Friday, April 20, 2012

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 to keep from the public eye.


Common Dreams:
"Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is promising more controversy in his highly anticipated television series "The World Tomorrow". The show premiers this coming Tuesday on RT.
The show will feature Assange in conversation with 'iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders.'
'First of all, being under house arrest for so long, it’s nice to have an occasional visitor and to learn more about the world. And given that the conversations we were having are quite interesting, why not film them and show other people what was going on,' Assange stated. The show, 'revealed sides of very interesting and important people that are not normally [heard] because they are not dealing with a standard interviewer, they are dealing with someone who is under house arrest, who has gone through political problems that they can sympathize with.'
The first-episode will feature a 'particularly controversial guest' who's identity is yet to be revealed and premieres on the 500th day of the financial blockade on Wikileaks.”
-->The NY Times doesn't report on Julian Assange unless the story is negative. Wouldn't it be something if a man like Assange ran The NY Times newsroom, instead of the usual pro-corporate, pro-Pentagon hack. We wouldn't be reading misleading stories about Iran's supposed nuclear weapons program. We would be getting the facts, straight from WikiLeaks!
UPDATE: The NY Times finally reported on Assange's TV show, although the story was full of disparaging remarks, calling it an "improbable platform for a man who poses as a radical left-wing whistleblower and free-speech frondeur battling the superpowers that be." 
Wired Magazine:
"War's cruel legacy continues to unleash itself on the children of Iraq as weapons used by the U.S. have left Iraqi children with horrific birth defects, and the problem shows no signs of abating, Inter Press Service is reporting today.
'In 2004 the Americans tested all kinds of chemicals and explosive devices on us: thermobaric weapons, white phosphorous, depleted uranium...we have all been laboratory mice for them,' hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi told Inter Press Service (IPS).
IPS notes that the Iraqi Health Ministry, in close collaboration with the WHO, is set to embark on its first ever study on congenital malformations in the governorates of Baghdad, Anbar, Thi Qar, Suleimania, Diala and Basra this month.
Iraqi children being born with birth defects has been devastating families for years. A July 2010 study showed that increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukemia in the heavily bombarded city of Fallujah surpass those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945."
-->Such depressing news about the empire never makes it to our newspaper of record, The NY Times.
Common Dreams:
"Drastic changes are 'important climate change signals,' researchers conclude.
A rapid rise in sea levels in Southwest Pacific Ocean has occurred, according to a new study, and researchers say human-made climate change is likely the cause for significant rises in the 20th century. Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia, partnered with other British universities, measured sea levels going back 6,000 years and spotted significant increases in the 19th and 20th centuries. Of note is that a major spike in the late 20th century, starting around 1990, is likely linked to human-created climate change, researchers said.
'The 1990s peak is most likely indicative of human-induced climate change,' said Patrick Moss, a scientist from the University of Queensland. 'Any drastic changes from the norm, which persist for several decades and over a wide area, represent important climate signals.' "
-->The NY Times doesn't like to discourage its readers with stories about man made climate change. Or has the Gray Lady been in bed with the oil producers for the last several decades? It didn't print this story.
The Examiner:
"The big food factories are at it again. Monsanto and Dow are really worried about controlling the weeds on the farms that produce a huge percentage of the fresh produce in the United States, so they have come up with a scheme to take care of the problem. Unfortunately, the consequences will be detrimental to everyone’s health. Oh, well . . . What’s the proposal? Let’s use this genetically engineered 2,4-D and Roundup to dust down the crops...
What is 2,4-D? It sounds like an equation, and in a way it is. Except this one adds up to three times the Nebraska farmworkers developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, along with high rates of miscarriage and increased birth defects in the families who work in those areas.  This extremely potent herbicide contains half of the chemical mixture of Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War to clear the jungles. The military men and civilians that were exposed suffered from reproductive problems, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. The problem was so wide spread that now the VA offers special benefits to those who have become disabled and are dying from this chemical exposure over a short period of time."
-->The NY Times never goes against corporate interests like Monsanto and Dow. It isn't covering this story.

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