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Charles Pierce: "THE FACE OF DISGRACE" - on the media's history of ignoring mass protests

The Face Of Disgrace
By Charles P. Pierce 9/23/2014 AT 9:40 AM

On February 15, 2003, millions of people all over the world protested the looming invasion of Iraq by the United States.

The major media, deafening themselves with their own tub-thumping, ignored them, or minimized them.

So they weren't there. So it didn't happen. But the Iraq war did.

On September 22, 2014, hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of New York to demand that the country do something -- anything -- to cope with the existential threat of global climate change.

The major media, with another kind of war over which to thump the tubs and deeply concerned about a presidential election two years away, ignored them.

So they weren't there. So it didn't happen. But climate change did, and does, and will continue to happen.



As one senior Qatari official stated, “ISIS has been a Saudi project.”

I'm watching all the gasbags gurgling merrily about the new arab Muslim coalition of the willing participating in the bombing inside Syria tonight (one guy said on CNN he was darned proud to have trained them.) They are Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates and I just can't stop thinking about this piece by Steve Clemons from a few months ago:

“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference.

McCain was praising Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former ambassador to the United States, for supporting forces fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham had previously met with Bandar to encourage the Saudis to arm Syrian rebel forces.

But shortly after McCain’s Munich comments, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah relieved Bandar of his Syrian covert-action portfolio, which was then transferred to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. By mid-April, just two weeks after President Obama met with King Abdullah on March 28, Bandar had also been removed from his position as head of Saudi intelligence—according to official government statements, at “his own request.” Sources close to the royal court told me that, in fact, the king fired Bandar over his handling of the kingdom’s Syria policy and other simmering tensions, after initially refusing to accept Bandar’s offers to resign. (Bandar retains his title as secretary-general of the king’s National Security Council.)

The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the “moderate” armed opposition in the country, receives a lot of attention. But two of the most successful factions fighting Assad’s forces are Islamist extremist groups: Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the latter of which is now amassing territory in Iraq and threatening to further destabilize the entire region. And that success is in part due to the support they have received from two Persian Gulf countries: Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Qatar’s military and economic largesse has made its way to Jabhat al-Nusra, to the point that a senior Qatari official told me he can identify al-Nusra commanders by the blocks they control in various Syrian cities. But ISIS is another matter. As one senior Qatari official stated, “ISIS has been a Saudi project.”


He's my enemy, he's my friend. He's my enemy and my friend ...

i read the news today oh boy.....


Being John Malkovich....

Iconic Portrait Photos Throughout History Recreated with John Malkovich as the Subject


Bill O'Reilly's Plan To Defeat Islamic State: A 25,000-Person Well-Paid Mercenary Force Around World

Bill O'Reilly's Plan To Defeat Islamic State: A 25,000-Person Mercenary Force
U.S. Naval War College Professor Tells O'Reilly: "This Is A Terrible Idea, Not Just As A Practical Matter But As A Moral Matter"

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly suggested that President Obama raise an anti-terror mercenary army to defeat Islamic State militants and other terrorist groups around the world. But the use of mercenary forces has been outlawed by the U.N. General Assembly and O'Reilly's expert guest denounced his plan on-air as a "terrible," "immoral" idea.

On the September 22 edition of his show, O'Reilly claimed that the only credible plan to defeat the Islamic State had to include a mercenary force of 25,000 "English-speaking" fighters that would be recruited and trained by the United States. O'Reilly explained that his mercenary army would be comprised of "elite fighters who would be well-paid, well-trained to defeat terrorists all over the world." O'Reilly also detailed how the mercenary force would be trained, recruited, and funded:


"You need to be afraid" It's what ISIS wants (along with Glock-Smith&Wesson-Ruger-Heckler-Koch&Colt)

just found this:

If it's "ahistorical," is it "ahysterical"?

by Tom Sullivan


It's getting hard to recall a time when the only thing we had to fear was fear itself. A time when a confident America refused to be terrorized. Now (as Digby noted yesterday), conservative pundits stare out of TV screens as if reading from a badly written, made-for-TV script and sternly warn an America already armed to the teeth, "You need to be afraid." It's just what ISIS wants (along with Glock, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Heckler & Koch, and Colt Industries). And like the Eloi entranced, Americans again trudge numbly down to the gun store.

It's getting hard to recall when Americans weren't so jumpy that they'd go to guns with any stranger over a perceived threat, over any noise in the night (maybe a daughter), and with any actor, state or stateless, who looks at us sideways on the street, because Omigod! American leaders -- trained police too -- weren't that easily rattled. Politicians didn't stare wildly out of TV screens and rave about the gates of hell being unleashed and terrorists coming to kill us in our beds. Those were the poseurs, the weak-kneed, movie bureaucrats we cheered to see finally humiliated and deposed in Act 3 when the real hero stepped in. The one with a quiet strength who could keep his/her cool and act, not react.

The jumpiness smacks of an empire in decline, bereft of self-confidence, desperate to prove to itself through bombing something that it's still got it. It says more about us than about our adversaries.

And it's getting hard to recall a time America wasn't at war with Whomeva.


Nobody really knows how many Vietnamese died. Most Americans don’t really care....

Nobody really knows how many Vietnamese died. Most Americans don’t really care.

But 58,000 Americans died in that jungle.

Some of them are still dying.

For nothing.

The war didn’t make America any safer. The war didn’t make Vietnam any safer. The war didn’t end the slaughter. It didn’t stop communism.

Those 58,000 Americans died for nothing.

And here we are.

We’ve been at war, again, for a decade. More. We went into Iraq because they told us we had to, because they told us Iraq had attacked us – I know, I was there. We went into Iraq because we were told that if we didn’t fight them there, we’d have to fight them here. Loud voices back home had been shouting for war and if it wasn’t 911, it would have been something else. We just needed an excuse. In the years since, hundreds of thousands have died, nobody really knows exactly how many. Most Americans don’t care. And we can’t get out. Every night for the last fourteen years, since 911 our TV screens have been filled with the dead and dying, the burning villages, the horrors, the atrocities, the machines of war. And we can’t get out. Our country continues to cut at itself, our streets are filled with protests and riots, cults and militia grow like cancers, we hate and fear our government and our own neighbors. And we can’t get out. Conservative president. Liberal president. Republicans. Democrats. And we can’t get out. Our streets are full of ragged veterans, our VA waiting rooms are filled with shattered soldiers. And we can’t get out.


the rest of this xlnt rant here:

"Noah" on "Climate Change"

if only..........

Moment of Silence at the People's Climate March NYC - 9.21.14

A dozen teabaggers can make national news. A few hundred thousands dirty hippies, not so much.

Sunday News Shows Ignore Historic Climate March
No Mention Of The People's Climate March On Meet The Press, Face The Nation, State Of The Union, Or Fox News Sunday

Meet the Press, Face the Nation, State of the Union, and Fox News Sunday ignored the event, which is being touted by participants as "the largest mobilization against climate change in the history of the planet." The Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel briefly mentioned the march on ABC's This Week while arguing that national security concerns surrounding climate change are not receiving adequate attention.

Environmental group 350.org has estimated that "hundreds of thousands" of people will participate in the event. According to MSNBC.com, "participants include dyed-in-the-wool environmental activists, but also elected officials, union members, nationwide community organizing groups, LGBT groups, members of indigenous communities, students, clergy members, scientists, private citizens, and a plethora of other concerned parties" all representing 1,400 partner organizations.

While environmentalists and others march in New York, activists worldwide will participate in 2,700 events held across more than 150 countries. The march comes days before world leaders will meet on September 23 at the United Nations to hold a climate summit. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will join marchers during the September 21 event in New York, saying at a news conference, "I will link arms with those marching for climate action."

This momentous event, however, was of little interest to Sunday news shows, which devoted zero segments to the march. The event was mentioned just once on ABC's This Week.



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