This website has moved!

I really appreciate you stopping in, but my website has moved!

Please wander over to my new location at:
http://freespeechsoldhere.com
alternately http://stevestgermain.com

See you there -Thanks!

My internship at Workfly

Awesome video filmed/edited by Racheal Reardon for OU Career Services.

the police tried to kill me

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“The police tried to kill me! the police assaulted me! stop police corruption!”

This man was up on Nelson´s Column in Trafalgar Square (at the heart of touristic London) letting people know about his story.  Photo credit: ickbins

Oakland University YouTube Submission

Earlier this week I submitted a video to the OU youtube contest, check it out below:

Media BLACKOUT for David Barstow

If a story is never told, does it even exist?
  
Last year on April 20th, 2008 New York Times investigative journalist David Barstow wrote an article (found here) exposing the Bush administration’s tactics to use American media to sell the Iraq war.  
  
The article went on to PROVE that the Pentagon, coordinated by Donald Rumsfeld provided TV and Radio Networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX) interviews with “military analysts”; the analysts were nothing more than retired government workers and former generals deemed as “military experts”.  These analysts have appeared, or were quoted over 4.500 times on US cable networks in the last 8 years.  The former generals basically served as the vessel for the Bush Administrations message, whatever it was that month.  These interviews and quotes from the “military analysts” were used to promote the Iraq war, and talking points that were laid out by the Bush Administration.  
   
Remember this is fact, not opinion.
    
One year after David Barstow’s article was originally published, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for his piece.  More interesting than all of this though, is that NONE of the American media (NBC, ABC, CBS) choose to even MENTION this story.  Looking back at that week, we can see the media had more important news to cover, like Hannah Montana for example as ABC, CBS, and NBC all devoted time to Miley Cyrus, they never once mentioned this report. 
  
Fast forward to today, one year later.  Will the media give any attention to David Bartow’s story, including his recent Pulitzer Prize achievement for it?  Not likely.
  
Neither the CBS Evening News nor ABC’s World News reported on the Pulitzer Prizes during their April 20 broadcasts.  
   
On the April 20th, 2009 broadcast of the NBC Evening News with Brian Williams, in a report on the Pulitzer’s, Williams neglected to mention Barstow’s achievement as one of the five won by the New York Times.  Below is a transcript of Monday’s NBC Nighly news report on the Pulitzer’s:
   
WILLIAMS: ” The Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and the arts were awarded today. The New York Times led the way with five, including awards for breaking news and international reporting.Las Vegas Sun won for the public service category for its reporting on construction-worker deaths in that city. Best commentary went to Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post, who, of course, was an on-air commentator for us on MSNBC all through the election season and continues to be. And the award for best biography went to Jon Meacham, the editor of Newsweek magazine, for his book American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.”
      
    
For more information on this story,
DO NOT turn to network news…
   
GO STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE:
Read: David Barstow’s Pulitzer Prize winning article, “Behind TV Analysts, Pentagons Hidden Hand “.
Download: PDF’s used in Barstows research, including transcripts, “How the Pentagon spread its message“.
Contact: CBS, ABC, NBC, and let them know you are disappointed in their decision to silence this story.
   

What makes a word buzz?

You hear all kinds of new words being thrown around these days, but where do they come from and why are people using buzzwords?  

1. Relevancy – Most buzzwords become hip for the simple reason that they are relevant to the times.  Remember Y2K?  Throw a buzzword into ANY or EVERY conversation you have and nobody will argue it.  People will remember it and use it themselves.

2. Contagiousness – Buzzwords are fun to use, they’re easy to say, and often spread like wildfire.  Buzzwords can be heard everywhere these days- in the news, on TV, on the internet, and more recently from Advertisements.  Politicians drop buzzwords on the public too; in 2008 we heard about to avoid pork-barrel spending, or earmarks.

3. Meaning – New words give new thought, which is the whole idea behind using them.  In 2008 it was all about going “green“, and how we can reduce our carbon-footprint, and become more eco-friendly.  The words are out there for anyone to use; they help corral thought and give direction.  

Thought-provoking buzzwords can come from just about anywhere these days.  Companies like Budweiser that invest heavily in market research can afford to make up words.  Just look at the new drinkabilty ads for Bud Light.

Now, what are your favorite buzzwords?