Blaming Everyone But the Terrorists
| Portland journalist Michael Totten vents on the Portland Indymedia crew who blamed Bush for attacks on London. On Friday, Kos banned a handful of his more conspiracy-minded followers
for the same reasons: "I have a high tolerance level for material I deem appropriate for this site, but one thing I REFUSE to allow is bullshit conspiracy theories. I can't imagine what fucking world these people live in, but it sure ain't the Reality Based Community." This Seattle Times article
indicates even some young British Muslims agree: "Obviously the media is saying that Muslims did it, but I think it was a conspiracy by Tony Blair and George Bush," said Olle Rahaman, 32, a husband and father who, like the other men, was born in London of Bangladeshi parents. "An excuse to say, 'Let's go kick some ass.' "
William Bowles of GlobalResearch.ca talks about the use of agent provocateurs
and the 'suspicious nature' of the bombings.
Bush's suit bulge revisited:
Originally it was thought to be a hidden radio prompter
(that Bush laughed off
in an interview). Others speculated it was a bullet proof vest
, and maybe troutfishing almost got it right
. So now, the latest theory is a portable defibrillator
Is the president as healthy as they'd want us to believe?
Murder Can Be Fun
My top 3 Zine
s of all
time (here's a list
more). There was a used record/comics store near where I worked.
They had lots of Zines and I would frequent them just to see if new
issues were in. Weeks of waiting were sometimes rewarded with
a new issue. Almost always worth the wait. Anyone have a favorite?
Any good Zines around anymore? [more inside]
FBI Seizes IMC Servers in the UK.
Thursday morning, US authorities issued a federal order to Rackspace ordering them to hand over Indymedia web servers to the requesting agency. Rackspace, which provides hosting services for more that 20 Indymedia sites at its London facility, complied and turned over the requested servers, effectively removing those sites from the internet...The list of affected local media collectives includes Ambazonia, Uruguay, Andorra, Poland, Western Massachusetts, Nice, Nantes, Lilles, Marseille (all France), Euskal Herria (Basque Country), Liege, East and West Vlaanderen, Antwerpen (all Belgium), Belgrade, Portugal, Prague, Galiza, Italy, Brazil, UK, part of the Germany site, and the global Indymedia Radio site.
Indymedia to cease operations.
Sure, it's not announced just yet on their homepage. You have to go here
to find out why. A hint: they have
screenshots of this trash post
on the usually very trash commentboards of a fine idea of a website.
has reportedly confirmed they have removed Indymedia
from their list of news sources.
Why you ask? Apparently Google bowed to pressure brought upon them by an email campaign organized by people who disagree with some of what gets posted under IndyMedia's policy of allowing anyone to post to the newswire, and not exerting editorial control. People are claiming IndyMedia is "anti-semitic", because of trolls who sometimes post hateful posts on the unedited, user-supplied newswire
. Check out the thread on Little Green Footballs
or Silent Running
or this one
at Yourish.com. Inexplicably, Yourish points to this mailing list posting
as proof of IndyMedia's "anti-semitism". If you go to Google news and search
for indymedia sorted by date, nothing after May 16th comes up. Now in their effort to remove truly anti-semitic material from Google News, they've removed all
the legitimate stories of IndyMedia from Google News as well.
Will the web be the only place left to cover "unpopular" stories?
Exhibit A: This WP article
reporting that media consultants are recommending TV and radio not
to cover protests. (It's unpopular, therefore decreases ratings and therefore bad for business). Exhibit B: Clear Channel
tells their stations to ban the Dixie Chicks (Clear Channel wants to get in good with Bush). Exhibit C: Courts rules the media have no obligation to tell the truth
. Will a distributed or topic-specific IndyMedia
be the best or main source for deviant news? Something like the The Internet Topic Exchange
or pb's recent peacetrack
? Another reason to work on the Metafilter Online Journalism Project
? [more inside]
Andrew McCrae, 23, surrendered without incident about 10 a.m. after a standoff this morning.
He alegaledly confessed to the murder of Police Office David Mobilio of Red Bluff, CA on San Francisoco's IndyMedia website
yesterday. Before the standoff ended, he told a Concord Monitor
reporter "I killed a police officer in Red Bluff, California, in an effort to draw attention to police brutality." [more inside]
Who benefits from the bombings?
A rather controversial piece. I'm not saying I agree with it, but I thought it would be interesting to throw into the discussion. The author's assertion definitely a possibility (since anything is possible), but I'm leaning towards the 'this is quite a nutter' assessment. Thoughts?(I did a search and couldn't find a reference to it on this site, maybe for good reason.)
CNN's "palestinians celebrating in the streets" footage may be from 1991.
While this is one person's opinion, it'd be nice if there was some verification from CNN either way on this.
Italian Police raids Italian Indymedia.org and Genoa Social Forum
More information and/or pictures can be found at these links:
Corriere della Sera
According to protesters radio, the Genoa Social Forum is going to release a video that shows police
infiltration in rioters and more police abuse pics.
I believe there that must be no space for violence, unless one is subject to violence against his will.
That's why I believe that policeman had the right to attack protesters to defend themselves and to
defend peaceful protesters. But I think that's it's very difficult to understand what really happened
in this situation.
Apparently one indymedia reporter from UK is now in coma after being beaten from police, and more then
50 protesters were seriously harmed. The police were looking for unsual weapons like maces and usual
weapons like knifes. Police also accused Genoa Social Forum of being a "cover" for the violent protesters.
What do you think about fitting a mini-recorder in every policeman armor ? I think police activity needs
to be recorded because they're the only ones authorized to use violence when necessary but they can also
abuse this power easily when no camera is around.
Remember the police chases scenes you can see on tv ? They're usually made from TV helicopters. I've seen
more then one chase ending with police professionally stopping the chased offender, without doing them
any harm, even if pointing a gun at them. While sometimes I've seen police beating people senseless without
any good reason ; and giving a punch to a policeman, while completely wrong, isn't an action that deservers
over-reaction when 3-4 cops kick the hell out of the offender.
Waiting for your ideas and comments...
Gag order at Indy Media lifted
. Looks like the FBI wanted to get "all user connection logs" from a 48-hour period although the feds were seemingly just concerned with one or two specific postings.
Just as everyone suspected, the police are up to their regular anti-protestor hijinxs. DC.imc
has an ongoing list, and I just heard on Inauguration Radio
tear gas has been used.
A pageant of protesting puppets
hopes to shut down The School of the Americas
at Fort Benning, GA, along with raising awareness of Lori Berenson's Peruvian imprisonment and other Central/South American issues.
Bike Messengers Love IndyMedia
-- Bike messenger Harim Veracruz says that the IndyMedia site has been "a godsend" for him and his colleagues. "All the messengers are using it," he said. "There's a map of the city, information on who is going to be where, what parts of the city to avoid, how to get from here to there fast, even restaurant recommendations. It's a very helpful site." Veracruz said he's even "gotten educated as to why these people are so angry" by reading some of the political news on the site, and is considering joining a protest walk to the U.N. on Friday.