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Travels through America reveal the level of penetration of MSM propaganda

Lengthy travel through parts of the United States reveal a nation that is largely confused regarding geopolitical policy

Seraphim Hanisch

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It is easy for us as news writers to live in a bubble. That bubble is created in part by our own personal perspectives on our topics, (sometimes these perspectives escalate to the points of view we call biases). However, some of this bubble is perhaps created by the nature of news-writing and journalism in its new 21st century role as entertainment, rather than dissemination of information about facts and incidents. The other component of the bubble is that the nature of news writing often utilizes secondary sources as primary, rather than direct contact with regular people. In the case of the United States, a major component of accurate journalism should be gained in encounters with average Americans.

Currently, as I travel this week and next through a fairly substantial part of the United States, this has become easy to see, especially after spending several years overseas with only short periodic visits back to the home turf. The common thread among all the variously confused narratives I have heard is the strength and confidence each person I have listened to has in whatever his or her own point of view is.

No matter what any given person states they believe, each is sure he is right.

In the matter of Russia, I observed a consistent sense that President Putin is seen as an exceedingly bad guy. Since I live in Moscow myself, the topic of President Putin is sure to come up in discussion, and it indeed has many times, so far. For some I discussed this matter with, the questions they asked were already “lost” questions, presuming that the answer was what they already wanted to believe anyway. Examples of this kind of phrasing went something like this:

  • How come the Church rubber-stamps everything Putin does?” – Assumptions: (1) Everything Putin does is bad, (2) the Russian Orthodox Church is the pawn of the President.
  • President Putin is a KGB thug.” – Assumption: people never change if they are (1) from Russia, and (2) involved in politics.
  • President Trump will / will not attack Syria… (multiple permutations)” – Assumption: The media network of choice understands the inner workings of US foreign policy, AND they assume that Bashar Al-Assad indeed gassed his own people.
  • You must be living dangerously in Russia” – Assumptions – see above.

And there will no doubt be more. These were assumptions and points of view I fielded in Florida. It will be interesting to hear what Coloradans think. It may be much the same or different – the Florida segment of population was mostly elderly people. Colorado offers a much younger crowd.

The really difficult part of this is that the assumptions that I heard were held so strongly that offering a real account of life in Russia (very safe, observation of freely expressed opinions both for and against President Putin, and both for and against the veracity of the Russian Orthodox Church, and a vastly more cautious take on the matters in Syria, for example) – these personal accounts were met with a response that said “this cannot possibly be true!”

This refusal to hear facts is one of the most peculiar aspects of a large number of American people. Even our best media people fall to this, as Mr. Tucker Carlson of Fox News did the other day, when he took a softly expressed thought from a US Senator that Carlson’s rightful questioning of the nature and motive of the alleged Syrian gas attack was like the very same (and also rightful) questioning of this incident by President Putin.

Tucker appeared to have had a flashback to an earlier interview with a liberal Democrat who crazily accused Mr. Carlson of being on Putin’s payroll. In this flashback, Mr. Carlson completely seemed to go off the rails and start defending himself against the perceived personal attack that never actually happened. After this point, the somewhat passionate, but still highly reasoned set of points that Tucker Carlson offered in his monologue were largely lost, in the insane reaction to the idea that President Putin’s skepticism and Tucker’s were the same.

And again, the assumption that something must be wrong if these two men’s thoughts are the same about this subject. 

The key to understanding why this matter of passionate, defensive arrogance, sometimes to the level of meltdown, exists in the United States’ media and in the lives of private citizens has clear and defined roots, and the biggest root is also the least popular and least honestly faced.

What are the roots? Well, in my hopefully reasonable opinion (subject to change if I learn more, which I do try to do…)

  1. Rejection of the Christian (or Judeo-Christian) foundation of ethics and morality in society.
  2. More specifically manifested, a rejection ofin God we TRUST” (Emphasis mine), meaning that in the scheme of things in the world, we serve and submit to the will of God, and we do not presume that God is always on our side just because we are Americans.
  3. An assumed faith in the news media. “If they say something, it must be true, especially if delivered with a reasonable, calm cool voice, or if the network is ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, or Fox.” – In most cases of course, only Fox News offers a somewhat different analysis on some given situations, but there is a great deal that all these and the newspapers hold as common belief.
  4. Radical individualism – This is held to be the core of what it means to be free in America these days – the idea that I can do whatever I want and to H-e-double L with you if you disagree. In such a context, there is no sense of brotherhood (another distinctly Christian attribute) and there is also a hardening of society as its basis moves from “God, duty, country” to “me, myself and I.”

Most of these observations are, of course, metaphysical. Some might be led to call them simply “idealist philosophy.” And that, too, is the result of these four components being firmly in place.

They lead to a very disturbing set of patterns.

Instead of brotherhood, there is gossip. Instead of calmness in the face of adversity, there is immeasurably high luxury, yet the amount of complaining is enormous, about nearly everyone or everything. Yet when it comes to looking at one’s self first, only in very seriously God-centered groups does this happen at all, and even then it seems to be strongly affected by the sheer power of this prevailing world view that I observed.

World views are really difficult to crack. But in my hopefully humble opinion, the American world view is becoming increasingly unreasoned, stubborn, illogical and dangerously insane. As has been reported elsewhere throughout the Duran and other great sites, we see and hear the drumbeats of war and scandal and disruption, but not much of a call to reason.

If there is something to this that is genuinely worrisome to me, it is the ease by which the will of the influential and powerful can be manipulated by a press which wants to remain in control of the minds and hearts of the American people, including the minds and hearts of its political leaders. As a possible example, but a few days ago, President Donald Trump stated that the US needs to get out of Syria as soon as possible. And in this, as one might find in many articles here on the Duran and other opinion / news sites, there is a great deal of credence to the President’s thought on this. But immediately after this, an alleged gas attack happened. And without reason the US political / media establishment focused on Assad as the one responsible – without proof that the attack was indeed chemical or that it happened at all.

Just a few weeks ago the same sort of “collapse” happened with the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal, who thankfully both are apparently awake and recovering from what was reported as an “unrecoverable” poison in Novichok. This event, classed as an attempted murder by British police investigators, was attributed to President Putin and Russian government agencies with no proof whatsoever.

In 2017, Russian security software company Kaspersky Lab had its US contracts for the DHS taken away and a standing order to remove any installations of this software in US government computers was put in place. This and the corresponding press attacks and concurrent attacks by political figures, led to Best Buy pulling Kaspersky’s products from its retail shelves. Again, there was no proof of any kind offered.

A humble people that placed their trust in Christian tradition in the way most of us used to would have been a block to such crazy reactions. The US Constitution presents itself as existing on the basis of rights given by the Creator, and its founders rightly noted that without a social foundation whose basis was in line with at least a Christian moral worldview, this nation could not hope to succeed.

Sane people do not start wars. They engage in war to stop it. Insane people start conflicts, and they aggravate crisis in hopes of a flashpoint. I hate to say it, because I am an American and I love my country. But there are a lot of people that seem to want the sensationalism of a flashpoint with no appreciation for what that will cause.

One’s prayer might well be that God brings us to our senses.

 

 

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It is far too easy to brainwash people that have no capacity for critical thinking and poor education to start off with . Since the eighties americans have been brainwashed into thinking that they are the best and that their standard of living is above all the rest of the world .
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Russian Il-20 downed by Syrian missile. Russia blames Israel. Israel blames Syria (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 110.

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The unthinkable has happened in Syria.

The world now teeters on the brink of all out war in Syria as a Russian Il-20 was downed by Syrian missile after Israeli F-16s used it as cover during attack, according to statements made by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

President Vladimir Putin, answering a reporter’s question during a press conference with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, said the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane looks like “a chain of tragic circumstances.” 

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the tripwire triggered that has the potential to tip the fragile balance in Syria towards conflict between Russia, Iran and Israel.

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The Russian military says an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its Il-20 plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said…

“Israel did not warn the command of the Russian troops in Syria about the planned operation. We received a notification via a hotline less than a minute before the strike, which did not allow the Russian aircraft to be directed to a safe zone.”

The statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said that four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria’s Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean.

The Israeli warplanes approached at a low altitude and “created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region.”

The statement further said that 15 Russian military service members have died as a result…

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile.”

According to reports from RT, the Russian military said that the French Navy’s frigate ‘Auvergne,’ as well as a Russian Il-20 plane were in the area during the Israeli operation.

Map of the incident on September 17 in Syria provided by the Russian defense ministry.

The Russian ministry said the Israelis must have known that the Russian plane was present in the area, but this did not stop them from executing “the provocation.” Israel also failed to warn Russia about the planned operation in advance. The warning came just a minute before the attack started, which “did not leave time to move the Russian plane to a safe area,”the statement said.

The statement gives a larger death toll than earlier reports by the Russian military, which said there were 14 crew members on board the missing Il-20. It said a search and rescue operation for the shot-down plane is underway.

A later update said debris from the downed plane was found some 27km off the Latakia coast. The search party collected some body parts, personal possessions of the crew, and fragments of the plane.

Meanwhile Israel has come out to blame the Syrian government for the downing of the military plane, according to an IDF statement.

Israel said that it “expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members” of the Russian plane. However, it stated that the government of Bashar Assad “whose military shot down the Russian plane,” is “fully responsible” for the incident.

Israel further blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the incident.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) explained that its jets were targeting a Syrian facility “from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

Israel claimed that the weapons were “meant to attack Israel.”

Via RT

The IDF assumed that the Syrian anti-air batteries “fired indiscriminately” and didn’t “bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.” The Israelis said that when the Syrian military launched the missiles which hit the Russian plane, its own jets were already within Israeli airspace. “During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation.”

According to the Israeli military, both IDF and Russia have “a deconfliction system,” which was agreed upon by the leadership of both states, and “has proven itself many times over recent years.” The system was in use when the incident happened, the IDF stated. The IDF promised to share “all the relevant information” with Russia “to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.”

The military presented a four-point initial inquiry into events in Latakia. It insisted that “extensive and inaccurate” Syrian anti-aircraft fire caused the Russian jet “to be hit and downed.”

The Russian Il-20 aircraft, with 15 crew on board, went off radar during an attack by four Israeli jets on Syria’s Latakia province late Monday. Later on Tuesday the Russian Defense Ministry said that an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile.

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Trump Orders Immediate Release Of All Text Messages, Carter Page FISA Application From Russia Investigation

Trump has ordered the DOJ to release all text messages related to the Russia investigation with no redactions.

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President Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to release all text messages related to the Russia investigation with no redactions, of former FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, now-fired special agent Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page and twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

Also released will be specific pages from the FBI’s FISA surveillance warrant application on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, as well as interviews with Ohr.

The statement reads in full:

“At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr

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As we reported last Monday, Trump had been expected to release the documents any time – with specific attention to the Page documents and the “investigative activities of Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr” – who was demoted twice for lying about his extensive relationship  with Christopher Steele – the former MI6 spy who assembled the sham “Steele Dossier” used by the FBI in a FISA surveillance application to spy on Page.

Republicans on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees believe the declassification will permanently taint the Trump-Russia investigation by showing the investigation was illegitimate to begin with. Trump has been hammering the same theme for months.

  • They allege that Bruce Ohr played an improper intermediary role between the Justice Department, British spy Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS — the opposition research firm that produced the Trump-Russia dossier, funded by Democrats. (Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS on Russia-related matters during the presidential election — a fact that Ohr did not disclose on federal forms.)
  • And they further allege that the Obama administration improperly spied on Carter Page — all to take down Trump. –Axios

Ohr, meanwhile, met with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in 2015 to discuss helping the FBI with organized crime investigations, according to The Hill‘s John Solomon. The meeting with the Putin ally was facilitated by Steele.

Last month Trump called Ohr a disgrace, while also tweeting: “Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions  “Justice” Department? A total joke!”

Trump’s threat came one day after two tweets about Ohr, noting a connection to former FBI agent Peter Strzok, as well as a text sent by Ohr after former FBI Director James Comey was fired in which Ohr says “afraid they will be exposed.”

According to emails turned over to Congressional investigators in August, Christopher Steele was much closer to Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie than previously disclosed.

Steele and the Ohrs would have breakfast together on July 30, 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington D.C., days after Steele turned in installments of his infamous “dossier” on July 19 and 26. The breakfast also occurred one day before the FBI formally launched operation “Crossfire Hurricane,” the agency’s counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign.

“Great to see you and Nellie this morning Bruce,” Steele wrote shortly following their breakfast meeting. “Let’s keep in touch on the substantive issues/s (sic). Glenn is happy to speak to you on this if it would help.”

“After two years of investigations and accusations from both sides of the aisle about what documents indicate, it is past time for documents to be declassified and let the American people decide for themselves if DoJ and FBI acted properly,” Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows told Axios earlier Sunday.

In early August, journalist Paul Sperry tweeted that Trump may use his presidential authority to declassify “20 redacted pages of a June, 2017 FISA renewal, “and possibly” 63 pages of emails and notes between “Ohr & Steele,” and FD-302 summaries of 12 interviews.”

President Trump threatened to declassify documents two weeks ago – one day after the New York Times allegedly published an anonymous Op-Ed claiming to be from a White House official claiming to be part of an unelected “resistance” cabal within the Trump administration.

“The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy – & they don’t know what to do,” Trump tweeted earlier this month, adding: “The Economy is booming like never before, Jobs are at Historic Highs, soon TWO Supreme Court Justices & maybe Declassification to find Additional Corruption. Wow!”

Trump’s threat comes as calls by frustrated GOP legislators to release the documents have hit a fevered pitch. Spearheading the effort are Republican Reps. Meadows, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Lee Zeldin – who have repeatedly asked Trump to declassify more of the heavily redacted FISA surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in late 2016.

In June, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee asked President Trump to declassify key sections of Carter Page’s FISA warrant application, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.

Carter Page, the DOJ/FBI’s person of interest, weighed in on the matter in late August, tweeting: “The Corrupt DOJ, co-conspirators in the DNC and their high-priced consultants correctly believed they had American democracy and the FISA Court over a barrel in 2016.”

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De-Dollarization Tops Agenda at Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum

The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) was held in Vladivostok on Sept.11-13. Founded in 2015, the event has become a platform for planning and launching projects to strengthen business ties in the Asia-Pacific region.

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This year, the EEF brought together delegations from over 60 countries to discuss the topic “The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities”. A total of 100 business events involving over 6,000 participants were held during the three days.

1,357 media personnel worked to cover the forum. Last year, the number of participants was 5,000 with 1,000 media persons involved in reporting and broadcasting. The EEF-18 gathered 340 foreign and 383 Russian CEOs. Nearly 80 start-ups from across South-East Asia joined the meeting.

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This year, a total of 175 agreements worth of 2.9 trillion rubles (some $4.3 billion) were signed. For comparison, the sum was 2.5 trillion rubles (roughly $3.7 billion) in 2017.

They included the development of the Baimsky ore deposits in Chukotka, the construction of a terminal for Novatek LNG at Bechevinskaya Bay in Kamchatka and the investment of Asian countries in Russia’s agricultural projects in the Far East.

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Mail.Ru Group, Megafon and Chinese Alibaba inked an agreement on establishing AliExpress trade joint venture. Rosneft and Chinese CNPC signed an oil exploration agreement.

The Chinese delegation was the largest (1,096 people), followed by the Japanese (570 members). The list of guests included the president of Mongolia and prime ministers of Japan and South Korea.

It was also the first time Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the event to meet his Russian counterpart. The issue of de-dollarization topped the agenda. Russia and China reaffirmed their interest in expanding the use of national currencies in bilateral deals.

During the forum, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of RDIF, said the fund intends to use only national currencies in its transactions with China starting from 2019. It will cooperate with the China Development Bank.

This “yuanification” is making visible progress with Shanghai crude futures increasing their share of oil markets up to 14 percent or even more. China has signed agreements with Canada and Qatar on national currencies exchange.

READ MORE: Eastern Economic Forum opens new chapter in US-Russia dialogue

De-dollarization is a trend that is picking up momentum across the world. A growing number of countries are interested in replacing the dollar. Russia is leading the race to protect itself from fluctuations, storms and US-waged trade wars and sanctions.

Moscow backs non-dollar trade with Ankara amid the ongoing lira crisis. Turkey is switching from the dollar to settlements in national currencies, including its trade with China and other countries. Ditching the US dollar is the issue topping the BRICS agenda. In April, Iran transferred all international payments to the euro.

The voices calling for de-dollarization are getting louder among America’s closest European allies. In August, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for the creation of a new payments system independent of the US.

According to him, Europe should not allow the United States to act “over our heads and at our expense.” The official wants to strengthen European autonomy by establishing independent payment channels, creating a European Monetary Fund and building up an independent SWIFT system.

Presenting his annual program, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Sept. 12 for the European Union to promote the euro as a global currency to challenge the dollar.

According to him, “We must do more to allow our single currency to play its full role on the international scene.” Mr. Juncker believes “it is absurd that Europe pays for 80 percent of its energy import bill – worth 300 billion euros a year – in US dollars when only roughly 2 percent of our energy imports come from the United States.” He wants the raft of proposals made in his state of the union address to start being implemented before the European Parliament elections in May.

70% of all world trade transactions account for the dollar, while 20% are  settled in the euro, and the rest falls on the yuan and other Asian currencies. The dollar value is high to make the prices of consumer goods in the US artificially low. The demand for dollars allows refinancing the huge debt at low interest rates. The US policy of trade wars and sanctions has triggered the global process of de-dollarization.

Using punitive measures as a foreign policy tool is like shooting oneself in the foot. It prompts a backlash to undermine the dollar’s status as the world reserve currency – the basis of the US economic might. The aggressive policy undermines the US world standing to make it weaker, not stronger.

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