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Jan 25

1. Agreed

2. I can’t believe news time is dedicated to irrelevant crap like this. To use some economics terms, the opportunity cost of this broadcast time is way too high to have let this pass. Good thing CNN doesn’t care.

**Correction**

On second thought, I have to say, at least Anderson Cooper is also treating this as non-scandal, and relative non-issue: “scandal of scandals”

I wonder how much Fox and other networks have picked up on this. I’m not on US soil right now, I can’t gage the status of the corporate media whirlwind. If she’s being hung up to dry, especially by Fox, the comment is more warranted.

Bottom line - this is why I don’t get my news from corporate news tv 

(via give-beat-rice-mac-and-cheese)


Oct 17
robotcosmonaut:

彻底粉碎刘邓路线

Check out this ^ link to the Huffington Post article. Lots of early cultural revolution posters.Excellent piece of history from an incredible, terrifying and tragic era of Chinese history. One author described it as "Ten Years of Madness" in her book. Check that out too. Great stories, finally retold after many years of silence on the issue. 

robotcosmonaut:

彻底粉碎刘邓路线

Check out this ^ link to the Huffington Post article. Lots of early cultural revolution posters.

Excellent piece of history from an incredible, terrifying and tragic era of Chinese history. One author described it as "Ten Years of Madness" in her book. Check that out too. Great stories, finally retold after many years of silence on the issue. 

(via socialism-or-barbarism)


Oct 1

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Sep 20

Obama tours Honeywell (reporter silenced for questioning its labor practices) PHOTO OP! Kim Jong-il-esque

Reporter Mike Elk got a microphone ripped from his hands during a press conference while asking Honeywell CEO about shady labor practices at his company.

Obama went to tour the plant, had this picture-perfect photo op:

This just looks so staged. The US propaganda department needs to step it up. Only the late, great Kim Jong-il could match the staged-ness.

…by “great”, I mean, only great at taking staged pictures. Also great at oppressing millions of people

Wow, this is too much fun. Check out "Kim Jong-il looking at things" meme


Aug 10

OH NO POOR FAREED ZAKARIA

anticapitalist:

OH NO POOR FAREED ZAKARIA :(

Suspended for a month on plagiarism charges

Too bad, right as he was making a more or less useful liberal stance against cultural readings of more economic structural phenomenon:

CAPITALISM, NOT CULTURE, DRIVES ECONOMIES

even poking a little fun a liberal-sociological-love Max Weber:

When societies or people succeed, we search in their cultures for seeds of success. Culture being a large grab bag, you can usually find what you want. We observe the success of Jewish, Lebanese, Chinese and Indian people in various societies and attribute it to culture. But it may really stem from the traits of diaspora populations — small groups of entrepreneurial immigrants forced to live by their wits in alien cultures. Interestingly, Palestinians have a reputation around the Middle East for being savvy merchants and traders and have been successful in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Culture is important. It is the shared historical experience of people that is reflected in institutions and practices. But culture changes. German culture in 1935 was different from 1955. Europe was once a hotbed of violent nationalism; today it is postmodern and almost pacifist. The United States was once an isolationist, agrarian republic with a deep suspicion of a standing army. Today it has half of the world’s military power.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan once observed: “The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change culture and save it from itself.” That remains the wisest statement made about this complicated problem, probably too wise to ever be uttered in an American political campaign” 


Aug 3

Amazing: Edward Herman has devoted his life to studying the highest systems of power from the inside out. Hermann explains in this video from ZCommunications.

Edward Herman is an economist and media analyst. He is professor emeritus at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of many books, including The Myth of the Liberal Media. He is author with Noam Chomsky of “Manufacturing Consent.”


Jul 29

A Story About Race - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil talks about a time in college where a wrestling teammate made him uneasy about whether he was doing the right thing culturally by becoming an astrophysicist.


Jul 23


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