Tucci78 on May 16, 2011, 01:07:42 pm
Instead of starting a new thread, this might be the place to ask what the "Filler Page" is all about.

Might there not be some explanation offered in the "Transcript For This Page" area?

But I love the visual insight into Sv. Stellina's dreams.

Maybe she's picturing a little "filler" activity of another sort.
"I is a great believer in peaceful settlements," Jik-jik assured him. "Ain't nobody as peaceful as a dead trouble-maker."
-- Keith Laumer, Retief's War (1966)

sams on May 16, 2011, 03:01:02 pm
But "the blogosphere and talk radio" are still looked upon by the old, dying, legacy news media as more an irritant - a damned nasty irritant, but an irritant nonetheless - than any kind of real threat. They've been in control for so damned long that any other stated view of the samizdat "little people" is impossible for them.

Yet another instantiation of the classic fingers-in-the-ears-&-eyes-squeezed-shut "Nurmee-Nurmee-Nurmee-I'm-not-listening!" defense.

Remember there are no guaranties in a free market,  the only way to get honest media is to have competion and currently Talk radio first, then Bloggosphere have reduced the cost of running a new organization, especially with network.

Newpapers will likely go bust in 10 years and TV will likely be challenged, except for entertainment value + News, which the interwebs can offer more.
Instead of starting a new thread, this might be the place to ask what the "Filler Page" is all about.

Might there not be some explanation offered in the "Transcript For This Page" area?

But I love the visual insight into Sv. Stellina's dreams.

Maybe she's picturing a little "filler" activity of another sort.

Can Sov Guy handle 2 Ladies ... The Frenchy from the IMF seems to run on Viagra, who knows. ;D

quadibloc on May 16, 2011, 03:12:05 pm
I'm surprised there wasn't a post about whatever the problem may be. Certainly, while the schedule has been very regular up to the present, it is unreasonable to expect that small problems and delays won'e happen from time to time.

Given the absence of a post noting the cause of the delay, though, I hope that nothing serious has happened to anyone involved with the comic.

Tucci78 on May 16, 2011, 03:52:00 pm
Remember there are no guaranties in a free market....

Might could be that this is why the "Liberal" fascist MSM hates the free market so much.

...the only way to get honest media is to have competition and currently Talk radio first, then [the] Bloggosphere have reduced the cost of running a new organization, especially with network.

Newspapers will likely go bust in 10 years and TV will likely be challenged, except for entertainment value + News, which the interwebs can offer more.

I figure that once ready access to wireless nodes becomes widespread, "uninterruptable," and cheap (or free), today's broadcast media monopolies (enforced by government fiat) are doomed except as content providers.  

They won't be able to "grab eyeballs" (or "ears") for their advertisers with any kind of exclusivity, and they'll have to contend on the basis of their target audience's perceptions of desirable quality in order to complete.

When you can drive thirty or forty miles in your personal vehicle while listening to the same Webcast (or even interacting with the site by using voice-to-text software translating your spoken words into the equivalent of these comments we're posting online right here), even talk radio will have its hold on audience share substantially broken.

Newspapers might survive, but not on the model of The New York Times "paper of record" bullpuckey.

The "all the news that's fit to print" arrogance of the journalistas - particularly the publishers and editors who have enjoyed the ability to "spike" anything they don't want the sheeple to learn about - will disappear, but the desire for local interest stuff isn't going to go away.

News content generators will have to gather information and write stories about what's happening in accessors' localities, doing their best to anticipate what those browsing folks want to know about.  Google News already does this to a considerable extent, relying on the various ways their system "learns" not only the location of your computer but also your Web browsing history.

Local newspapers would seem to continue viable - if quite small-time - for the foreseeable future.

Anybody reading here familiar with the way H. Beam Piper described the Port Sandor Times in his 1961 novel Four-Day Planet (see http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19478)?  Pardon me for using the "quote" function here:

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It wasn't long before I was noticing a few odd things about Murell, too, which confirmed my original suspicions of him. He didn't have the firm name of his alleged publishers right, he didn't know what a literary agent was and, after claiming to have been a newsman, he consistently used the expression "news service." I know, everybody says that - everybody but newsmen. They always call a news service a "paper," especially when talking to other newsmen.

Of course, there isn't any paper connected with it, except the pad the editor doodles on. What gets to the public is photoprint, out of a teleprinter. As small as our circulation is, we have four or five hundred of them in Port Sandor and around among the small settlements in the archipelago, and even on the mainland. Most of them are in bars and cafes and cigar stores and places like that, operated by a coin in a slot and leased by the proprietor, and some of the big hunter-ships like Joe Kivelson's Javelin and Nip Spazoni's Bulldog have them.

But long ago, back in the First Centuries, Pre-Atomic and Atomic Era, they were actually printed on paper, and the copies distributed and sold. They used printing presses as heavy as a spaceship's engines. That's why we still call ourselves the Press. Some of the old papers on Terra, like La Prensa in Buenos Aires, and the Melbourne Times, which used to be the London Times when there was still a London, were printed that way originally.

When I think about how "newspapers" will be serving people when the Internet becomes truly WiFi - and it's getting there, with the third- and fourth-generation cellular telephones - the description Piper provided fifty years ago, of a "news service" that gathers, edits, and presents information to its subscribers' preferences, making its profits by way of readers' paying very small access fees and advertisers eager to get themselves some potential customers' attention....

Well, that sounds like a survivor.  No great political power in it (the way those mother bastids at the failing, death-doomed, good-fracking-riddance-to-'em New York Times faunch after), but honest work for honest journalists.
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"I is a great believer in peaceful settlements," Jik-jik assured him. "Ain't nobody as peaceful as a dead trouble-maker."
-- Keith Laumer, Retief's War (1966)

Tucci78 on May 16, 2011, 03:57:36 pm
I'm surprised there wasn't a post about whatever the problem may be. Certainly, while the schedule has been very regular up to the present, it is unreasonable to expect that small problems and delays won'e happen from time to time.

Given the absence of a post noting the cause of the delay, though, I hope that nothing serious has happened to anyone involved with the comic.

There's a fresh page up on QuantumVibe, so it might be that the delay on Escape From Terra is being caused by a hitch in the artistic git-along.  What had been written and drawn for today's page might have been held because there was a last-minute decision to pull the strip that had been ready for the continuation of an existing story arc or the initiation of a new one.

Hey, this is speculative fiction, right?

So let's speculate.
"I is a great believer in peaceful settlements," Jik-jik assured him. "Ain't nobody as peaceful as a dead trouble-maker."
-- Keith Laumer, Retief's War (1966)

Tucci78 on May 16, 2011, 04:43:55 pm
Ah, there!  It's fixed, and we are introduced to Gaucho's, where "the chefs and waiters were all from Argentina and steeped in its tradition of dining elegance."

Is this a Martian restaurant chain, and can we expect tunes from Evita over the Muzak system?
"I is a great believer in peaceful settlements," Jik-jik assured him. "Ain't nobody as peaceful as a dead trouble-maker."
-- Keith Laumer, Retief's War (1966)

quadibloc on May 16, 2011, 04:50:43 pm
I was going to mention this propaganda piece I encountered...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/violent-arctic-storm-a-climate-change-harbinger-study-finds/article2023865/

As it happened, by an odd coincidence, as I read your post, I was listening to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehjghbx3Hp8

As far as today's comic page is concerned, however, the mystery of the delay is now crystal-clear. It just took him time to think of a plot angle that didn't involve another rollercoaster.

sam on May 16, 2011, 04:52:45 pm
We have mostly a free market in news, and the various vendors try to give their customers what they want. Their customers want a lot of eyeballs to look at their ads, so news tends to do whatever will get their audience to keep coming back.

The audience mostly wants to hear the same news everybody else hears. One of the big points for listening to news is so you can be "informed" and know what everybody else is talking about when they talk about news.

Kayfabe in professional wrestling makes wrestling more entertaining that real life.  Kayfabe in the mainstream media makes the news less entertaining that real life.

Recently a Muslim yelling "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) tried to seize the cockpit of a passenger plane.  He was subdued by passengers and flight attendants.

Mainstream media somehow overlooked to mention him crying "allah akbar", neglected all the ways that he fitted the profile,

Do you think the customers did not want to know?  In the mainstream media version of this event, it sounded like some random passenger urgently needed to go to the toilet, and thought there might be one in the cockpit.

Similarly, are those who read the mainstream media aware that the Washington Snipers were Islamic terrorists - or that any of dozens incidents of random murder in the US were done by Islamic terrorists?  Do they know that Major Hasan gave a power point presentation on why he was going to murder his audience?  Rather, they still think his motives were mysterious.

These are all things that customers would like to know, and which they get from the blogs, not from the mainstream media.

You say nobody mentioned the banking crisis until all of a sudden they all did? I wonder why.

For the same reason they don't say "Niggers don't read books.  Books are like kryptonite to a nigger"

The government was engaged in cover up, and the press complied.

Because the government position was that markets were irrationally panicking, and if the papers mentioned this irrational panic, people might panic even more.  All these toxic assets were perfectly good, because raters approved by government regulators said they were good.

Credit default swaps on mortgage backed securities plunged in 2005, signifying that mortgage backed securities were considerably less valuable than claimed, which in 2005 hinted that a lot of major financial institutions were broke.

Official indignation ensued, reflected in the newspapers, that the horribly unregulated credit default swap markets were malfunctioning, and needed government regulation to function correctly - so that they would report politically correct prices for futures, instead of prices forecasting doom.

Yes, it is that terrible lack of regulation that caused the crisis.

 Shortly thereafter, early in 2006 the repo market plunged, and was immediately frozen so that there would be no prices for people to notice that prices were horribly low - which low prices implied a market assessment that most AAA rated assets were worthless crap - effectively confirming what the credit default swap market had predicted.  So from late 2005, early 2006 onwards, financial markets, in particular the biggest financial market of them all, the repo market, were "illiquid" in that no one wanted to buy financial assets at politically correct prices, and it was horribly politically incorrect to offer them at below politically correct prices.

From late 2005 or early 2006 the government was engaged in massive cover up, and the press went along with that coverup.  A few financial bloggers cried doom, but the government successfully muddied the waters, and there are always  financial bloggers that cry doom, so not many people paid attention - at least not many ordinary people paid attention though the fact that the repo market was "frozen" shows that one hell of a lot of investors were paying attention.

In this crisis, it was perfectly clear that the mainstream media was taking orders from the government as much as the Soviet press.


Tucci78 on May 16, 2011, 05:08:56 pm
As far as today's comic page is concerned, however, the mystery of the delay is now crystal-clear. It just took him time to think of a plot angle that didn't involve another rollercoaster.

So drawing a comic page - er, continuing graphic novel - has its ups and downs?
"I is a great believer in peaceful settlements," Jik-jik assured him. "Ain't nobody as peaceful as a dead trouble-maker."
-- Keith Laumer, Retief's War (1966)

ContraryGuy on May 16, 2011, 07:37:37 pm
We have mostly a free market in news, and the various vendors try to give their customers what they want. Their customers want a lot of eyeballs to look at their ads, so news tends to do whatever will get their audience to keep coming back.

The audience mostly wants to hear the same news everybody else hears. One of the big points for listening to news is so you can be "informed" and know what everybody else is talking about when they talk about news.

Kayfabe in professional wrestling makes wrestling more entertaining that real life.  Kayfabe in the mainstream media makes the news less entertaining that real life.

Recently a Muslim yelling "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) tried to seize the cockpit of a passenger plane.  He was subdued by passengers and flight attendants.

Mainstream media somehow overlooked to mention him crying "allah akbar", neglected all the ways that he fitted the profile,

Do you think the customers did not want to know?  In the mainstream media version of this event, it sounded like some random passenger urgently needed to go to the toilet, and thought there might be one in the cockpit.

Similarly, are those who read the mainstream media aware that the Washington Snipers were Islamic terrorists - or that any of dozens incidents of random murder in the US were done by Islamic terrorists?  Do they know that Major Hasan gave a power point presentation on why he was going to murder his audience?  Rather, they still think his motives were mysterious.

These are all things that customers would like to know, and which they get from the blogs, not from the mainstream media.

You say nobody mentioned the banking crisis until all of a sudden they all did? I wonder why.

For the same reason they don't say "Niggers don't read books.  Books are like kryptonite to a nigger"

The government was engaged in cover up, and the press complied.

Because the government position was that markets were irrationally panicking, and if the papers mentioned this irrational panic, people might panic even more.  All these toxic assets were perfectly good, because raters approved by government regulators said they were good.

Credit default swaps on mortgage backed securities plunged in 2005, signifying that mortgage backed securities were considerably less valuable than claimed, which in 2005 hinted that a lot of major financial institutions were broke.

Official indignation ensued, reflected in the newspapers, that the horribly unregulated credit default swap markets were malfunctioning, and needed government regulation to function correctly - so that they would report politically correct prices for futures, instead of prices forecasting doom.

Yes, it is that terrible lack of regulation that caused the crisis.

 Shortly thereafter, early in 2006 the repo market plunged, and was immediately frozen so that there would be no prices for people to notice that prices were horribly low - which low prices implied a market assessment that most AAA rated assets were worthless crap - effectively confirming what the credit default swap market had predicted.  So from late 2005, early 2006 onwards, financial markets, in particular the biggest financial market of them all, the repo market, were "illiquid" in that no one wanted to buy financial assets at politically correct prices, and it was horribly politically incorrect to offer them at below politically correct prices.

From late 2005 or early 2006 the government was engaged in massive cover up, and the press went along with that coverup.  A few financial bloggers cried doom, but the government successfully muddied the waters, and there are always  financial bloggers that cry doom, so not many people paid attention - at least not many ordinary people paid attention though the fact that the repo market was "frozen" shows that one hell of a lot of investors were paying attention.

In this crisis, it was perfectly clear that the mainstream media was taking orders from the government as much as the Soviet press.



It so much fun reading sams posts, because they are so wild.  sams should be a thriller fiction writer; she would only have to keep posting, and such great fiction just happens.

J Thomas on May 16, 2011, 08:08:29 pm

Remember there are no guaranties in a free market,  the only way to get honest media is to have competion ....

Sure. And the point of competition is to satisfy customers. Competitive news organizations do not tell their customers (or the audience eyeballs their customers rent) anything they don't want to hear.

One major point of news is to confirm the audience in their preconceptions.

Fox is winning at the moment because there are so many people who want to experience Fox's particular prejudices, and not as many people who prefer the old-style prejudices.

But if the big news blocs get broken up, then there will be room for lots of variants. People can get fundamentalist christian news, that has no mention of evolution unless it's wins against evolutionists or opportunities to rage at evolutionists doing things. There will be communist news that cheers the inevitable collapse of capitalist economies. There will be liberal news that bemoans human suffering. There will be military-oriented news that looks at where the USA should attack next, and bemoans the political will that isn't willing to finish the job wherever they already are, and covers glowing accounts of tomorrow's military technology. Etc etc etc.

And there will be no consensus whatsoever about what actually happens, beyond occasional big events like Katrina (which some people will not hear about) or 9/11 (which almost everybody will hear about, but the marjority will mostly hear conspiracy theories about).

This precise lack of consensus is something the CIA has attempted to create in some foreign nations, as a weapon against them. They think of it as a way to fundamentally weaken foreign nations. Or is that really true? I didn't read it in the mainstream news. Why should anyone believe that when it's a story that the mainstream news did not report?

J Thomas on May 16, 2011, 08:13:47 pm

It so much fun reading sams posts, because they are so wild.  sams should be a thriller fiction writer; she would only have to keep posting, and such great fiction just happens.

Note that this was Sam, not Sams.

J Thomas on May 16, 2011, 09:12:22 pm

Recently a Muslim yelling "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) tried to seize the cockpit of a passenger plane.  He was subdued by passengers and flight attendants.

Mainstream media somehow overlooked to mention him crying "allah akbar", neglected all the ways that he fitted the profile,

Do you think the customers did not want to know?  In the mainstream media version of this event, it sounded like some random passenger urgently needed to go to the toilet, and thought there might be one in the cockpit.

Why do you believe these weird rumors when you don't believe the mainstream media? How do you decide what to believe?

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Similarly, are those who read the mainstream media aware that the Washington Snipers were Islamic terrorists - or that any of dozens incidents of random murder in the US were done by Islamic terrorists?

It got reported that they were islamic, and that they were black. Neither one got a lot of emphasis. I think a lot of people didn't want to hear it.

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Do they know that Major Hasan gave a power point presentation on why he was going to murder his audience?  Rather, they still think his motives were mysterious.

I looked that up. I thought, is this another urban legend like so many of the things Sam believes? The top link I found was the Washington Post. I guess they thought it was news.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/09/AR2009110903618.html

Two years before he killed people, Hasan gave a presentation arguing that the USA attacks muslim nations and ought to let muslims in US military ranks sit it out because they feel all conflicted about it. In a way this is reasonable. In WWII we did not require or allow US soldiers who had immigrated from Germany participate in the invasion of Germany, or US soldiers of Japanese descent in the invasion of Japan. It's only common sense. If for some godawful reason the USA were to get into a war with the LDS, we wouldn't put Mormon soldiers on the front line or in any position of responsibility.

But on the other hand, we can't very well give muslims a pass. The rule is, everybody goes to Iraq or Afghanistan when their number comes up and nobody gets out. They're unpopular wars and a whole lot of soldiers really don't want to go and would do things to get out of it. So when women soldiers get raped by US soldiers, they don't get to go home, they have to slog through. If women could get out of the war just by claiming they had been raped, they would have an incentive to report rapes and it would look bad to the media. And if muslims didn't have to go fight muslims, there's no telling how many soldiers would convert, and that would look *terrible*.

So they told Hassan he'd have to go fight, and he shot at the wrong side. And it was indeed reported in the MSM.

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You say nobody mentioned the banking crisis until all of a sudden they all did? I wonder why.

For the same reason they don't say "Niggers don't read books.  Books are like kryptonite to a nigger"

The government was engaged in cover up, and the press complied.

Maybe because if they did, they'd be supposed to prove it? And they couldn't?

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Credit default swaps on mortgage backed securities plunged in 2005, signifying that mortgage backed securities were considerably less valuable than claimed, which in 2005 hinted that a lot of major financial institutions were broke.

Was it the government or the banks that encouraged them not to report that? Wait, they did report the plunge. They just didn't claim it meant what it now looks in hindsight like it meant. And didn't they report the occasional economist who did say that?

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From late 2005 or early 2006 the government was engaged in massive cover up, and the press went along with that coverup.

Well sure the govenrment was doing a massive cover up. It was the Bush administration. They did massive cover up on *everything*. They said if you said mean things about the Bush administration it was because you were a Democrat and you should be shunned. The mass media reported the cover up. They reported that reporters and whole news conpanies who reported things the Bush administration didn't like, got froze out of government news reports.

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A few financial bloggers cried doom, but the government successfully muddied the waters, and there are always  financial bloggers that cry doom, so not many people paid attention - at least not many ordinary people paid attention though the fact that the repo market was "frozen" shows that one hell of a lot of investors were paying attention.

There you go. Without the MSM, there will be no consensus reality. Investors will have one reality, managers of large businesses will have another, conspiracy theorists will have lots.

Tucci78 on May 16, 2011, 10:09:18 pm
Two years before he killed people, [Major Nidal Malik] Hasan gave a presentation arguing that the USA attacks muslim nations and ought to let muslims in US military ranks sit it out because they feel all conflicted about it. In a way this is reasonable. In WWII we did not require or allow US soldiers who had immigrated from Germany participate in the invasion of Germany, or US soldiers of Japanese descent in the invasion of Japan. It's only common sense. If for some godawful reason the USA were to get into a war with the LDS, we wouldn't put Mormon soldiers on the front line or in any position of responsibility.

While the 100th Infantry Battalion (composed of Nisei members of the Hawaii Army National Guard) and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (which later absorbed the battalion) served in the European theater of operations (ETO), there were Korean- and Japanese-American military personnel serving in the Pacific theater all through the Second World War, most commonly as linguists in prisoner interrogation and in intelligence analysis (radio intercepts, documents, etc).  The decision to keep them out of combat units made sense, as the Imperial Japanese military forces made the conflict in the Pacific a "war to the knife" without reliable regard for the rules of land warfare on which the Western polities based their standards of proper conduct.

Yeah, I know. Those "rules of land warfare" were often and spectacularly violated by the Allies. But the Japanese violated them as a matter of policy. Only the Cold War saved most of their senior military and political people from the hangman's noose. The documentation of those policies was damning.

Had the 100th Infantry Battalion been brought into combat operations in the Southwest Pacific - as the officers and men deeply desired; their unit motto was "Remember Pearl Harbor" - they could not have fought alongside other American or Australian troops without great risk of "friendly fire" incidents.  They looked too much like Japanese nationals in U.S. military uniforms, and the Japanese on occasion did dress in enemy uniforms to infiltrate Allied positions.

In the ETO? No problem for the Nisei.

Though there were confusions in the ETO when German-American troops came into contact with the Soldaten of the Third Reich. I recall reading one account of how a patrol of the 28th Infantry Division (Pennsylvania Army National Guard) had inadvertently, unknowingly, walked past a German outpost during the division's time in the Huertgen Forest. 

Not speaking German as they'd made their way through the dense woods and then returned along more or less the same path, the National Guardsmen had been overheard talking by enemy troops in a concealed outpost. Though they hadn't been close enough to be understood, the Guardsmen - who were from Lancaster County - were speaking in the typical rhythms of the Pennsylvania Dutch country, and the German soldiers in the outpost (who were later captured and interrogated) said that they'd thought these guys were Plattdeutsch speakers from another unit on their side.

But on the other hand, we can't very well give muslims a pass. The rule is, everybody goes to Iraq or Afghanistan when their number comes up and nobody gets out. They're unpopular wars and a whole lot of soldiers really don't want to go and would do things to get out of it. So when women soldiers get raped by US soldiers, they don't get to go home, they have to slog through. If women could get out of the war just by claiming they had been raped, they would have an incentive to report rapes and it would look bad to the media. And if muslims didn't have to go fight muslims, there's no telling how many soldiers would convert, and that would look *terrible*.

I have no confirming citations to support this, but I have had related to me by people who've been "in the Sandbox" that there are Muslims in the U.S. military who have done multiple tours in both combat and support units there, and have viewed the jobs they were doing as both necessary (for the sake of the country) and career-enhancing (an opportunity to get good marks on their Permanent Records).

In Major Hasan, we've got an Army "lifer" who had been (you should pardon the expression) swilling at the trough since he enlisted in 1988 to have the military pay for him to go to college (whereupon they gave him a commission), and then send him through the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for his M.D. degree. He then did his residency in psychiatry and a postgraduate program for a Masters in public health (MPH), all of it while drawing an officer's pay and with the perquisites thereof, in plush stateside billets (his residency was at Walter Reed). 

Insofar as I've been able to tell, Hasan didn't pull any time at anyplace even remotely resembling a hardship post.

The question I have not seen given the least little bit of mention in the MSM about this guy's history has been "Why the hell was so much expended in DoD funds to create such a goddam worthless P.O.S.?"

I'd think that the case of Major Nidal Malik Hasan ought to open not only an investigation of jihadi Muslim whackjobs in the U.S. military but also a more general assessment of the personnel policies that resulted in this jerk getting to O-4 rank as a medical officer scheduled to pull his first (got that? his first) tour of real duty anywhere. 
"I is a great believer in peaceful settlements," Jik-jik assured him. "Ain't nobody as peaceful as a dead trouble-maker."
-- Keith Laumer, Retief's War (1966)

sam on May 17, 2011, 05:30:15 am
Recently a Muslim yelling "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) tried to seize the cockpit of a passenger plane.  He was subdued by passengers and flight attendants.

Mainstream media somehow overlooked to mention him crying "allah akbar", neglected all the ways that he fitted the profile,

Do you think the customers did not want to know?  In the mainstream media version of this event, it sounded like some random passenger urgently needed to go to the toilet, and thought there might be one in the cockpit.

Why do you believe these weird rumors when you don't believe the mainstream media?

Because I read extensive interviews with crew and passengers on the plane. 

Similarly, are those who read the mainstream media aware that the Washington Snipers were Islamic terrorists - or that any of dozens incidents of random murder in the US were done by Islamic terrorists?

It got reported that they were islamic, and that they were black. Neither one got a lot of emphasis. I think a lot of people didn't want to hear it.

People tend to be really interested in why other people are shooting at them.  The mainstream media does not tell them.  To find out, have to read the blogs.

Do they know that Major Hasan gave a power point presentation on why he was going to murder his audience?  Rather, they still think his motives were mysterious.

I looked that up. I thought, is this another urban legend like so many of the things Sam believes? The top link I found was the Washington Post. I guess they thought it was news.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/09/AR2009110903618.html

Two years before he killed people, Hasan gave a presentation arguing that the USA attacks muslim nations and ought to let muslims in US military ranks sit it out because they feel all conflicted about it. In a way this is reasonable.

You have been reading the mainstream media.  I, however, have read his power point presentation from beginning to end.  The presentation does indeed start off reasonable, but pretty soon works his way to death to all who refuse to submit to Allah.

"We love death", he tells his audience, "more than you love life".  Somehow the Washington post did mention that bit, but you have to read rather carefully.  They don't exactly lie, but they do give a general impression of bland reasonableness similar to your account.

You say nobody mentioned the banking crisis until all of a sudden they all did? I wonder why.

For the same reason they don't say "Niggers don't read books.  Books are like kryptonite to a nigger"

The government was engaged in cover up, and the press complied.

Maybe because if they did, they'd be supposed to prove it? And they couldn't?

I knew there was a crisis on.  So did lots of other people..  I am sure I could have proven it.

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Credit default swaps on mortgage backed securities plunged in 2005, signifying that mortgage backed securities were considerably less valuable than claimed, which in 2005 hinted that a lot of major financial institutions were broke.

Was it the government or the banks that encouraged them not to report that?

The government abruptly changed the accounting rules to what bloggers sarcastically called "Mark to Myth" so that what was happening would not appear in the balance sheets of financial institutions, so the government was telling the banks not to report that, so presumably also telling the papers not to report that either.

And the rules are still mark to myth.

And when the government bailed out financial institutions, one of the conditions was that they could not sue other financial institutions for fraud, which rules are still in effect.

AIG argued that it sold credit default swaps because the banks lied about the credit worthiness of the borrowers, that it should not have to payout on mortgage defaults because the mortgages were not as represented.  Bush wanted all that swept under the carpet, and Obama still wants it swept under the carpet.

So if the papers are sweeping it under the carpet, it is because the government tells them to.


 

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