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“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” –– Mark Twain

by Paul Haeder / December 30th, 2020

First, the blatant insipid nature of National Propaganda Radio and “(Not) All Things Considered.” You know, the so-called liberal media that is so-so cutting edge, leftist. How rotten the world is, and how valiant the workers are, the poor, the laborers, and this is taking up their head space for those back East Elites and Trust Fund Babies and Tribal Chosen People’s children and relatives. PBS, NPR, the NYT, Washington Post, they all stink of, well, the liberal class, the rah-rah stand-ins for a, err, kindler and gentler Tough Love Capitalism on Steroids.

President Trump and former first lady Michelle Obama were named the most admired man and woman in 2020, according to an annual survey by Gallup. The analytics and advisory company conducted telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,018 adults across the country in the first weeks of December.

Last year, Trump tied with former President Barack Obama, who was named most admired the past 12 consecutive years. But the president managed to pull away this year with 18%, 3% ahead of his predecessor.

Michelle Obama was ranked as the most admired woman in America for the third year in a row. The runner-up was Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, followed by first lady Melania Trump, according to Gallup.

We do not have to spend time on the irrelevancy and the controlled opposition nature of this non-poll, this goofy “poll” from Gallup, which has a thumb on the pulse of America and the average anal temperature of a true blue GOP or DNC.

Celebrity cults, and, alas, again, no poor, downtrodden, precarious, three-job person doing the news. The buttoned up dead-heads of the East Coast delivering the “news” and determining what ends up on this insipid network.

Moving along – now, another rotting person, giggly and oh-so positive, as if she is selling a hot yoga experience membership, or as if she is so happy to have her Zoom Zoom life, making phone calls to sources (sic).

One system, the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority, mass transit, is not even on life support because of Plan-demic and decades of the USA and major cities giving up to the fucked up car, the worse Uber and Lyft felons, and, alas, now we are talking billions of dollars lost because ridership went down.

But those CNA’s (certified nursing assistants), and cleaners and janitors and restaurant workers, well, the world is about to triple screw them.
Real people with three jobs, needing good, reliable and frequent mass transportation, but this NPR All Things (sic) Considered just is one rotting example of elitism after another.

Sure, two women were interviewed, and one said it clearly – this country runs on the backs and sweat and labor and arms of workers, and low income people are the majority, and thus, a country should be making decisions for and about them.

As in funding what the majority of us need – decent public transportation.
Who cleans the toilets, changes the bedding of granny, cuts and dices the veggies, picks the food, and m moves the goods and services? It can’t be done on Zoom doom, yet the yellow belly elites, their Little Big Man Eichmann’s and the other white collar types, well, they in the super minority, make decisions?

And then elitist NPR and PBS do their bizarre contortions and absurd questions about why we, the USA, DC, NYC, and a multiple of thousands of places have NO GOOD PUBLIC transportation?

These assholes never ever question the system of penury and elite overlord control Capitalism with a bi “C” for Criminal sets up? Think about that – the auto-industry in bed with the fossil fuel industry in bed with the construction and roads and highways corporations in bed with the insurance companies, and, there you have it – Unsafe at Any Speed, the personal vehicle, the 18-wheelers with three tandem box cars whipping around neighborhoods.

It is Fast-Food Nation, but also SOV Nation (single occupancy vehicle). It is highway and by-way and couplet nation, with neighborhoods and downtowns and exurbs polluted with smog, traffic jams, death vehicles.
So, this NPR reporter laughs up a storm when she sees, on a Zoom, the fellow she interviews whose title is — Senior Research Associate Urban Institute.

Game of Thrones on Mass Transit maps. It’s as if this woman/ NPR reader is having a pizza orgasm. Then, the knowledge worker, instead of having guts and reality about how the USA needs to flip the script – no more control of towns, cities, suburbs by the trucking-auto-construction industries —  he talks about underfunding, and taxing citizens in those communities more and more for public transportation.

As if all those CEOs and Stockholders and Millionaire and Billionaire Minions of the Shekel have no skin in the game. The Targets and Walmarts and Amazons and the other thousands of national and multinational companies making book on the labor of people who depend on rides to and from their three jobs a week, nah, don’t dare flush them out for who they are – gigantic continuing corporation welfare criminal enterprises.

Nice hearing the news delivered by a $120,000 a year news spreader and another elite who probably makes a cool $90 K a year at the Urban Institute.
I’ve been up close and personal with these folks, since I did a foray into urban planning with a graduate degree earned face to face and on the ground in urban and regional planning. Imagine that, no Zoom, not on-line communities, but rolling up sleeves, going to neighborhood association meetings, mapping on butcher paper, listening to myriad of community needs, complaints, visions, etc.

Imagine that, going to tribal councils, and going to rural communities to see what kind of signage they might want for some scenic byways. Imagine the hard work of classes with people in them and going through ground-truthing with other students in neighborhoods.

Imagine me also teaching English classes while a graduate student. A radio show on art and then also sustainability. Then a column in both the weekly newspaper and the monthly magazine on urban and regional planning issues, among other issues.

Above all, the planning system has to convince local communities of its ability to deliver urban change to their collective benefit. Enthusiasm for neighborhood planning is highly dependent on communities feeling they have the ability to influence their locality, to command the resources to achieve the change they want and to resist plans for their area being imposed from above with little local input. Thus closing the democratic deficit in planning at local, city and regional scales is also dependent on the ability of the planning system to deliver and thus on the implementation of the other reforms discussed above.

1. Planning should be about wellbeing not just growth
2. Planning powers must be radically devolved
3. The benefits of planning regulation should be recognized
4. Land reform is essential, including local land ownership and land value capture
5. The democratic deficit in planning must be tackled — Source

There a thousand and one non-profits making money parsing what urban and regional planning should or should not do. Lots on urban growth boundaries, and a plethora of terms and characterizations tied to unchecked growth, the tragedy of the commons, failure of the politics of planning and zoning, and much of that is tied to the rapacious nature of the US Chamber of Commerce and then a million lobbies and industry groups grappling over the money, man, the taxpayer money, the largesse of our world.

Never do they want what’s good for the larger community, for the poor and lower economic class. NEVER. And those non-profits working the urban planning gig, those on the sustainability gig, on the environmental gig, they, again, largely controlled by the controllers – East Coast snobs, East Coast graduates, people with big ties to the ugly Ivy League, and, of course, from “families” with connections.

Oh, shit, as my old agent (New York City) told me, my El Paso zip code was a bad zip one for the masters of publishing when they received my short story and novel manuscripts. The best they could attack me with was that I was “a regional writer.”

Then the same luck of another bad zip code for Spokane, as a regional planning aficionado. You think I could get a job in planning journalism, or work with a think tank?

You know, the only way the world will change is when the elites go into their Zoom Doom holes, letting them just yammer and yammer on in their cloistered and controlled environments. . . and the world moving toward some semblance of social-cultural-racial-gender-BIOPOC-environmental justice will be assisted by out embrace of the narratives and strength and collective IQ and acumen of the people – the 80 Percenters, the poor and hard-working men and women and children who are paying the price of Criminal Capitalism.

It’s not just me with sour grapes or resentment, though there is no reason why a few sour grapes and some resentments should not be the primacy of news stories. Or a person’s motive for writing for an on-line blog-newsletter. Or there is no reason why resentment, social injustice railing, sour grapes, and other angry motives should not be parts of reports and conferences and white papers and certainly with community-based decision making.

Alas, when hearing the Trumpies, the various criminals occupying state capitals, the prognosticators in the realm of economy-education-environment-equity-energy (the 5 e’s), the Obama Three Criminals Lining up, the Bumbling Biden-Reagan Tripping, all the others in the media and internet world, all of them, they have nothing to say to the 80 percent.

And the NPR piece listed below is just an encapsulation and emblematic of bad tides that have been lapping our mental shores for decades, and the rising toxic news (sic) tides that are rising as quickly as the ice-drained seas.
It’s all about what the elites do not report, what they miss to report, how they spin, how they shade and craft their perspectives and their frames. And you will get kernels of decent stories, sometimes, on PBS and NPR, but the crowd of “reporters” and “news broadcasters” are myopic in many ways, lost in a parade of elitism and east coast patriarchal and matriarchal mindsets.

They only take a centerline, and they falsely balance, and they create dichotomies in a world of multiple perspectives and solutions. They are controllers, and their sing-songy voices, their enunciations, their clippy wording, their timed ethos, pathos and logos, all of that, it has created the drumming rot of the liberal class.

Again, Capitalism is a big failure, and PBS and NPR and the other dozens of mainstream media maulers, well, they will never bring on the revolutionaries, the people in planning or transportation or economics or politics or sciences who question the very foundation of a military economy, the empire of delusion, the Homo Retailapithecus and Homo Consumopithecus species that Capitalism and especially Western Capitalism have Bred in their Chambers of Insanity-Stupidity-Victimization-Illiteracy-Intolerance-White Supremacy.

I heard Joseph Stiglitz on Democracy Now, and, alas, he is Capitalism’s biggest cheerleader, and he looks so bizarre in his old Jewish Man Way, in a Zoom Box, lecturing the world on, well, $600 plan-demnic check versus $2000 check. Yes, he hits a few points, but again, he is a multimillionaire, safely ensconced in his East Coast abode, Zooming his classes he teaches, Zooming his interviews, while he pens yet another and another book, read by a few NPR and PBS types.

AMY GOODMAN: So, also included in the bill, these tax breaks to the wealthy, including increased military spending for about $5 billion. Americans for Tax Fairness put out a report saying the collective wealth of billionaires in the U.S. has jumped by close to a trillion dollars, $931 billion, since mid-March. The report found 22 million U.S. adults reported not having enough food to eat. More than half of those adults had children in their households. Nearly 62 million U.S. residents lost work between March and September. And yet this massive windfall for the country’s wealthiest billionaires.

JOSEPH STIGLITZ: Well, that’s a reflection of what is becoming called the K-shaped recovery. When we kept interest rates so low, when those who have access to Zoom and technology can largely avoid the worst effects of the disease, you’re going to get that kind of K-shaped recovery. The low interest rates benefit those who own shares, and those have done fantastically well. And that’s why, in that context of this very unequal incidence of the disease and the incidence of the economic impact, that $2,000, that goes to those at the bottom, is really important, because it — you know, it doesn’t really remedy the K-shaped recovery, but it ameliorates some of the worst consequences.

And there we have it, the Peace and War/Pandemic Report, by Amy Goodman (millionaire) and the weight of that quasi-alternative media outlet, with, again, a few decent stories, features, so no baby (Democracy Now) out with the bathwater.

What Is The Future Of Public Transit In The U.S.?
Senior Research Associate Urban Institute
Planetizen 

Spaces of Struggle 

The Radical Planning White Paper – Part 1

Five Radical Ideas for a Better Planning System 

Radical planning has two main trends. The first is an anarchist-inspired approach emphasizing decentralized control and the experimentation with alternative societal organizations. The second main school of radical planning is more structurally orientated. It takes a Marxist direction focusing on the impacts of the economic system on class conditions and the role of planning in the class struggle. The first group of radicalist planning theorists includes the environmentalist movements. The Marxist radical version proposes government control of the means of production and that production, instead of being governed by profit motives, should be directed towards meeting societal needs as defined through the political process.

Naess analysed these five main alternative planning theories with a view to determining their ability to deliver sustainable development. The criteria Naess used to evaluate these theoretical positions were:

(a) To what extent will the planning form be able to contribute to long-term preservation of global and national environmental qualities … and management of natural resources in a way that does not reduce the abilities for future generations to meet their needs?

(b) To what extent will the planning form be able to contribute to the preservation of local environmental qualities?

(c) To what extent will the planning form be able to contribute to a distribution of goods which ensures basic rights to welfare for everybody, regardless of nationality or social group?

(d) To what extent will the planning form be able to advance, or be in conflict with civil and political rights, especially minority rights?

(e) To what extent will the planning form be able to contribute to the improvement of the conditions for planning in accordance with the criteria for a sustainable development?

Phoenix, the most unsustainable shit-hole, and Bill Gates is developing tons of land there — this is the sickness of Capitalism —

What do those millionaires and their Little Eichmann’s do for America? Right, trillions for the Mercenary Military Complex, Billions to that Apartheid ” Israel, and bailing out the hedge funders and investment class.

Coronavirus

Bank owned — America! Millions of empty buildings, malls, homes.

California’s Hospital Crisis — this is the face of Reagan on down and up that criminal line.

Coronavirus

5 thoughts on “No People Radio — NPR is a Sack of Lies

  1. Phil Strawn says:

    The “only one thing” I consider worthy of watching on NPT is Ken Burns documentaries, and now they are on the Cinema app. NPR, there is nothing worth listening to. While traveling this past weekend from Corpus back to Granbury, we did give NPR one last chance. Yep, they ruined it. Nothing but extreme news, extreme views, and spewing hatred for all things America, Christian, conservative, and Texas. First off, they don’t know Jack about Texas because they consider Austin the hub of our state, which it is not. UT and the hippies from the 60s ruined our capitol, and most people in Texas won’t set foot in that city. NPR is very popular there. Their cute little show, All Things Considered, is really, nothing but their bullshit is to be considered and believed. Soft voice, low key young women reading propaganda, as if they make it more palatable. I like your thinking.

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    1. haederpaul says:

      Ahh, well, thanks for the comments. And, interestingly enough, there is some cognitive dissonance here in your response, I believe, Mister Strawn. There are, alas, a few things worthy of listening to on NPR, and with a huge grain of salt. to be sure. However, the NPR and PBS I listen to are not involved in extreme views, as you state. Hatred of United Snakes of America? Hatred of Texass? Hatred of Christians? Come on, I was a teacher, reporter and activist in Texass — El Paso. You want to have a list of the racist, scum bucket comments made about “El Piso,” about “Mess-ehh-cans,” etc.? About Catholics? About West Texas? Shit, I have a truck load, man. I am all about how putrid this country is, and the theft of land, resources, culture, languages, people. Texas and Evangelicals and Speaking in Tongues and Minute Men, well, I am ex-US Army (the left side of the political manure pile), and I have worked first hand with prisoners, military, BP, general population — white, brown, Asian, Native American, more. I get that Texass smile, that racist sum-a-bitch smile. Jesus would not be a Texas, for sure. So, yes, much on NPR is culturally cute, east coast, for sure, but really, the Hippies turning the Capitol of Texass into what? If only the conservatives would vote and think for the land, for the people, against oil/Blackwater/Military Industrial Complex. If only white Christian Texas would rail against Mega Churches, the polluted ministers and preachers. If only if only.

      We can talk, for sure, in a classroom, somewhere, and discuss the real issues here. As far as Ken Burns, come on. He fucked up the Vietnam series big time. You want to search that on the worldwide internet?

      If Eisenhauer was conservative and member of the GOP, just exactly what do you mean by conservative? These multi-millionaire GOP? The rapist Trump (yes, Biden is accused of rape, too?). The old governor wannabe of Texass, Clayton Williams? Fucking George “Coke Head AWOL” Bush?

      Help me out man, because I am not GOP or DNC, not GREEN, but socialists Big Fucking time, and a dissident.

      The observation apocryphally attributed to socialist activist Rosa Luxemburg, imprisoned for her opposition to German involvement in World War I and then summarily executed by the state, expresses it best:

      “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”

      Buy my book, Wide Open Eyes — https://cirquejournal.com/book/wide-open-eyes-by-paul-kirk-haeder/

      Here’s a good piece about Jesus — https://dissidentvoice.org/2020/12/christians-as-dangerous-good-samaritans/

      “A certain man” (probably Jewish) is walking down the seventeen mile road from Jerusalem to Jericho, a treacherous area known locally as “The Bloody Pass” where bandits were known to prey on travelers. The man is severely beaten, robbed of his clothes, and left half dead by the side of the road. At this point, two highly regarded figures from the Jewish community come along. The first to arrive was a priest who “passed by to the other side of the road.” Soon, a Levite (a priest’s helper) comes along but he also continues “on the other side.” Eventually, a stranger from Samaria stops by to help the robbery victim. Here it’s important to note the long standing enmity between Israelites and Samaritans, to the point where the two people had virtually no social contact. The Jews despised the Samaritans as apostates and the hatred was mutual. Undoubtedly, Jesus knew that his audience would find it incredible that a Samaritan would be the paragon of virtue in the parable.

      The Samaritan administers first aid to the victim, takes him to an inn, and remains with him overnight. He even gives the innkeeper two denari (roughly two days wages) for any bills incurred by the man and even promises that on his return trip he’ll reimburse the innkeeper for any additional expenses. At the end of the parable, Jesus asks the lawyer which of the three men behaved as the good neighbor to the victim. Probably squirming a bit and unable to utter the word “Samaritan,” the lawyer replied, “The man who had mercy on him.” And with that, Jesus tells the lawyer — and by extension, us —“Go and do likewise.”

      For many years, perhaps like most people who hear the parable, I took it as a “Jesus wants us to help others trope,” a feel good story that a decent person should follow the Good Samaritan’s example and come to the aid of others, even at some personal risk. However, it wasn’t until reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s updating of the parable that I began to appreciate just how much Jesus was a counter-culture revolutionary. I also began to recognize its updated applicability, especially when grounded in a wider socioeconomic context. Without invoking any supernatural dimension to the parable, we know there is overwhelming evidence that (almost) all people have an innate capacity for empathy. Empathy is central to the story because it’s about being able to feel, imagine and identify with the pain of others and then engage in the appropriate response. And in the parable imparted by Jesus, the Samaritan didn’t act because of religious beliefs but was “moved by compassion.”

      +++++

      Peace out, man.

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      1. Phil Strawn says:

        Dang man, that is almost a novel. That’s whats so interesting about blogs; we all get a say and can express our opinions. Not sure what PBS or NPR you listen to, or even what part of the country you are in, but in DFW, NPR is extreme. Funny thing, back in the 80s, I was a regular supporter of our local PBS station, and even met Bob Ross at a fundraiser for channel 13. Vietnam was my least favorite of Burns docs. National Parks and The West are pretty hard to beat. I don’t consider myself a right winger, but more of middle of the pack guy. I grew up in a Democrat household, but my folks were Roosevelt Democrats from the 1930s. Yep, El Paso gets a bad rap at times. I don’t know why, I have been there numerous times and find the city a nice place. Austin, well I spent many years there starting back in the late 60s playing live music with all those cowboy-redneck-confused hippies. Long hair and a guitar made me one by default. My son and daughter-in-law attended Texas State in San Marcos, and I haven’t been in Austin too much since then. I have friends that have lived there for decades. It ain’t the same place it used to be, as they tell me. I like your take on Jesus, a different one for sure. I will check out your book. Keep in touch.

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      2. haederpaul says:

        Hey, thanks for keeping the plates spinning. First, the idea of a novel, well, I am a teacher, face to face, for sure, and that means I can engage and have discourse, and in the old world, exchanges. Translating that to the written word, well, not a problem for me, and this is definitely not a novel.

        The take on Jesus is from that “bible,” the parable of the Good Samaritan — not my take on this “god who wasn’t there.”

        Ahh, Ken Burns and his Vietnam series — I’ll post a quote for perspective.

        I have lived in the Azores, Paris, France, Munich, Germany, Maryland, Iowa, British Colombia, UK, Scotland, Vietnam, Mexico, all Central American countries, and up here too — Texas, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon. It says that on my blog, and, alas, these pieces are over at Dissident Voice —
        https://dissidentvoice.org/2020/12/mask-up-sink-or-swim-feedback-loops-lag-times-albedo-effects/

        That might be a bit much for you in the long run to start reading from there.

        The GOP and the DNC, and Trump LLC and Biden LLC, criminals. All the way back to George Washington. But, again, that’s another truck load of discourse.

        Here, one the Vietnam series, Ken Burns . . . . https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/10/the-tragic-failure-of-ken-burnss-the-vietnam-war/

        Quoting — There is so much to love about this series. The uncompromising scenes of combat, the voices of both Americans and Vietnamese, the historical context, the exposure of the utter incompetence of our military leaders, the terrific music that is frequently exactly where it should be, the slowly revealed powerful still images and Peter Coyotes’ wonderful narrative voice. Its tragic failure is its inability to hold anyone responsible for their actions.

        Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell us that the war was begun “in good faith by decent people out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence and …” whatever the current threat. That’s probably true of most wars. However, as we used to teach our children, you have to be accountable for your actions. If you kill someone speeding the wrong way down a one way street you’ll get charged with manslaughter even if you’re rushing someone to the hospital.

        It’s the lack of accountability, the failure to prosecute those who lied to get us into the war, who encouraged battlefield tactics that resulted in the massacre of women and children, who authorized the indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets, who drenched Vietnam in chemical poisons that will cause birth defects and death for generation.

        In order to maintain this central lie, Burns and Novick must establish a false balance between good and evil on both sides. Every time the United States is shown doing something bad, Burns and Novick show us how the Vietnamese also did bad things. In one absurd example, Coyote intones something like, “we called them ‘Dinks,’ ‘Gooks,’ ‘Mamasans;’ they called us ‘invaders’ and ‘imperialists.’” The GI terms are dehumanizing, but the Vietnamese terms are accurate. People who cross 3,000 miles of ocean to attack a country that has done them no harm, are accurately called ‘invaders.’ I suppose you could argue about the ‘imperialist’ charge.

        Vietnamese soldiers killed some 58,000 Americans and wounded a couple of hundred thousand more. Buns and Novick put the number of Vietnamese we killed at 3 million, but most experts say it was more like 4 million and Vietnam says it’s 6 million, with more people continuing to die from unexploded ordinance and Agent Orange. We destroyed 60% of their villages, sprayed 21 million gallons of lethal poisons, imposed free fire zones (a euphemism for genocide) on 75% of South Vietnam. They attacked US military bases in their country and never killed an American on American soil. There are no equivalences here.

        end quoting —-

        Funny piece here, https://www.thedailybeast.com/shows-on-npr-ranked-in-order-from-glorious-to-unbearable

        There is some value here, but not all the time — PBS
        3. FRONTLINE
        4. NATURE
        5. NOVA
        7. American Masters
        9. Austin City Limits
        1. INDEPENDENT LENS — https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/

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      3. Phil Strawn says:

        Yep, those programs are still around and some are pretty good. I attended Austin City Limits a few times.

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