Smearing the Lines Between News and Opinion

It’s so difficult, to watch and read news these days. It’s the use of government, special interest, and corporate quotes as facts. It’s representing these statements as truth, with no follow-up investigation to assure truth and accuracy in the reporting, that is disturbing.
The smearing of the line between news facts and opinion, until one isn’t discernible  from the other, by most viewers and readers, is an important  issue . The act alone, almost precludes consumers of these forms of media, from making logical choices based in fact. With dumbed down  news programs, that are short on fact replacing the pertinent, with word manipulation, opinion based propaganda, and additions or censorship’s for the sake of supporting a corporate agenda, I’m not sure what I expect.

These circumstances within sources of information amount to at least lies of omission, and at worst bold-faced overt lies.

Some might think I’m referring to one source over another, right or left broadcasting. No, that is my point. Right/Left broadcasting is counter productive. Whether it’s Fox News or MSNBC, whether it’s Rachel Maddow or Sean Hannity, whether it’s Piers Morgan or Bill O’Reilly, presenting the opinions it matters not. It’s all a disservice to the public.

The public is now and will be, denied facts, investigation, and truth. We’re fed a news diet of opinion based fear and greed. News that’s full of saturated fat, additives, preservatives, and sweeteners. An information diet so unhealthy, were it food, Michael Bloomberg would try to limit or cut it completely from your diet.

Disorder Poem

Eric Holder Told Ya The UAV Order,

Within Our Own Boarder,

On Hoarders and Larders

And Those Divergent Belief Holders,

On One’s Mere Word Order,

No Assertion No Lawyer,

Till Rigor Takes Over,

Or Perhaps, It Was Just His Dream.

Education, The Fourth Estate and a Totalitarian Future

I’ve been called an information sponge. I, however, consider myself only a watcher. A spectator, who studies the nature of man . Having in my life, dealt with many suffering from psychotic schizoid dissociative borderline paranoid delusional, personality disorders. The symptomatology of each of these psychiatric circumstances, are the elements I use to judge micro and macro information disseminated to the public by the fourth estate.

I’m just getting used to being a critic. I think it’s helped over the last two years, that I’ve sat as a panelist, reviewing literature for an award. This has been a quality experience, and plays nicely into my inclinations to check up on the mainstream press. A group definitely needing a bit of oversight.

Like our economy here in America, the press also works on a trickle down philosophy. Dumbed down false stories, partial  stories, celebrity stories, sound bite disinformation, and propaganda are the tools used now by our fourth estate. They create a daily spectacle for the people, holding the line given by those they are beholding to for access. This falls into access to basic press briefing, personal interviews, and even insider tips.

The fourth estate being chained to these, their sources, in no way allows for  a dissemination of  accurate unbiased reporting of fact. It only allows for the status quo presently in place, to continue its campaign of dumbing down their viewer the voter and the country.

The worst of it is, if you look at the state of education and the impotence of the fourth estate to inform with actually facts not opinion based spin, sets up a catastrophe in the making. A poorly educated, ill-informed public is they easiest to manipulate.

It will be those young and coming of age who will be the most effected. I think if we love our children maybe we should step away from the propaganda of mainstream disinformation. It’s easy to do in these day we live now. The Internet here, is a blessing. The Internet can also be a blessing in your child’s, “No Child Left Behind” education. Especially considering a no child left behind class, learns at the pace of the slowest among the classroom of students. I call it an, “almost all children left behind” policy. Net time can help this, in a time where schools can’t afford text books for each students use. A condition causing few, to no text books, to ever be brought home for further study.

What I wish most is a return to a skeptical public. As opposed to the sheep like acceptance slowly coming on the wings of poor education, and a beholding fourth estate, that is a growing sector of manipulation, and dare I say, flat-out lies. No change to this present trends of the fourth estate and education , leads to a quietly created totalitarian government.

Just thought I’d throw this opinion out there, to kick around for a bit.

Empire and Fear

 I’m a news watcher listener and reader. I try to feed myself a diet of news that’s balanced. Often after a story is presented, I move to research what’s been said, digging into the background. This digging usually starts from my favorite subject geopolitical economics.  I think this subject is best viewed through the lens, of  the well known phrase, “follow the money”. In looking at the subject  I’ll mention, I try to find who benefits from the decisions taken.

I don’t expect this to be clear to all, or  or even make sense to many others who might read this. These things are personal observations, and may not be thought of in the same way by other. These statements on my observations are disturbing, and well should be. I see them as an ever increasing trend, from individuals and media alike. Maybe they bother or disturb others. Really, I’m not sure. I don’t see the subjects presented in a way, that’s even close to my observation.

The subject that has captured me recently is the rhetoric of violence, being seen in our presidential campaign, this election season and it’s companion rhetoric from the main stream media. whether it be on the subject of Iranian nuclear capability, resetting the reset in post Soviet relations with Russia, or going to war with China. But at least it’s easy to see who will benefit, if the present rhetoric is carried to it’s ends.

The rhetoric is strange to me. Strange rhetoric towards Iran, when every intelligence agency, here and abroad, says they have not made any decision to make a nuclear weapon. Describing their enrichment to 20%  for medical Isotopes, as a weapons program. When sanctions leave the cancer patients to die without treatments. Treatments they create because those sanctions otherwise would deny them materials for treatment. I’m no fan of Iran don’t get me wrong, but enrichment to 90% is need for weapons grade use. This would mean many of their centrifuges would require an upgrade.  Hard to do with such scrutiny of their nuclear program by the IAEA.

The Russian reset has been productive, and they shouldn’t bee viewed as our greatest enemy. Negotiations for less weapons through agreements, have been happening for decades now, and should be no surprise. Nor should there be shock, that a second term president has more freedom to negotiate , not having to run for office again. And Russia I’m sure would like to see some reciprocity, having made concessions for situations and actions in our nations stated interests

Then there is China, where more cooperation, as apposed to threats, might be more effective. As for blaming them for our lost jobs, it’s a gross error.  We’ve done that to ourselves over the last 30 yrs, as we’ve changed policy and practices. Making a move from an industrial based to a service based economy.

We also need to look at,  holding an imperial position world wide. When you hold such a position, you must share your wealth with those colonies you hold, to maintain them. Then add in the costs of foreign aid packages, to places held as imperial positions. This I look at as foreign jobs programs, when there is little accomplished at home in the area of  job growth.

Our future foreign policy, is suffering with these candidate comments. Our media appears to be war mongering and fear mongering for it’s own benefit . Pushing stories with little or no basis in truth or fact. Stories by news sources, that have a direct benefit from a war posture. General Electric owns one network, and is a huge military contractor. The others networks to have a vested interest, in sensationalizing news also. Even if it’s only getting you to view their network, so they can show you ads. And one has to think, what better way to keep a population frightened as they watch, than embellishment and sensationalized news broadcasting  .

Please don’t fall for the fear angle. Remember please, the manipulation of your emotions thru broadcast media, plays with the collective mind. I think this can be seen, if one  remember the terror color scale.  It had no other use, than to keep you afraid and watching.  Manipulating  emotions, so we would all acquiesce, to a false war in Iraq.

These things that happened before, are happening in our media again. It’s also showing its self, in the words of our top politicians. Please no matter your political belief watch closely. Be  truly informed, so to see these manipulations of you emotions through fear, for what they are. What they are is Infotainment. Infotainment is meant to manipulate emotions, to cause fear through half truths and misinformation. Presenting stories worded to shock and scare,  keeps the viewership up. An exercised effort to raise their advertising revenue. The courts have ruled, the news media has no responsibility to present truth. (ref. rBGH)

I urge you, before the politicians and the mainstream news media scare you into a particular belief, that you research what’s said, before you follow the herd motivated by the present false fears headline story and  its rhetoric. this is truly important as we set up for another four year presidential term, for one of the two mainstream candidates.

Russia, A Ways to Go

The city of St. Petersburg Russia has what they call a “Gay Propaganda” Law. Looking at this, any speech condoning suggesting supporting or highlighting LGBT issues is Illegal. Russia has come a long way, and I don’t necessarily see them as “Our Greatest Enemy”, but it is obvious they have a ways to go.

Spectator in the Roman Colosseum

I have no investments, I live simply because my means are extremely limited.  I’ve been a follower though, of  financial markets, economic policies and the movement of wealth within the worldwide monetary system, since my youth. There are understandings I’ve come to, looking at these structures. You can read all you like study all you like, and  have as many degrees on the subject matter as you like, but that will only take those concerned so far. The reason behind this is the  stochasticity of all markets, and the unreality of fiat currencies.

Now we see the manipulations surfacing. Curious and criminal evaporation of segregated funds. Non-standard practices, quietly reported, so as to be forgotten. Ethically flawed mechanisms, providing unfair advantage, to a special few. Electronic high speed algorithmic trading, that allows for markets manipulations. Practices and policies worldwide, that benefit only banks and disregard people, to the point it brings demonstrations to the street, in country after country. All of these causing pain to the great majority, and greater wealth to a very few.

This economic trickery, with a massive campaign of propaganda behind it,  keeps saying it’s all going to be okay. I don’t see how. Economic austerity, government budget cuts, these are all mantras banged into our heads in every paper magazine, or video media news source. All policies I find to be counter productive,  in achieving the desired goal. I look at this cross-purpose with scorn and contempt.

There are  questions I find hard to answer, in the wake of all this advancing scandal. The question is, where are the accounting firms in all this? Why does the SEC settle each scandal that’s revealed, for mere pennies, in comparison to the damage done? Why do these grand economic schemes, all vacuums to middle class saving, find such support? Why are class caricatures, used to vilify the weakest among us as the problem?  Why isn’t the coming inflation, a bigger story?

All my questions have answers. All of what I’ve stated have one thing in common. The commonality is the structure of power and how it relates to the wealthy. It’s about the control of people and the move to a two class system. I call it a W-W theory. W-W stands for the “Weak and the Wealthy”. I use this as a base concept, in the powers that be, desired goal.

We view network news that’s only in sound bites. We watch reality television that shows no reality. We live disconnected lives, only surfacing every four years, if that, thinking we’ve participated in our democracy. We are economically illiterate. We are complacent. We are trusting of those whom culture has told us require respect. We are spectator in the Roman Colosseum. We are Lambs lead to slaughter.

I have a dream. The dream sees better days. The dream has a completely different perspective than the present  paradigm. Some have called it “waking up”. Some have called it becoming enlightened. I think it to be simpler than that. I call it paying attention, and being concerned about the future. I dream of that. Why do I dream that? I dream it, because we’ve been made blind by a constant diet of the inane and unimportant drivel. We’ve been lulled to sleep, with a system of control so insidious, some think of  it like a best friend. The control, your television. There’s good to be found in broadcast media, but understanding what your seeing, why your seeing it, and it’s effects, aren’t often considered when clicking the power button on the remote control. My dream is for my fellows to be aware of the systems of control, and see through it, once and for all, and change it.

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