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Critical Thinking and the Art of Propaganda Comprehension: The Benghazi Scandal

Are you getting frustrated by the way the media is covering (or not covering) the Benghazi Scandal?

Me too!

So now that the John McCain vs. Susan Rice drama is starting to fade; is the media finally ready to start asking the real questions? Or are they planning another distraction?

I address these questions and more!

Video is for educational purposes only ;-)

(A recent update I made on Benghazi 1/16/14) : How to protect a corrupt administration by ignoring reality.

Also:

Was Obama in the White House Situation Room watching the Benghazi attack?

October 24th: Benghazi media explosion with the freshly released e-mail findings:

Obama knew Benghazi was a terror attack within two hours:

Transcript of the Rachel Maddow show from October 24th. Can you find the word “Benghazi” mentioned once? Either can I…

The day the liberal media died?

Obama transcript demonizing a YouTube video in front of the United Nations… NINE days after the Susan Rice debacle!

Critical Thinking: Is Terrorism Becoming an Internal Problem?

Source of Terror Threat is in UK Government, says a Police Principal Intelligence Analyst

Terroronthetube.co.uk

Tony Farrell had been employed for twelve years as ‘Principle Intelligence Analyst’ for South Yorkshire Police, 13th largest of the 44 police forces in the UK. His job involved producing a yearly ‘Strategic Threat Assessment Matrix’ to determine how the police force had to prioritise its activities. Assessed ‘threats’ ranged from ASBOs (anti-social behaviour orders) to the terrorist threat allegedly presented by Islamic extremists. Having a statistics degree, it was his job to translate the different ‘strategic threats’ into a ‘matrix’ of relative numerical weighted probabilities.

In 2010, one week before the 5th anniversary of 7/7, Tony (who had never previously doubted government versions of events) stumbled across ‘9/11 Truth’ material on the web. Like so many millions before him, he was shocked to the core by this experience. He quickly realised that there was a great mass of evidence relating to 9/11 kept hidden by the mainstream media. As a Christian, Tony consulted his church minister, who suggested that he consider, whether the same might be true for the London 7/7 bombings?

Something he had not suspected ‘in his wildest dreams’ then started to unfold. After reading much of the available but publicly-unreported witness statements and other evidence relating to 7/7, Tony found that he could only conclude that the official 7/7 narrative was ‘a monstrous lie.’ Instead of the official ‘suicide bombers’ narrative, which he and all of his colleagues had believed without question, he realised that the weight of evidence strongly points far more towards 7/7 being an event stage-managed by British intelligence than anything else.

The unthinkable but inescapable question thus intruded: (continue reading)

Thanks to Free Charlie Veitch

Critical followup to this story here!

Critical Thinking Defined:

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The Police State Recognizance Challenge Part II:

Not too long ago I wrote a post designed to challenge the reader’s critical thinking regarding the recognition of a police state. Specifically, I wrote; “…according to many conspiracy theorists, America has been turning into a worsening police state. They also might argue that it happens so gradually that the average person might not notice. Now if that logic holds true and they are correct, and most roads (potential futures) are leaning toward a police state; at what point would the average person actually recognize it for what it is?”

Well today I’m going to expand on that introduction a little by saying that some researchers believe that it would be more accurate to say that we are actually living in a police state right now! Think about it, would the government actually call itself a police state? Or is it more likely that they would disguise the term under confusing and Orwellian double-speak language instead?

16 reasons why it could be argued that we live under a tyranny right now:

10 indications that the United States is a dictatorship:

4 more years of the Patriot Act even though the vast majority of the public are against it?

Okay, now that you’ve been brought up to speed, it’s now time to show you the latest viral video:

Critical thinking time!

First question: do you have an American bias? Honestly, how much different would this video look to you if it were filmed in another country? Would your perception change? Would you be less surprised?

Second question: since it’s Thomas Jefferson’s memorial; I’m curious, what do you think Thomas Jefferson would say about this event if he could give his opinion?

Third question: Here’s a curve ball, what do you think Martin Luther King would say? Odd question you ask? This video will explain:

Now it’s time to jump across the pond with one of everyone’s favorite activists to show us the latest police state absurdity in Britain:

Way to go Adam and Danny!

Speaking of which; for all of you in the D.C. area, please listen up: In case you missed the latest news (can be found at 1:38 of the MLK video), there will be another peaceful protest at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial this Saturday, June 4th 2011. Stay up to date by clicking this hyperlink leading to Adam’s website:

Bonus police state fun: I hope I’m not showing my age, but before mindless television trash like Jersey Shore existed; I remember a time when there were shows geared towards younger audiences that actually helped make them think and become more intelligent! Seriously!

Remember when I discussed “potential futures,” from my introduction? Well now I can show you an example; does anyone remember the show Sliders?

Here, maybe this will refresh your memory:

Anyway, the point I want to make is how our current reality is ironically starting to resemble one of the negative parallel realities that used to be displayed on the show! In fact, I will show you a rather alarming example: By the way, this show is also available to all of you that have access to instant Netflix as well…

Now to be fair, I realize that this is going to be way too long and a bit “dorky,” for many, so I’m going to make this easy by simply pointing out two quick clips to show you:

20:00-23:00 this is usually the part where I give a synopsis of the scene…
42:50-43:50 but I decided to keep it spoiler free for a change.

One last conspiracy curve ball: Is it possible that this show was part of an experiment known as “predictive programming?”

*Update: Unfortunately, a few concerns have recently been brought to my attention:

First, the video I wanted to link to is on Hulu dot com, so not only can I not post the video here, it’s possible that I might not even be able to link to it. Apparently, since the alternative media has been kicking so much ass lately, the establishment has decided that the only way they can fight back is by introducing tyrannical new laws designed to shut us down. You really have to see this article to believe it:

The other piece of bad news is that I’ve also been informed that Hulu might not be available in many areas outside of the United States, so I apologize to anyone who is unable to access it.

For those that can access the site, go to Hulu dot com and copy and paste the words in the following sentence into their search field in the upper right corner:

sliders time again and world

But no worries, I don’t want to make it seem as though you are missing anything crucial. In fact, here is the plot summary of the episode from Mark D. Snyder of imdb.com; (spoiler alert) “The Sliders land in a world where J. Edgar Hoover founded the nation and martial law has been in effect for 30 years. Chased by government officials, they must make a choice of whether to protect the last surviving copy of the Constitution which could sprout the idea of democracy or gain the release of a former judge who has some potential to be a new founding father.”

Thought provoking?

Critical Thinking and the Art of Propaganda Comprehension: The Bin Laden Controversy

Note: I’ve found myself to be quite a bit late to the Osama Bin Laden opinion party. However, maybe that’s not such a bad thing because now that it’s been a while, everyone has had a chance to take a step back and calm down… including myself. And since this event is a very emotional issue for some with many opposing viewpoints, the power to persuade opinion can have disastrous consequences, and people have to be very careful about the information surrounding this event… and by “people,” I’m also going to have include myself.

But if you want my opinion, I think this event was totally staged. Bin Laden was almost certainly dead already and the establishment was just saving his corpse for a future emergency to rescue the system. Why? Because their empire is crumbling apart and they are completely desperate to save themselves! I mean they “killed” him and immediately dumped his body in the ocean? Please, how gullible do they think we are? And this event wasn’t just staged to distract from the “birther” issue like the propaganda machine wants you to believe. This is a multi-faceted operation to channel support for their other illegal wars, to push us into another war with Pakistan, to boost their pathetic approval ratings, to jump start Obama’s re-election bid, and also to distract us from the crumbling economy… which is such a joke now that I’m at a loss for words to describe it. However, I do think it’s incredibly hilarious that we still have a AAA rating… I mean, how much more evidence to people need to see to realize that the game is rigged!?

However something really interesting happened with this latest propped up media hoax, because for the first time, the general masses haven’t been so quick to be gullible to the “official” story anymore! That’s because the corporate establishment propaganda machine and their pundits have become so absurd and cartoonish that they have almost no credibility anymore! And if you think basic cable news is bad, regular network news is almost unwatchable!

So that being said, my message to the readers is this: be careful of the propaganda, and be wary of anything the establishment tells you about this event. I keep hearing some dangerous opinions put out by some in the media that suggest that it’s somehow bad or unpatriotic to question the government’s official stance on the issue. Now not only do I find that concept unbelievably alarming and disturbing, that twisted philosophy helps set a very dangerous precedent. Now that doesn’t mean that I’m suggesting that it’s 100% fact that the government is definitely lying about their version of reality, but is there a reason why we can’t calmly and rationally conduct an investigation into their facts before they push us into another war? Maybe it’s me, but I don’t see any kind of recent government track record of honesty and transparency, do you? I for one don’t buy the establishment BS story about Bin Laden, but regardless, there should never be an excuse to go to war based on some insane idea that we shouldn’t question our government’s intentions!

That being said, I have a warning for anyone who thinks that the government’s word is good enough for them: if our leaders are anywhere near as corrupt as I suspect, but their “word” is good enough for you… and we eventually get into World War III with Pakistan based on false information (like the WMD’s in Iraq), elitist interests, and possible false flags because of YOUR gullibility in believing them, then that war will also be on YOUR conscience, and blood will also be on YOUR hands as well! Please be careful! Start questioning the establishment and stop being fooled!

We need a new Renaissance, not a corrupt empire of elitists destroying the world out of power and greed…

Okay, points made… now are you ready for some evidence and critical thinking?

Let’s face it, no matter what your beliefs are, it should be really obvious by now that the empire is failing and we are headed for the end of the line. Now that doesn’t mean there needs to be a panic, but it’s time to realize and accept that our current system is broken, beyond repair, and will have to be restarted and restructured at some point fairly soon. I mean, how long do you really think our current system is going to last anyway?

Face it, every society eventually falls, and with our world problems approaching an almost overwhelming level, there is probably no better time than now to start getting calmly informed and prepared for the possibility that there will be some big changes ahead in the near future. The good news is that these changes could very well usher in the beginning of the next Renaissance, but the bad news is: if you choose not to get involved, you will run the risk of being at the mercy of what the establishment chooses for you. Have you ever heard of the quote, “Order out of chaos?” How about “those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it?” Well if you want to get a good idea of how those quotes can seriously affect your life and your future, then I strongly suggest you check out my article on North Korea.

Here’s a good question for you; did you know that there is another major war going on that you might not have been aware of?

It’s true! War isn’t always just about military actions; war can also be waged on information! Simply put, when two sides give different stories surrounding an event, how can you tell which side is telling you the truth? I mean, do you believe everything you are being told? Or are you able to spot the difference between what is probably true, and what is more likely propaganda that the establishment wants you to believe is true?

Speaking of the information war, did you know that you actually have to pay to get premium news these days? It’s true! As I said earlier, regular network news is practically unwatchable these days; and even basic package news like CNN, FOX, and MSNBC are getting so corporate and phony that their credibility is falling rapidly. Sure, you can listen to your local phony corporate news clown’s worthless analysis (if they actually give you something), but if you had a choice, wouldn’t you rather hear what Bill Maher has to say? (update: never mind, Bill Maher has just officially sold out and proved himself to be another fake libertarian by dismissing Ron Paul and donating $1 million dollars to the Obama Super PACreally Bill?) Judge Napolitano? (update: was recently fired for apparently getting too close to the truth). Curious about the Bloomberg Network? (update: don’t be curious as they have proven themselves to be as sickeningly biased as the New York Times) Then prepare to open up your wallet people, because intelligent news with intelligent analysis is going to force you to shell out an extra subscription fee.

Oh yeah, that reminds me… wasn’t there actually a time when news was supposed to be about trust? Perhaps a network or a pundit you trusted to really give it to you straight? Think about it for a moment; what if there was a breaking news story leading to an emergency situation and you only have time to listen to one source’s point of view of the event before you have to follow through on their “honest, hard-hitting intelligent opinion and analysis?” Here, I’ll even give you six choices:

A. Chris Matthews
B. Greta Van Susteren
C. Wolf Blitzer
D. Fox and Friends
E. NPR
F. Ann Coulter

See what I mean?

Now I get criticized at times for getting news from the Daily Show, but give me a break! Take another look at that list! And believe me, that is only a fraction of the many pundits I could have put there instead. Call me crazy, but what’s worse; cartoonishly absurd “news reporters” that take themselves and their work seriously? Or comedy news that at least points out how completely absurd these people and their news are?

Let me show you some recent examples of why I respect the Daily Show’s news coverage: (note: I am unable to post videos from Comedy Central, so the best way to view these clips is to right-click the hyperlink and set to “open link in a new window”)

Exhibit A: Jon Stewart and John Oliver discuss the corporatocracy:

Exhibit B: Aasif Mandvi discusses how we’re really not in another war:

Exhibit C: Want another reason why I think Fox News a joke? Speaking of cartoonish, take a look at this clip with the Fred Flintstone lookalike Bret Baier as he gets schooled by Jon Stewart. To be fair to Bret though, this really isn’t an even fight. Fox News has reached such a high level of absurdity, that it is literally impossible to defend the network and appear credible at the same time. One last point: Bret, I’m also a bit skeptical of you calling Charles Krauthammer “brilliant.” I mean it’s very possible that he was in a different era; but from my standpoint, all he does is tie the Flintstones analogy together, because when I picture Charles Krauthammer, all I see is a tired old dinosaur…

Exhibit D: This clip is one of the more important ones if you want a really good look at just how ridiculous the establishment has become. A transparency award? Are you effing kidding me? Want to know how incredibly stupid and gullible the establishment thinks the average American is?

Exhibit E: This clip can be shortened to its final two minutes (4:08 is a good beginning) This clip shows just how incredibly deceptive the establishment can be, and why this country will be in serious danger if we allow our officials to cleverly disguise and confuse their language like in this very Orwellian example:

Exhibit F: Still not convinced that the Bin Laden story was staged? Remember the very sad and uneventful campaign commercial from exhibit D? Remember when I said part of the reasoning for the Bin Laden hoax was to help Obama’s re-election campaign? Well take a look at this clip (start about 1:40) to see just how dumb, gullible, and easily manipulated the propaganda machine thinks the voting public are:

However, although I don’t agree with everything Jon Stewart says (and I was forced to be critical of him once before), I think in the case of the Bin Laden story, that there may be a certain point where Jon is forced to play both sides. Obviously I can’t speak for him of course, but from my perspective, this means that even Jon Stewart has to polish a turd once in a while. And if you are curious to see what that looks like, you can watch here as he turns the Bin Laden “hoax” into a dick joke:

Oh well, what should I expect Jon to do? Have a Howard Beale/Charlie Sheen moment and possibly risk his career over the issue? Of course not. But it really doesn’t matter to me what he truly believes or not. Besides, how can I really be that critical of a guy who can keep propaganda juggernaut Fox News at bay nearly single-handedly? So as far as I’m concerned, whether Jon has to play certain rules behind the scenes is irrelevant. Say what you want about him, but in my opinion he has done far more good then harm…

Speaking of which, perhaps it’s time to take a look at a couple of people that are doing far more harm than good; and coincidentally, I’m actually going to start with one of Jon’s recent guests, Rachel Maddow!

(update: I’ve been warming up a bit to Rachel lately, especially for her coverage of NDAA. However, in fairness I cannot rewrite the following text… nothing personal)

Rachel Maddow show MSNBC anchor woman liberal

Now I already thought this lady was nuts, and in fact I’ve already written an article on her once before where I exposed her fanaticism regarding the second amendment. However, it appears that my work on her is unfinished as she still continues to pollute our collective consciousness.

Now there are many things about this interview I find bothersome, but I’m only going to focus on the two parts I found the most disturbing:

Once again, please right-click this hyperlink for the interview…

To be fair, Jon played a big role in some of this misinformation as well. You are welcome to watch the full interview, but if you want to get straight to the point, let’s fast-forward to about 3:45…

Jon: “Is he dead? And do you think (it was a distraction from the birth certificate issue)…Really? That’s what’s living in your head? Are you that… just insane?”

Rachel: “The idea that the birth certificate is the real story…and that Osama Bin Laden is the distraction from it? Tells you everything you need to know about the people who are really invested in the birth certificate story. If you think Osama Bin Laden is the distraction that America needs… I think that puts that in the proper perspective…”

Me: Hey Jon and Rachel, I don’t know what goofball’s quote you found, but you can’t just cherry-pick the craziest comments off some message board and then just lump all of the rest of us “conspiracy theorists” into one camp like we all have the exact mentality. That would be as disingenuous as me cherry-picking comments by some left-wing tool like Doug Schoen and acting like he speaks for all liberals. Now of course I can’t speak for everybody in these various “truth movements,” but as far as I know, the vast majority of “truthers” are saying that Osama Bin Laden had already been dead for many years, and as I stated in the very beginning of this article, the reasoning why Bin Laden was “killed” was multi-faceted, and not solely because of the “birther” issue. That being said, this section of the interview was extremely misleading and unfair.

The second extremely disturbing piece of information I wanted to point out follows immediately after. Remember above when I said “be careful of the propaganda… I keep hearing some dangerous opinions put out by some in the media that suggest that it’s somehow bad or unpatriotic to question the government’s official stance on the issue?”

Well, how about I just let Rachel show you in her own words (4:35-4:42).

Rachel: “The whole like; If we don’t see the pictures, none of us will ever believe that he’s dead thing… is a country that I don’t recognize.”

Really Rachel? Are you actually suggesting that we shouldn’t question the integrity of the government? The same people that lie to us on a daily basis? You really think we should just take them at their word even though they just conveniently and inexplicably just dumped Bin Laden’s body into the freaking ocean? Are you completely insane? A country you don’t recognize? I mean historically speaking, isn’t questioning our government one of the things that we are most famous for? Not only was that an insane and blasphemous comment Rachel, it is precisely what I’m referring to when I mention setting dangerous precedents. You are really starting to scare me lady. It’s bad enough that you want to stomp out the second amendment, but now you don’t think we should question the government? That sounds like you want to turn us into the next China, Mexico, or maybe North Korea! Hey Rachel, what’s living in your head?

Now it’s time to switch gears again, and guess what? It involves more comedy news! Now I understand that there are many people that say comedy and news don’t mix, but I disagree completely. In fact I’ve personally been influenced by a lot more comedians’ philosophies than the “serious” news pundits. Whose wise words do you live by? Anderson Cooper and Sean Hannity? Or would you rather listen to Bill Hicks and George Carlin? (By the way, the Carlin link is so prophetic it’s almost scary) So as far as I’m concerned, if you are an intelligent, rational, and logical thinking person with thought-provoking opinions, then you are just as worthy to listen to as any pundit or politician. However, getting news from comedy doesn’t always come without problems, and the power to persuade opinion can be dangerous whether it’s serious or not, so on that note, I have one more example to show you:

(Quick update: before I get into this next segment, I want to mention that I don’t have anything personal against Seth Meyers, and I’m still a fan of SNL. That being said, I’m assuming that the following event was an isolated case and highlights the emotion and overreaction of this unbelievable media bombshell story last May Day).

Seth (Sith) Meyers is the “anchorman” on Saturday Night Live, and he was also the host at the recent White House correspondent’s dinner. Now I’m not here to fault him for hosting this event, however I do have a huge problem with one of his recent newscasts as it absolutely reeked of some of the worst propaganda I’ve ever seen. And yes, I understand that this still falls in the comedy realm, but like I said, it’s all about the power to persuade opinion. That being said, I have to show you some very dangerous opinions that needs to be addressed…

Here is the hyperlink to the Weekend Update:

I apologize for the commercials (I’ll blame GE), but the specific starting space in this video should be at roughly the 26th minute or the 3rd “marker” as indicated on the bottom of the video.

26:35 Antagonizing Qaddafi to bolster support for an unpopular war?
26:57 The Bin Laden is not really dead misinformation conspiracy.
27:20 Approval rating ridiculousness? I guess I must be incredibly stupid for being in the the 44% club of people that won’t bow down and worship Obama over a media hoax.
27:40 Let the awkwardness begin… apparently the message is that we are supposed to believe that Osama Bin Laden was the most wicked man that ever lived.
30:42 I guess we should blame Pakistan?
31:47 Want to know where I came up with the name Sith Meyers?
32:14 The beginning of another awkward sketch designed to bolster support for our inexcusable “kinetic military actions.”
35:22 This quip comparing our children to China’s might seem funny on the surface, but it’s actually helping spread a very dangerous myth. I guess according to Sith, we should be ashamed of our education system since we are not turning our children into automatons the way they do in China. Hey Sith, maybe we should just start putting up the nets around the workplace like the Chinese are forced to? Or how about we start working out complex mathematical and psychological formulas to see just how many hours that we can work a person before they reach their breaking point and attempt suicide? I mean if we could just find a way to get these workers to stay at their maximum level of work capacity, but also just under their absolute mental breaking point where they finally snap? Think about all the money we could save on nets and cleanup! Hey, is that the smell of a freshly-splattered worker? Or do I smell a promotion?

Wow Sith, so did you sell your soul at the correspondent’s dinner or something? Seriously dude, did the C.I.A. write that episode’s Weekly Update for you? What a giant mess of blatant government propaganda! So how does it feel to be a propaganda spewing imperialist for the dark side? Sith Meyers everyone!

Now I agree with Sith that our education system is quite flawed. In fact, I might even argue that our kids are probably being dumbed-down on purpose. However we won’t “win the future” by turning our children into robots, we will win the future with more love, imagination, inspiration, and creativity.

Here’s an example, but I want you to also think about it from a different angle… you see it’s not just the scene itself that I’m referring to. Think about it; would we even have these thought-provoking movies if we had all been educated under the Chinese “model” instead? I don’t know about you, but my guess is leaning towards no. Yes, our education system needs work, but the solution is not to adopt the Chinese model!! Don’t believe the hype!!

Okay, so I’ve covered the reasons why I think the mainstream media blows. So do you think you’re ready for the hardcore stuff?

Remember the multiple choice question about which pundit you would trust in an emergency situation? Never mind, I’m going to make this easy and copy it again below:

A. Chris Matthews
B. Greta Van Susteren
C. Wolf Blitzer
D. Fox and Friends
E. NPR
F. Ann Coulter

Having a little trouble with your decision? Would you like another option?

Fine, I’ll give you one… but the bad news is that it’s a bit of a controversial choice…

In fact many would probably refer to him as the “King of Conspiracy.” However, many others (depending on individual interpretation), would refer to him as the “King of Reality.” Sound intriguing? Here, I’ll even give you a sample in the video below (warning, may be very intense for some viewers):

By the way, if you click this sentence, it will bring you to an article leading to the link of the Washington Post article that Alex was referring to…

Now I understand that clip was intense, controversial, and a bit one-sided (at least in this example), but you have to admit that it blows the doors off of what you could expect to hear from the list above does it not?

Okay, now let’s get back to the multiple choice question again; only this time the subject will be about what really happened with Bin Laden…

I know some of you may still be tempted to run screaming back to NPR by this point, but aren’t you just a little bit curious about the mega-controversial interview between “the King of Conspiracies” and major government/military insider; Dr. Steve Pieczenik? (click his name for an impressive bio)

Well here is where it all begins:

Well what about those latest Bin Laden videos?

How about 10 facts that prove that this latest Bin Laden story was a hoax?

Okay, I’m done with that part of the argument!

Bonus fun time!

Now let’s end this article on the bright side with a fun little critical thinking exercise…

Once again I have to give a big kudos to Jon Stewart for lining up a recent interview with the incredibly smart and talented Albert Brooks. Not only am I also a fan of his work, but he also just wrote a controversial new book about “the real story of what will happen to America in 2030.”

Therefore, I will leave you with one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies which of course also stars Albert Brooks. I call it a critical thinking exercise because it really gives the audience a thought-provoking “outside the box” perspective on the bigger picture of reality. Now it doesn’t matter whether this scene is truly indicative of what one could expect to see in the afterlife or not. The point is, how would you fare if your life was actually on trial?

Well that’s it! I hope everyone learned a lot because there is no better time than now to wake up and get out of this modern day dark age! What are you waiting for?

Peace and Love…

Critical Thinking and the Art of Propaganda Comprehension: Question #1

Here is a recent news clip on CNN where there was a conflict of perception between the news hostesses and former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer. You are welcome to watch the whole clip, but if there are time restraints, the most relevant section (in my opinion) starts at approximately 3:37.

So since there is clearly a disagreement on the truth of the issue; whose version of reality do you find more believable, and why?

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