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One of the saving graces of the ailing corporate media — for the folks setting the agenda, anyhow — is its relentless ability to hyper-focus the public’s attention on altogether meaningless events.
Take, for instance, an armed robbery that sees property stolen but no one harmed. Such an event is unfortunate, yes, but such is life. People get robbed. It certainly isn’t something that should consume the news cycle — particularly when developments of actual importance are unfolding around the world.
Yet that’s exactly what happened this week after reality TV star Kim Kardashian was at gunpoint in Paris on Monday morning. Kardashian, who was in town for Fashion Week, was forced into the bathroom of her hotel room, tied up, and robbed at gunpoint. The perpetrators, men dressed as police officers, stole about $10 million.
Again, it was an unfortunate incident, but the starlet is , and Paris officials have assured the Kardashian clan the perpetrators will be brought to justice. At this point, had the celebrity been an average citizen, the media would have likely concluded there was nothing more to the story and moved on. But then, if she were an average citizen, the media wouldn’t have covered the story in the first place.
And that’s the point.
In truth, the Kim Kardashian incident is precisely the type of filler story the corporate media has used time and again to keep the celebrity-obsessed masses distracted from reality. And while — in instance — the bought and paid for networks fixated on the fact that the assailants are , interviewed the starlet’s friends about her , and tried to pass off reports of her being prior to the incident as breaking news, there were events taking place in the world that the masses following Kim Kardashian should be informed of.
As such, here are five stories you might’ve missed while the corporate media was obsessed with Kim Kardashian and her stolen jewelry.
1. DIPLOMACY BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE US IN SYRIA IS DEAD
Following weeks of failed talks and escalating violence in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, diplomatic efforts between Russia and the United States officially on Monday, with the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister between the two countries of late and State Department spokesman John Kirby the U.S. is with Russia.
For those paying attention, the news shouldn’t have come as a shock. Following a U.S. airstrike that 62 Syrian soldiers — for which the U.S. blamed bad intel — and an attack on a U.N humanitarian convoy near Aleppo that a dozen aid workers — for which the U.S. blamed Russia — the latest Syrian ceasefire brokered by Washington and the Kremlin officially two weeks ago.
Since then, the fighting in Aleppo has , and the accusations being hurled have grown bolder. One U.S. ambassador the Russian air campaign in Syria to Indeed, all the official breakdown of diplomacy regarding Aleppo really means is that the fighting will go on and it will undoubtedly get much worse. The only difference is that now, our leaders don’t have to pretend to be trying to talk a way out of it.
2. THE PENTAGON DUMPED HALF A BILLION DOLLARS INTO MAKING PROPAGANDA FOR TERRORISTS
On Monday, the on the revelation the Department of Defense spent more than $500 million from 2007 to 2011 creating fake news and propaganda for terrorist groups in Iraq. The largest recipient of said funding was a British PR firm.
Once the propaganda items were created, says former Bell Pottinger worker Martin Wells.
In truth, this all sounds like par for the course given what we know about the of the War on Terror.
3. THE PUBLIC GOT A RAW LOOK AT HILLARY CLINTON
Audio from hacked emails, recently by the , once again highlights Hillary Clinton’s flip-flopping ideological nature and her true thoughts about voters. On Monday, the on the new audio, which was recorded at a campaign function in February, pointing out her contradictions:
In the new clips, Clinton seems to affirm her fluid ideological state, of this year’s election cycle that on one hand there’s and on the other it’s
She also of the supporters of then-challenger Bernie Sanders, suggesting it was disillusionment with the future — and not any genuine dislike of her — that drove young people to favor the senator from Vermont.
4. MILLIONS OF RUSSIAN CITIZENS PREPARE FOR NUCLEAR WAR
On the heels of the official of talks to halt the fighting in Aleppo, Syria, the Kremlin emergency preparedness drills to be carried out among the Russian citizenry beginning Tuesday. As :
The drills are purportedly to according to Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov. Though, given the timing — literally hours after DOD spokesman John Kirby U.S.-Russian diplomacy in Syria was over — it isn’t a reach to interpret this move as the next logical step toward another cold war with Russia.
5. BEES PUT ON ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST FOR FIRST TIME EVER
While it may not grab headlines like endless global warfare or rampant political criminality, the fate of the bumblebee nevertheless has an extreme impact on the existence of human beings. And as was Tuesday, for the first time ever, the bumblebee was recently labeled an endangered species.
The pollination habits of bees are vitally important to the native flowering plants of the ecosystems they occupy. If the bees disappear, certain plants will disappear, which will lead to certain animals disappearing, and so on — creating a domino effect.
What Kim Kardashian and her jewelry contribute to society is, at the current date, yet to be determined.