66-21 wound up 45-55. The system works!
If you saw CounterPunch today, you might have noticed this piece about anti-GMO [note that, as usual, they dutifully restrain from calling themselves "anti-corporate food"] activists’ efforts in Washington State to strike a small blow against capitalist Frankenfood. Residing in Portland, Oregon, the urban core to which Washington’s fourth largest town is a [tax-dodging, Republican-leaning] suburb, I have had the displeasure of watching corporate capital’s 3-month-long response to W.S. Initiative 522, a meager little ballot measure that would, in accord with almost unanimous public desire, require grocery-store foods containing GMOs to be labeled as such.
Here’s a sample from the compendium of utter shamelessness that is the appalling and revealing “No on 522″ effort:
Good ole Dan looks like a humble organic farmer, don’t he, what with the blue work shirt and the vaguely ex-hippie haircut and beard?
Dan’s ad is titled “Claims v. Facts.” That carries the usual amount of overclass chutzpah — total, all-out, complete.
Dan’s friends’ claim is that I 522 would raise food prices, and that the proposed rule is unfair, since it carries some exemptions! Of course, the threatened price hike is what? A penny? And the irony of opposing a labeling law from the right because it is too weak would slay Big Brother himself.
As to facts, turns out Dan is actually a corporate farm “operator” (think Dan does much of “his” farm labor?) in Eastern Washington, and also a scion of long-time farm-operator politics.
As for the hilarious pack of right-wing businesses Dan cites as scholars who’ve allegedly thought deeply and dispassionately about I 522, take a special look at the “science” organization Dan cites in his ad. Any group started in 1932 (in what was then known as the Soviet of Washington) that is dedicated to disseminating “credible economic research and policy analysis supporting economic vitality and private sector job creation” simply has to have a rather interesting little closetful of juicy, forgotten secrets. And how about that science? “Credible research.” ROFLMFAO.
As always, the corporate TV assault is working. 66-21 a month ago (and a month ago was already well into the corporate “No on 522″ onslaught) is now 46-42.
TCT, of course, predicts defeat of I 522, while holding out some hope for a small miracle. The election ends November 5.
Praise Allah that I was in remote Montana, out of media range, on August 28. Apparently, the Marketer-in-Chief, somehow invited to the show despite his radical flouting of everything MLK, took a break from planning his war crimes and actually said this about the Civil Rights Movement “losing its way”:
What had once been a call for equality of opportunity, the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead was too often framed as a mere desire for government support — as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child, and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself.
That, folks, is the official death knell of the great black freedom movement. Thank you, Black Reagan.
Advertising Age reports on the evolution of political marketing as handled by its leading practitioner, President Zerobama. The great treasure here is, of course, the thing that lives where, in an actual democracy, a constituency would reside: “the Obama campaign’s data files” on its marketing targets, a.k.a. voters.
The latest news is that the Zerobama campaign wants to pass that treasure to its new post-election selling endeavor, the “lobbying” (read: data-scraping) operation known, in terms that would make Big Brother blush and Ella Baker spin in her grave, as “Organizing for Action.” [Note: TCT refuses to link to this reprehensible scam.]
But wait! This is not yet the bottom of the barrel. According to Ad Age, the real aim in all this is the effort to institutionalize the latest advances. The facts here speak for themselves. Here is Ad Age‘s description of the ultimate reality:
“The VAN,” as it is known in Democratic Party circles, essentially is a storage and management system for its clients’ voter-file data and supporter information. (VAN stands for Voter Activation Network.) VAN’s biggest client, the DNC, has a contract with the company for all its state parties allowing Democratic candidates across the country to access its Vote Builder database, which compiles names, addresses, ages, phone numbers, voting history and other publicly available information.
Voter Activation Network!
For the umpteenth-plus-one time: Orwell would be out of business these days.
So, in his continuing series of innovations in political marketing, Zerobama is “answering questions” today on Google. ROFL!
Not only is this yet another IQ test for Zero’s fans — “Why are you a social climber with no values?” “Why haven’t you lifted a finger to help your own constituents?” “When will you be turning yourself in for your war crimes?” “Isn’t Guantanamo still open?” — but it’s neither more nor less than an undisguised data-scraping operation, as well as a huge gift to the corporate marketers who buy data from Google.
Ask Zero a “question,” so his handlers can figure out how to sell you the coming new wrinkles in Reaganism, and then get Killary Klinton elected to keep it all rolling.
Did folks catch the Commander in Chief “crying” from the outside of his eye? Apparently neither law nor gravity apply to U.S. Presidents.
Meanwhile, they might revive a dropped list of ideas for possibly trying a bit harder to enforce existing
gestures rules, whatever those might be. But perhaps not. Might cost the Dimbots some fraction of their chance to slip Hillary into the babysitter role in 2016. Or maybe they are just doing the usual — avoiding any and all precedents of decency.