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January 30, 2003

After yesterday's marathon analysis session, you ain't getting much today, unless my writing obsession kicks in.

Ads rushing out of Limbaugh show?- Bill Maher isn't the only American who needs to "watch what they say." After he announced on one of his shows that anti-war protesters were "anti-American," angry progressives took aim at the sponsors of Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Some of them have consequently withdrawn their advertising dollars.

This link between Islamist zealot and secular fascist just doesn't add up- more in-depth skepticism about the alleged Hussein-bin Laden link by a dude who's an expert on Al Qaeda.

U.S. Renews Claims of Hussein-Al Qaeda Link- "The Bush administration's renewed assertions of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda are based largely on the murky case of a one-legged Al Qaeda suspect who was treated in Baghdad after being wounded in the war in Afghanistan." Now that's comedy.

Divine Bullying- reading between the lines of Bush's speech: oil, empire and Jesus. Also makes a good point about the U.S. "Shock and Awe" military strategy: will not only help defeat Iraq, but will be a terrifying lesson to any nation that might think about opposing the U.S.

Report: Iraqi spies in U.S.- apparently the U.S. anti-war movement is led by e-vil spies from Iraq. Who knew?

Senate Reviews Radio Consolidation; Sen. Feingold Chases Clear Channel- might the US legislature do something about corporate radio oligarchy?

Wal-Mart's influence grows- " Wal-Mart's influence on the U.S. economy has reached levels not seen by a single company since the 19th-century rise of Standard Oil, economists and historians say. Even if you don't shop at Wal-Mart, the retail powerhouse increasingly is dictating your product choices -- and what you pay -- as its relentless price cutting helps keep inflation low." And this isn't from some biased commie source, this is from USA Today.

US soldiers attack mountain hideout in biggest battle for a year- " Hundreds of US soldiers supported by bombers and attack helicopters were last night locked in their most serious battle in Afghanistan for nearly a year. At least 18 rebel fighters, thought to be loyal to the Islamist warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, were killed in a US-led assault on their mountaintop hideout 15 miles north of Spin Boldak, a small border town in southern Afghanistan. " Y'know, if I was president, I'd try to finish up this conflict before launching into another one. But that's just me.

Hide and Seek- more proof that corporate crime is 100% completely gone in America.

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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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