Category: CITIZENS’ MEDIA

Lee Camp interviews the daughter of the great George Carlin

Lee Camp’s comedy, always packed with political message shows that social comedy is serious business and that while making people laugh is good and probably necessay, it is also important to make them think. In that he follows the model presented by the unique (and prematurely departed) iconoclastic George Carlin. This interview with his daughter, following her father’s traditions, should be of interest to anyone who believes morality belongs in all public commentary.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES—Ian Plimer’s volcano claims vaporise under questioning on Australian TV

GEORGE MONBIOT—Tony Jones asked Plimer to respond. His answer ranged from the correspondence we had had, to my absence of qualifications, to Roman warming, medieval warming, to the Met Office saying the UK would have a barbeque summer this year, to the temperature 4,000 years ago – in fact any temperature series except the one he was asked about. Whenever I pressed him to answer the question, Plimer said it was “the height of bad manners” to interrupt him. When Jones pushed him again, he started talking about wheat farming in Greenland and grapes in Roman Britain. In my quarter century as a journalist I have never seen anyone go to such lengths to avoid answering a simple point.

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Seen and heard around the web: Jim Comey’s sudden love for democracy / Russiagate’s groupthink

“Simply surreal: this guy says “you have to believe in facts.” He gave us, for instance a fact: clean coal. You have to believe this fact. This guy told us that Qaddafi was carrying out a genocide. You have to believe this fact. He said he would work for a nuclear-free world. But he didn’t believe his own fact, ’cause he allocated billions for modernizing the nuclear arsenal. You have to believe in this fact: this guy is a shameless liar, and a very poor comedian to boot. As, president, he continued the tradition of mass-murderers in the White House. And this certainly IS a fact.” —Luciana Bohne

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Should Alex Ward be fired by vox.com?

ERIC ZUESSE—The neocon ‘journalist’ Alex Ward, at the neocon ‘news’-site vox.com, criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for having supposedly allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin to get away with 7 specific alleged bad things that Ward thinks Trump should have publicly lambasted Putin for during the joint Trump-Putin summit press conference that occurred on June 16th.

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