Who are the new jihadis? Oliver Roy analyses them and finds they are not whom you think they are.

Terrorist eyes

Read the full article in the Guardian


In one of the best articles explaining the phenomenon of jihadi terrorism that I have read, Oliver Roy gives a clear analyses of their origins. He clarifies the link between Islam and radicalisation, showing that they mostly lived a “highly secular life – frequenting clubs, drinking alcohol… and share a number of common features: second generation; fairly well integrated at first; period of petty crime; radicalisation in prison; attack and death – weapons in hand – in a standoff with the police.” Rather than Islamists they were nihilists.

Other key points that I thought were well worth noting were that, “Suicide terrorism is not even effective from a military standpoint. While some degree of rationality can be found in “simple” terrorism – in which a few determined individuals inflict considerable damage on a far more powerful enemy – it is entirely absent from suicide attacks…

The strength of Isis is to play on our fears. And the principal fear is the fear of Islam. The only strategic impact of the attacks is their psychological effect. They do not affect the west’s military capabilities; they even strengthen them, by putting an end to military budget cuts. They have a marginal economic effect, and only jeopardise our democratic institutions to the extent that we ourselves call them into question through the everlasting debate on the conflict between security and the rule of law.”  It begs the question, who is ultimately behind the radicalisation of young men in the West.

Roy finishes with, “There is a temptation to see in Islam a radical ideology that mobilizes throngs of people in the Muslim world, just as Nazism was able to mobilise large sections of the German population. But the reality is that Isis’s pretension to establish a global caliphate is a delusion – that is why it draws in violent youngsters who have delusions of grandeur.” It’s well worth reading the whole article.




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Syrian women are free.

I think, like me, many of us have no idea what life was and is still like for women and girls in Syria outside the war zone. I mean the secular Syria that the Daesh/Isis are trying to destroy.

From the Duran  

The following video shows life as it has been during the war in Syria, which is seldom shown in the western mainstream media. Young people talk about their love of art and music which would be prohibited or even punishable by death under Al-Qaeda rule.

In government controlled areas the video shows how all people enjoy their daily life in peace even after years of war. Such are the spirits of the Syrian people; to celebrate life even in the face of war, death and destruction. They have learned to defy the terrorists’ mortar shells as they rain daily on them.

Syria is a secular society where people enjoy life to the full through open access to theatre, cinema, mosques, churches, museums, restaurants, music halls, and sports stadia. Free education to university level and free health care available to all citizens, despite US imposed sanctions for years.

If the US objective of regime change were to be achieved, the alternative to such a vibrant dynamic peace-loving society with its ancient heritage and culture would be Al-Qaeda and its fundamentalist Wahabbi medieval view of life.

Indeed, in the video some speak of their experiences of living under Daesh before they fled to safety in government controlled areas. Under the terrorists’ rule people were punished severely or killed for such silly matters as watching TV or listening to music or wearing jeans let alone major issues such as women’s rights or lack of them.

Now watch “Syrians” produced by TVLibertés

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JIT report: a deliberate fabrication.

Much of the JIT report is deliberate fabrication. For example: the video they used to show the truck allegedly carrying a BUK missile launcher has been deliberately but crudely manipulated to remove identifying road signs. Why bother unless it was to hide the fact that the truck was on a different road or even a different country.


From the JIT website https://www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-vliegramp/presentaties/presentation-joint/

See the image above in Animation 3 – 3.20 minutes in.

Funny how the Russians always use khaki trucks; but JIT tells us that in this case only, they used a white Volvo to take the scenic route across Ukraine. Even stranger, the semi at the front is clearly seen in the videos but the alleged BUK carrier and low loader beneath it is always misty. (A stealth BUK perhaps?)

Then there are the deliberate lies such as that the missile was fired from a clearly separatist area; yet they omitted to mention that at the time,the missile was fired, the Ukrainian army was engaged in a 40 days long siege of Saur Mogila in exactly the same area.

As you can see from this video, the strategic hill of Saur Mogila and its huge monument was attacked from all sides. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DATlYLR4E4s
This video shows the Ukrainian army shelling the area below the monument. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb2P6juINCg

Far from having sufficient information to initiate criminal proceedings against Russians, the JIT investigative team has provided sufficient evidence to initiate criminal proceedings against themselves for fraud.




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Aid Convoy not shot from the air – the photographic evidence.

There has been much about the UN aid convoy destroyed in Aleppo in the media; most of them blaming Russia and the Syrian government.



This package of medical supplies provided as proof of an air attack by the White Helmets has been shot from below.


Below, the green truck trailer parked at an angle shows boxes that appear to be medical supplies, They were carefully unloaded before the attack and the truck’s prime mover driven away; whereas supplies for civilians were trashed and burnt.


Below, where is the explosive damage to the vehicles and the debris to be expected from an air attack?


The photographic images from the Aleppo attack reveal a different story to that of western media outlets and the White Helmets: the convoy was shot at from below, no doubt killing some of the drivers, supplies useful to the rebels were unloaded first, then the whole was set on fire to cover the evidence. The White Helmets say that not all the drivers and offsiders were killed. Where are they? 


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Signs of escalating war in the Middle East

Sadly, I suspect the US and its allies are going to expand military activities to an all-out war in Syria.

Here’s why I think that.

July 2  Australian election

July 18  US Vice president, Joe Biden meets winning Prime minister Turnbull.

August 29  Malcolm Turnbull brooches 25 legislative changes on the day before parliament opens. Hidden amongst them is a never-before-mentioned change to war crimes legislation.

Here’s the original legislation.

268.70   War crime–murder 
(1)  A person (the perpetrator ) commits an offence if:
(a)  the perpetrator causes the death of one or more persons; and
(b)  the person or persons are not taking an active part in the hostilities; and
(c)  the perpetrator knows of, or is reckless as to, the factual circumstances establishing that the person or persons are not taking an active part in the hostilities; and
(d)  the perpetrator’s conduct takes place in the context of, and is associated with, an armed conflict that is not an international armed conflict.
Penalty:  Imprisonment for life.
(2)  To avoid doubt, a reference in subsection (1) to a person or persons who are not taking an active part in the hostilities includes a reference to:
(a)  a person or persons who are hors de combat ; or
(b)  civilians, medical personnel or religious personnel who are not taking an active part in the hostilities.
(Under Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, non-international armed conflicts are armed conflicts in which one or more  non-State armed groups are involved.)

Australian troops never had any problem with the existing legislation in Afghanistan. But now that we are in Syria….

Turnbull wants to add to the legislation that: war crime offences of murder and attacking civilians in a non-international armed conflict do not apply to protect members of an organised armed group not engaged in fighting.

In effect, it gives immunity to Australian troops who attack civilians, captives, slaves, hospitals, schools, infrastructure and religious communities because it is impossible to separate them from ‘members of an organised armed group not engaged in fighting’.

Turnbull mentions Isis when he refers to an organised armed group,  but doesn’t mention them in the legislation which could just as easily mean the Syrian government, the Kurds or anyone else anywhere in the world.

This smacks of a major US change in strategy.

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The evolution of a terror attack in Jerusalem

The Jerusalem paper, the Times of Israel shows how a fire on an empty bus becomes a terrorist attack on innocent civilians. The reports it uses on its online breaking news page come from its own sources and a variety of other news media.

The story changes from the police saying they are not sure it was a terror attack at 18.17, to a Reuters report from a spokesperson for the Mayor of Jerusalem saying “Blast definitely caused by bomb” at 19.24, and Prime Minister Netanyahu saying “We will settle accounts with those behind the Jerusalem bombing.” at 10.23 pm.

Note the interesting divergence between the Channel 2 and Reuters report at 19.24. It reveals a striking difference in their agendas.

 The Times of Israel – Investigators hunt for clues after Jerusalem bus bombing

 Tuesday, April 19, 2016 18:17

Police now not sure it was a terror attack

Now police are saying they’re not sure it was a terror attack after all, Channel 2 says.

The blast was on an empty bus. This in turn set off a fire on a second bus nearby and a private car. Most of the injured were on the second bus, the TV report says.

Police now say “all avenues of investigation being followed.”

Emergency services at the site of a possible bus bombing in Jerusalem, April 18, 2016. (Israel Police)

Police: Bus was empty, wounded are from nearby vehicle

Police say the bus hit by an explosion in Jerusalem was empty at the time of the blast, and the injured are from a nearby bus. Another private vehicle is also hit in the blast.

Two people are in serious condition, six are in moderate condition and seven are lightly hurt.

Two burning buses on a Jerusalem street. The cause of the incident was being investigated by police. (Israel police)

Red alert on Gaza border is false alarm

The red alert siren for incoming rocket fire that sounds on the Gaza border is a false alarm, Walla reports.


Fire service: No one trapped in burning buses in Jerusalem

The fire service says that no one is trapped in the buses that are alight following a blast on one of the vehicles in Jerusalem.


16 hurt in Jerusalem were on both burning buses

The 16 people wounded in Jerusalem came from the bus that was set ablaze and a nearby one that was also set alight, Channel 2 says.

Police are still trying to establish if it was a terror attack.


Police urge vigilance in wake of Jerusalem blaze

The police are calling on Israelis to be vigilant after two buses are set alight in Jerusalem. The authorities are still trying to determine whether this is a terrorist incident.

Israel Police spokeswoman Luba Samri urges people to report any suspicious incidents.


Israel Police: Not ruling out terror attack in Jerusalem

Israel Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says authorities are not ruling out the possibility that the blazes on two buses in Jerusalem are the result of a terrorist attack.

All avenues are being examined, Samri says.


Jerusalem police: No advance intel on imminent attack

A spokesman for Jerusalem police says there was no advance intelligence of an imminent terror attack in Jerusalem .


Egged official: Hard to believe this was not terror

An official in the Egged bus company, whose buses were hit in the Jerusalem blaze, says it is hard to believe that the incident was not the result of a terror attack, the NRG website reports.

Fire service: Jerusalem blast occurred inside one of the buses

Jerusalem fire service says that the blast that set two buses alight in the city took place inside one of the vehicles.

“This is definitely an irregular incident,” a member of the fire service tells Channel 2.


Jerusalem mayor: Explosive device caused bus blast

The blast on a Jerusalem bus was caused by a small explosive device, Mayor Nir Barkat tells Channel 2.

He says however that it is still unclear whether this is a terrorist attack.

The mayor calls on Jerusalem residents and all Israelis to be alert but to primarily carry on with their normal routine.

Barkat spokeswoman: Jerusalem blast definitely caused by bomb

A spokeswoman for Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat says that the explosion that set two buses alight and wounded 16 people was definitely caused by a bomb, Reuters reports.

The comment comes after Barkat tells Israeli TV that a small explosive device detonated inside one of the two buses caught up in the incident.



PM: We will settle accounts with those behind Jerusalem bombing

Netanyahu says that Israel will find the people responsible for today’s attack on a bus in Jerusalem that wounded more than 20 people.

“We will find out who placed the bomb, we will reach those who dispatched them and we will also get to those who stand behind them, and settle accounts with these terrorists,” he says.

The prime minister also sends wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured in the bombing.

Later the driver of the bus next to the one that exploded reveals his assumption that any explosion must be an attack; although it’s unlikely that he needed to tell nearby observers to ring emergency services.


Jerusalem bus driver: I knew at once it was a terror attack

The driver of the Jerusalem bus hit in today’s bombing says he was caught up in traffic when he suddenly heard a blast, and knew at once an attack had taken place, Channel 2 reports.

“I reached Moshe Baram Street in Talpiot and stopped in traffic. Suddenly, there was a loud explosion from the back of the bus and I immediately realized it was a terrorist attack,” says Moshe Levy from Shaare Zedek hospital, where he is being treated for light injuries.

“I opened the doors to save people,” he says. “The people fled quickly. I immediately ran to the cars stuck in traffic and told them to call the police because there had been an attack.”

Read the full Times of Israel page at http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-april-18-2016/#

And in case you think bus explosions without a bomb never occur, here are some examples…

Bus explodes into flame outside school at Park Ridge (Brisbane)

Forty-seat bus explodes ‘like a cannon going off’     (Melbourne)   

Plumes of black smoke billowed from the site of the explosion, which triggered miles of gridlock

In fact bus explosions are all too common.

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Barrel Bombs. The US accuses Assad while the rebels get on with making them.

Washington’s claims of Assad using barrel bombs are made with no evidence that ties them to the government of Syria. Yet, western media continue to report and repeat the charges as if they were a credible fact. Most recently by Elliot Higgins.

The most damning for Syria is this video below, which has been so poorly edited that the gunner is not there, and then is. And the European who appears to be giving directions to the bomber has a different uniform, not Syrian, with what may be an American sniper badge on his left epaulet. Syria does not use the red,white and blue.

sniperNot a syrian army uniform

Considering the large number of videos and images of the ‘rebels’ making gas bottle bombs and then firing them from home-made mortars while yelling Allah Akbar (God is Great); and considering how easy it is to find images and videos like those below, on the web; there is no excuse for publishing propaganda as fact.

A few minutes Google search revealed this rebel promotional video of rebels loading barrel bombs and several incriminating images, below.

Note – the Syrian army wears boots not sneakers and the badge/logo on the bomb is Lebanese and appears to have been added to the image. Perhaps it is a video stamp..

Rebel makes gas bottle bombs.   Bomb
Flying bombsphotoshopped

Then there is this image above, where the photo shopping was so poor that the leg of the seat does not meet in the middle.

It is evident that the rebels have been using home-made bombs since the start of the war. The Syrian army may have too, but so far the evidence presented in the media points directly to the rebels.


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Shame BBC – blatant bias and propaganda

Why did the BBC embed this video in a report largely blaming Isis for chemical attacks in Syria? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34211838

The video presented by Ian Pannell and labelled Harrowing footage showed the aftermath of an alleged chlorine gas attack by Syrian government forces, is a composite fabrication blaming the Syrian government.

Not only does it include obviously fake footage of crude propaganda against Syria, it encourages viewers to support an Al Nusra organization which appears to do little except support terrorists, fabricate videos and collect donations. https://www.facebook.com/SyriaCivilDefence/info?tab=page_info

It’s also an all-too-convenient attempt to sway public opinion in Britain, Australia, Canada and the US towards an attack on Syria.

Capture of image from BBC video and link to the video

Click to see video

Note: At 26 seconds into the video, the small child’s eyes are clear and wide open, not even crying. Other children can be heard crying, not wheezing, screaming or wailing as seriously hurt children do. We cannot hear then choking or coughing as those attacked by chlorine gas would also do.

50 seconds into the video is a pretty little girl. She shows no signs of a gas attack, just signs of the natural fear a little girl would have being washed down by a group of shouting men in the dark.

Little girl wide eyed and breathing normally being washed down by a group of shouting men in the dark.

On the top left of the video is the green SGRC logo – the coalition of rebels fighting against the Syrian government including Al Nusra/AlQueda

It is highly likely that this section of Pannell’s presentation is fake.

Towards the end of the video Pannell lauds the white helmeted Syrian volunteer civil defence.

Rick Sterling in Counter Punch has more information about the White Helmets in his article, About those chlorine attacks in Syria. He says, “This is a new organization, highly publicized as civilian rescue workers in Syria. Their video and reports have influenced Avaaz and other humanitarian groups. Avaaz refers to the White Helmets as “Syria’s respected and non-partisan civil protection force.”

In reality the White Helmets is a project created by the UK and USA.

Training of civilians in Turkey has been overseen by former British military officer and current contractor, James Le Mesurier. Promotion of the program is done by “The Syria Campaign” supported by the foundation of billionaire Ayman Asfari.

The White Helmets is clearly a public relations project which has received glowing publicity from HuffPo to Nicholas Kristof at the NYT. White Helmets have been heavily promoted by the U.S. Institute of Peace (U.S.IP) whose leader began the press conference by declaring “U.S.IP has been working for the Syrian Revolution from the beginning”.

Apart from the PR work, White Helmets work in areas of Aleppo and Idlib controlled by Nusra (Al Queda). The video from a medical clinic on March 16 starts with a White Helmets logo. The next video of same date and place continues with the Nusra logo.

US and UK tax dollars pay for a program which has an appealing rescue component and is then used to market and promote the USA and UK policy of regime change in Syria in de facto alliance with Nusra.”

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Refugee Crisis: What The Media Is Hiding

This explains everything about the refugee crisis.

With thanks to Syrian Girl and ICH.

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60 minutes and the Buk – MH 17

MH17 – Special Investigation
“The Russian Are Lying And Here Is The Truth”

Video Report
60 Minutes – MSN – Australia

Who shot down MH17? 60 Minutes tracks the killers deep inside rebel territory.

Watch the video on http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41878.htm

Here’s the real truth.

If you halt the video at almost any point you will find photoshopped images and purported facts that were not backed up by evidence; so much so that it appears that the whole thing is a fraud. And the biggest fraud is Eliot Higgins. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Higgins

None of Higgins evidence is original. It and all the video and photographic evidence used by Sixty Minutes journalist Michael Usher were released by Ukrainian intelligence within 3 days of the downing of MH17 such as this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIdODh-3-p8

The video was photoshopped before it was first released. Look at the green edge of the billboard. Note it is painted over a branch. Later, I waited in vain for Usher to show us the other side of the billboard that he claimed was the one in the video. Of course it would have been a miracle if it was. He was standing on grass that should have been trees with a view of a lake and pointing in the wrong direction.

MH 17 Billboard photoshopped

Then there is the way that the Usher flits over Higgins’ images claiming they are identical. I captured this from the video. Now that it is still, you can see that the two images are far from identical and that the top one has been photoshopped to make the trees look similar. Usher diverts us from the obvious dissimilarities by specifically directing our attention to the ‘similar’ trees. The only conclusion I can draw is that he colluded in the fraud.

MH17 Buk video - not the same place

Nothing in the 60 minutes program is real. Not even Usher’s attempt to be an investigative reporter. He says he was arrested by the rebels but his sequence was wrong. He hadn’t reached the rebel checkpoint at that stage and to add some colour he photoshopped Russian flags on the road he was travelling on. Sloppy work.

MH17 photoshopped Russian flag

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Where is the blood?


According to the Daily mail and Fox News, the photo above, “provided by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry shows the inside view of a bus destroyed by a rebel shell at the (government) checkpoint near the town of Volnovakha in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. At least 10 civilians were killed and a further 13 wounded as the bus was hit by a pro-Russian separatists’ shell while passing through the checkpoint, local officials said. (AP Photo/Ukrainian Interior Ministry)”

I can’t see any blood on the floor and the seat covers have been removed.

A rebel shell?

The image provided plainly shows bullet holes in the seats and curtains coming from the back of the bus..

This is what a bus looks like after a shell hits it.




And where is the blood?

On the snow outside the bus.

Ukraine bus 2

Murder of defenceless civilians is a war crime.


Update – Video Evidence.

Now the Ukrainian government are claiming it was heavy weapons fire rather than a shell. The bullet holes in the seats were just a bit too obvious.

The missing blood has also appeared – on the floor at the front of the bus.

Judging by the angle of the bullet holes in the seats and their exit towards the front of the bus in the video; it appears that checkpoint guards boarded the bus and herded the passengers towards the exit. They then fired at their backs with some bullets going through the seats.

They have also admitted that the bus, carrying mostly women and children, came from rebel held areas. I’m guessing any refugees who want to return to their families in western Ukraine will, in future, visit Russia instead. And that may very well be one of the purposes of this atrocity considering the state of Ukraine’s economy.

Update – Revenge Motive

In August 2014, Eastern Ukrainian rebels captured a bus carrying Right Sector paramilitaries. Twelve were shot in the firefight and the rest taken captive. The ultra-nationalist,  Right Sector includes neo-nazis and other far right-wing groups  such as the Patriot of Ukraine below.

A graphic video (Not for children) of the bus shows Right Sector fighters killed by the defenders of Donetsk in August 2014. Yarosh vows revenge. To see more select the link below.


Several websites publishing the earlier attack were updated on the January 13.

So could the attack on the 13th of January, 2015, have been revenge by members of one of the Right Sector battalions that the government in Ukraine used for propaganda purposes?

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The Chameleon and the Phoenix: Atlas Shrugged and the Hunger Games

For easy reading, enlarge Powerpoint and click on screen icon at bottom right.

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Fake – video of brave boy rescuing girl from snipers

Footage of Syrian ‘hero boy’ dodging sniper’s bullets to save girl revealed as FAKE

Nov 15, 2014 14:03 By Chris Gee

Read more from the Mirror… http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/footage-syrian-hero-boy-dodging-4633019

Fake image of boy being shot

Scene from the video shot in Malta.


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Hypnotised, conned and scared

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No Rendition; no Guantanamo… just shaming of captured Ukrainian contract soldiers.

These videos have been censored by You Tube.

The first shows a rebel officer explaining to captured government recruits the ethical problems and guilt that comes with attacking your own people. The recruits are given tea and sandwiches and sent home.

The second shows civilians, mostly women – very angry women giving their victim statements in no uncertain terms to captured government troops who attacked their town.

When have we ever seen western soldiers doing this.

And this is what the local civilians think of the Ukrainian soldiers.

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What we think of Tony Abbott

Elena Gabrielle is brilliant in her scathing attack on Australian Prime Minister Abbott and his policies.

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Whose land is it anyway?

Judaism has no more historical right to Israel than any other invader’s religion.

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Ukrainian rebels see Kiev fighter planes using passenger planes as shield a month before Flight M17 was destroyed

This video was posted a month before Flight M17.


I will let you draw your own conclusions from this.

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Lab rats: Using Palestinians as a free way to test new weapons of people control

Israel has rapidly come to rely on the continuing captivity of Palestinians in what are effectively the world’s largest open-air prisons. The reason is that there are massive profits to be made from testing Israeli military innovations on the more than four million Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. (Jonathon Cook)

The Lab (The business of the Israel’s military occupation)

Is Gaza a testing ground for experimental weapons?


Concerns about Israel’s use of non-conventional and experimental weapons in the Gaza Strip are growing, with evasive comments from spokesmen and reluctance to allow independent journalists inside the tiny enclave only fueling speculation.

The most prominent controversy is over the use of shells containing white phosphorus, which causes horrific burns when it comes into contact with skin. Under international law, phosphorus is allowed as a smokescreen to protect soldiers but treated as a chemical weapon when used against civilians.

The Israeli army maintains that it is using only weapons authorized in international law, though human rights groups have severely criticized Israel for firing phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza.

But there might be other unconventional weapons Israel is using out of sight of the watching world.

One such munition may be DIME, or dense inert metal explosive, a weapon recently developed by the United States army to create a powerful and lethal blast over a small area.

The munition is supposed to still be in the development stage and is not yet regulated. There are fears, however, that Israel may have received a green light from the US military to treat Gaza as a testing ground. Read more…..

Tear gas, the Scream and Skunk

Using Palestinians as a free way to test new weapons of people control


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BBC Fraud on Syria chemical attack and CIA spies playing reporter

Man on stretcher - Clip from video titled Media 'staged' Syria chem attack

Clip from video titled Media ‘staged’ Syria chem attack

The BBC deliberately created fraudulent video on chemical weapons in Syria and the CIA plants spies as journalists. See more:

Media ‘staged’ Syria chem attack


For a more detailed analysis see https://www.metabunk.org/threads/rt-claims-bbc-stages-syria-chemical-attack-to-propagate-war-bbc-responds.3341/  (Note the original version of this video was removed by YouTube but the text analysis is well worth reading)

But wait, there’s more. Much more on who, inthe US military knew

Seymour Hersh Unearths More Lies on Syria

By Jonathan Cook April 07, 2014 “ICH” – Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has a second fascinating essay The Thin Red Line and the Rat Line that rewrites the official record of the sarin gas attack on Ghouta, near Damascus, in August last year. As usual, Hersh uses his sources in the US security establishment to throw light on what really took place. The bottom line: Turkey was almost certainly the party responsible for the attack, hoping it would force Obama to honour his threatened “red line” if Assad used chemical weapons. Read more, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38149.htm

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Fraud is not black and white – The prejudice and opinion writing of Andrew Bolt

‘There’s nothing I would rather be, than to be an Aborigine, and watch you take my precious land away.

For nothing gives me greater joy than to watch you fill each girl and boy with superficial existential shit.’

(Jimmy Chi)


A waggish tweeter said of opinion columnist, blogger and shock jock of the written word, Andrew Bolt,

‘Full time patriot, defender of wealthy white opinions, developer of Skintone, expert with copy and paste shortcuts and limited news.’

I would add, deliberate denier of Aboriginal literary and artistic success and even Aboriginality itself.  (Bolt 2009, 2012)

Amongst his many articles attacking Aborigines and Aboriginal issues, were several claiming that Aboriginal literary, Art and community awards and honours, scholarships and jobs were actually achieved by white people falsely claiming to have an indigenous heritage. Bolt’s sole criteria for judging a lack of that heritage in It’s so Hip to be Black, White is the New Black and White Fellas in the Black, was the ‘existential’ colour of their skin.

bolt its so hipto be black

In It’s so Hip to be Black above, Bolt begs the question why the photo montage he selectively cut and pasted from Google Images was digitally enhanced to lighten and warm skin tones? It also calls into question his choice of images and his deliberate rejection of the visual evidence revealed by other images on the same Google image search page – the younger Mick Dodson for instance.

Mick Dodson

Mick Dodson

Bolt seems to think that Aborigines are Australian Negroes; whereas at first contact with Europeans, Aboriginal skin colour ranged from dark brown, some with blond hair to being thought to be lost whites by explorer Abel Tasman. Now, after two hundred years of rape, sexual abuse, intermarriage and light children being removed from their families, Aboriginality is defined by ancestry, culture and recognition by Aboriginal communities rather than by skin colour.

Makeup goes to court

Skin tones seem personally important to Bolt with his complexion revealing an almost indigenous tan before 2011 and a pale foundation after.  On the other hand, he seemed oblivious to the fact that Larissa Behrendt may have bleached her hair and be like him, wearing makeup.

Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt

2011 was also the year that Bolt was finally forced by the Federal Court of Australia, to admit that all nine of the claimants in the case of Eatock v Bolt that resulted from the above articles were Aborigines, not frauds, and that he had breached the Racial Discrimination Act. He didn’t go to jail, he wasn’t asked to pay a fine. No, in spite of his continuing claims that section 18c/d of the law limited his free speech, he wasn’t prevented from publishing at all. He was simply required to provide balance by putting the judge’s decision in front of his own – all forty pages of it.

Superficial existential shit 

When does a writer selectively using information to promote a particular world view, become a fraud? When does a deliberate refusal to research the history, background and different sides of issues, become lying by omission? When do the subtexts of opinion writing become so scurrilous that they should be termed prejudice? Subtexts such as: that whites out-competed Aborigines for Aboriginal Art and literature awards; that they abuse the public purse; that Aborigines are given preference in awards and jobs in the Arts; and that real Aborigines don’t have university degrees. Bolt reinforces those subtexts with emotive language such as:

“Hear that scuffling at the trough? That’s the sound of black people being elbowed out by white people shouting ‘but I’m Aboriginal, too”’ (Bolt 2011)

I wonder why Bolt thinks that any writer or artist would want to scuffle at the public trough for short term grants, a ‘generous’ $260 a week to live on, frequent pleasant holidays when unemployed and perhaps a short but exciting life experiencing Her Majesty’s Pleasure? Pat Eatock ’s story in Judge Bromberg’s summary would have enlightened him. (Eatock v Bolt pp.154–164)

‘Blacker-than thou

If dislike of literary fraud and pretense was really Bolt’s rationale for those articles, why doesn’t he have issues with men pretending to be women who write romance? As Harold Lowry, who writes as Leigh Greenwood says ‘Contrary to popular opinion, men are romantic. We just have more cultural obstacles to overcome’. (Sarah 2007)

Aborigines write, whatever their skin colour. They also have more cultural obstacles to overcome including shock jock opinion writers.

Works Cited

Andrew Bolt Quotes. 25 Nov. 2012. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <https://twitter.com/BoltQuotes&gt;.

Bolt, Andrew. “Making a Saint out of Mabo.” Herald Sun. News Ltd, 12 June 2012. Web. 6 Jan. 2014.

Bolt, Andrew. “White Is the New Black.” Herald Sun. Newscom, 15 Apr. 2009. Web. 6 Jan. 2014.

Chi, Jimmy. Nothing I Would Rather Be. 1990. Lyric.

Connor, Michael. “Andrew Bolt on Trial.” Quadrant Online. 1 May 2011. Web. 6 Jan. 2014.

Eatock v Bolt [2011] FCA 1103 Summary. FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA. 28 Sept. 2011. Austlit. Federal Court of Australia, 28 Sept. 2011. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCA/2011/1103.html>.

Sarah, S. B. “Male Writers of Romance.” Smart Bitches Trashy Books. 24 Aug. 2007. Web. 5 Jan. 2014. <http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com&gt;.

(c) Jan 7 2014

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Pay $120 and feed the humans

Shame on city and county officials who brought in and enforced these heartless laws.

Go Abby! Show them up for the heartless, tax wasting maggots they are.

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They swapped socialism for this

Sow hunger, reap anger: why Bosnia is burning

Posted: 09 Feb 2014 04:29 AM PST

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Failed privatizations, rampant unemployment and a thoroughly inefficient and unaccountable political system lie at the basis of the Bosnian protests.

Bosnia-Herzegovina finally emerged from the sidelines, once again as a country in flames. On February 5, laid off workers of the recently privatized factories of the industrial city of Tuzla, the third largest in Bosnia-Herzegovina, took to the streets to claim their healthcare and pension payments, to get their 50 months’ back pay, and to demand the government to fight youth unemployment, whose rate in Bosnia-Herzegovina ramped up to 60%. Read more  http://roarmag.org/2014/02/bosnia-protests-tuzla-workers/

“Collective nervous breakdown” rocks Bosnia




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“Honour The Treaties” Neil Young – Mother Earth (Live)

Oil sands strip mining of Indian lands and boreal forests – for what?

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Who’s a terrorist?

Here’s the FBI definitionhttp://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/terrorism/terrorism-definition

Here the Wiki definitionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Definitions_of_terrorism#Obstacles_to_a_comprehensive_definition

All the definitions refer to violence.

So why are peace, anti-war, environmental, human rights and other social movements targeted by so called anti-terrorism squads acting with corporate spies?

Report: One in Four ‘Activists’ May be Corporate Spies


British police stole IDs of dead children to infiltrate political organizations


Three Political Police Spies


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Justice American style

This Man Was Sentenced to Die in Prison for Shoplifting a $159 Jacket: This Happens More Than You Think

Thousands of lives have been ruined by life sentences for crimes such as shoplifting.

Democracy, freedom, liberty are words spouted freely by American leaders

Pity they don’t also possess a sense of proportion, fairness and respect for human rights.

In most countries, the press would run this story until the Government relented. What is wrong with the US courts, legislature and media that they would allow a man to be imprisoned for life for $150.   Read more: http://www.alternet.org/man-was-sentenced-die-prison-shoplifting-159-jacket-happens-more-you-think?

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The Startling Size of US Military Operations in Africa

The Pentagon’s Africa Command will tell you there’s one military base on the entire continent and that they have a light touch in Africa. Don’t believe them.

—By | Fri Sep. 6, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

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“They’re involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi, Cameroon and the Cape Verde Islands. And that’s just the ABCs of the situation. Skip to the end of the alphabet and the story remains the same: Senegal and the Seychelles, Togo and Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia. From north to south, east to west, the Horn of Africa to the Sahel, the heart of the continent to the islands off its coasts, the US military is at work. Base construction, security cooperation engagements, training exercises, advisory deployments, special operations missions, and a growing logistics network, all undeniable evidence of expansion—except at US Africa Command.” Read more . . .


U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa

Documents Reveal Blinding Pace of Ops in 2013, More of the Same for 2014

By Nick Turse

For years, the U.S. military has publicly insisted that its efforts in Africa are small scale. Its public affairs personnel and commanders have repeatedly claimed no more than a “light footprint” on that continent, including a remarkably modest presence when it comes to military personnel.  They have, however, balked at specifying just what that light footprint actually consists of.  During an interview, for instance, a U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokesman once expressed worry that tabulating the command’s deployments would offer a “skewed image” of U.S. efforts there.

It turns out that the numbers do just the opposite. Read more . . .



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What is the real story behind the unborn baby with a bullet in its skull?

British surgeon David Nott, says snipers shot this fetus inside its mother’s womb. He blames the Syrian government and says eight pregnant women were shot in the uterus in two days.


The same article in the Daily Mirror reports that he said there were two women and does not assign blame to the Syrian government.


Although it is sometimes difficult to see damage in an X-ray of a bullet in a skull, I would have expected to see some damage to the delicate skull of a fetus – an entry point perhaps, and I doubt a tiny baby with its delicate bones would have done much to stop a bullet unless it was nearing the end of its trajectory.

Nonetheless, casualties of war are not just enemies. They are babies and grandparents, mothers and children, pets and farm animals. All suffering for the greed of the few.

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Four Chemical Attacks U.S. Wants You to Forget

Published on 9 Sep 2013

Abby Martin speaks about the blatant hypocrisy regarding Obama’s “red line” of chemical attacks as the motivating factor to intervene militarily in Syria, citing the top four chemical weapons attacks that the US military does not want you to know about.

Go Abby.

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The Images 911 conspiracy theorists don’t want you to see.

Websites, blogs and Facebook are the communications media of this century. Ethical standards are just as important for them as the traditional press. Hiding evidence or, by omission, creating videos that mislead the public, is just as unethical when it’s on the web as when it’s on newsprint.

This is the image that won’t appear on 911 conspiracy websites and that is continually taken  down on other blogs such as ICH. It’s of WTC1 falling onto Building 7. You can clearly see the moment debris hits the building.

Tower 1 falling on WTC 7

Tower 1 falling on WTC 7

In the next image, taken just a few seconds before the first. You can clearly see the huge structural steel and aluminium panels that caused severe damage to the corner of Building 7 (bottom left corner of the image)

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Bldg7 burns Steve McCurry

WTC7 burning


An often used claim is that Building 7 fell into its own footprint. Here is another image, not often shown by conspiracy theorists.

Building 7 debris

The debris field from Building 7   –   30 West Broadway/Fiterman Hall is the striped building in the background. The US Post Office building is the lower building on the right

As you can see, a huge amount of Building 7 debris fell to the North onto Barclay Street and 30 Broadway/Fiterman Hall, the striped building at the top of the image. The debris was almost as high as the building on the right. The Southern half of the west facade and most of the South facade of 30 Broadway/Fiterman Hall, were severely damaged or destroyed, in spite of the fact that they were on the other side of Barclay Street. Therefore, Building 7 did not fall into its footprint.

The videos of Building 7 falling that are so often used on conspiracy websites, are taken from the relatively undamaged Northern side of the building. Video clips taken from other viewpoints showing different sides of the building, tell a very different story. Fire is evident on many floors and the building twists and buckles as it collapses.

The first video below shows a collection of video clips that include views of the building leading up to the scene usually shown on truther sites. The second shows deliberate omissions; one can only suspect, for the purpose of misleading the public.

3 minute 58 seconds into Nathan Flach’s video compilation, you will see the part edited out on conspiracy sites. The penthouse and the corner of the building that was most damaged by WTC 1, falls first. You can see that the structure behind the north facade has collapsed on the left hand side.  In fact you can see daylight through the windows. There is a short delay, and then  the rest of the building collapses, not straight down but towards the North across Barclay Street. The deliberate editing out of those first few seconds on a number of videos and the selective use of  videos shot mainly from the North, strongly suggests fraud on the part of a number of conspiracy sites that claim that the fall of WTC 7 was a controlled demolition.


Committing fraud on a public still traumatized by the events of 911 is unethical and cruel. Not least, because it constantly reminds them of the tragedy on blogs, websites, Facebook and twitter. It is the 21st Century version of 19th Century scams on the bereaved and just as profitable for the main instigators.

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Israel’s Most Liberal City Introduces Racially Segregated Kindergartens

Israel can no longer claim the moral high ground as it continues to prove that it promulgates apartheid.

Israel’s Most Liberal City Introduces Racially Segregated Kindergartens


by Lisa Goldman Aug 23, 2013

and here’s Sherry Wolf on Israel’s Apartheid State

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Gore Vidal’s American Presidency

Gore Vidal gives the briefest, most surgically accurate analysis of the Presidents of America ever written.

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Sweet Lies and a War Called Peace – Kennedy, Obama and Spin


2 sides of the same coin

 J.A. McHenry analyses the deliberate lies and hypocrisy to be found in Kennedy’s and Obama’s speeches. 


Sweet Lies and a War Called Peace

Kennedy, Obama and Spin


J.A. McHenry

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.

       John F Kennedy, Commencement address, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 11 June 1962


Two men, two presidents almost fifty years apart, one a child of white privilege, the other a child of multiculturalism, both commanders in chief of an empire of military bases on every continent from the Arctic to the Antarctic, both world leaders of their times, both are consummate speakers, both are masters of spin..

            The spin, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama used in their speeches, might differ but each in his own way achieved what, if not exactly impossible, was thought highly improbable in their times. They did it using powerful rhetoric.

Kennedy and his speechwriters Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and Theodore “Ted” Sorensen were masters of traditional empire building rhetoric that referenced ancient Greece and Rome in tones of imperial gravitas. His style was typified by his Inaugural Address in Washington in 1961.

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans–born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage  .  .  .

Whilst I doubt that many Americans used the words, go forth, foe or tempered, they were hypnotized by his address. His command of classical rhetoric created the myth of a great leader and the people hung on his words.

Obama and his speechwriters Jon Favreau and Cody Keenan choose instead to toggle between the rhetoric of the founding fathers and the common touch depending on the circumstances. Obama’s speech on Race Relations; delivered at the National Constitution Center across from Independence Hall in Philadelphia started with ‘We the people, in order to form a more perfect union. Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy.’ He draws on the style and dignity of the Constitution. Whereas the simpler language and common expressions of his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention draws on colloquialisms like fudge the numbers.

When we send our young men and women into harm’s way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they’re going, to care for their families while they’re gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world.

With these rhetorical strategies, Obama deftly places himself as a man of the people and an American. In fact what his spin on this piece is disguising is encapsulated in the line “to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war”. He could have said, ‘When I become president, and I go to war, I want more troops.’

 It is almost 50 years since Kennedy wrote his last speech in November 1963. He was due to deliver it on the day he was assassinated.  Would he deliver the same speech today? Would the president of the country that believed it won the greatest war in history, a country in economic growth and with a politically naïve population make the same speech to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council and Assembly? Would he make the same speech after two long, unsuccessful wars and one of the worst economic recessions since the Great Depression?

Parts of Kennedy’s speech might be even better received today than that which Obama presented on a similar theme. For instance the carefully scripted, almost poetically rhythmical “There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternative, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility. Those voices are inevitable.” It sounds almost Shakespearean compared to Obama’s down to earth and school masterly defense of his tax compromise with Republicans in 2010.

Now if that’s the standard against which we are measuring success or core principles, then let’s face it, we will never get anything done. People will have the satisfaction of having a purist position, and no victories for the American people. And we will be able to feel good about ourselves and sanctimonious about ourselves about how good our intentions are, how tough we are.

On the other hand, Kennedy’s boast about spending on nuclear missiles is unlikely to escape the notice of online critics today. The political capital invested in nuclear weapons has long since dissipated and his aggressive dialectic in the Dallas speech would be more likely to offend allies and American citizens than make them feel secure, particularly after the Chernobyl and Fukushima leaks and in the light of many more countries possessing nuclear weapons than in 1963.

.  .  .  the strategic nuclear power of the United States has been so greatly modernized and expanded in the last 1,000 days, by the rapid production and deployment of the most modern missile systems, that any and all potential aggressors are clearly confronted now with the impossibility of strategic victory – and the certainty of total destruction – if by reckless attack they should ever force upon us the necessity of a strategic reply.

It is also doubtful that any president today would provide so much ammunition to his opposition and national enemies as this list of military expenditures from Kennedy’s remarks at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce in 1963, his last delivered speech.

In the past 3 years we have increased the defense budget of the United States by over 20 percent; increased the program of acquisition for Polaris submarines from 24 to 41; increased our Minuteman missile purchase program by more than 75 percent; doubled the number of strategic bombers and missiles on alert; doubled the number of nuclear weapons available in the strategic alert forces; increased the tactical nuclear forces deployed in Western Europe by over 60 percent; added five combat ready divisions to the Army of the United States, and five tactical fighter wings to the Air Force of the United States; increased our strategic airlift capability by 75 percent; and increased our special counter-insurgency forces which are engaged now in South VietNam by 600 percent. I hope those who want a stronger America and place it on some signs will also place those figures next to it.

Keeping in mind his military and nuclear weapons spending, as he has just outlined, leads to a clearer understanding of Kennedy as a manipulative rhetorician and spin doctor particularly in the light of his famous speech to the Commencement Address at American University on June 10 in 1963.

Kennedy started with his title. “Peace and Freedom Walk Together” In fact he used the word “Peace” 50 times in this one speech, a clever linguistic device that remained fixed in his listener’s minds rather than the actual content of what he said. In addition, he used the word “Freedom” 9 times at key points even though he had already created the CIA’s Domestic Operations Division that year. Freedom, but perhaps not so much for Americans.

Later in his speech, it is doubtful this gem of rhetorical absurdity would achieve anything like the effect it had in 1963. “To secure these ends, America’s weapons are non-provocative, carefully controlled, designed to deter, and capable of selective use. Our military forces are committed to peace and disciplined in self-restraint. Our diplomats are instructed to avoid unnecessary irritants and purely rhetorical hostility.”

Kennedy goes on to say with a straight face, “For there can be no doubt that, if all nations could refrain from interfering in the self-determination of others, the peace would be much more assured.”  This was at a stage in his presidency when he was well on the way to be able to say to the citizens of Fort Worth ‘Our assistance to these nations can be painful, risky, and costly, as is true in Southeast Asia today. But we dare not weary of the task. For our assistance makes possible the stationing of 3.5 million allied troops along the Communist frontier’.

He concludes with the hypocritical ‘The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war.” As he said at the time, he was actively escalating involvement in Vietnam and he conveniently omitted to mention, Laos. In fact, as linguist and political researcher, Noam Chomsky said, ‘by 1962, Kennedy’s war had far surpassed the French war at its peak in helicopters and aerial fire power’.

It was a clever speech, a satisfying one to those who looked at Kennedy with rose tinted glasses even today. After all, he says “peace” 50 times leading many people to believe that the Commencement Day speech was proof that Kennedy was a peacemaker and that he intended to withdraw from Vietnam. But his actions as he states himself prove otherwise. Rather, his clever speech, aimed at mollifying increasingly radical students, is proof that he was, in his time, a master of double speak. Not a man for all seasons but a man for all men, who adapted his speeches to appeal to each of his audiences. A man who could make a speech that talks of war to one person and a speech that makes it sound like peace to another. As he says himself ‘No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.’

President Barack Obama could not have existed in the America of 1963. In that year, Kennedy was just coming to the end of his procrastination on the issue of Civil Rights and the Act was not passed until 1964 after his assassination.

However, Obama’s speeches would in many ways, have been understood by the Americans of that time. His catch cry of hope and destiny was just as supportable then as now. In his Iowa Caucus Victory Speech in 2008, ‘Hope is the bedrock of this nation. The belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.’  Later, in his speech delivered in Berlin in 2008, he says, ‘We are a people of improbable hope With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.’ Would the people of America prefer ‘People of improbable hope’ to‘Hope is the bedrock’ in 2013 or 1963?  Does either statement have any meaningful content?

From an ideological and dialectic perspective, Obama reveals the political angles in his spin doctoring and rhetorical appeals to pathos at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in 2010. He says with all sincerity, “When a child dies from a preventable disease, it shocks all of our consciences.” That begs the question whether children killed in drone strikes do not. He spins the polio eradication campaign to make it appear to be a US led program. “We’re working with partners to finally eradicate polio.” When in fact it is an initiative of the WHO, UNICEF and Rotary. And U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan have seriously hindered the final vaccination drive in Pakistan because of the suspicion that the CIA is using the vaccination campaign as a cover as it identifies potential drone targets.

Obama goes on with “instead of just treating HIV/AIDS, we’ve invested in pioneering research to finally develop a way to help millions of women actually prevent themselves from being infected in the first place.” However he does not share with his audience what the United States Presidents Emergency Plan for Aids Relief,   PEPFAR, does with its ‘pioneering research’. Take Uganda as an example. As Scott Evertz, a leader in health policy practice, pointed out; previously Uganda had a comprehensive ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful, Condoms) strategy which reduced the Aids rate from 15% to 6% of the population. Now PEPFAR provides much of its Aids funding to Christian religious groups promoting an abstinence-only strategy and actively attacking condom use. As a result, Aids is rising again.

Omission continues to be Obama’s strategy in informing the public about other foreign aid particularly that channelled through the Millennium Development Corporation. He speaks glowingly of the Corporation, and its help building rural roads in El Salvador. However, as reported in Voices from El Salvador, in 2012, U.S. Ambassador Maria Carmen Aponte said that approval of new MCC funds is dependent upon the passing of the P3 Law. Unions and indigenous people say that the P3 Law will privatize government services such as air and seaports, health care facilities, and education. The much-lauded roads are not for the local people but to enable investment in tourism and hotels on indigenous land.

Another strategy Obama uses is the appearance of even-handedness. Words like ‘balance’ allow Obama to place socially positive concepts next to more controversial political actions such as freedom and need for security or privacy protection and intercept communication.

That’s why, in the years to come, we will have to keep working hard to strike the appropriate balance between our need for security and preserving those freedoms that make us who we are.  That means reviewing the authorities of law enforcement, so we can intercept new types of communication, but also build in privacy protections to prevent abuse.

Kennedy said more or less the same thing in his address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association in 1961 but uses a yes/but argument with a complete about face.

And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know. .  .  . Nevertheless, every democracy recognizes the necessary restraints of national security — and the question remains whether those restraints need to be more strictly observed if we are to oppose this kind of attack as well as outright invasion.

The strength of Obama’s speeches is evident in his success in two elections as the first black president in America. He is a president that like Kennedy is capable of flights of rhetoric and hyperbole that stir the imagination and inspire Americans. Like Kennedy, he uses sweet lies and shibboleths that appeal to his electorate as he prevaricates and plays with the truth. The content and historical context of their speeches is often almost identical. At times, their speeches could be interchangeable and in fact, Americans of 1963 and 2013 would probably see little difference in their politics or rhetoric as read in:

We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
It’s the answer that led those who’ve been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day. .  .  To those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.

Or this

History will not judge our endeavors–and a government cannot be selected–merely on the basis of color or creed or even party affiliation. Neither will competence and loyalty and stature, while essential to the utmost, suffice in times such as these.

For of those to whom much is given, much is required. And when at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each one of us–recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state–our success or failure, in whatever office we may hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions:

First, were we truly men of courage–with the courage to stand up to one’s enemies–and the courage to stand up, when necessary, to one’s associates–the courage to resist public pressure, as well as private greed?

Secondly, were we truly men of judgment–with perceptive judgment of the future as well as the past–of our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others–with enough wisdom to know that we did not know, and enough candor to admit it?

Third, were we truly men of integrity–men who never ran out on either the principles in which they believed or the people who believed in them–men who believed in us–men whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could ever divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust?

Finally, were we truly men of dedication–with an honor mortgaged to no single individual or group, and compromised by no private obligation or aim, but devoted solely to serving the public good and the national interest.

The first is Barack Obama’s Victory speech in Grant Park, 2008. The second is John F. Kennedy’s Address before the Massachusetts General Court, January 9, 1961.

When History and the people of America take their rose colored glasses off, they will judge the endeavors and hypocrisy of Kennedy and Obama for what they are – excellent rhetoricians, poor human beings, 50 years apart, who but for the color of one’s skin would have been completely interchangeable.


“Ce n’est pas la première fois que je remarque combien, en France particulièrement, les mots ont plus d’empire que les idées.”
“It’s not the first time I’ve noticed how much more power words have than ideas

George Sand, Indiana




Works Cited

“Address, “The President and the Press,” Before The American Newspaper Publishers Association, 27 April 1961.” – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2013.

“Attack on Team of Polio Vaccinators in Pakistan Kills One.” Zeenews.com. Zeenews, 20 May 2013. Web. 30 May 2013.

“Barack Obama 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address – American Rhetoric.” Barack Obama 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address – American Rhetoric. C-Span, 18 Aug. 2008. Web. 28 May 2013.

Chomsky, Noam. “Noam Chomsky – 1993 – Rethinking Camelot.” Scribd. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2013.

“The Debate Over Public-Private Partnership Law and MCC Funding in El Salvador.” Voices from El Salvador. N.p., 10 Apr. 2013. Web. 29 May 2013.

Drum, Kevin. “Obama Goes Medieval on the Left.” Mother Jones. N.p., 07 Dec. 2010. Web. 28 May 2013.

Evertz, Scott H. Rep. How Ideology Trumped Science Why PEPFAR Has Failed to Meet Its Potential. Center for American Progress • Council for Global Equality, Jan. 2010. Web. 30 May 2013.

Kennedy, John F. “Address before the Massachusetts General Court, January 9, 1961.” – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 28 May 2013.

Kennedy, John F. “Commencement Address at American University, June 10, 1963.” – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 28 May 2013.

Kennedy, John F. “Commencement Address at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 11 June 1962.” – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. National Archives and Records Administration. n.d. Web. 29 May 2013.

Kennedy, John F. “Remarks Prepared for Delivery at the Trade Mart in Dallas, November 22, 1963 [Undelivered].” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. National Archives and Records Administration. n.d. Web. 28 May 2013.

Mirengoff, Paul. “This Month in Civil Rights History.” Power Line. N.p., 13 May 2013. Web. 30 May 2013.

Obama, Barack. “Barack Obama Gives His Iowa Caucus Victory Speech.” Barack Obama.net. Barack Obama, 3 Jan. 2008. Web. 30 May 2013.

Obama, Barack. “Barack Obama Speech – Election Night Victory – Nov 4 2008.” Barack Obama. N.p., 04 Nov. 2008. Web. 30 May 2013.

Obama, Barack. “Remarks by the President at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York, New York.” The White House. US Govt., 22 Sept. 2010. Web. 30 May 2013.

Obama, Barack. “Remarks by the President at the National Defense University.” The White House. US Govt, 23 May 2013. Web. 30 May 2013.

“Obama Speech on Race at the National Constitution Center.” Obama Speech on Race at the National Constitution Center. National Constitution Centre, 8 Mar. 2008. Web. 28 May 2013.

“President Kennedy 1961 Inaugural Address.” YouTube. YouTube, 14 Jan. 2009. Web. 28 May 2013.

Record, Jeffrey. “The Wrong War Why We Lost in Vietnam.” Books. New York Times, n.d. Web. 30 May 2013.

“Trade Mart Speech (Kennedy’s Last Speech).”American Experience: TV’s Most-watched History Series.” PBS. n.d. Web. 28 May 2013.

J.A. McHenry 30/05/2013


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Defending Julia from the Media

As usual, the Australian media, corporations, US embassy and the parliamentary opposition have removed another effective prime minister in Australia. They played on the inherent misogyny in Australian politics, in the Murdoch and Newscorp media and truth be told, in the Australian public.

Their strategy was multi-pronged.

First they attacked her for gaining the parliamentary numbers on Rudd. Constant media stories particularly in Murdoch’s main rag, The Australian, claimed that this was unprecedented and that it indicated her disloyalty. So were the musical chairs within the prime ministership unprecedented. Absolutely not. There have been 21 changes of Prime Minister without an election. Reasons include: party-room coups: Hughes, Menzies, Gorton, Hawke, Gillard, Rudd,: Voluntary (or involuntary) departure: Barton, Fisher, Page, Forde, McEwen, Menzies and defeat in Parliament: Deakin twice, Watson, Reid, Fisher, Fadden. Note the list includes many of our most beloved and trusted prime ministers such as Menzies and Hawke.

Part of the problem is that people seem to think of the Prime Minister as something like an American President. They even think that a president is elected directly by the people whereas as all Americans know (particularly Al Gore), the Electoral College elects them. In Australia, Prime ministers are elected from amongst sitting members by a caucus of their party i.e. they are the prime or first ministers (think of class captain). Therefore, Gillard becoming prime minister did not do so “Behind the backs of the Australian people” but rather was acting in the good old Australian tradition of counting the numbers in parliament. If the two independents had switched sides, there would have been a complete change of government.

The press constantly criticized Gillard for increasing costs for ordinary Australians particularly with the Carbon pollution tax (the corporations took out full-page ads, wonderfully profitable for Murdoch) In fact, Gillard paid the working and non-working classes recompense for the increased charges industry imposed because of the carbon price to prevent their pollution. (Pollution did fall with the carbon price)

Treasurer Wayne Swan kept interest rates to their lowest ever and the Gonski reforms meant that working class kids got the education funding they needed. Would Australians rather keep the previous Howard government’s system of private school kids getting three times as much as a worker’s kid from the worker’s taxes?

Patrick O’Connor said, “In Gillard, the Obama administration found a compliant instrument to realign Australia with its aggressive “pivot” to Asia in order to encircle, and prepare for war against, China.” However he was wrong. Gillard was the consummate negotiator who managed to negotiate Washington’s request for four major bases across the North of Australia (Think Camp Bondsteel) down to permission to share some of our facilities mainly for R&R and training. Of course, she could not get out of the treaties signed by earlier governments for all the smaller facilities that the US uses for monitoring such as Pine Gap. She also was firm about US requests to stop trade with China and traveled to Beijing to reassure the Chinese, imagine the job situation in Australia if she had not.

Mass layoffs of thousands of medical, education, public service and environmental workers and the selling of state assets such as schools by right wing state governments following an American agenda are unfairly laid at Gillard’s door. In fact, as has happened, they were the agenda of the current government under Abbott and Newmann.

Then there are the corporate economic pundits who try to sow panic with “The Australian dollar is now plunging in value against other currencies, driving up the cost of fuel and other imported products upon which working people depend.” Again, this is a deliberate attempt to sway readers with false information. A low Australian dollar means more jobs in Australia, more exports, more manufacturing and it is not imported products such as iPhones, on which workers depend. It is homegrown food and housing and the more that is home grown, the more jobs there are.

The widespread popular hostility towards Gillard was started by the media, continued by the media, never let us forget it by the media, 5 pages demonizing Gillard in every edition of The Australian, media. As Obama said, “If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth”. It is the media, (Murdoch, Newscorp and Fairfax) that are pushing the Yank line. It is the media that is undemocratically trying to remove the Labor government leaving the way for a right wing pro-American Abbott government. The media is the true ‘anti-democratic’ force in Australian politics

Patrick O’Connor sees the danger ahead for Australia “the ruling elite is demanding nothing less than a European-style social counter-revolution, with permanent, sweeping spending cuts to public education, healthcare, welfare, other basic services and social infrastructure.” He should have added that national assets would be stripped in the biggest fire sale in history, the national parks and the environment would be hardest hit, that conscription has been mooted and the US would have free reign to build bases. Queensland is the example of what can happen. Australia would be virtually the 51st state, but then he goes into la-la land when he thinks Australians are ripe for revolution. Nothing could be further from the truth; Australians are too comfortable. We won’t revolt unless they try to take Medicare away from us.

None of the media mentions any of the socially responsible (very un-American) things Gillard’s government has done. As Van Badham said – Julia Gillard navigated Australia through the financial crisis, presided over a 14 per cent growth in the economy and pushed through several impressive policy reforms including:

  1. ·Australia’s first National Disability Insurance Scheme, of direct benefit to the 500,000 Australians living with disability
  2. ·Introduction of carbon pricing and an Emissions Trading Scheme which has reduced carbon emissions in Australia between 8-11 percent and recompensed Australians for any flow on effects
  3. ·Overseeing the Gonski review for the revolutionary overhaul of the entire primary and secondary education funding sector
  4. ·Seeing that Australia take up a seat on the UN security council for the first time
  5. ·Instituted life-changing policies for improvements in indigenous literacy
  6. ·Overseeing a national broadband network for a high-speed internet
  7. ·Economically, her government maintained a commitment to Keynesian policy, unswayed by popular faulty spreadsheet economics that have impoverished other developed nations. Australia was the only developed economy to survive the global financial crisis, and under Gillard’s leadership, the economy grew by 14%.
  8. Then there are all the smaller things such as funding alternative power projects across Australia and environmental initiatives – the latest protecting old growth forests in Tasmania.
  9. ·One initiative she was working hard to achieve when she was ousted, was to include dental care with Medicare.

As Van Badham says “It must beggar belief in other developed nations to see a leader who has delivered low unemployment, low interest rates, low inflation, three triple-A credit ratings and the third-lowest rate of debt in the OECD shafted so brutally by the press and her fellow parliamentarians.”



Ad astra, Who will Newspoll kill off next? 2013, http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/post/2013/06/30/Who-will-Newspoll-kill-off-next.aspx

Patrick O’Connor, The Political Crisis in Australia, 2013, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35430.htm

Van Badham, Julia Gillard ousted: Achievement does not equal respect if you’re a woman, The Telegraph, 2013, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/10143834/Julia-Gillard-ousted-by-sexism-Achievement-does-not-equal-respect-if-youre-a-woman.html

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Police State America

Cop Sexually Assaults Woman Then Arrests Her For Protesting whilst the Judge Fiddles.

Reblogged from ICH.


I would like to rant about this however the video says it all. Shame on the marshalls who, I note reacted as if it was perfectly normal and didn’t even ask one question about the incident. Shame on the hearing master on the bench who as a lawyer had the obligation and authority to step in but didn’t. In fact she looked as if she had seen it all before and was so intimidated that she turned her back, then left as the arrest took place.

Police State – yes, not because of what the cop did because feeling up women is a traditionally bad habit of cops. But because the rest of the court authorities stood by and did nothing. Shame on them all

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Clare Daly – the kind of politician I want

Obama called “war criminal” & “hypocrite of the century” in Irish Parliament

Clare Daly in Irish Parliament: https://twitter.com/ClareDalyTD
Email her at http://www.claredaly.ie/contact/

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It seems there is something stopping this particular video from playing. If this attempt doesn’t play, here is the website.



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Selling Spying – Incarcerating Truth


The Strange Case of Barrett Brown

Reblogged from Information Clearing House.

Amid the outrage over the NSA’s spying program, the jailing of
journalist Barrett Brown points to a deeper and very troubling

By Peter Ludlow

June 20, 2013 “Information Clearing House In early 2010, journalist and satirist

Barrett Brown

was working on a book on political pundits, when the hacktivist
collective Anonymous caught his attention. He soon began writing
about its activities and potential. In a defense
of the group’s anti-censorship operations in Australia published
on February 10, Brown declared, “I am now certain that this
phenomenon is among the most important and under-reported social
developments to have occurred in decades, and that the
development in question promises to threaten the institution of
the nation-state and perhaps even someday replace it as the
world’s most fundamental and relevant method of human

By then, Brown was already considered by his fans to be the Hunter S.
Thompson of his generation. In point of fact he wasn’t like
Hunter S. Thompson, but was more of a throwback—a sharp-witted,
irreverent journalist and satirist in the mold of Ambrose Bierce
or Dorothy Parker. His acid tongue was on display in his
co-authored 2007 book, Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern
Creationism, Intelligent Design and the Easter Bunny
, in
which he declared: “This will not be a polite book. Politeness
is wasted on the dishonest, who will always take advantage of
any well-intended concession.”  Read More http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35351.htm



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Using Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot – The Musical

From the musical Oliver:

Fagin: I have an airtight kitty-plan. Plan! It’s sweet and simple, the plan . . .

If I had written this article in 2012, I could have had US State Department travel and banking restrictions placed on me according to Mark Feygin (or is that Fagin?), lawyer for the Pussy Rioters.

As geopolitical researcher and journalist, Tony Cartalucci said of the Pussy Riot video, although

.  .  .  marketed as an act of “freedom of expression” by the Western media and the West’s collection of foreign ministries, it was in reality what would be called both a hate-crime and disorderly conduct in the West. Furthermore, in the West, such an act would come with steep fines and lengthy jail sentences.

In 2011 in Australia, Brendon Lee O’Connell received a three year sentence in Perth for posting a video of himself committing a similar crime.

Pussy Riot is a feminist punk band of roughly a dozen young women and around 15 supporters who are angry at discrimination in Russian legislation such as restrictions on legal abortions. According to band member Tolokonnikova, they are “part of the global anti-capitalist movement, which consists of anarchists, Trotskyists, feminists and autonomatists.”  (Many who supported their right to freedom of expression would probably have locked them up themselves if the media hadn’t selectively hidden that information; particularly in America.)

In order not to offend His Holiness
Women must give birth and love
Shit, shit, the Lord’s shit!

In their February 2012 deliberately provocative stunt,  Pussy Riot attacked the patriarch of the Orthodox Church because of his influence on abortion policy and on Putin. Their “punk prayer” as actually performed in the Cathedral did not get much further than singing “Shit, shit, the Lord’s shit!” 

Award winning journalist, Michelle Grattan says “In the era of spin, symbols and style become more important in the presentation of the political message.” Considerable spin was put on the Pussy Riot video.

The original video was a shambles. It reminded me of David Bowie’s original Space Oddity film track; the one he made himself as a teenager. NASA saw its symbolic possibilities for the mood landings and the version we all know complete with stylish space suit has become part of music and spin history. Now that they want to go to Mars, it’s no surprise that Astronaut Chris Hadfield sang a wistful cover of it on the International Space Station recently.

The final Pussy Riot video as presented repeatedly across all electronic media platforms in the west for several weeks was also very different to the original. Ambiguous, bitty,  rhythmical, incomprehensible to non-Russian speakers, with much of it filmed in another church and crafted to appeal to the young, it was classic spin. You can see both versions at Feygin’s website. Later, Feygin became the scriptwriter for the girls’ trial,  tried to trademark Pussy Riot as a brand name and even tried to take custody of their children.

If they [the church] mean repentance in the sense of a crime … it definitely
won’t happen. Our clients won’t admit guilt. A call for that is pointless – Feygin

His clients sacked him before he could get their sentences increased further.



 Cartalucci, Tony. Russian “Punkers” Get 2 Years Jail for US State Department Stunt. Land Destroyers Report. August 17, 2012. Accessed May 16 2013. http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2012/08/russian-punkers-get-2-years-jail-for-us.html Web

Hadfield, Chris. Space Oddity. May 12 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo Accessed May 12 2013. Web.

Holpuch, Amanda. Media take a prim view of Pussy Riot. 17 August 2012. The Guardian. Accessed May 16 2013. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/us-news-blog/2012/aug/17/media-prim-view-pussy-riot . Web.

Lawyers intend to initiate creation of Pussy Riot list in U.S. Interfax: Religion. 24 September 2012. Accessed May 16 2013. http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=9894Web.

Murcouris, Alexander. Pussy Riot after the judgement. Mercouris. August 28 2012. Accessed May 16 2013. http://mercouris.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/pussy-riot-after-the-judgment/ Web.

Mark Feygin. http://mark-feygin.livejournal.com/90408.html Accessed May 16 2013. Web.

Pussy Riot. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_Riot Accessed May 16 2013. Web

Pussy Riot – Punk Prayer Lyrics. Rapgenius. http://rapgenius.com/Pussy-riot-punk-prayer-lyrics Accessed May 16 2013. Web

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They say “It’s not the gun; it’s the shooter” 40 kids prove them wrong.

At Least 71 Kids Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown

The shooting of a two-year-old by her brother was one of many recent gun incidents to claim a young child’s life.

Thank you Information Clearing House for bringing this to my attention.
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Below the belt shame files

Reblogged from Information Clearing House

Boston Bombings Suspects Go From White To Brown On Magazine Cover

Boston terror suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had their complexions darkened  on a magazine cover, so as to make them look less European and more Arabic.

The Tsarnaev brothers are natives of Chechnya which is a republic of Russia. (They are whiter than many Europeans)

The Week ran caricature images of the suspects noticeably darker than they appeared in photos and surveillance footage made public in the last few weeks. 19-year-old Dzhokhar is even listed as “White” on a poster released by the FBI. Clearly confused as to how a Muslim terrorist could be White, perhaps the magazine illustrator decided to paint the suspects the way they believe they should look.
Read more:   http://hiphopwired.com/2013/05/03/boston-bombings-suspects-go-from-white-to-brown-on-magazine-cover-photos/

‘Terrorist’ Veiled Doll Shocks US Muslims

Featuring a photo of a Muslim doll with a Hijab, the talking bubbles placed on top of the doll’s photo read, “The Talking Doll, Pull string for message, if you dare,” and “She’ll Love You To Death! She’ll Blow Your Brains Out!”

Read more:   http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/462492-terrorist-veiled-doll-shocks-us-muslims.html

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Should I sell my soul? Thoughts inspired by Anne Surma

Public and professional writers write not just to impart information but to effect change or bolster the status quo; establish patterns of behavior or break inappropriate ones and realign thought or prevent independent thinking. And writers know they can do it. So do their employers. That’s why they use them. But as Anne Surma rightly asks, should writers be simply tools of corporations and bureaucracy?

When writing “obscures some important ethical implications of our writing practice” (Surma p20), and has impacts beyond the job and the clients, are writers morally obligated to take the effects of their work on the public into consideration. Should they ‘Sell their souls’?

Why shouldn’t a political speech be as factual and accurate as a health and safety manual?  Why shouldn’t there be a code of practice for writers? A writer’s code that might emphasize truth and fact over spin for instance.

In practice, the writer’s ethical choices can literally be matter of life and death. For instance Piper Hoffman’s 8 Common Medical Tests You Shouldn’t Let Your Doctor Perform article on the popular site, Care2.com is an example of extremely doubtful writing practice. While not a report itself, it reports on the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations about which medical tests are worth government approval and which aren’t.

Worth it to whom? Certainly not women. Here’s a sample of the USPSTF findings:

  • Doctors should not teach breast self-examination to female patients.
  • There is insufficient evidence to determine whether the benefits of screening adults for glaucoma outweigh the risks. (It’s a puff of air given as part of a normal eye examination)
  • Doctors should not test women for ovarian cancer.

Few people will read the  USPSTF reports but many will remember Hoffman’s 8 points. If I had believed her, I would be dead of cancer and heart disease. My mother died of ovarian cancer. So I have a personal interest in this debate.

Hoffman deceives her readers, she skews, omits and is unashamedly biased. What is her personal interest? Does she have shares in health insurance?  A clear example of her unethical behavior is that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is not “an independent panel of non-Federal experts”. It is funded, staffed, and appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ to look at the “net benefit” of medical tests i.e. the benefit to cost ratio for insurers, health care providers and the government. NOT the individual’s benefit.

Hoffman agrees uncritically with so the so-called experts on the panel. However according to the USPSTF website, its panel is composed of ‘internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists/obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists’. So according to Hoffman, a P plate doctor is an expert on a nation’s health?

Note how Hoffman picked out the tests women need in her article as being the most unnecessary. Then she attacked doctors saying “Get to know the USPSTF’s recommendations in case your doctor wants to perform unnecessary or even harmful tests.”  She saved her sycophancy for the USPSTF with her comments like “Enter an obscure hero: the USPSTF”.

A truly dangerous and unethical writer, Hoffman needs to question her ethical stance towards her readers but so too do the writers who work for the USPSTF quango and that’s another story.

Hoffman, Piper. 8 Common Medical Tests You Shouldn’t Let Your Doctor Perform.  Care2 Causes Web. April 12, 2013.  http://www.care2.com/causes/8-common-medical-tests-you-shouldnt-let-your-doctor-perform.html

Surma, Anne. Public and professional writing:  ethics, imagination, and rhetoric. Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Print.


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Old Farts, Demons and Mind-twisters.

I hadn’t been on the net long before I came across hyper-patriots, neo-Nazis and various species of troll, none of whom will like the fact that geneticists have proven that they all have Neanderthal blood and black Africans don’t. Each has their own agenda but all unite in the demonization of a frail, 85 year old academic. They are the Chomsky haters.

I wondered about the venom against Noam Chomsky. It is splashed across every single site mentioning his name and to dare to comment about him is to put your avatar on their radar. There is no-one else that receives the same spit laden attention as Chomsky.

Hitler is very popular and is seen as the very model of an effective leader. Pol Pot is misunderstood and ignored, both George Bushes are just old fuddy-duddies manipulated by the Zionists, even Stalin isn’t a monster unless you are Ukrainian, whereas the word ‘Chomsky’ is red flagged by every bull troll on the web. They turn up in mobs and herds to toss their horns, flex their ignorance and roar their hatred and fear of this quietly spoken thinker.

What are they so afraid of?

Why do they bother to demonize a man who, if they ignored him, would probably just be considered another old fart by Gen Y and ignored by the generally apolitical baby boomers and Gen Xs?

Oh! I know why, he is one of the most effective critics of Washington, an anarchist thinker and internationally popular communicator. He is one of the few real thinkers in US society that people actually listen to and that scares the thought police and mind-twisters.

They like to call themselves mind-twisters and psy warriors rather than trolls as they engage in psy-ops to pervert debate and propagate real conspiracies – the creation of the ‘stupid nation’, the removal of the voting power of the masses, the myth of fee market capitalism and democracy, the conspiracy to deny climate change, the acceptance of: rule by plutocracy, the concentration of wealth, the idiocy of the financial system and the irrelevance of energy independence. They use slogans and memes and talk about evidence without producing any. If an online debate is on a sensitive topic, their strategy is to immediately throw in a distracting furphy such as 911 conspiracies or Zionist plots.

There are many examples of the success of the mind-twisters on the web but the one that stood out clearly for me was the “It’s not worth voting. Voting can’t change anything” meme. I’m not sure that the many online commenters who supported that meme were aware that they were the unwitting disseminators of a real conspiracy.

Noam Chomsky said in 2008 that access to information on the internet is not enough because a framework of understanding is required. The mind-twisters job is to destroy that framework, a framework that should be based on based on reason, science, ethics, history and humanity as Chomsky so ably demonstrates in the video below.




“Authors@Google: Noam Chomsky” 2008.05.02 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnLWSC5p1XE#t=27m38s

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Open Journalism – evolving news and the three little pigs

This video from The Guardian shows the synergy between professional and public journalism and how both contribute to evolving perceptions of the news and their influence on public policy.

Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert – video



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David and Goliath.

2013 March — A second example of US media crimes against peace, is the present startling situation, as offered in US TV and print media, namely, that of the somewhat tiny nation, North Korea (size of US State of Pennsylvania), threatening the greatest military power the world has ever seen, possessing tens of thousands of nuclear weapons, with a nuclear attack, not for the sake of the bravely warning of its defense and retaliation power to ward of a feared attack from US planes and ships which periodically fire heavy weapons of mass destruction within earshot of its capital Pyongyang as part of frequent military exercises off its coast; the whole world is constantly ‘informed’ of what a madcap menace its leader is, by a Pentagon fed US media, which at the same time is justifying US bombings, invasions, occupations of some three dozen other small nations. Read more at http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34476.htm


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Right the Wrong: Release Lynne Stewart Now!

By Andrea Bauer

March 21, 2013 “Information Clearing House” -“FSP” – Attorney Lynne Stewart has many friends and fans. But the U.S. government is not one of them, and now it seems ready to turn the 73-year-old’s prison sentence into a death sentence, by denying her the medical care she needs to defeat a spreading cancer.

In 2005, Lynne was convicted of supporting terrorism after serving as the court-appointed lawyer for Egyptian cleric and alleged terrorist Omar Abdel-Rahman. Her crime? Helping her ailing client publicize a press release that she hoped might play a role in transferring him back to Egypt. Read more http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34375.htm

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Bradley Manning In His Own Words: In Leaked Court Recording, Army Whistleblower Tells His Story for First Time

Reblogged from Information Clearing House

Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation is publishing the full, previously unreleased audio recording of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s speech to the military court in Ft. Meade about his motivations for leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks. In addition, we have published highlights from Manning’s statement to the court.

While unofficial transcripts of this statement are available, this marks the first time the American public has heard the actual voice of Manning. Continue http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34277.htm



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¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido! The people united will never be defeated!

One of the human beings I most respected has just died. I could have written an obituary but for once, words did not express what I felt. So I will let Chavez himself and the people of Venezuela show you why Hugo Chavez was worth respect.

The video, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Chavez: Inside the Coup, below will show you the love Venezuelans had for Chavez and what they achieved by using their vote and joining in peaceful demonstrations.

It also shows the exact same strategy used in Libya, Syria and Iran, of organizing counter demonstrations and employing snipers to kill protesters. There must be a manual called “How to destroy really popular elected governments that don’t do what America tells them to”.

After the video is James Petras’s essay on the political, social, ethical, national and religious thought of Chavez and how he created a unique form of grass roots true democracy in Venezuela. It is well worth reading.

President Chavez: A 21st Century Renaissance Man

An essay by James Petras  http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=1932


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Wealth inequality in America

Reblogged from Information Clearing House


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“You could say it’s a matter of life and death” – Donald Rumsfeld

Trillions of dollars unaccounted for, more arms sold than the rest of the world combined, the biggest employer in the world – The US Defense Department.

The really scary thing in the video was that they process 10 million paychecks. That means that 10 million people work for the Defense Dept. BUT they admit to just over 3 million.
At 3.2 million, the Defense dept is the biggest employer in the world, At the real figure of 10 million, it is three times bigger than that. That’s 1 in 15 of working Americans directly employed in defense. Note that does not include the spooks or FBI. Then if you add all the support industries, from brothels to Macdonalds, armaments to aerospace and I’ll bet it would be nearly a quarter of the US working population.

I’ll leave you to ponder on the significance of such a militarized society.

On another point:

The section in the above video about 2.3 trillion dollars disappearing is a good example of how information taken out of context can be used to completely skew public opinion. The government does it all the time, just ask Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It’s why all claims need to be checked before believed.

Here’s Rumsfeld in context on Sept 10 2001.

“The technology revolution has transformed organizations across the private sector, but not ours, not fully, not yet. We are, as they say, tangled in our anchor chain. Our financial systems are decades old. According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions. We cannot share information from floor to floor in this building because it’s stored on dozens of technological systems that are inaccessible or incompatible.”

It was well known about years before. The auditors report came out in 1999 and therefore included accounts from the Clinton era.

And most of the money has since been found

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Libya: Race, Empire and the Invention of Humanitarian Emergency

Maximilian Forte’s assessment of where NATO “freedom” has left Libya. The people of Libya have my deepest sympathy.

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