Friday, October 14, 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 NY Times:
"A man named Hero was here. So was Germ. There was the waitress from the dim sum restaurant in Evanston, Ill. And the liquor store worker. The Google consultant. The circus performer. The Brooklyn nanny.

The hodgepodge Lower Manhattan encampment known as Occupy Wall Street has no appointed leaders, no expiration date for its rabble-rousing stay and still-evolving goals and demands. Yet its two weeks of noisy occupation has lured a sturdily faithful and fervent constituency willing to express discontentment with what they feel is an inequitable financial system until, well, whenever.

They arrived by design and desire. Or by sheer serendipity."

-->Nothing like The NY Times for smug condescension. Our newspaper of record has refined it to a fine art when reporting on any social movement that questions the dominance of the filthy rich and Wall Street. This story is not news; it is propaganda for the ruling class.


Guardian UK:
"Occupy Wall Street protest: NYPD accused of heavy-handed tactics Force criticised by protesters, who claim they were deliberately led on to road before being penned in and arrested

The New York police department has come under criticism for heavy-handed tactics during the Occupy Wall Street march over Brooklyn bridge, after more than 700 protesters were held for several hours.

Activists, as well as commentators following the protest against inequality and corporate excess, claim the response of the city's police force to the peaceful event was vastly out of proportion. Almost 1,000 people have been arrested in two weeks – substantially more than the number of financiers who led the world into the 2008 economic meltdown.

As Salman Rushdie put it in a tweet: 'The world's economy has been wrecked by these rapacious traders. Yet it is the protesters who are jailed.' "

-->Newspapers in other countries often do not serve the elites. And how much more news their readers actually get. First The NY Times avoided any stories of the Wall Street movement. Then came the ridicule. Readers of The NY Times should know what comes next: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi


River Keeper
"New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation's Rush to Fracking Continues with Release of Draft Regulations. DEC retracts previous commitment to allow fracking environmental review to inform draft regulations.

This week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) released draft regulations for industrial gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale by means of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”  These come on the heels of DEC’s Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“SGEIS”) on fracking released earlier this month.

A core principle of the state’s environmental review statute is for environmental reviews to inform draft regulations...By issuing regulations at the same time as the SGEIS, DEC is depriving the public of the right to have their input on the mitigation measures suggested in the SGEIS fully considered before the agency proposes the regulations that would implement them.

-->The NY Times didn't cover this story which involves the DEC's capitulation to the fracking industry.

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