To sum up this flu situation as simply as possible, all fear-mongering about outside threats (whether real or imagined) is just an excuse for totalitarianism. It doesn't matter if it's the threat of disease or the threat of terrorism, you either live in a free society with a recognition of certain threats which exist in the world or you live in a totalitarian state with a never ending fear of death. - Chris
Update: With the way things are developing the question I am asking myself is; is this talk of not panicking, staying calm etc., just a way to have the virus actually spread further or is it being done as some sort of "war of the worlds" type psychological test on the public testing the possibility of some similar future scenario? At this point I do not know, I am personally leaning towards this being overblown and not a real threat, it is hard to say for sure though as we are being bombarded with mixed messages. I do know regardless of how this plays out I would not touch any so-called vaccine with a 50 foot pole. I would recommend people be cautious though as there is certainly no harm in exercising reservation, the prospect of this being a bioweapon is unfortunately a very real possibility.
Monday April 20th, 2009
Reagan Was FBI Snitch During Hollywood "Red Scare"
posted 04/20/2009, 11:15 PM (TIME Magazine) [Category: History] Ronald Reagan's acting career hit a lull in the late 1940s. Despite parts in minor films such as The Voice of the Turtle and That Hagen Girl, he became increasingly preoccupied with his more important role during Hollywood's "Red Scare" as head of the Screen Actors Guild. It was revealed last week that the future President played another role as well: as a secret FBI informant, code name T-10. According to an article published in the San Jose Mercury News, documents obtained through the Freedom ... (more)
Out of the carnage of WWII the Allies selected certain memories to build the official version of "the good war." This film shows why certain memories needed to be buried and forgotten because they contradicted the optimism of "the big historical picture".
Film by Adam Curtis, Originally aired on BBC Two in 1995.
"You had the happiness of humanity in your hands, and you have gambled it away. You had the world in your hands, and at the end you dropped your atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Through the centuries, you will shed blood where life should be protected, and will believe that you achieve freedom with the help of the hangman; thus you will find yourself again and again in the same morass.
You yourself create all your misery, hour after hour, day after day. You think the end justifies the means. You are wrong: The end is in the means by which you achieve it. Every step of today is your life of tomorrow. You stand on your head and you believe yourself dancing into the realm of freedom."
You could have long since become the master of your existence, if only your thinking were in the direction of truth..."
- Wilhelm Reich
Saturday January 17th, 2009
CIA Instructions to Media Assets
posted 01/17/2009, 2:18 AM (Real History Archives) [Category: History] This document caused quite a stir when it was discovered in 1977. Dated 4/1/67, and marked "DESTROY WHEN NO LONGER NEEDED", this document is a stunning testimony to how concerned the CIA was over investigations into the Kennedy assassination. Emphasis has been added to facilitate scanning.
CIA Document #1035-960, marked "PSYCH" for presumably Psychological Warfare Operations, in the division "CS", the Clandestine Services, sometimes known as the "dirty tric... (more)
Less than a month after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, US leaders began an all-out aerial assault upon Afghanistan, the country purportedly harboring Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist organization. More ... (more)
More than 30 years after it ended, the Vietnam War is still having a devastating impact on the lives of ordinary people. Up to five million Vietnamese were exposed to Agent Orange, a deadly herbicide sprayed by the U.S. Army over wide areas.
The chemical killed tens of thousands but has left a tragic legacy of birth defects and disabilities in those born long... (more)
During the Wilson presidency, the U.S. government sanctions the creation of the Federal Reserve. Thought by many to be a government organization maintained to provide financial accountability in the event of a domestic depression, the actual business... (more)
Documenting the archives will take at least another six or seven years, a Vatican spokesman said in response to a request from a senior Jewish leader.
Jewish groups and critics of Pope Pius XII, who was pontiff for the duration of the Second World War, have long called for the Vatican archives to be made available so that Pius's record on speaking out against Hitler and the Nazis can be examined.... (more)
According to Alfred W. McCoy in The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, CIA arms, money, and disinformation enabled Corsican criminal syndicates in Marseille to wrestle control of labor unions from the Communist Party. The Corsicans gained political influence and control over the docks — ideal conditions for cementing a long-term partnership with mafia drug distributors, which turned Marseille into the postwar heroin capital of the Western world. Marseille... (more)
From a hilltop across a narrow channel, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, memorialized in bronze, appears to gaze down at the beaches of Inchon where his troops splashed ashore in September 1950, changing the course of the Korean War and making him a hero h... (more)
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable ar... (more)
Canada apologizes for abuse of aboriginal children in schools
posted 06/12/2008, 9:23 PM (DPA) [Category: History] Montreal - Two years after the Canadian government reached a 1.9-billion-dollar settlement over the abuse of aboriginal children in special schools, Canadas prime minister formally apologized Wednesday for the mental, physical and sexual suffering that took place in compulsory schools which aimed to erase their indigenous culture. I come before you today to offer an apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said addressing a packed House of Commons.... (more)
UNREPENTANT chronicles Canada's "dirty secret" - the planned extermination of aboriginal people in church-run Indian Residential Schools – and a clergyman's struggle to document and make public these crimes.
UNREPENTANT is an intensely human story based on the first-han... (more)
He was planning to meet Fidel Castro in Cuba before returning to the US to join the growing wave of civil rights activism led by Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. It was a very exciting prospect for Robeson.
However Robeson never made it to Cuba. A surprise p... (more)
"My God, what have we done?"
posted 11/21/2007, 11:38 PM (YouTube) [Category: History] Video: Captain Robert Lewis, pilot of the Enola Gay and responsible for dropping one of the bombs, speaks in Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki's WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN: THE DESTRUCTION OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI.
John Pilger looks at world-wide propaganda surrounding the nuclear arms race.
John Pilger's penetrating documentary which looks at world-wide propaganda surrounding the nuclear arms race. When the two American atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, they we... (more)
Tuesday October 9th, 2007
US considered poisons for assassinations
posted 10/09/2007, 11:30 PM (Associated Press) [Category: History] WASHINGTON --In one of the longest-held secrets of the Cold War, the U.S. Army explored the potential for using radioactive poisons to assassinate "important individuals" such as military or civilian leaders, according to newly declassified documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Approved at the highest levels of the Army in 1948, the effort was a well-hidden part of the military's pursuit of a "new concept of warfare" using radioactive materials from atomic bombmaking to cont... (more)
These weapons are being used now in Iraq. It's called depleted uranium and it is a true sadists' WMD.
"Depleted uranium has a half life of 4.7 billion years - that means thousands upon thousands of Iraqi children will suffer for tens of thousands of years to come. This is what I call terrorism," says Dr Ahmad Hardan.
Monday October 8th, 2007
Inside France's secret war
posted 10/08/2007, 2:33 AM (The Independent) [Category: History] For 40 years, the French government has been fighting a secret war in Africa, hidden not only from its people, but from the world. It has led the French to slaughter democrats, install dictator after dictator – and to fund and fuel the most vicious genocide since the Nazis. Today, this war is so violent that thousands are fleeing across the border from the Central African Republic into Darfur – seeking sanctuary in the world's most notorious killing fields
It's a very beautiful fall day here in Beirut today. Twenty-five years ago this week since the massacre at the Palestinian refugee camps at Sabra-Shatilla. Bright blue sky and a fall breeze. It actually rained last night. Enough to clean out some of the humidity and dust. Fortunately not enough to make the usual rain created swamp of sewage and filth on Rue Sabra, or flood the grassless burial ground of the mass grave (the camp residents named it Mart... (more)
Thursday August 30th, 2007
The forgotten holocaust
posted 08/30/2007, 12:52 AM (The Independent) [Category: History] The killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks during the First World War remains one of the bloodiest and most contentious episodes of the 20th century. Robert Fisk visits Yerevan, and unearths hitherto unpublished images of the first modern genocide
The photographs, never before published, capture the horrors of the first Holocaust of the 20th century. They show a frightened people on the move – men, women and children, some with animals, others on ... (more)
Saturday August 11th, 2007
The Bombing of Nagasaki August 9, 1945: The Untold Story
posted 08/11/2007, 3:24 AM (Gary G. Kohls) [Category: History] 62 years ago, on August 9th, 1945, the second of the only two atomic bombs (a plutonium bomb) ever used as instruments of aggressive war (against essentially defenseless civilian populations) was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, by an all-Christian bomb crew. The well-trained American soldiers were only "doing their job," and they did it efficiently.
It had been only 3 days since the first bomb, a uranium bomb, had decimated ... (more)
On this day, August 6th, 1945, the U.S. government murdered over 140,000 innocent human beings in the blink of an eye when they dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, the human beings which run our government, and the little men who "were just doing their jobs", murdered another 74,000 innocent human beings when they A-bombe... (more)
The Hiroshima Cover-Up
posted 08/06/2007, 6:21 AM (Baltimore Sun) [Category: History] A story that the U.S. government hoped would never see the light of day finally has been published, 60 years after it was spiked by military censors. The discovery of reporter George Weller's firsthand account of conditions in post-nuclear Nagasaki sheds light on one of the great journalistic betrayals of the last century: the cover-up of the effects of the atomic bombing on Japan.
On Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima; three days later, Nagasaki was hit. G... (more)
Hiroshima: The Falsehood Fallout
posted 08/06/2007, 6:21 AM (In These Times) [Category: History] When George W. Bush declared war on Iraq to destroy Saddam’s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, he was following the great American tradition of the Big Lie. Sixty years ago, when President Harry Truman announced to the American public that the first atomic bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima, he told a whopper, describing the city as “a military base” targeted “because we wished… to avoid…the killing of civilians.” Yet Hiroshima was not a military base; the Bomb had been deliberately dropp... (more)
posted 08/06/2007, 3:58 AM (David R. Henderson) [Category: History] Sometimes, something happens that is so awful that we find ourselves rationalizing it, talking as if it had to happen, to make ourselves feel better about the horrible event. For many people, I believe, President Truman's dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, were two such events. After all, if the leader of arguably the freest country in the world decided to drop those bombs, he had to have a good reason, didn't he? I grew up ... (more)
The Whitehouse Coup
posted 07/29/2007, 2:16 PM (BBC) [Category: History] The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.... (more)
In 1951, the director general of the Israeli Health Ministry, Dr. Chaim Sheba flew to America and returned with 7 x-ray machines, supplied to him by the American army.
They were to be used in a mass atomic experiment with an en... (more)
Thursday June 28th, 2007
CIA releases 'family jewels' on misconduct
posted 06/28/2007, 1:58 AM (Associated Press) [Category: History] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA released hundreds of pages of internal reports Tuesday detailing assassination plots against foreign leaders such as Cuba's Fidel Castro and the secret testing of mind-and-behavior altering drugs like LSD on unwitting U.S. citizens.
The documents also provide information on wiretapping of U.S. journalists, spying on civil rights and anti-Vietnam war protesters, opening mail between the United States and the Soviet Union and China, and break-ins at the ho... (more)
CIA plot to kill Castro detailed
posted 06/28/2007, 1:50 AM (Associated Press) [Category: History] HAVANA - The CIA recruited a former FBI agent to approach two of America's most-wanted mobsters and gave them poison pills meant for Fidel Castro during his first year in power, according to newly declassified papers released Tuesday.
Contained amid hundreds of pages of CIA internal reports collectively known as "the family jewels," the official confirmation of the 1960 plot against Castro was certain to be welcomed by communist authorities as more proof of their longstanding clai... (more)
Slave Passage Found at Washington House
posted 06/09/2007, 7:25 AM (NewsDay) [Category: History] PHILADELPHIA -- Archaeologists unearthing the remains of George Washington's presidential home have discovered a hidden passageway used by his nine slaves, raising questions about whether the ruins should be incorporated into a new exhibit at the site.
The underground passageway is just steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. It was designed so Washington's guests would not see slaves as they slipped in and out of the main house.
"What no one seemed to notice," said a colleague of mine, a philologist, "was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always wider. You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really n... (more)
Monday May 7th, 2007
Airline accused of helping Nazis to flee
posted 05/07/2007, 8:35 PM (The Times) [Category: History] The Dutch national airline is facing calls for an inquiry into its role in helping Nazis to flee to South America, after the discovery of documents suggesting that it played an active role in smuggling suspected war criminals out of Germany.
KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, has always denied that it had a policy of assisting Nazis to escape justice at the hands of the Allies after the Second World War, when hundreds escaped to Argentina.
An Associated Press review of historical documents and records -- some never before translated into English -- shows that American authorities permitted the official brothel system to operate despite internal reports that wom... (more)
Alan Canfora wants the government to reopen the 37-year-old case because he thinks it will give both the victims and shooters a chance to heal.
"We're not seeking revenge; we're not seeking punishment for the Guardsmen at this late date," Canfora... (more)
Thursday April 26th, 2007
How three million Germans died after VE Day
posted 04/26/2007, 4:26 AM (The Telegraph) [Category: History] Giles MacDonogh is a bon viveur and a historian of wine and gastronomy, but in this book, pursuing his other consuming interest - German history - he serves a dish to turn the strongest of stomachs. It makes particularly uncomfortable reading for those who compare the disastrous occupation of Iraq unfavourably to the post-war settlement of Germany and Austria.
MacDonogh argues that the months that followed May 1945 brought no peace to the shattered skeleton of Hitler's Reich, but ... (more)
Monday April 23rd, 2007
Humans In Secret Radioactive Tests
posted 04/23/2007, 12:09 PM (Sunday Herald) [Category: History] DOZENS OF people drank, inhaled or were injected with radioactivity as part of a series of secret experiments carried out by the nuclear industry in the 1960s, according to official documents passed to the Sunday Herald.
Tests exposing humans to radioactive caesium, iodine, strontium and uranium were conducted despite doubts about their legal and ethical implications. One proposal even envisaged injecting plutonium into elderly people to help assess contamination risks.
BOBBY KENNEDY'S affair with the screen idol Marilyn Monroe has been documented, but a secret FBI file suggests the late US attorney-general was aware of - and perhaps even a participant in - a plan "to induce" her suicide.
The scheme — which was abandoned — was concocted by militarists and suspected war criminals who had worked for U.S. occupation authorities after World War II, according to CIA records reviewed by The Associated Press. The plotters wanted a right-wing government that would rearm Japan.
Tuesday February 27th, 2007
AP: CIA recruited Japanese war criminals
posted 02/27/2007, 1:11 PM (Associated Press) [Category: History] TOKYO - Col. Masanobu Tsuji was a fanatical Japanese militarist and brutal warrior, hunted after World War II for massacres of Chinese civilians and complicity in the Bataan Death March. And then he became a U.S. spy. Newly declassified CIA records, released by the U.S. National Archives and examined by The Associated Press, document more fully than ever how Tsuji and other suspected Japanese war criminals were recruited by U.S. intelligence in the early days of the Cold War. The documents also ... (more)
Martin Luther King speaks out against the Vietnam War. Part of a sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, April 30, 1967.
Martin Luther King: Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence
posted 01/15/2007, 8:20 PM (Information Clearing House) [Category: History] By 1967, King had become the country's most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic. In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 -- a year to the day before he was murdered -- King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."
Time magazine called the speech "demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi," a... (more)