Monthly Archives: December 2012

The wizards of lies

By UMBERTO MAZZEI*

Media-CulpaSINCE THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, information control obsesses those looking for “excessive profit”, as Adam Smith defined it. The model was developed in the United States. There, secondary education – the mass version – was minimized in any aspect related to humanities, such as history, geography, philosophy, which give benchmarks for critical thinking.

The idea is to impart only the knowledge that will render the working class useful at a job, but politically ignorant. It allows for nurturing majorities with a world view based on distorted information, so the public can be guided according to the convenience of the ruling class. It is a useful trick even for governments without electoral fuss and with visible leaders, but it is in democracies where it is most useful, because the ruling class, which is hardly seen, uses misleading information to promote their puppets in electoral carnivals. Continue reading

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2012 Photo Review: Year of Resistance and Organization

2012.Year of Resistance and Organization

TML Weekly Information Project is publishing an amazing, indepth photo review on this theme that unfolds virtually on a daily basis from coast to coast involving actions and stands from literally all sectors of the society throughout the year of 2012. For January to March view here; for April to June view here; for July to September, view here; and for October to December view here. The New Year was ushered in with a militant protest by 800 Rio Tinto workers in Alma, Quebec, brutally locked out on New Year’s Eve, before their contract even expired.

The project stands in dramatic and objective contrast to the year-round reviews being published by the doomsayers and naysayers of the monopoly media, wherein nothing is possible. “The TML Weekly 2012 Photo Review is evidence of the indomitable spirit of the working class, women, youth, pensioners and First Nations to defend their rights and the rights of all, defeat the anti-social agenda and nation-wrecking to pay the rich and move society forward to new political arrangements suitable for the twenty-first century that empower the people.”

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Jack Alfred Seed, QC BA

December 8, 1915 – December 11, 2012

Lawyer, Teacher, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, WWII Veteran

Jack Seed and the girlsWith deepest sorrow, we wish to announce the passing away peacefully of our father Jack Alfred Seed on December 11 at his Toronto home, three days after celebrating his 97th birthday.

With characteristic initiative, steadiness, determination and vision Jack had used his birthday to bring family members together to deal with outstanding issues and set a course for the future. Continue reading

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Journalists as megaphones: The Globe and Mail covers Bell

By DWAYNE WINSECK

Media.rca Nipper.jpgONCE AGAIN, yet another story in the Globe and Mail yesterday was out peddling a story of doom and gloom about the state of conventional commercial television broadcasters in Canada. This time, the story by Steven Ladurantaye came hot on the heals of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling Thursday that threw cold water on the idea that cable, satellite and IPTV services should pay broadcast tv companies — Bell (CTV), Shaw (Global), Rogers (CityTV), Quebecor (TVA), the CBC, and a smattering of smaller independents — to deliver their signals to the tv screens of Canadians across the country. Continue reading

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Harper Government’s reputation torn to shreds in election scams in Labrador

By PHILIP FERNANDEZ

120613-CourtenayAntiC38-01[TML Daily] SINCE OCTOBER, the Harper government’s Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, the MP for  Labrador, has been facing mounting pressure from the Opposition within Parliament and from his constituents to step down because of alleged corruption and breach of the Canada Elections Act related to his political campaign during the 2011 federal election. Penashue, an Innu politician and businessman, was Deputy Grand Chief of the Innu Nation from 2007 to 2010 and President of the Labrador Innu Nation for 12 years. He was also considered one of the “deal-makers” in the “impacts-benefit” agreement between the Innu and the Voisey’s Bay Nickel Company owned by Vale, the Brazilian mining monopoly which shafted the Sudbury mine workers at Inco. Continue reading

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Graphic details. The London Blitz

Any idea what this is:

Or this? Continue reading

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Disinformation: Fake AP graph exposes Israeli fraud and IAEA credulity

By GARETH PORTER*

THAT Associated Press story displaying a graph alleged to be part of an Iranian computer simulation of a nuclear explosion — likely leaked by Israel with the intention of reinforcing the media narrative of covert Iranian work on nuclear weapons – raises serious questions about the International Atomic Energy Association’s (IAEA) claim that it has credible evidence of such modeling work by Iran. Continue reading

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Lockout: Antitrust case to proceed against NHL, U.S. sports oligopolies

A group of US hockey fans seeking greater access to NHL broadcasts is suing the NHL. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)U.S. sports fans can pursue antitrust case over monopolization of programs. – Reuters

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the wealthy owners are crying a blue river that they locked out some 730 players and shut down the hockey league “in the interests of fans and growing the game.” According to a Reuters report (see below), a U.S. federal court judge, however, has just ruled that a lawsuit can proceed that asserts that the NHL and other U.S. sports oligolies are conspiring against fans. By restricting more widely available game telecasts, the league “is able to charge monopoly pricing and limit the choices available to consumers.” Continue reading

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Event: Time to march on Province House

stop ocean-based farmsThe Association for the Preservation of the Eastern Shore (APES) calls on citizens to march on the legislature against open pen salmon feedlots..

MEET DECEMBER 7, 2012, 1P.M. @ GRAND PARADE, HALIFAX (between Barrington and Argyle Streets). Continue reading

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Disinformation: Was Malala Yousafzai used for a larger U.S. plan?

Exposé: The attack on Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl, this past October evoked worldwide condemnation. From U.S. President Barack Obama to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, all condemned the attack. The respected Toronto journalist Zafar Bangash raises a central question: why is Malala given so much prominence when other attacks on girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan go virtually unnoticed? Continue reading

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Israeli ex-spy case in Montreal: Military-grade accelerant?

Exclusive: The investigation of the firebombing of the upscale Montreal home of ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe is looking at the possibility the accelerant was more sophisticated than available to common criminals, reports Robert Parry from Montreal.

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Subversion: U.S. government aims to form team of ‘journalists’ inside Cuba

usaidFOLLOWING explosive revelations that the U.S. government bribed Miami “journalists” in 1999 to guarantee the unjust convictions of the five Cuban patriots who are completing 14 years of arbitrary and illegal punishment, it has launched a new operation. It is to be headed by an ex-CIA agent and is to employ a considerable number of “journalists” – in reality, undercover agents – in “major cities in Cuba, including Havana and Santiago de Cuba.” The dirty operation aims to publish articles and commentaries and produce a new storm of disinformation against the sovereign Caribbean island republic, writes Florida-based journalist and author TRACEY EATON in this exposé.

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Arson seen in Montreal attack on Israeli ex-spy

Exclusive: Suspected arson destroyed the Montreal home of ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe, who says he escaped through a rear door. It’s unclear if the fire was an assassination attempt to finally silence a man who has angered the Israeli government, powerful Republicans and others, writes Robert Parry. Continue reading

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Viciousness of Sportsnet, death of journalism – or Colangelo talking through Rogers’ talking heads?

By OUR ULTIMATE NBA INSIDER, FUELLED BY SYNERGY

bargnani_free_throw640_640SPORTS FANS, his Toronto Raptor team-mates and Andrea Bargnani and his family must have been shocked and stunned by the hostess of Rogers Sportsnet Connected on Monday, November 26. Leading into the 5:00-6:00 p.m. supperhour segment she asked rhetorically, “Has Andrea Bargnani’s time in Toronto run out?”

Thinking it was to be a lead item I waited for the surprising news. And waited. And waited. Finally, some fifty minutes later, she flatly announced with a straight face that Mr Bargnani was on the way out and that “fans have given up on him.” (How she divined this insight only an Insider can figure out.) Our hostess then followed up the shock attack by interviewing one of Sportsnet’s ubiquitous “Insiders,” Michael Grange, to explain it all. Is now the time to trade Andrea Bargnani, he was asked.

Mr Grange said NO!

For a brief moment I thought, wow, Rogers didn’t script this very well. Continue reading

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