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Comment by Chris on April 14, 2017 at 10:44pm

There isn't any proof that Assad with, or without backing from Russia launched the chemical attacks.  It doesn't make sense that they would do that. FAIR is a good neuteral news group as is one I began watching Real News Network.

As independent citizens we should support independent news sources.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 9, 2017 at 4:04pm

This is the "Free Press" I keep trying to defend?

Five Top Papers Run 18 Opinion Pieces Praising Syria Strikes–Zero A...

Five major US newspapers—the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News—offered no opinion space to anyone opposed to Donald Trump’s Thursday night airstrikes. By contrast, the five papers ran a total of 18 op-eds, columns or “news analysis” articles (dressed-up opinion pieces) that either praised the strikes or criticized them for not being harsh enough...
Comment by Chris on March 30, 2017 at 1:07am

Loren, I wonder how much industrial polution such as lead and murcury cause low IQ, and other problems that result in crime.

Trump recently touted "clean coal" while signing an executive order reducing environmental requlations to lower coal powerplants and mining from poluting.

Last I heard his approval rating was 36% while his disapproval rating was 57%.

More people should vote so another kook isn't elected presidents. Many congress members are also ignorant.

James Inholf's snowball http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/26/jim-inhofe-climate-snow_n_... is an example of lack of science knowledge. 

Who keeps him and others like him in office?

Big money probably has a lot to do with it.

Media such as broadcast national news - ABC, CBS, and NBC  seems similar to the National Enquirer and other entertainment programs.  The big three may had 8 minutes of news in a half hour broadcast.

Comment by Chris on March 30, 2017 at 12:46am

Sadly, or unfortunately many reports I've read indicate that Americans don't mind being surveilled.  Do people think that providing their life history to corporations is benificial?

I read an article in a 1984 USA Today newspaper saying that most people wouldn't mind having video cameras throughout their house for the government and corporations to watch their daily activities.

I just sent my congressman an email complaining about the legislation allowing ISP's to sell their browsing history. Many, if not most email service providers digitally read emails to provide clients to marketers.

ISP's, telephone, and TV access is monopolized.

I find it difficult to beleive that people subscribe to video surveillance of their house over the internet. The news media's portrayal of crime puts some people in unjustified fear.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 29, 2017 at 10:20am

Crowdfunding campaign seeks to purchase search history of lawmakers who killed internet privacy

[Resistance Report]

Republicans in Congress just voted to allow Americans’ browser history to be bought and sold. A genius crowdfunding campaign wants to use that against them.

The website searchinternethistory.com is attempting to raise $1 million in order to put in bids to purchase the internet history of leading Republicans and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) members. The first histories the site aims to buy are those of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

“If it takes a million dollars to get real change, I am sure a million people are willing to donate $1 to help ensure their private data stays private,” wrote Adam McElhaney, who launched a GoFundMe campaign for the endeavor.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 29, 2017 at 9:54am

Thanks, Bertold and Loren!

Back to our irregularly scheduled "ha ha only serious" cartoons...

Trump: “Whopper!” Press: [a reporter taking notes] “Retraction?” / Trump: [speech balloon with two tails] “Double down!” Press: “Proof to the contrary!” / Trump: [with smartphone, releasing a Twitter-logo tweet flying up and away] “Distraction?” Press: [whipping his head up to follow it, losing his glasses] “Noted!” / Trump: [with giant mallet] “Media bash!” Press: [thinking] “Eye roll!” / Sean Spicer, at podium with White House logo: “Walkback” Press: “Apology?” Spicer: “Scoff!” Press: [thinks] “(Smirk)” / Trump: “Unabashed New-Whop!” Press: [thinks] “Rueful pattern lament”(click to enlarge)

Comment by Loren Miller on March 25, 2017 at 1:16pm

Something very similar happened when Clair Patterson's research into the age of the earth ran headlong into issues with the lead industry and the virtually global lead contamination that industry created.  That story was summarized in the Cosmos episode, "The Clean Room."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 25, 2017 at 12:55pm

Inside Big Tobacco’s Academy of Lies, the Inventor of ‘Alternative Facts’
Don’t like the science? Then invent one you do like. It was one of America’s greatest snow jobs, costing millions of lives. And it’s happening again with climate change and this time billions of lives are at stake.


Clive Irving
CLIVE IRVING
03.24.17

Daily Beast

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 23, 2017 at 9:46am

Donald Trump tweeting, sitting on a tree limb labeled 'CREDIBILITY'; the tweets fly out of his phone and return as woodpeckers chopping down the tree.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 18, 2017 at 8:26am

Bull with Donald Trump's hair shitting a tweet [bullshit]

 

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