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  1. 4 hours ago, Kim said:

    A war on home soil may just be what America needs to wake the fuck up. You, also, need to wake up.

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    This is the way the world ends.
    Not with a bang, but a whimper.


    These lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Hollow Men appear at the beginning of Nevil Shute’s novel On the Beach.

    Published in 1957 at the height of the Cold War when too many writers were silent or cowed, it is a masterpiece. At first the language suggests a genteel relic; yet nothing I have read on nuclear war is as unyielding in its warning. No book is more urgent. I read On the Beach for the first time the other day, finishing it as the U.S. Congress passed a law to wage economic war on Russia, the world’s second most lethal nuclear power. There was no justification for this insane vote, except the promise of plunder.

    The “sanctions” are aimed at Europe, too, mainly Germany, which depends on Russian natural gas and on European companies that do legitimate business with Russia. In what passed for debate on Capitol Hill, the more garrulous senators left no doubt that the embargo was designed to force Europe to import expensive American gas. Their main aim seems to be war – real war. No provocation as extreme can suggest anything else. They seem to crave it, even though Americans have little idea what war is. The Civil War of 1861-65 was the last on their mainland. War is what the United States does to others.

    The only nation to have used nuclear weapons against human beings, they have since destroyed scores of governments, many of them democracies, and laid to waste whole societies – the million deaths in Iraq were a fraction of the carnage in Indochina, which President Reagan called “a noble cause” and President Obama revised as the tragedy of an “exceptional people.” He was not referring to the Vietnamese.

    Filming last year at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, I overheard a National Parks Service guide lecturing a school party of young teenagers. “Listen up,” he said. “We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom.” At a stroke, the truth was inverted. No freedom was defended. Freedom was destroyed. A peasant country was invaded and millions of its people were killed, maimed, dispossessed, poisoned; 60,000 of the invaders took their own lives. Listen up, indeed.

    A lobotomy is performed on each generation. Facts are removed. History is excised and replaced by what Time magazine calls “an eternal present.” Harold Pinter described this as “manipulation of power worldwide, while masquerading as a force for universal good, a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis [which meant] that it never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.”

    Those who call themselves liberals or tendentiously “the left” are eager participants in this manipulation, and its brainwashing, which today revert to one name: Trump.
    Trump is mad, a fascist, a dupe of Russia. He is also a gift for “liberal brains pickled in the formaldehyde of identity politics,” wrote Luciana Bohne memorably. The obsession with Trump the man – not Trump as a symptom and caricature of an enduring system – beckons great danger for all of us.

    While they pursue their fossilized anti-Russia agendas, narcissistic media such as the Washington Post, the BBC and the Guardian suppress the essence of the most important political story of our time as they warmonger on a scale I cannot remember in my lifetime.

    Unlike every other Trump signing, this was conducted in virtual secrecy and attached with a caveat from Trump himself that it was “clearly unconstitutional.” On 3 Aug., in contrast to the acreage the Guardian has given to drivel that the Russians conspired with Trump (reminiscent of the far-right smearing of John Kennedy as a “Soviet agent”), the paper buried, on page 16, news that the President of the United States was forced to sign a Congressional bill declaring economic war on Russia.

    A coup against the man in the White House is under way. This is not because he is an odious human being, which he is, but because he has consistently made clear he does not want war with Russia.

    This glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to the “national security” managers who guard a system based on war, surveillance, armaments, threats and extreme capitalism. Martin Luther King called them “the greatest purveyors of violence in the world today.”

    They have encircled Russia and China with missiles and a nuclear arsenal. They have used neo-Nazis to install an unstable, aggressive regime on Russia’s “borderland” – the way through which Hitler invaded, causing the deaths of 27 million people. Their goal is to dismember the modern Russian Federation.
    In response, “partnership” is a word used incessantly by Vladimir Putin – anything, it seems, that might halt an evangelical drive to war in the United States. Incredulity in Russia may have now turned to fear and perhaps a certain resolution. The Russians almost certainly have war-gamed nuclear counter strikes. Air-raid drills are not uncommon. Their history tells them to get ready.

    The threat is simultaneous. Russia is first, China is next. The U.S. has just completed a huge military exercise with Australia known as Talisman Sabre. They rehearsed a blockade of the Malacca Straits and the South China Sea, through which pass China’s economic lifelines. The admiral commanding the U.S. Pacific fleet said that, “if required,” he would nuke China. That he would say such a thing publicly in the current perfidious atmosphere begins to make fact of Nevil Shute’s fiction.

    None of this is considered news. No connection is made as the bloodfest of Passchendaele a century ago is remembered. Honest reporting is no longer welcome in much of the media. Windbags, known as pundits, dominate: editors are infotainment or party-line managers. Where there was once sub-editing, there is the liberation of axe-grinding clichés. Those journalists who do not comply are defenestrated.

    At the height of the Cold War, the anti-communist hysteria in the United States was such that U.S. officials who were on official business in China were accused of treason and sacked. In 1957 – the year Shute wrote On the Beach – no official in the State Department could speak the language of the world’s most populous nation. Mandarin speakers were purged under strictures now echoed in the Congressional bill that has just passed, aimed at Russia.

    The bill was bipartisan. There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms “left” and “right” are meaningless.  Most of America’s modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats.

    When Obama left office, he presided over a record seven wars, including America’s longest war and an unprecedented campaign of extrajudicial killings – murder – by drones.
    In his last year, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study, Obama, the “reluctant liberal warrior,” dropped 26,171 bombs – three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Having pledged to help “rid the world” of nuclear weapons, the Nobel Peace Laureate built more nuclear warheads than any president since the Cold War.

    Trump is a wimp by comparison. It was Obama – with his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at his side – who destroyed Libya as a modern state and launched the human stampede to Europe. At home, immigration groups knew him as the “deporter-in-chief.” One of Obama’s last acts as president was to sign a bill that handed a record $618 billion to the Pentagon, reflecting the soaring ascendancy of fascist militarism in the governance of the United States. Trump has endorsed this.

    Buried in the detail was the establishment of a “Center for Information Analysis and Response.” This is a Ministry of Truth. It is tasked with providing an “official narrative of facts” that will prepare us for the real possibility of nuclear war – if we allow it.

    http://johnpilger.com/

    Thank you for the read. Another argument to illustrate that both sides are the establishment. Who is smarter? The dog or the tail? Who's wagging who? Meanwhile, the stock market is still going strong because the insiders know that there's profit to be made. And when it's time to get rid of the court jester (after these under the radar policies go into effect) then there will be profit to be made by shorting the market. 

    Meanwhile, let's keep feeding straw man arguments to the masses. 


  2. 1 hour ago, Kim said:

    Why are they so determined to ignite such right wing hatred in the English versions I wonder? Yet pretty civilised here?

    And yes, that's the SAME SUN that's telling voters in England that the evil SNP will do a deal with evil Corbyn and so better vote Tory while at the same time endorsing the SNP and slagging the evil Tories in Scotland!

    Is that how the Brexit campaign was covered? If so, I can see how the "yes" vote won. 


  3. 23 minutes ago, Kim said:

    Politically, she's a weird one. Doesn't say much about May, always going in on Trump (and playing to her audience) Dislikes the SNP which is fine as she's a Labour supporter, but very much New Labour who are very much anti-Corbyn. She actually is the elusive "Leftie Elite" that everyone goes on about and that have done so much damage to the REAL left wing, which is why we're all in this right wing hellhole.

    Being Labour, she should really be outraged by what's going on. Today's newspapers...

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    I  thought our press was bad but I have to hand it to the UK. Even FoxNews and MSNBC couldn't get away with this.


  4. On 3/27/2017 at 3:39 PM, pjcowley said:

    May someone one day soon enough cut the nuts off this despicable ugly piece of evil shit:

     

    I haven't checked this thread for ages because I'm bombarded by every media outlet out there with Trump Trump Trump... but I decided to check it out today and voila, I see this absolutely disgusting picture. Why is that still legal???


  5. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/22/europe/london-uk-parliament-incident-latest/index.html

    Eyewitness tells of shouts, gunfire

    Journalist Kevin Schofield told CNN's Wolf Blitzer what he had seen and heard as the apparent attack unfolded:

    "I heard a bang outside -- it sounded like a car crash. I looked out of the window and heard a lot of shouting, people running around.

    "I looked down to my left and saw a man force his way through a security gate. He went straight for a police officer and wrestled him to the ground. Another police officer walked towards him.

    "The man's arm was outstretched with I think it was a knife, then I heard a few rounds of gunfire.

    "Then it all got extremely panicked. I assume the armed police who surround Parliament day and night [took] him out."

    Shofield says MPs and peers are now being led out of parliament by police.


  6. 21 minutes ago, Nessie said:

    Can you imagine the pandemonium on the ground there?

    Now we have Syrian forces, Kurdish forces, ISIS forces, Turkish forces, US forces, Russian forces, a hell of armed forces, all over a piece of land of a sovereign state in the heart of the middle east.

    What could possibly go wrong? WWIII.

    The pandemonium there has been going on for years already.

    I'm not trying to downplay the seriousness of the issue, however, the connotation (not the book definition) of invading a country goes a bit beyond sending troops to aid in stopping a group that has illegally taken control of said country's land. Representatives from Russia, US and Turkey met two days ago before this happened and I haven't seen any condemnation from either country against this move from the US yet. 

    Things could go really wrong, of course. It is a big deal. My problem is with incendiary headlines that don't appropriately describe reality. Semantics aside, the US is not trying to take over Syria and overthrow its government. At least, not yet. 


  7. 12 hours ago, Raider of the lost Ark said:

    I repeat what I have said many times before. The media (the so called liberal media) needs to grow some balls. They need to kick out all the commentators and make news again. Report the facts, don't transport opinion. And most above all don't even try to be "fair and balanced" when the very media outlet that created that slogan is anything but. Don't give those right wing people a voice. All they do is to pivot and detract from the story. They don't want to support the story. Their intention is to devalue the story. Look back, how they got away with telling outright lies or alternate facts as they would like to call it now. For some reason the liberal media desperately tries to "convert" Trump supporters. They need to realize that at this point they are immune to facts, the are unwilling to accept facts. At this point from their perspective it cannot be true what is not supposed to be true. They wont even listen. So don't waste your time and energy to convince them. There will be a time, the time when certain issues will affect those Trump supporters personally or when the truth is just to bold to be ignored, they will come around eventually. News it not entertainment. Don't present it as such. Media shall not lower itself just because large parts of the population is no longer capable or interested in understanding news. They are a lost cause. Make quality reporting for those who appreciate it. Know your target group. Much of this has to do with marketing. There is a simple rule. If you try to reach all people, your message get lost. If you try to reach a certain group of people, your message gets heard. We may not like this situation because this is not about selling shoes or toothpaste. It is about important things and those should be heard by everyone. But times have changed, rules have changed. Therefore the media needs to adapt to those changes in the process. Time is on the side of those who tell the truth. It's the only way to prevail.

    Thank you! 


  8. 2 hours ago, Hector said:

    Yeah

     

    Trump wants to be seen as David to the mainstream media's Goliath. The more they pound on him, the more he will get the sympathy of his supporters. He's playing the media. If only they would just stop covering every little thing he does for a while and do some deep investigative journalism on the down low without all the speculations... THEN report it when there's actual proof (which we all can safely assume exists); this way he may loose some of his current power.

    The media feeds his power among his base constituents every time they cover him negatively, it feeds into his narrative of fighting the "big bad" media. 

    They must cover him, of course. But they should dial it down a bit. 

    The way they covered him throughout the campaign lost them a lot of credibility with the public and now he can apparently get away with this. 

    It's a brave new world.


  9. On 2/14/2017 at 5:08 AM, pjcowley said:

     

    If any of this is true then it goes to show that he is just a puppet, not to Russia, but to a certain Republican establishment that rules from the shadows. Once again, if true, they are using him to get their agenda through and then Trump will have his "et tu Brute?" moment. If this is indeed real, once he is out, things will continue to go on as they planned if the Democrats keep focusing all of their energy and anger at the man himself instead of trying to find out who these people in the shadows actually are. If so, you all may have to prepare for a Mike Pence second term. 

    :lmao:After reading that I have all of these conspiracy theories going in my head. 

    Saudi Arabia would LOVE for the US to pick a fight with Iran. Let's see what happens. 

    I actually feel bad for Donald. It's not like he can just say I don't want to do this anymore. And now his family will be hated for generations. Talk about "be careful of what you wish for..."

     

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