MCM on Trump/Clinton, “conspiracy theory,” media baloney and much else, on CounterPunch Radio!

OCTOBER 11, 2016

Mark Crispin Miller – Episode 56

This week Eric sits down with author and academic Mark Crispin Miller to discuss the controlled corporate media and its grip on discourse in the United States, conspiracy theories versus conspiracy facts, US elections as both farce and illusion, and much more. Eric and Mark begin with a discussion of the history of media propaganda, and how the corporate media we know and loathe came to be the monolithic servant of power it is today. The conversation then turns to the issue of conspiracy theories and the importance of nuanced analysis that is skeptical of power but also avoids the pitfalls, and outright fascism, of the online conspiracy world. The final part of the program shifts into vote fraud and the controlled and manipulated election system in the US which, Eric and Mark both argue, simply cannot be trusted. So much ground is covered in this wide-ranging discussion on CounterPunch Radio.

Also, check out the Forbidden Bookshelf series edited by Mark Crispin Miller.

Musical Interlude: The Doors – “Strange Days”

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2 thoughts on “MCM on Trump/Clinton, “conspiracy theory,” media baloney and much else, on CounterPunch Radio!”

  1. Bev Harris came up with this intermediate solution that could help this election cycle, even though paper ballots hand counted in public is the best future choice.

    via email from:
    The Institute of American Democracy and Election Integrity

    Help Make Our Elections Worthy of Our Trust ! A Brilliant, New, Inexpensive Way to Create Trackable, Publicly Verifiable Elections Results!

    A few days ago, we told you about the problem of fractionalizing votes.
    Fraction Magic – Part 6: Execution Capacity
    By Bev Harris
    6 – Middlemen, Inside Access and Manipulation –

    I mentioned that we would be sending you a letter with a really good solution that has worked once before and could work again.

    Although votes can be fractionalized while adding them up, the ballot images pictures taken of the ballots) can not be reduced to fractions. The solution is to issue temporary restraining orders in swing state counties so that the ballot images can be preserved. The act of issuing TRO’s will also be a deterrent in itself to fractionalizing votes in an effort to steal the election. This process could apply to all elections, presidential, state and county elections as well as bond issues and propositions.

    If you are interested in getting involved in making this happen, if you are a lawyer and if you know a lawyer or lawyers who might also be interested in preserving ballot images using TRO’s, please contact us at as soon as possible, as we will need to issue these TRO’s for the most part BEFORE the election. And, as you might expect, organizing this effort will require money. So please DONATE WHATEVER YOU CAN to support to fight election fraud in our country.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH on behalf of TrustVote and our challenged democracy!

    Also here is the analysis by John Brakey of AUDIT-AZ of How the California Presidential Primary was , Stripped and Flipped:


    Election activist John Brakey and attorney William Risner assert that destroying ballot images is against Federal law: Federal law 52 U.S.C § 20701 requiring retention of federal election materials, provides a penalty of up to $1,000 fine and one year in jail for premature destruction of that material (was formerly 42 U.S.C § 1974).

    For the November elections, Brakey and Risner recommend the following strategy:

    • File a public record request (ASAP) asking for ballot images for the last and the next election. The request should include other critical documents like the Cast Vote Record (CVR). We can provide a draft of what to request.

    • If ballot images are or have been destroyed then file a special action Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), which is usually easy to request.

    • If they refuse your public records request for “ballot images,” then file another special action in the form of a Mandamus Act. When you win they have to pay all expenses and legal fees.

    Additional efforts that may be necessary and are suggested by AUDIT-AZ member Mickey Duniho, a retired former NSA Cryptologist for 37 years. His recommendations are being added to our TRO.

    • Do not transfer results from the DS850 to the central count computer until election day;

    • Print the cast vote record serial number on each ballot so that an audit can link back to the original ballot as per how the system was federal certified by EAC;

    • Mark every storage box containing ballots with the range of serial numbers contained in the box, so that an audit can easily find the box containing a ballot of interest.
    The New Scanning Systems, FRACTION MAGIC and Humboldt Cty, CA
    Richard Charnin

    Ralph Nader recently held a wonderful gathering of lawyers and activists focused on Tort Law and activism for the common good. I think this is a very good starting point of lawyers most likely to help with Bev Harris’s idea of saving ballot images being coordinated with the help of TrustVote. Please help by calling, contacting these likely to help lawyers.
    Breaking Through Power Speakers

    several of the Breaking Through Power videos are here:
    Ron Paul to independents: Vote Green Party
    By Mark Hensch
    Paul: “Certainly you could say, ‘Well, I like a lot of what she says about civil liberties.’ I like what she says about foreign policy. She’s probably the best on foreign policy.”
    Iraq, Libya, Kissinger, Kagan, Boot, Armitage, and Negroponte agree: @HillaryClinton is the candidate of choice for neocon warhawks.

    Clinton has high unfavorability ratings, Trump even higher. A big majority want another choice:

    Be the media
    Jill Stein

    It’s time to Break the Blackout.
    Despite the Democratic- and Republican-run Commission on Presidential Debates keeping Jill off the debate stage—and the mainstream media barely covering her—the American people will get to hear from Jill.

    That’s because people deserve to hear all voices in the presidential race, so they can make an informed choice.

    With supporters like you, we have been successful at getting this people-powered campaign’s message out on social media.

    So far, we’ve reached 23.4 million people with our debate livestreams!

    Wednesday night, Jill will livestream her final presidential debate showdown at 9 p.m. ET on our Facebook page.

    If you want tens of millions of Americans to hear Jill discussing real issues, you need to become the media.

    Here’s what you can do:
    • Share our posts: Promote Jill’s pre-debate posts on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. You can download and post pre-made social media graphics, too.
    • Re-post our livestream: When it appears at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, share it on your timeline and with Facebook groups you belong to.
    • Spread the word: Tweet at us @DrJillStein during the livestream and retweet our live tweets! Use the hashtags #debate and #BreakTheBlackout to send a clear message that you won’t be silenced.
    • Educate: Let people know they can find out more at
    The media has been blacking out our campaign, but we keep growing because Jill is not giving up on her mission of building a national party for people, planet and peace over profit.

    You can help. Be the media.
    It’s in our hands!
    The Stein/Baraka Campaign Team


    Email from Stein/Baraka Campaign:

    Republican legislatures have developed a reputation across the country over the past decade for suppressing voters, particularly minority voters.

    Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka aren’t standing for it.

    These suppression measures include:

    • odious voter ID laws,

    • the reduction of early voting periods,

    • the redlining of polling sites to avoid college campuses and minority communities, and

    • the elimination of same-day registration.

    Recently, investigative journalist Greg Palast spotlighted another blatant voter-suppression program known as “Interstate Crosscheck,” which could target as many as 7.2 million voters for de-registration in the November 2016 election.


    Jill and Ajamu call for an immediate halt to all voter suppression tactics, including “Interstate Crosscheck.”

    They pledge to fight what the Reverend Joseph Lowery calls “Jim Crow all over again.”

    It’s in our hands!

    The Stein/Baraka Campaign Team


    Help us Stop Lynching by Laptop
    Sign the Petition

    A petition demanding the release of the names of voters
    on the Interstate Crosscheck purge list.

    Sign the Petition
    Hon. Alcee Hastings, US Congressman
    Hon. Keith Ellison, US Congressman
    Martin Luther King III
    Santiago Juárez, Voting Rights Attorney
    Dr. Wilmer Leon, Sirius FM
    Bill Gallegos, Climate Justice
    Taz Ahmed, 18 Million Rising
    Mimi Kennedy, People Demanding Action
    Medea Benjamin, Code Pink

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    Carl Sagan: A Pale Blue Dot

    During a public lecture at Cornell University in 1994, Carl Sagan presented the image to the audience and shared his reflections on the deeper meaning behind the idea of the pale blue dot:[21]

    We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

    […] To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

    — Carl Sagan, speech at Cornell University, October 13, 1994

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