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September 12, 2002

Found out this morning that George W. Bush wrote a letter to the editor of the NY Times yesterday. Well, more accurately someone in the Bush White House wrote a letter and Bush signed his name to it (probably in crayon). I read only a few sentences and started composing a letter of reply that I hoped the NYT would print.

Dear President Bush,

You lying sack of shit.

Then I realized that the Times wouldn't print that. So I tried again. But each time I tried, I found I was unable to write more than a few sentences without calling the president a lying sack of shit. So I gave up.


"Bush's" letter, gallingly titled "Securing Freedom's Promise," will blow your mind. Nearly every sentence is not only false, but is almost the complete opposite of the truth. It's mainly a bunch of tripe about how the U.S. is peaceful, that free trade will lift everyone out of poverty, how-- hell, I can't even stand to talk about it any more. The damn thing made me so angry I damn near went into convulsions.

And we also saw Bush's speech to the United Nations making his case against Iraq. And the White House also released a report to the UN outlining their argument for war against Iraq. The main thrust of both is that Iraq has broken many UN resolutions. It's a valid point, but it's blatant hypocrisy, as the US has violated many UN resolutions, and so has its pal Israel.

Bush's arguments then follow the usual "Saddam is bad," "we have a couple of pieces of flimsy evidence that he might have dangerous weapons" and "we have no evidence that Saddam is linked to terrorism, but he's linked to terrorism" pattern.

Most seriously, Bush's speech laid out a series of ultimatums, many of which Saddam Hussein is unlikely to honor (e.g. "immediately and unconditionally forswear, disclose, and remove or destroy all weapons of mass destruction, long-range missiles, and all related material," "cease persecution of its civilian population," "return the remains of any who are deceased, return stolen property, accept liability for losses resulting from the invasion of Kuwait"). This was one of my fears. Now that Bush has issued his "or else" decrees, with a little extra, undeserved credibility because of the UN's presence, Bush has his rationale for war. "We tried diplomacy," he can say after Saddam refuses, "no we have no choice but to go in and use force."

All of this on the 9-11 anniversary, where Bush could clothe his crusade in the shrouds of the dead. He was able to give his drooling bloodlust a sacred graveyard solemnity, with the brave colors of Old Glory flapping majestically behind.

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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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