Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.
|Tuesday, 31 October 2006 at 19h 19m 45s|
Blacklisting is a form of censorship
Click here for the ABC Corporate memo
to ABC affiliated stations requesting that there are 100 advertisers who are
not to be aired on "Air America Radio" programs. This is called blacklisting.
When the public airwaves become surrogately owned by private corporations,
the advertizers that pay for ads will pull their financial support when they do
not like programming. You don't see them pulling ads from liars like Limbaugh,
Hannity, Savage, O'Reilly, and the Fox propaganda channel -- but here they are,
requesting that ABC stations not get paid for the Air America programs they put
on the air.
This is the anti-democratic nature of corporations, who have a real interest in
screening the information that gets through to the public. We need to
enforce the Anti-trust laws on these media conglomerates. How many stories in
the news media will ever honestly inspect the actions of these corporations?
None that the advertizers don't approve, because they don't care to have their
monopolistic, immoral, illegal corrupt activities thoroughly explained to the
public. This why the news is dominated by celebrity gossip or the civil court-
room drama, just like McDonalds' hamburgers are added with phosphates,
flavor "enhancers", and other fatty leftovers before they are freeze-dried.
And now these corporate advertizers have gotten so accustomed to this practice
over the decades that they send lawyers to regularly staff the production
meetings of the big media companies. Editors and executive producers all get
promotions based upon understandings of how things work, and they pick
journalists and reporters of the same mold. A single phone call from a General
Electric CEO got ABC to pull a story on the failure of Nuclear Energy. Two
Florida Fox News Reporters got fired when they refused to pull a show about MBT
treated cow milk because a Monsanto lawyer wanted the story yanked after many
failed attempts to rewrite the story. MSNBC canned its most popular show, Phil
Donahue in the months just before March 2003 because the CEO's didn't want a
show on the air that might be critical of the President and the war :
popularity be damned.
Recall how pitiful the "press" did on the lies of the Iraq war, and the Ohio
debacle of 2004 that had to wait until John Conyers independently formed a
committee and published a 120 page cursory book on the plethora of suspicious
irregularities that needed investigation. -- (Ken Blackwell meet Katherine
Harris) -- The Press ignored (and continues to ignore) the way Choicepoint DBA
got paid $4 million to provide a sloppy, 90% inaccurate felon list that
Katherine Harris used to purge some 60,000 plus black voters from Florida polls
that were not felons.
This is how the borderline between filtered news and censorship gets very
ambiguous. A big advertiser doesn't like a certain person that is interviewed,
or wants to reframe a video spot by clipping out some of the video. Words are
editted and changed, not always with the same meaning or implication. The
Headline Titles are rarely chosen by the story authors. Even whole details
might be removed or altered at the whims of the editors and executive producers
for reasons that are not altruistic or honest. The last resort is always to
pull the plug, or put the piece in cold storage.
If you've been reading my blog regularly, you've come across my periodic tear
down of some bogus reporting or story development. One thing you must
remember : there are usually 3 or 4 different versions on the news wire for any
big story. A news source is free to pick up the editted version instead of the
original story. A lot of Associated Press (AP) and (now that it is owned by
Rupert Murdoch) United Press International (UPI) stories are just selectively
edited versions of an original story published by some other journalist
somewhere else. Thus, unless you seek out the primary source, you might be
getting the McDonald's burger instead of the real sirloin steak. Newspapers
and local TV news stations are particularly vulnerable to this selective edited
story phenomenom, because unless the reporting is local, they usually depend
upon outside organizations for their information.
A short list of these advertisers will surprise you :
- Bank of America
- Exxon Mobil
- Federal Express
- General Electric
- McDonald's -- Ronald McDonald despises the truth
- Microsoft -- A fatal system crash might otherwise occur
- Office Depot
- Pepsi -- the choice of a brainwashed nation
- The Discovery Channel
- the U.S. Navy -- which loves Rush Limbaugh
Some of these are owned by larger holding companies and are not really
independent financial entities.
|Sunday, 29 October 2006 at 17h 21m 45s|
Halliburton's proprietary schemes
From the DC Examiner, the other paper of record in the Nation's
Capital. The story is by ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY, an Associated Press reporter.
The special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction found that Houston-based
Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown & Root Services routinely marked all information
it was giving the government as proprietary, whether it actually was or not.
The government promises not to disclose proprietary data so a company's most
valuable information is not divulged to its competitors.
By marking all information proprietary - including such normally releasable
data as labor rates - the company abused federal regulations, the report says.
In effect, Kellogg, Brown & Root turned the regulations "into a mechanism to
prevent the government from releasing normally transparent information, thus
potentially hindering competition and oversight."
. . .
Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee,
said that in 13 oversight hearings on the war in Iraq the committee found more
than $1 billion in waste, fraud, abuse and what it called "shoddy work" by
"I'm convinced that this is the biggest waste, fraud and abuse in the history
of this country," Dorgan said.
If the Democrats take control of the Senate, he said, they will launch
oversight hearings on war matters ranging from faulty intelligence leading up
to the war to wrongdoing by contractors.
And today's San Francisco Comical Front Page stories (keep in mind the Sunday
paper really comes out Saturday afternoon ... which is another way for
corporate headquarters to skim cuts and suck out more profits) :
- A desperate, critical time in Gaza Strip at close of Ramadan
- Matthew Kalman . . . Life is brutally hard in Gaza
- Dems face a tug-of-war in own tent
- Marc Sandalow, Washington Bureau Chief of bullshit, trying to sew the
seeds of division. Ask yourself this Mr. Sandalow, what's the difference
between how many Democrats are voting Republican this year, and how many
Republicans are voting Democrat? And on the front page!
- Forget the mashed peas -- you've come a long way, baby food
- Tara Duggan . . .The health issues of organic baby food
- THE CITY'S COST OF A LIFE REDEEMED
- Kevin Fagan, Brant Ward . . . The cost of taking care of homelessness and
drug addict health issues
- Those wrinkles aren't from squinting
YouTube, MySpace, computer gaming -- a big chunk of users approach middle age
- Joe Garofoli . . . Wow, like oh my god, sooooo much more important then
|Friday, 27 October 2006 at 10h 32m 13s|
Don't give me credit.
I "borrowed" this
from bartcop, a pretty cool site.
"You ought to just back off, take a look at it, relax,
understand that it's complicated, it's difficult,"
- Rumsfeld at a press conference
27 October 2006.
|Wednesday, 25 October 2006 at 16h 24m 43s|
The Case for Divided Government
William A. Niskanen is chairman of the Cato Institute and
chairman of President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers.
Here for Mr. Niskanen (Chairman of the Cato Institute) explain why everyone
should vote for a Democrat this year. He calls it "A Case for Divided
The post is brief, maybe 10 paragraphs. He gives three historical points.
Here is how he introduces the article.
For those of you with a partisan bent, I have some bad news:
Our federal government may work better (less badly) when at least one chamber
of Congress is controlled by a party other than the party of the president. The
general reason for this is that each party has the opportunity to block the
most divisive measures proposed by the other party. Other conditions, of
course, also affect political outcomes, but the following types of evidence for
this hypothesis are too important to ignore:
Wow. The chairman of the Cato Institute.
|Tuesday, 24 October 2006 at 18h 12m 16s|
for the groundbreaking book that inspired generations by Jack Herer, The
Emperor Wears No Clothes, or what I prefer to call, The Truth About
This book was about 250 or so pages ... and was the nom de guerre of the
environmental movement in the late 80's and 90's when I was a young man
transitioning between high school, college, and the real world. The fact of
the matter is that many of our current resource and production sources are the
leftover decisions of a time in the past. Our current use of resources and
energy production is not efficient nor wise and not even economical. For me
this book opened up the huge reality of what choices and possibilities there
are. I'll have to detail the current evolution of this thought process at a
The book was a book a fraternity brother actually introduced me to, and was
actually quite well known on Tulane University campus where I went to college.
The campus bookstore actually had copies for sale for a time when I was a
sophomore, or at least I remember seeing the books for sale at the campus
bookstore when I was a Sophomore.
If you need a quick synopsis, Click here for Chapter Two, which gives the historical
I can't believe this is actually online now. Wow.
|Tuesday, 24 October 2006 at 16h 21m 53s|
Prescott Bush and the nazi connection
If you do a google on "Prescott Bush" these are the first 2 links you get (as
of today) :
here for wikipedia.
- Click here for an excellent account by the
New Hampshire Gazette.
Oh but there's more:
- Click here for a story in the London Guardian.
- Click here
for Chapter 2 of George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography --- by
Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin
If you want more, do the google on "Prescott Bush" yourself.
|Monday, 23 October 2006 at 18h 21m 52s|
So what were those trips paid for by Abramoff
here for the full article
Trips to the Marianas paid for by Abramoff for Republican Ralph Hall (R-TX) who
represents the Texas Fourth Congressional District. The Marianas islands are a
haven for the under age sex slave rings; but they are really all across the Far
East, in Vietnam, the Philipines, Thailand, Burma, and India. But the Marianas
islands are an American Territory. There are secret places.
Well, you see
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) took the floor of Congress in 1996 to question a 15 year-
old girl's claim that she had been the victim of sex trafficking in the
Northern Mariana Islands, a client of Jack Abramoff. "[S]he wanted to do nude
dancing," Hall said. A lobbyist working with Abramoff helped Hall prepare his
statement, and Abramoff had earlier paid for a trip by Hall to the islands.
Asked how the 1996 trip benefited the Texas Fourth Congressional District he
represents, Hall said, “I think it benefits my constituents if you do anything
that benefits the Peace Through Strength people, when you’re going out to bring
information to them to help win the Cold War. That’s a benefit to them, to
their strategic interests.”
So was the trip financed by Abramoff part of an influence peddling, black arts
offering of sorts? I mean, the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, and what does
denying the truth of sex trafficking have to do with the Cold War anyway?
Can you say, PERVERT.
|Monday, 23 October 2006 at 16h 45m 53s|
Revolt and resistance from within
Click here for the US news wire public release.
This is a breaking story. 65 Active Iraq Soldiers are standing down.
Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to Press Congress to End U.S. Occupation
65 Members to Send "Appeals for Redress" Under the Military Whistle-blower
10/23/2006 9:58:00 AM
To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor
Contact: Trevor Fitzgibbon, 202-246-5303, or Alex Howe, or Laura Gross,
5200, for Fenton Communications
For the first time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, active- duty members of the
military are asking Members of Congress to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and
bring American soldiers home.
Sixty-five active-duty members have sent Appeals for Redress to Members of
Congress. Three of these people (including two who served in Iraq) and their
attorney will speak about this on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. EDT.
Under the Military Whistle-Blower Protection Act (DOD directive 7050.6), active-
duty military, National Guard and Reservists can file and send a protected
communication to a Member of Congress regarding any subject without reprisal.
What: Three active-duty members of the military and their lawyer, a
U.S. Marine Corps JAG, make comments and take questions from the media.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. EDT
|Sunday, 22 October 2006 at 14h 52m 52s|
The real Iraq
Click here for a London Guardian documentary that aired on
the BBC, by Sean Smith, the Guardian's award-winning war photographer, spent
nearly six weeks with the 101st Division of the US army in Iraq. Watch his
haunting observational film that explodes the myth around the claims that the
Iraqis are preparing to take control of their own country.
|Sunday, 22 October 2006 at 13h 49m 54s|
There is no voter fraud
Just another hoax brought to you by the
machine to justify anti-democratic legislation and state initiatives that make
it more difficult for poor people to vote.
From the USA TODAY
By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — At a time when many states are instituting new requirements for
voter registration and identification, a preliminary report to the U.S.
Election Assistance Commission has found little evidence of the type of polling-
place fraud those measures seek to stop.
USA TODAY obtained the report from the commission four months after it was
delivered by two consultants hired to write it. The commission has not
distributed it publicly.
At least 11 states have approved new rules for independent voter-registration
drives or requirements that voters produce specific forms of photo ID at
polling places. Several of those laws have been blocked in court, most recently
in Arizona last week. The House of Representatives last month approved a photo-
ID law, now pending in the Senate.
The bipartisan report by two consultants to the election commission casts doubt
on the problem those laws are intended to address. “There is widespread but not
unanimous agreement that there is little polling-place fraud, or at least much
less than is claimed, including voter impersonation, ‘dead' voters, non-citizen
voting and felon voters,” the report says.
. . .
Barry Weinberg, former deputy chief of the voting section in the Justice
Department's civil rights division, reviewed their work. “Fraud at the polling
place is generally difficult to pull off,” he says. “It takes a lot of planning
and a lot of coordination.”
Of course right-wing reactionaries "dispute the research and conclusions." Thor
Hearne, counsel to the misnamed American Center for Voting Rights -- that means
he is a
lawyer-- notes "that the Justice Department has sued Missouri for having
ineligible voters registered, while dead people have turned up on the
registration rolls in Michigan."
But a funny thing about these two examples? The dead people that showed up
on registration rolls were due to newly deceased persons. There was no
evidence that persons voted in place of the deceased persons in Michigan. The
statement of the Federal lawsuit against Missouri only mentions the existence
of the case, not the result of or the actual details of the case.
I did a google and had a hard time finding information about this federal
lawsuit against the state of Missouri.
Here is the source from an ap news wire line. The story was
printed in the St Louis Dispatch. Guess what the law suit was about?
The complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western
District of Missouri, alleges that the state has failed to meet its legal
responsibilities to conduct a general program to maintain its voter
registration list for federal elections as required under Section 8 of the
NVRA. It alleges that, in some parts of Missouri, voters have been removed from
registration lists without notification in direct violation of mandatory NVRA
procedural protections,and that,in other areas, ineligible voters have not been
removed from registration lists. The complaint further alleges that the state's
failure to comply with the voter registration list maintenance provisions of
the NVRA has resulted in registration lists that provide inaccurate voting
information, including one county where the number of registered voters is over
150% of its voting age population.
Did you get that? Notice the use of the word "alleges". We have no idea how
much of this "complaint filed in the US District Court" is politically
motivated. In any case, the "complaint" is not about voters actually
ballots which is, Mr. Hearne, why the study you criticize "found little
evidence of the type of polling-place fraud those measures seek to stop."
Lesson number 23 billion in why you must Watch what they do,not what they say.
Also, notice that the various versions of this original USA TODAY story are
being grossly sliced and edited.
* Click here *
original story was 9 paragraphs. The UPI story (which is owned by Fox news
mogul Ruppert Murdoch) is only 6 paragraphs. The very important original
first 4 paragraphs have been condensed into one sentence : "Claims of
voter fraud at U.S. polling booths are exaggerated, an independent report done
for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says." The words "claims"
and "exaggerated" are new
words that were not in the original USA TODAY story.
And yet, these are the words that are cheap substitutes for
"There is widespread but not
unanimous agreement that there is little polling-place fraud, or at least much
less than is claimed, including voter impersonation, ‘dead' voters, non-
voting and felon voters,” the report says
Widespread but not unanimous ? Hmmm, would that be like a 35 - 3 football
game? Or a 95 - 5 Senate vote?
Furthermore, the UPI spinned version
ends with the legalese of Thor Hearn. The quote from Barry Weinberg has been
Yes. That's right, you guessed correctly. The UPI decided it was more
important to end the story with a quote
from Thor Hearn, a partisan group lawyer, than Barry Weinberg, former deputy
chief of the voting section in the Justice
Department's civil rights division ? Who has a more substantive opinion : A
hired shill, or the deputy chief of the voting section in the Justice
Department's civil rights division?
By the way, "Thor Hearn" is actually Mark F. Hearn. What's with the nickname?
This is why you never believe an article that is from the "UPI Staff." What
you get is a sliced up spin version of the actual original story.
Who would you believe?
And the front page story for the Friday San Francisco Comical : "Critics assail
Firefighters effort to rescue mission." Yes, that's our corporate monolith
Hearst Corporation for you, getting to the bottom of the really, really
important stories that truly affect our democracy.
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