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NATO Total War Project

by Cat Sat Apr 14th, 2018 at 06:43:57 PM EST

Early last year, ahead of A Trip to the Woodshed, so-called leaders and pioneers in social media journalism began to promote an organizational effort to provide media consumers (or cucumbers) "to create educational resources." By 2 February 2018, GOOG corp-com announced that the company would will now add notices below videos uploaded by "broadcasters" who receive some level of government or public funding. To fight propaganda, YouTube will now label state-funded news broadcasts in the U.S.

"Our goal is to equip users with additional information to help them better understand the sources of news content that they choose to watch on YouTube," explained Geoff Samek, Senior Product Manager YouTube News, in the company's blog post.
Corp-com cautioned, labelling "will initially appear only to users in the U.S., and it may not always be accurate." So. How's this public-private-partnership censor feature working out? Let's look at a bit of 14 April reportage by "broadcasters" that receive some level of funding from governments that bombed Syria this morning.

CBC | "CBC middle-east correspondent Derrick Stoffel is following all of this for us from Tel Aviv where he joins us now."

STOFFEL: ...'We saw these pictures from state TV the mouth-piece for the Syrian regime showing a crater in an open field.
The broadcast ends somehow having Stoffel reporting from Jerusalem.

BBC | "Britain's contribution to the raids."

MAY: Last night's strikes by the US, UK, and Frawnce were significantly larger than the US action a year ago and specifically designed to have a greater impact on the ray-geems ability and willingness to use chemical weapons. And this collective action sends a clear message that the international community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons
TRUMP: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children. The nation's of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants, and murderous dictators.
ANDY MOORE (BBC producer): ... The US, Britain, and Frawnce said the aim of the strike was to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, not to change its ray-geem.

Now here's a curious case. AFP | Macron presides over Defence Council after Syria strikes replaced lede reportage on Syrians' "defiance" while I was watching, 11:30 - 12:30 EST. I had to reboot my modem. Within two hours a portfolio of stories touting Canadian fealty to the UK swamped the website's listing.

The "defiance" footage shows up in this Youtube channel, packaged with coverage of Russian functionaries' remarks on US, UK, Frawnce military "raid" on Syrians. The salient point in both broadcasts is, the few Anglo-merican consumers who patronize Frawnch media can be assured that they receive no funding from the government of Frawnce.

FRANCE 24 | Syria and its allies respond to strikes

[TRANSLATOR 1]: I've come to congratulate the Syrian aire defence forces. They successfully intercepted the missiles. Trump, you and all the others, you can't shake us. They won't shake the Syrian people.
[TRANSLATOR 2]: We've been hearing Trump's speeches for the past week. His words are exaggerations of what happened on the ground. Their missiles were destroyed in the skies above Demascus, and they didn't affect us at all. On the contrary, we are proud of our army and the armed forces.

"'we need a US First Amendment style law which guarantees freedom of the press.'"

< wipes tears >

Old lies die hard.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 03:23:18 PM EST
On the Eastern Front Poroshenko Loads Up
Clearly, our leaders have learned nothing from the endless wars and crises of the last seventy years. We seem to keep installing the "clan" of warmongers tied at the hip to the military industrial complex and/or the profiteers bent on carving up Russia. Look at the implications. One of the most ruthless oligarchs in Ukraine has been issued a free pass to reignite the war in the Donbass.Anders Åslund, the man who alongside Jeffrey Sachs and David Lipton, paved the way for the massive profiteering in Russia during the Yeltsin years, he's now playing cheerleader for a war to retake the Donbass and Crimea.
Åslund defends $18B IMF/EU FTA "structural adjustment programme" for Ukraine 2014, because it's worked so well throughout Africa, Asia, South and Central America, and most recently Greece to remedy income inequality, deprivations, fossil fuel dependencies, and marketing armament.
In a worst-case, we're looking at Ukraine becoming an outright dictatorship and a world war with Russia. And in a best-case scenario the Ukraine people can look forward to decades of indentured servitude, poverty, crime, and fear. Make no mistake about this, in places where the U.S. hegemony encroaches, citizens of those countries end up far worse off than before their "democratization." Ukraine, once an emerging democracy with unlimited potential, has been transformed into a kill zone in between Russia and her enemies. This is war even if CNN does not report it, but very soon I expect the Donbass to me in the headlines. Watch out.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 11th, 2018 at 06:30:46 PM EST
No kidding? Anders Åslund is a prominent player at the Atlantic Council writing pro-Ukraine and getting paid for it ...

Payback: President Trump Gets Revenge for Russian Sanctions   by Anders Åslund

Atlantic Council and NATO policy from a decade ago ... making Russia a pariah state!

    Not so strange the feeling about NATO's aggressive stance, see the often quoted phrase from former US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder making Russia a pariah state. What do you expect from a regional power, a proud nation with a land mass covering halfway across planet earth.

    ○ Atlantic Council - Former US Amb to NATO Ivo Daalder: "It's our intent to make Russia a pariah state." (2013)

From my diary ...

Counterinsurgency Cyberwarfare NATO vs. Russia - Part 3

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 12th, 2018 at 07:15:38 AM EST
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I have always thought that a curious choice of word.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 13th, 2018 at 04:08:43 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 13th, 2018 at 11:58:38 PM EST
It is not a game. It is a "lifestyle"

Total War (International Baccalaureate exam response)

A Total War can be defined as a conflict that encompasses a total mobilization of resources such as human, industrial, agricultural, military with an aim to have such an output that the enemy won't be able to overcome. Perhaps the largest difference between a Total War and a normal war is that there is no difference between those who are fighting and the civilians; they are all seen as an enemy.

From this point of view, World War One could definitely be considered a Total War because it was a complete contrast to the limited wars of the 18th Century which were small, trying to avoid battles, not touching the society and continuing the trading systems....

Total War (anonymous www historiographer)

World War I was a total war, involving the governments, economies and populations of participating nations to an extent never seen before in history. This was distinct from the way `smaller' wars had been fought, like the Crimean War (1853-56) and late-19th century colonial wars. In 'total war' - a term not coined until the 1930s, by German general Paul von Ludendorff - the entire nation was called into service, rather than just its military. Governments played an active and interventionist role, passing laws that would be intolerable during peacetime....

Total War (wikipedia article)

Total war is warfare that includes any and all civilian-associated resources and infrastructure as legitimate military targets, mobilizes all of the resources of society to fight the war, and gives priority to warfare over non-combatant needs. The American-English Dictionary defines total war as "war that is unrestricted in terms of the weapons used, the territory or combatants involved, or the objectives pursued, especially one in which the laws of war are disregarded."...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 14th, 2018 at 02:08:57 PM EST
Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab Partners with Facebook to Combat Disinformation in Democratic Elections

this.empowerment(Katie Harbath)

"Facebook is investing heavily to prevent our service from being abused during elections. That includes more actively working with outside experts, governments and other companies because we know that we can't solve these challenges on our own. This partnership will help our security, policy and product teams get real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world. It will also increase the number of `eyes and ears' we have working to spot potential abuse on our service - enabling us to more effectively identify gaps in our systems, preempt obstacles, and ensure that Facebook plays a positive role during elections all around the world."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 18th, 2018 at 04:17:37 PM EST
Where is little Stevie Pinker?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 18th, 2018 at 05:49:10 PM EST
US news outlets shut out European users amid new privacy laws
Several U.S. news outlets are shutting out European internet users in apparent effort to avoid having to comply with the European Union's strict new data laws, which went into effect Friday.

The New York Times reported that websites for news outlets owned by Tronc, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News, are now inaccessible in the European Union.

So. Are you all up to date on yer "block chain" publishing "platforms"? Or are you satisfied with Facebook feed?

25 Feb 2018
"... I'll not be silent on matters of measuring and assigning significance to speech, while US gov litigation against IRA seeks to define "meddling and interference" and restrict the scope of "political activity" anywhere at anytime to telecommunications produced only by "real US persons." Because I can...."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 25th, 2018 at 06:49:10 PM EST
Family of Torture Victim Sues Syria For Aiding Terrorists
The U.S. government has listed Syria as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1979, including the Islamic State group and its precursors, according to the lawsuit.
Syrian Arab Republic alias, d/b/a AL QUAIDA/ISIL/ISIS/DAESH/ISLAMIC STATE
By 2013, Assad's government was supporting the Islamic State group by buying oil from wells seized from him by the group in eastern Syria. Assad continues to buy about $1 million worth of oil daily from the terror group, the lawsuit says.
The family is asking for $10 million each for each count in the lawsuit, which includes wrongful death, battery, assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy and aiding and abetting, plus $10 million each for survival damages and unspecified punitive damages.

archived "It's not me."
Iran Hit With Rare Material-Support Suit Over 9/11

Several survivors of the 9/11 attacks and representatives of those killed brought a federal complaint against Saudi Arabia and Iran, alleging that the latter knew about the attacks and helped plan and coordinate them.
9/11 Victims Bill Drives New Suit Against Saudi Arabia
Prior to passage of JASTA last year -- short for the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorist Act -- the kingdom could not be held liable over injuries stemming from an international act of terrorism because it has never officially been designated as a sponsor of terrorism. Now that JASTA allows civil claims against a foreign government, however, numerous Lloyd's syndicates are at the head of a 103-page complaint to hold Saudi Arabia liable.
Twitter Fights Terrorism Liability Appeal in Ninth Circuit
In one of the first cases seeking to hold a social media company liable under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, Tamara Fields sued Twitter in January 2016 for failing to block accounts belonging to users associated with ISIS.
Navy Families Sue Fukushima Operators for Wrongful Death
members or survivors of members of the 7th Fleet who performed humanitarian response from March 11, 2011 until March 14, when the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier was moved away from Fukushima due to detection of nuclear radiation in the air and on helicopters returning to the ship.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 27th, 2018 at 04:10:53 AM EST
THIS JUST IN from 2011: US American NGO Volunteer Explains All.

Contrary to popular belief and knowledge, Bashar al-Assad's formidable secret police (now "exiled") released or allowed the wrong political prisoners to escape in order to "to reinforce the 'WE-THEY' dynamic commonly employed by despots for public consumption."

"Mixing civic activists with al Qaeda veterans was no accident" as was the case, presumably in Libya where it is proper still to celebrate 'Arab' Bastille Day.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 08:05:13 PM EST
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Microsoft Wins Lucrative Cloud Deal With Intelligence Community 16 May 2018
"What this does, is it reinforces the fact that we are a solid cloud platform [brand: AZURE] that the federal government can put their trust in," Dana Barnes, the vice president of the company's national security group, said in an interview. "If the [INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY] can trust it, so can the DOD."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 28th, 2018 at 02:23:10 PM EST

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