Barrett And Fetzer Weekly News.

Posted on December 19, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Kevin Barrett and James Fetzer team up for a news program they call “False Flag Weekly News”. The issues they touch upon are wide-ranging, certainly heavy-duty, and oftentimes controversial. This week’s edition is no exception and surely produces questions and debate among viewers about current affairs stories that become analyzed far differently than in the mainstream corporate media.

The reason for sharing their programs is precisely to spark debate/discussion of the stories they cover – for the most part stories which are important for citizens’ awareness. Some will agree with Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fetzer, some will oppose their views, while others will end up non-committal and decide to conduct their own further research.

Men and women readers are welcome to add any facts or information which they believe has been omitted, correction(s) of any perceived incorrect statements, or simply sentiments of agreement or approval. These fellows have spent much time and effort on topics that most people would rather not research or talk about with friends and family for fear of negative reactions. Because most of the study and writing Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fetzer become involved in results in speaking truth to power, the risk of negative reactions includes those coming from people in much higher, more powerful positions than faced by most people who read their articles or listen to their analyses.

As speaking truth to power is an activity which in many instances places one in some personal risk and requires a certain amount of courage, anyone who does so earns respect for not remaining silent in the face of possible retribution, misplaced criticism, character misrepresentation, and unwarranted damage of one’s reputation. Thank you to Kevin Barrett, James Fetzer, and all men and women around the Earth who speak truth to power despite the possible negative personal consequences.

Some of the current events/articles Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fetzer speak to in this week’s discussion:

a piece by investigative journalist Wayne Madsen on the Sydney, Australia incident

the Pakistan Taliban school shootings

hackers of Sony Pictures over the comedy movie about North Korea – “The Interview”

the U.S. Senate CIA torture report

ISIS and Turkey’s involvement, a comment about ISIS by a pro-Israel conservative

Sandy Hook school massacre debate

the collapse of the Russian ruble

Dennis Kucinich’s Truthdig article about a Russian sanctions bill passed “unanimously” after everyone left the House of Representatives

another article by Wayne Madsen, this one on a secret plan for Israeli Jews migrating “back” to Ukraine

European Parliament recognition of Palestinian statehood

European Union court orders Hamas removed from terrorist blacklist

U.S.-Cuba establishing diplomatic relations after 50 years

questions about whether Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker really won the last election

unreported, continuing, extensive radiation damage from Fukushima

and more…

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Any extra analytical comments are encouraged and appreciated.

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(Thank you to noliesradio at YouTube)

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The Summer Of Necessary Truth.

Posted on June 14, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-41So, how are men and women around the world reacting to revelations brought forward by Edward Snowden and other so-called “whistleblowers”? What has been the effect of the way he’s been treated after basically trying to do something about unconstitutional spying on every America citizen, as well as a good percentage of people communicating over the Earth’s fiber optic cable systems – 80% owned by United States business organizations? Have people gone silent like potential, new whistleblowers have in essentially closing out any contacts with journalists for fear of harsh retribution?

Who knows how many people have decided to “cool it”, “bite my tongue”, and stop communicating information they’ve come across through various means which is important for all people to become aware of.  This is a situation for people that becomes difficult to deal with, because many are feeling reticent after the Snowden revelations about total information gathering by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) – of everybody.

From a moral and ethical standpoint, men and women who’ve considered this reality regarding their levels of interactions with others both in the United States and around the Earth over the internet is an important issue. First of all, there is this thing called a “crime of omission” which describes a way in which people lie by withholding truth from others. Any person who’s spent considerable time on the internet is well aware that there are certain facts presented on websites that aren’t being reported on the corporate news outlets, so decisions of a moral and ethical nature which need to be wrestled with is whether or not to disseminate important facts.

The moral and ethical dilemma persons who’ve come to think twice about their extent of truth sharing is one which now must be squarely faced. Taking a little time to think about possible scenarios where morality and ethical choices matter is a good exercise when trying to make sense of government spying and personal choices in reaction. One can imagine situations from the trivial and minor to more consequential and effecting many people, and possible times for decision.

Imagine that there’s a family in Illinois which includes a mother, father, two sons aged 15 and 17, and one daughter aged 11. The parents have agreed to accommodate the mother’s nephew aged 16 for a few weeks from June 15 until after the July 4 holiday. The nephew will travel by plane from California to Illinois for his stay, and the siblings are looking forward to spending time with their cousin. The California teenager brings a bag of weed with him, gets caught with it by the local police department when the group of four – three siblings and the cousin – are driving erratically after consuming the grass.

Nothing comes of it, the police take the weed, and the young driver/stoner is given a ticket for driving left of center while partying. The parents were informed of the legal problem and now they, since the Cali cousin is their responsibility, must decide whether to tell his parents or not. Besides the young man’s pleas to not tell his parents in California, the Illinois parents have become aware that the NSA sees everything communicated, and they are wary of using the word “marijuana” on the phone, over Skype, or in an email to the mother’s sister and brother-in-law in California.

So, they tell the Cali cousin to tell his parents of the legal event, and the marijuana, when he returns to California after the July 4th holiday. He promises to do so.

After the cousin returns to California, he fails to tell his parents about the Illinois incident, goes out with friends while driving the family Buick, shares beer and weed with the friends in the vehicle, crosses the center line while travelling 80 mph, and the head-on crash kills all four friends in the Buick –  as well as the young parents and their two toddlers in the Toyota Camry on the other side of the center line.

The parents from Illinois fly to California for the grim funeral event. After arriving at the home of the California parents and beginning their three-day difficult stay, the sisters try to console each other after the profound tragedy. “I never knew he smoked marijuana. We would’ve warned him never to drive while high, because of the danger.” The sister from Illinois replied, “He never told you about the incident over the July 4th holiday?”

“No, what incident?”

After some months the California couple had managed, as well as could be expected after such a tragedy of enormous proportion, to return to whatever shreds of normal life they could muster. To help deal with their overwhelming sense of loss and guilt, they joined with other parents who had lost sons and daughters to drunk and drug-influenced car crashes and spoke to many high school students about their experiences.

The husband and wife had good jobs at separate banks in their home city in California, the husband by one of the so-called “too-big-to-fail” bank corporations, and the wife by a local credit union. Both had earned degrees in finance/accounting; he was an investment banker and she an accountant. The wife had a personal blog where she shared money tips and light life stories about the family’s ups and downs for average Americans, and had gained a good following of over 1,000.

Her contacts/followers were from nations around the world, and now and then she would receive comments about the “privately owned Federal Reserve” as well as private central banks around the world. As time passed, she was given sources of information about the international banking systems, including books and authors, documentaries, related articles, etc.

Her first astonishing experience on monetary issues came when she learned that the United States Federal Reserve was a privately owned institution, not a government/public one as so many in America believe, but owned by the wealthiest banking families on Earth. She found out that the United States’ War of Independence was about control of America’s money, where America’s founders and citizens fought against the British monarchy/aristocracy for freedom from their monetary system of debt-slavery.

She read American history not found in the history books in high schools and learned that, since 1776 and America’s Declaration of Independence, a constant battle between powerful and wealthy monarchs/banking family dynasties has been ongoing, over control of the nation’s monetary system. She saw that money created by private central bank corporations is called “banking money” and money created by the government is interest/debt free “sovereign money”; that sovereign money was what the original Americans fought for against the British aristocrats’ banking money.

She learned that the Federal Reserve, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Bank for International Settlements (the central bank of the world’s central banks) were all private corporations owned by the wealthiest people on Earth, and that through history these powerful institutions came to control the economies of nations (“customers”) through debt. Various nations would take large loans for infrastructure projects, military purchases for defense against neighboring countries, economic development, etc. Sometimes democratically elected leaders would become pressured or even threatened to “play the game”, by doing so become wealthy, or, by deciding to not take part in “the game”, suffer his nation’s destabilization, his assassination, or outright military invasion – regime change/coup.

She learned that wars were fought almost all of the time for reasons other than bringing “democracy and freedom”, but for control of, and profits from, other nations’ natural and publicly owned resources.

As nations fell into deep debt from loans made by these banking institutions owned by the world’s wealthiest people, arrangements were devised to “help” the in-arrears nations and their people to pay down the debts.

These “arrangements” would include privatization of public-owned assets like mining companies, utilities, state-owned banks, energy/oil resources, industries, and/or other resources publicly owned by the populace. Other measures “recommended” to leaders of in-debt nations are “economic adjustment” and/or austerity, where public spending becomes reduced drastically to make sure debts are repaid. Austerity measures most often take the form of reduced spending on education, healthcare, wages, public employees, pensions, and various social programs designed to help the people.

She learned that ten international banks – a cartel – controlled all twelve branches of the Federal Reserve:

N.M. Rothschild of London

Rothschild Bank of Berlin

Warburg Bank of Hamburg

Warburg Bank of Amsterdam

Lazard Brothers of Paris

Kuhn Loeb Bank of New York

Israel Moses Seif Bank of Italy

Goldman Sachs of New York

JP Morgan Chase Bank of New York

She learned that 80% of the New York branch of the Federal Reserve is owned by powerful banking families:

Goldman Sachs, Rockefellers, Lehmans, and Kuhn Loebs of New York

Rothschilds of Paris and London

Lazards of Paris

Israel Moses Seifs of Rome

She came to think that, because the tremendous power that private interests had concentrated through controlling the monetary systems of nations and the wars fought for greed and lust for power of a handful of small groups, public control of money creation and measure would improve quality of life for people everywhere. She saw that nations/people which did not want to “play the game” faced overwhelming negative consequences for their opposition, up to and including invasion and destruction of their country through horrific violence and war.

In 2014, she noticed that more people around the Earth were coming to decide not to “play the game” anymore, and that they had begun to join to create power-decentralized, equitable economic, financial, monetary frameworks. She noticed that those who had through the centuries built vast fortunes and power, who had decided to use immoral, unethical, and murderous means to acquire monopolistic control of tremendous swaths of the Earth financial and natural resources, had become privately concerned about the world’s people who were “pushing back.”

She saw that, just as she had gained information over the internet which led her to truths about how the world is controlled economically, militarily, financially, and through public relations of corporate media organizations owned by the monopolists, men and women around the world were becoming aware as well – and demanding change on Earth. She could see that, because the people who had acquired phenomenal wealth – the greatest wealth inequality in the history of the world – were fearing a real paradigm-changing push by humanity, the relatively small groups who “ruled” the world were taking military action to keep up their grip of control and prevent significant change.

She felt a moral and ethical obligation to prevent escalation of power-maintaining, devastating – and extremely harming to millions of innocent men, women, and children around the Earth – violence and war.

She now faced an enormous personal struggle that struck at the core of her existence. She and her husband were both in their mid-forties, they both were employed in the banking field, they had three high school age children who would need to attend university, and the NSA would find everything she communicated in her efforts to prevent a world war. She would risk everything through her communicating what truth she had come to know; by publishing her truth to over 1,000 friends at her blog.

She thought about her sister’s silence, who feared to tell the truth about her son’s marijuana event in Illinois due to NSA collection of all Americans’ electronic communications, and how if she had simply told the truth perhaps eight people would still be alive today. She compared that tragedy to what she was now considering – perhaps the deaths of 8 million peopleand found that it was impossible to remain silent.

“Truth”

Man with the burning soul

Has but an hour of breath.

To build a ship of Truth

In which his soul may sail,

Sail on the sea of death,

For death takes toll

Of beauty, courage, youth,

Of all but Truth.

– John Masefield (1878-1967) Britain’s poet laureate from 1930

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They Know The American People Are Waking Up.

Posted May 5, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Now and then men and women experience certain moments in life that stand out as “peak” in a variety of ways. That experience might include hearing a perfect piece of music during which the performing artists for one time reach an other-worldly place, a book where the writer takes readers to worlds previously unknown – broadening readers’ horizons in exciting ways that offer renewal of hope, a dramatic film where everything comes together – the author who wrote the book the film became based on, or the original screenwriter’s intended artistic effect, plus perfect performances from all the actors and the insightful director.

A large percentage of people who get into blogging have as one of their – or perhaps only – reasons for communicating with the world a wish to help in some way toward the building of a better world, which in many cases has a direct connection with sharing little-known facts – truth – on historical and current events. This large percentage of the world’s blogging community come to regularly read articles and listen to interviews, all the while in search of “peak” experiences in the form of truthful information that offers humanity either means to create better conditions, or new – and until now – suppressed facts.

While on a casual journey to check out former “Coast-To-Coast” radio host John B. Wells’ new program “Caravan To Midnight” on YouTube, it seemed like something new to hear what Wells and his guest James Fetzer had to say. Without any real amount of digging into Mr. Fetzer’s work, the only things I was aware about him were his involvement in work about September 11, 2001 and some about his work and book about the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, who died in a plane crash. Having never read Mr. Fetzer’s book about the circumstances surrounding Paul Wellstone’s death, it became apparent that Mr. Fetzer believes Paul Wellstone was the victim of assassination – an intentional sabotage of his plane resulting in death.

So, there was only a scant knowledge about James Fetzer before listening to this interview. For people who have interest in investigative reporting the interview is one which perhaps only comes along very rarely, similar to the “peak” music, books, and films mentioned earlier. In fact the interview, with its 2 hour 49 minutes in length, is easily compared to a book because the number of issues covered – from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to September 11 to Ukraine and what seems like every issue of importance for investigative journalism fans – and may well become one which lands firmly in the category of “classic.”

James Fetzer received a degree in philosophy from Princeton, served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, left the Marines after attaining the rank of captain, earned a doctoral degree, and then lectured at, I believe, the University of Minnesota-Duluth for over 30 years before retiring. His students sat in classes on logic, critical thinking, and scientific reasoning. Since then he has written a number of books about the most consequential events in American history, including the previously mentioned JFK assassination, September 11, and death of Paul Wellstone, while also collaborating with fellow academicians/researchers in further and ongoing investigation into important, consequential world events as time moves on.

At one point in their interview John B. Wells says, “they know the American people are waking up”, hence the title of this post. During the course of their discussion it occurred to me that James Fetzer was reading his talk. He was either reading or he has an encyclopedic memory, given the profound amount of detailed and astonishing information he brings to this interview. Probably the main reason for endorsing this interview is that when listening and considering the information Mr. Fetzer seemingly machine-gunned for close to three hours straight, one’s only reaction is a dropping of the jaw and thoughts in the vein of “blow-your-freaking-mind interview”, then “is it safe to post/share this explosive program?”

Toward the end of the interview John B. Wells told James Fetzer that both of them were “on the list.” His meaning, certainly understood by both men, is one who speaks truth to power in the most intense and – on matters of assassinations,  coup d’états, the highest crimes and misdemeanors, and unimaginable corruption – expository, and threatening to really bad people manner. Those who end up on “the list” are those who understand that dissemination of certain information – information which threatens the freedom of the world’s most heinous criminals – risks retribution delivered in, and of, the severest, most extreme variety.

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We’re talking about mafia-like people who will silence permanently any person who threatens them with incarceration or exposure of their crimes to the public. After listening to John B. Wells’ interview of James Fetzer, you will understand that this not a dramatic over-estimation, nor anything less than what I feel is a proper, concerned preparation for what you are about to hear and experience.

Please share your perceptions and comments after listening.

Listen to James Fetzer – John B. Wells April 2014 interview here.

Journalist John Pilger – Conscience Keeper Of A Generation.

Posted April 9, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“If you do not specify and confront real issues, what you say will surely obscure them. If you do not alarm anyone morally, you yourself remain morally asleep. If you do not embody controversy, what you say will be an acceptance of the drift of the coming human hell.”

– C. Wright Mills (1916-1962) American sociologist

blogger3-1John Pilger has created a large body of work in his over four decades as a journalist. He started out as a young, naïve reporter during the time of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, having experienced what he describes as “unworldly and indelible”. He is asked by interviewer Ms. Shoma Chaudbury if there is any single event that stands out from his long career reporting on the most tragic war atrocities in recent history. He responds by saying what stood out was “how great power imposed on ordinary people in vivid and disturbing ways has had the greatest effect on me”.

Ms. Chaudbury asks: “what is the nexus (between military power, media, and government) people don’t understand?”

Mr. Pilger, whose films and reporting from the 1970’s up till now have focused on the consequences of war as well as the real causes, points out to her that he has tried to connect those who exercise power with the consequences of that power. Most people on the ground do not understand the connections. He notes that if Tony Blair and George W. Bush were Africans they would be arrested for war crimes. He admits that he has tried in his way to get readers and viewers of his films to look in the mirror.

Although Mr. Pilger never mentions it specifically, one can see that all during his reporting career John Pilger has remained loyal to telling the truth about world events – most especially the biggest, most consequential events like war. One of his early films  – “The War You Don’t See” –  exposed the workings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in their debt-capture, natural resource extracting actions in developing, third-world nations around the Earth, benefiting for the most part those at the top of the wealth and political power pyramid while leaving many on the lower rungs out of hope.

He talks about western media’s minimization of, or omission altogether, of western states’ culpability during military events or other geopolitical movements. He notes that, since 1945, America has “intervened” 72 times in the affairs of other nations – including assassinations/assassination attempts, destabilization campaigns, “low-intensity conflict”, outright overthrows/coups, and direct military actions. He tells Ms. Chaudbury that in the past reporters who wrote about these “interventions” would become labeled as “un-American” or “unpatriotic”, but that those terms are rarely used now because people are coming around to understand and “get it”.

He laments that, since the Cold War was over, humanity should be enjoying peace, but there remains worry in the minds and hearts of people about possible wars breaking out. As an American, although my philosophy is a citizen of the Earth, it is hard to convey what Mr. Pilger says about inaccurate images of the United States. He finds that the main propaganda about the U.S.A. is that it is a benign, giving, and generous entity, when the opposite is the truth. In a separate interview from this one, he described a recent visit to the Smithsonian where there was a line of displays about the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, among others.

Vietnam and Iraq were two of the most disastrous and tragic foreign policy decisions ever in American history. Young children moved with the lines of people at the Smithsonian, came upon the Vietnam War display, and read the words: “The United States saved the lives of one million Vietnamese people…” Further on the Iraq War display read: “The United States helped Iraq’s people bring about democracy”.

Ms. Chaudbury congratulates him for his “encyclopedic coverage of atrocities for over 40 years”. He finds himself optimistic even after all he has seen and experienced, pointing to people like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and others, as well as the corresponding, courageous truth-telling organizations in nations and regions around the Earth. Individuals and groups who expose the lies powerful leaders of governments tell themselves in private – “what we journalists should have been doing a long time ago – “whistleblowing” – makes him hopeful for the future, having reached the age of 75.

He shares what one could suppose is his “big picture” view of the world. He sees a kind of international apartheid situation where on one side of the fence reside the comfortable, conforming, corporate people, and on the other side most of the Earth’s people living uncomfortable, sometimes non-conforming lives. He notes that the least we can do is report on the lives of those innocent men, women, and children living outside the comfort zone – on the wrong side of the rich/poor apartheid fence.

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Shoma Chaudbury thanks John Pilger for being the “conscience keeper of a generation”. 

(Thank you to telhelkatv at YouTube)