Review: Hate Inc. Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi

5 Star, America (Founders, Current Situation), Censorship & Denial of Access, Consciousness & Social IQ, Media, Misinformation & Propaganda, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized)
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Matt Taibbi

5 Stars — Totally Brilliant

Let me begin with my 7-Star regard for Matt Taibbi — he is one of just three authors who have TWO books in my top 50 cosmic life-changing books lecture, the others are Will Durant and Edgar Morin and that is Nobel-level company. His two are Griftopia and The Divide.

There are three take-aways:

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Review: Ben Garrison’s Big Book of Editorial Cartoons

6 Star Top 10%, America (Founders, Current Situation), Atlases & State of the World, Capitalism (Good & Bad), Censorship & Denial of Access, Civil Society, Congress (Failure, Reform), Corruption, Cultural Intelligence, Culture, Research, Democracy, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform), Impeachment & Treason, Intelligence (Public), Justice (Failure, Reform), Leadership, Media, Misinformation & Propaganda, Offbeat Fun, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Philosophy, Politics, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Truth & Reconciliation, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized)
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Ben Garrison

6 Stars — A Most Extraordinary Collection of Culturally Important Cartoons — Unabashedly Pro-Faith, Pro-Family — A Patriotic Celebration of Sanity

This was a LIMITED EDITION of 1,000 copies, copy #001 of which has gone to President Trump.

There are TEN COPIES left at $200 each, I will say that in my view these books are $500 collector items and Ben is underpricing them.  Contact Ben Garrison using the Contact Form if you want to buy one of the ten copies remaining.

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Review: Merchants of Truth The Business of News and the Fight for Facts by Jill Abramson (Sort Of)

3 Star, Media
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Jill Abramson

3 Stars

This is a crap book that I should have been smart enough to not buy but I overlooked the author’s dubious credentials as a New York Times editor — the “pay to play” standard in the fake news Mainstream Media (MSM).

There is nothing really useful in this book, which paints a generally rosy picture of the New York Time and Washington Post “adapting” (they have not, they are both shit newspapers that cannot be trusted to tell the truth, both are shills for the Deep State and their propaganda line controlled by bribed or blackmailed editors and tame journalists) and a largely unsatisfactory look at VICE and BuzzFeed, both of which shit for different reasons.

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Review: The Great Revolt – Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics

5 Star, America (Founders, Current Situation), Capitalism (Good & Bad), Congress (Failure, Reform), Consciousness & Social IQ, Culture, Research, Democracy, Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform), Information Society, Justice (Failure, Reform), Media, Misinformation & Propaganda, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Politics, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Religion & Politics of Religion, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized)
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Salena Zito and Brad Todd

5 Star Insights Into How and Why Trump Won — Complements Our Towns

The authors combine experience as a national political analyst for reputable media organizations with national-scope Republican advertising and opinion research. The book offers deep insights into how and why Donald Trump captured so many “Reagan Democrats” at the same time that he attracted many eligible non-voters back into the election process.

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Review: The Story – A Reporter’s Journey

3 Star, Media
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Judith Miller

3.0 out of 5 stars From the Person Who Helped Cheney Lie Us Into a $4 Trillion War, April 7, 2015

The author of this book almost single-handedly helped Dick Cheney lie the US public into a $4 trillion dollar war, the New York Times managers then lacking in integrity — these are the same people that covered up rendition and torture and mass surveillance by NSA at opportune times, so as to “help” a favored President living by Henry Kissinger’s motto, “The illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer.”

I certainly recommend the book, at the very low price that is consistent with this book’s lack of depth — like looking insider the mind of a worm, everyone should do this at least once.

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Review: The Media Ecosystem — What Ecology Can Teach Us About Responsible Media Practice

5 Star, Capitalism (Good & Bad), Censorship & Denial of Access, Communications, Consciousness & Social IQ, Culture, Research, Economics, Information Operations, Information Society, Intelligence (Public), Media, Misinformation & Propaganda, Nature, Diet, Memetics, Design, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Survival & Sustainment, True Cost & Toxicity, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution, Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized), Water, Energy, Oil, Scarcity
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Antonio Lopez

5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and timely integrative overview with many original insights, August 22, 2013

I received this book as a gift, and am glad that I did as I normally would not have noticed it, bought it, or reviewed it. I hope my review will inspire others to buy the book, and if not, provide a summary of some of the highlights that I consider quite timely, original, and useful.

This is a manifesto of sorts, on CRITICAL INFORMATION, or stated another way, on public decision-support needs and the urgency of restoring both integrity (tell the truth) and holistic soundness (report on everything, and on the cause and effect cost and consequences of everything in relation to everything). Of course modern media fails this test, and the author should be credited with providing a manifesto and high-level handbook of how we might proceed.

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