Right-Wing Is Filled with Biblical Illiterates: They’d Be Shocked by Jesus’ Teachings if They Ever Picked Up a Bible


Jesus wouldn’t have supported food stamps?

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly defended the Republican Party’s spending cuts for SNAP by effectively declaring Jesus would not support food stamps for the poor because most them are drug addicts. If his insensitive remark is inconsistent with Scripture, which it is, then the question becomes why do talking heads on the right get away with proclaiming what Jesus would or wouldn’t support?

The answer is simple: Conservatives have not read the Bible.

The Right has successfully rebranded the brown-skinned liberal Jew, who gave away free healthcare and was pro-redistributing wealth, into a white-skinned, trickledown, union-busting conservative, for the very fact that an overwhelming number of Americans are astonishingly illiterate when it comes to understanding the Bible. On hot-button social issues, from same-sex marriage to abortion, biblical passages are invoked without any real understanding of the context or true meaning. It’s surprising how little Christians know of what is still the most popular book to ever grace the American continent.

More than 95 percent of U.S. households own at least one copy of the Bible. So how much do Americans know of the book that one-third of the country believes to be literally true? Apparently, very little, according to data from the Barna Research group. Surveys show that 60 percent can’t name more than five of the Ten Commandments; 12 percent of adults think Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife; and nearly 50 percent of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple. A Gallup poll shows 50 percent of Americans can’t name the first book of the Bible, while roughly 82 percent believe “God helps those who help themselves” is a biblical verse.

So, if Americans get an F in the basic fundamentals of the Bible, what hope do they have in knowing what Jesus would say about labor unions, taxes on the rich, universal healthcare, and food stamps? It becomes easy to spread a lie when no one knows what the truth is.

The truth, whether Republicans like it or not, is not only that Jesus a meek and mild liberal Jew who spoke softly in parables and metaphors, but conservatives were the ones who had him killed. American conservatives, however, have morphed Jesus into a muscular masculine warrior, in much the same way the Nazis did, as a means of combating what they see as the modernization of society.

Author Thom Hartmann writes, “A significant impetus behind the assault on women and modernity was the feeling that women had encroached upon traditional male spheres like the workplace and colleges. Furthermore, women’s leadership in the churches had harmed Christianity by creating an effeminate clergy and a weak sense of self. All of this was associated with liberalism, feminism, women, and modernity.”

It’s almost absurd to speculate what Jesus’ positions would be on any single issue, given we know so little about who Jesus was. Knowing the New Testament is not simply a matter of reading the Bible cover to cover, or memorizing a handful of verses. Knowing the Bible requires a scholarly contextual understanding of authorship, history and interpretation.

For instance, when Republicans were justifying their cuts to the food stamp program, they quoted 2 Thessalonians: “Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.” One poll showed that more than 90 percent of Christians believe this New Testament quote is attributed to Jesus. It’s not. This was taken from a letter written by Paul to his church in Thessalonica. Paul wrote to this specific congregation to remind them that if they didn’t help build the church in Thessalonica, they wouldn’t be paid. The letter also happens to be a fraud. Surprise! Biblical scholars agree it’s a forgery written by someone pretending to be Paul.

What often comes as a surprise to your average Sunday wine-and-cracker Christian is the New Testament did not fall from the sky the day Jesus’ ghost is said to have ascended to Heaven. The New Testament is a collection of writings, 27 in total, of which 12 are credited to the authorship of Paul, five to the Gospels (whomever wrote Luke also wrote Acts), and the balance remain open for debate i.e. authorship unknown. Jesus himself wrote not a single word of the New Testament. Not a single poem, much less an op-ed article on why, upon reflection, killing your daughter for backchat is probably not sound parenting.

The best argument against a historical Jesus is the fact that none of his disciples left us with a single record or document regarding Jesus or his teachings. So, who were the gospel writers? The short answer is we don’t know. What we do know is that not only had none of them met Jesus, but also they never met the people who had allegedly met Jesus. All we have is a bunch of campfire stories from people who were born generations after Jesus’ supposed crucifixion. In other words, numerous unidentified authors, each with his own theological and ideological motives for writing what they wrote. Thus we have not a single independently verifiable eyewitness account of Jesus—but this doesn’t stop Republicans from speaking on his behalf.

What we do know about Jesus, at least according to the respective gospels, is that Jesus’ sentiments closely echoed the social and economic policies of the political left. The Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount read like the mission statement of the ACLU: “Blessed are the poor, for theirs is kingdom of heaven,” “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” and “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Jesus also said, “Judge not he who shall not be judged,” and “Sell what you have and give it to the poor.”

So, when Republicans accuse Obama of being a brown-skinned socialist who wants to redistribute the wealth, they’re thinking of Jesus. Stephen Colbert joked, “Jesus was always flapping his gums about the poor but never once did he call for a tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent of Romans.”

Biblical illiteracy is what has allowed the Republican Party to get away with shaping Jesus into their image. That’s why politicians on the right can get away with saying the Lord commands that our healthcare, prisons, schools, retirement, transport, and all the rest should be run by corporations for profit. Ironically, the Republican Jesus was actually a devout atheist—Ayn Rand—who called the Christian religion “monstrous.” Rand advocated selfishness over charity, and she divided the world into makers versus takers. She also stated that followers of her philosophy had to chose between Jesus and her teachings. When the Christian Right believes it’s channeling Jesus when they say it’s immoral for government to tax billionaires to help pay for healthcare, education and the poor, they’re actually channeling Ayn Rand. When Bill O’Reilly claims the poor are immoral and lazy, that’s not Jesus, it’s Ayn Rand.

The price this country has paid for biblical illiteracy is measured by how far we’ve moved toward Ayn Rand’s utopia. In the past three decades, we’ve slashed taxes on corporations and the wealthy, destroyed labor unions, deregulated financial markets, eroded public safety nets, and committed to one globalist corporate free-trade agreement after another. Rand would be smiling down from the heaven she didn’t believe in.

With the far-right, Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Koch brothers’ Citizens United, the flow of billions of dollars from anonymous donors to the most reliable voting bloc of the Republican Party—the Christian Right—will continue to perpetuate the biblically incompatible, anti-government, pro-deregulation-of-business, anti-healthcare-for-all, Tea Party American version of Christianity.

CJ Werleman is the author of Crucifying America and God Hates You, Hate Him Back. Follow him on Twitter @cjwerleman.

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Kochs, Lies, and Videotape


 

 This week as I premiered my new film, Koch Brothers Exposed — the result of a year-long investigation on how two billionaires are using their wealth to corrupt democracy — Koch Industries has launched an attack on the film and me. The Kochs intimidate, they menace; they have a letter from their lawyer borderline threatening the media if it reports what’s in the film — and they always try to change the subject so their behavior can stay in the shadows: not only are they unwilling to accept my offer of a debate or interview, they also refuse to testify about their interest in the Keystone XL pipeline and may have to be dragged kicking and screaming into revealing their secret contributions to groups doing election work. This time, the Kochs are using a technique I point out in the film: attacking to avoid dealing with the facts. They are dodging and distorting the truth to avoid confronting our findings on cancer, voting rights, civil rights, and more.

How? Let me count (some of) the ways:

1) Cancer. People are dying of cancer near the Kochs’ Georgia Pacific plant in Crossett, Arkansas, and the Kochs refuse to answer the relevant question: What are they going to do about it? On Penn Road in Crossett, right near the mill, residents powerfully show how nine out of 11 homes have suffered from cancer. A USA Today study said Crossett’s school district is in the top 1% in the nation for cancer. Meanwhile, the Kochs’ facility releases significant amounts of formaldehyde — a known carcinogen — and there’s no other chemical plant in town. The Kochs are among the country’s top 10 polluters and lobbied hard to keep formaldehyde from being labeled a carcinogen. For a company where one of the owners (David Koch) and the communications director (Melissa Cohlmia) are cancer survivors, this is tragic and infuriating. It reflects a warped sense of humanity where greed trumps all.

2) Voting rights. The Kochs have given over $1 million to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that’s trying to pass severe voter ID restrictions in states across the country. These bills disenfranchise the poor, the elderly, the young, people of color — in short, people who are likely to oppose a 1% agenda. The Kochs won’t explain why anyone should believe that ALEC’s pro-corporate, anti-99% agenda is somehow detached from its billionaire funders. Onerous voting restrictions are already impacting people’s ability to vote in the 2012 election.

3) Re-segregation. Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which is Koch-founded and Koch-financed (they refuse to say how much but we know it’s at least $5 million), pushed “reforms” in North Carolina that would destroy a school district’s model of racial integration and ensure students go to school mainly with people of their own race. We call out this “re-segregation” in Koch Brothers Exposed. The Kochs, of course, try to hide from their connection — hoping we ignore not only their involvement in the founding and financing of AFP, but also the fact that David Koch has served as chair of the group’s supposedly nonpolitical arm, the AFP Foundation. Their dissembling doesn’t pass the laugh test–particularly when they’ve refused to open the books to show where their funding is coming from.

4) Worker rights. The Kochs have been undermining labor rights, helping anti-union Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin and supporting groups that want to boost employer power against employees. They also have pushed the interests of large corporations over Main Street. The Koch brothers try pathetically to attack me on that front, going back eight years to my film Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Priceand saying a locally-owned hardware store I profiled as an example of how Wal-Mart shuts down small businesses had actually closed before the retail giant opened. Um, as the store owners said in the film, the reason it closed early was problems involving financing and reduced appraisals in light of Wal-Mart’s impending arrival. This is yet another example of distorting the facts and is ultimately a distraction.

Why are the Kochs flailing so desperately in the face of our findings? Because they can’t give straightforward, convincing rebuttals to the claims we lodge against them in the film. My organization, Brave New Foundation, doesn’t have billions of dollars at its disposal to fight back, but this time time, the Kochs aren’t getting the last word. The smears and name-calling (I’m malicious, I’m a liar, blah blah blah) may not be pleasant but won’t stop the film from being shared by 25 groups partnering with us and thousands of people online.

The Koch brothers epitomize the corruption of democracy that’s going on in our country, with a handful of people at the top expanding their wealth on the backs of the 99%. Americans shouldn’t fall for their attempt to change the subject.

By Robert Greenwald | Sourced from AlterNet

Posted at March 31, 2012, 10:24 am

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Censorship & Reality–If It Doesn’t Get Reported, It Never Happened!


 

Note: Despite the fact John Kettler’s second interview has been posted on Project Camelot’s channel, after listening for about 20 minutes I had to stop. The audio portion was horrible and it was beginning to sound like a Hollywood B movie, his intel appeared to be laced with disinformation designed to keep people confused. John’s intentions may be good, but his sources may not have our best interests at heart.  Sure it would be nice if much of what he says is true, especially in respects to what appear to be ET/ED interventions he describes below, so lets ride with that as a suggestion  to  begin visualizing actions like this taking place. Our imaginations are very powerful tools that give humans a tremendous ability to manifest anything we strongly believe in, just remember to use discernment. The messengers of deceit are very subtle in their attempts to get us to lay our guard down.

But in respects to censorship, John nailed it here! This is exactly the methods used to control the flow of information by keeping broadcast media tamed under the threat of losing their license. For the larger national news networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN another way to intimidate the more influential reporters is to take out one of their peers. For example Dan Rather’s firing from CBS was the shot across the bow warning EVERYONE in television news that the lies surrounding the war in Iraq war were off limits. Which is another way U.S. news has been censored, they’ve fired all of the “5 star” investigative journalists and replaced them with cracker-jack box reporters – nothing more than puppets on a string. Whistleblowers are used in the very same way.

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Censorship–on ALL levels–is directly connected with why this blog posts extraordinary claims, which, in turn, are practically impossible to prove using “normal” methods. Censorship is used by the government and NWO (New World Order)/PTW (Powers That Were) to hide what would divert our attention from what they want us to watch, believe and react to. Censorship keeps us from keeping us from becoming aware of a whole new reality unfolding daily; from noticing their (soon to be literal) nakedness. Censorship is the application of mind control which operates on the principle that if it’s never reported by the MSM (mainstream media), to the general public, it never happened. People simply do not grasp the lengths, to include murder, the government and PTW will go in order to “keep the lid on.” Censorship helps keeps the controllers in control–of us!

Censorship–Your Press Pass, Broadcast License Or Your Life!

How does censorship work in a purported free country? Simple. Threats. Threats that jeopardize the survival of vast corporations and individual radio or TV stations, in a blatant censorship pattern going clear back to the Roswell Crash in 1947. How? Broadcast licenses! Lose yours, and you’re done. Game over. “Attention, Roswell, cease transmitting…this is a National Security item.” The radio station owner later said his station license was threatened with revocation. Censorship via intimidation works! Obey the censorship order or else!

Censorship struck again in 1970s Las Vegas with bombshell exposes on “The Billy Goodman Show,” where there were warnings, censorship regarding allowable topics, a suspension, more warnings, then being fired–all for having whistleblowers galore on talking about things the government and black op types from Area 51, S4, D6 and more didn’t want heard, let alone on a 50,000 watt station covering many states! The show was huge draw,  but not worth losing the whole station over. Censorship wins again! The same sorts of censorship and threats also ultimately drove Art Bell from the air, too.  He was allowing way too much truth to get out–had to be stopped!

If you watch “The Panama Deception,” which won the 1992 Oscar for Best Documentary, you can see that inconvenient observers, AKA reporters, suffered heavily for attempting to expose the horror that was Operation Just Cause–seven dead, shot down like rabid dogs and left lying in the street.

So, it’s no surprise that similar tactics work and work well against TV reporters and print media, who also have to deal with editor and owner imposed censorship. Keep covering certain topics and you just won’t be on camera or see your byline appear. White House access can be denied, embed permission removed, transmission facilities for uploading stories blocked and more. They can take your credentials, threaten you and your loved ones, even kill you. Unsurprisingly, that’s exactly what happened to what should’ve been worldwide, viral news: the daylight vanishing by the ETs/EDs of 40 Iranian vessels–in full view of tanker crews, warship crews, fishermen, merchant ship crews and “at least 20 member of the mainstream media, covering TV, print, Web, etc.” And what gets through the censorship?

“I spoke to contacts within CNN personally this morning even, they’re sitting on footage and other information concerning the Iranian KBs and Sub, plus interviews of witnesses, and even footage, etc., of the Venezuelan Missiles. Plus reports on several of the FEMA camps. And won’t release it because the government will literally pull their broadcast license.”

That source indicates that CNN has interviewed a bunch of witnesses to the disappearances, has footage of the actual disappearances and the reaction thereto, but CNN has been flatly told its broadcast license will be pulled if it airs any of what it’s turned up. Censorship at work! But wait! There’s more! Returning to the source..

I think a HUGE part of the problem is the media, and even the government. Take for example the Tweets that were in fact on Twitter covering the 40 Kamikaze Boats  that were taken in broad daylight infront of HUNDREDS of witnesses including multiple MSM sources. Nothing was covered by MSM sources, because credentials and lives were threatened. The Tweets were removed by Twitter under demands of the CIA and DHS, citing “national security” issues per the response I got demanding to know why they had been removed. That alone should have gone Viral.

Ah, the joys of censorship! No annoying truth to upset the Sheeple!

Recapping, the things the ETs/EDs said did happen, happened. Despite the censorship! The suicide boats did disappear and were videoed and photographed doing so, by national and international media; a slew of tweets went out in real time, and the government removed them. The newest, quietest Iranian sub “vanished” that night, and that information has been multiply confirmed by the subs doing the tracking of said sub. The “sound of in-rushing water” reported by them perfectly fits what happens when something large is suddenly no longer there, and water roars in to fill the void. Let’s now look at the those vexed missiles in Venezuela. The source continues…

As for the Venezuelan Missiles, Mr. Kettler was repeatedly told (which he even put in comments on his blog): “The U.S. government doesn’t exist to provide content for your blog.” So he has no option of getting overhead imagery from his Intel/Military Sources. Other satellites that provide free content to the public at large don’t update their imagery frequently enough to be of any use in these situations. And, no one that even comes close to living in the area can get close enough to where they were to get information themselves because the area is still under heavy guard. And, again. The media isn’t going to cover this under threats, and also because it would be an distraction from the focus and rallying towards the situation in the Persian Gulf/Middle East.

The source is right. The last person who got classified satellite imagery (eminent naval historian Samuel E. Morison’s grandson) and published it drew a long stint in a federal prison. When it suits the government, it can break censorship and security regs to crow over, say, smiting Libya, using SR-71 imagery then to do so. Then there’s the “blank spots on the map,” problem (also the title of an excellent book by Guerin) a form of censorship in which orders are quietly given to remove whole facilities from Google Earth, further complicating verifying claims. If, say, a certain base is ripped to pieces, but the base isn’t on Google Earth anymore, now what? But if excellent terrestrial sources confirm what the ETs/EDs say they did, based on overhead imagery, intercepted communications, prisoner interrogations and more, that should be adequate, but it isn’t. People have said volunteers should go in and verify the ground truth of the destruction of the FEMA camps, but do we really want them potentially detained or even shot?  This is the kind of protection effective censorship affords malefactors of all stripes. Continuing the story…

Censorship, The CIA And Destroyed FEMA Detention Camps

So far 8 plus FEMA camps have been destroyed and left as smoking pits, but MSM and probably other Media Sources wont be reporting on those, because they’d first have to “admit” they existed in the first place (despite most Alternative Media followers already knowing this), then would open the huge can of worms concerning their potential uses, etc. Before they’d even come close to admitting that they’re being destroyed and left as smoking pits. And then the questions would be coming up as “by whom?” then they wouldn’t have the answers, then likely the media as they are good at would use this opportunity to twist it into some false flag attack by a “rogue” nation or false flag ET Invasion to instigate even quicker the use of surviving death and concentration camps. And, Martial Law. You really want to see that happen? I don’t think so.

Censorship–How The Government “Makes Quakes Go Away”

It has long been known by Earth scientists and Earth sensitives alike that the government has been covering up and suppressing, via censorship and worse, the truth that this planet has become frighteningly unstable. It is common for the USGS (United States Geological Survey) to tone down or even remove quakes. Censorship took away the seismic wave charts, which were outing HAARP strikes and similar, and now we have a real smoking gun to show you concerning the lies of the New Madrid Fault system.  dutchsinse blows the lid off the seismic coverup–with ironclad evidence the government itself provided! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd0qAVI6x4Y&hd=1

Summing up, the ETs/EDs have been very active, but censorship upon censorship has kept you from learning the truth. Isn’t it time to shatter the walls of official and unofficial censorship and finally learn what’s really going on?!

http://johnkettler.com/censorship-why-etseds-never-make-news/

In Afghan War, Officer Becomes a Whistle-Blower


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Published: February 5, 2012

WASHINGTON — On his second yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis traveled 9,000 miles, patrolled with American troops in eight provinces and returned in October of last year with a fervent conviction that the war was going disastrously and that senior military leaders had not leveled with the American public.

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Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis last month after sharing his view on the Afghan war with some members of Congress. “You can’t spin the fact that more men are getting blown up every year,” he said.

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Colonel Davis on patrol in Khost Province last August.

Since enlisting in the Army in 1985, he said, he had repeatedly seen top commanders falsely dress up a dismal situation. But this time, he would not let it rest. So he consulted with his pastor at McLean Bible Church in Virginia, where he sings in the choir. He watched his favorite movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” one more time, drawing inspiration from Jimmy Stewart’s role as the extraordinary ordinary man who takes on a corrupt establishment.

And then, late last month, Colonel Davis, 48, began an unusual one-man campaign of military truth-telling. He wrote two reports, one unclassified and the other classified, summarizing his observations on the candor gap with respect to Afghanistan. He briefed four members of Congress and a dozen staff members, spoke with a reporter for The New York Times, sent his reports to the Defense Department’s inspector general — and only then informed his chain of command that he had done so.

“How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?“ Colonel Davis asks in an article summarizing his views titled “Truth, Lies and Afghanistan: How Military Leaders Have Let Us Down.” It was published online Sunday in The Armed Forces Journal, the nation’s oldest independent periodical on military affairs. “No one expects our leaders to always have a successful plan,” he says in the article. “But we do expect — and the men who do the living, fighting and dying deserve — to have our leaders tell us the truth about what’s going on.”

Colonel Davis says his experience has caused him to doubt reports of progress in the war from numerous military leaders, including David H. Petraeus, who commanded the troops in Afghanistan before becoming the director of the Central Intelligence Agency in June.

Last March, for example, Mr. Petraeus, then an Army general, testified before the Senate that the Taliban’s momentum had been “arrested in much of the country” and that progress was “significant,” though fragile, and “on the right azimuth” to allow Afghan forces to take the lead in combat by the end of 2014.

Colonel Davis fiercely disputes such assertions and says few of the troops believe them. At the same time, he is acutely aware of the chasm in stature that separates him from those he is criticizing, and he has no illusions about the impact his public stance may have on his career.

“I’m going to get nuked,” he said in an interview last month.

But his bosses’ initial response has been restrained. They told him that while they disagreed with him, he would not face “adverse action,” he said.

Col. James E. Hutton, chief of media relations for the Army, declined to comment specifically about Colonel Davis, but he rejected the idea that military leaders had been anything but truthful about Afghanistan.

“We are a values-based organization, and the integrity of what we publish and what we say is something we take very seriously,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Petraeus, Jennifer Youngblood of the C.I.A., said he “has demonstrated that he speaks truth to power in each of his leadership positions over the past several years. His record should stand on its own, as should LTC Davis’ analysis.”

If the official reaction to Colonel Davis’s campaign has been subdued, it may be partly because he has recruited a few supporters among the war skeptics on Capitol Hill.

“For Colonel Davis to go out on a limb and help us to understand what’s happening on the ground, I have the greatest admiration for him,” said Representative Walter B. Jones, Republican of North Carolina, who has met with Colonel Davis twice and read his reports.

Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, one of four senators who met with Colonel Davis despite what he called “a lot of resistance from the Pentagon,” said the colonel was a valuable witness because his extensive travels and midlevel rank gave him access to a wide range of soldiers.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/world/asia/army-colonel-challenges-pentagons-afghanistan-claims.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

UNCRITICAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA DRIVEL War Plan Iran: Endemic US/Israeli Double-Think Is Now “Normal Discourse”


By Finian Cunningham
Global Research, February 1, 2012

Thanks to a subservient mainstream media, we are now fed a constant diet of preposterous double-think from American political leaders and their Israeli minions with regard to Iran and its alleged threat to world security. In this inadvertently valuable service, the pliant uncritical mainstream media is giving full vent to the most outrageous drivel dressed up as serious discourse.

By acting as mouthpieces rather than critical interlocutors, the media are allowing such political figures to indict themselves with their own baseless, contradictory and hypocritical words. A few recent examples: Director of US National Intelligence James Clapper Jr in congressional testimony this week asserted that Iranian leaders are “now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime”.

The Washington Post reported the “intelligence” briefing with the headline: ‘Iran, perceiving threat from West, willing to attack on US soil, US intelligence report finds. Yet Clapper, the US nation’s supposed intelligence supremo, presents no evidence to support his reckless claim that Iranian forces are preparing such attacks. Indeed, the Washington Post notes in the same paragraph quoting the Director of National Intelligence: “US officials said they have seen no intelligence to indicate that Iran is actively plotting attacks on US soil.”

Then the paper goes on to amplify the unfounded accusations and assertions, by writing: “The warning about Iran’s more aggressive stance was included in written testimony that Clapper submitted to Congress”. Note how the paper in the space of few words moves effortlessly from acknowledging that there is no evidence to support Clapper’s claptrap premise to peddling the claptrap conclusion that Iran has taken a “more aggressive stance”.

Rather than taking Clapper to task to justify his hyperbole about Iranian “threats on American soil” and possibly misleading Congress and the American people, the Washington Post passively goes along with the flow of what appears to be out-and-out propaganda. This meekness and complicity of the media in conditioning public opinion for a baseless war on Iran has echoes of the elusive, non-existent weapons of mass destruction that US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister were allowed to lie about by the same media for their criminal war on Iraq. But, as noted, this abject “churnalism” may eventually be a good thing. For it allows political leaders and their advisors to hang themselves with their own words.

Another recent star-turn on the propaganda stage was that of US Defense Secretary Leon E Panetta who told CBS 60 Minutes programme at the weekend that Iran may be “one year away” from acquiring an atomic bomb. “That’s a red line for us, and it’s a red line, obviously, for the Israelis,” said Panetta. Yet only a few weeks ago Panetta admitted on national media that Iran was not trying to build a nuclear weapon. “

Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No,” he said then. However, in no time at all, Panetta has pirouetted over Iran, and yet the mainstream media permit the farce to be aired instead of ripping it apart, exposing what could be criminal misinformation. Only last week the pirouetting Panetta told the Wall Street Journal that the Pentagon needs to redesign its 30,000-pound bomb known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator in order to take out Iranian nuclear facilities. US workers and their families will be throwing more of their taxes into the coffers of Lockheed Martin to facilitate the Pentagon’s phallic fantasies – all on account of lies and deception, or at least no evidence to provide a modicum of justification. Finally, Israeli President Shimon Peres weighs in with this ridiculous rant, given prominence by the Haaretz newspaper. This week Peres claimed that Iran’s ‘evil’ leaders cannot be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons, calling the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions the world’s single most important issue, according to Haaretz.

“Nuclear weapons mustn’t be allowed to fall into the hands of Iran’s Ayatollah regime,” Peres said, calling Iran’s religious leadership the “most morally corrupt regime in the world… It is the duty of the international community to prevent evil and nuclear [weapons] from coming together. That is the obligations of most of the leaders of the free world, one which they must meet.”

Reality check. These are words from the leader of a country that has for decades violated international and committed systematic crimes against humanity on the Palestinian people; that has invaded and occupied foreign territories; that runs clandestine murder and terror operations in foreign states; and that, to boot, possesses up to 300 nuclear weapons in contravention of international law. This rogue, criminal state along with its patron in Washington is maligning another state over its legitimate pursuit of civilian nuclear energy and trying to precipitate a war that could most likely escalate into a global nuclear conflagration – all based on lies. Talk about lunatics running the asylum.

The propaganda fog over Iran in particular is becoming so thick it is almost laughable – because the political leaders who are spouting this fog don’t even seem to realize just how much they are tripping up over their own absurd statements. And thanks, in a way, to the pathetically servile mainstream media, the lies and deceptions of these political figures are being exposed for all their worthlessness and criminality.

Finian Cunningham is Global Research’s Middle East and East Africa Correspondent

cunninghamfinian@gmail.com

The Deception of Media and Surprise Prediction at End


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As Jack Nicholson boldly states in the movie – A Few Good Men….”You can’t handle the truth!”
or Can you handle the truth?

There is a major prediction that I agree with at the video end that I think you will all be interested in hearing if you can handle the truth.
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This is a commentary on the deception of Media using creative license but
based on an article here
http://newamerica-now.blogspot.com/2011/12/why-is-american-establishment-medi…
by Madison Ruppert
and a major prediction at video end.
Are You Ready?

“Fox News Lies” – Interpreting how Media’s uses NLP Neuro-linguistic programming to shape opinion


This superb analysis perfectly illustrates how media manipulates the masses to believe things we know not to be true. This piece uses Fox News as an example of how our opinions and beliefs are shaped on a subconscious level in a very subtle, but highly effective manner.

Only a well trained eye has the ability to analyze the secret language of NLP, as a result very few people are left unaffected from the propaganda   it’s used extensively by organizations like Fox News to manipulate, even brainwash the public in a very dangerous manner.

Do yourself a favor and just turn the TV off, here’s a suggestion – if it’s a flat screen television turn it into your computer monitor! Free your mind from the shackles of TV, it’s one of the best things you’ll ever do for yourself…

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I give original credit to AdamPants2007 (no longer active). Thanks for making this video.

1 Interpreting Media NLP Neuro-linguistic programming AdamPants2007

Neuro-linguistic programming (or NLP) is a controversial interpersonal communication model applied in psychotherapy and other contexts of communication and change. It was initially co-created by Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder in the 1970s based on the communication and behavioral patterns acquired from gestalt therapist Fritz Perls, family systems therapist Virginia Satir and psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson. The originators emphasize modeling of excellence as the core methodology of NLP, that is, the methods they used to imitate and produce the models of exceptional communicators. They also claim that the basic assumptions of NLP draw from aspects of neurology (“neuro-”), transformational grammar (“linguistics”) and cybernetics (“programming”). It has often been promoted as an art and science of effective communication and defined as ‘the study of the structure of subjective experience’. Others put more emphasis on the tools, techniques and applications specific to contexts such as psychotherapy, business management and communications training, motivational seminars, personal development, and teaching.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming

Iraq War Widow Confronts Rumsfeld


The walls around this false reality they created must crumble, we can’t go on living lies that destroy innocent lives. It’s impossible to imagine what this woman had to endure when her husband began breaking down emotionally, and it’s obvious he’s not alone when she explained that this is happening all the time, but is going under reported with everything else that’s getting swept underneath the rug to keep the ruling elite feeling good about the lie they call their life.

Kudos to her for standing up to Rumsfeld, unfortunately for here reptiles have ice running through their veins.

Footage You Are Not Supposed To See – Spin


Artist Brian Springer spent a year scouring the airwaves with a satellite dish grabbing back channel news feeds not intended for public consumption. The result of his research is SPIN, one of the most insightful films ever made about the mechanics of how television is used as a tool of social control to distort and limit the American public’s perception of reality. A “behind the scenes” look at media mind-control and brain-washing propaganda, directed against the unsuspecting masses.

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/75988/Footage_You_Are_Not_Supposed_To_See___Spin/

The Origins of FOX News Directly From The Mouth of Founder Roger Ailes (Video)


2012 The Awakening Editors Note – Does anyone else think Roger Ailes looks like Jabba the Hut in the second photo? Well, it looks like he’s about to become as obsolete as Fox News is destined to be. If it sounds like I have a bias against Fox, I do. Aside from having a background in Broadcast Journalism, enabling me to have a more informed understanding of how news is supposed to operate, or function. I also watched Fox turn my stepmother into a fearful, misinformed senior who idolizes Sara Palin, hates liberals, thinks corporations are her friends and terrorists are under her bed.  So I’ve personally witnessed the brainwashing and it’s negative effect on good, well intentioned people.  Much love to all, enjoy the video ~A~}

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Editor’s Note:  We do our best to stay away from covering mainstream media like FOX News since it is growing more irrelevant by the day, but the RT report below highlights presidential archives that have come to light from the Nixon and Bush 1 administrations that show Roger Ailes planning to create a news network that was pro-GOP administration.  More importantly, Ailes also makes statements about the dumbing-down effect that TV News is intended to promote.  Below the RT video, Activist Post contributor Blake Walley has a few comments for the “fair and balanced” FOX News crew as Walley “goes Jedi” on the organization to highlight the fiction that the network really is.

Helen Caldicott – “Nuclear apologists play shoot the messenger on radiation”


ChernobylTWENTY-FIVE years after Chernobyl, many billions of dollars are at stake if the Fukushima reactor meltdowns cause the so-called “atomic renaissance” to halt or even slow down. This is evident from the nuclear industry’s vociferous attacks on its critics.

We see this especially in Australia, where the industry is conducting a whatever-it-takes propaganda campaign to ensure that nothing stands in the way of vast profits to be made from continuing to export uranium; from the plan to establish a radioactive waste dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory; and from the industry’s desire to dot the continent with reactors.

Proponents of nuclear power – including George Monbiot, who has had a mysterious road-to-Damascus conversion to its supposedly benign effects – accuse me and others of ”cherry-picking” data and overstating the health effects of radiation. Yet by reassuring the public that things aren’t too bad, Monbiot and others misrepresent and distort the scientific evidence of the harmful effects of radiation exposure.

Their first piece of disinformation is to confuse the effects of external and internal radiation. The former is what populations were exposed to when atomic bombs were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Internal radiation, by contrast, emanates from radioactive elements that enter the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. Hazardous radioactive elements being released in the sea and air around Fukushima accumulate at each step of various food chains (for example, into algae, crustaceans, small fish, bigger fish, then humans; or soil, grass, cow’s meat and milk, then humans). Entering the body, these elements – called internal emitters – migrate to specific organs such as the thyroid, liver, bone, and brain, continuously irradiating small volumes of cells with high doses of alpha, beta and/or gamma radiation, and over many years often induce cancer.

Further, many remain radioactive in the environment for long periods, posing danger for future generations.

The grave effects of internal emitters are of the most profound concern at Fukushima – as indeed they continue to be at Chernobyl. It is erroneous and misleading to use the term ”acceptable levels of external radiation” in assessing internal radiation doses. To do so is to propagate inaccuracies and to mislead the public worldwide and journalists who are seeking the truth about radiation’s hazards.

Further, nuclear industry proponents assert that low doses of radiation produce no ill effects and are therefore safe. But, as a US National Academy of Sciences report concluded in 2007, no dose of radiation is safe, however small, including background radiation; exposure is cumulative, so that each dose (whether, for example, from a medical x-ray or from passing through the whole-body scanners soon to be introduced in Australian airports) adds to an individual’s risk of developing cancer during his or her lifetime.

Regarding Chernobyl, various seemingly reputable groups have issued differing reports on the morbidity and mortalities resulting from the 1986 radiation catastrophe. The World Health Organisation in 2005 attributed only 43 human deaths directly to the disaster and estimated an additional 4000 fatal cancers. In contrast, a 2009 report published by the New York Academy of Sciences comes to a very different conclusion. Its scientist authors estimated the number of deaths attributable to the Chernobyl meltdown at about 980,000.

Monbiot wrongly dismisses the report out of hand as worthless, but to ignore and denigrate an entire body of literature is arrogant and irresponsible.

More here:

http://www.helencaldicott.com/2011/04/nuclear-apologists-play-shoot-the-messenger-on-radiation/#more-272

Fukushima Reactors Catastrophe: Radiation Exposure, Lies and Cover-up


Fukushima Reactors Catastrophe: Radiation Exposure, Lies and Cover-up
By Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri
Global Research, March 26, 2011
Fukushima Reactor # 4Fukushima Reactor # 4 

Should the public discover the true health cost[s] of nuclear pollution, a cry would rise from all parts of the world and people would refuse to cooperate passively with their own death.” Dr. Rosalie Bertell. “No Immediate Danger,” xiii.

I write this article not just as a long-time environmental writer and author, but also as a survivor of the horrific 2003 1-million-acre Southern California FIRESTORM that took many lives (both human and millions of animals) during the three-and-a-half-weeks of out-of-control blazes and 400-foot-high walls of flames throughout San Diego and Orange counties. This nightmare blanketed a vast area from over the border into Tijuana up to just south of Los Angeles. Many “back county” areas and national and state parks were also destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of us could not evacuate because planes were grounded and the flames crossed over many freeways. Death and destruction continued for many years after. Many of my friends have died since then, due to fire-related illnesses, as the entire area was blanketed with a spew of toxins. As with the tragedy of September 11th, when Christy Todd Whitman said New York’s air was okay, our local “public” officials refused to monitor the air. Finally, unable to breathe, even with a high-tech respirator, I called the county with warnings. San Diego air “quality” samples were posted for only three days and then conveniently disappeared. Toxins were off the scale.

We had just 15 minutes to evacuate, when the helicopter flew overhead at 7 a.m. My entire neighborhood of 2,000 was destroyed, as well as 90 percent of all the wildlife! It was deliberately torched, and people and animals died. When we were finally allowed “home,” all that was left was burn, ash, skeletons of trees, and hot soil. I know what it means, day-to-day, to just barely survive a countywide catastrophe. I know what deep trauma is all about. I know how everyone in charge lies and deceives those of us in extremis. I know that when a place in the US is declared a “Federal Disaster” area, this quite literally means: “tough, you are on your own. There will be no help.” My heart aches for the people in Japan who are directly in harm’s way, while their government continues to make nuclear corporate profits the priority over the safety of millions of Japanese. It is criminal; and it happens all over.

During and for years after the FIRESTORM, public officials lied and deceived us. Insurance companies refused to honor thousands of policies, and many of us had to take them to court…but even the “justice” system is rigged. From the mayor and fire officials to the governor and a so-called “Blue Ribbon Commission,” the 14 arson fires and their causes were all covered-up. No one was held accountable. No one told us the truth. Further, we barely had any real help in clean-up or recovery –even if we had insurance. Knee-deep in warm ash, I shoveled it myself over seven-and-a-half months, with only 5 days of help. Thousands of us had to do it ourselves…even to getting our own Relief Center set up –again, because officials gave us the run-around.

A week-and-a-half into the Fukushima nuclear disaster, this is what is happening:

1. There are 4 reactors in various stages of collapse, releasing untold amount of dangerous radiation. Two more reactors may also be at risk.

2. The public generally has not been told that, in addition, there are 40 years of spent fuel rods on this already contaminated site. See:

www.infowars.com/alert-fukushima-coverup-40-years-of-spent-nuclear-rods-blown-sky-high

3. Other fuel rods are fully exposed (meaning, unknown amounts of release of radiation) because they are no longer covered with the necessary 45-feet of water.

4. Last week the US refused to post online whatever radiation levels they were monitoring as radiation hits the West Coast and comes East. Then there were several reports that their monitors [all of them?] went off line, or crashed. It is doubtful that any official will report the truth. See:

www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/03/you-can-view-official-epa-radiation.html

The lies, criminality, and cover-up continue. This is how a totally broken system “works.” See:

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23676

and

http://www.infowars.com/pentagon-cover-up-of-data-on-fukushima-disaster

Here is some additional excellent information about reactors and the extreme dangers of nuclear power:

1. Keith Harmon Snow’s “Nuclear Apocalypse in Japan. Lifting the Veil of Nuclear Catastrophe and cover-up”:

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23764

2. A report from the New York Academy of Science has been published on “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment”:

www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23745

3. List of US nuclear plants:

www.animatedsoftware.com/environm/no_nukes/nukelist1.htm#MidWest

Realistically, the Japanese catastrophe could last months or years, given the half-life of many radioactive particles. We don’t know, because no official or agency is reporting the truth, while we all are in danger of radiation exposure. How much? For how long? What kind (cesium, iodine, plutonium, strontium, uranium, all radioactive and each with different half life)? I think this catastrophe will turn out to be far worse than Chernobyl because again profits taken precedence over safety. See:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtriAolCyow&feature=player_embedded

and

www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/world/asia/japan-fukushima-nuclear-reactor.html?ref=asia

I URGE EVERYONE who has access to a good Geiger counter or other monitoring technology to monitor radiation levels –most especially on the West Coast; and all other US states, as it comes East on the Jet Stream. Some radiation has already been reported in Washington state. One website is already monitoring the situation in real time in Santa Monica (near Los Angeles), CA:

www.enviroreporter.com/2011/03/enviroreporter-coms-radiation-station

But we need much more collecting and reporting of radiation data. This is extremely urgent! Remember, for the past 12-15 years, our weather and air have been altered and deliberately manipulated. All along the Pacific Coast, from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, we need real-time radiation figures. This goes for Canada, too. We can post these results on this website and others, so we can have an accurate collective picture of the on-going radiation dangers we may be facing throughout North America. This is a highly dangerous, yet invisible and real threat to our safety and wellbeing –most especially for children who are most vulnerable! [I also remind readers that the ENTIRE Gulf of Mexico, and its nearby southern states, continues to be poisoned daily in an unmitigated crisis!]

From the very beginning, nuclear energy has been totally unsafe. Even early on in the 1950s, when there were nuclear tests in Nevada, citizens were never warned about the extreme toxicity and dangers to which they were exposed. For our entire lives, the nuclear industry has done decades-long media campaigns to give us misinformation and lies. It’s all about greed, but never about our safety or well-being. The US government has indemnified these companies, just as they have done with the pharmaceutical companies and their dangerous drugs. We are all expendable, except as uninformed consumers to buy their toxic products, and then for the next generation to repeat this insanity. With each new generation that is less well educated (dumbed-down, and often on prescription drugs from an early age), there is less information, no accountability, but millions more people who now are far more ill from an environment rife with thousands of poisons that surround our every move.

Some of the Nuclear Dangers include:

1. The reactors have design flaws, as does Fukushima’s Mark 1, built by GE. There are many of these same-designed reactors here in the US. On March 16, the NY Times reported some of these flaws. But, it is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg:

www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16contain.html?_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Continued here:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23973

“The Wisconsin Lie Exposed – Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions”


The lies that are going on here are monumental, the elite have successfully pitted the middle class against each other and are laughing all the way to the bank. This is not about budget deficits, this is about breaking the unions and driving wages down so low, making jobs so scarce until we’re down on our knees begging for that $3hr, 80 hr work week job that has no benefits and no job security. And some states are trying to abolish child labor laws so your 9yr old can drop out of school to help pappy pay the rent and put slop on the table.That’s exactly where corporate privatization and Gov. Snott Walker are leading us, and other Republi-CON states are following suite. What were the Tea Party / Republi-CON’s thinking? They opened the barn door and let the wolf right in…

Posted By: hobie [Send E-Mail]
Date: Wednesday, 2-Mar-2011 16:31:10

(Thanks, MK. :)

Reader MK writes and sends us:

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Dear Hobie,

I hope that you will put this information up as it is about time that somebody told the truth. David Cay Johnston’s books are being used in business schools to explain tax policy. His latest one: Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill) is a must read for those that think that they know what “wealth transfer” means.

According to Johnston’s other book, Perfectly Legal,(another must read), wealth has been transferred in huge amounts from the poor and middle class to the uber-rich. Yet too many Americans keep supporting stupid policy. They do so because they don’t really understand taxation, tax policy and the “income basis” for most really rich people. Until they do, they will be victimized.

UNIONS AREN’T THE PROBLEM–THOSE THAT WANT GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS TO BE ONE AND THE SAME (i.e. fascists) ARE.

MK

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The Wisconsin Lie Exposed – Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions
by Rick Ungar

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/02/25/the-wisconsin-lie-exposed-taxpayers-actually-contribute-nothing-to-public-employee-pensions/

Pulitzer Prize winning tax reporter, David Cay Johnston, has written a brilliant piece for tax.com exposing the truth about who really pays for the pension and benefits for public employees in Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker says he wants state workers covered by collective bargaining agreements to “contribute more” to their pension and health insurance plans. Accepting Gov. Walker’ s assertions as fact, and failing to check, creates the impression that somehow the workers are getting something extra, a gift from taxpayers. They are not. Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin’ s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers.


Via tax.com


How can this be possible?


Simple. The pension plan is the direct result of deferred compensation- money that employees would have been paid as cash salary but choose, instead, to have placed in the state operated pension fund where the money can be professionally invested (at a lower cost of management) for the future.

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Full article:

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/02/25/the-wisconsin-lie-exposed-taxpayers-actually-contribute-nothing-to-public-employee-pensions/