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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #800 on: January 18, 2019, 05:06:06 AM »
My last comment about Jimmy Dore may have been a bit over the top. Now (f...!) I won't apologize as planned (as I don't very seriously think Jimmy is a professional bullshitter - but sometimes an impression needs be told...).

But McIntyre definitely is 8) Ask e.g. Michael Mann. This source is truely toxic (not just a bit naive like Dore), a long rotten hopeless brain, thus no neurons or hormones should be wasted on any of its output.

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« Reply #801 on: January 18, 2019, 05:29:13 AM »
Ähmm what I wanted to suggest, seriously: Extend the topic to Good, Bad, and Bullshit journalism.
(For many years I suggested usage of that wörd in climate debate. It took poor Al Gore two Martinis to utter the wörd in closed session at Aspen. Then I stopped listening and suggesting.)


The neocons are full of paleo con men like McIntyre. Funny how some flowerpower people love to jump on their clown bus.

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« Reply #802 on: January 18, 2019, 07:07:39 AM »
Kaszeta needs to make clear that he gets paid for that kind of stuff by covert organisations that get paid millions to fuel conflicts with Russia...

And here, my friends, is where the founder of the ASIF sounds exactly like the number one climate science denier and ClimateGate keeper : Stephen McIntyre, in their attack on fact-checkers like (Bellingcat's) Dan Kaszeta.

Just so you know.
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« Reply #803 on: January 18, 2019, 07:09:20 AM »
And no, Neven, the Integrity Initiative for which Dan writes is NOT "covert", and neither is it "warmongering" or "parasite" as you suggest.

In fact, it's wide open and clear in its objectives.

https://www.integrityinitiative.net/

They openly state that they counter dis-information and propaganda, and they have plenty of articles that debunk dis- and mis-information. Mostly from Russia, since that's where most dis-information comes from nowadays.

And judging by the amount of Russian attack articles against them (on Sputnik and RT and sites from the PropOrNot list), they are doing something right.
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« Reply #804 on: January 18, 2019, 09:53:10 AM »
Facebook and the Atlantic Council still truckin' along as expected - The Empire Strikes Back.

‘Political censorship’: Sputnik slams Facebook as it removes 350+ pages for ‘inauthentic behavior’ 

Sputnik said that many of its clearly signposted pages were taken down for supposedly concealing their links to Sputnik.
Sputnik news agency says it was engaged in legitimate promotion of its content, before Facebook took down hundreds of accounts it said were secretly run by its staff, following a tip-off from the NATO-backed Atlantic Council.

On Thursday, Facebook removed 289 pages and 75 individual accounts that it said “misrepresented” themselves as “independent news Pages” before the company’s investigation “found that these Pages and accounts were linked to employees of Sputnik, a news agency based in Moscow, and that some of the Pages frequently posted about topics like anti-NATO sentiment, protest movements, and anti-corruption.”

Ben Nimmo, a researcher at the Atlantic Council, and an employee of Integrity Initiative, the UK-backed undercover influence network, took to social media to claim credit for his organization, saying its Digital Forensic Research Lab first uncovered Sputnik-affiliated pages in Latvia late last year.

https://www.rt.com/news/449059-facebook-sputnik-takedown-censorship-inauthentic/

I bet the Latvians found those "Sputnik - Latvia" pages first .... given they were published publicly on Facebook for the entire world to see. Much like a News Stand with Penthouse mags and the National Enquirer sitting on the racks. People of all tastes are accommodated for - except on Facebook. ;)

Another big win for global censorship by The Empire Apparatchiks though.  Take a bow Nimmo!
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« Reply #805 on: January 18, 2019, 03:52:50 PM »
Maybe it would be easier to cut out all the middle-men by the U.S. unilaterally Annexing the rest of the world and called it the 51st State of the Union thereby immediately placing the entire globe under U.S. Law and be done with it?

Their Military is already based there anyway and it would be a simple matter of switching all the Ambassadors to Presidential Appointed 'County Majors.'
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« Reply #806 on: January 19, 2019, 09:21:32 AM »
  "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie deliberate, contrived, and dishonest but the myth persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic." - John F. Kennedy

  "A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins." - Benjamin Franklin

  "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be ... The People cannot be safe without information. When the press is free, and every man is able to read, all is safe." - Thomas Jefferson
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« Reply #807 on: January 20, 2019, 06:16:35 AM »
 Colleagues have been mourning the death of Mohamed Ben Khalifa, a freelance photographer who worked for RT's video agency Ruptly and AP. Khalifa was killed by a stray shell south of Tripoli while on the job.

Ben Khalifa was killed on Saturday near Libya's capital, Tripoli, that has been seeing a flare-up of violence between rival militias since Wednesday. AFP reported, citing security sources, that the photographer came under shelling that targeted the positions of the group with which he was embedded at the moment.

Ben Khalifa is survived by his wife and five-month-old baby daughter.

Condolences have been pouring in to the family of the 35-year-old from the journalist community in Libya, where he was known as one of the leading photographers, and beyond.

    A reporter for #AP the Associated Press, @mbenkhalifaly , was killed on Saturday while covering clashes in southern #Tripoli #Libya #Stop the #war We lost a lot because of your politics and your greed 😢☹️🏳️  pic.twitter.com/hCiI4D39TZ
    — Hatim Asalih (@HatimAsalih) January 19, 2019

Being a freelance artist, Ben Khalifa had worked with RT's video agency Ruptly since 2016. He had also collaborated with the Associated Press.

During his three years with Ruptly, Ben Khalifa produced some 30 stories, covering clashes from the frontlines of the Libyan unrest as well as the plight of migrants venturing on a perilous journey to cross Mediterranean in a bid to reach Europe and escape turmoil at home.

    an #immigrant in one of ani illegal immigration buses, #Libyan #coastguards rescued 360 #Immigrants South both Algrabolli and Zuwarah #libya #MigrantJourneys #migrants pic.twitter.com/HDs5UHyo7h
    — Mohamed Ben Khalifa (@mbenkhalifaly) January 15, 2018

    #Celebrations of 17th Feb in #Tripoli , in Zangha Zangha way. #Libya #Gaddafi
    Better quality in this link : https://t.co/pAK7VCQ4iH pic.twitter.com/tCooWma1zz
    — Mohamed Ben Khalifa (@mbenkhalifaly) February 23, 2018

    an #immigrant’s ring on his corpse inside the death fridge in #Tripoli center hospital after he got prepared to transfer him and 5 other Pakistani to #Pakistan, the 6 pakistani bodies were out of 12 #Pakistani bodies that were found on the 2nd of this month near #Zuwarah beach  pic.twitter.com/bafGoHD2pz
    — Mohamed Ben Khalifa (@mbenkhalifaly) February 7, 2018

https://www.rt.com/news/449219-libya-photographer-killed-ruptly/
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« Reply #808 on: January 22, 2019, 09:50:53 PM »
This is funny. Others have been doing it on social media, one guy got to 42 major stuff-ups befor ehe quit in exhaustion. RT also did a summary of the worst examples, their top 10.

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Beyond BuzzFeed:
The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story


BuzzFeed was once notorious for traffic-generating “listicles,” but has since become an impressive outlet for deep investigative journalism under editor-in-chief Ben Smith. That outlet was prominently in the news this week thanks to its “bombshell” story about President Trump and Michael Cohen: a story that, like so many others of its kind, blew up in its face, this time when the typically mute Robert Mueller’s office took the extremely rare step to label its key claims “inaccurate.”

But in homage to BuzzFeed’s past viral glory, following are the top ten worst media failures in two-plus-years of Trump/Russia reporting.

They are listed in reverse order, as measured by the magnitude of the embarrassment, the hysteria they generated on social media and cable news, the level of journalistic recklessness that produced them, and the amount of damage and danger they caused.

This list was extremely difficult to compile in part because news outlets (particularly CNN and MSNBC) often delete from the internet the video segments of their most embarrassing moments. Even more challenging was the fact that the number of worthy nominees is so large that highly meritorious entrees had to be excluded, but are acknowledged at the end with (dis)honorable mention status.

Note that all of these “errors” go only in one direction: namely, exaggerating the grave threat posed by Moscow and the Trump circle’s connection to it.

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/20/beyond-buzzfeed-the-10-worst-most-embarrassing-u-s-media-failures-on-the-trumprussia-story/
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« Reply #809 on: January 22, 2019, 10:09:35 PM »
Some times I skim through the news list on Real Clear Politics to see what's "rating" as important.

What I really get a kick out of sometimes is when the list tackles the exact same stories but it's as if the news reports are coming from alternate realities - so opposite are they - this is usually openly displayed in article titles. Let's see if I can show this by grouping different stories by subject matter:

Covington Catholic Students Smeared by Media
Tucker Carlson, FOX News
Trump's MAGA Hats Have Become Potent Symbol of Racism
Issac Bailey, CNN
The Perils of Instant Judgment
Chicago Tribune
The MAGA Teens Aren't Innocent Victims
Ruth Graham, Slate
The Progressive War on Catholic Private Schools
Michael Davis, Spectator USA
Virtue-Signaling Conservatives Join the Left's Lynch Mob
Julie Kelly, Am Greatness
I Failed the Covington Catholic Test
Julie Irwin Zimmerman, The Atlantic
Media Doubles Down with Another Covington Catholic Smear
Debra Heine, PJ Media

BuzzFeed, Covington Catholic, and the Harm of False Witness
Steve Cortes, RCP
The Media's BuzzFeeding Frenzy
Kalev Leetaru, RealClearPolitics
The 10 Worst Media Failures on Trump-Russia Story
Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

Are Liberals Ready for a Nuanced Debate About Kamala?
Jill Filipovic, NBC News
May the Best Woman Win
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times
Kamala Harris: The Dems' Dishonest, Authoritarian Candidate
Washington Examiner
3 Hard-Left Women a Recipe for Dem 2020 Disaster
Jaclyn Cashman, Boston Herald
2020 Democrats Confront How to Deal With Trump
Reston & Collinson, CNN


Biden's Career Is Proof of Democrats' Hard Left Turn
David Harsanyi, The Federalist
The Young Left's Anti-Capitalist Manifesto
Clare Malone, FiveThirtyEight
The Crippling Cost of 70% Tax Rates
Edward Conard, Wall Street Journal
We Must Fight to Protect Our Health Care System
Sen. Jacky Rosen, Las Vegas Sun
As RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) Recovers, the Left Courts Disaster
Noemie Emery, Washington Examiner

The World Still Needs NATO
Ursula von der Leyen, New York Times
NATO Is a Danger, Not a Guarantor of Peace
Robert Merry, The American Conservative

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crusher of Sacred Cows
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
AOC and the Rise of the Attention Candidate [ already have a dismissive MEME for it now!!!]
Caroline McCarthy, Spectator USA

End the Shutdown, Make a Deal on Immigration
USA Today
Congress Must Reject Trump's Cynical Deal to End Shutdown
SF Chronicle
Trump Compromise Offer Solidifies GOP Behind Him
Susan Crabtree, RealClearPolitics
The Shutdown Is Going to Do Major Damage to the GOP
David Faris, The Week
Now Pelosi Owns the Shutdown
Stephen Moore, Washington Times

At Halfway Mark, the Resistance Winning Against Trump
John Cassidy, New Yorker
Trump Should Give the SOTU in Michigan
Nolan Finley, Detroit News

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Well I find it all pretty funny. Don't you see the humour in it too?

PS in all the articles listed by RCP recently not one addressed Tulsi Gabbard's run for Pres.
Already the MSM are doing "a Bernie Sanders" on Gabbard. Amazing isn't it?
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« Reply #810 on: January 22, 2019, 10:38:33 PM »
Is nothing "sacred"?

 A Jewish community group in Brazil is suing an iconic political cartoonist for anti-Semitism, over a drawing depicting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a “swastika embrace.”

The Jewish Federation of Rio de Janeiro filed the suit against the cartoonist Aroeira on January 15. The offending image shows both leaders hugging with their eyes closed while their arms form a swastika.

    Brazilian Jews are suing the Brazilian cartoonist who drew this cartoon. I believe, contrary to them, that this is an apt cartoon which correctly notes that Bolsonaro and Netanyahu have embraced white nationalists throughout the world; that they govern on principles of racialism pic.twitter.com/qwRdC5FUM1
    — Ahmed Tharwat, احمد ثروت (@ahmediaTV) January 22, 2019
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« Reply #811 on: January 23, 2019, 09:00:52 AM »
This could go in several threads, but it is a good piece of media so i post here: Giridharadas at the guardian:

"A successful society is a progress machine. It takes in the raw material of innovations and produces broad human advancement. America’s machine is broken ... now many of the people who broke the progress machine are trying to sell us their services as repairmen."

"many millions of Americans, on the left and right, feel one thing in common: that the game is rigged against people like them."

"the system – in America and across much of the world – has been organised to siphon the gains from innovation upward "

"All around us, the winners in our highly inequitable status quo declare themselves partisans of change. "

"these initiatives are not democratic, nor do they reflect collective problem-solving or universal solutions."

"Those at greatest risk of being resented in an age of inequality are thereby recast as our saviours from an age of inequality."

"the biggest beneficiaries of the status quo should play a leading role in the status quo’s reform."

" are we ready to hand over our future to the plutocratic elites, one supposedly world-changing initiative at a time? Are we ready to call participatory democracy a failure "

"By refusing to risk its way of life, by rejecting the idea that the powerful might have to sacrifice for the common good, it clings to a set of social arrangements that allow it to monopolise progress and then give symbolic scraps to the forsaken – many of whom wouldn’t need the scraps if society were working right."

"doing so not only fails to make things better, but also serves to keep things as they are."

"much of today’s charity and social innovation ... may not be measures of reform so much as forms of conservative self-defence – measures that protect elites from more menacing change."

"Elites ... have found myriad ways to “change things on the surface so that in practice nothing changes at all”. The people with the most to lose from genuine social change have placed themselves in charge of social change"

"Trump is the reductio ad absurdum of a culture that tasks elites with reforming the very systems that have made them and left others in the dust."

"The only thing better than controlling money and power is to control the efforts to question the distribution of money and power. The only thing better than being a fox is being a fox asked to watch over hens."

"Much of what appears to be reform in our time is in fact the defense of stasis. "

Read the whole thing:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/22/the-new-elites-phoney-crusade-to-save-the-world-without-changing-anything

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« Reply #812 on: January 23, 2019, 11:21:31 AM »
Chris Hedges gets full-on 'medieval' with the climate denying 'Christian right' and corporate rape of the planet.

Confronting the Culture of Death
http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/chris-hedges/83130/confronting-the-culture-of-death
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« Reply #813 on: January 23, 2019, 11:35:36 AM »

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« Reply #814 on: January 24, 2019, 07:40:17 AM »
US Court of Appeals rules Politicians can not block people on their Facebook (aka all Social media) accounts.

This may have further implications down the track that might bar Social Media Corporations themselves from doing the same ... in the 'digital town square'.

One of the Appeals Court Judges has suggested the SCOTUS needs to look at this whole issue of Social Media use and the First Amendment.

Jimmy Dore does a quick overview


Politicians cannot block social media foes
In a 3-0 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Phyllis Randall, chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, violated the First Amendment free speech rights of Brian Davison by banning him for 12 hours from her “Chair Phyllis J. Randall” page.

The ban came after Davison had attended a 2016 town hall meeting, and then under his Facebook profile “Virginia SGP” accused school board members and their relatives of corruption and conflicts of interest. Randall had also removed her original post and all comments, including Davison’s.

Circuit Judge James Wynn rejected Randall’s argument that her Facebook page was a private website, saying the “interactive component” was a public forum and that she engaged in illegal viewpoint discrimination.

Davison’s speech “occupies the core of the protection afforded by the First Amendment,” Wynn wrote.

 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-virginia-facebook-decision/politicians-cannot-block-social-media-foes-u-s-appeals-court-idUSKCN1P11SC

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« Reply #815 on: January 25, 2019, 06:56:51 AM »
Engelhardt at tomdispatch on Afghanistan:

" the memory hole that’s swallowed up parts of our all-too-recent history."

"Donald Trump was right that Russia’s Afghan misadventure is a remarkably logical place to start when considering the present American debacle in that same country."

"At the highest levels of the Carter and then the Reagan administrations, top American officials were working assiduously to embroil the Soviets in Afghanistan and would then invest staggering sums in a CIA campaign to fund Islamic extremist guerrillas to keep them there."

Brzezinski:  "We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War."

"suffering from what General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev came to call “the bleeding wound.” "

"Brzezinski and his successors were just a tad too successful -- or, to put it another way, that they lured not one but two empires into their trap; the second being, of course, the American one."

"you might consider starting to refer to Afghanistan -- and I assure you this would be historically accurate (even if you were roundly criticized for it by the Washington punditariat) -- as America’s “bleeding wound.” "

"Because of that sense of amnesia, David Frum, Mr. Axis of Evil, like the rest of his neocon companions has, a decade and a half later, risen again in Washington."

"in twenty-first-century Washington, there’s no way you can be too wrong. "

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http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176519/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_amnesia_in_washington/

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« Reply #816 on: January 26, 2019, 09:57:48 PM »
Interview with Tucker Carlson at salon: might vote for Warren

"Of the top 10 richest zip codes in the country, I think all 10 are now represented by Democrats. I think of the top 50, 42 are represented by Democrats."

"It's really simple. Drive from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh, that's all it takes. You stop four times for gas and something to eat, and open your eyes and what are you looking at? I mean, what are you looking at? You're looking at a society that has collapsed ... "

"I think that we talk too much and think too much about Trump, and that is again probably intentional, because it's a way to wade past the actual conversations which are uncomfortable about who is getting rich and who is not."

" the voices calling most loudly for a continued American presence in the Syrian war, which is totally pointless and crazy, actually. in my opinion, are from the left. It's all the chin-tuggers on CNN who are telling you it's irresponsible to leave or we need to support NATO or pick a fight with Russia or defend Latvia against Putin. "

"the effects of Trump getting elected have been a lot more confusing than I think anyone ever would have anticipated. Basically the parties switched sides."

"The goal is the society where parents can stay home with their kids if they choose on one income ... If she ran on that, I would vote for Elizabeth Warren"

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https://www.salon.com/2019/01/26/salon-interview-tucker-carlson-bashes-capitalism-says-he-might-vote-for-elizabeth-warren/

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« Reply #817 on: January 27, 2019, 06:57:57 AM »
I know what the problem is.

We do not have enough Social Media platforms or users, or enough CNN contributions from Neoliberal Right Wing Empire Apologist Conspiracy Theorists like McCarthyite Weasel Michael Weiss.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Night,_and_Good_Luck

https://twitter.com/michaeldweiss?lang=en

Delusional and Deranged imho and a cheap Shill
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« Reply #818 on: January 27, 2019, 08:05:54 AM »
oldie but a goodie: Bertrand Russell in 1952



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« Reply #819 on: January 27, 2019, 08:26:06 AM »
I know what the problem is.

Hate in the heartland: America is stumbling towards disaster one virulent tweet at a time
by Robert Bridge, an American writer and journalist. Former Editor-in-Chief of The Moscow News, he is author of the book, 'Midnight in the American Empire,' released in 2013

Victor Davis Hanson, a historian at the Hoover Institution, shed some light on how this phenomenon is helping to make hate in the US go mainstream.

“The Internet and social media often descend into an electronic lynch mob,” Hanson wrote. “In a nanosecond, an insignificant local news story goes viral. Immediately hundreds of millions of people use it to drum up the evils or virtues of either progressivism or conservatism.”

    Pay attention to the journalists and outlets who are acknowledging their mistakes in the #CovingtonCatholic affair, and those who are doubling-down on demonizing kids. Follow/support the former, abandon the latter. We get the media we deserve.
    — Sarah Haider (@SarahTheHaider) January 22, 2019

It is truly the ultimate paradox: at a time when the US, like other modern countries, enjoy all the benefits of communication technologies, the subtle art of communication has gone missing from the equation.

People no longer understand how to hold a rational conversation. Social media users have become savvy at crafting short and snarky comments, but utter failures when it comes to listening to any voice that did not originate in their heads.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/449734-hate-us-divide-maga/
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« Reply #820 on: January 29, 2019, 04:50:25 AM »
Jan 28th 2019
US Hits PDVSA with More Sanctions as UNSC Fails to Pass Resolution on Venezuela
US Treasury imposed a de facto oil embargo against Venezuela as the diplomatic standoff over Guaido’s self-proclamation continues.
https://venezuelanalysis.com

US Sanctions Against Venezuela Force Abby Martin’s “Empire Files” to Shut Down
The U.S. government is not only seeking to punish the Venezuelan government with its increasingly draconian sanctions, but is seeking as well to cripple the teleSUR media network, despite the fact that it is funded by several other countries.
https://www.mintpressnews.com/empire-files-venezuela-sanctions/248151/


the empire files_
From inside history's biggest empire:
Files logged by Abby Martin recording a world shaped by war & inequality.
http://theempirefiles.tv/
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« Reply #821 on: January 29, 2019, 06:07:04 AM »
Only 2 articles about Venezuela on RCP long list of US news items on it's front page.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

By Fox
Mark Penn: Could the US end up like Venezuela?
It might if we don't learn these three critical lessons
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/mark-penn-could-the-us-end-up-like-venezuela-it-might-if-we-dont-learn-these-three-critical-lessons

By Bloomberg
Editorial Board
A Bold, Risky Stroke for Democracy in Venezuela
An attempt to restore democracy will fail without the world’s help.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-25/guaido-s-bold-stroke-for-democracy-in-venezuela
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« Reply #822 on: January 31, 2019, 07:19:39 AM »
Johnson at truthdig takes a walk down memory lane: NYT as coup cheerleader

"the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America ..."

"Covert involvement of the United States, by the CIA or other intelligence services, isn’t mentioned in any of the Times’ editorials on any of the coups. "

" ... things seem to happen in Latin American countries entirely on their own, with outside forces rarely, if ever, mentioned ..."
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The answer is that rank ideology is baked into the premise. The idea that the U.S. is motivated by human rights and democracy is taken for granted ..."

" the Times cheerled the CIA-sponsored coup against Iran’s President, Mohammad Mossadegh, in 1953 "

" ... the thing that’s being objected to by the White House, the State Department and their U.S. imperial apparatchiks is the redistributive policies and opposition to the United States’ will ..."

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/your-complete-guide-to-the-n-y-times-support-of-u-s-backed-coups-in-latin-america/

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« Reply #823 on: February 01, 2019, 05:38:09 PM »
In my New Yorker (a wonderful US publication) there was a bit about Germans preferring Russia. It comes to a cheerful conclusion. As I look at the website, I quickly found two more articles to waste people's time.

Masha Gessen is a particular favorite, a brilliant Russian lesbian with a tolerant and eccentric point of view.
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-trump-russia-investigation-and-the-mafia-state

Trump Lost the Shutdown, But At Least God Made Him President, and He’s Building That Wall https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-trumps-washington/trump-lost-the-shutdown-but-at-least-god-made-him-president-and-hes-building-that-wall

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/28/how-a-teens-death-has-become-a-political-weapon
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In recent months, she has shared calls for Merkel to leave office, memes portraying Vladimir Putin as a protector of decent Germans, and a string of posts by a newly founded association called Jews in the Alternative for Germany.

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« Reply #824 on: February 01, 2019, 07:41:38 PM »
Masha Gessen is brilliant (link above)! Here's some of her take which may reconcile some of the opposing views of our otherwise well-intentioned colleagues:

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What we are observing is not most accurately described as the subversion of American democracy by a hostile power. Instead, it is an attempt at state capture by an international crime syndicate. What unites Yanukovych, Veselnitskaya, Manafort, Stone, WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange, the Russian troll factory, the Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos and his partners in crime, the “Professor” (whose academic credentials are in doubt), and the “Female Russian National” (who appears to have fraudulently presented herself as Putin’s niece) is that they are all crooks and frauds. This is not a moral assessment, or an attempt to downplay their importance. It is an attempt to stop talking in terms of states and geopolitics and begin looking at Mafias and profits.

The Hungarian sociologist Bálint Magyar, who created the concept of the “post-Communist mafia state,” has just finished editing a new collection of articles called “Stubborn Structures: Reconceptualizing Post-Communist Regimes” .... Magyar describes the Mafia state as one run by a “patron” and his “court”—put another way, the boss and his clan—who appropriate public resources and the institutions of the state for their private use and profit. When I talked to Magyar on the phone on Monday, he told me that Trump is “like a Mafia boss without a Mafia. Trump cannot transform the United States into a Mafia state, of course, but he still acts like a Mafia boss.” Putin, on the other hand, “is a Mafia boss with a real Mafia, which has turned the whole state into a criminal state.” Still, he said, “the behavior at the top is the same.”

The Mafia state is efficient in its own way. It does not take over all state institutions, but absorbs only the ones necessary for extracting profit. Some structures therefore continue to work as though they were part of a normal state.

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A Mafia state, on the other hand, acts only in the personal profit-seeking interests of the clan. “That’s not a deviation,” Magyar said. “It’s a substantive, structural characteristic of the state. The state itself, at the top, works as a criminal organization.”

When members of the American media cover the story of Russian meddling, they implicitly portray Russia as a normal state, and the influence operation as an undertaking of the state aimed at furthering Russia’s national interests. This strikes Russians as absurd. ....

By the metrics of a Mafia state, though, the Trump Presidency has yielded great results for Russia. A Mafia boss craves respect, loyalty, and perceived power. Trump’s deference to Putin and the widespread public perception of Putin’s influence over Trump have lifted Putin’s stature beyond what I suspect could have been his wildest dreams. As happens in a Mafia state, most of the benefit accrues to the patron personally. But some of the profit goes to the clan. Over the weekend, we learned that the Treasury Department has lifted sanctions on companies that belong to Oleg Deripaska, a member of Putin’s “court” who once lent millions of dollars to Manafort. If a ragtag team employed by or otherwise connected to the Russian Mafia state tried to aid a similar collection of crooks and frauds to elect Trump—as it increasingly looks like they did—then the Deripaska news helps explain their motivations. The story is not that Putin is masterminding a vast and brilliant attack on Western democracy. The story, it appears, is that the Russian Mafia state is cultivating profit-yielding relationships with the aspiring Mafia boss of the U.S. and his band of crooks, subverting democratic institutions in the process.

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« Reply #825 on: February 01, 2019, 09:53:31 PM »
This is much better than the average Russiagate-New-Cold-War-McCarthyite hysteria.
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« Reply #826 on: February 01, 2019, 11:10:18 PM »
This is much better than the average Russiagate-New-Cold-War-McCarthyite hysteria.
Because who would know more about criminal hierarchy in a post Soviet State than a politician attempting to advance his own position in a post Soviet State. ::)
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« Reply #827 on: February 02, 2019, 01:20:30 AM »
This is much better than the average Russiagate-New-Cold-War-McCarthyite hysteria.
What's the difference?

Maybe I've watched one Masha Gessen interview too many (e.g. on DemocracyNow). When I say "Putin" resp. "Russia" I refer to the boss resp. his organization. Hysterical language?
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« Reply #828 on: February 02, 2019, 01:21:11 AM »
Masha Gessen writes a nice piece of fiction without an accurate fact in sight. That's what Sophists do - they try to make their internal world become a reality in the outside world by influencing as many people as they can to believe the same crap they do with their artistry of writing FACT FREE rhetoric.

She's merely mirroring what's going on inside her own head space. I read that piece above yesterday, was thinking of posting here as an example of really really bad journalism - more like a weekly letter to the faithful of some extreme religious guru to their followers - beware beware the enemies of our Cult are everywhere - they want to destroy us.

I have seen Gessen on tv interviews on TV discussions like Q&A, I have read many of her articles and she is pretty much a fact free & objectivity free zone. With a distorted and disturbed view of Russia due to her upbringing and a very strange approach to being a "journo" supposedly passing on genuine THOUGHTFUL info about events, facts and analysis & so on. Something is not quite right on the "inside".

Anyone who BELIEVES or HAS A THOUGHT BUBBLE that Julian Assange is in it for the money or is some kind of a nefarious criminal actor connected to other players is a frigging idiot! And/or someone who is not actually in touch with everyday reality anymore. They should be ignored.   
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« Reply #829 on: February 02, 2019, 01:32:37 AM »
Lionel Shriver at harpers on disappearance through disapproval: the mechanics of erasure

"it’s not enough to punish transgressors merely by cutting off the source of their livelihoods, turning them into social outcasts, and truncating their professional futures. You have to destroy their pasts. "

"Culprits are sentenced to cultural erasure."

"The contemporary impulse to rebuke disgraced creators by vanishing their work from the cultural marketplace exhibits a mean-­spiritedness, a vengefulness even, as well as an illogic. "

"Severing ties even to an artist’s output also provides cultural middlemen a precious opportunity for public moral posturing, to the benefit of the brand. Erasure is also a form of rewriting history—a popular impulse of late. In this touched-­up version of events, we were never taken in by these disgusting specimens. In the historical rewrite, there was always something fishy about Bill Cosby; he was never America’s dad."

"Do we really require the people who make our movies, fiction, and artworks to be above reproach in their personal lives? If so, how are they to understand their own material—in the main, the lewd, scheming, cheating, thieving, covetous, malign, murderous, hateful, and rapacious human race? I worry that requiring artists to be perfect means either no art or bad art."

" the distributor makes that decision for us. As if we need to be protected. (Or the distributor needs to protect itself—from association with sin. Clearly the real motivation here is to appear immaculate.) In truth, we’re being punished too, along with the alleged perpetrators. "

Read the whole thing:

https://harpers.org/archive/2019/02/cruel-and-unusual-punishment-2/

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« Reply #830 on: February 02, 2019, 07:40:58 AM »
Theater as propaganda: Stoller at the baffler on Hamilton as dangerous myth

"Miranda’s play is one of the most brilliant propaganda pieces in theatrical history. And its construction and success tell us a lot about our current political moment. Before it was even written, the play was nurtured at the highest levels of the political establishment."

" a status symbol within the Democratic establishment, offering them the chastened consolation that they might still claim solidarity with the nascent American democracy of the eighteenth century that’s stubbornly eluded them in the present-day political scene."

"you would think that he had fought to enlarge the democratic rights of all Americans. But Alexander Hamilton simply didn’t believe in democracy, which he labeled an American “disease.” He fought—with military force—any model of organizing the American political economy that might promote egalitarian politics. He was an authoritarian, and proud of it."

"His central role in founding both the financial infrastructure of Wall Street and a nascent military establishment (which supplanted the colonial system of locally controlled democratic militias) was rooted in his self-appointed crusade to undermine the ability of ordinary Americans to govern themselves."

"Indeed, the shifting popular image of Hamilton is itself a gauge of the relative strength of democratic institutions"

" By 1947, a post-war congressional report titled “Fascism in Action” listed Hamilton as one intellectual inspiration for the Nazi regime. Hamilton’s name practically became an epithet among Democrats of the New Deal era"

"Hamilton the play is not the real story of Alexander Hamilton; rather, as historian Nancy Isenberg has noted, it’s a revealing parable about the politics of the finance-friendly Obama era. "

" the Federalist Party was structured as an alliance between bondholders and military elites, who would use a strong central government as a mechanism to extract money "

"Hamilton was simply determined to shore up the enduring basis of a financial and industrial empire"

"Hamilton and his mentor Morris wanted to insulate decision-making from democratic influence. Morris told Congress that redistributing wealth upward was essential so that the wealthy could acquire “those Funds which are necessary to the full Exercise of their Skill and Industry,” and thereby promote progress"

"Hamilton wanted a large permanent debt; he wanted it financed so his backers could extract a steady income from the people by way of federal taxes. "

"In the 1780s and 1790s, Hamilton won this battle, and the effects were catastrophic ... an economic contraction similar in size to that of the Great Depression, with a foreclosure crisis as severe."

"Hamilton used indefinite detention, mass arrests, and round-ups; seized property (including food stores for the winter); and had soldiers administer loyalty oaths. "

"  liberals unhappy with the outcome of the 2016 election tried to convince members of the Electoral College to overturn Trump’s victory, and titled their project “Hamilton electors.” "

"the more extreme wing of the Federalist Party, which simply tried to have the election overturned, risking civil war to do so."

"His life sheds light on some deep-rooted anti-democratic forces that have always existed in America, and in particular, on Wall Street. "

"One of Hamilton’s biggest fans is Tim Geithner, the man who presided over the financial crisis and the gargantuan bank bailouts during the Obama presidency."

"As economist Simon Johnson pointed out ... what the bailouts truly represented was the seizure of political power by a small group of American financiers."

"The Obama era looks like an echo of the Federalist power grabs of the 1780s and 1790s, both in its enrichment and glorification of financial elites and its open disdain for anything resembling true economic democracy. The Obama political elite, in other words, celebrates Hamilton not in spite of Hamilton’s anti-democratic tendencies, but because of them."

"the play Hamilton is a feat of political alchemy—as is the stunningly successful marketing campaign surrounding it. But our generation’s version of Hamilton adulation isn’t all that different from the version that took hold in the 1920s"

"Hamilton is a great musical. The songs are catchy. The lyrics are beautiful. But the agenda is hidden, because in America, no political leader, not even Donald Trump, can credibly come right out and pronounce democracy a bad thing and agitate for rule by big finance. And the reason for that is that Alexander Hamilton, despite his success in structuring Wall Street, lost the battle against American democracy. "

I'm not sure that Hamilton lost. The usa is very far from a democracy, more accurately described as a plutocracy, just as Hamilton would have wished. But read the whole thing:

https://thebaffler.com/salvos/hamilton-hustle-stoller

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« Reply #831 on: February 02, 2019, 06:02:32 PM »
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What we are observing is not most accurately described as the subversion of American democracy by a hostile power.

It´s 2019 and american democracy has long been subverted by hostile powers from within. Do keep worrying about russians and never ever wonder why there were no intercept fighters on standby on 9/11 or why most metal was scrapped in record time which is technically destruction of evidence.

Oh and also never think clearly about the amount of dollars you spent in the military compared to the social budget or meaningful infrastructure (also compare to the amount the rest of the world spends). What can you do with billions of missing dollars? Nothing...they are gone and that should piss people of but you prefer your political soap opera.

The politicians won´t care until the people do. You don´t get democracy for free.

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« Reply #832 on: February 03, 2019, 10:03:19 PM »
Anderson Cooper, perfectly channeling the conditioned thinking that protects the status quo:

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« Reply #833 on: February 05, 2019, 12:16:17 AM »
Jimmy Dore and Company Live Show - Starring Rachel Maddow, Russian Threats & Climate Change
(Adults Only Humour - GSOH required to view)

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« Reply #834 on: February 06, 2019, 01:45:56 AM »
Is Jimmy Dore a Russian Disinformation Agent? Or more to the point when will he be smeared as such and banned from FaceGooTwit? He seems quite fired up lately. This time he takes on NBC:

4:25
..... this should be, this should
have been outlawed. This is the
equivalent of (banning the Nazi Salute
in Germany) this kind of red baiting
and NBC does it right out in the open
So now you know that NBC News is in
fact the enemy of the people in fact


Now I know you're not supposed to say
that for some reason you're not supposed
to be allowed to say - I asked my panel
they didn't know why - I asked everybody
on the panel last Friday "why aren't you
allowed to tell the people the truth
that corporate news is not your friend
and it's in fact working against you?"


Lying and smearing is actually the enemy
of people. They're the friend of
murderers, they're the friend of the war
profiteers and Propagandists and Liars
that's who NBC News is in bed with. And
if you tell the truth about those people
they're in bed with - this is what they do
to you - This is what's happening and
Katrina Vanden Heuvel tweeted out:

"What you think of Tulsi Gabbard isn't the
point. What matters is we're witnessing
influential media outlet equating
dissenting foreign policy thinking with
the Kremlin essentially stigmatizing
anyone who thinks differently."


So this is NBC News. What this is is
NBC News meddling in our election
trying to foment discord by spreading
propaganda fake news. This is fake
news! And they're doing it so they
could meddle in the election. This is
who's meddling in your election - the
people who brought you Donald Trump
- NBC -
This is who's meddling in your
goddamn election you idiots.




It appears that the people at NBC and at other similar outlets from the NYTs down are using Manufacturing Consent as an Instruction Manual instead of what it was meant to be - something intended to enlighten Journalists and the Polity overall.

In case you've forgotten what that was read about it in the context of 30 years later when it's much worse now than it ever was before, see here
https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,2554.0.html
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« Reply #835 on: February 06, 2019, 09:14:33 AM »
I also liked this quote towards the end:

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It's cartoon now. It's cartoonland. And again, I want to point out that - you can bring this up in your own conversations - when it comes to Venezuela, Trump is backing the coup and wants to overthrow Maduro in Venezuela and take the oil, and Russia is stopping him. Now, if Trump is a Putin puppet, why is he opposing Russia in Venezuela? So, if you're for overthrowing Maduro, you agree with Trump. Trump is a Putin puppet, you already admit that. So, how could you be going along with a Putin puppet? And if you're against Trump in Venezuela, you're on the side of Russia, so now you're a Putin puppet. So, no matter which side of that equation you're on, you are a Putin puppet.

So, can we stop this now? Of course, we won't. But that's the easiest way to reveal that this Russiagate stuff is BS, and people pushing it aren't thinking. The people who are pushing Russiagate... Again, I'll explain to you what it is. Their lizard brain gets excited by Donald Trump, and their critical thinking skills go right out the window.

Some of the smartest people I know, Rachel Maddow, she's really smart. She's a maniac, she's worse than Glenn Beck used to be with his chalkboard and saying 'Muslims are coming, Muslims are coming'. She's doing it, she's saying it's Russians.
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« Reply #836 on: February 06, 2019, 06:09:21 PM »
The media is unhinged on both sides. I appreciate sites like this that drop nuggets of truth amongst the maelstrom of BS.

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« Reply #837 on: February 07, 2019, 02:21:25 PM »
Holy forking sun of a moly!

FOX NEWS REPORTING ON CLIMATE CHANGE!!

Link >> https://video.foxnews.com/v/5999316942001/#sp=show-clips

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« Reply #838 on: February 07, 2019, 09:46:39 PM »
Joe Scarborough: 'Vladimir Putin considers America to be an enemy'. I don't believe Putin ever said that. So, either Morning Joe can read minds, or he's just pushing a new (cold) war.

But anyway, Tulsi Gabbard gets some air time on MSNBC, so they can attack her face to face:



If this was journalism, it would be bad journalism.
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« Reply #839 on: February 08, 2019, 12:32:14 AM »
Prof. Lukin takes a thoughtful look back: paying for past sins

"Many Russians who advocated democratic reforms in the early 1990s and for whom both the Yeltsin kleptocracy and the Communist dictatorship were anathema now have reason to blame Talbott and his like-minded associates for contributing to authoritarianism in Russia. Those policies served to discredit Russia’s pro-Western forces completely ..."

"Putin was not initially opposed to the West. Not only did he make several significant concessions to the United States shortly after coming to power ..."

"Putin went through the same stages as Yeltsin had: from hopes of establishing equal cooperation with the United States to the understanding that it was impossible and transitioning to a more independent course. Gorbachev went through a similar process, but only after he was no longer in power. Today, Gorbachev is extremely skeptical about the United States. The similar evolution in the views of three initially pro-Western Moscow leaders shows that it is nearly impossible to establish equal cooperation with the United States because Washington does not, in fact, accept this concept. "

"Like the “true communism” that never actually emerged, Western ideology anticipates a “liberal world order” that has never actually existed, but that the United States and its allies—as the global avant-garde—hope to create."

"the real Russia turned out to be very different from the Russia of their imaginations. In fact, the same can be said about the real America ..."

Read the whole thing:

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/how-united-states-got-russia-wrong-42977

Prof. Lukin is kinder than I would be.

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« Reply #840 on: February 12, 2019, 05:27:22 AM »
Well sure the Media and Politics in general has it's issues in America but hey she is not alone. :)

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« Reply #841 on: February 12, 2019, 05:34:01 AM »
"Every now and then even a blind squirrel finds a nut."

I love that saying!



"The fact that Tucker Carlson of Fox News did a better job of describing Tulsi Gabbard as a presidential candidate then anyone else in the mainstream thus far, called her the anti-war Democratic primary candidate with no animus by his voice. He wasn't speaking sarcastically he was being genuine because that is a genuine description of her."
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« Reply #842 on: February 12, 2019, 03:16:47 PM »
What's happened to #IlhanOmar should be no surprise to anyone. Now where did I post those Israel Lobby doco refs. as the Jew says below ... "it’s absurd that this even needs to be said' but that's the US for you.

#StandwithIlhan: Social media users defend Ilhan Omar after her forced apology over anti-Semitism

The volume of outrage and cries of anti-Semitism from the US establishment seemed to further bolster Omar’s comments about the sway the Israel lobby holds over elected officials and the country’s two leading political parties.

    Equating criticism of powerful corrupt lobbyists such as #AIPAC as anti-semitic only proves #IlhanOmar's point of the influence of these groups. Anti-semitism is evil and unacceptable but vastly different from criticizing Israel's policies. #standwithilhan
    — Parvin (@astateofwishing) February 12, 2019

    The Israeli lobby is so powerful that any criticism of Israel is immediately classed as anti-Semitism and you're attacked by liberals and right wingers alike.
    — Ali علي (@Alii_iii) February 11, 2019

    As a Jew, I want to welcome anyone who wants to criticize a lobbying coalition funded by arms manufacturers, evangelical Christians, and allies of the right wing edge of Israeli politics. Criticizing AIPAC is not anti-Semitic and it’s absurd that this even needs to be said.
    — Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) February 11, 2019

https://www.rt.com/usa/451279-standwithilhan-support-omar-antisemitism/

Typical social media chatter. It's the politicians and the media who are really sickening though. New Speak reigns supreme again.  It's quite delusional. Like watching a Scientology doco listening to ex-members speak about their experiences and how irrational, blind and immoral they became before they eventually got out of Insanityville.

One day this too will end and become 'history' to speak about in the long distant past.
Solving Climate Change means changing 'The System' because nothing changes when nothing changes.
Each one of us must consider our deepest values, proceed to act from this standpoint alone, ignoring other voices of illusion, false hope, and distraction that might threaten to throw us off course.

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« Reply #843 on: February 12, 2019, 11:03:13 PM »
Bamford has a profile on the Butina case at the New Republic: it was a stitch up

"When I asked Frank Figliuzzi, the former head of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, about the prosecution’s conduct, he was angry. “I am troubled and hope there is a full inquiry,” he told me. “This is disturbing. The question is whether this is convenient ineptitude or something far deeper.”
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" “They manipulated the evidence,” was the opinion of a former assistant U.S. attorney familiar with the Washington, D.C., office. It was a place he had spent many years prosecuting cases. “The government is basically calling her a whore in a public filing.... I think it was an attempt to influence media coverage.” He added, “This seems like somebody panicked, they moved too early, now they’re trying to figure out what to do.”
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" It is also another example of the media marching in formation with the government, as it did in the lead-up to the war in Iraq. “I think journalism skepticism stops at whatever a prosecutor says,” the former assistant U.S. attorney told me.  "

" A senior CIA official who held one of the highest jobs in the agency’s Clandestine Service, and who worked closely with the FBI on many spy cases, offered a cynical view of the bureau’s counterintelligence work. “They want to generate headlines. They don’t care if the information is credible or not,” "

https://newrepublic.com/article/153036/maria-butina-profile-wasnt-russian-spy

Bamford has been writing about US intelligence agencies for decades. Anything by him is worth reading.

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« Reply #844 on: February 13, 2019, 06:35:10 PM »
Michael Mann on the The Majority Report!



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« Reply #845 on: February 15, 2019, 07:40:32 AM »
Brana at blackagendareport on futility of reform within Democratic Party:

“What if we try to get a strong platform out of the Democratic Party?”

"... the Party just scrapped the platform passed by the delegates ..."

“What if we try to elect a DNC chair to take over the Party apparatus?”

"Party donors supported Tom Perez, so that’s who we got. "

“How about if we replace the DNC members and get a majority?”

"the Party simply picked out the progressives and purged them "

 “What if we try to reform the presidential primary process ahead of 2020?”

"The Party stacked it with a bunch of consultants, corporate lobbyists and people who participated in rigging the 2016 primary ...  gave all 30 seats on the Rules and Bylaws Committee to establishment loyalists ... the DNC ended up expanding its control over the primary process."

"It kept closed primaries to shut out independent voters ... kept joint fundraising agreements between the DNC and presidential campaigns, which allow establishment candidates to control the Party ... slashed the number of states that hold caucuses, which favor progressive candidates ... refused to eliminate superdelegates, moving them to the second ballot at the convention but reserving the right to force a second ballot if they choose ...  introduced a loyalty oath that allows the DNC chair to deny progressives access to the ballot if he deems that the candidate has been insufficiently “faithful” to the Party during their life."

“Well now we're at the midterms so let's try to elect some progressive Democrats and take power legislatively.”

"When the dust settled in November of 2018, it turned out that the “Blue Wave” had been a corporate wave. "

“In that case, let’s replace Pelosi as speaker of the House. "

" ... the progressives capitulated ..."

I am not sure that the Democratic Party is unreformable. But read the whole thing:

https://www.blackagendareport.com/left-must-finally-break-democrats

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