Israeli politics is being dragged into the grubby realm of reality TV

As Benjamin Netanyahu demands a televised showdown with his corruption accusers and Roseanne Barr prepares to address the Knesset, the poverty of public discourse is never more apparent by Jonathan Cook Jan 13, 2019 Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu commandeered the country’s airwaves last week in what many assumed would prove a moment of profound … Continue reading Israeli politics is being dragged into the grubby realm of reality TV

Mutiny on the Sex Raft: how a ’70s science project descended into violent chaos

When Santiago Genovés set sail across the Atlantic with 10 attractive people, he didn’t foresee hurricanes, epiphanies and murderous scheming. Marcus Lindeen’s new film retells a remarkable saga by Stuart Jeffries Guardian Mon 14 Jan 2019 ‘A floating Love Island’ … the Acali raft, which sailed the Atlantic in 1973 in a social experiment devised by anthropologist … Continue reading Mutiny on the Sex Raft: how a ’70s science project descended into violent chaos

4 Reasons Corporate Media Refuse to Talk About What Matters

  by Thom Hartmann  Independent Media Institute Jan 10, 2018 The media were all over Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for recently calling Donald Trump a “motherfucker” in the context of wanting to impeach him. It got lots and lots of coverage, over a period of several days, while the really big work the Democrats were doing in the … Continue reading 4 Reasons Corporate Media Refuse to Talk About What Matters

Privacy Settings

Today, we are watched as never before, through surreptitious governmental data collection and through corporate profiles of our desires and habits. Yet we also divulge private matters aggressively, seeking freedom through publicity. by Daniel Immerwahr Dissent Fall 2018 In August 1939, the photographer Dorothea Lange, on assignment for the government, came across a couple in West Stayton, Oregon, … Continue reading Privacy Settings

Trump Hires Blonde Fox News Babe as New United Nations Ambassador (Echochamber Friday)

Make sure we don’t become frogs in a well. Welcome to Echochamber Friday. It's one of the cookie cutter Stepfox Wives in the header image. What's-her-talking-head. Not sure it matters which one. Real Clear Politics Dec 7, 2018 Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the … Continue reading Trump Hires Blonde Fox News Babe as New United Nations Ambassador (Echochamber Friday)

The vapid trickle-down culture of the plutocracy could be the end of us all

“Generation Wealth” documentarian Lauren Greenfield on how the rich are destroying civilization KEITH A. SPENCER interviews Lauren Greenfield Original Thinkers Dec 2, 2018 It is ironic as the gulf between rich and poor reaches record levels, the language of the underclass becomes infected with the culture and mores of the rich. Twenty years ago, English began to absorb and normalize verbal markers of wealth, consumption, and … Continue reading The vapid trickle-down culture of the plutocracy could be the end of us all

CNN and Trump are in a Codependent Relationship

by Michael Massing New York Review of Books Nov 9, 2018 At nearly every Trump rally prior to the midterm elections, the chant went up: “CNN sucks.” To journalists, the cry had an ominous ring, amplified as it was by Trump’s repeated references to fake news and his description of journalists as the enemy of the … Continue reading CNN and Trump are in a Codependent Relationship