Propaganda Report Episode 17: Putin Power!

December 22nd, 2016 – Rules for Radicals, Total Information Control, The Allegory of the Cave, Putin’s Power, and much more on this 17th episode of the Propaganda Report.



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To Burn or Not To Burn: Podcast of December 3, 2016 Show



Some articles of interest from the week with excerpts….

Hampshire College Draws Protests Over Removal of U.S. Flag

“If it was a political act, it was pretty craven and ineffective since people did it in secret and no one knows what it was meant to state,” Hampshire college’s president, Jonathan Lash, 71, said in a phone interview on Monday. “And we replaced the flag the next day.”

But within a week Mr. Lash had sent an email announcing that the flag was to be taken down altogether. “Some on campus perceived the flag as “a powerful symbol of fear they’ve felt all their lives because they grew up in marginalized communities, never feeling safe….So something that I have been learning about over the six years but I saw with incredible intensity after the election was the genuineness and depth of the fear of people who have grown up with racism,” Lash, said in a statement. “Who look at the deaths on city streets and say, that could easily have been me.”

FBI and NSA poised to gain new surveillance powers under trump

“Trump’s first two choices to head law enforcement and intelligence agencies — Republican Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Republican Representative Mike Pompeo for director of the Central Intelligence Agency — are leading advocates for domestic government spying at levels not seen since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.”

In a reversal of curbs imposed after Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 about mass data-gathering by the NSA, Trump and Congress may move to reinstate the collection of bulk telephone records, renew powers to collect the content of e-mails and other internet activity, ease restrictions on hacking into computers and let the FBI keep preliminary investigations open longer.

A first challenge for privacy advocates comes this week: A new rule is set to go into effect on Dec. 1 letting the FBI get permission from a judge in a single jurisdiction to hack into multiple computers whose locations aren’t known. [wouldn’t put it past them to do it in every jurisdiction with no expiry]

“Under the proposed rules, the government would now be able to obtain a single warrant to access and search thousands or millions of computers at once; and the vast majority of the affected computers would belong to the victims, not the perpetrators, of a cybercrime,” Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who serves on the Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

Wyden is one of seven senators, including libertarian Republican Rand Paul, who have introduced a bill, S. 3475, to delay the new policy until July to give Congress time to debate its merits and consider amendments.

From Trump’s picks for CIA (Pompeo) and Attorney General (Sessions):

Time for a Rigorous National Debate About Surveillance
Post-9/11 measures have been weakened or discarded. A coherent new approach is needed.

The use of strong encryption in personal communications may itself be a red flag….

Reasonable warrantless searches are compatible with the Fourth Amendment. So are searches of data shared with third parties, such as social-media posts…

Surveillance should feature prominently in the 2016 presidential campaign, giving the next commander in chief a mandate and sense of obligation to implement reforms. Opposition to surveillance has been bipartisan, and the strategy for overcoming it must be bipartisan too…..

Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database. Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed….

Sessions: The civil libertarians among us would rather defend the constitution than protect our nation’s security.” Problem with Sessions’ theory is that the Constitution is what would protect national security—undeclared wars, MIC–create danger both incidentally and purposely. See George Washington’s farewell address for more.

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

The release of the 100-page report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and accusations by the Obama administration that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats.

The commission recommended that Trump create an assistant to the president for cybersecurity, who would report through the national security adviser, and establish an ambassador for cybersecurity, who would lead efforts to create international rules. It urged steps, such as getting rid of traditional passwords, to end the threat of identity theft by 2021 and said Trump’s administration should train 100,000 new cybersecurity workers by 2020.

Steven Chabinsky, a commission member and the global chair of the data, privacy and cybersecurity practice for White & Case LLP…said the group wanted the burden of cybersecurity “moved away from every computer user and handled at higher levels,” including internet providers and product developers who could ensure security by default and design “for everyone’s benefit.”

One commissioner, Herbert Lin of Stanford University, said some senior information technology managers distrust the federal government as much as they distrust China, widely regarded as actively hacking in the U.S.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump would accept the group’s recommendations. Trump won the election on promises to reduce government regulations, although decades of relying on market pressure or asking businesses to voluntarily make their products and services safer have been largely ineffective.

Though Trump is a prolific user of online social media services, especially Twitter, he is rarely seen using a computer. His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted a photograph Monday of Trump working on an Apple laptop inside his office at Trump Tower. He testified in a deposition in 2012 that he did not own a personal computer or smartphone, and in another deposition earlier this year said he deliberately does not use email.

But note…

The Orwellian War Against Skepticism

“Yet, what Stengel and various mainstream media outlets appear to be arguing for is the creation of a “Ministry of Truth” managed by mainstream U.S. media outlets and enforced by Google, Facebook and other technology platforms.”

“As veteran war correspondent Don North reported in 2015 regarding this new StratCom, “the U.S. government has come to view the control and manipulation of information as a ‘soft power’ weapon, merging psychological operations, propaganda and public affairs under the catch phrase ‘strategic communications.’”

“Typical of this new McCarthyism, the report lacked evidence that any such network actually exists but instead targeted cases where American journalists expressed skepticism about claims from Western officialdom.”

Teeing It Up for the Censorship President

When I first read about the Total Information Awareness program on Wikipedia, I was shocked by the creepy logo. Wikipedia has since removed the logo, but fortunately, I had it. (Sometimes when I see such blatant symbolism like this I wonder if they’re just messing with us.)

Recently, President Obama said he wanted a truthiness test for information. (To hear it, click the link and go to chronomark 1:00:00 and listen for about four and a half minutes.) I believe he was focusing on scientific information (climate change in particular, of course), but he made an interesting analogy with the news media.

We are going to have to rebuild, within this wild, wild west of information flow, some sort of curating function…

It used to be there were three television stations, and Walter Cronkite was there…generally people trusted a basic body of information…

There has to be some sort of way we can sort through information that passes some sort of truthiness test.

This wasn’t quite as bad as it sounds out of context (almost!), but I recalled his words while reading the newspaper today and it made me think Obama was revealing a broader mindset that is about to be rolled out.

The first article I read was about a recent appearance by Melania Trump during which she, no doubt sweetly and innocently (I mean that, I’m not being sarcastic),

lamented an increasingly coarse culture in which users of social media, especially children, belittle each other.

“Our culture has gotten too mean and too tough, especially to children and teenagers,” Mrs. Trump said. “We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other.”

bn-eb793_vernon_e_20140812180258I didn’t think too much about Melania’s comments and didn’t put them together with Obama’s until later, when

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The Propaganda Report w/ Perez & Binkley – this week’s podcast!


barry_goldwater_on_trilateral_commissionThank you very much Brad Binkley for putting together a great podcast in lieu of this week’s show on WSB which is preempted for UGA football (Go Dawgs!!) The sound quality is not perfect (sorry, my bad)–it will be next time 🙂

We discuss TPP, Hillary’s Neo-Con Coming Out Speech, Trump & the Mob, Soros/BLM/Dallas, Colin Kaepernick & More!!! (I have a half a video that goes with this but I’m not sure we can get it to work…check back next week if you’re interested.)


For just the audio click here

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Show notes (links to references made on the show)…

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Who Would Win in a Fight, the Police State or the Second Amendment? Podcast of August 20, 2016 Show

Protesters Demonstrate During The Republican National Convention
TAMPA, FL – AUGUST 27: Law enforcement officers block a downtown street during a protest on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The demonstration was being held just before of the start of the Republican’s nominating convention which will hold its first session on August 28. The convention was scheduled to start on August 27 but was pushed back one day as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to hit the Tampa area. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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See also:

Second Amendment Gap

Show tease: Divide & Conquer

Black & Blue in America: podcast July 9 2016 show

This is a picture from the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere of the Dallas cops during the shooting. What is the orange thing on the gun of the third officer from the left? Some controversy surrounds this. (I couldn’t help but be struck by how Annie Leibovitz this photo looks…very well balanced.)

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The Orlando Agenda (propaganda report)

Today’s Wall Street Journal lays out our marching orders in the wake of Orlando:

The article…

After Orlando, a Long War
To stop future terrorist attacks, we need solutions from all sides: better security and surveillance at home, a vigorous fight abroad and the support of Muslim moderates everywhere

The author:

Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The marching orders…

(1) Disarm Americans

There is no reason why the American public should be able to purchase military-style semiautomatic weapons such as the AR-15, which has become a favorite of mass shooters.

(2) Create a class of precriminals who are not put in jail but have rights taken away without due process

Congress should, at a minimum, prevent suspects on terrorism watch lists from purchasing firearms legally

(3) Expand the police state

By all means, let’s follow the example of Israel and have more security guards and more metal detectors at the entrances of clubs and malls.

(4) Reduce freedom, increase surveillance

The fact that [the Orlando shooter] was able to work as a licensed security guard and to legally purchase firearms, despite having been investigated twice by the FBI for potential terrorist ties, suggests a fundamental breakdown in our safeguards….controversial counterterrorism programs need to be continued or revived…

(5) Escalate war in Syria

We will defeat Islamic State not simply by dropping more bombs or sending more troops, although we must do both.

Also, the author falsely asserts that libertarians object to FBI tactics through a misguided sense of freedom and an arbitrary attachment to fundamental rights…

The best bet to stop terrorists is to uncover their intentions in advance. The FBI has done just that since 2001 by sending undercover agents and informants to pose as would-be terrorists to prosecute suspects intent on turning violent. Such investigations have resulted in charges against nearly 90 Americans but have also sparked controversy, with civil libertarians accusing the FBI of entrapping innocent people.

The author is repeating the false meme that civil libertarians have pushed back on the FBI “hatching terrorist plots” (…/terrorist-plots-helped-along-by-th…) because we object to their entrapping innocent people–that has never been the issue (for me anyway). The issue is that the FBI is actually manufacturing terrorism resulting in danger to the public (the WTC93 bombing was an FBI sting operation in which 6 died and many others were hurt…/the-clinton-bush-obama-co…/) and a misdirection of resources…

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me…

_12073208(ht JB) I mentioned on the air awhile back that i picked out an unusual-colored shirt at Nordstrom but put it back on the rack because it was too expensive.  I also took a picture of the label with my iPhone in case I wanted to try to find it online later or to remember it when there’s a sale…then, the next time I checked my yahoo mail account on my laptop (a day or two later) THAT EXACT SHIRT IN THAT EXACT COLOR was in an ad along the edge of my email–and it stayed there. I never searched for the shirt online, I merely tried it on in the store and took a picture of it with my phone. I had a friend in the business tell me (and i had heard of this before), that the stores can track you through the aisles by detecting your phones. (They also search your emails for receipts!)  I didn’t even care about the in-store surveillance because it’s not like they want to track my political speech or affiliations, just sell me stuff (that I want!)…but of course in this great corpo-governmental continuum, you can’t have one without the other….

Did you know that billboards are spying on you now?
Advanced, smart-billboards, are now being used to track you