Noam Chomsky: Propaganda and Controlling the Public Mind (1996)

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Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Noam Chomsky‘s talk called “Controlling the Public Mind”, taped March 1, 1996, sponsored by the B.C. Federation of Labour and the Vancouver and District Labour Council. Over 1000 people came to hear Dr. Chomsky at the Hotel Vancouver on a cold rainy Sunday night. His flight from Boston was delayed and he didn’t arrive till after 11 pm, for an event scheduled to begin at 7 pm. Nevertheless the room was full when he began speaking. Nearly everyone had waited over 4 hours to hear him.

“The war against working people should be understood to be a real war. It’s not a new war. It’s an old war. Furthermore, it’s a perfectly conscious war everywhere, but specifically in the US … which happens to have a highly class-conscious business class … and they have long seen themselves as fighting a bitter class war, except they don’t want anybody else to know about it.”

This lecture, and following question and answer session, provides an introduction to, and synthesis of, Noam Chomsky’s key thinking on the media, propaganda, and its pivotal role in the relentless class struggle being waged daily. Noam Chomsky is an MIT professor, and the author of dozens of books and CDs on American foreign policy, international affairs, human rights, the media, linguistics and the mind.

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Real Sustainability Not Advanced by One Earth Day By Robert S. Becker

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By Robert S. Becker
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April 26, 2010

With all the Earth Day brouhaha, you’d think the old planet would be out of the endangered, environmental woods – at least those few healthy, sustainable ones not under siege.  Media venues small and large declared all the “great progress,” implying light at the end of the eco-tunnel.  But Earth Day didn’t come close to the macro bedrock, focusing instead on positive but micro dimensions, like recycling, select endangered species, or buying greener products.

All good, all not close to enough.  When do we in earnest confront what once was called the “Population Bomb,” now linked to an equally dire problem, the Climate Control Bomb, itself spawned by the ever-growing Industrial Pollution-Eternal Growth Bombs?

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The United States takes the matter of three-headed babies very seriously by William Blum

by William Blum
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5 April, 2010

The Anti-Empire Report

The United States takes the matter of three-headed babies very seriously.

When did it begin, all this “We take your [call/problem/question] very seriously”? With answering-machine hell? As you wait endlessly, the company or government agency assures you that they take seriously whatever reason you’re calling. What a kind and thoughtful world we live in. Continue reading

Thom Hartmann: The Crisis of Western Culture (must-see)

– July 30, 2009

Interview with Thom Hartmann author of “Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture”

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Cosmic Flash: Earth To Survive Earthlings by Robert S. Becker

Sent to DS by the author, thanks, Robert.

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By Robert S. Becker, Ph.D.
Dandelion Salad
July 28, 2009

Gaia Wizard Sets Doomsday Time Bomb

What’s scarier than severe recession? Okay, depression. Terrorism looms still, but for sheer panic, nothing matches 90% species die-off. Not from asteroids, nor nukes, nor is our planet doomed, though the approaching Andromeda galaxy looks to digest our Milky Way – but not for billions of years. Let’s worry instead about our progeny and how they sustain humanity if James Lovelock is right. He foresees shrunken habitat, resource wars, scorched landscapes, and gruesome casualties.

Erratic populations are hardly novel: 99% of earth’s emergent life forms have gone extinct. The demise of dinosaurs, awarding an obscure, half-pint mammal a leg up, dramatizes extinction – and yet a billion birds came forth. Our species is special in this regard: we hog 40% of global energy, but nothing (but the Rapture, a variant end of time fable) overrules physics, chemistry, and biology – or willful blindness towards overpopulation, pollution, and rising oceans.

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Why Do So Many Americans Mistrust Their Governmernt? By Timothy V. Gatto

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By Timothy V. Gatto
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July 15, 2009

This is another article about the H1N1 Swine Flu virus. It isn’t an article about who made it or whether or not the New World Order is trying to kill off 90% of the Earth’s human population by either the virus or the vaccination. There are countless articles about that on countless web pages in almost every nation on Earth. The best known is the information being put out by Alex Jones’s site “Infowars”. According to an article released by Xinhua News Agency and picked up by infowars, the headline reads All Britons to be vaccinated against A/H1N1 flu.

The first line in the story however reads “All Britons could be vaccinated against the A/H1N1 flu as the number of confirmed cases in Britain is moving closer toward 10,000, health authorities said Sunday”. That is quite a difference from the headline. Maybe it was a mistake or maybe it was an attempt to sensationalize the story in order to draw in more readers. It really didn’t matter anyway; the stories circulating around this particular virus are garnering a lot of attention.

One part of the story on the A/H1N1 flu is that it was manmade. I put “H1N1 virus manmade” into a search engine and came up with hundreds of hits about it. The first thing that comes to mind if you actually believe it is manmade, is why would anyone wish to make it? If you really think about it, there are many reasons, most of them not so good. One theory is that it was inadvertently made while researching the DNA in other viruses. Some theories claim that the people who really control this planet, the New World Order or a reasonable facsimile, actually made it to bring down the population of the planet to a level that could be sustainable. There are many projections that claim the population will be too high to sustain due to the Earth’s dwindling resources in just a few decades.

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Definancialisation, Deglobalisation, Relocalisation by Dmitry Orlov

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by Dmitry Orlov
June 16, 2009

This talk was presented at The New Emergency Conference in Dublin, on June 11, 2009.

1. Good morning. The title of this talk is a bit of a mouthful, but what I want to say can be summed up in simpler words: we all have to prepare for life without much money, where imported goods are scarce, and where people have to provide for their own needs, and those of their immediate neighbours. I will take as my point of departure the unfolding collapse of the global economy, and discuss what might come next. It started with the collapse of the financial markets last year, and is now resulting in unprecedented decreases in the volumes of international trade. These developments are also starting to affect the political stability of various countries around the world. A few governments have already collapsed, others may be on their way, and before too long we may find our maps redrawn in dramatic ways.


via ClubOrlov: Definancialisation, Deglobalisation, Relocalisation

h/t: Speaking Truth to Power


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Understanding Peak Oil (must-see)

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2

The Bilderberg Plan for 2009: Remaking the Global Political Economy by Andrew G. Marshall

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by Andrew G. Marshall
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May 27, 2009

From May 14-17, the global elite met in secret in Greece for the yearly Bilderberg conference, amid scattered and limited global media attention. Roughly 130 of the world’s most powerful individuals came together to discuss the pressing issues of today, and to chart a course for the next year. The main topic of discussion at this years meeting was the global financial crisis, which is no surprise, considering the list of conference attendees includes many of the primary architects of the crisis, as well as those poised to “solve” it.

The Agenda: The Restructuring of the Global Political Economy

Before the meeting began, Bilderberg investigative journalist Daniel Estulin reported on the main item of the agenda, which was leaked to him by his sources inside. Though such reports cannot be verified, his sources, along with those of veteran Bilderberg tracker, Jim Tucker, have proven to be shockingly accurate in the past. Apparently, the main topic of discussion at this years meeting was to address the economic crisis, in terms of undertaking, “Either a prolonged, agonizing depression that dooms the world to decades of stagnation, decline and poverty … or an intense-but-shorter depression that paves the way for a new sustainable economic world order, with less sovereignty but more efficiency.” Other items on the agenda included a plan to “continue to deceive millions of savers and investors who believe the hype about the supposed up-turn in the economy. They are about to be set up for massive losses and searing financial pain in the months ahead,” and “There will be a final push for the enactment of Lisbon Treaty, pending on Irish voting YES on the treaty in Sept or October,”[1] which would give the European Union massive powers over its member nations, essentially making it a supranational regional government, with each country relegated to more of a provincial status.

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We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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March 9, 2009

All measures to thwart the degradation and destruction of our ecosystem will be useless if we do not cut population growth. By 2050, if we continue to reproduce at the current rate, the planet will have between 8 billion and 10 billion people, according to a recent U.N. forecast. This is a 50 percent increase. And yet government-commissioned reviews, such as the Stern report in Britain, do not mention the word population. Books and documentaries that deal with the climate crisis, including Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” fail to discuss the danger of population growth. This omission is odd, given that a doubling in population, even if we cut back on the use of fossil fuels, shut down all our coal-burning power plants and build seas of wind turbines, will plunge us into an age of extinction and desolation unseen since the end of the Mesozoic era, 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs disappeared.

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Overpopulation, Overconsumption and the Balance of Power by Dale Allen Pfeiffer

by Dale Allen Pfeiffer
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The Mountain Sentinel
10 February 2009


I have been asked to write about overpopulation as part of an effort to focus awareness on this problem.

And overpopulation is a very serious problem. Studies suggest that without fossil fuels the Earth can only sustain one third of its current human population. The US could sustain two-thirds of its current population. Humans have cooped the majority of the planet’s photosynthetic capability, including all the prime agricultural real estate. The rest of the biosphere must make do with what is left.

We need to change attitudes toward procreation. Certainly, every baby born is a miracle, but then so is everything living. This does not justify popping out babies irresponsibly. Currently every baby born is stealing the necessities of existence from other living things, increasing the portion of the planet’s carrying capacity that is shifted to humans. And we are coming on a time, as resources go into decline and humanity’s share of the carrying capacity can no longer be expanded, when every child born must compete for food and livelihood with other human beings.

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End of the World as We Know It

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By Tony Davenport
October 14, 2008

[Editors Note: This article was originally published on page 16 of the S. African Sunday Independent on October 12, 2008]

It is not as bad as you might imagine – it’s worse, and before you bury your heads in the sands of collective denial, please consider how it is coming about. The truth will set you free, but first it will probably make you ill.

We have had it too easy with cheap energy for a century and the cheap part is going to disappear. Quickly. Energy is the ubiquitous part of everything we consume, and liquid fuel is getting scarce.

The easy part is to understand how we got to where we are. The difficult part is predicting how we can possibly manage to make our way out of this one. It will draw on our deepest resolve and wisdom, and probably require a “Copernican” shift in our thinking (Copernicus was the first astronomer to prove scientifically that the sun rather than the Earth was at the centre of our cosmic system).

We seem to have scientific prowess, but there’s no time for self-congratulation. This time the solutions are the cause of a much bigger problem. Our current pursuit of growth and the elevation of human material wants above all else are the raison d’être of the problem. We promote consumption and ignore efficiency. We live as though there is no tomorrow, and the way we are going there probably won’t be.


via End of the World as We Know It « Health After Oil


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How It All Ends: Your Mission (global warming; must-see videos)

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Climate Change: World War III by another name? by William Bowles

By William Bowles
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4 December 2008

The sedge is wither’d from the lake, And no birds sing.” — ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’ by John Keats

Rachel Carson published her book ‘Silent Spring’ in 1962 but even before it was published the chemical industry mounted a virulent attack on it. Continue reading

China trying to force 6-months pregnant woman to abort + Why Does the US Trade With China? by Lo

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By Tim Johnson
McClatchy Newspapers
November 14, 2008

BEIJING — A Muslim Uighur woman who’s more than six months pregnant remained under watch in a hospital in China’s far northwest Friday awaiting a forced abortion by authorities who don’t want her to have a third child.


Those who violate the rule must pay large fines, although reports of officials ordering forced abortions in rural and semirural areas are fairly common.

The case of Arzigul Tursun is raising attention because she’s 26 weeks pregnant and supporters say that an abortion could threaten her health. Her husband, who goes by the single name Nurmemet, said officials in their village near Yining learned of the pregnancy and warned the couple that their house and other property would be seized if Arzigul didn’t undergo an abortion.


China says its population would have swelled far more if 400 million abortions hadn’t been performed in the past three decades.

via McClatchy Washington Bureau | 11/14/2008 | China trying to force 6-months pregnant woman to abort


Originally posted Dec. 02, 2006

Why Does the US Trade With China?

by Lo

This has bothered me for some time now and with Bush’s recent trip to China I’ve been thinking about this again. China’s number one birth control method is ABORTION. Isn’t that what the religious right is so adamantly against? I don’t understand it. If they were truly pro-life, they wouldn’t support this country. This is not the only reason to not trade with China but one that I can’t understand given the current administration and its base of supporters being so called Christians.


Abortion: Government’s Choice? by William Cox

The New World Order Monetary System

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More info: G-20 Summit: Next Step to Global Economic Gulag


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This is a very interesting and revealing video I got from, and was originally posted by

I’m sorry about the sudden unexpected ending, the video was obviously cut short. But the info is so real and powerful that it needs to be heard by as many people as possible. Only then can we hope to make the world a better place.

Lost in all the Obama furor, the world’s leading economic powers — the so-called G-20 nations — are quietly laying plans for a November 15th summit in Washington, D.C., that may effect a revolution in world finance and global governance, a revolution with potentially much greater long-term impact on America than anything on President-elect Obama’s agenda.

According to an AP report, “EU leaders are set to call on the Nov. 15 summit to agree immediately on five principles: submit ratings agencies to more surveillance; align accounting standards; close loopholes; set banking codes of conduct to reduce excessive risk-taking; and ask the International Monetary Fund to suggest ways of calming the turmoil.”

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Abortion: Government’s Choice? by William Cox

by William Cox
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October 27, 2008

Any government having the power to prohibit abortions also has the power to require abortions. Any government having the power to prohibit birth control also has the power to forcibly sterilize women (and men).

The pregnant woman is forcibly strapped to a Gurney and wheeled into the treatment room where her fetus is aborted and her fallopian tubes are tied. Why? A test has shown that the fetus has Down syndrome and she already has one living child. Where? Somewhere in the United States. When? Sometime in the future. Was it her choice? No. Was the procedure legal? Yes.

With a population of almost 1.4 billion people, the Chinese government has enforced strict population control laws for 25 years restricting families to one child and prohibiting unmarried mothers from giving birth. Women are still being forced to undergo abortions as late as the ninth month of pregnancy, and forced sterilizations continue to occur. Considering the program to be a success, China intends to continue its birth control policies, and officials will have to meet rigid family planning goals in every province.

Russia, where abortions continue to be the top birth control method, faces an opposite population problem. In just the first six months of 2008, deaths outnumbered live births by more than 250,000. With Prime Minister Putin reasserting centralized control of the economy, how long will it take for the government to outlaw birth control or abortions, not for religious reasons, but to increase production of its human capital?

With an overall population growth rate of less than one percent, the United States is not facing a decline in its worker or consumer base, nor is it experiencing out-of-control population growth. Currently, with the availability of effective birth control methods and the choice of legal abortions, at least in the early stages of a pregnancy, women are allowed to exercise some control over having children. However, the freedom of choice by American women is under a relentless and increasingly successful attack.

Trampling on the First Amendment’s separation of church and state, a powerful religious minority has been aggressively pursuing a broad range of worldwide restrictions on the availability of birth control and on the privacy rights of American women to terminate unwanted or dangerous pregnancies.

On November 4, South Dakotans will vote on a ballot measure to prohibit practically all abortions, allowing exceptions only for rape, incest or the mother’s health. Colorado voters are being asked to go even further and officially define any fertilized human egg as a “person” under the state constitution, conceivably prohibiting even widely-accepted birth control methods.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain opposes legal abortions, believes Roe vs. Wade should be overturned and wants to appoint like-minded Supreme Court justices. During a recent debate, he ridiculed the idea of a mother’s “health” exception to the criminalization of late-term abortions. Going even further, his running mate, Sarah Palin, believes abortions should be prohibited even for pregnancies conceived during forcible rape or incest.

Acting on her religious beliefs, Palin recently chose to give birth to her fifth child, whom she knew to be suffering from Down syndrome. Although, as governor, she slashed state funding in Alaska for schools for special needs children by 62 percent, she promised this week that, “In a McCain-Palin administration … the parents and caretakers of children with physical or mental disabilities will be able to send that boy or girl to the school of their choice – public or private.” She went on to say that “federal funding for every special needs child will follow that child.”

Sarah Palin made a choice to give birth to a child likely to have expensive “special needs” throughout its life, and she now wants to require tax payers to provide for her child’s private education. Not that there’s anything wrong with governments helping parents care for their special needs children, but what if there is an economic crisis? For example, in contradiction to Palin’s promises, McCain has proposed an across-the-board freeze on all discretionary federal spending.

We do not know what the future holds for the people of the United States. We are being told we now face the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression and that things will get worse before they get better. It is not difficult to imagine that the time may come when there are insufficient tax revenues to pay for the more expensive care and education of children with special needs.

Might the government, in its infinite wisdom, decide it is better for society that such children are never born? As a matter of policy, would the government have the power to force a woman to abort a Down syndrome baby? Using genetic testing, would the government also have the power to force the sterilization of those women (and men) most likely to procreate children with mental or physical impairments? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Once a government attains the power to prohibit abortions, it also gains the power to demand them. It becomes a matter of might, not right.

Setting aside all religious considerations, shouldn’t we adopt government policies that ensure the greatest freedom of choice for women, who must decide for themselves whether or not to bear children? Mothers, alone, endure the greatest emotional suffering when ending a pregnancy. Mothers, more than anyone, including fathers, religious advisors, or the government, will always have the greatest burden of caring for those to whom they have given life.

Once a government is given the power to decide who can and who cannot have an abortion, all women are at the mercy of the shifting economic, religious and political winds. Perhaps only women should be allowed to vote on issues regarding reproductive rights.

Sarah Palin had the legal and constitutional right to chose whether or not to give birth to her child. Shouldn’t all women have the same freedom of choice?

William John Cox is a retired supervising prosecutor for the State Bar of California. As a police officer he wrote the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Role of the Police in America for a national advisory commission. Acting as a public interest, pro bono lawyer, he filed a class action lawsuit in 1979 on behalf of every citizen of the United States petitioning the Supreme Court to order the other two branches of the federal government to conduct a National Policy Referendum; he investigated and successfully sued a group of radical right-wing organizations in 1981 that denied the Holocaust; and he arranged in 1991 for publication of the suppressed Dead Sea Scrolls. His 2004 book, You’re Not Stupid! Get the Truth: A Brief on the Bush Presidency is reviewed at, and he is currently working on a fact-based fictional political philosophy. His writings are collected at, and he can be contacted at

Copyright © 2008 by William John Cox


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