“I will not be watching! SNL must've broken all speed records, in signing Cyrus a mega-second after her MTV debacle...another sign of their sad desperation to be
'relevant' and 'topical' I guess. Ugh. Just lazy and insulting to their viewers, imho.
Even Tina Fey (who's really not that great) couldn't save this first show...unwatchable.
GET NEW/BETTER WRITERS!!!!”
“1. GOP was behind reducing millions of dollars from overseas security.
2. Aug. 2011 'BIN LADEN TO ATTACK U.S.' memo in WH daily briefing!!!!! HELLOOO!!!
9/11 TERRORIST ATTACK WAS TELEGRAPHED TO BUSH WHO DID F-ALL ABOUT IT!!!!! AND THEN LIED/COVERED UP AND WENT TO WAR WITH IRAQ ON FALSE PRETENSES!!! 2 wrongs dont make a right, but 3,000 v 4 deaths....????!!!!”
“Sadly - in our lifetime - true...but it just takes a majority of the population 'getting it' and understanding that there is an enormous conflict of interests at play, in the system we currently have. Dem/Rep..Labour/Conservative...basically two sides of the same coin. They all just offer reforms and bandaids..papering over the cracks. And people keep voting against their own interests!
Cheers to you, too!”
Contrecoup on Nov 24, 2013 at 19:07:34
“On my way to your fair shores in 10 days. Please warm the place up, will you?”
“I was just about to reply to Mr. Walsh saying that, of course, Capitalism IS the problem!! And then I saw your comment - and of course couldn't agree more!!
It is the ONLY way we rid the world of wars, disease, starvation and the numerous, ever-increasing inequalities we face on a daily basis. Once we have 'free access' to our needs, there is no more crime! And to those who say "oh but there'll always be greedy people who want more"...I say only in a society where there's the fear of a shortage!
We have sufficient resources to feed, clothe and house all - it is the profit-motive that is the problem.”
Hugh Akston on Nov 24, 2013 at 21:04:06
“Entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid.” That statement came not from a tea-party leader or a congressional Republican, but from Bono, singer, celebrity, and global anti-poverty activist, speaking to Georgetown’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative last year.
Throughout most of human history, nearly everyone was poor. Even our wealthiest ancestors enjoyed lower standards of living than ordinary people in America today. It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that the masses started to enjoy real and growing prosperity.
True free market capitalism prohibits force by anyone except in self defense. War is anathema to true laissez-faire capitalism.
We haven't had a laissez-faire capitalist in office since Harding and Coolidge.
Bush was definitely not a free marketer so you can't blame his wars on capitalism. Cronyism yes, capitalism no”
Contrecoup on Nov 24, 2013 at 18:15:17
“It may not rid the world of every problem, but it takes us 90% of the way there.
Unfortunately, it is a pipe dream. We are too entrenched to ever get out of this system, at least in our lifetime.
“How very disappointing! I was looking forward to seeing the wonderful Ellen Barkin on your show Friday night. I too love MSNBC and watch it faithfully on a daily basis. It is sheer lunacy to cancel your show, if that's what has happened. You are of course right about the insatiable desire for all things 'celebrity'..but it comes down to commerce (ie capitalism) and pictures sell..bigtime. Sad that 'we' need to fill our all to often empty lives, living vicariously through/or mocking those of others.
I hope you and your family are able to live peacefully, and continue to do great work for us to enjoy.”
“NONONO...!!! Ed is passionate and fearless and much-loved...do not let him go!!!!! Find another spot for Ezra Klein (if you must)...like the snooze-worthy Chuck Todd's slot, or one of Chris
Matthews' MANY slots!!! KEEP ED...PLEEESE!!!”
JTnDreamtime on Nov 12, 2012 at 23:03:59
“I'd do Chuck in a heart beat for Ezra. Ezra's intelligent in some unusual ways that I think would play well. Chuck is less compelling for me and I find his analyses shallow, though, given the choice, I don't mind watching him.”
“I cant be the only person who has never heard of Michael Strahan...I presume all the other possible contenders must have said No Thanks. The program is an anachronism, in its boring, safe chat, and predictable guests touting their latest (insert project here) whatever.
I stopped watching when Regis left.”
defam on Sep 4, 2012 at 19:41:02
“You obviously live no where near NY, he was on the NY giants and was on the team when they won 2 SB's, he is a staple of NYC, and he is charming and kind...”
Nov 4, 2011 at 16:07:14
“I dont think that any comments thus far have mentioned that depression can, in many case, be
a SYMPTOM OF A SICK SOCIETY!! Look around you...people are now finally responding by
occupying their town centers, in an attempt to bring attention to the ills and crimes of the world, causing so much depression due to loss of job/home/security in any kind of decent future!
Who isn't depressed these days??! Oh yes, that 1% I guess!!”
ConfuciusSay- on Nov 5, 2011 at 00:35:24
“According to the Happiness Manifesto ( a UK government document), the worlds richest are typically happier than the others in their own countries.
However, improvements in the GDP - or the per capita wealth - don't correlate with increased happiness for the others. The document suggests that happiness is judged as a horizontal comparison with others in the same time, rather than between our present and our past selves.”
brooklyncitizen on Nov 4, 2011 at 18:52:15
“This sounds like an accurate take but it is not.
Chronic depression is about chemistry, brain chemistry and not about life not going your way.
In fact many people that are depressed don't have external triggers or "justification" for the depression because it is more about what is happening within them and less about what is happening outside of them.
And I bet quite a few of the !% are also clinically depressed; depression doesn't care if you are rich or poor.”
“I record Olbermann at 5 and then it's MSNBC most of the evening for me...good for Ed Schultz - I think he is terrific and would watch him at any time, likewise O'Donnell. I sincerely hope that
any reference to the"Titanic" is nonsense.”
jb1215 on Oct 19, 2011 at 20:58:16
“Check their ratings against ANY of the competition, and try to figure out why that reality is what it is? The Titanic has historical prominence. MSNBS has hysterical prominence. That's not nonsense.”
“She pulled the same stunt with Larry King, calling him "rude" for asking questions she didn't
want to answer!!! A ridiculous woman, who knew she'd get more attention for her book, by
walking off in a huff (no pun intended!) yet again. NO MORE INTERVIEWS FOR HER!!!
WHO CARES WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY!”
freedom is right on Aug 18, 2011 at 15:57:46
“While I take her side in this.. I do agree that as she has a right to refuse to continue the interview, the shows have a right to not invite her back anymore. Free speech and freedom.. such a WONDERFUL thing.”
“Julian I could not agree more! As a British woman living in San Francisco, I really enjoy my daily dose of the UK papers online every day....but nothing beats having Vogue and Tatler etc right in front of me
on my coffee table, ready to flip through whenever...I also buy the SF Chronicle and get the Sunday NY Times delivered - what joy on a Sunday morning! But the immediacy of online news from all over the world, cannot be overlooked.”
“I think he is a great addition on CNN, and enjoy his in-depth and always interesting interviews.
He is smart, very bright and very knowledgable. I certainly hope he is exonerrated of any wrong-doing regarding the hacking scandal, in spite of having worked at the very unsavoury UK tabloid
sandyhh on Jul 26, 2011 at 18:33:46
“Well the hacking might explain the in depth, interesting interviews?”
Aggiemom on Jul 26, 2011 at 18:22:15
“"In depth and always interesting interviews"? Oh my.”
Apathetic Apostle on Jul 26, 2011 at 18:17:42
“You do know that Morgan was fired from said papers for staging a video which made it look like soldiers were beating detainees?”
Jul 6, 2011 at 14:58:22
“To alpina: DITTO DITTO DITTO!!! Have never been able to bring myself to watch the US version
(Brit living in California) and in fact used to like Carrell and as a result of him daring to attempt to
'replace' Gervais in the lead role...now do not like him at all!! As usual, the US networks just dont
know when to give it a rest, and insist on flogging a now very dead horse.
Would love, however, to see the UK/Gervais return with a new episode/series!!? Or a new series of Extras...”
“Yes a huge political, international crisis indeed. I am glad to read that OXFAM are going to attempt to get to the heart of this challenge. For this to happen, they must look at the ROOT causes of worldwide hunger (amongst other major issues we face) ie greed and profit over need. Until the system of society (Capitalism) is recognized as the problem, and a majority of people want real change - not just bandaids and reforms - nothing will improve or change.”
LilacFields on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:33:51
Fortunately, OXFAM is independent, non-political and free of religious affiliations so it can focus on this issue without the underlying vested interests that undermine and limit the work (no matter how valuable much of it may be) of some other organizations.”
sabelmouse on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:22:38
CDL1 on Jun 22, 2011 at 02:15:59
“its great to read a sensible comment on this thread. f/f”
Nov 17, 2009 at 18:36:11
“What we have here (and everywhere) is a conflict of interests! The Capitalist system is an international failure - recent (and not-so-recent) events prove that to be true. As long as the profit motive exists,
greed and corruption (at the expense of 95% of the public) will continue. This relates to Bill Maher's
very interesting article, as well as all other aspects of healthcare, oil, religion, wars etc etc.
In very simplistic terms, John Lennon's lyrics in IMAGINE pretty much say it all!”
cable1977 on Nov 19, 2009 at 09:27:30
“Ok....so then what about the profit motives of the "natural" proponents.
Many of the doctors suggesting a autism/vaccination connection are often selling their own autism therapy to cure your child's autism (chelation therapy, etc). They are not giving this away out of the goodness of their hearts, but making a living off of it. So they have just as much of a conflict of interest.
Wakefield, the author who started the MMR/autism connection, was a paid consultant for parties seeking vaccine injury damages. He was also trying to sell his own version of the MMR, which could not gain market share unless the currently used version was no longer the preferred option.
Those who market alternative therapies such as homeopathy also have plenty of conflict of interests and profit motives.
If you want to examine profit motives, you must do so for all sides, not just Big Pharma. You are never going to remove profit motive from the equation. The best you can do is try to design a system that is capable of rooting out those who are taking advantage of people.”