Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
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Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
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
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

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
Documentation: on my blog
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208

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.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Free Press Media Reform Daily: Net Neutrality Plan Gets Picked Apart from All Sides

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Media Reform Daily
News of the movement for December 7, 2010
FCC Net Neutrality Plan Gets Picked Apart from All Sides

The FCC's Net Neutrality proposal has garnered support from labor unions, Web founders like Craig Newmark of Craig's List and some venture capitalists. And it's received cautious support from AT&T and Comcast. But in the days leading up the Dec. 21 FCC vote on the rules, officials are also hearing criticism on details of the proposal, which hasn't been made public.

Cecilia Kang, Washington Post
Net Neutrality Lobbying Target FCC Democrats

Net Neutrality supporters have amped up their efforts to reach FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps, both Democrats. Advocates are pushing hard for Clyburn and Copps to use their sway to persuade Genachowski to strengthen the proposed Net Neutrality rules.

Sara Jerome, The Hill
FCC Proposal Opens Door for Prioritization and Higher Fees

A proposed Net Neutrality regulation at the FCC would allow broadband service providers to prioritize their own content and that of partners over that of competitors. The draft proposal also would allow broadband network operators to charge consumers based on how much data they use.

Cecilia Kang, Washington Post
Writers Guild of America East: Save the Internet

The Writers Guild of America East launched "Save the Internet," a multifaceted campaign in support of Net Neutrality. The website allows users to send emails to all members of the FCC urging them to support Net Neutrality.

David Cohen, WebNewser
Comcast, NBC Again Make Case to FCC As Scrutiny of Deal Increases

NBC Universal and Comcast brass met with senior FCC officials and had a detailed discussion about commitments the two companies would make as part of the approval process for their $30-billion merger.

Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Comcast-NBC OK with Quarterly Public-Interest Reporting Requirements

Comcast and NBC Universal executives say they are not opposed to reporting back to the government quarterly on the host of public-interest commitments they have made to help secure government approval of their proposed joint venture.

John Eggerton, Multichannel News
Report Finds Half of Web Users 'Very Satisfied' with Broadband Service

Roughly half of Internet users are very satisfied with their broadband service, according to a new report. The survey found that 51 percent of broadband users are "very satisfied" with their service overall and 42 percent are "somewhat satisfied."

Eliza Krigman, National Journal
Sen. Rockefeller and FCC Chairman Discuss Broadband

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) joined the chairman of the FCC in Jackson County, W. Va. for a roundtable on broadband technology. Rockefeller brought Chairman Julius Genachowski to the state to discuss bringing high-speed Internet services to all of West Virginia.

John Hingsbergen, West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Another Comcast Internet Outage Hits Midwest Users

Contrary to the jet stream that brought flurries to Manhattan, Comcast's latest Internet outage rolled west, stranding subscribers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota for nearly five hours.

William Fenton, PC Magazine
AP Takes Annoyingly Narrow View of Muni-Fiber

In a recent report, Dave Gram of the Associated Press takes a rather myopic look at municipal fiber operations. The article worked hard to portray municipal broadband as a dangerous endeavor supported mostly by fringe partisans, ignoring the fact that this isn't really a partisan issue.

Karl Bode, Broadband Reports
Anti-WikiLeaks Lies and Propaganda

Anyone listening to most media accounts would believe that WikiLeaks has indiscriminately published all 250,000 of the diplomatic cables it possesses. The reality is the exact opposite.

Glenn Greenwald, Salon
How Online Reading Habits Have Changed over 2010

One of the more subtle trends of 2010 has been the way that our reading habits have changed, due to a convergence of other Web trends. In the previous era of the Web, the so-called Web 2.0, RSS Readers and start pages were all the rage. Over 2010, though, more people used tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instapaper and TweetDeck, to track news.

Richard MacManus, ReadWriteWeb
Newspaper Creates Open Newsroom Concept to Encourage Community Involvement

Bloggers, citizen journalists, professional journalists and newspaper readers all will be working and/or reading side-by-side in the new open community newsroom concept that the Connecticut-based Journal Register Company recently announced.

Summer Harlow, Knight Center for Journalism
act now


The Writers Guild of America, East launched an online campaign that asks the FCC to stand for nothing less than REAL Net Neutrality. The campaign features a video focused on Net Neutrality's relationship to free speech. Take action and watch the video here.
In Other News...
LTE Brings Mobile Video, Complete with Sky High Bills

If the FCC doesn't take action to improve the state of competition in mobile broadband networks, consumers will be the ones footing the (shockingly high) bill.

Free Press
White House to Continue Copyright Crackdown

The Obama administration is ramping up its mission to shut down websites that illegally share copyrighted content, such as movies and music. White House intellectual property czar Victoria Espinel said that the Internet community should "expect more" pre-emptive action as the administration combats online copyright infringement.

Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft

The government warns Americans to closely guard their Social Security numbers. But it has done a poor job of protecting those same numbers for millions of people: the nation's soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

New York Times
MPAA to Universities: Curb Piracy or Lose Federal Funding

The Motion Picture Association of America has decided to mimic the efforts of its music industry counterpart and put pressure on universities to curb student piracy. The organization notified its partners this week that it would begin sending out letters to college and university presidents in the US "calling their attention" to the anti-infringement provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Ars Technica
Which TV Channels Can't Cord-Cutters Live Without?

If the never-ending stream of data on cord-cutting has faded into a blur, here's one new finding that may be of actual interest.

Still Counting on the Power of Television

TV or not TV? On Madison Avenue next year, leading forecasters say, that is not likely to be the question. A major reason those forecasters are predicting that the advertising industry will recover faster from the recession than they had expected is the continued, strong demand among marketers for commercial time on television.

New York Times
U.S. Arrests Online Seller Who Scared Customers

Federal law enforcement agents arrested a Brooklyn Internet merchant who mistreated customers because he thought their online complaints raised the profile of his business in Google searches.

New York Times
Verizon May Pay Apple for iPhone Semi-Exclusive

Verizon Wireless may be willing to pay Apple to keep the iPhone off competitors' networks when the carrier eventually gets the device in 2011.

Google to Release New Smartphone, New Android Software

Nearly a year after Google unveiled its first branded smartphone in an unsuccessful bid to transform how consumers bought phones, the company unveiled its successor. The "Nexus S" won't change how people buy a phone, but it could someday alter the way people buy almost anything else -- by using their smartphone as a credit card.

San Jose Mercury News
Google Opens Doors to E-Bookstore

After years of planning and months of delays, the search giant Google started its e-book venture on, creating a potentially robust competitor in the digital book market to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple.

New York Times
Merger of Bookstore Giants Is Pushed

A major shareholder of Borders proposed that the bookseller acquire much bigger rival Barnes and Noble, in a gamble to unite the two giant but struggling retailers at a time of major tumult in the book industry.

Wall Street Journal
'Digital Death' Campaign Raises $1M; Celebs Allowed Back on Twitter

The organizers of Alicia Keys' "Keep a Child Alive" announced that the campaign had reached the one millions mark in donations -- meaning Ryan Seacrest, Kim Kardashian and the rest of those who vowed to stay off Twitter and Facebook until their goal are free to tweet and status update at their normal, annoying levels.

The Wrap

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