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The Presidential Reality Show & The Illusion Of Choice: Is 2016 The Year Everybody Realizes Elections Are Rigged?

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Distracting the Public

The current U.S. ‘Presidential Reality Show’ playing out throughout the mainstream media with almost 24/7 coverage is nothing more than a distraction. It provides  entertainment and the ‘illusion of choice’ in what has become hypocrisy and the corruption of the democratic process. While some people may be pinning their hopes on Donald Trump to clean up the mess that previous administrations have created, it is worth noting that Obama was also touted as a saviour. Obama offered hope, integrity, and the promise of real change for the U.S. Under Obama’s administration he carried out over 1,063 documented examples, of lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, and waste. Some of these included: military intervention in Libya without Congressional approval, giving a no-bid contract to Halliburton cronies (just like Bush did), creating an administration full of lobbyists (after promising he wouldn’t have any), breaking his promise to close Guantanamo Bay, supporting the $700 billion TARP corporate-welfare bailout just like Bush, and supporting Bush’s unconstitutional Patriot Act, to name just a few. (1)

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While the masses enjoy the political circus created by the media, corporations are revelling in the hoopla and going about their business of seducing observers into a media induced coma, thus blindsiding citizens to the real issues of the day. While Donald Trump may appear to be upsetting the status quo, it will be hard for any serious change to occur as long as the concentration of power is controlled by the elite. Let’s not forget Donald is part of that elite, having been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, despite his claims he was a self-made man. As control concentrates with these ruling oligopolies, the message of community, society, political discussion, civic values, and any organized dissent is marginalized.

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Propaganda, Omission, and Corporate Interests

“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: You liberate a city by destroying it. Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”

– Gore Vidal

While the distraction of the masses occurs at one end of the spectrum, at the other end propaganda continues to bamboozle the unsuspecting citizenry.  Apart from the inability to disseminate large volumes of information, the main difficulty in distinguishing propaganda from other types of biases is in its subjectivity. For one party the information communicated may be seen as educational, yet for the other party it may be seen as propaganda. Propaganda is about presenting facts and information selectively so that the message elicits an emotional response.

It is important for the news media to be seen as advertiser-friendly. Any negative news slant, especially in regard to the economy, environment, or foreign policy, may upset potential advertisers and limit revenue streams. Mass killings, terrorism, race hate, and police violence, on the other hand, are welcomed by the mainstream press. These keep people in an endless state of fear, and ensure they keep consuming news. So we see soft stories and sensationalism serving as a means of attracting readers and viewers, while more subtle and meaningful stories are avoided for risk of scaring away potential advertisers. Business interests and potential advertisers such as industrial agriculture and the automotive, pharmaceutical, and travel industries are therefore protected from potential bad news stories that may spook or upset advertisers.

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Economic Propaganda

“People who own the society, the merchants and manufacturers, they are the architects of government policy and they design it in their own interest of course no matter how grievous the effect is on others. The point of corporate propaganda and the educational system is to instill these beliefs and it works pretty well.”

– Adam Smith

While the U.S. government, with the help of the mainstream (corporate) media, is reporting that the American economy is in good shape, other non-mainstream analysts suggest otherwise. John Williams, an economic consultant who runs the website Shadow Statistics, examines the data many mainstream media outlets fail to update or question. Take the ‘official unemployment’ rate in the United States, as outlined by Unemployment USA. It is promoted to the public at around 4.9%, yet Williams argues that “the numbers are a matter of definition. If you interviewed those who are unemployed you would get a much higher rate than what the government puts out as its definition.” (2)  

Williams points out that back in 1994 discouraged workers were counted. If you hadn’t looked for work in the last two years but you were still ready and able to take a job the government counted you. It doesn’t now. Williams estimates that if the calculation was the same or similar to what it was back in 1994, the unemployment rate would be more in line with 23%.

Divide and Conquer

“After you’ve had somebody say to you for the thousandth time, ‘How come we never hear about these issues in the media,’ you start to realize that the media itself is an issue.”

– Svend Robinson

Instead of informative and intelligent conversation, the mainstream news media have become an agenda-driven mouthpiece for creating isolation, separation, and obedience. One of the primary reasons the elite have garnered dominance is their commitment to psychological operations that divide-and-conquer the public. As David DeGraw from Dissident Voice puts it:

In manufactured public opinion, Obama represented a far left swing in US politics, and Bush represented a far right swing, and these two supposed polar opposites also had a Congress overwhelmingly run by members of their own party. Did we get drastically different policies? In what matters most, in both cases, the results were the same: more money and power for the Economic Elite and the continued decline of the US middle class. This fact is now undeniable.

Yes, there are definite differences in their rhetoric and on some social issues, but this is the key to the psychological operations, to the divide-and-conquer strategy that they use so effectively. (3)

While the rhetoric on issues such as religion, gay marriage, abortion, race, terrorism, immigration, and gender play out, other fundamental issues such as social inequality, environmental degradation, and systemic political and corporate corruption, as well as the invasion of foreign countries to secure resources, go largely unchallenged.

So How to Avoid Being Manipulated?

Noam Chomsky sums it up nicely in this quote,

“I try to encourage people to think for themselves, to question standard assumptions… Don’t take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a sceptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can’t. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself.”

RethinkcoverCE2Article compiled by Andrew Martin.

He is the author of  Rethink…Your world, Your future.

And also One ~ A Survival Guide for the Future… 

Sources:

Excerpts from Rethink…Your world, Your future.

(1) http://freedomoutpost.com/1063-documented-examples-of-barack-obamas-lying-lawbreaking-corruption-cronyism-hypocrisy-waste-etc/

(2) http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts

(3) David DeGraw , Dissident Voice, Overcoming the Divide and Conquer Strategy, February 24th, 2010 

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New UFO Film Questions What The US Government Is Hiding

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The US recently released its highly anticipated Pentagon UAP report, but it wasn’t much more than a 9 page rundown of what has been known for decades. Regardless, for many, what was promising was that the UFO subject was being taken seriously again – and perhaps many more scientists might get involved.

For decades many have been warning about leaving UFO disclosure in the hands of a government that likes to use crisis’ or current events to expand its defense budgets. Further, why would we suddenly expect a government, who has been lying about this subject for 70 years, to suddenly come forth with the truth? What would inspire them to suddenly change their mind?

Perhaps it’s because the search for ET is an idea who’s time has truly come. We’ve reporting on this for over 13 years, and are mongst a community of researchers who have been encouraging humanity to look at the evidence for more than 70 years. It feels like an idea that human collective consciousness is more than ready to explore.

The impact the ET question has on our individual and collective worldview has the power to truly change the way we view ourselves and the meaning of life here on earth. Think of the implications answers to this question could have on how we set up and run our society as well. Technology, culture, collaboration etc – I spoke about this more in great detail in my extended interview for Greer’s. prior film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind here.

Now, a new documentary from Dr. Steven Greer, directed by my good friend Michael Mazzola, seeks to explore what the films calls “the current government and media disinformation campaign promoting 3 big lies:”

1. We do not know what these UAPs/ UFOs are. WE DO.
2. Humans cannot make craft that can maneuver like UFOs. WE CAN and WE DO.
3. The UFOs are a threat. THEY ARE NOT.

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Pentagon UFO Report: Explanations Fall Into One of Five Categories. Aliens Not Ruled Out

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So is it aliens? The long awaited Pentagon UFO report is here, and the executive summary alone gives insight into the nature of this report from US Intelligence Communities.

The limited amount of high-quality reporting on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent of UAP. The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) considered a range of information on UAP described in U.S. military and IC (Intelligence Community) reporting, but because the reporting lacked sufficient specificity, ultimately recognized that a unique, tailored reporting process was required to provide sufficient data for analysis of UAP events.

Essentially, the report aims to acknowledge 16 years of this phenomenon, while leaving out the 70 years it has been studying this phenomenon.

Still, as per the report, the U.S. government can’t explain 143 of the 144 cases of unidentified flying objects reported by their own military planes.

It acknowledges that “a handful of UAP appear to demonstrate advanced technology.”

In 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers reported unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics. Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernible means of propulsion. In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings.

The UAPTF holds a small amount of data that appear to show UAP demonstrating acceleration or a degree of signature management. Additional rigorous analysis are necessary by multiple teams or groups of technical experts to determine the nature and validity of these data. We are conducting further analysis to determine if breakthrough technologies were demonstrated.

It goes on to drop the last 16 years of measuring this phenomenon into 5 key categories, non of which mention non human intelligent life, but that is technically a bin for it.

The five categories are,

Airborne Clutter: These objects include birds, balloons, recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or airborne debris like plastic bags that muddle a scene and affect an operator’s ability to identify true targets, such as enemy aircraft. Natural

Atmospheric Phenomena: Natural atmospheric phenomena includes ice crystals, moisture, and thermal fluctuations that may register on some infrared and radar systems.

USG or Industry Developmental Programs: Some UAP observations could be attributable to developments and classified programs by U.S. entities. We were unable to confirm, however, that these systems accounted for any of the UAP reports we collected.

Foreign Adversary Systems: Some UAP may be technologies deployed by China, Russia, another nation, or a non-governmental entity. UNCLASSIFIED 6 UNCLASSIFIED

Other: Although most of the UAP described in our dataset probably remain unidentified due to limited data or challenges to collection processing or analysis, we may require additional scientific knowledge to successfully collect on, analyze and characterize some of them. We would group such objects in this category pending scientific advances that allowed us to better understand them. The UAPTF intends to focus additional analysis on the small number of cases where a UAP appeared to display unusual flight characteristics or signature management.

The report does state, rather predictably, that some observations could be the result of sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception and require additional rigorous analysis.

As expected, they are claiming that “UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security.” What’s odd about this statement is that this phenomenon has been known about for 70 years, yet not a single aviation incident has occurred that anyone knows of, so why are they a threat to flight all of a sudden?

Further, one could expect “a threat to nation security” would be mentioned  for two reasons: on a political level this means more attention will be paid to the issue, and there has long been political leverage gained from presenting certain global events as a threat to ‘get other things done.’

In this case, the report makes mention of foreign adversary threats should these incidences fall under that category, claiming these could be breakthrough or disruptive technology.

The report contends that further scientific analysis and more focused measurement apparatus would be required to answer some of the unanswered questions surrounding ‘the few’ instances where UAP performed ‘impossible’ maneuvers.

There is likely a classified version of this report that would be in much greater detail. The question is why after 70 years is the public still in the dark?

Perhaps the takeaway here is that although this is essentially a repeat of Project Blue Book of the 50s and 60s, we are now in a time where it’s being talked about again. Further, we are in an age where information spreads a lot faster and a lot further then back then. Perhaps that will be the kicker this time around.

We’ll have more detailed coverage throughout the day and into tomorrow.

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Senator Marco Rubio Issues Statement Moments Before Pentagon UFO Report Released

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The long awaited Pentagon UFO report is set to be released from the U.S. Intelligence Community. Some of those waiting expect a moment of acknowledgment, but perhaps nothing all that new, while others are hoping for a much deeper admission of non-human intelligent life. Time will tell.

In the wake, Senator Marco Rubio has issued the following statement:

Rubio Statement on UAP Report

Miami, FL — Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement on the unclassified report on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

“For years, the men and women we trust to defend our country reported encounters with unidentified aircraft that had superior capabilities, and for years their concerns were often ignored and ridiculed,” Rubio said. “This report is an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is just a first step. The Defense Department and Intelligence Community have a lot of work to do before we can actually understand whether these aerial threats present a serious national security concern.”

In 2020, Rubio, as Acting Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, included report language in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 directing ODNI to submit a report to congressional intelligence and armed services committees on unidentified aerial phenomena.

We’ll have full coverage of the what’s in the report later today, if the report is released, and of course in the coming days as it will inevitably require much analysis and discussion. Sign up to our email list and follow us on Twitter for more to come.

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