Top News Picks for w/o April 26, 2015

Colorado Republicans vote to defund award-winning program that reduced teen births by 40 percent [and abortion by 35 percent]

Republicans fighting to “preserve” a program so they’ll still have something to bitch about.

“Colorado Republicans narrowly took over the state Senate last November and they’re already working their magic on reproductive health. On Wednesday evening, an all-male Senate committee voted to defund a program that had reduced the teen birth rate in the state by 40 percent over four years. A day before the GOP voted to dismantle the program, the initiative had earned Colorado an award from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association for providing outstanding public health access.”

GOP House Leaders Create ‘Action Group’ To Seize And Sell America’s Public Lands

“Thanks to support from the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and front groups for the oil industry’s PR giant, Richard Berman, as well as increasing lobbying by the Utah-based American Lands Council, these proposals have now gained prominence at the national level.”

House Republicans’ pull spending bill because they were afraid it would pass

“The House has started working on spending bills, and of course has started with the most important thing ever: defense. But they encountered a big hiccup right out of the box, when they were faced with the prospect of an amendment to a spending bill actually passing. Yes, you read that right. The problem is the amendment could have passed. So they pulled the bill and delayed the vote.”

TX Gov Orders State Guard to Monitor Possible Military Takeover of Texas

A dictionary-definition of what’s wrong with America today:

“Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked the State Guard to monitor a U.S. military training exercise dubbed “Jade Helm 15″ amid Internet-fueled suspicions that the war simulation is really a hostile military takeover.”

Racist conspiracy fearmongering in an effort to kill democracy.

Thank God for a few other GOP’ers who recognize what their Party is doing:

House GOP Wants To Stop The Pentagon From Protecting Military Families From Financial Predators

Republicans “patriotism” is to Wall Street; not America’s fighting men and women.

“Majority Republicans quietly inserted language into the gigantic defense legislation that would override a Pentagon push to enhance consumer protections for men and women in uniform. Flaws in the current rules have allowed lenders to trap military families in loans that cost two, five, and even ten times as much to repay as what the loan was actually worth.”


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Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky


As Widely Anticipated, The Racist-Right Blames Boston Problems On The Victims

No doubt that Boston, Massachusetts was a powder keg just waiting to explode before the murder of Freddie Grey by the police department. And now that it has we’re being deluged by Republicans and their public relations “spokespersons” with all the “reasons” for the explosion instead of blaming the ones who filled the power key then struck a match to the fuse. There’s not a single mention by these racist dividers of the police playing the major role in this travesty. It’s all about blaming the victim(s) It’s something we’ve grown accustomed to from the propagandist.

To borrow a line from a famous movie about racism: “Imagine [Freddie Grey] was white”!

Closing arguments from the movie “A Time To Kill


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Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky


The Window Is Closing: Break Free of Your News-Media Slavery And Take Back America.

crown jewelsAmerica is undergoing a radical change not seen since the Revolutionary War nearly 240 years ago. There are similarities between then and now with one enormous difference: In 1776 patriots were fighting to rid themselves of rule by royalty; the fight today is to rid America of rule by majority, with focus on returning royalty — or, more applicable, Oligarchic — to power.

After 34 years in the making, the transition is more than ninety-five percent complete, leaving ordinary people with the smallest of window to reverse the trend.

In Congress there are only four names that truly stand up every single day for working class America: Independent Bernie Sanders, Democrat Alan Grayson, Democrat Al Franken and Democrat Elizabeth Warren. They do it by their actions — not by rhetoric or just when they need your vote. Only a handful of others occasionally make implications by their actions that they stand with the working man and woman, but they are rarely sincere. So how did we get to this state of affairs?

While wealthy people have always managed to keep a few politicians in their pocket to push their agenda, the idea was more or less to improve the bottom line of the wealthy. But the limits of the agenda changed. The wealthy became dissatisfied with just a year to year improvement of their bottom line — they wanted it all — and they wanted it now. To get that, they needed full control of the government. So they decided to simply buy it. The only question was how to do that while maintaining an appearance of a democracy. As it turns out, it was rather easy.

The top 1% literally purchased the news media. Then they ‘auditioned’ politicians and wannabe politicians for major & minor roles. Once the actors were selected, all they had to do was “convince” the voting public to elect them. That’s where the news media came in.

Through a well-organized, long-range propaganda program, the biased news media started with simple smear tactics against the opposition, escalating those tactics over the years, eventually migrating to a mixture of innuendos, deliberate misrepresentation & misquotes, ignoring facts, rewriting history, outright lies, etc. The resulting consequence — and, of course, objective — was that the media then owned enough voters to launch their penultimate assault.

The final nail in the coffin will be to take away your vote. Efforts to prevent minorities from voting are well documented. The poor and working class are next on the list. We’ve already got the wealthy and the tea party advocating no voting rights unless you own property. And, in this case, ‘property’ doesn’t include a vehicle, boat or motorcycle. It means a home or business. That automatically excludes 43 million renting adults from voting and that number is growing every year (pdf). A good bet is that a large portion of them are voting against their own self-interest.

mental slaveSo how did the news media come to own you? Because you voluntarily gave them full control of your brain, and now they’ve assimilated you into their way of thinking. That’s why your future is bleak. That’s why your descendants’ have no future. That’s why we are on the doorsteps of official rule by Oligarchic. Maybe it’s time for you to break free and take back control of your life, your government — and your loved ones’ future.

Many, many years ago I put some words down on paper – literally. Then in 2007, those words became the one and only post on my very first blog. I called the blog “My Idea, Not Yours”. The post was titled “How I Was Manipulated”, with a lead-in of “Why Our Society is Self-Destructing”:

It seems in today’s world just about anyone who can find a forum is trying to tell everybody else how to think, act, live their lives, and what to believe. These same people demand to be heard but insist on your silence if you disagree with them. They want to think for you by telling you what, when, where and how. Most people deny being manipulated by those people who are doing their thinking for them. It’s time to become your own thinker by challenging these manipulators & the status quo.

David DeGraw called this entrapment “Conditioned Consciousness”. He quotes Sun Tzu – an ancient Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher – from his writings about “The Art of War”: “To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill”. That certainly defines us, meaning we’ve been conquered and don’t even know it.

To gain control over Germany, Adolph Hitler manipulated the citizens of Germany into believing, trusting, accepting and following him without fighting them. By their consent, he owned them. Later, a citizen, writing about Hitler and his Party winning the 1933 election by a very small majority, said “To the sound of cheering, democracy died in Germany.”

Hitler accomplished his goal in big part by pitting groups against each other – something we’ve fell for. That’s called ‘divide and conquer’ – the most successful weapon in the history of mankind.

gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.

divide and conquerDivide and conquer. No one really knows for certain who coined the phrase, but some attribute it to Philip II, King of Macedon, who ruled between 382-336 BC. Nearly 2,500 years later King Philip’s tactics has been well implemented in modern-day America by our own would-be “kings”.

As previously mentioned, the news media was quietly organized to lead the assault. First was to gain control over major outlets (popup image). Second was to put in place puppets as reporters and anchors who had already been assimilated to spread the message. To sweeten the pot, these puppets were showered with hefty financial rewards, making them believe they were an equal part of the inner kingdom. Now only very small groups exist out of the mainstream to carry the truth. However, a plan is well underway to silence them.

Net Neutrality. A term not familiar with tens of millions of ordinary citizens but will be — only when it’s too late.

Net neutrality – or ‘open Internet’ – means that all Internet traffic is treated the same regardless of whether you’re a mega-corporation with deep pockets or a lowly wage worker simply trying to determine the weather forecast during your weekend off. Ending net neutrality changes that.

With net neutrality gone, two lanes of traffic will be made available: a “fast line” and a “slow lane”. The fast lane will be very expensive to travel down. In fact, only the most wealthy & powerful will be able to afford the fast lane. The rest of us will be regulated to the slow lane. So what will that mean for the small news groups who are trying to combat the divisive news media?

Let’s be honest here. How many of us click off a website if it is slow to load? The fact is most of us do. In our fast-paced life, we just do not have the time or patience to wait more than a few seconds for the little circled arrow to stop spinning and produce the website. That is what will happen when only the powerful rule the Internet. Eventually, small news groups will be forced to shut down due to advertisers dropping them because of no traffic. Results? Mission accomplished: The voice of reason and truth will have been silenced.

One should pay close attention to the companies who are advocating the death of net neutrality and those who support an open Internet. You should also know which politicians are hypocrites on net neutrality, the politicians receiving the most money from industries against net neutrality and where the tea party stands on it.

About those reporters, one should know the vast majority, like most members of Congress, are very wealthy by today’s working class standards. The vast majority are multi-millionaires. The ones who have yet to break the seven-figure salary mark are well on their way. For example, when Alisyn Camerota left Fox News – you’ll remember her from Fox’s morning show, “Fox & Friends Weekend” – CNN paid her a starting salary of $620,000. Her net worth was already $2.5 million. Gretchen Carlson, who is still at Fox, makes $600,000 per year with a net worth of $3 to $4 million. Neither of these gals is considered one of the “bigger names” among news people yet is well paid.

As pointed out above, major news outlets are under the control of a select few. In 1983 90% of the media was owned by 50 different companies. Today that ownership is down to just six. Those six companies — Comcast, News Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS — control 90% of what we read, watch and listen to, all decided by 232 executives. They own 70% of television cable news.

Rupert Murdoch, owner and Chairman of News Corp which includes Fox News, owns the top newspapers on three different continents. In the U.S. Murdoch owns TV stations in 26 major cities. He also owns the three most-read online newspapers, as well as the printed Wall Street Journal. Worldwide, News Corp controls more than a 150 news outlets, as well as many other print and online entities.

These consolidations by a select few were achieved by buyouts and mergers, all with a plan to control what people hear and don’t hear. A common theme you do hear from them is how the powerful and wealthy should be deciding policy in America, albeit some are a bit more subtle than others. That’s why you continue to see and hear the same people over and over when issues are being reported and discussed. But the one thing you never ever see on any of the news programs is ordinary citizens with the ability to intellectual converse. Only the uneducated and ignorant are paraded before the camera to speak for commoners.

Financed by an unprecedented amount of wealth, our politicians and news media have waged what can only be termed as the most sophisticated and wide-spread campaign in our history. And they’ve done it with the greatest of successes: a divided America. That could happen only by assimilation. Without that divide, the American people would still be in charge of our government.

Breaking the chains of news-media slavery is rather simple. It only requires a first step, and then the rest comes easy. First, set aside your biases and consider all things that are in your best interest. Don’t sacrifice a multitude of self-interest issues by allowing a single issue to overpower them. For example, there are millions of voters who support the Republican Party simply because Republicans are anti-gay. Yet they’ve chosen to ignore the fact that the same Party has been trying for decades to take away their means of survival after retirement, have placed heavy burdens on them by pandering to the wealthy & wealthy corporations and trying to banish them into slave-type labor until the day they die.

On the other side of the fence, if you are one who still believes the Democratic Party represents the working class, then you’re living in the political world of yesteryear. They once were, but no so today. Currently 77 of the 232 so-called Democratic members of Congress have aligned themselves with anti-working class Republicans on many issues. Most of them pander to the same 1%. The only thing you may hear them defending is the hot potato of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, yet some of them advocate privatizing those three government programs which we all know would signal their end. So don’t think you’re voting for your self-interest simply because you pull the ‘Democrat’ handle at the polling booth. You must use the same caution of not being a slave to those in the media who are painting Democrats as your savior.

Only you can stop this. However you must be willing to throw out your biases and stay focused on what issues are in your best interest. But be prepared: Our assimilators’ greatest fear is they will lose control over our thoughts. For them, that would spell defeat. To prevent that from happening, they will fight tooth & nail right to keep us divided.

You can find a working document of the salaries and net worth of some other reporters and anchors here.

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Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky