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If all wars are based on lies, truth is our greatest weapon

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The problem of manufacturing consent for war.


Respect for national sovereignty has been the basis of international law designed to prevent preemptive warfare since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 ended the 30 Years War. The idea was to prevent wars by agreeing that empires and international alliances would not interfere with the internal affairs of any nation. The idea was rejected by later Empire builders, leading to two world wars. This practice of the US ignoring international law has become increasingly blatant ever since. It now poses a risk to peace and national sovereignty everywhere.

Americans are taught that Hitler's attempt at creating a fascist New World Order was the result of his insane personal ambition alone. Raised to believe that America is champion of freedom and democracy, most of us do not see that since the end of WWII the US has been working to create its own empire, one that is fast coming to resemble Hitler's. The major difference is that it is not run by a dictator but by an oligarchy who exert much of their influence through our privately financed system of elections and their control of an increasingly interlocked network of powerful corporations controlled by a relative few.

American exceptionalism: The American Empire is no longer a secret

Despite the obvious signs of a police state being created in the US with the passage of the Patriot Act, the 2012 NDAA authorizing Presidents to arrest and indefinitely imprison without charge Americans he or she deem enemies of the state and the NSA program of unlimited domestic surveillance, most Americans refused to see this trend until Trump made it obvious with his authoritarian behavior. Many think that everything will go back to normal if Biden defeats him in November. However, other than taking on a more sophisticated tone, the bellicose nationalism that so alarmed Democrats when Bush was in office continued largely unchanged during the Obama-Biden years. It seems that American exceptionalism is not a partisan issue. It's a fundamental principle in US foreign policy and whoever the Current Occupant of the White House is, they challenge it at their peril.

The Bush Doctrine of preemptive war has been replaced by the Obama Doctrine of "responsibility to protect," first implemented in Kosovo by Bill Clinton. Obama used the same rationale to justify intervention in Libya and Syria. In all three cases, the results have been disastrous. "Humanitarian intervention" differs in name only from the neocon practice of making war against (or at least destabilizing) any country that stands in the way of US geostrategic goals. The targets are the same. The legal principle of humanitarian intervention exists nowhere in international law. There is a good reason for that. It is a direct violation of the UN charter and of the earlier Kellogg-Briand treaty that made war illegal except in self-defense.

The origins of the post-WWII government propaganda apparatus

If we are ever going to see the end of war, it is imperative to understand the systematic way in which generations of Americans have been indoctrinated to accept the idea that it is inevitable. The explanation is not complicated. The problem is that so few people are working to educate Americans about their real history since WWII, leaving them to allow their leaders to repeat the same mistakes that lead to the downfall of all empires.

As detailed in The Irregulars, British Intelligence Services was very active in the United States prior to and after its entry into WWII. Given the prevalence of American isolationist sentiment prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, its main mission was to promote pro-war propaganda and to discredit anti-interventionists. It worked tacitly with the Roosevelt government and later with the Office of Strategic Services to carry out this mission. Given the long British experience with subversion and espionage, the fledgling OSS was dependent on the BIS. This close working relationship led to the forging of personal bonds between the principals that continued after the creation of the CIA. At that time, the head of BIS in America successfully lobbied to have OSS chief Wild Bill Donovan placed in charge of the post-war US spy service.

The CIA was established by the National Security Act of 1947 that completely restructured the US military and intelligence agencies to reflect a new imperialist agenda. By this time, the war profiteers whose interests the operational division of the CIA serve had assumed so much influence over the US government and the media that they saw a huge potential to profit from building a sprawling military-industrial-government complex under the guise of fighting communism. In addition to creating the first peacetime intelligence service in the history of the US, it established the position of Secretary of "Defense," the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the "National Security" Council. In the aftermath of the war, a consensus was forged that "American interests" were synonymous with those of corporate powers that have essentially dictated foreign policy ever since. This assumption is best summarized in a statement by Cold war architect George Kennan of the State Department in 1948:

""we have about 50 percent of the world's wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population"In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task"is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security"We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction"We should cease to talk about vague and - for the Far East - unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."

That year, a turning point in US and world history had occurred. On Kennan's advice, Truman signed a National Security Directive authorizing the CIA to conduct covert operations in such manner that the US government could plausibly deny them if uncovered. The decision to extend the actions of the CIA beyond intelligence gathering for the president would prove to have fateful consequences. From NSC Directive 10/2:

""covert operations" are" all activities"conducted or sponsored by this Government against hostile foreign states or groups or in support of friendly foreign states or groups but which are so planned and executed that any US Government responsibility for them is not evident to unauthorized persons and that if uncovered the US Government can plausibly disclaim any responsibility for them. "

""such operations shall include any covert activities related to: propaganda, economic warfare ; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures ; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance movements, guerrillas and refugee liberation groups, and support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world. Such operations shall not include armed conflict by recognized military forces, espionage, counter-espionage, and cover and deception for military operations. "

The importance of propaganda in waging the Cold War cannot be overstated. Without it, American military intervention would never have been tolerated by a public that since WWI had largely heeded Washington's advice to "avoid foreign entanglements." The CIA role in creating propaganda was well established by the early 1950's when the CIA Director of Office of Policy Coordination (the covert branch of the CIA at that time) established Operation Mockingbird This program explicitly authorized the CIA to carry out propaganda operations in foreign media, including that of US allies in Europe. Building on relationships established by the BIS and OSS with friendly journalists and publishers, the CIA created an elaborate network of news sources that disseminated propaganda that not only spread disinformation to citizens of other nations that was picked up by US media, but also directly to Americans.

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Chomsky and Herman wrote about how American attitudes toward our involvement in Vietnam and Central America were affected by the systematic slanting of reporting, but did not examine how deeply involved the CIA and NED were in promoting the lies that kept the killing going.

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Thanks, OEN needs more antiimperialiast articles like this. Especially as MIC is at it again in Minsk. It will not rest until it wraps the world in the economic chains of austerity and the gutting of social safety nets. It's followed by wholesale resource pillaging of targeted nations as in Paraguay, Honduras, Bolivia, Guatemala, et al. And now Ukraine and Belarus are in its crosshairs.

Sad to see Trump following in the footsteps of his three predecessors and negating his promises in 2016. Collectively those three - Clinton, Bush, Obama - join Johnson and Nixon, whose left/right punches staggered Asia and Latin America, as the five most murderous regimes in US history. And yes, Clinton is one of them. . . he set the table so to speak. Every horror story begins with a kidnapping, and Clinton kidnapped the conscience of the American left.

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Did you expect "more" from Trump? The deep is throwing him back into the stew.

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Agree. The only glimmer of hope is that if he should win, his huge ego, ironically, might steer him into doing what he said he would do back in 2016, i.e., end war, not tax anyone making less than 60K and provide a Canadian-style health care system. That would make him a decent president and satisfy what I perceive to be his goal. Why is it his goal? Because I sense that he's looking for acceptance, like Jay Gatsby, by the ruling elites he grew up with and who never fully accepted him. He recognizes that being a great president is his only means of acceptance. Other than that admittedly far out theory panning out, the world is basically screwed. . . especially if the racist liar, Biden, wins and brings in his posse of warmongers, cops and free market/globalist policy makers to further destroy the environment in a more meaningful way than even an ascientific isolationist like Trump.

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Very precisely stated. If through due course and persistence, the rubber hits the road then the actors writing the orders to undermine the public awareness may become exposed. Then we continue as far as necessary to follow the bread crumbs to bakery.

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Thanks, Rick and Shad. Why is Chomsky in UArizona now - to shut him up altogether now

that he's my age - 91?

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He could be about to agree that 911 appears to be a high crime carried out by deep power. That could close the loop on conspiracy fact.

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Would Timbuctoo be safer? Guess not, CJA is already there.

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Nyet, Nyet, Nyet, Nyet, Nyet, vodka, vodka and more Nyet.

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Hello Shad, hello Nellie

Chomsky has a brain spasm whenever the unbearably awful truths are put in front of him. JFK, 911 -- obvious facts are shut out of mind. It's strange and disappointing to see.

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You had me worried. Of course you are right!

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truth has done nothing to stop herr trump and truth will do nothing to stop endless wars.the media is owned by the corporations created by republicans and moderate Democrats.the few,very few articles allowed in the mainstream media are wiped out of existence by the majority of articles telling us how the wars are for Democracy and self defense.the result is the massive propaganda for wars causes people to laugh at the peaceniks and truth.

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Sadly you are correct. This attitude is what led musician Elvis Costello to write and record the song, "What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding?"

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Good one! (seven more words needed...what a moronic rule).

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I've run into that too. The old commenting format was a lot more user friendly.

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My favorite anti-war song is "WAR" by Edwin Starr.

Google it..... I'm sure you'll like it.

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Having been an adolescent in the 60s, I'm familiar with the song. I love it as well.

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Yes, and Phil Ochs: I Ain't Marching Anymore. Also, I Declare the War is Over which I saw him perform in Central Park at the War is Over celebration in the spring of 75 less than a year before he took his life.


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Two really really good songs.

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and Draft Dodger Rag which throws a little humor on a serious topic. show me a war without blood and gore and I'll be the first to go

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Up to his passing, I had only known that Phil Ochs was a musician. I didn't know his music. I received an impromptu seminar one night shortly after his passing. I was a cop working a midnight - 8 AM shift in the Bronx. A young lady was on a ledge of the roof of her building. She was very upset about Ochs death and wanted to join him. Needless to say it was a long night, but it all worked out for the best as we all saw the sun rise. I hadn't thought about that case in a long time.

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Glad to hear it worked out, Tom. Phil was a very intense character with a truly good soul. Never got to know him, though I met him a few times.

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My favorite. Two versions.

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I'm not talking about getting control over the mainstream media. That is indeed a fool's pursuit. I'm talking about using the means at our disposal to get the truth out about how thoroughly brainwashed we are, how it is done and what the consequences of allowing it to continue are.

I actually do get published in mainstream media when I talk about this. True, it's in local and regional media but imagine what we could do if enough others made it a point to do the same. There are other ways as well. In addition to writing for the alternative press, I've done town hall and panel discussions. alternative and foreign radio, and website and TV media interviews. I am also working on developing webinars on the topic.

Obviously not everyone is going to do all those things, but anyone can write a letter to the editor of their local paper. Equally important, they can talk about the topic with others at every opportunity. I enjoy discussing these things in coffee shops, where people who wouldn't tune in otherwise can listen.

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I totally agree propaganda is the major problem fighting our war machine--including the propaganda that a war machine (based on elite players' evil self-interest and not national defense) simply doesn't exist.

However, I suspect we need to fight back on a MUCH bigger scale than simply writing letters to the editor. Our major movements--not just the nominal peace ones but the Poor People's Campaign, the Sunrise Movement, and Black Lives Matter--have a deep interest (which they don't always see or stress) in fighting U.S. militarism (among related ills). Unless our major movements unite around a comprehensive package of demands--best labeled as a "peaceful Green New Deal"--I see little hope of awakening the U.S. public against militarism. As I stressed in a recent article, our major movements must escape their "issue silos" and UNITE.

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We are in complete agreement on all points. The latest panel I did was actually at the Veterans For Peace national convention. It was intended to not only inform members but to encourage them to take the work to their local chapters to multiply our effectiveness. VFP is one of many peace groups with a national presence that might be part of a coalition of groups promoting the idea. That is my hope, and the more people who are getting that message out, the more likely such groups will unite on the effort.

As for building a united front against fascism and war, I am also involved with the effort to unite the issues of militarism and climate change. This movement is much further along. World Beyond War just did a webinar series on the topic, Veterans For Peace just started a work group to help promote the idea, and the major global warming group Climate Mobilization recently teamed up with National Policy Institute to put on a well-attended webinar on the topic. I'm sure there are other such efforts going on at the local, state and national levels. It's an idea whose time has clearly come. Such synchronicity is not random.

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This article is so well written and laid out and backed up by supported links - this should be taught in all school history curriculums.

The U.S. "settlers" learned well from Great Britain on how to wage war on the sovereign First Nations here on this soil too - our "U.S." history has always been bloody and duplicitous, and the poorest people used as pawns in these wars of aggression or killed if they don't go along with the program.

But once the MIC was established and solidified, as you so well laid out for us here, there was no stopping them. As Russell Means said shortly before he died, "We're all Indians now." Thank you. I will be following your writings.

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"It is possible to end war." The USA has been at constant war for over 200 years and it has never ended. We have killed tens of millions because the filthy Rich have got to stay rich! They do not care how many they kill.

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Well, I've been alive for 62 years and haven't died yet. Does that mean that I can't?

History is changed only by those who don't accept that it repeats itself.

I don't have to believe that we will win to carry on the fight. I owe it to my children and to those who gave their lives in war believing that they were engaged in a noble cause.

You get the idea....

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Speaking of our children;

"Every part of our lives will be subject to control. This virus is about training us for submission, training us to do what we're told. To not go to the beach unless we're told, to not kiss our girlfriend without their permission. They're turning us into production units and consuming entities.

They are going to rob us not only of our democracy and our liberties, but our souls. They are going to inject us with the medicines they want and they're going to charge us for the diseases they give us. They are going to control every part of our lives. What we are doing at Children's Health Defense is using the last instruments of democracy we have left in the Courts to fight them.

We are in the last battle. We are in the apocalypse. We are fighting for the salvation of humanity. We all knew this was coming, though I never believed it would come in my lifetime. But here it is." ~ Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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I'm not sure if the response to COVID was planned in advance, but it is abundantly clear that those who would rule over us with a tight fist are taking full advantage of this opportunity!

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As General Michael Hayden hinted, on behalf of deep power from his perch at the apex of the MIC-the National Security Agency, We ain't playing patty cake.

Ok he didn't actually say that. Instead he said, "We kill people based on meta data."

I understood his threat to mean, that people like him having merely access to my gibberish-looking meta data should be the least of my worries if I oppose them, because they can find me wherever am I and kill me with a sneezy breeze.

So no, the game the other side is playing against us, really ain't patty cake.

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We should do the 'knee' thing.

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Yes, even more endless wars (Bush - his 'Fraudulent Justification' Iraq War - Article II) for the USA in the 21st Century - all of America's wars appear to be linked to 'who' issues the money. It's the central bankers, a private for profit banking cartel, led by The Rothschild Bank of London and The Rothschild Bank of Berlin ("in times of war" - Mayer Rothschild at 15:17 minutes), and other elite banking dynasties, who own America's central banking system, and who profit from America's wars by financing all the wars and conflicts, at interest, vs a sovereign nation and it's people who would normally favor peace, liberty, and independence for themselves, with no national debt, and the issuance of their own debt-free money as the legal tender. Since 1913, however, with the Christmas recess rush passage by congress and signing into law, of the Federal Reserve Act by President Wilson, the central bankers are winning the conflict - they have exclusive power to issue America's money, as legal tender, with a guaranteed 6% return to themselves for their services, while they 'borrow money, unlimited amounts of money for wars, to the federal government' (but no easy 'bailouts' for the American People in 'hard times') and profit from sitting atop the ever increasing national debt of the United States (the National Debt projected to exceed America's GDP in 'the coming years'). President Trump having declared a National Emergency to fight the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic and a unprecedented economic meltdown, could have easily nationalized the Federal Reserve System, and issued debt-free money for the American People as their legal tender, 'with the US Treasury having sole legal authority to issue new money for the benefit of the American public rather than the benefit of the banking industry' - "Century of Enslavement". "Every" #911Anniversary.

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Great points, Lance and thanks for supplying the valuable links. I haven't seen the 1934 Zanuck production on the Rothschild dynasty and can't wait to watch it! All wars are indeed "bankers" wars, if by that one means bankers/financiers and other Wall Street investors.

You are absolutely right that Trump should have nationalized the Federal Reserve, but that was of course no more likely than the possibility that Obama might have considered it during the 2008 crisis. Both have Wall Street interests behind them and Wall Street follows the beat of the international banking cartel drum. The much-vaunted independence of the Fed is a sham anyway.

The possibility of a national bank is remote indeed. You may remember that Krugman wrote about nationalizing the bailed out banks in 2008, but couldn't get it published anywhere but Rolling Stone. If I am not mistaken, that's the last time he wrote anything that might have upset the Democratic wing of the War Party.

That's why the push now is for municipal banks, which have to be authorized at the state level. It's a much easier sell, but if we get our foot in the door we can establish more state banks like that of North Dakota, and eventually it will be hard for the banker's shills in Washington to deny the need for a national public bank.

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"When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive...when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government."~ Thomas Paine"
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This sure is looking like issue of our times. 2020 pretty much proven $-Trillions spent on "Super Power", will never insure any domestic tranquility, a righteous goal of the Founders. If they saw the need for the Post Office, what needed services would they see today.


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In the past weapons had to be manufactured so that Armed Forces could fight wars. Since the beginning of the 20th century until now, wars have to be created so that our weapons, missiles, explosives, military vehicles are sold. Because people want to live in Peace, politicians have no option that to lie to us. If they told us of their war negotiations and plans, they'd lose votes.

To stop them lying, we have to campaign for the universal end of Militarsm, the abolition of Armed Forces, military production and trade.

To accept Armed Forces and expect politicians to create Peace is as absurd as the acceptance of musical instruments, music schools, concert hall, CDs, orchestras, choirs and expect politicians to ban music. Alberto, President HUFUD hufud.org

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I think that's a good observation (as well as a great slogan!). Control of fossil fuels and precious minerals (and in the future, water) are all motivations for war as well, of course.

I think that when US policy was to accept a multipolar world, resources were initially the main motivation. The massive profits for the arms industry added further inducement for Wall Street to direct its puppets in Congress and the White House to constantly drum up business, and created a system of spreading the jobs around as many congressional districts as possible that has made the US economy dependent on the trickle down effect to workers in arms manufacture.

Remember when Romney said in 2012 that we couldn't decrease the military budget because so many jobs depended on it?

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I found HUFUD at Humanity United For Universal Demilitarisation.

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As Caitlin Johnstone recently pointed out in one of her columns, if the wars end, so does the US Centralized Empire.


The truth is as our late local anti war activist Frances Crowe pointed out, our lifestyle depends on war. We have to choose what we want more, peace or consumer culture.

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I totally agree, and that's a desirable goal of course. The American lifestyle is destroying the planet. The only hope for real democracy is to create it at a global level. There is no room for a global hegemon whose greed and desire for control and privilege is an existential threat to humanity.

I would point out that there is another reason that the US-centered empire will collapse in the absence of war: The military is the only thing backing up the petrodollar at this point. If the US manages to lose control of the distribution and pricing of fossil fuels there is nothing to stop other countries from trading outside the dollar system. I've heard various predictions about what that could lead to if it were actually to come to pass, but wouldn't expect a painless transition.

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When will we the people get an audit of our US gold reserves? I came across the following as I was looking for the Goldman Sachs short of the dollar. Bold, italics and underline are added.

Goldman Sachs restates quarterly earnings on 1MDB settlement

By Reuters August 7, 2020 | 1:41pm

On July 24, Goldman agreed to pay the Malaysian government $2.5 billion cash and return at least $1.4 billion in proceeds from assets linked to sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), in exchange for Malaysia dropping all criminal charges against the bank.

Goldman lowered its net earnings applicable to common shareholders to $197 million from $2.25 billion, in a filing published Friday.

The bank said it set aside $2.96 billion in the second quarter for legal and regulatory costs, up from the $945 million Goldman said it set aside on July 15 during its second-quarter earnings announcement.

How do you like the bank now? Of course, it's the same criminal animal and pet of the murderous western oligarchy as it ever was.

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It's really surprising to me that Goldman-Sachs was worried about Malaysia's lawsuit. Who would enforce a judgement against them when even the US government won't touch them?

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Thank you Rick for an excellent well written article on a subject that defines the times as well as what could be described as the end times if the status quo does not change. I have come to the conclusion that shouting against and into the storm/s of corporate press organizations and censure (yes that includes all of the NGO's and publicly financed national media) does not work nor serve the citizens.

One could say that we have a war economy and all the locals would be unemployed if we ratchet down empire's never ending war that war profiteers depend on to fleece those at home as well as abroad. This is a lie built upon more lies that only benefit the few while destroying the majority of citizens' Treasure, Commons and Inalienable Rights at home and abroad.

There is much that could be done to right the wrongs and slay the beast within the gates of our nation as well as nations around the globe. If our treasure, commons and protected inalienable rights in harmony as a multi-lateral league of nations were employed by the citizens, not corporations as currently structured on what can be described as pay and play I win you lose proposition.

Each nation has its resources (treasure & Commons) and if they had inalienable rights as citizens and a free and open society these things can be accomplished as in the best interest of all citizens'. We must have these issues resolved or they will be resolved for us and not in our best interest as citizens and members of just and fair societies'.


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That's a truly beautiful vision and one I share, George. Even if it is not possible, it is definitely worth trying. What else do we have to look forward to? It is total victory or total defeat at this point in history. As you suggest, it may the ultimate battle of good against evil.

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Thought: Say, if the pandemic totally depopulates the planet, and there are only five children, of different races born into the world, how long would it take them to get back to where are are.

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Are you suggesting that there is a flaw in humans and that this flaw cannot be overcome?

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Well, historically speaking, there are many stories. Pinnochio had promise, but they hung him from an oak tree (at least one version). Today, everybody's nose is growing. Plastic surgery could save the world.

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Careful you...dissident...you!

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As we've come to expect of this brilliant, dedicated activist, we have here thorough and detailed arguments. We in the "peace club" can ooh and aah our respect an appreciation. But note ...

Yes, truth is our greatest weapon ... but only if it's "truth" that vast numbers of people take notice of, are empowered by, are galvanized by, are organized by so that they can take action.

If truth is spoken in a vacuum and no one hears it, is it truth or just more entropy and pointless vibration?

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You're absolutely right, John. That's why it is critically important to break through the corporate media blockade. That means finding ways to get the word out in the few outlets available to us" letters to the editor to local newspapers, magazines, small radio stations and national talk shows. If anyone can think of other examples, I'd love to hear them.

These internet outlets are not unimportant. There are lots of progressives who don't understand anything about foreign policy or the real causes of war. Larger national progressive organizations can be an important part of getting the word out if they can focus some effort on educating people about how they are being lied to and by making the connection between war and climate change, which is my other passion.

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Yes, these outlets are important. But they don't have the impact that a truly massive outcry would have. How do you reach the people? Not here at OEN, not at Counterpunch, not at Dissident Voice or Nation of Change. You reach the people by giving them what they want. You give them a riveting, galvanizing, infuriating, entertaining MOVIE, like Fahrenheit 911 or Bowling For Columbine. Everyday people don't read anymore. They watch TV and movies.

If you really want to help build a peace movement, help me get the Peace Dividend movie funded. Then watch the raging fires of a peace movement sweep the nation.

I already have great people on board. I just need money. Not that much. Just enough to TAKE THIS TO THE PEOPLE and convince them that ENDING THE WARS is the solution to 95% of their woes.

Just some of the fine folks who will appear in the movie.
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Glad to see you working on this, John. I hadn't heard about it. Looks like a pretty impressive lineup. If you can get such a film in theaters, I agree that it could have a big impact.

So where's the link to donate?

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I'm not looking for donations. I'm looking for serious investors. If someone wants to put up $100,000 or more as an investment, they should contact me. If others don't have that kind of money but want to help, please contact me to assist in identifying investors. Or in setting up a crowdfunding vehicle. I'm one person who has sent out over 500 letters and literally thousands of emails. I can't do this alone any longer. It's a huge challenge. Ask John Lawrence Re' and he'll tell you what this is like.

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Have you tried to network your way to Michael Moore? He recently helped a friend produce and distribute a documentary on climate change. The doc was highly criticized for very good reasons, though. I hope it didn't make him reluctant to try again.

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Reply to Rick Staggenborg, MD:   New Content

I've sent over twenty packages by U.S. mail, over 200 emails, over 300 tweets and FB postings directly to Michael with no response. I've also contacted six people who have worked with him personally on projects like Fahrenheit 911 and Bowling For Columbine. I've sent these people promo materials by mail and emails. The word is the Mr. Moore only likes to work on projects he comes up with himself.

If you have pipeline to him, please let me know. He was the very first person I thought of when I realized that making my book into a movie was a good route to take. So ... the answer to your question is yes, I've tried to network my way to him.

Submitted on Thursday, Sep 10, 2020 at 8:43:42 PM

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The reason that I thought he might be interested is because he did help a friend produce and distribute Planet of the Humans. I was wondering if getting a personal friend of his would help get him to at least look at it. Of course, that is no guarantee that he would be interested, especially if he were being aasked to create it as well.

Submitted on Sunday, Sep 13, 2020 at 7:27:05 PM

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