Media Articles from 2017

NATO-CIA-Pentagon: Junction of the Real Druglords & Warlords

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NATO-CIA-Pentagon: Junction of the Real Druglords & Warlords
by Sibel Edmonds
Posted September 6, 2017

US troops guarding poppy fieldsAre you aware of the heroin epidemic that has been on fire all across America- since 2001? Thanks to the government-corporate media outlets you probably are not.

Between 2002 and 2013, heroin-related overdose deaths in the US quadrupled, with more than 10,000 people dying of heroin overdoses in America in 2014 alone. Afghanistan has been the number one source globally of both opium and heroin.

Interestingly, while the mainstream and pseudo-alternative media outlets keep playing up drugs from Mexico, we hardly hear a peep on the massive amount of Afghan-sourced heroin. To put it in perspective: In 2014, according to the DEA drug threat assessment, Mexico produced an estimated 42 metric tons of heroin. Afghanistan produced 6,400 metric tons of opium that same year. The largest share of US heroin is Afghanistan-sourced. It is coming from US-occupied Afghanistan. More…

The FCC’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of how the Internet works

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The FCC’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of how the Internet works
by Devin Coldewey
Posted August 27, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to get rid of net neutralityThe FCC has just published the notice of proposed rule making that would roll back the 2015 Open Internet Order establishing net neutrality. Its first and primary justification for doing this is a way of defining broadband access that’s so backwards it’s ridiculous. It would be funny, if the future of the Internet didn’t depend on this incredibly disingenuous maneuvering.

After the introductory bloviation and half-told history, the “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal begins its argument in earnest. The first point the FCC makes is regarding the text of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, and how it defines “telecommunications service” (how broadband is currently defined, allowing net neutrality rules to be effected) and “information service” (how it was before the net neutrality rule).

Now, I’m going to list the two definitions. Which one do you think sounds like what a broadband provider does? More…

The Reign of Propaganda

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The Reign of Propaganda
by Paul Craig Roberts
Posted August 13, 2017

US hypocracyMasters of propaganda from its inventor, Jewish public relations expert Edward Louis James Bernays, to the Nazi Minister of Propaganda Paul Joseph Goebbels, agree that a lie can be turned into truth by constant repetition.

As Bernays and Goebbels knew, one good propagandist can control the opinion of the targeted group, whether it is a gender or a nation.

Initially for Benays the targeted group was American women. As a propagandist for an American tobacco company, “the father of spin” promoted female smoking as a sign of feminist independence. He called cigarettes “Torches of Freedom.” He also provided the propaganda that enabled the United Fruit Company to have the US Government overthrow the elected government of Guatemala in 1954.

Goebbels turned Germans into servants of the Third Reich, an accomplishment the neoconservatives have yet to attain in the United States, but they are still working at it. More…

Verizon slows video traffic, causing concerns for net neutrality advocates

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Verizon slows video traffic, causing concerns for net neutrality advocates
by Rachel Sandler
Posted August 8, 2017

Verizon ignoring net neutralityVerizon slowed data speeds last week for customers attempting to stream video, an action that worried net neutrality advocates as the current rules against throttling connections are potentially on the Federal Communications Commission’s chopping block.

Customers of the largest wireless carrier noticed at the end of last week that streaming videos on Netflix and YouTube were slow. In a sizable Reddit thread, users who said they performed speed tests had found that bandwidth was capped at 10 Megabits per second (Mbps).

“Who is Verizon to make that decision? I have paid for the bandwidth, it’s not Verizon’s job to cut off people who want to watch HD video,” said Joseph Touch, a professor at the University of Southern California who studies net neutrality. More…

More Truth in Teacher-Written Education Blogs Than Corporate Media

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More Truth in Teacher-Written Education Blogs Than Corporate Media
by Steven Singer
Posted July 27, 2017

corporate media caters to big moneyEveryone involved in education policy is interested in one side or another of the debate. It’s just that some pretend to practice a kind of objectivity while others are open about their partiality.

When you read an article in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times or Pittsburgh Tribune Review, there is a presumption of detachment and neutrality. But it’s bogus.We need to be aware that corporate media is often going to take the side of big corporations. They’re going to uncritically criticize those standing in the way of corporate profits—i.e. teachers.

When you read an article in the mainstream media, you frankly have no idea which direction their inclinations swerve. However, you do know that money often plays a major role in their editorial spin. More…

Main Stream Media, Still Living in Propaganda-ville

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Main Stream Media, Still Living in Propaganda-ville
by Robert Parry
Posted July 26, 2017

main stream media stuck in propaganda modeThe stakes in U.S.-Russia relations could not be higher – possible nuclear conflagration and the end of civilization – but the U.S. mainstream media is still slouching around in “propaganda-ville”. As much as the U.S. mainstream media wants people to believe that it is the Guardian of Truth, it is actually lost in a wilderness of propaganda and falsehoods, a dangerous land of delusion that is putting the future of humankind at risk as tension escalate with nuclear-armed Russia.

This media problem has grown over recent decades as lucrative careerism has replaced responsible professionalism. Pack journalism has always been a threat to quality reporting but now it has evolved into a self-sustaining media lifestyle in which the old motto, “there’s safety in numbers,” is borne out by the fact that being horrendously wrong, such as on Iraq’s WMD, leads to almost no accountability because so many important colleagues were wrong as well. More…

Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA

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Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA
By Tom Secker and Matthew Alford
Posted July 22, 2017

Plato's cave and HollywoodTom Secker and Matthew Alford report on their astonishing findings from trawling through thousands of new US military and intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too critical of the Pentagon from being made — not to mention influencing some of the most popular film franchises in recent years.

This raises new questions not only about the way censorship works in the modern entertainment industry, but also about Hollywood’s little known role as a propaganda machine for the US national security apparatus. US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows. More…

Net Neutrality Is About Much More Than the Internet

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Net Neutrality Is About Much More Than the Internet
By John Nichols
Posted July 14, 2017

Net Neutrality is more than just about the InternetWill the voice of the people be drowned out by a flood of corporate cash? Because our lives are now so digital, and because they are becoming so automated, the fight over net neutrality is really the fight over the whole of the future.

It comes down to a simple question: Will that future be defined by civic and democratic values? Or will it defined by commercial and entertainment values?

The telecommunications companies have an answer. They want to colonize the Internet, as they have other communications platforms, with an eye toward reaping immense and unwarranted profits. More…

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Citizens United ruling effectively legalized bribery

Money in politics violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.

Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for President or being elected President. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members.

So, now we’ve just seen a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.

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