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Video: You Will Believe What the Media Tells You to Believe →

“The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.”
— George Orwell

“All news is lies and all propaganda is disguised as news.”
— Willy Munzenberg, Stalin’s propaganda chief

“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”
— William Colby, former CIA director

“The media is a Counter-Intelligence organisation. The media backs every war. The role of the media and embedded historians is to surround the truth with a bodyguard of lies. “
— Greg Hallett

“The media tries to put a sad face on these things, painting them up as great human tragedies; but we all know the function of the media has never been to eliminate the evils of the world, no! Their job is to persuade us to accept those evils and get used to living with them. The powers that be want us to be passive observers.”
— Burning Man, “Waking Life”

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”
— Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister

“Newscasters who want to keep their careers afloat learn the fine art of evasion. We should never accuse them of doing a poor and sloppy job of reporting. If anything, with great skill they skirt around the most important points of a story. With much finesse they say a lot about very little, serving up heaps of junk news filled with so many empty calories and so few nutrients. Thus do they avoid offending those who wield politico-economic power. It is enough to take your breath away.”
— Dr. Michael Parenti

“No one outside America any longer believes the US media or the US government… You can’t believe a word the American media says. If they say anything correct, it’s just an accident.”
— Paul Craig Roberts

“Newspeak was the official language … The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits … but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought should be literally unthinkable.”
— George Orwell

P.S. — Did you know that when Obama signed the 2013 NDAA, it effectively made government propaganda LEGAL for the first time since 1948 when the Smith-Mundt Act was passed (not that they weren’t doing it anyway, but…ya know…the gloves are officially off).

‘Spaceballs’ Called It: Chinese Residents Line Up to Breathe Fresh Air from Bags →

Breathing fresh air is becoming a luxury in some places…

China currently ranks as the most polluted country on the planet. The scale of China’s notoriously polluted cities has reached such proportions that marketers are now using imported fresh air as a luxury commodity, as well as a stunt to drive tourism to less smoggy areas.

The brunt of all this was predicted in Mel Brooks’ more hilarious-than-it-was-prescient Star Wars-spoof Spaceballs (dating back to 1987). The film’s plot was based around a scheme by the Planet Spaceball empire to steal fresh air from Plant Druidia. One of the gags portrayed the president of Spaceball (played by Mel Brooks) sniffing premium fresh air out of a “Perri-Air” can in his spare time.

In present day reality, residents of Zhengzhou, one of China’s ten most polluted cities, and the capital of the heavily polluted Henan province, recently lined up in droves for a travel agency’s publicity stunt to breathe fresh mountain air out of bags, lest they get a chance to visit the mountains and breathe the real thing.

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Parody: What Food Ads Would Really Say (If They Were Honest) →

Remember that one high fructose corn syrup commercial?

Rant: Money to Food Stamps, or to Foreign Dictators & War? →

(Truthstream Aaron and Melissa discuss the affordability of healthy food and the relative cost of food stamps vs. foreign aid — which often furthers the cycle of perpetual war and control by dictators — and defense spending. While the collectivist safety net is often disgusting, the global chess game of conflict and killing must be worse… just saying.

Most food stamp payments issued to working Americans for first time - report…

Working poor now majority of food stamp recipients — with college educated among fastest growing group of users…

Only 47% of Adults Have Full-Time Job…

America’s $2.3 Trillion Dollar Foreign Aid is Mostly a Defense Contractor Subsidy…

Critics question billions in aid routed back to US contractors…

From CBS NEWS: “All of the $1.3 billion in foreign military financing is obligated to pay U.S. defense and security companies for contracts they have to supply equipment and support for the Egyptian military. Unless Clinton had issued a certification or waiver, those contracts could have been abrogated. The State Department official said there would be significant fees and penalties due to canceled contracts.”…

Henry David Thoreau quotes from Civil Disobedience (1849):
I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — “That government is best which governs least”;(1) and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.

Practically speaking, the opponents to a reform in Massachusetts are not a hundred thousand politicians at the South, but a hundred thousand merchants and farmers here, who are more interested in commerce and agriculture than they are in humanity, and are not prepared to do justice to the slave and to Mexico, cost what it may. I quarrel not with far-off foes, but with those who, near at home, co-operate with, and do the bidding of those far away, and without whom the latter would be harmless. We are accustomed to say, that the mass of men are unprepared; but improvement is slow, because the few are not materially wiser or better than the many. It is not so important that many should be as good as you, as that there be some absolute goodness somewhere; for that will leaven the whole lump.(15) There are thousands who are in opinion opposed to slavery and to the war, who yet in effect do nothing to put an end to them; who, esteeming themselves children of Washington and Franklin, sit down with their hands in their pockets, and say that they know not what to do, and do nothing; who even postpone the question of freedom to the question of free-trade, and quietly read the prices-current along with the latest advices from Mexico, after dinner, and, it may be, fall asleep over them both. What is the price-current of an honest man and patriot to-day? They hesitate, and they regret, and sometimes they petition; but they do nothing in earnest and with effect. They will wait, well disposed, for others to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret. At most, they give only a cheap vote, and a feeble countenance and Godspeed, to the right, as it goes by them. There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man; but it is easier to deal with the real possessor of a thing than with the temporary guardian of it.

Proof Common Core Is Killing Common Sense →

My brain hurts enough just reading news stories about common core, so I know it can’t be good for the kids who are mercilessly subjected to it firsthand.

In this assignment, seven-year-old kids in 2nd grade were told that they were wrong if they simply subtracted one number from another to find the correct answer. That’s apparently not considered the “friendly” way to do math. Instead, they were told to add numbers to each number first, then subtract *those* numbers to get the right answer.

Anyone else feel an aneurysm coming on…?

"What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."


It's That Little American Farm Where Your Cheese Comes From... →

If you think that FEMA camps are scary…we’ve got to start talking about where our food comes from.

While on the road, we bumped into that “little farm” where all your cheese is made. Actually, it looks more like a big industrial factory, surrounded by barbed wire and completely separated from the everyday people that eat it. The dairy industry, like most of the food industry, is highly centralized business; foods become uniform and predictable products and nutrition is compromised for the sake of packaging, marketing, distribution and shelf life. Is this how we want to eat?

Are We Living in Idiocracy? These Three Stories Suggest We Are →

Yeah, it’s a rant. Melissa here. Instead of doing three videos, I just put all three of these ridiculous March 2014 stories into one. (No, it isn’t just that we can’t find the missing Malaysian plane, either.)

If you haven’t seen Idiocracy, you might want to check that movie out; it’s becoming less a fictional film and more a documentary day-by-day.

Idiocracy Trailer:

Consumer Alert: Hidden Ingredients in Sushi →

Consumer Alert: As if Fukushima and dwindling fish populations weren’t enough of a challenge, shoppers face hidden ingredients in items like sushi. Just what are things like high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, FD&C #40 and Blue #1 doing in your sushi anyway?

Insurance Companies Are Monitoring Every Move at Customer Homes Now →

The encroaching tyranny always starts off small and even semi-justifiable in some way… I don’t even want to ask if it gets any creepier than this, because I already know the answer.

It does.