As originally posted on: The Internet Chronicle
August 24, 2013
The Internet Chronicle’s editor-in-chief, Raghubir Goyal, explains that he is now forced to work on stories about insider trading from inside the USSR, because Lebal Drocer Intelligence Freedom and Internet Liberty officials went into the Chronicle’s headquarters in Cuthbert, Ga. and destroyed hard drives containing copies of Lebal Drocer stationary outlining some of their misdeeds.
Agents for Lebal Drocer, Inc. recently detained Vic Livingston, the gay Internet boyfriend of Chronicle staff writer Frank Mason who died mysteriously last year. Livingston, who is also a real journalist, was detained for several hours and questioned insistently by agents of the corporation, who would not let him out of their sight, even to go to the bathroom. They made him go number two a coffee can.
Lebal Drocer, Inc. has toughened their stance on Internet freedom, citing the upswing in information terrorism as one reason for writing new legislation that would grant them “unfathomable” control over Internet traffic all over the world.
Per protocol, the new measures will be written by Lebal Drocer’s “Litigation Legion” dream team of attorneys, and handed to indeterminate congresspersons – who will then be paid to introduce the legislation in the House – where other representatives will then be paid to vote for it.
[Editor's note: Surprisingly enough, this is how American politics really work!]
Features added to the new draconian Internet security measures include the outlawing of “copy and paste” for its ability to inherently defy Intellectual Property law, and will forbid all usage of the domain extension .se, .sx and .su – country-specific domain extensions used primarily by hackers and piracy advocates worldwide.
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President Barack Obama was overheard praising the efforts of Lebal Drocer, Inc. who paid for him to take office in 2012, narrowly defeating their darling candidate Mitt Romney, whose campaign was also financed and coordinated by Lebal Drocer, Inc.
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There’s a ton of awful science reporting out there… but at least most of it comes from people misinterpreting scientific papers and skimming actual press releases. Meanwhile, there’s one journalist, who went out looking for an “expert” to say that tattoos cause cancer.
|Vancouver Sun Editorial Board Considers the Issues|
Earlier this month, the Vancouver Sun published an editorial titled, BC Jobs Plan figures don’t signal success or failure yet. In case you fail to understand that titular assertion, a sub-heading adds “it’s premature to declare jobs plan a bust.”
I understand Postmedia editors are working on another piece explaining that it’s also too soon to determine if Bernie Madoff’s $50 billion fund will meet its investors’ long term goals.
In an effort to deflect potential critics of the Liberals’ BC Jobs Plan, the newspaper suggests readers dig a little deeper into jobs data because headlines “don’t tell the whole story.” After my first paragraph, how could I argue that?
However, the Sun ignores its own suggestion and makes no constructive effort to dig into anything. Instead, it implies that declining employment numbers are not a bad thing if fewer public servants are on the job. The editorial also provides this sophism, “Besides, unemployment across B.C. was not uniform.” They could have added that not all families in the province have unemployed members and not all families suffer economic deprivation. That might be true, but how would it be related to this costly program?
In fiscal 2012, $33.4 million was allocated for the BC government’s discretionary advertising and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training was the biggest spender. Undoubtedly, the bill for misleading and politically partisan communications related to the BC Jobs Plan has grown substantially in the last 21 months.
Postmedia claims we don’t know if the job creation program is a success or failure. They are disingenuous.
The employment rate is the percentage of residents doing paid work. During the 26 month term of the BC Jobs Plan, British Columbia ranks last among ten provinces in the rate of change in this vital statistic. The decline in percentage of people employed is double that in Manitoba, the ninth ranked.
This is another view of the numbers:
In its 24-Month Progress Report, the government claims 44,900 jobs created. According to Statistics Canada CANSIM 282-0087, the number of jobs created during the term of the BC Jobs Plan, to November 2013, is 1,800, about 1/25 of the number promoted by BC Liberals.
Considering the Ministry of Jobs, Training and Tourism spent about $400 million during the term of this controversial program, it seems not too soon to judge its success or failure.
Reading through the government’s long promotion of the BC Jobs Plan, I was struck by the complete disregard for developing economic activity by stimulating consumer demand. The vast majority of people in the province are faced with stagnant wages but steadily rising costs of living. The largest businesses in this province are doing well; commodity prices are strong, taxation is down, land development is unrestrained, environmental and other regulations are disarmed and executive salaries are not restrained.
Times are good for the lucky ones but the vast majority are crippled by declining disposable income. As the centrist Brooking Institute declared,
“The immediate problem facing the economy is weak demand. Recovery is under way, but it continues to be slow and it could falter…”
British Columbia’s provincial government is not interested in creation of jobs for ordinary citizens. It aims to advance the interests of a much more select group of citizens. As noted in comments below, the Washington Group is not working to train tradespeople to build ships, its Seapan division is in England looking to recruit foreign workers. None of us should be surprised.
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Clickbait is the lowest form of social media journalism, full of sensationalized headlines, grumpy cats, and awful personal confessions. Most pundits complaining about it say that it’s a new invention for the short attention spans of the internet age. …
The irrepressible reporter who used her seat in the front row of history to grill 10 presidents — often to their discomfort — was not shy about sharing her opinions
Cartoonist Joe Sacco was in Vancouver recently to talk about his groundbreaking work in comics journalism. We recorded him in conversation with Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight, Chris Brayshaw of Pulpfiction Books and with members of the audience …
Here at rabble.ca we strongly believe that Canada needs more independent reporting coming out of Parliament Hill. In 2011, frustrated with the coverage of Parliament and the Prime Minister’s office we crowd-funded a journalist to report on the Hill for the rest of us. A few organizations and our readers came through and we sent Karl Nerenberg to do the job. Each year now we turn to the community to keep Karl covering Parl (you can support right here). Why support Karl?
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Karl Kraus won’t quite go away. He was a literary and journalistic figure in Vienna a century ago. For 37 years, starting in 1899, he published and basically wrote The Torch, 922 issues overall. At its height it had just 30,000 readers but they included Kafka, Brecht, Freud, Wittgenstein, Thomas Mann and Walter Benjamin.
Three journalists vying for party nominations in the coming Toronto-Centre federal byelection will continue a trend of journalists jumping from news duties into the political arena. Journalist, author and Toronto Star columnist Linda McQuaig announced this week she would seek […]
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If the 1% has Russell Brand killed, we will see it in the corporate media as a drug OD relapse, or a freak accident. Why? He is dangerous because he fearlessly tells the truth and challenges pretence. Let’s examine this in some detail here [with video]: His brain works twice as fast as most brilliant […]
Jeremy Scahill is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. His most recent book Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield was published in April of this year. He also wrote and produced the film Dirty Wars that premiered earlier in the year at the Sundance Film Festival.
In the video from the Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago, Scahill speaks amongst other things about the war on journalism, the targeting of whistleblowers, dirty wars and the background to the Anwar al-Awlaki killing.
Sheridan College has censored its own journalism students and forced them to take down photos and videos showing a mock lockdown involving blood, fake guns and wounded students. The Oakville, Ont., campus ran a mock shooter drill on Nov. 25 […]
Editors of a number of northern European newspapers have written an open letter to British PM David Cameron stating their concerns arising from the detention of David Miranda – partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. The writers express concern about the “harassment” of “the paper and individuals associated with it.”
Glenn Greenwald has broken a number of important stories in the Guardian based on documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The editors of Aftenposten (Norway), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) and Politiken (Denmark) make a number of points worth repeating:
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by Sarah Wood
As originally posted on: Free Wood Post
September 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC — With debate flaring up in the nation’s capitol, Congressional Republicans believe they have come to a fair compromise in order to fund the government, raise the debt ceiling, as well as fully implement the Affordable Care Act.
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is backing an idea put forth by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Steve King (R-IA), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), as well as backed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the Senate.
The idea is a compromise that in order to fully fund the government, raise the debt ceiling, as well as fully fund and implement Obamacare they are asking President Obama to step down from office.
“We believe it’s a simple step to save the nation,” said Rep. Steve King in an exclusive interview with Free Wood Post. “All the president needs to do is step down. It will save the nation from impending doom, and if he doesn’t want to be blamed for a complete government shutdown and default on our debts he will do as we ask. Besides we will be giving him Obamacare. We feel it really is a more than fair compromise. And yes, we know Joe Biden will then be president for the next couple years, but let’s be real here… he’s a lot less threatening than President Obama. I mean.. it’s Joe.”
President Obama has failed to acknowledge this compromise as an even remote possibility, and when Free Wood Post tried to reach the White House for comment, we got laughter as a response to our question.
We here at Free Wood Post will keep you updated as this story unfolds and if this idea seems to hold any traction.
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At first, the title of Ed Finn’s memoir Ed Finn: A Journalist’s Life on the Left seems somewhat misleading for a couple reasons.
Firstly, Ed Finn was more than your everyday journalist. In fact, he was the first NDP leader ever in Canada (formed as the Newfoundland Democratic Party in 1959 and a precursor to the New Democratic Party a few years later).
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Jeff Bezos has just bought the Washington Post for $250 million.
One wonders why.
Newspapers in North America have been losing value hand over fist over the past twenty years; and there is really no sign of that turning around.
One obvious possibility is status and influence. For someone nouveau riche like Bezos, private ownership of the fabled Washington Post might get him into a lot of cocktail parties and a lot of private tete-a-tetes with politicians. If the Post lacks general circulation, it is still read carefully by the political and bureaucratic elite in Washington, and will probably continue to be. It is their house organ. This sort of thing has become a well-trodden path in the UK: buy a prestigious but financially troubled London daily, get a peerage.
It is also possible that Bezos wants a hobby. He is obviously in love with print, or he would not have come up with Amazon. At the current selling price, he doesn’t really need to make money with it if it interests him.
There is little likelihood he’s buying it to promote his own political ideas, as Sun Myung Moon did with the Washington Times. Bezos seems to be a liberal; the Post is already liberal; Washington already has a conservative daily.
But it is also possible that Bezos knows some things about the future of technology that the rest of the big money guys do not. Bezos is nothing if not a forward-thinker. I think he may see a new paradigm for newspapers. I understand that, when first approached about buying the Post, Bezos was not interested. Then he came back a few months later and said he was. Sounds to me as though he was doing some thinking in the meantime, and has come up with some ideas.
It wouldn’t take that much. Currently, newspapers cannot compete on the World Wide Web, because people can get their news free, and outside linking means brand no longer matters. But there are ways of going electronic, and going to the Internet, without being on the World Wide Web. Bezos knows this well, because a lot of his business is based on one of them: the ebook platform.
Apple and Rupert Murdoch failed at this with The Daily; but Bezos may see a better business model. The Daily had no brand cachet or reputation to build on—or rather, Murdoch’s reputation for yellow journalism may have been a net minus. It seems on the face of it a dumb idea to try to build the reputation of the outlet online in order to convince people to pay for it, but expect them to pay for it before you’ve done this. This is putting the cart before the horse.
The Washington Post is at the opposite end of the spectrum in this regard.
The Daily was paid subscription; Bezos is on record saying he does not believe people can be made to pay for news online. Even if they can, the way this is done is the opposite of Murdoch’s approach. First you offer a package free, establish value, and then sell added services on the strength of this. Bezos knows how to do this well.
But it is not just as question of what Bezos might do. If a lot of newspapers decide to pull off the web and go to apps, if this turns out to be a viable model, the links will dry up for the online aggregators, reducing, possibly even ending, that source of competition.
If so, Bezos will be left sitting on a very good brand in the middle of a brave new world.
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TORONTO — Members of the Canadian media and the public are expected to speak out online and on the ground today to demand the release of an Egyptian-Canadian journalist and his colleagues imprisoned in Cairo. The events being held in […]
For all the mayoral ineptitude and corruption in Canada of late (see: Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, etc.) the sparks don’t always fly at city council. In fact, municipal politics is kind of supposed to be boring. But that doesn’t make it […]
Reading through Diane Francis’ 1988 book Contrapreneurs, from which the title of this piece is taken, I noted repeated mentions of a person who was, for more than a decade, indisputable bête noir of white-collar con artists in British Columbia and beyond. Former Vancouver trader Adrian du Plessis had developed qualities, says Francis, that separated him from Vancouver Stock Exchange colleagues: honesty and courage. Refusal to facilitate improper stock manipulation and a decision to blow the whistle got him fired from the investment industry. It also led him into working more than a decade as an investigative researcher and (Read more…)
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People always bemoan the slow death of the newspaper industry, but to be fair many newspapers have had a significantly long run. Here are several papers from around the world that have weathered many centuries, and are still publishing today!Read more….
CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s prosecutors say three detained journalists working for Al-Jazeera English — including a Canadian — are being interrogated on suspicion of having unlicensed equipment and broadcasting false news that harmed national security. Formal charges against Australian correspondent […]
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Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent of CBC News, has responded to criticism that his paid speeches to industry groups constitute a conflict of interest, writing in a blog post Thursday that in addition to being a public broadcaster, he is “entitled […]
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Reading through Diane Francis’ 1988 book Contrapreneurs, from which the title of this piece is taken, I noted repeated mentions of a person who was, for more than a decade, indisputable bête noir of white-collar con artists in British Columbia and beyond. Former Vancouver trader Adrian du Plessis had developed qualities, says Francis, that separated him from Vancouver Stock Exchange colleagues: honesty and courage. Refusal to facilitate improper stock manipulation and a decision to blow the whistle got him fired from the investment industry. It also led him into working more than a decade as an investigative researcher and independent analyst of stock frauds.
In days before the 1999 creation of Canadian Venture Exchange (now TSX Venture Exchange), even people putting money into the Vancouver market knew it was a place of dirty stock deals, operated primarily for the benefit of member-owners. Respected Sun business writer David Baines wrote that BC’s regulatory system in those days had much more bark than bite. Baines could have added that the most most heard sound around the VSE was not a bark, it was “Baaaaaa” from newly shorn investors.
Adrian du Plessis took on difficult foes when he struggled to hold investment companies accountable for frauds engineered or tolerated. This was not David vs. Goliath, it was David vs. a platoon of Goliaths, many who moved in circles of the province’s most powerful. When the whistleblower turned full time muckraker, his opportunities for expression were limited. The internet was in its infancy; major journals such as Newsweek considered it a near useless “wasteland of unfiltered data.”
Newspapers, then as now, cared more for their own financial interests than for ambiguous public interests. Many investor journals and newsletters were operated by outright shills, paid to promote deals of questionable value. They aimed to be cheerleaders, not critics of the markets. Stockwatch, a reputable service operated by John Woods, employed du Plessis for a period of time but was pressured by the investment community to end the relationship. Threats of violence, even death, were aimed at the man.
Probably the riskiest campaign waged by du Plessis was one involving a man the BBC called the Billion Dollar Don. Semion Mogilevich has also been called boss of bosses of Russian organized crime syndicates and, about the time that du Plessis interfered with his operations, Mogilevich was described in American press as the most dangerous mobster in the World.
Panorama, a British current affairs program, reported on YBM Magnex, whose shares soared from pennies when launched on Canadian stock markets to over $20 in just two years.
After being asked to investigate, du Plessis told BBC investigative journalist Tom Mangrove,
“What I was able to determine about YBM from the documents was that Semion Mogilevich
was an original founder and a controlling interest and in a sense, the brains or the eminence grise
behind the construction of YBM Magnex…”
The Panorama transcript continues,
Once Du Plessis had burrowed deep into the paperwork, the true pattern of YBM’s dealings
YBM was a mix of reality and fantasy, illusion, a sham that at its core had some businesses
but was also engaged in a range of things that were entirely fictitious and in other ways very
dangerous and illicit.
After Du Plessis published his findings the FBI raided the firm’s HQ, the company soon
collapsed and went into receivership.
In early l998, YBM was valued at almost a billion dollars Canadian. That paper is all
worthless now. The bottom line is the public lost tens of millions, maybe hundreds of
millions, in YBM.
Not surprisingly, after YBM, du Plessis ended his role as public protector. His work had been admired internationally and he helped expose a gigantic fraud that involved important players in Canada, including a former Premier of Ontario. Yet, his concern for victims of a corrupt financial system made certain he was anathema to those who reported on or benefited from that same system.
By now, readers may be wondering if there is a current day point to this history lesson. Well, of course there is.
I would like you to remember that at times, communicators outside the corporate media are vital to revealing truth. Newspaper publisher Postmedia, operating at a loss and heavily indebted, will not spend money to examine the markets in which its American owners gain power and rewards. Governments that prefer to believe businesses should regulate themselves will never dedicate sufficient resources to materially disturb their friends and sponsors. Think tanks and, increasingly, the academic world depend on powerful financial interests to enable their activities. As taxpayer supports decline, commercial interests become paramount. Fewer voices speak on behalf of the public.
According to journalism professor Robert McChesney, by 2010, PR agents in the USA had come to outnumber professional journalists by a ratio of four to one. One of the PR conglomerates, WPP Group, based in London, employs about 160,000 people worldwide. Former Vancouver Sun legislature reporter Jonathan Fowlie recently joined Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a unit of WPP. Perhaps even more significantly, H&K works for Enbridge and numerous corporations very interested in favourable treatment in media.
Newspaper writers and editors, faced with continuous downsizing, understandably keep eyes on alternative employment. Canadian radio and television outside of Ontario is largely devoid of journalistic capability and, more importantly, opportunity. These conditions can result in paving of exit roads, which means making friends and establishing relationships that might be helpful in the future. Favours given today are favours returned tomorrow.
These facts are not ones that all people employed in corporate media care to acknowledge. Claiming to hold the legitimate wisdom, they do not appreciate criticism in any form. Instead, some hope to strengthen their current situations by casting aspersions on members of alternative media who add points of view to public debate. Always, the pro media’s denunciations are not specific but the generalized pejoratives are repeated.
When you consider points of view, consider whose interests are being served.
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Julian Assange: conviction of Bradley Manning a dangerous precedentWikiLeaks founder criticises findings of military court and treatment of ‘heroic’ US soldierAs originally posted: The GuardianJuly 31, 2013Julian Assange has attacked the conviction of …
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Canadian University Press needs an overhaul: critics
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CWA Canada is urging Sun Media to reverse its “self-destructive plan” to nuke 360 jobs and 11 publications, and to instead focus on quality local jobs and journalism to boost profits.
The post Sun Media urged to reverse “self-destructive” plan to nuke 360 jobs appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
After years of asking for just such a thing, it seems Twitter users will finally get a way to edit their tweets after hitting send. According to technology and social media reporter Matthew Keys, who spoke to three sources within […]