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Health Care & Environment
11.20 Dead fish to power cruise ships [using dead fish to ultimately kill more fish, animals and plants but at a slower rate]
11.20 Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.20 New York City subway and bus services have entered 'death spiral', experts say [death spirals are the end-thing nowadays]
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]
11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]
11.18 Chuck Schumer, Feckless Hack [Neoliberal Democrats must go!]
11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]
11.20 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge [Has anyone thought about putting razor-wire around the White House?]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
International & Futurism
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
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The Intel-Journo Alliance2 June 2009
Amid all the recent negatives in the worlds of intelligence and journalism, one encouraging development has been the recognition of common ground between two beleaguered groups, honest U.S. intelligence analysts and honest American journalists, two groups that previously had been on opposite sides of the secrecy divide.
What brought them together, ironically, was that they both were targeted by the same dishonest forces, particularly the neoconservatives who emerged as a powerful force in Washington in the 1980s.
The neocons understood that intimidating CIA analysts and Washington journalists would clear the way for the key neocon goals: a more aggressive foreign policy and more spending on military budgets, some of which would get recycled into neocon think tanks and media outlets.
So, through the 1980s, the neocons spearheaded an assault on the CIA’s analytical division by pushing a politicization of intelligence that reversed the tradition of giving policymakers the best possible information. Instead, careerists got rewarded for tailoring intelligence to fit the neocon agenda -- and those who wouldn't go along were pushed aside or out the door.
Simultaneously, within the Washington news media, the neocons and allied right-wing attack groups took aim at journalists who dug up unwanted information. Instead of rewards for such work, there were punishments. Many truth-telling reporters were "controversialized" while journalists who played ball moved to the center of the profession.
The well-educated neocons – many of whom embraced the elitist political philosophy of Leo Strauss – knew that if they could manipulate those two crucial sources of information – the CIA and the press – they could control the Washington debate and set the policy parameters for the United States.
The neocons even had a phrase for this process of controlling what the American people got to hear, see and believe. It was called “perception management.”
So, threats to the American people were wildly exaggerated; dissent from the Left was deemed almost treasonous; trillions of U.S. tax dollars were diverted to military budgets; aggressive war became an easy option for American political leaders.
While great for the neocons and their military-industrial friends, the costs were enormous for the United States and people around the world.
Indeed, it is impossible to understand how someone as unfit as George W. Bush could become President for eight years and lead the nation into so many catastrophes without factoring in the neocons’ success in manipulating information – and the failures of other key Washington institutions to resist.
But an upside to these disasters was the emergence of a number of ex-intelligence analysts and some battered journalists who refused to stay silent. Instead, they found ways to speak out – often via the Internet or in other venues outside the increasingly sterile mainstream.
Slowly, “an intel-journo alliance” began developing.
Over the past few years, for instance, Consortiumnews.com – which was founded in 1995 as a way for journalists to get important information to the public – opened its Web pages to the work of courageous ex-analysts, the likes of Ray McGovern, Coleen Rowley, Sam Provance and Peter Dickson.
Besides publishing their work, Consortiumnews.com provided editing and research support – and just as importantly paid for their articles so their work could continue.
This collaboration has proved vital. Many of these articles were picked up and re-posted across the Internet, reaching millions of people.
And something else began to happen. Just as timidity and careerism contributed to the political climate that made George W. Bush possible, the courage and the patriotism represented by these brave ex-analysts helped create today’s less-fearful political climate that finally turned back the neocons and many of their policies.
But how much further Consortiumnews.com’s “intel-journo alliance” can grow depends on readers who agree with us that the only way to defeat lies, propaganda and fear is with facts, honesty and guts. Money is important, too, because people need to feed their families and pay their bills while they do this important work.
If you agree with us about the importance of the “intel-journo alliance,” please make a generous tax-deductible contribution to Consortiumnews.com so we can continue and expand this crucial part of our work.
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Robert Parry, Editor
Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com.
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This story was published on June 2, 2009.