Banishing Truth

“…The investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, in his memoir “Reporter,” describes a moment when as a young reporter he overheard a Chicago cop admit to murdering an African-American man. The murdered man had been falsely described by police as a robbery suspect who had been shot while trying to avoid arrest. Hersh frantically called his editor to ask what to do.
“The editor urged me to do nothing,” he writes. “It would be my word versus that of all the cops involved, and all would accuse me of lying. The message was clear: I did not have a story. But of course I did.” He describes himself as “full of despair at my weakness and the weakness of a profession that dealt so easily with compromise and self-censorship.
Hersh, the greatest investigative reporter of his generation, uncovered the U.S. military’s chemical weapons program, which used thousands of soldiers and volunteers, including pacifists from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as unwitting human guinea pigs to measure the impact of biological agents including tularemia, yellow fever, Rift Valley fever and the plague. He broke the story of the My Lai massacre. He exposed Henry Kissinger’s wiretapping of his closest aides at the National Security Council (NSC) and journalists, the CIA’s funding of violent extremist groups to overthrow the Chilean President Salvador Allende, the CIA’s spying on domestic dissidents within the United States, the sadistic torture practices at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by American soldiers and contractors and the lies told by the Obama administration about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Yet he begins his memoir by the candid admission, familiar to any reporter, that there are crimes and events committed by the powerful you never write about, at least if you want to keep your job. One of his laments in the book is his decision not to follow up on a report he received that disgraced President Richard Nixon had hit his wife, Pat, and she had ended up in an emergency room in California….”
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/banishing-truth/

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Beijing Taxis

When I arrived at the Beijing 🇨🇳 P.R.C. airport customs… in May of 1995, the officer decided that since the computer screen for my computer was not attached to my computer I would have to pay U$ 300 .. so I had to get cash at the airport bank, bring it back, pay him and then enter officially…the person who was supposed to see me was not there… So my 5 items of luggage went looking to go to China Daily… I had a letter in English… with the address and logo of China Daily…
The airport was almost empty other than a few taxi drivers… one seemed to understand English… he looked at the paper and by conversation I believed he understood where to go…
My cart of stuff and I were escorted to his cab… a regular looking car… by himself and a buddy???
Suddenly the cab ride became a two car trip…
I refused.. and I loaded all the bags into one car… and away we went…
With the second car following…
We arrived at…..
A hotel with the same name as the China Daily publication I was to work for…
As printed in the letterhead of my letter…
21st Century ….
(China Daily’s English language paper for the education sector…)
There the doorman actually spoke enough English that he told me and the driver of the error.. checked the China Daily address …
and away the two cars, two drivers, all my bags and I…

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We arrive at the offices of China Daily late at night.. and there is no security guard… no doorman… but the front door is unlocked….
I walk in looking around…
pass the wooden staff mailboxes on the wall in the front lobby..

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Not a live human being to be seen but I and the two taxi drivers….
Then, along a long slopping ramp from the third floor…
A white haired American woman says…
“Hey are you the new guy we were expecting…??”
Yes!

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The foreign experts manger is quickly roused…
descends form his upper floor apartment …
in glasses, slippers, PJs and a rain coat…
and proceeds to pay both taxi drivers much to my vocal protest…

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And that’s when I am told by Ann Holiday that my taxi ride from the airport is officially the most expensive on record for the 20 or so foreign experts contract to China Daily at that time..

Demolition video of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

A very sad moment

Demolition video of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

Demolition video still of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

“… Hundreds watch Yellowknife’s Robertson headframe fall to the ground – Many show up for blast at 5 p.m. MT Saturday, hundreds more watch from Australia, N.S., Alaska
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hundreds-watch-robertson-headframe-blast-1.3828368
N.W.T. gov’t won’t save Yellowknife’s Robertson headframe
Agreement could not be reached with mine owner, says GNWT
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nwt-gov-t-won-t-save-con-mine-robertson-headframe-1.3701613
“…The Con Mine (1938-2003) was the first gold mine developed in the Northwest Territories, just south of Yellowknife.[1] The property was staked by Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada (Cominco) in September 1935 in response to the discovery of visible gold nearby; the name “Con” is an abbreviation of “Consolidated”. The advent of winter prevented any prospecting from being conducted, but work in the summer of 1936 led to the discovery of numerous gold veins. The Con Mine entered production in 1938 and ceased operations in 2003. It has produced over 5,000,000 ozt (160,000 kg) of gold from 12,195,585 tons of ore processed.[2] The mine was over 6,000 ft (1,800 m) deep.[3]…”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con_Mine

Video runs 01:58

Pictures That Change History: Why the World Needs Photojournalists – The Atlantic

“…This week, Ron Haviv described to me the first time one of his photographs changed history.
The acclaimed war photographer was surrounded by his life’s work, which is now on exhibit in New York’s Anastasia Photo gallery. At age 23, Haviv took a photograph of supporters of Panamanian dictator General Manuel Noriega beating the country’s recently elected opposition vice president.
What is striking about the image is not just the crimson blood covering the man’s shirt. It is the Panamanian soldier standing a few feet away—doing nothing to protect him. The photograph appeared on the cover of Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report. Months later, President George H.W. Bush cited the riveting image in his speech justifying the U.S. invasion of Panama….”

Pictures That Change History: Why the World Needs Photojournalists - The Atlantic

via Pictures That Change History: Why the World Needs Photojournalists – The Atlantic.

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