Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Something to Know - 29 July

Ben Sargent

1.  Yesterday, I opened up with an article critical of gov. christie's ploy to suggest that public employees would get the shaft in stabilizing his state's budgeting problems.  This article today, keeps open the focus on his charade to deceive and steal from unionized state employees.   This is what ALEC and all of the other conservative zealots are doing around the country - weaken or eliminate unions, and public employee unions, mostly.   This is a sad testament to the perpetuation of income inequality that is taking over this land:

2.  Okay, I'll lighten up now.  Here is a puff piece on subtle efforts to make you buy stuff that you do not need.  If there is money to be made, some force will find its way to make it happen.  Social media has turned into a stage where whimsical exchanges of photos and banter are paid for by the collection of your personal information that is used to sell you something, or to enter into your attention span to stick a subliminal commercial message in your brain.  But hey, it's all free....right?
The difference between a top-flight creative man and the hack is his ability to express powerful meanings indirectly.
-- Vance Packard    

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