Criteria for links

I have decided to yank some of my blog’s links. The reason for that is that those links lead to sites where there is no opportunity for public interaction (commenting). It may be the case that some sites are more amenable to that than others. I have done my best to judge whether a site can be forgiven for talking at us rather than communicating with us and allowing public reader commenting. My blog gets little attention, so it may not matter in the least to those affected. I really don’t care. I do what I do regardless. A yanked link may or may not indicate that I have a problem with the individual or organization. Some of the sites I’ve yanked links for (A Socialist In Canada – Roger Annis), I quite like. Regardless, If you want me to advertize your site, then demonstrate (as in do) democracy on your website and don’t give me excuses for not doing so.

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If it’s anti-status quo, it’s spam?

“5 of the Most Important JFK Files the CIA Is Still Hiding” by Jefferson Morely

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The government’s release of long-secret JFK assassination records is generating headlines and hype worldwide. But the truth is the majority of the JFK files that were supposed to be released last month remain secret—and may forever if the CIA has its way.

On October 24, President Trump tweeted that “JFK files are released long ahead of schedule,” which was not true…

Judge John Tunheim, who oversaw the declassification of 4 million pages of JFK files in the 1990s, called the CIA withholding “disappointing.”

“They knew this deadline long ago,” Tunheim told Politico’s Bryan Bender. “It should have been done by Oct. 26, 2017.”

Dan Hardway, a West Virginia attorney and former investigator for the House Select Committee on Assassinations, notes that the CIA is not in compliance with the JFK Records Act, which requires federal agencies to provide a written explanation for withholding any files past October 26.
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My disappeared (by ‘fake Left entity’ Alternet or Disqus or both of those orgs) online response to commenter, Boris Badenov, follows. I believe that the comment Boris made that I responded to was “It’s all about fighting them evil Communists.”:

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A lot of what this author relates I just don’t have any knowledge of. And as I said in another comment attached (if it doesn’t get disappeared) to this article, Jefferson Morely merely refers to JFK as a “liberal president.” I think he wants people to understand “liberal” here as meaning ‘good’, which doesn’t work for me. Nor does it draw me to Morely’s research. But I am interested in the subject of JFK’s assassination. It would be easier if most of those looking into it weren’t witting and unwitting tools of the deep state. I was disappointed when reading the comments. People are clueless. I offered some links to books on JFK by Noam Chomsky and Seymour Hersh to one commenter, alan johnstone, who, for a change, didn’t respond to my observations on JFK with the usual automatic defense of a man who was actually a terrorist.

There was a button beside my disappeared comment in my Disqus account, which said that ‘If this is a mistake, let us know’ or something like that. Obviously, From my standpoint it’s a big mistake that those who have chosen darkness then act as agents of darkness, disappearing comments that aren’t supportive of the status quo or aren’t supportive of fake lefties like Alternet. So I clicked on the button. They can do whatever the hell they want… for now.

Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone article is titled “RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That’s Now More Important Than Ever.” I thought that that – the title of the article – was about the most important thought in Matt’s article. I’m mystified by his willing ignorance of Cold War II. I also note that while it’s certainly the case that “Manufacturing Consent” is more timely than ever, I would have used my platform as a popular journo to direct people to an even better, and less academic, book by Edward Herman at this time, namely “The Real Terror Network.” But whatever.

I attached a comment to the above linked-to article by Matt Taibbi. Let’s see whether Disqus or someone flags this as spam. This is it:

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Well, It’s ironic that a comment that I posted to (fake lefties) Alternet, quoting Edward Herman, a few days ago, was disappeared. It was flagged as spam. I don’t know whether that was data miner, and beloved of progressives everywhere, Disqus or Alternet or both. Doing a search online for entries about Herman’s death on the day of, after being alerted by TRNN about it, returned nothing. Now, There’s plenty. So I guess I was too quick in checking. But now you can read any number of articles from any number of sources, Right or less Right and truly alternative. That’s no problem. But a comment I make about Herman, quoting him, gets disappeared. The war on light continues.
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Little light on Myanmar

“Myanmar defies the “International Community”” by Gearóid Ó Colmáin

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, has rejected UN calls for an investigation into the plight of the so-called Rohingya ethnic minority in the country. Violence irrupted in the Arakan province in October 2016 when Jihadi terrorists attacked a police checkpoint along the Bangladeshi border, killing nine policemen.

The attacks were blamed on the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO), a Jihadi terrorist organisation with links to Saudi Arabia. Human rights groups linked to the US State Department and British intelligence such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International launched a concerted appeal to the “international community” to do something to prevent “genocide” against the Rohingya minority after Burmese troops launched a military operation to quell the Islamist insurgency. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has accused the Myanmar government of genocide based on the reports of the aforementioned dubious organisations, who have a track record of spreading lies and disinformation in order to justify wars of aggression disguised as “humanitarian interventions.”…

Thousands of Buddhist women have been raped and murdered by Bengali Muslims; yet the Western media has shown little or no interest. Instead, the focus has been on demonising the nationalist monks who are encouraging a boycott of what they see as an attempt by the Bengali Muslims to ethnically cleanse the province. No objective investigation into the ethnic violence in the province has been carried out by the Western press…
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Gearóid Ó Colmáin

My online disappeared comments (attached to the above linked-to article) follows:

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Arby
1st November 2017 at 4:15 am
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

I appreciate Gearóid’s knowledge of this complex situation. But the ‘China is good and the United States is bad’ narrative is not helpful. A lot of people like the idea of highlighting the decline of the American Empire (perhaps feeling that the words can wound that false prophet who has wounded the world), pointing to others that are rising. They are all godless empires, or would-be empires, my friend. (If the United States ceased to exist tomorrow, and China was left to rule the world, Do you imagine that the cancerous money system would disappear and the inequality and exploitation that a money system enables would disappear?) And, yes, There is a God. And he is not humankind.
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Arby
4th November 2017 at 6:45 am
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

There is nothing in this article I would argue with. Why would I? I know nothing. I’m trying to learn and I’ve heard Gearóid talk about this before, probably via 21st Century. 21st Century is the sort of source I get my information from. Filters are more needed now than ever. It’s filters vs Google’s police state algorithms. As real news gets buried by fascists entities like Google, those without some idea already who to turn to for information will be screwed. And so I am alarmed that my comment here was disappeared. This happens when I am in fact directing traffic to sites like Gearóid’s, so I am hurt.

What was the problem? I often don’t start keeping track of censorious behavior until I’ve seen it happen for the first time (and I can’t remember exactly what I said that deserved to get disappeared). Then, unless it’s a site that I have absolutely no use for anyway, I start keeping track. I could be spending more time just learning, but alas, It’s a free universe and I am not impervious to what others do to me.
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The Avalanche – Snapshot 2 – Oct 22, ’17

Jonathan Cook

Source: Google’s New Search Engine Bias is No Accident | Dissident Voice

An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Jonathan Cook follows:

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Alternet has gone public with concerns about the way Google and Facebook have limited traffic to its website and, more generally, undermined access to progressive and independent media…

Nonetheless, there is something deeply misguided, even dangerous, about its description of what is happening. Here is how its executive editor, Don Hazen, describes Alternet’s problems:

Little did we know that Google had decided, perhaps with bad advice or wrong-headed thinking, that media like AlterNet—dedicated to fighting white supremacy, misogyny, racism, Donald Trump, and fake news—would be clobbered by Google in its clumsy attempt to address hate speech and fake news. …

So the reality we face is that two companies, Google and Facebook—which are not media companies, do not have editors or fact-checkers, and do no investigative reporting—are deciding what people should read, based on a failure to understand how media and journalism function.

“Bad advice”, “wrong-headed”, “clumsy”, “failure to understand”. Alternet itself is the one that has misunderstood what is going on. There is nothing accidental or clumsy about what Google and Facebook are doing. In fact, what has happened was entirely predictable as soon as western political and media elites started raising their voices against “fake news”.
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Jonathan’s report on Alternet’s experience is educational. One, It’s another example of killing communication. Two, It’s an example of the killing of communication by a voice that isn’t truly progressive. Alternet is partially George Soros-funded. On it’s website where it talks about funders, it notes that some of them wish to be anonymous. I’m sure. “Discover The Networks,” a rightwing but useful resource lists the following funders for Alternet. I can’t say whether the list is accurate or up to date, but it reveals something about Alternet. Ford Foundation? Open Society Institute? Bank of America? Rockefeller Foundation? Really? Here’s DTN’s list:

AlterNet is financed through individual donations, advertising revenue, and grants from charitable foundations. Among its larger funders are the Arca Foundation, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Bauman Family Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Four Freedoms Fund, the Funding Exchange, the Glaser Progress Foundation, the McKay Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, the Threshold Foundation, the Town Creek Foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, and Working Assets.

“Veterans to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now” – by Daniel Borgström

The following is an excerpt from the above linked-to blog post by Daniel:

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Dear Amy Goodman of Democracy Now,

We are a group of military veterans who are hoping NOT to be blown off the face of this planet in a nuclear exchange precipitated by events in Syria…

As former military persons, we see no military advantage or rationale for the Assad regime to have used poison gas in those situations. On the other hand, there are people who would be glad to use the incident to pull the U.S. into the war. This should be clear to even the most casual observer, and yet it is being ignored by the mainstream media.

Why is there no need for evidence?…

Unfortunately, with only rare exceptions, DEMOCRACY NOW has NOT been raising such questions either in regards to Syria. On your Friday, April 7th show, you featured numerous guests discussing Syria, some openly accusing Assad, but nobody asking about evidence…

Hoping to stay alive,

Daniel Borgström, USMC (ret.)
for Veterans for Peace,
East Bay Chapter #162

April 14, 2017

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Over 2 months have passed and we received no response.
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I emailed Daniel to say thanks for his letter to Amy Goodman. He then thanked me for that. A short while later, I read an interview of Daniel by “Black Agenda Report” editor Anne Garrison in which Daniel says things about John Kennedy that reveal he is infected with Camelot propaganda. I then emailed him to point out that problem, providing him with some links and info. He graciously accepted those and promised to look into the information. I have no idea whether he did or whether he’s still a JFK worshipper. See my previous blog post titled “The Power Of White.”

Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey can be seen in this aerial photo over Port Arthur, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“Texas Town’s Residents to Get Harvey Aid Only if They Won’t Boycott Israel” by Emily Wells

The following is an excerpt from the above linked-to article by Emily Wells:

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The city of Dickinson, Texas, which was hit exceptionally hard by Hurricane Harvey, is requiring applicants for Harvey rebuilding funds to vow they won’t boycott Israel in a move the American Civil Liberties Union has called “an egregious violation of the First Amendment.”…

“The First Amendment protects Americans’ right to boycott, and the government cannot condition hurricane relief or any other public benefit on a commitment to refrain from protected political expression,” said ACLU of Texas Legal Director Andre Segura. “Dickinson’s requirement is an egregious violation of the First Amendment, reminiscent of McCarthy-era loyalty oaths requiring Americans to disavow membership in the Communist party and other forms of ‘subversive’ activity.”
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That is frightening. And fascist. BDS is a PEACEFUL means to put pressure on Apartheid Israel. It helped in South Africa and rightwingers today have no problem with that. The abandonment of Apartheid in South Africa didn’t make the racists quit racism, but it did show the world that racists don’t always have to get their way. (Not only did the racism continue – while the discrimination diminished – but the country, as Noam Klein explains in “The Shock Doctrine,” didn’t end up free. As one African activist (Rasool Snyman) put it, “They never freed us. They only took the chain from around our neck and put it on our ankles.”

I don’t know what the English sign in Tel Aviv is about. But the image is taken from the attached article.

“Thousands Of Israelis Take To The Streets Calling For Palestinian Genocide” by Whitney Webb

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Tel Aviv rally—organized to support an Israeli soldier who murdered a wounded Palestinian by shooting him in the head as the victim lay on his back—was marked by chants and banners calling for mass murder.

Massive rallies and Facebook campaigns calling for Palestinian genocide are ignored by Western mainstream media and Facebook despite concerns and collaborations aimed at stopping “calls to violence”.

Since last October, the Israeli government has accused Palestinians and their allies of “inciting violence” against Israelis, despite the fact that only 34 Israelis have died in that time frame compared to 230 Palestinians. The uptick in violence has been attributed to an internationally condemned Israeli encroachment of Palestinian lands in the contested West Bank.

Israeli government concern over recent violence has led them to arrest Palestinians for social media content that could potentially lead to crimes. So far, 145 Palestinians have been arrested this year for “pre-crime” via social media “incitement.” This practice eventually led to a collaboration between Facebook and the Israeli government, whose joint effort to curb social media “incitement” has led to the banning of several Facebook accounts of Palestinian journalists and news agencies.
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“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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The Avalanche – Snapshot 6 – Nov 5, ’17

Too bad that those people (click on above image/link) get the Rohingya situation wrong. They are, it appears, being duped and manipulated along with much of the rest of the world. A good (but strange) site I’ve found for information on the Rohingya situation is: Gearóid Ó Colmáin. Whoever is in charge of the site sure doesn’t care whether it gets visitors. I see no life at all. My comments have been in moderation forever. I noted in one comment I made that a previous comment I had posted had been disappeared (no ‘your comment is awaiting moderation’ msg, nothing). Then the next day, the disappeared comment was back, but still in moderation. Just kill the commenting feature for goodness sake and be done with it!

“Palestinian anti-Balfour posters banned from London transport network” by Mustafa Abu Sneineh

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A proposed publicity campaign on London’s underground network by a group representing Palestinians in the UK to raise awareness about next month’s centenary of the Balfour declaration has been blocked by transport authorities.

The poster campaign, titled “Palestine… Make it Right”, was planned to run on prominent digital billboards at several underground stations and on buses in central London from next Monday to highlight the impact of a document considered to have paved the way for the forced expulsion of Palestinians from lands claimed by Israel in 1948.

But the Mission of Palestine, a body that represents the Palestinian government in the UK and the organiser of the campaign, said in a statement on Tuesday that Transport for London (TfL) had rejected it on the grounds that it contravened its advertising policies.
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So, What are those policies? Evidently, One could be “We will allow no information that could potentially make the world a better place for everyone.”

“North Korea Nuclear Testing Tunnel Collapse, Fears of Radiation Leaks, Will Trump Resort to “Fire and Fury” insanity?” by Felicity Arbuthnot

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Urgent warnings of a radiation leak have been issued after the collapse of a tunnel under North Korea’s 7,200 foot high Mount Mantap, under which the country tests their weapons systems.

The accident, believed to have happened on 10th October – though it only came to light on 31st October – is a disaster which is reported to have killed two hundred people. Were it anywhere else on earth it would surely be a headline tragedy, with Heads of State sending their condolences and offering assistance.

Apparently, however, the parents, sons, daughters which are the workforce of The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are children of a lesser God and the ‘phone lines, emails are seemingly silent; the Eiffel Tower and Brandenburg Gate have not been lit with the nation’s colours in memory of those lost and mourned.

Dangers of radiation are the only headlines, assistance to attempt to assess and curtail it by the world’s expert bodies and institutions; hands held out in the light of a major disaster, have not been forthcoming.
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A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on May 21, 2017, shows Saudi’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud attending a meeting with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the US president at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh. / AFP PHOTO

“Bombshell Revelation of US and Saudi Culpability in Creating ISIS Ignored by Mainstream Media – and by the Team Trump” by James George Jatras

An excerpt from the above article follows:

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Here it is, right from the horse’s mouth! Qatar’s former prime minister spills his guts about how his country worked with Saudi Arabia and Turkey under the direction of the United States – meaning then the Obama Administration – to funnel arms and money to jihad terrorists in Syria:

‘The explosive interview constitutes a high level “public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state, [including] possible support for Nusra/al-Qaeda.” … Former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, who oversaw Syria operations on behalf of Qatar until 2013,… said while acknowledging Gulf nations were arming jihadists in Syria with the approval and support of US and Turkey: “I don’t want to go into details but we have full documents about us taking charge [in Syria].” He claimed that both Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah (who reigned until his death in 2015) and the United States placed Qatar in a lead role concerning covert operations to execute the proxy war…’

Here it comes! You almost have to feel sorry for poor Hillary! The Trump team and their media supporters – starting with Fox News, which had been dancing on Hillary’s political grave all last week – will be all over this story in no time!

Except they weren’t. While [Tom] Luongo pointed to what should have happened, there was not a peep from anyone in the Administration. Nor anything on Fox. Both were as mum as the mainstream media, which predictably were as silent as the graves of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians slaughtered by the jihadists.

No fireworks, just the chirping of crickets. As I predicted at the time, the Qatari story would be totally ignored by the American mainstream media. In fact, not a single major outlet in the United States ran the story, though there were a few English-language articles in the Middle East. The only appearances in the U.S. were alternative media like Zero Hedge, the Ron Paul Institute, Antiwar.com, and a few others, mostly bloggers picking up from Zero Hedge.
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Well, You get the idea. The author abuses rules of punctuation, and clarity, in his article, making it difficult to do attribution. He gets his material from two other sources, namely a Zero Hedge article by Tyler Durden titled “In Shocking, Viral Interview, Qatar Confesses Secrets Behind Syrian War” and “Qatar Comes Clean on Syria — Hillary’s Worst Birthday Ever” by Tom Luongo.

This isn’t something I’d do:
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‘The explosive interview constitutes a high level “public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state,
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That comes from this paragraph in Durden’s article. Notice how the above sentence does ‘not’ start with “The explosive interview…”:

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And according to a well-known Syria analyst and economic adviser with close contacts in the Syrian government, the explosive interview constitutes a high level “public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state,
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I think the proper way (proper punctuation when you’re quoting someone) to do that would have been like this:

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“…the explosive interview constitutes a high level “public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state,…”
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Antiwar.com, mentioned in James Jatras’s article, may have picked this bombshell news up, but I wouldn’t trust that org further than I can throw a piano. Visit Newsbud and do a search of Antiwar.com to get an idea. The org is utterly mainstream, masquerading as progressive.

“Wall of Grief” by Paul Robinson

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Yesterday (30 October), Vladimir Putin attended the unveiling of the ‘Wall of Grief’, a monument erected in Moscow to the victims of communist repression. This is the third major such monument constructed in Moscow this year, the other two being the Sretenskii Monastery (about which I wrote earlier) and a memorial at the former Butovo firing range.

You might imagine that these strong signals of disapproval of communism would have some effect on how the media represents Putin and the state he leads… For the most part, Western media haven’t bothered covering the story at all…

It’s interesting to see how this works. Putin unveils a monument to Stalin’s victims, but Western reporting doesn’t focus on that, nor link it to other memorials which repudiate communism (Butovo, Sretenskii, etc), but instead uses the event as what journalists call a ‘hook’ to write a story about political repression under Putin and the Russian state’s alleged rehabilitation of Stalin.
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See my blog post titled “A Loud Whoompfing Sound.”

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