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Education

Steven Baule Thrown Under the Bus @MCS

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – Sometimes I hate being correct on assumptions, but with the case of Muncie Community Schools, the state and local community was looking for a scapegoat and found one – current superintendent, Steven Baule. I’m not sure what the psychology is but Americans love to persecute the messenger or […]

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Culture Government

Media Echo Chambers Double Down on RussiaGate

How Do You Like Your RussiaGate? By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana Blog – Somewhere between two parallel universes lies the truth but I’m not sure Americans want the truth. If social media tests are valid and sociological studies have credibility, we are sorting ourselves out by developing echo chambers or constant feedback loops where similar […]

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Culture

Elite Media is Propaganda – #FakeNews

By: Todd Smekens BLOG What would the United States look like today if the Elite media in this country was truly independent and held our government actors and industry accountable? Would most Americans be on the same page and have similar beliefs? Why are news agencies like the Washington Post and New York Times writing […]

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Community

Racism + Ignorance = Manipulation Politics

By: Todd Smekens Politicians Manipulate Instead of Truth Telling Hate and racism aren’t separate issues from politics. I’ve written about this often and yet, even today, I’m still dismissed as “too political”. That’s funny when you consider how much Indiana loves its hate and also loves electing Republican lawmakers. Are they really connected? Inextricably. The Chicago […]

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Government

Veteran IC Officials Dismiss Russian Hacking

VIPS Dismisses Russian Hacking Story By: Todd Smekens Muncie, IN BLOG -When I read the latest article from Consortium News by veteran IC professionals (VIPS) dismissing the Russian hacking story, I found the timing more than ironic. The reason I haven’t posted in a week is I’ve been researching the power imbalances in our country and […]

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Business Government

Who’s Preventing Single Payer Insurance?

Big Money Against Single Payer Insurance By: Todd Smekens Muncie, IndianaBlog– Lots of interesting news floating around on the internet about the G20 Summit, Russia, Trump, #FakeNews, etc., but none of these distractions are as important as our health care crisis in America made worse by income and wealth inequality. As Warren Buffet recently lamented, […]

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Business Government

‘Truth Be Damned’ – Our Fourth Estate is Dead

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, IN (BLOG) – The creation of alternative news sites like Muncie Voice was a direct result of appalling media in the United States. Our Fourth Estate, along with journalistic integrity, has vanished in this country and been replaced by corporate owned shills willing to tow the corporate line. Independent journalism couldn’t […]

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Business Government

Jack Ma: America has Wasted its Wealth

Written 1/25/17 by: Todd Smekens This short and sweet message from founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, cuts through many issues facing the United States, and solves a few riddles as well. I’ve been writing on this blog for over six years – researching media, economics and politics. As many presidents have mentioned and Albert Einstein pointed […]

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Government

DNC Leaks and Harvard Exposes Media as Frauds

The Media AND Both Political Parties Are Working Against Democracy Muncie, Indiana NEWS – Plenty has been written about the media’s coverage of the 2016 presidential primary. All the conservative pundits would say the liberal media was unfair to republican contenders. Fox News had plenty of anecdotal comments about the liberal media coverage. Every time […]

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Business Community

Journalism Suffers Because Media Owned by Capitalists

Muncie, Indiana NEWS– While our first blog postings were about politics and wellness, our media start-up in Middletown, USA, quickly became a research project on journalism in Indiana and across the United States. All the latest polls shows we have lost trust in media, and journalists are abandoning the major publishers and venturing out on their […]