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Signs

Yesterday we reported that intelligence analyst George Friedman predicted the war with Iraq could begin as soon as this weekend: On timing, Friedman says an attack is probably imminent. This weekend offers a moonless night over Iraq’s desert sands. U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks, who will have responsibility for an invasion …

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Cleveland Imam “Co-conspirator One”

I have no idea if Cleveland Imam Fawaz Damra is a changed man or has simply learned to be discreet, but a “youthful indiscretion” has turned up in a very serious federal case: A federal indictment handed up Thursday accuses a University of South Florida engineering professor, Sami Amin Al-Arian, …

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Homogenized

Brent Staples criticizes corporate control of radio in a NY Times editorial today. While his angle is the lack of protest music on the radio today and his comparisons to Vietnam are specious, he’s right on about the homogenization of radio under corporate consolidation: When a media giant swallows a …

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Salon Almost Gone … Again?

I am saddened by the reports that Salon.com will not survive beyond the next couple of weeks: In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Salon said it has been unable to pay most of its bills since December, including its rent. If it cannot increase revenues …

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Attempt to Build a National Liberal Talk Network

Fed up with the conservative “monlogue” on national talk radio, a group of $$ libs is tryong to create its own network starring Al Franken: The group, led by Sheldon and Anita Drobny, venture capitalists from Chicago who have been major campaign donors for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, is …

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American Cultural Hegemony? Bilge Water

Charles Paul Freund concludes in Reason that reports of American cultural imperialism are greatly exaggerated: mounting evidence suggests that all this fulmination has been entirely pointless, and that cultural pessimists have been as clueless about the processes shaping the world as were their social, economic, and political forebears. In January, …

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Sampling

This short web film, S-11 Redux, an entrant in the Sundance Online Film Festival, is worth looking at on several levels. From a copyright theory standpoint, it shows the importance of making products of mass culture available for all to “sample” toward the creation of new art. On a content …

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“Impertinent”

I caution against overweening pride and arrogance from the US, especially the military, but that is nothing compared to the arrogance of the doomed: Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz left Italy on Sunday, capping a visit and a papal audience with an appeal to the United States to listen …

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