Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Football Causes Brain Damage

If you need on more reason to hate the National Football League for its laser-like focus on money over anything else, add the corporatist-protected league’s fight over CTE. But there is plenty of blame to pass around, including parents and kids who yearn to thrive under the Friday night lights.

CBS Insults smart People

I normally don’t comment on popular culture and entertainment. Perhaps I should do so more in light of my evolving perception that we’re entering an era of “bread and circuses.” What I mean is that the corporatist plutocrats who have hijacked our republic are using sports, entertainment and hot-button social issues to distract us from the real issues of the day — climate change, continual war, the elimination of America’s middle class and the growing gap between the rich and poor.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

More Propaganda and Lapdog Journalism

The Amarillo Globe-News published another piece of city propaganda about downtown development on Sunday. We’ve heard the song before, of course. You know, the deal is just around the corner.

Look, the reality is that Wallace Bajjali has not delivered in years. The last project that they completed was a development in Sugarland; but, remember, David Wallace was mayor of that little Houston suburb, so no telling what kinds of things went on behind the scenes. The fact is that Wallace Bajjali hasn’t delivered a full project on its own in Kingswood, Joplin and Amarillo.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I keep criticizing politician and others in the policy debates over health care that medicine doesn’t belong in a free market model. I’ve argued this for years and so has one of the foremost health economists in the nation — and a very long time ago. Here is a quote from his obit in the New York Times.

“A new language is infecting the culture of American medicine,” Dr. Rashi Fein, a health economist who died in Boston Sept. 8, wrote in The New England Journal of Medicine in 1982. “It is the language of the marketplace, of the tradesman, and of the cost accountant. It is a language that depersonalizes both patients and physicians and describes medical care as just another commodity. It is a language that is dangerous.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Downtown Misdirection? A KVII-Pronews7 Special Report


KVII - PRONEWS7’s Monday and Tuesday 10 p.m. newscasts looked at Amarillo’s downtown redevelopment efforts. I helped with this story as part of my consultancy with KVII. I have edited both segments together into an 8-minute video and posted it here and elsewhere. Some of the main points:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Videos Available

After much consideration, study and hard work, I have moved all The Amarillo Independent video content from my personal YouTube channel to The Amarillo Independent’s YouTube channel, TheAmarilloindy.

I have uploaded 487 videos, which are what I believe to be all the video The Amarillo Independent produced from April 2006 until the end of 2013. I will continue to look through files and upload more content if I discover I’ve left videos out at this point.

YouTube is searchable as is TheAmarilloindy channel. Your best search strategy will be to search by tags, such as “city commission,” “Wallace Bajjali” or some other topic. You can also search if you know the date, for example, of a City Commission/Council meeting or work session.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at george@amarilloindy.com.