Wednesday, September 24, 2008

EXTRA POST!: Holy shit... just... holy shit. Breaking News!

Active-Duty Army Units are being assigned to patrols in North America starting on October 1st. Anyone ever hear of Posse Comitatus? Yeah, well neither have They, apparently.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/
http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-troops-in-homeland-crowd-control-patrols-from-october-1st.html
"3rd Infantry's 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping 'people at home' may become a permanent part of the active Army." - Full quote from the header to the article, from the Army Times.

This is the most worrying shit I have seen in a long time. A month before the elections are supposed to happen. Seriously. Active duty uniformed soldiers being drafted into stateside service without any say-so other than the Pentagon? Something is stirring my friends, something is stirring. It is not a good thing, whatever it is.

Maybe it has something to do with these clips from C-Span...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3dAnSMzUlo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ByoqZqDGaA&feature=related

Look, I'm not trying to say anything except keep your eyes peeled. Something is happening. Right out in public, and nobody is paying attention. We are concerned with the price of oil, and food costs rising, the threat of recession, the election, the mortgage crisis, the credit crisis, the bank crisis, the stock market, but we are not concerned with this.

Maybe I am just being paranoid. I will certainly own up to a heightened sense of paranoia, no argument there. However, is it paranoia if you are right? If I am wrong, no problem, I'm nuts, I can live with that. Just another crazy person on the internet jumping at shadows and barking at the moon.

If I am right, even partially, then we are standing on the edge of the sort of scenario that George Orwell was called paranoid for envisioning. Its all been falling into place for years folks. You think the Patriot Act is something new? Almost all of the measures it enacted were from other separate bits of legislation that have been making the rounds for years. Most authored under the supervision of Bush 1 and Bill Clinton.

More video, for those who don't like to read.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a9Syi12RJo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc7i0wCFf8g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ISEt60XlpU

More later...

...and we're back.

What the fuck is going on? Well here are more paranoid ideas. First, a little background.

[The Patriot Act]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_PATRIOT_Act
[The Military Commissions Act]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Commissions_Act
[S. 1959 (Codenamed by the Department of Homeland Security as "ENDGAME", you just can't make this stuff up)]
http://justanothercoverup.com/?p=343
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-1959
http://justanothercoverup.com/?p=356
[Security and Prosperity Paternership of North America Security Agenda]
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/03/20050323-3.html

What seems to be going on is something big. Something very big. The October Surprise the world will never forget, or at least those of us in the good old U.S. of A.

A major thing is being prepared for, and it looks like it will require the military in full combat readiness on the home front, a generous helping of martial law, a big body count, and maybe a suspension of elections even.

FEMA bought a half million airtight, Biological and Chemical rated coffins last year. You know, just in case.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeqjykY5wPk
Halliburton has been given taxpayer money to upgrade those vacant FEMA detention camps. You know, just in case.
http://www.mindfully.org/Reform/2006/Halliburton-Detention-Camps31jan06.htm
http://www.freedomfiles.org/war/fema.htm
http://www.oilempire.us/redalert.html
Camps and coffins are old news, hell, one of the first conspiracy theories I read about on the internet back in the day was about the FEMA detention camps. They have them, they don't deny it, they say they keep'em around in case we ever have a flood of illegals (refugee's) that need quarantined.

Its more a question of that plus this equals what? Is it all related? Are the active duty military units deploying right here in the states on October 1st just in case? That is what They say. In case of civil unrest. That term comes up a lot, civil unrest. Or an NBC (not the broadcasting company, Nuclear, Biological, or Chemical) attack on US soil? Maybe, as the units deploying have been getting a ton of extra training for just that emergency since at least the middle of this month. Maybe it is all a big coincidence. Of course, anyone who has spent any amount of time working in the deep black will tell you there is no such thing.
John McCain has suspended his campaign. To work on the growing (ha! growing is such a small word) economic crisis.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/24/campaign.wrap/index.html
A bit more than a month to go until our elections. The new President gets sworn in come January. I wonder if that's going to happen. It seems to me that the expectation of something happening is already in the halls of power, if not an actual plan of action. Plans are good things to have, especially in an emergency.
FEMA has their coffins in Georgia, the military units being deployed stateside are training in the New England area. Keep an eye on the East Coast, and FEMA. After all, they are seemingly psychic in terms of emergency response. Just look at 9/11.
http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/fematape.html
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/articles/june2004/062904longdebunked.htm
This article still not finished... More to come. Special thanks to Senior Research Editor Dr. Wife.

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UPDATE:

I jumped to a lot of conclusions, based on weird facts. As it turns out there was no fascist takeover October Surprise, just some unconnected weird/terrifying events. Its honestly a little embarrassing. I try my best to not let paranoia get the better of me, to be rational, and I failed this time. Spectacularly. 

If this article is your first exposure to my blog, try some others. They are much better. Usually.


Not going to delete this in the interest of archival integrity, instead I will ad this note. Which I have done. Just now.

/Transmission

Money, Hookers, & The Media: A Non-Illustrated Guide to Media Deceptions and the Mortgage Crisis

Elliot Spitzer got outed (mmm hookers) for whistle-blowing about the sub-prime mortgage crisis too early. No, really.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021302783.html
http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/25-bushs-real-problem-with-eliot-spitzer/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Spitzer_prostitution_scandal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Fork_Bank
http://www.northforkbank.com/
http://www.myspace.com/ashleydupre
http://www.occ.treas.gov/

His editorial "Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime: How the Bush Administration Stopped the States From Stepping In to Help Consumers" was submitted to the Washington Post at the beginning of the week. The day before its published an investigation begins (the FBI, IRS, and DHS were all in on the fun) to see if he is spending lavish sums of money on hookers from New York while in Washington DC.

The tip off to authorities allegedly came from North Fork Bank. North Fork has been consumed by Capitol One Bank, thanks to them going down in flames in the on-going sub-prime mortgage crisis.

So Spitzer writes an op-ed in a CIA run newspaper criticizing the Bush Administration and certain financial giants of conspiring to use the sub-prime situation to the advantage of the government and Wall Street. Then a bank which folds (but all the top men come away with millions of the customers hard-earned money thanks to "Golden Parachutes". Rewarding for failure, the new American Way) in the same situation calls the feds and tells them Elliot Spitzer is spending money on hookers. Spitzer gets outed the same day the bank that was supposed to have phoned in the tip gets re-branded Capitol One (March 10th).

If you are going "So, what?" about how this was handled both in Washington and the media, just take a look at another prostitution story that broke a year before. It involved a high profile escort service (The infamous DC Madam, Deborah Jean Palfrey) and a US Senator (David Vitter, Republican from Louisiana). It had juicier elements, including the ensnarement of other high profile political figures, a pro-family-pro-jesus-anti-gay family values type paying for hookers with taxpayer money, but it went nowhere. He apologized to his wife and Jesus, resigned, no charges filed, the end. Spitzer gets practicly crucified.

Why is this important? Simple. Spitzers public hanging was a smoke screen, ment to distract from the investigation and erode his credibility. The entire crisis has been orchestrated for years. No, really. You mean to tell me nobody thought giving mortgages and credit cards to people who have no way of paying for them then selling their debts to someone else that they still can't pay would be a good idea? Really? What has happened as a result? The market has a few hiccups, financial analysts start throwing blame and committing ritual suicide, all the while financial power is quietly consolidated by a few businesses, the Federal Reserve, and the government "for the good of the market and ecconomy".

"Oh boo hoo, now we have to extend our influence over the world financial markets and the everyday lives of American citizens even further, and we have to do it at the expense of the American taxpayers, oh life is such shit." Every time I hear about the Fed moaning about having to buy another bank/financial institution with taxpayer money I want to punch the source of the news. The only time they complained and it seemed legit, read: they tried to squirm out of it, was when they discovered they had to pay back over a trillion dollars in outstanding bonds.

Spitzer launched an investigation into this very idea before the shit hit the fan, and the OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) filed a lawsuit against Spitzer and the City of New York to stop the investigation. Really. A lawsuit to stop them from investigating potential wrongdoing in the banking and credit industry. So he tries to write about it in the national media, and suddenly all of his dirty laundry gets hung out to dry.

Life is full of coincidences, ain't it?

UPDATE!
http://money.cnn.com/2008/09/23/news/companies/fbi_finance/index.htm?cnn=yes
Looks like the FBI was paying attention to the shenanagins after all, lets see how high up the food chain they get before things stall. Oh sure, a few Vice Presidents or Senior Executives will get thrown under the bus and do 18 months in a minimum security white collar resort, and it will make for some strangely boring television. After all, its what happens all the time. Except when Ken Lay got convicted. Then he died. Then he got pardoned (conviction overturned). Then his wife fucked off to parts unknown with all of his assets, which were stolen, but will never go to the people he stole them from because the judge overturned the conviction after he died.

I am not saying Ken Lay faked his death and his wife followed him into hiding with millions in stolen money and a federal judge appointed by Enron's good friends in the Bush administration was complicit in the act by overturning a guilty verdict after he was declared legally dead. I am not saying that at all. Just saying it seems the amount of time you are punished is related to the amount of money you have, political favors you hold, and just how bad your crimes are. Its like algebra, only more depressing because its usually your money that someones wife is fucking off to the Caribbean with.

UPDATE for my own Ego.
http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=3895701

Someone posted a UK article on this very thing on FARK today, at 5:41pm. Mine was 11:10am or so. HAHA!

Have you heard of Operation: Mockingbird? How about the phrase "The Liberal Media"?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mockingbird
http://educate-yourself.org/cn/ciadisinfoinaction28mar05.shtml
http://nationalexpositor.com/News/215.html
http://community.freespeech.org/cia_media_project_operation_mockingbird_is_government_propaganda
http://tmh.floonet.net/articles/cia_press.html
http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Antenna-Bruce-Herschensohn/dp/0595149359/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200959448&sr=1-5
http://www.namebase.org/news16.html
http://www.nixonera.com/etexts/silentcoup/contents.asp
http://uk.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idUKN2856634620071128
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1748
http://www.roguegovernment.com/news.php?id=6385
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/how-the-spooks-took-over-the-news-780672.html
http://www.blackopforum.info/index.php?action=printpage;topic=19.0

So, the CIA, everyone's favorite bogymen are at it again. Or rather, they have been at it since 1947 (the year they were created by Truman from the remains of the OSS). What is it this time?

The Media. The Liberal Media.

Operation Mockingbird was the name for the program to infiltrate and own the media originally headed by Cord Meyer (Yale Bonesman, LBJ buddy, one of the alleged JFK assassination ringleaders, CIA agent, and unwilling cuckold thanks to JFK*). Mockingbird did all sorts of things from influence the presentation of television news broadcasts to shape the style of newsprint. In addition to planting false stories, omitting facts, killing stories outright, blackballing journalists who didn't play ball, beating the drums to war (until some veteran newsmen grew spines again during Vietnam), and even for good measure brought down a president (Nixon, more on that in a second).

So we have today a liberal media that everyone will tell you is the result of liberal college professors teaching students seduced by left-wing communist ideas and spurred on by the dubious examples of leftist news organizations of yesteryear.

Thats fine, it makes perfect sense when you consider (this small and very incompleate list) who was/is drawing a government paycheck in the media...

Stewert Aslop [Writer: New York Herald-Tribune]
Bob Woodward [of Woodward & Bernstein fame, he was a Navy Intelligence officer before becoming one of the journalists that brought down Nixon. Nobody gets info from a "Deep Throat" type without a damn good reason. The reason was the CIA wanted Nixon gone]
Anderson Cooper [CNN Anchor, 2 years interning at CIA headquarters for a job in intelligence during college at Yale]
Ben Bradlee [VP: Washington Times, former editor-in-cheif, Writer: Newsweek]
James Reston [New York Times, one of the most widely read journalists ever]
Charles Douglas Jackson [Writer: Time Magazine, former psychological warfare expert for OSS]
Jamie McIntyre [CNN, Pentagon Corespondent]
Walter Haskill Pincus [Writer: Washington Post, outed out-of-favor CIA agent Valerie Plame to the media on orders from Karl Rove]
William C. Baggs [Editor: Miami News, was publicly anti-vietnam, as a result got to meet with North Vietnamese officials during the war]
Herb Gold [Writer: Miami News]
Charles L. Bartlett [Writer: Chattanooga Times, wrote articles with classified info from the CIA leading to the resignation of Harold E. Talbot as Secretary of the Air Force]
William S. Paley [CEO & Founder: CBS, he built CBS into the giant it is, hired his friend Edward R. Murrow, and was a psychological warfare operative for OSS]
Henry Luce [CEO & Founder: Time Magazine]
Arthuir Hays Sulzberger [Publisher: The New York Times]
Alfred Friendly [Writer & Managing Editor: Washington Post]
Barry Bingham Sr.
[Owner: WHAS Radio & TV, Couior Journal, Louiseville Times]
Various cable news contributors including G Gorgon Liddy [Watergate "Plumber"], Oliver North [Iran/Contra fall guy, cocaine importer], Karl Rove ["Bush's Brain"], Joseph Wilson [Diplomat, CIA front man, Valerie Plames husband], Monica Crowley [Nixon aide], John Podhoretz [Former Reagan speechwriter]. Other news outlets were involved, this is a small list. During the Church Committee investigation ABC News refused to account for any reporters with CIA ties, they didn't say they had none, just that they wouldn't stop covering for them. Also on the list is The Associated Press, Reuters, Hearst Publications, United Press International... you get the idea.

FOX News is owned by ultra-right-wing media magnate Rupert Murdoch, its run day-to-day by Republican strategy man Roger Ailes (political mastermind behind the Regan & Bush 1 presidencies), its point of view is well known. NBC is owned by GE, which is among other things one of the largest defense contractors in America. CNN was founded and formerly owned by Ted Turner, his wife's Vietnam antics aside Teddy Boy was the go-to guy for all your disinformation needs. He sold his soul to the FCC for the first shot across the bow of media ownership deregulation. These are only a few examples.

Then you have the reverse of planted stories, you have what happens to guys like Gary Webb when they actually report on dirty dealings. Webb wrote some articles on how the CIA used Contra cocaine to introduce crack to the American inner city, and before long some of the big media outlets figured that the story wouldn't die. So they did what any respectable news source would do, they attempted to pick apart Gary Webb (not his story, but him), black people (claiming that blacks are more susceptible to paranoia and conspiracy theories), and his paper the San Jose Mercury News. Reporters from The Washington Times, The New York Times, The LA Times, just to name a few, were all over him like shit on a blanket.

This was in 1996. Operation Mockingbird was officially ended by CIA director George HW Bush in 1976 with the Church Committee investigations.

It still goes on to this day, all you need to do to see it is look at how often the official story is reported as the only story. Oklahoma City is a good example. The police bomb squad reported removing additional explosive devices both during and after. The FBI agents on the ground confirmed additional unexploded bombs. The local media reported it. The something amazing happened, the story changed! More men in suits arrived, phone calls were made, and there was no more mention of the bombs the police explosives experts removed from the building. It was a single truck full of cow shit and diesel fuel that leveled half of an office block. Amazing. No more manhunt for additional men seen on security tapes with Timmy-Boy that the FBI still won't release to the public. No more bombs the OCPD removed from the building, that was an error. That never happened. Anyone who thinks that is crazy.

There is no liberal media. There are liberals in the media, sure, but not at the top. Where it matters. When something big about a major company or the government gets through its because someone gave it the OK to do so, not because some crusading Lois Lane escaped the bad guys clutches and rushed her story to press despite the best efforts of the military-industrial complex. Not because some communist nutjob has an ax to grind with the decadent imperialist west or some hippy with a grudge against The Man.

Sure there has been a leftist or even communist influence occasionally, but that has never been the prevailing voice in national media. The CIA let McCarthy hang himself in public because they and Army Intelligence had already done what he set out to do a few years before his hearings. He rattled some cages, and put a lot of Americans who might have already been disenfranchised with the American Dream out of work, but did nothing to thwart communist influence in the government or media. The real spooks already had that job pretty much wrapped up. Deep Throat handed Bob Woodward everything he needed to crucify Richard Nixon because the CIA wanted him out of the White House. He was a dangerous megalomaniac who drank too much and liked to threaten Russian diplomats (in private meetings, away from cameras) with nuclear war to make his cock feel big.

I use those examples to illustrate two points. One, again, there really is no "liberal media establishment", everything that hits the national page is there to serve a specific sociological, economic, or political end. Two, that while most of the shit we get force-fed is bad for us, sometimes it works for our benefit. I don't advocate government or corporate control of the media by any means, but it is nice to see some things happen for the public good occasionally.

...and finally, something I did not write. Enjoy this short reprieve.

Excerpt from "How they Slant TV" by Bruce Herschensohn (Former CIA agent)
U.S. Information Agency Video Expert's 'How They Slant TV - A to Z' list

A. Story placement:
The first story on a network newscast is largely perceived by the audience as being the most important news of the day; the second story, the second most important; and so on through the first group of stories.
If a network would like to give particular significance to a story or less significance to a story, their placement within the newscast establishes an immediate priority of importance within the viewer's mind.

B. The hold frame:
This is an old motion picture technique, which now has wider use in television than in historical films. Since November 1963 it has often been referred to as the "Jack Ruby Frame."
(When Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the technique was used on replays of the video tape to visually stop the action at the moment the bullet hit Oswald.)
The technique is used to "catch" something the audience might otherwise have missed. It interrupts the motion to hold on one still picture from the moving action so that a particular frozen image can be examined by the viewer. In sporting events such as football or the finish line of a close horse race, the hold frame is particularly useful.
It can also be used to give the impression of "catching" an event it did not "catch" or "catching" a person it did not "catch."

C. Selective Segmentation:
What was once a primitive or at least sloppy technique has become what is almost impossible to distinguish as it comes across the screen. The network's objective is to cut out portions of a speaker's comment and, by use of tied-together excerpts in false continuity, make the total effect different from his original in-context remarks. The primitive method was simply to physically cut out the film of the undesired area and splice and splice the two remaining wanted ends together. This results in a jump-cut, which can be seen by the audience and leaves room for suspicion and looks crude. The professional device is to use a cut-away of an interviewer or a cut-away of a chart, or whatever seems appropriate, and then cut back to the speaker. Both the visual and the audio cut can be accomplished while the cut-a-way is on screen. This can be used, and is most often used quite ethically to excerpt, cut down, or give certain segments of a speaker's performance without jarring visual effects, as would be evident without a cut-a-way. But it can and has been used unethically to change emphasis and meaning of what someone has said. It is difficult to recognize an excerpt. At times, but not always, it can be ascertained by an inconsistency in audio quality behind the cut-a-way or as the shot changes.

D. Commentator speculations that appear to be factual:
Although the words are couched and the periods are in the right places separating information from speculation, the end effect of this technique is to give the listener the impression that only facts are being reported. The transient character of television airways reporting permits this to be effective whereas, if the report were printed in a newspaper or magazine for examination, there would be risk of discovery. "There's reason to believe..." and "could be" are often used.

E. The truth but not the whole truth:
Although the whole truth is known to the reporter or commentator, only a portion is told, which casts an invalid impression by intent.

F. Catch phrases:
With unnoticed and unattributed bias, an editorialized catch-phrase is added to the nation's vocabulary, by force of habit. Catch phrasing is a printed-word and audio technique that has been streamlined by television with the use of "Anti-War Movement," "Peace Movement," "The Saturday Night Massacre," "The Mysterious Alert," "Operation Candor," "The White House Germans," and "The Christmas Bombing" (and, as previously mentioned, the word "Watergate" itself, used to house all charges of the period). The streamlining was applied by using catch phrases as matter-of-fact routine and by repetition as "fact phrases," making them appear to be non-biased actualities.

G. Utilizing the chemistry of combined audio and visuals:
Often a visual image gives one impression, the audio another, and the combination of the two used simultaneously creates a distortion. (Most significantly, as mentioned, this technique was used to inject "Watergate," without the use of the word, by the projection of the Watergate Complex on the rear screen behind the commentator while he talked of an unrelated story.) The modifications of this technique are endless.

H. Visual emphasis to audio by selection of phrases for audience to read:
Charles Guggenheim used this technique of printed words upon the screen in the television commercials for Senator McGovern's race for the Presidency.
Examples: 1. The technique was steadily applied by the networks as a method to emphasize out-of-context areas of the transcripts of President Nixon's tape recordings.

I. Pretense balancing:
The motive is to show that the presentation is showing all sides of a particular story when, in fact, the balance is tilted.

J. Selectivity of interviewees:
The meaning of a news event can be given a decided tilt by those selected to be interviewed.

K. Treatment and respect given an interviewee:
The audience is immediately given an impression about the person being interviewed by the questions he is asked and by the manner in which he is addressed by the reporter conducting the interview.

L. Prompting an interviewee:
Words can easily be put into an interviewee's mouth by the interviewer. It is most effective if the interviewer's question is phrased so that it can be cut out, while the answer is retained as a complete statement. Obviously, if the manner in which the interviewee answers is not a complete statement, the question cannot be omitted. The objective is to coach the interviewee.

M. Methods of reading:
Reading slow or reading fast or an accent on a particular word or a faint smile or a shake of the head give editorialization that cannot be found by rereading the text of the report or interview, but can be found only by viewing and listening to the newscast.

N. Set design for visual authority:
Every executive knows that a desk can give a visual sense of importance to the man who sits behind it. When in the company of a visitor, most executives follow the rule of rising from the chair behind the desk and walking to another chair without the separation of the desk as a barrier importance between the host and guest. The very visual posture of a commentator gives him a look of authority.

O. Narration rather than visuals - when it suits the purpose:
Often a new event will occur in which visuals will create a negative effect when the producer hopes to achieve a positive impression, or a positive effect when the producer hopes to achieve a negative impression. In this case, visuals defeat the purpose, and only narrative is used.
Example: When President Nixon worked in his Executive Office Building Suite, Dan Rather would refer to it as "his small, hideaway office" to CBS viewers. There were stills of the office, but stills would have defeated the purpose of Dan Rather's line, since the office was a very large one, used as his working quarters. The term "hideaway" was also inaccurate. Dan Rather was informed when the President went to work within his Executive Office Building suite, as were all the members of the White House Press Corps. It was, in fact, a more public suite than the Oval Office as it was the one place the public could see him enter and exit as they watched from the street. Dan Rather's continual referral to it as "the President's small, hideaway office" had a sinister ring of secrecy and isolation, and it could have raised suspicions in the minds of some viewers: "What is he doing in there?" "Why does he go to a small hideaway?"

P. Recap of past news to relate to the present:
While telling a real news event, a re-cap is given to something that happened days, even weeks ago, as though it had direct relation to the current event. In that way audience interest may be revived in a non-news story.

Q. Crediting and discrediting:
This newswriting technique is designed to give credit to an editorial factor of the writer's choosing.

R. Creation of news:
Sometimes there is no event during the day relating to a continuing story that the network wants to sustain. Creating a related event is no real problem. One method is for the network to send a newsman and a camera crew over to the Capitol to talk to a senator or congressman about "the story." If the senator or congressman is willing, he or she can make news in an instant. Many are willing, since it is an opportunity to be seen and heard by millions. Networks generally recognize a particular senator's or congressman's point of view before an interview is filmed. If it doesn't turn out as they want, it can be discarded. Other methods of creating news are to give an unimportant item an extended story length, to have reporters quote other reporters, or to emphasize the fact that there is no news regarding a "continuing story."

S. Inclusion or omission of crowd reaction:
When reporting a speech of a public figure, it is up to the film editor to decide whether to include the audience reaction of those witnessing the speech. Most often, reaction will be cut in the interest of time, but this is an option that can change the entire character of the address. The character can be retained without the loss of time by leaving in the applause, fading it to a low level, and bringing in the reporter's voice above the applause. During an election campaign report showing two candidates, this technique of inclusion or omission can be used to tilt the character of public reaction to one candidate against another.

T. Focal length:
Different lenses give separate impressions of the size of a crowd. Every photographer or cinematographer knows that a large crowd can look small, and a small crowd can look large simply by changing from a long lens to a short one, which changes the focal length. Television viewers who want to know the size of a crowd should look for the margins of crowd-ends, as it is the only sure manner in which to make an accurate judgment.

U. Tragedy and comedy style reporting:
There is no hiding of passions within this type of reporting. The commentator comes right out with it.
Examples: 1. John Chancellor, usually one of the most responsible commentators, gave a chilling example of dramatic tragedy reporting on the night of Archibald Cox's discharge and resignations of Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelhaus. When televised passion exceeds the immediate magnitude of the event, such excess can sometimes create its ultimate importance.
The following are excerpts from John Chancellor's report:
"The country, tonight, is in the midst of what may be the most serious constitutional crisis in its history...That is a stunning development, and nothing even remotely like it has happened in all of our history...You are watching a special NBC Report of another event this year that we never believed would have happened in the history of this Republic...A constitutional situation that is without precedent in the history of this Republic...In my career as a correspondent, I never thought I would be announcing these things..."

V. Oblique emphasis reporting:
This is the most important and most often used technique of network news. Seemingly straight reports are very often subtle editorializations. The use of words and phrases gives transient and subliminal points of view to the audience, most often without audience knowledge.

W. Ignoring follow-up stories:
Follow-up stories are often ignored when their usage would be beneficial to those the networks oppose or harmful to those the networks endorse. This technique is similiar to, but not quite the same as, a total disregard of an important story, to which we devote a later chapter.
Example: Howard Hunt testified before the Senate Select Committee about spy work that was conducted against Senator Barry Goldwater in 1964. The story died the next day.

X. Story association and grouping:
Telling one story and without pause going into another story can imply association between the two. This can be achieved either with or without narrative bridges by grouping stories in succession.

Y. Acceptance of TV editorials:
It has become an accepted fact that network news will have an editorial. But why? Why should an editorial view be placed in a news program? Why is it not possible for the audience to find out the news without hearing an editorial?
Example: NBC and CBS incorporated their editorials within the context of the news programming, which made it most impractical for a viewer to turn the television audio down and then up again just in time to catch the next piece of news. ABC uses a better method of placing its editorials at the end of the program, much like a newspaper editorial, which can be read or simply left unread.

Z. Repetition:
This is the simplest and oldest technique of any medium that wishes to propagandize a point of view. It was inherited from ages past and has never been used more strikingly or more effectively than it has in television newscasts. When a story appears night after night with little added to the account, or if a continuing story is repeatedly given precedence over other news items that are obviously more urgent in the context of the day's events, it is a safe bet that the network is setting up its own emphasis to maintain an objective, which is usually met. The creation of the most important story today, with repetition tomorrow, can truly make it important the day after tomorrow.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Picture Parade

"When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite." - Winston Churchill

For Chad, with love.

A collection of images that you, my dear readers, may find interesting/entertaining.

Note: Blogger cuts them off a bit for formatting, so you have to click on the picture for the full image.

The Haunted Painting aka "The Hands Resist Him"
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hands_Resist_Him
http://www.bbc.co.uk/derby/unexplained/2002/haunted_painting/ebay_haunted_painting_01.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Stoneham
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/1158/

The story of the painting can be found in more detail elsewhere, but I shall summarize for my ADD afflicted audience. The painting above, "The Hands Resist Him", was discovered in an abandoned building and taken home by a lovely couple with two precocious children. These children reported strange things in the night with the painting, such as the figures coming to life and playing with them. A little weird. Eventually the parents managed to get infrared photographs of the painting appearing to do just that.

So the story goes.

The artist, Bill Stoneham, says he sold it to John Marley (Jack Woltz in The Godfather) who held it until his death. So far nobody knows for sure how it ended up in the old brewery where the couple who sold it on eBay found it.

Haunted or not, it makes a great story, which drove up the price on eBay, and gained some fame for the artist. Haunting? Maybe. Good marketing? Absolutely.

Every job is getting outsourced these days, even law enforcement.
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http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/08/04/18522878.php
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Does_tshirt_show_Blackwater_along_on_0804.html
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-me-marijuana1-2008aug01,0,4363397.story

Blackwater private security contractors working with the DEA to bust medical marijuana dispensaries in California. That's nice. I love the idea of corporate operatives acting as law enforcement officers. Sort of like if you go to Best Buy and smell like weed, then the Geek Squad guys come out and tase you to the ground and haul you off to jail in a big orange SUV.

I would have included a link to the story that had more photos from this raid, but they (The LA Times) took them down. Just like they did the photo above, an hour after it was put up. I guess they didn't feel it was newsworthy after all, so they removed it from the set of pics from the raid. What can you expect from a liberal media, right? Right?

JFK: Fuck the Zapruder Film, the real money shots are in the before and after.
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JFK and his then Vice President LBJ (far right, in the white coat) the morning of November 22nd. One of these men knows that day will go down in history, which one would you say?

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LBJ and "Lady Bird" Johnson having a moment of levity with Jackie Kennedy just before LBJ is sworn in on Air Force One. Note how uncomfortable everyone else looks.

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LBJ smiling at Texas Congressman Albert Thomas, and good old Al winking right back! There must have been such a lively mood on that jet, what with JFK decomposing quietly 40 feet away and his widow sobbing hysterically still soaked in her husbands blood.

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LBJ swearing the oath of office, clearly a somber moment. Congressman Thomas is left in the snappy bow tie, and the short seedy fellow left of Al is Jack Valenti, the man you have to thank for essentially creating the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).

Excerpt:

Death of a President, by William Manchester, is the authorized version of the Kennedy assassination. Jackie Kennedy gave ten hours of interview; both Look magazine and the German publication Stern serialized it. Jackie asked that certain passages which were "too personal" be removed. According to the Paul Krassner's periodical The Realist, this is one of the passages:

"That man was crouching over the corpse, no longer chuckling but breathing hard and moving his body rhythmically. At first I thought he must be performing some mysterious symbolic rite he'd learned from Mexicans or Indians as a boy. And then I realized -- there is only one way to say this -- he was literally fucking my husband in the throat. In the bullet wound in the front of his throat. He reached a climax and dismounted. I froze. The next thing I remember, he was being sworn in as the new President".

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When the plane landed in DC and Jackie was asked by a reporter why she had not changed clothes, her response was she wished she had not washed her hands or face, and she kept on the outfit because "I want those sons of bitches to see what they did to Jack.".

Jackie Kennedy was not one to mince words.

The Whitechapel Fiend revealed!
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The (wonderful, and intensely funny) film 'Amazon Women on the Moon' reveals in a shocking 'Bullshit, or Not?' segment that Jack the Ripper was in fact... The Loch Ness Monster. Scary stuff. I love the giant kilt on Nessie. Scotch pride indeed!

I changed the name of the blog, twice actually. Both were taken by other blogs, as was Conspiracy Corner aparently. So it has a new name. One not taken by someone else. The URL will stay the same however, since its not the name of the blog there is no need to change that.

Stay tuned for a special guest blogger! My wife is coming out of journalistic retirement and she is coming out fighting. Stay tuned for her article on the West Memphis 3.

In other news, my article on the Biscardi Bigfoot got mentioned/linked in a few other blogs. Also my brief bit on the new DHS Weather Control program got a shout-out elsewhere. I did not even know. How about that, my 15 minutes came and went and I was probably working or asleep. Typical.

http://veryrecent.com/topic/Searchingforbigfoot.com/
http://news-buzz.com/news/cloud-seeding-australia


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Friday, September 5, 2008

Do androids eat electric beef?

North America's getting soft, *patron*, and the rest of the world is getting tough. Very, very tough. We're entering savage new times, and we're going to have to be pure and direct and strong, if we're going to survive them. Now, you and this cesspool you call a television station and your people who wallow around in it, your viewers who watch you do it, they're rotting us away from the inside. We intend to stop that rot. - Harlon, Videodrome

KBR/Halliburton Accused of human trafficking. Kitchen slaves. All the way from Nepal.

http://news.yahoo.com/story//ap/20080828/ap_on_re_us/trafficking_lawsuit

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Halliburton_contractor_sued_for_human_trafficking_0828.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/28/us-contractor-kbr-sued-fo_n_122045.html
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0601190052jan19,0,1567028.story

So I guess the American farmland isn't the only place where illegal foreign workers are an issue. It seems those damned illegals are at it again. This time however, they are taking high paying jobs in the private sector, and doing so in a very insidious way.

Just recently 12 to 14 (the need to finish putting the bodies back together) illegal migrant workers decided to stow away in KBR vehicles heading over the border from Jordan into Iraq. They carefully surrendered their passports to KBR employee's after they arrived in Jordan with the promise of taking American jobs in the civilian contractor food service industry. THEN they stowed away in KBR cars going to Iraq to a military base were they would take jobs from the Americans there. Assholes!

OK, enough of that. These men were promised jobs cooking in Jordan, had their passports and identities seized, and where then shipped by KBR (a subsidiary of Halliburton) to Iraq to work for only the promise of eventually going home in areas deemed "to dangerous to risk American cooks". The plan was discovered when the convoy was attacked by Iraqi's and most of the Nepalese slaves were killed along with their captors.

Is it just me, or does this seem like a lot of trouble to go to for free kitchen labor?

Seriously. Men from Nepal abducted in Jordan and sent to Iraq to work in kitchens for Halliburton contractors? It just does not make a lot of sense. The facts are there, these men were Nepalese, they did have their passports confiscated, and they were being taken to Halliburton facilities in Iraq. Maybe a really amazingly long road trip back home to Nepal?

What the fuck?

Either way, with all the money our government keeps borrowing in our name from foreign powers to pay for The War in Iraq, you would think we don't need to abduct a bakers dozen plus one of Nepalese men for slave labor.

The Adventures of Steve Fossett Across the 8th Dimension
http://www.economist.com/obituary/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10717765
http://www.aviation.com/flying/080903-ap-steve-fossett-search.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Fossett
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/28/fosset_claims/
http://knudsennews.blogspot.com/2008/03/steve-fossett-is-alive.html
http://www.hemuz.org/People/Millionaire-Steve-Fossett-Found-a-Path-to-the-4th-Dimension

Steve Fossett's dead. Undead, undead, undead. Well, legally dead. But probably not dead.

You see, Steve was a test pilot, adventurer, millionaire, world record setter (116, 60 of which still stand, in 5 sports no less), and all around death-defying sort of guy. He lived large, and ate life with shining teeth as the vikings would say.

So on September 3rd, 2007 he takes off from the ranch of Barron Hilton (Paris Hiltons cranky grandfather) and goes flying out in the Nevada desert in a small two seater airplane, and is never seen again. To date no plane wreckage or corpse have been found in the search. No transponder signal from the plane, no nothing. Not even Google (via Google Earth), the Government, or the connections of Billionaire Playboy Richard Branson have found anything. Well , they found eight other airplane crash sites in the desert, but not Fossett.

Did he fake his death? Not likely. None of his accounts or assets have been accessed since his "death". His wife had him declared legally dead so she could access his half of the fortune. Several investigators remained alert to the possibility, but he had no outstanding debts or creditors hounding him. Is he dead then? Maybe, but unlikely.

What is a little weird about this is the claims he made before his death, as well as certain facts leading up to the disappearance.

In the days before his "fateful flight" he claimed to his wife and a few friends that he found some sort of passageway into another dimension in the dessert. Steve claimed it was white, and circular, and visible from the air but could move. Inside it he observed blue colored humanoids who told him strange things. He landed his plane near the opening and spoke to the blue men at length about time, space, and showed him all sorts of things that only make sense after a heavy dose of LSD and a balloon full of nitrous oxide.

So Steve goes home at 2am, tells his wife and a friend or two about this experience, they figure he's working too hard (adventurer or not, he was 63), and try to hope it doesn't happen again. A few days later he saddles up to the Hilton Ranch and has the hanger flunkies do the pre-flight on Barron's little plane that he had never flown. Which is odd, since he was paranoid and very safety conscious. He never let anyone else monkey with a plane before he flew, he also didn't bother to wear an emergency transponder watch he had. Also, he left at about 8:30 in the AM for an unspecified location in the Nevada desert, with his only explanation for going as "reconnaissance".

Steve Fossett was declared legally dead on February 15th, 2008. No body, no wreckage, no hint of what happened despite the most extensive and expensive search-and-rescue operation in history.

USDA bars beef companies from testing for Mad Cow disease, claims its unfair to other meat companies... more headlines from Bizzaro World.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2006-08-03-our-view_x.htm
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9C0CE4DD103BF93BA25757C0A9629C8B63
http://reclaimdemocracy.org/articles_2004/usda_slaughters_creekstone.html
http://www.creekstonefarms.com/news.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmissible_spongiform_encephalopathy
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9905E2D61E3FF937A15751C1A9659C8B63
http://www.awitness.org/journal/american_mad_cow_coverup.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy
http://www.organicconsumers.org/madcow/Greger122403.cfm
http://archives.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/europe/01/23/carcass.piles/index.html
http://www.mad-cow.org/
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=mad-cows-human-toll
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/madcow.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/Ncidod/EID/vol12no10/06-0019.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1306563.stm

Creekstone Farms wants to give the government money, but Uncle Sam is having none of it. Creekstone Farms also wants to protect its customers from the horror that is Mad Cow disease, but Uncle Sam is having none of that either.

The USDA is preventing, in court, Creekstone Farms from buying (from the USDA) laboratory kits that test for Mad Cow and its human counter part Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The USDA is the only legal supplier of these tests, and they will not let Creekstone have them for fear that it will affect the price of beef.

Essentially the meat processing/packing/farming lobby (aka Big Meat) and the USDA are afraid that consumers will start flocking to Creekstone products (premium, specialty, and organic beef) due to their scientifically verified assurance of being Mad Cow free. So then they , Big Meat, also will have to start testing every cow for the disease, the expense of which will be passed on to the consumer. Which might result in less beef being sold.

So the logical choice of course is to bar anyone from testing any American beef's until they are foaming at the mouth with crazy and biting people.

The USDA and Big Meat don't want the US to experience the panic that hit Great Briton a few years ago when they discovered that damn near all their cows had the disease. Most of Western Europe smelled like east Texas while England dealt with its little fuck up. The lost revenue if cows were infected here on that scale would be staggering. Since losing money is not the American way, it gets swept under the rug, and hopefully all those cases that pop up in a few years will just be mistaken for early onset Alzheimer's disease, organic brain dementia, epilepsy, or some other disease thats not transmitted by USDA certified meat.

Cows infected with BSE have already been found in the US. Several hunters have contracted CJD from eating deer they killed. The USDA admits that CJD/BSE/CWD and other variants have been found in sheep, deer, and elk in the US, but not cows. Which is good, since the government and big business would never lie about something like this. Why would they?

Hungry?

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Only 3 topics this time. What do you want from me? I am a busy man dammit.

Enjoy, and of course feel free to comment.

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