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August 20, 2003

Wow, haven't done an entry like this in a long time.

Ashcroft Begins Patriot Act Tour- Attorney General John Ashcroft is out campaigning to convince America that the USA PATRIOT Act is not an unconstitutional theft of our civil liberties. Hope Ari Fleischer's writing his material, cuz this job will require a tremendous amount of lying.

Myth and Denial in the War Against Terrorism- "Killing Hope" author William Blum examines the popular myth that "terrorists just hate America and democracy", and its ramifications.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, FISCAL CONSERVATIVE?- Schwarzenegger claims to want to save California from its budget crisis, but his last six movies have lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Here's a list of em. Note: the article is slightly misleading. It lists Arnold's last six movies, and then skips over one successful movie to focus on another failure. The list skips "Eraser", which actually did fairly well.

Flood the Zone Fridays, brought to you by Karl Rove- blogger Ezra Klein discovers that the Bush campaign website GeorgeWBush.com has an Action Center which makes it easy to mass mail your local media outlets and spread the sociopathically conservative agenda. Except that it looks like you can send any old message you like, not just the ones that the Bush team wants you to send... Klein recommends hijacking the Action Center every Friday to combat Bush. Sounds good for a laugh.

Cops Against the Drug War- police officers speak out against the insanity of America's drug policies.

The Sperminator- a cheap, effective, long-lasting birth control method for men? Sounds promising. Near as I can figure, a fellow can get a single $22 injection that will kill all sperm leaving his body for up to 10 years (and can have the process reversed with another injection). The downside is that the injection must be made into the vas deferens inside the guy's scrotum. Don't know if this procedure is coming to a drug store near you anytime soon.

Why the UN is a target- a question I've been asking myself. Why did terrorists blow up the UN building in Baghdad? This article proposes that maybe it was blown up by Iraqis angry that just days earlier that the UN had welcomed the rather puppet-ish Iraqi Governing Council into its ranks. Of course, this is just one theory among many.

The Album Is Played Out- not a good article, but a significant milestone. MTV finally feels that low sales and file-trading might be the death knell for "the album." In other words, that bands and record labels might have to focus on creating and selling individual songs, instead of "song packages" like albums (which Chuck D once described as "buy three good songs, get four bad ones free").

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any male comments on the injectionary sperm destabilizer? i am so entertained by that entry. might have to elaborate later if time permits. mtv and the mass marketing of mediocre music, let this madness stop : they very well may have just set up badly connected speaker systems in every locality and blasted the theme of allegiance to the atm god. true musicians who take time to hone their craft do occasionally get featured/played on mtv just not with the same perverse down your throat campaign. i'm revolted by the megalomaniacs whose names we know only all too well on the music scene whose music is pat and farcical amd blasted from every car in normalsville.

Posted by: paula at August 21, 2003 04:40 AM

The album is played out becaue popular music is played out. Back in the much maligned and bitched about 60's and 70's there were a ton of bands that could make entire albums full of unforgettable music.

Those days are long gone.

Posted by: The Fool at August 21, 2003 02:10 PM

It's the first I've heard of that proceedure, but I had a vasectomy three years ago, and it was surprisingly painless. My biggest fear was the injections (one for each testicle), but I didn't even feel them (I was under a light, general anestesia and remember very little of the operation and nothing about the injections. Both my vas defrens were snipped, and it's the best money I ever spent.

Posted by: Hylo Bates at August 22, 2003 09:06 AM
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December 01, 2004

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The Great Indecency Hoax- last week, we wrote about how the "massive outcry" to the FCC about a racy Fox TV segment amounted to letters from 20 people. This week, we look at the newest media scandal, the infamous "naked back" commercial. On Monday Night Football, last week, ABC aired an ad for it's popular "Desperate Housewives" TV show, in which one of the actresses from the show attempted to seduce a football player by removing the towel she was wearing to bare her body to him. All the audience saw, however, was her back. No tits, no ass, no crotch, just her back.

No one complained.

The next Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his shocked viewers how the woman had appeard in the commercial "buck naked".

Then, the FCC received 50,000 complaints. How many of them actually saw this commercial is anyone's guess.

The article also shows the amazing statistics that although the Right is pretending that the "22% of Americans voted based on 'moral values'" statistic shows the return of the Moral Majority, this is actually a huge drop from the 35% who said that in the 2000 election or the 40% who said that in 1996 (when alleged pervert Bill Clinton was re-elected). This fact is so important I'm going to mention it over in the main news section too.

Brian Williams may surprise America- Tom Brokaw's replacement anchor, Brian Williams, dismissed the impact of blogs by saying that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Which is really funny, coming out of the mouth of a dude who's idea of journalism is to read words out loud off a teleprompter. Seriously, if parrots were literate, Brian Williams would be reporting live from the line outside the soup kitchen.

In related news, Tom Brokaw has quit NBC Nightly News, and it appears that unlike his predecessor, the new guy can speak without slurring words like a drunk.

PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror- in February of 2002, Donald Rumsfeld announced the creation of the Office of Strategic Influence, a new department that would fight the war on terror through misinformation, especially by lying to journalists. Journalists were so up in arms about this that the Pentagon agreed to scrap the program.

Don't you think that an agency designed to lie to the public might lie about being shut down, too?

This article gives some examples about the US military lying to the press for propaganda and disinformation purposes.

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR in December- African-American talk show host Tavis Smiley is opting to not renew his daily talk show on National Public Radio. He criticized his former employers for failing to: "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply donít know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future." He's 100% correct. NPR is white. Polar bear eating a marshmallow at the mayonaise factory white. And the reason it's so white is that it is trying to maintain an affluent listener base (premoniantly older white folks) who will donate money to their stations. This is a great paradox of American public broadcasting, that they have a mandate to express neglected viewpoints and serve marginalized communities, but those folks can't donate money in the amounts that the stations would like to see.

U.S. Muslim Cable TV Channel Aims to Build Bridges- it sounds more positive than it is "Bridges TV" seems to simultaneously be a cable channel pursuing an affluent American Muslim demographic, and a way of building understanding and tolerance among American non-Muslims who might happen to watch the channel's programming. I was hoping it would be aimed more at Muslim's worldwide, but it ain't. Still, I'd be interested in seeing how their news programs cover the issues.

Every Damned Weblog Post Ever- it's funny cuz it's true.

Wikipedia Creators Move Into News- Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created collectively by thousands of contributors. It's one of those non-profit, decentralized, collective, public projects that show how good the internet can be. Now, the Wikipedia founders are working on a similar project to create a collaborative news portal, with original content. Honestly, it's quite similar to IndyMedia sites (which reminds me, happy 5th birthday, IndyMedia!). I'll admit, I'm a bit skeptical about the Wikinews project, though. IndyMedia sites work because they're local, focused on certain lefty issues, and they're run by activists invested in their beliefs. I'm not sure what would drive Wikinews or how it would hang together.

CBS, NBC ban church ad inviting gays- the United Church of Christ created a TV ad which touts the church's inclusion, even implying that they accept homosexuals into their congregation. Both CBS and NBC are refusing to air the ad. This is not too surprising, as many Americans are uncomfortable about homosexuality, and because TV networks are utter cowards. But CBS' explanation for the ban was odd:

"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast."

Whoa, what? First of all, the ad does not mention marriage at all. Second, since when do positions opposite of the Executive Branch constitute "unacceptable"? This doesn't sound like "we're not airing this because it's controversial", this sounds like "we're afraid of what the President might say."

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