Archive for the Press/Media Category

Disinformation Governance Board / Ministry Of Truth (May 2, 2022)

Posted in Censorship, Information / Disinformation, Internet, Newspapers, Press/Media on May 2, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Information should be unfiltered.”

J          “Information should be curated.”

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K          “Almost all of our current problems spring from information interference.”

J          “Almost all of our current problems spring from a failure to interfere with misinformation.”

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K          “The people must be obligated to filter information.”

J          “The government must be obligated to curate information.”

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Bumper sticker of the week:

DGB = KGB?

Interning For Clio:  Collecting, Protecting And Preserving The Record (April 4, 2022)

Posted in Bideni, Covid / Coronavirus, Inflation, Newspapers, PMC, Press/Media, Ukraine on April 4, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “They say most prestigious internships today are unpaid and thus only available to the children of the well-to-do who do not need the money and are well on the path to doing the parvenu PMC thing.”

J          “I cannot really say this undertaking has made either of us well-known or wealthy.”

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K          “I print an article, then scan the paper version and then save it along with a cut and pasted version of the URL in a separate file.  What I find too often in a later search is that the article is simply deleted, not edited or distorted.  Every now and every then, an article is materially modified.  Adding ‘not’ at spots and deleting ‘not’ at other spots changes an article.”

J          “And then you get ‘404ed’ so often.  As I recall in computer network communications, the ‘HTTP 404’, ‘404 not found’, ‘404’, ‘404 error’, ‘page not found’ or ‘file not found’ are error messages.  They are a hypertext transfer protocol standard response code – the good old http.  The message indicates that the browser was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested.  It is a good old server failure.  Servers are failing far too often.  By design.  Servers are the new age HAL 9000 with far more sophisticated AI.”

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K          “From the first entry on January 30, 2020, the ‘Coronavirus Diary’ reveals quite an unreal and surreal ride.  I structured my day to run by and do field research at Costco, Target, Walmart and other stores and venues to study the people, products, prices, perils and performance.  In early February of 2020, I was one of the few Occidentals wearing a mask and knowingly nodded my head at the few Orientals also wearing masks.  I bought up a box of pulse oximeters and gave them to folks who had no idea what they are.”

J          “The thing with toilet paper and bottled water is unreal and surreal.  Humanity is not going to make it.  We are not going to make it.”

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K          “A six pack of Costco canned chicken breasts went from $10.89 to $13.99 last Tuesday and then to $15.99 in the last few days.  The sign said $16.99, yet when I went back to double check the receipt, I discovered they charged $15.99.”

J          “They are ready with a sign of our times.  Costco Kirkland precooked bacon went from $10.99 about a year ago to $12.99 then to $14.99 then quite surprisingly to $12.99 and then in the last few days to $16.99.”

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K          “I followed the ‘print, scan and save’ practice and actually saved what was actually said or written about Covid-19 on a daily basis to have an immutable record.  Some of the pieces are now ‘404er’ likely because the author is inconvenienced or embarrassed by the statements.”

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K          “The NYT is the ‘paper of record’ for the Narrative but not the ‘paper of record’ for the truth.  Society needs another credible source to chronicle daily developments for current and future consumption and consideration.”

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[See “Ukraine’s Propaganda War: International PR Firms, DC Lobbyists and CIA Cutouts” in “MintPress News” dated March 22, 2022 by Dan Cohen and “Psaki Reminds Reporters That Biden Doesn’t Speak For The President Of The United States” in “The Babylon Bee” dated March 29, 2022.] 

[See the e-commentary at “Analog Knowledge Devices” (“AKD”):  The Next “Currency” (July 10, 2017), Buy A Book? I’ll Pass. Read A Book? I’ll Play. Oh, And Happy National Book Month! (September 30, 2019), Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Basically, Back To Basics:  Finding Food; Printing Rutabagas.  Happy Earth Day! (April 20, 2020) and “Just visiting, thank you.” (April 1, 2019).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.  Viewer discretion is advised.”  [Blocking a conversation challenging America’s never ending wars around the globe.]

I got 404ed

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon

Pushitzer Prize In “Breaking News For 2020”, Nunc Pro Tunc (March 21, 2022)

Posted in Bideni, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pushitzer, Truth on March 21, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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The Pushitzer Prize in “Breaking News For 2020”, Nunc Pro Tunc, is awarded to Emma-Jo Morris and Gabrielle Fonrouge with the New York Post for the article “Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad” dated October 14, 2020.

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K          “In a decent country with courageous and honest individuals, the many self-styled intelligence experts who engaged in calculated misinformation and deception in 2020 designed to impact and influence the 2020 election would offer written apologies, but we do not seem to live in a decent country with courageous and honest individuals.  Some might argue that their statements and actions are treasonous.  Courageous and honest individuals now must ask why the NYT circled back to the truth at this late date.”      

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[See the e-commentary at Dispatches From The War On Journalism: The New “Nixon’s Enemies List” (December 5, 2016).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“The email and others in the cache were authenticated by people familiar with them and with the Investigation.”   NYT, March 16, 2022

Let’s stop pretending that Ukraine is not one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Russia has never satisfactorily explained why it located its country so close to NATO nuclear weapons and bio-warfare sites.

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon

N. Propaganda R. Transcribed:  “Get Vaccinated.  Attack Russia.”  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 21, 2022)

Posted in Newspapers, NPR, Press/Media, Russia, War on February 21, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Three of the clearest headed individuals double-checked the transcript.  This is the complete and unedited transcript compiled from every NPR program over the last month:

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This list was carefully spell checked.  I admit that the NPR people did a short and insightful segment on the biathlon in the past month.  Bill Gates gave millions and millions and millions to NPR, Public Radio International, WETA, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Minnesota Public Radio, BBC and other organizations and controlled every aspect of the Virus message.”

J          “Everyone should get vaccinated or be forced to get vaccinated.  America and the allies should attack and destroy Russia.  NPR is just doing its part.  They are not being funded to present a variety of viewpoints and allow the listener to decide.  That is not how it works or should work.”

K          “NPR is not working.  For someone who has contributed a lot of money to and sacrificed a lot of time for NPR over the decades, this former listener is redirecting money and time to challenge America’s propaganda machine.  And then there are the NYT, WP and WSJ that want war uber alles.  The assaults and the attacks on the minds of the American people are unrelenting.”

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[See MintPress Study: NY Times, Washington Post Driving US to War with Russia Over Ukraine dated February 4, 2022 by Alan Macleod in the Mint Press, a credible and courageous newspaper guided by Whitney Webb, the recipient of the Fifth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2020 (May 4, 2020).]

[See the e-commentary at National People’s Radio?; National Public Radio?; National Petroleum Radio?; National Propaganda Radio? (June 11, 2018), [Don’t] Support Public Media? (June 10, 2019), Tulsi, MSM, NYT, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Real News, Fake News, Neo-McCarthyism.  Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 28, 2019), “Regulatory Capture” and “Journalism Capture” (November 22, 2021) and Boycott (Advertisers On) AM (Anger Mongering) Radio (March 5, 2011).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Get vaccinated.  Attack Russia  (Sold at an NPR fundraiser)

Don’t get vaccinated.  Don’t attack Russia  (Sold at a fundraiser to defund NPR and fund honest and objective journalism)

“Keep in mind, the news media are not independent; they are a sort of bulletin board and public relations firm for the ruling class-the people who run things.  Those who decide what news you will or will not hear are paid by, and tolerated purely at the whim of, those who hold economic power.  If the parent corporation doesn’t want you to know something, it won’t be on the news.  Period.  Or, at the very least, it will be slanted to suit them, and then rarely followed up.”  George Carlin

“Regulatory Capture” and “Journalism Capture” (November 22, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Newspapers, Press/Media, Vaccine on November 22, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “‘Journalism Capture’ or ‘Journalist Capture’ captures the phenomenon.  Pick your phrase, pick your poison.” 

J          “They are just saying what needs to be said in the face of a crisis based on the best science.”

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K          “I have rather liked the media’s general political bias to date.  However, the current propoganda is largely pecuniary not political.  The motivating factor is profit not principle.”

J          “They are just saying what needs to be said in the face of a crisis based on the best science.”

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K          “I vowed if I turned on what I have been describing lately as National Propaganda Radio and the word ‘virus’ or ‘vaccine’ was spouted in the first sentence, I would switch stations.  They did and I did.  I gave them one more chance.  They did and I did.  I had to give them one more chance because this is America.  They did and I did.  I gave them one more chance because this is still America.  They did and I did.  I had to give them one more chance because this is still really America.  They did and I did.  I will tune in for a follow up in a fortnight but otherwise boycott the station.  No more contributions.”

J          “We are in a war.  The message must be uniform, unflinching and unchallenged.”

K          “And in a war, the first casualty is Truth.”

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K          “‘Regulatory capture’ describes the phenomenon of government agencies, created initially to serve the public good, serving instead the interests of the companies and industries they regulate.  The practice, technically illegal, is a result of deliberate efforts on the part of the companies and regulators to co-opt the agencies.”

J          “Sounds like a conspiracy theory.”

K          “It is in fact a conspiracy fact.  Two or more individuals and/or entities are working in concert to promote the public bad.”

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K          “‘Journalism capture’ describes the phenomenon of media entities, many created initially to serve the public good, serving instead the interests of the companies and industries they purport to cover.  The practice, technically unethical and likely illegal, is a result of deliberate efforts on the part of the companies and media entities to co-opt the media.  The media entities are so in debt to the pharmaceutical companies that they must perpetuate the propaganda.”

J          “We are in a war.  The message must be uniform, unflinching and unchallenged.”

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[See the “Free North Declaration” and the discussion in “The Free North Declaration Is an Island of Sanity in a Country Gone Mad” in “NTD” dated November 22, 2021 by Lisa Bildy; “Revealed:  Documents Show Bill Gates Has Given $319 Million to Media Outlets” in “Mint Press News ” dated November 15, 2021 by Alan MacLeod and revised in “Documents show Bill Gates has given $319 million to media outlets to promote his global agenda” in “The Gray Zone” dated November 21, 2021 by Alan MacLeod; and the discussion in “Why have we doctors been silent?” in “The Conservative Woman” dated November 15, 2021 by Lucie Wilk.]

[See the e-commentary at “[Don’t] Support Public Media? (June 10, 2019)” and a year earlier at “National People’s Radio?; National Public Radio?; National Petroleum Radio?; National Propaganda Radio? (June 11, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Don’t get your medical advice from the television – from either the show or the saturation advertisements.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”  Upton Sinclair

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Oh, And Happy May Day And World Press Freedom Day! (May 3, 2021)

Posted in First Amendment, Freedom / Liberty, Newspapers, Press/Media on May 3, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Let us also proclaim it National Irony Days.  I cannot remember a time when there were more restrictions and road blocks by public and private entities on free speech.  The technology makes it so easy to throw a switch and disconnect a citizen.”

J          “Exercising your right of free speech if exercised to challenge those in power jeopardizes your personal freedom and threatens your life.  These actions are not just having a ‘chilling effect’ on free speech, they are ‘deep freezing’ free speech.”

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K          “The threat to one’s life and the possibility of being suicided is very real and a clear and present danger.”

J          “And unreal.  Anyone raising a serious and fundamental challenge to the system knows that he or she risks his or her life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness.”

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[See the e-commentary on “Third Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2018 (April 9, 2018)”, “Alex J. / J. Assange And The First Amendment (August 13, 2018)” and “The Persecution Of Assange And The Feckless MSM (September 21, 2020)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Free the press

Antony Blinken Hypocrisy Award coming soon!

Low inventory!  This gear won’t last — Due to global supply chain issues we’re having trouble keeping gear in stock.

The Persecution Of Assange And The Feckless MSM (September 21, 2020)

Posted in Cameo In Courage Award, First Amendment, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media on September 21, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Most media outlets are not concerned about press freedom because they are completely free to say precisely what they are directed to say.”

J          “The only journalists commenting on the most critical freedom of the press case of our time are commentators such as award-winning Caitlin Johnstone and historian and human rights advocate Craig Murray, those at Consortium News, and a few other heroes, stragglers and renegades.”

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K          “What would RBG say?”

J          “I respectfully dissent.”

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[See “Empire’s mask slips at Julian Assange trial” in “The Asia Times” dated September 18, 2020 by Pepe Escobar.]

[See some of the e-commentary by typing “Assange” in the search box.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Have a peaceful International Day of Peace

“First they came for the journalists.  We don’t know what happened after that.”

Have a peaceful Equinox

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Fifth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2020 (May 4, 2020)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Journalism, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary on May 4, 2020 by e-commentary.org

[Google continues to block access to https://e-commentary.org/ with no justification or recourse.]

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          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Whitney Webb . . . for stirring the pot, asking hard questions, demanding answers, rejecting lies, spotlighting uncomfortable truths, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.  And being a journalist and a patriot for the Planet.”

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[See “Dr. Fauci Backed Controversial Wuhan Lab With Millions Of U.S. Dollars For Risky Coronavirus Research” in “Newsweek” dated April 28, 2020 by Rusty Guterl.]

[See the e-commentary at “Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019 (April 15, 2019)”, “Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018)”, “Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)”, “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)” and “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)”.  See the e-ssay written fifteen years ago titled “Ohio – Not Forgettin’ Ohio; The Battleground State Battles On (May 2, 2005)” on the fiftieth anniversary.”]

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2021 and a supporting letter by January 24, 2021 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

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Bumper stickers of the week:

“Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.”  Charlie Munger

For good and honest stuff

Dissent is patriotic

Plant a garden

 

Poor journalism

Need integrity, courage

Need to save Planet

Covid-19 Pandemic:  Coming To A Town Near You (March 2, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Epidemiology, Newspapers, Press/Media on March 2, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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J          “You are the only person in America who predicted the precise day that the market would start tanking.”

K          “Don’t let it get around, but I did so by predicting that the market would start tanking every day for the last one thousand and one days.”

J          “Seems that I should have abided the Valentine’s Day e-mail to ‘SELL, SELL, SELL’ immediately.”

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J          “When the 3M N95 valved masks were no longer available, the government passed the word to tell the public they are not effective.” 

K          “You know that the government and the non-governmental agencies are lying at just about every opportunity, but the vexing problem is that the exact opposite of what the government is saying is not always the precise truth.”

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K          “For decades, we discussed the three EEEs.  Sometimes it was energy, environment, economy, and sometimes it was environment, economy, energy and sometimes it was economy, energy, environment.”

J          “Epidemiology.”

K          “The four EEEEs.”

J          “In the new world, it may be epidemiology and energy and then epidemiology and environment and then epidemiology and economy.”

K          “And then epidemiology and epidemiology and epidemiology and epidemiology.”

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K          “And America’s most profitable second-rate newspaper out of New York continues its unrelenting campaign to attack Sanders and to advance Biden while  presenting its inadequate and distorted coverage of the Virus ‘below the fold’ for weeks.”

J          “It is ‘The Times’ we live in today.  It is a time of greed not of greatness.”

K          “We live in an ‘Information Desert’ in an ocean of lies.  The lies of the WHO, CDC and NIH are parroted by the propagandists at the MSM, ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, Faux FOX, MSNBC/DNC, NPR, PBS and others.”

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K          “Think man had a hand in creating it?”

J          “Hands down.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Honesty And Efficiency . . . In Life And Law (July 31, 2017)” and “Seeing 2020:  Covid-19:  BAU v. BAU (February 24, 2020)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Covid-19 Pandemic f.d.b.a. Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

You can’t call it “Pandemic” unless it’s from the Pandemic region of France, otherwise it’s just Sparkling Flu.

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”  Robert A. Heinlein

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.  We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.  The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”  H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”

Afghanistan:  The Usual Lies And Liars.  Oh, And Happy I.F. Stone’s Birthday! (December 16, 2019)

Posted in Afghanistan, MSM, Press/Media, Trumpi, War on December 16, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Each statement and every utterance made by each and every American bureaucrat and official is presumptively a lie scripted with malice aforethought and designed to conscript the underclass into a war for the benefit of the overclass.”

J          “They are like lawyers.  Most of them are lawyers.  When asked how you can tell that a lawyer is lying, the answer is that she or he is moving her or his lips.”

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K          “The lies about Afghanistan by the Democrats and the Republicans are far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far worse than anything that Trumpi has been accused of by the Democrats in the House of Representatives.”          

J          “I would say far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far worse.  And the nearly complete silence by the MSM is an even greater crime than anything that Trumpi has been accused of by the Democrats in the House of Representatives.”  

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[See “I Knew the War in Afghanistan Was a Lie” in “Truthdig” by Danny Sjursen, the 2018 recipient of the Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, dated December 9, 2019; “Our Lying Military, Our Lying Government” in “The American Conservative” by Rod Dreher dated December 9, 2019; “The Afghanistan Papers Confirm America’s Longest War Is a Lie” in “Truthdig” by Sonali Kolhatkar dated December 12, 2019 and “Washington Post’s Afghanistan Story Reveals Core Folly of American Defense Strategy” in “Rolling Stone” by Matt Taibbi dated December 13, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary ten years ago at “The Audacity of Afghanistan (Dec. 7, 2009)”; “Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend ‘War’; The ‘Racket’ Continues (September 7, 2015)” and “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“All governments lie.”  I.F. Stone

“Let everyone who advocates war be enrolled in a special regiment of advance guards, for the front of every storm, of every attack, to lead them all!”  Leo Tolstoy

Plow Shares And Swords.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 28, 2018)

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K          “A sword in one hand, a plow share in the other.”

J          “On this planet, you cannot carry one without the other.”

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K          “I’ll put down the plow and pick up the sword in defense of the village, but not based on a lie.”

J          “If not for lies, there would be far fewer wars.”

K          “They lied, kids died.”

J          “But not their kids.”

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[See the e-ssay titled “The Flag (May 31, 2010)” and the e-commentary at “In Memoriam (May 26, 2014)” and “Reinstate The Draft; Reduce The Demand For War (Somewhat). Oh, And Happy Veterans Day! (November 6, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:  [Big bumper]

When considering the reliability of information provided to you by the government of the United States of America, it is important that you recall and reflect:

They fibbed about Viet Nam.

They fibbed about Cambodia.

They fibbed about Laos.

They fibbed about Cuba.

They fibbed about El Salvador.

They fibbed about Nicaragua.

They fibbed about Guatemala.

They fibbed about Panama.

They fibbed about Honduras.                                                    

They fibbed about Venezuela.

They fibbed about Chile.

They fibbed about the Spanish American War.

They fibbed about the Mexican War.

They fibbed about Pearl Harbor.

They fibbed about 9/11.

They fibbed about Osama bin Laden.

They fibbed about Afghanistan.

They fibbed about Kuwait.

They fibbed about Iraq.

They fibbed about Saddam Hussein.

They fibbed about Libya.

They fibbed about Muammar Gaddafi.

They are fibbing about Yemen.

They are fibbing about Somalia.

They are fibbing about Sudan.

They are fibbing about Syria.

They are fibbing about Palestine.

They are fibbing about Iran.

They are fibbing about Ukraine.

They are fibbing about Niger.

They are fibbing about the War on Terror.

They are fibbing.

They do not seem to be telling the truth.

Things really did not turn out so super in Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria, but who is counting?

But who cares?