EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG:
The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies
Edited by Russ Kick
Published 2002 by The Disinformation Co. Ltd., New York, N.Y. US$24.95
By Sue Potvin
At a time when corporations are manipulating the world around us -- from
the advertising and news in the media right up to our governments -- the
average person may not realise how much disinformation is out there.
Newspapers like D&D try to reveal it. But this book, Everything
you Know is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies,
blows the lid off.
Russ Kick, together with cohorts Richard Metzger and Gary Baddeley, have
brought together a veritable treasure trove of writers to provide alternative,
sometimes conflicting, views of what the mainstream media is telling you.
You will learn to question their motives and agendas and get a feel for
what the truth may really be.
People who wouldn't ordinarily appear together in one book -- Howard
Bloom, Naomi Klein, Greg Palast, William Blum, Arianna Huffington and
about 38 more -- provide a feast of information. The 50 or so pieces remove
the mystery from such diverse topics as the Vatican Bank, drugs, Votescam
2000, the bombing of PanAm 103, nuclear power secrets, the Columbine massacre,
bioterrorism, myths about youth, globalization, hidden history and 9-11.
And there's so much more.
Electricity used to be cheaper in Britain than in the U.S.; but British
consumers now pay 70 per cent more than their American counterparts for
it, Greg Palast tells us in "Burn the Olive Tree, Sell the Lexus".
And Brits pay 250 per cent more than Americans for water. Why? Because
Margaret Thatcher started the march along the privatization and deregulation
Research proved that the painkiller Duract could damage the liver, Arianna
Huffington reveals. But its manufacturer pressured the FDA to approve
the drug, simply warning physicians of its toxity. More than 2.5 million
prescriptions racked up enough liver-related deaths that it was yanked
off the shelves after 10 months. Just the tip of the iceberg. The collusion
between pharmaceuticals, the FDA and the Congressional Oversight Committee
is turning deadly.
Attorney Jonathan Levy writes, ". . . the Vatican Bank has been
involved in tax evasion, financial scams, and money laundering of Nazi
gold." From its inception, the bank has "been linked to the
most unholy of scandals, scams, and plots." It has never been audited.
One investigator has made a compelling argument that John Paul I was poisoned
due in part to his commitment to closing or cleaning up the Vatican Bank.
You'll be shocked.
Professor Helen Jefferson Lenskyj exposes the popular myths that surround
the Olympics, wherever it is held. "On the rare occasions when the
mass media criticize any aspect of the Olympics, they're more likely to
target individuals than to attack the system that normalizes dishonesty
at all levels," she says.
About $50 billion -- almost as much as the global aid budget -- is sucked
out of developing countries to tax havens every year. And U.S. Treasury
Secretary Paul O'Neill favours abolishing U.S. taxes on businesses altogether.
Lucy Komisar tells this and more in her chapter on "Dirty Money and
Global Banking Secrecy".
Gabe Kirchheimer provides overwhelming proof that about 100 cows in the
U.S. (in North America) have mad cow disease at any one time and that
people are actually contracting the human form of the disease and dying
New York's 1991 Teacher-of-the Year John Taylor Gatto discovered the
out-of-print writings of the men who designed and implemented America's
educational system. In these documents they admit to a chilling purpose
for their schools -- to mold children into unthinking drones who will
be good, unquestioning workers.
Retired police chief Joseph D. McNamara turns whistleblower to acknowledge
the gangs of renegade criminal cops that exist in every major U.S. city
in his article, "When Cops Become the Gangsters."
You won't be reading this book at a single sitting. It is massive --
340 letter-size pages of well-substantiated revelations. A bit of it may
be familiar -- especially to readers of alternative media such as D&D.
Much of it will shock your sensibilities. It's mind-boggling stuff. But
read it you should.
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GIVE YOUR BRAIN A BREAK
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CAVERNS OF THE CROSS -- a rollercoaster of a novel that
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Everyone knows about the existence of Naturcept, a contraceptive distilled
from South American flora. Pharmaceutical companies and Catholic priests
race to be the first to find it. Whose hands the formula falls into depends
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at nothing to get what they want. Pitting altruism against avarice under
the powerful gaze of the Vatican, CAVERNS OF THE CROSS
is gripping and raucous entertainment.
Peter C. Newman says of CAVERNS OF THE CROSS:
"Hal Sisson's amazing tale covers much new territory with some inspiring
and astonishing insights."
Robert Collins says: "Sisson's lively plot has more twists
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a miracle contraceptive, industrial espionage, and sinister forces within
the Roman Catholic church, all set against a backdrop of the world population
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Elizabeth May of the Sierra Club of Canada says: "The plight
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Hal Sisson is a native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. His work as
a reporter for the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and his thirty years of practicing
law in Alberta have given him a wealth of experiences from which to draw
the characters and plots for his writing. And, as if that weren't enough,
he conceived, produced and starred in "Sorry 'bout That"
-- the longest running annual burlesque revue in Western Canada. He has
also written "Coots, Codgers and Curmudgeons" (with
Dwayne W. Rowe). Since retiring from his law practice in 1984, he plays
croquet, collects marbles and writes.
||Driven by the importance and urgency of the book, Goodbye
I have been buying it in lots of 10 and giving it to people to read
with this message:
"This book is given to you with the following request.
1. If you do not read it, or if you disagree with its contents, please
return it to me.
2. If you find this book of interest, please pass it, with this note,
on to another.
3. If, like me, you become fired by the need to share this message with
as many people as possible, please buy extra copies of the book and do
as I am doing.
We can choose to sit idly by while the world around us spins out of control
-- or we can choose to do something about it.
Thank you for giving this your consideration. Sue Potvin"
Not everyone can afford to take this kind of action. My thought was,
"Can we afford not to?" We get so frustrated with those Canadians
-- and there are so many of them -- who choose to be blind to all the
things they believe they cannot change. But one thing those "ostriches"
"When you bury your head in the sand, your butt makes an excellent
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