May 11th, 2010

ADN – dirty words

Anchorage Daily News disallows these words in comments:

Whore
Pissed
Screwed
PO (from update)

Tonight I wrote a comment to an editorial that the Anchorage Daily News wrote:

Our view: Keep ANWR in play: Wilderness designation wrong for coastal plain

What really got my goat was this statement from ADN editors:

The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be open to careful oil and gas exploration.

In my comment I tried to call the press in Alaska “whores” but ADN disallowed the use of the word “whore” and would not accept my comment.

No doubt ADN has lots of other words they won’t allow – I’d like to create a list. Send me any words that ADN flags for you: citykid@ptarmigannest.net.

Update: my last comment sums it up:

CityKid wrote on 05/11/2010 03:00:02 AM:

Politics is, after all, the allocation of scarce commodities and resources. Prostitution is, it seems to me, a perfect metaphor. How ironic that the Anchorage Daily News bans the use of the word _hore in its comment section.

UPDATE 2010 July 04 – add “PO” to the banned list. Guess the abbreviation for “Police Officer” is an ADN no-no.

January 9th, 2009

Why ADN is failing – we here in Alaska will suffer!

Two words, it’s not complicated: “Outside ownership.”

Just a couple of years back the Anchorage Daily News was a profitable newspaper. But ADN has been in trouble ever since The McClatchy Comapany which owns the Daily News burdened itself with debts intended to grow its holdings. ADN management now claims that they are in trouble because of “National trends” in the newspaper business. That’s pure B.S. ADN is in trouble because the owners, The McClatchy Company, has been demanding cuts (wage, costs, salaries) from all of the papers that they own. That in turn has diminished the quality of the newspapers that The McClatchy Company publishes and has severely damaged the subscriber base of their newspapers (I bailed on ADN a year ago). McClatchy bought ADN, killed off the competition and sucked off the profits for many years. NOW, when The McClatchy Company is in trouble, we Alaskans are being left without quality news coverage -and- not even a hint of investigative journalism. The McClatchy Company, using ADN management to cover their tracks, has the temerity to blame ADN’s problems on National Trends. That’s BS – but, of course, we will end up paying the price for McClatchy’s bad business practices. ADN is failing because a large National Corporation is failing. Left alone ADN would still be a viable business entity.

Good nite, and good luck to us all.

August 5th, 2008

The olympics

This is the best comment I read in ages.

There’s been questions coming our way about the olympics – are we going to promote it on The Pirate Bay or not. The answer is ‘No!’

First of all, sports are not that interesting! Politics however is. Helping out promoting a country like China is not in anyones interest besides their oppressive government. I’m quite surprised that the discussions about China versus human rights have been so quiet during the olympics. In my opinion the olympics should never be held in a country like that.

I feel a bit sick in my body when I see that journalists are upset that they would have to use a restricted Internet during their stay in China – and that they’re OK with going there anyhow, when the restrictions are lifted for them, personally. It’s sickening! Everybody needs to demand freedom for the people, not only freedom for some lucky ones. It’s spineless.

My emphasis. Peter is “Pirate Bay“. Thanks.

March 17th, 2008

The situation in T*bet

Coincidence? The US removed China (by far the worst official non-wartime killer of it’s own citizens) from the list of 10 worst human rights violators. A few months before the Olympics. And T*bet (although I do see some smart timing from the folks in T*bet too). I know this blog is not blocked in China, so while the chances are slim ANYONE reads it, let me at least try it.

The Chinese army is violently smashing down protests against the Chinese let’s say ruling in T*bet. Numbers of citizens killed are very unclear but mark my words, it will go in the hundreds if not thousands. What can we do? How about:

  • Quit buying Chinese goods (that will be the toughest, though most effective one)
  • Start pissing off Olympics sponsors like Lenovo (the Chinese PC maker, formerly known as IBM), Volkswagen, McDOnald’s, Coca Cola, Samsung, Adidas, General Electric, etc. Here is a good article in the Wall Street Journal.
  • Inform Chinese contacts, chat mates, foreign students, etcetera.

I agree to NOT press sporters into an impossible split. They are there to do their thing and to ask them to boycott the games or speak out aloud (remember, they are in China, governed by Chinese laws, as would foreigners in US based games.

Earlier on the nest: lots

January 23rd, 2008

The forbidden library

A website devoted to listing books that were banned from schools, libraries etc. From censorship quotes:

“You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken – unspeakable! – fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them. A little mouse – a little tiny mouse! -of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”
– Winston Churchill

A book on the list (I love those comments):

Anderson, Janice. The Life and Times of Renoir. Shooting Star Pr. Restricted at the Pulaski, Pa. Elementary School Library (1997) because of nude paintings in the book. Well, duh. It’s Renoir, people.

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. Ballentine. Ironically, students at the Venado Middle School in Irvine, Calif. received copies of the book with scores of words–mostly “hells” and “damns”–blacked out. The novel is about book burning and censorship. Thankfully, after receiving complaints from parents and being contacted by reporters, school officials said the censored copies would no longer be used (1992).

September 30th, 2006

One more reason to boycott Walmart (and perhaps Google)

According to “Imagethief” the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) has been banned in Singapore. Imagethief reports that while the government used bureaucratic legalisms to shut FEER down, what really put FEER out of business was this article. To be honest, I can’t help but think that folks in Washington wish they could do the same thing here. After all it’s OK to torture people, ignore the Geneva Convention and anything else our president and his cronies don’t like. What might be next? I think we should toss the bastards (and that includes the Democrats who sided with torture) out on their asses before they get carried aways with themselves :) Or have they already gone too far?
Have a nice day!

2006 October 04: On October 2 The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the banning of FEER.

July 27th, 2006

Are attacks on journalists increasing?

najb.jb It would seem that attacks on journalists are increasing. I was looking at a UNESCO site for information about the preservation of cultural artifacts and noticed a UNESCO press release condeming the recent killings of journalists in The Philippines and other regions. So where is our press (U.S.A. & Alaska) – they seem to have missed the story?

Hey girls and guys in the “mainstream press” why don’t you try talking your editors into a story about Layal Najib? The Committee to Protect Journalists reported on July 24, 2006:

“Layal Najib, 23, a freelance photographer for the Lebanese magazine Al-Jaras and Agence France-Presse, became the first journalist to be killed since Israel began attacks on Lebanon in response to a cross-border raid by the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. Najib was in a taxi yesterday trying to meet up with a convoy of villagers fleeing the Israeli bombardment of south Lebanon when she was hit by shrapnel from a missile on the road between the villages of Sadiqeen and Qana, local media reported. She died at the scene.”

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