Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength - Henry Ward Beecher
Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way - Rooster Cogburn
"Formulating political philosophy" ???
My political philosophy was established a long time ago. And I doubt anyone is going to change my political philosophy just like I'm not trying to change anyones else's political philosophy on the DP. The young and inexperienced can be influenced but those who have reached middle age are pretty entrenched in their political philosophy and nobody is goling to change them unless they are sent to reeducation (concert ration) camps.
I find it funny when the young and uninformed with little real experience in life come to the DP and think they are going to change peoples political philosophies.
Let me help you out about using pictures, cartoons, etc in political debate.
A political cartoon is a type of drawing used to present opinions, comments, or criticisms of a situation, person, or events. Cartoons help people to understand information by presenting it in a visual and memorable way. Political cartoonists use many different techniques to achieve their goals:
Caricature - exaggerating one or more physical features - a large mouth to show someone who often speaks out on an issue.
Symbols - using a recognizable item to communicate an idea - an elephant to represent the Republican Party.
Caption - having the characters speak or summarizing the message in a few words above or below the cartoon.
BTW: If you ever post a political cartoon on the DP, do you know what your going to look like upstairs with the grown ups ?
However... there are reliable news sources and I trust some internet publications waaaay more than I trust big TV media or such.
What I think I'm trying to say is that if you have a little persistence and are a more calm person, you can get to the bottom things more reliably... but if you're a hyperactive OMG THE WORLD IS ENDING BECAUSE THE MAYA SAY SO kind of person... you're going to get duped a lot. Even if you're not, you MAY get duped some of the time for a while...
But fortunately, those people get distracted easily and they end up nowhere at least, nowhere near the red phones, the big chairs and the red buttons. At least not yet...
I use to use the BBC for getting my news on the Iraq war. But they even had a bias and an agenda.
Just the quality of journalism today sucks. And the print media is the source that most other news sources use.
In my lifetime I've been either directly involved or an eyewitness to an event. Soon the news paper reporters and the local news stations show up. Some times I was interviewed by the reporters. The next day the story is in the paper and what they said happen didn't happen.
dw.de for international news and also some European news.
BBC is pretty fair... it has a lefty bias but you know, what can you do.
The telegraph can be ok.
reuters is pretty good and mostly brings the full picture.
Another really, really good one is spiegel.de .
And then 1-2 that are Romanian so they're useless for you.
But yeah, journalism sux today.
I'm a regular with Spiegel and even used it a couple of times on the DP as a credible source.
As for the Romanian sources, there are program to translate it to English.
I've found using friends I have living in Europe and other parts of the world as one of the best sources. I had three friends living in Europe in three different countries during the time when NATO was attacking Libya and from what they read in the European papers and along with their own personal opinions, how the MSM in America covered Libya and the reason why Gaddafi was removed from power isn't the same.
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
So who's the target today down there ?
That's right, you're not allowed to say.
Since this is supposedly a political website lets put you to the test.
In what year did the "Republican right" divide Democrats into five categories and what were those categories ? You get bonus points if you can answerer why they were divided into five categories.