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If you turn on the television or log on to the internet today, you will be bombarded with the non-news of President Donald Trump tweeting out a typo in which he used the arrangement of characters, ‘covfefe’.

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The mainstream media picked up this covfefe Tweet and began shoving it down the collective throats of Americans, literally instantly.

CNN, the NY Times, WaPo, USA Today, the Telegraph, the Guardian, NPR, and virtually every other mainstream media outlet in the world jumped on the bandwagon of non-news covfefe fluff and filled the airways with this inane blither.

While there are plenty of reasons to call out Donald Trump, covfefe, a random typo in the middle of the night is hardly newsworthy. However, it does serve as a remarkable distraction from the very real and very deadly US airstrikes in the Middle East.

Last week, while the media pushed distractions over Trump’s rantings out on the airways, a Pentagon investigation admitted that more than 100 civilians had been killed in a US airstrike in Iraq in March, but largely placed the blame on IS.

Following that admission, at least 35 civilians were killed, most of whom were women and children in Syria last Thursday. Before that, in mid-May, US airstrikes murdered nearly two dozen farm workers – mostly women – in a village in eastern Raqqa, as well as at least 59 civilians in residential areas of Deir al-Zor.

Yesterday, the Intercept reported that entire families, including infants, were ‘massacred’ by the US-led coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

“A U.S.-led coalition warplane targeted heavy machine guns at civilians trying to flee the city of Al-Tabaqa, which is witnessing heavy clashes between gunmen,” reported the local anti-ISIS activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently. The air raid led to “the death of a whole family.” Following the attack, photos of the young children from the al-Aish family circulated widely on social media and local news sites, including pictures of 3-year-old Abdul Salam and 6-month-old Ali.

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Photos shared on social media showed 6-month-old Abdul Salam al-Aish and 3-year-old Ali al-Aish, who were killed in a U.S. airstrike near the town of Tabqa.

The strike that massacred this innocent family was one of thousands. As RT reports, figures show that a total of 14,192 rockets, bombs, and other munitions were dropped in the first four months of 2017, up from 9,442 during the same period in 2016.

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While these strikes are being touted as a means of ‘wiping ISIS off the face of the planet,’ the US government and the West, in general, is ignoring the fact that they are slaughtering innocent civilians. 

Does anyone really believe that a mother or father who watches a US bomb blow their innocent 3-year-old son to a fine red mist will think that this is okay because it is in the name of ‘fighting terrorism’?

Sadly, the heavily sedated masses, content with the day’s talking points handed down to them by the mainstream media, are mostly unaware and in entire acceptance of this foreign policy.

Murdering someone’s child creates a ‘terrorist’ out of every single person related to that child. 

When will people wake up to this fact?

Sadly, corporate media’s complete lack of coverage on the reality of ‘collateral damage’ has fostered a society who is okay with civilian casualties. Through slick reporting and dehumanizing spin, the thousands of innocent children blown to bits by US bombs are written off as little more than a statistic in the war on terror.

If a single image of dead children was allowed a platform on the mainstream media, this madness would likely be over rather quickly. Indeed, we have seen this happen before with the famous photo of Kim Phuc — aka napalm girl.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning photo showed the world the reality that is occupation and war. This photo — a single reminder of the brutal nature of war — ultimately brought it to an end.

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The AP photographer Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut, who snapped the shot, explained in an interview how soldiers would thank him for his photo.

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“It changed the war. I met so many American soldiers who said ‘Nicky because of your picture I’ll get to go home early,’” he said.

Sadly, this very real and very necessary coverage is entirely absent from the mainstream today — and not by accident.

Showing photos of the destruction and death from US bombs will get your advertising pulled by Google. If you post these photos to Facebook, your account will be suspended. The truth, in modern day America, is becoming extinct and people are accepting it.

The reality of war is death. The reality of war is destruction. To deny these facts is to deny reality itself. It is because of these facts that war should be the absolute last resort of any government. In America, however — thanks to the military industrial complex — it is the first.

As Americans bicker over Trump’s covfefe typos on Twitter, he’s signing a deal worth hundreds of billions of dollars with the largest state sponsor of terror in the world — ensuring decades of future wars and the continuation of the cycle of terrorism.

As Americans argue over irrelevant partisan nonsense, beat into their minds by corporate media, they are losing jobs, their money is becoming worthless, their tax dollars are being used to fund and support ISIS, and their freedoms are being sold to fund the police state.

We are quite literally building our own prison as Americans wave flags in the street supporting this madness. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Everyone reading this right now has the power to stop this insanity and it’s in the palm of your hand or on the screen in front of you. Information is the key to freedom and standing up for the dissemination of that information is how we maintain that freedom. 

As Edward Snowden said yesterday, in his most powerful speech to date:

“Rights are lost by cowardly laws that are passed in moments of panic. Rights are lost to the cringing complicity of leaders who fear the loss of their office more than the loss of our liberties.”

“It’s not enough to believe that something’s wrong,” Snowden attested. “It’s not enough to disagree with it. It’s not enough to think that things could be better.

“You have to stand for something. You have to go out there and risk something. You have to dare yourself to actually get out there and change the world — even if in a small way, even if only for one person, even if for only one instant, you lay down a brick upon which everyone else can build.”

“That, ladies and gentlemen,” Snowden concluded, “is the only way the world has ever gotten better.”

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Damiana

    I think he was groping for the word “kerfuffle,” but I’ll stop missing the point and actually READ the article.

    • Steve

      coverage. thumbs. Sadly the title of this article is true. I’ll leave the articles body to the author.

  • skyp0ckets

    I think it is just a much needed moment of levity. That’s all.

  • TOPDOG1

    I suggest that religion is the root cause of this idiocy. Not that their arnt fools out there, there are. But for every genuine fool there are ‘at least’ fifty idiots.

  • Alia Atreides

    Can you control your SPELLING???????? It’s “…Americans Can Be Controlled…” – NOT – ” American’s ” with an apostrophe….. you downgrade your site and your important message by posting titles with blaring grammatical errors. It makes you look like uneducated dumb amateurs rather than a serious group.

    • Damiana
      • Alia Atreides

        That is cute, and in spirit I agree. However, being a “dick” can be a rhetorical ‘tool’ these days…people are in a stupor, and if one says things in a ‘nice, normal’ way the message can be ignored. When one acts like an ass, or ridiculously, or over-the-top then the message is more likely to be noticed. I know that is sad. But, it can be effective. I believe in the Free Thought Project, and do believe that poor presentation of their arguments can lessen their legitimacy. Therefore, I chose to go over-the-top in order to be heard and understood.

        • Andropov

          I disagree. Seeing someone be over the top and bombastic frequently makes them much easier to dismiss as loud and stupid. It also instantly makes the other side more defensive and less receptive to whatever idea you’re trying to communicate.

          • Alia Atreides

            That can happen too. But in this case, it worked. The oversight was amended quite quickly.

          • Andropov

            I wouldn’t ascribe that to your rudeness.

          • Guy

            There was no “Rudeness” as you would apply the term, as I see it. But only factual truth to the grammar error, that once noticed by the editor, has been corrected. I would consider your second remark to be the Rude Factor, considering you seem to have gone out of your way to kick the guy in the head………then seeming to enjoy it while you were at it ! You should have quit while you were ahead the first time !

          • Andropov

            When, pray tell, did I “kick the guy in the head”, and what could possibly indicate my enjoyment thereof?

          • Guy

            2and time around, or was that just my imagination !?

        • Damiana

          From now on, just reply to ANY one of my posts on TFTP if you have a problem. You can also email Mr. Agorist directly at [email protected] – I assure you, there are better ways of making constructive suggestions than showing your ass in the comments. You don’t have to shout insults to get noticed around here – a simple email will suffice. Check yours and you’ll see where I gave you mine and then deleted it back out.

          • Alia Atreides

            Sorry I don’t understand what you said, mostly the part at the end after “Check yours…” or specifically why I would respond to you or your posts if I had a ‘problem’ with something on the site. I don’t know who or what you are, or if you personally have anything to do with this site/organization so I have no idea why writing to you is preferable. Oh well. Then again, I don’t understand most of NT (Neurotypical) behavior being an Autistic adult. If you want to rail on autistic people, and what ‘asses’ we are, feel free.

            What I said in my first post was exactly true: grammatical errors as such in a title make an outlet appear to be less professional. However, it was not worded in the way you would prefer. Yet it DID get the point across and the error was corrected! That was the goal of my communication. Therefore, the communication was a linguistic “success” despite not having a popular style. And, because of all this drama, it is slightly possible that editors will check titles twice before posting. Therefore, my horribly direct and bombastic words may have a further POSITIVE effect on this site. Not on you personally, but, for the organization’s image in digital print.

          • Damiana

            What I meant is that you only have to send an email if there’s something you don’t like on this site. My daughter is an Aspie, so I’ll be more patient with you than most would. Everything’s fine – I just wanted you to know that this is not one of those places where you have to yell to get attention.

            As to who I am, I’m sort of an “intern” around here. I voluntarily delete spam from the comment section and I send Mr. Agorist an email whenever I spot a spelling or grammatical error. I do all this for him and TFTP because he’s never ignored my emails or been ungracious in the face of (sometimes harsh) criticism.

            Mr. Agorist is actually a very busy man who doesn’t have time to read all of the comments around here. Your little display only “worked” because I emailed him a link to your comment. Otherwise, he probably wouldn’t have noticed. I did it for you this time but in the future, please attempt to direct your criticism toward more courteous and discreet tactics.

            He’s really a very reasonable man who has a LOT of respect for his readers and those who wish to help his cause. Watch – I’ll send him an email right now and bet you that he comes by to say hi within 24 hours.

          • Guy

            Wow Cat ! Really ? I had no idea. As to the rest, good job !

      • Guy

        Or “The Dalek” Will come and mess you up !

  • you seem to be suggesting that people can’t take time to notice what an idiot we have for so-called-president while still learning and caring about what’s happening around the world (which is exactly why it’s important to know what an idiot we have for so-called-president)

    • Damiana

      The Point

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      Your Head

    • IceTrey

      We survived idiots before we’ll survive this one.

    • Guy

      So what are you suggesting, if anything ?

  • Guy

    Okay Matt. By now you are some what familiar with me and my style of writing to some degree, both from comments to your postings and others, that I have made. Not that you should give a tinker’s damn or care enough to respond to them. I’am okay with it and get it !

    But this one, I am calling you out on ! Not because of grammar either, But as a reality check of your opinion, as I see it.

    I am old enough to have been involved in the vietnam war, but served no duty or service because of medical reasons. But did have friends come home in pine boxes, as the result of this mindless conflict and war for profits. Enough to shake me to the core of my values to affect me deeply at the time, and to now, causing a deep change in me, and how I looked at our world and our value systems, of what it was to be an American. No longer did I accept or swollow the pablum that was being spoon feed to us at the time, or ever again, by the mainstream media. Turning myself into the Doubting Thomas then, as that I still am today. I put down my comic books then and grew up, with the realization that war is HELL, but sometimes necessary, if we as America stand for anything in the world ! But knowing that we are not always right in our approach, sometimes corrupt, and often times war is fought for greed or profits, like for land or oil reserves, and always being directed by old man politicians and generals, of another time and erra. That raises the conflict within me, to try to see the truth as to why and the cause of it. Do I always accept this truth as I interpret it ? No. Is the truth allway right ? No againe. And there, is the conflict of double standards that I am conflicted with, as I think that a lot of us have. While others no doubt, are either too busy, or not concerned enough, to even be even bothered about it.

    I protested for what I thought at the time to be an unjust war, got gassed and shot at for it, and like to think had something to do with it’s end, while thinking never again. Then came the Cole and 9/11, Osama Bin Laden, Iraq and eventually ISIL and Syria, which change my thinking again. As I think it did to most Americans of any consciousness or awareness enough, to understand at the time of what was at stake for our Country, resulting in a lot of pissed off Americans who wanted to get even.

    That was then and this is now Matt. We are still fighting for the same truths as we see it, with the knowlage that ISSL or whomever, would love to burn us and our country down to the ground if given the chance, and raise there flag in victory above our Capital. No more or less that Natzie Germany, Japan or Communist Russia, would have at the time, enjoyed doing as well. With many more who would join in with them, if having the opportunity to do so.

    Our Country is stepped in blood and self sacrifice, we have fought here and in other Countries for our way of life as free men and women, and millions have died as the result. Does it always make sense ? Was the A- Bomb dropped on Japan that incinerated thousand, the right thing to do ? I think so, because the opposite would have been just as bad if not worse, had we not. With us speeking Japanese, German, Russian or now being made to practice a different faith other than Christianity, or lose our collective heads, if not doing so as the end results.

    I can’t say that I agree with all things happening in Syria right now and my heart bleeds for the innocent who are dieing as the results of our old men and politicians, along with their corrupt dictators and Iran, who are feeding the cause for whatever is there excuse for being there. The pictures of the little boy who lost his entire family just about made me scream, as it does for the thousands who drowned, while trying to leave there Countries to be away from the madness. That is the humanity in me, and the conflict that I have, coming as the results that my Country is responsible for a lot of it, as many others are as well. But knowing that, had we not done so to stop it, no matter who started it in the first place, A Black Flag Would Someday Be Flying Above Our Capital, along with a N. Korean, Chinese or Russian One !

    So Matt ! What do you suggest, what is your solution for this !? I remember the picture of the little girl burnt up by the Napalm we dropped in Vietnam, Just like the videos of the little boy, lost in a Ambulance alone in Syria too. How do you plan to walk away clean. With the knowlage that the wolf is just waiting behind the door, ready to eat you and yours up !