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the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Media Reform Daily/The Future of the Internet: Senate Backs Ban on Fairness Doctrine

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North Carolina Gathers for Internet Debate

On March 7, hundreds of North Carolinians from all walks of life will debate the future of the Internet at a town hall meeting sponsored by -- a broad-based initiative to connect every American to a fast, open and affordable Internet.

Free Press
Levin Says Broadband Grant Program Will Be Balancing Act

Blair Levin, an Obama transition team tech advisor who worked on the broadband grant portion of the stimulus package, says that handing out the billions in grant money will be balancing act between "stimulating jobs and at the same time build useful infrastructure."

John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable
Rep. Marsha Blackburn Questions Government Money for Broadband Rollout

Even though she has constituents in her congressional district who want broadband but can't get it, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) says that government should have little-to-no role in stimulating broadband deployment.

Grant Gross, IDG News
U.S. Internet Firms Defend Tighter Web Management

Internet service providers like AT&T are making greater efforts to manage traffic on their networks, as they seek ways to avoid congestion caused by bandwidth-hogging services like video.

Kim Dixon, Reuters
Obama Hopes to Raise $4.8 Billion by Imposing Spectrum License Fees

President Barack Obama called for spectrum license fees in a record $3.9 trillion budget, reviving a proposal that has failed to move in the past. The latest campaign to levy a fee on wireless carriers and other spectrum license holders could get more traction this time around in the Democratic-led Congress.

Jeffrey Silva, RCR Wireless
Obama Proposes New Wireless Spectrum Fee

Faced with a whopping $1.7 trillion deficit, President Barack Obama is proposing tacking on a spectrum license fee to wireless operators to help generate revenue for the government. These annual fees would start at $50 million in 2009 and jump to $200 million in 2010.

Marguerite Reardon, CNet
Senate Backs Ban on Fairness Doctrine

The Senate passed an amendment that would bar regulators from requiring broadcasters to give equal time to all points of view, a ban strongly supported by some Republican lawmakers.

Kim Dixon, Reuters
Senate Overwhelmingly Votes to Bar 'Fairness Doctrine' Rule

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to prevent the FCC from reviving a defunct rule requiring broadcasters to devote equal time to opposing viewpoints on public issues. Republicans have been agitating since last year about a principle known as the Fairness Doctrine.

Fawn Johnson, Dow Jones
Senate Votes to Kill Fairness Doctrine, But GOP Concerns Remain

The enduring fight over the Fairness Doctrine came to the Senate floor, as senators proposed dueling amendments on the issue during a debate on legislation that would give Washington, D.C., residents voting rights.

Amy Schatz, Wall Street Journal
Senate Passes Fairness Doctrine Ban

The Senate voted to ban the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, a long-defunct broadcasting regulation that was taken off the books in 1987, by adopting two amendments to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act.

Free Press
Senate Bans Fairness Doctrine Revival 87-11

The Fairness Doctrine has been dead for two decades, but conservatives have recently feared its revival in order to gag their beloved talk radio hosts. The Senate put a couple more nails in the Doctrine's coffin by banning the Fairness Doctrine's return.

Nate Anderson, Ars Technica
Pentagon OKs Media Photos of War Dead

The Obama administration is reversing an 18-year ban on news coverage of the return of war dead, allowing photographs of flag-covered caskets when families of the fallen troops agree, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

Associated Press
Internal Dispute Kept SPJ from Criticizing Chimp Cartoon

An internal dispute at the Society of Professional Journalists over a statement about the New York Post's "chimp" cartoon kept the organization from formally condemning the drawing, according to SPJ leaders.

Joe Strupp, Editor & Publisher
Final Edition: Rocky Mountain News to Shut Down Today

Colorado's oldest newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, is shutting down today, and industry analysts say it won't be the last to be pulled under by a rising tide of financial woes. E.W. Sripps announced yesterday that it is closing the 150-year-old paper, which has won four Pulitzer Prizes in the last decade.

Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
Rocky Mountain News Fails to Find Buyer and Will Close

The Rocky Mountain News, the oldest newspaper in Colorado, will publish its final edition on Friday, Feb. 27, adding Denver to the long list of American cities with just one daily paper.

Richard Perez-Pena, New York Times
Why Denver Can't Support Two Papers

The Rocky Mountain News is not struggling financially any more than the Denver Post. But its owner, the E.W. Scripps Co., sees losses in Denver worsening and little prospect that the business can be turned around, even in a one-newspaper town. That's why they decided to leave Denver, after running newspapers here for more than 100 years.

John Temple, Rocky Mountain News
Gannett's Credit Rating Labeled 'Junk'

Gannett's credit rating has been downgraded from investment status to "junk" status by Moody's Investors Service. With the decision, virtually every major newspaper publisher in the country is now designated "junk" for credit purposes -- meaning that it will be difficult, if not impossible, for them to borrow money.

Erik Sass, Media Post
Newsday Whacks Cablevision's Bottom Line, TV Delivers

Cablevision took a sizable hit in the fourth quarter, mostly due to troubling print advertising business with Long Island, N.Y., publication Newsday.

Wayne Friedman, Media Post
Newsday to Begin Charging for Online News

New York newspaper Newsday plans to begin charging online readers for access to its content, rejecting a trend toward free online newspaper content. The move was announced as the newspaper industry is mired in financial turmoil and Newsday itself faces a writedown in value.

Steven Musil, CNet
The Second Coming of Newspapers

The collapse of the Rocky Mountain News has prompted the usual hysterics and hand-wringing over the death of print. But people need to get over the notion that quality news only comes on paper. Let's do something the industry hasn't done in years: Listen to its customers. Let's try giving them what they want. And guess what, they want news.

Larry Kramer, Daily Beast
Media Workers, Academics Discuss Newspapers' Value

Community members, newspaper employees, bloggers and academicians had a lively exchange, where roughly 150 people gathered to discuss "Seattle as a No-Newspaper Town."

Dan Richman, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
media minutes
This week: In North Carolina, nearly 5 million people are without a broadband connection. Hundreds of people will meet in Durham for a town hall meeting on the future of the Internet. Megan Tady of Free Press spoke to people across the state about the importance of Internet access. Listen here.
In Other News...
Local Community Radio Back on the Agenda

The Local Community Radio Act was re-introduced by Congress. The act was originally introduced in the 110th congress and garnered widespread support; both President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) supported the bill but it never came to a Senate vote. Now it's back, and more popular than ever

Louisville Internet Examiner
Celine Dion Is Stalking You

Commercial radio stations everywhere have been swallowed up by a handful of giant corporations, playlists have shrunk, and local and independent acts have been drowned out, as Big Radio soaks listeners in a mind-numbing concoction of saccharine and aspartame.

Huffington Post
Obama Administration Backs Telecom Immunity

The Obama administration has asked a federal judge in San Francisco to uphold a law aimed at dismissing suits against telecommunications companies that cooperated with President George W. Bush's wiretapping program.

San Francisco Chronicle
Converter Box Program Still Backed Up

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration's DTV-to-analog converter box coupon program still does not have the money it needs to free up its growing waiting list -- 4.3 million applications at last count -- though the agency is still looking for word to come any time.

Broadcasting & Cable
FCC to Hold Open Commission Meeting on March 5

The FCC will hold an open commission meeting on March 5. The meeting will include presentations and discussion by senior agency officials as well as industry, consumer groups and others involved in the digital television transition.

Sharpton Meets with Adelstein

As he promised, Rev. Al Sharpton had a meeting with at least one FCC commissioner -- he told reporters it was Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. Sharpton wants the FCC to review News Corp.'s waivers to own TV stations and newspapers in New York.

Broadcasting & Cable
Debt Tests Canadian Media Company

CanWest Global Communications, Canada's leading newspaper publisher and a major television broadcaster, may soon be nearing default on its crushing debt load and possibly facing bankruptcy.

New York Times
Facebook Opens Up to User Debate and Vote

Facebook will form a "user council" to discuss policies closely with Facebook. The new democratic Facebook governance was strongly influenced by the recent flap over the Facebook terms-of-service change.

Psychologists' Study Finds TV Ratings for Kids' Shows Don't Reflect Aggressive Content

A new study by psychologists from Iowa State University and Linfield College has found that TV ratings don't accurately reflect the aggressive content found in shows popular among children -- even cartoons.
$27,000 to Watch a Chicago Bears Game

An Illinois man received a $28,000 wireless bill from AT&T after watching a Chicago Bears football game on his computer in Miami.

Consumers Union
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