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  •  But what about Kate Middleton? (5+ / 0-)

    Obviously I'm being facetious.

    I couldn't help but wonder how much money the mainstream media allocated to send their "journalists" to England to stand in front of the hospital and report the minute-by-minute ridiculous minutia.  

    Airfare for a last-minute booking had to be astronomical, plus including the hotel stay.

    I'm sure someone has calculated this already but I haven't found it yet, the amount of segments/minutes spent on Kate on the two- to three-hour morning shows was incredible -- incredibly stupid, that is.

    Thank you, Jesselyn, for your tireless effort to report on what actually is important.  

    Our media is so, so disappointing and sad.

    •  Our traditional corporate media... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...made a call on what makes money (selling male enhancement pills, online trading software to people considered to be 'dead money' to the real pros, pills for depression which have symptoms that lead to wild side effects, pimping oil companies as good for the environment).

      This Kate Middleton thing is a real life soap opera, only this time they're not selling soap.

      And the media loves this because it keeps eyeballs on their meaningless coverage of nothing important. The Royal's pregnancy is another distraction set up to keep the people docile.

      A docile people won't notice the big target on their Social Safety Net--and they won't notice the pair of wealthy sociopaths leading the charge for that--Bowles & Simpson. A docile people won't notice Michael Bloomberg attempting to evict Occupy Sandy for the sin of helping the plebes and not being corporate.

      A docile people won't notice that the more and more they look around, the economy isn't close to being well again--and the corporatists are pushing for more austerity.

      A docile people won't notice the world's climate getting weirder, wilder, and more dangerous.

      A docile people can be easily convinced that Bradley Manning is a traitor and that he deserves everything coming to him. A docile people can be made to be believe that the Brits should raid Equador's embassy in London, drag Julian Assange over to the USA, and treat him the same, if even worse.

      The treatment of Bradley Manning is basically a bullying tactic.

      The Grand Bargain must be stopped at all costs to protect the 99%.

      by cybrestrike on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:17:59 AM PST

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      •  Chart: job loss relative to last employment peak (1+ / 0-)
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        the economy isn't close to being well again

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

        by lotlizard on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:10:57 AM PST

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      •  The British Supreme Court (0+ / 0-)

        ruled Assange must be surrendered to Sweden, not the US.  To stand trial for rape, not intelligence charges.  Which, BTW, are illegal to extradite for in Sweden.  Not to mention that the Swedish courts, the Swedish government, the British courts, the British government, and the European Court of Human Rights would all have to approve an extradition request.  And all are banned from extradition where the death penalty or human rights abuses or political prosecutions are possible.

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