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How many of you believe that your government is not dictating what news you receive via TV and other media?
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moneygrip3030 wrote:


kaptainkooleio wrote:

YEAH FUCK THE GOVERNMENT!!!!

ANARCHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Dopest picture ever. Creationist riding a 6000yr old Dino. Hells yeah!


Ironic, seeing how the RPG on his back is russian made, and the MP7 in his hand is German made
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justanotherguy_2005 wrote:


kaptainkooleio wrote:

Communism is like cheese


Swiss or more like Quark?



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China has more of everything. Bet they have a copy of your mum too.


Maybe. I feel sorry for them if they do. Those poor bastards.


String Cheese. It looks good, but will evetually fall apart
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kaptainkooleio wrote:


moneygrip3030 wrote:


kaptainkooleio wrote:

YEAH FUCK THE GOVERNMENT!!!!

ANARCHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Dopest picture ever. Creationist riding a 6000yr old Dino. Hells yeah!


Ironic, seeing how the RPG on his back is russian made, and the MP7 in his hand is German made


Totally missed that, but we are talking about Paul Ryan here so no surprises there.... BTW I finally got Clannad. I should start watching it tomorrow. I'll let you know what I think.
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Of course they are. PEOPLE CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!!
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tarel wrote:

If I had a country I'd fill it with sheep.

Welcome to New Zealand
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Spazticus wrote:

I take more of an issue with corporations controlling the message (e.g. insurance companies busing Medicare recipients to anti-reform rallies during the health care reform debate - while they held signs that read "Keep your government hands off our Medicare!", the Citizens United decision allowing almost unlimited funds to be spent in the name of an agenda, with little to no accountability, etc.) I know there have been and will be times where information is kept from the public due to issues of national security, and as long as it is declassified eventually, I can accept that.

I don't accept it blindly, mind you. I don't think I want to know all the dirty secrets some of those in power have kept, nor do I think I want the burden of that responsibility. (Speaking as someone who majored in history, I'm of the opinion that the truth should always be recorded for the sake of history, but it doesn't always have to be made known as it is happening.)

Sometimes, the truth is uglier than any degree to which rumors may take it, and given the propensity of people to revise history to suit their goals or morality, what gets recorded after it only gets uglier. Then again, some people just can't come to terms with the reality of the past, so they feel they have to revise it to feel better about it.


Ooo! Take a look at "why are we so politically inept" forum (last page) under Extended Conversations. Just finished a tirade on corporations and healthcare.
I agree that their are issues that the majority of the population are better not knowing (especially because your of panic mongers and conspiracy theorists, etc...) but their are very basic situations which people are not aware of, such as how the food market in this country really works and it is frightening, especially since Wall Street is already creating test future markets on potable water. These are BASIC necessities and their control and pricing is understood by no more than 50% of the country, at best. And believe me no one is talking about this issue. Just read how the Bilderberg Group is looking to move their annual meeting to the U.S. because "the members prefer the anonymity they are afforded by a more controlled U.S. media", these are the people creating world policies. They've basically been chased out of Europe by the media.
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Of course it is.
That's why you see select things hyped to hell, and then something similar never makes news when its slightly different but shows a different tune.

Gotta keep the bubblebabies in the bubble.
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i used to have a friend who would always ask me why i dont trust the government. would you guys trust someone that decides on how much they get a year and doesnt share thier money with us?
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Realtaliation wrote:

Dumber people are easier to rule over, that's a fact, but when media and the entertainment industry is the sole method for distributing information, then of course it's going to be tampered with and bought out, can't do that so easily with the internet. Couple that with the rapid pace lifestyle for citizens of the United States as an example, people rarely have time to stop and consider what their government is and isn't doing around the world, and yet most news is almost always prioritized by vicinity; domestic issues then local and then tabloid, if it's in some far away land and of no direct consequence no one is going to care. I think it's easy to discern a government's trust in the people they preside over by how much they invest in information suppression, take into consideration on how educated and inquisitive the population is and how readily accessible information outlets/resource are (i.e. tele, internet, newspaper). When people would rather indulge themselves with trifles and distraction, world events and circumstantial details are overlooked by media trying to uphold high ratings.


Have you ever suspected that your first statement "dumber people..." is the reason our government has let our educational system become so mangled is for this purpose alone. Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but this topic has arisen several time over the past year in conversations. Thirty years ago the papers (news) almost daily had articles discussing educational policy, there wasn't a single politician that wasn't discussing the issue within his/her platform and in fact it was usually within their top 3 agenda topics. If discussed in current forums it is given minimal attention at best. If i'm not incorrect, Jim Lehrer didn't even bring up the topic until the 2nd night of the 2012 presidential debates but even then it was a short fought topic. I believe it was in 1958 that our government enacted The National Defense Education Act, which poured money into our schools, thus allowing the U.S. to become the leader in the STEM (science, technology,engineering, & math) fields where today our 15 year olds rank 21st in science and 25th in math proficiency. Now you would think with all of the problems facing the globe and our country especially items such as energy/fuel and dispersal of industry not to mention global political threats our country would be focusing on implementing a policy such as the NDE Act and revitalizing our educational system. And before everyone starts on about the lack of educated teachers I've always thought it would be a brilliant idea if social security retirees were given additional benefits if they volunteered some of their time to the school systems, but this could even be expanded to corporate tax breaks for companies allowing employees in particular specialists to teach. Instead of the drone of information being thrown at them, non-faculty might actually stimulate students and offer back a sense of creativity or exploration.
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Posted 2/3/13
*yawns*

What else is new?
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It wouldnt surprise me in the least.

It would be news if they actually didnt dictate what was shown by news.
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When I read the question, I just assumed that Vega had penned it. . .
But of course they control news release--I figure they also monitor our internet wanderings. . .yep, Obama and Boehner swigging beers together on Warren Buffett's yacht, laughing at all the Crunchyroll viewers--can you see my middle fingers, you free-loading political whores?!
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moonhawk81 wrote:

When I read the question, I just assumed that Vega had penned it. . .


If he had, it probably would have been posed as an affirmative statement, rather than a question.
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Posted 2/4/13
That's why I don't have cable or radio, they're worthless.
I have the Internet, where the truth can always be accessed by sleight of hand and a click of a button.
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Spazticus wrote:


moonhawk81 wrote:

When I read the question, I just assumed that Vega had penned it. . .


If he had, it probably would have been posed as an affirmative statement, rather than a question.


Those were my first two thoughts in order when I saw this thread.
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