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Here is a quick summary of some of the more disturbing news that was not brought to you by any of the major media in the last week. Sure, like always, the local and national media in all genres have been doing a fair job of presenting a version of news during this holiday season. Likewise, as always, over the last several days I have not been at even a moment's loss for cutting edge information on microscopic differences in area temperatures and precipitation (it's northwest Oregon, it rains in winter still, that's all I need to know); the latest on possible sightings of a local man who is said to have offed his entire family with no outward signs of trouble; how the Koreans are lousing up George W. Bush's imperial plans by pulling out the nukes ('Not a crisis,' according to soul brother number one, Colin Powell); and, perhaps most importantly, why it is singly important for Americans to finish off the civilian society of Iraq because the White House (allegedly) hates their dictator.

None of these aforementioned themes can be called news in any true sense of the word. Sure, it is news, of a sort, but for how long? Do we need all of the 'retired' Pentagon generals and majors giving us their fair and balanced opinions, as if a career in the American military leads inexorably toward a worldview that leaves a chance for peace?

Actually, the articles listed below are from the mainstream media, but they are conveniently ignored by the talking heads that direct our attention to all of the wrong minutiae, clearly establishing as 'FACT!' that the American media is firmly in the hands of the libruls.

It's been an interesting holiday, for those who have been neck deep in all manner of end of the year madness such as myself. You'll quickly note after reading the following articles, that the Bush administration has been hard at work on their continuing quest to hijack justice and democracy.

First, everyone will be happy to know that on December 28, Bush, Cheney, & Co., along with the pResident of Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, finally pushed through the pipeline deal that they had been negotiating with the Taliban prior to 911. For some reason, according to this repost from Truthout, Hamid Karzai, the mayor of Kabul, attended the signing ceremony on behalf of Khalilzad and, assuredly, the people of Afghanistan. Isn't it refreshing to know that, despite Bush's war on the world, business, any business, can still get done?

 http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/12.30A.afgh.pipe.htm

Unfortunately, there was at least one story that the White House did not find business-friendly, so they decided to prevent it from being told altogether. Why would the White House want to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency [sic] from revealing that there is a significant health threat related to asbestos contained in vermiculite ore mined out of Libby, Montana and used to insulate homes across America and the world?

 link to www.boston.com

Of course, by now, everyone knows that the White House seized the original version of Iraq's report to the UN on its weapons programs, took it back to Washington, and removed 8 thousand pages of the 13,000 page document before giving the redacted version back to the United Nations. Everyone must also now know that the report revealed that American chemical and weapons suppliers, including Dick Cheney, provided Saddam Hussein with more support than suppliers from any other nation on earth.

 http://www.counterpunch.org/scahill0802.html

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52241.2002Dec29.html

What other sordid facts will emerge from Washington in the coming weeks? Hang onto your hat because the tale of this regime is getting more sordid by the day.

Pictures of Lilly and a Dickless Armey 01.Jan.2003 02:51

James Zappia

Honeydrippers (volume I) if any interest I'll continue to compile, cull, etc.
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<A href=" http://www.boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9683"> {I} Feel Free </a> to share with an aunt who may or may not already be critical of <i>corporate media</i> or may not yet accept it using that qualifier.
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<a href="http:/www.zmag.org"> Z Magazine</a>, <a href=" http://www.southendpress.org"> South End Press</a>, Common Courage Press, Lucy Parsons Center, Independent Media Center, mediageek, <A href=" http://www.freemanz.com"> Freemanz</a>, Revolution Books in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, Martin Voelker's No-U-Turn Radio, Alternative Radio, get the letters right: NRP (National Radio Project), Global Exchange, <a a href=" http://www.iraqjournal.org"> Iraq Journal</a>, the late Philip Barrigan, <a href=" http://www.davidrovics.com"> David Rovics</a>, Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Howard Zinn, Mary Hansen, Jenin, Helen Caldicott - "Failure" to Survive, Israel doesn't make helicopters, "Noam Chomsky's refernce to those three missing words in regards to Great Britian and the U.S. regarding Iraq", Scott Harris from Between the Lines, Radio with A View, No Censorship radio on the banks of the Charles...(how can it be that some people really don't "find" stations at the end of the dial? Granted ones in the middle are more likely to be tune in if switching back and forth because maybe statistically but...and much more.
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Nirvana ('They have a van and are going to make us (Sub Pop) a lot of money")
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Bleach at the time, pre-Nevermind, sold in the area of 40,000 units and suddenly... I recall Dave Grohl recounting how song lyrics were lost and such so if transformations of this sort can take place.... Dave Grohl alsso once said now nearly every "Joe Six Pack" in the U.S. can see our picture at package shop checkout stand.
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<b>Nirvana in terms of independent media awareness.</b>
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<A href=" http://lynx.dac.neu.edu/j/jzappia/webcastingmatters.html"> webcasting matters</a>, <A href=" http://lynx.dac.neu.edu/j/jzappia/media-matters.html"> media matters</a>,<A href=" http://lynx.dac.neu.edu/j/jzappia/orgs.html"> org-this.html too -in need of becoming an organized list!</a>,<A href=" http://lynx.dac.neu.edu/j/jzappia/webcastingmatters.html"> webcasting matters</a>, <A href=" http://lynx.dac.neu.edu/j/jzappia/media-matters.html"> media matters</a>,<A href=" http://lynx.dac.neu.edu/j/jzappia/orgs.html"> org-this.html too -in need of becoming an organized list!</a>,<A href=" link to lynx.dac.neu.edu FSRN samples</a>...
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Roger Calero, I first heard about him via Democracy Now! and later from a woman at Copley on December 10, International Human Rights Day, but she had never heard of Independent Media Center or various radio programs that one would think are relative staples of (citizen) activists.
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<a href=" link to www.amerjubrandefense.org English in a Second Land (ESL) </a>
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<a href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=225040">The Regime threatens to fine man who posted Cuba news on web"</a> - FSRN covererd this too</a>
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I would like to see a form of "news" the corporate media "missed" superficialy reported, distorted, under heard voices, and the rest as reported on various independent media (See Michael Alberts <i>Media: Their and Ours</i>) as a regular feature.
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The weather reports, sport team sales, fossil fuel transport accident reports without hardly a mention to causes and preventions, etc. All that's not fit to be "cast aside" by news with a non-coporate perspective.
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<a href=" http://www.fsrn.org/news/20021230_news.html title="FSRN archived programs, webcasting via MP3 or Real Audio available"> UN Oil for Food to Continue (3:06)</a>
"Reuters news service reported over the weekend that the Bush Administration wants to continue the United Nations Oil for Food Program for Iraq even after a war on the country. The move surprised many analysts who speculated multinational oil companies would use a war on Iraq to seize the countries massive oil reserves, which are the second largest in the world. Aaron Glantz reports from the Western end of the Iraqi oil pipeline in Yalmaturak Turkey"
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<a href=" link to www.indymedia.org title="radio shows in the Boston and Cambridge area and availabe to the world via webcasting"> AirWaveWEB</a>, maybe someone in other parts of world will compile something similar.
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<A href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=225551"> www.gata.org go. corporate media can't "miss" this one much longer, <b>Golden low interest loans</b>

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<a href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=225983"> Free Speech Radio News (www.fsrn.org): FCC to Eliminate Cross Ownership Rules (4:34)</a>



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Corp-news generally has "missed" DMCA, CARP, though I did hear mention of FCC relatted changes at 4:30 a.m. in passing.
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Maybe Public Service Renoucement radio in Boston can air Making Contact in the spirit of FM radio when it first came on the scene, in early morning hours.
<a href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=225895&group=webcast"> 'Bow to Shareholders own liabilties to concerning Bhopal</a>
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<a href=" http://www.boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9697"> I wouldn't expect mention of growing influence of corporate search engines </a>or issues related to the dictionary / index 'whowho, USENET groups, remember them?
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<a href=" http://www.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=225996&group=webcast"> 'Toggle's Footprint</a> Not another institutionalized form to tell you what books to read, movies to watch / buy, people, bodies and such</a>.
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<a href=" http://www.boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9673"> Senator Frist, a surgeon, what else?</a>
too top
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<a href=" http://www.fsrn.org/news/20021218_news.html">NYC Providing Dirty Water</a>
"The Environmental Protection Agency has sued the City of New York to clean up its drinking water. Opposition to the billion-dollar filtration system say if the quality of water meets standards then why filter? Simba Russeau of NY Indymedia has more." Who questioned the seriousness of IMC as viewed by others?
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Turkey add FSRN Deember 4, 2002 segment...
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<a href=" http://www.fsrn.org/news/20021216_news.html"> Harlem Peace March (3:34)</a> I'm sure this was noted by coporate media in NYC in between weather reports"
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"Meanwhile as the rhetoric from the White House continues, today Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said that Iraq would not be given a second chance to correct omissions in its declaration of arms capabilities to the United Nations. This as the dissent with the country against a US war on Iraq increases, this past weekend, an anti-war march began in the predominately Dominican neighborhood in upper Manhattan and ended with a rally at the Harlem State Office Building on 125th Street. Some 1000 people took part in the mile-and-a-half walk through a cold, steady rain. From NY, Dred-Scott Keyes brings us to the streets Harlem."
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<a href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=225281"> Lesson in Miseducation and "Growing Up Corporate</a>
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If have yet to scare you off:

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I'm not trying to be funny, actual title, but seriously, "mental health" is probably best viewed as a continum or should be thought of as one affecting everyone.
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<a href=" http://www.fsrn.org/news/20021211_news.html"> Bush on Mental Health (3:30) </a>
"President Bush's new freedom commission on mental health held a forum to discuss the future of mental health programs in the United States. President Bush established the New Freedom Commission on Mental health on April 29th; the commission's stated mission is to study the United States mental health service delivery system, including both private and public sector providers. The commission's goal, according to its press release, is to recommend improvements to enable adults with a serious emotional disturbance to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. But many mental health advocates are upset that patients and groups representing them have been left out of the process of reforming a broken system. From Portland, Oregon, Andrew Stelzer has this report."
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You won't find up-to-the-minute reflections about what you can see for yourself such as yes, it is raining...
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<a href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=225294"> The world of "Us" and "We" / Not an 'IndyUSA </a>
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<A href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=214177"> I couldn't find note on 'global <-> local' interacting</a>. Like nature and nuture I think it has to be much more of an transactional process whereby yes more people are connected to community concerns and efforts and see how issues in someone else's "backyard" are conencted and related and maybe even the result of their ("generals are activists and peace activists are advocates") - had to throw that in!
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<a href=" http://www.boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9654">Free Speech Radio News NO STIPEND THIS MONTH RADIO NEWS? </a>
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<a href=" http://www.boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9682"> The limits of signs, like corporate sound bites</a>
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<a href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=225286"> Come on and Take a Free IMC Ride" www.process.indymedia.org</a>
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<a href=" http://www.boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9567">Radiate in Peace, Mary Hansen</a>
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<a href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=225188"> I have to mention John Pilger - IRAQ WAR HAS BEEN ESCALATING</a>
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<a href=" http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=225121">Inactivist of the year award winner </a>
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<a href=" http://www.boston.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9570">hey, those stones are actually rocks</a>
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<b>PatRIOT Act</b>, Councilor Chuck Tuner, the librarian who I asked about placing a brief reference in library especially how it affects librarians who stated she knew nothing...

Boston, MA not Lincolnshire!

I'll have what you're smoking 04.Jan.2003 10:46

eastwood

Thank you for the links, interesting stuff, although the vermiculite poisoning from Montana is pretty old news. But I am baffled when you say the mainsteam media tell you "the latest on possible sightings of a local man who is said to have offed his entire family with no outward signs of trouble" and then you add--"None of these aforementioned themes can be called news in any true sense of the word."

What? For the second Christmas in a row in Oregon, somebody kills their entire family--and you don't consider it news? Excuse me? Are these drugs widely available?

URL references to lyndax.dac....now www.goodexample.info 28.Aug.2005 11:36

socialized squalor

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Northeastern University abrublty - so it appeard - decided to rid themselves of lynx - not to be confused with GNU/Linux - see speel below. Though lynx is a text-only browser one could download other types of files but then you needed individual programs to access - to my limited knowledge - but though it lacked images when you referenced a website (one reason for websites be able to be rendered by various browsers - closed effort but:  http://www.webstandards.org/upgrade/) it did allow for "home access" for "no charge." You know like software and such that one can download for no charge, or audio archives that it is no transfer of cost to obtain a audio player even if the format might be proprietary, but it certainly does not mean you are free in the liberty sense...
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 http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html:
<p>


``Free software'' is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the
concept, you should think of ``free'' as in ``free speech,'' not as in
``free beer.''</p>
<p>
Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy,
distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely,
it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:</p>

<ul>
<li>The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).</li>
<li>The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs
(freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.</li>
<li>The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor
(freedom 2).</li>
<li>The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements
to the public, so that the whole community benefits
(freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.</li>
</ul>


While lacking the full functionality of various websites, able to read text from them (those that were not too difficult to read) from roughly 1988-2003
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 http://www.ku.edu/~grobe/early-lynx.html
|  http://www.help.neu.edu/alum_email_faqs.html

Sidenote - recently heard NEU having a goal of attracting a broader scope students as the adddmissions process becomes more selective. Maybe a way of achieving more homogeneity as a result of "attracting" students from differing geographic areas but mostly from similar socio-economic circumstances. Just a theory.
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Another observation that I have as of late tried not noting: when using the NEU library it seems most students are connected to various corporate media sources but maybe that is what one would expect from corporate campuses wherby its even proclaimed in those flags typically on street lamps: corproate partnerships and good stuff. Also Columbus Avenue, one might have wrote "behind" NEU" but it is appearing to become part of the campus. While walking down the street in sequence one sees two renovated buildings complete with university logo and those typical flags along the street. Upon reaching the third building I thought at last a renovated 'ole building in the area. Renovated yes but this one was a university police station. I won't comment further on these irrelevancies, like the facade on the building of the 'ole Mass College of Art that now appears (a few years now) hardly a facade of corporate caf'fee shops - most of the area is such a sharp dichtomy of private institutions of hospitals and 'higher loans of learning (for some) learning' tucked not too far from Emerald Neclace, and the Fenway is not just a park, it's a neighborhood too, and it has been for a number of years.
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Usually would be more careful and knowledgable about a reference but maybe this one I will direct some critical feedback:  http://www.colleges-fenway.org/environsciencesneighborhood.htm
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"Restoration of the Emerald Necklace Continues"
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"The Back Bay Fens, that stretch of parkway that lines the Muddy River and winds its way through the COF campuses, is one of six parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted currently undergoing drastic improvements [after years of 'neglect' like some city schools, you know the ones being sold "reused" for private use, i.e., potential profit, not some crazy idea like an 'after school' use, art related facility, or like Forest Park School just (August 2005) demolished.

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www.fells.org -  http://massindymediatemp.objectis.net/airwaveweb/duckfells.html#duckfells will hold on this the point of this ramble might be a lost ramble but it is that there can be more integrating of many local and global concerns, shared domains of concerns and achievement of goals.
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Bit more ramble: The prekindergarten sort of playground that was on the Forst Park site was one of the sadest, nothing compared to the outcome or funds devoted to Revere Landing - one of the finest children's playgrounds around, near the 'ole Boston Garden ( http://www.massbike.org/bikeways/boston_future.htm
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-It's down from Nashua Street Park - also don't usually refer to TLDs of the sort .gov, or for the matter state websites but if they're ours and if one ever wants states not to be sole purveyors of violence then....do something...

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The school also had the open grounds whereby you could play anything from kickball, stickball (maybe dating myself, thinking from the TV show The Honeymooners, Ed Norton got Ralph sick from when he was playing as a stickball coach...but children could also be creative and like classrooms that allow use of materials in ways that children are so inclined to use them. Not to draw what an adult wants them to make, using colors and forms that are expected.

<p> One memorable drawings was a flower complete with its green usual stems but flower was a traffic light.
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Last on about the school site there was an unkept, for lack of better name, a 'green space triangual plot of land' along Mass Ave (not to be confused with the one that is abbreviated Mass. Ave / Route 2A). It was, actually still is, about 40 feet by 20 feet, maybe more rhombus than triangle with 3 or 4 trees, adjacent to what was the school open, or better yet, free software type of playground.
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Now that all but 2 trees have been cut down I see more objectively that they were not in a healthy way but there is something about these relatively more natural walkways and byways - the sort you can find (many examples of but staying geographically near Medford Square across the Same Ugly Vehilcle way, High Street, Route 60, there is a Cradock Bridge and another one of those 'you know you're not where you know you are areas', and the whole point is not to be in a state of self-deception, not lost in thinking you are "in the county" because your home is on a "quiet" street behind a city square with mostly people driving by, few if anya walking for enjoyment apparenlty, or to actually get some where -something I heard once: 'nobody walks to get anywhere, it's all either exercise or a pain to have to walk' so this person claimed, but there is something about such places that aren't the typical street, curb, yard or shop front - something besides the sharpness of the private/public terrain - there is certainly more interpentration between public-private when it comes to 'public risks and private profit' but that would be another verbage detour.
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If one contines on from Cradock Bridge and tries to cross Route 16 to another walkway along to South Stret, Mysic River near Condon Shell? (not Hatch Shell) but this is, not the place, I hear ya to mention the benefits of any of not pushing the button for cross sign but waiting for an opening. In any even what often happens is independent of the color or light some fellow citizen will appear to be driving as if they're already on the interstate.

<p>  http://www.mass.gov/mdc/LOSTHALF.HTM
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From  http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html:
<blockquote>
Describing non-free software as "closed" clearly refers to the term
"open source". In the Free Software Movement,
<a href="/philosophy/free-software-for-freedom.html"> we want to avoid
being confused with the more recent Open Source Movement</a>, so we
are careful to avoid usage that would encourage people to lump us in
with them. Therefore, we avoid describing non-free software as
"closed". We call it "non-free" or
<a href=" http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/categories.html#ProprietarySoftware">
"proprietary"</a>.</p>
</blockquote>


So the point of this began to write about URL change and to mention that G/E was unable to make this URL change transparent. Most former references - those that still exist mostly in Boston's (and surrounding areas but of course) IMC www.boston.indymedia.org and www.indymedia.org (IndyGlobal, distributed yet but still can have a "pool of resources" hierarchy free but somehow distributed ("small world [non-]problem" applied to connecting to IMC and integrated with various forms of independent media and individuals and some groups, "...not Gods, not kings, not corporations or even [some] organized groups  http://www.johnmccrory.com/articles/article.asp?this=148).
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At last references to  http://lynx.dac.neu.edu/j/jzappia
are now "the threat of a [www.goodexample.info]" - inspired by corporate interference, not just sort that squelches the local "campus-community" or better yet autonomous, free from disclaimer radio, one such is maybe Allston Brighton Free Radio which G/E does not get by traditional signal strength alone, radio program that one is trying to hear but obviously other matters that one who doesn't appear to be self-satisfied and living in the world of preferred image rather than actual one. Letters from Lexington of course states this in a more clear manner.
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 http://www.goodexample.info

<p>From:  http://www.chomsky.info/books/consent02.htm, Conclusions,
Edward Herman & Noam Chomsky, Excerpted from Manufacturing Consent, 1988
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...Our concern in this book has been to inquire into the relation between this image and the reality. In contrast to the standard conception of the media as cantankerous obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and their independence of authority, we have spelled out and applied a propaganda model that indeed sees the media as serving a societal purpose, not that of enabling the public to assert meaningful control over the political process by providing them with the information needed for the intelligent discharge of political responsibilities. On the contrary, a propaganda model suggests that the "societal purpose" of the media is to inculcate and defend the economic, social, and political agenda of privileged groups that dominate the domestic society and the state. The media serve this purpose in many ways: through selection of topics, distribution of concerns, framing of issues, filtering of information, emphasis and tone, and by keeping debate within the bounds of acceptable premises....