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

Thu, Feb 20, 2014 - 7:02pm

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!)


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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BagOfGold Libero
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:06am


Why do you say Wolfgang Halbig is a fruitcake?...All he wants is the answer to the following 10 questions:

1. Why did the responding officers have to park a quarter mile from the scene?

2. Why were there no Life Assist helicopters called in to help the wounded and take them to the hospitals?

3. Why were the paramedics forced to remain outside the building, some 500 yards away at a crucial time when victims were lying bleeding on the floor?

4. Who pronounced the victims as deceased, something only medical personnel can do on a scene?

5. Why were several officers recorded sending children back into rooms 8 and 10 during the initial sweep of the school when according to the final report, all the dead children were found in those two rooms?

6. Why did police at the scene report finding certain weapons inside the school and then change their story about what was found and where?

7. When asking about contractor's names for such services as installing the new security system and cleaning up biological material after the event, he was told disclosing that information would "put the children at risk". What the heck is that?

8. Signs that read "everyone must sign in" on scene the morning of the shooting and porta-potties there within 3 hours?

9. No law suits filed by the parents against the school district for either negligence or how the first response on the scene was handled?

10. Eric Holder gave officers checks after the shooting?

Can you answer any of the questions above?...

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Feb 21, 2014 - 12:17am

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Libero BagOfGold
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:32am

BOG: Ok, I have nothing else to do

but I doubt my answers will satisfy you.

Why do you say Wolfgang Halbig is a fruitcake?..."All he wants is the answer to the following 10 questions:

1. Why did the responding officers have to park a quarter mile from the scene? "They wanted to sneak up on the shooter(s) without them knowing.

2. Why were there no Life Assist helicopters called in to help the wounded and take them to the hospitals? "There were no wounded, they were all blown to pieces and no one survived.

3. Why were the paramedics forced to remain outside the building, some 500 yards away at a crucial time when victims were lying bleeding on the floor? "Because they could be shot upon by the shooter(s)

4. Who pronounced the victims as deceased, something only medical personnel can do on a scene? "If your head is blown away well... I guess you're dead.

5. Why were several officers recorded sending children back into rooms 8 and 10 during the initial sweep of the school when according to the final report, all the dead children were found in those two rooms? "There is a recording?? If this was so then you would have to hear gun shots on the recording. Right??? Hmmmmm???

6. Why did police at the scene report finding certain weapons inside the school and then change their story about what was found and where? "The more you investigate the more you get the facts.

7. When asking about contractor's names for such services as installing the new security system and cleaning up biological material after the event, he was told disclosing that information would "put the children at risk". What the heck is that? "He should have asked what the lunch menu was.

8. Signs that read "everyone must sign in" on scene the morning of the shooting and porta-potties there within 3 hours? "Most schools have "sign in" notices. Why do you need porta-potties when you can use the bathrooms in the school?

9. No law suits filed by the parents against the school district for either negligence or how the first response on the scene was handled? "They were all dead when the first responders got there.

10. Eric Holder gave officers checks after the shooting? "Why not just use cash or bags of gold?

Can you answer any of the questions above?...

I did answer. Don't you think this guy Wolfgang is a little loose in the head when actually you listen to him? In the tape, Wolfgang insists that if you can't answer the ten questions (to his satisfaction) then his Sandy Hook hoax story is true. Whhhhaaaaat?

Feb 21, 2014 - 12:40am

Here's the video that

Here's the video that Stephanie included in her post...

SteveW Pining 4 the Fjords
Feb 21, 2014 - 1:18am

Pining: Will one smart ass do?

" I seriously think you could make a major hit show if someone would rebroadcast nightly news with two smart asses sitting at the bottom of the screen making fun of the vacuous lies and spin- and giving the real info while mocking the people like Erin Burnett..."

Jon Stewart does this some nights, but last night was about drone assassination of a US citizen in an unnamed foreign country.

Feb 21, 2014 - 2:00am

Silent on DJIA except it is

Silent on DJIA except it is still below highs:)

On PM front: GRS so far this week has not convincingly broken the bottom support of long term channel..but it was very close. Important if the week end this way or not:

Feb 21, 2014 - 3:35am


I refuse to get one until I find an open source one, no way I'm using Apple or Google (Android) or Microsoft.

Heard Ubuntu smartphones are on the way at some point, that might interest me.

Feb 21, 2014 - 4:19am

Bang on! The real Problem is MSM.

My 35 yr old daughter has turned off the telly. Good stuff for a Gen X-er (i call most of them Gen Zero cuz they are so clueless re the real world).

But my youngest keeps wanting me to come over and watch "The Bachelor" on TV. Women watch more TV than men, and advertizers and program selectors know this.

Hollywood has captured the Gen Xers. The movies are often psy-ops produced by the cia, to influence opinions. No bull, this is america!

MSM and Hollwood is owned, largely by aipac connected groups.

Bloomberg is outrageous. They make me sick, and I really get upset when they print contradictory "information" all the time, even within seconds of saying the first lie-spin-truth? whatever. They like to keep us off-balance and confused, and us waiting for our instructions.

BBC is owned by the Queen of England - now there is the 1%! Just what does Queenie want you to know, think, perceive???

And all you Yankees, when will you face up to aipac? You will get what you deserve if you keep hiding away. The "indispensibles", what a bad characterization....

Feb 21, 2014 - 5:37am

Generation X Generation

Generation X

Generation Y

Generation Z

Generation ?


World War Z


End of the world

Feb 21, 2014 - 6:40am

Wow, CNN, you suck.

Stephanie, killer post and spot on ! You rock.

Feb 21, 2014 - 6:48am


Obama Administration Embeds "Government Researchers" To Monitor Media Organizations

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/20/2014 20:59 -0500

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Last week, I highlighted the fact that the latest Press Freedom Index showcased a 13 point plunge in America’s press freedom to an embarrassing #46 position in the global ranking. If the authoritarians in the Obama Administration have their way, this country is set to fall much further in next year’s index.

Incredibly, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to roll out something called the Critical Information Needs study, which will embed government “researchers” into media organizations around the nation to make sure they are doing their job properly.

No this isn’t “conspiracy theory.” It is so real, and represents such a threat to the First Amendment, that a current FCC commissioner, Ajit Pai, recently wrote an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal, warning Americans of this scheme. He writes:

News organizations often disagree about what Americans need to know. MSNBC, for example, apparently believes that traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., is the crisis of our time. Fox News, on the other hand, chooses to cover the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi more heavily than other networks. The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch.

But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.

Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I am a commissioner, does not agree. Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.

The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”

I have no idea what country I am living in at this point.

How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of “critical information” such as the “environment” and “economic opportunities,” that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their “news philosophy” and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.

Participation in the Critical Information Needs study is voluntary—in theory. Unlike the opinion surveys that Americans see on a daily basis and either answer or not, as they wish, the FCC’s queries may be hard for the broadcasters to ignore. They would be out of business without an FCC license, which must be renewed every eight years.

Should all stations follow MSNBC’s example and cut away from a discussion with a former congresswoman about the National Security Agency’s collection of phone records to offer live coverage of Justin Bieber‘s bond hearing? As a consumer of news, I have an opinion. But my opinion shouldn’t matter more than anyone else’s merely because I happen to work at the FCC.

I am simply speechless.

Read the full Op-Ed here.

Feb 21, 2014 - 7:28am

Newstopia explains the Reserve Bank

This is fun.

Newstopia explains the Reserve Bank
Feb 21, 2014 - 7:58am

Priorities for FCC's Contractor

The FCC awarded a contract to start this process to Social Solutions International.

Look at their website.

They have four priorities:

1. Substance abuse and mental health

2. International public health

3. Sexual and reproductive health

4. Gender and special populations health

What could possibly go wrong with this agenda for critical information for citizens to have?

Feb 21, 2014 - 8:19am

The toilet has been flushed

And the citizens of the USA are currently swirling around the bowl, greedily stuffing junk food down their throats, while raptly heeding the advice of honey-boo-boo, heedless of the fact that they are on the very verge of being thoroughly flushed down the drain to oblivion.

Feb 21, 2014 - 8:25am

from CNN

So after the MSM has been down playing the problems now they are releasing some "not so good news". Seems like they are getting all the news ducks in a row once the Olympics end. Just in time for the G20 summit too.

Ukraine, Venezuela , Fukushima, climate control,etc

Tokyo (CNN) -- A large amount of radioactive water has leaked from a holding tank at Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, its operator said Thursday.

The leak of an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated water was discovered late Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said in a statement.

edit- gotta love this part at the end of the article

CNN first learned about the latest incident on Twitter.

Feb 21, 2014 - 8:31am
Feb 21, 2014 - 8:59am

Re: First Look Media

What does everyone make of this? First off, I have always thought Matt Taibbi terrific. I also thought Greenwald was amazing. Then I caught these interviews on Corbett Report.

Glenn Greenwald, NSA Documents & Checkbook Journalism - BFP Roundtable #02
Secrets for Sale?: The Greenwald/Omidyar/NSA connection

So what are the chances that they will get the truth out there via First Media vs. to give the "truth tellers" a stage to spread the truth that they want told?

I have always asked myself why hasn't Taibbi done stories about journalists deaths, bankers deaths and gold manipulation?

First Look, the news company created by former PayPal employee Pierre Omidyar, announced Wednesday that they had added irreverent journalist Matt Taibbi to their stable of prominent reporters.

Taibbi will lead a second newsmagazine for First Look. The First, Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept, launched earlier this month.

Here's the first edition

Feb 21, 2014 - 9:02am

The conditioning of the sheeple has gone

full retard. I can't believe that people would use this app and pay for it


Green Lantern
Feb 21, 2014 - 9:18am

This dufus gets paid $25

This dufus gets paid $25 million dollars a year to read the news to America.

The free market has determined he can't be replaced. there is no law against being a dufus, but there should be a law that the American public accepts this as the standard that the free market has determined he is worth 2 plus million dollars a month. .

Of course, there is repulsive back up team and the former President's daughter. Why wouldn't you watch this everyday? This is what America wants!! Rip your cable out of the wall and throw the tv's out the window. Problem solved.

Feb 21, 2014 - 9:35am

Do you get the impression

that Michelle would rather be someplace else? wait till I get his --- back to the white house. Jerk!

Feb 21, 2014 - 9:39am

More NSA....

Writing The Snowden Files: 'The paragraph began to self-delete'

Was it the NSA? GCHQ? A Russian hacker? Who was secretly reading his book on Snowden while he wrote it, wonders Luke Harding

"Something odd happened. The paragraph I had just written began to self-delete. The cursor moved rapidly from the left, gobbling text. I watched my words vanish. When I tried to close my OpenOffice file the keyboard began flashing and bleeping.

Over the next few weeks these incidents of remote deletion happened several times. There was no fixed pattern but it tended to occur when I wrote disparagingly of the NSA"

Feb 21, 2014 - 9:54am

More NSA...

kind of the same thing happened to me on facebunk several years ago, I bid all farewell and have never returned.

Feb 21, 2014 - 9:59am
Feb 21, 2014 - 10:07am


thank you stephannie. As yours commented recently, the 20 banksters deaths are probably suicides from personal guilt, as MAD MAX KEISER #565, that some of them are just to ashamed as having monopolistically/fascisly, stole from generations of people. Suicides? Sure, but the reason why was spilled by MAX.

Yeah, I know, it sounds stupid, probably just some stupid lingering belief in mankind.

ancientmoney Excalibur
Feb 21, 2014 - 10:14am

@Excaliber re: Armstrong . . .

For once I agree with much of what he said. The Ukraine revolt is the people vs. government, and it is speading. Governments will always attack the people when they feel their hold on power is threatened.

I don't know enough to agree with him on his major point, which is that the west is not fomenting the Ukrainian unrest. It would be out of character if the CIA was not somehow involved, however.

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:21am

Sociopath, psychopaths; all

Sociopath, psychopaths; all paths to hell need 100% control as stated. Any loose end means someone, some where, has the truth and may bust loose with it. Nothin like truth and light to send the roaches running for cover. Kill the truth and live the lie! Simple human nature premise of all world conflict since Adam. Buy'em off! Threaten them through terronoia! Eliminate those with truth! Truth has to die or the world would have too much light and the darkness would disperse. Crucify it out right through secret combinations which are and have always been the downfall of freedom. Truth sets you free as you learn to govern your own life through sound principle. Where would this doctrine leave the fiends from the infernal pit. As evil has only the power to destroy itself just stay out of the way of the wicked slaying the wicked. There will be more than a belly full, for any honest global citizen! As so goes the wicked world, we'll be ready for 1000 years of peace. We'll plead for night and day to usher in!

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:32am

Controlled opposition

Fox = "controlled opposition" you nailed that one!

We are running Linux on ALL machines in our household and have helped several friends with setup.

Will look into rooting our phones, I remember reading about replacing Android with Ubuntu somewhere.

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:33am


dow dog and pony show double top drop or new highs? Always comes down to this at the most opportune time for criminal fraudsters in black box rooms. We'll have our answer Monday as there's no telegraph saying 100% today you pick up the phone and go short. I'm surprised mkts held up so well into g-20 weekend. Doesn't change my mind on what's up Monday in sphincter puckering flush. That's certain and timing could be off but yet I've got to say those OI silver contract for March delivery need be taken off the board and an all out flush will assist for maximum effect. I suppose saving of the dollar could be postponed for now? Then again an uptick into the close of the dollar week says the creep may be signaling a safe haven illusion to break out in dollars and bonds.

InsAndArts dragonfly5
Feb 21, 2014 - 11:04am

Kill Your TV....Winner "Best Idea Yet"

Kudos to you Dragonfly. We haven't watched TV in years. I just won't support it, period.

Why support a media gulag where one is a captive, passive set of eyeballs.

Feb 21, 2014 - 11:08am


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