Reply to: Hiring Real Reporters for Fake News
I feel kindo weird : I wrote a short story fifteen years ago involving a "Virtual News Network" and that wasn't a nice story. But this takes the cake : controling the media coverage becomes such a key issue it has to be part of the exercise package. What kind of model democracy puts propaganda at the same level as security ? Regarding "mock terrorist exercise" : one of the 3 French former Guantanamo inmates was released yesterday - there was no charge to be found against him. It just took a couple of days to check it in France but 3 years were not enough in Guantanamo's Club Med. Stephane MOT http://www.stephanemot.com
Reply to: The War of the Words
Those who use the term "genital cutting" rather than "mutilation" clearly have no idea what they're talking about. Male circumcision (the removal of the foreskin) and female circumcision, which involves the removal of the entire clitoris and often all of the labia as well, are in no way equivalent. Females so mutilated are initiated into a lifetime of excruciating pain in urination, menstruation, intercourse, and childbirth. The procedure is carried out without anesthetic or sterilizing of instruments, so infection is a huge and sometimes fatal consequence. The procedure leaves its victim with no future possibility of sexual pleasure whatsoever, as the entire sexual organ is removed. If male circumcision involved removing the entire penis, then perhaps there might be an equivalence, but clearly it does not. Genital mutilation is the correct term.
Reply to: The Sleuths of Spin
Confined Animal Feeding Operations have become a bio-hazard in the southern part of Idaho. After beginning my reading of "Mad Cow U.S.A." I began to panic, then I began to get into action against this diabolical collaboration between our 'citizen legislators' and the dairy/beef industry. I have helped form a little group to meet other groups to fight the growth of this deadly kinship. Thanks to you I have become the number one activist in our area and have been threatened by the Idaho Dairymen's Ass. and don't really care. I have a beat up car to take and that is all. I will give it to them gladly. It won't stop me and a few other dedicated peopl;e.
Reply to: Pro-Military Eye for the Russian Guy
from Arianna Huffington's column today (2/23/05): "Now the Bushies are taking things to the next level. Not content to buy their press coverage retail, they are producing and distributing their own news network. And, no, I'm not talking about Fox. It's the Pentagon Channel, a 24/7 niche network brought to you by the Department of Defense. Started last year as an internal public relations unit within the Pentagon designed to keep U.S. soldiers and their families informed about all things military, the network is now expanding its reach to the general public. A number of cable systems, including Time Warner, already carry the Pentagon Channel--and the Dish Network will soon begin beaming the station to its more than 11 million viewers right alongside the half-dozen porn channels the satellite giant offers."
Reply to: SOA Watch Watchers
2/23/05 We were contacted in Sacramento by the SOA, as part of this tracking process. (Our tax dollars at work) Can someone send me a copy of the "Strategic Communications Campaign Plan" I'd like to reference it when Fr. Roy comes next week. peace, leisa