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"Michael Moore enlists with General Clark: the pathetic—and predictable—logic of protest politics"
By David Walsh
27 January 2004
The decision by American independent filmmaker and radical gadfly Michael Moore to endorse former army general Wesley Clark for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, while deplorable, is hardly astonishing. On the contrary, the move possesses a certain inevitability. It expresses the political and intellectual limitations, indeed bankruptcy, of an entire trend of current liberal-left thinking in America.
"The Daily Grind" is a new political commentary strip I'm considering running on a daily basis on several Indymedia sites.
Declaring the ascendence of porn is a 48-foot-high billboard of porn queen Jenna Jameson in Time Square, the symbolic heart of the U.S. advertising industry. She is now courted by TV producers, book publishers and marketers as a cultural star.
She and Ron Jeremy's recent renaissance are part of what some trend mavens say is the new "porno-ized" America, which seems to be enthralled with people who were once marginalized in a business that has always been the black sheep of entertainment.
"It's a way to prove your liberalness to not be freaked out by porn," said Marian Salzman, chief strategy officer at Euro RSCG Worldwide. "People are decidedly more open now."
"The face of the consumer has changed," said Rhett Speros, a trend analyst at brand consulting firm Buzztone, New York. "It's no longer that old guy in the trench coat in the '60s that your parents told you to run from."
Singleton, Scaife Among Political Contributors
thanks for the best layout I have ever seen, details.
Blinded by the Right
Maybe I'm just a little worried about this slippery slope.
This research by Dr. Glen Rangwala, was known by Blair, Bush, Powell, Cheney and most American politicians, including Kerry. This was/is hidden from us as part of the media/goverment war propaganda.
The annual Super Bowl game draws a huge audience of television viewers - 130 million Americans are expected to view the game February 1 -- and advertisers of all types want to reach that audience. So CBS, which will air the most-watched football game of the year, has jacked up ad rates accordingly and begun selling chunks of air time to peddlers of beer, soda pop, cars, trucks and political agendas.
Kerry's past brings him closer to Bush than any of the other candidates: both Bush and Kerry are members of a secretive society dating back to their respective days at Yale University - Skull and Bones. This secret society was a branch of a early 1800s German secret society, and has Hitler memoribilia in it. Bush and Kerry during their stay at Yale were eating off Hitler's planes and using his cutlery. This fact has not been widely reported but when Kerry's campaign spokesperson was asked about it, she said, "John Kerry has absolutely nothing to say on that subject. Sorry." ALEXANDRA ROBBINS is the New York Times bestselling author of Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power who was formerly on the Washington, DC staff of The New Yorker magazine. She is a 1998 graduate of Yale and was the first reporter to publish George W Bush's transcript from Yale when he was a student there. KEVIN PHILLIPS interview excerpts as well. He is the author of "American Dynasty, Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics Of Deceit in the House of Bush."
AMY GOODMAN: Although Bush was quoted as saying, and this was George Herbert Walker Bush, is that right, saying that women would be the downfall of Yale? ---- ALEXANDRA ROBBINS: That's George W. Bush. ---- AMY GOODMAN: George W.? ---- ALEXANDRA ROBBINS: George W. said in the 1980's, that -- to a woman who was a graduate of Yale -- that women would be the downfall of Yale. There are many other instances, some of which I point out in my book, that lead to -- lead one to assume that he voted against admitting women.
One other thing interesting about Kerry that I wanted to mention is that both of his wives have been directly related to members of Skull and Bones. A sister and daughter which is another connection to Skull and Bones that people don't usually know about.
Before I begin my own rant about the coverage on Howard Dean's campaign in Iowa, let it be known that I am a member of Dennis Kucinich's Media Team, and it is the latter who will truly lead this country in the best direction. However, I feel compelled to counter the media's portrayal of Mr. Dean who is quickly becoming orphaned by the media that raised him.
This Sunday Jan 25th at 7 pm the Cascadia Education Collective hosts the Justice For Mumia Coalition. A speaker will come and help us understand how we can help prevent the execution of one of the greatest contributors to the consciousness raising of this generation. These films and discussion will happen at the Cascadia Rising Infoshop at 1540 SE Clinton. This is a benefit for the Cascadia Rising Education Collective, and book donations for Books to Prisoners would be greatly appreciated.
Forget the speech full of empty promises, forget the media platitudes and ersatz
adulations, forget wishful thinking. If you want to know the real state of the
union, take a good look with your eyes.
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion recorded from a shortwave radio. 2 files- broadcast quality (13.2MB) and quick download (3.3MB). With times and freqs for listening at home. Free to rebroadcast. Netherlands, Russia, Spain, China, and Cuba.
came back to check any further comment's to posting on GOP HYPOCRITE of the week,
which has slipped to 2nd page, and lo and behold....found that a few comment's on the
board from yesterday had been removed in the transition from page 1 to page 2. Don't
know about you...but to me this clearly indicates that someone...no doubt some little ol'
"volunteer" Portland Indymedia worker has once again shown their "true colors" and is
into exercising "censorship", which is at total variance to FREE SPEECH. Thus, it rises
the question>>>are some of these "volunteers" nothing more than planted "government
agents" or "trolls" that are merely wolves in sheep's clothing? If they are, then frankly, it
seems obvious that their "volunteer" efforts are not needed, nor wanted, nor in further-
ance to what Portland Indymedia claims itself to be. Someone with authority there had
best check into this...dont ya think?
The Liberty Round Table, a libertarian group, started a Google bomb that linked the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition advocacy group, with the term "food Nazis."
This certainly isn't the worst article that's ever appeared in the WW (especially by its notorious author, Nick Budnick). Factually, it's on-base (which with the corporate media cannot by any means be assumed), but the style of Budnick and the WW (and most city weeklies across the country) continutes to be grating. His "hip" (or is it "post-hip"?) oh-so-clever tone (seen here in the descriptions of the R&B and its customers) has a tendency to trivialize whatever subject it touches, especially when that subject is activists and their concerns; note, in contrast, his straight-up quoting of the Starbucks corporate line with no irony whatsoever. Is this nit-picking (or maybe, "Nick-picking")? No. It's important to be a careful reader if you're going to expose yourself to the slick corporate media, and form is just as important as content. In the case of the WW (and, as I said, most weeklies across the country), that form is usually fairly cloying, with the result that its subjects are often cast more tritely than they deserve.
Still, with a campaign like this one, there's some truth to the adage that any coverage is good coverage. This article will bring the struggle to keep Starbucks out of Seven Corners to the attention of more people, many of whom will see through the fluffy veneer and who might lend their energy to the fight, and that's great. I'll stop short of thanking Budnick for his effort though -- it is, after all, just his job. ;-)
Portland TV news once had a reputation for examining serious issues and shying away from the emotion and hype of heavy crime coverage, but now newscasts feature more faces of sex abusers and rape suspects than office holders, business leaders and educators.
Big Noise Films - the makers of This Is What Democracy
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Okay, I added the text to the picture. But what does this picture suggest to you?
. . . Imagine : and even without resort to REPUBLICAN GUARANTEED touch screen voting machines !
In a previous piece I discussed how, immediately after the Summit of the America's concluded on Earth Day, 2001, an 'unknown' type of space craft appeared outside the space station and was filmed by Nasa's space shuttle camera. (Nasa admitted, once and only once, that they did film this unusual craft, and probably caught hell for doing so, since nothing has been heard about this extremely important matter since then).
With NBC publishing their full-page color ad in The New York Times today illustrating who and how MSNBC will be covering what the ad titled as the "Battle for the White House" NBC has illustrated their commitment to news by whites and therefore, for whites. It wouldn't be so bad if the ad and NBC's news reporting practice illustrated a reasonable balance of coverage but it most certainly does not and for that matter nor does any other corporate network broadcasting America today.
Can a person be an anti-Zionist without being an anti-Semite?
Absolutely yes. Zionism is a political creed and must be treated like any other. One can be anti-Communist without being anti-Chinese, anti-Capitalist without being anti-American, anti-Globalist, anti-Anything. Yet, again, it is not always easy to draw the line, because real anti-Semites often pretend just to be "anti-Zionists". They should not be helped by erasing the distinction.
Washington's plans for handing power to an unelected group of Iraqis is being strongly challenged by Iraq's majority Shia community. The occupiers who invaded Iraq in the name (partly) of bringing democracy are being accused of flouting democracy themselves
BETHESDA, Md.—While state department officials and historians converge on Washington this week to discuss the 1967 war in the Middle East, I am compelled to speak out about one of U.S. history's most shocking cover-ups.
On June 8, 1967, Israel attacked our proud naval ship — the USS Liberty — killing 34 American servicemen and wounding 172. Those men were then betrayed and left to die by our own government.
When we did the Ron Wyden sit-in during the vote to authorize force in Iraq, we sent out press releases to all of the press we could think of. Noone from the Oregonian, noone from WW or the Mercury or OPB, or streetroots, or any of several radio stations, and noone from the Tribune showed up. Several Indymedia people came and attended all day and did good stories on the event, Dave Mazza from the Alliance came and stayed all day (but I never saw an article--doesn't mean one didn't come out), one TV news camera (with no reported) from a station I can't remember came out for about 5 minutes, and Jim Hyde and a camera person came out. Jim stayed for about 45 minutes, he took his time interviewing people outside and in. He was incredibly respectful of us, friendly, he asked intelligent, thoughtful questions. I was somewhat shocked because I expected him to be a jerk, being from KPTV and such.
Michael Moore says nothing new, he only spits out worn cliches which leave the whole truth on the doorstep
City Club of Portland will host a Friday Forum Jan. 23 where so-called notable local journalists are encouraged to rant about topics of their choosing.
Bush supports object to MoveOn.com's Hitler ad, yet Rush Limbaugh routinely calls women's rights advocates "femi-Nazis" and the NY Post ran a column describing Howard Dean as a Josef Goebbels follower.
LOS ANGELES - U.S. football fans will not see ads featuring scantily clad vegetarians or a political attack on President Bush during February's Super Bowl after CBS said on Thursday that advocacy advertisements were out of bounds on professional football's biggest day.
The corporate media hounds have been so busilly dogging the really hot story about how some county employees might get paid for not being on duty. Wonder why?
And then things went silly
-----Perle is seriously frothing at the mouth. He should be tested for rabies.
About his latest book: "The book calls for tough action against France and its dreams of offsetting US power."
-----So, head's up if the Bush crony corporate state attempts to attack France by manufacturing some pretext. Some 'Cold War peace dividend,' eh? The world gets paranoid elitists--correction, lowbrow international organized crime--suddenly caught naked because none of their wars are ever justified anymore.
-----The nugget is the leaked backstage memos from an anonymous (though verified in real time) media executive at one of the corporate state networks: ABC, NBC, FOX, or CBS. According to the news site, the memos and their anon.source have proven in the past to be eerily predictable of how the state propaganda is managed or directed, in real time. Look for France bashing coming soon.
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion recorded from a shortwave radio. 2 files- broadcast quality (13MB) and quick download (3.3MB). With times and freqs for listening at home. Free to rebroadcast. Netherlands, China, Russia, and Cuba.
You asked for it, you got it. Almost banished from the Internet to the Memory Hole, this amazingly accurate critique proves to be too much for wimpy Democratic front-group MoveOn.org.
It was wall-to-wall Bush promotion on NBC Nightly News this evening. A taste of things to come?
Synopsis and slides.
While blathering endlessly on about the storm last week, the corporate media persistently ignored the very real threat this weather posed to people without homes to go to. Instead, they used up their considerable resources on ski reports, coy entertainment stories and harangues about the inconvenience of it all.
Today, I have an update to share on the perspective of at least one corporate reporter where this issue is concerned.
Billions of people across the planet are praying for America to replace Bush with someone that will put an end to the multinational-conglomerate looting of our planet. This is our chance to turn the world around, the question is: Who is the real candidate for change that will restore America and put People Over Profits?
"Since Woodrow Wilson introduced the `Committee for Public Information' during the 1st World War, governments and the military have attempted to regulate the manner and extent of reporting.."
"Since Woodrow Wilson introduced the `Committee for Public Information' during the 1st World War, governments and the military have attempted to regulate the manner and extent of reporting.."
Rush Limbaugh's Top Eleven Drug Induced Fantasies
Whether it's the partisan polemics of the Club for Growth, the glib dismissals by David Brooks and William Kristol, or the hysterical rantings of whoever is on Fox; Republican lackeys are swarming the Dean campaign like ravenous grasshoppers.
Stupid local Fox news (ch. 12) just stated that Cheney will be visiting the downtown Embassy Suites on Tues. Is there a downtown Embassy Suites or is Fox just full of wrong info.? It would look pretty silly to be at the wrong hotel.
A new poll reveals more people are turning away from corporate-owned newspapers and TV news while increasing numbers are relying upon the Internet.
Tim Robbins' black comedy, Embedded is a thinly disguised satire of the US invasion of Iraq.
The play focuses on three elements: enlisted US troops, presidential strategists labeled "the Cabal," and journalists who accept military censorship of their dispatches.
Big Business cannot even keep up with the ironies it creates, and it is in effect digging its own grave.
folk's! this is NOT new's you'll likely find on mainstream media, and if so, it'd not likely be
analyzed such as this BuzzFlash Reader has....
Positively Revolting Talk Radio is starting up right now, at 7 :30 and I heard that Derrick Jensen is going to be the guest!!
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion recorded from a shortwave radio. 2 files- broadcast quality (13.2MB) and quick download (3.3MB). With times and freqs for listening at home. Free to rebroadcast. Netherlands, Spain, Russia, China, and Cuba.
now why doesn't our friend's at FOX NEWS, NBC, CBS, ABC, & CNN report to USa about this
sort of stuff? we'll wake up some morning to find "breaking news" with pre-prepared screen
boxed-logo's telling USa of "the War for Freedom in Belarus" and we'll say to ourselves.."well
hell!...I never heard of this place...let me get up to speed on this one...." NOW, you won't be
having to say that....
Corporate broadcasters seized control of public airwaves through the the Radio Act of 1927, the Communications Act of 1934, and the more recent sweeping deregulation of commercial broadcasting throughout the past decade. It's time to look back at the intent of the original legislation, and to re-examine the power we've given to a few corporations over this valuable resource.
the guy who did the 30 sec. spot ad that is one that pissed off the Rethuglicans tells ALL...
...repostings 4 u
Better be safe than sorry!!
Answers to questions listed on this site concerning USAVHSSC. Iam the Commander for USAVHSSC.
Overzealous deleting of posts?
pretty good article from our friend's at YellowTimes.org
Todays topic is the death penalty and specifically how it centers around Mumia and other political prisoners. The first poem is Night Power by Mumia, the second poem is Another Nameless Prostitute Says The Man is Innocent : For Mumia Abu-Jamal by Martin Espada, and the last poem is The Hangman at Home by Carl Sandburg. I hope that everyone who reads this finds out something new. Because the real topic behind all of this is about censorship and how far it goes into our political system against journalists. Resist! Refuse! Recycle!
The U.S. media establishment proved once again last week that it places far more value on an Israeli life than a Palestinian one. On Christmas Day, a Palestinian detonated a bomb at a bus stop in a Tel Aviv suburb, killing himself and four Israelis, three of whom were soldiers. The newspaper headlines blared that the bombing had shattered nearly three months of "relative calm"--and dealt a new setback to efforts at brokering "peace." But calm for who? What the U.S. media ignored is that since the last Palestinian suicide bombing in Haifa on October 4, Israeli forces have carried out dozens of raids and attacks. These assaults have killed 117 Palestinians, injured hundreds more and destroyed enough houses to leave thousands of Palestinians without shelter, according to a tally by Palestinian commentator Ali Abunimah.
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