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Do You Subscribe to Your Local Paper ?
I still do, have for years. It's been a part of my morning ritual for as long as I can remember; put the coffee on, go out and get the paper, read the news, sip the coffee. It was ever thus and it just feels right. I couldn't believe what happened this year when our subscription came due. I got a bill for $247.57 for 7-day home delivery. It had been creeping up slowly for the last 35 years or so and was around $190 last year. This was a 30% increase in one year. It's like they were trying to get me to stop my subscription. After I recovered my composure I called them up, fully intending to register my displeasure in the strongest possible terms. When the Customer Service Rep answered the phone I knew it would do no good the raise Hell with her, no doubt she had taken many calls like mine from grumpy old farts with rate shock. She explained that the rate I had been getting was no longer available, as though it had been some promotional deal or something, and there was no recourse, pay the new rate or drop the subscription. I told her that it looked like a suicidal policy on the part of the corporate owners. When newspaper subscribers are literally dying off it seems almost cruel to kick those few who remain in the teeth with a rate increase of that size; not a good way to reward customer loyalty. I renewed my subscription, of course, but next year, who knows ?
Newspaper readership, and subscription rates, and advertising revenue have been falling for a long time. The trend predates the internet and is attributable to television. Television is where most Americans get their news. Unfortunately, television news is not a very good source and anyone who depends on the picture-box to stay informed, and millions do, is making a horrendous mistake. One of the many reasons this is so is the lack of depth in TV news stories. You can see this if you count the number of sentences in each story. It's usually only 4 or 5 sentences per item. If you saw a typical TV news story in written form it would be obvious how little information is being given. Another drawback to broadcast news is that it's sequential. If you're reading a newspaper story and you don't fully understand a sentence or see how it ties in you can go back and read it again. You can't do that with TV news. That segment is over, on to the next, no going back. And of course there's the fact that so much news is left out, especially on the local news. By the time they do the local traffic stuff, the sports and weather and all the commercials there's damned little time left for news.
And finally, there's this. Local news personalities are not really reporters. A lot of times they're just reading prepared news releases, corporate propaganda masquerading as news. This one is pretty funny but I'm sure many of them are not so benign.
OK, that's all I got today. What's on your mind ? Got something interesting to share ?
Do You Subscribe to Your Local Paper ?
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About 20 Kossacks showed up by the time everyone arrived with two new Kossacks (since mid-November) and five people attending their first meet-up. L.A. is making progress!
Here's one photo:
L-R: gmats, Roman Smith, recoveringConservative, Brecht, Shockwave, Chiwere, Moody Loner, susans, Dave in Northridge, Floja Roja, joemarkowitz, 714Day & Gay CA Democrat
Next event will be the LAKossacks rolling out the red carpet for out-of-towner Shanikka on March 15th for lunch! Venue will be announced soon.
roberb7, who is the organizer of the newly formed Daily Kos Group Mexican Kossacks, provides a well-written recap of the recent Democrats Abroad event in Puerto Vallarta. Tom Hayden, a member of the California State Assembly for 18 years, was the guest speaker.
While GreyHawk had many Kossacks sign up to attend his lunch and museum event, some had to cancel at the last minute because of a large snow storm rolling in. Four intrepid souls managed to attend: GreyHawk, HawkWife, Knockbally and deltadoc. I've always said that even two Kossacks is a meet-up and a very worthwhile one.
GreyHawk and his attendees pulled together a terrific re-cap diary with each person's written perspective and all the photos each Kossacks took of the snow and food pr0n. It's a fun diary and a great example of one way to document these meatspace events.
There's only one photo of some of the Kossacks who attended. So I'm going to post one of mine I took of GreyHawk and HawkWife when I met them in Providence at NN12.
Left Photo: knockbally and HawkWife - Right Photo: GreyHawk, HawkWife & ember
I'm so impressed with the Seattle Kossacks, right now. EagleOfFreedom offered to take up the reins of collecting local Kossacks for camaraderie and action. In a very short time he started the group, communicated with me, set the event and got almost a dozen folks to join the ranks in person. Kudos!
So, you Seattle Kossacks, you've got a group now and John Crapper has offered to be an admin of the group. How swell is that?
SEATTLE KOSSACKS! Look for each other in the comments and gather together, invite one another and let's see more folk show up at the next event. AND the next action event.
Once again Kossacks prove they are for real.
L-R: N in Seattle, Regina in a Sears Kit House, bleeding blue, doingbusinessas
L-R: ?, John Crapper, EagleOfFreedom, mlharges
All photos courtesy of mlharges
SFKossacks Welcome Matching Mole and bwren
with a Birding Event Plus Dinner
Last Sunday, matching mole, who flew in from the East Coast, and bwren, who flew in from Seattle, were picked up and chaffeured by the founder of Dawn Chorus, lineatus. She drove them to meet with other SFKossacks and Central Valley Kossacks to do some bird watching in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area on San Francisco Bay. I'll leave the telling of that story up to lineatus in her Sunday morning series.
I'll be covering the dinner we had that evening to welcome our out-of-towners.
wink from Netrootsradio.com by KosMail to schedule airtime with them to live broadcast your Event. Wink & Justice will then promote it on The After Show radio program!
Tuesday, February 25th
Kansas-Missouri Kossacks Attend State Rally at the Capital
Equality Kansas, the ACLU of Kansas, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and MAINstream Coalition are hosting an Equality Rally
TIME: 1:00-4:30 PM Rally 5:00 PM Kossack Dinner
LOCATION: Kansas State Capitol
300 SW 10th Ave • Topeka
ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend. He needs some fellow Kossacks to perform some easy tasks. Please see his diary link below to see if you can help.
Latest diary: Kos-Meetup & Rally at the Kansas Capital, February 25
6. Geiiga's spouse
Saturday, March 15th
Sacramento/Central Valley Kossacks and the SFKossacks Demonstrate at "Don't Frack California"
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: California State Capitol
1315 10th St. • Sacramento
Latest diary: The California Frack Wars: Episode 3 Revenge Of The Greed
1. Anthony Page aka SecondComing
2. Mrs. Goo
3. Dan Bacher
7. Meteor Blades
11. Glen the Plumber
Saturday, April 5th
Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle
ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Arrive
Saturday, May 3rd
DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
7. GulfGal 98
8. Otteray Scribe
10. people power granny
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