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Magnificat [Sep. 26th, 2018|10:27 am]
Tony Grist
I skim the news for markers of change. The news is mostly frightful- and mostly skewed that way, deliberately so. Frightfulness sells- and, by stirring up fear and anger- serves the interests of the powerful (including the people who own the news media.) But embedded in the overall frightfulness are little nuggets of something else. 

I mostly skip over what politicians are saying and doing because they're invested in keeping the world in lock-down- and rarely mean what they say. What I'm looking for are new things, things of a kind that haven't happened before, new inventions, new thought, creativity- evidence that the world is becoming kinder, more peaceable, more just- something I believe to be the case in spite of all propaganda to the contrary.

Four nuggets from this morning's news: (1) Trump getting laughed at in the UN, (2) Bill Cosby being sent to jail, (3) Monsanto getting told by a court that one of its filthy herbicides causes cancer and it needs to pay reparations, (4) the publication of a report that reveals the extent of clerical child abuse in the Catholic Church in Germany- all instances of entrenched power being challenged and defeated.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-09-26 11:21 am (UTC)
Politics, as I learned it, it's always the better if you're trying to guess what they really mean. Also, if you try to take things from behind the curtain of publicity into your calculation.
The babbling these idiots put out, that's mostly for the trash can, indeed...

Although there's never much in good things happening, but, I take every unforeseen circumstance/event that pops up as a challenge (to the mind) and as some novel which makes you go like "well, let's see what will come out of that...".
And sometimes that is amusing.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-26 11:57 am (UTC)
Theresa May has just made a speech promising the lowest taxes in the G20; she's not actually doing anything about taxes, just making the promise- and she must know there's very little likelihood of her still being in power when the time comes to deliver on it.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-09-26 12:31 pm (UTC)
Well... Promising a lot to cover up what she's no bright candle in.
Btw, then she's done nothing, although it looks like something. "Promising" itself doesn't guarantee something's gonna happen, it's simply a declaration of intent, which doesn't need to happen at all. But it looks like something's moving...

Well, and if she doesn't promise that, some other politician in her place will do so. Cheaper taxes to the already-rich people is nothing really special, the high upper class passes such things around up themselves all the time if they don't get rich enough anymore from the current circumstances.
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