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  • spocko commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Could You Be Loved

    2014-10-22 00:01:09View | Delete

    What is the best reply when someone asks,”Do you have a moment to speak about Jesus Christ?” “Why, what’s he done this time?” Graeme Shimmin

  • spocko commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Could You Be Loved

    2014-10-21 23:31:19View | Delete

    Hey folks. Anyone else watching Person of Interest or Madam Secretary?
    Love PoI, I’m currently liking Madam Secretary. I’m not a wild about Homeland though.

  • Well I’m sure if you asked the Nuclear Power Industry would happily throw you a couple of dozen million… :-) I think it would go something a little like this:

    “Helen, Helen, Helen. You need a break! You are working much too hard. We’ve arranged a nice long vacation in the outback for you. It’s away from all those noisy phones and internets. All expenses paid, as well as this multi-million fellowship from the University of Phoenix.

    You can keep doing your research, and you don’t have to do any of those exhausting book tours or talk to any know nothing journalists and politicians ever again. We want to encourage your work and give you the years and years of peace and quite you deserve. This is not about silencing you, Helen, it’s about REWARDING you. The people in the nuclear power industry appreciate all the good work you have done to force us to be safer. This private 40 acre spread in the outback is all yours! What do you say?”
    – Nuclear power industry spokesperson

  • Ah yes the quickly welded collection tanks! When you say, processing, what does that mean? How do they take the radioactivity out of the water?

  • I’ve read the “ice wall” isn’t isn’t working, is there a plan B or C?

  • Thank you. Educating ignorant people is part of what I do, the other part is defunding the people who spread the ignorance. It’s astonishing to me that it’s someone’s job to spread ignorance and that they are paid handsomely to do it.

  • I’ve read that the international community doesn’t believe Tepco and the Japanese government have the right skills to handle some of the clean up processes, specifically on the reactors. Have they lent their assistance and expertise?
    Are they doing anything to help prepare for an earthquake and a collapse?

  • When I’ve heard people talk about not using nuclear power their opponents throw a couple of arguments in our faces. (I get these from people who watch Fox News and listen to RW radio. They absorb these ideas and bring them up when they talk to me as both a challenge and an attack.)

    They are all more or less taunts, They could all end with, ‘What do you say to that “eco” boy?’ They expect me to answer, even if I never used these arguments.

    Do you have responses to these comment ones?

    !) More people die from the energy generated by coal than from the all the people who died in any nuclear plant.
    2) The new reactor designs are much safer.
    3) We can’t get to energy Independence with out nuclear.
    4) Look at France! Everything is fine there!

    5) Fukushima was an incredibly rare confluence of events that nobody could have anticipated. It won’t happen again, to deny us all that power will just condemn us to burning more coal and increasing green house gases and we want to avoid that.

    6) If you are so smart, what are we supposed to do to generate power instead of nuclear in the short term?

  • Back in 1981 I watched a film where you described the impact of a nuclear bomb going off in San Francisco. I was living in San Jose at the time. That really had an impact on me. That film, followed by the BBC 1965 B&W television drama-documentary The War Game about the follow up to small nuclear weapon going off freaked me out for weeks and changed my world view. So I want to thank you and the people who worked on that piece.

    One thing that I think people might not know is that the movie “The Day After” had a similar impact on Ronald Reagan. Since his death it has been revealed that watching that movie lead directly to his views and actions on nuclear weapons.
    I guess it makes sense that a former actor would be so impacted by a movie, vs. the exposure to the real life data.

    We might not be experts at the science behind what might happen what will happen, but effective communication of the story and the consequences of a disaster can be very powerful.

  • It’s a honor and pleasure to chat with you. I’m a big believer in making disasters personal and real for people, especially people who have a hard time being empathetic with others, or who’s financial success depends on ignorance.

    One of the problems I see in the US is the, inability to relate until it happens to us personally. What kind of steps can be taken to breach the lack of empathy and denial of reality bubble here in the US?

  • Interesting. So what is it, ratings or corporate donors? Because as we have proved with RW radio that there are issues that customer facing corporate advertisers will no longer stand by, even if the ratings are high.

    I’m reminded of something David Feldman pointed out, Phil Donahue was the highest rated show on MSNBC, but was canceled because he was against the war.

    Covering climate changed doesn’t have to be boring or a ratings killer, but is it an “advertiser killer?”

    From an economic point of view when the networks support war and cover war that leads to better ratings, continued advertiser support and higher stock prices for the networks.

    So then doesn’t it follow that the news producers get notes that from “on high”it is the fiduciary responsibility to the networks’ shareholders to support the wars, since coverage of them is better in the ratings?

    Also, does little or no pushback on the war agenda support the corporate model of all the advertisers? Or just the advertisers who are part of the MIL? Or just the employers of the guests who are on the Sunday morning shows and in the news casts?

    (And for a recent example that is about raitings and not about the war, note CNN’s coverage of the Loss of Malaysian Flight MH370. )

    We say the Network News journalism is weak because it is driven by overall corporate profit, and not by journalism. Is this also the understanding of the producers of the News shows?

    We know that Roger Ailes gives directives to the people at Fox on how to cover things. Are the same thing happening at the MSM level, but we are just not seeing it? Is it because producers are saying, “I can’t cover this story because it’s ratings death” or “I can’t cover this because the NBC EVP of Sales will call and say “Enron would appreciate it if you don’t do another climate change story?”

  • Yes. In your Salon excerpt you pointed out that for a lot of people Jon Stewart was the one who was doing the actual journalism that people were reading, but that he isn’t as cutting as he was during the Bush administration. I concur, now it looks like the mantel is moving to John Oliver’s new show, “Last Week Tonight”

    One of the recent studies pointed out that when people lament that “Kids today” are getting their news from “The Daily Show or Colbert” are actual misguided.
    It turn out The Daily Show and Colbert show watchers are better informed than those who watch the nightly network news (and especially those who watch Fox)

    Part of the reason is that to set up the joke the context and info has to be structured in which helps educate and makes it memorable.

    Jon famously got Crossfire shut down with his, “You are hurting America” comment to Tucker Carlson. Colbert’s White House Press Correspondent Dinner speech is legendary.

    I’m looking forward to Oliver’s moment like that. But in all of these cases, the media itself has a really hard time taking criticism and making any change. Also the media hates to cover itself and it’s failings, so I’m glad we have your book.

    What I’m curious about is what the media have to say about themselves to outsiders and what they say to themselves about what a good/bad job they are doing.

    Have you talked to anyone on the inside of these Newsfails who explains what it happened the way it happened?

  • So you are saying that Amy Goodman should go on Meet the Press? As what, anti-war journalist or just “this is what a real journalist would do if put in front of Gen Anthony Zinni shilling for Raytheon or Gen. Jack Keane shilling for General Dynamics?

    I want to know who is the corporate economist or former Military person who can stand up to both the “journalist” and former generals.

  • Oh I do both, but I’m also thinking about ways that we force the mainstream media to do things different.
    We often talk about the “corporate media” and what is acceptable to it. On your Feldman podcast you talked about how during the run up to the Iraq War the producers of the news shows had on Janeane Garofalo going up against Generals and professors at the war colleges. They did this so that they would marginalize the anti-war movement.

    Later after it was too late, we saw some TV “journalists” say that they weren’t skeptical enough. But then when it came time to bomb in Syria and ISIS, they had on the same people, they didn’t even bother to have on any anti-war people that I noticed.

    Who have you read of or talked to who would be a good person to go on these shows to talk back to the pro-war generals and the people like Chuck Todd who never really question them?

    Who are the equivalent people that should be booked on these shows?

  • Hi Allison and Jamie. I listened to you yesterday on the David Feldman podcast. and just read a book excerpt at Salon but I haven’t had a chance to read your book yet.

    One of the things that Feldman pointed out was how many Americans still get their news from Network TV and how poorly it performs.

    I think most of us here at the Lake are already very aware of this, and have found other sources of news. But my questions is, what can we do for those millions of people watching network news thinking that it’s trustworthy?

    So for example, how do we get shows like Meet the Press to have on someone else besides retired pro-war generals and Bill Krystal talking about the current war?

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