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CA legalization battle heats up

Ahead of state-wide vote, marijuana legalization battle heats up in CA

TOP STORIES

Did the CIA use Bybee memo for protection? from Firedoglake

The health bill is a bonanza for insurance industry by Bill Moyers

Key differences between progressive & liberal thinking by David Sirota

Germany to expand nuclear plant phase-out by 28 years from Al-Jazeera

WAR ZONES

McChrystal admits Afghan atrocities, press yawns by Allison Kilkenny

US casualties double in Afghanistan from Press TV

Obama declares Afghan war ‘absolutely essential’

Did Iraq just elect a mass-murderer? by Joshua Holland

BROADCASTING

Internet radio station makes leap to airwaves

WORT outreach coordinator directs a symphony of volunteers

Is there too much marijuana on prime time TV? from NORML

Planning a new station or relocation? FCC clarifies transmitter site rules

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Closing ceremony - Canada laughs at itself

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Toyota accused of ‘withholding documents’

Al Gore finally responds: ‘We can’t wish away climate change’

Fears drive up the price of copper

Mortgage modifications and you, Part One from FDL

Sixth Annual Israel Apartheid Week hits 40 cities

WAR & PEACE

1000 US soldiers dead in Afghanistan, time to revive anti-war agenda

Kevin Zeese & David Beito on Antiwar Radio: Fundraising for peace

Report: Depressed Tony Blair ‘wanted to quit after Iraq War’

Military suicides are causing civilian casualties too

Pentagon policy allows troops to over-share from Gizmodo

STORIES AROUND THE US

Guns at Starbucks? Open Carry Movement says yes

US Rep. challenges DEA grow-op raid from Stop the Drug War

Vermonters take on nuclear power from Consortium News

Progress toward a multiracial nation from Yes Magazine

Johnny Depp: Free the West Memphis Three

SPIN THE GLOBE

Chile scrambles to find survivors, death toll passes 700

IMF seeks new global currency, more power

New report on web censorship in China

Coffee producers ‘getting hammered’ by climate change

Iran warns of more ‘repressive measures’ in March

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Republicans help US Senate pass jobs bill from The Hill

TOP STORIES

Docs show Congress knew more about CIA rendition, secret detention & torture

Will someone please arrest Bush, Cheney as they meet for 1st time on Friday?

The flailing falsehoods of America’s war criminals by Glenn Greenwald

Why so little attention to Vernon Hunter, the man killed by Austin terrorist?

POINT COUNTERPOINT

Estranged from critical thinking, divorced from logic by Leonard Pitts Jr.

ACORN: We’re still here, it is not true that we’re ‘closed for business’

Does Justice Clarence Thomas’ silence thwart advocacy?

The NYT on its ‘kill more civilians’ op-ed writer by Glenn Greenwald

ECOLOGICAL HEADLINES

The truth would kill a return of nuclear power … by Alec Baldwin?

Cracking down on fracking by Amy Goodman

Okanagan Indians fight for watershed providing an alternate image of BC

Sen. Kerry says climate bill is not dead yet from Mother Jones

FROM DEMOCRACY NOW

Anti-nuclear activists mobilize to oppose Obama’s new nuke plants

Malcolm X: ‘By any means necessary’

Phyllis Bennis on ending the US war in Afghanistan

Welfare recipients forced to sell food stamps to buy basic necessities

FROM DAILY KOS

Senate takes up Unemployment Insurance and COBRA extensions this week

Litmus test: The people, or insurance companies? by Darcy Burner

Republicans furious over Sen. Scott Brown’s jobs vote

Shenanigans to come? Live at Senate EPA budget hearing

CHECKING IN WITH OTHER LIBERAL BLOGS

Lies, politicians and those damned bloggers from Hullabaloo

Comedy gold: Breitbart shouts ‘innuendo’ at Blumenthal during CPAC

Rep. Waxman’s letter: Toyota study is horrible whitewash from FDL

The torture memo author you’ve never heard of from TPM Muckraker

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TOP STORIES

UN investigator cites US neglect of homeless from Project Censored

Prometheus Radio asks supporters to prod Senate on LPFM

Just 2 in 5 adults now say they read a daily newspaper

Obama: I’m a big believer in network neutrality

US MILITARISM

Obama proposes largest ‘defense’ budget since WWII from Slate

Obama defies pledge, increases nuke weapons budget by Stephen C Webster

Speaker Pelosi: Include defense pork in spending freeze from Daily Kos

US accelerating missile ‘defense’ in Gulf from AFP

MEDIA POLICY

FCC’s Stuart Benjamin on C-SPAN Communicators

Obama proposes spectrum fee that would generate $5B from B & C

UN agency calls for global cyber war treaty, driver’s license for web users

Netflix to FCC: Scary loophole in net neutrality from Ars Technica

ENTERTAINMENT ECONOMICS

Free Speech Radio News = our favorite radio show from Radio Survivor

Disney looking to sell what’s left of Miramax from Media Decoder

Steve Jobs: Google’s ‘Don’t be evil’ mantra is bullshit from Gizmodo

Twitter followers are worth less than a penny each on eBay from TechCrunch

DISSENTING OPINION

Paul Krugman: Fox News is ‘deliberate misinformation’ from FDL

Glenn Greenwald: Accused must have fair trials from Antiwar Radio

TARP has increased risk of economic crisis: Watchdog

College newspaper turns against phone-tampering conservative activist

ECO HEALTH

Future of self help: Mind/Body or Mind/Butt? from Huffington Post

Where things stand on Copenhagen Accord from Grist

Argentina’s president: Pork better for sex than Viagra from Alternet

Messaging that can save the clean energy bill from Grist

FURTHER READING

Pat Tillman cover-up focus of new Sundance documentary

Palestinians get $15M private equity fund from Haaretz

‘Ellie Light’ regrets damage to Obama, blasts right-wing ‘conspiracy theorists’

Outcry over Blair’s refusal to apologize could spell disaster for PM Brown

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Denver mayor Hickenlooper vs. VT Sen. Sanders

War is peace & right is center: Newspeak skews political debate by David Sirota

TOP 4

Fri. news dump: ACLU wins release of names of Bagram detainees from FDL

Rep. Schakowsky prepares legislation to ban Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill

Sen. Dodd may drop consumer protection agency from Wall St Journal

Scientists cautiously optimistic as Doomsday clock reset from AFP

MEDIA

Read the best of the 13,000 net neutrality comments now on the public record

How the music industry is about to change from Inside Music Media

Jan. 31 deadline approaches for Internet radio stations from Broadcast Law Blog

Clear Channel debuts Google-like contextual radio ad platform from MediaPost

ETC

Reporter Dahr Jamail on Iraq War vet jailed for writing Stop Loss hip hop song

Beijing police cancel China’s 1st ever gay pageant from AFP

NY Post claims Lou Dobbs will not run for office from Think Progress

A letter to Rush Limbaugh by Roger Ebert

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StoryCorps: National Day of Listening

Social history project records ordinary people’s stories from Democracy Now

Senator Specter looks to revive 9/11 suits against Saudis

The joys of airstrikes and anonymity by Glenn Greenwald

Why did Obama kill Johnsen nomination? from FireDogLake

10 news media content trends to watch in 2010 from Mashable

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Fire John Yoo activists play with vowels

Obama attorneys defend torture memo author

ACORN: The path to meaningful reform from Nonprofit Quarterly

Climate summit in disarray after ‘Danish text’ leak from Guardian

US tax dollars help fund Taliban attacks from Raw Story

Talking Points Memo launches a DC bureau from AJR

NPR reporter pressured over Fox News role from Politico

5 corporate publishers team up for Hulu of magazines from Huff Po

Why progressive activists are giving Obama a pass from FDL

E Pluribus Unum KCSB, brief history from Santa Barbara Independent

Canadian record industry faces liability over ‘infringement’

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Listen to Free Speech Radio News special on resegregation of American schools

Amy Goodman ‘violated’ by Canadian border officials

US scuttled consensus building, was hellbent on Iraq War

Blackwater lawyers accuse DOJ of misconduct

ACORN reprieve sparks GOP fury from The Raw Story

How is Newt Gingrich not a lobbyist? from Firedoglake

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The Nation’s video series on the future of journalism from Save the News

Books, not bombs by Amy Goodman

Get ready for the Obama GOP alliance by Jeff Cohen

Canadian journalist released after 15 months of captivity

WaPo will shut last 3 national bureaus in NY, LA, Chicago

Lou Dobbs now favors amnesty for immigrants from Firedoglake

High school journalists ordered to publish admininstration-approved paper

Major newspaper publishers Belo, MediaNews may block Google

Palin tells Canadian to reform and privatize health care

Joint venture aims at iTunes-like electronic magazine distribution

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On the third day, Saturday, I watched Bill Moyers online while waking up, and then hit the convention floor looking for interviews.

The first workshop I checked out was Campus Organizing for Media Reform, which was in fact a simple overview of how to strategize your message when doing outreach. It is amazing to me how straightforward and simple these strategies are, and I only wish I had thought about messaging this way when I started at Evergreen.

Camille Cyprian of Wellstone Action led the discussion, and offered this great rap as an example: “The internet as we know and love it is at risk! Big, private, companies want to block, filter, and discriminate who has online access. Join us and call your Senator today and demand that they support the Net Neutrality Bill, which will ensure that the internet remains accessible for all.”

According to the workshop this rap meets the criteria test for an effective message; it is credible, concise, relevant and compelling. The other key is tailoring an argument to your targeted audience, whether voters, politicians or victims of the problem faced. This net neutrality rap is strong because it addresses a problem, offers a solution, and gives a solid action. WashPIRG is considering a media literacy campaign in the 2008-2009 school year, and this basic criteria seems like it can really help student activists.

After the workshop I interviewed Sam Husseini from the Institute for Public Accuracy who asks powerful people tough questions. I also caught up with Diane Farsetta, Center for Media and Democracy, and we spoke on mic for a half hour! This audio will be featured on Digital Crossroads June 13th and June 20th.

I attended a workshop called New Media, New Models, New Journalism. The panelists were amazing. Dan Gilmour, the director of the Knight Center for Digital Media at Arizona State anchored the discussion, suggesting institutional approaches and so-called citizen journalism are both worthy of attention and investment. Linda Jue talked about the Chauncey Bailey Project in Oakland. Ellen Miller talked about the work of the Sunlight Foundation. And Marcy Wheeler of FireDogLake.com stressed the power independent journalists can have covering tough stories.

Before the end of the afternoon I spoke with Malkia Cyril from Center for Media Justice. She is a visionary who is working toward a better understanding of the structural problems of institutionalized racism we need to overcome in this movement and society at-large. Audio from our interview will air on Digital Crossroads June 13th or 20th.

After dinner with the Paper Dolls Mag ladies and Robert Kam of TCTV, I headed to the Dinkytown neighborhood for the Yo! The Movement benefit. Toki Wright and Big Quarters performed onstage with DJ Benzilla rocking wax. It was a great hip hop show, but I completely missed Shamako Noble of Hip Hop Congress and Julie C of B Girl Media.

This was a huge after-party for conference attendees and many of my favorite media activists were in the house. I talked with Katie Fleming of Common Cause and the Media & Democracy Coalition, based in Denver. They have big plans surrounding the Democratic National Convention, which I want to cover for Free Speech TV. I’m hoping to have Katie Fleming on Digital Crossroads between now and the end of August.

So then Sunday I checked in on a panel regarding FCC localism requirements and filing comments on the FCC website.

I had a chance to meet Bruce Fife, whose Portland-based coalition just received their construction permit. I told him they ought to hire or at least discuss supporting independent musicians via strategic music direction with Bryan Johnson, who not only helped shape KAOS music policy while serving as Music Director for two years, and interned at Prometheus Radio Project during the full-power license application window last year, but is also helping to organize the Grassroots Radio Coalition convergence in Portland coming up July 24-27.

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