"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country....We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society....In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind." ~Edward Bernays in Propaganda (1928)
So here we go with the fuggin news rundown of the day:
President Obama will address the nation from the newly redecorated Oval Office tonight. Allegedly, no taxpayer money was spent on the makeover, as the costs were covered by the White House Historical Association, a nonprofit group.
If you think you'll hear the President say that the war in Iraq is over tonight, speculation is that is far from the case. Surely the President will shield himself from making any statements of the war's finality with carefully chosen rhetoric.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke at the American Legion convention Tuesday in Milwaukee. Captain Obvious' message was that all is not well in Iraq, warning that political paralysis and continued sectarian violence cloud that country's future. U.S. Troops will be back there in "a combat role" after civil war breaks out.
Citing city statistics reported by the HellsKitchenLife.com blog, news reports surfaced today that homelessness in New York City is up an astounding 50% this year. Read further into the story to see that Fox got some statistics wrong, probably to make the story sound more alarming and to hold true to their fear mongering image. Their headline says that homelessness is up 50%, the body of the story says 47%, and HellsKitchenLife.com says it was really 34%. Regardless, any way you look at it, increased homelessness is a horrible thing.
The U.S. Banking-industry profits totaled $21.6 billion in the three- month period that ended June 30, an increase from $18 billion in the first quarter, the FDIC said today in its quarterly report on industry performance. How are these banks posting such huge profits as the U.S. and world economies are in a recession?? The rich are still getting richer off the sweat and pain of the poor.
A couple weeks late, but they had to have some premise for this ass kissing. CBS reports today that Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta was on the Bravo program, "Top Chef," as an effort to charm not just the public, but the White House and Capitol Hill and to protect the Agency from funding cuts. The CBS story then proceeds to just brown nose the CIA chief. The episode of Top Chef that Director Panetta appeared on was aired on August 18th.
Was CBS's CIA bolstering an attempt to humanize the Agency as a response to a lawsuit filed against the United States yesterday? The Federal lawsuit, filed by two civil liberties groups, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), say that the decision to put US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on a CIA "kill or capture" list is unconstitutional.
une and July were the worst months for foreign troop deaths since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 and nearly 50 Americans have died in August alone.
Two travelers were arrested at the Amsterdam airport after U.S. officials alerted Dutch authorities that the pair were carrying "suspicious items" in their luggage. The flight originated in Chicago and was first being looked at as an "apparent dry run."
A video of what seems to be a young girl throwing alive puppies into a flowing river is creating quite an angry online stir. Last week, a woman who put a cat in a trash bin was outed and subsequently apologized after receiving multiple death threats. This young girl will surely receive some serious threats when she is eventually located.
At least 8 people were killed when Molotav cocktails were thrown in a Cancun, Mexico bar early this morning. Violence in Mexico is increasing continually.
Four Israelis, including a pregnant woman, have been killed by Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank on the eve of peace talks in Washington. I wonder if the perpetrators of this horrific crime will get the same treatment as the Israeli army officer that emptied 17 rounds into a 13-year old Palestinian girl in late-2004. The Israeli officer was told by his peers that the girl was 10 years old and he said that he would have killed her if she was 3. He was found "not guilty" in 2005. Think about that when you're crying over the river puppies.
A 9/11 Rock Musical film is allegedly opening this weekend in Manhattan. And yet the Mosque debate continues as the anti-islam mindset increases.
Caroline Giuliani, daughter of former NYC mayor and 2008 Republican Presidential candidate hopeful, Rudy Giuliani, received one (1) day of community service for charges of shoplifting, and she did not have to admit any guilt. The Judge said the deal was "the standard agreement in the majority of first-time shoplifting cases with low dollar amounts." That is some baloney. If you know the right people, you can get away with ANYTHING.
France has said insults in Iranian newspaper targeting the first lady as a "prostitute" are unacceptable. She certainly doesn't "deserve death" for sticking up for the Iranian woman set to be executed by stoning. So now the French want to hop on the anti-Iran bandwagon? Yup, that's the French first lady again to your left.
That's all I have for you today. Peace and love is the only way.