....LMB: "Fuck Free Trade"....

November 20, 2003

Protesters taking the streets of Miami to oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas, yet another trade treaty that'll put more power in the hands of corporations while throwing workers to the dogs and shitting on the environment. Take em to school, kids.

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FTAA IMC- covering protests is what Independent Media Centers do best.

Resistance Radio- audio stream with continuous coverage, also from IMC

2003 FTAA Protests - Showdown in Miami- from anarchist news source Infoshop.org. News, personal accounts, and lots and lots of intense pictures.

This is my patriotism, ladies and gentlemen. People putting themselves on the line to fight against exploitation and abuse by the powerful. I don't care where a person's from or what their passport says, I'm proud of the people who resist, and proud to count myself among their ranks.

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It's always easy to be against something, to criticize is weak. You're against Bush, and of course, Jews, and self defense, and the 10 commandments, and christmas, we get it. The question for you, and all you angry uninformed liberals, is what the hell are you FOR ?

Posted by: john at November 20, 2003 01:30 PM

"to criticize is weak"? Right you are, O master of the logical and orderly argument.

Now, to praise in strength: this is the first time I've seen this site, and just like to benchpress 500lbs or something and kick sand in your eye.

Posted by: PB Curtis at November 20, 2003 03:50 PM

So John, you're against people not being for something?

Posted by: Jake at November 20, 2003 04:11 PM

We all know one thing: John is not for toleration of differing opinions. John is for randomly accusing someone of anti-Semitism when it has absolutely nothing to do with what he's commenting on.

Posted by: Incadenza at November 21, 2003 06:51 AM

um... i think jake does a much better job of honoring the 10 commandments than you or any of your conservative buddies, john. he's not a big fat liar and a thief, and he's not responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. you're an idiot. you find your way to a blog that actually might educate your little pea brain about the world, and you would rather cling blindly to the stupid crap you're spoonfed by fox news.

Posted by: at November 21, 2003 12:00 PM

Um...does John know what a liberal is? Keep attacking straw men...And yes, everyone here must be Jew-hating Nazis. I guess it's not PC to criticize Israel...I thought PC was a "liberal" thing. Ten Commadments? Self-defense? If you mean imposing religious fundamentalism with military guns, then you may have a point.

Posted by: Eric at November 21, 2003 05:31 PM

A little quote I found the other day.

He is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins.
Frederick Douglas

Of course with Republicans if you rebuke or do not excuse your country's sins, you are a traitor.

Qikdraw

Posted by: Qikdraw at November 21, 2003 08:34 PM

I bet Johhny jerkoff loves to listen to Rush, who is nothing BUT 3 hours of mean-spirited, half-truth, "I'm against everything THEY do" every fucking day. Hypocrisy really is a self-blinding affliction. John, please read Matthew 7:5, and take the beam out of your eye.

As the Onion so beautifully put it a few weeks ago, "Bush Administration declares War on Criticism."

Happy Armageddon!

Posted by: Scott at November 22, 2003 09:15 AM

It's always easy to be for something...Blind allegiance is weak.

Posted by: Eric at November 22, 2003 08:02 PM

this is nonsense.... I listen to foxnews and Rush, Hannity and Colmes, The Laura Ingram show, and the Oreilley factor...
Perhaps if you kept a more open minded position to more than the propaganda you have obviously been spoonfed your whole life, and listened to the OTHER side of the facts....(that being, the TRUE side of things).... you wouldnt be taking cheap shots at conservatives asswipe...
In almost 50 years of the liberal movement, can you give me ONE example of ANYTHING useful to society that you treehugging, bleeding heart, "Elitists" have done that is positive for society?
Think hard now..
It sounds like to me the person who wrote this website is a fucking moron, with little, or know knowledge of reality, the truth, what is good or isnt good for this countrie's defense, and what is good economically in general...
But then again,,
all liberals do is piss and moan about things and they usually never have a solution to anything other than baseless, idiotic, rhetoric, and cheap shots on another persons' character..
Take a look in the mirror before you talk about other people's ineptness.
You may find your full of it yourself...
or, something else.

Posted by: hms at August 25, 2004 04:43 PM

this is nonsense.... I listen to foxnews and Rush, Hannity and Colmes, The Laura Ingram show, and the Oreilley factor...
Perhaps if you kept a more open minded position to more than the propaganda you have obviously been spoonfed your whole life, and listened to the OTHER side of the facts....(that being, the TRUE side of things).... you wouldnt be taking cheap shots at conservatives asswipe...
In almost 50 years of the liberal movement, can you give me ONE example of ANYTHING useful to society that you treehugging, bleeding heart, "Elitists" have done that is positive for society?
Think hard now..
It sounds like to me the person who wrote this website is a fucking moron, with little, or know knowledge of reality, the truth, what is good or isnt good for this countrie's defense, and what is good economically in general...
But then again,,
all liberals do is piss and moan about things and they usually never have a solution to anything other than baseless, idiotic, rhetoric, and cheap shots on another persons' character..
Take a look in the mirror before you talk about other people's ineptness.
You may find your full of it yourself...
or, something else.

Posted by: hms at August 25, 2004 04:43 PM

this is nonsense.... I listen to foxnews and Rush, Hannity and Colmes, The Laura Ingram show, and the Oreilley factor...
Perhaps if you kept a more open minded position to more than the propaganda you have obviously been spoonfed your whole life, and listened to the OTHER side of the facts....(that being, the TRUE side of things).... you wouldnt be taking cheap shots at conservatives asswipe...
In almost 50 years of the liberal movement, can you give me ONE example of ANYTHING useful to society that you treehugging, bleeding heart, "Elitists" have done that is positive for society?
Think hard now..
It sounds like to me the person who wrote this website is a fucking moron, with little, or know knowledge of reality, the truth, what is good or isnt good for this countrie's defense, and what is good economically in general...
But then again,,
all liberals do is piss and moan about things and they usually never have a solution to anything other than baseless, idiotic, rhetoric, and cheap shots on another persons' character..
Take a look in the mirror before you talk about other people's ineptness.
You may find your full of it yourself...
or, something else.

Posted by: hms at August 25, 2004 04:44 PM

conservatives rule... John Kerry will never see the inside of the White House unless he is on a guided TOUR...
Liberals are misguided, elitist pieces of shit who wouldnt know how to run a war on terror any more than they know how to accomplish anything significant or positive for anyone else but themselves.
Free trade is good for our country as it creates these things we all call JOBS!!!
It also feeds the economy, families, and the future of America..
All while liberals demonstrate against what makes this country strong.
If it were up to me... I would shoot every liberal piece of shit in this nation, nuke Hollywood, crucify all attorneys, put up a huge fucking fence around the whole nation and shoot any immigrant who tried to cross it, and slap the stupid off any demonstrator dumb enough to piss and moan about it...
FUCK THE Environment, the whales, vegitarians, liberal tree hugging hippy-like pussies, niggers, spics, arab terrorists, the pop culture, yuppie scum, and mostly all of the west coast as well... espeicially those gay fuckers in San Fran.
LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC!
RE_Elect BUSH!
AND FUCK YOU IF YOU DONT LIKE IT YOU BUNCH OF SISSY ASS LIBERAL SHITBAGS!

Posted by: hms at August 25, 2004 04:54 PM
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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.

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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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