Archives for category: Information Suppression Specialists

Americans do not live in a free and honest society.

School children are taught about a free enterprise system. They grow up to find out that the federal government will tell them what kind of shower head they must install in the bathroom, and what type of gas can they must buy for their generator.

American culture is good with lies about freedoms.

Americans are told that US troops are sent to distant lands to defend American rights and freedoms.

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, federal toilet regulations, sports betting, federal gas can regulations/free enterprise system,
voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

Freedoms come and go. None of the above are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

In addition to freedoms possibly enjoyed by all adults, those who are 18-20 years old are placed in a land of the free holding pattern.

Alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and firearms restrictions are in place for 18-20 year old adults. Is there any state where recreational marijuana laws remove prohibition for adults at age 18?

Doesn’t seem to fit with a society that can’t stop bragging about freedom, thanking the troops for freedoms, fighting wars for freedoms, staging military jet flyovers at sporting events for freedom, etc.

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

Both major political parties are OK with treating 18-20 year old adults as second-class citizens.


Don’t look for newspeople to question any of this.

 

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

It feels like the people who run the Pentagon specialize in undeclared/unwon wars.

Any college or pro football coach would have been fired a dozen times over for what DOD has done with the US Armed Forces during the fake GWOT era.

National Guard

The people of Minnesota need more applicants to maintain a place to live and a regular job in their hometown area when they are not doing time in foreign lands helping DOD with undeclared/unwon wars and missions completely unrelated to their home state.

A few decades back, people might think of the National Guard as one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer plus a way to support your home state by being ready to get called out for floods, fires, natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. Maybe a way to help the next state over if they needed it.

In recent years, the National Guard has been sent to Syria, Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo.

Any members of the press available to show up and ask why the people of Home State, USA needed services in distant lands, absent any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war?

Recruiting crisis for Uncle Sam? Elected officials and top Pentagon Generals earned it.

The Fake War On Terror

A weak-minded culture avoids asking questions.

Americans were told that they faced a life and death situation after 911. If certain actions were not taken, terrorists could come to America to disrupt our way of life and attempt another 911.

Hey newspeople, if all this was a life and death situation that required sending the troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, wouldn’t it be important to ask a few public policy questions about what was going on?

American Rights and Freedoms?

Love to see the press, school teachers, sports announcers and politicians come clean on how any of this was linked to American rights and freedoms or defending the constitution.

Several federal holidays feature a theme related to the idea that the troops are sent to distant lands to defend American rights and freedoms.

Leaving Afghanistan – Lies About American Rights And Freedoms

Because We Said So

 

REAL ID

If REAL ID is critical to the safety of America, have travelers out at the airport been less safe since 911?

The new REAL ID requirement for domestic air travel has now been extended out more than 20 years past 911.

REAL ID & Drug Cartels

Love to see newspeople interview the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/REAL IDs effective in keeping cartel drugs out of the US?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

Strict Post 911/Global War on Terror Security Protocols No Match For Cartels

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

 

July 8, 2021 The Chronicle

‘Every Day Is a Struggle’: Coeur d’Alene Family Struggles With Loss After Teenage Son Falls Victim to Surge in Fentanyl Overdoses

The problem isn’t just in Eastern Washington, but North Idaho. Notably, Kootenai County was added to the Idaho/Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area last year by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, allowing the region to receive grants focused on helping law enforcement agencies coordinate and share information.”

Would the DEA be out of work if a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security was able to keep cartel product from showing up in all 50 states?

DEA/Homeland Security Wasteful Spending Partnership – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan-working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press appear to be OK with undeclared/unwon wars.

 

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Show up early to wait in line and squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube at the airport?

May 5, 2021 KOMO News

Wash. lab develops scanner that may eliminate need to remove shoes at airport

“This new technology could speed up the screening process by about 20% and eliminate the hassle of taking off shoes and putting them back on, researchers say.”

What keeps the terrorists of the GWOT from creating a disruption at the back end of the screening line?

Has anyone ever seen any member of the press ask questions on this?

 

If the CIA (est 1947) serves as an advantage to the US, why does the Department of Defense have such a poor record of winning undeclared wars going back to 1949, the year DOD was established?

 

Puget Sound Ferry Ride

If the Oklahoma City bomber rolls onto the ferry- how does the SWAT team help out an hour later?

Maybe security personnel are present at some specific terminals each day. Over the past 20 years, dozens of round trip crossings from various terminals indicate that in many cases- no security screening takes place prior to boarding ferries.

Washington State Ferry Ride

Washington State Ferries Security – Looking for Clarification

 

In 1999, I finished my time in the USMC with a solid attitude and a patriotic spirit.

Sports is a much more honest part of American culture.

After each game, the press has access to coaches and players. All sorts of information is available all of the time. No FOIA request required to find out what is going on.

Coaches get fired for months of poor play. Newspeople and politicians are more about information suppression and not asking questions.

Reporters are free to ask hard questions and write stories about teams, players, managers and coaches in sports.

Sports teams make no use of a Press Secretary to provide only the desired version of answers to questions.

The open attitude about sports reporting does not cross over to stories about the US Dept. of Homeland Security, big drug busts, The Troops, the War on Terror or local water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls.

Possibly of interest:

America Deserves A Military Recruiting Crisis

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Veterans Day Nonsense

Unsustainable Military Spending

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

How does Uncle Sam plan to attract young people to sign up in the years ahead?

2022 – Armed Forces Recruiting Culture

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

When the US Armed Forces are sent to Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Vietnam, etc.-how is that defending the US Constitution-or our rights and freedoms, or our physical security?

Look for newspeople and school teachers to ask zero questions in these areas.

 

Looks like some honesty here:

Care Packages a Powerful Symbol of the Military-Civilian Divide

DECEMBER 16, 2020| ANDREW JAMES MCCORMICK

“What the troops really needed from the American public was interest in what was going on in Afghanistan. The failures of our efforts, which are many and well-recounted elsewhere, had been evident to service members for a long time. That America persisted, knowing our strategies were mostly ineffective, amounted to negligence, and it resulted not only in troop deaths but in a bad hit to America’s credibility abroad and, crucially, untold human tragedy for the Afghan people. With limited public pressure to do better, however, there was little imperative for politicians and military leaders to change. We needed people to be angry—for people, to put this as simply as possible, to actually care.”

Recommendations for ending the military-civilian divide:

People might come around if they had a say in undeclared/unwon wars. When do we get to vote on all this?

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders and top generals Re: lessons learned on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record for winning wars since DOD was established in 1949.

Stop glorifying military service.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

Stop telling us that undeclared/unwon wars overseas are somehow linked to American rights & freedoms.

Cure the Military-Civilian Divide?

Lies And Propaganda For Your Freedoms

 

 

 

 

 

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Early winter morning- Point Wilson, Washington

 

No chance for conspiracy theories to develop because coaches and quarterbacks face the press after every game and answer questions, win or lose.

No press secretary. No public relations spokesperson. No freedom of information act requests. Player stats and injury reports are always available.

 

Texas School Shooting

Government agencies control the public information that could prevent rumors & conspiracy theories.

Police radio logs, 911 dispatcher recordings, bodycam footage and audio, etc.

Airlines have cockpit voice recorders & thorough investigations happen after any crash.

Lessons learned are used to prevent future events.

 

June 3, 2022 VICE News

There’s Likely Bodycam Footage of the Uvalde School Shooting. The Public May Never See It.

Officers with the Uvalde Police Department first got bodycams in 2015.”

“By Texas law, cops must keep their bodycams on while working. But it’s possible police will use the “dead suspect loophole” to keep anyone from seeing the footage.”

Sports culture is more open and honest. A bad call from the ref will be seen and reviewed instantly.

Small children killed at school and good people facing new restrictions on legal firearms – sorry folks, video and voice recordings from the crime scene are not available.

I am good with no conspiracy theories. The press could help if they were more about asking questions.

Do a proper investigation similar to those done after a plane crash. Release the findings months from now or whenever is appropriate.

Create credibility for the press and government agencies by keeping people fully informed.

Related:

58 magazines and 1,657 rounds of ammunition

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

Director of Message Planning – Show Business

Land of Information Suppression

Freedom Comes And Goes – Joint Chiefs of Staff Play No Part

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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Peter Iredale – Oregon Coast

 

I realized Saturday morning that it had been years since I watched TV news in the morning. 20 years ago, I would turn on the TV for news each morning. I started watching evening news on TV when I was at Camp Lejeune in the early 90s.

Over the past couple of years, local (Seattle) news has featured ongoing breakdown of society updates. Gunfire, stabbings, drug addiction, arson, catalytic converter thefts, casualties related to shootings, tent camping on the sidewalks, RV camping on city streets, and worst case scenario climate change predictions.

Ongoing breakdown of society updates:

Another of these items is an ongoing shortage of ferry workers.

The crew shortage story has been in place since at least June 30, 2020.

Love to see newspeople ask:

Does the WSF HR Director get paid more to keep the system running smoothly?

Are crew member incentives in place for perfect attendance?

Months of poor play would be enough to get an NFL or college football coach fired.

Is there pressure on the WSF HR Director to do better?

Various industries such as FedEx, UPS, Costco, etc. may do holiday hiring to staff up for a busy time of year. Any similar creative thinking in place at WSF?

HR policy away from WA government:

UPS aims to hire 100K ahead of ‘record peak holiday season’

 

The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed five I-5 rest areas north of Seattle because of excessive trash, vandalism and a staffing shortage.”

Misbehavior shuts down federal highway rest stops? Publicly funded highway safety facilities are shut down because of misbehavior? WTF?

Welcome Home Troops

49 other states operate highway rest stops. If I was Governor, I would insist on picking the top 3 states that are best at running rest stops and running WA rest stops in a similar manner until further improvements could be made.

Closed – WA Interstate 5 Rest Areas

 

Newspeople refuse to report on 2014 voter approved enhanced background checks.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Newspeople remain silent.

Puget Sound area shootings roll on.

 

Local papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Suppressing comments, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

On the national scene it’s all crisis management, undeclared/unwon wars, politics more ugly than at anytime in my life. Race relations that seem to have deteriorated since President Obama did 8 years in the White House.

Newspeople have moved away from asking basic public policy questions.

Our local TV news today is sort of a press release style of news reporting where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest policy update, drug bust/federal grant money award, etc.

Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

TV advertising has become especially strange. How about legal anti-depression meds that may bring on thoughts of suicide (0:34).

 

I’d be OK with the mainstream press taking over the task of keeping the public informed. When TV newspeople avoid asking public policy related questions, individual citizens go out to check on what is going on.

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks are more welcome to do interviews related to public policy. Unfortunately, they seem to have moved away from asking questions.

Operating A Camera In A Public Place

Sports writers and alternative media people are still about asking questions.

Still viewing lots of news via Twitter, and I would be more at peace if I moved away from it.

Much voting has gone on over the past 40 years or so. For sure, there is a chunk of public policy that has become worse, not better. Stopped watching TV news a long time ago because of the way newspeople (paid actors reading a script) have dealt with all this.

 

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POTUS begins to make a statement/answer questions from one or more reporters:

The video below is very critical of Biden. As usual, we have a few questions that never seem to come up. These are questions that are more about the federal government than any political party or personality. Our questions appear in bold type.

Why does any presidential administration need a Director of Message Planning?

 

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

Reporters are free to ask hard questions and write stories about teams, players, managers and coaches in sports.

Love to see general public policy, foreign policy, etc. reported on by sports writers.

Sept. 18, 2021 Seattle Times

After two frustrating losses, the dam finally breaks in Washington’s 52-3 win over Arkansas State

“Without a doubt, there is work to be done. But after eight quarters of catastrophes, this felt like progress. There needs to be more as Washington enters Pac-12 play.”

Sports writers are OK with being critical of coaches, teams, players, the rule book, the league, referees, team owners, when the season starts and ends, etc.

After each game, the press has access to coaches and players. All sorts of information is available all of the time.

In government, it is fully understood that people will not have access to complete information through everyday channels.

Ever hear of a Freedom of Information Act Request in sports? How about a denied FOIA request?

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to his press secretary for answers? Presidents do so on a daily basis. Professionals are hired to provide only the desired version of answers to questions.

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to a public information officer for answers to questions?

Any Director of Message Planning to manage post-game interviews?

1:42

Responding to questions:

Why is the federal government involved in Easter events?

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

Recent items of note:

From a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel 

April 16, 2022 by wjastore

Can’t I Just Watch Baseball?

“The first ceremony was a moment of silence for those suffering from the Ukraine war. Ukrainians were mentioned; Russians weren’t. (I guess Russians aren’t suffering from the war.) The second ceremony marked a long trip to America for a Ukrainian refugee, a celebration, I suppose, of America’s willingness to let in a few refugees from that war. There’s nothing wrong with this, but what does it have to do with baseball? Why is it being celebrated on opening day at Fenway Park?

There is no place for such brazenly political ceremonies at a baseball game. It’s all emotional manipulation and state propaganda.”

 

Alternative media is still free to ask questions:

 

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The issue is not limited to any single platform, public personality or media outlet.

The general trend has been to suppress voices of dissent and provide news coverage that favors government agencies, departments and policies.

Love to see the press get out and interview people on various sides of any issue.

I want to know what various people are thinking on various issues.

 

Jan 3, 2022 KOMO News

Joe Rogan encourages move to new social media app after Twitter bans GOP lawmaker

Several comments here.

KOMO and some of the commenters make it more about personalities and less about what people think of ongoing information suppression.

Not too many years ago, American society was much less about information suppression.

Social media is big on it now.

Today, newspeople show a lack of initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

Today, TV newspeople tend to report only one side of the story.

Much of what we get today is sort of a press release style of news reporting where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest policy update, drug bust/federal grant money award, etc.

Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Local papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Elimination of reader comments works against the idea of paying for an online subscription.

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

No hate speech, insults, threats, foul language, attacking other commenters, etc. These are rules that make sense.

Eliminating the opportunity for all to follow some basic rules and comment is information suppression.

There’s always something to learn or think about from the points others make in the comment section.

Over the years, I’ve seen some really good points brought up in the comments section. Manage it, don’t ban it.

 

Puget Sound area newspeople play along by not asking questions.

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

When is the last time all of Penn Cove was safe for recreational shellfish harvest?

Living on an Island near Puget Sound, there seems to be great concern for salmon, orca, eagles, recreational shellfish and clean water.

Has anyone ever seen the Puget Sound area press ask questions about Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls?

Has anyone ever seen any government agency, elected official or volunteer organization seeking answers related to one or more sewage treatment plants sending unsafe product into the waters near Whidbey Island?

Coupeville

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor City Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“Washington Department of Health (DOH) cautions that clams, oysters, and mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

Daily status reports here:

Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

 

A photo tour of Penn Cove here:

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Department of Ecology Award For Outstanding Performance

 

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

 

Related:

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

Sports Writers and Alternative Media – Still Free To Ask Questions

Independent Press Needs Federal Cash?

 

A few public policy questions newspeople will not ask:

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

 

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A symbol of information suppression and newspeople who show a lack of initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

 

COVID-19 vaccine mandate to enter restaurants and bars in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Love to see the press get out and interview people on various sides of this issue.

 

My take: TV newspeople tend to report only one side of the story.

Much of what we get today is sort of a press release style of news reporting where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest policy update, drug bust/federal grant money award, etc.

Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

I want to know what various people are thinking on various issues.

Today, voices of dissent, and their social media accounts, are suppressed.

This whole structure brings government messages into question.

 

I think people could reject alternative media and be totally good with mainstream media, but it would require the family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks to try harder.

 

Olympic Peninsula COVID-19 vaccine mandate:

Dec 19, 2021 Peninsula Daily News

Fix sought for proof-of-vaccination lawsuit

“Dr. Allison Berry, health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties, issued a health order on Sept. 2 that requires customers of restaurants and bars to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.”

“The order, which took effect Sept. 4, was challenged in action filed in Clallam County Superior Court by six eateries in Sequim, Port Angeles and Joyce.”

“The plaintiffs are The Oasis Bar and Grill (doing business as Diamond Point Dreams), Kokopelli Grill and Coyote BBQ Pub in Port Angeles; Blondie’s Plate restaurant and Jose’s Famous Salsa and Salsa House Restaurant, both in Sequim; and Blackberry Cafe in Joyce.”

 

Dec 14, 2021 KONP

CLALLAM COUNTY VACCINE MANDATE COURT CASE WON’T BE HEARD LOCALLY

“A half-dozen local eateries have sought the injunction. They say it unconstitutionally targets a single industry and harms their freedom of commerce.”

Related:

TV News – Interview people from various sides of any issue?

One Size Fits All – County Restrictions On Bars And Restaurants

Road Trip Report – Mask Up For Watersports – WA COVID

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Sports Writers and Alternative Media – Still Free To Ask Questions

COVID Restrictions Are Like Wearing A Seatbelt?

 

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Salt Creek

12 miles west of Port Angeles

 

Love to see newspeople showing initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

People who take no public funds or private donations are free to ask questions at any time. Why not the press?

I think people could reject alternative media and be totally good with mainstream media, but it would require the family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks to try harder.

Nov 13, 2021 KOMO News

Biden bill would give local news outlets ‘shot in the arm’

“The measure would allow newspapers, digital news outlets and radio and television stations to claim a tax credit of $25,000 the first year and $15,000 the next four years for up to 1,500 journalists.”

“Already, about one-fourth of the country’s newspapers have closed and half of local journalism jobs have evaporated in the past 15 years, according to research from the University of North Carolina.”

KOMO News on Twitter:

The help would come in the form of a payroll tax credit for companies that employ eligible local journalists.”

 

This is journalism:

KOMO News Nov 14, 2021

Arby’s to sell two vodka flavors inspired by its curly and crinkle fries

KOMO News on Twitter:

Would you try Arby’s curly fry or crinkle fry flavored vodka?”

 

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Local papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Suppressing comments, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need federal support.

Got it.

Ready to purchase a subscription to any Puget Sound area newspaper that will show initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

A photo tour of Penn Cove here:

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Department of Ecology Award For Outstanding Performance

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

A few public policy questions newspeople will not ask:

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

 

Related:

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

TV News – Interview people from various sides of any issue?

Sports Writers and Alternative Media – Still Free To Ask Questions

“How do you thank a veteran?”

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

 

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A symbol of newspeople who play along by not asking questions.

 

Random thoughts:

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

Some may have become skeptical along the way.

 

Secrecy Re: JFK assassination files that remain sealed does not enhance government credibility.

 

Since WWII, information now available on:

USS Calhoun County sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste, using GIs in mustard gas experiments, using GIs to test nuclear weapons, Agent Orange, MCAS El Toro and Camp Lejeune water contamination & Gulf War Syndrome.

Links & sources:

JBLM – US Armed Forces Vaccine Hesitancy

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

Possibly of interest:

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

“How do you thank a veteran?”

 

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Quality time at Point Partridge

 

Welcome Home Troops

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

Schoolteachers, what sorts of lessons will you prepare on this?

Possibly of interest:

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

 

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Love to see the press get out and interview people on various sides of this issue.

Recently blogged on this:

TV News – Interview people from various sides of any issue?

How are bars and restaurants holding up on the Olympic Peninsula since proof of vaccination restrictions began on September 4th?

Let’s hear more from restaurant/tavern owners and patrons.

Alternative Media

We are big fans of Independent/alternative media here at Oak Bay Starfish.

Alternative media is good about keeping an active comment section up & running. There’s always something to learn or think about from the points others make in the comment section.

Local papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Suppressing comments, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

 

My personal preference would be to let business people make business decisions.

Let customers support or walk away from the businesses of their choosing.

 

Clallam and Jefferson counties:

Peninsula Daily News

Proof of vaccination required to enter Peninsula restaurants and bars since early Sept.

A Sept 30th visit to Port Townsend:

Road Trip Report – Mask Up For Watersports – WA COVID

 

Voices of dissent:

Sept, 16, 2021 Sequim Gazette

Sequim council opposes health restrictions 4-3

Port Townsend:

KING 5 News video interview with local pub owner:

Clallam, Jefferson counties requiring COVID-19 vaccination for indoor dining

 

Where does TV news come from?

 

King County

King County, Washington- Founded December 22, 1852

On February 24, 1986, the King County Council approved a motion to rename the county to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.…”

 

KING 5 News

King County to require proof of vaccination for indoor dining, gyms and events starting Oct. 25

An interesting collection of comments with this video:

Related:

Washington State Ferries & A Press Release Style Of News Reporting

COVID Restrictions Are Like Wearing A Seatbelt?

FDA Approved

One Size Fits All Society

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Sports Writers and Alternative Media – Still Free To Ask Questions

 

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Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill-

 

Got into an interesting excahge here.

My take: TV newspeople tend to report only one side of the story.

Much of what we get today is sort of a press release style of news reporting where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest policy update, drug bust/federal grant money award, etc.

Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

I want to know what various people are thinking on various issues.

Today, voices of dissent, and their social media accounts, are suppressed.

This whole structure brings government messages into question.

In the interaction above, I was told:

What other side should we be learning about besides the cdc or world health organization?”

My answer:

The idea that people who have already recovered from COVID have antibodies and natural immunity and may not require vaccination.

Here is a local story telling of about 40 people who work at a medical center who have declined the COVID vaccination and will loose their jobs.

TV newspeople-

This is a story all by itself.

People who work in and around the medical field who have been on the job over the past 18 months and reject the vaccine? Why not connect with a couple of these people and interview them?

October 17, 2021 Peninsula Daily News

Monday is state’s deadline for vaccine

“Berry said that at OMC in Port Angeles, out of 1,675 staff members, only about 40 had not fulfilled requirements as of last week and were at risk of termination.”

 

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

Would it have helped for the press to present views from people other than the Dept. of Defense?

 

I do not speak out against vaccines or anyone who takes them. Ditto for mask wearing indoors or out.

Concerns here are not specific to any political party, personality or group identity.

 

One Size Fits All Society

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Sports Writers and Alternative Media – Still Free To Ask Questions

 

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North of Perego’s Lagoon, looking towards Fort Ebey.

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Love to see more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

What we get now is sort of a press release style of news reporting where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest policy update, drug bust/federal grant money award, etc.

Newspeople post this statement as is. A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

Newspeople show a lack of initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

Today, it seems as if the press promotes whatever message is handed down by elected officials and government agencies.

Voices of dissent, and their social media accounts, are suppressed.

This whole structure brings government messages into question.

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

Local papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Suppressing comments, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Elimination of reader comments works against the idea of paying for an online subscription.

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

 

Grew up in the 70s.

Seems like the press was better at asking questions back then.

Today:

We are the very best at militarized pageantry for pro sports events.

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs staff as authorities prepare for the Super Bowl.

Sorry, no time for newspeople to ask:

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

US fighter jet aircraft have been able to strike targets in what wars won by the US?

 

Alternative Media

We are big fans of Independent/alternative media here at Oak Bay Starfish.

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks are more welcome to do interviews related to public policy. Unfortunately, they seem to have moved away from asking questions.

I’m not going to argue with you.

Instead of waiting for school teachers to teach about individual rights and limited government authority, waiting on the press to ask questions or courts to handle cases, these guys go out and update us with a quick reality check:

Operating A Camera In A Public Place

 

Sports Writers

Love to see general public policy, foreign policy, etc. reported on by sports writers.

Sept. 18, 2021 Seattle Times

After two frustrating losses, the dam finally breaks in Washington’s 52-3 win over Arkansas State

“Without a doubt, there is work to be done.

But after eight quarters of catastrophes, this felt like progress.

There needs to be more as Washington enters Pac-12 play.”

 

Regular newspeople don’t seem to have permission to ask hard questions.

Sports writers are OK with being critical of coaches, teams, players, the rule book, the league, referees, team owners, when the season starts and ends, etc.

Are people who work for newspapers and TV news folks given permission to go out and to do interviews related to public policy? If elected officials and people who run government agencies are not available to be interviewed, that should become the story.

Recommendation for newspeople:

Interview people from various sides of any given issue.

If you are a newspaper struggling for subscription and advertising dollars, figure out how to use the web to post videos of these interviews to bring more attention to your media outlet.

 

Related:

Press Needs More Funding?

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

Sports Culture Tends to be Open and Honest

TV Newspeople Or Paid Actors?

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Press might need less bailout cash if it was more in the habit of asking questions

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Podcast 9 Defending The Constitution?

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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Early winter morning – Point No Point

Sadly, the Fresnel lens has gone dark.

Local info here.

 

Got into an interesting disscussion here.

Discussion ended after I made the replies below, due to:

“You’re unable to view this Tweet because this account owner limits who can view their Tweets.”

I posted:

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Love to see newspeople asking questions.

What we get now is sort of a press release style of news reporting where a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest policy update, drug bust/federal grant money award, etc.

Newspeople post this statement as is.

I was told something similar to: The press would be able to ask more questions if people paid for more newspaper subscriptions.

My response:

Has an agreement been made that the local press may not report on or ask questions on some stories?

I will provide a couple of examples below.

 

Not picking on local newspapers here. We are hearing they are the ones who need more funds from subscription and advertising sales, federal bailout cash, etc.

The stories below will not be covered by pubic radio, news radio, local TV news stations, etc. If I have this all wrong, please post in comments.

 

Living on an Island near Puget Sound, there seems to be great concern for salmon, orca, eagles, recreational shellfish and clean water.

Has anyone ever seen the Puget Sound area press ask questions about Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls?

Has anyone ever seen any government agency, elected official or volunteer organization seeking answers related to one or more sewage treatment plants sending unsafe product into the waters near Whidbey Island?

Maybe the press should be better about asking questions if they are going to line up for federal bailout cash.

 

Example Number One

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Coupeville

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor City Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“Washington Department of Health (DOH) cautions that clams, oysters, and mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

Daily status reports here:

Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Following the situation on our blog for several years now.

 

A photo tour of Penn Cove here:

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Department of Ecology Award For Outstanding Performance

 

Example Number Two

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

Question to newspeople everywhere:

The average person can follow these stories and ask questions, but the press is not able to unless they get more funding?

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

 

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Blaming Misinformation

Information Suppression

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

FDA Approved

Blaming Misinformation

 

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A symbol of newspeople who fail to ask questions.

 

Newspeople show a lack of initiative and curiosity in asking questions.

The press promotes messages handed down by elected officials & government agencies.

Voices of dissent, and their social media accounts, are suppressed.

This whole structure brings government messages into question.

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

Local papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Suppressing comments, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Elimination of reader comments works against the idea of paying for an online subscription.

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

 

Earliest days of WA COVID concern: We were told that COVID-19 was a life and death concern requiring regular people to stay home from work and school while marijuana and booze sales were designated as essential. This policy may have made people wonder about the science here.

Marijuana and booze sales roll on:

March 25, 2020 The Seattle Times

In coronavirus closures, Washington state pot and liquor stores can stay open; sales have spiked for a while

 

Special construction projects are approved:

May 12th, 2020

The construction project wasn’t delayed by the coronavirus pandemic; it was considered essential since it was state funded.”

Got it.

The state took money from some people, and gave it to some other people.

If your construction crew is working on a project based on any sort of voluntary exchange or honest demand for services, you might have to stay home for a while.

Source:

May 12, 2020 South Whidbey Record

Iconic inn gets new cedar roof thanks to grant

 

Related:

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

One Size Fits All

WA COVID – Mixed Messages

Blaming Misinformation

Never Used To Care About Political Parties

 

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Shallow water at Keystone Harbor

 

Today, it seems as if the press promotes whatever message is handed down by elected officials and government agencies.

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

JFK – Voices of dissent and misinformation

 

The press tells us that:

A recent heat wave caused a spike in shellfish-related illnesses.

Press asks zero questions:

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Coupeville

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor City Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“Washington Department of Health (DOH) cautions that clams, oysters, and mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

Daily status reports here:

Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Following the situation on our blog for several years now.

 

Fentanyl

When news/social media posts are created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press.

Questions for newspeople:

Would the DEA be out of work if a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security was able to keep cartel product from showing up in all 50 states?

Have opioid lawsuits played any role in reducing opioid/fentanyl overdose deaths?

How do cartels react to opioid lawsuits?

DEA/Homeland Security Wasteful Spending Partnership – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Opioid lawsuits

Four companies on verge of settling U.S. opioid lawsuits

Zero questions from newspoeple Re:

A $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security that fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Questions for newspeople to ask:

Has local CBP been able to reduce access to fentanyl in WA or the Puget Sound area?

Have opioid lawsuits played any role in reducing opioid/fentanyl overdose deaths?

How do cartels react to opioid lawsuits?

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

TSA

More than 1.87 million people traveled through airport security checkpoints yesterday.”

Zero questions from newspeople.

In the USMC, the War on Terror started well before 911.

1983 Beirut bombing.

Show up early to wait in a long line out at the airport?

What keeps the terrorists we are meant to stay scared of from creating a disruption at the back end of the screening line?

Has anyone ever seen the press ask questions on this?

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

 

Puget Sound ferries and the GWOT

Another round trip ferry crossing last weekend. No security screening at either terminal.

Ferry thoughts here:

Occasionally looking for the Coupeville Ferry

On occasion, the press will do a story on a ferry security drill.

Question for newspeople:

If the Oklahoma City bomber rolls onto the ferry- how does the SWAT team help out an hour later?

More here:

Washington State Ferry Ride

Washington State Ferries Security

Recent fatality at Anacortes Ferry Terminal:

Washington State Ferries Security – Looking for Clarification

Was It A Fake War On Terror?

 

Port Angeles CBP – Zero Questions From Newspeople

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering the Puget Sound area?

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from Port Angeles?

 

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

Port Angeles – Post 911 CBP Spending Spree

 

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan-working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

 

REAL ID

If REAL ID is critical to the safety of America, have travelers out at the airport been less safe since 911?

The new REAL ID requirement for domestic air travel has now been extended out more than 20 years past 911.

 

Show up early to wait in line and squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube at the airport?

May 5, 2021 KOMO News

Wash. lab develops scanner that may eliminate need to remove shoes at airport

“This new technology could speed up the screening process by about 20% and eliminate the hassle of taking off shoes and putting them back on, researchers say.”

What keeps the terrorists of the GWOT from creating a disruption at the back end of the screening line?

Has anyone ever seen any member of the press ask questions on this?

Fred Reed December 4, 2015

Security Theater: Customary Federal Pointlessness

“…the intelligence agencies have proved useless. NSA did not prevent the first attack on the Twin Towers in 1993, nor the successful one.”

“What goes on at airports is not security. It is Security Theater. When the government’s own agents try to smuggle “weapons” aboard airliners to test the system, they succeed ninety-five percent of the time.”

“Further, a terrorist doesn’t need to get aboard an airliner to blow up spectacularly. At many airports, hundreds of people line up at ticket counters during peak hours. A carry-on bag of explosive would easily create enough slaughter to shut down air travel and to make international headlines for weeks.”

Warnings at airports that unattended vehicles will be ticketed, towed, and perhaps destroyed are also Security Theater. By the time the vehicle was noticed, and somebody sent to check it out, an easy five minutes would have passed and the driver would be somewhere else. Boom.”

REAL ID And The Fake War on Terror

 

REAL ID & Drug Cartels

Love to see newspeople interview the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/REAL IDs effective in keeping cartel drugs out of the US?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

 

Grew up in the 70s.

Seems like the press was better at asking questions back then.

 

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Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

Today, crisis requires a one size fits all, guilty until proven innocent approach.

Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature. This is why we have so many different churches here and people who opt out on attending services.

Watch for scolding, shaming, and guilt tripping in dealing with the next crisis.

 

3:35

Even with a huge marketing and promotional campaign, many people rejected the vaccine:

 

Maybe all of the US should function like one, giant military base.

Freedom of individual expression could be fully controlled. No distractions. No dissent.

 

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

Some may have become skeptical along the way.

 

Watch for the next big crisis to be a climate emergency.

Voices of science and dissent:

July 13, 2021 Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Flawed Heatwave Report Leads to False Headlines in Major Media

 

July 5, 2021 Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Was Global Warming The Cause of the Great Northwest Heatwave? Science Says No.

 

Governor Inslee,

Can you help us to understand why several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall?

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

Coupeville

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor City Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“Washington Department of Health (DOH) cautions that clams, oysters, and mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

Daily status reports here:

Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Following the situation on our blog for several years now.

 

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Rocky Brook Falls

 

As time goes on, we can see that there is a list of things the government is not very good at. Is this list bigger than a list of the things government does well?

Alternative media is OK with asking these sorts of questions. Mainstream media seems to avoid reporting on various topics.

 

Some people are OK with opting out on COVID vaccines. The government is trying their very best with lottery giveaway events, to pull people in.

June 17, 2021 KING 5 News video

Washington launches COVID-19 vaccine incentive for military members, veterans

“…Washington is launching a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive called “A Heroes Thanks” for the state’s military members and veterans.”

People who do or did time in the US Armed Forces and staff and veterans and their families are assigned the bulk identity of heroes.

Hero?

“Staff Sgt. Chazz Newbill found out about the new lottery game moments after getting his second vaccine at a clinic on Joint Base Lewis-McChord Thursday.”

He found out about the new lottery game moments after getting his second vaccine? 

News cameras were rolling to promote the “A Heroes Thanks” program, but the people being interviewed by KING 5 TV and getting their vaccine didn’t know about the “A Heroes Thanks” program?

Got it.

“I feel pretty good about it,” said Newbill.

“He said one of the reasons he was getting the vaccine to set a good example for the soldiers he supervises.”

Now, it’s a good example to participate in the lotto prize game of chance scenario crafted by Governor Inslee.

Sorry, no time for KING 5 to let us know how many military supervisors were fully vaccinated before the lotto incentives were rolled out.

“Newbill thought the chance at winning cash might convince skeptics in the military to get vaccinated.”

I feel like money can help anybody convince anything,” said Newbill, “My wife is not vaccinated, so this is a convincing point with her too.”

Way to go Newbill.

The value of the meds does not stand on its own. A carnival game will help people to make up their mind.

The press is not available to interview people who still opt out over at the military base? Thanks newspeople.

Love to see TV news reporters interview people who might give an alternative viewpoint.

 

A man on the moon in 1969 was a proud American moment.

Much has changed.

Over the past 50 years or so, both major parties have taken turns in power and have squandered credibility that would help in the current situation. A wide variety of political personalities have occupied the White House.

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

Some may have become skeptical along the way.

Since WWII, information is now available on:

USS Calhoun County sailors dumped thousands of tons of radioactive waste, using GIs in mustard gas experiments, using GIs to test nuclear weapons, Agent Orange, MCAS El Toro and Camp Lejeune water contamination & Gulf War Syndrome.

Sources/links here:

JBLM – US Armed Forces Vaccine Hesitancy

 

Some things the government is not very good at:

Reaching COVID vaccine goals without lotto prize giveaways.

 

Using a $49.8 billion (every 12 months) US Dept. of Homeland Security to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

 

Getting the story straight on REAL ID.

If REAL ID is critical to the safety of America, have travelers out at the airport been less safe since 911?

The new REAL ID requirement/deadline for domestic air travel has now been extended out more than 20 years past 911.

 

Being able to stay out of or win undeclared wars in distant lands.

The Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars goes back to 1949.

 

Fixing Daylight Saving Time

Almost two years after state lawmakers passed a bill to keep the state in Daylight Saving Time permanently, the wheels are turning yet again to ensure that measure finally gets enacted.”

 

Getting away from treating 18-20 year old adults as second-class citizens.

Certainly, Americans do not live in a free and honest society.

American culture is good for dividing adults up into groups of first and second-class citizens.

Alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and firearms restrictions are in place for 18-20 year old adults. Is there any state where recreational marijuana laws remove prohibition for adults at age 18?

Liberty And Justice For All?

 

Lifting federal prohibition of marijuana.

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal prohibition of marijuana?

Look for newspeople and school teachers to ask zero questions in this area.

When the US Armed Forces are sent to Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Vietnam, etc.- how is that defending the US Constitution– or our rights and freedoms, or our physical security?

 

The Troops are often sent to distant lands to fight people who:

“…had never attacked the United States or even threatened to do so.”

May 27, 2021 Jacob G. Hornberger

The Lies of the National-Security State

 

Some things the government is very good at:

We are the very best at militarized pageantry for pro sports events.

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs staff as authorities prepare for the Super Bowl.

Sorry, no time for newspeople to ask:

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

US fighter jet aircraft have been able to strike targets in what wars won by the US?

Federal Permission To Celebrate Independence From A Giant Federal Government

 

Promoting the idea that The Troops are fighting in distant lands to defend American rights and freedoms.

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

Our right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.”

If a right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

If a right to vote is protected by the US Armed Forces, what becomes of that right when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Right To Vote Linked To Military Operations/US Troops in Distant Lands?

 

Getting TV newspeople to promote their programs.

Much concern these days about spreading misinformation on the web while newspeople tell us The Troops are sent to distant lands to protect American rights and freedoms:

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can you help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

 

Local press:

Hometown pride running high. High enough to stop asking questions?

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

 

Related:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

School Teachers, Please Help Out With Lessons About Where Freedom Comes From

Veterans Day Nonsense

Most And Least Meaningful Federal Holidays

Do Americans have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces?

Port Townsend and the Sound of Freedom

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

A Free And Honest Society?

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

Sending US Troops to Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc., is somehow defending the constitution?

What becomes of American rights and freedoms and the constitution when the US returns from distant lands without a victory?

Podcast 9 Defending The Constitution?

 

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The Pacific Coast at Indian Beach, OR

 

This weekend.

Get on down to the dealership.

 

August 26, 2011 James Bovard

Memorial Day Reflections and Revisionism

 

The Troops are often sent to distant lands to fight people who:

“…had never attacked the United States or even threatened to do so.”

May 27, 2021 Jacob G. Hornberger

The Lies of the National-Security State

 

 

 

May28, 2018 Jacob G. Hornberger

Memorial Day Is Based on a Lie

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

Ideas for additional reading:

Future of Freedom Foundation

Lew Rockwell Memorial Day

 

My blog:

Memorial Day

Do Americans have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces?

Most And Least Meaningful Federal Holidays

Memorial Day- long weekend/BBQ guilt trips

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

A Free And Honest Society?

Armistice Day – Six Months Out

 

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Plenty of lonely beach out there.

North of Perego’s Lagoon, looking towards Fort Ebey.

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Your tips help us report on threats to press freedom across the nation. If you are or know a journalist who has been arrested, assaulted, or been subject to a legal order, let us know.”

I object to any threats to press freedom.

In some cases, press freedom may be restricted by the employer of the newsperson?

There are daily examples of people working for family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks who avoid asking questions.

Years ago, I asked a local TV news personality a question related to public policy.

My question included no hate speech, insults, threats, foul language, attacking other commenters, or mention of any political party or personality.

I was blocked.

If a newsperson works in a safe environment, what prevents them from asking questions? Their boss?

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press and voices of dissent in a free society:

Related:

Newspeople can help us to live in a free and honest society. Asking questions will help to move things in this direction.

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local newspaper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions. Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

A Free And Honest Society?

Do Americans have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

 

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A symbol of newspeople not asking questions.

 

May 13th 2021 KATU

Biden team aware of political perils from pipeline shutdown

“The Biden administration swung aggressively into action after a primary gasoline pipeline fell prey to a cyberattack — understanding that the situation posed a possible series of political and economic risks.”

Aggressively swinging into action after hackers shutdown pipeline which delivers about 45% of the East Coast’s gas.

Questions for newspeople:

Did fusion centers, a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security or DOD cybersecurity units play any role in preventing these crimes?

Sept 17, 2020 DOD

DOD Works to Increase Cybersecurity for U.S., Allies

“There are also cyber criminals who pose a growing threat from their use of ransomware to extort money from local and state governments as well as the commercial sector, she said.”

 

Also from KATU

$49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security unable to keep drug kingpin from moving fentanyl, heroin, and meth from Mexico into the Pacific Northwest.

Zero questions from newspeople.

May 12, 2021

Drug trafficking suspect charged with bringing fentanyl, meth from Mexico to Oregon

Related:

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Press Release Style of News Reporting

 

Questions for newspeople:

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

 

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan-working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Related:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

REAL ID And The Fake War on TerrorA Free And Honest Society?

Fake War on Terror

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

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Watching the waves at Point Partridge

 

Americans do not live in a free and honest society.

A society that sends the guys and gals to be ground up in unwon wars that do not involve any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war.

A society that can’t stop bragging about freedom, thanking the troops for freedoms, fighting wars for freedoms, staging military jet flyovers at sporting events for freedom, etc.

Operating a camera in a public place:

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks are more welcome to show up and do interviews related to public policy. Unfortunately, they seem to have moved away from asking questions.

Operating A Camera In A Public Place

Operating A Camera In A Public Place – Positive Interaction

 

Newspeople have moved away from asking questions. Our questions appear in bold type.

May 5, 2021 KOMO News

Wash. lab develops scanner that may eliminate need to remove shoes at airport

“This new technology could speed up the screening process by about 20% and eliminate the hassle of taking off shoes and putting them back on, researchers say.”

What keeps the terrorists of the GWOT from creating a disruption at the end of the screening line?

If REAL ID is critical to the safety of America, have travelers out at the airport been less safe since 911?

The new REAL ID requirement/deadline for domestic air travel has been extended how many times now?

REAL ID And The Fake War on Terror

 

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can elected officials of any party or any member of the press help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

 

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

Our right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.”

If a right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

If a right to vote is protected by the US Armed Forces, what becomes of that right when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Media Platforms And Misinformation

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Right To Vote Linked To Military Operations/US Troops in Distant Lands?

 

Selecting A Vaccine

Fully Vaccinated

2020 PRIMARY ELECTIONS
Delegate Count

 

Requesting Federal Permission To Celebrate Independence From A Giant Federal Government update-

A businesslike response to questions:

Federal Permission To Celebrate Independence From A Giant Federal Government

 

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

 

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan-working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Don’t worry-The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

 

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Question for CBP:

Why does the news story created by CBP not line up with local reports?

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

News links and Sheriff’s Dept. Facebook post here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol – Investigation Stalled For 3 Weeks?

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

 

Puget Sound Gun Crimes

Puget Sound area shootings roll on.

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Has there been time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Related:

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Most And Least Meaningful Federal Holidays

Do Americans have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces?

Port Townsend and the Sound of Freedom

Enhanced Background Checks Update

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

 

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Nordland Transit Center

 

Port Angeles

Local people find drugs and report to local (not federal) law enforcement authorities. Federal employees create news story and say that federal agents used a K-9 to “seize” the drugs.

Mainstream newspeople remain silent.

May 3, 2021 Peninsula Daily News

Feds take over investigation after $7 million in drugs found

Federal authorities have taken over the investigation into the early April discovery of 400 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine worth $7 million on a Joyce-area beach after no local-area connection with the drugs was established, according to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.”

Local press:

April 15, 2021 The Bellingham Herald

Duffel bags packed with over 400 pounds of meth found near beach, Washington cops say

“Days before one resident reported finding several duffel bags filled with what they said were drugs near a beach in Port Angeles, another resident alerted police about a bag packed with a similar substance near the same beach, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.”

“On April 7, a caller told the sheriff’s office about a bag containing “white crystal substances he believed [were] probably drugs’‘ on a beach west of Port Angeles.”

 

State-Run Media Update:

April 15, 2021 U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol Agents seize methamphetamine near Port Angeles

WTF?

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Port Angeles Station seized a significant amount of methamphetamine west of the city of Port Angeles during a joint-interagency effort.”

“On April 11, after receiving information that suspicious bags were observed near the beach, a Border Patrol agent arrived and deployed his K-9 partner.”

If, on April 7th: “On April 7, a caller told the sheriff’s office about a bag containing “white crystal substances he believed [were] probably drugs’‘ on a beach west of Port Angeles.”

Why did Port Angeles USBP not seize the meth using a K-9 until April 11th?

“The Border Patrol K-9 led the agent to multiple bags and alerted to the presence of narcotics.”

Wait- local people found the drugs and told local LE. Your “K-9 partner” played zero role in discovering the stash.

Agents seized the contraband and further coordinated with all partner entities to include the U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations, the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, CBP’s Air and Marine Operations, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

If Port Angeles US Border Patrol agents used a K-9  to seize a significant amount of methamphetamine on April 11, why did federal agents not take over the investigation until May 3rd, three weeks later?

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering local communities?

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

If sending US troops to Afghanistan and creating a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security was meant to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things, why are drug cartels able to move product into all 50 states?

Source: DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program

“There are currently 33 HIDTAs, and HIDTA-designated counties are located in 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Look for newspeople to ask zero questions in this area.

DEA’s drug threat report: Mexican cartel flooding Northwest with fentanyl

Source: March 2, 2021 KTVZ

 

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

Original blog post:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Related:

Sept 11th, Afghanistan And Port Angeles CBP

Port Angeles CBP – Newspeople Remain Silent

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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Salt Creek – West of Port Angeles

 

I’d be in the habit of asking questions. I’d be writing headlines in a more direct way.

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

 

Has anyone ever seen the Puget Sound area press ask questions about Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls?

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

Earth Day Progress Report

 

April 16, 2021 KING 5 News

Go explore Washington’s national parks for free on Saturday

My headline:

Free access to federal lands you paid for the same as the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.

 

April 16, 2021 KOMO News

147 mass shootings reported this year, experts weigh in on what to do in a shooting

Washington State

If enhanced background checks reduce gun crimes, why does the Puget Sound area press avoid reporting or providing updates on enhanced background checks, years after they have been put in place?

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Has there been time for newspeople to ask questions?

An issue we have been looking into for some time now:

Enhanced Background Checks Update

 

Federal employees create the news-

State-Run Media Update:

April 15, 2021 U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol Agents seize methamphetamine near Port Angeles

WTF?

The real story:

Locals stumble across large quantities of meth and cocaine. Locals call in report to local (not federal) law enforcement officials:

Passers-by found methamphetamine and cocaine in bags on the beach near Port Angeles on two different days, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said.”

“Days before one resident reported finding several duffel bags filled with what they said were drugs near a beach in Port Angeles, another resident alerted police about a bag packed with a similar substance near the same beach, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.”

“On April 7, a caller told the sheriff’s office about a bag containing “white crystal substances he believed [were] probably drugs’‘ on a beach west of Port Angeles.”

These guys are the very last to find out what is going on:

The case is under investigation by the U.S. Border Patrol, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, US Border Patrol Air and Marine Unit, the Royal Canadian Mountain Police and OPNET. These agencies are asking for any information from the public that may assist in the investigation.”

If I was part of the press, I would ask:

How did large quantities of meth and cocaine get past a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats?

CBP land and air based staff were unable to detect and prevent deliveries of meth and cocaine found on local beaches?

I would contact Port Angeles Border Patrol to request an interview and ask them to explain themselves.

If USBP was not available to answer questions, that would become the story.

Blog and news links here:

Port Angeles Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth?

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering local communities?

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

Possibly of interest-

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger-a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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No hurry to change – Anacortes

 

When news/social media posts are created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press.

Local press:

Locals stumble across large quantities of meth and cocaine. Locals call in report to local (not federal) law enforcement officials:

April 14, 2021 KING 5 News

$7 million in meth and cocaine found on Port Angeles beach, police say

Passers-by found methamphetamine and cocaine in bags on the beach near Port Angeles on two different days, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said.”

These guys are the very last to find out what is going on:

The case is under investigation by the U.S. Border Patrol, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, US Border Patrol Air and Marine Unit, the Royal Canadian Mountain Police and OPNET. These agencies are asking for any information from the public that may assist in the investigation.”

Large quantities of meth and cocaine were able to get past a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats?

CBP land and air based staff were unable to detect and prevent deliveries of meth and cocaine found on local beaches?

 

Local press:

April 15, 2021 Peninsula Daily News

Authorities estimate nearly $7 million in illegal drugs found west of Port Angeles

“More than 400 pounds of tightly wrapped bricks of methamphetamine and cocaine were likely waiting for pick-up and a quick boat trip to Canada when area residents found the drugs in eight duffel bags on two Clallam County beaches, Undersheriff Ron Cameron said Thursday.”

 

Local press:

April 15, 2021 The Bellingham Herald

Duffel bags packed with over 400 pounds of meth found near beach, Washington cops say

“Days before one resident reported finding several duffel bags filled with what they said were drugs near a beach in Port Angeles, another resident alerted police about a bag packed with a similar substance near the same beach, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.”

“On April 7, a caller told the sheriff’s office about a bag containing “white crystal substances he believed [were] probably drugs’‘ on a beach west of Port Angeles.”

 

State-Run Media Update:

April 15, 2021 U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol Agents seize methamphetamine near Port Angeles

WTF?

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Port Angeles Station seized a significant amount of methamphetamine west of the city of Port Angeles during a joint-interagency effort.”

“On April 11, after receiving information that suspicious bags were observed near the beach, a Border Patrol agent arrived and deployed his K-9 partner.”

“The Border Patrol K-9 led the agent to multiple bags and alerted to the presence of narcotics.”

Wait- local people found the drugs and told local LE. Your “K-9 partner” played zero role in discovering the stash.

Agents seized the contraband and further coordinated with all partner entities to include the U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations, the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, CBP’s Air and Marine Operations, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

Way to go guys!

Local press is weak for not demanding an interview with the Port Angeles Border Patrol and requiring them to explain themselves.

Earlier, we were told that Port Angeles Border Patrol arrest statistics must be kept secret:

Aug 2011-

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

The secrecy policy is instantly lifted if USBP can take credit for local beachcombers finding cartel product and making a report to local (not federal) LE authorities?

Local USBP history:

Secret arrest statistics are un-American

 

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin and meth away from Port Angeles?

April 8, 2021 MyClallamCounty.com

2 PA DEATHS IN ONE DAY APPEAR TO BE OVERDOSES

“Preliminary police investigations suggest two men who died in separate incidents Wednesday in Port Angeles were both victims of heroin overdoses.”

 

April 11, 2021 Peninsula Daily News

Peninsula overdose deaths seem to be on the rise

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering local communities?

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

Possibly of interest-

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger-a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

 

Related:

Sept 11th, Afghanistan And Port Angeles CBP

Port Angeles CBP – Newspeople Remain Silent

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

 

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Photo- A symbol of newspeople failing to ask questions

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

 

What do the major political parties belive in or stand for? Over the past 50 years or so, they have taken turns in power. Plenty of voting has taken place. Things are not better.

Long election seasons are not bringing out answers to these sorts of questions. Have newspeople had time to look into all this?

Newspeople have moved away from asking questions. Has anyone noticed?

Our questions appear in bold type.

 

Do Americans have an honest relationship with the US Armed Forces?

April 9, 2021 Whidbey News-Times

Letter to the editor:

“There are so many people here on the island who complain about jet noise, but I like it and to me it truly is the sound of freedom and so I thank them for all they do to keep the rest of us safe.”

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

Did the advantage of US air power allow the undeclared wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be prevented, won or shut down?

If The Troops defend American rights and freedoms, what becomes of those freedoms when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Let’s Honor The Troops In Honest Ways

 

Do the people who operate the local newspaper want us to think of the US Armed Forces as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Hometown Pride:

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

The US Armed Forces – A Giant Civil Rights Organization?

 

If the CIA (est 1947) serves as an advantage to the US, why does the Department of Defense have such a poor record of winning undeclared wars going back to 1949, the year DOD was established?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

The US should maintain strong and ready military forces.

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms-The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

 

Legal marijuana, concealed carry of handguns, semi automatic rifle sales, federal minimum drinking age, sports betting, voting rights, bump stock baninterracial marriage, gay marriage, tobacco sales, open container laws, etc.

None of these are linked in any way with The Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Troops, The Dept. of Defense or the outcome of military operations overseas.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

Just Be Honest.

Stop with the glorification of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

 

1967

Did the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to safeguard American freedoms?

Was it the Viet Cong that set up laws in 16 US states to prohibit interracial marriage?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

TV Newspeople Are Lazy – Reporting The News By Press Release

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest event. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

Where did they go?

Iowa – Welcome Home Troops

April 3, 2021 KWWL News

Modified welcome home ceremonies slated for Iowa Army National Guard units

“The Ironman Battalion supported Operation Spartan Shield in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.”

 

During the Vietnam War, US troops were sent to Vietnam.

Today, the Texas National Guard is sent to the U.S. Central Command Area in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Newspeople post whatever press release is handed off.

Was there any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war, linked to this movement of Iowa National Guard troops?

Has there been time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

The press is good for telling everybody to get out and vote.

People could do a better job of voting if they were better informed.

Newspapers are suppressing online comment sections, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

 

Life and Death Scenarios

COVID is a life and death situation for some people. Using or abusing cartel-sourced drugs is a life and death situation for some people.

When news/social media posts are created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press.

These are the guys who are unable to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US:

Have CBP efforts reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the 50 states?

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Is Port Angeles CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin and meth from entering the Puget Sound area?

Has Port Angeles CBP been able to intercept any inbound meth or heroin?

Even one time?

Newspeople remain silent.

Local meth news stories here.

Local heroin news stories here.

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

What We Have Now

A $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security that fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

Billions of dollars spent every 12 months to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Newspeople ask zero questions in this area.

 

We’d love to see more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

In another State-Run Media/CBP Social Media Post, CBP tells us:

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units!

Nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Surely, a free and independent press will step up and ask for clarification on this wild CBP claim.

Away from any border crossing or port of entry:

Hey newspeople, how did 2,224 pounds of meth tied to the Sinaloa cartel enter Riverside County, if nothing gets past @CBP’s K9 units?

Why is there a deadly fentanyl problem in Eastern Washington if nothing gets past CBP social media posts?

Giant US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep 1,950 pounds of cartel product from showing up in Denton County Texas, far from any border crossing or port of entry:

Jan 27, 2021 The Dallas Morning News

DEA’s Dallas office announces seizure of $45 million in meth, heroin — its largest bust ever

“The drugs — 1,950 pounds valued at $45 million — were sniffed out by a dog during a traffic stop involving a refrigerated tractor-trailer in Denton County on Oct. 8, the DEA said. They had been stashed inside a secret compartment of the truck.”

“Chávez said the meth was smuggled across the U.S.-Mexican border by traffickers working with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG.”

Way to go guys.

Any Lessons Learned?

Anytime there is a plane crash, a loss at sea, or an industrial accident, a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to save lives by preventing future incidents.

Any investigation to find out how US Troops at the border, the big El Chapo takedown, opioid lawsuits, REAL ID, Homeland Security grant money, CBP social media posts, strict post 911/GWOT security protocols, and a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security failed to keep cartel product from showing up in Denton County Texas?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq & Afghanistan-working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

Has General Milley’s Operation Macho Swagger reduced access to cartel product anywhere in the US?

Has there been enough time for newspeople to ask questions?

Newspeople remain silent.

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

WWII costume reminds us of a time before decades of undeclared/unwon wars stacked up.

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.

Both major parties and the press are OK with undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

 

April 10, 2021 WXIA-TV

Our area is considered a hub for meth trafficking,” Meadows said. “Interstate 85 is a major route for trafficking between Atlanta and Florida.”

 

Gun Control

Gun control has been here for decades.

President Biden is ready to move forward on this.

President Biden has had a long career in politics. Have previous efforts Re: gun control failed to reduce gun crimes?

Random thoughts:

Has any state, ever in history, required proof of membership in a militia to purchase, transport, or carry, guns and ammo/participate in shooting sports, etc.

If enhanced background checks reduce gun crimes, why does the press avoid reporting or providing updates on enhanced background checks years after they have been put in place?

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Our local press avoids providing updates on the enhanced background checks that came to WA back in 2014.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Has there been time for newspeople to ask questions?

A well regulated militia?

WA 2014 Enhanced Background Checks – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

Sending US Troops to Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc., is somehow defending the constitution?

What becomes of American rights and freedoms and the constitution when the US returns from distant lands without a victory?

Podcast 9 Defending The Constitution?

 

Throw in student loans, healthcare, homeless people camping on the street, housing availability, minimum wage, etc.

Has government intervention helped improve American life in these areas?

 

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

When I was 18, the WWII generation was in charge

If The Troops Defend The Constitution…

 

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A symbol of newspeople not asking questions.

 

What happened?

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

Today:

A staged and scripted White House news conference. The risk of taking questions from a random group of feisty reporters is completely avoided.

We are big fans of Independent/alternative media here at Oak Bay Starfish.

Alternative media is good about keeping an active comment section up & running. There’s always something to learn or think about from the points others make in the comment section.

Local papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Suppressing comments, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

People could reject alternative media and be totally good with mainstream media, but it would require the family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks to try harder.

 

The Puget Sound area press avoids asking questions.

If enhanced background checks reduce gun crimes, why does the press avoid reporting or providing updates on enhanced background checks years after they have been put in place?

Will the press ever do a follow up on the enhanced background check requirements that have been in place for years now?

WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Homeland Security is a scam?

Federal agents swing into action after 12 kilos of cocaine move past strict post 911/GWOT security protocols and federal agents staffing a $49.8 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then, on into the Puget Sound area:

April 7, 2021 Q13 Fox News

Feds charge 24 people in big Seattle-area gun, drug bust; 73 firearms seized

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

$49.8 billion is spent every 12 months on the US Dept. of Homeland Security.

The Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep cartel product from showing up all over the US.

Newspeople ask zero questions in this area.

Strict Post 911/GWOT Security Protocols & A $49.8 Billion US Dept. of Homeland Security

 

Local press fails to ask questions:

Local Waters

WA 2014 Enhanced Background Checks – Newspeople Remain Silent

Land of Information Suppression

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Mainstream vs. Alternative Media

 

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Nordland Transit Center

 

First Biden News Conference

The event appeared to go pretty well.

It came off as staged and scripted.

The risk of taking questions from a random group of feisty reporters was completely avoided.

Not here to poke at Joe Biden.

Let’s look at public policy, access to public information and the efforts, or lack of efforts by the press to work hard to keep people informed.

 

Made For TV

Oct 7, 2016 Baltimore Sun News Video:

Expect more artifice than authenticity in ‘town hall’ debate

“Don’t be fooled. TV town halls today have almost nothing to do with the real meaning of the term.”

“Town halls did not really become part of political TV fabric until the 1990s, when Bill Clinton’s team started using them in the 1992 campaign because the candidate was so good at seeming to connect with participants — especially when they spoke about hardship or pain. That Team Clinton staged its own town halls and participated in others produced by cable channels — like MTV.”

 

Both major parties are OK with:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

Will made for TV news conferences take a look at any of this?

Pre-COVID interview

Prior to masks and social distancing.

8:30 command the respect of everyone in the world. Enemies and allies:

1:14

JFK speaks about the role of the press & voices of dissent in a free society:

 

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Watching the waves at Point Partridge

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Image above: This really nice sign is posted at the Coupeville Wharf. I took this photo on 4/2/2020.

Unfortunately, the waters immediately adjacent to this sign are impacted year-round due to a sewage treatment plant outfall.

Coupeville

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

Image above: 3/26/2021

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Click image to enlarge.

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

View the Washington State Department of Health beach list here.

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

A photo tour of Penn Cove here:

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Department of Ecology Award For Outstanding Performance

 

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

 

March 13, 2020 Whidbey News-Times

4th grade students publish book on Salish Sea

“Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea”

School teachers,

Are you teaching your students to look for green colors on the Recreational Shellfish Safety Map?

 

More here:

Local Waters And The Puget Sound Area Press

 

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WA voters approved enhanced background checks back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Did the new requirements reduce gun crimes?

Local press avoids providing updates.

 

Initiative 594

Nov 4, 2014 Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Washington voters choose gun control; huge majority in Seattle area

 

Washington Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases, Initiative 594 (2014)

“The measure was designed to require background checks to be run on every person purchasing a gun in the state of Washington, even those who do so via private sales.”

“Furthermore, the initiative rendered it illegal to hand off a firearm to people outside a person’s immediate family, though exceptions were mentioned, including situations in which people are at a shooting range or hunting.”

 

Puget Sound area shootings roll on.

Will the press ever do a follow up on the enhanced background check requirements that have been in place for years now?

 

Back in 2014 – Initiative 594 – Attempting to comply:

 

Gunfire on the ferry:

January 27, 2020 Kitsap News Group

Man arrested after allegedly firing gun from ferry

“…WSP Vessel and Terminal Security Troopers responded to the MV Kaleetan upon its arrival at Colman Dock. By that time, WSF crews had already secured the suspect, who had boarded the vessel by vehicle.”

WSF Bremerton to Seattle crossing time: ~ 60 min

Not my idea to promote the concept that riding safely on the ferry requires gun boat escorts, SWAT teams and K-9s on the job to detect explosives.

If a guy decides to fire a gun during a 60 minute ferry crossing and WSP waits to respond until the ferry arrives at Colman Dock, how is this security?

Will newspeople follow up and let us know if the guy who purposefully fired his handgun from the ferry had a concealed carry permit?

Did he pass any sort of background check?

Whatever happened to this guy?

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

 

Related:

Newspeople Show Little Curiosity Unless It’s A Sports Story

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Mixed Messages On Transportation Security/Firing Gun From the Ferry Update

Washington State Ferry Ride

Washington State Ferries Security

 

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Just north of Perego’s Lagoon – Looking north to Fort Ebey

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Biden hasn’t held a news conference or been imitated on ‘SNL’ in his presidency. Why not?

Source: Mar 8, 2021 USA Today

 

SNL has a fun tradition of portraying elected officials of both major parties.

It’s been going on for decades.

I’m for letting individuals decide on whatever content they are interested in.

 

Both Whidbey papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Newspapers are suppressing online comment sections, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

The press release style of news reporting means that a statement is prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest drug bust/federal grant money award, etc. Newspeople post this statement as is.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Throw in social media restrictions and it’s time to ask if we live in a free and honest society.

Suppressing Choices – One Size Fits All

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

 

The First Lady will visit Puget Sound area military installations.

Will the First Lady bring any news of plans to phase out undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

Will the press make any attempt to ask similar questions?

Thank You First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

Did the press ask questions of General Milley?

General Milley – No Questions From The Press

 

Alternative Media

A big election season has ended. A major cultural shift in politics has taken hold.

As the weeks go by, we can see that there is a list of things the government is not very good at. Is this list bigger than a list of the things government does well?

Alternative media is OK with asking these sorts of questions. Mainstream media seems to avoid reporting on various topics.

Podcast 8 Senator Cantwell and the local press

 

The more the mainstream press fails to try, the more people will be seeking out alternative content.

 

Lew Rockwell Mar 3, 2021

“Another example is gasoline – which has been largely forced off the market in favor of adulterated gasoline. What most Americans are forced to pump into their tanks is actually 10 percent ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and only 90 percent gasoline.”

Do the best ideas take hold through voluntary action and an honest demand for services?

Why is the force of government required to spread ideas if those ideas make the best sense?

An old favorite:

0:51

“Well, if it made a lot of sense, we wouldn’t need to subsidize it or mandate its consumption.”

 

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks are more welcome to do interviews related to public policy. Unfortunately, they seem to have moved away from asking questions. Instead of waiting on the mainstream press, people go out & ask their own questions:

Operating A Camera In A Public Place

 

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Keeping People Off Twitter?

Mainstream vs. Alternative Media

Fewer Than Half Of All Americans Trust The Mainstream Media

Questionable Info To Be Suppressed?

 

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