The Weekly Watch
Ninth Dimensional Distractions
American people are routinely misinformed, misled, and deceived by the lame stream media. It is no wonder that we are rushing head long toward extinction. The international media has displayed less interest in global warming and climate change throughout the last decade. For the most part, US citizens can barely keep their heads above water as they struggle with multiple jobs...or no job. Snippets of news are all people have to inform their world views.
July 3, 2017, to July 3, 2018, MSNBC dedicated zero segments to the US’s war in Yemen, but 455 segments to Stormy Daniels. … After all, Obama backed the war on Yemen—though not nearly as aggressively as Trump has—and it’s difficult to make a coherent left-wing, anti-war criticism when the current Republican in office is simply carrying out your guy’s policy, but on steroids.
https://fair.org/home/action-alert-its-been-over-a-year-since-msnbc-has-... And it isn't just US media...even in New Zealand people get the corporate spin. We face even more serious threats to independent media due to a spate of corporate censorship. Facebook and Twitter in conjunction with CIA staffed think tanks are taking down accounts of Iranians, Russians, and others they deem inappropriate. Even Telesur English was removed from Facebook for a few days until public outcry paved the way for their return https://mronline.org/2018/08/21/what-is-behind-facebook-deleting-telesur...
It's double the Max, double the fun...Keiser and Blumenthal talk about the role of a NATO and Gulf monarchy funded ‘think tank’ acting as censor for Facebook (in the second 15 min) following Max and Stacy discussing censorship in the digital public square.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMVv7cHVNyY (27 min)
Max Blumenthal and Abby Martin discuss the suppression of dissident voices on social media by Silicon Valley, at the behest of the US national security state. Facebook is partnering with the warmongering NATO-funded think tank the Atlantic Council, and leftist anti-imperialist pages like TeleSUR English and Venezuela Analysis are being taken down. Blumenthal and Martin also speak about the corporate media's propaganda on Venezuela and Nicaragua, and the lack of independent reporting on the violent US-backed right-wing opposition. (1.25 hour podcast)
Jimmy, Stef, and Ron take on Facebook censorship and media spin this week too.
They’re not covering the genocide in Yemen, but they’re covering Russia 24-7… they won’t cover Yemen. Why? Because we’re complicit. The United States military-industrial complex is helping commit genocide and war crimes inside of Yemen. We’re doing that. We’re doing … ‘siege warfare.’ Siege warfare is a war crime … where you cut off supplies to people … trying to starve them … keeping them from medical supplies. You’re keeping them from clean water. … We’re doing that.
Sadly it is getting worse...less than a day after Republicans in the United States Senate rejected a chance this week "to slam on the brakes and stop [America's] role in enabling the suffering in Yemen," at least 26 more children were slaughtered by a U.S.-backed Saudi-led bombing in the western part of the country.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Am7fJKb4_Y (2.5 min)
Caitlin addresses the recent Yemen exposure...
Perhaps it has always been bad...120 years ago Remington wrote to Hearst from Cuba “Everything is quiet. There is no trouble. There will be no war. I wish to return.” Hearst’s response was “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”...What has changed is that the media today does not directly furnish the war. They rely on those who most profit from it to create the war and today’s media simply serves as their propaganda arm.
We are imprisoned in a psychic cage of propaganda narratives. The billionaire-controlled mass media are the enemy of the people in the same way a cage is the enemy of a bird.
To bring the idealistic journalist in line with real public expectations, editors put pressure on media workers to compromise their professional ideals. The result is most often manipulated reports aimed at fitting the particular outlook of the particular media operation’s target audience. ...the brave will, more often than not, stand alone. That is what is happening in the case of Julian Assange. https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/23/julian-assange-and-the-fate-of-j...
Matt Taibbi warned: “The endgame here couldn’t be clearer. This is how authoritarian marriages begin, and people should be very worried.” ... the utility of the Russian “fake news” scandal is that it allows corporate media to tighten their grip over the means of communication. Under the guise of combating fake news, media organizations like Google, Bing, Facebook and YouTube have changed their algorithms. The effect has been to hammer progressive media outlets.
Google (which owns YouTube), Facebook (which owns Instagram), and Twitter have removed hundreds of Iranian social media accounts that have been accused — without any evidence — of being linked to the government in Tehran. These suspensions were based on a questionable, thinly sourced report by the American cybersecurity firm FireEye, which is led by former US military officers.
Instagram is in on the censorship too...https://therealnews.com/stories/instagram-the-next-social-media-platform... (video or text)
Jimmy and gang dissect CNN's Jake Tapper misleading report on medicare for all
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1jZNepTx80 (42 min)
They are forced to mislead citizens...because 70% of the people want medicare for all
The dominant U.S. commercial and corporate media are a means of mass consent-manufacturing indoctrination, diversion and dumbing down on behalf of the nation’s intertwined corporate, financial, imperial and professional-class “elites.” ...well worth a read -
Politics... circus act of the week
What the NYT calls “a culture of graft as well as corruption” that “suffused” the Trump campaign is part and parcel of a culture of politico-capitalist corruption that suffuses American electoral politics in general. Manafort, who has indeed been “a longtime lobbyist and political consultant,” is only one in a long, bipartisan line that “enrich [themselves] by working for some of the world’s most notorious thugs and autocrats.”
Have you heard of the Podestas? The Clinton Foundation? Besides, the economic purpose of American electoral politics is to funnel millions to consultants and the media. Campaign finance law violations? We’ll see how the lawsuit over $84 million worth of funds allegedly transferred illegally from state party contributions to the Clinton campaign works out. Does the media report, does anybody know or care, about it? Will anybody ever go to prison over it?
Is Sexual Hush Money a “Campaign Contribution”?
Jimmy, Ron, and Stef - Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort have been found guilty on some charges, but the whole Russia thing ain’t one!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLczQfuymMc (17 min)
Ex-CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou argues that given Brennan’s record and personal ambitions, he is not a trustworthy https://therealnews.com/stories/cia-whistleblower-john-brennan-is-out-fo... (9 min)
End Slavery in America!
The national prisoner strike that started on Tuesday and will last until Sept. 9. The list of 10 demands https://incarceratedworkers.org/campaigns/prison-strike-2018 formulated by the various inmate organizers is strategic and smart and, if achieved, could change American penological practices for the better.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKUIVvgIQ8o (3.5 min)
Gerald Horne's new book shines a light on the relationship of capitalism and slavery
Lee Camp explains the US prison state
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGyjbRUL4lg (6 min)
It's the Economy, Stupid!
The world-renowned political economist Samir Amin passed away on the 12th of August at age 86. He left behind a radical legacy that profoundly influenced the globe ...
SAMIR AMIN: Capitalism has become the dictatorship of oligarchies in the United States, in Europe, in Japan. The demonstration in New York, we are the 99 percent, is correct. One percent is controlling everything in the U.S., and even less than one percent in the number of people. Now, so that means that it’s the end of democracy. Democracy has become a farce. Electoral democracy leads nowhere, because if any majority would be against the dictatorship of the oligarchy, they are annihilated immediately, and compelled to adjust.
The rigging of the world economy with Nomi Prins and Chris Hedges
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DpuhSeVzn0 (25 min)
Turkey's debt crisis
EU working on a new currency exchange in order to maintain the Iranian deal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-qfyL9FbYM (8.5 min)
The collapse of empire - a conversation with Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader (1 hour podcast)
“I don’t think the collapse of empire is necessarily a negative. At this point, empire has become a deeply destructive force not only for our own country but globally. We see with endless warfare – seventeen years of warfare now in he Middle East – the inability of the corporate state to deal in a rational way with climate change or restrict or control the financial institutions that have become completely predatory and have already reconfigured the United States into an oligarchy, where it becomes impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs or Citibank or Raytheon or any of these other large corporations.” Chris Hedges
Carbon and warming are on the increase
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM7adJ0fV0I (2 min)
Hawaii is experiencing it's strongest hurricane on record
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrtSLWF9fC0 (3 min)
Larry Goldzband (Bay Area Conservation), Jim White (INSTAAR), Tiffany Troxler (Florida International University), and citizen scientists discuss sea level rise today and for the future. We're planning for 4-7 feet (+2 meters) of sea level rise by the end of the century, which is about twice as much as was projected just some years ago.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Radz9ovJZzE (4.5 min)
Check out magiamma's Thursday OT "Hot Air" for more about climate -
Will public schools survive in the US?
DeVos’s greatest contribution to corruption has been in the higher education sector.
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, in a speech last year, gave a strong hint at his views on taxpayer support for religious schools when he praised his “first judicial hero,” Justice William Rehnquist, for determining that the strict wall between church and state “was wrong as a matter of law and history.”
The City Fund, whose formation was announced late last month, has already amassed over $200 million and a well-connected staff, making it poised to influence education policy in cities across the country. https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/08/21/city-fund-presentation/
The answer maybe to sue the state.
Lee Camp plays the game of US backed violent coups
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwG4_hfDSNM (1st 12 min)
How the US press misleads us about Central America (and the rest of the world.)
Mary Ellsberg of George Washington University and Max Blumenthal debate the story in Nicaragua
Why imprison Lula?
There was a lot of social and economic progress under the Worker’s Party; first Lula’s eight years from 2002-2010, and all the way to 2014. During that period you had a reduction in poverty of 55 percent. Extreme poverty was reduced by 65 percent. You had unemployment, of course, went down to record lows of 4.9 percent. And you had a reduction in inequality. Wages grew. For the first time in years wages grew by- real wages, adjusted for inflation, grew by 35 percent. The minimum wage grew by 76 percent, in real terms. And the traditional elite of Brazil never really accepted that.
...even if the government were to come up with a complete best possible plan for stabilization from hyperinflation here, the Trump financial embargo would still make it very, very difficult or impossible to implement that. And that’s because, you know, they wouldn’t be able to restructure the debt. They wouldn’t be able to borrow to just get some reserves, increase their reserves. They wouldn’t be able to necessarily increase oil production.
How the media colludes in smearing other countries...
Israel's aggression against the Palestinians isn't making the news...
I think those boys were playing football on the beach. And in the middle of the day, broad daylight. And suddenly there was an explosion, and one of these boys is killed. And I think that you or I, anyone who had a normal childhood, who would experience a situation like this might be frozen in terror. But these boys they already grew up under military Israeli occupation in the besieged Gaza Strip. They knew what missiles are, and they knew that they had to run for cover. And they responded immediately in a way that normal children would probably not respond. But nevertheless, the Israeli drone operators have chased them with a camera. And just before they were able to reach cover and leave the open beach area they shot another missile which exploded, killed three more boys, and injured four others.
Up until now it was believed that these two missiles were actually artillery shells fired from an Israeli warship, or warboat, patrolling the coast of Gaza, possibly because the attacks seemed to have come from the direction of the sea, and it was on the beach. But now thanks to the Intercept report by Robert Mackey, we know that it was actually an armed drone.
Caitlin gives some good advice in this piece...
Why wait until this world ends for better or for worse? Why not end your own world of painted lanes and beating drums right now? Stop marching inside their lines to the beat of their drum. Stop relating to life using dead ideas you were handed by other people for the convenience of the powerful. Start dancing your own dance in your own way.
So we are constantly misdirected by corporate media. As with fossil fuels, it is time to get off the corporate bandwagon. We must reject the main line narrative and dive more deeply through their nine dimensional deceptions to begin to get toward a more honest appraisal of our country and culture. America is great...the greatest polluter, imprisoner, weapons manufacturer and distributor, warmonger, coup creator, and resource extractor. Great....really great...