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Silent No Longer

by: poligirl

Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 14:56:16 PM EST

This is what they think of us. This is how they view us. To the 1-percenters and their supporters and beneficiaries in government - federal, state, and local - and the MSM, we are riff raff who are much better when we're not seen or heard. They prefer us to be invisible to them.

We don't have much, if any, representation in government: you may see a few of us run for office, but we are most often beat by the incredible 1 percent money machine. We don't have much, if any, representation in the MSM: you may occasionally see us, but only in token feel good stories occasionally or crime reporting. Many of the 1 percent rarely think of us, save for the examples above and maybe if and when they give to charity, but even then, those thoughts are fleeting.

We are completely controlled.

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"Public employees have become targets of anger and criticism."

by: Eddie C

Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 20:16:50 PM EST

Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

The quote "Public employees have become targets of anger and criticism" that was followed by "and that's leading to a growing number of them calling it quits," came from Lester Holt last night on NBC Nightly News.

John Yang reported from New Jersey where public worker retirement jumped 60% and nearly doubled for teachers in 2010. But it is not just Governor Chris Christie "mocking teacher benefits" who deserves all the credit. The report shows many states where politicians downgrading the value of public workers has become too much for the good government workers to continue. In 2010 California and Colorado each reported a 20% rise in retirees from the public sector. This year Ohio has reported a 34% increase and after the assault from Scott Walker public worker retirement in Wisconsin is up 96%.

One New Jersey teacher was the focus of the segment. Judy Cinnamond who has decided to give up teaching. This highly respected educator sums up the situation with "All of the sudden the teachers are the enemy and I don't want to feel that way. Having dedicated my life to this job, I just don't want to feel that way."  

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Who was Grayson really Apologizing to?

by: jamess

Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 21:40:23 PM EST

Rep Alan Grayson's Apology


Well, I would like to Apologize --
I would like to Apologize to the Dead.

44789 Americans die every year because they HAVE NO Health Insurance,
according to this Harvard Study.  http://grayson.house.gov

That is more than 10 x the number of Americans who've died in the War in Iraq

It's more than 10 x the number of Americans who died in 9/11

but that was just once.


Take a look at this -- read it and weep.

and I mean that Read it and WEEP!

Let's remember we should 'care about people' -- EVEN after they're born.

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What does 120 People a Day look like?

by: jamess

Thu Oct 01, 2009 at 20:19:23 PM EST

Finally a Democrat, willing to fight Fire with Fire -- I mean extreme Rhetoric with Rhetoric!

Kudos to Alan Grayson who has the guts to dish back to the GOP, the same  "strong language" --

that they've been dishing out for months!!!


Side Are You On?  by Alan Grayson by Alan Grayson:

Last night, I went onto the House floor and did something that the Republicans aren't used to.  I

told the truth about the Republican health care plan.  The plan is simple:

  1. Don't get sick.

  2. If you do get sick...

  3. Die quickly.

Sounds about right! The Party of No, Knows one thing -- How to say NO!

It's not like Grayson didn't use any Facts to back it up ...

44789 / 365 = 122.7 people per day

Die for "Lack of health insurance" ...

What does 120 People a Day look like, anyways?

That about what it takes to fill up 2 city buses ...

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Do the Public Airways Really Belong to the Public? ... with Poll

by: jamess

Sun Sep 06, 2009 at 15:15:59 PM EST

The Current Media System favors the Representation of Corporate Interests by our Politicians.

Since the Media Airtime costs so much, Politicians generally have little choice but to give Corporate Speech an Audience, in order to get Elected. ... Helloooo Corporate Lobbyists!

Click to Enlarge Flowchart A

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The Flat Earthers have a Right to their Opinions, But That does NOT make them Right!

by: jamess

Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 11:09:10 AM EST

"The facts are simple," says Charles K. Johnson, president of the International Flat Earth Research Society. "The earth is flat."

"Nobody knows anything about the true shape of the world," he contends. "The known, inhabited world is flat.
the stars are about as far as San Francisco is from Boston."

As shown in a map published by Johnson, the known world is as circular and as flat as a phonograph record. The North Pole is at the center.


Or if you heard this loudly stated Opinion, would you think, "Well, They have a Right to their Opinions"

Mr. Johnson, who called himself the last iconoclast, regarded scientists as witch doctors pulling off a gigantic hoax so as to replace religion with science. He based his own ideas on the Old Testament references to a flat earth
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Insurance Industry Exec admits Michael Moore was RIGHT about Health Care

by: jamess

Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 22:29:47 PM EST

Former CIGNA Exec Wendell Potter, says Michael Moore was right!


WENDELL POTTER: I thought that he hit the nail on the head with his movie.

But the [Insurance] Industry, from the moment that the Industry learned that Michael Moore was taking on the health care industry, it was really concerned.

BILL MOYERS: What were they afraid of?

WENDELL POTTER: They were afraid that people would believe Michael Moore.

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What ever happened to the News?

by: jamess

Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 22:09:40 PM EST

(the state of the news... - promoted by poligirl)

Media Reform Information Center

In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S.

in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. More than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL Time-Warner, the world's largest media corporation.

In 2004, Bagdikian's revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations -- Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) -- now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's NBC is a close sixth.



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Did you hear About the Firefighters of Engine Company 2 in Austin, Texas?

by: Eddie C

Tue Apr 28, 2009 at 18:32:53 PM EST

Cross-posted at La Vida Locavore.

As we all know firefighters est muy macho and Texans knows how to cook cow. I ate enough Brontosaurus ribs at Netroots Nation to attest to the flavor of Texas beef. But you've got to love this tasty food story.

It was the cover story on CBS Sunday Morning this week and you just don't hear too many stories like this out of the MSM. It was a good day for commercial television and a great day for so many viewers who once thought a diet of vegetables would leave them feeling weak.

From that beautiful blue island sitting in a polluted red sea comes the story of some firefighters that are pumped, ready, strong and their motto is "Real men eat plants and boys eat meat." These firefighters have gone Cold Turkey From Meat.

Tracy Smith introduced the firefighters of Engine Company 2 in Austin, Texas with;

A little beefcake. Hold the beef!
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The Media -- Past, Present, and Future

by: jamess

Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 02:23:31 AM EST

(an important media primer... - promoted by poligirl)

Little did I know, when I got my B.A. degree in Communication Theory
at a major American University, many, many, years ago --
little did I know then, that those studies might actually
come in handy some day! (At the time it was just
the 'easiest degree' I could accomplish, in the least amount time.
LOL, the 'true calling' of many an undergrad, these days)

Turns out many of those "Theories on 'Mass Media'" I studied,
which were investigated and confirmed over much the 20th Century,
are still quite relevant today, here in the 21th Century of spin rooms and Message Framing --

Maybe even relevant to "We the People", as we try to reinvent how Media works, to make it more interactive, so that it really says something important!  

So that it -- the People's Media -- ends up, one day, actually "Speaking the Truth to Power" ...  

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The Role of a Free Press in a Free Society

by: jamess

Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 08:40:29 AM EST

(an accountability opinion.... :D - promoted by poligirl)

[Abbreviated version of original post: Jul 20, 2007 by jamess, on dailykos]

Freedom of the Press

The Free Press is the only business protected byt the Constitution.

By Ellen Hume, Director, Center on Media and Society,

University of Massachusetts, Boston, Mar. 29, 2007

... four essential roles that a Free Press serves:

1. holding government leaders accountable to the people,
2. publicizing issues that need attention,
3. educating citizens so they can make informed decisions, and
4. connecting people with each other in civil society.

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