent state in China’s Xinjiang region, on Oct. 20, 2020 according to the latest issue of the Federal Register, published Thursday.
An American State Department official said Friday that the delisting occurred “because, for more than a decade, there has been no credible evidence that ETIM continues to exist.”
So, that last sentence from the American government in November 2020 – that for more than a decade, there is no credible evidence that the ETIM has existed – supports what the “scholars” are saying too, according to the headline. That the ETIM has not existed from at least as far back as 2010.
Is that assertion correct?
No. It is not.
The assertion of Mr Pompeo that the ETIM has not existed for well over a decade does not match with what other sections of the American government have been saying about the exact same terror group. More importantly, Mr Pompeo’s assertion does not match what others in his government have been doing with the ETIM, as recently as 2018.
Here is a tweet from the excellent Daniel Dumbrill, a westerner living in China, who often finds little gems like this one and shares them.Check him out to get great first hand experiences of his life in China.
The tweet shows US Major General Hecker speaking in a press conference in 2018 about the “very real and very active Uyghur terrorist organization, the East Turkistan Islamic Movement” – ETIM – and how the US government has been dealing with the ETIM, as well as many other types of people, ie: it drops shit loads of bombs on them, like it is their hobby to do.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=Richard87404469&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1291273852387901440&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fpumpkinpiefailures.com%2F2021%2F09%2F15%2Flies-about-the-uyghurs-are-so-blatant%2F&sessionId=facc20a8014dd4dc66f75df690c2b0dc869949e2&siteScreenName=Richard87404469&theme=light&widgetsVersion=1890d59c%3A1627936082797&width=550px
Clearly, Major General Hecker is either confused or lying about the US Army dropping lots of bombs on the ETIM in 2018. Because, according to the Wall St Journal, Mr Pompeo’s State Department and some “Scholars,” the ETIM was long gone by 2010.
So who was General Hecker bombing? Phantoms? Civilians? Most likely it really was the very active ETIM Uigher terror group.
Is it that Mr Mike Pompeo and his State Department were knowingly lying when they delisted the ETIM from the global terrorist database? Most likely.
Mr Pompeo has been seen on video joking about how much he has lied in his career as Head of the CIA, so it seems quite likely that he is at it again in October 2020, delisting a known and active terrorist organization that his government’s military was still actively fighting against at the exact same time.
Is that treason?
It is Mr Pompeo showing active and highly public financial and diplomatic support for a known terrorist organization isn’t it?
Which means Mr Pompeo holds human life in very low regard. As well as his own country, its people and its government. Which seems strange (or possibly fitting) for someone who holds such extreme religious views as he professes to. Perhaps he only holds human lives sacred if they think like he does.
The most likely ulterior motive of Mr Pompeo given these facts – and especially as he delisted the ETIM near the very end of his time in office – was to use the ETIM terrorists to unleash further bloodshed against innocent people in Xinjiang and perhaps China as a whole. To destabilize China and cause as much havoc as possible. Because much can be accomplished by meddling outsiders during times of chaos.
China knows this. Foreigners have a long history of causing chaos in China. Read about posts here about the Opium War and China’s Century of Humiliation.
I am sure that China will handle these latest attempts at foreign meddling in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan appropriately. Their culture has been around for over 5000 years after all.
America’s Other (Much Worse) 9/11
That eleventh day in September was not the first day of infamy involving Washington and a destructive attack on a foreign power.
September 11, 1973 was the day when military forces in Chile, under the command of General Augusto Pinochet supposedly committed treason by attacking the Presidential Palace in Santiago with bombs and troops, seizing power in a bloody coup and ending with the death of the democratically elected and real President of Chile, Salvador Allende.
What was the crime so serious that the Chilean military felt the need to intervene in an otherwise stable nation’s affairs and seize power from the democratically elected President Allende?
It seems all President Allende had been guilty of was introducing policies to reverse the flow of his nations resources out of the hands of Chile’s elites and back into the hands of its ordinary people. That is, he was reducing inequality.
Medical doctor and President, Salvador Allende had sought to nationalize major industries and improve the living standards of the working class in Chile. But he made powerful enemies doing this. After realizing his government was under attack by his own military, Allende supposedly committed suicide in the seat of Chile’s power.
Following Allende’s death in office, military coup leader General Augusto Pinochet rose to rule Chile autocratically, refusing to return authority to a civilian government. Chile was ruled by his military dictatorship until 1990. The violent coup on September 11, 1973 ended more than forty years of uninterrupted democratic governance in Chile.
During the time of Pinochet’s dictatorship, tens of thousands of people were killed, tortured and disappeared, presumed dead.
After first denying any knowledge of the coup, the Nixon administration in Washington was found to have aided abetted, and in some cases supplied the resources necessary for its completion.
Over time, further investigations by the US Congress found the real truth. Truth which is hardly surprising. There was extensive American involvement – via the CIA – in the military overthrow of the democratically elected leader of the sovereign nation of Chile. These types of activities by western nations, particularly the United States, are far from rare or unusual. In fact, they are more like routine.
Commenting on the secret American involvement in the 1973 Chilean coup on February 20, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell publically admitted his country’s guilt and shame,
“With respect to…. Chile in (1973)… and what happened with President Allende, it is not a part of American history that we’re proud of. We now have a more accountable way of handling such matters and we have worked with Chile to help it put in place a responsible democracy.”
What “help” did Chile need from America? Chile already had a perfectly acceptable democratic process in 1973. Democracy that has lasted over 40 years. All Chile, and every other nation needed, and still needs today, is for other large nations to mind their own business.
This is quite a sick joke from Mr Powell, supposedly a highly competant five star General and respected public figure and politician, seeing as just 4 weeks later, on March 20, 2003, the United States demonstrated its supposedly “more accountable ways of handling issues” by launching a full scale and unprovoked military invasion of another nation, Iraq.
Even worse, just 15 days earlier than his public acknowledgement of Washington’s role in deposing the elected President of Chile, Powell had delivered his totally false claims concerning weapons of mass destruction in his now infamous speech to the United Nations on February 5, 2003.
I used to have much respect for Colin Powell and thought he would make a good president one day.
Having now read much about his career, his time in the Bush administration and from stories offered by his associates and peers, my conclusion is that although Mr Powell might have been considered (rightly or wrongly) to be one of the less extreme members of the Washington elite, his brilliant ability to show calm and convincing dishonesty make him no better than a Rumsfeld or Cheney.
I believe Mr Powell knew full well his speech to the United Nations in February 2003, convincing as it was, was totally false. I believe he knew this but went ahead and delivered it anyway out of some warped sense of duty. After all, he had spent his whole life following orders in the military. He was chosen to deliver this particularly critical UN speech precisely because he was the most publicly respected figure in the Bush administration. If Powell says these things, then they might well just be true it was no doubt figured. But his claims were not true and he knew they were not true.
If this is how one of the more respected Washington insiders operates, what chance was there for poor President Allende of Chile on September 11,1973 when he met his death, as a result of the deeds of Washington elites far less charitable than Mr Powell.
Mr Powell has that ability of all successful public and political figures – to convincingly answer difficult questions without causing doubt or chagrine. To speak in public without really saying anything. Or better yet, to make people think he said something when he didn’t actually. Or the gold standard is the ability to lie convincingly and dimiss a question whilst still satisfying the questioner.
Powell did exactly that when answering the audience question about why Washington can be trusted about WMDs in Iraq considering America’s role in deposing the democratic leader of Chile.
He answered the question convincingly that day, he gave his convincing speech to the UN, America proceeded to destroy Iraq a second time in 2003, and then Mr Powell proceeded to retire. His reputation battered but not nearly as much as Iraq and its innocent people were.
Using much the same system, western powers proceeded to successfully employ the same tactics in Syria and Libya amongst other targeted nations.
If this is how one of more respected of Washington’s elites lives his life, is it so far fetched to think that some of Mr Powell’s much less pleasant peers could have had links to that other “September 11”?
Who Are the “Other” Terrorists in Palestine?
It is a word, used alone or in phrases which the world has heard literally millions of times in recent years. I would wager that in 99.9% of those mainstream media mentions, words such as “Islamic” or an Islamic sounding name are mentioned a few seconds before or after the hook word, terrorism or terrorist.
It is quite a strong connection today. 9/11 made sure of that.
But do we ever hear of other, much older ethnic and religious connections to the phenomenon of terrorism? They certainly exist.
In the 1930s – 1950s, there were many Jewish terrorist organizations active in the Middle East, Britain, and Europe. Few people will have heard of them today. One such group was called “Irgun Zvai Leumi” (or simply Irgun) translating to, “The National Military Organization in the land of Israel.”
In the 1930s there was no entity called Israel, so that gives you a clue as to their agenda.
“WANTED” posters, such as those below, abounded across Palestine to find the perpetrators of hundreds of terrorist attacks carried out on innocent Palestinian people,
One of the most shocking Jewish terrorist attacks was the 1948 assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte.
Count Folke Bernadotte assassination in 1948. Note in the far-right column of the New York Times front page, in small print, “US Consul… ‘Terrorists presumably responsible’. “
The Swedish diplomat’s UN vehicle was ambushed at a check point and he, and two of his diplomatic staff also in the car, were shot dead in a hail of machine gun fire.
Count Bernadotte was operating in Palestine under the flag of the United Nations as a respected peace-maker. He was the nephew of the reigning Swedish King.
Count Bernadotte had found great success as a negotiator in World War 2, securing the release of over 31,000 Jews from Nazi concentration camps. His stature as a Royal, from “neutral” nation Sweden and his valiant efforts in saving so many Jewish people from the Nazi gas chambers, meant that he was trusted by both the Arabs and the few Jewish people of Palestine to secure a fair deal for everyone. And he was making progress.
But the very qualities and background which made him so trusted and respected made him very dangerous to Zionist extremists. What if he came up with a reasonable deal that the Palestinians accepted? The Jewish Zionists it seemed, never had any intention of making any “deal”.
When Bernadotte promoted a UN deal to share the land of Palestine 50:50 between the Palestinians and the Jews, that was impossible for the right-wing Jewish terrorist groups to accept. They had other ideas. These groups have always wanted nothing less than 100% of Palestine and so murdered Bernadotte – a great friend of the Jewish people – in broad daylight to prove their intent. They got their way.
(note: many Palestinians weren’t too happy about giving away half of their lands either, but the deal never had a chance of success due to the assassination.)
By the way, the Zionist movement to take Palestine from its Arab majority inhabitants began in the late 19th century, so the creation of Israel had nothing to do with sympathy for the Holocaust, an event which occurred half a century later.
Another of the tragic terrorist attacks in Palestine by Jewish groups occurred in the same year, 1948: The massacre at the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin
Between 120-250 Palestinian villagers were massacred by Jewish terrorists in the 3 days between April 9 and 11, at a village just out of Jerusalem.
The villagers resisted the attacks for the 3 days but were eventually all killed by the well-armed Jewish terrorists. No one came to help the Palestinian villagers.
Ongoing Jewish terrorist massacres on innocent Palestinian villagers had the desired effect. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes in terror, lest they be the next victims of the well-armed and ruthless Zionist gangs and Zionists and settlers moved in. The occupation began.
These far-right Jewish terrorist groups operated not just across Palestine but they targeted the British and Europeans as well, lest anyone there show too much support for the Palestinians.
And in Europe the attacks continued,
Jewish Terror groups such as Irgun and the Stern gang are now known as “Zionists” and they have ruled Israel from 1948 to this day. They have hi-jacked Judaism itself and splintered it for their own extremist political purposes. Zionism has been utterly rejected by Strictly Orthodox Jews, many secular Jews, as well as the Palestinians, and increasing numbers of westerners.
But Zionists have extremely powerful friends and allies in the global media, in the world of weapons and technology, and in western politics. They can, and do, get away with murder. Genocide actually.
The names and faces on the old black and white “WANTED” Terrorist posters above might be familiar to you.
Both of these wanted Zionist terrorists – Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir – went on to become Prime Ministers of Israel, warmly welcomed into the halls of western power, and given undented support.
Menachem Begin, wanted terrorist in the 1940s, who became Israeli Prime Minister
And a wanted Terrorist.
Isn’t it a bit strange that “terrorist” is NEVER a term we see or hear now in conjunction with Zionists or Jewish people? Almost exclusively, “terrorists” as we come across them today is a word restricted to Muslims, or occasionally white people carrying out mass shootings in America. (The authorities there go to great lengths to avoid this designation as well).
But it really is irrefutable that the foundations of the state of Israel are the numerous acts of bloody Jewish terrorism that were carried out against Muslims and Europeans. That at least should be acknowledeged for there to be even a shred of justice and credibility in the affairs of the world.
I am not holding my breath.
Are Human Rights Organizations Real?
I’ve done a bit of research on Amnesty International recently. I didn’t really know anything about it or any of the many other organizations out there other than what might be generally gleaned from the public chatter and the image that is self generated by them.
What I found is not really encouraging with regards to that organisation’s impartiality.
Even a simple read from that “bathroom wall” of the internet, Wikipedia, contains sufficient information to cast doubt on this organization’s pronouncements.
“During the early history of Amnesty International, as it has now been proven by various documents, the organization was secretly supported by the British Foreign Office. In 1963, the Foreign Office instructed its operatives abroad to provide “discreet support” for Amnesty’s campaigns.”
Why would the UK government be supporting a human rights organization’s campaigns?
The answer is certainly not because of British governments’ concern for human rights… lol. Just see my post on the British government of Harold Wilson’s ethnic cleansing of the people of the Chagos Islands. Perhaps that goverment sees such organizations as another useful tool with which to pressure other nations, as part of a bigger strategy.
More importantly, are Amnesty International’s secret ties to western governments completely gone now? Or do goverments still wield influence with human rights organizations today?
It is certainly possible. We’ve been told many times how inappropriate links between governments and supposedly independent organizations – when ultimately uncovered – have been severed.
Many times these assurances of severed inappropriate ties turn out be yet another deception. The links continue – just better hidden.
Operation Mockingbird is one of the more notable examples of this.
With the American led global warmongering around the world these last 2 decades, there are gigantic mountains of examples of human rights abuses for these organizations to investigate. But when have we ever heard of an ongoing and highly public human rights campaign against western abuses in Iraq, Afghanistan, Venezeula or Libya? Never.
The Sudan Vision, a daily newspaper in Africa compared Amnesty to the infamously meddling organization, the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and claimed:
“Amnesty International is, in essence, a British intelligence organization which is a part of the (UK) Government decision making system.”
Funding of Amnesty International.
It is claimed that Amnesty International has still been receiving grants over the past ten years from the UK government, the EU, as well as the United States government amongst others. References to these claims can be found in the above link.
Amnesty International (USA) has also received funding from American corporate giants such as the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations.
Any supposedly independent and impartial human rights styled organization that accepts funding from a western government and/or western corporate giants surely raises an immediate red flag with regards to their impartiality and credibility. History has proven this time and again. Why would it be any different now?
We see this today in the many organizations, mostly “think tanks”, that spread one sided, highly misleading, often false allegations and information about, for example, Uighers in Xinjiang.
Aside from its spurious funding model, it was Amnesty International who swallowed the infamously fake “Nahyriah” testimony to the US Congress about Iraqi soldiers “killing babies in incubators in Kuwait” story in the run up to the American led invasion of Iraq in 1991. After Kuwati girl Nahyriah’s tear-filled testimony was later shown to be based upon misleading information, Amnesty had to issue a retraction on their story.
Didn’t they do their homework very well in the first place? Were they simply parrotting western nonsense?
Nahyriah was the daughter of the Kuwati ambassador to the United States. An immediate and obvious fact that would warrant great skepticism surely to anyone looking to substantiate her testimony. Apparently not. The story went global anyway.
How do people really find out anything real and truthful today? The mainstream media is a sham. Elected officials lie and deceive as easily as breathing. Independent organizations and “think tanks” (another huge red flag if ever there was one) are as lethal as crossing a minefield.
I guess that is why more and more people are abandoning mainstream organizations and turning to private citizen media. This strategy is fraught with danger as well with extremists and opportunists standing on every block corner, looking for unquestioning suckers to come along to further their own ends.
So where to go?
Inside ourselves. We are the master’s of our own destiny, our own thoughts and opinions. But we need to create them ourselves, a process that can take years.
The media only want to trick you for profit. Human “rights” organizations sometimes have their own agenda. They have their own agendas.
Only our own thoughts and ideas are truly ours. Make some today.
Why Have Humans Always Needed Someone?
Note – this post is written tongue in cheek and respects all faiths and beliefs.
Ever since I was quite small I remember being exposed to religion. There was not really any choice in the matter. One parent was a slightly devout Catholic and so myself and my siblings all had to trundle off on Sundays to the local country church.
It all escaped me really what was supposed to happen. An old bald man sat behind a mesh screen in a darkwooden phone box thing and I had to tell him what bad things I had done. I didn’t think I had done much to warrant telling this old guy and can’t remember what I must have said. Probably just made something up.
I wonder what others tell him. I guess if you think long enough you can find something wrong.
Many millions of people around the world tell some old guy something it seems. Each old guy (there are many younger ones these days) then tells another even older guy something at some point. And they all answer to this guy below, the infallible one, who draws millions of people to Rome each year to see him wave.
Funnily enough, there are no old ladies to spill your inner most thoughts to in this system and some of the others. Wonder why half of the created children aren’t allowed any part of running some of these particular shows?
Crowds don’t always flock to just religious figures, stories and places. Sometimes, millions are devoted to just one man, as in old China. I guess sometimes people’s natural inclination towards their devotion of others can be taken advantage of. Some people might actually warrant a little devotion, but who decides who gets it and how much devotion they get?
Weapons and money have often helped to decide these questions in many places and times all throughout history.
The country that has probably the greatest number of devoted people – practically the entire population – is India. Indians have been devoted longer than almost anyone else. For many millenia. Their long held devotion to their plethora of gods makes the Rome and Mecca based lot look like positive newbies. Some of the biggest single crowds in the world congregate in India during their festivals and other auspicious times. Luckily, it wasn’t too bad when I visited some of the sacred sites there. Only a few thousand devotees around, a positively tiny number.
One of more spectacular and highest attended gatherings of devotees in the world is in Mecca each year and occurs during the traditional Hajj pilgrimage season. Over 2.5 million pilgrims can be there during one season. And the patterns they form are mesmerizing as they circle the central point in devotion.
Even before the relatively modern organized religions there were aspects of nature we worshipped such as the sun gods. The Greeks and Romans had plenty of figures to be devoted to. And even more ancient people such as those which have inhabited Australia for 50,000 years or more believed in a range of gods as they sometimes recognized in natural landscape forms.
So it seems that for as long as humans have been around, we must deify someone or something. Perhaps very far into the future humans might outgrow this, who knows.
If you have been paying attention recently you will know that I’m a life long devotee to Abba. With the creation of their new music aptly titled “Voyage” these four fabulous Swedes have in a way resurrected themselves into the world’s consciousness. Perhaps they never really left, given the astounding popularity of the Mamma Mia! franchise.
Their cutting edge technology “Abbatars” will ensure that they live on maybe forever. And like the very best of other old European masters such as Beethoven, Mozart and Greig, Abba’s music – their message of hope and a source of joy worldwide – will undoubtedly remain in our hearts for many centuries to come.
But then we come to the important points to consider.
Nobody has been killed in the name of “Abba”. Abba don’t say, “don’t judge others” then proceed to judge alot. Whole nations haven’t been invaded in their name. There is no Abba inspired cultural system which rigidly segragates you into one of thousands of unalterable levels, ranked from top to bottom, the moment you are born. Abba haven’t caused huge loss of life simply to perpetuate themselves or their music. And from their many little known acts of kindness, Abba have been wonderful role models of humility and simplicity for everyone, especially children.
It seems to me that Abba are truely worthy of respect. The current revival of pure and spontaneous joy that has resonated globally really is a miracle.
Abba don’t tell people how to live their lives. Or discriminate against others. Or force their views on people. They are a simple source of happiness and joy who cut across nearly all cultural barriers. So why not worship Abba? If I am going to worship anything, it will be them. Even when they are old and bald.
“John from Dorset” Proves The Power of Media & Government Propaganda.
3 minutes of proof of the effects of Mainstream Media fear and propaganda.
George Galloway is a hugely knowledgable and experienced former British politician, media figure and a commentator on a wide range of subjects. He is a little eccentric occasionally but his debating skills are formidable indeed. He has his own talk show on RT America News where he shares large amounts of what used to termed “common sense.”
I came across this short clip of Mr Galloway receiving a call in from “John from Dorset” on George’s talk show.
It is clear that “John from Dorset” is very concerned, agitated even, about the prospect of “China taking over the world.”
The short chat between John and George is very comical really and I laugh every time I hear it. But it isn’t really funny. Quite the opposite.
Apart from its comical aspect, the short chat between host George and caller John is also very disturbing. John clearly has quite set and negative views about China’s role in the world. I’m not sure his expressed views on the role of other western nations, including his own the UK are quite so firmly held. He seems to be making certain peripheral – non China related – comments up as he goes.
At the very least, John seems quite disturbed and not at all sure of his facts. Ill informed, confused and frightened. All the things that many governments and their mainstream media work very hard at achieving amongst their readers and viewers.
Sadly, it seems John from Dorsett has been a star pupil of the mainstream media’s masterclasses in propaganda. He doesn’t really seem to know or fully understand even his own views. All he knows is that China is bad. No matter what. And even if he acknowledges that his own country, the UK, and the USA are “no good” too…..well… then that is okay, but….China is even worse!
Without really knowing why. Let alone explaining his opinion in any coherent manner.
I think there are hundreds of millions of people in the western world like John from Dorset. Good, well meaning and law abiding people who have been frightened almost to hysteria by years of constant exposure to our lying and manipulative, propaganda spreading mainstream media and government. Remember the CNN posts here?
John is an extreme case, but from observation, I believe many more westerners are just like John to various degrees. If you read my “Donald Trump Test” post, you will remember that I would gauge a person’s current affairs knowledge by me raising positive aspects of – or even simply neutral aspects of – President Trump’s tenure to see what reaction I got.
Invariably, I received negative feedback on President Trump, even on issues where he spoke some very rare truths, such as America being far from innocent when killing millions of people around the world, killing people who were innocent.
But all that counts for naught. The mainstream media demolished every apsect of Donald Trump’s tenure in the Whitehouse. I’ll just repeat – much of what Mr Trump did do and say DID need to be demolished. It was awful. But not all of it. Some of his comments were spot on and truthful. But the media demolition of Donald Trump means he will never receive any credit for his truth telling.
George Galloway said at the end of the call, when thanking John for his contribution, “it was a very useful call.”
It was indeed. We can all ask ourselves, “am I related to John from Dorset?”
Ross Kemp, UK TV Star – “Why is the World Ignoring the Libyan Slave Trade?”
Slave Trade Only Came After the West Overthrew Gadaffi’s Government
Ross Kemp, the well known British actor visited Libya to see the destruction that his own country had caused in Libya for himself. He comments,
“What I saw there is nothing short of a modern-day slave trade, with migrants treated as commodities….women told they are going to Italy to work as housemaids only to be trafficked into desert brothels with no idea when they might leave, young men cruelly beaten and held captive for months until their families pay a ransom, women forced to take contraception to stop themselves becoming pregnant at the hands of smugglers.
We have a heightened responsibility towards Libya because of the role Britain played in bringing down Gaddafi.”
See my earlier post, “Libya Under President Gadaffi” to see what a massive tragedy this violent Western intervention has become for the 7 million Libyan people.https://pumpkinpiefailures.com/2021/07/15/libya-under-president-gadaffi/embed/#?secret=Ap97lWSIbv
President Gadaffi did operate an authoritarian government but it was a government that was very generous to its people and was efficiently run. He ensured the oil wealth of his country went mostly to the Libyan people themselves, providing them with free education, free housing, free healthcare and greatly subsidized fuel and electricity.
Enter dim witted and hapless western officials – the defenders of “human rights” brigade.
Western governments including France, Britain and America, invaded Libya for “humanitarian reasons” – reasons and thinking largely promoted by the Obama administration’s senior advisor Samantha Power. This lady is still hanging around the highest levels of global bureaucracy. I still get very annoyed (using a polite word) just seeing her picture.
The twisted thinking of Ms Powers and many others like her – using violence and destruction to “help” people and improve their “human rights” – is not new sadly.
Her thinking is something akin to that espoused by previous American government officials in Vietnam and The Philippines in bygone eras. It is such a brainless and illogical type of thinking that it must have been learned – this thinking could not have possibly developed naturally by any normal person.
Other examples? After an American military officer had completely destroyed a Vietnamese village during his nation’s two decade long destruction of Vietnam, he offered as an answer to the senseless slaughter something like, “well, we had to destroy the village in order to save it.”
There had been similar logic on display during the batte for Manila, capital city of the Phillipines during the last weeks of World War 2, when in order to “save” the old, culture-filled city from Japan, American forces largely destroyed it. And the Americans destroyed many of the ancient cultural relics present in the city. Many older Philippinos are still enraged by this.
Idiotic people somehow rise to the top of our current systems of government and global administration in the western world. How that occurs is beyond me – although I am starting to connect the dots. It might well be, and probably is, a deliberate process.
How useful would it be to have people who can be so easily indoctrinated with nonsense, such as Ms Power, in positions of influence in global institutions? People who can convince others to carry out the most shockingly stupid and violent actions in the name of peace and progress, and who can then blissfully carry on with their normal lives, self convinced of their own moral wonderfulness.
Very useful. These people essentially become professional assassins inflicting atrocities on civilian populations on a global scale, operating in broad daylight, and who are then often decorated and celebrated for their efforts. These people and their thinking become mainstream. Normal. Unremarkable. That is what has to change.
This web site is my tiny little attempt to expose this type of stupidity that we all live with and accept every day.
Anything you can do to help the Libyans, Syrians, Iraqis, Venezeulans, Palestinians, Haitians and all the other 100s of millions of others suffering these same fates would be appreciated by them I am sure.
Be brave. Share these posts and investigate the subject matters for yourself. Start a conversation if you feel confident enough. Become knowledgable in your own right.
Don’t take my word for anything. You might see things differently.
Besides, taking the word of others is how we got into this mess.
Can One Person Really Make a Difference?
One comment you hear from time to time is, “can one person really make a difference?” In other words, why bother trying to improve anything as it is all too hard and one person can’t change anything anyway. I’m sure you’ve heard this or something like it.
It might seem all too hard, but, actually I believe ordinary people can create change. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here writing these posts.
Since my teenage years – almost five decades ago – I have loved the music of the Swedish group Abba. It is probably different for each person, but personally, I find it is much more than their music that I admire greatly. Of course, I have no connection to them, so how can I know anything about them? Well, I believe I do have some connection to them the same way we are all connected on this little blue ball.
When you understand the simple and humble story of the members of Abba, I believe their basic humanity shines through in the music they create. This is what appeals to me so endlessly. You can’t create or fake class and humility. Abba have this naturally. These qualities don’t end once the cameras are turned off.
Regardless of occupation, and especially in the entertainment industry I’m guessing, humility and modesty are not always encountered. With Abba, these things have been present from the beginning. And we still see it today, decades later. This is them.
Take Frida’s earrings. You can see she has worn the same gold drop earrings for years in many different videos. How many rich and famous ladies would wear the same earrings for so many years?
In their beautiful ballad “I Have a Dream” there is a section near the end where a children’s choir sings along with Abba. I don’t know anything about live shows but I assume it is a complicated and probably stressful undertaking. Especially when performed as part of a tour. Imagine having to set up stage, music, lights, sound, etc…perform perfectly, then move on to the next venue and do it all again. Over and over. Sometimes hundreds of times. Of course the performers have roadies to do most of the work, but Abba in particular are very demanding with quality and work to exacting standards.
So imagine, taking the decision amongst all of this work and effort when on long and demanding tours to add to your burden by teaching a new children’s choir to sing live at each performance, for just a short time during just one song – “I Have a Dream”. Abba could have easily just used backing singers, or pre-recorded children singing. Or got someone else to do it.
But they didn’t. At each city where they played, they personally took the time to teach a new group of children to sing along with them – just for one song. Who would do that?? In one video I saw where the children are being taught to sing by the Abba girls, the kids were singing pretty flat and off key…..quite bad actually. How much effort did Abba voluntarily expend to make this delightful live experience with the children occur? Who else would do this?
What a special memory for all of those children to keep for life and pass onto their own children – “Your mum sang on stage with Abba.”
And then the Abba juggernaut all went a bit silent. Well, it never did in my house. And probably not in millions of other homes around the world. Ordinary people kept the feeling alive. Possibly hoping against hope about some future Abba “experience.”
Myself, I was never really aiming for any new music – there was so much output of theirs to enjoy from earlier years, I was just content with that. Quality never goes out of fashion.
And then along came Mamma Mia! Abba was reborn to another audience. Mamma Mia didn’t involve the genuine performers, but for me it was well and good enough. A hugely wonderful and unexpected revival of their music. Mamma Mia gave Abba’s music a new and unique life all of its own. A life that has flourished for over two decades now and shows no signs of stopping.
There was initial hesitancy in opening Mamma Mia! in New York on the projected date of October 18, 2001, just weeks after the 9/11 attacks. But in fact, the locals wanted it more than ever after the trauma of that day the month before and Abba’s music was undoubtedly a soothing balm on the wounds of the New Yorkers. It ran until 2015.
By 2018 we had Mamma Mia 2. That was an outstanding experience. And surely that was going to be it. We were very lucky to have all these outlets for Abba’s music but there couldn’t possibly be any more. Maybe a third Mamma Mia movie but that is definitely the end isn’t it? Surely.
No. It is not!
Today, in 2021, we have the real thing back in our hearts again with the aptly titled song, “I Still Have Faith in You.” Brand new and spectacular music for a troubled world.https://www.youtube.com/embed/pAzEY1MfXrQ?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent
And with their new technology, Abba will be immortal almost. Immortal but still humble. In the 2021 video of the recording of this song, the ladies are naturally grey, no make up and wearing their reading glasses – just wonderful. Grandparents all and proud of it. No playing to the cameras. No pretence. Just pure and simple living. What role models they are for anyone.
So getting back to the question of the post – can an individual make a difference in the big world?
I just proved it!
I kept this dream of these gracious and natural quartet alive, and we wouldn’t be sitting here reading this post and discussing the question today if I didn’t. I didn’t do this alone of course – I had lots of help ;o)
It doesn’t matter what the topic is. I believe if enough people make just tiny efforts regularly, we can change the world. This blog is part of my humble effort to reduce inequality, prevent endless wars and suffering and reduce corruption.
We must call out the warmongering and corruption and hypocrisy and lies of “respectable” people and their nations. No one else is going to do it for you.
“I Still Have Faith in You.”
Science Proves What Many Suspected About Global Wealth
A 2011 Swiss study published in the well respected British “New Scientist” magazine, supports what we sort of knew about the world but didn’t know how or why : that an incredibly tiny number of big businesses really do control much of the global financial networks.
Importantly, as the article makes clear, this was a SCIENTIFIC study based on mathematics and computor modelling. It was NOT a political or financial study. There was no hidden agenda or predetermined outcome. The motivation was simply the scientific desire to answer a question about the structure of an entity, the entity in this case, being global wealth and the nature of its’ connectedness, if any.
Distilling down the article and the study to its pure numbers we find the following,
- 37 million companies worldwide – the study started with this global database.
- 43,000 of these were identified as global multinational corporations.
- 1,318 of these corporations account for 80% of global business revenues.
If 1,318 sounds like alot of companies, compare that to the number of companies in the very small nation I call home, New Zealand, where there are over 520,000 registered companies. And the study started with 37 million companies.
When the Swiss scientists drilled down further into their computer models and statistical data, they found an even more highly concentrated “super entity” consisting of just 147 companies.
These 147 corporations, 0.0004% of the worlds companies, or just 0.3% of all of the world’s 43,000 global corporations, (3 in 1,000) account for 40% of the world’s business wealth.
The Top 25 of the companies present at the world’s “inner core” of 147 are, as of 2011 –
1. Barclays Bank – UK based bank
2. Capital Group Companies – American based financial services company
3. FMR Corporation – American based financial services company
4. AXA – French based financial, insurance and investment services company
5. State Street Corporation – American based bank & financial services company
6. JP Morgan Chase & Co – American based bank
7. Legal & General Group – UK based financial services conpany
8. Vanguard Group – American financial services company
9. UBS Bank – Swiss Bank and financial services
10. Merrill Lynch & Co – American Financial Services company
11. Wellington Management – American Investment management group company
12. Deutsche Bank – German based global bank
13. Franklin Resources – American global investment services company
14. Credit Suisse Banking – Swiss global bank
15. Walton Enterprises LLC – an American based private wealth fund of the Walton family, founders of Walmart.
16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp – American based bank
17. Natixis – French based Investment Bank
18. Goldman Sachs Banking Group – American based Bank
19. T Rowe Price Group Inc – American Financial Services company
20. Legg Mason Inc – American Financial Services company
21. Morgan Stanley Banking – American Bank and Financial services company
22. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group – Japanese financial services company
23. Northern Trust Corporation – American based Financial services company
24. Société Générale Banking – French based Banking group
25. Bank of America Corporation – American banking group
You have never heard of many of the 25 companies right? That is probably just how they like it. It doesn’t have to be pointed out what business all of these corporations are in or which countries they mostly come from.
The “inner core” of 147 companies accounted 40% of the entire global business wealth. Each of the 147 corporations was completely owned by the other 146.
This super-connected structure means they could effectively function as one entity.
This Swiss study confirms what many people have always suspected. The existence of a super financial entity in which a critical bulk of the world’s wealth is found.
As the New Scientist article makes clear, the study and its conclusions offer no rationale as to WHY this tightly controlled super financial entity exists – only that it DOES exist.
It is possible that this super entity has been formed by entirely natural processes of association. In other words, because “money attracts money” or something of that nature. After all, the prominent people who run these corporations all have their primary holiday residences in the same regions of the south of France and therefore frequent the same exclusive Country Clubs. Where they do deals over brandy. Who knows. None of us are in this “big club” so we will never know what goes on.
It’s also quite possible that this super entity might NOT have been created naturally at all. It might well have been deliberately created over several centuries in fact, for the specific purpose of doing what it actually does in reality – creating, directing and controlling the bulk of the world’s wealth, and therefore, the enormous political power which that wealth yields.
But the answer to the question of how this global entity came about is not part of this Swiss study.
For now, its sufficient to realise that an extremely tiny, but immensely powerful financial entity does exist as a tiny core right in the heart of global affairs and it controls much of the world’s wealth and all that follows as a result of that power.
Is that a good idea? Judging by today’s endless wars, inequality, social decay and disproportionate wealth accumulation, I think not.
Here is the full article …
There Are No Permanent Enemies, Only Permanent “Interests.”
It is an old saying that we have seen proof of many times around the world in recent years. “Friends and Enemies come and go but “Interests” are eternal”.
This mean that nothing and nobody is fixed, there are even no “special” relationships.
But you might not know this – that we are all simply looking out for ourselves.
Take Syrian leader Dr Bashar al-Assad, seen above. After being educated in Syrian medical universities, he attended post graduate studies in London at the NHS Western Eye Hospital, specializing in Opthalmology. Later (President) Dr Assad was warmly welcomed into western power centres into the twenty first century.
President Assad’s warm welcomes to London are hardly surprising. Assad was providing an outsourced torture service for Washington and the CIA at the time of his visit to Britain in 2002, so any friend of the CIA would of course, be welcomed in London.https://www.denverpost.com/2014/01/23/us-cia-once-found-syrian-torture-useful/embed/#?secret=0fPO76isez
As is common, official statements by western governments on almost any subject are false, hypocritical and lacking in clarity. Whilst the Obama administration condemned the human rights abuses by such nations as President Assad’s Syria (and President Gadaffi’s Libya), they made no mention of Washington’s previous use of his services in the exact same field of abuse.
It was also convienient to forget President Assad’s father, former President Hafez Assad welcoming US President Richard Nixon to Syria in 1974 as well as all the other occasions when American presidents (Carter, Bush Snr) had met with the Syrian dictator.
This is what Hillary Clinton was talking about when she was speaking to some investment bankers during the 2016 election campaign in one of her highly priced, but less highly prized, speechs. That is, government officials have a two track communication system – one message is for public consumption – which is often meaningless – whilst another, much more important message is created for private communications. Often the two messages contain very different information, and are quite dissimilar in tone, as we clearly see today with regards western government public pronouncements on the Syrian government. The same Syrian government they once welcomed, perhaps even still do, in private. Who really knows?
Another glaring example of the “no permanent friends” philosophy is Saddam Hussein of Iraq and former American Defence Seretary Donald Rumsfeld.
You would never know it, listening to all the “shock and awe” talk of destruction by Secretary Rumsfeld in 2003, but Mr Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein had met before. Quite personally and warmly in fact. Twenty years earlier in 1983, then former (and still yet to be again) Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was the Special Envoy of President Ronald Reagan to Iraq.
Who knows what they talked about – probably just stuff to do with American help to Iraq during Iraq’s unprovoked war against Iran, that still had 5 years to run at the time. You know the stuff, “how are your WMD’s holding out Mr President?“; “Do you need any more weapons Mr President?”; “Cash?” ; “Just let us know Mr President – we deliver for no extra cost….”
Eventually Saddam Hussein – like most Dictator friends of the west – outlived his usefulness. Dictators like Saddam Hussein, after being so powerful for so long, start to get the funny idea that they actually are in charge of something. Even a nation.
And when foreign leaders start to make independent decisions that don’t go down well in Washington, well….we know what happens next don’t we?
When Saddam Hussein started requesting annoying little things like wanting to be paid for his oil with Euros instead of US dollars, that was the beginning of the end for him.
No gold watch. No “I (almost) defeated Iran” badge. It is regime change time!
This scenario has played out numerous time in my lifetime. In the Middle East, Central and South America, even for God’s sake, in the highly trusted western ally, and near neighbour of New Zealand – Australia!
(see a previous post about the 1975 CIA/MI6 deposing the Australian Prime minister Gough Whitlam)
And now we see the latest installment playing out in the world. Except this time, the target is quite big and a bit stubborn. Well, the current target nation has been around for over 5000 years. They’ve been attacked and invaded by their neighbours quite a few times (and by far distant British empires too) and yet they have overcome all their setbacks – both natural and man made – and they continue to flourish. So China knows a thing or two about surviving.
President Xi Jingping was given the royal and red carpet treatment during his state visit to Britain in 2015. The visit was seen as a bit humiliating for Britain in some quarters actually, as the Brits were practically grovelling for China’s attention and investment in their nation. The visit all went fabulously well. Laughing selfies with the PM, followed by casual trips to english pubs for a beer, pics with Wills and Kate, trips down The Mall in gold state coaches flanked by thousands of Chinese flags, etc….it was all so wonderful.
But again, it couldn’t last.
Who knows the exact circumstances why things turned to custard. There are many possibilites – we won’t explore those here. All we know now, is that China has gone from great friend to an evil foe in just a few short years. No more beers and selfies lads…
Nothing China does now is good or positive – even though everything it does is exactly the same as it has always done when fetted in London.
Hopefully, it will not end in a real hot war. It shouldn’t. The United States rarely attacks nations that have an ability to defend themselves.
But we must learn to see through all the media lies that get generated day after day, about China, Russia, Iran, Panama, Venezeula or any other nation or subject that displeases Washington. After all, these nations were once our friends. Why can’t they be again?
If you knew of someone who was always falling out with their friends, often violently so, wouldn’t you wonder why that is? Would you be their friend?
You’d have to wonder at least.
Disturbing ‘Excursions’ in Segragated America
WARNING : the following post contains graphic descriptions of human torture.
A dictionary definition of “Excursion”,
‘A short journey usually made for pleasure, often by a group of people.’
I’ve started to browse books I’ve had at home, for decades in some cases, but never gotten around to reading just yet. I like to pick up books at second hand book shops for future reading and reference. One small book I read recently is a history book called, “America in the Early 20th Century” by R G Hamel.
It contains extracts about what sometimes constituted a family “excursion” in 1920’s America as well as how sensationalized and racially motivated media coverage caused frequently fatal consequences.
One infamous example of sensationalized media coverage was the ‘elevator incident’ involving black 19 year old shoe shine boy, Dick Rowland and white 17 year old elevator operator Sarah Page. This incident and its reporting led to the Tulsa Massacre in 1921 in Oklahoma, USA. The Tulsa Massacre was the topic of another post here at The Font. It is the only known time that American planes have been widely acknowledged as having bombed American (black) civilians, on American soil.
However, today I wanted to share passages from the above book, “America in the Early 20th Century” just to highlight exactly what allegedly went on at that time in the southern and racially segragated states of the United States of America. It is quite unpleasant reading. But should be read none-the-less.
If you have seen the movie “Django Unchained” you will have some idea of the human abuses that went on during the time of the Atlantic slave trade. The movie’s writer and director, American Oliver Stone was criticised in some quarters for the graphic use of violence unleashed by white people against blacks which he showed onscreen. In response, Stone said that much worse things went on in the southern states of America than what his movie depicted. Things so terrible in fact, that if he tried to include them, his movie would not be fit for public viewing.
After reading my shelved history book it seems that Mr Stone was likely correct in his comments about the level of violence inflicted upon black people. What I read in the book shocked me to the core. Not just the acts themselves – which are quite certainly unspeakable racial atrocities and torture – but what I found to be even more deeply disturbing are the attitudes and social and cultural etiquettes surrounding these acts. That is, what things were considered normal or acceptable in some circles of white America.
Here are a few of the more sickening extracts from the book, (note: accounts of human torture follow) …
‘The following examples demonstrate ….. and highlight the extent of white America’s prurient and morbid interest in seeing “justice done”.
In the 45 years up until 1927 from when ‘official’ records were kept, almost 5000 black people were lynched by mobs but the real toll is likely far higher. Most of the lynchings were done by hanging or shooting but many were achieved by much more hideous means.
A crowd of 10,000 people journeyed to Paris, Texas by specially laid on excursion trains to watch the execution of a mentally retarded black man, who had killed a little girl. Red hot irons were repeatedly plunged into his body, his eyes burned out and red hot pokers forced down his throat.
After an hour of sadistic torture his barely alive body was set on fire.
In Palmetto, Georgia, special excursion trains bought thousands out on a Sunday afternoon journey to watch a black man being burned alive. His ears, toes and fingers were first cut off and passed through the crowd. Afterwards, his heart was cut out and slices were sold as souvenirs.
In Livermore, Kentucky a black man convicted of murder by an all-white jury was taken to the city Opera House and tied to a stake on the stage. Tickets were sold for the Orchestra seats, (the seats very near the front of the stage) which entitled those seat holders to empty their guns into the victim at will. Those in the gallery could only fire one shot per seat.
And in another sadistic act of killing in Georgia, a pregnant black lady was slowly roasted alive as her baby was cut out of her stomach and trampled on.‘
The crimes that this (white) American “justice” was meeted out for, included “talking back to whites”, “acting sassy” and “making boastful remarks.”
It is hard to believe this sort of stuff really happened right? These passages leave me in numb disbelief. Maybe the authour had an agenda or was otherwise unreliable. Or is it actually that hard to believe?
Such heinous acts even on animals are deeply sickening. Such acts on people by torch wielding Klu Klux Klan members in the dead of night are even more sickening. Such acts committed in public by bigotted law enforcement authorities are even more sickening.
So how to describe these acts when they were committed on other human beings, sometimes in state Opera houses, sometimes by participants in specially organized social events, aimed at families for their amusement, and where specially laid on excursion trains bring thousands of family members to witness the event for their amusement and entertainment?
For once, I don’t have words to describe this. I just shake my head in silence and use these events as an eternal warning as to what respectible people are capable of.
Even today. Anywhere in the world. We call it war. And it is still acceptable to many people.
“Short-Selling”- Profits From The Misery of Others.
It’s a Different World out There.
I have learnt so much in recent years about all sorts of things. It makes one wonder how little we still know.
International finance and banking is an area that has taken my interest since the 2007-08 global financial crisis. This topic really is rocket science. On steroids. No one really understands much of what goes on and how it works it seems. All that matters is that “profits” can be created. By using exotic systems created by mathematical geniuses, super computers and no little amount of deception and hubris.
One tiny part of international finance I do understand a tiny bit now is called “Short Selling”, or “shorting” or being “short”.
Most people would think that conventional investment strategies involve buying something, and hoping it goes up in value after much hard work had been done to improve its value. The asset in question could be property, a currency, company shares or bonds. No doubt, most of us have followed this normal asset investment strategy at some point in our lives, even without knowing it. By buying a family house and slowly improving it over time, its value will grow automatically.
This stratedy is based upon the expectation of positive growth in asset values. But the asset value growth doesn’t have to be positive in order to profit from the change.
Welcome to Short Selling – where investors profit when an asset goes down in value. When an asset becomes less valuable over time.
Seems a bit weird right? How it worked seemed quite odd to me too when I first heard of it. But then, much of the modern “financialization” of the western global economies, particularly in the United States, is weird, and unethical in my view.
Looking at the flow diagram above. An investor, Mr Moneybags decides he wants to short sell shares in an airline for example to the tune of say 10,000 shares. He doesn’t need to currently have any shares in the airline. He simply contacts his stock broker and tells the broker he wants to short himself on the airline stock for 10,000 shares.
So, step 1 begins with the broker looking through the portfolio of his existing customers who already own the airline stock in question and they take out the 10,000 shares from one or more conventional stock market investors’ accounts. Essentially, the broker borrows the airline stock from its owner for a set period of time, and hands the “borrowed” stock onto Mr Moneybags, in a contract lasting for say 2 years.
In 2 years time, Mr Moneybags has to give back the borrowed stock to the broker to restore the original investors asset.
Once the IOU contract is signed for 10,000 shares, straight away Mr Moneybags sells the airline stock at market value, say $10 a share and banks the money, amounting to $100,000 in this case. This is transaction 2 above.
Mr Moneybags’s is sure that the airline shares that he has borrowed for 2 years will go down in value, so all he has to do is wait. In the meantime, the money he gets from selling the borrowed shares can be invested somewhere else entirely, perhaps in a more conventional way, and for more profit, perhaps growing to $125,000 in two years time.
As it turns out, Mr Moneybags was lucky. A new type of virus soon hits the world and all borders are shut to international travel. One of the hardest hit are airlines due to the big drop in global travel. Planes are stored. Airports are empty. Airline share prices plummet. This is step 3.
Mr Moneybags is very happy as this is what he thought might happen. After 2 years, he buys back 10,000 airline shares from the market and gives them back to the broker in Step 4. Except at this time, the airline shares might only be worth $4 a share, not $10 as when he sold them 2 years ago. Therefore, it only costs Mr Moneybags $40,000 to buy back the same 10,000 shares that he initially borrowed and then sold for $100,000.
After paying the broker a fee for the 2 years contract, Mr Moneybags still comes out with a profit of almost $60,000 from the transaction, and perhaps more, if he invested the original $100,000 wisely. Step 5 – make profit!
With his new found profits, Mr Moneybags is now free to look at other investment opportunities.
Short selling doesn’t profit from creating anything. In fact, it profits from other people’s difficulties and loss in their equity. Even the problems of entire nations can be taken advantage of if you know how. But it is clearly problematic that people can make money not only from negative value growth, but can do it without actually owning anything.
Any asset can be shorted, not just company shares. For example, a nation’s currency. Billionaire investor George Soros was famous for making one billion pounds profit by betting against the value of the British currency in 1992 when the newly formed EU was facing financial stress. He was right and his speculation upon the difficulties of the British taxpayer made him a handsome profit from it. A handsome profit made from the backs of British taxpayers, whose government then had less money to spend on health and education after paying Mr Soros.
In some circumstances, short selling speculators can even initiate the drop in value of an asset, and then, by constant further short selling attacks, they can perpetuate and enhance the fall in value of a currency or share. It is always easier to destroy than to create. You can profit from both now.
Short selling is a speculative and damaging activity, but it is legal all the same.
Does this seem an ethical way to make money? Our opinions do not matter.
Even if it does pass your personal “sniff” test, there is another angle that bears consideration.
How could potential, or even clear, conflicts of interest be handled with respect to profiteering from events surrounding the normal administration of a country?
Is it possible that inside the Washington and London elites, there are select groups of people who have inside knowledge of an imminent foreign intervention, or imposition of crippling sanctions thereby allowing them to take advantage of that knowledge, by say, short selling a currency like the Iraqi dinar, Venezeulan Bolivar or the Iranian rial?
There are in fact, huge opportunities to profit from other people’s misery. Many nations have been targeted by these “vultures.” They are “slam dunk” investment opportunities for the skillful. If you have good inside information. And if you don’t care about making huge profits by destroying something.
Diana Spencer Died This Day in 1997. Was It Accidental?
I never used to be a fan of Diana Spenser. She seemed to me to be someone who was craving for something that she couldn’t find within herself, then thought she had found it in Prince Charles, and then was destroyed by her own insecurities when she realized she hadn’t found what she was looking for and craved. She was from a very old family herself so she should have known how that system worked before she got herself tangled up in it. That is essentially what I used to think.
My views on her are somewhat different today. I see her life and surroundings through a different lens. Today I am much more sympathetic to her plight and realize there is still so much we will probably never know. Particularly about her death and about the ruling aristocracy and global elites in general.
My views and attitudes to the UK royal family have changed considerably over recent years too. In 2012, I enthusiastically travelled from New Zealand to the other side of the world to be part of the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne. And it was great to be part of it.
Nearly a decade later and I still have great respect for the Queen but it seems to me now that the system of monarchy, even just a ceremonial one as in the UK, is from a time long gone, especially in nations far removed from Britain, like New Zealand. If a referendum were held again in my country, I would support it becoming a Republic. That is quite a change.
Diana Spenser was part of the beginning of the end for the royal family. Her death unleashed forces never seen before. The public outpourings of grief – mostly misplaced and without real foundation but genuinely expressed none-the-less – were unprecedented. I think the public outpouring took everyone by surprise. Perhaps the public reaction was due to feelings of guilt by association in her death. For the public were most certainly involved. They had helped drive the demand for the trivial and the salacious facets of her life. Tabloids could not chase and present controversy if the public did not ask them to and go on to buy their product.
However, those aspects are for another discussion.
I came across the above short feature on Diana’s death some years ago. Even I didn’t give it much attention at the time. Now, I give this short film and its implications more attention. The questions it asks and the issues it presents nag away in my mind. (“Haven’t we seen this before….?”)
I believe it is useful to approach any question as if you are serving on a jury in a court case. Many of us will have served as a juror at least once in our lives and will appreciate what that means. It means using facts, not emotions. Being impartial. And using logic mixed in with a bit of common sense.
Using this approach easily finds huge discrepancies in all of the official narratives of the major global events in our recent lifetime. The President Kennedy assassination, and that of his brother Robert, the attacks of 9/11 and now I also believe the death of Diana Spenser can all be considered full of holes, inconsistencies. Sometimes, even impossibilities.
Take the death of Diana. She was the mother of the future King of Great Britain and Ireland, a hugely loved and admired public figure around the world and a person in whom there was probably unprecedented public interest.
And how does the British government react to the sudden, tragic and violent loss of this beloved person?
By refusing to hold an official commission of enquiry into her death – even when it was the law to do so.
The UK law says that if any British citizen dies in unusual circumstances there must be an enquiry into the death, because if the death is unusual, there could be more to it than first thought. This applies whether it is your local corner store owner or a member of parliament – surely it applies to Diana Spenser? Apparently not. Does that make any sense?
I can’t see any normal circumstances under which this attitude could make sense.
Well, except for one circumstance – that the UK government was trying to hide something. Then it makes sense.
So we don’t have to look very far to be suspicious of the cause of Diana Spenser’s death. And there are plenty more things found to be unusual, and they are featured in the short video presentation attached. They include interviews with eye witnesses who said they never saw any paparazzi near to or chasing the car as it entered the tunnel, contradicting the official narrative. This witness testimony was ignored by the French authorities. Unusual?
It also later occured to me that because the fatal impact occurred within the bounds of a tunnel, as opposed to say hitting a wall of a building out in the open, the incident and its aftermath would be “invisible” to any people passing by the area. Additionally, by sealing off both ends of the tunnel, bascially anything could be happening at the accident scene and no one could see a thing. Therefore, no one can contradict what you say happened. We just have to take the official word for it. Coincidence?
And there were a large number of inconsistencies in the incident. Even if the driver actually was twice the legal limit for alcohol is that really a big deal in reality ?
We might have all driven when we shouldn’t have in our younger days due to excess blood alcohol – I know I did sometimes. And probably sometimes at double the limit. That is a highly irresponsible thing to do of course, but however, I never had any issues with car control when driving in that condition. Would a highly paid driver and security guy, working for a prestigious family have issues?
Driver Henry Paul was a professional, and in hotel CCTV footage of him bending over to do up his shoe lace shortly before driving for Dodi and Diana, he shows no signs of intoxication or imbalance as he is bending over and standing upright again, and being stable the whole time.
And then there was probably Paul’s most strange blood test result of all – the extremely high level of toxic carbon monoxide gas he allegedly had in his blood. This is highly unusual, even bizzare, not just because there isn’t any sensible way for the toxic gas to get into his blood, but if this blood result was actually genuine, then he would have hardly been able to walk or drive.
Then there was the speed of the vehicle. Authorities initially emphasised that the car was travelling at very high speed (and by a “drunk driver” remember) when it hit the wall, at over 190 kph they claimed. In fact this was not correct and it was later acknowledged the speed of the vehicle was actually between 100-110km/hr. I lived in Paris for a while and this speed is not extreme on open inner city streets, especially when the roads are not busy.
And why was the crime scene cleaned up and water blasted with bleach (bleach destroys blood molecules) so quickly – within a few hours of the accident? This was a very prominent and former member of the British royal family who was killed. Yet the accident scene was cleaned up and “opened” to public thoroughfare within a very short time. How could a thorough investigation be conducted so quickly? After opening up and cleaning, all evidence would be gone.
Doesn’t this seem unusual?
The short feature film explores these and many other aspects of the accident so I won’t go into them all here.
What strikes me on a personal level about Diana’s accident is that it shares unusual core attributes with some of the other biggest and shocking events in our recent history, such as the 1963 assassination of President John Kennedy and 9/11 in 2001.
All three share common and unusual features in the events subsequent to their occurrance, being,
a) a clear but simple public media narrative was immediately established in all three cases. The public had little time to digest complicated events or second guess them as the official narrative was quickly established in their minds. In a shocked state, the public mostly accepted this first narrative straight-away.
b) suspects and motives were identified and/or rounded up very quickly too, within hours, even though all three events were unprecedented in modern times, and two of them, 9/11 and JFK, resulted from huge lapses in national security. Wouldn’t it be great if authorities could solve all crimes in such a short time?
c) there was a clear reluctance to investigate, sometimes at all, and when all three investigations were eventually completed, sometimes years later, all three were highly controversial and all are still subject to great skepticism and complaint to this day.
Why would any of these things occur? Whether it is the death of a President, a beloved former Royal or tower block office worker, wouldn’t the authorities want to do the very best job of investigation they could possibly do? Wouldn’t they leave no stone unturned? Get onto things immediately? Present a full and clear report of what happened, regularly updated and well communicated to the shocked public? Wouldn’t authorities want to give comfort and surety to the victims, their loved ones and the general public?
Why is it in fact, that the exact opposite of that occured in all three cases? Why would that be?
Why is it that our media, when aware of the obvious and glaring deficiencies in each of these final reports do essentially nothing to challenge them?
Are we living in a world that operates seemingly the opposite way to how we think it does?
That seems to me to be the only explanation for these events.
That we actually do live in a Matrix type world. We need more Neos.
American Pulitzer Prize Winner Dr Chris Hedges Speaks of USA’s Collapse.
From my experiences talking to Americans few of them realize that their nation has, or is, an empire. American leaders will never say such things – in fact, they like to pronounce how America was founded by an anti-colonial revolution against tyranny. A rebellion against the worlds then, greatest empire – the British empire.
It is a real shame Washington only lets other anti-colonial revolutions succeed if it is their friends who are in charge of it. Anyway, that is beside the point.
Some Americans DO realize that they control a great empire. Circling the globe with 700+ military bases – about 695 more than the combined total of all other nations – recklessly invading sovereign nations at will, and causing so much death and suffering.
Up until recent times, maybe we could say the internet age, the USA has been controlling the “message” on all issues, nearly all of the time. But times are changing.
One person who has spoken much about empire in America is Dr Chris Hedges. Chris has had a fascinating life as a seminarian, a war correspondant, a prize winning New York Times journalist (right in the heart of the beast so to speak) a writer and public speaker.
Brutally honest. Shockingly precise. Articulate. Dispassionate.
These are just a few words that describe the short message by Dr Chris Hedges below.
This is going to be a shock to many Americans – a shock they can probably do without. Imagine waking up one day to realize that your government was, for decades, in control of the biggest and richest empire in history, only to realize that you got nothing from that empire’s fabulous wealth. After that clanger you realize none of that matters because the empire is about to collapse and you can’t get your share now anyway! What would be going on inside your mind?
I agree with Chris Hedges about his thoughts of empire. What really scares me is how are Americans going to process and react when the realities above all sink in and all in short measure?
Imagine waking up one day to realize that you had won the biggest jackpot prize in history ($100 million) but you were not told about it as the Lottery shop owner had kept and spent all of your winnings. But before you could get angry at missing out, the next day, the government announces that a meteor is going to hit your nation smack dab in the middle and wipe most of it out anyway. And then just before the meteor blast you also realize that maybe you could have survived if you had of had your winnings money paid out by the shop owner, as you could have made your life safe by going to the other side of the world or by buying a home safe within a big mountain range to wait out the mess.
But now…..none of this matters – it is all too late – the brown stuff is about to hit the fan big time! And there’s nothing you can do.
Scale up the rage of the ordinary US guy Joe Sixpack, when he realizes that 90% of Americans are in exactly the same boat as he is. They got nothing from being part of history’s greatest empire either even though many fought and died for it. They too, now realize this shameful injustice at the same time as Joe does. But nobody can do anything. The gravy train is nearly all over. The elites will be protected but no-one else.
It is not going to be pretty when she blows.
There is nothing the American elites and their friends can do in the real world either to stop the collapse of their empire. Futile attempts to stop America’s fall, by destabilizing China, are now all around us. That’s what all those incessantly negative, often fabricated western headlines about Trade wars, Tibet, Hong Kong, Xinjiang & the Uighers, Falon Gong and Taiwan are all about. China’s path is for itself to set. Foreign meddling will only cause minor bumps in what is going to be a reasonably smooth ride for them.
Here is Chris Hedges short (14 mins), but brutally frank and honest opinion about the impending collapse of the American Empire. And the reasons for it. Who caused it and why.
You could say it was obvious really. Everybody will say that after the event. And who is going to be blamed? The culprits? Who knows.
Our “Rights” Only Extend So Far – Right?
I saw an American man recently who was hospitalized from Covid 19. He was recovering from his symptoms in a hospital bed and will supposedly make a full recovery.
This man was very independently minded and insisted it was his right to refuse a Covid vaccine – which he had. Fair enough I thought. It was his right to refuse free government medical treatment. So why was he allowed to accept free government medical treatment to save his life?
Why was he even offered treatment?
We hear alot in the western world about “human rights” these days, about the rights of the individual, about how it is up to the individual (me!) to decide….
When does the right of the individual become subserviant to the rights of the community? Does it ever? I think it should.
In the United States, it seems “I” always wins over “WE”. To a certain extent, I sympathize with the view that the individual should retain the right to make certain decisions for themselves. That encourages individual responsibility, something that is a bit lacking today I believe in some societies, including my own.
However, in the case of the man above, by refusing the recommended government healthcare, I believe he had waived his right to receive any subsequent government health care. Which in this case, without that government healthcare, most probably would have cost him his life, as it had for other people he knew, who had also refused a vaccine.
The man seemed proud to have beaten Covid, and remained staunch in his refusal to receive a vaccine. Fair enough. But would he have survived if he had to pay for his treatment, or if he had no treatment at all?
We’ll never know that, as this scenario didn’t occur.
If people refuse to accept recommended health treatment then they should be aware of the consequences and not be offered any further treatment. They might then make a different decision. And there needs to be consequences if they continue to refuse.
Currently, they’re paying no price at all for their vaccine refusal – people are essentially getting the best of both worlds, without any risk.
Vaccination refusers should not receive government healthcare – they are putting other people at risk by entering a public health facility – and it was their own decision that landed them in hospital in the first place. Refusers should be denied access to public transport, shopping malls, sports and entertainment and travel facilities. Because there comes a point where the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the individual. Even for advocates of personal freedom.
That is what laws are for right? As a society, we don’t allow everybody to decide for themselves what speed to drive at. Or how much alcohol they can drink before driving a motor vehicle. Those are community decisions and everyone has to abide by them, whether we agree with them or not. And if we ignore the rules (laws) of the community, then there are consequences. That is what underpins democracy, the form of government that most westerners would say is the best system.
Freedom of choice is a good thing but it isn’t a one way street. If you make a poor decision you must be ready and able to accept the consequences.
Whether it be vaccine refusers, Wall St banks or anyone else who has it in the back of their minds that they have a communal support system behind them (in the form of government medical support or financial bailouts) if they make a poor decision, it is becoming more clear that some people are getting an unfair advantage from “the system”. It probably could be considered a criminal advantage in some cases.
From the many presentations I have seen on the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, it is apparent that potentially criminal activity was able to be completed within the global banking industry without criminal consequence. Laws – or community rules – seem to be either lacking completely in the case of vaccine refusers or totally ignored, in the case of the giant international banking industry.
It is a worrying trend. For the western world at least. The idea that some people are able to ignore the well being of the community in the persuit of their goals as individuals is not a sustainable one.
It seems to me that this is one of the fundamental probems with the “American way” of doing things. Thanks to the internet age, more everyday people can find out for themselves what is going on in their name. Wars, financial crime, overthrowing foreign governments to name but a few.
As hard as the mainstream western media works to actively support these distasteful things, ever so slowly, ordinary people, even Americans and the British, are realizing the whole “system” is a sham. Built and paid for by the elites, for the elites.
How long can this rigged global system go on?
Increasingly glaring humanitarian catastrophies in Vietnam and Cambodia, Central and South America, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Palestine have arisen from this rigged system. And the list is a very long one.
Will the “pivot” to Asia change anything for the long suffering people of the world?
It is hard to see how it can get any worse for them.
The Third Time Iran was Invaded – & The MOST DEADLY Yet.
The oldest Iranians alive today would still remember voting for their country’s original “supreme leader” – their democratically elected Prime Minister – back in the 1950s. Iran’s democracy and the Iranian people’s right to elect their leader in free and fair democratic elections was taken away at gunpoint by the USA/UK coup in 1953, organized from behind the walls of the American embassy in Tehran.
Mohammed Mossadegh, the last freely elected Supreme Leader of Iran, was toppled from power in 1953 by the CIA / MI6. The loss of democracy in Iran is the subject of other posts here.
But even before the 1953 “invasion” (coup) Iran had been genuinely invaded militarily by the UK and Soviet Union just 12 years earlier, in 1941. Iran’s official neutrality in World War 2 wasn’t enough to protect its sovereignty.
So it was entirely predictable that just the year after the 1979 Iranian revolution, the UK and USA were planning yet another military invasion of Iran – the third assault on the nation in less than four decades. Iran’s sovereignty was going to be illegally infringed upon yet again, and this third time it was to be the most deadly so far.
In somewhat of a variation of the events of 1953, foreigners were once again not happy with the people of Iran taking control of their own affairs in the 1979 Revolution and it wasn’t long before Iran’s new leader had his first big test to deal with.
This time the invasion was from the Iran’s neighbour Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein, when he launched his deadly and unprovoked invasion of Iran in 1980. It was a very formidable force assembled against Iran, and not just Iraqi forces.
Rich arab nations coughed up hundreds of thousands of troops and US$70 billion in cash. The UK supplied hundreds of tanks, the French supplied fighter jets armed with state of the art Exocet missiles, the Germans and Italians supplied vast quantities of chemical weapons to Iraq. “Vast” is not an exaggeration – at one point the EU factories could not keep up with demand such was the scale of the sales of their WMDs to Iraq.
(Why do you think that the West thought Saddam Hussein might still have secret stocks of WMDs in 2003? Because it was those same Western countries who had sold the WMDs to Iraq back in the 1980s to use against Iran. In 2003, the West was wrong once again – Saddam had gotten rid of his western WMD’s, but Iraq got invaded anyway – do you see a pattern?)
The American contribution to the all powerful array of western weaponary directed at Iran in 1980 were AWAK surveillance planes. These sophisticated planes provided the satellite, intelligence and logistical data needed in order to maximise and enhance the killing power of all of the other western weapons, including the chemical weapons.
Iraq’s unprovoked attack on Iran was a long and bloody affair. Iran really had a huge job on its hands to defend its sovereignty and borders. Borders in fact changed many times as the war ebbed and flowed over 8 long years, with each side, Iraq and Iran, gaining then loosing the advantage.
At one point, it looked like Iraq would defeat Iran. Guess who was watching it all and stepped in to support Iran? The United States. Yes, Washington was helping both sides kill each other at one point. I have never found a more sobering or shocking example of the true face of American foreign policy which often seems to revolve around just one thing. Killing.
Finally, like WW1, the very bloody 8 year long war (1980-88) ended pretty much where it started. Only that hundreds of thousands, maybe more than 1 million citizens and troops were now dead, including vast numbers of civilians, many poisoned by Western chemical weapons.
And this is where one of the most shameful episodes in the recent history of the western government and media begins. One sordid chapter in a long novel of false western pronouncements concerning Iran, amongst many other nations.
Media reports after the war, like this abridgement from the New York Times was typical.
The western media sentiment was something like….
“yes, we are sure chemical weapons were used in the 8 years war, but it’s too hard to tell exactly who used them and when…probably both Iraq and Iran used WMDs…..but, you know, it’s too hard to tell exactly, so we will just forget about it all and try to do better next time” or words to that effect.
“There was no clear culprit in poison gassing of the Kurds” in other words, said the New York Times headline, America’s most prestigious and important newspaper, in 1991, three years after the war ended.
In addition to the western media stating that it was too hard to tell who was using the chemical weapons, they also downplayed the intent of using WMDs in the first place by saying that WMD use was sort of accidental and whoever did it probably didn’t mean to target civilians – the civilians just got in the way sadly. The chemical weapons use on civilians was all just a big tragic mistake. You know, these things can happen I suppose in the fog of war…..Americans write all the suffering off and simply call this “co-lateral damage”.
ALL OF THIS NARRATIVE WAS COMPLETELY FALSE. ALL TOTAL LIES.
THE US GOVERNMENT, and probably its media, KNEW IT WAS BLATANTLY FALSE WHEN THEY PRINTED IT IN 1991.
Once again, it was years later before this truth emerged, too late for most people to notice or even care about.
The worst of Iraq’s chemical weapons attacks, on the village of Halabja in north eastern Iraq killed approximately 6800 people, mostly civilians.
Iran played no part in this chemical weapons attack – or any other in the 8 year long war – and the US government knew this definitively. But they instructed their state department officials to lie about it and blame Iran in public.
Here is the New York Times once again, in 2003, shedding a different light on this sordid affair and their false stories from twelve years earlier….
So there you are in black and white.
American government officials blatantly lieing to the public about Iran in their 8 year long struggle to fend off the mighty western led military alliance assembled against it.
Who remembers the New York Times article 12 years later clarifying Iran’s innocence in possessing or using chemical weapons in the war?
Some people today, who lived through this period still probably harbour some association of Iran with WMDs or Chemical Weapons – when there is none and never has been. This negative (and false) association of Iran with WMDs is still useful today as Washington tries to associate Iran with a nuclear weapons program in the minds of the general public. Another program it does not possess.
How is it possible to ever believe anything large governments or their media say?
I don’t anymore, for there has been too many times they have deceived us. MANY times. We just never find out about them until years later, when even fewer people care.
The blatant lies told in this case are far from unique sadly. Many have been about Iran and have been featured in previous posts, but there are plenty more about Iran and these will feature in future posts. In more recent years the lies were about Russia and President Trump. Also Venezeula and Bolivia. Palestine / Israel are perennial favourite sources for lies. Now it is China in the firing line. Xingjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan. Lies will never stop. They seem to be getting more brazen and more frequent. Only we can stop them. Stop engaging with the mainstream media – no matter their position on the “left-right” spectrum. No matter how old or “respected” they may be. It makes no difference which ones you read – it is all a scam. Offered from slightly different perspectives, but a scam none-the-less.
If you found this article disturbing or interesting please share it. The buck must stop somewhere. If ordinary people condone the lies and wars started in their name, then ordinary people are complicit in the killings. Are you ?
My Life in Asia
Many years back when I thought politics and political parties had some relevence to everyday life, one of the policies that I always thought would be hugely beneficial for our small nation would have been for government to invest in their people by paying for young New Zealanders to travel overseas for maybe 6 months to experience life and cultures greatly different to their own.
Because when you don’t know that hugely different things exist in the world, or why they exist, or how they operate, then it is possible for many people to grow old without ever really knowing much about their neighbours on this little planet of ours. And if people have no experience of “others” then sometimes what “others” do – according to the source relied upon by most of us, the Media – may seem strange or perhaps even not very nice. But often, (always?) our ignorance is based upon lack of understanding. The media, I’ve discovered are not usually interested in fostering understanding.
For almost seven years I lived in Asia, closely amongst many different ethnic and religious groups. I got to experience real world private family ceremonies, rituals and events that are simply not available to tourists or casual friends. It was a fascinating experience which has only become more valuable to me as troubles continue in various parts of the world, and for various reasons.
Asia is somewhere I never thought I would actually see much of – I had done many trips to USA, UK and around Europe, but travelling to another “coloured” continent entirely highlighted just how similar the world’s other white christian cultures are to my own in New Zealand. When kiwis travel to the UK or USA, they aren’t really seeing anything very different I now realize.
My time in Asia has given me an expanded outlook on things, including on the affairs of my own nation. So you see – my previous government policy idea of sending all young people overseas for 6 months worked on me! How great it would be if all young people got this chance before they settle into life’s grooves. If they settle….
Imagine how much better it would have been to have lived amongst other races and cultures as a young person. Imagine if everybody in New Zealand had similar positive experiences to share when they returned, if they returned. Many times a nation’s people only have sad or negative experiences to share communally. By sending young people overseas for free, not only would they prosper as individuals but also as a community. It would be a wise investment.
Getting back to today’s post – my experiences in Asia included living amongst all types of Muslim populations, rubbing shoulders with “slackers”, (lol, not strong followers) the majority who were mostly mainstream moderates, right up to the far more conservative followers. And guess what?
It was easy to get along with everyone, even the conservatives. One commodity is essential though – Respect. That is often forgotten when people interact. And leave your baggage, judgements and preconceptions at home.
What westerners might call conservative “hardline” muslims were taking active part in government election campaigns, setting up stands near our residence and handing out their brochures just like all the other candidates. And with a smile.
Yes, these people would probably want to introduce aspects of hudud law if they ever came to power but that is highly unlikely – they never gather more than about 10-15% of the vote. And if there is one thing I have learnt in life, it is that there are ALWAYS two sides to any story, no matter how difficult it might be to see it.
So my experiences in asia living amongst all types of religions came to my mind recently as we saw the Taliban take power in Afghanistan.
Whilst I am not supporting or condoning the atrocities previously carried out by the Taliban, or any other organization, one must remember that predominantly white, christian based western governments have terrorized and killed enormously more innocent people than all of these organizations put together. I think this fact often gets forgotten. Deliberately so.
Terror attacks by “extremists” that kill five people get hugely more sensational media attention than do the unprovoked attacks on muslims by western nations that kill 10,000x more people. Not only do “terror attacks” get hugely and disproportionately larger coverage than state terrorism, but more importantly, terror attacks are framed in an entirely different way to state terrorism, which isn’t called that at all, if it is our governments engaged in it.
Let’s keep a level playing field. If you have watched John Pilger’s excellent documentary, “The War You Don’t See” which is listed in the “Must See Documentaries” section here, this will explain this concept further.
“If people knew the truth about war, it would all be over tomorrow. But they don’t know the truth and they can’t know.”
UK Prime Minister
The other aspect of how Islamophobia is treated by the mainstream western media is that very little or nothing of the positive aspects of Islam are ever shown. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to claim that before 9/11 most westerners new nothing about Islam or its adherents, many perhaps not even knowing that it existed. Since that fateful day in 2001, it seems to me that the western world has been shown a consistently one sided, negative view of the Muslim world. Again, deliberately so.
Living in asia, I saw “women’s rights” in action from a decidedly non-western point of view. Yes, wives from even moderate muslim families often do ask their husbands’ permission to attend a social event on their own with girlfriends, and often the man is thought of as head of the household. But I also heard muslim ladies talk about how they feel protected and secure by their “modest” dressing and lifestyle in a way that western ladies might not. And I heard ladies speak of how their husbands, tasked with the responsibilty of being head of the family, show great respect when seeking their wife’s opinions. In other words, the muslims I interacted with, from both asia and the middle east, were the complete opposite of the negative images we constantly see in our media.
And don’t think Muslim ladies are prudish, just because they dress modestly in public. In the seemingly opposite fashion to western ladies, who dress in trendy and sexy clothing in public, for the eyes of all to see, including other men, Muslim ladies only dress this way for their husband’s eyes in the privacy of their own homes. They dress for their husband’s pleasure and no-one elses. Islam places great emphasis on the family and having children, and so plenty of “child making” goes on …. it is just all done much more discretely than in the west.
Westerners tend to see life as individuals. “My” rights, “my” choice, “my” life etc. Non-westerners often talk more about family, community and think more as a group. Funnily enough, individuals and their rights are nowhere more prominent than in the United States, whereas one of most prominent examples of community thinking is China. Won’t that be interesting to see play out…..
Anyway, the recent statement by the Taliban that women’s rights to education and freedom of movement in Afghanistan will be protected “in accordance with the framework of Islam” is something that I can now better appreciate having seen the framework of Islam at work personally. There will always be very conservative elements in any society. Remember the American hardline christian anti-abortionists who have murdered doctors performing abortions in their country because their religious beliefs forbade such acts? That is pretty extreme right?
It doesn’t mean everything in Afghanistan will be just fine by next week. It might not ever be like “we” expected. But I for one think the new leaders of Afghanistan should be given time to rebuild their shattered country, without foreign medding and without one sided propaganda through our media. Credit must be given to CNN for having a female reporter on the ground there, reporting what she saw. She was mocked for saying the Taliban seemed friendly.
Al-Jazeera have a female reporter on the ground in Afghanistan too – who is from New Zealand actually. Here is an article by Charlotte Bellis from a local NZ website called Stuff. It sheds quite a different light on events in Afghanistan. Please share it.
Is Afghanistan The Latest (Really) BIG Media Lie?
99% of Afghans Support Sharia Law
Since the Taliban gained control over Afghanistan, it is being widely reported in the west that the group has started imposing strict Sharia law in the country, supposedly terrorising the long suffering population in the process.
However, there seems to be much less to this “alarming” headline than what meets the eye….
In a previous post, it was alluded to that there might be another – more important – reason why the Taliban were able to sweep across all of Afghanistan so easily and achieve control with hardly a shot being fired. I mean, a reason excluding American incompetance and the corruption of the local elite classes.
A survey conducted by the highly respected non-partisan Pew Research Centre in America in 2017, highlighted a little publicised facet about the outlook of the Afghan people themselves.
In the 2017 survey, it was found that 99% of the citizens in Afghanistan were in favour of Sharia law in their country. Remember, this survey was conducted when the country was NOT under Taliban rule.
Repeating the survey’s conclusion – even before the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan, (essentially) the entire country’s population were allied with and supportive of one of the most important policy planks of that organization : imposition of Sharia law.
This isn’t really consistent with the long standing western media narrative that the Taliban impose their will only through violence and terror and that most Afghans hate it. You can still see these types of negative headlines continuing around the world even today.
Of course the utterly shambolic end to America’s military occupation of the nation hasn’t helped the new governors restore calm. If we recall the recent tragic and brutal history of Afghanistan, it is obvious that there will be much to do to restore some semblence of peace. Just look at how South Africa, another former colony, continues to struggle to achieve this, decades after winning full democracy.
Even in my remote and quiet but “developed” country, New Zealand, there are a small number of people who have extremist ideas about separatism, imposition of dual legal systems and such things. As the media pays little attention to them, and they have little intrinsic power or profile, few people outside of NZ have any idea they exist. Even many NZ citizens would not know much about their existence and ideas. That would change overnight if the local and international media chose to focus on the “cause” of these people and they were supplied with weapons, cash and influence. New Zealand would see civil unrest, violence and chaos if these tiny groups were supplied with all the resources they needed to create it, as happened in Hong Kong. Unlike in Iran in 1953, where Washington’s anti-government plotting went on in secret behind closed embassy doors, today the United States and British governments and media openly support anti-China groups in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, without shame.
This is how many “issues” around the world are created I have discovered. The pattern is always roughly similar.
Powerful western governments, in conjunction with their global media and intelligence friends, identify (usually small) groups of discontented people within a nation that takes their interest. This small group are then supplied with money, technology, logistics support and a continuously favourable international media profile, and voila! … these people are in the wrecking business.
Within no time, a small group of previously unremarkable people without power or a following, suddenly become the latest “cause” to “save” amongst the western, ivy league, latte and sushi loving set. And if a “humanitarian” angle can be created as well, as there was in Libya, then this “demands” urgent action to “save” these poor people. Urgent actions that always involve bombing and shooting people. The nation in question is then is set on the path to regime change, or at the very least, serious social disruption is created, with an eye on regime change down the track a bit, when it can be more easily accomplished.
Think Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and now it seems, we might be adding Afghanistan to that list. One hopes the Afghan people will be left alone to sort out their country by themselves, but if history is anything to go by, that scenario seems unlikely.
Every nation contains divergence groups, with different opinions. But generally speaking, if left alone, I believe people can usually work things out for themselves eventually. When foreign nations meddle in the affairs of an already troubled society, the loss and suffering of the set upon people, only increases unnecessarily and prolongs any final lasting peace. In order to be “saved”, Vietnam suffered unspeakable atrocities for 20 years only for its invaders to eventually leave it in a far worse state than they found it in. Atrocities that continue until the present day as 1000 Vietnamese people are killed annually by American landmines that they left behind and show no enthusiasm to remove. That’s 20 years of misery and Vietnam still ended up with a communist government anyway. A communist government that everyone accepts and deals with on a normal basis. (And that is handling Covid 19 very well).
Only western weapons manufacturers and chemical companies profited from all the killing in Indo-China.
I think it is safe to say that sensational headlines about who “lost” Afghanistan, headlines about the terrible “suffering” of the “helpless” population and the brutality of sharia law look set to continue. Even if 99% of Afghanistan’s people support it.
And anyway, why is Afghanistan getting wall to wall international media coverage now, after the American installed government evaporated – and 4 people have tragically died at the airport – when for the last 20 years, after car bombings, terror attacks at local markets, shootings, allied bombings, etc….Afghanistan hardly got any media attention at all? It wasn’t called the forgotten war for nothing….but now it is constantly featured. Why?
Isn’t it remarkable that most people had no clue about the widespread support of Sharia law in Afghanistan? Well, it isn’t really – that is the role of our wonderful mainstream media after all : to keep us all in the dark and oblivious to the carnage our governments cause in the name of freedom.
The Two Law Changes That Destroyed America’s Media: Part 2
Part 2 – The 1996 Telecommuncations Act.
In Part 1 we saw how in 1989 President Reagan initiated substantial change in the American media market by repealing what was colloquially called, “The Fairness Doctrine.” This was a legal requirement that media organizations had to show both sides of an issue and not be partisan. Additionally, media outlets could not shy away from debate and had to present controversial issues for public consideration.
This change was followed 7 years later by the creation of the Telecommunications Act, 1996 signed by President Clinton. This act’s stated objective was to open up media markets to competition by removing regulatory barriers to entry. The 104th Congress of the House of Representatives refers to the purprose of the bill as “to provide for a pro-competitive, de-regulatory national policy framework designed to accelerate rapidly private sector deployment of advanced information technologies and services to all Americans by opening all telecommunications markets to competition.”
The goal of the law was to let anyone enter any communications business and to let any communications business compete in any market against any other. The bill included the internet for the first time as well as traditional media markets of television and radio.
Also removed by the bill, were limits of ownership in any single communications market that prevented anyone owning too much of the media in any location or market. These previous limits prevented any one party from creating a monopoly and dominating a market.
The intentions of the bill ended up as great failures. Or maybe, great successes, depending on how you see it. Depending upon which side of the boardroom door you’re sitting.
According to the intentions of the Act as laid out by the Congress which passed it, the bill must be considered a failure. Competition has greatly decreased since the bill was adopted, not increased as intended. By removing caps to media ownership and allowing “anyone” to enter any market location or type, the obvious outcome has indeed arisen. That is, the largest existing media outlets, now substantially free of limits to their activities, simply entered new marketplaces, bought up smaller outlets, thereby only increasing their market dominance and reducing competition. The opposite of intentions.
This has had the effect of reducing the major media players in the American telecommunications market from about 75-80 in the 1980s to just 6 today. These are currently, in 2021,
Enacting just one of the two great changes to the American media market would have been detrimental to the quality of information shared with the public.
By enacting the Telecommunications Act AND by removing the fairness doctrine, the result has been….well, the result has been what we see today in America’s news media industry.
A splitting of American society into roughly three thirds – one third only watch Fox & their friends, one third only watch MSNBC & friends and one third are somewhere inbetween.
Context and fairness are long gone from most combatants. Statements, actions and beliefs are all highly misrepresented by all sides much of the time. Ratings wars are won by personal attacks on the opposition, hyper-partisanship and even straight out lies are nothing unusual. Well, I don’t need to tell you about it I’m sure….
Who misses out as a result of these changes? Almost everybody…
- news “consumers”, who nowadays come from around the globe, and who are now being indoctrinated by one cause or another, without them realizing it,
- foreign nations, many of which are frequently slandered with impunity by these media giants, in ongoing efforts to appear “tough” or “humanitarian” or whatever their PR created “brand” dictates they appear to be,
- America’s ordinary citizens, especially the poorest, who instead of having their government use taxpayers’ money to set up universal healthcare and free education, as is done in all other “developed” nations, the government of the citizen’s of the USA pays military and weapons corporations trillions of dollars to supply the equipment needed to attack and kill millions of people around the world.
And that last point – about America’s ordinary citizens missing out the most – is perhaps the most significant one of all. For there is at least ONE subject where all of America’s giant media combatants forget their rivalries and work, mostly, in unison – promoting War.
As noted previously, the global mainstream media are not just doing a poor job at communicating information to the public. That would be bad enough, but it would be still just tolerable. After all, everyone has good days and bad days, even many bad days sometimes.
However the global mainstream media are having more than just many bad days – they are all bad days and deliberately so. They are actively supporting wars, actively suppressing information that is critical of the conduct of failed wars, and in doing so, are actively promoting propaganda which aids and abetts in war crimes and crimes against humanity by western governments. These are words which have no real meaning anymore – and therefore provoke no real reaction from the public when these acts are committed.
We must ask, on the other side of the coin, the reverse question, “who wins from all these media changes and outcomes?”
Almost nobody. But there are some. Who all have vast holiday homes in the same exclusive areas. Whose children all go to the “right” schools. These are the very tiny number of elites who sit on the boards of each others’ corporations. Boardrooms which make the decisions beneficial to the companies and boardrooms of their friends in the other sectors of what we now commonly call, the Military-Industrial complex.
We should update the name these days to the Military-Industrial- Financial-Media- Congressional complex. Its members are constantly dizzy from the “revolving door” nature of corporate life today. Former members of Congress or the intelligence agencies (which are sectors of government) move through revolving doors to sit on the boards of weapons manufacturers and/or media giants. Former senior Congressional figures, who, in a previous life, used to create laws to protect people, are now employed by corporate giants, who use these politicians’ long experience to get around the same laws that they helped to create.
The needs of the few always take priority over the needs of the many today. Maybe it has aways been that way. It is very incestuous. And the results of this ongoing incest are clearly evident in contemporary American society. It can not go on forever.
Why Is China Treated Differently in the Western Media?
Human rights abuses have been an ongoing issue for the government of this asian giant. The abuses range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression. The Army, the Police Force and Border Security Personnel have all been accused of committing severe human rights abuses against local civilians.
Human rights groups say more than 100,000 people have died since 1989 and even the official government figures give the number of civilians killed as above 50,000.
Rape was regularly used as a means to punish and humiliate communities.
A US State department report from 2010 concurred with many of the above findings.
However the government has insisted that the mass graves found in the region all belong to foreign militants.
In 2011, a Human Rights group confirmed that there are thousands of bullet-ridden bodies buried in unmarked graves across the region. 574 bodies were identified as missing locals in a just a small part of the region. This figure indicates that claims of thousands of killed, or “disappeared” locals are accurate.
In 2012, human rights lawyer Parvez Imroz commenced the first statewide study of torture in the region, his study sample comprising 50 villages, a reasonable number in order to make sensible conclusions. More than 2,000 extreme cases of torture were identified and documented. He discovered 50 “centers” run by state army and paramilitaries where torture is practised.
The latest crackdown by the government of this asian giant began in August 2019, when it took the highly controversial step of revoking the region’s long held autonomy and its self government. By the federal government annexing the region, it has essentially reverted it to the same status as the rest of the nation, with no special powers or authority of its own, ruled by the Capital.
This annexation was always going to be highly controversial. To ensure compliance with it, as many as 600,000 government troops have been sent to the region to enforce order and quash dissent. Approximately 4 million people have been confined within their homes by the military, essentially under house arrest. A total internet, media and communication blackout put in place at the start of the annexation was only lifted in February 2021, after 18 months.
Life remains hard in the region in 2021, with hundreds of military checkpoints still in place, internet coverage patchy and slow, many phone systems still cut by the State government. The predictable winter power cuts – intentional or not – make life even more miserable. The combined economic effect on the population from all these measures has been dire while the coronavirus has only added to their misery.
Upon reading these reports one might think we are talking about the persecution of the Uighurs in the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang or about events in Hong Kong. And that these crimes have been committed at the hands of Beijing. But we are not and they have not.
These long standing human rights abuses all come from the previously autonomous Kasmir region in India. And the violent events all relate to the Indian government in Delhi. Successive Indian governments in fact.
But you would never know much about the troubles of this region in India as it gets only spasmodic coverage in the mainstream media and even then, only after the most undeniable atrocities by Delhi. The fuss is soon gone. Why is that?
There is hardly any space in the illustrious western media headlines anyway as every second line is taken up with negative coverage of anything to do with China – factual or otherwise.
The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was accorded special status by Article 370 of the Constitution of India after the former British colony was divided into Pakistan and India in 1947. In contrast to other states of India, Jammu and Kashmir had its own constitution, own flag and administrative autonomy and it was the only Indian state with a Muslim majority. Indian citizens from other states were not allowed to purchase land or property in Jammu and Kashmir.
India initially indicated in 1947 that it would allow Kashmir a referendum on whether Kashmiri citizens wanted to stay part of India, join Muslim Pakistan (as the majority of Kashmiris are not Hindu Indians but Muslims) or become independent. The referendum was never held and there has been troubles in the region ever since. India and Pakistan have fought three wars and there have been insurgencies within Kashmir as the locals try to change their status. Complicating things further, half of Kashmir is held by India and half by Pakistan, but both nations claim the entire region for themselves. Now India has changed the status quo by removing the Kasmir region’s autonomy and annexing it into India itself.
So how have western governments reacted to discoveries of ACTUAL mass graves in the former British colony of India, where thousands of ACTUAL dead people have been documented as missing and confirmed and identified as dead?
The British parliament has expressed many views since the troubles began, all rather vague sounding, non-blaming, even-handed irrelavancies, such as it expressing in 2012 its “sadness and “regret” over the discovery of more than 6,000 unmarked graves in Kashmir, India.
Sadness? Really ? That is all the British government can express? It is sad? Is this the same nation’s government that expresses total moral outrage at the so-called “genocide” against the Uighurs in Xinjiang by the Chinese government? A genocide that is not supported by any significant body of credible evidence nor by finds of mass graves nor dead bodies or anything much at all?
Is there persecution in China? Undoubtedly Yes. But Genocide? No.
Could it be that just like the mass graves of children in Canada – interestingly, another former British colony – the finding of real and genuine and documented dead bodies of men, women and children in India is just too much to bear for the former moral leader of the world?
The lack of outrage expressed by western governments at the atrocities in India and Canada are only made more sickening by their complete lack of objectivity and perspective in their comments about Xinjiang in China.
And once again, don’t look to any international mainstream media for guidance – they are completely in on the con.
What is the real agenda here ? It is pretty obvious and has been discussed in previous posts on Xinjiang. Check them out.
Thanks for reading.
The Deadly Spanish Flu Wasn’t Spanish At All.
Another story from the mainstream media hall of shame…
What is known to be one of most devastating pandemics in history – The Great Spanish Flu of the early 20th Century – had nothing to do with Spain at all. It is just another example – like the Iran Contra scandal that had nothing to do with Iran – of how events in history are sent along in time, often with false or misleading labels attached, which masks the reality of the time and also that of the historical record for those looking back to the past only casually.
When the great pandemic ended two years after it was first detected, an estimated 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time – had been infected. Spanish flu death toll estimates typically hover about the 50 million mark, though taking all estimates into account, the death toll ranges from 20 million to 100 million people. This pandemic created more fatalities therefore, than in the previous four years of World War I, making it one of the deadliest outbreaks in history.
It must be remembered that there were no vaccines at that time so the death toll was far greater than what we would expect if a similar outbreak occurred today.
The epidemic broke out near the end of World War I, when wartime media censors in the west had been suppressing any bad news in order to maintain civilian morale. However, newspapers were free to report the pandemic’s effects in neutral countries such as Spain. Because neutral countries like Spain were the only sources of information about the pandemic, their stories created a false impression of Spain being hard hit by the virus, which led the media, either deliberately or not, to keep using the name “Spanish” flu. Over time, some people today even think that Spain might have been the source of the virus, judging simply by its name.
It must also be remembered that it was about the time of the first World War that the modern propaganda industry was created in the West, so it is quite possible that the use of the Spanish label was deliberate.
But as noted above, the Spanish flu had nothing to do with Spain in actuality, and Spain was not greatly affected by it until the second wave hit many months later. Spain was definitely not the source of the virus.
The earliest recorded deaths associated with the great “Spanish Flu” global pandemic were actually recorded in the state of Kansas, in the United States in March 1918 at an American Military Camp, Camp Funston.
The pandemic is conventionally marked as having begun in March 1918 in Kansas, USA, although as early as January 1918 an American doctor had warned the US Public Health Service of its existance. The virus had also been recorded about the same time in New York and the first exact case location is still unclear, and although there are other theories as to the origins of the virus, it is generally thought and is taken to have originated in the United States.
At any rate, within days of the first officially recorded case in March, 1918 at Camp Funston in America, 522 men at the camp had reported sick and it very quickly got worse.
When the United States entered World War 1 in its later stages, it is thought that its 2 million troops, many infected with the virus, carried the disease across to Europe infecting millions more. Once the virus had taken hold in the theatres of war in Europe, where death, poor hygiene and close contact habitation were the norm, there was no stopping its spread.
Wounded troops sent away to recuperate or sent home permanently carried the virus back to new countries where it had the opportunity to spread throughout fresh populations.
Even my grandfather’s first wife died from the Spanish flu here in New Zealand when, as a nurse tending to sick and wounded returned soldiers, she contracted the virus and succumbed to it.
Who says globalization is new? Nature has been a global force for billions of years actually. We are only just realizing how globally connected we all are.
It is no more appropriate to call the great global pandemic of 1918-20 the Spanish flu or American flu any more than it is to call our latest flu pandemic the China flu. By deliberately attaching a specific ethnic or cultural label to a naturally occurring virus – although the jury is still out on the origins of the Covid 19 virus – especially when it is repeatedly done by high ranking government officials such as those in the Trump administration, ethnic tensions are needlessly inflamed.
Due to modern efforts at biological warfare, of which the western world is the undoubted leader, we may never know the real origins of the Covid 19 virus. It could have been created in a laboratory in Wuhan but who was involved and why will be more difficult to determine. No one is going to want to publicly own up to working with these types of deadly organisms, let alone letting it escape.
But hopefully the world will learn a great lesson from Covid 19. That is, we all live on the same little ball and what affects one, affects everybody. Unless all the nations of the world are supplied with vaccines to help control it, we will simply be letting a deadly virus continue to circulate and mutate making it worse for all of us to cope with.
WIll we learn that?
Words Have No Meaning Anymore
If you’re old enough, you will remember that the one book everyone had in the house was a dictionary. If you didn’t know the meaning or context of a word, you looked it up in the dictionary. Flash homes even had a book called a “Thesaurus”, which was like a dictionary but it was printed upside down or something… damn, I should have looked that word up in a dictionary to find out maybe…
But dictionaries, like encyclopedias, were the standard references that everyone used and, more or less, every dictionary or encyclopedia had much the same definitions and information. And businesses who wrote and sold dictionaries and encyclopedias staked their reputation on the contents of their product. Can you imagine how quickly the Acme Encyclopedia Company’s shares would dissolve if it was discovered that under their entry for the word “Euthanasia”, they wrote “Young chinese people”.
They might get away with that now, for just a few years back we were been told of the previously unknown existance of things called “alternative facts.”
Nowadays, alot fewer people have dictionaries or encyclopedias in book form. We can just “google it” now, and usually we get presented with something from “Wikipedia” which is much easier to spell than Encyclopedia.
Wikipedia is an okay place to start when looking for information but it’s too unreliable to stop reading there. I read a great description of wikipedia recently, with a columnist calling it, “the public bathroom wall” of the internet. That was a spot on observation I thought. And witty.
Because although you can get factual and useful information scribbled on a public bathroom wall, it might even be exactly what you’re looking for that day, but you wouldn’t want to base your life around it.
Information is now democratized, one of the few things in life that actually is. Facts are not autonomous entities anymore, considered solely on their own merit, but are simply what the majority of people can be convinced that they are. In many cases, just what a single person writes on wikipedia. A writer no one has heard of, knows anything about or even cares about – the information is free and fast – and that’s all that is important !
Wikipedia always comes first in your Google search, which is probably no coincidence. That is where most people stop. They never read from the next cubicle wall or from the bulletin board outside in the sunshine.
Even “fact checking” – quite the darling of the “respectable” media these days is often misleading, as I have seen “fact checked” claims that are false or misleading to start with.
For example, there are many aspects of the death of Diana Spenser, former Princess of Wales, that merit serious attention. But they don’t get any attention. Why not?
It simply makes no sense at all that perhaps the most famous and most admired and topical lady in the world, the mother of the future British King, a much loved “celebrity” and royal figure, dies in unusual circumstances overseas and the British government DOES NOT initiate their legal responsibilty to conduct a full and immediate enquiry into her death. Huh? How can that be?
Even if it was an unknown Harrods shop assisstant who died in unusual circumstances in a Paris tunnel, UK law says the government must conduct an enquiry into the death. And here was the most “followed” person in the western world who was killed, and the British government broke the law by not conducting an immediate enquiry.
It is simply not possible under any circumstances remotely considered “normal” that the aftermath to Diana’s death would have happened the way it did. “Normal” would have been the exact opposite of what happened. Normal would have been that no stone was left unturned, no tiny detail overlooked in finding out what exactly happened to “England’s Rose.” That is what would have been normal. But the opposite of normal happened. Why?
Note – I am not advocating either way on the death of Diana. All that I am noting by using this example is a phenomena that I have also seen used on other highly contentious issues. That is, substituting a misleading and fairly preposterous claim in order to successfully “debunk” or deflect attention away from another related, but much more serious issue.
In the Diana case, one of the common claims doing the rounds was that Prince Phillip had instructed MI6 to kill Diana. A few nutters might have promoted this story but it’s not the claim that was being promoted by more serious observers or a claim I thought had any merit. Therefore, of course, it is fairly easy to debunk this silly claim. And it was. And for many people that would be the end of the story. But eliminating Prince Philip’s involvement is not the same thing as eliminating MI6 involvement, or any other.
No serious person was claiming that Prince Philip had anything to do with Diana’s death. But MI6 ? That is a different story. And a story, if it exists at all, that seems to have been dealth with for now.
Debunking can only be taken seriously if the claim being debunked is an accurate portrayal and hypothesis of real events in the first place. In many cases they aren’t. Therefore the debunked status of a bogus claim is not of any value either. Where to turn to?
Well not to our wonderful mainstream media outlets, which often make Wikipedia look positively “Shakespearian” in comparison.
Simple innocuous information is no longer “presented” by the media – it is “revealed.” Trivial occurrances, usually involving a reality TV show or a celebrity, are labelled “shocking”.
What does all this shocking revelation do to our world?
Well, when things are in chaos, when ordinary people are constantly bombarded with sensational but flakey headlines about nothing at all, they get desensitized to real events that should be genuinely shocking and sensational, like bogus wars and the resulting mass murder of innocent people. Or like government abetted genocide of children in civilized, white western nations like Canada.
Julian Assange “reveals” information like this and he is paying a very heavy price for it, maybe he will pay for it with his life.
The evening news or the front page of our daily newspapers rarely reveal anything of consequence. In fact, they hide the truely imortant. They portray some nobody as having suffered a shocking event in their life – an event that could happen to all of us – and it is presented by highly trained newsreaders who “emote” the news, not simply present it. As if it needed presenting in the first place. Our TV newsreaders in New Zealand have been trained in this high art of “emoting” – a form of propaganda really – several decades ago by American media specialists.
What all this means is that many people react to the news of another unprovoked American atrocity in the same way they react to the latest pics of Adele’s “shocking” weight loss. Or weight gain. It doesn’t matter which. As long as it is trivial.
Genuinely and truely shocking man made global events become invisible. Tolerable. Even quasi supported. Passive acceptance of an atrocity is a form of support for it.
“They must have had it coming to them….”
“That is always happening over there…”
“Well, we can’t do anything about it….”
If it was Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin who originally said the following, then he was a highly perceptive person, as well as a maniac,
“One death is a tragedy, a million deaths are simply a statistic.”Joseph Stalin
Deception and crime thrives in chaos.
Deception and crime are universal concepts working together. How do pick pockets often operate? Or shop lifters? By deception, then crime. One person distracts you with some pleasant banter whilst their associate steals your property. In the case of the USA, the deception is not carried out on the victims of the attack as in petty crime – the American victims die. The deception of the American government is aimed at the people who would take to the streets if they ever woke up from their mass delusion, as they did during America’s invasion of Vietnam. These are the good people who actually fund the atrocity.
I’m not sure ordinary people really comprehend that these ongoing global atrocities are being carried out in their name, by their representatives that they freely vote for, and who use their hard earned tax money to pay giant weapons manufacturers.
Some brilliant comedians and philosophers like American George Carlin, who died in 2008, tried his whole life to wake people up to what was being done in their name. They all had a good laugh at his shows, but I don’t think many of the laughing crowd realized that, yes, YOU – he WAS talking to YOU.
George Carlin : “Bombing people is our hobby now”
If anything here makes any sense to you please share it with a friend or family member and ask their opinion. Knowledge really is power.
Thanks for listening.
The Two Law Changes That Destroyed America’s Media – Part 1
Part 1 – Repeal of The Fairness Doctrine
The “fairness doctrine” of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, was a policy that required the holders of television and radio broadcast licenses to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable, and balanced.
The fairness doctrine had two basic elements then,
- It prevented controversial or embarrassing issues from being swept under the carpet. It required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of genuine public interest, to ensure the public were kept informed.
- The act also required radio and TV station to handle all issues in a fair and responsible manner by showing contrasting views – both sides of the argument – regarding those matters.
Television and Radio were given a wide latitude as to how to comply with the requirements. It could be done through straightout news articles, public and current affairs shows, or by writing editorials and opinion pieces.
The personal attack rule was integral to the fairness doctrine. It mandated that time for a response by any party criticized during a broadcast must be made available, particulary for issues of great public importance.
In June 1987, Congress attempted to preempt and nullify the impending FCC decision to remove the Fairness Doctrine by attempting to formalize it into law, but the legislation was vetoed by Republican President Ronald Reagan.
(Another attempt to bring the doctrine into law in 1991 was also stopped when Republican President George H.W. Bush threatened another veto.)
On August 5, 1987 therefore, during the Presidency of Republican Ronald Reagan the FCC abolished the fairness doctrine by a unanimous 4–0 vote, the committee compromising two Democrats and two Republicans – a perfect example of how, when something needs to be done to the advantage of elites, political partys work together just fine.
The FCC suggested that because of the many media voices in the marketplace, the doctrine be deemed unconstitutional, stating that,
“The intrusion by government into the content of programming occasioned by the enforcement of [the Fairness Doctrine] restricts the journalistic freedom of broadcasters … [and] actually inhibits the presentation of controversial issues of public importance to the detriment of the public and the degradation of the editorial prerogative of broadcast journalists.”
Really ? I guess once you mention that something is impinging upon freedom in America, then that thing has to go.
After the fairness doctrine was repealed in 1987, the personal attack rule persisted until 2000, when it was first suspended and later abolished that same year by the FCC.
Former President Bill Clinton is one of the many US politicians who have shown support for its reinstatement. During a 2009 appearance on a radio show, Clinton said,
“Well, you either ought to have the Fairness Doctrine or we ought to have more balance on the other side, because essentially there’s always been a lot of big money to support the right wing talk shows“.Former President Clinton, 2009
Of course, it is equally likely that his Republican opponents would argue it is the liberal left wing press that are generously funded, and both are probably correct. But essentially, it seems there is significant support to return to the days of a fair and honest media – at least in theory – in America. I don’t believe it will ever happen.
For what the American media has morphed into since the Reagan era make-over of the nation, is very ugly indeed. All that is required now are slogans proclaiming that your channel is fair and balanced. No effort is required to actually achieve these things.
Corrosive media figures such as former Radio host Rush Limbaugh were able to pioneer the trash talk media industry and it flourished after 1987. Any pretence of balance was out the window. Fox News followed suit. It was created to support conservative, Right Wing views through its media stars such as Sean Hannity and that’s that. The only place “fair” appeared was on its now defunct marketing slogan, which surely must have been created tongue in cheek.
And The Left are no better. (I hate using “labels” sorry)
The hysterical and incessant and nonsensical Russiagate attacks by MSNBC media stars such as Rachel Maddow were quite simply beyond belief.
And now all sides are beating upon China in a similar vein.
But audiences love these grotesque approaches to communication and at least Fox and MSNBC include some sort of dark humor or sarcasm in their shows as they go about the trashing of their supposed arch enemy media foes. (I say “supposed” because they are all probably great friends behind the scenes – trash talk is just their highly lucrative day job).
“Neutral” CNN is populated by cardboard cutouts, sprinkled with glitter. Their main presentors are so stiff and arrogant and serious – they look like they have large toilet brushes inserted up their rear orifice. They hardly merit mentioning at all. Occasionally we get to hear from Darth Vader, the only enjoyable thing CNN has to offer.
But in fact, it is essential to view all of these outlets from time to time, for the same reason that I view media outlets both public and private, both western and non western, both media giants and small citizen journalist outfits. To get balance.
It is difficult to be agenda free. We all have one somewhere. I have one writing this blog. You will read things in one of these media categories that another media outlet will never tell you, as all media outlets have an agenda as well.
That is why I check out claims or things that sound dubious from several different types of media organizations, and not just from another outlet of the same type, whether they be “left” or “right”.
In rare cases, War being one, the mainstream media almost across the entire political spectrum step in unison.
And that is just not fair at all.
Part 2 of this post will deal with the other fatal blow to the American media – President Clinton’s 1996 Telecommunications Act.
Is Mr Blinken the Dumbest Yet? Or Maybe Just the Most Arrogant?
“American Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken demands China release Canadian Businessman Convicted of Spying”
Danny just heard the news about Mr Blinken’s demands….but this is all far from funny.
So, let us just get this straight. Sorry, this is going to be a long sentence….but here goes,
The Government of the United States, in Washington, is “demanding” that another nation’s government, China, release a convicted spy, who isn’t American but a citizen of a third nation, Canada, all whilst, Canada, had previously apprehended – on possibly dubious legal grounds – a highly prominent Chinese business lady who had broken no Canadian laws, but was apprehended simply because the United States asked Canada to do so, on the grounds that the Chinese business lady is alleged by the United States government to have undertaken normal business dealings – again, not involving America – and breaking no laws of Canada or China, with yet a fourth nation, Iran – who America doesn’t like – dealings through a Hong Kong bank, and where she wasn’t breaking any laws of Iran or Hong Kong either, and all whilst the American government is refusing to drop its charges against the citizen of a fifth (or is it sixth?) nation, Australia, who is also not American, and who is being held in solitary confinement conditions commonly described as torture, by a sixth (or seventh) nation, Britain, for reasons most people would classify as bogus due to the captive being a genuine whistleblower and therefore protected by legal rights?
Phew – that took some effort.
It is beyond the ability of language to describe these events. Which is actually the subject of another post coming shortly.
In the meantime, all we can do is to share these arrogant atrocities carried out in the name of democracy and freedom, with as many people as we can to highlight the events transpiring out of a dieing empire’s struggle to see itself, and its own horrors, in the mirror.
We can only hope and pray that this dieing empire – America – doesn’t take us all with it.
Mainstream Media Bias… Behind the Curtains
“3 Reasons Why the Arrest of a Journalist by Belarus is Troubling”
So says the NPR headline above from the 25th May, 2021. Other western mainstream media giants like the New York Times, Associated Press (AP) and the Wall St Journal (WSJ) followed suit, zeroing in on the case of a Belarus journalist arrested supposedly for annoying the Belarus government with his opinions.
Can you please point to Belarus on a map for me? It is somewhere between Russia and London right? I do know it is called “an authoritarian state” by western governments and I now know it has a population of 9.5 million – about the same as greater London.
I know where Scotland is. I’ve been there a few times. Greasy Scotch pies they have. It’s just up the road from London. Some of my ancestors come from there.
Scotland is where Craig Murray, a private blogger, former British diplomat and outspoken supporter of Julian Assange is from. Recently Murray was jailed for contempt of Court – the first media journalist in Scotland to be imprisoned for this offence for 70 years.
Several international media watchdogs and journalist associations have called Murray’s 8 month jail sentence “disproportionate” for the offence. Although Murray was aware that his actions might lead to a conviction for Contempt of Court, the 8 month jail sentence of a private blogger has been met shock on both sides of the Atlantic. It fits into a disturbing and increasing pattern of western democracies jailing and/or torturing journalists. But you would never know all these things if you didn’t find them out for yourself.
In the FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) article they question why the arrest of a journalist from tiny Belarus has been featured by several major western media outlets, whereas those same outlets have not reported on UK blogger Craig Murray’s jail sentence case at all.
You can read more details in the FAIR article above.
Let’s face it, the Belarus government is not going to win any “freedom” awards from the western establishment and their media. Those accolades only get handed out to themselves, or are withheld due to lack of a suitable recipient. So the arrest of a journalist from Belarus isn’t really big news or surprising considering the Belarus government’s track record.
But how bad is the Belarus government actually? How can we really know what it’s like if the western media only focus on these negative aspects, whilst, ignoring similar troubling stories from on our own shores? That is certainly not what I thought the media was for. Where is that vital ingredient of fair reporting – context?
The UK is supposedly a free and robust democracy. For its government to clamp down on small time private bloggers and for the US government to continue the torture of whistleblower Julian Assange (especially considering outlets like the New York Times published the same information as Wikileaks did) are far more troubling to me than the government of Belarus’s action. Where will persecution of small time bloggers end?
As alluded to in other posts on this blog, the role of the western mainstream media today is highly troubling. They are not just doing their job badly, but are actually deliberately aiding and abetting corrupt western governments and corporations to loot money from the residents of Main St and use it to send the children of Main St off to fight in pointless endless wars. The American media giants rarely come together to support any cause but War is one of the things that does unite them.
(Search for posts of CNN Director Charlie Chester on this site – he admits whilst being secretly filmed that his employer, CNN, only deals in Propaganda.)
Maybe “us” people aren’t quite as fabulous as we think we are and maybe all those “them” people aren’t quite as bad as we are aways told they are either. Or these things might be true after all – who knows? We will never know for sure, as we have a corrupt mainstream media that is increasingly and regularly showing its true colours.
Which is why we have to abandon the mainstream media and go look for information and truths ourselves. The mainstream media will not only not help our search for truth in the world – they will actively mislead you away from it and confuse you.
And yet, the problem is even worse than that. After decades of high flying and compliant management rolling in and around the corporate media world, these organizations are now headed by people who are blind to their true roles. These senior media executives have been rewarded and promoted based upon their willingness to suspend belief and conform, so many times now, that the heads of giant western media outlets now believe their own headlines. They are genuinely dumbfounded by those who question their motives and journalistic standards.
If you want to see truly startling admissions on open camera by senior news people at the BBC, ITV and others, please make time to watch John Pilger’s excellent documentary movie, “The War You Don’t See.” It will highlight how serious the problems of western news and media really are.
It’s about highlighting propaganda in the media and is not as gory as the shot below – from WW1 – suggests.https://player.vimeo.com/video/67739294?dnt=1&app_id=122963&h=e72f648aa1
It really is a must see.
Somehow, John Pilger has remained out of jail over the long period of his illustrious media career. How does he do it?
UK Labour Party Changed its Leader in 2020 (anything else?)
Former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was a long time open supporter of the Palestinian people and their right to a state. At his final party conference as leader in 2019, the hall filled with Palestinian flags and speakers, indicating that there were many Labour party members with similar views.
Labour Party membership blossomed under Mr Corbyn but has since fallen after he was replaced as leader. He was replaced as Leader after the 2019 election which his party lost.
PLUS ALOT OF…
It is hard to believe that the picture above, featuring on the BBC’s flagship show, Newsnight, was anything other than a subtle display of media bias, attempting to associate Mr Corbyn with Russia or the Soviet Union or Communists. However, some people quickly pointed out that the same backdrop had been recently used for a Conservative Party politician, Gavin Wiliamson. Here is that image,
There are plenty of pictures of Mr Corbyn NOT wearing a cap so why choose one when he is? Even the BBC itself called the cap a “Lennin (communist) style cap”. And then they darken the image to essentially change the nature of his headgear and they feature Mr Corbyn’s face prominently, in a “portrait” style image, reminiscent of the old Soviet Kremlin leaders.
This compares to the much more informal pose of Gavin Williamson, who appears brightly coloured in a suit and tie and in clear contrast to the surrounding red/dark backdrop. Mr Williamson appears clearly separate to his backdrop. Mr Corbyn looks formal and more integral to it.
The media have a duty not just to be unbiased, but not even give an appearance of bias. By the BBC using a clearly darkened picture, and then exaserbating the issue by projecting it onto a curved screen, (which the BBC says accidentally made his hat seem taller and more “Russian” looking) they have demonstrated poor media standards to say the least.
“The BBC has formally rejected complaints that its Newsnight programme Photoshopped an image of Jeremy Corbyn to make him look “more Russian”, insisting that the programme’s use of the picture was “impartial and fair”.
The corporation’s complaints unit said the decision to show a photo of the Labour leader wearing a “Lenin-style cap” in front of the Moscow skyline was not designed to convey an impression of pro-Russian sympathy on Corbyn’s part but was in keeping with an editorial decision made on the basis of “sound news judgment”.
Video of the alleged Photoshopping incident attracted millions of views following the Newsnight episode broadcast on 15 March, in which the programme discussed Corbyn’s reaction to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury and alleged involvement of the Russian state.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer has a Jewish wife and children which, I’m sure, has nothing to do with his political policies. He has made a wide range statements about the Palestinians, showing his support for a Palestinian state just before a recent 2021 by-election in which many voters were Muslim. Some of his previous statements however, when there was no by-election occuring, were less demonstrative of support.
Emily Maitlis, host of the 2018 Corbyn Newsnight program above, was the subject of an investigation by the BBC Executive Complaints Unit in 2019 when complaints against her were upheld by the BBC who agreed that she been “persistent and personal” in her criticism of a guest, thus “leaving her open to the charge that she had failed to be even-handed.”
In 2020, the BBC again said that Maitlis’s introduction to Newsnight the night before, which discussed allegations against the UK Prime Minister’s chief adviser, “did not meet our standards of due impartiality” and she asked to be stood down for the night.
And again in February 2021, Maitlis’s impartiality was further criticised after she shared a tweet by Piers Morgan condemning the government. (was Maitlis simply pretending to criticse?)
Andrew Bridgen MP, said the BBC journalist appeared to be ignoring impartiality guidelines with her retweet of government criticism.
You don’t fancy being a British politician then. Foreign powers are very active in UK politics it seems especially so in less formal situations.
Amongst the more senior UK politicians suggested by Israel’s UK embassy representative, Mr Sai Masot, which he expressed a desire to “take down” were Sir Alan Duncan, UK Foreign Office minister and Crispin Blunt, chair of the Commons Foreign Affairs select committee. Both political leaders are vocal supporters of the rights of the Palestinian people.
Masot later resigned.
However UK politics proceeds in the coming years, it is doubtful that Palestinian flags will be seen filling the hall at the next live UK Labour Party conference. But who knows.
The Universe Explained…Properly.
Freeing myself from the hold of the mainstream media was personal journey of about a decade. It even involved the discovery of new scientific laws as well as the application of some traditional old ones!
Two of Sir Issac Newton’s laws of motion are very useful when determining why so many people are blind to the mainstream media and their deceit, namely,
- An object at rest (like someone’s mind) remains at rest, and a mind in motion remains in motion at constant speed and in a straight line, unless acted on by an unbalanced force.
I’m am unbalanced force it seems according to Sir Issac. Oh well. It could be worse. At least I’m not just going in a straight line.
2. Whenever one object (mind) exerts a force (like an idea) on another object, the second object (mind) exerts an equal and opposite force on the first.
So there you have it from one of the west’s greatest ever scientists.
It is pointless trying to change people’s minds about anything really as either they are a bit thick and so their mind is stationery and it will remain in this position unless some unbalanced person comes along. In the absence of any unbalanced force coming along, most people’s mind will simply remain where it has been since they first entered the education system.
There is one group of people – whose minds are actually working and only in one direction and always at the same speed – we call them Politicians and Billionaires.
Politicians and Billionaires are permanently maintained in their upward flightpath by the people whose minds are stationary. These people are called Voters.
Of the two groups Voters constitute a much bigger group than Politicians and Billionaires.
Politicians and Billionaires go to great lengths to ensure that Voters minds remain at rest. Because Politicians and Billionaires realize that their constant velocity in the upwards direction, whilst Voters remain stationery, is actually, the most important law in the entire universe.
This is the hitherto unknown law of the universe utilizes the exotic and secret “null force” to keep Politicians and Billionaires on their path. A force so powerful, yet so invisible that it hasn’t been fully proven as yet. Until just now.
The null force and how it is used in nature is such a stroke of genius that only the chosen few ever awake to it. For these people, it feels like breaking out of a tiny egg shell to see the daylight for the first time.
I mean, my god, who would ever think of it? The idea that it takes the combined inactivity of the minds of billions of Voters to actually supply the force needed to propel the few Politicians and Billionaires on their ever upward journey! It seems so illogical right? It’s actually… utterly brilliant!
Now you know how they do it too.
Politicians and Billionaires need to make sure that no unbalanced forces come anywhere near Voters minds – because then, unbalanced people, I mean forces, like me might upset the status quo and move people’s minds. Ever so slightly. Which isn’t allowed by the universe, as even that tiny movement might affect the null force and weaken the direction of the Politicians’ and Billionaires’ ever upward trajectory.
We can’t have that. Nature and stability and the universe must be preserved.
Politicians and Billionaires realize that they can’t be everywhere all the time so they make use of another compatible force which is on a similar but parallel trajectory. This friendly and compatible “strong force” is what we call The Media.
The Media exerts enormous pressure on Voters globally to ensure their minds remain at rest. Just doing what they have always done. Avoiding unbalanced forces. Which. Might. Make. Them. Actually…….. Move.
I mean, “Move” in some genuinely meaningful way. Every three or four years Voters are allowed very limited and temporary movement by the Strong Force, just to maintain their belief in the illusion of things called Progress and Change. This temporary and occasional movement is sufficient for most Voters, it has been observed, to choose to remain stationary for several more years. In fact, experiments show that increasing numbers of Voters are choosing to remain stationary permanently, wilfully forgoing even a tiny movement every four years.
Progress and Change are part of a group of forces that modern science now calls the “feeble forces”. Other members of the feeble force group have been discovered, including Democracy and Freedom, but none of the feeble forces gets much public attention.
Stationery objects like Voters have very limited sensory perception – they are sort of like a giant estuary of baby mud fish – and so to them, feeble forces like Progress, Change and Democracy appear highly significant. And they are happy with those things. But that is only because they are stationary objects sitting in mud and always will be. If they ever moved significantly under their own steam they would realize how feeble are the forces that are around them.
So, Politicians and Billionaires can continue in their direction of “upwards” knowing that these “feeble forces” have no effect on them, protected as they are by the “strong force” of the Media.
Science acknowledges that it is still remotely possible for million-to-one chances of random events to occur. Like a stationary object actually showing a random movement under its own steam every few million minutes or so. Even by accident, which it probably will be.
That is where Newton’s other Law of Motion comes into effect.
Remember it? Whenever one mind (object) has an idea (force), a second object (mind) exerts an equal and opposite force on the first. The constant application of equal and opposite “strong forces” by The Media, on stationery people’s minds – the Voters – ensures that Voters’ minds will remain at rest. Which is where they should be, just to keep the universe happy and feeble. And stationary.
So there you are. The Universe Explained….. Properly.
Dr Fauci’s Wuhan Virus Lab Funding
In June 2021 the Chinese government publicly commented that Washington had better tread “very carefully” when discussing the origins of the Covid 19 virus. It was the sort of statement that immediately got my attention for it seemed to be presented in the type of code language governments use when they want to send out an unmistakeable message, without drawing too much attention to it. And indeed, like most major global news stories, there is an invisible back story of some sort behind Covid 19.
WSJ | Anthony Fauci and the Wuhan Lab : Emails Add to the Mystery of US funds for Risky Research
June 3, 2021
The Wuhan lab complex includes a Biosecurity Level 4 facility (BSL 4) completed in 2018 to handle highly dangerous viruses. The BSL 4 lab was designed and completed in conjunction with the expertise and funding of many western nations. It is not a unique facility or a secret one, but it is the only such lab in China. The United States currently has four BSL 4 type labs and is building four more.
“Gain of function” is when virus structures are artificially manipulated in a lab in order to make them much more deadly to humans. US government officials have known all along that these “Gain of Function” experiments were being conducted at the BSL 4 facility in Wuhan, including, it seems, Dr Anthony Fauci.
According to US Senator Rand Paul, Dr Fauci has not been totally honest about his knowledge of gain of function virus research in Wuhan,
“Dr. Fauci started saying early on, (that they have looked to see if this came from animals naturally) but when he did realize …. on January 31 (this might be contradicted) he gets very urgent messages from four scientists saying that it looks like this virus was manipulated in the lab. He also has a paper (Ed:see below) that he sends to his assistant that is a gain of function paper that NIH funded…. and (they are) alarmed that it didn’t go through any kind of process or screening that it was supposed to be going through …. they were alarmed that they would be associated with this,” said Paul.
They organized…..a letter. And their private emails are saying, ‘hey, you don’t sign it, you don’t sign it, because ….we want it to appear as if it’s an independent effort that we had nothing to do with.’
Senator Paul added, “They’ve also taken COVID-19 and tried to infect bats. And they found that it doesn’t infect bats very well, it seems to be most adapted to infect humans.”
Clearly, Dr Fauci and his staff were at least aware of, possibly involved with and funding, and potentially even covering up activities surrounding gain of function virus research in Wuhan. Who else in the US government might have known given that lower level State Deprtment officials were told to keep off this subject.
Back in 2018, the year the Wuhan BSL 4 lab first opened, US State Dept officials visited the facility and were concerned about what they saw going on. They reported their concerns back to senior US State Department Officials. Nothing happened. The officials were told to leave that Pandora’s box alone.
So, it seems quite possible then that the Covid virus could have come from the Wuhan BSL 4 lab, and have been artificially created. But who was involved in or responsible for the research? Does it necessarily mean that the Chinese government is solely responsible just because any hypothetical leak came from their lab? What role did Dr Fauci and his US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease play? Were they directly funding the specific Gain of Function research at Wuhan? Why were they dealing with this new BSL 4 lab in China, when the United States has four similar labs of its own? Who else in the US government knew what was going on given that officials were being told not to open a can of worms?
Dr Fauci was funding the Wuhan lab, but he claims it was not for gain of function research. However, in a somewhat unusual move, Dr Fauci was not sending the US government funds directly to Wuhan, but channeled them through a third party, non-profit New York based organization, The EcoHealth Alliance. Why would he do that?
There may be an innocent explanation for that, but we know why people often use third party tax havens too. To keep things hidden.
The Chinese government has previously singled out the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland for attention, another high level BSL 4 lab. There has been serious lapses in safety at this US facility….so serious in fact, that it was reported in August, 2019 that this lab was shut down by the CDC authorities, just a few months before we hear of Covid 19 for the first time.
Is there a connection between shutting this US lab and Covid 19?
US CDC Shuts Down Army Lab’s Disease Research
“The agency (CDC) cites lapses in biosafety procedures at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Maryland.”
So, it was in this environment of safety concerns at BSL 4 labs in both China and the USA, that Dr. Fauci stated publicly several times that Covid 19 was highly likely to be a natural virus that had jumped to humans, and did not originate from a lab.
It would be nice to see some of his evidence to support this claim, given accidents with viruses do happen. Given that the American military’s BSL 4 lab in Maryland had only recently been shut down in 2019 for serious bio-safety breaches. Was the seriousness of the Covid 19 outbreak in the United States solely due to incompetance?
All of the above is purely circumstantial evidence and as it is, doesn’t prove or disprove anything. But it does seem that, as is always the case, some people know much more than we will ever know, and about things that we don’t have a clue even exist.
Which is why we need to get to the bottom of the whole Covid-19 saga – a political football and health saga that has been a mystical and often contradictory series of flip-flops and dramas since it first alighted onto the world stage in 2019. It has been hyped and sensationalized by the media since day one and may indeed have changed the way the world lives forever – and not for the better.
Dozens of questions have arisen and few are ever seriously addressed let alone answered. Why was Sweden so viciously targeted for not following global recomendations on Covid 19? And will it matter ?
What are we only now finding out about? How much more is there that we never will?
Once again we can expect no help at all from the mainstream media in answering questions.
There’s NO WAR in Palestine
Is this a “war”?
There is NO war in Palestine.
14-year-old Palestinian boy Faris Odeh (right) is about to be shot dead by Israeli troops because he was throwing stones at an Israeli tank in November 2000.
After this incident 21 years ago, the shock and disgust from around the world soon dissipated (as it always does) and Israel went back to illegally demolishing Palestinian homes and building internationally condemned Jewish settlements in their place.
Israel has been doing this for four decades now and shows no signs of changing. By some measures, their activity is getting worse.
There is no “peace process”, “two state solution”, or “road map”. Those are simply the pre-programed talking points, repeated infinitely by the highly paid useful idiots in the UN and in western capitals, which satisfy the highly paid dangerous idiots who parade as a genuine international media. These parrotted talking points simply give Israel the time to carry on with their plans without being bothered too much.
The Israeli goal is surely obvious even to the most casual observer. They are eliminating all Palestinian Muslims from their own lands. This is Genocide. Or maybe it is Ethnic Cleansing. Or both? Where is the discussion about this? By the International media? By Washington and London? Or even by the supposed friends and allies of the Palestinian people in the region?
No one dares speak. They have seen what happens in the region when you are no longer useful to Washington.
There is no war in Palestine.
“War” is a deadly conflict between two broadly equivalent parties. Nations fight wars. Britain, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Russia etc and nations everywhere have been to war many times, often against each other’s armies. India and China have fought small wars as have Pakistan and India – all nuclear powers.
Israel and Palestinians are not fighting a “war”. It should not even be termed a “conflict”.
What is happening is that Israel, is shooting fish (the Palestinians) in a barrel. It’s a hobby for the IDF. The endless daily persecution of an almost defenseless and occupied population, decade after bloody decade. In broad daylight and with total impunity.
Israel possesses every advantage – burgeoning hi-tech weaponry, endless money (thanks to the USA), tight control of the global media narrative, powerful political support, diplomatic immunity (again thanks to the USA), cutting-edge IT resources, nuclear weapons.
In comparison, the Palestinians have practically nothing….home made rockets and old women and children throwing stones. But they do possess perhaps the most important assest of all.
The moral high ground.
Which is ever so slowly being acknowleged world wide, including now by myself, but the Palestinian people continue to pay a tragically high price.
I used to simply follow what I heard from the “respectable” media on global issues, including Palestine, until I actually found a few things out for myself. When I did my own research, I realized that I knew nothing at all about what happens in the world. I now realize that almost all global issues are either falsely or at least misleadingly reported in the international media, jst as CNN Director Charlie Chester admitted earlier this year. The history of Palestine I discovered is one of most falsely reported issues in my lifetime.
Article 4 of the Geneva Conventions, states that the Palestinian people – who, according to international law are living under an occupation – have the LEGAL RIGHT TO RESIST their occupying forces by any and all means – including the use of FORCE.
When Palestinians legitimately resist the occupation of their land, they are instantly demonized and called “militants” or “terrorists” in the media and by observers, as if they’re doing something wrong. It’s very helpful when one side has this sort of powerful influence over the narrative of things. No matter what your atrocity, you have protection from the media mob.
Refer to other posts at The Font which demonstrate this blatant narrative control by the supposedly “neutral” western media. The documentary about media propaganda wars by John Pilger, titled “The War You Don’t See” is highly recommended. It gives you an excellent idea of the power and history of using the western media for propaganda purposes, going all the way back to the roots of the modern propaganda industry during World War 1, and running all the way up to the present day.
In Palestine, which struggle will succeed – the one backed by money and power and influence or the one backed by morals? The result will say a lot about us as a species don’t you think?
By the way, is it just me, or does it look like major war crimes and the endless slaughter of Muslims by “respectable” people are quite acceptable, condoned and even encouraged, in some parts of the world, like, say, the whole of the Middle East, whereas in other parts of the world, like, say, Xinjiang, scant and often unreliable evidence of far lesser crimes against Muslims is enough to charge, convict and sentence the demonic perpetrators forever?
Human Rights Abuses in America Today – The Shame of the Homeless
America is really good at making things bigger. Take wealth and homelessness. Both have increased significantly in recent decades — a stark illustration of the great power and the great inequalities inherent in modern day America.
Let’s focus on homelessness. I think the world has had enough of talking about billionaires.
A count in 2017 found half a million homeless Americans on that night.
A major stratedgy that many American cities are using to eradicate homeless people is “bussing.” Yes, it is as bad as it sounds.
American cities have been offering homeless people free bus tickets to somewhere else for over 30 years. Just to get rid of them.
Whilst a few of these relocations make sense in that some are taking people back to their hometowns, most US people are homeless in the places they are from. They simply can’t go anywhere better.
One organizer for America’s homeless calls these bussing programs, “a smoke-and-mirrors ruse tantamount to shifting around the deck chairs on the Titanic.”
“Once they get you out of their city, they really don’t care what happens to you.”
“There’s a cruelty here that I don’t think I’ve seen,” Leilani Farha, United Nations special advisor on housing, said after a 2018 visit to Northern California. She compared conditions in one of America’s richest states, California, to those found in other countries that – unlike the United States – lack the money to care for their citizens.
Louise Casey, homeless policy Director for several British leaders, agrees.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve completed programs on every continent,” Ms Casey said after visiting San Francisco, Los Angeles and other American cities.
Americans have taken to treating homelessness as a sad fact of life, as if it were perfectly normal that hundreds of thousands of adults and children living in a nation whose 700+ military bases encircle the globe, cannot afford a place to live. They show a similar indifference to their victims in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Venezeula, Haiti, Palestine etc where thousands of homes have been literally destroyed by American attacks, both military and financial.
Americans avert their eyes away from the people who sleep and die on the streets where they walk and from the streets of nations that they have invaded.
Is there a solution to America’s great human rights shame?
Other wealthy countries with similar homelessness issues are treating it as a Human Right – which it actually is according to the 1948 UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights. See my post on the full 30 UN Articles of Human Rights –https://pumpkinpiefailures.com/2021/07/29/what-are-human-rights-there-are-30-of-them/embed/#?secret=m5C0jJ83YQ
This major and damning failure in America’s domestic Human Rights record is never mentioned by lecturing politicians during their speeches constantly critical of other nations. Why can’t they focus on their own issues and leave everyone else alone to do the same?
Let’s confirm then what America’s priorities are as a nation and a culture in dollars and cents.
The Federal homeless support program costs about $19 billion a year in its present form. Most families miss out on help due to spending caps. If spending caps were removed this would cost an additional $41 billion a year, totalling $60 billion per year to help all of America’s homeless.
Is $60 billion alot?
The American government annually provides more than $70 billion in tax breaks to homeowners, including a deduction for mortgage interest payments and a free pass on some capital gains from home sales. Reducing these incentives would go a long way to helping America’s homeless.
But even if that were too much to pay for basic human rights in the USA, what about reducing a little of the $760 billion spent each year on “defence”?
Who or what America is defending against? It has never been attacked in any serious way. The American military burns more than 48 million liters of fuel each day “defending” against some imagined foe. Reducing this carbon nightmare would eliminate homelessness overnight.
Why doesn’t the American government put its money where its mouth is and start spending a fraction of their war mongering money on providing basic human rights to its own citizens?
You know – like China does.
There could hardly be a more stark contrast between how China and the United States treat their poor and most vulnerable. China has gone to very great lengths to seek out the poor and help them succeed permanently, beginning this process even when the country was still considered “poor”. America, by any conventional measure, being rich and powerful has ignored its citizens dieing on the streets. It likes to spend its money invading other nations to enrich their chosen few.
Which is the best stratedgy?
Apart from the obvious human rights flaws in the American model, it is clear that China is succeeding in every field and will soon overtake the USA in each. China hasn’t stolen western technology – it graduates over 1 million scientists and engineers each year. The USA likes to graduate lawyers and economists. Which type of people do you think will best serve society?
If you ever wonder why you are hearing and seeing alot more anti-China talk these last few years, it is because the USA has finally realized they have run out of options. Their model is flawed right down to the carbon atoms in the DNA of their elites. Their only option is try to destabilize the competition and unleash chaos. The old divide and rule option. Will it work?
That is up to us. Pls consider sending this to a friend.
How Media Frame Things in Your Head With Careful Use of Words
Words are a major building block of life. They are what we use to describe things. A major part of the way we communicate. How we learn.
But the problem with words is that they can be lies as well. And cause misunderstandings, especially in English, which is a language more prone to misunderstandings than many. More prone than say the French language, which consists of far more words and also, makes more accurate use of words and grammar in order to minimise misunderstandings. It is not for nothing that French, not English, was the traditional language of diplomacy as French allowed for more precise meanings to be conveyed between gentlemen – essential if you are attempting to avert a war through the conducting of ongoing discussions. This isn’t done much anymore sadly. In any language.
But more than creating unintended meanings, giant media corporations today deliberately use words to build false pictures of reality in your mind.
A very simple example is the use of the word “former” in the following recent headline,
“Former US diplomat to Mexico sexually abused and photographed unconscious women for years.”
Simply by adding the word “Former” to all associations with this story, in fact making “former” the very first word, the severity of these acts is ever so slightly diminished.
By US diplomat Mr Bryan Raymond being a “former” diplomat, some readers might think that he has already been punished somehow, that he got found out and sacked. Which is already a punishment of sorts right? And he’s probably sorry for his actions.
Starting the headline with the word “former” might make other people misunderstand the situation and think that Mr Raymond committed these sexual acts as a “former diplomat.” Which is still bad, but it is not quite as bad as committing these crimes whilst still serving as the American people’s official representative to another nation is it?
Once again, quite deliberately I believe, the media use very simple techniques – sometimes just the inclusion of a single word – to downplay the seriousness of an article. Of course, in the case of some other nations or groups – say a nation that Washington or London doesn’t like very much as they might have different views – then the opposite in wordplay occurs. Harsh, exaggerated and misleading words are added left, right and center.
Studies show that between 60-80% of people only ever read the headline before forming an opinion on a story and its subject. Most people never read the article but simply rely on a headline to form an impression. Impressions add up.
The inclusion of just one word in the headline of this drug rape case committed by a then serving American diplomat to Mexico, over a 14 year period, will slightly diminish the global severity of the story, when it is read by many millions of people. Additionally, all of the other thousands of stories about American activities will have had the same treatment. None of these stories or headlines are huge in themselves, but when thousands are combined day after day, over the period of someone’s adult lifetime they can have a dramatic effect. It is called Brainwashing. Propaganda. Just as CNN Director Charlie Chester admitted and as reported on in other posts at The Font.
We laugh at North Korea with their huge portraits of the Dear Leader all around the country. We laugh at their media which constantly feature over the top stories of the leaders’ stupendous achievements. What stupid people they must be to believe all this, we think to ourselves. And how sad it is they don’t realize they are being brainwashed.
The German people were just the same in the 1930s. And in 2020, there were 74 million American people who believed Donald Trump was a good role model as President. Another 81 million thought Joe Biden was.
Western propaganda is just as effective as that in North Korea. It’s just that our propaganda is much more subtle, much more invasive, much more clever. It is pretty much invisible. That makes it even more dangerous. If North Korea uses a sledgehammer to brainwash its people, western governments use a fine surgical laser. But the results are the same.
It is impossible to miss someone wielding a sledgehammer. But a fine medical laser can be used very cleanly and painlessly – wihout even leaving a scar.
Other notible examples of how serious events can be downgraded in the public’s consciousness, or your attention refocussed onto something, or someone else occur when the media and governments simply ignore the prime subject of the event. By ignoring who or what was at fault, the public gets false impressions of things over time, even if just sub-consciously.
The “Monica Lewinsky Scandal” is an example of this. We all know straight away what I’m reffering to right? But why is it mostly called or remembered as the “Monica Lewinsky” scandal, sometimes the “Clinton-Lewinsky” scandal? Why isn’t the correct name of the scandal the “President Clinton Scandal”?
“Remembering the Monica Lewinsky Scandal in Pictures”
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2019 ORIGINAL: DEC 20, 2017
“Monica Lewinsky Scandal”
Of course, calling it the “President Clinton scandal” might be hard to pin down in the public mind to a specfic event. But calling it the “Clinton Whitehouse Sex Scandal” should suffice, especially if Ms Lewinsky’s name is added further into the article. But then, remember only a minority of people read past the headline. So that is no good. The Lewinsky scandal it will remain to many people.
Another example of how media push negative impressions onto innocent parties is the well known “Iran Contra” scandal during the Reagan administration.
Actually, Iran had very little to do with it. The major crimes being committed were by Reagan administration officials in Washington. Iran didn’t do anything wrong. There was no role for them in the American scandal.
Senior Reagan administration officials were violating American law by illegally selling weapons to Iran. That is not Iran’s problem. Furthermore, senior Whitehouse officials broke more American laws, by then giving the proceeds of the already illegal arms sales to rebels in Nicaragua. American laws prevented any American citizen from funding these people in Nicaragua.
Again, this is nothing to do with Iran or Nicaragua. Iran was simply a customer dealing with the world’s largest weapons seller, the United States. They don’t care about domestic American law.
But history has recorded this series of law breaking activities by the American government as the “Iran-Contra” scandal. No historical mention is made of “Reagan” or “American” or “North” or “Poindexter” or anything or anyone connected to Washington – where it was all actually planned and carried out, or to any of the 13 Americans who were criminally charged for breaking the law.https://www.nytimes.com/svc/oembed/html/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F1987%2F11%2F19%2Fworld%2Firan-contra-report-arms-hostages-contras-secret-foreign-policy-unraveled.html
This New York Times headline, America’s most famous and respected newspaper, is typical – “Iran-Contra”, “Secret”, “Policy”, “Unraveled.”
None of these words sound particularly sinister do they? In fact, they seem to indicate that it was Iran was up to no good, not President Reagan’s officials. A series of major crimes were planned and executed at the highest levels of the American government, and the New York Times simply refers to that as a “policy”. Like education is a policy.
And when this series of high level crimes were discovered and the perpetraitors criminally charged, we’re told the “policy” simply “unraveled” like it was a ball of soft fluffy wool.
Out of the 13 government officials charged with criminal offences, including those senior staff answering directly to the President, only Thomas Clines, a low level CIA field officer, ever served time in prison, at 16 months. Clines’s crime was for tax fraud. The remaining 12 government officials were all either pardoned by President George H W Bush, had their convictions overturned or received probation.
We read and hear this type of gentle, almost invisible manipulation every single day. That is why it is so important to mostly disconnect yourself from the global mainstream media. As CNN Director Charlie Chester said on secret tape, the only real unbiased information today comes from private citizen journalists and media outlets. The mainstream media, Chester said, was just propaganda.
Mainstream media outlets are just brightly coloured circus style distractions. There is nothing real inside them. They are integral to the process of public manipulation and should be avoided, apart from maybe the weather report – probably the most reliable aspect of the mainstream media. Which gives you some idea…
You will never understand how the world works by engaging with it.
Why I’m Back Near The Fence on Climate Change
Climate change. It is one of the biggest “hot button” issues of our time, maybe the biggest. I used to be a firm believer in it.
Now I am not so sure. The most significant thing which has put me back near the fence came after I gave global warming some thought and did some researching on Capped carbon emmissions, Carbon trading, Kyoto accords, Carbon Trading, Exchanges etc…
From this, I realised that Carbon “trading”, the thing that’s supposed to save the world, is founded on yet another “free market” idea, ie: that a colourless and invisible naturally occuring gas can be “traded” as it turns from and into other chemical compounds by entirely natural processes. That thought in itself gives me the creeps. Free markets do have a place, but they have also reeked great havoc in many societies when left unchecked. It is beyond doubt that inequality has increased since these ideas became mainstream again in the 1980s.
So it seems a bit suspicious to me to link the “free market” with mother nature. I mean, we do it with oil – how does that work out?
And what will be next? Will we trade water and fresh air ? Oh wait, private corporations have already tried to “own” rain water in Bolivia some years back – that idea didn’t go down too well (pun intended) with the locals – and that idea was abandoned. But it does highlight the fact that no idea is too preposterous for “free market” devotees to try and slip into law, somewhere, somehow.
But let’s say Carbon trading is the way to solve this climate crisis – now to do this trading of Carbon, you need Traders and Exchanges, just like any other sort of commodity.
And who are usually the main beneficiaries of the efforts of traders and exchanges ?
The already wealthy.
Sure, some every day people benefit from trading shares, either directly or through some sort of managed scheme, but generally speaking, only the minority of ordinary people benefit from any form of share trading. Far fewer people – only a very tiny number – benefit from other forms of trading and exchange such as currency trading, futures trading and bonds trading.
Back to carbon trading – one financial opinion from London opined that greenhouse gas trading could become “the biggest commodity market in the world” if all the major polluting countries and corporations could be persuaded to sign up to an exchange.
How would you convince nations and global corporations to sign up to an invisible gas exchange ? You’d have to convince them that they needed to clean up their act… that they needed to reduce their “carbon foot print”, that they can actually profit from making themselves look good by becoming, at least on the surface, globally responsible citizens and saving the world.
Well, if you were already well connected in western political and financial circles that would help alot to get the ball rolling right? If you were already a known “brand”, and a trusted public figure you are half way there to convincing enough other influential people to start holding conferences, create UN committees, create lobby groups, get new laws and standards passed, get your friends in the media on board, etc….that is, to build a movement from the ground up.
Someone did take the plunge in the early 2000s. The first and most significant company involved in Carbon trading was “Generation Investment Management” – or GIM, founded in 2004. This company today advises its now huge list of major corporate clients of their responsibilities in lowering their carbon foorprints and going “green”. And advising them how to take advantage of the legal and political winds that might blow green or brown. It would be helpful to know the movers and shakers in Washington and Brussels to accomplish that.
But you also need a trading exchange as well in order to save the planet and fortunately for GIM, this exchange had already been created as well the previous year in 2003.
It was called the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).
The CCX was co-founded by Richard Sandor, a former research professor at Kellogg Business School, Chicago along with former Goldman Sachs Bank CEO, and later Bush Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson, seen below on the right.
The CCX carbon trading exchange had connections with the Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange, (ICE) whose subsidiary is the International Petroleum Exchange, the world’s largest petroleum futures options market. The “green” founder of CCX, CEO Richard Sandor had served as an Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) board member since 2002.
Hmmm… not very green is it?
Anyway, by 2006 a new phenomenon had arrived around the world – A documentary movie called “An Inconvienient Truth” made by former American Vice President, Al Gore.
We all saw it. It even won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Everyone was suddenly aware of climate change. Or global warming I think it was still called back then. Maybe this new climate change thing is really serious after all seemed to be the common thought back at that time.
I saw the film but I always thought the extreme right hand side of Al Gore’s temperature graph didn’t make sense…if CO2 today is “off the scale” – as the graph shows – why aren’t we all burnt to a crisp? Is Gore saying there is a lag effect which hasn’t shown up yet due to the huge time scale of the X axis? That we can measure CO2 content accurately but not temperature? Maybe that is true, I don’t know.
In Gore’s chart, the white temperature line simply stops following the already increasing CO2 red line.
These figures are now at least 15 years old now, so the increase in CO2 content in the atmosphere today, 2021, should be almost one-third the way along onto the “projected CO2 in 50 years” data point. Has today’s mean global temperature increased accordingly, looking at this chart?
But it is not even this chart or the science behind it that really concerns me the most. As a scientist, I am aware that you can create statistics, figures and charts to support any conclusion you want.
What bothers me the most about this particular mix of climate change philosophy are the types of people involved.
You see, An Inconvienient Truth in 2006 was not the first environmental creation of former US Vice President Al Gore. Before he created eco-movies Gore created Generation Investment Management (GIM) in 2004, the corporate carbon trading advisory company talked about at the beginning of this post.
Of even more concern, is that Gore’s co-founding partners in Generation Investment Management were former chief of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) David Blood, along with Mark Ferguson and Peter Harris, also of Goldman Sachs. GSAM also became the largest Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) shareholder, with about an 18% ownership.
Al Gore’s GIM was the fifth largest shareholder.
But the CCX didn’t do very well. People had not sufficiently understood Gore’s eco-movies it seems and in May 2010 the Inter Continental Exchange (ICE) – owner of the huge International Petroleum Exchange – agreed to purchase the Green CCX and its parent company Climate Exchange, along with two of its other exchanges – the Chicago Climate Futures and the European Climate Exchange – for $603 million.
By November 2010 the green CCX founder Richard Sandor had already pocketed an estimated $98 million from the CCX sale from his 16.5% ownership of it. Just how much Al Gore’s GIM and Goldman Sachs Asset Management ended up with from the sale is unclear – but they probably did okay out of their dealings with ICE.
So, we now know that Al Gore, ostensibly a global climate crusader had already set himself up privately to potentially make huge profits via his green GIM company, even before he became a public climate champion in 2006 via his famous eco-movie. If his public lecturing and climate policies were ever enacted, by say, the Kyoto and Paris climate accords, Gore was set to make potentially healthy profits from ventures he had set up some years earlier.
Is it a big deal that Mr Gore had pre-positioned himself using his well established public and political profile to profit from his climate change message? Is there a connection ? Does it matter?
And are Mr Gore’s dealings with Wall St types like Goldman Sachs, Henry Paulson and David Blood etc cause for concern? After all, these are the same types of people who had helped to create, and then profit from, the 2007/08 global financial crisis, and the subsequent taxpayer funded bail outs of the companies they ran.
Are these Wall St and Washington elite type activities well meaning efforts to save the world, or cyncial manipulations to grab more public money, or some combination of the two?
We can’t ever know for sure whether Mr Gore is genuine in his crusade, but, knowing of his pre-positioning of himself in the “climate business” does take a bit of the authenicity off of his message for me.
It may well be Gore is still correct in his climate beliefs. But after finding out a bit more background about his dealings, and who the people and organizations he has had dealings with, I’m now less convinced. I’m now back closer to the fence.
I’m now wondering is this whole thing just another elaborate Wall St scam?
Let’s hope it is. If it isn’t we’re all in big trouble.
The USA Topples Even The Most Loyal & Democratic Governments
(Abridged and enlarged from articles by John Pilger)
Australia briefly followed an independent foreign policy between 1972-75 under Labour Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
Whitlam was elected as the leader of the sovereign western nation of Australia and he believed that a foreign power, even those such as Australia’s historic allies such as the USA and UK, should not control his country’s resources and dictate its economic and foreign policies.
Prime Minister Whitlam was therefore keen to follow independent policies which would be in the best interests of the Australian people and quickly set his government in motion doing so.
Whitlam knew the risk he was taking. The day after his election, he ordered that his staff should not be “vetted or harassed” by the Australian security organisation, ASIO – then, as now, tied to Anglo-American intelligence.
But when his ministers publicly condemned the US bombing of Vietnam as “corrupt and barbaric”, a CIA station officer in Saigon said,
“We were told the Australians might as well be regarded as North Vietnamese collaborators.”
Whitlam demanded to know if and why the CIA was running a spy base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs in Australia which, as Edward Snowden later revealed, “allows the USA to spy on everyone.“
The Australian Prime Minister, who had little idea of exactly what was going on at Pine Gap demanded to know the functions of the American base. The American government was reluctant to tell him. Whitlam threatened to close the base unless he was told of its work.
Victor Marchetti, the CIA officer who had helped set up Pine Gap, later said,
“This threat (by PM Whitlam) to close Pine Gap caused apoplexy in the White House … a kind of Chile [coup] was set in motion.”
Pine Gap’s top-secret messages were decoded by a CIA contractor, one of whose employees was American Christopher Boyce, a young man troubled by the “deception and betrayal of an ally”. Boyce revealed that the CIA had infiltrated the Australian political and trade union elite and that the CIA referred to the governor-general of Australia, Sir John Kerr, as “our man Kerr”.
Sir John Kerr, supposedly a strictly apolitical and neutral figure, with little real power and appointed by the Queen, actually had longstanding ties to both American (CIA) and British (MI6) intelligence, and these ties were to come in handy in 1975.
When Whitlam was re-elected for a second term, in 1974, the White House sent Marshall Green to Australia as US ambassador. Green was a sinister figure who worked in the shadows of America’s “deep state”. Known as “the coupmaster”, he had played a central role in the 1965 US backed coup against President Sukarno in Indonesia.
One of Green’s first speeches in Australia, to the Australian Institute of Directors, was described by an alarmed member of the audience as “an incitement to the country’s business leaders to rise against the government”.
In 1975, Whitlam discovered that Britain’s MI6 was operating against his government. “The British were actually decoding secret messages coming into my foreign affairs office,” he said later.
One of Whitlam’s ministers, Clyde Cameron, said,
“We knew MI6 was bugging (Australian) cabinet meetings for the Americans.”
In the 1980s, senior CIA officers revealed that the “Whitlam problem” had been discussed at the time “with urgency” by the CIA’s director, William Colby, and the head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield.
Whitlam was shown a top-secret message sourced to Theodore Shackley, the head of the CIA’s East Asia division, who had helped run the CIA coup against the democratically elected President Salvador Allende in Chile two years earlier. Allende was a man who, like Whitlam, also believed in the independent and sovereign nature of elected governments. How wrong they both were.
Shackley’s CIA message was read to Whitlam.
The message said that the (CIA considered) the Prime Minister of Australia to be a security risk in his own country.
As it happened, the day before Whitlam was read Shackley’s CIA message, Queen’s representative Sir John Kerr had visited Australia’s National Security Agency – their CIA – where he was briefed on the “security crisis” surrounding PM Whitlam.
A deputy director of the CIA later revealed : “Kerr did what he was told to do…(remove PM Whitlam from power.)”
On 11 November – the day Gough Whitlam was to inform Parliament about the secret CIA presence in Australian society – the Prime Minister was summoned by Kerr. Invoking archaic vice-regal “reserve powers”, controversial even at the time, Kerr sacked the democratically elected prime minister.
The “Whitlam problem” was solved and Australian politics never recovered. Nor has the nation ever regained its true independence from American and British hegemony.
We know that America has toppled many governments and leaders around the world over the last century or two, both authoritarian and democratically elected ones, as in this case.
But there has surely never been such a shocking act by an American government as this one. I lived through this event as a young man in neighbouring New Zealand, and it was a big deal at the time.
Whitlam was portrayed in the media as a leader not in control of the government. Someone causing a crisis, not solving it. We all looked on eagerly waiting for new developments each day, totally unaware that the so called “crisis” was simply another hatchet job by Washington and London. It’s outcome already determined in advance. The rest was just for public and media fodder and amusement.
The crisis mounted in the public’s eyes…something had to give, and the leader of Australia was what gave. But not voluntarily. He was removed from his elected position by orders from foreign powers in broad daylight. No one had a clue. How naieve we all were. Many people still are.
When you see today just how far Australia has nestled cosily into the sweaty, dank underbelly of the United States, one can now appreciate how alarming a genuinely independent Australian nation would be to Washington. The same goes for New Zealand.
Independence isn’t something the United States does. It tightens the leash without mercy any time. No one is safe.
Is Media Propaganda Effective? You Bet IT IS!
If the western media is as bad as some people say with regards to brainwashing whole populations around the world, either in support of, or in turning us against certain groups, topics or issues, then can we see this happening in real life?
For example, is a constant association of Islam with violence effective in supporting Islamophobia and Xenophobia ?
IT IS VERY EFFECTIVE….sadly.
Here are just a few examples, one from my own experience.
After the shocking Christchurch terror attack, a white local man posted his experience to the daily national newspaper, the New Zealand Herald. The local man thought he would dress in an Islamic style costume and visit the mosque in his city in order to offer his deep condolences to the muslim community who lived in his city.
What a great act of humanity and compassion right?
The compassionate white man soon found out what it is like to the target of Islamophobia. In less than 5 minutes (literally) of walking on his way to the mosque, a city resident stuck their hand out of a passing car window, making the shape of a gun and shouted, “piaow, piaow, piaow!” leaving the local man shocked and shaken.
Yes, it was only someone’s hand gesture and yes, he wasn’t actually a muslim himself, but it was still a jarring experience.
He went on to say,
“I am a white kiwi male and had walked just a few hundred meters in the shoes of our Muslim community and I had already been a target for violence and abuse.”
This happened to a grown man. Imagine how frightened young Muslim ladies must feel walking in public in our supposedly great city in New Zealand. Or any other western city. How many times do muslim men and women get subject to abuse every day around the world?
Remember – this incident occured AFTER a horribly violent terrorist attack on innocent people. Hate crimes actually increased in New Zealand after this terror attack, a phenomenon that is not unusual globally I’m sad to say.
Was the person who made the violent gun gesture a bad person? I don’t think so. They are just like billions of other good people who have been brainwashed on a whole raft of issues without them even realizing it. That is how powerful, yet how invisible the mainstream media is.
I have my own story about that same Mosque actually.
Many years ago (in the post 9/11 days) and soon after the mosque opened I noticed on my way to work that part of the green mosque fence had fallen over, and their garden was damaged. It looked like a car accident had occurred. Soon afterwards though, the damage was repaired and garden replanted and it looked normal again.
A few weeks later I saw the fence had fallen over again. Another car accident ? The fence and garden were repaired again.
After the fourth time that the fence was damaged, I realized these were not accidents. I was witnessing deliberate acts of terrorism – as defined by the FBI – against innocent people on the streets of my city, in New Zealand. This was the sort of welcome my community was giving to these new residents. The new residents were clearly not welcome in our local community.
9/11 had seen to that.
In a way, by staying silent on this abuse, by not raising this issue publicly myself, I was contributing to the later Christchurch terrorist massacre. I was probably not the only one to observe this going on. But like most people, it is just too easy to look the other way every time. Even after multiple violent invasions of foreign countries, many westerners continue to look the other way.
Media mind control sees to that.
In another case after the Christchurch attack, the NZ Herald reported that, in another small city in a different part of the country, some school boys had finished playing tennis, and one group went to congratulate the victors.
One of the victors, a white kiwi teenager, said directly to one of the other teens, “you look like a Muslim and I want to shoot you.”
NZ Lawyer, Deborah Manning, asks in exasperation,“where are our young people getting these viewpoints from?”
Where indeed? Why do people want to attack mosques and shoot Muslims NZ?
Why do young white active sportspeople in New Zealand want to shoot Muslims? These are truly disturbing images and ideas that we all live amongst every day actually.
It is blatantly obvious where western people – young and old, left or right leaning or even politically disinterested – are getting their negative stereotypical views about Muslims from.
There is only ONE THING that people around the western world all have in common.
Their exposure to the western global mainstream media.
Pick any media outlet on any subject….it doesn’t matter which. You will see a 24/7 negative word association and negative stereotypes about Muslims and Islam, even when no major event has happened. The occasional “neutral” article is drowned out by a wall of negative noise. Few artices show obvious and clear support for Muslims or Islam. Who would buy or read those anyway?
Today we have a new target – China. That is why elderley chinese people are being sucker punched on American streets. It is why well meaning people in America are organizing patrol groups to accompany chinese people, so that they can live a normal life free from the fear of being attacked by hateful brainwashed people.
So, are you still doubtful of the power of mainstream, respectable media to demonize? And conversely, their power to sanitize acts of war and invasion and killing?
Stick around. The next example will be here soon.
Mass Shootings v Terrorism – Why Is There a Difference in the Media?
Note: this article was originally posted in 2019 immediately after the Christchurch NZ terrorist attack which left 51 people dead. The excellent response to the victims from the New Zealand Prime Minister seemed to help increase public awareness on the glaring differences in the media treatment of different shooting events. A slight improvement in the issues raised below may have occurred since 2019 but it is important to realise that the issue of media bias has not gone away.
White Supremacy, terrorism, slavery and racism are not new concepts amongst human beings nor are they confined to the western world.
What I believe is relatively new however, is the concerted global campaign, originating in the western world’s media to specifically associate one of the world’s major religious groups with terrorism and in a negative light generally.
At the same time, there has been another parallel campaign to mask the links between white supremacist based acts of terrorism originating from another major cultural group, that of “white” people from western nations and a tiny minority of their inhabitants, in particular, the United States.
Americans and their media almost always refer to their multiple victim, domestic killings as “mass shootings”. You will have heard this term many times in your life I’m sure, for America has alot of these events.
Every newspaper and TV channel will soon be reporting the latest news on another US “mass shooting” incident. But is there anything about these “mass shootings” that is common to each?
Yes, there is. A mass shooting is when the person puIling the trigger is white.
If the shooter was not white, the Western media use a different term to describe that incident.
Here’s a typical example from the New York Times, comparing their first day headlines of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris (2015 non-white perpetrators), and their first day coverage from the Christchurch New Zealand terror attack (2019 white perpetrator),
“Terrorists Strike Charlie Hebdo in Paris” (non white gunman)
“In Christchurch, signs point to a gunman internet troll” (white gunman)
The two headlines could not be more different in tone. One is decisive, authoritative and definitive, using the words “terrorists” and “dead”, whilst the other seems rather off hand and generalized… you might even call it slightly disinterested. Early reports noted that there were more than 12 dead in Christchurch, the same as the final total in Paris, so it is not as if there was a marked difference in the nature of the early understanding of the two events.
So why the marked difference in headline tone and phrasing?
Well, what is terrorism then ?
Let’s consult the FBI….the American government agency specifically tasked with describing, monitoring and preventing it.
FBI Definition of “Domestic Terrorism” (from “FBI.gov” website),
“(acts) perpetrated by individuals and/or groups inspired by, or associated with primarily US based movements that espouse extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial or environmental nature.
eg: the June 8, 2014 Las Vegas shooting which the married (white) couple held anti-government views and who intended to use the shooting to start a revolution.”
So, there’s the official American government definition of terrorism, with a specific example included, to make it simple and clear for everyone to understand. To be clear then, the attack by a white couple in 2014, which took 5 lives WAS officially defined by the FBI as terrorism.
So how did the mainstream American media present this textbook example of terrorism?
The New York Times called the incident …. “a shooting rampage,”
NBC News called it ….. “a shooting spree,”
CNN just called them …….“the gunmen”
The mainstream media used terms including, “Massacre“, “Rampage”, and even the-not-so-bad-sounding, “Spree“. But no major media outlet immediately featured the words “terror” or “terrorists” like they did for the non-white initiated Charlie Hebdo attack.
The 2014 Las Vegas incident was the work of “shooters”, who can also be labelled as, “deranged”, “sick”, ” lone wolves”,etc. But they’re still not terrorists.
The mainstream Western media uses every negative term in the book to describe these events – except the REAL ONE. Terrorism.
The Las Vegas shooting was a terrorist act carried out by white American terrorists – by US government definition!
So why doesn’t the US media say so? Why doesn’t the mainstream media follow their own government’s guidelines?
Even when a young white male Dylann Roof, shot dead 9 black worshipers in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, with the SPECIFIC INTENT to start a race war, he wasn’t even charged with murder, yet alone called a terrorist !!
Dylan Roof was only charged with “Hates crimes”. And he certainly wasn’t called a terrorist by the mainstream media. How can that be ? It is surely not a coincidence.
Check the terrorist attacks in United States since 9/11 carried out by white people and to see if the word, “terrorism” or “terror” or “terrorist” is used by the mainstream media to describe it. Occasionally, a local official might use these terms, but this usage does not generally feature in the bulk or tone of the media coverage.
There are 350 – 380 examples of this type of domestic terrorism every year in the United States killing hundreds of people and wounding thousands more. ONE HUNDRED people die each day from gun violence in the United States. Many of these incidents are terrorism as defined by the FBI, but media outlets seem reluctant to say so.
White people, it seems, are not terrorists and do not carry out acts of terrorism, according to our media.
The labels of “terrorist” and “terrorism” are clearly reserved for a different group of people.
Muslim Shooter = Terrorist; Black Shooter = Gang Violence
Military Shooter = Hero; White Shooter = Lone Wolf, Disturbed, Deranged…
There is plenty of other every media output to support this notion of a concerted campaign of Islamophobia, such as a previous post here,
When taken altogether it seems unlikely that all of these media headlines and the differing media treatment handed out to the different subjects involved – based upon skin colour and/or religion – can be anything other than a co-ordinated campaign to portray different members of society differently.
This type of media reporting must be called out for what it is. Write to the media outlet concerned if you think you see inconsistencies like this. We can all do little things to make a big difference.
Nazi Germany’s Greatest Crime
It Wasn’t the Holocaust
If you asked most people what Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler, greatest crime was I think most would say the holocaust. And for good reason – for that was a horror that supposedly shocked the western world when it was “uncovered.”
Images such as the one above really make one wonder about how and why human beings do such things to others.
However for all the shock and shame and tragedy of the holocaust, it was not considered Adolf Hitler’s worst crime.
What could be worse than killing 6 million innocent civilians?
The Nuremberg Trials were created by the victorious allies after World War 2 in order to bring the perpetraitors of war crimes to justice.
Opening the prosecution, US attorney Robert H. Jackson said Nuremberg was “the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of the world”, adding that aggressive war was “the greatest menace of our times”.
The surviving Nazi leaders were all charged with and on trial for, some or all of the following,
- “Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of a crime against peace,”
- “Planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression and other crimes against peace,”
- “Participating in war crimes,”
- “Crimes against humanity”
American Supreme Court Justice and US Chief of Counsel, Justice Robert H. Jackson’s opening statement, over 3 hours long, hit on a fundamental truth,
“The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.”
In delivering their sentences, after the guilty verdicts were reached, the tribunal judges concurred, saying that “war is essentially an evil thing… to initiate a war of aggression therefore, is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole”.
So, the trials at Nuremberg Germany after World War 2 established an important principle in International Law – that aggressive wars of invasion are “the supreme international crime….(as they) contain the accumulated evil of the whole.”
The surviving Nazi leaders were tried and convicted and many went to their deaths for their crimes.
However, fast forward 55 years and this important legal principal established at Nuremberg seems to have taken a hit, when the United States launched an invasion of Afghanistan, ostensibly to “get” Osama bin laden. The US did get their man eventually, in Pakistan, after wrecking much of the already poorly maintained infrastructure in Afghanistan in the process.
Other nations had launched wars of aggression against Afghanistan such as the Soviet Union in 1979. However, that invasion, according to former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, was a carefully trap laid by Washington. The Americans pretended to be invading Afghanistan themselves, building up their forces to imitate an invasion. This US military buildup, some say the Americans actually crossed into Afghanistan in small numbers, precipitated the Soviets to promptly launch their own real invasion in order to keep the Americans out of their nearby neighbours. The trap worked but a high cost was paid by the Afghan people. And at any rate, we know the Soviet communists were “bad” people. Shouldn’t the self proclaimed occupants of the moral high ground, the USA and UK, be setting a better example ?
It was only 2 years later in 2003 that we got the answer when America ditched the Nuremberg principal altogether and launched a phoney and pre-meditated, deadly war of aggression on Iraq. Without credible evidence or justification and without legal precedent. The invasion was not widely supported by many nations or populations for the naked aggression of the operation was clearly obvious. Leaders of many nations including France, Germany, Malaysia and Russia spoke out publicly against it. All to no avail. The aggressors simply didn’t care.
By 2003, America and the UK wanted their war of aggression and they started it. They launched an unprovoked attack on Iraq – just like the Nazis did on Poland. The Nazis were charged and found guilty.
But what happened to the warmongers from Washington and London whose western predecessor’s had established the international conventions, if not laws, at Nuremberg?
Nothing happened. As usual.
George W Bush, Tony Blair and their cohorts were most certainly found guilty in the court of public opinion and some organizations have tried to persue these people in real courts of justice. But aggressive warmongers today know they are safe.
In fact, so emboldened were these western elites after the “success” of Iraq, their successors in the Whitehouse and Downing St themselves had a go in committing the ultimate international crime. And the successors got away with it as well !
Of course, nothing will ever happen to all of these perpetraitors of multiple wars of aggression.
Only the people of Syria, Libya, Somalia, Venezeula, Yemen, Chile, Iran etc will suffer.
History is soon forgotten, the mainstream media and their friends in Public Relations see to that. In today’s world, Donald Trump was correct about one thing at least – the mainstream media really are enemies of the public. Much of the tragedy that occurs globally would not be possible if the mainstream media were doing their job, even poorly.
But the media doesn’t do their job poorly, they are in fact, active promoters of wars of aggression, because these wars help their profits. We must abandon the giant global media corporations and turn to each other to share with and learn from.
Thanks for sharing this today.
New Zealand & Australia Growing Apart ?
After more than two centuries existing side by side as “mates” through thick and thin – world wars, sports rivalries and claims to have originated each others’ cultural icons like Russell Crowe, Pavlovas and the race horse Phar Lap, it seems that finally New Zealand and Australia are moving apart. Perhaps becoming well aquainted and polite cousins rather than blood brothers.
And I am very grateful for that.
You see, after serving together in two world wars where we created the respected ANZAC military alliance, after many decades of visa free travel and open residency between our borders, it seems that it is the United States that is becoming an increasingly obvious elephant in the room. An elephant that is slowly dividing our two nations.
Particularly since the American led invasion of Iraq, Australia has been very happy to fulfill the role of “Deputy Sheriff” in our region as President George W Bush called them in his typically child-like but honest manner. Australians seem quite happy to accept this label. Their government has authorized a permanent deployment of American troops on Australian soil and are they increasingly loud and rude in their public pronouncements on countries they don’t “like”, desparate to immitate their big brother in Washington.
I’m not sure New Zealanders would ever accept the same American request for permanent troop deployment, in fact I know we wouldn’t. NZ has always had an increasingly independent foreign policy in recent times and no more so than today, when absurd claims of genocide in China are being thrown about by these same white people who led the mindless destruction of the Middle East and its communities these last two decades.
Although not a natural supporter of our current government, I fully support its independent stand on the Xinjiang issue and following an independent foreign policy that suits the interests of New Zealand. That is the only sensible stand to make based on the current circumstances and it has taken great courage to do so. Well done NZ PM Jacinda Ardern.
But New Zealand is also more independant with regards the phlight of the Palestinians as well. There have been outspoken parliamentarians here supporting the Palestinian cause and rightly critical of Israel’s brutish behaviour.
By comparison, the following headline appeared in the Australian media giant – the ABC – a little while ago. Australia’s national state funded media outlet reported that it was banning the use of the word “apartheid” on its services with regards Israel.
“Australian Broadcaster ABC has announced that they will not allow the use of the word ‘apartheid’ in their coverage of Israel and Palestine in an effort to “be as objective as possible.”
David Anderson head of ABC commented, “…conflicts such as this, (are) very complicated matters…”
I see. In order to be objective, the Australian media are banning (censoring) certain words and terms – fully accurate terms from what I can see – in order to be….“as objective as possible.”
I’m not making this up. This is the sad and deplorable state of the western media today. Just mindless lap dogs who have long since shown any responsibility for their deep plunges in journalistic integrity.
In the minds of today’s western media, Objectivity is achieved through Censorship. Wow.
What ever next and when will ordinary people wake up and see where America has led the world ?
WHAT ARE HUMAN RIGHTS? THERE ARE 30 OF THEM!!
Western countries talk alot about “human rights”. It has become the “go to” subject, when western leaders are in front of the cameras. We hear western Presidents and Prime Ministers talking about “freedom” and “democracy” and how everyone must have these. That is sort of true, in a limited way, but the sad state of American democracy doesn’t exactly fill oneself with the joys of that system, and the urges to copy it.
At any rate, there is FAR more to the human rights story than the sole concept of democracy and its equally impossible to define concept, freedom. But you will only hear western leaders talk about freedom and democracy because they want you to think that democracy is simply about having an election. Which is nonsense. That is what you tell children.
Elections can be unfairly influenced and rigged by a raft of forces within society, which, shockingly, are often totally transparent. People sort of know this on some level – that is why so many people have abandoned the electoral process in America – or they voted for Donald Trump. As Trump said in the 2016 campaign, “what have you got to lose by voting for me?”…. simultaneously one of the saddest, most cynical and most highly effective electoral stratedgies ever.
The point is – there are 30 separate articles to internationally declared human rights and an expert comparison between say, America and China, on ALL 30 would be an interesting excercise. But we’re not doing that here.
In 1948 the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human RIghts, made up of 30 individual rights set as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations to work towards. It set out and described, for the first time, fundamental rights.
Here they are. I have slightly shortened them for easier reading, hopefully without changing the nature or tone of each,
Article 1 – Equality & freedom at birth, universal brotherhood
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2 – Discrimination
Everyone is entitled to these rights without distinction of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. No distinction shall be made according to the status of the land whether occupied or contested.
Article 3 – Liberty and Security
Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.
Article 4 – Slavery and servitude
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5 – Cruel or degrading treatment or torture
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 6 – Recognition before the law
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
Article 7 – Equality before the law
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.
Article 8 – Recourse to Remedial action
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him.
Article 9 – Arbitrary detention
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile.
Article 10 – Free and Fair trial
Everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal of any criminal charge against him.
Article 11 – Presumption of innocence
- Everyone charged with an offence is presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.
- No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence due to any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence.
Article 12 – Privacy
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home, or correspondence.
Article 13 – Freedom of movement
- Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
- Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
Article 14 – Asylum
Everyone has the right to seek in other countries asylum from persecution.
Article 15 – Nationality
- Everyone has the right to a nationality.
- No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
Article 16 – Marriage and Family
- Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality, or religion, have the right to marry and start a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
- Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
- The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Article 17 – Property
- Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
- No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Article 18 – Freedom of Religion
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion and freedom to manifest his religion in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.
Article 19 – Freedom of Expression
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Article 20 – Peaceful assembly and association
- Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
- No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
Article 21 – Election of government
- Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
- Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
- The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote.
Article 22 – Dignity and Social Security
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and in accordance with the resources of each State, is entitled of the economic, social, and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
Article 23 – Employment
- Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
- Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
- Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
- Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Article 24 – Leisure time
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
Article 25 – Adequate standard of living
- Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
- Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Article 26 – Education
- Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory.
- Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
Article 27 – Protection of Copyright, intellectual info
- Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
- Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary, or artistic production of which he is the author.
Article 28 – Right to International Order and Stability
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
Article 29 – Rights Can be Impinged Upon Only By Law and Rights of Others
- Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
- In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
- These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 30 – Rights of Others Must Not be Destroyed
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
You will notice that “election of government” constitutes just 1 of the 30 human rights, Article 21. Article 21 states that the authority of government comes from “the will of the people” and that elections shall be by universal and equal sufferage, meaning everybody is equally eligible to vote. One person, one vote.
By this measure, the United States did not become a democracy as recognised by the UN until 1965, 189 years after its declaration of independence and 18 years after this declaration of human rights. It can be argued that due to ongoing election irregularities such as rigged voting district boundaries, the disenfranchisement of millions of former prisoners convicted of even minor crimes and the reduced and difficult placement of voting booths in poorer areas, that America has still not achieved full compliance with this human right. Low voter turnout is another feature of American democracy which suggests this is true.
Most people would say that China is a one party state with no real democracy. That is probably true. China might not have a system like the USA or UK for example, but is the authority of the Chinese government based upon “the will of the people” as required by the UN Human Rights standard? Due to very low voter turnout, and the irregularities already mentioned, are the results of American City, Congressional and Presidential elections, “the will of the people?”. America’s election results are certainly “the will of the system”, but that is hardly the same thing.
Having visited China and travelled far away from tourist areas I believe the authority of the chinese government DOES come from the will of the majority of the people. I was amazed at how “free” I felt there. Before I left NZ, I had images of goose-stepping soldiers everywhere and red squad commandos around every corner. In fact, I wandered around by myself quite alot, in places big and small, city and countryside and never once felt threatened, spied upon, unsafe or controlled in any way. In other words, I felt very “free” and safe – in a country run by an authoritarian government. Maybe it was because it was run by an authoritarian government.
The achievements of China’s government mostly go unreported in western media whether they be technical or social. Even the technical advances are usually portrayed in a negative or threatening light. I didn’t realise that China invented 5G and has already been working on 6G for some time. No doubt we will hear the chorouses of “China Stole our 6G” from westerners, even though they have no idea what it even is.
I guess rapid advances like these are only natural in a country that graduates 1 million scientists and engineers every year. The Chinese don’t really care so much about creating new Lawyers and Economists as the west proliferates.
So let’s look at some of the other UN Human Rights that every country is supposedly working towards, like Article 25 – The Right to an Adequate Standard of Living.
It is universally agreed that what the Chinese government has achieved in recent decades constitutes the greatest improvement in their people’s social and financial living conditions, possibly in all history. That is, China has advanced human rights in their country in a hugely significant way.
These achievements gets little or no credit in the west, just fleeting references which pass by the attention of the average westerner – just as they are designed to do.
Citizens in the west, particularly the United States are experiencing an ever growing inequality that results in ever growing poverty and the dissolving of the middle classes – the entirely opposite process that is occuring in China. Babies born today in China – still a developing country – will outlive babies born in America – one of the richest countries in history. How is this possible ? Something is wrong somewhere right?
Article 26 – the Right to Education.
Again I think China outperforms the United States here. Teachers in Florida now have the legal right to carry guns to school. Mass shootings amongst young Americans are tragically common. There are more black 17 year old men in America’s prisons than in their high schools. Undoubtedly, these forgotton Americans are also the ones who have abandoned the electoral process or been forced out of it due to convictions for minor crime. Human Rights ?
Article 28 says that everyone is entitled to a safe and stable international order wherein all the human rights listed in this declaration can be realized.
I don’t think there is much argument which nation has been them most disruptive to the peace and stability of the world, certainly in these past decades, and maybe even for centuries before that. The United States of America.
Human rights and a semblance of stability that tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of citizens of the Middle East and of Central and South America had paid a great price to achieve under their imperfect governments this last century have been brutally ripped from their hands by constant American led war mongering and interference in their internal affairs. This angle of the international story of Human Rights is never told in the self described “propaganda media” of CNN and their crony friends.
There are too many articles of human rights to go into here and I’m not an expert at any rate. But what should become very clear very quickly, is that the subject of “Human Rights” is a complex and wide ranging one. A topic much too complex to be glibly passed over by 5 second media sound bites and provocative, misleading and frequently false headlines. Lieing about others to promote your own interests can only get you so far.
The most significant struggle happening today is between the competing messages of the American led West and that of China. Messages are words and words can be lies.
In the end, the outcome of this struggle, whatever that will be, will not be determined by words but by actions and outcomes. Outcomes as they affect ordinary people. No amount of propaganda from whatever source, Beijing or Washington, can change the outcomes of ordinary people’s lives. Only actions can do that.
I don’t know which outcome will be dominant in the coming decades, but judging by past outcomes, I think I have a pretty good idea.
More American Parents are Buying Bullet-proof Backpacks for Kids
Is this headline the poster child of a failed state or what? Children wearing bullet proof back packs to school?
How irresponsible are those parents ? Do they also buy a bullet proof vest for their children’s frontal regions or do they coldly ignore this risk and send them off to school nakedly exposed to a head on bullet?
What if you live in Florida and it is one of the teachers who gets a bit trigger happy? Do you need to move to another state where the teachers themselves are not armed?
In 2019, the US state of Florida passed legislation allowing teachers to carry guns to school.
These headlines come as no surprise to many as the violence that America has unleashed on the world comes about for the same reasons that they have suffered from so much violence in their society. The two must be linked right?
The phenomenon of mass shootings and domestic terrorist attacks are unique to the United States. More people are shot each day in America than are shot in a year in Britain. Why is this? What sort of thinking and societal priorities exist in a culture like this?
Has the United States ever really left the days of the Wild West? When the fastest hired gunslingers ruled. Is it any different today? There were over 100,000 hired guns in Iraq at one point. Privitizing knows no boundaries it seems and is present in any era.
The United States needs to take a good long look in the mirror. Before it can hope it improve its society and culture, it must acknowledge its problems. I think it is far from that point. Who is going to help the people recognize the issues? Politicians are hopelessly disconnected from the people they are supposed to serve and disconnected from reality itself. The mainstream media are too invested in chaos and suffering to do anything, even if they wanted. Remember the golden rule of the media, for maximun profit generation,
“If it bleeds, it leads.”
I don’t think many Americans are even aware that they have constructed history’s largest and most powerful empire. So how will they know what is happening to them when that empire decays to the point of ruin?
Will Americans simply blame each other? Blame other nations like China? President Trump has shown how easily that xenophobic itch is to scratch. Will there be another civil war as I have long postulated?
Let’s hope America one day wakes up from its zombie like status and its people can effect real change, both at home and, by minding their business more, overseas as well.
Closing down the American military regional hub on the remote Chagos island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and handing back the land to its rightful owners would be a good start.
President Eisenhower’s Greatest Deed (out of many)
World War 2 General and American President Dwight D Eisenhower’s greatest deed as a public servant occurred on January 17, 1961, shortly before stepping down after 8 years in the Whitehouse.https://www.youtube.com/embed/Gg-jvHynP9Y?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent
President Eisenhower delivered a farewell address to the nation, which is still talked about 60 years later, in 2021. The public response to the speech, particularly in more recent times, has perhaps successfully captured the warning that President Eisenhower was attempting to give. The speech is remarkable given who is making it – a retiring President, one of the few Generals to be awarded 5 stars and a hero of WW2 D-Day landings in France.
Eisenhower was a life long career military man. He knew no other job, apart from golf.
Which makes his message, broadcast live on TV even more memorable, even though it did not get much attention at the time.
Simply put, Eisenhower’s message in 1961 was, “Watch out for a ‘Military – Corporate’ take over of this country, the USA.”
We now realise that this speech was definitely not just an egotistical attempt to grab some last gasp publicity as President, as a modern politician might do, but contained a message that Eisenhower felt deeply about and had wanted for some time to share with his country. Much work went into the speech, it reportedly going through more than 20 drafts. The redrafting went on for more than a year.
How prescient Eisenhower’s message was, as he saw his young sucessor in the Whitehouse, President John F Kennedy assassinated in office in 1963, by parties unknown, however it is certain that Lee Harvey Oswald was not one of them. What a chilling and brutal demonstration of the power of this emerging power complex.
American governments had long been involved in regime change and assassination of world leaders, even their own. But John Kennedy’s killing was carried out in the modern era of live TV, in broad daylight in front of millions of viewers. He was the fourth American president to be assassinated and many attempts on other Presidents had been made, but John F Kennedy’s successful publicly broadcast murder in 1963 would be the start of a bloody and murderous decade in America.
Some key moments from President Eisenhower’s warning about abuse of government and corporate power,
“We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States corporations.”
“Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government…. we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals.”
“As we peer into society’s future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow.”
Well, it is a great message huh?
Some say even back in 1961, drafts of his speech included references to the political wing of today’s elite’s that have a stranglehold of power. That is, Eisenhower had at one point referred to the “Military – Industrial – Congressional Complex”. How close he was in predicting the future if that is correct. In the 1960’s banks and the financial industry in America had nothing like the power and influence they have today and so the President may be forgiven for not seeing the rise of the FINANCIALIZATION and its strangulation of America, which took off rapidly after the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.
But essentially President Eisenhower was on the correct path in his speech – he was could see the beginnings of today’s Military – Corporate – Political – Financial – Media autocracy as far back as the 1950s and he tried to warn us about it.
Mainstream Media play a pivotal role in the complex and it is perhaps the most powerful component of all, for they have the power and are tasked with responsibility to ask questions. If the media were doing their job, even poorly, citizens everywhere would know enough to understand the problems surrounding “the very structure of our society” as Eisenhower put it. But the mainstream media are not doing their job – even poorly.
The global media are not even abandoning their role in society. They doing worse than even that. The mainstream media are actively aiding and abetting the other components of this stranglehold of society by they themselves promoting immoral wars, financial thievery and illegal regime changes. There is no serious questioning of government anymore. The media are deliberately staying silent on the clear and irrefutable abuses carried out by their governments in the name of us, its citizens.
President Eisenhower’s warning that, “Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery” of the nation was well understood by these elites at the time of his speech.
Using the media and huge global public relations companies to create spiteful, hypocritical propaganda, tied together with trivial diversions and lies, the Military-Industrial-Media-Financial-Political complex has totally dulled the senses of its citizenry. They have created nations of smiling zombies, lifeless creatures with little brain function, able to walk in an undignified fashion towards a ballot box, and just capable of making an irrelevent “tick” every 4 years, as they mindlessly participate in the farce we still call freedom and democracy.
It must be true then, that people get the government they deserve.
Who is really to blame then for this sad state of affairs?
Britain & America’s Ethnic Cleansing Ongoing Today
Mauritius Prime Minister calls US & UK ‘hypocrites’
Published19 October 2020
Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has labelled the British and Americans “hypocrites” and “champions of double talk” for the way they have behaved over the Chagos Islands.
Last year, a United Nations court ruled that the UK should end its control of the Indian Ocean archipelago, which includes a US military base.
Between 1968 and 1974, the UK forcibly removed thousands of Chagossians from their homelands, at the request of the United States, and sent them more than 1,600km (1,000 miles) away to Mauritius and the Seychelles, where they faced extreme poverty and discrimination.
(Note: this ethnic cleansing was initiated by the Labour government of UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson, a supposedly left wing liberal and a progressive politician. It just shows that when the USA tells you to do something, it is done. Thank goodness that attitude is slowly changing.)
The United States “requested” that Britain forcibly remove the local population as it, the USA, wanted to build a large military hub on the biggest island Diego Garcia. The highly strategic location would enable the American military to attack targets in both the Middle East and the Pacific … which it later did, launching many waves of their bombing attacks on both Iraq and Afghanistan from its Chagos Islands military hub.
Legal action against the ethnic cleansing began almost immediately and proceeded very slowly.
But in 2019, the UN based International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion stating that the United Kingdom did not have sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and that the administration of the archipelago should be handed over “as rapidly as possible” to Mauritius. The United Nations General Assembly then voted 116 – 6 to give Britain a six-month deadline to begin the process of handing-over the islands. In 2021, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) added its own confirmation of Mauritius’ sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago, and criticised the UK’s failure to comply with the 2019 UN resolution.
The British government has promised to allow the return of the Chagossians and hand the islands back to Mauritius when they are no longer needed for security purposes.
One wonders when that day will come. When America’s global military dominance will be no longer necessary.
It is simply beyond belief that the USA and UK can display such hypocritical behaviour. Even if we employ the old, and always invalid argument that, “well, that is just how they thought back then…black people were dispensible” that is NOT how “we” think today right?
But no, America and Britain criticise other nations for human rights infringements of all kinds, often completely untrue, but carry on themselves in this criminal and morally indefensible way.
I mean, how stupid do they know most people are?
And like so many issues today and in history, the western elites can rely on their mainstream media to give this issue the merest coverage. Written to gloss over and detract from core moral failures and their hypocrisy.
Breaking News: Keeping Up With the Kardashians is in For a Remake. That headline might get me more hits?
Charges against 9 Govt Officials include Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Michigan, USA
(From a report on 14 January, 2021).
A total of nine Michigan state officials — many of whom are connected to Michigan’s 2014-15 response to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak — were charged Thursday by the State Attorney General’s office in relation to the 2019 Flint water crisis.
For three former state of Michigan officials, the charges are new. For the six others, charges have been resurrected from previous state investigations. Those charged range from a former two-term state Governor to a Flint public works Director, Emergency managers and other top State officials.
The Flint city water crisis came about after Government officials switched Flint’s water source from a Detroit-area system to the Flint River, the switch resulting in lead contamination of residents’ drinking water when the river water wasn’t properly treated with corrosion controls. This change in supply has also been suspected to have been involved in 2014-15 outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in the region that sickened more than 90 people and killed at least 12.
The nine government employees face a variety of charges including involuntary manslaughter, misconduct in office, willful neglect of duties, perjury during an investigative subpoena investigation, obstruction of justice and extortion.
“The American Empire Will Collapse Within Two Decades”
https://www.youtube.com/embed/VXYsGuBdzM4?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparentDr CHRIS HEDGES – AMERICAN EMPIRE COMING TO AN END
Respected American academic and commentator Dr Chris Hedges has been a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, war correspondant, a seminarian, public speaker and now devotes his life to speaking and educating people about the issues he sees within his own cuture.
In this short clip, Dr Hedges pulls no punches, does not mince words. His very reasonable and measured tone, delivering a devastatingly bleak message, seems to connect with his audience, some of whom display discomfort. But his background and experiences, built up over decades, demand his views be at least considered.
If you have ever heard people talk about an American empire, if you have had doubts yourself about the path of the United States, if you think there are issues with America but are not quite sure what they are and what causes them, or if you’re just curious about how many world citizens view America, then this 12 minute talk delivered by a highly experienced and respected American is FOR YOU!
If you find this clip interesting or alarming, click on a few other of his many youtube interviews and comments about the corruption, largesse and hedonism that have taken over western, particularly American culture.
Chris Hedges is not alone.
American Training of Alleged Terrorists & Dictators on US Soil to Continue
The controversial American military institution, The Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation (WHISC) has been found to have trained 7 of the people involved in the recent assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise.
WHISC, formerly known as “The School of the Americas” is a military training school run by the Pentagon located within the Fort Benning base, in Georgia, USA.
Since at least as far back as the 1950’s, the United States government has been openly training groups and individuals in the dark arts that might be useful when contemplating coups, assassinations and regime change. And funnily enough, these assassinations and regime changes often occur in America’s own backyard – Central and South America – which is probably why they renamed the organization to WHISC back in 1963, the same year President Kennedy was assassinated.
And it now seems, that even in modern day 2021 Haiti, this US military organization is still connected with assassinations of foreign leaders.
Current House of Representatives Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaking as House Democratic Party Whip released the following press statement concerning the School of the Americas in 2002,
“In 1999, the U.S. Congress voted to close the School of the Americas, which has educated some of the most horrible violators of human rights in this hemisphere. Last year, the Pentagon changed the name to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation , but did little to address the fundamental issues raised by Congress about the schools training methods, its lack of oversight, and its record of graduating human rights abusers.
We must not condone any of the atrocities that have been performed by people who are graduates of the School of the Americas, and I will continue to work with all of you to close this institution.”
The American government, in response to ongoing but ineffective criticism of their training of foreign agents, has usually taken the attitude something like,
“Well, yes, we do train people in techniques associated with coups, torture, assassinations and terrorism, but we can’t be held responsible for what our graduates do once they finish our training.”
Logically this is very sound. In reality it is a load of the type of excrement coming out of the rear end of a horse.
“The U.S. Army School of the Americas is a school that has run more dictators than any other school in the history of the world” — Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II
The institute itself explicitly denies accusations of teaching torture. Well it would wouldn’t it? After all, Americans don’t torture people right? They only subject people to “enhanced interrogation” which has been deemed entirely legal by…. themselves.
The American military’s “dictator” school has been the subject of many films and documentaries about it, such as the titles listed below. However, like many shocking things these days, although the “school” operates in broad daylight and is funded by American taxpayers, very few people still have any idea of its existance, or how their taxes are spent.
- School of the Americas Assassins, a 1994 short documentary film produced by Robert Richter. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short
- Hidden in Plain Sight, a 2003 feature-length documentary film produced by Andrés Thomas Conteris, Vivi Letsou, and John Smihula
- The War on Democracy, a 2007 documentary film produced by Youngheart Entertainment PTY Limited
- The Empire Files: The U.S. School That Trains Dictators and Death Squads, a 2015 documentary produced by Abby Martin and broadcast on teleSUR
An American Great Talks about War
One of smartest guys ever, George Carlin gives his opinions about wars, particularly those started by his own country.
Here he talks about the 1991 Gulf War, though the comments are universal.
Catch more of George’s material online – you’ll have a laugh !
The Last Decent Person in Washington?
President Jimmy Carter speaks to the American people about themselves, their culture and the crisis of confidence of the nation, in 1979. (4 mins)
Above are Four minutes of TRUTH that was delivered by US President Jimmy Carter in 1979, 42 years ago.
Carter’s full speech (33 mins) can be seen below. He was amazingly inciteful and so far ahead of his time. The people are only slowly realizing his wisdom.
Many people today say we need “straight talkers” in Washington. Honest and decent leaders that tell the voter “how it is” and “get things done.” Leaders who will drain the swamp, take back Washington, end the rule of the elites.
Well, America had that type of leader four decades ago and for his truth and honesty and plain talking, President Carter was rewarded with one of the biggest electoral defeats in American Presidential history.
The American voters gave a landslide victory to a former movie star, Ronald Reagan, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, some say whilst still in office, some say it was not during his time as President. After all, the official diagnosis was not made until 1994, 6 years after leaving office.
But one thing is for sure. President Reagan frequently used “cue cards” whilst in office, even in his first term. Leaders who met with him have commented on his use of these cards, supposedly to enable him to remember all the points he wanted to make.
So, the American voters were crazy about Ronald Reagan and his cue cards and gentle humour, handing him an even bigger landslide victory 4 years later in 1988, with ALL states but one, voting for Reagan – a record.
Clearly, voters were not too keen on the simple honest truths of Jimmy Carter, even if he could speak without cue cards.
Even historians and experts rate the Carter presidency in the bottom half of the “most effective list”, on a level approximate to that of George W Bush in some cases. That tells us something about historians and experts. And many people believe these things.
It is recommended for Americans in particular to listen to the full Carter speech above. They will undoubtedly be shocked at his warnings. For as bad as American society was 42 years ago, it must be almost unrecognizable to President Carter today.
No wonder that in 2017, President Carter called his nation – the United States of America – the nation that he spoke so proudly about in 1979, as ” the most warlike nation in history.”
Just as President Carter was correct in 1979, he was correct again in 2017. He has had to watch and endure his nation start endless wars of aggression, based on falsehoods and lies.
He has had to endure a mainstream media that aides and abettes in deception by the endless promotion of fake wars.
And now we see America’s sites turning to the creation of a new target to demonize – China. A country that has not been at war for many decades, as Carter also points out.
President Jimmy Carter has done more than enough in speaking out against America’s wars of aggression. He is well into his twilight years and has earned his rest. It will be very sad when he passes. The world will be a little worse off.
Now it is time for the rest of us to speak out against fake wars, where ever they come from.
Martin Luther King, 1967: “America is Too Arrogant.”
Martin Luther King was an amazing man who preached peace and led by example. His courage in taking public stands against the American invasion of Vietnam, where 56,000 Americans died and milions of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laosians were killed, was a testimony to such courage.
He suffered beatings, harrassment, surveillance, spying and imprisonment as a leader of civil rights and moral standing. He was a prime reason why much of the civil rights legislation in America exists today.
But when moved on a little from civil rights and began to teach Americans about poverty and hardship, that was too much it seems. Dr King was assassinated in 1968 as part of a bloody domestic decade in America. Few people know that his brother, A D King, also a preacher and civil rights leader was found dead in his swimming pool the year after Dr Martin Luther King was murdered.
A D King was found floating face down in his swimming pool in 1969, in circumstances many find suspicous as he was a strong swimmer.
John and Robert Kennedy were not the only brothers to perish in the bloody 1960’s environment of America.
Is China Spying- It’s the USA That Often Gets Caught!
The list of foreign countries, foreign leaders and international organizations that the United States has been caught spying on continues to grow. With friends like America, who needs to worry about Russia or China?
Of course, the mainstream media will tell you that Russia and China are the big threats.
Angela Merkel of Germany, Emanuel Macron of France are just the tip of a gigantic ice-berg that the American NSA spies on.
The American spying on their friends is often about commercial and financial interests – when Washington is going into trade talks or talks about NATO funding with EU “allies”, it is a great bonus to already know what your opposite number, say the President of France, is going to be talking about BEFORE the talks begin, right?
Washington already has their case prepared to counter the opposition before Air Force 1 touches down at the airport.
As President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “nothing happens by accident in politics.”
And if you already know everything about your friends and enemies before you talk to them, there isn’t much room for accidents at all.
President Sanders’ Second Term
“President Sanders today announces new bill to Congress to limit war making powers of the United States.”
WOW – if only this were true. Bernie Sanders IS WORKING on this new just announced bill, but just as a Senator, not the President.
The United States and the world should be enjoying the second term of President Sanders now. That would mean there was NO President Trump and NO President Biden.
But because of the corruption within the Democratic Party, which rigged the Primary process away from Sanders, we had Hillary Clinton as the “no-win” Democratic candidate for President in 2016. Exit polls showed that over 60% of Trump voters didn’t think he was suitable to be President – and yet they voted for him anyway.
Because Hillary was worse. She lost the impossible-to-lose election.
And even though Hillary WAS worse, look at what the world got from four years of Donald Trump. Instead, we should have had years of Bernie Sanders.
And after 4 years of President Bernie Sanders connecting with ordinary people and restoring a portion of pride and respect back into politics, it is fairly sure he would have been re-elected in 2020. And we wouldn’t have a 78 year old two-time brain surgery patient in the Whitehouse.
Who ever will be next? The circus continues………….
Congressman Sanders’ bill mentioned above, shows why he never had a chance to be President in 2016. Wars and invasions are simply too profitable to be without them.
America’s Privatized Prison System : How It Helps Profits
The Privatization of the Criminal Justice System and the Creation of a Pool of alleged “Forced Labour.“
The United States has only 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoners, at 2.3 million. America imprisons its people at TWICE the rate in South Africa, 3x the rate in Iran and 6x the rate in China.
Most US Prisons were privatized, into “for-profit” businesses in the Reagan era, 1980 – 88. It’s clear what this deregulation did to incarceration rates.
Many US states force prisoners to work for free. Even in states that do pay, the rate is often 25c to 1.25c an hour.
Some corporations – similar to these – use free forced labour in America.
Another example – Muscogee County Prison in Georgia saves the local authorities over $20 million annually due to the County using forced prison labor.
35-40% of firefighters in California fighting ongoing bush fires are prison inmates.
Some US companies are even moving their manufacturing back to America from low cost economies like Vietnam and Mexico, as these countries simply can’t compete with a free prison labour population of 2.3 million.
Former Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, worth $53 billion, admitted in December 2019 that he used forced labour to make high-frequency public phone calls during his election campaign.
A stunning fact about America’s criminal justice system is that America is the ONLY country in the world that imprisons CHILDREN for LIFE, without any chance of parole.
Not even Saudi Arabia or North Korea imprison children for life without parole.
There are approximately 60,000 children in US prisons today.
Tragically, there are more 17-year-old black males in prison in America than there are in college.
What do these statistics say for the long term health of American society? How many Americans are aware of these things? What is the media doing ?
David Koch, multi billionare (above), speaking at a “Defending the American Dream” conference.
“They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe in it.”GEORGE CARLIN, US COMIC AND PHILOSOPHER
The US Government story on the Kennedy assassination(s) was always full of holes.
The US government story on the Kennedy assassination(s) was always full of holes and inconsistencies. Oliver Stone keeps the discussion alive.
No President will ever release the truth. They know they might be next if they do.
The Impossibly Interesting Life of Gore Vidal
American Gore Vidal’s life (1925 – 2012) was impossibly interesting.
Watch some of it in the film above.
Born at West Point, NY, essentially working in the US Congress by 8 years old as an aide to his blind Congressman grandfather, flying aircraft home made by his engineer father at 10 and then becoming a professionally published writer at 21.
All of this before his life really started !
He is perhaps one of the first modern celebrities who never wanted that tag but he always had an opinion about everything… the correct opinion of course.
Check out the information about Gore Vidal on the internet. The world has lost much of the depth and colour that people like Vidal bought to it.
American Civilians Bombed from the Air by American Planes
It is 100 years since the terrible Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre / riot.
The official Oklahoma state report says people, including some agents of government, deliberately destroyed 1,256 homes “alongwith virtually every other structure in the Greenwood district, including churches, schools, businesses, even a hospital and library.”
Buck Colbert Franklin, a prominent Black lawyer in Tulsa, described attacks on American civilians from the air, and Franklin’s 10-page, typewritten first-person account of the incident was only discovered in 2015 and donated to the Smithsonian’s African American History Museum.
The resulting devastation was immense. Most of the affuent black area of Greenwood was totally destroyed. Not by “riot” as the media even back then attempted to deflect from the causes, but by the deliberate destruction initiated by the white population. It has been called a massacre, though like all massacres, the actual death toll is difficult to determine and some of the dead were white. But somewhere around the low hundreds is presumed to be the death toll.
And although Tulsa is not quite “the forgotten massacre”, as many instances of mass killing are, it is none-the-less often referred to in the media as a “riot” or “race riot”.
Most people would challenge that characterization. But, at least this tragic event is recognized in some way, and hopefully, not just each 100 years.
American Sanctions Kill 100,000 Innocent Venezuelans Needlessly (so far)
The American government’s sanctions death toll in Venezuela has reached over 100,000 poor innocent men, women and children (so far).
Sanctions have been called a form of warfare – they are designed to kill. Not to kill quickly, as in conventional wars, but to kill slowly…death by eventual strangulation.
Sanctions by powerful countries – the USA being the most powerful – prevent the governments of nations from going about their lawful daily business of providing for their people.
For example – when a hospital in Venezeula runs out of antibiotics or an x ray machine breaks down, normally the hospital will simply buy a new part or purchase new supplies from a local business that supplies these things. Similarly, with food. You run out, you buy more right?
Wrong. Sanctioned countries like Venezeula are prevented from doing such simple and vital business dealings with the rest of the world because the international western companies that governments normally do business with when maintaining their infrastructure, will be boycotted by the huge US banks if they do business with the sanctioned country. US banks are extremely powerful and no company wants to be sanctioned by them either. So, many companies refuse to deal with sanctioned countries. As a result, the sanctioned countries can not buy enough medicenes, enough food, enough spare parts etc to keep their clean water supplies flowing, enough lubricants and chemicals to keep their sanitation systems working properly, etc, and etc.
In other words, sanctions often prevent a country from functioning normally. Many otherwise healthy people die for entirely preventable reasons and the quality of life overalls suffers greatly. People get sick more often and die from simple causes such as unclean water.
After many years of this suffering, people will get restless and angry and they’ll often direct their anger at their government, which often has few options to overcome the sanctions and the people’s suffering. This can result in widespread protests and chaos, and in some cases, revolution. Revolution is often the end goal of the whole process. That is, removing an independently minded government of a nation and steering events in a way to replace it with a new leader and new government, more in tune with the requirements of the nation applying the sanctions.
Venezeula has been very hard hit by sanctions. Even its substantial Gold deposits held in UK banks – which could have been sold or bartered to get around its sanctions – were seized by the UK government and a long running court case by the Venezeulan government is unfolding in order to get this gold back.
Western media and governments will tell you that essential supplies like food and medicenes are always exempt from their sanctions – which is true, techically.
Although foods and medicenes are exempt from sanctions, governments and companies under sanction still have to buy and pay for these essential supplies via the international financial system which is where the problem lies. Unlike the supply companies in question, the banks needed to transfer the required funds ARE often under sanction. So essentially, the result is the same. Venezeula is unable to supply its people with essential items and so Venezeulans are dieing every day for no reason, other than western politics.
No government is perfect and some of the problems have been caused by Venezeuan government itself. However, it is clear that sanctions are making it impossible for the govt to improve the situation, however much they try. And importantly, the current government in Venezeula and its President, Nicholas Maduro WERE democratically elected in free and fair elections.
Many countries have had the same treatment. As former President Richard Nixon said to his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissenger in the 1960 & 70’s,
“Make it scream Henry!”, it being the economy of Chile, and “scream” Chile did as a result of it being strangled by sanctions. Amid the ensuing chaos, the democratically elected leader of Chile was replaced with a more western friendly dictator, and thousands of people in Chile were killed and tortured as a result.
There are 26 other sovereign nations (at last count) victimised by unilateral United States Sanctions in this manner.
He was a leader in the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) when Interviewed
Omer Kanat was interviewed the by The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal (right) in 2019. Mr Kanant was asked how he knew that 1 million Uyghurs were being held in camps in Xinjiang. He answered, that his organization, the WUC, got their information from the western media.
This is a startling admission, as Mr Kanat and the various Uyghur organizations he has been a leader in (the WUC, Radio Free Asia, Uyghur Human Rights Defenders) have been quoted in the western media AT GREAT LENGTH, as THEM being the sources of the media’s stories. But Mr Kanat is saying they don’t know, they just read a newspaper.
Huh? Which is it? They can’t both be true.
Does anyone actually know anything about Uyghurs in camps?
By the way, all of the organizations listed above that Mr Omer Kanat worked for are partially funded by the American government.
The interview with Omer Kanat is part of some excellent investigative journalism found in this link,
US Voter Disenfranchisement is an historical issue
A man hailed by mainstream media outlets for standing in line for six hours to cast his ballot in last year’s Democratic primary has been arrested for voting illegally. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
Hervis Rogers, 62, was a felon on parole at the time he voted in the November 2018 general election and the March 2020 Democratic primary, according to a two-count indictment by Texas prosecutors. His arrest set off a storm of criticism from the ACLU, anti-incarceration activists, and left-wing pundits, who claimed that it was unjust and racist, since Rogers is black….
click link to read more….
American Genocide Finally being Talked About
Mass killing of American children follows on from recent Canadian discoveries
People across North America — and beyond — have watched in horror as the remains of over 1000 young people have been found in Canada at “residential schools” at just three former school sites. More than 130 sites have yet to be examined.
“For many Indigenous people, the most shocking element of the story is not the discovery of the graves but the fact that it’s taken so long for non-Natives to acknowledge the grim details of this long-ignored history of Indian residential schools, a story that is part of both U.S. and Canadian history,” Mary Annette Pember, a citizen of the Red Cliff Ojibwe tribe in Wisconsin, wrote recently in Indian Country Today.
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition has identified 367 Indian boarding schools in the U.S., many of them in western states. That’s twice as many as in Canada. It is estimated that 60,000 children attended these schools in the United States. Records about the schools, many of which had cemeteries on the grounds, are scant.
The American schools, which spread across the country in the 19th and 20th centuries, were government funded and often run by churches. Although the act called for consent for such education, in practice many Native American children were forcibly taken from their homes.
The education soon became about assimilation into white, European culture. The children were beaten, starved and abused if they spoke their Native language, wore Native clothing or showed signs of their Native culture.
“The purpose of Indian boarding schools was to culturally assimilate Indigenous children by forcibly relocating them from their families and communities to distant residential facilities where their American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian identities, languages, and beliefs were to be forcibly suppressed. For over 150 years, hundreds of thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their communities,” the U.S. Department of the Interior said last month.
This violent history has gotten scant attention in most of America.
That will change, because of the Canadian deaths and a new initiative announced last month by U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.