Ken Burns' Vietnam - Let us now praise famous grunts

Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us. The Lord hath wrought great glory by them through his great power from the beginning. Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power, giving counsel by their understanding, and declaring prophecies.

- Ecclesiasticus 44:1-4

Ken Burns, Episode 10 - "This is the end, beautiful friend"

There were very few grunts on the ground by 1973, so the last episode of Mr. Burns "Grunts of Vietnam" series has to focus on the only place Americans were in the picture (although only slightly at risk): the fall of Saigon. We get 30 minutes on that event, with a lot of coverage of the Marine guards at the embassy.

1. The Fall of Saigon

Burns, Episode 2 - The Whitewash of the CIA continues

It is now apparent that Mr. Burns is completely minimizing the CIA's role in Viet Nam. That role was even more prominent in the years before the commitment of US troops in 1964. But you would never know it from Mr. Burns.

Here are four examples of that minimization:

1. Rufus Philips

CIA's new target--brain hacking, part 2, rationale

In Brain hacking, part 1, I pointed out some of the technology, with lots more technology to be discussed, so that you may see how close to reality this idea is. The technology exists and just needs refinement. Don't doubt for a moment that the CIA is working on it.

The core of part 1 is based upon mind-to-mind communication.

While Everyone Is Breathless about Russians . . .

. . . Wikileaks has brought forth the first of multiple installments of alleged CIA documents (which all have so far indicated look to be the real thing), detailing the ways that the U.S. is spying upon others and upon its own citizens.

Ground For A Peoples' Party? Speak Out

The reaction to the Trump inauguration and yesterday’s multiple protest rallies has been swift and plentiful. The most obvious conclusion for me was that the energy seen across this country can't be simply a "protest" against the POTUS. It obligates us to organize toward a Peoples' Party outside the two-party stranglehold.

A couple of comments on my experience of the weekend before part four of the discussion of the Trump Presidency.

A Look Back: Sept 11


As the U.S. News Media continues to program and reduce the American people into subservient, obedient, fearful, Military-loving, War-loving, flag-waving sheep (now also legally robbed of their civil liberties), over the 9/11 event -- it is important to have an Independent look back at ... just what we were told, who was protected, and how most of the public was completely duped.

I. What did not happen:

Open Thread - Friday, March 4, 2016

I got back from one of my not so uncommon hiatuses and C99 was a hopping. It was good to see the other virtual drifters, hobos and nerr do wells hopping onto the C99 train. I am the diarist formerly known as NCTim and I shall be your sporadic host this fine day.

For the uninitiated, I work pretty hard to keep my diaries content free. I like to let loose a stream of consciousness that is easier to follow if you are demented or inebriated.

Open Thread - Friday, January 8, 2016

The cacophony of the mind control mechanisms popularly known as the media is maddening. The news, the media and pop culture are all tools against the people. For some a distraction. Others are misinformed or easily manipulated. But do not doubt for a second it is all to control the reality.

The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know