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May 22, 2004

I'll pull the troops out: Kerry- "United States Democrat John Kerry promised that, if elected president of the United States, he would pull virtually all American combat troops out of Iraq - away from the 'death zone' - by the end of his first term." Yes, if you vote for Kerry, the US might pull out of Iraq by the end of 2008. That's leadership.

'Significant Adverse Effects'- "Tens of thousands ... suffer debilitating health problems stemming from their exposure to contaminants in the air around the World Trade Center site."

House Bill Threatens Retailers- the proposed "Parents' Empowerment Act" would allow parents to sue "anyone who knowingly disseminates any media which contains 'material that is harmful to minors.'" The whole world must be child-proofed because children live in the world. Fuck off, parents. I'm an adult, and I like adult things.

More carnage in Gaza as the US mutters its disapproval- Israel makes war on Palestine some more.

Tuna Meltdown- I'm pretty pissed off about this one. The American Academy of Family Physicians published a magazine called "Essential Guide to Health and Wellbeing" and sent it out to 50,000 family doctors to put out in their waiting rooms. Among several other questionable advertisements (McDonald's? Dr. Pepper?), there is a full-page ad urging pregnant women to eat canned tuna fish for its numerous health properties. While it does have a number of health benefits, canned tuna is high in mercury, which can utterly fuck up a fetus' entire brain and nervous system! The AAFP estimates it made $100,000 from the advertisments in this magazine.

Material Given to Congress in 2002 Is Now Classified- Two years back, the Justice Department gave some documents to Congress which included testimony from an FBI translator who claimed that the bureau had dropped the ball on terrorism before 9/11. Now, suddenly, Justice has decided that those documents should have always been Classified, so they retroactively classified the documents that have been public for over 2 years. Could it be because they are critical of the government? That's crazy talk.

Sullivan on Iraq War, Sept. 1, 2002- blogger Juan Cole tears into popular conservative counterpart Andrew Sullivan for his pro-war pre-invasion propaganda.

Ammo Dump- simple article that tells you how to argue against people who are in favor of "tort reform."

A Soldier of Conscience- unpleasant tale of how one soldier lost his faith in the war on Iraq.

Raid on Chalabi Puts 'NYT' Even More on the Spot- Editor & Publisher tears into the NY Times for its hypocrisy: it criticizes the government for believing the self-serving lies of Ahmad Chalabi, but neglects to post corrections for the times it believe the self-serving lies of Ahmad Chalabi.

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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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