Daily Archives: August 3, 2017

A Blacklisted Film and the New Cold War

Consortium News has the article A Blacklisted Film and the New Cold War.

Special Report: As Congress still swoons over the anti-Kremlin Magnitsky narrative, Western political and media leaders refuse to let their people view a documentary that debunks the fable, reports Robert Parry.

This seems like spy craft right out of the original cold war. It doesn’t matter if you believe either side is lying as long as you don’t believe either side is telling the truth. You also have to believe that your pure mind is being protected for you by prohibitions of seeing a film that your protectors claim is a lie. What’s the point of letting you decide for yourself. It’s not like your right to know is protected by the First Amendment to our Constitution or anything.

The more they try to suppress it, the more likely I am to think they are trying to hide something. The more they call out Russian propaganda, the more likely I am to be suspicious of corporate media propaganda sponsored by our government.

Chances are we will never know the truth, but I refuse to be led into war by deception again.

Perhaps through a groundswell of demand on social media we can insist that our representatives free us up to view this documentary. Do we need a special prosecutor to look into our corrupt Congress?

Seymour Hersh Owes The World An Explanation For His Seth Rich Comments

Medium has the Caitlin Johnstone story Seymour Hersh Owes The World An Explanation For His Seth Rich Comments.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has given two radically different accounts of how much he knows about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich last year, and he owes the whole world a full clarification.

This article is a nice assembly of all the pieces to the puzzle that are publicly available. If Seymour Hersh is afraid to clarify what he has been saying and then denying, this may be a sign we are all in big trouble.

What the US “Health Care Reform” Debate Did Not Address

Naked Capitalism has published the article What the US “Health Care Reform” Debate Did Not Address.

Despite some protestations to the contrary (e.g., here), the US health care system has been plagued by dysfunction. According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, the US was ranked 11 out of 11 in health care quality, but 1 out of 11 in costs. Traditionally, health care reform has targeted ongoing problems in the cost, accessibility and quality of health care. The ACA notably seems to have improved access, but hardly addressed cost or quality.

Early on we noticed a number of factors that seemed enable increasing dysfunction, but were not much discussed. These factors notably distorted how medical and health care decisions were made, leading to overuse of excessively expensive tests and treatments that provided minimal or no benefits to outweight their harms.

When I try to think about why medical costs are so high in this country, I can only imagine some of the things pointed out in this article. Only an insider gets to see all these aspects.