"Take that you dishonourable fiend and take your mischievous ways to someplace else!"
This is a fluff piece. It's just a piece of pap. And what stories like this do is that they help to legitimise the indefensible. News stories like this also tell us subliminally that really everything is all right and there is no need to adopt a state of urgency in organising with other people to make peaceful, progressive change in society. With a proper mainstream news, we would receive news articles which report what's important in the proper context. Obama heads a drone campaign, for example, which murders hundreds of innocent people per year in countries the US isn't even at war with. The current gap between America's rich and poor is the widest in history and this is under Obama. "I will promise you this that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am President, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank" (spoken by Obama in 2007). In 2009, Obama ordered 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan. The NDAA needs reporting. Negotiations into the TPP need reporting. The 'kill list' needs reporting. Obama's work for Business International Corporation (after he left Columbia) needs reporting. Obama's relationship to Wall Street needs reporting. Instead we get pap and fluff pieces which give the impression that Obama is cute and cuddly. He is anything but those things.
It's celebrities mingling with propagandists/repeaters (i.e. journalists) and corporate executives (politicians) overseen by the mass murderer, Obama! ("More than 2,400 dead as Obama’s drone campaign marks five years", written by Jack Serle, published in The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 23rd January, 2013).
The mind is imperfect, so everything the mind thinks has imperfections, presumably. Which means that God may or may not exist depending on what one's definition of God is. An interesting philosopher/author on this subject is Laurence Gardner. Barbara Joy O'Brien while reviewing one of his books, The Origin of God, says, "In our earliest records, the Sumerian clay tablets, there are Lords (Anannage) and Angels (Engeli). They were planners and horticulturists with special knowledge and expertise. There was the first mention of God, or rather the Gods, as the Sumerian word was in the plural. Then the Gods were alive and well and living among the Sumerian people from about 9000BC and were, as the author explains 'on the ground' at that time, and one of their number became, eventually, the God of the Old Testament. It is the best history we have of God. He seems to have been a renegade as his nature was that of a self-centred and cruel taskmaster, not the God we have been taught is loving and kind and the one we revere in our country's churches."
Originally God meant gods. Food or flotsam for the mind depending on one's prejudices!
These are just the type of placement articles in the mainstream media that lead to calls for banning or tougher restrictions. The article is interspersed with loaded language - as in "tribal ritual" or "all-night session", etc.
I remember years ago when in a period of several months maybe, one couldn't open a newspaper without reading about some savage dog attack. It wasn't long before legislation was passed - Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
However, every day 290 people are killed by FDA-approved prescription drugs, and that's the conservative number published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
And then there are cigarettes and alcohol! Alcohol consumption results in 2.5 million deaths each year globally (World Health Organisation). Although, instead of writing scary articles about the dangers of alcohol consumption, the MSM promotes alcohol consumption and the accepted wisdom is that we should consume moderate amounts and be sensible about the issue. Why should this not be the case with ayahuasca which is a naturally occurring substance, as is alcohol.
Cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths in the United States each year. Cigarette smoking is estimated to cause the more than 480,000 deaths annually (including deaths from secondhand smoke). [Figures obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.] Yet the tobacco industry is busy promoting cigarette consumption in developing countries.
What about vaccinations? If we only had the same MSM attention over deaths and complications from vaccinations that we have from all the other stuff. But we'll never see calls for the banning of vaccinations. For example, a study published in the Ear, Nose & Throat Journal in 2007 reported that the pathophysiology of MMF “has been traced to the presence of an aluminum adjuvant used in vaccines.” According to the findings, aluminum from vaccines aggregates at the site of injection, and as many as one-third of people that develop MMF as a result also end up developing autoimmune disease as well. Are readers aware that Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative and has been used in some vaccines and other products since the 1930's (CDC website).
The news media could be well disposed by documenting the deaths and complications from vaccines - something that most of us have had experience of, rather than focusing attention on the drinking of ayahuasca which only 1% of people will try, if that.
Chris Hedges speaking on April 24, 2014 at the University of Connecticut.
"Most of the people who die in these wars are murdered. And those soldiers and Marines who come back and have the capacity to face truth (and it's a painful capacity) understand that that is what they were engaged in. And that creates for them, and I think for all of us who come from the outer reaches of empire, this existential crisis. Because when you come back from that reality you realise that everything you've been told by your school, by your church, by your government, by Hollywood, by the Press, is a lie... We are not a good and virtuous people. God has not blessed us above other people. And that crisis, that existential crisis, is what alienates so many veterans and makes it impossible... for them ever to fit again into that society."
The chemical weapons attack on 21st August, 2013, was also linked to the Syrian rebels by certain sources. Take the Guardian article, "Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press", where it states, "The intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast, Bild am Sonntag said. The intercepted communications suggested Assad... was not himself involved in last month's attack or in other instances when government forces have allegedly used chemical weapons" (9th September, 2013).
Also "Syrian rebels have made use of the deadly nerve agent sarin in their war-torn country's conflict, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte has said" (from the article "UN accuses Syrian rebels of chemical weapons use", Telegraph, 6th May, 2013).
What about publishing an article along the lines of "...every day 290 people are killed by FDA-approved prescription drugs, and that's the conservative number published by the Journal of the American Medical Association" (from an article in NaturalNews).
Or an article something along the lines of "In a recently published ruling, part of which was censored from public view, a young boy was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars after it was determined that the MMR vaccine led to a confirmed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)" (from an article from Infowars).
Prescription drugs kill people, people die in hospitals every day from medical mistakes, and vaccines can cause serious harm in young children! I'd like to read more about these stories.
The television presenter, Alistair Appleton, of House Doctor fame, once did a programme (The Man Who Drank the Universe) where he drank Ayahuasca. He was fine and the vast majority of people who drink Ayahuasca are fine - many having life transforming experiences. Pity that these positive experiences with drinking Ayahuasca don't receive the attention which the negative experiences receive. I see a McDonald's advertisement on the right side of BT's website. The BT must write an article about how unhealthy McDonald's food is. Or are they worried that their present sponsor may advertise elsewhere? Media is like this - all kinds of hidden motivations and special interests which distort our perceptions of the world.
Soldiers are sent half way around the world to capture terrorists and prevent terrorism and here we have home grown terrorists parading about in full regalia in public, in the middle of the day, and yet the authorities can't do anything about it, it seems. Yet we're told we can end the terrorism in far away countries.