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September 17, 2002

Larger Aim in Iraq: Alter Mideast- what I've been saying for a few weeks, while trying to not sound like a crackpot. Since the weapons of mass destruction and "Saddam is bad" arguments for attacking Iraq are not very persuasive, there had to be some other reason. And that reason seems to be "if the U.S. can get Saddam Hussein out of power, it could completely reshape the balance of power in the Middle East in the U.S.' favor." The article only quotes "experts" on foreign policy, which undermines the idea that this is the "real" plan of the Bush administration, but still makes a decent case.

Iraq Attack Could Cost $200 billion- estimated war costs run between $100-$200 billion.

Iraq Attack May Deal Blow to World Economy- like the headline says.

Crude Tumbles as Iraq Bows to Pressure- oil prices drop when it looks like war is temporarily averted.

Saddam-less Iraq Could Be Key Player in Oil Market- argues that unlike others have theorized, Iraq could not surpass Saudi Arabia as the world's predominant oil power. The map depicted is interesting as well.

The Fire Sale- how the U.S. is bribing many national governments in exchange for their support of an invasion of Iraq.

Posted by Jake at 08:51 AM

Gahhhh. That csmonitor.com article is right about the US wanting to re-align the Mideast, but Cheney is so clueless, not to mention disingenuous, about the spread of democracy. Best quote:

"Some go so far as to call the optimistic outlook overly romantic – the unrealistic dream of Cheney of Arabia. Iraqi ethnic factions are so hostile they could make a post-Saddam Iraq a seething political caldron. Afghanistan, by contrast, might look as serene as Vermont."

It's all really besides the point. No one in the administration, least of all Cheney of Arabia, cares what kind of government rules Iraq as long as it acts in line with US interests.

Posted by: dack at September 17, 2002 11:32 AM

Yeah, all this talk of "spreading democracy" is reminding me of days past, when European colonists use to go to foreign countries to "spread Christianity" while taking their land.

Posted by: Jake at September 17, 2002 08:16 PM

Christianity is harldly democracy

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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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