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Guest Post: Our American Pravda

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Authored by Ron Unz, originally posted at The American Conservative,

In mid-March, the Wall Street Journal carried a long discussion of the origins of the Bretton Woods system, the international financial framework that governed the Western world for decades after World War II. A photo showed the two individuals who negotiated that agreement. Britain was represented by John Maynard Keynes, a towering economic figure of that era. America’s representative was Harry Dexter White, assistant secretary of the Treasury and long a central architect of American economic policy, given that his nominal superior, Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr., was a gentleman farmer with no background in finance. White was also a Communist agent.

Such a situation was hardly unique in American government during the 1930s and 1940s. For example, when a dying Franklin Roosevelt negotiated the outlines of postwar Europe with Joseph Stalin at the 1945 Yalta summit, one of his important advisors was Alger Hiss, a State Department official whose primary loyalty was to the Soviet side. Over the last 20 years, John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and other scholars have conclusively established that many dozens or even hundreds of Soviet agents once honeycombed the key policy staffs and nuclear research facilities of our federal government, constituting a total presence perhaps approaching the scale suggested by Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whose often unsubstantiated charges tended to damage the credibility of his position.

The Cold War ended over two decades ago and Communism has been relegated to merely an unpleasant chapter in the history books, so today these facts are hardly much disputed. For example, liberal Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein matter-of-factly referred to White as a “Soviet spy” in the title of his column on our postwar financial system. But during the actual period when America’s government was heavily influenced by Communist agents, such accusations were widely denounced as “Red-baiting” or ridiculed as right-wing conspiracy paranoia by many of our most influential journalists and publications. In 1982 liberal icon Susan Sontag ruefully acknowledged that for decades the subscribers to the lowbrow Readers Digest had received a more realistic view of the world than those who drew their knowledge from the elite liberal publications favored by her fellow intellectuals. I myself came of age near the end of the Cold War and always vaguely assumed that such lurid tales of espionage were wildly exaggerated. I was wrong.

The notion of the American government being infiltrated and substantially controlled by agents of a foreign power has been the stuff of endless Hollywood movies and television shows, but for various reasons such popular channels have never been employed to bring the true-life historical example to wide attention. I doubt if even one American in a hundred today is familiar with the name “Harry Dexter White” or dozens of similar agents.

The realization that the world is often quite different from what is presented in our leading newspapers and magazines is not an easy conclusion for most educated Americans to accept, or at least that was true in my own case. For decades, I have closely read the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and one or two other major newspapers every morning, supplemented by a wide variety of weekly or monthly opinion magazines. Their biases in certain areas had always been apparent to me. But I felt confident that by comparing and contrasting the claims of these different publications and applying some common sense, I could obtain a reasonably accurate version of reality. I was mistaken.

Aside from the evidence of our own senses, almost everything we know about the past or the news of today comes from bits of ink on paper or colored pixels on a screen, and fortunately over the last decade or two the growth of the Internet has vastly widened the range of information available to us in that latter category. Even if the overwhelming majority of the unorthodox claims provided by such non-traditional web-based sources is incorrect, at least there now exists the possibility of extracting vital nuggets of truth from vast mountains of falsehood. Certainly the events of the past dozen years have forced me to completely recalibrate my own reality-detection apparatus.

Thoughtful individuals of all backgrounds have undergone a similar crisis of confidence during this same period. Just a few months after 9/11 New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argued that the sudden financial collapse of the Enron Corporation represented a greater shock to the American system than the terrorist attacks themselves, and although he was widely denounced for making such an “unpatriotic” claim, I believe his case was strong. Although the name “Enron” has largely vanished from our memory, for years it had ranked as one of America’s most successful and admired companies, glowingly profiled on the covers of our leading business magazines, and drawing luminaries such as Krugman himself to its advisory board; Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay had been a top contender for Treasury secretary in President George W. Bush’s administration. Then in the blink of an eye, the entire company was revealed to be an accounting fraud from top to bottom, collapsing into a $63 billion bankruptcy, the largest in American history. Other companies of comparable or even greater size such as WorldCom, Tyco, Adelphia, and Global Crossing soon vanished for similar reasons.

Part of Krugman’s argument was that while the terrorist attacks had been of an entirely unprecedented nature and scale, our entire system of financial regulation, accounting, and business journalism was designed to prevent exactly the sort of frauds that brought down those huge companies. When a system fails so dramatically at its core mission, we must wonder which of our other assumptions are incorrect.

Just a few years later, we saw an even more sweeping near-collapse of our entire financial system, with giant institutions such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Wachovia, and AIG falling into bankruptcy, and all our remaining major banks surviving only due to the trillions of dollars in government bailouts and loan guarantees they received. Once again, all our media and regulatory organs had failed to anticipate this disaster.

Or take the remarkable case of Bernie Madoff. His colossal investment swindle had been growing unchecked for over three decades under the very noses of our leading financial journalists and regulators in New York City, ultimately reaching the sum of $65 billion in mostly fictional assets. His claimed returns had been implausibly steady and consistent year after year, market crashes or not. None of his supposed trading actually occurred. His only auditing was by a tiny storefront firm. Angry competitors had spent years warning the SEC and journalists that his alleged investment strategy was mathematically impossible and that he was obviously running a Ponzi scheme. Yet despite all these indicators, officials did nothing and refused to close down such a transparent swindle, while the media almost entirely failed to report these suspicions.

In many respects, the non-detection of these business frauds is far more alarming than failure to uncover governmental malfeasance. Politics is a partisan team sport, and it is easy to imagine Democrats or Republicans closing ranks and protecting their own, despite damage to society. Furthermore, success or failure in public policies is often ambiguous and subject to propagandistic spin. But investors in a fraudulent company lose their money and therefore have an enormous incentive to detect those risks, with the same being true for business journalists. If the media cannot be trusted to catch and report simple financial misconduct, its reliability on more politically charged matters will surely be lower.

The circumstances surrounding our Iraq War demonstrate this, certainly ranking it among the strangest military conflicts of modern times. The 2001 attacks in America were quickly ascribed to the radical Islamists of al-Qaeda, whose bitterest enemy in the Middle East had always been Saddam Hussein’s secular Baathist regime in Iraq. Yet through misleading public statements, false press leaks, and even forged evidence such as the “yellowcake” documents, the Bush administration and its neoconservative allies utilized the compliant American media to persuade our citizens that Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs posed a deadly national threat and required elimination by war and invasion. Indeed, for several years national polls showed that a large majority of conservatives and Republicans actually believed that Saddam was the mastermind behind 9/11 and the Iraq War was being fought as retribution. Consider how bizarre the history of the 1940s would seem if America had attacked China in retaliation for Pearl Harbor.

True facts were easily available to anyone paying attention in the years after 2001, but most Americans do not bother and simply draw their understanding of the world from what they are told by the major media, which overwhelmingly—almost uniformly—backed the case for war with Iraq; the talking heads on TV created our reality. Prominent journalists across the liberal and conservative spectrum eagerly published the most ridiculous lies and distortions passed on to them by anonymous sources, and stampeded Congress down the path to war.

The result was what my late friend Lt. Gen. Bill Odom rightly called the “greatest strategic disaster in United States history.” American forces suffered tens of thousands of needless deaths and injuries, while our country took a huge step toward national bankruptcy. Economics Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and others have estimated that with interest the total long-term cost of our two recent wars may reach as high as $5 or $6 trillion, or as much as $50,000 per American household, mostly still unpaid. Meanwhile, economist Edward Wolff has calculated that the Great Recession and its aftermath cut the personal net worth of the median American household to $57,000 in 2010 from a figure nearly twice as high three years earlier. Comparing these assets and liabilities, we see that the American middle class now hovers on the brink of insolvency, with the cost of our foreign wars being a leading cause.

But no one involved in the debacle ultimately suffered any serious consequences, and most of the same prominent politicians and highly paid media figures who were responsible remain just as prominent and highly paid today. For most Americans, reality is whatever our media organs tell us, and since these have largely ignored the facts and adverse consequences of our wars in recent years, the American people have similarly forgotten. Recent polls show that only half the public today believes that the Iraq War was a mistake.

Author James Bovard has described our society as an “attention deficit democracy,” and the speed with which important events are forgotten once the media loses interest might surprise George Orwell.

Consider the story of Vioxx, a highly lucrative anti-pain medication marketed by Merck to the elderly as a substitute for simple aspirin. After years of very profitable Vioxx sales, an FDA researcher published a study demonstrating that the drug greatly increased the risk of fatal strokes and heart attacks and had probably already caused tens of thousands of premature American deaths. Vioxx was immediately pulled from the market, but Merck eventually settled the resulting lawsuits for relatively small penalties, despite direct evidence the company had long been aware of the drug’s deadly nature. Our national media, which had earned hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenue from Vioxx marketing, provided no sustained coverage and the scandal was soon forgotten. Furthermore, the press never investigated the dramatic upward and downward shifts in the mortality rates of elderly Americans that so closely tracked the introduction and recall of Vioxx; as I pointed out in a 2012 article, these indicated that the likely death toll had actually been several times greater than the FDA estimate. Vast numbers Americans died, no one was punished, and almost everyone has now forgotten.

Or take the strange case of Bernard Kerik, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s police commissioner during 9/11, later nominated by President Bush to be America’s first director of national intelligence, a newly established position intended to oversee all of our various national-security and intelligence agencies. His appointment seemed likely to sail through the Republican-controlled Senate until derailed by accusations he had employed an undocumented nanny. With his political rise having been blocked, the national media suddenly revealed his long history of association with organized-crime figures, an indictment quickly followed, and he is currently still serving his federal prison sentence for conspiracy and fraud. So America came within a hairbreadth of placing its entire national-security apparatus under the authority of a high-school dropout connected with organized crime, and today almost no Americans seem aware of that fact.

Through most of the 20th century, America led something of a charmed life, at least when compared with the disasters endured by almost every other major country. We became the richest and most powerful nation on earth, partly due to our own achievements and partly due to the mistakes of others. The public interpreted these decades of American power and prosperity as validation of our system of government and national leadership, and the technological effectiveness of our domestic propaganda machinery - our own American Pravda - has heightened this effect. Furthermore, most ordinary Americans are reasonably honest and law-abiding and project that same behavior onto others, including our media and political elites. This differs from the total cynicism found in most other countries around the world.

 

Credibility is a capital asset, which may take years to accumulate but can be squandered in an instant; and the events of the last dozen years should have bankrupted any faith we have in our government or media. Once we acknowledge this, we should begin to accept the possible reality of important, well-documented events even if they are not announced on the front pages of our major newspapers. When several huge scandals have erupted into the headlines after years or decades of total media silence, we must wonder what other massive stories may currently be ignored by our media elites. I think I can provide a few possibilities.

Consider the almost forgotten anthrax mailing attacks in the weeks after 9/11, which terrified our dominant East Coast elites and spurred passage of the unprecedented Patriot Act, thereby eliminating many traditional civil-libertarian protections. Every morning during that period the New York Times and other leading newspapers carried articles describing the mysterious nature of the deadly attacks and the complete bafflement of the FBI investigators. But evenings on the Internet I would read stories by perfectly respectable journalists such as Salon’s Laura Rozen or the staff of the Hartford Courant providing a wealth of additional detail and pointing to a likely suspect and motive.

Although the letters carrying the anthrax were purportedly written by an Arab terrorist, the FBI quickly determined that the language and style indicated a non-Arab author, while tests pointed to the bioweapons research facility at Ft. Detrick, Md., as the probable source of the material. But just prior to the arrival of those deadly mailings, military police at Quantico, Va., had also received an anonymous letter warning that a former Ft. Detrick employee, Egyptian-born Dr. Ayaad Assaad, might be planning to launch a national campaign of bioterrorism. Investigators quickly cleared Dr. Assaad, but the very detailed nature of the accusations revealed inside knowledge of his employment history and the Ft. Detrick facilities. Given the near-simultaneous posting of anthrax envelopes and false bioterrorism accusations, the mailings almost certainly came from the same source, and solving the latter case would be the easiest means of catching the anthrax killer.

Who would have attempted to frame Dr. Assaad for bioterrorism? A few years earlier he had been involved in a bitter personal feud with a couple of his Ft. Detrick coworkers, including charges of racism, official reprimands, and angry recriminations all around. When an FBI official shared a copy of the accusatory letter with a noted language-forensics expert and allowed him to compare the text with the writings of 40 biowarfare lab employees, he found a perfect match with one of those individuals. For years I told my friends that anyone who spent 30 minutes with Google could probably determine the name and motive of the likely anthrax killer, and most of them successfully met my challenge.

This powerful evidence received almost no attention in the major national media, nor is there any indication that the FBI ever followed up on any of these clues or interrogated the named suspects. Instead, investigators attempted to pin the attacks on a Dr. Steven Hatfill based on negligible evidence, after which he was completely exonerated and won a $5.6 million settlement from the government for its years of severe harassment. Later, similar hounding of researcher Bruce Ivins and his family led to his suicide, after which the FBI declared the case closed, even though former colleagues of Dr. Ivins demonstrated that he had had no motive, means, or opportunity. In 2008, I commissioned a major 3,000-word cover story in my magazine summarizing all of this crucial evidence, and once again almost no one in the mainstream media paid the slightest attention.

An even more egregious case followed a couple of years later, with regard to the stunning revelations of Pulitzer Prize winner Sydney Schanberg, one of America’s foremost Vietnam War reporters and a former top editor at the New York Times. After years of research, Schanberg published massive evidence demonstrating that the endlessly ridiculed claims of America’s Vietnam MIA movement of the 1970s and 1980s were correct: the Nixon administration had indeed deliberately abandoned many hundreds of American POWs in Vietnam at the close of the war, and our government afterward spent decades covering up this shameful crime. Schanberg’s charges were publicly confirmed by two former Republican House members, one of whom had independently co-authored a 500 page book on the subject, exhaustively documenting the POW evidence.

Although a major focus of Schanberg’s account was the central role that Sen. John McCain had played in leading the later cover-up, the national media ignored these detailed charges during McCain’s bitter 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama. One of America’s most distinguished living journalists published what was surely “the story of the century” and none of America’s newspapers took notice.

In 2010 Schanberg republished this material in a collection of his other writings, and his work received glowing praise from Joseph Galloway, one of America’s top military correspondents, as well as other leading journalists; his charges are now backed by the weight of four New York Times Pulitzer Prizes. Around that same time, I produced a 15,000-word cover-symposium on the scandal, organized around Schanberg’s path-breaking findings and including contributions from other prominent writers. All of this appeared in the middle of Senator McCain’s difficult reelection campaign in Arizona, and once again the material was totally ignored by the state and national media.

An argument might be made that little harm has been done to the national interest by the media’s continued silence in the two examples described above. The anthrax killings have largely been forgotten and the evidence suggests that the motive was probably one of personal revenge. All the government officials involved in the abandonment of the Vietnam POWs are either dead or quite elderly, and even those involved in the later cover-up, such as John McCain, are in the twilight of their political careers. But an additional example remains completely relevant today, and some of the guilty parties hold high office.

During the mid-2000s I began noticing references on one or two small websites to a woman claiming to be a former FBI employee who was making the most outlandish and ridiculous charges, accusing high government officials of selling our nuclear-weapons secrets to foreign spies. I paid no attention to such unlikely claims and never bothered reading any of the articles.

A couple of years went by, and various website references to that same woman—Sibel Edmonds—kept appearing, although I continued to ignore them, secure that the silence of all my newspapers proved her to be delusional. Then in early 2008, the London Sunday Times, one of the world’s leading newspapers, ran a long, three-part front-page series presenting her charges, which were soon republished in numerous other countries. Daniel Ellsberg described Edmonds’s revelations as “far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers” and castigated the American media for completely ignoring a story that had reached the front pages of newspapers throughout the rest of the world. Such silence struck me as rather odd.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA official who regularly writes for this magazine, suggested he investigate her charges. He found her highly credible, and his 3,000-word article in TAC presented some astonishing but very detailed claims.

Edmonds had been hired by the FBI to translate wiretapped conversations of a suspected foreign spy ring under surveillance, and she had been disturbed to discover that many of these hundreds of phone calls explicitly discussed the sale of nuclear-weapons secrets to foreign intelligence organizations, including those linked to international terrorism, as well as the placement of agents at key American military research facilities. Most remarkably, some of the individuals involved in these operations were high-ranking government officials; the staffs of several influential members of Congress were also implicated. On one occasion, a senior State Department figure was reportedly recorded making arrangements to pick up a bag containing a large cash bribe from one of his contacts. Very specific details of names, dates, dollar amounts, purchasers, and military secrets were provided.

The investigation had been going on for years with no apparent action, and Edmonds was alarmed to discover that a fellow translator quietly maintained a close relationship with one of the key FBI targets. When she raised these issues, she was personally threatened, and after appealing to her supervisors, eventually fired.

Since that time, she has passed a polygraph test on her claims, testified under oath in a libel lawsuit, expanded her detailed charges in a 2009 TAC cover story also by Giraldi, and most recently published a book recounting her case. Judiciary Committee Senators Chuck Grassley and Patrick Leahy have publicly backed some of her charges, a Department of Justice inspector general’s report has found her allegations “credible” and “serious,” while various FBI officials have vouched for her reliability and privately confirmed many of her claims. But none of her detailed charges has ever appeared in any of America’s newspapers. According to Edmonds, one of the conspirators routinely made payments to various members of the media, and bragged to his fellow plotters that “We just fax to our people at the New York Times. They print it under their names.”

At times, Congressional Democratic staff members became interested in the scandal, and promised an investigation. But once they learned that senior members of their own party were also implicated, their interest faded.

These three stories—the anthrax evidence, the McCain/POW revelations, and the Sibel Edmonds charges—are the sort of major exposés that would surely be dominating the headlines of any country with a properly-functioning media. But almost no American has ever heard of them. Before the Internet broke the chokehold of our centralized flow of information, I would have remained just as ignorant myself, despite all the major newspapers and magazines I regularly read.

Am I absolutely sure that any or all of these stories are true? Certainly not, though I think they probably are, given their overwhelming weight of supporting evidence. But absent any willingness of our government or major media to properly investigate them, I cannot say more.

However, this material does conclusively establish something else, which has even greater significance. These dramatic, well-documented accounts have been ignored by our national media, rather than widely publicized. Whether this silence has been deliberate or is merely due to incompetence remains unclear, but the silence itself is proven fact.

A likely reason for this wall of uninterest on so many important issues is that the disasters involved are often bipartisan in nature, with both Democrats and Republicans being culpable and therefore equally eager to hide their mistakes. Perhaps in the famous words of Benjamin Franklin, they realize that they must all hang together or they will surely all hang separately.

We always ridicule the 98 percent voter support that dictatorships frequently achieve in their elections and plebiscites, yet perhaps those secret-ballot results may sometimes be approximately correct, produced by the sort of overwhelming media control that leads voters to assume there is no possible alternative to the existing regime. Is such an undemocratic situation really so different from that found in our own country, in which our two major parties agree on such a broad range of controversial issues and, being backed by total media dominance, routinely split 98 percent of the vote? A democracy may provide voters with a choice, but that choice is largely determined by the information citizens receive from their media.

Most of the Americans who elected Barack Obama in 2008 intended their vote as a total repudiation of the policies and personnel of the preceding George W. Bush administration. Yet once in office, Obama’s crucial selections—Robert Gates at Defense, Timothy Geither at Treasury, and Ben Bernake at the Federal Reserve—were all top Bush officials, and they seamlessly continued the unpopular financial bailouts and foreign wars begun by his predecessor, producing what amounted to a third Bush term.

Consider the fascinating perspective of the recently deceased Boris Berezovsky, once the most powerful of the Russian oligarchs and the puppet master behind President Boris Yeltsin during the late 1990s. After looting billions in national wealth and elevating Vladimir Putin to the presidency, he overreached himself and eventually went into exile. According to the New York Times, he had planned to transform Russia into a fake two-party state—one social-democratic and one neoconservative—in which heated public battles would be fought on divisive, symbolic issues, while behind the scenes both parties would actually be controlled by the same ruling elites. With the citizenry thus permanently divided and popular dissatisfaction safely channeled into meaningless dead-ends, Russia’s rulers could maintain unlimited wealth and power for themselves, with little threat to their reign. Given America’s history over the last couple of decades, perhaps we can guess where Berezovsky got his idea for such a clever political scheme.

 

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Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:14 | 3599028 knukles
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John Kerry once publicly described the media as the "Fourth Branch of Government."

 

                             QED

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:41 | 3599055 Buckaroo Banzai
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thoughtless remarks like that undoubtedly helped keep Kerry out of the White House.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:42 | 3599059 greatbeard
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Come on, give some credit to the Swift Boat patriots.  Why tell the truth when lies are so effective?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:51 | 3599076 Buckaroo Banzai
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No, I was suggesting that Kerry's handlers certainly didn't approve of comments like that.

It was awesome to see the Swift Boat guys sticking it to Kerry, but let's face it, if the PTB had wanted Kerry to get elected, those guys wouldn't have been able to buy the airtime to tell their story for a billion bucks, much less get it reported for free.

If you read it in the media and it's the truth, you can bet it's there to serve a purpose. Otherwise you can rest assured its a complete lie.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:27 | 3599108 economics9698
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The media works when the Zionist want it to work.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:54 | 3599140 jeff montanye
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yours is the most cogent remark in the stack so far, imo.  the fourth branch of government?  the press has been called the fourth estate, (the other three?, the church, the aristocracy and the peasants -- see the french revolution) for two centuries plus.  this is hardly news with sad, peaked as a sub thirty year old, rode his motorcycle on jay leno, married the ketchup queen, john kerry.  

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:25 | 3599181 ajax
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The (sadly late) great Gore Vidal referred to the US as "the United States of Amnesia"

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:32 | 3599192 markmotive
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It's all about the concentration of power.

The 400 richest people in America - who own 60% of the wealth - could fit on a single Boeing 747.

http://www.planbeconomics.com/2013/05/wealth-on-plane.html

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:54 | 3599215 Ignatius
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"The 400 richest people in America - who own 60% of the wealth - could fit on a single Boeing 747."

Hmmm... do you have a suggestion for bait?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 05:54 | 3599384 Disenchanted
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Bait you say...how about a deluxe, Ben Shalom edition printer with all the bells and whistles?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:21 | 3599429 GetZeeGold
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Bait?

 

Children.....the younger the better.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 08:02 | 3599457 new game
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calling rome.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 16:42 | 3600083 Big Slick
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Some of Unz’s noteworthy points get diluted by his significantly subjective or even false exaggerations:

“Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay had been a top contender for Treasury secretary in President George W. Bush’s administration.”

This assertion was according to Lay himself as well as other Enron executives.  There is no evidence that Lay was ever on the Bush administration’s own short list.

“We [the United States] became the richest and most powerful nation on earth, partly due to our own achievements and partly due to the mistakes of others.

Seriously?  A significant proportion of the reason due to that?

I fear Unz is another non-believer in American exceptionalism.  Perhaps worse, he is an apologist for Paul Krugman.  In any case, his points, though well developed, suggest a certain naiveté and paper-hype alarmism.  We certainly have reasons for alarm.  But not the reasons Unz maintains.

 

 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:35 | 3599611 General Decline
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"Bait?

Children.....the younger the better."

The 900 lb gorilla in the room.....the top level kleptocrats and their love of pedophillia.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:59 | 3599565 freewolf7
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Bait?
In this order:
their own life
their wealth.

I'm remembering
The Usual Suspects,
when Kaiser Sousa (sp?)
takes out his own family.
True sociopaths
truly only care for themselves,
and how to keep that going.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:17 | 3599762 Byte Me
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Davos

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 17:50 | 3600179 LongBallsShortBrains
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The 400 smartest could fit on a 747.

Any 400 people could.

Thhe 3 richest could fit in the cockpit.

And the richest one is the only one who can wear the richest man's pants.

Single serving thinking.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:43 | 3600291 Ignatius
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Don't be a nit-picking asshole who purposely misses the point.

Your 400 smartest people WOULD NOT represent 60% of our collective intelligence.

And please, consider changing your avatar.  It's disturbing.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:05 | 3600317 Diogenes
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I prefer "The Excited States of America".

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:36 | 3599196 knukles
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Jeff, he meant the 4th branch as in Executive, Legislative, Judicial and Press/Information/Propaganda....
Like the King's Town Criers of Olde....
A Formal Operative Branch of Government,...

A tool.
An Official Tool, The Oracle of The Message You Are to Hear and Believe.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 05:05 | 3599370 bank guy in Brussels
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And in fact an ancient story ... corrupt news reporters for the American oligarchs and financial industry

« ...  corporate money is finding its way into the pockets of business reporters today, just as evidence surfaced in 1932 of bribes to reporters at the New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, New York Evening Post and others.»

http://wallstreetonparade.com/2012/08/tainted-wall-street-reporters-then...

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:50 | 3599449 kaiserhoff
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I find it hard to blame the sheeple, when one tribe, whose name we dare not mention, has a complete 24/7 strangle hold on one hundred percent of the media.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:52 | 3599492 dick cheneys ghost
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Fuck the ''Cubans''..............

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 04:18 | 3599345 Lost My Shorts
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To say fourth estate vs. fourth branch of government are totally different things.

In the age prior to notions of universal citizenship and equality, an estate was a group of people subject to a special set of laws.  The clergy, nobility, burghers, peasants were literally subject to different laws.  To call the press a fourth estate implied that they escaped control of the laws of any other estate.  It implies that the press was above the law or made its own rules.  It's actually a sort of compliment, suggesting that the press has some backbone and speaks truth to power and has the public support to get away with it.  The concept is totally obsolete now, of course.  Now the press just shines the boots of the rich estate.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:28 | 3599109 ACP
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Unfortunately, we've reached the point where the left has shown their true colors and will vote for someone who is more draconian, not less.

Obama's approval has gone up after the recent scandals, not down. Being the Captain of the Ship, and responsible for what goes on in the government, it shows that the left wants blood, literally.

Anyone who disagrees with the left "deserves" anything and everything they get, no matter how reprehensible or unconstitutional the actions by the government. We're past the tipping point now.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:09 | 3599159 jeff montanye
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left, shmeft.  are the pittsburg penguins left of the ottawa senators?  no, not really. they are left after the ottawa senators.  and that is the bulk of political discourse in the u.s. today.  the democrats and the republicans "disagree" on sex and religion, neither a province of government.  what they agree on: too big to fail, endless war, the wars on drugs, civil liberties, and transparency, zero truth in lending, etc., blind support of israel/zionism, total market manipulation, and so very forth, is why national political parties in the u.s. offer little hope of reform and, actually, are distractions for the muppets.  hard to say and hear, but true nonetheless. 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:24 | 3599179 ACP
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If you'll notice, I never mentioned Democrats or Republicans...

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 05:02 | 3599368 Acet
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I think you're confusing the right-left political axis with the statist-libertarian one. That you do, is probably a tribute the the MSM indoctrination in America as pointed out in the article.

There is no such things as a libertarian party in America and your "left" is to the right of center compared with most of the world. I very much doubt most Americans would be able to recognized a real libertarian-left party if you saw one: all you ever learned about are statist-left parties (i.e. Communism).

Look around, what you have in the US is a statist right-wing dictatorship (both parties) with right-wing and left-wing libertarian fringes (Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street) who are kept apart by their belief in the indoctrination they got from the national propaganda machine.

 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 23:27 | 3600540 TheReplacement
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I think you need to look at how the political spectrum actually is.  Going right means less and less government.  Going left means more and more government.   http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/blog/_files/Political-Spectrum-Essen...

Stop being fooled by those propagandists that put Nazis on the right.  The Nazis were side by each with the Communists in actual practice.  The millions who died under each would certainly agree with me.

By defiinition you cannot have a "statist right-wing dictatorship".  Statist means more government.  Dictatorship means more government.  Right-wing means less government.  These things do not all go together.  I think Sesame Street had a lesson on that.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ect-kgxBb4M

 

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 04:28 | 3600658 Acet
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"Going right means less and less government.  Going left means more and more government."

You just defined the statist (more government) - libertarian (less government) axis but using left and right as tags AND Goodwined the thread.

Job well done, Sir!

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 01:41 | 3599300 Lost My Shorts
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I think your view is too simple.

The left was punked by Obama, who promised change 2008 and then changed nothing.  Lots of the left planned to sit out the last election, and if the Republicans could have managed to nominate a moderate candidate, it was theirs in a cakewalk.  But the did two things:  1) Nominated middle-class-destroying private equity plutocrat Mitt Romney, who is so odious, it seemed best (after a trip to the bathroom to give back lunch to the toilet) to vote for BarryO again.  And 2) the Republicans launched a massive voter suppression campaign that totally energized the poor and minorities.  The Mittster said it himself:  turnout among those groups was way higher than they projected, by something like 2 million as I recall.  Those people planned to sit home and let Obama go down, but then when the Republicans tried to take away even their right to vote, they said no way, we're voting (and not Republican.)  In short, Obama only won because the Republicans are stupid beyond stupid.

The IRS scandal is a joke scandal.  All those Tea Party groups registering as non-political "social welfare" organizations is a joke.  Sure, both sides do it, and if the law is a joke, it should be an equal opportunity joke.  Both sides should have equal opportunity to commit tax fraud.  But pardon the public for not getting too excited over this thing, or thinking the Republicans are a bunch of orifices for trying to make it a giant deal when so much is really wrong with the country.

Benghazi was just incompetence followed by a spin-fest cover-up, but if you actually read, for example, the POW-MIA cover-up article that Ron Unz links to, Benghazi is small peanuts compared to the incompetence and cover-ups that the US gov has managed over the decades.  Pardon the public for not getting too excited about Benghazi either.

Part of the left are careerists who cheer for their team regardless.  The other part is deeply disillusioned just like you, but has nowhere to go.  Neither major party is able to nominate a non-terrible candidate for president.  Can't wait for Hillary vs. Ted Cruz.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:13 | 3599424 greatbeard
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You pretty much nailed that one.  Romney almost motivated me to vote for Obama, but I could't do it. Most folks railing against the left haven't a clue what "left" is, really.  To be honest, there's hardly any left left in this country.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:15 | 3599586 fourchan
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i like the fact bill mahar was so stupid as to give our manchurian candidate 1000000 dollars lol!

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:42 | 3599621 aerojet
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It's too hard for me to believe that inner-city cretins did any sort of thinking at all.  I suspect voter fraud took place on a large scale in key states and in key counties.  The city people I come into contact with don't give a shit about anything except their little social networks, booze, cigarettes, etc.  The hard-working poor people care about not falling into poverty.  They have no time to read or watch news at all.  And basically they know they're getting screwed over big-time.  We all know.  We just aren't doing anything about it.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 23:35 | 3600548 TheReplacement
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How can you possibly surmise the scale or depth of the Benghazi scandal?  We still do not know what was going on there.  Why did State and the CIA have people there?  Hmm, facts like that just might matter when it comes to determining the importance of such an event.

The IRS scandal is huge but it is only the tip of the iceberg if revelations about additional Fed agencies being involved turns out to be true (ATF, FBI, OSHA, EPA).

The thing you say that confirms to me that you do not understand the article is your last paragraph.  The establishment Republicans and Democrats are both careerists.  They hate the Tea Party because the TP was home grown and not under their control.  Hence we can circle back to the IRS scandal to now that we understand motiviation.

Honestly, you could be mistaken for John McCain trying post anonymously.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 08:28 | 3599478 ISEEIT
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.40cal hollow points say you're correct.

It's coming.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 13:51 | 3599852 Freddie
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Don't believe the approval polls bullshit.  It is more disinformation. F TV and F Hollywood.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:45 | 3599065 Buckaroo Banzai
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And another thing. Isn't it unbelievable how many ways John McCain is a shit eating little cunty motherfucker. Is there anything that squatty little turd didn't loot, betray, blow up, or cover up?

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:56 | 3599082 otto skorzeny
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Manchurian Candidate. You can't survive what McCain did in Vietnam  after coming from his privileged upbringing and not be seriously fucked in the head. 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 06:19 | 3599397 Disenchanted
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John 'Keating 5' McCain was a fuck-up before he was even captured.

Little Johnny 'Wet start'...

Of course the apple didn't fall far from the tree, as it was Big Daddy Admiral McCain who was balls deep in the USS Liberty coverup:

 

Now, here's the kicker: One of the Navy bigwigs pushing hard for a sanitized Liberty inquiry was none other than Sen. McCain's father, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., Commander-in-Chief, Naval Forces Europe. He wanted the investigation done in less than a week. Boston said a "proper inquiry would take at least six months." Admiral McCain also wouldn't permit Admiral Kidd to travel to Israel or to contact any potential Israelis witnesses. In fact, according to Boston, the written affidavits of 60 witnesses from the Liberty itself, who were hospitalized at the time of the restricted Inquiry, were also excluded from the final report and not considered as part of the evidentiary record. Boston is convinced, too, that the Israelis' machine-gunning of the Liberty's lifeboats, while the crew was trying desperately to assist their colleagues that were seriously wounded, was "a war crime." Boston said higher ups wanted "to put a lid on everything" concerning the Liberty.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 14:01 | 3599862 Freddie
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Liberty went all the way up to tribe member LBJ. 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:36 | 3599113 ACP
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Exactly. He's about as 5th-column-ish as Obama ever was.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:15 | 3599172 jeff montanye
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my preferred formation is: calling barack obama a monster insults john wayne gacy.  but to each his/her own.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:07 | 3599418 malikai
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O's got a bigger child killscore than that chump Gacey could ever accumulate.

Just sayin.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:36 | 3599114 WillyGroper
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Well said BB!

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 08:36 | 3599481 ISEEIT
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Very clearly both McCain and Romney were merely in it for maintenance of the illusion. GHB tossed the election so as that slick willy would be installed. Obozo is right where the puppet masters want him and has known it since the 80's. I suspect Rand is to be the next 'flip' (from D to R).

It's a very obvious game and in fact they flaunt it quite openly and even seem to enjoy doing so.

We are very much ruled, not governed.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 23:38 | 3600552 TheReplacement
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So Ross Perot had nothing to do with Clinton winning?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 23:58 | 3600562 i-dog
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+1

'Iseeit' DOESN'T see it! (It doesn't fit his narrative).

Just as Ron Paul had a lot to do with Obomber getting re-elected ... just as Nigel Farage will have a lot to do with getting Labour re-elected in the UK ... just as a new conservative party has sprung up in Australia to get Labor re-elected ... just as.....

Let's all play 'Split the Conservative Vote', shall we? (but, even if that fails, the Luciferians, errr, Progressives have the McCains, Romneys, Camerons, Abbotts, etc, FIRMLY in their clutches as well).

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:43 | 3599623 aerojet
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What I don't get is why the people of AZ keep re-electing that assmuncher.  He's a complete tool.  He would support mass civil disarmament in a heartbeat.  What have they got on him?  

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:28 | 3599110 WillyGroper
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So if we turn it upside down & read it backwards we get the real news?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 01:43 | 3599302 MeatGrinder
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Paul is dead.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:32 | 3599111 Dingleberry
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Google "Ed Bernays"

That's all you need to know.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:21 | 3599163 AlaricBalth
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For a true eye opener, here is Edward Bernays's book "Propaganda".
This is a must read for all who wish to gain insight into the machinations of our current media and how the masses are manipulated by corporate America.

http://www.whale.to/b/bernays.pdf

"We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society."

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 06:04 | 3599393 Seahorse
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"We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of"

- sounds like the BBC's manifesto

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:09 | 3599422 malikai
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It's true. I never met Thomas Jefferson.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:17 | 3599590 fourchan
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i never tasted ayn rand.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:44 | 3599625 aerojet
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That's why I try to do anything I can to be orthogonal.  Fuck them and their neat little boxes they want to put us all into.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 11:44 | 3599711 WillyGroper
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Thanks for the link.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:39 | 3599548 Go Tribe
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What's this article about?
Thanks n advance.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:45 | 3599626 DosZap
Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:49 | 3599634 Promethus
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I agree. The media is doing the same bang-up job as the other three branches.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:49 | 3599635 Promethus
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I agree. The media is doing the same bang-up job as the other three branches.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:51 | 3599791 Chupacabra-322
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For a PsyOp to be truly effective it must cross generations. The insane are truly running the asylum. Megalomaniacs and Psycopaths.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 17:54 | 3600187 Lost Word
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Fritz Springmeier's book "Bloodlines" comes to mind.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:14 | 3599030 thisandthat
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Sibel Edmonds' blog: http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:17 | 3599174 jeff montanye
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sibel is the bomb.  hard to believe she hasn't been bombed/droned.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:44 | 3599205 SubjectivObject
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How notorious can she be ... she doesn't even have an Ooogle autocomplete entry for her name.  Sheesh.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:46 | 3599629 aerojet
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That means there is either a faction that is protecting her and wants to thruth to come out, or it is just another layer of misdirection.  There might actually be people in high places who genuinely believe in our core values--at least I hope there are.  If not, it's all just one big plantation and we're the livestock.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 15:16 | 3599974 Chupacabra-322
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I'd personally take a bullet for her. She's a heroine.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:23 | 3599176 Ignatius
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Sibel Edmonds interviews with James Corbett on Operation Gladio - B in six parts (this is part 6 but has all the links to the earlier episodes):

http://www.corbettreport.com/interview-626-sibel-edmonds-explains-whos-a...

For those less familiar with the original Operation Gladio start here: 

http://www.corbettreport.com/interview-582-tom-secker-on-operation-gladio/

 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:15 | 3599033 zorba THE GREEK
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Nowadays you can't believe anything that the media dishes out.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:18 | 3599039 Terminus C
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Nowadays...

Were there ever days?  You should ALWAYS be critical of the information you recieve... even here at ZH (though at least they are honest enough to admit they are talking their book).

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:18 | 3599175 jeff montanye
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i before e, except after c.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:40 | 3599056 Buckaroo Banzai
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We are swimming in a vast ocean of lies.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:48 | 3599085 DeadFred
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Ne pravda v pravda, ne izvestia v izvestia. There is no truth in the truth, there is no news in the news is an old saying in the Soviet Union mocking the names of the two main news sources. Each day makes me understand it better

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 05:45 | 3599385 JOYFUL
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At it's best, ZH operate[s][ed]as a kind of alchemic forge, in which 'the likely "truth"' would be distilled out of a stage by stage process of refinement/// 'article'\comment\thread of responses\\\ -xactly such as the one which we are amongst here.

This process became.... for many of us... the primary means of steering our way through the swampy marshland of disinformation\dissimulative cul-de-sacs, towards the open waters of clarity. It was, at full power... immeasurably better than any other competing outlet for 'the news.'

Yet now we are here- "There is no truth in the truth" ... and there is no greater truth than that truth. Nor any way of hiding from it. It only remains to ask... where do we go from 'here'??? The careful reader will have observed the stages of corrosion. And without in any way diminishing the respect accorded to the impulse behind the site's creation... and the widsom of the site's creators... ask themselves whether there is any remaining credibility or purpose to a communications vehicle corrupted into a back channel for the usual suspects, tasked with accomodating&tailoring itself to every level of awareness\potential resistance - and finding a storyline suitable to induce the targeted individual to ultimately lose themselves in one or another of the endless dead ends in the false channels of consciousness which the internet has become.

 

 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:48 | 3599553 BeaverFever
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The truth is that Barry married a Sasquatch.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:56 | 3599557 i-dog
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Thank you for demonstrating Joyful's point so succinctly ... with a suitably inane attempt at thread/thought diversion and audience division. Straight out of Sunstein's Sockpuppet Training Manual.

Now...fuck off, FedGov spambot.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 11:15 | 3599669 Buckaroo Banzai
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Oh come on. He DID marry Sasquatch. It's fucking hilarious, it never gets old.

And if he fucked her more than twice, I'm a monkeys uncle.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 13:54 | 3599854 Kobe Beef
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Imagine you run an HR department at a corporation. One day, this guy walks in. Nice looking resume, good talker, reasonably intelligent. So you ask him where he's from. Hawaii, he says. So you run his Social Security Number and it belongs to a guy from Connecticut born in 1890. hmmm. Residence? Chicago. Current Occupation? Community Organizer. So you look into the Illinois Bar Association and find both he and his wife's law licenses have been suspended. Hmmm. Also, the organization he worked for has multiple convictions for voter fraud. hmmm..

So you get curious. Parents? American mother, Kenyan father, adopted by an Indonesian National at age 6. Interesting, but you're a progressive, open-minded sort, and who has a "normal" family anyway?. Got a Birth Certificate? Yes, a short form, unofficial one. (At the follow-up interview he provides an electronic document with 12 layers. hmmm) Education? 2 years, Occidental College on a foreign students' Scholarship. Which Country? Indonesia. Transcripts? no. Columbia University BA Political Science/Pre-law. Transcripts? no. References? none. Student Organizations? none. Well you have a few Columbia Poli-sci grads in the firm, so you ask around. Nobody knows him. Hmmm. Harvard Law JD. Transcripts? no. References? none. Publications? none. Ahh, but I see you wrote an autobiography...the publisher's note you are a citizen of Kenya. hmmm.

Married? yes, to a Sasquatch. Who drove you to today's interview? My body man. huh? Hobbies? Cocaine, marijuana, bath houses. Looking further down the resume, you find Letters of Reference from a former leader of a domestic terror organization, a Black Nationalist preacher, and a convicted racketeer named Tony Rezko. 

Alright, Mr. Soetoro--it's Obama--alright Mr. Obama, we'll call you back if we're interested. 

Obviously, this guy is some kind of con man. He's got little documentation, and what little he does have doesn't match up. Imagine your surprise when all the other contenders for the job opening suddenly withdraw their applications. After a few phone calls from a known Saudi Royal agent, he gets hired. hmmm.

Suspicious indeed. So you do a little more digging and find biological Father was a literal Marxist Revolutionary, extensive CIA contacts on his mother's side, multiple passports issued under different names/nationalities, several false addresses, and an invalid Selective Service Number.

Obviously, this guy is a spook. AS IN INTELLIGENCE ASSET. And so the guy who couldn't be cleared to be a driver at FedEx, has now been placed by parties unknown in the highest Office of the United States. Anybody else see what's wrong with this picture? I would wager your child's elementary school teacher has been more thoroughy vetted than the current TOTUS.

It's not Barry who scares me. It's WHOEVER'S BEHIND HIM that matters. Who has the power to make him President? Who has the power to keep him there? And what have they groomed him for? 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:17 | 3600327 i-dog
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"It's not Barry who scares me. It's WHOEVER'S BEHIND HIM that matters."

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

... and if you've followed my previous posts, you'll know whom.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 14:41 | 3599909 Cathartes Aura
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touching that third rail of cultural mind control, the artificial divide created to seemingly elevate "men" over "women" via sexual tagging, and monitored by "fuckability" memes.

no really, buying into that piece of meat is your last red-pill hurdle to overcome. . . until you see how cultures are constructed based on "vs." notions, aided by FatherGod religious myths, you're still stuck in a very deep rut.

for the record, I agree with many of your posts here, but when you dudes veer off into junior skool thinking & crotch-grab posturing, you lose any credibility except among your like-minded mates, and play right into their controlling hands.

know thyself.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 15:52 | 3600011 Buckaroo Banzai
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Dude. When I see a fucking Sasquatch, I say, "Look! There's a fucking Sasquatch!"

Why are you over thinking this?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 18:58 | 3600257 ILLILLILLI
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Sasquatch mad...you mean!

Furry hugs,

Sasquatch

 

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 05:25 | 3600665 CutOut
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i-dog is a heart sockpuppet.

heart's post volume has dropped substantially since it was exposed for posting Boston bombing 100% disinformation.

heart will have many bogus identities on ZH.

http://www.zerohedge.com/node/474426/3599557

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:17 | 3599034 Terminus C
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The greens and the blues.  Divide and conquer your local populace is old news when it comes to pleb control.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:18 | 3599038 kragsquest
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Author James Bovard has described our society as an “attention deficit democracy,” and the speed with which important events are forgotten once the media loses interest might surprise George Orwell.

 

I saw Mr. Bovard at the Free State conferance years ago in Lancaster, NH, where there were a number of tax protesters and some scoundrels, one who stole a gold coin I had on display as part of numismatic education, par for the course among some libertarian scoundrels....

Ride captain ride upon your mystery ship:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKppSotWL3o

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:46 | 3599067 Monedas
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A libertarian would be the last one to suspect !

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:23 | 3599526 AnAnonymous
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Author James Bovard has described our society as an “attention deficit democracy,” and the speed with which important events are forgotten once the media loses interest might surprise George Orwell.

____________________________

'Americans' are duplicitous. From the beginning, 'american' societies could have be described as attention deficit societies.

'Americans' are used to turning eyes away from anything that could be break them out of their cocoon of fantasy and propaganda.

Save for one part: murdering and looting. For these departments, you can trust 'americans' to stick to reality.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:49 | 3599555 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

'Americans' are used to turning eyes away from anything that could be break them out of their cocoon of fantasy and propaganda.

Save for one part: murdering and looting. For these departments, you can trust 'americans' to stick to reality.

If that could be true...

Reads much more like a Chinese citizenism citizenship personality trait and in the Chinese citizenism world order, Chinese citizenism is spreading like propaganda pours out of an 'AnAnonymist' propagator's  mouth to cover up facts...

Propaganda is losing in quality because the level of reality that propagandists use to back their propaganda is growing more and more adverse to them.

Historically, the Chinese citizenism citizens have shown high consensus on stuff like robbing blind the northern Burmeses...

Tibetish slave traders, another good example of the impossibility for Chinese citizenism citizens to picture themselves as they are.

In this context, in the Chinese citizenism 'AnAnonymist' driven world, the chosen option was to, since the Chinese Citizenism Communautist Party inception, to shift the bad consequences of an action onto a third party. Raising up relatively the efficiency of the decision. It looks like this pattern is now struggling through friction.

Another basic fact that 'AnAnonymist' Chinese citizenism citizen posters on this site can barely handled.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:32 | 3599050 ebworthen
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Ah yes, the false left/right dichotomy that distracts the majority of the populace.

Meanwhile, the elites ensure that the rule-of-law is squelched and the public propagandized.

Where is Jon Corzine?  Bernie Madoff is small potatoes compared to Corzine and his cronies on Wall Street.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 08:43 | 3599410 Urban Redneck
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The problem is that there is a quite real left-right divide (among other paradigms) amongst the populace.  Among the members they elect to the club, not so much.  The divide between the platforms of the major political parties, and the pseudo "L/R" intellectual movements is about as gerrymandered and philosophically inconsistent as a map drawn by Elbridge Gerry himself.

Further compounding the lunacy, the politicking in the US is practiced with a zero-sum objective as opposed to consensus-building or compromise-seeking.  When US politicians engage in bipartisanship, it is to cover their asses, not to come together and advance the public good.  

This practice is not confined to public-sector halls lining Pennsylvania Ave. - it passes through the revolving door to the private sector with the selection of law firms and advisers chosen to partake in certain projects.  Neither the media nor the elected officials are keen to speak truth to power, when doing so will negatively impact their perceived "side" which is why paying several hundred thousand in advisory fees to an under-qualified and over-hyped intellectual lilliputian cum political whore is wise investment when you seek to move mountains in DC.  It is a far simpler and cheaper to pay the opposition tax than to repeal the laws of political economics.

Simply dismissing the false dichotomies might be pragmatic when dealing with dim-wits amongst the populace whether on the internet or on the street, but it is counter-productive when confronting the beast itself and trying to convince members of his congregation to reject Satan.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:01 | 3599061 Monedas
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America has been in the cross hairs of every socialist reptile that slithers in the muck .... forever !   The brave hunters have finally killed Bambi's mommy !  A not so proud moment for humanity .... maybe they deserve socialism for eternity .... socialism to infinity !    "The reports of Communism's death .... were a slight exageration !" .... Mark Twine

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:23 | 3599178 jeff montanye
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why socialist?? are you paying attention?? the crony capitalists are in charge of both parties and have been for longer than most have recognized (certainly me).  stop being a tool of the powerful.

were there actual socialists in government, instead of self-aggrandizing bureaucrats, there wouldn't be the greatest wealth and income disparities since the twenties, would there?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 01:54 | 3599309 verum quod lies
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There is no 'crony capitalism' without government control. Are you saying there is too little government control? The cultural Marxists love it that people call it 'capitalism'; I think they call them 'useful idiots'. The financial markets, and economy in general, are hardly capitalism personified; socialistic is a much better descriptive term than capitalism for what we have (fascism is probably closer). The tribe controls both parties you putz. You must be kidding when you ask: "were there actual socialists in government" (and I assume you meant "where are the")? Over half the congress and Barry Soetoro are socialists or left of socialists.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 06:57 | 3599400 smacker
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"Crony capitalism" is what you get when socialists (Marxists, Fascists, Corporatists, Mercantilists, Statists, Social Democrats and all the other fancy names they masquerade under to deceive people) take control of the levers of power and finance. Whenever possible thru the ballot box, other times thru force or fake crises (eg "War on Terror" which has cleared the way for widespread and deep societal police-state control). Disarming the citizenry is an important requirement for obvious reasons.

No one could convince me that the likes of Ben Bernanke (and Greenspan before him), Mervyn King, Mario Draghi and their political cohorts across America/UK/EU are anything other than socialists (probably Marxists) who have little understanding, and no interest in, free market capitalism, since it gives too much power to the ordinary citizen. Else they would never have engineered the current economic crises and would never have imposed the bizarre collectivist policies that they have to resolve it.

Since the days of Stalin, it's always been about power, control and self aggrandisement. The psychopath in action. We are witnessing a socialist coup d'etat across the Western world. Everything must, and will be, controlled by the Almighty State, and for the benefit of the one percent who control the levers.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:37 | 3599543 Winston of Oceania
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The crony caps ARE SOCIALIST you already have your dream coast awhile comrade.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:46 | 3599068 Whatta
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All of the concept of "we have done evil" is greated with cog dis. The history books say different, therefore you (whoever the bearer of the contrarain data might be) must be a loon.

Anyone, everyone, that says different is marginalized...see "your crazy Uncle" Ron Paul as example number One.

Great post though.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:48 | 3599074 buzzsaw99
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The truth is out there you just need to know where to look.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 21:49 | 3599075 otto skorzeny
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"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you"- Joseph Heller, Catch 22

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 02:20 | 3599317 Lonewar
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Its as bad as you think, and they are out to get you (Famous Quote)

LoneWar's Collary

Its worse than you ever imagined and they already got you...

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:08 | 3599093 dolph9
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America is a policeman and a sponge.

It's a policeman because it must fight wars to make the world safe for global banks and corporations.

It's a sponge because it must absorb the world's dollars into Treasury bonds.

Those are the only roles left for America, and this was decided a long time ago.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:29 | 3599189 jeff montanye
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the world's dollars?  the world ex the u.s. is the sponge that must absorb the dollars and the treasury bonds, but who knows for how long.

actually i don't disagree with your initial formation: the u.s. is a giant sponge for items of value: oil, consumer quasi and pseudo durables based on cheap labor, etc. all predicated on the $ as world reserve.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:14 | 3599097 darteaus
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"Deception was my job"

Yuri Bezmenov, KGB defector

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=y3qkf3bajd4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dy3...

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:21 | 3599103 ekm
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Been there, done that.

That's why I discarded my TV in 2001. I didn't want to be brainwashed.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:50 | 3599129 Monedas
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I can be exposed to all the deceit socialism can throw at me .... and I see through it .... and am strengthened in my pro liberty convictions !  I did cancel my dish .... I get plenty of good news right here with the Tylers et al .... plus, I'm pretty well grounded in my observations of freedom vs. slavery !

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:35 | 3599541 Winston of Oceania
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Besides there are plenty of crappy books out there and I didn't quite reading in spite of them.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:37 | 3599116 7againstThebes
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This article by Unz is accurate, but marred by a serious defect.  He leaves out the unifying thread that that allows us to understand what is happening.

What do Harry Dexter White, the anti-McCharthy agitation, the Soveit spy penetration of the American scientific establishment (especialy the Rosenbergs), Madoff, 9/11, the anthrax bioterrorim, the neo-con ginning up war in Iraq, the present agitation for war with Iran, control of the US media .....and so much more ...have in common.

The answer: a  Jew, or Jewish interets, or an Israeli operation and Israelis interests. If the power of the Jews in American life is not reduced, we will be destroyed.

 

 

 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:03 | 3599152 otto skorzeny
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the rot runs deep.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:37 | 3599617 machineh
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Yes. Unz's article is a bit of a false flag.

It trolls through a litany of press deceptions ... but never touches on the exorbitant privilege extended to Israel by the U.S. press.

Most Americans have no clue that Israel is a segregated apartheid state, where the 20-percent minority is treated exactly as African-Americans were under Jim Crow: that is, as second-class citizens.

So this selective admission, highlighting some lesser media abuses while the MSM gives a free pass to the elephant shitting in our living room, serves as a kind of modified limited hangout.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:53 | 3599214 Debt Slave
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History repeats itself.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 00:19 | 3599239 Anusocracy
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The power of all psychopaths must be reduced.

Not just the Jewish ones.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 01:29 | 3599290 Nick Jihad
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Oh, horseshit. Peddle it on Stormfront.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:08 | 3599420 WTFx10
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Or name one UN resolution against israel that they didn't ignore?

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 11:17 | 3599674 Buckaroo Banzai
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Hey you can't blame anyone for ignoring a UN resolution.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 01:51 | 3599307 darteaus
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9/11?!

Puh-leaze! Explain, in detail, how and when -sight unseen - explosives were placed in the twin towers and were not detonated by the airliners but by remote control.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 04:44 | 3599357 TPTB_r_TBTF
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The airliners could not have detonated the pre-planted explosives because the planes were only holograms.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:17 | 3599521 TPTB_r_TBTF
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/s

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 07:10 | 3599423 WTFx10
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Yes please explain how wtc7 just fell down in detail that doesn't ignore physics.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:33 | 3599583 TNTARG
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As I stated before, I sincerely believe 9/11 was simply too much.

The US won't never recover, anzi, it's gonna be worse and worse until Truth an Justice are achieved, if so.

If americans keep allowing terrorists, genocides running things...

Furthermore, think how does it looks like at the eyes of the World. All over around, 9/11 is being explained in schools as to comprehend the point of decadency the US has reached.

Kind of Nero burning up Rome.

 

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:44 | 3599620 machineh
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Decadence [sic], querida mía, is 18% inflation.

http://www.inflacionverdadera.com/

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 19:55 | 3605657 darteaus
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How do I know?!  But, the burden of proof lies with the accusor.

IF 9/11 was an inside job, why did they bring down WTC7 afterwards?  Wouldn't that just raise suspicions?

When and how were the explosives planted w/o anyone seeing?  Do you know how long it takes to plant explosives to bring down a building?  It doesn't happen overnight.  None of you conspiricy guys ever have an answer for that.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:33 | 3599610 Hubbs
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Then there is the issue of how all three buildings seem to implode vertically, the WTC7 especially. Why not a more angular path? Although I am no structural engineer or demolition expert, it seems quite counter intutitive that demolition experts go to extraordinary efforts to position explosives and time them sequentially to avoid an angular collapse of a building,  and yet with 9-11, three perfect strikes (collapses) from two wildly assymetric impacts and heat deformation.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 18:54 | 3600244 Lost Word
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I am an Engineer, and it was obviously pre-installed explosive demolition, and nothing related to the heat of burning jet fuel or burning office materials, much too low a temperature to weaken or melt steel.

The demolition explosives, however, do burn white hot and instantly melt steel, in planned structural locations and exactly timed sequence.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 19:52 | 3605647 darteaus
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And somehow the demolition explosives were not set off by 2 hours of burning jet fuel.

BWA-HAHAHA!

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 19:50 | 3605644 darteaus
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Gravity causes things to drop straight down toward the center of the earth.  Take a steel bar, hold it directly over your head, drop it.  Repeat until results are clear.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 20:20 | 3600331 Diogenes
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"Puh-leaze! Explain, in detail, how and when -sight unseen - explosives were placed in the twin towers and were not detonated by the airliners but by remote control."

 

As soon as you explain to me how you burn through a 17 inch steel I beam with a kerosene flame, or knock down a skyscraper with an airplane.

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 19:49 | 3605640 darteaus
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YOUR RESPONSE CONTAINS - AS USUAL - NO EVIDENCE.

THE BURDEN OF PROOF LIES WITH THE ACCUSER.

But, an endless spew of allegations from the delusional require no proof.

BTW, the video has been out for 12 years, but your delusions won't let you believe your lying eyes.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 02:04 | 3599313 verum quod lies
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I agree with you but given that he is a member of the tribe, it is unlikely that he would intentionally point that out on this issue (although he does not seem to shrink from tough topics).

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:08 | 3599749 Skip
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Rahm Emanuel, who is named after a Lehi (Stern Gang) terrorist named Rahamim Cohen,  and David Axelrod have been working together since 1984 when they teamed up to help Paul Simon (Mr. Bowtie) defeat Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.).


These two hard-core Zionists were not working for reform in Illinois; their only agenda was to defeat the incumbent Sen. Percy because he was the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and was pushing for a settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  These Zionist gangsters went on to support the Chicago mayoral campaign of Richard M. Daley, the son of Richard J. Daley.  These two Zionists  spearheaded the campaign to put Barack Obama into the White House.  Axelrod and Emanuel, however, were being supported by a much higher Zionist -- Bettylu Saltzman, the daughter of Chicago's super-Zionist Philip Klutznick.


Axelrod has been creating and shaping Candidate Obama for more than 16 years.  "Axelrod  met Obama  when the senator was 30 years old and coordinating a voter-registration drive in Chicago and Bettylu Saltzman, a doyenne of progressive politics in Chicago, suggested that the two get to know each other," the New York Times reported in early 2007.  "In the 15 years since, Axelrod has worked through Obama's life story again and again, scouring it for usable political material.

 

 

Bettylu Saltzman has been supporting and financing Obama's political career since 1992, long before he ran for any office. Saltzman is the only daughter of the super-Zionist Philip Klutznick.  In 1992, when Obama was 30 years old, Saltzman told Axelrod and others, "He will be our first black president.'' Saltzman then commissioned Axelrod to create Obama, the presidential candidate. 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:44 | 3599123 Stuck on Zero
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This article was way too long.  I quit halfway through and went back to watching Wipeout.  I recommend that Author cram all that information into a few soundbites.

 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:48 | 3599132 Monedas
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Reading the comments is like having Cliff's Notes .... especially when it's a manifesto submission !

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 03:15 | 3599328 Henry Hub
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Life's a bitch when you have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 04:37 | 3599353 Disenchanted
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re: "This article was way too long."

Then you'd really like his article on The Myth of American Meritocracy ...

It took up well over half of the print edition that month.

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 10:19 | 3600995 Stuck on Zero
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Oh gads.  Do I have to add </sarc> to every comment?

 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 22:55 | 3599141 WillyGroper
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Dr. PCR-----relative & a good read also. 

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:28 | 3599187 Ignatius
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When I was a kid there were 50+ major news sources and organizations, now there are 6, and mostly controlled by them that control the military-industrial-security-complex.  Why important issues get no air is not complicated.

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:42 | 3599200 knukles
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BINGO, Ignatius!

Who are licensed by, get their contracts from, have access to and tithe to (contributions) the very same government with whom they conspire, rig, oversee and are overseen

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 11:47 | 3599717 WillyGroper
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Michael Powell had one big... uh, dagger in this mess. Yellowcake daddy should be proud. 

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 23:43 | 3599203 q99x2
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The solution is obvious. The States no longer need a Federal Government just as the colonies did not need the British. Sucession is an answer.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 08:41 | 3599487 22winmag
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The South was right!

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:10 | 3600265 Lost Word
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Secession.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 00:34 | 3599248 laomei
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There really is no secret or mystery to any of this.  The US has a long long long history of blatant propaganda and twisting of facts to meet the dictated narrative.  That's just the news though, it goes much further beyond that.

Movies: Regardless of "inspiration" or source, it is always americanized, and always adapted to meet the right plot formula.  If there is any call for military anything, there is full coordination with the US military, which then requires much control of image being handed over to the government.  This is then blasted overseas in deliberate propaganda.  Typical American movies all have the same plot, the same fairy tale ending because "americans love a winner".  Same recycled garbage over and over and over again.  You see this repeated in pretty much all US tv shows as well... justifications of flat out war crimes and illegal acts to fit the plot and story.  

 

Mix this in with the news, which also fits a typical mind numbing and brainwashing story telling method.  US does something wrong? Don't mention it or fit it in as short as possible with vague details taking it in no way serioiusly.  And when all else fails, you just lie about it.  If you get found out, you maybe apologize (usually not) but the damage is already done.  If the government says anything regarding an issue that is non-us-controversial, then you just copy paste and accept it as 100% fact.  Get pundits on the air to accept it as fact and start arguing details that are also bullshit.  Hard sell that story so the debate is about the details of the lie instead of the lie itself.

 

Education: Yep, it's here as well.  The national myth is drummed into the kids until that's all there is.  If they learn at a later date that most of it was lies, it doesn't really matter anymore.  Those desired "values" are pretty much set in stone.  There's a reason why they rotate "world" and "us" history in primary school.  Long enough to forget about it after a year, start again, rote memorization of pointless "facts" and "figures" while entirely ignoring the dark dark history which is reality.  The day they figure out the truth, it's too late to really say or do anything about it, blog about it maybe? That's it though.  The time for classroom debate is over, with the exception of college, and if you are studying history in college, it's already a foregone conclusion that everything was "for the greater good" and your peers are nothing more than an echo chamber.  Deviate too much from the pre-determined line in a manner that's too public, and you'll see your livlihood smashed and name blackened by the media.

 

It's nothing more than brainwashing, and the most hilarious aspect of it, is that no one realizes it because of the pretend freedoms and "laws" which theoretically prevent it, but in reality promote it.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 12:56 | 3599795 Anusocracy
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They must lie in order to create the nation-state-as God myth in the minds of the people.

Otherwise the public would find out that government is far more flawed than they are.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 01:31 | 3599294 AnAnonymous
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Given America’s history over the last couple of decades, perhaps we can guess where Berezovsky got his idea for such a clever political scheme.
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It is clear that a certain segment in humanity has been paying peculiar attention to the unique experiment of governance as 'americans' perform it.

That segment is certainly not hostile to 'americanism' and would like to get it for themselves.

But they must face the hostility of already established 'americans' who are very jealous of their priviledge.

When you run a business of extorting the weak, farming the poor, what you do not want is the disappearance of the weak and of the poor before they run out of things to extort or farm. You only think of their elimination when they have nothing left to be taken.

World is not yet at this point.

Hence the issue for 'americans' is not that 'americanism' has not seduced enough, it has seduced too much.

Way too many people around the world want to turn 'american'.

But when you want to turn 'american', you need your Indians and negroes to boot the sequence. Both are a running scarcity these days.

Welcome to an 'american' world. A cosy place to live in, you'll see.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 05:07 | 3599373 TPTB_r_TBTF
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1 of 7 people are Indian and Africa has enough Negros

for China to turn 'american' on.

China will be good at practicing 'americanism'.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 09:20 | 3599524 AnAnonymous
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1 of 7 people of what?

The sad thing for established 'americans' is that among humanity, there are now tons of people with a great potential for 'americanism'

Actually, it even shows when people migrate to 'american' societies.

In a recent past, all those migrants were held by non 'american' cultures which kept them quiet.
Usually, troubles start with the second and the third generation as those ones were 'american'

But now, as 'americanism' has spread so much, first generation migrants are already 'american' and this gives what it gives.

An 'american' world is going to be far from the harmonious world 'americans' sold it would be.

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 10:03 | 3599572 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous the omniscient said:

The sad thing for established 'americans' is that among humanity, there are now tons of people with a great potential for 'americanism'

Nice. Usually, that's people who claim to know human nature. Sources of their knowledge is not known but hey, who cares?

An 'american' world is going to be far from the harmonious world 'americans' sold it would be.

You must have intimate knowledge of the world to assume what is better for it.

Could you share your knowledge or should people pay for it?

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