SIDEBAR
»
S
I
D
E
B
A
R
«
DOES TRUTH MATTER?
Jul 14th, 2019 by Warren Swil

Rampant, unpunished

dishonesty threatens

the fabric of society

President Donald Trump, Liar in Chief.

President Donald Trump, Liar in Chief.

For many generations, parents have been teaching their babies to tell the truth as soon as they can talk. Even babies are punished if they lie.
Telling an untruth is a serious crime in our justice system.
One need not look far for evidence that honesty is a fundamental value essential for the survival of modern societies.
Yet leaders around the globe – and especially in the US – have drowned their followers in an avalanche of falsehoods without paying any discernible price, monetary or political.
In doing so, they are posing an existential threat to the continued survival of our societies. For without truth, modern, interdependent countries surely will vanish much like the Roman Empire did some 1,600 years ago.


Read the rest of this entry »
All you need to know about Baltimore strife (with video)

AMERICA’S EXPERT DAVID SIMON LAYS BARE ROOTS OF TRAGIC EVENTS
To truly understand the recent strife in Baltimore, one need consult only America’s foremost expert on the thoroughly corrupt criminal justice system in that city.
Former Baltimore Sun police reporter and acclaimed television producer David Simon almost predicted an explosion of resentment in Baltimore in his acclaimed five-season HBO dramatic series The Wire.
Just before Baltimore erupted in flames, in a conversation with President Obama on March 26, 2015, Simon nailed the problem and offered the solution: end the “war on drugs” immediately and redirect all the resources to treatment, job training and economic reindustrialization.


Read the rest of this entry »
‘RAIN OF TERROR’: The real threat to free speech

SELF-CENSORSHIP ON THE RISE IN WAKE OF FRANCE’S NIGHTMARE
The horrific three-day terrorism spree in France has evoked a spirited and widespread debate over limits to offensive speech.
It is most difficult to defend free speech rights when the content is hateful, denigrating or offensive. But this is when they must be most vigorously defended; otherwise we risk embarking on a slippery slope towards the darkness of censorship.
The events in France challenge our tolerance. Let’s hope we can meet it head on, and not cave to those who would silence critics, however sharp their criticism.


Read the rest of this entry »
Time to end ‘war on drugs,’ starting with marijuana

NYT’S CALL FOR LEGAL POT DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH
While The New York Times’ prominent series of editorials calling for legalizing marijuana is laudable, it misses the real target.
The conversation should not start and end with pot. We need to mobilize in support of the proposition that substance abuse in general is not a matter for the criminal justice system at all.
Instead, it is a public health issue. Civilized countries have long moved in this direction. The US needs to evolve from incarcerating substance abusers to treating them.


Read the rest of this entry »
Villain of Iraq invasion makes astounding comeback

CHALABI SEEN AS POSSIBLE CONTENDER FOR PRIME MINISTER SLOT
One of the most villainous players in the disastrous 2003 US invasion of Iraq has made an astounding comeback.
The resurrection of Ahmad Chalabi was, ironically, capped with a front-page story and photo in The New York Times today.
It reminds us of one the main reasons Iraq finds itself in such an impossible quandary today and the role US media played in getting it there.


Read the rest of this entry »
HARD CHOICES: Clinton inevitability in 2016 a media myth

POTENTIAL CHALLENGER SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN COULD UPSET DYNASTY
With all the hype about Hillary Clinton’s new book, it may seem her victory in 2016 is increasingly inevitable.
But, political memories are short. Everyone seems to have forgotten that Clinton also seemed “inevitable” in 2008 – until an upstart from Illinois proved otherwise.
If there is a remote chance that anyone can challenge the emerging Clinton lock on the 2016 presidential race, it is embodied in Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Let’s all hope she is up to the challenge.


Read the rest of this entry »
AT&T, DirecTV mega deal poses new threat to everyone

‘MA BELL’ MONOPOLISTS POISED TO RULE TELECOM
AT&T’s plan to acquire DirecTV makes the consolidation of the communications industry seem unstoppable – and threatens consumers on several fronts.
It portends a throwback to the bad old days of Ma Bell, when one giant monopolized the entire phone system.
As broadband and cable providers merge, they will leave the consumer with few options: all, or nothing.


Read the rest of this entry »
Turbulence rocks two of world’s top journalism institutions

EXIT OF TOP EDITORS REFLECT EXISTENTIAL STRUGGLE AT LE MONDE, THE TIMES
The media landscape on both sides of the Atlantic was rocked this week when the top editor of the French newspaper Le Monde and also that of The New York Times – both the first women to hold those jobs ¬– left amidst acrimony.
The changes signal rough sailing for these bastions of traditional media as they both struggle to make the transition to the digital era.
Hopefully the internal squabbles will be a harbinger of better days ahead.


Read the rest of this entry »
Spy vs. Spy: Journalists honored as target pilloried

Criticism directed at the National Security Agency ricocheted around cyberspace after an anonymously sourced Bloomberg story said the agency “exploited” the Heartbleed security bug for years.
Meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras – the journalists who first obtained documents from Edward Snowden revealing the NSA’s massive spying operations – visited the US for the first time since their blockbuster reporting to receive the prestigious Polk Award in a ceremony on Friday.


Read the rest of this entry »
Spying panel recommendations: a matter of trust

REPORT FURTHER ERODES FAITH IN ELECTRONIC PRIVACY
While the recommendations of a presidential panel on government spying have been mostly welcomed, they could be seen as a confession that the revelations of Edward Snowden are accurate, and that everyone for years has been monitored on a massive scale unprecedented in its scope and size.
The key issue is one of trust. It has been seriously damaged.
Reform is urgently needed. The longer it is delayed, the more trust will erode.


Read the rest of this entry »
SIDEBAR
»
S
I
D
E
B
A
R
«
»  Substance: WordPress   »  Style: Ahren Ahimsa & Martin Black