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August 15, 2002

Mideast Immigrants' Effect Weighed- the Center for Immigration Studies, an American anti-immigration think-tank, is trying to drum up support for limitations on immigration by issuing reports about how many Arabs and Muslims have been moving to the US in recent years. Then they're letting racism and fear of terrorism do the rest.

The article isn't that bad, looking at many sides of the issue, but the headline and opening paragraphs look at the CIS report as if it were an objective scientific study. For people just skimming through their morning paper and might not read the whole article, the damage has been done.

The War We Couldn't Report- Canadian journalists Mike Vernon and David Common describe the barriers to reporting on the Afghan war erected by the US military.

Group Accuses U.S. Justice Official of Securities Fraud- "The U.S. Justice Department official in charge of cracking down on corporate corruption was sued on Wednesday for alleged securities fraud." Sweet.

Fox Cancels Visit with Bush to Protest Mexican's Execution- "President Vicente Fox called off a visit due later this month to US President George W. Bush's Texas ranch in protest at the execution of a Mexican citizen convicted of killing a Texas police officer. The cancellation is 'a show of unequivocal repudiation of the execution of Mexican Javier Suarez Medina,' said a statement read to the press late Wednesday by presidential spokesman Rodolfo Elizondo."

Heard about this story on KPFK earlier this week. As a Mexican citizen, Medina had the legal right to aid by the Mexican consulate in the US. When the consulate heard that a man who was possibly a Mexican citizen had been arrested in Texas, they called the police station to find out for sure. Apparently, the officers there lied to the consulate 3 or 4 times, claiming that the man had no ID, that he was Cuban, or that he was Colombian. Appeals filed arguing that Medina's rights had been violated and that he deserved a new trial were denied, and Medina was executed.

It's frustrating that the only way the US has to "punish" cops who violate people's rights is to let the suspect go free. This leads to cases in which the guilty are released, and then everyone blames "the system" in which criminals get off on technicalities. Why can't we just punish the cops who break the rules?

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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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What went right: correctly guessing several key seasonings- lemon, ginger, soy, garlic, chili.

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