A Genuine Actor: Francesco Serpico

A very thought provoking piece. OG has been on fire lately, nice work.

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by Edward Curtin

genuine actors: Al Pacino(left) being Frank Serpico (right) being himself

There are unconscious actors among them and involuntary actors; the genuine are always rare, especially genuine actors. Friedrick Nietzche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Any artist [person] who goes in for being famous in our society must know that it is not he who will become famous, but someone else under his name, someone who will eventually escape him and perhaps someday will kill the true artist [person] in him. Albert Camus, “Create Dangerously”

It ain’t me you’re lookin for, babe. Bob Dylan, It Ain’t Me, Babe

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The set was real but illusionary: A legendary old New England hotel dressed festively for Christmas and the holiday season. Norman Rockwell’s magical realism. The lobby full with merriment, the cozy fire dancing to the sweet sound of violin and piano Christmas music mixed with a subtle alcoholic fragrance. Main Street…

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The Rise of Fascism in a Brave New Digital World

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by Jeff Einstein, via DigitalApostate

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution Aldous Huxley

We are watching Huxley’s dystopian vision of a Brave New World controlled by state-sanctioned addiction unfold right before our eyes. And true to Huxley’s prescience, we rather enjoy it. The only surprise is that the operative pharmacological agents he warned against aren’t delivered in pill or liquid or other physical form, and we don’t call them soma or heroin or crystal meth…

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Is the US staying in Syria for ISIS or to stand against Iran? Has it learned from history?

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By Elijah J. Magnier – @ejmalrai

In 2014, the US led a coalition of 59 countries to contain the “Islamic State” (ISIS) group’s expansion but not to eliminate it. For almost a year, and in contrast to Russia, this coalition carried out limited air attacks against the terrorist group without crippling its main source of existence: finance. Obama’s policy was well-defined: we are not in a hurry to defeat ISIS because the group is serving the US national interest, and has become a burden on Iran. Today, Donald Trump is following Obama’s footsteps on this issue, revealing that his troops will stay in Syria because of Iran- apparently forgetting that Syria is not the US’s comfort zone or friendly terrain but is Iran’s backyard. Trump’s attempt, after only 12 days in office, to modify or suspend the nuclear deal with the Islamic…

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Apple & the Guardian: Partners in a death spiral

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by Jonathan Cook

This report on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to a UK school to promote the company’s new coding curriculum for schoolchildren could hardly be a better illustration of the way the Guardian newspaper serves as a key propagandist for aggressive global corporate capitalism, helping to create for it a façade of humanitarianism.

The Guardian presents Cook (no relation) as a concerned global citizen, a gay man who fights for LGBT rights and might have been Hillary Clinton’s running mate if things had turned out differently. The article could just as easily have been a press release straight out of Apple headquarters.

Unchallenged by the Guardian, Cook claims via the article to be promoting coding as a universal language bringing people together and serving as a great leveller of mankind, offering everyone the chance to become … multi-billionnaire Tim Cook.

Or as the Guardian puts it:

The…

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Popular YouTube Channels Aimed at Children Bombard Viewers with Bizarre Repetition of Abortion, Suicide, Scat Eating, Torture, & Other Disturbing Themes

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Warning: This post contains disturbing imagery and content

Update 7/27: A local news station in Chicago has now picked up this story, and the #ElsaGate hashtag has begun gaining steam online. Will public concern inspire an investigation into these YouTube channels?

Self-styled online investigators have discovered a number of bizarre, seemingly-related YouTube channels in which cheaply-made cartoons and live-action sketches bombard viewers with disturbing and depraved themes, calling into question the intentions of those responsible for the content. The live-action content features real children.

Co-opting popular characters and viral keywords like Minnie Mouse, Elsa from Frozen, and “superhero IRL,” the videos feature repeating themes and imagery including cheating and infidelity, pregnancy and abortion, simulated sex, injections, dungeon torture, injections, and even defacation and scat eating in their content. Collectively the channels have many millions of views, presumably from children, but adults who have discovered the channels have found their…

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Pop Quiz: Dystopian Sci-Fi Novel, or 2017 America?

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War has raged worldwide since long before you were born. Recession has caused record levels of homelessness in city streets, and every day, more Americans come one small nyc-record-homelessnessfinancial setback away from joining their ranks. Already, economists, bankers, politicians, and academics have begun pushing for a cashless society in order to monitor all spending and earning, withdraw taxes automatically, and institute “negative interest rates” — an academic term for charging fees on savings to force the populace to spend more on something, anything, from the store.

Millions of your fellow citizens have paid to install “Smart” listening devices inside their homes in order to make access to information more convenient, despite revelations from government whistleblowers that intelligence agencies ensure back-door surveillance channels are installed into consumer hardware and software, and that the end goal is to create detailed profiles of every person on U.S. soil. Secret courts have been formed…

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Hezbollah has Stopped the Flow of Arms From Syria to Lebanon

Elijah J. Magnier | ايليا ج مغناير

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18 November 2017

By Elijah J. Magnier:

Hezbollah has raised its military readiness on the whole Lebanese territory in the last few days and put its forces on high alert in the light of the threats it has received from a number of countries, and especially from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah forces have been mobilised in the event of any hostile activity on the borders or in the country, notwithstanding the ongoing conviction of its leadership that Israel will not wage war in the near or distant future.

According to well informed sources, Hezbollah fears the possible assassination of a well-known Lebanese figure, Sunni or Christian, similar to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The aim would be to re-mix the cards on the Lebanese scene, accuse Hezbollah and to embarrass President Michel Aoun.

Aoun has raised the challenge against Riyadh during the recent…

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