Sunday, January 19, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Make America Informed Again

Not to pick on Rich Kirchen and The Milwaukee Business Journal, but is this, President Donald Trump Touts Economic Record At Downtown Milwaukee Campaign Rally, really journalism?

The article repeats all of Trump's lies and then, I guess for counterpoint, it gives a quote from Mayor Tom Barrett.

Reporting needs to have context. It's fine to recap the many claims Trump spewed at his rally, but the reporting on such should include context, corrections and details regarding the claims made by Trump. In this instance, it should have been pointed out that most of what Trump was claiming is not true.

Such as the claim the country is experiencing the lowest average unemployment rate in history. It's just not true. And, also, much of the low unemployment is due to policies undertaken during the Obama administration.

Trump made claims of wage growth and a blue-collar boom. Also, just not true. 

Wage growth is being held back by political decisions and the Trump administration is on the wrong side of key debates
Weak job and wage growth weigh on these Trump states

The article then went on to list the many derogatory names Trump has for his opponents. Such a list would be fine if it were (dis)qualified with something about maturity, decorum and how unbecoming such behavior is for the office, but no such admonishment was included.

It went on reporting of Trump claiming the Make American Great Again strategy was the "greatest movement in the history of the country." Yet, no push-back on this either. Not equal rights, civil rights or women's rights. Make American Great Again isn't a movement. It's a lie and an embarrassment. 

The article closes with Pence parroting false or inflated job creation and wage growth claims.

US job creation slowed under Trump in 2019 to the lowest growth in 8 years
US job creation in 2019 slowest in 8 years

A media that doesn't give context doesn't really present reality. This type of vapid regurgitation acting as reporting is why so many Americans are misinformed and we have an orange buffoon for president. Our media must do better. 

Weekend Reading

Trump's Economy Is An Absolute Disaster For People And The Planet
IMF Head Gives 'Stark Message' Of Looming Inequality-Fueled Global Financial Disaster
Report Ties Green Energy To Economic Growth
The Great Dismantling Of America's National Parks Is Under Way
The Foxconn Debacle Is Key To What The Trump Era Has Meant In Wisconsin
Why Drink Is The Secret To Humanity's Success
The Enduring Awe And Legacy Of 'Mad Men'
President Donald Trump Touts Economic Record At Downtown Milwaukee Campaign Rally
White House Budget Office Violated Federal Law By Withholding Ukraine Security Funds


All You Need To Know About This Impeachment

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Neil Peart 1952-2020

Neil Peart, drummer and primary lyricist for Rush, dead at 67

Neil Peart's Longtime Friend Mike Portnoy Remembers the Drummer as 'Gracious & So Full of Heart'

Neil Peart, Drummer and Lyricist for Rush, Dies at 67

Neil Peart, Rush Drummer Who Set a New Standard for Rock Virtuosity, Dead at 67

Rush Drummer And Lyricist Neil Peart Has Died

Weekend Reading

The Dark Side Of Recycling
Lies, Damned Lies, And Recycling
RIP, Paul Adolph Volcker
Trump's Tax Cut Was A Mammoth Fraud
Is College Worth It? A Georgetown Study Measures Return On Investment
How Business Leaders Caused Black Poverty
Economic Errors: Right-Wing Edition
How Oil Companies Avoided Environmental Accountability After 10.8 Million Gallons Spilled
Jillian Michaels Says We Shouldn't 'Celebrate' Lizzo's Body
The College Wealth Premium Has Collapsed
Popularity Of CBD Oil Vexes Regulators And Researchers
Deceased GOP Strategist's Daughter Makes Files Public That Republicans Wanted Sealed
Trump's Biggest Fox News Boosters Suddenly Stop Railing Against 'Deep State' Intelligence
Damning New E-Mails Show Trump Knew He Was Breaking The Law On Ukraine
Ex-Apprentice Staffer Noel Casler Speaks Out: 'Trump's A Raging Drug Addict'

Hollywood, Donald Trump & Burying Your Head In The Sand

Conservatives hate virtue-signaling, do-gooder, know-nothing Hollywood. They don't care what those liberal snowflakes think.

Conservatives Really, Really Loved Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes Monologue

Yet, Conservatives will kneel down and gobble up every last bit of Donald Trump and all his bullshit. Donald Trump, the same guy that used his daddy's money to become a starfucker and get as close to Hollywood as he could. Trump was involved with WWE wrestling, The Apprentice, and made cameos/appearances in a number of movies/talk shows. 

Republicans hypocrisy is thoroughly exhausting at this point.