Archive for December, 2003

Asking the soft questions

December 30th, 2003 – 10:58 pm
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A great piece from the New York Press about the pathetic White House press corps(e): Reporters argue that they have no choice. They’ll say they can’t protest or boycott the staged format, because they risk being stripped of their seat in the press pool. For the same reason, they say they can’t write anything too […]

The end of the Constitution?

December 29th, 2003 – 9:17 pm
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It’s some pretty scary stuff. First, go look at the most recent This Modern World, called Franksly Speaking. What Tom Tomorrow is referring to is an recent interview given by General Tommy Franks, recent head of CentCom, to Cigar Aficionado magazine. The most frightening thing is that Franks is probably saying what a lot of […]

The media in 2003

December 29th, 2003 – 8:47 pm
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I came across a couple of looks back at the year in media that I thought were worth pointing out. The first is by Danny Schechter of The third year of this new millennium was overshadowed by the war on Iraq, the news story that most networks devoted their airtime and money to cover. […]

Mad cows and Americans

December 28th, 2003 – 9:10 am
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Julie over at Sisyphus Shrugged has an excellent roundup of the whole mad cow story, which she calls The Madness of King Beef or Blame Canada – South Park Agriculture Policy Comes to a Country Near You. She takes several news articles and puts together a story that may well make you want to give […]

New links

December 27th, 2003 – 9:17 pm
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Added Pandagon to the Blog Links section of the right column, and added Undernews to the Other Links section (finally).

Competing Armageddons

December 27th, 2003 – 9:07 pm
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A few insightful words by Sam Smith, from the December 24th issue of Undernews. Since September 11, 2001 the Bush regime has repeatedly taken actions and spoken words that have increased the constituency of those who could make it happen again. By refusing to deal forthrightly with rational demands – such as ending the Israeli […]

Some rules for covering the 2004 elections

December 27th, 2003 – 2:35 pm
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Paul Krugman offers some New Year’s resolutions for political reporters. During the 2000 election, many journalists deluded themselves and their audience into believing that there weren’t many policy differences between the major candidates, and focused on personalities (or, rather, perceptions of personalities) instead. This time there can be no illusions: President Bush has turned this […]

Here we go

December 27th, 2003 – 1:52 pm
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Karl Rove and the rest of Bush’s goon squad are already gearing up to face Howard Dean next fall: President Bush’s campaign has settled on a plan to run against Howard Dean that would portray him as reckless, angry and pessimistic, while framing the 2004 election as a referendum on the direction of the nation […]

Choosing employees and customers over shareholders

December 27th, 2003 – 1:30 pm
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Over on Pandagon there’s an interesting piece about the differences between Costco (which apparently doesn’t try to screw over either its employees or its customers) and places like Walmart (which do). It also talks about how Wall Street would like to see all of that end, in the name of shareholder value. You know, I […]


December 26th, 2003 – 2:40 pm
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I’ve upgraded to Movable Type 2.65, and no problems so far. Not many changes, but it does plug a couple of security holes. On an unrelated note, the server was the victim of web page defacing by some hacker from Brazil the other day, so if you got a page in Portuguese when you tried […]