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"Or is CBS now also part of your conspiracy theory ?'

Yes.

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Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: Today at 05:42:36 AM »
They gonna look at the South Carolina legislation again in 2024. I guess they feel lucky, plan on riding out the next six years without a hurricane ...

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The spectacle of an international audience tutored about war crime denial by residents of a nation whose last ten presidents have been war criminals is quite ... edifying.

sidd

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 22, 2018, 11:02:09 PM »
Keep chipping away at the treaties. This is a grotesque nation, indeed.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/22/trump-native-americans-historical-standing-492794

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Brava!

Ortiz is impressive. I hope she survives. Her closer was very good: "If we don't know who we are killing, we will keep killing them, but if we investigate the ones we are killing we would never allow any more death."

Thank you for the link Mr. Dollard.

sidd

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The rest / Re: Fake News and Society
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:58:50 PM »
Two excellent reviews of selling war and selling peace. Both are extensively well referenced.

Selling war:

"The Preliminary Stage—during which the country concerned comes to the news, portrayed as a cause for "mounting concern" because of poverty/dictatorship/anarchy;

The Justification Stage—during which big news is produced to lend urgency to the case for armed intervention to bring about a rapid restitution of "normality";

The Implementation Stage—when pooling and censorship provide control of coverage;

The Aftermath—during which normality is portrayed as returning to the region, before it once again drops down the news agenda."

"O’Kane notes "there is always a dead baby story" and it comes at the key point of the Justification Stage—in the form of a story whose apparent urgency brooks no delay—specifically, no time for cool deliberation or negotiating on peace proposals. Human interest stories … are ideal for engendering this atmosphere."

"1. The crisis
    The reporting of a crisis which negotiations appear unable to resolve. Politicians, while calling for diplomacy, warn of military retaliation. The media reports this as "We’re on the brink of war", or "War is inevitable", etc.
2. The demonisation of the enemy’s leader
    Comparing the leader with Hitler is a good start because of the instant images that Hitler’s name provokes.
3. The demonisation of the enemy as individuals
    For example, to suggest the enemy is insane.
4. Atrocities
    Even making up stories to whip up and strengthen emotional reactions."

The Mighty Wurlitzer at work: Katherine Graham is quoted: "There are some things the general public does not need to know about and shouldn’t." When you have the owner of WaPo on the side of warmongers, you know who controls the official narrative.

" ...government propaganda prepares its citizens for war so skillfully that it is quite likely that they do not want the truthful, objective and balanced reporting ..."

"a principle familiar to propagandists is that the doctrine to be instilled in the target audience should not be articulated: that would only expose them to reflection, inquiry, and, very likely, ridicule. The proper procedure is to drill them home by constantly presupposing them, so that they become the very condition for discourse." (Chomsky)

"it is far easier to make propaganda at home than abroad."

http://www.globalissues.org/article/157/war-propaganda-and-the-media#PropagandawhenPreparingorJustifyingWar


Selling Peace:

"The first task of peace journalism, therefore, must be to map the conflict, identifying all the parties and their goals."

"In resisting the notion that the number of parties to a conflict is reducible to two, peace journalism must seek out different voices "

"peace journalists must seek out truths even when inconvenient to official information sources or the conventional analysis, they must also be ready to expose untruths on all sides"

http://www.globalissues.org/article/534/the-peace-journalism-option

sidd


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The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:40:02 PM »
Bloomberg reports that Rosenstein can confirmed to  Trump that Trump is not a target of the Mueller investigation:

"Rosenstein, who brought up the investigations himself, offered the assurance during a meeting with Trump at the White House last Thursday, a development that helped tamp down the president’s desire to remove Rosenstein or Mueller ..."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-19/rosenstein-said-to-tell-trump-he-s-not-target-in-mueller-probe

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The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:38:16 PM »
Some history on nerve agents, including the titbit that NBS (now NIST) published an entry for A-234 in a spectral  database, which was later deleted.

http://syriapropagandamedia.org/working-papers/update-to-briefing-note-doubts-about-novichoks

sidd

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So now, disbelief of the current western storyline borders on war crimes denial, does it ? I might remark that credulity for dubious sources borders on warmongering.

Some of the borderline warmongers here might ask themselves why people who are otherwise oh, so rational when it comes to climate change, are loath to credit exhortations to war. Perhaps they see something the borderline warmongers do not ?

sidd

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:01:36 AM »
This is a Bolton move, trump don't know about 1977 laws:

"Under the 1977 law Trump could declare a national emergency in response to an “unusual and extraordinary threat” which would allow him to block transactions and even to seize assets"

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/trad-a21.html

sidd


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The rest / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: April 22, 2018, 01:59:13 AM »
A commentary on Piketty in March on the elimination of political parties representating workers

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/pers-a21.html

sidd

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Consequences / Re: 2018 Droughts
« on: April 22, 2018, 12:56:31 AM »
That pair of Seager papers is very good. I can see that i will spend some hours on it. Thanks for the link.

sidd

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Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:33:53 PM »
Varofakis has a very insightful rereading of the Manifesto, albeit with the advantage of a century and half of subsequent history:

"It would take the collapse of the Soviet Union and the insertion of two billion Chinese and Indian workers into the capitalist labour market for its prediction to be vindicated. Indeed, for capital to globalise fully, the regimes that pledged allegiance to the manifesto had first to be torn asunder. Has history ever procured a more delicious irony?"

" ... society splits between non-working shareholders and non-owner wage-workers. As for the middle class, it is the dinosaur in the room, set for extinction."

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.”

"Old classes die out and eventually only two remain standing: the class that owns everything and the class that owns nothing"

" The only thing we can be certain of, according to the manifesto, is that unless capital is socialised we are in for dystopic developments"

" they overlooked the kind of dialectic they loved to analyse: how workers’ states would become increasingly totalitarian in their response to capitalist state aggression, and how, in their response to the fear of communism, these capitalist states would grow increasingly civilised."
Liberated from competition with regimes inspired by the manifesto, globalised capitalism is behaving as if it is determined to create a world best explained by the manifesto."

"Liberated from competition with regimes inspired by the manifesto, globalised capitalism is behaving as if it is determined to create a world best explained by the manifesto."

"Capitalism’s problem is that it is irrational.  Capital’s success at spreading its reach via accumulation for accumulation’s sake is causing human workers to work like machines for a pittance, while the robots are programmed to produce stuff that the workers can no longer afford and the robots do not need. Capital fails to make rational use of the brilliant machines it engenders, condemning whole generations to deprivation, a decrepit environment, underemployment and zero real leisure from the pursuit of employment and general survival. "

"When asked by journalists who or what is the greatest threat to capitalism today, I defy their expectations by answering: capital! "

"the only way of being a communist is to be a libertarian one."

Varoufakis is always worth reading, here especially so. Read the whole thing.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/apr/20/yanis-varoufakis-marx-crisis-communist-manifesto


sidd



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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:21:20 PM »
America's finest news source on the DNC lawsuits:

"Our lawsuit lays out, in no uncertain terms, that the nation should never under any circumstances move on from the 2016 election results"

"the American people have a right to publicly re-litigate Hillary Clinton’s defeat and promote far-reaching conspiracy theories instead of concentrating on anything remotely politically constructive for the next few decades at least"

"At press time, DNC officials were calling for an emergency legal injunction to block the nation from learning absolutely anything from the 2016 election."

https://politics.theonion.com/dnc-files-lawsuit-alleging-nation-should-never-ever-st-1825424101

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:19:26 PM »
The intercept on the dubious legal theory behind suing wikileaks: Even the DOJ wouldn't do it

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/20/the-dncs-lawsuit-against-wikileaks-poses-a-serious-threat-to-press-freedom/

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The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:14:25 PM »

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Policy and solutions / Re: Build, Baby, Build. In Fact, Overbuild.
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:06:42 PM »
I have mentioned two papers before on another thread:

99.9% of hours of load can be met by renewables with only 9-72 h of storage

90% of load can be supplied at an all up cost of 10c/Kwh. The numbers go to 99.9% and 20c/Kwh. We can already cut those costs by at least half.

doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2012.09.054

and

" ... when using future anticipated costs for wind and solar, carbon dioxide emissions from the US electricity sector can be reduced by up to 80% relative to 1990 levels, without an increase in the levelized cost of electricity. The reductions are possible with current technologies and without electrical storage.”

Need transmission build tho, for this one.

doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE2921

I made a more detailed comment at realclimate on these two papers:

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2016/08/unforced-variations-aug-2016/comment-page-3/#comment-658616

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:03:10 AM »
Lawsuits flying.

Repub congressmen refer everybody for prosecution : Hilary,Comey, Lynch, Yates, buncha others

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/19/on-the-criminal-referral-of-comey-clinton-et-al-will-the-constitution-hold/

McCabe sues admin for unlawful termination:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/384152-mccabe-to-sue-trump-admin-for-defamation-wrongful-termination

And of course DNC  sues everybody too: Russia, Trump campaign, wikileaks:

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/384135-dnc-sues-russian-government-trump-campaign-wikileaks-alleging

Lotsa politicians in USA are lawyers. It shows.

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The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:48:11 AM »
"my money is the Brits did it "

I think the russian mob tried to pull off another one and screwed up. But as always, i could be wrong.

Cui bono is a good way to look at it. the warmongers made hay for sure, but did they actually do this or capitalize on something that happened anyway. Sorta like PNAC jumping on 2001 attacks, in a smaller way.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Build, Baby, Build. In Fact, Overbuild.
« on: April 21, 2018, 05:31:17 AM »
I take it you are aware of Shaner(2018)

doi: 10.1039/c7ee03029k

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The rest / Re: good music
« on: April 21, 2018, 05:21:50 AM »
Here's some:

http://www.dead.net/

sidd

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The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:04:50 AM »
"So it likely did NOT come from an old feedstock."

Fresh A-234  argues against their survival.

There are a bunch things that bother me with the western media narrative that an Russia painted his doornob with A-234.

1) motive: skirpal was let go by russia. Why go after him now ? Let's stipulate for the moment he recently did something like collaborate with steele that got russia mad again.

2) Russia knows all about A-234, lethality,administration, breakdown, all of it. . Even the mob in Russia knows enuf about A-234, to the exent of using it to kill somebody after buying it off a guy in a garage. So how come Russia can't pull off a hit that the mob could, given they have resources dwarfing the local mafia ?

3) But why use A-234 at all. You mad at the guy, hit him with a truck or throw him off a balcony or shoot him. Why use a complicated and indiscriminate method like painting his doorknob with nerve agent ? Someone walks up to the door to put a flyer on it, or knocks, yells, is told to enter ... i do that all the time at my friend's places. Especially in a place like Salisbury which is chock fulla spooks. They couldn't have hoped that the poison would be undetected, not in a place like that with Skirpal's history. So the western media narrative continues with the propositon that Russia was sending a message.

4) OK, message to whom ? Are there bunches of ex spies waiting to hurt mother russia who would be intimidated ?

Sorry, too many conjectures for me to buy this.


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The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:00:24 AM »
Taibbi on iraq legacy:

--

Far from being an error, the war was a perfect expression of everything we stood for then, and still stand for now.

Al-Qaeda provided the perfect replacement for the domino theory. Here was an enemy that was at once everywhere and nowhere, that could be in the minds of any person here or abroad, that any country could be accused of sponsoring


Secret prisons? Sure. Torture? Sure. Warrantless surveillance? Sure. Need to read our library records, toss out habeas corpus? Sure and sure

If we could successfully prevent our own voters from seeing or thinking about the moral costs of our policies, then we could continue down the pure-force path indefinitely, without protest, without debate even.


 a Justice Department memorandum that apparently existed to provide a legal context for killing even American citizens by fiat.

Later rulings would describe the drone program using the Orwellian term “nonjusticiable,” i.e., simply not subject to review.

an entirely separate, secret set of rules giving them the right to kill, imprison, torture, or spy on anyone.


We flatter ourselves that Trump is an aberration. He isn't. He's a depraved, cowardly, above-the-law bully, just like the country we've allowed ourselves to become in the last fifteen years.

Osama bin Laden has to be laughing. He had to know all along that only Americans were capable of destroying America. But he couldn't have dreamed we'd do it so fast.

--

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/taibbi-the-legacy-of-the-iraq-war-w518193

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The rest / Re: Fake News and Society
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:23:12 AM »
Retosective on Parry: how news is suppressed:

"If they couldn’t win on the battlefield, they would at least create the illusion of winning. They called it perception management."

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/16/it-started-over-lunch-and-ended-with-the-exposure-of-one-of-the-greatest-scandals-in-u-s-history/

instead of a pulitzer, he got fired.

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/04/17/instead-of-a-pulitzer-he-was-fired/

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The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: April 20, 2018, 06:51:04 AM »
A theory as to why the Skripals survived:

"Rink admitted in court in 2007 that he had sold four of the vials to someone named Ryabov, who had organized crime connections in 1994."

 “The final product, in storage, after one year is already losing 2%, 3%,” Mirzayanov said, “The next year more, and the next year more. In 10-15 years, it’s no longer effective.”

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/04/18/an-alternative-explanation-to-the-skripal-mystery/

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Science / Re: Early Anthropocene
« on: April 20, 2018, 02:58:44 AM »
Yes, i'm afraid we killed everything, and probably ate only a small fraction of what we killed. As we do today. I attach fig 3 from the Smith paper showing the rapid killing when humans appeared. Bear in mind the y axis is logarithmic, making it even more shocking.

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Antarctica / Re: What's new in Antarctica ?
« on: April 20, 2018, 02:51:33 AM »
The freshwater cap idea has been round for a while but here are observations and a (simple) model:
The idea is that more light meltwater enhances stratification and suppresses formation of dense saline shelf water. This allows warm circumpolar deep water to creep in and melt the ice faster.

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-reveals-antarctic-contributing-sea-climate.html

paper is

doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aap9467

open access. read all about it.

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The rest / Re: Fake News and Society
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:50:49 AM »
What is not covered is important: Barzoud on media ignoring Gaza:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/19/media-cover-up-shielding-israel-is-a-matter-of-policy/

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The rest / Re: Fake News and Society
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:48:50 AM »
Selling the Iraq war: St. Clair retrospective

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/20/how-they-sold-the-iraq-war/

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The rest / Re: Fake News and Society
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:46:58 AM »
Gareth Porter excoriates Ken Burns' Vietnam as fake history:

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/04/08/what-ken-burns-left-out-of-the-vietnam-story/

sidd

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Consequences / Re: Qué se ficieron ?
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:40:42 AM »
My tax dollars at work:

" Qahtani could not be tried by the prison’s military commission, thanks to a regime of torture that had left him in “life-threatening condition.” "

" ... solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, extreme temperature and noise exposure, stress positions, forced nudity, body cavity searches, sexual assault and humiliation, beatings, strangling, threats of rendition, and water-boarding."

" ... Donald Rumsfeld signed off on the torture regimen ..."

" ... during his sixth year of U.S. detention at Guantánamo Bay, Qahtani attempted to kill himself ..."

"Qahtani later repudiated confessions that he made under torture ... "

" ... held in a state of legal limbo ..."

"The United States cannot viably prosecute a man it has admitted torturing ... "

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/19/torture-mohammed-al-qahtani-guantanamo/

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:03:58 AM »
Giuliani ? Giuliani ?! What could go wrong ?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/giuliani-says-he-is-joining-trumps-legal-team-to-negotiate-an-end-to-mueller-probe/2018/04/19/b175fc10-4411-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html

The article did reveal that he had been hiding out at Greenberg Traurig. I dealt with them some decades ago and they were a wretched hive of villainy then too.

sidd


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The rest / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:46:52 AM »
You deserve to get poisoned or die of thirst if you can't afford Nestle bottled water.  This is indeed a strange an terrible land.

"In a turn of events so ironic it could have been scripted by Franz Kafka, on April 2, the state of Michigan awarded Nestlé Waters, the world’s largest bottled water corporation, the right to draw 167 percent more water from the states’ aquifers than it did last year. Four days later, Governor Rick Snyder announced the state would no longer distribute free bottled water to the residents of Flint, Michigan, whose water was contaminated by lead due to actions of state and local officials."

Nestle CEO statements:

"one opinion which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution."

"I’m still of the opinion that the biggest social responsibility of any CEO is to maintain and ensure the successful and profitable future of his enterprise ... "

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/nest-a19.html

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Democrat luminaries Coons and Rice want war without end.

Coons: "It’s important for us to remain engaged in Syria."

"Rice categorically opposes any withdrawal of American troops. She calls for the Trump administration to indefinitely maintain its occupation of roughly a third of Syrian territory along the country’s northern and eastern borders with Turkey and Iraq—a region that includes the country’s petroleum resources"

At least Coons can be unelected, perhaps. Something tells me that Rice will continue slithering into Democratic positions of power, sorta like Albright.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/syri-a19.html

sidd

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:26:01 AM »
Torturer for CIA head. Quite appropriate. After Bitkowski and now Haspel, i am beginning to wonder if any of the women at senior level in the CIA are not torturers.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/top-cia-lawyer-in-2014-haspel-ran-the-interrogation-program

sidd

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:50:44 PM »
An Amish (?!) farner who has several acres of solar panels told me that goats destrol the panels and chew thru wiring. He does sheep instead ...

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Upon thinking about it, I consider the last two posts I made were far too general for this thread. So I created a new one called "Fake News and Society" for those interested.

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The rest / Re: Fake News and Society
« on: April 19, 2018, 06:41:27 AM »
Andre Damon on the loooong history of fake news:

"Every predatory war launched by the United States against a weaker country has been waged under false pretenses. The Mexican War of 1846 was begun with the lying declaration by President Polk that Mexico “invaded our territory and shed American blood upon the American soil.” The Spanish–American War, which led to the bloody conquest of the Philippines, was egged on by the Hearst press in the textbook definition of “yellow journalism.”

The escalation of the Vietnam War was justified by lie that an American ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin."

"After years of shameless lying to justify predatory wars, the mainstream media has lost the public’s support. According to a recent poll by Monmouth University, “More than 3 in 4 Americans believe that traditional major TV and newspaper media outlets report ‘fake news.’”"

"This is what accounts for the US media’s hysteria, over the past year-and-a-half, on the need to block what they call “fake news.” "

"As former Obama administration official Samantha Power noted last year, “During the Cold War, most Americans received their news and information via mediated platforms. Reporters and editors serving in the role of professional gatekeepers had almost full control over what appeared in the media.” It is to this halcyon past—when the Western governments and their flunkies in the mainstream press were able to lie with impunity—to which the media propagandists are seeking to return."

"The real target of the censorship campaign is not “fake news,” but true news—that is, genuine journalism and independent reporting, which by its very nature contradicts the lies of the war-mongers in Washington, London and Paris."

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/13/pers-a13.html

sidd

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The rest / Fake News and Society
« on: April 19, 2018, 06:40:56 AM »
I'll kick this off with two posts i made to the "RussiaGate And The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism " thread, since I think now they are too general for that topic.

--
An analysis of fake news from a broader viewpoint: Richard King on deeper societal issues:

" ... expertise has a centrality it didn’t have in an earlier ‘era’, or with the possibility that its frequent deployment in the name of everything from politics to diet may be a cause of increasing resentment amongst people whose knowledge and education is below the level required for success in a postindustrial, knowledge society."

"We need another heading, therefore, one stressing less the distrust of power than its unequal distribution in postindustrial societies – an inequality that turns increasingly on education, knowledge and cognitive ability "

"a category mistake – on a confusion between ‘objective facts’ and ‘personal feelings’ – is itself a reaction to a category mistake – to a confusion between politics as a site of conflict between different views of society and politics as a managerial enterprise on which experts should have the final say."

"politics is always about values, and that the liberal obsession with expertise is bound to instil resentment in those whose lives are neither materially improved nor morally relevant in the current liberal mix."

"rightwing populism is an illiberal but democratic response to an increasingly undemocratic liberalism"

"We’ve brought fact-checkers to a culture war."

Read the whole thing carefully. King has thought more deeply than many he cites. You may not agree, but i suggest you think about his argument.

https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/peak-bullshit-post-truth/
--

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:20:59 AM »
Ouch. GM cutting jobs, Lordstown, Hamtramck, Gunsan get screwed again. The first two are Trump country, rebelled against union bosses instruction to vote for Hilary. Now they see the same union bosses going to jail for taking bribes and watch their jobs go away. Again.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/lord-a16.html

Wonder which way those laid off workers will jump this election season.

sidd

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Andre Damon on the loooong history of fake news:

"Every predatory war launched by the United States against a weaker country has been waged under false pretenses. The Mexican War of 1846 was begun with the lying declaration by President Polk that Mexico “invaded our territory and shed American blood upon the American soil.” The Spanish–American War, which led to the bloody conquest of the Philippines, was egged on by the Hearst press in the textbook definition of “yellow journalism.”

The escalation of the Vietnam War was justified by lie that an American ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin."

"After years of shameless lying to justify predatory wars, the mainstream media has lost the public’s support. According to a recent poll by Monmouth University, “More than 3 in 4 Americans believe that traditional major TV and newspaper media outlets report ‘fake news.’”"

"This is what accounts for the US media’s hysteria, over the past year-and-a-half, on the need to block what they call “fake news.” "

"As former Obama administration official Samantha Power noted last year, “During the Cold War, most Americans received their news and information via mediated platforms. Reporters and editors serving in the role of professional gatekeepers had almost full control over what appeared in the media.” It is to this halcyon past—when the Western governments and their flunkies in the mainstream press were able to lie with impunity—to which the media propagandists are seeking to return."

"The real target of the censorship campaign is not “fake news,” but true news—that is, genuine journalism and independent reporting, which by its very nature contradicts the lies of the war-mongers in Washington, London and Paris."

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/13/pers-a13.html

sidd

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An analysis of fake news from a broader viewpoint: Richard King on deeper societal issues:

" ... expertise has a centrality it didn’t have in an earlier ‘era’, or with the possibility that its frequent deployment in the name of everything from politics to diet may be a cause of increasing resentment amongst people whose knowledge and education is below the level required for success in a postindustrial, knowledge society."

"We need another heading, therefore, one stressing less the distrust of power than its unequal distribution in postindustrial societies – an inequality that turns increasingly on education, knowledge and cognitive ability "

"a category mistake – on a confusion between ‘objective facts’ and ‘personal feelings’ – is itself a reaction to a category mistake – to a confusion between politics as a site of conflict between different views of society and politics as a managerial enterprise on which experts should have the final say."

"politics is always about values, and that the liberal obsession with expertise is bound to instil resentment in those whose lives are neither materially improved nor morally relevant in the current liberal mix."

"rightwing populism is an illiberal but democratic response to an increasingly undemocratic liberalism"

"We’ve brought fact-checkers to a culture war."

Read the whole thing carefully. King has thought more deeply than many he cites. You may not agree, but i suggest you think about his argument.

https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/peak-bullshit-post-truth/

sidd



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The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:45:34 AM »
Stockman is always woth reading, even if i don't always agree:

"The fact is, there would be no justification for the $800 billion defense, intelligence and foreign aid apparatus on which the very prosperity of the Imperial City depends in the absence of a large state-based enemy; or, better still, without an imperial foreign policy that is implicitly designed to either bully or remove recalcitrant governments anywhere on the planet – whether or not they have the intent or capacity to harm the US homeland."

"How did the war on Vietnam, the First Gulf War to save the Emir of Kuwait’s oil wealth, the futile 17-year occupation of Afghanistan, the destruction of Iraq, the double-cross of Khadafy after he gave up his nukes, the obliteration of much of civil society and economic life in Syria, the US-supplied Saudi genocide in Yemen and the Washington sponsored coup and civil war on Russia’s doorstep in Ukraine, to name just a few instances of Washington’s putative "world leadership", have anything to do with preserving "order" on the planet?"

"The Dems were caught so flat-footed and befuddled by the Donald’s "impossible" win that they have succumbed to the rank anti-Russian propaganda that was fed to them by Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and the rest of the Obama inner circle on the eve and aftermath of the November 8th election."

https://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2018/01/04/war-partys-desperate-assault-america-first/


"In a word, Empire First easily consumes one-half trillion dollars more in annual budgetary resources than would America First. And that giant barrel of weapons contracts, consulting and support jobs, lobbying booty and Congressional pork explains everything you need to know about why the Swamp is so deep and intractable."

"You simply can’t make up $500 billion worth of phony reasons for an Empire First national security policy without going off the deep-end. You have to invent missions, mandates and threats"

https://original.antiwar.com/David_Stockman/2018/04/17/america-first-r-i-p/

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:30:11 AM »
Too squeamish to deal with him in US courts: ship him off to Saud:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/17/iraq-us-military-citizen-held-transfer

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:20:49 AM »
More Syrian/Russian propaganda:

Chris Floyd on the latest Syria strikes:


"if the US/UK/France really believed the building they targeted (and hit) in a heavily populated civilian area of Damascus was actually making chemical weapons, what do they think would have happened if all that toxic material had been dispersed by explosions throughout the surrounding neighborhoods? "

http://www.chris-floyd.com/mobile/articles/alchemical-reactions-transmuting-death-dealing-dung-into-pr-gold-14042018.html

Times of India:

"Said said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had visited the site in Barzeh in recent years and had declared it free of any toxic weapons.

"The OPCW used to stay in the two upper rooms, and use the labs, and we would cooperate with them completely," he said.


"The OPCW has proven in two reports that this building and the centre as a whole are empty and do not produce any chemical weapons." "

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/at-destroyed-syria-lab-workers-deny-producing-toxic-weapons/articleshow/63764865.cms

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:17:22 AM »
"relentless Russian/Syrian propaganda"

There is, of course, no such thing as Western propaganda.

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Kaine. Coons. Nelson. Proud Democratic sponsors of war without end, amen.

"President Donald Trump would get broad authority to use force against terrorist groups, with no expiration date, under a new bipartisan proposal ...The proposed bill would cover all terrorist groups the U.S. is currently fighting, and it would not restrict the president from taking immediate action against enemies in other global hot spots."

https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2018/04/17/us-senators-introduce-new-check-on-presidential-war-powers/

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