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Mind control achieved through TV news narratives

I wrote this piece in 2012, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. I re-post it now, because it equally applies to the Orlando shooting.

No, I'm not talking about the flicker of the television picture. I'm talking about an on-off switch that controls information conveyed to the television audience.

The Sandy Hook school murders provide an example.

First of all, elite media coverage of this tragedy has one goal: to provide an expanding narrative of what happened. It's a story. It has a plot.

In order to tell the story, there has to be a source of information. The topflight television anchors are getting their information from...where?

Their junior reporters? Not really. Ultimately, the information is coming from the police, and secondarily from local officials.

In other words, very little actual journalism is happening. The media anchors are absorbing, arranging, and broadcasting details given to them by the police investigators.

Black Magic

French woman who drowned 15-month-old daughter blames 'witchcraft'

© The Mirror
Fabienne Kabo with daughter, Adelaide
A French woman who left her baby daughter to drown on a beach said Monday she had no other explanation but "witchcraft". Fabienne Kabou, 39, went on trial for the murder of 15-month-old Adelaide which shocked the country in November 2013.

The French woman of Senegalese origin described her well-off childhood in Dakar before she moved to Paris to study philosophy and architecture and fell in love with a sculptor 30 years her senior, Michel Lafon. "In 2011 I fell pregnant with Adelaide, she was born in August and I ended up killing her, 15 months after her birth," she told the court in the northeastern town of Saint-Omer.

Kabou travelled with her daughter from their home in Paris to the northern resort town of Berck-sur-Mer where she enquired about the local tides before heading to the beach. She said goodbye to her sleeping daughter and placed her near the water on a wintry night.
The baby's lifeless body was discovered early the next morning by prawn fishermen.

Bad Guys

Sick civilisation! Australian army recruits forced to rape each other

© AFP
Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, June 21, 2016.
Teenage recruits into the Australian military were subjected to horrendous physical and sexual abuse by their senior officers, a new inquiry has found.

On Tuesday, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse started an inquiry into the conduct of the Australian military and its treatment of apprentices at its facilities in the course of the past five decades.

The inquiry revealed that the victims were sexually abused during their first six months at the Leeuwin base, in Perth's south, in 1967.

The survivors told the commission that their senior officers forced them to rape each other and perform horrific sex acts, causing some the recruits to commit suicide, according to the inquiry.

A former Navy cadet, who served in in 1967, told the commission that he was "repeatedly" raped and forced to perform horrific sex acts on his fellow recruits.

Graeme Frazer, one of 14 survivor witnesses giving evidence at the commission, said he suffers serious health problems, including crippling anxiety.

Frazer said there were some people in military "who still think it is OK to break people down by whatever means necessary."

Георгиевская ленточка

Crimeans recount their experiences when the West took Ukraine


Korsun massacre Ukraine
This news-report consists of a compilation of accounts that Crimeans have given to human rights groups or directly posted to the internet, regarding their experiences when the freely elected President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, who had received 75% of the votes of Crimeans, was violently overthrown during January and February of 2014.

On 20 February 2014, eight busloads of people from Crimea, who had come into Ukraine's capital Kiev and were holding signs there demonstrating in opposition to the "Maidan" movement, which was seeking to oust Yanukovych, were violently attacked by "Right Sector" people who were leading the Maidan movement; and those terrified Crimeans then scrambled back into their buses, which promptly sped southward, toward home in Crimea.

An organization "Ukraine Human Rights" created and posted to the internet, on 14 August 2014, a 25-minute video, with English subtitles, telling these people's stories. It's titled "The Pogrom of Korsun", and it reports, with testimony and some of the videos from survivors, the attacks against those buses when a gang of Ukraine's Right Sector members caught up with those escaping Crimeans, near the Ukrainian town of Korsun.

Private cellphone videos that were taken of these incidents were shown in the compilation by Ukraine Human Rights, but one other striking cellphone video, which was posted to youtube on 15 August 2014, isn't fully available anymore, and it showed the view from the rear seat of a car as it was approaching a blockage, and the blocked buses, some of which were aflame. A few car-drivers were standing watching at a distance, while the Right Sector people beat and killed Crimeans alongside their buses.

Magic Wand

Thousands to celebrate rare 'strawberry moon' on summer solstice night

© Valentyn Ogirenko/Rueters
Pagans and astronomers are headed for the hills for the "strawberry moon," a rare appearance of earth's only natural satellite in full glory during the summer solstice, for what promises to be a glorious sky show.

Unfortunately, the lunar orb won't turn bright red as its nickname suggests. Instead it comes from the Algonquin tribe who believed it signaled the beginning of strawberry picking season.

Thousands of people around the world will celebrate at ancient stone circles and other structures built for the solstice by their pagan ancestors. This year's solstice can be celebrated from anywhere, but Stonehenge always attracts the most color on the day with hundreds expected Monday night.

© Mary Evans Picture Library

Druids looking to pay tribute to the sun at the iconic site are faced - for the first time ever - with a £15 ($22) so-called 'pay to pray' parking fee.

Unfortunately for those who do manage to get to Stonehenge, the weather forecast is not looking favorable, with some rain and cloud to hide the sun from its worshippers.

Fire

5,000 pigs killed in Saskatchewan barn fire

© discoverhumboldt / YouTube
A massive blaze killed 5,000 pigs after two pig barns caught fire in Canada's Saskatchewan - a west-central province known for its prairies and boreal forests.

Footage from the scene shows heavy gray smoke rising from the barns, which are located near the town of Leroy in Saskatchewan about 160 kilometers east of Saskatoon, the largest city in the province.

Red Flag

Children's Rights: The "United Nations List of Shame" what a sham


The UN's annual List of Shame is supposed to blacklist countries and groups "engage(d) in the recruitment and use of children, sexual violence against children, the killing and maiming of children, attacks on schools and/or hospitals and attacks or threats of attacks against protected personnel, and the abduction of children."


It consistently fails the test of fairness. Syria's freedom-fighting military was disgracefully blacklisted - courageously combating US-supported terrorists, imported from scores of foreign countries.

No nations more demand blacklisting than America, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, along with their rogue allies.

Nuke

Rice to be sold in Britain from Fukushima

© www.popularresistance.org
Five years post-apocalypse. Can we trust the rice?
Rice harvested in Japan's Fukushima region, heavily affected by a nuclear meltdown in 2011, is returning to the EU, starting with Britain next month, the Japan Times reports. A total of 1.9 tons of Fukushima rice called Ten no Tsubu will be sold in London, making the UK the first EU nation to import the region's produce after the nuclear disaster.

The sale became possible after a long campaign from Fukushima natives in London to fend off rumors about the potential danger of the crops, the media said. "With the UK as a foothold, we hope to expand the sale of prefecture-produced rice to other EU member countries,"said Nobuo Ohashi from Japanese farmers group Zen-Noh. Brussels requires rice from Fukushima to undergo a radiation test in Japan or the importer country.

"It's bright news for Fukushima, which has been struggling with the import restrictions. We will make further efforts so the restrictions will be lifted entirely," said a spokesperson for a prefectural office.

The disaster at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Plant was caused by a tsunami that resulted in the meltdown of three nuclear reactors and the release of radioactive material. It was the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl accident in 1986, and the second to receive the highest level classification on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

A March report by the US National Academy of Sciences said that five years following the disaster, most seafood caught off the coast of Japan is now safe to be consumed, adding, "the overall contamination risk for aquatic food items is very low."

Comment: The post-apocalyptic rice has been deemed fit for consumption. Meanwhile, Fukushima residents have increasing rates of child thyroid cancer and radiation exposure, according to the Fukushima Medical Association. And, wildlife is registering radioactive, not to mention the ongoing reactor problems at Fukushima Daiichi. Full cleanup of the site is expected to take at least 40 years and workers are still walking around in protective suits, radiation monitors and gas masks and semi-polluted water is still being dumped into the ocean. But good news: the rice is OK.

See also: Radioactive wild boars on the rampage in Fukushima disaster zone, devastating crops and threatening residents


Sheriff

Off-duty deputy kills Florida man in suspected road rage incident

© Photo: Chris Bonanno
Palm Bay Police along with personnel from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office are on scene after a shooting left one person injured in the area of Emerson Drive and St. John's Heritage Parkway in Palm Bay on Sunday.
A 22-year-old man was shot dead in Palm Bay, Florida, by an off-duty Brevard County Sheriff's deputy in a fit of uncontrolled road rage late Sunday morning, marking the latest in incidents involving police coming unhinged and targeting civilians.

Deputy Yousef Hafza, a veteran cop with 11 years in law enforcement, shot Clarence Mahogany X. Howard in an apparent case of road rage, though details about what took place remain murky, unnamed investigators told local ABC affiliate, WFTV 9.

"There were no witnesses to the exact incident other than the person who was in the vehicle," stated Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. He added without clarifying, "There was somebody who came up right after."

WFTV 9 reported Howard had followed the Hafza for a time prior to the shooting, though the deputy was not injured in the apparent confrontation.

Eye 1

Professor dismissed for insulting Turkish dictator Erdogan

© rojnama.wordpress.com
A professor in the communications faculty at Istanbul Bilgi University, in Turkey, was dismissed after allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a lecture, Turkish Minute and the Hurriyet Daily News reported. Zeynep Sayin Balikcioglu was dismissed from the university after pro-government media outlets reported alleged remarks she made criticizing the Turkish president as "vulgar" and "rude."

Insulting the president is a criminal offense punishable by up to four years in prison in Turkey. Balikcioglu's dismissal comes amid a larger crackdown on academics and free speech in Turkey.

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