In an Emperor-has-no-clothes moment, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen made headlines earlier this month for pointing out the blindingly obvious: "Twenty years ago, CNN was a must-have channel, but it's not a top 10 network anymore.”
Everyone knows this to be true, even those growing numbers of us who have disconnected from the boob tube entirely and now get all our information from the internet. CNN's laughable, ridiculous, self-parodying coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 earlier this year (Swallowed by a black hole!? We'll explain it all with this toy plane!) highlights the absurdity of a 24/7 news network in the age of 24/7 internet. Rather than listening to uninformed talking heads guessing about the latest story for hour after hour, why not just search out the latest information for yourself from any news source anywhere in the world?
This is the microcosmic example of a macrocosmic phenomenon that's been playing out for the past decade: people are tuning out of the mainstream dinosaur alphabet soup networks and canceling their subscriptions to the establishment mouthpiece newspapers in record numbers. The dinosaur media is going extinct.
Don't believe me? 2008 headline: “Internet Overtakes Newspapers As News Outle...
Not one Westerner in a hundred could identify the area in question on a map, let alone tell you its significance, but that doesn't make the consequences of a renewed Azerbaijani/Armenian conflict any less grave.
In 2010 the FCC released its Open Internet Order as a response to public fears about the possibility of ISPs abandoning net neutrality. It was an ambitious order that included strict regulations against blocking or slowing down websites arbitrarily.
We're supposed to believe that Hannigan is the crusading hero of the noble and valiant British version of the NSA. We're asked to swallow the line that his op-ed, is actually a reflection of the fact that the British government loves and cares for the people of the world...
This is make or break time for the BOJ: either they will live up to their promise of reversing Japan's 20-year long stagnation doldrum with this final QE hail mary, or they will likely see two more conservative members appointed to the board next year...
Some European nations (including Italy, France and perhaps Spain) have become "Greece-i-fied" in that they reject the idea of personal or national responsibility. They believe that they should be entitled to party hearty at someone else's expense.
...if the “Save Our Swiss Gold” ballot does pass, there are already plans for a second referendum initiative: the creation of a gold franc as a second official currency by the federal government.
So, let me understand... Shutting off the Iranian banking system from the outside world and depriving huge swathes of that population with access to the global economy is fine and dandy because of that country's nuclear research, but the new boogeyman-du-jour can't be sanctioned because of concern for the civilians?
In essence, despite a zero interest rate policy that mainly helps the wealthy; struggling families with falling incomes ought to take steps to accumulate "considerable assets," as retirees take part-time jobs to make ends meet. Let them eat cake, indeed.
...all the reports about this supposed epidemic are based on faulty data provided by governmental agencies that have admittedly lied and covered up such data in the past to promote fear and terror for political and economic ends... ignore it. Tune it out. Turn off the TV and observe the actual world around you.
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