Thursday, June 07, 2012

Fantasyland Media:

Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine. News that the people in charge, the corporations and your government want to keep from the public eye.


TruthSeeker UK:
"ICELAND (GP) – No news from Iceland? Why? Last we heard, people were rising up and overthrowing the bankers. Then, no news on the television or newspapers for two years. What happened? Why won’t the papers and TV tell us how the bankers successfully crushed or minimized another rebellion?Because… THEY DIDN’T!
This time, the people won. The people of Iceland have overwhelmingly risen up and forced their government puppets of the banks to resign. Primary banks have been nationalized. The debt scam imposed by Great Britain and Holland money printers was declared null and void. A public assembly has been created to rewrite Iceland’s constitution.
The best part is, all of this happened without violence or bloodshed. A whole country’s revolution succeeded against powers that created the current global crisis without a shot being fired. A very good reason exists for the apparent failure of television and newspapers to provide any publicity on this unprecedented event: what would happen if the rest of the EU and the United States took this as an example?"
-->There is another way to resist the impoverishment of the 99% by the elites on Wall Street. It has been done in other countries, although almost all of our media keeps that fact hidden from the general public. The bank CEO's in Iceland even ended up doing time. Bush and Obama will too, if we can bring democracy back to America.
Common Dreams:
"A new report released this week by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reveals alarming child poverty rates within affluent, or 'developed', nations. The US ranks second highest among all measured countries, with 23.1 per cent of children living in poverty, just under Romania's 25.6 per cent.
The report Report Card 10 shows roughly 13 million children in the European Union (plus Norway and Iceland) lack basic items necessary for their development. 30 million children – across 35 countries with developed economies – live in poverty.
“The data reinforces that far too many children continue to go without the basics in countries that have the means to provide,” said Gordon Alexander, Director of UNICEF's Office of Research."
-->The NY Times didn't think this story was worth putting in print. Hey, we beat Romania, didn't we? Why run the "land of opportunity" down? Or more to the point, why remind US citizens that that a quarter of their kids live in poverty so that a few billionaires can live their lives as greedy pigs?
Guardian UK:
"Some of America's top companies are spending heavily to block action on climate change or discredit climate science, despite public commitments to sustainable and green values, a new report has found.
An analysis of 28 Standard & Poor 500 publicly traded companies by researchers from the Union of Concerned Scientists exposed a sharp disconnect in some cases between PR message and less visible activities, with companies quietly lobbying against climate policy or funding groups which work to discredit climate science.
The findings are in line with the recent expose of the Heartland Institute. Over the years, the ultra-conservative organisation devoted to discrediting climate science received funds from a long list of companies which had public commitments to sustainability.
The disconnect in this instance was especially stark in the researchers' analysis of oil giants...But even General Electric Company, which ranks climate change as a pillar of its corporate policy on its website, had supported trade groups and think tanks that misrepresent climate science, the researchers found."
-->Not to worry. The readers of The NY Times remain blissfully ignorant of what major US companies are doing behind their backs to destroy the world's environment. Our newspaper of record protects the image of big corporations even as the planet succumbs to global warming. Let's face it, to get honest news about US corporations, you have to read foreign media.

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