3D-printed generator allows you to generate electricity from snowfall

People can now tap snowfall for electricity, thanks to triboelectric nanogenerators that collect electrical energy from innocuous activities like footsteps and raindrops. The new energy harvester, developed by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is not only inexpensive but light as well – matching the thinness and flexibility of a plastic sheet.

“The device can work in remote areas because it provides its own power and does not need batteries,” explained UCLA researcher Richard Kaner, the senior author of the study. “It’s a very clever device – a weather station that can tell you how much snow is falling, the direction the snow is falling, and the direction and speed of the wind.”

Like its conventional counterparts, the “snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator” draws electrical charge from static electricity. It takes advantage of the transfer of electrons to produce usable energy.

Kaner and his team released the details of their nanogenerator on the journal Nano Energy.

In a statement, Kaner explained how the interplay between materials that attract electrons and other substances that released the same particles produced static electricity. By separating these electric charges, a triboelectric generator produces electricity from scratch. (Related: Harnessing static electricity? Invention makes self-powered devices possible, without batteries.)

This tiny generator produces electricity from snow

Snow naturally possesses a positive charge – as such, it gives up electrons. In the study, the UCLA researchers looked for a negatively charged material to take advantage of those properties. They settled upon silicone, a rubbery artificial compound made from silicon and oxygen atoms, as well as carbon and hydrogen.

When snow falls on the surface of silicone, the physical contact causes electrons to leave the former and flow to the latter. The resulting charge is captured by the snow-based triboelectric generator, which turns it into electricity.

UCLA researcher and co-author Maher El-Kady explained that snow possesses an electrical charge: If the substance comes into contact with another material with the opposite charge, it becomes possible to extract the energy and turn it into electricity.

“While snow likes to give up electrons, the performance of the device depends on the efficiency of the other material at extracting these electrons,” explained El-Kady. “After testing a large number of materials including aluminum foils and Teflon, we found that silicone produces more charge than any other material.”

Various possible uses for snow-based triboelectric nanogenerators

Every year, snow blankets roughly 30 percent of the planet. This means that solar panels in regions that experience winter season operate at a much lower efficiency. When snow piles up on a photovoltaic array, it blocks off much of the sunlight. The obstructed solar cell produces less power, making it less effective at powering a home or building.

El-Kady suggested adding the snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator to the surface of a solar panel. The layer is thin enough to permit the passage of sunlight during sunny periods. More importantly, it makes it possible for the cell to continue generating electricity despite being covered in snow.

The nanogenerator may also keep track of a winter sports athlete, especially during jumps, runs, and walks. Unlike a smartwatch, it may recognize the primary patterns of movement during cross-country skiing.

The snow-powered triboelectric nanogenerator consisted of a silicone layer and an electrode that gathered the charge. The prototype was produced with a 3D printer.

The UCLA team said that they might manufacture the device with ease and at a low cost. Silicone is cheap, easy to obtain, and used in a variety of roles such as insulation for electrical wires, lubricating substances, and biomedical devices. It may now harness energy from the snow.

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Julian Assange’s father warns whistleblower may die in jail

“This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact”

(INTELLIHUB) — Wikileaks founder and activist Julian Assange, 48, is currently being held in a maximum-security British prison after being kidnapped from the Ecuadorian embassy in April where he had been living for many years.

Assange is currently facing extradition to the United States and 175 years in prison for charges filed under the Espionage Act.

From AP:

The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday he worried his son would die in prison after nine years of “persecution” for daring to reveal US “war crimes”.

John Shipton told reporters in Geneva that he had visited his son in a British prison two days ago and needed to “face the bitter truth” that he “may die in jail”.

“This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact,” he said.

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Elizabeth Warren, Bill Gates and the crazy Democrats want to import third world diseases and then have working Americans pay for all the resulting healthcare nightmares

Vaccines in America are very popular because the fear of infectious disease has been ingrained in the brains of the masses, dating all the way back to the fake Polio cure. Yet, all of that goes out the window when it comes to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) proclaiming she will tear down all Southern U.S. border obstacles she claims “unnecessarily” detain illegals.

We’re talking about third world immigrants, with no social security numbers, no vaccines, no medical records, and a whole host of possible infectious disease strains, so what happened to everyone’s germ paranoia epidemic? Should all the prime time “vaxxers” be standing at the border, by the thousands, syringes in hand, waiting to mass vaccinate all these virus, bacteria, and deadly germ carriers? What about the herd? Is the vaccine herd to be completely destroyed? Lastly, who will pay for all the healthcare carnage?

US taxpayers will be put “on the hook” for Elizabeth Warren’s open border policy coupled with the “Medicare-and-Infectious-Disease Epidemic” plan for all Americans

Are you voting for the Warren “M.I.D.E.” plan, “Medicare-and-Infectious-Disease-Epidemic,” where America literally imports people from South America and Latin America (who could have arrived from anywhere in the world first, including from terrorist bases and cells) so they can have free income, free food, free housing, free tuition, and free healthcare – ensuring they’ll vote Democratic forever?

Elizabeth Warren wants to instantly change every illegal immigrant in America into a U.S. citizen who can vote. End goal. Period. Then, upwards of 10 million illegals become Democrat zombies overnight. Add 10 million more over the next two to four years, and you’ve got 20 million sure-shot Democrat voters (that’s one fifth of all the Americans that voted for a President in 2016), and the “Demon”-crats never lose another election. Meanwhile, infectious diseases wipe out billions of innocents, while Bill Gates makes 40-plus new mandatory vaccines funded by the Pharma 5.

Guess who foots the bill for all of that? US taxpayers. Expect the Middle Class of America to be wiped out completely over the next 4 years if Warren wins (or anybody on the Left, for that matter).

Importing parasites, pathogens, tuberculosis, and measles, and then it’s “free” healthcare for all?

Sanctuary cities across America are meant to keep illegal immigrants safe from the law, ICE agents, and from being deported. Those cities are also homes to people who have no accountability – they’re not even “in the system.” If they wreck a car into you – no insurance on their end to pay for damages to your vehicle or you. If they have parasites, lice, ticks, tuberculosis, hepatitis, AIDS – that’s on you – the citizens. You pay for that. You catch that. You die of that. No repercussions for anyone because we have open borders. Get it?

The term “sanctuary city” will be referring to the entire country – the Socialist States of America or “SSA.” This is where illegal aliens can rape you and your children and no cops can touch them. They can give you and your kids HIV, and you can’t sue them or arrest them. That’s what the Democrat Party wants for America.

Medicare for All also takes coverage away from senior citizens, or did you not catch that? Senior citizen’s health care plans, as they know them and rely on them now, will be wiped out. Gone. Done for. Over. Every private health plan covering medical care would then be banned by the US Government. Does that sink in yet? It’s all really just population reduction, when you boil it all down. That’s why the Democrats are all in for murdering babies on the day they’re born, legally (think New York’s barbaric infanticide celebration not long ago).

It’s highway robbery wrapped up in a Ponzi scheme from hell, and it’s being sold to America by the worst hucksters and con artists to ever walk the Earth. They all back it 100 percent too, including the Wicked Witch of the West Kamala “Death Row” Harris, Bernie “Lunatic” Sanders and Pocohontas the treasonous, infamous cheat and liar herself.

The cost of all this for the Middle Class wipe out? Just a cool $40 trillion over one decade. Yes, that’s the same as the entire federal budget for each and every year. Get ready for a 75 percent tax they’re not talking about yet. Get ready for all U.S. guns to become illegal, and you better believe that’s another plan they can’t take to press, yet. Get ready for mass-illegal immigration like you never imagined. It will look like the movie “World War Z” and there won’t be a way out of it. The tech giants will make sure of that.

Tune in to CDC.news for the true story of how vaccines will be the downfall of American medicine, and the “open borders” policy the Left loves so much is death by infectious disease, and it’s the elephant in the room right now. Be real careful how you vote in 2020, at all levels. This has been a public service announcement from Natural News.

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11,000 experts propose killing billions of people as final solution to global warming

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Over 40 years ago, scientists from 50 nations pivoted on a longstanding “global cooling” thesis that was going to blanket the earth in ice, and instead adopted what was then called the “CO2-climate problem” which would lead to theories on global warming, rising tides and economic catastrophe.

“Now, four decades later, a larger group of scientists is sounding another, much more urgent alarm,” according to Bloomberg.

Over 11,000 experts from around the world have banded together to call for solutions to the ‘climate emergency,’ including population control – which “must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity.”

“We declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” warned the scientists in the Tuesday edition of BioScience, in a report that includes lots of scary charts we’re guessing Tony Heller could have some fun with.

The solution? Fewer people!

When absorbed in sequence, the charts lay out a devastating trend for planetary health. From meat consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and ice loss to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, they lay out a grim portrait of 40 years of squandered opportunities.

The scientists make specific calls for policymakers to quickly implement systemic change to energy, food, and economic policies. But they go one step further, into the politically fraught territory of population control. It “must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity,” they write. — Bloomberg

“We are encouraged by a recent surge of concern,” reads the letter. “Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change, and many countries, states, and provinces, cities, and businesses are responding.

Perhaps world leaders will consult with China, which has reportedly been sterilizing Muslim women in their infamous reeducation camps.

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You are the slave property of a corporation called the United States of America – must watch

Today we’ve published a powerful new video on Brighteon.com that explains how you are a “slave wage worker” owned by a globalist corporation known as the United States of America.

Brighteon.com, by the way, has just rolled out a major upgrade, including new video categories on the home page, video channel subscribes and video like buttons. (Many glitches were just resolved today, and the full feature set is now active.)

The video explains how the ability of the Federal Reserve to create new debt (i.e. print new wealth for the elite political criminals who run everything) hinges on the ability of the government to confiscate wealth from workers who are tracked with “social security” numbers.

The term “social security” doesn’t mean security for you. It means that you are being securitized as a guarantee of future confiscated income to support the creation of new debt. You are the security for the Treasury / Fed scam of creating new money, in other words.

It’s not about providing security for you; it’s about exploiting you to provide security for new debt.

That’s why the social security trust fund is already tapped out. The criminal bureaucrats who run the corrupt government have already spent the money they’ve stolen from you, and the only way you’ll ever get it back is if they continue stealing more money from the next generation of workers.

It’s all a Ponzi scheme, in other words. And like every Ponzi scheme, it will eventually run out of new victims to exploit, causing it to catastrophically implode.

Watch the full video to learn more. NEW: Click the “Subscribe” button below any video on Brighteon.com to subscribe to that video channel (you must be logged in to Brighteon.com to follow channels. Sign up at this link to join.)

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Edward Snowden tells all in groundbreaking interview

(INTELLIHUB) — American whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast where he had an intelligent sitdown conversation with the former Fear Factor host.

You can watch the entire interview in the video above.

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After detecting life on Mars in 1976 and sweeping it under the rug, NASA banned life-detection experiments to hide the truth from the world

Yes, there is life on Mars, and NASA has known about it for four decades. Their own Viking lander experiment confirmed the presence of life on Mars, but instead of sharing this groundbreaking discovery with the world, NASA chose to bury the truth and hide the science for decades.

Now, the former NASA engineer who designed the experiment that confirmed the presence of life on Mars is speaking out. His name is Gilbert V. Levin, and in a new op-ed published in Scientific American, he lays out his belief that life was already confirmed on Mars in the 1970s.

“I was fortunate to have participated in that historic adventure as experimenter of the Labeled Release (LR) life detection experiment on NASA’s spectacular Viking mission to Mars in 1976,” writes Levin. “On July 30, 1976, the LR returned its initial results from Mars. Amazingly, they were positive. As the experiment progressed, a total of four positive results, supported by five varied controls, streamed down from the twin Viking spacecraft landed some 4,000 miles apart. The data curves signaled the detection of microbial respiration on the Red Planet. The curves from Mars were similar to those produced by LR tests of soils on Earth.”

As word of the discovery spread, many other scientists around the world began to rejoice. Levin even received a personal phone call from Carl Sagan, congratulating him on the discovery.

But within hours, NASA buried the results and swept it all under the rug, claiming the mass spec instrument hadn’t detected life at all.

NASA banned any experiment that could confirm life on Mars

From that day forward, NASA banned life detection experiments on Mars missions in order to continue the science fraud. “Inexplicably, over the 43 years since Viking, none of NASA’s subsequent Mars landers has carried a life-detection instrument to follow up on these exciting results,” writes Levin.

In truth, NASA is a fraudulent “science” organization that has, for four decades, pushed the false narrative that there is no life on Mars. The cover-up has been well-coordinated and aggressively enforced. And since it’s impossible for private citizens to visit Mars and see for themselves, it’s difficult for anyone to prove that NASA has been lying all these years.

But now new evidence is surfacing that NASA has been blatantly lying all along… not just about microbial life on Mars but even about the existence of a Martian atmosphere that could support life.

(I reported on this last year in a popular podcast that was banned by YouTube. It’s now available on Brighteon.com, where real science videos are welcomed.)

NASA to send scout helicopter to Mars, proving there’s an atmosphere

Earlier this year, the corporate media began reporting that NASA was sending a scout helicopter to Mars as part of the 2020 lander mission. This helicopter, touted by NASA administrator Bridenstine, is a dual rotor, solar-powered helicopter designed to map terrain for the lander rover. See this UPI story as an example of what’s being reported by the scientifically illiterate media:

NASA engineers have installed the miniature helicopter on the space agency’s Mars 2020 rover. The Mars Helicopter, nicknamed Scout, will be the first aircraft to fly on another planet. “For the first time, we are going to fly a helicopter on another world with the Mars Helicopter,” Bridenstine said in March.

The problem with this story? According to NASA and the entire news media, Mars has virtually no atmosphere. Obviously, rotor-powered aircraft don’t function without an atmosphere, since they can’t produce lift in a vacuum.

According to NASA, the atmosphere on Mars is only 600 Pascals at ground level. Earth’s atmosphere at sea level is 101,000 Pascals, and even with that “thickness” of air, it’s still difficult to get a mechanical craft off the ground using spinning rotors.

Yet according to NASA, we’re supposed to believe that a dual-rotor helicopter will fly in virtually no atmosphere, powered by on-board solar panels and batteries, somehow defying gravity that’s 38% of Earth’s gravity with an atmosphere that’s only 0.6% as thick.

Any aeronautical engineer will tell you that’s impossible. If rotors worked in a vacuum, then the space shuttle would have a giant propeller mounted on its nose, doing away with all the rocket thrusters.

The only way a helicopter will fly on Mars is if there’s an atmosphere to create lift when the rotors spin. This isn’t rocket science. In fact, it doesn’t involve rockets at all. Propellers don’t work in a vacuum.

NASA faking helicopter “research” with laughable videos that are funnier than CNN’s faked green screen videos

To try to convince us all that they have developed a helicopter that can fly in (nearly) a vacuum, NASA has released some of the most hilarious, laughable video footage we’ve ever seen.

As you can see from the following video snippet, NASA has developed a self-crashing helicopter that can only bounce and crash. The fact that NASA wants us to believe this is going to be loaded up with imaging and telemetry equipment — plus solar panels and batteries — is absurd. It’s like a bad Saturday Night Live skit. Notice, too that this “helicopter” isn’t even carrying batteries and appears to be receiving its power through a tether that’s attached to the center of the floor.

It’s almost as bad as CNN’s fake Iraq War broadcast featuring Charles Jaco, which was completely staged in a studio, where CNN pretended to be in Saudi Arabia and its journalists pretended to be under a gas attack or a SCUD missile attack… we’re not sure which since once of them put on a helmet and the other donned a gas mask. It’s some of the most hilarious “news” that has ever been broadcast.

Now, NASA seems to be in the business of faking its announcements, too. If we are to believe NASA, there’s no life on Mars and helicopters fly in vacuums. And if we are to believe CNN, then President Trump conspired with the Russians to steal the election, and… oh yeah… carbon dioxide is a “poison” for plants and will kill everything on the planet. (In reality, CO2 is the single most important nutrient for plant life across the planet.)

The bottom line? NASA is lying all the time, just like CNN and all the other fake news media. See Suppressed.news for more stories focused on real events and discoveries that have been suppressed by the establishment.

Stay informed about space and science by reading Space.news or Science.news, both truly independent media sources for real news that you won’t find covered in the lying corporate media.

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Heart surgeon: Throw out your olive oil now (here’s why)

Did you know that buying the wrong olive oil could be putting you and your family’s health at risk?

Americans have been led to believe that most olive oils are healthy, when in fact, that could not be further from the truth.

The truth is, many olive oils are made up of artificial ingredients that can lead to dry skin, achy muscles and joints, weight gain, and even heart problems.

And what’s even more shocking is that the average olive oil packs in a whopping 240 calories in just two tablespoons.

Because of its extremely high calorie density, adding certain olive oils to any food or meal will dramatically increase your calorie intake. In order to prevent further harm to your body, it’s important that you learn exactly what to look for the next time you’re at the store, deciding which olive oil to buy.

=>> Click here now to avoid buying another bottle of health troubling olive oil.

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Central bank issues warning: “If the entire system collapses, gold will be need to start over”

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It’s not just “tinfoil blogs” who (for the past 11 years) have been warning that a monetary reset is inevitable and the only viable fallback option once trust and faith in fiat is lost, is a gold standard (something which even Mark Carney hinted at recently): central banks are joining the doom parade now too.

An article published by the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), or Dutch Central Bank, has shocked many with its claim that “if the entire system collapses, the gold stock provides a collateral to start over.”

While gloomy predictions of a monetary reset are hardly new, they have traditionally been relegated to the fringe of mainstream financial thought – after all, as Mario Draghi stated on several occasions in recent years, the mere contemplation of a “doomsday scenario” is enough to create the self-fulfilling prophecy which materializes it. As such, it is stunning to see a mainstream financial institution open up about the superior value of limited supply, non-fiat, sound money assets. It is also hypocritical given the diametrically opposed Keynesian practices regularly engaged in by central banks and official institutions worldwide: after all, just a few months back, the IMF published a paper bashing Germany’s adoption of the gold standard in the 1870s as the catalyst for instability in the global monetary system.

Fast forward to today, when the Dutch Central Bank is admitting not only did gold not destabilize the monetary system, but it will be its only savior when everything crashes.

The article, as loosely translated and titled “Goud van DNB” (“Gold from DNB”) states:

“If things go wrong, prices may fall. But, crisis or not, a gold bar always holds value.” This makes it the opposite of “shares, bonds and other securities” all of which have inherent risk.

According to the IMF’s latest data, the DNB holds 615 tons (15,000 bars) of gold mainly in Amsterdam, with other stores in the U.K. and North America; the value of this gold reserve is over €6 billion ($6.62 billion). Calling gold the “trust anchor,” the article details briefly why the hard asset is so important to wealth building and the global economy, claiming: “Gold is… the trust anchor for the financial system. If the whole system collapses, the gold stock provides a collateral to start over. Gold gives confidence in the power of the central bank’s balance sheet.”

Why this sudden admission of what goldbugs have been saying for years? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that on October 7, the bank announced it would soon be moving a large part of its gold reserves to “the new DNB Cash Center at military premises in Zeist.”

Almost as if the Netherlands is preparing for the grand reset, and is moving its most valuable asset to a “military” installation just for that purpose.

As bitcoin.com tongue-in-cheek points out, “DNB is no stranger to playing along with the Keynesian, inflationary games of the global monetary system. A system which, according to some, is now more a Ponzi scheme based on force and blind faith than sound economic principle. That notwithstanding, the centralized financial powers of the world know the real score, and that’s why hard assets like gold are hoarded and locked down while everyday, individual residents of these geopolitical jurisdictions are encouraged to spend and spend, going further into debt to prop up ultimately unsound national economies.”

It is hardly a coincidence that in its preparation for monetary doomsday, the Dutsch Central Bank is also set to begin cracking down on crypto exchanges and wallets, stating that “firms offering services for the exchange between cryptos and regular money, and crypto wallet providers must register with De Nederlandsche Bank.”

While the push for greater KYC/AML transparency is a growing global trend, and is hardly surprising in a world in which trillions in assets reside in “tax-evading” offshore jurisdiction, the remarkable aspect of this latest crackdown against crypto – which many see as a modern, more efficient form of “gold” – is the fact that invasive regulations and restrictions by central banks can be seen as yet another means of stockpiling precious assets. This time, not gold bars, but bitcoin and crypto.

As for the timing of the “great monetary reset”, which other central banks have already quietly hinted at themselves amid massive repatriation of physical gold from the New York Fed to various European central banks such as Germany and Austria, we are confident that the trust-keepers of the current establishment – such as other central banks and the IMF – will be kind enough to provide ample advance notice to the citizens of the “developed” world to exchange their fiat into hard assets. Or, then again, perhaps not.

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CNN insider to expose entire network agenda that’s been hidden from public view

(INTELLIHUB) — This week a CNN insider plans to blow the whistle on the far left-leaning network by releasing secretly captured video footage of high-level network personnel which according to Project Veritas frontman James O’keefe will show misconduct, bias, and a political agenda that has been hidden from the American people all the while.

This series of tapes — which we think will be the biggest story of the year for Project Veritas — blends two extraordinary series of events; a brave insider secretly recording at work. This is a hard-hitting piece of hidden camera muckraking into one of the supposed “most trusted names in news.”

A major aspect of this story is the heroic actions of an insider.

By far, the most often asked question (and most important) is “What can I do?”  There is a new genre of answer—you can wear a hidden camera and blow the whistle on your employer through Project Veritas. This new movement, which we are calling “Be Brave. Do Something” is enabling citizens to become catalysts for reform. It is the modern incarnation of what Jack Anderson once described as “the sirens of Greek mythology, who, by their seductive singing, enticed unknowing wayfarers to abandon the cramped boredom of safe passage for a hazardous try at strange excitements and gratifications.”

If Project Veritas is the siren, the wayfarers this year have included two Google employees, a Facebook subcontractor and a Pinterest engineer who gave up their salaries and careers for the public’s right to know. We’ve had the privilege to entice these angels, knowing full well an army of grateful citizens are behind them. Project Veritas supporters have their backs no matter what as long as they stand up for what is true and important for the public to know.

“This was an act of atonement. An attempt to make my conscience clear,” said Zach Vorhies, who leaked us the “Algorithmic Unfairness’ document inside Google.

“Are we going to just let the biggest tech companies decide who wins every election from now on?” said Greg Coppola, who lost his job inside Google speaking out.

“I felt the public had a right to know,” said the Facebook insider who was fired for taking screenshots of them “Deboosting” videos for political reasons.

“For me there was no other option. I could go through the comforts of life, but what are we saving our ammo for,” said Eric Cochran, the Pinterest engineer, who was escorted out the building. “They can stop one man, but they can’t stop all of us.

And so it was destiny that the CNN wayfarer met me in the Spring by a happenstance, inspired by the actions of the others who came before him, I received a simple answer as to why: “I started at CNN with a dream to work in media, but my dream had become a nightmare,” With that, a hidden camera began to record…well…everything.

In our current media landscape, people are famous figures for notoriety. Celebrity is a big name. Hero is a big man. So there is a new breed of heroes – the sort that Daniel Boorstin spoke about in his book The Image: “In our world of big names, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knowness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.

“These anonymous heroes become part of the Veritas army.”

And then there is the act of investigating the media itself. Critics and political marketing industry operatives will rush to condemn this series of tapes with broad platitudes on how any efforts are “anti-journalist.” We’ve heard “The truth is more important than ever,” “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” and so forth. But behind the veneer of “holier than thou” sanctimonious attitudes are some ugly truths about the 4th estate.

But they are not new gathering. And our press isn’t truly free.

In fact, based upon what the people in these tapes say, it’s no longer even doing legitimate news gathering.

The media has become an industrial system of production that manufactures consent. This is true whether said by Noam Chomsky, James O’Keefe, or Glenn Greenwald. Political implications aside, the media has become an organ of propaganda that is only about commercialism, clicks, ratings, power and influence and political advocacy. All the while, the press evades scrutiny by appealing to rights afforded by the 1st amendment, while adhering to none the accompanying duties.

Big Tech and Big Media Corporations have more power than all three branches of government, but who holds them accountable? Who watches the watchmen?  And why is it so important somebody holds them to account? Because doing their jobs is required in a Democracy.

The public’s right to know make all other rights in our society possible, because our government exists with the consent of the governed, and this consent must be informed. People will make their own decisions when they are properly informed.

Real journalism shouldn’t only be discourse, moral judgments, and conclusions. It shouldn’t have to engage in relentless speculation, punditry and stenography, opining to the masses. It should not abuse participation in advocacy work for anonymous leakers where sources in government get to set the agenda.

Investigative reporters (the real ones) have the duty to go beyond what somebody wants us to publish. What journalists ought to do is simply engage in the empirical method — to a degree so real — that the resulting truths transfix and anesthetize. When people are able to see what is happening, it becomes more real. We show that transgressions are in fact transgressions. The way to achieve proper reforms is to precisely capture reality.

On the Economic side, there is no question that much of corruption is due to economic pressures. Real truth finding often is a loss-leader in any business sense, and that’s why it is almost completely extinct from commercial news gathering. Being “the tip of the spear” often puts us in an exposed position where the results of our work reverberates into embarrassment, resignations, deeply penetrates the fabric of people’s lives and violates social boundaries. That means litigation, retaliation and economic pressures. “Many of the large media companies are fully integrated into the market, and for the others, too. The pressures of stockholders, directors, and bankers to focus on the bottom line are powerful.”

The first step towards reforming the system is accurately reporting reality that shakes people awake with moral indignation. But in the digital era, with streaming visuals, hard to refute, we’re able to cut through propaganda like a hot knife through butter, trusting the power of free people to make the best policy decisions if they are equipped with the truth.  We break down the barrier between the realms of how public officials behave in public and private, and therefore tackle the great lie.

It seems like most of the people who are supposed to govern are busy staring into a TV camera. As paraphrase as it was once said, one cameraman has more power than us senators. They are protected from any public scrutiny. They demonstrate Sanctimonious, holier-than-thou smugness. Journalists are no longer about public service, and in private, they will change the subject if you talk about democracy dying in darkness. It’s really about commercialism, clicks, ratings, power and influence.

It’s not just politicians who kowtow to the cable news order and to the power it yields, it’s the wealthiest man in the world saying that his most proud accomplishment was purchasing his woke, clickbait farm.

Jeff Bezos wrote on the Medium: “Even though The Post is a complexifier for me, I do not at all regret my investment. The Post is a critical institution with a critical mission. My stewardship of The Post and my support of its mission, which will remain unswerving, is something I will be most proud of.”

This man who has built the most powerful company on earth is most proud of the fact he bought a newspaper which isn’t going to earn him any money.

But make no mistake: for Bezos, this isn’t about informing the masses, it’s about power and influence.

So, in a country governed by public opinion, and where public opinion is largely governed by the press, isn’t it critical to understand what governs the press?

And this is why Project Veritas will be exposing CNN this week.

“This may be the biggest story that Project Veritas has ever broke,” O’Keefe said.

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Author: Staff Writer