Monday, January 14, 2019

DEFENDING REALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY


                                     WARNING - THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS A GRAPHIC IMAGE OF REALITY

                                           " Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. "  - John 8:32

What is happening now, especially in the last couple of years, including this one, is the transformation of not only history and language, but the transformation of information itself. A Gutenberg moment in history, but turbo-charged, on steroids. A destructive transformation, in which not only reality but the Truth itself is under severe attack. In the absence of truth, freedom becomes impossible. Justice becomes impossible. And what is the opposite of freedom, the opposite of justice?

Slavery. Those of you who are not willing to be slaves must stand up NOW and confront those who intend to be your masters. In this battle, the Truth is our most powerful weapon. That is why our enemies, those who intent to make Humanity a race of a few masters and a half a billion slaves, are trying to hide the truth and destroy our ability to find it. If we lose this, we lose everything.

So how do we know the truth in the age of fake news and "highly likely",  rampant and blatant censorship and groups of professional liars with names like "Integrity Initiative" and "Newsguard"?
(NOTE - Both of these are serious threats to honest news and debate. Click the links. )

How do we navigate through  the tsunami of lies, the avalanche of bullshit, and come to find the rare, obscure, but vital truth? There is a war against truth being waged today, a war to wipe out truth and reality and to replace it with a constantly shifting illusion devoid of context, that precludes all certainty, because without truth, without a strong and genuine grasp on reality, we can do nothing, we are nothing.  As the military war seems to be on hold in Syria and Donbass, the information war is ramping up like never before. Let's take a look at our enemies, their history of lies, what they are up to, and what we can and must do to stop them.

The war that is being waged today against Humanity and our future is not just military or economic. It is a direct assault on our ability not only to express our own opinions, but to hear the opinions of others who are actually speaking the truth, not just what they want you to believe. The lies of  Western government and media are legion, and have had real world consequences for millions of human beings all over the world. The cover-up of the murder of JFK, the "Gulf of Tonkin incident", the "Nayira testimony", the illegal NATO attack on Yugoslavia, in 1999. This litany of lies, propaganda and false flags continues to this day, with deceptions reported as facts about "Iraq WMD's",  Libya and Gaddafi, the Maidan snipers, Syrian "gas attacks" and MH-17. Followed by the patently ridiculous Skripal/Novichuck  imbroglio.

September 11th, 2001, the most horrendous false flag mass deception in modern history took place right before the eyes of billions of human beings around the world, and in spite of obvious anomalies and even explanations and excuses that defied the laws of physics (and thus physical reality) the vast majority of people in the USA and elsewhere went along with the story, choosing to pretend to believe blatant lies rather than the inconvenient and perhaps dangerous truth. And by doing so, they forfeited their rights to their humanity and a future, becoming as dumb and docile as cows on their way to an abattoir.  And this acquiescence, this submission to lies, is the foundation of the subsequent crimes against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.  The Ruling Class, the parasite class, the 1%, your masters now hold you in utter contempt, secure that they can lie right to your face, tell you that black is white that evil is good, tell you mass murder is "humanitarian", secure in the knowledge that you will pretend to believe and do nothing as they rape and pillage the Earth and you and your children's futures.

And now, they are ramping up their war against reality, silencing dissent and legitimate questions, removing from history the very facts themselves. Many, if not most Americans know that there were three World Trade Center buildings that came down on September 11th, 2001, that the third building, 47 story tall WTC 7 was not hit by a plane, and yet fell at freefall speed into its own footprint in a manner consistent  exactly and ONLY with controlled demolition. Yet in the US government's own 9/11 Commission Report, there is not a single mention of WTC 7.  And in fact, Donald Rumsfeld claimed to have never heard of WTC 7, and US Senator Joe Lieberman actually claimed he'd seen "no evidence" that it actually ever happened.  Mark my words - 20 years from now, that will be the "truth". The propagandists will actually say it never happened, that all the videos of the building coming down are "fake" CGI, and they will "prove" it by saying "If there really was a building 7 that came down that day, don't you think it would have been in the 9/11 Commission report?" THAT is how the lies of the past, and the acceptance of those lies, will prevent the truth from being sought, much less even known in the future if we allow it. Past is prologue...



And in the infosphere, who controls the present?  In 1983, 90% of the US media, TV, movies, newspapers and radio were owned by 50 different corporations. By 2011, that same 90% of media, including internet providers, was owned by just six corporations, and the trend will continue. In fact, corporations such as Apple, Google and Facebook are also now getting into the "Information Industry", and considering their past records, can only be expected to further restrict and distort access to information that does not fit their agenda of dumbing down and confusing the gullible masses who continue to consider these outlets as legitimate sources of information. They're not. These corporations are run by lying bastards whose primary goal is to brainwash their victims into a completely false world view, in order to enslave or exterminate them. And it is working. So far.

The problem with the goddamned fools who trust these corporations to bring them anything remotely resembling the truth can be summed up by the following - If they eat shit long enough, they get used to it. If they eat it for too long, they learn to like it. Far too many have learned to like it, to the point that they are angered or offended whenever someone tries to tell them the actual truth. In fact, these cowards and fools who are willing to support censorship, who would stifle different or dissenting opinions, who through cowardice or abject stupidity do not want to know the truth, are as much our real enemies and the real enemies of Humanity as the nazis whose lies they believe. 


                   "Shut up! I saw it on CNN and BBC, and read it in the New York Times! So I KNOW it's true!
                                   Besides, I don't want to know. You should be deplatformed and defunded!"

(Etymological note - "defunded" was first used in 1948. The word "deplatformed" is currently used only in the vernacular. It is not yet part of official English language. But it will be.)

As Mark Twain observed, "It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." And many fools have been fooled. The job of real info warriors is to not only unfool them by showing them the truth and the proof of the problem, we must also show them what is to be done, and lead by example.

The proof is irrefutable that governments and corporations are combining to censor, distort and control the infosphere in all its aspects. From Facebook and Twitter bannings to Paypal closing accounts of bloggers and even of alternative social networks like "Gab",  to the concerted (and successful) effort by the BBC, the Houston Chronicle to defund the publication of my book Donbass Cowboy. Their efforts cost me thousands of dollars that had already been donated. But their efforts are also useful in that they are instructive as to exactly how concerted propaganda works, both in how it is written and disseminated. It appears this was some of the early disinfo work of the British government propaganda operation called ironically, "The Integrity Initiative."  The threat of combined corporate and government power against open and honest news, debate and information cannot be overstated. It has been done before, with devastating and world-changing results.



"The merger of state and corporate power"... Can there be a more succinct description for the system under which the US and EU live today? If it is not fascism, there never was such a thing. But anyone still aware of history knows there was such a thing, and to paraphrase Shakespeare, "A concentration camp by any other name would smell as foul."  Indeed, the 6th point in The 14 Defining Characteristics of Fasism is precisely "Controlled Mass Media". Only a fool or a liar can deny that the USA is today under a fascist regime, and has been for decades, at least since the Reagan era.

And as these fascists simultaneously expand and consolidate their power, they connive to rob you and your children not only of your futures and your birthrights as citizens and as human beings, they connive to rob you of your very ability to discern and understand reality itself.

So, what is to be done? First, we must use propagandists and censors like Facebook, Twitter, Google  mainstream media bullshit mills to our own advantage when we can. We must use their power against them in a form of journalistic judo. I would love to see Facebook go the way of Myspace, but in the mean time, I will use it to inform people of what is happening here in Donbass. I get blocked for 30 days every month or so, so it is not a reliable platform, but I will continue to use it as I can until Zuckerberg and his censors shut me down for good, as Twitter and Live Leak already have. Alternatively, if you want to find me, you can always come to my VK page, where I have never once been banned or censored. 

Second, support honest alternative media. The more they are marginalized by fascist censors, the more they deserve your support, even if you don't like or agree with everything they say, Gab and Alex Jones are two of the preeminent examples but there are many more -  Fair, open and honest debate is the foundation of truth, reality and the "marketplace of ideas". It MUST be defended. Without it, all is lost. Those who speak truth to power, and about power, take real risks, face real dangers in doing so, and they set an example that others must learn from and follow. Share and support their work however you can. Above all, do not indulge in self-censorship.

As Caitlin Johnstone observed recently in an excellent article on this same subject -"Any attempt to advance the hegemony of the US-centralized power establishment will be rewarded by its lackeys, and any skepticism of it will be punished. Whoever controls the narrative controls the world. Ruling power’s desire to regulate people’s access to information is so desperate that it has become clumsy and ham-fisted... They’re barely even concealing their desire to control our minds anymore, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to wake everyone up to their manipulations. We need to use every inch of our ability to communicate with each other before it gets shut down for good."

And third and finally, we must remember who we are fighting and why.  The worldwide oligarchy who own and control these propagandists have used them to start wars and destroy nations, to commit unimaginable crimes against Humanity, to the detriment of millions, perhaps billions, of human beings. Those who want to ban "hate speech" are those who are in fact worthy of being hated. As Gandhi said, "Hatred is not the enemy. Fear is." Those who advocate censorship say they want to protect you from lies. But they are lying when they say it. They want to protect themselves from the truth, the truth that they are working to enslave or exterminate Humanity in both the spiritual and physical sense. These are the enemies of Humanity and all that is good in it. These are 21st Century nazis, and they make the German nazis of the last century look like amateurs in comparison.

The truth is our most powerful weapon and our greatest treasure. Without it, there can be no solidarity or sacrifice or greater good. Without it, we cannot tell good from evil. Without it, we have no past and no future, there is nothing to differentiate us from livestock or insects. And those who do not stand up now and do their part to defend reality, the Truth, and our common Humanity are really no more than that. And they can most certainly expect to be treated as such - exploited to death or simply exterminated, and deservedly so, as they have forfeited their very Humanity. That's reality.




Friday, December 7, 2018

REFLECTIONS ON FOUR YEARS IN DONBASS


                                                         REFLECTIONS ON FOUR YEARS IN DONBASS


I arrived in Donetsk four years ago today, December 7th, 2014. A week later I enlisted in the Essence of Time combat unit of VOSTOK Battalion. I served as a rifleman, anti-sniper and RPG gunner at front line positions, punishing the "Punishers". Then we were rotated back from the Front at the end of June 2015 when the EoT unit became attached to XAH Battalion Spetsnaz. Two months later, at the end of August 2015, I began working full time as a war correspondent and human aid worker. I am still in the Novorussian Army reserves, and continue to write, make videos, do interviews and human aid work. At the age of 58, I can look back on the last 4 years and honestly say they have been the best years of my life.

These years have been good, but they have not been easy. I served at front line positions at Donetsk Airport, Spartak, and Avdeevka during the days of the heaviest fighting. The conditions were brutal, and the firefights were almost daily. The XAH Battalion was just as tough as being at the Front. XAH is probably the toughest unit in the whole NAF, and the lifestyle on base reflects that. My time since retiring from military service has also been marked by extremely hard work and difficult situations, dealt with on a daily basis. My wife and I work 12 to 14 hour days, every day. We do not take vacations, and if on a rare day we only work 8 hours or so, we consider it a day off. We don't get many days off.

I have traveled to Crimea twice, Moscow and Grozny once each, and to Rostov many times. Each of these trips was for work, none was anywhere near a vacation. Other than that, for the last four years, I have been in Donbass. I came here to fight Fascists and to help the regular people of Donbass, and that is what I have done and will keep doing. Maybe we will all take a vacation when the war is over. Until then, the job continues, every day. Since I left the Army in 2015, I have not been paid by anyone for my work, other than by friends and supporters who contribute to help keep me alive and continuing to work. They have my most heartfelt thanks and respect. They are an essential part of the work that all of us together have done here.

I have learned a lot in these last 4 years, about Russian history and culture, what it means to have a "Russian Soul".    (I do not say I have one, my friends say I do.) I have learned that even in the fight against genuine Fascism, there are good and bad people on both sides, that not everyone who professes to be against the Kiev Regime is necessarily on my side, or on the side of the People of the DPR. Some so-called "comrades" have tried as hard to put knives in my back as the ukrop soldiers have tried to put bullets in my face. I have deal with them as I see fit, based on what I see as being best for the Republic I came here to help and to defend, confident that all treachery will eventually be known and that those who try to set traps will eventually fall into them themselves.

I did not come here to make a career or a name for myself, or to make money. I came here to stand beside the people and the defenders of Donbass, and to live or die with them, come what may. I did not expect to live through that first Winter four years ago, but I came anyway, and I survived. I was lucky. Too many of those I stood with at the Front were not. Too many.

I stand by everything I have done here, every act, every word spoken or written. I am not perfect, not a genius or a saint, I have made mistakes. But I made them in good faith, working hard for a good cause. I did not try to hide them. And those who have done more than I, with less mistakes, are qualified to criticize my work. Those who have not should keep silence, and take a lesson from it. My work speaks for itself. Doing good, helping those in need, fighting against monsters, speaking truth to power on both sides, these acts are their own rewards. It has not been easy, but it has been worth it. Besides, as the saying goes, "If it was easy, everybody would be doing it."

Life is good here, and getting better daily, but it is not perfect. Just like me, the DPR has its problems, and the future is by no means sure, but  this is my home, the best place I have ever lived, and I intend to live here for the rest of my life, however long that may be. And I intend to do everything I can to make it as best as possible, for the greatest number of citizens here, my family.

The Donbass Republics have set an example for the world. We have fought the ukrop and western nazis to a standstill, and our continued existence is the proof of our victory. I am more proud of what we have done here, what I have contributed to, than any other thing I have been a part of in my life.

The two best examples set by the people of the DPR are courage and solidarity. They first understand that courage is the key to happiness - it is impossible to be happy if you are afraid. We are not afraid. By contrast, the people of the USA are consumed by fear of everything, but especially of each other. The people of Donbass know that to accept oppression and injustice is to invite further outrages by their enemies against them. So we do not accept them. We understand that there are things greater than ourselves, things worth giving our lives to and for, and that if there are things worth dying for, there are things worth fighting for.

Solidarity is another hallmark of the Donbass people. We look out for each other, and are well known for our generosity and hospitality. Along with the courage of our men and the beauty of our women, solidarity, generosity and hospitality are our defining characteristics. We are, by and large, proletarians, hard-working and wise. During the Soviet period, the people of Donbass were known as the most staunchly Communist people in the entire USSR. We do not just talk about their ideals, we live them. I am proud to be one of them.


I have found my home, my happiness, my place in life, my destiny. I hope you find yours. Because we are all in this together, we will all share our destiny together, in the Whole, or in the Hole. Davai!























Saturday, December 1, 2018

DECEMBER FUND RAISER - HELP NEEDED NOW!


This may be the most important fund-raiser we have ever done. It has the potential to generate ongoing and major funding for our human aid and journalism projects here in Donbass.

Our December fund-raising project, of vital importance is to raise funds to print my book, The Donbass Cowboy, on paper (printed here in Donetsk) both in English and in Russian. The English e-book edition has sold multi-hundreds of copies, and raised over $5,000 for Donbass Human Aid projects. That's not bad, especially for a first-time author who is not using Amazon or other conventional sales outlets. The book has had very positive reviews for being well-written, honest, informative, unique and exciting. It's a good book! (If you haven't gotten your copy yet, you can.
Check this out. And this.)

The potential market for this book in Russia is HUGE. Russians love books and reading, and they really like a good war story. I have had offers of support for the publication of the book from major players in the Russian media, publishing and otherwise. The translation of the book into Russian is near completion, and should be done by the end of the year. Then, we need editing, formatting, artwork and printing. That's where you come in. That's what this super important fund-raiser is for. The Russian edition of the book has tremendous sales potential in Russia, and can generate funds for our human aid and other projects far above what the English e-book already has, in a continuous stream of funding that will not depend on contributions which can dry up or be blocked at any time.

THIS FUND-RAISER IS TIME SENSITIVE. NOW IS THE TIME TO CONTRIBUTE.

The de-funding and de-platforming of alternate news sources continues and is escalating. My fund raisers have been targeted before by major anti-Russian propagandists such as the BBC, with serious economic impact. Their efforts to undermine our freedom of speech and the funding of our human aid and journalism will continue and intensify. Now is the time to contribute. Tomorrow may be too late.

(UPDATE - ON DECEMBER 15TH, DHA PAYPAL ACCOUNT WAS BLOCKED. WE CURRENTLY HAVE OTHER OPTIONS, BUT THE ATTACKS WILL CONTINUE.)

There are several ways you can contribute -

If you can't afford a monetary contribution, you can at least help by sharing a link to this page as far as possible. Not everyone can contribute financially, but everybody can do something.
Even if you can't afford to send a donation, you can still contribute by sharing this info. 
Do your part!

You can make a monetary donation via-

Donbass Human Aid through our Patreon or direct accounts. you can use a credit or debit card, and the contribution is tax deductible. DHA is a registered tax-exempt 501(c)3 charity.

Western Union to me, Russell Bentley in Rostov, Russia. Once you have sent the money, I will need  the following info sent to my email account,  ( russellbbentley@gmail.com ) -

1) NAME of sender
2) CITY sent from
3) AMOUNT sent
4) MTCN #  (You will get the number from W.U. at the time of your transaction.)

Without ALL the info above, I cannot pick up the money. I take a 12 hour round trip bus ride to Rostov to pick up Western Union funds, and if there is a problem I either have to go again or rent a hotel, so please make sure all info is sent and correct!

In Russia, if you have a Sberbank account, you can transfer funds to the following card number -
4276 5219 3378 6422   (please be sure to double check you send to the correct card number!)

Thanks to all who have contributed in the past. I ask you now to donate again for this vital project.
If you have considered donating before but haven't yet, now is the time. Please don't put it off.
Do it now, today. Time is of the essence. Tomorrow may be too late.

It takes time to process the donations, get the funds and send them to Russia, and from there to Donetsk. So, now is the time to act. You can donate right now. You are online now, as you read this, and your credit card is right there in your purse or wallet. Go on, pull it out, make a donation for a good cause (or two!) part of your Christmas gift giving I promise, it's way better than going to the mall!

Good luck to all good people. May God protect the innocent and may the rest of us get everything we deserve...