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06 April 2010 @ 02:58 am

www dot Collateral Murder dot com: Wikileaks has released the video that it has been in so much trouble over.

"Today Wikileaks released a video of the US military firing large caliber weapons into a crowd that included a photojournalist and a driver for Reuters, and at a van containing two children who were involved in a rescue. Wikileaks maintains that this video was covered up by the US military when Reuters asked for an official investigation. This is the same video that has supposedly made the editors of Wikileaks a target of the State Department and/or the CIA, as was discussed a couple weeks ago. Needless to say, this video is probably not work safe (language and violence), and not for the faint of heart." - Slashdot

The latest from Wikileaks' Twitter:
Collateral Murder videos now available as torrent: http://bit.ly/b24vnl (short) http://bit.ly/a5iYMo (full)


BoingBoing points out the obvious media blackout: Tiger Woods returning to golf is apparently far more newsworthy.

"On the day that an American consulate in Pakistan is attacked and that Wikileaks posted video of soldiers laughing while they kill civilians in Iraq, the major U.S. news networks have more important things to cover. Tiger Woods has returned to golf. Curiously, the search term 'wikileaks' doesn't work at MSNBC's search[reddit], even though other similar terms work fine and there should be many results from MSNBC's frequent coverage of the whistle-blowing site. In fact, a quick check suggests that Bing isn't indexing 'wikileaks' at MSNBC's site at all, but is doing so for other news providers. Bing itself lets you do that search just fine, so long as you don't restrict it to site:msnbc.com. Compare to the same query at Bing restricted to Fox. The kicker: if you misspell wikileaks in MSNBC's search box, it returns error-corrected results."
 
 
Current Mood: enraged
 
 
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15 December 2008 @ 08:30 pm
Follow up:
Thousands of Iraqis taking to the streets to demand release of journalist who threw his shoes at Bush.





Iraqi journalist flings his shoes at Bush.
A man identified as an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at -- but missed -- President Bush during a news conference Sunday evening in Baghdad, where Bush was making a farewell visit. The shoe-thrower -- identified as Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist with Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network -- could be heard yelling in Arabic: "This is a farewell ... you dog!" While pinned on the ground by security personnel, he screamed: "You killed the Iraqis!" Al-Zaidi was dragged away. Hurling shoes at someone, or sitting so that the bottom of a shoe faces another person, is considered an insult among Muslims.
I'm reminded of that famous footage of Iraqis assaulting that statue of Saddam with their sandals back when Iraq was first "liberated" from under his rule.
 
 
Current Mood: amused
 
 
 
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10 July 2008 @ 02:15 am


zoriah.net/blog


Zoriah
is an award-winning embedded war photojournalist in Iraq.

Read his recent eyewitness account of surviving a suicide bombing here. Warning: graphic content.

Contextually, this might be the most beautiful, moving tattoo I've ever laid eyes on.
 
 
Current Mood: indescribable
 
 
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04 July 2008 @ 03:36 am
Torrent links to stuff I've been watching lately and thought I'd share.


Who Killed The Electric Car?
is a 2006 documentary film that explores the birth, limited commercialization, and subsequent death of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology. in 2006, director Chris Paine announced that he would be making a sequel called Who Saved the Electric Car. Wikipedia article.


Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is a 2005 documentary film by director Robert Greenwald. The film presents an unfavorable picture of Wal-Mart's business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Wal-Mart executives. Wikipedia article.


Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is a 2004 documentary film that criticises the Fox News Channel, and its owner, Rupert Murdoch, claiming that the channel is used to promote and advocate right-wing views. The film says this pervasive bias contradicts the channel's claim of being "Fair and Balanced", and argues that Fox News has been engaging in what amounts to consumer fraud. Wikipedia article.


Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is a 2006 documentary about the ongoing Iraq War and the behavior of companies with no-bid contracts working within Iraq. Specifically, the film claims four major contractors - Blackwater, K.B.R.-Halliburton, CACI and Titan - are over-billing the U.S. government and doing substandard work while endangering the lives of American soldiers and private citizens. The documentary contends these companies are composed of ex-military and ex-government workers who unethically help their companies get and keep enormous contracts and milk the American taxpayer. The film crew interviews military servicemen, watchdog group affiliates, and former employees of Halliburton. Wikipedia article.


George Carlin: It's Bad for Ya (2008)George Carlin's last stand up show on March of this year.


Russell Peters: Outsourced (2006) Stand-up comedy by the west's most successful Anglo-Indian comedian. Wikipedia article on Russell Peters.



Taxi to the Dark Side.
2008 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary exploring the capture, detention, torture and death of an innocent Afghani taxi driver at the hands of American soldiers, as well as exploring America's policies on torture and interrogation in general. In a move similar to how they treated Beirut to Bosnia, The Discovery Channel bought the rights to the film and then opted never to air it. HBO then bought it from them, after which Discovery changed their minds and said they would also air it, however at a date after George Bush was no longer in office. Wikipedia article.



No End in Sight
is a documentary film that focuses on the two year period following the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The film asserts that serious mistakes made by the Bush administration during that time were the cause of ensuing problems in Iraq, such as the rise of the insurgency, a lack of security and basic utilities for many Iraqis, sectarian violence and, at one point, the risk of complete civil war. Rotten Tomatoes gave this film 97% positive ratings, and Metacritic gave it an average score of 89 out of 100. Wikipedia article.


These last two I downloaded a long while ago, but thought I'd throw them up here anyway.


Outsourced is a cross-cultural comedy about a Seattle-based call center who is fired and ordered to go to India to train his own replacement at the company's new call center there. Completely oblivious, India does to him what it does to most hapless outsiders, and this movie captures the cultural clash and ensuing hilarity. An enjoyable, sweet movie. Wikipedia article.



Zeitgetist The Movie
is a 2007 documentary film produced by Peter Joseph about the Jesus myth hypothesis, the attacks of 9/11, and the Federal Reserve Bank as well as a number of conspiracy theories related to those three main topics. It was released free online via Google Video in June of 2007. A remastered version was presented as a global premiere on November 10, 2007 at the 4th Annual Artivist Film Festival & Artivist Awards. Wikipedia article.


Happy downloading :D
 
 
 
 
 
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11 June 2008 @ 09:29 pm
BBC: US$23,000,000,000 missing from Iraq.

A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.

The BBC's Panorama programme has used US and Iraqi government sources to research how much some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding.

A US gagging order is preventing discussion of the allegations.

The order applies to 70 court cases against some of the top US companies.

While Presdient George W Bush remains in the White House, it is unlikely the gagging orders will be lifted.

To date, no major US contractor faces trial for fraud or mismanagement in Iraq.

The president's Democratic opponents are keeping up the pressure over war profiteering in Iraq.

Henry Waxman, who chairs the House committee on oversight and government reform, said: "The money that's gone into waste, fraud and abuse under these contracts is just so outrageous, it's egregious.

"It may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history..."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7444083.stm

This isn't new news. I first heard about it something like a year or two ago. I'm pretty sure I even posted it. Interesting how little coverage this is / has been getting. Oh well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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12 May 2008 @ 09:46 pm
x-posted to randompics.

theme: death.Collapse )

Don't worry, a more cheerful post to follow shortly.
 
 
 
 
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24 March 2008 @ 10:54 pm
Scott McIntosh is the 4,000th American soldier to die in Iraq.

BAGHDAD, March 24 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. soldiers to die in Iraq has reached 4,000, the U.S. military said on Monday, just days after the fifth anniversary of a war that President George W. Bush says the United States is on track to win."

Insert tired generic comment about oil, money, hypocrisy, Bush's I.Q., something else along the lines of history repeating itself, etc. etc. ad nauseum, and in b4 political shitstorm in comments, etc. You know the drill.