....LMB: "The Pain of the Obvious"....

January 08, 2003

Sigh. I am reading all kinds of repulsive current events today, and my response is "of course it is," "of course they did," "of course that happened." My cynical belief system is that just about any terrible thing you can think of has, or is currently happening.

World Health Organization Infiltrated by Food Industry- "The food industry has infiltrated the World Health Organisation, just as the tobacco industry did, and succeeded in exerting "undue influence" over policies intended to safeguard public health by limiting the amount of fat, sugar and salt we consume." Well of course they have.

US Weapons Dossier May Remain a Secret- "Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, has suggested that Washington may present little or no evidence of Iraq’s quest for banned weapons even if President Bush decides to go to war." Well of course they might.

War's Cost May Dwarf Stimulus Effect- Bush stimulus package: $674 billion over 10 years. Iraq invasion costs: $100 billion to $1.6 trillion over 10 years. Will our military spend more money than the stimulus generates? Of course.

Iraq War Could Put 10 Million In Need of Aid, U.N. Reports- of cou... Shit.

Posted by Jake at 11:37 PM

You are exactly right. The Bush administration is simultaneously attacking everything good in the world: peace, justice, the environment, your sanity and mine. It's like one of those Russian assaults against the Germans in WWII: just keep attacking all along the line, regardless of casualties, without relenting. Pickering gets shot down once, patch him up and send him back in. Keep playing the same lies about Iraq over and over until you get your war. And on and on and on and on...

Posted by: Bob Goodsell at January 9, 2003 08:40 PM

Well hey, let's be fun and include World War I also. Within 3 years of WWI Europe has lost more men in battle than in all the wars 300 years before. WWI was a total war which meant that countries devoted ALL their resources to the war effort. Anti-war activity was not allowed, but war propaganda was everywhere. Most everyday now I hear of more suicide bombers, more deaths, more more more, and none of it is good shit. The U.S Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, the war, the other war, the wars. Ladies and Gentlemen this means that freedom is guaranteed (? even!) at a price. This means that this was never a democracy, this means that what we say doesn't count. This means that even in a world where some fuckers say that racism doesn't exist and the Holocaust never happened that blacks are still being tied to and dragged on pick-up trucks to death by assholes in stupid white sheets on their heads looking like the conehead idiots (grow the fuck up, dressing up in robes doesn't hide the fact that you're a sorry fuck with no self-esteem and nothing better to do), and there is MUCH proof and evidence of the Holocaust even though there is NO, ABSOLUTELY NO proof of why there are innocent people being held captive with claims against them that they probably never even HEARD of! And now "Iraq war could put 10 million in need of aid"?? Yes, but of course. Of course. It's easy for Bush II to say "WAR!" when he's not on the front line. It's easy for him to say that while he's surrounded by people who are willing to die to protect him in the safety away from the war front. Well who's gonna protect us? War doesn't care about who's innocent. The red white and blue means propaganda. This is what everything's served up to be. Yeah, nice tricks. But I see how you've slipped your hand behind the curtain to throw away the dignity and show us an empty box. Doesn't work on me.

Posted by: Katarina at January 10, 2003 12:45 PM
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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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