Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gingrich Blasts Cuomo Over Proposed WTC Mosque - NY1

Newt knows how to wrankle the people by making sweeping, unprovable, frightening declarations. He has a knack for conflating fear and hatred in just the right quantities when trying to ascend to the stature of authority in America. If he is so sure about the accusations he makes, why is an investigation necessary? If he has the facts that support his thesis, what are his sources?

Again, Newt is showing himself to be the Al Sharpton of the Tea Party.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Democrats Call Off Climate Bill Effort - NYTimes.com

Global warming is the biggest threat we face. Industries have mounted a huge disinformation campaign to protect their bottom lines.

Friday, July 23, 2010

What the President Didn't Seem to Learn From the Shirley Sherrod Incident | OurFuture.org

I often think that Obama wants to cling to the materialistic, classist, racist, belief that some people are better than--more important to society and deserving of more benefits and opportunities than--everybody else. ThePresidentwants more than anything to be accepted as an equal by those "elites" on their own terms.

Why won't he take the side of the people against the banks and corporations? Why won't he call out the party of NO instead of letting them thwart all his plans and ostensible "progressive" goals? Why won't he push for public education, public media, public job and housing programs?

Because he wants to be the guy the elites of the world step aside for, whose opinion the world waits for, whose style the world watches. He wants worldly success, and that's why he can't have it completely. He just lacks that one full measure of selfless dedication to the cause of his supporters. He's about Barack Obama.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PBS Ombud Agrees With FAIR on Shultz Tribute

Getler says tribute was "over the top" and "lacking credibility."

Guess what. That's the new standard at PBS now that they've taken the PUBLIC out of PUBLIC BROADCASTING and gone with all these corporate tax write off and tax free foundation funding sponsors.

Why would Congress and the Corporation For Public Broadcasting do a thing like that?

supply side jesus

Monday, July 19, 2010

A hidden world, growing beyond control | washingtonpost.com

Jorge Luis Borges must be chuckling up there as he looks down from the spirit world on this labyrinth and the fact that it's the Washington Post that's telling us about it!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jensen and Hedges on "Death Spiral" and Illusion

Here's a conversation that -- though tragic in the utmost -- is reason for a glimmer of hope.

The reason the worst case scenario is positive is because it is true. Without truth -- however depressing -- there can be no sanity or hope.

A lot of atrocity is based on perceived entitlement.-- Derrick Jensen

Monday, July 12, 2010

Media moral standards

"Disgraced:" a new title for morally challenged Democratic [not Republican] politicians in the corporate media.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Kabuki Democracy: Why a Progressive Presidency Is Impossible, for Now

Eric Alterman, who Bill Moyers said is "a good friend," two years ago, knocks one out of the park in this article about reality in America.
Neglect at the federal level is matched by an equal lack of interest in these topics [infrastructure, education, environment, employment] by the mainstream [corporate] media. A valuable study by Jodi Enda in the American Journalism Review revealed an almost total lack of interest in these issues on the part of virtually every major news organization.

The Delusion Revolution: We're on the Road to Extinction and in Denial | | AlterNet

AlterNet Robert Jensen is an interesting thinker, although he seems like kind of a boring speaker.

In the contemporary United States, we are trapped in a similar delusion. We are told that it is "realistic" to capitulate to the absurd idea that the systems in which we live are the only systems possible or acceptable because some people like them and wish them to continue.

He's got that enviro-historical insight into history and politics, though. I found a clip of him on YouTube lecturing at some feminist conference.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

FINAL REPORT.pdf climate change data?

The University of East Anglia has completed two thorough investigations into the so-called, "Climategate" scandal of 2009. The current report exonerates the scientists of the Climate Research Unit of any bias or falsification of data--although it does admonish them for withholding select information from the public.

Meanwhile, the National Snow and Ice Data Center records another record low in the extent of Arctic Sea ice in June 2010.

Still, the fossil fuel industry and their subsidized think tanks and news outlets continue to smear the science and those working to avert global climate disaster.

Al Jazeera English

July 2010: Photo of the Day | The White House

This is the first photo I've ever seen that really makes it obvious BiBi had a nose job, too. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have nothing on him!