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Where to begin?  I'm so glad I don't watch U.S. TV news (unless I'm doing research on corporate propaganda).  If I did; if I watched ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, FoxNews, local affiliates in San Francisco, Miami, Houston, New York City, New Orleans, San Jose, San Diego, Denver, Austin, Chicago, or any other city in the U.S., I would not only be totally misinformed, I would be totally manipulated to an Orwellian-like degree.

God forbid... I would be talking and writing and focusing on the latest Kabuki theater bullshit story, like Benghazi, or the IRS targeting the Tea Party, or the Justice Department spying on the AP.  I'm so glad I don't fall for that bullshit almost-amateurish corporate propaganda and distractions.

That allows me to stay focus on the real deal; on the most important news there is: How powerful supra-national business interests and the super-rich are paying off politicians of both major (and corrupt) political parties to move their agenda forward.

An agenda predicated on exploiting the citizenry in the name of profit.  All the political and social dysfunction emanates from that.  There are thousands of emails, phone calls, PowerPoint presentations, meetings, etc., happening right now as you read this, which will result in the following: the expansion and entrenchment of the total-information-awareness police state; the exploitation (and ravaging) of our natural environment in the name of private profit; the expansion of for-profit private prisons; the defunding of the social safety net and government operations (a.k.a. the dismantling of democracy); the defunding or underfunding or pillaging of pension funds; the passing of thousands of bills (big and small) that chip away at our constitutional rights, consumer protections, workers' rights, public education.

Good sources for news: Democracy Now! - - AlertNet - Human Rights Watch - Center For Investigative Reporting. Corporate Shills (IMHO): MSNBC, CNN, FoxNews, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR (National Petroleum Radio) - Avoid as much as you can
All this is happening at warp speed, nonstop, day and night, and because I protect myself from the mind-numbing harmful effects of watching the American U.S. news media, I'm able to keep my eye on the ball, instead of being distracted like the dogs in the movie "Up!," when they heard the word "squirrel."  If I was religious, I would say, "Thank God almighty for that!"

I'm looking to connect with others who feel the same.  I'm setting up a nationwide network of activists, and one important component involves research.  I want to build and maintain a database of politicians across the country, and their relationships with their corporate funders.  I want to understand exactly how ALEC is working behind the scenes, what type of legislation they are pushing, which politicians are they paying off, flying to "educational" conferences.

Strength lies in organization, in careful long-range planning and implementation, in consistency of action over an indefinite period of years, in the scale of financing available only through joint effort, and in the political power available only through united action and national organizations.

- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell

As the network of activists grow, we'll coordinate strategy and tactics to expose the influence-peddling corruption in very public manner (visit this site to get ideas: Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution).

We'll do research, we'll do public relations campaigns, send out press releases to media outlets, organize strategic protest rallies (i.e., eventually target every high-priced fund raising event).  We'll set up teams in multiple cities that will meet on a regular basis to form friendships, gather intelligence, come up with strategies, and then bring it all together in a nationwide network capable of acting in coordination for the foreseeable future.

Check out my latest newsletter: May 14, 2013 Let's Get Together! - Nationwide Network of Social Justice Activists
Not watching the American news programs (i.e., mind-numbing propaganda), gives me the energy to focus on this project.  Would you join me?
Special thanks and recognition to Meteor Blades for joining the network of activists.

Each blue dot on the map below represents a member of a growing nation-wide network of social justice and anti-corruption activists committed to finding the best way forward.  Join us in the effort!

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Originally posted to Ray Pensador on Tue May 14, 2013 at 03:34 PM PDT.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  When did this suddenly become a paradox? (4+ / 0-)

    I mean, seriously...

  •  OMG, we have Meteor Blades! (5+ / 0-)

    We are cooking now.  

    You are right about the US media.  It is so hard to explain to people what it is like to live overseas and watch the US news.

    On my last trip home, sitting in the airport, I struck up a conversation with a man also waiting on a flight.  I talked about how strange it all looks from overseas and part way through our conversation, I realized from his point of view that he was a republican - but he was also interested in my observations.  As we talked, he began to look real sad and he said, "We are so divided now".  I could see that he felt desperate about the situation.  The conversation gave me hope.

    We may not all agree, but I started to realize that many on the right also know that something is wrong as well.  Beating them over the head is not the solution - they are also afraid.

    It may take some time, but I believe that we are going to get out of this mess.

    It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

    by ciganka on Tue May 14, 2013 at 03:46:46 PM PDT

  •  Ray... (2+ / 0-)
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    I think your effort to organize on a state by state, city by city, town by town, street by street effort is great, but your use of language is killing your message. You sound like an academic version of Rage Against The Machine. So you are going  to attract the academic types who rage properly against the machine, but I don't know how this plays in Peoria or if you care how this plays in Peoria.

    Drew Westen breaks things down on how to communicate to people to draw them in and have them embrace your message. Here is a link to one example from his blog.

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Tue May 14, 2013 at 03:50:55 PM PDT

    •  Ok, so I name you now the messaging and (3+ / 0-)
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      public relations guy!  Are you in?  


      Yes, this is the type of feedback I need.  I'm only one guy and I bring my own baggage, limitations, biases, etc.  So the more people that help me pull the wagon, the better.

      •  I can help (2+ / 0-)
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        Shoot me a message when you have think you need to tighten up your message.

        I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

        by jbou on Tue May 14, 2013 at 04:08:10 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Ray, the news is not where you want to be looking (1+ / 0-)
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        quite yet, like the song said the revolution will not be televised. We all know what is happening and why, the question that you commendably seek to answer is how to restore democracy. That takes a certain amount of legal rocket science and high level strategy of the level of Lincoln's attack on Douglas and TR's attacks on the Court in 1912. That is because going back to Dred Scott and certainly the first gilded age we know who the real enemy is, and its always a plutocratic Court. The question raised by naive amendment proponents begins to get at it, the declaration of independence of OWS begins to get at it. It is a movement that results in restoring the voting power of the electorate. So building on OWS, it takes voters who will make an independent impact on the corrupt parties, that is by taking their jobs away if they don't end corruption, and by rewarding them for ending corruption. This is quickly built online unlike the old slow moving Antisaloon League, women's suffrage, civil rights, etc.  Single issue voting movements that declare independence from partisanship is how the system has always worked. This is the only shot and you should be honed in on a timeline of completion for getting money voted out of politics like NASA was honed in on landing a person on the moon. But here its much easier because it's been done before as by TR, people just don't have a clue about American history or the legal system and it takes some real thinking to think it through, i.e., if you ever read Lincoln's debates. I would say it takes the same level of study as understanding the Constitution. When you study it, you will realize that the enemy already knows this stuff becasue they know which exits to close. The one shot is to take the significance out of partisanship, it will stay standing but progressive, no longer a funding source but a public service. Some of the basic instruction is available in the legal treatise at  

  •  MMS (5+ / 0-)

    Your post is dead on! I have cut the US mms off for a couple of years now. I see things now that I have never seen before. I have been lurking on Kos about 8 years and I am begining to not go along with some of the things I'm reading here. Just like yourself I've come to realize that Dems and Repubs are all the same or work for the same overlords, not us! PS. I work for a main propaganda outlet I wont say more.  

  •  Just left a small store which had CNN (2+ / 0-)
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    playing.  The story was the current IRS kerfluffle.  A man turned to me and moaned about how horrible the IRS is.  Well, being the brat that I am, I replied, "The IRS is my friend."  

    Don't ask me what I meant, just being wary about the coming majority R Congress investigation.

    Will they try to repeal the IRS?  Don't laugh.

    United Citizens beat Citizens United

    by ThirtyFiveUp on Tue May 14, 2013 at 06:57:18 PM PDT

  •  Exactly what I expected. The purpose of TV is (1+ / 0-)
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    revenue from commercials. So, the networks put the same effort into all their filler - news, reality shows, dramas, situation comedies, crime thrillers, etc. It is all equally low quality and it drove me away from the idiot box years ago.

    I voted with my feet. Good Bye and Good Luck America!!

    by shann on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:17:04 AM PDT

  •  The British royal family. (2+ / 0-)
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    For some reason, the network evening news has a multi-minute puff piece on the various British royals almost every night, on every network.
      In general, they can handle three items of something resembling news, and they report it from a "both sides do it" perspective. Foreign news, to the extent there is any, is recycled from some other country's news media, or else is reported by the one official foreign correspondent, who reports the official US govt story.
       Climate change? It gets mentioned if there is a weather disaster. Otherwise, crickets.
       They do cover the important stuff though, that being the British royal family.

  •  Hey Ray, good post....You left out one extremely (1+ / 0-)
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    critical component of the mythology pushed by the corporate media (I tend to think that its the most important deception).......called The Big Lie......this is the false neo-liberal economic belief that the Federal Govt's finances are just like a household or business.  Namely, that the like households, the Federal Govt must either collect taxes or borrow money in order to spend US dollars.  This is patently false, the US Govt is the source of all NET financial assets for the non-govt.  Nobody has the legal authority under Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution to create a monetary system except for Congress.  The US dollar is a public monopoly, there is no such thing as the creator and issuer of the national currency running our of dollars or needing to get its own money from its citizens before it can spend a dollar.  This is The Biggest Lie, IMO.  Because, it allows the Govt to reduce benefits and investment into the public and the people wholly based off the strange belief that the US Govt finances are just like your household or business budget.  

    Please follow our group 'Money and Public Purpose' here at Kos and familiarize yourself with the only school of economic thought that is concerned with the truly seismic paradigm shift that occurred to our nation's monetary system after August 15, 1971 when Nixon ended the gold standard and created our current purely fiat currency system.....commonly known Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), post-keynesians, or heterodox economists

    MMT = Reality

    "The Earth is my country and Science my religion" Christiaan Huygens

    by Auburn Parks on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:06:06 AM PDT

  •  I've been saying for years that the U.S. Corporate (1+ / 0-)
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    media will go the way of Pravda.
    I think the process is in progress.
    After being deceived by fake WMD stories and the 2008 economic meltdown/ scam, how many times are people going to lied to and still accept the media deceptions and distractions?

    The right wing is doubling down and screaming as loud and as incessantly as is possible to continue to distract the American people from the realities of today's world.
    And there are still a huge percentage of people/ parrots who parrot shallow talking points, but are incapable of intelligently  articulating why they believe what they believe.
    I think there is an analogy to the old Soviet Union where people eventually started to disregard the party propaganda apparatus/ Pravda.
    It was no longer credible and only the most gullible party diehards and the people who had a personal stake in keeping the staus quo going still supported the "official" view of reality.

    One difference is that the riches involved in our system dwarf the wealth of the old Eastern Bloc which means billions of dollars are going to support keeping the propaganda system going and buying politicians and judges.

    Hopefully the millennials will provide the weight that brings down the old propaganda system or makes it irrelevant.
    When a false meme collapses it can be sudden and complete.
    There needs to be a strong and constant pushback against the propaganda.
    Our voices need to be as loud and as incessant as theirs.
    It's a tough long road, but if the Eastern Europeans could stop believing the decades of lies being fed to them in 1989, we should be able to do it also.

    I greatly appreciate this diary for saying what needs to be said.

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