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Project Censored 2010
October 14, 2009 9:44 PM   Subscribe

The ever-oddly dated Project Censored has released its list of undercovered and ignored stories for 2010.
posted by Pope Guilty (37 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow. I came across this website's list a couple of years ago and have been trying to figure out what it was ever since. Bookmarked.
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 9:47 PM on October 14, 2009


Apparently the invention of time travel has been censored as well.

1. US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street

This isn't so much a "2010" thing as a "We've been selling out to Wall Street since it was a homestead that belonged to some Dutch Calvinist settler" thing.
posted by Avenger at 9:55 PM on October 14, 2009 [4 favorites]


that darned Trilateral Commission ... but only #22?
posted by philip-random at 9:55 PM on October 14, 2009 [3 favorites]


They've gone a bit off the rails, yeah. It reads more like a 90's style conspiracy-theory fad revival, which is a shame, as there may be a story with real meat in there, but you can't pick it out from the kookiness.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:59 PM on October 14, 2009 [4 favorites]


Yeah, #1 "US Congress is corrupt as fuck". Not really 'news', lads....
posted by pompomtom at 10:01 PM on October 14, 2009


If you were able to see into the parallel dimensions of the Internet, you would get to see #0: Higgs-Boson goes back to the future, opens can of whoop ass
posted by mannequito at 10:12 PM on October 14, 2009 [2 favorites]


Surely project Censored should have a blank web page.
posted by sien at 10:17 PM on October 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you were able to see into the parallel dimensions of the Internet, you would get to see #0: Higgs-Boson goes back to the future, opens can of whoop ass

I was reading that article and trying to figure out how the universe knows how to sabotage machinery. Does the Akashic Record contain engineering textbooks?
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:17 PM on October 14, 2009


Ask yourself this : What came first, the Monkey or the Wrench?
posted by mannequito at 10:37 PM on October 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


How are 'secret' agreements about presidential debates in 2008 (something I seem to remember seeing widely reported and discussed at the time) a top censored story of 2010? What's the difference between 'US Congress sells out to Wall Street' and 'Lobbyists buy Congress'?

It's a worthy project in principle, but it seems to have turned into a self-perpetuating phenomenon catering exclusively to one political perspective.
posted by anigbrowl at 10:42 PM on October 14, 2009


Should the cooling system malfunction, the resulting fire would be virtually unquenchable and could trigger a nuclear meltdown, putting more than two hundred million residents of this rapidly growing section of North Carolina in extreme peril.

Two hundred million you say?
posted by klanawa at 10:59 PM on October 14, 2009 [10 favorites]


It's a worthy project in principle, but it seems to have turned into a self-perpetuating phenomenon catering exclusively to one political perspective.

I'd challenge "turned into" - see discussions of this list over the years here on MeFi.

Also, MetaFilter: It's a (etc).
posted by athenian at 11:10 PM on October 14, 2009


Sorry, but...

Metafilter: It reads more like a 90's style conspiracy-theory fad revival, which is a shame, as there may be a story with real meat in there, but you can't pick it out from the kookiness.
posted by kaspen at 11:20 PM on October 14, 2009 [3 favorites]


Some of it might be wacky, but it's a worthy idea.
posted by ageispolis at 11:24 PM on October 14, 2009


it's a worthy idea

Someone needs to awaken the sheeple, after all.
posted by dersins at 11:31 PM on October 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


Actually, to redeem myself with an attempt at a substantive comment: I think there's plenty of real meat actually there, and it's a shame if we can't take it seriously without reducing it to a cutesy diminutive of "kooky". It's not so much kookiness, as the acknowledgment of the sort of things we self-satisfied jaded types tend to find it trite that people would still comment on. I mean, come on, Lobbyists Buy Congress, Profits Made In Warzones, Latino Governments Pass Zany Laws. That's old news man! We all know! It's embarrassing that you'd even think to mention it, as if we weren't aware. Well we've known for a while now, and nothing much changes, so I guess I concur with the Project, that someone has to keep beating the drums.
posted by kaspen at 11:34 PM on October 14, 2009 [4 favorites]


Put on the glasses!

/swings punch.
posted by Artw at 11:55 PM on October 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


The toxic pirate thing is important and relevant with the reason Guardian-censoring fiasco.
posted by ageispolis at 12:11 AM on October 15, 2009


Should the cooling system malfunction, the resulting fire would be virtually unquenchable and could trigger a nuclear meltdown, putting more than two hundred million residents of this rapidly growing section of North Carolina in extreme peril.

Two hundred million you say?


I always heard that traffic was bad on the east coast. Now I understand why.
posted by Bonzai at 12:19 AM on October 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


two hundred million residents of ... North Carolina

<SNL Governor Patterson> What, was there one wedding? <SNL Governor Patterson>
posted by zippy at 1:02 AM on October 15, 2009


All these stories make me want to see more politicians do ads like Bob Dole selling pepsi cola or viagra, but before the elections. That way I know which sponsors I am voting for and what I can expect - like Sen. Baucus in his NASCAR jacket - you know who he's driving for.
posted by peppito at 3:15 AM on October 15, 2009


Good grief. Who put this list together? Orly Taitz?
posted by IvoShandor at 3:23 AM on October 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


like Sen. Baucus in his NASCAR jacket - you know who he's driving for.

America™.
posted by mek at 3:27 AM on October 15, 2009


I get that a lot of the stories are dumb, but don't miss the one about school resegregation which is both true and depressing as hell.
posted by hydropsyche at 5:32 AM on October 15, 2009


Most of this is all old news. The presidential debate story was good though.
posted by caddis at 5:51 AM on October 15, 2009


Surely project Censored should have a blank web page.

Yeah, well, I don't see an entry in the archives for 2002. CUI BONO SHEEPLE?
posted by chinston at 6:34 AM on October 15, 2009


Obama’s Military Appointments Have Corrupt Past

Obama’s Trilateral Commission Team


Would they be happier with a President McCain? I suppose they voted for Nader in 2000. For God's sake, Obama has only been in office for 9 months. Don't they have any idea what a wreck he inherited from Bush? They were expecting unicorns pissing rainbows? Assemble the circular firing squad....
posted by Joe Beese at 6:38 AM on October 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


To me, the real story on the Trilateral Commission is that both George H.W. Bush (R) and Bill Clinton (D) are members.

Don't they understand what can happen if you cross the streams?

("Riots in the streets, Democrats and Republicans sleeping together, mass hysteria!")
posted by saulgoodman at 7:27 AM on October 15, 2009


In other under-reported news, something from the future is sabotaging the Hadron collider and scientists' efforts to study the Higgs boson particle.
posted by caddis at 7:37 AM on October 15, 2009


There's actually one story here I either hadn't heard before or had let slip my mind: The story about Mike Connell's suspiciously-timed death.

Whenever someone involved in a political corruption or other politically charged criminal investigation or court proceeding dies--especially when it's either in a plane crash or by apparent suicide--I almost just automatically assume it's a political assassination.
posted by saulgoodman at 7:48 AM on October 15, 2009


I don't have anything to say about the comment -- actually, I probably do but I don't have the time to read and rant at the moment -- but why didn't they just make it an ordered bullet list instead of having numbered text in the list items of an unordered bullet list?

Also, on preview, I love the news story caddis just linked to about the LHC. It makes my science-fiction-geek heart sing.
posted by aught at 9:08 AM on October 15, 2009


Wow, Ecuador's in there twice.
posted by gottabefunky at 10:03 AM on October 15, 2009


Here we go again -- the criteria for inclusion? That they have been published elsewhere first. Hello? What's exactly censored here? There is not a single item on that list which surprises me. People who compile this list just don't get it -- these are stories that may not have gained traction or provoke the outrage they thought they ought to get, but by no means should public apathy be confused with censorship...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 10:36 AM on October 15, 2009


Ecuador is in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, so it gets counted twice.
posted by lukemeister at 10:41 AM on October 15, 2009


Alexandra, the near-total absence of a story from media coverage is a cause of public apathy, not a result of it.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:44 AM on October 15, 2009


The Mike Connell plane crash was covered here on mefi as I thought it was suspicious and deserved inquiry. I still do, and so does his family. Unfortunately I don't think getting lumped with other Congress Is Corrupt Film At 11 type stories serves that cause very well.
posted by waraw at 10:59 AM on October 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Would they be happier with a President McCain? I suppose they voted for Nader in 2000. For God's sake, Obama has only been in office for 9 months. Don't they have any idea what a wreck he inherited from Bush? They were expecting unicorns pissing rainbows? Assemble the circular firing squad....

Dude. Trilateral Commission. C'mon now.
posted by Amanojaku at 11:10 AM on October 16, 2009


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