Wednesday, May 06, 2015

COTW: Propaganda Versus Reality

The United States is conducting a full-blown propaganda war against Russia as well as imposing economic sanctions for its support of ethnic Russian separatists fighting in Ukraine's civil war. But as with all propaganda, the reality of the US-Russia relationship is all together different. This chart shows why:

Russia is the second largest non-OPEC source of petroleum products behind Canada! Obviously the so-called sanctions regime is much more about public posturing than motivating Russia to withold military aid and give up Crimea. Rules are for the little people, n'est pas?

The graphic below demonstrates the disparity between 'Merica's official rhetoric dipicting itself as the democratic "land of the free, home of the brave" and the harsh reality of its economically stratified society from a perspective closer to home. Freddie Gray lived in the poor Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore. He suffered from lead poisoning like many poor children. As little as 5 micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood can stunt the mental development of a child and cause ADHD, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. When Freddie was 22 months old his blood carried 37 micrograms. It is a demonstrated fact that high levels of environmental toxins are associated with poverty. Poor Freddie, dead at the age of 25, he never had a chance.

source: Washington Post