Wednesday, March 7, 2018


So between them the New York Times and NPR just make up fantasies and cite only the sources that believe in them as strongly as children once did in Tinker Bell. I've mentioned my distaste for the New York Times and I was once an avid reader who would arise early on Sunday to head to the neighborhood bookshop and then head over to the patio deck at Stratford Court Cafe where I would grab a table in the shade and spend the next couple of hours reading the paper and drinking endless coffee. They never cared how long one sat there and it was probably nowhere near as well known  back then as it is now.

In short, while I viewed the information gained from both the NYT and NPR some credence and took with huge grains of salt anything they commented on that fell into my bailiwick back then: money, guns and war, I thought they probably got the rest of it right. With the internet and access to all the news and sources from all around the world, the scales fell from my eyes. Damned scales. I can no longer bring myself to even touch the NYT's other than the magazine/puzzle section and listen to NPR now they way I used to listen to Pacifica Radio on long drives down the California coast from Emeryville to San Diego just to keep awake and mutter, "what a pack of absolute idiots."
On March 13, after weeks of rumors, Pacifica Radio's board of directors voted to fire its executive director, Summer Reese, during what was essentially a conference call. But nothing is as simple as all that in the oldest and oddest public radio network in the country.
”We desperately need adult supervision.” -Ian Masters
Four days later, Reese sent an email to the entire Pacifica staff announcing that she was not recognizing the board's authority: "I want to assure you that I am in possession of a signed and valid contract for three years of employment from the board of directors and that I fully intend to complete that contract." 
And so it was that Reese marched to the Pacifica national office in Berkeley on March 17, bolt cutters in hand, removed a padlock placed on the front doors over the weekend, and essentially occupied the building. When newly appointed interim executive director Margy Wilkinson showed up, Reese and 12 of her compatriots — including Reese's mother, a longtime anti-war and civil rights activist — refused to let Wilkinson, her husband and two of her allies pass. 
"You're all going to be personally liable — and I'm going to enjoy your houses!" Reese shouted at them, according to former board member Sasha Futran, who backs Wilkinson.
Later Reese read for all the staff, in her deep and booming voice, from the Book of Joshua: "Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage." 
"I feel like I've ended up in an insane asylum," Futran told L.A. Weekly a few hours later, still in disbelief.
I could pick up their signal for hours as I headed south and down the coast and I would fight fatigue with listening to absolute nonsense. Northbound I got hours and hours of Art Bell from his secret bunker. The AM signal used to cover the entire distance from the Grapevine up to San Jose.

Sadly NPR has come to resemble this pack of clowns and the NYTs shows no signs whatsoever of simply accepting reality as it is. Both of them now stick to asking questions and comments from each other and their primary and secondary sources are all full blown partisans. It's not that news is foreign to them, it's just they wouldn't know it if it bit them on the proboscis.

Look closely at what these people actually believe as their sole truth from the highest authority.
"Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage."

They all believe you better hearken to their words or they're going to kill you.


(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip said...

The local, in Redding, brought Art Bell on board, when Larry King left radio broadcasting.
The only reason I was aware of either of them was because I had to get up at zero dark thirty for work.

HMS Defiant said...

Art used to have the most amazing guests on his show. I particularly liked when he played the Best of 911 Calls one night. I laughed for almost an hour. I never listened at home though since I tried to be in bed when used to air.

OldAFSarge said...

Herr Goebbels would be so proud of them.

HMS Defiant said...

I'm sure when they're done on this earth they will happily be licking his boots in the next.