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Posted by FourScore | Mon May 18, 2015, 10:08 AM (9 replies)
The Empire Strikes Back
Scott Beauchamp May 14, 2015
The story itself has a dreamlike aura.
Seymour Hersh is a pioneer of investigative journalism, the modern iteration of which he fashioned almost singlehandedly by uncovering the 1968 My Lai massacre, during the Vietnam War. Americans had opposed the war before My Lai—everyone knew what the American government was capable of, and many suspected that it was concealing the true extent of the horrors in Vietnam—but Hersh’s 1969 dispatches gave them coordinates to navigate their outrage by. Hersh presented the facts in black and white. After Hersh’s revelations, skeptics on the left didn’t have to feel like paranoids anymore. It turned out they had been right all along.
Hersh’s work in the aughts had much the same effect. In 2004, he exposed torture at Abu Ghraib. In 2008, he found that U.S. Special Forces were operating in Iran. The list goes on, with each discovery providing a single fleck of color. Take a step back to widen your field of vision, and you’ll be able to make out Hersh’s pointillist masterpiece: a painting of the lies the American elite have told to mask the lawless violence of pursuing their imperial ambitions.
Because of the penetration and scope of Hersh’s work, it is as much an indictment of the American media’s coverage of elites as it is one of the American government. To engage with Hersh properly, even to criticise him, the media would necessarily have to break from its day-to-day reporting of political horse races and its slavish echoing of official narratives. It would have to expose the government to shrewd interrogation in the process. That being the case, Hersh’s work is important, even if parts of it do turn out to be inaccurate...
...Predictably, many in the media have rushed to the government’s defense. Hersh’s anonymous sources rankle them. The story itself, which is so far removed from the official narrative and implicates corruption at the highest levels of government, has a dreamlike aura. Never mind that the account the government gave has been deteriorating from the start, and the glaring contradictions between the official versions as related by the Pakistani and American governments. Put aside the fact that someone else using different sources reported a version of Hersh’s story in 2011, or that NBC, within a day, had already confirmed a key point of Hersh’s narrative. If Hersh’s critics actually did submerge themselves in a detailed re-reporting of his allegations, the process would subjugate the American ruling class to deeper scrutiny than usual...
Posted by FourScore | Mon May 18, 2015, 12:31 AM (6 replies)
I knew this would be the case even before he announced his candidacy for President. He is too articulate. His arguments make sense. He has the ability to energize the democratic base while also appealing to swing voters, and maybe even some moderate republicans. This is dangerous for those who want to control our politicians.
In other words, he's a THREAT to the corporate ownership of our democracy. That includes the corporations that now own the media.
Sure, MSNBC will have him on; but he's singin' to the choir on MSNBC. In the meantime, other stations are calling him "fringe" and brushing him off as "not a viable candidate". The discussion becomes whether or not his real motive is to force Hillary to sound more populist - without him present to weigh in on the discussion.
NO! NO! NO! WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN!!!
WE MUST DEMAND - NONSTOP DEMAND - THAT BERNIE BE GIVEN EQUAL AIR TIME.
ABC Good Morning America <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ABC Nightline <email@example.com>
ABC This Week <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CBS FACE THE NATION <email@example.com>
CBS Sunday Morning <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CNN LATE EDITION <email@example.com>, <Wolf Blitzer firstname.lastname@example.org>
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES <email@example.com>
NBC MEET THE PRESS <MTP@NBC.com>
ABC News Washington Bureau
Address 1717 DeSales St NW, Washington DC 20036
I found 2 addresses for GMA (not sure which is right):
Good Morning America
Address 147 Columbus Ave, New York NY 10023
"Good Morning America"
New York, NY 10023
1717 DeSales, NW
Washington, DC 20036
CBS Washington Bureau
Address 2020 M St NW, Washington DC 20036
"Face the Nation"
2020 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
"CBS This Morning"
524 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer
Address 820 1st St NE, Washington DC 20002
Anchor Wolf Blitzer firstname.lastname@example.org 202-898-7622
Executive Producer Sam Feist email@example.com 202-898-7622
Address 820 1st St NE, Washington DC 20002
Anchors Howard Kurtz firstname.lastname@example.org 202-334-7535 ,
Bernard Kalb email@example.com
Senior Producer Jennifer Avellinio
NBC Washington Bureau
Address 4001 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
(Again, 2 differenct addresses/phone numbers for MTP)
"Meet the Press"
4001 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Meet the Press
4001 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington DC 20016
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
Address One MSNBC Plaza, Secaucus NJ 07094
Tel (212) 664-6605
P.O. Box 2626
Washington, DC 20013
Posted by FourScore | Tue May 5, 2015, 12:03 PM (13 replies)
On the evening of July 11, 1951, one of the biggest riots in U.S. history began after a young black couple moved into an apartment in all-white Cicero, IL, west of Chicago. The husband, Harvey Clark, was a World War II veteran who migrated to Chicago from Mississippi and was working as a bus driver. He and his wife Johnetta had been crammed with their two children in a two-room tenement with a family of five on the city's overcrowded South Side.
The couple found more space and cheaper rents in Cicero, closer to his work, but the sheriff turned them away when they first tried to move in. With a court order in hand, the couple finally moved their belongings into the apartment on July 11, as a mob formed around them, heckling and throwing rocks. The mob, many of them eastern European immigrants, grew to as many as 4,000 by nightfall. The couple fled, unable to stay overnight in their new apartment.
That night, the mob stormed the apartment and hurled the family's belongings out of a third floor window: the sofa, the chairs, the clothes, the baby pictures. The mob tore out the fixtures: the stove, the radiators, the sinks. They smashed the piano, overturned the refrigerator, bashed in the toilet. They set the family's belongings on fire and then firebombed the building, leaving even the white tenants homeless. The rioters overturned police cars and threw stones at firefighters who tried to put out the fire.
The Illinois Governor, Adlai Stevenson, had to call in the National Guard for the first time since the 1919 race riots in Chicago. It took more than 600 guardsmen, police officers and sheriff's deputies to beat back the mob that night and three more days for the rioting over the Clarks to subside.
The Clarks were prevented from spending a single night in Cicero. A total of 118 men were arrested in the rioting but none were indicted. Instead, the rental agent and the owner of the apartment building were indicted for inciting a riot by renting to the Clarks in the first place. The Cicero riot attracted worldwide attention and became a symbol of northern hostility to the arrival of millions of African-Americans during the Great Migration.
-- From the book, The Warmth of Other Suns
Posted by FourScore | Fri May 1, 2015, 01:01 PM (1 replies)
The Everest Avalanche
Picture: Robert Schmidt/AFP
Posted by FourScore | Mon Apr 27, 2015, 12:57 AM (15 replies)
Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 12:48 PM PDT
POTUS Expected to Publicly Support Medical Marijuana on CNN Tonight
(illustration by DonkeyHotey)
President Barack Obama is expected to express his support for medical marijuana, and a drug policy that deviates from incarceration, in a CNN documentary to air on Sunday night.
In the television special, “Weed 3”, CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta will explore the politics of medical marijuana research. In an interview with Obama, Gupta probes the President about a bipartisan Senate bill that, if passed, will change marijuana’s classification from Schedule I — the most stringent category for regulating drugs — to Schedule II.
“You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be,” Obama reportedly says during his interview with Gupta.
Back in August of 2013, the President's spokesperson, Josh Earnest, was asked if Sanjay Gupta's new-found support for medical marijuana might inspire Obama to call for new legislation. Earnest's response then was, "not at this point.".
So this is an encouraging development. I think it's kind of like the gay marriage issue, in as much as the President has to pretend to evolve on the issue, while in fact, he is merely waiting for the opportune time to act. Kudos all around!
Weed 3 airs tonight on CNN at 9pm EDT:
Posted by FourScore | Sun Apr 19, 2015, 05:20 PM (13 replies)
Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 06:06 PM PDT
Michigan Mother Destroys Abstinence Only Sex Ed Class with Live Twitter Feed
Sometimes, I find something and think: the content speaks for itself.
More as this goes on...
Sometimes, I think the best thing to do is not to editorialize and just let the content speak for itself.
Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM PT: You can read Alice Dreger's write up of this event here: http://www.thestranger.com/features/feature/2015/04/15/22062331/i-sat-in-on-my-sons-sex-ed-class-and-i-was-shocked-by-what-i-heard
Posted by FourScore | Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:55 PM (58 replies)
WATCH: Terrified ‘Tea Party Patriot’ realizes he could lose Obamacare if GOP wins in 2016
15 Apr 2015 at 12:01 ET
A conservative video blogger with over a million views on YouTube said this week that he would likely vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because he was terrified that a Republican president would take away his affordable health insurance. “And I’m serious because I asked myself, ‘Which party has helped me out the most in the last, I don’t know, 15 years, 20?’ And it was the Democrat (SIC) Party,”
Webb lamented. “If it wasn’t for Obama and that Obamacare, I would still be working.” “With Obamacare, I got to retire at age 50 because if it wasn’t for Obamacare, I would have had to work until I was 65 and get on Medicare because health insurance is expensive when you’ve got medical problems,” he continued...
“...But you know, the Republican Party, they haven’t done nothing for me, man. Nothing,” he remarked. “So, I’m leaning toward voting for Hillary unless something major comes up. I don’t trust the Republicans anymore because they’re wanting to repeal the Obamacare. And I don’t want them to do that, man, because then I’ll have to go to work again. My life’s already planned out.”
Posted by FourScore | Wed Apr 15, 2015, 10:02 PM (12 replies)
Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 02:35 AM PDT
Trouble at Totten Glacier
The latest “This is Not Cool” video is the third in a trilogy of very important, and sobering, pieces I’ve posted over the last year. I didn’t start with a trilogy in mind, but the developments of the last few months have been jarring and momentous.
Chris Mooney wrote recently in the Washington Post, “A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea level rise.”.
He added, “Meanwhile, 2015 could be the year of the double whammy — when we learned the same about one gigantic glacier of East Antarctica, which could set in motion roughly the same amount all over again.”
The decades-long unfolding of this story – that vast areas of ice once thought to be invulnerable on time scales meaningful to humans, may in fact already be in the process of disintegration – is one that that the vast majority of humanity still does not understand, and that the media has been unwilling to track. It’s a realization that, one top expert told us, even seasoned ice sheet veterans find “shattering”.
For this video I used in-person interviews from December’s AGU conference, as well as a skype chat with Jamin Greenbaum of the University of Texas, whose recent research on East Antarctic vulnerability has been widely reported. Jamin pointed me to some Australian research from the same area. There was a huge volume of material, not all of which made it into this video, but which I’ll be posting in coming weeks to flesh out the picture.
The overriding message: we have a problem.
Posted by FourScore | Wed Apr 15, 2015, 12:28 PM (4 replies)
New York state has posted samples of this year's standardized ELA and math tests for grades 3-8. I visited the site and decided to play a game with my fellow DU'ers. I am going to give you a sample of text. You guess on the poll which grade level you think this text is for. This is not a trick question, I would just like your honest assessment of what age would be reading this text from Tolstoy. Then I will provide a link with the answer. PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT IN THIS THREAD, UNLESS TO KICK IT. You may comment on the answer thread. We don't want to give away the answer. I am only posting the reading material in this thread, not the questions. (Keep in mind, the test is timed and there is a whole booklet of reading excerpts comparable to this sample followed by multiple choice questions.)
Oh! And one more thing. The results of these standardized tests now count toward 50% of a teacher's evaluation in NY. No pressure.
Okay! Is everybody ready?
Here's the text:
The Gray Hare
by Leo Tolstoy
A gray hare was living in the winter near the village. When night came, he pricked one ear and listened; then he pricked his second ear, moved his whiskers, sniffed, and sat down on his hind legs. Then he took a leap or two over the deep snow, and again sat down on his hind legs, and looked around him. Nothing could be seen but snow. The snow lay in waves and glistened like sugar. Over the hare’s head hovered a frost vapor, and through this vapor could be seen the large, bright stars.
The hare had to cross the highway, in order to come to a threshing-floor he knew of. On the highway the runners could be heard squeaking, and the horses snorting, and seats creaking in the sleighs.
The hare again stopped near the road. Peasants were walking beside the sleighs, and the collars of their caftans were raised. Their faces were scarcely visible. Their beards, moustaches, and eyelashes were white. Steam rose from their mouths and noses. Their horses were sweaty, and the hoarfrost clung to the sweat. The horses jostled under their arches, and dived in and out of snow-drifts. The peasants ran behind the horses and in front of them, and beat them with their whips. Two peasants walked beside each other, and one of them told the other how a horse of his had once been stolen.
When the carts passed by, the hare leaped across the road and softly made for the threshing-floor. A dog saw the hare from a cart. He began to bark and darted after the hare. The hare leaped toward the threshing-floor over the snow-drifts, which held him back; but the dog stuck fast in the snow after the tenth leap, and stopped. Then the hare, too, stopped and sat up on his hind legs, and then softly went on to the threshing-floor.
On his way he met two other hares on the sowed winter field. They were feeding and playing. The hare played awhile with his companions, dug away the frosty snow with them, ate the wintergreen, and went on. In the village everything was quiet; the fires were out. All one could hear was a baby’s cry in a hut and the crackling of the frost in the logs of the cabins. The hare went to the threshing-floor, and there found some companions. He played awhile with them on the cleared floor, ate some oats from the open granary, climbed on the kiln over the snow-covered roof, and across the wicker fence started back to his ravine.
The dawn was glimmering in the east; the stars grew less, and the frost vapors rose more densely from the earth. In the near-by village the women got up, and went to fetch water; the peasants brought the feed from the barn; the children shouted and cried. There were still more carts going down the road, and the peasants talked aloud to each other. The hare leaped across the road, went up to his old lair, picked out a high place, dug away the snow, lay with his back in his new lair, dropped his ears on his back, and fell asleep with open eyes.
Which grade level do you think this reading material is representive of?
The correct answer can be found at this link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026475198
Posted by FourScore | Wed Apr 8, 2015, 01:47 PM (14 replies)