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May 23, 2003

Top headline on Yahoo News:

Sharon Accepts U.S.-Backed Peace Plan

This article claims that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has agreed to the US- proposed "road map to peace" between Israel and Palestine.

Well techincally, Sharon's office said that "Israel is prepared to accept the steps prescribed in the road map." There's a lot of wiggle room there, I can easily imagine a new statement that says "we accept the steps, but not in that order."

Then there's this article here all about how the Israeli government has hired a bunch of American PR agents to undermine the U.S. plan. I recommend reading that one, as it lays out quite explicitly recommendations for how Israeli spokesmen could manipulate and persuade the American public to side with Israel on this issue. Makes the first article look a little puzzling.

And finally, this article:

Israel's Concerns May Alter Road Map

Apparently Sharon has accepted the "broad outlines" of the road map, and the "United States recognizes Israel's concerns and will seek to address them." In other words, Sharon has said that he'd like peace, but doesn't accept the U.S. plan to get there.

It looks to me like no progress has been made at all.

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Blah blah blah blah blah ... it's all talk, no action. Designed as a PR smokescreen to let Likud look like the are doing something.

As the song said:

Nothing in the streets
looks any different to me....

Posted by: Z at May 26, 2003 07:48 PM

The Israeli's are so full of shit, it's laughable.
What they need to do is hurry up and build that stinking temple so the Antichrist can come and put the abomination of desolation on it and then we can all nuke each other while the angels pour bowls of plague, famine, pestilenc on us, after which we nuke each other and then we can be fucking done with the Zionist assholes and the world. AMEN! See ya all in HELL!

Posted by: Abraxus Maxus at May 27, 2003 10:20 PM
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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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