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Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on Removal of Four Confederate Statues

This is what doing the right thing looks like.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Buckminster Fuller - Best Interview (1974)


According to the last 15 min. of this video, Buckminster Fuller created that internet in 1948! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Transparency.org

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES ARE:

  1. As coalition-builders, we will work cooperatively with all individuals and groups, with for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and organisations, and with governments and international bodies committed to the fight against corruption, subject only to the policies and priorities set by our governing bodies.
  2. We undertake to be open, honest and accountable in our relationships with everyone we work with, and with each other.
  3. We will be democratic, politically non-partisan and non-sectarian in our work.
  4. We will condemn bribery and corruption vigorously wherever it has been reliably identified.
  5. The positions we take will be based on sound, objective and professional analysis and high standards of research.
  6. We will only accept funding that does not compromise our ability to address issues freely, thoroughly and objectively.
  7. We will provide accurate and timely reports of our activities to our stakeholders.
  8. We will respect and encourage respect for fundamental human rights and freedom.
  9. We are committed to building, working with and working through Chapters worldwide.
  10. We will strive for balanced and diverse representation on our governing bodies.
  11. As one global movement, we stand in solidarity with each other and we will not act in ways that may adversely affect other Chapters or the TI movement as a whole.
Adopted by the TI Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) in Prague, 06 October 2001 updated by the TI AMM in Bali, 28 October 2007 and by the AMM in Berlin, 16 October 2011.

http://transparency.org/whoweare/organisation/mission_vision_and_values

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

How come we never heard of Agenda 21?


Yesterday, I met another climate change denier who brought up the subject of the 'nefarious' Agenda 21, which he claimed was designed by the State of California to take farms and ranches from citizens under eminent domain law for the purpose of developing their land into 200 sq. foot condos and creating walkable neighborhoods in order to avoid global warming.

Well, I didn't believe him, so I looked it up, And "Agenda 21" is real! (sort of)

Agenda 21 is a non-binding voluntary UN agreement from 1994. It is directed toward combatting poverty, changing consumption patterns, promoting health, achieving a more sustainable population, and sustainable settlement in the 21st century.

In addition, Agenda 21, is designed to fix environmental issues, by implementing atmospheric protection, combating deforestation, protecting fragile environments, conservation of biological diversity (biodiversity), control of pollution and the management of biotechnology, and radioactive wastes.

Agenda 21 calls for social justice, and therefore calls for strengthening the roles of children and youth, women, NGOs, local authorities, business and industry, and workers; and strengthening the role of indigenous peoples, their communities, and farmers.

The idea is to implement Agenda 21 over the next 87 years, implementation includes science, technology transfer, education, international institutions and financial mechanisms.

After learning about AGENDA 21, I now know that I'm not alone. That 20 years ago, while we were not paying attention, a team of academics and world leaders worked diligently and laid out an intelligent blueprint to save the future. They just didn't know how to market it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agenda_21

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Confront the Liars with truth

One point raised by Alvarez last night was about the outright lies being told by signature gatherers for the industry sponsored initiative to overturn the Barrio Logan Community Plan. And it just so happens that VOSD’s Scott Lewis (who’s now used up his quota on favorable mentions for the year) caught a little bit of that action on video outside a Trader Joe’s recently as a shill blocked his way in, demanding that he sign because the “Navy will leave town”. Voice of San Diego editor, Scott Lewis, confronted a lying sack of shit outside Trader Joes in Hillcrest.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

If Only All News Anchors Were Like This!

News is only useful in the context of humanity.
 
William S. Paley and David Sarnoff

We will be the champion of FACTS, and the Mortal Enemy of innuendo, hyperbole, speculation, and nonsense.

Nothing is more important to Democracy than an informed electorate.

- The Media Elite

Monday, October 28, 2013

New Media Startup: Adversarial Journalism (will that work?)

Glenn Greenwald: The New York Times ‘helped to kill journalism as a potent force for checking power’ (via Raw Story )
Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald appeared Monday on Democracy Now to discuss his latest project, a new media startup funded by billionaire philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. Greenwald said the new media outfit would practice “adversarial journalism”…

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Reveal A New Radio Show from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Great new show called: 'The Reveal'
Public radio’s first investigative reporting series hits airwaves this weekend with the premiere of “Reveal.”This pilot is The Center for Investigative Reporting’s first foray into producing our own radio show, an effort made in collaboration with our partners at the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) – the digital and distribution powerhouse behind “The Moth Radio Hour,” “State of the Re:Union” and “WTF with Marc Maron.”
To learn more about the project, visit revealradio.org. Follow the show on Twitter at @Reveal and on Facebook at facebook.com/revealradio.
“Reveal” is a first-of-its-kind radio show that brings listeners deep into current investigations and captures the drama and high stakes of the reporting process. The show will break investigations from CIR and other news organizations from across the country and around the world. Impact will be a significant theme that will play into future episodes, as the broadcast reports to the audience what happened – or did not happen – as a result of the investigations.
See the review from the Columbia Journalism Review

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Who What Why

This week in "What the media didn't warn you about", Russ Baker, a forensic journalist says:
We’re the products of our environment, and, in many respects, the media defines that environment. ... : the more you watch, the worse you perform on knowledge exams. 
Russ is defining the scope of the symptoms our corporate media monolith. But describing the disfunction  acknowledging the problem, is just the beginning. If we are to survive as a free nation, we need to deal with the hard realities, and dispense with easy answers. We must dispense with childish fantasy and become adults.

If vulnerability is the birthplace of change, innovation, and creativity, then America's sickness stems from its myth of invulnerability. We pretend to control things, we live in fear of change, and we use our media and our drugs to numb ourselves, but when you numb the pain you also numb the joy.

Glad to find another worthy journalistic effort at WHOWHATWHY.com

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

San Diego cop fears camera is weapon

At what point do we stop suppressing truth and force all police to wear recording devises all the time? Video Cameras are only dangerous to those who have something to hide.

Photography Is Not A Crime (PINAC) published a video of San Diego Police Officer, M. Reinhold, of the Western Division, 5215 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110, Phone: (619) 692-4800

This is a direct result of the leadership of 

Complaints

A citizen who is dissatisfied with police services or believes they have witnessed or been a victim of police misconduct can file a complaint using one or more of the following methods:
  • By telephone to the San Diego Police Department Communications Division at (619) 531-2000. A supervisor will be dispatched to contact the reporting citizen as soon as possible.
  • In person at any police facility.
  • By telephone or in writing to the Chief of Police:
    1401 Broadway, MS 700, San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 531-2777
    sdpdpolicechief@pd.sandiego.gov
  • By telephone or in writing to the Internal Affairs Unit:
    1401 Broadway, MS 709, San Diego CA 92101
    (619) 531-2801
  • To the Office of the Mayor, City of San Diego, 202 C Street, San Diego CA 92010
  • In person, by telephone or by writing to the Citizen's Review Board on Police Practices:
    202 C Street, MS 9A, San Diego CA 92101
    (619) 236-6296
    citizensreviewboard@sandiego.gov
  • By the Chief's Confidential Telephone Recorded Hotline at (619) 531-2672.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Big Round Table

Following upon the heels of my ideas, this "Big Round Table" publisher has developed a KICKSTARTER campaign to rase money and start a web site. Marketplace Report

We seemed to have set off a bit of a journalistic firestorm yesterday by calling into question the sanctity of the editor’s role as sole arbiter of taste, especially in the new digital order in which we work, and read.
Twitter lit up with angry, and then angrier accusations that we were advocating “crowd-sourcing” that most sacred of roles, and, taking that logic a perilous step further, that without editors in the pilot’s seat, all manner of bad things would befall the state of stories. And writers, too!

The Big Roundtable is a storefront for longform journalism—pieces from 5,000 to 40,000 words—and a lab studying what and how readers read. The storefront will launch at the beginning of September 2013.
Mission
Stories that need to be told
Description
It is both an incubator and a launch pad: within the safe confines of a walled-off, password-protected site, the BRT becomes a place where writers can get feedback and gain an audience for their stories. Stories will be published in the Big Roundtable's store.

Nothing makes writers so happy as being read, being paid, and being in the company of other writers.

 http://twitter.com/brtable

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Wealth Inequality in the USA

When 1% owns 40% of the wealth and the bottom 40% owns 1%, it may be time for the revolution.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Intelligence Vs. Journalism

"About Stratfor: Intelligence vs. Journalism is republished with permission of Stratfor."
Intelligence means three things to us. First, it is our method for gathering and processing information, which includes open-source publications in countries and languages all over the world and a large network of contacts.
Second, intelligence is how we critically examine and evaluate the context and predictive value of information, and it is how we connect our higher-level, strategic geopolitical framework to current events and breaking developments. We do not simply report what other articles or contacts say; rather, we evaluate their information for bias, agenda and context and only pass on what we find important and credible.
Third, we maintain a disciplined methodology and net assessments oriented toward forecasting -- explaining not only why something has happened but also what will happen next.

Empathetic Analysis

We seek to understand a country and its leaders in their own right, without bias or agenda. We maintain a fresh perspective and continually challenge preconceived notions. Because of this approach, we frequently depart from the conventional wisdom of the Western media. To reinforce this discipline, we have set up deliberate intellectual tensions to maintain a healthy level of interaction and rigorous debate among our entire team, so that no assumption or piece of information goes unchallenged.


Read more: Methodology | Stratfor 

By their definition, STRATFOR GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE doesn't just collect the who, what, when, where, and how, of a story's past, but also analyze WHY, and infer "What's next?", to effectively predict the future.

I'm impressed with their model, and it may lead to a new form of business, to replace or perhaps supplement the traditional business model. Imagine, if a journalist can tell you the facts, but you will not pay for them, except by your attention and subject yourself to embedded advertising, but then that same reporter offers you an additional service, one that you must pay for, but is independent, expert, timely, and unique. Will you pay for their intelligence, analysis, and predictions? I believe that I would, and will.

With today's information technology, and the ability to collect revenue online, to bid and auction things of value, it may become possible to gain financially based upon your reputation for honest, accurate analysis and the educated forecast of upcoming events. Just as weathermen and stock-brokers were once trusted and valued moderators of information, in a world of increasing and accelerating uncertainty, having access to better intelligence focused minds, may increase the probability of success (survival), just as it always has.

The key will be to build a reputation worthy of trust.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Vigilance after the death of Newspapers

The end of newspapers was yesterday, now we need to find a new journalism, a way to produce the watchdog product of the press without the resources of big media. We have never had a profit motivation for investigative journalism, in fact it's not NON-PROFIT, investigative reporting is ANTI-PROFIT. Journalistic Ethics are not public knowledge, the line between Public Relations and 'Journalism' is gone. The survival of diverse journalism is non-profit, and we must be transparent to earn trust.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Journalists need not apply: The Fall of the Union Tribune Newspaper

The following exerpts come from The AWL article:

What Became Of San Diego's Newspaper


Plutocrats once courted positive press coverage with their advertising dollars. Now they buy the means of producing such coverage and produce it with themselves as headlines. The way a newspaper sells its products with less footwork than they did in days of yore is to become the news you cover.


To find how the self-interest of news works, we have only to listen to Lynch's crowing about his and Manchester's tendentiousness. In an interview with KPBS, he said that as owners, we "have the right to express our core values. We are pro-family, pro-military, and [have] pro-conservative business values. We believe those things have always fired the engine of development in San Diego and the entire country." His comments ring with evangelical conviction: "I don't know anybody who is not for those things." They also ring with a touch of McCarthyism. With the Associated Press, he changed the line to, "Anybody who isn't"—pro-family, pro-military, pro-conservative—"shouldn't be living here."
Manchester-style media has ushered in another new news tack—socializing the content. In TV and online formats, what is being delivered, in addition to the commercial-rich environment, is less about the news and more of what the source or personality who's delivering it thinks about the news—better yet, what the source or personality says about the news as he/she conveys it. It's talk radio applied to TV and streaming video.

Related:
• One Town, Two Newspapers: Will the Real Digital Innovators Please Stand Up?
• The Tiny Newspaper In North Carolina That Scooped Up Journalism's Big Prizes
"Newspaper as Business Pulpit," in The New York Times, and Joe Strupp's overview, "The Fall ofThe San Diego Union-Tribune," at Media Matters.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Corporate Profits hidden in the USA (untaxed)

NPR Marketplace Business reveals a secret tax loophole used by US Corporations to avoid tax liability and cheat the system, by keeping the profit 'invested' in the USA by foreign subsidiaries of US Companies. There is no Foreign Cash, it's all a scam. We need corporate tax reform, NOW!

Anabell Park of the Coffee Party: The Debt Distraction

"A clever and sinister way to dismantle the Roosevelt social safety-net."

What this video DOESN'T say is that the NATIONAL DEBT is borrowed from our future (AT INTEREST). It is money that we owe to ourselves, a debt we leave to our children. If we invest it wisely they win, if not they suffer, but if we don't invest well and leave them with jobs, and a working economy; if we don't invest in their education and a sustainable future, then we fail to seed their growth.

We borrowed $800-Billion (AT INTEREST) from the Federal Reserve (an international banking cartel) for the BUSH TARP, to bail out the banks that created the recession (for free, no interest, no taxes). Does that make any sense?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)



If the release of just one informant’s file could generate these kinds of questions, imagine what could be learned by the release of all FBI domestic intelligence files after a half-century. As the 1960s turn 50, the time seems ripe for the public to demand a full accounting of the role that its government took in monitoring and repressing social movements during the Cold War.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has in the past decade acquired hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of pages of historic FBI files that it does not have the resources to declassify in our lifetimes. These include civil rights investigations from the 1950s and 1960s (44 classification files), investigations into the New Left and Black Power movements (located partly in 157 classification files), anticonspiracy investigation and trial materials (176 classification files), and, most importantly, the main domestic security files of the Hoover era from the 1940s-70s (100 classification files). We should demand the release of all these files in unredacted form. This is more than a demand for an historical reckoning. It is a challenge to a national security state whose ongoing use of informants depends on historical erasures.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Under the Perfect Sun


A history of class and power in San Diego, an anti-tourist guide that debunks the sunshine myth for locals and visitors alike.
Let's just say there was good liaison between city government and business.—Ex-mayor of San Diego, Frank Curran, on the 1960s

For fourteen million tourists each year, San Diego is the fun place in the sun that never breaks your heart. But America's eighth largest city has a dark side. Behind Sea World, the Zoo, the Gaslamp District, and the beaches of La Jolla hides a militarized metropolis, boasting the West Coast's most stratified economy and a tumultuous history of municipal corruption, virulent anti-unionism, political repression, and racial injustice. Though its boosters tirelessly propagate an image of a carefree beach town, the real San Diego shares dreams and nightmares with its violent twin, Tijuana.

This alternative civic history deconstructs the mythology of "America's finest city," exposing its true undergirdings of militarism, racism and economic inequality. Acclaimed urban theorist Mike Davis documents the secret history of the domineering elites who have turned a weak city government into a powerful machine for private wealth. Jim Miller tells the story from the other side: chronicling the history of protest in San Diego from the Wobblies to today's "Globalphobics." Kelly Mayhew, meanwhile, presents the voices of paradise's forgotten working people and new immigrants. The texts are vividly enhanced by Fred Londonier's photographs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Resource: Global Research

The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) is an independent research and media organization based in Montreal. The CRG is a registered non-profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada.

In addition to the Global Research website, the Centre is involved in book publishing, support to humanitarian projects as well as educational outreach activities including the organization of public conferences and lectures. The Centre also acts as a think tank on crucial economic and geopolitical issues.

The Global Research website at www.globalresearch.ca publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing on social, economic, strategic and environmental processes.

The Global Research website was established on the 9th of September 2001, two days before the tragic events of September 11. Barely a few days later, Global Research had become a major news source on the New World Order and Washington’s “war on terrorism”.

Since September 2001, we have established an extensive archive of news articles, in-depth reports and analysis on issues which are barely covered by the mainstream media.

In an era of media disinformation, our focus has essentially been to center on the “unspoken truth”.