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This ebook demanding situations those that argue that we will be able to switch the realm by way of altering the way in which humans imagine. Harris exhibits that regardless of how extraordinary a people's habit could seem, it usually stems from concrete social and monetary stipulations.

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Japanese saying “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism in society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.... ” —Edward Bernays The Puppets of Pandemonium Howard Bloom 35 We see what we’re told is there, not what is. A 1989 survey showed that drug use and crime were on a par in the US and Canada. But Americans ranked drugs as their number-one problem and crime as their third.

Stop and savor that for a moment. Let its logic worm its way through your brain, because it is the pure, unadulterated essence of what’s wrong with corporate journalism today. Could anyone honestly have dreamed that one day a major news organization would retract and apologize for a story that even it acknowledges could well be true? For that matter, who could have envisioned the day when a veteran investigative reporter would be convicted of a felony for printing the voicemail messages of executives of a corporation that was allegedly looting, pillaging, and bribing its way through Central America?

Bechtel, in fact, used its military contacts to obtain top-secret US surveillance photos of Israel’s bor- Just as in the case of Stalin’s Soviet Union and Mao’s China, the media has chosen sides. And the side it likes the best is that of the mass murderers. In 1964, while writing a position paper on the Viet Nam war for a congressional candidate in Buffalo, NY, I reviewed a tremendous percentage of the material being written on the subject at the time—everything from articles in Time and Newsweek to the speeches of the President and his leading cabinet members.

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