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Noam Chomsky - The US Media as a Propaganda System - Audio only

The blurb from YouTube:

"Noam Chomsky - The US Media as a Propaganda System.

Chomsky gave this talk, with Q&A from the audience, on January 30th, 1988. It is a precurser version to his latter lecture series, "Necessary Illusions - Thought Control in Democratic Societies". Patrick Cockburn of the media watchdog group, FAIR, also spoke."

As Democratic Elites Reunite With Neocons, the Party’s Voters Are Becoming Far More Militaristic and Pro-War Than Republicans, Glenn Greenwald

It never ceases to amaze, if not surprise, me how easily led Smart Democrats are.

This is why the propaganda persists: because we fall for it. How eager we are to be slaves, to quote Tiberius. And here's how it works, basically. Works best on the well-educated, which annoys them when you point it out.

The Quatermass Experiment, BBC, 1953

Here's a rarely-seen classic!

More info here.

Dig the first couple of episodes below--all there is:

"Only poor-quality copies of the first two episodes were recorded before the idea was abandoned,[9] although the first of these was later shown in Canada.[2] During the telerecording of the second episode, an insect landed on the screen being filmed, and can be seen on the image for several minutes.[9] It is very unlikely that material from the third to sixth episodes of the serial will ever be recovered to the BBC's archives.[11] The two existing episodes are the oldest surviving examples of a multi-episodic British drama production, and some of the earliest existing examples of British television drama at all, with only a few earlier one-off plays surviving.[2]"

Hour of the Wolf (1968) - Ingmar Bergman [Eng]

Horror film from The Bergman. I think it's the first film he made after Persona. This copy is low-res; go to iTunes for the nitty gritty.

Mark Weisbrot: China Leads the Way in Eradicating Extreme Poverty

This is interesting.

Botany: A Blooming History

Noam Chomsky address to Australia's National Press Club on 24 January 1995

Blurb from an audio file of this talk:

"Noam Chomsky, a linguist, comments on the Australian response to the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, highlighting the paradox between Australia's signing of the Timor Gap Treaty and the high principles of international law adhered to in official foreign policy."

Imagine Chomsky even being invited to the American National Press Club.

Briahna Gray, Intercept: "What’s The Matter With the Democratic Party? Just Watch Pelosi and Schumer Respond to Trump’s Wall Speech."

She's got a point. The corporates simply can't deal with Trump because they can't go to the heart of the problem. God, do they suck. They cannot effectively communicate to anyone who isn't a corporate. And thus they cannot fully counter Trump's fascist insanity.

Here's Sanders' response in full:

And, from the article itself, here's AOC's reaction on Maddow's show:

Reporter William Arkin on his resignation from NBC: Democracy Now

Here's a lesson in the really-existing media:

1. His resignation letter, which I already posted.
2. Today's interview with Democracy Now.
3. A bit about this guy.

4. Here's his and Dana Priest's investigation, "Top Secret America," from the WaPo in 2010.

5. And here's Robert Fisk's take on his resignation.

Bernie's Revolution Is TERRIFYING The Establishment

I sincerely hope he runs. There's a reason the establishment is terrified of him: because he's serious. He's not playing, cosmetically, with progressive ideas and policies. He's the real deal, period.

TYT's Fiery Response to NYT Attack on Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Responds to Trump's Oval Office Address

Johann Schiltberger's life and travels: A historical novel waiting to be written

As far as I can tell--desultory Googling--this has not happened. There hasn't been a translation of his travelogue into English since 1897, either.

Anyway, this crazy Bavarian fuck had some career during the first half of the fifteenth century. He fought for the Hungarians against the Ottomans, was taken prisoner in 1396 after the Ottomans kicked the Hungarians' ass at the Battle of Nicopolis, served the sultan for a while, was then captured by Tamurlane (Timur) in 1402, and later passed around various shahs while generally travelling all over Central Asia, Anatolia, the northern Middle East, Southeastern Europe, and even Siberia (as you can see in the map below) before returning home to write it all up before promptly dying.

More here, and here's his travelogue:

I came across this guy early on in Caroline Finkel's Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire, which I'm now reading. Great stuff. A nice Vidalian historical novel would be great, and, yes, tha…

Not the Onion: "NBC and MSNBC Blamed Russia for Using “Sophisticated Microwaves” to Cause “Brain Injuries” in U.S. “Diplomats” in Cuba. The Culprits Were Likely Crickets."

Glenn Greenwald's latest.
Yeah, you know, if you want to defend against the charge of "fake media," don't be fake, media.

Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes, Robin Lane Fox, BBC, 2010

Reading the book now; fine stuff from Fox.