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September 23, 2003

I had every intention of completely dismantling George W. Bush's recent UN speech here, but I've realized that I don't care. This was not the vitally important speech that we were led to believe it would be, so I'll only give it the time it deserves.

Near as I can figure, the White House realized that their negotiations with other nations were not going well, and that no 22-minute speech in existence that was going to change that. So, they they just rolled out a fairly bland speech that said "We were right to invade Iraq. You other countries should help us make Iraq safe and democratic. Oh yeah, and Afghanistan too. And to make myself seem a little bit less obnoxious, and as a minor guilt trip tactic, I'm also going to mention that all of our countries should work together to fight hunger and AIDS. And sexual slavery. America rules!"

One interesting bit that's not getting much notice is the brief section where Bush talked about efforts to prevent the proliferation of WMD. Bush discusses it as though it were about global security, when really it is an explicit part of the Bush administration's National Security Strategy. The NSS says nothing about reducing the amount of existing WMD, or even about preventing countries that currently have WMD from making more. It only talks about "diplomacy, arms control, multilateral export controls, and threat reduction assistance that impede states and terrorists seeking WMD" [emphases mine]. I am certainly in favor of preventing any more countries or organizations creating or obtaining nuclear weapons, but this is simply about maintaining the current nuclear status quo. The countries that have nukes can keep em, and even do things like try to create "reasonable," mini versions. The countries that don't have em can't ever have em, and have to remain forever at the mercy of the nuclear powers.

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Six months ago Bush didnt give a damn what the UN thought. And now he's asking for everyone to come together and help clean up his big mess.

That seems fairly brash.

There are no WMD's. There is no link between 9/11 and Saddam. And those were THE reasons why we had to bomb the hell out of Iraq, right?

How is Bush avoiding impeachment and prosecution?

I cant believe that more people arent pissed off about this. But then...that just means most people arent paying attention, which is nothing new.

I dont understand how the truth about this whole thing just doesnt matter to most Americans. "Oh well, we just took over a country on false evidence and killed thousands of people due to lies...hmmm...thats too bad..."

I'm feeling very pessimistic today.

Posted by: ryan anderson at September 25, 2003 08:59 AM

ryan, i think you are right on point- i often wonder how and why more people don't get a case of the ass on bush's "intentions", actions, and public flubs, as well as a host of other ills of the world i could list to oblivion. some would say it hurts too much to acknowledge these things, or is it because change is necessary and folks generally don't like change, apathy prevails. who knows? i can say one thing, a natural disaster or war on your doorstep definitely changes your perception, approach, and possibilities in life. i live in the beachfront area of hampton roads, va, and just got my electricity back on, others are not near as lucky.

Posted by: paula at September 25, 2003 10:43 AM

ryan, i think you are right on point- i often wonder how and why more people don't get a case of the ass on bush's "intentions", actions, and public flubs, as well as a host of other ills of the world i could list to oblivion. some would say it hurts too much to acknowledge these things, or is it because change is necessary and folks generally don't like change, apathy prevails. who knows? i can say one thing, a natural disaster or war on your doorstep definitely changes your perception, approach, and possibilities in life. i live in the beachfront area of hampton roads, va, and just got my electricity back on, others are not near as lucky.

Posted by: paula at September 25, 2003 10:43 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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