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Nothing In Any Conspiracy Theory Is As Bad As What's Being Done Out In The Open

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Tuesday, President Trump posted a statement on the White House website saying his administration will be standing with the House of Saud despite the CIA's assertion that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman personally ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was living and working in the United States.

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The statement reads like a long form version of one of Trump's tweets, replete with gratuitous exclamation points and slogans like "America First!" and the lie that Iran is "the world's leading sponsor of terror," which will never be true no matter how many times this administration deliberately repeats it. The world's leading sponsor of terrorism is of course Saudi Arabia, along with Israel and the United States.

Trump's alleged opposition has responded with melodramatic outrage, as though a US president continuing to stand by Saudi Arabia in the face of horrific acts of violence is somehow new and unprecedented and not standard operating procedure for decades. Dismembering a journalist while he's still alive would be a fairly typical Tuesday afternoon for the Saudi government and would not rank anywhere near the top 10 most evil things this government has done, but because it involves America and a conspiracy it's a sexy story that everyone laps up. Add in the fact that Trump is more blunt and forthcoming about American depravity and you've got yourself a yarn.

Dear @realDonaldTrump: You are the President of the United States of America. You should not grovel to Saudi Arabia.

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Your statement is weak despite the random exclamation points. A strong @POTUS would not excuse the Saudis for murdering a journalist & cutting him up into pieces https://t.co/MDbRFtmXRO

-- Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 21, 2018

This has remained a hot story through today, invigorated by a tweet by America's WWE president in which he crowed about low gas prices and added "Thank you to Saudi Arabia" like a good little muppet. And amid all the fist-shaking and rending of garments about the killing of one man by the Saudi government, a far less magnetic story has been published saying that about 84,701 Yemeni children under the age of five were starved to death between April 2015 and October 2018. And I say "were starved to death" instead of "have starved to death" because their starvation is the direct result of a blockade and relentless violence by Saudi Arabia.

The lack of any sense of proportion in response to the Khashoggi case compared to the destruction of civilian lives in Yemen has been roundly criticized by anyone with a public platform and open eyes, and rightly so; obviously a government murdering a journalist in cold blood would be a terrible thing, but to hold that as more worthy of attention than the anguished deaths of untold tens of thousands is obscene.

This dynamic is also not unique to Saudi human rights violations. Take the ongoing Russiagate conspiracy theory, for example. Even if Mueller's investigation did somehow prove that Trump colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election (and it won't), that act would still have been far less horrible than the ongoing cold war escalations that this administration has been continually advancing against a nuclear superpower.

The existence of every single organism on this planet has been placed in jeopardy by Trump's idiotic, unforgivable, still very much ongoing game of nuclear chicken with Russia, but hardly anyone ever talks about it. They focus on an empty conspiracy theory instead, partly because it is the mass media's job to manufacture support for warmongering while downplaying its risks, and partly because theoretical conspiracies draw more attention than the things our rulers are doing right out in the open.

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85,000 children under 5 may have died of starvation in Yemen war https://t.co/B2JfnsocA3

-- Afshin Rattansi (reclaiming the ) (@afshinrattansi)
November 21, 2018

I often get conspiracy buffs asking/telling me to write about this or that theory of 9/11 or the JFK assassination or whatever, and I'm just like, dude, have you seen the stuff they're doing in broad daylight?? It's not that I have any attachment to the official narratives the TV tells me I'm required to believe, I just find I can get a lot more traction with much better arguments pointing out the facts that are publicly known and undisputed, especially because those things are often far worse than anything alleged in any conspiracy theory.

I mean, take 9/11. Pretty bad, right? 2,996 dead human beings. If that were engineered or permitted to happen by any faction of the US government or any of its allies, that would be pretty diabolical. But would it be worse than a million Iraqis killed in a war based on lies? Even if you only care about American lives, just the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq already far exceeds the death toll of 9/11. This was a war engineered by secretive government agencies and DC insiders, justified and sold to the public with government lies, lies which were advanced as objective and unquestionable fact by the mass media. The war was rammed through without any public accountability, a million human lives were snuffed out, and when they were done nobody was tried for war crimes. Nobody was even fired. No changes were ever made to prevent such horrors from being inflicted upon our world again.

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And the combination--what they do out in the open and what they do covertly--breaks the camel's back.

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Love where you say: "interesting and intriguing " catching powerful people in the act of something horrible," Mass media outlets make no attempt to hide who owns them or to mask their virulently pro-establishment bias as they manipulate our minds day in and day out, " wars are waged on lies and when those lies are uncovered we get nothing but a "f*ck you we do what we want," billionaires influence the legislative branch"

Yes, Caitlin, Many of us have absorbed the shocks of the past decade which you describe. 'The_Medium_is_the_Message which is what Marshall McLuhan, described in the sixties! He was prescient, too. We humans trust our eyes more than we trust our ears -- and this is interesting, particularly in the move from the print obsessed world toward a new obsession with television images, and now with the internet's memes.

We, here in the US, Caitlin, are observing what you tell us, many of us actually know what is afoot. Putting the truth out there is what we do here at OEN.

But , despite what we knew, we were unprepared for a Trumpian Presidency-- although that 'toad' Gingrich knew exactly who Trump was: Someone who "mows down every enemy in his path... he is the grizzly bear in The Revenant," Gingrich gushed during a December 2016 speech on "The Principles of Trumpism" at the Heritage Foundation. "If you get his attention, he will get awake " He will walk over, bite your face off, and sit on you."

Caitlin, many of us are aware of what is enabling the current chaos -- as I mentioned to you in my last comment on your post. It is the utterly unintended consequences of the new technology and the creation of that space where anarchy rules.

You do read the commentary, here. do you not? Otherwise it is not a conversation, and more like a rant. I have followed you for a while now. Perhaps, you need to lend near to what I have to say.

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Susan, all of your comments here are very good. But one thing I'm not sure I quite agree with is whether or not the consequences of new technology were unintended. I don't think they were unintended. I think many years ago as technology started to develop, they saw the potential of what technology would do for them very quickly and figured out how to use it very well for their heinous purposes.

I guess it might depend on how far back you go as to when the genesis of technology began and whether or not the consequences were unintended in the beginning..

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And Caitlin, as I pointed out to you (the last time that you nailed the insanity we are facing) that we have entered one of those ERAS of Transformation, that history and hindsight alway recognize. This is where everything changes because the inadvertent consequences are unknown and complicated --but will utterly transform society, as all transformational eras have.

You see, when something new transforms any era, few people realize what is happening before their eyes; i.e. when television was new, it was not long before the ad agencies used the manipulative value of images -- they put THE HIDDEN PERSUADERS into their ads to sell us stuff.Now they sell us sh*t and politicians! (I told you of this book, last time).

It takes time to make plans, after the shock of a new, destructive 'norm' confronts those of us whodo watch... especially when our present Senate -- thanks to Citizen's United -- is useless, as you point out. But, our founders gave us a mixed blessing in ourHouse. Watching that is fascinating.

But, our watchers (i.e journalists, academics, historians, intellectual, educated folks) are observing: Today, I read How Facebook's P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech which offers quite a look at influence peddling-- done in secret-- in that space where anarchy facilities the echo chamber of misinformation, disinformation and utter, contemptible LIES!

Words matter! Orwell is laughing, as a snake-oil salesman, Tim Miller, calls himself a "Definer" " He is well versed in 'opposition research' (OR) -- the Orwellian term for the pursuit of damaging intelligence about a political enemy." OR is in opposition to truth, and thus is not 'alternative' information; it offers disinformation"i.e. lies.

"Mr Miller, has ties to online media provocateurs. And, above all, he understands the value of secrecy." NO suprise there, except to Facebook--even though in order to promote clients and attack its clients' enemies, Definers regularly used NTK Network, a news aggregator with a conservative slant and 122,000 followers on Facebook! Tim explains, that "Definers manages NTK Network, a news aggregation platform that targets Washington D.C. influencers. "Through NTK we can directly re-publish favorable news from other outlets, and work with like-minded individuals to help create an echo chamber effect," he wrote in a copy of the proposal.

* "Definers helped set up Power the Future, a pro-oil trade group, while it also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency. The E.P.A. ended its contract with Definers last year after it was revealed that a Definers lawyer was investigating agency employees critical of the Trump administration."

* "Juul, which has been accused of marketing its e-cigarettes to children, is working with Definers to improve its public image and communicate with reporters."

"Definers also used other outlets to disseminate its work. In July 2017, Miller wrote an article that accused Cook of lying to President Trump about building Apple factories in the US according to an email, and then --he emailed the piece to the right-wing provocateur Charles C. Johnson, according to the email, who published it on his website GotNews without a byline or other disclosures that it came from Mr. Miller, Definers, or Qualcomm.

So, Caitlin, we the people are under attack in cyberspace! Meddling with our society, our very culture, is what these 'definers' do in cyberspace. They are toxic 'influencers, enabled there, and in the media which owned by the very billionaires that you describe control our Congress.

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Hey, Caitlin, my son, Michael,the CEO of the Security company, Gluu,is traveling from Austin Texas, to Australia with his wife and kids, this year.... you should meet this typical American Family!

Message me here,and I will send you info.

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Caitlin, this is the most important and generally unrecognized fact of life in the US as we now know it IMO. Your essay is unimpeachable, concise, perfectly crafted, and hard hitting.

I am going to send it to all my contacts. No one should miss this. Additionally I'm going to send it to CNN with my complaint that their coverage of Trump's every uttering as if it came from the oracle of Delphi can, in no way, be considered appropriate. He is a dangerously demented raving lunatic who is clearly a threat to the nation and, indeed, the world.

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The question is how to dismantle what no longer works and has become a threat to humanity. We are already well aware of its evils.

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LOL.It won't be the vote.Carlin was right

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Very good! Peter, that is more or less what I have been saying to myself for quite a while. Many articles write about what is wrong. And also many times they will say 'we' have to do this or the people 'have' to do that. I hear myself all the time saying to myself, that is great, but how the hell do you get 'we' or the 'people' to do it! Somebody has got to start the revolution! But who? I would volunteer to be the one to start the revolution but the best idea I can come up with is sitting on a street corner holding up a sign saying, "Let's Revolution!" Somehow I think that would come up a bit short.

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Caitlin nails what we who have eyes, are seeing, but many of us, like you, are all waiting for a voice, 'out there,' that resonates with the people who could go on to be a national leader in the WH,. Surely we need to replace that mongrel who will bite your face off if you disagree with him.


i think revolutions start slowly, and are 'invisible' for a while.

I also fear that the media is owned by those who will never allow a real voice of the people to arise.



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Well said, and more important than people would realize if they only knew.

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Wealth and power have been the primary corrupters forever. It just happens that there is more wealth then there has ever been and most of it is concentrated in the most immoral and corrupted countries on earth. Also, as is said, "wealth = power and power corrupts, absolute or not."

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