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Wednesday, May 15, 2002
antiquated but still relevant: The Consumers Union Report - Licit and Illicit Drugs from the DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy
"At George Washington Carver Elementary School, poll workers asserted that Newark police officers were standing near the entryway of the polling site, patting voters on the shoulders and telling them to "do the right thing." Darnell White, 32, a volunteer for Mr. Booker's campaign said the police threatened to arrest him when he complained."
nothing terribly new in this screed about us oil imperialism but an illuminating read nonetheless especially in light of the failed venezuelan coup and our recent rapprochement with russia and todays un sanctions reversal for iraq. and it would seem the last two items are related as one of the prime beneficiaries of the sanctions overhaul is russia which according to the article had lost $700 million in business as a result of the sanctions.
Tuesday, May 14, 2002
"What is not so well known across the left, not to mention elsewhere, is that this radical criticism of the limitations of a capitalist sponsored journalism is not a recent phenomenon. In fact, it dates back to the birth, at the beginning of the twentieth century, of both modern monopoly capitalism and modern commercial media, roughly one hundred years ago. Radical criticism of the press was an integral component of the many large social movements of the Progressive Era, which sought to resist the effects of accelerating capitalist development. It was a time of striking similarity to the present, mirroring in particular the corruption of democracy by political and economic elites whose control over the media strangles public awareness, debate, and activism. However, unlike today, radical criticism of capitalist journalism was a dominant theme on the left during the Progressive Era, particularly in the socialist, anarchist, and progressive press. This was the Golden Age of radical press criticism, and Upton Sinclair was at its epicenter."
"In the late 1960s, Jean Seberg took more roles in Hollywood, most notably opposite Warren Beatty in "Lillith". She also became increasing active in left wing political groups. Her support for the anti-racist movement the Black Panthers, along with that of Jane Fonda, was well known. But such was Seberg's influence, esspecially in Europe, that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover considered her a genuine liability, and, in 1970 when she was seven months preganant, issued instructions that Seberg be "neutralised". Thus it was that a fake letter was "leaked" to the Hollywood gossip columns, suggesting that the father of the child was not Gary, but a member of the Black Panthers. The reaction so traumatised Seberg that she gave birth prematurely, and the child was stillborn. The next day Seberg called a press conference, where she presented shocked journalists with the body of her dead white child. The measure, though extreme, put an end to the rumours, but the FBI continued to hound Seberg until she eventually moved back to Paris."
lauryn hills new album came out today. apparently its not commercial enough for corporate america which means it may only sell two or three million copies versus her last monster effort. what was she thinking? next youre going to tell me that mtv wont play her videos because she doesnt show enough skin. what kind of values is she trying to impart? is she some sort of pro-palestinian maoist rebel?
"The research reveals that while the built-up areas of the settlements constitute only 1.7% of the land in the West Bank, the municipal boundaries are over three times as large: 6.8%. Regional councils constitute an additional 35.1%. Thus, a total of 41.9% of the area in the West Bank is controlled by the settlements."
"Splitting up the screen has slipped into movies and TV shows so deftly that almost no one has pointed out what a break it makes with the past. Except for a brief, astonishing moment in the late '60s, with movies like Richard Fleischer's "The Boston Strangler" and Norman Jewison's original version of "The Thomas Crown Affair" and, of course, "Woodstock," edited by the brilliant Thelma Schoonmaker (among others, including a then-unknown Martin Scorsese), the history of film has been a history of the single screen: one image, one shared moment in time. An artist once insisted to me that you couldn't have it otherwise; the moment you break up that screen, you destroy the illusion that allows you to carry off your audience."
Monday, May 13, 2002
"This is a copy of a bizarre six-page manifesto, of sorts, written by Luke Helder and sent last week to a college newspaper in Wisconsin. In the rambling letter, Helder, who has been charged in connection with the recent mailbox bombings, writes, "I'm taking very drastic measures in attempt to provide this information to you...I will die/change in the end for this, but that's ok, hahaha paradise awaits! I'm dismissing a few individuals from reality, to change all of you for the better, surely you can understand my logic." The letter, the first page of which is imprinted with the initials LH, was signed "Lucas Helder" and postmarked May 3 in Omaha, Nebraska."