Friday, January 29, 2016
6 Grisly Facts Trophy Hunters Don't Want You to Know (Cecil Is the Least of It) | AlternetThe killing of Cecil, an African lion in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe last July by the Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer focused national attention on the flourishing but underreported world of big-game trophy hunting. Outrage from the public, conservationists, politicians and celebrities led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add Cecil’s species to the endangered list and many airlines stepped up and said they would refuse to ship the trophies home. But even though the Cecil episode has opened the public’s eyes, there are many grisly aspects to the so-called sport that trophy hunters would rather you didn't know. Here are 6 of them.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Syria Lies Dept: 60 Minutes declares the Russian intervention a flop | The Greanville Post • Vol. IX
Syria Lies Dept: 60 Minutes declares the Russian intervention a flop | The Greanville Post • Vol. IXThere’s a mystery at the heart of American journalism. How can normally mediocre ignoramuses—I refer to the rank and file of US media, especially television (yes, in case you haven’t noticed, the overwhelming majority of US journalists are ignorant and arrogantly proud about it, too)—suddenly become virtuosi of insidiousness and underhanded manipulation—which requires some brains and a talent for finesse— when it comes to squeezing the truth out of any story that interests the empire? Who does the actual massaging? The editors? The owners? The highest councils of the ruling class via their multiple indirect channels, think tanks and pundits? Are the on-camera reporters who impersonate journalists briefed beforehand on what questions to throw at the victims? Are they coached about the proper intonations to use…the pregnant pauses, the studied reaction shots? Or has the profession reached such a level of robotic indoctrination that the practitioners really need not much ad-hoc preparation to perform their loyal duties to the deep state, having become accomplished actors?