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The Media, Mueller, the Big Con and the Democratization of Narrative

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The Media, Mueller, the Big Con and the Democratization of Narrative
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted April 29, 2019

media manipulationFalling for a con is painful. The first reaction is to deny being conned, of course. The second is to blame skeptics for being correct in their skepticism.

Here’s the fundamental “story” of the Mueller Investigation: elites don’t like “the little people” democratizing public narratives. The elites–who reckon their right to rule is self-evident–want to set the narrative and the context, because that’s the foundation of power: once you get the citizenry to agree on your narrative and context, you secure two valuable things: 1) political legitimacy and 2) their obedience.

Elite anxiety over the “the little people” democratizing narratives is not a new phenomenon. Elites have demanded control of any media outlet that doesn’t parrot their line and have tried to declare skeptical inquiry sedition for generations, stretching back to the founding of the Republic. More…

The Facts:
The lack of any indictments as a result of the Mueller investigation, lays bare the the main stream media attempts of trying to manipulate the people, and their lack of any independent investigation to vet the accuracy of their reporting. This manipulation is similar to the weapons of mass destruction manipulation that was used to justify the Iraq war.

Reflect On:
How were you and the nation affected by this manipulation? Consider how many alternative media outlets have been de-platformed recently. What can you do to discern fact from manipulation in the future?

Censorship Tightens As Governments Lose Control

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Censorship Tightens As Governments Lose Control
by Tom Luongo
Posted April 24, 2019

censorship is growingIt begins with legitimizing de-platforming people like Alex Jones and social media companies like Gab. Because some speech is too free. These are people supposedly too fringe to be suffered.

The latest outrage is Twitter banning the account of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange’s mother, Christine.

Australian and New Zealand ISPs have gone bonkers IP blocking sites in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Sites like Zerohedge have been targeted in the past two weeks for publishing narratives orthogonal to what the governments in the West are comfortable with people consuming.

First it was Facebook, blocking and then unblocking Zerohedge with no apparent reasoning behind it. Now its ISP’s over-reacting to an emotional event ensuring that a good crisis never goes to waste. More…

The Facts:
Often those on the left cheer when the right gets censored, and those on the right cheer when the left gets censored.

Reflect On:
What will be the consequences as more and more censorship is imposed and becomes general practice? How will YOU be able to make informed decisions as long as what YOU can read is controlled by others?

Goodbye to the Internet: Interference by Governments Is Already Here

[Media]
Goodbye to the Internet: Interference by Governments Is Already Here
by Philip M. Giraldi
Posted April 19, 2019

Internet under government and corporate attackThere is a saying attributed to the French banker Nathan Rothschild that “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.” Conservative opinion in the United States has long suspected that Rothschild was right and there have been frequent calls to audit the Federal Reserve Bank based on the presumption that it has not always acted in support of the actual interests of the American people.

Be that as it may, if there were a modern version of the Rothschild comment it might go something like this: “Give me control of the internet and no one will ever more know what is true.” The internet, which was originally conceived of as a platform for the free interchange of information and opinions, is instead inexorably becoming a managed medium that is increasingly controlled by corporate and government interests. Those interests are in no way answerable to the vast majority of the consumers who actually use the sites in a reasonable and non-threatening fashion to communicate and share different points of view. More…

The Obvious Dirty Dealings Behind Julian Assange’s Arrest

[Justice]
The Obvious Dirty Dealings Behind Julian Assange’s Arrest
by Kit Knightly
Posted April 15, 2019

media smears against Assange part of planThe Economist ran a story on April 12th, the day after Assange was arrested, praising Lenin Moreno’s economic policies, and blaming the previous administration for the “mess” that Moreno has to clear ups. (Of course, the idea that Moreno is handling the economy brilliantly, but somehow also needs over $10 billion dollars in loans is never addressed. A tiny logical contradiction compared with the nonsense the MSM dish-up on a daily basis).

The basic structure of the give-and-take of this situation is fairly obvious.

Less on the nose, but still definitely present, is the slow-burn media-based campaign of defamation and smears directed at Assange. A campaign designed to weaken public support for him and lessen the potential outcry if/when the UK handed him to US authorities, who famously use “enhanced interrogation” on suspects. More…

If you want privacy you need to run Linux

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If you want privacy you need to run Linux
by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Posted April 9, 2019

if you want privacy, you need to run LinuxI recently bashed Windows for being too darn snoopy, but you know what? It’s not just Windows. Ever since Yosemite came out, Apple’s MacOS has been just as untrustworthy. As for Chrome OS, Android and iOS, come on! They’re all built around cloud services; by design, they share everything you do with third-party services. What’s the answer? Desktop Linux.

With President Trump considering asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit and Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general pick, wanting cryptographic back doors, I think privacy is more important than ever.

If privacy really matters to you, you need an operating system that doesn’t broadcast your moves to the World Wide Web. For all practical purposes, that means desktop Linux. More…

Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela

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Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela
by Paul Craig Roberts
Posted April 8, 2019

main stream media supports regime changeDon’t you think something is fishy when the presstitutes orchestrate a fake news “humanitarian crisis” in Venezuela, but totally ignore the real humanitarian crises in Yemen and Gaza?

Don’t you think something is really very rotten when the expert, Alfred Maurice de Zayas, sent by the UN to Venezuela to evaluate the situation finds no interest by any Western media or any Western government in his report?

Don’t you think it is a bit much for Washington to steal $21 billion of Venezuela’s money, impose sanctions in an effort to destabilize the country and to drive the Venezuelan government to its knees, blame Venezuelan socialism (essentially nationalization of the oil company) for bringing “starvation to the people,” and offer a measly $21 million in “humanitarian aid.” More…

How Global News Agencies and Western Media Report on Geopolitics

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How Global News Agencies and Western Media Report on Geopolitics
by Terje Maloy
Posted April 5, 2019

the propaganda multiplierIt is one of the most important aspects of our media system – and yet hardly known to the public: most of the international news coverage in Western media is provided by only three global news agencies based in New York, London and Paris.

The key role played by these agencies means that Western media often report on the same topics, even using the same wording. In addition, governments, military and intelligence services use these global news agencies as multipliers to spread their messages around the world.

A study of the Syria war coverage by nine leading European newspapers clearly illustrates these issues: 78% of all articles were based in whole or in part on agency reports, yet 0% on investigative research. Moreover, 82% of all opinion pieces and interviews were in favor of the US and NATO intervention, while propaganda was attributed exclusively to the opposite side. More…

The Facts:
The main stream media have been reduced to little more than government spokespeople parroting whatever the government tells them with little to no independent verification of facts.

Reflect On:
Consider who benefits from a story that suddenly grabs attention across mutiple media outlets almost simultaneously. Why is this particular story being pushed and for what agenda?

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