Let's not be too hard on our British cousins regarding an "appalling lack of suspicion" of their government.
After all, a few sweet words was all that was necessary to persuade the freedom-loving individualists of this country that if an Illinois/Cook County politician is corrupt it doesn't mean the next is a liar. And if the next is a liar, it doesn't mean the NEXT is a liar. And if the third IS a liar (and so on through 999)...it doesn't mean the thousandth (Obama) is a regular say-anything-to-get-elected, do-anything-to-stay-in-power politician.
I'm not saying Obama is better or worse than any other politico, but the gullibility of his supporters surely rivals anything we've see in England.
"Journalists every day are faced with the choice of laboriously checking the validity of what they are told or just putting it in the paper. Both approaches pay the same."
~More or less accurate Scott Adams quote
Also, good points above about the incestuous "sourcing" practices of the MSM. Not surprising from media that can't or doesn't bother to differentiate between advocacy group press releases and scientific stuides.
Damn EA anyway. I stopped playing football sims when EA killed off all the competing games by buying out the "official" league licenses. FP Sports had a series of games that had a useful play and playbook editor that gave you a way to win games besides a) superior hand/eye coordination or b) a roster with superior players. That was fun, and interesting, and nowhere to be found in the EA "dump that strategic crap and add more touchdown dance moves" versions.
Also, I found EA's implementation of PC versions to be weak, at best...lots of bugs, inferior keyboard/mouse control support, rigid playstyle (You vill chooce ein team, und play only dat team...und you vill like it!)...just not as much fun.
And what's up with this drive to perfect verisimilitde anyway?? If you have the exact same players with the exact same skills as the real league, is the goal to exactly replicate or anticipate the exact results of the games played on Sundays?? Ummm...is there a point to that? Why not also have a game called Real Life, wherein a player with my appearance, budget and job goes to work, comes home and plays a game called Real Life on his virtual PC? I'm seeing a 'durrrr' factor here...
When a genre of games becomes LESS enjoyable when greater technology and resources are applied to the development...yeah, there's a problem. Frickin' EA...
Rank hypocrisy or total failure of critical thinki
So...these 'independent' filmmakers, despite the fact they can't be arsed to create content the networks want to show their viewers...want the networks to show their content to the network's viewers?? Have I got that right? And this is, somehow, 'for our own good'??
Never mind the fact that I can 'not watch' content that's on the networks as easily as I can 'not watch' content that sits on a DVD in the 'indie filmmakers' grubby apartment...this differs from government propaganda only in the minor detail of what's in that particular hour or half-hour. And God knows we've got enough government-sponsored nanny state hectoring already...'for our own good'.
The same could be said of correct political views or uplifting moral thinking (for our own good)...and I'm guessing most of these 'indies' would shit themselves if we had too much of that. Matter of fact, they'd probably make documentaries exposing the danger of government-dictated programming...and then demand the government force the networks to show it??
Is that ironic? Or just stupid? It's so hard to tell sometimes...
Godwin's meme was, of course, directed at the (common but certainly not universal) internet MISUSE of the Nazi analogy, as in "Soybean subsidies??? That's JUST HOW NAZI GERMANY STARTED!!" or "I bet Hitler would have deleted my post just like you did, you nazi!"
Such usages DO trivialize the horrors of the Nazi regieme.
I don't really see how speculation about Yahoo's imaginary dealings with the Nazis is any more useful than speculation about how they would have dealt with Ghengis Khan or the Big Bad Wof. The conversation about Yahoo's actions does not have to be declared 'over' for such speculation to be seen as useless.
The Third Reich presents an easy target, uniformly viewed as entirely evil. Its use in analogy with any current regieme is clearly an attempt to sneak unwarranted assumptions into the argument.