Yellow Journalism At It’s Finest

I enjoy watching and listening to alternative media—this includes podcasts and late night radio shows. One of my favorites is Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis.

Clyde is outspoken and has provoked some pretty powerful people in the past. He has received death threats and even had a close call with a car bomb. He has no qualms mentioning these facts on his show, but so far, remains vague as to who threatened him.

I mention this fact to illustrate how important the first amendment rights are to Clyde. You might even say its a hot button for him.

So, when Brandon Turbeville, wrote an article on antimedia.org about a publication just released by the Pentagon that seemed to be targeting journalists, of course it caught Clyde’s attention.

According to Brandon, within the document, journalists were being labeled Unprivileged Belligerents, an odd phrase at least, but chilling in its deeper meaning.

So, Brandon Turbeville was booked for an interview on Ground Zero.

When the interview with Brandon Turbeville started I was all ears. I listened for the document’s title and a website where it can be downloaded. I was thinking that this would make an interesting blog post. I continued to listen as I downloaded the file, all 1200 pages.

Clyde and Brandon were discussing this document as if freedom of the press was being stomped on. Journalists were being marginalized. Here were two journalists, one a broadcaster, the other a writer, watching, what they deemed to be, the end to freedom of the press, free speech.

I never write an article until I do some research. And this would be no different. I was not going to take Brandon Turbeville’s word as gospel.

The first thing I did was perform a key word search in the document. Since it is a PDF file, that’s a very simple task. I searched for ‘journalist’ I got several hits and read all the sections that were flagged.

I kept looking for something nefarious. I didn’t find it.

But what I did discover was surprising, and a bit disappointing, to say the least. There was no story here. At least not the one that Brandon was telling.

The real story wasn’t in the document at all. The real story was playing out on the radio as I listened. Clyde Lewis was being lead down a rabbit hole, and didn’t even know it.

I don’t know if Brandon Turbeville is stupid or clever. But this man used Clyde Lewis’ radio program to get his 15 minutes of shame. There was all this hubbub over a document, yet, all it says about journalists are the differences between embedded journalists, military journalists, and independent journalists. It also explains what rights each category has under the Geneva Convention in time of war.

The term, Unprivileged Belligerent, on which Clyde and Brandon based their whole conversation, isn’t even describing a journalist. It is the term for someone pretending to be a journalist so he can blow up stuff and kill people.

If anyone was pretending to be a journalist, it’s Brandon Turbeville. Was he out to kill the credibility of Clyde Lewis?

Gentlemen, I believe we have discovered an Unprivileged Belligerent in our ranks!

But don’t take my word for it. Search the document yourself.

May 2, 2011, My First Thought— FAKE!

Bin Laden died of disease in 2006
— A former CIA Agent

via “Bin Laden died of disease in 2006” – former CIA agent — RT News.

Osama Bin Laden cheated the gallows and died five years before US security forces officially announced he was killed, says a former CIA agent, currently living in Turkey.

“I knew Bin Laden’s Chechen guards very well,” Berkan Yashar, himself an ethnic Chechen, told the Russian TV station, Channel One. “Samy, Ayub and Mahmud were with him right to the end. I remember well this date as there were three sixes in it – June 26, 2006. Those three men, as well as two Muslims from London and two from the US saw Bin Laden dead.He was seriously ill before his death. He faded away to skin and bone. The three Chechens washed his body before burying it.”

Yashar also said that on the eve of May 2, when President Obama announced that Bin Laden had been killed, the Americans found only Bin Laden’s grave near the Afghan-Pakistani border and staged an operation.

According to Yashar, US special forces started hunting Bin Laden’s Chechen guards after Bin Laden’s death was first announced at a conference in Washington in November 2008. The last of them, Samy, was taken by the American special forces a few days before Bin Laden was officially pronounced dead. Berkan Yashar believes Samy could have told them the exact place of burial.

Answering why he had decided to speak to the Russian channel, Berkan Yashar said that after all the recent developments he feared for his life.

via “Bin Laden died of disease in 2006” – former CIA agent — RT News.

Mistake #1: Giving The Groom An Important Task

St Georges Hall

A bomb threat called in to St. Georges Hall  delayed the McArdle wedding.

Neil McArdle and his fiancee, Amy Williams had been planning to get married. Nothing elaborate, just a city hall ceremony with a few family members to witness the event.

The couple lived together, but getting married was still a big thing, especially for Amy. Neil later commented, that in the days and weeks leading up to the big day she talked about nothing else. She was so excited about getting married.So, with the constant daily reminders, watching Amy as she prepared and planned their big day, it boggles the mind that when the big day finally arrived Neil slapped his forehead and suddenly remembered he had forgotten to fill out paperwork at St George’s Hall that was required before the wedding could take place. Just a technicality, but a necessary one, for sure.

How could Neil face Amy and tell her the wedding would have to be postponed because he forgot a small, but crucial, detail. The day of the planned wedding, he tried to muster the courage to tell Amy, but she had gotten up at 4am and put on her wedding gown.

She looked amazing.” Neil later recalled. He just could not get out the words to tell her that the wedding would have to be delayed.

Not surprisingly, Neil panicked. If he admitted to being so forgetful, Amy would cry, get angry, maybe throw something at him. He’d never live it down. He needed to find a way to postpone the wedding without implicating himself and his forgetfulness.

Lots of crazy ideas entered his mind. But the one that made the most sense, in Neil’s panicked condition, was inspired by the recent bombing that happened only 11 days earlier at the Boston Marathon. He concocted a plan. On the morning of the wedding, he called St. George’s Hall from a payphone near his house and told the receptionist, “There’s a bomb in St George’s Hall and it will go off in 45 minutes.”

St. George’s Hall was evacuated and searched by the bomb squad. Nothing was found and it was deemed a hoax. After the building was checked, the staff tried to help Neil and Amy to go on with their ceremony, but it was discovered that no booking for the wedding had been made.

McArdle’s soon-to-be in-laws were becoming suspicious and the bride’s sister was overheard telling a flustered McArdle: “You probably done the bomb scare yourself.”

Police quickly traced the call and he was arrested the same day. He sheepishly admitted to his “embarrassment and shame.” He explained that he had panicked over bungling the forms and staged the bomb scare.

It was just a ridiculous thing I did,” McArdle told the Daily Mail. “It might be funny to other people, but not to me. It’s wrecking my family’s life. I’m still together with Amy, but she’s got high blood pressure and wants nothing to do with a wedding right now,”

McArdle pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

This incident occurred in October, 2013, so Neil has completed his jail sentence. But, now, he has to deal with Amy. This is one fairy tale that has not ended “happily ever after.”

The Land of the Rising Sun Flowers?

“Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind,”
Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president

The earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, left in its wake 23,000 people dead or missing. But, the damage that occurred to the Fukushima power plant will continue to negatively impact the country and its people for a very long time. Its not getting better, in fact, the Fukushima power plant meltdown which began in March 2011 continues to this day. More than four years later, the resulting negative health consequences are only growing.

But something else is growing at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

Within weeks of the disaster, a program was launched by civil servants and independent entrepreneurs to plant sunflower seeds in and around the contaminated area. Soon the fallout zone was covered in bright cheerful sunflowers. Was this just a symbol of hope to the people of Japan and the world, or was there more to it than that?

These cheerful flowers covered an area so large that the sunny yellow patch could be seen from passenger airliners, and maybe even from the International Space Station on a cloudless day.

But, sunflowers have been touted to do more than just brighten up an area. The sunflower project was promised to save Japan and their people. It is said that sunflowers absorb large amounts of cesium from the soil.

A similar project was implemented in the radioactive cleanup of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine. This historic reference gave the Japanese people a string of hope to hang onto.

So far, more than 100,000 packets of sunflower seeds have been sold to approximately 30,000 people at the equivalent price of just under $6 each.

One of the major patrons of the sunflower project has been the city of Yokohama, which planted sunflowers in 200 of its parks.

Seeds were also sold to volunteers who took the responsibility for planting them in contaminated soil. This involvement of the Japanese public has given the people hope and a sense of pride by being part of a noble cause.

But, has this amazing claim been proven? Is this a scientific fact or has somebody pulled a fast one?

What were the results at the site of the Chernobyl disaster? To this day, the area around the Chernobyl power plant is fenced off and access to the site is prohibited, due to high levels of radiation still present.

Four years have passed since the Fukushima Sunflower project began, and the results are in. Sadly, sunflowers just don’t do the job. The roots of the sunflower grow too deep to absorb the cesium which is concentrated in the top 3-4 inches of soil.

The soil in the sunflower fields, when tested, showed a .05% reduction in the amount of active cesium. On the other hand, planting the area with shallow rooted grass, then scraping and removing the top 3-4 inches of soil was far and above more efficient. With this method, the amount of active cesium was reduced by 97%.

Somebody pulled off a huge hoax on an entire nation at a time when they needed real solutions. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars have been swindled from well-meaning Japanese citizens buying seeds and risking their health to plant them in contaminated soil?

As a symbol of hope for the “Land of the Rising Sun” the sunflower falls flat. The hope still lies in the stopping of the meltdown. To this day Fukushima continues to contaminate the air, water, and soil, not just in Japan, but to a lesser degree, throughout the entire planet.