Created on Thursday, 24 July 2008 07:45
Written by The Real News
Envisioning a New Politics
by The Real News
The medium of US politics for almost five decades has been television. The
30-second ad has lent itself to a simple and emotionally charged political
discourse. As Joe Trippi points out in his book, "The Revolution Will Not Be
Televised", we are in the beginning of a shift to a new medium--the Internet.
This shift will have a profound impact on politics.
Read more: Switching Channels: How Leaving TeeVee is Revolutionizing Politics
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2008 07:38
Written by Media Lens
by Media Lens
n his classic work,
Obedience to Authority, psychologist Stanley Milgram observed:
always some element of bad form in objecting to the destructive course of
events, or indeed, in making it a topic of conversation. Thus, in Nazi Germany,
even among those most closely identified with the 'final solution', it was
considered an act of discourtesy to talk about the killings." (Milgram,
Obedience to Authority, Pinter & Martin, 1974, p.204)
Read more: Forty-Seven Lives, 43 Words
The same "bad
form" is very much discouraged in our own society. One would hardly guess from
media reporting that Britain and America are responsible for killing anyone in
Iraq and Afghanistan, where violence is typically blamed on "insurgents" and
"sectarian conflict". International "coalition" forces are depicted as
peacekeepers using minimum violence as a last resort.
Created on Wednesday, 23 July 2008 04:44
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Read more: Fire, Fire Everywhere
Our National Water Policyâ€¦ Oh, Wait, We Don't Have One
by Elizabeth de la Vega
n June 24, 2008, Louie and I curled up on the couch to watch seven of the nation's foremost water resources experts testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
This was a new experience for us. For my part, the issue to be addressed -- "Comprehensive Watershed Management Planning" -- was certainly a change of pace from the subjects I ordinarily follow in Judiciary and Intelligence Committee hearings. I wasn't even entirely sure what a "watershed" was. I knew that, in a metaphorical sense, the word referred to a turning point, but I was a bit fuzzy about its meaning in the world of hydrology. (It's the term used to describe "all land and water areas that drain toward a river or lake.")
What was strange from Louie's point of view was not the topic of the day, but that we were stuck in the house.
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2008 07:28
Written by American Free Press
Read more: Canadian ISPs Plan Net Censorship?
Canadian ISPs Plan Net Censorship
by Mike Finch
net-neutrality activist group has uncovered plans for the demise of the free Internet by 2010 in Canada. By 2012, the group says, the trend will be global.
Bell Canada and TELUS, Canadaâ€™s two largest Internet service providers (ISPs), will begin charging per-site fees on most Internet sites, report anonymous sources within TELUS.
â€œIt's beyond censorship, it is killing the biggest ecosystem of free expression and freedom of speech that has ever existed,â€ I Power spokesperson Reese Leysen said. I Power was the first group to report on the possible changes.
Bell Canada has not returned calls or emails.
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2008 06:29
Written by Misty Day
Why Protest the Olympics in China?
by Misty Day
e, the American people, are blessed with M&M's and buffalo wings, tacos, diaphragms and motorcars. What happens on a mountain clear across the world can't possibly affect the quality of our lives.
Faithfully we await the ceremonial hour of opportunity, the 2008 Olympic Games, when we can willingly fall under the compelling spell of sports history, vicariously fulfilling fantasies of championship.
Huge bowls of fresh popcorn and 6-paks of our finest sports drinks are prepared for our pleasure. We place our bets. Briefly, with little fanfare in our region, a news story flashes across our pampered collective consciousness: There seem to be protests developing here and there in an attempt to interrupt our royal pleasure with something rather inconsequential and boring.
Apparently someone thinks China is not a suitable place for the sainted Olympic Games! Frivolous of them! â€œWhy?â€, we diffidently ask, reaching for a plastic container of cheese nachos. Well, it goes something like this:
Read more: Why Protest the Olympics in China?
Created on Monday, 21 July 2008 18:08
Send Karl Rove to Jail
by Brave New Films
This sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, it's not. We have a unique opportunity right now to send Karl Rove to jail, but only if we take immediate action.
All we have to do is pressure the 40 members of the House Judiciary Committee, make them hold Rove in contempt and send him to jail. We've never had such a direct opportunity to hold Rove accountable. No, this is not enough punishment for his years and years of crimes, but it's a huge start, and will send a very clear message to the entire Bush administration.
We put together this video to explain the issues surrounding Rove's failure to testify before Congress, and why Rove should be held in contempt and sent to jail. Check out Send Karl Rove to Jail, and sign our petition to ensure that the HJC holds Rove in contempt.
Read more: Trying Karl Rove
Created on Monday, 21 July 2008 03:32
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week: Vincent Mosco and begging the question, "Will media's sheep look up?" Zoe Blunt chronicles the wee peoples' fight on the south island; and, Janine Bandcroft from sunny Texas.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Vincent Mosco, Zoe Blunt, J9 July 21, 2008
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
Created on Sunday, 20 July 2008 23:05
Written by Press Release
Groups say DVBIA, Civil City actions discriminatory
Pivot Legal Society, VANDU and the United Native Nations have filed a Human Rights complaint against the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) and Geoff Plant in his role as Civil City Commissioner.
Read more: Vancouver City Businesses Bringing in the Goon Squad
The complaint is filed on behalf of Vancouverâ€™s street homeless population and alleges systemic discrimination by the Downtown Ambassadors program, which is run by Genesis Security and the DVBIA under the guidance of Geoff Plant.
â€œOur constituents have had some concerns about the program for a while,â€ said Pivot lawyer Laura Track, â€œHowever, the expansion of the program by Geoff Plant and the upcoming Olympics has pushed us to try to clarify the rules around private security guard conduct in relation to the homeless.â€
Created on Sunday, 20 July 2008 21:58
Written by The Real News
Obama and the National Security System
by The Real News
Historian and author Gareth Porter discusses with Pepe Escobar the positioning of Senator Barack Obama relative to the power of the national security establishment in the US; the legacy of JFK; the feasibility of the US refusing to occupy Muslim lands; and what it takes to be elected president of the United States.
Read more: Obama and the National Security System
Created on Sunday, 20 July 2008 21:39
Written by Press Release
CUPE BC Gives Thumbs Down to Elitist Economic Meeting
BC gives thumbs-down to 'elitist' economic meeting Pacific NorthWest Economic Region Summit pushes corporate agenda, says union.
The U.S. and Canadian corporations and
regional governments meeting behind closed doors here next week will be
making serious decisions about the future of public services, labour
mobility and homeland security with no input from the public - and that
should send off alarm bells for everyone, says the Canadian Union of
Read more: B.C. Union Vows to Stop PNWER