How Mass Insurrection Liberated Paris from the Nazis

is paris burning

Is Paris Burning?

Directed by Rene Clement (1966)

Film Review

This full length features film (2 hours 14 min) is a dramatization of the mass insurrection that liberated Paris from Nazi occupation in August 1944. Another important historic episode totally neglected in our schools and universities.

As Patton’s Third Army approached from Normandy, a network of underground resistance fighters using stolen and smuggled weapons, Molotov cocktails (made from vintage wine) and clumsily improvised barricades, led the population of Paris to seize all the official buildings and half of the city.

Allied military leaders initially planned to bypass Paris in their push to reach Germany and destroy the Nazi army. They reluctantly agreed to divert three divisions to Paris on of Hitler’s threat to dynamite the city as German forces withdrew.

Although the film can’t be embedded for copyright reasons, it can be viewed for free at the following link:

Is Paris Burning? – Paris brule-t-il? (1966 – Rene Clement)

911 Whistleblowers (Review)

911 Whistleblowers

By James Corbett (2019)

Film Review

This well-produced documentary introduces us to each of the primary 9-11 whistleblowers, while simultaneously telling the story of the mysterious explosions in Buildings 1,2 and 7 – which according to The 911 Commission Report never occurred. The whistleblowers featured include

  • Kevin Ryan – former employee of EHL, the Indiana subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The latter had certified the floor assemblies of the World Trade Center buildings as fire resistant for two hours and the steel columns for three hours. After the government’s National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) failed to respond to his letter questioning how jet fuel fire could cause the columns to collapse in less than an hour, he made his evidence available to David Griffin (author of the New Pearl Harbor), Catherine Austin Fitts (who helped found the 9-11 Truth movement) and tens of thousands of others via a website he created. When he refused to take his website down, UL fired him.
  • Cate Jenkins – the EPA scientist who exposed the agency lies regarding the safety testing of the smoke and dust that covered lower Manhattan when the Twin Towers collapsed. The federal agency repeatedly reassured first responders and rescue and clean up workers that they didn’t need respiratory masks – when the dust actually contained hazardous levels of sulfur dioxide, PCBs, dioixins, and particulates. When her supervisors failed to respond to her concerns, she shared her evidence with the FBI, state of New York officials, media, Congress and lawyers representing the 9-11 families. Despite two efforts by the EPA to dismiss her, they were ordered to reinstate her with full back pay (2010-2018) last year. By that time, 10,000 people were ill (or dead) from the toxic effects of 9-11 dust exposure.
  • Barry Jennings – New York City employee who became trapped in Building 7 around 9 am after a series of explosions destroyed the stairwell and lobby. It took firemen until 1 pm to release him. His job was threatened after two journalists produced a video about his ordeal, and he subsequently died under mysterious circumstances.
  • Michael Springman – 20 year State Department employee who wrote a book (Visas for Al Qaeda) about aUS consulate in Jeddah Saudi Arabia that was ordered to issue US visas for 12 of the 16 alleged 9-11 hijackers – despite visa applications that were incomplete erroneous and/or based on fraudulent documents. He was punished for his whislteblowing by being blacklisted from future work in the public or private sector.
  • William Rodriguez – janitor honored by George W Bush for his heroic efforts in assisting firemen in rescuing victims prior to the Twin Towers’ collapse. Rodriguez widely reported feeling an explosion in the sub-basement of the North Tower before the first plane hit it. He also reported multiple explosions in the elevators and elsewhere prior to the building’s collapse.
  • Six of the nine members of the 9-11 Commission appointed by George W Bush blew the whistle on the Commission process. Their book Without Precedent reveals how they were systematically stymied in bring out the truth about the true events on 9-11.

Mumia Abu Jamal: Book 2 of Murder Incorporated

Murder Incorporated

Book 2: America’s Favorite Past time

By Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria

Prison Radio (2019)

Book Review

Book 2 of the Murder Incorporated series begins where Dreaming of Empire (Book 1) leaves off. By this point, I  have absolutely no doubt these are the US history textbooks my daughter and I should have been given in high school. They are a superb resource for the growing home school movement.

Having covered slavery, the brutal and systematic genocide of indigenous Americans and the US invasion and occupation of Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines in Book 1, America’s Favorite Pastime starts with Woodrow Wilson, his scores of invasions of Central and South America and Haiti and his entry, in 1917, into the bloodbath known as World War I. Wilson was heavily swayed in this decision by a letter from Wall Street banker J P Morgan. The latter had loaned heavily to the France and England, was at risk of losing a fortune if they suffered defeat.

Unlike most history books, America’s Favorite Pastime focuses heavily on public opposition to the World War I, Wilson’s massive pro-war propaganda machine and his systematic suppression of constitutional rights (via the Palmer Raids, the Espionage Act and the Sedition Act). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded in 1920 specifically to assist antiwar activists and conscientious objectors who were still in prison for speaking out against the war.

The authors go on to detail the 1918 invasion of the Soviet Union by the US, UK, France and Japan – a historical event censored out of most history courses, even at the university level.

Most of the book focuses on the so-called “Good War,” directly challenging the myth that the West had to go to war in 1939 to prevent the victory of global fascism. In addition to examining the role of various Wall Street corporations in arming Hitler’s war machine (including IBM, which created and managed the data system enabling Nazi’s to efficiently track down occupied Europe’s Jews), the authors discuss the numerous peace overtures Hitler made to Churchill in 1940. Which the latter categorically rejected.

They also discuss Hitler’s unsuccessful attempts to get the West to accept Jewish refugees.

This chapter details the forced internment and asset confiscation of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942 (of which 2/3 were US citizens and a majority children), as well as the war crimes committee by the Allies in firebombing Dresden, Tokyo and other cities and in dropping a nuclear bomb on the civilian population of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The book provides the same detailed coverage of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the US-sponsored Indonesia and genocidal occupation of East Timor, and the numerous undeclared wars and drug trafficking operations undertaken by paramilitary operation known as the CIA.

The final chapters are devoted to a blow-by-blow description of Eisenhower’s creation of the Military Industrial and the complex and systematic indoctrination young Americans receive to dupe them into enlisting in America’s “all volunteer” army.


*There were some here I hadn’t heard of previously: the overthrow of democratically elected governments in Greece (twice,), Brazil, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic – as well as the constant sabotage, terrorism and psyops against East Germany – which were the real reason the Berlin Wall was built.

 

 

 

Hidden History: the Old World Legacy of Syphilis

The Syphilis Enigma

Directed by Amy Bucher and Christopher Salt (2001)

Film Review

This documentary reports on a forensic paleontologist’s investigation into the origins of syphilis. For 500 years, history has blamed Native American women, who allegedly transmitted it to Columbus’s crew members in 1493. Recently a fourteenth century skeleton from Hull (England) called this 500-year-old into question. European paleontologists began a search for pre-Columbian evidence of the disease and also found it human remain from ancient Greece and Pompeii.

Why, then, do ancient New World remains also show evidence of syphilis? The current hypothesis is that Native Americans suffered from a milder variety of the illness with airborne transmission via saliva droplets The European version, in contrast, was only transferred via sexual contact and, in most cases, was fatal (unless sufferers died from plague, smallpox or cholera first).

 

 

Inside the White House: A Question of Competence?

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

By Michael Wolff

Little Brown Book Group (2018)

Book Review

The most remarkable aspect of this book is its blow-by-blow account of Team Trump – from his nomination in July 2016 to Steve Bannon’s firing in August 2017. Unlike prior presidential administrations, which are extremely guarded about their inner workings, Trump’s White House offered the media virtually unfettered access during his first nine months. According to Wolff this occurred for four main reasons: 1) Trump’s impulsive daily tweets 2) the constant “weaponized” leaks from warring Trump staffers* 3) Trump’s nightly rambling calls to wealthy supporters** and 4) his willingness to allow more public access to the Oval Office than any previous president.

While Wolff cite sources for his factual statements and quotes, the book has been carefully fact checked, in addition to being reviewed by two libel attorneys.***

As a psychiatrist, what I found most interesting about Fire and Fury is the insight it reveals into Trump’s psychological functioning. The current President is described by nearly everyone who has worked with him as extremely childlike, guileless, impulsive, undisciplined, incapable of following a game plan and impossible to communicate with. He trusts no one.

One of the few direct quotes in the book is from his former scheduler Katie Walsh: “It’s like trying to figure out what a child wants.”

My favorite quote, though, comes from Trump himself during a staff discussion about repealing Obamacare: “Why can’t Medicare simply cover everyone?”

Toning down Trump’s impulsiveness has been virtually impossible, though some staffers have been able to influence his behavior by winding him up.

Trump categorically refuses to read written briefings or watch PowerPoint presentations. He also refuses to listen to long verbal briefings and tends not to follow scripted statements. He always prefers to be the one talking, typically coming out with long rambling statements in which he frequently repeats himself.

Wolff’s introduction also confirms what many analysts have surmised: Trump didn’t intend to win the Presidency. His original plan was to use the media exposure to launch his own TV network. In fact, Trump refused to invest any of his own money in the campaign (although he loaned them $10 million).


*Prior to Bannon’s departure in August 2017, there was no White House chain of command and no clearly defined duties for any of its staff. Four discrete factions – Bannon, Jared Kushner/Ivana Trump (Bannon called them Jarvanka) nominal Chief of staff Reince Priebus and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway were at continual war with one another in controlling Team Trump. According to many sources, Trump essentially served as his own chief of staff and press secretary, in that he phone reporters, dictated quotes and personally reviewed all press releases.

**The recipients of these calls (concerning unfavorable media and Trump’s “incompetent” staff) were so alarmed by them that they often felt compelled to pass on their content to White House staff and/or reporters.

***The Trump family is notoriously litigious, and Wolff and his publisher must be able to document the book’s assertions in a libel suit.

 

 

 

Hugo Boss’s Secret Nazi History

Hugo Boss’s Secret Nazi History

Made to Measure (2017)

Film Review

This documentary traces the history of the iconic menswear fashion brand Hugo Boss.

It begins by reviewing the life of founder Hugo Boss, whose fashion business was bankrupt before he joined the Nazi Party (in 1922) and received a commission to make uniforms for the Nazi army and the SS.

Boss, whose company employed slave labor, was tried at Nuremberg. He was sentenced to pay a fine of $100,000 Reichsmark.

For the Nazis, elegant uniforms were essential to their branding of Aryan superiority (see Mumia Abu Jamal Murder Incorporated). Most were high waisted to make the wearer’s legs seemed longer. Charlie Chaplin deliberately parodied this feature in his film The Little Dictator.

Boss’s grandsons revived the company following his death in 1947. At preset, the Boss brand represents a “uniform” for the corporate man – designed to symbolize “power, aggression, darkness and danger.”

 

Hidden History: The Close Link Between Silicon Valley, the Pentagon and US Intelligence

The Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Big Tech Doesn’t Want You to Know

Directed by James Corbett (2019)

Film Review

This documentary explores the hidden Pentagon and US intelligence role in the development of of Silicon Valley, the Internet and tech giants like Google and Facebook.

Corbett traces the rise of Silicon Valley to the 1946 appointment of Frederick Terman as the dean of Stanford engineering school. During World War II, Terman ran the top secret radio research lab at Harvard. There he supervised 800 scientists in researching microwaves, radar detection and jamming and other forms of electronics warfare. Eleven of these scientists accompanied him to Standford, where they immediately received Pentagon contracts for military projects.

ARPANET, initially funded by the Department of Defense, became known as the Internet in 1991 when it was officially privatized.

Over the years, other technologies that began as Stanford graduate student projects were spun off as private ventures. Examples include Oracle Integrated Cloud Applications and Platform Services, derived from Project Oracle, a vast CIA database project; SunSystems Financial Management Software, also based based on Pentagon-funded research; and Google, which started as a project funded by DARPA, the CIA and the NSA.

In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA, initially owned 5,000 shares in Google, which they sold in 2005. On their webpage, the CIA describes Google Earth as a CIA-assisted technology. A 2014 Freedom of Information Act Request indicates Google was (is?) part of a secret government project called Enduring Security Framework Initiative. The latter paid (pays?) the company to share data they collect on search engine users with US intelligence and the Pentagon.

Google’s founder and former CEO Eric Schmidt is now the chair of the Defense Efficiency Initiative. He’s also a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group’s steering committee.

Facebook has a similar history of Pentagon and US intelligence backing. By a remarkable coincidence, Facebook was launched the same day (Feb 4 2004) that DARPA scrapped a proposed study to predict behavior by collecting massive amounts of data on subjects’ daily interests and activities.

Facebook received most of its startup funding from venture capitalists closely linked to the Department of Defense and US intelligence – including $12.7 million from Accel Partners, whose managing director previously served on the board of In-Q-Tel.


*ARPA – Advanced Research Projects Agency – has since been renamed DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Agency).