Category: Media

Sep 24

The Subversive Illusion of “I Can’t…”

In Brief — Some reasons why an old but eminently worthwhile book can improve your life. First, you must read it. [Written in May 2017.] Negative Attitudes are Quicksand — Last week it was an intriguing fantasy circus with its characters that we wish were real; this week a book that should be on every …

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Sep 03

Euphemisms and Waste: A Poisonous Mix

In Brief— The author describes the corruption of our language and the prodigious military waste that robs Americans of precious dollars. He provides information about what is done in our name. [Written in March 2015. Revised in May 2017.] ——————————————————————————————————————————————– The Orwellization of Language— Surprise! The American military not only wastes prodigious amounts of taxpayer …

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Jan 01

All That Glitters Isn’t…

In Brief— A belated review of the slickly produced but potentially dangerous pseudoscientific documentary The Living Matrix. This is a reminder that the internet has lots of junk along with the good stuff. ————————————————————————————————————————————— Slick and Potentially Dangerous— As a preamble, I must point out that it has been shown that people tend to read …

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Mar 13

America Rides the Tiger

In Brief—Quite aside from “advisors” being sent to fight Boko Haram in Africa, the American military has quietly militarized the United States while the people have been numbed by years of swimming in America’s mainstream media-assisted propaganda. ——————————————————————————————————————————– The Way to Kill a Frog— Curiosity killed the cat, they say, but the old saying goes …

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Dec 13

Antidote to Mainstream Propaganda

In Brief—We are regularly subjected to a diet of propaganda from the mainstream media and the government. The Intercept is one method of seeing past the subtle yet pervasive propaganda bombarding us daily. Do you want an antidote? Skepticism is always a choice. The Intercept, Truthout and TomDispatch are other reliable choices. ———————————————————————————————————————— There’s a …

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Mar 16

The Press Misleads

In Brief— A well-informed person is advised to read as broadly as possible and to be skeptical of what s/he reads. Be aware that the mainstream press regularly misleads its readers, so a healthy degree of skepticism is always in order. ————————————————————————————————————————————————– Scylla or Charybdis: Uninformed or Misinformed?—  “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re …

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