Wall Street Protests

Lisa Romero has a great piece here on the media coverage of the protests. PR Watch has a good piece here on the Wisconsin legislature’s Republicans using tricky parliamentary rules to keep secret the corporate funding of groups spending huge money on election ads.
Alternet has an excerpt from the new book Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit From the Nest Eggs of Americans Workers, by Ellen E. Schultz
The title says what you need to know.
The Economic Policy Institute has a detailed piece debunking the myth being perpetuated by the corporate media and Republican presidential candidates that regulatory uncertainty is to blame for our current jobs crisis. It’s a bit long and detailed. And that I think is my point in this addendum to the last longer post. A lot of this stuff is complicated and cannot be elucidated or understood in a 30 second sound bite or even a 500 word argument. And yet to really know what is going on in the country takes time and study, and the vast majority of Americans just don’t have time or interest to to do that. So we get snookered by ongoing propaganda. As the great Bill Moyers once said, “News is what powerful people want to keep hidden. Everything else is just publicity.” Or, one could say, propaganda. Most of it is hidden in plain sight; but people have lives and pressing daily issues. And yet our only real hope it to somehow get them to make the time to more fully understand what is really going on.

About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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