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D Day: Mythology of America as Liberator Feeds Trump’s Militarism. No One Saw It Coming: How Russia Went to War Against China in 2020. Tom note: Here is the fifth entry in our 10 Long March posts for 2018, the 6th most-read item of the year, which originally ran on April 1, 2018. These posts are selected based on what’s called ‘total engaged minutes’ (the total number of time spent reading and commenting on an article) rather than page views, which the T&P editors see as a better reflection of Long March reader interest and community. Thanks to all of you for reading, and for commenting–which is an important part of this column. August 30, 2020 From: U.S. Ambassador, Tokyo To: Secretary of State Pompeo Mr. I am writing this to you, after the fact obviously, to review the last several months of operations in the war none of us foresaw just two years ago. Background and Discussion: As you recall, we were in some disarray after the departure of your predecessor, Mr.

As we all know, Kim met with President-Chairman Xi in March of that year and there was much speculation as to what passed between them. Dr. Skinwalkers. From the plains of the American West comes a story with a history as long as that of the Native Americans themselves: the skinwalkers. Witches, a class of outcast criminals who practiced black magic, were said to have the ability to shapeshift into any animal they chose. Such people were called skinwalkers, and if one was suspected, it was legal to kill them on sight. Skinwalkers would take the hide of a wolf or coyote, put it on, and were said to physically transform into that animal. They would appear slightly too large, disproportionate, and have red glowing eyes. Some version of the American skinwalker is found in most Native American cultures, but it's the Navajo that is most prevalent.

Most stories of the Navajo skinwalker today carry a modern touch, such as the various ways skinwalkers could and could not be killed with bullets. Two New Mexico Highway Patrol officers experienced nearly identical terrifying encounters, as they discovered when comparing notes later. Bush 41: The Triumph of Manners Over Truth. While President Donald Trump has used truculence, bluster, populism, and manufactured division to hide the true nature of his agenda, George Herbert Walker Bush used manners, civility, and grace to hide the truth of his and his family’s agenda. Both are very similar in their objectives. Both have enabled the continued transfer of wealth to the upper echelons of society.

Both have sought to protect the interests of corporations and rich friends. But as we witnessed this week, Bush and the Bush family were far more effective with honey than with vinegar. To wrap up this week of seemingly non-stop hagiographic coverage of George H.W. Baker notes that the job of journalism is to ask questions and present facts — NOT to be co-opted by the fawning of sycophants that today turn funerals into a form of entertainment. Click HERE to Download Mp3 Full Text Transcript: As a service to our readers, we provide transcripts with our podcasts. Our Comment Policy Related PoppyLeaks, Part 1 November 16, 2015. Gary Hart’s Presidential Bid and the Possible Setup That Ended It. Crucially, Strother realized, he had no proof, and probably never would.

Atwater was dead. Although Hart did not run in later elections, he was busy and productive: He had earned a doctorate in politics at Oxford, had published many books, and had co-chaired the Hart-Rudman Commission, which memorably warned the incoming president in 2001, George W. Bush, to prepare for a terrorist attack on American soil. Why, Strother asked himself, should he rake up an issue that could never be resolved and might cause Hart more stress than surcease? But late last year, Strother learned that the prostate cancer he had been treated for a dozen years ago had returned and spread, and that he might not have long to live.

Aware that this might be one of their final conversations, Hart asked Strother to think about the high points of the campaign, and its lows. Strother talked with Hart this spring; Broadhurst had died about a year earlier. “Ray said, ‘Why do you ask?’ Imperial Japan, the Bomb & the Pacific Powder Keg. Obama’s high-profile trip to Hiroshima was accompanied by a media storm that gave endless justifications for the US use of the atomic bomb on Japanese civilians. The myths are widely accepted in society, and underpin the notion of American exceptionalism. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin interviews Dr. Peter Kuznick, co-author with Director Oliver Stone of the bestselling book and HBO series “The Untold History of the United States,” about the real story behind the use of the atomic bombs—as well as the untold history of Imperial Japan, its role today for the U.S. Empire, and the danger for new war on the horizon.

Abby Martin Founder of Media Roots, BOD Project Censored, Former Host of Breaking the Set, Host of teleSUR's The Empire Files. Latest posts by Abby Martin (see all) Related. Letter of Recommendation: Fortean Times. Photo I was 30,000 feet in the air and halfway through the November issue of Fortean Times before I considered what it must look like to the woman sitting to my left. On the cover of the magazine lurked a giant Lizard Man, with a rippling reptilian 14-pack, orange eyes with vertical-­slit pupils, a forked tongue, a jaw lined with needle teeth. He was wading between lily pads in standing water, before a moonlit, misty backdrop.

There was a tangle of seaweed draped over his scaly biceps. To the left of his head, in a typeface straight off a B-­movie poster: “Attack of the Lizard Man! The Car-­Chewing Monster of the South Carolina Swamps.” My neighbor and I had exchanged pleasantries at the beginning of the flight, but after the magazine came out, we didn’t speak again.

Let me be clear: I am not, as a rule, a believer. It’s these neurons that fire ecstatically when I read Fortean Times, a 43-year-old British magazine that describes its focus as “the world of strange phenomena.” “A lot of things that seem simple aren’t so simple”: Seymour Hersh on the untold story of Osama bin Laden killing and the way Washington — and the media — really work. Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh broke the story of the My Lai massacre in 1969. He was the first to report the atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison, back in 2004. Hersh’s most recent break threatens to blur the boundary between investigative reporting and conspiracy theory. The story, published last May in the London Review of Books, alleges that Pakistan caught Osama bin Laden years ago and then kept him under house arrest in Abbottabad.

Eventually, Hersh writes, a walk-in leaked bin Laden’s whereabouts to the CIA. This story contradicts government accounts, as well as with the exhaustive reporting of Mark Bowden, whom I interviewed for Salon earlier this year. Earlier this month, Verso Press released a collection of Hersh’s journalism titled “The Killing of Osama Bin Laden.” I met Hersh at his office, a two-room suite in Washington, D.C. So, when it comes to politics, I’m a pretty normal citizen: I follow the news, I read a lot. “He will not put an end to his campaign. So what am I? A Unified Theory of Corruption - The Deep State. The Holy Grail of physics has always been to find what Einstein called a Unified Field Theory, or, as we’ve come to know it today, a theory of everything. One idea, one set of equations that could explain the physical universe. Imagine if such a thing existed in government and politics. If we could look at the last 40 years of upheaval, change, and political dislocation, and find the one thread that explains it all.

The term “The Deep State” originated in the Ottoman Empire — where the Turks recognized that their leaders owed allegiance to elites, and placed the opportunities and prerogatives of nationalism, corporatism, and elites over the interest of its citizens. Today, the term is just as apt. Now, Mike Lofgren — a long time Capitol Hill insider, Senate and House Budget Committee staffer — shares 28 years of up close and personal insight which has led him to similar conclusions. Lofgren thinks he has found the unifying theory.

Click HERE to Download Mp3 Related October 2, 2013. “Serial” Season Two Is Here. This morning at 6 A.M., “DUSTWUN,” the first episode of season two of the “Serial” podcast, quietly made its début. It’s the first chapter in a season-long exploration of the case of Bowe Bergdahl, the American former prisoner of war. Bergdahl walked off his Army base in Afghanistan in 2009, and he was soon captured by the Taliban. Six U.S. soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan after his disappearance, some claim, died directly or indirectly because of his actions. Bergdahl was held captive for almost five years and released in a prisoner exchange in May, 2014. The episode begins with “Serial” ’s host, Sarah Koenig, describing the video of Bergdahl’s return, in which he is transferred from a Taliban pickup truck to a U.S.

After a period of recovery and debriefing in Germany, Bergdahl returned to active duty in the United States, at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas, and a military investigation into his case began. Many people wanted to talk to “Serial,” but many didn’t. The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan… Stalin Did. The U.S. use of nuclear weapons against Japan during World War II has long been a subject of emotional debate. Initially, few questioned President Truman’s decision to drop two atomic bombs, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But, in 1965, historian Gar Alperovitz argued that, although the bombs did force an immediate end to the war, Japan’s leaders had wanted to surrender anyway and likely would have done so before the American invasion planned for November 1. Their use was, therefore, unnecessary. Obviously, if the bombings weren’t necessary to win the war, then bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki was wrong.

In the 48 years since, many others have joined the fray: some echoing Alperovitz and denouncing the bombings, others rejoining hotly that the bombings were moral, necessary, and life-saving. Both schools of thought, however, assume that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with new, more powerful weapons did coerce Japan into surrendering on August 9. Timing It could not have been Nagasaki. John McCain is Not a Hero! 'Manchurian Candidate' His POW Commanding Officer Submitted a Charge of Treason to Military Prosecutors! (Before It's News) I served as a Marine infantryman in Vietnam during 1969 and 1970. I managed to catch malaria, get hit by a handful of scrap metal and gain a permanent distrust for the US government, one that had been festering in me after the killings of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

Author of this Article: Gordon Duff Little did I know then that the lessons I learned, the cynicism proven so correct, nearly a half century of entropy, America the slowly rotting corpse we see today, those signs were there then for any to see. Forth three years later, the Vietnam War continues to define America, not through the accomplishments of war veterans instilled with courage and leadership gained through surviving a brutal struggle but quite the opposite.

Vietnam was a great evil. What kind of nation would elect, again and again, criminals and degenerates to high office, each designated the “leader of the free world?” Thousand more killed themselves. T. Lt. We see it now. From the Bacon's rebellion to the Boston Bombing: How well do you know American extremism? a quiz. Carpet-Bombing History. J. E. Curtis, Keeper of the British Museum’s Middle East collections, was on grim business in Iraq. Armed occupiers held an ancient city there—“tantamount to establishing a military camp around the Great Pyramid in Egypt or around Stonehenge in Britain,” he wrote. The site was “irrevocably contaminated,” he added, suffering “permanent damage that will last forever.” Curtis was describing Babylon in 2004, under U.S. occupation. “Palmyra,” Moore emphasized, “is an ancient Roman site whose significance and value is exceeded by very few others: those in Rome itself, Pompeii, possibly Petra in Jordan.”

The Allies bombed the Cathedral of Benevento that same month. Six months later, in February 1944, Allied bombers demolished the Abbey of Monte Cassino, where “the only people killed,” David Hapgood and David Richardson clarify, “were among the civilians.” Allied bombers brutalized German historic sites for the rest of the war. And the U.S. Or consider Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary. The Enduring Lies of Ronald Reagan. Though the GOP continues to canonize the fortieth president, we can’t forget his legacy as a liar and a foreign policy flop The canonization of Ronald Reagan rests crucially on one thing Reagan himself did well: forgetting the facts. It seems timely to exhume a few. Ronald Reagan was a saint, a commanding leader, the gold standard of principled conservatism against whom all current and future Republicans should be measured.

This is the new mantra coming out of the Republican race for the presidency as the current crop of candidates scramble, quite understandably, to distance themselves from the walking disaster that is George W. Bush. In the Fox News-hosted “debate” among the Republican hopefuls, Ron Paul, Rudi Giuliani and others were quick to wrap themselves in the Reagan mantle.

When Fred Thompson–actor turned politician–entered the race, he evoked huge sighs of relief among Republicans, who see him as the one best able to recapture the Gipper’s magic. Ronald Reagan’s wartime lies: The president had quite a Brian Williams problem. When it emerged that NBC News anchor Brian Williams had misled the public for years with a harrowing account of coming under enemy fire on a military helicopter during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, observers were quick to draw comparisons with other public figures caught telling tall tales about combat experiences. Some hearkened back to Hillary Clinton’s bogus 2008 assertion that she had landed “under sniper fire” during a trip to Bosnia a dozen years earlier; in reality, video from the trip showed a smiling Clinton and her daughter walking calmly on the tarmac, with no sign of trouble whatsoever.

There’s another figure who merits mention in this discussion, one whose serial blurring of lines between fiction and reality was a mainstay of his public career. That figure, of course, was Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s fibs were manifold. Once in office, Reagan’s deception in the Iran-Contra scandal briefly threatened his presidency. In the story, which J. Antipas Ministries. GEORGE BUSH, THE "PROMISE KEEPERS," THE PRINCIPLES OF MESSIANIC LEADERSHIP. By: S.R. Shearer In war, truth is often the first casualty. November 28, 2001 On the 13th of November, 2001, Counterpunch Magazine published an article by Douglas Valentine entitled, "Phoenix And The Anatomy Of Terror.

" In 1969 and 1970 I became peripherally involved in the Phoenix Program in Vietnam as an intelligence officer (a captain) attached to the 525th Intelligence Group. Valentine, who has written extensively on the Phoenix program, says that the Bush Administration has begun to set up a "counter-terrorist" organization similar to the Phoenix program that operated in Vietnam. Valentine says that while the OHS appeared immediately after the tragic events of 11 September, "like a rabbit pulled from a magician's star-spangled hat," it's important to understand that it has been at least four years in the making.

The Phoenix Program originated out of the turmoil and confusion of the Vietnam War. "... might better think of ours as a dual political system. Iran-Contra Revisited. Soldiers, Spies and the Moon: Secret U.S. and Soviet Plans from the 1950s and 1960s. Mithraic mysteries. The War at Home. The Meaning of Timothy McVeigh. Obama’s New Ukraine. Navy Captain Fired After Leading Unauthorized Whaling Expedition. Mae Brussell: Jonestown Was a CIA Mind Control Experiment (12-01-1978) PT 1 of 3. Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows To Unleash Tranquility On West. Boston, False Flags and the Strategy of Tension. A Coincidence Theorist’s Guide to Political Assassinations. How alien conspiracists are just like creationists. Why I am no longer a skeptic. Is this proof the Virgin Queen was an imposter in drag? Shocking new theory about Elizabeth I unearthed in historic manuscripts. World War III began in May 2006: Building the New Map of the Middle East in Real Time.

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