We know the corporate media doesn't serve us; that forty something percent of Americans think Iraq was directly involved in 9/11 points that out pretty effectively
Q One question for you both. Do you believe that there is a link between Saddam Hussein, a direct link, and the men who attacked on September the 11th?
THE PRESIDENT: I can't make that claim.
THE PRIME MINISTER: That answers your question.
I got that from a White House transcript for crying out loud, there is no big conspiracy to hide the truth, mainstream news just didn't choose to break with the illusion necessary to the Administration's war aims. The interlocking directorates of major corporations may play a hand, oil producers and weapons system manufacturers financially tied into the major advertisers of our popular media influencing what is said and what is kept from "We the People".
Remember when Mr Bush lied about an International Atomic Energy Agency report that he said stated Iraq could have atomic weapons in six months time? Democracy Now! reported that the IAEA said no such thing and were perplexed that Bush could misrepresent them so. Did FOX network? Have you heard this case of Presidential lying discussed in popular media? Memory Hole has the info you are looking for, it seems on April 29th Paul Krugman reported on it. But it happened last September. Amy Goodman reports it and you know Pacifica is as low budget as it is wonderful- very. Common Dreams picks it up from the Washington Times, but no major network reports this?
Stop over at Mousemusings to see how to actively fight what is just about state controlled media, OK, corporate media of a corporate state. Link on over to some crucial news; yup, I'm asking you to rush because there is time critical information to be had... Big changes are in the offing at the FCC allowing for further concentration of who owns the news, a consolidation of ownership rules for all types of media- of who controls a vital ingredient of the recipe that makes for a vital Democracy- Information . Look how far out of hand the nation has gotten with present day media control.
Granted, we can do a lot with the Internet, but for the information needs of the majority of us to be met we need some competition between newspapers radio and TV to keep democracy going...
Now is a good time to act.
Pop on over to Blah 3 and catch a bit of information about Donald Rumsfeld, the only non -Swede on the Board of the Swedish company ABB, and guess what countries they do business with? Yup, Rummy seems to have more North Korean concerns ( things in China are picking up too...)
thursday, may 22nd will be the last full working day before the memorial day weekend, and it's a good time to send a real message of support for our military. (we all know how much work gets done on the friday before a holiday ;) please help to remind people that while publicly declaring their great love for the troops, the budget being submitted this year by the white house will have disastrous consequences for veterans and military families.
i'd ask you to urge people to call their representatives that thursday, to request that full funding for the va be a top legislative priority. to ask legislators to maintain school funding for the children of families who live on base. to keep retirement promises made to veterans of former wars. and to act to correct the shameful fact that many military families require private charity when their service members are called to duty, or if they should lose their lives.
While cruising blogtopia (thanks skippy) I got the above quote from skippy the bush kangaroo referring to an idea that Natasha over at The Watch had about an effective way to support our troops in this time of VA threatening budget cuts: a virtual march on Washington . Both skippy and Natasha have links to others(Seeing the forest is one you'll recognize seeing here) that will give you more background. Our troops deserve more than lipservice from our government, they have served their country (unlike the current White House resident and many of his neocon pals), they and their families need our support - as mentioned here before the majority of United States Marines are of a rank of Corporal or below, making less than 10,000 dollars a year.
A friend I really admire, a truly good and decent and proud individual was eligible for foodstamps after the birth of his child. A man serious enough about his love of country to make it the organizing principle of his life deserves much better for both him and his family.
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