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U.S. government has used propaganda against the American people for a very long time


CIA Admits Using News To Manipulate the USA (1975)
The Government's Been Deploying Propaganda On U.S. Soil for Many Years

The United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities found in 1975 that the CIA submitted stories to the American press:


Wikipedia adds details:
After 1953, the network was overseen by Allen W. Dulles, director of the CIA. By this time, Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies. The usual methodology was placing reports developed from intelligence provided by the CIA to witting or unwitting reporters. Those reports would then be repeated or cited by the preceding reporters which in turn would then be cited throughout the media wire services.

The Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) was funded by siphoning off funds intended for the Marshall Plan [i.e. the rebuilding of Europe by the U.S. after WWII]. Some of this money was used to bribe journalists and publishers.
In 2008, the New York Times wrote:
During the early years of the cold war, [prominent writers and artists, from Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to Jackson Pollock] were supported, sometimes lavishly, always secretly, by the C.I.A. as part of its propaganda war against the Soviet Union. It was perhaps the most successful use of "soft power" in American history.

Comment: See also: Modern Operation Mockingbird: "Everyone Who Disagrees with Me Is a Russian Propagandist"


Dig

Scientists find signs of intelligent tool use 300,000 year old Qesem Cave

© Zupancich, A. et al. / Scientific Reports
Sixteen years ago, road workers detonated a controlled explosive to remove a large limestone boulder blocking a planned roadway outside of Tel Aviv in Israel. Soon after the dust settled, it became clear that the road would need to be rerouted.

The workers had stumbled upon a vast cave, one that had been sealed off for more than 200,000 years! For the researchers who soon began exploring the cave's expansive interior, it was the find of a lifetime.

Now called Qesem Cave, the site has delivered a number of discoveries that live up to its explosive origin. Archaeologists found a 300,000-year-old fireplace, along with tortoise shells that showed signs of burning. Apparently, whoever live there had a taste for roast tortoise.


Dig

First written mention of the mythical Jesus found in ancient codices


The Jordanian tablets were confirmed to date 2,000 years back.
The metal "pages", held together like a ring binder, were found in Jordan in around 2008 and make reference to Christ and his disciples.

The lead has been analysed and the words and symbols translated and experts say the tablets date from within a few years of Jesus's ministry.

And what they reveal could be enlightening not only for Christians, but also Jews and Muslims.

The tablets suggest that Christ was not starting His own religion, but restoring a thousand year old tradition from the time of King David.

And the God He worshipped was both male and female.

Central to the books is the idea that Christ promoted worship in Solomon's Temple where the very face of God was believed to be seen - and this is where the episode with the moneylenders in the Bible came from.

Comment: For more on the Jesus story:


Ice Cube

Cold kills: A look at the coldest decade of the millennium


Whitby Abbey in the snow – the shell of the 13th-century church.
From the EUROPEAN GEOSCIENCES UNION and the "cold kills, so why all the whining about warming?" department.

How the cold 1430s led to famine and disease

While searching through historical archives to find out more about the 15th-century climate of what is now Belgium, northern France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, Chantal Camenisch noticed something odd. "I realized that there was something extraordinary going on regarding the climate during the 1430s," says the historian from the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Compared with other decades of the last millennium, many of the 1430s' winters and some springs were extremely cold in the Low Countries, as well as in other parts of Europe. In the winter of 1432-33, people in Scotland had to use fire to melt wine in bottles before drinking it. In central Europe, many rivers and lakes froze over. In the usually mild regions of southern France, northern and central Italy, some winters lasted until April, often with late frosts. This affected food production and food prices in many parts of Europe. "For the people, it meant that they were suffering from hunger, they were sick and many of them died," says Camenisch.

Георгиевская ленточка

25 years ago the USSR collapsed: The biggest regime change in history

© Diane Lu-Hovasse/Agence France Presse
Boris Yeltsin gathers supporters of a coup in Moscow which later resulted in the collapse of the Soviet empire.
While many link the collapse of the Soviet Union to a failed economic system, few realize that there is much more to the story than meets the eye.

The collapse of the USSR took many people by surprise. More than anything, it was amazing that the disintegration of this military superpower happened without bloodshed.

In 1995, George F. Kennan wrote:
"I find it hard to think of any event more strange and startling, and at first glance more inexplicable, than the sudden and total disintegration and disappearance from the international scene of the great power known successively as the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union."
The most common explanation for the collapse of the Soviet Union in the West is the malaise of the communist system with its unsustainable reliance on five year economic plans and big military spending.

What is less scrutinized, however, is the degree of Western involvement in what can easily be called the greatest regime change in history. As with all regime changes, it appealed to the basic instincts of those who yearned for more power, in the case of the Soviet Union - the leaders of the Soviet republics. If you add to this the support for nationalism offered by Western NGOs from the mid-1980s, you get just the right explosive mixture.

Comment: If all had gone according to plan, Russia would now be a de facto colony, to be exploited as a source of raw materials for the rapacious West, and expected to be grateful for the blessings of 'democracy'. Fortunately Putin and those of like mind felt the people of Russia didn't deserve a fate modern serfdom. Russia is an old, proud nation now re-taking its place in the world.


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Egyptian Archaeologists Just Discovered a 7,000-Year-Old Lost City Along the Nile

© Facebook/Ministry of Antiquities
The size of the grave reveals it belongs to someone of social affluence.
While we were stuffing our faces with mashed potatoes this past Thursday, we missed the announcement of a major scientific discovery—a sacred capital city of ancient Egypt that had been lost for 7,000 years.

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced it excavated parts of Abydos, a "lost city" they believe dates back to 5,316 BCE and could have been part of the first capital of one of the earliest Egyptian empires. So far at the dig site, the team has uncovered fragments and remnants of houses, tools, utensils and at least 15 elaborate tombs belonging to royals.

On Wednesday, the Ministry's head Mahmoud Afify made the announcement and stressed the importance of the discovery, saying it could lead to new information on Abydos and on ancient Egyptian history in general. On Thursday, the Ministry took to Facebook to share photos of the excavated site.

Book 2

Orders to Kill: The government that honors Martin Luther King with a national holiday killed him

A Review of The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper

Very few Americans are aware of the truth behind the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Few books have been written about it, unlike other significant assassinations, especially JFK's. For almost fifty years there has been a media blackout supported by government deception to hide the truth.

And few people, in a massive act of self-deception, have chosen to question the absurd official explanation, choosing, rather, to embrace a mythic fabrication intended to sugarcoat the bitter fruit that has resulted from the murder of the one man capable of leading a mass movement for revolutionary change in the United States. Today we are eating the fruit of our denial.

In order to comprehend the significance of this extraordinary book, it is first necessary to dispel a widely accepted falsehood about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. William Pepper does that on the first page.
To understand his death, it is essential to realize that although he is popularly depicted and perceived as a civil rights leader, he was much more than that. A non-violent revolutionary, he personified the most powerful force for the long-overdue social, political, and economic reconstruction of the nation.

Briefcase

Operation 'Condor' revisited: Italian trial attempts justice from abroad

On October 2016, an Italian tribunal asked for a life sentence against Jorge Troccoli, a member of Uruguayan secret services, accused of torture during Operation Condor­­­ ­ - an intelligence network constructed by several Latin American countries during the 1970s to fight alleged Marxist subversion. Key members were the governments of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, and Bolivia with Peru and Ecuador episodically participating. Under this initiative, thousands of people were kidnapped, tortured, forcibly disappeared, and murdered. Operations were not fully contained within any single state, but they crossed international borders and even reached as far as Europe. A number of Latin American countries involved seem to still be haunted by the ghosts of a bitter past and have been reticent to use all the information in their possession to do justice. In some cases, people had to wait many years or rely on the support from their second nationality country, such as the ongoing Italian trial, in order to have some hope of compensation. In recent years, the disclosure of state archives is helping to establish the truth about these terrible events, but the families of the victims are still waiting for complete justice to be found. Nonetheless, matters are moving forward and the search for truth and justice is being slowly advanced.

Che Guevara

Fidel Castro's legacy: A valuable lesson on Cuban history


Fidel Castro
The death of Fidel Castro brought public comments of some of the most rightwing nutters living in the U.S. and of some of its best people. Whoever wants to discuss Cuba, its past, present and future, should know some history. Here is a copy of a valuable lesson @The New Thinker aka Ejike gave on Twitter:

Viva Fidel. Your revolutionary courage & your commitment to fighting for the self-determination of the Cuban people will never be forgotten

To truly understand Cuba and in fact the rest of Latin America you need to study the Monroe doctrine in 1823

It's important to note that the US in the early 19th century wasn't strong enough to stop Europe from colonizing Latin America... not yet

That ended in the late 1800s. Look up the Cuban War of Independence where the Cuban people had been whooping the Spanish colonial government

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Revolutionary lover: Fidel Castro's illicit affairs & secret CIA liaison

© Sputnik
Fidel Castro
In public, Cuban leader Fidel Castro frequently made it known that his country was the closest thing to his heart. But in truth, the man who shaped the Caribbean nation for almost six decades had many loves outside of socialist politics, including a near-fatal dalliance with a CIA agent.CIA agent turned undercover lover: Marita Lorenz

CIA agent turned undercover lover: Marita Lorenz

In what sounds like an incredible spy movie plot, one of the most controversial women in Fidel's life was a CIA informant. Thought to have been sent by the US government to kill Castro, Marita Lorenz allegedly couldn't pull the trigger because of her love for him.

Marita Lorenz reportedly had an affair with Castro in 1959. The Cuban revolutionary leader survived more than 600 assassination attempts - one of which was believed to have been from Lorenz in 1960. She reportedly tried to feed poisoned pills hidden inside a pot of cold cream to El Comandante.

The potentially fatal trick was busted by Castro himself.

"I thought he was going to shoot me, but he gave me the gun and asked, 'did you come to kill me?'" she recalled, as cited by the Daily Mail. "Then he took a puff on his cigar and closed his eyes. He made himself vulnerable because he knew I couldn't do it. He still loved me and I still loved him."

She reportedly dropped the gun, unable to shoot her lover.