Honduras, even deeper into the depths

2017-12-24

Those Presidential elections in Honduras of 26Nov17. Were there to be any recount, the robbery would be exposed. Were there to be new elections, there would again have to be robbery to achieve ‘the Northern’ result.

How bad is it? Well, when even The Economist, well-established clarion for Western capitalism, calls out the farce that has been played out in Honduras, a ludicrous farce masquerading as ‘elections’, we know something is awry. We start off with this headline, Is Honduras’s ruling party planning to rig an election?Is Honduras’s ruling party planning to rig an election?, which sets the stage for the predictable dénouement. Read the rest of this entry »

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US MSM, and a YouTuber’s opprobrium

2017-12-11

For corporate MSM, truly Annus Horriblis. Very likely, Annus Fatalis. For media and legal analyst Lionel, the end could not come sooner. He holds forth on the faulty recollections of the ‘golden era’ of US journalism, an era that was as fake as the ‘news’ being peddled. Lionel tells it in his own irascible yet incisive style,   American News Media Were Never Great Just Better Than The Rancid Egesta We’ve Habituated To

As the saying goes, ‘The genie is out of the bottle’, and ain’t going back in. Alternative media are here, with credibility that has started to eclipse the diminishing, the fading lustre of ‘traditional media’. And in time.

The US MSM, that inexorable march to irrelevance

2017-12-10

Prof Edward S Herman passed away in early November. Among his memorable achievements was his joint authorship with Noam Chomsky of that unsparing work of 2005, Manufacturing Consent. In it we would learn the extent to which the corporate media have been in active collusion with state power to sell a reality, no matter how preposterous, concocted to promote its agenda, an agenda inimical to the interests of the general populace, and not just domestic. Read the rest of this entry »

‘…and the weak suffer what they must’?

2017-11-25

If we recall that oft-quoted observation attributed to Thucydides, ‘The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must’, the question arises whether that is the ‘natural order’ or whether ‘the weak’, in their increasing abundance in the midst of a surge in obscene wealth, are distracted into acquiescence or indifference. Curiously, that strategy of distraction seems to work mainly in the ‘advanced countries’ – aside the indigenous. Read the rest of this entry »

US Thanksgiving, debunking the myth

2017-11-23

Shop till you drop! Black Friday! On the last Thursday in November the US celebrates its Thanksgiving. This farcical yarn cleansed of its bloody origins, sanitised, has been spun for generations of US children who, as parents should be better informed and more responsible, would then continue to perpetuate the myth – not quite using the day for  un-programmed socialising, truly celebrating life among family and friends and even welcomed strangers. Read the rest of this entry »

Economics, and without that cash outlay

2017-09-13

Never too late to learn. And gain insights into matters that affect one’s daily life, and be better equipped to make more prudent decisions. Economics is one such discipline.

A recent post, A new paradigm for the introductory course in economics, at Vox has Profs Samuel Bowles and Wendy Carlin introducing a new interactive approach to studying, understanding and applying economics.

The course in economics, CORE Econ, is conducted through registration and an e-book, The Economy.

John Cassidy of the New Yorker did explore the e-book and did give his seal of approval. One observation in his post, A New Way to Learn Economics,

But the CORE material isn’t just for incoming students. It will also reward the attention of general readers and people who think they are already reasonably conversant with economics…

Of note is that the CORE Econ programme is a collaborative effort of a team of economists. The cost of the course? Zero. And the rewards? Judge for yourself.

‘Make the economy scream!’

2017-08-31

That immortal statement by the US President Nixon. Back then the intended target was President Salvador Allende of Chile and his government. Unsurprisingly, in today’s environment the corporate MSM is more assiduous in studious avoidance of any mention of that event. Or any similar ones. But thanks to the internet and YouTube – so far – there is easy access to such sordid events and history. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporate MSM and the grab for Venezuela’s resources

2017-08-27

The role of corporate media in promoting the conquest and submission of non-compliant nation-states has never been more evident. Indeed, they no longer see the need to feign adherence to any semblance of standards of journalism, especially in the case of a country rich in resources that considers its resources the patrimony of all its citizens. Read the rest of this entry »

Venezuela, now, like Puerto Rico, US colony?

2017-07-30

Operation Condor, this time Condor 2.0 and in full flight?

Those continuing, mob-instigated violent confrontations in a Venezuela beset by a severe economic crisis have made a bad situation worse. Not only that, to confirm any lingering doubts comes an official US statement of intention to depose a democratically-elected sovereign government; and for impeccable timing that statement comes just a month or so after release of a report on the affair in Iran in 1953, and with a sundered and tragic Libya (strong language alert) still fresh in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

At the guarimbas, democracy blazes

2017-07-30

Or where responsible journalism is again abandoned to promote an agenda, and where it becomes no more than full-throated propaganda to support ‘régime change’ – the overthrow of yet another ‘insubordinate’ sovereign nation-state, one with massive reserves of hydrocarbons. Read the rest of this entry »