Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Non News

I always like to start the day with the CNN headlines. It lets me know the topics to which the American sheeple will dedicate their otherwise endangered brain cells.

Hurricane Katrina is the big headliner today. Woop tee doo. New Orleans, the world's biggest urinal and gathering point of degenerates, is in Katrina's path and its people are fleeing. Mother nature would be doing the city a big favor by sending it to Oz so that civilized people can start over. ( If you have ever been to New Orleans, you know I am right on this one.

Cindy Sheehan and a bunch of crazies who have gone to Crawford to yell obscenities at her is another big story. ( I am bewildered why anyone cares about a bunch of military mothers who are yelling at each other about whether it was right to send their sons to death. These are women who sent their sons to war instead of to college and I am supposed to care what they have to say on anything. Go take a parenting class and then we'll talk. Even the people orchestrating this conflict weren't stupid enough to send their own children to war.

One more mind number. Suge Knight got shot in Miami. How original. Another shooting in the rap scene. ( Won't Suge just die already?

This is what America calls news. PATHETIC!

Here are some stories that the corporate media glanced over or ignored in favor of a bullet in Suge Knight's leg.

  • Alan Greenspan gave a great speech on August 26 warning America about its increased trade protectionism. "This difficulty [in transitioning to high techonology] is most evident in the increased fear of job-skill obsolescence that has induced significant numbers of our population to resist the competitive pressures inherent in globalization from workers in the major newly emerging market economies. It is important that these understandable fears be addressed through education and training and not by restraining the competitive forces that are so essential to overall rising standards of living of the great majority of our population. A fear of the changes necessary for economic progress is all too evident in the current stymieing of international trade negotiations. Fear of change is also reflected in a hesitancy to face up to the difficult choices that will be required to resolve our looming fiscal problems."

  • Israel is notorious for re-selling the technology it receives from the U.S. to regimes with which the U.S. does not contract and recently got in hot water for selling spare parts for attack drones to China. "U.S. sanctions involve limitations on the transfer of U.S. military technologies to Israel. These sanctions, which also involve Israeli industries that have not done business with China, have limited the ability of Israeli industries to do business with various U.S. industries. They have been a major blow to the Israel Air Force, since its access to the Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter program has now been restricted. Israel, together with a number of Western countries that are to purchase the new jet fighter, had been invited to present its own technological and operational requirements before manufacturing of the plane begins in the next decade. "

  • During a soccer game on Saturday funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the US-backed interim Haitian government (which overthrew a democratically-elected government), hooded police and men with machetes attacked people they called "bandits." They killed approximately 20 people. Exact numbers are unknown, however, because the police also took away the wounded who have not been seen since.

  • An oil pipeine in Iraq was attacked. How much are we (yes, we the taxpayers) spending on "security" companies who are supposed to prevent this? Obviously too much.

  • The Iraqi woman who the Bushes invited to be the poster child of Iraqi love for America's occupation, Safia Taleb Al-Souhail, has changed her mind. "When we came back from exile, we thought we were going to improve rights and the position of women. But look what has happened: we have lost all the gains we made over the past 30 years."

  • China is a superpower and the U.S. is asleep at the wheel. Iraq has been a debacle, Venezuela is giving the U.S. the finger, the Iranians aren't scared and Africa is welcoming Chinese investment in greater amounts everyday.

Anyone with a semblance of a brain must be thankful each and everyday for the internet. Without it, we would be relegated to the trivial bullshit that CNN, Fox, ABC and NBC choose for us to hear about each day. America is already getting dumber (see my previous post "A City of Stupids") and the so-called journalists at the networks are only making it worse.


At 11:40 AM, August 29, 2005 , Blogger chad said...

Okay Insurgent,
I have to throw the yellow flag on this post. Although, I agree the popular news media does focus on "non-news", you called the city of New Orleans "the world's biggest urinal".
I actually lived in New Orleans once upon a time (I actually worked for Exxon...I know, I know...yuck!). The city has a huge tourism industry, and most of what people know about New Orleans is the night life in the French Quarter which is every bit as bad as you describe. But New Orleans is one of the most interesting cities in our country both historically and culturally. Also, it a "Chocolate City" which deserves some love on that basis alone.
The history of the French and Spanish settlers as well as the Native American and black inhabitants of the city is fascinating, and gives New Orleans it disctinitve music, food, and people (Cajuns/Creoles). New Orleans was one of the few place large numbers of free blacks were able to live in the South even during the worst parts of slavery.
You have to get out of the French Quarter to see how beautiful it is. If the levees hold up and there is still a city at all, I recommend the next time a conference takes you to New Orleans that you walk over to the Garden Distirct or take a trip Uptown to Tulane or cross the Mississippi to the West Bank neighborhood of Algiers. It's truly a special place. You can almost hear the ghosts whispering (especially if you are in one of those amazing cemetaries after dark...)

Praying for the Nola,

"The moonlight on the bayou...a Creole tune... that fills the air
I dream about Magnolias in bloom.... and I'm wishin' I was there"
~Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter from their song Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans made famous by Louis Armstrong

At 12:26 PM, August 29, 2005 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

I have gotten out of the French Quarter and still hated the town. It's one of the most depressing places I have ever visited and I have never felt so unsafe walking down a street.

Bangkok is also on my list of filthy, vulgar, disgusting cities that Mother Nature would do a great service by cleaning up. History and culture aside, the people who inhabit both cities have destroyed what was once redeemable about them.

At 1:10 PM, August 29, 2005 , Blogger chad said...

I think it may be the tourists - not the inhabiants - who have used these cities as figurative and literal urinals that have done the most to degrade these great cities into "cesspools".

And oh yeah...You are wrong, and I am right!

Your brother,

"It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races."
~Mark Twain

At 1:48 PM, August 29, 2005 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Fair enough Chad. I love you way too much to argue with you about N.O. Oh yeah, and I highly respect your opinions too. :-)

BTW - I am anxiously awaiting your next post.

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