Reading Time: < 1 minute Radio: WhoWhatWhy Editor Russ Baker interviewed on independent radio station KSFR, Santa Fe, NM. Topics: NSA, Snowden, surveillance, what we should be afraid of, what we should do about that fear, and more.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Documentary focusing on the evolution and use of Freudian psychology in political and commercial advertising designed to manipulate audiences.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Replacing the controversial and disenfranchising Electoral College with a straight national popular vote sounds impossible. Or is it? Under the radar, an effort to create a national vote may be on its way to eventual success.
Reading Time: 3 minutes If you have trouble figuring out how the presidential nominees are substantively different on the great issues of our time, you’re not necessarily dense. The system as it currently operates encourages candidates and campaigns that hew to the unremarkable and the disappointing.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Russ Baker with New Hampshire’s Burt Cohen—on government secrecy under Obama, on the “national security state,” solving national mysteries, and more.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Russ Baker lecture in San Francisco. On the tabloidization of life, the stories we’re not getting, liberal vs. conservative, our heroes, elites vs. common people, how the powerful keep their power, and why we must read books. (One hour)
Reading Time: 4 minutes A court decision says that public broadcasting outlets need not avoid political ads and the related sludgefest. Defenders of the sanctity of those outlets say they need to remain pure. But how pure, really, are they?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Recently, Twitter announced it would restrict tweets in countries where the government declares the tweets illegal. That troubling announcement was treated by the American media as a blip. But is it a blip? Or is it a crisis for freedom everywhere? And did a huge investment in Twitter by a Saudi prince have anything to do with the move?
Reading Time: < 1 minute So those wacky “Occupy” folks don’t have a clear picture of what they want? So they’re just a bunch of people who enjoy protesting? Watch this—from little Ole Occupy Santa Fe.