Attack of the plasma screens and flip flop fungi.

Okay, I could pass off this as a vent due to the rising heat index here in the Kansas City metro area but I won’t. I can’t in all honesty just say I’ve got to blow off some real steam one way or another just because it’s way hot and humid and been so for days.  Nope, I won’t blame this rant on Mother Nature’s efforts to broil us off the face of the Earth much the same as a surgeon cauterizes infected puss oozing wounds. I’m going to blame in on all televisions blaring everywhere I venture into–coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants etc. Is no place television free? And why is every single one got CNN on the screen night and day? What is this, can’t Americans survive anywhere without a television screen? Btw, this is coming from someone with absolutely no intention of purchasing a plasma screen idiot box ever.  The antique tv squatting on a shelf has already been unplugged for the duration of its existence due to the inane nature of most of what races across its screen.  Judging from the contents of most news shows it seems Americans are assumed to be thinking with the mental clarity of a sedated five-year old. Perhaps they are if they’re engaged by the boob’s tubes. The only thing worse is the gibberish on many radio stations. I’ve managed to avoid most of this garbage by simply tuning it out. But recently I ventured into a BBQ establishment on a quest for some sweet potato fries and tender pulled pork swimming in a rich sauce. Found the food. Settled down to  feed my growling tum tum and the radio began blasting some list of strange factoids about the unhealthy nature of flip flops as footwear. I’m not kidding, this guy was actually being paid to yap and yap about flip flops on a lizard controlled radio station.  Now with environmental disasters surfacing around the Earth, a few wars running on and on and  on, and the growing anger and desperation of the  unemployed whose jobs have been outsourced to parts unknown, you’d think there was more substantial material for a radio personality to flap his jaws about. But no. Apparently we need to ESCAPE from the realities of our world and float on flip flops out to the wading pools of fantasy land. Yeah, right, like exposing flip flops fungi issues will solve anything ever.

Hence I offer up Democracy Now! which airs on over 800 radio and television stations much to the chagrin of media outlets who ‘follow’ their lead when they’re not too afraid of the content.  I remember reading the Chicago newspapers as a kid. Newspapers with all sorts of independent reporters and serious columnists  like the late great Mike Royko who raised serious issues and debates. That sort of journalism and thoughtful writing is getting harder and harder to find. But it’s there at Democracy Now! and other independent news reporters.  Haven’t seen anything like on those plasmas sprouting everywhere. I wonder if they do double time as Orwellian spy machines?

Democracy Now! airs at 8 am Monday thru Friday on KKFI. Other news programs like Counterspin, GRIT Radio, Alternative Radio, The Heartland Labor Forum and War News Radio among others can also be discovered at which streams online .

So if you’re sick of listening to grown men yap about flip flop fungus surf into  RADIO LIKE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE while you’re blogging about more than summer toe fun.

To discover more about Mike Royko- here’s a start


  1. CarolKing said,

    June 29, 2010 at 3:33 am

    EXCELLENT Rant, and I’m with you 100%. Full Disclosure: I love TV. But I do not need to hear it blaring while I’m waiting for a doctor, trying to get a cup of coffee or getting some dinner.

    And don’t even get me started on those 24 hour TV news stations with those complete moronic idiots who just yap, yap, yap all day.

    I could go on, but I think you did an excellent job on your post.

    • June 30, 2010 at 12:39 am

      Thank you much, Carol. “Full Disclosure” sounds so, so…sensual?
      LOL. Televison is a medium with much potential and it’s squandered on garbage. It’s like the tragedy of an art form that never evolves.

  2. ichabod said,

    June 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Well hello 47whitebuffalo.

    Bernie loves it when you vent. 🙂

    I totally agree with you, 100%.

    People go out to go out. If they wanted to watch tv, why go out?

    I would rather listen to quiet background music or listen to live music when eating out, even if it is for a taco at a corner taco stand.

    We have lost much of our sense of socialization, where people can converse instead of being bombarded with garbage all day long.

    No wonder we’re all nuts 🙂

    • June 30, 2010 at 12:41 am

      Hey Bernie and Ichabod. Yes, indeed what are all the tv gogglers missing out on while their eyes are glued to the tube?
      Much. And what do they get in return????

  3. lesliepaints said,

    June 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    TV does not hold my interest for very long. In fact I grab the evening news and watch the Bears and the Cubs play ball by glancing at the games as I paint or do something else. If I watch anything with concentration they are usually shows on PBS that are informative. Good post Eva! Have you seen Carol’s post about the TV and the coffee stand?

    • June 30, 2010 at 12:44 am

      OH Leslie, I did venture to the land of King’s Carol and learned about the tv on the coffeecart—eeeegads!!!! There are good things on television–as you’ve found—but I still don’t want to see them everywhere I go. My question is why isn’t there more QUALITY material?
      My guess is that ‘they’ want us ‘dumbed down’ as far as we can go.

  4. Artswebshow said,

    June 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I havent watched tv in maybe a year.
    But thats because it is counter productive. lol

    • June 30, 2010 at 12:45 am

      I love that “counter productive’ coming from a Chef! Ha. O Tart, you are an Art unto yourself.

  5. June 27, 2010 at 12:38 am

    We watch very little TV anymore because we’re always at the studio dancing. It’s probably healthier for us, but darn, those flat screens sure are pretty …

    • June 30, 2010 at 12:46 am

      Bet your dancing is prettier than those screens. Bet your partner adores you for all the dance steps. Cha Cha and Tango and Rhumba!!!!

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