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Bilderberg aftermath

After the Bilderberg meeting finished and the "guests" had all departed, intrepid reporters went investigating. Lo and behold they found the remnants of a presentation by Thompson Reuters, part of one of the largest news and financial data organisations, which incidentally was responsible for calculating LIBOR, at the heart of the market rigging scandal.

Inside Bilderberg: Clues left in the Grove Hotel reveal another piece to their financial agenda

Hat tip to Arvind for this

Social media

Josh Virasami joined a Critical Thinking session a few months ago to talk about the expanding theatre of war across Africa. Subsequently he was interviewed on the same subject for KtoK Radio and Occupy Radio UK.

Josh's recent article on Occupy News Network examines the role of Facebook in the recent NSA spying revelations, questioning reliance on Facebook as a means of communication when all those communications are monitored.

Facebook: Has the time for exodus come?

Buzzsaw

Maggie alerted Daily Pickings to an interesting news analysis website, Buzzsaw. It would appear to indulge in thinking about what it reports rather than taking the first rumour that comes along and running with that. The show emphasises the need to verify facts before reporting them as such. This show from April highlights some of the unsubstantiated claims made at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing which have now been discredited.

Buzzsaw : Boston Marathon Misreporting & Other Conspiracy News

Time will tell if this is a reliable source of information.

 

State of the (US) nation

The US authorities' attitude to the Edward Snowden revelations of the NSA;s illegal surveillance is criticised from two perspectives:

Follow the Money: The Secret Heart of the Secret State. The Deeper Implications of the Snowden Revelations by Chris Floyd

No one, anywhere, has been writing about the deeper and wider implications of the Snowden revelations than Arthur Silber.  In a series of powerful, insightful essays, Silber has, among other things, laid bare the dangers of the oddly circumscribed ‘gatekeeper’ approach of the journalistic guardians (at, ironically, the Guardian) of Snowden’s secrets, particularly their slow drip-feed of carefully self-censored tidbits from the famous Powerpoint presentation that Snowden secreted from the bowels of the United Stasi of the American intelligent apparat.

A New Beginning Without Washington’s Sanctimonious Mask by Paul Craig Roberts

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