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A goal of this site is to provide unbiased access to the truth. This section, in particular, is devoted to helping readers recognize the truth, in the midst of all the propaganda.

Breaking through Americans’ Dumbed Down Layers of Deception and Denial

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  • All these years later, it’s time for the misinformed, misled American population to finally smarten up once and for all and recognize that all life on planet earth is in very serious and grave danger now. Most of the world’s known this tragic reality for a long time as victims of the US Empire’s brutality. The very future survival of the human species hangs in the balance. It depends on us throwing off the shackles of ignorance that’s enslaved us, and as informed, committed, mindful and empowered citizens of the world to come together in solidarity to advance human evolution rather than allow it to be extinguished by a handful of criminal killer psychopaths.
  • New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy

Joachim Hagopian, Global Research

american_oligarchy.jpgMarch 31, 2015 | A decade ago the late great comedian George Carlin saw what America had turned into:

"Politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want – they want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want – they don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking… They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later ’cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club…

"The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice … nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all! The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the truth … It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it."

Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.”

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New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy, Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig

  • So What Is It?
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy
  • Noam Chomsky | U.S. Politics Are Now 'Pure Savagery'

Media Behaving Badly- The Confederate Battle Flag Story, June 26, 2015

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  • "The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover." --Al Franken
  • Part 1: 10 Stories the Media Missed While Obsessing Over the Confederate Flag
  • Part 2: How the Entire Country Bought the Government’s Confederate Flag Ploy

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Part 1: 10 Stories the Media Missed While Obsessing Over the Confederate Flag

The media disrespected the victims of the Charleston shooting by blaming it on the Confederate flag, they also “forgot” to report these 10 stories.

Naji Dahi, Anti-Media

ConfederateCut-160x160.jpgJune 25, 2015 | A common technique the media employs when covering news is the “feeding frenzy.” The dictionary defines feeding frenzy as “a period of intense excitement over or interest in a person or thing: the media erupt into a feeding frenzy.” The Bill Clinton sex scandal of the late 90’s is one example. Other classic cases from the 1950’s to the 1990’s are highlighted by the Washington Post—which has not updated the section since the 1990’s. Had they done so, they might have included many recent cases highlighted here and here.

The media is at it again, but this time the subject of the frenzy is the Confederate flag of South Carolina and other Confederate emblems used by Southern states. Not only has the Confederate flag media frenzy diluted the issue of white supremacy and racism surrounding the Charleston shooting, the coverage has also taken over the airwaves and crowded out other stories that are equally deserving of discussion. So below are ten of the top stories that the media has missed during this frenzy.

Naji Dahi is a Fullerton College political science Professor.

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Part 2: How the Entire Country Bought the Government’s Confederate Flag Ploy

Claire BernishAnti-Media

June 24, 2015 | There is no question that the deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston at the hands of a white man picked the scab on America’s institutionalized psychopathy with race—and justifiably so.

But what happened next—beginning with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s decision to take down the Confederate flag from its 50 year tenure on statehouse grounds—was a textbook example of a diversionary trap used by governments the world over.

Claire Bernish: author at the Anti-Media and the Subversive Pen

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Paul Krugman | Fighting conservative "derp" is your civic responsibility

  • The NY Times columnist advises you on how "to protect yourself against derpitude"
  • Paul Krugman channels "South Park"
  • James Carville Says 80% Of Democrats Are Politically Clueless

Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon

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Monday, Jun 8, 2015 | New York Times columnist Paul Krugman took his cue from “South Park” on Monday, outlining a plan to fight “derp,” which in economic circles functions as a shorthand for “people who keep saying the same thing no matter how much evidence accumulates that it’s completely wrong.”

“Inflation derp,” he noted, “has become more of less a required position among Republicans,” because conservative ideology demands of adherence the belief that any expansion of the government “must lead to disaster.” The fact that this has not proven to be true is immaterial, because “derp” is, at its essence, “basically political.”

Nobel Prize-winning New York Times Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman comments on economics and politics.

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joblessnessdishonesty1106.jpgJames Carville Says 80% Of Democrats Are Politically Clueless, James Carville, ClashDaily

  • The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans.
  • Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse.

James Carville Says 80% Of Democrats Are Politically Clueless

  • The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans.
  • Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse.

James Carville, ClashDaily

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Politics-%20Truth%20vs.%20Propaganda.jpgSep 2, 2012 | James Carville, Democrat political consultant extraordinaire – and former Bill Clinton campaign manager, has astonishingly come out and said what all good Republicans have known for decades: Not only are most Democrats politically clueless; they’re easily manipulated by the puppet masters of their party as well. Wow. James Freaking Carville. Of all people. Here’s an excerpt, as quoted on Amazon.com:

"The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd."

James Carville: Democrat political consultant extraordinaire and former Bill Clinton campaign manager

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Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.
  • Living in America will drive you insane — literally.
  • Detroit Is the Front Line.

 

Subliminal Messages in Advertising: How They Affect Your Mind

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  • This change in brain activity puts your mind in a dream-like state and thus it turns off the higher critical functions of your brain. Being in this trance state can be disempowering, because your mind can easily be manipulated into accepting any message as truth. This is why TV is so effective for manipulating your mind.
  • How The Media Gently Influences You
  • TV’s white-guy industrial complex: Sunday morning’s shocking lack of diversity has gotten even worse.

P. L. Chang, The Mind Unleashed

2015/05/subliminal.jpgMay 29, 2015 | Have you ever wondered why we are so addicted to sex, drugs, food, fear, and violence? Are these addictions natural or have we been conditioned to become addicted to these things? If you understand how subliminal messages are used in advertising, you may agree with me that addictions are often not natural because they are usually the results of conditioned behaviors.

Since the day you were born, you have been bombarded with all types of negative subliminal and non-subliminal messages. Many companies created these messages to specifically target your subconscious mind, so that they can manipulate your mind to a certain point. Because of their subliminal tricks, they have slowly conditioned you to behave the way that they want you to behave.

P.L. Chang is the author and founder of EnergyFanatics.com and OmniThought.org, two informative blogs dedicated to exploring esoteric information about energy, health, conscious living, spiritual science, conspiracy, and exotic “free energy” technology. 

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How The Media Gently Influences You, Justin King, The Fifth Column / Anti-Media 

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The tactics of planting stories, seeding distrust, and releasing information out of context are the most effective methods of subtly manipulating the American people. When the US media refers to foreign outlets as propaganda outlets or state-run media, remember it’s a case of pot meeting kettle.

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TV’s white-guy industrial complex: Sunday morning’s shocking lack of diversity has gotten even worse, Jack Mirkinson, Salon

  • If it's Sunday, it's lots of white dudes (and not much else).
  • Baltimore: Media Behaving Badly, April 29, 2015

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