Archive | June 2013

Where has real journalism gone?

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
-Benjamin Franklin

wire_tapping_07On 22nd June, 2010, a reporter by the name of Michael Hastings released an article in the Rolling Stone magazine that set in motion one of the most high profile resignations we’ve seen in quite some time. US Army General Stanley McChrystal was the commander of the US forces in Afghanistan until he was forced to resign over his off-duty behaviour, which was exposed by Michael Hastings. McChrystal was also known to be tied to the coverup of the ‘friendly fire’ death of an American football player, Specialist Pat Tillman, who enlisted in the US Army. Michael Hastings has been one of the most passionate and fearless journalists I’ve seen in a very long time. It has been known that Hastings would go against the wishes of his editors to report real news and facts. MichaelHastingsHe wasn’t going to be kept quiet by studios who have a mission to keep their networks happy or to get ratings or to pander to their political interests. Hastings recently became suspicious about the government tapping his phone line and accessing his emails and has let it be known. In the early hours of the 18th of June, 2013, Hastings was found to have crashed his car into a tree, and his car exploded into flames.  Many speculations are forming around his death, but at this time, I think we should get the correct facts before any assumptions are made. Michael Hastings was 33 years old.

Real and factual journalism seems to have gone away with the corporations and political parties vying for media support. News agencies such as Fox News would do anything to maintain their ratings even if it means reporting false information and inciting hatred and developing conspiracy theories of their own. Whistleblowing seems to be the only way to report real needed information. Let’s start with Read More…

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Working on transition – more

People going to work“I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Just a quick amendment to the previous post about a Universal Basic Income. This podcast brilliantly lays out the plan:

For more information on the initiatives for a basic income and a 21hr work week, follow the links below:

Washington Post – How about a universal basic income?

Wikipedia – Basic Income Guarantee

Business Insider – Universal Basic Income

New Economics Foundation – 21 Hours

About Time – 21 hours

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