Control the Message: Haters Gonna Hate, Consumers Gonna Consume

To get everyone up to speed on how we got here, the first four boxcars on this train of thought (or non-thought, as the case may be): Trump Controls the Message Because We Enable Him Who Really Controls the Message? Who Really Controls the Message: Bottlenecks & Amplifiers Who Really Controls the Message: Trumpets, Emotions, … Continue reading Control the Message: Haters Gonna Hate, Consumers Gonna Consume

Shareholders Sue Exxon for Misrepresenting Climate Risks

by Karen Savage edited by O Society August 12, 2019 A group of Exxon investors filed suit in federal court against several of the company’s officials, directors, and board members for failing to protect their investments as well as the company from the risks of climate change. Saratoga Advantage Trust Energy and Basic Materials Portfolio, … Continue reading Shareholders Sue Exxon for Misrepresenting Climate Risks

The Climate Crisis Proves the Ruling Class Failed Us

by Richard Moser edited by O Society August 8, 2019 The climate crisis is proof positive that the ruling class is an utter failure — but it will not fall on its own. Can the working class rise to the challenge? It sure will help if we understand that our class interests are not merely … Continue reading The Climate Crisis Proves the Ruling Class Failed Us

From Trump to Johnson: Killer Clowns Backed by Billionaire Oligarchs

  by George Monbiot edited by O Society August 2, 2019 Seven years ago the impressionist Rory Bremner complained that politicians had become so boring that few of them were worth mimicking: “They’re quite homogenous and dull these days … It’s as if character is seen as a liability.” Today his profession has the opposite … Continue reading From Trump to Johnson: Killer Clowns Backed by Billionaire Oligarchs

RussiaGate as Organised Distraction

RussiaGate and Propaganda Disinformation in the Age of Social Media by Oliver Barrett edited by O Society For over two years RussiaGate has accounted for a substantial proportion of all mainstream US media political journalism and, because US media have significant agenda-setting propulsion, of global media coverage as well. The timing has been catastrophic. The … Continue reading RussiaGate as Organised Distraction

The Precipitous Barbarism of Our Times

by Roberto Savio edited by O Society July 26, 2019 When all is said and done, it appears Thomas Hobbes, the 17th century English philosopher who had a dire vision of man, was not totally wrong. From the frivolous to the serious, in just a week we have had four items of news which would not … Continue reading The Precipitous Barbarism of Our Times