Ten big news stories you aren’t hearing

Posted on September 9, 2006. Filed under: News |

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (MarketWatch) — The San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper has printed a list of stories we in the media seem to have largely ignored over the past year. The story is gleaned from an annual list developed by Project Censored, a media research group out of Sonoma State University that tracks the news published in independent journals and newsletters.

It’s a provocative and eye-opening list that warrants attention, especially from the media. And each year it usually gets it, as Salon comments, out of “guilt.”

In a great example of how certain stories play out, San Francisco Bay Guardian reporter Sarah Phelan opens her article by citing the play two news items recently received on the same day they broke: In Detroit, U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled that the Bush administration’s warrantless National Security Agency surveillance program was unconstitutional and must end. Meanwhile, somewhere in Thailand, a weirdo named John Mark Karr claimed he was with six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey when she died in 1996.

We all know which story received the most attention.

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Warfare and the globe

Posted on September 2, 2006. Filed under: News |

If history has shown the observer one thing, it is that war is a part of life. Strange as that may sound, documented records report only 300 years of known peace on our planet, leaving the rest to wallow in the path of war. What that statistic tells us is that there has been some source of conflict – be it religious, territorial or otherwise – between two or more parties on our planet for thousands of years. GlobalFirepower (GFP) provides a unique analytical display of information based on sources from all over the globe.

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What the soldiers see

Posted on September 2, 2006. Filed under: News, Photography |

Here’s a great Iraq soldiers’ photo book.

They’re great photographs andshow in detail the horrors of today’s war.

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CNN’s Kyra Phillips goes to the bathroom with her mic on

Posted on September 2, 2006. Filed under: Funnies, News |

During President Bush’s Katrina press conference, CNN’s Kyra Phillips took a bathroom break and didn’t realize that she left her mic on.

While Bush attempted to reassure people that the federal government will be ready if another natural disaster happens, CNN watchers got to listen to Phillips in the bathroom zipping up and chatting about her brother and “control freak” sister-in-law.

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Why They Hate Us

Posted on September 2, 2006. Filed under: News, Video, You Tube |

For all you ignorant people (especially those who reside in the U.S.) who ask why they are so hated in the middle east and why there is so much aggression towards them…heres your answer.

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The 9/11 Report: As A Graphic Novel

Posted on August 24, 2006. Filed under: Art, News |

Click here to read The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, which sets text from The 9/11 Commission Report to images—with striking results. Slate is excerpting a chapter a day through Sept. 7. Don’t worry if you’ve joined in late; click on the launch module, and you’ll see that the previous chapters are available using the navigation on the right.

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London MonoMetro 2012

Posted on August 24, 2006. Filed under: News, Transport |

London will introduce in 2012 the world’s most advanced urban transport system: MonoMetro. Designed to relieve the chaos of the ground and the underground, whisking sportsmen, spectators, visitors and businessmen across the urban landscape.

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Mozilla delays Firefox 2.0 release

Posted on August 24, 2006. Filed under: Browsers, News |

The Mozilla Foundation has pushed back the release of Firefox 2.0 until 24 October (see developer calender here), a month later than its scheduled arrival.Release of the second beta of the keenly awaited browser software has also been delayed by a week until 23 August. Developers need the extra time to iron out bugs in features such as an integrated spell checker, Ars Technica reports.

Some features in the alpha version of the code won’t make it in the final release. Functions such as an improved bookmark and history system have been axed but may re-emerge within future versions of the browser.

Version 2.0 of the software will still feature a raft of new features including the aforementioned integrated spell checker as well as an anti-phishing tool (a must-have accessory that’s in Opera 9 and will be included in IE 7), improved search, and tabbed browsing.

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Don Vito of Viva La Bam faces charges of sexual assault

Posted on August 24, 2006. Filed under: News |

Reality television’s Vincent “Don Vito” Margera, uncle of “Viva La Bam” star Bam Margera, was held without bond Saturday on a charge of sexual assault on a child. Margera, 50, was arrested Friday night after a skateboarding event at a Lakewood, Colorado mall. He is accused of two incidents of sexual assault on a child, city spokeswoman Stacie Oulton said. She said the charges involved inappropriate touching.

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The Most Isolated Country in the World

Posted on August 24, 2006. Filed under: News |

No, it´s not Chile, trapped between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. Nor is it Tahiti, Papa New Guinea, or even Fiji. I´ve been in the US now for 3 weeks on an extended visit, and one of the things that has most caught my attention is how isolated the US is from the rest of the world. Physically and economically of course, the US is not isolated at all, as every country in the world sells its products here, or would like to.

It is with respect to its media environment that the US is the most isolated country in the world. It’s shocking really, that a country that thinks of itself as a paragon of democratic values provides its citizens with so little information, so little opportunity to compare the news they are offered with other points of view.

Here are some examples to back up my hypothesis.

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Seven Hair-Raising Realities About the Iraq War

Posted on August 23, 2006. Filed under: News |

A short guide to understanding a flood of new Iraqi developments — and the fate of both the American occupation and Iraqi society.

With a tenuous cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon holding, the ever-hotter war in Iraq is once again creeping back onto newspaper front pages and towards the top of the evening news. Before being fully immersed in daily reports of bomb blasts, sectarian violence, and casualties, however, it might be worth considering some of the just-under-the-radar-screen realities of the situation in that country. Here, then, is a little guide to understanding what is likely to be a flood of new Iraqi developments — a few enduring, but seldom commented upon, patterns central to the dynamics of the Iraq war, as well as to the fate of the American occupation and Iraqi society.

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Why Europe, unlike America, finds it so hard to love Israel

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: News |

THE ugly little mid-summer war that has just ended in Lebanon spilled over into the parliaments, streets, television studios and dinner parties of Europe. By and large, Israel got the worst of it.

The Council of Europe said that Israel’s response to Hizbullah’s cross-border attacks was “disproportionate” and accused Israel of “indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets”. Romano Prodi, Italy’s prime minister, called Israel’s reaction “excessive”. In Norway, Jostein Gaarder, the author of “Sophie’s World”, accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and murdering children, and said that the Jewish state had forfeited its right to exist. In many capitals, anti-war protesters marched under Hizbullah flags. When Britain’s Tony Blair tried to explain things from Israel’s point of view—and failed to call for an immediate ceasefire—his political stock took another tumble.

Mr Gaarder was prodded into a half-hearted apology. But the truth is that, far from being extreme, these criticisms of Israel convey the mood of millions of Europeans, rooted in what polls suggest is a hardening attitude. A YouGov poll in Britain, taken in the first two weeks of the conflict, found 63% of respondents saying that the Israeli response to Hizbullah’s attack was “disproportionate”; a similar German poll had 75% saying so.

Such reactions reflect a wider European view of Israel that contrasts sharply with America’s. In a Pew Global Attitudes survey earlier this year, far more Europeans sympathised with the Palestinians than with Israel (see chart). These findings come on top of a European Union poll in 2003 that had 59% of Europeans considering Israel as a greater menace to world peace than Iran, North Korea and Pakistan.

Why has Europe become so reflexively anti-Israel, just when America has become so reflexively pro-Israel? Europe has no equivalent of America’s powerful AIPAC Israeli lobby, and it also has a disgruntled (and growing) Muslim population. But neither is enough to explain all the difference in attitude. Indeed, many Muslims in Europe now feel beleaguered and can only dream of wielding AIPAC‘s clout.

Some Americans blame rising anti-Semitism in Europe, which they also attribute in part to its growing Muslim population. But there is a difference between being anti-Semitic and being anti-Israel. And in any case, it is not obvious that anti-Semitism is a big factor. In central Europe, for example, there seems to be both greater anti-Semitism and more support for Israel. And some polls suggest that more Americans think Jews have “too much influence” in their country than do Europeans.

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The Loose Cannon of 9/11

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: News |

How a 23-year-old Army grunt-turned-film producer is undermining the 9/11 Commission Report with $8,000 and a laptop.

It took two governors, four congressmen, three former White House officials and two special counsels two years to compile. They reviewed over two and half million pages of classified and declassified documents, consulted 1,200 sources in 10 countries, and spent over $15 million of the taxpayers’ money in the process. And on July 22, 2004, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report on the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Is it possible that two twentysomethings from “a small hippie town that time forgot” could undermine that entire effort with $8,000 and a laptop?

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Loose Change 2nd Edition” is the follow-up to the most provocative 9-11 documentary on the market today. This film shows direct connection between the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the United States government.

Evidence is derived from news footage, scientific fact, and most important, Americans who suffered through that tragic day.

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