Category Archives: Activism

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

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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.
   

Love him or hate him, he gets it.

Looks like America’s favorite left-wing nut is at it again, but give Michael Moore some credit.  His last two documentaries (Sicko, Fahrenheit 9-11) reside in the list of top 3 height grossing documentaries of all time.  His latest film “Slacker Uprising” is slated for release on September 23rd across America and Canada, but this time Moore is borrowing a few tricks from Radiohead by releasing the film for free.

Moore gets it!  His low-budget film ($2M) aimed at young democrats will be circulated in high-definition on servers across the world, beginning at the film’s homepage: slackeruprising.com

Movies will be pirated, so why not give a little back?  Thank you Michael Moore, from all of us on the net.  I highly recommend any content developers to follow Moore’s and Radiohead’s lead and look into releasing your media through a creative commons license.  

The world is changing, lets take the money out of big companies’ pockets and put it back into the hands of hard working individuals where it belongs.  

Moore appears on Larry King Live (CNN) tonight at 9:00 PM, take a gander and open up your minds because this man gets it.

Wild International

 

“It’s better to live one day as a lion than a thousand years as a lamb”

ONE DAY AS A LION is
Zack de la Rocha (vocals/keys)
Jon Theodore (drums)

One Day as a Lion and ANTI- announced a release date for the long awaited self-titled EP from former rage against the machine front man Zack de la Rocha yesterday.  This means if you are one of those people who still buy their music at the brick and mortar, indie shop not big box I hope… then tell them to order this so you can have it in your hands by July 22 (worldwide release date).  This summer you can catch Zach de la Rocha at Lollapalooza (Grant Park, Chicago IL) playing on one of the last few dates with RATM in a few weeks, which I think is well worth skipping work for!  Some things only come around once people, so live life unrestricted and you might end up happier. 

ANTI records: now streaming one song from the 5-track EP, if you are anything like me you’ll love every second of it… besides the ‘being on myspace’ part.  Click here to hear the hooplah.

Can you feel it?!

After seeing Al Gore endorse Obama the other night I was a bit dizzy.  The ‘hope’ campaign had finally made its debut in Michigan and I was standing front-row center when they took the stage.  Actually no, if I remember correctly we had nosebleed seats and it was a bit hard to hear.  Though given the unusual ant-sized perspective we had I was happy to at least recognize each politician before they reached the podium.

To understand the personal significance of Monday night’s rally we’ll have to go back in time a bit… not far back but about six months.  So Christmas had long passed and the new year had arrived, and I now had a brand-spanking new hard-drive to fill (thanks Santa!).  This is when I began to download heaps and heaps of new media, which I highly recommend doing.  I had my own place with my own computer, and I paid for the Internet, so why not?  I managed to download just about every political documentary that was floating around on the pirate bay.  I started running out of video content to discover and in some cases my searches began bringing up the same results… so I switched media.  This is when I discovered the art of the audio book.  GENIOUS!

The Art of the Audio Book:

It never really occurred to me how listening to a book could actually be so enjoyable but audio books really make the act of absorbing a book painless and the material easier to comprehend.  This is the case with Barack Obama‘s audio translation of The Audacity of Hope in which Barack himself passionately narrates the story behind his grassroots Illinois Senate campaign, then actually leads listeners into Washington to hear stories about meeting President Bush for the first time, candid conversations in congress, and hundreds of new observations.  This audio book is a breath of fresh air.  Also note that if you listened to this for just one hour each day it wouldn’t take even a week to finish!

Enlighten yourself.  Change your Perpective.  Try something New.

If you’re reaally feeling risky you might try putting in a copy of Al Gore‘s newest, punchy and thought-provoking audio book: The Assault on Reason narrated by Will Patton.  The material might seem a little dry at first (after all it was written by Al Gore) BUT, and this is a huge but… the conclusion that is eventually reached stands as an accurate depiction of our current state of politics.  Its a bit disturbing.  Focusing mostly on media, former presidential candidate Al Gore expresses a sincere outrage to a nation that is described as being continuously misled and ruled through fear.  He details all the lines that were crossed by Bush’s administration leading up to the unnecessary war in Iraq.  Gore also brashly devotes an entire chapter of this book to the explanation of all the ways in which Americans are ruled through the television media.  Finally!  The book also covers the importance of net neutrality and its link to democracy.

These audio books have made a huge impact on the way I choose to follow politics in 2008.  They give concrete proof to the sad fact that presidential campaigns, wars, and entire ideologies are now being sold to the American people by our government.  We are beginning to lose our highest form of democracy to the age of government marketing strategies and a way-too-highly concentrated media.

So Monday night was special -I knew it would come eventually but to actually be there to witness Gore publicly endorse Obama was kind of magical.  Watching ant-sized Obama preach about carrying his grassroots campaign until November and hearing his strong reach for younger generations gives this country hope that we can break from the disguised lies, and from the sound bytes.  I don’t want to comment too much on the next election, but wow it almost feels like something is upon us.  Maybe you’re in the dark and don’t see it.  You will.  American Revolutions always seem to happen at a decades end, so here’s to 2008.

P.S. if you’re interested in a copy of either audio book I mentioned e-mail me and I’ll send you a free copy.

Mozilla Firefox Download Day

June 17th, 2008: Firefox Download Day

Today marks an epic event, although the Firefox 3 browser is still beta Mozilla is encouraging all users to head here to be part of this movement.  Our goal is to reach over 1 million downloads in 1 day, and to take a piece of market share away from Microsoft’s IE7.

I’ve been loyal to Firefox for about 2 years now and I will never go back.  Try something new today.