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Forgetting Cheney’s Legacy of Lies

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  • The neocons – aided by their “liberal interventionist” allies and the U.S. mainstream media – are building new “group thinks” on the Middle East and Ukraine with many Americans having forgotten how they were duped into war a dozen years ago.
  • What To Do About ISIS

Ray McGovern, Consortium News

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Pat Bagleyhttp://media.cagle.com/53/2014/09/09/153441_600.jpg Pat Bagley

August 27, 2014 | As the world marks the centennial of World War I, the guns of August are again being oiled by comfortable politicians and the fawning corporate media, both bereft of any sense of history. And that includes much more recent history, namely the deceitful campaign that ended up bringing destruction to Iraq and widened conflict throughout the Middle East. That campaign went into high gear 12 years ago with a preview in late August before the full-scale rollout in September.

On Aug. 26, 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney – who remains something of a folk hero on Fox News – formally launched the lies leading to the U.S.-UK attack on Iraq seven months later. And on Aug. 30, 2013, another late-summer pitch was made for war on Syria, which came within 20 hours of a major U.S. aerial assault after Secretary of State John Kerry claimed falsely – no fewer than 35 times – to “know” that the Syrian government was responsible for using sarin nerve gas in an attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. In the Sixties he served as an infantry/intelligence officer and then became a CIA analyst for the next 27 years. He is on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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What To Do About ISIS, David Swanson, World Beyond War

  • The first thing to do differently going forward: stop bombing nations into ruins, and stop shipping weapons into the area you’ve left in chaos.  
  • Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

 

37 lies Americans tell themselves to avoid confronting reality

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There are 37 lies that most Americans tell themselves in order to avoid having to deal with reality. Do you recognize any of these? We've all had to work hard to overcome these lies, but many still persist.

Mike Adams, Natural News

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Sunday, September 07, 2014 Have you noticed the incredible detachment from reality exhibited by the masses these days? The continued operation of modern society, it seems, depends on people making sure they don't acknowledge reality (or try to deal with it). "Denial" is what keeps every sector of civilization humming along: medicine, finance, government, agriculture and more.

The trouble with the denial approach is that eventually the lies collide with reality. Until that day comes, however, happy-go-lucky Americans are merrily enjoying their courtship with self delusion, repeating the following 37 lies to themselves as if they were true.

Mike Adams is the founding editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news website.

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NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public

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  • Part 1: NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting
  • Part 2: NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting

  • The only skepticism in the NPR report was relegated to 44 seconds at the end when NPR national security reporter Dina Temple-Raston quoted security expert Bruce Schneier, who questioned the causal relationship between the Snowden disclosures and the new terrorist encryption programs, as well as the efficacy of the new encryption.
  • NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart.

Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman, Information Clearing House

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Fake%20Media.jpgAugust 14, 2014 | On August 1, NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast a story by NPR national security reporter Dina Temple-Raston touting explosive claims from what she called “a tech firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.” That firm, Recorded Future, worked together with “a cyber expert, Mario Vuksan, the CEO of ReversingLabs,” to produce a new report that purported to vindicate the repeated accusation from U.S. officials that “revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures.”


The “big data firm,” reported NPR, says that it now “has tangible evidence” proving the government’s accusations. Temple-Raston’s four-minute, 12-second story devoted the first 3 minutes and 20 seconds to uncritically repeating the report’s key conclusion that ”just months after the Snowden documents were released, al-Qaeda dramatically changed the way its operatives interacted online” and, post-Snowden, “al-Qaeda didn’t just tinker at the edges of its seven-year-old encryption software; it overhauled it.” The only skepticism in the NPR report was relegated to 44 seconds at the end when she quoted security expert Bruce Schneier, who questioned the causal relationship between the Snowden disclosures and the new terrorist encryption programs, as well as the efficacy of the new encryption.

Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Polk Award for national security reporting, is an American columnist, blogger, and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for Salon.com from 2007 to 2012.

Andrew Fishman is a production assistant at NPR.

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Part 2: NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public

Qui bono? Who is the intended beneficiary of the NPR story? What are the implications of the answer, for freedom? Qui bono? Who is the intended beneficiary of the Greenwald and Fishman story? What are the implications of the answer, for freedom?

Jason Peirce, Economic Policy Journal 

medium_image-53eaa0f74170707ab9690100-coalescedMonday, August 18, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman have a new article, “NPR is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting,” revealing the agenda and interests behind a recent NPR news story. As well as exposing NPR, the revelation serves as a reminder to ask of every news story: Qui bono? To whose benefit? And then to follow up that question with another question: what are the implications of the answer of “Qui bono?” for freedom? As for the NPR story, the intended beneficiary is the United States Government -- The State -- at the expense of freedom – yours and mine.  

In short, on August 1, 2014, NPR broadcast a story on a report by two tech firms purporting to contain “tangible evidence” validating the U.S. Government’s claims that “revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures.” 

Jason Peirce is a writer on Economic Development and Public Policy.

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Related:

Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

The Dumbing Down of American Politics, September 4, 2014

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  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • Part 1: The Dumbing Down of America - by Design 
  • Part 2: Osho | No Society Wants You to Become Wise (Video)
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Dumbing Down of America - by Design 

…the myriad ways in which the powers-that-be in the United States have been systematically dumbing down Americans as a society for a very long time – all by meticulously calculated design.   

Joachim Hagopian, Global Research.ca / Rise Up Times   

tv-hypnotizes.jpgAugust 14, 2014 | Originally the term dumbing down was used as a slang expression in 1933 by film screenwriters to mean “revising [the script] so as to appeal to those of lower education or intelligence.”

The most obvious example of how Americans have been dumbed down is through this nation’s failed public education system. At one time not that long ago America reigned supreme as a leading model for the rest of the world providing the best quality free public K-12 education system on the planet. But over the last many decades while much of the rest of the world has been passing us by, it seems an insidious federal agenda has been implemented to condition and brainwash a population of mindless, robotic citizenry that simply does what it’s told, and of course the brainwashing commences early in America’s schools.

But prior to delving into the many ways we’ve been duped and dumbed down through the years, a cold hard look at the devastating result seems very much in order here. With doom and gloom warnings of impending collapse, the US economy is floundering still mired in recession, emaciated and cut off from life support, as a consequence of waging too many wars around the world (be they the longest running costly defeats in US history or the fast rising dirty little Special Ops wars secretly raging on every corner of the globe or Obama’s personal favorite, state sponsored terrorism from drone-filled skies). As a pawn to the military industrial complex, the US government has chosen permanent war over its own people. This treasonous decision has decimated the middle class and created a college educated indentured class struggling in heavy debt to find any means to stay afloat. With an outsourced, now vanished manufacturing base, upward mobility and the American dream have become tragic casualties of modern life, now a sad, nostalgic bygone reminder of the once greatness of America.

Wise.jpgJoachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former Army officer.After the military Joachim earned a masters degree in psychology and eventually became a licensed therapist working in the mental health field for more than a quarter century.

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Part 2: Osho | No Society Wants You to Become Wise (Video)

The Arcane Front

September 3, 2014 | “No society wants you to become wise, it is against the investment of all societies. If people are wise they cannot be exploited. If they are intelligent they cannot be subjugated, they cannot be forced in a mechanical life, to live like robots…They will have the fragrance of rebellion around them…” ‒Osho

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Related:

How to Murder the Minds of the Masses, John Taylor Gotto, The Arcane Front

  • Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations.
  • Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League

 

 

How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

  • Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations.
  • Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League

John Taylor Gotto, The Arcane Front

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2014/09/Lid.jpgSeptember 1, 2014 | Retired school teacher John Taylor Gatto explains how most human beings have been systematically stripped of autonomous thought processes by a compulsory education system tailored to instill limitations from a young age.  

“Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations.” ‒John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto is an American author and former school teacher with nearly 30 years of experience in the classroom. Following his resignation, he has devoted much of his energy to authoring several books on modern education, criticizing its ideology, history, and consequences. 

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Related:

Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League, Michael Schulson, Salon

  • “They are intellectually underpowered and full of themselves, because they’ve been told their whole life how wonderful they are.” --William Deresiewicz
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • How to Murder the Minds of the Masses

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