1999 KPFA Crisis, Abby Martin (b. 1984), Aileen Alfandary, Bonnie Faulkner, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, cashless society, chip implants, Chris Hedges Mdiv (b. 1956), COVID-19, Dr. Gary Null, Guns and Butter, injectable nanotechnology, KPFA, Lee Camp (b. 1980), Mark Mericle, Media Roots Radio, Pacifica Radio Network, Sasha Lilley, WBAI
LUMPENPROLETARIAT—[Friday, 22 APR 2022] Here are some of today’s media notes to help us track and make sense of this plandemic dystopia we all find ourselves living through in the 2020s. (Please see below, after this commentary and after today’s salient observations, for samples of today’s news cycle.). As Kurt Vile said in his recent Rolling Stone interview, when asked about his music’s ‘slacker’ vibe, ‘the world is a scary place. It’s nice to take the edge off once in a while…’ Like Lenny Kravitz sang decades ago, our society is “living in fear.” (Please find other salient observations below.)
Universities and colleges have been under lockdown, but not because of COVID-19 hysteria. Somehow, the madness of the false COVID-19 narrative is now becoming normalized as even otherwise critical thinkers, lose their capacity for critical thinking when it comes to COVID-19. For example, Abby Martin is on record saying on her podcast, Media Roots Radio, that the cytotoxic COVID-19 injectable drug products are “safe and effective.” Now, we have an apparent trend of death threats and alleged shooter threats being reported. This week, we learned of news reports about UC Berkeley being locked down due to ‘credible threats’ from a person, who had threatened to harm specific persons on campus. Then, we have all this warmongering and fearmongering against Russia in order to provoke war. I don’t believe the people want to provoke war. But many people are being manipulated by the state’s desire for war as an economic imperative of the war economy and the military-industrial complex. That’s the liberal (i.e., pro-capitalist or non-anti-capitalist) capacity for self-deception. Then, we have all the COVID-19 fearmongering. Then, there’s also racial/ethnic strife. And we haven’t even mentioned the climate crisis.
“In these last days, lend ears to what I say / Man, in his ignorant state, has signed and sealed his own fate…”
And that’s just a brief sketch of the general description of the state of things. But what about the prescription? What should we do? Seek solutions. Form groups. Take action. Learn from experience and grow. Avoid repeating mistakes of the past. This sounds simple. But people, who support the Democrat Party, or the Republican Party, for that matter, do not seem to realize those two political parties are perpetually inimical to working class interests. Yet, liberals (i.e., pro-capitalists or non-anti-capitalists) and conservatives (i.e., pro-capitalists or non-anti-capitalists), for the most part, continue supporting this political cartel by going back and forth between the two. Even worse, most people seem to turn their backs on politics. But, as Ralph Nader often says, if you turn your back on politics, politics will turn on you. Indeed, sooner or later the militarized thugs will come for us all, if we think we can remain neutral. Some call themselves “independent”, or politically homeless. Nowadays, we hear people talk about being ‘independent voters’, as if any viable third party alternatives exist, which would allow such a label to have any meaning. An ‘independent voter’ in today’s context is one, who has accepted the two-party dictatorship, and is content being marginalized in the Green Party or other smaller parties, or who is content voting for the least worst option from the corporate choices. Without a meaningful opposition party, a political party, which can debate Democrats and Republicans, how can the working class wield political power? If even Pacifica Radio shepherds their herd toward the corporate Democrat Party through the overarching narrative of their editorial direction, which has sold out the working class for decades, especially in the news departments, then Pacifica Radio is no better than any other establishment institution. The Pacifica Mission Statement is a social mission, not a “media mission” (as KPFA’s Christina Aanestad has been trying to spin it lately, gaslighting listeners). As participants, listeners or staffers (paid or unpaid), we cannot fulfill the Pacifica Mission Statement, if we continue to allow dishonesty and gaslighting on the air, especially on the newscasts
OTHER SALIENT OBSERVATIONS:
- Kathryn Davis on WBAI this morning gave us an update on the status of Bonnie Faulkner and her program Guns and Butter. (See notes below for the Heart of Mind (WBAI) broadcast
- According to a fellow worker, Kurt Vile has granted Rolling Stone an interview on musicianship, The War On Drugs, how “It’s hard to blow everyone’s minds”, Neil Young (no mention of Young selling out to oppose Joe Rogan‘s First Amendment rights), the basics of finger-picking (‘start with the thumb on bass, going back and forth, then you can add one finger, and go from there…’), his working class jobs “unloading tractor trailers”, “ball-busting accents directed at me”, going to only one semester of college, then going back to working class life on a forklife (of which your author has plenty of experience), working with Courtney Barnett, his love of RZA, ODB, and Wu-Tang Clan music, smoking and going on stage with Bob Dylan, and more. ‘Things can get lost in the feed… Back then you had something physical you could keep…’ Kurt Vile and his friend, Adam (from War On Drugs), seem like righteous souls. (cf. “Kurt Vile: The Rolling Stone Interview”, Music Now podcast)
- It is currently raining heavily in Alameda County, circa 07:45 PDT. “Lights are flashing, cars are crashing, it’s s getting frequent now…”
- “Joe Rogan Claims Massive Subscriber Boost Due to Recent Controversies: The podcaster says his recent headlines gained him two million new Spotify listeners, though sources counter that his subscriber growth has been consistent.” by James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 APR 2022.
- “Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards” by Lee Brown, New York Post, 14 JUL 2019.
- “12 – Injectable nanotechnology” by F. Cellesi, N. Tirelli (University of Manchester), chapter from book, Injectable Biomaterials: Science and Applications (Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials 2011, pages 298-322), 27 MAR 2014. [R0]
@LumpenProles, last modified/edited/updated on 24 APR 2022 at 10:11 PDT.
MEDIA NOTES, NEWS, VIEWS, WORKING CLASS BLUES, INFORMATION, INSPIRATION, PERSPIRATION, AND AGITATION FROM A WORKING CLASS PERSPECTIVE
[Notes will be modified/edited/updated as time and labor constraints allow. Working class solidarity. ✊🏽✊🏼✊🏿✊]
07:00 PDT / 10:00 EDT, WBAI > On The Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation’s Capital with Esther Iverem > [notes pending; haven’t listened yet]
08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT, WBAI > Heart of Mind with Kathryn Davis > […] (08:34 PDT) fund drive mode. ‘We’re having a problem…’ … (08:37 PDT) host is looking for callers to discuss “energy healing” … ‘5G’ (08:38 PDT) … 0840 I got on hold to speak on air, since she mentioned 5G. She said I’m the fourth caller. First caller asked about Guns and Butter. Host said it was Bonnie’s choice and the door at WBAI is open for her to return on air whenever she wants…’ Hm. I hope everything is okat with Bonnie. | (0842) 2nd caller… | I called in and cited an article of evidence on 5G and COVID-19. | more call-ins on free speech Pacifica Radio… 0854 last caller was critical of WBAI, that it’s not as good as it used to be. It’s a familiar tune, she described how shows were much more compelling and hard-hitting and critical in the past. She sounded like an older woman. If I were a gambling man, I’d say she sounded like a kind, elderly black woman. | 08:56 News Headlines with Chris Benger Drowns(sp?) | As per request, I contacted host with article link.
09:00 PDT / 12:00 EDT, WBAI > The Gary Null Show > [sounds like a rerun] [TW] Dr. Gary Null (fund drive mode): Reversing Diabetes Naturally
NOTES (re: Gary Null Show for Friday, 22 APR 2022): It seems WBAI and/or Pacifica Radio censored Dr. Gary Null’s actual broadcast for Friday, 22 APR 2022, which featured John Mearsheimer on the Ukraine conflict, which your author acccessed via PRN.live. When I first clicked on the archive listing for Friday, 22 APR 2022, a red lock symbol appeared, but I continued clicking on it until it opened. That was odd. If you follow @LumpenProles on Twitter, or are a regular reader of Lumpenproletariat, or any other critical observer, than you will already know John Mearsheimer is a highly respected historian. So, of course, he gets censored off of Pacifica Radio. What is really going on here?
NOTES (for actual broadcast): Health & Healing Information | (c. 23:00) clip of Prof. John Mearsheimer lecture [TW] | (c. 40:15) BBC clip on neo-Nazis, Nazis, and white supremacists in Ukraine, who are ‘responsible for the atrocities…’ | Gary Null commentary and health product announcement, 34 oz anti-aging elixir, a blend of natural, organic juices/foods. Free speech ain’t free. | (c. 55:30) Null associate Luanne(sp?) called in to sell a couple of spots for retreat which just opener up and buy (looking to hire one person, a carpenter, I think it was. No further calls. End of program.
10:00 PDT / 13:00 EDT, WBAI > Leonard Lopate at Large > liberal chat with a Brit. [L3] ‘broadcasting history’ ‘the BBC’
10:00 PDT, KPFA > wcon update ‘gov’t borrows from the rich.’ (This is the one thing Prof. Wolff is dishonest about. The US government does not need to borrow US dollars, for it is the sovereign currency issuer of the US dollar. (cf. Stephanie Kelton, L. Randall Wray, MMT, etc.) Prof. Wolff knows and understands MMT (modern monetary theory). He visited the University of Missouri Kansas City Economics Department, my alma mater. So, he knows the US government doesn’t need to borrow dollars it creates out of thin air. But I suspect Prof. Wolff’s ideology leads him to pretend in public, as if MMT does not explain how our modern monetary system functions. I imagine, privately, if I had been able to attend a Thanksgiving Dinner at Prof. Erik Olsen’s Kansas City home after after I graduated, I could’ve asked him face to face. But I had to return to California. But, if challenged about his refusal to acknowledge MMT, I imagine Prof. Wolff would privately complain: Ah! MMT is just trying to save capitalism. Obviously, I disagree. It can be a stepping stone away from capitalism. … 1015
1030 Kpfa el show de andres soto no mention of two-party dictatorship
11:00 PDT, KPFA > VOMENA drowning in cairo, a play. 1108 cC
“Europe, Justice & Press Freedom: The Case of Julian Assange – University Lecture” by Dont Extradite Assange Campaign [via YouTube], 22 APR 2022.
Quotation from video description: “Friday 22nd April at 7:30 pm CET musician Roger Waters, Christophe Marchand, and Dr. Deepa Driver will speak at a lecture about the case of Julian Assange, organized by the EU Free Assange Campaign. This university lecture discussion aims to introduce the “EU Free Assange Concert/Rally” taking place on 23rd April 2022 in Brussels. A call to action so the people of Europe can voice their support for freeing Julian Assange, as well as a reminder that it is our leaders who are increasingly put on trial by this historical case. | Location: 50 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. | Date & Time: Fri, April 22, 2022, 7:30 PM CEST – 9:30 PM CEST | [Eventbrite & GoFundMe links in video description] “
NOTES: …. gaslighting 1215 … British activist/observer woman … | 1220 French language speaker… 1229 CC
12:00 PDT, KPFA > It’s Going Down > gender/identity politics. uncritical pro-vax
13:00 PDT, KPFA > Project Censored with Eleanor Goldfield and friends (I didn’t hear Mickey Huff, maybe I missed it.. ) > Eleanor Goldfield … | (13:05 PDT) Abby Martin responded to a question about the ‘suppression of truth’. Of course, this is not the question your author would have asked. But, then, if you’re a regular reader of this Plandemic Dystopia series, you already know this. As a former collaborator of Abby Martin’s at Media Roots, of course, I admired her journalistic integrity. So, you can imagine my surprise, dear reader, when Abby called the cytotoxic experimental COVID-19 injectable drug products “safe and effective” and bashing dissenting doctors and scientists in a recent Media Roots Radio podcast. Abby knows better. I never thought I’d see the day when the gaslighting is coming from Abby Martin. But, then, she is changing incrementally. For example, she is now distancing herself from the 9/11 Truth movements. When I met her, that was her story. Abby Martin became politicized by 9/11. Then, she became a 9/11 Truth activist in college. When I started at Media Roots, our main common ground was opposition to what she called the “false left/right paradigm’, i.e., “the two-party dictatorship”. Years later, we’re backsliding. Now, we’re distancing ourselves from 9/11 Truth and gaslighting audiences with regard to the false COVID-19 narrative. She has my phone number, but probably not the time to chat about these matters anymore. As for me, I only have time to jot a few notes in between my daily tasks as a hunter-gatherer in pursuit of my family’s daily necessaries. We are all fallible. So, we all need each other to keep each other honest. | (13:15 PDT) Chris Hedges … ‘Anybody who’s not angry after seeing Gaza doesn’t have a heart.’ …. | 1347. ‘What do we do?’ (Finally, some prescription.) … AM: ‘It’s a very dystopian reality that we have to wade through.’ … ‘So, write a Substack or something and follow journalists you trust…’ Pfft. Fuck that, Abby. I’m not asking anybody to trust me or you. I grew up with The Reading Rainbow, where Geordie LaFord dude used to close out his book reviews with the excellent phrase: But you don’t have to take my word for it. You can read the book for yourself… (13:51 PDT) ‘They are tuning forks for us.’ Fuck that. Your own moral compass is all the tuning fork. A journalist is just a bloomin’ journslist. Let’s not get .
17:00 PDT, KPFA > Flashpoints with Dennis Bernstein > […] (17:15 PDT) ‘Uncle Sam wants you to join the Contras‘ … | 1716 ‘Jesus Garcia’, an anti-Castro, named his first child, America. ‘Jesus Garcia and George Morales’, drug smuggler, boating champion, cocaine smuggler, notorious, owned a fleet of airplanes…’ (Drug smugglers working with the CIA, spoke out publicly when CIA betrayed drug smuggler. Convicted drug smuggler called Dennis Bernstein by phone from prison and granted an interview . … ‘Bush’s Baby, his drug-running network, i.e., Bush I, former head of CIA… [TW] ‘John Madison(sp?)’, interview guest. … 1728 DB: ‘And this is where Gary Webb comes into the picture.’ | 1729 music break | 1731 DB | 1732 guest, on Gary Webb … 1742 ‘It let the CIA deal with anybody. And they dealt eith srug smugglers. ‘ (rerun clip) … (17:45 PDT) … ‘Gary Webb documentary film on HBO’ … 1747
18:00 PDT, KPFA > The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays with Mark Mericle and faction
NOTES (re: News for 22 APR 2022): The so-called Pacifica Evening News is a liberal (i.e., pro-capitalist or non-anti-capitalist) newscast, which always parrots establishment talking points on COVID-19, US/NATO imperialism, and Democrat Party apologia. KPFA news bosses pretentiously rebranded the KPFA Evening News as the Pacifica Evening News, as if it were a network-wide collaboration, rather than the product of an insular faction at KPFA. In fact, one cannot even call the KPFA Evening News such a title because it implies it’s a product of the whole of KPFA, rather than an insular faction within KPFA, which is hostile to grassroots activists outside of their patronage system. For example, circa 2007, I followed all established protocols, emailed Mark Mericle, etcetera for admittance into KPFA’s News Training Program. But because I had been seen as critical of the KPFA Local Station Board elections as an assistant to the Local Station Board LES (Local Election Supervisor), I was quickly blacklisted by the Mark Mericle/Aileen Alfandary/Sasha Lilley (former interim program manager)/Brian Edwards-Tiekert/et al faction. This is not a bitter rant, but a testimony of truth, so that we understand reality. After 20 years of observing KPFA, first uncritically, then critically, now the liberal Wellstone Democrat patronage system has come into sharp focus. So, yeah, despite all of that, despite being smeared and personally attacked, and having the cops called on me, like the pro-Democrat faction did against KPFA staffer Nadra Foster for letting her daughter photocopy some coloring book pages. The cops beat the shit out of Ms. Foster. That would have happened to me when Sasha Lilley gaslighted the entire KPFA staff making up false accusations about me just because I had asked too many questions around the Local Station Board and their public. There is a video somewhere of Kris Welch acting foul in the abusive treatment of Ms. Foster, swatting away someone’s camera to censor, not promote the free flow of information nor to increase transparency. As long as one understands the liberals in Mark Mericle’s faction within the Pacifica Radio patronage system of courtiers and gatekeepers are lying when they talk about any of the aforementioned key issues. As Lewis Lapham said about The New York Times, ‘I still read it,’ he said. ‘I just know they’re lying to me when I do.’ Back in the 1990s, when Nicole Sawaya was KPFA’s manager, before the 1999 KPFA Lockouts, there was a monthly program called “The Managers Report to the Listeners.” I used to listen and sometimes call in. If it were still around, we could publicly expose KPFA’s news bosses, Mark Mericle and Aileen Alfandary for misreporting on COVID-19, for example uncritically citing establishment statistics, focusing on “cases”, which may be false-positive PCR test results, rather than hospitalizations. Another lie by omission, is reporting COVID-19 hospitalizations without reporting on the neoliberal reduction of hospital beds in the years and decades leading up to March 2020. Another lie by omission of this newscast, and other establishment newscasts, is the lack of reporting on the problems with the PCR test, the fact that its inventor Dr. Kary Mullis, never intended the PCR test to be a diagnostic test. Another lie by omission of this newscast is the refusal to report on VAERS data or the tens of thousands of people, who have died after being injected with the cytotoxic experimental COVID-19 injectable drug products. There is so much more I could list, which is being omitted by the liberals, who have captured KPFA’s News Department. Where is Wendell Harper when you need him? KPFA used to have honest people on the air. Your author still listens to this nightly newscast because it’s better than nothing. If you’re a long-time Pacifica Radio listener, you may recall when Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) was the best newscast around:
“2000 also marked the birth of Free Speech Radio News, founded when a group of reporters went on strike against the Pacifica Radio network. The strikers said management was censoring coverage of internal politics at the flagship community radio organization. Independent radio stations across the country supported the strike by airing the newscast.
“One of my first recollections of Free Speech Radio News was when it split from Pacifica and became an entity all to it its own – an entity that was very collective in it’s nature which was rather unique,” says General Manager of WERU in Blue Hill, Maine, Matt Murphy, who was a listener and fan from the beginning. “This was an independent group and a group that we really valued very much. Free Speech Radio News rapidly became our daily news that came on the airwaves just before Democracy Now.””
- “FSRN signs off the air after 17 years of grassroots radio journalism” by staff, Free Speech Radio News, 28 APR 2017. [R0]
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