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How Media Creates Legend And Myth, no rx maxaquin and why no one benefits....                                          A few days ago while doing my usual surfing, no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin I thought I'd post the piece in part below. No rx maxaquin The rest of the article is at the link provided. As the media continues to utilize and expand its methods of targeting any person, no rx maxaquin place or thing "it" chooses to demonize, no rx maxaquin destroy or assassinate (or all of the above) via it's tabloid style assaults/bombardments, no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin along with multitudes of other individuals being thrown under the bus and into the spotlight of unending scrutiny and thinly disguised hatred, no rx maxaquin it makes one wonder if all the media has simply become an instrument to promote, no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin as if to intentionally silence and shame into submission any realm of room for dialog and/or objectivity. No rx maxaquin   Because of such a media campaign and barrage, no rx maxaquin and like so many other scenarios played out prior to the Iraq invasion, no rx maxaquin it soon became crystal clear there was no room for any other discussion, no rx maxaquin perception or reasoning other than what a "bad bad" man he was. No rx maxaquin  Saddam Hussein may in fact have been very much the "bad bad" man we were told he was daily. 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No rx maxaquin   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, no rx maxaquin dispelled and dispensed to us via our Media conglomerates.   I write this not because I have the answers. No rx maxaquin   I write this because I believe we are continually and consistently being given wrong information and distortions with an apparent agenda, no rx maxaquin which neither benefits or encourages healthy or critical thinking.  Not to mention how such information, no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin or Why I Cannot Talk About Politics With My Father I have finally come to understand why I cannot talk about politics, no rx maxaquin terrorism or international relations with my father, no rx maxaquin not that it matters much, no rx maxaquin except as a glimpse of a much larger phenomenon. It's not just my father. No rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin and hidden themselves away from actual knowledge of their nation and its role in the world, no rx maxaquin both of which they see dimly, no rx maxaquin if at all: the world as a dark, no rx maxaquin dangerous, no rx maxaquin mysterious place, no rx maxaquin and their nation as the best of all nations -- nay, no rx maxaquin the best of all possible nations. They have been content to collect the scraps tossed their way by the American War Machine, no rx maxaquin although they would never call it that. No rx maxaquin Nor would they ever consider themselves in any way complicit in America's endless war on the rest of the world, no rx maxaquin a war they never even acknowledge. It's a war waged on multiple planes, no rx maxaquin of which the military, no rx maxaquin being the bloodiest, no rx maxaquin is easily the most visible. No rx maxaquin And it didn't start last week, no rx maxaquin or last year, no rx maxaquin or even eight years ago. It's been going on all their lives -- or since they were little kids. No rx maxaquin For an ever-increasing percentage of America's population, no rx maxaquin it's always been there. Like the land, no rx maxaquin the sea and the sky, no rx maxaquin it's the backdrop against which their lives take place. Only a fool would question the sea and sky. ... No rx maxaquin or the notion that the American War Machine should be what it is, no rx maxaquin and is what it should be. Except that it's not true. No rx maxaquin None of it is true. No rx maxaquin And even worse -- they know it's not true. As long as every little lie stays in place, no rx maxaquin the umbrella stands, no rx maxaquin so to speak: the big lies remain sacred, no rx maxaquin so to speak. No rx maxaquin But once you start to pull and tug, no rx maxaquin and separate one lie from another, no rx maxaquin and expose them to the light of knowledge and reason ... No rx maxaquin well, no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin 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. No rx maxaquin One week there was a story about a new McDonald's opening in one of the suburbs. 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Entitled "Setbacks weaken Al Qaeda's ability to mount attacks, no rx maxaquin terrorism officials say", no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin not because it was in the paper in my dad's room, no rx maxaquin but because it set off my Google News Alert with its mention of Rashid Rauf. No rx maxaquin As long-time readers will remember, no rx maxaquin I wrote extensively about Rashid Rauf and the so-called Liquid Bombers, no rx maxaquin beginning in August of 2006 when they were arrested, no rx maxaquin and continuing until I became unable to blog much (or at all). No rx maxaquin But even when I haven't been writing, no rx maxaquin I've still been reading, no rx maxaquin and collecting. Over the past three years I have preserved more than 330 articles mentioning Rashid Rauf, no rx maxaquin and it has been fascinating (in an entirely predictable way) to watch his legend develop. No rx maxaquin (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, no rx maxaquin Rashid Rauf was merely a "key figure" in the so-called Liquid Bombing plot -- possibly a messenger of some kind. No rx maxaquin Then he was the al Qaeda connection. No rx maxaquin Then he was the bomb-making expert. No rx maxaquin Then he was the mastermind. No rx maxaquin Then he was an al Qaeda commander. The latter was an interesting step in the growing legend. No rx maxaquin Not everyone gets to be an al Qaeda commander. I first read that Rashid Rauf was an al Qaeda commander from Bill Roggio, no rx maxaquin who writes the aptly named "Long War Journal". 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No rx maxaquin No criminal charges were filed against any of the students, no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin Rashid Rauf's legend began to grow again. No rx maxaquin Soon he was was al Qaeda's Commander for European Operations. No rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin 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, no rx maxaquin and Rashid Rauf's legend continues to grow backwards. 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