Monday, June 02, 2008

msb-0308 The Media? Biased? You're Kidding Right?

msb-0308 The Media? Biased? You're Kidding Right?

The Myth of Free Markets - Corporate Lie Behind It (1/2)


The Myth of Free Markets - Corporate Lie Behind It (2/2)



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The path to illness is shadowy, murky and rough strewn.

The path to wellness is lit by the lamp of knowledge.


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This week, or this episode at least, the videos at the front on the sites of the blog and of the podcast are concerned free markets and their limitations.

We are all too well aware of what happens when market principles are applied to non-markets, like health care (it quickly becomes health-"don't"-care,) the military (it quickly becomes the murky stuff of "Blackwater",) and other mercenary outfits from the beginning of empires that found themselves stretched too thin to fight and eventually ended up too conquered to bother fighting.

The bloody history of the United States should have served as an object lesson in that. Remember the "Hessians"? [ ] Yet here we are again, about to make the same mistake that has unraveled every empire since the Mesopotamians.

---- "Lotus" by: "Mister Ed"

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You know, I'm sick of all these liberal left-wing nut cases going on about "the media" being owned by only a very very small plutocracy. (And "No, I'm not talking about Popeye's nemesis".)

In fact the plutocracy is expanding, just nowhere as fast as the general population.

This has for effect shrinking the relative size of the plutocracy.

So the size of the pool of ruthless, thoughtless, rich and powerful is smaller than the population that can be found in many world capitals.

So the size of the great unwashed masses dwarfs them by about six hundred thousand to one. (There's less than one thousand families who really count on this planet. The rest of us are merely cannon fodder and bullet shields.)

The unwashed masses don't matter a whit to the plutocrats as long as they stay quiet and keep on buying and keep on paying for the excesses of the plutocrats and their families.

(Can anyone think of a single use for "Paris Hilton" or any of hordes of her ilk? Not even as an object lesson for the youth of the nation. So why is so much ink devoted to her? As a "distraction". [She's cannon fodder too. {Or she would be if she bulked up and knew dick about handling a weapon. (She's a bullet shield.)}])

Tell me something I don't know...

---- "The Raft Of the Medusa" by: "Dean Madonia"


Crying that the media are biased is without a doubt the self serving "crie-de-coeur" from anyone who is not currently on the "Rolodex" [ n ] of any newspaper editor or station manager, (regardless of the political or sexual predilection of either or both.)

They don't even know what media bias means.

They might think it means the effect of some or other political cabal but its far uglier and more pernicious than that. Literally pernicious, as in "Tending to cause death or serious injury."

Ignorance, of the kind perpetrated every friggin' day by our media, tends to "cause death or serious injury".

But, unlike MS, it is easily curable.

Rather than "take up arms against a sea of troubles," its much wiser to side-step the issue altogether and "jujitsu" [ ] our way to our goal or a cure by using the fringe capabilities for distributing media from source to destination of the internet.

By using the current producers of products, goods and services, the people who are currently motivated by profit, and providing them with an opportunity to

"Sun Tzu"[ ] in the "Art of War" [ ] lays out all kinds of stratagems for seeing a battle before and planning.

I am especially mindful of the last stanza of "Section III: Attack by Stratagem": "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."

Since the enemy, "ignorance", is, by definition, "fundamentally unknowable," I opt for a strategic "retranchement" and for using the tools at hand for my own best advantage.

For that, I am mindful of the last line of the previous stanza: "He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign."

As long as the plutocrats can see that their plans are not being interfered with, my own plans will not be interfered with, because it would result in them making less money, and that would conflict with their own prime directive.

It may seem callous, but its the only safe way to run a planet. ("Well Uh, Duh". I'm finding uses for "Sun Tzu" 's "Art of War" in writing/speaking this blog/podcast. If you'd've told me this when I started this whole mess, I wouldn't've believed you. :-)

---- "Love Story" by: "Guardian Mind Mix"


So the general ignorance of us, the 0.0833%, the one in twelve hundred, the MSers who are by some accident of fate condemned to attempt life with this disease, can work "for" us by spurring the evolution of the internet into a thin but sturdy open-weave web of glass fibers encouraging commerce and profit to "our" mutual benefit.

Speaking as one of the many nodes on this web, I am glad that this "will" come to pass.

---- "Meditation" by: "Tracey Helen"



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