Month: August 2016

Same War – Different Battles: Headlined by OpEdNews Mon 8/15/16

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Akemi Snake Oil Salesman 250If voting didn’t matter, Wall Street bankers and their K. Street cronies wouldn’t work so hard to suppress our privilege to do so.  Nonetheless, it’s easier to succumb to the valley of indoctrinated make-believe and inglorious propaganda, than to truly scale the mountaintop of humanity’s decency, accepting our individual responsibility for our life here on earth.

In 2016 all are called to hold the feet of CEOs, elected officials and our own, to the fire burning for life, liberty, prosperity, equality and justice for all.

The demise of any society from its greatest potential, comes from within its people, both those holding the moneyed puppet strings and those dangling from them — different battle, same snake-oil.

This war, humanity has waged, since the beginning of time.  Armed with peace, and malice toward none, let us soldier on together in our historical presidential election, for in ensemble, we are as victorious as David against Goliath.

Only the speed of devices and dullness of media as easily manipulated into inspiring mob-rule as, Second Amendment People, are the desperate and frustrated made vulnerable to simple promises of immediate solutions.

Our battle now is against brainwashing marketing, defamation of character, and discrimination, wedging us between growing mounds of waste — to either be shoveled away by innovative transformation, or allowed to smolder in a past of revisionist memory.

Attempting a century old replay, is a distortion of moral licensing, and the phenomenon of fighting each other to make the future as great as the past, a fool’s errand, chasing a foggy bottom mirage, within a maze of mirrors, in the mist.

Seventy years ago, Prescott Bush, Fred Koch and others like them, determined, like war, peace could be a line item business asset – but, Cheney, Halliburton’s Gulf Oil Spill and Blackwater by any name, elevated perpetual war as the new gold standard, accelerating Global Warming, by financing the denial of Climate Change.

Same self-aggrandizing war – different mechanism:  those who have, keeping an iron grip on the neck of the almost had, by making enough money to garner enough power, to prevent government regulations from demanding more taxes, to provide more for the new majorities of minorities, who’ve been made invisible under a deflated Middle Class.

Most problems aren’t problems until we’re media convinced to make them so, but voter suppression, income disparity, inequitable economic opportunity and Climate Injustice are daily battles that must be won.

However, our battles are rarely about what pundits, adversaries, government, bankers and lawyers say they’re about — whether wood burning stoves, coal miners, off-shore drilling, natural gas, nuclear power, renewables or Koch machines – evolution wins, even it only by extinction.

So we, who still believe in the Olympian Golden Rule embedded within, must be more than cheerleaders – in addition to voting, we must inspire ten others to vote as well, and each then register 100 others to counter the self-infected with the intoxication of a self-serving megalomaniac.

As firestorms rage against families in California, Oregon and Wyoming, and Americans are drowning in Kentucky, Las Vegas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia floods, let’s fight for, rather than against, each other.

Our battle cry is cease and desist cash flow to political parties, and even candidates!  Instead, invest time, energy and money in future oriented causes, working for the good of the earth and all who live upon it, like

Either we stand together to ease the pain of an earth ravaged by abandoned stewardship, or we can choose to self-destruct while fighting among ourselves over emails, moon-lighting foundations, Snowden Russian hackers and voting to make a point rather than change and save a nation.

Our American Dream is about making every day, Election Day, realizing every dollar we spend; every word or label we utter; every smile, thank you, please, yes, agreement, tip, hug, congratulations, selfie, text, social media post we share — is our vote for the life and the America we aspire to be.

Who Decides What We Know? – Headlined on Mon 8/8/16

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My Reporter MarcelloThere is no singular grip on the daily choices of what is deemed newsworthy but despite claims of fair and balanced since October 7, 1996, American media scooping and spreading of dirty politics manure, has never soiled without prejudice – even before the infamous presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson v. John Quincy Adams, there were newspaper duels between our second president, and the newspaper proxies of our third.

One major change, however:  those who decide what is seen and heard by, We the People, have evolved from local newspaper publishers to Wall Street titans, and their moneyed, and not so silent partners, framing both content and presentation.

Who do you think chooses what we see, hear and read?

Do you believe Dick Morris, Megyn Kelly and Rush Limbaugh answers would differ from Arianna Huffington, Rob Kall, Joy Reid, Chuck Todd and Chris Matthews?

Noticed the universal deaf ear media pros employ when anyone from a POTUS wannabe to a multi-million-dollar coincidence explanation, challenging the 2016 reality show of, if it bleeds ratings it’s headlined with the efficiency of a Rachel Maddow research team?

In my forty plus year career in media and arts, I’ve worn several hats, but as a director, talk show host and radio news producer, I, like most, attempt to inhale the hourly avalanche of information from a millennium of sources, then choose not only what is aired, posted, shared and published, but guests, questions, even use of adjectives, adverbs – everything from pre to post production.

I host two radio talk shows, one with a Conservative audience and one with Liberal listeners – believing not only in the necessity for, but the pragmatism of, United We Stand.

To the degree we talk, listen, comment and relate to differing POVs, we survive and thrive as an informed, multi-cultural, society.  Nonetheless, whether media pro or political junkie, what we read, watch and write is testimony to our upbringing, values, education, experiences and even geography — determining our politics.

Most Americans probably neither answer polls nor indulge in radical extremism.  Our collective communication comfort zone probably hovers within 20% of either Left of Center (championing the equality and justice for all, including women and minorities) and Right of Center (championing less leveling the playing field through government regulations) – deserting the Center for Moderates and Independents if they so choose – and there’s the rub.

Arguably, our national derision and conflict resonate from the degree we immortalize the lie we and media professionals tell ourselves:  that somehow it is solely the subject – the politics of weather, the shame of corporations, institutions and individuals profiting from mass incarceration, the denial of full citizenship rights for those who have paid their debt to society or the shooting of people who look like the Rev. Dr. William Barber and sound like Khizr Khan – that dictates what leads our 24/7 news cycle – and not an addicted audience craving another hit, nor performers chasing the redundant ambulance for a ratings high.

We deserve better, to do better and vote to be better than those, who, since The New Deal, have been festering to shatter their shadowy shield and like a mushroom cloud, rupture unity, to extinguish the promise of peace and light of human decency.

From Nixon and Reagan, to CIA GHW Bush locked and loaded by Bush/Cheney Open Carry militias — perpetuated, un-aborted, in Koch-heads Mitch McConnell & Paul Ryan — is the birther of narcissistic, misogynistic, racist products, worshipped on the tea stained altar of projecting one’s sins onto those far less treasonous.

Reason is our best defense against clichés, political ads, media hype and mob-rule making choices for us.  Our power remains:  only we get to choose what we think, and how our vote reflects who we choose to be.