Free Form Friday VII

discuss4Another unsealed debt ceiling, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, real and unreal mass shootings, the “corporatization” of America and YOU, “crisis actor conspiracy theory,” the end of the EU?, economic apocalypse not yet …

Free Form Fridays are routinely looked to as a place for MHB readers to discuss what they wish as they please. Previous open threads over the summer and early fall have been platforms for vibrant exchanges that have garnered hundreds of comments.

Here is yet another chance to chime in with other readers on whatever pressing issue may be on your mind . Thank you for your continued interest, participation and support.-JFT

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Civil Rights Under Uniform Commercial Code “Law”

Family Torn Asunder By Phony Charges and Unlawful Prosecution

From About the Sky / Smallstorm Podcasts

daviddortch_tnOn this program Sofia Smallstorm interviews California optometrist Dr. David Dortch about the SWAT raid on his home and the false criminal charges brought against him by Riverside County, California.

The Dortch family’s life was radically exploded when they became the victims of a fiction created by the state and pursued through the court system to this very day. Desperately trying to learn how to defend their innocence, David and Kim Dortch began a study of contracting in commerce, as today’s Uniform Commercial Code-based “law” really involves. Listen to this amazing man tell his story and what he knows today of being oneself vs. being represented.

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Armed Black Man Doesn’t Fit “Black Lives Matter” Media Frame

Another Casualty in America’s Growing Police State

South Florida media have been abuzz over the past week concerning the shooting death of 31-year old Corey Jones by a plainclothes police officer who reportedly did not show his badge during their encounter.

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Corey Jones. Family photo via WPTV

Yet there’s an especially disturbing wrinkle for major news media, who have expressed reluctance to cover the story because Jones was a licensed gun owner who had a handgun on his person at the time of the shooting.

“The tenor of the coverage has been wait and see,” the Palm Beach Post observed on October 22.

One national producer … who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the network had not authorized her to discuss the story, said her network lost some of its appetite after Jones was found to have been carrying a weapon.

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“Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory”: Security Theater

James Tracy helps establish new “paranoid style,” writes cultural critic

Emily Elizabeth Brown
The New Inquiry

What crisis actor conspiracy theorists believe to be fake implies a much more generous view of the real

During the Sandy Hook shooting, a 69 year-old retired psychologist named Gene Rosen opened his home to six terrified children immediately after the massacre. A month later, Salon magazine published an article on the kind neighbor and his continued harassment by conspiracy theorists. Members of a forum hosted on David Icke’s website (the former broadcaster who birthed the iconic “reptilian conspiracy theory”), had mixed reactions. “Some conspiracy maniacs genuinely believe that they can treat anyone as pawns on the basis that they ‘see the big picture,’” wrote one member. “He is an actor,” wrote another member. “And not a very good one at that.”

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Teenaged children in Florida “play dead” in an active shooter drill at their school. image credit: Robert Kuzina

The idea of “crisis actors” rose to popularity within conspiracy theory circles after the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012. The idea appears to have originated in a post by Dr. James Tracy on his website memoryholeblog.org, “a forum for news, criticism and commentary on sociopolitical issues and phenomena overlooked or misreported by mainstream media.” In “The Sandy Hook Massacre: Unanswered Questions and Missing Information”—written ten days after the Sandy Hook shooting—Tracy voices his suspicions about the official narrative, specifically focusing on the “bizarre performance” of medical examiner H. Wayne Carver.

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Sofia Smallstorm Maps the Corporatized You

cooper_smallstormIncisive sociopolitical researcher Sofia Smallstorm joins the program to discuss her recent work examining the stealth privatization of individuals, local and regional governments, and the United States itself. She argues that this legal corporatization that has ensued in varying degrees since the late 1800s is a major factor in better understanding recent “mass shooting” drills, some of which are being presented to the public as actual events. In other words, once local municipalities and law enforcement agencies become dependent on federal grants, they are compelled to partake in such exercises to justify continued funding.

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When Mass Shootings Were Real

News reportage of mass shooting events over the past several years has changed markedly from coverage of such incidents just a few decades ago. Some media critics and researchers have pointed to mass shootings, including those transpiring on January 8, 2011 in Tucson Arizona, July 20, 2012 in Aurora Colorado, December 14, 2012 in Newtown Connecticut, and the recent October 1, 2015 event at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon, to suggest that these incidents may have been partly contrived with involvement of federal authorities. They reinforce their arguments with an impressive array of conflicting media reports and unrealistic “official” narratives concerning these events as potential evidence of government deception.

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President Obama addresses the nation four hours after the mass shooting event at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1, 2015

Whether or not such claims are true, there can be no doubt that each referenced event has been inordinately sensationalized by corporate news media and national political leaders to advocate for stricter gun control, mental health, and police state measures, even though criminologists maintain that the number of mass shootings has not increased since the 1990s.[1]

Like the curious 1995 mass shootings in Dunblane Scotland and Port Arthur Australia—events capitalized on by political leaders in those countries to pass harsh gun control measures and expressly invoked by President Obama just hours after the Roseburg shooting—researchers and independent news media point to a potential agenda behind the intense publicization of mass shootings throughout the United States.

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