Archive for August, 2007

If FOX News is all you watch…you better get out more!

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

With several huge stories swirling in the media and obviously at the top of many people’s minds FOX News seems to avoid them all.  Clean sweep!  Story is here

Do you feel richer?

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Do you feel like you are making more money?  In a way you are however in a way you are not.  Recent Census Bureau stats show that income is up….BUT actually the reverse is true when you fully see the picture…the story is here

Pro Life people…they love people…people who love people!

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Pro Life…but perhaps not all life just some life.  Story is here

And by the way…shouldn’t Universal Health Care be a part of a Pro Life stance?  How is Universal Health Care contrary to the Pro Life agenda?  How come the candidates against abortion call themselves Pro Life.  It seems that all candidates that are against Universal Health Care call  themselves Pro Life and the people that would allow abortions are for Universal Health Care but they are not Pro Life?  Wouldn’t a livable wage be a part of a Pro Life stance?  Having enough money to buy food and pay for very expensive health care that is not provided by an employer is not Pro Life?  Shouldn’t Pro Life people be anti war?  It is interesting that the people that were most pro war call themselves Pro Life as well.  Would Pro Life people be FOR the investigating of what the miracle of Embryonic Stem Cells can hold?  Stem Cells are blobs of cells that are headed to the trash dump…literally…so why not hand them over to science and see what they can do with them as opposed to throwing them in a dumpster so that life can be preserved…but Pro Life people are generally against this research on soon to be trash. 

It seems those that are Pro Life are not very Pro Life after all! 

Very confusing!  Political stances here

So are we safer or are we not safer?

Monday, August 20th, 2007

It looks like we don’t think the present course is helping much!!!  Story is here.

TheRealNews.com

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

There seems to be a new serious online news operation that in its short life has already produced quite a few highly interesting news reports on what is going on around the world.  If you go to their homepage you can check out their mission statement and see what their plans are for the future.  Their goals are lofty and their production value is absolutely professional however they are saying that they are not bound to corporate advertising dollars which will allow them to give a view of the Real News that is not tainted by governments nor advertisers.
 

Their homepage is here
http://therealnews.com/
 

They are off to a very interesting start and expect to expand to a daily news report in 2008.  The focus of their operations will be the Presidential campaign as the year goes on. 

14 points of fascism

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

14 points of fascism.  Video is here

FOX News and the sexualization of their “reporters”

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

The usual FOX News ticker that rides on top of the crawl at the bottom of the screen takes up about 1/4 of the screen is removed for some reason here.  Hm.  Look at the very beginning 2 seconds and the very last 2 seconds of this video to see the norm…and then the very healthy reporter in this middle of the report has no text on top of the crawl.  Gee…I wonder why they removed the text?  Video is here.  So why have we not heard from the FOX HR Department about this obvious sexual objectification of this FOX reporter…unless she likes it perhaps.

Cheney was absolutely correct!!!

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

And then he actually had the power to do something.  See video here

Michael Vick and the dogs he is said to have killed

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Just sickening!  Story is here

Wal Mart is being hurt by the business plan of Wal Mart

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

So Wal Mart has a business plan of low salaries…28 hours is fulltime…no overtime…and things will be rosy!  Well…it seems that one of the big reasons for the recent upheaval on Wall Street is an issue at Wal Mart.  It seems that the people they target…low income people…are having trouble making their paychecks stretch to the end of the month.  So this really means that Wal Mart is being hurt by people at Wal Mart not making enough money to shop at Wal Mart.  How ironic!  Story is here

Info about Wal Mart is here and another good page about Wal Mart is here.  More analysis about Wal Mart’s workers not being paid enough.  How much do Wal Mart workers make and how about their CEO?

Doesn’t Wal Mart offer health plans to its people?  Uh..well…look here.

And you know the usual 40 hour work week equals 2000 working hours per year (50 working weeks x 40 hours per week).  If you make 1 dollar per hour your yearly salary is $2000.  $10 per hour is $20,000 per year.  But if you work 28 hours per week…which translates to 1400 hours per year (50 work weeks with 2 weeks off) and your pay is $9.68 per hour which is the average Wal Mart hourly pay that sees you with a yearly paycheck of $13,552.  So with people making this little money and they often have several kids that means the workers of Wal Mart need federal aid.  That is where you step in. 

And oh by the way…chew on this fact…if Sam Walton started Wal Mart then his kid’s last names would be Walton as well so just look for the name Walton on that page.  See how much they are collectively worth.

US life expectancy drops sharply

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

A combination of expensive health insurance and an ever-increasing rate of obesity appear to be behind a startling fall by the US in the world rankings of life expectancy.Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, America has dropped from 11th to 42nd place in 20 years, according to official US figures.

Dr Christopher Murray, head of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said: “Something’s wrong here when one of the richest countries in the world, the one that spends the most on health care, is not able to keep up with other countries.”

Story is here

The skew of the FOX News viewer

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

So I watch FOX News…but I do it in hopes of being able to catch the inaccuracies.  It is almost like a drinking game where you take a drink when you see a slanted phrase or something that is just wrong…the difference is that I do it without the drinks or maybe another bottle of Starbuck’s Frappuccino.  I always thought it was strange that FOX News had such ratings that it did but an interesting study on the thoughts of the media and world by the FOX viewers shows that they really see things differently than other people.  Report is here

FOX News Video: Reporter apparently does not watch the rest of her report when shaping her assessment.

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZdWG-0Ue_E
 

FOX News Video: Reporter apparently does not watch the rest of her report when shaping her assessment.
 

During her close-up assessment of what she has seen this FOX News reporter is amazed that she is able to walk in an open air market in Iraq for the first time in 2 years.  Note that she did not say if she tried before…just that she has not done it.  Walking in an open air market.  WOW!  Granted, she admits she has more security that John McCain had in his market walk a few months ago as she is embedded with a General on tour.  She has the 82nd Airborne surrounding her on the ground and a few attack helicopters in the air…but isn’t it amazing that she had the confidence to walk in an open air market wearing only full body armor and helmet as she was surrounded by these dozens of troops?  As she makes primitive hand gestures to the Iraqis who describe their relatives being killed and explaining how there are relatively few shoppers buying anything this video must demand that the close up of the reporter be the weighty part of the report as the reporter says things are looking up as opposed to every other sentence of the report which just confirms that things are looking down.  Then again isn’t this typical of so many things sold to Americans from the time that George W Bush said he was a uniter and not a divider…they hate us for our freedoms…they knew exactly where the WMDs were…Saddam had a hand in 9/11…we do not torture and so many more.  Remember, do not look at the facts surrounding the report…look to the reporter and the close-up in which they look you in the eye and say things are going well…as the fire of war rages around the reporter in the stories of the people being afraid to live.  We report…you decide.  The words of the report sure helped me decide!

Does America need to be destroyed to save it?

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

Amazingly insane evaluation of terrorism is propped up by several right wingers in the media.  I like the second from the last line which is  “The unity brought by such an attack sadly won’t last forever.”  So then…we would need another 9/11 and then another and then another. 

99 Reasons To Be Embarrassed You Ever Voted Republican in the 21st Century

Monday, August 6th, 2007

99 Reasons To Be Embarrassed You Ever Voted Republican in the 21st Century.  Story is here

Where do you stand?

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Here is where the Presidential candidates stand.  Story is here.

Who are you…are you one of 300,000 or are you one of 150,000,000?

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Senator Bernie Sanders asks some great questions about the current state of the US economy and the question is truly which group are you in?  Are you one of the 300,000 or are you one of the 150,000,000?  Video is here

Dennis Miller is dead to me

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Oh my god!!! 

His hair is gone as is his stylish dress as is his mind. 

Dennis miller is dead to me 

 

Dead I tells ya!!!!

George W Bush will never go after Osama Bin Laden

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

And here is why.  Story is here