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Jon Rappoport – Why The Washington Post Sold Itself To Amazon Man

Jon Rappoport – Why The Washington Post Sold Itself To Amazon Man

We could start with the fact that the buyer, Jeff Bezos, the boss at Amazon.com, is a Bilderberg attendee. So the newspaper “stays in the family.”

 

But the Post sold itself because it was hemorrhaging money.

 

It was going deep into the red because of the Internet—no, strike that. It was wallowing in debt because it was failing to give people what they wanted:

The truth.

 

There it is.

 

And that’s why other “great” newspapers are also crashing on the rocks.

 

Truth sells. Who knew?

 

Conversely, the same tired lies from the same tired sources wear out. The same heavily restricted contexts surrounding news stories put readers to sleep.

 

There is a way print newspapers can survive and thrive, even now. But they would have to cancel their membership in the Psyop Club.

 

These newspapers have major resources. They have reporters who, if let loose, without restraints, would eventually learn how to cover a real story. Anyone could.

 

And covering an explosive story, from the editor’s and publisher’s angle, means pounding on it week after week, month after month. It means printing, on occasion, two editions of the paper a day, because the story is so hot.

 

It means digging deeper and deeper, which results in sources who were formerly silent coming out of the woodwork and adding new pieces. The story grows. It sprouts new branches. It encompasses more. It indicts multiple criminals. It exposes roots.

 

This is the way journalism is supposed to work. Balls to the wall.

 

Journalism is supposed to make readers eager and excited and on fire to pick up the latest edition.

It’s also supposed to shatter reality. Now, we’re getting down to it. This is what conventional reporting and publishing are afraid of. Bursting the reality bubble.

 

For example—-the study I’ve often cited: July 26, 2000, Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Barbara Starfield, “Is US health really the best in the world?”

 

Starfield determines that the US medical system kills 225,000 people a year. 106,000 of those die as a direct result of drugs which have been approved by the FDA as safe and effective.

Therefore, every decade, 2.25 MILLION Americans are killed by the medical system. 1,060,000 people are killed by the drugs.

 

This explodes the reader’s sense of reality. And it’s a starting point for a real story. I say starting point because, in the wake of the initial shock and the denials from medical experts (which puts them and their lies on the record), the newspaper launches a full-bore investigation.

 

There are plenty of people to talk to. Doctors will emerge from the shadows and confirm the death-numbers. More doctors will show up on their heels. This means new breaking stories. This means trapping liars in their own statements.

 

One of the heaviest protected sectors of society (the medical cartel) begins to ignite from the truth. It breaks into flames. It can’t defend itself.

 

Reporters get a sense for what a real story is. They feel like they’ve been let out of prison. They wake up from their trance. Their own bosses are telling them to tell the whole truth and torpedo the criminals.

The FDA suddenly swims into the spotlight. That agency certified all the killer drugs as safe and effective. How? On what grounds? What dirty deals with Pharma were concocted? This aspect of the story is waiting to be mined for months. FDA whistleblowers emerge. The Agency is revealed as a rogue murderous enterprise that’s been operating outside the law for decades.

 

Then we have the CDC. They’re supposed to keep track of, and report on, mortality figures. But they’ve been saying nothing about medically induced deaths in the US—which rank as the third leading cause of mortality, behind heart disease and cancer. The CDC has been looking the other way. They come under the gun. Squealing rats scurry from the shadows.

 

And what about the most vaunted medical schools in America? Why haven’t they exposed the medical system as a killer? What’s been happening there? Who’s paying the bills?

 

We have the government agency, the National Institutes of Health, sucking up billions and billions of federal dollars. They’ve reported nothing on the subject.

 

And Big Pharma is selling lethal poisons like there’s no tomorrow.

 

After a few months, this story is a tidal wave.

 

The newspaper doesn’t let up. It attacks. Its people learn what it means to be relentless.

 

Some advertisers cancel and back away. But others come on board, because the paper’s circulation figures are through the roof.

 

If a major newspaper covered a hundred stories of this magnitude, it could forget about the red and it would see only black. It would blow the competition out of the water.

 

Truth be told, it’s easy to edit a paper like this. You let your reporters sniff out a great story and you let the hounds loose. It isn’t complicated.

 

Well, you say, this is a great dream but it would never happen. And you’re right. But here’s the kicker. In this day and age of information, NOT following this path of truth guarantees death for a news organization. Eventually, it will fold up and die.

 

So what we’re looking at with the Washington Post and the NY Times and other huge newspapers is: suicide.

 

The Washington Post selling itself isn’t a sad day. It isn’t something for “veterans of the news business” to mourn over. Their eulogies are self-serving nonsense. More baloney from the baloney makers.

This is a cause for celebration. If people had any sense, they’d be dancing in the street. Another great lying machine has stumbled.

 

A newspaper is a mind for the public mind. It selects the important stories, it shapes the information for those stories, it provides the context, it decides which sources to rely on, it buries and ignores other stories. It’s only valuable when it reflects what people actually want to know.

 

Otherwise, it sculpts false realities. Through covert partnerships, through the influence of money, it becomes a psychological warfare operation.

 

Its skills are devoted to covering up that fact. It must appear to be doing all the things we expect from authentic investigators, while doing none of those things.

 

The Washington Post could launch a new policy tomorrow, which would consist entirely of offering a detailed explanation of how it has conned its readers for the last 50 years. That would be the whole substance of its future issues—and it would sell more papers than it is selling now.

Journalism schools should begin teaching students how to invent spurious realities from the ground up, piece by piece. Bring it all out in the open.

 

Every major newspaper is a covert intelligence agency. Their actions mirror those of a CIA or an MI-6. Agents (reporters), case officers (editors), fake cover stories (articles), false trails, limited hangouts, the invention of superficial enemies, false flags.

 

The agents (staff reporters) are the true believers. They support and sustain the whole operation by their conviction that the illusion is real. Those reporters who don’t buy into the illusion can keep their jobs by going along with the charade and keeping their mouths shut.

 

If they speak out, they lose. They’re fired and blackballed.

 

The newspapers have a standard “book of dreams.” All stories emanate from that book, which establishes the context out of which reporting proceeds.

 

So it is with most people’s lives. They perceive reality and respond to it in patterned ways. They exist within defined boundaries.

 

But as a civilization declines, people yearn for escape. They want something new. They want open spaces.

If, by some miracle, major newspapers provided an exit from straitjacket realities, by exposing the underlying manipulation of informational mind control, they wouldn’t be able to print enough editions to satisfy their customers.

 

But they prefer suicide. So be it.

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Edward Snowden Has Awakened the Sleeping Giant (Original Content)

Thanks to Vincent that posted this on one of our BRIDGES

SiNeh~

By Vincent L. Guarisco  

 

August 9, 2013

 

"Any sound that Watson made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it... There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment...You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." ~~George Orwell, 1984

 

There's no denying Mr. Orwell was a visionary before his time. However, if George was with us today, he would surely cringe (even in darkness) and blush three shades of red if he knew about today's night-vision technology. The following information should send goose bumps rippling across your skin. It did for me. This essay is no science fiction novel. It is real. All societies are in big trouble. We are facing a most egregious situation that extends much further than Orwell's large fictional country -- "Oceania." This is worldwide and, once again, it's real.  

 

Aside from the ongoing destruction of our planet with GMO crops, radiation fallout, chemtrails, fluoride added to our water supplies and a host of other carcinogenic unpleasantries forcing humanity to live in a deadly toxic soup, we now know we are also living under a huge microscope attached to a mammoth NSA vacuum cleaner that is sucking everything up. Thanks to the sobering revelations of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the world has been given a glimpse of the abuse of power (and trust) that our governments have breached. Indeed, the gravity of this "hijacking of humanity" is a crime against "life" itself.   

 

Each moment of our daily existence, 24-7, our every movement and still-frame is being tracked, monitored, recorded and stored by the NSA and/or its affiliates. The implications are vast: faxes, home phones, cellular phones, emails, telex satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communications, microwave links, voice, texts, images and many other things that run on electromagnetic energy and beyond is being sucked-up. Suck, suck, suck...  

 

To no surprise, the western news media, which is nothing more than a propaganda mouthpiece for the state, is performing damage control by attempting to divert attention onto Edward Snowden, himself. Their task is to demonize him as a traitor, while at great risk, not informing us of the vital information he conveys. In addition, his prosecution and probable lengthy prison sentence (for telling the truth) will ultimately be a Big Brother lesson to all future whistleblowers to "stand down."    

 

But thankfully, these days, the world is not so easily fooled. The old switch-and-bait, wag-the-dog tactic is not working so well. This round, the message is not easily lost, twisted nor forgotten. In fact, on the heels of  Wikileaks, whole societies are again extremely infuriated by Snowden's eavesdropping revelations. Heads of State fully understand the ramifications of this criminal intrusion on privacy that woefully affects all nations, all people, on all continents.    

 

Just to set the record straight -- we owe this international hero a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices he has made in order to expose this hideous global spy ring. And thus far, the best thank you letter I have read on his behalf is written by Rebecca Solnit, "Prometheus Among the Cannibals: A Letter to Edward Snowden."  You can read Rebecca's letter  here.  

Meanwhile, as reported in the Guardian by Glenn Greenwald on August 7, 150 human rights groups from around the world  issued a letter demanding that the US cease prosecuting Snowden on the ground that his disclosures have triggered a much-needed public debate about mass surveillance. Thanks to Edward Snowden, we have learned the extent to which our lives are systematically monitored by governments -- without transparency, accountability or safeguards from abuse.       

 

However, a lesson in hypocrisy was delivered just the day before on August 6, when President Obama  appeared on Jay Leno. With a wide grin, our commander and chief had the audacity to say   "There is no spying on Americans, we don't have a domestic spying program."

 
Well, I beg to differ, Mr. President -- in addition to the many NSA facilities that already exist around the globe -- over a year ago it was reported in Wired that many top-secret clearances were issued for a $2 billion massive NSA Data Collection Center being built in Bluffdale, Utah, a 10-year project of immense secrecy with a sole purpose to intercept, decipher, analyze, and keep vast swaths of the world's communications siphoned through its servers and routers to be stored in near-bottomless databases. Yes, this includes all data collected on Americans here in the U.S...
  
 
Check it out. It is said that every publication in the Library of Congress can be stored on 15 terabytes. This new facility in Utah holds metadata measured in yottabytes. I had to look this one up. Wow. This is inconceivable! One  Yottabyte   is one trillion terabytes! The moral of this story is that after you go on national TV and lie to the American public about your international/domestic spy programs, I guess you need "yottabytes" to eavesdrop on the planet.
 
 
For more information about the many NSA metadata collection centers, you can find out more  here and  here. Indeed, their spy treachery is coming into focus as they continue to suck everything up. Our leaders are also utilizing bogus laws to prevent the public from accessing much of anything at conventional outlets. Even smaller internet providers are under heavy attack if they refuse to hand over our data; or if they provide a useful peg to those of us (such as Snowden, Greenwald, etc.) who desire keeping the public up-to-date on what is happening.  
 
 
Snowden's Email Provider Shuts Down to Avoid "Being Complicit in Crimes Against the American People"   Boing Boing reports:
"Remember when word circulated that Edward Snowden was using Lavabit, an email service that purports to provide better privacy and security for users than popular web-based free services like Gmail? Lavabit's owner has shut down the service, and posted a message on the lavabit.com home page today about wanting to avoid 'being complicit in crimes against the American people.' According to the statement, it appears he rejected a U.S. court order to cooperate with the government in spying on users."
 
The statement from Lavabit owner Ladar Levison also says:
"I feel you deserve to know what's going on -- the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests. ... This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States."
 
An update from the Guardian states: "Silent Circle, another provider of secure online services, announced ... later Thursday night that it would scrap its own encrypted email offering, Silent Mail." 
 
Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian reports Edward Snowden -- who, it was recently revealed, used Lavabit's email service -- as saying:
"The President, Congress, and the Courts have forgotten that the costs of bad policy are always borne by ordinary citizens, and it is our job to remind them that there are limits to what we will pay. "America cannot succeed as a country where individuals like Mr. Levison have to relocate their businesses abroad to be successful. Employees and leaders at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, and the rest of our internet titans must ask themselves why they aren't fighting for our interests the same way small businesses are. The defense they have offered to this point is that they were compelled by laws they do not agree with, but one day of downtime for the coalition of their services could achieve what a hundred Lavabits could not."
 
So true!  
 
Plus, in the wake of NSA's embarrassment, they're groveling to justify their surreptitious activity in other ways too. Remember Bush's many terror alerts? Well, just like an old throw rug getting hung and beat, that sneaky terror alert "dust devil" is now spinning its magic for Obama. For that scoop, I recommend you read this  piece   written by Sarah Lazare, a staff writer at Common Dreams.    
 
Here come the Drones 
For those who may have missed it, back in 2012 and in addition to the many drones already deployed in foreign countries, Congress gave the nod for Homeland Security and the NSA to build and launch more than 30,000 drones over American skies;  some small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Indeed, drones come in all shapes and sizes. And with new state-of-the-art motors, this technology enables continuous non-stop flight. Plus, with high resolution cameras and other new equipment, most drones will be able to intercept all audio and visual for a 100-mile radius. Thus, if they build them like they do for missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, etc., they can easily be equipped with an assortment of weaponry.  
 
To put it lightly, this should make every American very uneasy...  
 
In fact, when we consider everything that's going on today, perhaps this is a perfect time to question all things questionable... including the events of 9/11, our eroding constitutional rights, and the true reason for why we find ourselves fully embellished in constant wars... It's either that or welcome to George Orwell's 1984 (on steroids). 

 

 

Author's Bio:

Vincent L. Guarisco is a freelance writer from Arizona, a contributing writer for many web sites, and a lifetime founding member of the Alliance of Atomic Veterans. The 21st century, once so full of shining promise, now threatens to force countless millions of us at home and abroad into a dark abyss of languishing poverty and silent servitude; a lowly prodigy of painful struggle and suffering that could stream for generations to come. I'm wishing for a miracle, before it is too late, the masses will figure it out and will stand as one and roar. So, pass the word -- it's past time to take back what is ours -- the American Dream where the pursuit of happiness, the ability to live in a free and peaceful nation is a reality. We bought it, and we paid for it. It's time to take it back.

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Tice is a former NSA analyst who blew the whistle on massive FISA violations...in 2005. After Snowden went public, he gave an interview to Sibel Edmonds (an FBI whistleblower turned journalist), including the following quotes: http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/06/19/podcast-show-112-nsa-whi...

 
"In the summer of 2004, one of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with a 40-something-year-old wannabe senator for Illinois. You wouldn't happen to know where that guy lives right now would you? It's a big white house in Washington, D.C. That's who they went after, and that's the president of the United States now." 
 
 
Tice went on to say,
 
"Okay. They went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the  intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and judicial. But they went after other ones, too. They went after heaps of lawyers and law firms. They went after judges. One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court that I had his wiretap information in my hand. Two are former FISA court judges. They went after State Department officials. They went after people in the White House–their own people. They went after antiwar groups. They went after U.S. companies that that do business around the world. They went after U.S. banking firms and financial firms that do international business. They went after NGOs like the Red Cross that that go overseas and do humanitarian work. They went after a few antiwar civil rights groups.
 
 
So, you know, don’t tell me that there’s no abuse, because I’ve had this stuff in my hand and looked at it."
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Some of you may find this equally interesting:

~Vince

 

Snowden findings corroborated by second whistleblower 

 

August 9, 2013

 

This is a short diary responding to the idea that Snowden's allegations of easy NSA wiretapping of public officials is made up in his own mind.

 

In fact, for those who have been watching this closely, a second NSA whistleblower has corroborated the allegation, and provided more, but nobody's mentioning him in the discussions today. His name is "Russell Tice."

 

Tice is a former NSA analyst who blew the whistle on massive FISA violations...in 2005. After Snowden went public, he gave an interview to Sibel Edmonds (an FBI whistleblower turned journalist), including the following quotes: http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/06/19/podcast-show-112-nsa-whi...

 
"In the summer of 2004, one of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with a 40-something-year-old wannabe senator for Illinois. You wouldn't happen to know where that guy lives right now would you? It's a big white house in Washington, D.C. That's who they went after, and that's the president of the United States now." 
 
 
Tice went on to say,
 
"Okay. They went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the  intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and judicial. But they went after other ones, too. They went after heaps of lawyers and law firms. They went after judges. One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court that I had his wiretap information in my hand. Two are former FISA court judges. They went after State Department officials. They went after people in the White House–their own people. They went after antiwar groups. They went after U.S. companies that that do business around the world. They went after U.S. banking firms and financial firms that do international business. They went after NGOs like the Red Cross that that go overseas and do humanitarian work. They went after a few antiwar civil rights groups.
 
 
So, you know, don’t tell me that there’s no abuse, because I’ve had this stuff in my hand and looked at it."

 

Police investigate 169 officers across the country in relation to sex-related offences including rape, sexual assault and voyeurism Tags: UK Police across and assault country in including investigate offences officers rape relation sex-related

 

Police investigate 169 officers across the country in relation to sex-related offences including rape, sexual assault and voyeurism

The figures were obtained from 38 of 43 forces in England and WalesMetropolitan Police has set up a working group to tackle abuses of power Investigations include allegations of rape, sexual assault and voyeurism

 

 

 

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

 

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Police forces across the country are investigating 169 officers and support staff in relation to sex-related offences, it has been revealed.

 

The investigations include allegations of rape, sexual assault and voyeurism at forces across the country, according to reports.

 

Britain's largest force, the Metropolitan Police, has now set up a working group to 'deter inappropriate relationships and the abuse of police powers to perpetrate sexual offending'.

 

 

 

Figures from 38 of the 43 forces in England and Wales have revealed 169 officers, police community support officers and support staff were under criminal and disciplinary investigations

Figures from 38 of the 43 forces in England and Wales have revealed 169 officers, police community support officers and support staff were under criminal and disciplinary investigations

 

Meanwhile, senior officers from each force in the country have also held a private meeting to address such issues, The Guardian has reported.

 

The newspaper obtained figures from 38 of the 43 forces in England and Wales which revealed 169 officers, police community support officers and support staff were under criminal and disciplinary investigations.

 

The Met is currently carrying out 42 Directorate of Professional Standards investigations, involving 47 allegations, which includes 36 allegations of sexual assault and 11 of inappropriate sexual conduct.

 

 

 

Of those 42 cases, 16 are awaiting trial, 12 are on-going investigations, eight are awaiting misconduct hearings, five are awaiting formal action and one has gone to a police appeal tribunal.

 

The force has said it is working with Nottinghamshire police, which has already developed a strategy to tackle sexual offences within the force.

 

Commander Allan Gibson, the Met's directorate of Professional Standards, who is in charge of the working group, said: 'This is a complex subject, which not only impacts on the police but others such as the teaching and medical professions.

 

 

 

The Metropolitan Police has set up a working group to 'deter inappropiate relationships and the abuse of police powers to perpetrate sexual offending'

The Metropolitan Police has set up a working group to 'deter inappropiate relationships and the abuse of police powers to perpetrate sexual offending'

 

'There are some important lessons that can be learned from others, we want to support our staff and stop them falling unwittingly into inappropriate relationships and to develop our own strategies to ensure that would be offenders are identified quickly and held to account.'

 

Nottinghamshire Police have also released a film to all the other forces which includes the comments of the former partner of a police officer jailed last year for having inappropriate relationships with vulnerable women.

 

 

 

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