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Weapons of mass deception - The MSM

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The US Presidential campaign has demonstrated once again that the mainstream mass media is still the dominant force and arbitrator of political events and if it is successful in pushing the Wicked Witch of Chappaqua past the finish line this November, it may have achieved its greatest triumph. During the campaign's stretch run, the mainstream media has used every form and variety of spin, distortion, half truth, calumny, and lies in its diabolical effort to make Killary Rotten Clinton President of the USSA.

The mass media - television, newspapers, movies, the Entertainment industry, book publishing, advertising, and now sports - is part of society's opinion molding movers and shakers which form part of what Noble Prize winning economist F.A. Hayek called "intellectuals." This all important group are not simply nerdy academic professors with patches on their sleeves, but are those who have the ability to shape public opinion, as Hayek describes:
It is the intellectuals in this sense who decide what views and opinions are to reach us, which facts are important enough to be told us, and in what form and from what angle they are to be presented. Whether we shall ever learn of the results of the work of the expert and the original thinker depends mainly on their decision. *
Since at least the 1960s, the dominant opinion-molding sector of the mass media has been the electronic media, which has far outpaced newsprint and academia in influence. While its power may be on the wane in the Internet Age, it is still the most powerful and important tool in the political elites arsenal for imparting their agenda.

The electronic media, through its use of pictures and images, has been able to manipulate political outcomes and shape public policy discussions at almost every turn. As every media realist has long understood, the mainstream media has long been controlled by the Left which has used this power to counter any opposition to its narrative.


What threat? Russia 'puzzled' by Norway's decision to host US Marines in violation of decades-old commitment

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Norway is to break a decades-old commitment not to host foreign troops on its soil by accommodating 330 US Marines next year. Russia, the apparent target of the buildup, said it was puzzled by the move.

The Marines will be stationed at the Vaernes military base in central Norway from January, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The agreement for the deployment will be reviewed in the course of the year, it added.

"The United States is our most important ally and we have a near-bilateral relationship that we wish to develop," Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said.

While Soereide didn't specifically mention a Russian military threat on Monday, she had previously voiced sentiments about Russia currently prevalent within the alliance.

Moscow denies posing a threat to any NATO member.

Comment: Just another NATO country falling in lock step with the anti-Russia propaganda which is great for military business.

Norway spends millions in propaganda to portray Russia as aggressor

Bad Guys

The Western Media Propaganda Machine has a Screw Loose

The Pro-Clinton, Anti-Putin propaganda machine of the western media continues to pump out demonization drudgery to ensure when war is unleashed, a sheep-like America will line up behing their 'chosen' leader to cheer on the nukes (and to distract attention from the demise of US hegemony and the loss of the American Dream).

In 2014, Newsweek celebrated its return to print with this little beauty...

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Which is ironic, considering just three months before that we got...

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And since then Russia's stock market has dramatically outperformed that of the US.


Venezuela in the crosshairs: US intent on economic destabilization and regime change

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Venezuela's oil-dependent economy suffers greatly from low crude oil prices and US economic warfare - waged to destabilize the country, create enormous hardships, mobilize majority opposition to President Nicolas Maduro's leadership, and end nearly 18 years of economic and social progress. The collapse in the price of crude oil was the result of a carefully designed speculative operation.

Neocons in Washington want control over Venezuela's vast oil reserves, among the world's largest. With full US support and encouragement, the right wing opposition which controls the National Assembly want Maduros ousted - its latest tactic by recall referendum as constitutionally permitted.

On October 18, Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled valid signatures of 20% of voters in each of the nation's 24 states must be collected to proceed with a process against Maduro.

"(F)ailure...will render the call for the presidential recall referendum as nullified," the High Court said in its ruling.

On October 21, Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) suspended the referendum until further notice, following Supreme Court allegations of fraud. Over 30% of signatures collected had irregularities - including listing over 10,000 deceased persons.


Bad Guys

Need more international tensions! UK defense secretary pledges deployment of tanks, drones and 800 troops to Estonia

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Britain's defense chief is mulling a deployment of Challenger 2 tanks and Royal Air Force (RAF) drones to Estonia amid heightened tensions. Michael Fallon, the British defence secretary, made his bellicose comments in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, pledging to send around 800 armored infantry troops equipped with Warrior fighting vehicles to complement the drones and tanks.

While he claimed the force would be "defensive in nature" he pledged it would be "fully combat-capable." He denied the placement of small formations around the Baltic area are merely a "trip-wire" in case of the much-heralded, but hypothetical, clash with Russia. "This is a serious military presence," he said.

Fallon, a Euroskeptic who chose to back the Remain campaign in the EU referendum on the grounds of realpolitik, said Europe "is our continent and we will keep on working to help keep it safe."

Bad Guys

Latest Podesta email dump shows Clinton campaign stumped by email server debacle

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The latest tranche of emails from the account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, has been released by WikiLeaks. With the whistleblowing site promising the release of around 50,000 emails from Podesta, Wednesday's dump brings to 33,042, the number of messages published by WikiLeaks so far.

No good answer

"There is just no good answer," Clinton aide Philippe Reines tells Podesta in a panicked mail from March 2015 in which they discuss Clinton's reasoning for using a private email server.

The mail is sent to Podesta after New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman mailed Clinton aide Anne-Marie slaughter saying, "I have to say I am troubled by what I have read about what Hillary did." Slaughter then forwards the mail to Clinton's team to tip them off as to what to expect from the press.


An email Podesta sends to Neera Tanden on June 3, 2008, near the end of the Democratic primary race, appears to callClinton's decision not to concede to Barack Obama at the time "psychotic." In the mail titled 'All things are never equal', Tanden tells Podesta "She's not conceding tonight... And not anytime soon, either," to which he replies "Former smart; latter psychotic."


The presstitutes have set up the election to be stolen

Over the course of its history, the New York Times has reported on many American elections that have been rigged or stolen or are suspected of having been being rigged or stolen. For example, as a supporter of the black civil rights movement, the NY Times has many stories in its archives of elections rigged by disenfranchisement of black voters.

But this was when the NY Times was an independent voice before it became a whore for the Oligarchs who rule America. When the NY Times reported that black Americans could have no confidence in the integrity of American elections, the NY Times did not denounce itself for delegitimizing American democracy.

The NY Times forgot all of this when it published Max Fisher's article yesterday. Fisher fished up "scholars" among the Hillary advocates, and they obligingly told him that Trump's questioning of the integrity of American elections were the tactics of a would-be dictator who is at work delegitimizing democracy so that he can take over.

Magic Wand

Meglomaniac Erdogan lays claim to Mosul, parts of Asia, Balkans and Middle East as Turkey's 'zone of influence'

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In incendiary speech Turkish President Erdogan lays claims to a vast zone of influence for Turkey whilst demanding paramount influence for Turkey over Iraqi province and city of Mosul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just delivered one of the most bizarre speeches on foreign policy of his whole eccentric career.

Speaking at the newly opened University of Rize in Busra, he staked claims on behalf of Turkey to vast regions extending far beyond Turkey's borders.

Referring to the National Covenant - a 1920 declaration by the last Ottoman parliament, which was used by the newly formed Turkish Republic as the basis of its initial negotiating position at the conference of Lausanne, which eventually established Turkey's present borders - he claimed that according to "certain historians" it had included within Turkey's borders:
"Cyprus, Aleppo (in Syria), Mosul, Arbil and Kirkuk (in Iraq), Batum (in Georgia), Kardzhali, Varna (in Bulgaria), and Thessaloniki and the Aegean islands (in Greece)."
The Duran's Alex Christoforou wrote earlier on the claims made by Erdogan about Turkey's right to certain Greek islands. He also used historic, linguistic and religious ties to claim for Turkey a gigantic zone of influence for itself
"Turkey is not only Turkey. Not only for 79 million citizens, but Turkey bears also responsibility towards our hundreds of millions of brothers in the geographical area to whom we are connected through our historical and cultural ties.

It is a duty, but also a right of Turkey to be interested in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Crimea, Karabakh, Bosnia, and other sister areas (NB: this is a reference to Azerbaijan and former Soviet Central Asia - AM). The moment you give up this, it will be the time when we lose our independence and our future".
It is however Erdogan's extraordinary commentsabout Mosul in Iraq that will be the cause of the greatest concern in the major world capitals:

Comment: What makes Recep Erdoğan run? The making of a modern Pasha
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has a long and ignoble history of betraying political associates, trading partners and military allies; of pledging friendship and then bombing his 'friends' and murdering citizens; of negotiating 'in good faith' and then killing rivals; of playing democrat then behaving like an ordinary demagogic dictator.


Two years after her assassination, Serena Shim's reports on the West's connection to terrorism have been vindicated

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Reporter and mother of two, Serena Shim was killed in Turkey - "the largest prison for journalists". She had expressed fears for her own safety
While Americans continue to be distracted by the discussion over Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, geopolitical tension around the proxy war in Syria has escalated to levels that could lead to regional warfare or open conflict between nuclear superpowers Russia and the United States, as described by military officials from multiple countries. US Army General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that a "no-fly zone" in Syria would lead to war with Russia, during a September 22 Senate committee hearing. Hillary Clinton also admitted similar risks of the military policy she supports for the Syria war, saying "you're going to kill a lot of Syrians," during a speech at a Goldman Sachs event.

The most recent attempt to stop the violence was a September 9 ceasefire negotiated by the United States and Russia. However that effort failed after US officials ended talks on October 3, claiming the Syrian military was killing civilians. The ceasefire agreement called for Russia to influence the Syrian government forces to stop fighting for control and for the US to influence rebel groups to separate from terrorist groups Al Nusra and Islamic State so they could be targeted by joint US-Russia military campaigns, a task which the US has failed to do since February 2016 despite US officials claiming to be in daily contact with rebel groups. The increased tension comes as the United States loses leverage in negotiations because of advances the Syrian government forces have made in regaining control over the country with the support of Russian military.

New information about the Syria proxy war continues show that actions by the United States have helped Al Qaeda and the Islamic State gain power in the country, with the goal of allowing the terrorists to overthrow the Syrian government. Evidence for this claim has been reported in small anecdotes by many international media outlets during the violent proxy war which has lasted almost six years, but American reporter Serena Shim dedicated her professional career to proving the United States and allies were purposely helping Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.


Russian, Syrian forces cease Aleppo airstrikes for 8th day, ready to resume "humanitarian pause"

© Abdalrhman Ismail / Reuters
Russian and Syrian military jets have not conducted any air raids 10km around Aleppo for eight days, the Russian Ministry of Defense said Wednesday, adding that Moscow and Damascus are ready to resume 'humanitarian pauses' in the besieged city.

"Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force are observing a moratorium on flights which are closer than 10km to the city for the eighth day," Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said.

Civilians who are leaving the city may use six humanitarian corridors which are open 24/7, according to Konashenkov.

Russia's reconciliation center has delivered about 10 tons of humanitarian aid to Aleppo civilians, the spokesman added.

Russian and Syrian authorities are "ready to resume humanitarian pauses in Aleppo if it gets guarantees from international organizations that they are ready to let patients, wounded and civilians leave the areas held by militants," Konashenkov said.