Washington Monthly A 21-Truth Salute to Activists and the Alternative Media: The Journey From Conspiracy Theory to Conspiracy Fact A salute to Activists & the Alternative Media / People can make a difference! From: Activist Postwith contributions from Zen Gardner The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Our media is mired in cynicism, regardless of the label of mainstream or alternative. We'd like to present an overview of issues demonstrating that all is not lost. So, instead of self-defeatism and relinquishing our power voluntarily through apathy and cynicism, let's revel in our 21 key victories of truth over lies. Secret Societies: Once-secret societies denied by the mainstream media have had to be addressed due to courageous research and information sharing by alternative media. False Left-Right Political Paradigm: The fact that Democrats and Republicans are two heads on the body of the same vulture is now widely accepted across American society. (and real) hit men.
OpEd News My Soapbox Advice to the OWS Movement and then some I may not know much, but I know a lot of it. So I decided to share my opinions and thoughts on what I would do if the OWS movement either elected me Grand Poobah or asked for my advice: 1. The Great Lie of Wall Street. Every CEO tells the same great white lie. It is at the heart of every communication. Great CEO White Lie = “We are acting in the best interests of shareholders.” When a CEO utters this lie, everyone automatically forgives whatever they do. The problem is that unless the company is losing money and it is the only way to keep the company alive, in this era of 9.1pct unemployment it NEVER is in the BEST INTEREST OF SHAREHOLDERS. Shareholders , whether they own shares directly or through mutual funds or pensions do not live in a corporate vacuum. If OWS really wants to change corporate structure and impact the economy, talk to shareholders. You might even consider buying a share of stock. 2. Those personal guarantees would change EVERYTHING in the banking industry. 3. Crazy ?
Counterpunch HBGary Federal Document on Manipulating Social Media The HBGary Federal breach conducted by the rogue movement Anonymous, and the subsequent release of tens-of-thousands of company emails, revealed multiple instances of ethically questionable proposals for covert operations. HBGary Federal, Palantir Technologies and Berico Technologies were involved in developing WikiLeaks counter-operations strategies for Bank of America and proposed disinformation campaigns, cyber attacks against network systems, and strong-arming journalists. Other information released in the breach show the companies were engaged in developing strategies to infiltrate other civil activist groups, and plans to use social media for distributing government propaganda. There was also evidence that HBGary Federal was involved in developing an undetectable, full command and control cyber offensive weapon called Magenta. Excerpts from the document speak for themselves:
Ownership Chart: The Big Six Broadcasters make billions in profits while using the public airwaves for free. In return, they are supposed to provide programming that fulfills community needs. Instead, lobbyists have successfully fought to make it easier for broadcast companies to gobble up even more free airspace while doing less to serve the public. Take Action to end the big broadcast swindle. 2011 Revenue: $6.2 billion Company Overview: These private equity firms own Clear Channel, the largest radio station owner in the country. Radio: 866 radio stations and Premiere Radio Networks (a national radio network that produces, distributes or represents approximately 90 syndicated radio programs, serves nearly 5,800 radio station affiliates and has over 213 million weekly listeners. Other: Katz Media (radio advertising broker); American Outdoor Advertising 2011 Revenue: $14.2 billion Radio: CBS Radio and 130 radio stations Online Holdings: CBS Interactive; CNET Print: Simon & Schuster; Watch! Entertainment: CBS Films