Dec 29 2011

Iran, The Real Reason the U.S. Wants to Invade

Iran not the problemIRAN (is not the problem) is a feature length film responding to the failure of the American mass media to provide the public with relevant and accurate information about the standoff between the US and Iran, as happened before with the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

We have heard that Iran is a nuclear menace in defiance of the international community, bent on “wiping Israel off the map”, supporting terrorism, and unwilling to negotiate. This documentary disputes these claims as they are presented to us and puts them in the context of present and historical US imperialism and hypocrisy with respect to Iran.

It looks at the struggle for democracy inside Iran, the consequences of the current escalation and the potential US and/or Israeli attack, and suggests some alternatives to consider.

This 79 minute documentary features Antonia Juhasz (The Bu$h Agenda), Larry Everest (Oil, Power, and Empire), and other activists and Iranian-Americans. The DVD also contains a 20 minute preview version ideal for meetings. The goal of this movie is to promote dialog and change the debate on Iran, so please consider organizing a screening, big or small, in your area.

Produced by Aaron Newman, an independent film-maker and part of the Scary Cow film co-op in San Francisco. He is an anti-imperialism/pro-democracy activist, founder of the SF Chomsky Book Club, and a member of Hands Off Iran

There are differences of opinion between many of the voices in this film, but all agree that a war would be unjustified (by angel). Below are brief video introductions for each of the people who participated.





Aug 3 2011

Anti-Flag—The Press Corpse Music Video & Lyrics

Anti-Flag—The Press Corpse

Anti-Flag—The Press Corpse: “This song was written in dedication of the mainstream-corporate media, in particular Judith Miller and the New York Times, who failed miserably in their role as The People’s investigative watchdog of the powerful and instead acted as a stenographer for the White House in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq. It is also dedicated to the Bush White House for successfully intimidating and shutting out any reporters who questioned their distortions, half-truths and lies in the build up to the war, and continue to do so. Most of all, this song was written in dedication of Democracy Now! as well as a handful of other courageous journalists for getting it right on Iraq , for continuing to report it like it is while the others report what is safe, and for putting integrity before profit.”

-Justin Sane, Anti-Flag

Enjoy this video.

Anti-Flag—The Press Corpse Lyrics

The {Downing Street} memo says…

…We gotta work to make the facts fit the false charges
Pull the wool over the eyes of the filthy masses
Stab the people in the back for the corporate choice
Roll the propaganda out using The People’s Voice

We don’t want to talk about it…

The press scribble scribble every half-truth spoke
Then shoot it round the country like an April Fools joke
Hype the nation for a Desert Storm love affair
Wave the stars and stripes like you just don’t care!

They talk it up all day, they talk it up all night
They talk until their face turns blue – Red white and blue!
But when the truth escapes the night and crawls into the day
We find the picture still askew

They don’t want to… talk talk talk talk talk about it
They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and mindlessly salute
They don’t want to talk about it
They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and cowardly salute

And on the TV screen…
…Diversion and aversion is the flavor of the day
Was it WMDs? Or Democracy?
Blame it on MI-6 or the CIA
The White House Press Corpse only has one thing to say…

“We don’t want to talk about it!”

The White House boils over, “Al Jazeera got it wrong!”
The Press Corpse jumps onboard singing the White House song
While over in Iraq thousands are dead because of lies
The spineless war drumming-press corpse have taken lives

They talk it up all day, they talk it up all night
They talk until their face turns blue – Red white and blue!
But when the truth escapes the night and crawls into the day
We find the picture still askew

They don’t want to… talk talk talk talk talk about it
They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and mindlessly salute
They don’t want to talk about it
They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and cowardly salute

Fires fueled on endless lies
Black shrouds coat desert skies
A nation’s viewpoint blurred and led
As embeds report what they’re fed

We don’t want to talk about it…
We don’t want to talk about it…
We don’t want to talk about it…
We don’t want to talk about it…

(We don’t want to talk about it…)
We don’t, don’t want to, we don’t wanna talk about it
(We don’t want to…)
We don’t, don’t want to, we don’t wanna talk

They don’t want to… talk talk talk talk talk about it
They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and cowardly salute
They don’t want to talk about it
They wanna tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and cowardly salute


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Jul 18 2011

Rupert Murdoch and Media Corruption

rupert murdoch-fox-nazi-UThe endless cesspool which was Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid News of the World is finished, however the underhanded corporate politics of the master nevertheless hold sway in the U.S. and Britain. Murdoch is definitely the great goule of mass media corruption and consolidation on both sides of the Atlantic. But he is not a solitary villain. “Murdoch wasn’t the only media beneficiary when the FCC allowed him and others to consolidate their power and influence.” All corporate media are truth thieves.

rupert-murdoch-kingIn the event it can be stated that there is a master of planet wide corporate mass media, that individual is Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch’s News Corporation reigns supreme in television and print media within his native Australia, the United States and the U.k.

United states citizens tend to be most acquainted with News Corporation ownership with the Fox news cable channel, the New York Post, Dow Jones Inc., the Wall Street Journal, and Twentieth Century Fox movie studio and others. The Murdoch organization isn’t just big, it is known for a specific political mindset. Inspite of the declaration of being “fair and balanced” Fox news along with other Murdoch outlets blatantly encourage and safeguard Right Wing bordering on Fascist interests, politics and Muslim hating propaganda.

One of Rupert Murdoch’s Newspapers is Mixed up in a Scandal so Debased that the Mogul is shutting it down.

One of Murdoch’s British newspapers, the News of the World, is mixed up in a scandal so tremendous that it prompted the mogul to shut down that publication. During a period of several years, the News of the World employed private investigators to break into in to the voice mail messages of members of the British royal family, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, celebs, along with other notable individuals.

The News of the World settled out of court with some of the people harmed by the invasion of privacy. In some cases, a reporter plus an investigator were sentenced to prison because of their actions. A lot of these cases are not new, and have been festoring just beneath the surface with the News Corporation effectively reducing bad publicity. Being able to keep this sordid story from impacting the conglomerate right up until recently is only one sign of the extremely corrupt partnership between corporate media and political figures.

British PM’s Communications Director Arrested for Criminal Conduct While in Rupert Murdoch’s Employ.

British Prime Minister David Cameron tapped Andy Coulson, a prior News of the World editor, to become his communications director. This appointment came into being inspite of the growing scandal. Coulson ultimately resigned as the story unfolded, and he has since been arrested, however his selection showed clearly that Murdoch believed he had absolutely nothing to fear from political figures and that he seemed to be right, to be so supercilious.

Rupert Murdoch’s Employees Obstructing Justice.

Like all criminal conduct however, some evidence came to light ultimately that changed the equation. A story broke that involved not only phone tapping but police misconduct and obstruction of a kidnapping and murder investigation. In 2002 a British adolescent was kidnapped and later found murdered. In the period she was missing but still not accounted for, her voice mails were erased and her family was given false hope that she was still alive.

It had been a News of the World private eye that erased the voice mails and jeopardized an ongoing police investigation. Some police officers were misdirected in their investigation in the case, while some were on the take and offered News of the World backchannel information in order to maintain a amiable relationship with the corporate power house.

The recognition of this affront caused immediate and widespread revulsion among the British public, worried advertisers, and prompted political figures to outdo each other in condemning the publication.

All this can make great fodder throughout the media, however nobody is discussing exactly what all this affirms about government and press relations and not simply in Britain but in the Uniited States as well. Murdoch acquired a permanent waiver of FCC rules which prohibit ownership of a newspaper and television station in the same city. The New York Post and WNYW television are all permitted to stay in his grip, and give him a disproportionately significant voice in the media capital of the United States. The media happen to be controlled by many wealthy individuals and corporations, and our ability get factual information and complete stories is jeopardized in this process.

Corporate Media, Maybe the Most Destructive Influences in Modern Society.

Money is a corrupting influence and corruption in the media is particularly insidious. All through history, the press have swayed public opinion, and through doing so structure events and influence popular thought on the important issues of the moment. The media even create issues which would not have existed before, this can be good or it can be used to distract from real imporant topics, like worrying about the dept ceiling, but not screaming over the fect that the war on Iraq is still going and that alone would handle the debt ceiling problem. When the press are concentrated into fewer and fewer and wealthier hands, the potential for abuse is enormous. Murdoch was not the only media beneficiary when the FCC allowed him and others to consolidate their power and influence. He’s one among the most visible.

Bad publicity aside, there’s every cause to think that Murdoch may succeed in purchasing Britain’s Sky News Service. He may be slowed by these events, but he’s rich and powerful and will eventually come out triumphant unless there is a massive public outcry for justice to be done on Murdoch himself. Depending upon which way the political winds blow, more reporters, editors and corrupt police officers may suffer, but it is the man with the gold who makes the rules.

Politicians in London, New York and Washington will still dance to the tune of the Murdochs of the world. It is they who decide who will and won’t be in the power in the first place throguh their corrupt media machine. Time to end Murdoch’s empire and put back in legislation that prevents this type of criminality from happening.

Many Points in this article where take from an Article by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Jul 14 2011

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Owns 2012 GOP Candidates

FOX-NEWS-2012-largeReport on a new, subversive development for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News: almost all of the main potential Republican candidates for the presidency are on the channel’s payroll as commentators, raising questions of corruption and bribery by Fox News’ owner as the 2012 campaign approaches.

Ron Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and, obviously, Sarah Palin have expressed interest in running for President of the United States. All are well compensated political commentators for Fox News.

“Except for Mitt Romney, Fox presently has deals with every major potential Republican presidential candidate not presently in office,” Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Keach Hagey write.

“Fox insiders, speaking anonymously about what is a sensitive topic for a network worried about outside perception, said no word has been conveyed from the corporate brass to reporters about how to treat what are, for now at least, their colleagues.”

“People from other networks are frustrated that, while major newsmakers for example Palin routinely show up on Fox News, the network’s tight contractual strings mostly prevent its mass of Republican stars from being questioned on every other channels, even C-SPAN. From the four potential candidates, only Gingrich has made an appearance on another channel in most of 2010.” Reports the Hufington Post.

But this really is of little importance in comparison to the fact that other networks don’t mention the glaring manipulation of American politics by fox news’ owner Rupert Murdoch. They fail to consider the fact that the News Corporation’s actions are boarding on fascism, yet no government bodies appear to be investigating Rupert Murdoch, Fox News or his News Corporation. Controlling the news and what political figures say is the cornerstone of any totalitarian state.

This really is blatantly played down where it’s reported on at all, for instance within the Huffington Post it’s made out to be some interesting bit of information like there aren’t any conflicts of interest occurring or that this might actually be endangering our liberties and reshaping what Americans think and do in a highly destructive manner.

Frankly if you can’t see this as an assault on our freedoms in the worst type of way then you don’t really understand what our freedoms are and what power the press has when used as a political tool. Look at Iraq for example, no Iraqi has to this day killed an American on American soil yet Fox News and other news stations promoted the invasion of this country like it was going to save us from certain doom. Now one million Iraqis are dead and we are still in the country, the press does not even bother to explain why, they keep us distracted with stories about things that are hardly important at all.

With some of Rupert Murdoch’s underhanded tactics finally emerging it’s time he was fully investigated and his media monopoly destroyed forever.


Jun 29 2011

Quotes from Abraham Lincoln, Allow the President to Invade a Neighboring Nation

pics of Abraham Lincoln

Quotes from Abraham Lincoln

“Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”

—Abraham Lincoln

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    Apr 9 2011

    Zion I & The Grouch—Plead the Fifth Lyrics

    Zion I & The Grouch—Plead the Fifth

    Plead the Fifth by Zion I & the Grouch is an incredible song against the corporate greed that or society is in the clutches of, from Big Pharmas lies to get every man woman and child on drugs they don’t need and actually do more harm than good to polluting our environment to the point where we will no longer be able to live here.

    The best line is, “Big business VS women and man, now this include the rule of pharmaceuticals, medicine approved to use but they just neuter you, mask the symptoms, but they don’t treat the root of the problem the object, to hide the truth, mass addiction, go get your prescription. Ritalin or Vicodin there’s something for the life your in.”

    Zion I & The Grouch—Plead the Fifth Lyrics

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    (CHORUS)
    SAID I DON’T KNOW, IT WASN’T ME
    I PLEAD THE FIFTH

    (ZUMBI)
    ALL QUIET IN THE COURT NOW
    PLEASE TAKE A SEAT
    FACE THE JUDGE WHO PRESIDES
    IN THE COURTHOUSE-
    PROSECUTION TO THE STAND
    IN THE NEXT CASE
    BIG BUSINESS VS. WOMAN AND MAN-
    NOW THIS INCLUDES THE RULE
    OF PHARMACEUTICALS-
    MEDICINES APPROVED TO USE
    BUT THEY JUST NEUTER YOU
    MASK THE SYMPTOMS
    BUT THEY DON’T TREAT THE ROOT
    OF THE PROBLEM
    THE OBJECT HIDE THE TRUTH-
    MASS ADDICTION GO GET
    YOUR PRESCRIPTION-
    RITALIN OR VICODIN
    THERE’S SOMETHING FOR
    THE LIFE YOUR IN
    DOPE PUSHER WITH A PHD
    SYNTHETIC WARFARE ON YOUR CHI
    COME FOLLOW ME-
    IT’S FOR THE JURY
    PLUS THE MAMAS AND THE BABIES
    SOMETIMES I LOOK AROUND
    IT’S LIKE WE ALL PLUM CRAZY-
    MOTRIN SO THE PAIN
    CAN FLOAT AWAY-
    AND I COMPLAIN BUT
    I’M THE SAME THEY ADDICTED ME
    TO THE NUMB OUT-
    AT TIMES I WANT TO DUMB OUT
    I TRY TO SPEAK THE TRUTH
    IN THE BOOTH SPIT A LUNG OUT-
    IT’S BUSINESS READ THE QUOTES
    IN THE FINE PRINT
    THE CORPORATES STAND ACCUSED
    WHAT YOU PLEAD?
    THE FIFTH

    (FASHAWN)
    I PLEAD THE FIFTH, I KNOW MY RIGHTS
    AIN’T NO JUSTICE IT’S JUST ICE, SO WHAT’S RIGHT?
    AND WHAT’S WRONG, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE F*#@ LIFE
    IT’S LIKE THE DOOR TO OPPORTUNITY DONE SHUT TIGHT
    BACK TO BAGGIN’, CRACK MATHEMATICS
    TRYING’ TO KEEP IT INTACT WHILE THIS ECONOMY’S COLLAPSIN’
    WHILE WE SWALLOWIN’ KLONOPIN’S AND ASPIRIN
    DROWNING’ IN DISASTER, WE’RE FROWNING’ WHILE THEY’RE LAUGHING’
    IT’S ASTOUNDIN’ HOW IT HAPPENS, ESPECIALLY TO YOUNG BLACK MEN
    GET US IN THEY TRAPPERS, MENTALLY IT’S A MASSACRE
    AND AS FAR AS THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM, IT IS INACCURATE
    POLITICAL SAVAGES FILL UP PRISONS LIKE ????
    SO IT’S ME AGAINST THE SYSTEM, ME AGAINST THE WORLD
    RISK MY FREEDOM JUST TO FEED MY LITTLE GIRL, ONLY REASON
    SO YOU KNOW WHAT AMENDMENT I’M PLEADIN’
    REMEMBER I’M A HEATHEN, DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR
    REPEAT IT

    (GROUCH)
    JURY ASKING ME WHY I DRIVE A GAS HOG
    WHY I’D ASK THE SHOP TO LIE SO I COULD PASS SMOG
    THE EARTH’S HURT, I KNOW THE REPERCUSSIONS
    AND SO DO Y’ALL, WE NEED SOME DEEP DISCUSSION
    SHE KEEPS SUFFERIN’ AND WE KEEP HUSTLING’
    EVEN IF IT MEANS OTHER BEINGS TAKE A F*%#[email protected]
    I’M LEAKIN’ SUBSTANCE BUT REAKIN’ OF A STENCH
    I CAN’T STAND MYSELF, Y’ALL STINKIN’ UP THE BENCH TOO
    IT’S JUST THE EVIL THAT MEN DO
    MURDERIN’ OUR MOTHER FOR GREED AND THE ENDS SOON
    IF WE DON’T SWITCH OUR PLEASE TO GUILTY AND THEN CHANGE
    IT AIN’T ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER AND JUST SAY (I PLEAD THE FIFTH)

    (CHORUS)
    SAID I DON’T KNOW, IT WASN’T ME
    I PLEAD THE FIFTH

    (CASUAL)
    CATALOG THE CHRONICLES HONORABLY YOUR HONOR
    I DONE LEARNED TO KEEP MY KARMA RIGHT
    ARMALITE AR-
    AND ALL MY LIFE I DONE SAID IT BEFORE,
    I DONE BEAT THE LAW I’M TARIQ THE MOOR
    THE STREETS, IT SEEMS THAT THEY’RE READY TO TALK
    I CAN’T RELATE THE DREAM STATE MAKES EVERYTHING SEEM FAKE
    YOUR BODY INTO GAS AS FAST AS CREMATION
    (I) FEEL ELATION, ERASIN’ FREEBASIN’ FREEMASON’S
    A TRUE FRIEND, I BLOW HERB
    MEDU NEN: THAT’S NO WORDS
    AND THE CREWS LIKE GOLDY IN THE REALM OF THE ROSI
    WHILE THE CHICKS TRY AND HOLD ME LIKE COMPOSURE
    ALL THE LITTLE STORIES YOUR TELLIN’, IRRELEVANT, YOU’RE LYIN’
    INTELLIGENT DESIGN, THE ALIEN INVASION
    STRESS, I GOT GREYS
    NOW I HAD THE BARBER HIT THE LINE WITH THE RAZOR
    REHEARSAL? HOMIE HE LATE, BUT THE VERSE GON’ BE GREAT
    WHO PLEAD THE FIFTH? YA’LL SPEAKIN’ THE FIRST 48.