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  • News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch tweeted last week that he'd like to see "a real black President" in office. 
  • (His audience is) beginning to suspect the truth about him, i.e. that he isn't really one of them: They may finally sense that he's a foreigner, that he wouldn't be caught dead eating pork rinds, that he knows what the word "naïf" means.
  • Part 1: Rupert Murdoch Is Deviant Scum
  • Part 2: How Roger Ailes Built the Fox Propaganda Machine

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Part 1: Rupert Murdoch Is Deviant Scum

For Murdoch and Fox, the chickens might be coming home to roost.

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

http://www.opednews.com/populum/uploaded/o--keefe-54611-20110316-3.jpgOctober 13, 2015 | It all comes back to Rupert Murdoch. As multiple recent news stories have proven, the 2016 presidential race is fast becoming a referendum on the News Corp CEO and reigning media gorgon.

The two top candidates in the Republican field are a Fox News contributor (Ben Carson opened his Fox career two years ago comparing Obama to Lenin) and a onetime Fox favorite who is fast becoming the network's archenemy: Donald Trump is the fallen angel in the Fox story, a traitor who's trying to tempt away Murdoch's lovingly nurtured stable of idiot viewers by denouncing their favorite "news" network as a false conservative God.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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Part 2: How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Propaganda Machine and Fear Factory

How Roger Ailes – onetime Nixon operative, brilliant master of political dirty tricks, true-believing wingnut – built the most powerful propaganda machine in history.

Julian BrookesRolling Stone

http://assets.rollingstone.com/assets/images/blog_entry/2593136a3077f4c2326defe834367c571b99f2ac.jpgMay 25, 2011 | New at Rollingstone.com, how Roger Ailes – onetime Nixon operative, brilliant master of political dirty tricks, true-believing wingnut – built the most powerful propaganda machine in history: Fox News. A major theme of Tim Dickinson's definitive profile is that Ailes, who likes to say he quit politics when he took the helm at Fox, in 1996, only shifted to playing politics by other means – making himself into the all-powerful Don Corleone of the conservative movement by molding his TV network into a stunningly effective political message machine. As former Bush speechwriter David Frum tells Dickinson, "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us. Now we’re discovering that we work for Fox."

From the piece:

[Fox News] plays a leading role in defining Republican talking points and advancing the agenda of the far right. Fox News tilted the electoral balance to George W. Bush in 2000, prematurely declaring him president in a move that prompted every other network to follow suit. It helped create the Tea Party, transforming it from the butt of late-night jokes into a nationwide insurgency capable of electing U.S. senators. Fox News turbocharged the Republican takeover of the House last fall, and even helped elect former Fox News host John Kasich as the union-busting governor of Ohio – with the help of $1.26 million in campaign contributions from News Corp. And by incubating a host of potential GOP contenders on the Fox News payroll– including Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum – Ailes seems determined to add a fifth presidential notch to his belt in 2012. "Everything Roger wanted to do when he started out in politics, he’s now doing 24/7 with his network," says a former News Corp. executive. "It’s come full circle."

Julian Brookes is the media director for the US program at Human Rights Watch. His writing has appeared in Mother Jones, Rolling Stone and Salon.

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John Oliver Urges Us to Wake Up to How Big Oil Is Killing People and Destroying North Dakota

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  • John Oliver explains why North Dakota Is far too nice to big oil
  • When are people going to stop picking on the very responsible, well-to-do oil industry??
  • Dethroning fossil fuels: rise of the New Abolitionists

Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig 

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http://www.truthdig.com/images/avboothuploads/jolnorthdakota_360.jpg Oct 12, 2015 | In another informative and funny segment of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver explores what has happened to North Dakota since the start of its oil boom.

On Sunday, John Oliver addressed the kind and polite people of North Dakota, a state that has had a recent oil boom so large that it's cut the nation's dependence on foreign oil dramatically. Unfortunately, as you might deduce from the very clean and spotless record of the oil industry, it has not come without its drawbacks.

Natasha Hakimi Zapata: Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor, Truthdig

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Dethroning fossil fuels: rise of the New Abolitionists, Jim Conn, Capital & Main / Peoples World 

  • If we continue to extract fossil fuels - coal, oil, gas - at the current pace, we will not be able to live on the planet by mid-century.
  • The Economics of the Environment

 

Making Money from Misery? Disaster Capitalism from the Migrant Crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti

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For three years, I’ve investigated what happens after the spotlight fades from disasters in developing countries. What comes when the money and goodwill ends?

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Democracy%20Now%21%20%7C%20Making%20Money%20from%20Disasters%20illus.jpgFriday, October 9, 2015 | When disaster strikes, who profits? That’s the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe.” Traveling across the globe, Loewenstein examines how companies such as G4S, Serco and Halliburton are cashing in on calamity, and describes how they are deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners and asylum seekers. Recently, Loewenstein teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for a documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities in Haiti, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and beyond.

Amy Goodman: This is Democracy Now!, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. When disaster strikes, who profits? That’s the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe. Traveling across the globe, Antony examines how companies, such as G4S, Serco, Halliburton, are cashing in on calamity. He describes how they’re deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners, asylum seekers. Now Loewenstein has teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for an upcoming documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities from Haiti to Afghanistan to Papua New Guinea and beyond. This is the trailer.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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TPP: It’s Not a Deal, It’s Not a Trade Deal, and It’s Not a Done Deal

Despite the success of the negotiations, the deal still has to be ratified by lawmakers in each country.

Lambert Strether, Corrente / Naked Capitalism 

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http://peoplesworld.org/assets/Uploads/stopp-tppa.jpgOctober 6, 2015 | Press coverage of the climax of the Atlanta ministerial meeting on TPP was as  herd-like as  the Corbyn 5 minutes of hate in the UK. Here are just a few of the headlines; you can see how very much alike they are, in tone and content:

Of course, nothing has been “signed,” and the deal has neither been “reached”, “sealed,” “struck,” or “agreed.” At best, what we have is a deal to try to make a deal; these headlines, and the mentality of the writers and editors, are all profoundly anti-democratic. As the BBC sheepishly admits:

Despite the success of the negotiations, the deal still has to be ratified by lawmakers in each country.

Lambert Strether is a contributing author at Naked Capitalism and blogs at Corrente.

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The Myth of the Ethical Shopper

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Abigail Goh

We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.

Michael Hobbes, Huffington Post

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07/15/2015 | There’s this video that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of sewing machines. “Meet Manisha,” the screen reads, dissolving to a close-up of a girl in a headscarf who looks about 16. She earns “as little as 13 cents an hour each day for 16 hours.” The Berliners put their hands over their mouths.

“Do you still want to buy this shirt?” the display asks. The menu comes up again. This time, the options are “buy” and “donate.” As the music swells, all the shoppers press “donate.”

Michael Hobbes is a human rights consultant in Berlin. He’s written for The New Republic, Slate and the Huffington Post.

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Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

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  • Amazon mixes the brutality of the Victorian workhouse with the paranoia of Stalinist Russia.
  • Part 1: Amazon Only Perfected What American Work Culture Created.
  • Part 2: Amazon mixes the brutality of the Victorian workhouse with the paranoia of Stalinist Russia.

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Part 1: Amazon Only Perfected What American Work Culture Created

We created the 24/7 work culture. Amazon just took it to the extreme.

Emily Peck, Huffington Post

Amazon%20Employees%20Going%20to%20Work.jpg08/17/2015 | Nasty, brutish and short. The Amazon workplace, as depicted in this weekend’s damning New York Times front page story, is apparently a Hobbesian world where over-achieving employees work 24/7 for bosses who demand slavish devotion at the expense of their health and personal life until they finally burn out and quit. 

Does that really seem that unusual to anyone? 

The bruising workplace described by The New York Times is basically a stand-in for the white-collar, always-on, male-centric workplace that many U.S. workers know all too well.

Emily Peck, Executive Editor, Business and Technology, Huffington Post

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Part 2: Amazon mixes the brutality of the Victorian workhouse with the paranoia of Stalinist Russia

I encourage you to read this article in full, but will share a few bits that horrified me the most.

james321, Daily Kos <>

 

Sat Aug 15, 2015 | If you want to understand 21st century exploitation of labor by the billionaire class, you must read this horrifying story about Amazon's working conditions from the New York Times.

In short, Amazon mixes the brutality of Victorian workhouse with the constant paranoia of Stalinist Russia. Amazon's working conditions are an obscenity -- after reading this article, I have decided that Amazon is not a company of which Americans should be proud -- Barack Obama visited a warehouse in 2013 -- but one of which we should be truly ashamed. Amazon is an obscenity.

james321Daily Kos member

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New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if environmental costs were included

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  • The truth is that our current system allows pretty much every corporation to externalize both environmental and social costs. 
  • Paul Craig Roberts | The Social Cost of Capitalism

Michael Thomas, Exposing the Truth

pollution2.jpg?94c325April 9, 2015 | If you haven’t been paying attention, I don’t blame you for at first not believing this. After all, companies go to great lengths to greenwash their image and present themselves as progressive and environmentally responsible, even while they turn your land to deserts and your oceans into dead zones. Unfortunately, as Mark Twain once famously said: “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

The truth is that our current system allows pretty much every corporation to externalize both environmental and social costs. In this article, we won’t even be touching on social costs. If you don’t know what cost externalization is, you can imagine it as making someone else pay part or all of your costs. For example, BP externalized the environmental costs of the Deepwater Horizon disaster by consuming all of the profits but making the government pay for anything beyond the most shoddy and superficial attempts at stopping the crisis.

Michael Thomas: I am politically active and am working on creating my own political movement based on the idea of the government and politicians being almost totally transparent, and localized/decentralized decision making.

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