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The Stars Hollow Gazette

The populist case against corporate media

C’mon, you’d rather read this.

Fundamentally the entitled class sees their entitled position as a product of merit and diligence rather than birthright even though to an amazing degree they are mostly legacy members of Delta House.

That was Dartmouth.

Much as I love Bluto the fact that he “grew up” to become a United States Senator is hardly a ringing endorsement of Randian world views of dignity and self importance.  This culture of courtiers, these Versailles Villages don’t know how close to storming the Bastille we are.

And I mean that in a collapse of the Soviet Empire kind of way.

Are you looking for News in Truth?  Or Truth in News?  In your country, does it watch you?

Traditional Media has no credibility anymore.  And you know how it’s manifesting itself?  People ain’t buying your crap.

Verdict of the marketplace of ideas baby, I feel so Stephen Colbert.

They are voting right now with their eyeballs and you are losing the culture war.  Perhaps that explains your profane identification with the party of war profiteers, torturers, murderers and thieves.

Or perhaps it is about the dead presidents.

You know why sports stars make the money honey?  They entertain every day.  They fill the seats.  Put butts and bucks in the bucket.

I’m so very sorry cricket is not such a popular game.  I find it as fascinating as polo.  I have more faith in the WWE.

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

Now with 29 Top Stories.

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 New ministers back UK’s Brown but fate uncertain

By Avril Ormsby, Reuters

2 hrs 37 mins ago

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, battling to avert the collapse of his government, said on Saturday he would stick to his policies, as his Labour Party faced a European election drubbing.

A day after reshuffling his cabinet to try to secure the loyalty of ministers after several walked out of his government, Brown said: “I think it is important to recognize that in these unprecedented times you are bound to have up and downs in politics.

“You are bound to have difficulties because the public are waiting to see the results, but you have got to stick with the policies and make sure that they come through,” he told reporters after attending a cathedral service in France to mark the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Clear rules, equally enforced.

I’m going to provide another space for this, but mostly in the hope that people who feel the need to vent do it here and not bother those who are looking for a different experience.

It is ok to talk about dKos here, we don’t allow kos bashing.

dKos talks about dKos all the time.  It’s an enormously self referential place.  If it’s ok to talk about it there it’s ok to talk about it here (with the exception of I/P).

That said, most people come here because we offer original and offbeat content in a respectful and laid back atmosphere.  Harshing the mellow doesn’t help you.

Even more than dKos we seek to make it difficult for you to harm each other while still allowing you to express negative opinions.

Because we’re Dirty Fucking Hippies.

If someone gives you a Wrong! it’s not only allowed but likely a mistake.  Ignore it.  If you are easily offended you need a gentler hobby than blogging anyway.

Most of the problems that lead people to think they’re being singled out here are software glitches that when identified we are seeking to work out with pacified who has a much closer relationship with On The Bus than with me.

I personally am not much concerned about what you post in your individual essays unless I’m considering you for promotion and even less so with comments, but if you are looking to enlighten and persuade being confrontational is unlikely to achieve your goals.

But we don’t enforce politeness either.

Morning Meta

This morning I’m going to feature the essays of TP_Alexander.  He’s working on a book and publishes the chapters periodically.

Like Something The Dog Said is starting up.

I want to make it clear that these are the exact kind of projects that I like to see expressed on DocuDharma.  They are the kind of thing that is easily overlooked at a faster paced blog.  We allow three posts a day so you do not feel constrained to highlight only your best work, it can be as silly or profound as you wish.

Sometimes you can feel ignored because of the lack of comments, but if you examine influential blogs like tbogg or attackerman (I recommend subscriptions at Firedog Lake’s Oxdown Gazette and OpenLeft so you can crosspost appropriate content) or Booman Tribune and My Left Wing) you’ll see that is not atypical for creative content.

I tend to highlight the political, but I recognize the artistic.

Diaries in Chronological Order of TP_Alexander

(except for the two most recent installments which I will promote for your attention)

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

Now with World and U.S. News.

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 California landing caps shuttle’s Hubble mission

By Steve Gorman, Reuters

24 mins ago

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California (Reuters) – U.S. space shuttle Atlantis capped an extended 13-day mission to rejuvenate the Hubble Space Telescope on Sunday with a flawless landing at Edwards Air Force base in California.

The shuttle touched down under clear blue skies at 8:39 a.m. PDT (11:39 a.m. EDT/1539 GMT) after foul weather stymied two days of landing attempts at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“Welcome home Atlantis, congratulations on a very successful mission giving Hubble a new set of eyes that will continue to expand our knowledge of the universe,” radioed astronaut Greg H. Johnson from Mission Control in Houston.

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Obama picks ex-astronaut Bolden to lead NASA

By David Alexander and Irene Klotz, Reuters

2 hrs 42 mins ago

WASHINGTON/CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will name former space shuttle commander Charles Bolden to lead NASA, the White House said on Saturday, in the midst of a major shift in the U.S. human space program.

Bolden, 62, a retired Marine general, flew on four shuttle missions before leaving the U.S. space agency in 1994 to return to the military.

Bolden, who would become the 12th administrator in NASA’s 51-year history and its first black head, is seen as a strong advocate for human space flight.

Welcome New Users

I’d like to extend a genuine welcome to people who are joining the site out of a desire to find a spot that is a little port of orange.  When I joined dK it was to find a place where I could express myself without the fear that I might expose myself as a (shudder) Democrat.

And have no doubt about it, I am a yellow dog Democrat who stopped voting Republican even for dog catcher many years ago.

Equally I am interested in Democratic electoral victory since I understand that only with overwhelming majorities will our supposed Representatives overcome their craven, cowardly instincts and occasionally be persuaded to do the right thing.  Indeed I think the emergence of a Democratic Democratic Party can only occur after the Republican Party, the party of thieves, murderers, despots, and liars, is as dead as the Whigs so our Representatives can no longer threaten us like gangsters to choose the lesser of two evils.

Nice little country you’ve got here, shame if anything happened to it.  Vote for me.

I understand the mission of dK and agree with it, but I don’t agree with them on all things.  To choose a trivial but early example, I think the 0ne Diary A Day policy is stultifying and unnecessary and I have expressed that sentiment on numerous occasions.

When buhdy provided me the opportunity to be a Contributing Editor and later Admin here I was grateful for the opportunity to help shape a system that addressed some of the flaws I perceived.

Which is not to say that there aren’t rules and procedures.

Wednesday Morning Science Supplement

Wednesday Morning Science Supplement is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Science

1 Turkey blamed for looming crop ‘disaster’ in Iraq

by Jacques Clement, AFP

Wed May 20, 2:45 am ET

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq faces an agricultural “disaster” this summer if Turkey continues to retain waters from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which have sustained Iraqi agriculture for millennia, experts say.

The controversy over the sharing of the mighty rivers at the root of Iraq’s ancient name of Mesopotamia — meaning “between the rivers” in Greek — is almost as old as the country itself.

But for Baghdad, the current shortage demands an urgent response from Turkey.

Monday Morning Business Update

Monday Morning Business Update is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Business

1 Wall Street may brake for housing, Home Depot

By Ellis Mnyandu, Reuters

Sun May 17, 7:46 pm ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks are likely to hit more speed bumps this week as investors become more wary of Wall Street’s ability to rally further and housing starts, jobless claims and other indicators are in the spotlight.

With first-quarter earnings reports winding down and recent optimism about economic stabilization already factored into stock prices, analysts said there appears to be very little on the horizon to help extend the recent run-up.

Quarterly earnings from rival home-improvement chains Home Depot Inc (HD.N) and Lowe’s Cos Inc (LOW.N) may shed some light on the consumer’s ability and inclination to spend. The numbers may also give a hint of any further fallout from the housing slump.

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

Now with World News.

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Buoyant Congress eyes new allies for coalition

By Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters

Sun May 17, 9:57 am ET

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Congress party held talks Sunday to identify allies for a new stable coalition government after a sweeping election victory at a time of sagging economic growth and regional instability.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition defied predictions of a tight election and was only about 12 seats short of an outright majority from the 543 seats at stake, according to election commission data.

In a country where unwieldy coalitions were becoming the order of the day and hobbling policy, the electoral verdict this time means Congress will call the shots in coalition building rather than being dependent on the goodwill of regional parties.

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 India’s ruling Congress alliance wins election

By Sanjeev Miglani, Reuters

Sat May 16, 11:06 am ET

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s ruling coalition won an overwhelming election victory on Saturday, boosting hopes of a stable government as the emerging Asian power faces economic downturn and tensions with Pakistan.

Singh’s Congress-led coalition, riding on the back of years of economic growth, did better than expected and will probably be only just short of an outright majority, according to data from the election commission and projections by TV channels.

“The people of India have spoken, and spoken with great clarity,” Singh told reporters.

Six Excuses

Shorter Froomkin.

1. Nothing to see here.

Obama: “photos that were requested in this case are not particularly sensational, especially when compared to the painful images that we remember from Abu Ghraib.”

2. A few bad apples have been dealt with.

Obama: incidents “were investigated — and, I might add, investigated long before I took office — and, where appropriate, sanctions have been applied….[T]his is not a situation in which the Pentagon has concealed or sought to justify inappropriate action. Rather, it has gone through the appropriate and regular processes. And the individuals who were involved have been identified, and appropriate actions have been taken.”

3. No good would come of this.

Obama: “the publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals.”

4. We have to protect the troops.

Obama: “In fact, the most direct consequence of releasing them, I believe, would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in greater danger.”

5. There will be a chilling effect.

Obama: “Moreover, I fear the publication of these photos may only have a chilling effect on future investigations of detainee abuse.”

6. This is a new argument, not just the same old excuses.

Gibbs: “The President isn’t going back to remake the argument that has been made. The President is going — has asked his legal team to go back and make a new argument based on national security.”

You should read the whole article because Froomkin pretty much shoots down every one of these excuses.

Hat tip Glenn Greenwald, also worth reading (warning, graphic images).

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