July 30, 2002
# An irc conversation about the "War on Terror"

Wherein Kendall helps me shed some idiotic (yet altogether widespread) assumptions, and we discuss the public attitudes that allow the government to continue to mow down civilians (and kill them indirectly) in Afghanistan.

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July 29, 2002
July 28, 2002
# WR

Monkeyfist: Weekly Review

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July 27, 2002
# Weekend Globe

A few decent articles from this weekend's globe and mail:

Russell Smith: Step outside the church of business for a moment

Proof that corporate culture is the new religion: its scandals, its ulcered intestines and remorseful self-loathing; the total astonishment of the media that their idols live in a corrupt and fantastical world. All this exactly parallels the convulsions of the Catholic Church.

Bad luck seemed to happen at the same time in both cases. Just as sexual-abuse allegations against priests seemed to tumble from the rafters across North America all at once, the corporate giants exploded and the expense-account tycoons were unearthed in several major companies in two tumultuous months. The most fervent promoters of business as the model for all human endeavour -- George W. Bush, for example -- became sanctimonious critics of the very culture that they have helped to create.

But sin and repentance don't shake a religion; they are a part of the religion. And the corruption in the system is so well known (again, as with the church), that many of its defenders are rationalizing the excesses, explaining them away as necessary. We have got to such a point of blind corporate worship that intelligent commentators can actually add up the orgiastic expenses of Eleanor Clitheroe, former CEO of Hydro One, and say they were justified, that the poor woman is victim of a witch-hunt.

Simon Houpt: Alotta promotion

This is what synergy looks like. For weeks, AOL's on-line service has been promoting Goldmember to its more than 34-million subscribers around the world. The current issue of AOL-owned magazine Entertainment Weekly features Austin Powers on the cover, with half a dozen articles on the movie inside. Last week, a division of Warner Music released the film's soundtrack.

This week, the AOL-owned U.S. cable station TBS aired the previous two Austin Powers movie to whet appetites. Eager moviegoers who wanted to buy tickets before yesterday's opening could log onto AOL-owned Moviefone.com and drown in Austin ads. On Wednesday, Mike Myers received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, an event dutifully reported by AOL media outlets CNN, People magazine, and a couple of dozen Web sites.

A side note on Austin Powers III: don't see it. It sucks. Ok, the first three minutes are priceless, but the rest of it just falls flat. And it's offensive. (And why is it that when Mike Myers decided to offensive/gross/politically incorrect/whatever, he did so in a way that unfalteringly upheld racist stereotypes? Wouldn't it be so much more interesting to offend sensibilities in a way that undermines the stereotypes? As a bonus, that approach would automatically not be gross and unoriginal, since no mainstream film producer has the guts - or moral sense - to do it.) I saw AP III on Thursday, but I still feel dirty.

Tom Tommorrow features a frozen Republican.

Washington Post: Secret Service agent writes "Islam is Evil" and "Christ is King" on a prayer calendar during a search

Meanwhile, Ashcroft holds daily prayer meetings at work.

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July 26, 2002
# Waterfowl park and Trans-Canada Highway, Sackville, NB



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by Count von Johnzo

Dude, love the pictures--in particular, the long tall ones--waterfoul park, sandy beach, cloud, and the gas station one. It's incredible how seamless they are--I'm assuming it's just the looong ones that are the composites--I'd love to see to what extent you could stretch that possibility. Keep shooting!


# Media: abuse and ownership

Robert McChesney: The Place of Politics

Dean Baker proposes that all taxpaying Americans be entitled to divert $200 from their federal income taxes to any IRS-recognized nonprofit medium. This would constitute a multi-billion-dollar subsidy for the nonprofit media sector, without any government official determining the flow of funds. Crucially, recipients of these funds would be required to place their work in the public domain; it would not be covered by copyright laws. This is a brilliant way to think of media in the Internet age: provide for payment at the beginning and then have open access. This approach seems vastly superior to putting up electronic barbed wire all over the Internet, and converting our computers and television sets into vending machines.

The coverage on The Global Indymedia site is quite good these days.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow: The Meaning of the Gaza Bombing

One possible answer is that the Israeli government thought it so important to kill these two leaders of Hamas that it did so DESPITE the consequences to be expected: that Palestinian civilians wouild die, that suicide bombings would continue, Israelis would die as a result of retaliataory attacks, negotiations would become impossible again, the Palestinian Authority's authority again be undermined and its painstaking efforts for a cease-fire go for nought.

There is another, even more dreadful possibility: That the Sharon government took these actions not despite but BECAUSE it expects these consequences.

Norman Solomon: Will This Be an "Official Scandal" -- or Something More?

"Despite all the hand-wringing, the press avoids basic questions that challenge institutional power and not just a few powerful individuals."

Yes, some former private-sector heroes are becoming prime-time villains. And in Washington, after flak-catching functionary Pitt gets tossed overboard or decides that he must spend more time with his family, the ex-captain of (the U$$) Halliburton is likely to face increased pressure as more becomes known about Dick Cheney's former lucrative role as head of that particular books-cooking firm.

But the nonstop flood of corporate money into the coffers of the two major parties has not slowed. And while the latest "official scandal" shows no indication of abating anytime soon, there's still a shortage of high-profile reporting on the nation's extreme disparities of power.

On a less serious note, some guy named Jay Krasne has threatened to sue Kendall because a reply to an email criticizing an article of Kendall's now shows up on google. He claims that his name is "registered service marks" [sic], and that a reply to his email is libellous! If that wasn't bizarre enough, the guy could easily be mistaken for a rejected American Beauty subplot.

Village Voice: Buying Trouble

As John Ashcroft's Citizens Corps spy program prepares for its debut next month, it seems scores of American companies have already become willing snitches. A few months ago, the Privacy Council surveyed executives from 22 companies in the travel industry—not just airlines but hotels, car rental services, and travel agencies—and found that 64 percent of respondents had turned over information to investigators and 59 percent had lowered their resistance to such demands.
I'll look over my shoulder twice and pay with cash next time I buy an Edward Said book.

posted by dru in politicsoftech
July 25, 2002
# A Walk in the Park


A short evening visit to Sackville's waterfowl park.

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by Bruce Marston

Hey Dru, Should I deduce from picture number two that there are a lot of dead ducks at Waterfowl Park? I appreciate the effort of the "bird shot" - you are right too small a lens. Are they black terns, gulls or shore birds? Also on the picture below the birds is there a chipping sparrow on the railing or is it just an inanimate object? My favorite shot was 4th from the bottom. The third from the top would have been great had your toe not gotten in the picture. I also was taken by the last shot but I am not sure why since it doesn't appear to be perpendicular and the far left nail just made it on the page. What is the camera that you are using?

Speaking of birds, I just finished reading a really excellent book, by Christopher Cokinos entitled " Hope is the Thing of Feathers". An amazing piece of research on 5 (6) species of birds ( Ivory Billed Woodpecker, Carolina Parakeet, Passenger Pigeon, Heath Hen [subspecies], Labrador Duck and Great Auk) that have gone extinct in North America since the invasion of us. Beautifully written to boot. I highly recommend it as an integral part of the study of natural history.

by soofer

i wanna go back.


[thx for posting these...]

by Dru


Sorry about the (relative lack of) bird shots. I have no idea what those are, but I'll ask around.

I'm using a funky old digital camera (Olympus D-460 zoom), which seems to take surprisingly good photos.

And I think the last shot would be less interesting if it were perpendicular, though I'm not sure about the nail.

July 22, 2002
# More Cape Breton photos


Near the Canso Causeway, the "bridge" to Cape Breton, or "the island".

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by Carsten Cielek


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Thank you very much!
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Noam Chomsky: A World Without War (World Social Forum, Feb 2002)

The importance of protecting the public from information was revealed dramatically at the April Summit. Every editorial office in the US had on its desk two important studies, timed for release just before the Summit. One was from Human Rights Watch, the second from the Economic Policy Institute in Washington; neither organization is exactly obscure. Both studies investigated in depth the effects of NAFTA, which was hailed at the Summit as a grand triumph and a model for the FTAA, with headlines trumpeting its praises by George Bush and other leaders, all accepted as Gospel Truth. Both studies were suppressed with near-total unanimity. It's easy to see why. HRW analyzed the effects of NAFTA on labor rights, which, it found, were harmed in all three participating countries. The EPI report was more comprehensive: it consisted of detailed analyses of the effects of NAFTA on working people, written by specialists on the three countries. The conclusion is that this is one of the rare agreements that has harmed the majority of the population in all of the participating countries. 

The effects on Mexico were particularly severe, and particularly significant for the South. Wages had declined sharply with the imposition of neoliberal programs in the 1980s. That continued after NAFTA, with a 24% decline in incomes for salaried workers, and 40% for the self-employed, an effect magnified by the rapid increase in unsalaried workers. Though foreign investment grew, total investment declined, as the economy was transferred to the hands of foreign multinationals. The minimum wage lost 50% of its purchasing power. Manufacturing declined, and development stagnated or may have reversed. A small sector became extremely wealthy, and foreign investors prospered.

Interview with Robert McChesney

One thing that's crucial is that we're not going to win anything in this struggle without popular support. Having all the best arguments in the world so you can win all the debating society awards isn't going to get you anything in this debate, cause you're going up against spectacular organized money. And what we need to fight organized money, as Saul Alinsky says, is organized people -- we've got to be organized. We'll have people in Congress, but they're going to be at the end of the process, or at the middle of it.

posted by dru in good_articles
July 18, 2002
# Harper's

A great Harper's Index this week.

Percentage of Iranians and Kuwaitis, respectively, who say that the September 11 attacks were "totally justifiable" : 8, 18

Percentage of Americans who say this : 5

Amount the U.S. Agency for International Development spent to build Bethlehem University's Millennium Hall : $1,200,000

Months after the building's inauguration in December that Israel used three U.S.-made missiles to destroy it : 2.5

Greg Palast: Venezuela and Argentina: A Tale of Two Coups

This was no minor matter to the US. As OPEC's general secretary Alí Rodriguéz says: 'The dependence of the US on oil is increasing progressively. Venezuela is one of the most important suppliers of the US, and the stability of Venezuela is very important for [them].' It was the South American nation that broke the back of the 1973 Arab oil embargo by increasing output from its vast reserves way beyond its OPEC quota. Indeed, I learned from Alí Rodriguéz that the 12 April coup against Chávez was triggered by US fears of a renewed Arab oil embargo. Iraq and Libya were trying to organize OPEC to stop exporting oil to the US to protest American support of Israel. US access to Venezuela's oil suddenly became urgent.

Immanuel Wallerstein: The Eagle Has Crash Landed

The real question is not whether U.S. hegemony is waning but whether the United States can devise a way to descend gracefully, with minimum damage to the world, and to itself.

posted by dru in blog
July 17, 2002
# Amagoogle!

It's Googlezon!. A much faster way to look up things and browse at Amazon.com... without going to Amazon.com.

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# Citizen Informants

Ritt Goldstein: US Planning to Recruit One in 24 Americans as Citizen Spies

(Just in case you hadn't heard.)

Salon: Flag-draped voyeurism

A survey of (bizarre) conflicting cultural treatment of 9-11.

Robert Scheer: A Fox is About to Reassure Us Hens

You don't need to prove anything that isn't already widely known to establish that Bush's criticism of corporate america is hypocritical and toothless.

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by ruby(again)

hey dru--

listened to you on the radio. sounded good, clear, real.

just read the citizen spying bit above-- yipes! i went to the official website (TIPS). i cannot believe it. really, i cannot believe it.

Living in the United States is getting to be scary.

Have you heard about the International Criminal Court?

It is being set up to prosecute war crimes, human rights abuses.

The U.S. pushed for freedom from prosecution (by the ICC) -- AND they have been granted it.

for an entire year-- with probable renewal. The U.N. representative from canada was horrified, and said as much, publicly.

(more at www.hrw.org).

I have been reading the paper too much-- looking at the internet.

I am amazed, frightened, angry.

more rain here (in texas)-- feels like the wet tropics.

well wishes,


by Dru

Hey Ruby,

Thanks for reminding me of the ICC; I meant to post about it.

Regarding TIPS, it looks like the US Post office won't participate at least.

Regarding the International Criminal Court, it looks like a lot of people are pissed, and not just the usual suspects.

I find it interesting that critics are focussing on the US's objection to any kind of international law. I'm no expert in war crimes, but it seems pretty likely that the American rejection of the ICC could have just as much to do with a well founded fear that not just soldiers, but people like Kissinger, Clinton, and Bush (Jr. and Sr.) could be prosecuted for war crimes. Kissinger for planned slaughter of Vietnamese civilians, Clinton for destroying one of Africa's largest pharmaceutical factories, and Bush (maybe Rummy, too) for violating international law when going into Afghanistan, and killing 6000+ civilians. Not that there aren't plenty of other things that they could be charged with.

Anyone know about international law and who would get charged?

More coverage here.

July 16, 2002
# You don't need to take the power back if you already have it.

John Garside: The potential political power of weblogs.

Linux.com: Washington Post offers MP3's of local bands

The Post's MP3 site

links via New Media Musings

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July 15, 2002
# The Gore Exception

Mark Levine: The Gore Exception. That dialog, which explains very clearly the contradictions behind the Supreme Court's decision to hand the election to Bush, made the rounds after the election. But it's still important, and as relevant as ever.

posted by dru in us
July 13, 2002
July 12, 2002
# Various Misc Assortments

Kendall started a Weekly Review at Monkeyfist.com.

Reuters: Sesame street to introduce HIV-positive muppet

How gross is "Psy-Ops"? This gross.

"Why is it such a pain in the ass to setup an Internet broadcast?" ... "OpenDJ pays for and maintains the hardware, the software, and the fat pipe to the Net. You generate the music, or listen to the music, or both. Enjoy, it's my treat."


According to Salon, Rudolph Giuliani will earn "$8 million this year in speaking fees alone." Yow. I can't imagine that criticizing him for being a CYNICAL BASTARD and taking advantage of 9-11 for immense personal profit would be very American. Yep. Definitely un-American.

Warblogger Watch

(last three via Daily Churn)

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by smj

Lately I've heard about the huge fees people generate for speaking. Bill Clinton's was many times that of most others, including Giuliani's.

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# How to Win

Ted Rall: How to win the war on terror

Addressing Islamist demands--not caving in outright--would eliminate most of the broad-based Muslim support for jihadi groups. Moreover, they'd do us more good than harm. Withdrawing our support for the corrupt Saudi dictatorship might lead to a less pro-American regime, for example, but it would begin to inoculate us from the mostly-justified criticism that we pro-democracy Americans promote oppression wherever it suits our business interests. Stopping or reducing our $3 billion per annum flow of arms to Israel would allow us to truly act as an impartial negotiator in the Middle East, not to mention put a dent in the deficit. We could still offer to defend Israel in the event of an invasion, and while that stance wouldn't sate Osama et al., it wouldn't spark much anger among the great Arab mainstream.

It's a simple equation, really: Parse Islamist demands into the acceptable and unreasonable, ignore the ridiculous and respond constructively to the mainstream. Take away the cause's raison d'être and the cause goes away. To be sure, there may always be a few lunatics willing to blow themselves up for Allah. But their bank accounts will be small and so will their bombs.

I said the same thing in Rushdie's Rhetoric and Righteous Response last year, but Rall gives more examples.

posted by dru in good_articles
July 10, 2002
# On the CBC

I was on the CBC this morning! Khalil Akhtar interviewed me about the state of activism in general, and now everyone who listened to the CBC in New Brunswick at 8:20 this morning knows just how articulate I am when I try to answer Big Questions about "anti-globalization" protests.

The Interview [4 minutes, 1.8MB, MP3]

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July 09, 2002
# Questionnaire

This being a weblog and all (I guess), it was only a matter of time before I linked to some personality test or other and shared my score. Predictably, I succumbed to curiosity and the Political Compass test (via rebecca's pocket). Also predictably, I'm solidly left-libertarian:

Economic Left/Right: -7.25

Authoritarian/Libertarian: -6.97

Now I don't have to do that ever again. Whew.

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by Bruce Marston

Hello Dru, So I took the test too: -5.88 left and -6.44 libertarian. Pretty odd for someone who has voted for Richard Nixon, Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton and Ralph Nader (to name a few, even supported Jerry Brown years ago)? So I never see your parents anymore - all they do is work. Are you planning to come this way anytime soon? Best to Sylvie - and though I don't catch your page as much as I used to I do see it every week or two. - Love to you both - Bruce

by adam

that test asks some strange questions.

"Jews surely have to take some of the responsibility for their persecution over the past 2000 years": so if i answer that with agree (on the basis that everyone has to take some tiny amount of responsibility for the consequences of their actions), am i therefore reactionary?

"We'd be better off if companies simply told the truth, rather than spending a fortune on manipulative consumer advertising": so if i think we'd be better off without companues, do i agree or disagree?

"Abstract art, because it doesn't represent anything, shouldn't be considered art at all": ?

"One day, science may be able to cure homosexuality": i agree in the sense that, if there's a market for it, then some evil drug company will no doubt produce it, but i don't agree in the sense that this would be a positive development.

# in media veritas

SJ Mercury: Bush vows to punish corporate lawbreakers

"We'll vigorously pursue people who break the law, and I think that'll help restore confidence to the American people. Listen, there has been a period of time when everything seemed easy -- markets were roaring, capital everywhere, and people forgot their responsibilities...

"I have been calling for a renewed sense of responsibility in America, and that includes corporate responsibility," Bush said.

The Daily Enron: Bush's Insider Trading

The SEC investigated G. W. Bush for insider trading during his father's term as President and decided to take no action. Career SEC officials, clearly miffed by their inability to charge the son of a sitting President, made their feelings clear in a 1993 letter to Bush's attorney. In the letter, the SEC emphasized that the decision not to charge Bush "must in no way be construed as indicating that (Bush) has been exonerated."

Washington Post: Memo Cited Bush's Late SEC Filings. This report cites a lot of facts with no context on what they might mean. A thoroughly lacklustre piece of journalism.

MotherJones: Bush Family Values. This one takes the opposite approach to that of the Wash. Post.

Although a handful of good reporters for the New York Times, LA Times, Village Voice, and Wall Street Journal have diligently been digging through business records for months, something has been missing: an overview that "connects the dots" in the myriad deals that have been examined, making it clear that cashing in on influence has become a pattern of behavior extending through the first family.

Bottom line: Given the power and influence at play, it's not at all clear that Bush didn't do anything illegal. But of this we can be sure at the very least: he derived immense financial benefit from executive bonusses and privileges while at a company that was losing money. A stronger (but still accurate) version is that his daddy pulled a lot of strings to bail out his failing businesses more than once.

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# Cheerful Topics: HIV and WTC

A page about the distinct possibility that AIDS was originally spread from an unproven polio vaccine which was administered to 1 million Africans between 1957 and 1960. If this site isn't misrepresenting facts and changing the articles it has published, both the timing and the location of the disease point to the vaccine. Given the implications, it's not suprising that publications have been pressured to keep research and articles out of circulation.

Although the theory has not been properly examined, many people seem to believe it has been refuted. Hilary Koprowski published a letter in Science in 1992 attacking the theory. In 1993, Rolling Stone, which had published a widely publicised article by Tom Curtis about the theory, published an "update", interpreted by Science as a retraction. The public record thus suggests that these contributions have been the final word.

Actually, this appearance of "refutation" was due to the exercise of power, not scientific judgement. Science refused to publish a reply to Koprowski's letter by Curtis and, later, another reply by eminent biologist W. D. Hamilton. Nature has received substantial submissions about the theory from at least six scholars but has not published any of them. Rolling Stone's "update" was the aftermath of a legal action for defamation by Koprowski against Rolling Stone and Curtis. Thus, it has been editorial prerogative and legal action that have given the impression that critics of the theory have been unanswered.

Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse, by Juan Gonzalez.

Within days of the September 11th attack in New York City, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman, together with Time Man-of-the-Year Rudy Giuliani, reassured New Yorkers that air "contaminants are either not detectable or are below the Agency’s concern levels."

In fact, EPA tests taken at the time showed high concentrations of toxic materials in the air downtown, including asbestos, dioxins, and heavy metals. Con Edison and the Port Authority revealed—two months after the attack—that nearly 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel and transformer oils, much of it contaminated with low-level PCBs, had escaped beneath Ground Zero. And independent measurements of indoor air, widespread because the agency declined to test private buildings, showed astronomically higher readings.

NY Daily News: Asbestos Fallout Is Found In Co-op Near WTC Site, also by Juan Gonzalez.

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by SooFer

re: the distribution of AIDS via mass vaccinations, talk to Gift. he and i had a looooong talk on the subject last year, and he's got some interesting (read: horrifying, eye-opening, heavy) information + ideas.

i got your email, and i'm writing a proper response this weekend.

July 07, 2002
# Grad Schools

Trying to figure out where to go to grad school (if at all), I emailed Robert McChesney and asked him (basically): "what's a lefty/media/journalism/philosophy type to do?"

He gave me a few names of places, and from that list, the interdisciplinary Communications Studies departments at U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (where McChesney teaches, coincidentally) and UC San Diego look really good for what I'm interested in. UMass might be a distant third. The Berkeley School of Journalism would be a long shot to say the least, but I might apply if I'm feeling overconfident.

'Problem is, those are both fairly selective PhD programs, and I have no idea if I can get myself accepted. So I'm going to apply to a few Masters programs in Canada as a contingency plan.

The reason I'm spouting all this is the off chance that there might be someone reading who would know of a program (anywhere in the US or Canada) that I might be interested in. Bijan Parsia pointed me at ILS at UNC, which I haven't looked at closely yet.

Any other ideas?

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by Q

From what I hear Columbia University in New York has an amazing Journalism school. May wanna go to the website and check it out. http://www.columbia.edu

July 05, 2002
# What's wrong with the record industry, part III.

A rather convincing argument that freely shared music hurts big musicians a little, and helps non-top 40 musicians a lot. Also includes extensive details on how the record industry screws artists.

See also:

The Problem with Music, by Steve Albini and Why CD's are so expensive, by the band Negativland. Negativland has more good stuff on their web site.

So, the question must be asked: how much long term harm would really be done if the record industry disappeared overnight?

posted by dru in politicsoftech
July 04, 2002
# "covergence"

Ian Hanomansing: Where's the Coverage of Convergence?

ICANN, the supposedly democratic body that is in charge of governing internet domain names, seems to be avoiding the most basic principles of transparency. Salon's interview with John Gilmore has details, and bit of interesting history of the domain name system.

The strings that were pulled before and during the Clinton administration's "Green Paper" and "White Paper" process, that ultimately resulted in the creation of NewCo, also known as ICANN, were pulled by SAIC. SAIC is a very interesting for-profit company with a multibillion-dollar annual revenue, most of which comes from classified contracts with the U.S. military. What's even more interesting about SAIC is that there is no external control on it: It is "employee-owned," i.e., there are no outside stockholders. If you leave the company, you have to sell your shares in it. SAIC's board of directors reads like a who's who of the military-industrial complex (former secretaries of defense, spy-agency heads, etc.). When you read about the government wasting billions on "homeland security," guess who gets it. SAIC's home page features their new brochure on "SAIC -- Securing the Homeland."

Somebody at SAIC noticed that a tiny company had gotten the temporary monopoly to run the domain name system, and was being paid a few million dollars by the government, over a few years, to do all the work. In March 1995, SAIC acquired this company (Network Solutions) for $3 million, from its founder, who had won the bid because his five- or 10-person company was "minority owned." (He later complained bitterly that they'd screwed him.)

Within the next six months, somebody inside the U.S. government suddenly decided that Network Solutions (the new SAIC subsidiary) could charge every domain name holder $50 per year, extracting hundreds of millions of dollars from Internet users. That policy was instituted despite the best efforts of the Internet community to stop it. That's one string that was pulled. Who exactly pulled it? Sounds like a job for an investigative reporter.

I helped to design and build the infrastructure for CORE to become a domain name registry. It cost us less than 25 cents per year per name to run. Even if you added the likely legal bills from NSI suing us, it amounted to less than $2 per year for each domain name. NSI is still charging $6 per year, and doing it in much higher volumes, where it should actually cost them less than 1 cent per year to do the work.

posted by dru in politicsoftech
July 03, 2002
# Re-volt

An interesting article in the Village Voice about people in Northampton, Mass who are organizing against the USA PATRIOT act.

ABC News: Eight Cities in Patriot Act Revolt

The Northampton group has a web site which might help to "Make your city or town a Civil Liberties Safe Zone".

Rep. Bernie Sanders (I - VT): Congress Cannot Ignore Corporate Control of the Media.

(But I bet they will.)

In a similar vein, the New Democratic Party (NDP) is making noise about media concentration here in Canada. (But it doesn't appear that the media are covering it.)

NYRB: What else is news?. Russell Baker reviews five books about contemporary journalism.

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July 02, 2002
# Ideas

CBC's Ideas has a truckload of very interesting interviews. It's easily one of the best radio programs that I've heard. What's even better is that they have a huge set of past episodes available for online listening.

I recently listened to the John Ralston Saul lecture, which is quite good. I subsequently started reading his Voltaire's Bastards, which I had lying around for a long time, and which is also quite interesting. Though this review begs to differ.

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July 01, 2002
# Canada! Oh.

Happy Canada Day. My first two waking hours were spent listening to comedians make fun of Canadian Prime Ministers on the CBC. If NPR spent the Fourth of July making fun of the fat, rich white presidents of years past and present, what's left of their funding would probably disappear overnight.

BBC: US Bombs Wedding Party in Afghanistan

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by ruby fitch



this is ruby fitch, from port townsend.your site is really amazing,

i am impressed.

happy canada day--

here in the states were gearing up for the 4th of july.

as expected, we are going to have a barbeque.

another somewhat empty holiday--(loud)

but a good chance to be with friends outdoors.

well wishes, ruby

by SMJ

I also caught most of the CBC comedy at the expense of the Prime Ministers past and present. Laughed out loud. Good point about NPR. I call for more comedy like that!