Friday, July 23, 2021

Meet the 'Patriots' Who Wouldn't Lift a Finger to Save Their Country from Disaster

 The selfishness of the unvaccinated is truly staggering.

American Journalism 2021

More than 20 years of being whipped curs has trained the cringing Beltway news media to shill for the GOP, whether they're in or out of power.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

If You're Jung at Heart

“You would invite illness, indeed, if you should give up your conscious and rational orientation,” wrote the psychologist Carl Jung. “On the other hand, it is equally true that life is not only rational. To a certain extent, you have to keep your senses open to the nonrational aspects of existence…”

“The unconscious itself is neither tricky nor evil — it is nature, both beautiful and terrible… The best way of dealing with the unconscious is the creative way…”

“By keeping quiet, repressing nothing, remaining attentive, and by accepting reality — taking things as they are, and not as I wanted them to be — by doing all this, unusual knowledge has come to me, and unusual powers as well, such as I could never have imagined before. I always thought that when we accepted things they overpowered us in some way other. This turns out not to be true at all, and it is only by accepting them that one can assume an attitude toward them.”

Monday, July 19, 2021

Fox News Will KIll You If Don't Watch Out

By constantly lying to disparage the vaccine,
Fox News is apparently trying to kill its own audience.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Interview in Berlin

Berlin in the 1920s as seen by painter Leo Lesser Ury
“In the pre-Hitler time, this section of Berlin, Kochstrasse, used to be the Fleet Street of Berlin,” Stefan Gänsicke told me in a 1990 interview. “During the Weimer Republic, something like 140 dailies poured forth from two blocks around here, and were sold all over Germany.”

Gänsicke, an executive editor with Germany’s Springer publishing empire, continued, “And most of those papers were anti-Hitler, liberal, democrat. And yet these newspapers, in the pre-Hitler time, did not make cohesive or deliberate or conscientious efforts to build a dam against the brown tide, against the Nazis coming to power. They did not alert the Germans and the European neighbors to what all of us, Germans and Europeans, were in for once Hitler came to power. 

“(Publisher Axel) Springer thought this was something like a negative entry in history for the media not to have obstructed, or tried to obstruct, Hitler’s way to power.”

I’ve thought of that interview often in the decades since. It haunted me as I watched with increasing alarm and disbelief while American journalism failed to fight the rise of fascism in just the way that the German editor described.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

What's Really Critical is Republican Propaganda

The Republican message: “Can't we please stop talking about the evils of slavery? That was so long ago, and besides, we want to re-impose it!”