Archive for August 1st, 2007

Please – no more letters about how martial law won’t be instituted because we don’t have enough troops. Watch this video instead.

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Scientists Mobilizing to Fight President Bush

More than 12,000 government scientists (including 20 Nobel laureates) have formed the Union of Concerned Scientists. From their site:

“An unprecedented level of political interference threatens the integrity of government science. Because policy makers depend on impartial research to make informed decisions, we are mobilizing scientists and citizens alike to push for reforms that will protect our health, safety, and environment.”

What does Mr. Murdoch’s company – News Corporation – own? Here’s a list of the company’s holdings and their Board of Directors (from their site): (we’ve added some emphasis – because we can.)

MEDIA

FOX Broadcasting Company

FOX Sports Australia

FOX Television Stations

FOXTEL

MyNetworkTV

STAR

CABLE

Fox Movie Channel

Fox News Channel

Fox College Sports

Fox Sports Enterprises

Fox Sports En Espanol

Fox Sports Net

Fox Soccer Channel

Fox Reality

Fuel TV

FX

National Geographic Channel United States

National Geographic Channel Worldwide

Speed

Stats, Inc.

DIRECT BROADCAST

BSkyB

DirecTV

Sky Italia

MAGAZINES

Big League

Inside Out

donna hay

ALPHA

News America Marketing

Smart Source

The Weekly Standard

Gemstar – TV Guide International Inc.

TV Guide

NEWSPAPERS

Australasia

Daily Telegraph

Fiji Times

Gold Coast Bulletin

Herald Sun

Newsphotos

Newspix

Newstext

NT News

Post-Courier

Sunday Herald Sun

Sunday Mail

Sunday Tasmanian

Sunday Territorian

Sunday Times

The Advertiser

The Australian

The Courier-Mail

The Mercury

The Sunday Mail

The Sunday Telegraph

Weekly Times

United Kingdom

News International

News of the World

The Sun

The Sunday Times

The Times

Times Literary Supplement

USA

New York Post

(soon to add The Wall Street Journal)

BOOKS

HarperCollins Publishers:

Australia

Canada

Children’s Books

United States

United Kingdom

Zondervan (Christian Publishing division of HarperCollins)

FILM

Fox Studios Australia

Fox Television Studios

Twentieth Century Fox Film

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Licensing And Merchandising

Twentieth Century Fox Television

OTHER

Broadsystem

Fox Interactive Media

MySpace

IGN Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes

AskMen

FoxSports.com

Scout

WhatIfSports

kSolo

Fox.com

AmericanIdol.com

Spring Widgets

Milkround

National Rugby League

NDS

News Digital Media

News.com.au

FoxSports.com.au

CARSguide.com.au

careerone.com.au

truelocal.com.au

homesite.com.au

in2mobi.com.au

News Outdoor

Fox Interactive Media

NDS Group

News Digital Media

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

K. Rupert Murdoch

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

News Corporation

José María Aznar

President

FAES – Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis

Former President of Spain

Peter Barnes

Chairman

Ansell Limited

Chase Carey

President and Chief Executive Officer

The DIRECTV Group, Inc.

Peter Chernin

President and Chief Operating Officer

News Corporation

Kenneth E. Cowley

Chairman

R.M. Williams Holdings Pty. Limited

David F. DeVoe

Chief Financial Officer

News Corporation

Viet Dinh

Professor of Law

Georgetown University

Rod Eddington

Non-Executive Chairman for

Australia and New Zealand

JPMorgan

Andrew S.B. Knight

Director

Rothschild Investment Trust C.P

Lachlan Murdoch

Illyria Pty Ltd

Rod Paige, Ed.D.

Chairman

Chartwell Education Group, LLC

Thomas J. Perkins

Partner

Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers

Arthur M. Siskind

Senior Advisor to the Chairman

News Corporation

John L. Thornton

Professor of Global Leadership

Tsinghua University of Beijing

 

Worried yet?

 

FLORIDA ARMY RESERVIST WINS RELEASE FROM 5th CALL TO DUTY

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida Army reservist has been released from active duty after asking a federal court to block his fifth deployment to war zones.

Sgt. Erik Botta was sent to Iraq three times and to Afghanistan once. He felt the Army should consider his previous tours “to assure a sharing of exposure to the hazards of combat.” He filed a petition in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach earlier this month, contending that the Army’s refusal to exempt him “constitutes unlawful custody.”

“I’m one year away from finishing my contract with the military, and while I was on active duty, I gave them four years of unquestioned service doing what they requested of me,” Botta told WPBF News 25 during an interview earlier this month. “Since I’ve left, I’ve gotten married to my wife, and now we’ve had to put on hold starting a family and our lifestyle that we’ve made a lot of sacrifices for in the last three years.”

The Port St. Lucie resident has since withdrawn his petition. His attorney, Mark Waple, said the Army released Botta from active duty Monday night. Waple said the Army released his client because it determined he “was not medically qualified to remain on active duty.” Botta never claimed any medical disqualification and suffers from no illnesses.

An Army spokeswoman said earlier in July that Army Reserve units deploy for 12 consecutive months, and that Botta had only accumulated about 10 nonconsecutive months of deployment. Botta enlisted in October 2000.

Botta told WPBF he filed the lawsuit against the military in hopes of obtaining a delay or exemption to allow him to complete his electrical engineering degree.Botta had reported for duty July 15, with plans for deployment a few weeks later. He told WPBF he was not going to disobey orders and would have deployed on schedule.

An Army spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

Well – we’ll comment!  CONGRATULATIONS Sgt. Botta!

Oxymoron – A paradox reduced to two words, usually in an adjective-noun (“eloquent silence”) or adverb-adjective (“inertly strong”) relationship, and is used for effect, to emphasize contrasts, incongruities, hypocrisy, or simply the complex nature of reality.  Examples: partially surrounded, almost exactly, government intelligence, and now this…

House Ethics!

HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES ETHIC BILL 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to require lawmakers to disclose more details of their bids to fund pet projects and their fundraising help from lobbyists.

Pardon me – but I’m laughing so hard I can’t even type the rest!  Read the story at CNN.com.