2020-10-25: News Headlines

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-25). Nothing Will Fundamentally Change: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com A propaganda machine that can make people worry about foreign governments while their own government is destroying lives in their own country and all over the world is a propaganda machine that can make people believe anything. | ~ | Americans are hurt by their own government infinitely more than they are hurt by Russia, China and Iran. People around the world are hurt by the US government far more than Americans are hurt by their own government. Stop worrying about foreigners, America. It serves only the powerful. | ~ | Joe Biden: Nothing will fundamentally change. | Liberals: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION…

Edward Curtin (2020-10-25). Death, Money, and the Dueling Frauds: Trump and Biden. dissidentvoice.org When the New York Times and CNN recently referred to the staged town hall spectacles of Biden and Trump as dueling events, they inadvertently revealed the truth that U.S. presidential elections are America's favorite movie and that the corporate media is in the entertainment business. While it is ludicrous to imagine these tottering actors crossing …

Grant Smith (2020-10-25). Thursday 10/29: Censorship, Entanglement & Corruption: The Israel Lobby 2021 Agenda. indybay.org Webinar with participation through Zoom and YouTube. 9AM California time, Noon EDT.

RT (2020-10-24). 'Who would ever vote for him?' Never-Trumpers & Dems cheer after Fox host Lou Dobbs rips Sen. Lindsey Graham for Trump 'betrayal'. rt.com Pro-Trump Fox pundit Lou Dobbs has earned unlikely admiration from critics on both sides of the aisle after torching GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, who he accused of betraying the American people by turning against the president. | Dobbs took to the airwaves with an anti-Graham tirade on Friday, blasting the South Carolina senator after he suggested he would not attempt to compel testimony from the heads of social media giants Twitter and Facebook on allegations of censorship until after the November election. | "Graham has betrayed President Trump at almost every turn, he has betrayed the American people and his…

WSWS (2020-10-24). As US election approaches, New York Times intensifies its anti-Russia disinformation campaign. wsws.org The propaganda campaign by the Times and US intelligence agencies is aimed at fighting out conflicts within the ruling class over foreign policy while distracting attention from Trump's ongoing conspiracies.

_____ (2020-10-24). Biden And Liberal Censorship. popularresistance.org We can thank liberals for turning social media platforms into the biggest champions of censorship in the country. Frustrated in the wake of the 2016 election debacle, they rushed to cover up for their own failures and used Russia as their scapegoat. Russiagate began even while the campaign was still in progress, as Hillary Clinton tried unsuccessfully to label Donald Trump a "Putin puppet" and worked with surveillance state insiders to make their tall tale appear real. | The country has never recovered from this scheme. The Democrats repeated incessantly that foreign interference lost them the election.

Flavia K Borges, Mohit Bhandari, Ernesto Guerra-Farfan, Valerie Harvey, P J Devereaux (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Accelerated surgery for hip fractures—the HIP ATTACK results discussed — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Daniel Pincus and Bheeshma Ravi highlight their observational study suggesting surgery for a hip fracture within 24 h of hospital arrival might result in a lower risk of 30-day mortality compared to surgery 24 h or more after hospital arrival.1 HIP ATTACK2 highlights why we need surgical and health-care system randomised controlled trials and why data from observational studies are unreliable. Moreover, other trial data have shown misleading risk adjusted time thresholds in observational studies.

RT (2020-10-23). Biden called out for 'lying' that Republican Congress obstructed criminal justice reforms under Obama. rt.com Presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed at the final debate with Donald Trump that the Democrats couldn't pass criminal justice reform as the GOP controlled Congress, prompting online posters to point out it wasn't the case. | President Trump took a jab at his electoral challenger during the Thursday debate, asking, "Why didn't you get [criminal justice reform] done? … You know why, Joe? Because you're all talk and no action." | Biden was quick to defend the former Democratic administration's supposed inaction on the issue, saying he and former president Barack Obama's "had a Republican Congress," which hin…

RT (2020-10-23). Twitter locks socialist for urging people to 'kill' late anti-communist McCarthy IN THEIR HEADS. rt.com Metaphorically telling people to get rid of their censorship instinct got one prominent Twitter user censored herself, after the platform decided that went against their harassment rules for wishing someone "physical harm." | "Boomers need to kill the Joseph McCarthy that's still alive in their heads! He is dead but he still censors the thinking of many Boomers!" is what the user, who goes by the name Esha, tweeted on Thursday. She was addressing the generation of Americans born right after the Second World War, and referring to the Wisconsin senator who infamously claimed the US government was infiltrated by…

John O'Kane (2020-10-23). Community Investment Must Supplement Racial Integration. counterpunch.org While we await what impact the BLM-spawned protests will have on race relations, one immediate result is clear. Major corporations have gotten out front of the issue and tried to kickstart change from the top. Companies like Walmart have opened their coffers, giving millions to the cause. And mainstream media organizations have included more people

Rocco Galati (2020-10-23). Video: Rocco Galati Rocks Toronto's Freedom Rally. globalresearch.ca Watch the video below where Rocco Galati, Constitutional Lawyer, spoke at Toronto Freedom Rally on October 17, 2020. | "What I quickly learned in the past month and a half is that mainstream media and social media are really no different. …

Project Censored (2020-10-23). Ep113: California's Prop 22 and Conflict Management w/Dr. Gail Young. projectcensored.org On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon discuss California's Prop 22 which seeks to reclassify the employees of Uber, Lyft, and similar companies to…

Nick Pemberton (2020-10-23). Sheep Blitzer Cozies Up To Donald Trump. counterpunch.org The corporate media propelled Donald Trump into the White House in 2016 and are keen to do so again. The media is addicted to ratings and instead of researching the issues related to the welfare of the American people they have turned their journalism into click bait gossip. Wolf Blitzer had on Nancy Pelosi just

Editor (2020-10-22). It's No Surprise Corporate Media Abhors Wealth Taxes. scheerpost.com Neil Alexander McKee / CC BY-NC 2.0] By Alan MacLeod / FAIR The coronavirus pandemic has greatly increased wealth inequality in the United States, a key issue in the upcoming presidential election. Polls are currently looking good for the Democrats, many of whom have been murmuring about—or even demanding—a new wealth tax. Recent surveys show the idea is overwhelmingly popular with the electorate… |

The Canary (2020-10-22). Thailand cancels state of emergency in bid to calm pro-democracy protests. thecanary.co Thailand's government has cancelled a state of emergency it declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool massive student-led protests seeking democracy reforms.The decree had banned public gatherings of more than four people and allowed censorship of the media, among other provisions. It was challenged in court by an opposition party and a group of university students.The revocation of the emergency decree declared that the situation had been mitigated and could now be dealt with by existing laws.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has faced calls to step down (Governme…

RT (2020-10-22). Conservatives accuse Twitter of selectively ignoring own policies on REVENGE PORN, misleading content in Borat prank on Giuliani. rt.com Conservatives blasted Twitter for ignoring and even promoting what they called a misleading revenge-porn attack on Rudy Giuliani after censoring reporting on alleged influence-peddling by Joe Biden's family. | At issue was a picture posted on Twitter on Wednesday showing Giuliani laying back on a bed with his hand reaching inside his pants while a woman stands nearby. The image was taken from the new 'Borat' sequel, in which Giuliani, a personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, believed himself to be doing an interview on the Covid-19 pandemic with a female Russian reporter. After the interview, Giuliani and…

_____ (2020-10-22). Israeli Weapons Fuel The Violence In Azerbaijan. popularresistance.org The latest iteration of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which has already claimed the lives of dozens of people, had been largely forgotten by the world before hostilities reignited in September. Only the collapse of the Soviet Union was able to bring about the end of the last war between these entrenched enemies in the 1980s and 1990s. Now, almost a quarter of a century later, the still contested region claimed under international law by Azerbaijan and de facto controlled by its ethnic Armenian majority has fallen under a new spell of violence thanks in large part to external actors vying for a larger war with an…

WSWS (2020-10-21). School nurse dies from COVID-19 as officials in Baltimore—Washington region reopen schools. wsws.org The push to reopen Democrat-controlled districts throughout the region is part of a nationwide trend that has been spearheaded in New York City, the largest district in the US.

Roland Rottenfusser (2020-10-21). The complementary reality. indybay.org Where we cannot completely displace the mainstream, we should first try to supplement it with our own more humane concepts.

2020-10-24: News Headlines

_____ (2020-10-24). After Socialist Victory In Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup. popularresistance.org Bolivia's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party won a decisive victory in the country's presidential elections on Sunday, with its candidate Luis Arce apparently winning by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff, likely achieving an absolute majority. The leading opposing candidate, neoliberal Carlos Mesa, and the right-wing unelected President Jeanine àÅñez congratulated Arce on his victory. | Some in US corporate media, however, failed to describe what was really going on in the country. | When the Wall Street Journal (10/19/20) reported on the MAS victory, for example, it kept to the usual line…

Grant Smith (2020-10-24). Thursday 10/29: Censorship, Entanglement & Corruption: The Israel Lobby 2021 Agenda. indybay.org Webinar with participation through Zoom and YouTube. 9AM California time, Noon EDT.

Flavia K Borges, Mohit Bhandari, Ernesto Guerra-Farfan, Valerie Harvey, P J Devereaux (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Accelerated surgery for hip fractures—the HIP ATTACK results discussed — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Daniel Pincus and Bheeshma Ravi highlight their observational study suggesting surgery for a hip fracture within 24 h of hospital arrival might result in a lower risk of 30-day mortality compared to surgery 24 h or more after hospital arrival.1 HIP ATTACK2 highlights why we need surgical and health-care system randomised controlled trials and why data from observational studies are unreliable. Moreover, other trial data have shown misleading risk adjusted time thresholds in observational studies.

RT (2020-10-23). Biden called out for 'lying' that Republican Congress obstructed criminal justice reforms under Obama. rt.com Presidential candidate Joe Biden claimed at the final debate with Donald Trump that the Democrats couldn't pass criminal justice reform as the GOP controlled Congress, prompting online posters to point out it wasn't the case. | President Trump took a jab at his electoral challenger during the Thursday debate, asking, "Why didn't you get [criminal justice reform] done? … You know why, Joe? Because you're all talk and no action." | Biden was quick to defend the former Democratic administration's supposed inaction on the issue, saying he and former president Barack Obama's "had a Republican Congress," which hin…

RT (2020-10-23). Twitter locks socialist for urging people to 'kill' late anti-communist McCarthy IN THEIR HEADS. rt.com Metaphorically telling people to get rid of their censorship instinct got one prominent Twitter user censored herself, after the platform decided that went against their harassment rules for wishing someone "physical harm." | "Boomers need to kill the Joseph McCarthy that's still alive in their heads! He is dead but he still censors the thinking of many Boomers!" is what the user, who goes by the name Esha, tweeted on Thursday. She was addressing the generation of Americans born right after the Second World War, and referring to the Wisconsin senator who infamously claimed the US government was infiltrated by…

John O'Kane (2020-10-23). Community Investment Must Supplement Racial Integration. counterpunch.org While we await what impact the BLM-spawned protests will have on race relations, one immediate result is clear. Major corporations have gotten out front of the issue and tried to kickstart change from the top. Companies like Walmart have opened their coffers, giving millions to the cause. And mainstream media organizations have included more people

Project Censored (2020-10-23). Ep113: California's Prop 22 and Conflict Management w/Dr. Gail Young. projectcensored.org On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon discuss California's Prop 22 which seeks to reclassify the employees of Uber, Lyft, and similar companies to…

Rocco Galati (2020-10-23). Video: Rocco Galati Rocks Toronto's Freedom Rally. globalresearch.ca Watch the video below where Rocco Galati, Constitutional Lawyer, spoke at Toronto Freedom Rally on October 17, 2020. | "What I quickly learned in the past month and a half is that mainstream media and social media are really no different. …

Nick Pemberton (2020-10-23). Sheep Blitzer Cozies Up To Donald Trump. counterpunch.org The corporate media propelled Donald Trump into the White House in 2016 and are keen to do so again. The media is addicted to ratings and instead of researching the issues related to the welfare of the American people they have turned their journalism into click bait gossip. Wolf Blitzer had on Nancy Pelosi just

Editor (2020-10-22). It's No Surprise Corporate Media Abhors Wealth Taxes. scheerpost.com Neil Alexander McKee / CC BY-NC 2.0] By Alan MacLeod / FAIR The coronavirus pandemic has greatly increased wealth inequality in the United States, a key issue in the upcoming presidential election. Polls are currently looking good for the Democrats, many of whom have been murmuring about—or even demanding—a new wealth tax. Recent surveys show the idea is overwhelmingly popular with the electorate… |

Staff (2020-10-22). Nagorno-Karabakh: What's at Stake in the Conflict Between Armenia & Azerbaijan? 18.224.45.15 As fighting continues between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, we look at the roots of the conflict that has already killed at least 700 people since fighting began in late September and which threatens to escalate despite two ceasefire attempts brokered by Russia. Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies inside Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians, was the site of a bloody conflict in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union. This latest spike in violence is the worst since the 1990s and holds the risk of spiraling into a regional war, with Turkey openly supporting Azer…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Thailand cancels state of emergency in bid to calm pro-democracy protests. thecanary.co Thailand's government has cancelled a state of emergency it declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool massive student-led protests seeking democracy reforms.The decree had banned public gatherings of more than four people and allowed censorship of the media, among other provisions. It was challenged in court by an opposition party and a group of university students.The revocation of the emergency decree declared that the situation had been mitigated and could now be dealt with by existing laws.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has faced calls to step down (Governme…

RT (2020-10-22). Conservatives accuse Twitter of selectively ignoring own policies on REVENGE PORN, misleading content in Borat prank on Giuliani. rt.com Conservatives blasted Twitter for ignoring and even promoting what they called a misleading revenge-porn attack on Rudy Giuliani after censoring reporting on alleged influence-peddling by Joe Biden's family. | At issue was a picture posted on Twitter on Wednesday showing Giuliani laying back on a bed with his hand reaching inside his pants while a woman stands nearby. The image was taken from the new 'Borat' sequel, in which Giuliani, a personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, believed himself to be doing an interview on the Covid-19 pandemic with a female Russian reporter. After the interview, Giuliani and…

_____ (2020-10-22). Israeli Weapons Fuel The Violence In Azerbaijan. popularresistance.org The latest iteration of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which has already claimed the lives of dozens of people, had been largely forgotten by the world before hostilities reignited in September. Only the collapse of the Soviet Union was able to bring about the end of the last war between these entrenched enemies in the 1980s and 1990s. Now, almost a quarter of a century later, the still contested region claimed under international law by Azerbaijan and de facto controlled by its ethnic Armenian majority has fallen under a new spell of violence thanks in large part to external actors vying for a larger war with an…

Glenn Greenwald (2020-10-21). The New York Times Guild Once Again Demands Censorship of Colleagues. zcomm.org The union demanded "sensitivity readers" for their colleagues. Now they're angry that a columnist wrote about a major controversy…

Staff (2020-10-21). 'Fake news' and what's missing from the presidential debates. therealnews.com Corporate media has some responsibility for the explosion of disinformation argues Nolan Higdon, author of "The Anatomy of Fake News."

RT (2020-10-21). WATCH: Scientists maneuver tumbling microbot through live animal colon in remarkable first. rt.com In a breakthrough that could help revolutionize medicine, scientists have successfully piloted a tiny, tumbling microbot inside an animal colon for the first time ever. | The miniature machine is only the size of a few human hairs, but it promises to have a massive impact, as it could be used for a raft of medical purposes, including drug delivery and monitoring. | The machine is so small that it can't even carry a battery, and instead is powered and wirelessly controlled from the outside thanks to the magic of magnetic fields. | The rectangular robot had already proven that it could successfully navigate o…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-21). Sloppy Methodology: Social Media, Censorship and the New York Post's Hunter Biden Story. counterpunch.org It was highly probable. Given the howls of concern that social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook nurse and nurture a bias (every choice on content entails one), a gift was made to critics to show just that. Last Wednesday, Twitter prevented users from posting links to a New York Post story. The story,

WSWS (2020-10-21). School nurse dies from COVID-19 as officials in Baltimore—Washington region reopen schools. wsws.org The push to reopen Democrat-controlled districts throughout the region is part of a nationwide trend that has been spearheaded in New York City, the largest district in the US.

WSWS (2020-10-21). International media hails New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's re-election. wsws.org Far from being a progressive alternative to Trump and other right-wing populists, Ardern is being embraced in the world's corporate media precisely because of her Labour Party government's pro-war and pro-business policies, packaged with her "kind" and "inclusive" persona.

_____ (2020-10-21). Chile: Left-Wing Forces Seek New Start With The Plebiscite. popularresistance.org Chile's Communist Party (PC) will do everything it can to guarantee a victory in the upcoming referendum on Sunday 25, as the country gets ready to decide whether it remains with the current constitution created by Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship or starts a brand new chapter of its history instead. | The CP President Guillermo Teillier told local media outlet El Siglo that his party will support mobilization until the last day of permitted propaganda and encourage social organizations to do the same.

Roland Rottenfusser (2020-10-21). The complementary reality. indybay.org Where we cannot completely displace the mainstream, we should first try to supplement it with our own more humane concepts.