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Where I have lots of feeds from all over providing news, coverage, and articles of various events and issues, including the DNC, RNC, and Green Party News.

Utah Free Media

A group of former KRCL DJ’s and Show Hosts have formed Utah Free Media as a repsonse to the reformatting of what used to be independent community radio, KRCL.
(“used to be” is my opinion….)

Utah Free Media is a non-profit entity, founded by people who know community radio and will rely on the involvement of volunteers who are dedicated to quality on-air programming, are already trained to use a board, and, in some cases, have an established listenership from their former programs at KRCL. It is founded around the idea that community radio should be as transparent as possible. To this end, Utah Free Media is committed to posting as much information about the processes and procedures governing the station not just to the volunteers, but to the listeners as well.

UTAH FREE MEDIA is up and streaming live Monday through Friday 9am to 9pm (then we rebroadcast overnight 9pm to 9am).

Reaction, News and Commentary on Bush’s State of Union Address

Liberal AND Conservative:

Bush gives State of the Union
Bay Area delegates give Bush’s State of Union an ‘F’Democrats deplore president’s address
Bush Continues to Unite the World… Against Him
Bush Health Proposal in State of the Union Message Won’t Make Insurance Affordable
Community conversation: President Bush’s State of the Union address
President Bush, State of Union: New Orleans, Not Burma
Bush State of the Union addresses on energy: yada, yada, yada


Reaction to President Bush’s State of the Union address

Skeptics say energy proposal unrealistic: Push to use more ethanol finds detractors on both sides of the issue

Minutemen Blast President Bush’s State of the Union Address

Pelosi Takes Over – A “New Direction” for America?

If a “new direction” is  the case, why won’t she push for Impeachment of the Bush Regime?  Pelosi touts a “new direction” for women as well, yet the Bush regime is flagrantly anti-women’s rights.  I won’t see a “new direction” until she, and the rest of the dems, get Bush out.

(Photo: Lawrence Jackson / AP)

Corporate Snitch Notifier

I discovered this neat little feature about Mozilla Firefox:

CSNotifier – The CorporateSnitch Notifier

CSNotifier – The Consumer has the Right to Know

Would you purchase that computer manufactured by a company that has profited from the War in Iraq?

Perhaps you would think twice about spending your hard-earned cash on shampoo if you knew that the company that manufactured it tested it on animals?

by CorporateSnitch

More previews…

Whether your answer to these questions is “yes” or “no”, the CSNotifier gives you real-time information about Entities, the Products/Services they provide, and the practices they follow as you browse the Internet. Once you have installed it and your preferences have been set, you simply need to browse with Firefox as you normally would. A non-obtrusive window will appear inside your browser when you view a Web page about which CorporateSnitch has information.

“Why isn’t the CSNotifier showing when I visit the Web page of CompanyX?”
This is the question most often asked about our services. The simple answer is that we have not yet had a chance to enter the data related to that company’s practices. However, we are hoping you can help. With the release of CSNotifier version 1.3 (due for approval by Mozilla on 2007.01.16), we will provide tools for you to easily report Evidence to us regarding any Entity that you find.

Please view the demo at http://www.corporatesnitch.com/CSNotifier/Demo.aspx

Once installed, you can confirm that it is working by navigating to http://www.amazon.com/Arm-Hammer-Super-Washing-Soda/dp/B0006M64XE/ref=sr_11_1/104-3080055-7490306?ie=UTF8 and http://www.brillo.com

New data is added daily to the CSNotifier database. For help and more information, please visit http://www.corporatesnitch.com

Please be sure to read our End User License Agreement (EULA), Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy before downloading the CSNotifier.

FAQ (Excerpt)

Q: Will the CSNotifier replace the affiliate IDs added by sites that I visit with its own?
A: Yes and no. If a standard, direct affiliate product link was used to direct you to the product on the Preferred Merchant site, the referring site’s affiliate ID will not be replaced. However, it has been brought to our attention that subsequent links to products are being replaced by the CSNotifier in versions 1.1 and earlier. Example: SiteX.com has a link to BookY on Amazon.com. If you click on the link and then purchase BookY on Amazon.com, SiteX.com will receive credit for the purchase. However, if you then click on a different product on Amazon.com, the CSNotifier receives credit for that purchase. Please note that it was never our intent to take referral fees away from Web sites, and that all affiliate ID code has been removed from version 1.21 of the CSNotifier (currently being reviewed by the Mozilla staff). You can download version 1.21 now at http://www.corporatesnitch.com/CSNotifier/Install.aspx. We apologize and thank you for your patience in this matter.

Works with:

Firefox 1.0 – 2.0.0.* ALL

Beginning a new year….

….with these few selected headlines:
Globally and Nationally
Harare’s struggling millions face bleak 2007
Plane in Indonesia said probably crashed
Ban Ki-moon takes the reins of U.N.
Americans predict plenty of gloom and doom in 2007: AP poll
2007 energy outlook: costs up
Time to Reflect as Iraq Toll Hits 3,000
3,000 toll draws tears
Sustainable timber: Groups question forest certification

New year brings tax cuts, smoking restrictions
2006 Utahns of the Year

Air America Advertisers Being Told to Withdraw Commercials

ABC memo reveals Air America advertiser blacklist

An internal ABC Radio Networks memo obtained by Media Matters for America, originally from a listener to The Peter B. Collins Show, indicates that nearly 100 ABC advertisers insist that their commercials be blacked out on Air America Radio affiliates. According to the memo, the advertisers insist that “NONE of their commercials air during AIR AMERICA programming.” Among the advertisers listed are Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Federal Express, General Electric, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and the U.S. Navy.

Go Stephanie!

Stephanie Miller Outfoxes FOX News

Miller faces Hannity and Colmes in a showdown on coverage of Cindy Sheehan. Miller does quite well for herself in face of the opposition.

Today’s News and Commentary

Here are some news items of interest today:

  • US Resorting to ‘Collective Punishment’ in Iraq. Clearly the U.S. is violating the Geneva Convention by turning off water and electricity to neighborhoods where U.S. Army vehicles have come under attack.
  • Pasadena Church May Fight IRS Summons: All Saints’ rector seeks legal and lay opinion on response to probe over an antiwar sermon. Deja vu – didn’t this happen to the NAACP?
  • World Marches to Save Darfur –
    With demonstrations in 40 countries yesterday, pressure is mounting on Sudan to allow in peacekeepers and end a conflict in which 300,000 people have died

  • Ten Nobel Peace Prize Winners Take Aim at US. 8 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates from around the world gathered to participate in the PeaceJam conference that is scheduled to run through Sunday, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Dalai Lama, Betty Williams, Jody Williams, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Shirin Ebadi and Malread Corrigan Maguire, Oscar Arias and José Ramos Horta. Aung San Suu Kyi is still under house arrest and was expected to speak to the group via video.

    Commentaries of note:

  • What’s the Matter with Voting Republican If You’re Poor? Low-income Americans don’t necessarily vote in their own economic interests; but it doesn’t mean they’re patsies. Gary Younge of the Guardian UK explores the differences in the poor and rich and their voting pursuausions. The strongest correlation between income and voting is not whom you vote for but if you vote at all. The more you earn, the more likely you are to turn out. According to the census, 81.3% of those who earned $100,000 or more turned out in 2004; the figure for those who earned less than $20,000 was 48%.
  • Bush Appointees Attempt to Brow Beat Senior US Military Officers, by U.S. Army Colonel (Retired) Ann Wright.
  • Take it From Him: American is Safer?
    Terrorism, Iraq and the Political Uses of Fear Five Years Into the “Long War
    , by Frida Berrigan.

  • Cluster Bombs: It’s Time to Outlaw These Ruthless Killers, by Thomas Nash
  • Free Speech Zone in Today’s News

    My good friend and fellow activist and sister cheerleader has her shop featured in today’s news:

    The Free Speech Zone outfits progressives and extremists
    Activists ‘R’ Us; Free Speech Zone outfits progressives

    By Stephen Hunt
    The Salt Lake Tribune

    Activist proprietors Nate Smith and Raphael Cordray sit in the Free Speech Zone, a shop selling items related to left-wing ideas and issues. The merchandise includes bumper stickers and T-shirts with political slogans, and even toilet paper printed with President Bush’s face. Smith and Raphael named their store the areas to which protesters were restricted during the 2002 Olympics. (Ryan Galbraith/The Salt Lake Tribune ) after

    The Free Speech Zone is not your garden-variety Sugar House retail outlet.
       Never mind the rock music, patchouli scent and posters of Malcolm X side by side with John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr. and Utah’s own martyr, Joe Hill.
       You can tell you’re somewhere left-of-center by the large, leering puppet of President Bush in the front window – his bloody hands crushing toy soldiers bearing stickers that shout, “Bring me home!”
       The store promotes politics, protest and what owners Raphael Cordray and Nate Smith call “radical info.”
       “We are an outpost and haven for insurgent social activists deep in the heart of ultra-conservative Utah,” says Smith. Located at 2144 S. Highland Drive, the store is named after the designated “free speech zones” where protesters were obliged to gather during the 2002 Olympic Games, a restriction Cordray considers a “crackdown” on First Amendment rights.
       Since opening in April 2005, the owners say they have gained the support of local artists, activists and organizers for peace and justice, labor and human rights.
       Cordray and Smith say they played “an essential role” in organizing antiwar demonstrations in Salt Lake City last fall, and the store continues to be a rallying point for demonstrators.
       Cordray and Smith say they are currently gearing up to protest President Bush’s Aug. 30 visit to the Beehive State.
       “We intend to go beyond just business as usual,” says Smith. “It’s radical. Radical politics and social-movement building are at the foundation. A spirit of ’60s activism exemplifies what we are doing.”
       The store sells T-shirts, hats, purses, fleece baby booties and other items. Much of the clothing, as well as the bumper stickers, buttons and pins, carry political messages.
       Cordray says rolls of toilet paper with a picture of Bush on every square are particularly popular right now.
       “You lay it on the surface of the water and take aim,” she says with a smile.
       Cordray calls her shop “the anti-Wal-Mart. There’s stuff here that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.”
       She carries only fair trade products that are made in America. “The people producing the products are getting the reward,” Cordray says.
       Her suppliers include local independent artists, worker collectives and union shops. Cordray herself makes many of the clothing and jewelry items on display.
       She also sell books, including the latest incarnation of the infamous Anarchist Cookbook, titled Recipes for Disaster.
       You can also find The Heretic’s Guide to the Bible,


    A Trouble Maker’s Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work and Win and $2 pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution. There are free pamphlets about civil rights, gender equality and alternative media publications.
       They are also screening free films on Friday nights at 7 p.m. through Aug. 25. They recently showed documentaries about antilogging activists in Oregon and protest actions at the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization Convention.
       Cordray, 36, and Smith, 28, met at a protest planning meeting and are now partners in life as well as business, they said. Both work for the state and take turns at the store, which is not yet breaking even.
       “It’s not about becoming a millionaire,” says Cordray. “But I’ve got to pay the rent.”
       Cordray started out selling fleece baby booties and other handmade items at the Sunday drum circle in Liberty Park. She says she accomplished two goals by opening the store: She got in out of the weather and found an outlet for her vocal political opinions, which became more strident prior to the 2000 election, in which she supported Ralph Nader.
       Working at the store allows her to converse with like-minded people. “People come in all day long and talk about the war,” she says.
       Cordray does not support such organizations as the National Rifle Association. But she strives to sell products and promote messages that are inclusive of most other groups, including Latinos, Native Americans and the gay and lesbian community.
       Not everyone is appreciative.
       “During Gay Pride I do rainbows, and I’ve gotten lots of spit on the windows,” she says. “That’s OK.”
       But as long as it is nonviolent, Cordray supports self-expression.
       “I want people to think and feel and engage in things,” Cordray says, even things that make them angry.
       “This business is about being outspoken,” she says.
       Hey, it’s the Free Speech Zone: Say what you want to say.