Friday, December 23, 2011

No, No, Not News!

!(WWH) by Dr. Woody

"Truth" someone said, most often has a decidedly "liberal" cast.

There persists a serious canard about the nature of USer "media," which is universally accused by the Fucktard Right of some kind of "liberal bias" when the radicals on the right want to demonize anyone who is willing to suggest that 'truth' doesn't always--or even usually) conform to the delusions springing from the painfully misshapen skulls of the Rightwing Fucktard militias, etc....

The "real truth" is that majority of the media (TV, radio, internet, print, movies, books, billboards, even ISPs) is owned by big corporations which strive endlessly, and loudly, to protect the radical conservative agenda of which they are the primary sponsors. The CorpoRat/SCUM "press" are the wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Rightard Oligarchs, Aristos, and Elites. Their reach is enormous, and their ties bind ever so tightly.

This article was produced simply as a counter-weight to the claim by the radical right wing that all media is liberal. From big news outlets to small time blogs, there are many dozens--probably HUNDREDS--of sites that you want to avoid when trying to get good news and information. This is a list--admittedly incomplete and in no particular order--of 50, or so of the worst--that is, the least reliably truthful, most evidently bullshit-filled--places you could go to get your news. These are sites at which you should exercise EXTREME caution and careful judgment before passing along ANY information they purvey.
1. Fox News 2. Rush Limbaugh 3. Glenn Beck 4. Michael Savage (nee. Michael Weiner) 5. Alex Jones (the most credulous skeptic ever) 6. The Heritage Foundation (Koch money) 7. The Wall Street Journal (Murdockian Editorial page) 8. Neal Boortz (his first piece of ass was) 9. Sean Hannity 10. Bill O'Reily

Also: 11. 12. National Review (including NRO) 13. Mark Levin (Wadda butt-hole!) 14. The Weekly Standard (the OTHER "Billy Crystol") 15. Washington Times (Moonies) 16. The American Conservative (Rod Dreher,* for fux sake?) 17. The Drudge Report (the name says it all) 18. The Cato Institute (more Koch money) 19. Media Research Center (Brent "Bozo" Bozell'd gag an orc) 20. (Freeper "News" Central)

Ughlier: 21. Red State (Erick Erickson, now inexplicably employed by CNN) 22. Andew Breitbart's Big Government ("Did" ACORN, e.g.) 23. The American Cause (Pat ("in the original German") Buchanan) 24. Christian Coalition 25. The John Birch Society (OLD Koch money) 26. Citizens United (eponymously renowned) 27. Freedom Works (Dick's Armey) 28. Tea Party Express 29. Tea Party Patriots 30. No Left Turns (John Ashbrook at Ashland U)...

Plus: 31. News Busters ("Exposing & Combatting Liberal Media Bias"), 32. News Max (Ben Stein, George Will, etc; fucking dreadful) 33. The New York Post (Murdock's "racy" Tab) 34. Conservative HQ 35. Sirius radio "Patriot" (the only people who boast of being "patiots" are dicks) 36. Conservative American News 37. Conservative Daily News (their names say it all) 38. Judicial Watch (Larry Klayman; nuff said.) 39. The Source Daily ( "I think therefore I am Conservative") 40. Republican National Committee

Follwoed by: 41. American Spectator (R. Emmetic Tyrell) 42, Reason Magazine (Liberturdian codswallop) 43. Where Freedom Rings (batty in the bell-tower) 44. Conservapedia (bwahahahahahaha) 45. The Right Side of the Web 46. CNS News ("Christian" News) 47. Michael Reagan (the BAD seed) 48. Family Research Council (Dominionism Central, in Colo Spr.) 49. Conservative Underground 50. Hugh Hewitt (He's a Huge Twit!)

I'd add a couple more: 51: EUTimes (a skinhead/supremacist outfit) 52. WorldNewsDaily (G.Gordon Liddy's drivel? Really?) 53: The Washington Post (barely less status quo-partisan than the Moonie rag) 54: Human Events (mAnn Coulter's their "legal" expert) 55: Prison Planet (an Alex Jones off-shoot) 56: RT (American arm of the Russian State Propaganda agency; the folks who once brought you Pravda, Trud and Isvestia)
I'm sure there are more, but these will do. If you do happen to post anything from ANY of these sources, be aware that the reliability (i.e., "truth") of the matters will ALWAYS be in doubt. The original list I pulled off "The Examiner." I alone am responsible for the (italicized annotations. Please, feel free to augment or add to the list in COMMENTS below.

* I could have spared the world the insult to intelligence that is Rod Dreher: he was a student in TWO classes I taught at LSU J-School, back in the day, and I could have flunked the drooling tool but to my continuing regret, I didn't.)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Try Running the DNA on THAT Shit!

And remember: A Christian lady never does anything that leaves lipstick on any body part NOT seen in church...

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Price, and the Cost, of "Fictitious Capital": Dr. David Harvey

Local democracy, but national feudalism:
Three years after the near collapse of global financial markets, America is still struggling with unemployment, debt, and foreclosure, European governments are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy—and the world's billionaires are getting richer faster than ever before. The current situation is not sustainable. But what changes need to be made to overcome this mounting crisis of our world economic system? How radical an adaptation will be required? David Harvey, the brilliant theorist and scathing critic of postmodern society, looks at what the future holds for global capitalism.

The Dr. S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture Series in the Humanities brings to the Penn Humanities Forum scholars and artists whose work has advanced our understanding of issues central to the humanities.
If I were still teaching, I would be teaching this.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

ALEC: Corporate Subversion of What's LEFT of State Democracy

Corporate dollars are funding changes in state laws that disenfranchise voters, and weaken regulations designed to protect the environment. Those dollars are flowing through the Arizona desert this week as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) convenes to draw up more legislation it wants passed in state legislatures.

To highlight what ALEC is doing, groups including Common Cause, People for the American Way, the Center for Media and Democracy, the Arizona AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the American Federation of Teachers, the Arizona Education Association, and Progress Now held a press conference Wednesday in front of the Arizona state capitol.

?ALEC?s leaders, firms like Wal-Mart, Pfizer and Koch Industries, have poured close to $400 million into state elections over the past decade, financing campaigns and spoon-feeding our elected officials bills that put profits over the public interest,? said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, citing a recent Common Cause report. ?The Arizona desert is a perfect place for the public to call them out.?

ALEC?s agenda includes weakening clean air and clean water laws, undercutting public education, and disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of legally-qualified voters. At closed-to-the-public meetings like this week?s confab at the posh Westin Kierland Resort Spa, ALEC?s business executives, lobbyists, and elected lawmakers sit side by side and vote as equals on the group?s ?model? bills, then carry that legislation back to state capitols across the nation.

ALEC puts its stamp of approval on hundreds of pieces of legislation each year and claims an annual success rate of about 20 percent. Almost all of the group?s $7 million annual budget, including the cost of conferences like this week?s gathering, is underwritten by its corporate affiliates.