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Six Corporations Control over 90% of Media Content | Aug 2016

The Illusion of Choice: 90% of American Media Controlled by Six Corporations

– Waking Times

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“It is worth repeating again and again that the bulk of America’s mainline media is owned and controlled by a mere 6 corporations. This, of course, means that unless you’re already consciously avoiding these mainline media sources, then most of the news and entertainment that makes it onto your screen and into your mind comes from a small pool of corporate sources, all of which play important roles in delivering propaganda, social programming and perpetual crisis narratives to the public.

The conglomerates are: General Electric, News Corp., Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS. 

All are corporations that have their own shady histories, dealings and suspicious actors. Disney being widely regarded as an occult enterprise aimed at warping the minds of children with disturbing subliminal imagery. One of these companies is also the 12th largest US military defense contractor, so it’s no surprise that so much of our entertainment centers around the glorification of war and violence.

By surveying what is available for consumption in the mass media, it is easy to see what type of society these six corporations are helping to construct….

The promotion of shallow, materialistic, ego-centric values, and the obvious dumbing down of the American population is coming from these six corporations. Think about that. These are the companies that glorify consumption, obedience, ignorance, the hyper-sexualization of youth, the glorification of war and government surveillance, and so on. The advertisers that support these media companies have tremendous sway over what makes it on the airwaves. They help to control public perception.

The bottom line is that corporate media is a behemoth of special interests and mind controllers. So much of the human story is omitted in this capitalistic, for-profit environment scheme like this, which is why now more than ever the independent, alternative media is such a gem for human kind.”

See the rest of the story by Vic Bishop @ WakingTimes

 

 

 

Consuming Images (Bill Moyers documentary from 1990 about the public mind and the media culture)

– Bill Moyers PBS

– Herbert Schiller talks about ‘Culture Inc.’

…More @ Youtube

 

Read This If You Still Think Political Polls Mean Anything

– ZeroHedge

“As a species, humans tend to behave as a herd, following one another in opinion and action — whether or not the consequences for doing so are dire. Of course, politicians and others holding seats of power, fully cognizant of the opportunities provided by this herd mentality, deftly manipulate the masses — particularly through public polls during the lead-up to presidential elections.

Most everyone comprehends how bias-infused political polling can be; however, the extent such polls play in the outcome of elections — and, conversely, how their artfully constructed questions and population samples often miss the mark — makes polling an essentially needless, if not dangerous, facet of the American electoral season.

Polls, to put it plainly, are propaganda — and have been for decades — but one particular election handily evidences this, and offers chilling insight into this year’s presidential race: the 1980 election between incumbent President Jimmy Carter and challenger Ronald Reagan.

Polls, for months, predicted either Carter’s win or declared the race anyone’s guess; but when Reagan managed a landslide victory — veritably crushing his opponent — politicians and the public, alike, revisited polls to parse out how pollsters managed such skewed and inaccurate forecasts.

“For weeks before the presidential election, the gurus of public opinion polling were nearly unanimous in their findings,” wrote John F. Stacks for TIME in April 1980. “In survey after survey, they agreed that the coming choice between President Jimmy Carter and challenger Ronald Reagan was ‘too close to call.’ A few points at most, they said, separated the two major contenders.

“But when the votes were counted, the former California Governor had defeated Carter by a margin of 51% to 41% in the popular vote — a rout for a U.S. presidential race. In the electoral college, the Reagan victory was a 10-to-1 avalanche that left the President holding only six states and the District of Columbia.”

In countless analyses of Carter’s staggering defeat in the face of opinion polling, several issues emerged just as relevant now as they were at the beginning of the 80s.

Noting that in the 30 years prior to the 1980 discrepancy, election results had largely concurred with pre-election polling, Stacks explained, the “spreading use of polls by the press and television has an important, if unmeasurable, effect on how voters perceive the candidates and the campaign, creating a kind of synergistic effect: the more a candidate rises in the polls, the more voters seem to take him seriously.”

Déjà vu, much?

Add the Internet’s undeniably critical role to the press and TV Stacks describes, when examining Donald Trump’s astronomically successful, albeit darkly negative, campaign — which had, at first, been taken less seriously than if Donald Duck had announced joining the race — and the demonstrative importance of polling in elections becomes markedly clear.

But even further, a parallel drawn by Victor Davis Hanson for Real Clear Politics between the 1980 and 2012 elections more closely – if not uncannily – relates to this year’s dogfight for the White House. Using the examples of Carter’s highly contentious economic policies and the Iran hostage crisis as a backdrop, Hanson noted, with emphasis added:

 “Without a record to defend, Carter instead pounded Reagan as too ill-informed and too dangerous to be president.”

If you’ve even set foot in the United States over the past few months, that statement sounds like strategy ripped straight from the Hillary Clinton campaign playbook in its no holds barred assault on the character of the erratic demagogue, Trump.

Notably, in Carter’s case, that strategy cum character assassination — all comments on validity aside —didn’t exactly work out so well.

Hanson also aptly surmised Reagan’s bevy of gaffes — ordinarily the cause of a candidate’s downfall — were a moot point in conjunction with tepid support for Carter in the national vote. In fact, describing the incumbent’s support base as “divided and indifferent” certainly echoes the country’s ambivalence to Hillary Clinton’s scandal-plagued campaign — not to mention widespread rumors of electoral fraud, proven media complicity, and multiple ongoing criminal and corruption investigations.

Even recent opinion polls seem to mimic the period prior to the 1980 election, both in inexplicable public support for Clinton — how many of you have met actual Hillary fans? — and in discrepancies surrounding what her actual lead might be.”

….Continue reading more @ ZeroHedge.com

Society at the Seams | May 2016

South American Misery is Good Sport for John Oliver on HBO

– Youtube

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– Last weekend the comedian John Oliver went on a long rant about the dire situation in Venezuela, which in his world safe in NYC, must seem quite hilarious.

Sadly people are dying and truly suffering. Oliver went on to blame the societal meltdown of the socialist nation on the falling price of oil, curiously failing to mention the other major issues you will see below. Unfortunately Mr. Oliver blocks youtube playback on other sites, so you’ll have to see it there.

Unfortunately, the socialist situation there is a bit more complex than John Oliver will allow, a “country you think about so little….” Really John?

See the video here @ HBO

 

 

Meanwhile Bernie Sanders Goes to the Happiest Place on Earth

– Youtube

– For the record:

“Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year.[2][3] According to a March 2005 Disney Company report, 65,700 jobs are supported by the Disneyland Resort, including about 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees (independent contractors or their employees.”

…continue reading @ wikipedia.org

 

Our Story – Venezuela’s Secret & 21st Century Socialism

– Youtube

– A detailed and heartrending statement on behalf of the students of Venezuela suffering under the Chavez imposed socialism of the past 17 years.

None of this was even alluded to by John Olivers’ odd piece, and while Bernie talks about Danish socialism as a model for the United States, he never seems to mention Venezuela, nor its students who are fighting the socialist regime.

See the whole video here @ Youtube

 

Man Hurls Fire at Albuquerque Police During Anti-Trump Rally

– Youtube

 

American students play at socialist ‘revolution’ in Albuquerque

– Youtube

 

 

 

 

It’s No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

– NPR

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Venezuelan comedian Laureano Marquez performs a stand-up routine at a theater in Caracas last year. Marquez says the government is now cracking down on comedians who make jokes about the government and the country’s economic problems.
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“Laureano Marquez was performing a benefit at his old high school in the Venezuelan city of Maracay. The comedian dwelled on the absurdities of life in this oil-rich nation, where gas is cheaper than water but it’s hard to find milk, toilet paper and many other everyday goods.

In the supermarket, Marquez said, desperate customers will steal scarce items right out of your shopping cart.

“In Venezuela, you get robbed of stuff that isn’t even yours yet,” he said to a round of laughs.

Turning serious, Marquez tells the crowd that the socialist revolution, launched 16 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez, is collapsing under the weight of bad policies and corrupt public officials.

That message doesn’t sit well with Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro. Besides jailing opposition leaders and cracking down on protesters, the Maduro government is now going after comics.

Marquez says that three of his recent shows were canceled after all three clubs that booked him were suddenly closed down for alleged tax evasion. He’s also been shut out of government-run theaters and hotels.”

…continue reading @ NPR

 

 

 

 

 

LA Times Sends IT Jobs to India | May 2016

Publisher of LA Times and Chicago Tribune sends IT jobs overseas

– Computerworld

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“Tribune Publishing Co., a major newspaper chain, is laying off as many as 200 IT employees as it shifts work overseas.

The firm, which owns the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant and many other media properties, told IT employees in early April that it’s moving work to India-based Tata Consultancy Services.

Interestingly, the Tribune IT employees were notified within weeks of a similar announcement involving IT employees at the McClatchy Company, another major newspaper chain.

McClatchy, which owns the Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee and many other newspapers, is laying off between 120 and 150 IT employees. That company hired Wipro, an IT service provider also based in India.

The impact of these IT outsourcing decision may go beyond the job losses. It could affect coverage of this controversial issue.

The Los Angeles Times, in particular, in columns and editorials, was critical of Southern California Edison’s offshore outsourcing of IT jobs. The utility hired India-based vendors, including Tata Consultancy Services, and then cut some 500 IT jobs.

“Information technology workers at Southern California Edison have found themselves in the unhappy position of training their own replacements, thanks to a plan by the utility to outsource their jobs to two India-based staffing companies,” the Times wrote in an editorial last year; the editorial focused on the use of H-1B visa workers in offshore outsourcing. Along with Tata, Southern California Edison also hired Infosys.

The editorial noted that the H-1B visa “was designed to help American businesses fill specialized positions, not to displace American workers.”

For Tribune and McClatchy reporters and editorial writers, the actions of their parent companies to offshore jobs may complicate coverage. Businesses turning to offshore outsourcing may now be able to throw any criticism back in the faces of these publications: “But you are doing it, too.”

…Continue reading @ Computerworld.com

– The comments section is quite informative./CJ

 

Verizon is offshoring jobs, records say

– Computerworld

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Verizon has been moving call center work overseas, and IT jobs may be shifting as well

A key issue raised by labor unions in their weeklong strike against Verizon is the offshoring of work. The unions say Verizon has plans to send more jobs overseas. Verizon isn’t saying what it is doing in this respect, but there is a paper trail of documents filed by its employees that point to offshoring.

The union contends that Verizon wants, in a labor contract, to shift more jobs to contractors. Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers are on strike.

“They want the ability to contract work — as much as 50% — the great majority of that is offshore,” said Marilyn Irwin, president of the Washington area Communications Workers of America Local 2108. CWA is one of the unions involved in the strike.

This complaint is getting attention in the presidential race, including from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination.

“They want to outsource decent paying jobs,” Sanders said at the Verizon picket line. Earlier this month, Sanders said Verizon wants to move call center jobs out of the country to places “where people will be paid pennies an hour.”

Sander’s criticisms of Verizon prompted a response by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam in a blog post.

“Contrary to Sen. Sanders’s contention,” wrote McAdam, the proposal that Verizon is making to the union does “not call for mass layoffs or shipping jobs overseas. Rather, we’ve asked for more flexibility in routing calls and consolidating some of our call centers, some of which employ a handful of people.”

Despite repeated attempts, Verizon did not respond to requests for comment.”

…Read more @ From April in Computerworld

 

Do dreams come true for Disney workers?

– Progchik.com

“I tossed and turned for half the night after reading this article. If I needed further reason to believe our country is going to hell in a hand basket, this is it. Here I’ll relate: (1.) A summary of the article; (2.) information on the H-1B Visa; and (3.) a case study of Tarvinder*, my mom’s former co-worker and roommate.

When Tarvinder told me last November that she’d be leaving Madison to work for Disney in Orlando, Florida, I was overjoyed for her. She’d been living in Madison for about five years and not only wanted a career change, but wanted warmer weather–similar to her native Punjab. It was shocking to discover that Tarvinder had been one of the H-1B workers who displaced 250 Disney IT employees last January.

The New York Times article focuses on a much smaller planned layoff at Disney’s offices in May, which, after delivering the bad news, the company suddenly rescinded. Disney’s plan had been for H-1B Visa holders–workers coming from abroad–to replace the current staff, as they’d done last winter.

Can you imagine training your replacement as a requirement for getting your severance package? Read Keith Barrett’s blog post about his own layoff from Disney, if you haven’t already. The only thing I would take issue with is that Keith attributed January’s mass lay-off to Disney’s new CIO, Tilak Mandadi, whereas I’m far more suspicious of long-term Disney CEO and president, Bob Iger.

Bob Iger is in a group called Partnership for a New American Economy, with the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg, that lobbieshard for expansion of the H-1B Visa program. The group claims that:

“…high-skilled immigrants create jobs for U.S.-born workers in states across the country.”

Wait, what was that, Bob? The 250 workers you laid-off at Disney had to train their replacements? Wouldn’t that imply that they knew their jobs pretty darned well?

So, what is the H-1B Visa supposed to be used for? Is it meant as a system by which foreign workers on visas can displace their American citizen counterparts? According to the U.S. Department of Labor:

“The intent of the H-1B provisions is to help employers who cannot otherwise obtain needed business skills and abilities from the U.S. workforce by authorizing the temporary employment of qualified individuals who are not otherwise authorized to work in the United States.”

….Read more @ progchik.com

 

 

Foreign competitors in the next cubicle

– San Diego UT  |   Dan McSwain

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“San Diegans already know full well that foreigners are competing for their jobs. They don’t need national politicians from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders telling them to worry.

Consider the recent blowback from layoff decisions of two prominent regional companies, Qualcomm and Southern California Edison.

The layoffs highlighted a controversial corner of immigration policy occupied by H-1B visas, which allow companies to hire foreign workers for up to six years in “specialty” occupations such as software, engineering, biotech or even fashion modeling.

Early this year, Edison began displacing about 500 information technology workers, about 100 voluntarily and 400 through layoffs. But their functions were outsourced to Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services, two giant firms based in India.

Before they left, some workers were compelled to train their replacements, and some of them were foreign nationals working in the U.S.

The H-1B program “was supposed to be for projects and jobs that American workers could not fill,” one Edison worker told Computerworld, an IT news magazine. “But we’re doing our job. It’s not like they are bringing in these guys for new positions that nobody can fill. Not one of these jobs being filled by India was a job that an Edison employee wasn’t already performing.”

In response, 10 federal lawmakers asked the Department of Labor to investigate whether the H-1B program can be used to directly replace American workers. As of June, that probe was under way, according to Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Indirect replacement is no better, if you’re the one losing a job.

Last month, Qualcomm said it would cut roughly 15 percent of its global workforce, about 4,700 workers (it employs 15,000 in San Diego; 31,000 worldwide). Executives haven’t released any details, yet the news lit up social media.

“There are large, multistory apartment complexes in Kearny Mesa and Clairemont Mesa full of Qualcomm engineers from India,” said Gail Anderson, a commentator on the Union-Tribune’s digital editions. “I’d say send them all back.”

Hiring amid expansion

Qualcomm, which dominates segments of the smartphone industry, has received about 2,900 H-1B visas since 2009, a period of rapid expansion. Although some are probably renewals of three-year visas — federal agencies don’t break out those numbers for individual companies — the total works out to 19 percent of the 15,000 people the company hired over the last six years.

Put another way, Anderson is correct, in theory: Qualcomm might reach its domestic layoff target simply by firing guest workers.

However, business reality would seem to rule out the simple approach. As I mentioned, executives aren’t discussing layoff details.

Still, it stands to reason that if H-1B workers were necessary to begin with, arbitrarily firing them would hurt the company. This would hurt the 26,000 or so Qualcomm employees who remain, not to mention shareholders and customers.

It’s a familiar argument. Big tech employers say they struggle to fill highly technical jobs with qualified Americans, so the program is essential to international competitiveness. And losing that competition just sends more jobs overseas.

Criticism of the program comes from two directions: Many H-1B workers don’t become U.S. citizens, so hiring them ultimately transfers skills to foreign competitors.

Some pay lower wages

Meanwhile, they tend to depress wages. Regulations call for equivalent pay, but employers often use loopholes to pay at the low end of industry scales.

Others sympathize with foreign workers, saying the program amounts to indenturement because the visas belong to employers. Workers who lose jobs generally must leave the country. Such leverage adds potential for abuse…..

Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has said that, although some foreign workers are needed, the H-1B and other guest worker programs help business owners with cheap labor at the expense of workers.

“What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy,” Sanders said last month.

In broad terms, this view is shared by Donald Trump, the Republican contender who last week issued a policy paper advocating a temporary halt to all immigration.

On H-1B visas, Trump favors boosting the prevailing wage for foreign workers until employers find it more efficient to hire Americans. He said Republican rival Sen. Marco Rubio’s bid to triple the number of such visas would “decimate women and minorities.”

…Continue reading @ SanDiegoUnion-Tribune.com

 – This excellent article is from August of last year, but the points made remain. The comments section seems based on personal experiences./CJ

Offshoring: The Next Industrial Revolution?

– Foreign Affairs

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“A CONTROVERSY RECONSIDERED

In February 2004, when N. Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard professor then serving as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, caused a national uproar with a “textbook” statement about trade, economists rushed to his defense. Mankiw was commenting on the phenomenon that has been clumsily dubbed “offshoring” (or “offshore outsourcing”) — the migration of jobs, but not the people who perform them, from rich countries to poor ones. Offshoring, Mankiw said, is only “the latest manifestation of the gains from trade that economists have talked about at least since Adam Smith. … More things are tradable than were tradable in the past, and that’s a good thing.” Although Democratic and Republican politicians alike excoriated Mankiw for his callous attitude toward American jobs, economists lined up to support his claim that offshoring is simply international business as usual.

Their economics were basically sound: the well-known principle of comparative advantage implies that trade in new kinds of products will bring overall improvements in productivity and well-being. But Mankiw and his defenders underestimated both the importance of offshoring and its disruptive effect on wealthy countries. Sometimes a quantitative change is so large that it brings about qualitative changes, as offshoring likely will. We have so far barely seen the tip of the offshoring iceberg, the eventual dimensions of which may be staggering.”

…From Foreign Affairs

Houston Debate: Trump Blasts Rubio – Feb 2016

Ouch! TRUMP Blasts Rubio “I’m the only on this stage who’s hired people….you haven’t hired anybody.” (VIDEO)

– the Gateway Pundit

Much more here @ TheGatewayPundit.com

– Best quote of the night – Dr. Ben Carson:

“Could somebody attack me please? ”

 

Meanwhile before Congress, an outsourced Disney IT worker testifies…….

 

Laid Off Disney Worker Endorses Trump, SLAMS Rubio

– Daily Caller

““I am endorsing Donald Trump because I believe he will stand up to the all powerful corporations that spend millions each month in Washington DC in an attempt to influence our lawmakers,” he said in the statement. “I have faith that Trump will take immediate action to ensure no American professional ever again has to train his or her foreign replacement worker.”

Perrero also slammed Rubio, saying he “betrayed” American workers by pushing a bill known as I-Squared that would triple the number of foreign workers businesses can hire on H-1b visas, which is what many of the workers who replaced Perrero and his IT colleagues held.

“Marco Rubio was nowhere to be found,” Perrero said in the statement, after pointing out only the other Florida senator, Bill Nelson, offered assistance when he asked for help following the layoff. “Instead, he was pushing a corporate-backed plan to triple the number of foreign guest workers replacing American workers in technology fields while hundreds of former Disney IT workers were lining up in the unemployment line.”

“Under Rubio’s plan, thousands more Floridians will experience the same fate as us,” he continued. “Marco Rubio has betrayed American workers.”

…Continue reading @ Daily Caller