Pilger: Another Must See Documentary

The Coming War on China

For those who can afford paying to watch it, I strongly recommend the links here.

For the rest, the film is available on putlocker.

American war/fear-mongering against Russia and China has something in common: neither Russia nor China has a history of invading neighbouring countries. America, on the other hand, has a long and rich history of empire-building, as does their parent state England.

The film touches on a great many interconnected topics (nuclear testing, political uprising, America’s pivot to Asia, etc.) and provides a very clear insight into the world we can expect, as well as the one we have chosen, for so long, to ignore.

John Pilger is one of the very best people who has ever graced this planet. His body of work is of great historical importance. This film is another outstanding documentary by one of the last remaining genuine journalists.

The Real Victim of the US Elections…

…is democracy.

The trust which people seem to have had in the media has all but evaporated. Despite all their differences, both Liberals and Conservatives agree that the news (if we can still call it that) is anything but impartial. Even journalists (like Ted Koppel) are saying that the news media has acted inappropriately. This speaks to the problem of media consolidation, of mergers & acquisitions, and to the problems we’ve all been warned of when too few people control too many sources of information:  It becomes very easy to sway the apathetic populace.

Newspapers, and journalism in general, were the first to go. Newspapers have been closing down… no, dropping like flies is a better phrase. I think it started on 9/11/2001 when the FBI claimed that nineteen Saudi men were responsible for something they had nothing to do with, and when one man in particular, who was never officially implicated, was blamed by everyone but the FBI. Then came the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By this time, the media was so far gone into the unchecked ‘facts’ that they could no longer go back. They were complicit in their collusion and war-mongering and race-baiting with government and could, therefore, not retrace their position for fear of loss of their reputation. They hedged their positions with news stories exposing minor government lies at the expense of the whoppers.

The declining trend in the newspaper industry has been attributed to the rise of the internet, but I’m not so sure. That might be backwards. Maybe, because the news media stopped doing its job, people turned to the internet. When journalists are told what to write, they stop looking for stories. When that happens, people notice and begin to lose trust in the system. News turns into propaganda. This always precedes the rise of authoritarianism. This time, despite being better disguised, the people started to see through the veil. This eroded trust in the media, trust in long-standing institutions, and trust in the government (which aligned itself very closely with the propaganda machine.) It also raised the question, “If everything is fine with democracy in the USA, why does the media feel the need to lie to us?”

The financial crisis of 2007/2008 was the next step in the collusion between the elected and the falsely and self-proclaimed defenders of democracy, the press. Obviously the headlines were wrong. Nobody, thanks to the subsequent rise of political correctness, said anything for fear of reprisals. The Patriot Act was named thusly, not because it was a particularly patriotic piece of legislation, rather, because patriots would be targeted. This was the opening salvo in the war between populism and globalism. It now became illegal to take a position contrary to the establishment view.

Politicians should not ask why we do not trust them, they have always lied. The advent of the internet and of cell-phone technology makes this easier to prove. The press, however, has always been trusted; and now that we know it did not merit such trust, we are starting to walk-back our position towards them. It turns out that there has been very little truth in the media, even going back as far as Cronkite. Maybe it started with Kennedy, maybe it has been going on for far longer than that.

The ‘Official Story’, no matter what it references, must always be verified lest democracy be lost in the trade. When the news stops doing its job, we must rely on other sources, namely, each other. Rumour has had to replace journalism, the people have nothing else with which to do the job.

Do you feel vulnerable? You need look no further than the current election reporting to know that something isn’t right. Edward R. Murrow is doing cartwheels.

Reverse Text – esreveR txeT

Internet research just got a whole lot more complicated.

While doing some digging, I noticed that some web sites post certain articles in reverse text. Sure there are lots of articles in languages which read from right to left, but I’m not talking about those. I’m talking about articles from english-language sites which post sensitive information backwards so that they can say that the information is public while leaving it well masked.

An example of reverse text can be seen here (scroll down to the charts.)

And another can be seen here. [Update: This page from Australia has been un-reversed. Must be summer.]

But here’s another example.

I have seen this sort of behaviour on sites ranging in topics from educational to governmental to military to journalistic to economic. Most are economic. There are other ways to disguise plain text, as well. The site ‘textmechanic’ has several options. Try it out. There are many sites which allow an encryption of text strings, also.

Here is a Chinese(?) site which advertises knock-off Louis Vuitton pumps, but then gives an account of an exchange between Obama and Romney in reverse text. Is this how the underground media operates?

Many of these reverse hits seem to refer to .pdf documents. When links to them are clicked, browsers and .pdf readers sometimes display the information properly (with a warning that it isn’t being displayed in its original form;) this simply means that the information is accessible, just not searchable. Aah, the magic of loopholes.

The deep web is one thing, hidden in plain site is quite another. Look for yourselves, it really does open up a whole new world of research possibilities.

First Steps (sticky)

All the articles contained herein are ‘big-picture’ personal perspectives. They should all be one long article (‘the interconnectedness of all things’ as Dirk Gently might say,) however, doing this would be utterly impossible to write. Notions tend to repeat. Themes develop. Read accordingly.

STEP 1: Make yourself comfortable, prepare yourself an invigorating beverage, and fasten your seat-belt; this trail ain’t paved. Welcome to the newly improved atokenman blog.

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STEP 3: Remember This…

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) devised 38 rhetorical tactics which, when mastered, permit one to win any discussion, debate, or argument. When your data is unassailable and your measurements are sound, an unscrupulous Barker will resort to using the following underhanded tricks to ‘prove’ you wrong.

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