September 28, 2011 (Wednesday) of:

Deacon Christopher Herman News (DCHN) Presentations

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We thank Deacon Christopher Herman, the son of our former spiritual father, Vladyka Michael Peter Herman of reposed memory for providing us the articles and their various links.

We believe that what is presented is a step in the right direction to bring our Orthodox Faith alive to all and a means to cure some of the ills that separate our Roman faithful from the root, ground and base of all things Christian: being Orthodox Catholic Christianity that began in the A.D. 800's and culminated in the official schism of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church from Orthodoxy in 1054 A.D. 

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Orthodoxy is not a religion.  It is CHRISTIANITY itself! To a true Christian, the events taking place through out the world and locally in the USA today is important because of how it may (and in some instances has) affected our religious rights and freedoms here in the U.S.A and in some other Western World Countries already.

Initially we had begun by "Subject" but found that by "DATE" is a better format.  Thus, the former entitled "Concerning" below are a form of archival resources while the remainder is by dating. 

As Thou, Father, art in me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)


hristopher Herman 1:11pm Sep 25
MYSTAGOGY: Orthodox Christianity In Czech and Slovakia Is Growing
www.johnsanidopoulos.com

"The number of Orthodox in the Czech Republic is increasing every day," said the Metropolitan Christ


hristopher Herman 6:51pm Sep 27
"The markets are not reacting to a “debt crisis.” They do not look at charts ten years out. They look at present indicators of jobs and sales, which have turned persistently negative. Jobs and sales are both dependent on “demand,” which means getting money into the pockets of consumers; and the money supply today has shrunk.

We don’t see this shrinkage because it is primarily in the “shadow banking system,” the thing that collapsed in 2008. The shadow banking system used to be reflected in M3, but the Fed no longer reports it. In July 2010, however, the New York Fed posted on its website a staff report titled “Shadow Banking.” It said that the shadow banking system had shrunk by $5 trillion since its peak in March 2008, when it was valued at about $20 trillion – actually larger than the traditional banking system. In July 2010, the shadow system was down to about $15 trillion, compared to $13 trillion for the traditional banking system.

Only about $2 trillion of this shrinkage has been replaced with the Fed’s quantitative easing programs, leaving a $3 trillion hole to be filled; and only the government is in a position to fill it. We have been sold the idea that there is a “debt crisis” when there is really a liquidity crisis. Paying down the federal debt when money is already scarce just makes matters worse. Historically, when the deficit has been reduced, the money supply has been reduced along with it, throwing the economy into recession.

Most of our money now comes into the world as debt, which is created on the books of banks and lent into the economy. If there were no debt, there would be no money to run the economy; and today, private debt has collapsed. Encouraged by Fed policy, banks have tightened up lending and are sitting on their money, shrinking the circulating money supply and the economy."
The Market Has Spoken: Austerity Is Bad for Business
www.globalresearch.ca
Ron Paul has brought a creative bill that would eliminate the $1.7 trillion deficit simply by havin

hristopher Herman 6:45pm Sep 27
"Between 5 July and 3 August, the BBC ran 30 stories on the famine in Somalia but without exception not a single story recounts the history of Somalia or the role of of the West in creating the conditions that have led to the unfolding disaster.

"Somalia was a pastoral economy based on "exchange" between nomadic herdsmen and small agriculturalists. Nomadic pastoralists accounted for 50 percent of the population. In the 1970s, resettlement programs led to the development of a sizeable sector of commercial pastoralism. Livestock contributed to 80 percent of export earnings until 1983. Despite recurrent droughts, Somalia remained virtually self-sufficient in food until the 1970s.

"The IMF-World Bank intervention in the early 1980s contributed to exacerbating the crisis of Somali agriculture. The economic reforms undermined the fragile exchange relationship between the "nomadic economy" and the "sedentary economy" - i.e. between pastoralists and small farmers characterized by money transactions as well as traditional barter. A very tight austerity program was imposed on the government largely to release the funds required to service Somalia's debt with the Paris Club. In fact, a large share of the external debt was held by the Washington-based financial institutions." --"
Media Disinformation and the Causes of the Somali Famine
www.globalresearch.ca
...far from being a 'natural disaster' events in Somalia can be traced directly to Western intervent

Christopher Herman 5:56pm Sep 27
"Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s and Fitch focus mainly on stocks and on corporate, state and local bond issues. They make money twice off the same transaction when cities and states balance their budgets by spinning off public enterprises into new corporate entities issuing new bonds and stocks. This business incentive gives the ratings agencies an antipathy to governments that finance themselves on a pay-as-you-go basis (as Adam Smith endorsed) by raising taxes on real estate and other property, income or sales taxes instead of borrowing to cover their spending. The effect of this inherent bias is not to give an opinion about what is economically best for a locality, but rather what makes the most profit for themselves."
Financial Meltdown: The Case Against the Ratings Agencies
www.globalresearch.ca

If this seems too cynical an explanation for today’s ratings agencies self-serving views, there are


Christopher Herman 5:53pm Sep 27
"Libya had once been an impoverished colony of Italy living under the boot heel of the fascist Mussolini. After the Allied victory in World War II, control of the country was formally transferred to the United Nations and Libya became independent in 1951 with authority vested in the monarch King Idris.

But in actuality, Libya was controlled by the United States and Britain until the 1969 revolution.

One of the first acts of the 1969 revolution was to eliminate the vestiges of colonialism and foreign control. Not only were oil fields nationalized but Gaddafi eliminated foreign military bases inside the country.

In March of 1970, the Gaddafi government shut down two important British military bases in Tobruk and El Adem. He then became the Pentagon’s enemy when he evicted the U.S. Wheelus Air Force Base near Tripoli that had been operated by the United States since 1945. Before the British military took control in 1943, the facility was a base operated by the Italians under Mussolini.

Wheelus had been an important Strategic Air Command (SAC) base during the Cold War, housing B-52 bombers and other front-line Pentagon aircrafts that targeted the Soviet Union.

Once under Libyan control, the Gaddafi government allowed Soviet military planes to access the airfield.

In 1986, the Pentagon heavily bombed the base at the same time it bombed downtown Tripoli in an effort to assassinate Gaddafi. That effort failed but his 2-year-old daughter died along with scores of other civilians.

The political, social and class orientation of the Libyan regime has gone through several stages in the last four decades. The government and ruling establishment reflected contradictory class, social, religious and regional antagonisms. The fact that the leadership of the NATO-led National Transition Council is comprised of top officials of the Gaddafi government, who broke with the regime and allied themselves with NATO, is emblematic of the decades-long instability within the Libyan establishment.

These inherent contradictions were exacerbated by pressures applied to Libya from the outside. The U.S. imposed far-reaching economic sanctions on Libya in the 1980s. The largest western corporations were barred from doing business with Libya and the country was denied access to credit from western banks.

In its foreign policy, Libya gave significant financial and military support to national liberation struggles, including in Palestine, Southern Africa, Ireland and elsewhere.

Because of Libya's economic policies, living standards for the population had jumped dramatically after 1969. Having a small population and substantial income from its oil production, augmented with the Gaddafi regime’s far-reaching policy of social benefits, created a huge advance in the social and economic status for the population. Libya was still a class society with rich and poor, and gaps between urban and rural living standards, but illiteracy was basically wiped out, while education and health care were free and extensively accessible. By 2010, the per capita income in Libya was near the highest in Africa at $14,000 and life expectancy rose to over 77 years, according to the CIA’s World Fact Book.

Gaddafi’s political orientation explicitly rejected communism and capitalism. He created an ideology called the “Third International Theory,” which was an eclectic mix of Islamic, Arab nationalist and socialist ideas and programs. In 1977, Libya was renamed the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. A great deal of industry, including oil, was nationalized and the government provided an expansive social insurance program or what is called a welfare state policy akin to some features prevalent in the Soviet Union and some West European capitalist countries.

But Libya was not a workers’ state or a “socialist government” to use the popular if not scientific use of the term “socialist.” The revolution was not a workers and peasant rebellion against the capitalist class per se. Libya remained a class society although class differentiation may have been somewhat obscured beneath the existence of revolutionary committees and the radical, populist rhetoric that emanated from the regime.

As in many developing, formerly colonized countries, state ownership of property was not “socialist” but rather a necessary fortification of an under-developed capitalist class. State property in Iraq, Libya and other such post-colonial regimes was designed to facilitate the social and economic growth of a new capitalist ruling class that was initially too weak, too deprived of capital and too cut off from international credit to compete on its own terms with the dominant sectors of world monopoly capitalism. The nascent capitalist classes in such developing economies promoted state-owned property, under their control, in order to intersect with Western banks and transnational corporations and create more favorable terms for global trade and investment.

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the “socialist bloc” governments of central and Eastern Europe in 1989-91 deprived Libya of an economic and military counter-weight to the United States, and the Libyan government’s domestic economic and foreign policy shifted towards accommodation with the West.

In the 1990s some sectors of the Libyan economic establishment and the Gaddafi-led government favored privatization, cutting back on social programs and subsidies and integration into western European markets.

The earlier populism of the regime incrementally gave way to the adoption of neo-liberal policies. This was, however, a long process.

In 2004, the George W. Bush administration ended sanctions on Libya. Western oil companies and banks and other corporations initiated huge direct investments in Libya and trade with Libyan enterprises.

There was also a growth of unemployment in Libya and in cutbacks in social spending, leading to further inequality between rich and poor and class polarization.

But Gaddafi himself was still considered a thorn in the side of the imperialist powers. They want absolute puppets, not simply partners, in their plans for exploitation. The Wikileaks release of State Department cables between 2007 and 2010 show that the United states and western oil companies were condemning Gaddafi for what they called “resource nationalism.” Gaddafi even threatened to re-nationalize western oil companies’ property unless Libya was granted a larger share of the revenue for their projects.

As an article in today’s New York Times Business section said honestly: “"Colonel Qaddafi proved to be a problematic partner for the international oil companies, frequently raising fees and taxes and making other demands. A new government with close ties to NATO may be an easier partner for Western nations to deal with.""
The Truth About the Situation in Libya: Cutting through Government Propaganda and Media Lies
www.globalresearch.ca

The United States, United Kingdom, France, and Italy targeted the Libyan government for overthrow or


Christopher Herman 5:48pm Sep 27
The "Liberation" of Libya: NATO Special Forces and Al Qaeda Join Hands
www.globalresearch.ca

In a contradictory about turn, former "bad guys" (terrorists) are heralded as "good guys" committed


Christopher Herman 5:45pm Sep 27
"One member of the 9/11 Commission, former Senator Max Cleland, responded to the constraints placed on the commission by the White House: “If this decision stands, I, as a member of the commission, cannot look any American in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the commission had full access. This investigation is now compromised.” Cleland resigned rather than have his integrity compromised.

To be clear, neither Cleland nor members of the commission suggested that 9/11 was an inside job to advance a war agenda. Nevertheless, neither Congress nor the media wondered, at least not out loud, why President Bush was unwilling to appear before the commission under oath or without Cheney, why Pentagon and FAA officials lied to the commission or, if the officials did not lie, why the commission believed they lied, or why the White House resisted for so long any kind of commission being formed, even one under its control.

One would think that if a handful of Arabs managed to outwit not merely the CIA and FBI but all 16 US intelligence agencies, all intelligence agencies of our allies including Mossad, the National Security Council, the State Department, NORAD, airport security four times on one morning, air traffic control, etc., the President, Congress, and the media would be demanding to know how such an improbable event could occur. Instead, the White House put up a wall of resistance to finding out, and Congress and the media showed little interest.

During the decade that has passed, numerous 9/11 Truth organizations have formed. There are Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Scholars for 9/11 Truth, Remember Building 7.org, and a New York group which includes 9/11 families. These groups call for a real investigation.

David Ray Griffen has written 10 carefully researched books documenting problems in the government’s account. Scientists have pointed out that the government has no explanation for the molten steel. NIST has been forced to admit that WTC 7 was in free fall for part of its descent, and a scientific team led by a professor of nano-chemistry at the University of Copenhagen has reported finding nano-thermite in the dust from the buildings.

Larry Silverstein, who had the lease on the World Trade Center buildings, said in a PBS broadcast that the decision was made “to pull” Building 7 late in the afternoon of 9/11. Chief fire marshals have said that no forensic investigation was made of the buildings’ destruction and that the absence of investigation was a violation of law."
9/11 After A Decade: Have We Learned Anything?
www.globalresearch.ca

In a few days it will be the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. How well has the US government


Christopher Herman 5:38pm Sep 27
"For some time I have discussed acts such as the Kennedy assassination as what I have called deep events: events, obscured and/or misrepresented in mainstream media, whose origins are mysterious but often intelligence-related, attributed to marginal outsiders, but intersecting with large and powerful but covert forces having the power and the intent to influence history.

Breivik’s mayhem on July 22, 2011, (henceforth 7/22) has forced me to clarify my definition of a deep event, to distinguish between those which are merely unsolved or mysterious in themselves, and those which have proved to be part of a larger systemic mystery grounded in the structures of either society itself, or its shadow underworld (demi-monde, Irrwelt), or in some combination of the two."
Norways Terror as Systemic Destabilization: Breivik, the Arms-for-Drugs Milieu, and Global Shadow E.
www.globalresearch.ca

The Breivik manifesto and video constitute a veritable cherry orchard of planted clues, from which i


Christopher Herman 5:27pm Sep 27
"The most damning of these cables memorializes an August 2009 meeting between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son and national security adviser, Muatassim, with US Republican Senators John McCain (Arizona), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Susan Collins (Maine) and Connecticut “independent” Joe Lieberman.

McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, has in recent speeches denounced Gaddafi as “one of the most bloodthirsty dictators on Earth” and criticized the Obama administration for failing “to employ the full weight of our airpower” in effecting regime change in Libya.

In the meeting held just two years ago, however, McCain took the lead in currying favor with the Gaddafis. According to the embassy cable, he “assured” them that “the United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it needs for its security” and “pledged to see what he could do to move things forward in Congress.”

The cable continues to relate McCain’s remarks: “He encouraged Muatassim to keep in mind the long-term perspective of bilateral security engagement and to remember that small obstacles will emerge from time to time that can be overcome. He described the bilateral military relationship as strong and pointed to Libyan officer training at U.S. Command, Staff, and War colleges as some of the best programs for Libyan military participation.”

The cable quote Lieberman as saying, “We never would have guessed ten years ago that we would be sitting in Tripoli, being welcomed by a son of Muammar al-Qadhafi.” It states that the Connecticut senator went on to describe Libya as “an important ally in the war on terrorism, noting that common enemies sometimes make better friends.”

The “common enemies” referred to by Lieberman were precisely the Islamist forces concentrated in eastern Libya that the US then backed Gaddafi in repressing, but has now organized, armed and led in the operation to overthrow him."
WikiLeaks cables expose Washington's close ties to Gaddafi
www.globalresearch.ca

US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday and Thursday expose the close collaboration bet


Christopher Herman 5:23pm Sep 27
"North Dakota has one thing that no other state has: its own state-owned bank."
Solution to the Economic Crisis? North Dakotas Economic Miracle Its Not Oil
www.globalresearch.ca

Forget the Texas Miracle. Lets instead take a look at North Dakota, which has the lowest unemploymen


Christopher Herman 5:17pm Sep 27
"So much urban property is sinking into negative equity territory that a rise in property taxes will lead to even more foreclosures and abandonments, and hence even lower fiscal returns. To avoid this, cities are seeing Chapter 9 bankruptcy as the main route to free themselves, especially from problems that stem from an unwarranted trust in bankers to help them out of the earlier fiscal squeeze by putting them into losing financial gambles."
The State and Local Budget Crisis
www.globalresearch.ca

The cost of the 2011 cutbacks in federal spending will fall most directly on consumers and retirees


Christopher Herman 4:33pm Sep 27
"North Dakota, the one state that currently has its own bank, is the only state to be in continuous budget surplus since the banking crisis began. North Dakota’s balance sheet is so strong that it recently reduced individual income taxes and property taxes by a combined $400 million and is debating further cuts. It also has the lowest unemployment rate, lowest foreclosure rate and lowest credit card default rate in the country, and it hasn’t had a bank failure in at least the last decade.

Revenues from the Bank of North Dakota (BND) have been a major boost to the state budget. The bank has contributed over $300 million in revenues over the last decade to state coffers, a substantial sum for a state with a population less than one-tenth the size of Los Angeles County. North Dakota is an oil state, but according to a study by the Center for State Innovation, from 2007 to 2009 the BND added nearly as much money to the state’s general fund as oil and gas tax revenues did. Over a 15-year period, according to other data, the BND has contributed more to the state budget than oil taxes have.

North Dakota is a conservative red state, not the sort you would expect to be engaging in government enterprise. But the conservative justification for a state-owned bank is that it preserves state sovereignty, allowing the state to be independent of Wall Street and the Feds. The BND is not a business competitor of the local banks but partners with them, helping with capital and liquidity requirements. It participates in loans, provides guarantees, and acts as a sort of mini-Fed for the state."
The Democratization of Banking? California Legislature Passes Bill to Study State-owned Bank
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California’s bill to study the feasibility of establishing a state-owned bank that would receive dep


Christopher Herman 4:22pm Sep 27
"The tiny island situated between Saudi Arabia and Qatar serves as the base for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet. The Fifth Fleet, comprising 16,000 personnel and 30 vessels, is a staging ground for US military projection across the Middle East and Central Asia. It also monitors the sealanes of the Persian Gulf through which some 30 per cent of the world’s total supply of traded oil passes every day.

Since the mainly Shia population of Bahrain took to the streets on 14 February in protest against the unelected Sunni monarchy of the Al Khalifa dynasty, Washington has given unrelenting support to the regime – invariably describing Bahrain as “an important ally”.

Apart from the US Fifth Fleet, the US has a free trade agreement with Bahrain, it sells some $20 million in weapons every year to the kingdom, and Bahrain is a financial hub for American and global capital.

Bahrain returned all these favours by lending Washington and its NATO allies diplomatic cover for the military intervention in Libya to oust Muammar Gaddafi. Bahrain, along with the other Gulf monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, lined up dutifully behind the US/NATO intervention to give it a veneer of Arab approval, and thus head off charges that the aerial bombardment of Libya is a Western imperialist war of aggression. The Gulf Arab monarchies have also performed the same political function of providing diplomatic cover for the US/NATO sanctions and threats of intervention against Syria.

Bahrain and the other Gulf dictatorships (despite the irony of that) have thus played an important propaganda function. They have helped underpin the premise that the US and NATO involvement in Libya and Syria is guided by defence of human rights and democratic freedoms.

But now here’s the rub. Bahrain stands out as a glaring contradiction to stated US government claims regarding its interventions in Libya and Syria."
Bahrain: Is Washington Preparing For Regime Change in PR Disaster Kingdom?
www.globalresearch.ca

Are we about to witness a cosmetic ‘regime change’ – not so much for the genuine sake of democratic


Christopher Herman 4:13pm Sep 27
Fed Plotting to Monitor Critics, Tailor Propaganda
www.thenewamerican.com

The Federal Reserve will monitor critics on blogs and social media, hoping to use better “public rel


Christopher Herman 4:11pm Sep 27
"This attack on Medicare is on top of Obama's previous Medicare slashing; the hundreds of billions of dollars he took from Medicare as part of his now-infamous health care reform — one of the many aspects of the reform that Republicans loved. In fact, Obama is achieving the destruction of Medicare like no Republican before him. In defense, Obama claims that the majority of his cuts fall on Medicare providers, dishonestly implying that beneficiaries will be unaffected by massive cuts to doctors and hospitals; of course the patients suffer in the end with less access to doctors, less ability to stay in hospitals, less procedures being performed, and less adequate overall care.

Also, if these additional cuts to Medicare are pushed through, the program will be further undermined, opening itself up to new attacks. Medicare will appear less functional as its funding is stripped, and the right wing will then say, "Medicare doesn't work, let's cut it.” And they will be half-right, since no under-funded program works as it should. "
How Rich the Rich Are? Obama "Taxes the Rich" for the Wrong Reasons
www.globalresearch.ca

President Obama may have opened Pandora's box with his latest tax-the-rich rhetoric, but he'll try t


Christopher Herman 4:09pm Sep 27
"US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and “unfair trade practices.” However, it is US corporations that move their factories abroad, thus replacing domestic production with imports. Half of US imports from China consist of the offshored production of US corporations.

The wage differential is substantial. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2009, average hourly take-home pay for US workers was $23.03. Social insurance expenditures add $7.90 to hourly compensation and benefits paid by employers add $2.60 per hour for a total labor compensation cost of $33.53.

In China as of 2008, total hourly labor cost was $1.36, and India’s is within a few cents of this amount. Thus, a corporation that moves 1,000 jobs to China saves saves $32,000 every hour in labor cost.These savings translate into higher stock prices and executive compensation, not in lower prices for consumers who are left unemployed by the labor arbitrage.

Republican economists blame “high” US wages for for the current high rate of unemployment. However, US wages are about the lowest in the developed world. They are far below hourly labor cost in Norway ($53.89), Denmark ($49.56), Belgium ($49.40), Austria ($48.04), and Germany ($46.52). The US might have the world’s largest economy, but its hourly workers rank 14th on the list of the best paid. Americans also have a higher unemployment rate. The “headline” rate that the media hypes is 9.1 percent, but this rate does not include any discouraged workers or workers forced into part-time jobs because no full-time jobs are available."
America and Europe: Saving the Rich and Losing the Economy
www.globalresearch.ca

Considering the extraordinary political incompetence of the Democratic Party, the right-wing of the


Christopher Herman 4:04pm Sep 27
"The mainstream media is the most obvious in its inherent bias and manipulation. The mainstream media is owned directly by large multinational corporations, and through their boards of directors are connected with a plethora of other major global corporations and elite interests. An example of these connections can be seen through the board of Time Warner.

Time Warner owns Time Magazine, HBO, Warner Bros., and CNN, among many others. The board of directors includes individuals past or presently affiliated with: the Council on Foreign Relations, the IMF, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Warburg Pincus, Phillip Morris, and AMR Corporation, among many others.

Two of the most “esteemed” sources of news in the U.S. are the New York Times (referred to as “the paper of record”) and the Washington Post. The New York Times has on its board people who are past or presently affiliated with: Schering-Plough International (pharmaceuticals), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chevron Corporation, Wesco Financial Corporation, Kohlberg & Company, The Charles Schwab Corporation, eBay Inc., Xerox, IBM, Ford Motor Company, Eli Lilly & Company, among others. Hardly a bastion of impartiality.

And the same could be said for the Washington Post, which has on its board: Lee Bollinger, the President of Columbia University and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Warren Buffett, billionaire financial investor, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; and individuals associated with (past or presently): the Coca-Cola Company, New York University, Conservation International, the Council on Foreign Relations, Xerox, Catalyst, Johnson & Johnson, Target Corporation, RAND Corporation, General Motors, and the Business Council, among others.

It is also important to address how the mainstream media is intertwined, often covertly and secretly, with the government. Carl Bernstein, one of the two Washington Post reporters who covered the Watergate scandal, revealed that there were over 400 American journalists who had “secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.” Interestingly, “the use of journalists has been among the most productive means of intelligence-gathering employed by the CIA.” Among organizations which cooperated with the CIA were the "American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald-Tribune."

By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc. The CIA even ran a training program “to teach its agents to be journalists,” who were “then placed in major news organizations with help from management.”

These types of relationships have continued in the decades since, although perhaps more covertly and quietly than before. For example, it was revealed in 2000 that during the NATO bombing of Kosovo, “several officers from the US Army's 4th Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Group at Ft. Bragg worked in the news division at CNN's Atlanta headquarters.” This same Army Psyop outfit had “planted stories in the U.S. media supporting the Reagan Administration's Central America policies,” which was described by the Miami Herald as a “vast psychological warfare operation of the kind the military conducts to influence a population in enemy territory.” These Army PSYOP officers also worked at National Public Radio (NPR) at the same time. The US military has, in fact, had a strong relationship with CNN.

In 2008, it was reported that the Pentagon ran a major propaganda campaign by using retired Generals and former Pentagon officials to present a good picture of the administration’s war-time policies. The program started in the lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003 and continued into 2009. These officials, presented as “military analysts”, regurgitate government talking points and often sit on the boards of military contractors, thus having a vested interest in the subjects they are brought on to “analyze.”"
Truth, Propaganda and Media Manipulation
www.globalresearch.ca

Never before has it been so important to have independent, honest voices and sources of information.


Christopher Herman 3:52pm Sep 27
"The worst of the worst is that Rumsfeld’s logic strikes directly at the foundations of our democracy and the legitimacy of the War on Terror. The torture methods studied and adopted by the Bush administration were not new, but adopted from the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape program (SERE) which is taught to elite military units. The program was developed during the Cold War, in response to North Korean, Chinese, and Soviet Bloc torture methods. But the aim of those methods was never to obtain intelligence, but to elicit false confessions. The Bush administration asked the military to “reverse engineer” the methods, i.e. figure out how to break down resistance to false confessions.

In the 2008 Senate Armed Services Committee report which indicted high-level Bush administration officials, including Rumsfeld, as bearing major responsibility for the torture at Abu Gharib, Guantanamo, and Bagram, the Committee said:
“SERE instructors explained “Biderman’s Principles” – which were based on coercive methods used by the Chinese Communist dictatorship to elicit false confessions from U.S. POWs during the Korean War – and left with GTMO personnel a chart of those coercive techniques.”
The Biderman Principles were based on the work of Air Force Psychiatrist Albert Biderman, who wrote the landmark “Communist Attempts to Elecit False Confessions from Air Force Prisoners of War,” on which SERE resistance was based. Biderman wrote:
“The experiences of American Air Force prisoners of war in Korea who were pressured for false confessions, enabled us to compile an outline of methods of eliciting compliance, not much different, it turned out, from those reported by persons held by Communists of other nations. I have prepared a chart showing a condensed version of this outline.”
The chart is a how-to for communist torturers interested only in false confessions for propaganda purposes, not intelligence. It was the manual for, in Biderman’s words, “brainwashing.” In the reference for Principle Number 7, “Degradation,” the chart explains:
“Makes Costs of Resistance Appear More Damaging to Self-Esteem than Capitulation; Reduces Prisoner to “Animal Level…Personal Hygiene Prevented; Filthy, Infested Surroundings; Demeaning Punishments; Insults and Taunts; Denial of Privacy”
Appallingly, this could explain that even photos such as those of feces-smeared prisoners at Abu Ghraib might not, as we would hope, be only the individual work of particularly demented guards, but part of systematic degradation authorized at the highest levels."
Torture Now Aimed at Americans, Programs Designed to Obtain False Confessions, Not Intelligence
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The techniques devised in the system, called R2I – resistance to interrogation – match the crude exp


Christopher Herman 3:30pm Sep 27
"Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters in 2004 of photos withheld by the Defense Department from Abu Ghraib, “The American public needs to understand, we’re talking about rape and murder here… We’re not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience. We’re talking about rape and murder and some very serious charges.” And journalist Seymour Hersh says: “boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has.”

Rumsfeld resigned days before a criminal complaint was filed in Germany in which the American general who commanded the military police battalion at Abu Ghraib had promised to testify. General Janis Karpinski in an interview with Salon.com was asked: “Do you feel like Rumsfeld is at the heart of all of this and should be held completely accountable for what happened [at Abu Ghraib]?”
Karpinski answered: “Yes, absolutely.” In the criminal complaint filed in Germany against Rumsfeld, Karpinski submitted 17 pages of testimony and offered to appear before the German prosecutor as a witness. Congressman Kendrick Meek of Florida, who participated in the hearings on Abu Ghraib, said of Rumsfeld: “There was no way Rumsfeld didn’t know what was going on. He’s a guy who wants to know everything.”

And Major General Antonio Taguba, who led the official Army investigation into Abu Ghraib, said in his report:
“there is no longer any doubt as to whether the [Bush] administration has committed war crimes. The only question is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.”"
Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest
www.globalresearch.ca

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture


Christopher Herman 3:25pm Sep 27
"With regard to nuclear doctrine, the concept of a US sponsored pre-emptive nuclear attack applies to a number of countries or "rogue states" including Libya. An all out war against the Qadhafi regime has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than 20 years, Moreover, Libya was the first country to be tagged for a preemptive attack using tactical nuclear weapons.[3] The Clinton administration's plan to nuke Libya had been announced in no uncertain terms in a 1996 Department of Defense press briefing:

"[The] Air Force would use the B61-11 [nuclear weapon] against Libya's alleged underground chemical weapons plant at Tarhunah if the President decided that the plant had to be destroyed. 'We could not take [Tarhunah] out of commission using strictly conventional weapons,' Smith told the Associated Press. The B61-11 'would be the nuclear weapon of choice,' he [Assistant Secretary of Defense Harold P. Smith] told Jane Defence Weekly.[4]

Clinton's Defense Secretary William Perry had confirmed in a statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that "the U.S. retained the option of using nuclear weapons against countries [e.g. Libya] armed with chemical and biological weapons."[5] The Department of Defense's objective was to fast track the "testing" of the B61-11 nuclear bomb on an actual country and that country was Libya: "Even before the B61 came on line, Libya was identified as a potential target".[6]

While the 1996 plan to bomb Libya using tactical nuclear weapons was subsequently shelved, Libya was not removed from the "black list": "The Qadhafi regime" remains to this date a target country for a pre-emptive ("defensive") nuclear attack. As revealed by William Arkin in early 2002, "The Bush administration, in a secret policy review... [had] ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the "axis of evil" Iraq, Iran, and North Korea but also China, Libya and Syria.[7]"
Towards a World War III Scenario.
www.globalresearch.ca

The following is a preview from the preface of a newly released E-book by Global Research Publishers


Christopher Herman 3:18pm Sep 27
"Whatever one's views regarding Moamar Gadaffi, the post-colonial Libyan government played a key role in eliminating poverty and developing the country's health and educational infrastructure. According to Italian Journalist Yvonne de Vito, "Differently from other countries that went through a revolution – Libya is considered to be the Switzerland of the African continent and is very rich and schools are free for the people. Hospitals are free for the people. And the conditions for women are much better than in other Arab countries." (Russia Today, August 25, 2011)

These developments are in sharp contrast to what most Third World countries were able to "achieve" under Western style "democracy" and "governance" in the context of a standard IMF-World Bank Structural Adjustment program (SAP)."
Destroying a Country's Standard of Living: What Libya Had Achieved, What has been Destroyed
www.globalresearch.ca

"There is no tomorrow" under a NATO sponsored Al Qaeda rebellion. While a "pro-democracy" rebel gov


Christopher Herman 2:24pm Sep 27
Is Turkey Going Rogue?
www.nationalreview.com

Daniel Pipes writes on NRO: In a Middle East wracked by coups d’état and civil insurrections, the Re


Christopher Herman 11:41am Sep 27
"These days Evans-Pritchard sticks more or less to the larger UK Telegraph "party line," which has to do with the unraveling of the EU rather than who was behind the thing to begin with. But understanding the reality of the EU's formation is important, too. It was set up as a building block of world government and it was likely designed to fail in order to create the impetus for a political union."
The Daily Bell - Are the Tribes of Europe Ready to Explode?
www.thedailybell.com

Pre-Internet, what's happening in the EU would have been buried under mainstream media misdirection.


Christopher Herman 11:25am Sep 27
The Daily Bell - Obama Lies 7 Times In Under 2 Minutes!
www.thedailybell.com

Christopher Herman 11:21am Sep 27
"Here's an excerpt from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's UK Telegraph article, circa September 2000:

Euro-federalists financed by US spy chiefs ... DECLASSIFIED ... American government documents show that the US intelligence community ran a campaign in the Fifties and Sixties to build momentum for a united Europe. It funded and directed the European federalist movement. The documents confirm suspicions voiced at the time that America was working aggressively behind the scenes to push Britain into a European state.

One memorandum, dated July 26, 1950, gives instructions for a campaign to promote a fully fledged European parliament. It is signed by Gen William J Donovan, head of the American wartime Office of Strategic Services, precursor of the CIA. The documents were found by Joshua Paul, a researcher at Georgetown University in Washington. They include files released by the US National Archives. Washington's main tool for shaping the European agenda was the American Committee for a United Europe, created in 1948.

The chairman was Donovan, ostensibly a private lawyer by then. The vice-chairman was Allen Dulles, the CIA director in the Fifties. The board included Walter Bedell Smith, the CIA's first director, and a roster of ex-OSS figures and officials who moved in and out of the CIA. The documents show that ACUE financed the European Movement, the most important federalist organisation in the post-war years.

In 1958, for example, it provided 53.5 per cent of the movement's funds. The European Youth Campaign, an arm of the European Movement, was wholly funded and controlled by Washington. The Belgian director, Baron Boel, received monthly payments into a special account. When the head of the European Movement, Polish-born Joseph Retinger, bridled at this degree of American control and tried to raise money in Europe, he was quickly reprimanded ..."
The Daily Bell - Are the Tribes of Europe Ready to Explode?
www.thedailybell.com

Neither the CIA nor other US intel agencies – at the very top – report to Washington. They actually


Christopher Herman 11:19am Sep 27
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,788352,00.html#ref=nlint

Christopher Herman 11:18am Sep 27
Currency Crisis: German Central Bank Opposed to Merkel's Euro Course - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - Inter
www.spiegel.de

The new Bundesbank president, Jens Weidmann, used to be one of Merkel's closest advisers. Now, he is


Christopher Herman 11:17am Sep 27
From "Roundtable":

"On September 13-14, the Brussels-based think tank BRUEGEL and the Peterson Institute for International Economics hosted a conference on Resolving the European Debt Crisis close to Paris. The conference assembled about four dozen policy experts and practitioners, mainly from Europe and the United States. Support for the conference was provided by Tudor Investment Corporation and Black Rock Investment Management.

On the second day, a simulation game took place among the conference participants in what amounted to a stress-test for European debt policy. As the simulation unfolded, a powerful solution to fend-off speculative attacks was found. The game was directed by Andrew Gracie of Crisis Management Analytics(http://www.crisismanagementanalytics.com/). Gracie is a former member of the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Group with a strong track record in running simulated games for central banks globally.

No sitting officials participated and the game was held under the Chatham House rule. Participants played the roles of the governments of France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain; decision-makers for the ECB, IMF, and United States; and decision-makers in commercial banks in the countries involved and non-bank financial market actors. In addition, in response to successive rounds of the game as it unfolded, other participants provided expertise in the areas of credit ratings, legal and accounting issues, and political repercussions. As the simulation unfolded, a solution to fend-off speculative attacks was found. ( http://www.bruegel.org/publications/publication-detail/publication/606-resolving-the-european-debt-crisis-conference-summary/ )
In the war game the EU/IMF decided to expand the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) to between $3 trillion (£1.9tn; 2.2tn euros) and $5 trillion (£3.2tn ; 3.7tn euros). This was done by leveraging the 440bn euros supplied under the EFSF legislation going through European parliaments this week, plus match funding from the IMF. And by the ECB issuing "collateralised finance".
That is, by pledging around 700bn euros, they borrowed up to $5tn and then lent it to European banks and countries, starting with Greece. They got the money by mortgaging the assets of Europe basically, because $5tn is a lot. They mortgaged the EFSF money, and then the ECB borrowed money against the future tax revenues of Europe.

There were two interesting outcomes:

1. They saved the euro. Greece, Ireland et al stayed inside, now protected forever - certainly for the lifetime of the participants, who were mainly on the upside of 35 - by the wedge of money conjured from thin air.

2. It didn't solve the structural problems facing the periphery - but simply gave them more time to sort it out.

An account of the game reports: "The large new lending facility was seen by some players as free money for errant countries without sufficient conditionality."

This Breughel document is doing the rounds in Washington DC, and contains an uncanny blueprint for what might now be about to happen. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15051882 )
And what might be about to happen is that the Central Banks will start the printing pressing rolling and devaluing currencies throughout the globe. This will result in inflation and higher food and energy prices throughout the world. This will result in more global unrest resulting in more war, death, and destruction resulting in increased profits for the Bilderberg/CFR/RIIA Military Industrial complex."

Christopher Herman 11:15am Sep 27
"As we've pointed out before, the funding for Al Jazeera comes from the government of Qatar. That's the same Qatar that hosts a huge American military base, one of the main ones for the invasion of Iraq. The US helped the current Qatar regime take power, in fact. Qatar is beholden to the US in manifold ways.

Then there's the staffing of Al Jazeera. When the news network went up, there was a lack of qualified personnel. Fortunately, almost the entire staff of the Saudi Arabia BBC went on strike as luck would have it, and many defected to Al Jazeera.

Thus we have the back story. A puppet US regime begins a "Middle Eastern" news service staffed by striking journos from the BBC ... Home grown, Al Jazeera isn't. But you kind of know that when you watch the station and notice how its news choices parallel CNN and the BBC. They don't even bother to hide it."
Al Jazeera's Phony Four-Part Series?
www.thedailybell.com

Why do we call Al Jazeera phony? Well, it's supposed to be the "voice of the Middle East," but when


Christopher Herman 11:14am Sep 27
"Under one version of the proposal, the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) would be converted into a licensed bank, which would then post its existing capital and sovereign bonds as collateral with the European Central Bank, and receive still more cash in return. That cash would be used to buy more debt, which would in turn be put up as collateral for more central bank loans, and so on.

The ECB could accomplish the same thing by buying bonds directly with newly minted euros, and some analysts have suggested that this is exactly what it should be doing. But that would turn the ECB into a vehicle for funding member states' budget deficits, which it is specifically barred from doing.

Instead, the alternative being suggested is to turn the EFSF into a kind of leveraged buy-up fund for government bonds. This is supposed to achieve two things: First, it could take euro-zone members out of the clutches of those fickle and rapacious private investors. And, second, it would allow the ECB to maintain a sheen of respectability, as it would merely be lending to this bank against collateral, just as it does with other banks.

Here is where the Fannie Mae likeness begins to emerge—as a government-guaranteed leverage machine for lowering the cost of a certain kind of debt. The difference with Fannie is that this proposal involves sovereign debt instead of mortgages, and the borrowing is being done directly from the central bank. Fannie at least had to market its debt to private investors.

Now imagine a scenario in which this new super-bank borrows a few trillion from the ECB to buy up government bonds—and then the bond prices go down. Given the leverage built into this euro-zone Fannie bank, it wouldn't take much in the way of interest-rate normalization to wipe out the capital underlying all the capital that this euro-Fannie would start with."
A Fannie Mae for Europe's Bonds?
online.wsj.com

Of all the ideas to emerge from this weekend's meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary


Christopher Herman 11:11am Sep 27
"Tony Blair's six secret visits to Gaddafi ... Tony Blair's close relationship to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has come under fresh scrutiny after it emerged he had six private meetings with the dictator in the three years after he left Downing Street ... Mr Blair is coming under increasing pressure to make public details of all his meetings and discussions with Gaddafi. It follows the disclosure in The Sunday Telegraph last week that on at least two occasions Mr Blair flew to Tripoli on a private jet paid for by the Libyan regime. Among the new meetings uncovered by this newspaper is a visit to Gaddafi in January 2009, when JP Morgan, the US investment bank which pays Mr Blair £2 million a year as a senior adviser, was trying to negotiate a deal between the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) and a company run by the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a friend of Lord Mandelson. The multi-billion dollar deal, which later fell through, would have seen the LIA provide a loan to Rusal, the world's largest aluminum producer."
The Daily Bell - How Tony Blair Earns His Millions
www.thedailybell.com

Blair started the Libya war. Gaddafi didn't give him and JP Morgan what they wanted and now he's pai


Christopher Herman 11:05am Sep 27
SPIEGEL Interview with Dick Cheney: 'I Think There Will Be Further Terror Attacks' - SPIEGEL ONLINE.
www.spiegel.de

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney was a major supporter of the wars launched by the US under Pres


Christopher Herman 11:04am Sep 27
SS Colonel Walter Rauff: West German Intelligence Protected Fugitive Nazi - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News -.
www.spiegel.de

Newly-released files have uncovered evidence that the BND, West Germany's international intelligence


Christopher Herman 11:02am Sep 27
Economist Mag Makes Up New China Term
www.thedailybell.com

Growing economies go through a "tricky middle-income" stage. Did you know that? It's true unless the


Christopher Herman 11:00am Sep 27
"Obama was helped into office by a wave of racial goodwill. Even many critics and skeptics, including your humble columnist, celebrated his election as the surest sign ever that racism in America was still dead. But if racism is dead--or, to be less hyperbolic, completely marginalized--we're still hearing an awful lot about it, in large part because the liberal left in America is obsessed with race."
Best of the Web Today: Everyone's a Little Bit Racist
online.wsj.com

The left's view of racism has taken on a central trait of a conspiracy theory: unfalsifiability. Th


Christopher Herman 10:54am Sep 27
Ann Marlowe: The Truth About Who Fights for Us
online.wsj.com

In The Wall Street Journal, Ann Marlowe writes that in 2007, only 11% of enlisted military recruits


Christopher Herman 10:49am Sep 27
"Several years ago, the police entered the office of a young professor at a reputable university and arrested him for an online crime. They took the professor away, booked him, and then offered him a deal: admit guilt and get off easy. The professor said to the few people to whom he was permitted to speak that this was crazy because he was innocent. His lawyer warned him: fight this and you could get life; admit guilt and you will get a suspended sentence. He took the deal. It was a trick. Now he languishes in jail, his life wrecked as far into the future as he can see.

This doesn't happen in America, does it? Yes, it does. Not only that, it is increasingly the norm. Those raised on a steady diet of courtroom television shows believe that they are true to the way justice is meted out. This is completely naive. Trials in federal criminal cases are rare. Nine in ten cases are settled in pleas like the above case. Only three percent of the cases go to trial. Among those that go to trial, the defendant wins once in every 212 times."
The Daily Bell - The Police State Abolishes the Trial
www.thedailybell.com

Today, every single citizen, no matter how free he or she may feel in daily life, is in reality a si


Christopher Herman 10:47am Sep 27
"Every now and then the Indian government reminds us of the reality of India – how corrupt the bureaucracy is and how impoverished many of its people are. In this article we get a kind of double-barreled blast. A government commission in its wisdom has decided that something like 77 percent of India (that's the percentage of people that may be living in poverty) can live on 66 cents a day. Could YOU live on 66 cents a day – and your family, too? Didn't think so.

But that's what India's "Planning Commission" has told India's Supreme Court. It's supposed to be "adequate for private expenditure on food, education and health" in India's cities. Country folk get to live on 55 cents a day!

Only about 40 percent of Indians are said to be impoverished, but one reason is because of the way government twists statistics. The poverty rate may be as high as 70 percent. The Planning Commission needs to update its poverty statistics to reflect India's nearly 10 percent core inflation rate. And thus the need to downplay the amount of money that people need to live. The higher the amount, the more the government has to spend on impoverished Indians.

One gets the feeling the Planning Commission would declare that India's impoverished could live on a single cent a day if it could get away with it. "This extremely low estimated expenditure is aimed at artificially reducing the number of persons below the poverty line and thus reduce government expenditure on the poor," well-known social activist Aruna Roy told The Hindu newspaper (according to the BBC)."
Indian Gov Says Poor Can Live on Half Dollar a Day
www.thedailybell.com

Sure it's ridiculous but you have to look at the bigger picture when it comes to India. This is one


Christopher Herman 10:44am Sep 27
Chris Christie: A Conservative Myth - Intro | Conservative New Jersey
www.conservativenewjersey.com

This is the introductory post for an eight part series. As each part gets published, it will be link


Christopher Herman 10:37am Sep 27
"As we expected, Republican front-runner and Texas Governor Rick Perry is starting to see his campaign implode. That's what happens when you spend most of your political career as a big-spending globalist and then try to run as a small-government conservative. Once upon a time, you could get away with that sort of thing because the mainstream media would cover you – if you were someone the elites had an interest in backing.

But even with apparent support of American "king-makers," Rick Perry's campaign is fast-diminishing into also-ran status. The Internet remembers or, in many cases, doesn't forget. Between what's on the 'Net and stinging comments from others in the race for the presidential nomination, Perry is looking considerably battered and bruised.

Which is giving the Anglosphere power elite fits. It seems that they are just as opposed to libertarian Congressman Ron Paul as they were last time round. Then, Ron Paul didn't have much of a chance, but today he certainly does. In fact, right now there's almost no one else. Paul runs well against Barack Obama and the party faithful are as unenthused with "front runner" Mitt Romney as they are with Rick Perry.

Ineluctably, Ron Paul is emerging as the candidate to beat, the front-runner if you will. And that has sent the top Republican brass scurrying all the way to New Jersey where they have prostrated themselves in front of tart-tongued conservative Chris Christie. The governor of New Jersey has made a name for himself as a no-nonsense, grown-up conservative. He can't see Russia from his house (like Sarah Palin) and he's not born again (like Michele Bachmann). He doesn't have a liberal record to run against and, unlike Mitt Romney, he never passed a kinda/sorta version of Obamacare."
Avoiding Ron Paul, Desperate Republicans Turn to Chris Christie
www.thedailybell.com

Will he or won't he? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, that is, who suddenly finds himself under press


Christopher Herman 10:32am Sep 27
"How bad is American jurisprudence? Well, according to the article, laws – especially at the federal level – are so plentiful and offer such severe outcomes that what was once considered "justice" is now merely horse-trading. Almost any offense can net 20 or 30 years and the system is predisposed toward guilty verdicts if a case actually goes to trial (though fewer and fewer do)."
The Daily Bell - No Justice in the West
www.thedailybell.com

Part of Western mainstream media propaganda is the "limited hangout." And the Internet era – the Int


Christopher Herman 10:30am Sep 27
"Examine the "progress" that has been made in the past century – the first full century of global fiat money controlled by central banks. Fiat money produced by central banks is a kind of monetary crack. It makes people feel good and business people overinvest as a result. The hyper-stimulation makes people act crazy, in fact. They expand their businesses far too rapidly and then lose everything when the eventual downturn comes.

Big corporations – entities that likely would not exist without overwhelming judicial support – have the wherewithal to handle the downturns. The top executives of these huge multinationals cut back in the down times. They lay people off, draw down bank lines and generally use resources that are not available to smaller entities.

If the worst happens, government officials themselves may step in to support the largest companies until a turnaround can be effected. In our opinion, the largest corporations are owned or at least controlled by the great central banking families that have traditionally operated out of the City of London. From what we can tell, there is substantial overlap between fiat-fueled commercial banking and the largest Anglosphere corporations. These elite families control Western governments, too."
The Daily Bell - Horror of the Quants
www.thedailybell.com

Stock markets were always fated to be one big casino. Nothing can be done but to mourn the passing o


Christopher Herman 10:20am Sep 27
"The road map to a Palestinian state is simple. First, Washington must unequivocally support the aspirations of the Iranian people for a new beginning free of the clerics who have robbed them of life, liberty and economic prosperity. A democratic Iran at peace with Israel is a fundamental prerequisite for the creation of a Palestinian state. Second, a blueprint for rebuilding a new Palestinian state must be adopted. This can be done by the participation of Palestinian professionals from all subspecialties. For example, roads can be built, its water can be treated, tourism can be established and, finally, the Gaza Strip, which abuts the blue waters of the Mediterranean, can be turned into a Singapore or “Dubai by the Med.” Third, a financial aid package from the rich Arab countries of the Persian Gulf is essential. This Marshall Plan for Palestine can be led by Saudi Arabia."
SOBHANI: Roots of a statehood stalemate - Washington Times
www.washingtontimes.com

When the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 planted a celebratory kiss on the lips of Yasser A


Christopher Herman 10:12am Sep 27
EU, World Bank Brutalize Africans for “Carbon Credits”
www.thenewamerican.com

Uganda and a carbon-credits company accredited by the UN and funded by the World Bank and the EU are


Christopher Herman 10:12am Sep 27
http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-mainmenu-26/africa-mainmenu-27/9133-
EU, World Bank Brutalize Africans for “Carbon Credits”
www.thenewamerican.com

Uganda and a carbon-credits company accredited by the UN and funded by the World Bank and the EU are


Christopher Herman 10:11am Sep 27
Reports: Perry’s Texas Miracle Isn’t
www.thenewamerican.com

The Texas Miracle of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is little more than a Texas-sized myth, especially the fa


Christopher Herman 10:10am Sep 27
“Government Motors” To Track Drivers With OnStar, Sell Data to Police
www.thenewamerican.com

GM's OnStar raised privacy fears by saying it will monitor speed and GPS location and sell the data


Christopher Herman 10:10am Sep 27
Uncle Sam and the Saudi Split - By David Ottaway
www.foreignpolicy.com

Saudi Arabia, the Arab world's richest and most powerful state, is once again at loggerheads with th


Christopher Herman 10:08am Sep 27
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/26/tea-party-nation-founder-endorses-gingrich/

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips threw his support behind the candidate for the 2012 GOP nomination, who's candidacy suffered setbacks early in the campaign.

Based on criteria including electability, conservatism, and whether the candidate has a "plan to the vision to put forward plans to dismantle the massive government bureaucracy that we have seen grow under both Republican and Democrat administrations," Phillips winnowed down the qualifiers to Gingrich.
"Gingrich is the candidate who has the vision to fundamentally change the Federal Government. Gingrich has the unique capabilities to be the field general. He is the big idea man, much as Ronald Reagan was," Phillips wrote in a blog post for the Tea Party Nation.

The Tea Party Nation organized the first National Tea Party Convention, which was held last year in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tea Party Group Endorses Gingrich for President - Fox News Video - Fox News
video.foxnews.com

The tea party movement, in general, prides itself on encouraging individualism and Phillips' endorse


Christopher Herman 10:04am Sep 27
"It's interesting to note, then, how "Islamists," such as Zayyat, who appear tenacious of upholding Sharia, sometimes advocate positions that actually contradict it. To understand this phenomenon, one must first understand "Islamism"—a hybrid abomination of sorts, whereby the better principles of Western civilization are absorbed and rearticulated within a distinctly Muslim paradigm. For instance, the Western stress on human freedom, human dignity, and universal justice, is, for Islamists, transformed into a stress on Muslim freedom, Muslim dignity, and Muslim justice—all, naturally, at the sake of the infidel."
When Muslims Are More 'Radical' than 'Islamists' :: Middle East Forum
www.meforum.org

What are the differences between the traditional Muslim and the so-called "Islamist"? As words deali


Christopher Herman 10:01am Sep 27
"The mainstream media's response to the incident has included a lot of whitewashing, as well as a full-scale damage control operation to reaffirm the supposed safety of Gardasil, which is alleged by Merck to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) and some forms of cervical cancer. But the cat is out of the bag as thousands of curious Americans, many for the first time, are learning about the very real dangers associated with the Gardasil vaccine.

Not long after the vaccine was approved back in 2006, Gardasil's deadly side effects quickly began to emerge. Reports came in about young girls experiencing seizures and developing chronic neurological problems, as well as other conditions, immediately after receiving one or more of the three-part Gardasil vaccination schedule.

And according to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny from NewsWithView.com, there were already more than 1,200 adverse events from the vaccine logged in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) less than a year after its release."
The truth about Gardasil, and why Rick Perry's endorsement threatened the health of millions
www.naturalnews.com

The truth about Gardasil, and why Rick Perry's endorsement threatened the health of millions


Christopher Herman 9:58am Sep 27
Google Launches The Ultimate Jobs Killer - Forbes
www.forbes.com

Google, can you once again come to our rescue with some type of groundbreaking technology that will


Christopher Herman 9:51am Sep 27
CBN News Gives Rare Look at Libyan Church As rebel fighters close in on Moammar Gadhafi, many wonder what will become of Christians in the nor

Christopher Herman 9:49am Sep 27
Female Genital Mutilation, not Europe’s problem. Or is it? | Women News Network
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Christopher Herman 9:47am Sep 27
“…rage, hate, and insanity… will emerge full-force against the candidate who takes on Obama, and will be doubled if he wins. The Republican candidate will have to have a very strong character to withstand that hate and to govern effectively. Does Romney want to win badly enough to go down in history as "the man who defeated the First Black President"? If he wins, will Romney spend his entire time trying to appease liberal rage by governing as a liberal?”
Sailer Strategy Adopted!!! - By President Obama
www.vdare.com
You're all I need! Obama at Congressional Black Caucus event. So President Obama is using the Saile

Christopher Herman 9:28am Sep 27
Texas Oil Refineries May Be Refunded $135 Million Out Of Public School, Community Funds
www.huffingtonpost.com

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) PASADENA, Texas -- Three commissioners appointed by


Christopher Herman 9:23am Sep 27
"So here is the Obama-inspired DOJ moving to block legislation Governor Perry designated an “emergency item” earlier this year, with the blatant intent of facilitating Hispanic voter fraud. Is GOP Presidential aspirant Perry going to defend his own State’s law?"
DOJ Moves To Facilitate Hispanic Voter Fraud In Texas - Will Candidate Perry Defend His State?
www.vdare.com
The Stand With Arizona blog gets right to the point: "Sneaking it in late on a Friday afternoon on a

Christopher Herman 9:18am Sep 27
The Indianapolis Monetary Convention
mises.org

The Morgan-Rockefeller forces began to organize a "reform" movement to cure the "inelasticity" of mo


Christopher Herman 9:15am Sep 27
"Ryan argues that the tax laws make it far cheaper for a corporation to purchase coverage for workers than for the worker to buy a similar policy on their own."
Exclusive: Paul Ryan's new manifesto on healthcare - Term Sheet
finance.fortune.cnn.com

Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, introduced a radical, market-driven p


Christopher Herman 4:20pm Sep 26
DOJ Moves To Facilitate Hispanic Voter Fraud In Texas - Will Candidate Perry Defend His State?
www.vdare.com
The Stand With Arizona blog gets right to the point: "Sneaking it in late on a Friday afternoon on a

Christopher Herman 2:59pm Sep 26
Al Jazeera journalist admits to being Hamas operative
www.jpost.com

During Shin Bet interrogation, former Afghanistan bureau chief Samer Allawi says he traveled to Syri


Christopher Herman 6:28am Sep 26
"The "Cell Phone Myth" of which he spoke is itself a myth. His critique proved useful, nevertheless, in providing the occasion for me to bring out several points: (1) Reported cell phone calls were central to the creation of the claim that the airliners had been hijacked. (2) The FBI had actively participated in the creation of this claim. (3) The FBI, a few years later, renounced its endorsement of high-altitude cell phone calls and thereby had to make changes in its reports about several of the alleged calls---changes that are most obvious with respect to the alleged calls from Tom Burnett and Amy Sweeney. (4) These changes constitute an implicit admission by the FBI that its original claims about cell phone calls from the planes were false. (5) This admission should lead us to conclude that the whole story about phone calls was an elaborate fabrication."
Reported Cell Phone Calls from the 9/11 Planes
www.globalresearch.ca

Earlier this year, Andrew Kornkven posted a comment and a blog critical of my discussion, in Chapter

 

Christopher Herman 6:22am Sep 26
Crimes of the State: Deceitful Tactics of the "Debunkers"
crimesofthestate.blogspot.com

Response to "counterpoint" at Alternet, one of the most dishonest debators I have ever encountered.


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Is natural gas 'fracking' responsible for the recent earthquake swarms in strange locations?
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Is natural gas 'fracking' responsible for the recent earthquake swarms in strange locations?


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City threatens to fine couple up to $500 every time friends come over for Bible study
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Freedom to gather freely annulled: City threatens to fine couple up to $500 every time friends come


Christopher Herman 6:00am Sep 26
"Although the core answers to that remain a mystery, some good did come out of the experience. It was on this day -- and this is a true story from my childhood -- that I realized America has a serious IQ deficit.

And, importantly, the intelligence-impaired individuals in America outnumber the rest of us by a frighteningly large factor. This ratio has not appreciably changed in the 35 years or so since I was in the second grade, it seems, and the really scary thing is that those very same people who couldn't count in the second grade are now running the country -- where they still can't count because we're now deep into the nation's deepest financial deficits ever!

Those second-grade classmates I grew up with, you see, are all in the forties now, and they're probably working in government, or local businesses, or perhaps even at the FDA. And while they probably eventually learned how to properly count rotations and such, they no doubt fail to see the obvious in other things such as the readily evident fact that the WTC 7 building was brought down by demolition charges."
Jumping rope and 9/11 truth - how the sheeple have been trained to avoid unpopular truth about WTC 7
www.naturalnews.com

Jumping rope and 9/11 truth - how the sheeple have been trained to avoid unpopular truth about WTC 7


Christopher Herman 5:52am Sep 26
"Evan Burr Bukey opens this fascinating book with a startling statistic: when the Nazi leadership planned to complete the genocide of European Jewry at the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, fully two-fifths of the discussions were taken up with what to do with the relatively small group of intermarried couples (one Jewish spouse and one non-Jewish) and their “mixed” offspring. The answer, which might surprise many, was that not much was done with them, at least in terms of the exterminationist policy that was otherwise meted out to European Jewry. On the one hand, for the Reich, and also for Vienna, according to the statistics outlined by Bukey, between 85 and 90 percent of Jews with non-Jewish spouses survived the Holocaust. On the other hand, as Bukey also shows, the survival of so many intermarried Jews and their Mischling children was not achieved without many attempts by Nazi radicals to overcome what they saw as this blemish on German racial purity, nor without much suffering of persecution, and fear of deportation and death, on the part of the intermarried couples and their “mixed” children, especially toward the end of the Nazi regime. "
H-Net Reviews: Jews and Intermarriage in Nazi Austria.
www.h-net.org
Evan Burr Bukey. Jews and Intermarriage in Nazi Austria. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2

Christopher Herman 5:50am Sep 26
"It’s eminently fitting the woman the Palestinian Authority chose to formally launch its statehood bid is a proud mother of five murderers, of whom one is now dead while the other four are serving life sentences in Israel. After all, a woman who teaches her sons to kill Israelis even at the expense of their own welfare is the perfect emblem of a Palestinian state dedicated to destroying Israel even at the expense of its people’s welfare. "
www.commentarymagazine.com
www.commentarymagazine.com

Christopher Herman 5:47am Sep 26
Jewish immigration to Israel increases by almost 20%
www.jpost.com
“This is a trend that has been increasing: Aliya is younger and better educated,“ Jewish Agency for

Christopher Herman 11:06pm Sep 25
Environmentalists Clobber Texas by Murray N. Rothbard
lewrockwell.com

In April 1993, Murray Rothbard wrote on the Texas water problem, explaining


Christopher Herman 11:05pm Sep 25
Articles: Perry's Solyndra?
www.americanthinker.com

In Texas, bio-tech firm Convergen LifeSciences looks a lot like Governor Rick Perry's Solyndra.


Christopher Herman 11:04pm Sep 25
Articles: How the Dual Income Destroys the Lower Classes
www.americanthinker.com

This aspect of American poverty has not been adequately addressed -- perhaps, considering how femini


Christopher Herman 11:03pm Sep 25
"It is oftentimes complained, partially unfairly, that the American lower classes are getting poorer and poorer. But enough has been written, by practically every conservative think-tank, about how the welfare state and anti-discrimination legislation destroy neighborhoods and promote the business interests of those with poor moral constitutions (leftists, primarily) by providing layabouts with an arsenal of unreasonable lawsuits. This article, recognizing the above socioeconomic maxims, will seek instead to show how two-income households have played an equal, if not greater role in impoverishing American lower classes. This aspect of American poverty has not been adequately addressed -- perhaps, considering how feminism pushes women into the workplace, because it is now culturally offensive to do so."
Articles: How the Dual Income Destroys the Lower Classes
www.americanthinker.com

Americans do not often consider that such a trend toward dual full-time incomes -- and subsequently,


Christopher Herman 2:29pm Sep 25
Iran Press Kit-The Israel Project
www.theisraelproject.org

Christopher Herman 2:29pm Sep 25
UN Vote on Palestinian State-The Israel Project
www.theisraelproject.org

Christopher Herman 1:15pm Sep 25
"Why do evolutionary biologists (not to mention evolutionary psychologists) get away with extravagant and unmerited extrapolations from the trivially obvious to all of biology (with, of course, obligatory speculations about probable or possible “evolutionary pathways” that are thoroughly unsupported with details concerning the generative capabilities of the proposed mechanism)?"
Are Those Without Formal Academic Training in Evolutionary Biology Justified in Challenging the “Exp
www.uncommondescent.com
... formal academic training is not required to figure out how stuff works, or to be qualified to r

Christopher Herman 1:08pm Sep 25
MYSTAGOGY: The Face of Christ and St. Nicholas Appear On Burnt Icons In Ukraine
www.johnsanidopoulos.com

An unusual phenomenon occurred in the village Rassivka in the Poltava region of Ukraine: the face of


Christopher Herman 12:51pm Sep 25
"According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this considerable rate decrease is due substantially to higher-than-expected use of therapy payment categories in the first eight months of fiscal year 2011. The overpayments were detected using claims and assessment data and have been confirmed since publication of the proposed regulation in April.

The final regulation also expands the regulations for other Medicare required assessments (OMRAs). Under current regulations, patients in SNFs with seven-day treatment schedules must be discharged from treatment if they miss treatment for three days. An assessment is required for the patient to restart treatment. For example, if a patient receiving swallowing treatment received no such therapy for three days (e.g., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), then an assessment would be required, even though the OMRA serves no purpose as a clinical management tool.

The final regulations extend this requirement to SNFs with five-day treatment schedules.

In its regulatory comments, ASHA indicated several logical reasons for missed treatment on the first or last day of a work week (e.g., patient illness, clinician illness, patient refusal, physician office visit) that could result in a three-day interruption of services, and suggested revising the OMRA requirement to four days to avoid unnecessary discharges and reassessments. CMS chose to retain the regulation in the final rule."
Nursing Facilities Face New Medicare Restrictions
www.asha.org

Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities will be reduced by 11.1% in 2012, according to final


Christopher Herman 7:16pm Sep 24
"GOP businessman and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza Herman Cain has won the Florida straw poll. See who is funding his presidential campaign on OpenSecrets.org!"
Summary data for Herman Cain | OpenSecrets
www.opensecrets.org

Profile for Herman Cain, 2012 presidential candidate. See where their money came from.


Christopher Herman 10:34am Sep 24
"This is denied by the New World Order's promoters of international unification. They have been planning for this since the end of World War I. They have been actively implementing this by stealth since the early 1950s. They used treaties to bring this political unification to pass. They used economic unification as the bait. The hook of political unification was always buried in the bait.

The threat facing the NWO is that the economic bait has turned out to be poison. The EMU is based on a common central bank and a common fiat currency. But without a common system of government, there can be no fiscal union. There can be no central planning by Keynesian means.

The nationalism implied by Keynesian fiscal manipulation has led to the Greek crisis. The EMU rested on an unlikely premise: the wisdom of Europe's commercial bankers, who had spent their careers in highly regulated domestic markets. Always before, bankers in large banks could count on their national central banks to bail them out. But, in this new world banking order, the European Central Bank does not have the flexibility to bail out all of the large national banks that are now in big trouble. There are members of the ECB's board who are part of the German-Dutch axis, which favors tighter money and stable prices. The Board must placate them to some degree. This reduces the ECB's response time."
Busted Europe, Busted Dream by Gary North
lewrockwell.com

The European Monetary Union is going to break down. This will be followed by


Christopher Herman 10:32am Sep 24
The great euro swindle - Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk

Very rarely in political history has any faction or movement enjoyed such a complete and crushing


Christopher Herman 10:29am Sep 24
 
Donor to Lindsey Graham accused of funneling money to senator’s campaign
www.washingtonpost.com

A major donor to Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) is accused of stealing more than $3.6 million in fe


Christopher Herman 10:27am Sep 24
Perry lies again about Texas Gardasil scandal, claims woman he met after signing executive order lob
www.naturalnews.com

Perry lies again about Texas Gardasil scandal, claims woman he met after signing executive order lob


Christopher Herman 10:26am Sep 24
Infant allergies found to be influenced by diet of mother
www.naturalnews.com

Infant allergies found to be influenced by diet of mother


Christopher Herman 10:13am Sep 24
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903791504576588841656516896.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

"Who's to blame for the continued failure of the Middle East peace process?" asks Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin by way of introducing a prominent Democrat's answer:

Former President Bill Clinton said today that it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu--whose government moved the goalposts upon taking power, and whose rise represents a key reason there has been no Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Clinton, in a roundtable with bloggers today on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, gave an extensive recounting of the deterioration in the Middle East peace process since he pressed both parties to agree to a final settlement at Camp David in 2000. He said there are two main reasons for the lack of a comprehensive peace today: the reluctance of the Netanyahu administration to accept the terms of the Camp David deal and a demographic shift in Israel that is making the Israeli public less amenable to peace.
Clinton was singing a different tune a decade ago, as Newsweek reported:

Nearly a year after he failed to achieve a deal at Camp David, former president Bill Clinton gave vent to his frustrations this week over the collapse of peace in the Mideast. And Clinton directed his ire at one man: Yasir Arafat. On Tuesday night, Clinton told guests at a party at the Manhattan apartment of former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke and his wife, writer Kati Marton, that Arafat called to bid him farewell three days before he left office. "You are a great man," Arafat said. "The hell I am," Clinton said he responded. "I'm a colossal failure, and you made me one."
The two statements aren't necessarily inconsistent. After all, Arafat is in stable condition after dying at a Paris hospital, and it is logically possible that the Arabs have grown more pacific and the Israelis more intransigent over the past decade.

But we don't think that's the case, and we suspect Clinton knows better. So what might be the former president's motives? For one thing, Netanyahu served a stint as prime minister during his presidency, prior to the failed Camp David efforts, and there was no love lost between the two leaders then.

For another, though, Clinton has a complicated relationship with President Obama. As we noted Tuesday, Clinton often acts as a "frenemy" to the president, defined as "that friend who's hanging out at your house using you emotionally to make herself feel better"--in Clinton's case, by undermining Obama's re-election efforts and thereby securing his own place in history as the only Democrat since FDR to be elected twice.

Think about it. Jewish voters overwhelmingly backed Obama, but many now doubt that he is a friend of Israel. The Democrats just lost a House election in New York City, of all places, in large part because of that. Earlier this week, Obama defended Israel in hostile territory, the U.N. General Assembly.

Obama's speech was strong enough that, as The Weekly Standard's Lee Smith reports, one Palestinian journalist wrote: "The black president's speech was blacker than the tar thrown at the Palestinians, because his main concern is to guarantee Jewish votes and AIPAC's financial and propagandist support." His aides were apologizing to the New York Times for his acting counter to the stereotype of a left-wing appeaser:

The Arab Spring quandary, in particular, has been troublesome for Mr. Obama. White House officials say that he has long been keenly aware that he, like no other American president, stood as a potential beacon to the Arab street as the ultimate symbol of the hopes and rewards of democracy. But since he is the president of the United States, he has had to put American interests first.
And what does Clinton--whose wife, by the way, is Obama's secretary of state--do? He reinforces the idea that Democrats are hostile to Israel. That's not going to help Obama in Florida, Nevada or Pennsylvania.
BEST OF THE WEB TODAY
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Mideast Frenemies

Christopher Herman 10:04am Sep 24
Perry Is Right: There Is a Texas Model for Fixing Social Security
online.wsj.com

In The Wall Street Journal's Cross Country column, Merrill Matthews writes that public employees in


Christopher Herman 10:02am Sep 24
"The next significant turning point in this longstanding association between musicians and power elites was the advent of mass media such as the radio and television which, together with the development of recording techniques, made possible the commercialization and dissemination of a uniformized musical content on a worldwide scale, and tremendously increased the elites' control over art and culture. From that point on, elites could finally achieve their dream of molding mainstream music and use it as a powerful propaganda tool to directly manipulate people's emotions and moods on an unprecedented scale, covertly injecting their memes into young minds under the guise of entertainment. Not coincidentally, it is also during this period that we see the rise of gigantic corporations and statist institutions entirely devoted to the development and transmission of cultural content.

One such institution was the Frankfurt School of Social Research, which counted among its members leaders of the counterculture movement such as Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and especially, Theodor Adorno. Perhaps best known for his book, The Authoritarian Personality (1950), a blueprint for the elites' plans which advocated the breakdown of the family and of nationalism (allegedly as a way to counteract the development of fascist tendencies in modern societies), Adorno was in fact trained as a musicologist.

Adorno came to the United States in 1939 to head the music division of the Princeton University Radio Research Project, which was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation with the official aim of analyzing the social effects of new forms of mass media such as television and radio. Rather, this research led to a fundamental transformation of these media by turning them into efficient vehicles for cultural programming through the establishment of the hit parade system which, according to Paul Hirsch (a scholar who reported on Adorno's project), converted radio networks "into round-the-clock recycling machines that repeated the top forty hits."

The Tavistock Institute is another institution, and probably the most important one, whose whole raison d'être was cultural programming. There are good reasons to believe that the Tavistock Institute and its affiliates directed the hippie movement of the 1960s from behind the scenes, and covertly promoted bands such as the Beatles in order to transmit their society-altering values such as sexual liberation and the widespread usage of drugs. (For more on this topic, see DB article, Is Paul Dead?).

In a modern reworking of the "musician-as-spy" arrangements of the Renaissance, many of the biggest rock and pop stars of that period apparently had close ties to intelligence agencies or to the military, as for instance The Doors' Jim Morrison, whose father, George S. Morrison, was the commander of the ships involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incident that ignited the Vietnam War. Doubtless similar associations still continue today."
The Daily Bell - Music and the Power Elites: A Long and Fruitful Association
www.thedailybell.com

Plato recognized the necessity, for the elites, of directing and supervising musical development: "M


Christopher Herman 9:03am Sep 24
"Here's the beginning of an article from Global Research written way back in March 2009, when Facebook only had 20 million users but was well on its way to success:

Facebook - the CIA conspiracy ... Facebook has 20 million users worldwide, is worth billions of dollars and, if internet sources are to be believed, was started by the CIA. The social networking phenomenon started as a way of American college students to keep in touch. It is rapidly catching up with MySpace, and has left others like Bebo in its wake.

But there is a dark side to the success story that's been spreading across the blogosphere. A complex but riveting Big Brother-type conspiracy theory, which links Facebook to the CIA and the US Department of Defence. The CIA is, though, using a Facebook group to recruit staff for its very sexy sounding National Clandestine Service.

The story starts once Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had launched, after the dorm room drama that's led to the current court case. Facebook's first round of venture capital funding ($US500,000) came from former Paypal CEO Peter Thiel. Author of anti-multicultural tome 'The Diversity Myth', he is also on the board of radical conservative group VanguardPAC.

The second round of funding into Facebook ($US12.7 million) came from venture capital firm Accel Partners. Its manager James Breyer was formerly chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, and served on the board with Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm established by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999. One of the company's key areas of expertise is in "data mining technologies.""
The Daily Bell - Wishful Thinking: Why The Economist Wants Social Media to Replace Blogs
thedailybell.com

It's obvious enough WHY the editors of this controlled magazine want to emphasize social media, but


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