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Friday, August 19, 2011

Mainstream Media - you're seeing the end.

The process of decentralization, due mainly to the WWW, is now starting to become patently obvious. For decades, the "mainstream media" was a convenient tool of the power elite to control much of the opinion making. What do I mean by this? As our political system began to be forced into two sides (democrat or republican), the media began to 'create' or 'make' the opinions that were to be regurgitated and spouted endlessly by the media outlets. The best example of this the artificial "New York Times vs. Wall St. Journal" debate. Supposedly the Republican Conservative crowd followed the WSJ, and the Democratic Liberal crowd followed the NYTimes. For the most part, that was how things went. The editors vetted the editorial pages and the stories and their spin, and little was left up to the imagination, and people looked to these outlets for their 'expert' opinions.
This is quickly coming to an end. Watching this video is one of many proofs. Ron Paul finished second in the Iowa Straw Poll in the Republican primary. Agreeing or disagreeing with R Paul is irrelevant, theoretically it is news that he did so. Jon Stewart noticed that the MSM simply IGNORED this fact. On the big Sunday talk shows, Ron Paul was just not mentioned. How can supposed "news" organizations do this? They do this because they are slow moving sedated dinosaurs. They think this is 1991 - not 2011. Why do they do this? Because they are serfs to the large corporations that own them. Ron Paul has a 30 year history of voting NO to corporate welfare and corporate handouts. The MSM refuses to allow someone of his beliefs a platform. Unfortunately for them, the horse is out of the barn and people are noticing their absurd bias. You should break away from the MSM and use the WWW for most of your news. I use zerohedge and lewrockwell, as well as mises.org and RT.

Recommended reading: The New Media Monopoly, by Ben Bagdikian


Saturday, August 13, 2011

A lesson in History, Economics, and Public Speaking

"Archived from the live Mises.tv broadcast, this talk by Tom Woods was presented at the 2011 Mises University in Auburn, Alabama. Introduction by Mises Institute founder and chairman, Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr."

Tom Woods explains here his personal journey for truth and intellectual and moral legitimacy. Remembering that much of the information we learn in school and via the MSM is patently false, or incomplete, it is easy to see how an intellectually curious and avid reader like Woods gets to where he is. In this video, Woods talks about his intellectual journey, his father, his college experiences and a host of other topics. I can relate to him because he is my age, and I too have had an awakening of sorts as I read and learn about our country and our world. Unfortunately for me, my 'awakening' occurred in 2007 - 2008, whereas Woods' was in 1993. Imagine you at the stage of 'getting it' right now, as a young person, how far ahead you'd be. Woods and his references can get you there, and your intellectual journey can proceed at warp speed.