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Dissecting the News Dissector: "Blogothon: Reflections and Revelations from the News Dissector "

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What I am surprised not to find, in the first section that includes dissections of Obama, is the notion of "appeasement," which very well embraces the president's domestic if not foreign policy [another story that interests the author far more]. The term appears once in the book, in a pre--World War II context in one of the lengthier entries, his "Introduction to the Financial Crisis Inquiry --Report (Cosimo Books, 2010)," with reference to a failed committee analysis of the causes of the Great Depression.

Blog 6 of t he first section ends with cruel evidence of the impact of the Citizens United verdict on the second decade of the new millennium:

"As of last week, House and Senate campaigns reported taking in more than $1.5 billion, exceeding the total collected by congressional candidates in 2006 and in 2008, Federal Election Commission data show. Most of that money already has been put toward advertising and other expenses. . . . And, here in America, only eight to nine percent of the people say they have confidence in Congress, and it's not clear why the pols even enjoy that record low in support. [So what good are the elections?] . . .

"The Public Campaign Action Fund, a watchdog group, will release a study Tuesday predicting that House candidates alone could spend nearly $1.5 billion by the time the dust settles on Election Day. The calculation is based on previous elections in which about half of a campaign's money was spent in the final month of the contest."

Elsewhere the News Dissector blogs that Congress has sold out to its own perks, which include income for life after one term in office, even if it's a total flop. We need to reduce the perks, so that those who represent us will better understand us and relate to us.

"If we ain't broke, don't fix us," they say. "Fix yourselves," say the Tea Discarders, refusing to see the forest of an economy unable to support anyone but the super-rich, who have absconded with it. "Fix yourselves to a degree that guarantees eternal parasitism," say the top .5 percent. "But don't claim us on your tax returns."

Among all of the blogs collected in this volume, the author's star witness, probably, is  convicted financial criminal Sam Antar, who appears in [his film] Plunder: The Crime of Our Time [and again in the blog "The Ten Reasons"] , telling him that the government

"[doesn't] seem to understand how calculated these crimes and their cover-ups are. . . . Our laws . . . limit your behavior and give the white-collar criminal freedom to commit their crimes, and also to cover up their crimes. . .  . We have no respect for the laws. We consider your codes of ethics, and your laws, weaknesses to be exploited in the execution of our crimes."

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Schechter quotes others, from top to bottom [or both, as immediately above], including comedian George Carlin ("Who Rules America?"):

"The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hardworking people . . . good honest hard working people continue, these people of modest means . . . continue to elect these rich !@#$s who don't give a !@#$ about you. . . . They don't care about you at all, at all, at all."

The second section displays Schechter's incisive insights into the raging recession that has crippled this country since 2007--in several works he warned about and predicted it and then dissected the reality of this huge explosion of the real estate bubble, exposing its root causes to readers either aware of it and gloating or else in no position to do anything about it. (e.g., In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Bursts)

Did we listen like Ninevites or did we revert to idols like Baal and Plutos the minute God went elsewhere in the universe to tend to things?

Who's we?

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Unfortunately, the victims.

The MSM nod, knowing that he is right but just won't keep their ratings anywhere near where they need to be. East Coast, West Coast, and Chicago intellectuals just can't keep them going, as Fox News knows well.

The final blog is a manifesto of Globalvision's mission.

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A jack of some trades, writing and editing among them, Marta Steele, an admitted and proud holdover from the late sixties, returned to activism ten years ago after first establishing her skills as a college [mostly adjunct] professor in three (more...)
 

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