Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fantasyland Media:

Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine. News that the people in charge, the corporations and your government want keep from the public eye.


"The FCC gave the coup de grace to the fairness doctrine Monday as the commission axed more than 80 media industry rules.

Earlier this summer FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski agreed to erase the post WWII-era rule, but the action Monday puts the last nail into the coffin for the regulation that sought to ensure discussion over the airwaves of controversial issues did not exclude any particular point of view. A broadcaster that violated the rule risked losing its license...

Monday’s move is part of the commission’s response to a White House executive order directing a 'government-wide review of regulations already on the books' designed to eliminate unnecessary regulations.

...Genachowski said in a statement that the move was aimed at promoting 'a healthy climate for private investment and job creation.' "

-->The FCC and Obama killing off the Fairness Doctrine wasn't newsworthy enough to make it into The NY Times, despite the fact that our newspaper of record describes every betrayal of working people as necessary for investment and job creation.


"Ok, those Germans are just showing off now. Not only has the nation announced plans to shut down all of its nuclear power plants and started the construction of 2,800 miles of transmission lines for its new renewable energy initiative, but now the village of Wildpoldsried is producing 321% more energy than it needs! The small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria is generating an impressive $5.7 million in annual revenue from renewable energy...

The village’s green initiative first started in 1997 when the village council decided that it should build new industries, keep initiatives local, bring in new revenue, and create no debt. Over the past 14 years, the community has equipped nine new community buildings with solar panels, built four biogas digesters and installed seven windmills with two more on the way. In the village itself, 190 private households have solar panels while the district also benefits from three small hydro power plants, ecological flood control, and a natural waste water system.

All of these green systems means that despite only having a population of 2,600, Wildpoldsried produces 321 percent more energy than it needs – and it’s generating 4.0 million Euro (US $5.7 million) in annual revenue by selling it back to the national grid. It is no surprise to learn that small businesses have developed in the village specifically to provide services to the renewable energy installations."

-->The NY Times is not interested in such ecological scenarios for the future of America. There are few stories printed about alternatives to big oil.


Ralph Nader for Common Dreams:
"It was only a matter of time before the 'pull down' NAFTA and WTO trade agreements on U.S. wages and jobs would be followed by 'pull down' contract demands by U.S. corporations on their unionized workers toward levels of non-unionized laborers...

Mr. Lowell McAdam (Verizon's CEO) would surely have trouble feeling the pain of his workers who brave the elements storm or shine to afford him a salary of over 1.5 million dollars PER MONTH plus perks and benefits.

Watching Verizon profits soar year after year, noticing Verizon stock rise faster than its competitors, knowing that the company's top five executives took in over $250 million between them in the last four years, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) took their members on strike on August 7, 2011...

These workers pay their taxes. While the tax lawyers for their bosses have figured out how to turn Verizon into a vast tax escapee. According to the super-accurate Citizens for Tax Justice, Verizon Communications made a total of $32.5 billion dollars in pretax U.S. profits during 2008, 2009, 2010. Far from paying the maximum federal corporate income tax rate of 35 percent on these ample profits, Verizon's federal income tax was negative $951 million or negative 2.9 percent!"

-->The NY Times contribution to this ripoff of Verizon's workforce? Full page ads, paid for by Verizon, that claim worker contracts should "reflect the changing times." Like US corporations making billions while workers get nothing.

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