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March 12, 2004

I believe that all politics are dirty.

I think that most people go about their daily lives thinking that there are laws and rules and that everyone follows them. Order is the rule, crime the exception.

It is my belief that these people are totally wrong.

There is no law. There is only force and obedience and illusion. Rules are something that the powerful trick other people into following while placing no such restrictions on themselves.

When stripped to the core, our world is one where the powerful fuck the powerless. And if the powerless are able, they fight back. There is nothing else.

Rarely has this been clearer to me than in this article, in Rolling Stone magazine of all places.

It's called "Bush's Bagmen". It's about the folks who collect and donate massive amounts of cash to George W. Bush, and how they are directly rewarded for their efforts, in the form of legislation, positions of power, and so on. The article gives specifics and names names.

For example, Anthony Alexander, president of FirstEnergy energy company, raised $200,000 for Bush. In exchange, Bush appointed Alexander to a government panel to shape federal energy policy.

Shopping mall magnate John Price raised $1.3 million for Bush and was named ambassador to Ireland, despite having zero diplomatic experience.

And it goes on.

This sure as hell isn't just a Republican thing. The Democrats just aren't as good at it.

The most appalling bit of information to me was not about corruption, but about a single person who, as far as I'm concerned, should die right now. Dr. Edward Floyd is a "vascular surgeon who treats patients with cancer." He also, coincidentally, is "one of the biggest tobacco growers in South Carolina." How can you possibly treat people with cancer while growing crops which cause it? Any human being with an ounce of morals would either a) quit one of those two jobs, or b) swallow a fucking bullet.

What's also appalling in the article is how little money is actually changing hands. These donors and fundraisers pony up a few hundred thousand dollars. Which really isn't that much, especially in light of how much they gain in tax breaks, deregulation and such. And it's not like Bush is "repaying" these guys out of his own pocket. So where do the donor benefits come from? Nothing more telling than this entry in the article:

In 1999, Charles Cawley threw a cocktail party at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, inviting 200 people to greet the town's most famous part-time resident, George W. Bush. The oceanfront soiree raised $200,000 for the candidate -- but Cawley wasn't acting purely out of neighborly good will. As the head of MBNA America Bank, the nation's biggest independent issuer of credit cards, Cawley wanted Bush to push for a new law making it harder for families hit by unemployment or huge medical bills to declare bankruptcy. Sure enough, not long after taking office, Bush backed the measure -- which would add $75 million a year to MBNA's bottom line. [emphasis mine]

For a mere two hundred grand, Bush will give this donor $75 million from the nation's poorest. Doesn't cost Bush a fucking dime.

That's American politics. The rich and powerful give a candidate enough money to trick the public into voting for him or her. In exchange, the elected candidate pays the donor back out of the people's pockets, their health, their jobs, their futures.

Morpheus : The Matrix is everywhere. It's all around us, even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to work, when you pay your taxes.

The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes, to blind you from the truth.

Neo : What truth?

Morpheus : That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison...for your mind.

Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.

[thanks to David D]

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No more illusions? [except that blogging makes a difference]

Posted by: degustibus at March 14, 2004 10:00 AM

Oh BTW, God is dead, and his Son is well, in sad shape, if what they say about Gibson's film is true. (Don't see the film, read the book, I say.)

Posted by: degustibus at March 14, 2004 10:02 AM

When stripped to the core, our world is one where the powerful fuck the powerless. And if the powerless are able, they fight back. There is nothing else.

I totally agree - well put. Ever read any Derrick Jensen? His "The Culture of Make Believe" convinced me of what you wrote.

Posted by: Emily at March 14, 2004 10:54 PM
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December 01, 2004

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The Great Indecency Hoax- last week, we wrote about how the "massive outcry" to the FCC about a racy Fox TV segment amounted to letters from 20 people. This week, we look at the newest media scandal, the infamous "naked back" commercial. On Monday Night Football, last week, ABC aired an ad for it's popular "Desperate Housewives" TV show, in which one of the actresses from the show attempted to seduce a football player by removing the towel she was wearing to bare her body to him. All the audience saw, however, was her back. No tits, no ass, no crotch, just her back.

No one complained.

The next Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his shocked viewers how the woman had appeard in the commercial "buck naked".

Then, the FCC received 50,000 complaints. How many of them actually saw this commercial is anyone's guess.

The article also shows the amazing statistics that although the Right is pretending that the "22% of Americans voted based on 'moral values'" statistic shows the return of the Moral Majority, this is actually a huge drop from the 35% who said that in the 2000 election or the 40% who said that in 1996 (when alleged pervert Bill Clinton was re-elected). This fact is so important I'm going to mention it over in the main news section too.

Brian Williams may surprise America- Tom Brokaw's replacement anchor, Brian Williams, dismissed the impact of blogs by saying that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Which is really funny, coming out of the mouth of a dude who's idea of journalism is to read words out loud off a teleprompter. Seriously, if parrots were literate, Brian Williams would be reporting live from the line outside the soup kitchen.

In related news, Tom Brokaw has quit NBC Nightly News, and it appears that unlike his predecessor, the new guy can speak without slurring words like a drunk.

PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror- in February of 2002, Donald Rumsfeld announced the creation of the Office of Strategic Influence, a new department that would fight the war on terror through misinformation, especially by lying to journalists. Journalists were so up in arms about this that the Pentagon agreed to scrap the program.

Don't you think that an agency designed to lie to the public might lie about being shut down, too?

This article gives some examples about the US military lying to the press for propaganda and disinformation purposes.

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR in December- African-American talk show host Tavis Smiley is opting to not renew his daily talk show on National Public Radio. He criticized his former employers for failing to: "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply donít know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future." He's 100% correct. NPR is white. Polar bear eating a marshmallow at the mayonaise factory white. And the reason it's so white is that it is trying to maintain an affluent listener base (premoniantly older white folks) who will donate money to their stations. This is a great paradox of American public broadcasting, that they have a mandate to express neglected viewpoints and serve marginalized communities, but those folks can't donate money in the amounts that the stations would like to see.

U.S. Muslim Cable TV Channel Aims to Build Bridges- it sounds more positive than it is "Bridges TV" seems to simultaneously be a cable channel pursuing an affluent American Muslim demographic, and a way of building understanding and tolerance among American non-Muslims who might happen to watch the channel's programming. I was hoping it would be aimed more at Muslim's worldwide, but it ain't. Still, I'd be interested in seeing how their news programs cover the issues.

Every Damned Weblog Post Ever- it's funny cuz it's true.

Wikipedia Creators Move Into News- Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created collectively by thousands of contributors. It's one of those non-profit, decentralized, collective, public projects that show how good the internet can be. Now, the Wikipedia founders are working on a similar project to create a collaborative news portal, with original content. Honestly, it's quite similar to IndyMedia sites (which reminds me, happy 5th birthday, IndyMedia!). I'll admit, I'm a bit skeptical about the Wikinews project, though. IndyMedia sites work because they're local, focused on certain lefty issues, and they're run by activists invested in their beliefs. I'm not sure what would drive Wikinews or how it would hang together.

CBS, NBC ban church ad inviting gays- the United Church of Christ created a TV ad which touts the church's inclusion, even implying that they accept homosexuals into their congregation. Both CBS and NBC are refusing to air the ad. This is not too surprising, as many Americans are uncomfortable about homosexuality, and because TV networks are utter cowards. But CBS' explanation for the ban was odd:

"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast."

Whoa, what? First of all, the ad does not mention marriage at all. Second, since when do positions opposite of the Executive Branch constitute "unacceptable"? This doesn't sound like "we're not airing this because it's controversial", this sounds like "we're afraid of what the President might say."

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