February 23, 1996 will live in infamy. Yes friends, that is the date I registered eddie.com. This domain, eddie.com, has been in my possession for 10 YEARS! Dude, that’s like almost before the Internet was invented. Seriously, I didn’t think I’d live long enough to have had a domain for that long. Wow. As a fitting tribute, here’s my own personal wayback machine of the way things looked in 1999.
Loving Empire Notes. It’s definitely on my daily read list.
“Let’s sum up the transfer of sovereignty. The United States keeps 14 military bases, at least 130,000 troops. It also keeps control of the new Iraqi military (which is to be under the command of Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez). It keeps control of the purse-strings. UN Security Council Resolution 1483 gives the United States (the “coalition”) total control over Iraq’s oil revenue — it goes into a bank account labeled the Iraq Development Fund administered by the Coalition Provisional Authority.
So, the new sovereign government of Iraq will have a military controlled by a foreign power, will be occupied by a foreign military, will have no revenues, and “will not need law-making authority.” An interesting definition of sovereignty.”
Completely unrelated, yesterday was free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s. I checked out the Haight street store during yesterday’s unusual heat wave. A line of beautiful shiny people were queued up waiting for their free booty. Just inside, a DJ was spinning bad 80’s music, but keeping the vibe alive. I got an oversized Chunky Monkey cone (for breakfast!). One cool thing I noticed, Rock the Vote volunteers were on-hand registering the captive audience to vote. Looks like they were doing brisk business. There is hope yet!
Last night, I went over to UC Berkeley to hear Robert McChesney speak on the subject of media control and reform. Media concentration is a big deal as was evidenced by the uproar over the FCC’s decision to cozy up even more to big money corporate media. The evening was sponsored by Media Alliance, who are doing great things in the realm of media activism. I picked up a copy of his latest book, The Problem of the Media, which l look forward to devouring. I took a bunch of notes on my hiptop, which I’ve pasted below. The first speaker was a white-haired dude named Jerry Mander who touched on global monoculture and the spread of global corporatism. His notes are first.
Read More “Media Regime Change”
I’ve had this fotolog account for awhile now, but only recently got back into updating it. Fotolog is a community of picture lovin’ & sharin’ peeps from around the world (with an interesting concentration of nubile young Brazilian girls posting endless vanity shots). One of the more innovative things about fotolog is the group fotolog. Group fotologs usually center around specific concepts like street art, bumper stickers or tattoos. There’s no automated process start a group fotolog, you just have to email them and wait. I’d love to turn my political art fotolog into a group one. I emailed them last week and waiting for the go.
More people have published their accounts of what happened to them during RNC week. Emmanuel sums it up nicely:
I can only pray that what happened on August 31 was a mistake that will never be repeated. But I can’t say I’m optimistic – with the mayor saying the police did an “A plus” job and the mass media beginning to mock the experiences we went through. If this is indeed the beginning of a trend, then this episode will represent a big step in the decline of our freedom. These sweeps will become commonplace in the name of security. People will be held without charges for days. The suspension of rights now used on “enemy combatants” will begin to be applied in other areas, whenever national security can be even peripherally invoked. We could all wind up paying a very heavy price for our complacency. That’s why, if there’s to be any hope at all, we have to care and we have to get through to others. That’s the purpose of my telling this story and I hope it manages to open some eyes.
And that’s the purpose for my story as well. I’ve compiled and a list of links to all the stories I’m aware of. If you know of others, please let me know and I will add them to this list.
Video interview with a very articulate detainee (Quicktime):
The Washington Post has this excellent front page story about innocent people being rounded up and detained by the NYPD during the RNC. The major media pretty much ignored or downplayed the issue at the time. It’s good to see the Post doing it’s job on this one. It is interesting, but not surprising to see Bloomberg and the cops continue to whitewash the whole thing as if it never happened.
Throughout the week, police also picked up dozens of people who appeared to have nothing to do with demonstrations, the New York Civil Liberties Union said. Among those swept up by police were several newspaper reporters, two women shopping at the Gap, a feeder company executive out for dinner with a friend, and Wendy Stefanelli, a costume designer with the TV show “Sex and the City,” who was walking to get a drink with a friend.
Bloomberg has acknowledged that police may have arrested some innocent bystanders, but he suggested that it was partly their fault.
“If you go to where people are protesting and don’t want to be part of the protest, you’re always going to run the risk that maybe you’ll get tied up with it,” he said on a weekly radio show on WABC.
Yeah Mike. Maybe you should have handed out copies of your new version of the Constitution to visitors before you wiped your ass with the one that has served us so swell for over 200 years.
Democracy Now! has this story on the use of low cost decentralized messenging tools to organize quickly to breaking news and events. SMS text messaging to over 5000 people, a staffed dispatch center, and VOIP text-to-speech breaking news update phone service were all used effectively to mobilize people. The major media and even the cops themselves relied on NYC.Indymedia to find out the latest protest actions.
On Wednesday, an Indymedia journalist posted the following report: “The Entire Scooter Goon Squad is wrapped around Fifth and 48th reading INDYMEDIA from an internet phone booth. Everyone should come by and bring your video cameras.”
You’d think that with a $60 million security budget the cops would have been able to invest in a few mobile Internet devices.
It’s rare that I come across a site or tool that just sucks me in. Now is one of those rare times. Flickr has the right mix of visual voyeur curiosity and show-and-tell community that it’s got me clocking up the hours. I discovered flickr a year ago when it first launched, but it was a different animal then. You know you’ve come along way when Yahoo and Google buyout rumors spread like wildfire. I’d love to see Flickr buyout Yahoo. Yeah, I think they’re ready.
Oh, why is Flickr so cool you ask? It gives you the tools to upload, archive, organize, annotate and share your pictures with your friends and soon-to-be friends in a way no other site or tool has before. Awesome, easy to use viral features with a social networking core that encourages community and sharing. Also it’s really encouraged me to take my camera with me and snap pix of pretty much every god damn thing. Check out my Flickr and leave some comments!