January 30th, 2009

Dark thoughts

I just realized what has been bothering me about all the blather I’ve been listening to on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, and even Air America over the past few months. All: NPR, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC and Air America (just to name a few) have been focused on maintaining the “corporate mainstream,” as it collapses in upon itself. The news and opinion media has been using fear as its tool of choice. According to the mainstream media we should be quaking in our boots because if the investment houses and banks fail (haven’t they already?) we might loose our homes, loose our jobs, and we might not have enough food to eat. Hmmmmm. I have heard scant mention of the many alternative economic models that might prove helpful. The experts these media outlets have enlisted (NPR is by far one of the worst), are mum on anything that might change the basic configuration of our economy, even though many very successful alternative economies exist.

Why haven’t we heard about cooperatives, collectives or even community gardens from our media? Even Obama is mute on “alternative” economic models; hell why else would he offer up a $700-billion stimulus package to back up the trillion dollars plus of OUR money that Bush spent before Obama took over? Most of that money, from Bush and Obama, is being given to the folks that caused “the crisis” in the first place. Seems to me, that if times might get really bad the government should be spending my money helping people. I would suggest that the Feds start helping people by offering classes and workshops on how to successfully grow food so that we can survive hard times? Alas, there is little profit in it so why should our government bother? Ironic, no?

The folks that we are bailing out are responsible for destroying the manufacturing core of The United States and the jobs that sector used to provide; why are we rewarding them now with huge publicly funded subsidies? I have come to realize that we are being handed a bill of goods and a shitload of propaganda. It’s time to start talking about real alternatives to the systems that have failed us.

P.S. At least based on the reading I’ve done, experts on propaganda seem to agree that the purpose of propaganda has nothing to do with what you think – what you think is of little importance to the propagandist; the central focus of all propaganda is how you behave.

January 28th, 2009

The lead

When I was young, common knowledge was: get a right wing administration if the going gets tough and money needs to be preserved, vote left to spend the accumulated money. That notion is clearly down the drain. I find it more than interesting that in several parts of the world, people have consciously voted more leftish and leave it to that part of the spectrum to help clean up the mess. Now one could argue: “yeah right, clean up, by spending billions of taxpayers money, d’uhhh”, but I don’t think that is fair, especially as so much money is actually poored into banks and to some extend industries. I will leave the rant on spendings by bailed banks and car makers to others btw. This is now even happening in Iceland. The people of Iceland protested after the insane banking crisis on and on and on until the administration gave in. The new administration is left-leaning. Oh, and the new prime minister is a woman. Oh, and she’s homosexual. Both do not mean ANYTHING as far as suited for the job goes, but in my opinion it illustrates the above: people are ready for change and despite all the fear mongering, the world is slowly changing for the better. Slowly.

January 22nd, 2009

Obama’s first major blunder and he’s only been in office for how long?

Obama wants to appoint George Mitchel a long time Israeli apologist as Middle East envoy. Unless Mitchell has had some sort of religious (and foreign policy) epiphany since he last dealt with issues in the Middle East – we are in a heap of hurt. So it’s business as usual and nothing will be solved, but the U.S. Zionist lobby and my former neighbors in Brooklyn will be happy. Of course I can hope that Mitchel’s experience in Northern Ireland has changed his world view, but if I were betting in Vegas I’d bet against those odds. Too bad for us and the world.

I hope I am wrong!

Just to refresh your memory:

“In October 2000, when 14 out of 15 members of the UN Security Council voted to condemn Israel’s excessive force against civilians, it was the US alone that abstained. Then-US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke threatened to veto any further resolution. The Israeli government rejected any fact-finding commission that might be authorized by the UN, insisting it would be nothing but a “kangaroo court,” and instead demanded an investigation led by the US. Shortly thereafter, the parties agreed to accept a fact-finding commission led by former US Senator George Mitchell, not under UN auspices.”

from: http://www.fromoccupiedpalestine.org/node/222

January 18th, 2009

Hidey!

Just cause I can.

hidey

January 9th, 2009

Why ADN is failing – we here in Alaska will suffer!

Two words, it’s not complicated: “Outside ownership.”

Just a couple of years back the Anchorage Daily News was a profitable newspaper. But ADN has been in trouble ever since The McClatchy Comapany which owns the Daily News burdened itself with debts intended to grow its holdings. ADN management now claims that they are in trouble because of “National trends” in the newspaper business. That’s pure B.S. ADN is in trouble because the owners, The McClatchy Company, has been demanding cuts (wage, costs, salaries) from all of the papers that they own. That in turn has diminished the quality of the newspapers that The McClatchy Company publishes and has severely damaged the subscriber base of their newspapers (I bailed on ADN a year ago). McClatchy bought ADN, killed off the competition and sucked off the profits for many years. NOW, when The McClatchy Company is in trouble, we Alaskans are being left without quality news coverage -and- not even a hint of investigative journalism. The McClatchy Company, using ADN management to cover their tracks, has the temerity to blame ADN’s problems on National Trends. That’s BS – but, of course, we will end up paying the price for McClatchy’s bad business practices. ADN is failing because a large National Corporation is failing. Left alone ADN would still be a viable business entity.

Good nite, and good luck to us all.

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