PRELUDE: Years ago, I use to read the Harper's Weekly Review "religiously" I had it delivered to my email address so I wouldn't miss it. Then during computers going kaput, new email addresses replacing old ones and whatever… I lost track of it.

Since, Comcast threw (they deny it) Keith Olbermann under the MACK TRUCK I now have time on my hands without Keith Olbermann's Voice Of Reason to blog about and since I am now so disillusioned with politics, advertising and plain ole mind manipulation from Mr.& Mrs. Corportatehood; I renewed my subscription to relieve some of the pressure my squished brain is feeling under the weight of despair. (I am hoping that by reading Harper's Thumbnails of Crazy World Events it will take my mind off the tragedy of losing my favorite political show, COUNTDOWN.) So here it is, my first blog on Harper's Weekly Review. There will be more to come. thinkingblue

We live in a world full of mentally strange happenings, images, words, etc. and Harper's Weekly Review tries to bring to our attention a mere Scratch The Surface bit of these bizarre goings on played out by the Homo sapiens who exist upon this planet. Read and weep, shudder or laugh at what our species, the supposedly Most Intelligent Animal link, on the food-chain shackle, does in their daily routines around the globe. thinkingblue

PS: JUST A THOUGHT: I despise, Marketing style politics where politicians hire a Marketing Manager (Case In Point-Frank I. Luntz (born February 23, 1962) is an American political consultant and pollster. His most recent work has been with the Fox News Channel as a frequent commentator and analyst, as well as running focus groups after presidential debates. Luntz's specialty is “testing language and finding words that will help his clients sell their product or turn public opinion on an issue or a candidate.” He is also an author of business books dealing with communication strategies and public opinion. Luntz's current company, The Word Doctors, specializes in message creation and image management for commercial and political clients. LINK) to come up with newspeak that can manipulate our minds into thinking they (THE POLITICIANS, THE CORPORATIONS, BIG PHARMA AND ANYONE ELSE WHO IS TRYING TO GET BLOOD FROM A STONE (CHOKE THE LAST PENNY OUT OF US) want only the best for We The People. All the while they are stabbing us in the back (I know politically incorrect). What A Laugh!

Harper's Weekly Review
January 25, 2011
By J. Gabriel Boylan

A suicide bomber struck Moscow's Domodedovo airport, killing as many as 34 people and leaving at least 168 injured. “From the preliminary information we have, it was a terror attack,” said Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in a televised briefing. Former Department of Homeland Security official Stephen A. Baker noted, “They’d like to be bombing planes and they can’t, so they’re bombing airports.” Artyom Zhilenkov, a taxi driver, claimed he was about 10 yards from the bomber, a short, dark man carrying a suitcase. “How did I manage to save myself? I don’t know,” he said. “The people behind me on my left and right were blown apart. Maybe because of that.” For the first time in five years, Chinese premier Hu Jintao visited the United States: he received a 21-gun salute, attended a gala dinner, and participated in a live news conference. He also hugged a small child. Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier attempted to return to Haiti after a 25-year absence, only to be detained and charged with stealing millions during his 15-year rule. “I don’t think,“ said Duvalier's lawyer, ”this was a very successful trip." A police trade union was upset that Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's “bunga bunga” parties, held at his villa near Milan, featured women wearing sexy policewomen's outfits. Senator Joe Lieberman announced plans for his retirement, Keith Olbermann abruptly left his cable-news show, “Countdown,” Regis Philbin announced that after 28 years as a co-host he wouldl be leaving “Live with Regis and Kelly,” and Steve Jobs took indefinite medical leave from Apple. The word “App” was chosen as word of the year by the American Dialect society. MORE HERE

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Harper's Weekly Review
January 18, 2011
By Claire Gutierrez

President Barack Obama, speaking at a memorial service in Arizona for the six killed during Jared Loughner's shooting spree, urged Americans to be better people. “I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it,” Obama said, referring to 9-year-old victim Christina Taylor Green. “All of us—we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.” The president then choked up, pausing for 51 seconds. “I had her heart in my hand,” said Dr. Randall Friese, the surgeon who operated on Christina. “We filled it with blood. It still didn’t want to beat. So, it was over. We’re finished.” Sales of Glock semi-automatic pistols, the model of handgun used by Loughner, surged. Four Arizona Republicans resigned from public office, fearing violence from Tea Party activists, and Clear Channel removed a Tucson billboard that described Rush Limbaugh as a “straight shooter.” Gabrielle Giffords opened her eye for the first time since the shooting, and the Safeway where the shooting took place reopened. MORE HERE

Another Good Read On The Effects Of Marketing and Public Opinion manipulation.

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