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I have just begun a new blog/zine called
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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
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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
Documentation: on my blog
David Baptiste Chirot
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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.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Petition Delivery Marathon at the FCC--Free Press Media Reform Daily

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Media Reform Daily
News of the movement for December 13, 2010
The Can-You-Hear-Us-Now-a-Thon: Petition Delivery Marathon at the FCC

We're running a marathon for the next two days, but this is not your normal 26.2 mile race. This marathon involves hauling 50,000 petitions in support of real Net Neutrality to the FCC every hour, on the hour until we've delivered all 2 million signatures.

Misty Perez Truedson,
Net Neutrality Lobbying to Peak this Week

Expect lobbying around Net Neutrality to reach fever pitch through Dec. 14. After that, the FCC will go into its bunker to deliberate a draft of rules that will be voted on Dec. 21.

Cecilia Kang, Washington Post
Groups Say FCC Proposal Not Real Net Neutrality

The open Internet principles laid out by the FCC last week fall short of "real" Net Neutrality, more than 80 groups said in a letter.

Jasmin Melvin, Reuters
Franken: FCC Should Bury Net Neutrality Proposal Unless It Is Strengthened

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is urging the FCC to abandon its latest Net Neutrality plan unless it is significantly strengthened. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Franken argued that having no rules would be preferable to the ones the agency has proposed.

Sara Jerome, The Hill
Cantwell and Inslee Call for Stricter Rules on Net Neutrality

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) wrote the FCC, urging the Commission to adopt stricter rules on the proposed Net Neutrality order. Cantwell and Inslee want the FCC's Net Neutrality order to include several measures, including a ban on paid prioritization, similar regulations for both wireless and wireline, and carefully crafted definitions of broadband Internet access and reasonable network management.

Eliza Krigman, National Journal
FCC Commissioner: Net Neutrality Rules Should Cover Wireless

We're about 10 days and counting from the FCC issuing an order with Net Neutrality rules, but one of three Democrats on the FCC who supports the idea now says that the draft on the table might not go far enough. That would be Mignon Clyburn, who recently said that she "still has many questions" about the proposal, particularly whether it adequately covers wireless broadband.

Matthew Lasar, Ars Technica
Internet Access Should Be Application-Agnostic

Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the FCC, recently announced that he would ask the agency to adopt rules to protect the open Internet at its open meeting on Dec. 21. We applaud the chairman's effort, but we worry that the proposed framework, as it is currently drafted, will not result in the free and open Internet that is his goal.

Brad Burnham, Union Square Ventures
Startup Video Company Asks FCC to Improve Open Internet Proposal

Future innovative applications, services and business models are likely to come from small companies with innovative ideas backed by risk-taking investors. We strongly urge FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to improve his proposed Net Neutrality protections for users and innovators alike, in order to allow us to continue to innovate in the future.

Barbara van Schewick, Internet Architecture and Innovation
Thousands Call NAB for Local Community Radio

If we overcome this industry-backed obstacle and pass the Local Community Radio Act, we can finally build the independent radio stations our communities need. Time is running out. Please call today.

Josh Stearns,
Hooping for LPFM

The Prometheus Radio Project is leading a circus-themed protest in front of the National Association of Broadcasters. Urging supporters to "bring juggling pins, unicycles, tricks, and costumes," participants will be celebrating Low Power FM while chiding the NAB for its dishonest campaign to get Senate Republicans to put holds on the Local Community Radio Act.

Paul Riismandel, Radio Survivor
Public Broadcaster Is to Sell Current, a Trade Publication

Current, the newspaper that has covered the public broadcasting business every two weeks for three decades, is leaving the hands of its longtime owner,, the New York City public broadcaster. The board of approved an agreement to sell Current to the American University School of Communication.

Elizabeth Jensen, New York Times
Rockefeller Pans Comcast-NBC Deal

In a major blow to the proposed combination of Comcast and NBC Universal, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) -- the most powerful voice in Congress on telecom policy -- told the FCC that he is worried that the $30 billion transaction could have a detrimental impact on consumers and competition.

David Hatch, National Journal
Sanders Slammed Comcast Merger During Epic Speech

During his eight-and-a-half-hour speech against President Obama's tax compromise with Republicans, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also took on another of his favorite topics: the pending merger between Comcast and NBC Universal.

Sara Jerome, The Hill
Comcast, the Biggest Cable Company in Bay Area and Nation, Looks to Get Bigger

Comcast is by far the biggest pay-TV provider in the Bay Area. It controls TV rights to Giants, A's, Sharks and Warriors games. Many of its customers also sign up for high-speed Internet service. And the company, if it has its way, is about to get a whole lot bigger.

Mike Zapler, San Jose Mercury News
act now

We know the difference between real Net Neutrality and fake Net Neutrality. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal is fake Net Neutrality. Watch the video and tell the FCC: We want real Net Neutrality.
In Other News...
Digital Divide Is a Matter of Income

Household income is the greatest predictor of Internet use for Americans, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center. In both their access to and use of the Internet and a suite of other technological devices and applications, households earning more than $75,000 a year significantly outpace lower-earning households, particularly those making less than $30,000 a year.

New York Times
Upton Announces GOP Commerce Members -- Who Likely Won't Focus on Telecom

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who will take over as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress, welcomed 12 new Republican members to the committee. They will join returning member Greg Walden (R-Or.)

Washington Post
Web Companies Fear Google's Reach

As Google spreads its reach, it is making new enemies who fear that once Google steps onto their turf it will use its almighty search engine to quash them. Now, these critics are pushing antitrust officials to block some of Google's mergers or build a blockbuster case against the search behemoth.

Washington Post
Facebook Wrestles with Free Speech and Civility

Facebook isn't a utopia, and when it comes up short, Dave Willner tries to clean up. Willner and his colleagues on Facebook's "hate and harassment team" are part of a virtual police squad charged with taking down content that is illegal or violates Facebook's terms of service. That role came into sharp focus last week as the controversy about WikiLeaks boiled over on the Web.

New York Times
Time Warner Views Netflix As a Fading Star

Many of the companies that make the shows and movies that Netflix delivers to mailboxes, computer screens and televisions -- companies whose stocks have not enjoyed the same frothy rise, and whose chief executives have not won the same accolades -- are pushing back, arguing that the company is overhyped, and vowing to charge much more to license their content.

New York Times
25 Billion Tweets Were Sent in 2010

Twitter has just released their list of top trends on Twitter for 2010. Surprisingly, Justin Bieber did not dominate the list. Instead, the Gulf oil spill did. The service says that 25 billion tweets were sent in total in 2010.

News Corp. Wants 'The Daily' Safe from Trademark Claims

The new digital-only newspaper from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has a familiar name -- "The Daily" -- which could raise some legal issues if other publications with the same name try to enforce trademark claims. That's why News Corp. is moving preemptively to keep the name free from potential legal entanglements on trademark grounds.

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