We all need some antidotes to the garbage put out by NewsMax and other right wing zealots with little concern for the truth.   The following do not pretend to report ALL the facts (or all the opinions),  just those you don't get from the managed, full-court press,  on our freedoms.   Item 4 references an issue that, no matter what your politics, will nauseate you.

Forwarded by a government lawyer who shall go unnamed for reasons he or she feels should be clear .

jer.  .



I'm alternately outraged and depressed by what's happening in the world.  We now have the most powerful, deceitful, arrogant, and belligerent administration in US history.  And almost everything they're doing is wrong.

Here's one example to illustrate the power of Emperor Bush. He can start a unilateral, preemptive, unprecedented war costing hundreds of billions of dollars.  His justification for it constantly changes, and is buttressed by a stream of lies.  Simultaneously he can demand and get from congress a huge tax cut for the rich, despite the fact that we're in a recession and there's a huge budget deficit.  And while doing all this outrageous stuff, he remains extremely popular.

I'm thinking about what I, an average Joe, can do to slow down this juggernaut.  One thing I did was put up this lighted sign outside of my house: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~sleator/pictures/no-war.jpg

But I think the real problem, and the reason for Bush's popularity, is that the American people basically don't have a clue about what's really happening.  The mainstream media are not communicating it.  Here are four examples to illustrate this point.
 

1. Remember the huge crowd of Iraqis cheering and pulling down a statue of Saddam?  It turns out that the crowd was very small and some (all?)  of the jubilant members of the crowd were actors.

  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2842.htm

2. Remember the rampant looting of Baghdad?  Perhaps you knew that the US didn't lift a finger to stop it.  But did you know that it was encouraged by US troops as a photo op?

http://truthout.org/docs_03/041603D.shtml

3. Did you know that Richard Perle (a key author of the US's current Iraq policy) worked to undermine the Camp David accords in the summer of 2000?

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,342857,00.html

4. There's an outrageous, little-known part of NAFTA called chapter 11, which foreign corporate investors are using to challenge laws designed to protect public health, environmental regulations, and jury verdicts.  The cases are heard before a secret international trade tribunal.

http://www.citizen.org/publications/release.cfm?ID=7076

These are just a tiny sample to illustrate the problems of missing and/or misleading stories in the media.  This situation goes a long way toward explaining why the war is so much more popular in the US than it is everywhere else.  So I'm suggesting (to all the addresses in my inbox over the last few years) some good alternative sources of information that I've found.
 

A good place to start is http://www.truthout.org

They collect stories from reputable sources all over the world.  You can sign up for a daily mailing of stories of their suggested stories.  I've included one below.  Sign up for their mailings at: http://216.25.72.229/membership/sub_mgmt.php

http://www.fair.org is a media watchdog group.  They maintain a web site, and they let you sign up for sporadic mailings about media deceptions and bias.  They often have action alerts about specific outrages in the media.

Another very good organization is http://www.moveon.org  They email reminders when congress is considering important issues.  They make it easy to contact your congress person to voice your opinion.  They also run ads in mainstream publications and on TV.

I also highly recommend the book "What Liberal Media?" by Eric Alterman.  He explains in great detail all the ways in which the media system is broken, and how it got this way.

Here are some other great sites to take a look at:

http://www.consortiumnews.com
http://www.copvcia.com
http://www.democraticunderground.com
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info
http://www.tompaine.com
http://www.zmag.org/weluser.htm

I hope you find this mailing useful, and I apologize if you got this more than once.  Feel free to distribute this further.  One warning: If you keep up with these sites, your world view will start to diverge from the "standard" (i.e. false) world view.  You risk being viewed as a conspiracy theorist or a nut.

Danny Sleator
Professor of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Email: sleator@cmu.edu
 

  t r u t h o u t | 04.16

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  t r u t h o u t | 04.15

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  t r u t h o u t | 04.14

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  t r u t h o u t | 04.13

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  t r u t h o u t | 04.12

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 t r u t h o u t | 04.11

Despite Cheering Crowds, Army Unit Sees Urban Combat in Baghdad GO
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 t r u t h o u t | 04.10

William Rivers Pitt | The Longest Winter GO
Dark Day for Journalists in Iraq GO
Wailing Children, the Wounded, the Dead GO
The Taliban are Back in Southeast Afghanistan GO
War Out of Compassion GO
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  t r u t h o u t | 04.09

Oakland Police Open Fire At Anti-War Protest GO
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t r u t h o u t | 04.08

Surgeon Describes "Horrific Injuries," Sanitized War GO
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  t r u t h o u t | 04.07

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 t r u t h o u t | 04.06

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