Archive for the ‘The News’ Category

What’s for Dinner?

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Pioneering news medium Al Jazeera actually airs a discussion with more than two points of view.

Or go here.

We Are Ruled by Swine

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Or view here.

“Capitalism has failed . . .”

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Or here.

Thought for the Day, on Reading New York Times Coverage of the Occupation of Wall Street

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Money pollutes the mainstream media.

Statement of NY General Assembly (Occupy Wall Street)

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Courtesy of Keith Olbermann:

Or watch it here.

Clint Webb for Senate

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Common Nonsense by Mark Blyth

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Watson Institute presents Mark Blyth on Austerity from The Global Conversation on Vimeo.

How Revolutions Really Begin

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Of course, if President Obama takes the radical actions necessary to spare this country from revolution — such as issuing an Executive Order or Signing Statement abrogating AGI’s contractual agreements with its criminal employees, in the name of National Security and Domestic Tranquillity, of course — then revolution will not occur. Franklin Roosevelt took such steps in the 1930s, and thus prevented revolution in his time.

Barring this, here’s a likely scenario, involving white middle-class businesspeople.

John Q. Taxpayer — that’s his self-description, and not what I call citizens — finds himself unemployed and unable to find re-employment.

He exhausts his meagre unemployment “benefits,” and, unable to pay his many overdue bills, finds his home under foreclosure.  His home is also home to his wife and children, and none of them have any place to go.  The grandparents all live in those “retirement” places to which Americans consign the elderly, paid for by Social Security [sic] and not an option for John Q. and the Taxpayer family.

The Taxpayers, in fact, have now become, in the words of American business, the Losers.

Desperate and without help, the Loser family stays in their home, hoping for a miracle.  Instead of this miracle, they find deputy sheriffs on their doorstep, come to evict them and seize their belongings for auction to recompense the mortgage company, that is, the Winner “family of businesses.”

Then, Catch-22 rears its absurd and gruesome head:  John Q. is a Real American who has voted Republican since Reagan at least, and maybe since Richard Nixon.  Maybe since 1960.  His bona fides as a Real American includes an assortment of guns.  Seeing armed men in forbidding sunglasses that prohibit any human eye contact, John Q. panics and, armed with, say, his Glock 9 or a 12-gauge shotgun, or his AK-47 hobbyist knockoff, he blows away the lead Deputy Dawg.

Deputy Dawg’s pack lays seige to John Q.’s house and calls for reinforcements.

But the Pack has misjudged the situation.  John Q. has neighbors.  His neighbors dont know him, actually, but they know they’re unemployed and facing eviction themselves, with consequent homelessness and even foodlessness

The neighbors are also Real Americans, that is, armed and desperate people; in some cases, heavily armed.

So the Pack, for the first time, finds itself caught in a crossfire, and the forces [n.b.] of Law [sic] and Order [sic] have a bad day at black rock.  A totally bad day, as the young would say.

This incident alone would be only, as corporate television likes to say, “a random act of senseless violence” perpetrated by “disgruntled individuals.”  You know, “loners” who didn’t “talk much” and didn’t have many “friends.”

But multiplication transforms loners into an army and senseless violence into armed insurrection; in other words, revolution.

Sooner or later, after all, John Q. Loser and the Neighbors will seize — that is, liberate and restore to their rightful owners, We the People — television and radio stations of their own, and begin broadcasting stuff you’ve never heard on the airwaves before.  At that point, when the meaning of words changes, revolution will have truly begun in the United States of America — originally, the home of the Revolution to End All Revolution.

All things must pass.

Searching for the Story

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Herewith, the first three hits from each of two searches conducted today, 2 September 2008, at the New York Times Website:

Search terms: amy goodman

The Carpetbagger: St. Paul Protests – The Caucus Blog

Yes, Amy Goodman had been arrested. I see the coverage on Free Speech TV. What happening with our country , we start arresting independent …September 1, 2008 – The Caucus

As Throngs of Protesters Hit Streets, Dozens Are Arrested After …

Later in the day, Mike Burke, a news producer for the radio program Democracy Now, said that Amy Goodman, the host of the show, which is broadcast by …September 2, 2008 – By PATRICK HEALY and COLIN MOYNIHAN – U.S. / Politics

In St. Paul at the Ghost Town Convention – Campaign Stops – 2008 …

Amy Goodman’s two staff people were arrested when they tried to film the action, as was Ms. Goodman when she objected to this interference …September 1, 2008 – Campaign Stops

The first hit in the Goodman search notes that she was arrested — apparently for asking a question (see for yourself in the video in the next post) — but this note appears in the reader comments, not in the reporting.

A search of the story pulled up in the second Goodman hit, using Foxfire’s Crtl-F feature, revealed that the reference to Goodman’s arrest had been cut.

The third hit describes St Paul under Republicant siege as “a ghost town.”  (And the ghosts are all wearing riot gear, helmets, and carrying tear gas guns and big sticks!)

Our second search was for the New York Times’ former monger of weapons of mass destruction propaganda, Judith Miller…

Search terms: judith miller

Times and Reporter Reach Agreement on Her Departure

The deal ended Judith Miller’s 28-year career at The Times and capped more than two weeks of negotiations.November 9, 2005

AFTEREFFECTS: PROHIBITED WEAPONS; Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of …

By JUDITH MILLER. Published: April 21, 2003. A scientist who claims to have worked in Iraq’s chemical weapons program for more than a decade has told an …April 21, 2003 – By JUDITH MILLER

Free Judy Miller

That Judith Miller has been in jail for 55 days is an embarrassment to a country that is supposed to be revered around the world for its freedoms.August 29, 2005 – Opinion

Appropriately, the first hit pulled a story about Miller’s exit from the Paper Of Stenographic Record.

The second, even more appropriately, found one of her WMD hoaxes.

And the third of course, of course, finds the Grey Lady Herself grousing about the “embarrassment” of having Judy put in jail in the United States, the most efficient police state in history.  In memory of A. J. Liebling, we can only note that it’s typically the reporters who wind up in jail, and almost never the publishers — with the exception of Larry Flynt, of course.