Monday, April 24, 2017

Complicated the debate

The cover-up for Trump's failed Korea bluff has become one of the biggest PR exercises in Pentagon history, and is nothing short of hilarious in its clumsiness (pro tip:  if you keep having to re-re-re-explain your series of lies, you are not doing it right):  "Carried away: The inside story of how the Carl Vinson's canceled port visit sparked a global crisis".

The French 0.1% found some weirdo, a Rothschild banker (!!! - to rub it in) with almost no political background, manufactured a party for him to run in out of whole cloth, and successfully manipulated the entire complex system to arrange to keep right-wing neoliberal globalism firmly in place, despite the fact that that disastrous ideology is clearly ruining France and is not the choice of the majority of the population.  You have to give them credit for succeeding (when Remain and the Republicrats could not), at least until the country is so further wrecked by the neoliberal agenda that it will surely fall into fascist nationalism.

"France’s election at gunpoint".  I don't believe that was an elite conspiracy (it was too complex to assume that strengthening Le Pen would occur at the expense of Mélenchon and not their own guy), but it may very well have been a lower level police conspiracy to assist Le Pen.  It is amazing how innocent people are swept up by the 'War on Terror' for completely racist reasons, yet repeated express threats of violence against police by a guy who had been already jailed for years for shooting police (!!!), and somehow ended up with a big arsenal of weaponry, are completely ignored.

"US 'deep state' sold out counter-terrorism to keep itself in business" (Porter).  Argument looks weird as it is missing the essential Zionism/Yinon component.

"Consider voting Tory or Lib Dems over Brexit, Tony Blair says".

"Outrage After At Least 5 EU Nations Elect Saudi Arabia On UN Women's Rights Council".  Why do European women have to drive anyway?  They could also use gangs of men with sticks beating them if they dress too slutty.  Note, however, that the complaint is coming from a Zionist PR organization that only complains as part of a greater Islamophobic campaign, with the further irony being that the Saudi princes and Jews are now thick as thieves.

"Israel’s Tacit Alliance with ISIS in Syria".  "Israel Reconfirms Commitment To Treating Wounded Syrian Al-Nusra Fighters".  "Israel Strikes Pro-Assad Militia In Syria".

"Qatar hunters held captive for 16 months express relief":  "The hunting party, believed to include prominent members of the Qatari royal family . . . "

"How Did NY Gov. Cuomo Make $783,000 From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?"  Rupert!  Also:  "Fox forcing out Bill O’Reilly could appease critics of the Sky deal".  I'm fully in favor of firing sexual harassers, but the specific details of the claims being used are ludicrously weak.

"Make No Mistake: There is a media blockade against Venezuela".  Typical media-created false-flags.  Organized right-wingers commit atrocities which are then blamed on the government.

"Hillary camp scrambling to find out who leaked embarrassing info".  'Witch hunt'.

"Russia Blog, Day 1: The Strange Activist Who “Provoked” Chechnya’s Anti-Gay Crackdown".  Complicated conspiratorial provocation that was intended to form the basis of yet another Putin bashing story.

"NYT: FBI Refused To Pay $50K For FISA-Linked Trump Dossier After Former MI6 Agent Failed To Corroborate Claims".  The entire Putin Derangement Syndrome rests on a dossier which isn't worth the paper it is printed on, at least according to the FBI, who nevertheless relied on it.

"CIA Fights Disclosure of Secret Aid to Israel".  Hiding the percentage of American foreign aid that goes to Israel.

"Israel said to refuse to extradite teen JCC bomb hoaxer to US" (my emphasis in red!):
"A wave of bomb threats to American Jewish institutions since the start of the year helped spread fear amid an apparent increase in hate crimes and anti-Semitic acts in the United States. Some said that the rise of Donald Trump as US president encouraged the extreme right and emboldened hate groups.

The arrest of the Jewish teenager over dozens of the threats complicated the debate, however."

Latest Postol:  "IMPORTANT CORRECTION TO The Nerve Agent Attack that Did Not Occur":
"This assessment with corrected wind directions leads to a powerful new set of questions – why were the multiple sets of journalists who were filming at the crater where the alleged sarin release occurred not showing the numerous victims of the alleged release who would have been immediately next to the area?

It is now clear that the publicly available evidence shows exactly where the mass nerve agent poisoning would have occurred if in fact there was an event where significant numbers of people were poisoned by a nerve agent release. This does not rule out the possibility of a nerve agent release somewhere else in the city. However, this completely discredits the WHR’s claims that they knew where the nerve agent release occurred and that they knew the nerve agent release was the result of a airdropped munition.

There is a second issue that I have refrained from commenting on in the hope that such a discussion would not be necessary.

The mainstream media is the engine of democracy. Without an independent media providing accurate and unbiased information to citizens, a government can do pretty much what it chooses without interference from the citizens who elected it. The critical function of the mainstream media in the current situation should be to report the facts that clearly and unambiguously contradict government claims.

This has so far not occurred and this is perhaps the biggest indicator of how incapacitated the mechanisms for democratic governance of the United States have become.

The facts are now very clear – there is very substantial evidence that the President and his staff took decisions without any intelligence, or far more likely ignored intelligence from the professional community that they were given, to execute an attack in the Middle East that had the danger of creating an inadvertent military confrontation with Russia. The attack has already created a very serious further downward spiral in Russian-US relations, and has had the effect of seriously undermining US efforts to defeat the Islamic State – a common enemy of the United States, Russia, and the Western European powers.

As such, it is a sacred duty of the mainstream media to our democracy and its people to investigate and report on this matter properly."
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