Why on Earth did the Journal have to give us any false hope in 2004 that there's still public-interest journalism out there?
"Every other big box pays the same shitty wages and uses the same dirty business practices".
And if we keep supporting the wrong thing long enough, it will all turn out OK.
"Even though studies clearly show Walmart’s depressing effect on retail nationwide, the effect of a new Walmart on any particular community is unpredictable, especially in an area already fully loaded with big box stores."
Low wage big boxes are proven to hurt rural economies. But, if a rural community is saturated in big boxes...then there might be some improvement?
Could this be more illogical?
Is there a Walmart somewhere that improved a rural economy?
The mall/sprawl development model has failed. It is unsustainable. There's tons of research.
The real question is how in the hell a community tolerates "mystery" developments of any kind.
I can send you two editorials the TS rejected.
The TS left the following message on my answering machine, (which I re-recorded out of sheer disbelief):
"We are very sorry but we decided not to run any editorials about individual candidates before the election".
I have not renewed my 35-year TS subscription since then.
It appears that the TS has also effectively eliminated 90% of their former blog comments.
To be fair, censorship and self-censorship is an epidemic along with fear and favor in today's newsrooms being devastated by consolidation, economic collapse and the internet.
It is astounding how this peaceful media evolution has had the identical "positive" silencing effect characteristic of German newspapers and university campuses silenced by a Gestapo in the 1930's!
The NCJ is no exception, but it's the only community paper allowed to occasionally tackle local uncomfortable truths.
Since 2007, thousands of Americans face foreclosure and bankruptcy every day, yet none are ever interviewed. Many merely became ill. Many more are average families tricked and trapped in a predatory system.
My neighborhood has many big homes that are net selling, and yet, many more are slated for development. My city is saturated in poverty-wage big boxes, and yet, they're building more. How is it that my "community media" missed the plethora of books, documentaries and economic research to warn citizens about the unfunded public subsidies this failed development model requires?
Instead, we're pummeled hourly with irrelevant Dow Jones reports and the constant drone of human-interest stories and the endless specticle of local, national, and worldwide crimes and accidents, yet, meaningful statistics concerning poverty, injustice, economics, the environment, a collapsing infrastructure, the cost of war, the efficacy of the bailouts, the plummeting dollar, have become "too negative" to cover.
A generation of local politics has been dominated by a tiny group within the development community, yet, in that time, only ONE article began to open Pandora's Box: "Interested parties" by John Osborn @ NCJ.
Stories of the magnitude of local political corruption, or the mass-extinctions currently taking place, are quickly forgotten for lack of well-deserved reporting and follow-ups.
Sure, it's entertaining to read actual comments from old-folks being warehoused who are emotionally buoyed by their life's accomplishments and satisfaction of understanding their potential, regardless of a nation's divestment from them.
So, where's the story of that divestment and its greater costs to society?
Every journalist should read Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Brightsided, How Positive Thinking is Undermining America".
The whale sent her baby away from the shock of the boating voyeurs.
When she thinks it's safe she will return.
For millennium this creature would have been hunted from this vulnerable situation by humans.
This article has great potential as an example of what real journalism used to look like. It is front page news worthy of routine follow-up.
The only fault is in the Journal's trademark reliance on the human-interest angle that, in most cases, distracts from the uncomfortable truths and ironies that media once thrived upon.
I want to know what this inadequate level of care costs clients and how many retirees and disabled in Humboldt County can still afford it.
To what extent is it publicly subsidized?
What does more adequate care cost and how many are enrolled locally?
How does the Salvation Army facility operate and why is this affordable and successful model not being mass-produced?
Why is an obviously bright, contributing 66 year-old like Ms. Murray being warehoused in that place and how did that happen? Could she have stayed in her home longer if Gov. Schwarzenegger hadn't canceled the property tax postponement program for the aged and disabled?
How many other programs have been cut, pushing the weakest among us out of their homes?
What is this costing society?
Why isn't it being reported?
Are suicide rates for those in their 80's still 5-times the national average?
A brief web-search or a call, and a quote, from a sociologist as close as HSU, CR, or an executive at H.Co. HHS, knows the answers to these questions, while the public remains ignorant.
The public isn't outraged because this has been the only followup since the lawsuits settled!
When was the last time you read or heard an outraged "community media" headlining any of the questions I've asked here??
Media fear and self-censorship have relegated the job of asking the difficult questions, and questioning the answers, to anonymous blogs.
I WONDER WHO WROTE THIS?
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
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