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War crimes

In spite of establishment bias and Structural Elite control of the BBC, we are occasionally treated to a rare glimpse of truth. In seeking to capture the minds of the "young" and the "hip", Radio4's Today program recruited PJ Harvey to edit the morning news and current affairs program in February 2014 with surprising and mildly encouraging results.

The truth about the criminal bloodbath in Iraq can't be 'countered' indefinitely by John Pilger
The media cover-up has been a weapon in the crimes of western states since the first world war. But a reckoning is coming for those paid to keep the record straight

Of course, regular listeners with closed minds will have dismissed the program as "BBC lefties" on the rampage but it may have given growing numbers pause for thought. Last October on the Today program, Peter Ford, former ambassador to Bahrain and Syria, laid out some home truths about the war on Syria and the misplaced antagonism to Russia. Moments of realisation are all it takes to shift human consciousness.

Currently, the BBC, in its inimitable fashion, is trapped in the Westminster bubble and the focus is on bringing down Jeremy Corbyn who appears to be winning back the Labour party from the metropolitan political apparatchiks who displaced the traditional working class element in Tony Blair's coup, following the death of the popular John Smith (Smith's death should probably be re-examined in view of the subsequent body count on Blair's watch - Diana Spencer, Jill Dando, Robin Cook, David Kelly, to name but four).

Now why would the machinations of Blairite MP's putch against Corbyn take up so much air time? Yes, there is also the added distraction of the Boris Johnson/Michael Gove rift in vying for leadership of the Tory party and the top job in the UK government. But what is really happening that we're not being told of? There are obviously the wars in which the UK is complicit but continue unreported: Yemen, Ukraine etc.

Could it be that the establishment is closing ranks to protect the arch manipulator himself, Anthony Charles Lynton Blair and his henchmen, Jack Straw, Alistair Campbell and many more? The long awaited Chilcot Report is to be released next week - it is unlikely to present the real truth but it may open the door for people (independent of the establishment) to question Blair's New Labour project and his wars from Yugoslavia to Iraq, not to mention his ongoing enrichment as the EU's "Middle East envoy" while fomenting division and more war in the region. Many hope to see him on trial in the Hague for war crimes but the ICC was never set up to try the elevated cattle of the Structural Elite but to remove/discourage those who stand up against the US/NATO alliance.

It’s Still the Iraq War, Stupid By Craig Murray
No rational person could blame Jeremy Corbyn for Brexit. So why are the Blairites moving against Corbyn now, with such precipitate haste?
The answer is the Chilcot Report. It is only a fortnight away, and though its form will be concealed by thick layers of establishment whitewash, the basic contours of Blair’s lies will still be visible beneath. Corbyn had deferred to Blairite pressure not to apologise on behalf of the Labour Party for the Iraq War until Chilcot is published.

Who's Jo Cox?

A news search on the murder of Jo Cox which, temporarily at least, arrested the accelerating momentum of the Brexit campaign, pulls up stories from seven days ago - the day before the EU referendum vote. The story did its job; it's now old news. Strangely, the heartfelt "unity" message eulogised by Remain campaigners in the immediate aftermath of her death was only for the referendum vote - the subsequent recriminations and orchestrated campaign to oust Jeremy Corbyn, as leader of the Labour party, don't smack of unity.

Questions remain: who was Jo Cox? We know, because money raised in her memory was allocated to the white helmets in Syria, that either knowingly or not, she was a tool of the NATO war machine to oust president Bashar Assad. The circumstances of her death remain unexplored in spite of the parallels with the murder of pro-Euro Swedish minister, Anna Lindh, in 2003. Thomas Mair, accused of her murder, is not to be tried until November when the murder will be even older news and the political theatre will have moved on. He appears to have had "mental issues" and was claimed to be acting alone - fits the pattern of a false flag event.

It happens every time: Event to shock and distract -> capitalise on the momentary sympathy for the victim(s) to achieve your objective -> quietly let the story drop below the media radar and move on.

Another such "story" is the recent mass slaughter of gay club patrons in Orlando, Florida. One of the motives ascribed to the "lone" gunman was homophobia but it has emerged subsequently that the alleged shooter was himself gay.  More questions remain and now it appears that no-one died until the police SWAT team arrived  - so who killed all those people? More importantly, why?

Judge: FBI Transcript Shows Nobody Died in Orlando Shooting Until SWAT Teams entered the Building by Tim Brown
What should have been front page news everywhere, somehow got buried amid the official narrative we were given about the Orlando shooting. Judge Andrew Napolitano told FOX News that an FBI transcript indicated that no one died until 05:13am Sunday morning when the police SWAT teams entered the building.

It is only through vigilance and monitoring such events that we see the patterns emerge. When the atrocity occurs, we are given an immediate narrative that quickly embeds itself in our psyche: murder of Jo Cox? "...oh yes, that was that lone racist nutter"; Orlando massacre? "...oh yes I remember, that was the homophobic Muslim acting alone" - the contrary evidence is never presented. So unless, you look for yourself, how will you know what's really going on?

9/11 is where this current millennia's cycle of insanity started and until we engage with the truth of 9/11, we don't have a clue about why David Kelly and many more died subsequently. The weight of evidence suggests that Kelly was murdered by the deep dark state to sustain the illusory narrative behind the Iraq war which itself was a product of 9/11.

Truth is the only route to freedom

Business as usual for the shepherds

At the risk of falling into the Brexit distraction trap, Daily Pickings can't ignore these two articles which offer more wisdom on the subject than most of the commentary and speculation which dominates current discourse. The first is by Sam Gerrans and is probably the most accurate description of the Brexit pantomime to emerge in the days following the referendum result.

Brexit changes nothing by Sam Gerrans
I’ll admit it, I was temporarily stunned. Jacob Rothschild had called for a Remain vote. What else was there to talk about? I hadn’t seen that one coming.

The second is a snapshot of life from the perspective of a young person who voted to leave the EU and has been shocked and stunned by the level of animosity and assumptions expressed by those voting to remain. As the previous article notes "the sheep are busy baaing at the goats, while the goats bask in the sun of the impression that they won something."


Brexit Not Racist
I voted out, I’m 27 and I live in London. I don’t own anything with a Union Jack on it, even though I grew up in a council house and have working class parents. I studied politics and economics for 5 years at Queen Mary and the LSE, so I’m not ‘uneducated’. I don’t hold the same views as these institutions, I don’t belong to any ‘isms’, nor do I identify with left or right: I don’t watch mainstream news, so I don’t feel the need to put myself in any of these boxes. I am not a nihilist either; I’m a freethinking individual who wants peace and harmony for all human beings on this planet.

You don't have choice, you have "Owners"

But we do have choice, we can withdraw consent to be kept in ignorance - then we can dispense with owners.

Managing the public mind

Life is complicated; or appears to be. The arguments leading up to last week's UK referendum on EU membership involved claims and counter-claims concerning trade, economic impacts etc. whereas the real issue at hand is concentrated power: self-determination versus unaccountable technocratic rule. By discussing immigration and framing the debate in terms of fear of the future (untold disasters were promised should people vote to leave the EU), the question of who rules became peripheral to the debate. The complexity of such issues is contrived to deceive.

Sociologist Robert Lynd wrote that a “goal” of experts in communication should “be that of persuading the people that there are many issues too complicated for them to decide, which should be left to experts.”

Daily Pickings has often referred to Edward Bernays and mass manipulation. In this article, Andrew Gavin Marshall explains how education and media evolved as weapons of mass manipulation under the direction of the Rockefeller Foundation. Propaganda quickly became the means to subvert and control the "will of the people".

The Propaganda System That Has Helped Create a Permanent Overclass Is Over a Century in the Making by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Bernays wrote: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

It is a well referenced piece and worth reading in full because it shows how relatively few people were involved in the creation of the propaganda matrix which dominates the public mind and how media and education were integrated under Structural Elite control through "charitable" foundations.

The major industrial and financial elites had a direct role to play in the transformation of this educational system, and a substantial interest in the ideologies which would emerge from them. As Andrew Carnegie wrote in 1889, at the top of the list of “charitable deeds” to undertake was “the founding of a university by men enormously rich, such men as must necessarily be few in any country.” It was in this context, of robber barons seeking to remake education, that we see the founding of several of America’s top universities, many of which were named after their robber baron founders, such as Stanford (after Leland Stanford), Cornell (after Ezra Cornell), and Johns Hopkins, who owned the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

John D. Rockefeller founded the University of Chicago in 1891 (birthplace of the Shock Doctrine)