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  •  "Always"? (0+ / 0-)

    What are you? Thirteen?

    •  Actually, I'm almost old enough (0+ / 0-)

      to remember Hearst. :-)

      Not old enough to remember Barnum, although his opinion of the American public was . . . well, valid for not just our time.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 10:03:54 AM PST

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      •  There's something about the terminal (0+ / 0-)

        acceleration of human events that looks back, wistfully, on earlier "crises".

        There's never — NEVER — been anything in our history to compare with the combined spreading contagion of willful cognitive dissonance and a booming right-wing media disinformation industry cheering things along.

        Just curious... how do you see things resolving in the direction of reason and critical thinking?

        •  to answer your question: (0+ / 0-)
          how do you see things resolving in the direction of reason and critical thinking?
          I don't.

          To address the rest of your comment: This is a hell of a lot more than Fox "News" and birtherism.  You're looking for the end of the Republic?  Listen to Clapper.

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 12:13:03 PM PST

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          •  I should also add (0+ / 0-)

            that with both parties doing their damndest to destroy education in this country ("Race to the Top" being nothing but "No Child Left Behind" for colleges, after all), I don't see where all this reason and critical thinking is going to be coming from.  Forget the press, which was always close to worthless; the schools are increasingly less of a venue for the development of critical thinking skills as well.

            Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

            by corvo on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 12:14:50 PM PST

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          •  You seriously underestimate (0+ / 0-)

            the scope of that booming right-wing media machine when you limit it to Fox 'News'... there's a widespread presence of wingnut talk radio and some pretty virulent online toxicity, both gobbling up the weak minds of the distracted, the reactionary and the uninformed.

            I share your concern about Clapper and his ilk... but only in principle. I'm still waiting for the first documented case of an innocent citizen-victim of NSA abuses. Their databases are so massive, there aren't enough Americans (with enough time) on this continent to process them down to the level of innocent citizens committing sins of innocuous conversation.

            Call me crazy, but I'm much more concerned about dumbed-down voters and the literal tsunami of braindead right-wing 'media'. Those crazies vote — for people like Goehmert, Inhofe, Stockman, Farenthold and their fellow head-cases — and those head-cases, in turn, infest the Congress... where all the real damage is done.

            •  umm, no, (0+ / 0-)
              You seriously underestimate (0+ / 0-)
              the scope of that booming right-wing media machine when you limit it to Fox 'News'...
              I don't; the diarist does.  That's why I responded in the first place.

              But it's still a lot more than RW media.  Have you not seen the amount of support for the Security State at this very site? and why? because One of Their Own is (nominally?) running the show.

              Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

              by corvo on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 07:21:27 PM PST

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