Shedlock on Jones
Crises certainly create strange bed fellows!
mainecooncat – I’m sure you weren’t suggesting that the Alex Jones show is sub-par. But, for others, I’d like to make a point.
Alex Jones gets lot’s of great guests on his show. For example his regulars include Webster Tarpley, Wayne Madsen, G. Edward Griffin, Gerald Celente, Ron Paul, Paul Craig Roberts, Bob Chapman and Judge Andrew Napolitano.
His news show is not for everyone, if you are interested in the ongoing Michael Jackson saga for example, stick with the MSM. I think we will see more and more people like Mish coming on his show. People are beginning to realize that the MSM is a propaganda machine and they know the Fed will never be honestly exposed.
In general, I agree with Larry, but with one warning.
Alex Jones has an in your face style, not rude and he is a professional interviewer in my opinion, however he is going to be passionate and laud at times.
Crises certainly create strange bed fellows!
I certainly know that feeling! In fact I’d go as far as to say it explains a lot of the tension that crops up right here on this site from time to time. Some of us are more compatible with each other than others, but in my view we’re still a bunch of pretty strange bedfellows! As I see it, once you break away from the standard left/ right paradigm most people still seem vested in, it gets lonely pretty quickly. There just aren’t that many of us. We can’t afford to be choosy!
On the subject of Mish, this is the first time I’ve heard him actually say a currency crisis is coming, he just doesn’t know when. In the past I’ve only heard him talk about continued deflation for the foreseeable future (which I find oddly comforting). I put a lot of stock in Mish’s analysis, and so while that’s long been my own assumption anyway, it’s still disconcerting to hear him say it. I guess a currency crisis is something I’d rather postpone!
mainecooncat – I’m sure you weren’t suggesting that the Alex Jones show is sub-par.
What makes you think the problem might not be with Mish, instead? Just kidding! But while I mostly agree with you, I would not recommend anyone uninitiated to Alex Jones without a disclaimer. When I think about it, you’re right, he is actually more credible than most of the MSM. I’m glad he’s there, and I find him valuable, but I still see him as more of an infotainment figure than an investigative journalist. I checked out Russ Baker on your recommendation and he stressed the important point that he always did his research first, with no preconceived ideas and then afterwards drew his conclusions based on whatever he discovered. By contrast, I strongly get the feeling Alex Jones starts out with a theory (usually a conspiracy theory!) and then just looks for ways to confirm it. That’s fine, as long as your aware he’s probably never an impartial observer.
Just my opinion.
I enjoy the info that AJ uncovers. I don’t like his attitude much as he’s a bit of a blowhard, but his info holds up under intense research IMO. Mish is an interesting character though. I’ve heard him 3 times now and his way of coming to conclusions makes sense.
But as for AJ, I always give a disclaimer of "you have to get by the ALEX affect and look at the info" before I send anyone to his interviews/movies.
I stumbled onto AJ in much the same way I stumbled onto this site. I started paying attention, reading between the lines, continually digging deeper for real, honest, straightforward information. I consider myself to be a pretty sharp, impartial guy (doesn’t everybody?) and I began to see that the MSM was clearly not focusing on the most important issues.
As far as AJ goes, I’ve really grown to like him. In fact, I listen to his podcast almost daily. He can come across as being ridiculous, loud, and almost loony at times, but time and time again, his statements can be backed up with facts. He has some great guests on his show and I’ve really learned a lot. I check out his website daily for news articles from other sources. I’m very thankful that a guy like Alex is out there, putting it all on the line. He’s very passionate.
I agree that he probably looks at everything with a skeptical eye, but I don’t mind that. I wish more folks would do that. He is the enemy of mainstream media propoganda.
I have a dissenting opinion on Jones. If I listened to him on a regular basis I would be making one stupid decision after another. It takes all my energy to clear my mind of the irrelevant information right now, I can’t imagine the effort it would take to do that if I was getting fed a daily dose of it from his show. He is entertaining however, and thats the name of the game in show biz.
I noticed that Mish seemed very animated for this segment. Maybe he was told to whoop it up for the AJ audience, I don’t know. I’m kind of in the minority in that I find Mish pretty boring. I don’t get or read any kind of newsletter he produces but I’ve always found his writing to be average to below average and his posts to be thin on real analysis — he just posts mainstream stories with bare, almost note-like comments. I never come away from a Mish piece with that revelation-type feeling. For my tastes, he’s also a bit too vested in his position and is given to purely emotional attacks on people and positions. That said, as you mentioned, he seems quite emphatic about a dollar collapse/deval.
If I listened to him on a regular basis I would be making one stupid decision after another. It takes all my energy to clear my mind of the irrelevant information right now, I can’t imagine the effort it would take to do that if I was getting fed a daily dose of it from his show. He is entertaining however, and thats the name of the game in show biz.
Just out of curiosity, JAG, what stupid decisions would you have made based upon Jones’ advice — he’s not really a financial advisor, right? I know this will sound downright scandalous to many, but AJ pretty much advocates the same lifestyle and societal changes that this website is attempting to engender. Ever notice that many of the same ads appear on this website as do more pure doom/conspiracy sites?
I’m certainly not defending his ideas on, say, the creation of HIV/AIDS as a master plague to kill poor folks and minorities, but the stripped-down AJ platform is very similar to many people on this website. He’s an activist for second amendment and gun rights; wants a significantly more limited, unintrusive government; supports self-sufficiency in the form of general homesteading; is a huge supporter of Ron Paul; is fed up with corporate/Wall St. culture naked malfeasance; and, oh yeah, likes Chuck Norris flicks.