Is there anywhere safe for news anymore?Jargon Scott (258797) writes "Ok, I give up. I can't wade through the news landscape anymore, especially for this election. I'm just burnt out since this thing started way too early this time around. I believe for this election we have 2 equally crappy candidates, each spouting what they think their party wants them to say. On one side is a candidate that's been around forever with a VP that's super green, and the other side is super green, with a VP that's been around forever.
I guess I just don't have it in me, but I can't get all worked up and huffy like everyone else in the country is portrayed as being. The populace being all freaked out will have way more effect on EVERYTHING we do and buy than anything a president can do. I see people on sites like this that say they "aren't mad at the US population, just the government". Well sport, who put that government in place? We are a nation of extremists and retards. We are morons that over-tax ourselves by signing up for rediculous mortgages that our grandparents would kill us for doing, then freak out when they all fall through. We are people that take better care of our pets than our own health, then wail and grind our teeth and put out donation cans at gas stations when it bites us in the ass. We're a nation of complainers, with no ideas to fix the problems. That's for other people, we just armchair on how you'll do it wrong.
As a tangent, I've wanted to learn a programming language just so I can write an new filter that takes all the adjectives out of news stories. For example, "Ike threatens to devastate Texas coastal towns" (AP) would just be "Hurricane Ike heading to Texas coast". How does a storm "threaten to devastate" anyways? "I'm a big storm, Muahahaha! Put the money in the bag!" Ike is then seen running down a dark alley, twiddling its handlebar mustache.
Back to politics. With millions of blogger "fact finders" or "fact maker-uppers" out there for both tickets, the waters are so muddy in either direction that how is a sane person ever supposed to make a decision other than party ticket voting? Are there any bastions of fact left in the world that don't use sensationalized media, comments, or Chicken Little "if you vote for X, then the world will end" scare tactics? Is there somewhere I can go on the vast interwebs and see a nice comparison of the 2 parties (or hell, all the other parties as well) that obvious agenda isn't slathered on?
Sadly I just don't watch TV anymore, and I'm about to quit reading anything regarding the election. Surely everyone knows deep down that no matter who wins, we'll have the same government stuff that we've had since we quit being a centralist country. Certain people will feel smug that their party has the seat, others will feel cheated or that it's all gonna get messed up, and the rest of us will not care either way. Something magic will happen to the economy, or the world, and that reigning president will get to claim they did it (if it's good) or someone else did it (if it's bad). Some country will be a jerk to the US, and the US will be a jerk to some other country. Everyone will freak out over something they have no control over, yet will do nothing to fix it, because they will be equally freaked out that some celebrity swag is not doing what they want.
Any advise on where a normal, educated person can go get normal, educated news that has no spin or sensationalization? Even my local podunk little 9000 person newspaper has bullcrap sensationalization."