Lying Media Bastards

February 28, 2007

Shooting the Bullet-Riddled Messengers

If you’ve read much news lately, you probably heard about the Walter Reed scandal. Walter Reed is supposedly the nation’s premiere military hospital, filled with wounded veterans. But on February 18, the Washington Post did an exposé showing that Walter Reed was in decay and that the wounded and maimed soldiers were being neglected and mistreated.

And although I shouldn’t be surprised, I was somewhat astounded to read that the military is dealing with this situation by telling the soldiers to shut up and keep their own hospital rooms clean:

Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.

Standard operating procedure. Easier to hide a problem than fix it.

Insert your own cynical punchline about supporting the troops.

Posted by Jake on February 28, 2007 10:41 pm

February 25, 2007

Islamic Cold War

I’d really like it if one of these days I could write a headline like “Bush Becomes Sane” or “Negotiations Ease Tensions in Middle East”. The recent news about diplomacy making some progress in North Korea was great, but so much of the rest of the news is near-cataclysmic.

I’m mostly speaking of the latest Seymour Hersh piece about the new trend in White House madness.

Let me see how I can summarize it…

After the US was attacked by Sunni extremists (Al-Qaeda) on 9/11, the US invaded secular Iraq. The invasion helped empower Shiite Iran and the Shiite factions within Iraq. Now, afraid of the rise of Iran and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, the US is trying to counter these Shiite forces by supporting Sunnis. These Sunni groups include the Saudi Arabian government, and militia groups inside Lebanon who actually trained at Al-Qaeda camps.

To recap:

Al-Qaeda- Sunni
Iraqi insurgents fighting Americans- Sunni
Saudi Arabia- Sunni
new Lebanese militias- Sunni

Iran- Shiite
Hezbollah- Shiite
Moqtada al-Sadr & his Mahdi Army- Shiite

So in a sense, the US is siding with the people who attacked us on 9/11 and who are currently fighting us in Iraq!

Even worse, the US is trying to take sides in the centuries-old conflict between Sunni and Shia, while simultaneously fighting factions on both sides. Under this explanation, it seems that the main reason Bush wants to stay in Iraq is to fight Iran. While a nuclear-armed Iran could be a threat at some point in the future, there must be a way to resolve it without turning the world’s 1 billion Muslims into enemies of the United States (or maybe it’s too late for that). Hell, Iran’s economy is down the drain and the average Iranian dislikes the government and loves American culture. Attacking the country will push these people back to the fundamentalists for protection. Why we’re not simply pouring money into Iran’s reformist movements I’ll never know.

On to other bad news, it looks like the American Constitutional crisis may be heating up. Condoleezza Rice has publicly stated that if Congress passes legislation to limit Bush’s actions in Iraq, that Bush will ignore them.

Clearly, the heads of the US government are a threat to the safety of the United States and should be impeached. That holds true at nearly all times, no matter who’s in charge, but the current guys are a little more Ragnarok-y than usual.

One bright spot, “US generals ‘will quit’ if Bush orders Iran attack”. Sadly, since Bush no longer cares about public opinion, and the Congress is unlikely to even try to stop him, one of the only ways for this war to end is for the soldiers to refuse to fight it. Which is tantamount to a coup, really.

Desperate times.

Posted by Jake on February 25, 2007 11:26 pm

If We Can’t Have Mindless Televised Spectacle, the Terrorists Have Won

In this great land of freeom and liberty and freedom, the American people have the right (and freedom) to support any movie or actor we like to receive an Academy Award, despite the fact that we have no actual say in which movie or actor actually receives it. Take that, China!

Do you really care what a bunch of anonymous Hollywood insiders think about which movies are good? Of course you don’t. But we’ve all been brainwashed into thinking that the Oscars are somehow important. I wrote about this some years back, noting that some of the Academy voters make selections on purely selfish motives, and that some voters care so little that they give their ballots to their kids to fill out.

And why would we care which movie is “the best”? Do you only see one movie a year?

The Oscars are an excuse for everybody to give their opinion on things, something we all enjoy doing. And the debate is consequence-free, no need to have your actual values challenged, or deal with the fallout of telling your co-worker that he’s a jackass for liking John McCain.

And of course, to turn an industry recognition ceremony worthy of a press release into several hundred million dollars in advertising revenue.

Posted by Jake on February 25, 2007 8:47 am

February 23, 2007

Parody Overkill

I think we’ve reached new lows in obsessive celebrity coverage.

Not content to merely give wall-to-wall coverage of Anna Nicole Smith’s death, or the legal battle over who gets control of her dead body, Newsweek is actually investigating how quickly her corpse is rotting.

Now, there is a slight, slight relevence here. During the “who gets the body” trial, the judge apparently got a call from the medical examiner, warning that Smith’s body was decomposing faster than expected, I guess hoping that this news would hurry the case along. So if your news agency is insisting on covering this ridiculousness, that’s worth a mention. But Newsweek goes the extra hundred miles by reporting about the phone call, and then interviewing a medical professor to ask “What condition is the body likely to be in at this point?”

Stayed Tuned for hourly updates of Anna Nicole: Corpse Putrefaction Watch 2007!

In other news, everything else in the fucking world happened today. Thank you, and good night.

Posted by Jake on February 23, 2007 8:00 am

February 22, 2007

LMB Radio 02-22-07

LMB Radio 02-22-07

- the most patriotic truck in the world
- Jake on Religion
- San Diego Indie Music Fest, March 3
- Cultivating Food Justice, March 3
- Grand Theft Social Services
- Focus, America! We’ve gotta focus!
- Coalition Troop Exodus 2007 (America not included)
- satelite radio merger
- newsflash: capitalism a sham
- 24: torturers are heroes, torture victims deserve it

Music by Beck, PJ Harvey, Free Blood, M.I.A., Queens of the Stone Age, the Au Pairs, Breakestra, Anthrax, Please Inform the Captain This Is a Hijack, Sonic Youth, Devotchka, Loretta Lynn, Propagandhi, Slayer, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Ozomatli, and more.

Posted by Jake on February 22, 2007 10:42 pm

Hourglass

Doing my radio show an hour later today, 2-4pm PST.

Posted by Jake on February 22, 2007 12:24 pm

Doomed Again (Still)

Medicare vs. Britney- angry man Matt Taibbi highlights the class warfare in Bush’s new national budget by giving examples of the wealth transfer from important social programs to artistocratic billionaire families. For example, Taibbi points out that the Walton family (owners of Wal-Mart) stands to gain $32.7 billion over the next ten years, thanks to Bush’s tax cuts. At the same time, Bush’s budget plans to cut the Medicaid budget by $28 billion over the next ten years. Likewise, a former ExxonMobil CEO will get $164 million in tax breaks, while Bush eliminates a $108 million program that sends groceries to the elderly and mothers with newborn children.

Big Brother Is Watching You II- summary of a recent PBS news report about domestic spying by the federal government. A summary of the summary:

- The government is intercepting most emails sent domestically.
- AT&T is collecting most emails and sharing them with the government, specifically the NSA (this is backed up by Klein’s documents).
- The NSA spy room at AT&T’s San Francisco facility is only accessible to the NSA and AT&T employees cleared by the NSA
- The NSA’s interest seems to be in MAE WEST, *the* major hub of American and international internet traffic on the West Coast
- The device installed in San Francisco is capable of intercepting 10 GIGBYTES of data per second. In layman’s terms, that means it could go through all the information in all the books in the Library of Congress in 15 minutes.

Making Martial Law Easier- sneaky bill inserted into the latest defense spending bill makes it easier for the president to declare martial law. Whee. In a rare positive development, a bipartisan bill has been introduced into Congress to erase this fascism.

Terror Officials See Al Qaeda Chiefs Regaining Power- Goodness, 5+ years of war on terrorism and bin Laden & Al Qaeda seem to be going strong. Heckuva job, Bushie.

The article says what many have suspected for years, that bin Laden has been hiding out in the mountainous Waziristan region of northern Pakistan. Unfortunately for the US, the people of Waziristan are not really under the control of the Pakistani government. They also place a high value on hospitality; so if they have accepted bin Laden into their land, they would likely take on any military force that tried to take him away. This makes for a very precarious situation; if Pakistan or the US go in to get bin Laden, it could lead to Pakistani unrest, in which the unpopular President Musharraf could possibly be ousted by Islamic fundamentalists. So even if the US successfully destroyed the Islamic fundamentalists of Al Qaeda, they’d do so at the risk of putting a different group of Islamic fundamentalists in charge of a country with a nuclear arsenal. Rock, hard place, holy cleansing fire…

Posted by Jake on February 22, 2007 12:52 am

February 20, 2007

Skulls Without Doors or Windows

It is difficult to comprehend, but there are still plenty of folks who think that the US should remain fighting/occupying/getting killed in Iraq. And some of these same folks are outraged (or, in the case of pundits, pretend to be outraged) at the very idea of withdrawing troops. It’s like surrender! It’s like anti-war people want America to lose this war! It’s an insult to the memory of those who died fighting this war! It’s not Supporting Our Troops!

I’ve been trying to think of an argument that would convince these people that the US should pull out, and I’ve got one idea I kind of like.

“We’ve lost the war, so we may as well bring the soldiers back home.”

Granted, this won’t so much “convince” the pro-war peeps so much as make them go apoplectic, and fall into near-fatal convulsions of indignation. But once they regain consciousness and their faces return to a normal color, you may have successfully shifted the debate from nationalistic pride to the realities on the ground.

For support, check this column, “Victory Is Not an Option” by William Odom (former NSA head and member of the conservative Hudson Institute), in which he basically argues that while terrible things are going to happen in Iraq if the US leaves, that those same terrible things (and likely worse) will happen if the US stays. Odom was also interviewed by conservative fool Hugh Hewitt on Hewitt’s radio show, and Glenn Greenwald has highlighted portions here. Odom does a pretty good job of defusing conservative talking points. My favorite is when Hewitt tries to compare not invading Iran with the appeasement of Hitler, and Odom just dismantles the analogy and says that he’s “very disappointed” if Hewitt actually thinks the two situations are similar.

Posted by Jake on February 20, 2007 12:15 am

February 18, 2007

Those Liberal Liberals

Obviously, the fact that you proclaim yourself to be a “liberal” or a “progressive” doesn’t necessarily mean that you subscribe to liberal or progressive values. You might be deluded, you might be a liar, you might be a hypocrite. Even crazier, you might simultaneously believe in these values and not at the same time (one of the more amazing, depressing capabilities of the human brain). But if your beliefs don’t match up with your label, smart hypocrites usually know enough to hide the less attractive set.

Which is why I’m so surprised by this recent post to the blog of liberal/progressive American Prospect magazine. In it, political science professor Tom Schaller attempts to make the point that athletic gay men more frightening to straight men than are gay men who are effeminate. Which is a decent point, whatever.

But for no apparent reason, Schaller includes these little gems:

As a straight guy, I can tell you how easy it is for straight guys to make fun of gay men who are demonstrably effeminate. (I’d be lying if I said I have never made gay jokes; in certain settings straight men often make gay remarks, often about and to each other.) So, for example, Carson Kressley from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy makes a convenient target because he fits the even more convenient stereotype: a thin, neat, self-described sissy who proudly knows his way around Sephora…

Kressley is a guy you could — pardon the pun — lick in a fight…

So… it’s easy for straight guys to make fun of gay guys, Schaller makes fun of gay guys, making fun of effeminiate gay guys is even easier than making fun of macho gay guys, and in a puzzling pun at the end, I guess effeminiate gay men are more… “lickable” than macho gay men or straight men.

Let me go back to my surprise factor: you write for a progressive mag and you write “I make fun of gay people”? You don’t think to yourself “yes, I do make fun of gay people, but maybe I’ll just keep that to myself to maintain my liberal cred”?

Two things stand out to me most in Schaller’s remarks. First, he says that the effeminate Carson Kressley “makes a convenient target” because he fits the stereotype. As though Kressley is to blame for the ridicule he receives from others. A more honest comment for Schaller would have been “I choose to target Kressley because he fits the stereotype.”

The other comment is the weird “you could lick him in a fight” line. That only makes sense if the “you” is a male. Which fits the tone of the whole piece, “just us straight guys talkin’ ’bout them funny gays.”

After about a jillion angry responses, Schaller comes back to clarify his position. His first line is, I shit you not, the “some of my best friends are gay” defense. I have written a number of times on this site about how white Americans frequently define racism solely as hatred of someone from another race, conveniently exonerating themselves from all charges of racism. Schaller seems to have a similar definition of homophobia; he likes gay people, therefore he is no homophobe, despite his seeming underlying beliefs that gays are weird and funny.

He then makes one comment about his main point condemning outright bigotry against gays. Hey, good for you, Tom.

Then he talks about his joking about gays, which he claims is not mean-spirited ridicule of gay people, but wacky hetero male “dude, that thing you just did means you’re totally gay.” I’d imagine most straight men are familiar with this, whether or not they participate in it. It’s an affirmation of “traditional” male behavior by implying that non-masculine behavior is gay, weird and wrong. He concludes this point by misinterpretting his critics, who he seems to think will see this sort of joking about who’s gay as the latent homosexuality of Schaller and his ilk. I don’t think anybody was going to argue that.

And his final point is that it’s okay to make fun of gay people because gay people make fun of straight people (ya hear that, gays? You’d better stop making fun of straight people if you ever hope for them to stop making fun of you). It’s rather astounding that he’d make that claim. We live in a power structure where straight people dominate and gay people risk their careers, safety, and even lives unless they hide all hints of their sexual preference, romantic relationships, or ties to the gay community. In this context, straight people making fun of gay people is part of the system of oppression, while gay people making fun of straight people is a mild form of resistance against that oppression. Schaller is an asshole.

But the main reason I’m writing all this is so that I can quote Arthur Silber’s angry, hurt response to Schaller’s idiocy, which nails it pretty well.

It is one thing to be openly hated and despised, as gays and lesbians are by many on the right. We’re used to that, and we got used to it a long time ago. As was required, we manufactured intellectual and emotional armor to protect ourselves. In the current climate, we have to put it on every single damned day. It weighs a great deal, and it exacts an awful price. But without it, we would suffer injuries too grievous to be borne.

But how much worse it is to be cajoled into taking off that armor — to hear you tell us that you understand we’re “just like you” in all the ways that matter, and that we’re really “just the same” — and then to read or hear about “how easy” you think it is to “make fun” of us, especially when our status as Freaks is too obvious. How much worse it is when we believe you, when you tell us you think we’re all equal — except that you can get married, while almost every leading Democrat will say, well, no, we can’t get married. But we can have “civil unions.” Because, you see, Freaks don’t get married.

But we had believed you, so we took off the armor — and then you plunged the sword deep into our guts. You revealed that many of you actually do think we’re Freaks. Many of you don’t believe we’re really “just like you”…

When you strip away all the verbiage, all the intellectual tap dancing, and all the efforts to “understand” and be “tolerant,” that is the inescapable, the terrible bottom line: many of you think we are Freaks. Speaking for myself with regard to these issues, I don’t want you to “understand” me or to be “tolerant” of me. I don’t want you to “study” me, and try to graph all the various points of similarity and difference between us: I want you to recognize that I am completely and entirely a human being, just as you are. And I want you to understand fully what that means, and to genuinely mean it.

Posted by Jake on February 18, 2007 10:03 pm

If the Kids Are United

UCSB Students Strike in Protest of Iraq War

1000 students from UC Santa Barbara shut down a major highway for two hours to protest the war. Nice.

Posted by Jake on February 18, 2007 3:50 pm

Auto Chronicles (Update)

My stolen car was recovered, taken to a repair shop, and fixed mostly on my insurance company’s dime. Allegedly a separate company will install a spiffy new stereo this week.

And as a mind-blowing extra, the auto mechanics cleaned my car!!! 99% of the time the inside of my car looks like a cross between a five-year old’s closet and the contents of a trash bag. Now, it is utterly empty, and vacuumed. Thank you, hard-workin’ auto mechanics.

Moral of the story: Please leave me alone, car thieves.

Posted by Jake on February 18, 2007 3:05 pm

February 16, 2007

LMB Radio 02-15-07

LMB Radio 02-15-07

- entertainment colonizing real life
- TRL RIP
- the importance of celebrity corpses
- OJ + Media = Rwandan genocide
- shocking Fox News revelation
- car theft chronicles
- stop buying gadget crap
- Iraq war, media, and American cowardice
- Jake calls on Congress to risk their jobs to end Iraq war
- ending the war in a non-binding way
- help victimized migrant workers
- blogger scandal
- crazy Christian misogyny
- microradio news: buildings are not ships

Music by the Cure, the Raconteurs, Kultur Shock, Sleater-Kinney, Dead Kennedys, Pyeng Threadgill, Rage Against the Machine, the New Rags, Gil Scott-Heron, Great Lake Swimmers, Blur, Maxi Geil, Billy Bragg & the Blokes, and more.

Posted by Jake on February 16, 2007 1:23 am

February 14, 2007

Quick Logic Check

U.S.: The Iranian government is giving weapons to Iraqis that those Iraqis are using to kill Americans.

1. The Iraqis fighting the US are mostly Sunnis.
2. Iran is a Shiite nation, and backs the Iraqi Shiites.
3. Why would the Iranian government give weapons to their allies’ enemies?
4. They probably wouldn’t.

Relevant contextual facts for journalists:

- the Bush administration said a lot of things about weapons and threats to justify an invasion of Iraq.
- Every single one of those claims turned out to be wrong.

Posted by Jake on February 14, 2007 12:11 am

February 13, 2007

Oh my…

I hate America.

[stolen from my pal Ryan]

Posted by Jake on February 13, 2007 12:05 am

February 8, 2007

Time Shifting

[update]

Okay, probably no show today either. More stupid crap to deal with. If I break free and do a show, I’ll just record, upload, and let y’all know after the fact.

[/update]

Sorry, no radio show today, continuing car/insurance weirdness. But I think the studio’s free tomorrow afternoon, maybe I’ll do my show tomorrow instead.

Posted by Jake on February 8, 2007 9:48 am

February 6, 2007

Auto Chronicles

The police have allegedly recovered my stolen car. Well, they allegedly recovered it Sunday, but I didn’t find out till this morning, from my insurance agent. You’d think they could have made the effort to call me and notify me, but I guess not. I did receive a “Notice of Stored Vehicle” notice in the mail today from the SDPD records division, I guess that counts.

Honestly, part of me is afraid that this car recovery is all some misunderstanding/elaborate hoax and that my car is still on the loose, but in all likelihood I’ll have the thing back and running within the next few days.

Thanks for all the sympathy and well-wishes.

Posted by Jake on February 6, 2007 10:35 pm

February 4, 2007

Big Bad Wolf: “Yes, I Huffed and I Puffed”

Last week, as part of a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, interviewer Charlie Rose asked News Corp. (owner of Fox News) CEO Rupert Murdoch if his corporation had been able to shape the agenda on Iraq.

“No, I don’t think so. We tried.”

Obviously, nothing groundbreaking there, but an admission that the head of one of the world’s largest media empires tried to use his media power for his own political ends.

Posted by Jake on February 4, 2007 11:42 pm

February 3, 2007

Grand Theft Auto 2

My car got stolen today.

Again.

Clearly, I have angered the Car Gods, as the automobiles I own like to smack me around and then kick me when I’m down. Those of you who followed LMB: Los Angeles may remember the time that someone broke into my carport stole my car battery. Or when someone stole the whole thing from a Burbank parking lot about a year later (although police recovered it the same day). Or two weeks after that, when I was hit by an SUV (I was found to be at fault for the accident, of course). And although the damage was slight, but the car insurance company decided to have the car pulped instead of fixed (ironically, it would have been better if the cops hadn’t found my car at all). Then there was that time a car pantsed me in front of the prettiest girl in school. And that time when a car shot me in Reno just to watch me die. And let’s not forget my latest car (purchased with the insurance money from the SUV-smooshed car) which now seems to be my ex-car. It’s likely at a chop shop as we speak, where its parts will be used to fix a car that will run me off the road in a couple of weeks.

Just a thought: both times my cars were stolen, I had parked in the large parking lot of a shopping center, went inside, returned to my car, and then resumed shopping. I wonder if that is a sign to potential car thieves, “if he’s coming back to stash things in his car, he’s probably going to be inside for a long time, and I will have plenty of time to steal his car.” I’d advise y’all to not do that.

Hopefully, this theft won’t be too painful. My insurance seems to cover 30 days of car rental, so I’ll be re-wheeled by tomorrow morning. Which is a good thing, as the insurance company seems likely to wait 30 days before giving me any money, to see if the police do indeed find it. Not sure what I would’ve done if I didn’t have this rental thing.

In conclusion, I DEFY YOU, CAR GODS!!!

[update]

Heh. I am now driving a rented PT Cruiser. The interior looks like they wanted to appeal to would-be hipsters, and the outside looks like someone squashed a hippo and put chrome on it.

Posted by Jake on February 3, 2007 9:50 pm

News Monsoon

Mahdi Army gains strength through unwitting aid of U.S.- mainstream news article that says “whoa, the Iraqi security forces are totally infiltrated by Shiite militias and death squads” (which some of us have been pointing out for months). Once you realize this, you see how all of the “surge” and “when they stand up, we’ll stand back” strategies for bringing peace and security to Iraq are delusional.

Some very grim, revealing quotes from US soliders in the article:

“Half of them are JAM [Mahdi Army]. They’ll wave at us during the day and shoot at us during the night,” said 1st Lt. Dan Quinn, a platoon leader in the Army’s 1st Infantry Division. “People (in America) think it’s bad, but that we control the city. That’s not the way it is. They control it, and they let us drive around. It’s hostile territory…”

“All the Shiites have to do is tell everyone to lay low, wait for the Americans to leave, then when they leave you have a target list and within a day they’ll kill every Sunni leader in the country. It’ll be called the ‘Day of Death’ or something like that,” said 1st Lt. Alain Etienne, 34, of Brooklyn, N.Y. “They say, ‘Wait, and we will be victorious.’ That’s what they preach. And it will be their victory.”


Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study
- now that the UN has released one of the most thorough climate studies of all time, the neocon bastards of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) are offering $10K to every scientist who will do research and write papers to poke holes in the study’s “human actions are causing global warming” conclusion. The AEI gets significant funding from ExxonMobil, and are currently Bush’s defacto foreign policy team. Seriously, this “surge” business in Iraq was their idea.

Week of Action Update: Activists Arrested at Public Housing Takeover Feb 1st and Homeless take the football and run with it- I’ve written on this site a number of times about Umoja village, the Miami shantytown erected to house the homeless when negligent and corrupt local officials refused to help out. To coincide with this weekend’s Superbowl in Miami, housing activists planned the Week of Action Against Gentrification and for Low Income Housing. The Wednesday action was to seize several units of vacant public housing and move some families in. Several were arrested in the action. One of the activists said that although there are over 40,000 people in the county waiting for housing assistance, the county government allows public housing units to sit vacant for years at a time.

The Scum Also Rises- Matt Taibbi on the recent fabricated smears on Barack Obama, and on the widespread use of total bullshit by right-wing reporters and pundits these days. Despite his usual cynicism, he seems unable to comprehend how these media figures can tell complete lies, have their lies discovered, and not face any sort of penalty for it. If a “real” journalist was caught faking a story, they’d probably get fired and sued for defamation. A Fox News journalist makes shit up and gets a backrub and a book deal.

Empire v. Democracy- scholar Chalmers Johnson argues that the US is on the verge of giving up its democracy in favor of its global dominance (which makes no sense, until you realize that his definition of “democracy” is “the corrupt sham and voting Americans have lived under for the past century.” Then it all falls into place). He suggests that if Americans return to “democracy”, the recent domestic and international chaos will settle down. And if Americans choose empire, then the country will go bankrupt, have a huge drop in quality of life, and then things will settle back down.

Thousands in Mexico City Protest Rising Food Prices and Tortilla March- around 75,000 people took to the streets of Mexico City to protest a 400% rise in the cost of tortillas, a core foodstuff in Mexico. Most articles I’ve seen on this topic seem to infer that the price jump is caused by an increase in demand for US corn to make ethanol, but I don’t know if that’s true.

Blogger Sets Record for Contempt Jailing of Journalists- as of February 6, indymedia journalist Josh Wolf will have been in jail on contempt charges for longer than any other journalist in US history. While Wolf is a blogger (as mentioned in the article title), he is imprisoned for refusing to turn over videotapes to police. Now that Sarah Olson is in the clear, it’s my hope that DefendThePress.org will turn their attention to Wolf’s case.

Jury says Seattle violated rights of WTO protesters- turns out that when Seattle police illegally arrested 200 innocent people during the WTO protests of 1999, those police broke the law. Who would have guessed? One of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit was quoted as saying “the key point is a lesson learned, that you cannot just arrest peaceful protesters here in Seattle, or anywhere else in the country.” Um, yes they can. They did. They do. It happens time and time again, when cops would rather arrest a few hundred protesters on ridiculous charges in the name of “order” and worry about the consequences years later in court.

State of Massachusetts insists on calling ATHF ads “hoax devices”- not to keep going on about this guerrilla marketing gone wrong, but it is pretty irritating that government officials, who clearly overreacted, keep referring to the event as a “hoax.” A hoax is when you try to present a fake thing as a real thing. These guys didn’t attempt to trick anybody into thinking their light-up signs were bombs, they were simply putting up pictures of cartoon characters for an advertising company. If some cops got scared and thought that those devices were bombs, well, that’s kinda on them.

Posted by Jake on February 3, 2007 10:01 am

February 1, 2007

LMB Radio 02-01-07

LMB Radio 02-01-07

with guest DJ Mariposa

- advertisers wreak havoc on Boston
- advertising = grafitti/brainwashing
- Jake & Mariposa in no way encourage people to smash advertising on buses
- Sarah Olson Freed! Now Free Josh Wolf!
- Angry Word Choice Man
- Seattle WTO cops lose in court
- Mexico protests food prices
- the politics of and nutrition and agriculture
- emboldening vs beweakening
- Food Not Lawns
- San Diego antiwar protest (with interviewz!)(and, sigh, distortion)
- local announcements

Music by GZA, Yahpet Kotto, the Micragals, TV on the Radio, Mclusky, Rock-a-teens, Damian Marley, Scala Choir, Coachwhips, Rhymefest, Deerhoof, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Against Me, Kultur Shock and more.

Once my show was done, I sat in on Mariposa’s new show, “Feminism Is for Everybody.” Once it gets uploaded somewhere, I’ll post a link.

Posted by Jake on February 1, 2007 9:29 pm

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