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  • Robert Sterling
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    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 5, 2005
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,
      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com

      Who is The Konformist Beast of the Year?

      It's time for the annual pick of The Konformist Beast of the Year.
      One nominee was chosen from each month from May 2004 to April 2005.
      Here are the choices:

      May 2004: Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor, for being the
      Bush Team's embarrassingly dishonest public face before the 9-11
      Commission

      June 2004: The Iraqi Quagmire, which, one year after George W. Bush
      declared "Mission Accomplished" while dressed as a Top Gun navy
      pilot on May Day 2003, had caused the death of over 800 American
      soldiers and wounded over 5,000, killed over 10,000 Iraqi soldiers
      and civilians each, and cost the American public $166 billion

      July 2004: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Laker guard, for representing
      the out-of-touch nature of today's sports superstars with his
      gigantic ego, salary and diva-like demands, culminating in both the
      destruction of the Laker sports dynasty and charges of rape against
      him

      August 2004: Howard Kaloogian, for leading the Michael Moore Bashers
      Brigade in their unsuccessful attempt to silence Moore's powerful
      documentary Fahrenheit 9/11

      September 2004: Karl Rove, kingpin of the Bush Kreeps as his chief
      political advisor, for waging a sleazy, dishonest campaign of
      fraudulent smears against John Kerry and fear-mongering exploitation
      of 9/11 to influence the November presidential election

      October 2004: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al Qaeda's reputed man in Iraq,
      whose crude beheading of American soldiers represents the flip side
      of the Iraqi prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib, and symbolizes the fact
      that the horror of the Iraqi occupation is only certain to become
      bloodier and darker as it continues

      November 2004: Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Zell Miller & Sinclair
      Broadcasting, for representing a nasty three-month hyperdrive
      campaign of lies and paranoia against John Kerry and the Democratic
      Party which is a new low in American politics

      December 2004: Tom Daschle, whose sniveling public persona and
      humiliating failed re-election campaign (despite being the Senate
      Minority Leader) perfectly symbolizes the Democratic Party's
      deserving weak and impotent image

      January 2005: Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's billionaire oil oligarch
      and chief backer of President Viktor Yushchenko, whose power and
      influence in the Yushchenko team gives evidence to cynics that the
      so-called "Orange Revolution" was less a battle for democracy and
      more about the control of oil

      February 2005: Michelle Malkin, well-connected right-wing author
      who, in attempting to out-Coulter Ann Coulter, wrote In Defense of
      Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the
      War on Terror, a book which openly advocates concentration camps in
      the USA

      March 2005: Ayad Allawi, the US-installed Iraqi Prime Minister,
      whose widespread rejection in the Iraqi election represents the
      massive unpopularity of the US occupation

      April 2005: "Jeff Gannon", pseudo White House journalist (and
      allegedly by some, the grownup version of reputed kidnapped sex
      slave Johnny Gosch) for being center to a sleazy scandal of how a
      gay prostitute could have open access to the White House

      To vote for your pick go to:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/konformist/polls
    • Robert Sterling
      Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com Who is The Konformist Beast of the Year? It s
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 8, 2005
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        Please send as far and wide as possible.

        Thanks,
        Robert Sterling
        Editor, The Konformist
        http://www.konformist.com


        Who is The Konformist Beast of the Year?

        It's time for the annual pick of The Konformist Beast of the Year.
        One nominee was chosen from each month from May 2004 to April 2005.
        Here are the choices:

        May 2004: Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor, for being the
        Bush Team's embarrassingly dishonest public face before the 9-11
        Commission

        June 2004: The Iraqi Quagmire, which, one year after George W. Bush
        declared "Mission Accomplished" while dressed as a Top Gun navy
        pilot on May Day 2003, had caused the death of over 800 American
        soldiers and wounded over 5,000, killed over 10,000 Iraqi soldiers
        and civilians each, and cost the American public $166 billion

        July 2004: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Laker guard, for representing
        the out-of-touch nature of today's sports superstars with his
        gigantic ego, salary and diva-like demands, culminating in both the
        destruction of the Laker sports dynasty and charges of rape against
        him

        August 2004: Howard Kaloogian, for leading the Michael Moore Bashers
        Brigade in their unsuccessful attempt to silence Moore's powerful
        documentary Fahrenheit 9/11

        September 2004: Karl Rove, kingpin of the Bush Kreeps as his chief
        political advisor, for waging a sleazy, dishonest campaign of
        fraudulent smears against John Kerry and fear-mongering exploitation
        of 9/11 to influence the November presidential election

        October 2004: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al Qaeda's reputed man in Iraq,
        whose crude beheading of American soldiers represents the flip side
        of the Iraqi prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib, and symbolizes the fact
        that the horror of the Iraqi occupation is only certain to become
        bloodier and darker as it continues

        November 2004: Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Zell Miller & Sinclair
        Broadcasting, for representing a nasty three-month hyperdrive
        campaign of lies and paranoia against John Kerry and the Democratic
        Party which is a new low in American politics

        December 2004: Tom Daschle, whose sniveling public persona and
        humiliating failed re-election campaign (despite being the Senate
        Minority Leader) perfectly symbolizes the Democratic Party's
        deserving weak and impotent image

        January 2005: Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's billionaire oil oligarch
        and chief backer of President Viktor Yushchenko, whose power and
        influence in the Yushchenko team gives evidence to cynics that the
        so-called "Orange Revolution" was less a battle for democracy and
        more about the control of oil

        February 2005: Michelle Malkin, well-connected right-wing author
        who, in attempting to out-Coulter Ann Coulter, wrote In Defense of
        Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the
        War on Terror, a book which openly advocates concentration camps in
        the USA

        March 2005: Ayad Allawi, the US-installed Iraqi Prime Minister,
        whose widespread rejection in the Iraqi election represents the
        massive unpopularity of the US occupation

        April 2005: "Jeff Gannon", pseudo White House journalist (and
        allegedly by some, the grownup version of reputed kidnapped sex
        slave Johnny Gosch) for being center to a sleazy scandal of how a
        gay prostitute could have open access to the White House

        To vote for your pick go to:

        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/konformist/polls

        Or send your pick via email to robalini@...

        Thank you,

        Konformist.com
      • Robert Sterling
        Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com http://konformist.com/page4.htm Vote 4 Beast
        Message 3 of 5 , Apr 8, 2006
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          http://www.konformist.com

          http://konformist.com/page4.htm

          Vote 4 Beast of the Year 2006!
          Who is The Konformist Beast of the Year?

          To vote for your pick go to:

          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/konformist/polls

          Or send email to: robalini@...

          It's time for the annual pick of The Konformist Beast of the Year.
          One nominee was chosen each month from May 2005 to April 2006. Here
          are the choices:

          May 2005: Barry Bonds, for making a mockery of Major League Baseball
          by rampaging towards Hank Aaron's career home run record while
          juiced up on steroids

          June 2005: Pope Benedict XVI, the reactionary leader of the Catholic
          Church at a time of a disgruntled laity, widespread charges of
          priestly pedophilia and The Da Vinci Code

          July 2005: John Snow, Bush's Treasury Secretary and unconvincing
          proponent for destructive Shrubonomics

          August 2005: Gordon Brown, the brains behind the bogus "Make Poverty
          History" campaign to supposedly save Africa

          September 2005: Paris Hilton, the ultimate example of today's
          talentless and obnoxious "celebrity"

          October 2005: Hurricane Katrina, and by this we don't merely mean
          the hurricane alone but the widespread and outrageous failure of the
          Bush Team to deal with the tragedy

          November 2005: John Roberts, new Supreme Court Chief Justice of a
          court prepared to turn back the tide of civil liberties gained over
          the last 50 years

          December 2005: Treasongate, the kreepy attempt to smear Joseph
          Wilson, which led to the outing of his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA
          agent, resulting so far in one person indicted (in what should be a
          preview of many more)

          January 2006: Kenneth Blackwell, Secretary of State of Ohio, for
          being the pointman in the increasingly apparent electronic theft of
          the 2004 Presidential Election

          February 2006: Samuel Alito, for being an even scarier pick than
          John Roberts in Dubya's assault on our courts

          March 2006: Bode Miller, whose drunken and embarrassing performance
          in the 2006 Winter Olympics symbolized the world's view of the
          arrogant and ugly American

          April 2006: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, mouth-foaming leader of Iran and
          leading Nazi Holocaust denyer, for proving that the Bush Team's
          foreign policy has only increased the threat of "Islamofascism" in
          the world

          To vote for your pick go to:

          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/konformist/polls

          Or send email to: robalini@...
        • robalini
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          Message 4 of 5 , Sep 16, 2012
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            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/konformist

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            Who is The Konformist Beast of the Year?

            To vote for your pick go to:

            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/konformist/polls

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            It's time for the annual pick of The Konformist Beast of the Year.

            One nominee was chosen each month from May 2011 to April 2012. Here are the choices:

            May 2011: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
            Despite an attempt to suppress the horrifying effects via a collaboration of political leaders and korporate media, strong evidence is quietly accumulating that Fukushima is even worse than Chernobyl. The coverup by the establishment is not only in Japan and the US, but in the entire industrialized world, where military industrial complexes profit off the false notion that nuclear power is both safe and cheap.

            June 2011: Paul Ryan
            As reactionary and feckless as the Democratic Party has been in the age of Obama, the GOP has become scary crazy. Exhibit A: Paul Ryan's 2012 federal budget plan, which would abolish korporate income taxes, estate taxes, taxes on capital gains, dividends and interest, and heavily reduce tax rates on the wealthy while ruthlessly cutting social programs, partially privatizing part of Social Security to Wall Street and fully privatizing Medicare. Some would call this "Ayn Rand on Crack" (which may be an unfair smear of Ms. Rand, who was at least a gifted writer) yet all but four Republicans in the the HOR and five in the Senate voting for it.

            July 2011: Ken Feinberg
            Though not particularly well known, Ken Feinberg is a stunningly loathsome individual: as the government-appointed pay czar for the BP Gulf oil disaster, he has squeezed victims to sign off on lowball compensation claims or face long painful legal battles while dealing with personal economic crisis caused by BP's gross negligence. This is not new: previously Feinberg had done the same screwing victims of Agent Orange, Dalkon Shield and even the 9/11 disaster, bullying them all in lawyer hardball for korporate and insurance giants. Unsurprisingly, the one time Feinberg hasn't ripped off those he administered as a pay czar is in approving obscene salaries to beneficiaries of the Wall Street Bailout via TARP.

            August 2011: John Lipsky
            If there's one news story over the last year that just stinks of a frame-up, it's the supposed rape charge and continued harrassment of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former IMF Managing Director and (until the dubious arrest) leading contender for the French presidency. DSK was becoming an increasingly strong critic of the neoliberal economic agenda and even suggested the taboo (as far as the US banking system is concerned) of replacing the dollar as the solitary international currency. He was arrested in New York in potential violation of both international law and diplomacy protocol before any evidence had been properly analyzed, then dumped onto Rikers Island until he resigned, conveniently timed to allow Lipsky to push the Greek austerity plan through.

            September 2011: Jersey Shore
            The idea that "Reality" TV is manufacturing a more depraved society in America is a conspiracy theory The Konformist has supported for over a decade. Jersey Shore, the new low in culture trash, is pretty ironclad proof in our book.

            October 2011: Peter King
            Ten years after 9/11, Congressman King is perhaps the most notorious elected official to engage in anti-Muslim rhetorics that is barely concealed race-baiting against Middle Easterners. His "Muslim radicalization hearings" give him the stench of a modern-day Joseph McCarthy.

            November 2011: Brian Moynihan
            That none of the leaders of the big banks have been jailed for their crimes is an outrage: that instead they were given billion in bailouts while homebuyers were given the shaft is a complete offense. That Bank of America under their CEO Moynihan then tried to gouge customers with a monthly $5 debit card fee was a complete insult to account holders who bailed out the company's ass in the first place. Fortunately, in the backlash that followed, account cancellations increased by 20% and B of A backed down.

            December 2011: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney & Rick Santorum
            The six best arguments for Barack Obama in 2012 are these six jokers, who represented the GOP in the campaign against him. Whether it be they are true believers or cynical opportunists, the policies and positions of these politicians perfectly exemplify the toxic combination of cluelessness and frightening demagoguery that dominates the Republican Party. (Ron Paul, despite his many flaws, was once again exempted from Beasthood due to his surprising level of honesty, integrity and principled stands for a politician.)

            January 2012: Eric Holder
            While most analysis of Obama as a leader focus on the economy, his failures on justice and civil liberties may be his more notorious legacy, a legacy sanctioned by Holder as Attorney General. The legacy includes sanctioning unauthorized wiretapping, torture techniques and punishing whistleblowers. Meanwhile, the ruthlessness Team Obama has hunted whistleblowers, along with the push for indefinite detention of supposed War on Terror suspects and the legalization of assassination of Americans, has made a shockingly strong case that Obama is even worse than George W. Bush was on defendingthe Constitution, the supposed primary purpose of a prez.

            February 2012: Chris Dodd
            Based on their history of attacking freedom of speech, it would be reasonable to assume the GOP would be behind the greatest threat in years to the Internet. Sadly, that would be false: SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) may have had some backings by Republicans and right wing business leaders (most notably the repulsive Rupert Murdoch) but in the end it's fair to say it was a Democratic Party bill funded by big Democrat money. The biggest player was the Motion Picture Association of America, the lobbying arm of the supposed "liberal" Hollywood film industry in Hollywood, whose Chairman is the former Democratic Senator Dodd.

            March 2012: Terry Gou
            If one is to make a case for the dark side of Apple, item one would be its Faustian collaboration with Foxconn in making its products, all the more offensive due to lack of necessity. (Unlike most companies, Apple competes in value rather than price, making the extreme exploitation of workers not part of their business model.) Still, the crude exploitation by Gou's Taiwanese goes far beyond their partnership with Apple and indicts the entire electronics industry.

            April 2012: Joseph Kony & Kony 2012
            What could be worse than an African war criminal whose deranged pseudo-religious cult of mysticism pushes children into sex slavery and cannon fodder for his theocratic Lord's Resistance Army? (As Marlon Brando would put it Apocalypse Now: "The horror.") How about a movement pushed forward by a film that, no matter how well meaning, seems to only the public on a Western invasion of Africa, the real purpose of which seems to be to steal even more natural resources from the continent?


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            Or send email to: robalini@...
          • robalini
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              Who is The Konformist Beast of the Year?


              To vote for your pick go to:


              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/konformist/polls


              Or send email to: robalini@...


              It's time for the annual pick of The Konformist Beast of the Year.


              One nominee was chosen each month from May 2012 to April 2013. Here are the choices:


              May 2012: Rupert Murdoch

              Let's forget for a minute that Murdoch runs the most ruthlessly dishonest right-wing media empire in the world. Let's forget also that while it's been uncovered that his outlets have been engaging in widespread computer hacking while he has hypocritically pushed for tougher laws against cyber criminals. Just ask this: if the names "Murdoch" and "News Corp" were taken out of the story, and the evidence of the widespread hacking were reported in the news, would this guy be in jail?


              June 2012: Nicolas Sarkozy

              While losing his re-election campaign for France's President, Sarkozy became the face for the failed austerity movement in Europe and the voter backlash against it. That may be a tad unfair (the real culprit isn't Sarkozy, it's the IMF) but he's been such a toad to both Bush and Obama, he deserves little sympathy.


              July 2012: Jerry Sandusky

              There really is a slam dunk choice in BOTM with a guy who engaged in serial pedophilia for well over a decade, aided with a coverup by institutional leaders of one of the most powerful colleges in the US. That is scandalous enough, but left uncovered is allegations that Sandusky was providing kids to others richer and more powerful, allegations that indicate Sandusky is a scapegoat in his own right.


              August 2012: Justin Beiber

              Perhaps this pick doesn't need to be elaborated on. The question is simply this: "Why is this guy still around?"


              September 2012: Dan Cathy

              It seems strange that the question of eating a chicken sandwich would hold so much political importance. But as Cathy has pushed an anti-gay agenda through his Chick-fil-A profits and even used the company itself to promote his views, it has become a ground zero in the battle of gay rights and gay marriage.


              October 2012: Innocence of Muslims

              Rarely has a movie made such an impact on politics as this one, although here the term "movie" is used loosely since there's no evidence this film actually exists. Nevertheless, the excerpts of this "film" on YouTube make this an attempted October Surprise apparently organized by far-right CIA operatives, anti-Islam Fundamentalist Christians, and Israel through it's Mossad espionage outfit.


              November 2012: Todd Akin

              Why did the Republicans get their asses kicked in the 2012 election? Sorry, Mitt Romney wasn't the real problem, the real problem was the GOP candidates just plain scared most Americans. And nobody perfectly represented this scariness like Akins, who led off a "Rape Brigade" of rogues who just couldn't stop talking about rape in a stunningly offensive way.


              December 2012: SuperPACs

              For all the Democratic victories, the real winner of the 2012 election was still money and the corruptive influence of SuperPAcs on democracy. And it seems that the negative influence of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling will only continue in the coming years.


              January 2013: Benjamin Netanyahu

              Okay, The Konformist concedes the complexitites of Middle East politics can't be fairly reduced to a snarky paragraph placing all the blame on one bad "Beast" character. Still, Bibi, the current Israeli Prime Minister and head of the Likud Party, is the ideological equivalent of the Neocons that drove the US to Iraq War disaster. Meanwhile, it's time to acknowledge that when comparing the treatment of the Palestinians to apartheid-era abuses, Israel could be fairly described as little more than South Africa with bagels.


              February 2013: Piers Morgan

              Let's pretend for a second that the establishment media caricature of Infowars.com star Alex Jones as a paranoid nutjob is essentially correct. (And as entertaining as his surreal performance on Piers Morgan's show may have been, we concede he made the case very easy.) Even if that was true, he still came off better than Morgan in the gun control debate. Meanwhile, Morgan is as heavily involved in the British tabloid hacking scandal as Rupert Murdoch, a fact that has been unreported.


              March 2013: Zero Dark Thirty

              Sometimes Beastly art is just poorly made. (If you need examples, watch a few Pauly Shore films.) And sometimes Beastly art is well made but offensive. Case in point: Zero Dark Thirty, the cinematic glorification of the alleged Osama bin Laden assassination, which dabbled in apologism for torture and traded artistic integrity by becoming a mouthpiece for the CIA and Pentagon.


              April 2013: Cardinal Keith O’Brien

              Less than eight years after assuming the papacy, Benedict XVI called it quits, amid widespread evidence that his rise in the church hieracrchy was linked to his coverup of pedophilia among priests. The corrupt nature of selecting his replacement is highlighted by O'Brien, who only was excluded from the conclave by his own choice after revelations of abusing his position for demands of homosexual sex. This despite Cardinal O'Brien pushing the Catholic Church's anti-gay agenda publicly.


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