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WAGGING THE ASTROTURF

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“Why you can’t believe what you see on video” and “why you can’t believe what your government tells you” and “how mainstream media news controls you“.  The following clips from the classic film “WAG THE DOG” demonstrate how “world events” and “the news” are fabricated to suit the agenda of the real life “MIB” = “Military Industrial Bankers”.  (The faked assassination of Bin Laden is the most recent example of this kind of theatrical production.) War is the #1 most profitable enterprise for bankers in the entire history of the human race.  Every war in history was financed by an enterprising banker who profited from the death, destruction and ruin of war.  I recommend that you add it to the top of your “must read” and “must see” lists, if you haven’t already.

Astroturfing is a form of advocacy in support of a political, organizational, or corporate agenda, designed to give the appearance of a “grassroots” movement. The goal of such campaigns is to disguise the efforts of a political or commercial entity as an independent public reaction to another political entity—a politician, political group, product, service or event. The term is a derivation of AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to look like natural grass.

Thanks to political ‘astroturfing’ and governmental spin-doctoring aided by video effects production, and the willingness to lie, cheat and kill for profits, real wars are no longer needed. The illusion of war can be more convenient and profitable to maintaining financial power that bullets and bombs and without the messy guts and blood to clean up.  Every aspiring CIA agent needs to brush up on script writing skills instead of spy tactics in the modern age of media spin.

Larry Beinhart is the author of “AMERICAN HERO“, which is the basis for the film “Wag The Dog“.

The title of the film comes from an idiomatic English-language expression “the tail wagging the dog”, which is commented at the beginning of the film by a caption that reads:

Why does the dog wag its tail?
Because the dog is smarter than the tail.
If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog.

Synopsis:

“In a 29-day shoot, Barry Levinson filmed this $15 million political and media satire, adapted by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet from Larry Beinhart’s novel, American Hero. Two weeks prior to re-election, the President (Michael Belson) is accused of cornering an underage girl in the Oval Office. To keep the media from learning of this, Presidential adviser Winifred Ames (Anne Heche) brings in political consultant and spin doctor Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro), a specialist in such salvage operations. Brean suggests fabricating denials of non-existent emergencies — such as denials about the B-3 bomber. The denial, of course, is true, since no B-3 bomber exists. Brean visits the mansion of Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) and gives him the assignment to create a patriotic campaign centered around a war in Albania. Motss assembles a creative team — Liz Butsky (Andrea Martin), the trend-setter Fad King (Denis Leary), and songwriter Johnny Green (Willie Nelson). Treated like an ad campaign, the songs and symbols are transmitted directly from a Hollywood soundstage to CNN. The star of their campaign is a “rescued” pilot — in reality, a psychotic military prisoner (Woody Harrelson), who’s a ticking time bomb. The flag-waving song, “The American Dream” was written for the film by Tom Bahler (who co-wrote “We Are the World”). Beinhart’s original novel involved a real President (Bush), a real war (the Gulf War), and the premise that George Bush and Saddam Hussein staged it”. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi for Rotten Tomatoes

Excerpt of an interview with Larry Beinhart THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK, “AMERICAN HERO”:

American Hero

BuzzFlash: Your novel, American Hero, was the basis for the film, “Wag the Dog.” Your fiction is so interwoven with the reality of politics that, in many ways, it is reality, except that certain specifics are changed. Another of your books, Fog Facts, examined the deception that is used in political narratives to mislead the public.

Let’s look at two real stories that the government itself chose to play up — those of Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman. What was the Pentagon trying to do with those stories? Jessica Lynch was portrayed as a heroine. The Pentagon basically created something out of her that didn’t exist. She was far too modest to take claim for what they attributed to her. And then we’ve learned that Pat Tillman didn’t die heroically. The Pentagon covered up the circumstances of his death, which was death by friendly fire, and made a heroic narrative out of his death that was simply a lie. Jessica Lynch wasn’t a victim of friendly fire, but she was unconscious during virtually all of her ordeal, and they attributed heroic acts to her that didn’t happen.

Larry Beinhart: They were trying to create a fictional narrative that everybody would get behind and cheer. It’s something that armies have always done. For instance, the British Army would go off to the Sudan, and everybody but one guy would get slaughtered, and he would be marched back through London as a hero. It’s one of the things you do in war. You bring back the heroes, and you give them a parade. And you beat the drums, and you get people to join up.

I love Pat Tillman, because Pat Tillman should be the genuine poster boy for the Bush wars. Here’s a guy who signs up out of genuine heroism and wants to do something. He goes off and gets killed by friendly fire. That he gets killed by accident, or by the incompetence of his own people, is the perfect metaphor for any Bush effort about anything, be it their failure to rescue New Orleans or the failed war in Afghanistan, or the failed war in Iraq. Whatever these guys touch turns into “Death to Smoochy.” And then they produce a fictional narrative about it, and lie about it, because they want to keep their story going. When somebody tries to expose it, they say you’re not Christian enough. If you were Christian enough, you wouldn’t be upset that your son is dead. So Pat Tillman should be the poster boy for this war — no question about it.

BuzzFlash: If we go back to before the first Gulf War, one of the “gotcha” points in terms of the narrative that led to that war was that the Iraqis had taken over a hospital and thrown babies out of their incubators.

Larry Beinhart: Yes.

BuzzFlash: A young woman testified to Congress and said that she witnessed all this, and how horrifying it was that Iraqis were just barbarians. They made these babies die. Later it was revealed that this young woman was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States, and she wasn’t even in Kuwait — had no knowledge of such an event.

Larry Beinhart: Her story wasn’t true, right.

BuzzFlash: And she had been coached by a public relations firm and given a script to read to Congress. Clearly, this was not done without the knowledge of the Bush I Administration. That revealed how far our government — in this case, the Bush I Administration — would go. They actually fabricated an incident, with the help of a PR firm, Hill and Knowlton, and put a young woman who was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador before Congress. As a fiction writer, how can you outdo that?

Larry Beinhart: That’s essentially why I wrote American Hero, which came out in 1994. The essential thrust of the book is that the administration created a fictional narrative to justify the real war that they wanted to have. I wanted to produce a fictional narrative that you could read, and know it was fiction, and yet when you had done so, the story explains the facts better than the the government’s story.

But they sold the war. They have produced wars based on fictional narratives. I was astonished when “wag the dog” became a part of the international lexicon — it became a metaphor for fictionalized war.

That’s great, but the cynicism did not produce restraint. It produced even more outrageously cynical behavior. It’s really quite terrifying. As I wrote in my new introduction for Wag the Dog: The Novel, which is the title of the reissue of the book, it was if they had taken this as an instruction manual.

As part of Wag the Dog, I have a scene in which the guy who’s making up Gulf War I considers making up a war called the “war on terror.” And he’s going to have an incident. They’re going to create the war on terror. And in the war on terror, it’ll be like the Crusades — the Christian, rational West against the backward, primitive Islamic East. And it’ll be the new Crusades. And clearly you had a fictional incident.

And lo and behold, we had a real incident with 9/11. Then they went ahead and created the war on Iraq, and the war on terror — which was kind of like the Crusades — you know, the rational, Christian West against the mad, Islamo-fascist East.

It was astonishingly fictional, but it was a narrative. It was the only narrative seriously available. Because of that, our media universally joined up with it.”

THE NEWS

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NEWS MEDIA

THIS IS THE NEWS

 “MURDER! RAPE! BLOOD! WAR!

delivered daily to your door!

DEATH and MAYHEM! FILM AT 4:00!

The News will keep you well informed!

 Good news is never fit to print;

Bad News Headlines make a mint!

The Press make sure you’ll get upset

each time you watch your TV set.

 “IT ISN’T SAFE TO WALK THE STREETS

STAY AT HOME BENEATH YOUR SHEETS!”

CRIMINALS LURK ANYWHERE YOU LOOK!”

It must be true…. it was printed in a book!

 “WE NEED MORE GUNS AND THOUGHT POLICE“.

THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE AT PEACE“.

DRUGS AND CRIME ARE EVERYWHERE“.

The Press makes sure that we’re “aware”….

 Shocking love-life exposes!

Who will they prosecute today?

THE PUBLIC HAS THE RIGHT TO TRUTH”.

The Press will judge and execute!

 Is Free Speech an equal right?

Only for those with financial might

to pay the advertising fees.

The Press is told who to appease.

 Lies and rumors, the “news” abounds –

they’ll make it up when there’s none around.

“The truth be damned!  I’m a reporter…

It’s my job to cause disorder”!

 Like l0bsters in a bubbling pot

who claw and pull to reach the top –

free from miserable despair,

The Press is boiling you in fear!

 Every day we all begin

a bright new hopeful day.

Life’s a game we all can win.

It’s lots of fun to play.

 Wake up! Don’ get sucked in!

Reporters wearing pearly grins

tell you that life’s all bad;

The Press are all completely mad!

 Turn off your TV! Enjoy your day.

In spite of what “the experts” say,

there is no need to be afraid.

Live and Love another day!

______________

A poem by Lawrence R. Spencer. 2013

15 of the Deadliest U.S. Corporations

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What’s faster than a speeding bullet?  What’s mightier than a locomotive? It is a bomb? Is it the Black Plague?  No, Billy, it’s an American Corporation!

Big Pharma gets rich when you get sick. Pfizer, the largest pharmaceutical corporation in the U.S., pleaded guilty in 2009 to the largest health care fraud in U.S. history, receiving the largest criminal penalty ever for illegally marketing four of its drugs. It was Pfizer’s fourth such case. As if Pfizer’s massive use of animal experimentation wasn’t heart wrenching enough, Pfizer decided to use Nigerian children as guinea pigs. In 1996, Pfizer traveled to Kano, Nigeria to try out an experimental antibiotic on third-world diseases such as measles, cholera, and bacterial meningitis. They gave trovafloxacin to approximately 200 children. Dozens of them died in the experiment, while many others developed mental and physical deformities. According to the EPA, Pfizer can also proudly claim to be among the top ten companies in America causing the most air pollution.

LEARN WHO THE OTHER 14 DEADLIEST CORPS ARE:  15 of the Deadliest U.S. Corporations.

VIEWER BEWARE

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The video clip (below)  is an excellent example of the reason that we cannot trust ANYTHING we see on film, video, television, Facebook, etc. to be “real”.  The art of Computer Generated Imaging (CGI) in the film and television industry is now so highly developed that the viewing audience cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy.  When this technology is applied as intentional disinformation in the hands of those who desire to confuse and control us, let the Viewer beware!  How do we know what is “true”.  How can we determine what is intentional disinformation or propaganda?

Here is a excerpt from the book THE OZ FACTORS that addresses this subject:

“5/ SHE FELL FROM A STAR

             “Come out, come out, wherever you are and meet the young lady who fell from a star … “–Glinda sings to the Munchkins in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

             False information, less diplomatically stated, could be called lies. Sometimes lies are unintentional. Sometimes lies are intentional. Regardless, false is false, and we need to inspect all the information we receive to ensure that it is not false.

            One way to know if information is false is to determine whether the information helps us achieve a workable solution or does it lead toward continued mystery.

            Such scrutiny may seem obvious, but few people critically examine information they receive. Whether the information has to do with the meaning of life or how to bake a better chocolate chip cookie, it is wise to put the information to the test before using it to develop any theories or before taking action based upon it.

            Logically, before we go skipping down the Yellow Brick Road into the unknown, a few simple precautions might prove useful.

            Precaution 1: Does the information contain actual statistics or documented evidence or is it just a broad, sweeping generalized statement?

            The morning newspaper headlines have propagandized a recent political effort to take guns away from the citizens with broad, general statements like: “Street gangs are sweeping the country! The youth of America are all killing each other with illegal handguns!”

           The Oz Factors, by Lawrence R. Spencer Of course, no violent deaths are acceptable. But, when was the last time you personally observed a street gang shoot-out? Check out the facts: In 1990 there were 971 black youths and 942 white youths under the age of 18 who were victims of homicide in the United States. Hardly an epidemic compared to a total of 9,923 total people killed with handguns in the same year.

            By contrast, 12,400 people were killed by accidental falls. So, why don’t the newspapers have headlines about “The Terrible Tragedy of Gravity”?

            More than 28,642 people committed suicide in 1990 and 69,225 died of pneumonia or flu. Cigarette smoking was a major killer with 78,380 deaths from emphysema. Meanwhile, in a real, honest-to-god-epidemic, 476,927 people died of cancer! How much effort is being made by the propaganda machines of big government to prevent smoking which is one of the principle causes of cancer?

            False information is also spread simply by failing to include all of the correct information or including too much information.

            Precaution 2: Does the information help your survival? Is it destructive? Is it just plain upsetting?

            Asking the news media to report “the truth” is like asking a fly crawling on a cow pie for an accurate description of the cow. The kind of information we receive from the morning news on television or in newspapers or ‘Time’ magazine is, factually, very often highly spin-doctored, altered and misinterpreted. The so-called “news” is nothing more than a very tiny slice of the most shocking, disastrous, upsetting, tragic, gruesome, inhumane events which these sources painstakingly cut from the relatively large and lovely pie of life.        This “news” is gathered from isolated sources, at great expense and selectively edited using the most sensationally colored prose imaginable. Yet the mainstream media news neglect to report the fact that billions of people and billions of other life forms on this planet are enjoying happy lives–no thanks to them!

            Does reading or hearing about every single psychopathic rape/murder/theft/mayhem/disaster that occurs anywhere on the entire planet really improve the quality of your life or happiness? Or is this information you can more happily live without?

             6/ THE RUBY SLIPPERS

             “Take special care of those Ruby Slippers. I want those most of all!”–The Wicked Witch of the West in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

             Definition: Vested Interest–1/ a survival or non-survival plan or agenda which has been “clothed” to make it seem like something other than what it actually is; 2/ any person, group or entity which prevents or controls communication to serve their own purposes.

            Example: Governments control communication between the people of their country. You must get a passport to travel to another country. You must pass through a customs’ inspection in order to enter the country. You must pay taxes (money is a form of communication). You must get a license to get married or go into business.

            Example: Religions prevent and control communication between people and the gods, saints and spirits. You have to pay the priest money for him to “bless” you or to “absolve” you of “sin” as a supposed representative of the god(s).

            Example: A husband usually tries to prevent communication between his wife and other potential lovers.

            What would happen if you could safely communicate with everything and everyone?

            Political, religious and financial vested interests, typically, DO NOT want people to answer this question. The reason is simple: if you could safely communicate with anyone or anything, they would be out of business!

            Such institutions very frequently determine what we are allowed to believe by feeding us their version of “the truth”. Our “belief” in their version of “the truth” is usually backed up by the threat of death, imprisonment, excommunication or bankruptcy.

            All human beings have flesh bodies. Flesh bodies require food, shelter, clothing and as many other goods and creature comforts as one can buy, borrow or pillage. This seems to be a common denominator of survival. It is also a source of illogical thinking which has tended to clog the water mains of our minds with all manner of unspeakable refuse: namely, our vested interest in survival.

            Survival requires stuff, and stuff costs money and money takes work. This often means that we must each pretend to “like” someone or “believe” in something–that we could actually care less about–for the sake of “earning a living”.”

Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdowns of Season 2 from Brainstorm Digital on Vimeo.

The Emmy award-winning team at Brainstorm Digital has put together the before and after shots from season 2 of HBO’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire”. (courtesy of Home Box Office, Inc) www.brainstorm-digital.com. Twitter: @BrainstormVFX.