CBC the 800-pound News Media Gorilla

A part of the ongoing public discussion over what can be done as traditional news media are weakened in their ability to do public interest journalism. The answer, according to CBC executives, is: Let’s have more CBC! But the solution to the disrupted news media scene in Canada is not for taxpayers to shell out more to a public provider of news, no matter how high-quality or how high-minded.

The CBC has rapidly become the 800-pound gorilla in news media in many communities across Canada, not just because of its own increased resources but also because of reduced revenues at private media outlets. The result is a distortion of the marketplace that undermines the ability of private firms to transition and to continue to report the very same news and information that CBC executives say it should be publicly funded to provide.

Over the past year, the Winnipeg Free Press has found itself in bidding wars with the local CBC station trying to hire away reporters and editors from the newspaper. The journalists were hired not to do innovative work that was not being done by private media, but rather to report on areas like city hall, the very beats that they covered for the newspaper.

These weren’t journalists shed by indiscriminate layoffs. They were the most valuable resources the paper had in its continued comprehensive coverage of Winnipeg, and the paper had spent considerable money over the years developing their knowledge and skills. In most cases, the CBC won, offering greater security backed by taxpayer funding.

Bob Cox is publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, also responsible for the Brandon Sun and eight community newspapers in Manitoba. He is currently chair of News Media Canada, the association representing daily and community newspapers across the country.

Source: The 800-pound news media gorilla – Policy Options

(Note: The CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is funded in a large part by the government of Canada. Total funding when adding some advertising revenue and cable subscriptions is almost $1.6 billion per year. The government portion is $1.1 billion of the total.

At this point the funding gets very hazy. The CBC will broadcast a special program produced by someone in Canada. Costs related to the program are not included, except for royalties paid, in the overall CBC cost. In almost every case the extra programs receive their funding from several government fully funded sources. Government funded Canada Council for the Arts is one of the big players especially for those who know the application process. The recent Liberal government budget allocated $1.9 billion to it an various other arts funding.)

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Future Prospects of the Conquest of Space

The space travel veteran said in Berlin that the space research conducted over the past 60 years has shown that people face a larger task than the conquest of space: namely, preserving nature on earth.

His point of view was supported by German astronauts Sigmund Jähn and Thomas Reiter.

“If you look down from there on our beautiful planet, you are thrilled by its beauty, on the one hand. But on the other, you are frightened how vulnerable our planet is. And you become very thoughtful when you fly over these many regions where conflicts take place,” Reiter said.

“If we continue this way, we will destroy the ground for the future of the mankind,” Jähn said. “We must understand that any stupid things and crimes that we are doing with our small earth does not go unpunished. So, it is time to protect the earth!” the cosmonaut concluded.

Source: Russian, German Cosmonauts Reveal Future Prospects of ‘the Conquest of Space’

Timeless Kindness (From ‘What You Can Find on the Other Side of the World’)

Timeless, universal kindness coming from a strong character that nobody and nothing can take away from our control.

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Evan Esar, a 20th-century American humorist and author aptly put that “Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.”

When you have lost everything you can lose and therefore are being left without any proof of material or social power, you can’t identify yourself other than with your mere actions and with how you treat people. Would that be a frightening expropriation and dis-empowerment or would you take it as an opportunity to show who you really are?

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Edmonton Police Bullying High School Students

What a shame knowing High School students are the target of Edmonton Police Services. They target the student who look different from those wearing name brand clothing. The police would not dare touch one of the students driving a new model vehicle. Police are trained to leave anyone alone as long as they have the look of a TV celebrity. Cookie cutter people are on the police must not touch list.

The police decide in late September and early October who they will bully all year. Perhaps there is a quota that needs filling to get a badge of courage. Great courage tossing a 16-year-old into the office in handcuffs, without a charge, for an entire day. Gather up a few more for the special operation to obtain access to cell phones without a reason.

What is on their phone is none of your damn business.

Edmonton police have been doing this in Edmonton High Schools for some time. Police with a deadly weapon snug to their side going after 16-17 year old students. When you continuously bully a young person they will eventually break. Are you proud knowing you destroyed an entire school year by having students expelled?

Why don’t you get your head out of the student’s asses and clean up the scum hanging out in the parks? There might be too many of them even though you’re the person with the gun. That gun must make you feel tough enough to take down a student in school. Not tough enough to take down the thousands of gang rats hanging around downtown Edmonton.

Great Police Work

You didn’t like the photo on a student’s cell phone and had the student expelled. Another had enough pot, in the locker, for a joint. Expelled from school for the entire month of April only weeks before final exams. Great Job! You ought to get a reward from the ego maniac mayor of Edmonton. The mayor is dumb while the police actions are dumber.

Students over 16 no longer have any rights according to Edmonton police. High School students can be strip searched, harassed into giving the police a cell phone password, put in handcuffs for hours, tossed in a room alone for hours, have their locker examined without them being there (police put what they want in the locker without a witness), no parent, no warrant or lawyer because you do not have a crime.

In other words the police make up a crime and make a criminal out of High School students. They would never touch the gangs in Edmonton selling hard-core drugs. It is so easy to target and bully a High School student trying to finish grade 12.

Fill up the court rooms with High School students and leave the drug gangs alone is your idea of justice. They sell any drug you can name in front of Edmonton City Hall.

Here we have lots of examples of younger people doing something, other than filling up park benches, having the rug pulled out from under them by bully cops. If it were my choice I would fire any police officer who acts as slippery slime to High School students.

The sad part is that you, the police, know what you are doing is unlawful and wrong.

How to think about Vladimir Putin

President Putin with the elected representatives, turned the economy of Russia around, to give Russia back to the people of Russia. The middle class appeared by 2004 and continues to increase to this day. Over 30% of the Russian population is now middle class while the west sinks into poverty. Unemployment is very low so Russia is being careful on immigration. Very little of what he and the elected Duma and Senate have done is told to the western audience. While the west continues to spend trillions on war Russia built a rapid rail system between Moscow and St. Petersburg. A nine hour trip now takes under three environmentally friendly hours.

Source: How to think about Vladimir Putin

Things that aren’t happening in Russia

A friend in Russian and blog writer gives you a look at Russia as it stands today. The Russian middle class grew from 8 million to 55 million from 2000-2006 and makes up the majority today. Watch out for his sense of humor :)

Life in Russia

1. Russia Isn’t Dying

This myth has got considerable traction, especially in the Western media. Its origin could have something to do with the decline in Russia’s population from 150 million in 1991 to around 140 million today. But chew on this – in 2012 Russia’s birth rate actually exceeded that of the United States. This is quite surprising when you consider that in 2002 the US had a birth rate 75 percent higher than Russia’s.
Mark Adomanis, an expert on Russian demographics and economics, has compared Russian and American data, and discovered that since 2008 the Russian birth rate has increased by about 10 percent while the United States has slumped by about 9 percent.
To be sure, over the really long term the Russian population will be older and smaller. But here’s the difference: by 2050 Russians will still be in control of Russia, whereas today’s dominant ethnicities in…

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Fun With Max

Mike “Mish” Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management.

MishTalk

I taped a videocast with Max Keiser on Wednesday following the FOMC meeting. We discussed the usual things: The Fed, the stock market, GDP forecasts and Chicago pizza.

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We Shot an Israeli Jet Down, Sent Others Fleeing | Syrian Army

Israel has carried out air raids against Syrian-based targets on many occasions, but it rarely acknowledges the attacks. On Friday, however, the Israeli military acknowledged that its jets bombed several targets in Syria.

Covert Geopolitics

The covert WW3 that’s being fought in the Middle East has just gotten nastier. Earlier in the day, the Israeli military underwent a preempted propaganda denial by saying that the Syrian armed forces shot missiles at their jetfighters, but failed to hit any of them.

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Goose-stepping Our Way Toward Pink Revolution

I’m going to repeat and italicize that to hopefully avoid any misunderstanding. The system the deep state primarily serves is not the United States of America, i.e., the country most Americans believe they live in; the system it serves is globalized Capitalism. The United States, the nation state itself, while obviously a crucial element of the system, is not the deep state’s primary concern. If it were, Americans would all have healthcare, affordable education, and a right to basic housing, like more or less every other developed nation.

Desultory Heroics

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By CJ Hopkins

Source: CounterPunch

So the global capitalist ruling classes’ neutralization of the Trumpian uprising seems to be off to a pretty good start. It’s barely been a month since his inauguration, and the corporate media, liberal celebrities, and their millions of faithful fans and followers are already shrieking for his summary impeachment, or his removal by … well, whatever means necessary, including some sort of “deep state” coup. Words like “treason” are being bandied about, treason being grounds for impeachment (not to mention being punishable by death), which appears to be where we’re headed at this point.

In any event, the nation is now officially in a state of “crisis.” The editors of The New York Times are demanding congressional investigations to root out the Russian infiltrators who have assumed control of the executive branch. According to prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, “a foreign dictator intervened on behalf…

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When Purim Invades the Headlines

Today those equal opportunity haters are sensing a new liberation as they are stepping out of the shadows and coming out from under their rocks to assert their prejudices upon our society

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The Jewish world will soon be observing the holiday of Purim.  I said “observing” when truth be known, we Jews don’t just “observe” Purim; we CELEBRATE it!  We dress in costume.  We hold the most raucous, noisiest worship service of the year.  We sing and we shout and we stomp our feet.  We eat and we drink (and I am not just talking about iced tea or punch but the hard stuff, for on Purim the Talmud commands us to drink so much that we can no longer tell the difference between “cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordecai.”[1]).  And then, of course there is the Purim Seudah (feast – in our case, a pizza dinner) and the ever popular Carnival.  We eat hamantaschen, send shlach manot (food gifts to our loved ones) and matanot le’evyonim (gifts to the poor).  It is Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve…

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