March 13th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Lap Dogs of the Press -- by Helen Thomas

This is Helen Thomas in full chase after the American mainstream media.
This article is to be found in */_The Nation_/* of March 27th 2006.

 http://www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20060327&s=thomas
<http://www.thenation.com/docprint.mhtml?i=20060327&s=thomas>

QUOTED EXCERPT:  Of all the unhappy trends I have
witnessed--conservative swings on television networks, dwindling
newspaper circulation, the jailing of reporters and "spin"--nothing is
more troubling to me than the obsequious press during the run-up to the
invasion of Iraq. They lapped up everything the Pentagon and White House
could dish out--no questions asked.   Reporters and editors like to
think of themselves as watchdogs for the public good. But in recent
years both individual reporters and their ever-growing corporate
ownership have defaulted on that role. Ted Stannard, an academic and
former UPI correspondent, put it this way: "When watchdogs, bird dogs,
and bull dogs morph into lap dogs, lazy dogs, or yellow dogs, the nation
is in trouble."   . . .  Tribune Media Services editor Robert Koehler
summed it up best. In his August 20, 2004, column in the /San Francisco
Chronicle/ Koehler wrote, "Our print media pacesetters, the /New York
Times/, and just the other day, the /Washington Post/, have searched
their souls over the misleading pre-war coverage they foisted on the
nation last year, and blurted out qualified Reaganesque mea culpas:
'Mistakes were made.'"   All the blame cannot be laid at the doorstep of
the print media. CNN's war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, was
critical of her own network for not asking enough questions about WMD.
She attributed it to the competition for ratings with Fox, which had an
inside track to top Administration officials.  END QUOTE

Regards,  John
Chris Keeley

Free Speech? Not When It Comes to State of Israel By Robert Fisk

Free Speech? Not When It Comes to State of Israel

By Robert Fisk

The Independent, March 12, 2006

You’ve got to fight. It’s the only conclusion I can draw as I see the
renewed erosion of our freedom to discuss the Middle East. The most
recent example — and the most shameful — is the cowardly decision of the
New York Theater Workshop to cancel the Royal Court’s splendid
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Chris Keeley

kate Moss

Girl to Ghost: hologram of model in fashion runway show

The Reverse Cowgirl says:

For the finale of Alexander McQueen's runway show last week, Kate Moss appeared as a hologram:

"Inside an empty glass pyramid, a mysterious puff of white smoke appeared from nowhere and spun in midair, slowly resolving itself into the moving, twisting shape of a woman enveloped in the billowing folds of a white dress. It was Kate Moss, her blonde hair and pale arms trailing in a dream-like apparition of fragility and beauty that danced for a few seconds, then shrank and dematerialized into the ether."

See also: the Girl to Gorilla ghost trick.

Watch the video

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Chris Keeley

expand opportunities for faith-based and other community organizations and to strengthen their capac

Pres order calls for Homeland Security faith-based initiatives


Boing Boing reader Liquidmatrix says,

Here’s is a US Presidential Order (13397) to “expand opportunities for faith-based and other community organizations and to strengthen their capacity to better meet America’s social and community needs”. First and foremost DHS is tasked with creating a “Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives”. This center is supposed to be in effect no less than 45 days from the issuance of the prez order. So look for the new org on April 20th or somewhere thereabout…is it ok for me to cry now?
Snip from the text of the order:
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Chris Keeley

It is a bad moment for justice and war tribunal

Jasmina Tesanovic: Slobodan Milosevic Died


Belgrade, March 11, 2006 1.p.m

Slobodan Milosevic Died
by Jasmina Tesanovic

B92 is unofficially reporting this news from Hague prison. His family is contacted.

Few days ago a Milan Babic Serbian leader convicted of war crime committed suicide in Hague, before he managed to testify against others indicted for war criminals, Milosevic too... Three years ago the prime minister Zoran Djindjic who arrested Milosevic and sent him to Hague in 2001 was killed almost on the same day.

Few days ago Milosevic was denied to travel to Russia for medical care.

It is a bad moment for justice and war tribunal. The first judge May in the trial against Milosevic died too some time ago. But the trial goes on.

Milosevic was accused of genocide in Bosnia,among other crimes elsewhere. Those people are missing too, unable to plead justice. Someone else will have to do it for them all.

Backlash is expected in this much criticized process, as well as on the local grim political scene. Serbia is divided, the two sides in the historical postwar trial are consolidating, streets may get hot as when Milosevic seized power, waged wars and was toppled by million of Serbian people . This so called transition towards truth and reconciliation may become a dangerous transition to nowhere.
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Chris Keeley

Davis, who died in 1991, was finally unsentimental about jazz

David Gahr

Miles Davis, who flirted with rock from the late 1960's on, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight. The view of the trumpeter as rock star is not shared by all.

Davis, who died in 1991, was finally unsentimental about jazz, yet he respected many of its forms. With rock he could be more instinctive, brusque, shocking, mystifying, wasteful. With "In a Silent Way," from 1969, he did want his music to sound "like rock." He said as much in his 1989 memoir, though at the time he was fantastically dismissive about the issue. ("What's a rock 'n' roll band?" he sneered at a journalist in 1970. "The only rock I know is the rock of cocaine.")

Chris Keeley

Slimane also takes photographs, and designs furniture, and dabbles in architecture and graphic desig

PRETTY THINGS by NICK PAUMGARTEN
Men’s fashion in Paris was moribund, but then Hedi Slimane came along.
Issue of 2006-03-20 Posted 2006-03-13

Hedi Slimane sits alone in his room, in a pleasant but not very fashionable part of Paris, mooning over an album cover. He has just turned six. The year is 1974. The record, a birthday gift from a friend of his older sister, is “David Live”—David Bowie, recorded at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia. The friend, Véronique, likes to put on a blue jumpsuit and imitate Bowie. She does a good Mick Jagger, too. Slimane is captivated by her. He is also captivated by the album cover, which features a photograph of Bowie onstage, dressed in a powder-blue double-breasted suit: the jacket is cut short, with narrow but square shoulders, and the pants, although pleated and billowy in the legs, are tight at the crotch. Bowie looks bloodless and emaciated, well on his way to his “Thin White Duke” phase, during which he subsisted, as he later said, on “peppers, cocaine, and milk.”Collapse )
Chris Keeley

In his first issue, he ran a nude photograph that Marilyn Monroe, famous by 1953, had posed for in 1

THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR
by JOAN ACOCELLA Life in the centerfold.
Issue of 2006-03-20 Posted 2006-03-13

Hugh Hefner, the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy, always said that his ideal for the magazine’s famous Playmate of the Month, the woman in the centerfold photo, was “the girl next door with her clothes off.” In other words, he was trying to take his readers back to a time before their first sexual experience, a time when they still liked their stuffed bear and thought that a naked woman might be something like that. Taschen has just published “The Playmate Book: Six Decades of Centerfolds” ($39.99), by Gretchen Edgren, a contributing editor to Playboy, and the book is a testament to Hefner’s fidelity to his vision. Six hundred and thirteen women are represented, but there is one basic model. On top is the face of Shirley Temple; below is the body of Jayne Mansfield. Playboy was launched in 1953, and this female image managed to draw, simultaneously, on two opposing trends that have since come to dominate American mass culture: on the one hand, our country’s idea of its Huck Finn innocence; on the other, the enthusiastic lewdness of our advertising and entertainment. We are now accustomed to seeing the two tendencies combined—witness Britney Spears—but when Hefner was a young man they still seemed like opposites. Hence the surprise and the popularity of Playboy. The magazine proposed that wanton sex, sex for sex’s sake, was wholesome, good for you: a novel idea in the nineteen-fifties.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

I called out a name Malanga, Pussy Malanga, somebody known by Uncle Junior in a former time. In othe

The Sopranos: New Season
Sixth Season Kicks Off
Dominic Chianese
Actor, "Uncle Junior" Monday, March 13, 2006; 11:30 AM

Uncle Junior shot Tony. Why?

Dominic Chianese , aka Uncle Junior , was online Monday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m. ET to talk the day-after about what happened last night on "The Sopranos" (the season premiere of the HBO series, Sunday, 9 p.m. ET).Collapse )
Chris Keeley

LUNCHTIME READING IN JERUSALEM OF RACHEL CORRIE'S WORDS

Subject:        LUNCHTIME READING IN JERUSALEM OF RACHEL CORRIE'S WORDS
16.3.06 @ 12.30 noon
Date:   Mon, 13 Mar 2006 21:36:53 +0200
From:   Angela Godfrey <angela@icahd.org>
To:     <angela@icahd.org>



Please come to *a reading of Rachel Corrie's words* at The Israeli
Committee Against House Demolitions' activists' centre, DAILA (4
Shlomzion Hamalka Street, West Jerusalem), by ICAHD Advocacy Officer,
Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, *Thursday March 16^th @ 12.30 noon*. This is
part of worldwide solidarity against "postponement" of the Royal Court
Theatre's production in New York. A multitude of such readings will take
place in Basra, Cairo, Montreal, Kosovo, Nigeria, America etc. As of
today, 40 groups and over 250 individuals have endorsed the initiative
from dozens of cities in countries all over the world, including
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Iraq, Israel,
Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Thailand, UK, USA……. You can endorse
the initiative and read more about it at www.rachelswords.org
<http://www.rachelswords.org/> Readings will be available in video on
Electronic Intifada's video website www.electronicintifada.net
<http://www.electronicintifada.net/> edited into a video montage to be
shown at a March 22nd event at Riverside Church in Manhattan; video
footage of people reading Rachel’s words from Rafah, Afghanistan, Iraq
and New Orleans—underscoring the important point that there are many
silenced voices in the world and that, through this one woman’s words,
we hope to acknowledge all of them.

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