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Former CIA agent Philip Giraldi discusses how sports are used to spread military jingoism and worship of endless warfare.
Related article on how many Hollywood films receive valuable services from the US military, such as the use of real soldiers, weapons and equipment for their films when they agree to Pentagon propaganda experts reviewing and making script changes so that the films portray the US military and America's endless wars as justified and righteous.
New evidence of British genocide against Irish citizens. British carried out official orders to assassinate unarmed Irish citizens. As all illegal occupation forces do, the British claim absolute immunity from war crimes prosecution, just as the US tried to demand in Iraq, and is currently demanding under the agreement now being negotiated for US military to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely, in order to provide a strong arm to and prop up the western corporation friendly puppet government that has been set up.
British army execution squad murdered Irish civilians. Used drive by shootings designed to instil terror in the Irish populace.
British special forces disguise selves as Arab terrorists, murder Iraqi police in cold blood, and are captured while driving car full of improvised explosives manufactured by the British but clearly meant to stage further false-flag "al qaeda" terror operations designed, planned and executed by white british military agents.
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Jeff Silverman was born a US citizen in Washington DC and later served in the US Army. He got an MS in Agricultural Development and ended up living in the nation of Georgia where he worked as a journalist and reported on corruption.
After investigating the US's covert military support for Chechen rebels and angering those in power, the United States Government now claims to have revoked Silverman's US citizenship, without trial or conviction of any crime, and he is now considered a stateless citizen.
It is an interesting case not just as another example of the US government's ongoing war against independent journalists, but because it was previously believed that the US could only revoke a person's citizenship after due process, and only in the most extreme circumstances, such as fighting against the US as an enlisted member of an enemy military.
There are also problems with him having been beaten nearly to death several times:
Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku speaks out against dangerous rogue nations run by strongmen with a fetish for violence who pander to fear.
Studies have compared groups of children in New Zealand who started formal literacy lessons at ages 5 and 7. Their results show that the early introduction of formal learning approaches to literacy does not improve children’s reading development, and may be damaging. By the age of 11 there was no difference in reading ability level between the two groups, but the children who started at 5 developed less positive attitudes to reading, and showed poorer text comprehension than those children who had started later. In a separate study of reading achievement in 15 year olds across 55 countries, researchers showed that there was no significant association between reading achievement and school entry age.
The author also provides a pdf report that discusses and cites numerous studies supporting his thesis that play based learning is more effective than academic style training featuring memorization, drilling, scores, grades, and rows of seats.
Given that overwhelming research evidence has shown that the current approach taken by most schools in the US is counterproductive, damaging and ineffective, and this research is not hard to find, one must ask why US schools continue to pursue these ineffective and damaging styles of schooling. It can't be ignorance since the research is public, therefore it must be intentionally. Is it really as some say that the Prussian design of schools to be training for people competent enough to design and operate factory machines, but otherwise uncurious and accepting of political and financial systems of oppression and enslavement. Is it something to do with a cult mentality, that this is simply the way it is done and questioning it is forbidden? What exactly are the goals of various state run education systems?
The United States' deep seated fear of freedom is behind its obsession with control, torture, and human rights abuses. Such a rogue state posses a direct threat to the peace and security of other nations. The United States can not be considered a modern liberal democracy by reasonable persons.
I don't really agree with much of the article's validation of the genocide against indigenous peoples, but it has some interesting quotes.
"Autocrats need an enemy -- always an internal enemy and sometimes an external one, too -- to legitimize violence and coercion, and to generate allegiance."
Doctors and Psychiatrists working for the CIA and Defense Department were involved in torture, abuse, etc and against prisoners and so-called "detainees".
We already knew this, but the new information is that they justified it to themselves as not being a violation of professional ethics by arguing that since the prisoners were not ill, they were not patients, and the Hippocratic Oath and such does not apply as it is only meant to apply to actual patients who are sick.
The article presents this as smomething they were forced to do by their employers, but no doctor can be forced to torture someone against their will. It was done willfully and intentionally. Each and every one of these war criminals should be identified, delicensed, and tried in a tribunal with other war criminals. What they did was the same as what Josef Mengele did and they should be treated with the same regard.
One should also be aware that medical privacy does not exist in the west and you can not trust your doctor - all of them are required to hand over your private medical data to the military and other authorities when requested and none that I can find have ever refused or challenged in court these requests.
Study shows many "experts" that news channels interview on war issues actually work for defense contractors, own large positions in war industry stocks, or in other ways benefit financially and professionally from advancing war, yet this is almost never disclosed by the media interviewing them.
An example given is Stephen Hadley who has been making the rounds advocating for war against Syria and Iran, and is presented as a former national security advisor, never once mentioning that he is currently the director of Raytheon who makes the Tomahawk cruise missiles that will be used to attack Syria, and owns $891,189 shares of company stock, which will increase in value should war against Iran and/or Syria commence.
The media channels that interview him are perfectly aware of his position and his financial gain from promoting his position. How credible should the public consider each and every media network (including for example CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV) which fails to mention this conflict of interest each time they trot such individuals out and present them as experts doing an impartial and level analysis of facts. Should such a practice be considered true journalism, or should these networks, many of which themselves are owned by defense contractors like GE, mere propaganda outlets for war, torture, murder, and genocide? If the latter, should such institutions be respected? Or should they be considered enemies of the peoples of the earth, enemies of peace, and war criminals themselves?
The analysis is long, but if you refuse to read it and understand what it says, you too are responsible for genocide and are complicit in enabling these war mongering sadistic murderers and psychopaths.
That article came out a few months ago in which he expressed regret for his part in the killing of so many people, including children. After it came out, 157 of his "brothers in arms" defriended him:
The backlash from the drone community was immediate and fierce. Within days, 157 people on Bryant’s Facebook page had de-friended him. “You are a piece of shit liar. Rot in hell,” wrote a former Air Force comrade. In a sort of exercise in digital self-flagellation, Bryant read thousands of Reddit comments about himself, many filled with blistering vitriol and recrimination. “I read every single one of them,” he says. “I was trying to just get used to the negative feelings.” The spectrum of critics ranged from those who considered drone warfare a crime against humanity to combat veterans who thought Bryant was a whiner. He’d had death threats as well—none he took seriously—and other people said he should be charged with treason and executed for speaking to the media.
Follow up article:
Glenn Greenwald chats with Scottish "journalist"/GCHQ apologist Kirsty Wark
US airports are beginning to install detention pods for all passengers. In order to be permitted to leave an airport, disembarking passengers must pass through a secure individual chamber which has robotic entrance and exit doors and wait as they are scanned. The exit door is capable of not opening for some passengers, perhaps those wanted for interrogation, detention, beating, harassment, or other purposes. As is typical, passengers are represented by the state controlled media as appreciating the safety the security and convenience that mandatory detention pods bring. The populace reacts this way because state schools and media indoctrinate them to believe the State does no wrong. Thus, all dystopian police state measures are presumed to affect only to those who "have something to hide".
Jacob Collier is a brilliant arranger and vocalist from London who performs his own microtonal sextet arrangements of various jazz, funk, and musical show tunes from the mid 20th century. He is notable for creating very nicely mathematically worked out harmonically tuned chord progressions reminescent of some rare vocal recordings I've heard from the 1940s and 1950s. But it's not just about the math, amazingly these tunes carry an emotional punch and impact that carries you right along and is not unnerving or alienating at all.
Here's a performance including pure intervals up to at least the 11th harmonic.
You may remember this next tune from the Willy Wonka movie, but probably not with these progressions. This shows some really fresh ways to work up a new and exciting harmony to go with a given melody line. I particularly enjoyed the arrangement of the "nothing to it" ascending lines here.
One of his signature moves is to end pieces on chords that no piece has ever been ended on before, and I must say it works really well.
Just intonation and polyphonic harmonic choral singing have lots of possibilities that have been mostly unexplored. For whatever reason unimaginative composers for decades have remained chained to the 5 limit as if Renaissance technology is as far as music can go. It's energizing to at last see capable work in the field. Collier's work is immensely popular and some of his pieces have hundreds of thousands of views.
And here the story ends.