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Messing with our heads

Psychological warfare (PSYOPS), deployed to sway our perceptions, is not new and the CIA has a long history of interference in book publishing, Hollywood and other media.

EXCLUSIVE: Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA by Tom Secker and Matthew Alford
US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows
Tom Secker and Matthew Alford report on their astonishing findings from trawling through thousands of new US military and intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too critical of the Pentagon from being made — not to mention influencing some of the most popular film franchises in recent years.
This raises new questions not only about the way censorship works in the modern entertainment industry, but also about Hollywood’s little known role as a propaganda machine for the US national security apparatus.

James Corbett and Sibel Edmonds discuss the 1970s film, Three Days of the Condor, which revealed the omnipresence of the deep state and softened us up to the idea that we will never win.

Social media is a primary PSYOPS medium today and is used to perpetuate the war on Syria with the emotive exploitation of children.

BANA: The Heartbreaking Story of Child Exploitation, Propaganda and Media Falsehood by Tim Hayward
“This is child exploitation to create the propaganda that promoted the terrorists in East Aleppo and was being used to destroy Syria” ~ Khaled Iskef

Using children to inflame our anger and sympathy complements the creation of "monsters" and bogeymen and women to focus our anger at the desired symbol of aggression to justify war.

Asma Al-Assad: How Western Media Turned “A Rose in the Desert” into “A Cheerleader for Evil” by Sarah Abed
“Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic—the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. Her style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment. She’s a rare combination: a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement. Paris Match calls her “the element of light in a country full of shadow zones.” “She is the first lady of Syria”.
Soon after the Vogue article was published the war in Syria began, with a staged uprising in Daraa. Another war against Vogue Magazine and this article, in particular, was waged by many publications, in particular, those that had ties or were sympathetic to the illegal state of Israel.
These publications shamed, insulted, belittled and demanded that this story be retracted or changed to fit the demonization campaign that spawned in mainstream media.

We should be wary when consuming media, even when we are aware of the underlying agenda; it is designed to elicit a particular response and we are told stories which support the official narratives. Rather than succumb to their PSYOPS, look beyond establishment news and information sources to understand the real agendas at play.

Collaborative media

On Thursday, Daily Pickings referred to two Critical Thinking videos being on BitChute - now the rest of our video content is available on Critical Thinking's BitChute channel.

The Corbett Report and Media Monarchy were specifically highlighted but we also pointed to the emerging ecosystem of independent media which collaborate to co-create narratives which reflect reality, rather than the FakeNews propaganda dispensed in the mainstream and which frequently appears on social media. As we become familiar with reliable sources, we also notice the cross-fertilisation of information and ideas and the collaboration between them. The more we can refer to independent voices, rather than establishment media, the quicker we can foster and nurture a trusted ecosystem of news, information and analysis. Tony Gosling covers a wide range of topics and in this weeks show he discusses Common Purpose with Brian Gerrish of UK Column, another independent voice worth listening to.

Threats to both Bristol’s St. Pauls and London’s Notting Hill carnivals – Smart Meter hell – Common Purpose: producing mayors and presidents in a leadership factory?
Friday 14th July 2017
BCfm’s weekly Politics Show presented by Tony Gosling

Resonance grows

Critical Thinking session on 11th July 2017

This week's Critical Thinking session discussed revolution, Antifa and Black Block, the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the crash, framing and ideology.

On framing debate, a couple of references weren't mentioned such as George Lakoff's Don't think of an Elephant and Under the Sign of the Scorpion by Juri Lina and Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil by Gerard Menuhin was recommended.

Fire in the Minds of Men is highly recommended to understand the origins of the Illuminati and revolution.

Understand the political economy in the context of human history and the power to change the world follows.

Critical Thinking on BitChute

Critical Thinking shares its research and analysis through the Website and Daily Pickings via email and Twitter.

Recently we began recording our weekly sessions and they are uploaded as audio podcasts to Critical Thought at MixCloud.

We've also created videos, overlaying discussions and presentations with images, but we don't have our own YouTube channel although you will find most of the videos we've created at 00atmen. We've now opened a BitChute video channel and will upload all our videos to there soon. Meanwhile, two videos have been published on BitChute: Withdrawing Consent and Hierarchy and the Political Economy.

Daily Pickings has expressed the need for an ecology of free, open-source, self-organised news and media analogous to the free software movement which is not driven by money but by contributions from all those interested in participating. BitChute is a peer to peer platform which provides a vital component of essential infrastructure to build such an ecology of news and media. Check out BitChute's FAQs and content which includes the Corbett Report and Media Monarchy.

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