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February 06, 2003

So much good, painful news.

Tony Blair on Iraq- Tony Blair gets owned! Blair was interviewed on BBC Newsnight by a fairly aggressive journalist named Jeremy Paxman, and a pretty skeptical studio audience. When Blair tries to lie or tell half-truths, Paxman argues. When Blair tries to dodge a question, Paxman refuses to let it go. Can we fly this fellow over here to interview Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft and the like? My favorite exchange:

JEREMY PAXMAN: And you believe American intelligence?

TONY BLAIR: Well I do actually believe this intelligence -

JEREMY PAXMAN: Because there are a lot of dead people in an aspirin factory in Sudan who don't.

DAAAAYUUUMMM!!!

First Korean border crossing opens- I didn't hear about this anywhere. " The two Koreas have re-opened their land border for the first time in half a century, despite continuing anxiety about the North's nuclear programme. About 100 South Korean tourism officials passed through the heavily fortified frontier by bus on Wednesday, travelling to the scenic Mount Kumgang tourist resort, some 30 kilometres (18 miles) to the north." It's good to see long-time rivals finally unite in peace, harmony, and hatred of the United States.

N.C. Congressman OK With Internment Camps- Rep. Howard Coble, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and creepy-looking old man said in a radio interview today that the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII was the right thing to do. "We were at war. They (Japanese-Americans) were an endangered species. For many of these Japanese-Americans, it wasn't safe for them to be on the street." Yes, we did it for their own good. And when the Klan burns a cross on a black family's lawn, it's just to provide them with free heat and light, and save them money on electric bills. "Some probably were intent on doing harm to us," said Coble, "just as some of these Arab-Americans are probably intent on doing harm to us." Start buying your Arab friends wire-cutters and grappling hooks today.

US to unveil greenhouse gas commitments- oh for fuck's sake. "President George W. Bush's ... climate change initiative, which aims for an 18 per cent reduction in 'greenhouse gas emissions intensity' - measured against gross domestic product over the next decade." [emphasis mine]. That's right, our environmental policy is going to be explicitly tied to the nation's economic indicators. Look at the bright side! The higher your risk of skin cancer, the better the economy!

Bush's Messiah Complex- creepy, creepy look inside the empty, narcissistic, Jesus-loving head of George W. Bush.

Confronting the Empire- recent Noam Chomsky piece, I think it is a transcript of a speech he gave at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil last week.

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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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