(our published letters):
Brown says full employment is achievable.
Problem is, half of UK jobs produce no
real wealth, no resources
or services useful to human life. These
pointless jobs (many in financial services)
have no effect except to move money around
in databases, benefiting the rich. It
used to be called usury. People actually
burn up fossil fuels travelling to these
(The Independent, 16/3/2001)
this government talks about work reminds
me of the infamous Arbeit Macht
Frei (Work Makes One free)
Nazi concentration camp entrance sign.
Hitler provided full employment. Prison
workshops have full employment. Coercion
can always create full employment.
happened to leisure? Weve seen incredible
advances in labour-saving technology over
the last 30 years, yet working hours have
risen during this period. And now
government ministers want to promote a
work first culture. Are they
(Read out on BBC Radio 4 PM
Deal has created approximately 50,000
jobs which otherwise wouldnt exist.
But it cost £5bn (five billion) to set
up. By my calculation, that means each
job created cost the taxpayer £100,000.
(The Guardian, 15/7/2000)
less than 10 children are killed each
year by strangers in England and Wales,
according to government figures. Road
accidents, however, kill or seriously
injure several thousand children every
year. The media obsession with paedophiles
distorts perceptions of risks to children.
(The Sun, 26/7/2000)
Last years Government clamp-down
on sick-note culture was regrettable.
Taking time off sick is increasingly seen
as a bad career move, with the result
that everyone in the office catches flu.
My advice: prevention is better than cure,
so call in sick before you get
(The Guardian, 12/1/2000)
from a Media Heretic:
Timothy Leary wrote an article on how
to get letters in print: How to Publish
Heresy. Here are some quotes (the
full version is available in the excellent
Chaos and Beyond by
Robert Anton Wilson):
... the editorial
pages of newspapers publish opinion pieces
by well-known columnists. These syndicated
pundits are selected to give the illusion
of a variety of viewpoints, but in reality
such columns cover only a narrow spectrum...
like me or Alex Cockburn or Noam
Chomsky or even Gore Vidal were
to submit a truly dissident essay, no
matter how convincing the facts and witheringly
brilliant the logic, there is very little
chance it would be published.
the Editor is the only section of the
paper where far-out opinions are expressed...
In the last ten years I have written hundreds
of letters to [LA newspapers]. Letters
signed with my own name usually vanish
down the memory hole and do not appear
in print. However, I have a high rate
of success (publication) when I write
... avoid stating dissident opinions
openly. Simply adopt the current Establishment
line, exaggerate it a bit (in the manner
of Voltaire) and defend it
in the passionate jargon of the true believer.
Satire reaches those deaf to logic and
Letters to Newspapers
A Lazy Persons Guide to Quick &
On this page:
Newspaper Email Addresses
Crafty Multiple Mailings
How to be Published
Note: always include
your postal address & phone number (they
demand it). You can, of course, give bogus details.
The Daily Telegraph
(subject field of email should say Letter
to the Editor)
Mail On Sunday
News of the World
Daily Post (Liverpool)
The Irish Independent
The Morning Star
Today (BBC Radio 4 morning news)
PM (BBC Radio 4 evening news)
New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Chronicle
Chicago Sun Times
San Jose Mercury
here for a longer list of US and other countries
Newspapers want to be the sole recipient of
a letter. So, if youre sending a letter
to multiple recipients, make sure you disguise
This is easily done. Either send a separate
email to each newspaper (copy and paste the
content), or save time by using a program like
Group Mail (download it free from www.infacta.com).
If you use Group Mail (or similar),
you can make things easy by importing a list
of email addresses you want to use. As a start,
you might want to copy & paste the following
list into a .txt file, then follow the programs
instructions to import the file.
How to be Published
Make an original point.
Respond quickly to a story.