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A video reportedly released by the hacker collective Anonymous on Thursday warned both police in Ferguson, Missouri and the Ku Klux Klan against hurting local demonstrators, The Free Thought Project reported.
“To the KKK and police: be peaceful or you will feel the consequences,” the video stated. “To the protesters: do not be afraid. We are here for you and will protect and serve you. We are the law now.”
The video came in response to a message attributed to Frank Ancona, the leader of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK, threatening to “hunt down” Anonymous members.
“You’ll be strung up next to the chimps,” the KKK’s message stated. “On display for the whole world to see. The Klan is to be feared, not threatened. Turn away, or face the consequences.”
The exchange of threats is the latest round in the dispute between the two groups. Anonymous has already taken control of the Klan’s Twitter account and revealed the identities of KKK members living near Ferguson and St. Louis. Anonymous later expanded its campaign to include other white-supremacist websites.
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Much respect to Killer Mike for having the heart required to be a true emcee. Same goes for El-P. Much respect to Run the Jewels and real fucking hip hop artists the world over.
Fate would have it that Run The Jewels had a show in St. Louis the same night that the non-indictment of Murderer Darren Wilson went down in neighboring Ferguson, Missouri. Run The Jewels usually open the show by jumping right into their blood-curdling theme song. But on this night Mike took an opportunity to address the crowd first.
Her Infinite Power Helping Oppressed People is the true meaning and purpose of H.I.P.H.O.P
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Or, “Eat Less You Pig.” James McWilliams explains why eating less food—whole food and junk food, meat and plants, organic and conventional, GMO and non-GMO—would do a lot more than just better our personal health, at Pacific Standard:
There’s one T-shirt in my drawer that I don’t wear, mainly because I think it’s sort of offensive. It reads: Eat Less You Pig.
A nutritionist gave it to me. She had the shirts made because she was tired of the endless hand wringing over what it meant to eat ethically, eat environmentally, eat to optimize personal health, and so on. Rather than debating the fine points of the carbon sequestration of grass-fed systems or the amount of glyphosate sprayed on GMOs or the yield potential of organic agriculture versus conventional or whether animals suffer on “humane” farms, she simply wanted a few choice words that would cut through the fog and free us from the burden of culinary complexity. Hence, Eat Less You Pig.
The more I engage with the politics of the plate—specifically, the more I consider what it means to eat ethically—the more I appreciate the spirit of this message. The most obvious benefit of Eat Less You Pig is the fact that, if only as a common sense measure, you can’t really disagree with it.
Obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980; today, more than two-thirds of adults are considered overweight. The percentage of Americans with a BMI over 25 doubled between 1950 and 2000. The average American now eats a literal ton of food—1,996 pounds—per year. Between 1970 and 2000, Americans increased daily caloric intake by 24.5 percent. That’s the equivalent of an extra 530 calories—a Big Mac—per day. It’s thus an empirical fact that the vast majority of Americans—hearty folk who consume about 3,000 calories daily—should cut back. Even our crash test dummies have become fat.
An additional benefit of eating less food is environmental. By virtue of where our calories derive, a reduction in daily calories would disproportionately lower our intake of foods that are the most resource intensive…
[continues at at Pacific Standard]
via Oddity Central:
While this American searched the entire African continent for a piece of land to call his Kingdom, Renato Barros managed to establish his own country much closer to home. The 56-year-old Portuguese citizen purchased a small island on Funchal harbor, in Madeira, Portugal. He named it the Principality of the Pontinha, and anointed himself Prince Renato II.
Pontinha is actually just the size of a one-bedroom house, and has only four citizens – Barros, his wife, and his son and daughter. In addition to his Portuguese passport, Barros holds a passport for Pontinha with the number 0001. An art teacher by profession, he’s also taken on the roles of policeman, gardener, caretaker, and member of the royal family of his very own country.
“I am whatever I want to be – that’s the dream, isn’t it,” he said. “If I decide I want to have a national song, I can choose it, and I can change it any time. The same with my flag – it could be blue today, red tomorrow. Of course, my power is only absolute here, where I am the true sovereign.”
Barros got a chance to buy the island fourteen years ago, when it was owned by a wealthy British family who wanted to sell it for 25,000 Euros ($31,000), because it was of no use to them. Nobody wanted to buy it, but when Barros heard of the opportunity at a party, he decided that it was just the thing for him. There was only one snag – he didn’t have the money.
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“Who needs direct repression,” asked philosopher Slavoj Zizek, “when one can convince the chicken to walk freely into the slaughterhouse?”
In an Orwellian age where war equals peace, surveillance equals safety, and tolerance equals intolerance of uncomfortable truths and politically incorrect ideas, “we the people” have gotten very good at walking freely into the slaughterhouse, all the while convincing ourselves that the prison walls enclosing us within the American police state are there for our protection.
Call it doublespeak, call it hypocrisy, call it delusion, call it whatever you like, but the fact remains that while we claim to value freedom, privacy, individuality, equality, diversity, accountability, and government transparency, our actions and those of our government overseers contradict these much-vaunted principles at every turn.
For instance, we disdain the jaded mindset of the Washington elite, and yet we continue to re-elect politicians who lie, cheat and steal. We disapprove of the endless wars that drain our resources and spread thin our military, and yet we repeatedly buy into the idea that patriotism equals supporting the military. We chafe at taxpayer-funded pork barrel legislation for roads to nowhere, documentaries on food fights, and studies of mountain lions running on treadmills, and yet we pay our taxes meekly and without raising a fuss of any kind. We object to the militarization of our local police forces and their increasingly battlefield mindset, and yet we do little more than shrug our shoulders over SWAT team raids and police shootings of unarmed citizens.
And then there’s our love-hate affair with technology, which sees us bristling at the government’s efforts to monitor our internet activities, listen in on our phone calls, read our emails, track our every movement, and punish us for what we say on social media, and yet we keep using these very same technologies all the while doing nothing about the government’s encroachments on our rights. This contradiction is backed up by a recent Pew Research Center study, which finds that “Americans say they are deeply concerned about privacy on the web and their cellphones. They say they do not trust Internet companies or the government to protect it. Yet they keep using the services and handing over their personal information.”
Let me get this straight: the government continues to betray our trust, invade our privacy, and abuse our rights, and we keep going back for more?
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Need a break from the Thanksgiving festivities? Have a food hangover? Or maybe, you just want to sit down and watch a good documentary with your friends and family?
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MOBILIZE is an explosive investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation, including brain cancer and infertility.
To get the DVD, go here.Greedy Lying Bastards
GREEDY LYING BASTARDS investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster.
To get the DVD, go here.Unacceptable Levels
Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children.
To get the DVD, go here.Stupidity
An alternately enlightening and hilarious documentary from filmmaker Albert Nerenberg, STUPIDITY sets out to determine whether our culture is hooked on deliberate ignorance as a strategy for success.
To get the DVD, go here.Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?
A unique insight into how ignorance, negligence, and indifference in the US healthcare machine lead to the tragic death of a severely autistic Chicago teen, and a charge of Murder One for his mother and godmother.
To get the DVD, go here.Boredom
Believe it or not this is the first serious documentary on boredom.
To get the DVD, go here.RIP! A Remix Manifesto
In RIP! A REMIX MANIFESTO filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.
To get the DVD, go here.In Search of the Great Beast 666: Aleister Crowley
IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT BEAST 666 documents the chilling life, impulses and journey of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), one of the most controversial and mysterious characters of the 20th Century, infamously known as “The Wickedest Man in the World.”
To get the DVD, go here.Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes
From billionaires meeting in secret to citizens taking to the streets, PAY 2 PLAY follows the money and connects the dots in this portrait of People Power rising.
To get the DVD, go here.Laughology
Laughter … Plato hated it. The Bible discouraged it. The School you went to, probably, banned it. The first ever feature documentary about the subject, LAUGHOLOGY is a “screamingly funny” groundbreaking odyssey into why we laugh and those who would stop us.
To get the DVD, go here.War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of media critic and best-selling author Norman Solomon, WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq.
To get the DVD, go here.Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
PLUNDER: THE CRIME OF OUR TIME looks into how the global financial crisis developed, from the mysterious collapse of Bear Stearns to the shadowy world of trillion dollar hedge funds. Insiders who work in the industry and know it well tell both of these stories.
To get the DVD, go here.Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections
UNCOUNTED is an explosive documentary that shows how the election fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election has led to even greater fraud since.
To get the DVD, go here.The Exorcist in the 21st Century
Director Fredrik Horn Akselsen reveals the secret and mystical world of Catholic exorcisms in his documentary THE EXORCIST IN THE 21st CENTURY,
To get the DVD, go here.Killer at Large
Obesity is fast becoming the single greatest killer of Americans, causing some experts to claim that we are on the cusp of an evolutionary disaster. KILLER AT LARGE uncovers this epidemic, examining the causes and suggesting ways to reverse this deadly trend.
To get the DVD, go here.Standing with Stones: A Journey through Megalithic Britain
STANDING WITH STONES is a unique travelogue in which presenter Ruper Soskin and director Michael Bott discover the wealth that is Megalithic Britain.
To get the DVD, go here.Da Vinci Code Decoded
Da Vinci Code is a modern day publishing phenomenon. With millions of copies in print, it is the most popular adult novel of the 21st Century. Author Dan Brown tells us that “all descriptions of documents and secret rituals … are accurate.” But are they?
To get the DVD, go here.We Are Egypt
Deeply embedded inside the turmoil, filmmaker Lillie Paquette followed key opposition figures and young democracy activists as they struggled against extraordinary odds and at great personal risk to remove an uncompromising U.S. -backed authoritarian regime determined to stay in power.
To get the DVD, go here.True Mind Titles: Amazonia: Healing with Sacred Plants
More and more people in the West are discovering the powerful medicinal properties of “Ayahuasca,” but few are able to travel to the Amazon basin to discover how it is truly used in the visionary and transformative work of the indigenous healers.
To get the DVD, go here.Planeat
This powerful documentary film inspires us to make the right food choices – choices that can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, protect our environment and make our planet sustainable while celebrating the joys of food.
To get the DVD, go here.Shaman, Healer, Sage
SHAMAN HEALER SAGE tells the story of Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., who transitioned from a successful career in modern medical science in the U.S. to study ancient energy medicine of the legendary Inka and Q’ero shamans of South America.
To get the DVD, go here.Bee People
BEE PEOPLE raises the bar and provides an in-depth look at the people who are facing the challenge on behalf of the bees, making a difference, and urging everyone to join them on a planet-saving mission!
To get the DVD go here.Shelter Island Titles: Into the Cold
Facing harsh temperatures to -50 degrees, INTO THE COLD is a bone-chilling story of true bravery, incredible courage and unrelenting determination.
To get the DVD, go here.Journey of the Universe
The Emmy® Award winning JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE tells an epic story of cosmic, Earth and human transformation from The Big Bang to today.Doctors of the Dark Side
Based on extensive research by producer/director Martha Davis, DOCTORS OF THE DARK SIDE is the first feature-length documentary that exposes the scandal behind the torture scandal – how American psychologists and physicians betrayed their oaths and actively facilitated and covered up the torture of detainees in U.S.-controlled military prisons in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and select CIA Black Sites.
To get the DVD, go here.The Greatest Ears in Town
THE GREATEST EARS IN TOWN chronicles the life and career of the man who produced more than 50 gold and platinum records with sales topping 50 million units.
To get the DVD, go here.The Contradictions of Fair Hope
This fascinating documentary takes viewers inside a virtually untold aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed “benevolent societies”.
To get the DVD go here.Whittle: The Jet Pioneer
In WHITTLE: THE JET PIONEER, the true story of Sir Frank Whittle, the aviator and engineer who invented the jet engine, is told in dramatic style against the backdrop of WWII and a race against the Nazis for air superiority.
To get the DVD, go here.Wings of a Warrior: The Jimmy Doolittle Story
The true life story of legionary flying pioneer, American hero and Congressional Medal of Honor winner Jimmy Doolittle is told with incredible insights by filmmaker/host Gardner Doolittle.
To get the DVD, go here.Drawing with Mark
Join professional illustrator Mark Marderosian on a creative journey as we discover the basic FUN of learning to draw! DRAWING WITH MARK is a multi-award winning, nationally broadcast series that helps kids of ALL ages unlock their creativity.
To get the DVD, go here.The Equation of Life
THE EQUATION OF LIFE is a dramatic film by one child who is speaking to all children (and adults) about a subject so important it should be seen by everyone.
To get the DVD, go here.Shelter Island
This unique documentary reveals the story of Shelter Island, NY resident and ‘outsider’ artist Harald Olson and his equally eclectic patron, Jimmy Olinkiewicz, a blue-collar gas station owner and father of an Autistic child.
To get the DVD, go here.Semi Colin
Award-winning director Damien Lay’s SEMI COLIN is a well crafted exploration into a universal conundrum…What is art and what is pornography?
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via Live Science:
Vultures’ faces and large intestines are covered with bacteria that is toxic to most other creatures, but these birds of prey have evolved a strong gut that helps them not get sick from feasting on rotting flesh, according to a new study.
In the first analysis of bacteria living on vultures, the study’s researchers found that these scavengers are laden with flesh-degrading Fusobacteria and poisonous Clostridia. As bacteria decompose a dead body, they excrete toxic chemicals that make the carcass a perilous meal for most animals. But vultures often wait for decay to set in, giving them easy access to dead animals with tough skins.
Moreover, vultures will often pick at a dead animal through its back end — that is, the anus — to get at the tasty entrails. Their diet may be filled with toxic bacteria and putrid feces, but vultures are apparently immune to these deadly microbes, the researchers said. [In Photos: Birds of Prey]
“Our results show there has been strong adaptation in vultures when it comes to dealing with the toxic bacteria they digest,” Michael Roggenbuck, a researcher of microbiology at the University of Copenhagen, said in a statement.
To sample the vultures’ bacterial communities — called microbiomes— the team captured and euthanized 26 black vultures (Coragyps atratus) and 24 turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) in Nashville, Tennessee. Autopsies and DNA tests revealed the bacteria that lived on the birds’ faces and large intestine.
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Elections are in the public interest, designating the propriety of public works, impacting every single member of the public — so therefore we must have public financing for campaigns. When the candidate with the most money wins over 90 percent of the time, it’s not an election, it’s a rich kid’s birthday party.
Most people don’t have money to give away, let alone to people running for office. Those who give the biggest sums of money command the candidate’s attention (Sheldon Adelson circle jerk), and even though these donors already have plenty of money to shower on candidates, they are blowing millions in hopes to reap millions more.
This is what our democratic process has come to. No wonder voter turnout is at an historic low. Candidates have become NASCAR drivers, promoting their sponsors like it’s their job–which it is, because that is where their money is coming from. Instead of trying to make the case for public financing, the question should be, how can we nothave it?
Public financing models exist across the country already, and leveling the playing field in campaign resources leads to greater parity in spending. Instead of topping the other candidate in fundraising, an aspiring office holder could focus their time on talking to voters and getting their support, not hide behind marketing.
While making my film PAY 2 PLAY I met a candidate for office whose words stuck with me. Surya Yalamanchili, who took no PAC money or party money while running for Congress, observed:
“You talk to most people, whether they’re Democrats or whether they’re Republicans, they want to talk about fiscal responsibility. And everybody agrees the government spends to much and they waste all this money. Then you look at the elections, and you look at them raising millions of dollars, and you look at these fancy campaign headquarters, and all of this, and you say, ‘Wait a minute! Don’t you guys see there’s a disconnect here? You applaud the people putting in hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money and running these campaigns that could probably be more a lot more efficient, and then you’re expecting them when they go to Washington to all of the sudden be fiscally responsible?’ It’s a joke.”
Candidates should have to make their case with equal resources and opportunity, not by exploiting flaws in our system. Today’s edition of Activist Comics highlights the disinfectant aspect of public financing for campaigns, because corruption thrives when politicians try to reward their donors by gouging away at what their predecessors built. Make all candidates super heroes with public campaign financing.
PUBLIC FINANCING is one of the Fix Six solutions featured in PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes, a new documentary about standing up to money in politics. Out 12/2 on DVD, available now in iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo, and Disinfo.
This was originally published on The Huffington Post.
Deep-sea anglerfish are strange and elusive creatures that are very rarely observed in their natural habitat. Fewer than half a dozen have ever been captured on film or video by deep diving research vehicles. This little angler, about 9 cm long, is named Melanocetus. It is also known as the Black Seadevil and it lives in the deep dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600 m on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.
h/t Live Science.
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via University of Dayton:
Whether you believe the Philae probe’s landing on a speeding comet is a monumental advance or a colossal waste might depend on your religion, according to a University of Dayton researcher.
Many in the space community see the landing as a critical step in colonizing the solar system, such as NASA Planetary Science Division Director Jim Green who said, “I truly believe that a single-planet species will not survive long. It’s our destiny to move off this planet.” (see CNET article)
Yet Evangelical Protestants are much surer Jesus will return in the next 40 years than that humans will make significant strides in space exploration, according to research by University of Dayton political science assistant professor Joshua Ambrosius.
“Evangelicals have been hesitant to recognize the discoveries of modern science — from evolutionary origins to climate change,” Ambrosius said. “The data show that this overall attitude extends into space.”
Ambrosius used data from the General Social Survey and three Pew surveys to compare knowledge, interest and support for space exploration among Catholics, Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants, Jews, Eastern religions and those with no religion.
Summary Podcast from the Indie Bohemians Morning Show. A Morning Show, for people that hate Morning Shows. Based in Nashville, TN.
Angie Dorin gives us a Monkey Minute, later in Pop Culture is the craft beer craze over taking Budweiser? Also, we explore a case involving a scam Academic Journal that accepted an article that was just one sentence repeated over and over. Finally, we take a look at the very heavy case of Ferguson. Although this is not a light topic nor is it a light discussion we try to end on a bit of hope. Disclaimer: This recording took place before Darren Wilson’s statement was made public, worth noting because at one point we allude to a taser.
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Disinfonaut Graham Hancock and I talk visionary art, ancient aliens, psychedelics, creativity, and the entheodelic storytelling paradigm.
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Disinfonauts! Some have this idea that enlightenment can be bought one yoga mat at a time at Whole Foods, but is that the real deal? With so many soft core eastern traditions infiltrating western culture, how do we parse the legitimate from the bullshit?
I had a great conversation with Esotericist, Hermit, Santa Muerte expert and all around, great guy, David Metcalfe for my podcast and we tackle the subject of the Blood Soaked Road to Enlightenment.
I just had to share it with you all.
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The Hunger Games movies have become a symbol of covert defiance and political expression for protestors in Thailand against the military junta running the country. The newest film opened at the box office this week, and by the end of its first day, three activists had been arrested and the Deputy Prime Minister had to get involved.
Shortly after the Thai army staged a coup d’état on May 22—the 12th successful coup in the past century—protesters began flashing the three-finger salute seen in the Hunger Games to show their opposition to the military takeover. Characters in the Hollywood blockbuster also raise the salute as an act of rebellion against an authoritarian regime, but as anti-coup activists in Thailand will tell you, the struggle here is quite real.
Since seizing power, Thailand’s military government has banned all political protests and criticism of the regime.
On Wednesday, three student activists were arrested during their effort to organize a mass viewing of the movie’s latest instalment [sic], The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I, which opened in theaters across Thailand.
The students originally planned to watch the premiere at the Scala theater in Bangkok, but the cinema pulled the movie from its seasonal lineup after it caught wind of the students’ plans. Two activists showed up at the theater Thursday morning to explain to the press that they would not be deterred; they would watch the movie en masse at another surprise location.
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How fun is your boyfriend in bed? Is he charming? Does he say all the right things and blow your mind sexually?
Check this list. Maybe he is a little too good to be true.
You’ve been hanging out with this guy for a while and everything is great. That’s what you tell people. The truth is, everything is not so great. Things he says and does don’t add up. When you’re together, there is often something forced, even fake, about how he relates to you. Maybe you’re beginning to find out things about his sex life that he has tried to hide. Maybe he has some odd sexual proclivities. What used to be charming or thrilling is starting to freak you out.
The guy may be going through a tough time. He may be a sexual dynamo. He may be banging someone else. Shit happens. But there may be a different answer.
I did all 10 of the things on this list, in all of my relationships. Some of them lasted for years. I was often accused by women of being a selfish, lying asshole or a straight-up freak, and I was both of those things. But they never knew the truth: I was a sex addict.
The list is a compilation of everything I’ve learned about sex addiction in my own experience and treatment and from many other men in groups I’ve been part of. Therefore it focuses on male sex addicts in heterosexual relationships, but these behaviors are often common to LGBT sex addicts and heterosexual women, too.
Most doctors would prescribe treatment to help your sex addict get his obsessions and compulsions under control. When he stays up until 3 am looking at cyber porn or jerks off eight times a day, he’s dosing his brain with dopamine and other chemicals that excite, distract and otherwise cover up the underlying distress or emptiness he suffers from.
Part of the reason why I write about the media is because I am interested in the whole intellectual culture, and the part of it that is easiest to study is the media. It comes out every day. You can do a systematic investigation. You can compare yesterday’s version to today’s version. There is a lot of evidence about what’s played up and what isn’t and the way things are structured.
My impression is the media aren’t very different from scholarship or from, say, journals of intellectual opinion—there are some extra constraints—but it’s not radically different. They interact, which is why people go up and back quite easily among them.
You look at the media, or at any institution you want to understand. You ask questions about its internal institutional structure. You want to know something about their setting in the broader society. How do they relate to other systems of power and authority? If you’re lucky, there is an internal record from leading people in the information system which tells you what they are up to (it is sort of a doctrinal system). That doesn’t mean the public relations handouts but what they say to each other about what they are up to. There is quite a lot of interesting documentation.
Those are three major sources of information about the nature of the media. You want to study them the way, say, a scientist would study some complex molecule or something. You take a look at the structure and then make some hypothesis based on the structure as to what the media product is likely to look like. Then you investigate the media product and see how well it conforms to the hypotheses. Virtually all work in media analysis is this last part—trying to study carefully just what the media product is and whether it conforms to obvious assumptions about the nature and structure of the media.
Well, what do you find? First of all, you find that there are different media which do different things, like the entertainment/Hollywood, soap operas, and so on, or even most of the newspapers in the country (the overwhelming majority of them). They are directing the mass audience.
There is another sector of the media, the elite media, sometimes called the agenda-setting media because they are the ones with the big resources, they set the framework in which everyone else operates. The New York Times and CBS, that kind of thing. Their audience is mostly privileged people. The people who read the New York Times—people who are wealthy or part of what is sometimes called the political class—they are actually involved in the political system in an ongoing fashion. They are basically managers of one sort or another. They can be political managers, business managers (like corporate executives or that sort of thing), doctoral managers (like university professors), or other journalists who are involved in organizing the way people think and look at things.
The elite media set a framework within which others operate. If you are watching the Associated Press, who grind out a constant flow of news, in the mid-afternoon it breaks and there is something that comes along every day that says “Notice to Editors: Tomorrow’s New York Times is going to have the following stories on the front page.” The point of that is, if you’re an editor of a newspaper in Dayton, Ohio and you don’t have the resources to figure out what the news is, or you don’t want to think about it anyway, this tells you what the news is. These are the stories for the quarter page that you are going to devote to something other than local affairs or diverting your audience. These are the stories that you put there because that’s what the New York Times tells us is what you’re supposed to care about tomorrow. If you are an editor in Dayton, Ohio, you would sort of have to do that, because you don’t have much else in the way of resources. If you get off line, if you’re producing stories that the big press doesn’t like, you’ll hear about it pretty soon. In fact, what just happened at San Jose Mercury News is a dramatic example of this. So there are a lot of ways in which power plays can drive you right back into line if you move out. If you try to break the mold, you’re not going to last long. That framework works pretty well, and it is understandable that it is just a reflection of obvious power structures.
The real mass media are basically trying to divert people. Let them do something else, but don’t bother us (us being the people who run the show). Let them get interested in professional sports, for example. Let everybody be crazed about professional sports or sex scandals or the personalities and their problems or something like that. Anything, as long as it isn’t serious. Of course, the serious stuff is for the big guys. “We” take care of that.
What are the elite media, the agenda-setting ones? The New York Times and CBS, for example. Well, first of all, they are major, very profitable, corporations. Furthermore, most of them are either linked to, or outright owned by, much bigger corporations, like General Electric, Westinghouse, and so on. They are way up at the top of the power structure of the private economy which is a very tyrannical structure. Corporations are basically tyrannies, hierarchic, controled from above. If you don’t like what they are doing you get out. The major media are just part of that system.
Read More: http://www.chomsky.info/articles/199710–.htm
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via OpenMinds [This was published on November 13]:
Roswell researcher and author Tom Carey told the crowd at American University yesterday that he has the “smoking gun” to prove once and for all aliens are real. According to an article by WTOP in Washington, Carey claims to have a picture of an alien, but did not have the picture with him.
Carey has been researching the alleged crash a flying saucer in Roswell, NM since 1991. He is a co-author and researcher of a couple of books on the topic with his research partner Don Schmitt.
He told the crowd that the images are on Kodachrome color slides and that their research on the legitimacy of the slides has been promising.
Carey says: “What’s interesting is, the film is dated 1947. We took it to the official historian of Kodak up in Rochester, New York, and he did his due diligence on it, and he said yes, this filmstrip, the slides are from 1947. It’s 1947 stock. And from the emulsions on the image, it’s not something that’s been Photoshopped like today. It’s original 1947 images, and it shows an alien who’s been partially dissected lying in a case.”
He also described what the slides show: “3 and a half to 4 feet tall, the head is almost insect-like. The head has been severed, and there’s been a partial autopsy; the innards have been removed, and we believe the cadaver has been embalmed, at least at the time this picture was taken.”
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This season reminds us that there are a lot of things to be thankful for.
For instance, not having to go to jail for minor infractions like parking tickets.
But sadly, that’s not the reality for everyone. We live in a world where government and corporations continue to make money off of those who are poor, hungry and desperate.
To Prison for Poverty exposes two private probation companies who exploit and make million of dollars off of people who can’t afford small fines.