My kids have been singing the 2010 FIFA World Cup song around the house as of late. Don’t ask me why. I’m not entirely sure. They say it has something to do with memes. In any event, this fact, regardless its causes, led me to look up the song and listen to it in full.
So here’s a fun fact for you: that same theme song for the international soccer tournament of a dozen years ago, Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa),” gets its name from a Pigeon Cameroonian way of saying “Do It,” as well as the host country and continent for the 2010 games, which just so happened to be South Africa.
But this has me thinking. Why is it okay to cheer on a country, or continent, when it comes to soccer tournaments, but it’s not considered okay to cheer it on for pursuing its perceived economic or national security interests?
And speaking of such pursuits, the G7 nations and the EU have agreed to place price caps on oil as a means to curb Russian profits. Never mind that price caps and ceilings do not work. Rather, they always create black markets, as well as artificial shortages and surpluses of goods. The brilliant minds of the world’s leading nations are just sure that the answer to the price of oil is not to just produce more of it in places like the United States.
While we’re on the topic of supply and demand, and what will or won’t be paid for, let’s consider the plight of journalism.
Meta has put out a statement that they may remove news entirely from the social media giant Facebook if the U.S. Congress passes a controversial piece of legislation related to news online. Apparently, the house that Zuckerberg built is unenthusiastic about being required to compensate corporate media cartels for links shared. That, or, as I regard more likely, this is a backdoor for still more Big Tech censorship of the kind that Twitter has just recently been both stopping and exposing in-house, to much Leftist consternation, at the behest of Elon Musk, an African-American.
As Douglas Murray and Matt Taibbi successfully argue in the most recent episode of the Munk Debates, ‘Don’t trust mainstream media.’
The reason being that Democrats in the U.S., as well as Leftists around the world, have consistently found safe harbor in the American corporate media. And this is in large part due to excessive consolidation and centralization as it is, as well as rather cozier relationships between governments and the journalists who are supposed to be providing oversight of them than is proper for the as-claimed objectivity and neutrality these outlets purport they operate in pursuit of.
In closing, our corporate media could take more cues from the Georgia sheepdog who recently fought and killed eight coyotes in an epic defense of his owner and sheep. Yet the way our establishment news outlets carry on, they’d sooner protect the coyotes than the sheep in many cases.
The sheep smell bad and the coyotes pay better, it would seem.
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