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September 12, 2002

A couple of articles by Robert Fisk with a few creepy tidbits.

Fisk points out that the missiles used to destroy Palesitnian homes in Beit Jala and the planes that destroyed the WTC were both manufactured by Boeing (can we freeze their assets or declare them enemy combatants or something?)

Actually, dark humor aside, that whole article is a very good reflection on the present, and recent past. One interesting dichotomy Fisk brings up: the US wants everyone to know that the 9-11 terrorists were Arabs, but doesn't want to talk about what's going on in Arab nations. Arab countries don't want to talk about the terrorists' ethnicities, but want everyone to know about the dire situations facing many Arab countries.

But now we get to the scary bit. Fisk watched Bush's speech at the UN and notes that towards the end, Bush said "The United States has no quarrel with the Iraqi people.'' Which sounds like empty rhetoric, but which Fisk's memory turns into a grim omen:

Before President Reagan bombed Libya in 1985, he announced that America "had no quarrel with the Libyan people.'' Before he bombed Iraq in 1991, Bush the Father told the world that the United States "had no quarrel with the Iraqi people''. Last year Bush the Son, about the strike at the Taliban and al-Qa'ida, told us he "had no quarrel with the people of Afghanistan". And now that frightening mantra was repeated. There was no quarrel, Mr Bush said – absolutely none – with the Iraqi people. So it's flak jackets on.

Folks, I'd like to tell you that we all need to band together, and bravely say that we need to organize a massive anti-war resistance to stop this war.

But I don't feel that hope. It seems to me that Bush will launch this war even if he and his warhawk buddies are the only beings on Earth who support it.

Hmm, but every war needs soldiers...

Jake's Open Letter to All U.S. Soldiers

Dear Members of the U.S. Military,

It seems to me that George W. Bush wants war with the nation of Iraq, to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Virtually no one on Earth thinks that Iraq is a threat, and nearly everyone agrees that invading Iraq may very well have extremely dangerous consequences: more war; more terrorism; more weapons of mass destruction; economic crisis; death.

By law, you all are under the command of the President of the United States, but in your hearts, I imagine you all are in the military to protect the people of this country-- your friends, your family-- and to fight for principles like freedom and justice.

I'm afraid that the wishes of the President are in direct opposition to the well-being of the people of the United States these days.

So I'm asking you, if President Bush orders you to this insane war with Iraq, don't go.

I'm not talking about revolt or mutiny. Just don't get on the ship, don't get on the plane, don't endanger the lives of your fellow Americans by letting this war go forward.

I don't know how to stop this war. If I did, I would do it. But I do know that without you, it can't start.

Just don't go.


Jake Sexton.

Posted by Jake at 10:36 PM

I'm 50. I lived through the Vietnam War. That fact that none of the drum beaters were there horrifies and enrages me. I've seen this movie before. Right after, "We've got to invade" comes "Okay, maybe it was wrong, but we're committed, so we've got to support it." Now's the time to stop this insanity. Next question -- how? Guess I'll have to get that old rusty peace symbol out of my 6 year old daughter's dress up box.

Posted by: Rich Procter at September 13, 2002 06:11 AM
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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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Jake's first attempt at homemade Mongolican barbecue:


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

What went wrong: still missing some ingredients, and possibly had one wrong, rice vinegar. Way too much lemon and chili.

Result: not entirely edible.

Plan for future: try to get people at Great Khan's restaurant to tell me what's in the damn sauce.

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