Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Interview with Mark Hertsgaard

Interview With Mark Hertsgaard
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I had a chance to help shoot an interview with Mark Hertsgaard for Independent World Television recently. Mark is a correspondent on the environment for The Nation and a political correspondent for Link TVDuring the interview Mark talked at length about climate change and how the media covers the issue of the environment.

Independent World Television is a new non-profit television news station set for its initial launch in 2007. It should be an incredible station when it launches. Check out their site, and please do help them out if you are inclined and can afford to do so. It costs money to free the media from the corporations...

Sunday, December 11, 2005

College Not Combat: Relief Not War

College Not Combat: Relief Not War
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On December 6th of this year in the financial district, College not Combat organized a march and rally. Alison Stevens Rodrigues writes in Beyond Chron:
This protest and similar ones across the country coincided with the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments for and against the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment in Rumsfeld v. FAIR (Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights). Enacted in 1995 and named after its sponsor Gerald Solomon, a Republican from New York, the Solomon Act is a federal law allowing the Secretary of Defense to deny federal grants to institutions of higher education if they prohibit or prevent military recruitment on campus.

Rene over at Luxomedia put some video together from the event as well...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

SFPD Video Scandal

SFPD Video Scandal

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Members of the SFPD recently posted a video to the internet which has generated a large amount of controversy.

From the Chronicle:
About 20 San Francisco police officers will be suspended because of their alleged involvement in what the mayor and police chief describe as videos that mock minorities and treat women as sex objects, the officials said Wednesday night....

An officer at the department's Bayview station, who is among those ordered suspended, produced the videos over the past two years using other officers and acquaintances and intended them as morale boosters, he and his attorney said Wednesday night. The officer denied he had done anything wrong, and his attorney said the suspensions were a politically motivated attack on free speech.
In my opinion this is not an issue of free speech. First off, as Andrew Cohen, one of the officers central to the investigation, had been hired to produce video for the police department, so this video was in all likelihood made possible by the tax payers of San Francisco.

Furthermore, unless the officers can prove that they were off-duty while shooting and producing this video, then this is what they were working on when they could've been actually doing their jobs and that is obviously a major problem.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Letter to the American People (Communique No. 7)

Communique No. 7
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About a year ago, while surfing the net, I came across this fascinating propaganda film put together by the media platoon of the Islamic Jihad Army, Communique No. 6, A message from the "Iraq Resistance."

Today, I came across ;Communique Number 7. I think the piece brings up some very good points and does so with a level of authenticity that can only come from the people actually living in Iraq.

Visually, the film focuses on the guerilla tactics being employed by the insurgency. I'm thinking of remixing the video and using the audio from this piece.

Stay tuned...

The Daily Show recently featured a segment that shows how Bill O'reilly has really managed to make a real ass out of himself over this whole War on Christmas thing.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Save Tookie

Originally uploaded by Botel Tobago.
I was at a rally to protect the ancient redwoods today, and a few people involved with the Save Tookie campaign suggested that the best person at this point to contact is Maria Shriver. After all, a man's wife tends to have tremendous influential power.

Then I started thinking about Maria Shriver's family and came up with the idea that perhaps we should all e-mail Ted Kennedy and urge him to speak to his extended family about how Tookie should be granted clemency.

According to

Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing.

Kennedy sponsored a bill limiting capital punishment:

H.R. 1038, S.233:

To place a moratorium on executions by the Federal Government and urge the States to do the same, while a National Commission on the Death Penalty reviews the fairness of the imposition of the death penalty .
S.486 & H.R.912:
To reduce the risk that innocent persons may be executed [by examining DNA evidence more thoroughly].
  • H. R. 912, 3/7/2001, Innocence Protection Act of 2001 (Delahunt, et. al.)
  • S.486, 3/7/2001, Innocence Protection Act of 2001 (Leahy, et. al.)
  • H.R.1038, 3/15/2001, National Death Penalty Moratorium Act of 2001 (Jackson (IL), Rodriguez, Clay, Hoeffel, Jackson-Lee (TX))
  • S.233, 1/31/2001, National Death Penalty Moratorium Act of 2001 (Feingold, Levin, Wellstone, Corzine)

Source: H.R.912 01-HR1038 on Mar 7, 2001

So I say E-mail Ted Kennedy today.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Current Ethics: Current TV and Current Soul

I recently came across a video on Current TV's RSS feed that struck me as blatant Christian propaganda. In the Current TV message board, I explained why the video should not be considered "news."

Today Anastasia writes on the Current Studio blog:
This week's video feed includes a piece from our vanguard journalism unit on missionaries working "under cover" in China. Insurgent found it "quite disturbing" and that "as a pod produced internally, there are certain ethical issues with a news station producing such biased programming in my opinion." I've asked Laura Ling, who heads up our vanguard unit to respond. I'll update this post as soon as she does. What do you think? Post your reactions here.
I'm curious to hear what you all think about the video, and whether it seems appropriately balanced.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Busy Signal

The Busy Signal

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My friend Ronnie P came over to my house with this little video sequence he had edited in his camera. I thought it was pretty cool so we shortened it up a bit and now I'm uploading it here...