Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ed Asner Pisses On, and Pisses Off, the Owners

Tax the fucking rich!
What this country needs is a totally confiscatory inheritance: after bequethals of up to but no more than ONE MILLION DOLLARS per heir per estate, everything else reverts directly to the Public Treasury. Nobody should get, or deserves, or has in any way earned, MORE than a million dollars' worth of unearned privilege.

And PHUCK "PHILANTHROPY." That's mainly just a way for the wealthy CorpoRat zombie capitalists to ensure that they control their fortunes from beyond the grave. FUCK 'EM!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Exxon (e.g.) Hates Your Kids!

Folks are collecting money( ?), signatures (?) , or something to try to get this spot onto the SCUM/MSM/CorpoRat media.
As salutary an event as it would certainly be, I'd bet there aren't 10 MSM/SCUM/CorpoRat TV-stations in the whole country that would accept/run such an ad.
It's gotta go VIRAL on the TUBEZ!
Repost, and do your part!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Truth ("Trud?"), With A Grain of Salt

The "Yes Men" are the utter BAWMB!
RT, we shouldn't forget, is an instrument (tool) of the Russian State propaganda machine, the same guys who do/did Pravda, Isvestia, and Trud in the bad old days...
The Yes Men won't show up on your CorporRat/SCUM/MSM "press."

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Remembering Walter Cronkite

What Cronkite had was the respect of his audience. He was the real deal. He'd stood under German bombs, asnd kept his voice steady, and reported. According to his Wiki bio, Cronkite was one of eight journalists selected by the United States Army Air Forces to fly bombing raids over Germany in a B-17 Flying Fortress part of group called the Writing 69th,[18] and during a mission fired a machine gun at a German fighter.[19] He also landed in a glider with the 101st Airborne in Operation Market-Garden and covered the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he covered the Nuremberg trials[20] and served as the United Press main reporter in Moscow from 1946 to 1948.[21]
A dinosaur.
Everybody knew it even at the time. He was the last of his kind. About him LBJ lamented, when he lost Cronkite in '68, he lost the country on the War.
Via the expedient of "media consolidation" (a polite term for seizing the media--which is what guerrillas ALWAYS do when the Coup is in process), the oligarchs, owners, and Oners have seen to it that we'll NEVER see his like again.

Remember when we could trust a journalist? If you ever could, it died with Cronkite...

Monday, September 24, 2012

The FIRST Mistake Is Believing The Media Have A "Choice"

This is naive twaddle.

Some folks apparently believe that USer's media have some modicum of CHOICE or autonomy?

 Aren't you cute? Does your mommy know you're out this late?

FACTS: The "media" is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 6 mega-corpoRats. It's not "selling us out." It's just binness...they do what they are told. That's their job.

And everybody who's anybody has known it, for over 100 years. Listen. These are the words which outline, in prospect, what became the common-sense among the "Serious" people of that age:
"If we understand the mechanisms and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it… In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons … who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” 

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” 
“We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized.” 
“The American motion picture is the greatest unconscious carrier of propaganda in the world today. It is a great distributor for ideas and opinions.” 
“Propaganda will never die out. Intelligent men must realize that propaganda is the modern instrument by which they can fight for productive ends and help to bring order out of chaos.”
“It is not necessary for the politician to be the slave of the public’s group prejudices, if he can learn how to mold the mind of the voters in conformity with his own ideas of public welfare and public service. The important thing for the statesman of our age is not so much to know how to please the public, but to know how to sway the public.” 

 The author of those painfully forthright sentiments: Edward Bernays--Freud's favorite nephew, the "father" of Public Relations, and a vital, central member of Woodrow Wilson's war-promoting brain-trust, in the teens and 20s of the last Century:

The media consolidation blitz of the 80s and 90s ensured their complete and irreversible completion of the propaganda project. By mid-century, the noted French sociologist Jacques Ellul would declare that propaganda was the ONLY way that the Modern State could communicate with its citizens. It was less useful against external opponents than against their OWN citizens. It must ALWAYS "spin" information, purpose it, direct it toward the State's ends.

And so, as ANYONE with the perspicacity of a mud-bug should be able to attest, it has turned out.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Marxism for People Who THINK They Understand Marxism, By Prof. Richard Wolff

Professor Wolff discusses that which the crisis has made possible in relation to Marxism during this lecture given at The Brecht Forum on July 29, 2012 as part of their Annual Intensive Introduction to Marxism.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

What's Wrong With "Welfare?"

Melissa Harris-Perry gets all right up in the GRILL of this conservatard beyotch!
The comments are beyond stomach-turning.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The Pusilanimous Pundit

I thought Tom Brokaw was his usual, in-fucking-SUFFERABLE, self-serving, ass-licking, self-approving, self-excusing DICKish self on TDSWJS, last night;  a part which he played so successfully all those years when he played a "newsman" on television. He was quick with a quip about the Dims and GOPhux, but when the subject turned to the CorpoRat/SCUM/MSM "press," he was almost tongue-tied in his eagerness to excuse them and himself.

Stewart--whose gig is MEDIA criticism, not simply politics--pressed Brokaw (who should return 1/26th to his life-long salary for NEVER having been able to pronounce the letter "L") on the MEDIA--the MAINSTREAM MEDIA, of which Brokaw is now one of the living "legends"-- on their "performance" in NOT holding the GOPhux speakers in Tampa to any kind of, you know, umm, standards of actual, fucking "TRUTH," and Brokaw almost swallowed his tongue in evasions and temporizing bullshit! What a fucking, truckling WEAKLING the man is.

The first two segments have some funny lines, to them here:

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Public Cover-Up

Revolutions occur, mainly, when people--especially young men who see their reproductive options effectively foreclosed by lack of opportunity to support the families their biologies demand--decide they have nothing to lose.

When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.

But when you have ANYTHING, then you have EVERYTHING to lose.

That's the chance (hell, it's pretty much a certainty) when revolutions happen: burned-out businesses and houses, infrastructure shattered, wrecked and blackened cars, dead dogs in the streets. That's one reason why "home ownership" is such a central part of the American dream.

What? You thought it was "natural?" Nah. Allowing the proles to "own" their homes (usually an elaborate leasing deal, subject to revocation at any time, rather than a "purchase," per se) is a prophylactic against disquiet, unrest, and kolob forbid, outright revolt.

The "people" are not, for the most part, I believe "fat, dumb and happy." Rather they are fat, dumb, and terrified, and have sunk into self-protective inertia. Like a pangolin caught among lions, they're rolled up tight, with their vulnerable bellies inside, and a spiky array of armor-plates to keep the lion off.

Of course, the success of the maneuver depends to a large extent on the size and ferocity of one's attacker. A pangolin may thwart a lion this way, but armadillos rely on the same stratagem, and it doesn't work at ALL well against cars...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

News Corps Properties, as of July 27, 2012

Rupert Murdoch's News Corps is one of th five or six corporate entities which own and control around 95% of the media production and programming outlets in the USofA.

Their holdings include:

Cable Television
FOX News Channel
FOX Business Network
FOX College Sports
Fox Deportes
Fox Movie Channel
Fox Pan American Sports (33%)
Fox Regional Sports Networks
FOX Soccer Channel
FOX Sports Enterprises
FOX Sports Net
Big Ten Network (49%)
Nat Geo Wild (71%)
National Geographic Channel United States (71%)
Stats, Inc. (50%)
Fox Television Stations
WAGA (Atlanta)
KTBC (Austin)
WUTB (Baltimore)
WFXT (Boston)
WFLD (Chicago)
WPWR (Chicago)
KDFW (Dallas)
KDFI (Dallas)
WJBK (Detroit)
KRIV (Houston)
KTXH (Houston)
KTTV (Los Angeles)
KCOP (Los Angeles)
WHBQ (Memphis)
KMSP (Minneapolis)
WFTC (Minneapolis)
WNYW (New York City)
WWOR (New Jersey)
WOGX (Ocala-Gainesville)
WRBW (Orlando)
WOFL (Orlando)
WTXF (Philadelphia)
KUTP (Phoenix)
KSAZ (Phoenix)
WTVT (Tampa Bay)
WTTG (Washington D.C.)
WDCA (Washington D.C.)
Satellite Television
BSkyB (39%)
FOXTEL (25%)
Sky Deutschland
SKY Italia
Sky Network Television Limited (44%)
TATA Sky (20%)
International Television Stations
FOX Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America
FOX CRIME Europe and Asia
FOX LIFE Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America
FOX MOVIES Asia and Middle East
FOX RETRO Europe and Africa
FOX SPORTS Europe, Africa, and Latin America
FOX Telecolombia (51%)
Asianet (75%)
BABY TV Europe, Asia and Latin America
CULT Europe
ESPN STAR Sports (50%)
FX Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America
Hathway Cable and Datacom (17%)
LAPTV (Movie City Pack, Cinecanal, and The Film Zone) (55%)
National Geographic International Channels (52%)
Nat Geo Adventure Europe and Asia
Nat Geo Music Europe, Africa and Asia
Nat Geo Wild Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America
Phoenix Satellite Television (18%)
Premier Media Group (50%)
Rotana (9%)
SPEED Latin America
STAR Chinese Channel
STAR Chinese Movies
STAR Den (50%)
STAR Movies
Star News (26%)
STAR World
STAR World Asia
UTILISIMA Latin America
Telecine (13%)
TVN Asia
VIJAY (81%)
Other Television
FOX Broadcasting Company
FOX Sports
FOX Sports Australia
FOX Television Stations
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox Espanol
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Television
Fox 2000 Pictures
Fox Music
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Studios Australia
Fox Studios LA
Fox Television Studios
Blue Sky Studios
Shine Group
Twentieth Television
20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising
Premium Movie Partnership (Australia and New Zealand - 20%)
Newspapers (U.S.)
New York Post
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
SmartSource (Coupons)
Newspapers (International)
The Advertiser and Sunday Mail (Australia)
The Australian (Australia)
The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail (Australia)
The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia)
Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun (Australia)
mX (Australia)
The Mercury and Sunday Tasmanian (Australia)
Northern Territory News and Sunday Territorian (Australia)
Perth Now (Australia)
Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea)
The Sun (U.K.)
Sunday Times (Australia)
The Times and The Sunday Times (U.K.)
Weekly Times (Australia)
Dow Jones
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal Asia
The Wall Street Journal Europe
The Wall Street Journal Radio
The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
The Wall STreet Journal Classroom
Dow Jones Local Media Group (Ottaway):
Cape Cod Media Group (MA)
Cape Cod Times
Cape Cod View
Barnstable Patriot
Hudson Valley Media Group (NY)
Times Herald-Record (Middletown)
Orange Magazine (Orange County)
Nantucket Island Media Group (MA)
Times Herald-Record (Nantucket)
Nantucket Today
Pocono Mountains Media Group (PA)
Pocono Record (Stroudsburg)
San Joaquin Media Group (CA)
The Record (Stockton)
Seacoast Media Group (NH)
The Portsmouth Herald
The Exeter News-Letter
The Hampton Union
The York Weekly
York County Coast Star
South Coast Media Group (MA)
The Standard-Times (New Bedford)
The Advocate (Fairhaven)
The Chronicle (Westport and Dartmouth)
Middleboro Gazette
The Spectator (Somerset and Swansea)
The Fall RIver Spirit
New England Business Bulletin
Southern Oregon Media Group (OR)
Medford Mail Tribune
The Nickel (Medford)
Ashland Daily Tidings
Dow Jones Averages
Dow Jones Client Solutions
Dow Jones Companies & Executives
Dow Jones Events
Dow Jones Indexes
Dow Jones Insight
Dow Jones Investment Banker
Dow Jones LP Source
Dow Jones Newswires
Dow Jones Private Markets
Dow Jones Reprint Portal
Dow Jones Watchlist
Dow Jones VentureSource (with Hearst)
Vedomosti (with Pearson and Independent Media)
Virtual Stock Exchange
Alpha (Australia)
Big League (Australia)
Inside Out (Australia)
Donna Hay (Australia)
Other News Properties
The Daily
News Digital Media
News International
HarperCollins Publishers
Avon A
Avon Inspire
Avon Red
Harper Design
Harper Business
Harper Paperbacks
Harper Perennial
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
HarperCollins e-Books
William Morrow
HarperCollins Children's Books
Balzer + Bray
Greenwillow Books
HarperCollins Children's Audio
HarperCollins Children's Books
HarperCollins e-books
Katherine Tegen Books
Walden Pond Press
HarperCollins Australia
HarperCollins Canada
HarperCollins India (40%)
HarperCollins New Zealand
HarperCollins US
HarperCollins UK
Online Properties
BrandAlley UK (49%)
Fox Audience Network (32%)
News Digital Media (58%)
Spring Widgets
Fox Mobile Group
IGN Entertainment
National Rugby League (Australia) (50%)
NDS (49%)
News America Marketing
News Outdoor Group (79%)

last updated 7/27/2011

Rupert Murdock's
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036

Monday, July 09, 2012

Bill Moyers Gets All Huffy About Pay-to-Speak

And I wish he, and all the rest of the leftish commentariat would just stop being so fucking polite! The asswholes who are oppressing us--from shit-sticks like Frank Luntz and Karl Rove on up--do NOT deserve your politesse. They are not, and have repeatedly and remorselessly demonstrated that they are not, and never will be, men of men to whom honor is a familiar term. Bill Moyers gets a bit energized in this clip. But he's not talking to anyone to their faces, which is where you HAVE to get all up in their pious, hypocritical, amoral faces and make them show themselves.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bill Maher, on 14-Yr-Old "Conservatives:"

Is there a charity I can give to, like "Wedgies, without Borders."
Not to Conservatards: If your boilerplate sounds strange and stilted in the mouth of a 14-yr-old boy, imagine what it sounds like when ADULTS say shit like that!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

High Court, Including Obama "Liberal" (St. Sonia), Butt Fucks Labor Unions

Put another way: The SCROTUS today handed down a ruling that shoved yet another hot, rough poker up the already bleeding ass of the Union movement, ruling 7-2 (with Ginsberg and Santa Sonia with the MAJORITY) which:
"....dealt an election-year blow to public-sector unions with a ruling that limits their ability to collect money for use in political campaigns from non-union employees at workplaces where a union is the bargaining agent.
The ruling comes in the wake of a major struggle over the rights of public-sector workers in which unions failed in their effort to recall Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker who’d signed a law curtailing the power of public sector unions.
The court said Thursday that non-union workers who benefit from union representation must affirmatively choose, or “opt in,” to having their “agency fees” used when a special dues increase or assessment is going to be used for political purposes. Simply giving them the option of opting out is not sufficient to protect their rights, the court held."
Only the Kagan and Breyer dissented...MSNBC tells it almost with relish.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Critical, Satirical SNL Vid, Banned in 1998?

The 1998 Robert Smigel animated short film "Conspiracy Theory Rock", part of a March 1998 "TV Funhouse" segment, has been removed from all subsequent airings of the Saturday Night Live episode where it originally appeared. Michaels claimed the edit was done because it "wasn't funny". The film is a scathing critique of corporate media ownership, including NBC's ownership by General Electric/Westinghouse. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Richard Wolfe: America's Most Respectable Marxist

These Tuesday evenings will each begin with an update and analysis of major economic events of the last month and their contexts of longer-term economic trends shaping politics and society here and abroad. We will focus on the evolving global capitalist economic crisis and its consequences. We will examine topics such as the social costs effects of the historic long-term US unemployment, national debt crises and "austerity programs" in Greece, Ireland, Spain, and beyond changes in today's Chinese economy and their global effects, tax reform and the entire tax issue in the US today, continuing crisis in the US housing and credit markets the economics of immigration. Actual economic developments will shape the agenda for each monthly Tuesday meeting. Rick Wolff, with occasional guests, will present an economic update and an analysis of some particular economic topics and then open the floor to questions, comments and a general discussion of where the US and world economies are going and the political implications. We aim to develop participants' understanding of and ability to explain to others the key economic developments of our time. Richard D. Wolff is Professor Emeritus of Economics at U. Mass, and Visiting Professor at the New School University. Author of Capitalism Hits the Fan, he's been a guest on NPR, Glenn Beck Show, and Democracy Now!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The TED Talk TED Won't Show You

Nick Hanauer debunks the Capitalist economic mythology from the INSIDE. Special privileges, up close and personal.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Joshua Foer: On Memorable Memories

I really LIKE these TED productions. In this one, Joshua Foer, a writer/journalist and pretty bright fella (I think he wrote a book about READING the Encyclopedia Britannica) takes us back to a time even before WRITING which, as Plato intuited, was the enemy of Memory.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

CENK to CNN: "Just Fucking STOP" Imitating FAUX/MSNBC

He's right, of course. "He said/She said" reporting is little better than stenography, which is the style/strategy of Faux Nooz, especially. Watch Cenk on Current TV:
CNN just had their lowest ratings in a decade. They are in disastrous shape. When I was on MSNBC, we would beat them with a stick. Even after "pro-CNN" stories like revolutions in Egypt and Libya, Japanese nuclear meltdowns and the killing of Osama bin Laden (CNN does much better when major news or international stories break out), we still beat them. Now they're doing so poorly I might even catch them on Current. We started at almost nothing on Current, but we have been steadily improving our numbers. Why are we getting traction? Because people want an alternative -- the real news. So, I should just stay quiet and let CNN drive off that cliff. By the way, when I catch Erin Burnett -- which is not that far off because I'm beginning to see her in the distance in the demos -- everyone will know it. Who knows, that might be the event that precipitates CNN re-thinking their entire model. Imagine if a network that started at nearly nothing catches CNN within a year. But I am not going to wait until then to give them some friendly advice. I know they won't perceive it that way, but I am actually trying to help them. So here it is -- for the love of God, stop doing "he said, she said" crap that doesn't actually deliver the news to anyone. Democrats said this and Republicans said that -- who cares? What is the reality?! Your job is supposed to be to bring us facts, not what official spokespeople told you in their press releases and talking points. The problem is that CNN doesn't have the courage to do this. They're afraid it might offend some folks if you tell the American people reality. I want to be clear; I'm not saying they should give us opinion. There's plenty of that in other parts of cable, including my show. They're never going to out-opinion me. But if Mitt Romney says his proposal balances the budget, well, why don't you crunch the numbers and tell us whether that's true or not? Of course the reality is that it creates trillions of dollars in deficits just so that the rich can have more tax cuts. But CNN would consider reporting those facts as being biased. If the Giants play the Cowboys and beat them silly, it is not biased to report that they won. You don't have a pro-Giants bias if you report the score. I'm a progressive but I have no interest in CNN skewing issues in favor of Democrats. By all means, call them out just as aggressively. The Democratic Party takes huge amounts of cash from corporations and unions to vote a certain way. My God, CNN doesn't even cover the role of money in politics. They take politicians at their word. Are you kidding? It seems like the people who work at CNN are the last people in the country who actually trust our politicians. Congressional approval ratings were recently at 11 percent. How well do you think you're going to do on television if you're sucking up to those guys? By the way, following along with artificially created Fox News scandals doesn't give you balance. It makes you sad and pathetic. There are plenty of real Democratic scandals without falling into the rubbish Fox talks about. How much money does Chuck Schumer take from Wall Street? What favors does he give them in return? Why do Democratic leaders keep writing legislation rigged against the Internet -- could it have something to do with the tremendous amount of cash they take from Hollywood companies? Why does President Obama get a free pass on following George Bush's civil liberties abuses like warrantless wiretapping and indefinite detentions? In other words, do your job -- report the news. The real news, not dueling talking points and manufactured controversies. My God, where is your investigative team? What's the last story you broke? Of course, the reality is that you don't want to break stories about Washington because that might offend some people. What kind of a so-called news operation is this afraid of their own shadow? "Oh my God, what if we offended someone in power. They might not come on our shows anymore and they might call us biased." Or they might call you journalists. Sam Donaldson was on our show a long time ago and told us a really cool story about his old boss at ABC News, Roone Arledge. He said when he was covering the Reagan White House (and later the Clinton White House, too), whenever the administration called up to complain about him, Arledge would give him a raise. How far away from that model are we now? When politicians call up to complain now, "news" executives wet themselves in fear. Stand up to them! Do journalism! Challenge government! And you know something amazing might happen -- people might actually watch you again.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Jared Diamond: Why Societies Fail (TED)

From Greenland to Montana! A checklist:
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it. Jared Diamond is an award-winning scholar of ecology, biology and history, and best-selling author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Das Kapital in Pictures

I'm pretty sure I've posted this before, but it's never nor relevant. David Harvey is the most urbane, cosmopolitan Marxist spokesperson in some time.
In this RSA Animate, renowned academic David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"Earth Days," A PBS/"American Experience" Production

On Earth Day, it is good to watch this almost 2-hour documentary for the perspective.
PBS's show "Earth Days" (, first shown in 2010, ironically appeared just 12 days before the catastrophic blow-out of the BP/Macando deep-water/deep-plate well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mostly it presents pretty much an iron-clad indictment of the "best minds of corpoRat America" as being, in fact, a pack of venal, self-aggrandizing, clueless/deluded fucktards and predatory capitalist ideologues. In the first 30 seconds of the later "convo" segment, they bring on the CEO of Duke Power who praises this "industry" for 'working with' environmentalists, and host Ray Suarez just grins and glad-hands the fucker and truckles becomingly.


Watch Earth Days on PBS. See more from American Experience.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The American Myth Machine And It's Disquiets

"The national "myth" elevates, exaggerates and aggrandizes the people's own self-regard." Bingo! No small addition to which was accomplished with much fanciful fanfare and grateful tears in Jan, 2009, when "we" inaugurated the "First Black American President," thereby reifying yet another mythic, egalitarian trope constituent of the"American dream": Anyone can grow up to be president!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

ALEC Smarting? Lee Camp...

Imagine the World Without ALEC.
What would be the appropriate acronym for its replacement?
Cuz there'll BE a replacement...

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

WWH Citizens' Dispatch, March 31, 2012: God Damm 'Em

The Constitution forbids any "religious" test for aspirants for public office.

I always thought that it forbade requiring any particular "religious" affiliation as a qualification for office...

But now I wonder: Why couldn't we PROHIBIT those 'religious' folks with leadership roles in their "churches" from BEING ELECTED to public office, since their FIRST loyalty will NEVER be the State, but ALWAYS to their fucking "gods?" They CANNOT serve botrh "god" and "mammon"; it's the plainest KIND of conflict of interest.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Los Alamos, NM, circa 1943

Props to my old pal Mike Lord for discovering this. IIrc, kids born in Los Alamos during the Project all have the same Santa Fe post office box as their "residence."

As late as the mid-'50s, there were still manned machine-gun posts around the perimeter, and a gate manned by armed MPs.
n 1943, the top scientists from the United States and other nations gathered in Los Alamos, NM for the Manhattan Project. Among them was physicist Hugh Bradner. With informal permission from the U.S. Army, he shot a collection of home movies of life in a place that officially didn't exist, and of people working on a project that ultimately changed history. His footage represents the only look at life in the Los Alamos area during that time. LA-UR 11-4449.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

OWS/OCCUPY: This Week in Insurgency

Press TV's new program; 'OWS Week' highlights 7 days of the protest movement's happenings as viewed from American protesters' eyes.

The program also examines the wide range of social issues addressed by the 'occupy' movement in the US.

This episode of the show returns to the Bradley Manning trial to expand on the charges brought against the incarcerated US serviceman, reports on 99ers camp evictions and the remaining outposts and gives an overview of the week that has passed.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Michelle Alexander: The Drug War & The New Jim Crow

Ms. Alexander argues that it is NOT an exaggeration to say that the "drug war" was a conscious, sonspicuous policy designed to destabilize the Black community in the aftermath of their achievement of Civil Rights, and to disempower Blacks, and to undermine their social and political structures by imprisoning Black men, thereby forming the basis for excluding them from the USer mainstream...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sir Barry, AFBP: ALWAYS Much LESS Than Meets the Eye

As with EVERYTHING "Barack," the mortgage abuse settlement announced last week, touted to help "underwater homeowners" escape the toils of Bankstah-induced foreclosures, is far less helpful to citizens than either the announced remedies or the extended consequences would lead one to believe.

America's First Black President ("AFBP") appears to be pulling a new version of the old "shuck-'n'-jive," with the lives and futures of citizens inveigled into home-loans they had NO CHANCE of ever repaying, and against whose ability to repay the loans the bankstahs were betting, short... Cenk/TYT has the story:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ed Shultz: A Really STOOPIT Liberal...

Ed Schultz' rise to prominence on the "Left" is one of the great con-jobs of the last 5 years.
He was originally a LIMBOT-wannabe, an aspiring fascist mouthpiece. He wanted to be the fat, flapping fuckturd to whom the drooling drones of the Right flocked for instructions on how and what to think.
Then he allegedly underwent an epiphany, via his wife whom he calls a liberal.
But what really happened was that there ALREADY WAS a rightwing Nazi gass-bag on the air, and they didn't NEED another one, so he changed his stripes and started aiming ro become the "limbot of the Left."
But of course, one of the GOOD things about the left (pre-Barry, anyway) was that WE don't (didn't) need or especially WANT some pompous, spouting blubberbutt telling us what and/or how to think.
But he soldiered on, and got on 'liberal' radio (The Jones Bros Network, first), and thence (unaccountably) MSNBC.
He's dumber than a fucking post, and NOT any KIND of progressive. But: He drools Dim Blue.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thomas Franks on the Pitiful and Painful Plight of the Pathetic Billionaires

This appears to me to be the "money" graf in a recent interview by Truthout with author Thomas Franks about his new book, "Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right." I've inserted breaks to facilitate reading & to emphasize the points:
I don't know about crossing the Rubicon, but it's clear to me that we have missed what will probably prove to be our generation's greatest opportunity to reverse the direction of history. In 2008 and 09, Wall Street was in such high odor - so hated by the American public - that we could easily have chosen a New Deal type of direction. The conservative economic policies of the last forty years were in ruins around us.

But Obama wasn't willing to point this out. The opportunity was squandered, but "squandered" isn't a strong enough word.

Barack Obama had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take the financial oligarchy apart - not just for electoral reasons, but because that was what democracy requires - and despite the right's perception of him as Robespierre reincarnated, he didn't do it.

Yes, he may win re-election this fall, but at best he will be remembered as another Clinton: a guy who triangulated and got the best deals he could while facing down a right-wing nation.

That the nation isn't right wing, and that it would have followed him had he led with boldness, is something that people like you and I will get to meditate on sourly for the rest of our lives.
Any list of so-and-so-many of brave Sir barry's "accomplishments" ONLY exists to distract from and/or try to paper over the massiveness of his failure to act aggressively to reform the system. He COULD have done it--if he'd been ANYBODY but Barack Hussein Obama...So he didn't.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mr. Deity & The Occupation

The latest episode of the very BEST Blasphemy on the Tubez...
"You can't have heaven and free-will at the same time."

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

More ofTthat Good, Old Hopery-Changery, Alrightee

Via Bloomberg:‎
"President Barack Obama today nominated a JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) executive to the five-member board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Jeremiah O. Norton, 34, who is an executive director in the bank’s JPMorgan Securities unit, previously served as a policy adviser in the U.S. Treasury Department during the administration of President George W. Bush. Before that, he was an aide to a Republican congressman, Edward Royce of California."


A JP Morgan-Chase stooge, this time? I guess he'd already got everybody Goldman-Sachs could spare...

That ol' Hopey-Changer fella jis keeps CHANGIN things, donne?

O'bots: EXPLAIN, please, why...

Friday, February 03, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cenk Uygur (TYT): The Obama Memos

An in-depth New Yorker piece on hundreds of pages of internal white House memos and President Obama is broken down by Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks. Is Obama scared of Fox News? Did he really want to raise taxes on the rich?

This is about as thorough-going a condemnation of the inner workings of the Shamwow regime as I have heard, especially the influence of his 'economic' advisors.

By the way: Hang Larry Summers!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

We Are NOT Making Shit Up Just To "Diss" Obombster

Woody thinks Maher is occasionally amusing (though his "panels" often suck shit, such as the one the other night with that running-sore Kennedy and Dana Rohrbacher, who appears to have a herpes lesion on his lip), but this rant, and the associated commentary by Politico seriously demonstrates how full of shit he (and Politico) actually ARE when it comes to their "fair-skinned" boy.

Maher chides the RIGHT for their paranoia about what they think Shabama MIGHT do.

Then Politico chimes in with an extra lick at the "paranoid" Lefties. Watch, then read: "There are some members of the far left who have embraced the right’s politics of fear and use it for their own profit and gain to attack Obama. (Why should conservatives be the only ones who cash in on fear?)"

Somebody needs to give Politico a FUCKING clue! We critics of Obombster on the Left aren't criticizing a chimera.

We do not simply FEAR that he will unleash drones on American citizens to kill them overseas, or sign legislation which permits the indefinite detention of "enemies" because that's what he ALREADY done.

We do not merely FEAR tht he will hand the tatters of thhe social safety net over to those who want to destroy it, because he has ALREADY done that.

We do not FEAR that he will hand the economy BACK to the very rat-bastards who sank it in the first place, because he has ALREADY done that.

We do not only FEAR that he will expand the scope and scale of USer military adverntures in the world because he's ALREADY done that.

Which is to say, contrary to Politicor/Maher's assertions, we are NOT criticizing an "IMAGINARY" Obombster.

Oh, YEAH, baby! Barry's the "Real" thing.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fucked: The story of the OTHER "99ers"

"Salon's" first episode of the documentary video series about long term unemployment, 99ers, and organizing the unemployed.

In “F**ked: The United States of Unemployment” — a new Salon series that will chronicle this important yet largely untold story — Academy Award-nominated director Immy Humes traces the birth and evolution of the 99ers movement. Over the course of the series, Humes will explore her personal struggle with long-term unemployment, the struggles of her fellow 99ers, and confront the stigma of what it’s like to be jobless in America today.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bill Moyers (w/ David Stockman) On "The Bankstas"

The thing I detest about self-serving, 'coming-clean' tale-tellers and lesson-learners like Stockman is how they retrospectively polish their own apples. In this case, Stockman conveniently overlooks the notorious, infamous, criminal, fraudulent manipulations of real estate and building loans by the Savings & Loan industry, famously led by one of the Sons of Bush, which began in the early '80s while Stockman was himself still preaching the gospel of supply-side, trickle-down enrich the rich economics which in a "purer" form he still seems to advocate for even today. Though he does at least endorse the re-introduction of the limitations removed when Glass-Steagall was repealed by the "bank-stahz" back in the day.

David Stockman on Crony Capitalism from on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Will Shamwow Name Larry Summers To The World Bank?

Summers and Robert Rubin were the Dim "point-men" in the deregulation fiascoes of the late '90s under Clenis; they collaborated with Phil Gramm and Greenspan and Armey to make it happen. And they all did VERY WELL by it.

I would not willingly occupy the same room with Larry Summers.

Obombster is NOT making a "mistake." He MUST know what he is doing: his Massas' bidding. Cenk gets it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 18, 2012: Stop PIPA/SOPA Day

It is probably unrealistic in the EXTREME to imagine that a functioning oligarchy in full cry might permit the continued, unmodified, uninterfered operation of so fundamentally liberating a technology as the Intertubez has become, and still remains. We need only regard how television was co-opted, and its liberatory poitential was turned aside, to become--along with the rest of its flickering-screened scions--the most POTENT agent of propaganda promulgation ever invented.

I regard the present structure of the Intertubez as I regard the Constitution: It works pretty well as it stands, and fucking around with it pretty much invites the bullies in, so leave it the fuck alone.

--Woody, Jan 18, 2012

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A "Nightmare" On Wall Street

It's called the "Robin Hood" tax.

It's "Financial Transactions" tax on EVERY stock, bond, or currency transaction smaller than $1000...

Monday, January 09, 2012

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Diane Ravitch: Making Amends (Sorta)

In the '80s, she was a full-fledged Raygunner, working enthusiastically with bilious Bill Bennett, Chucker Finn, and others to torpedo "liberal,' child-centered pedagogy. She's one of the intellectual progenitors of the whole educational philosophy which underlies NCLB, as well as O'bombster's shameful Race To The Top.
I doubt she can perform sufficient penance to assuage my dislike for her...

And all that "high-stakes" testing? Ummmm, mebbe NOT so good an idea, eh, Diane?
Some of us were telling you this at the time. Remember, Diane? Do ya?

Here's her address to the 2011 AASA Convention, in which she addresses 'reform' head-on, though without reference to here own participation:

Part II

and Part III

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Lest We Forget! "Obama-Goggles" for the Peanut Gallery

This vid is from 2009. It's gone pretty much as Punk Pat predicted. And NONE of brave Sir Barry's "Dis-Appointments" has yet resigned, either.