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January 14, 2018

Weekly Review And Open Thread 2018-02

What was behind the false missile attack alarm in Hawaii yesterday. Poynter has some context:

One of the big stories in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Saturday morning was that military "brass" updated island officials on how the military would respond to a nuclear attack from North Korea. Military authorities warned there was a "real" threat.

At 8:07 a.m. Saturday, Hawaiian residents saw a terrifying alert message on their phones.

It took 38 minutes to correct the "mistake". A missile from North Korea would take 32-35 minutes from launch to impact in Hawaii.

But of interest is the newspaper report hyping the "threat" followed by the false alarm. Coincidence? And the "leaking" of the Draft Nuclear Posture Review this week, in which the military demands hundreds of new "small" nuclear weapons to fight North Korea and Russia, is also just a coincidence? Or is all of this part of a public relation campaign designed to increase the acceptance of new nuclear weapons and "limited" nuclear warfare? A preparation for war on North Korea? (Related: Deconstructing the North Korean ‘Threat’ and Identifying America’s Strategic Alternatives (pdf))

Anyway - here are the Moon of Alabama posts of the last week.

Jan 8 - How Mainstream Media Lose Their Reputation - #Fakenews On Iran And Egypt

Jan 9 - Afghanistan - U.S. Special Forces Commit Drive-By Murder (Video)

The reaction to this scoop was quite interesting:

I was criticized for using the word "murder" in the headline even though it is not clear what happened after the gunshot at the truck driver. Well, it is a headline and such have a certain purpose. How do we know this incident did not end deadly? Shooting the driver of a 15 ton truck which is rolling at a decent speed is at least accepting the risk of a deadly accident or even the attempt to cause one. What would a prosecutor accuse the culprit of if such had happened on a U.S. highway?

Only on Friday, after other mainstream media had published about it, did the NYT come out with a piece on the issue. It made several wrong or misleading points. I asked if it was plagiarized from my content as it used several sources that had vanished shortly after I published on January 9. I was told that the NYT had the material since late December but that the piece was held back for unknown reasons. Holding back stuff that lets the U.S.  military or the government look bad seems to be standing NY Times policy.

My tweet announcing my above piece was censored in Germany after someone had contacted Twitter and alleged that its content was illegal. This is a consequence of new law the lunatic social-democratic justice minister Maas had pressed for. Twitter would risk a high fine in Germany if it would not block allegedly illegal stuff. The law is a perfect tool for trolls to suppress any author or content they dislike. (It is also obviously unconstitutional and will soon be discarded by the relevant courts.)

Jan 10 - Syria - Army Gains In Idleb - Insurgents To Challenge Foreign Occupiers

Jan 11 - Syria - Erdogan (Again) Switches Sides - Delivers New Supplies For Terrorist Attacks

Jan 13 - Syria - Volume of Al-Qaeda Propaganda Forecasts Syrian Army Success

Two important Syria pieces by William Van Wagenen had earlier escaped my attention. Both take a long term view back and are well founded, quoting from a large number of media reports. They are:

These are excellent reference pieces one should recommend to people who were deceived on Syria or have not followed the issue at all. Both are recommended readings.

Please use the comments as open thread ...

 

Posted by b on January 14, 2018 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

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Drive by shooting in Afghanistan of truck, full video over 3 minutes
https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/1-2.mp4?_=1
https://southfront.org/leaked-afghan-combat-video-shows-us-special-forces-firing-at-driver-of-civilian-truck/

Okay, the segment with the shooting through the truck window is still only 5 seconds but I'd argue that the fact that it is part of a 3 minute montage 'our guys are kicking ass in Afghanistan' actually gives it a much worse context. If this was some innocent procedural, 'we had to reluctantly do it' incident, no one in their right mind would have popped it into such a sequence.

Posted by: Christian Chuba | Jan 16, 2018 8:48:12 AM | 101

So they now have a "border" , an "army" to defend it, a "name" to describe it (Democrstic Republic of Nortgern Syria) and a capital city in Raqqa. Next they will form a government and hold ekections. All this, without avword in the media, no discussion at the UN, in congress or in Geneva. Incredible theyre getting away with it all.

Posted by: Hermius | Jan 16, 2018 9:42:21 AM | 102

Facebook now is marking articles from MoA as "spam" and hiding them from sight. For example, seeking to educate people I linked the April article on North Korea. Of course, protest was made, but probably to no avail.

Posted by: Zakukommander | Jan 16, 2018 12:26:46 PM | 103

Zakukommander

Re - Moa being labeled as spam,
We are only seeing the start of this censorship, psyops used by Facebook

New propaganda algorithm by Facebook rolled out
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/01/16/facebook-reminds-publishers-were-in-charge/

Soon you will have to log in through your physical id card or something more sinister and being fined if you post so called "fake news" and "spam".

Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 16, 2018 1:27:02 PM | 104

@104 @105

Simple solution:

Cancel account.

The only way it works.

When enough people cancel
their account, FB will join
the heap of history's garbage.

Same is valid for YouCensorTube
and censwitter.

The only person left
twatting will be the
most superfluous person
of the 21st century.

Posted by: nottheonly1 | Jan 16, 2018 3:41:55 PM | 105

To all:

After having posted my recent comments,
I found typos I was not aware of when
I previewed them. It appears that my
auto-incorrect chimed in.

On the side, I find it interesting, that
Japan also had a ballistic missile fired
at them. Some people are nuclear winter
bent to turn North Korea into glass.

May history give them the most unpleasant
boot that it has in store.

Posted by: nottheonly1 | Jan 16, 2018 3:48:31 PM | 106

Big agreement for comment 106...

I have never used any of these so-called social media...the whole concept of which is retarded...

Never used Facebook or Twitter...but do watch some youtube nature documentaries...never post comments though...

Just today there is a news story on RT about how Twitter views all so called direct messages or DMs and sells info to third parties...

Posted by: FB | Jan 16, 2018 8:51:10 PM | 107

Well, the evidence is getting stronger that the Hawaii Nuke False Alarm was no accident. CGTN (China) reported this morning that NHK (Japan) broadcast a Nuke False Alarm which ended with those famous words "This is not a drill." The alert was cancelled, and apologised for, 5 minutes or so after it was issued.

Two factors make this "coincidence" noteworthy.
1. Both Hawaii and Japan are under overt US Military occupation.
2. Hawaii is utterly vassalised. Japan, it would appear, is less so.


Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 16, 2018 9:27:05 PM | 108

I am not able to post.

Posted by: Kate Sisco | Jan 17, 2018 9:05:24 AM | 109

Sorry, my post on the Syrian did not light up.
For some time now, it seems like all media stops have been removed and replaced with psy maneuvering. I can't help but recall in my reading the fact that German media was blasting away on successes at the front while US troops marched outside the Berlin windows.

Posted by: Kate Sisco | Jan 17, 2018 9:10:37 AM | 110

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