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Number of posts: 17,339
Well, people could have completely disconnected from the system when the writing started appearing on the wall, but we had no prophets who could be heard above the commercials.
People on DU and elsewhere insisted we must all keep buying so that we could keep the system going. Funny how the bejillionaires needed us then.
But, oh. The system shook all of those loyal consumers and corporate apologists out like crumbs from a tablecloth. And they were so sure their six figure incomes were set for life. Why should they care about what the minimum wage is, or how hard the poor have it?
Now, many of them would sell their souls for a full time, minimum wage job. How the mighty have fallen. And they still suffer in silence, in shame.
I tried to own my home - it is muy humble but it's mine - and have as few expenses as possible. Work from home, low carbon footprint, low expectations, DIY and self-sufficiency oriented. It ain't pretty, easy or elegant, but it's peaceful for the most part and stress is minimized greatly.
I don't know how others stay plugged in to the madness; I admire their courage.
Posted by Tsiyu | Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:43 AM (0 replies)
We'd far rather burn up money and medicine. The story is 30 thousand plants found, then a few hundred, the value estimated from 2 million to 40 million. Seems law enforcement and the DEA can't do math very well. They burned truckloads of it a few miles away at the Sheriff's department. BECAUSE DRUGZZZZZZ!!!!!
Residents are SHOCKED, SHOCKED I tell you! Even though TN grows 13% of the nations cannabis.
Even though it saves the lives of babies with seizures, and helps people with cancer and PTSD and all sorts of ailments, even though pills and meth are destroying lives in Grundy County that might be okay if they could have a little weed the same way they can have a little beer here.
There is no dentist in the county. Jobs are scarce. People are depressed and there's not mental health care available to most. The value of all crops ( legal ) grown in the county is about 8 million. We could use the revenue.
BUT BURN UP THAT MONEY AND MEDICINE!!!! CUZ WE IZ THE SOUTH AND WE LIKE YOU TO SUFFER!
The South is INSANE.
I am working desperately to get out of this state and move where there are 3 things: compassion, intelligence and FREEDOM.
I can't wait to be back in the United States of America again. The Confederacy is killing me.
EDIT TO ADD: Glad your sister got her medical card! Sorry to have missed the congrats. I hope she gets a great appetite and is not in pain anymore!
Posted by Tsiyu | Sat Aug 2, 2014, 05:29 PM (0 replies)
Source: WSBTV News
ATLANTA A family says a SWAT team raided their home in the middle of the night and seriously injured a 19-month-old boy with a stun grenade.
Alecia Phonesavanh told Channel 2’s Ryan Young her child is at the Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit, and is in a medically induced coma.
Phonesavanh said she was at her sister-in-law’s home in Habersham County early Wednesday when police raided the house.
"It's my baby. He's only a baby. He didn't deserve any of this," Phonesavanh said.
Read more: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/toddler-critically-burned-during-swat-raid/nf9SJ/?GxbuEu
^^^^^^^^THIS IS YOUR BABY^^^^^^^^^^^^
^^^^^^^^^^This is your baby on ( a War on ) Drugs ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
This is a site to help the family, who have no insurance.
Thank you Habersham County, Thank you DEA, Thank you US lawmakers. Thank you Holder and Obama!
We love this war! It's awesome!
What the fuck else are you assholes gonna tell us is acceptable in your quest to find pills, pot and cocaine?
Posted by Tsiyu | Fri May 30, 2014, 04:16 AM (33 replies)
Cops can now search your car without a warrant in Pa.
"The state Supreme Court ruled last week that police are allowed to search vehicles without a warrant. The state General Assembly, meanwhile, is moving forward with a bill that would give cops the authority to arrest people caught with “secret compartments” in their vehicles, even if there is nothing illegal in those suspicious containers.
Well this should do wonders for tourism in the state. I sometimes drive to NY. I will DRIVE AROUND Pa next time, no matter how long it takes. Who wants to go on a trip knowing you might end up spending 5 years in prison for having air in a secret compartment you maybe didn't even know about?
Are Republicans all going batshhit crazy control freak or what?
FUCK YOU HARPER!
Here's the miserable excuse for a human right here:
Jayzuss when I think I've heard everything......
Posted by Tsiyu | Thu May 22, 2014, 08:54 PM (90 replies)
This is a long letter I wrote, intending to put it on my blog that never was. Please feel free to post it wherever you wish, excerpt whatever parts you like, but just give DU attribution.
Again, it's long, but maybe worth it to someone....
To Those Who Believe in Armed Insurrection: What Good Parents Do
Oh, how wonderful your fantasies must be, you Patriots, you strapping, potent Manly Men and War-Worthy Women, y'all. At night, falling asleep beside your favorite weapons, you must get chillbumps imagining how heroic you will be when you and your buddies get to take back "Muricca" from the gayz and them uppity wymmins and those growing numbers of American Not White People you despise with a pure, primal hatred.
You tremble with anticipation when you imagine blowing the brains out of these wretched non-humans, these dregs who don't live the same way you do, who are different, who should be in prison or enslaved, who should not instead be your neighbors with rights, for Christ's...I mean... for Glen Beck's sake.
When that glorious day comes, the world will see just how violent and uncompromising you men and women are. You will rid this nation of any man who won't fondle a gun or field dress and barbecue his pet cat, or drive a pickup truck with a "Don't Tread on Me" sticker attached ( funny how you goons want to tread on everyone else, though, ain't it?) You will stone to death any married woman who won't churn her butter or tend her turnip patch or nurture her unborn child, who asks to be let out of the kitchen and the bedroom - ever - or to have shoes, of all the things a married woman doesn't need. (You give a married woman a pair of shoes and next thing you know she's climbing over the Concertina fence you've got confining her to the compound, dadblame it! They can't run far when they're barefoot over razor wire; they learn that the hard way. )
You will take care of the darkening complexion of the American citizenry in your War on Other NonHumans. I imagine each of you Soldiers of Racism will have a skin tone gauge, an app on your smart phones actually, which will measure the light particles emitted by each person's shaved armpit, thus not discriminating against farmers or John Boehner. They don't pass at the pits? Not pale enough? They go to the work camps or you kill them - or both - if they object to enslavement they die. How fricking fun is that? Woo Hoo!!!
You will "git ridd o'taxes once and fer all" and every man can make his own way. Women without husbands can give their kids up for adoption and re-indoctrination, and then go to the work camps. Any need a road? He builds it and maintains it. Educate kids? The wife can do it. In the kitchen. Of course.
After you blast the living brains out of Not Humans, after you spread their guts all over the sidewalks and the courthouses and the parking lots of the Piggly Wigglies across "Muricca," you will establish a new way: Each family will provide its own security, fire rescue, trash hauling, water system, sewage, medical care, surgery and hospitalization facilities and services, bridges, stop signs, libraries, and Fourth of July pyrotechnics. No more sharing. Ha! The thought of that just makes you wriggle a little in your skivvies, don't it?
Yes, what a wonderful world you will unleash, when you guys finally scurry out of your bunkers to wage your Glorious War Against Government and Non People.
I have only two questions:
The first: Are you ten years old?
I am gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that most of you Oh So Virile Manly Men of Distinction ( oh, how you salivate and daydream and prepare for the day the world finds out just how manly and virile you really are, huh? Booyah! ) have never been in an actual war. The "armed revolution" you seek is not going to be the pretty little Shootin' Party for which you are today rabidly stockpiling toilet paper and freeze-dried Swedish meatballs.
When you dismantle infrastructure, when you create an every-family-fends-for-itself world, you will find yourselves - if you even survive your childish folly - inside a reality that does not in any way, shape or form jibe with your deluded fantasies or the world as you once knew it. Even if you think your family compound is secure and well-provisioned, you will not be spared the heartache or the agony of the conditions you manifest with your Manchild delusions of violence and destruction.
You will create widespread vectors for disease, cause massive deaths of babies, children and the elderly, you will unleash a brutality that will take your own loved ones, you will see commerce completely end in your War Zones. With no public services, your towns will soon turn into festering, infectious cesspools, your children playing in steaming, putrid trash heaps and your young and old men dying of cholera and dysentery. Without road maintenance, materials will not be easy to move from manufacture to market. There will be no more happy little outings to celebrate your homophobia in long lines at chicken restaurants, let's just put it that way.
No WalMart? No Cheetos or Little Debbies or Slim Jims! Evar!
You see, I ask if you are ten because as you moved up in your school years, if you had an iota of respect for teachers and learning, rather than a lazy, spitball-spewing, jerkoff attitude, you learned that people tried living in truly dog-eat-dog societies (and many still do if you'd like to study the outcomes ) and it doesn't work out so well as in your delusions of a Glorious New Caucasian Kingdom.
The reason you drive on maintained roads to pick up your AR-15s, have a time standard so that you're not late for your militia meetups and emergency canned food sales, the reason you stop at stop signs and don't get creamed by chicken gut trucks, the reason you send your children to schools where they are taught math and science and reading and writing, the reason you can visit libraries in most towns, use the internet, eat inspected food at inspected restaurants, have your city water flowing freely and disinfected properly, the reason you get to listen to Rush Limbaugh, the reason your county health department immunizes babies against whooping cough and the elderly against influenza is GOVERNMENT.
( Yes, I do realize many of you are living with rain catchment systems, growing only heirloom veggies, using shredded coconut shells for baby diapers and eating only possum jerky and canned storage, homeschooling the kids and not immunizing them in case the authorities are secretly implanting mind control chips or injecting the Mark of the Beast serum, but still, I also know for a fact a great many of you Wannabe Warriors use all of the above government services and more - quite happily. )
Why do you get to drive down a paved road, after a hot shower, on your way to your job? Why do your kids get a basically free education, and your elderly mother get some means of support and your county get a few more computers for the public libraries and a new fire truck and some much-needed repairs on that bridge that spans the river? Why do most rural homes have access to the internet and electricity?
History provides the answer. Over time, people decided it was a lot more cost effective, safe and productive to consolidate services and utilities and routes of transport everyone needs so that individual people, free from the overwhelming daily burden of procuring the basics of life for themselves, could spend their time instead creating lifesaving drugs, making quality furniture, developing cheap, clean energy sources, teaching college students math for engineering and manufacturing applications, doing surgery, building shops, filming movies, playing slide guitars, and spending their older years not toiling away or dying for lack of health care or proper nutrition but contributing to their families by mentoring their grandchildren, traveling and helping support local economies all over the country, growing vegetables for the table, volunteering in their communities and simply resting and reflecting after their many working years. That was a long sentence. Re-read it.
You want everything to stop - you want everyone to stop - while you throw your semi-automatic temper tantrum. You want "war" to be everyone's occupation. You want to decide who lives; who dies based on your own prejudices. You want to be gods with guns instead of team players in a big nation.
You want old people to lay down and die if they are working class, disabled, poor. Just say so. You know they wouldn't survive a civil war, given that the policies of people you support have left many of those elderly already near starvation and homelessness.
Think, Oh Supreme Beacons of Untapped Violence and Rage. Think about what you are saying when you say you want a revolution. You will see your own flesh ripped apart. You will see and smell and taste your "utopia" rotting right there in front of you. See babies' corpses bloated in puddles and schoolchildren's limbs scattered at the bases of trees, and buildings bombed out and roving hordes of hungry people bashing other people's heads in over dead pigeons and edges of moldy bread . Your own rock-filled heads won't last long in that world. And the funny thing is, I get the feeling that most of you militia types posing for group shots in front of Bubba's camo deuce and a half, looking all mean and scruffy and ready to git 'er done, will toss a few grenades, take a few shots, scramble through the woods and then retreat like freaked out rabbits.
Why do I get the feeling that when the smoke clears, and you face the horror of what you've wrought, the deaths you've caused, the destruction you set in motion, you will cry like babies or kill each other in frustration and horror?
You want to blow up the nation just to prove what intelligent, modern people already know: A nation without structure, without concern for the well-being and rights of every citizen, is just a putrid excuse for what a human endeavor should be. You want to go back to a standard of your race on top and kicking ass. You're afraid other races will treat you as some of your race have traditionally treated those races. You assume there is a scale tipping in Non People's favor, and that your minority status will cause us all to regress, that the strides made by humanity will be undone just because your kind is not running the show by yourselves any more.
You're just not that important in the scheme of things. Most Non People don't really care how far you go in life, as long as you don't hold them down to get there. You imagine a conspiracy of race, only because you have conspired to harm based solely on race. But any race can be judged unworthy. Caucasians are known to do horrific things to their own babies, to each other, just as easily and as cruelly as Non People do. No race is safe from sociopaths and control freaks and sadists.
You claim to want simple, free, and unencumbered lives, but your desire to kill others based on prejudice and fear and hatred proves you only want this for yourselves, and not for anyone else. The only things simple, free and unencumbered in that equation are your non-functioning brains and your dead souls.
Just remember before it is too late. If you unleash violence in an attempt to achieve your childish version of Candy Land for Racists and Sociopaths, the guilt will never leave your awareness. What you will see cannot be unseen. The blood on your hands will never wash away, no matter how bitterly or blithely you conspire to shed it.
There is a way to make bloodless, positive change but you are too lazy for a Constitutional approach. You like the Hollywood version so much better. With you all starring as the lusty heroes, of course. Which brings me to the second question.
Where in the hell is the motivation and the bravery coming from? Answer that question and we will all know the cold truth. Did you order some bravado from the Cabela's catalog? Or maybe they sell "Do Something Besides Watch TV" spray now at Walmart? Real, real cheap?
Because when it comes to protecting your families from corporations, your kind are doing a piss poor job of showing any ambition or courage. You want me to believe you 'll "take a stand" against corruption and oppression yet you're all to damned timid to demand your employers pay you decent wages? Seriously? Let me ask that again: You are too frightened to ask for a RAISE, but you're going to take up arms against the U.S. Military? For Real?????
You're too weak to join with other working class people to demand pay you can live on, health insurance and safe workplaces. You'll happily let corporations blow you up in their fertilizer factories, sell you dangerous products and force your state government to imprison you so that for-profit prison corporations can make profane amounts of money. You don't care if corporations frack your water supply, choke the Gulf of Mexico with oil and Corexit or take over your local schools. You bend over for corporations, but expect us all to believe you have the mettle to take on the US Military?
Let's get real.
You're all to worried about what the other Manly Man fools will think to ever challenge your real enemies. So forgive us for laughing our asses off when we hear you say you have any fight in you.
The truth is, organizing workers to strike for better working conditions; writing and lobbying Congress to punish corporations who outsource, pollute and who cheat the worker out of his wages and the nation out of its fair share of tax revenue (for providing transportation and energy infrastructure, educated workers, security and laws without which the corporation could not function); actually boycotting those corporations in a focused way to achieve results; attending public hearings; taking corporations and corrupt governments to court...blah, blah, blah....all those boring, non-violent means to enable positive change are too much work for you. Too much thinkin' and readin' and writin' in them thar solutions, correct?
You like the sure solution a bullet provides. A little fast bloodshed is so much less labor intensive than reading, writing and organizing fellow citizens to work with government to make life better. You don't really need a whole lot of intellect or any work ethic to fire a gun. Even small children can be taught to pull a trigger and kill with success. But that law-makin', legislatin', time consumin' non-violent stuff just doesn't do it fer yins.
You wanna shoot all the town officials in the morning, nail the New Town Rules to the courthouse door at lunch, and be back in your man caves watching professional wrasslin' by the afternoon. Motivation? You're the laziest skeeves on the planet, for Glen Beck's sake!
And you know you need a lot of guns to have your way without actually working for it. So now you have them.
Get "in the moment" and look around as you go through your day. (If you are out in your bunkers already, you're lost and you have nothing to contribute to this society so I'm not talking to you. Build your utopia out there in the wilderness, ManBeasts. I've no doubt we'll see most of you again on TV when we have to rescue all the children you abuse and young women you rape and hold hostage. You're violent thugs who believe in Social Darwinism, that Might makes Right, and you are anarchists and bloodthirsty beasts just like the gangbangers in Chicago or NYC or LA or Atlanta. Violence is your solution to everything, like the rabid dogs you mimic.)
If you live in a nice little subdivision house, drive to work in the morning and pick up the kids from school in the afternoon, head home to make dinner and settle down for your nightly FOX Hate Porn, think of all the things that went right for you all day. The water that came out of the tap, the stop lights at the intersections, the paint lining the lanes to keep you from running into other cars, the school books your child has in her backpack, the refrigerated meat counter you perused at the grocery store, the EMTs and law enforcement working the wreck on the interstate, the sign telling you you're almost home, the letter that arrived, the bridge you crossed, the radio station you listened to for traffic reports, the crossing guard at the school, the State park where you and the kids will go camping and fishing this weekend, the weather alert on the TV warning you of local dangers, the electricity that keeps you comfortable and the war that isn't raging outside your door.
Chances are, to quote the US president, you didn't do that all on your own. All of those every day events work so smoothly you only notice when they don't. Your daily routines can be counted on because of government. "Government" is most definitely not your enemy.
If you didn't get to take that government-mandated break at work, blame your employer, not the government. If your pay won't cover your most basic living expenses, blame your employer, not the government. If you can't afford health care, blame the Medical, Insurance and Pharmaceutical corporations, not the government. If you, instead, want the government to do something about it, elect people who promise to actually do something about it. Make government work for you by voting for people who will work for you. Register to vote now, and elect a brand new congress in the fall.
If your boss makes a bejillion dollar bonus every year, and you live on minimum wage, why would you blame all of the government for the fact that Congress won't make the corporations pass a minimum wage law? Are you stupid? Confront your congressional representatives and your senators with letters and phone calls outlining your needs and demanding they stop giving welfare to corporations and stop eroding collective bargaining. Don't take your anger out on someone else's children, on your local cops, on the BLM or the liberals you hate down the street. But as far as that goes, you won't contact your representatives. You won't confront your own masters. You want me to believe you have the gonads to attack the US military when you won't even stand up for your own wages?
You revolutionaries are not revolutionary at all. Many truly revolutionary Americans have formed groups to non-violently protest bad laws and poor political decisions and corporate malfeasance. Laws are changed when voters really care to change them. But you are too cowardly to join them. No, you seethe with hatred and have death fetishes because of another public service: our broadcast airwaves. Unfortunately - and I believe criminally - those airwaves have been taken over by violent zealots who have brainwashed you into hating yourselves.
FOX, Clear Channel and Cumulus are the true enemies of our American way of life. They are the Corporate Voice of Death to America. They despise you, they are using you, they laugh at you and those fantasies of yours they spend billions to stoke, yet you are too stupid and so full of the hate for your fellow man they foment to see it, and you do their bidding as their stooges, their willing fools.
If the "gubbmint" were as corrupt and oppressive as you claim, do you really think we'd have the current non-freaking-stop "Hate Gubbmint and Obama Radio" playing on the public airwaves in every city and village in America? You've got to be the dumbest rocks on the planet to not see the irony, and FOX, Clear Channel and Cumulus love you for it. They speak only for the corporations, but you are so vapid and easily led, you honestly believe they care about you when they talk about freedom. No, Big Boyz, they only want freedom for the corporations - freedom to pollute, cheat and lie to you. And your sorry little selves just eat it up like candy because they know exactly how to manipulate your prejudices and your fantasies.
Your lives are so easy, but you will willingly make them agony just to get the chance to shoot your guns and have a little bit of glory. Only self-hating idiots would do something so horrendous to themselves and to their own families.
If you do try your Second Amendment Remedy, be aware that you are doing the same thing as if you had blown up your home merely because the dishwasher was broken. You won't win, because most of us don't want to blow up our home. We won't go there with you. We will build on what we have, not tear it all down to fix smaller, inevitable problems. This is what grownups, and patriots, and good parents do.
( What would be revolutionary?
Voting for politicians who actually care about you, and not about the millionaires. Try it! )
Those of you who want to start a violent revolution are merely traitors and terrorists. You don't deserve your children and you don't deserve your easy lives. You are not manly, virile or courageous. You are yellowbellies who cower behind bullets, not valiant champions who stand up to the real evils in our midst. You are opportunists who hope to capitalize on social instability to thug your way to the top, since sociopaths like y'all can't seem to find any other way to success. You are intellectually lazy, fear-laden, weak excuses for community leaders. You cowards want to lead your children and your elderly to desolation and untimely death for your own self-aggrandizement.
But selfishly dream on, Big Boyz, of your own blood-soaked futures. It's a whole lot easier and far more cowardly than actually doing the real work that could lead to a brighter tomorrow for your children, for your nation, for us all.
Posted by Tsiyu | Mon Apr 21, 2014, 03:29 PM (5 replies)
I wonder how many of the cruel NC voters who pulled the lever to ban gay marriage are actually divorced from their first spouses? How many showed their "reverence" for marriage by ending their own marriages?
How many are like Newtie Pie, having inflicted selfish wounds on their own spouses in the name of their own self-interest?
You see, Rightwing Christians will NEVER vote to deny themselves the right to do wrong. They LIVE to do wrong in their own pathetic lives. They cheat on their spouses, beat their kids, divorce left and right. Divorce is higher in the Bible Belt than in anywhere else in the nation...
But the American Taliban believe that if they can keep SOMEONE ELSE from having a right, this suddenly erases all of their own sins. It doesn't matter how awful they are as human beings; they are "more moral" because even if they can't control themselves they can control people they don't even know.
If they want to sanctify marriage, they should completely outlaw divorce.
Never gonna happen.
But anyone who voted against marriage in NC is a lying, hypocritical sociopath.
That is all....
Except a to those who are hurting.
Posted by Tsiyu | Wed May 9, 2012, 01:33 PM (7 replies)
I know that a lot of you don't give a flip about AM Radio. You feel the same way about black and white TV.
But some of us like B&W TV, the same way some people enjoy driving vintage cars and living in mildewy castles.
AM Radio is the truckers', the travelers and the poor person's night time diversion and entertainment. AM Radio is the programming rich and poor people listen to in times of emergency and disaster. Of course it crackles and fades in and out. This drives my kids crazy. But they just don't get it. I grew up in the sixties listening to stations broadcasting up and down the east coast late at night on my chunky, waterproof, indestructible transistor radio. The sputters and fade are part of the charm, kids.
You're as likely to pick up a crystal clear station from Chicago or New Orleans as you are one from the big city nearest you. This used to mean that radio was a great way to "see" the country, through local programs that highlighted the style and concerns and weather and activities of people in cities where I'd never been. Now that a few corporations own most of those frequencies, the majority of AM stations sound the same whether in the Midwest, the Northeast or the South. The programming is centralized (funny how much Republicans hate centralization of power in government, but adore it on public airwaves.) The same answers are presented as solutions whether in Nashville or New Haven; the same voice mimics the voice before it and the voice before it.
To listen to our national airwaves, one would think we are a nation made up completely of regressive republicans, loser libertarians and cranky conservatives. One would think the majority of Americans believe that Democrats are evil, liberals should die, that it's time to take up arms and start shooting Democratic politicians. How is this possible at a time when the Republican Congress has a 9% approval rating and the Democratic President has anywhere from a 35 - 91% approval rating? How is this legal?
How is a corporation like Clear Channel acting in the best interest of 800+ stations' communities when its stations broadcast blatant lies from one party, zero information from the other party, and actual calls to violence against the latter?
The hardware for AM Radio is cheap. If you're in a car, there's probably an AM receiver. If you're homeless, a small battery-operated radio from the dollar store will get you tuned in. In a power outage or while out camping, a hand crank or solar radio will pick up AM Radio no matter where you are and no matter how many other utilities and services and media are down. AM Radio used to be there in times of crisis. I recall hosting my own AM radio show during storms, providing a place for people to call in with up-to-the-minute road conditions and to share their stuck-in-the-dark fears. AM Radio was a medium people looked to for information and reassurance.
But don't count on today's AM Radio to help you. It's a virtual unchecked Clear Channel Gangland of violent rhetoric, fear-mongering and falsehood. In the next weather emergency, you'll tune in only to hear one of the sycophantic blowhard talk hosts being broadcast in Chicago and New York and Miami and Kalamazoo and Chattanooga and Oklahoma City and LA and Seattle telling you whom to hate today, but not a thing about whether it's safe to drive downtown or what made the power go out in your neighborhood. Your local emergency is not Clear Channel's problem.
The FCC may not care that Clear Channel is not living up to its licensing agreements. To me, the FCC's negligence and tacit approval of violent rhetoric and political discrimination is a betrayal of all of us, especially the citizens who most rely on AM Radio.
For those who don't understand the passion over AM Radio, this is a meager explanation. Those who love AM like me please feel free to add your own illustrations.
Please help Occupy Clear Channel. Monday. Every day.
And Welcome to DU3!!!!!!!
Posted by Tsiyu | Sun Dec 11, 2011, 01:29 AM (108 replies)
OCCUPY CLEAR CHANNEL!
Join us Monday, December 12th for a national action to "Occupy" Clear Channel stations and demand our rights as owners of the radio airwaves.
Clear Channel stations across the country are abandoning progressive talk in favor of even more right-wing stations on our airwaves - in anticipation of an election year. We will let them know that eliminating progressive views and further promoting right wing pro-corporate views to the exclusion of any other thought is not acceptable on our public airwaves.
This will be in conjunction with a physical protest in Sacramento. We will meet at 1440 Ethan Way at Clear Channel's offices in Sacramento Monday morning at 10:30. Then we will go inside to inspect their public files.
And we are asking other people around the country to do inspections of Clear Channel stations on the same day. Can you help in this action to start reclaiming our public airwaves?
It's easy: Just visit your local Clear Channel station on Monday, during normal business hours. Politely tell them you are there to inspect their public files. Because we are the owners of the airwaves, they legally must let you in. If they do not , get their names and write down what they tell you, and let us know. (Details of our rights are at http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/decdoc/public_and_broadcasting.html . We suggest you print this and carry it with you in case the stations do not well understand our legal right to conduct such inspections. Refer to the section, "The Local Public Inspection File."
Find out where your local Clear Channel station is here: http://www.clearchannel.com/Radio/StationSearch.aspx? (You may need to cut and paste into your browser.)
They may ask you for your name and address, and may charge a reasonable amount for photocopying files. They also may observe you as you do your inspection. They may NOT ask you to identify your organization or reason for doing an inspection, and they cannot refuse to provide you with a copy of the file.
Once inside, we suggest you start by looking at the letters file. You will (should) find complaints there; see who is complaining and about what, and how the station is reacting to the community. Also, look through the political files; find out who is buying political ads and for how much money.
You will be amazed at what you find, and you'll find it enormously empowering. Take notes and tell us what you discover.
If you plan to join us, please reply to this email or post on our facebook page before Monday, and we will add your city to our publicity outreach. If we can have people in many cities inspect Clear Channel's files on the same day, we will send a powerful message to Corporate radio station owners that WE own the airwaves, and they must serve our interest - the public interest.
Occupy Clear Channel Facebook page:
Stories on Clear Channel flipping stations here:
The New York Times just did an article Sunday about our rights, and how stations can be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for refusing public entry at will : http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/05/nyregion/at-radio-and-tv-outlets-a-little-known-trove-of-kudos-and-complaints.html?_r=3
Broadcast Law Blog http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2011/12/articles/general-fcc/what-the-ny-times-article-on-the-broadcast-public-inspection-file-says-about-the-fccs-public-file-requirements/index.html
Full details about public files inspections:
This is reprinted from the website at the first link above.
If you are in a city where you have a Clear Channel station (they lease over 800 of our frequencies so chances are good that they lease a station in your town), please pay the station a visit. After this week's airing of a call to violence against progressives and our elected officials aired on 1510 WLAC AM, it has become apparent that Clear Channel intends to deny access and discriminate on OUR airwaves against Democrats, progressives and liberals.
Please visit a station near you and follow the above procedures. These are YOUR airwaves. Hold Clear Channel accountable for their blatant bias and for their violent rhetoric.
You should also contact Sue Wilson (Now a DUer SueWilson) and let her know which city you're in and which station you're inspecting.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all who take part in this National Action Day!
And thanks to bfealk and SueWilson for directing us to this great organization: Media Action Center
Posted by Tsiyu | Sat Dec 10, 2011, 02:16 AM (10 replies)
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