Archive for February, 2012

The clash of the billionaires

February 23, 2012

A handful of billionaires are keeping major presidential candidates alive in the arena. And in the case of Newt Gingrich, one billionaire and his wife alone are doing the job.

This clash of the Titans is not to save  Argos or princess Andromeda. Simply put, it is a bazaar to wash your brain with money and  buy your votes and use it against your own interest.

Mitt Romney, for example, spent $15 million to soak the networks with relentless attacks on Newt to stop his momentum after winning South Carolina (a feat accomplished with the aid of another Titan) and  beat him in Florida!

Under these current conditions of limitless money contributions, participatory democracy is really a joke. Election is becoming like a ritual that allows us to  cheer on our “savior” and feel good every four years;  just like the World Cup does!

Real change, however, comes from the pockets of the billionaires. Their billions  can write bills and influence policy any time; election year or not.

Do  you seriously believe whoever ultimately wins the election is representing you? Or he is representing these billionaires behind his win? Does your interest and the interest of these billionaires have anything in common?

Yep! The corporate state is in.

ekwaysan

For whom the NASDAQ tolls?

February 1, 2012

I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry at the fact that Fox News is celebrating 10 years as the top-rated cable news.

“We are extremely proud of the phenomenal achievement created by the hard work and talent of the FOX News Channel employees and recognize how difficult it is for a cable network to sustain this level of dominance for a decade,” said FOX News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. “America has clearly embraced fair and balanced news.”

Talent indeed! Talent in fabricating fact-free anecdotal news: like this , or this, or this, or this; I could go on all day!

Talent in bringing to you entertaining demagogues like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, etc… masquerading as newsmen and political and cultural commentators. And don’t forget the biggest one of them all, the owner of Fox, Rupert Murdoch, who came up with the “fact” that if we invaded Iraq, oil prices will drop to $30.00 a barrel. Rupert Murdoch no less who was subpoenaed to testify before the British house of common and got some of his high-ranking staff convicted of illegally hacking into people’s cell phones and personal records.

We have indeed sunk to where the statement  “America has clearly embraced fair and balanced news” is true.  This is very unsettling. It should put fear in everyone’s heart over the future of this country. We should all be mourning and lamenting reason and critical thinking  instead of cheering and ringing the NASDAQ bell celebrating idiocy.

ekwaysan