President Chávez and the Spanish King: Who was disrespectful to whom?

This article is in English [1] and Spanish [2] / Este articulo es en ingles [1] y español [2]

[1] Chavez and the King: Who was disrespectful to whom?

The first rule when reading most media coverage about Venezuela is to turn it around 180 degrees if you want to find out the truth!

A case in point is the recent coverage of the exchange between Chavez and Spanish King Juan Carlos I at the 17th Ibero-American summit in Chile in which the King told Chavez to shut up. Continue reading

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Bill Hicks

This following piece on Bill Hicks used to be available online at http://dmproductions.freeyellow.com/hicks.html but since the page is no longer available, I thought I would publish it here to ensure it can continue to be read and enjoyed in cyberspace….. forever…. Enjoy!

Bill Hicks

With American comedian Bill Hicks there was always an awareness of other people, of how our society links together. With this came an idealism and a vision of what the world could be. But first he had to slay all the “fevered egos” polluting the planet. He saw himself as a flame, Shiva The Destroyer, using comedy as a weapon to expose truths and show people how governments are screwing us every day of our lives. He also happened to be achingly funny such was the accuracy of his comedy. At the age of 13 Bill Hicks did his first gig. Six weeks before his death, aged 32, he did the last. In the intervening years he frequently did over 250 gigs a year. He tried to reach as many people as possible, to put them in touch with inner and outer space in a majestic flight of one consciousness thinking. Those he inspired haven’t lost the ability to take a ride. Continue reading

Google And Other Search Engines Are Tracking Your Every Move!

Most of us don’t search for instructions on how to build bombs or uranium enrichment, but if you did out of curiosity would you find a government agent at your doorstep one day? It could happen easier than you think. After all the government has been trying to gain more and more access to private information without having to first obtain search warrants.

Under the mission of “More Precise Ad Targeting” Google has created the most incredible spying machine that has ever existed on the face of the planet. They have recorded everything you have ever searched for and attached it to your IP address. In addition, if you use google adwords, gmail or other personalized services they have also added your complete information profile into the mix. I have been using Google Toolbar, Google Adwords for years and Gmail in the past, so all my online activities are neatly compiled in a Google database somewhere.

My question is: Why do they need to store this information indefinitely? Continue reading

Engineering of Consent: Guatemala Coup 1954

Extract from “The Century of the Self” by Adam Curtis. Story behind the coup d’etat which toppled elected president Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954. The film explains how Edward Bernays, recruited by United Fruits, created the conditions for a government intervention. Mass media were successfully used for manipulating the public and generating consensus around a military action involving the CIA.

The Century of the Self – Adam Curtis

The Century of the Self is an acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Adam Curtis released in 2002.

“The series (below) is about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy.” – Adam Curtis Continue reading

Bush appearance sparks Colombia protests

A demonstrator hooded with a US flag kneels in front of riot police during protests against the visit of US President George W. Bush in Bogota, Sunday, March 11, 2007.

BOGOTA, Colombia — About 150 protesters attacked riot police with rocks and metal barriers and ripped down lampposts in Colombia’s capital on Sunday, just moments after President Bush landed for a six-hour visit. Continue reading

Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times

The following film premiered in Tokyo on September 11, 2002 on the first anniversary of the 9.11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

The film chronicles the thinking and activism, at that time, of the noted linguist Noam Chomsky, who since the Vietnam War era has been a vocal and consistent critic of the way the United States exercises state power in the world arena. Continue reading