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“Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered. For the American citadel is a man. Not man in general. Not man in the abstract. Not the majority of men. But man. That man. His worth. His uniqueness.” – Archibald MacLeish

SPIGOT OVERLOAD

The biggest problem today – in the West at least – is the egomaniac conceit that, individually, we have the capacity (and the obligation) to parse out the entire bullshit spigot of the institutions created by billions of human beings interacting at the same time 24/7.

  • The world of information – not to mention the innumerable 24/7 noise-flows of fact, fiction, propaganda, misdirection, etc – is beyond anyone’s capacity.
  • It’s important not to conflate the objective importance of facts and the primacy of truth with the universality of the human conditions and an empathy for the circumstances of others, into an excuse for moral cowardice.

 

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AllSides
"Don't be fooled by media bias and misinformation."
  • Centrist anti-partisan veneer but in reality, a bullshit spigot archetype shilling for neoliberal plutocracy status quo; price of everything, value of nothing.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: B-
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    Democracy Now!
    "Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González."
  • Orthodox soft-left liberal reportage from a formerly independent vanity news outlet captured by neoliberal corporate paymasters.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: B+
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    Fair Observer
    "Fair Observer is an independent, nonprofit media organization that engages in citizen journalism and civic education."
  • Neoliberal liberal-left bullshit archetype: ostensibly independent democratic socialist but mainstream news tracking, proliferating plutocratic orthodox spin with high-handed professionalism.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: A-
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    Mother Jones
    "Founded in 1976, Mother Jones is America’s longest-established investigative news organization. We are based in San Francisco and have bureaus in Washington, DC, and New York."
  • Establishment liberal-left news ecosystem centrepiece, peddling corporate agenda over human need, standard bullshit spigot techniques following the mainstream official news zeitgeist.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: C
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    openDemocracy
    "openDemocracy is an independent global media organisation. Through reporting and analysis of social and political issues, we seek to educate citizens to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world."
  • Genuine left-wing environmentalist news media with strong socialist/social democratic activist reportage, exposing plutocracy crime and neoliberal hypocrisy at ground-level.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: F
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    Pro Publica
    "We dig deep into important issues, shining a light on abuses of power and betrayals of public trust — and we stick with those issues as long as it takes to hold power to account."
  • Corporate-centrist bullshit spigot archetype: good articles on political hypocrisy, grift, systemic exploitation unless the content risks too much criticism of Democratic Party establishment or amplifies grassroots movements pushing for real change e.g. strikes, protests.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: D+
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    Real News Network
    "The Real News Network (TRNN) makes media connecting you to the movements, people, and perspectives that are advancing the cause of a more just, equal, and liveable planet."
  • Progressive liberal-left news, humane generally socialist grassroots reportage not capture by the corporate bullshit spigot as of October 2021.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: E-
  • Reveal News
    "At Reveal, we pour the necessary time and resources into unearthing original stories that hold people and institutions accountable for the problems they’ve caused or benefited from."
  • Funded by the neoliberal bullshit spigot cabal from Gates Foundation to Kellogs, standard soft liberal-left orthodox establishment mouthpiece mobilising a grassroots credentialism that perpetuates power by exposing only opponents and transgressors.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: C+
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    StoryCorps
    "StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world."
  • Public-corporate funded expertise in managing the narrative, wokewashing, greenwashing, orthodox purity testing, turning genuine real-world stories into HR opportunities.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: C+
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    Truthout
    "Revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for progressive and transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, we will spur transformations in consciousness and inspire both policy change and direct action."
  • Aggregator news amplifier for soft liberal-left and centrist establishment parsing and propagating articles from simpatico sources like Democracy Now plus a small but prolific inhouse staff.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: B-
  • The Daily Beast
    "Independent. Irreverent. Intelligent. The Daily Beast delivers award-winning original reporting and sharp opinion in the arena of politics, pop-culture and power."
  • Millennial pop-aesthetic left-liberal orthodox reportage following the news zeitgeist interlarded with mass culture clout chasing (and directing) by ambitious young-ish journalists and bloggers.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: B
  • The Daily Kos
    "News you can do something about."
  • Aesthetically a very left-liberal, very woke, raw Millennial activist Daily Beast pale fire outlet, substantially another credentialist we-smart-they-dumb bullshit spigot gossip parser.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: B+
  • The Intercept
    "Award-winning news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism."
  • Corporate-run liberal-left reportage with a divided mandate: half quality journalists exposing corruption and speaking truth to power, half neoliberal overseers editing output to ensure it stays inside Clinton-corporate best interests.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: C-
  • Truth Be Told
    "TruthBeTold.news (formerly called HU Insight) is a non-profit, non-partisan website and digital network, run and edited from Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film in the School of Communications."
  • College feeder training bullshit spigot high-quality diversity journalism for establishment careers speaking truth to power (so long as it goes nowhere) and exposing different perspectives (so long as they misdirect away from systemic change).
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: D+
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    Wonkette
    "Wonkette, the gossip blog that refuses to die. Wonkette is Bush-era liberalism frozen in amber, motionless and immortal, forced to passively observe a changing world until the end of time."
  • Take satire, remove discernment, add the editorial sarcasm of a professional left-liberal gossip with partisan mockery designed to evade the risk of genuinely speaking truth to power while looking like irreverently doing so.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: D+
  • WhoWhatWhy
    "Citizen supported journalism."
  • Soft left-liberal mostly anodyne reportage from the stories occupying mainstream media ephemera.
  • Bullshit Spigot Rating: C-
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    BIAS CHECK BULLSHITTERY

     


    FASCISM BULLSHITTERY

    • Fascist rule tries to define, in earthly us-against-them terms, a dichotomy worldview as if it’s natural law. Fascism is therefore a dogma of division. Fascist demagogues monopolize the power to identify and make sacred these earthly dichotomies, one side holy, one side evil.
    • Fascism is simply religion for secular newcomers to the lineages of organised power (church, monarchy, etc).
    • There’s no difference between jihad in the name of the Qu’ran, holocaust in the name of Nazi “Blood and Soil” mythology, racist imperialism in the name of the “White Man’s Burden”. It’s all my Good versus your Evil dichotomy, weaponised by a specific fascist dogma (through purity tests to sort the loyal from the disloyal, friend from enemy, ingroup from outgroup) to express power of the few over the many.

     


    BULLSHIT SPIGOT THREADS

    bullshittery

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    Capture: Stockmarkets

    Articles from seekingalpha.com by Gary Gordon, retired stock-broker and prolific serial investment bullshit artist:

    Consent: Manufactured Consent and Ignorance
    Corporate Greed in Medical Interventions: Sackler Oxycontin
    Where were the FDA, YouTube, Facebook and all of our overlords as the the opiate crisis has swept the country? Silent. But a simple drug that the Sacklers and other greedy pharmaceutical companies can't make a fortune on?! Attacked, vilified and censored.
    Cybertech: Surveillance Capitalism
    libertycenterone.com: Van Eck Phreaking description and smart downplaying by Liberty Center One, a top-tier-flibble data-flurble.

    “The impulse to resolve the ambivalence of good and evil and jump over one’s shadow into absolute positivity is an unthinking Utopia. Liberation from ambivalence is to be free of uncertainty; to be absolutely free is to be absolutely sure of one’s rightness; which is a surrender of free will, which is to be a slave by any other name?” – Jean Beaudrillard (The Intelligence of Evil)

     

    CREDENTIAL CONSENSUS

    If Gonzos (based on Gonzo Journalists) are the individual, independent rebels against the institutional bell curve, the Nevilles (based on Neville Chamberlain) are the antithesis: guardians of the institutional orthodoxies proliferated throughout the citadel as a spectrum of enablers, apologists, academics, pundits, thought-directors, opinion editors, journalists, civic leaders and other optimistic voices defending the status quo. What makes this class the antithesis is its subordination to a top-down command structure defining the limits of what’s acceptable and its slavish adherence to working within that definition.

    Nevilles are not usually part of the ruling class. Instead, they form a distinct class – popularly called the “cathedral” – entrenched, collectively exclusive and self-policing, deindividuated by dint of their subordination to plutocrats and their well-practiced exclusion of potential insurgent personalities (e.g. a Gonzo). Conformist, conventional, conservative, subtle, expert (within a narrow field), replaceable. Replaceable is critical, in the Neville class, because it disempowers any individual tempted to go off-narrative. That individual can be replaced. That individual can be excluded – cancelled – exiled from both the cathedral and the citadel. What sane middle-aged Neville who’s finally risen to respectable salary and status is going to risk their position, reputation and future well-being, for the sake of anything (or anyone) labeled untermensch by their superiors?

    Here’s some mainstream Nevilles:

    1. John Seely Brown, academic, optimist
    2. Steven Pinker, academic, idealist
    3. Meredith L. Patterson – Technocrat Computer Scientist Scifi Writer

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