Thursday, September 20, 2018

Cops Going Wild To Preserve Oligarchy?

Texas's two recent high profile murders by police officers isn't nearly as rare as the law enforcement would have us believe. There's substantial evidence to indicate that their hiring and training practices are a contributing factor, and that they may be more concerned with teaching police officers to blindly obey orders and to defend each other regardless of the circumstances, than to protect the majority of the public.

This doesn't mean, of course, that all police officers are corrupt or violent predators, however far more of them than most of us would believe are, and an even larger number are willing to look the other way; and the few that speak out, are often fired for doing so as many corrupt officers often get jobs in law enforcement elsewhere. Some of the cities that have the worst police often also have the worst crime problems as well; in many cases the cities that need the best often get the worst, since the best can get jobs where it's less dangerous.

When considering this, it might mean that even though the violent police are the ones being blamed first, the politicians that ignore the root causes of violence in many abandoned inner cities may actually be more at fault, since they fail to solve social problems before they escalate. A major part of the reason for this is also because they also want to hire police that suppress protests, as well from citizens that are pointing this out, so they can cater to the best interests of their campaign donors, often putting themselves above the law.

Caren Turner, the former Port Authority commissioner, demonstrated what she expected from police officers last Spring when she told cops "You may shut the f--- up!" after they pulled over a car where her daughter was a passenger, and interrupted her social plans. she was also an "ethics" aide for the Clinton's and had ties to Chris Christie who gave her the job she had at the time. she was never charged with anything, and the only reason that she lost her job is because the video went viral as a result of an internal investigation. Amazingly she admitted no wrong doing, and there's a good chance she can repair her reputation and get back into politics, while the vast majority of people in the working class or educated people that truly want to correct problems like this can never get appointed to a job like this, nor can they get the media coverage they need to become viable. This coverage is reserved for members of the ruling class or those they know will support their interests.

This is one of many demonstrations that police are not expected to enforce the laws equally, as I pointed out previously in Illusion Of Justice For Sale and Patrick Kennedy provided another incredibly obvious examples in the following excerpt from his book, where he describes how he almost hit a cruiser and did hit a security barrier:

"A Common Struggle" by Written by: Patrick J. Kennedy

Then I barreled straight toward the security station for the House of Representatives. I swerved into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting a US Capitol Police vehicle, which somehow dodged me and then made a quick U-turn to chase me. I slowed down but didn’t stop until my car slammed into the security barrier.


After making sure I wasn’t hurt, the Capitol Police quietly took me home and moved my car into the congressional parking lot. But word spread and someone from the media had noticed the banged-up car in the lot. Prologue

According to For Capitol Police, a Narrow Mission and Limited Tools 05/06/2006 Richard A. Baker, the Senate historian, said, "I can't see them keeping the members in line, It would be inappropriate," clearly indicating that they're not even trying to fix the problem. Like the incident with Turner, and many others including a lot of well connected people that got away with vehicular homicide, DWI, hit and run, and pedophilia, with little or no punishment which the vast majority of the public could obviously never get away with.

Brett Kavanaugh is an extreme example of this which is increasingly beginning to seem like an insane satire that can't possibly be true. He was implicated in perjury several times during his confirmation hearings for both the DC Court and the Supreme Court, about his knowledge of torture, stolen files and other incidents, before the current sexual assault charges came up, but they were quickly spun and suppressed, as they pushed his nomination on. They're not even doing a good job pretending they want to know the truth about the current scandal about the attempted rape accusations. And they treat it as if he's entitled to this job and that he should be given the same "innocent until proven guilty" assumption that defendants in criminal trials are supposed to get; however this isn't a criminal trial and the same standard doesn't apply to most working class people.

Virtually all political appointees, or candidates for higher office that are able to get campaign contributions from corporations and coverage from the media, including Brett Kavanaugh, are either from wealthy families, often with previous political history, in his case his mother was a judge, or they have the support of those who are from wealthy families. Which essentially means the political process is rigged and they act as if they're entitled to their jobs once chosen by other members of the ruling class, yet the vast majority of us are never even considered for these jobs. Donald Trump acts as if he's shocked that he's being treated so unfairly, yet he's never concerned about the women that have been sexually assaulted, except perhaps if it suits his political agenda. The same goes for both Parties which are full of politicians that use sexual assault as an issue when it's the other side being accused, yet defend the accused when it's there side. Hillary Clinton is one of the most obvious examples from the Democratic Party actively trying to smear some of her husbands accusers, and hiring David Brock who smeared Anita Hill. Nor are politicians concerned about the people that live in polluted areas that will get even worse if Kavanagh and Gorsuch continue ruling in favor of corporations or people who will be deprived of health care if they push their views on that or many other issues.

When police in many cities are trained to look the other way from crimes committed by the elites, while strictly enforcing laws, often even petty laws that don't do nearly as much damage as massive amounts of pollution, for the rest of us that is almost certainly a major reason for attitudes like Amber Guyger's as demonstrated in her Pinterest Account, which is similar to many other police officers, including the following memes she retweeted:

Amber Guyger also posted memes about "Sometimes there's justice sometimes there's just us" saying that if she has to explain it we wouldn't understand it, but her activity indicates that she might not be the one that understands it with memes like this. she also reposted a meme about a funeral for a police officer who died in the line of duty, saying that when "police riot they do it with class," indicating that she values there ceremonies glorifying police, not that there's much wrong with that, unless perhaps she demonstrates an attitude where it's the police against the civilian world, which she seems to do. Many police officers including her and perhaps Frank Borelli who I wrote about "Editor's Blog: To The Protesters & Haters" and Police have a hard time understanding why people are upset when police kill so many people often even the innocent, which she now seems to have done.

As I said before the most important problem probably isn't the police, it's the politicians that refuse to address the contributing causes of escalating violence, like increased child abuse, or abandoned inner cities without educational or job opportunities; however police are often outraged when Colin Kaepernick protest police shootings without offering to do anything about it. Police are also often expected to suppress protests about wars based on lies, shipping jobs overseas, union busting, environmental destruction, and many other things when the politicians that demand blind obedience from them and expect them to look the other way when elites commit crimes. I don't like police getting shot anymore than they do but some of these protests are trying to address the root causes of escalating violence.

Instead of hiring and training police or veterans to defend the country, when necessary and hiring teachers or social workers to minimize violence before it escalates, the political establishment is constantly pushing an ideology that is more concerned with controlling both the police and the public and their training of veterans and police is part of that including Juan David Ortiz who spent eight years in the military before spending almost ten years as a Border Patrol officer, working his way up to becoming a Supervisor. His entire adult life was working for the government going through boot camp training, presumably teaching him to blindly obey orders, twice.

He was also in what they call "intelligence" which is actually their propaganda term for espionage, presumably because he was a apparently Hispanic and might have been able to fit in with the immigrant community. Many Hispanics might not be willing to do this job, especially if they were reasonably well informed about our immigration policy which is designed to treat immigrants like second class citizens, and enable corporation to use them for cheap labor forcing other workers to compete with them to suppress wages. These immigrants are for the most part far less violent then the majority of the country. The majority Hispanic communities along the border are almost all below average when it comes to murder rates with many of them less than half the national rate; one of the few exceptions is Laredo Texas, which is only moderately above the national rate, but it turns out one of the most violent people in that city was a cop.

As I've pointed out in previous articles, this violence often begins at an early age with child abuse often used to teach blind obedience and escalates later in life, sometimes including bullying and hazing in military or police boot camps. David Couper, former police chief of Madison Wisconsin, has also expressed concerns about hazing and bullying in the police academy and how it teaches cadets to treat citizens the way they're abused in the academy, as he explains in the following article:

Hazing and Bullying in the Police Academy 12/16/2013

Last week I read an article in the New York Times Magazine about police training in Atlanta. It reminded me of my days in the Marines – not my 33 years in the police.

I spent a decade on active and reserve duty as a U.S. Marine. I was an enlisted man and went through a tough 12-week boot camp in San Diego in the late 1950s.. The things I were asked to do and bear made sense given my chosen occupation: I was to be a fighting man — to seek out, engage, and destroy an enemy

When I left the Marines and set off to become a police officer, I thankfully was trained as a police officer and not a soldier. That made sense to me as I quickly understood that there was a big difference between the two.

“As I was setting up my classroom at their training academy, I looked out the window and observed a formation of their new police recruits. I decided to go outside and get a closer look. The recruits were standing in three ranks—it was an inspection, a situation I could easily relate to from my days as a Marine.

“Suddenly, the training instructors started yelling at the new officers. Some were ordered to do push-ups by way of the familiar military command: ‘Drop and give me ten.’ In addition, I heard the instructors calling the young officers ‘assholes.’ I returned to the classroom in time to greet the chief and his command staff. I introduced myself and the curriculum for the next three days, then asked, ‘Are your officers permitted to call citizens names?’ They seem shocked, ‘We have rules against doing that. Why do you ask?’

“’Well,’ I replied, ‘I was watching your new officers outside this window and observed your trainers calling them very derogatory names. You know, it really doesn’t matter if you have rules against such conduct because when their teachers call them names, they will think that it’s okay for them to do the same to citizens. And if you ever try to discipline them, their defense will simply be, ‘That’s what the department taught me.’”

“I recently learned that the department never did change. Their academy remains stress-based, military, and intimidating. I don’t know if their training officers ever stopped calling recruit officers names. But one thing I do know, is that if they don’t stop, I predict they will continue to have problems with officers disrespecting citizens. How could they expect any different kind of an outcome?…

“Half of our nation’s police academies train in an atmosphere police trainers themselves identify as stress-based; that is, intimidating, even bullying. This makes half of American police academies more like military boot camps or correctional facilities than places in which college-educated young men and women are prepared to be professional police practitioners… Complete article

This type of hazing escalates authoritarian education from earlier life, especially if the students are subject to abuse that they may not know of, which is often the case. It teaches cadets to blindly obey orders and that those in power should be allowed to treat those without political power in demeaning manners. This intimidation is also used to teach cadets to go along with the program and reinforces the blue wall of silence giving cadets the impression that defending authority is more important than defending the public, and often may teach them an us against them attitude that many police officers have including Amber Guyger, and perhaps, Juan David Ortiz.

David Couper seems to think that hazing should be an acceptable part of training in the military, I'm not sure I agree especially since we're constantly fighting one war after another based on lies and as I explained in previous articles including Philip Zimbardo, Lucifer Effect, Stanford Prison Experiment and Eli Roth’s Milgram/Obedience experiment much more extensive than most people realize this hazing and bullying teaches escalating violence as well as blind obedience, and that the government has been studying how to do just that. Stanley Milgram claimed that he did his research so he could understand why the Nazi's blindly obeyed orders, and it could help to understand this, but this research was supported by the Office of Naval Research, which simply isn't in the business of teaching their cadets to question orders. The standard Propaganda justification is often "We follow orders or People die," as Jack Nicholson says in "A Few Good Men," however here in the real world those orders are often based on lies, so there should be little doubt that Howard Zinn was far closer to the truth when he said:

Juan David Ortiz, Joseph James DeAngelo, and Manuel Pardo all went through boot camp training at least twice, it would take further research to confirm whether or not they were also abused earlier in life, however Dorothy Otnow Lewis and James Garbarino along with other researchers into the subject have both found that almost all, if not all mass murderers, have been subject to more than the usual amount of abuse as a child before they became mass murderers, and sometimes when they're taught to blindly obey orders using abusive methods their emotional problems are often mistaken for positive qualities that the military and the police want, including their willingness to blindly accept what ever orders they're given, even if they're often based on lies.

Eulalio “Leo” Tordil, another police officer I previously reviewed in Media Downplaying Two Police Killing Sprees Ignoring Solutions, also went through boot camp training twice and demonstrated that it became a way of life for hims as he "subjected his stepdaughters to 'intense-military-like discipline — push ups, detention in dark closet' and used violence against his wife," before eventually killing them. Amber Guyger, and numerous other veterans or police officers that have been implicated in murder have also demonstrated that this type of military hazing was often incorporated into their social lives, dealing with friends or family who didn't always appreciated it, and it often turned into escalating abuse like David Couper warned against.

Fortunately there are some police officers, in addition to David Couper, that are trying to reform the system; David Brown former police Chief of Dallas, the same city Guyger worked for, was in the process of implementing reforms when he left shortly after the shootings of five Dallas police officers by another veteran that was outraged by police shootings of black people in 2016. He accurately pointed out that a major part of the problem was that the political establishment was putting to much responsibilities on police officers.

The clear implication should have been that we need to hire more social workers teachers and mental health professionals to deal with problems before these problems escalate to the point where police have to be called in. It should also be obvious that we also need more economic opportunities instead of shipping jobs overseas, to suppress wages and make rich people richer, and that when training people to kill, in wars based on lies, to solve their problems than abandoning them as they return to cities where there are no economic opportunities and they realize that the police aren't there to protect everyone equally and are often helping to suppress legitimate protests or reforms that it might be a contributing cause to this violence. I don't mean to justify the shooting by Micah Xavier Johnson, however there should be little or no doubt that his military training combined with oppressive police practices against minorities is a major contributing factor, and ignoring this for emotional reasons won't help solve the problem.

After pointing out that we needed more teachers and social workers, in a addition to police reform David Brown welcomed the Black Lives Matter protesters and encouraged them to consider community policing as part of his reform. It probably shouldn't have been the most important part of the reform, but he was head of the police department, not the school department so it would be helpful; but unfortunately the same police union that is currently helping to try to downplay Amber Guyger's murder charges and implicate the victim in drug charges, even though he previously had a clear record, is resisting this reform. Obama's speech in Dallas indicated that he also thought that we needed to do more to improve educational and mental health solutions, but he didn't follow up with anything, nor did any other politician and they resumed their efforts to privatize the education system and cut social programs while escalating corporate welfare and corruption.

If they keep marginalizing the best reformers that actually push for solutions that work, it's inevitable that more people will come to the conclusion that the police aren't here to "protect and serve" everyone equally, and although the vast majority of them won't go to extremes, once in a while someone else like Micah Xavier Johnson or Gavin Eugene Long will strike out again.

When the people the government trains to defend us often kill each other or us, maybe they're doing something wrong.

I went into many more police killings in A Brief History of Cops Convicted of Murder and the following are some additional more recent articles including additional sources about the police killing mentioned in this article:

Fort Worth area police agree with Dallas chief: Their plates are too full 07/17/2016

Border Patrol Supervisor Arrested In Texas, Held In 'Serial Killing Spree' 09/11/2018

A woman’s daring escape from a Border Patrol agent helped reveal a ‘serial killer,’ police say 09/17/2018 Juan David Ortiz, accused in the killing of at least four sex workers in Laredo, Tex., where he is a supervisor with the Border Patrol. Webb County-Zapata County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said he believed Ortiz acted alone in the murders while off duty. He is a 10-year veteran of the agency and worked in intelligence, authorities said. He is being held on $2.5 million bond.

The Border Patrol Serial Killer Is Part of a Long, Troubled History 09/19/2018 Ronald Anthony Burgos-Aviles, now a former Border Patrol agent, was charged with two counts of capital murder in June 2018.

Incendiary News Killers in brown-shirt uniforms: How the U.S. Border Patrol brutalizes the masses 09/20/2018

After Arrest Of Suspected Golden State Killer, Details Of His Life Emerge 04/26/2018

Activist says ‘Amber Guyger deliberately went to Botham Jean’s apartment in anger’ after previous noise complaint 09/17/2018

Shaun King: BREAKING: Two different witnesses have said that they are 100% sure that they heard Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger repeatedly knock/bang on the door of #BothamJean - demanding that he open the door. 09/14/2018

2 Different Versions of Amber Guyger’s Story Appear on 2 Different Warrants Related to the Shooting of Botham Jean 09/14/2018

Check Out What Appears To Be Amber Guyger's Pinterest Account 09/14/2018

Dallas Chief Says She Can’t Fire Amber Guyger for Killing Botham Jean, But Dept Rules Imply Otherwise 09/20/2018

Execution scheduled for Manuel Pardo former Florida cop, Navy-man and Marine convicted of nine murders 12/10/2012 Date of Murder: January-April 1986

Manuel Pardo a former police officer and navy veteran killed 9 in Florida Date of Murder: January-April 1986

Gerard John Schaefer was a serial killer from Florida, USA. He was imprisoned in 1973 for murders (convicted of two but allegedly committed nine or more) he committed as a Florida policeman. Date of Murder: 1969 - 1973

At Trial, Officers Undermine Notion Jason Van Dyke Feared For His Life When Killed Laquan McDonald 09/19/2018 According to a recent study published in Granta magazine, one in three Americans who are killed by someone they don’t know are killed by police. Eight percent of male homicides in America are committed by police, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. One-third of Chicago’s city budget is devoted to funding its police force, and from 1986 to 2015, police shot one Chicagoan a week on average. The majority of victims of police shootings are black; the vast majority are people of color.

Off-duty CHP officer and wife dead in apparent murder-suicide near Jackson, sheriff says 09/04/2018

Conn. Officer charged with assaulting wife, holding family hostage 09/10/2018

Probe found Fla. police chief told officers to pin unsolved crimes on random black people: report 07/12/2018

Former HPD officer goes on trial in murder-for-hire case 04/24/2018

Tribal officer charged with using excessive force during arrest at casino 09/15/2018

Plainclothes NYPD Cops Are Involved in a Staggering Number of Killings 05/09/2018

Whistleblower Cop Wants to Come Back; Beleaguered Baltimore Police Reject Him 05/03/2018 Many police fired for serious crimes often get jobs elsewhere, but not those that expose crimes.

Lawyers for family of man fatally shot by cops during distress call want NYPD penalized over allegedly destroyed evidence 06/27/2017

NYPD cop who encouraged 2-year-old niece to use N-word in Instagram video gets suspended without pay 07/05/2017

John Avvento, Ex-NYPD cop who struggled with painkiller addiction after he was injured on the job dies from apparent overdose 06/29/2017 After retiring from the NYPD, he was convicted of helping a drug crew deliver cocaine in Brooklyn.

Conrad Lariviere a Mass. cop on Facebook mocks protesters hit by car in Virginia: 'Hahahaha love this' 08/14/2017

Patrick Gandara a Oklahoma police officer arrested on allegations of child sexual abuse 08/12/2017

NYPD cop commits suicide inside his Queens home 08/13/2017 Not including Sunday’s death, four active NYPD officers committed suicide this year, according to NYPD stats.

Baltimore Cops Carried Toy Guns to Plant on People They Shot, Trial Reveals 01/31/2018

Popular Texas blogger dubbed 'La Gordiloca' is ARRESTED on two felony counts for scooping police on a story about a public servant's suicide 12/26/2017

Brooklyn Federal Judge clears way for trial on whether NYPD has pattern-or-practice of perjury: … 10/17/2017

Insane Video Shows Cops Attack Fellow Cop, Handcuff, Shackle, Taser Him—for Being Sick 10/16/2017

UPDATE: Former Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Murder; Tells Family “I’m Sorry” 10/15/2017

WATCH: Crazed Cop Beats Innocent Man With a Baton, Forces Him Onto Electric Train Tracks 10/13/2017

Cop Violently Rapes Two Little Boys, Pleads Guilty, Gets Work Release Instead of Prison 10/12/2017

Ex-NJ cop gets no jail 'slap on the wrist' for plot to burn down captain's house 09/29/2017 Christian Pedana, A former township police officer accused of scheming to set fire to his captain's house avoided prison Friday after agreeing to testify against an ex-cop convicted in a series of vengeful plots.

Inside the first database that tracks America’s criminal cops 09/12/2017

Former Hercules Ca. cop gets 28 years for drive-by shooting 10/08/2017 John Goodner a retired Hercules police officer who was convicted of attempting to murder his estranged wife was sentenced to 28 years in prison Friday.

SEE IT: Utah nurse arrested for refusing cop's order to draw blood from unconscious patient 09/01/2017

‘Thou Shalt Not K..’: BOOM!—Cop Kills Mentally Ill Man as He Recites Ten Commandments 08/19/2017

Kevin Alexander Ex-Alabama correctional officer who traveled to Florida for sex with teen had duffel bag full of loaded guns, ammunition 08/10/2017

Matthew Boynton a Griffin Ga. cop cleared in wife’s shooting charged with making false statements 07/28/2017

Baltimore cops, giving police everywhere a bad name 07/20/2017 A Baltimore police officer named Richard Pinheiro was caught by his own body camera planting — allegedly — illegal drugs at the scene of an arrest.

Second Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Named in Murder For Hire Plot 07/1/2017 Jeremy Drewery and now Lonny Costello

WATCH: California Cop Grabs Woman Selling Flowers by the Hair and Slams Her Into the Pavement 07/18/2017

City pays out for multiple complaints against EspaƱola NM Police Officer 05/16/2018

An immigrant called 911 to report a crime. Police took him to ICE in handcuffs. 02/14/2018

Manchester police officer collapses minutes before expected guilty plea in hit-and-run 01/24/2018

Jeremy Russo a Border Patrol agent commits suicide after shooting at police 09/27/2016

2nd trooper suing Mass. State Police never shredded documents involving arrest of judge's daughter despite order, she says 11/12/2017

Western Wyoming police officer to be sentenced for 2-year-old boy's death 10/31/2017

Fla. Police deputy smashes patrol car through ex-wife's house while high on prescription drugs - and with her inside 10/25/2017

Vietnam veteran wins $760,000 in excessive force case against Kremmling Colorado police 10/11/2017

Former Madison policeman sentenced to 35 years in prison for sexually abusing children 10/11/2017

William Paul Taylor Ex-Idaho police officer jailed in Bend in parents' deaths 09/15/2017

Ohio Officer off the job after saying police should've 'choked the life out of' a suspect 09/13/2017 The officer's body camera recorded several questionable comments he had with another officer that included: "What did we tase him for? Why didn't we just choke the ******** life out of him?" "I'm a little aroused at this Davis (the suspect), just so you know," followed by him laughing. Choking an unruly suspect is "better than shooting them and going to (expletive) jail."

2 Dallas officers file whistleblower suit claiming retaliation for reporting misconduct Oct. 2015 A Dallas police officer thought he was doing the right thing by reporting a fellow officer who tried to fight a handcuffed youth and a supervisor who egged it on. But instead of being praised for coming forward, Officer Christopher Worden and his supervisor, Sgt. Jason Scoggins, believe they were punished, according to a whistleblower lawsuit they filed Oct.1 in Dallas County Civil District Court.

Ala. police officer jailed for arriving late, drunk to court 08/18/2017

Raymond Licon Jr., El Paso officer argued with wife on the phone as his baby drowned in overflowing bath, police say 07/16/2017

Video released by the Tulsa Police Department shows off duty Sergeant Dedlorn Sanders punch an on duty police officer that had responded to the area for a disturbance. 07/15/2017

former Atlanta-area police officer John Kiernan Fort Lauderdale hotel guest caught on camera punching out valet 07/1/2017

3 Liberty County officers indicted in Harris County 10/05/2012

Off-duty Kennesaw officer’s wife shoots him during domestic dispute 10/26/2017

Lt. Greg Abbott Ga. Officer to woman during traffic stop: 'We only kill black people, right?' 08/31/2017

NC Teens Charged With Deputy’s Murder After Sheriff Covered Up Girl’s Rape Claims 08/05/2017 Ridgeway had been in a dating relationship with Clifton beginning in June 2015, when she was 16 years old and he was a school resource officer at her high school, according to a no-contact order for stalking and sexual misconduct her family member filed in February 2016.

Police trainers have a duty to face, & address, the downsides of anger in police training 08/29/2017

Wasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer’s Alleged Crimes [VIDEO] 05/24/2017

Who is Caren Turner and why did she become the focus of a viral dashcam video? 04/25/2018 While a Democrat who raised money for Hillary Clinton, Turner was appointed to the Port Authority last year by former Gov. Chris Christie, as part of a pair of appointments that included former GOP state Sen. Kevin O'Toole. Turner was the pick of Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), who was pushing for more women on the board. A. No. While the video shows her haranguing police over the traffic stop, dropping the names of elected officials she knew, and her position as a Port Authority commissioner who oversees 4,000 police officers, the Tenafly police did not charge her with obstruction. But the chief of police made a call to the Port Authority's Inspector General, which led to an internal investigation and ultimately her resignation.

Transit official's videotaped berating of police ends with her resignation 04/25/2018

Video shows Port Authority commissioner telling cops: 'You may shut the f--- up!' 04/24/2018

Ex-Clinton 'Ethics' Aide Resigns After Taped Tirade At Cops: "You May Shut The F**k Up!" 04/25/2018

Off-Duty Cop Tasing an 11-Year-Old Should Provoke a Clear Wakeup Call for Police Reform 09/14/2018

White Nationalist Who Worked for DHS Reportedly Attended White House Policy Sessions 08/31/2018

Political Conventions In The Era Of The National Security State 08/28/2012

Media Downplaying Two Police Killing Sprees Ignoring Solutions

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Is Oligarchy Creating Second Wave Of Fake Progressives? If So Why?

During the 2016 election an old pattern, of politicians pretending to be progressive for the duration of the campaign, became even more obvious to anyone paying enough attention. Hillary Clinton didn't even do a good job pretending, so she was incredibly easy to spot, which is why Trump got elected, but that raises the question of why she couldn't have done a better job pretending to care, when she had so many political advisers, and she'd been preparing for this run for years if not decades.

But there's also been a massive increase in sincere support for progressives at the grassroots; and it's even resulted in a few wins, or at least it seems to, although like in many other cases, once politicians get elected they often show that they're more willing to compromise, or in many cases serve the corporate interests they pretended to oppose during campaigns.

Part of the problem is that the consolidated media and political establishment has acted as if some simple basic principles are above reproach and aren't even subject to criticism, even when they're wrong, then they repeat them over and over again so often that a shocking percentage of the public accepts them without criticism. Sometimes this even seems reasonable, like when morning high profile politicians or celebrities, even when they spend their life supporting wars based on lies, like John McCain. Some of this seems like basic manners, which is reasonable; however, in the political establishment it doesn't work both ways like when John McCain called Code Pink "Low-life scum" for protesting wars based on lies.

So progressives like Washington Babylon who wrote How Long Was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Planning Her Run For Public Office? 08/28/2018 have a legitimate concern when they complain about her tweet about John McCain after he died:

Rep. Pramila Jayapal was one of the few progressives that won in 2016 and she also tweeted The halls of Congress will never be same with out Senator John McCain. A man who devoted his life to serving this country, Senator McCain had an unwavering commitment to our democracy, even in his final days. 1/3 08/25/2018 but they both opposed the Iraq War, and although Andrew Stewart from Washington Babylon expressed concerns about her ties to the Ted Kennedy campaign, he also opposed the Iraq War.

Relentless support for the false claim that we're "fighting for freedom" in all these wars around the world is routinely used to justify one war after another based on lies, and it's accompanied by an enormous amount of propaganda to glorify the veterans that blindly follow wars based on lies automatically declaring them all to be heroes, without looking at their records. Not that I'm opposed to the majority of the veterans that sign up with good intentions, but their government has been lying to them from the beginning and they've been going along with the propaganda; and some of the best veterans that have done the most to solve major problems are veterans that have spoken out against wars based on lies, in some cases even refusing to serve; but though these might be the real heroic veterans, exposing lies from politicians that betray us all, they're the ones demonized as cowards.

One of the other biggest issues that is accepted almost without question is the media's control of the election process, and the fact that they're controlled by only six corporations that dominate over ninety percent of the national media, and a handful of the biggest other sources, like the Washington Post or Los Angeles Times, are controlled by billionaires so these oligarchs can decide which candidates are viable by simply refuses to cover them, which is far worse than anything that the Russians could do, assuming there is something to this story, yet Rep. Pramila Jayapal jumped on the Russia conspiracy bandwagon without questioning the media's role in rigging the elections when she tweeted: The president just can't get his story straight about that Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives. He doesn't tell the truth. And that's why the Mueller investigation is so critical. 08/05/2018

Another major issue that is almost never questioned in the traditional media is that we have to chose between a strong economy and the protection of the environment; however they never dump enormous amounts of toxic waste in the backyards of the wealthy to preserve the strong economy, and this incredible double standard is almost never questioned in the traditional press, nor do they ever remind the majority of the public of the full cost of energy when it means polluting areas where the working class or poor live.

Another major issue they never remind the public is the fundamentals of insurance, which is pooled risk, meaning that the money they spend on ads comes from premiums, and when they compete by spending more on this then it makes all competitors less efficient not, more, and this is even worse when you consider the fact that they spend even more of your premium dollars lobbying against Single Payer of to confuse the issue and create propaganda bout how inefficient government health care is, despite the fact that many other countries that already have it are much more efficient than our system.

In all fairness the current wave of progressives looks better than past candidates, and some of them seem to have a better chance of wining, including Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who are both considered shoe-ins, in their districts, now that they've won the primary; and polls seem to indicate that Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams both have a good chance of winning, partly because they're both up against extremist supporters of Trump who are also catering to racists viewpoints with their campaign.

However there's an incredibly long track record of them looking much better during the campaign but then showing their true intentions after they get elected like when Barack Obama promised not to hire lobbyists and put on a "comfortable pair of shoes" and march with protesters in office if he won, both promises that he broke among many others, and he also added insult to injury with his joke about taking big payments from Wall Street before leaving office, then showing that it wasn't just a joke after he started doing that, and now he wants us to believe he's trying to rally us against Trump, as if he's better than him? Ben Jealous hasn't done any better with his calculated slur saying "are you fucking kidding me?," after being asked if he was a Socialist. It's virtually guaranteed that he understood this would attract some attention, presumably catering to people that might not rush to embrace the Democratic Socialism that was supported by Bernie Sanders, who made an effort to educate the public about it correcting false assumptions from media propaganda, showing that he's a calculated politician and still losing in the polls.

Ben Jealous is one of Sanders supporters that blatantly began defending Hillary against Trump while the primaries were still going on as if it was a foregone conclusion that she would win, raising major doubts about whether his support for Sanders was all that sincere in the first place, since speaking out at that time could have made a difference, and prevented Trump from being elected in the first place.

But why is the entire political establishment behaving in such in insane manner in the first place?

Something simply isn't making sense. The political establishment knows how to do a better job rigging elections or convincing the public that they're at least trying, yet they aren't doing it and that's why Trump is in office.

It's virtually guaranteed that there are undisclosed objectives that partly explain what is going on and why; and that if they were disclosed there's a strong possibility that many people will be reluctant to believe it. However, there are somethings we can be sure of regardless of those undisclosed motives are, including the fact that the vast majority of the control of powerful institutions, including the media, oil companies, military supply corporations and other Wall Street corporations along with the entire political establishment are controlled by a small fraction of the public.

These corporations use their control of the media to give coverage to politicians that pretend to serve the interests of the majority, and routinely demonstrate that they don't once in power. They study how to manipulate emotions and distract people with their prejudices and social political beliefs, including single issue voters that only pay attention to gun control or abortion.

One of the strongest critics and leading organizers of progressives fighting to reform this corrupt system, Chris Hedges, even adopted a claim that occasionally raises doubts about him, although it's extremely hard to believe that he would cave to corporate interests. If he was incline to cave to corporate interests, then he would simply get in line and work his way back into traditional media like many other journalists that have been fired for being overly progressive, even though they almost always look for another excuse to officially fire them; and he certainly wouldn't be rallying protesters year after year.

For one reason or another, Chris Hedges adopted a slogan, during the Occupy Wall Street protests that rose in 2011 and peaked in 2012, before fading, that says that, "It’s Not Our Job To Take Power, It’s Our Job To Fight Power!" His justification for this was partly that according to Karl Popper people attracted to power, “rarely been above average, either morally or intellectually, and often below it.” He follows this up with a story from Henry Kissinger’s memoirs where he quotes Nixon saying, "'Henry, Henry, they're going to break through the barricades and get us!' And that's exactly where we want people in power to be." This version might not be the exact quote from Kissinger's memoirs, but it was repeated over and over again in Link TV for a couple years.

This is very amusing, but allowing the elite political establishment to continue controlling all these major institutions and counting on them being afraid of us to motivate them to doing the right thing isn't working, instead we need to get people in both the media and in elected office, along with other powerful positions that actually want to do a good job, and, since they're going to be under pressure from the oligarchies that have been trying to convince politicians to cave for hundreds of years, they still need pressure from a well informed public to ensure that they do a good job.

In all fairness Chris Hedges was one of the leading creators of alternative media outlets, and he's repeatedly endorsed Green Party candidates, even though they can never get enough media attention to win at statewide or national elections and only win a handful of local elections where people are more educated and organized. And, the current batch of progressives does seem to be better than past groups, thanks, perhaps in part to extreme measures being carried out by the Trump administration and that the Democratic Party helped him get into office, since the people recognized how bad their propaganda was in the first place, so without making any major changes within the establishment there are more people at the local level voting for better progressives.

But there's still one example after another of progressives looking like the great hero only to turn around and sell out to the same corporations that progressives are protesting against, including Colin Kaepernick who went to all that trouble to stand up against police brutality then sold out to Nike, and apparently this deal was made years ago.

Something about this simply doesn't make sense, it's turned out to be a disaster for Nike who may have tried to appeal to progressives with this sponsor, and they might have accompanied it with some online social media bots, that are almost certainly paid for, but it's predictably failing as many well informed progressives recognized this as a sell out and some of them immediately wrote about it, while the right wing, that is often more susceptible to deceptive advertising are boycotting.

It's a disaster for Nike and they have educated people that understand marketing and social trends that must have seen it coming.

This is actually relatively trivial, but there are dozens of these trivial things to distract us fro more important issues and if you look at them carefully little or nothing the mainstream media and political establishment is doing makes any sense; and there are an enormous number of these pundits and politicians that have demonstrated that they're really not quite that stupid, even if some of them might be. Even Trump, or perhaps I should say especially Trump isn't that stupid; he's demonstrated in the past when he left the Reform Party and rejected David Duke, that he knows that in politics that the racist fringe are a dead end in politics, or at least they were and they still would be if the political establishment wasn't behaving in a fanatical manner taking advantage of the right wing to such an insane extreme that even they're recognizing they've been fooled and giving Trump the obsession coverage that he needed to make him seem like a rational alternative, to people that respond to emotions and irrational and racists arguments.

They're constantly reminding us that Donald Trump has access to the greatest and most reliable espionage information, which they refer to by it's propaganda term, "intelligence," in the world, yet relies on the most absurd conspiracy theories; yet the mainstream media also has access to many of the best scholars and history books in the world without needing secret information that is often unreliable from the espionage organizations, as well. this should clearly mean that they must understand that environmental damage causes by climate change can't go on forever without doing massive amounts of damage; and if it's combined with a constant state of war that it will inevitably get out of control as many previous empires have collapsed in the past, only with modern technology it'll be even worse, yet they're obsessed with irrational conspiracy theories as well.

They have to know that if they keep arguing around in circles about fabricated stories that these will eventually catch up with them and even destroy the people behind their gated communities. Are they suicidal?

Caitlin Johnstone points out in some of the absurdities in the following article, although she may not go far enough:

We Are Being Played 09/06/2018

If any evidence existed to be found that Donald Trump had illegally colluded with the Russian government to rig the 2016 presidential election, that evidence would have been picked up by the sprawling surveillance networks of the US and its allies and leaked to the Washington Post before Obama left office.

Russiagate is like a mirage. From a distance it looks like a solid, tangible thing, but when you actually move in to examine it critically you find nothing but gaping plot holes, insinuation, innuendo, conflicting narratives, bizarre mental contortions to avoid acknowledging contradictory information, a few arrests for corruption and process crimes, and a lot of hot air. The whole thing has been held together by nothing but the confident-sounding assertions of pundits and politicians and sheer, mindless repetition. And, as we approach the two year mark since this president’s election, we have not seen one iota of movement toward removing him from office. The whole thing’s a lie, and the smart movers and shakers behind it are aware that it is a lie.

And yet they keep beating on it. Day after day after day after day it’s been Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia. Instead of attacking this president for his many, many real problems in a way that will do actual damage, they attack this fake blow-up doll standing next to him in a way that never goes anywhere and never will, like a pro wrestler theatrically stomping on the canvass next to his downed foe. (Which Trump has faked in a famous video clip) ......

You don’t have to get into any deep conspiratorial rabbit hole to consider the possibility that all this drama and conflict is staged from top to bottom. Commentators on all sides routinely crack jokes about how the mainstream media pretends to attack Trump but secretly loves him because he brings them amazing ratings. Anyone with their eyes even part way open already knows that America’s two mainstream parties feign intense hatred for one another while working together to pace their respective bases into accepting more and more neoliberal exploitation at home and more and more neoconservative bloodshed abroad. They spit and snarl and shake their fists at each other, then cuddle up and share candy when it’s time for a public gathering. Why should this administration be any different? .....

Would a billionaire WWE Hall of Famer and United States President understand the theater of staged conflict for the advancement of plutocratic interests, and willingly participate in it? I’m going to say probably. Complete article

Caitlin Johnstone seems to imply plutocrats are motivated solely by greed, which I don't doubt is a major part of their motivation, and there's an enormous amount of evidence, which isn't hard to find assuming people want to see it to support this motive; however, they're taking it to an extreme so insane that it won't serve their own greedy interests since they have to know that it will eventually lead to their own destruction, unless they think they can at least save themselves, although they don't seem to concerned about the rest of us. There have been some recent articles about members of the oligarchy having a secret plan to survive the "Apocalypse," or what ever damage is expected to come from Climate Change; however it's hard to imagine how they could possibly do that if the society that enables their wealth starts to fall apart then they're at risk of more extreme retaliation than many former tyrants in the past.

Previously I wrote another article that included a citation of another similar conspiracy theory from Caitlin and went a little father speculating that it might be part of an even bigger conspiracy theory where Philip Corso claimed he shared alien technology with multi-national corporations, which would have had enormous implications on recent development of modern technology of all kinds including space travel medical advances, computer technology and much more. This could potentially be big enough to explain a large number of unsolved mysteries, once all the details are worked out, including how ancient megaliths were moved, and the mysteries surrounding many mystics. I'm sure I notified her of it, but she didn't respond, and when I noticed her respond to another person claiming that she was "a secret Nazi" I notified her again when I tweeted Can't believe "Caitlin is a secret Nazi" conspiracy theory; however I suspect she might be a secret supporter of #AncientAliens theory about researching #ClimateChange with controlled #Disclosure by those that have inside knowledge! 08/21/2018 and she didn't respond to that as well.

This may seem hard to believe, especially for those who haven't looked at many of the major unsolved mysteries, however, there's an enormous amount of evidence to challenge some of the most prominent beliefs of both science and religion. Skeptics routinely claim that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, which is a reasonable request, and there is extraordinary evidence of a major unsolved mystery in the form of ancient megaliths weighing over a hundred tons, including the Colossi of Memnon weighing 720 tons moved 420 miles to a slightly higher altitude, that have been moved by ancient civilizations, allegedly without the use of advanced technology. However experiments to replicate this feat had limited success up to ten tons proving that they could move it with an enormous amount of effort and coordination breaking many ropes and other problems, experiments between ten and forty tons were rare and involved cheating and still only moved megaliths short distances if at all, they didn't even try to move bigger ones.

This raises major doubts about whether or not society evolved naturally without the influence of an unknown advanced intelligence or not. There are also major unsolved mysteries surrounding many mystics throughout history including those that inspired or reinforced religion. This might raise the question or whether or not there is a god after all, and if this evidence supports it.

However if there is something perceived as God there are obvious doubt about some of the assumptions about him raises by Epicurus over two thousand years ago who said, “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

George Carlin raised similar objections phrasing them a little differently.

The vast majority of notable explanations for this fall into one of two categories, and both of them are seriously flawed. Religious people believe in a God that is good and make up incredibly bad excuses for all the atrocities inspired by religion, and can't explain why, if this isn't what God had in mind, he couldn't find a way to say that this isn't what he wanted and provide better advise, instead of all these superstitions. So-called scientific people routinely pretend that some of the biggest unsolved mysteries don't exist at all, and often come up with incredibly lame excuses or distractions to prevent people from taking them seriously, then resort to ridicule when all else fails.

The most common assumption about these ancient megaliths and the ancient aliens theory is that it's part of the version featured by the History Channel; however that is full of an enormous number of colossal blunders, which anyone can see with a basic background in science. And they typically try to fit their explanations into one of the two leading categories, in some cases dividing the aliens up to good and evil battling each other.

None of these high profile pundits from either the pseudo-scientific skeptics or the religious believers ever seem to consider the possibility that an unknown advanced intelligence of some sort with an undisclosed motive might be the explanation for this. Ancient Aliens theorists often do consider the motives of the aliens, but unfortunately they mix it up with an enormous number of blunders or jump to the conclusions that religious myths are literal truths and base their assumptions on those, even though there is often evidence to indicate that so-called revelations, whether they come from God or Ancient Aliens mistaken for God, are clearly false with evidence to prove it.

If my own theories about Ancient Aliens as I've described in previous articles including Spectacular Heart Transplant for Sophia But at What Cost; Researching Poor, Slaves, Prisoners, To Benefit Ruling Class With Alien Technology?; and Hurricane Apocalypse Coming With or Without Fringe Conspiracy Theory, are close to the truth then there might actually be some kind of plan as disclosed in an unreliable manner through alleged revelations from an unknown advanced intelligence religious people think of as God, which might actually be aliens.

If God or Ancient Aliens plan involves an undisclosed research project, it could be for a limited time, and once it is over then the benefit of the research could theoretically be shared with everyone. This isn't a guarantee, of course, and if they were looking out for the best interest of the human race they wouldn't have been shrouding their activities in secrecy and deception for thousands of years, so even if it were true we wouldn't be able to trust them to follow through on any promises they might have made with the people they're sharing technology with.

After the article about an alleged member of the White House administration wrote "I Am Part of the Resistance" in the NYT several people including Caitlin Johnstone raised doubts about his or her motive and whether or not he or she really was looking for the best interest of the majority, especially since the article claimed that he or she supported large portions of the agenda from the Trump administration. If you accept it as it's being portrayed, even if he was trying to prevent Trump from doing something so drastic it would threaten our country, this isn't the most effective way to prevent it, and it would be far more effective to do so public even if it meant getting fired or resigning. Caitlin Johnstone accurately pointed out that if they wanted to take major steps to remove him they could, instead they keep arguing back and forth without accomplishing anything except to distract people from more important issues.

However, if there is something to my Ancient Aliens theory, and they have some kind of plan for controlled disclosure, and perhaps some of them even convinced themselves that they'd be looking out for the best interest of everyone if they shared all this technology they could think of themselves as the resistance that is eventually planning to bring about disclosure. If so they would run into the same absurd flaws in logic. If that was the case then the most effective way would be to come out with the truth and share the technology with everyone, and start reforming the political and economic system while repairing the massive amount of damage done to the environment.

Some things are simply not that complicated.

Perhaps they come up with the same old excuse that was famous long before Jack Nicholson said, "You Can't Handle the Truth!" However, if that is what they thought, then the way to address the situation would have been to do their best to prepare people so that they could handle the truth, then share it with them, instead of jumping from one scam after another.

If "Ye shall know them by their deeds," then they've shown their objectives with their deeds, which is to continue manipulating people with one scam after another. If this is part of a way of ushering in some kind of reform when, and only when, it suits their purposes, then the clear implication is that they don't want complete reform, perhaps instead enough reform to usher in some environmental protection that will save those in on the scams, and perhaps enough to get people to go along with the scam and continue abandoning those without political power.

For one reason or another there are a long list of arbitrary blunders that don't make any sense by many people allegedly trying to disclose the truth, including claims that an astronaut can see a tractor trailer from space, that someone saw sputnik orbiting the planet, that her husband made seismograph in his garage, that someone needed to know how many people were in a building in order to install air conditioning, or that Easter Island even supported 150,000 people while they were carving the Moai, which are all false, yet don't seem to have any relevance, except to raise doubts about the credibility of the people making the statements in a way that few or any people would notice or attach any relevance.

Even if this theory isn't true, however, there's still evidence to indicate that all high profile pundits or reformers seem to make their share of blunders, and many of them are so obvious that it's hard to believe that it's accidental.

It should also be clear that complete reform should enable everyone to get a reasonable education so that they can sort through all these details. In the short term major steps can be taken to allow people from all segments of life to participate in the political process, accessing the information they need to make decisions, and this should include allowing diverse groups of people to control the media.

There should be no doubt that the First Amendment was designed to prevent a small fraction of the public from controlling almost all of the media which is the situation we're in now, enabling them to rig elections by simply refusing to cover candidates they don't like; or that point out flaws in wars based on lies; remind the public about the fundamentals of insurance showing our current system is a scam; remind the public how Single payer could fix this; or how patents are being given to corporation even though the government is financing the research for drugs; or that it should just as illegal for corporations to poison people through pollution as it is if they intentionally put arsenic in their drink.

The list of simple principles that most people should understand without question could continue but the media establishment repeats spin over and over again to scam the public, whether or not the Ancient Aliens theory is true or not.

But if it is partly true then people should be prepared for it; and if it's not then the skeptics should be able to provide a better explanation for major unsolved mysteries.

And if there were part of the "resistance" that knows something about it they should stop fooling themselves to believing that they're trying to bring about disclosure by going along with the deception. If people involved in this cover up they're not part of the "resistance" unless they come out with the truth ASAP unconditionally.

If we can get more progressives elected to office thanks in part to the insane policies of the Trump administration inspiring people to vote against him, great, but we need to be prepared for the so-called progressives that have been promoted, secretly or not by the political establishment to try to back pedal, and we need to pressure them to keep their promises every step of the way. And, no matter why the political establishment is behaving so insane, we need to do more to teach rational thinking to the majority of the public so they're be able to participate in the process. Right now, as the media has even pointed out the people in the South are the ones that are being hit the worst for their irrational denial of science about climate change and North Carolina that is currently going through one of the worst storms they've seen recently passed a law to ban climate change science from impacting government policy. Other Southern States have been doing similar things for decades; if they can use this to educate the voters and help elect the two relatively progressive nominees that's a start; but much more has to be done.

The following are some related articles or sources:

Transcript of Chris Hedges speaking at #NATGAT 07/09/2012 None of them ever achieved formal positions of power, the Liberty Party that fought slavery, the suffragists that fought for women's rights, the labor movement and the Civil Rights movement, ever achieved positions of power, and the failure of those of us who care about the open society is that we forgot that it's not our job to take power, it's our job to fight power. There's a wonderful scene in Kissinger's memoirs – do not buy the book!


– where it's 1971 and Nixon has ringed the White House with buses to keep out the antiwar demonstrators, and he's standing at a window with Kissinger going, "Henry, Henry, they're going to break through the barricades and get us!" And that's exactly where we want people in power to be.

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Hedges: ‘How do you make the power elite frightened of you?’ 07/21/2013

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George Carlin on War Transcript.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Spectacular Heart Transplant for Sophia But at What Cost

The mainstream media recently provided a fair amount of coverage to Sofia Sanchez, who recently received what appears to be a successful heart transplant that may have saved her life, although these advanced surgeries are uncertain, and it remains to be seen how successful it is.

We should all welcome the scientific advances that can save many more lives in the future; however the highest profile news reports aren't telling the full story behind advanced science that enables this transplant and the potential costs that it comes at. More important they don't tell the full story about efforts that could dramatically improve health care for all children that shouldn't be considered controversial, including access to Single Payer Health care, with full disclosure. There's good reporting on how much bureaucratic expenses are involved in the current system in alternative media outlets, including explaining the fundamentals of pooled risk, which means that all money collected from premiums are put into one pool of funds to pay out claims, profits advertising lobbying expenses and other costs are subtracted then what's left is used to pay claims. Under the current system part of the premiums are donated to campaigns and given to media outlets so the highest profile institutions have an incentive to distort the truth making it inefficient compared to more effective system with Single Payer!

What these news reports about miraculous heart transplants, whether it's Sophia or other occasional stories, practically never tell the public about is the high risk for these operations, that the collection of these is highly controversial since some of these organs are received from questionable sources, including prisoners from China that are often being held for their political beliefs, and that these advanced operations are also almost always experimental.

If you check Wikipedia for articles on the subject they quickly admit that this is highly controversial and heavily regulated; however the vast majority of the public is almost completely unaware of it. The vast majority of this debate is taking place in the academic world by well educated people that are also reasonably wealthy; however the vast majority of the people used for research are working class people or people in the third world, who are often not fully informed about the potential costs.

While the majority of those being used for research are poor the majority benefiting from it are wealthy. I have no idea where the organs came from for Sofia Sanchez and certainly hope they didn't come from prisoners or some other illegal source, but this is far more common than most people realize. I would think that they have someone that looks into this and that they might be skeptical of featuring this in such a high profile manner if they weren't sure it came from a source that went through proper procedures; however the traditional media hasn't proven to be highly credible in recent history, so there's no way of knowing for certain. Most of the articles that I checked don't even mention the source for the organs at all, the few that do only say that the donor also donated other organs, and one that said that many of the family members of Sophia are organ donors.

The mainstream media does report on some of the scandals about organ harvesting, often of prisoners in china but these reports are much lower profile and few people see them unless they search for them including the following article from CNN:

Report: China still harvesting organs from prisoners at a massive scale 07/24/2016

(CNN)A new report claims that China is still engaged in the widespread and systematic harvesting of organs from prisoners, and says that people whose views conflict with the ruling Chinese Communist Party are being murdered for their organs.

The report -- by former Canadian lawmaker David Kilgour, human rights lawyer David Matas, and journalist Ethan Gutmann -- collates publicly reported figures from hospitals across China to show what they claim is a massive discrepancy between official figures for the number of transplants carried out throughout the country.

They blame the Chinese government, the Communist Party, the health system, doctors and hospitals for being complicit.

"The (Communist Party) says the total number of legal transplants is about 10,000 per year. But we can easily surpass the official Chinese figure just by looking at the two or three biggest hospitals," Matas said in a statement.

The report estimates that 60,000 to 100,000 organs are transplanted each year in Chinese hospitals. Complete article

This is just the beginning of the problems with medical ethics and using poor people, often from abandoned inner cities or third world countries, prisoners, veterans, etc. for medical research or organ transplants; I went into more of this previously in several articles including Deadly Monopolies and Medical Slavery? which explains how an enormous amount of this research is done with tax payer dollars, yet they give patents for it to corporations anyway and they use them to gouge consumers, and more articles listed below. The vast majority of these ethical violations are reported by credible sources; however they're only reported on a low profile basis, which is a common and effective tactic by mainstream media to take credit for reporting but not draw much attention to it. However with enough research this tactic can be exposed without resorting to conspiracy theories, since the information is public.

This isn't limited to China, a recent article, 37 Convicted for Multi-Million Dollar Illegal Organ Harvesting Operation in Egypt 07/12/2018 shows it's happening in other third world countries as well. This type of criminal enterprise can't be run by what we would typically consider the Mafia or other old fashioned crime organizations; it has to be controlled by highly educated people and cater to wealthy people in need of these types of services, and perhaps also with the help of government officials, although the fact that they've been prosecuted shows that they do hold at least some of them accountable, but if others aren't being held accountable there's no way of knowing about it.

This also show's an enormous and rapid advancement in medical technology that has been taking place over the past few decades. A search of history books indicates that the vast majority of what we now consider modern medicine has been developed since World War II, and that nineteenth century medicine wasn't much better than the dark ages, when they resorted to bleeding and on some occasions blamed cats for plagues, instead of the fleas on rats which only made things worse. There have, however, been plenty of stories of ancient technology that has often been lost as well, including medical technology, some listed below although I'm sure I've seen even better than the ones that I found with a quick internet search.

This is just a fraction of the advanced technology that you can find with internet searches on any given subject, searching phrases like "Lost medical knowledge" or "Scientific advances in (fill in the blank)" will quickly turn up hundreds of amazing advances, or alleged advances, including one article about an attempted head transplant that was supposed to take place in 2017, although it doesn't appear to have happened. The vast majority of these advances began developing much more rapidly after World War II, and they've been escalating even more in the past couple of decades.

Why is it developing so fast all of a sudden after it advanced at a snails pace for thousands of years?

Part of the reason could be reductions in child abuse leading to improved critical thinking processes and better organizational efforts on the part of academic institutions; however, if that was all of it why would we still have such an insane political establishment? And, a close look into intellectual property laws indicates that they're designed not to increase the exchange of ideas, but to prevent it which should provide another obstacle making this rapid advancement less likely, not more.

In a follow up to the previous article about medical slavery, Deadly Monopolies With Alien Technology?, I pointed out that Philip Corso claimed that he obtained alien technology, from the Roswell or other crashes, and shared it with multinational corporations to reverse engineer. This was a best selling book that couldn't have gotten so much attention without institutional support including the Military where he worked for decades, and there are dozens of other whistle blowers claiming to have knowledge about UFOs, some about exchanging of alien technology.

My previous articles on the subject have also mentioned that even though the History Channel covers similar theories that are much more widely known, they make an enormous amount of obvious blunders, so anything they come up with has to be confirmed through more reliable sources, or they should be considered speculative at best, and in some cases there is adequate information to completely rule some of their claims out. This includes another Sophia, the robot, which they featured in their most recent episode.

However it doesn't take a lot of searching on the internet to find out that other sources also report on her, and there's little or no doubt that they're developing far more advanced technology than most people are aware of and at a far faster rate. The Ancient Aliens show followed up with a lot more science fiction that is turning into reality as well, and speculated about the possibility that some of it can be used to dramatically improve the quality and length of life. Even though they may not be a reliable source of information seeking other sources for their claims or searching for other claims from more reliable sources may turn up many more advances that are far more than many might expect to develop naturally, which makes it that much more likely that Philip Corso was at least partially right.

Unfortunately, even though there are an enormous amount of scientific breakthroughs the vast majority of these benefits aren't available to most people, and they're even causing even more destruction, at least when it comes to the environment and war, than they're providing improvements for a large segment of society.

This doesn't mean there isn't plenty of propaganda to indicate other wise, including commercials for several research hospitals like Shriners Hospital For Children, which appears to show happy children, some of whom may have come from lower economic backgrounds, or just been born with severe disabilities, asking for people to donate $19.95 a month. However this isn't the most effective way of collecting funds for medical research, nor is it the most effective way of educating the public about what's involved in this research and how it's being distributed.

Previously in Wounded Warrior Project finances War Propaganda with donations I reviewed the fundamentals of fund raising in a Capitalist society, including covering the obvious, like that someone has to pay for these ads which are expensive. there should be little or no doubt that a significant portion of the money donated to them goes towards paying for those ads; which means that like Wounded Warrior Project, it may do more to provide positive propaganda to tell the public about scientific advances, and make it seems glorious, even though if you took a closer look at the lives of many of these children there's no doubt that they go through an enormous amount of problems and obstacles, to overcome. Not that I'm opposed to the scientific research or that I would want to deprive these children of opportunities to make the best of their lives, but we need more reliable methods to educate the public about this.

Another previous article, Wanted unsuspecting research subjects, also describes advertising that does more to glorify medications, and possibly recruits patients for some drugs that are undergoing additional testing, than it does to educate them about the best medical treatments for what ever health problems they might have, assuming they actually have any. These ads are designed to increase sales and profits for the drugs that make the most money and that is the motive behind the people that create them as explained by Harriet Washington and Marcia Angell, who are far more reliable researchers but get far less air time, assuming they get any at all; the only media outlets I've seen either of them are alternative ones on the internet like Democracy Now or non-fiction books that aren't very well known to most people.

These ads are also propaganda for the purposes of the pharmaceutical industry, and they share a cut of the profits with the media in the form of advertising dollars, and they also have interlocking board members and stockholders, giving the media a massive financial incentive to provide them with favorable coverage. However if you pay close attention to them they do make it clear that they're involved in some research that might leave some people untreated for the sake of research, like when they say that a medication works so much better compared to a placebo. In order to find that out they have to test it by treating one group of patients with the medication and giving the other a placebo, often while they think they're getting treatment, as Harriet Washington and Marcia Angell have pointed out.

Some researchers have also reported that many of the disclosures that you now hear on these commercials have evolved over the years after complaints about ethical violations. Like the controversial debate about organ harvesting this debate is mostly limited to the academic world where only educated people hear about it, and a small percentage of the public accustomed to seeking out more reliable non-fiction than what the traditional media provides. These researchers are often ridiculed as conspiracy theorists by loud mouthed demagogues like Chris Matthews, and even Rachel Maddow who has a history of ridiculing Alex Jones, in an attempt to make it seem as if all these conspiracy theorists are irrational wackos but now she's one of the leading conspiracy theorists herself obsessing with Russia conspiracies that are just as flawed. Loud mouth pundits try to distract people from the most credible researchers that look through the evidence carefully and slowly checking the facts.

Unfortunately the majority of high profile researchers of UFOs or ancient aliens have serious credibility problems, but if you check some of the work by Angell and Washington and other researchers that don't focus on aliens you'll find that it's much more credible, and even if it's not a result of ancient aliens there's still a lot of unethical research using prisoners, and gouging consumers for research that is funded by the government.

Also, if the ancient aliens hypothesis isn't partially true there still has to be another explanation to how ancient megaliths have been moved, crop circles made, and other unsolved mysteries that skeptics often can't explain without using distraction tactics like mystics including Padre Pio, Edgar Cayce and Helena Blavatsky.

There are also plenty of other subjects that should be far less controversial, like protecting the environment for all, not just the wealthy, or fighting one war after another based on lies about weapons of mass destruction that don't exist or false stories about removing babies from incubators. If we didn't have these stories distracting people from the issues would it be so easy for the political elites to find people to research on or donate organs, willingly or not, when society is much better informed and participates on the democratic process? It hardly seems likely that they would be preserving all these inequalities solely for that reason, but if they did fix them then it would be more difficult to find people willing to sacrifice themselves for this research which is going on.

With or without the ancient aliens hypothesis we should all be demanding more disclosure and carefully considering unsolved mysteries that the mainstream media is often only reporting in a low profile manner, while they distract us with incredibly shallow stories hyped up that have little impact on our lives.

The following are some related articles, including a few more of my own articles:

Sofia Sanchez Undergoes Successful Heart Transplant 08/27/2018

Sofia Receives Second Birthday Wish, Receives A Heart 08/27/2018

11-year-old girl who met Drake recovering after successful heart transplant 08/28/2018

Downers Grove girl visited by rapper Drake in hospital gets 'good, strong heart' 08/28/2018 The heart donor was a young child who also gave their two lungs, two kidneys, pancreas and liver.

'She received a really good, strong heart': Downers Grove girl in recovery after transplant 08/27/2018 "I'm a donor. My kids are donors," Natalie said. "If something happened (to one of them) I know it would help me get through. I'm so grateful."

Researching Poor, Slaves, Prisoners, To Benefit Ruling Class With Alien Technology?

Multinationals Are Using Public For Research On Massive Scale

Wanted unsuspecting research subjects

Deadly Monopolies and Medical Slavery?

Deadly Monopolies With Alien Technology?

“Wanted: FIFTY NEGROES” for involuntary experimentation

Ancient Aliens The Artificial Human 08/31/2018

Video: Sophia the robot wants to start a family 11/23/2017

Sophia the Robot Wants Women's Rights for Saudi Arabia 12/05/2017

Wikipedia: Organ procurement

Wikipedia: Organ transplantation in China

17 Amazing Healthcare Technology Advances of 2017 Sergio Canavero , an Italian neurosurgeon, intends to attempt the first human head transplant by 2017, though no successful animal transplants with long-term survival have yet been made. Because of the difficulty of connecting the spinal cord, Canavero has suggested improvements in the process using a special blade and polyethylene glycol, a polymer used in medicine as well as in everything from skin cream to the conservation of the Mary Rose, can help start growth in spinal cord nerves.

Being able to surgically remove the head in an orderly fashion should allow surgeons to then reattach all the nerves and blood vessels to the new body, once that pesky donor head is removed. A special bio-compatible glue will hold the spinal cord together so it can fuse with the donor body. The patient will then be put in a drug-induced coma for four weeks while the connection between the head and body heals. It’s the reattachment process that’s the most unlikely part of all this. There’s never been a successful procedure that reattached a fully severed primate spinal cord. (Presumably hasn't been done according to plan)

The 13 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs (and Advances) of 2017 12/31/2017 From gene editing to genetically-modified bananas, a look back at this year’s first-of-their-kind innovations and trailblazing research revolutionizing human health: A robotic cure for a failing heart

The 16 Most Remarkable Healthcare Innovations, Events, and Discoveries of 2018 For World Health Day 04/07/2018 5. Brain Implants: Improving Human Memory By Up To 15 Percent; 16. Prosthetic Brain System: Improving Memory With Electrodes

5 Top Advances in Robotics 01/29/2015

14 Robotics Breakthroughs From the Past Decade 10/23/2013

The 10 biggest developments in space exploration in the past year 10/29/2015

JPL | 20 Inventions We Wouldn't Have Without Space Travel 08/3/2018

‘Princess Leia’ holograms one step closer to reality 01/24/2018

Long-Lost Medicine 03/04/2012

Searching for Lost Knowledge in the Age of Intelligent Machines 12/01/2016

Medicine’s Hidden Roots in an Ancient Manuscript 06/01/2015

Wikipedia: Galen Arguably the most accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity, Galen influenced the development of various scientific disciplines, including anatomy,[5] physiology, pathology,[6] pharmacology,[7] and neurology, as well as philosophy[8] and logic.