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2012 was a record-breaking year for propaganda and outright lies - all of it green-lighted by the  Villager media whores. Low information voters can be excused for being confused about the situation, thanks to Romney's campaign of lies. We were lucky to escape the year with our democracy still breathing, just barely. Currently, we sit in a bubble of calm. Post-election, post-fiscal curb, pre-debt-ceiling.

This unnatural calm is partly due to the complete failure of all the GOP propaganda themes, partly due to polls showing the GOP losing ground faster than ever. But, the GOP can always count on the corporate media for distraction and evasion as soon as anything needs to happen.

So, before the media tries to dump us into the next phony, lying election cycle or manufactured fiscal crisis, can we simply acknowledge where the real world is? As opposed to wailing against the BS world brought to us by our corporate media.

Can we just have a minute of truth here before the lie machine starts up again?

TRUTH #1: None of the major issues majorities of Americans voted for in 2008 have been resolved as voters wanted. (You know, like in a democracy.)

A. Prosecute Wall St. - NO. No one prosecuted. AG Holder spent more time fighting Medical Marijuana than he did prosecuting the financial pirates. Last month, AIG had the balls to threaten to sue the government. It took Elizabeth Warren to settle their hash. But, the media? They were hardly screaming for the head of AIG.

As for prosecutions for fraudulent mortgages and other nakedly criminal behavior? Nada, zip, zilch. Oh, unless you count the slap-on-the-wrist fine HSBC got for laundering drug money. Medical MJ, bad. Drug money laundering, meh.

B. Reduce the defense budget - NO. It has gone up and up. We still spend more than the rest of the world combined. We spend more than when Obama took office. The Pentagon cannot account for trillions of dollars, but no problem. We are building massive internet-hoovering data center in Utah to "fight terrorism" - yeah, if your definition of terrorism is anything an American does that our corporate overlords don't like.

C. Tax the rich - One had gives, the other takes away. Yes, we finally increased the marginal tax rate above $400k; but we also lowered the estate tax. Net, net, the middle class lost ground. Hedge fund managers continue to pay less than workers.

TRUTH #2: Climate change is out of control; and the US hasn't done squat.

Yes, I know it was mentioned in the inaugural speech. (wow.) But it wasn't mentioned in any campaign debate.  The US did nothing but obstruct in the latest climate talks. We continue to promote fracking, and the media continues to ignore the pollution, earthquakes, and unsustainable diversion of water in a drought caused by this environment-wrecking technology.

TRUTH #3: There are more people alive than the planet can sustain.

Overpopulation is stripping the planet bare. Fisheries destroyed by over-fishing. Land desertified by bringing marginal lands into agricultural production (ala the Dust Bowl). Overpopulation also contributes to climate change by its demand for more resources than the planet can provide.

TRUTH #4: The War on Women is increasing

If they are going to ignore overpopulation, its hardly surprising that  the media cannot connect the dots that fundamentalist forced-birtherism will make things worse. Not to mention the fact that it reduces women to child-bearing chattel. Not to mention the ludicrous assertion that corporations can have religious beliefs.

But this is all part of the media war on common sense and American history.

TRUTH #5: Neoliberalism is the most powerful machinery for looting ever invented.

Despite the fact that Social Security is self-funding and we have been over-paying into it to cover the baby boomers since 1985, somehow it is Social Security that will be cut, Social Security that is the problem - according to the neoliberal ideologues to whom the corporate media gives the vast majority of face-time.

Despite the fact that "austerity" has failed every single time it has been tried (Pinochet's Chile, Greece, Ireland, the UK), austerity is the corporate media's "go to" meme for solving our problems. Of course, austerity is the neoliberal prescription for whatever ails an economy. Like "a course of leeches" was the quack prescription for any ailment in the Middle Ages.

Despite the fact that neoliberal economists have been wrong over and over, not only does the corporate media cover their asses; it doesn't even let the masses know that neoliberalism is but one brand (and a failed one at that) of economics. It never talks about Keynesianism, except to slam it as some kind of free lunch.

TRUTH #6: We spend most of our money on military, police, and prisons.

As mentioned above, the Pentagon budget (and the black ops budget, and the intelligence budget, and the VA budget) continue to grow, while we cut back on vital social services and infrastructure investment. Even the US military has said that the excessive military spending is not in the national interest, but what do they know?

The War on Drugs is an abject failure, disavowed by half the nations in Latin America. We have more people in jail for marijuana possession than for real crimes. State after state votes for legalization. Yet we continue to push this failed policy; and the corporate media continues to shill for it.

We have more prisoners, by absolute numbers and percentage, than any other country in the world. And, we continue to privatize this cruel, unfair system for the profit of amoral crooks.

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So, at least I have mentioned some truths that the corporate propaganda machine would rather not have spoken. But, in the end, unless we get rid of the corporate media, ignore it, defund it, somehow make it powerless, we are doomed as a democracy.

The corporate media brazenly lies about obvious truths. The corporate media is nakedly pro-neoliberal. The corporate media pretends that fundamentalist power grabs are debatable issues of religious freedom. The corporate media never met a war or a tough cop it didn't love. The corporate media actively dumbs down the population, reducing complex issues to simple-minded and false black-and-white dichotomies.

If, after 2012, we cannot generate an alternative to the corporate media, it is over. Because they will just ramp up the lying, the disinformation, the cheerleading for failed, doomed, and criminal policies.

That's all I've got. I know its not enough.

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  •  Do not confuse (1+ / 0-)
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    efrenzy

    What a majority of voters want with what a majority of DKos denizens want. Not one in the same.

    Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

    by jsfox on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:53:54 PM PST

  •  Rec'd for Overpopulation Mention Alone (9+ / 0-)

    At the moment, human overpopulation is just as dire not only for civilization but for biodiversity (it has already caused a massive number of extinctions) as climate change.  It is an emergency issue, not something unpleasant that exacerbates poverty.  

    Maybe it doesn't seem that way in Montana, but in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, it is obvious that there are simply too many freaking people.  There is no room for tigers and lemurs and other charismatic species to continue to exist as Madagascar and China and Vietnam are paved.  It's the reason why China's polluted its air so bad that the air kills people for hundreds and thousands of miles.

    It must be included overtly with every consideration as to climate change because it is inseparable from environmental degradation.

    Governments care only as much as their citizens force them to care. Nothing changes unless we change -- George Monbiot.

    by Nulwee on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:57:51 PM PST

  •  It's the 1st Amendment That's Broken Which is Why (13+ / 0-)

    we find that we need to invent an entirely alternative communication system to the mainstream one the Framers assumed society would inherently provide if only government were prevented from regulating, checking or balancing the activity.

    What's broken is 1st Amendment Press Freedom: the concept works oppositely to what was intended and has been used to defraud the people into unjust wars, to throw elections and trials, and defraud the people economically ever since it was written down. It does not produce or foster the journalistic press the Framers all knew is required for our system to be a government of and for the people.

    What do we need? I have little idea, except to observe what everyone else sees, that our present situation of corporations possessing their own Constitutional freedom from obligation will overwhelmingly promote their own interests over, and often against, those of the people and society.

    So giving any type of corporation a fundamental human right is even more dangerous than the next amendment's fabrication of a fundamental human right to bear lethal weapons. The right to bear arms at worst threatens individuals, at a rate of 10's per day across the country. But the right of global corporations to disinform the people is the kind of power that destroys nations and civilizations.

    I suspect what we need is to start by working out the information and communication activities needed to make a global superpower democracy beneficial to its people and to humanity, and then engineer a government relationship to information and communication that will create and protect that relationship.

    What that would be I couldn't guess now, but I can guarantee that it will not be any simplistic, 4 word sound byte like "freedom ... of the press."

    I think what we need is more revolutionary than the entire rest of our Constitutional system was in its time. And I'd bet serious money that a serious advance in this area of system design occurs somewhere else first.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:01:38 PM PST

    •  Great response... (5+ / 0-)
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      efrenzy, Pluto, blueoasis, radarlady, boudi08

      I wish I had time to respond in the detail it deserves.

      But, yes, we need new rules to protect the distribution of the honest facts necessary for citizens to play their role in a democracy.

      What we have now is completely broken and anti-functional. It is nothing more than a propaganda apparatus for corporate feudalism.

    •  Obama has (1+ / 0-)
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      an approach  that works extremely well.  He contrasts his values with Romney's at every opportunity.  He often says things like well I've give up a little on Medicare if you're forcing me to just to compromise and every time he says that Democrats scream but look at the effect such language has on an independent voter who doesn't want to give up their Medicare.  They finally figure out that Republicans don't want them to have Medicare and if you look at the poll numbers it's working brilliantly.  Obama gives in in 2011 on tax cuts for the wealthy and everyone including independents understand Republicans want tax cuts for the wealthy.  Well most independent voters don't want that.  I swear if Hillary runs and uses that strategy and the Republicans keep falling for it, the Republicans are going to become a forgotten memory.

      In particular, Obama pins them to an unpopular position and then exposes the values behind that position.

      Aloso, if you teach everyone not to fall for the persuasion tricks and there really not that many and you teach people a little informal logic, the propaganda will fail.  Every form of propaganda has a corresponding violation of informal logic.  

      There are only 400 billionaires that have more wealth than 150 million.  If every Democratic person teaches the principle to two independent voters they will begin to see through the propaganda.  Obama has been a very good anti-propaganda educator.

    •  This is stunningly put: (1+ / 0-)
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      The right to bear arms at worst threatens individuals, at a rate of 10's per day across the country. But the right of global corporations to disinform the people is the kind of power that destroys nations and civilizations.
      This certainly ranks as one of the clearest summaries of our dilemma I have read!
  •  Just looking at the bolded statements: (7+ / 0-)

    Is any of this even slightly controversial? Is there any doubt or confusion about the absolute veracity of those statements?

    Nice job arranging it just so!

    (In the last statement, military should really be "defense" to make it undeniable.)



    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:02:24 PM PST

  •  The whole thing is top-notch, (8+ / 0-)

    but the 2nd to last paragraph is pure gold platinum.

    The corporate media brazenly lies about obvious truths. The corporate media is nakedly pro-neoliberal. The corporate media pretends that fundamentalist power grabs are debatable issues of religious freedom. The corporate media never met a war or a tough cop it didn't love. The corporate media actively dumbs down the population, reducing complex issues to simple-minded and false black-and-white dichotomies.
    Of ratings and ruthlessness...

    T&R

    "My God, it's full of stars"

    by Hammerhand on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:12:27 PM PST

    •  They own it, they do what they want: (6+ / 0-)

      From Paul Blumenthal..paulblumenthal@huffingtonpost.com

      "According to a review of tax documents from 2007 through 2011, Peterson has personally contributed at least $458 million to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation to cast Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and government spending as in a state of crisis, in desperate need of dramatic cuts."
      That's "at least".

      According to the capitalist bible, Forbes:

      "By sitting on their growing investments, the richest five Americans made almost $7 billion each in one year. That's $3,500,000.00 per hour."

      That's more in one hour than 99% will earn in a lifetime.
      Repeat, more in one hour than most will earn in forty years of going to work every day for their entire lives.

  •  The US is not perfect, but it's far better than... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...any other nation.

    TRUTH #1:
    A.  Materially Correct.  What did Joel Klein of Time say about Steven Rattner...

    http://dealbook.nytimes.com/...

    “I know Steve pretty well; I’ve had dinner at his house; we’ve had good conversations; our kids have played together. He also is lucky that he’s not going to jail.”

    B.  Correct.  And according to the deal the Dems were ready to cut about two months ago, the defense budget would have been cut 100B over the next decade.  Sequestration calls for 500B in cuts over the same time period.

    C.  We need a graduated tax on Wealth.

    TRUTH #2:
    US per/capita emissions are down 5% since 1990.  During that same time period, certain Asian countries have seen per/capita emissions increase by 300%.

    Aggregate US emissions are up about 5% since 1990.

    Thanks to Dem policies, the US has done more than its fair share to mitigate carbon emissions.

    TRUTH #3:

    http://www.csiro.au/...

    The global challenge

    The global challenge will be to increase food production through raising agricultural productivity efficiently, whilst decreasing our environmental footprint.

    Since the middle of the 20th century, global agricultural output has more than kept pace with a rapidly growing population. Between 1961 and 2008, the world’s population increased by 117 per cent whereas crop production rose by 179 per cent.

    TRUTH #4:
    Correct

    TRUTH #5:
    Correct.  Although the corporate media in the USA is far more centrist than the media in Mexico.

    In Mexico, a country with no capital gains or dividend taxes, any politician that asks for the wealthy to pay their fair share is immediately branded as a Marxista by Televisa, whose news operations have 70% market share.

    TRUTH #6:
    Correct.  Spending on prisons in California and other states is crowding out investment in more necessary social programs.

    Special-needs and psychiatric investment comes to mind.  Of course, those two constituencies are not as well organized as the prison complex.
    ..

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

    by PatriciaVa on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:49:13 PM PST

    •  Your response to Truth #3 omits the long-term... (3+ / 0-)
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      destruction of environment that is already lowering output.

      We are depleting the Ogala Aquifer at a significant rate, and will run it dry within a decade. The Central Valley of California is salting out, and will experience a massive drop in productivity soon. We have overfished so many species that catches in some places (e.g., Georges Bank) are 1% of what they were 50 years ago, and even massive bans on fishing have not revived them.

      Quoting current production numbers hides the fact that we are burning irreplacable environmental capital for short-term fixes.

      •  Not to mention herbicide-resistant weeds, (3+ / 0-)
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        insecticide resistant crop pests, bees dead as an unintended (and still denied) side-effect from neonicotinoid insecticides.

        No, you have to ignore the long-term to pretend that we haven't overshot the carrying capacity of the planet already, that we are not chewing the bark off the trees in a last desperate attempt to avoid die-back.

        But of course the whole job of the corporate media is to focus on the short term while denying the long term screwing over we are all getting from the 1%.

  •  Most of these are your opinions, not truths. (0+ / 0-)
  •  And soon, Drones in the sky over all US cities, & (2+ / 0-)
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    cameras and microphones in our TV's (yes, they're really working on that).

    Right now, everybody has EDR's & GPS factory installed in their cars, and cameras have been installed at most intersections in every country around the world (and cameras soon to be installed in every automobile).

    The Police State of Total Information Awareness is upon us.

    .
    Operation Northwoods: The 9/11 You Never Knew

  •  The truth was never here (1+ / 0-)
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    "We the people" was always a lie.

  •  The planet *can* sustain all seven billion (0+ / 0-)

    of us; we just have to use, and waste, less resources. Less fossil fuels. Less food. Less fresh water. Etc.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:41:42 AM PST

    •  And we can eliminate poverty, but we won't (2+ / 0-)
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      CFAmick, Pluto

      We will go over the environmental cliff because rich assholes pay corporate media whores to tell us that the status quo will continue to work:

      Pay no attention to  those super-storms, unprecedented heatwaves, massive droughts. We won't; and neither should you.
      The truth is that the current way of doing things is not sustainable; and you will not hear that from the corporate media.

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