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ICYM: Modern art as CIA soft power

Jackson Pollock’s Cold War

Some of the best minds in Langley thought so reports The Independent. Read more

CIA viewed modern art as a ‘weapon’ in the Cold War

Jackson Pollak’s Cold War

First, came convincing proof that the the University of Iowa creative writing program benefited from funding by the CIA.

Now, says the U.K. Independent, modern art was a “weapon” deployed by the agency, and interviews with a couple of retired CIA men confirm the claim.

“Would Abstract Expressionism have been the dominant art movement of the post-war years without this patronage? The answer is probably yes. Equally, it would be wrong to suggest that when you look at an Abstract Expressionist painting you are being duped by the CIA.”

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JFK Facts Top 5: Stories about evidence find favor

U.S Attorney Ron Machen changes the government’s story.

The story of how the U.S. Attorney in Washington DC made a small but significant change to the government’s accounting of the whereabouts of undercover CIA officer George Joannides in 1963 was the most viewed JFK Facts story for the week of March 6-13.

That story, like popular stories about Douglas Horne’s take on the medical evidence and sound engineer Ed Primeau’s work on the Air Force One tapes, is based on granular examination of facts and their pattern.

It seems that readers want evidence, not theories.
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ICYM: My friend, David Ferrie

Rick Bauer shared his memories of David Ferrie, a man who has been the object of JFK conspiracy speculation for decades.

Petition to free JFK documents tops 2,800 signatures

Join the more than 2,800 people who have signed a petition calling on the Obama administration to do its joband enforce the JFK Records Act.

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Most viewed JFK Facts stories of the week

These were the best read JFK Facts stories in the week of Feb. 7-13

David Talbot

1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)

2) Belzer misses the mark with ‘Hit List’ (Feb. 3, 2014)

3) Top 6 Washington insiders who suspected a JFK plot (Feb. 6, 2014)

4) Is ‘Badgeman’ for real? (Feb.9,  2014)

5) David Talbot’s top 7 JFK books (Feb. 11, 2014)

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Top 5 most popular JFK Facts stories in January

Gail Raven’s timeless story about her admiring friend Jack Ruby stays in it perennial spot at #1, followed by a discussion of former White House information czar Cass Sunstein and the state of the case.

1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the secrecy system

From Eric Schlosser, The Truths Behind ‘Dr. Strangelove’  in The New Yorker.

“Although ‘Strangelove’ was clearly a farce, with the comedian Peter Sellers playing three roles, it was criticized for being implausible. An expert at the Institute for Strategic Studies called the events in the film ‘impossible on a dozen counts.’ ….The first casualty of every war is the truth — and the Cold War was no exception to that dictum. Half a century after [Director Stanley] Kubrick’s mad general, Jack D. Ripper, launched a nuclear strike on the Soviets to defend the purity of ‘our precious bodily fluids’ from Communist subversion, we now know that American officers did indeed have the ability to start a Third World War on their own.”

Secrecy spared us all that terrifying knowledge. Are you grateful?

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JFK on film: the cinema of assassination in 2013

The assassination of President Kennedy was, among other things, a seminal event in the history of mediated imagery.

From the moment Abraham Zapruder captured the gunfire that killed the president to Olvier Stone’s 1991 hit “JFK”, to the present when Hollywood still seek to explore, exploit, and explain November 22, 1963, projected film has been a key–perhaps the key–to the way we visualize and understand JFK’s death. Read more

Continuing the JFK inquiry via social media

At JFK: The Continuing Inquiry Chris Gallop presents a steady stream of links to interesting JFK news and, while I can’t vouch for everything that appears, there seems to be low tolerance for bad information.

Between now and the 50th anniversary of the Warren Report in September 2014, we need more such social media coverage of JFK assassination..

When JFK met Superman

Superman and JFK“On August 30, 1963, the New York Times ran a story about a then-upcoming story in the Superman comic book in which J.F.K. enlisted the aid of the Man of Steel to help promote physical fitness.”

The story is impossibly complicated, inevitably sad, and illustrative of JFK’s unique impact on American popular culture.

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Eustace Tilley’s JFK assassination theory

A cosmopolitan look at JFK

From Adam Gopnik’s, The Assassination of J.F.K., Fifty Years Later in The New Yorker.

“The notion that the Cold War national-security state, which Eisenhower warned against, might have decided to kill the President is not as difficult to credit as one wishes. There were C.I.A. operatives prepared to kill foreign leaders, some of them previously friendly, for acts they didn’t like, and to recruit gangsters to do it, and generals who were eager to invade Cuba even at the risk of nuclear war, and who resented Kennedy for restraining them.”

Gopnik continues:

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JFK on your iPhone

Here’s the 21st century way to get the JFK assassination story — via an iPhone app, now available at the  iTunes App Store for just 99 cents.

Developed by Colorado-based developer Marlene Zenker, the app offers “a wealth of facts and resources to start your own research.”

Zenker says she hopes the app will “pass the torch to the younger generation who basically know nothing about [JFK's assassination] except that the government was probably involved.”

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The 5 most popular pages on JFK Facts

The five most viewed pages on JFK Facts over the past year represent a cross-section of what this site is about: timely news, reliable sources, and authoritative analysis.

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What’s the best JFK song ever?

Nine out of ten experts agree its “Lee Harvey” by the Asylum Street Spankers.

(HT Howard from Marietta, Ga.)

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