Acomplia In Us

How Media Creates Legend And Myth, acomplia in us and why no one benefits....                                          A few days ago while doing my usual surfing, acomplia in us I came across an article that brilliantly described what I've wanted to express myself but never had the adequate words. Being that the article so accurately reveals how conditioned we've become towards believing a commercial media machine which continues to lie/ disinform public audiences on a daily basis, acomplia in us I thought I'd post the piece in part below. Acomplia in us The rest of the article is at the link provided. As the media continues to utilize and expand its methods of targeting any person, acomplia in us place or thing "it" chooses to demonize, acomplia in us destroy or assassinate (or all of the above) via it's tabloid style assaults/bombardments, acomplia in us is it really any different than a war which uses other forms of weaponry?  Through the endless coverage and character assaults being directed at individuals like Tiger Wood's, acomplia in us along with multitudes of other individuals being thrown under the bus and into the spotlight of unending scrutiny and thinly disguised hatred, acomplia in us it makes one wonder if all the media has simply become an instrument to promote, acomplia in us canonize and conversely destroy those when and if they deem necessary?  Is it just me or does anyone else see the damage this can create on so many levels? Certainly on a larger and more political scale, acomplia in us it wasn't too long ago the drums were being beaten loudly and consistently on every media network available for the call to invade Iraq.  I remember how many times a day I heard what a "bad bad" man Saddam Hussein was.  Do you remember? It became a media made mantra, acomplia in us as if to intentionally silence and shame into submission any realm of room for dialog and/or objectivity. Acomplia in us   Because of such a media campaign and barrage, acomplia in us and like so many other scenarios played out prior to the Iraq invasion, acomplia in us it soon became crystal clear there was no room for any other discussion, acomplia in us perception or reasoning other than what a "bad bad" man he was. Acomplia in us  Saddam Hussein may in fact have been very much the "bad bad" man we were told he was daily. Acomplia in us   However those proposing what a "bad bad" man he was, acomplia in us also had a huge amount invested in taking our troops and our tax dollars into Iraq.  In hindsight, acomplia in us I believe most of us can now see how that turned out.  Saddam Hussein is no longer a part of the equation and has exited the screen so to speak. Acomplia in us   Who are the "bad bad" people now? Additionally who is responsible for the horrific display of injustice and tragedy which sadly continues in Iraq to this day?   Are these in effect the same individuals (via different players) beating the same music towards Iran?  Additionally if what has happened in Iraq is being defined as Democracy, acomplia in us then I can't imagine any one of us who would want to endure the outcome given to those who have survived such "Democratization" in Iraq. Acomplia in us   I hope it will be sooner than later that we as Americans and citizens everywhere will have the insight and wisdom to begin to more effectively question the veracity of all information being promoted, acomplia in us dispelled and dispensed to us via our Media conglomerates.   I write this not because I have the answers. Acomplia in us   I write this because I believe we are continually and consistently being given wrong information and distortions with an apparent agenda, acomplia in us which neither benefits or encourages healthy or critical thinking.  Not to mention how such information, acomplia in us or lack of accurate information is effecting us financially.  I hope we'll look less to the television and look more to others for better communication and understanding of what is happening in our communities and our world. I think I'll leave it there for now.   Read on.  xoxo What Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri Do All Day, acomplia in us or Why I Cannot Talk About Politics With My Father I have finally come to understand why I cannot talk about politics, acomplia in us terrorism or international relations with my father, acomplia in us not that it matters much, acomplia in us except as a glimpse of a much larger phenomenon. It's not just my father. Acomplia in us I can't talk about politics or terrorism or world affairs with anyone who has lived his or her entire life under the great umbrella of American propaganda. They have insulated themselves under an enormous web of lies, acomplia in us and hidden themselves away from actual knowledge of their nation and its role in the world, acomplia in us both of which they see dimly, acomplia in us if at all: the world as a dark, acomplia in us dangerous, acomplia in us mysterious place, acomplia in us and their nation as the best of all nations -- nay, acomplia in us the best of all possible nations. They have been content to collect the scraps tossed their way by the American War Machine, acomplia in us although they would never call it that. Acomplia in us Nor would they ever consider themselves in any way complicit in America's endless war on the rest of the world, acomplia in us a war they never even acknowledge. It's a war waged on multiple planes, acomplia in us of which the military, acomplia in us being the bloodiest, acomplia in us is easily the most visible. Acomplia in us And it didn't start last week, acomplia in us or last year, acomplia in us or even eight years ago. It's been going on all their lives -- or since they were little kids. Acomplia in us For an ever-increasing percentage of America's population, acomplia in us it's always been there. Like the land, acomplia in us the sea and the sky, acomplia in us it's the backdrop against which their lives take place. Only a fool would question the sea and sky. ... Acomplia in us or the notion that the American War Machine should be what it is, acomplia in us and is what it should be. Except that it's not true. Acomplia in us None of it is true. Acomplia in us And even worse -- they know it's not true. As long as every little lie stays in place, acomplia in us the umbrella stands, acomplia in us so to speak: the big lies remain sacred, acomplia in us so to speak. Acomplia in us But once you start to pull and tug, acomplia in us and separate one lie from another, acomplia in us and expose them to the light of knowledge and reason ... Acomplia in us well, acomplia in us that's where it gets intolerable. And I guess I just love to pull and tug. I came to this moderately interesting conclusion in the hospital room where I've been spending most of my weekends lately, acomplia in us sitting there with my father and reading the newspaper he read before I arrived. He's so far from where I grew up that I have no connection with any of the local stories: I read them as if they were field reports from places I may never hear of again, acomplia in us much less visit. One week there was a story about a guy who took some construction equipment and started blazing a trail through a state park. Acomplia in us One week there was a story about a new McDonald's opening in one of the suburbs. Acomplia in us This weekend there was a story about a schoolteacher who was sitting alone in her classroom doing paperwork when a buck burst through the window. You just never know what you'll find in the local news, acomplia in us but all the stories share a common feature: they're verifiable. Acomplia in us I could go see the damage to the park. Acomplia in us I could eat at the new fast food restaurant. Acomplia in us And I could visit the school, acomplia in us admire the new window, acomplia in us and meet the teacher who hid under her desk. I haven't actually done any of these things, acomplia in us and it's not likely that I ever would. Acomplia in us But I could. Acomplia in us You could. Acomplia in us Anyone could. Acomplia in us And the same is true of virtually all the local news: you can't predict what you'll find, acomplia in us but you can certainly check it out. On the other hand, acomplia in us with world news, acomplia in us and often with national politics, acomplia in us it's just the opposite. Acomplia in us What there is to read -- what my father reads every day, acomplia in us and what's he's been reading for his entire adult life -- is utterly predictable, acomplia in us and completely unverifiable. Acomplia in us And therefore, acomplia in us he doesn't have any reason not to believe it -- unless I start talking. I've just had dental surgery and I wasn't doing much talking this weekend. Acomplia in us But that's another story -- and one I'll spare you. I've read a lot of predictable, acomplia in us unverifiable, acomplia in us manure over the years, acomplia in us but I have never seen it more concentrated and hilarious than in Sebastian Rotella's most recent piece in the Los Angeles Times. Entitled "Setbacks weaken Al Qaeda's ability to mount attacks, acomplia in us terrorism officials say", acomplia in us it had me laughing so hard that I've preserved it for posterity at my "other blog". I happened to read Sebastian Rotella's newest masterpiece, acomplia in us not because it was in the paper in my dad's room, acomplia in us but because it set off my Google News Alert with its mention of Rashid Rauf. Acomplia in us As long-time readers will remember, acomplia in us I wrote extensively about Rashid Rauf and the so-called Liquid Bombers, acomplia in us beginning in August of 2006 when they were arrested, acomplia in us and continuing until I became unable to blog much (or at all). Acomplia in us But even when I haven't been writing, acomplia in us I've still been reading, acomplia in us and collecting. Over the past three years I have preserved more than 330 articles mentioning Rashid Rauf, acomplia in us and it has been fascinating (in an entirely predictable way) to watch his legend develop. Acomplia in us (And you can read the word "legend" in either of two ways: it can mean either "a fable" or "an intelligence agent's cover story".) In 2006, acomplia in us Rashid Rauf was merely a "key figure" in the so-called Liquid Bombing plot -- possibly a messenger of some kind. Acomplia in us Then he was the al Qaeda connection. Acomplia in us Then he was the bomb-making expert. Acomplia in us Then he was the mastermind. Acomplia in us Then he was an al Qaeda commander. The latter was an interesting step in the growing legend. Acomplia in us Not everyone gets to be an al Qaeda commander. I first read that Rashid Rauf was an al Qaeda commander from Bill Roggio, acomplia in us who writes the aptly named "Long War Journal". Acomplia in us Upon reading that Rashid Rauf was an al Qaeda commander, acomplia in us I immediately felt a sense of inadequacy -- having read everything I could find about Rashid Rauf, acomplia in us how could I not have known he was an al Qaeda commander? Then I got a bit indignant: Why should Bill Roggio know that Rashid Rauf is an al Qaeda commander when I don't know it myself? Later I simmered down a bit and became less emotional and more pragmatic. Acomplia in us The question became: How does Bill Roggio know Rashid Rauf is an al Qaeda commander? Much to my astonishment, acomplia in us Long War Journal takes comments from unknown visitors. Acomplia in us So I left Bill Roggio a comment, acomplia in us saying: "How do you know Rashid Rauf is an al Qaeda commander?" To my further astonishment, acomplia in us my comment appeared immediately. Acomplia in us So I bookmarked the page and returned a day later, acomplia in us hoping for an explanation from Bill Roggio as to where and how he had learned that Rashid Rauf was an al Qaeda commander. Acomplia in us Instead of such an explanation, acomplia in us I found -- to no astonishment at all -- that my comment had been deleted. Acomplia in us "Aha!" I thought, acomplia in us "That's how we know Rashid Rauf is an al Qaeda commander." What a thing to have learned! We also learned quite a bit about Bill Roggio and his "Long War Journal", acomplia in us none of which could have been news. Acomplia in us (Long War Journal? Why do you think it's called that?) Then Rashid Rauf was also named -- as always, acomplia in us by an unnamed source -- as the al Qaeda contact for the dozen Pakistani students arrested in the UK in April of 2009 under so-called "Operation Pathway". Acomplia in us No criminal charges were filed against any of the students, acomplia in us who were released from police custody but nonetheless held pending "deportation hearings" which still haven't started -- and most of the students have now left the UK "voluntarily". Shortly after the Operation Pathway arrests, acomplia in us Rashid Rauf's legend began to grow again. Acomplia in us Soon he was was al Qaeda's Commander for European Operations. Acomplia in us Then he was a facilitator for the London bombings of 7/7/2005. How much more is there? I've been wondering: How long it will take before he was behind 9/11? Or the 1993 WTC bombing? Oklahoma City? Beirut? Who really killed JFK, acomplia in us anyway? Was it Rashid Rauf? Or to put it another way: How do we know it wasn't? I may have been kidding about that last part but the rest is serious, acomplia in us and Rashid Rauf's legend continues to grow backwards. Acomplia in us The most recent additions to the legend have proceeded despite (or because of) the death (or not) of Rashid Rauf in a drone-launched missile attack in Pakistan in November of 2008. Sebastian Rotella's LAT piece hints -- for the first time of which I am aware -- at a connection between Rashid Rauf and a failed attempt to bomb London in 2004. Acomplia in us This is a year earlier than the previous publicly hinted connection: the backward legend-building is only three years short of 9/11 now, acomplia in us and it won't be long ... It's a sick laugh, acomplia in us and one I can't share with my father, acomplia in us but laughs are scarce in these days of bogus terror everywhere, acomplia in us and unspoken dangers everywhere else. Acomplia in us And the people who make me laugh have an impossible job. To read more of the article, acomplia in us please go here: