The Demise of Dissent: Why the Web Is Becoming Homogenized

Increasingly what we see on the web is chosen for us, search results and category listings are filtered by algorithms, “Artificial Intelligence” as some insist on calling it. One of the things it is being used for is to fill our newsfeeds with content ‘based on your interests,’ that does not present us with controversial ideas to consider, and silences certain voices and certain opinions.

Post an article critical of the ‘open doors’ uncontrolled immigration policies operated by many nations in the developed world and if it is not removed by search or hosting companies as ‘hate speech’ the chances of it showing up in search results on Google, Bing or Yahoo, or in a users newsfeed on facebook or any of the bigger social media sites are slim and will soon become anorexic as politicians and left wing activists demand constant narrowing of what is considered acceptable within the definition of free speech.

Use DuckDockGo or Dogpile and you will see much more diverse results at the top of your listing. Wolfram Alpha is not exactly a search engine but as the owners put it, “a computational knowledge engine.” Pretentious maybe, but their product is good. One of the main attractions of DuckDuckGo is it does not track users, which is ideal for privacy nerds like myself.

Bing and Yahoo are still around and while they share many of the drawbacks of Google, they are not so inclined to take liberties with our privacy.

One rather unusual choice many are making is to use the Internet ArchiveAlternative (also known as Wayback Machine,) as their search tool of choice. But it’s not my intention to name the best alternatives, a search for “Alternative search engines to google will offer you plenty to choose from.” I did my search on DuckDuckGo and obtained many listings a user could browse.

One of the excuses for the clampdown on diversity of ideas (which comes from those who screech the loudest about diversity of skin colour,) is that it is necessary to prevent the spread of ‘fake news.’

If we do not push back the danger is, we will be left with officially generated and sanctioned fake news and “approved” dissent. Which would be rather like the public debate, such as it is, in Russia, a place the people screeching about the threat posed by fake news to democracy seem to spend a lot of time demonizing.

We’ve all heard a the problem of fake news, i.e. unsubstantiated or erroneous content that’s designed to mislead or sow confusion, on the web, in fact many of the reports about it would leave one thinking it is a new phenomenon, which makes these reports themselves fake news.

Until the mid 1970s my dear old Dad worked for the right wing British newspaper, The Daily Express. This might lead contemporary readers to conclude he was a right wing conservative. On the contrary, like most of his colleagues on the Express news staff he was very liberal in his politics.

“Why did they work for a right wing newspaper then?” modern liberals might well ask. It’s very simple really, they had families to feed and clothe, they had to pay rent or mortgage to keep a roof over their heads and they had to keep themselves supplied with rather disreputable looking raincoats and trilby hats.

Dad told me in the early 1960s, when I was becoming old enough to understand, that everything in newspapers or on television or radio news should be questioned. “It is not fabricated,” he’d say, it just represents a point of view the editor thinks will appeal to people who buy the paper.

Most of the news community in the area he covered, like Dad, had as younger men supported The Laour Party, Britain’s socialist party but being in the news industry were aware that many of the party’s senior figures had, in the 1930s, thought Britain should be making alliance with a certain German gentleman, Herr Hitler. It was a dirty little secret the party did not want not widely known among the public. And as newsmen depend on information from sources with inside knowledge they could not afford to alienate the fast rising left wing party.

I mention this to illustrate how silly the current obsession with fake news is. While I suspect that what is written or said about election meddling by Russia or whoever is nothing but propaganda, most of what is labelled ‘fake news’ is simply news reported from a perspective that people of a certain political position disagree with. It applies to both sides.

But as Dad taught me news publishers and broadcasters are in business to make a profit and sensation sells. And in Britain where the traditional wrapping for our traditional fast food, fish and chips, was a sheet of greaseproof paper for cleanliness and a sheet of newspaper for insulation, there was a saying, “Todays news is tomorrow’s fish and chip wrapper.”

The problem isn’t just fake news of course -it’s the threat to free speech, one of the foundations of a democratic society, by the homogenization of the web, and the elimination or marginalization of independent voices of skepticism and dissent.

There are four political drivers of this push to control information:

The suppression of free speech under the guise of ridding the web of ‘hate speech’ propaganda and mischievous falsehood (aka humour and satire), when diversity of thought is labeled fake news as a cover for silencing critics of the orthodoxy and skeptics who question such dogmas as climate change.

The rapid decline of sales due to the trivial and anodyne nature of published content and the sharp fall in advertising revenues as budgets have been reallocated to web publishers, both major traffic gatherers and small independent publishers like Of Two Minds.

Thanks to a lot of help from governments, the majority of advert revenues now flow into the coffers of the quasi-monopolies Facebook and Google rather than to small publishers representing the true diversity of ideas current in society.

With progressively less diversity in the search market and social media, small publishers have been made increasingly dependent for readers and visibility on these quasi-monopolies most of which share a commitment to the politically correct thinking of parties which though described as left wing or liberal by mainstream media, are in fact illiberal and authoritarian. Thus any publisher who runs incurs the wrath of automatic moderation software used by Facebook and Google, is sent to a digital equivalent of The Chateau d’If, and like the man in the iron mask of Alexander Dumas’ novel, effectively vanishes.

The reason why publishers’ advert incomes are plummeting are four-fold:

Most advertising revenues in the digital market are skimmed by Facebook and Google, whose ‘Artificial Intelligence’ software favours their own business model. This skimming is achieved by the simple expedient of forcing business clients to pay for traffic, no pay, no display.

As the web became more corporate, and the global advertising agencies muscled in on the web market, the ad servers directed increasingly intrusive adverts to web users desktops. Users responded by becoming increasingly ad blind.

Ad blockers have become ubiquitous.

Few people who actually see the ads will click on the display panels that are the standard in desktop web publishing; in other words, these ads are simply not effective, and much of the revenue (up to 60% according to estimates,) is being generated is from bots, software which follows every link on a page, or click fraud, people clicking on adverts not but to generate revenue for the adverstiser. As a result, advertisers are pulling away from these type of ads as they search for advert models that aren’t so vulnerable to click-fraud.

The web is increasingly shifting to mobile, a development I’m not part of as I can’t stand Smart Phones, when I’m not in I am out, end of conversation,) but obviously a phone a smaller display area and responsive page design will move ads out of sight in favour of content.

This systemic loss revenues for everyone other than FB and Google is increassingly evident from the smallest publisher to the giants: Buzzfeed, which attracts millions of page views per day was reported by WSJ to be Set to Miss Revenue Target, Signaling Turbulence in Media. Prospects for a 2018 initial public offering by the high-profile publisher now look likely to be deferred.

BuzzFeed’s troubles are the latest sign that the online-ad business is in trouble, making it tough for new-media startups to live up to expectations and ludicrously inflated stock valuations of recent years.

As a result of this censorship of dissenting views (and sensation which according to my Dad is what sells news,) under the excuse of limiting fake news, and the erosion of advert income reaching independent publishers, those sites that try to offer an accurate and thoughtful news service are losing ground. While private individuals who post on on Facebook and other social media sites have little expectation of monetizing their content, many web publishers have in the past made enough income off adverts or affiliated income (from YouTube channels, for example) to justify the enormous time and effort they expended keeping their channel/site going.

One of the changes now happening in the world of online content is that income generation is switching from advertising to sponsorship vial small donations. PayPal and other systems for processing small transactions make this possible for individials publishing online, services like Paetreon act as collectors for small donations, and there are signs that users are coming round to the idea that if they want to read well written content with well chosen graphics, hear decent music or talks, see well put together video, and all of it well presented, then the people who create such content deserve to be paid.

People who do not agree are welcome to the piano playing cats, sad eyed puppies and selfies on Facebook.

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No Advertising – No Government Grants – This Is Independent Media

As advert income has dwindled, there are only two other revenue models available to publishers: a subscription service or donations button, i.e. the direct financial support of users/readers/viewers. Major publishers are struggling to build a subscription base large enough to fund their operations, a task made more difficult by the expectation that all content is free or should be free.

Patreon has been a boon for thousands of independent writers, journalists, cartoonists, filmmakers and other creators of content. The Patreon model (as I understand it, and yes I have a Patreon campaign) is not based on content that’s behind a paywall available to subscribers only, but on providing incentives in the form of content or other rewards to those who choose to contribute.

The Patreon model only works if enough users/readers/viewers step up to support content creators they value. I think the success of Patreon suggests that many people are willing to support the content creators they value. But like all voluntary revenue models, there’s the free-rider issue: people who may have the income to pay a bit for content choose not to, and in essence free-ride on those few who do contribute/pay for content.

Some people have advanced the model of micropayments as the solution to the problem of compensating content creators fairly. While this model has some obvious benefits–pennies charged for access to content might add up to a living for content creators if their audience was large enough–it would still be a voluntary system, and thus it would have the same free-rider issue as every other voluntary payment-for-content idea.

Posting “free” content on social media ends up driving advert revenues to the social media and search monopolies, leaving nothing for the content creators. There is only so much serious content that can be created for free.

If what we’re left with is “free” content (i.e. the creator gets no income for creating and posting content), Facebook, Google and click-bait link farms of sensationalist headlines, we’ll end up with a thoroughly homogenized web of “approved content” underwritten by lobbyists, the entertainment industry and elitist foundations/think tanks, and little in the way of real dissent or diversity of independent analysis.

In other words, we’ll be left with officially generated and sanctioned fake news and “approved” dissent: unemployment is at record lows, inflation is near zero, the “recovery” is alive and well, Russia is the enemy and any suggestion to the contrary is propaganda that must be eradicated as fake news, etc.

Simply put, the web is becoming Orwellian. There’s plenty of approved “diversity of opinion,” but dissent is being sidelined to the fringes as a risk to the perfection of managed content.

 

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Maryam Adam and Behailu Kebede are listed as ‘fate uncertain’ on the Grenfell Tower safe/uncertain/dead list

Yet both spoke to the media after the fire.

After the fire - a Grenfell Tower interior
Sourse: The Daily Star

from The Tap

posted by Tapestry

At last I received confirmation that the 4th Floor of Grenfell Tower consisted of Flats 11-16, as I had guessed earlier, thanks to the appearance of a Google docs status report of the Tower listing all residents and their status – as either ‘safe’ ‘dead’ or unknown’.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Uwuk3m6haLU9DW5HsjR0uTMPEE5NBpyPaw_oYIsTkjY/htmlview

Thanks to David Mortimer of Milton Keynes

What caught my eye is the supposed fate of the Adam family of number 14, being listed as ‘fate unknown’. This would include both Maryam, the central figure of the media narrative, who says she was awoken at 1.50 am by a neighbour knocking on her door, and her brother, Yasin Adam, who also appeared in some alternative versions of the narrative, and possibly another person sleeping in the flat, described as ‘a friend of Maryam’s’.

The fact is that the last we heard of pregnant Maryam was she was leaving to go to hospital, although her interviews by media must have taken place subsequently to that. She says she saw the fire in the kitchen of Number 16 through the door, and said it was a very small fire. She is a crucial witness to this event.

She says in one version of the narrative (Metro and ABC.es) that the person who knocked her door was a tall white British male, who she clearly did not know. There are no pictures of her or her brother Yasin anywhere in the media, as I have seen. It is odd that such a key person to the story has no picture anywhere.

Behailu Kebede, in another version of the news narrative (Sun, Daily Mail), is described as the person who knocked Maryam’s door at 1.50 am. The fire started in his flat, number 16, of which he is the longterm tenant, just as Maryam is the longterm tenant of number 14. He too is a crucial witness, who has, so far, been described as staying with friends, and too shocked to be able to be interviewed. On the google document, he is now listed as fate ‘uncertain’. No one knows who compiled the list.

Which version of the narrative is the true one?

I conjectured that as we are being fed various versions of the narrative by the media, we should take one of the versions as more likely to be true – and the tall white British male one would seem more persuasive than the Behailu Kebede one to me. We might imagine that we are being fed different stories and the truth tried to spill out via ABC.es but that was overridden by the mainstream UK media narrative, which wants only listed tenants to be present in the narrative.

Either way this could all be cleared up simply enough if we could talk to Maryam Adam and Behailu Kebede. But where are they?

I also conjectured that if the fire was an Mi5 operation and was started and spread deliberately, these two individuals would be very unlikely to resurface, as they might unravel the narrative. The chaos agenda is running, and a big fire fits very well into that. As with 9/11, inconvenient witnesses to the truth are not required. The narrative must be defended at all costs.

That said, I could not help noticing that, in the safe/uncertain/dead list being assembled on google documents for the whole building, Maryam Adam is no longer referred to any more with her correct name, but now as ‘Adan’ – making her too a subject of name change and obfuscation (See my earlier posts). Both she and Behailu are surprisingly not listed as ‘safe’ but as ‘uncertain’. How come?

I hope I am wrong, and that these two individuals from the crucial 4th floor turn up later today. They quite clearly both survived the fire and could know a lot about what happened, and they could tell us all they know. It would set my mind at rest to hear them confirm the narrative we’ve been given. If they’ve disappeared without trace, that to me suggests something untoward has happened to them, and also that the main media narrative could very well be false. That would suggest arson.

Fake News Alert: US Govt Puts Out Ten Year Old Propaganda

Source: Russia Today

The Pentagon’s website no longer shows an “important intelligence” video obtained in a fatal Yemeni raid, since officials realized the footage has been available online for a decade.

On Friday, the Pentagon posted a video to the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) website they said justified the operation in Yemen which cost the life of one US Navy SEAL and several Yemeni civilians.

yemen   Civilians, including children ‘likely’ killed in Yemen raid – US military

The raid resulted in the seizure of materials and information that is yielding valuable intelligence to help partner nations deter and prevent future terror attacks in Yemen and across the world,” US Central Command (CENTCOM) declared in a statement.

President Donald Trump also hailed the raid as a success, citing the fact that “important intelligence” was obtained, which he said would “assist the US in preventing terrorism against its citizens and people around the world.”

The video released by the Pentagon depicted a man in a white robe and black mask demonstrating how to make Triacetone Triperoxide, an explosive used in the attempted “shoe-bomber” attack in 2001 and the London attacks in 2005.

Only problem is, the video clips, titled, “Lessons in How to Destroy the Cross,” were first posted to the Site Intelligence group website in 2007.

Several hours after its posting, the material was removed from the DVIDS site.

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Russia Today the only obstacle to God King Obama’s Global Empirea

Ian will not be posting for a few days (family business) and with the end of blog.co.uk in sight he has finally got round to changing his password so us Daily Stirrer contributors can’t post on his name – Xavier Connolly

Extracted from an article by Andre Vltchek published at Information Clearing House
(you’ll have to scroll down a way to reach this section)

Perhaps the greatest living European filmmaker, Emir Kusturica, recently wrote, sarcastically, that: “World War III will start with Pentagon bombing of RT”, referring to the powerful television network “Russia Today”. RT commented:

“RT is a real threat to US state propaganda as it reaches Americans “in their own homes, in perfect English, better than they use on CNN.” And that is why, according to the director, Washington could get fed up and seek to silence RT by force – much like NATO did to Serbian state TV in April 1999.

In turn, Kusturica predicts, Moscow would destroy CNN, which he considers the flag-bearer of pro-American propaganda: “CNN in direct transmissions assures that since the 1990s America has been leading humanitarian actions, and not wars, and that its military planes rain angels, not bombs!””

Although some of the greatest thinkers confronting the Empire – Saramago, Galeano and Pinter – have recently passed away, there are still many of those who are managing to escape indoctrination. Some are regrouping around new non-Western television networks like TeleSUR, RT and PressTV.

It is like Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, all over again. Some people, stubbornly, refuse to burn their books.

Even in the West, some powerful media outlets – CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, ICH, VNN, Global Research, and others – are holding the line. They are not yet winning, far from it, but they are not dying, either!

As long as the independent thought is alive, not everything is lost.

“I rebel; therefore we exist”, wrote French philosopher Albert Camus. He also added: “The feeling of rebellion is born in oppression”.

The Empire denies that it oppresses the world. It indoctrinates both oppressors and the oppressed, re-defining, in fact “re-branding” oppression as freedom.

Those of us, who are managing to escape its indoctrination, are now rebelling. Therefore – humanity still exists.

Will USA Bomb Russia Today?

Today was a day I though might slip out of the future and into the past without really registering on the present. Browsing around however, I noticed an article from maverick US writer Lew Rockwell that amused me.

US Anger With RT Will Start World War Three – Emir Kusturica
posted on Lew.Rockwell.com

The award-winning film director believes that the next world conflict could start when the Pentagon decides to bomb the RT TV channel.

World War Three will break out when the US finally tires of the RT TV channel, and decides to bomb it; in retaliation, Russia will destroy CNN, writes film director Emir Kusturica, in an article published on Thursday.

“Everything is different to how it was during the Cold War! Because of that it is useless to talk about a return to how things used to be, and listen to Henry Kissinger scare us. In the meantime, China has become the strongest world economy, Russia has recovered from Perestroika, India is growing into a genie! Military experts don’t argue that Americans have the most organized army, but there remains the unsolvable puzzle for NATO generals, who have called one of the Russian rockets ‘SATAN.’”

“The devil never comes alone! At the same time with this rocket and numerous innovations, the TV Channel RT has also appeared among the Russian arsenal.”

“The program is broadcast in English, and watched by around 700 million people in 200 countries. The secret success of this television is the smashing of the Hollywood-CNN stereotype of the good and bad guys, where blacks, Hispanics, Russians, Serbs are the villains, and white Americans, wherever you look, are OK!”

“Congressman, and those in the State Department are continually upset by RT,” writes Kusturica, adding that the US Secretary of State, who Kusturica calls “Jim Kerry,” is “the loudest.”

“Kerry and the congressmen are bothered by the fact that RT sends signals that the world is not determined by the fatalism of liberal capitalism, that the US is leading the world into chaos, that Monsanto is not producing healthy food, that Coca-Cola is ideal for cleaning automobile alloys and not for the human stomach, that in Serbia the percent of people who die from cancer has risen sharply due to the 1999 NATO bombings, that the social map of America is falling from day to day, that the fingerprints of the CIA are on the Ukrainian crisis, and that BlackWater fired at the Ukrainian police, and not Maidan activists.”

In contrast, writes the film director, “CNN in direct transmissions assures that since the 1990s America has been leading humanitarian actions, and not wars, that from military planes fall angels and not bombs!”

“As time goes on RT will ever more demystify the American Dream and in primetime will reveal the truth hidden for decades from the eyes and heart of average Americans, in their own homes, in perfect English, better than they use on CNN.”

Well I would not have put it quite like that myself but all the same I have become very aware of the anger generated in Washington, and particularly in The Oval Office by the kind of paleolithic Americans who think their good guys / bad guys narrative is swallowed whole by the world at large.

Not only Russia Today, but Voice of Russia, Press TV (an English language Iranian channel) and Uruknet, an Arabic / English news site are in the business of challenging American propaganda. Now people will say we are foolish to believe anything we learn from the media in these places.

It’s quite true, we would. But not as naive as the fools to believe everything they are told by western media. To take the position that “they” are the bad guys therefore what they tell us is propaganda; “we” are the god guys therefore what our governments tell us must be truth is ignorant and stupid beyond belief.

But of course it is highly amusing to watch Russia Today undermining the carefully contructed and spun US / EU narrative on global affairs.

Global Warming Think Tank Brings Balance to Climate Science Debate

from my Facebook post

At a now defunct site named Gather, friends Graham , Vic, Kelli, and others not present here as far as I know, were often the targets of attempted bullying for our efforts to present a balanced view of the global warming debate in the face of a tsunami of government – watermelon (green on the outside, red on the iside) propaganda from a particularly obnoxious bunch of Warmageddonist zealots.

Well now they are getting their come uppance, we all agree the climate changes, we all agree we should look after the planet, but we sceptics were right, the whole carbon Dioxide driven Anthropogenic Global Warming scare was a scam to enable left wing government to tax their people to penury while obscenely rich bastards go obscenely richer by trading carbon credits and picking up subsisdies for not generating green electricity.

Anyone wishing to grovel will be graciously acknowledged.

Here’s a taster then follow the bold link to the full post:

The Royal Society has misrepresented current thinking on climate change by presenting new theories as established facts and leaving out evidence that doesn’t support man made global warming dogma, a group of climate scientists has claimed.

In December, the Royal Society published a Short Guide to Climate Science, which it presented as a definitive guide to all things climate science. It asks and answers 20 questions, some of which display clear bias within the phrasing of the question, such as “How do scientists know that recent climate change is largely caused by human activities?” and “Climate is always changing. Why is climate change of concern now?”

In response, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has produced The Small Print – What the Royal Society Left Out, in order to bring balance to the evidence base. It takes the Royal Society’s original 20 questions in turn and present a “fuller picture” on each.

Warmageddonists will claim of course that GWPF are ‘not proper scientists. But don’t proper scientists present ALL the evidence to back up their conclusions? So what does that make those research grant phishing cerry pickers at the Royal Society?

Anti UKIP media gives Kippers another boost

Anyone see the abysmal Channel 4 mockumentary, UKIP – The First Hundred Days?

As far as UKIP is concerned, the metrosexual media luvvies seem to be following the old Joseph Goebells mantra of ” If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

The problem for the luvvies, them not being very bright and all, is that they have forgotten there is a second part of the mantra which is “The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.

It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Apologists for the programme tried to defend it against charge of being a political hatchet job tried to defend it by recalling that the producer of Gogglebox gave Nigel Farage a showcase spot when he had dinner with Dom and Steph, the shows posh couple. Erm …… not quite the same thing actually. Nige getting drunk with the two upper crust boozers was nothing like a fiction depicting a UKIP governed Bitain descending into dystopian chaos.

The programme could have got away with being blatantly biased had it been funny. Unfotunately it gave the impression of having been written by a couple of arrested adolescent science nerds.

The trouble for the media and the establishment they are paid to prop up – the truth is out !

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Russia Or Europe:Today Greece Must Decide

Yesterday Zero Hedge ran this story:

“Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias is to visit Moscow on Wednesday to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s Interfax and TASS news agencies reported on Monday citing a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry.” In other words, at precisely the same time as the FinMin is in Brussels discussing the fate, or lack thereof, of Greece in the Eurozone, the new Greek foreign miniser will be in the Kremlin, getting instant updates from Brussels and perhaps discussing the fate of Greece in the Eurasian Economic Union. Or put in the simplest of terms, tomorrow Greece will decide: Europe, or Russia.

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It is, is it not, strange that while western media is reporting that Russia has been brought to its knees by US / EU economic sanctions yet the Greeks, Cyprus and Hungary are turning to Moscow for economic salavtion, or that militarily it is cowering in the face of Obama’s threats to arm the Kiev Governmment, but Merkel and Hollande have pirouetted towards Moscow in the hope of brokering a peace deal before Ukraine is overrun by the irregular forces of the pro-Russian separatist militias.

Whatever you read in the propaganda machine that is mainstream media, it always pays to dog a bit deeper if you want to know what is really going on in the world.

Putin Isolated? What about his new best mates France and Germany

Last summer I had a bit of a kerfuffle here with someone who tried to give himself authority by mentioning that he worked in a university. Well lots of people work in universities of course, janiors, mainteance staff, gardeners, porters, catering people and so on.

Given the knack this guy possessed for being wrong about everything he could have been a lecturer, or even a Professor, he was certainly crazy enough.

What I had done to piss him off was see the brewing Black Sea crisis from a Russian point of view rather than simply parroting the White House / Whitehall / NATO propaganda demonising Putin and Russia and claiming Russia was isolated in the international community and the leaders of all other nations were queuing up to have their cock’s sucked by the Rent Boy President Barack Husein Obama.

It wasn’t true then and it is less true now. While it might seem obvious to note that Angela Merkel has chosen to pass on that dubious privilege, the absence of China, Iran and half the African nations from the Obama fan club is also signigicant.

Since the election of Syriza last week Greece has pivoted towards Russia, Egypt, Turkey, India and Brazil have all been cuddling the bear too.

Isolated, I think not. In fact it seems our friend from Dumedown University is the last one to wake up to the fact that Obama’s US Administration is the real warmonger, the aggressor state, the power that likes to meddle in the domestic politics of small nations.

And now we see France and Germany openly dismissive of Obama’s eagerness to arm the neo Nazi thugs who were shoehorned into power in Ukraine after last years CIA engineered coup.

Well here’s something to help him get a better grip on reality.

Caption Contest: “Isolated” Russia Edition

Following yesterday’s summary of the utter farce that the Minsk Summit/Ukraine “peace” deal talks have become, the various parties involved appear to be fracturing even faster today. The headlines are coming thick and fast but most prescient appears to be: Despite John Kerry’s denial of any split between Germany and US over arms deliveries to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier slammed Washington’s strategy for being “not just risky but counterproductive.”

But perhaps most significantly is France’s continued apparent pivot towards Russia… Following Francois Hollande’s calls for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in apparent support of Russia (and specifically against the US), “we are part of a common civilization with Russia,” adding, “the interests of the Americans with the Russians are not the interests of Europe and Russia.”

Even NATO appears to have given up hope of peace as Stoltenberg’s statements show little optimism and the decision by Cyprus to allow Russia to use its soil for military facilities suggests all is not at all well in the European ‘union’.

With France pivoting and Merkel turning her back on Obama’s arms-for-Ukraine proposals, perhaps Vladimir Putin can be forgiven for an impromptu exhibition of “jazz hands” at yesterday’s Minsk Summit preparations…

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They Lied Then, Why Should We Believe Them Now?

While leaving The Perils Of Centralized Power at the top of the page because it is a post of global importance which can raise the awareness of many people to the essential dishonesty of people who love Big Government and the idea of a global governing authority, we will continue with the theme of official dishonesty. The latest episode, hot on the heels of the ‘false flag’ shooting down of Malaysia airlines flight MH17 and the pathetically inept attempt by American, EU and Ukrainian leaders to blame the rebel rabble, we now have the on – off ‘invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Army.

Same journalists who ‘proved’ Iraq had WMD now assure the world Russia is invading Ukraine

“Russian Invasion” Of Ukraine, Turns Out to Have Been a Translation Error

After all major news-entities repeated the “invasion” claim and the public damage is done they simply take it back.

from The Tap:

August 29, 2014 “ICH” -The authors of this NYT piece, Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front, are not really convincing when presenting these reports by the Ukrainian government as truthful:

The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five armored personnel carriers, was at least the third movement of troops and weapons from Russia across the southeast part of the border this week, further bluntingthe momentum Ukrainian forces have made in weakening the insurgents in their redoubts of Donetsk and Luhansk farther north. Evidence of a possible turn was seen in the panicky retreat of Ukrainian soldiers on Tuesday from a force they said had come over the Russian border.

Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian military in Kiev, said the Russian armored column entered the town of Amvrosiyivka, south of Donetsk, expanding what Western and Ukrainian officials have described as one of the main fronts in a multipronged counteroffensive directed by Russia.

The “momentum” the Ukrainian troops had was never as big as the Ukrainian government had claimed. A few motorized brigades ran through open territory held by few insurgents and when coming to a halt at their primary target were immediately cut off and surrounded. Their moral is bad, their equipment old, ammunition is low and the entire aim of their campaign is dubious. Now even a few weak counterattacks, the “counteroffensive”, have them on the run.
While the piece repeats the Ukrainian claim that Russian material, including ammunition, passed over the border the third picture shows some 20+ wooden boxes of RPGs and the caption says:
“A villager opened a box of rocket-propelled grenades left by the Ukrainian Army in Starobecheve, southeast of Donetsk. Pro-Russia rebels took over the town after the military withdrew.”
Obviously the fleeing Ukrainian troops are leaving a lot of goodies behind.
Then there is this:

The separatists have asserted that they are using captured Ukrainian equipment. But American officials say they are confident that the artillery in the Krasnodon area of Ukraine is Russia’s since Ukrainian forces have not penetrated that deeply into that separatist-controlled region. American officials also say the separatists have no experience in using such weaponry.

That bold part is of course utter bullshit. The Donetsk miners and volunteers from Russia all have had regular military service. They surely will be able to handle Grad systems, little evolved from World War II, and other artillery. Continue reading …

Just as I was thinking. “The Tap is not the most reliable source,” I scrolled down their report to this:

Update
This is a quite amazing “information operation” without doubt of U.S. origin.
Consider: The Ukrainian President talks about Russian affiliated insurgents in east-Ukraine and Reuters and others distribute this as “invasion”. After all major news-entities repeated the “invasion” claim and the public damage is done they simply take it back.
Consider this from Tagesschau, the highest rated German TV news show:

ukraine invasion a translation error

Translation:

On #Ukraine there was a translation error by the agency Reuters: According to the correction Poroshenko did not talk of an invasion.

I wonder if Professor Want – War will make of that. He’s the scientist who says very scientifically, “You must never believe anything in Russian media because thirty years ago, when Pravda was their official newspaper it was full of propaganda, so that proves everything Russia’s enemies say is true.”

I suppose if the Germans are saying Russia told the truth he’s claim that proves German media are liars too. And yet in the past he has proved more than willing to believe the biggest liars of all, the American government.

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