Gee, what are the folks so upset about? Beats me. I’m doing OK. What’s the big deal? As reported by the UK Independent the Sandtown neighborhood of west Baltimore suffers (a) nearly 52% unemployment, (b) a life expectancy (69 years) 10 years shorter than the US average, (c) a median household income less than half the US average and (d) the nation’s fifth-highest rate of violent crime. Cf. Baltimore’s 52% unemployment with the 25-30% unemployment during the Great Depression that incidentally led to the rise of fascism in Europe and here we are. Yet the mainstream media Botoxed and spackled Ted Baxters only focus on one thing: riots. Show us the overturned burning vehicle, looters. Gotta show those looters! Give me a winded rioter, some monosyllabic cretin who doesn’t even live in the neighborhood but just followed the smell of the crackling tinder and the glow of the Klieg light. Show us the brave and intrepid newsbot wading through the crowds to engage a pilfering “thug” billeted in Baltimore as to why he acts so thuggishly followed by a disingenuous piece on whether “thug” is a code word for the dread N-word. Heavens! This is the depth of our Jurassic and ossified Ted Baxter news coverage. This is it. With no interest from anyone at anytime as to what policies were in play that turned “The Greatest City in America” into Fallujah on the Patapso.
The source of the cancer. The tensions stem from a multiplicity of sources, some of which is certainly the police, the prison industrial complex, policing for profit, mass incarceration, the militarization of cops and the like. Yes, Freddie Gray may have precipitated the initial involvement and interaction, but there’s more at stake. The media have been horrid in their approach. CNN shows particular tone deafness when it comes to causation factors.
Repeat: It’s not about the police. So-called leaders of the black community appointed and anointed by corporate media puppeteers are most cautious to limit their protests and collective demands to the narrow sphere of police abuses and police-community devolved relations. Yes, they’re certainly important, but are co-symptomatic of a greater pathology. Economic demands of any kind are never made by the usual suspects, a bunch of Botoxed and spackled Ted Baxters limited to a minute-thirty package before they’re off to news, sports and weather. Ending police atrocities and 1033 militarization is of course absolutely essential, but JOBS are at the very necessary center of any long-term solution to the systemic problems of the black and poor community. This POTUS, elevated via a mindless apotheosis and deification whilst he spouted a series of vacuous claims of hope and change, needs to nationalize the Fed, demand of Yellen a $500B loan issued to our Department of Labor at 0% with a 100-year maturity. A paltry $500B is a pittance compared to the $27T line of credit the Fed offered Wall Street and foreign banks in 2007-2008 derivatives panic. This POTUS, elevated via deification and proclamation, has been an abysmal failure. The mainstream lapdog Jurassic and ossified mainstream media have nary a clue as to economic fundamentals and history so here we are, rehashing and regurgitating the same trite pap.
Whither POTUS? In a moment of rare candor President Obama remarked as follows infra, but be not mistaken. It is high time that this POTUS get very specific. He must utilize some mass-impact economic demands that will lead to an economic recovery, and not merely pay cheap lip service to millions of people who are quite literally dying for real answers and solutions to a problem that transcends police excesses.
“If you have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunity, where children are born into abject poverty; they’ve got parents — often because of substance-abuse problems or incarceration or lack of education themselves — can’t do right by their kids; if it’s more likely that those kids end up in jail or dead, than they go to college. In communities where there are no fathers who can provide guidance to young men; communities where there’s no investment, and manufacturing has been stripped away; and drugs have flooded the community, and the drug industry ends up being the primary employer for a whole lot of folks — in those environments, if we think that we’re just going to send the police to do the dirty work of containing the problems that arise there without as a nation and as a society saying what can we do to change those communities, to help lift up those communities and give those kids opportunity, then we’re not going to solve this problem. And we’ll go through the same cycles of periodic conflicts between the police and communities and the occasional riots in the streets, and everybody will feign concern until it goes away, and then we go about our business as usual.”
This podcast. My prescription for change and improvement and my endorsement of attacking the interstitial problems at the root of black economics. Please, mainstream media, listen and take note.
Baltimore apparently forgot the cause. Freddie Gray’s spine was severed after he made eye contact with the police and then ran. He died mysteriously in custody. He had a record, though that excuses not any mistreatment, and the case is being investigated. But the matter was seized as an excuse for thugs, bands of larcenous and marauding criminals, kids and punks, opportunistic lowlifes to co-opt the ostensible subject matter of the riots and have at it — pillaging, looting and steeling. It’s about crime and theft. Teens for the most, punks and thieves having a grand time while the Jurassic ossified mainstream media wring their hands over white guilt or whatever the reason trying desperately to cobble together a reason for this utter breakdown of order and society. They provide post hoc rationalization for crime. They’re as insane as State Department clown Marie Harf who suggested in February that ISIS was a problem of no economic solutions and opportunities. It’s a product of our inability to critically think, to understand that snatching Doritos and emptying a liquor store have nothing to do with protest.
The theme’s not new or unique. It’s been with us for decades. There’s a riot going on as Mr. Stewart intoned in 1971. But what’s missed is the fact that rioting has nothing to do with addressing a grievance. So habituated are we to the notion of grievance = riot = liquor store pilfering that we forget to stop and call out the insanity. The pathetic and saccharine media, spewing pantywaist platitudes of understanding the African-American plight is condescending and gratuitous at best. There are many of us who’ve railed against police excesses for years but never countenanced retail theft as a method of speech.
Who is this? If you’re interested, find out for yourself. Google the quote, dig. Find out, use your curiosity as a cudgel. Accept nothing as fact unless you verify it. Expand your worldview, open your eyes. There are stories and issues and events that your mainstream media are ignoring altogether and if you think you’re going to learn what’s happening by the usual sources and suspects, you are amazingly incorrect. There’s a passivity around social media that breeds and inspires intellectual torpor. But herein I tackle a few issues that are on my mind that you might find relevant.
The complete fantasy of cleansing and detox as evidenced by the new batch of hipsters walking around with containers of green sludge.
The myth and fabrication of Hillary Clinton as a viable candidate and public servant.
Rioting versus anarchy versus controlled and systematic looting.
The ossified Jurassic mainstream news media distorting, distracting and redirecting attention from the veridical per usual.
Myriad arcana that the moment inspires.
But first, a disquisition on the criticality of Bruce Jenner infra.
The perfect analogy. Detective Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) is an imposter, an undercover cop pretending he’s a major league umpire and hoping no one catches on. He’s a cop in an area and venue he knows nothing of and about. But once he says the right thing and hears the roar of the audience’s applause he’s off and running. Repeating that which inspired the ovation even though he has no idea of what he’s doing or what it even means. Classic operant conditioning meeting Pavlov head-on.
Today’s media Drebins. Now, let’s meet these guys. Today’s crop of talented folks — in their own specific fields — often stray beyond their ken and bailiwick. Take the inimitable troika of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Penn Jillette and Bill Nye: astrophysicist, magician and mechanical engineer, respectively. Media darlings and popular among the throngs of doting admirers. Fine. And since they’re the darlings of the nescient, impressionable and easily duped left, they debunk and validate a host of ideas and concepts, often with serious political and international global consequences, without the slightest idea of what they’re speaking of or about. GMOs, aliens, climate change, global warming, conspiracy theories, Big Brother, surveillance, glyphosate, JFK’s assassination, 9/11 . . . the list is endless. And as for aliens, Tyson mockingly derides those who claim EBEs exist or have visited, thus calling into question a host of notables, including astronauts, military personnel, heads of state and even (though this probably means nothing) the Vatican astronomer. Watch his aliens schtick here and you tell me if this guy’s Shecky status hasn’t gone a little too far.To be fair, Sagan the Great also provided yeoman’s work in gatekeeping but with a certain degree of elegant aplomb.
It’s a free country. And it’s not that they are not allowed to opine on a subject, it’s that they provide the lamest and weakest of substantiation either for or against a topic without any understanding of the deeper issues and implications. Not to mention, Nye’s 180 as to GMOs after attending a meeting with Monsanto execs redefines suspicious. And as for Jillette, well, Penn believes there’s nothing to anything, except for his half-baked and diluted attempts at refutation. But one must admire his deftness in dropping F-bombs with a frequency and verve that’s unequaled.
It happens. Because, when you enter the world of rock star, media darling and pop culture icon, it can affect you. Look no further than Noam Chomsky, who, in addition to some pretty brilliant observations, provides a jaw-dropping dismissive explication of 9/11, the Fed and JFK’s assassination.
Oh, yes, one more thing. The incredible complexity of Yemen.
Now you see it, now you don’t. This may shock you, so, I trust you’re sitting down. Cashless societies stories have been missed altogether by this incredibly impuissant media, well, to be fair, the American mainstream media, which rank consistently as the most detached and disconnected waste of collective flesh ever amassed under the incredibly ironic banner of information delivery system and platforms.
You put the lime in the coconut. Other intrepid journalists haven’t missed a beat. How ’bout a hand for Paul Joseph Watson, evra’buddeh! Other alternative and foreign media sources, that is. And I must admit that the notion of alternative media I find is most unfair as it should be the standard. Alternative to what, the sputum and bilge of our sorry infobots and Botoxed buffoons wasting electrons with minute-thirty stand-ups and look-lives creating the illusion of relevance.
Do I look fat in this? The specter and considerable ramifications of cashless countries have been the subject of concern to intellectual purists, constitutional sentries and liberty guardians for decades and for good reason. And we are not just talking mark of the beast stuff, though I must admit, the Biblical presaging is most curious and fascinatingly vatic. No, alternative and foreign news sources are replete with references daily to the specter of a cashless society and — I’ll say it again! — our ossified, Jurassic mainstream news media have nary a clue as to the implications of this truly potentially cataclysmic event. Just think, citizen net worth that is able to be destroyed or seized in a mouse click. Imagine any vestige of personal empowerment removed by virtue of legislation that a torpid and incurious news media don’t know anything about, recognize or even understand.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. When the subject of The Bigs (Agra and Pharma) is brought up, Ol’ Ted Baxter and his vapid cronies scratch their collective heads and utter something about “What’s the big deal?” and move on in that slow narcotized shuffle and gait. Well, ciizens, recently there was the regurgitated and seemingly perennial study that essentially suggested that not only are vitamins worthless but they could be dangerous, as in could kill you. It had all of Big Agra and Big Pharma’s fingerprints all over the story, the fact that many in the alternative and for media recognized immediately. But not our Ted Baxter, no siree. And with the latest media kerfuffle involving Dr. Oz and how the Monsanto Mafia were sicced on the good doctor, you would think that this would have inspired the media to take a more aggressive approach in investigating his newfound wrath. Yes, operative, term: You would think. To all of us with two neurons to run together, we knew right away that it was because of his outspoken statements regarding vaccinations and glyphosate. In fact, we could have written the script. Yet the usual suspects, the skeptics and smart-assed nobodies assumed the pose and position of casting his statements aside as that of a vaccine or Monsanto “truther” and it was off to the races. For that is the level of intellectual discourse today. But, I digress.
Where’s that big stick, Teddy? And finally, there is a war on truth in this country. A reiteration and repackaging of Cold War rhetoric that should scare the shite out of you. As Paul Craig Roberts noted, your government attempted to use “two minor presstitutes to help him redefine all who take exception to Washington’s lies as “threats” who belong to a deranged pro-Russian propaganda cult.” And, you guessed it, your comatose mainstream media did absolutely nothing to cover it or even feign interest in the story. So listen, my children, and you shall hear a man of liberty who knows no fear. Ahem.
Gawd bless this man. For this. Dr. Oz dared to discuss the toxicity of the biotech industry’s favorite pesticide “glyphosate” — a dangerous chemical that even the World Health Organization now admits likely causes cancer and the “Monsanto Mafia” was sicced on him. Haven’t you heard? He dared to chanllenhe the all-great, all-knowing Monsanto and Big Agra, two concepts most of the sniveling, mouth-breathing cretinous GMO defenders are clueless anent. And he ever dares to question the sagacity of vaccines! Heavens! And he’s called a quack. No, a quack is Bill Nye, Monsanto shill and sell-out. That’s a quack. Or Neil deGrasse Tyson who also skirted around the GMO issue until he had it handed to him and he wisely backed off. Neil’s also a UFO gatekeeper and rock star wannabe, which is fine (as to the latter), but he doesn’t know how to reel it in.
This plot to destroy Dr. Oz originates with all the usual “Monsanto Mafia” suspects such as Henry Miller, the indignant biotech puppet and Stanford biotech operative who helped run disinformation campaigns and fake science front operations for Big Tobacco. See the full details on Henry Miller here.
Also signing the attack letter against Dr. Oz was Dr. Gilbert Ross, executive director of the American Council on Science and Health — a shady industry front group that spreads biotech disinformation and lies under the false label of “science.”
Dr. Ross is a convicted criminal and Medicaid fraud artist. He was “convicted of racketeering, mail fraud and conspiracy,” and was “sentenced to 47 months in jail, $40,000 in forfeiture and restitution of $612,855” in a scheme to defraud the Medicaid system, reports the U.S. Right to Know campaign in a page describing the ACSH’s sleazy practices.
Well, Ted Baxter? And the MSM have nary a clue what the issues are but the dog whistle’s been sounded and the attack mode has been initiated and off they go. Throw into the mix the usual anti-conspiracy sockpuppets who’ve made up their minds that Oz is a quack, somehow Oprah-related, and it’s more fun to attack and smear without an ounce of data per usual and per custom. Thank Zeus for alternative media and the Internet and you can understand full well what’s happened. Enter Biog Agra, Big Pharma, the biotech mafia and astroturf sloganeering and libel. As Dr. Bob Arnot said on CNN:
“[T]he most interesting part of this is this letter. First of all, it’s not from the Columbia faculty. It’s from ten physicians, all of whom have industry ties. And if you look carefully at the letter, what it’s really about is that the industry is furious that he has taken on genetically modified crops. So you basically have industry henchmen who are after Dr. Oz here. One of them in fact, head of the American Council on Science and Health, spent some time in federal prison for Medicaid fraud, so I’d be very careful about who has written this letter.”
A concept you must understand. The gatekeeper. In my circles this word and term of art have significant meaning. It’s the concept of bottlenecking news and information and data or, better yet, the distraction and deflection of public awareness. Think rodeo clown: “Today in the USA, the job is split into two separate ones, hiring bullfighters who protect the riders from the bull, and entertainers, a barrelman and a clown, who provides [sic] comic humor.” The next time you watch any MSM news show, think this. Think the amusement, distraction and relief. The side show. Cutesy coiffed Ted Baxters with nary a clue as to anything remotely resembling relevance. Relief from thought and concern and worry. It knows all political directions and merges into the concept of narrowcasting versus broadcasting. The gatekeeper defines the goal even better and a very good introductory definition might be the following.
The causes of the Left gatekeeper phenomenon are, no doubt, complex. It may be that, because of their political marginalization, writers on the Left tend to be more defensive about their credibility. Furthermore, many Left publications are dependent on foundation funding, and those relationships may compromise objectivity on conscious and unconscious levels. It is also probable that many left icons are co-opted by covert disinformation programs such as Operation Mockingbird that target the Left media precisely because people expect challenges to the official story to come from that quarter.
But it gets even more complicated. Again, it’s not just the Left, it’s universal. In this podcast I provide a review that I commend to you including, inter alia, Dr. Oz and Big Pharma and Agra, OKC obfuscation even 20 years later and media distraction. And how journalism today thinks not like the police homicide detective but the PR stooge. And with it comes the concomitant rise in alternative and foreign media who believe in spending time with a story until it’s done. What a concept, huh?
“High-frequency traders, for example, introduce greater instability into our financial markets through arbitraging gimmicks that add no value to the economy.”
Why is she even considered? Why? because she seems nice and familiarly dowdy and Amy Goodman-esque, like the nice lady with a lot of rescued dogs you see at Whole Foods who brings the cloth bag. The usual progressive leftie soft-spoken nice woman who’s real smart and seems anodyne. Do you think I’m kidding? The smart counter to the paleo-cretinous Neanderthal right.
Close but no cigar. While Elizabeth Warren has endorsed a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT), it’s been less than specific. This week she gave a speech at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College’s 24th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference, broaching the idea of a financial transaction tax (FTT) for her first time on record.
“High-frequency traders, for example, introduce greater instability into our financial markets through arbitraging gimmicks that add no value to the economy.
We can address this problem by instituting a targeted Financial Transactions Tax, designed to have no impact on regular ‘Mom and Pop’ investors. Such a tax would push sophisticated trading firms to invest in companies for the long-haul and strengthen our markets.”
It’s a start. Sorta. While this is certainly a positive step for Warren, she’s still behind others in her party because she gives no specific percentage(s) for an FTT. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D–MD ) in January had already proposed a FTT, with 0.1% on stock trades and 0.01% on derivatives. Van Hollen’s FTT was so popular with the Democrats that Nancy Pelosi endorsed it. Well, Liz? Specifics. It’s a start and is specific whereas Liz’s just isn’t. Sad. So close, yet so far.
And those student loans? Great idea and then she pulled back. Again. Her “Bank on Students’ Emergency Loan Refinancing Act” was great. Theoretically. The act was intended to stop the doubling of student loan rates and allow refinancing of loans to under 4%. Great. Right? This was a bill that would theoretically effectively lift trillions of dollars in student loan debt off the shoulders of graduates struggling to buy homes, start families or pursue higher education. One of the biggest disappointments of 2014 was Warren pulling back on her initial 0.75% loans from the Federal Reserve discount window. Which of course begs the question, is she yet another stalking horse or just a mediocre politician?
It’s not propaganda; it’s the truth. The laughable moment when it hits you: what’s the truth? When is the truth true and not skewed and varied and altered reality? And according to whom? Tell me the story of the Vietnam War — from the point of view of an NVA regular. Wait, that’s not the way it happened. Oh, it most certainly did, from his point of view and vantage. And therein lies the inherent problems attendant to developing and establishing a one-size-fits-all “no bout a doubt it” truth.
‘Weaponization’ of Information House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing April 15
“The agency charged with leading the effort – the Broadcasting Board of Governors – has a well-documented history of dysfunction,”, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), said in a statement announcing an April 15 hearing “to examine Russia’s use of media to destabilize Ukraine, Eastern Europe and beyond, and the U.S. government’s inability to respond effectively.”
The hearing, entitled “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information,” will be held on Wednesday, April 15th at 10:00 a.m. in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the Committee will convene a hearing to examine Russia’s use of media to destabilize Ukraine, Eastern Europe and beyond, and the U.S. government’s inability to respond effectively. The hearing, entitled “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information,” will be held on Wednesday, April 15th at 10:00 a.m. in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building.
Chairman Royce on the hearing: “For years, Putin has used the Russian media to consolidate power at home and divide societies abroad. The strategies employed today by the Kremlin are highly sophisticated and well-funded with an estimated annual budget of more than $600 million. Russia’s media machine has polluted the media environment, the truth is lost, listeners don’t know whom to believe, and fear divides society. Unfortunately, the U.S. has been slow to respond to this challenge and the agency charged with leading the effort – the Broadcasting Board of Governors – has a well-documented history of dysfunction. We need to reform the BBG if we are to have a chance against this ‘weaponization’ of information.”
Note: During the 113th Congress, Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel introduced “The U.S. International Communications Reform Act of 2014” (H.R. 4490) which passed the House unanimously. H.R. 4490 proposed to overhaul the Broadcasting Board of Governors, create cost savings, and increase agency efficiency. This legislation will be reintroduced in the coming weeks.
The information war. In 2011 Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State declared while appearing before a congressional committee to ask for extra funds to spread US propaganda through new media said that US is losing the global information war.
“During the Cold War we did a great job in getting America’s message out. After the Berlin Wall fell we said, ‘Okay, fine, enough of that, we are done,’ and unfortunately we are paying a big price for it,” she said. “Our private media cannot fill that gap.”
“We are in an information war and we are losing that war. Al Jazeera is winning, the Chinese have opened a global multi-language television network, the Russians have opened up an English-language network. I’ve seen it in a few countries, and it is quite instructive,” she stated.
Questions. For your review, please consider the following questions.
Define specifically what is disinformation and propaganda versus spin doctoring versus the truth, the acceptable truth.
How can anyone watching mainstream American media today think for a moment that they’re receiving the straight news without distortion or bias? Or, correction, without unacceptable distortion or bias.