Susan on the Soapbox: Trudeau forgets Alberta; Alberta flips out

Canada is a special place; but Alberta is a little prickly. The Soapbox family celebrated Canada Day at Olympic Plaza trying to dislodge a Big Red Ball wedged between some girders, admiring children’s art work (our favourite was a mask made by a second grader who said it represented her love of dogs and money), ...

The Canadian Progressive: How the everyday use of militaristic jargon makes us more combative

The language of warfare and violence dominates public discourse in the United States and around the world, even when war isn’t part of the conversation. Nan Levinson, a writer, teacher, and journalist covering civil and human rights, culture, and the military, discusses how the normalization of militaristic jargon is making us more combative and less ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Trump Media Method – Vague and Uncritically Accepted Horse-Shit, yet it works. :/

http://sandalwoodandsunlight.tumblr.com/post/154136300483 Filed under: Politics Tagged: Media, Media Manipulation, Politics, Propaganda, USA

Dead Wild Roses: Media Complicity – The Wars We Fight

John Pilger does what a journalist is supposed to do.  He questions decisions made by those who are in charge and hold them to account for their decisions.  As witnessed during the lead up to the Iraq war in 2003 most of the easily accessible media in the West is, for the most part uncritical ...

Dead Wild Roses: Testing the Manufacturing Consent Hypothesis – Jill Stein

From Counterpunch:   “Jill Stein, the Green Party’s nominee for president, has been the sudden target of attacks from all corners of online media since the official end of Bernie Sanders’ campaign at the Democratic National Convention. Outlets like the Washington Post, New York Magazine and Gizmodo have assaulted Stein by using out-of-context quotes to ...

Scripturient: Where is Che now that we need him?

Maybe it’s simple nostalgia, but it seems to me the world was a lot better off when the Soviet Union was around. Really. Bear with me while I explain. When the USSR was the main enemy of our loudly-proclaimed free and democratic society, we struggled to measure ourselves against its yardstick. If the USSR claimed ...

Scripturient: Type Crimes and Taxes

Type crime is the term author Ellen Lupton uses in her book, Thinking With Type, to describe egregiously bad typography. That description came to mind as I perused the latest fluff mailer from our MP; the so-called “Tax Guide.” So-called because it isn’t a guide: it’s the usual, dreary Conservative whack-a-mole propaganda about how great ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: “The News” – Jefferson, Chomsky, propaganda, and alternatives

As I keep saying, stop watching, reading or listening to “the news.” It is misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, distortion, lies and illusions, mass distraction and mass manipulation – psychological warfare, to put it in the terms of the “intelligence” community – mixed together with a healthy dose of sheer trivia, sensationalism and fluff ( also largely ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Bernie Sanders: The backlash is on – surprise, surprise!

Bernie Sanders was effectively silenced and blacked out of the media, by and large, for a long time, until he became too popular and too prominent to ignore. Now, the only candidate who is not a Wall Street hireling, hack or shill, the only candidate who is willing to take on the central problem of ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Will Ferrell does a mock music video of gangster rap – and it’s a scathingly hilarious critique of the genre

A musical commentary, followed by social and political analysis, followed by hilarious spoof rap videos, and more This is scathingly funny. Will Ferrell does a mock music video of macho gangster rap. Man, how I despise that music. As Rage Against the Machine said, “So-called rap’s a fraud.” Worse, most of it is disgustingly offensive, ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Empiricism and Dogmatism

Or, Evidence-based opinion versus ideological fundamentalism There is a major difference between evidence-based opinion and opinion-based evidence. The former is empirical, and sane, the latter, dogmatic, and either insane or dishonest. There are always a few people, many in fact, who adopt an ideology first, then mold the facts to fit their ideology. This is ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Empiricism and Dogmatism

Or, Evidence-based opinion versus ideological fundamentalism There is a major difference between evidence-based opinion and opinion-based evidence. The former is empirical, and sane, the latter, dogmatic, and either insane or dishonest. There are always a few people, many in fact, who adopt an ideology first, then mold the facts to fit their ideology. This is ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau is “just not ready” to be Canada’s next prime minister: Poll

According to a new Forum Research poll, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is “just not ready” to replace Stephen Harper as Canada’s next prime minister. The post Trudeau is “just not ready” to be Canada’s next prime minister: Poll appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: The Edmonton Journal Saturday Editorial – Grade ‘A’ Propaganda

   The amount of horseshit per square centimetre in this Edmonton Journal editorial must violate the laws of physics, it just isn’t reasonable to pack this much fail into one column of newspaper.  Who wrote this tepid work of Tory apologia? To me it smells like the business owners out East decided they needed to ...

The Ranting Canadian: Pretty much every time I hear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen…

Pretty much every time I hear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper or one of his Conservative minions speak, I think of this song: “Propaganda” by the defunct punk/Oi! band Blitz. The same goes for when I hear Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne or one of her provincial Liberal hacks spew BS talking points. Even though the ...

Left Over: Should the CBC Walk the Proverbial Plank?

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/01/what-needs-to-be-said-about-cbc-scandals.html   The only valid argument for saving the CBC is that it has a MANDATE, coast to coast to coast, to be there for all the people of this country, to disseminate information (however flawed that process might be these days..) and news for the entire country, especially those less well-served by the media ...

The Disaffected Lib: In the Time of the "Official Truth" There’s No Room for Journalism

John Pilger looks at what the Western media offer up as journalism and sees instead propaganda.  He sees the essence of the mainstream media as not information but power. The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war – with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Danger and Delusion: From ISIS to Ebola

There are very real dangers in the world, but let’s not lose all perspective. Perspective is everything. Don’t believe the hype. It must be stated directly: the majority of people have wildly irrational, and frankly delusional modes of thinking when it comes to risk assessment. And of course, pre-formed, unreflective opinions, that is, prejudice and ...

drive-by planet: Video of Syrian boy ‘hero’ under sniper fire exposed as fake: other Syria-related propaganda

In its coverage of a video that purported to show a Syrian boy braving sniper fire in the course of rescuing a young girl, the Daily Mail lauded the spectacle as an act of heroism. The accompanying article claimed the video was believed to have been shot in Yabroud, a countryside town 50 miles from ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: So, Just Who Is The Terrorist Here?

In 2014 in Canada, we have had several incidents involving people attacking various institutions and symbols of government. Consider the following list: January:  “GG”  Plans an attack on a Veteran’s Affairs office in Calgary June:  Justin Bourque shoots 3 RCMP Officers in New Brunswick October:  Martin Rouleau hits and kills a member of the Canadian ...

Dead Wild Roses: Media Lens – Our Propaganda

I’m always amused when I see people commentating on the “liberal bias” in the media.  It is usually followed by a trenchant analysis of at least one instance of how news corporation X has finally gone off the rails and has lost all of its journalistic integrity blah blah blah. Sitting where I am, in ...

Alberta Diary: The ‘research’ the Fraser Institute produces is junk – have a happy Labour Day!

An unidentified Fraser Institute “fellow” explains to a couple of young Manning Centre interns how giving workers the right to bargain collectively stunts job growth, and also how dinosaurs and men walked the earth at the same time. Actual Fraser Institute employees may not appear or act exactly as illustrated. Below: Economist Andrew Jackson ,who ...

Bill Longstaff: Israel vs. Hamas or Likud vs. Gaza—framing the issue

A major goal in a propaganda war is to frame the issue on your terms. For example, in labour disputes, businesses (and their political and media allies) often claim the argument is not with the workers but with the “union bosses.” The objective is to convince the public and perhaps even union members that management ...

The Disaffected Lib: Israel & Palestine – It’s All a Game of Who Controls the Narrative

And it’s a game in which Israel and its collaborators abroad consistently win.  The side with the loudest, most professional voice – Israel, of course – gets the all important advantage of fixing the beginning of the conflict.  Israel decides what started it and exactly when.  What happened before that carefully selected start point is ...

The Canadian Progressive: Noam Chomsky on media’s “shameful moment” in Gaza

by: Democracy Now!  | Posted Mon. Aug 11, 2014 As a new 72-hour ceasefire takes hold in Gaza, we turn to part two of our interview with world-renowned dissident and linguist,MIT Professor Noam Chomsky. Criticizing U.S. media coverage of the Israeli assault on Gaza, Chomsky says: “It’s a shameful moment for U.S. media when it insists on being ...