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  • Jul 6 2001 - 12:00am
    Leaping Frog Wombat
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    Believe it , or not...

    Leaping Frog Wombat
    Anonymous
  • Jul 6 2001 - 12:00am
    DJ Dutch of Radio Volta
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    mp3 - 43 minutes

    In this lecture entitled "Mainstream Media and US Policy" that Noam Chomsky gave on at the Z Media Institute hosted by Z Magazine, he analyses front-page stories of that day (6/12/2001): the execution of Timothy McVeigh, the social security "crisis" and Bush's refusal to sign the Kyoto Treaty, and places them in a larger context, discussing the history of coverage and non-coverage by the mainstream press of these issues. The common message he finds in these stories by the mainstream corporate-funded press is that the government is violent and is not thought to bear responsibility for caring for people, but rather for enriching today's rich.

    Chomsky discusses the message of mainstream coverage of McVeigh's execution for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, which he sums up as "Killing the Monster", in comparison to a story that was not told, about the 10-year anniversary of a US bombing in Beirut. On the broader topic of terrorism and the US's own hand in it, Chomsky goes on to explain that the US stands in opposition to the rest of the world because it won't sign the Geneva Conventions (doing so would be to admit that Israel is violating them in how it treats Palestinians) and the more recent expulsion of the US from the Human Rights Commission of the UN in relation to the veto by the US and Israel of the Resolution Condemning Terrorism.

    Social security is termed a "crisis" in the mainstream press. Chomsky feels there is no crisis because benefits are paid out of current funds. The argument is that the "dependency rate" between those paying in and those receiving benefit is increasing. He argues that the dependency rate was much higher in the 60s and that the dependency rate is skewed because it doesn't include children (the baby boomers were once children and society took care of their schooling). He feels that if there were a social security crisis, it could easily be solved by making social security taxation less regressive. As it is, people earning over $76,000 do not pay into social security, the people who tend to live the longest. Chomsky feels that the proposals for "saving social security" suggested in the mainstream press (increase age before receiving benefits and cut extent of benefits) disproportionately harm the poor, because the poor have a shorter life span and depend more heavily on benefits when they receive them.

    Chomsky sees the US government stance on global warming as another instance of the message that it is not the state's responsibility to care for people. He proceeds to discuss conservative efforts to do away with capital gains taxes and other progressive taxes to move towards the Mexican system, lauded as "reformist" by the US government, in which the rich are totally exempt from taxation.

    He concludes by talking about media in general as the easiest part of culture to study as a reflection of the dominant values of a society.

    The next segment (noam2.mp3) includes Q&A on such issues as whether the mainstream press tells lies, the FTAA, the Kennan memo of 1948, the merits/demerits of running for public office, the Nation Magazine's failure to print Chomsky's articles, the diplomatic rift between the US and Europe on environmental issues, Europe's relation to China and India and history of narcotrafficking, and media consolidation and diversity.

    DJ Dutch of Radio Volta
    Anonymous
  • Jul 6 2001 - 12:00am
    R2K Legal
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    Matt Musselwhite, an elementary school teacher from Tucson, Arizona, was cleared of all charges today by a Philadelphia jury despite testimony by three police officers. Musselwhite's original charges included Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault.

    R2K Legal
    Anonymous
  • Jul 6 2001 - 12:00am
    Susan Phillips
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    Another victory for R2K defendants occurred Friday, July 6 in Philadelphia when a jury found 25-year-old Matt Musselwhite innocent of all charges, including a felony assault on a police officer and obstruction of justice. Assistant Public Defender Shawn Nolan presented no witnesses for the defense, instead declaring in his closing statement that “the prosecution has made our case for us.”

    Susan Phillips
    Anonymous
  • Jul 5 2001 - 12:00am
    Kobutsu
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    Barrett is a white supremacist who chose to speak on the topic of "Racial Profiling Saves Lives" Last year he spoke in
    support of the fired state police chief Carl Williams for his support of racial profiling, commonly known as "driving while Black"
    (in many cases "Doing any thing else when Black")

    Kobutsu
    Anonymous
  • Jul 5 2001 - 12:00am
    ADL
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    PROTEST P&G !!!

    ADL
    Anonymous
  • Jul 5 2001 - 12:00am
    Watchdog
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    The increasing use of the Military for domestic purposes. The Military State looms.

    Watchdog
    Anonymous
  • Jul 4 2001 - 12:00am
    Spider Jerusalem
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    last try to upload last realvideo clip - please add to star wars story. thanks

    Spider Jerusalem
    Anonymous
  • Jul 4 2001 - 12:00am
    ailecia ruscin
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    The 3rd Annual Southern Girl Convention will be held in Auburn, AL July 20-22, 2001. Please join us for more than 50 workshops on various issues of social justice. There will also be bands performing from throughout the region.

    ailecia ruscin
    Anonymous
  • Jul 3 2001 - 12:00am
    Spider Jerusalem
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    Remember the earlier story about WMMR's promising never to play RATM? Well...

    Spider Jerusalem
    Anonymous