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Media Consolidation Infographic

Capitalism purports to offer the freedom to choose, but what it actually delivers is the illusion of choice.  Nowhere is this more important than in mass media and public discourse, which of course has not only economic but also political implications.  This chart says it all.

Media Consolidation Infographic -- six companies control 90% of the media.


How The Plutocracy Actually Works

This is among the best concise explanations of how the plutocracy works:



The One-Percent In Charts and Graphs

Here is a great slide show on the corporate crime that is the 1%:



“How Would You Like This Wrapped?”

Editorial cartoons are so powerful.


Good Example of Grassroots Education

Concise educational video explaining what’s wrong with PIPA and SOPA.


Portraits in Leadership

From CBS News.

Who do you think is the one-percenter: the Captain of the Cruise Ship Costa Concordia or the Italian Coast Guard officer who had to order him back to his ship?

“You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me?” Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco shouted as [Costa Concordia Captain] Schettino sat safe in a life raft “It is an order. Don’t make any more excuses. You have declared ‘Abandon ship.’ Now I am in charge.”

“Listen Schettino,” De Falco can be heard shouting in the audio tape. “There are people trapped on board. … You go on board and titian chen you will tell me how many people there are. Is that clear?”

But Schettino resisted, saying the ship was listing and he was with his second-in-command in the lifeboat.

“I am here with the rescue boats. I am here. I am not going anywhere. I am here,” he said. “I am here to coordinate the rescue.”

“What are you coordinating there? Go on board! Coordinate the rescue from aboard the ship. Are you refusing?” came the response.

Schettino said he was not refusing, but he still did not return to the ship, saying at one point: “Do you realize it is dark and here we can’t see anything?”

De Falco shouted back: “And so what? You want to go home, Schettino? It is dark and you want to go home? Get on that prow of the boat using the pilot ladder and tell me what can be done, how many people there are and what their needs are. Now!”


Who Is Killing Iran’s Nuclear Scientists?

This week the 4th Iranian nuclear scientist in two years was murdered.

An article in The Atlantic condemns the killings as counterproductive to American interests, and urges the US “demonstrate its commitment to diplomacy as the only means of resolving Iran’s nuclear impasse” rather than “covert operations.” The authors don’t say whose covert operations they oppose, but suggest that the US might at least have been party to an act of terrorism.

Iran says the US and Israel did it.

An article in the UK Guardian cites an expert who says it must have been Israel:

“If you look at the choice of target it really could only be Israel,” says Robert Baer, a former CIA agent in the Middle East, currently working on a book on assassination called The Perfect Kill. “If it was an internal group, like the MeK ([Mujahedin-e-Khalq] it would be security official or policeman who had been torturing their guys. If you look at the motivation, it must be Israel.”

However, Baer adds that it is quite likely that Israel is acting in tandem with an Iranian dissident organisation. “To do this in the middle of the day, with a limpet charge and then getaway, you need a lot of people on the ground,” he says. ” You need an extensive network of the kind only someone like MeK can provide.”

Baer continues:

Baer argues that the impact on the nuclear programme itself is likely to be so minimal, it is unlikely to be the aim of the murder campaign.

“It’s a provocation,” he says. “My theory is that Israel couldn’t get the White House to agree to bombing. It is not satisfied with sanctions, so the Israelis are trying to provoke the Iranians into launching a missile and starting a war.”

People don’t like what Obama is doing. I don’t like what Obama is doing. But it must be the case that if Bush/Cheney/McCain/Republicans were in the White House now, we’d be already be at war with Iran.


Portland Becomes Third Big City to Oppose Corporate Personhood

Fast on the heels of Los Angeles and New York, Portland Oregon’s city council on January 12, 2012  enacted a resolution opposing corporate personhood and urging Congress to overturn Citizens United.

You can see all the official documents here: Look for Agenda No. 5130, Item S-49, Resolution Number(Substitute) 36897.

Or, read the official, stamped, signed resolution right here on Right of Assembly (PDF).

Here are all the other similar anti-corporate-personhood resolutions proposed and pending.


More Christianity in America

Matthew 6:5 & 6:6

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men…But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”



Why Do The One-Percent Hate Unions?

Here is a hint:

Graph shows that as union membership rises, income claimed by the 1% drops, and vice versa