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Now, the lighter side of the news. The world isn’t all oil companies needing profit while innocent Africans die. For instance:
AFP – Indonesian airport officials said they had foiled an attempt by two Kuwaitis to smuggle 40 pythons in their luggage.
Suspects Yaqub Ebrahim and Ali Hasan were caught Friday at Jakarta’s international airport as they tried to carry the sedated serpents onto an Emirates Airlines flight to Dubai.
“From many foiled cases, people often use the flights to Dubai to smuggle illegal animals,” Salahudin Rafi, operational and technical director at airport operator Angkasa Pura II, said in an emailed statement to AFP.
This, of course, should have ended another way:
In this video General Electric celebrates Ronald Reagan. Sure, this is shameless pandering to the right-wing. To the anti-society folk (tea party clan, 912ers, Glenn Beck cultists, and Fox “News” viewers), NBC/MSNBC are odious entities and General Electric is by extension. So, I imagine GE wants to start ridding itself of the scent of liberalism among those groups.
But, this video is more than just pandering. General Electric is publicly and proudly endorsing Ronald Reagan’s policies, his impact on society and his legacy. Isn’t this worthy of debate? Discussion?
I certainly think so. Think about it…
GE benefits from an awful lot of public resources and taxpayer money. Accordingly, if they are going to be articulating a political viewpoint, it’s worth considering from a public policy perspective. Also, as consumers, we support this company. If they are going to use your money to advocate a political ideology, isn’t that worth knowing and considering?
I’m curious. Why isn’t this endorsement even remotely controversial? If a major corporation came out with such an laudatory video for LBJ or FDR, the right-wing noise machine would be up in arms.
Why aren’t progressives making noise about GE’s controversial decision to offer such high esteem to Reagan?
And celebrating Ronald Reagan is controversial. Even GE of old thought so, seeing as how they fired Reagan as their spokesperson in 1962 due to his incendiary and controversial anti-government positions. So, make no mistake about it, this is controversial…
Ronald Reagan destroyed unions…cut the budgets for education, EPA, poverty programs, etc…engaged in a public policy initiative aimed specifically at screwing over the poor…advanced the prison-industrial complex….hollowed out the Federal government to the best of his ability…ironically espoused the belief that government was the enemy (hello! he was the president *facepalm*)…was reckless and neglectful in responding to HIV/AIDS…tried to cut disabled people from social security rolls (that’s right…disabled people)…HUD grant fraud…Sewergate…
…I could go on and on, but I’ve made my point. Why is GE celebrating and endorsing Ronald Reagan? And, why are they able to freely get away with such blatant whitewashing of history and shameless political posturing?
Watch the video. (prepare to gag)
If you want to make some noise, feel free to contact GE about this.
Update: I said this was political. And, General Electric helped proved my point as they are now advertising their love for Reagan on Rush Limbaugh’s hate radio program.
I highly recommend watching Lewis Lapham’s The American Ruling Class. It aired in 2007, but in today’s time of increased economic strife, its message and explanation is likely to resonate with a larger audience. [Note: I say “increased economic strife” as opposed to simply “economic strife” because the reality is that a very significant portion of Americans have been living in recession-like conditions for a while now.] Anyway, it’s a really well done movie and I strongly suggest watching it. If you watch it or have already watched it, please comment or send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can watch the full movie here (great quality too).