Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dear Main-Stream Media: Shhhhhh. Just Go Back to Sleep.

The last couple of days my power went out and over a 22 hour period I had nothing but AM radio for entertainment. I tried listening to FM and couldn't get through the song Wild Fire, it brought back too many memories. At that point I had to curl up in bed with a bottle of rum and numb myself to sleep.

Almost every day now there are instances where I'm relieved that I didn't get into Zeta Phi Eta and I'm glad I was eventually laid-off by the Main-Stream Media after an eight year career, because corporate-owned media's relevance is sinking under the subduction zone of the Internet.

I've been following the career of Senator Bernie Sanders since he voted against the war in iraq, something Hillary Clinton regrets supporting. For a while I thought the corporate media couldn't bring itself to admit that it's losing influence due to lackluster coverage of Bernie Sanders.

Now they are cold-starting their spin machines in frustration because they ignored him for too long, but the corporate main-stream media can't spin Bernie's image or his message. There's nothing vague about him or his positions.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The New Undead: PAC supported candidates
The more they open their mouths, they more they bury themselves, but that doesn't matter. They can still buy up linear time space on television and radio, and physical space in paper publications. Those kinds of media don't care, as long as they get paid. That's all they have for their survival. Facts are totally irrelevant.

Look at who is supported by Super PACs.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Value of Polling

Apparently in Wisconsin Bernie is behind Hillary in the polls. When I saw the headline at Politicus USA "Wisconsin Gets Competitive As Bernie Sanders Closes The Gap On Hillary Clinton" I thought there was an error because I was remembering the New Hampshire poll reported in the Washington Post "A new poll out of New Hampshire has Bernie Sanders ahead of Hillary Clinton"

But pollsters have the luxury of cherry-picking poll data from specific demographic sources. In Wisconsin the Marquette Law School poll took samples from 802 Wisconsin Registered voters while the New Hampshire poll is "based on a probabilistic sample of 442 likely Democratic presidential primary voters in New Hampshire" The New Hampshire sample is roughly half the size of the Wisconsin sample.

Not only does size matter, even the period of time in which the sample was taken can make a difference depending on news developments. The Wisconsin poll was taken from Thursday August 13 to Sunday August 16, The New Hampshire poll was taken from Friday, August 7 to Monday, August 10.

August 8 was when two members of a group called "Outside Agitators 206" claiming to represent Black Lives Matter shut down Bernie's speech event in Seattle. It turns out the two women involved in the incident acted on their own without consulting other activists. On August 15, Bernie was in Iowa drawing huge crowds and sniping at Donald Trump over Helicopter rides. Who knows what the differences in the polls would be if these events didn't take place until after the polling was done?

So, polling is basically a crap-shoot that must be taken with a grain of salt.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bernie vs Hillary: A list of resources

Here are the two leading Democrats for POTUS 2016. It's up to you to decide between them. Don't let the Main-Stream Corporate Media decide for you.

Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton
BallotPedia BallotPedia
Govtrack Govtrack
Open Secrets (2016 Race) Open Secrets (2016 Race)
VoteSmart Voting Record VoteSmart Voting Record

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Food Fights

In addition to what was happening in Russia, I saw an article about imported food being destroyed in other countries. In most of these countries, the Press is much more pressured to keep certain information sequestered.

Friday, August 7, 2015

In The News Box

And now for some criticism about the Republican Debate on Fox News
In droves, people are switching off their TVs in favor of the Internet, but the big main-stream media owners are catching on and working behind the scenes to gain control of the Internet.

Who knew psychologists don't have to adhere to the Hippocratic Oath? It became apparent when a couple of psychologists got involved in training U.S. Military Interrogators in the War on Terror. Whoa! Wait a minute! says the American Psychological Association (APA)

What's more, the Military Industrial Complex is lobbying in a frenzy to undo the cap on the U.S. Military Budget and in another article, Donald Trump states an example of how money influences politics, and the influence of the military lobbyists shows in the political rhetoric against the Iran Deal.

Meanwhile, #Occupy exposes the tactic of how government is spying on Environmental Activists.

After that I didn't really see much more that affects all of us directly or indirectly, so I polished it off with a few criticisms of the Republican Debate on Fox News.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Republican Voters First Presidential Forum on C-SPAN

If you were not a regular follower of C-SPAN or like me suddenly discovered this happened from reading the headlines page at BallotPedia, you probably would never know about it if you don't watch, listen or read main-stream media.

The backdrop is plastered with the logos of Media sponsors (see the BallotPedia* link above).

St. Anselm College
New Hampshire Union Leader
Cedar Rapids Gazette
South Carolina Post & Courier
I-Heart Networks

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

They Are Not "Pro-Life," They Are only "Anti-Abortion."

Hopefully this collection of links will help clear up the debate over Planned Parenthood. The headline quote above comes from Norman Goldman. He had a very in-depth discussion yesterday about Planned Parenthood and that's available in his podcast archive.

The point is to focus on the hypocrisy of the phrase "Pro-Life" used on the Radical Right, because they are pro-death-penalty, pro-war, pro-gun; they are against feeding, clothing and sheltering poor children through public assistance programs, They seem to only be concerned for a child unborn. After that, you're on your own.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

About Bernie Sanders: A few stories and a bunch of site search results

Corporate Democrats Are Waking Up to Bernie as a "Credible Threat"

I was listening to the Mike Malloy podcast from Thursday and Friday and at one point he started talking about how the political smear machine from the "Corporate Democrats" was starting to warm up, so I did some digging.

It might be too early because it's Saturday. The Sunday morning TV news shows might step-up the mud-slinging.

One author at the New Republic is still clinging to the idea that Bernie has a race problem, and now has an immigrant problem.