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Gawker, UK newspapers pull scum smear jobs on Julian Assange

Gutter journalism at its finest. Did I say finest?

Finally we can see what many of us suspected all along - the media is a weapon wielded by the powerful, who expect nothing more than adulation from their servants. Break the undeclared Omerta on real news, and you can expect legal persecution and threats to your life while the bought, scum mouthpieces of the ruling class hold up your personal life up to public ridicule.

Replicas / Metamatic pastiche

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At least two Iranian cities have erupted in mega-mass protests against the rigged election. And for spods there's all kinds of stuff happening on twitter, including direct action:

Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is
TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for
bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it
becomes much harder to find them.

If you have proxies you want to share with Iranians, don't do so in public:

Do NOT publicise proxy IP’s over twitter, and especially not using the
#iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the
moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new
proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they
will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran

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as well as our very own persians

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Calling all bloggers -- Blogswarm against Divine Strake on May 16th!

There is a call for a blogswarm on May 16th to oppose the Divine Strake bomb test at the Nevada Test Site.

Blogswarming is when several bloggers blog on the same issue on the same day. It helps to have links to the other bloggers that are participating to build a kind of internet loop. (To see what a blowswarm might look like I've linked posts from when I recently participated in a Blogswarm to oppose nuke waste at Skull Valley and one in support of Pete Ashdown and I have linked to other blog posts in that post that are part of the swarm).

If you are going to participate, you can post your blog web address here which will act as a sort of central location to find all the addresses of the other bloggers to post on your blog.

Why protest the Divine Strake?

  • This escalation of dangerous weapon development may end up being used on Iraqis or Iranians and who knows who else. It may also be a way to ready the Nevade Test Site for renewed Nuclear Testing.

  • Environmental Racism - the Nevada Test Site is located on Western Shoshone lands seized by the US gov. in defince of the Treaty of Ruby Valley. "The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has recently ruled that the United States must “freeze,” “desist” and “stop” its encroachment on Western Shoshone lands, and cease its military activities." (Eileen Olsen from press release)

  • Environmental effects. The Divine Strake test will create 10,000-foot mushroom cloud of debris. The Nevada Test Site is already heavily contaminated from years of testing nulcear weapons and it is unknown how much of that contaminated debris will be spread and to what distances.

More info on the Divine Strake:

Utah Peace and Justice Organizations Announce Joining International Coalition to Protest Blast

Fall Out Maps from Nuclear Testing
Test Blast In Nevada: A Nuclear Rehersal
The Nuclear Information Project
"Divine Strake" and the talk of a nuclear attack on Iran

If you'd like another way to protest Divine Strake, you could attend and International Day of Action event at the Nevada Test Site.

Thanks to Dee's 'Dotes for all the great info. (x posted)

Another email...

Well, I'm sure everyone here already knew about this, but I figured might as well post it anyway.

At the August 28th briefing, the president was told exactly what to expect:

The chief scientist of the National Hurricane Center warned that a major levee breach was "obviously a very, very grave concern." Bush lied to the entire nation about this point just 5 days later.
Michael Brown told the president that if New Orleans flooded the Superdome emergency shelter would likely be under water and short on supplies, creating a "catastrophe within a catastrophe."
Experts and officials implored the President to prepare for, as the AP described it, "devastation of historic proportions."
President Bush didn't ask a single question during the briefing. In the next two days he campaigned, attended birthday parties and played guitar while the worst natural disaster in American history killed over 1,300 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.

There can now be no mistake: President Bush had a chance to lead, and he failed to keep us safe.

In the next few days, we'll be tracking this story carefully and coordinating our response with partners in New Orleans and around the nation.

The survivors of Katrina deserve to know why the president left them to suffer the storm. And the people of the United States deserve leadership we can trust to keep our families safe. We'll work hard together until we have both.

Tonight, let's start by spreading the word:

Here's a video for you

Thanks for all that you do,

—Ben, Nita, Tom, Jen, Adam R, Justin, Adam G, Eli and the whole Political Action Team
  Wednesday, March 01, 2006

(x-posted to <lj user="fukdagovernment">, <lj user="usa_de_quirky">, and <lj user="world_cant_wait">)




Dear Mr. Bush:

I would like to extend my hand and invite you to join us, the mainstream American majority. We, the people -- that's the majority of the people -- share these majority opinions:

1. Going to war was a mistake -- a big mistake. (link)

2. You and your administration misled us into this war. (link)

3. We want the war ended and our troops brought home. (link)

4. We don't trust you. (link)

Now, I know this is a bitter pill to swallow. Iraq was going to be your great legacy. Now, it's just your legacy. It didn't have to end up this way.

This week, when Republicans and conservative Democrats started jumping ship, you lashed out at them. You thought the most damning thing you could say to them was that they were "endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party." I mean, is that the best you can do to persuade them to stick with you -- compare them to me? You gotta come up with a better villain. For heaven's sakes, you had a hundred-plus million other Americans who think the same way I do -- and you could have picked on any one of them!

But hey, why not cut out the name-calling and the smearing and just do the obvious thing: Come join the majority! Be one of us, your fellow Americans! Is it really that hard? Is there really any other choice? George, take a walk on the wild side!

Your loyal representative from the majority,

Michael Moore

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Someone from lives in Pittsburgh. The school walk-outs are NOT a hoax. Go to for details on the Nov. 2nd Student Walk Out. See you there!


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So I went to a candlelight vigil/anti-war protest last night. I think I got the point across to the people. I was with about 150 other people who showed up, and I myself was dressed in a camo jacket with my face made up to appear dead. A lot of people loved the 'costume' that I used to remember the '2000th' death in Iraq. What they don't understand is that this war has caused a lot more death than that. What about the 30,000 Iraqi civilians? What about the 100,000 troops that have been wounded beyond anything else? What about those missing/captured?

And what about the ones that happened in Afghanistan?

My sign stated it simply - 'Bush lies, who else dies?'

I hope to have some pictures, and I wanted to welcome the newest members to our community. Guys, I know you're at least reading this. Thank you, Pittsburgh, for finally coming together in one of the most memorable nights in my life. I welcome you, and I hope that you find the support you're looking for here!

a.k.a. Anna

(x-posted to various communities)