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Help Support Authentic Journalism

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 3, 2009

Don’t do it for me, do it for James Wolcott:

Al Giordano is holding a fundraiser at and for The Field, a site has kept its cool head while others were running in crazed circles around the chicken coop. Donors of $100 or more will be invited to attend the Narco News Ninth Anniversary Celebration in New York City on April 22, which promises to be quite a to-do, featuring a cameo appearance by yours truly, barring a dance injury (as many of you know, I’ve been “studying with Merce” for th e last few weeks, mastering the art of hopping).

Of course, smaller donations are welcome too, and I’m sure much appreciated in our season of tax sorrows…

Narco News has been one of the few news outfits that has the interests and the skills needed to get to the heart of how our actions here in El Norte affect our neighbors to the south — and vice versa.

Posted in distributed reporting and research, media, Mexico, War On Some Drugs | Comments Off on Help Support Authentic Journalism

Why I Watch The UpTake (and other Minnesotans should, too)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 10, 2009

Because The UpTake brings me news like this, from its liveblog summary:

Twitter noahkunin: SURPRISE! Tax system in MN became MORE regressive according to new government report. I am beside myself with shock. [PDF}
Twitter noahkunin: Report goes on to explain explosion of regressive taxes due to overall income inequality, not changes in tax law. [PDF]
Twitter theuptake: New MN figures show richest 1% pay 6.9% of their income in taxes. Poorest pay 23.7% This is not fair! PDF-

They do good work. Throw ’em a few shekels if you can.

Posted in distributed reporting and research, media, News Links, news media | 2 Comments »

A Star Wars Moment

Posted by MEC on February 21, 2008

“The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.”

The executives at Swiss-based Bank Julius Baer got US District Court Judge Jeffrey White, a Bush appointee, to order the shutdown of Wikileaks, the web site through which whistleblowers could disseminate information they think the public needs to know, because it contained documents the bank wants to suppress.

In response, a kazillion or so mirror sites went up outside the judge’s jurisdiction. The documents are available all over the world, and there’s been loads of publicity for the information Julius Baer wanted hushed up.

I guess the Julius Baer executives and Judge White haven’t heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences, either.

David Ardia, director of the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard University, said the situation had “gone 180 degrees wrong for the bank”.

“What this is done is, it’s really struck a chord for publishers, both online and offline,” Ardia said. “If a federal judge in California can, on the arguments of one party, order that an entire website be taken down, that’s a very scary proposition. What if these documents weren’t on Wikileaks [but] they were on YouTube, MySpace or Facebook?”

Posted in distributed reporting and research, First Amendment, Internet, Law of Unintended Consequences, wrong way to go about it | 4 Comments »

News Roundup

Posted by MEC on April 24, 2007

The latest Truthout e-newsletter has all sort of things to make us smile a Schadenfreude kind of smile.

The Office of Special Counsel is preparing to investigate Karl Rove’s activities, including his role in the U.S. Attorney purge and the use of RNC email accounts to discuss White House business.

Congressional Democrats have drafted a joint appropriations bill that sets a deadline for withdrawing from Iraq.

Henry Waxman (D-Pitbull) is turning his attention to the neglect of basic security measures in the White House.

The FBI is investigating Rep. Tom Feeney’s dealings with Jack Abramoff. When Feeney was speaker of the Florida House back in 2000, he tried to certify Florida’s electoral votes for George W. Bush while the recount was still going on.

A group of top former World Bank executives told Paul Wolfowitz to resign.

(Truthout is supported entirely by donations, and is chronically short of funding. It’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so if you itemize deductions on your U.S. federal tax return, your donation is deductible. You know what to do.)

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Congress, corruption, Democrats with spines, distributed reporting and research, Florida (where magical things happen), Henry Waxman, Karl Rove | Comments Off on News Roundup

Bada Dump Dump Dump — And Another Lie Bites The Dust

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 24, 2007

How those document dumps workin’ out for you, BushCo?

They were the bee’s knees back in the old days, weren’t they?  But in the Age of Distributed Reporting, and with a revived mainstream media shedding some of its lapdoggery towards the GOP, they do have this wee little tendency to backfire right back on your lying little butt-cheeks, don’t they now? 

Let’s look at the two big fat lies already exposed by the eager beavers whipping through the latest doc dump.  Just click on the nice little “more” link: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Alberto Gonzales, blogs and blogging, corruption, distributed reporting and research, government malfeasance, madness of King George, obstruction of justice, PATRIOT Act, US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal | 2 Comments »

The End Of The Doc Dump

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 20, 2007

This is the end of the document dump as a delaying tactic.

Folks over at DKos are worried that the Bushies have already gone through and removed all the really juicy stuff before dumping. But the thing is, if they really are vetting the stuff prior to dumping, they don’t have the warm bodies needed to get it done in a timely and effective manner.

This is where their lack of trust comes around to bite them in the ass: There aren’t that many Bushistas that would a) know what to leave out and b) could be trusted not to blab. (Can you imagine the Bush Junta farming out the vetting job to outsiders, no matter how ideologically friendly? Neither can I.)

By contrast, we don’t have the trust problem — and even overnight, as TPM Muckraker has shown, we can throw a LOT more bodies at picking apart the docs than they can muster trustworthy gunsels to sanitize them. And if they make mistakes in the sanitizing, we can capitalize on them.

Another thing: How pathetic does your situation have to be for you to do a document dump on a Monday?

Posted in Alberto Gonzales, blogs and blogging, distributed reporting and research, madness of King George, Real Americans, real journalism, Republicans | 4 Comments »

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