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Everything the MSM says about alt-media is a lie and I have proof – so do you!

It is clear that the MSM pundits slamming alt-media don’t know anything about it. If they did they’d have a much better story than they do, albeit a less sinister one.




When it comes to the daily slandering of so-called alt-media personalities and outlets from broadcasters like RT to independently owned and operated private enterprise websites such as the one you are reading now, one would hope that the so-called journalists of the MSM would actually do some investigating into their own hypotheses.

To listen to MSM, one would think that half of the people in alt-media are paid handsome salaries by a foreign government (usually Russia, sometimes Iran and on fewer occasions Venezuela and North Korea) in order to use the right to peaceful free speech to report on facts and express opinions. According to this same narrative, those who aren’t receiving money from the “Kremlin”, are “useful idiots” who are expressing their opinions in the purely private sector that neo-liberals lionise, except when it comes to starting a business that involves opinions that contradict their worldview.

Great investigative journalists work behind the lines in wars or with whistle-blowers putting their lives on the line(think Manning and Snowden’s relationship with Julian Assange and how well that worked out for all involved), but in order to conduct investigative journalism into what really happens in alt-media, all you need is a smart phone or a computer at your local library.

MSM, which effectively is a monolith of the same or similar opinions, expressed by people of a similar background with similar lifestyles, is nothing like alt-media in this respect. MSM is in fact far more organised and generally far better funded than alt-media whether it be a private sector body like CNN or a state-owned body like the BBC.

If you hate RT and have few informed opinions on Russia, you are probably a SNOB!

By contrast, alt-media is disorganised, de-centralised and highly individuated. This has obvious pros such as a myriad of often highly interesting opinions and detailed reportage of otherwise ignored stories. It also has its cons. The alt-media community is not some cohesive KGB like unit. It’s more like the roughest bar in Dallas 15 minutes after the Cowboys lost the Super Bowl.

Since the primary distribution network for alt-media is via social media networks, it is incredibly easy to research how alt-media journalists and alt-media readers/viewers interact with one another. There are good arguments, bad arguments and more often than not, there are very ugly arguments. There is personal squabbling, childish feuds, inflated egos and irritating people just like in an MSM newsroom when the cameras are off, only with less money…often a lot less, but happily with a great deal more ethnic, national and religious diversity. The other important difference is that MSM’s well oiled machine means that its unified narrative can overcome personal squabbles and feuds, this is certainly not true of the disunited alt-media sector.

The media-corporate complex has declared war on free speech and Trump mustn’t remain silent

In this sense, the very human failures of alt-media are the same as MSM, only because of the over-reliance on social media, these human failures are more public among alt-media journalists than they are among the generally more guarded and less social media inclined MSM crowd.

If a group of people who are so disunited and often unpleasant towards one another are frightening the media-industrial complex this much, it means that the audience must truly be interested in what such people have to say.

At the end of the day, people go to a film, a concert or a sporting event, not because of a person’s wealth, a person’s loyalty or a person’s private hobbies, but because of the quality of the product they put out. As a former musician, I can tell you that many of the most beloved performers are not pleasant people in real life. The same is true for every profession, including alt-media.

Far from the discipline of a military or spy agency where one has to surrender one’s individuality to be part of a larger cohesive unit, alt-media is far more like the back stage area after a rock concert–warts and all.

There is no conspiracy to undermine the so-called west in alt-media. Just as the west undermines its own narrative by failing to create peace abroad and prosperity at home, so too does alt-media undermine its own ability to ever have the discipline necessary to  be conspiratorial enough to hide its own vast schisms, arguments, character assassinations, dark sarcism and feuds from the public eye in order to become that which the MSM says that it is. If you cannot even walk, you’re not going to be able to run.

The reality is that there are idiots in both alt-media and in MSM. The difference is that for those who are educated, entertained and enlightened by the non-fiction (aka the truth) and stimulating opinion, the ‘useful idiots’ really are in alt-media, but they are not particularly useful to any state or any cause, they are useful to their readers, their views, their audience as all journalists, artists, entertainers and athletes are supposed to be.

And thus, we’re back to square one. The fight to shut down alt-media is corporate shell game disguised as an ideological battle which itself is wrapped up in a big actual conspiracy to promote an anti-Russian, anti-Chinese, anti-Iranian etc. agenda.

‘Twitter versus RT’ will either kill alternative media or social media networks

Napoleon once said, “Never interfere with your enemy while he is busy destroying himself”. If MSM were that worried about alt-media, they could take heart in the disorganisation and its core. If they are still worried after having been exposed to the truth that was in front of their eyes the entire time, this is merely a sign of MSM total fatuous nature and total bankruptcy of ideas.

Ultimately the truth will set you free and while many “professionals” act like children, the audience will follow the truth. This is the key to the success of alt-media, against its own odds and those ginned up by the MSM whose sloppy journalism is easily exposed via a quick glance at Facebook or Twitter.

Because the MSM refuses to fight alt-media on a factual basis and because the individualism, egotism and feuds in alt-media prohibit the ‘united propaganda front’ MSM imagines, it must mean that while the diverse alt-media sector doesn’t always have all the right answers, MSM always has the wrong answers…well at least as much as a broken clock.

Thus, logic dictates that one of the real reasons MSM and their big corporation/big government masters loathe alternative opinions is the same reason that the builder of a house of cards fears the wind, irrespective of the direction from which it blows.

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4 resignations and counting: May’s government ‘falling apart before our eyes’ over Brexit deal

The beginning of the end for Theresa May’s government.

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Via RT

Four high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving.

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, Jon Trickett, predicted that this is the beginning of the end for May’s government.

The government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the prime minister’s Brexit plan. This so-called deal has unraveled before our eyes

Shailesh Vara: UK to be stuck in ‘a half-way house with no time limit’

Kicking off Thursday’s string of resignations, Vara didn’t mince words when describing his reservations about the cabinet-stamped Brexit deal.

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement leaves the UK in a “halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally become a sovereign nation,” his letter of resignation states. Vara went on to warn that the draft agreement leaves a number of critical issues undecided, predicting that it “will take years to conclude” a trade deal with the bloc.

“We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say,” he added.

Dominic Raab: Deal can’t be ‘reconciled’ with promises made to public

Announcing his resignation on Thursday morning, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: “I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.”

Raab claimed that the deal in its current form gives the EU veto power over the UK’s ability to annul the deal.

No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said that Raab’s resignation as Brexit secretary is “devastating” for May.

“It sounds like he has been ignored,” he told the BBC.

Raab’s departure will undoubtedly encourage other Brexit supporters to question the deal, political commentators have observed.

Esther McVey: Deal ‘does not honor’ Brexit referendum

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey didn’t hold back when issuing her own letter of resignation. According to McVey, the deal “does not honour” the result of the Brexit referendum, in which a majority of Brits voted to leave the European Union.

Suella Braverman: ‘Unable to sincerely support’ deal

Suella Braverman, a junior minister in Britain’s Brexit ministry, issued her resignation on Thursday, saying that she couldn’t stomach the deal.

“I now find myself unable to sincerely support the deal agreed yesterday by cabinet,” she said in a letter posted on Twitter.

Suella Braverman, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the EU © Global Look Press / Joel Goodman
Braverman said that the deal is not what the British people voted for, and threatened to tear the country apart.

“It prevents an unequivocal exit from a customs union with the EU,” she said.

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Five Saudis Face Death Penalty Over Khashoggi Killing; Crown Prince Cleared

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime.”



Via Zerohedge

Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to “interrogate” Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had “no knowledge” of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

The charges were handed down after the kingdom dismissed five senior intelligence officers and arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection with Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Saudi insider-turned-dissident journalist disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to pick up documents that would have allowed him to marry his fiance. Khashoggi was a legal resident of Virginia.

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime,” according to CNN.

The prosecutor said that the former Saudi deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed al-Assiri, ordered a mission to force Khashoggi to go back to Saudi Arabia and formed a team of 15 people.

They were divided into three groups, the Saudi Public Prosecutor said: a negotiation team, an intelligence team and a logistical team.

It was the head of the negotiating team who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, the prosecutor said.

The Saudis stuck by latest (ever changing) narrative that the Washington Post columnist was killed after a mission to abduct him went awry. The deputy chief of intelligence ordered that Khashoggi be brought back to the kingdom, Shaalan said. The team killed him after the talks failed and his body was handed to a “collaborator” in Turkey, he said.

Asked whether Saud al-Qahtanti, an aide to Prince Mohammed, had any role in the case, Shaalan said that a royal adviser had a coordinating role and had provided information. The former adviser was now under investigation, the prosecutor said, declining to reveal the names of any of those facing charges.

Al-Shaalan did reveal that a total of 21 suspects are now being held in connection with the case. Notably, the decision to charge the 5 comes after National Security Advisor John Bolton repudiated reports that a recording of Khashoggi’s murder made by Turkish authorities suggested that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was behind the murder plot.

But as long as OPEC+ is planning to do “whatever it takes” to boost oil prices, the US’s willingness to give the Saudis a pass could always be tested if crude prices again turn sharply higher.

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U.S. May Impose Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 “Threat” To F-35

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform.

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Authored by Al Masdar News:

Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that Ankara’s purchase of the advanced Russian air defense system poses no threat whatsoever to the NATO alliance. Last month, the Turkish defense ministry announced that delivery of S-400s to Turkey would begin in October 2019.

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform, and may impose sanctions against Ankara, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported, citing a high-ranking source in Washington.

“I can’t say for certain whether sanctions will be imposed on Ankara over the S-400 contract, but the possibility is there. The US administration is not optimistic about this issue,” the source said.

While admitting that Turkey was a sovereign state and therefore had the right to make decisions on whom it buys its weapons from, the source stressed that from the perspective of these weapons’ integration with NATO systems, the S-400 was “problematic.”

The source also characterized the deployment of S-400s in areas where US F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters are set to fly as “a threat,” without elaborating.

Emphasizing that negotiations between Washington and Ankara on the issue were “continuing,” the source said that there were also “positive tendencies” in negotiations between the two countries on the procurement of the Patriot system, Washington’s closest analogue to the S-400 in terms of capabilities.

Designed to stop enemy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 km and altitudes of up to 30 km, the S-400 is currently the most advanced mobile air defense system in Russia’s arsenal. Russia and India signed a ruble-denominated contract on the delivery of five regiments of S-400s worth $5 billion late last month.

Last week, the Saudi Ambassador to Russia said that talks on the sale of the system to his country were ongoing. In addition to Russia, S-400s are presently operated by Belarus and China, with Beijing expecting another delivery of S-400s by 2020.

Washington has already slapped China with sanctions over its purchase of S-400s and Su-35 combat aircraft in September. India, however, has voiced confidence that it would not be hit with similar restrictions, which the US Treasury has pursued under the 2017 Counter America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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