Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Shock and Awe is way, way overdue and suffers a bit from a lack of focus and poor pacing. Nevertheless it is an important film and well worth watching. It's also a timely reminder of three important points: 1) For the most part, the mainstream media has been peddling fake news for a long time; 2) The Democrats and Republicans are the two wings of the one War Party; and 3) Israel's partisans exert a malign and dominant influence on US politics and America's Near East policy.
- Archive of Knight-Ridder's (McClatchy) Iraq war reporting
- "Going It Alone" from the American Journalism Review (AJR)
- "White Knights" from the AJR
- "Buying the War" on Bill Moyer's Journal
- "The Reporting Team That Got Iraq Right" from HuffPost
- Review of Shock and Awe on RogerEbert.com
Monday, October 15, 2018
A few things that I haven't seen discussed in the mainstream media stand out to me. First, the Bustamante report has no discussion about how it was verified that Warren provided the sample that was tested and how the chain of custody was maintained and verified.
Second, it is curious that Bustamante does not more specifically identify the segments he used to conclude that the results of Warren's test "strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor". He merely speaks of "five genetic segments", averaging 5.8 centiMorgans long (with the longest being on chromosome 10). Bustamante says the entire human genome is 3,595 centiMorgans long.
Finally, check out the image below from the Bustamante report. Notice anything major missing?
If your answer was "only the most populous continent on earth" then you get a gold star. Yes, Asia is missing, and since most geneticists believe American Indians descend mainly from early Asian immigrants to the Americas then inquiring minds wonder what that scatterplot would look like if Asians had been included. And how did Bustamante decide that the "five genetic segments" in Warren's putative DNA aren't from long ago admixture with an Asian ancestor—a Hun or Magyar, perhaps?
Friday, October 12, 2018
It's 1987 and Rep. Brooks (D-TX) asks Lt. Col. Oliver North about Garden Plot, REX 84, etc. and, boy, is Ollie miffed. Sen. Inouye (D-HI) stops that line of questioning and the mainstream media, for the most part, dutifully ignore the story. And the American public, for the most part, dutifully stay asleep. As far as I can tell Brooks never again bucked the powers that be on the subject.
- “Look It Up, Check It Out”: REX 84 and the History of an American Conspiracy by Michael Grasso
- "Church and Pike Committees Post-mortem" by VFPD
- Operation Northwoods on the National Security Archive site
According to the findings of a 2014 poll by the Pew Research Center: "consistent liberals ... are the most likely to stop talking to or being friends with someone because of politics".