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Closing up shop

I’ve been writing and collecting stories, and they will be archived here indefinitely. I was too busy packing and moving, and then spending the past month on the west coast. I plan to update the site with all the content that is missing here, but there won’t be anything new here.

New projects are coming soon. My next job and next radio show will both begin before the end of summer. Right this second, you can CLICK HERE to see the last ten articles I wrote for Raw Story in May.

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Leaked video shows US forces laughing as they kill reporters, civilians

US troops violated Rules of Engagement in Reuters shooting

US should join the International Criminal Court from Toward Freedom

What’s real and what’s imagined in NYT’s product placement survey?

MLK’s death and other uncomfortable truths by Greg Guma

NPR studies NPR’s gender balance from FAIR

Sen. Durbin promises to support diversifying the airwaves

We need birth control, not geo-engineering from Grist

Sen. McCain: ‘I never considered myself a maverick’

Tea Party could cost Republicans in census

Philly to ease marijuana penalties

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Plagued by bad memories? Call Death Bear

TOP STORIES

Letter sent to alleged drug kingpin details DEA surveillance

CPB’s new local journalism centers initiative from New Public Media

FCC removes gender from advertising nondiscrimination rules

Victim-blaming is alive in the school paper at American University

HEALTH REFORM

Ten things you didn’t know were in the health bill by Emily Badger

David Frum on health reform: ‘Repeal is literally impossible’

Insurers find loophole in health bill, say they don’t have to cover sick kids

The strange tale of ‘black liquor’ and $25B from The Takeaway

CLIMATE AWARENESS

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change, says James Lovelock

Landmarks went dark worldwide to mark fourth annual Earth Hour

The Yes Men trick the world from Campus Progress

Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood promises bicyclists will finally have a voice

POLITICALLY SPEAKING

Nader on Attention deficit democracy from Common Dreams

Obama is ‘delivering, but for financial institutions’ says Chomsky

CNN claims only Dems want to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Watchdog files complaint against ‘deceptive and illegal’ Hannity concerts

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Democrats include $250m for abstinence-only education in health bill

The Secular Coalition for America, a national advocacy organization representing secular Americans, expressed its deep disapproval over this reversal.

“2009 marked the first year in nearly three decades that federal birth control funding was focused unequivocally on science-based sex education. No federal funds were spent on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs–programs not supported by scientific consensus. We are greatly disappointed that health care reform was used as a vehicle for extending this theocratically-motivated program which ignores science,” said Executive Director Sean Faircloth.

Blogger Michael Petrelis, a gay rights activist, is curious how certain progressive cabinet officials feel about this aspect of health reform, but isn’t holding his breath waiting for a response:

I’d sure like to hear from gay White House staffers Brian Bond, the gay liaison, and Jeff Crowley, the head of the Office of National AIDS Policy, about the supposed benefits behind allocating so much money for abstinence programs long-debunked by scientific research. Anyone care to wager that Bond and Crowley don’t say a thing about this outrageous waste of money?

Mississippi Governor: Media gave health bill ‘longest wet kiss’ in history

Sen. Schumer: A vote for health bill will be ‘asset’ in November elections

Wannabe Senator willing to ‘work across the aisle’ for GOP ideas only

Obama’s surprise 1st Kabul visit since ordering surge (Note my photo)

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The big story Sunday was of course the passage of health insurance reform in Congress. However my shift was over before the big vote. So these are stories from Sunday morning.

Karl Rove’s meltdown on ABC Sunday morning drew a lot of attention.

Republican leaders insisted on NBC that the racist and homophobic taunts by protesters at the Capitol on Saturday were isolated.

And, not that it matters now, Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN “we’ve got the votes.”

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Karl Rove’s history revisions continue

Seinfeld mocks ‘Massa massages’ on SNL

Axelrod calls Israeli settlement plan ‘an insult’

Dems: We will have the votes for health reform

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Tough economy, Jesus

These are the pieces I wrote for Raw Story on Sunday with David Edwards, who manages video content for the site. This first one got massive readership, and has now been posted to Digg and Facebook by over 4000 people.

Tom DeLay: People are unemployed because they want to be

“People are unemployed because they want to be? ” asked CNN’s Candy Crowley.

“Well, it is the truth. And people in the real world know it,” said DeLay.

The Senate passed a $10 billion stopgap unemployment measure Tuesday, after including an amendment offered by Sen. Bunning to prevent further deficits.

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Mitt Romney: Obama’s words ‘support’ 9/11 truthers abroad

Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney says he’s glad the Patriot Act was extended, but Obama’s “Apology Tour” was a mistake.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace did not ask Romney about his tan.

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Consumer protections the ‘fundamental divide’ in health reform

“I think the president would love to have Republican votes,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “What he has is lots of Republican ideas: Selling insurance across state lines, making sure that we crack down very aggressively on fraud and abuse moving forward.”

“But,” she pointed out, “there’s a fundamental difference. The Republicans feel strongly that insurance companies should have less regulation than they do now, less consumer protection, less oversight. The president feels strongly that we need to change the rules of the road, that we can no longer have a private health system where insurance companies get to pick and choose, where they can lock people out and price people out. That’s really one of the fundamental divides.”

Sebelius added that even though there are GOP ideas in the bill, and Dems are “hopeful” there will be Republican votes, she’s not sure there will be.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell on RNC ‘fear’ presentation: ‘It’s not helping’

Politico revealed a GOP PowerPoint presentation last week that recommended using fear and extreme negative feelings about Democrats to raise money.

“That sort of thing is certainly not helpful. I can’t imagine why anybody thought that would be helpful,” Sen. Mitch McConnell told ABC’s Matt Dowd Sunday.

“I don’t like it. I don’t know anybody that does,” he said.

When asked if someone should be fired for the presentation, the Minority Leader tried to distance himself. “Look, I don’t run the RNC. That’s up to them,” he said.

The fallout from the revelation that Republican operatives have such disdain for their own base has begun. Mark DeMoss, a prominent Evangelical wrote a letter to Michael Steele this week cautioning, “I’m afraid the presentation is representative of a culture and mindset within the Republican National Committee.”

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THE US POLITICAL SYSTEM

Rethinking independent voters from Truthout

80% surveyed say Congress serves special interests

George Lakoff: ‘Rational reason’ doesn’t work in US politics

The US political system ‘sucks’ says John Podesta, Center for American Progress

ELECTIONS 2010

Will US Senate races be driven by money or issues?

1 in 10 Republicans calling it quits in November by Daniel Tencer

Is Gov. Crist, who joined Schwarzenegger in endorsing stimulus, about to switch?

Do Republicans really want to win in 2010? from Salon

REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY

Republican of the people from Texas Observer

GOP’s path to the future runs through the past from Salon

The Tea Party takes aim at Ron Paul, ironically

The Tea Party’s radicalism by EJ Dionne Jr.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY, LABOR UNIONS

Unions bash Dems, warn of political fallout from Politico

Sanders: Obama is ‘wrong’ on the public option by Sam Stein

If Michael Moore would run for president by Robert Naiman

Colorado Supreme Court tosses Amendment 54 from Law Week

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Army penalizes field commanders who tried to warn McChrystal

General Petraeus won’t come out in support of gay ban repeal, yet

Schwarzenegger: I am the 1st Republican governor to support stimulus

‘Not clear’ if GOP can stop reconciliation, will ‘health summit’ backfire?

Rep. Chris Van Hollen: GOP ‘high on their own hype’

Woods, Edwards had a better year than the stimulus, says Sen. McConnell

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New 'Vehicle-to-Grid' hybrid

Get paid $30/hr to drive new ‘Vehicle-to-Grid’ hybrid car

TOP STORIES

Bible classes for public schools in Kentucky from Raw Story

Wall Street’s bailout hustle by Matt Taibbi

Powell rebukes Cheney, America is not ‘less safe’ because of Obama

ACLU calls on UN human rights official to stop teen’s torture in prison

INVESTIGATIVE NEWS

Congress launches investigation into gas drilling practices from ProPublica

Secret history of hostage crisis, Iraqi invasion goes with Haig to the grave

Yoo said Bush could slaughter civilians by Jason Leopold

Rep. Conyers responds: Hearings on torture lawyers coming soon

SPIN THE GLOBE

Dutch government totally collapses over Afghan military mission

Mud torrent kills at least 40 islanders in Portugal

Greece hires Goldman banker as debt chief from Business Week

Israel aims to restore holy sites in occupied West Bank

MEDIA ANALYSIS

In defense of cigarette marketing from True Slant

NBC, ABC reports on new nuclear facility leave key questions unasked from FAIR

AWOL on Comcast/NBC merger: Olbermann, Maddow, Schultz

Air America lessons: Benefactors differ by David Sirota

JAMES ‘CONSERVATIVE PIMP’ O’KEEFE

ACORN story a ‘punking’ of America from Hullabaloo

O’Keefe and the myth of the ACORN pimp from Media Matters

NYT editor ‘stands behind’ contested ‘pimp’ reporting from Brad Blog

O’Keefe given rock star treatment ‘like Chuck Norris’ at CPAC

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Today’s leaders are armed with powerful high-tech weaponry and the pervasive influence of government-friendly Hollywood executives and a highly partisan echo chamber. TV News needs to start doing better reporting on the effects of what has actually been done by politicians and other officials and stop spending so much time covering stories that perpetuate the info Americans keep getting wrong.

Ask around. While TV News continues to act, for example, as a Dick Cheney bullhorn, a mass of Americans are in the palm of his hand. Too many citizens are ravenous for an unnecessary war with Iran, defensive about waterboarding in secret prisons, callous toward the widespread killing of innocent civilians, and oblivious to endless global military occupations. As so many millions of impressions are made with selective storytelling and repeated with carefully constructed talking points, these subjects can hardly be brought up in public without preparation for tough conversations!

TV News rarely ever connects the dots. The outcome of their cursed desire for more and more exclusive access is harm inflicted on so many thousands of American youths by the US military, as well as Congress. The ex-CEO of Halliburton influenced the very same government contracts now creating minor, yet palpable public outrage whenever abuses and fraud are revealed. The apparent shortage of public disapproval for war profiteering is enabled by the willingness of TV News to omit the very real, very human stories of young Americans (and innocent civilians) destroyed by US occupations.

So get to work, TV News, reveal the rest of the story. Fabulous ratings await. Tell the stories of veterans fighting to overcome lost limbs. Explore the research on birth defects from chemical weapons. Shed light on the psychological damage of PTSD and the flow of veterans toward homelessness. Check out the differences between repressive regimes and their civilian populations. Americans deserve to know all that tax and national debt is being spent on.

Or else ever-evolving news organizations and public interest activists will eventually reach a large enough audience through other technologies besides TV to inform America about the ugly side of the war machine. The word is already out about complicit media institutions who have perpetrated a massive cover-up of their own involvement in domestic propaganda, disinformation on world affairs, even illegal wiretaps.

Too many patriotic, liberty-minded Americans have already begun to investigate. Once more reporters and activists empower an American public equipped with enough knowledge to use leadership and diplomacy instead of the bodies of so many thousand American youths, and foreign policy changes, a decreasing audience will still look to the knuckle-dragging TV News to hear the latest utterance of the mouthpiece.

The time to invest everything in investigation is now. The grip of TV News on the American psyche is already getting threatened by developments in social technology and the corporations who own and/or control TV News could be dramatically weakened by an administration determined to push through public interest technology policy in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission.

An informed populace will decide for itself what is best for democracy. The age of endless foreign wars and skyrocketing national debt will end. Hopefully as the empire crumbles, Americans will finally force the US government to become more democratic. We’ve sung of liberty but in order for freedom to ring truth must be amplified.

Otherwise, the cycle of powerful actors scheming up black ops, convinced their activities will not receive the illumination of public disclosure, will only continue. And the American public will keep making grave fundamental mistakes in assessing the rapid developments in global politics – a dangerous precedent for human life and liberty.
Gavin Dahl is a contributor to Raw Story, Boise Weekly, Common Frequency, Reclaim the Media, KRFC Radio & other independent media outlets & nonprofits.

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photo by Stephen C Webster

Domestic terrorism strikes in Austin, Texas by Stephen C Webster

Frustrated home owner bulldozes own house after bank forecloses

Greed trophy up for grabs by Jim Hightower

Transparency groups slam lobbyists plotting ‘sufficient cover’ to buy elections

Giles admits O’Keefe & Breitbart’s ACORN pimp story was a lie from Brad Blog

Bob Barr jeered at CPAC for saying waterboarding is torture from Raw Story

Rep. Conyers plans hearings on Bush torture lawyers by Muriel Kane

White House will back public option if Senate passes it by John Byrne

More states move toward single-payer health care from After Downing Street

The race for clean energy jobs from NRDC

Medical studies show cannabis effective for treating pain, spasms

School district admits to installing covert webcam software on student laptops

Sales of ‘Daybreak’ hurt by rebranding Iraq War ‘New Dawn’ by David Swanson

Army soldier jailed for rap lyrics to face court-martial in Iraq by Dahr Jamail

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran will never seek atomic bombs from Antiwar.com

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Obama unveils plans to build new nuclear power plants

UN exec. secretary on climate change resigning this summer

Gibbs won’t discuss waterboarding policy on camera from Raw Story

The US has been torturing. Case closed. Literally by Harry Shearer

John Yoo’s lies about Obama from The Public Record

Feds won’t pursue 2006 NYPD shooting of Sean Bell

Bob’s Red Mill now employee-owned from Natural Products Marketplace

Women & minorities shortchanged by stimulus by Leigh Ann Caldwell

Obama seeks to ‘synchronize and integrate’ state & federal military forces

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US media omission

The morning started with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blaming Democrats for the use of over 100 filibusters by Republicans so far this Congress.

Next up, former Vice President Dick Cheney said waterboarding should have been an option for the underbomber. “I was a big supporter of waterboarding,” and other torture techniques he told ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

Vice President Joe Biden took to the airwaves soon after, saying Cheney is ‘not entitled to re-write history.” He told NBC’s David Gregory that Cheney “either is misinformed or he is misinforming, but the facts are that his assertions are not accurate.” We went on to emphatically insist the Iraq War wasn’t worth “the horrible price.”

Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz told a Fox News panel that we should look back at 9/11 and remember the civilian trials that prevented the government from getting information that could have prevented the attacks. Uh huh. Never mind the presidential daily briefing warning Osama Bin Laden planned to attack the United States that was ignored by the Bush Administration prior to 9/11.

Finally, in my search for 40 news stories on Sunday, I came across this interesting article on Antiwar.com and decided to write up something about it. I titled my story, “US media omission: Iran calls for end of global nuclear disarmament.”

Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio interviews Jason Ditz the managing news editor of Antiwar.com about the constant barrage of media disinformation on Iran’s nuclear program here.

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Black Panthers offer plan for saving Detroit from itself from Campus Progress

Detroit schools offer class in how to work for Walmart by Muriel Kane

Vancouver Olympics protest takes violent turn by Stephen C Webster

Dick Cheney exposes US torture conspiracy from Consortium News

NPR on Drug War’s underbelly: $350m paid to snitches annually from NORML

Insurers enjoy record-breaking profits as they cut 2.7m people from rolls

ZNet proposes participatory socialist International (signed by Chomsky!)

American coup d’etat: ‘Military thinkers’ discuss the unthinkable

Burma/Myanmar releases democracy activist Tin Oo

Student detained for Arabic flash cards from Raw Story

Tom Trancedo hates my mother by Lorenzo Carcaterra from True/Slant

Historic speech by Sen. John Kerry begins: ‘A Salaam Alaikum’ from FDL

The Iraq Veterans Against the War’s antiwar Super Bowl party

Security guards in Seattle do nothing as 15-year old girl beaten

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CEOs Roberts & Zucker: Nothing but the truth, huh?

MEDIA CONSOLIDATION & THE PUBLIC INTEREST

House effort urges DOJ & FCC to block Comcast acquisition of NBC-U

Netflix warns Comcast-NBC merger could hurt open Internet

Public interest groups warn Comcast takeover is anticompetitive

Comcast-NBC merger no sure thing from Stop Big Media

TOP STORIES

Will George W Bush be next to appear before UK’s Iraq Inquiry?

Dave Zirin talks Super Bowl politics from Democracy Now

Paul Krugman covers the ‘hold’ strategy employed by US Senators

Demand Media: The future of content, cheap and plentiful

GREEN ACTIVISM & LOCAL ECONOMIES

No oil company will know peace in the creeks of Nigeria

Globalization kills, return to local economies by Thom Hartmann

Incentives to going ‘off grid’ bring power to the people

4 stories that should have changed the media narrative, but didn’t

FOLLOW THE MONEY

In a message to Dems, Wall St. sends cash to GOP

Wealthy CEOs conspire to influence elections for GOP

NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo takes on Bank of America fraud

ACORN smear conspirator wants tax-deductible donations to her legal fund

SARAH PALIN & THE TEA PARTY

Tea Party represents ‘innate racism’ says Meghan McCain

Speech was all boilerplate non-sequiturs & cognitive disconnections

Raw Story debunks Palin’s claims in speech by Sahil Kapur

Last Word: Palin has delusions of grandeur by Mike Lupica

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"Energy, Budget Cuts, Tax, Lift American Spirits"

Palin reads cheat notes from her palm on Tea Party stage

SNL mocks Fox News on ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

Iran arrests 7 ‘spies’ tied to US-funded radio station

In response to this story, one Raw commenter insisted the site was covering-up the following news stories:

Iran accepts third party enrichment deal terms from Antiwar.com

Iranian scientist assassinated as US steps up war threats

Obama spreads war flames in Middle East from Global Research

I regularly link to news from Antiwar.com on Raw Story, and found both of these Global Research pieces to be thought-provoking. If only the commenter wasn’t anonymous, I could let them know Raw only schedules me once a week, making it difficult for me to conspire to cover anything up, or cover much of anything for that matter…

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Jon Stewart skewers headlines of lefty blogs

TOP STORIES
5 ways the Tea Party could fail from National Journal
DEMOCRACY & CAMPAIGN CASH
FOREIGN POLICY & TERRORISM
Bush, Cheney and the great espace by William Rivers Pitt
The lynch mob mentality by Glenn Greenwald
MEDIA POLITICS
JOURNALISM & THE FREE PRESS
TECHNOLOGY & PRIVACY

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Jon Stewart: Fox saw Obama’s Q&A as ‘against the narrative’

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Blair lied to public and misled parliament in build-up to Iraq War

NPR finds right-wing crank to spit on Zinn’s grave from FAIR

The creed of objectivity killed the news by Chris Hedges

Law would keep FCC off low-power radio from 10th Amendment Center

POLITICS POLITICS POLITICS

Supreme Court decision does not lift restrictions on nonprofits

Has the Democratic Party traded principles for power? from NOW

Dem ad slams GOP candidate as ‘architect of voter suppression’

What libertarians & the left have in common from Antiwar Radio

O BA MA

Obama doing another Q&A, with Senate Democrats Wed AM

Obama ignores another of his own pledges, increases drug war budget

Defying China, Obama to meet with Dalai Lama from AFP

Large percentage of GOP thinks president is racist, socialist, non-citizen

WORLD WIDE WEB

Short on cash, Wikileaks suspends operations from CNET

Everybody forgets readers when bashing news aggregators

Celebrity doppelganger Facebook photos could violate terms

Reuters pulls ‘backdoor’ tax hikes story from Raw Story

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Fox News CEO calls Beck’s ‘killing spree’ reference ‘accurate’

Republican Senator: Obama not an ideologue

Minority Leader: Wrong time to debate ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

Scott Brown wants American Idol to give his daughter another shot

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