Monday, March 27, 2017

CAP is not our friend

On the left, we should realize what C.I. has long said: The Center for American Progress is not the left.  It does not represent us.

When you grasp that, you grasp how they can lie and stir up war the way they do.


They're literally doing the "strings on a bulletin board" thing over at the Center for American Progress



We really need to realize who our friends are.

They do not include corporate funded organs like CAP.

Robert Parry has a great piece about the efforts by the US government to lie:


"Information Clearing House" -  "Consortium News " - Newly declassified documents from the Reagan presidential library help explain how the U.S. government developed its sophisticated psychological operations capabilities that – over the past three decades – have created an alternative reality both for people in targeted countries and for American citizens, a structure that expanded U.S. influence abroad and quieted dissent at home.
The documents reveal the formation of a psyops bureaucracy under the direction of Walter Raymond Jr., a senior CIA covert operations specialist who was assigned to President Reagan’s National Security Council staff to enhance the importance of propaganda and psyops in undermining U.S. adversaries around the world and ensuring sufficient public support for foreign policies inside the United States.
Raymond, who has been compared to a character from a John LeCarré novel slipping easily into the woodwork, spent his years inside Reagan’s White House as a shadowy puppet master who tried his best to avoid public attention or – it seems – even having his picture taken. From the tens of thousands of photographs from meetings at Reagan’s White House, I found only a couple showing Raymond – and he is seated in groups, partially concealed by other officials.
But Raymond appears to have grasped his true importance. In his NSC files, I found a doodle of an organizational chart that had Raymond at the top holding what looks like the crossed handles used by puppeteers to control the puppets below them. Although it’s impossible to know exactly what the doodler had in mind, the drawing fits the reality of Raymond as the behind-the-curtains operative who was controlling the various inter-agency task forces that were responsible for implementing various propaganda and psyops strategies.

Until the 1980s, psyops were normally regarded as a military technique for undermining the will of an enemy force by spreading lies, confusion and terror. A classic case was Gen. Edward Lansdale — considered the father of modern psyops — draining the blood from a dead Filipino rebel in such a way so the dead rebel’s superstitious comrades would think that a vampire-like creature was on the prowl. In Vietnam, Lansdale’s psyops team supplied fake and dire astrological predictions for the fate of North Vietnamese and Vietcong leaders.



Things like CAP, they don't care about that.

They just care about lying to you and trying to steal your vote.


Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"



Monday, March, 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue as does the illegal war.


Judith Miller didn't work for NPR so they had to depend upon Tom Bowman.





Fortunately for them (and unfortunately for news consumers), they still can.

"Well, Rachel, here's what the Pentagon says happened," Tom offers.

He's always good about that.

And always good about repeating what "officials I talked with" tell him.

Unnamed officials never lie, right?

It's interesting, isn't it, the way he rushes to grab an eraser and try to wipe away the murders.

Murders.

"Concentrated city and there is the risk of all these casualties," stammers and stumbles Rachel Martin, still not up to co-hosting MORNING EDITION.

Naturally, neither Rachel nor Tom ponder the bombing of civilian areas to 'liberate' them.

Naturally, neither point out that the the people of Mosul were told, before The Mosul Slog began -- 161 days ago -- not to leave Mosul.

Repeat that: They were told not to leave Mosul.


ISIS didn't tell them that.  Nor did so-called Rachel Martin.

The Iraqi government told them that.

The Iraqi government told them to stay.

The media did a lousy job then and does a lousy job now.

Tiny child Zaid Jilani pretends he's covering what happened among the press under Bully Boy Bush.  He's not.

He's repeating popular stories and has nothing to share but that which is already widely discussed.

He avoids TV, for example.  That would require doing some work.

More people watched THE TODAY SHOW than read THE NEW YORK TIMES or caught MEET THE PRESS.  But the tiny child is completely unaware of what went on with TODAY.

We're not.  We've told TODAY tales all along.

Let's drop back to June 24, 2013 for one of my favorites:

The question of who's a journalist may be up to a debate.

I agree.  For example, I wouldn't have spent a very long time on the phone January 12, 2004 if a journalist had been doing the 'White House beat' on NBC's Today.  But a journalist wasn't, David Gregory was.  It was the day before Ron Suskind's The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill.  And what did we learn that day from David Gregory?

What he hoped we would learn was that O'Neill was a thief who'd stolen government documents.  And we would be outraged.

But no documents were stolen.  And what we learned was that David Gregory will report on a book without even reading it's opening pages -- its there that its revealed that O'Neill requested and received from the White House his memos and writings on discs and that's what reproduced in the book.  And we learned that David Gregory wasn't really a journalist.  He was a dummy.  A ventriloquist's dummy.  He moved his lips and said what the White House wanted him to say.  As America saw yesterday, that's still what David Gregory does and he's well paid for it.  January 14, 2004, Today cleaned up David's mess by noting that O'Neill was given copies of the documents in the book -- given copies by the White House.  David always thinks that story will be forgotten.  Not while I'm around.  (I had an advanced copy that I'd already read of Suskind's book and my mouth dropped watching Gregory lie.  I was on the phone talking to everyone I knew at Today about how outrageous David's false charges were.)



Watching David Gregory's career implode was watching justice happen.


Sadly, there's not a lot of justice in the world.

There are a lot of children pretending they are media critics who spend all their time protecting their friends and worse.


tell me this people are terrorist. Who's terrorizing this young boy now? Oh look he's very calm. This is not a movie, this is Iraq.




That's what happened.

Terrorism.


And Tom Bowman remains on NPR because he tidies up and repackages reality into the absurd to ensure that the American people are misled and misinformed.



Over three days, 112 civilian bodies pulled from site of coalition airstrike in Mosul, Iraqi health official says



This is not liberation.

This is not freedom.

These are not deaths caused by ISIS.


What we're doing to today is what we did to Fallujah in 2004, on a far more massive scale. Another day of US-led genocide in .



These deaths have been taking place for over two years now.


And some 'tender hearts' want to be shocked that something like this could happen.


It's happened all along.


UN warns of 'great risk' to civilians as battle for Fallujah looms




 Maybe Americans can now emerge from their 'sleep cure' and face reality -- the reality the Iraqi people have had to live with for the last eight years?

Yes, the media misled.

But after 8 years, you damn well have to take part of the blame for your own refusal to face reality.

"'Improved' Iraq: Civilians killed in air strikes,..." -- that's from November of 2014.

We've been covering this.

It's a shame so many chose to bury their heads in the sand.


Especially since Luis Martinez (ABC NEWS) is reporting this morning, "The U.S. military is sending an additional two companies of soldiers to Iraq to help Iraqi troops fighting to retake Mosul from ISIS, defense officials confirmed to ABC News. Two companies of soldiers is equal to between 200 to 300 soldiers."






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Friday, March 24, 2017

Iron Fist and other things

Stevie Nicks sings, "Who in the world do you think that you're fooling?  Well I've already done everything that you are doing."

It's the song "The Two Of Us" and I know it especially because it's something Ava and C.I. always quote.

For good reason.

Ah yes, the Constitution's little-known "do-over" clause



Agreed with Michael Tracey -- I love his Twitter feed.

But let me sing, "Who in the world do you think that you are fooling?  Well I've already done everything that you are doing . . ."

At THIRD this week, we already did "Know the Constitution" taking on the same do over lunacy but reTweeted by the idiot Debra Messing:

That's not how it's done.

Read the Constitution, you damn liars and you damn idiots.

We hold an election every four years.

We do not do special ones.

Should a president need to be replaced, the line of succession is outlined.

There are no 'do overs' in elections.

Buy a f**king clue and stop Tweeting bulls**t to the world.

You should be ashamed to be so damn stupid.

Instead you come off very proud of being an idiot.



I liked this week's THIRD.  It was a really strong edition:




As always, the best piece is the TV one.  That's not me bragging -- Ava and C.I. write these.  They really do an amazing job.

And like Dona points out, they have done this for 12 years now -- they have this amazing body of work.

Some of my favorite pieces?

"Media: Let's Kill Helen!" this is where they take on the media's efforts to kill Helen Thomas' career.

They are amazing.

"TV: Katie Was a Cheerleader" is hard hitting and funny.  :D

"TV: 4 Days in 7th Hell" is amazing as well.  I always laugh at that one.  Ava and C.I. are creative here, they review 7TH HEAVEN by acting like they're new actors on the show.  :D

Anyway, hope you have a great weekend.

And check out IRON FIST on NETFLIX -- not only did Ava and C.I. like it but so did Stan (see his "IRON FIST").  I really did like it too.

And I'm sorry but season two of DAREDEVIL lost me.

Maybe that helped?

Maybe I wasn't expecting that much from IRON FIST?

I just found it to be strong and entertaining and wondered why I couldn't say that same about the idiotic MARVEL ANGENST OF SHIELD that I used to love?


Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Friday, March 24, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, Moqtad al-Sadr stages a huge rally, AP misreports and much more.


Baghdad today?


: Thousands of people flood 's Tahrir Square, demonstration called by 's powerful cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
 
 
 




Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr called for today's protest last Saturday:




Muqtada Al-Sadr has called for "million man march" on Friday in Tahrir Square central , Sadr will attend to give "important" speech.









His power to turn out a crowd remains -- visual evidence  of the power he continues to hold in Iraq.


He's never held elected office.

He's never been part of the Cabinet.

The power is internal based solely upon Moqtada himself.

There were times, during the first years of the war, when his power ebbed and flowed.


But the US government always played the wrong hand and would attack or insult him leading supporters to rally around him yet again.

As Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki couldn't command a crowd that size.

As former prime minister, Nouri's lucky to turn out 25 or so people when he visits their towns -- and some of those boo and throw things.

Who is the leader in Iraq?

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is one.

Moqtada al-Sadr is another.


Smoking a cigarette on top of one of bridges and thought about this.
 
 





Please note, Moqtada also has a huge amount of supporters in Basra as well.



Anadolu Agency reports:

In an address delivered to tens of thousands of supporters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, al-Sadr said he had received numerous death threats -- he did not say by whom -- due to his loud and frequent calls for government reform.
“Continue on the path of revolution and reform… even in the event of my death,” he asserted, while urging followers to keep their protests peaceful.
“If Iraq’s official election commission and electoral law remain as they are, we will be forced to boycott the polls,” he declared.
He writes about the protests that erupted in 2014 -- except they didn't.
Those protests erupted near the end of 2012, picked up steam in 2013 and were eventually stopped by Nouri al-Maliki.
Facts, he leaves out of his AP report.
But the his AP report also manages to mention changes -- undefined -- that Moqtada wants to a 'committee' (unnamed.)
The title of the body is the Independent High Electoral Commission.
Dropping back to February 4, 2017:

Hundreds of Iraqis did useful things yesterday including the hundred who rallied in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.  ALSUMARIA reports they rallied to call for reforms in the government (corruption) and reforms in the election law and the Independent High Electoral Commission.  ALSUMARIA reports hundred also protested in Karbala with the same demands.



To the February 8th snapshot:



Due to the protest, ALSUMARIA reports, the Election Commission has closed shop and gone home for the day to avoid "friction" with the protesters.

And ALSUMARIA is reporting that the protest has started with thousands turning out to demand changes in the electoral commission and in the voting law.


Sadrist respond to link the demonstrations on the anniversary of the Baath coup




ALL IRAQ NEWS carries the above photo in their report on today's protest in Baghdad.




Not only has Moqtada been protesting this for some time, UNAMI's also expressed concerns.


It's day 158 of The Mosul Slog -- and how's that working out?




|i regime digs mass grave for 200+ bodies killed by in Mosul. CNN will tell the world later they found an Yazidi mass grave
 
 




Their lives seem to have no worth.
 
 


Horrific Video from West of Mosul bombardment by US Coalition air crafts. 230 have died there in just 2 days.
 
 
~500 civilians (mostly displaced women and children) were massacred in less than 24-hours in and by the & its allies..
 
 



Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, residents
 
 



Oh, silly, idiot Elise of CNN, it is a slog.

It always was.


It's also a tragedy.


"People in West are trapped in the situation of penury & panic." Our representative in Iraq explains the latest developments
Mosul situation deteriorating as fighting rages
Around 400,000 people thought to be trapped in the Old City lack food, clean water and fuel to keep themselves warm.
 
 




Yesterday, we noted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments explaining the US military would not be leaving Iraq even if the Islamic State was defeated.  Jordan Shilton covers it for WSWS:


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Washington’s intention to keep troops deployed more or less indefinitely in the territories now occupied by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in remarks delivered at the beginning of a two-day meeting of the US-organized anti-ISIS coalition in Washington.
“The military power of the coalition will remain where this fraudulent caliphate has existed in order to set the conditions for a full recovery from the tyranny of ISIS,” he told an audience that included Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He gave no indication of when, if ever, US troops could be withdrawn from a war zone extending across Iraq and Syria, where there has been fighting of greater or lesser intensity throughout the 14 years since the US first invaded Iraq.

Tillerson also called for the establishment of “interim zones of stability” in Syria to which refugees from the US-instigated civil war that has raged throughout that country for the past six years could be forcibly returned. Areas will be deemed “safe” if they have been initially cleared of ISIS, an absurdly low standard given the deadly conflicts which continue to rage between different factions in the Syrian civil war.


At some point, we'll get around to Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford's comments this week that the US military will be in Iraq for "years to come."


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