…the brew done, a melody that lingers…

…caution: cymbals ahead, steady with that mug…

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…wapo and nyt, not even fit for birdcage carpeting…

…if indeed caging birds is still a hobby, or wise…

The tragedy in Palestine, Gaza in particular, has evoked the horror of the world. In all the carnage, there is the steadfast avoidance of professional journalism on the part of the privileged US MSM. The slaughter of at least 15 civilians in a UN-run school used as shelter has been horrific enough to demand respectful and professional coverage, we would suppose. We compare and contrast. At least 15 dead after U.N. school in Gaza is shelled

William Booth, Sudarsan Raghavan and Anne Gearan 5:33 PM ET

An Israeli military spokesman said “there was a possibility” that shells from Israeli forces struck the school, adding that the army was investigating “what exactly caused the deaths and injuries.”

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…journalism and propaganda, the greenwald reminder…

…from any situation in Argentina to similar in the Ukraine, the MSM should not be mere ‘echo chamber’ of  ‘the international community’…

Glenn Greenwald late last year had appeared on the BBC’s Newsnight via video link-up. Its presenter, Kirsty Wark, would interview Greenwald. That exchange provided the proof, if any were needed, of the perils of the unthinking parroting of official assertions as indisputable facts. (Being invited to official social functions can be a powerful stupefying narcotic?) The tenor of Wark’s interview betrayed that corporation’s agenda. Unfortunately for Ms Wark the interview did raise and continues to raise the obvious question, based on what criteria did and do people like her get such jobs? To be exposed as incompetent but not be embarrassed is one criterion? And Wark is ‘better’ than most of those in the US, which is telling. Read the rest of this entry »


…double, double, toil and trouble – gaza and donetsk…

…as the tumult and the shouting dies down, the light of reality and truth begins to appear…

Stepping carefully amid the rubble of US policy.

Gaza and Disappearing Palestine

(Thanks on this one) Jon Stewart had his quick comedic ‘come back’, somewhat shrewdly ‘apologetic’, to the predicted backlash for his observation on the plight of the Gazans under the relentless onslaught.

Rihanna had her brief moment of support for Palestine, something natural to those who see mindless brutality and call it for what it is. The career of Vanessa Redgrave should be instructive.

And for irony we have been guided, unwillingly, to this item on the increasingly dreadful Huffington Post news site, a confused and chaotic site that serves as echo chamber and supine stenographer for the incumbent regime. Russia Today Anchor Resigns, Admits To Spreading ‘Lies’ For Putin – we had earlier quoted talking points memo’s coverage.

HuffPo loves this stuff. If only Ms Firth had compared her former network’s coverage of the siege of Palestine with that of the US MSM, as a journalist she would have been appalled and would know the true meaning of propaganda. When these people did deign to cover the tragedy, the perspective would be totally one-sided. There was near total silence on the Gazan experience. Over at Professor Cole’s site there is a post, its title a subtle rhetorical question. Ms Firth can learn a lot about racism, lies and propaganda. Is Rula Jebreal right about US Media Bias against Palestinians? Read the rest of this entry »


…space, the final frontier?; gaza, the final solution?…

…hundreds with biers, others with beer…

A policy of close allies whose characters strut proudly as they live their words,

…I am in blood

Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,

Returning were as tedious as go o’er… (William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 3, Scene 4)

Doom with a View, Invitation to the Danse – Macabre

Filip Spagnoli invites the guests to bring the popcorn, and lots of it (?), Annals of Heartlessness (62): Israel/Gaza Edition. Anybody brought the champagne?

And the Journey into the Heart of Darkness continues with the view from The Guardian, Israelis gather on hillsides to watch and cheer as military drops bombs on Gaza. The view a spectacular one, excerpts,

As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away.

Old sofas, garden chairs, battered car seats and upturned crates provide seating for the spectators. On one hilltop, a swing has been attached to the branches of a pine tree, allowing its occupant to sway gently in the breeze. Some bring bottles of beer or soft drinks and snacks.

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…the west, media management and facts, gaza? just donetsk…

sarah sara may be firth, but liz wahl was first and had forearmed us…

28 July approaches, as we remember the Hapsburg Empire, decrepit and incompetent and what those conditions brought about for that eagle, that imperial eagle that would come crashing down with others…

Why the desperate need to discredit RT? RT, as AJE, is one of the non-Western news networks making steady inroads on Western networks, many, especially of the US, more devoted to promoting the US corporate agenda than the truth or facts. The RT correspondent’s resignation over the network’s coverage of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane over Eastern Ukraine was triumphantly reported by the ‘traditional Western MSM’. Same Ukraine. Read the rest of this entry »


…as night falls, and a smile of appreciation…

…the smile, the laughter, the mere presence, too rarely (?) remarked on, transformed into a loving lullaby…

as we wait four more years, Russia 2018, to be that child again among fellow ‘superannuated’ children…