Sunday, November 06, 2011

#OWS Lessons From " It's A Wonderful Life" & Wikileaks Needs Your Help & Manufacturing Consent For War With Syria & Iran

Learning some lessons about the propaganda machine of the financial establishment and the 1% from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life"
This is a film that every year is viewed by millions during the Christmas Holidays and yet few people take its message seriously. In the same way the elite and the citizens are able to ignore that film's message they also reject any part of the underlying message of Jesus when it undermine their avarice , greed, and the accumulation of gold and money by which they judge their neighbors and themselves.
The upper classes tend to downplay for instance Jesus' anger at the money changers at the Temple in Jerusalem because it does not fit into their ideology of Unfettered de-regulated Monopolistic Capitalism.

Move Your Money Away From Big Banks Like George Bailey In ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’
By Zaid Jilani on Nov 4, 2011

Tomorrow is “Bank Transfer Day,” a day on which 99 Percent activists are calling for Americans to take their money out of big banks and other similar financial institutions and instead use credit unions and local community banks. As ThinkProgress reported yesterday, an estimated 650,000 Americans joined credit unions between Sept. 29 — the day Bank of America announced its now-aborted debit card fee — and the beginning of November. That’s 50,000 more people than joined credit unions in the entirety of 2010.
Americans who are considering making the move themselves should not hesitate. Moving your money is far from a radical step, and it is utilizing the free market and consumer choice to decide who should be successful in the market. In fact, the idea moving money away from greedy large financial institutions to local community banks actually has a place in American history.
The classic American film It’s A Wonderful Life starring James Stewart depicts the struggles of George Bailey, a middle class husband and father. At one point in the film, the greedy bank run by Henry Potter denies Bailey and others loans they need to get by while engaging in outrageous practices himself. “These people have children,” relates one of the townsfolk to Potter. “They’re not my children!” Potter replies. To resolve Bailey’s crisis, the townsfolk pool their money to get around Potter, effectively creating their own community banking system.
A group of activists and documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki produced a short film called Move Your Money in 2009 that used the plot of It’s A Wonderful Life to inspire Americans to be like Bailey and reject banks run by people like Potter. Watch it:

From: moveyourmoneyproject
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Meanwhile the elites and the establishment and the Mainstream Media echo chamber are still involved in their shameful attacks on the whistleblower site Wikileaks and Julianne Assange.
And what is Wikileaks crime revealing the truth about America and other nations and how they lie and deceive their own citizens so that the elites can do what they please.
The citizens are according to the elite not supposed to question their governments their intelligence services their military but are to accept reality as it is shaped by those in power including the Obama Regime and the 1% and their lackeys.
Donate WikiLeaks is under attack by the big financial services companies , but there are still ways you can beat them.

As a result of exposing U.S. embassies from around the world, five major US financial institutions, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Western Union and the Bank of America, have tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks The attack has blocked over 95% of our donations, costing tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue. The attack is entirely political. In fact, in the only formal review to occur, the US Treasury found that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to financial blockade .
What Does it Cost to Change the World? from WikiLeaks on Vimeo.

NATO in effect has become part of the military arm of the American Empire which makes it more difficult to publicly criticize America's self-serving agenda because now those who disagree with this agenda are seen as not just anti-American but as anti-NATO and therefore anti-Western or anti-Europe and so forth.

Sole Military Super-Bloc: NATO Issues Daily Reprieves To The World By Rick Rozoff November 05, 2011 "Information Clearing House"

-- - On October 31 North Atlantic Treaty Organization chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli at the end of seven full months of the military bloc’s war in the country and effused: “It’s great to be in Libya, free Libya.”
Like Scipio Africanus the Younger almost twenty-two centuries earlier in what is now Libya’s western neighbor Tunisia, then Carthage, Rasmussen planted the banner of a conquering power on the soil of North Africa. Perhaps NATO will grant Rasmussen, too, the honorific agnomen Africanus after the military bloc’s first war and first conquest on the continent.
While basking in the triumph of what Western commentators have celebrated as NATO’s first complete and uncontested military victory – “the most successful in Nato history” in Rasmussen’s words – in the Libyan capital, the secretary general was questioned by a reporter about plans to replicate the Libyan model in Syria and stated: “My answer is very short. NATO has no intention (to intervene) whatsoever. I can completely rule that out.”
However, to belie his claim he immediately added: “Having said that, I strongly condemn the crackdown on the civilian population in Syria. What has happened in Libya sends a clear signal. You cannot neglect the will of the people.”
The 227-day war against Libya waged first by U.S. Africa Command from March 19-31 and thereafter by NATO is, according to the NATO chieftain, “a clear signal” to Syria, but “NATO has no intention” to commence military actions against Syria. Scant assurance to the nation’s government and populace alike, to be sure.
On the day Muammar Gaddafi was brutally killed, Senator John McCain, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and presidential candidate in 2008, threatened the president of Syria, the prime minister of Russia and unnamed Chinese leaders with the less than eloquent admonition that they “got a reason to be uneasy” according to one account. He told the BBC on October 20: “I think dictators all over the world, including Bashar al-Assad, maybe even Mr. Putin, maybe some Chinese, maybe all of them, may be a little bit more nervous.” He repeated the parallel between Libya and Syria three days later while in Jordan.

 In other news the US and its allies are  revving up its propaganda Machine to manufacture consent for a war on Iran. Like Libya , Iraq etc. the USA is once again not above fabricating intel and forged documents to create the erroneous impression that Iran is an imminent threat to the USA , Israel and peace in the Middle East. Just more lies to justify America's hegemony around the globe.
Unfortunately the West is all too willing to believe the worst about Iran. The Americans and Western leaders and its mainstream Media Echo chamber has been involved in an ongoing campaign to demonize Iran since 1979 when the citizens of Iran ousted the American backed Shah of Iran. Once a country is demonized and made out tobe a danger to worl peace and security it is difficult to de-demonize such a country. But America wants more control over the nations of the world and will do whatever it needs to to insure its dominion.

Tehran accuses the US and its allies of being involved in a propaganda and disinformation campaign to justify an attack on Iran by the US or by Israel.

Americans fabricating documents, says Iran by ATUL ANEJA via The Hindu Novemeber 6, 2011

As their war of words heats up, Iran has accused the United States and its allies of adopting tactics including fabrication of documents to build a case against Tehran as they had done during the run-up to the Iraq war.

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, a former head of the country's atomic energy establishment, said at a Saturday press conference in Tehran the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which functions under the aegis of the United Nations, was succumbing to U.S. pressure. Mr. Salehi was responding to reports attributed to unnamed diplomats that the IAEA, next week, would release documents that would raise suspicions that Iran was actively pursuing atomic weapons, a charge that Tehran has staunchly and consistently denied.

Mr. Salehi signalled that the West was habituated to using fabricated documents, and referred specifically to the accusation ahead of the 2003-war against Iraq that it had sourced uranium from Niger to run a weapon-oriented nuclear programme...

The US and the West are not just gunning for Iran but other countries as well such as Syria which is seen as tied to Iranian interests.

Syria and Iran: The Great Game by Alastair Crooke The Guardian via Information Clearing House, November 5, 2011

Regime change in Syria is a strategic prize that outstrips Libya – which is why Saudi Arabia and the west are playing their part

This summer a senior Saudi official told John Hannah, Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, that from the outset of the upheaval in Syria, the king has believed that regime change would be highly beneficial to Saudi interests: "The king knows that other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself, nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria."
This is today's "great game" – losing Syria. And this is how it is played: set up a hurried transitional council as sole representative of the Syrian people, irrespective of whether it has any real legs inside Syria; feed in armed insurgents from neighbouring states; impose sanctions that will hurt the middle classes; mount a media campaign to denigrate any Syrian efforts at reform; try to instigate divisions within the army and the elite; and ultimately President Assad will fall – so its initiators insist.

Europeans, Americans and certain Gulf states may see the Syria "game" as the logical successor to the supposedly successful Libya game in moulding the Arab awakening towards a western cultural paradigm. In terms of regional politics however, Syria is strategically more valuable, and Iran knows this. Iran has said that it will respond to any external intervention in Syria.

It is already no "game", as the many killed by both sides attests to. The radical armed elements being used in Syria as auxiliaries to depose Assad run counter to the prospect of any outcome emerging within the western paradigm. These groups may well have a bloody and very undemocratic agenda of their own. I warned of this danger in connection to Afghanistan in the 80s: some of the Afghan mujahideen had real roots in the community, I suggested, but others posed a severe danger to people. A kindly American politician at the time placed his arm around my shoulder and told me not to worry: these were the people "kicking Soviet ass". We chose to look the other way because kicking the Soviets played well to US domestic needs. Today Europe looks the other way, refusing to consider who Syria's combat-experienced insurgents taking such a toll of Syrian security forces truly are, because losing Assad and confronting Iran plays so well, particularly at a time of domestic difficulty.

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