Super Bowl Commercials of 2013: Do They Reveal A Sick Culture?
Subscribe - http://bit.ly/VUl21B In the age of the DVR and the internet, Super Bowl Sunday is America's High Holy Day for advertisers. On no other day during the calendar year are more people in the United States sharing in the same common experience. Last year, 71 % of households who had a TV turned on were tuned into the big game. In an age with 9 thousand channels on your boob tube plus the endless nooks and crannies of the Internet, to produce a communal experience like the Super Bowl is a marvel. With so many people watching -- and watching the commercials, what can we learn about ourselves by what advertisers are trying to sell us, and the tactics they use to get us to identify with their brand? To put it another way, if aliens joined us on Super Bowl Sunday, what would they learn about our culture? Well, for starters, they would lean that we like cars. Almost as much as we like the female form. Not just any female form, mind you, but the kind only a tiny fraction of actual females come by naturally- and the kind a statistically significant of others starve themselves for or undergo surgery to achieve, or both. Based on this metric, who could blame aliens if they placed the average American in 2013 at even par with the Dukes of Hazard on the evolutionary chain. Of course these aliens would also know that we like beer. And Pizza. Enough to support a Papa John Asshat who budgets to give millions of pizza's away every year and advises his franchise owners to keep his employee working less than 30 hours a week so they don't have to incur the costs of chipping in for their medical insurance under Obama care. The aliens would notice, because aliens are smart, smarter than you don't kid yourself, that since all of the ads are pointed at a straight male demographic, that our culture was a patriarchy that regards women as second-class citizens. Since the game itself is a celebration of violence and the metaphor's for wars are numerous and not masked at all, and since the game itself shortens the lives of the participants- the aliens might make the leap to view the national football league, turning -- as it does so artfully- war into a game, as having much in common with the Gladiator games of the Roman Empire. Like the Roman empire- and all empires before and after it, the aliens might surmise, correctly, that the American Empire will one day fall. But since we no longer wage wars with pickaxes and chariots, the American Empire will be the first to fall in the post-nuclear era. But have no fear, because should the American Empire fall in an apocalyptic hail of nuclear weapons, Chevy has already got a truck to sell you. All this is not to say that I won't be watching the game. I will be, and rooting for the Niners. My name is Dennis, and I am an NFLaholic. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dennistrainorjr facebook: http://www.facebook.com/acronymwithdtrain Web http://www.acronymtv.com
Rep. Alan Grayson: ‘88 seconds to Debate the TPP’?
This content is viewer supported: http://www.Patreon.com/AcronymTV Rep. Alan Grayson: ‘88 seconds to Debate the TPP’? (Featuring interviews with Rep. Alan Grayson and President of CWA Larry Cohen.) Recently, I spoke with one members of Congress, Alan Grayson, who has taken the time to read the top-secret trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). There is nothing redeemable in the entire TPP, Grayson told me, saying, “It is something that should be totally put to death.” The Obama administration continues to favor what is referred to as “fast track” legislation to authorize the TPP. Fast track, Alan Grayson tells me, who allow each member of congress “88 seconds of debate per member” meaning that there would be no meaningful debate on this trade deal carved out by the lawyers of 50 or so of the most powerful corporations in the world. You have probably heard the TPP called “NAFTA on steroids” and for good reason. The TPP is a trade deal to dismantle democracy; or a secret global deal that combines all of the worst elements of NAFTA and Citizens United, shoots them up with steroids, sprinkles in a speedball and codifies these principles into a trade agreement that is in fact much more than a trade agreement. The trade agreement is the Trojan horse to bore you and put you to sleep so that when you wake up a global corporate coup will be in place creating a parallel system of justice where three private attorneys would oversee a kangaroo court set up to defend corporate interests in so far as corporations could sue countries or states that take action (environmental regulation, consumer protection, you name it) that may harm the potential future profits of the corporation. In other words, if the concept of corporate personhood puts you into a fit of rage, then take a moment to let the concept of Corporate Nationhood sink in. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla) does not think that we have to worry about Fast track legislation on the TPP being pushed through during this lame duck session of Congress, citing “people who agree with you for all the wrong reasons, and yet they still agree with you.” While Congressman Grayson states unequivocally that he is against fast track and the TPP “on the merits” there are many Republicans who oppose the TPP and Fast Track authority because they “hate President Obama.” Strange bedfellows, according to Grayson, have created a situation where creating fast track authority for the TPP is unlikely. Larry Cohen, President of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) acknowledges that the labor movement did not do enough to stop NAFTA over 20 years ago, but he is throwing his weight behind stopping fast track authority for the TPP. “There are a significant number of Democrats willing to support Obama on fast track,” said Cohen. “To them, we say: we will not support you going forward politically. We won’t be part of your fund raising base, but you are willing to have corporate America substitute for our support. Shame on you.” Subscribe on YouTube - http://bit.ly/VUl21B Donate your social media https://donateyouraccount.com/AcronymTV FOLLOW | Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AcronymTV Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dennistrainorjr Web http://www.acronymtv.com
Obama Fighting To Keep Indefinite Detention Provision In the NDAA
Subscribe - http://bit.ly/VUl21B [New York, NY] A lawsuit over a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will be back in federal court at 10am on February 6, 2013, awaiting decision on an injunction prohibiting indefinite detention of civilians without charge or trial. A group of academics, journalists, and activists filed suit last year over § 1021(b)(2) of the NDAA alleging that the provision suspended due process rights and threatened first amendment protection. In a landmark ruling last September the plaintiffs —former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, linguist and author Noam Chomsky, Icelandic Parliamentarian Brigitta Jonsdottir, RevolutionTruth founder Jennifer "Tangerine" Bolen, US Day of Rage founderAlexa O'Brien, and Occupy London activist Kai Wargalla— were awarded a permanent, worldwide injunction against the provision by Judge Katherine Forrest of the Southern District of NY (2nd Circuit). In her ruling Judge Forrest, an Obama appointee, challenged the Justice Department attorneys for refusing to provide assurances that journalists and activists would not be indefinitely detained under the provision for exercising first amendment rights:"Not once in any of its submissions in this action or at either the March or August hearings has the Government said, 'First Amendment activities are not covered and could never be encompassed by § 1021(b)(2). This Court rejects the Government's suggestion that American citizens can be placed in military detention indefinitely, for acts they could not predict might subject them to detention, and have as their sole remedy a habeas petition...That scenario dispenses with a number of guaranteed rights." read more at Sparrow media media: http://www.sparrowmedia.net/2013/01/flood-the-court-against-the-ndaa-appeal / Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dennistrainorjr facebook: http://www.facebook.com/acronymwithdtrain Web http://www.acronymtv.com
Super Bowl Winner Chosen By God
Subscribe - http://bit.ly/VUl21B Millions of Americans willfully suffer under the illusion that religious faith brings health, wealth and- I kid you not- Super Bowl Victories. A recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that one-third of the United States believes that God plays a role in determining which team wins the Super Bowl. Also, a majority -- more than one in two- believe that God rewards individual athletes who are faithful to God with success. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dennistrainorjr facebook: http://www.facebook.com/acronymwithdtrain Web http://www.acronymtv.com