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The News is in the News

The state of news gathering organizations in the US is that they need healthcare as much as we do. How do we have an informed public when the news is so broken? How many newspapers are in danger or have closed this past year? How many radio stations and media outlets can one company own? In one city? Edward R. Murrow where are you when we need you?
How many right wing wing-nuts dominate the media?

When will the myth of the “Liberal Media” end? What we have is not only conservative media in control…we have ultra right wing extremists controlling the media. Dominating the public airwaves.

This week the Tea party convention is taking place here at Opryland Hotel. Local media was not invited. There is no national progressive radio talk show hosts on the air here to discuss the progressive angle. None, Nada, Zip.

What we have is ugly side of capitalism…monopoly. 5 or 6 companies now own and control everything we see & hear. If it’s not in their corporate interest for us to know about something they just bury it. Why should you care? Why do I harp on this problem so much? I’d love to just discuss GLBT issues…I’m sure Paul Revere would have rather just made his little beautiful bowls & spoons too…

The fact of the matter is we’re in a whole lot of trouble and a whole lot of Americans haven’t got a clue what’s going on. The ways you were informed in the past are gone. Journalism is disappearing. News organizations have merged with entertainment organizations and foreign news gathering offices have shut down. Ratings guide the direction of stories and dictate what leads. Companies that have been standards for years have been bought out by right wing nut jobs that have turned them into crap. Others have simply shut their doors.

There are organizations fighting back. They need all the support you can give. There are progressive voices out there but you have to go out there and find them. I can help you there. I can point you to where they are if need be. You can’t make an informed decision if you don’t have all the facts. The corporate media likes that. If you aren’t an informed electorate…well…they can make sure the politicians are in their pocket. A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court helped them even more to do just that. Next time you send a few dollars to re-elect your favorite politician…think about how that will go… when his or her challenger has the support of say, Walmart or G.E. Whose candidate do you think will win? Democracy is kind of over at that point isn’t it?

The solution to this problem we find ourselves in? WE THE PEOPLE. America will not be destroyed from without…it will be destroyed (if it is) from within. I’ve heard that my whole life. I think my parents told me that. I think it’s true. I’m afraid we’re in the midst of it now. As a lesbian, it’s difficult enough living in a “free, democratic society.” If America were to turn into something else…Fascist, corporatist, dictatorship…well who know what it would be like. I don’t want to know. We’ve got right wingers in DC at “the family,” helping Uganda pass laws to KILL gay people.

As I find news that I believe is important I’m going to continue to post it here and on my facebook page. If you find stories and want to do the same great. We need to help inform each other.

Remember this…Democracy and Capitalism are not the same thing. We do business every day with China and they are a thriving Capitolistic society. They are also a ruthless Communist dictatorship. Their record of Human Rights Sucks.
Free Market and Free Enterprise are not the same thing either. The so called free market system that right wingers are all fighting for today is what has led us to this debacle. What it really means is Un regulated laissez-faire capitalism. Think of the super bowl game with no rules. Free enterprise on the other hand is what we used to have when you went to the mall or shopping plaza and all the little shops were owned by local people. “Mom & Pop” operations. Profits went back in to the local economy and jobs were filled by local people too. There were factories where people actually made things. What a concept! When the country was in trouble during WW2 those same factories transformed over night into military supply machines turning out tanks and bombs and parachutes. Rosie the riveter could have been your grandmother or mine. If we’re buying everything from China and they threaten us what are we going to do? Ask them to sell us the materials we need to beef up our military?

That’s all for today. Thanks for listening to my rant. Sometimes you just gotta get it out. Next time you turn on the news think about who’s bringing it to you and what’s in it for them. Follow the money. Good Night, and Good Luck to all of us.

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Val’s List

Emily Suggested that I compile a list of where I’ve been getting my news, information and opinion. For the last few years I have turned on TV news mostly with the sound off just to confirm my guesses of what they may be reporting on at the time. Reporting for the most part is gone from corporate controlled stations and publications. I’m not against corporations & capitalism…just the current unregulated kind we find intertwined with our current government. So when I don’t care what the current republican talking point of the day is and I do want to know what’s happening in the world here’s where I go…(I will be back here to update the list as I have time to do so)

Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann
I love Thom’s knowledge of history and his ability to put current things in context with past actions. This one is all about the oil and the terrible cost.
An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Global Warming movie & book based on his power point presentation.
Assault on Reason by Al Gore
Coming from someone with White House experience this one gives an inside view on the damage the Bush/Cheney Crime family is doing to us, our constitution and the world.
A People’s History by Howard Zinn
Big book here. All the history they never taught you in school. For a change it is from the perspective of those oppressed. (ie, women, blacks, native people, labor etc)
Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
John worked for the corporatocracy in South America, Indonesia and around the globe. He admits to helping set up loans assured to fail to foreign governments so that U.S. controlled companies could exploit those counties resources. He was an insider and now he is an eloquent writer & whistle blower.
The Secret History of America by John Perkins
This takes up where hitman leaves off and looks at our government’s role in exploiting natural resources around the world. I guarantee you’ll never ask “why do they hate us?” again after reading John’s books.
Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law by Marjorie Cohn
A law professor and a contributing editor to t r u t h o u t, is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, executive vice president of the National Lawyers Association. She’s also a frequent guest on Thom Hartman’s show and others. For detailed legal explainations of what’s going on and possible right-wing strategy analysis she’s great.
United States v. George W. Bush by Elizabeth de la Vega
She’s got possibly the best draft of a case for impeachment out there. She’s also a frequent air america guest. Randi Rhodes has had her on several times I think.
Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast
He couldn’t get Air Time on American TV so he went to the BBC. He also has a podcast and is a frequent guest of Randi and others.

The 9/11 commission report

Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean
Remember Watergate? John has come a long way since Nixon’s Days. He is now a registered independent but he feel’s the Republican Party has been taken over by neo-conservatives. He started the book with Barry Goldwater before he died. It is an inside look at who’s who in the neo-con world and what makes them tick. An in depth anyalisis of a 30 year study of “authoritarians” that now control our government and threaten democracy and the followers that vote for them.
Update: I found this article by John Dean about the book and thought it was really good
How Conservatives Have Become Authoritarians and What it Means – July 11th, 2006

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclare Lewis
A fictional story about an America taken over by a Dictator. It’s from the perspective of a Newspaper Owner who joins the underground to fight back. Written in 1935, it is earily similar to things happening in the world today under the Bush administration.

1776 by David McCullough
This guy brings history to life when I read his books. He’s won two Pulitzers for his writing so I guess others think so too.This book is big but it zeros in on one year and brings the charactors to life in the struggle for American independence. It isn’t an army manouvers manual. It’s more like a first hand story teller recounting what he saw on the ground, in the taverns and farms. I grew up outside of Boston and learned about local history somewhat in school. For the first time I realized the scope of the undertaking after reading this book.

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Did you see Grapes of Wrath? If that is the scope of your understanding of the dust bowl than I suggest this book. This is about the people in Oklahoma & Texas that did not leave and go to California. They lived (some of them) through it. One eye opener for me was how it all happened to begin with. I thought it was just a natural disaster (drought) that hit the same time as the depression. NOPE. The Indians lived for thousands of years with the Buffalo on that ground with no problem. White men came along and decided they could make LOTS OF MONEY on that ground. Isn’t that always the case? Geeze…

The End of America by Naomi Wolf

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Frankin

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Screwed by Thom Hartmann

Nemisis by Chalmers Johnson

Walmart The High Cost of Low Prices by Robert Greenwald
Bush’s Brain (The story of Carl Rove)
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
Sicko by Michael Moore
Left Lane: On The Road With Alix Olson
Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Jesus Camp
Who Killed the Electric Car?
The Fog Of War
The Party’s Over
Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties
Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause
WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception
Orwell Rolls in His Grave

TV shows/series
The power of nightmares BBC TV series
Democracy Now
Bill Moyer’s Journal PBS (also available as a podcast via itunes)
Keith Obberman MSNBC
The Daily Show

Radio/Talk Shows
Greatful Dread Radio
The Randy Rhodes Show/Air America Radio
Thom Hartmann/Air America Radio
Rachel Maddow/Air America Radio

progressive podcast network
wake up am

Liberal Blogs
noam chomsky
media matters
randi’s blog
unfiltered news network
Fire Dog Lake
Margorie Cohn
after downing street
the vermont guardian
The Huffington Post

Neocon Websites
This what they profess to be about: A neoconservative organization supporting greater American militarization, challenging hostile governments, advancing democratic and economic freedom
Several right wingers in the Bush administration signed on to this agreement long before Bush took over the White House. Included in the plan was the invasion of Iraq. They planned to do that long before 9/11 and in order to get the American People behind them they also said they would need “another Pearl Harbor.” As soon as 9/11 happened…they put what is in these papers into action. Follow the money campers…it’s about the oil.


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