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Things That Make You Go Hmmm - Such As Mass "Dumbing Down" Courtesy Of 24 Non-Stop "News" (And The Emergence Of Captain Obvious)

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Two days ago, we presented Dylan Grice's latest thoughts on the substantial futility of trading the news cycle. Yet as Grice readily pointed out, and as even Taleb would glumly admit, what humans lose in the noise factor by avoiding the constant blasting of news, they make up for in entertainment value. And therein lies the rub: more than anything, people (or at least the vast majority)want to be entertained, ostensibly even more than the desire to make money on actionable, and properly filtered, ideas. The human brain has gotten accustomed to an information barrage of 140 letter updates, often times on a second by second basis, which in turn has crippled the ability to filter out the important from the irrelevant. Grant Williams of "Things that make you go hmmm" takes the idea one step further, and makes the claim that ever since the emergence of the 24 Hour newscycle, from its inception by CNN (also known as the CNN Effect), and currently peaking with each and every major news network having its own business new channel, accompanied by dramatic "breaking news" music, the net effect has been the substantial stupefaction of the broader global population: "Somewhere between the early 1990s and today, however, the 24-hour news cycle has, in your humble scribe’s opinion at least, become largely responsible for the ‘dumbing-down’ of the masses." Elsewhere this is also known as the "keep your eyes off the ball" effect, so well manipulated by those in control to mask what is really important with the repeated blasting of that which is truly irrelevant. Yet in another example of self-referential, deprecating and allegoric prose fit for TS Eliot (who pushed the premise of contextual and voluntary hyperlinking 70 years before the invention of the Internet), Williams makes his piece "entertaining" by presenting that number one construct of modern media: Captain Obvious. "In the investment world, this tear in the headspace/time continuum has meant that investors are unable to focus on all the issues brought to their attention and consequently they tend to suffer bouts of panic or euphoria over a certain subject before being distracted by the next piece of  news and moving on (remember Fukushima? It’s still not completely under control in case you were wondering). This strange situation in turn led to the spectacular resurgence in recent years of a Superhero – a man who, for years, has been omniscient in playgrounds the world over but has now become a fixture in more adult environs. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Captain Obvious." In case it is not obvious where this is headed, read on...

Things that Make You Go Hmm (pdf)

Hmmm May 27 2011


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Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:31 | 1319258 Azannoth
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What is fed to  the masses via TV(these days) would insult an  intelligent monkey, I don't own nor watch TV for over 5 years

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:45 | 1319375 Taint Boil
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I have not watched TV in over two years. I have tried but just can’t make it past 2-3 minutes. What a sorry state the masses are in. Who in the hell watches that crap, even the news is nothing but a staged act. No real news just images and short comments because nobody would watch anything for more than 3 minutes if it didn’t have pictures, explosions, flashy celebrities etc.


The herd definitely needs to be culled. Not to worry Mother Nature and the basic laws of physics and biology will take care of that in time. We are only here (in these great numbers) because of cheap oil and energy. The oil age is only a tiny blip on the timeline of man existing here on Earth.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 16:57 | 1319737 Pegasus Muse
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Someone posted this the other day.

"Idiocracy" introduction - the future of human evolution

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 17:28 | 1319785 Conrad Murray
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Also worth a quick read is this Orwell vs Huxley comic strip

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 23:20 | 1320198 Quixotic_Not
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no natural predators to thin the herd...

Perhaps GS is doing god's work?!?

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:26 | 1319442 IQ 145
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 I've never owned a television; I was told my Harold W. Ickes, Jr., when I was 16 years old, that tv was for the ignorant masses. I regard the absense of mind poisoning and simple overload as crucial to my success in life. If you have one in your home and you're raising children, you're participating in a terrible crime.



Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:53 | 1319488 TempFlashback
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I couldn't agree more. If an adult wants to waste their life in front of the television, so be it. But, sitting a kid in front of the TV for hours on end should not be acceptable.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 22:06 | 1320140 Antidisestablis...
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I'm not quite as extremist as you; I own a television.  But I haven't watched it in nearly three years while paying for cable (go figure).  It might come in handy someday in a local or national emergency but first I will have to figure out how my remote works.  I consider a television screen conceptually the same thing as a sewage pipe that flows right into and through your living room.  If you want to know what we've lost in terms of political discourse just read the text of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, or read Coolidge's inaugural address.  The degree of debasement, greatly exacerbated by television, reminds me a lot of what has happened to our currency.

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 10:22 | 1320391 ColonelCooper
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"If you have one in your home and you're raising children, you're participating in a terrible crime."

Wrong.  You sir, in your pointy headed academic, oh so smart rush to judgement, forget one thing: I'm in charge at my house.  I have two children, and several TVs.  At this moment, with three out of four people up and about, they are all off.  They will likely be off all day.  They weren't on at all yesterday.  I do not remember about the day before.  Maybe, maybe not.  TV doesn't ruin children any more than guns kill people.  A TV is a monitor.  It only shows what you put on it.   

I will agree with you that 98% of programming is mind numbing sewage, but you're statement is a little over the top.  Just like your monniker.

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 11:03 | 1320532 gmrpeabody
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Sun, 05/29/2011 - 08:51 | 1320422 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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oh come on! sports are great!

luckily I can watch them for free via internet streaming

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:41 | 1319263 Alcoholic Nativ...
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Go away!  BAtin!

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 15:39 | 1319627 cosmictrainwreck
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watchin' "Ow! my balls"

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:43 | 1319268 disabledvet
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How does "all the information get factored in" yet "everyone is seemingly surprised when El Paso Energy spits itself in two the stock price goes up 5 percent in one day on the news?"  Anywho I've taken my cue from Victor Kruger of the tribe Kurgin ("forgive me, I am a worm") and "stayed an idiot" to the best of my ability.  I have taken to using sign language of late while speaking in simple sentences (i.e. "can you get me a coffee?" both spoken and signed--albeit my signing skills are rudimentary and offensive as well)...apparently my people think i do this "for added annoyance." actually i'm just trying to avoid the whole "look at me when i talk to you" moment though.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:50 | 1319287 Creepy Lurker
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LOL! I got a perfect visual on the rudimentary sign language. Maybe you should also talk very slowly. It's bound to help.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:44 | 1319270 Rodent Freikorps
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Is there a mention of the socialist control of the education system, that is then reinforced by massaged media like news and Hollywood?

It is a pretty complete system by now.

I'd read the thing, but I'm boycotting news today since Syfy is running a Star Trek movie marathon.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:44 | 1319275 Alcoholic Nativ...
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Follow the money.................George Soros.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 19:23 | 1319941 robobbob
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follow the soros-just an arm of the greater octopus

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 23:55 | 1320221 Oh regional Indian
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Indeed. Interesting anecdotal view from India.

15 years ago we had maybe 5 channels on TV.

Now we have maybe 500. TV channels mushrooming. 24/7 programming is the norm here.

And the 'consultants" that got most of the boom going all belong to the US and in fact are the saem folks that started VOA and other such propaganda channels long ago. 

Go figure.


Sat, 05/28/2011 - 19:22 | 1319942 robobbob
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Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:54 | 1319494 downwiththebanks
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To fix education, start by closing all the propaganda factories known as "Business Schools".  

Then, stop teaching to multiple-choice tests which glorifies the Banker-Gangsters and Slaveholders that the NaziRat administers hand-jobs to on a daily basis.

Finally, end segregation in the school system.  White (Over)Privilege in public schools reinforces racist ignorance.  Distribute tax revenue to schools equally, and stop diverting the funding to schools in the ghettos to Pigs and security systems and buy books for a change.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 15:45 | 1319632 Rodent Freikorps
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Good idea. Spend. Spend. Spend.

That'll teach those bankers.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 20:33 | 1320035 downwiththebanks
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I suppose you're right.  Closing business schools would mean hapless, useless social parasites thrown into society without skills or intelligence.

But other than that, ending the overpriced, consultant-addled testing industry and the militarization and the overpolicing of schools would obviously CUT costs.

Good try, NaziRat.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 16:38 | 1319708 sgt_doom
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Ha, pretty funny: "..socialist control of the education system.."

Spewed forth like a true, uneducated and illiterate ignoramus.  You certainly are aware of the history of public education in America, aren't you, oh simple-minded one?


You mean you are completely unaware of the Rockefellers and the origins of mass public education?

Now about your definition of socialism....I believe you are referring to plutocracy.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 17:25 | 1319773 Rodent Freikorps
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Where did you get the idea the banks dislike socialism?

It makes govt. their partner in crime. QED.

And never lose sight of their use of it to indoctrinate.

How's that working for you?

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 08:50 | 1320423 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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well where do these young plebs end up working after being churned out by the education system? it sure as shit aint in the free market

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:43 | 1319272 bugs_
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Captain Obvious vs Captain Hindsight.

but they had better watch out for Captain Blame!!

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 22:10 | 1320141 JW n FL
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by bugs_
on Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:43


Captain Obvious vs Captain Hindsight.

but they had better watch out for Captain Blame!!


You Sir are a Jean-E-Ous!

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:48 | 1319278 SOLnow
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Captain Obvious spends way to much time preaching to the choir.  I can count on one hand the number of people I've talked to "offline" who would consider any of the past five years as "obvious".  People prefer Captain Oblivious.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 19:23 | 1319950 Milestones
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Bingo!!    Milestones

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 19:27 | 1319956 Milestones
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Bingo!!    Milestones

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:55 | 1319290 rsnoble
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Do you think im thinking right on per my trying to decouple from the norm bullshit posts on another thread.

1.  Wifes diabetic.  In relatively good health though.  Lost her insurance and job.  Can't get a private insurer.  Can quailty for state coverage but has huge deductibles in 6 months and cost $500 month.  Current meds are around that per month.

2. job, no insurance, burn victim that is constantly turned away from work because of a "perceived disability", rejected from disability twice, now finding a job is even harder because of cherry picking.

3.  House is paid off.

4. Most medical bankruptcies are people that have insurance.  20% copay on 200k(that's a hangnail these days) = your finished.

 My plan: Since the current system isn't working for me, and trying to get it to work seem s impossible-----

1. Fuck getting insurance.

2. Apply for food stamps

3. Apply for programs the drug companies have that give you meds for 80% off if you have low income

4.  Stay in a low income job when I get one so I can't have my wages garnished

5.  If a hospital bill comes along---file bk anyhow.

6.  I don't think in the state of KS I can lose the house over medical, so concluded take a low paying job, don't get insurance, and keep all money I make in the blackmarket which im currently doing somewhere it's not accountable for.

So there you have it......I've spent the last 20 fucking years trying to play by the rules and haven't got anywhere except massive kicks to the nutsake.  I have officially thrown my hands up in the air and have called it quits.  As far as im concerned our society has put us in a 'do whatever it takes' position.



Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:58 | 1319302 dick cheneys ghost
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Best of luck to you and yours........the black market or underground economy is where is it at........$1 trillion dollars and growing as average americans are fed up with the current system.......When multi-national corporations start playing by the rules, so will I.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 15:39 | 1319464 CH1
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Regulation drives all the cool things out of the 'white' market.

A black market is the only place to get things that are not sanitized for the masses.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:06 | 1319303 ElvisDog
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One thing I would add - stash away enough cash (literally cash - $20 bills) to pay your property tax and insurance for the next 2-3 years. I believe the only way you can lose your house is through tax liens if you don't pay your property tax.

And I don't know anything about your wife obviously, but the best non-drug thing she could do to control her diabetes would be to lose any extra weight she is carrying.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:08 | 1319321 Creepy Lurker
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Agree with Elvis Dog about the cash for prop tax. Yes, file for not only food stamps, but everything, including medicaid. Put on the "poor show" while working the underground economy. F**k the gubbmint and f**k what the neighbors think. You gotta do for you and yours.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:31 | 1319355 kaiserhoff
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Dump the corporate pill pushers and explore alternative medicine for yourself and your wife, especially ginseng (long term) to normalize blood sugar.  Might be a new career path for you in there, somewhere.  Best of luck.

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 11:29 | 1320554 gmrpeabody
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I have found that I can purchase my meds cheaper from Wall Mart without insurance than I can from my own expensive insurance perscription plan (Medco). Yet Medco constantly barrages me with the old "you pay $75 and we pay $400" bullshit!

I prefer the "I pay $60 and you pay $0" plan!

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 15:33 | 1319619 anonnn
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I've spent the last 50 years...

You learn fast!

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 18:44 | 1319897 WonderDawg
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He said 20 years. You should practice your reading comprehension before you go popping off.


Sat, 05/28/2011 - 18:47 | 1319901 FrankDrakman
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I realize you're in a bad way, but seriously - $500/month for diabetes meds? I take insulin injections 3 times a day, and Metformin (generic) 3 times a day. The insulin (Novolog) costs less than 180/month, and the Metformin costs about $30 for six months' supply. I've been diabetic for over 10 years, and kept it in pretty good control. Maybe your wife could find another endocrinologist who might be able to suggest less expensive meds. 

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 23:11 | 1319927 bankonzhongguo
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Hey, watch it in KS. 

I had a relative in Johnson County and one of those local Meyer Lansky wannabe banks got their hooks into her.  In two years they had her consigned into a nursing home, shot up with haldol and then the local good ol' boys went to work converting her estate.  Anywhere else in the universe it would have been attempted murder and financial elder abuse.  In KS, its 'Fuck'em. They're old. Who's next?'  Do everything you can to keep your home and be judgement proof.  Remember - if you go to a lawyer for advice in a small market, you may find yourself being the main course.  Lazy estate and probate lawyers are psychopaths.  Once somebody finds that equity, you are toast.  I would suggest going to the hospital under an assumed name.  Just show up at the ER with no ID with your complaints and do not reference anything in your past.  How do you think all the illegals have free babies in the US?  Get some fake ID, take your wedding rings off and get a PO box as a cut out and never reference your house on any medical records.  Ever. Do not even consider bankruptcy.  That too costs money.   Get in front of that game and let the bills go directly into a black hole.  The first 10 days of any medical care is chargeable back to Medicare, so you do not even need a SSN for any medicare "benefits."  After 10 days the "for-profit" hospital eats it.

I'm wrong or crazy? 

After everything that has happened these last years, who else is coming to help you?

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 01:06 | 1320264 All Risk No Reward
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rsnoble, while diabetes is bad news, the good news is that type 2 can be seriously impacted by a hormonally balanced diet.

a spanish study correlated an 83% reduction in diabetes due to diet - and the people on the good diet were the genetically highest risk group!

for those that can't break the main stream, google "joslin diabetes center nutritional guidelines" and implement their plan using lean meats, egg whites, lean protein powders and lean dairy (eg, 1.5% cottage cheese) for protein, vegetables and low glycemic fruits for carbs and heart healthy fats - organic extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nuts, almonds, peanuts, etc...

for those who can venture out of the main stream, check out dr. barry sears' zone books (library, amazon or discount book store - americans love their industrial food addiction).

for those who want a look under the hood of a hormonally balanced diet and why it works...

check out this PDF download...

there are some typos in the article, but the information is better than solid gold under your mattress.

Big Finance Capital maximizes their societal asset stripping by selling industrial "food" that makes you hungry (you pay them more when you buy more!) and makes you sick (Big Finance Capital pharma makes bank when you are sick, too!).

dr. sears doesn't address the GMO scam (youtube "jeffrey m smith")- i recommend eating non GMO foods and removing the industrial toxins from the water you drink, too.

this anti-inflammatory eating plan really works - manuel uribe, the former heaviest man in the world, has lost over 600 lbs in 4-5 years and his vitals are that of a healthy teenager.  jenny thompson and dara torres have brought home the motherload of olympic medals applying this diet's principles.

garmin's cycling team applies the zone diet principles.

randall mccloy, the "on death's door" survivor of the sago mining disaster was treated under the guidance of dr. sears and his recovery was called "miraculous."

high dose fish oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory, too.  i recommend omapure in volume to bring the price down to $20 a bottle, but dr. sears' omegarx is probably the best stuff on the market - but costs about twice as much.

make thyself well by eating like you were design and/or evolved to eat.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:57 | 1319294 Buckaroo Banzai
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Solution is obvious: avoid all mainstream news outlets. Really clarifies your thinking when you disconnect from the Matrix.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:00 | 1319298 Quixotic_Not
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Our society has become corrupt. 

As a collective we now care more about how a matter is perceived or can be manipulated to look good, than whether there is any substance to it.

We eat up sound bites that are warm and fuzzy and disregard the reality of the situation. 

We dismiss the tough road that leads to real accomplishment and instead follow the easy road to short term happiness and emotional well being. 

Absolutely everything is infected with this disease in the U.S.;  Education, finance, politics, media, faith, economics... EVERYTHING

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 16:46 | 1319718 sgt_doom
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What's this "we" crap -- kemosabe??

Back in 1963, over 600 companies managed the American media.

Today, it is officially 5, but given their financial interlocking, and further financially interlocked with the top three banks through structured finance deals, it is effective on ONE or TWO corporations which control the bulk of the American media.

In other words, there is NO media.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:00 | 1319300 ElvisDog
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DSK is thinking "Michelle, would you dress up in a housekeeper costume?"

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:57 | 1319301 rsnoble
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And btw if I were to lose this house I already made a firm commitiment I will kill whoever orders it and before I live to take them out I am going to burn this motherfucker to the ground.

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Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:35 | 1319361 rsnoble
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Here's an idea--why don't you put on your little communist outfit and move to somplace like China you fucking wimp.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:56 | 1319498 blunderdog
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See, this is the reason you tough guys aren't going to get anywhere: all balls, no brains.  It's just a wee bit less than brilliant to post your vow to commit a capital crime in the future on an Internet message board.

Either you're really that dumb, or you're full of shit.  Neither bodes well for your future.

(Now's your big chance to follow up that great performance by calling me a commie or something.)

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:06 | 1319405 Montgomery Burns
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Grow pot.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:22 | 1319429 Cthonic
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Junked you for being petulant.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:13 | 1319325 divide_by_zero
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The progressives did a great job on the education system also, over one generation of kool-aid drinking dumb asses produced so far.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:16 | 1319330 marcusfenix
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you know I just saw a headline on fox a few days ago that covered the most grievous waste of taxpayer money they have yet come across- exercising shrimp, yes, believe it or not, the headline story right at the top of  the page complete with a picture of the shrimp cited the hundreds of millions of dollars dolled out by the US taxpayer for these and other similar public interest studies. Now I'm not saying I'm overjoyed that a small portion of my money is going to put seafood on the treadmill, but the way fox presented it one could be mislead into believing public interest projects were the cause of our current economic misery, epically if one did not read past the headline and byline (which many people don't). It seems that the worse the reality of the situation becomes the more ridiculous and out of touch with reality the headlines get. Now it seems because they are having a harder time spinning doomsday into a recovery they are simply resorting to making shit up as they go along. 

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:51 | 1319386 Esso
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"Now it seems because they are having a harder time spinning doomsday into a recovery they are simply resorting to making shit up as they go along."


Yes, it seems the new paradigm is to repeat the same lies over & over, and somehow they'll majikally come true. Recovery? Yeah, riiight.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:16 | 1319334 speconomist
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Grant Williams, great as always!!!

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:30 | 1319349 onlooker
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I watch the Nightly Business Report with Suzie maybe 3 or 4 times a week to see what is being spun. If you saw the oil price/supply bit 5/27/11, you know it was well done for the average high school senior. Vile names are insufficient to describe the media “information” system. Somewhat accurate information may be available, but it takes too much time for those who are lucky enough to still have a job, a home, and a family to care for. The trust and awareness of the American public is scorned by the ex-USSR smart ones. We are indeed a Nation of naive. It will change, hard times do have some positive results.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:31 | 1319352 digalert
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Sounds like someones been watching SouthPark. They have an episode where following a catastrophe, Captain Obama er uh Captian Hindsight springs to action, telling the people what they should have done.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:29 | 1319357 Carnegie_IB
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the US dollar is going to hyper inflate. what would captain obvious say to that?

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 12:42 | 1319370 JW n FL
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Did someone call???



Top U.S. Lobbying Banks Got Biggest Bailouts


Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:06 | 1319406 Bubbles the cat (not verified)
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OK......GW has greatly assisted my self-understanding. I am living proof of this Williamsesque proposal viz I absorbed too much MSM and 24 hour news during my crucial adolescent years which explains why I am now a dumbed-down version of my previously stellar self and filled with banal, humdrum, insipid, bland, clichéd, unimaginative and uninspiring blah. I’m gonna use this on blind dates. Thanks guys. Cue Capt Obvious....

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:10 | 1319413 rlouis
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Poll Question:  In order to maintain your lifestyle, do you continue to approve of Dick Chency's invasion of Iraq and Obama's current efforts in Libya?

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:18 | 1319421 Bubbles the cat (not verified)
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I can't make my mind up. I was watching Dancing with the Stars at the time.....

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:15 | 1319422 Bubbles the cat (not verified)
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See my problem. I just double posted.....

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 08:59 | 1320426 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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I'd like to be part of a looting army, sure. The only problem is the american and british public are on the recieving end too.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 13:29 | 1319446 IQ 145
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 An excellent post; it merits careful consideration.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 15:44 | 1319629 indio007
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The ratinoale part of the brain shuts down in seconds after watching TV. Critical thinking goes out the window. Whether this is by design or a side effect of the medium, I don't know.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 17:29 | 1319780 blunderdog
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The audience's willing participation in the stupefaction process has been around forever.  Teevee is just one of the more modern media to exploit it.

From ancient shamen holding religious ceremonies which enabled their tribesmen to speak to the dead to the hush that fell over a theater during a Greek drama to the blood-lust of the crowd at a professional wrestling match, humans have always been able and willing to play make-believe with the right entertainers.

What's most significant about the 20th century broadcast media (now including the Internet and downloads) is that the audience can participate while completely socially isolated.  That's a recent development.  The communication is only one-way and is not passed through social filters that gauge other spectators' reactions. 

This gives teevee a greater ability to convince its viewers of complete fallacy--where a large group of people provide feedback to a public speaker (or even to other audience members in a movie theater), the teevee often speaks to just a single viewer, and is all the more persuasive because of it.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 16:45 | 1319714 MrBinkeyWhat
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I have my "tin foil hat on", and get my information from places like ZH. Lions, and tigers, and bears...oh my.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 17:31 | 1319784 Rodent Freikorps
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Tin foil is so 15 minutes ago.

It is silver foil now.

Sat, 05/28/2011 - 18:51 | 1319907 FrankDrakman
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I just want to add a comment about ScribD - what a piece of junk. GW gives us an introduction to a piece, and at the bottom it says "LINK". Now with other documents, when I click on a link, it TAKES ME TO THE REST OF THE ARTICLE. With this ScribD piece of junk, clicking on LINK brings up a MS Bing page, which lists D-LINK routers as its first entry, and then a bunch of other crap, like link sausages and chain link fence. No matter how many chairs Ballmer throws, I'll never leave Google for Bing.

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 08:43 | 1320417 Imminent Collapse
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I've said it before, but what the fuck:

Blow up your TV, Throw away your paper, Move to the Country, Build you a home, Plant a little garden, Eat a lot of peaches, Try to find Jesus on your own  -John Prine-

Sun, 05/29/2011 - 13:10 | 1320706 HedgleeDooRight
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There's a hole in (Capitalism's) arm, where all the money goes.

Jesus Christ died for nothin' , I suppose

Barrack Obama has big ears, ("just say, NO" to "4 more years")

Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios


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