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uburoy17 karma

What are some of the straightforward behavior changes we can share and discuss with family, friends and coworkers?

uburoy5 karma

Aw c'mon, it's right next to "Russia." Even Sarah knows where THAT is.

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My Dad is a veteran, the VA is amazing and wonderful for him, and the care he is given is brilliant. I would answer the question by pointing out that it's not different (in the end) than any other system. In some facilities, you have a great leader who builds great teams with great results. In others, things suck starting at the top.

It seems to be that glorifying or vilifying systems (as is being done all too often) totally misses the human practices we all share in. We are all human. All too human. We are not faceless entities.

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What are the main limits for building rockets at student level?

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I preface my question with a quote from Hermann Goering taken by Gustave Gilbert during Nuremberg Trials:

"Why, of course people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

To make wars reality, mass media must be complicit. This is clear from the Iraq conflict. Yet our mass media seem unable or unwilling to acknowledge and disengage from the highly profitable tactic of dividing up the American public emotionally and politically for fun, profit and ultimately for war.

Given the lack of media resistance, our intelligence agencies have fully, and some would say irreversibly changed the conversation to presuming all Americans should be watched to somehow save us from ourselves.

My first question: Why haven't the media as a whole served us and our country by vigorously and relentlessly questioning these motivations?

Second question: What true and deep influence does ownership of media have on editorial? Can the owners really tell a reporter to kill a story of national importance?