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The censorship of news items by controlled media
The influence that can be exerted on media exposure comes with certain caveats. Liberal democracies are defined today by having free and open elections, an independent judiciary, free speech as well as rights afforded to people to petition their elected representatives and contest government policy, and, not least of all, a free press.
Occupy Wall Street was the name of a protest movement against social and economic inequality worldwide that began on 17 September, 2011 in Zuccotti Park in New York. There was some debate during the initial phase of the protest as to how commensurate the media coverage had been. Of monumental proportions a theme though it was, it garnered scant media exposure in its nascent stage. The mainstream media eventually caved in, but only after protesters took matters into their own hands by spreading the news to millions of people on social media websites.
In 2014, a Gallup poll surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 countries asking: "which country represents the largest threat to world peace today?" The United States polled the highest at 24%. A surprising 13% of American respondents rated their own country as the biggest threat to world peace. Mainstream media barely reported on it. So inconvenient were the results of the poll that it fell foul of a media blackout.
Ellen Hodgson Brown, President & Founder of the Public Banking Institute (PBI) and author of such books as "The Web of Debt", The Public Bank Solution", addresses the PBI 2012 conference in Philadelphia.
Victoria Grant, seen here aged 12 years old, addresses the first annual Public Banking Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Her father and she discovered that the debt money system was what was wrong with the Canadian economy and decided to do something about it.
The Bank of North Dakota was established by legislative action in 1919 to promote agriculture, commerce and industry. North Dakota is the only state to have escaped the credit crisis. For every year since 2008, it has run a budget surplus and it has the lowest unemployment figures in the US, the lowest default rate on its loans and the lowest foreclosure rate.
Mike Krauss, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Project, puts forward his proposal, based on the success of the Bank of North Dakota, to create a Public Bank for the state of Pennsylvania. Such a move would free the state from the clutches of the Fed, reduce the debt burden, boost investments and serve the public interest.
Most people hold the view that their bank deposits are safe with the big commercial banks, however, this assumption is not based on the facts. This video features official government documents detailing information that should sound anyone's alarm bells [edited].