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Meanwhile, conservative prolefeeders who like to trash PBS and NPR for its "bias towards liberal elitism" and "disregard for REAL AmeriKKKa" in its tone of programming must be drooling overtime in their Luscious Glory of arrogance over the news that the Greek public broadcaster ERT shut down its radio and television services (except for its shortwave worldcast service, the Voice of Greece, and online audio streams) suddenly late Tuesday evening, with its some 2,700 employees now out of work.

ERT's shutdown and reorganisation was among the behests of the European Central Bank and other foreign bankers in issuing emergency bailout finance to the Greek government, as if the monthly licence fee of €4.30 (added to electricity bills) and advertising revenue wasn't good enough. And to add insult to injury, private commerical stations have been gaining audience share at ERT's expense in recent years, leaving them with low-rated, highbrow programming on its three TV and four national radio services, plus several regional radio stations and the Voice of Greece shortwave worldcast.

In any event, the Greeks are outraged at the loss of ERT programming, with the eastern part of Greece and some of the islands especially hard-hit because of poor signal reception and their proximity to the signals of Turkish broadcasters. Even the Greek press had some things to say about the shock developments; via the BBC's coverage of developments comes comments ranging from these in the right-leaning, pro-government gazetta I Kathimerini as sounds quite like "Tea Party" sentiments in the United States:
The government's decision to shut down and reorganise ERT is right. This is the first time that the government finds political courage to close down a public organisation which costs way too much and is a burden for the Greek taxpayer.
By contrast, another right-leaning, pro-regime gazetta, To Ethnos, takes a more philosophical approach:
The taking of state TV channels off the air last night has caused a shock and, emotions apart, it has revealed in the most cruel way that black screens are not the solution... There is no doubt that ERT needs a radical and bold makeover, and savings in people and assets. But this is totally different from a sudden shutting down of a public entity with so much history.
By contrast, the left-leaning, pro-opposition gazetta I Avgi observes where
[Prime Minister Antonis] Samaras' choice [to close ERT] culturally isolates the country from its European surroundings and abandons the crucial domain of information to the private capital.
As well, a 24-hour general strike has been called for tomorrow across Greece to protest these developments.

No wonder that American conservative thought in the cultural arena would love to see Branson's so-called "music shows" as their ideal defining standard and acid test of Amerikanischer Realkultur, one based on what they perceive is predicated on a so-called "White Culture" which calls to mind the "folk culture festivals" that the Kraft durch Frude movement back in Nazi Germany (operated, know, through the Labour Ministry in the interest of "promoting labour peace" through the pacification of workers) was fond of sponsoring, along with offering cut-price short-break vacations and subsidised admission to the likes of the Bayeruth Festival.

Methinks opponents of immigration reform without any sort of strengthened border security along the US-Mexican border rivalling the Berlin Wall in its Luscious Glory (1961-1989) must also be fond of the Fugitive Slave Act as was part of the Compromise of 1850, which also:
  • admitted the whole of California as a free (i.e., no slavery) state;
  • allowed Texas to surrender its claims to lands north of the 32nd parallel north latitude and west of the 103rd parallel west longitude, thereby creating New Mexico Territory (while retaining El Paso), as well as claims to land north of 36 degrees/30 minutes north latitude (as in the demarcation between free and slave states under the Missouri Compromise of 1820) and east of the 103rd parallel west longitude, which became an Unorganised Territory, in exchange for which the United States Government assumed the debts of the former Republic of Texas;
  • created Utah Territory (essentially rejecting Mormon designs for a "State of Deseret");
  • allowed the residents of both New Mexico and Utah Territories to decide the slavery question through "popular sovereignty" (as in ballot plebiscite); and
  • abolished the slave trade (though not slavery per se) in the District of Columbia.
Said Fugitive Slave Act essentially strengthened existing legislation in that respect, by obligating those resident in "free" states and territories to be all the more watchful for escaped slaves and return them posthaste to their rightful masters, showing no mercy in the bargain; further, escaped slaves facing court charges in this respect were not allowed to call witnesses in their defence nor otherwise defend their actions.

Which, in due course, prompted Harriet Beecher Stowe's indictment of the Fugitive Slave Act as much as the "peculiar institution" itself, Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, originally serialised over 40 weeks in the abolitionist gazetta National Era before evolving into book form in 1852 and in time becoming the 19th century's second-best-selling book (only the Bible sold more copies), not to mention several stage adaptations (made all the more possible due to lax copyright laws) as remained popular well into the mid-20th century. (Sinclair Lewis wrote an interesting short story during his pre-Main Street phase entitled "A Flower for Little Eva," about a travelling company of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" performers as the genre was going into decline.)



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