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Heading to South Africa; My World Turns As A Big B-day Approaches, Greek Left Values, BO Sings Again

June 15th, 2012 - by:

•News Dissector Radio Today: A pre-recorded rant and reading from my recent books 1 PM-2PM, on Progressive Radio Network (PRN.fm)

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As The Wheel Turns: It is Time To Double Down

The wheel of life turns again for me this month, another year is here, Birthday 2 weeks away on June 27, another moment for reflection, gratitude and, yes, uncertainty.

Years back when I asked Tina Turner when is she going to s low down, she said, with a chuckle. I am just getting started.

But she knew, yes, she must have, that fame flames. And slow down she did after that one last final, final final pay day tour. People loved her strutting herself herself on stage—oh, that voice and those legs—, but I loved her love of Buddism. My prime-time segment hailing her comeback on 20/20 helped make it happen and helped reinvent herself.

I keep going because I don’t know how not to: still blogging, still writing books, still making television, still doing radio, but with a growing recognition that this long hair is now a gray hair, an alta cocker in some circles, knowing that the pace had to change and is changing.

Nothing stays the same forever..

I am still a acolyte of Gramsci’s great injunction to confront pessimism of the intelligence with optimism of the will

The will I have, but its not always enough.

I live in many worlds.

I am in a media world where the gap between the media I want to make and the media our networks take is growing into a chasm. There’s a reason that the series I just finished, WHO RULES AMERICA, on the conflict between the 99% and the .001% cannot easily find a home in our “free” media marketplace.

I still think of myself as an activist. I was part of the Zuccotti Park occupation and wrote a book and many articles about it. I was there, but to be honest, more on the outside as an observer and supporter than on the inside as a marcher or participant.

I loved the energy but didn’t have the patience for the constant “horizontalism” in the form of endless meetings.

Last Sunday, I went to a sale at a revolutionary bookstore. I looked around. There was only one other shopper. And he was older than me.

I come from a university-fed, left -wing inspired book culture but I am not an academic, not a footnoter. And the book store, alas. seems part of the past, not the future, even as I have written 14 books with one more in the cooker.

I grew up in a youth culture. Yes I could dance with the best of then, even won some contests. I worked in Rock n’ Roll radio and profiled some of my music greats when I worked for ABC 20/20.

Yet I can’t tell you who is in the top ten today or dancing with the stars. I have more than 5000 albums but my record player broke and I haven’t had time to fix it

My company Globalvision has turned 25, but it became a shell of its former self. You can’t play at capitalism without capital.

Yet, I am still “global”—visited Africa, Turkey, Iran, last year and am, as you read this on my way to South Africa to work on a documentary alongside the making of a major movie based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom.

But here at home, as I get older, and maybe crankier, I also feel more alone. My daughter lives in LA and my family is around and supportive but not very present.

I do have some good friends but am often too busy to be the kind of good friend I would like to have. I know many people the world over and we stay in touch. I will see more when I go to South Africa later this week. I wish I could say it is the promised land or even the Rainbow Nation of my dreams. It isn’t. But I have witnessed the dramatic changes there, and did my bit to bring them about.

Yes, History, happens.

So, it’s on to another year, hoping that my health hangs on, and what breaks I get will not break me but continue to break my way

This is not a hopeful time. Our election ritual is as corrupted by money and distorted by game playing as any, I have ever seen although it seems like we are heading to a new low.

Even after you think, it can’t get much worse, it does.

So here I am, here you are, hoping to be able to re-energize that hopium we had some years ago even as it’s clear that one man, any man, especially one president will do much for us. Good or bad cannot and will not lead us anywhere.

The government is broken and so is our culture.

The System is Attacking itself.

The question for many is can we survive?

That’s why this is a time for recommitting, and with whatever time I have, I will plunge in again as I always have as long as I can be useful.

Onward!

On To Africa–and just in time:

WP: U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project.

•Here’s a resource on the International Criminal Court that I posted but somehow slipped away. Here it is again:

Secret Report Ordered by Obama Identified Potential Uprisings

•Mubarak May Be Gone But US Still Supports Egyptian Military

March 23, 2012″ State Dept. Press Release

Secretary Clinton has certified to Congress that Egypt is meeting its obligations under its Peace Treaty with Israel. The Secretary has also waived legislative conditions related to Egypt’s democratic transition, on the basis of America’s national security interests, allowing for the continued flow of Foreign Military Financing to Egypt. These decisions reflect America’s overarching goal: to maintain our strategic partnership with an Egypt made stronger and more stable by a successful transition to democracy. The Secretary’s decision to waive [democratic transition] conditions is also designed to demonstrate our strong support for Egypt’s enduring role as a security partner and leader in promoting regional stability and peace. Egypt has maintained thirty-plus years of peace with Israel. It contributes to efforts to stop proliferation and arms smuggling and facilitates missions from Afghanistan to counterterrorism in the Horn of Africa….

*Mark Karlin: Leaked Memo Indicates Obama to Give Transnational Corporations Governmental Powers Superseding US Sovereignty

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “At one time when anyone talked about how the attendees at Bilberberg conferences were creating a new world financial order, I thought that they were wearing a tin hat and getting transmissions from Mars. And I still think Lyndon LaRouche is some sort of political zombie, whose followers have entered a twilight zone. But….”

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

•If You Missed FELA

The Tony Award Winning Musical FELA!
Returns to Broadway
for 32 Performances Only!

If you missed Fela! the first time around,
here’s your chance to experience the production
that everybody has been talking about since 2009. Come
see Fela!, starring Adesola Osakalumi in the title role,
for a limited engagement only: July 9 – August 4, 2012
on Broadway at the Hirschfeld Theatre

•Sing a Song of Something

Project for Excellence in Journalism: It’s not often that a catchy pop song and speeches from President Obama fit together, but in the world of internet memes and viral videos, the two have collided to create a social media sensation.

A video produced by a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Tennessee mashed together snippets from Obama speeches to make it seem as if he is singing the hit song “Call Me Maybe.” In five days’ time, it generated almost 8 million views on YouTube-making it the most-watched YouTube news video last week. It was also the week’s No. 2 topic on Twitter, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

•Ralph Nader on Mitt Romney (Common Dreams)

“Mitt Romney’s daily dittohead assertions make one wonder what he got out of the law and business degrees he received from Harvard University. One of his regular blasts blames Barack Obama for the daily reports of bad economic indicators. Unemployment increases – blame Obama. Retail sales decline – blame Obama. Profits not rising – blame Obama. Housing crisis continues– blame Obama.

Mr. Romney will be the first to tell you that government doesn’t create jobs. In the same breath he’ll brag about creating thousands of jobs as a one-term governor of Massachusetts. And that’s just the beginning of his inanity.

At the same time, Mr. Romney will be the first to tell you that government doesn’t create jobs. In the same breath he’ll brag about creating thousands of jobs as a one-term governor of Massachusetts.

Are there contradictions here?”

Some News And Views

•CLG: British Supreme Court Clears Way for WikiLeaks Founder’s Extradition

Britain’s Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a final move by the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, to reopen his appeal of a ruling ordering him extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual abuse and rape. In a statement, the court also ruled that he must be extradited by midnight on July 7, barring further legal intervention. The ruling could be the end of a legal battle that Mr. Assange first waged, when he was arrested in December 2010, as a broad defense against what he called unjust allegations and a global conspiracy to silence him.

•Despite new reports of civilian deaths in Syria, Russia and Iran Draw Closer To Back Assad

•Court In Egypt Dissolves New Parliament. Is US Behind Torpedoing of Egyptian Revolution? What do you think?

*Portside: What The Greek Left Stands For, And What The Big Banks Fear

Alexis Tsipras, the president of the SYRIZA Parliamentary
Group already presented a large part of our economic program
and primarily the rationale of the program. That allows me
to focus on a few specific points. Listening to Mr. Samaras
yesterday, and also on other occasions, reading out long
lists of measures, I feel the need to explain what we mean
when we talk about a program. The Program and Our Values

1. The program, for us, goes beyond mere slogans and
measures, although we know that these are necessary as well.
For us program means a set of values, principles, straight-
out orientations and diligent positions. Our program is
based on the values of solidarity, justice, freedom,
equality and environmental responsibility. Based on these
values we will manage, if necessary, even the most mundane
tasks.

2. Program, for us, also means a way of thinking, a way of
analyzing, understanding the problem, and ranking priorities
and needs. And for us, it is the needs of the people that
are over and above profits and all selfish or partial
interests.

3. For us program means a continuous dialogue. A scientific
dialogue, a social dialogue, and a political dialogue. A
dialogue with the social movements, a dialogue with the
citizens. We want to shape our program together, through
such a continuous dialogue.

4. Program for us also means a process for the formation of
social alliances. The building of consensus from below.
Unifying the people is also an issue of the program. Our
program then is the foundation, the blueprint of a broad
social alliance among the working people, the people of
knowledge, the people of culture and the youth. It is a
social alliance to ward off any further impoverishment of
society. To avert any further decomposition of the
productive fabric of our society. To find the way toward
recovery and hope.

5. It is in this sense, that the program for us is a
continuous process. It is not a static and timeless text. It
is a ceaseless endeavor, open to new ideas and innovative
actions.

6. Finally, when we say program, we mean a political
process. A process of not simply managing the current
conjuncture, but of opening up new paths and this is exactly
what our program does. It attempts to cut new paths. It
attempts to preclude new dangers. It attempts to face up and
to make use of the possibilities.

•˙How Blooomberg Views Sees It: “”The next Greek government will be led either by radicals who have no experience of government, or by a party that has proved itself incapable of reforming Greece’s dysfunctional state.” So on Sunday, spare a thought to the ordinary Greek voter who has to choose.”

• Pity? Note: After the hedge funds and banks Ravaged Greece, loading the country up with debt and funding corrupt entities, we have Bloomberg News Saying “Pity The Greeks”—Disgusting!

•Bloomberg’s Jonathan Weil: Figures Don’t Lie, But Liar’s Figure

” Why did Spanish banks appear to be doing so well in 2008 and 2009? They were using an accounting technique called dynamic provisioning to “set aside rainy-day loan-loss reserves on their books during boom years. The purpose, they said, was to build up a buffer in good times for use in bad times. . . . European Union officials knew this and let Spain proceed with its own brand of accounting anyway.”

•Finland: Nokia Plans to Lay Off 10,000 Workers

CreditWritedowns: Nokia is finished in my view. It was clear before they switched to the Windows Mobile platform that their existing platform was not going to survive the onslaught from smart phones with Apple iOS and Android operating systems. However, the switch to Windows Mobile gives them some hope of salvaging the company

•EJC: Despite Watchdog’s Fears, Mexican Media Giants Combine

EJC: In a highly controversial decision, Mexico’s antitrust regulator on Thursday conditionally approved a joint telecom venture between media giant Televisa and rival network TV Azteca’s sister company Iusacell. Televisa agreed in April 2011 to purchase a 50 percent stake in cell phone company Iusacell for USD 1.6bn, which would mark Televisa’s first foray into the wireless telephone business. But the Federal Competition Commission (CFC) halted the deal because of price-fixing concerns. The watchdog expressed concern that the tie-up could generate collusion between networks Televisa and TV Azteca in the setting of advertising rates for the television and telecom sectors. Televisa and Iusacell appealed the commission’s ruling and on Thursday the CFC reversed its decision, clearing the way for a conditional alliance.

•••I am going to call it an early night. Your comments are welcome as is your technical help. Volunteers wanted to help upgrade our websites. See Mediachannel1.org. Write: Dissector@mediachannel.org