The Textual, Tactile, Tittilating, Tantrum-ridden, Totally multimedia musings & sometime portfolio of Dangerfield Newby, by and through is instrument on Earth, Christopher Alan Chambers. Newby died in 1859 in John Brown's raid on the federal company town of Harpers Ferry. White townspeople fed his dead body to pigs. He joined Brown to forstall the sale of his wife, not to start a revolution. And in dying, he started a revolution. His body's long disintegrated into loam; his consciousness survives in bits and bytes. Enjoy. Engage. Enrage.
Chambers is alive, of course, and lives 80 miles from Harpers Ferry in Washington DC. He teaches at Georgetown University, contributes to RT America, MSNBC and Smithsonian Magazine.
…In fact, they did the exact opposite when the Republican administration does the exact same thing that is now at the center of the Obama scandal involving the Associated Press—that is, seizing phone records of reporters. (Please note: The issue here isn’t whether they are right or wrong. What…
Me on Chinese news show World Insight, their 60 Minutes +. The host is is the proclaimed Soledad O’Brien of China—and I’ve met her. Very cool, doesn’t let Chinese government push her around. Nice to have audience of 35 Million. Not nice—getting up at 7am on a Sunday morning.
Story closes out the hour at arounf 43 minutes in.
Me examining Scott Pelley’s speech at Quinnipiac University on TV news fails. Mea Culpa? Inside view on how the sausage is made…or genuflecting to be one with his predecessors, Saint Cronkite and Saint Murrow?
As Hollywood and Broadway are pretty much financed by the same people, and our tastes are measured by the least common denominator dumbass’s, is it any wonder they “ran out of ideas?” There are plenty of ideas. Just few safe brands for investors. I guess my friend, for whose spirit I give a voice, Mr. Newby, isn’t a safe brand.
The crucible of 1968, post RFK and MLK’s murder, Vietnam, oppression—and no mainstream US big media outlet’s given it any true coverage besides NPR. Not even “news sites” and contentious (pretentious) blogs…
So why do politicians seem convinced that the American people want austerity? A fascinating new working paper published this week by two political science graduate students may offer an answer: Politicians tend to vastly overestimate just how conservative their constituents really are. The paper, co-authored by Christopher Skovron of the University of Michigan and David Broockman of the University of California Berkeley, finds that conservative politicians in particular are terrible at gauging the political views of their constituents. For example, they tend to underestimate support for policies like universal health care and same-sex marriage by as much as 20 percentage points. Liberal politicians underestimate support for those policies, too, but not by nearly as much.
The authors report this especially stunning distillation of their findings: “Nearly half of sitting conservative ofﬁceholders appear to believe that they represent a district that is more conservative on these issues than the most conservative legislative district in the entire country.”