Friday, March 27, 2015
OWS: NATO can’t feed poor, Chicago, Roseanne/Jill Stein
Occupy Wall Street continues to do much more than the corporate media is reporting on and when the corporate media does report on it they often distort things so it is advisable to gather information from a variety of alternative news outlets which you can find on your own or if it helps I’m creating my own list of alternative news sources which you’re welcome to use; it’s on a Wiki so if you have your own suggestions for alternative news outlets that would be welcome as well. Recent news stories include information about arrests that have been misrepresented in the corporate press and used to distract from more important issues, as usual; the financing of wars based on lies while people starve; and the corporate press including CNN seems to be giving air time to the second place contender for the Green Party, while virtually ignoring the leading contender, Jill Stein, who clearly seems to have more grass roots support and a more serious campaign.
This is part of a semi-regular update of some of the latest stories from the Occupy Wall Street web page for additional details see previous post’s introduction to series.
There are many stories in the corporate media about the arrests that take place as usual however there is a very different version of events presented in the alternative media including an article from Russia that was pointed out by Dr. Stuart Bramhall as well as the articles on OWS. The corporate media would have us believe that these aren’t reliable sources; however they manage to address many important issues that the corporate media ignore. If the corporate media was so much more credible they wouldn’t be ignoring so many issues or dismissing them without addressing the details. Alternative news isn’t always a guarantee but when the corporate media ignores so many issues the odds are much better with them if people use their own discretion.
Sometimes I have to wonder whether this is a serious article or not; “impose a $2,000 fine on unpaid volunteers for sharing home-cooked food with the needy;” can this possibly be for real? I had to Google this one for at least a quick check on it and found that it has been reported widely by other Occupy web pages so it is getting a lot of attention. I didn’t find any rebuttal; however I still have to have my doubts because of the sheer stupidity of this story. It seems to me that if it was receiving so much attention and if this guy, Hank Rush, is legitimate and concerned about his reputation he would make an effort to correct it if it was misguided. With a relatively quick look I could find no such denial. Furthermore the behavior of the Republican Party is so absurd that this isn’t really so much, if any worse than some of the other things they’re coming up with, if you think about it.
It just might be for real; absurd and stupid as it sounds!
We have a few more news articles but first a word from our sponsor, who happens to be 78 days past due on their payments but I’m sure they’ll come through if they want me to maintain the quality of their ads.
The Occupy Movement isn’t necessarily a political party but they have a good point about the fact that when we relied on the Democratic Party to pick up on the issues they have fallen through for us. The reason for this is quite simple; the Democratic Party is part of the system that is essentially controlled by the corporations. They often try to give the public enough lip service to appease them and convince them they’re going to do the will of the people; however at the same time they’re collecting an enormous amount of money from the corporations and they demonstrate their true priorities with their actions.
As I have indicated before when I took a closer look at Jill Stein she has clearly indicated that she is much more sincere than those approved by the corporate establishment including the Mass Media. If there is a sincere candidate that deserves more attention than Jill Stein they’re probably listed on Project Vote Smart’s list of presidential candidates; however they probably don’t receive much if any attention from the corporate media.
This means that the public needs to take the initiative to find these things out for themselves.
Clearly the establishment can’t be trusted to do so; in fact at times I have even found that the quality of information at Project Vote Smart has deteriorated or the organizational skills got worse. For example when I just Googled it to retrieve this link it didn’t show up in the spot that it usually did; since I knew where to look it wasn’t hard for me to find it but others might not know to do so.
Project Vote Smart is still providing better information than the corporate media; but in the long term it will be necessary to find a way to hold them accountable or replace them with an organization that is more accountable.
The corporate media has once again demonstrated their bias and/or incompetence when they recently gave Roseanne Barr some air time without even mentioning Jill Stein much if at all on CNN yesterday, as well as on many other news stories that seemed to have appeared on CNN and other corporate news outlets, including a debate with Ted Nugent. Jill Stein is almost certainly going to receive the Green party nomination; yet she has been ignored while Roseanne gets attention, presumably because she is a celebrity or some other reason that has nothing to do with giving fair amount of coverage to those that have grass roots support.
The fact that she has been able to get on the ballot in so many places and is virtually guaranteed to get the nomination without much if any coverage from the traditional media clearly should indicate that she has a lot of sincere grass roots support and this support is almost certainly much better informed about the public. Furthermore I suspect that once more people realize how much support she has been receiving with a virtual blackout from the corporate media I suspect it could snowball and she could do much better than many people suspect even winning!
This shouldn’t be considered out of the question simply because that is what the corporate media wants you to believe.
They asked Roseanne Barr the usual question about whether or not she will be a “spoiler” from Barack Obama, who works for the corporations in their usual attempt to make the current system seem acceptable and inevitable. Roseanne’s response indicated that she was clearly better than the corporate candidates; however after taking a little closer look I’m not so sure she is that much better or more serious.
The truth of the matter is that if anything either Barack Obama or Roseanne Barr should be the ones considered “spoilers” against more sincere candidates like Jill Stein.
A quick look at Roseanne Barr’s web page turned up this article about My response to Dr. Jill Stein’s thesis of the need for new US policy in the Middle East where she says, “Dr. Jill Stein demonstrates a firm grasp on the obvious, which is: that her opinions and solutions are based on failed status quo answers, have been in play for decades and do not work, and never will work.” If you look in the article she goes on with her policies but never provides a link to “Jill Stein’s thesis” or mentions any details that she is disputing.
Furthermore there are some things in that article that make me wonder whether her position should be taken serious at all. I have some legitimate concerns with Israel’s policy like many others but I’m not convinced that what Roseanne has to say will help things even if it does raise some legitimate issues it also potentially trades one extreme for another.
A relatively quick internet search turned up the following article that might be the “thesis” she is referring to:
Israel policy is a difficult one and part of the reason for that is due to the fact that few people with much if any political power are willing to listen to the other side; and people on both sides are pushing things to the extremes.
I’m not going to take the time to explain the full details, as far as I know them; however I suspect that many people may find that Jill Stein’s position on this is far more rational than either the positions of Roseanne Barr or the most powerful members of the Israeli Lobby and the leading politicians that cater to them.
This doesn’t guarantee that she’ll be able to solve the problem; however she has a far better chance than those that continue to pursue the policies that have repeatedly proven to be failures. In order for policy in the Mid-East to be successful both sides have to try to cooperate and they have to give the more moderate people much more chance to speak and get their views across.
I suspect that if this was allowed they would find that more people than they realize oppose the current policy despite the position of the hardliners that have the clout with the corporate media.
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