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Earth Day, Hour, Minute now Memory. KRCC’s Democracy Now, Then, Was.

Remember Earth Day? It became Earth Hour, then I think Earth Minute. If there was an Earth Second you and I missed it. With every chance for commemorative environmental actions squeezed out by the newest condensed schedule, the Earth Moment became a void. Now for Earth Day we do nothing. We reflect in acquescence. It's become another holiday, minus the time off, which is not ironic. Our uninterrupted industry on Earth Day is fitting. Earth Day is like Valentine's Day. Happy Earth Day! :) Earth Day Who were those assholes who decided a whole day was too much for consumer culture to spare in reflection, potential enlightenment and transcendence? Those reformist subverted all hope of drawing popular support to the movement. They're the same moderates who think people need warm cookies to be attracted to a revolution. They are the same Sunday schoolers who think protest must be made safe for picnic goers and their children. These "innovations" appear well meaning, if naive, but sometimes outside-the-box thinking falls outside of all effectiveness. What passes for unschooled, so consistently, is very likely shepherded by handlers as clever as fox. The function of subversives used to belong to the anti-establishment. The dark side is using them much more effectively. Rooting them out is depicted as fingerpointing by the Left, which initiates the circular firing squads. And we're played for idiots. So let me tell you about my Earth Day. Democracy Now My Earth Day featured a visit by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. She came to Colorado College to speak on behalf of her program and her most recent book which is a twenty year retrospective about the social movements she's covered. Amy spoke in the tiniest of lecture halls which was full because it was tiny. Because guess what? The public radio station on which the program used to appear didn't promote the event. The community radio station which streams her for now isn't on the air as yet. Word only spread through a student organization on campus. Thus the audience was kept small. Amy's previous appearance filled a venue much larger, and the one before that filled the school's largest. Someone shrunk Democracy Now's local reach by a combination of destructive intent on the part of CC's regents and a lack of vigilence on the part of her local station KRCC and its supporters. Not only did the cretinous traitors at KRCC sabotage the potential of Amy's personal appearance, the event was put into the hands of a strange new student association dedicated to the project of nuturing communication between two Colorado Springs campuses: Colorado College and the Fucking U.S. Air Force Academy. Because apparently the two vocational vectors have things to share with one another. So two students, one from each school, introduced Amy and before they did they spoke about the importance of people going into civil life collaborating with those heading into military leadership. As if. These two insipid dwarf-people introduced DEMOCRACY NOW, the flagship news program of the PACIFICA Radio Network, dedicated to a media

Democracy How?

Amy Goodman of the program Democracy Now was in Colorado Springs last night (Thursday) speaking to a small group of patrons of KRCC radio crowd which, along with Colorado College the owner of the station, did a royally piss poor job of building the event. Few people were aware of the event taking place and few showed up as a result of that lack of promotion for the show. Corporate pushing KRCC never seemed to have ever wanted to carry Democracy Now in the first place, favoring Mobil-Exon Oil promoted PBS (Corporate Broadcasting System) by far in their huge hours given to push PBS's Democratic Party/ Republican Party ONLY politics nonstop over Colorado airwaves. KRCC is certainly not my idea of what a credible ALTERNATIVE media outlet should be sounding like. How could it be, with Sue Woolsey, wife of the former CIA director and notable Right Winger creep James Woolsey Jr., chairing the board of Colorado College and by extension, KRCC itself? The Woolsey family are big pushers for starting war against Iran. However, all is hardly perfect with Democracy Now itself either. Today's Counterpunch tells the story of another Amy Goodman-Democracy Now visit to another city which was Baltimore, home of the author of this particular Counterpunch published commentary. Read the piece and get a glimpse of how Democracy Now looks to some of us out here in America's Left Wing. We need many more shows like Democracy Now to counter the continuing and constant lies of the corporate run American media, but we need to look at what we have broadcasting for OUR side with open and clear eyes and ears, too. See No Questions for the Questioner Democracy How!?

Slavoj Zizek Not Gaga for Pop

Slovenian philosopher Slovaj Zizek has a cult following like Lady Gaga, but denied this weekend any romantic connection. I write this with tongue in cheek, Slavoj's, because of his comic protestations. Zizek was cajoled by Amy Goodman at Saturday's London Fronline Club event: did he categorically denied the rumor? Zizek said "Absolute denial on everything." But he wasn't dissing Gaga or the notoriety of the mischievous meme, even as he protested: "I didn’t even listen to not one of her songs!" The audience ate it up; how total a rejection. Except Zizek continued playfully: "My God, I listen to Schubert and Schumann songs. Sorry, I’m a conservative." And there you have the reigning academic of pop cultural references, who cannot make a point without recalling a movie scene, rejecting not Lady Gaga, but Pop. Obviously Zizek's pop culture isn't yours. It may escape the notice of average film goers that when themes evoke cinematic moments to Zizek's memory, they're not from There's Something About Mary. Saturday's discussion brought up Marx Brothers, yes, in the company of Lubitsch and Truffaut, moments of cinema verité, touches of social comment with Zizek's nuance already scripted. Yes he's famously evoked Tom & Jerry, and more recently tried to project Hosni Mubarak's attention to Wiley Coyote's fatal overrun of the cliff, but I think it's clear, like Schubert and Schumann, we're talking about classics. Academia may like to paint Zizek a populist, but his material is not plebeian. For the curious, from the Marx Brothers: "My client may look like an idiot, and act like an idiot. That shouldn't distract you, he is an idiot." (About Rumsfeld being a liar.) From Night And Day: A young lover finally yields unceremoniously to her suitor's whining entreaties, to which he puts on the brakes like a reluctant prude. (About the West's rejection of what it's always pretended to want, a secular revolution in Egypt.) From Ninotchka: Customer "May I have a coffee with cream?" Waiter: "We don't have cream, we have milk. May I offer you a coffee without milk?" (About speaking the unspoken pretense.) Where Zizek hits low perhaps are his wildly off-color jokes, gleaned from friends over drinks --I like to imagine-- as opposed to circulated in morning emails. Zizek was full of sexism-loaded analogies on Saturday, and one joke in particular looks to have fallen between the edits which Democracy Now is re-airing, and even off the published transcript of the full event. So I'll retell it, and you tell me if Zizek could have made his point without getting so obscene. He's addressing human nature's desire for favorable news, even as by definition it masks atrocity. A man's wife is treated in the hospital for a potentially fatal condition. The doctor comes out and tells the husband, there's good news and bad news. The good news is, we saved your wife, she will live. The bad news is, well, due to circumstances we couldn't avoid, her rectal muscles no longer function, so she'll be shitting uncontrollably the rest of

Amy Goodman looks at Barack Obama

Amy Goodman gives Barack Obama a fair lookover during a discussion with investigative journalist John Pilger in Britain, Columbia University professor and Africa scholar Mahmood Mamdani, Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy in Mexico City, Iraqi analyst Raed Jarrar, Pakistani author Tariq Ali, and Palestinian American Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada. President-Elect Obama and the Future of US Foreign Policy: A Roundtable Discussion The focus is on foreign policy and the conclusions are rather gloomy about what 4 years with Barack as the Great Helmsman in the White House will actually soon begin to look like. What a breath of fresh air Amy Goodman gives America with this program. It is nice to see intelligent discussion of reality as opposed to adulatory and adolescent fantasies about the new president that border on worship services at a Pentecostal Church. It is clear that all of these people who participated in this round table discussion on Goodman's program understand that Barack Obama is not alone at sail on The Seven Seas, but is clearly part of a leadership teem astride an American aircraft carrier armed to the teeth. None of them seem to be very positive about what the future will bring from this sad perspective. Since the focus of this discussion with Amy is Obama's future foreign policy, there is little mention of what his future domestic policies will probably be like. It would be great if she continues the dialog with yet another round table discussion that examines just that question! I rather think that the conclusions from an informed group of Leftists about the future Democratic Party's agenda under Obama will be just as dreary if she does look at his plans on the domestic front as well. After all, we have already seen just what it will appear like with the bipartisan giveaway to the companies from the Federal Treasury that the Democrats and Republicans worked out together that is currently continuing to contribute to sinking the world economy, not to mention just 'our' own. Without Amy Goodman's Democracy Now, alternet, counterpunch, and antiwar.comm, we would only be left with a group of totally abject Democratic Party cheerleaders now. Each and everyone of these websites is worthy of any financial donation that you can make? We rely on all of them for informative reporting. Let's hope that they keep up the good work and hope that other important sources of discussion and reporting can be developed, too.

Amy Goodman of DEMOCRACY NOW arrested without cause at RP convention

Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC. The police are like a bunch of rabid dogs at this point in time in America. More video at TheUptake. Mark Lewis has forwarded this ACTION ALERT: ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here. Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press. Ramsey County Sherrif Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul. Democracy Now! is calling on all journalists and concerned citizens to call the office of Mayor Chris Coleman and the Ramsey County Jail and demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. These calls can be directed to: Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman’s office at 651-266-8535 and the Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0). Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amenmdent rights of these journalists. During the demonstration in which they were arrested law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force. Several dozen others were also arrested during this action.

Amy Goodman fliers for distribution

Help spread the word that journalist Amy Goodman will be making an appearance on Sunday 3pm. This is an opportunity to ask KRCC to give her show DEMOCRACY NOW a morning or afternoon drive time slot.

KRCC promoting Amy Goodman and DN!

Most radio listeners are in their cars. That AM stations retain their clout is because for the longest time most cars could only receive the AM signal. Older established technologies present critical links not just older generations but to lower socio-economic populations.

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