Archive for March, 2016

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters narrates new documentary focusing on “Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States”
The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/138338995

Over the past few years, Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world – except the United States. The Occupation of The American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the US.


Ever wonder why the majority of the American public would rather stand with Israel rather than Palestine? This documentary examines the mainstream media bias which has fueled this distorted image of the conflict between the two.

George Matta, founder of Mundovision Productions (a 34-year-old Canadian company that “specialized in prime time investigative and current affairs documentaries of political, social and scientific nature”), filmed a documentary called the “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” The documentary brings to light the double standards with which the mainstream media, and particularly the U.S. mainstream media, treats Israel and Palestine.

The documentary’s description:

“While recent polls have shown global public opinion turning sharply against Israeli policy, public support for Israel in the U.S. has held firm. The Occupation of the American Mind, narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, takes an unflinching look at the information wars Israel and its supporters have been waging in the U.S. for decades.

From PR offensives designed to manage perceptions of the occupation in the 1980s, to government-run social media campaigns today, the film provides an eye-opening analysis of Israel’s ongoing efforts to win the hearts and minds of the American people.”

The documentary maker’s own website raises a few red flags, such as “George Matta, an advertising executive who dreamed up a formula for allowing special primetime TV programs to be funded directly by corporate sponsors, instead of broadcasters…”

But the information provided in this documentary in particular, is certainly still well worth considering. One particularly disturbing moment from the film had Israeli PM Netanyahu saying, “they use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead the better,” to which professor Sut Jhally from the University of Massachusetts retorts that “they end up in this upside-down Orwellian world, where Israelis killing civilians becomes an unforgivable transgression against…Israelis.”

Update: Due to copyright restrictions, this video can only be viewed on RT’s live feed. Time of broadcast is available on RT’s schedule page


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‘The timidity of Americans to vote for and force real change in our health care system will continue making us a willing participant in our pilfer. The story that could potentially affect every American should be probative.

We see accidents all over our roads. At any given time any one of us could be in an accident that will require an air transport ambulance. The private organizations that provide this service must be considered modern-day pirates.

As shown in the ABC image below, this particular air ambulance company requires that some party signs a contract accepting complete responsibility for the transport bill. The agreement does not provide the actual charge the company will bill.’

Read more: More Than $47,000 for Emergency Transport to a Hospital—Is This Health Care?

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‘A university in Australia has been accused of “rewriting history” after it was revealed that it encourages students to use the terms “invaded, occupied, and colonized” when referring to the role of British settlers in the 18th century.

The contents of the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) Indigenous Terminology Guide emerged after the Australian Daily Telegraph ran a piece with the headline ‘Whitewash,’ which criticized the university’s advocacy of the word “invaded” over “discovered” or “settled.”

“UNSW rewrites the history books to state [Captain James] Cook ‘invaded’ Australia,” the front page of the newspaper claimed.’

Read more: Britain ‘invaded’ Australia? New South Wales University accused of ‘rewriting history’. Well, what else can you call what happened?

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‘Amid the Bay Area’s red-hot real estate market, a newcomer to San Francisco is living in a small wooden box at his friend’s home.

Illustrator Peter Berkowitz recently moved into the box, which he described as a “pod.” The box is tucked away in a corner of the living room at his friend’s apartment, located a few blocks from the ocean.

On his blog, Berkowitz said the pod is the “coziest bedroom” he has ever had. Along with a bed, the box has a fold down desk, a cushioned backboard and LED lights for reading.’

Read more: San Francisco renter pays $400 a month to live in box built inside a living room

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‘The interior ministry has announced its intention to elevate five complementary therapies including homeopathy to the same level as conventional medicine.

Homeopathy, holistic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine will acquire the same status as conventional medicine by May 2017.

After being rejected in 2005 by the authorities for lack of scientific proof of their efficacy, complementary and alternative medicines made a comeback in 2009 when two-thirds of Swiss backed their inclusion on the constitutional list of paid health services.’

Read more: Swiss to recognise homeopathy as legitimate medicine

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‘Cyber-defenses protecting Trident nuclear weapons are to be updated amid concerns military computers and networks may be vulnerable to North Korean and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) hackers.

British defense giant BAE Systems will carry out the update on behalf of the US Navy, which maintains Trident, Bloomberg reports.

“Now that cyber has become even more important in our national security, there will be even more requirements. In our modern era, cyber security threats are a legitimate concern,” a US Navy nuclear deterrent program spokesman, John Daniels, told Bloomberg.’

Read more: Nuclear hacks: Trident cyber-defenses to be revamped amid ISIS, rogue-state hacker threat

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 Let’s hope this doen’t ‘go live,’ as they did on 9/11: | 30 March 2016 | Britain and the US will stage a war-game later this year, simulating a cyber attack on a nuclear power plant, to test the readiness of the government and utility firms. As David Cameron prepares to fly to Washington to attend a nuclear security summit, convened by Barack Obama, government sources said the two countries plan to cooperate on exploring the resilience of nuclear infrastructure to a terrorist attack. Government sources said the exercise was not triggered by any credible intelligence about the threat of such an attack, but that it was” prudent planning,” adding: “It gives us the ability to test these systems, and make sure that we learn any lessons.”

UK and US to simulate cyber-attack on nuclear plants to test resilience

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“Please don’t shoot me,” Daniel Shaver begged police.

Moments later, an officer shot and killed the 26-year-old Texas man.

The officer, identified as Philip Brailsford of the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department has since been charged with second-degree murder and fired.

In a newly released police report detailing body camera footage of the Jan. 18 shooting, Shaver is described as sobbing and complying with commands as police ordered him to crawl toward them. Officers repeatedly threatened to shoot him if he did not comply.

“Alright, if you make a mistake, another mistake, there is a very severe possibility you are both going to get shot. Do you understand?” one officer is described as telling him.

Shaver replied, telling officers, “No, please don’t shoot me.”


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Pollution has put our oceans at the brink of disaster

Every year more than 8 million tonens of plastic is dumped into the ocean, but how does that affect humans and what can we do to stop this behavior?

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A San Francisco homeless couple said they watched Alameda County sheriff’s deputies — who had chased an auto theft suspect into the city — severely beat the defenseless man with batons in an alley, and were then given the wounded man’s cash and jewelry as “hush goodies” by a deputy at the scene.

Jerome Allen and his partner, 31-year-old Haley Harris, said in interviews Tuesday that they were in a tent on Stevenson Street in the city’s Mission District on Nov. 12 when they witnessed the now widely publicized beating of Stanislav Petrov by deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber that was captured on video and is the subject of multiple investigations.

“They gave me his gold chain, his cigarettes, some change and some other stuff,” Allen, 50, said at a city shelter where he is staying. “They saw my eyes pop out of my head when I saw that chain. They didn’t just decide to give it to me — common sense is it was hush goodies.”

Alameda County sheriff’s officials said the allegation is under investigation, and that a 20-year-veteran deputy implicated in the couple’s account has been placed on paid administrative leave. At a news conference, Sheriff Greg Ahern said his agency had just learned of the account through media reports and Petrov’s attorneys.

While he found the video of the beating “disturbing,” Ahern said, the allegation of theft and bribery was “one of the most horrific things I’ve heard.” He did not identify the deputy but indicated he was not one of the two men who struck Petrov with their batons.


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Now that Yellen has taken us back to square one where the worse the news, the better for assets, the latest announcement by Boeing, which overnight announced it will eliminate about 4,000 jobs in its commercial airplanes division by the middle of this year and another roughly 550 jobs in a division that conducts flight and lab tests, should help push the iconic ExIm bank-supported company’s shares to new 2016 highs.

According to Reuters, the planemaker will reduce 1,600 positions in the commercial airplanes division through voluntary layoffs, while the rest of the cuts are expected to be completed by leaving open positions unfilled, spokesman Doug Alder said.

“While there is no employment reduction target, the more we can control costs as a whole the less impact there will be to employment,” Alder said.

The job cuts, which will include hundreds at executive and managerial positions, will not done through involuntary layoffs, Alder said.
Boeing will also cut about 10 percent of the approximately 5,700 jobs in its test and evaluation division, which conducts flight and lab tests, spokeswoman Sandra Angers told Reuters. The company had a total of 161,400 employees as of Dec. 31.

Reuters had reported last month that Boeing was considering offering voluntary layoffs to its professional engineers and technical workers.



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‘Last week, just a few minutes before the House Foreign Affairs Committee met for a hearing, one of the Israel lobby’s most dependable members of Congress, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen huddled with twenty supporters of AIPAC, the lobby’s front line organization in Washington. It was a routine affair for the Florida Republican and her pro-Israel allies, whom she addressed by their first names. But a member of the public who witnessed the meeting noticed a startling new agenda was on the table.

The witness told me that Ros-Lehtinen vowed to destroy the mounting grassroots BDS campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. To do so, she pledged to weaken the First Amendment. “Free speech is being used in our country to denigrate Israel and we need to actively fight against that,” Ros-Lehtinen declared, according to the source.’

Read more: The Israel Lobby’s Dangerous Agenda for the U.S.: Attack Free Speech and Criminalize Resistance

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‘It’s one of the few victories for the people against an out-of-control federal agency that is growing more lawless and arrogant by the year.

As reported by Indian Country Today, the Bureau of Land Management, which falls under the Department of the Interior (as does the Bureau of Indian Affairs), was forced to cancel an oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine region in northwestern Montana earlier this month, thereby keeping land that is culturally and traditionally sacred to members of the Blackfoot Nation pristine.

“It’s a very historic day for the Blackfeet,” said John Murray, the Blackfeet Nation’s Historic Preservation Officer, Indian Country Today reported.’

Read more: Corrupt Bureau of Land Management successfully kicked out of the sacred Blackfoot Native American Nation

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EgyptAir hijacker strolls through security before forcing jet to land in Cyprus

Questions are being asked as to how the EgyptAir hijacker was able to stroll unhindered through airport security at Alexandria, despite being rigged with a fake suicide vest and explosives. It comes just weeks after British intelligence officers were sent to the country to improve airport security, following the downing of a Russian jet in October which killed all 224 passengers. The British team were in October said to be focussing efforts on the security of aircraft, the screening of staff and passengers and the screening of luggage. But today’s events are prompting accusations of a security blunder, likely to further damage the country’s reputation for aviation safety.


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‘Climate change is the biggest scam in the history of the world – a $1.5 trillion-a-year conspiracy against the taxpayer, every cent, penny and centime of which ends in the pockets of the wrong kind of people, none of which goes towards a cause remotely worth funding, all of it a complete and utter waste.’

Read more: Climate Change: The Greatest-Ever Conspiracy Against The Taxpayer

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