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Originally posted by schrodingers dog
reply to post by OutoftheBoxthinker
Without wishing to make too much of the US vs World media, I have to point out the following:
Anyone who has travelled to Asia, Europe, and even to some moderate Middle Eastern countries, can testify that they immediately get shocked on arrival at when they watch the news and find out all the things going on in the world that they never heard about coming from the US. Even US news is sometimes better covered abroad than it is here.
Case in point, the recent BBC documentary about where billions of Iraq reconstruction dollars went, which did not air in the US.
And yes, Asia and North-Africa largely lack this sort of indoctrination, give or take a few more totalitarian countries.
Originally posted by Astyanax
Following the recent coup in Mauritania, there are no democracies in North Africa, though Morocco may be said to be partly free. The media are not free in any North African country, not even Morocco.
In Asia, the situation is a little better, but only a handful of countries have media that are truly free. Its remaining billions must make do with whatever facts and lies their governments dish out.
Originally posted by Astyanax
Remember that the definition of freedom here is 'not owned, controlled or restricted by the state'. By that definition the American and Western European media are free; thralldom to non-state interests (whether commercial or conspiratorial ones) is not indicated.
Originally posted by Astyanax
If I had to choose, I would say the BBC World Service media are the most trustworthy, followed by CNN International and Al-Jazeera in English.
Originally posted by Astyanax
Then two men named George Gallup and David Ogilivy (the curious may wish to google these names) found an easier way.
What they discovered was that you didn't have to prove yourself. You simply had to find out what people thought they wanted, and repackage yourself or your product in line with that. To hell with what they actually needed, to hell with your own beliefs and convictions (if any). No need, any more, for all that taxing stuff. No need, any more, to deliver results. All you had to do was pander to the people's needs, fantasies, prejudices...
Which you learnt about from media-usage statistics, polls and focus groups.
The empire turns its guns on the citizenry
In recent years, American police forces have called out SWAT teams 40,000 or more times annually. Last year did you read in your newspaper or hear on TV news of 110 hostage or terrorist events each day? No. What then were the SWAT teams doing? They were serving routine warrants to people who posed no danger to the police or to the public.
Occasionally Washington think tanks produce reports that are not special pleading for donors. One such report is Radley Balko's "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America", Cato Institute, 2006.
This 100-page report is extremely important and should have been published as a book. SWAT teams ("special weapons and tactics") were once rare and used only for very dangerous situations, often involving hostages held by armed criminals. Today SWAT teams are deployed for routine police duties. In the U.S. today, 75-80 percent of SWAT deployments are for warrant service.
In a high percentage of the cases, the SWAT teams forcefully enter the wrong address, resulting in death, injury, and trauma to perfectly innocent people. Occasionally, highly keyed-up police kill one another in the confusion caused by their stun grenades...
...Today 17,000 local police forces are equipped with such military equipment as Blackhawk helicopters, machine guns, grenade launchers, battering rams, explosives, chemical sprays, body armor, night vision, rappelling gear, and armored vehicles. Some have tanks. In 1999, the New York Times reported that a retired police chief in New Haven, Conn., told the newspaper, "I was offered tanks, bazookas, anything I wanted." Balko reports that in 1997, for example, police departments received 1.2 million pieces of military equipment.
With local police forces now armed beyond the standard of U.S. heavy infantry, police forces have been retrained "to vaporize, not Mirandize," to use a phrase from Reagan administration Defense official Lawrence Korb. This leaves the public at the mercy of brutal actions based on bad police information from paid informers.
SWAT team deployments received a huge boost from the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program, which gave states federal money for drug enforcement. Balko explains that "the states then disbursed the money to local police departments on the basis of each department's number of drug arrests."
With financial incentives to maximize drug arrests and with idle SWAT teams due to a paucity of hostage or other dangerous situations, local police chiefs threw their SWAT teams into drug enforcement. In practice, this has meant using SWAT teams to serve warrants on drug users.
SWAT teams serve warrants by breaking into homes and apartments at night while people are sleeping, often using stun grenades and other devices to disorient the occupants. As much of the police's drug information comes from professional informers known as "snitches" who tip off police for cash rewards, dropped charges, and reduced sentences, names and addresses are often pulled out of a hat. Balko provides details for 135 tragic cases of mistaken addresses.
SWAT teams are not held accountable for their tragic mistakes and gratuitous brutality. Police killings got so bad in Albuquerque, N.M., for example, that the city hired criminologist Sam Walker to conduct an investigation of police tactics. Killings by police were "off the charts," Walker found, because the SWAT team "had an organizational culture that led them to escalate situations upward rather then de-escalating."
Unless the Supreme Court overturns this verdict, the U.S. government can keep Mr Padilla, a U.S. citizen, in jail indefinitely, without charge. Worse, the government will be tempted to invoke this power against pretty much anyone it likes since the Appeals Court made no attempt to verify the authenticity of the allegations made against the prisoner.
Shed Your Addiction: Beyond Mere Survival in the American Dystopia
1984 has come to pass, both chronologically and in the Orwellian sense. Americans are “liberators” in Iraq. Opponents of this “peace initiative” are “doubleplusungood." Unchecked by the judiciary, the NSA electronically trolls for perpetrators of “crimethink." Pundits and the “liberal media” (owned by a handful of monolithic corporations despised by people with the values which many define as liberal) have become the Ministry of Truth for the Party...
...Via Fox, the Bush Regime streams steady doses of its “opiate to the masses” via a distribution network reaching 85 million cable subscribers. Fox and most other mainstream media entities are the syringes mainlining the mind-altering, psychosis-inducing propaganda munificently showered upon Americans by the Party. Social Darwinists comprising the Party, including major corporate shareholders and executives, Israeli interests, the military industrial complex, plutocrats, the power players of the Religious Right, and intellectual elites, hold the Great Beast (us “commoners”) at bay with a powerfully addictive state of being called the American Dream...
...Mirroring Hitler’s Germany, this nation of “decent, God-fearing” people is pledging allegiance to a murderous regime. Are the comfort of conformity and the safety of loyalty to the Empire worth the price of one’s soul?
America’s ruling class has created a scintillating facade to hide its dystopia, assuring the Great Beast that we all have the right and the means to attain the looks of a Victoria's Secret model, the money of a Donald Trump, and the athletic ability of a Michael Vick. Infomercials work: home schemes, plastic surgery, hypnosis, and myriad other avenues to instant success and immediate gratification abound amongst the virtually infinite number of hollow pursuits littering the spiritually barren landscape of the United States. Those who fall short of the “American ideal” simply need to continue upping their dose American Soma. If that fails and they fall victim to the ravages of unbridled addiction, spiritual emptiness, poverty, despair, self-hatred, or anorexia, they can simply end their misery with a drug overdose or a shotgun blast to the face. America’s predator class, the pushers of the opiate of the masses, is not concerned with the suffering they inflict. In their zeal to appease the triumvirate they worship (power, money, and narcissistic desires), the “chosen ones” of our society do not hesitate to sacrifice the rights, dignity, sanity and even lives of hundreds of millions of innocent human beings. After all, if they come from amongst the rabble of the Great Beast, how can they be truly human, and why would their anguish or death matter?...
...Further insulating America’s ruling elites from the conflagration which would ignite (were the masses to awaken) is the insatiable American compulsion to shop and consume conspicuously. With the advent of easy credit, ubiquitous super stores open 24 hours, and payday loans, “buy now and pay later” has become as American as baseball and apple pie...
...Perhaps it is human nature for a few to hoard power and resources to the detriment of the many. One can witness a consistent pattern of such behavior throughout history, at least in the "more advanced" cultures. Yet as Scott Peck so aptly noted in The Road Less Traveled, defecating in one's pants and the absence of dental hygiene are aspects of human nature at birth, but most people learn the unnatural acts of utilizing toilets and toothbrushes. One of the most beautiful aspects of humanity is that, unlike animals, people are not enslaved by their nature. Human beings can evolve. However, most of humanity has chosen to readily accept the shackles of the ruling class. Historically, the Great Beast has been domesticated, tamed and manipulated in a variety of ways. Brute military force, manipulation by religious entities and institutions, propaganda, and careful restriction of knowledge are but a few of the tactics employed by monarchies, tyrants, Popes, and generals throughout history...
...Lord Acton conveyed truth when he wrote that "power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Despite its cleverly constructed image of a benevolent super-power, those ruling the United States are more corrupt than the power elite of any nation, including those in Bush's alleged "Axis of Evil." Due to its power, military might, and rogue leadership, the United States has also become the world's most significant threat to the perpetuation of life on Earth...
...Like a swarm of locusts, Social Darwinists have descended upon our nation and are rapidly devouring the fruits of our labor. Resembling leeches, these parasites drain the life-blood of America and return nothing. Acting as virulent strains of previously undiscovered illnesses, these pathogens have infected a nation filled with the promise and potential envisioned by Thomas Paine. The resulting disease has reduced the United States to a wheezing, gasping tyrant nearly on economic life support. This once admirable nation flails almost blindly as it wields the only real power it has left like a bludgeon, dispatching its awesome military on imperial errands and acts of revenge (against the wrong people) under the pretense of humanitarian intervention. Employing quick sound bites, propaganda packaged as gospel, tantalizing distractions, the lure of easy money, and a highly insular environment, these sociopathic plunderers have hijacked America. Their reckless piloting is destined to result in a disaster of Biblical proportions. America’s rulers view the world as their playground. Recess is in session and the schoolyard bullies have seized control. They kidnapped the school-yard monitor, have stolen the lunch money, are taunting and beating the weak, and are playing kickball with the class misfit’s head.
Ignorance is rampant in this country as a result.
"Mickey Mouse's birthday is being announced on the television news as if it were an actual event! I don't give a sh**! If I cared about Mickey Mouse's birthday I would have memorized it years ago! And I'd send him a card, 'Dear Mickey, Happy Birthday, Love George'. I don't do that, why, don't give a sh**!"
Originally posted by MidnightDStroyer
That's enough of these excerpts to get the idea, but the article itself is much longer. I liken the whole Mainstream Media Mess as similar to a concept I learned during my education in Electronic Engineering...The "Bells-n-Whistles" approach to marketing: The idea that People will buy anything if it's flashy enough, regardless of how useless the whole piece of equipment actually is.
I'd also applaud AWiggin out of sympathy
Originally posted by weedwhacker
SO, now we've identified the problem.....how to solve it? That begs the question.