Friday, September 29, 2017

The War on Fake News by Anthony Freda

 
Fake News by Anthony Freda


As it becomes increasingly clear that yesterday’s conspiracy theories are today’s real news, the call to kill the messengers just gets more shrill and hysterical. 

The attacks on free speech with high-tech censorship campaigns and old-fashioned hit pieces in the "War on Fake News" are massive and concerted. 

The book burners are starting so many fires it’s impossible to stamp them all out. 

What are the horrible thought crimes committed by the alternative press? 

The new media has consistently exposed the lies and crimes of our corrupt and broken institutions. 

Pioneers of alt media have passionately and convincingly made the case that The Patriot Act literally reversed the gains to human liberty codified in The Bill of Rights. 

Independent media dismantled the lies that were presented as the pretexts to the invasion of Iraq. The same lies aggressively promoted by Bush, Hillary Clinton, CNN and The New York Times and that resulted in the death of a million people and global chaos. By contrast, how many people have died as a result of alternative media reports? The answer is zero.

The independent press interviewed NSA whistleblowers who accurately described how the U.S. government was illegally spying on its citizens and retaining our data, and how these whistleblowers were being persecuted by their own government for coming forward and refusing to break the law.

This was years before anyone heard of Edward Snowden. 

Amazingly, there was very little interest in these bombshell allegations in the mainstream press. 

It’s hard to believe now, but in those days, people who claimed the government was surveilling innocent citizens were dismissed as paranoid by the self-proclaimed arbiters of truth at the NYT and CNN. 

Grassroots media detailed a decade ago how police forces all over America were becoming militarized and predicted that this dangerous trend would lead to racially charged conflict on the streets of the nation. What kooks! 

We have also railed against; torture, needless wars, police brutality, government corruption, the two-party duopoly, the criminality of the banksters and the end of privacy. 

Now the very same mainstream media hacks who promoted the lies that lead to war in Iraq and Syria and mindlessly regurgitate whichever talking point is uploaded onto their teleprompter are gleefully assassinating what they call "fake news" using edited tape and misleading hit-pieces. 

While these discredited war cheerleaders lie about why our sons and daughters are sent to die, we are bravely exposing the fraudulent casus belli they traitorously and disgracefully promote. 

While these corporate spokespeople work for the interests of the oil and drug companies and political forces that pay their salaries, we risk everything to expose the crimes and scams of these same broken institutions. 

We have done a great public service by exposing the deceptive, psychological methods used by the ruling elite to warp historical narratives, manipulate patriotism and manufacture consent.

By helping people to recognize and suspend their belief in propaganda and therefore their own complicity in it, the alternative media is helping to create a public awareness to the tactics our enemies use to keep us divided, steal our rights and slaughter countless innocents all over the world. 

I know it’s fun and easy to call us tin-foil-hat wearers, or whatever pejorative has been chosen for you today, but let’s be clear about whose dirty work some are doing. Ironically, many are using talking-points written by deep-state operatives to ridicule the idea that the deep-state exists at all!! 

Alternative media is in direct competition with the mainstream media for revenue and the MSM want to control the information we are exposed to.

The MSM are waging a concerted demonization campaign aimed at destroying some of the dominant platforms exposing the lies and crimes of their corporate and deep-state masters and many are helping them do it. 

The MSM is an enemy of the truth and of the people. Friends of mine have been accused of being Russian agents in The NYT because they simply told the truth about Clinton during the campaign. 

The corporate press has gone from lying to the American people to lying about the American people.

Do we have the will and power to destroy our common enemy?      

Anthony Freda
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Football Wars by Anthony Freda

Football Wars
by 
Anthony Freda

How appropriate it is that the culture war is being fought on the ritual battlefields of the football stadiums.

People seem to care more about ritualized warfare than they do about actual wars being fought with our money and our children's lives.
 
Shallow and hollow patriotism is on full-throated display in NFL spectacles. They are the new Roman games designed to reflect the glory of the Empire.
 
U.S. military might has always been projected onto the faux warriors of the football circuses, and dissent was never even considered to be possible.
 
How can you play football and question America at the same time? 
 
The ideals that guide our policy are to be reenforced in the games and not challenged.
 
The tradition of standing with your hand on your heart as the National Anthem is played before every game is proof that these are Imperial games and not private sporting events.
 
The concussion-inducing combat on field is wildly cheered on even as the wounded are carried out on stretchers.
 
Fans entering stadiums are subjected to humiliating TSA style searches and military jets routinely do fly-overs during halftime while jingoistic spectacles are performed on the field.
 
All of this is designed as an affirmation of the moral legitimacy of the police state and endless war.
 
Are you ready to play some football? This game is going to get rough.
 
 
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Actors and other Useful Idiots for Empire by Cindy Sheehan



In 2005 while I was roasting for peace under the hot Texas sun at Camp Casey in Crawford, Tx, Rob Reiner sent his wife Michelle and a crew there to film a commercial with me.

Before the end of 2005, a lot of the people/groups who supported our antiwar effort kicked us to the curb when they figured out we really were against war and not just against Bush's wars. 

The Reiners were among the ones that I discovered didn't so much care about the wars, but cared more about getting Demo-quacks elected.

Soon after Camp Casey temporarily shut-down that summer, I was invited to the Reiner's house to have a meeting. I was never the kind of person who got all twittery over so-called celebrities, but if the Reiners could help our cause, I was anxious to further our collaboration.

Rob Reiner and his team had already offered to do the paperwork and pay for getting Gold Star Families for Peace (my organization at the time) non-profit (501c3) status which we gratefully accepted.

Anyway, at the meeting (which included billionaire, Demo-quack funder, Steve Bing), after the niceties were over, both Steve and Rob got down to the real brass-tacks of the meeting.  They wanted me to throw my influence (which was then pretty considerable) behind the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Bing looked me in the eye, with a serious face and said, "Mrs. Clinton is our only hope."

I gasped and averred how she had not only voted to support the very war that killed my son, but was the Bush regime's Demo-quack cover for war propaganda. Then Steve said this with a straight-face and no sense of how hurtful this statement could be to a mother whose oldest child was killed for these lies, "Mrs. Clinton is really against the wars and she will come out against them when it is politically expedient for her to do so." What?! People are still dying in Iraq and Afghanistan (and elsewhere) and how can mothers like me even understand a little about "political expediency" when our hearts are ripped out of our chests? Not just for one day, but for the rest of our lives.

The meeting didn't end really well, but I thanked them for their help and still refused to support Clinton for anything. When I wrote an article a couple of months later about how the antiwar movement should NOT support Clinton that was posted at Huffington Post, the attack dog of the Reiners called my sister and told her that they were pulling all support from me and Gold Star Families for Peace. In fact, Dede and CODEPINK, L.A. were protesting at a fundraiser for Clinton when Rob and Michelle pulled up and gave them the middle-finger.

The above is recounted for background on why the motives and credibility of Reiner should be viewed with suspicion. 

The Meathead goes full-Archie Bunker and Produces Tripe

Enter this week's outrage from Rob Reiner: A video (below) he made with Morgan Freeman as the "star," which is a complete, unabashed, total piece of lying propaganda against Vladimir Putin and Russia 

Interestingly enough, this video was posted about the same time that 41 Demo-quack US senators voted to give the regime tens of billions of dollars more in Pentagon funding: almost 700 billion. This amount is three times more than China spends and TEN times more than Russia spends on so-called defense.

Of course, Rob Reiner could use his considerable wealth and influence to talk about something real like election fraud, but, since the DNC and Clinton campaign stole the 2016 primaries from Bernie Sanders, that wouldn't be productive for doing what is his life work, getting his only "hope," in the Oval Office. 

The tens of thousands of people in Libya murdered by Clinton and Obama matter not to Reiner; the ongoing slaughters in Iraq and Afghanistan are not even in his remote consciousness. Rather, blaming Russia and Putin for the loss of one of the most (rightly) unpopular politicians in US history and fomenting for more war is what he wants to join with other neocons like David Frum and Max Boot, to do.

Besides the treacherous motivations behind this piece of rotting tripe, there is actually not one shred of proof that Russia had anything to do with Clinton's loss. I know she and her lackeys would like to blame everything from Putin to bad weather, but putting out a video like this is like playing with nuclear winter.

Other neoliberal/neoconservative idiots say, "Russia hacked" like it acceptable wisdom. "Russia hacked and in other news, water is wet." 

Reiner, Freeman, and their ilk are not only liars, but they are dangerous propagandists approaching the level of a Riefenstahl. 

Reiner and other useful idiots for Empire have formed a group called, "Committee to Investigate Russia," to, “help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy." Besides the fact that the USA has never been a democracy, and even if it were, elections here with one War Party under Wall Street have been compromised and invalid for decades, not just since his Grating Hope got creamed by a carnival huckster.

I challenge this "committee" to produce any hard evidence for their malignant horseshit. 


 Unpacking the Horseshit: Clump by Clump

Face it, Morgan Freeman's voice does have a nice, authoritative kind of benevolent principal tone to it, but in Reiner's irresponsible piece of doggerel, he uses it to unashamedly promote fearmongering.

We have been attacked

We are at war

That's how we begin.

From what I have been able to glean, the powers that be in Russia are treating this like an infantile joke, which on the surface it is. 

However, the video obviously was made to sink us back into the lowest depths of the McCarthy witch hunts and HUAC hysteria and as a Cold War Kid, "I don't find this stuff amusing anymore," (Paul Simon, Graceland).

I don't appreciate being dragged back into a time when I was abused into believing the the Soviet Union was the most evil entity on earth and as I study about the Bolshevik Revolution (Slogan: Peace Bread Land) on this 100th anniversary, I resent these Hollywood elites' participation in this skewed "history."

But, of course, the US is "at war," and the US has been at war for all but about two dozen years of its existence.

He (Putin) Uses Cyberwarfare to Attack Democracies

After going on with the video's undocumented "Putin for Dummies," (truly, one has to be a Dummy to believe any of this) we "learn" how this "KGB" agent uses his trickster wiles to "attack democracies around the world." We don't know which democracies Russia has "attacked" because this is a commercial to sell the commodity of fear, not a fact-based narrative.

Hmmm....The CIA was formed to be a bad actor on the world stage and here is a list of the Democracies the US has attacked and overthrown just since World War II:


Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

By William Blum – Published February 2013
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)
Original Post
  • China 1949 to early 1960s
  • Albania 1949-53
  • East Germany 1950s
  • Iran 1953 *
  • Guatemala 1954 *
  • Costa Rica mid-1950s
  • Syria 1956-7
  • Egypt 1957
  • Indonesia 1957-8
  • British Guiana 1953-64 *
  • Iraq 1963 *
  • North Vietnam 1945-73
  • Cambodia 1955-70 *
  • Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
  • Ecuador 1960-63 *
  • Congo 1960 *
  • France 1965
  • Brazil 1962-64 *
  • Dominican Republic 1963 *
  • Cuba 1959 to present
  • Bolivia 1964 *
  • Indonesia 1965 *
  • Ghana 1966 *
  • Chile 1964-73 *
  • Greece 1967 *
  • Costa Rica 1970-71
  • Bolivia 1971 *
  • Australia 1973-75 *
  • Angola 1975, 1980s
  • Zaire 1975
  • Portugal 1974-76 *
  • Jamaica 1976-80 *
  • Seychelles 1979-81
  • Chad 1981-82 *
  • Grenada 1983 *
  • South Yemen 1982-84
  • Suriname 1982-84
  • Fiji 1987 *
  • Libya 1980s
  • Nicaragua 1981-90 *
  • Panama 1989 *
  • Bulgaria 1990 *
  • Albania 1991 *
  • Iraq 1991
  • Afghanistan 1980s *
  • Somalia 1993
  • Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
  • Ecuador 2000 *
  • Afghanistan 2001 *
  • Venezuela 2002 *
  • Iraq 2003 *
  • Haiti 2004 *
  • Somalia 2007 to present
  • Honduras 2009
  • Libya 2011 *
  • Syria 2012
  • Ukraine 2014 *
  • Syria
He (Putin) Convinces people in democratic societies to 
distrust their media

Do I even have to go there? Reiner and Freeman and the other neocons and Useful Idiots for Empire are aware that all the worldwide "mainstream" media are owned by a handful of very powerful people and entities and if we don't "distrust" our media, then we are the foolish ones.
It has been proven, just in the Iraq War that killed my son, that outlets like MSNBCia used paid Pentagon shills to sell that war to a seemingly gullible American population. The White House had a group to make up crap like, "Mushroom Clouds," that Hillary Clinton participated in. Garbage in, garbage out.

Morgan then sits behind a desk in what looks to be a bomb shelter and calls on Donald Trump to use the resources of the USG to determine "how this happened." As far as I can tell, it has not even been determined "if" it happened. Let's not skip any steps here. 

For 241 years, our democracy has been a shining example of what we can all aspire to

To me, this is the most dangerous and irresponsible lie of the entire video and I don't know how a black man can even utter those words without vomiting, because they make be throw up a little in my own mouth. Morgan Freeman is a sellout to the struggle for black emancipation and the struggle for people under the terrible yoke of US occupation and oppression around the world. 

The USA was one of the the last "democracies" to (allegedly) abandon slavery, and it took the lives of almost 700,000, mostly poor working-class young men, to do it. I say "allegedly," because if anyone thinks slavery has been abolished in the USA, I suggest you watch "13th," a most enlightening Netflix documentary on how the 13th Amendment to the US constitution just transferred slavery to the prison systems.

Like I pointed out above, the founders of the US didn't frame our government as a democracy and most of the founders owned black slaves that were stolen from their continent and forced to perform labor in this "shining example;" the "shining example" that also committed genocide on its native population and has worked overtime to overthrow many democracies---true democracies; not just the feeble representation of democracy propagated by this horseshit.

Paul Robeson was a black man who realized how oppressed his people were and how that oppression connected to the liberation and anti-colonial struggles around the world. He paid a price for his courage and integrity, saying, among other things "why should the Negroes fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you they will never fight against the Soviet Union, or the peoples' democracies."

More than Reiner, who is just a tool for the demented Clinton wing of the Demo-quack party, Freeman should be ashamed of himself. I am sure Malcolm X would define him as a "house negro" always looking out for the interests and well-being of the master and not the enslaved masses.

And we owe it to the brave people who have fought and died to protect this great nation and save democracy

This bold declaration of exceptionalist horseshit is posted over young American troops being sent to slaughter and I know my son didn't die to "protect" this "great" nation or save democracy. Like every single troop sacrificed before and after him, he was a victim to capitalism and imperialism. 

It can be, and has been argued rather convincingly that the United States have never waged a war to "save democracy," and the Soviet Union bore the brunt of Nazi savagery in World War II, yet was the first to liberate the death camps.

Reiner, et al., are enemies of truth;

They are enemies of peace;

They are enemies of true democracy;

They should be exposed and shamed.


Watch the Horseshit Here:
(If you must)

 

Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
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Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies. Paul Robeson
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Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
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Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/paul_robeson
Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

President Business, Lord White Supremacy, the Reigning Patriarch of Global Murder and Mayhem, the Eugenicist Chief and Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Kleptocracy Donald J. Trump addresses the World or: Did He Really Just Call a Head of State “Rocket Man?”

GUEST POST BY
MATT SEDILLO


The Southwest Political Report

President Business, Lord White Supremacy, the Reigning Patriarch of Global Murder and Mayhem, the Eugenicist Chief and Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Kleptocracy Donald J. Trump addresses the World or: Did He Really Just Call a Head of State “Rocket Man?”
By: Matt Sedillo

“We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government, but we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.”- Donald Trump

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”- Also Donald Trump

The Imperial Overlord in Chief’s reign of absurdist terror,  knows no bounds. It has no end in sight. This disgusting megalomaniac, this free association hatemonger has threatened to obliterate a member state of the UN on the floor of the UN. The President of the United States on the floor of the UN literally said that if North Korea did not comply with the US demands that “we will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.” Later in his speech he referred to Hezbollah and others as “loser terrorists.” He spoke of all kinds of threats and enemies to global peace and the burden taken on by the US military to keep the peace. He never once mentioned that the US is the only country to ever use nuclear weaponry, or that in this very year, he himself unloaded the “mother of all bombs” upon Afghanistan for no discernible reason. The war crimes of the US and its junior partners are invisible. The defensive measures that other nations take against imperial slaughter are seen as “rogue.”

Trump also went on an anti communist rant, “We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela. The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.” It is interesting that Trump has singled out Venezuela as particularly undemocratic given how many national referendums the country of Venezuela has. The United States has never had a national referendum. Here we simply vote for “our betters” and let them handle it. Also it is strange for the US with its inherently undemocratic electoral college to lecture anyone about democracy. Maduro like many world leaders has pointed out that Trump lost by 3 million votes. Only in the US do we just accept the idea that someone could lose by 3 million votes and be president because uh, “those are the rules” or something.

Between threat and insult Trump blathered on about the sacrosanct nature of the nation state as free and sovereign. He vowed at this international gathering to “always put America first.”  He described the various nation states of the world as “diverse.” He spoke of respect for other nations and people’s despite in the very same speech having threatened to destroy a nation.

Donald Trump is the latest in a succession of 45 consecutive imperial presidencies. He is not unique in hypocrisy, he is not unique in the menace he threatens to impose upon the world. His targets are not unique. In Donald Trump’s first imperial screed he went on to threaten and besmirch Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, North Korea and various other usual suspects of US aggression.  What is unique about him in the post World War II period is the level personal insult and ridicule. If the UN had any kind of actual standing in the world outside of simply serving as a quasi business conference for the imperial nations then Trump’s boyish antics would finally see the US 86’d for its long patterns of abuse to its fellow members.

Donald Trump is a pathetic loser and is roughly the physical manifestation of the US empire in its current form.

During his performance art presidential act before the world Trump speaking to the foundations of the UN puzzlingly stated

“Those three beautiful pillars, they are pillars of peace, sovereignty, security and prosperity.”

What does it matter that Donald Trump cannot count? Neither can America. The US is a country where a man can lose by 3 million votes and still get to be president. Donald Trump is America. America is Donald Trump. The disgrace is not his alone.
Trump is a fascist. Karl Marx once said “History repeats itself first as tragedy and second as farce.” Donald Trump is a farcicalist. 

Sadly the world may not survive this sick cruel joke. The nuclear codes are in the hands of a eugenicist. Sad.

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Neocons and Meatheads Want WW3 by Anthony Freda

Morgan Freeman appears in a PSA video that hysterically and without a shred of actual evidence, claims we are "at war with Russia" due to allegations of meddling in U.S. presidential election.


This conspiracy theory has been widely discredited, but facts have no hope of tempering the Russophobic blood lust of the Neo-McCarthyities.


The Kremlin reacted to the video by asserting that the actor Morgan Freeman is suffering from “stress”.

The two minute clip features Freeman announcing that Russia attacked the United States by interfering in the presidential election. Apparently, this imaginary attack is their moral pretext to start World War 3.

The group behind the video, the Committee to Investigate Russia, claims to be “non-partisan” yet is made up of Never Trump neo-cons like Max Boot and David Frum in an unholy alliance with Hillary Clinton lapdogs like Rob "Meathead" Reiner.

Is CIR really a CIA front group? 
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Freeman’s words were “purely emotional” during a press conference conference earlier today and that the video couldn’t be taken seriously because it was “not based on real information”.

“Many creative people fall prey to emotional stress without real information about the real state of things,” he was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
Peskov added that the campaign was ” a continuation of a form of McCarthyism,” and that “with time this will pass.”

We clearly are not actually at war with Russia in the real world, but is this the sick fantasy these lunatics want to make a self-fullfilling prophecy?

Do they actually prefer thermonuclear war to detente?



Anthony Freda

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Venezuela and ALBA Weekly 9.15.2017 Venezuela's New Economic Measures and Aid for Hurricane Hit Countries

        Alliance for Global Justice
September 15, 2017
This weekly email contains a few useful articles on Venezuela and ALBA Countries that contain bite-sized dose of the truth so that you can fight the disinformation in your own community, that so much of the media, including alternative media are putting out. 
 
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