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CBS News Investigative Journalist Explains How Mainstream Media Brainwashes The Masses

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Filled with clever marketing tactics designed to tell us what to think and what to buy, mainstream media manufactures public opinion and popular trends. It’s time to really take a look at what’s going on here and consider the type of information we’re being bombarded with.

Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

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sharyl-728x400.jpg August 13, 2015 | Did you know that only a handful of corporations, 6 to be exact, control over 90 percent of the media? That means nearly everything we hear on the radio, read in the news, and see on television (including ‘news’). I’m talking about General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS.

Ever since Operation Mockingbird, a CIA-based initiative to control mainstream media, more and more people are expressing their concern that what we see in the media is nothing short of brainwashing. This is also evident by blatant lies that continue to spam the TV screen, especially when it comes to topics such as health, food, war (“terrorism“), poverty  and more. Corporate interests always seem to get in the way.

Arjun Walia, known for his work on The Collective Evolution III: The Shift (2014), is a CBS News Investigative Journalist.

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Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?

(Or What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices)

Tom Engelhardt, Greanville Post

antiwarProtest-600x314.jpg Protesters demonstrating against the Vietnam War as they march through downtown Philadelphia on March 26, 1966. (Photo: AP/Bill Ingraham via Flickr)

August 13, 2015 | Let me tell you a story about a moment in my life I’m not likely to forget even if, with the passage of years, so much around it has grown fuzzy.  It involves a broken-down TV, movies from my childhood, and a war that only seemed to come closer as time passed.

My best guess: it was the summer of 1969. I had dropped out of graduate school where I had been studying to become a China scholar and was then working as a “movement” printer — that is, in a print shop that produced radical literature, strike posters, and other materials for activists.  It was, of course, “the Sixties,” though I didn’t know it then.  Still, I had somehow been swept into a new world remarkably unrelated to my expected life trajectory — and a large part of the reason for that was the Vietnam War.

Tom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute’s TomDispatch.com. His latest book is, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (with an introduction by Glenn Greenwald). 

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An Absolutely Shocking Statistic about America's Education System

  • 19% of High School Graduates Are Illiterate
  • Huffing, Puffing, and Blowing High School Literature Courses to the Ground

Intellectual Takeout | August 11, 2015

 

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Huffing, Puffing, and Blowing High School Literature Courses to the Ground, Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

  • It certainly is unreasonable. In fact, it’s downright unacceptable.
  • The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

 

David Swanson | Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70-Year Nuclear Explosions Not Done Yet

  • In re-militarizing Japan, rather than demilitarizing itself, the United States is playing with fire.
  • The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It.
  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

David Swanson, Dandelion Salad

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August 6, 2015 | On Aug. 6 and 9, millions of people will mark the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in those cities and at events around the world. Some will celebrate the recent deal in which Iran committed not to pursue nuclear weapons and to comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty with requirements not imposed on any other nation.

Yet, those nations that have nuclear weapons are either violating the NPT by failing to disarm or by building more (U.S., Russia, U.K., France, China, India), or they have refused to sign the treaty (Israel, Pakistan, North Korea). Meanwhile, new nations are acquiring nuclear energy despite possessing an abundance of oil and/or some of the best conditions for solar energy on earth (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE).

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It, Gar Alperovitz, the Nation

Seventy years after the bombing, will Americans face the brutal truth?

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10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism, Medea Benjamin, teleSUR

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US progressives are delighted to see the US administration making some progress on the diplomatic front with Cuba and Iran. We should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move US foreign policy towards one based on respect, cooperation and diplomacy. 

The US Economy Continues Its Collapse

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  • Clearly, this is not an economy that has a future.
  • 35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality

Paul Craig Roberts, Countercurrents.org

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2014092742.gif10 August, 2015 | Do you remember when real reporters existed? Those were the days before the Clinton regime concentrated the media into a few hands and turned the media into a Ministry of Propaganda, a tool of Big Brother. The false reality in which Americans live extends into economic life. Last Friday’s employment report was a continuation of a long string of bad news spun into good news. The media repeats two numbers as if they mean something—the monthly payroll jobs gains and the unemployment rate—and ignores the numbers that show the continuing multi-year decline in employment opportunities while the economy is allegedly recovering.

The so-called recovery is based on the U.3 measure of the unemployment rate. This measure does not include any unemployed person who has become discouraged from the inability to find a job and has not looked for a job in four weeks. The U.3 measure of unemployment only includes the still hopeful who think they will find a job.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate.

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35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality, Larry SchwartzAlterNet / Salon

The money given out in Wall Street bonuses last year was twice the amount all minimum-wage workers earned combined

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Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

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  • Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an 'oligarchy' in which 'unlimited political bribery' has created 'a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.'
  • Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

Jon Schwarz, The Intercept

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AP_120526123936-article-header.jpgJuly 30 2015 | Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United.

Before joining First Look/Intercept, Jon Schwarz <>worked for Michael Moore’s Dog Eat Dog Films and was Research Producer for Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story.

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  • The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce

This is What Happens When We Follow the Democrat Sheepdog. And What Can Happen If We Don't

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  • It's time for a realistic plan to lift left electoral choices out of the “lesser of two evils” dilemma. The tools and opportunity to escape this perennial trap are here, but only if activists turn their backs on the lure of sheepdog Bernie Sanders and his corporate shepherds Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
  • Bernie Out of the Closet: Sanders’ Longstanding Deal with the Democrats

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report 

hillarys-pocket.jpg?itok=-DYWaFaNWed, 06/03/2015 | Last month I called Bernie Sanders' Democratic party primary run “sheepdogging” my term for a move the national Democratic party seems to execute every presidential primary season when there's no incumbent White House Democrat. The job of the sheepdog candidate is to herd leftish voters and activists back into the Democratic party one more time by giving perhaps sincere but limited and ineffectual voice to some of their issues.

Of course every sheepdog candidate since Jesse Jackson in '84 and 88 always folds his tent at the end of primary season to support the main corporate stooge Democrat for the November election. The hopeful word is always that the defeated sheepdog remains firmly committed to pushing the Democratic nominee leftward, both on the campaign trail and even more hopefully in the White House. But this never happens either. Losing Democratic nominees Mondale, Dukakis, Gore and Kerry adopted none of the positions of their sheepdog primary opponents on peace or climate change or mass transit or housing or racial and economic justice, and Democratic winners Clinton and Obama ignored them in the White House as well.

Bruce A. Dixon is Managing Editor of Black Agenda Report. 

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Bernie Out of the Closet: Sanders’ Longstanding Deal with the Democrats, Paul Street, Counterpunch

  • The Democrats have been Sanders’ “closet party” (Miller) for the last fifteen years. He’s really just coming out of the closet now for the presidential race, in a Clinton-welcomed effort to help give the Democrats a much-needed fake-populist makeover for the 2016 elections. The great Socialist Party presidential candidate Eugene Debs (whose poster hangs in Sanders’ Senate office) would not be impressed.
  • Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce
  • Sanders’ dodge on Black Lives Matter

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