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Monday, November 28, 2016

Published on You Tube Nov. 25, 2016 Medhi Hassan @ AlJazeera - English

William K. Black: HOWARD DEAN WANTS TO CONTINUE ASSAULT ON WORKING CLASS @ New Economic Perspectives


A caller on this morning's "Washington Journal" cajoled the C-Span host to put the "debt clock" back up on his desk. The host promptly complied, thus spreading the endless Koch libertarian fear factor,  a religious creation wrapped in the free market myth as applied to a sovereign country's currency. 

Banker busting regulator, financial criminologist, Bill Black busts the balloon with brevity and logic, even if it's an austerity loving Democrat.  Here he writes of Dr. Howard Dean's lack of education:

[Excerpt] ... Dean has one enormous blind spot – his assumption that federal deficits are evil and that the answer is to continue to wage vigorously the long war – the repeated assaults on the working class through austerity. I have been writing a series of columns about the fact that the Democratic Party must learn from the election that it has to stop this long war. I have explained why austerity produces immoral results because it is economically self-destructive and politically suicidal.

I researched Dean’s statements about austerity to try to understand why a man who opposed the DLC would be so enthusiastic about inflicting austerity on the working class. I found part of the answer. Dean was Vermont’s governor. Dean explained to a conservative “Squawk Box” host why he supported austerity based on his experience as a governor. ... [End of Excerpt]

Alleen Brown: ARRESTS OF JOURNALISTS AT STANDING ROCK TEST THE BOUNDARIES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT @ The Intercept

Thomas Rid: RUSSIA HACKERS TO BLAME FOR WIKILEAKS EMAILS @ Esquire

No Stuxnet stories here or sabotaging a Russian hydroelectric dam.  Hackers have no loyalties to nation-states and are pirates, get over it.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Robert Parry: WASHINGTON POST'S 'FAKE NEWS' GUILT @ Consortium News


Exclusive: The “fake news” theme has captivated The Washington Post and the mainstream U.S. media so much that it is stooping to McCarthyistic smears against news outlets that don’t toe the State Department’s propaganda line, says Robert Parry.

[Excerpt] ... After returning from a Thanksgiving trip to Philadelphia on Saturday, I received word that Consortiumnews.com, the 21-year-old investigative news site that has challenged misguided “group thinks” whether from Republicans, Democrats or anyone else over those two-plus decades, was included among some 200 Internet sites spreading what some anonymous Web site, PropOrNot, deems “Russian propaganda.” ... [End of Excerpt]

Yael T. Abouhalkah: HOW PENCE AND OTHERS CAN DUMP DONALD TRUMP IN 2017 @ Yael On The Trail

Dave Lindorff: CONFESSIONS OF AN ALLEGED 'RUSSIAN PROPAGANDIST': LIBELED IN A WASHINGTON POST 'FAKE NEWS' McCARTHYITE ATTACK ON ALTERNATIVE MEDIA @ This Can't Be Happening!



ThisCantBeHappening.net didn’t make the Washington Post’s list of 200 news sites that are “purveyors of Russian propaganda” designed to “undermine Americans’ faith in democracy,” but an article by yours truly published on our site on September 29 which was picked up by Counterpunch.org and run the following day was cited as “proof” that Counterpunch is just such a perfidious agent of Russian subversion of the US.

The article in question, headlined US Propaganda Campaign to Demonize Russia in Full Gear over One-Sided Dutch/Aussie Report on Flight 17 Downing, called out the Dutch “investigation” into that horrific shoot-down of a fully-loaded Malaysian jumbo jet over war-torn eastern Ukraine in 2013, pointing out that the prosecutors and investors involved refused to accept any radar or transmission monitoring evidence offered by Russia or by separatist rebels in the region, using instead only evidence provided by the Ukrainian intelligence service and government -- this despite the fact that both Ukraine and Russia possessed quantities of the BUK missile and mobile launchers that were known to have been involved in the downing of the plane, and should thus both be potential suspects in the case. I also noted that as reported by noted former AP investigative reporter Robert Parry on his own Consortium News site (also on the Washington Post’s hit list of Russian propaganda sites), and by retired CIA Senior Analyst Ray McGovern, the Dutch investigators never asked for nor received any satellite surveillance photos or NSA transcripts of relevant telecommunications concerning the shoot-down from the US, though such evidence certainly exists.

The Washington Post article in question, written by Craig Timberg -- surely either one of the most credulous and lazy journalists working in a major US news organization (and that’s really an accomplishment!), or a rank propagandist for the US government posing as a journalist at the Post -- relied upon only two sources for his dramatic “exposé” purporting to prove that a massive Russian propaganda campaign had surreptitiously attempted to undermine (perhaps successfully!) the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and to throw the race to Donald Trump, at the same time undermining US foreign policy and faith in the US government while elevating the reputation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both sources are falsely described collectively by Timberg as being “two teams of independent researchers.” The assumption we clearly are meant to have is that these organizations have no institutional bias.

In fact, the first of these sources, the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), turns out to be a hoary relic of the Cold War founded in 1955 by Robert Strausz-Hupé, an Austrian émigré and passionate anti-Communist. It has continued its anti-Russian propaganda stance since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the 2002 death of its founder...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the uncompromising, collectively run, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative news site, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/3373

As this article explains, the alternative media are under attack. The charge by President Obama, by writers at the Times and on TV news programs, and especially in a particularly McCarthyite page-one trash piece in the Washington Post claiming to have a list of 200 alternative sites doing the bidding of a massive secret Russian propaganda campaign, are claiming the alternative media are attempting to "undermine American faith in democracy. The truth: Sites like ours are trying to get out the truth that the corporate media, with their "fake news" are cramming down American's throats. But we need your help to do it, so please give generously to support our efforts, now more than ever.





The TCBH! Collective

Saturday, November 26, 2016

James Bamford: DON'T BE SO SURE RUSSIA HACKED THE CLINTON EMAILS @ Reuters

FCF Re-post from March 27, 2005 Interventions Without End?

I wrote the following Jan. 1, 1993 as the cover essay for the Alternative Index:

U.S. global hegemony is history. Like every nation, America must now choose – between what is vital and worth fighting for, and what may be "idealistic," but is not worth a war.

Not long ago, America produced 96 percent of all she consumed and was the most self-sufficient republic in history. With statesmanship and sacrifice, we can become so again. With leaders like we once had, we can chuck the empire. For what good has it done us?


Interventions Without End? - by Pat Buchanan

FCF Re-post Oct. 6, 2005 - SUICIDE IN KANSAS IS REDUNDANT

INJECTING THE
33% SOLUTION
OR
WHEN MARTIAL LAW MEANS
“NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU ARE SORRY.”
BY MICHAEL CADDELL
FIGHTIN’ COCK FLYER, NORTH JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS,
United States of Amnesia


MANY MORNINGS IN KANSAS are a time of both great hilarity and somber reflection for my family on workdays. My son wakes each school day morning and at eight years old chows down on his favorite bowl of cereal with an admirable appetite. Despite my persistent effort to educate him on the virtues of a high protein and low carbohydrate diet, fried eggs and meat, he insists on munching like one of my horses on a crunchy grain diet. I surrendered to his arguments long ago knowing that the comfort he finds of devouring his allotted bowl was akin to the wildness that surrounds the ten acres we share with the creatures that live here; horses, goats, chickens, cats, dogs and birds. He likes the sound of the food while basking in the glow of PBS KIDS before the school bus pulls up blinking yellow lights in the early dim lights of dawn.

Usually my wife and comrade attends to him, knowing of my annoyance for herbivorous noises and of the Great Compromise he and I had pounded out long ago – that while he ate his politically correct PBS cereal I would be listening to raucous debate on the call – in portion of Washington Journal on C – Span. She indulges both father and son in this ongoing household dispute; I rejecting the video game mentality cultivated by corporate media machines, while he escapes the disturbing strident voices of political and religious debate. He correctly equates arguing of any kind with chaos and insecurity and heartbreaking conflict, while I sometime dogmatically and loudly demand the study of contradictory discourse on everything from doing chores to defining fascism of any stripe as a way to finding an agreement toward action and mutual aid.

She wisely, perhaps, lets the dispute between father and son simmer while reminding both that the vegetable garden needs daily weeding, the small machines around our little farm need mended, the animals need fed daily and reading and writing take precedence over any electronic gadgetry.

Yet, two years ago it was my son who was the first to pound out that agreement on mutual action that established a social contract of sorts between us. He came home from school that day and ran into the house crying, shrieking and in obvious pain grabbed my pants leg and held on to it. "Why did Bush win the election," he screamed.

"Because people get fooled," I replied.

FCF Re-post 2005 - Jefferson County Democrats: News

Step It Up - Rally For Climate Action
April 14, U.S. Representative Nancy Boyda has agreed to speak. Washburn University on the east steps of the Petro Building from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay's latest with Chris Hedges, Nov. 14, 2016