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Do Smurfs provide a model for a good society?

Smurf fans around the world are celebrating the birthday of the famous cartoon strip's creator and awaiting a new blockbuster movie adaptation. But could the blue creatures offer a model for society?

There is a place where the neighbours are always willing to lend a hand, where everyone has a certain skill and is willing to employ it, without personal reward, for the benefit of everyone.

Before you think about checking out property prices in the area, bear in mind that the neighbours are blue, stand three apples high and live in mushroom-like houses.

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There is a place where the neighbours are always willing to lend a hand, where everyone has a certain skill and is willing to employ it, without personal reward, for the benefit of everyone.

Isn't that the "Big Society"?

Now we know why the Smurfs are blue.

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Many news papers can't help themselves either.

I managed to use the Mirror and the Sun for cleaning some grease the other day.... they both ran the story on the Salford burglar stabbing. Both of them mentioned the £120000 house they lived in for no good reason at all.

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Many news papers can't help themselves either.

I managed to use the Mirror and the Sun for cleaning some grease the other day.... they both ran the story on the Salford burglar stabbing. Both of them mentioned the £120000 house they lived in for no good reason at all.

It works for renters too though.

I'm pretty sure if I was caught burglaring and stabbing the press would print "John Steed lived in a £150,000 luxury apartment."

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I managed to use the Mirror and the Sun for cleaning some grease the other day.... they both ran the story on the Salford burglar stabbing. Both of them mentioned the £120000 house they lived in for no good reason at all.

How sad, but congrats on finding a use for both those rags at the same time :)

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Whats wrong with the beeb.

Brainwashing the Corporate Way

by John Pilger

Global Research, June 24, 2011

JohnPilger.com

One of the most original and provocative books of the past decade is Disciplined Minds by Jeff Schmidt (Rowman & Littlefield). “A critical look at salaried professionals,” says the cover, “and the soul-battering system that shapes their lives.” Its theme is postmodern America but also applies to Britain, where the corporate state has bred a new class of Americanised manager to run the private and public sectors: the banks, the main parties, corporations, important committees, the BBC.

Professionals are said to be meritorious and non-ideological. Yet, in spite of their education, writes Schmidt, they think less independently than non-professionals. They use corporate jargon – “model”, “performance”, “targets”, “strategic oversight”. In Disciplined Minds, Schmidt argues that what makes the modern professional is not technical knowledge but “ideological discipline”. Those in higher education and the media do “political work” but in a way that is not seen as political. Listen to a senior BBC person sincerely describe the nirvana of neutrality to which he or she has risen. “Taking sides” is anathema; and yet the modern professional knows never to challenge the “built-in ideology of the status quo”. What matters is the "right attitude".

A key to training professionals is what Schmidt calls “assignable curiosity”. Children are naturally curious, but along the way to becoming a professional they learn that curiosity is a series of tasks assigned by others. On entering training, students are optimistic and idealistic. On leaving, they are “pressured and troubled” because they realise that “the primary goal for many is getting compensated sufficiently for sidelining their original goals”. I have met many young people, especially budding journalists, who would recognise themselves in this description. For no matter how indirect its effect, the primary influence of professional managers is the extreme political cult of money worship and inequality known as neoliberalism.

The ultimate professional manager is Bob Diamond, the CEO of Barclays Bank in London, who got a £6.5m bonus in March. More than 200 Barclays managers took home £554m in total last year. In January, Diamond told the Commons Treasury select committee that “the time for remorse is over”. He was referring to the £1trn of public money handed unconditionally to corrupted banks by a Labour government whose leader, Gordon Brown, had described such “financiers” as his personal “inspiration”.

This was the final act of corporate coup d’état, now disguised by a specious debate about “cuts” and a “national deficit”. The most humane premises of British life are to be eliminated. The “value” of the cuts is said to be £83bn, almost exactly the amount of tax legally avoided by the banks and corporations. That the British public continues to give the banks an additional annual subsidy of £100bn in free insurance and guarantees – a figure that would fund the entire National Health Service – is suppressed.

So, too, is the absurdity of the very notion of “cuts”. When Britain was officially bankrupt following the Second World War, there was full employment and some of its greatest public institutions, such as the Health Service, were built. Yet “cuts” are managed by those who say they oppose them and manufacture consent for their wider acceptance. This is the role of the Labour Party’s professional managers.

In matters of war and peace, Schmidt’s disciplined minds promote violence, death and mayhem on a scale still unrecognised in Britain. In spite of damning evidence to the Chilcot inquiry by the former intelligence chief Major General Michael Laurie, the “core business” manager, Alastair Campbell, remains at large, as do all the other war managers who toiled with Blair and at the Foreign Office to justify and sell the beckoning bloodbath in Iraq.

The reputable media play a critical often subtle role. Frederick Ogilvie, who succeeded the BBC’s founder, Lord Reith, as director general, wrote that his goal was to turn the BBC into a “fully effective instrument of war”. Ogilvie would have been delighted with his 21st-century managers. In the run-up to the Iraq invasion, the BBC’s coverage overwhelmingly echoed the government’s mendacious position, as studies by the University of Wales and Media Tenor show.

However, the great Arab uprising cannot be easily managed, or appropriated, with omissions and caveats, as an exchange on the BBC’s Today programme on 16 May made clear. With his celebrated professionalism, honed in corporate speeches, John Humphrys interviewed a Palestinian spokesman, Husam Zomlot, following Israel’s massacre of unarmed demonstrators on the 63rd anniversary of the illegal expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes.

Humphrys: . . . it’s not surprising that Israel reacted the way it did, is it?

Zomlot: . . . I am very proud and glad [they were] peacefully marching only to . . . really to draw attention to their 63-year plight.

Humphrys: But they did not march peacefully, that’s my point . . .

Zomlot: None of them . . . was armed . . . [They were] opposed to Israeli tanks and helicopters and F-16s. You cannot even start to compare the violence . . . This is not a security matter . . . [the Israelis] always fail to deal with such a purely political, humanitarian, legal matter . . .

Humphrys: Sorry to interrupt you there but . . . if I marched into your house waving a club and throwing a stone at you then it would be a security matter, wouldn’t it?

Zomlot: I beg your pardon. According to the United Nations Security Council resolutions, those people are marching to their homes; they have the deeds of their homes; it’s their private property. So let’s set the record right once and for all . . .

It was a rare moment. Setting the record straight is not a managerial “target”.

John Pilger is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research

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Many news papers can't help themselves either.

I managed to use the Mirror and the Sun for cleaning some grease the other day.... they both ran the story on the Salford burglar stabbing. Both of them mentioned the £120000 house they lived in for no good reason at all.

Also whenever a crime event happens such as a stabbing etc or even something like a windfarm going up, the newspapers report always what it will do to property prices in the area.

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I suppose rising property prices are the opiate of the people. The BBC likes to "medicate the people" and make them feel patriotic. What better way than convince them they are sitting on a goldmine.

Personally I've reached a point where I don't want to hear the subject of property raised in the media. I know what their spin is, and I know I'm going to get angry.

Silly house prices are a scandal for this country.

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The BBC is a far more filthy corporation than Fox news because of what they are ment to represent but don't.

Totally agree with the above. The last 10 years has been a real watershed for the BBC and it's credibility.

From it's conception impartiality was it's mandate, but these days, high on increasing taxation against the wishes of it's owner ~(all of us) it continues to propagate any government propaganda without question.

The director generals, fat on their increasing salaries have all but lost interest in it's original mandate.

Weak willed bastards. Disband the BBC now I say, It serves zero purpose

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