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Bix Weir ~ Bad Guys Setting Up Putin As The JP Morgan Fall Guy… Does The Con Ever End?

You could have seen this one from a mile away…

Russians Behind Huge JP Morgan Cyber Attack

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/report-russians-behind-huge-jpmorgan-122025107.html

“US officials are far more concerned than they are publicly acknowledging about the gigantic cyberattack against JPMorgan that affected as many as 76 million households. And they believe Russians with at least loose connections to the country’s government are behind the attack, according to a new report from The New York Times.”

Basically, the Bad Guys are still trying to start WWIII. Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine situation and the shooting down of the commercial airliner isn’t going well for the Bad Guys…so they are looking to BLAME Putin for the destruction of the global electronic monetary system. Continue reading

Border Meltdown: Breaking Immigration Laws With Impunity

“Top immigration officials choose to not check if the relatives or parents who pick up the children are in the country legally.”

(Daily Caller) – The vast majority of 50,000 unaccompanied youths and children who have illegally crossed the Texas border during the last few months have been successfully delivered by federal agencies to their relatives living in the United States, according to a New York Times article.

A second New York Times article reports revealed that officials have caught an additional 240,000 Central American migrants since April, and are transporting many of them to their destinations throughout the United States.

The deluge of 290,000 illegals — so far — are exploiting legal loopholes that allow them to get temporary permits to stay in the United States.

Experts say that President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to close the loopholes and is unlikely to deport more than a small percentage of the illegals, despite the high unemployment rates among American Latino, African-American and white youths, and the strapped budgets of many cities and towns.

The president’s policy has caused protests by frightened citizens in towns such as Murrieta. But Obama’s allies — such as La Raza, an ethnic lobby for Latinos — are eager to escalate the conflict and to paint the protestors as racists. Those protests may escalate before the November elections. Continue reading

Paul Craig Roberts ~ A New Recession And A New World Devoid Of Washington’s Arrogance?

“The strains that Washington’s morons are putting on NATO might break the organization apart. Pray that it does.” ~P C Roberts

PaulCraigRobertsA final number for real US GDP growth in the first quarter of 2014 was released today. The number is not the 2.6% growth rate predicted by the know-nothing economists in January of this year. The number is a decline in GDP of -2.9 percent.

The negative growth rate of -2.9 percent is itself an understatement. This number was achieved by deflating nominal GDP with an understated measure of inflation. During the Clinton regime, the Boskin Commission rigged the inflation measure in order to cheat Social Security recipients out of their cost-of-living adjustments. Anyone who purchases food, fuel, or anything knows that inflation is much higher than the officially reported number.

It is possible that the drop in first quarter real GDP is three times the official number.

Regardless, the difference is large between the January forecast of +2.6 percent growth and the decline as of the end of March of -2.9 percent.

Any economist who is real and unpaid by Wall Street, the government, or the Establishment knew that the +2.6 percent forecast was a crock. Americans’ incomes have not grown except for the one percent, and the only credit growth is in student loans, as those many who cannot find jobs mistakenly turn to “education is the answer.” In an economy based on consumer demand, the absence of income and credit growth means no economic growth.

The US economy cannot grow because corporations pushed by Wall Street have moved the US economy offshore. US manufactured products are made offshore. Look at the labels on your clothes, your shoes, your eating and cooking utensils, your computers, whatever. US professional jobs such as software engineering have been moved offshore. An economy with an offshored economy is not an economy. All of this happened in full view, while well-paid free market shills declared that Americans were benefiting from giving America’s middle class jobs to China and India. Continue reading

Eric Zuesse ~ The Propaganda War About Ukraine: How Important It Really Is

“Ukraine isn’t becoming more like America. America is becoming more like Ukraine. Will the American public finally put their collective “foot” down? And, if not now, then when?” ~E Zuesse

Recently, Germany’s Der Spiegel featured a lengthy editorial damning Russia regarding Ukraine; it was titled “How Russia Is Winning the Propaganda War,” and it made many allegations, none with documentation, and not a single one with a link to assist the magazine’s online readers to reach easily the presumed (but unidentified) sources. They don’t want to facilitate a reader’s checking out the veracity. It was the type of propaganda for which Fox “News” in the U.S. has become famous, though Spiegel is centrist (not “right wing”).

The 2,500-word Spiegel article ignored Obama’s lies about Ukraine, and ignored the solid and voluminous evidence that the February 22nd overthrow of the democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was engineered in Washington with assistance from rabidly anti-Russian Polish officials, and with the additional assistance of some fundamentalist far-Right Israeli-Ukrainian Jews who were willing to work with Ukrainian neo-Nazis to get this done. The May 2nd massacre in Odessa that started Ukraine’s civil war was masterminded by the person (Ihor Kolomoyski) who was appointed by the person (Yulia Tymoshenko) whose ally (Arseni Yatsenyuk) was chosen by Obama’s agent (Victoria Nuland) to lead the post-coup government, as the interim Prime Minister. None of that interested the editors at Spiegel.

Yatsenyuk, it should be noted, was quietly retained in office, as the permanent Prime Minister, not replaced, by the elected President, Petro Poroshenko, who continues Yatsenyuk’s policies now, under his title as Ukraine’s “President.” The regime-change was the coup itself, not after; the coup placed Washington in control, which is why Obama did it. And behind even that motivation is the U.S. aristocracy’s need to continue the dollar as being the global exchange — or “reserve” — currency. That’s what basically motivates this.

The major media present a very different picture than you see documented in those damning and factual links just given here. (This is not propaganda, such as at Spiegel and elsewhere; so, it’s written to be checked out, not to be accepted on faith. Any religion is preparation for mental enslavement, and sometimes even “non-religious” people are also people of faith. It’s why aristocrats promote and fund all sorts of faith.) Voltairenet pointed out how blatantly the major media lie about what is happening in Ukraine. Headlining, “Kiev regime bombs civilians in eastern Ukraine,” they noted that those bombings were shown “only on Russian TV channels” even though “The OSCE mission in Ukraine has confirmed that the incident involving the administrative building in Lugansk was indeed an airstrike.” Moreover, “To this day, the Western media have ‘refrained’ from broadcasting the images of the civilian victims killed at the Lugansk administrative headquarters, despite their being available on Russian television and on the internet.” Our major “news” media can be accepted only on faith. Continue reading

Guy Evans ~ Deconstructing Edward Bernays’ ‘Propaganda’ (Part 1)

“We have voluntarily agreed to let an invisible government sift the data and high-spot the outstanding issues so that our field of choice shall be narrowed to practical proportions. From our leaders and the media they use to reach the public, we accept the evidence and the demarcation of issues bearing upon public questions; from some ethical teacher, be it a minister, a favorite essayist, or merely prevailing opinion, we accept a standardized code of social conduct to which we conform most of the time.” E. Bernays

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Edward Bernays

Edward Bernays, born in Vienna in 1891 and famously the nephew of Sigmund Freud, was perhaps thepioneer in the field of Public Relations, and highly influential in providing the framework for modern advertising.His work aimed to convince people to want things that they didn’t need, and in the process, link their unconscious desires to the consumption of mass produced goods. This in turn, it was theorized, could be used to control the masses, as by keeping them distracted on frivolous happenings and relatively unimportant wants, they wouldn’t interfere with the activities of what he called ‘the important few’.

All the while, he was remarkably candid about his intent. In one of his first books, ‘Propaganda’ (1928), he coined the term ‘engineering of consent’ to describe his technique for controlling the masses. In this podcast series, Guy Evans examines just how influential these ideas were, and details the resulting impact in relation to public relations, advertising, celebrity culture, and democracy itself.

This is Part 1. Enjoy!

Click here to download this podcast.

Transcript

Chapter 1 Transcript – “Organizing Chaos”

THE conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

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.

Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.

They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure. Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons—a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million—who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world. Continue reading

Nick Hodges ~ You Now Live In A Corporatist Oligarchy

OutsiderClub  May 21 2014

Here’s how the Telegraph framed it when the story broke mid-April:

The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favour special interests and lobbying organisations: “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.”

No shit.

Tell me something I didn’t start an entire publication about that quickly gained over a quarter million members.

As usual, the academic report proves years after the fact what many citizens have already come to know: their vote doesn’t matter.

Martin Gilens, the Princeton professor who co-authored the study, said in an interview that accompanied its release that the class war is over, and the working class has lost.

This is the sentiment that runs down the spine of movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party — though neither group wants to admit they have much in common. But they’re rebelling for the same reasons: namely the death of democracy and capitalism.

Because while some want you to believe that corporations and the über-wealthy calling the shots is the natural course of capitalism, it is not. Far from it. Continue reading

Obama Directive Makes Mere Citing of Snowden Leaks Punishable Offense

CommonDreams  May 9 2014

Once promising the most transparent administration in history, White House reins in free speech of employees ~ Jon Queally, staff writer

"The public needs to know the kinds of things a government does in its name, or the ‘consent of the governed’ is meaningless. . . The consent of the governed is not consent if it is not informed." - Edward SnowdenIn a new policy directive from the Obama administrative, national security and other government officials will no longer be allowed to publicly discuss or even reference news reporting that is based on “unauthorized leaks.”

President Obama once promised the American people that his administration would be the most transparent in history, but after years of fights with civil libertarians trying to obtain legal memos used to justify the president’s overseas assassination program, an unprecedented pattern of prosecuting government whistleblowers, the targeting of journalists, and all the secrecy and obfuscation related to the NSA’s mass surviellance programs made public by Edward Snowden, that claim is now met with near universal laughter, if not scorn, by critics.

According to the New York Times:

A new pre-publication review policy for the Office of Director of National Intelligence says the agency’s current and former employees and contractors may not cite news reports based on leaks in their speeches, opinion articles, books, term papers or other unofficial writings.

Such officials “must not use sourcing that comes from known leaks, or unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information,” it says. “The use of such information in a publication can confirm the validity of an unauthorized disclosure and cause further harm to national security.”

Failure to comply “may result in the imposition of civil and administrative penalties, and may result in the loss of security clearances and accesses,” it says.

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Stephen Lendman ~ Fact Checking Scoundrel Media Lies

SteveLendmansBlog May 1 2014

steveLendmanEdward Herman and David Peterson contributed an important chapter to a forthcoming cutting edge book on Ukraine.

It’s titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Watch for it. It’s coming soon. Amazon lists it.

Herman and Peterson explain Western propaganda “in overdrive,” saying:

“(D)eeply ingrained Cold War ideology remains in Western capitals and their political and intellectual culture.”

“It’s best understood as a dichotomous or binary system: One side is ‘good,’ the other side is ‘evil.’ “

“One side acts on behalf of universal values, the other acts out of narrow self-interests.”

“One side helps other countries and peoples to build democratic institutions and good governance, and supports the rights to self-determination, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of all countries -the other side as a matter of principle rejects these rights and strives for power and territorial expansion.”

Orwell explained his way saying: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

Bad guys ‘R us. Media scoundrels twist truth their way. Irresponsible Russia bashing persists daily. Big Lies repeat ad nauseam.

News, information and analysis people most need to know are systematically buried. Malicious daily propaganda substitutes.

Herman and Peterson pull no punches saying:

“The misrepresentations of the US media in dealing with the Ukraine crisis have been spectacular, reaching and perhaps surpassing their performance during the 50-year-long Cold War era, with the notion of ‘objectivity’ buried beneath a landslide of biased tone and word usage, rewritten or suppressed history, use of selective evidence, and double-standards.”

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Stephen Lendman ~ Post-Crimean Referendum Propaganda

SteveLendmansBlog March 18 2014

steveLendmanPrevious articles discussed intense anti-Russian propaganda. It raged up to Sunday’s referendum vote. On Monday, it continued.

The New York Times headlined “Global Crises Put Obama’s Strategy of Caution to the Test,” saying:

“(W)ith Russia poised to annex Crimea after Sunday’s referendum, with a mounting threat to the rest of Ukraine and with the carnage in Syria accelerating, Mr. Obama’s strategy is now under greater stress than at any time in his presidency.”

“Mr. Obama’s strategy” is his own making. He’s waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He replaced numerous independent governments with subservient Western ones.

Ukraine is his latest imperial trophy. A previous article said if he can keep it. The battle for Ukraine’s soul didn’t end. It continues. It just began. Perhaps years will pass to resolve it.

Obama’s Iranian intentions are uncertain. Nuclear talks continue without resolution. Rapprochement remains a convenient illusion unless or until proved otherwise. No evidence suggests longterm US hostility eased. Plenty indicates otherwise.

Obama elevated neo-Nazi putschists to power in Kiev. He backs lawless governance. He spurns democratic legitimacy.

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