Category Archives: Media-Info Control

Is the media controlled by the government or ‘friends’ of the government? Are ‘talking points’ being passed down from ‘on high’? Can you only find conservative AM radio talk shows? Are the media worried that they might be ‘cut-off’ if they ask the wrong questions? Are steps being taken against the ‘liberal’ media to make them more ‘balanced’? Are media personnel being jailed for refusing to identify their sources? Is media access to the government increasingly being restricted as time passes? When will media have their licenses revoked? When will the power to their tools be shut off? When will they all be jailed with the rest of the enemies? How far is too far?

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

Exposing the "Nobile Lie" of Right-wing Authoritarian Trickle Down Economics
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After WW II, we had a powerful middle class, then Reaganomics started their demise.

 

A New Costly Cold War?

Are profit-centric media supporting profit-centric defense contractors by promoting a new cold war, via Russian Hack hysteria, and boosting support for more defense spending? Are regime change neocons fanning the flames for a new cold war to remove Putin from … Continue reading

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Who’s The Real Enemy of Our Democracy? Widdle Donnie Thwimpie or ???

The distraction of Widdle Donnie Thwimpie is all over the news as the worst ever candidate for an American president, while mainstream media ignores the real enemy of our democracy: This should be no surprise. The corporate take over of … Continue reading

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To What Degree Will November Election Complete Corporate Coup of America?

Now that the party primaries are over, it appears that the profit centric MSM has guided the voters quite convincingly. We ended up with the candidates which both media’s profit masters most approve of and which voters have the lowest … Continue reading

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Trump Ascendency Should Be No Surprise

It is a natural result of many factors including, but not limited to: – Decades of repeating that “government IS the problem” and predatory privatization of our government – Decades of disempowering the people’s government while empowering the excessively wealthy … Continue reading

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Hidden Threats Strain Both the Earth’s Life-sustaining Resources and Life Itself

Unsustainable economic growth and its systemic impacts on the wealth gap, human population, and Earth’s climate are enslaving and abusing all Peoples. Wage theft, debt slavery, and expanding poverty drive the exponential growth of the income and wealth gap and … Continue reading

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Ending American Authoritarianism – A Hybridization of Orwell and Huxley Dystopias, and Resisting It Through Radical Imagination

Henry Giroux re-evaluates the works of Orwell and Huxley compares them to the new American Authoritarianism and proposes actions to reverse it. Both authors provide insight into the merging of the totalitarian elements that constitute a new and more hybridized … Continue reading

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Supressing Hope Is Futile – Integrity, Moral Values, and Insurrectional Democracy

Externalizing hope will defeat the casino capitalism of the authoritarian right. Here are three requirements for getting there: 1. Progressives who deny their core values, lose, and can’t inspire the underpaid, overworked, debt ridden, and generally oppressed to take action. … Continue reading

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Inequality is Worse Than You Think, Why So Many Accept It, and The Inevitible Progressive Revolution

From: Peak Inequality: The .01% and The Impoverishment of Society: Beyond these baseline costs, looking at moderate costs for a family of four owning a home in a median family area, with one car, education and retirement costs factored in, … Continue reading

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Erik Prince Still Free, Ferguson Police Abuse, Who Can’t Vote in Texas, Corp Attack On Democracy, NPR Part of Problem, Doughnut Economics

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/26 Christianist Erik Prince Remains Free as Blackwater Guards Convicted for Killing 14 Iraqis in Massacre First of all, Erik Prince is a radical right-wing Christian supremacist who, from the very beginning of the so-called … Continue reading

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Unconstitutional Gerrymandering, RGA Funneling Corp Dark Money, Privatizing Public TV, The First Slip of Corp Media, Citizen Actions Against Abuse

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/12 Federal Court Strikes Down One of the Most Aggressive Gerrymanders in the Country One of the most aggressive gerrymanders in the country is unconstitutional, according to a divided three-judge panel in Virginia. In 2012, … Continue reading

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Peoples Climate March, Flood Wall $reet, Embedded Neocons Force War, Students Challenge Conservative Authority, Journalists Manipulated to Support War, Wall $teet Manipulates NYC Fed , Freedom for Us and the Citizens of Gaza

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 9/28 The People’s Climate The People’s Climate March on September 21 was a watershed for the emerging global climate movement, with more than 400,000 people taking to the streets of New York City. But New … Continue reading

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Neoliberal, Free Market Fundamentalist, Ideology of The 1971 Powell Memo Reflected in Koch Brother’s 1980 Manifesto

Decades later, Lewis Powell codified Vice President Wallace’s “method” in The Powell Memo of 1971. The result was a proliferation of conservative think tanks like the Cato institute, thousands of talking heads all over commercial media, Fox News, hate radio, … Continue reading

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Edward Snowden Exposed Our Authoritarian – Dual – State

The following are excerpts are from a recent article by Chris Hedges: Snowden, we are told, could have reformed from the inside. He could have gone to his superiors or Congress or the courts. But Snowden had numerous examples—including the … Continue reading

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Maximizing Profit Morfs The Fourth Estate Into Stooge for Hire.

For some time, I have been promoting the use of profit-free media for news. There is a long list of such sources in the sidebar of this blog which I update frequently. As I experienced recently, Twitter was the major … Continue reading

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The Danger of American Fascism – Then and Now

Back in August 2006, I wrote a post called, “Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”. I think we are much closer to knowing our answer now and President Obama’s progressive inauguration speech provided a glimpse of the beginning of the end of this corporate threat to America. Continue reading

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Why Are Some Americans More Concerned About Consuming Than Preserving Their Democracy?

The excerpts below are from a recent article by Henry Giroux, titled “Why Don’t Americans Care About Democracy at Home?” The basic answer is “economic Darwinism,” which “promotes a politics of cruelty,” “undermines all forms of solidarity capable of challenging … Continue reading

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Federal Income Taxes – Is Tax Foundation Impartial?

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “CBO data for 2007 (the most recent year available) suggest that 80 percent of U.S. households pay federal tax at a lower rate than the Tax Foundation’s estimated “average” federal tax … Continue reading

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Fear Mongering Over Debt and Deficits – It’s Happened Before, Why Then, Why Now?

Why are we, as a nation, no longer expressing concern about the employment deficit? Because the media and the politicians are all fear mongering about deficit spending, the national debt, and terminating state employees and/or their benefits to fix their … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-29-2010

  Putting the Relationship Between Americans, Muslims, and Al Qaeda into Perspective – Should we blame everyone in the big green circle for the actions of those in the little black dot?   Fox News Jumps to Conclusions, Then Tells … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-25-2010

  Rick Perry: University Regents Jobs Open to the Highest Bidders – Over the past decade, the men and women chosen by Rick Perry to serve as regents of the state’s universities have given his campaigns a total of at … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-24-2010

  Rick Perry’s Habitual Secret Keeping – As you probably know, Texas Governor Rick Perry’s schedule for the first six months of 2010 showed an average of seven hours of state work per week and 38 weekdays with “no state … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-17-2010

  Anti-tax, Anti-Spending Republican Takes Tax Money for Himself – A Republican north Texas state representative who rails against the evils of runaway government spending admitted Monday that he has pocketed thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for travel expenses … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-10-2010

  Conservative Says Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is a Liberal Plot – The Theory of Relativity was Albert Einstein’s formulation in the early 20th century that gave rise to the famous theorem that E=mc2. But if you’re a conservative, like … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-5-2010

A quote worth remembering in these times: “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” — Harry S Truman, in Look, Apr. 3, 1956   Republicans Defeat Bill to Aid 9/11 … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-3-2010

  In Rick Perry’s Texas, There is Only One Inspector for Every 4,586 Oil and Gas Wells – In Texas, there are 86 inspectors for 394,365 oil and gas wells, including 282,150 active wells. As of May 28, 2010, these … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-23-2010

  Rick Perry Likes the Death Penalty But Doesn’t Care Much for Science or “Experts” – Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for a fire that killed his three daughters. Prosecutors argued that Willingham deliberately set the 1991 blaze … Continue reading

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Nothing but Shirley Sherrod in the News This Week – What’s Up with That?

The Shirley Sherrod story started on Monday with the release of a heavily edited video about a life experience which occurred decades ago. This story was released by a right-wing authoritarian (RWA) web site known for its lies. By Wednesday … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-21-2010

  The Myth of Republicans’ Economic Stewardship – Just days after the Washington Post documented that George W. Bush presided over the worst eight-year economic performance in the modern American presidency, the New York Times in January featured an analysis … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-8-2010

  Republican Says Fox News Helps Us Get Our Message Out ‘Unfiltered’ – Last month, former Republican Senator George Allen spoke at a luncheon of the conservative Heritage Foundation about how Republicans need to use Fox News as the one … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-6-2010

  FEC Finds Right-Wing Film Group Free From Disclosure Rules – A little-noticed Federal Election Commission ruling that expands the definition of “media” to include a partisan film production group is the latest in a series of actions eroding legislative … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-21-2010

  More Than 100 U.S. House Republicans Feel Sorry for BP – 100-plus other House members of the Republican Study Committee labeled the $20 billion trust fund for repairing the damage caused by BP a “Chicago-style shakedown” only a day … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-17-2010

  Limbaugh’s Solution to Childhood Hunger: Kids Should ‘Dumpster Dive’ – Responding to an article Wednesday at AOL.com that reports 16 million children will go hungry this summer once free or subsidized school lunches are no longer available, Limbaugh suggested: … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-9-2010

  John Culberson Says Gulf Oil Spill is a ‘Statistical Anomaly’ – In a letter to President Obama, Culberson says that the “Deepwater Horizon incident was a terrible human tragedy with devastating environmental consequences,” but not terrible enough for President … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-7-2010

  Arizona City Councilman/Talk-Show Host Doesn’t Like Black or Brown Faces on Mural – The leader of a group of artists says he was ordered to lighten the skin tones of children depicted in an outdoor mural covering two walls … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-2-2010

  Arizona Governor Lies About Her Father’s Death – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer made the following comment to The Arizona Republic newspaper while talking about the criticism she has taken since signing the new immigration law that makes it a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-1-2010

  BP CEO Says There Are No Plumes of Oil; Disregards Scientists – During a tour of a BP PLC staging area for cleanup workers, CEO Tony Hayward said the company’s sampling showed “no evidence” that oil was suspended in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-27-2010

  Palin Endorsee Plagiarized President Obama’s Speech – Vaughn Ward, a GOP candidate for Idaho’s First Congressional district who is endorsed by Sarah Palin, is facing charges that he swiped key passages from Barack Obama’s iconic 2004 Democratic National Convention … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-19-2009

  All-Time Hypocrisy Award Winner – Republican Rep. Mark Souder, an ardent “family values” congressman, not only had an extramarital affair with a staffer; he recorded a video with his mistress about sexual abstinence education.   Rewriting History – Social … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-17-2010

  Rick Perry Rental Mansion Costs Texas $600,000 While He Tells State to Cut Costs – With the state facing a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent almost $600,000 in public money during … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds Special: The Enemies of Internet Freedom

  AT&T Front Group Plans Campaign of Lies – AT&T front group Americans for Prosperity is stooping to new lows in fearmongering. It announced a $1.4 million advertising plan to try to convince Americans that the FCC is plotting to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-11-2010

  Waste From Overkill: The U.S. Navy Battle Fleet is Larger Than the Next 13 Navies Combined – Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked in a weekend speech at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, “Does the number of warships … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/30/2010

  Rush Limbaugh Lies About Big Branch Mine – Rush Limbaugh lambasted the Mine Workers (UMWA) for not protecting their members who, he claimed worked at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va., where 29 coal miners were … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/27/2010

  The Party of No … Credibility – American right-wing leaders are responding to complaints about their adherents’ insults, threats, and acts of violence by claiming that such problems occur on the left as well. Of course, they don’t dare … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/15/2010

  Tea Parties Were Created as a Republican Political Ploy – The Tea Party has been billed as an organic grassroots operation, but a newly uncovered document obtained by Politico suggests the movement has been successfully co-opted as a Republican … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/12/2010

  Oklahoma Conservatives, Lawmakers Plot Anti-Federal Militia – Frustrated by recent political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer militia to help defend against what they … Continue reading

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