As if the Media Were Not Controlled Enough Already...

They're running scared.

They have to be. Otherwise, why would the FCC want to insert itself into newsrooms to determine who selects which stories to run?

I'm certainly frightened to hear that our government feels it is their job to monitor our newsrooms, but then it hit me: They are on the defense.

The alternative media is on the offense.

It's bad news, but it's also good news.

I'm happy to be a part of a website such as TF Metals Report that can break through the mainstream media clutter and share some unfiltered perspectives.

Yesterday, it dawned on me exactly how fortunate we are that have the Internet to disseminate news and information. The FCC might try to censor television stations - and I would not go so far as to say, "Who cares?" - but the real news is happening online. I never watch my local news. I don't watch cable news either, unless I'm forced to due to proximity.

I dropped cable years ago. I get my news from the Internet. I subscribe to a bunch of alternative television and radio channels just to give a big middle finger to the establishment media - even though I don't have time to watch or listen to them all. It makes me feel good that I am supporting non-state-run media.  (I'm sure this means I'm on Homeland Security list somewhere. So be it.)

But the pervasive state propaganda is everywhere. I joined a new gym, and they unfortunately blast CNN in the locker rooms. I am stunned at how completely shoddy and inflammatory CNN has become. The just spent the last two weeks hammering on this "loud music" shooting trial - I guess they were hoping this would be another Trayvon Martin call to arms.

Do they care about the NSA? Nope. Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is a vital national issue, but who cares if we are all being spied upon? And the Ukraine? Well, that's just a bunch of "freedom fighters," but let's not look into who might be funding them and what their agenda might be (assimilation into the E.U.-soon-to-be-New-World-Order-borg?). Nope. What goes for deep analysis on CNN is an "outraged" Erin Burnett explaining in an exasperated, condescending tone that "subhuman" and "mongrel " were the exact words that Hitler used..implying that Ted Nugent is a wannabe Hitler! (Gee, I didn't know that Hitler spoke English!)

*eyeroll*

Mike Rowe recently appeared on CNN after (manufactured) controversy erupted over his voiceover for a Wal-Mart commercial about the company's pledge to invest $250 billion in American manufacturing. The CNN banner beneath Rowe read: "Host of Dirty Jobs Proud to be a Sellout" - seriously:

Wow, CNN, you suck.

One has to wonder why the federal government needs to send the FCC to television stations at all, considering the almost complete lock it already has on the mainstream media. Even Fox News is just "controlled opposition" and won't touch certain stories. The United States now ranks 46th on the World Press Freedom Index, down from 33rd last year.

You'd think, with the amount of positive press Obama receives, that he would not be concerned about a few stations not being on board. But, the desire for control is a never-ending bottomless pit - control freaks don't like to do things half-assed. They need 100%.

A lot of people are going to actually applaud the FCC meddling into the news - they are using emotional button issues like "women," "minorities," and "the environment" to justify the intrusion. So we can expect to see more efforts to control under the cover of "good" and most of the "sheeple" not blinking an eye about it.

For this reason, it behooves us to be suspicious of the true motives of an initiative, starting in California, to equip all smartphones (and possibly tablets) with remote "kill switches" - ostensibly to protect them from theft. Once again, a control mechanism is being justified through a button - the fear of cellphone theft.

The problem is, if the initial bill passes and becomes law in California, will smartphone companies end up installing these kill switches for everyone just to comply with California? Probably so. California is, in the least, the test run.

It's bad enough our phones are now beholden to presidential alerts whether we like it or not, but now phone companies will be able to kill the phones remotely. Of course, some will say the NSA already has that capability, but is that a reason not to fight it? It's a bad sign that when you buy your phone you're told you don't really own it. I've rooted my phone, but most people don't have the technical capacity to do that.

Lurking on the horizon - after the FCC control mechanism is put into place in our newsrooms, and the kill switch is placed on our smart phones and personal computers (tablets now becoming computers for many) - is the "Internet Kill Switch."

Oh, you think they've given up on that? Think again. It will rear its ugly head again soon, perhaps under another name or in another guise, but they'll do their damnedest. The reason that will be given for  providing this unilateral power to the president will be "security" or some such nonsense, but we know better. The problem is, they might not need a central kill switch if they have access to our individual devices.

Thankfully, we still have good people out there trying to circumvent totalitarian control. It is heartening to hear that one company plans to side-step government Internet censorship by placing satellites in orbit to deliver free wi-fi to everyone on the planet. Still, would it be that difficult for a large rogue government to shoot them down or block them? We cannot rely on that initiative alone to save us from online censorship.

The best plan I read about years and years ago to create a totally decentralized Internet, not beholden to governments or corporations, was the idea of a distributed peer-to-peer wi-fi network. This technology would create a network through direct wi-fi connections from one person's computer or smart phone to another and so on. No routers would be necessary. (A router, like the one you have connecting to your home Internet, is basically a box that controls network traffic and tells it where to go.)

A peer-to-peer wi-fi network unfortunately requires some proximity and would not work so well in rural areas with less population density. But companies like Broadcom are already developing devices capable of "Wi-Fi Direct," so we may see plenty of ad-hoc networks sprouting up in the near future, some of which, perhaps, might be directed towards distributing information outside of Internet censorship.  The Open Wireless movement is also working to create "a world in which openness is the default." These are positive developments for free speech and technological democracy.

Now we see why a "per-device" kill switch might be desired by the Powers That Be. If they can't kill off the entire Internet, they might resort to killing individual access to it instead. Imagine how they might try to shut off peer-to-peer networks if given the power to do so. They need a per-device kill switch for total control.

Fortunately, I trust the technical abilities of computer programmers and hackers more than the elite's. I've rarely met a person in charge who can program their way out of a paper bag. Most have a hard time dealing with basic email functionality. And most computer programmers tend to be freedom-loving and suspicious of control. We can bet that even as the elite are attempting to clamp down on our Internet freedoms, programmers will be coming up with ways to root phones and bypass kill switches.

You might do your part by gaining more technical knowledge. Learn how to root your own phone. Take some time to install Linux on a computer. You might just end up as one of the few who can still access and share information when everyone else has been shut down.

We'll see who wins. But the very technology that is enabling the police state may very well end up saving us.

Molon Wi-Fi.

Update: Since I wrote this piece, the FCC has backed down on its plans to monitor newsrooms due to the outcry. Once again, this shows the power of the alternative media. I find it telling that they're now trying to soften the whole initiative by making the monitoring out to be just a "study" or a "survey" - well, as we know, surveys can be highly intrusive. There is speculation that the purpose of doing surveys is to set up a case for race-based media ownership rules. The question would then be, would broadcast licenses be taken from certain owners to be given to others on the alleged basis of meeting some racial quota...when the real purpose would be to have more control over media content?

Note that the FCC has apparently been trying to extend its reach past traditional broadcasters to newspapers and Internet media companies. The FCC's original jurisdiction was over-the-air broadcasts, and it was necessary to license stations due to the limited amount of broadcast frequencies available. The expansion of channels due to cable, digital broadcasts, and the Internet has in many ways hobbled the FCC's control. It is no wonder, then, that scared politicians like Dianne Feinstein have sought other ways to control the explosion of grassroots media by claiming to be able to define who is or is not a journalist. This war is far from over, but the score one for the alternative media for winning this latest battle.

Stephanie blogs sporadically at a number of websites, including Freeople and Free Thinking Christianity.

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Excalibur's picture

FZ

As a teenager most of what I knew of the US was through the music and lyrics of FZ and Cpt Beefheart. 

I got quite a shock when I actually met a few Americans who were uber straight, in suits and clean cut and I realized that perhaps they weren't all like Frank and Don....but then I found the Watchtower.....

The slime oozing out of your TV set

achmachat's picture

Excalibur

you found the watchtower... you do realize that most of us don't appreciate it when you guys come and ring our doorbells Saturdays early morning?

wink

Boswell's picture

Door Knockers

At my place, we start giving them a dose of what is talked about here and they soon leave! ;-)

Excalibur's picture

watchtower

I like playing the straight man, as I wrote that I knew I'd be feeding those lines ;)

Luxembourg is a small place, I'll be there early tomorrow.

Mr. Fix's picture

A prelude to war, things are getting too noticeable.

First off,

I would like to thank Stephanie for a thoughtful and well articulated post, and I think her opinion is spot on in how this could be interpreted as good news, and that their backs are up against a wall.

There is simply no freaking way things can continue as they are. All of their false flags and deceptions are becoming way too noticeable.

I do however reserve my own personal opinion that this is simply the next step in their plan (the powers that be) to extinguish all dissenting opinion.

A lot is unfolding right now, and in the opinion of many, the quickly accelerating rate of decay in all established systems is fairly easy to document. In short, the entire planet is becoming unglued, and I am of the opinion that this is just part of a long-term, and well orchestrated plan.

Something that was brought to my attention today on "DOTS" (the forum), is that many of the alternative news sources which I have been following, have been taken down from YouTube.  

Just last night, I listened to"V the guerrilla economist" for his two-hour appearance on Coast-to-Coast a.m. He usually has cutting-edge “insider info”, and and I'm sure it was an interesting show, but quite frankly, I fell asleep. I am in the habit of finding such broadcasts, and listening to them in their entirety over the next day or so.

This morning, I found dgstage had posted that the YouTube link to that broadcast had been taken down. This is highly unusual. In addition to that, Bad Of Gold noticed the Saturday night host of that program, John B Wells, who was fired last month, and has since started his own “subscription service” to continue his investigative reporting, also had all of his YouTube posts scrubbed.

I have been well aware of the fact that YouTube tends to delete any post that the powers that be consider information they would rather not be made public, and I think the entire “FCC invasion” is a prequel to shutting down all alternative news sources.

Obviously, the mainstream media is of no particular threat to the powers that be, and many people can overlook a far more sinister agenda here. I'm thinking, that this is the governments way of making absolutely sure that nothing sneaks through the cracks,

but more importantly, when sources of information are fed to the mainstream press, the government can now track it backwards.

They no longer have to “take a reporter to court to divulge his sources”. This not only guarantees that there will never be any real news in mainstream news, but that their sources will no longer reveal any real news to any individual reporter, since even if the story were ever discussed “behind the scenes,” the sources can now be exterminated.

It's no secret that I tend to find my news sources in the alternative press,  Steve Quayle, Doug Hagmann, Alex Jones, and David Hodges have become daily required material for me. Of course, one of my favorite financial analysts is Jim Willie, but I am actually focusing on a slightly larger picture than the mere financial markets, and how they pertain to silver and gold.

Just trying to make sense of the price action in these two “commodities” has led me far down a rabbit hole, which has revealed a world of criminal conspiracy on the largest scale in human history, so yes, I can be accurately defined as a “conspiracy theorist”.

In the end, I think this is where we will find the true motivation for price suppression, but the most accurate tea leaves predicting the next move in the metals. 

In other words, I've lost all faith in charts, numbers, and fundamentals, since I have long-lost a belief that any of those things have any meaning whatsoever.

If anything, (as I have said many times) I think they are tailored to point us in exactly the wrong direction.

Currently, there is a lot of breaking news, for example, David Hodges (the common sense show) is now stating that a organized effort by “ex-military” are behind the “dead bankers” story, and that they have been planning a “guerrilla war” against the powers that be for quite some time, and that the battle has begun.

He also says that this story will become somewhat mainstream over the next few days, as some of his sources go public. Whether there is anything to this or not, what I am seeing here, is a concerted effort to close down all possibility of a resistance organizing.

In short, I think “alternative sources for news” are about to be not only shut down, but outlawed.

I think we need to look past the illegality of the current regime, and start focusing on the blatant immorality, because as new laws and “dictates from above” become enacted, remaining both legal and moral simultaneously will be impossible, but  a choice will have to be made.

I know I've had this debate on many occasions, but I'll state it once again, since I've recently found out that only 10% of the general public agrees with me when I state unequivocally:

There are moral absolutes! 

There is such a thing as right and wrong, it is not just something that is relative to something else, as seems to be taught these days.

We must stand for something, or fall for anything,

because a lot more crap is about to be thrown at us.

First, find out what is right and what is wrong, to whatever measure of spiritual guidance you have,

and then don't be afraid to think for yourself, that's why God gave you a brain.

We have all become quite accustomed to disinformation, particularly in gold and silver,

but now we are going to have to look around and realize that it is in fact everywhere you look.

It's about to get very interesting, very quickly.

And I wouldn't count on gold and silver to save you, you're going to have to survive what's on the immediate horizon first.

And it's not going to be fun.

achmachat's picture

they're extremely commited tho...

My household has an extremely rare make-up. And still, one Saturday morning a young lady who knew how to speak my parents's mother tongue (not from around here) quite well came accompanied by her husband who happened to be from the same place my wife is from (almost the other side of the planet).

And I saw from their license plate that they drove almost 4 hours just to get here!

Bollocks's picture

No, it's not your common thieves, it's the NSA and GCHQ

through their control of hardware and software manufacturers that have made sure these backdoors exist. Wakey-wakey.
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Security failings in home routers exposed

Home router

Serious security failings in home routers are getting more attention from both attackers and researchers.

In recent weeks, attacks have been mounted on Linksys and Asus routers via loopholes that thieves could exploit.

In Poland, reports suggest one gang has successfully adjusted router settings in a bid to steal cash.

A separate study found many of the routers sold online have bugs that attackers could easily exploit.

This week the Internet Storm Center (ISC) warned about a continuing attempt to exploit a vulnerability in 23 separate models of Linksys routers.

The virus, a self-replicating program or worm called The Moon, takes control of the router and then uses it to scan for other vulnerable systems.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26287517

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For those who haven't seen it (it's been posted here a few times) here's Jacob Appelbaum's presentation at the end of last year:


 

Mr. Fix's picture

Upon further investigation, a slightly different conclusion:

Upon carefully reviewing what still is available, and what has been deleted from YouTube, I have drawn the conclusion that because they are using “copyright protection laws” as the current excuse for deleting YouTube posts,  (which seems to have not applied before today), I can conclude that there are some that are merely trying to pump up their subscription base, while others are actually trying to expose the truth.

You can't have it both ways period!   (If nothing else, it does reveal their priorities).

Although I have nothing against free enterprise, and earning an honest dollar, people that  state as their primary motivation as “truth seekers”, were stating “the world needs to know these things”, have tipped their hand at revealing their true underlying motives.

Some people have considered “coast-to-coast a.m.”, as "controlled opposition", in fact I think David Hodges stated that in his defense of John B Wells.

While many consider Glenn Beck as controlled opposition, he openly allows YouTube to carry any video that is posted.

I listened to the John B Wells broadcasts  while they were still up, and in one of them, he openly condemned those that were posting his videos on YouTube, stating plainly that it was undermining his business.

Hagman, Quayle, Jones, Hodges, do not seem to have a problem with people finding their broadcasts on YouTube, In fact in the midst of their broadcasts, they referred to other broadcasts and state where they can be found. They have been using YouTube as an integral part of their business. They even have their own YouTube channels.

It saddens me that I can no longer listen to John B Wells, or catch a recording of coast-to-coast a.m. when unfortunately, due to my need for sleep, I cannot remain awake and alert for the entire broadcast.

Fortunately, there  is still for the time being, a strong and healthy alternative to these two sources,

and in my own opinion, I think both of these franchises would have done better if they left their posts on YouTube, instead of the shortsighted desire to keep their message from reaching the public for free.

The fact of the matter is,

if their messages do not get out, even they are doomed.

One unfortunate “side effect” of capitalism, seems to be that our enemies have a free ride, while our side has to pay its way.

so much for a level playing field.

At least we are still here.smiley

(Thanks Turd!)
 
Mr. Fix's picture

Judge Napolitano expresses his opinion on this topic:

lakedweller2's picture

Cable Companies Owning Major Channels (Patriot)

That's kind of like the Banks owning the Fed.  That is not good.

Patriot Family's picture

Agreed

Agreed.

flyinkel's picture

Citizen Dr. RE: Dr Paul Craig Roberts article US donation CHAOS

Thank you for your fine piece.  I am sure the 5B to incite the mayham was purely ancillary; surely a tiny bit of $ wouldn't CAUSE the crisis would it?  I mean 5B in Kiev is just a drop in the bucket, right?  Gosh, what could I do with 5B?

So It Goes's picture

Worthless gold - that barbaric relic - Contest?

I just keep wondering why the most beautiful faces for marking time are encased in this bad stuff.

$_57.JPG

This relic is for sale on ebay right now.  It is 113 years old.  Check it out - I suspect it says a lot about what we think about gold, art, and the art of watchmaking

http://www.ebay.com/itm/171246373456?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Hey - I'll make a contest (if Turd does not mind) let me know please.  This ebay auction ends in 7 days.  If you can guess the sale price within the next 48 hours (5 days before the auction closes - so we won't know what it will really sell for) within $100+/- I will send you an ASE.  One guess only.  Send me a message with your guess.  It will be fun for me.  Nobody I know really seems to understand precious metals except here in Turdville.

So it goes.

TREACHEROUS CRETINS's picture

Patek Phillipe

So It Goes - That " watch " is what is known as a "marriage" watch - they have taken a movement from an old pocket watch and put it in a non-authentic case. Patek Phillipe have never made a gold-plated watch. Whatever it sells for represents a very poor investment.

achmachat's picture

Re: the watch

nobody makes a secret about the casing being brand new.

In this case, the collector is actually paying for the 113 year old "movement" including its serial number. The brand new casing is just to showcase the treasure wink

TREACHEROUS CRETINS's picture

Achmachat

We both have a point. Marriage watches do preserve old attractive movements but they are generally unwearable [ too big and no shock absorbers ] and not good investments - as the initial post was about sale price I think my remark was pertinent.

http://www.rwgforum.net/topic/155993-marriage-watch-good-investment/

By the way, I will be in Esch-Sur-Alzette buying a Vacheron Constantin on Thursday.

achmachat's picture

vacheron

have you checked out Bijouterie Molitor in the city center of Luxembourg? (close to the palace).

they pride themselves of having quite a collection of fancy timepieces.

TREACHEROUS CRETINS's picture

Achmachat

The VC has just been serviced there and I will get them to authenticate it. I see I'm in the company of a watch nerd.

Urban Roman's picture

The watch

CASE: NEW - SOLID STAINLESS STEEL WITH THICK 18K GOLD LAYER - MOVABLE LUGS - CRYSTAL BACK

In other words, the gold will soon wear off and reveal the stainless steel case. Might be a nice watch movement, but "gold layer" involves very little gold.

I Run Bartertown's picture

Take heart my friends

The FCC backed off! We Americans are free to continue enjoying all the benefits of an aggressive media, challenging abuses at every opportunity! The media will be able to continue their exemplary work in speaking truth to power and informing the people! Long live truth! Long live the fifth column, err, I mean  the fourth estate.

"The Federal Communications Commission will amend a proposed study of newsrooms in South Carolina after outcry over what some called "invasive questions," the commission's chairman said Friday.

Any suggestion the Commission intends to regulate the speech of news media is false," FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said Friday in a statement, adding that a revised study will be released within the next few weeks. Additionally, she said media owners and journalists will no longer be asked to participate in the pilot study..."Any subsequent market studies conducted by the FCC, if determined necessary, will not seek participation from or include questions for media owners, news directors or reporters," she said."

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/02/fcc-backs-off-newsroom-study-183772.html

stephanie's picture

Clyde Lewis on the Ukraine, Media

I just posted this link to the Ukraine thread, but also wanted to post it here and highlight a few points relatively to the topic at hand:

http://www.groundzeromedia.org/switching-masters/

"The greater conspiracy of the New World Order has been the “open conditioning and coercion process” that has taken decades to implement and program into the masses. Overt criminality by leaders and passive, unclear thinking by the proletariat has become the norm throughout the world. The two go together, creating a symbiotic ecosystem of tyranny.

Now it is important for you to remember that passive, unclear thinking by the proletariat is the major ingredient necessary for the process of “game change.” This game change is all planned and executed in a way to vilify the already unstable government and replace it with a government chosen by the cryptocracy."

PS If so-called "tinfoil hats" bother you, then you'd benefit even more by reading this. If you prefer audio, this was read on his show of 2/20 and is available free on his podcast.

stephanie's picture

Article updated

I posted an addendum to the article reflecting the FCC backing down on their monitoring initiative. Thank you for reading and contributing such great comments!

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