Monday, July 6, 2015
The Australian show Media Watch would be a welcome addition to U.S. TV.
The program is broadcast nationally in Australia by the government-run ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) network. It's charter, as per the show's website, is:
"Media Watch is Australia's leading forum for media analysis and comment. Conflicts of interest, bank backflips, deceit, misrepresentation, manipulation, plagiarism, abuse of power, technical lies and straight out fraud: Media Watch has built an unrivalled record of exposing media shenanigans since it first went to air in 1989." READ MORE HERE.
I'm not about to say that the program is deep, broad or tough enough -- I've not seen it enough times to thoroughly "grade" it. However, I have seen enough of it to say that it provides a valuable service in educating the public and keeping some kind of check on the media, and that there is nothing, to the best of my knowledge, aired nationally, and with the same independence, in America.... where it is needed most!
In the U.S., it is non-profits, using the Internet, that do this sort of thing. For example, F.A.I.R.
Noam Chomsky often says that one of the great problems in the United States is that people don't know that they don't know. We should all fight for open, non-commercial media. We need to be "in the know."
Now, more than ever, we need the truth, not idiotic reality shows, psychologically based advertising, and propaganda from the mass media.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
|If we don't change this, we are all to blame.|
Unless you make an effort to stay on top of government spending and legislation, you'll never know where your tax money goes.
An interesting survey out of Australia regarding people's views on the threat of terrorism versus the threat of domestic violence found that, despite the heavy-duty propaganda related to terrorism, 74 per cent of Australians believe domestic violence is as much or more of a threat than terrorism.
I decided to look at the statistics for domestic violence in the U.S. I found a good source that drew from a variety of other sources and compiled stats. It shows the extent of the problem:
Nearly 1 in 4 women (22.3%) and 1 in 7 men (14.0%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Nearly, 14% of women (13.4%) and 3.54% of men have been injured as a result of IPV that included contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime (Breiding et al., 2014).
It also shows that there are a range of terrible consequences of domestic violence, as one would expect.
But just in terms of deaths, the survey tells us: In 2010, 241 males and 1095 females were murdered by an intimate partner.
Let's assume steady annual figures along those lines (although one would guess they rise each year). That's well over 2,000 deaths per year. If you look at all the terrorist incidents that occur in this country, the numbers are nowhere near that. (I'm putting aside, for now, the U.S. government's terrorism against it's own citizens, including those on Obama's "Kill List.")
If you throw in all the other physical, psychological, social, etc. etc., costs of domestic violence, then obviously government spending is not only out of synch, it's patently criminal. Which isn't to say that a decent chunk of taxes aren't spent on domestic violence, but obviously to insufficient effect.
We all need to get our priorities, and our focus, in order.
Take care of each other,
FINAL THOUGHT: When was the last time you saw an article in the mainstream U.S. media that contrasted domestic violence and terrorism?
The world spends just $1 on conflict prevention for every $1,885 it spends on military budgets. - See more at: http://peacealliance.org/tools-education/statistics-on-violence/#sthash.PsqyZSd6.dpuf.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Yes, we got the House of Reps to vote Fast Track down, but a little Machiavellianism has kept it alive.
Pared down, the bill past the House on a shifty, second go-round last week -- proving once again that the wishes of the people aren't of tantamount importance to the people who are supposed to represent us in this supposed democracy.
NOW THE SENATE IS DUE TO VOTE ON THIS TOMORROW!
Please go HERE and HERE to learn more and sign digital petitions.
We have to keep fighting this disastrous international trade proposal.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
A simple question for racists everywhere...
If you were hanging off a cliff by your fingers, and the only person who could pull you up to safety was of a race you despised, would you accept them as good enough to help you?
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
I received the following email just now -- 7pm, Wednesday, June 17...
We don't have much time. Republican leaders have just announced they will vote again tomorrow on Fast Tracking rotten trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Even though we stopped Fast Track last week, they didn't like the results so they've changed the rules so they can try again.
It's outrageous and we can't let them get away with it. The fastest way to make your voice heard is to call your member of Congress and tell them to vote no on Fast Track.
Some democracy, right? Click HERE to get your Rep's number.
Friday, June 12, 2015
The fast-tracking of the TPP (see yesterday's post) has been shot down in the House of Reps.
It's kind of complicated (they love to make legislation incomprehensible to us "little people"). Basically, what happened is that many Democrats voted against something called the Trade Adjustment Bill, or TAA, (which retrains workers put out of work by trade). This halted fast-tracking of the TPP.
They did this for two reasons: to derail TPP and/or because the TAA simply doesn't do enough for displaced workers.
Think of it as a two-piece package. If either piece -- the TAA or fast-tracking -- doesn't pass, the whole thing doesn't pass.
A "symbolic vote" (hey, you tell me), did "pass" fast-track 219-211 after the TAA vote, but, well, it doesn't count. Yes, it's ridiculous how this stuff "works."
So the dangerous TPP is on hold... for now. But watch this space because you know that sneaky rat-bastards are working this second to figure out a way to get it passed.