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  •  I used to watch the nightly news religiously, (9+ / 0-)

    now, not so much. I still watch occasionally to find out what's happened in the country, but as soon as they start talking about politics or economics or the like, I'm gone.
    I can only conclude that there is no organized response to right-wing BS because the majority of democrats want to play nice in the sandbox, and almost all of them are beholden to the same power brokers and money people as republicans. They can argue and equivocate all day long without getting to the core of the issue.
    The only way to effect any real change is from the outside, along the lines of the OWS protests. And that will only work if the pressure builds and is maintained and channeled effectively. The way Thom Hartman puts it is "When the parade gets big enough, polititians will grab a sign and jump in front of it."

    Trickle-down theory; the less than elegant metaphor that if one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows. - J.K. Galbraith

    by Eric Twocents on Sat Jan 07, 2012 at 07:11:34 AM PST

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    •  those protests have been enabling for politicians (2+ / 0-)
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      and as long as they are large and sustained they will continue to enable.

      they have been one of the only movements the last 20 years louder, temporarily, than RW talk radio- basically 'getting the back' of liberal ideal and reps.

      but that giant radio megaphone is not only very loud, it is well directed and coordinated by the think tank pros and as long as it can be used that effectively and with so little obstruction it's going to make OWS less effective and be  able to counter the positives with their continued and well-targeted enabling and intimidation- getting the backs of the 1%.

      US universities contradict their mission statements and endorse climate denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sat Jan 07, 2012 at 07:34:00 AM PST

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      •  Use Radio While you can. In San Francisco KGO's (2+ / 0-)
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        left to libertarian programming was pulled by Cumulus (Romney owned) and Green960 now KNEW960 replaced Thom Hartmann with Glenn Beck.

        "We don't live in a democracy . . . we live in a capitalist oligarchy, with some democratic representation…Social Security, Medicare, the minimum wage, or labor unions?… The capitalist oligarchy …were forced to accept them"…Howard Zinn

        by jim d on Sat Jan 07, 2012 at 04:14:11 PM PST

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        •  they're going to do more of that pre election IMO (0+ / 0-)

          and liberals could really gain in house and senate if they found a way to reduce that giant radio advantage

          US universities contradict their mission statements and endorse climate denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

          by certainot on Sat Jan 07, 2012 at 04:47:29 PM PST

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