Sunday, October 6, 2013

Think all "liberal" bloggers are great people? Think again

Remember how I often discussed the unethical and strong-arm tactics used by many "liberal" bloggers and site owners? If you've been following us for awhile, you'll know of my utter disdain for the people behind "Being Liberal" and the website as well as others who are just out there to make a buck.

Matthew Desmond Kerry (who is mentioned in the following conversation) isn't the only one. There's also the owner of the website "We Survived Bush, You Will Survive Obama" who is no stranger to manipulation and behavior that borders on criminal. Last year, he released the personal information of another page owner and called upon his fans to harass that person until control of the page was turned over to his business partner, Samuel Warde.

Recently, Lou approached the owner of the Facebook page "I Love It When I Wake Up In The Morning And Barack Obama Is President" which currently has over 156,000 fans. The following photos are screenshots from that conversation, published with the permission of the page owner, David.

David has been a great supporter of our page and like many other Americans, had to move home with his elderly parents due to losing his job because of the economic downturn. He now takes care of them while running his page and supporting various charity organizations.

The photos are not necessarily in order but they are all timestamped. The "Sydney" mentioned is Sydney Leathers, Lou's former co-admin and also the same Sydney Leathers who sold her story about sexting with Anthony Weiner to Inside Edition. Lou is also a writer for which is why you've heard me talk about how they are not a valid news source.

The following images mention "Pakman" which is David Pakman of The David Pakman Show.
Notice that part about making money by writing a two paragraph article with an embedded YouTube video? Remember how I've talked about that? Well, there you go.

Lou and Matthew Kerry aren't the only ones who engage in this form of manipulation and bullying, but they are probably the most prominent ones. We certainly should expect things like this from some of the far right pages but we have no moral ground to stand on when we overlook this happening on the left.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Are you not entertained?

There's news and there's entertainment. There's news and then there's commentary. There's information and then there is pure bullshit designed to keep you watching, to keep you entertained.

Whether it is on the left or the right, mainstream or alternative media, it isn't about delivering facts any more. It is more a carnival side show, a slapstick shtick that relies almost solely on hurling insults and delivering barbs against the other side.

It's cathartic to make fun of Sarah Palin and all the other low-hanging rotten fruit on Fox News and elsewhere. Some people have made a very tidy sum of money doing exactly that on TV and the Internet. But what has that cost us in our political dialogue? Instead of talking about financial policies and the way to move forward with some kind of compromise in place, it looks more like an audience watching a cage of monkeys hurling feces at each other in a scene cut from "Idiocracy".

We've blurred the line between news and entertainment, between commentary and facts to where you cannot recognize the differences any longer. Are you not entertained?

Monday, May 13, 2013

5-13 update

A couple of our profiles are still in time out but we are moving on regardless. I've been writing for Forward Progressives so I haven't gotten around to writing new articles here. Hopefully, I'll get one done soon.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Banned again 4/24/13

Due to the usual onslaught by a collective of "liberals", a number of our admins have been locked out of our accounts.

We will NOT be silenced or intimidated, and we aren't going anywhere either.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I'm tired of conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories are like assholes, everyone has one. Whether it's the JFK assassination, chemtrails, flouridation of water, lizard people or whatever, almost everyone believes at least one of these to be real, or at least plausible. You know what, it's OK to be skeptical. It's a GOOD thing to question everything that comes out of the media, look at the evidence and make an informed decision. If you just blindly believed everything you saw on TV or the internet, you'd be just as dumb as that girl on the Allstate commercial.

The problem is that too many people take being skeptical of mainstream media too far, yet blindly accept as fact almost everything fed to them by those like Alex Jones and Infowars who make money of playing to them. As my friend John Henry once said something like "people will pay double to see the sideshow to prove they weren't taken in by the circus".

There's a great temptation to say that you aren't taken in by mainstream media and that they're all propaganda. It feels good to think that you are above it all and that everyone else is a mindless drone. Trust me, I get that. However, if you want to be taken seriously, you need to back that up with evidence instead of links to conspiracy theory sites. You can't go off on a verbal rampage when someone uses real data and refutes your "facts" which are nothing more than poorly constructed hypotheses based off distorted information specifically tailored to appeal to your favorite conspiracy. When there's a perfectly logical and simple explanation in front of you but you have to build an elaborate alternative narrative for it because now, EVERYTHING has some evil plot behind it now--that's not the sign of a skeptical and independent thinker, it means someone needs serious psychiatric help.

You know, if you want to believe that there's a government conspiracy to dumb us all down, kill us and turn our GMO-riddled flouridated corpses over to aliens at Roswell to do research on, go right ahead. That's your right as an American. That's the beauty of America, you can believe whatever the fuck you want to believe, just don't expect the rest of us to take you seriously.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

"On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero"

My problem with the anti-GMO folks and other movements similar to them is that they just don't grasp the big picture. When you're a one issue idealist, you operate with blinders on, regardless of whether you're left, right or other. I see this with Republicans who cling to the idea that they have to stop abortions and the notion that they're going to have their guns taken away. I see this on the left with those who think that by working with moderate Libertarians or Republicans on one issue, that they'll lose their high ground on others.

The recent "Monsanto Protection Act" hoopla has shown me just how prone to overreaction and fear-mongering people really are. We certainly should be concerned about foods that aren't natural and what they could do to us. I personally stick to a semi-Paleo diet, avoid processed foods and eat organic as much as possible. The problem is that when you subscribe to a particular religion, diet or ideology, you'll believe anything that comes along, and there's plenty of people who want to capitalize on that. For example, I'm gluten intolerant. I've gone searching across the internet for sources that can help me with that issue and there's been a number of them that have provided some useful information, and many more who want me to believe that by only buying their product, only then could I be safe.

When ideology meets an opportunity for profit, paranoia begins to resemble a runaway train. If we were to believe half the stuff that I run across in order to maintain my health, we'd never leave our houses, gyms, or health food stores. As the saying goes, "On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero". What does that mean? It means that no matter how healthy you eat, how much you exercise, or whatever precautions you take, you're gonna die one day.

This isn't to say that we should get all nihilistic, start our days off with a bottle of whiskey and a pack of smokes with our coffee. We should be cautious, we should make good choices and avoid dangerous things. However, we shouldn't allow fear to dominate our lives and instead of blindly believing things that you see on the internet, do some research with a healthy dose of skepticism, and then make a decision on how you want to go forward.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Amazon Kindle Gay Ad

Is this a step forward for equality or a way to create controversy and sell more Kindles? I saw this commercial for the first time during a rerun of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" and was surprised. I'm always skeptical of anyone's intentions whenever money and marketing are involved. What do you think?