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February 14, 2003

False Alarm?- "A key piece of the information leading to recent terror alerts was fabricated, according to two senior law enforcement officials in Washington and New York." This should make you very skeptical about the terror warnings released by Washington. Not this statement above, but how our national security is based upon some really flimsy information-gathering techniques.

Apparently, a "captured al Qaeda member" told police that his allies had developed a way to sneak bombs past airport security, and would be using "dirty" bombs on specific targets around the country. That's it, the nation thrown into terror on the unsubstantiated allegations of a man who probably doesn't feel too compelled to tell the truth to American authorities.

But it gets worse. How do we know he's lying? Cuz he failed a lie detector test. Lie detector tests are so unreliable that you can't use them as evidence in court! And that's the basis for knowing that everything's okay? Who's running the Homeland Security Office, the Three Stooges?

MTA Police Spot Check Commuter Trains- maybe these guys didn't get the "our terror source lied" memo. "The nation's heightened terrorism alert has prompted Metropolitan Transportation Authority police to conduct spot searches of commuter trains and stations... Metro-North train conductors will be making announcements on all trains that passengers and their belongings could be subject to search by police and bomb-sniffing dogs."

Afghanistan omitted from US aid budget- remember Afghanistan, that country we recently bombed back to the pre-Stone Age? The White House cares a lot about Afghanistan, and wants to help rebuild it. They care so much that they are spending ZERO DOLLARS on humanitarian aid in Afghanistan for 2003! Motherfuckers, what a bunch of motherfuckers. Even though the Bush budget left it out, Congress stepped in and is giving $300 million.

Exposing Bush and His "Techniques of Deceit"- very interesting piece that shows the misleading rhetorical devices that Bush & co. are using to convince people that war on Iraq is necessary.

Billboard Ban- the organization MoveOn.org has tried to buy space on billboards across the country from the Viacom (yes, that Viacom) billboard chain. The ads would have the anti-war message "Inspections Work. War Won't." Very simple, and doesn't really have any more unsubstantiated claims than your average toothpaste commercial. But Viacom has turned it down on some shady-sounding formal grounds; Viacom claims that MoveOn didn't pay up front and didn't place the ads 30 days in advance, as is Viacom policy. MoveOn claims that no one every told them what the guidelines were.

This is similar to an earlier story about an anti-war group that couldn't by airtime for their TV commercial. At the time, I argued that the particular instance of quasi-censorship wasn't as big a deal as the fact that activists felt so shut out of the media debate that they felt they had to buy their way on in 30 second increments. But two incidents becomes a pattern. Peace activists can't even buy their way into the debate now, and our only stand-ins can be a few liberal celebrities who are then attacked by the right for being hypocritical airheads.

Posted by Jake at 10:21 AM

sometimes. i don't know. if i can take it. much longer. must. go. drink. now...

xoxo, jared

Posted by: the evil queen at February 14, 2003 01:39 PM

Been following this site for a while now. I know that the activism is needed, and comes from the heart in this case as I know (knew) the writer. There is no little alternative offered here though. Nothing that shows love as an alternative. Its this sort of anti-hippie slant on activism. Who the hell am I to tell a homeless man there is no God? Who gives a shit if there is or not when it has nothing to do with anything? It is just another distraction to waste thoughts on what others may or may not believe. There is as much rampant elitism in this site as there is in this comment I am leaving. Throwing shit at the enemy isn't gonna change anyone's mind, and that is what seems to be going on a lot of the time here. Blame it on religion, blame it on power. None of it matters until we can all love one another despite our diffences. Meditate a little for Christ's (oops) sake and relax. Peace. Out

Posted by: Baltazar at February 15, 2003 12:37 PM

I could not be happier that the billboard ad firms are not accepting ads from that deceitful organization moveon.org. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of chaps. Hate mongers and people devoid of the intellect to debate, much like this site.
It truly is a shame that educated people can not come with anything but hatred and little if any alternative to conservative ideas. And that my friends is a very sad statement, but unfortunately true.
The folks on the other side have their share of haters and destroyers, but people on this side are so far over the top, any person with the power to reason never takes any of this nonsense seriously.
Profanity abounds on this site. It your vocabulary that limited. The name of your site speaks volume of its hosts

Posted by: Bill at October 7, 2003 05:15 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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