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March 23, 2003

Stray Missiles Land in Iran- it appears that at least one and possibly as many as three US or UK missiles aimed at Iraq accidentally hit Iran.

RAF Tornado downed by US missile- it appears (I'll be using that phrase a lot these days) that a US Patriot Missile emplacement accidentally shot down a British fighter plane. The search for survivors has begun.

Soldier detained in fatal grenade attack on Army base- take this with even more skepticism, as it's a crime taking place in a war setting. One American soldier was killed and twelve wounded when several grenades detonated at an army camp in Kuwait. The current allegations are that the grenades were thrown by a disgruntled American soldier. Other reports I saw claimed that the soldier was a recent convert to Islam. Whether its true or not, if that version of the story spreads it will just add to the anti-Muslim/anti-Arab sentiment many Americans already hold. Speaking of which...

Illinois mosque attacked as Muslims pray inside- someone shot at praying Muslims inside their mosque through the mosque's large front window. I received an email that recounts this story, as well as two other attacks on Muslims in California and Michigan, although they were of the more threaten-and-discriminate variety. Since I could not find links for those, you only get the first story. Email me if you want the other one and I'll send it your way.

Now I can't find the link again, but I also read an article earlier today about a pro-war rally in which a Muslim man got up to speak. The Muslim praised the war for the liberation of Iraq and then read a passage out of the Quran; to which his fellow pro-war folks responded by yelling anti-Arab and anti-Muslim comments at him. That's something that I hadn't thought much about. How much of pro-war sentiment can be attributed to just good ol' racism and hatred?

Lawyers' hotline set to tell Iraqis: Know your rights- that headline should probably read "Iraqi-Americans." The FBI is apparently going around and interviewing Americans of Iraqi descent and Iraqi immigrants. This article is specifically about the FBI investigation in the Bay Area, and advises Iraqi-Americans to call the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild if they think they need help- (415) 285-1055

Turkey denies push into Iraq, but sticks to intervention plans- earlier today the AP and BBC both reported that Turkey had sent thousands of soldiers into northern Iraq, but Turkey claims that their soldiers are only on the border, ready to deploy in case of a mass influx of refugees. In all likelihood, they actually want to enter northern Iraq, fight the Kurds, and retake Kirkuk, which could spark a massive conflict between the Kurds and the Turks. This would be bad.

A few in military refuse to fight 'wrong war'- America gets its own refuseniks? A small number of U.S. military servicemen are apparently refusing to serve in the war against Iraq.

Posted by Jake at 03:19 AM | TrackBack (0)

RE: the bombs dropped on Iran. They were later determined to be Iraqi. You should at least follow up that link with new info. It's only fair.

Posted by: todd at March 24, 2003 08:33 AM

Don't know what to believe on that one yet. First the U.S. seemed to acknowledge that the missiles were theirs, now the UK is claiming that the missiles were Iraqi, now Iran is saying that it's been hit by missiles from both the U.S. and Iraq. Allegedly Iran has been hit by foreign missiles in two locations, one in the southwest, one in the northwest. Iran is claiming that the southwestern missiles were American and the northwestern were Iraqi. If the dust ever settles, I'll post an update.

Posted by: Jake at March 24, 2003 10:29 AM
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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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What went right: correctly guessing several key seasonings- lemon, ginger, soy, garlic, chili.

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