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:::::: NEWS & DISTRACTION ::::::
After September 11, Clear Channel, America's biggest owner of radio stations,
sent out an internal memorandum with a list of songs the stations were forbidden
to play, including John Lennon's "Imagine". In response, Yoko Ono,
took out a full page ad in the New York Times with lyrics from the song. Ono
said: "I think they (Clear Channel) wanted everyone to be in a kind of attack
During the first Gulf
war, a TV ad featuring a cartoon-sexy languorous
female bunny rabbit offering Cadbury's Caramel
to soldier ants was banned from UK TV. Presumably
the unstated message "lazy sex & chocolate
is better than marching to war" was deemed
inappropriate by those authorities who know
what's best for us.
Gore Vidal, the political
historian and dissenter, said he can't find
a publisher willing to print his book on US
foreign policy (BBC2 Newsnight 7/12/01). Vidal
has previously commented that his criticisms
of US policy are excluded from public debate.
One in seven people
aged over 65 in the UK are malnourished, or
at severe risk of malnutrition, according to
the Malnutrition Advisory Group (MAG).
According to Dr Sadie
Plant, the cellphone has become a "psychosexual
symbol of performance". (Guardian 1/12/2001)
DIARY OF DISTRACTIONS
9th December 2001 - Some voices of "reason
and moderation" from the respectable US
Michael Kelly (Washington
Post): "American pacifists... are on the
side of future mass murders of Americans",
they are "objectively pro-terrorist", "evil" and "liars".
Steve Dunleavy (New York Post) "The
response to this unimaginable 21st-century
Pearl Harbor should be as simple as it is swift
- kill the bastards... A gunshot between the
eyes, blow them to smithereens, poison them...
As for cities or countries that host these
worms, bomb them into basketball courts".
Rich Lowry (National Review): "If
we flatten part of Damascus or Tehran or whatever
it takes, that is part of the solution".
Jonathan Alter (Newsweek):
Urged dissenters to shut up because "it's
kill or be killed".
A.M. Rosenthal (Washington
Times): In addition to Afghanistan, wants to
bomb Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Iran, and Syria.
Ann Coulter (ex-National Review):
Her response to terrorism is to "invade
their countries, kill their leaders, and convert
them to Christianity".
Interesting survey by FAIR of imbalances in
the US press coverage following September
Here's a brief excerpt:
"In polls that offered a choice between
a military response or nothing, it's true that
overwhelming majorities chose war. But given
the choice between either a military assault
or pressing for the extradition and trial of
those responsible (eg Christian Science Monitor,
9/27/01), a substantial minority either chose
extradition (30 percent) or were undecided (16
percent). These people had next to no representation
in the op-ed debate; in fact, it's likely that
many people asked to choose whether or not to
go to war had never seen an alternative to war
articulated in a mainstream outlet."
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
(From Robert Anton Wilson)
"In the feudal age, people once fought wars over Land, when Land served
as the source of wealth. Those who had Land wanted more, on the usual addictive
rule that we want more of what makes us feel very very good. They also worried
that others wanted to take their Land away. Then paper Money appeared, almost
as abstract as pure information in communication theory. For over 400 years now,
the world has struggled over Money -- working for it, swindling and robbing for
it, conspiring to monopolize it, going to war over it. Since less than one percent
of Earthians owns 99 percent of the Money, the [approximately] 6 billion of the
rest of us struggle evermore desperately over the one percent of the green magick
not yet monopolized".