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Friday, July 31, 2015

How Big Media Controls Debate, Content & Information Flow

When it comes to topics like economics/finance and politics and how the media provides information to the general public, there are mainly two problems which arise..

1)  They control the discourse (the topic/debate points)
2)  They control the flow of information (what you are to know)

This actually goes on with All topics in the public discourse including pop culture (notice no one mainstream calls Bruce Jenner the proper name 'Bruce' anymore even though he still possesses a penis -- its like an unwritten rule They are arbiters of word choice)..

And yes even something as unimportant on the surface as sports.
Example: This year, a woman refereeing an NFL game and another being an assistant coach (Arizona Cardinals) -- 'Good'..  There's no room in any mainstream publication for any debate on that

And yes, everything in life is debatable.

For instance one such debate I love to have among friends is what if the "great" Rosa Parks refused to get up from her seat and go to the back of the bus when a handicapped person needed that seat and the easy access it provided...

Would she still be a 'great' woman or just a stubborn selfish black bitch?

Everything is perspective.
But back to the larger point -- the greater media, whether it be sports, entertainment, politics or finance/economy control the parameters of discussion, decide what is 'correct' before the debate can even take place and make sure we the people know what they want us to know.. little to nothing more

To illustrate this point, I will use a local sports story which occurred over the last 24-48 hours in Philadelphia, the area A&G originates from..

The Phillies, the city's local baseball team traded its best player, pitcher Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers for some prospects and basically volunteered to pay half the remainder of Cole's $85 million to get the deal done.
The specific particulars as to why the trade occurred and what each team needed or got out of the deal are not important to this discussion.

What is important to make my point, is how the local Philly media covered it.

A sure thing, a consistent winning baseball pitcher who was the biggest reason they won the World Series in 2008 was given to another team in exchange for a potluck bag full of question marks with no guarantees, and everyone was told by the media to be very happy with it.

The newspaper sports columnists and the sports talk radio dopes then combined to shape the discourse..
They focused on the team's terrible record, the Phillies being in rebuilding mode needed prospects and that it was wasted money to give that much to one player right now..

All seem fair and reasonable on the surface - except for two things:

1)  There is no written rule anywhere in baseball or any law book that says the Only way to rebuild is this method

2)  The Phillies are not cash-strapped - they can afford to buy talent like most other teams.
Its extremely difficult to argue with print media because they write their biased nonsense, then just disappear till the next day and the only outlet to respond are comment 'pens' (think ostrich pens) where the only people who read it are other venters

With sports talk radio you have a semblance of a chance to get your point across but it better be under 30 seconds and God help you if you make rational, articulate points without letting the fat loudmouths cut in..

Then you're dumped as in hung up..   The pompous, insecure sports talk personalities here and everywhere make damn sure everyone knows its their show, not yours.

They get 20hrs a week to tell you their shit smells better and you get half a minute after holding on the line for an hour to tell them it doesn't..
There is no such thing as media equity.

If you have deep convictions and strong opinions on something, do not expect any media to open itself to provide any real accessibility to provide counter-points.

You have to do what I did five full years ago..

Create and become your own media i.e. 'Ants & Grasshoppers'..  Then you have that precious outlet to get your views out to fight the good fight and build a loyal sizable following like here...
Now back to the example I provided..

Do you ever notice to sports media outlet never takes the time to tell the people how these sports franchises make their money...  I mean really in depth.

Let's take the Phillies..

Starting in 2016 and for 24 additional years after that, Comcast will give the Phillies a check for $100,000,000 to televise its baseball games

$100m and then another $100m in 2017 and then another $100m in 2018...
Then the ballclub like all the others enjoy the socialistic-communist experience known as revenue sharing.  This is where National and cable TV rights, merchandising, etc are put into a pot and everyone gets an equal share even if all teams did not generate this money equitably

So if not a single soul attended a Phillies game in 2016, they would still have around $175 million in revenue to run its operations

And the worthless shit media of Philly never ever talk about it with any specifics.

They also never Ever tell the fans that teams have insurance policies on their best athletes..
It works like this:  I own a sports team and my star pitcher who i am paying $20m is out for the season.. Well prior when I worked out the contract, I contacted an insurance company that in the case of losing a player for X percent of the season, I would get reimbursed back Y percent

So the public thinks I lost $20mil but really I recouped $16mil or so back and I get the credit of being an owner who spends to try to win..

The sports media, especially in the Northeast US (Philly, NY, Boston) are just God-awful!
They will gripe and moan about this and that, nitpick on nothing of meaning and do it non-stop yet notice no mainstream media outlet anywhere in the country ever advises fans of a terrible team to just stay home!

'Don't spend your $$ on Tix!..'Boycott until the team gets better..'

None of that..  You never see or hear it Ever..      Why?

Because all sports media are pretty much shills for the sports franchises.
Oh sure, they will nitpick whether Coach Lard-Ass should have punted or gone for it on 4th down, etc.. but the media companies are heavily dependent on those teams for revenue in the form of audio and print advertising..

In addition, 99.99% of sports media like all media are gutless cowards who do not want to lose their access to players and coaches (or their jobs) for asking a Real question to put someone on the spot.

Instead they ask generic questions (How did it feel to catch the winning TD?), they get cliched responses (It felt great!) and everyone's happy.

So the sports media by controlling the debate, who has access to make arguments vs who gets comment penned or hung up on and what information you are allowed to have access to, are the gate-keepers.
And you better damn well believe this happens in politics, economics/finance and news on social-liberal causes the media embraces.

This is why no one in mainstream media has ever uttered the need to end the Fed, that stock markets rising are ultimately Bad for the overall economy and that there political options out there to consider beyond 'R' and 'D'

Honestly, years ago I just got sick and tired of the figurative yelling into my pillow every time I read an article minimizing the Recession-Depression we're still in and trumpeting a 'recovery' that is not actually occurring...

So if you can't beat the media, create and become it..
Don't feel powerless and helpless...

It sincerely is what the System wants -- People devoid of passion and spirit to detach, shrug and focus only on the specifics of their day to day (go to work, please the spouse, raise the kids) until they; we all die and the System keep moving along

Whatever your ideologies or outlooks on the world, if you feel you are not represented, find some outlet to get into the game; enter the fight

From one mere spark can come a most massive blaze..

Thursday, July 30, 2015

'Takes Two to Tango' or Who's Really to Blame for $16.9T Debt?

One question that was asked a lot from yesterday's post was how did the National Debt balloon so enormously in the span of 8 years to the $16.9T it is at today..

We already assessed blame to Obama but it would be inaccurate to attach All blame even though A&G has never once hidden the fact we think he's been a really bad President.

For instance, we live in a democracy so that means when a President says its time to raise the debt ceiling by a couple Trillion dollars, it doesn't just happen because he wants it.
It takes a lot of cowardly politicians on Both sides of the aisles in Both houses of Congress who Pretend and outright Lie to their constituents that they care about fiscal responsibility and balancing the budget, etc to vote 'Yay'

You also have to remember that with the exception of Sen Bernie Sanders and maybe a handful of other people in Congress, they are All millionaires at the very least, with some of them like Pelosi disgustingly wealthy.

It is one thing to vote to increase taxes by a percentage or two - these people have all their wealth well hidden from the tax man (or woman)

But do you really Honestly think any of these Republican and Democrat scum we keep electing again and again would ever vote to pass anything that sincerely hurt their personal finances for the greater good??
These politicians are Heavily invested in the stock market which is why they all had heads-up before the Lehman Bros crash to pull their money out (back then it was legal for politicians to have insider info which the public was not)

And that goes to the next culprit..  the Federal Reserve

We've written endlessly how the Fed has spent and spent and spent, and kept interest rates at zero for what feels like forever..

Well we've said it before and will say it again..

Every dollar the Fed spends, becomes new public debt.
In the simplest of explanations for those who really don't understand, it works like this:

The Fed wishes to put $250 Billion dollars of new liquidity (money) into the stock market to help artificially pump up asset prices and give the impression of a false 'recovery' so everyday people will stop saving and start investing...

So the Fed calls up the Treasury and says 'Hey Bro.. I need you to either print out $250B greenbacks, sell me $250B in Treasuries or hop there on your computer and wire the amount to me, pronto!'

And the Treasury says 'Bra.. I got it covered.. Done deal.. Check your account.. Wired like a hanger..'

The Fed then says 'Cool Beans.. Catch you later!'
When the Treasury either prints or digitally creates that new money out of nothing to circulate into the economy, it must be accounted for as a negative somewhere...  Public debt

So instead of the National Debt at say $3 Trillion, now the new total would be $3.25T

This is the reason why we won't ever (and can't ever default) -- We owe more money to ourselves i.e. the Fed, a private bank than we do to China or any other foreign nation.

And the Only reason we can get away with money creation in this fashion where say greasy Greece couldn't is the US dollar is the reserve currency.
Of course being a world Superpower with a massive military industrial complex and 2 million troops without even needing a draft helps deter the naysayers too.

So the debt was doubled to save those precious banks -- the ones that give you a penny for ever $1000 in your savings it holds, pump up corporate profits -- those entities that won't hire you at a fair wage thanks to availability of temps, and to pump up the market -- Trillions spent so your 401k will be worth a few thousand dollars more now vs then.

So its everyone's fault..
But we will stick with it being primarily Obama's since after 6.5 years in office, a President has to accept responsibility for Something and not pass off Everything bad to his predecessor...

Doesn't he?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29, 1981: UK Wedding of Century & US still under $1T in debt

Today is July 29th.. an interesting day in history..

On this day in 1862 Confederate troops fought with the Union at the 2nd Battle of Manassas (2nd Bull Run) which ultimately the following day the South would win, inflicting 10,000+ kills upon the enemy vs only 1,500 Southern dead...

The 1948 Summer Olympic games open in London after a 12 year hiatus thanks to WWII and in 1959, Hawaii is admitted as a US State

But what most interests me, is on this date back in 1981, 700+ million people around the world watched the wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

I was too young at the time to pay it any mind but I know some people can remember every vivid detail of the experience and participated albeit from afar in the joy of the occasion.

Thirty-Four years ago..

Another interesting thing happened on July 29, 1981....  The United States' National Debt was Still under $1 Trillion.
We would not cross that threshold until October 22nd of that year..

Think about that a moment:   By 2007 the Debt exceeded $9 Trillion and as of this moment, it stands at $18.3 Trillion,

We went from our nation's founding in 1791 until 1981 and in 190 years of expansion and growth, never saw our debt at $1T.. well until Oct 22, 1981 that is,,,

And in a span of eight years, most of it under Obama, we have Doubled it from $9T to $18.3T
And the number is so big and so vastly growing that it just holds no meaning

The human mind was not meant to picture that many dollars even with all the analogies of "If you stacked $1 bills in the sky..", etc..

www.usdebtclock.org is a fascinating web site.. All of you should click the link and check it out sometime.. So much information in real time..

For instance as of this writing, there are 321,352,184 people living in the US - that is our current population.

The next chart on the page mentions how many are currently in the US workforce -- 148,937,484  people
Now I'm not a math whiz but how can unemployment be around 5-6% if only 46-47% of the population is in the workforce for one reason or another?

The website also shows as of this writing, 159,832,989 people are receiving some kind of financial government benefit whether it be Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Welfare...

That's 49.5% of the US population

The website not only shows what National Debt is but also US personal debt..  Things like mortgages, student loans, credit cards, etc
The total Americans owe banks and other lending institutions as of this writing is $16.9 Trillion which adds to about $53k per citizen

Now most of that is mortgages but $1.3 Trillion and counting is student loans..

Everyone was told back in 2008 to either go back to school or stay the course and get their degree..

Well how are things working out for you?
Life was better in 1981..  Things in the past usually are.

In Britain and around the world people were celebrating a Fairy Tale marriage while here in the US, you could turn the TV on to CBS every Friday at 9p and see the Beautiful Confederate flag adorn the 'General Lee' on the 'Dukes of Hazzard'

Or turn on NBC's Saturday Night Live and watch a young Eddie Murphy expose a new generation of innocent unsuspecting white youth to the word 'Nigger' without any responsible context to its meaning

People may not have had cell phones, laptops and all the electronic gizmos of today back in 1981 but they did have jobs..  Good paying jobs
They also did something very kooky-crazy back then..

People would talk to each other face to face and look in their eyes while communicating thoughts..

I know, its wild, right?

And whatever problems Americans and the nation on the whole had, it did not have a serious debt problem..
Feel free to blame President Reagan for the first $1-2 Trillion but the man left office in 1989 and life was really good back then..

Along with our status in the world.

Some people just can't wait for the future; assume its always to be better,,

Sorry but I'm just not one of them.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Example of how Media Works to Aid/Assist Old Hillary

~ Yes obviously this pic is doctored..  Still it made you laugh, yes..

In a 24 hour news world, we are constantly bombarded with news, both factual and opinion - it really never lets up..

Even when you think its safe to read the sports section there is always some pipsqueak liberal who has to interject a political zing, as we experienced over the weekend when trying to read a simple story about a baseball no-hitter and the guy decides 'A-ha! Here's a good place to degrade Trump''.

But even with the constant flow of information daily, there's still so much people miss because either we have normal lives to be lived, or the info purposely comes out on the weekend when people are least focused.

Here's a story you probably missed last Friday care of Politico.com, which shows just how Scummy liberal the New York Times are in their mission to get that wretched old Bitch Hillary elected..
From Politico.com (7/24/15):

New York Times alters Clinton email story -- "The New York Times made small but significant changes to an exclusive report about a potential criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's State Department email account late Thursday night, but provided no notification of or explanation for of the changes.

The paper initially reported that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation "into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state."
That clause, which cast Clinton as the target of the potential criminal probe, was later changed: the inspectors general now were asking for an inquiry "into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state."

The Times also changed the headline of the story, from "Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email" to "Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account," reflecting a similar recasting of Clinton's possible role. The article's URL was also changed to reflect the new headline.

As of early Friday morning, the Times article contained no update, notification, clarification or correction regarding the changes made to the article."
Absolutely nothing about the news we read or watch on TV is un-biased.

Even A&G has an agenda which is this:  Both political parties are Shit, there are certain individuals in positions of power we deeply hate & despise (Obama, Hillary, John McCain, Scott Walker) and the only way to ever see any real change is electing people Dem, Rep or Independent who middle-fingers Wall St and the Fed rather than hunger to serve both.

The rest of media really don't have such lofty ideals

Now some could argue that a Democrat president makes Fox News' ratings climb as well as Conservative radio, and MSNBC would much prefer having a Republican to bash and smear with lies 24hrs a day, truth is these and other media units work in ways (sometimes subtle, sometimes not) to get their guy (or gal) elected.
If you want to read Conservative ideas being crapped upon daily and liberalism exalted in both its goodness & rottenness, you pick up the NY Times or Washington Post;  If you want to read the opposite, pick up the NY Post or Washington Times.

Of course pretty much all newspapers in major cities with dense black populations in blue states will be extremely liberal and you will never find anything even remotely balanced unless maybe you read the comics.

The New York Times has been a really bad newspaper for a very long time..

It courts only a segment of the population and basically gives them what they want i.e. a safe haven where all Democrats outside of the Anthony Weiners are good guys wearing white hats, and all Republicans are villains and corporate whores
Meanwhile NYT is no grass roots publication for the masses.. it is a publicly traded company on NYSE and owned by some deeply rich people.

Back on Nov 1, 2003, its stock was trading at $48.60/share, a figure it has not seen as high since...   Today, you can buy shares at $13.21...  Just shows how low this paper of 'esteem' has dropped in people's eyes

So basically you can see why that evil, disingenuous old Bitch Hillary is favored to win at least the Democrat nomination..  

It is not that her ideas or vision is so great or resonates with people or she is found to be warm, sincere or any traits any normal person would seek in a President..
She is favored because the media overall is excessively liberal, they like how the last 6yrs have gone with Oreo in office (even though the nation still suffers from lack of a genuine recovery plan & implementation)...

And no way in hell do they want someone in office like Donald Trump who will say to their faces 'Go fuck yourself' and call out their bias to the population.

So expect a lot more re-editing and touching-up of articles painting old Bitch Hillary as the horrible woman and egotistical criminal that she is.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Post: Hulk Hogan & Society that Embraces Censorship

I rarely if ever write on Sundays anymore but sometimes it is necessary..

Kept thinking on Hulk Hogan and how quickly his public downfall has become and the irony was it had little to nothing to do with a naughty tape where he's having sex with another man's wife who is filming as part of a future extortion attempt..

Nope..  it wasn't that..

Call it the power of the word Nigger.
Eight years ago Hulk said that naughty tsk-tsk word in private communication with another and now the WWE, the wrestling business that at one point honored him with Hall of Fame admittance, completely deleted him from their website..

All traces of his career.. poof~  gone.. erased..

Bad for business.
See kids, in this world, it is OK for someone in the public eye to be an alcoholic, a drug addict, a philanderer, commit a felony of some sort, and even be anti-Semitic and your career really doesn't suffer that much..

Look at Mel Gibson or Gary Oldman.. they still work in their craft in spite of their hate comments

Say 'Fucking Jews' or 'Jews run Hollywood' and you get to be in a mainstream film like 'Expendables 3' and the Batman Trilogy

Just can't say Nigger.
Oh, blacks can say Nigger..

Can say Nigger Nigger Nigger all the day long..

The following is 100% absolute true:   A couple days ago I was walking toward the entrance to Wal Mart and a young classless black idiot was on his cellphone talking to someone and in a span of 15-20 seconds, he said 'Nigger' a total of SIX times!
"So this Nigger.. Right, this Nigger.. So this Nigger..  Ya, him.. So this Nigger went and told my friend..  Right. and this Nigger, i'm like.. Nigger.."

Exact quote.

Not a single person gave this guy a double-take.

It really is fascinating that Nigger has become the first word, term or concept in American History that supposedly is universally sought to be Censored!
Newspapers and magazines say the 'N' word and will not allow people to use the word in their comment sections..

Of course there's ways around it - 'Nig', 'Niger', 'Nagger'.. And somehow words like spear chucker and jigaboo are not censored..  Guess they are OK to say??

Funny how people want to stomp out words and not take the time or effort to understand why the 'few' would choose to even utter it?
No one..  NO ONE has the right to control what another person says or to dictate to others what their word choice is or is not to be!  That is Orwellian 1984 'Thought Crime'

We don't tolerate burning books or McCarthyism;  We don't even ban the most sadistic or bestial pornography as its readily available on 10,000 websites and Pay Per View at your neighborhood hotel..

Just gotta Destroy/Decimate any Caucasian's life who says Nigger

Gotta tear that person down..  Rip em' to Shreads! Destroy their business or career!  Take away their livelihood and ability to pay their bills,..  Stomp out their reputation and a lifetime of good endeavors..
'Did he/she molest or sodomize children?'   Nope

'Did he/she rape or murder someone?'    Nah..

'He/she referred to that 'exceptional' class.. those 'superior' people who put the place they came from Before the place they were born.. the Afr. Amers as 'Niggers'

Ahh.. Yes..  Let's media lynch them!  Get whitey!!

As you can tell from this blog post, no one controls what I say or type or express.. Ever!

Not a single word...  Not as long as I am an American
The word itself means little to nothing to me.. It is not a word I grew up hearing..  Certainly not something my family ever uttered even at their angriest.. And in my daily life I really rarely if ever use it unless it is to make the dramatic point I won't be censored

Truthfully, I learned the word listening to Rap music and watching comedians like Eddie Murphy do their stand up and films like '48 Hours'

Eddie Murphy on TV:  "I'm a Nigger with a Badge!"    --  Me as impressionable youth:  'Whoa!'

'Mom.. Dad.. what does that word mean?'   (Silence)
Freedom of word choice means more to me than others' feelings

Remember earlier this year, that terrible movie 'The Interview' with James Franco; the one everyone was told to believe the North Korean government sabotaged?

So what happened when Americans were told theaters were pulling the film and the public was not going to be allowed to see the film?   It made people Determined to see it to make the point no one censors or controls what they see, hear or say...

Then everyone concedes and the blacks grin as they utter Nigger, Nigger, Nigger till the sun sets and the cows come home..
I hope eventually a famous person says it and takes a stance like A&G does...

That person being strong, resolute, unapologetic and defiant that no group of people under Any circumstance is to have exclusive control of any word in the daily lexicon

Not in a society that claims to be free and against censorship..

Until then, people will continue keeping quiet so not to have the wrath directed at them.

They will quietly think 'Nigger' and their dislike and intolerance of blacks will grow, causing a wider racial tolerance gulf that no future token election victory of a shitty Oreo cookie will fix.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Can't Have Gay Marriage without Gay Divorce


Let me state right from the onset that I am Firmly and Unequivocally against Marriage..

Gay Marriage.. Straight Marriage.. Does not matter..

The only kind of marriage that makes any sense logically to me is the kind when a senile octogenarian marries his lovely 21 yr old 'nurse' and by "making sense" I mean from the perspective of the young woman.

Marriage is completely un-necessary.. If you genuinely love someone and they sincerely love you back, there's no one or nothing to stop two people from being a couple forever but calling it a partnership or some other term.
And if there's legal issues to be concerned about, simply draw contracts stating contingencies, division of assets in a sale, etc..

The big difference is you have a far better chance of enforcing a contract where one party has more wealth than the other then you Ever will in a marriage.   And pre-ups are thinner and hold less legal weight than the paper they're written on

Anyways, file the following example in the news today under 'careful what you wish (or fight) for'..
From USA Today:

"(WNBA player) Brittney Griner shockingly filed to annul her marriage with (fellow WNBA player) Glory Johnson just 28 days after the same-sex couple wed and one day after Johnson announced she was pregnant by using donated sperm. 

At the time, Griner cited "fraudulent statements" made by Johnson and pressure into marriage "under duress" in the original June 5 paperwork...  Griner and her representation filed a July 13 motion to amend the initial petition for annulment, revealing key details into Griner's decision to end the marriage.

(Court) documents reveal that Johnson was texting an ex-boyfriend while the two were engaged. The amended documents also detail Griner "recently discovering" Johnson's "sexual relationship with a man" while the couple was dating..."
Here's the real Bitch of it all..

"A motion filed on June 29 details Johnson's request that Griner pay $20,000 per month in spousal support in addition to a $10,000 advancement toward attorney fees..."

Both women were suspended seven games by the WNBA following their arrests that stemmed from a fight in their Arizona home on April 22..."

I feel sorry for Griner..  Love can make people do stupid things
Basically in life there's two kind of 'reality'..  The reality of abstract theory and the reality of Real Life

Abstract theory are things like 'freedom' and 'equality' and 'civil rights' and all those terms that seem and sound so good, and which were the basis for many to successfully fight for the right for gay marriages to be legalized and acknowledged as valid.

Then there is Real Life such as the fact that many people, both straight and gay do not respect the sanctity of marriage or words like 'Better or worse.. Till Death do you part"..

Then there's the Real Life reality of alimony, child support, custody and visitation rights, division of assets, legal fees, etc..etc..
I never understood why gays fought so hard for the right to experience all that economic and emotional horror straight people "enjoy", and I never ever will..

And today's example demonstrates as real as any theoretical pontifications what many gay couples will one day experience and why no one of any sexual stripe should really ever marry..

Ever!