Lying Media Bastards

October 30, 2006

Pardon the Mess?

I’m going to attempt to upgrade my blog software here. My webhost says you just click a button and it’ll do it for me.

Got my fingers crossed…

Fuck.

Um, stay tuned people, gotta figure out how to make the new software look at my old layout files.

Until then… look! Blue! Pretty!

Yay, it’s fixed! Thanks, Tech Whiz Steven Vasilogianis!

Posted by Jake on October 30, 2006 11:32 pm

October 29, 2006

Rebellion, Courage and Media That Gives a Damn

The rebellion in Oaxaca, Mexico has been a story on the fringes of my attention for months. I’ve known the basic edges, with vivid landmarks here and there, but somehow had trouble wrapping my head around the whole of it. I realized today that maybe it’s because my public school teachers never thought it necessary to teach us anything about Mexico’s history or political system, even though any of us students could have hopped on a bus and been there within 45 minutes. Funny, that.

The best summary I’ve seen of the current situation in Oaxaca is in this article. I’ll try to summarize it a little further.

Every May, the teachers of the state of Oaxaca go on strike, the governor make some concessions, and the strike ends after several weeks, almost like some sort of political ritual dance. However this May, the teachers rejected the offer of the current governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (”URO”), set up a tent city in the capital, and began acts of peaceful civil disobedience. This stretched on for weeks.

Shockingly, rather than negotiate or wait it out, URO called in riot police, who attacked the teachers with tear gas and destroyed the teachers’ camps.

At this point, the teachers were joined by other concerned groups from around the state, and they formed the Popular Assembly for the People of Oaxaca (APPO, in Spanish). As I understand it, the Mexican constitution says that the Mexican federal government can remove a sitting governor if his state is “ungovernable”. Angry and tired of the corruption and violence of URO and his PRI political party, APPO decided to make Oaxaca ungovernable: occupying government buildings, taking over radio stations, setting up barricades, and more. Ever since, the people of Oaxaca seem to be walking a knife-edge, trying to drive out a politician, run a democracy, and prepare for attacks by police and paramilitaries. While there has been little mainstream news coverage, the folks at NarcoNews have been absolutely all over this. Maybe that’s another reason I felt I couldn’t understand the story; going to their site overwhelmed me with coverage.

Since the start of the rebellion, at least14 people opposing the URO regime have been killed by police and pro-URO paramilitary thugs.

Which brings us to the present.

On Friday, two more people were shot to death, a Oaxacan schoolteacher named Emilio Alfonso Fabián and an NYC Indymedia reporter named Brad Will. The murders were captured on video, and the shooter identified as a plainclothes policeman. The mainstream media, as is their habit, have said that the two were killed in “clashes” or “gun battles” (I’m never sure if that phrase means “we’re afraid to accuse one side and appear biased” or “we’re too lazy to find out the answer”). But if you skip down to paragraph 24 in this AP article, you read that there were five gunmen involved in the murders: two city council members, two police officers, and one “former justice of the peace of a nearby town.” And La Jornada has just reported that two of these men have been arrested (translation here). Honestly, I’ll be shocked if they face anything resembling justice.

These murders of protesters by police have spurred Mexican president Vicente Fox to take action to resolve this conflict–by sending in more police.

NarcoNews reporter Nancy Davies says:

My analysis is that if the PFP [federal police] enter the city by day, a negotiated exit is open for the APPO, possibly implying the removal URO from office. If they come by night, they’re likely coming to dislodge by force the resistance lodged in the zocalo (central city plaza) and barricades. URO precipitated the intervention by his attacks. The question is, does the PAN party of Fox and Calderón want to maintain URO as a sop to the PRI, or has URO become so costly that the PAN may choose to dump him? If so, URO’s setting up of the APPO backfires.

In other words, Fox wants to end this conflict, but she is unsure if Fox wants to do this by removing URO (who’s become an embarassment) and APPO simultaneously, or just APPO. Sadly, I’d guess the latter, which would mean more blood.

In a way, Brad Will was the catalyst for this. In the media world, a dozen Mexicans can be killed without notice, but an American getting killed in Mexico makes news. Will was an independent reporter who was driven to cover ongoing struggles against injustice around the world, even when danger was involved. In a sad irony, Will’s very last news report was about another man killed by paramilitaries in Oaxaca two weeks earlier, Alejandro Garcia Hernandez. Will’s poetic concluding paragraph in that report is made all the more painful because of it:

and now alejandro waits in the zocalo — like the others at their plantones — hes waiting for an impasse, a change, an exit, a way forward, a way out, a solution — waiting for the earth to shift and open — waiting for november when he can sit with his loved ones on the day of the dead and share food and drink and a song — waiting for the plaza to turn itself over to him and burst — he will only wait until morning but tonight he is waiting for the governor and his lot to never come back — one more death — one more martyr in a dirty war — one more time to cry and hurt — one more time to know power and its ugly head — one more bullet cracks the night — one more night at the barricades — some keep the fires — others curl up and sleep — but all of them are with him as he rests one last night at his watch

The mainstream media report Will’s “sympathies with the protest movements” like it was a bad thing. And it probably appears that way to big media, who confuse their sympathy with the status quo for “objectivity.” But really, it seems to me that Will was following the principles that we all want in our journalists. He heard about a situation where he thought a camera would help, so he went, with no thought of money, fame, or even his own safety. We want our journalists to be passionate and courageous, working on behalf of good people and not evil bastards, don’t we? Don’t we?

Indymedia, Will’s “news outlet”, was originally a project to cover the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in 1999, based on the idea that anyone could publish their stories. Its overwhelming success started a movement, with Indymedia chapters springing up across the globe, in well over 100 cities by now. It has always been tied to the global justice movement, with focus on how capitalism and governments hurt people from all walks of life, but also on how these same people fight back, help each other, and build their own just societies. Ideally, Indymedia Centers actually become part of these movements and societies. They want their work mean something, to actually make change instead of sit there on the page.

Sometimes a pen really is a sword and a camera a shield, and Brad Will took these to do battle alongside the people of Oaxaca.

You can get a bit of a feel for Brad Will here, a sort of memorial page to him on the NYC Indymedia website. Surely he would be horrified if his death was used as a pretext for a crackdown on the people of Oaxaca. And I’m sure he’d prefer that the anger and sadness instead inspire us to take action to support their struggles.

A list of protests taking place in front of Mexican embassies is being compiled at UlisesRuizAsesino.com, and a list of embassies in the US and Canada is here. Let em know that a crackdown would be bad, the URO regime is bad, and you’ll be watching. If I get any info about other protests or actions, I’ll post em up.

One of the many eulogies on the NYC IMC page notes that Brad used to end all his emails with “Stay in trouble.” Sounds like a good way to sign off.

Let’s stay in trouble out there.

Posted by Jake on October 29, 2006 1:24 am

October 28, 2006

Changing Horses Mid-Apocalypse

October 22, 2006:

George Stephanopoulos: James Baker says that he’s looking for something between “cut and run” and “stay the course.”

George W. Bush: Well, hey, listen, we’ve never been “stay the course,” George.

Man, he’s just asking for it, isn’t he?

(Yeah, that’s some sort of Democratic party ad, but their edit job is better than other vids I’d seen on this topic)

Does Bush realize that when he speaks to a bunch of journalists that he’s being filmed? Hasn’t anyone told him that?

Apparently, the US is not and never has been at war with Eastasia “stay the course”. But whatever it was in the past, the US is now “adjusting tactics to achieve victory.” If he means adjusting rhetorical tactics to achieve electoral victory, then Mission Accomplished. But what tactics are we adjusting in Iraq? How? Do we actually have tactics in Iraq? I thought our current strategy was “praise the Iraqi government, shovel money at Halliburton and hope that The Rapture comes soon.” I don’t know if I’d call that “tactical.”

Bush answers these questions in last week’s press conference about Iraq. Here we go, the big adjustments:

- “refining our training strategy for the Iraqi security forces”
- giving Iraqi forces better weapons
- more “coalition advisors” in Iraqi Defense and Interior Ministries
- “changing our force structure”

That’s about it. Insurgent and sectarian violence doesn’t stand a chance in the face of our mighty refining!

However, if the Iraqi security forces are rife with militiamen and soldiers with tribal allegiances, then giving them training and weapons is pouring gasoline on the fire.

Bush does mention a bit of a renewed diplomatic/political effort, and talks with some of Iraq’s neighbors (he mentions Jordan and Saudia Arabia, but quite tellingly, not Iran and Syria), but I’m not sure where that gets anybody.

Then we’ve got the sleight of hand that Bush and Rumsfeld are trying to pull. We can’t have any “timetables for withdrawal”, because that makes the US look weak. So the US pushed for the Iraqi government to come up with “benchmarks” for when Iraqi forces will have the violence under control. That’s a nice escape plan. “We’re failing in Iraq and want to leave, but we can’t admit it. But what if we pressure the Iraqi government to tell us ‘everything will be okay by December 2007!’ Then we can leave and pretend we won! Or, if things are still bad, then we can act angry, blame the Iraqis for their incompetence, and storm off!”

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is pretty peeved about this idea, and has been announcing that he’s not America’s man in Iraq”. Obviously, any implication that he’s doing America’s bidding weakens him politically and threatens the already shaky Iraqi government. I think they must have slapped him down pretty hard, though, because Maliki is now agreeing to “benchmarks” and “timelines” worked out with the Americans. My guess is that the cause was Bush’s implied threat that the US would continue supporting Maliki “as long as he continues to take tough decisions.”

Then we’ve got the two kickers of the press conference.

#1

I know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation in Iraq. I’m not satisfied, either… But we cannot allow our dissatisfaction to turn into disillusionment about our purpose in this war. We must not look at every success of the enemy as a mistake on our part, cause for an investigation, or a reason to call for our troops to come home. We must not fall prey to the sophisticated propaganda by the enemy, who is trying to undermine our confidence and make us believe that our presence in Iraq is the cause of all its problems.

“Not satisfied”??? Jesus Christ, “not satisfied” is finding out that your cup of coffee has gone cold. 655,000 dead Iraqi civilians and a civil war with no signs of slowing is something else. “The situation in Iraq makes wonder if there is no God” would be more appropriate. And talking about disillusionment about the war’s purpose? You lied to get us into this war, you bastard! Disillusionment isn’t a side effect, it’s a prime feature.

And you have to love the “don’t call for an investigation” and “enemy propaganda” stuff. Remember, if we investigate the billions of missing reconstruction dollars or prosecute US soldiers for raping Iraqi civilians, then the terrorists have won!

#2
One reporter asks the president if he thinks that we’re winning in Iraq, and Bush gives a long, rambling response that doesn’t really answer the question. The reporter then repeats the question and Bush answers

Absolutely, we’re winning. Al Qaeda is on the run. As a matter of fact, the mastermind, or the people who they think is the mastermind of the September the 11th attacks is in our custody. We’ve now got a procedure for this person to go on trial, to be held for his account. Most of al Qaeda that planned the attacks on September the 11th have been brought to justice.

“Yes, we’re winning the war against Iraqi insurgents because we’ve captured Saudi terrorists who aren’t in Iraq. We’re hoping to declare victory in Iraq soon by capturing the president of Turkey, launching airstrikes on Madrid, and defeating a terror cell on the Moon.”

It’s easy for me to mock, but I don’t have any fucking idea of what actions and diplomacy might end the violence in Iraq. The Shia seem pretty hell-bent on their ethnic cleansing against the Sunni, and I don’t think the Sunni are willing to stop fighting until they’re guaranteed some Shia and Kurdish oil money (the Sunni-dominated areas don’t have much oil wealth). The Kurds seem to be doing fine, but I still worry that Turkey won’t accept something so close to a Kurdistan on its border. The only way I can see the US playing a role in peace is to declare that they’ll pull out if all sides can negotiate some sort of treaty/alliance with each other first.

And that’s assuming that the US actually has peace as it’s goal. Many in the US establishment have agendas more about oil privatization, permanent military bases, or a puppet government. So we get “stay the course, with adjustments”.

Posted by Jake on October 28, 2006 3:17 pm

DIY Housing

Nice to have some good news every once in a while.

Folks in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami have had enough with government policies against the homeless and the poor, so they’ve taken over a vacant lot and are turning into a tent city to house and feed people. Organizers say that this is not some sort of statement or publicity stunt, they intend to live, shelter and feed people here indefinitely.

According to the author of the article, not only is there a drastic lack of low-income housing in South Florida, but the local and county governments are actually decreasing the number of units available (one project of 851 units was destroyed, and replaced by a new building with only 80 units). In other words, not only is the government not helping, it’s making things worse.

So, local folks have decided that they can’t count on any governmental assistance, and are doing it for themselves. Apparently this land seizure is technically legal, due to a 1998 ruling which “prohibit[s] Miami police from arresting homeless people engaged in ‘life-sustaining conduct’ — such as sleeping or eating — on public property when there is no shelter space available.” Which sounds almost reasonable. Of course, history teaches us that just because you’re doing something legal and reasonable doesn’t mean the cops won’t come around and bust some skulls.

The first link up there has photos of the actions and tells how to donate food and supplies to the effort, but it’s mostly about where locals can physically drop things off. I’ve emailed the author to see if there’s any info about how us out-of-towners can help, I’ll post any details if I get a response.

[update]

That was fast! Max Rameau got back to me quick with some info.

Read their blog
Sign their online petition
Their blog has a button for paypal donations, or you can send em money at

Center for Pan-African Development
PO Box 510232
Miami, FL 33151

I also found a video clip from a local CBS news station, which refers to a corruption scandal regarding the county housing department. Interviewees also mention that there are 40,000 people on the wait-list for housing assitance.

Posted by Jake on October 28, 2006 12:49 pm

October 27, 2006

Handy Halloween Decorating Tips

If you take a large piece of cotton, and carefully pull it apart, you can hang it up to look like spooky cobwebs.

You can also take a large piece of cotton, give it a couple of rough yanks, and hang it up to look like you glued a fucking piece of cotton to your house.

Seriously people, you’re going to spend all that time decorating your home for the holiday and not make it look good? You don’t take a step back, look at your handiwork and say “oh, that looks absolutely nothing like a spiderweb. I’d better try again”? It’s like taping a piece of notebook paper over one eye and saying “look at me, I’m a pirate!”

I’m sure my neighbors mean well, but Jesus! Bad cotton everywhere!

Posted by Jake on October 27, 2006 11:46 am

October 26, 2006

Lying Media Bastards Radio 10-26-06

LMB Radio 10-26-06

- New Jersey legalizes gay quasi-marriage
- meat market magazine to market meat
- self-conscious radio
- the spooky sounds of housekeeping
- sloganeering the course in Iraq
- Incompetence In Iraq Anecdote #4762
- scapegoating and resistance
- “not satisfied”
- Radio Juggernaut 4 Sale, Cheep
- filling in for the FCC
- video games are sooooo gay

Music by Sonic Youth, Masta Killa, They Must Be Russians, White Zombie, Dionne Warwick (no, really!), Ghost Mice, the Editors, the Dead Kennedys, Jacqui Naylor, Fishbone, Kanye West, Easy Star All-Stars, Exploding Hearts, Madvillain and more.

[update]

If anyone is missing my usual Halloween-themed show, with all the goth and industrial and noise, go here and click on “Doomed.” They are totally biting my style.

Posted by Jake on October 26, 2006 8:47 pm

October 24, 2006

Put Bars On Your Own Windows, It’ll Save Time

Good lord.

[Larry] Wilkerson, [Colin] Powell’s old chief of staff, believes that the correct number of victims in secret Bush prisons is 35,000, only %5 of which “may” have to do with terrorism.

Posted by Jake on October 24, 2006 9:11 pm

Suckered

Well, the general opinion of my last post’s question, “was Jake a sucker for buying unwanted rap music from a guy on the street?” seems to be “yes, you were.” Which was pretty much my conclusion as well, else I wouldn’t have thought to ask.

But in the comments of that post, “Dead Civilian” made a good point about the “American Dream” and its capacity to distract. I usually blame this American Dream business (rightly or wrongly) on Horatio Alger, a mid-to-late 1800s author who wrote extremely popular rags-to-riches stories. His tales invariably started with a desperately poor young boy or girl, who works like the Dickens, attracts the attention of a local wealthy individual, and is then raised out of poverty and into a life of luxury by their rich benefactor.

Obviously, these stories are fiction, but their philosophy is poisonous. Hard work can have its rewards, and sometimes it does lead to great opportunity. But the idea that hard work guarantees success is ridiculous. It’s understandable why the concept is so popular: it has great power to make you feel better. If you’re not successful, you can believe that you will be, if you just put in more effort. And if you’re still not successful, dammit, you can work even harder, and one day, your ship will come in. It’s like a lottery made of fatigue and sweat.

Likewise, if you are successful, you can believe that your luxury was earned. If hard work = success, and you’re successful, then you must have worked hard enough. Well, I exaggerate that slightly; people with lots of money may not feel that they’ve earned their success through hard work, but do feel that they deserve what they have– often by believing that they are just smarter or better than other people.

But the American love of Algerism has evolved since the days of these stories. Once hit with the cult of celebrity, we had a new type of rags to riches story. Sure, some folks still dream of the Grand Meritocracy, where your toil and ingenuity will get you that promotion and handshake with the boss, but it seems to me that many Americans have moved on to the American Celebrity Dream. You don’t need to work hard to succeed in business, you just need to have the right skills, look, or personality, and if you’re “discovered”, you can become Famous. “If those movie directors or record execs would just give me a chance, they’d see!” This is the cause of all the would-be actors and musicians and models who flock to and tie themselves to Los Angeles, like an anchor around their necks (I used to joke that the Guitar Center store in Hollywood has ruined more lives than heroin. Maybe I’m not kidding). This Celebrity Dream adds one bit to the Alger myth: you don’t just get the wealth and success, you also get to be Loved By Everyone, thousands of screaming fans and your face on the magazines. Maybe that says something about our culture, that people feel so unloved in the present that they long for a future where they get rivers of love, a fake kind, from people who they’ll never even meet.

But I’d propose that the American Dream (if we can keep calling it that) has evolved even since then. Maybe we’ll call it the American Reality Dream. With Alger, if you worked hard, you could achieve Success. With Celebrity, if you had special talents or vision, you could achieve success. With Reality, you just need to get yourself onto a Reality TV show and do what you were doing anyway and find fame and fortune. Go to the grocery store, drink with your buddies, make out with Flava Flav, and you’re an international sensation, beloved for being the boring slob you are. It’s pretty astounding. On the one hand, it makes total sense: who wants to work? Wouldn’t you rather get paid to do the things you’d like to do instead? But getting cast on a reality TV show that goes on to be a hit… not the best odds. And the slight flip side of that are the reality shows, on plenty of these shows we’re not marveling at someone’s life and behaviors, we’re watching them debase themselves by eating rancid goat testicles or kiss Donald Trump’s ass. Give up your privacy and dignity and we’ll make you a star. Kinda.

Again, I exaggerate. Not all Americans have these aspirations, and maybe my perceptions have been skewed by a decade-ish near the Thunderdome of Hollywood. But the sad thing is that most of these variations of the American dream boil down to this: you get rich because someone with money decides to let you become rich.

Posted by Jake on October 24, 2006 7:50 pm

October 20, 2006

Negligence and Dilemma

Sorry no radio show this week, I was out of town, working for The Man.

At one point during the day, I passed by some young men who were hustling outside of a mall, rappers trying to sell their self-produced CDs to tourists and passers-by. And surely hoping to put the CD into the hands of a Music Industry Insider, and one day become rich and famous. This was Hollywood, so that sort of thing always seems like it could maybe be possible.

The first guy wanted me to buy his for $10, stuck a pair of headphones on me to listen to it. I didn’t really want it, but was willing to donate a few dollars to a struggling musician. He dropped the price to $5 and I agreed to buy it. A friend of his quickly ran up and tried to get me to buy his CD for $5 as well, and I figured “what the hell”. A third fellow tried to get me to buy his too, but I’d reached my limit at that point and kept on walking.

So here’s the question.

By buying CDs I didn’t want from amateur musicians on the street, am I a supporter of independent music, or am I a sucker?

Posted by Jake on October 20, 2006 9:44 am

October 17, 2006

These Dirty Hands

Sorry for my extended absence. I have recently learned that when I have multiple writing projects going at once, I often freeze up and don’t work on any of them. But I think I’ve choked my paid workload down enough that I can post here some more. Let us dive in.

You have to feel sorry for NY Times columnist John Tierney. I presume that he is a rational human being, but when the moon is full and his column deadline looms, his typing hands are clearly posessed by demons. Batshit crazy demons.

“Has any organization in the world lifted more people out of poverty than Wal-Mart?” typed Tierney’s hands this morning, as the man himself surely screamed “noooooooooo!” at the heavens, tormented by his Damned, lunatic appendages.

Yes, those ghoulish hands of the probably-noble Tierney would have us believe that sweatshop factory work is the Rainbow Bridge to Puppy Town, leading the starving denizens of the Third World to that garden of delights known as “Above the Poverty Line.” Tierney’s devilish hands concede that such jobs “may sound like hell to American college students — and some factories should treat their workers much better”, but they’re plenty good for hungry brown people. Why, those whiny, pampered college students aren’t half as American as those valiant, hard-working Hondouran sweatshop workers (at least, until those Hondurans try to cross the border).

This argument is tired and insulting. “Exploitation wages are better than no wages, so all you people who are against exploitation are the real villains here.” Bad Tierney’s Hands! Bad!

First of all, the people working in sweatshops aren’t rising out of poverty, they’re simply treading water in the poverty sea. Not only that, but Wal-Mart’s insane drive for low-cost product is driving down factory wages worldwide as the behemoth searches for ever lower prices.

But behind all this are some appalling yet common assumptions.

Third World poverty is seen as natural. These poor “backward” people have always been poor and backward, but perhaps one day their society will advance and evolve to be as enlightened and fair as the United States. These countries have no history, and they have not been acted upon, influenced, or robbed by outsiders, foreign powers, or colonizers. Western corporations would never collude with these Third World governments to breed conditions favorable for cheap, powerless labor. Therefore any touch of Western enlightenment that we can grant these poor brothers and sisters is a blessing, even shit jobs at shit wages.

For example. The passage of NAFTA allowed American agribusiness to sell cheap vegetables (heavily-subsidized by the US government) in Mexico. Unable to compete with these low prices, many Mexican farms went out of business. Since the law’s passage in 1994, 1.5 million farm jobs have been lost. Many of these folks forced of the land had little choice but to move and get a sweatshop job in the city. Of course, a sweatshop wage is better than no wage, but your wage before the Americans ruined the farm economy was better than both. American business kindly gives Mexican workers a crutch after breaking their legs.

While we’re at it, let’s look at this lawsuit (.pdf) filed by workers at Wal-Mart-supplying factories in Swaziland, China, Nicaragua, Indonesia and Bangladesh:

Plaintiffs were subjected to forced overtime, payments below the legal minimum and overtime wages as established by the laws of supplier countries identified herein, and overall were forced to work in sub-standard sweatshop conditions detrimental to their health and safety and in violation of their basic human rights… Plaintiffs and their families would be subjected to threats of reprisal, including threats of current and future job loss, and in many cases, threats of physical danger by the supplier companies and/or their home country governments if they were to fully pursue and enforce these claims in their home countries.

“Violation of basic human rights”? Well, you can’t make an omlete without breaking some human spirits.

Let us all pray that John Tierney is soon released from his personal hell, and that his typing hands are soon exorcised of their stupid.

Posted by Jake on October 17, 2006 11:36 pm

October 12, 2006

Benefit Show

If any of y’all are in San Diego this weekend…

RadioActive San Diego Hip Hop Benefit Show
Featuring Emcee Lynx, Id, and Vision the Female MC.

Saturday, October 14, 2006
8pm
Voz Alta, 1544 Broadway
$6-$10
All ages

Cool flyer here

Just trying to raise some money for our station to pay the bills. Feel free to just throw money at us if you prefer.

Posted by Jake on October 12, 2006 11:11 pm

LMB Radio 10-12-06

LMB Radio 10-12-06

- corrections
- mild complaints about British slang
- legal torture defined
- let’s all laugh and dance and not think about torture
- North Korea nukes (or not)
- Jake keeps confusing North Korea and Iran
- U.S. “diplomacy”
- New Study: 54 Jillion Dead in Iraq war
- conservative authoritarianism

Not sure how well this show turned out. I had a potential new DJ sitting in, and it kinda threw me. There’s plenty of good music, just don’t know how on-point my lecturing was.

Musically, we’ve got the Beastie Boys, Loki, Mr. Bungle, Gary Jules, Dick Dale & the Deltones, Ozomatli, Gnarls Barkley, Dorit Chrysler, Anti-Flag, the Bicylces, Richard Cheese, Depeche Mode, Hot Springs, Alkaline Trio, the Dresden Dolls and more.

Posted by Jake on October 12, 2006 11:01 pm

October 5, 2006

LMB Radio 10-05-06

LMB Radio 10-05-06

- Do Not Feed the Vice President
- Foley sex scandal
- Republicans get defensive and tone-deaf
- let’s stop calling scandals “-gate”
- Minutemen and horse poop
- RadioActive San Diego benefit concert. You want to come.
- crisis in Oaxaca
- losing your working rights
- Iraqi death squads
- corporate media who’s who

Music featuring the Pixies, Asha Bhosle, Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Treatment Plant, DJ Tripp (The Knack vs. She Wants Revenge), Zack de la Rocha, the Vandelles, Erykah Badu, Klanguage, the Coup, the Slackers, the White Stripes, VHS or Beta, Dead Kennedys, Louis Prima, Victims Family and more.

Posted by Jake on October 5, 2006 9:52 pm

October 4, 2006

Divide and Remain Conqueror

I have a lot of past and recent topics I need to cover here, but I need to throw this one out there real quick:

Big loss for Labor

The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that a range of professionals are now deemed “supervisors” and thus lose all protections under labor law. That means if they say a positive thing about unions, their bosses are free to fire them at will… the new expansive definition of “supervisor” means that more workers will be given nominal supervisory responsibilities to undermine their right to unionize– and lock every union vote in endless delays as companies litigate who is and who is not a supervisor. Even if the workers “win”, the election will probably be delayed long enough to kill the union drive.

I don’t understand why just because you’re a “supervisor” you wouldn’t be able to join a union; I have yet to find any information that explains that logic. But the quote above is clearly right; if your and your fellow employees want to form a union and your employer doesn’t want you to, he can apparently declare you all “supervisors” and now you can’t.

As if the power of workers and unions wasn’t weak enough in this country.

Posted by Jake on October 4, 2006 11:01 am

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