Friday, March 27, 2015

 

Christian Fascism in the US


Understanding Christian fascism in the US requires a lesson in Christian Right politics, whose overwhelming success in subverting American democracy is attributable to the supreme strategist Paul Weyrich. Bruce Wilson reports on how this right-wing analyst made the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush possible.

Friday, March 20, 2015

 

False Confessions

Jeffrey St. Clair runs down the numbers on torture, and it isn't pretty. 59% of Americans support the CIA's torture program, even when it's totally ineffective at gathering intelligence. Even when 25% of those tortured were absolutely innocent.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

 

National Energy Bank

In the US, it should be a national security priority to save our coal, oil and gas reserves for our future needs. Selling our fossil fuel reserves now means future Americans will have to rely on nuclear power. These reserves should be socialized as a national energy bank, not privatized for bargain sales to China.

Climate change campaigns should focus on this reality, rather than fantasies about renewable energy, which at best will only supply 10% of electrical demand. With 4 billion urban dwellers worldwide, living off-the-grid is not an option. Efficiency in electrical delivery can be vastly improved, but consumption is rising rapidly.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

 

Serious Fraud

Avaaz was incorporated in 2006 by the Democratic Party front group MoveOn as the Global Engagement and Organizing Fund to build U.S. influence in the Middle East. A major funder of Avaaz, MoveOn and HRW is George Soros, convicted hedge fund inside-trader.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

 

Extraordinary Demographic Growth


Since the founding of the UN in 1945, the world's population has tripled, with 28 mega-cities (over 10 million). Urban populations in this time period went from 30% to 54% of global humanity. Refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons now top 50 million. It is expected the world's population will grow from 7 billion to 10 billion by the year 2100.
--UN at 70: Mega-Cities, Mortality and Migration

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

 

Followers of False Prophets

Registered 350 “local groups” are essentially local chapters of a global non-profit enterprise, with doctrine, agenda and resources supplied by headquarters. As a secular cult, the profit motive is supplanted by ecstasy, similar to rapture in religious cults. 

The bliss of belonging to a holy cause blinds 350 adherents to the cognitive dissonance of being tools of Wall Street and followers of false prophets. 350 dominance over the minds of its euphoric followers is thus akin to charismatic Pentecostalism, albeit without any explicit religious context.

To find a religious parallel to 350, the "apostolic socialism" of Peoples Temple comes closest with its "Rainbow Family," indoctrinated to view capitalism as the Antichrist. In this sense, Jim Jones served as forerunner to con artists like Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

 

Media Journalism News

As of 2011, nearly 80% of American adults were online. For young American adults, 33% get news from social networks, 34% watched TV news, and 13% read print or digital content. While TV remains the most popular source of news, more Americans get their news via the Internet than from newspapers or radio.

The percent of online news users who blog about news ranges from 1–5%. Greater percentages use social media to comment on news, but online news users are most likely to use social media to share stories without creating content.

While consumer preference of media venue shifts with technology, the overwhelmingly large percentage of passive consumers of news remains. While they discuss and share news online, news content is still the product of journalists, researchers, PR people and bloggers.

With news content today containing nearly as much public relations propaganda as journalism, social media discussions about news content and production bring both serious scrutiny and outright nonsense. What the Internet offers is a venue where citizen journalism can find an audience, but the skills and practices involved in journalism still demand study, discipline and resources few have access to. 

Crowd-funded journalism is fine, but it is no substitute for professional media. As many citizen journalism producers have discovered, it's hard to cover the news when you can't afford to cover travel expenses, equipment and salaries for the people doing it.

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