Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 06:58 AM CST
Bill O’Reilly latest despicable stunt: Shaming a homeless man on national TV
"The O'Reilly Factor" continues its crusade to dehumanize America's most vulnerable citizens
....it’s just delightful to stalk and harass on worldwide television poor people who have nothing in this life other than the rags on their backs.
Again, there are men and women in expensive suits and very serious haircuts right now, at this moment in lower Manhattan, doing damage to the world that far exceeds by all means and measures a poor son of a #$%$ who, in one of the worst moments of his life, #$%$ on Broadway. The fact that Watters, O’Reilly and their dedicated fanboys don’t recognize this important distinction illustrates what’s so badly broken about Fox News Channel and, in a broader sense, modern conservatism.
scene from Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom". Sorkin draws a brilliant parallel between the Tea Party takeover, and the progressive hippie movement in the 1960's.
He's a human being.
You couldn't be more off the mark.
Judging from the Saturday and Sunday editions of the New York Post, the most important and newsworthy event in New York City is the existence, and micturition schedule, of a 49-year-old homeless man named John Tucker..........
The unambiguous cruelty of publicly embarrassing someone as beleaguered as Tucker—not just by soliciting the details of his body odor and urination habits, but by publishing over a dozen pictures of him in various states of undress—is not exactly unheard of at the Post. But it’s hard to remember the last time the Post enlisted 16 different reporters—
David K. Li
—to publicize the bodily functions of a person hanging from the bottommost rungs of society. (If homelessness is concerning to the Post, at least a handful of those 16 writers and reporters might have been better used looking into the city’s careening real estate market, social service cuts, and growing population of for-profit homeless shelters.)
In any case, the Post’s current editorial strategy does not seem to be working. As an 87-year-old retiree named Pinky Light told the paper today: “He’s been on the cover of the newspaper . . . and he’s back in the same spot. I can’t believe it!”
Veteran Republicans Say Right-Wing Media Is "A Big Problem For The Party" In New Harvard Report
Republican insiders are complaining that the right-wing media "is shaping the party's agenda in ways that are impeding Republicans' ability to govern and to win presidential elections," according to a new Harvard report....
"Asked whether he could offer examples of legislative outcomes affected by conservative media, this Republican all but snapped, 'Sure. All of 'em.' Does he worry more broadly then about the small-d democratic process? 'Yeah, absolutely. Because the loudest voices drown out the sensible ones and there's no real space to have serious discussions.'"
When it comes to national issues, Republicans fret that the conservative media has pushed the party "far to the anti-government, anti-compromise ideological right." Republicans pointed to the conservative media being "on the wrong side of history" and at odds with public opinion on "gay rights, insurance for contraceptives, climate change, and budget policy." They also complained that right-wing pundits have destroyed Republicans' ability to help pass comprehensive immigration reform.
One Republican Senate aide claimed that it's "the conservative media pushing us to take these positions, these extremist positions. And of course there are those who are more than willing to take them because it gets them press. It's a vicious cycle: The shows want ratings -- they're a business. The members want publicity. So it's just this unholy alliance."
I agree with your take, sledge. As an example...
The China angle is interesting re speculation. There were supposed to be stockpiling to establish yuan as a reserve currency. Now show not so much -- but this, too, may be a ruse. They have secret stockpiles that could remain undisclosed. Or these smaller than expected stockpiles show they need to buy more.
I think It's clear they want the yuan to be part of the IMF's SDR and therefore the "don't need to stockpile gold narrative" is in play. Gold bulls will try to spin another China narrative that sticks. I've read some, Rickards, etc.
rather, "eyes wide' would pale in comparison to the exotica of the climate "hoax" wizards, I would think. I mean, the way you guys make it sound. This must be huge. I can't even wrap my mind around its scale. The infinite universe seems more transparent in its agenda than the "climate hoax"
you've got talking heads on fauxnews; anthony "whatsupwitdat" -- who I imagine could be played by hyper/embtroll, lol...anyway...that part I need no help in visualizing. I'm getting a pretty good idea of denier/misinformer characters.
But, a "hoax" of this grand scale must have some epic villains that would pale in comparison to something like "eyes wide shut". It's not just some scientists looking for gov handouts, is it? A boiler-room racket?
mov, you keep repeating stupid shyt, but you never elaborate on the "hoax", other than debunked nonsense. So forgive me if I lose interest in that for the most part.
What I'd like is if you could pull back the curtain on the"hoax" and paint a picture, from your p.o.v., about how this nefarious under/overworld operates. Let's say you were scripting a drama, how would you portray it?
James Hansen, most famous climate scientist in the world, is out with super-dire warnings:
Leading climate scientist: Future is bleaker than we thought
Hansen starts by arguing that the ice melting on and around Greenland and Antarctica will cause rises in sea level that are much faster than mainstream predictions, meaning that we are likely to see several metres of sea level rise this century.......will power superstorms of a size and fury unlike anything we have ever seen......Most terrifying of all, Hansen thinks that all of this could happen with just a 2 °C rise in temperature – the supposedly safe limit.
The consequences, of course, would be catastrophic. “It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable, threatening the fabric of civilisation,” the paper states.
Far from conclusive, but...............
There have already been surprises. There is growing evidence, for instance, that much of the extreme weather around the planet in recent years is a result of changes in the behaviour of the jet stream as the poles warm. No one predicted this.
Indeed, the “official” projections of climate scientists have turned out to be too conservative time and time again. Antarctic melting is already a century ahead of schedule. Estimates of sea level rise by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are going up with every report. Hansen, by contrast, has a history of making predictions that turn out to be bang on the money.
That does not mean he is right again. But the mere possibility that he might be should make us all pause for thought. We are still gambling that we can get away with continuing business as usual without reaping the consequences in our lifetimes. It’s a high-stakes gamble that could go horrifically wrong.
"The superhuman #$%$-ups of Christopher Booker
The journalist makes so many errors that you would be forgiven for thinking he did it deliberately to waste everyone's time".... funny read, though pitiful.
Oh boy, he also defends smoking & asbestos:
Booker has opposed the scientific consensus on numerous issues including global warming, the link between second-hand smoke and cancer, and the negative health effects of asbestos. , 
According to The Carbon Brief, despite the agreement of major agencies including the World Heath Organisation and the US Department for Health and Human Services that all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans, Booker has also repeatedly claimed white asbestos “poses no measurable risk to health”. 
Translation: It's a hoax! Vote for Trump! Read Drudge and Alex Jones InfoWArs! Refuse to take meds or seek help with mental health issues!
If you're ever going to discuss the real concerns about the Federal Reserve, these are myths to avoid spewing otherwise you'll be seen as discredited or crazy. These particular myths come from book "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin an notable John Birch Society member.. Some myths are misleading distortions of history, others are down right fictional revisionist history......
Myth #1: The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was crafted by Wall Street bankers and a few senators in a secret meeting.
On the Georgian resort hideaway of Jekyll Island (which has some excellent golf courses, by the way), there once met a coalition of Wall Street bankers and U.S. senators. This secret 1910 meeting had a sinister purpose, the conspiracy theorists say. The bankers wanted to establish a new central bank under the direct control of New York's financial elite. Such a plan would give the Wall Street bankers near total control of the financial system and allow them to manipulate it for their personal gain.
G. Edward Griffin lays out this conspiratorial version of history in his book The Creature from Jekyll Island. His amateurish take on history is highly suspect, however. Gerry Rough, in a series of well- researched essays on U.S. banking history, reveals many historical inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and even contradictions in Griffin's book and others of its genre. Instead of reproducing Rough's work here, I offer the reader a substantially more accurate view of the events leading up to the creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1913. To get a proper historical perspective, the story of begins just prior to the Civil War... Less
Um, the elephant in the room is that this board resembles mass shooters; and mav most resembles this one, followed by mini -- both of whom you enable for your own ends, much like a prison gang leader. Think Vee on Orange is the new Black...which makes you and them butch :)
Jokes aside, read the profiles and motives of the shooters. Uncanny resemblance to many spy board members. And in society at large, to conspiracy nuts, most of which are right wing propaganda enabled. Tea party espouses conspiracy theories ad nauseum and hate and this is accepted as mainstream by the right, which is mostly radicalized at this point.
#$%$ Meyer is chief Washington correspondent for the Scripps Washington Bureau and DecodeD
I've never written a column like this. But this needs to be said: Americans are lucky to have Barack Obama as president and we should wake up and appreciate it while we can.
President Obama will go down in history as an extraordinary president, probably a great one. He will have done this in an era that doesn't aggrandize leaders and presidents, but shrinks them. All presidents have had profound opposition, vicious enemies and colossal failures. A few were beloved and others deeply respected in their day, but none in the modern era and certainly not Obama.
Why? Marcus Aurelius said, "Man is puny in the face of destiny." If the stoic king were writing about modern, democratic sovereigns, he might say, "Kings are puny in a world blind to destiny, a world seen through the sacred screens of televisions and computers that can view only the puny."
Many presidents fared better in history than in office. But it would be a morale booster and a sign of civic maturity if more Americans appreciated what an exceptional president they have right now. It could be a long wait for the next one.
One can hate Democrats, disagree with Obama on big issues, dislike his style or be disappointed the excitement of his election didn't last. But his accomplishments, ambitious goals, dignity and honesty under tough circumstances demand admiration and appreciation.
This is, of course, perverse liberal-media propaganda to Obama-hating conservatives. It's wobbly centrism to a left-flank frustrated Obama hasn't done more for them. And it's naive hot air to Washington's political clans that think Obama doesn't play the game well.
Changing minds with a keypad is a fool's errand. I simply offer some points for the open-minded to ponder: