What the common Fox viewer thinks is reality.

From World Public Opinion:
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/dec10/Misinformation_Dec10_rpt.pdf

There were however a number of cases where greater exposure to a news source increased misinformation on a specific issue. Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that:

– Most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely) (91 percent of those who watch Fox News “almost every day”)

– Most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points) (72 percent)

– The economy is getting worse (26 points) (72 percent)

– Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points) (60 percent)

– The stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points) (63 percent)

– Their own income taxes have gone up (14 points) (49 percent)

– The auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points) (56 percent)

– When TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points) (38 percent)

– And that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points)(63 percent)

There you have it – Fox twisting reality for their most loyal viewers.

More at ThinkProgress.
http://thinkprogress.org/2010/12/16/poll-fox-news-misinformation/

Searching for a non-Fox cable provider

Comcast is out.
AT&T supports idiot tea-baggers.
Directv is owned by news corp (fox “news”).

Hmm.
Dish network may be free of right wing lunacy.

But it looks like I’d have to spend $40/month (special price) to get three of the four channels I watch a lot.
And that rate increases after a year.

So I’m skipping Dish.
Thought about going back to AT&T, as it looks like u-verse claims good speeds.
But its not available here.

Earthlink is $60 for roughly twice as fast as my current internet connection.
I don’t need speed that badly.

I changed my mind – I am going to double my download speed for $5 / month more with the tea party supporting ATT.
From there, I drop comcast and save whatever $60/month I’m wasting.

Worst case, I’ll use the extra speed to hook up a second computer to my tv/stereo to keep some background noise going.

Youtube journey

Read the comments of my video.
Its clear this video got 5,000 views because a certain group of people think its something its not.

I even had the explanation there for the curious.
7 different plants (lupines, snapdragons, catnip, red onions and some I’ve forgotten).

My newest video is here.
I’m up to 7 views on that.
Should have zoomed in a lot more.

I checked out an old favorite video.
This storm, the Haboob is imposing.

Saw some neat whirlpool thumbnails, so clicked on one titled “Amazing biggest whirlpool”.

I kind of expected more.

Ended up less than ethusiastic about a bunch of Niagra falls videos, like this one.

Looks cold.
Why would anyone go there in winter?

And then I stumbled across the CN tower, glass floor – lured in by the title “CN Tower Toronto Canada: The Glass Floor (scary!)”.

Another thing I’ve added to my “never do” list.

The elevator ride looks bad enough.

Short youtube journey tonight.

FactCheck.org helps push right-wing anti-Pelosi narrative

With and without PAYGO, the deficit has increased dramatically since Pelosi became speaker, under both Presidents Bush and Obama.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s November monthly budget review contains a chart that shows the deficit steadily climbed from $161 billion in 2007 to $459 billion in 2008, and peaked at $1.4 trillion in 2009. By that year, the deficit represented 10 percent of GDP — the highest level since 1945. It was $1.3 trillion, or 8.9 percent of GDP, in fiscal year 2010 — the second highest since 1945.
As the numbers show, the speaker can take credit for spending more money on education, veterans, small business tax credits and other programs, but she can’t also take credit for “restoring fiscal discipline.”

http://factcheck.org/2010/11/pelosi-pablum-on-fiscal-discipline/

There are several issues with that post.

1. It completely ignores that the BIGGEST elements of the deficit were implemented BEFORE PELOSI became speaker.
– bush tax cuts
– wars (not included in bush’s deficit estimates)
– medicare expansion

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Their “Fact check” seems to want to blame Pelosi for things passed before she was speaker and/or for the recession that began in 2008.
If that is the goal of the “fact check” I would like them please explain which of those policies she forced on GWB that brought about the recession.

2. Bush’s $459 billion estimate for FY 2008 did not include the wars, amt adjustment,etc – it’s a fictional number.

You can learn more here:
Obama Bans Gimmicks, and Deficit Will Rise
The price of more honest bookkeeping: A budget that is $2.7 trillion deeper in the red over the next decade than it would otherwise appear, according to administration officials.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/us/politics/20budget.html?_r=2