Monday, November 24, 2014

'All in the Family' Creator Norman Lear Hardly the Voice of Political Civility



'All in the Family' Creator Norman Lear Hardly the Voice of Political Civility
by Jeffrey Poor 22 Nov 2014
In an appearance on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s The Cycle, famed sitcom creator Norman Lear offered his theory on where the fictional character Archie Bunker — the patriarch of his hit 1970s CBS show All in the Family — would fit on the modern political spectrum.

"Archie would have denied the Tea Party,” Lear said. “He would have started the coffee party. He was not a hater and that was the secret of Archie Bunker, he was not a hater.” 

Lear immediately followed up on his statement about Archie Bunker denying the Tea Party by explaining Archie Bunker wasn’t a bigot, but instead a man that feared “progress.”

“He was much more afraid of progress then he was of a bigotry,” Lear continued. “Black people moving into the neighborhood, wait a minute that never happened before."

Lear later denied his remarks linked the Tea Party to racism.

That’s something an audience can decide for themselves.

But given Lear’s past political activities and statements, such a proclamation about the Tea Party movement wouldn’t seem that far-fetched.

In the early 1980s, Lear created the liberal storefront People For the American Way, which in its infancy was a group tasked to promote the secularization of politics – a sentiment Lear promoted in a 1980 TV ad.

Over the past two-and-half decades, Lear’s brainchild organization has evolved to take on many more left-wing progressive causes, which includes a profound focus on attacking conservative and Christian figures.

At an event celebrating the 30th anniversary of People for the American Way in 2011, Lear called out Rush Limbaugh, James Dobson, and others by name, labeling them “hatemongers.” He also questioned the religion of the slate of Republicans candidates vying for the 2012 Republican nomination.

“I want to suggest we lefties start laying claim to what we see as ‘sacred’ and serve it up proudly to the religious right -- to the James Dobson, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Karl Rove hate-mongers, sheathed in sanctity -- and to the Koch Brother types that fund them -- and use them so effectively for their own political power-grabbing purposes,” Lear said.

“Over the past several decades, the power-grabbing right has built a powerful infrastructure of radio and TV networks,” he continued. “They've built think tanks, colleges and law schools. And funded political groups that prepped the way for the Supreme Court, in Citizens United -- to grant corporations the right to provide any amount of financial backing to a candidate or a cause just like any other average citizen. And all of it carried off with an air of holier-than-thou sanctity -- no less apparent than Pat Robertson's when he told me my arms were too short to box with God. And now, as frightening as it is, where do we find that holier-than-thou sanctity most apparent in politics today? Among the seven candidates attempting to prove in every debate we have seen that they are the right kind of Christian to be the Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States.”

In recent years, Lear himself had become a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s detractors. Earlier this year in an interview with Whoopi Goldberg, Lear admitted he was disappointed in Obama, but tied race to those who sought to criticize Obama.

“[I] don’t think [Obama]’s been treated fairly,” Lear said. “I don’t think the deepest feelings in this country are treating him fairly. And racism exists. It just does. So we’ve got a long way to go. I’m proud of how far we’ve come. But when you what’s happening with the gay and lesbian situation – in just a few years, wham, how fair things have become, relatively fair – we need more of that kickass fairness.”


Lear has not been shy nor judicious in expressing his disapproval of conservatives. So when he makes two concurrent statements – one tied to Archie Bunker rejecting the Tea Party and the other about “hatred” and “bigotry,” it’s no wonder one might think Lear’s view of the Tea Party movement is less than flattering.

Norman Lear
Norman Lear is a trustee at People for the American Way, married to Lyn Davis Lear, and was a donor for The Climate Project.

Note: Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for People for the American Way, the Sundance Institute, and the Climate Reality Project.
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Lyn Davis Lear is a trustee at the Sundance Institute, married to Norman Lear, and a trustee at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The Climate Project is a merged organization with the Climate Reality Project.     
Albert A. Gore Jr. was a donor for The Climate Project, and is the chairman for the Climate Reality Project.
Barbra Streisand is a trustee at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the founder of the Barbra Streisand Foundation.
Margery Tabankin is the treasurer for the Barbra Streisand Foundation, and a director at People for the American Way.
Norman Lear is a trustee at People for the American Way, married to Lyn Davis Lear, and was a donor for The Climate Project.












Toilet-to-tap: don’t drink poop, unless it’s treated really, really well



Toilet-to-tap: don’t drink poop, unless it’s treated really, really well
Posted on March 10, 2013 by Doug Powell  
Don’t eat poop, and if you do, cook it.

Australians may be trying out don’t drink poop, unless it’s safely treated.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australians will be encouraged to embrace treated sewage for drinking in the largest-ever bid to overcome the toilet.to.tap”yuck factor” and push the contentious option onto the national agenda.

A $10 million drive, partly funded by the federal government, aims to convince the public that introducing recycled water to drinking supplies is a palatable, cost-effective alternative to measures such as desalination.

The ”engagement strategy” will target households, students, politicians and the water industry.

Public scepticism and fears over health risks have traditionally kept the toilet-to-tap concept off the political agenda.

The chair of the project’s research advisory committee, Ian Law, said recycled water for drinking should be examined before crisis loomed ”when dams are full … so we have the ducks in a row when the next drought comes”.

The project, led by the University of NSW, will develop a national engagement program to show that recycled water is safe and reliable. It will include devising education programs, a social media campaign and MutantFishdemonstration projects where the public could see wastewater being treated. Similar schemes overseas allow visitors to sample the water.

The Brisbane-based Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence is co-ordinating the project, which will also examine recycled stormwater.

In a terrible example of risk communication, Mr Law said, ”There is nothing more powerful than an informed public,” he said, adding those who drank recycled water wouldn’t ‘”grow five heads.”
The target audience will remember the five-heads bit.


Rupert Murdoch: News Corp Papers Didn't Decide Australian Election
1:27 AM PST 09/09/2013 by Pip Bulbeck
The Sydney Morning Herald, owned by News Corp.

News Corp.
K. Rupert Murdoch is the chairman & CEO for News Corp., and a papal knighthood knight.

Note: John J. Studzinski is a papal knighthood knight, a director at the Human Rights Watch, and was the co-head of investment banking for HSBC Holdings plc.
George Soros was a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch, and the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Human Rights Watch, and the Brookings Institution (think tank), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
John L. Thornton is a co-chairman for the Brookings Institution (think tank), a director at HSBC Holdings plc, and was a director at News Corp.
Antoinette Cook Bush is the EVP for News Corp, and Vernon E. Jordan Jr’s stepdaughter.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is Antoinette Cook Bush’s stepfather, Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), the president emeritus for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (Gainesville, VA), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Valerie B. Jarrett is Vernon E. Jordan Jr’s great niece, the senior adviser for the Barack Obama administration, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Kathleen L. Brown is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, California state government governor Jerry Brown’s sister, and was the California state government treasurer.
Brown signs bill to boost SD 'toilet-to-tap' plans
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Julia Gillard is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and was the prime minister for Australia.
M. John Berry is the U.S. ambassador for Australia, and was a govenment relations director for the Smithsonian Institution.
Joseph R. Biden Jr. is a regent for the Smithsonian Institution, and the vice president for the Barack Obama administration.
John G. Roberts Jr. is the chancellor for the Smithsonian Institution, and an honorary member of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (Gainesville, VA).
Shirley Ann Jackson is a regent for the Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
John L. Thornton is a co-chairman for the Brookings Institution (think tank), a director at HSBC Holdings plc, and was a director at News Corp.
Jessica Tuchman Mathews was an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), is the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)
J. Stapleton Roy is a trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), and was a U.S. ambassador for Singapore.
Flush it, process it, drink it. Repeat.                                                  
Tiny island of Singapore seeks water independence through recycled toilet water 
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/flush-it-process-it-drink-it-repeat
Ignoring Drought, U.S. to Divert Water to Mexico for Environmental Project (Past research on toilet-to-tap)