Archive for March, 2011

A Generation Drowning in Information, Yet Still Thirsty For Knowledge

Posted in Uncategorized on 2011/03/26 by youngwonder

 

This is the information age. In this day and age any piece of information on any topic you could possibly think of is literally sitting at your fingertips. So why does it seem like ignorance is at an all time high in our society. It’s almost like the more information we have access to, the less we know. A catch 22 indeed.

I bring this up because of a discussion some friends and I have been having on gmail about the war in Libya. I (being the contrarian that I am) am on the complete opposite side of my liberal mates who are in support of the war. The argument pretty much goes like this: They say ‘Gaddafi is/was targeting protesters so the US is right for intervening’. I say ‘How do you know that Gaddafi is/was targeting protesters, there is no evidence that suggests this’. I then get a link to an article such as this which then “proves” their point that Gaddafi is in fact killing civilians.

I am a skeptic by design so I am going to look at this article critically and tell you why this is hack journalism (not that hack journalism isnt prevalent in the whole of the main stream media, MSM from now on).

Relevant quote from the article:

“The situation here is very bad. Tanks started shelling the town this morning,” a resident, called Mohammed, told Reuters by telephone from outside the city’s hospital, adding:

“Snipers are taking part in the operation too. A civilian car was destroyed killing four children on board, the oldest is aged 13 years.”

For me to say that this person is not credible enough of a  source for this to be your only source in the story seems painfully obvious to me. Its some guy who called Rueters, claimed to be ouside of the hospital and apparently has inside knowledge as to who was in this alleged exploded car and the ages of said explosion victims. Theres a possibility that the entire story was made up. The hospital was not called for the story. No attempt was made to contact family members to coroberate the story, no actual journalism was done.

It’s like if I called Reuters right now and said there is a UFO landing on my house right now and Reuters ran a headline the next day that read “UFO Lands on Man’s House”. That would be insanity and you wouldnt expect that type of journalism from such a “trusted” news organization. Ive seen this story re-reported in the Post, but the death toll from the car explosion was 6 and the source was a doctor at the hospital, supposedly.

Some of the things that bother me about this story specifically:

Nevermind the fact that the idea of a car carrying 4 or six children driving in the middle of a war zone seems fishy at best to me, nevermind the person propogating this has the motive and means to lie about the situation, the fact that this story has gained so much steam without a shred of evidence is what leads me to believe that its false. It runs lock step with what the Obama administration would have you believe about what going on in Libya. Where have we seen this type of behavior before?

Oh yea, it was 2003. In the run up to the Iraq war, if you will recall, Bush’ administration came with a media blitz. Chart after chart, graph after graph, UN hearing after UN hearing, we were told that Sadam Hussein had WMD’s, yellow cake uranium, and all other types of shit that could harm US citizens. The media got this information, did no research into its validity and ran wild with it. Why? Because believe it or not, the MSM feeds off of public panic. Its the lifeblood of the industry. The more people are scared, the more they look to CNN, Wapo, NY Times, Fox News for answers. Its whats good for business.When It turned out that the information was incorrect and that the MSM hadn’t done their jobs, their reaction was simply ‘Whoops, Mulligan’.

To the public that recent history seems like a lifetime ago. But it wasn’t. In fact the coalition (coalition of the willing, right) invaded Libya almost 8 years to the day that they invaded Iraq. It wasn’t that long ago, but the lessons that we should have learned have been long forgotten. President Obama has a speech planned for Monday concerning Libya that I am sure  all of the MSM networks will be televising. After you watch the speech, I urge you to turn off your set or change the channel . Don’t listen to to the recap. Let what he said sink into your brain. Think critically on your own about what he said and how you feel about it. We are told what the news is then told how to feel about the news; just a herd moving along. But how do you feel about the situation. Even if you don’t come to the same conclusion as I did, the fact that you thought critically on your own is a step towards breaking the hold that the MSM has on our society. We dont have any excuses. All of the knowledge we need is within our reach, drink from the trough. Free your mind.

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Think Twice Before Giving Aid to Japan

Posted in Political with tags , , , , on 2011/03/15 by youngwonder

Its once again time to put on your tin-foil hats with your favorite contrarian. Me. The inspiration for this post came to me yesterday while I was watching 106 and Park (by watch I mean had it on while I was surfing the net and watching two other programs, its 2011, a man like myself must multitask my entertainment).

They had just finished playing the new Dr. Dre and Eminem song, when Terrence made some stupid joke about Dre being ripped in the video. The girl with no personality who co-hosts (is her name lisa?) interrupts him and lets the audience know that the fuel rods in the earthquake damaged Japanese nuclear reactor might explode. She then follows up by saying if you want to donate go to Care.org, because we know you care, or something, then go to this website. This caused me to pause because I had seen this before.

Remember during the crisis in Haiti, it seemed like every channel (something like 80% of the channels on tv are owned by like 3 companies so thats not a surprise) had a way for you to simply text a number and 5 dollars would be sent to an aid-organization that you had never heard of, Yele (?), and some you had heard of, Red Cross (the worst of the worst). Im sure it felt very American to be able to help by literally only lifting a finger to do so. Conscious cleared, back to the conflict diamonds on 106 and Park.

Then we had our own impartial media (ha!) patting us on the back for all the great charity work we were doing. Meanwhile the heads of Red Cross Organizations were being indicted on embezzlement charges in cases that spanned from Orange County to Sweeden

Then it  starts coming out in report, after report, after report, after report, that all of your funds are not going to the impovrished people of Haiti. It turns out that being in the charity relief industry is actually big business (shocking I know). Some of the members of the Red Cross board of Directors (8 of whom are appointed by the United States governemnt)

  • Gail J. McGovern, the President/CEO of the American Red Cross, also holds a Top managing Position at AT&T (lucrative telecom contracts because of Hatian Americans wanting to call home)
  • Paula E. Boggs, Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Starbucks Coffee Company, is also on the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the American Red Cross (guess what Haiti’s number one export is)
  • Steve Wunning the Vice Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee and member of the Compensation and Management Development Committee of the American Red Cross. Also Group President of Catepillar Inc. (A heavy machinery and construction equipment company that stands to profit handsomely from our donations)
  • The company pharmacuetical company Merck has been handling the AIDS vaccinations and other medical needs of the people or Haiti. Allan Goldberg, The Chair for the QRC Subcommittee and member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee for the American Red Cross is the Executive Director at Merck and Co.*(source)

The list goes on and on and on. My point is this, donating to relief efforts around the world is a good thing, but just make sure you know who you are donating to. Make sure you are comfortable with where your money is going, because if its not reaching the people you intended it to, then you are really just donating to make yourself feel better and not really for the purpose of helping those that need it.

Barack Obama Going Back on Another Campaign Promise: And Why You Should Expect More Of the Same

Posted in Political with tags , , , , on 2011/03/08 by youngwonder

Two sides, same coin

Readers of my blog know that I am very critical of President Barack Obama. I’ve said for months that his handling of the financial crisis (the 700 billion dollar bailout) which is still fucking us; his prosecution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (the only reason why we are escalating in Afghanistan probably has something to do with Pakistan); and his use of unmanned drone attacks abroad (this deserves an entire blog post in and of itself) all seem very Bush-like to me. My liberal friends tend to think I am overreacting when I say that George Bush and Barack Obama are playing for the same team, but I believe the proof is in the pudding and the last two years under Obama are only a foreshadowing of all the bullshit we are about to go through as a nation. The latest example of the extension of the Obama/Bush doctrine was the news today that President Obama was “creating an indefinite detention system” at the secret military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Ill goahead and repeat that for posterity’s sake. He is using his executive power to create a system of indefinite detention at our (and by our I mean the US’) very secret and very unconstitutional secret prison that is located in a “hostile” country.

Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the order vindicated Obama’s predecessor. “I commend the Obama Administration for issuing this Executive Order,” he said in a statement. “The bottom line is that it affirms the Bush Administration policy that our government has the right to detain dangerous terrorists until the cessation of hostilities.”

Republicans will tell you that this is an affirmation of the Bush doctrine. Bush/Cheney/Rove continually say that history will prove them right on their foreign policy stances. Based on the comment section trolls (no Charlie Sheen) in the Washington Post article, this seems to be the interpretation of events by the political right. Obama has realized that governing a country isn’t all roses and negotiations, sometimes the executive has to move unilaterally. We are, after all living, in a post-9/11 world that blah blah blah blah blah….. This coming from the supposed small-government political side of the same coin, I mean spectrum.

Democrats will feel betrayed because this was one of the main sticking points in their hatred of Dubya. They accused Bush of rolling back our liberties with the Patriot Act and acting against the will of the people in opening and maintaining a secret prison not under the jurisdiction of United States laws. They (formally we) were right. Bush was absolutely destroying our freedoms right in front of us all the while setting us on a precarious slope in terms of domestic surveillance (Patriot Act). Since all of our information is on the web these days anyway via Facebook, Twitter, Google, our smartphones etc etc we were right to be alarmed.

But much like his predecessor the reason why Obama was picked is because he is the kool-aid (is that racist?) that allows us to swallow these bitter pills. Liberals, like the conservatives before them, will not only trust a President who they think is fighting for them, but will also make excuses for that President when it is clear he is not working in their best interests. If it were Obama that had signed the Patriot Act, something that would be typical in the view of a conservative who believes liberals are big government, there would have been riots in the streets. But since the man implementing the new laws was “on their side” then it was defended rather foolishly by the political right. Not to be outdone in terms of the herd mentality, when its liberals turn to raise hell about the government fucking the people, they are eerily silent.

It takes a strong and mature political audience to admit that it was wrong when it comes to a leader in whom they have invested so much hope. But liberals, its time to wake up and smell the roses. Obama doesn’t work for you. You knew that Bush wasn’t working for you, why is it so impossible to think that Obama is the same way? The proof is in his policies!

I will absolutely be watching the Daily Show tonight to see what John Stewart thinks of this situation. Chances are he plays a bunch of clips where Obama vows to close Gitmo, then plays a clip of today’s announcement makes a few jokes, calls it dissapointing and moves on. I personally think he should be raising a stark alarm, but hey, as I said, liberals tend to think I overreact.

“And though it seems heaven sent/ We aint ready to have a black President”