Monday, January 22, 2018

New Art Work: Wood Duck with Bullrushes

Wood Duck with Bullrushes
latest wood carving by greencrow

The above wood carving of a Wood Duck in a pond with bullrushes or as "cattails" as they are sometimes my latest art work.  I will post it shortly on my Arts and Crafts Page.  It is 14" long x 4"wide and 12" tall.  As I say in the video...this artwork grew out of a piece of found cottonwood bark that resembled a wood duck.  I carved it to make it look MORE like a wood duck, then glued it to a piece of yellow cedar that I had carved to look like a small pond.  The wood duck's eyes are naturally bright red.  To get this colour, I found red jade beads in a local bead shop.  To finish off  the piece, I assembled bull rushes out of cottonwood bark, barbecue skewers for the stems.  The "reeds" are carved out of cedar planks used to cook fish on the barbecue.

After carving and gluing the pieces together, I used acrylic paints to paint the duck, pond and bulrushes.  My wood carving instructor advised me to allow the water paint to "bleed" naturally into the wood...I think this was good advice.  Lots of fun carving this piece and creating a tribute to one of the most beautiful birds in the Pacific North West.

Photo of Wood Duck that I
Used as a guide to paint my wood duck

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Park Bench Café #11 - Laundromat Edition

Park Bench Café #11

One of the most tedious chores that humanity has to endure is laundry.  Everyone has to do it but nobody wants to spend time in a closed room full of detergent smells, moving piles of clothing from one appliance to the other.  The lint builds up and gets in the nostrils...the socks get know the drill.
Laundering is such a boring chore

Well, today we're in a laundromat with about a dozen washers and dryers stacked against one wall.  It's one of those old, storefront laundromats with the rickety tables set up opposite--for sorting and folding.  It's run by an old, weird guy who always seems to pop in right before you leave--to check the slots for change.  There is a fake plant leaning over in one corner by the window, beneath which is a small trash can where you throw the balls of lint.  Next to that is an old discarded couch with a small coffee table in front...upon which, neatly folded, is a newspaper. 

Today we're starting off the Park Bench Café by discussing laundering...not mounds of clothing but mounds of cash..  Scott Creighton of American Everyman has posted the first of what likely will be a series posted by him--based on the latest interim report on the Oct 1. Las Vegas Massacre.  Please watch the Part I video below and I will have more comments to follow: 

Scott Creighton - American Everyman
Part I Review of the LMPD 
Preliminary Investigative Report of
the Mass Casualty Shooting

Scott notes, right off the bat the childish style that the report is written in...he says it looks like it was written "by an eighth grader".  Funny, but this is how ALL the mass casualty reports are written in by government officials in United States ever since 9/11.  I remember trying to read the 9/11 Official Report and having to stop after page two or so because of the infantile I said at the time...written like a dime store novel...rather than a forensic investigation.  Scott sums up his conclusions by saying that the premise of the report--that Paddock was just a "normal guy" false.  Early reports by Time and other media said he was fabulously wealthy--a pilot who owned and flew two planes all over the country and internationally.  He was NOT a normal guy.  Scott theorizes that Paddock was an illegal gun merchant and sold guns out of the hotel....delivering them all over the country.  He used the hotel casinos to launder his illegal earnings.  He used real estate to launder his income as well.  He owned four houses in four states.  Hardly a "normal guy".  All this background is missing from the "preliminary investigation". So, if the preliminary report is predicated on such a fundamental falsehood...then, the 9/11 report and all the other reports on various atrocities...we will never find out the truth. But, thanks to intrepid alternative bloggers like Scott least we'll know we're being lied to.

Taking the metaphor of "laundering" a bit further...we can extrapolate that all the mainstream media does these days is "launder" the truth.  As an antidote to that...I present the links and headlines from the alternative media that have been submitted by Ed(itor), my partner in this "Park Bench Café" feature. Ed(itor) hails from the north eastern region of the US and formerly the blogmaster of "Occurrences", "Boy down the Lane" and "The Sullen Bell".


CIA False Flag Likely in Drone Attack on Russia’s Syrian Bases

By Finian Cunningham

January 18, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - The audacious multiple-drone attack on Russia’s military bases in Syria is increasingly looking like a false flag carried out by the American Central Intelligence Agency. Sophisticated technology and a Ukrainian connection indicate that the swarm attack with 13 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was not the work solely of Syrian anti-government militants.

What’s more the Russian government appears to have the incriminating evidence on who sanctioned the drone attacks against the Russian air base at Hmeimim and its naval port at Tartus on January 6.

The weapons failed to execute their deadly mission. Of the 13 drones used, seven were shot down by Russian Pantsir S-1 air defenses and six were safely landed by Russian electronic jamming technology. Those captured intact UAVs will have provided forensic information about what agency authored the plot.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said coyly, “We know who did it”, without as of yet specifying the culprit.

Images of the UAVs released by the Russian Ministry of Defense showed rudimentary construction from what appeared to be plywood.

However, the navigation technology and explosives onboard were sophisticated and professionally made. This was no amateurish mission, as might have been expected if militants alone had carried it out.

Furthermore, the drones were unlikely to have been made by Syrian militants. Russian analysis of the explosive PENT substance indicates that Ukraine was the source. That points to the Americans as the bridging agency between Ukraine and Syria…. [continued at the link]


Newsweek HQ raided by two dozen NYPD officers and Manhattan DA investigators - who resfuse to say why | 18 Jan 2018 | About two dozen NYPD officers and investigators from the Manhattan district attorney's office stormed the Newsweek magazine offices in New York City on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Sources told the New York Post and The Outline that the agents were taking pictures of the company's servers, and their corresponding serial numbers.
FISA Memo "Crisis"

“All hell is breaking loose in Washington D.C. tonight after a four-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse was made available to the entire House of Representatives Thursday. The contents of the memo are so explosive, says Journalist Sara Carter, that it could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and the Department of Justice and the end of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation…..


‘Stormy Daniels’ psyop: Why now and who’s behind it? – The Millennium Report

Ed(itor) comments..."you probably;y ought to add this:

I don’t care for it, and a lot of what this fellow Greenwald does I finds somewhat or occasionally distasteful, but in the interest of fairness and balance."

Republicans Have Four Easy Ways To #ReleaseTheMemo...Not Doing So Will Prove Them Shameless Frauds | Zero Hedge

Sic Semper Tyrannis : “Commence Operation Olive Branch,” said the spider to the fly - TTG

"FBI Whistleblower on Pierre Omidyar and His Campaign to Neuter Wikileaks" (Webb). Omidyar, Greenwald, Snowden, and censorship through 'curation'. It is not a coincidence that no actual, normal, human beings end up being sheltered by this paternalistic protection, but only the lowest-of-the-low institutions and operators for these institutions.

"How the Establishment Undermines American Democracy" (Giraldi):

"There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy. Up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently.

"The FISA Memo Is All The Ammo Trump Needs To Take On The CIA" (Luongo). It would be nice to see some push-back, but tragically mistaken post-9/11 increases to the power of the IC mean that everybody is too terrified of the power they wield, putting them beyond any possible Constitutional control, meaning that the United States is literally beyond hope. A dying dictatorship ruled by psychopaths, fortunately, for the rest of the world, incompetent psychopaths. It doesn't help that one of the two major parties is fully along for the ride.

xymphora: Sincere Regrets

Seemorerocks: The latest on the FISA memo

Seemorerocks: The process to reaslease the secret memo has begun
Greencrow says: In this Post Internet, Shadow Ban era we're now living in...laundering [and/or sheep dipping], whether it be of money, truth, opinion, evidence, politics, or whatever... will increasingly become the name of the game. I was wondering recently why there were no new alternative blogs being set up on the "Internet" anymore...I haven't added any new blog links to my Favourites in months. Now I know. Probably there have been some new intrepid bloggers coming "on line" but, due to shadow banning...we'll never become aware of them.

Also, Ed(itor) and I had an interesting e-mail debate this past week about the controversy surrounding the so-called FISA memo...that has been released to the congress regarding government agency malfeasance in the "Russiagate". Affair. Sorry, but I think this memo is all "Fake News". Unless and until there are some arrests made...IMO, this is just an effort to extend the life of the moribund Russiagate distraction.

The "tells" that this is just one more manufactured crisis are that:

1) the panelists on the M$M news shows are overwhelmingly professional Ziofascist gatekeepers/spindoctors;

2) The CIA, surprisingly, escapes the scandal [only the FBI, NSA and DOJ are under scrutiny]...which makes me think it's behind this psy-op.

3) The M$M feeding frenzy is an obvious "tell"...all talk and no action. Just another distraction from the sh!tkicking the US is getting in Syria, and re Korea...particularly the recent diplomatic farce in Vancouver being blown out of the water by the Olympic partnership between North and South Korea last week.

I would love to be wrong on this...but have been played too many times by these operators.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

What happens when the US M$M goes "rogue"

US Soldier in Syria June, 2017
Photo published with Newsweek Story

Ever since Gary Webb, one of the last real journalists in the United States, was "suicided" for breaking the Pulitzer-winning story about CIA running the drug trade in the West...I've seriously wondered...What WOULD happen if a mainstream media news outlet decided to publish real (not fake) news again.  Well, curiously enough...I found out not too long ago.  Newsweek, yes Newsweek that used to be a pillar of journalism in the West...that I had a weekly subscription to in the 1970's...recently decided to publish the following headline:

Syria and Russia Say ISIS Is Dead, Now U.S. Must Go

Police of an Indeterminate Police Force
Raid Newsweek Offices
Greencrow says:  Yes, the formerly impregnable journalistic fortress of Newsweek was assaulted by some quasi-police thugs....on the basis of spurious allegations to do with tax evasion and other charges usually reserved for those entities in the US who dare to break the mold of their servitude.  It's a wonder they weren't being investigated for having sex with an underage Julian Assange was.

Here's the number that FAUX did on Newsweek...note the paragraphs at the bottom...totally denigrating the quality of Newsweek and dismissing it regarding having any force in contemporary American "journalism".

So, folks, there we have it.  A textbook case on what happens when a Main$tream Media outlet goes "rogue".  They get raided by the IRS or some reasonable facsimile.

NOW...wouldn't YOU think twice if you were Newsweek in the future?  Or, if you were managing any other Western News Outlet?  Of course you would.

Now here is how the Western neutered media operates,  Aletho News has compiled a list of how the Western newz covered the Tamini "slap" news story that recently took place in Palestine.  Please read and I will have more comments to follow:

When the M$M toes the line...this is how they cover the Middle this case, Palestine

Slapping an Israeli Soldier More Newsworthy Than Shooting a Palestinian Child in the Face

14-year-old Nour Tamini Shot Point Blank
in Face by Israeli Commandos - 1 hr. prior to "The Slap"

Coverage of Ahed Tamimi obscures Israeli violence and occupation
Gregory Shupak | FAIR | January 17, 2018
Israeli soldiers shot 14-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Tamimi point-blank in the face with a rubber-jacketed bullet on December 14, 2017, in Nabi Saleh, a small village in the occupied West Bank. The boy had to undergo six hours of surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma.
An hour later, Mohammad’s cousin, Ahed Tamimi, slapped and kicked at an armed Israeli soldier. Early the next week, after video of Ahed’s actions went viral, Israeli soldiers raided the Tamimi home at 3 a.m., arresting Ahed and confiscating the family’s phones, computers and laptops.
Ahed has been denied bail and could face years in prison. (Nour Tamimi, a 16-year-old cousin of Ahed’s who is also in the video, was also arrested and has been released on bail. Ahed’s mother Nariman was arrested later that day when she inquired about her daughter, and she remains in custody.)
Erasing the shooting
A January 1 Newsweek article described the incident as Ahed “assaulting Israeli soldiers,” “threatening two Israeli soldiers and then hitting them in the face,” “pushing the soldiers as well as kicking them, hitting them in the face and throwing stones at them.” The piece referred to Ahed’s actions as “assaults” and an “attack.” It failed to report that Israeli soldiers had just shot and severely injured her 14-year-old cousin.
CNN (1/8/18) also ran a piece that left out the most serious act of violence that day, as did Reuters (12/28/17, 1/1/18). An Associated Press report (12/28/17) had the same deficiency, leaving the false impression that the soldier was attacked without provocation.
The Newsweek piece also failed to note that the Israeli soldiers are members of a military force that has been occupying the West Bank for 50 years. Nor does CBS’s December 21 account mention the occupation, which structures every interaction between Palestinians and Israelis. (The fact that occupied people have a legal right to resist occupation is left out of all of the articles discussed in this piece.)
A report in the New York Times (12/22/17) does not mention that Mohammad Tamimi was shot in the face with a rubber bullet until the 13th paragraph, as though this fact is of minimal importance. The Times describes Nabi Saleh as having “long-running disputes with a nearby Israeli settlement, Halamish, that Nabi Saleh residents say has stolen their land and water.” The Times does not note that, as a colony on occupied territory, Halamish is illegal under international law.
Normalizing military tribunals
The Newsweek piece says Tamimi “has now been indicted on five counts of assaulting security forces,” and that she is “charged with interfering with the soldiers’ duties by preventing them from returning to their post.” It notes that “in May, she was charged with interfering with soldiers who were trying to arrest a protester throwing stones,” and refers to her indictment two other times, including in the headline. At no point does the article mention that the proceedings are taking place in a military court. Similarly, an Associated Press (1/9/18) report refers to “Israel’s hard-charging prosecution” and “the charges” against Tamimi, without mentioning that she is being tried by the same occupying military that shot her cousin.
Omitting that information makes it sound like Tamimi will receive a fair legal process, but the evidence suggests the opposite. According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are subjected to a military court system that “does not grant the right to due process and the rights derived from it,” whereas Israelis illegally colonizing the Occupied Territories have the rights and privileges of a civilian legal system.
In the military courts, the age of majority is 16, which means that Palestinian teenagers can be tried as adults, while 18 is the age of majority for Israelis. Defence for Children International Palestine (DCIP), a group that has consultative status with the UN, reports that Israeli military court judges, who are either active duty or reserve officers in the Israeli military, “rarely exclude evidence obtained by coercion or torture, including confessions drafted in Hebrew, a language most Palestinian children do not understand.” The Israeli military courts’ conviction rate of greater than 99 percent underscores how stacked they are against Palestinians.
Framing Resistance as PR Stunts
The New York Times’ framing of Tamimi’s story suggests that the case’s central issue is whether Palestinians or Israelis would have been better off if the soldier had reacted more violently to being slapped. The Times’ David Halbfinger says
that Israelis could not decide whether the soldiers were virtuous pillars of forbearance and strength . . . or an embarrassing advertisement of national paralysis and vulnerability.
Palestinians, meanwhile,
debated whether the video might have damaged their cause, by showing their oppressors behaving gently, or helped it, by showing that resistance can be effective even when one is unarmed.
The paper even implied that Palestinians may be happy that Tamimi was arrested, writing that “the scene of the young woman being hauled away may have given Palestinians the clear-cut propaganda coup they had been denied by the original confrontation.”
CNN similarly trivialized Tamimi’s arrest, noting that Israelis call her “Shirley Temper” because of “her long ginger curls” and because they accuse her of “starring in carefully choreographed ‘Pallywood’ videos, a dismissive characterization of protests considered staged for the camera.”
While the Times and CNN provide a forum for speculation about whether Palestinians want their own children to suffer because it makes for good public relations, there is much this framing overlooks. For example, none of the above-mentioned articles mention the risk of Tamimi being seriously harmed in Israeli jails. Yet UNICEF charges Israel with subjecting Palestinian youth to “practices that amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture.” These include children “being aggressively awakened in the middle of the night by many armed soldiers and being forcibly brought to an interrogation center tied and blindfolded, sleep-deprived,” and “threatened with death, physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault, against themselves or a family member.”
Israel’s well-documented mistreatment of Palestinian youth is ignored in these reports, which suggests it is not Palestinian parents but Western reporters who are interested in crafting a public relations spectacle.


Greencrow summarizes

As Aletho News illustrates above...not only is independent journalism dead in the United States of Israel...but it's reeking corpse is polluting/contaminating the airwaves with manipulations, disinformation...and out-right lies.  Reading how CNN covered Tamini's arrest as quoted here:

CNN similarly trivialized Tamimi’s arrest, noting that Israelis call her “Shirley Temper” because of “her long ginger curls” and because they accuse her of “starring in carefully choreographed ‘Pallywood’ videos, a dismissive characterization of protests considered staged for the camera.”

One is able to understand why CNN, that formerly high ranking news outlet, is now on its deathbed....dying from contamination by close contact with the rotting corpse of journalism.  The only relief from the putrid stench can be found in the alternative Internet...which was growing by leaps and bounds until just recently...when the Entire Internet was Shadow Banned out of existence.  Now, as I metaphorically put it in a recent post.  The Internet has been rendered into separate tiny voices.....crying out from an Iowa corn maze.