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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:40 AM
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A little note of Appreciation to AlterNet.....
I hope all DUers subscribe to the daily Front Page newsletter from Alternet. It's usually my first stop on the browser express in the morning. I admit to being a fangirl and I delight in checking out some of the blogs and sources that they draw from. I often crosspost to DU some of the things I find most interesting. IMHO they do a good job expanding the available information.

Just today the featured stories include:

What Happens When Angry Citizens Crash the Gates of America's CEO Class?
Mark Ames, Playboy.com
Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace: They chicken out at the last minute. Recounting the doomed bus tour of AIG executives' posh homes in Connecticut.

The Swine Flu Crisis Lays Bare the Meat Industry's Monstrous Power
Mike Davis, Comment Is Free
Health and Wellness: Animal husbandry now more closely resembles the petrochemical industry than the happy family farm

Some of Us Still Think They Can Get Rich Quick from the Real Estate Bubble
By Joseph Huff-Hannon, New York Press
Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace: A visit to a packed real estate seminar on how to "get paid to buy a house" reveals that the bubble mindset still hasn't popped.

Washington's Best Kept Secret: McCain-Feingold Works
Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Blog
Democracy and Elections: Its been seven years since the McCain-Feingold bill was passed, yet the measure is still the subject of a massive amount of disinformation.


http://www.alternet.org /

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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:42 AM
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1. Playboy Strikes Again
Mark Ames, Playboy.com
Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace: They chicken out at the last minute. Recounting the doomed bus tour of AIG executives' posh homes in Connecticut.


Go figure.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:49 AM
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2. I thought it was an interesting look at that bus trip.
It was an aggressively ugly bus: a belching, decrepit hulk with dented corrugated aluminum siding. The perfect Country Club Assault Vehicle for terrorizing the upper-class plutocrats we were going to visit.

Poor Joe Dinkin was put in charge of the seating arrangement -- the minute he stepped off the bus, the reporters nearly tore him limb from limb. He dragged himself away from the bus door and down the street; the reporters clung to him like lions pulling down a struggling wildebeest. Joe tried to impose order as the reporters yelled out their organizations and why they had to be on the bus -- New York Times, CNN, New York Post, NBC. Poor Joe trembled so badly that all he could manage was to jot down a few chicken scratches on a piece of paper. He quickly lost control, as the reporters turned back to the bus and tried storming it again. Chaos ensued, and eventually the organizers realized that it was between the protesters being on the bus, or the media being on the bus. So one by one, they started pulling protesters off the bus to make room for the media. Eventually we -- media types -- all got our seats.

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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:35 AM
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3. That's the Problem With Media Stunts and Modern Protests
Edited on Sat May-02-09 07:35 AM by NashVegas
If you don't mean it enough that you're willing to get arrested, or risk a bloody nose, you don't change anything.

We have blogs, Twitter, YouTube ... there was no reason to fill the buss with media professionals at the expense of committed pissed-off people.

One or two pro reporters would have been enough to confirm what people on the bus could have documented and disseminated, themselves.
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