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  •  According to many, even in this community... (29+ / 0-)

    ...what's happening to free speech...not to mention privacy, and our government's trampling of a bunch of other, supposedly, Constitutionally-protected rights (as we blog), all in the name of "fighting terrorism,"is just fine.

    This is all happening very, very quickly. (And, obviously) BLINDINGLY SO.

    Pretty soon, if we haven't already arrived at that point, there will be more people on our government's "terrorism lists" than there are people incarcerated in our prisons.

    It's tremendously sad to say this, but this isn't even close to hyperbole. It is our reality.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 08:39:03 AM PDT

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    •  I know this goes against CW but (24+ / 0-)

      I have come away thinking that the vast majority here are extremely concerned, to the extent there is a vocal minority - well, there always will be.

      Regardless, of what my impressions as to the overall feel, the issues are the most important of our time and they are all connected.

      The breadth of power lined up against the regular person is breathtaking. It is found in the economic austerity policies which keep people out of work or happy to have shit for jobs. It is found in the sheer vulgarity of recording absolutely everything about us stored in electrons to be used however the future decides. And also found in the ruthless use of moneyed power to overcome any sensible look at what oil is doing to our world and our society.

      They are different symptoms of the same disease, imperialistic forces lined up against the interests of the people of this country.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

      by 4CasandChlo on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 09:26:49 AM PDT

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    •  I think we can also say that at this point (3+ / 0-)
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      educating people who only get their news from the trad media, will be almost impossible. The trad media has inoculated people from ever realizing the truth. It has done so by the slanted way it portrays events and happening and people caught up in those events. Weather folks never acknowledge global warming. The ads are in stark contrast written by pr folks to soothe people about any hint of stain on a company's escutcheon and assure people that Exxon is truly looking out for the interests of the planet and all the people on it.

      We've even had people gush over Cheney coming out of the woodwork protecting his handiwork ON THIS SITE!

      American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

      by glitterscale on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 05:42:23 PM PDT

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      •  I Don't Understand Your Last Sentence /nt (0+ / 0-)
        •  In one thread, and I don't remember which (1+ / 0-)
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          one there was a discussion about Cheney branding Snowden a traitor because the latter mentioned hacking China's database. Now I don't know 1) what Cheney said, only got hearsay (I couldn't stand to listen to him at all) and 2) I don't know what Snowden said and that too, to me was hearsay.

          However two commenters were commenting that Cheney had the right of it. Now Cheney calling somebody else a traitor is not news, not new news and certainly not even worthy of news.  But the trad media was treating it as such. And so some of our own dKosians lapped it up as if it were cream and not sour milk.

          American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

          by glitterscale on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 09:00:22 AM PDT

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