FAA Conducts Mock Jetliner Crash 28

130 Crisis Actors Deployed in Mass Casualty Event

“Victims” screamed … “Somebody help us, she’s not dead!”

By Ely Portillo

Charlotte Observer

Covered in fake blood and makeup with gruesome wounds, actors playing passengers mingled with luggage and plane parts sprayed across the pavement Sunday, as Charlotte Douglas International Airport held its first ever disaster simulation on a runway.

Crash_DrillThe realistic scenario, based on past crashes at other airports, was meant to test Charlotte Douglas’ plans for an air disaster and give first responders the chance to work together and practice their technique. More than 130 volunteers played the part of plane crash victims, many injured or dead, while about 200 workers from a dozen agencies participated in the drill.

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War, Media Propaganda, and the Police State 38

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By James F. Tracy

The following essay is intended to provide a brief overview of topics addressed in a discussion graciously recorded by Julie Vivier at the offices of the Center for Research on Globalization in Montreal Canada on August 5, 2014.-JFT

Modern propaganda techniques utilized by the corporate state to enforce anti-democratic and destructive policies routinely entail the manufacture and manipulation of news events to mold public opinion and, as Edward Bernays put it, “engineer consent” toward certain ends.

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Florida Newspaper Touts “Smart Meters”, Ignores Scientific Data 36

SM_AnimationBy James F. Tracy

In a recent editorial, “Smart-Meter Phobia Sad, But Don’t Cut Power,” the Palm Beach Post hyped safety claims of Florida Power and Light / Next Era Energy accompanying the utility’s statewide “smart meter” deployment while condemning the roughly 6,000 Florida households that have declined such technology.

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ISIS is America’s New Terror Brand 83

Endless Propaganda Fuels “War on Terror”

By James F. Tracy

In the wake of World War I, erstwhile propagandist and political scientist Harold Lasswell famously defined propaganda as “the management of collective attitudes” and the “control over opinion” through “the manipulation of significant symbols.”[1] The extent to which this tradition is enthusiastically upheld in the West and the United States in particular is remarkable. The American public is consistently propagandized by its government and corporate news media on the mSpread_Caliphateost vital of contemporary issues and events. Deception on such a scale would be of little consequence if the US was not the most powerful economic and military force on earth.

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Betty Martini: Poisons In Our Food 10

12758673103_3107490464_mJames speaks to Dr. Betty Martini on the dangers of aspertame and other artificial sweeteners found in an increasingly wide array of processed foods. Martini is one of the foremost experts on such substances. She explains specifically how these ingredients found their way in to the food supply, the dangers they pose to human health, and what we can do to help protect ourselves and our loved ones.

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Just Another “Accidental” Activist 92

By James F. Tracy

Shannon Watts often explains how she’s simply a reluctant activist. The plain ole everyday stay-at-home Midwestern mom founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) on December 15, 2012, just a day after the Sandy Hook School massacre. Boasting “tens of thousands of members and over 80 local chapters,”[1] the organization seeks to accomplish for gun control what Mothers Against Drunk Driving did for sobriety behind the wheel.

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The Magnificent Achievements of Eco-Propaganda 132

By James F. Tracy

Today a good deal of what qualifies as propaganda is much more subtle than overt. When an entire civilization or way of life is to be significantly altered the tried-and-true method of “repeating a lie until it becomes truth” needs to be done over a period of many years and in a multitude of varying ways to take hold and change the very assumptions and beliefs of a people.

This process is especially vital for reaching a given society’s more elite demographic—the opinion leaders who perceive themselves as “smarter than the average bear” and thus impervious to simple appeals and indoctrination.

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Tracy Calls Out Corporate Media on Editorial Decision-Making, Shoddy Journalism 53

James Tracy has reached out to the news media outlets that attacked him between September 18 and 20 for a Memory Hole post addressing the September 16 shootings at Washington DC’s Naval Command Base.

On September 20 Tracy initially responded to the attacks. On September 19th and again on the 20th Tracy contacted personnel at South Florida NBC affiliate WPTV and Fox affiliate WFLX, including WFLX Program Director Barb Billens, WFLX site manager and reporter Rachel Leigh, WPTV Executive Producer Julie Pearl, and WPTV-WFLX News Director Michael Garber.

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A Century of Lies 63

If President Barack Obama and his administration are not lying in the lead-up to a probable bombing campaign of Syria it will be a rare exception among US Presidents, particularly since their public duplicity concerning war dates to at least the early twentieth century. Indeed, being forthrightly dishonest to the American people concerning the rationales for engaging in foreign wars has become a century-old White House tradition. The historical record of past presidents’ prewar and wartime hucksterism is unambiguous, greatly contributing to the immense bloodshed and destruction that continues under the country’s reckless international leadership to this day.

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