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Who is our economy FOR, anyway?
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The ATLA Speech on building a progressive infrastructure
Lowering the Bar
The Attack on Trial Lawyers and Tort Law
Who's Behind the Attack on Liberal Professors
On the Right and their communications infrastructure:
Why Republicans Win
Win or Lose
The "Conventional Wisdom" Machine
Some History of the Conservative Movement
HOW TO FIGHT BACK
An Amplifier Of Our Own
Don't Blame the Democrats
How They Do It 1 2 3 4
You're Gonna Get Drafted
Scalia and Self-Government
Who is Our Economy For?
Voting Machine Story Link Collection
What's Wrong with this Picture? (Voting Machines)
Like Meat in the Supermarket
Thin Line 1 2 3
Fixing Social Security
Seeing the Forest I, II, III
"Incredibly Positive News"
The Breadth of It
The Republican Crony Club
Ralph Nader is a Scab
John's Best Of:
Kerry Smear Page
9/11 Commission Report Damages Bush -- if you read it
Florida Goon Squad Intimidated the Supreme Court
The Use and Abuse of George Orwell
Zizka's Archives (John's previous identity)
Information Clearing House
What REALLY Happened
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Sounds Familiar. Rings A Bell.
They Thought They Were Free.
Here's a column, "Republicans Get Bonus From War on Terrorism", saying something similar to the Alternet column I pointed to Wednesday (the piece just below this one), that discussed people's images of the ideal family helping determine their political leanings.
"...images of Republicans as the "Daddy" party offering strength and security against the Democrats' nurturing "Mommy" mission."Go read it. Different people coming to similar conclusions.
Strict Daddy Bush
Exposing the Right clued me in to this Alternet article, Grappling With the Politics of Fear. This is an absolute must-read article, delving into the psychology behind progressive and right-wing thinking, and how the way we think of family helps determine our political perspective.
"According to George Lakoff, a UC Berkeley University cognitive scientist and author of "Moral Politics," the anxiety-provoking anti-terrorism actions and messages of fear of the Bush administration fall into the category of the "strict father" mode of communication.Please go read this article. There is much more. I spent actual money and braved a dial-up connection (ugh!) to post this.
Back in December
I'm leaving for a week and a half. I'll try posting - we'll see. I have
to try dialing AOL in England.
This is a test of posting to the weblog via e-mail. If you DO NOT see this,
please let me know.
The Fairness Doctrine. The good old days. Why, when I was your age, radio and TV stations,
were "public trustees," and as such had an obligation to afford reasonable opportunity for discussion of contrasting points of view on controversial issues of public importance.and
This doctrine grew out of concern that because of the large number of applications for radio station being submitted and the limited number of frequencies available, broadcasters should make sure they did not use their stations simply as advocates with a singular perspective. Rather, they must allow all points of view.and
Currently, however, there is no required balance of controversial issues as mandated by the fairness doctrine. The public relies instead on the judgment of broadcast journalists and its own reasoning ability to sort out one-sided or distorted coverage of an issue.and from FAIR (1994)
The Fairness Doctrine doesn't require that each program be internally balanced, or mandate "equal time": It would not require that balance in the overall program line-up be anything close to 50/50. It merely prohibits a station from blasting away day after day from one perspective, without any opposing views.Oh how far we have come, now that AM radio is 24-hours-a-day-7-days-a-week nothing more than a continuous Republicans Party advertisement, spewing hate and ridicule and nastiness and propaganda and insults and character assassination and slime.
Oh for the good old days. Reagan eliminated the Fairness Doctrine by executive action in 1987. Congress tried to restore it. Reagan and then Bush vetoed restoring the Fairness Doctrine after the Congress overwhelmingly voted to restore it, and then in 1993 the Republicans filibustered it to prevent it from passing. For SOME reason, the Republicans seem to think they benefit from there being no Fairness Doctrine.
The Smirking Chimp article led me to The Crisis Papers. Worth checking out. Good stuff.
Bernard Weiner, at Smirking Chimp yesterday,
This makes two elections, the one in 2000 and now in 2002, where the results are suspicious; in the first case, the Supreme Court summarily ended the re-counting of citizens' ballots, in effect installing Bush into the White House. (And, as we now know, had the Florida recount proceeded, Gore, who won the national popular vote by more than a half-million ballots, would have been President.) In the 2002 midterm election, touchscreen computer-voting in key states -- where, just days prior to the balloting, Dems were either leading in the polls or neck-and-neck against their GOP opponents -- may have, could have, been tweaked in enough close elections to tip the scales to the GOP; there were no ways of re-counting ballots, since there were no ballots to double-check against, and, at the last-minute, there was no exit polling, so again nothing to check the computer results against how people said they voted. He who controls the computer-software in the voting machines has potential control over the numerical results, and only three companies control that technology.Naw, he couldn't be saying THAT, could he?
Body and Soul is asking how DynCorp can get lucrative government contracts after employees - on government contract - have been caught at things like running a sex slave trafficking ring (buying and selling girls as young as 12), screwing up and helping shoot down a plane full of Baptist missionaries, narcotics trafficking and killing peasants by spraying them with toxic chemicals.
"I know I don't have much of a head for business, but I grew up believing that prostitution, drug dealing and reckless disregard for the lives of others were the kinds of things that got you into a whole lot of trouble.Maybe this will help answer the question.
"The Bush administration Friday ordered the suspension of a Clinton rule that would have significantly strengthened the government's ability to deny contracts to companies that have violated workplace safety, environmental and other federal laws."Click here for details.
Space Waitress Gate A.
This BuzzFlash story about coverage of anti-war protests is encouraging. It says that getting active can WORK. Lots of people contacted NPR and the New York Times, and this caused them to issue corrections of their coverage of the Washington, DC anti-war marches. Get active.
Get active. It's time to be talking to everyone you know about what is going on. Word-of-mouth counts with people. It is difficult at first. It can feel embarrassing, because we are so primed to think of activists as "whacko liberals," or "aging hippies," or so many other negative, ridiculing images. I had this problem when I started registering voters earlier this year. I had a card table and a chair and a sign, and I set up in a public place, and I felt ridiculous. But after I sat down at that table and started talking to people I got over it and I felt GREAT about what I was doing because I knew how important it was and because so many people were telling me they were very glad to see "someone" out there doing this important work! ( It hadn't occurred to them to be out there doing this important work. No one seems to see themselves as someone who can get things done.)
If you are reading this, then you are probably concerned about the things going on with the government. I think they are too important to just sit back and quietly let them continue. I think it is time to speak up, even if you risk feeling foolish. You should be talking to people, e-mailing them, and asking them to get active as well.
Slept On It - Still Scared
Sometimes lately - since Bush v Gore - I imagine I'm looking at current events as if I am a future historian, tracking the record of "what happened" - sort of like how we now look back at Germany in the 30's, trying to understand how it happened.
I used to wonder, if I was in Germany in the 30's, at what point would I have seen what was happening, and gotten out? Now I wonder if John Poindexter being brought back into the government - not to mention being placed in charge of this Information Awareness thing! - is a sign I should be paying that kind of attention to. (I know - To which I should be paying attention. I just can't write that.)
Over at Ironic Times:
Air of Optimism Pervades Wall Street
Go Get Scared
Go read DEBKAfile and get scared.
"In the last few hours DEBKAfile counter-terror sources report a heightened volume of traffic over the Arabic Internet forums frequented by al Qaeda and its partisans. Most of the last messages end: “The zero hour has come.”I'm getting on a plane to New York Wednesday, and London Friday. Great.
Check out Situation Room. Be sure to scroll down to this, about John Poindexter. Be prepared to lose sleep.
Take the Poll
There's a poll at the Lou Dobbs site, asking if you think the media is liberal or (what they call themselves) conservative. Scroll down and it's on the left. (Thanks to Busy, Busy, Busy.)
Update - It's a new poll now. Never mind.
I just discovered High Water.
I Will Be Out of the Country For About Two Weeks
Beginning Wednesday I'll be out of the country for about two weeks due to a family illness. I'll be posting a few things via e-mail if I can get online. I'll try to check in with some blogs to see what's going on, but it's expensive and 'll be pretty busy. I'll try to ask people what's their take on events and share the persepctive with you all.
Now I know some of you are going to take this pretty hard, so I'm going to try to post a list of some services that are available. There are some good online depression sites, and I'll see if I can get a list of links together. I'll also see if there are online suicide hotlines. But mostly, remember, I'll be back pretty soon.
Media Defending Rush!
We've reached the point where the "liberal" media is defending Rush Limbaugh over Tom Daschle.
I want to ask the "journalists" defending Rush this week, do you actually listen to Limbaugh, and the others? If you do, what does that say about your credibility as a mainstream journalist? If not, considering what you wrote, what does that say about your credibility as any kind of journalist?
(My thanks to Atrios.)
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