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Covid-19 Pandemic:  Coming To A Town Near You (March 2, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Epidemiology, Newspapers, Press/Media on March 2, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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J          “You are the only person in America who predicted the precise day that the market would start tanking.”

K          “Don’t let it get around, but I did so by predicting that the market would start tanking every day for the last one thousand and one days.”

J          “Seems that I should have abided the Valentine’s Day e-mail to ‘SELL, SELL, SELL’ immediately.”

. . .

J          “When the 3M N95 valved masks were no longer available, the government passed the word to tell the public they are not effective.” 

K          “You know that the government and the non-governmental agencies are lying at just about every opportunity, but the vexing problem is that the exact opposite of what the government is saying is not always the precise truth.”

. . .

K          “For decades, we discussed the three EEEs.  Sometimes it was energy, environment, economy, and sometimes it was environment, economy, energy and sometimes it was economy, energy, environment.”

J          “Epidemiology.”

K          “The four EEEEs.”

J          “In the new world, it may be epidemiology and energy and then epidemiology and environment and then epidemiology and economy.”

K          “And then epidemiology and epidemiology and epidemiology and epidemiology.”

. . .

K          “And America’s most profitable second-rate newspaper out of New York continues its unrelenting campaign to attack Sanders and to advance Biden while  presenting its inadequate and distorted coverage of the Virus ‘below the fold’ for weeks.”

J          “It is ‘The Times’ we live in today.  It is a time of greed not of greatness.”

K          “We live in an ‘Information Desert’ in an ocean of lies.  The lies of the WHO, CDC and NIH are parroted by the propagandists at the MSM, ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, Faux FOX, MSNBC/DNC, NPR, PBS and others.”

. . .

K          “Think man had a hand in creating it?”

J          “Hands down.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Honesty And Efficiency . . . In Life And Law (July 31, 2017)” and “Seeing 2020:  Covid-19:  BAU v. BAU (February 24, 2020)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Covid-19 Pandemic f.d.b.a. Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

You can’t call it “Pandemic” unless it’s from the Pandemic region of France, otherwise it’s just Sparkling Flu.

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”  Robert A. Heinlein

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.  We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.  The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”  H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”

Afghanistan:  The Usual Lies And Liars.  Oh, And Happy I.F. Stone’s Birthday! (December 16, 2019)

Posted in Afghanistan, MSM, Press/Media, Trumpi, War on December 16, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Each statement and every utterance made by each and every American bureaucrat and official is presumptively a lie scripted with malice aforethought and designed to conscript the underclass into a war for the benefit of the overclass.”

J          “They are like lawyers.  Most of them are lawyers.  When asked how you can tell that a lawyer is lying, the answer is that she or he is moving her or his lips.”

. . .

K          “The lies about Afghanistan by the Democrats and the Republicans are far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far worse than anything that Trumpi has been accused of by the Democrats in the House of Representatives.”          

J          “I would say far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far worse.  And the nearly complete silence by the MSM is an even greater crime than anything that Trumpi has been accused of by the Democrats in the House of Representatives.”  

. . .

[See “I Knew the War in Afghanistan Was a Lie” in “Truthdig” by Danny Sjursen, the 2018 recipient of the Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, dated December 9, 2019; “Our Lying Military, Our Lying Government” in “The American Conservative” by Rod Dreher dated December 9, 2019; “The Afghanistan Papers Confirm America’s Longest War Is a Lie” in “Truthdig” by Sonali Kolhatkar dated December 12, 2019 and “Washington Post’s Afghanistan Story Reveals Core Folly of American Defense Strategy” in “Rolling Stone” by Matt Taibbi dated December 13, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary ten years ago at “The Audacity of Afghanistan (Dec. 7, 2009)”; “Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend ‘War’; The ‘Racket’ Continues (September 7, 2015)” and “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“All governments lie.”  I.F. Stone

“Let everyone who advocates war be enrolled in a special regiment of advance guards, for the front of every storm, of every attack, to lead them all!”  Leo Tolstoy

Plow Shares And Swords.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 28, 2018)

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K          “A sword in one hand, a plow share in the other.”

J          “On this planet, you cannot carry one without the other.”

. . .

K          “I’ll put down the plow and pick up the sword in defense of the village, but not based on a lie.”

J          “If not for lies, there would be far fewer wars.”

K          “They lied, kids died.”

J          “But not their kids.”

. . .

[See the e-ssay titled “The Flag (May 31, 2010)” and the e-commentary at “In Memoriam (May 26, 2014)” and “Reinstate The Draft; Reduce The Demand For War (Somewhat). Oh, And Happy Veterans Day! (November 6, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:  [Big bumper]

When considering the reliability of information provided to you by the government of the United States of America, it is important that you recall and reflect:

They fibbed about Viet Nam.

They fibbed about Cambodia.

They fibbed about Laos.

They fibbed about Cuba.

They fibbed about El Salvador.

They fibbed about Nicaragua.

They fibbed about Guatemala.

They fibbed about Panama.

They fibbed about Honduras.                                                    

They fibbed about Venezuela.

They fibbed about Chile.

They fibbed about the Spanish American War.

They fibbed about the Mexican War.

They fibbed about Pearl Harbor.

They fibbed about 9/11.

They fibbed about Osama bin Laden.

They fibbed about Afghanistan.

They fibbed about Kuwait.

They fibbed about Iraq.

They fibbed about Saddam Hussein.

They fibbed about Libya.

They fibbed about Muammar Gaddafi.

They are fibbing about Yemen.

They are fibbing about Somalia.

They are fibbing about Sudan.

They are fibbing about Syria.

They are fibbing about Palestine.

They are fibbing about Iran.

They are fibbing about Ukraine.

They are fibbing about Niger.

They are fibbing about the War on Terror.

They are fibbing.

They do not seem to be telling the truth.

Things really did not turn out so super in Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria, but who is counting?

But who cares?

Tulsi, MSM, NYT, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Real News, Fake News, Neo-McCarthyism.  Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 28, 2019)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Boycott Series, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, War and Wall Street Party on October 28, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “She is a direct threat to the Ruling Class and the War and Wall Street Party.”

J          “They absolutely will not tolerate her threat under any circumstances.”

. . .

K          “Defining the MSM as they dub it – this Main Stream Media gang – takes some finesse, yet ‘The New York Times’ is certainly a charter member.  Tulsi spoke truth and sincerity and had to be taken down and out.  The NYT assigned one of their journalist assassins to do the hit job and draft the hatchet report.”

J          “And for her obedient efforts, Lisa Lerer will be given a Pulitzer in 2025 if not in 2020.”

. . .

K          “The corporate mouthpiece MSNBC engages girls and boys who sound like a cackle of envious nerds.  The politicians are trapped in high school; the faux journalists are the wannabees trapped in junior high school willing to conform and perform at any and all costs to be accepted by the high school kids.”

J          “And for their obedient efforts, Kimberly Atkins and Jonathan Allen will be given Emmys in 2030 if not in 2020.”

. . .

K          “I try not to buy any product advertised on the Clinton News Network or Fox or MSNBC.  True to agenda, the Clinton Network also decided that Tulsi represented a threat to CNN’s corporate masters and did not challenge a slanderous comment by one of their mouth pieces that was implicitly endorsed by the others.”

J          “And for his obedient efforts, Bakari Sellers will be given a Kennedy Award for Cowardice in 2035 if not in 2020.”

K          “Anything said or read on CNN, Fox or MSNBC is presumptively false and misleading.  However, the presumption is rebuttable.”

. . .

K          “In the past, the psychopaths and sociopaths congregated in politics, yet now they are finding a haven and a refuge in faux journalism.”

J          “No rational and emotionally health person with a modicum of integrity and courage would enter politics or conventional journalism today.”

. . .

K          “Even one of America’s worst and most vicious and deplorable war criminals, Ms. Hillary, is terrified that the concerns expressed by Tulsi reflect the concerns of the average American and threaten the interests of the War and Wall Street Party.”

J          “Lock her up.  Hillary.  After a fair trial.”

K          “Lock her up.  Lock him up.  After fair trials.”

J          “How about co-ed prisons for politicians whose greatest punishment is seeing each other every day in and every day out for decades out in the Yard.”

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K          “One of the many problems, both a cause and a symptom, in a failing Empire is the lack of an Elite.  The American Empire is sans an Elite.”

. . .

[See “Everyone Is a Russian Asset” in “Rolling Stone” by Matt Taibbi dated October 21, 2019, “This MSNBC Clip Is Everything Ugly About Russia Smears” in “Caitlin Johnston.com” by Caitlin Johnston, the recipient of the Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019, dated October 20, 2019, “Green Party Torches Hillary Clinton For Claiming Jill Stein Is ‘Totally’ a Russian Asset” in “Rolling Stone” by Tessa Stuart dated October 18, 2019, “Tulsi Nails it on National TV … US Regime-Change Wars” in “Strategic Culture Foundation” by Finian Cunningham dated October 18, 2019, “The Media War On Truthful Reporting And Legitimate Opinions – A Documentary” in “Moon of Alabama” dated April 21, 2018 and “What You Think Is Controlled By What You Watch, And What You Watch Is Controlled By The Elite” in “The Economic Collapse” by Michael Snyder dated October 24, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary at “The Medium Mandates The Message.  Analog v. Digital: Monopolization & Monetization. Oh, And Happy World Press Freedom Day! (May 7, 2018)”, “A ‘Journalist’ Declares War On Journalists . . . And Journalism (November 28, 2016)”, “Dispatches From The War On Journalism:  The New ‘Nixon’s Enemies List’ (December 5, 2016)”, “DNC:  ‘We’re Losers.  Vote for Us.’ (February 27, 2017)” and “Pulitzers Are Pro-War? Pressing The Pushitzers. (April 22, 2013)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

ABCNNBCBS does not have many answers; Faux/Fox does not even ask the right questions

“You may think you know what you’re dealing with, but, believe me, you don’t.”  Noah Cross (John Huston), “Chinatown”

Psychopaths and Sociopaths for Hillary

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[Don’t] Support Public Media? (June 10, 2019)

Posted in Boycott Series, Journalism, NPR, Press/Media, Radio on June 10, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Not really a boycott, rather a commitment to make a more specific allocation of resources.”

J          “No one cares.”

K          “I could not agree more.”

. . .

K          “Remember our conversation a year ago when I raised the question.  Now I have my answer.  I am supporting programs not stations.  I only contribute to stations in America that broadcast enlightened programs but am not contributing to my local station.  And then I listen to podcasts rather than the local station on my own time.  I will send money to ‘Alternative Radio’ and ‘Counterspin’ and ‘Democracy Now’ and ‘51 percent’.  That is the benchmark of commitment.”

J          “And the one you canonized as Saint Terry Gross.”

. . .

J          “No one cares.”

K          “I could not agree more.”

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[The Raytheon Company and United Technologies Corporation are merging to create United Ray Guns Corporation.]

[See the e-commentary at “National People’s Radio?; National Public Radio?; National Petroleum Radio?; National Propaganda Radio? (June 11, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

No one cares.  I could not agree more.

Attempting to Care . . . Loading Please Wait

The Release Of The Redacted Robert Rorschach Report (April 22, 2019)

Posted in Courage, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pulitzer on April 22, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .    

J          “Not as carefully yet.”

K          “But that does not seem to be an impediment for most people.”

. . .

J          “Others claim to have mined the Report for nuggets.  What is in the Report and whether it is incriminating or exonerating turns on who one turns to for direction and indoctrination.” 

K          “The Report could be one thousand empty white pages allowing one thousand empty-headed babblers of all political planks to fill in the blanks.”

J          “Or one thousand redacted black pages that could be divined by one thousand self-appointed secular priests and priestesses.”

. . .

K          “I never shared your faith in Mueller.  Anyone concerned about Truth cannot not be disappointed by the longevity of the investigation and the superficiality of the Report that is available for review to date.”

J          “Further proof that America does not produce individuals who can serve competently as lawyers or judges or special counsel.”

K          “But it has produced a generation of journalists who cannot even ask insightful questions.”

J          “They parry and riposte, but do not read Parry or reason.”

. . .

K          “Reminds me of the tony cocktail party at Tony’s a half dozen years ago when Assange’s picture exploded on a television monitor/mirror parked haphazardly off in a corner.  Everyone ceased barking mid-sentence and simultaneously branded him either a ‘Traitor’ or a ‘Hero’ before inhaling another suspire and exhaling further unsolicited opinions.”

J          “The more things change.”

. . .

K          “With all the hired help doing all that investigating all that time, they should have been able to confirm the findings of William Binney and the ‘Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)’ that the documents were downloaded not hacked which further supports those who contend that he is a hero.”

J          “Assange or Binney?  . . .  Or Assange and Binney?  I now understand that my man Mueller never even consulted with either of them.  That is another major failing.”

. . .

K          “Assange should receive a pardon and a Pulitzer.”

J          “Pardons are given to those in the Club, but not to great and courageous citizens.  Pulitzers are given to those in the Club, but not to great and courageous journalists.”

. . .

K          “So the Russian involvement in the election was incidental and insignificant particularly in comparison to the Dark Money and other nation-state actors such as Israel that played major roles with no public scrutiny or even mention.”

J          “Agree.”

K          “Trumpi may have had some limited communication but no active and on-going collusion which is not surprising because Trumpi just does not play well with others.”

J          “Agree.”

K          “Trumpi is engaged in on-going racketeering, money laundering, tax evasion, obstruction of justice and jay walking.”

J          “Agree.  However, I still don’t trust the Russians.  They are up to no good.  And I never trusted Trumpi.  He is down to much bad.”

. . .

[See the article titled “VIPS Fault Mueller Probe, Criticize Refusal to Interview Assange” in “Consortium News” crafted by the “Steering Group of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)” dated April 16, 2019 and the article titled “ROBERT PARRY:  All Investigative Journalists Do What Julian Assange Did” in “Consortium News” by Robert Parry first published on December 16, 2010.]   

[See the e-commentary at “Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013)”, “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion.  Epilogue (March 25, 2019)” and “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)” for the earlier conversation.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Robert Rorschach Report

Most investigative journalists today are neither investigators nor journalists

Happy Earth Day!

Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019 (April 15, 2019)

Posted in Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pushitzer on April 15, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Caitlin Johnstone for stirring the pot, asking hard questions, demanding answers, rejecting lies, spotlighting uncomfortable truths, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.  And being a journalist and a patriot for the Planet.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018)”, “Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)”, “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)” and “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)”.]

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2020 and a supporting letter by January 24, 2020 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

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Bumper stickers of the week:

For good and honest stuff

Dissent is patriotic

“The purpose of arresting #JulianAssange is to send a message to the people, especially journalists, to be quiet and don’t get out of line.  If we, the people, allow the government to control us through fear, we are no longer free, we are no longer America.”  Tulsi Gabbard

Russian Interference; Russian Collusion.   Epilogue (March 25, 2019)

Posted in Democrats, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Trumpi, War and Wall Street Party on March 25, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “I never doubted that the Russians were involved incidentally in the election, but they did not necessarily collude with Donaldo Trumpi or his ilk and did not significantly impact the outcome.  Seriously investigating and prosecuting Trumpi’s money laundering and racketeering shenanigans over the decades has now been sidelined for at least two more years.  His tax evasions, perjurious statements, obstructions of justice and dubious business dealings with the Russians and others could put him away in less luxurious government housing for hundreds of years, if we lived in a country with the rule of law.”

J          “That is always the catch.  He needs to be residing at public expense in the graybar hotel not in the White House.”

. . .

K          “You could not miss that not much was really going on because not much was really going on.  A few small time punks and grifters were charged, but a serious investigation and prosecution would have involved regular public indictments and purposeful movement up the food chain.  The outcome was signaled and unfolded every month.”

J          “A thousand Manaforts are lurking in public view just between McLean and Bethesda-Chevy Chase.”    

. . .

K          “The profitable newspapers and the Faux (Fox), MSNBC and CNN gab/gossip shows made a small fortune on the side show dubbed Russiagate.”

J          “I find myself dismissing and disregarding the ‘Main Stream Media’ along with others across the political spectrum.  The political and social and economic opportunity costs of the side show are staggering.  Too much day light has been burned to date.”

. . .

K          “So few are willing or able to admit that the ‘D’ division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ through its deplorable cabal at the DNC nominated a deplorable candidate in a rigged primary election and then ran a deplorable campaign in the secondary election.  All she had to do was eschew the word ‘deplorable’, modify the sloppy solipsistic slogan from ‘I’m with her’ to ‘She’s with me’, and make a campaign stop or two in Sheboygan and Saginaw and Sandusky and pretend to be concerned about the legitimate grievances of the little folks.  There was no possible way to lose the election.”

J          “If the suppressed vote had been counted, she would have won.  If the populace had been prudent enough to revoke the accreditation of the Electoral College before the election, she would have won in a landslide.”

K          “Russiagate is a collective attempt at therapy by individuals who do not get it and are incapable of getting it and are unwilling to get it.  Losers sometime lose because they are losers and they deserve to lose.”

. . .

J          “I still don’t trust the Russians.  They are up to no good.  I never trusted Trumpi.  He is down to much bad.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)” for the earlier conversation.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

If you don’t get it, you don’t get it.

Release the Report