Latest Middle East ‘Disinformation, Propaganda, Fake News’…

By Jerry Alatalo

World Map1Alphabet After hitting the “publish” button on over 970 posts on this blog, it seemed remarkable to consider how many of those posts likely match the criteria described in the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” – recently passed after being inserted into the over-$600 billion 2017 U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many journalists and writers – especially those associated with the near-200 organizations defamed by the Washington Post recently – believe the new, truly Orwellian law establishing a real-life “Ministry of Truth” has been given the wrong name; many feel the better term would be the “Countering Truth Act”.

Given retired economics Professor Rodney Shakespeare’s passion and outspokenness during a short interview on Iran’s Press TV on the bitter and scandalous reality in the Middle East, it might be safe to say Mr. Shakespeare feels the same disdain toward censorship laws now being enacted in both the U.S. and Europe. Perhaps those who view Mr. Shakespeare’s energetic effort to convey his version of the truth would do well to see his example as something to emulate, or use as a personal action template, going forward into 2017.

It may also serve some benefit for those who listen to Mr. Shakespeare’s talk to compare the size of consequences to human lives his words convey to that of Hillary Clinton in her recent “fake news”/Harry Reid-retirement public address, where she made a pathetic attempt to connect a lone armed man’s walking into a pizza restaurant (and where nobody was hit by bullets or severely injured) to the need for media censorship legislation – “soon” – to combat so-called “fake news”.

“…especially those who serve in our Congress. The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year – it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences. This isn’t about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, to contribute to their communities. It’s a danger that must be addressed, and addressed quickly. Bipartisan legislation is making its way through Congress to boost the government’s response to foreign propaganda (emphasis added), and Silicon Valley is starting to grapple with the challenge and threat of fake news. It’s imperative that leaders in both the private and public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives.”

Hillary Clinton made a major error in logic by trying to equate domestic (possibly) criminal affairs in Podesta emails to foreign propaganda. Ms. Clinton and her friends the Podesta brothers apparently didn’t find it necessary to respond publicly to WikiLeaks emails suggesting potential acts of pedophilia, even though they all knew for certain the scandalous story – whether describing real criminal actions or not – had become mega-viral around the Earth on the internet.

Should anyone find it surprising that one of the millions of people who’d become aware of the emails, explosive publicity and reports about the pizza restaurant (along with media, Clinton, and Podesta silence) would end up going to the actual scene? As far as reports thus far have seemed to gather, neither Hillary Clinton or the Podesta brothers have responded to the implications of criminal child sexual abuse in WikiLeaks emails many have expressed concerns about.

Responsible leaders would have immediately clarified the matter(s) which were clearly causing confusion and concern among the citizenry of the nation, precisely to minimize to the greatest extent possible any possibility of violent actions taken by persons who were vulnerable to “fake news”. Clinton and the Podesta brothers chose, instead of clarifying the matter, to remain silent.

The lone armed man who walked into the pizza shop – and who Hillary Clinton used to warn the American people about the “dangers of fake news” – didn’t shoot anyone. In his talk about the Middle East on Press TV, Rodney Shakespeare refers to hundreds of thousands killed in Syria over the past six years, along with millions who’ve become refugees. For any man or woman paying attention, it is clear that Mr. Shakespeare is speaking the truth – and by comparison Hillary Clinton is the morally bankrupt purveyor of “fake news”.

(Thank you to PressTV News Videos at YouTube)

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For Creating The Best Possible World, Truth Is Prerequisite.

Posted on September 6, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“The facts fairly and honestly presented; the truth will take care of itself.”

– WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE (1868-1944) Editor, Emporia Gazette

Book11Before touching on some of the revelations by Jim Fetzer and Kevin Barrett, just a few words of appreciation for what they do. Both these men were at one point in their lives university professors in Minnesota and Wisconsin respectively, so people are sure they use long-developed academic discipline in their writing and radio work. Most appreciated is that Mr. Fetzer and Mr. Barrett – because of the potential personal risk inherent in the kinds of investigations they undertake, then report on – possess a sense of morality, courage, and personal integrity rarely seen in America.

Not being a student/expert of their journalistic work and history – but having a moderate familiarity with it – one can only guess at what philosophical or spiritual foundation(s) each man uses as a motivating force. If one spent a good deal of time researching their years of writings and radio programs, those foundations would most likely become clearer. Absent that level of research, it seems safe to say the philosophical/spiritual foundations of both men are good, illustrated by a years-long effort to overcome lies with truth and then communicating that truth to the people.

Jim Fetzer and Kevin Barrett are the professors people wish they had when attending university; the rare ones who tell their students the truth instead of “playing it safe”, while risking their academic careers in the process. What does it say about institutions of higher learning when professors become constrained from speaking the truth to students, through writings, on the media, or even recently – on Facebook? Such a somewhat censored state of higher learning literally defeats the fundamental and noble goal of education: the greatest intellectual exploration of ideas, facts, and history on the road to potential new concepts which are evolutionary and superior to the old.

In a real sense, Jim Fetzer and Kevin Barrett are most certainly still teachers, although of a slightly different form. One could say the difference between the time they spent in traditional university/academia, and now, is that now there are no longer existent any constraints on their freedom to speak truth. One could say the difference between educational institutions which continue constraining professors’ speaking the truth and the independent media/internet – of which Mr. Fetzer, Mr. Barrett, and perhaps billions of others fully take part in – is that independent media/internet offers a far greater opportunity for “maximum intellectual exploration of potential new concepts”.

Revealing the truth is prerequisite

A perfect analogy to the work of Jim Fetzer and Kevin Barrett is the computer programmer. Programmers write the thousands of lines of code in particular computer language (perhaps millions of lines), then “test” the software/program to make sure there are no “bugs” indicating errors made by the programmer(s) before implementing the program in “real-time”. If “bugs” remain after the problem code becomes discovered, corrected, then re-tested – and there still remains any “bugs” – the corrective action becomes repeated until the program is completely “bug-free” and ready to use in real-time applications.

The lies which Mr. Fetzer and Mr. Barrett unveil are analogous to computer software “bugs”. In a very real sense, their discovery of the truth surrounding world events is as necessary to create the best possible world as is correcting “bugs” in computer software to create error-free, smoothly operating systems for personal or business end-users. Lies coming from the media or governments can simply be described as obstacles/roadblocks to creating the best possible world for everyone, and for that precise reason people around the Earth like Jim Fetzer, Kevin Barrett, and millions of others who show the truth are indispensable.

Some of the issues covered by Mr. Fetzer and Mr. Barrett on their September 4 weekly radio program include ISIS’ beheadings of two journalists, NATO’s response to ISIS, a new book about the 2001 anthrax scare, West Africa Ebola outbreaks and their proximity to oil/gas discoveries there, the “missing” 11 Libyan airliners, a 9/11 digital billboard on New York’s Times Square, NSA whistleblower Bill Binney’s call for a new 9/11 investigation, NIST’s withholding of 1,000 hours of WTC 9/11 phone and radio recordings, an ex-CIA official’s call for Vladimir Putin’s assassination, the death of a Brazilian presidential candidate in a plane crash, and more.

Architects and Engineers For 9/11 Truth were behind the digital billboard in New York (across from the New York Times) which will become viewed by millions of commuters and tourists each week. The image will show 47-story Building 7 – the “smoking gun” of 9/11, which was never mentioned in the Official 9/11 Commission Report – collapse into its own “footprint”, a sure indicator of controlled demolition. So, the billboard will show Building 7’s collapse again, and again, and again, and again, and again – 24/7/365 around the clock.

In the spirit of intellectual exploration focused on discovering the truth, all viewpoints, opinions, corrections, and/or confirmations on any of these issues are sincerely welcomed – without constraints, censorship, or preference.

For those who get their news and information about world events from the mainstream/corporate media, the issues and views discussed by Jim Fetzer and Kevin Barrett will most likely come as a shock. Those who’ve decided long ago to end obtaining their news/information about world events from mainstream/corporate media will understand without surprise what Mr. Fetzer and Mr. Barrett are revealing (teaching).

The differences in perception on world events between the former group and the latter – if such great perceptual contrast persists – represent the difference between continuation of the status-quo on Earth, and realizing humanity’s creation of the best possible world.

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(Thank you to noliesradio at YouTube)

CNN Flight 370 Music Tribute.

Posted April 3, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

– John Swinton (1830-1901)  Editor, New York Sun

Television has been called “The Vast Wasteland”. Certainly many men and women reading this have noticed CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of disappeared Malaysia Flight 370. The amount of air-time CNN has devoted to the story has to have broken some type of television news records. After a few days one thought that they would have resumed normal coverage of world events. But Flight 370 has gone on and on and on at CNN. There must be people out there who are asking themselves why the corporation has decided to cover this story for such an excruciatingly long, overly concentrated time. The Daily Show with John Stewart did a piece the other night about CNN’s coverage. The way the company has decided to devote so much time and resources to such an extraordinary, prolonged, triviality-laden series of TV journalism broadcasts makes people think about why.

There are important events occurring on this Earth.

However, for their record-breaking, ceaseless, persistent, tireless, enduring, indefatigable, tenacious, steadfast, continuous reporting on Malaysia Flight 370 we present this musical tribute to CNN.

A classic, essential case study for the journalism textbooks.

One for the record books.

(Thanks to Simen Fjellstad at YouTube)

Kiev Dr. Olga Bogomolets: We Are Tired To Live With Corruption And Without Truth.

Posted March 28, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“The press, important as is its office, is but the servant of human intellect and its ministry is for good or evil, according to the character of those who direct it. The press is a mill that grinds all that is put into its hopper. Fill the hopper with poisoned grain and it will grind it to meal, but there is death in the bread.”

– William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

ripple11On March 5, 2014 an intercepted phone call between European Union high official Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet about Ukraine was released to the  public, then quickly went viral on the internet, and has since been listened to by millions of men and women around the world. After more than three weeks no American news organization has investigated and reported on the air to Americans the issues discussed in that phone call.

The ultimate and overwhelmingly newsworthy message of that call was spoken of by Mr. Paet. He conveyed his conversations with the medical staff who were treating sniper victims on February 20, 2014, and in that phone call he referred to Dr. Olga Bogomolets, a physician who was treating Ukrainian protesters who were ruthlessly shot down. Mr. Paet suggested the possibility that snipers were killing both Ukrainian police officers and protesters, and that it may be the case that ousted President Victor Yanukovych was not behind the murders, but that entities of the new coalition may have given “shoot to kill” orders.

Mr. Paet conveyed to the European Union’s Ms. Ashton that the new coalition government was reluctant to investigate the sniper killings, then Ms. Ashton expressed her perception that there had been some signals that an investigation was forthcoming.

What is perplexing is the complete absence of any investigative work by the media news corporations in America, because what has been suggested by Mr. Paet is that what happened was an intentional destabilization of Ukraine’s government and a violent coup d’état. One would think that such a huge story would become investigated to the point where either the violent coup d’état theory was found true or false. This would be the logical action of any news organization with self-proclaimed qualities of journalistic idealism – going after the truth.

Those who have noticed the many hours – virtually wall-to-wall – of on-air reports from CNN in recent weeks on the Malaysian airliner that went missing have to wonder if it was not possible for CNN to squeeze a ten-minute report about the nearly 100 Ukrainian police officers and protesters who were shot dead. And in that 10-minute report CNN or BBC could have talked to Catherine Ashton, Urmas Paet, and Dr. Olga Bogomolets, so that their worldwide viewers would have a fuller understanding of events in Ukraine.

The following video was uploaded on YouTube March 27, 2014 and contains a press event at the “Ukraine Crisis Media Center” – the language in the video is Ukrainian until Dr. Olga Bogomolets responds to questions in English shortly after 39 minutes. Ukrainians will be interested in the entire event, but English-speaking viewers would be advised to begin listening at 39:00.

In Dr. Olga Bogomolets words (some paraphrases):

“On February 20 the first snipers shootings began at 9-10 am, the last person was killed at 4 pm, the most died from 11 am – 1 pm. Wounds were very heavy, so it was very difficult for doctors to save victims. Snipers were shooting directly to the heart, to the neck, to the brain and eyes. (I told the) mass media to talk to people, to explain in Ukraine now, people are dying, not because someone is giving command to shoot, not only because (of) that, but because millions are keeping silent at the same moment.”

“So, I was calling to our politicians of all political parties, news makers, anyone who can give the world the message, that a criminal… absolutely inhuman, criminal situation in the Ukrainian nation is happening in the 21st century. I was also telling everybody that I can prove that snipers were working and killing people because of the shots and the wounds. I didn’t have possibility to see the patients on the other side (police officers), those who were wounded.”

“After the help was done to the Maidan people, policemen asked me to go help the officers and soldiers, so I went there and was also helping them, but I have no information about. So, I had a meeting on that day with dozens of politicians (February 20), dozens of mass media. The message was the same for everybody – that snipers are killing people on Maidan – protesters because I was in the hotel treating them.”

“So, was it a misunderstanding or just trying to make provocation? I don’t know. I just think that we have to look for truth, and we have to ask for independent organization, expert group who’ll check the information and who will give the Ukrainian people the true answer – with no lying.”

“Because we are tired to live with corruption and without truth. So, this was the message.”

At this point Dr. Bogomolets gets asked if she had direct experience to find the bullet wounds of police officer and protester victims were the same.

“Okay, look, I’m not a criminal expert – I’m a doctor – so it wouldn’t be professional for me to give any comments. Because we have criminal experts, you can talk to them and you can get this information.”

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(Dr. Bogomolets / English language begins shortly after 39 minutes)