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March 11, 2003

Firm linked to Cheney wins oil-field contract - of course they did. Dick Cheney was chariman of Halliburton Co. until 2000. Kellogg Brown & Root Services is owned by Halliburton. And KB&R just got a contract with the U.S. government to deal with any Iraqi oil fires that may erupt if Saddam Hussein tries to sabotage them after the war starts. No one will say how much the contract is for, and Dick Cheney won't comment (or maybe they just couldn't contact his secret bunker on Saturn or wherever).

Bush Sr warning over unilateral action- I always knew that George H.W. Bush was a bleeding-heart Saddam-lover. In a speech he gave to students at Tufts University in Massachussetts, HW essentially said that unless the U.S. works with allies, that the Iraq war is going to fuck up the Middle East. And given the fact that the U.S. is not doing much of that, the implied argument is that current U.S. plans are going to end badly. Must suck to have your dad embarass you in public like that. In related news, another ex-president is unhappy with the war. Which one? I'll give you a hint: it's not the one that's a drooling vegetable.

Rupert Murdoch's Birthday- today is the 72nd birthday of billionaire tyrant and media overlord Rupert Murdoch. Turn on the Fox News Channel and moon your television in his honor.

13 Questions We Wish They'd Asked At President Bush's Press Conference Thursday Night- from Editor & Publisher magazine. Pretty decent list of questions, any of which might have actually forced Bush to answer with new information.

Documents linking Iraq to uranium were forged- did I mention this already? Apparently the "evidence" floating around that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapon were forged documents. Who forged these documents? Good question.

Restraint is dead, warns Hamas- the Palestinian group Hamas claims that Israel is targetting its leaders, and that therefore it will adopt the same strategy and target the Israeli leadership. I gotta admit, part of me likes the idea of wars being fought in which it is the leaders who pay the cost, not the countless soldiers or civilians. But the rest of me knows that this will just lead to an acceleration of bloodshed. A leader who thinks that his own life is at stake will be much more likely to order his men to their deaths than one who is not so fearful.

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i'd pay to hear GHWBush say "the Iraq war is going to *FUCK UP* the middle east." that'd be a pretty funny sound bite. :)

Posted by: eric at March 11, 2003 01:30 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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