Thursday, February 12, 2009

Nice to see that everyone is so oblivious

Am I the only who feels like this lately?

Seems to me that the only thing that everyone is focused on is the bailout and its ancillary questions. Even in that respect, the bailout is only getting coverage about whether it will pass or not and whether the delay will harm the Obama administration's power to get things done.

When the professional media does deign to talk about something else, they have been doing so in a fashion that would be right at home with Hearst' yellow journalism. (How about last week's Newsweek which proclaimed that Afghanistan was Obama's Vietnam ?) When I'm not seeing more pieces about the stimulus plan, I'm seeing more comparing Obama to either FDR or Abraham Lincoln.

Aside from that, we have the regular slew of stories which make me wonder where our priorities really are when we allow such things to be labeled "front page" worthy. (Such as ones like these.)

How about someone paying attention to the fact that North Korea has recently announced that it is rescinding all of its non-aggression pacts that it has recently signed with South Korea, or that it has recently begun moving a long range missile to a launching site? (Yeah, thanks to former President Carter as well as the Clinton and Bush administrations, there may be something nuclear to put on the warhead.)

Or in more national news, how the Roberts' lead Supreme Court has recently weakened civil rights in Herring v. United States. This is important stuff that reflects how the government is going to be allowed (whomever is in office) to operate vis a vis the rights of people to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Yet outside legal circles, there has been almost nothing out there about it.

These are just a few of the stories that are out there. People need to understand somethings. First, its amazing how involved we are in making money in short term. Second is how little we care about things like our security, our civil rights, and our long term financial well-being.

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