An Interview Of Mark.

By Jerry Alatalo
ark from Truthscoop.net here on WordPress has kindly accepted an invitation to take part in our recently initiated interview series. Thank you to one of the series’ interviewees, S. Awan, for generously going out of your  way in contacting Mark. And thank you, Mark, for sharing your insights in the following words.
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Mark
Truthscoop.net

Question 1: What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging – the internet? 

‘Waking up’ and reading/watching so-called, alternative news and commentary, led to commenting. Came out of any pretend-closet. Made knowing about – call it – conspiracy roots and shoots, easier to cope with. Before this, sought to tell the multitudes in a hip side of London, about the alarm and distress in our midst. Got the message; rare interest, while rarer/if at all, active uptake. Began about seven years ago, don’t reckon much has changed. Now talk about here and there, rather than by default. Might signpost and say, search for “Truthscoop”.So here’s motivation? Makes easier to live and when communicating, in doing a DIY – something.

Inspired through an exchange of comments. On Crimes of Empire with the writer James Robertson. Offered to contribute to a post, over and above long comments. So here’s a big why: Encouraged to.

Through him, found Burning Blogger, who invited interested contributors. We corresponded. All in all, out came Truthscoop. Leave their names up to lend myself some well needed credibility.

‘Primary’ motivation is to avoid hypocrisy and exercise true hope. Rap on about each one teach one. “Have a go”. Can’t say we won’t, beat back the wretches. Something about hope, only legitimate, if exacts action. Can’t be hoping and sitting back. Invites, hope-less-ness.

Convinced mass-output in these closing-down-net times, all that might stop the gate shutting. While the internet itself has become a constructive/destructive paradox.

Motive is to stand on the front line with all truth-telling peacemakers.

Do another blog, a back to myself, onward/upwards, Jesus rant. Something to help process and stir-me-up. Potential on the prophetic front. Called, Plant a Seed.

Question 2: How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality?  Christian. One that’s open to, and interested in, answers to the question you ask. Genuine to stand with those differing, not threatened or threatening.

Bit jump up apologetic about my self-definition and assert provisos. Generally gains a sigh of relief, from those might reveal to and discuss.

There are two Christian standpoints and a spectrum; Liberal and Evangelical. My particular mixture doesn’t invite fellowship from either camp. Within evangelicals, progressive lot, might be closest but they loath true-truth about politics. As with all Christians, shun me with blank disdain. Not that I stray on their lines/if at all and spout. No. Know my place.

One distinctive is being an Open Theist. One by-product is this puts end-times mapping and Zionism etc. to bed.

Am one of them insufferable Jesus fanatics. Hell to homosexuality – not traditional on.

Out to get you into God? – Yup.

Question 3: What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective? 

Cor what a ? Go for a related overarching, transforming period. Waking up. Converted to truther talk. Profound developments. Got me to lose my nut. Go extra-strength bonkers. And so should we. Although healthier and better ways though, than my not-ones, are advisable. What this experience brought was a rejuvenation and rediscovery of a calling. Put the world in context. Gave me something to do.

Peeling back political charades and fakery, reality that-is, reveals the puppeteers aren’t materialists. Signs and evidence we have, places them ‘into’ the unseen. Take this as hopeful. Believing there are driving personality/forces, that need our compliance. A few praying women and men…

Know ‘someone’ who can help. Who offers some confident proposals.

So this, done me good. The worst of news, that’s still terrible and the suffering ain’t subsiding. But set me to work. While I do paid work part-time, moving into cheapo-cheapo living. A-coming faith for material provision, to pray far-as, full-time occupation. For some world-wide respite against tyrannical take over. Shaken up and better shaped pockets of new church. This too.

Question 4: What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading and considering your writings?

Want to read some Bible. Talk to the air/could be God?And DIY on the blog front. Self-expression in and about the stuff we’re supposed to shut-up about. Sleep through. Once ding-dong awake: Type, snap, art, graph, turn the video-maker or mic on, put up/hand out…

One more blog etc. or vid channel at it, is worth a thousand thousand hits, on some big-alt-site.

Did one other blog before starting two years ago. In 2000. Called Jesus 2000. Worked in an internet co-op, only place online in Brixton UK. Few had home lines, even fewer with any speed. Tons and tons and tons of blogs coming out. Stopped mine after some days because it was all too indulgent – so concluded. Now on a completely different plea; “Be indulgent, be rubbish and will likely get better. Don’t care about comparing and don’t not, because.”

DIY is for all. For our self respect and health. If nout else.

These are great questions and any brevity is no disrespect or impatience to stop. It’s not wanting to “go on” too much, sensitive, being on the Jesus tip.

Question 5: Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?

‘Having a difficult time’ indicates life over lies. Go “Hallelujah” or what e’er y’shout, in not going along, knowing not caring or looking. And/or denying. Be thankful, not into this self-induced, mental sickness. As things progress, being out there and open about the grand scams, is psychological prep. Will help. Have us more able to manage, whatever the other circumstances we face.

Don’t get fazed about the 99.99%. The no-takers about the world for real. This includes ones who say they ‘know’ but haven’t had/or aren’t, ‘having a difficult time’ of it. Knowing is about response over knowledge. Don’t expect looks and culture to determine who’s awake? Proper awake. Those who are… what, 1 in 1000 (or more), those who look concerned, want to know what can do, it matters.

Otherwise, they don’t-so get it, regardless of claiming do. Kiss and move on. At least on this score.

Hence, the need to warrior up and get out there, best can. Go online and scream some honesty. Get lucky and a mate in the local community, who shares your angst and cry together. Then wipe the tears and get feisty, rude and brave. Mean polite but rude, in brazen and emboldened. Lively up and all that, sing some Marley or something, and be the struggle to overcome.

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Thank you again, Mark. Peace.
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An Interview Of S. Awan.

By Jerry Alatalo

r. S. Awan, editor of The Burning Blogger of Bedlam here on WordPress, has kindly accepted an invitation to participate in our new interview series. Thank you Mr. Awan for taking the time and sharing your insights in response to our interview questionnaire, presented in the following words.

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Question 1: What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging – the internet?

Oddly enough, when I started my main blog, it was just for fun. I had no intention whatsoever of writing about serious, grown-up subjects, politics, society, corruption, cover-ups or any kind of ‘truth-seeking’. I had no kind of ‘noble’ intentions. I originally just wanted to write about music, film, comic books and stuff that I’ve been enthusiastic about all my life. I also wrote a magazine column for a while about the supernatural and the more esoteric side of things, so this kind of stuff was what I had in mind for blogging.

What happened was that the world started to feel like it was falling apart just around the same I time I was trying to find my feet with the blogging. The refugee/migrant crisis was escalating, the horrors in Syria were unfolding, a very toxic atmosphere was spreading all across the Internet (and society) with a resurgence of really bad ideologies, and with all manner of rampant corruption and cover-ups going on in plain sight. There was also a sense that a whole sea of misinformation, propaganda and manipulation was going on all over the place – not just in the mainstream, but in various parts of so-called ‘alternative’ media too. And that there was a growing absence of good intentions in most of this, but rather a web of different interests and biases utilising the alternative media momentum and general ‘truth-seeking movement’ (if I can call it that) for their own purposes in order to advance their own agendas and to recruit people to their own ideologies and biases.

I was thus drawn instinctively to start trying to navigate and make sense of all these things, trying to make honest appraisals from the perspective of someone who considers himself largely non-partisan.

Early on, the main thing that really got me working hard was the manufactured ‘terror’ threat and the business of false-flag terrorism. I made it a goal to critically analyse every single alleged terror incident in the West as soon as it happened, so that I could play some small part in undermining the false narrative (and its objectives) as relentlessly as possible.

I guess the motivation now is just to continue to try to make sense of everything as it continues to evolve, spiral or degenerate.

Question 2: How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality?

I would regard myself as a fairly spiritual person, in as much as that I am open to and interested in various spiritual philosophies and schools of thought.

I think a spiritual dimension to our understanding of life, the world and even politics and society, is important: though, admittedly, I’m more comfortable sticking to the meat-and-potatoes of ‘mundane’, non-esoteric things when it comes to writing these days. This is, I guess, because I will always consider my ‘spiritual’ understanding or authority as a work-in-progress and therefore not something I feel I can speak of definitively.

However, I believe – without doubt anymore – that we are partly spiritual or metaphysical beings, probably with a form of multi-dimensional consciousness. I think time is also something we don’t really understand and that there is some profound connection between time and consciousness that we haven’t figured out yet – and probably will never figure out. I tend to think that the answers to some of this reside somewhere where we can’t effectively study them – specifically, in the still-mysterious realms of sleep states and non-waking consciousness.

That’s as far as I’m willing to go, as far as making statements is concerned: as I’m still on a seemingly unending quest to develop my own understanding. And until I do so to my own satisfaction, I probably shouldn’t permit myself to speak on such subjects with any kind of authority.

Question 3: What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective?

It’s hard to say – as I’m not entirely settled on what my spiritual perspective is. However, there’s a bunch of stuff I can say here. Firstly, I’ve had a number of what I would call ‘anomalous’ experiences in my life that have opened me up to the necessity of needing to think about life in different terms. I don’t really want to go into detail about what those experiences were, but they were experiences that definitely force you to get outside of boxed or mundane thinking.

I’ve generally also always been partial to deep thinking and to contemplation of the nature of consciousness and reality. A life-long attachment to science-fiction and comic books has also, believe it or not, made me naturally inclined towards those kinds of considerations. I can’t pinpoint anything to any specific books, but I do think reading Rene Descartes (the philosopher) when I was a teenager probably influenced me a little.

Most of my spiritual perspective has probably come from my own meditations or attempts at self-conditioning over the years. I also, for a period a while ago, conditioned myself to enter into extended periods of what I’m calling ‘hyper awareness’: to explain this better, I basically trained my mind to go into phases where I scrutinise or analyse every single thing I see, hear, think or feel, in order to understand the nature or reality of that thing in a hyper-aware sort of way. It’s extraordinary the knock-on effects this has if you do it often enough. It really trains you to be cognitively ‘alive’ in the moment – whereas I realised that we usually spend most of our days switched off and in a kind of default-mode that takes in reality only very dimly. The drawback with what I’m explaining is that you can’t really do it continuously or all the time, as it doesn’t lend itself to living an efficient, functional everyday life – but even doing this just periodically can have a very interesting effect on your consciousness.

I’ve found that the more cognitively hyper-aware you are at any time, the more you also become aware of yourself and others emotionally, and also the more you become acutely aware of things are connected in different ways, spiritually, energetically, temporally, etc. In that kind of state, you’re more likely to be able to instinctively see, feel or understand the ‘truth’ of a thing – or the truth of many things all at once.

I sort of wish I could maintain that kind of state of consciousness continuously – but it’s just not possible, as far as I can tell.

Question 4: What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading/considering your writings?

I guess it varies, depending on what any given article is about.

For example, one of the things I was really adamant about at one time was convincing people who were perhaps hostile towards refugees that things like compassion or our moral responsibility as human beings and developed societies shouldn’t be considered somehow as ‘outmoded’ thinking. Judging from much of the response to those articles, I probably failed to convince anyone; but it has become evident to me over the years that much of ‘conspiracy theory’ writing or blogging has moved from being about exposing truth to being about giving people justifications to no longer have any compassion for anyone but people like themselves, and to indulge in racism, sexism, homophobia or also a weird kind of religiously motivated ‘conspiracy’ lore that is really just about a specific school of confirmation bias and indoctrination.

In writing about how, for example, neo-fascists were cleverly utilising things like the refugee crisis and the fear of ‘ISIS’ to indoctrinate people into adopting Far-Right viewpoints, I wanted to wake certain people up to the reality that they were being manipulated. Likewise, in writing extensively about Zionist manipulation of Western ‘populism’ or nationalism and its manipulation of Islamophobia, I wanted to demonstrate to more people just how much the so-called ‘alternative media’ or supposedly ‘anti-establishment’ trends and platforms were being co-opted and redirected from what was initially a broadly ‘truth-seeking’ operation to what became instead an indoctrination operation.

In general terms, I guess I want to encourage people to think critically *all* of the time – and to not defer their critical thinking to other parties or agendas, whether that’s in the corporate mainstream media or in some of the highly suspect elements of so-called ‘alternative’ or ‘anti-establishment’ platforms. I really want people to break away from or stay clear of their biases or echo chambers. And to avoid being goaded into ‘camps’ based on sectarian, racial, religious, gender, or sexual biases. But to think, instead, about all of society – or even all of humanity.

Question 5: Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?

The best thing I can think to say is this: get out of the echo chambers. Get out of the camps. And this, most important of all – don’t make the mistake of thinking that anything labeled ‘anti establishment’ is automatically more reliable or noble than the MSM. Doesn’t work that way. Clever manipulators know that they have to move with the times and trends and keep reinventing and re-packaging the manipulations: clever manipulators therefore know how to use both the MSM and how to utilise the anti-MSM or anti-establishment movements and platforms.

My frustration is that too many people make the mistake of thinking that all you have to do is turn away from the MSM and then just defer your thinking to some popular, seemingly anti-establishment platforms or voices. That’s bullshit. That’s the dumbest path of all. Because some of the so-called anti-establishment platforms, movements or voices are far worse, far more manipulative, than the corporate MSM. What they do very well is to take elements of truth that the MSM won’t – and then to assimilate those ‘truths’ into a broader brainwashing agenda that has the style or appearance of genuine ‘truth-seeking’ or truth dissemination, but is really just the emperor’s new clothes.

My advice is to always question what someone’s agenda or bias is. Is the information being forwarded purely for its own sake (the sake of it being simply the truth), or is it being packaged along with an underlying ideology or agenda?

Also, I advise a broad range of news sources or information sources (both mainstream and non-mainstream). Never end up getting all your information from just one source or from just one common ideological network of sources. Keep a broad range.

And, crucially, find sources, writers or bloggers that you trust. And when I say ‘trust’, I mean trust in terms of their motivations, their intentions and their tone. Of course, in reality no writer or blogger is entirely without their own bias or some semblance of an ideological-leaning: but it is fairly easy to discern when someone is trying to manipulate you, poison your thinking, forward a cynical agenda, or simply misrepresent information.

Now, more than ever, we all need to have our critical faculties operating at maximum efficiency.

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Thank you again, S. Awan. Peace. 

 

Janice Kortkamp: “An American Housewife In Syria.”

By Jerry Alatalo

“There is no such thing as an independent press in America. I am paid for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street looking for another job.”

JOHN SWINTON (1830-1901) Editor, New York Sun

or those on the spectrum ranging from an above average knowledge of the reality in Syria 2011-2017 to those with little or none, American housewife and independent journalist Ms. Janice Kortkamp has earned a great deal of respect and gratitude for energetically and courageously seeking and speaking the truth.

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“Thank you all for coming. Thank you so much to the Syrian American forum for hosting me, and sponsoring me here today. I love talking about Syria and, so, really, I’m honored to have this time with you. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover so I’ll just go right into it. If you don’t mind, I would prefer to take questions at the end. I’ll try to leave a half-hour at the end, but if there’s something really urgent, feel free to raise your hand and we’ll try to address that.”

“I do want to say that I am here on my own. I’m not here representing the Syrian … Syrian American forum, Boston College, anything else, you know. I’m just here giving you my own opinion, what I’ve learned, and what I’ve observed over the past five years of researching the Syrian war, and Syria as a country.”

“I call these presentations ‘An American Housewife in Syria’ for a reason. It’s because I am an American; I consider myself a patriotic American. I believe it is the duty of every honest American to hold our government accountable for its words and actions, and I think we’re a critical part of the checks and balances of our constitutional republic.”

“I am a housewife; I am not paid by anyone for anything. I spent a lot of time washing dishes and cleaning the house and picking vegetables in the garden and that kind of thing. I do not represent any movement, organization. corporation, denomination, other nation … and Vladimir Putin does not pay me. Nobody pays me. My husband and I, we … he’s a handyman. He fixes houses, he pays for most of my trips to Syria, although we have received some help from friends and family, which we really appreciate.”

“I started researching Syria in 2012 – in November of 2012, as a matter of fact. It’s a map (referring to visual part of presentation) of where I’ve been; I’ll show it to you in a minute … In 2012, at the end of that year, the Arab Spring as it was called was in full swing. I had been kind of watching it on the evening news, had seen Colonel Gaddafi get tortured and killed, and at that time I thought it just seemed kind of fishy.”

“I didn’t really know anything about the Middle East much, but I knew enough about Saudi Arabia – that I felt that if a freedom and democracy movement had skipped it by that maybe there was something fishy going on, and so I decided to just dig in my heels a little bit and as an American try to learn a little bit about the Middle East and what was happening there.”

“At that time on the news we’re told President Bashar al Assad of Syria would be next, and at any moment he would get pulled out of whatever bunker he was hunkering down in, and he would be eviscerated by the people protesters and a new dawn of freedom and democracy would come to Syria. And I have to confess, up until that moment I believed that narrative … because I was ignorant.”

“And so I noticed that he had, I’d started researching and I noticed that he had given an interview on RT in the end of September of 2012, and I decided to watch it just out of curiosity to see what this brutal tyrant … how he could justify the violence towards his people. And it literally was not two or three minutes into that interview when I felt in my gut that he was telling the truth; and it shocked me, and I became kind of obsessed immediately with finding out if my gut was correct, or if he was … or if what we were hearing on the news was the accurate story.”

“And he said something in that interview, though, that really messed up my life, I think, forever. He said … he said basically anybody can become President, but I am Syrian, I was born in Syria and I’ll die in Syria. And I remember thinking what’s so special about Syria?; I knew nothing of the country, and so, well, I decided to research the war, I decided to research the country as well.”

“And the more I found out about Syria itself the more fascinated in the country itself I became. So since that time I put in five years, well over 6,000 hours of research, I have conducted hundreds of interviews on the phone and via Skype etc. with Syrians, both in Syria and outside of Syria. I’ve put in a lot of time researching, you know, government documents, media reports from all over the world, listened to every speech that President Assad has done, and the opposition has done.”

“It … You know, I’ve really tried my best to be as well-rounded a researcher as I could be, but after four years of that I decided it was necessary for me to go and see if what I thought was going on matched reality on the ground.”

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That was the transcript of only the beginning (6) minutes of Janice Kortkamp’s extraordinary 1-hour, 25-minute Boston, Massachusetts presentation delivered in November 2017. What Ms. Kortkamp further points out until concluding her presentation, including her successfully shattering the many myths about Syria, will deeply shake the moral foundations of any decent man or woman in America.

In particular, Americans with little awareness or gross misperceptions of the truth about Syria hearing her talk about U.S. foreign policy toward that war-torn nation – from decades before 2011 until today in late 2017 – will experience very strong emotional reactions. For that matter, Ms. Janice Kortkamp’s painfully honest talk will certainly disturb any normal thinking person on Earth – and especially so for those owning a real sense of human decency.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

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(Thank you to Janice Kortkamp Fearing at YouTube)

Truth Bombs Away At ‘Media On Trial’ In United Kingdom.

By Jerry Alatalo

eace and truth activists gathered in the United Kingdom recently to discuss media propaganda as it relates to instances of intentional manipulation of viewers and readers, designed for building massive public acceptance for wars of aggression. In the last few years, coincidental to the military violence in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, an increasingly intense struggle has grown between corporate media groups and independent media organizations found largely on the internet.

“Media on Trial” speakers focused solely on the media aspects of war and peace issues, collectively delivering a devastating series of (non-military) blows to what most understand as “mainstream media” or MSM. If one were to imagine MSM owners, top management and editors responsible for what they publish present at the event, and metaphorically “on trial”, those in the audience and subsequent viewers of presenters “making the case” would unanimously return the guilty verdict – for the multi-year, multi-decade serial crimes of premeditated lying to the public, and aiding-abetting in the planning and waging of wars of aggression.

Speakers at “Media on Trial”:

  • Ms. Vanessa Beeley (21st Century Wire) talked on manipulation of children for war propaganda purposes, the White Helmets, and more.
  • Former Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Syria Peter Ford shared his experiences associated with the MSM, particularly from the standpoint of speaking the truth and the challenges one faces from doing so.
  •  Professor Tim Hayward of the United Kingdom spoke about the major misconceptions among the public about the term “conspiracy theorist”, and how propagandists use the derogatory term to discredit well-known men and women who speak the truth.
  • Mr. Patric Henningsen (founder, 21st Century Wire) identified the historical pattern of state-media lies, how they lead to unnecessary and criminal wars, the severe consequences innocent people have endured due to the lies, and why citizens’ rapidly exposing the lies wherever and when they surface is so massively important.
  • Mr. John Pilger, the widely known and respected journalist with decades of experience through writing, public appearances, and producing many documentary films, was unable to attend due to bronchitis. A 17-minute recorded video of a media-related address he gave recently was presented in his absence.
  • Professor Piers Robinson of the United Kingdom spoke to the scientific features of propaganda, the history and development of public relations (a “new” name for propaganda), and with a special emphasis on his findings after reading the Chilcott Report – the United Kingdom government’s long-awaited study on the causes, concerns, and unavoidable consequences of the 2003 Iraq War.

The outstanding event featured serious presenters and serious people in the audience, all engaged in an intellectual exercise dealing with a very disturbing set of global problems.

Mr. Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire’s no-holds-barred presentation was captured on the video below. For anyone interested in viewing the other presenters’ equally strong contributions at “Media on Trial”, YouTube channel George Greek Trucker has posted their individualized presentations, readily available by clicking the link. Please consider sharing this important information widely with family, friends, and associates.

(Thank you to George Greek Trucker at YouTube)