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Keeping with my last post’s theme (whining about contemporary entertainment and its flaws), I thought I’d rant a bit about the absence of “good” propaganda in today’s movie. Why is it that whenever a politician or some faction of pop culture tells a lie, the lie seems to be told for the sole purpose of empowering all-powerful institutions such as the government or the major corporations that subsidize it. Such propaganda is abundantly observable in our society, but this form of lying is only deemed newsworthy if some audacious individual speaks out against it (at which point he is demonized and dubbed unpatriotic. (more…)

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I don’t watch much TV these days due to the growing disparity between my interests and the tastes of the average American TV viewer. But there was a show scheduled for this fall that I was actually pretty excited about. “New Amsterdam” was a one-hour show about the people who settled New York City prior to the British arrival on the island, and it was scheduled to premier on Fox this fall. (more…)

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(This blog entry was adapted from a comment I left in a debate triggered by criminyjicket’s blog entry about Bill O’Reilly’s sandbagging of Ron Paul. If you’re looking for intelligent dialog with conservatives who transcend the “jesus Hates Fags” Right and the “nuke everyone who’s skin is darker than my refrigerator” crowd, CJ’s blog is the place to find it).

closed-mind.jpgWhy do so few anti-war people acknowledge that Islamic terrorists are dangerous and crazy? Why do so few pro-war people acknowledge that the U.S. govt. is corrupt, the U.S. news media are corrupt, and most American corporations (i.e., Halliburton) are corrupt?

As terrorists become crazier and more dangerous, the corrupt powers that be in the U.S. make more money. Why? Because Americans are afraid, and thus we support sending our poor to die in lucrative circle-jerk wars? (more…)

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If not for the chronic background laugher and Chris Wallace’s pomposity, I could agree with those who called FoxNews’ “First in the Fall” presidential debate a “success.” In fact was pleasantly shocked by how much time Fox gave to Ron Paul, especially compared to CNN’s shameful blackouts of Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel.

But by the end of the debate my patience had worn thin for Chris Wallace and his thoroughly rehearsed (yet still unfunny) pot shots at Paul. I was simultaneously disgusted by and embarrassed for Wallace. The one thing more annoying than Sean Hannity is watching the Chris Wallaces of the world obsessively imitate him.

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