MSM Begs For Trust After Buzzfeed Debacle

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—The mass media, including pro-Trump mass media like Fox News, absolutely deserves to be distrusted. It has earned that distrust. It had earned that distrust already with its constant promotion of imperialist wars and an oligarch-friendly status quo, and it has earned it even more with its frenzied promotion of a narrative engineered to manufacture consent for a preexisting agenda to shove Russia off the world stage.
The mainstream media absolutely is the enemy of the people; just because Trump says it doesn’t make it untrue. The only reason people don’t rise up and use the power of their numbers to force the much-needed changes that need to happen in our world is because they are being propagandized to accept the status quo day in and day out by the mass media’s endless cultural engineering project.

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John Pilger says Julian Assange is in ‘very good spirits’ after visit to embassy.

Pilger said the ‘extraordinary resilience’ of Julian Assange given his circumstances is ‘something to behold.’ His whole sense of ‘to hell with them’ and his own resolve to stand up to those who want to do a great injustice to him is ‘undiminished.’ His family and friends, however, are gathering around him this Christmas and New Year, to the extent that they can, because there is a feeling that perhaps an expulsion is coming. His health is currently stable although he ‘urgently needs’ a comprehensive diagnostic. About the the alleged Manafort-Assange meeting Pilger commented “I personally can confirm that did not happen. The way the internal security works in that embassy it was not possible.”

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Dismantling the Doomsday Machines

JOHN V WALSH—The Doomsday Machine was published just a little more than a year ago, but its terrifying message has failed to provoke action. And Daniel Ellsberg is a man who knows whereof he speaks; the subtitle of the book is “Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner,” which is how Ellsberg spent the early part of his career. What follows on this first anniversary of the book’s publication is a brief restatement of the main argument of the book and then a summary of Ellsberg’s plan of action. (Not included are memoirs and personal experiences of this remarkable, very intelligent and moral man, which are found in the book and which I recommend to flesh out the line of thought presented herein.) Ellsberg’s plan is to be considered a stop gap measure to remove the nuclear sword of Damocles hanging over our heads and allow time to move to total abolition of nuclear weapons, a much more arduous task. Hopefully this essay will serve as a reminder of Ellsberg’s warnings and as a call to act on them.

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The Coming Onslaught Of Government Repression

RAINER SHEA— As Chris Hedges was written, “Totalitarian rule always elevates the brutal and the stupid.” This is being shown in the fact that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter have apparently engineered the shutdown by urging Trump to carry it out. It’s appropriate that for decades, these and other right-wing leaders have been demonizing poor and vulnerable people while defending civil liberties violations like waterboarding and illegal Guantanamo detentions. What comes next is the logical conclusion of their twisted vision for America.

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