Disclosure for Video (but Not the Radio) Stars - Center for Media and Democracy: "Senators John Kerry and Frank Lautenberg introduced the Truth in Broadcasting Act; a Senate Commerce committee hearing is expected in early May. The bill would require 'all pre-packaged news stories produced by Executive Branch agencies to contain a continuously visible disclaimer stating 'Produced By the U.S. Government',' when aired on U.S. television stations. The bill does not require disclaimers from broadcasters. The disclaimer would not be required for reports from government-supported news agencies like PBS and NPR, or for international broadcasts, 'since the U.S. government has no prohibition on exporting propaganda.'"More about Subliminal Persuasion
Book Review: "WITH ALL THE verbal and written rhetoric for the past several years about the
elite, liberal and/or Conservative media, in order to get at the truth, you should read
this great soft cover, beautifully produced with exceptional graphics and quotes
about 'how they change your mind. It is a brilliantly conceived book from The Disinformation Press!...AUTHORED BY MEDIA literacy advocate Martin Howard, this book is a much-needed (and we could say, required reading) and field manual to protecting yourself from subliminal messages, hypnotic triggers, and other perils of modern marketing. With an introduction by media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, We Know What You Want is a visually organized companion volume to Rushkoff's ground breaking book Coercion. ."
ExxonMobil Spends Millions Funding Global Warming Skeptics: "Friday, April 22nd, 2005
Report: ExxonMobil Spends Millions Funding Global Warming Skeptics
A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine has revealed that ExxonMobil has spent at least $8 million dollars funding a network of groups to challenge the existence of global warming. We speak with the author of the report, a member of one the organizations that receives money from Exxon and a journalist covering environmental and climate change issues.
April 26, 2005: Get Out Your Tinfoil Hats!: "Sony Electronics has recently been granted a patent for beaming sensory information directly into the brain. They hope to create video games which you can smell, taste, and touch.
You can read the Reuters story here, where a Sony spokeswoman admitted that they haven't had any successful experiments yet. The patent 'was based on an inspiration that this may someday be the direction that technology will take us.' In other words, their mind control lasers are still just smoke and mirrors, but they have a patent now. Fnord."
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A Sell-Out's Tale: "One day in February I got a message from a woman named Jennifer. As messages go, it was a good one. She worked for Volvo of North America, and she wanted to fly me to Phoenix for a three-day stay in a first-class hotel, all expenses paid... It would have been a cryptic message, but I had already been on one Volvo press trip, and I knew immediately that I had just been offered a cushy free vacation. All Volvo wanted, in return, was for me to mention their car in a national publication. Or, to put it bluntly, all they wanted was my journalistic integrity"More about Subliminal Persuasion
Paying to be in the News: "Our startup spent its entire marketing budget on PR: at a time when we were assembling our own computers to save money, we were paying a PR firm $16,000 a month. And they were worth it. PR is the news equivalent of search engine optimization; instead of buying ads, which readers ignore, you get yourself inserted directly into the stories. "More about Subliminal Persuasion
Warning on spread of state surveillance: "Governments are building 'global registration and surveillance infrastructure' in US-led 'war on terror', warn civil liberty groups."
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Beware Monster.com - by Dr. Teresa Whitehurst: "Interesting but expected..." Sadly, however, most students won’t notice that all those questions about students’ plans for college and career are a cover for the real questions, which are embedded near the end: “If you are considering a military career, which of the following describes your plans?” and “Which of the armed services would you prefer?”... Neither will most kids notice or care about fine print at the bottom, printed in a font size so small that few will bother trying to read it: “To learn more about what kinds of information you might receive %u2026 visit www.YourFuture.org,” which means they’ll never see the “privacy” statement, which makes very clear where their “private” information is going…
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Censored Propaganda Technique: Repetition
From SourceWatch:"If you repeat something over and over, no matter how outrageous it may be, people will come to believe there's some truth in it. A good example of this is the claim that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. No evidence has been found suggesting collaboration between Iraq and the Al Qaeda network, yet Bush administration officials have repeatedly mentioned the two in tandem. As a result, a recent opinion survey by the Council on Foreign Relations shows that more than 40 percent of the American people believe that some or all of the attackers on 9/11 were Iraqi nationals, when in fact none were.
The 'Fourth Branch' Of Government: "'Special interests and the lobbyists they employ have reported spending, since 1998, a total of almost $13 billion to influence Congress, the White House and more than 200 federal agencies. They've hired a couple thousand former government officials to influence federal policy on everything from abortion and adoption to taxation and welfare. And they've filed--most of the time--thousands of pages of disclosure forms with the Senate Office of Public Records and the House Clerk's Office.
'Washington's lobbyists reported billing $2.4 billion in 2003, the most recent year for which complete data exist. That figure will almost certainly go up to more than $3 billion in 2004.' (AlterNet article)."
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RFID Tagging Rifle: "This is the product of the Danish company, Empire North. It does not shoot bullets, but rather it shoots ultra-miniature GPS tracking chips, allowing police to 'tag' suspects and track them without their knowledge. Chilling? You bet. But the technology was well received by law enforcement agencies when EN unveiled it at China's police exhibition in Beijing.