…the spirit of hugo chávez walks abroad in the land…

…even in death still confounding his discredited persecutors…

The recent death of a Saudi King has brought to the fore the democratic ideals espoused and enforced by the present and former Western empires, and the great unwashed of the world is ever more bemused. But before we get there, a tart observation from the Independent, Public floggings, chopping off hands and death by stoning for adultery: How the punishments in Saudi Arabia compare to those of Isis. And this says it all, For many, the Saudi justice system sounds not unlike that of the Isis, the extremist Islamist group which has struck fear in much of the Middle East

In other words the group is cut from the same cloth, MiniMe. In another era, the traditional MSM would have ensured unchallenged glowing tributes, and nothing else, controlling the flow of the truth. But not in this era. Read the rest of this entry »

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…syriza, ‘¡sí, podemos! – and in spite of the oligarchs…

…the trap set by the conspiring oligarchs for scotland failed here…

The tragedy of the Scotland ‘No’ vote has roots in the insidious (?) role played by the BBC (as well as other media), the Westminster lot, the US establishment, and the EU gang. And the scare tactics and deceit did succeed. The strategy for independence failed to anticipate the overwhelming, ruthless opposition of the rich and powerful of the UK, EU, the US, Canada and their camp followers.

That the abject failure of the austerity medicine imposed on already weak economies of the European periphery would lead to a continuation of the same medicine cannot but bring to mind the social pecking order of another era, the landed gentry, the aristocrat, and the peasant. The rise of Syriza, as that of Podemos in Spain, did seem a promise of a new dawn, of hope for the desperate and defenceless citizen. And as elections in Greece neared, the corporate media onslaught against Syriza would grow ever increasingly shrill – but to no avail, even though Syriza did fall short of a majority by two seats. Read the rest of this entry »


…the glow of the evening, and a lively end of day…

…yet a relaxing one at that…


…alternative media, lighting the exit from plato’s cave…

…o, happy day! at long last, the formerly comfortably ensconced buglers and heralds and courtiers of empire, now flounder and founder…

Thanks to the power of the Internet, intellectuals, academics, journalists and others of all countries resort to blogs to convey their views and analyses – without the distorting filter of corporate MSM. And, not unexpectedly, US blogs are at the forefront. Then come the likes of CCTV, AJE, TelesurTV, and RT, and panic turns to frenzied, desperate hysteria as control of the message, the agenda, slips away, and at an increasing pace. TV viewers especially in other countries now have access to alternatives,the fresh air of accurate, reliable and trustworthy sources of news, information and entertainment.

Now comes another recent event that dispels any doubt as to the ulterior motives of the MSM: from the BBC to NBC, from WaPo to NYT, of their cynical adaptation, their Procustean fitting, of events to conform exactly to their intended reality, intentional deception. We already know of the BBC’s forced retraction of a knowingly false charge against RT, RT as an alternative that invites readers and viewers to ‘Question More’. Read the rest of this entry »


…a bracing brew, and a brisk start to the day…

…and in what better way?…

 


…mlk, the symbolism and the substance…

…’I have a dream…’ repeated ad nauseam, and the circus then travels on…

As this post at the fair blog in 1995 shows, not much has changed – for the better, The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV. As evident from the Fox TV debacle with ‘no-go’ in Birmingham and France, unless the US media miscreants are totally and relentlessly and loudly embarrassed – from abroad – the drivel would be unceasing. The basic point to an article apt for each year,

The remarkable thing about this annual review of King’s life is that several years — his last years — are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole.

What TV viewers see is a closed loop of familiar file footage: King battling desegregation in Birmingham (1963); reciting his dream of racial harmony at the rally in Washington (1963); marching for voting rights in Selma, Alabama (1965); and finally, lying dead on the motel balcony in Memphis (1968).

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…as night falls, we step lithely…

…into a relaxing evening…