Apr. 9, 2005

CEOs sell out the nation

Un-fucking-believable! I would have expected something like this pout of Mulroney, but a sane man? What the fuck!?!??

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CEOs sell out the nation
By murray dobbin

After almost three years of quiet lobbying and political manoeuvring, Canada’s corporate elite recently went very public with its future blueprint for Canada. The initiative goes by various names: “deep integration”, the Big Idea, and now, in its formal political incarnation, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. That’s the name of the agreement signed by the leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. on March 23 that would begin the process of economic, social, cultural, and security assimilation into the U.S. If it sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because Paul Martin simply took a Bay Street scheme—called the Security and Prosperity Initiative—and made it into Canadian policy without so much as thinking about what Canadians might want.
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Apr. 6, 2005

NOWAR/PAIX: 5925

NOWAR/PAIX: 5925: "April 04, 2005 Adscam: Brault Testimony Continues"

PQ got kickbacks, too

EXEC: AD FIRM ALSO PAID GRITS
By GREG WESTON, NATIONAL AFFAIRS COLUMNIST

A MONTREAL advertising firm that received more than $40 million in AdScam sponsorship contracts paid huge kickbacks to both the federal Liberal party and the Quebec separatists, senior executives of the company have told Sun Media. 'I remember seeing the cheques,' one former Groupaction executive said of payments to the federal Liberal party in Quebec."
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Schiavo Memo Author Fesses Up, Resigns

Schiavo Memo Author Fesses Up, Resigns

After two weeks of guesswork and poorly sourced media releases, the Washington Post's Mike Allen reports tonight that the author of the idiotic Schiavo talking-points memo has confessed to his authorship of the document. Brian Darling, legal counsel to GOP Senator Mel Martinez of Florida, tendered his resignation along with his confession, both of which Martinez immediately accepted"

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Secret deals of ''Pak N-experts close to Al-Qaeda''?

Secret deals of ''Pak N-experts close to Al-Qaeda''?
Media Release
Apr. 4, 2005

Newly revealed information show that Pak Nuke experts had a very close relationship with Al-Queda. The million-dollar question is did Al-Queda receive any of the Pak nukes. If yes, where are they hiding the same?

The question some think tanks are asking is how many nukes did Pakistan make? How many do they have? And what happened to the rest?

Pakistan is adamant on not letting the world interview the father of Pakistani Nukes A Q Khan in a different country. He is under house arrest and is kept away from the public and media.

According to PTI, Pakistani nuclear scientists A Q Khan and Sultan Bashiruddin Mehmood had held meetings with Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders, exchanged letters with militant groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and attended their gatherings and rallies, a media report said."

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The Blotter : The O'Hannity Factor: how Terri Schiavo became big news

The O'Hannity Factor: how Terri Schiavo became big news

The anatomy of a made story

by Steve Perry, with additional reporting by Molly Priesmeyer

No right-to-die case has ever attracted the kind of media saturation coverage that the Terri Schiavo case received. Not even Karen Ann Quinlan, the first such story to hit national media (in 1975), and certainly not Nancy Cruzan, Christine Busalacchi (an early-1990s Missouri case in which then-Governor John Ashcroft intervened), Lucio Bretano, or Michael Martin. Why? The press has tended to plead zeitgeist, to claim that this was an issue whose time had come. But the real answer would appear to lie in the efforts of Fox News and the Bush family and the pack tendencies of the media at large."

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Apr. 3, 2005

Why Media Ownership Matters

Why Media Ownership Matters
by Amy Goodman and David Goodman

George Bush must have been delighted to learn from a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll that 56 percent of Americans still think Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the start of the war, while six in 10 said they believe Iraq provided direct support to the al-Qaida terrorist network — notions that have long since been thoroughly debunked by everyone from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee to both of Bush's handpicked weapons inspectors, Charles Duelfer and David Kay.

Americans believe these lies not because they are stupid, but because they are good media consumers. Our media have become an echo chamber for those in power. Rather than challenge the fraudulent claims of the Bush administration, we've had a media acting as a conveyor belt for the government's lies.

As the Pentagon has learned, deploying the American media is more powerful than any bomb. The explosive effect is amplified as a few pro-war, pro-government media moguls consolidate their grip over the majority of news outlets. Media monopoly and militarism go hand in hand."

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