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Brick TeeVee On Wisconsin Onslaught! BEFORE YOU READ ANY OF THIS LISTEN TO BRAD FRIEDMAN WITH PETER B COLLINS MP3 HERE. Pay attention! We'll wait. ... ... ... Wisconsin native John Nichols at The Nation reports Russ Feingold’s March With Workers Stirs Talk of a Political Comeback

    “I’m here to lend my voice to the cause. I know something about budgets. I know how important they are, and I wanted to be here at this critical time to do whatever I can to help the working people that are fighting the Walker budget,” explained Feingold, as he marched with dozens of highway crew workers from Rock County, where he grew up in the city of Janesville. “There really has never been a fight more central, more important, to the working people of Wisconsin. I wanted to stand with the people whose rights are being threatened, to march with them, to say that fighting this governor is the right thing to do and that I am in this fight as a private citizen who is ready to do whatever I can to bring some sense back to this debate.” Feingold is, indeed, a private citizen. But for Wisconsin Democrats, there is a real desire to see Feingold, a maverick progressive who was defeated in last year’s Republican wave election, jump back into politics. At last weekend’s state Democratic Party convention, a paid of straw polls asked who delegates would like to see run for the U.S. Senate seat that will come open next year and for the governorship in a potential recall election against Walker. Feingold won both polls by landslides. So is the former senator thinking of running for senator – or governor. “When people express that kind of confidence in you, you have to take it seriously,” Feingold said of the straw poll results. “It means a lt means a lot to me. These are people I have worked with on campaigns for years, on issue fights. So when they indicate that they’d like to see me run for senator, or for governor, I respect that.” Still, Feingold, who just finished teaching a constitutional law class and is now deep into writing a book on foreign policy, the lure of the campaign trail is less powerful than some might imagine. There’s no grimace on his face when he refers to himself as a “private citizen”; he likes the title, and the lifestyle.
Nichols adds
    Wisconsin Protests Ramp Up With Approach of Budget Showdown, Recall Elections ...Yet Walker refuses to compromise. So beholden is he to political paymasters such as the Koch brothers and the De Vos family, which has steered millions of dollars into the state to promote his extreme proposals to replace on of the nation’s strongest public education systems with voucher programs and privatization schemes, that the governor continues to pressure his legislative allies to enact a biennial budget that slashes spending for education and local services. Like his national counterpart, Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, Walker spins the fantasy that he is interested in balancing budgets. But his initiatives actually shift spending away from the public sphere and toward the accounts of major campaign contributors. To protect themselves politically, Walker and friendly legislators are busy seeding the budget proposals with anti-union proposals, which are designed to weaken organized labor as an electoral check and balance on corporate-tied Republican politicians. At the same time, they are rushing to enact draconian restrictions on voter participation and local democracy. The governor’s “dictatorial” approach—as it has been described by the senior member of the state legislature—and his power plays have stirred a new outcry. Wisconsinites are back in the streets, camping out around the state Capitol as part of a “Walkerville” protest that takes its name from the “Hooverville” encampments of the Depression era. ... But Walker and the most desperate of his Republican compatriots are working overtime to implement as much of the governor’s program as possible. The reason for the aggressive push to enact unpopular programs is clear enough. Walker’s actions have so offended the voters of the state that they are preparing to remove his allies from state Senate seats and shift control of the legislative chamber from the Republicans to the Democrats. That would stall the governor’s agenda, increase the prospect that he might be recalled next January and knock him off any serious list of GOP presidential or vice presidential prospects. Political operatives and lawyers aligned with Walker, the Republican majority in the state Senate and the state Republican Party are attempting to block the recall elections, while at the same time trying to force recall elections against Democratic senators who objected to the governor’s agenda. ... They will continue the delaying tactics, however, seeking to buy time to advance of the governor’s anti-labor, anti-education, anti–social services agenda as they can before their electoral judgment day.
It's not just delaying and obstruction tactics, either. Reporting for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Pulitzer Prize Winner Daniel Bice busts 'em! From his No Quarter blog Wisconsin GOP leaders encouraging colleagues to place fake Democrats on recall ballots In letters obtained by No Quarter, local Republican Party officials are encouraging their GOP colleagues to collect enough signatures to get a fake Democratic candidate on the ballot in each of two upcoming recall elections. The spoiler Democrats, who are identified by name in the letters, would run in the Democratic primaries for the seats now held by Republican Sens. Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac and Luther Olsen of Ripon. Both of the fake Democrats have a history of giving almost exclusively to major Republicans. "We need to make sure Democrat challengers face primaries to allow our Republicans time to mount a campaign," Dan Feyen, chairman of the 6th Congressional District Republican Party, wrote in the letter to "fellow conservatives" on Friday. "A Democratic primary," Feyen continued, "will push the general election back by one month, so that Senator Hopper can have more time to organize a campaign against his liberal challenger." That's verbatim what is in the other two-page letter encouraging support for the second fake Democratic candidate, except that note substitutes Olsen's name for Hopper's. Feyen confirmed that he sent his letter trying to get a "protest candidate" on the ballot in the Hopper race. What's more, he said there's a good explanation for why his letter and the one written by local Republican officials in Olsen's district were virtually the same. "It's something being coordinated by the RPW," he said, referring to the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Officials with the state party could not be reached for comment. ....By running these fake Democrats, Republicans would force the Democratic challengers to spend money on a primary that could have been used in the general election. Plus, the spoiler candidates could launch negative attacks on the Democrats while the Republican incumbents remain above the fray. ... Local GOP officials in La Crosse were also secretly recorded on May 25 discussing getting a spoiler Democratic candidate in the recall election tentatively scheduled for Republican Sen. Dan Kapanke of La Crosse. During that discussion, La Crosse County Republican officials mention Mark Jefferson, the former head of the state GOP , and Kapanke's campaign manager. Kapanke's campaign has denied any involvement in the matter. Jefferson, who stepped down to take a job with the national party last week, has not commented. In an interview Sunday, Hopper said he also had no involvement in the attempt to get a fake Democrat on the ballot in his race. "I have absolutely zero to do with it," said the first-term Republican. Just like Sergeant Schultz from Hogan's Heroes all of the WGOP sleezeballs "know nothing" and deny everything! Wait There's more! If that's not scary enough buddysmelllgoodat du tells us Journalists Targeted and Arrested at Wisconsin State Capital At that time Corcoran dropped Alex to the ground, lunged at me from the elevator and tackled me. The excessive force he used left bruises on my arms and hips. This is too good to snip (h/t jen "I think the WI Dems should do it, but I bet they won't.")
    Key Question For Wis. Dems: To Run Fake Candidates, Or Not? ERIC KLEEFELD
    Wisconsin Democrats now face a key decision in the state Senate recalls: After Republicans have declared a strategy to plant fake candidates in the Democratic primaries -- in order to delay the general elections from July to August, and make trouble in the Dem primaries while the GOP incumbents run unopposed -- will they respond in kind and plant fake candidates on the Republican side? Earlier on Friday, the labor-backed progressive group We Are Wisconsin called upon Dems to run some fake Republican candidates, arguing that this was necessary in order to stop the Republicans from sabotaging the Dem primaries. From their statement:
      Another potential scenario created by the Republican chicanery in the primary that could severely disadvantage Democratic candidates is that Republican incumbents who do not face primary challengers advance automatically to the general election ballot. This creates a scenario where "legitimate" Democratic challengers are exposed to unlimited spending by outside groups and pro-Republican forces, which could cause the "legitimate" Democrats in the race to lose the sham primary. There would be no check on millions of dollars in shady outside money coming in to relentlessly attack "legitimate" Democrats, and full-scale mobilization of Republican resources to turn out their voters in the Democratic primary and to advocate a message such as "if you support Randy Hopper, vote for fake candidate X."
    Running fake Republicans, the argument goes, would force GOP voters to stick to their own primary and prevent a spoiler from winning on that side, thus defusing any such potential ploy. TPM sought comment from the state Dems and was told a statement was forthcoming. So at time of writing, the gears appear to still be turning on this question at the Dem headquarters. The filing deadline for those recalls is this Tuesday, July 13, at 5 p.m. CT. In order to qualify for the ballot, candidates must at that time also file at least 400 signatures collected from the district, with 800 signatures as the maximum allowed in order to have a buffer against disqualifications. The key here is that recalls are now tentatively scheduled for July 12, under the state election officials' proposed timelines, targeting six Republicans. If there were only one Democrat against each one Republican, then the July 12 date would be the general election. But if there were additional Democrats, the July 12 date would then become the primary, giving the incumbents more time to campaign for a general election in August. Also, thanks to Wisconsin's open primary system in which anybody can vote in a party primary, it would force the Democrats to spend time, money and resources campaigning for their own nominations.
On top of all that CeeCee at tells us Scott Walker Replaces Painting Of Low-Income Children With Bald Eagle Taking a play from Gov. Paul LePage’s (R-ME) playbook, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) took down a portrait of three children on a Milwaukee street from the governor’s residence. Originally commissioned by the foundation that runs the governor’s residence, the painting depicts an African American girl who was featured in an article on homelessness, a Hispanic girl who is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and a white boy whose father and brother were killed by a drunk driver in 2009. Entitled “Wishes in the Wind,” local artist David Lenz said he “carefully selected” these children because “the homeless, central city children and victims of drunk drivers normally do not have a voice in politics.” After moving in this January, Walker and first lady Tonette Walker, however, thought another painting would be more fitting for the mansion’s mantle place. Taking down “Wishes in the Wind,” the Walkers promptly replaced it with “a century-old painting of Old Abe, a Civil war-era bald eagle from Wisconsin.” “Deeply disappointed” by the move, Lenz — whose work also hangs in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery — considered the removal telling of Walker’s priorities. “This seems symbolic,” said Lenz, referring to Walker’s proposed cuts in state funding for Milwaukee schools and city and county services, something he said would have a disproportionate impact on low-income youngsters. “You would think we could all agree on the need to support the hopes and dreams of children.” Of course, not Walker, LePage, Kasich and all the other reptiles. We now go to Michael T. Klare ( via for 3 Massive World Events That Will Change Your Life - Crucial developments taking place in 2011 are changing the way we are likely to live on this planet for the foreseeable future. As for the bad news: the world faces an array of intractable energy problems that, if anything, have only worsened in recent weeks. These problems are multiplying on either side of energy’s key geological divide: below ground, once-abundant reserves of easy-to-get “conventional” oil, natural gas, and coal are drying up; above ground, human miscalculation and geopolitics are limiting the production and availability of specific energy supplies. With troubles mounting in both arenas, our energy prospects are only growing dimmer. ... It is against this backdrop that three crucial developments of 2011 are changing the way we are likely to live on this planet for the foreseeable future. In the Global War on Global Climate Change h/t CeeCee "Show Me" The Plan where "Greenpeace protesters spent four days in a survival pod attached to the the Leiv Eiriksson rig"
    Judge tells Cairn to issue spill response plan Cairn Energy should publish details of how it would respond to a Gulf of Mexico-style oil spill in the Arctic, a judge said yesterday. The Scottish oil explorer (up 4.4p to 429.6p) was in an Amsterdam court seeking an injunction to prevent Greenpeace activists from disrupting its drilling. The court battle came after 18 protesters forced a 12-hour shutdown of one of Cairn's rigs at the weekend, before being removed by Greenland police, backed by the Danish navy. But the judge said he needed more time to consider the injunction and also told Cairn that it should publish its secret oil spill response plan. Environmentalists say that a clean up like the one launched in response to BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill would be nigh-on impossible in the icy Arctic waters. Published on Monday, June 6, 2011 by Greenpeace USA Oil Company's Lawsuit Against Greenpeace Backfires by Nick Young THE NETHERLANDS - Today an Amsterdam court judge turned the tables on Cairn Energy. Rather than granting an injunction against Greenpeace, he instead suggested that the oil company might actually like to consider releasing its secret Arctic Oil Spill Response Plan!(Greenpeace protesters spent four days in a survival pod attached to the the Leiv Eiriksson rig. Cairn energy subsequently sued Greenpeace for lost revenue, but today a judge turned the tables by questioning why the oil giant would not simply release their "secret" oil cleanup plan.) Cairn’s lawyers looked dumbfounded and stuttered about not knowing why their client won't release it. The judge went on to say that BP's skimping on a second valve cost the world billions as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He said BP must regret that they didn't have their plans scrutinized in the first place because someone would have noticed the lack of a second valve. Safety is in everyone’s interest - by being transparent perhaps there is an opportunity to make the spill plan stronger. In fact, he asked Cairn, why won't you release your plan? Right now? Why don't you release it now?
Thanks CeeCee! And more news from Sederville with intrepid nora Global Research TV -- very interesting
    FBI Targeting Political Activists as Terrorists Anti-terrorism resources are being used to target environmentalists, peace, animal and political activists who hold different views than the government. It was recently revealed that a counter-terrorism firm spied on individuals who attended film screenings of the documentary Gasland. The film focuses on the practice of natural gas fracking and what impact it has on the environment and in the communities where it is used. The FBI and other government agencies are cracking down on those who are not willing to say in line with the status quo. In Pennsylvania, activists have faced terrorism charges for writing slogans in chalk on sidewalks. In California, 27 individuals are set to go on trial stemming for protest actions Elsewhere 23 anti-war, pro-labor and international solidarity activists may face a grand jury on trumped up charged. The FBI boasts 164,000 suspicious activity reports that are made up of activists who do not follow the governments view on matters. The US government is using taxpayer money to squash the competition as opposed to protecting the American people from true terrorist threats, all while stomping on freedom of speech rights. Carlos Montes, a co-founder of the Brown Berets Chicano Movement explained there is a marked rise of the US government using tools at their disposal designed to fight terrorism to impose oppression on political activists. "The protest movements are directly exposing and challenging the lines that the US government puts out," he said, yet law enforcement authorities continue to crack down without just cause. "It's a war against dissent." The government is working to stop the movement which is merely seeking to exercise its right to free speech and the right to protest. "They're trying to stop us but we're not going to let them do it," Montes added.
Speaking of Paul Craig Roberts acknowledges USS Liberty: Government Betrayal and Cover-up Finally Exposed "44 years since this heinous war crime was not only committed but has been covered up -- by all succeeding administrations and mainstream media. It is a "must read" for those concerned about an attack on America; the needless slaughter of American citizens" on June 8th 1967 and B.F. Bankie points out NATO is in an Act of War Against Africa Ya think? Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting ( saw ABC's Raddatz, Citing Her 'Combat Mission,' Says Bombs Must Go On Afghan president Hamid Karzai denounced once again U.S./NATO airstrikes that killed civilians. In this recent incident, 14 were killed, including 11 children. This prompted ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer (5/31/11) to call in ABC reporters to sort things out, leading to this exchange with Pentagon reporter Martha Raddatz: [Sawyer-Raddatz exchange] So bombing raids in Afghanistan "have to continue," for the sake of having a "rapid response" to "real-time intelligence." And Raddatz, who has "been on a combat mission," can assure you how "very, very careful" they are--why, on the mission she flew, they didn't bomb a target simply because they thought it was a school! This great care taken to not kill civilians sometimes gets more attention than the actual killing of civilians. The piece helpfully included footage of Raddatz on her combat mission, gathering all the "facts" necessary to produce this kind of journalism. Yes Real Journalism! which today means "STENOGRAPHER" for the Beltway Bubalas. However, Richard Glover at the Sydney Morning Herald penned a piece about global-warming deniers entitled Bone-headed beliefs bound to end in death by drowning last weekend. Glover explains in A climate change wave of hate After 25 years writing this column, I've had my first experience of an internet hate campaign. So far, more than 2400 people, nearly all American, have emailed me. More emails come every time I hit the send/receive button. About 5 per cent contain threats of violence. Even stranger, quite a few threaten me with sexual violence. They say, in various forms, that they want to rape me.The only good news: quite a few don't seem to know the precise location of Sydney. Or Sidney, as some call it. ''You are so out of touch with America, I cannot believe you are published by an American paper,'' writes one emailer, having read the story on The Sydney Morning Herald website. Quite a few tell me I should be nervous if I ever try to leave Britain. So far, so hum-hum. On Saturday and Sunday, the piece never made it to the Herald's list of ''most read'' opinion pieces. I had nine emails - four of them saying they agreed, five against, but all expressed pleasantly. No one thought the piece was offensive or even that remarkable. The comic hyperbole was seen as, well, comic hyperbole. Then - sometime Sunday night - a link to the piece was put on a right-wing website in the US, offering me up as another communist trying to ruin the world through the ''hoax'' of climate change. The piece started multiplying in cyberspace, mainly on websites dedicated to exposing the leftist conspiracy about climate change. Suddenly I was the toast of town: about 300,000 people read the piece on between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. I had more readers than anyone else in the Herald. Only problem was: many of them wanted to kill me...Be sure to read the rest of the whole sordid affair. And so it goes with the brain-dead, fact-free, FOX-viewing teabaggers in the U.S. How did this happen? Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson explains in How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory: The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history. Inside America's Unfair and Imbalanced Network READ NOW before it goes behind the RS Pay Wall! Next The Nation's Setphen F. Cohen announces The New American Cold War EDITOR'S NOTE: This article--originally published in the July 10, 2006, issue of The Nation--appears with a new introduction by the author restating his analyses and arguments in the context of recent developments. Two reactions to this article were particularly noteworthy when it first appeared in The Nation almost exactly one year ago. Judging by activity on the magazine's website and by responses sent to me personally, it was very widely read and discussed both in the United States and in Russia, where it was quickly translated on a Russian-language site. And, unlike most Russian commentators, almost every American specialist who reacted to the article, directly or indirectly, adamantly disputed my thesis that US-Russian relations had deteriorated so badly they should now be understood as a new cold war--or possibly as a continuation of the old one. Developments during the last year have amply confirmed that thesis. Several examples could be cited, but two should be enough. The increasingly belligerent charges and counter-charges by officials and in the media on both sides, "Cold-War-style rhetoric and threats," as the Associated Press recently reported, read like a replay of the American-Soviet discourse of the 1970s and early 1980s. And the unfolding conflict over US plans to build missile defense components near post-Soviet Russia, in Poland and the Czech Republic, threatens to reintroduce a dangerous military feature of that cold-war era in Europe. Nonetheless, most American officials, journalists and academics, unwilling perhaps to confront their unwise policies and mistaken analyses since the Soviet Union ended in 1991, continue to deny the cold-war nature of today's relationship with Russia. Great just we need: more nukes! This reminds us of Ben Cohen of "Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream" and True Majority Ben's BBs, a visual aid to explain the madness of maintaining the nuclear weapon stockpiles (can you say Fukushima?). Will The Banksters And The Corpocracy Eventually Own It All? 29 Statistics About Extreme Income Inequality In America That Will Blow Your Mind Do share with friends and family everywhere. Then ask them how Republican "Values" have helped them and why they are Republicans to begin with (everyone knows at least one ditto-head). Everyone needs a personal Exit Strategy (as the late Chalmers Johnson spoke of - bonus points if you can find this talk on cspan), certainly the BTV crew has mulled over it and Mike Malloy shared this "Moment with Bob" on Friday: This Would Be Common Knowledge If More People Knew About It I know … I know … the health care insurance system in these United States has been talked about and talked about until everybody’s eyes have glazed over. We pay twice as much for health care and in return we rank 42nd in the world in life expectancy and 33rd when it comes to infant mortality. The last time the subject of “Health Care Reform” came up, health care companies and their 3,000 registered health care lobbyists … that's six lobbyists for every member of Congress by the way … spent $1.4 million a day to make sure our money continued to flow into their pockets. Old news … right? Nothing to see here folks so move along to the next topic du jour. Now that the Democrats, the Republicans, and Obama, have “reformed” Health Care … it’s off to fix whatever else needs reforming. But a couple of days ago I went back to thinking about Health Care Costs. I don’t know why. For some reason I just started wondering about how much our family was spending on Health Care Premiums every month. All throughout the “Health Care Debate” that brought out the screaming Tea-baggers from wherever the hell it is they came from, I looked at our nation’s health care costs … but I never looked at our own. ... Our health care premiums are almost $13,000 a year. My wife’s company pays over $30,000 on top of that. By the time the dust settles health care coverage for my wife, our son, and your humble narrator is $14,673.68 per person. You’d think for that kind of money we’d get something out of it. Not really. Even at $14,673.68 a year there are co-pays, deductibles, and if things get really bad … caps on how much the insurance company will allow. ...This is the racket insurance companies are willing to spend $1.4 million a day to protect. In 2009, the United States federal, state and local governments, corporations and individuals, together spent $2.5 trillion or $8,047 per person, on health care. 44 to 55 million Americans aren’t covered. How much more would it be if everyone had health care? I’m not talking about how much more it would cost if everyone had health care insurance. How much would it cost if everyone had health care? Well … Canada spends 60% less than we do, $4,867 per person, and every Canadian citizen is covered by the national health care system. ... I don’t speak French, I’m too old to learn a new language, and we’re definitely not going to move to a different country just because of their health care system. But we are packing. We are going to move. By the end of the summer we’ll be expatriated Americans living in Canada. The reason we’re leaving is simple. Our son is 11 years old. We want to give him the opportunity to spend the last of his childhood … and then grow up … in a country that hasn’t gone completely crazy. There’s just too much stupid going on here. Too much crazy as far as the eye can see. We know we’re not moving to Shangri-La North. When the artist Robert Crumb moved to France years ago he said, “France isn't - you know - perfect, or anything, but - it's just - oh, slightly less evil than the United States.” "TOO MUCH STUPID GOING ON HERE" - well said Bob, well said. Bon Voyage and Good Luck! The BTV crew may be right behind you as The Sorrows of Empire and SHOCK DOCTRINE take firm hold here while the teabagger-flat-earthers clean us out state-by-state and our social safety net gets taken down by "progressive" President Not Sure and his "bipartisanshipppy" cohorts, one regulation at a time, in the name of the "deficit" and "belt-tightening" while multi-supra-national corporations and the Über-Wealthy get even more tax cuts, subsidies and get-out-of-jail cards to go with their polluting Hum-Vees, yachts and private jets. Of course NONE of this will be covered by the Beltway Bubalas on the Sunday Bobblehead talk shows. Best bet for sanity is ROBERT REICH on This Anampout and throw bricks at ex-Goldman cheif JON CORZINE and RICHARD SHELBY while more brick throwing exercises await at Face the Bob with PAUL RYAN and LINDSEY GRAHAM. 60 Minutes mails it in with summertime repeats while Meet the David goes with "first debate between the new DNC Chair DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ & RNC Chair REINCE PRIEBUS" Haha! "REINCE"! Have a brick or three, loser! Look for more smart commentary in the BTV Alerts and all our regulars: Sam, Max, Pap and especially Scott at AntiWarRadio with RAY MCGOVERN. The Brick TeeVee Crew worked furiously tilling and raking and shoveling "zoo poo" in the main big garden and we're all set to get it planted on Sunday with peppers (6 kinds), zucchini, cabbage, tomatoes (4 kinds), butternut squash, eggplant and more! Have an enjoyable Sunday and GO TRIBE!

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CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE American Majority Rejects Washington Austerity Consensus – And We Demand Media Coverage by Roger Hickey, President, Campaign for America's Future: No more silent majority. Today the Campaign for America’s Future is sending letters to all the major media demanding that the views of the American Majority be represented in the news programs, print articles and opinion pages, and in the non-stop daily and Sunday talk shows in which the debate about America’s future is being conducted as we move toward the showdown over the budget. We are demanding representation in the media proportional to the size of the American Majority. And we are making the point that the views of the majority are not irrational—and that in a democracy the majority deserves to be heard, not patronized. We are also supplying the media with an extensive list of economists, experts and advocates who share the majority view that deficits are not now the major threat to U.S. prosperity, and that getting revenue back into the budget is far less damaging (and more just) than cutting spending and crippling important programs for the poor and the elderly. And we are telling them that occasionally featuring the great Paul Krugman, as though his views represent a lonely majority, is not enough. ... The Campaign for America’s Future is joining with the Center for Economic and Policy Research (whose Co-Director, Dean Baker blogs regularly about economic bias in the media) and with FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) to monitor the media’s coverage and representation of the American Majority views as they go into covering the big deficit fight. But we want to enlist YOU too. Send us accounts of unbalanced coverage in the national media and in your local newspapers and television. Call up reporters, editors, assignment people and tell them when they are under-representing the views of the American Majority. We should have at least half the experts, pundits, quotes and real people represented in their coverage. In a debate as important as the one we are going into, we can’t allow the media to ignore the American Majority. Much more at
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    'Green News Report' - June 9th, 2011 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Limbaugh and Santorum, positively frothy in their propaganda jihad against climate science; Unfair & Unbalanced coverage of the Environmental Protection Agency; Crunch time at the UN on the Kyoto climate treaty; Feds shut down an oil pipeline; PLUS: Scientists are screaming that global warming is accelerating, but our media is obsessed with Weiner --- Anthony Weiner ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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    John Lindsay-Poland June 6, 2011: John Lindsay-Poland, research and advocacy director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, discusses his article “Pentagon Using Drug Wars as Excuse to Build Bases in Latin America” how using the military to fight the war on drugs only succeeds in increasing the level of violence; the range of options between current drug policy and outright legalization; how the drug crackdown has guaranteed the most ruthless individuals rise to the top of the black market; and the chorus of voices from the Mexican peace movement and victims of drug violence, speaking out against the military response to drug trafficking.
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