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Series - We The People - Censored Media VS Free Press #26

by Rose Mountain (writer), , November 04, 2007

Since 2000/01 our democracy has been paralyzed, a democracy needs an independent media, an informed public, and fair elections for its survival. This article provides information and resources from media reform websites to 1) help We The People learn basic media facts, ex: the airwaves belong to the public and must serve the public's interest, only a few conglomerates control most of our nationwide and local media and are lobbying for more 2) help We The People save independent media, newspapers, radio, internet,etc. As readers of this Series We The People know--since 2000/01 the corporate-owned media has censored and/or distorted most information on the Bush Admin, including hundreds of high-level whistleblowers, independent news investigations and leaked documents, Congressional Hearings and Government investigations,etc,etc, see Articles #1-#20 in this Series at http://sf.broowaha.com/article.php?id=2484 Yet it's still shocking to realize that the US media could get away with censoring the British BBC News which is known and respected worldwide, but they did. The BBC News did major investigations like "Secret US Plans For Iraq's Oil" that reveal the real reason the Bush Admin invaded Iraq was to control Iraq's oil. The secret plans were created within weeks of Bush taking office in 2000/01 with the Bush Admin, State Dept, neoconservatives in the Pentagon, Big Oil companies. The BBC investigation was done by the courageous journalist Greg Palast http://gregpalast.com (Our hero, an American who's considered a threat by the Bush Admin) along with Harper's Magazine, based on inside whistleblowers, Freedom Of Information Act requests and hundreds of pages of secret documents. FOIA's are for We The People to get documents from Our government, but they're under attack as are whistleblower protections. The BBC Report is still on the website, please copy it and send it to everyone you know and send a copy to your Senators, Congresspeople, and Speaker Pelosi, to demand they stop the occupation of Iraq and begin impeachment hearings. Here it is http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/4354269.stm

Professor Phillips runs Project Censored at Sonoma State University at http://projectcensored.org See the top 25 stories that the media censored this year in the 2008 book edition of Project Censored, including one by Greg Palast and one on Bush preparing for US martial law. http://www.projectcensored.org/censored_2008/index.htm
"Project Censored http://projectcensored.org is a media research group out of Sonoma State University which tracks the news published in independent journals and newsletters. From these, Project Censored compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country's major national news media. Between 700 and 1000 stories are submitted to Project Censored each year from journalists, scholars, librarians, and concerned citizens around the world. With the help of more than 200 Sonoma State University faculty, students, and community members, Project Censored reviews the story submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources and national significance. The university community selects 25 stories to submit to the Project Censored panel of judges who then rank them in order of importance. Current or previous national judges include: Noam Chomsky, Susan Faludi, George Gerbner, Sut Jhally , Frances Moore Lappe, Norman Solomon, Michael Parenti, Herbert I. Schiller, Barbara Seaman, Erna Smith, Mike Wallace and Howard Zinn. All 25 stories are featured in the yearbook, Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News. In 1996 and 1997, the yearbook won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, celebrating the best in alternative publishing. The release of Project Censored's yearbook has developed into a national alternative press event. In 2003, along with several independent national magazines, over 40 alternative newsweeklies carried the Top 10 Censored stories in metropolitan areas throughout the country, and Project Censored was featured on more than 125 independent talk radio and television shows. Throughout the next year and into the next decade, Project Censored will continue to inform the public, advocate for independent journalism, and strive to spark debate on current issues involving media monopoly. Project Censored is a national research effort launched in 1976 by Dr. Carl Jensen, professor emeritus of Communications Studies at Sonoma State University . Upon Jensen's retirement in 1996, leadership of the project was passed to associate professor of sociology and media research specialist, Dr. Peter Phillips." From the About Us page at http://projectcensored.org/about/index.htm

**Professor McChesney began FreePress http://freepress.net with investigations and reports on the corporate ownership of the media. Since 2003 FreePress has hosted National Conferences on Media Reform with widely-respected journalists like PBS Bill Moyers as the Keynote Speaker. FreePress provides basic information to the public and has current projects for citizens to lobby Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at Stop Big Media http://stopbigmedia.com McChesney built FreePress along with professionals and independent journalists into a nationwide, non-partisan, grassroots effort to stop corporate media conglomerates from further taking over our airwaves, internet, radio, newspapers,etc. FreePress with other grassroots groups have fought and won some temporary victories. But the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) which was created to protect the public's interest has bent to pressure from corporations and the Bush Admin, and keeps changing the laws that prohibit cross-ownership of TV, newspapers, radio, magazines, etc. Link to "Who Owns the Media" http://freepress.net/content/ownership

*About FreePress at http://www.freepress.net/about/ "Free Press is a national nonpartisan organization working to increase informed public participation in crucial media policy debates, and to generate policies that will produce a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector. We believe that a more democratic US media system will lead to better public policies — at home and abroad. As our world becomes more and more interconnected, it is imperative that any kind of development takes into account basic environment, economic, and human rights, while defining corporate and personal responsibilities. Free Press considers information to be among the most important resources to any society. We strive to open up the media system to allow more diversity of opinion to be expressed, to present a broader perspective, and to increase the caliber of information available to everyday people. This, in turn, will lead to a more participatory and accountable government and to more sustainable policies and practices regarding national and global development."

*FreePress did investigations on the corporate media and the Bush Admin. REPORT at http://freepress.net/presswar (excerpts)"EVIDENCE THE CASE AGAINST THE WHITE HOUSE" "The Executive Assault,"America’s leadership is waging a war against the journalistic standards that underpin not only a free press but our democracy. This White House assault designed to intimidate, smear and discredit investigative journalism -- and allow our national leaders to lie with impunity. If left unchecked, this and future administrations will continue to: manipulate the media "message" by producing propaganda, putting journalists on the government payroll and tightly scripting all public events; dismiss all dissenting views in the media as biased and politically motivated; undermine public trust in journalism using the right-wing “echo chamber” to sow hostility toward reporters who challenge the official line; and eliminate access to information making it nearly impossible for journalists to investigate vast swathes of the federal government." "On August 4, 2006, the leading body of journalism and media academics passed a resolution urging the Bush administration to "abandon its anti-press policies." They found that the current administration has "enacted a series of severe and extraordinary policies that attack the press specifically and by extension, democracy itself." "The White House is more inhospitable to truth and an informed citizenry than any before it. In fact, the Bush Administration seeks the opposite: a public that buys a carefully constructed myth over reality. This deception has manifest in seven lines of attack:

1)Infiltrating public broadcasting with party loyalists at http://freepress.net/presswar/=infiltrate

2) Manufacturing fake news & propaganda http://freepress.net/presswar/=manufacture

3)Bribing journalists to flack for the administration http://freepress.net/presswar/=bribe

4)Gutting the Freedom of Information Act at http://freepress.net/presswar/=gut

5)Deceiving media (and the U.S. public) about Iraq http://freepress.net/presswar/=deceive

6)Stifling dissent within mainstream media http://freepress.net/presswar/=eliminate

7)Consolidating media control into the hands of the elite http://freepress.net/presswar/=consolidate

*FREEPRESS THREE CAMPAIGNS TO FIX OUR MEDIA http://www.freepress.net/guide/threecampaigns.php
"If we want to solve the problems of our media, we need to address the root causes, not just the symptoms; it's the underlying rules that matter. Here are three ways to start:

1)STOP BIG MEDIA CONSOLIDATION--"Rampant media consolidation has led to the decline of quality journalism and the elimination of local and independent voices. Now the handful of huge conglomerates that dominate our media want to rewrite the rules so they can get even bigger. We must work to block further media concentration, while supporting efforts to expand diversity of ownership and ensure media operate in the public interest." Learn more at http://StopBigMedia.com.

2)PUT THE PUBLIC BACK IN PUBLIC BROADCASTING- "We must actively oppose political interference at PBS and NPR and support secure, long-term funding for public broadcasting and other independent and noncommercial media — including low-power and community radio, public access programming, independent publications and Web sites."

3)SAVE THE INTERNET-"Soon nearly all media — TV, phone, radio and the Web — will be delivered over the Internet. A highspeed "broadband" connection is becoming a public necessity, just like water, gas or electricity. We have to save the Internet from big phone and cable companies that want to turn the information superhighway into their own private toll road. And we must support the development of "Community Internet" projects to provide universal, affordable broadband access." Learn more at http://savetheinternet.com

*FREEPRESS ISSUES FOR ATTENTION/ACTION

*Listen to This Week's Media Minutes
This week: This was a watershed week for media reform, as three important bills passed congressional committees and activists rallied in front of FCC headquarters before the final localism hearing. Meanwhile, a new study shows media consolidation is... Nov 1,2007[Podcast] http://www.freepress.net/mediaminutes/

*Net Neutrality Advocates Hit Back at Comcast
Cable giant Comcast has become the poster child for Net Neutrality with blatant actions to block user traffic that make the case for Internet protections. On Thursday, the SavetheInternet.com Coalition joined legal scholars to take this case to the...Nov 1,2007[SaveTheInternet.com] http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/2007/11/01/net-neutrality-advocates-hit-back-at-comcast/

*FCC Pressed to Stop Comcast's Internet Blocking
Responding to Comcast's blocking of Internet traffic, members of the SavetheInternet.com Coalition and Internet scholars at the nation's top law schools today filed a petition and complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. The filings call for..Nov 1,2007[Press Release] http://www.freepress.net/press/release.php?id=297

*Testimony at FCC Hearing Blasts Flawed FCC Research
Testimony from members of the StopBigMedia.com Coalition at Wednesday's FCC localism hearing challenged the FCC's rush toward relaxing media ownership rules. Oct 31,2007 [Press Release} http://www.freepress.net/press/release.php?id=296

*Public Urges the FCC to Listen to Broad Outcry Against Big Media More than 150 citizens crowded the sidewalks outside Federal Communications Commission headquarters in a Halloween-morning rally against media consolidation.
Oct 31,2007[Press Release} http://www.freepress.net/press/release.php?id=295

*STOP FAKE NEWS BY CORPORATIONS http://www.freepress.net/fakenews/

*FREEPRESS EVENTS IN NOVEMBER http://freepress.net/calendar/

*FREEPRESS 2005 NATIONAL MEDIA REFORM CONFERENCE of Keynote Speech by PBS Bill Moyers http://freepress.net/news/8120

*2008 FREEPRESS NATIONAL MEDIA REFORM CONFERENCE http://www.freepress.net/conference/


*FREEPRESS BEGINNER'S GUIDE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

*WHY CARE ABOUT MEDIA? http://freepress.net/guide/index.php "The media play a huge role in our lives.We spend countless hours exposed to television, radio, CDs, books, newspapers, magazines, billboards and the Internet. These media inform our ideas and opinions, our values and our beliefs. They reflect and influence our culture through arts and entertainment. As such, they play a vital role in our democracy, shaping citizens' understanding of social and political issues and functioning as gatekeepers through which issues, people, and events must pass. No matter what you care about — gun rights or abortion rights, the environment or economics — the media influence the perceptions of citizens and policymakers, affecting the policies that touch us all. Media must not be considered just another business: They are special institutions in our society. Information is the lifeblood of democracy — and when viewpoints are cut off and ideas cannot find an outlet, our democracy suffers."

*WHO OWNS THE AIRWAVES http://freepress.net/guide/airwaves.php
"Believe it or not, you do! The "airwaves" are the transmission frequencies used by radio, TV and satellite broadcasters, cell phone companies — even your TV remote control — to transmit signals. The airwaves themselves, while utilized by a wide variety of users, ultimately belong to you in the same way that your sidewalk or your public park belongs to you. Some businesses, like cell phone companies, pay the government to use their airwaves (also called "spectrum"). Radio and TV broadcasters, though, use these airwaves free of charge — even though they make enormous profits from them. In return for this favor, by law, broadcasters are supposed to serve the "public interest." Although the public owns the airwaves that are used by radio, television, cell phone and satellite companies citizens have rarely played a role in spectrum allocation debates. In fact, citizens rarely even get to use these airwaves to make their own voices heard!"

*PART 2 WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE MEDIA? http://www.freepress.net/guide/whatswrong2.php
"Profit trumps the public interest--Ideally, our media would exist to provide quality entertainment as well as useful information that fosters a healthy democracy. But too often it doesn't, because most of our media only exist only to generate profit. Here's how it works: Commercial media generally make their money from advertising. Advertisers pay more to place ads in publications or programs that reach more people — and to reach the people with the most money. So media companies create content (shows, articles, etc.) that attract the biggest and wealthiest audience for advertisers instead of content that serves the interests of the public. For example: Controversial issues are ignored to keep advertisers and corporate parents happy. Entire segments of our population — minorities, working people, rural populations and others — are ignored (or misrepresented) because they're not a "target market" for advertisers. Local political affairs, viewed as a ratings "loser," are ignored. TV networks rely on violent or sexually explicit programming to grab the most "eyeballs" and get the highest ratings. News becomes just another source of profit, which leads to cost-cutting measures and, in turn, lower-quality news reporting and less quality journalism.
As Lowry Mays, CEO of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, said: "If anyone said we were in the radio business, it wouldn't be someone from our company. We're not in the business of providing news and information. We're not in the business of providing well-researched music. We're simply in the business of selling our customers products."

*PART 3 WHAT'S WRONG WITH MEDIA? http://www.freepress.net/guide/whatswrong3.php
"A handful of corporations dominate the media--Thanks to laws that have let Big Media get bigger, huge conglomerates have swallowed up independent media companies, reducing the diversity of voices in the media and intensifying the conglomerates' power and influence. Together, the Big Media giants Time Warner, Disney, News Corporation, Bertelsmann, Viacom, and General Electric control almost everything we see and hear. They not only produce all kinds of media (like books, magazines, newspapers, TV shows and movies), they own the companies in charge of distributing media to us as well. This gives them incredible power."

*PART 4 THE MEDIA DOESN'T COVER THE MEDIA http://www.freepress.net/guide/whatswrong4.php
"Media companies — thanks to powerful lobbies and big campaign contributions —have massive influence in Washington. Media lobbyists have the ear of lawmakers, who often write media policies with those lobbyists behind closed doors. Corporate media companies keep us in the dark on critical media issues, conveniently ignoring stories about media policy. In 2003, as the FCC considered a landmark decision to allow Big Media to get even bigger, the media simply didn't report it. And it wasn't just a coincidence: Surveys showed that the more knowledge people had on the issue, the more likely they were to oppose media consolidation."

*PART 5 WHAT'S WRONG WITH MEDIA? http://www.freepress.net/guide/whatswrong5.php "The public is shut out of media policy debates. As media corporations have grown larger and more powerful, they have gained greater influence in Washington and in state capitals around the country, helped by a huge and well-financed lobbying arm. That means that these companies — not citizens — have had the upper hand in determining how media is produced, how it is distributed, and how you as a citizen can use it. As traditional broadcast and print media, cable and the Internet converge, it becomes all the more urgent for citizens to become involved. Otherwise, they may find themselves shut out for good. Consider these facts: Big Media companies spent more than $615 million to lobby federal officials from 2000 to 2005. From 1995 to 2003, FCC employees were taken more than 2,500 all-expenses-paid trips sponsored by media corporations and associations. Prior to relaxing media ownership rules in 2003, FCC officials met 71 times behind closed doors with the nation's major broadcasters. In stark contrast, officials held only five such meetings with consumer groups working on the issue."

*ISN'T THE MEDIA SYSTEM 'NATURAL' http://www.freepress.net/guide/natural.php
"Our media system is not the inevitable result of "market forces," nor is it an accident. Our media system is the direct result of years of conscious government policymaking. Indeed, market forces had a role to play in getting us to where we are today, but these market forces only act within a set of "ground rules" that are always changing. When communications policy is made, legislators are making choices. Who do new laws and regulations benefit? Do they benefit the information needs of democracy, ensuring thorough debate on a wide range of issues between diverse and antagonistic views? Or do they only benefit the bottom-line needs of large communications conglomerates? One thing is clear: Those who make the rules shape the system."

*THE RULES ARE CHANGING,WHO WILL BENEFIT? http://www.freepress.net/guide/changingrules.php
"Traditional media, telecommunications and cable are converging, all becoming firmly linked to the Internet. The ways we share, receive and produce information are all changing rapidly. In the halls of power — from corporate boardrooms to the corridors of the Capitol — policies are being rewritten to prepare for this new era. These policies hold enormous implications for ordinary citizens. How do we ensure an independent, competitive and diverse media system? How do we promote opportunities both to produce and access information? How do we ensure that minority and dissenting viewpoints are heard? These are the questions of media reform. Their answers affect everyone."

*WHO MAKES MEDIA POLICY? http://www.freepress.net/guide/policymakers.php
"Our media system is no accident. It's not the result of "market forces." It's the direct result of conscious policy that determines how the "media game" is played. The key players that make the rules include: *The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)- Regulates broadcasting, telephone, cable and satellite companies. Charged with ensuring those who use airwaves serve the public interest. Enforces regulations and laws passed by Congress. *Congress- Enacts media laws (mainly through the Senate Commerce and House Energy & Commerce. Appropriates funding for public broadcasting. Can overrule FCC decisions and regulations. *The Courts-Judge whether FCC regulations meet congressional mandates. Decide constitutionality of laws passed by Congress. Interpret First Amendment rights. *US President- Appoints FCC Commissioners, directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and others Sets policy goals for the FCC, proposes media-related budgets. Can veto legislation affecting media. *State and Local Governments- Decide which companies are allowed to provide cable and telecom services to a community. Negotiate contracts with cable companies that can provide public access TV channels. Can create (or block) Community Internet projects providing high-speed access through a public entity."

*FREEPRESS GUIDE WHAT YOU CAN DO? http://www.freepress.net/guide/whatyoucando.php

*Become a Free Press e-activist
Get periodic e-mail alerts and updates that will tell you what you can do to affect change! These alerts are occasional — usually only once every few weeks — and your privacy will always be respected. If you want news more often, sign up for the Media Reform Daily.

*Get involved locally
There are many organizations across the country doing great work on media literacy and reform. Find one near you.

*Become "media literate"
Learn to critically interpret the information you get from the media and understand corporate media's influence. Our site provides resources and links to other media reform organizations to help you learn more.

*Speak out for Media Reform
Talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about media reform. Write your local newspapers, telling them what you think is wrong with media and what should be done. Call into talk radio programs. Make media an issue within the groups you're already active in.

*Tell your legislators in Congress how you feel
Calls and letters really do make a difference in getting members of Congress to pay attention to media reform efforts. Look up your elected officials and find their contact information.

*Organize
Actions you take for media reform are multiplied when you organize support from others. When you sign a petition, call your Senator, or write a letter to the editor, encourage friends and family to do the same. Better yet, start a working group to meet regularly and plan coordinated actions.

*Learn more
Good advocates are informed advocates. The Free Press Web site is a great place to learn about media reform issues and actions. Or pick up a book such as The Problem of the Media by Robert McChesney or The New Media Monopoly by Ben Bagdikian. For documentaries on media reform and media literacy, visit the Media Education Foundation.

*Give to the Free Press Action Fund
Free Press relies on your support. With your help, we can change the media so that it serves the public interest, not the interests of corporations. Please consider making a donation to the Free Press Action Fund.



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24 comments on Series - We The People - Censored Media VS Free Press #26

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By Joannie on November 04, 2007 at 03:03 pm
Thanks Rose for astounding resources and investigation on the Bush Admin control of the media!! Why can't we get rid of this mob?!
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By Mitch on November 04, 2007 at 04:13 pm
Great resources and Professor's investigation of White House harassing & bribing the media. I wish the anonymous right-wingers that comment on your articles would come to grips with the fact that Bush lied to them, and stop harassing the messenger trying to save our democracy. They've probably never heard of the British BBC News. Oh well, denial is sweet until the rude awakening comes.
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By Rose Mountain on November 04, 2007 at 07:33 pm
Dear Supportive Readers of Series We The People, this is Rose Mountain, today the anonymous rightwing commentators of my articles, who are frightened & brainwashed by Bush Admin lies, succeeded in censoring my news temporarily. Within minutes of my Article #26 being published one or two of them rated 18 of my articles "Awful" thus dropping my "Popularity" from 740 to 5, (740 took me 5 months of writing articles to get), as soon as #26 was published it was in the top spot of the Headlines then within minutes it entirely disappeared for awhile off the Broowaha Newspaper, it was nowhere to be found, I guess due to Broowaha's formula of letting readers choose articles. But now it's back in the Headlines, thanks to my supportive readers who once again rated my articles "Excellent". I don't know how long this will continue, if I can finish this Series We The People. My readership has skyrocketed lately, yet views alone don't count at Broowaha, without Top Ratings & Votes my articles may become lost from view, and may even disappear entirely. But I have faith that they won't succeed in pushing me off this newspaper. Thanks for all your encouraging support. Keep the faith.
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By Rose Mountain on November 04, 2007 at 08:54 pm
This is Rose Mountain again, for added clarity-- to date my articles have been read a total of 5,482 times, from the views of each article I guess my readership is between 400 to 200 people, with new readers all the time. I guess it's funny that this Article #26 was censored temporarily and is called "Censored Media VS Free Press". Just like Bush's ratings in America have been below 29% for years, most conservatives are horrified by the Bush Admin, so it's only the poor diehard rightwingers who have sadly been brainwashed by Bush. Time for faith and heart courage that We The People can reclaim our democracy & Constitution. Thanks again to all my readers.
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By Mistress Doctor on November 05, 2007 at 10:23 pm
Nice work again Rose. And again here's those Stealth Anons exercising their right to write their one-trick pony sarcastic blather while demanding Rose stop exercising her rights. I'm alternating between laughter and giggles at these hypocritical Stealth Anons who just keep exposing their hypocrisy. Impeach Bush & Cheney now. Elect any Democrat to any office.
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By Carol on November 05, 2007 at 11:05 pm
Goooood Rose. Silly Anonymous'. Where does Anonymous get off writing any of us what to do?! Anonymous go write your dreadful blather elsewhere. And didn't I read El G write the same thing in another Rose article? That time he had the balls to write his "name." Baaaad El G. Yes, impeach The Big Dick and King George now. Anyone but a Republican.
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By Rose Mountain on November 06, 2007 at 12:28 am
This is Rose Mountain with an update but please stay tuned--a big warm thank you to all my supportive readers of the Series We The People, due to your massive support today of reading my articles and especially your many Excellent Reviews & Votes on my articles, you've saved my Series(so far), from the rightwinger & another who told me to stop writing this Series and get off Broowaha, then yesterday tried to kick my Series off Broowaha by flooding many of my articles with negative Votes & Reviews. Your support today on many of my articles increased my overall Ratings and brought my new Article #26 back into the Headlines. When #26 dropped in Ratings it was buried in the Political Section, so I thought no one knew I had a new article. You've saved my Series so far, yet every new article I write they may continue this game of giving it bad reviews, unless the owner talks to them, I told him what's happening. Everything at Broowaha is based on my numbers, of Reviews & Votes & Readings. My overall number is called "Popularity", I had 740 yesterday which is why my new articles stay in the headlines, until the attackers gave me bad reviews on many articles and my Popularity dropped to 5, but today you've brought it up to 46. I don't like these silly games I just want to write my articles, Thanks again and please stay tuned if something happens again. Wishing you all peace & heart courage in these dark times. Thanks again.
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By Charles on November 06, 2007 at 02:59 pm
Hey Pal (Anon), you are way over the line into abuse and your comments of irrational gibberish and random syllabuls are smelly flatulence. How about backing off a couple of lightyears? Rose, write the hell whatever you damn well please. BrooWaha IS Citizen's Journalism.
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By Kris on November 06, 2007 at 05:15 pm
Anon Dude, back waaaaaay down. It's still a free country, the lady has a right to her articles.
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By Mark J on November 06, 2007 at 06:20 pm
To the Stealth Anons and El G who may very well be one and the same due to syntax similarity: You both suck and blow way over the line. You're abusive rather than constructive. You don't like it, don't read it. Others of us do like it and do read it. Many of us are Progressives. Get over it.
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By Rose Mountain on November 07, 2007 at 02:02 am
Amazing Update For All My Supportive Readers--Today Tuesday 11/6 to save this Series We The People you poured your Hearts and sweat into it in such a miraculous way I am deeply thankful and honored because like you I am trying to spread the news and truth to save our country. Today as of 8PM this evening you read a total of 788 Articles and you gave them 152 Excellent Votes (5-Stars), and 52 best Reviews (for all categories of Interest,Writing, Analysis, Fairness.) So... now my "Popularity" Number (which took 4 months to get to 740, then was dropped on 11/4 to 5) is now like a phoenix back up to 230!! This is absolutely amazing! I can't thank you enough, I'm so exhausted I can't express this as I'd like. I have to admit when I kept watching my Views & Reviews & Votes go up and up at 7:30am then 12Noon then 3:20pm then 4:10pm then 8pm, each time I couldn't believe my eyes. This may sound overdramatic but I felt like one of my favorite movies with Jimmy Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life when he comes back home and stands in front of the Christmas Tree and all his friends and neighbors and townspeople all pour into his house to bring him their money to replace the money that someone else stole from the bank, which made him bankrupt. You guys saved the Series, on 11/4 & 11/5 & 11/6 you guys have been Reading & Reviewing these Articles, which will allow my Series to remain and allow you to find & read both old & new Articles. What a delightful experience. Thanks to all of you. I hate to say but these guys may not stop harassing this Series, so those of you that have signed-up with Broowaha, (fake names & info I hope) please continue to give each Article a Vote & Review as you read it, then hopefully We won't have to deal with this stuff again. Plus the owner said he would tweak some of the internal formulas, how all these numbers work together. Wishing you all a peaceful tomorrow.
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By Rose Mountain on November 07, 2007 at 01:52 pm
Dear Anonymous, What part of We The People don't you understand?
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By Mock Two on November 09, 2007 at 03:28 pm
Ho ho ha ha Anonymous Reader November 9 Thanks for your hypocrisy and the chance to laugh at you the fool exposing your alley cat values. You don't even have enough integrity to write under your BrooWaha name. You're also a liar. The only comments I see removed were not dissenting comments. Rather the comments I no longer see violated the rules to add a comment as they were not "courteous, temperate and constructive." Obviously others agreed which is why they were removed. Nowhere in those rules does it have "dissenting." What part of that don't you understand? Or is it just that you thought no one would call you out with your blatant lie when you wrote the lie "dissenting comment removed? I read the Rose Mountain articles as they give me ideas of who to and reasons for mock. As Mark wrote you don't like it don't read it. Savvy mate?
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By Mock Six on November 09, 2007 at 03:55 pm
Anonymous/Cowardly Reader/Scallywag November 9 you are a LIAR LIAR LIAR and are damned. Savvy mate?
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By Rose Mountain on November 09, 2007 at 03:57 pm
UPDATE FOR SUPPORTIVE READERS OF SERIES--Congratulations to those who found the newest Article #27, as soon as it was published 11/8 it went from the Headlines, to archives, to buried in the Political Section, due to the 2 guys who want this Series off Broowaha dumped bad reviews on this Series again, but now #27 is in Headlines due to readers who saved it!! TO AVOID FUTURE PROBLEMS--Readers need to sign-up with Broowaha then log-in to Vote & Review on every article you've read. Votes & Reviews are needed to keep my Series afloat and keep new & old articles in the Headlines & Political Section so people can see them. Reading articles isn't enough due to Broowaha internal formulas, yet they're being corrected a little. To Vote & Review--click on article, then on top right see a row of 5 stars (stars = Votes) click on a Star (1st Star=Awful, 5th Star=Excellent), then do same for Review categories below. Unlike vote machines across the nation these Votes & Reviews will count. Thanks For Everything Rose Mountain
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By Mock Four on November 09, 2007 at 06:32 pm
Rose and the rest of us 95% ARE the New and Here to Stay Moral Majority. So it's Rose AND the rest of us against you dead in the water 5%. Anon, just not enough balls to even write under your Broo name?
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By Rose Mountain on November 10, 2007 at 12:18 pm
UPDATE TO READERS OF WE THE PEOPLE--Nov 10 at 9am. (see comments above for background info)Due to 2 people saying they want this Series off Broowaha then 11/4 flooding Articles with bad Votes & Reviews, then repeating attacks during week including yesterday, Readers have been working hard all week to save this Series of 27 Articles (so far) with their outpouring of Excellent Votes & Reviews, plus now Total Views 8169. It's all quite amazing. What provides the most safety is the Excellent Votes & Reviews on each article you've read. We're not on solid ground yet, but hopefully soon when others realize what's happening. Thanks for everything. Rose Mountain
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By Creedon on November 10, 2007 at 03:45 pm
I read the lead story by Ed. I thought the point was to trash the story if one doesn't like it. Or rave it if one does like it. Why go after the author?
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By Annonymous on December 05, 2007 at 05:11 pm
I lifted this wonderful comment from Venditto (NY BrooWaha) “people who wish to remain anonymous yet voice opinions are universally accepted as cowards. Just so you're aware.”
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By Credo on December 23, 2007 at 03:55 pm
Rose Mountain; sometimes good information and well written articles bring out great opposition to these ideas, perhaps those who fight so hard to silence you have an axe to grind or a nerve to sooth, but by any means you are doing a great service in writing these articles. Thank you Credo
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By Rose Mountain on December 24, 2007 at 01:03 am
Thanks Credo and all my supportive readers, this info is for you. Blessings for a Peaceful New Year...
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By Lady D on December 29, 2007 at 09:53 pm
Very informative article. I just took a journalism class and recieved similar information. The teacher has works in broadcast journalism and well personally scared the hell out of me. Thanks again.
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By Rose Mountain on December 30, 2007 at 07:27 pm
Thanks for your great comment Lady D, I'm glad to know they're teaching the truth in Journalism classes. I know that many longtime professional journalists like PBS Bill Moyers says we're in for the fight of our lives to reform the media and our democracy, they've been holding National Conferences on Media Reform since 2003. But I agree it's scary. I spent a few years researching for news on various issues, then had to take a break. It's not helpful to feel powerless, activists and citizens must do what they can, but also maintain their sense of wellbeing and faith. It also helps to get inspiration from past leaders like Gandhi who overcame the British Empire and Martin Luther King Jr, etc So hang in there and remember you're not alone.
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By Rose Mountain on August 12, 2008 at 02:34 am

US GLOBAL DOMINATION PLANS by Bush Admin leaked to journalist Neil Mackay September 15, 2002 in UK independent award-winning news Sunday Herald

BUSH PLANS FOR MULTIPLE WARS Before Year 2000, link and text below.


http://sundayherald.com/search/display.var.1032487.0.bush_planned_iraq_regime_change_before__becoming_president.php

By Neil Mackay

Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President

A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001.

The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says: 'The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.' The PNAC document supports a 'blueprint for maintaining global US pre-eminence, precluding the rise of a great power rival, and shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests'.

This 'American grand strategy' must be advanced for 'as far into the future as possible', the report says. It also calls for the US to 'fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars' as a 'core mission'.

The report describes American armed forces abroad as 'the cavalry on the new American frontier'. The PNAC blueprint supports an earlier document written by Wolfowitz and Libby that said the US must 'discourage advanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role'.

The PNAC report also: l refers to key allies such as the UK as 'the most effective and efficient means of exercising American global leadership'; l describes peace-keeping missions as 'demanding American political leadership rather than that of the United Nations'; l reveals worries in the administration that Europe could rival the USA; l says 'even should Saddam pass from the scene' bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain permanently -- despite domestic opposition in the Gulf regimes to the stationing of US troops -- as 'Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests as Iraq has'; l spotlights China for 'regime change' saying 'it is time to increase the presence of American forces in southeast Asia'. This, it says, may lead to 'American and allied power providing the spur to the process of democratisation in China'; l calls for the creation of 'US Space Forces', to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent 'enemies' using the internet against the US; l hints that, despite threatening war against Iraq for developing weapons of mass destruction, the US may consider developing biological weapons -- which the nation has banned -- in decades to come. It says: 'New methods of attack -- electronic, 'non-lethal', biological -- will be more widely available ... combat likely will take place in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace, and perhaps the world of microbes ... advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool'; l and pinpoints North Korea, Libya, Syria and Iran as dangerous regimes and says their existence justifies the creation of a 'world-wide command-and-control system'.

Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP, father of the House of Commons and one of the leading rebel voices against war with Iraq, said: 'This is garbage from right-wing think-tanks stuffed with chicken-hawks -- men who have never seen the horror of war but are in love with the idea of war. Men like Cheney, who were draft-dodgers in the Vietnam war.

'This is a blueprint for US world domination -- a new world order of their making. These are the thought processes of fantasist Americans who want to control the world. I am appalled that a British Labour Prime Minister should have got into bed with a crew which has this moral standing.'

10:10am Sunday 15th September 2002

By Neil Mackay

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