9 September 2005

The news that didn't make the news

Project Censored list of top censored stories for the year. Here are the top ten:
  1. Bush administration moves to eliminate open government While the Bush administration has expanded its ability to keep tabs on civilians, it's been working to make sure the public and even Congress can't find out what the government is doing.

  2. Media coverage fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the civilian death toll Decades from now, the civilized world may well look back on the assaults on Fallujah in April and November 2004 and point to them as examples of the United States' and Britain's utter disregard for the most basic wartime rules of engagement.

  3. Another year of distorted election coverage Last year Project Censored foretold the potential for electoral wrongdoing in the 2004 presidential campaign: The "sale of electoral politics" made number six in the list of 2003-04's most underreported stories. The mainstream media had largely ignored the evidence that electronic voting machines were susceptible to tampering, as well as political alliances between the machines' manufacturers and the Republican Party.

  4. Surveillance society quietly moves in It's a well-known dirty trick in the halls of government: If you want to pass unpopular legislation that you know won't stand up to scrutiny, just wait until the public isn't looking. That's precisely what the Bush administration did Dec. 13, 2003, the day American troops captured Saddam Hussein.

  5. US uses tsunami to military advantage in Southeast Asia The American people reacted to the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean last December with an outpouring of compassion and private donations. Across the nation, neighbors got together to collect food, clothing, medicine, and financial contributions. Schoolchildren completed class projects to help the cause.

  6. The real oil-for-food scam Last year, right-wingers in Congress began kicking up a fuss about how the United Nations had allegedly allowed Saddam Hussein to rake in $10 billion in illegal cash through the Oil for Food program. Headlines screamed scandal. New York Times columnist William Safire referred to the alleged UN con game as "the richest rip-off in world history." But those who knew how the program had been set up and run and under whose watch were not swayed.

  7. Journalists face unprecedented dangers to life and livelihood Last year was the deadliest year for reporters since the International Federation of Journalists began keeping tabs in 1984. A total of 129 media workers lost their lives, and 49 of them more than a third were killed in Iraq.

  8. Iraqi farmers threatened by Bremer's mandates Historians believe it was in the "fertile crescent" of Mesopotamia, where Iraq now lies, that humans first learned to farm. "It is here, in around 8500 or 8000 B.C., that mankind first domesticated wheat, here that agriculture was born," Jeremy Smith wrote in the Ecologist. This entire time, "Iraqi farmers have been naturally selecting wheat varieties that work best with their climate ... and cross-pollinated them with others with different strengths. "The US, however, has decided that, despite 10,000 years practice, Iraqis don't know what wheat works best in their own conditions."

  9. Iran's new oil trade system challenges US currency The Bush administration has been paying a lot more attention to Iran recently. Part of that interest is clearly Iran's nuclear program but there may be more to the story. One bit of news that hasn't received the public vetting it merits is Iran's declared intent to open an international oil exchange market, or "bourse." Not only would the new entity compete against the New York Mercantile Exchange and London's International Petroleum Exchange (both owned by American corporations), but it would also ignite international oil trading in euros.

  10. Mountaintop removal threatens ecosystem and economy On Aug. 15 environmental activists created a human blockade by locking themselves to drilling equipment, obstructing the National Coal Corp.'s access to a strip mine in the Appalachian mountains 40 miles north of Knoxville. It was just the latest in a protracted campaign that environmentalists say has national implications but that's been ignored by the media outside the immediate area.


For a more expanded coverage of this list:
Tucson Weekly:

I just love project censored.
Question for Neocon:

excerpts from Government Is Bad, Isn't It:

The American Society of Civil Engineers surveyed 15 infrastructure categories -- including roads, bridges, drinking water and public schools -- and issued an overall grade of "D." The report notes that "congested highways, overflowing sewers and corroding bridges are constant reminders of the looming crisis that jeopardizes our nation's prosperity and our quality of life." Not to mention crises in public hospitals and housing.

Contrast this assessment with America's stunning historical record of achievement. Recall President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's huge public-works projects emerging from the New Deal or President Dwight Eisenhower's creation of the interstate highway system. When Americans travel throughout much of the world, we lament the lack of clean water and modern transportation and telecommunications infrastructure that we have traditionally enjoyed at home. It would be belaboring the obvious to point out that infrastructure has been an important contributor to America's global leadership.

Pundits who typically clamor for smaller government (are) uncharacteristically quiet, at least for a few days.

The stunning irony in all of this is that government is considered bad, EXCEPT WHEN WE NEED IT. Tragedies such as the Hurricane Katrina aftermath at least offer us a precious opportunity to re-examine our assumptions. Of course, improving our infrastructure is not a panacea. But it would be a good place to start. (emphasis mine)

So neocon?
My own "bait":

Do you support the far right idea of "Drown government in a bathtub"?

Not surprising, everyone, including Naum, ignored my "commerce clause" postings.

Does the old adage "out of site out of mind" apply?

Maybe a more contemporary update would be: "out of media out of mind" be more apt?

I still await a response from SOMEONE.

Neocon (refresh my memory if you have already answered this):

What point in American INDUSTRIAL history was the economy the most free and most unimpeded by state intervention?

At what point in American history was the gap between rich and poor the widest?

(Hint: It is the same period of time)

Oh, gosh, I will just give you the answer...it was the 1920's.

What is the second period? Today.

1 million more in poverty this week.

UN Report: Americans living in third world conditions.

30 years of Republican government.

(Of course Clinton was a democrat, but a very, very conservative one:
NAFTA, welfare reform, Trade with China)

Unions down to a shadow of their former self: 8 million now?

Interested in learning more, of course not! ;-)
Orphaned commerce clause link:

What happened to all the debates over here at azplace? Where did mondo and neocon go?

I have started to frequent frontpagemag, since it seems like we all have decided to agree to disagree, my lord....what a vicious, difficult group over there...

Things seem to be progressing (or should I say regressing) the same way they did here, beginning with "Joe Republican", first the vicious personal attacks... etc...
Trav, it's the weekend, I've absolutely no time for the next few months to converse on weekends. My wife and I bought a house, but before we move in, we're gutting it and turning it into our palace. Every night and every weekend I'm either painting, tiling, grouting, cleaning, installing wood floor, etc.
I thought I addrerssed the Commerce Clause. Didn't I?And of course, the Union thing. As for myself, a typical worker who is most often digging, trenching, or shoveling dirt, let me say that a Union is no different today than any other bureacracy. They had their place, and I'll thank them for what they did. But now? No thank you. I'd hate to be in a Union today. Thank goodness Arizona is Right to Work.
Thata my view anyway.
Have a good day, Trav.
I'd have thought the period marked by unimpeded capitalism would have been ca1880-1900. But I'm sure you have some reference. As far as today being a close second? I highly disagree. Can't be, never will be again.
In 1927, a major unnamed hurricane struck the city of New Orleans. It was actually more powerful than Katrina. The scope of damage was much more severe because this particular hurricane actually hit the city. Katrina missed it by 25 miles.

The interesting difference is the response the government gave in 1927 to those hurricane refugees, compared to the refugees of Katrina, err- I meant "survivors" ---(sorry Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson). How much aid did the government dispense at that time? Zero, nada, not one dime. And you know how much aid the army offered? The only aid from the army came in the form of loaning the city of New Orleans tents and camp stoves. Ironically, later, the army sued the city for reimbursement. So what was the big difference here?

It was the attitude the people had towards the government at that time, compared to the attitude that Katrina's victims have. The 1927 "survivors" expected nothing from the government 80 years ago, people understood that the government was there to "protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Today, Americans expect the government to "provide life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" That's a major difference. And now, a week later, when the government failed on all three levels of local, state, and federal to provide for their needs, Americans were sorely disappointed.

Reverend Jackson and reverend Sharpton spend their opportunities arguing about semantics."They shouldn't be called refugees, they should be called survivors" Unfortunately, they missed the boat. It was a perfect opportunity to deliver a very basic message to their people.

Fact, if you are poor and uneducated in America, this is what happens. Fact, if you depend on the government, you will be sorely disappointed. Fact, if you are poor in America, there is no reason for you to be uneducated. Its free! 12 grades. And if you really apply yourself, there is enough grants and assistance out there for higher education, which will raise you above the poverty level. And no longer will you depend on the government and be disappointed. Its unfortunate that this
lesson will be missed by most of the "survivors".

A couple of other points should be brought to light. G. W. has asked the congress for 50 billion dollars worth of aid for the "survivors" and clean up of the city. Interesting isn't it? one million people displaced and out of work in that city, sitting all day in shelters, waiting for the next handout. Of course, the thought never occured to anyone that just maybe, "hey, we should give all these folks jobs filling sand bags to plug the levees and clearing trees." (Wonder how many of
them would want government aid if they had to work for it?)

And finally, they haven't hardly begun the task of picking up dead bodies, and already the finger pointing has started. The congressional hearings and probes will go forever. Millions will be spent on a wasted diatribe of a bipartisan "witch hunting expedition"- all of which will be nonsense. If you're a democrat, you are going to blame the president. If you are a republican, you are going to blame the mayor and the governor. This is another case in point of how the government will once again fail its people, they could have spent the millions educating the poor and misplaced citizens of New Orleans so that they could go out and get a new and better life, instead of wasting it on useless blame investigations.

Smack a damnocrat, you will feel better
The government is scorned until you need it.

I think it would be wonderful if we had a time machine and you went back in time and actually lived in the time you wax so nostalgic about: 1927.

I won't get into the whole "Joe Republican" debate with you,as I have with others here in the past.

http://azplace.net/index.ph... (where you posted this message also)
I can just say that my first thought is that, and I may be incorrect, but your understanding of history is either woelfully inadequate, or you are intentionally ignoring key points of our nation's history, which is not surprising because key points of our nation history are never taught in schools.

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