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Posted: Jan 29, 2019 - 3:01pm

The Empire’s Propagandists
With most media attention in the US on the government shutdown and border wall stand-off spectacle, the Trump administration has been quietly ramping up US militarism around the world. And it has set its sights on Venezuela, once again, by supporting a coup. Whether or not one supports the policies of Maduro or any other leader is inconsequential in this regard because, despite the empty mythos, the American Empire has never been interested in defending democracy. After all, its list of allies include fascist strongholds, a murderous medieval kingdom, a ruthless apartheid regime and several compliant, neoliberal states.

The ruling class of the US imperium will simply not tolerate any government that opposes its financial and geopolitical dominance, attempts socialism, or transfers its nexus to another powerful state entity, like Russia or China for instance. If one chooses to do so it is instantly targeted for assault either by crippling economic sanctions or embargoes, which make governance nearly impossible and primarily harms the general population, or covert subversion, or by direct and indirect military intervention. And the corporate media, when it chooses to cover these issues, generally parrots State Department and Pentagon talking points and obfuscations about the intentions of the US government, the role of corporations and global capitalism, and the character of the governments the US happens to be opposing at the time. And all of this is done with virtually no historical analysis. But of course none of this is new.

Whether it was for Reagan in Grenada or Bush Sr. in Panama or Kuwait, or Clinton in the Balkans, the American mainstream media has dutifully peddled the lies of Washington. The media cycle was drenched in the lies of the Bush administration about “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq. Despite Iraq having absolutely nothing to do with the attacks on 9/11, the corporate media did little to underscore this fact at a time when the Empire was ratcheting up the war machine. Those who questioned it often lost their jobs or were marginalized. Now that this foray resulted in the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of civilians, mass migration, and the decimation of an entire region many in the media and some politicians have looked back with selective remorse. As if that helps the dead in any way.

The corporate media came to the aid of the Obama administration when it targeted Libya, repeating stories, many unsubstantiated, about atrocities being carried out by the Gaddafi government. When Gaddafi himself was brutally murdered by a mob his death was talked about in the parlance of empire. “We came, we saw, he died,” Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, maniacally proclaimed in a television interview. And the media barely lifted an eyebrow of shock. On the contrary, they laughed and applauded it. Now that country, once one of the most prosperous in Africa, has become a haven for slave traders and a focal point for the migration crisis in Europe. But one would be hard pressed to find many big news stories once the US/NATO war machine has finished bombing their intended target. All the monumental failures and brutality of militarism should rationally signal its end, not only in the US but everywhere. The interests of capital, however, drive its continued expansion. And the corporate media has been its ever faithful mouthpiece. (...)

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Posted: May 18, 2018 - 10:35am

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Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 12:25pm

 rhahl wrote:
https://www.alibris.com/booksearch?keyword=finks%2C+how+how+the+cia+tricked&mtype=B&hs.x=0&hs.y=0
 
It turns out that William F. Buckley, Jr. was a life-long cia agent. His mission was to sneer at effective speakers of the left, especially on television.


  A quick google revealed WFB Jr. served in the CIA for only a couple years. Would not be surprised if you're right about his mission though.

There was a William Francis Buckley, unrelated, who served in the CIA for a number of years, and was executed by Hezbollah in 1985.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 4:16am

https://www.alibris.com/booksearch?keyword=finks%2C+how+how+the+cia+tricked&mtype=B&hs.x=0&hs.y=0
 
It turns out that William F. Buckley, Jr. was a life-long cia agent. His mission was to sneer at effective speakers of the left, especially on television.

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Posted: Jul 8, 2017 - 2:27am

Read the CIA’s 1951 listicle comparing U.S and Soviet Propaganda
Agency memo found 33 similarities between Voice of America and its USSR counterparts

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Posted: Mar 2, 2017 - 9:23am

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This has always been one of the most misguided notions ever put forth. Does anyone really think it has to do with a certain "generation", as if those born after the early 1960s are not consuming just as the "boomers" are? Is there something inherent in people born from 1943-1960 or 1945-1964 that causes them "to consume at someone else’s expense"? Did they get a special gene or something that no one else was ever born with?

What about those of earlier generations, like say, the Romans, or the slave owners in the U.S. south, or those that drove the beaver and buffalo to near extinction in North America and slaughtered Native Americans to do so? The examples are nearly endless.

I'd argue that if you took any generation and put them in the conditions of post-WW II U.S. (barring niche groups like the Puritans/Calvinists) they'd have done much the same as the baby boomers. The "overriding imperative" is human greed and selfishness given the opportunities, not a sample of people born in the span of 15-20 years.

 
Well of course, there is nothing "special" about the genetic makeup of boomers that makes them more selfish than other generations.  What is special is the environment they grew up in and how that impacted their approach to consumption/debt.  Arguably, even the ethos of the hippies, breaking down rules, norms and even manners which kept people in line, contributed.   Relative to the environment of the "greatest generation" who went through the depression and WW, it's easy to see why they were conservative.  And for the subsequent generations, arguably they are even worse...which begs the question: " How are we ever going to get out from under this mountain of public and private debt?"


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Posted: Mar 2, 2017 - 8:51am

 black321 wrote:

Thought this comment summed it:  "A giant generation of boomers can and does, and their overriding imperative is to consume at someone else’s expense. To say they succeeded is to understate."

 



 
This has always been one of the most misguided notions ever put forth. Does anyone really think it has to do with a certain "generation", as if those born after the early 1960s are not consuming just as the "boomers" are? Is there something inherent in people born from 1943-1960 or 1945-1964 that causes them "to consume at someone else’s expense"? Did they get a special gene or something that no one else was ever born with?

What about those of earlier generations, like say, the Romans, or the slave owners in the U.S. south, or those that drove the beaver and buffalo to near extinction in North America and slaughtered Native Americans to do so? The examples are nearly endless.

I'd argue that if you took any generation and put them in the conditions of post-WW II U.S. (barring niche groups like the Puritans/Calvinists) they'd have done much the same as the baby boomers. The "overriding imperative" is human greed and selfishness given the opportunities, not a sample of people born in the span of 15-20 years.


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Posted: Mar 2, 2017 - 6:21am

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I read that article a few days ago and I thought it was interesting in the way it was written.
I suppose you could take anything historical and weave a narrative around it.
Us baby boomers have heard about ourselves so much that I do think that some of us belive we are special after all.
(sorta like Jerry Seinfeld once said, "my mother was right, I am special")
From my viewpoint from this little plot of Earth that I occupy I have alway thought that baby boomers are the luckiest generation in history,
If you were born in the USA after WWII all you had to do was try and you'd be alright
the other thing, boomer's children are spoiled rotten brats due to their parents

as far as how they "destroyed everything", well not everything but we have been on a free ride from the government if you look at the spending 
Our parents went by the code if you can't afford it you can't have it, not us baby it's party time 

 

Thought this comment summed it:  "A giant generation of boomers can and does, and their overriding imperative is to consume at someone else’s expense. To say they succeeded is to understate."

 


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Posted: Mar 1, 2017 - 3:23pm

 black321 wrote: 
I read that article a few days ago and I thought it was interesting in the way it was written.
I suppose you could take anything historical and weave a narrative around it.
Us baby boomers have heard about ourselves so much that I do think that some of us belive we are special after all.
(sorta like Jerry Seinfeld once said, "my mother was right, I am special")
From my viewpoint from this little plot of Earth that I occupy I have alway thought that baby boomers are the luckiest generation in history,
If you were born in the USA after WWII all you had to do was try and you'd be alright
the other thing, boomer's children are spoiled rotten brats due to their parents

as far as how they "destroyed everything", well not everything but we have been on a free ride from the government if you look at the spending 
Our parents went by the code if you can't afford it you can't have it, not us baby it's party time 


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Posted: Mar 1, 2017 - 2:23pm

(figure this thread is as good as any to post this)

How the baby boomers destroyed everything


https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2017/02/26/how-baby-boomers-destroyed-everything/lVB9eG5mATw3wxo6XmDZFL/story.html?p1=Article_Trending_Most_Viewed


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Posted: Mar 1, 2017 - 11:34am

(...) The reaction to last night’s Owens moment was fascinating because the widespread media contempt for Trump clashed with their instinctive veneration of all matters relating to U.S. war; in most cases, the latter triumphed. But more interesting than that is what this ritual reveals about how Americans are taught to think about war and the reasons it is so easy for the political class – no matter the outcome of elections or what polling data tells us or how many people senselessly die – to continue and escalate endless wars. These propaganda rituals are well-tested and very potent.

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Posted: Feb 24, 2017 - 2:29pm

Almost two years old but still valid.
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Posted: Feb 24, 2017 - 11:05am

The Increasingly Unhinged Russia Rhetoric Comes From a Long-Standing U.S. Playbook (Greenwald)

For aspiring journalists, historians, or politically engaged citizens, there are few more productive uses of one’s time than randomly reading through the newsletters of I.F. Stone, the intrepid and independent journalist of the Cold War era who became, in my view, the nation’s first “blogger” even though he died before the advent of the internet. Frustrated by big media’s oppressive corporatized environment and its pro-government propaganda model, and then ultimately blacklisted from mainstream media outlets for his objections to anti-Russia narratives, Stone created his own bi-monthly newsletter, sustained exclusively by subscriptions, and spent 18 years relentlessly debunking propaganda spewing from the U.S. government and its media partners.

What makes Stone’s body of work so valuable is not its illumination of history but rather its illumination of the present. What’s most striking about his newsletters is how little changes when it comes to U.S. government propaganda and militarism, and the role the U.S. media plays in sustaining it all. Indeed, reading through his reporting, one gets the impression that U.S. politics just endlessly replays the same debates, conflicts, and tactics. (...)

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Posted: Jan 8, 2017 - 3:34pm

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see edit

 
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Posted: Jan 5, 2017 - 5:17pm

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But you still bought a new shirt. 

 
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Posted: Jan 5, 2017 - 5:16pm

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intellectual dishonesty and mass manipulation continued at a steady clip even at record cost overruns...PEI adjusted to negation

 
But you still bought a new shirt. 
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Posted: Jan 5, 2017 - 5:12pm

 Proclivities wrote:
Exaggeration and hyperbole increased by at least a million percent in 2016.

 
intellectual dishonesty and mass manipulation continued at a steady clip even at record cost overruns...PEI adjusted to reflect evidential negation sub societal flatline


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Posted: Jan 4, 2017 - 7:36am

Exaggeration and hyperbole increased by at least a million percent in 2016.


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