Wednesday, June 22, 2016

8 Years Ago, The World Lost a Legend — Watch George Carlin Explain How the System is Rigged



June 22, 2016


Eight years ago today, the world lost a great man. While the mainstream media will tell you that he was merely a comedian, this man gave the world so much more than laughter. He challenged the establishment paradigm and was unafraid to speak truth to power.

In what can only be described as one of the most honest breakdowns of modern systems of control, legendary comedian George Carlin pulls no punches in this spot on monologue about America’s “real owners.”




“There’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got. Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the REAL owners, now. The REAL owners, the BIG WEALTHY business interests that control things and make all the important decisions — forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. YOU DON’T. You have no choice.
You have OWNERS. They OWN YOU. They own EVERYTHING. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations; they’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State houses, the City Halls; they’ve got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear.
They gotcha by the BALLS. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying — lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want — they want MORE for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They DON’T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that, that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting FUCKED by the system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago
They don’t want that.
You know what they want? They want OBEDIENT WORKERS. OBEDIENT WORKERS.
People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re comin’ for your SOCIAL SECURITY MONEY. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it BACK. So they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it ALL from you sooner or later — ‘cuz they OWN this fuckin’ place. It’s a big CLUB. And YOU AIN’T IN IT. You and I are NOT IN the big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long, beating you over the in their media telling you what to believe — what to think — and what to buy. The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.
Good honest hard-workin people — white collar, blue collar — doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-workin people CONTINUE — these are people of modest means — continue to elect these RICH COCKSUCKERS who don’t GIVE a fuck about them. They don’t give a fuck about you, they don’t GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOU.
THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU — AT ALL. AT ALL. AT ALL. You know? And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care … that’s what the owners count on, the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day. Because the owners of this country know the truth — it’s called the American Dream … ‘cuz you have to be asleep to believe it.”
One thing is certain, George Carlin had a very clear understanding of how the system was set up and exactly who it was meant to serve. He lays bare the reality of just what the modern “American Dream” has become and sounds the societal alarm through his comedy, which to this day resonates clearly in 2015.

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

3 Years Ago Today, Rolling Stone’s Editor “Conveniently” Died in Fiery Crash While Investigating CIA


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 Notorious for ending the career of a four-star general, Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings suspiciously died in a fiery explosion three years ago on the streets of Los Angeles.
Although the FBI eventually admitted to investigating his work while CIA Director John Brennan continued to lead “witch hunts” against investigative journalists, Hastings’ death was immediately ruled an accident while unanswered questions remain years later.


Early on the morning of June 18, 2013, freelance cameraman Scott Lane recorded a dash cam video of Hastings’ Mercedes C250 coupe speeding south on Highland Ave and running a red light. Down the street, a surveillance camera at Pizzeria Mozza recorded a brief video appearing to show two small explosions near the bottom of his car moments before hitting a tree and bursting into flames.


A day after Hastings’ death, Robin Abcarian of the Los Angeles Times reported Hastings had been investigating CIA Director John Brennan at the time of his demise. Within hours, her colleague Brian Bennett contradicted her story claiming Hastings had been researching Florida socialite Jill Kelley instead.

A few days later, LA Times reporter Andrew Blankstein debunked Bennett’s article and confirmed Hastings had been investigating CIA Director John Brennan at the time of his death. Although Bennett’s article is full of false information, the editorial staff has refused to make any corrections.
Less than a year before Hastings’ death, Wikileaks posted a series of hacked emails taken from the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor), including an email stating, “Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists.”

Following the tragic loss of her husband, Hastings’ wife Elise Jordan later confirmed that he had been working on a profile of Brennan when he died. Although Rolling Stone was expected to publish his article posthumously, the editors have not released his final piece and refuse to answer why.
The day after Hastings’ untimely demise, Wikileaks wrote on Twitter, “Michael Hastings contacted Wikileaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.”

Two days after Hastings’ crash, the LAPD ruled his death an accident without a thorough investigation into possible foul play. That same day, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller suspiciously announced, “At no time was journalist Michael Hastings ever under investigation by the FBI.”

A FOIA lawsuit later revealed the FBI had launched an investigation into Hastings’ work in June 2012, following his controversial profile on Bowe Bergdahl. After acquiring the heavily redacted federal documents, investigative journalist Jason Leopold told Vice, “The FBI says Hastings was not a target of their investigation but his reporting was. How do you investigate someone’s reporting without investigating them?”

Three days after Hastings’ death, Staff Sgt. Joseph Biggs told KTLA that he had received an email from Hastings 15 hours before his fatal crash. With the subject line “FBI Investigation, re: NSA,” Hastings wrote to his coworkers, “The Feds are interviewing my ‘close friends and associates.’
Perhaps if the authorities arrive ‘Buzzfeed GQ’, er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues. Also: I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the radat for a bit. All the best, and hope to see you all soon.”

A few days after Biggs revealed that email to the media, former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke suddenly told The Huffington Post that Hastings’ crash was “consistent with a car cyber attack.” Clarke also admitted that the LAPD lacked the expertise to adequately determine whether Hastings had been the victim of a cyber attack against his vehicle.

In 2011, computer scientists at UC San Diego and the University of Washington explained how hackers could maliciously harm drivers by taking control of their car’s functions, including brakes, airbags, steering, and fire-suppression systems. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Program Manager Dr. Kathleen Fisher also warned of the inherent vulnerability in modern cars that operate without basic firewalls.


In his infamous article that resulted in the forced resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Hastings wrote, “McChrystal was also open to new ways of killing. He systematically mapped out terrorist networks, targeting specific insurgents and hunting them down – often with the help of cyberfreaks traditionally shunned by the military.”

A Special Forces commando who worked with McChrystal in Iraq and later served on his staff in Kabul told Hastings, “The Boss would find the 24-year-old kid with a nose ring, with some fucking brilliant degree from MIT, sitting in the corner with 16 computer monitors humming. He’d say, ‘Hey – you fucking muscleheads couldn’t find lunch without help. You got to work together with these guys.’”

Although the coroner’s report mentioned that Hastings was wearing his seatbelt when he died, it did not disclose whether his airbag deployed. His autopsy revealed Hastings’ arms, legs, ribs, hyoid bone, pelvis, and skull had been fractured in the crash. Despite the fact that his head, neck, and left side of his body were heavily charred, the rest of his body remained unburned until his remains were reportedly cremated against his family’s wishes.

Instead of commenting on Hastings’ death or why his C250 coupe burst into flames, Mercedes refuses to answer why their redundancy of flame-retardant systems failed to activate or if their on-board computer recorded anything significant before the impact. In a 2013 frontal crash test video, several Mercedes Benz C-class vehicles collide into a wall head-on, and none of them erupt into flames.



The FBI and NSA have also failed to disclose whether Hastings received any text messages, phone calls, or emails before getting into his car. Due to the fact that the FBI had been investigating Hastings for a year and the NSA possesses the metadata of every U.S. citizen, both agencies could easily access that information without a search warrant.

“When you have any high-profile person that dies in those circumstances, obviously there needs to be an investigation. And we need to see all of the facts as to how his car ended up hitting that tree,” investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill told Buzzsaw a month after Hastings’ death. “The public deserves to know. His family deserves to know exactly what led up to his car hitting that tree.”


Andrew Emett is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew’s work has appeared on Raw Story, Alternet, Activist Post, and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewEmett and on Facebook at Andrew Emett.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch Begin Drilling for Oil in Syria — a Violation of Int’l Law









June 15, 2016


After concluding the flow testing phase, Afek Oil and Gas will now begin analyzing samples drawn from the Ness-2 drilling site, euphemistically dubbed “Deborah’s Well,” in the Israeli-occupied region of Syria known as the Golan Heights. New Jersey-based Genie Energy, Ltd., Afek’s parent company, claims a dubious cadre of investors cum war profiteers, including Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney, Lord Jacob Rothschild, James Woolsey — as well as a number of current and former U.S. politicians. 

Prior testing at a separate Afek site did not meet expectations, so the company sought other “sweet spots” in the area. Analysis of samples from additional wells will be performed by Afek scientists in conjunction with “external international experts.”

To understand U.S. involvement in the quagmire in Syria, Afek’s oil exploration is of critical import.
Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights region violates international law — thus, Israeli permits granting Afek the ostensible right to perform exploratory tests of a possible “large reservoir” of natural gas and light oil is also illegal. But in a world where Big Oil remains powerful enough to drive foreign policy of the U.S. empire, this direct violation of the Geneva Convention might not even be worthy of a footnote — except to the people of Syria.

In fact, as The Free Thought Project’s Justin Gardner previously reported, the unsavory character heading Genie Oil is none other than Efraim “Effie” Eitam, an Israeli military commander and former Knesset member who once called for the expulsion of the “cancer” of Arabs from Israel. 

“Expel most of the Judea and Samaria Arabs from here,” Eitam arrogantly asserted during a soldier’s memorial service in 2006. “We cannot be with all these Arabs and we cannot give up the land, because we have already seen what they do there. Some of them may be able to stay under certain conditions, but most of them will have to go.”

In addition to the eyebrow-raising cabal of Eitam, Murdoch, Cheney, and Rothschild, Genie Oil and Gas appointed new members to its Strategic Advisory Board last September, including:

“Dr. Lawrence Summers, 71st Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton and Director of the National Economic Council under Pres. Obama; former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, who is credited with helping pass the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Bill while she chaired the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; former governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, who became an energy insider after serving as the Clinton administration’s Energy Secretary; and former Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey, who co-founded the U.S. Energy Security Council.”

At stake is a 153 square-mile region in the Golan Heights, demarcated by Israeli authorities as exclusive territory for Afek to perform exploratory testing, which began in 2015, through early April 2017. 

However, even beyond the not-at-all-minor issue of legality, Afek’s drilling in the region has stirred another, perhaps more imperative, concern. A large aquifer supplying the entire region’s drinking water is positioned uncomfortably close to the stores of fossil fuel — raising contamination concerns sufficiently serious that an Israeli high court issued a temporary restraining order in 2014, though it was quickly dismissed. 

But none of this bothers Murdoch, Cheney, Rothschild, and the others, as the Golan Heights to Big Oil represents little more than an exploitative business opportunity. Syria, in fact, has been systematically torn apart primarily because foreign powers and radical groups seek to protect their varied oil interests. 

While the Afek ilk set their sights on Golan Heights oil and natural gas, Turkey, the U.S., Russia, Daesh, and a spate of others have been fighting over Syria’s geostrategic location for major oil pipelines under the cover of religious and civil strife. 

“[W]e may want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology and focus on the more complex rationales of history and oil, which mostly point the finger of blame for terrorism back at the champions of militarism, imperialism and petroleum here on our own shores,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., intoned in an April editorial for Ecowatch

As Kennedy astutely noted, U.S. interventionism in the Middle East, and particularly Syria, has little to do with fighting terrorism and far more to do with the region’s rich petroleum reserves  — as in the case of Genie’s magnates. And such insistent international meddling at the behest of corporate oil interests so destabilized the entire region, it led to the formation of Daesh (ISIS) and similar radical groups. 

Of course, oil exploration certainly benefits the ongoing push by Israel to expand its occupation and settlements, since U.S.-backed Big Oil operates under the premise the manufactured nation’s encroachment on Syrian territory is perfectly legal. Often, as is the case with Afek and Genie, the Golan Heights is dismissively referred to as “Northern Israel.”

Environmental and humanitarian groups vocally criticize Afek’s exploratory drilling, but despite growing international outcry, have not succeeded in halting ongoing tests. 

Considering the notoriously powerful, monied warmongers backing Afek’s petroleum plans, outrage and violation of international law wouldn’t factor one iota in matters concerning the Golan Heights.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Wake Up, America!