....LMB: "The Plot Thickens"....

April 19, 2003

Hmm....

Pentagon Expects Long-Term Access to Four Key Bases in Iraq- "The United States is planning a long-term military relationship with the emerging government of Iraq, one that would grant the Pentagon access to military bases and project American influence into the heart of the unsettled region, senior Bush administration officials say."

Even though there does not yet exist a new Iraqi government, the U.S. military is already planning on a deal with that new government that will appropriate some of Iraq's military bases. If the new Iraqi government is to be truly democratic, there is a good chance that it might not want a foreign military on their soil. If the new government is less than democratic, such a deal might be easily procured...

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Agonist points out an important fact in paragraph nine of that article:

In a particularly important development, officials said the United States was likely to reduce American forces in Saudi Arabia, as well.

The alleged reason that Al-Qaeda hates the United States because we have our infidel military forces in Saudi Arabia near the holy sites of Mecca and Medina. Getting U.S. forces out of Saudi Arabia could be one way of undercutting the terrorist group by removing the source of their alleged greivances.

Granted, by now they have many more reasons to hate us (attacks on Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq), but I think that getting U.S. troops out of Saudi Arabia is a good move.

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What about the holy sites of Karbala and Najaf? I agree the drawdown in Saudi Arabia is a good idea, but I don't see a big upside in replacing old grievances with new ones.

Posted by: dack at April 21, 2003 09:56 AM

I also support bringing the military out of Saudi bases but not for your reasons. We should pull out of Saudi because of their support for terrorism. You Oneworldgovernmentpeaceforallnumbnuts just don't get it do you? It's our success as a nation and a people that they hate so much. Pure jealousy plain and simple. The little green envy monster has their view of America clouded at best.

Keep asking yourself this, what would the world be like if America wasn't there to save it? I don't see where we are wrong for wanting other countries to be friendly toward us and our industries since we have saved their butts time and time again. Would you rather have the swastica or rising sun as your world flag? Would you women like to have the same rights as the women in the mid-east or the rights you enjoy in the western world? How about sweeping your dirt floors instead of mopping your marble ones?

America..... Love it or LEAVE IT

Posted by: Noob at April 25, 2003 09:23 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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