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Roger’s note: well, today I read that, unlike previous presidents, the Trump Team passed on ethics training.  Why does this not surprise me?  Reminds me of the report that the Saudis training as pilots in Florida in preparation to strike the Twin Towers on 9/11, passed on learning how to land their planes.  In both cases why waste time on unnecessary training?  I also read about how George W. Bush (the new century’s first of two idiot presidents) and Michelle Obama have become best buds.  Warms my cynical Marxist heart, and I will sleep better tonight.

Here are a few on the lighter side which may help lighten the load we bear:

Just as some paranoids may have real enemies, some conspiracy theorists may have real conspiracies.


Given that the media are America’s greatest enemy, this may be a difficult task.


Don’t worry, be happy.


As I say, don’t worry, be happy.


So you see, the world hasn’t changed that much.





And Some Wonder Why Americans Are So Dumbed Down? November 27, 2011

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Roger’s note: With the exception of the occasional idiotic remark, for the most part I find the readers’ comments to most of the articles I post to be and interesting and incisive as the articles themselves.  In a sense I am talking about the voices of the “common” individual, or, if you like, the masses; as opposed to the intelligentsia.  The mixture, however, of insightful analysis with intelligent heartfelt comment from those of us who struggle with day-to-day living, can be powerful.
11.26.11 – 10:50 PM, Abby Zimet, www.commondreams.org, Nov. 26, 2011

The covers of the US edition of this week’s Time Magazine compared to the international editions.

We can’t make this stuff up. It kind of says it all…


Time Magazine covers – December 5, 2011


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Posted by WJM
Nov 26 2011 – 11:51pm

Yeah, Time is KNOWN to be a liberal magazine, so it’s clearly the liberal press that is guilty here.

Been watching this happen for at least 3 decades, now. You’re JUST NOW catching on to it? Jeesh.

Posted by karlof1
Nov 27 2011 – 1:20am

Hah!! Decades indeed. Time/Life and Luce: The American Century, coined in 1941, before Pearl Harbor. In response to Luce and even serialized by him, Charles Beard wrote “The Republic,” an essential book it’s clear too few have read. Time was always propaganda, but sophisticated and hard to see as such. It was a great item to use for instruction in critical thinking since there were always several flaws not caught by editors.

Posted by planetwaves
Nov 27 2011 – 3:25am

If we are to believe David Halberstam, author of The Powers that Be (which covers in detail the history of several old school American media, including Time/LIFE), the company was founded as a Republican magazine, per se. The entire publication is about viewpoint.

In theory, the liberal counter part was Newsweek, long owned by the Washington Post, bastion of [theoretically] liberal media).

Posted by raydelcamino
Nov 26 2011 – 11:58pm

Just look at who TIME’s men of the year have been and you will not want to identify with or associate with “liberals”.

Time Warner Inc. guns for the oligarchy.

Posted by Goebbels sez
Nov 26 2011 – 11:59pm

Time is a commercial enterprise, and one that clearly knows its demographic. Nobody in the States is going to buy a magazine with a cover photo featuring an angry brown guy from a place nobody’s heard of. A cartoon etching of a middle-aged, balding white guy? NOW you’re talking $$$.

Posted by WayneWR
Nov 27 2011 – 12:06am

Anxiety is good for whom?__  School bus drivers perhaps?  __ How good is it?

Posted by nevermored
Nov 27 2011 – 12:08am

Just the right amount helps you focus.  Too much and you can’t function, too little and you won’t function.  It’s not only good, but it’s awesome in proper doses.

Posted by dionski
Nov 27 2011 – 12:36am

What a load of BS. You mean you won’t drag yourself off to the factory to make someone else wealthy unless you’re worried about losing your house? Yeah, that’s a good thing. For the .01%. One can focus fine on the things that interests one without having to be prodded by anxiety.

Posted by WayneWR
Nov 27 2011 – 1:04am

I experience anxiety every time one of my grandkids ask to borrow the car, or when I can’t shit for two day straight… Can’t say it’s good for me though.

Then once the television set caught on fire and we were running around like chickens with their heads cut off, back and forth to the kitchen carrying glasses and pans of water to douse the flames… Our youngest daughter was trying to dial 9-11… No one answered,, later discovered she was using the TV remote…  Anxiety?  OMG,, it was right up there…  Was it “good” for us?  I don’t think so.

Posted by vdb
Nov 27 2011 – 4:06am

water is not a good idea on electrical fires, Wayne.

and we know that god moves in mysterious ways but do not need the same info concerning your bowels thankyouverymuch.

Posted by Dogface
Nov 27 2011 – 6:55am

Dear vdb:

I don’t know about you, but taking a shit is right up there with eating, and climbing Mount Everest. Wayne forgive me this is not aimed at you. You may be a young oldster. However, when one has reached their senior years there are really only two things one talks about, and that is eating and pooping.  Life can become unbearable if either of these functions is compromised.  The young have yet to discover this.

Posted by old goat
Nov 27 2011 – 9:26am

Dogface – as a cancer surgery survivor – I’d like to confirm your noting the importance of bowel function. It impacts function of the entire nervous system in ways youth would be wise to attend to. Side effects of medication in surgery was one of the greatest and longest battles I had.  To youth who prefer to have blinkered conversation, I can only say that to be well forewarned is to be well prepared – that is if memory serves them.

Posted by jessia
Nov 27 2011 – 12:18am

So half the nation is going broke, and I guess that is good for all those experiencing anxiety.  Also, love the headline in the upper right hand corner:  “Ok, go ahead and buy that lottery ticket.”

Posted by dave gresham
Nov 27 2011 – 12:42am

Smirk. Lottery tickets, aka: The Stupidity Tax… Guaranteed to pay .50 on a 1.00 and only 20 years to collect it. Boggles the mind, can’t even make this stuff up.

Posted by andyz7@yahoo.com
Nov 27 2011 – 12:19am

Good thing we have the Internet and sites like Common Dreams. If you get all of your news from mainstream media you’re an American Idiot as Green Day plays it! I’ve learned the hard way that media is strictly controlled by greedy people who milk it for their own bottom line, not ours! Too many people get their news from places like Fox, which makes me sick!

Posted by drone
Nov 27 2011 – 12:25am

say the distinctly un-anxious pricks in the well-paid press.

Posted by rtdrury
Nov 27 2011 – 12:50am

Tyme Warmer aspires to be Murdurch.

Posted by Ghandighost
Nov 27 2011 – 1:09am

Posted by ubrew12
Nov 27 2011 – 1:36am

Was just at my Mom’s house (we went to ‘The Descendants’ together: excellent film about family emotions surrounding the death by coma of the mother – both funny and heartbreaking.  Ask yourself why the subjects are in the 1%: maybe they just lead more interesting lives than the rest of us?).  She’s a big Faux News viewer, staunch Republican, astute monitor of the markets, and trained critic of the ‘socialists’ amongst us, she picked up on my criticism of ‘The Descendants’ real fast: like Faux had trained her to do so, which it has (and millions of others).

And there, on her coffee-table, was this TIME magazine, with its bespeckled ‘everyman’ filling his heart with his anxious connection to the world.  Say what you will, but TIME knows which picture is going to find its way onto the coffee-tables of American 70-somethings:  its the picture Faux selected for them.  We all love our elderly, but too many of them represent a kind of ‘lost generation’ (which, not ironically, is the term Faux has taught them to refer to us).

Posted by Lashe
Nov 27 2011 – 2:26am

What is The Time magazine trying to hide from us? That the revolution is no good? Is it trying to avoid a full coverage of the Egyptian revolution? Is it trying to say that it’s good to be poor, homeless, and broke because things like that produce anxiety and that is good for you? Can someone come up with a good explanation as to why The Times has come up with this trick?

The U.S .mass media insult the intelligence of their consumers. For instance on Friday the 26 of November, the day after Thanksgiving Day, it showed a picture of Tahrir Square in Cairo showing a huge demonstration with the caption underneath reading: demonstration in support of government. Whom does CNN think they are trying to fool? Well, the answer is obvious: its audience. No wonder a majority of us are dumb.

Also, when I was out of the states I found out that CNN news cast in the states was different from those it broadcasts elsewhere in the world.

Posted by Petes5
Nov 27 2011 – 3:19am

Much ado about nothing! The cover is different but the articles are still the same.  Look at the top of the cover – notice that the Anxiety story is on the European mag and the revolution story is on the USA version. If you are literate you should be able to get both stories and more. If you read the electronic version you don’t get any cover at all. Why even have the discussion?

Posted by planetwaves
Nov 27 2011 – 3:34am

Hmmm you seem to not have much experience creating journalism or critiquing media. What the editors put on the cover says everything about their intentions, and their perception of what they can sell to the audience. What is inside the magazine matters not. It could be chopped liver.

Posted by Steve Woodward
Nov 27 2011 – 3:54am

CNN’s the same: Their international station has some actual journalism; their U S version is more of a Tea Party propaganda organ than Fox “News.”

Posted by Heavyrunner
Nov 27 2011 – 3:56am

The “intelligence” budget is black. Which is unconstitutional, by the way. Is it $50 billion or $200 billion? Who knows? Certainly not the American people. It’s illegal to use any of it to try and influence or control U.S. media or American citizen thinking. Ha, ha, ha! I can make you a good deal on some bridge property in the New York area if you are interested.

We need a revolution.

Posted by vdb
Nov 27 2011 – 4:11am

Time’s change.

Posted by thepuffin
Nov 27 2011 – 8:34am

People’s misuse of the apostrophe, however, continues unabated.

Posted by hummingbird
Nov 27 2011 – 9:47am

“present, past and future; all Time converge on one point.


-Robert Silverberg (close as i remember)

Posted by Rick
Nov 27 2011 – 5:23am

It is has Chomsky says: “What remains of democracy is largely the right to choose among commodities. Business leaders have long explained the need to impose on the population a ‘philosophy of futility’ and ‘lack of purpose in life’ to ‘concentrate human attention on the more superficial things that comprise much of fashionable consumption’. Deluged by such propaganda from infancy, people may then accept their meaningless and subordinate lives and forget ridiculous ideas about managing their own affairs. They abandon their fate to corporate managers and the PR industry, and, in the political realm, to the self described ‘intelligent minorities’ who administer power.” All that is left of America is banality and self-delusion.”- Noam Chomsky —————————————————————————————————————–

And when you try to bring  to the truth of it , they squint, and turn back to the television. Their wives head out the door, to some Black Friday sale, with  charge cards in hand – singing the praises of consumerism. And they will be debt to next Christmas, from the money they spent this Christmas.

Posted by skinnyminny
Nov 27 2011 – 5:46am

Wow! This is too funny, and scary at the same time!

It is true, about the difference in news coverage. A few years ago, I was in Europe, and the BBC News was different. I remember seeing a segment that said something about Italy or some other country (I believe it was Italy) were tired of China bombarding them with shipping containers, and they were going to send the containers back to China.

Can you guys smell the ‘re-education camps,’ that Bachmann accused Obama of trying to create? Or, is this what they have been accusing Muslim countries of doing to us – telling their citizens to hate Americans?

I remember the news used to show segments showing people from the ME with signs saying ‘down with America,’ effigies of Bush…then they accused Cuba, Venezuela of teaching their residents to hate Americans. Does all of this sound familiar?

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Posted by rjmart01
Nov 27 2011 – 7:17am

Of course they ran a different cover.  Not one American in 100 even knows what “redux” means!

And, if the so-called “Protect IP” act — scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Tuesday, I believe — passes, in a generation not one American in 100 will know what “revolution” means, either.

Posted by cindypurvis
Nov 27 2011 – 7:43am

Time must step up and take responsibility.

Posted by Elizabeth H
Nov 27 2011 – 9:37am
Posted by Jorge1
Nov 27 2011 – 9:38am

I remember Time Magazine´s coverage of Nicaragua in the eighties. You would have thought that the reporter never even left the hotel in Managua. It was a complete re-iteration of all of Reagan´s lies. Complete crap! I have never seen that magazine spew anything but the party line, doing their utmost to create a completely false reality in the minds of it´s readers. National geographic is similar, Reader´s Digest is similar, with complete fabrications to boot. It´s no wonder that US citizens just don´t get it, and commonly believe without question that they have a God given right to interfere anywhere they please with their big stick. Send the Marines!

Posted by RoseTheVermonter
Nov 27 2011 – 9:41am

I would like to point out that if you look at the magazine, the editions that are not for the United States all say in the upper left hand corner, first on their list of other featured articles, “Relax, Anxiety is Good for You”, while the United States edition says “Egypt: Revolution Reignited”. All Time did was put a different cover on the United States edition.

Posted by vaialdiavolo
Nov 27 2011 – 9:46am

Not so simple: What they have done is re-ordered priorities and “Americans” are notoriously ignorant and unconcerned with the rest of the global population as if the USA is the center and all else rotates around this stolen land.

Posted by gardenernorcal
Nov 27 2011 – 9:55am


Posted by vaialdiavolo
Nov 27 2011 – 9:43am

Not until the people of the USA are willing to pay the heavy price of Revolution as the braves in Egypt will they transform their nation. I would suggest revisiting the US Labor movement’s history for militant resistance.

Posted by muguet
Nov 27 2011 – 9:55am

Anxiety good??? …for the fascists who believe it is their God-given right to control you?  It’s fabulous….  For YOU?  Not so much…

Rewriting the First Draft of History January 15, 2009

Posted by rogerhollander in Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Iraq and Afghanistan, Media, Uncategorized, War.
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 15 January 2009, www.truthout.org We’re all neocons now.
– Chris Matthews, MSNBC, 09 April 2003

by: William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Columnist



    Seeing as how we currently find ourselves hurtling along this downhill run towards new history – the countdown to the day America has itself a president named Obama can be measured in hours instead of days or weeks now – it seems an appropriate moment to pause and reflect on a bit of older history we’ve already passed through. I’m not talking about any kind of ancient history, mind you. For the purposes of this reflection, we need only take a small leap backwards in time, just six short years ago.

    We all passed through the little slice of history that began to take shape in the early months of 2003, and we all remember that time in our own way. Today, however, there is a great deal of effort being expended to make sure this bit of history is remembered differently than how it really happened. An even better result for those exerting this effort would be if this bit of history were not remembered at all. That may, in fact, be their ultimate goal.

    I am referring, of course, to the very beginning of another downhill run towards history, the one that began in 2003 and led us into the current Iraq debacle that is about to become another president’s problem.

    I am not, however, referring to anyone who works or once worked within the Bush administration. To be sure, Mr. Bush would prefer if we remembered all this differently than it happened, as would Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rumsfeld, Mr. Powell, Mr. Wolfowitz, Mr. Feith, Ms. Rice, and every other one of the glorified think-tank cube-rats who ginned the whole thing up to begin with. Richard Perle, in an amusing aside, actually allowed himself to be quoted saying the neocons had nothing to do with Iraq, had no hand in the planning and implementation of same, and anyone who says differently is just wrong and dumb and should go away.

    That one’s a hoot, in’it?

    No, I am referring to an equally large, craven and culpable body outside the official bounds of our federal governmental: the mainstream American news media. They work fist in glove with that government now, worked with them yesterday, and will likewise be working with them tomorrow. Specifically, they will be working as hard as Bush & Co. to make us remember that downhill run to Iraq differently, because they never worked more closely with our government on anything than they did on Iraq just six short years ago.

    The mainstream news media did not concoct false evidence to justify a course for war, but they fobbed off that false proof as if it were holy truth. They did not lie to the American people about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but they passed on Bush administration lies to the American people with full-throated credulity. They did not browbeat the American people with dire threats of impending terrorism to cover up political liabilities, but they passed those threats on from Bush’s people to the American people with the kind of breathless energy only seen whenever media types have skyrocketing ratings and ad revenues twinkling in their eyes.

    The mainstream American news media is just as responsible for what has happened in Iraq as the Bush administration; they are as responsible for the lies they repeated as the ones who first told them, and are as guilty for what happened in Iraq as the Bush administration officials they enabled and covered for.

    Many people, by now, may have forgotten the manner in which this gruesome symbiosis played out six years ago. An organization called Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting has compiled a little refresher course on the topic. Behold some of the highlights:

    “Oh, it was breathtaking. I mean I was almost starting to think that we had become inured to everything that we’d seen of this war over the past three weeks, all this sort of saturation. And finally, when we saw that it was such a just true, genuine expression. It was reminiscent, I think, of the fall of the Berlin Wall. And just sort of that pure emotional expression, not choreographed, not stage-managed, the way so many things these days seem to be. Really breathtaking.”

    – Ceci Connolly, Washington Post reporter, on Fox News Channel on 09 April 2003

    “This has been a tough war for commentators on the American left. To hope for defeat meant cheering for Saddam Hussein. To hope for victory meant cheering for President Bush. The toppling of Mr. Hussein, or at least a statue of him, has made their arguments even harder to defend. Liberal writers for ideologically driven magazines like The Nation and for less overtly political ones like The New Yorker did not predict a defeat, but the terrible consequences many warned of have not happened. Now liberal commentators must address the victory at hand and confront an ascendant conservative juggernaut that asserts United States might can set the world right.”

    – David Carr, New York Times reporter, 16 April 2003

    “We’re proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who’s physical, who’s not a complicated guy like Clinton or even like Dukakis or Mondale, all those guys, McGovern. They want a guy who’s president. Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple. We’re not like the Brits.”

    – Chris Matthews, MSNBC, 01 May 2003

    “He looked like an alternatively commander in chief, rock star, movie star and one of the guys.”

    – Lou Dobbs, CNN, 01 May 2003

    “We had controversial wars that divided the country. This war united the country and brought the military back.”

    – Howard Fineman, MSNBC, 07 May 2003

    Some people may remember hearing these lines when they were uttered. A great many people can probably remember hearing or reading similar comments during that time. The sentiment was all but ubiquitous, at least within the mainstream media’s echo chamber, that the weapons were there, that Bush was right, that war was necessary, so let’s go.

    I remember it a little differently.

    In the summer of 2002, after working in concert with former chief UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter, I wrote and had published a book titled “War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know.” The book argued that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, no al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq, no connection between Iraq and 9/11, thus there was no reason to go to war against Iraq, and that any such war would be a disaster of vast proportions.

    In short, the book was spot-on correct.

    The latter half of 2002, however, saw very few people arguing these points make their way into the mainstream media conversation. I tried, believe me. I did dozens of radio interviews with every small-market, community-based radio personality in and out of America. I traveled tens of thousands of miles trying to let people know what was what. By the spring of 2003, the book became a New York Times and international best seller, and was translated into 13 languages, but my own informed perspective on the issue had failed to break into the mainstream media conversation.

    Mine was not nearly the only voice shut out of the debate by the mainstream news media. From the very beginning, independent or investigative journalists were sounding the alarm, preparing the facts, and not getting heard. People like Amy Goodman, Sy Hersh, Mike Malloy, Juan Cole, Dahr Jamail, Bernard Weiner, Norman Solomon, William Greider, Joe Conason, Robert Scheer, Robert Kuttner, Molly Ivins and Naomi Klein have been horribly vindicated by the passage of time. There are many, many other voices like theirs which, had they been included in the conversation six years ago, could have perhaps saved us all from the disaster they saw coming a mile away.

    Of course, not everyone in the mainstream news media participated six years ago in making sure the Iraq war happened, but so very many of them did. Those well-known personalities who actively participated in selling the war, along with their editors, producers and corporate owners, want no part of being rightly remembered for their role in the debacle that is Iraq. For the last couple of years, they’ve been backpedaling furiously away from the mess they were deeply involved in creating; all those once-dismissed “left-wing” talking points about the folly of this war and the absence of Iraqi WMD, seemingly overnight, were adopted by the mainstream news media with nary a hiccup.

    Remember how that worked? From 2003 until around 2006, the line from the media was, “Of course everyone knows there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” But after the WMD’s failure to turn up entered a fourth year, a switch got thrown. Suddenly, the line from the media was, “Of course everyone knows there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” after which came all the anti-Bush rhetoric they’d once ridiculed.

    They skipped the all-important middle part. In between “Of course they have WMD” and “Of course they had no WMD” should have been a few deadly serious questions: Why did they tell us there were WMD? Why did we accept their version of the facts so easily? How responsible are we for making the American people believe all that WMD stuff was true?

    They skipped all that, because media people avoid self-analysis the way cats avoid water. Now, they want us to remember things differently than how they were. Again.

    The folks in the mainstream news media see themselves as the writers and crafters of the first edition of history. This is a position they monstrously abused regarding Iraq, and now, they would like to rewrite that first draft, so they can edit out their own direct involvement as major players in the drama.

    Bush must be held responsible, along with all his minions and Congressional enablers, for the bloodbath of criminal wrongdoing that took place and continues in Iraq. But the media must be held accountable, as well. They’d like us to forget what they did. Don’t let them let us forget. We all have skin in this particular game.


William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: “War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know” and “The Greatest Sedition Is Silence.” His newest book, “House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America’s Ravaged Reputation,” is now available from PoliPointPress.