Tuesday 29th of November 2022

of journalism…….

The best western journalists are overwhelmingly despised while the worst are acclaimed millionaires. Western civilisation is built on lies, dependent on lies, powered by lies. Don’t seek widespread approval. It’s worthless.

Live long enough and you’ll learn that the people who’ll really hurt you and screw you over aren’t the obvious, overt monsters but the sly manipulators who smile to your face. The US empire is a sly manipulator smiling and posturing as the good guy by contrasting itself with overt monsters.

 

BY Caitlin Johnstone

 

 

As our consciousness has expanded it’s become unacceptable to be seen as an overt tyrant by the public, but that just meant the emergence of a sneakier form of tyranny. The age of the brute gave way to the age of the manipulative bitch. This manipulative bitch of an empire has been instigating and orchestrating violence at mass scale and then using its unrivaled narrative control machine to blame the violence on other powers. And its provocations are only getting more and more aggressive and more and more dangerous.

If humanity meets its end, it will come not at the hands of the overt monsters but the sly manipulators. The trajectory toward the horrifying global conflict we appear to be fast approaching was set by the manipulative bitch of the US-centralised empire.

If there’s one thing sly manipulators hate, it’s people who continuously highlight whenever they are being manipulative. That’s what drives the ongoing push to silence, censor and marginalise critics of empire. Julian Assange is in prison because he spotlighted the manipulative bitch.

Manipulators can only manipulate when their manipulations are invisible to their subjects. A grassroots push to bring public awareness to the empire’s manipulations would hamstring the empire. The empire knows this, hence the push to neutralise empire critics in myriad ways.

Friendly reminder to the English-speaking world that Iran is none of your fucking business and any kind of intervention from your government literally always makes things worse.

Remember, it’s crazy and conspiratorial to say the CIA likely is involved or will soon become involved in domestic uprisings in a US-targeted nation. The sane position is to believe that the CIA never does anything, and its officers are all sitting in their Langley offices watching Netflix. The responsible, correct view is that the CIA’s extensively documented role in fomenting domestic uprisings around the world is strictly a thing of the past, and that the agency now receives billions and billions of dollars each year to do nothing whatsoever.

If you lived with someone who always steals things you’d suspect them anytime one of your valuables goes missing, but you’re a crazy conspiracy theorist if you think domestic uprisings in a US-targeted nation might involve the CIA. We learned the CIA was literally plotting to assassinate Julian Assange five years ago and people still act like it’s crazy and outlandish to suggest that they’re doing evil things in the world currently.

If you don’t want people speculating about CIA involvement whenever there’s unrest in a nation the US government doesn’t like, you should be calling for the dismantling of the CIA. Otherwise you’re just supporting the CIA as it works to foment those kinds of uprisings and yelling at people who don’t like it.

People don’t “serve” in the military, they work in the military. It’s a job. And if it’s a job with the US or any of its imperial member states, it is one of the most unethical jobs that anyone can possibly have.

People who defend the US empire from criticism aren’t actually defending the empire, they’re defending their worldview. They’re staving off the flood of cognitive dissonance they’d experience if they saw that everything they believe about the world is a propaganda-induced lie.

That’s why so many of them say things like “Of course our government does bad things BUT-” and then make up some nonsensical gibberish like “you think Putin is an innocent little flower” or whatever. They don’t love the empire, they’re just flailing around protecting their worldview. Their arguments consistently lack robustness because they’re not invested in defending some globe-spanning power structure (people don’t usually do that unless they’re paid to), they’re just throwing up any walls they can that will protect their worldview.

Still, though. Imagine being such an embarrassing, sycophantic bootlicker that you’re emotionally incapable of handling the fact that there are a few fringe people on the internet who spend their time criticising the most powerful and destructive government on earth. Imagine actually seeing that as a problem. There are actual people who sincerely see the existence of empire critics anywhere online as a problem that needs to be solved. How far gone do you have to be to live like that? How much bullshit must you have poured over your mind and heart for that to seem sensible?

Most people get that you can’t win a nuclear war, but not enough people understand that you also can’t even remain fully in control in a nuclear standoff. There are too many small moving parts, too many things that can go wrong. Google “nuclear close calls” if you doubt this.

Our rulers are ushering us into a nuclear standoff of steadily increasing escalation, and they cannot, cannot, cannot control its outcome. They’re gambling everyone’s life hoping to win the prize of planetary domination, and their game is getting more dangerous by the day.

Caitlin Johnstone is a reader-supported independent journalist from Melbourne, Australia. She now lives in the US. Her political writings can be found on Medium.

First published on Caitlin Johnstone.com on 26 September 2022

 

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https://johnmenadue.com/the-best-journalists-are-persecuted-and-despised-notes-from-the-edge-of-the-narrative-matrix/

 

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propaganda journalism….

 

By Lucia Stein and Rebecca Armitage

 

After railing against the dangers of Western imperialism for more than 15 years, Russia's President Vladimir Putin now finds himself in the type of military quagmire he once claimed was a uniquely American error.

The Ukrainian invasion he thought would take a couple of days in February is about to enter its eighth month.

A well-armed and surprisingly nimble Ukrainian army has killed or injured up to 80,000 Russian soldiers, according to US Pentagon estimates.

And with no end in sight, the Kremlin could be spending as much as $US500 million (more than $770 million) every single day to fund this war.

Now, as Ukraine grabs land back from Russian forces, Mr Putin has ordered a partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists to head to the front.

He has also stepped closer than ever to the precipice, threatening to use Russia's nuclear arsenal if he deems it necessary.

 

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-01/why-did-vladimir-putin-double-down-on-his-war-in-ukraine/101468558

 

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WE EXPECT BETTER FROM THE ABC THAN WESTERN PROPAGANDA JOURNALISM. PRESENTLY, FOUR FORMER RUSSIAN PROVINCES GIFTED IN 1922 TO UKRAINE HAVE BEEN TAKEN BACK BY RUSSIA. THE NIMBLE UKRAINIAN ARMY HAD BEEN EQUIPPED SINCE 2014 WITH US/NATO MILITARY HARDWARE AND THE FIGURES OF LOSSES FROM THE PENTAGON CANNOT BE TRUSTED. THESE LOSSES ARE LIKELY TO BE MORE THAN 60,000 SOLDIERS FROM UKRAINE AND LESS THAN 6000 FOR RUSSIA. TRUST ME......

IT WAS THE KIEV GOVERNMENT THAT SPURRED THIS "INTERVENTION" BY REFUSING TO ADHERE TO THE MINSK AGREEMENTS WHICH MADE THESE FOUR PROVINCES AUTONOMOUS IN UKRAINE. THESE MINKS AGREEMENTS SIGNED BY POROSHENKO (PLUS RUSSIA, FRANCE AND GERMANY) WERE WORTH PEANUTS, AS POROSHEKO ADMITTED THAT THESE AGREEMENTS WERE TO BUY TIME AND ARMED UKRAINE TO THE TEETH TO RETAKE THE "INDEPENDENT" PROVINCES. SO FAR THE FRONT LINE HAS CHANGED IN NATURE: BEFORE IT WAS A CIVIL WAR BETWEEN THESE PROVINVES AND THE NAZI KIEV GOVERNMENT — NOW, SINCE THE REFERENDA, IT IS THE NAZI KIEV GOVERNMENT AGAINST RUSSIAN TERRITORY. THE US HAS BEEN WASTING TIME AND SPIT TO PROTECT AN IDIOT, LITTLE ZELENSKY WHO SOON WILL DEPART UKRAINE IN WHATEVER WAY. 

CONTRARY TO THE US ADVENTURES, THE RUSSIAN INTERVENTION WAS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE RUSSIANS OF THE DONBASS REGION. HEY, Lucia Stein and Rebecca Armitage, SEE https://consortiumnews.com/2022/09/30/our-coverage-of-the-ukraine-war/ IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND ANY OF THIS BECAUSE YOU'RE YOUNG AND THICK IN THE HEAD FROM TOO MUCH US PROPAGANDA SINCE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN (I GUESS YESTERDAY).......

 

""""He has also stepped closer than ever to the precipice, threatening to use Russia's nuclear arsenal if he deems it necessary.????" YOU MORONS! THE WEST IS THE ONE THREATENING RUSSIA!!!! PUTIN HAS ONLY STATED THAT HE WOULD RESPOND IN KIND. UNLIKE BIDEN AND HIS SILLY MINIONS, PUTIN IS NOT A FOOL....

 

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of deaded scribes gender....

The United Nations’ entity for gender equality was widely mocked for a tweet drawing attention to the fact that 11% of journalists murdered in 2021 were women. As the organization demanded that criminals “stop targeting women journalists,”commenters asked what UN Women thought of the other 89%.

Out of all the journalists killed worldwide in 2021, 11% were women, up from 6% in 2020, the UN’s body for “gender equality and women’s empowerment” wrote in a tweet on Wednesday, citing figures from UNESCO. 

“On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, let us say out loud: STOP TARGETING WOMEN JOURNALISTS,” the organization continued.

 

“So 89-94% of journalists killed are men, why would we make a special plea to stop targeting women?” Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle responded. Writer Noah Smith described the tweet as essentially saying “please target only the male journalists, thanks.”

“Are they calling for gender equality here?” journalist Luke Rudkowski asked, while podcaster Danny Polishchuk joked that he would “not rest until 100% of murdered journalists are male!”

Around 40% of journalists are women, according to figures from 12 countries compiled by Reuters and Oxford University. This means that statistically, female journalists are far less likely to die on the job than their male counterparts, who despite making up 60% of the workforce, account for nearly 90% of deaths.

 

 

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https://www.rt.com/news/565956-un-women-journalists-tweet/

 

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