CENSORED NEWS: Al Giordano responds to Project Censored’s Attack on Censored News

Al Giordano, publisher of authentic journalism at Narco News, responds to Project Censored’s hypocritical claim to own the words ‘censored news’ and its threat to file a lawsuit against Censored News

Dear Peter Phillips,

When in 2007 I rejected your Project Censored award I mentioned that I consider your organization a gigantic scam that abuses journalists and ordered you not to use my story in the book with which your organization sought to steal my work to make money for yourselves.

Thank you for, eight years later, having proved me absolutely correct about my judgement of you and your bottom-feeding, fraudulent crew.

Narco News and all our allies through the School of Authentic Journalism will be paying very close attention to whether you continue these threats against journalist Brenda Norrell, and in your attempts to silence and censor her continue. Guys who bandy about words like “cease and desist” are often the ones who need to take their own advice and cease and desist such infantile and greedy attempts to intimidate a journalist, and through her to the Native American movements for which she and Censored News provide unparalleled and vital coverage.

The suggestion that because your name is “Project Censored” that nobody else can use the word “censored,” that you somehow have a trademark on the word itself, is as laughable as it is disgusting. The word is “part of your lexicon?” Please provide me a copy of your registered trademark on Censored News for a story I’m reporting about this latest attack on press freedom and in favor of censorship, complete with the date that shows you registered it before Ms. Norrell began using it in her publication. Short of that, you have no case, Sherlock, and you know it. This is just an effort to bully a journalist whose support from other journalists you apparently underestimated.

Persist in your efforts to censor its use and don’t be surprised when you become, once again, the laughing stock of the entire international community of journalists, only at higher volume than ever before, because this latest stunt is so deliciously hypocritical it beyond human decency.

Oh, and have a nice day, Mr. Phillips, you miserable, creepy slob.

via CENSORED NEWS: Al Giordano responds to Project Censored’s Attack on Censored News.

Angry Duped Cops Are Now Photographing The Homeless Because De Blasio Or Something: Gothamist

The Sergeants Benevolent Association is soliciting photos of the homeless as part of their “Peek-A-Boo, We See You Too” campaign, which would sound like juvenile Facebook ranting if it wasn’t being propagated by the city’s second-largest police union.

“As you travel about the city of New York, please utilize your smartphones to photograph the homeless lying in our streets, aggressive panhandlers, people urinating in public or engaging in open-air drug activity, and quality-of-life offenses of every type,” SBA president Ed Mullins writes in a release. “We will refer issues to the proper agencies, and we will help create accountability across the board.”

Mullins suggests that the “see you too” portion of the campaign’s tagline is aimed at critics who want to videotape police or equip them with body cameras: “We, the ‘Good Guys,’ are sworn to protect our citizens. Shouldn’t our public officials be held to the same standard?”

As of this writing, the homeless are also citizens, and none pictured in the SBA’s hall of shame appear to be breaking any laws.

Too bad: think of how viral a photo like that would be! Almost as viral as a photo of a cop treating the homeless with kindness.

via Angry Cops Are Now Photographing The Homeless Because De Blasio Or Something: Gothamist.

Mexican activist in missing students case killed near Acapulco | News | DW.COM | 10.08.2015

Jimenez had worked with families of the disappeared to find information and evidence, which he had then passed on to the authorities. “This area, we have always said it, it’s a cemetery,” he said in an interview last December.

Since the group began their investigations in November, 129 bodies have been found and handed over to the authorities for identification.

The 43 students are believed to have been arrested by local police on the instructions of the local mayor and his wife. They were handed over to a criminal gang and killed.

via Mexican activist in missing students case killed near Acapulco | News | DW.COM | 10.08.2015.

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“On her sixth birthday, two of her friends came over and brought her presents. One of the presents was big, and the other was small. The friend who’d brought the big present was laughing at the smaller present. It was so hard for me to not intervene. I was so used to telling my daughter how to act and what to say. But I decided that this time I’d sit back and see how she responded. “I like both my presents the same,” she said. And I remember feeling so proud, because I knew that what I’d been teaching her was working.”

(Karachi, Pakistan)

LOL – We Love LA! N.F.L. to Weigh Three Teams’ Proposals on Moving to Los Angeles – The New York Times

The Raiders, the Rams and the San Diego Chargers have unveiled plans to build stadiums near Los Angeles, a potential bonanza for the teams and the league. The concentration of fans and companies in the Los Angeles area, the nation’s second-largest market, could lift sales of tickets, merchandise and sponsorships and enhance the N.F.L.’s media rights.

But placing one or more teams in Los Angeles, where fans have many other diversions, is no guarantee of success, and it would mean abandoning Oakland, St. Louis or San Diego, which have been solid, if less lucrative, N.F.L. markets.

 

The Raiders? Oakland needs ya.

The Rams? Come on home!

The Chargers? This is where it all started – come on up!

On Monday, the six owners on the committee that oversees the league’s options in Los Angeles will weigh those factors when representatives from San Diego present their plan to keep the Chargers from moving. (Leaders from St. Louis have presented their plan already.) The next day, all 32 owners will hear updates on stadium proposals in Carson and Inglewood, Calif.

via N.F.L. to Weigh Three Teams’ Proposals on Moving to Los Angeles – The New York Times.

The Donald Is a Lot More Dangerous Than You Think | Dame Magazine

Like his White Populist predecessors, Trump is capitalizing on widespread anti-immigrant sentiment. And this kind of rhetoric is just a more socially acceptable form of anti-Black racism. Trump with his anti-p.c. stances and anti-Mexican rhetoric can rally his White troops against everything from #BlackLivesMatter to demands for the expulsion of ethnic studies out of our classrooms, for more prisons and police. He is the personification of White supremacy and patriarchy, cloaked in a mirage of the American Dream and its related ideology of American exceptionalism.

He is recycling a trusted playbook of demonizing immigrants of color, playing on the fears and anger from the White working- and middle-class people who have long supported the GOP since the introduction of Nixon’s “Southern Strategy,” which capitalized on White bigotry throughout the South while mobilizing White fears of Black crime by advancing an aggressive law and order platform.

His anti-immigrant and racist message is an old historical narrative. It worked from the Know-Nothing Party that mobilized around anti-Irish and anti-Black sentiments. It worked for countless Republican politicians who used fear of the “Yellow Peril” which led to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, and the 1942 Bracero Agreement, a labor and wartime strategy that was used to maintain political power. And of course, racial fear has been fundamental to the maintenance of slavery, Jim Crow, mass incarceration and the amped-up militarization of the police who are disproportionately killing people of color and being acquitted for it.

via The Donald Is a Lot More Dangerous Than You Think | Dame Magazine.

Humans of New York

“On her sixth birthday, two of her friends came over and brought her presents. One of the presents was big, and the other was small. The friend who’d brought the big present was laughing at the smaller present. It was so hard for me to not intervene. I was so used to telling my daughter how to act and what to say. But I decided that this time I’d sit back and see how she responded. “I like both my presents the same,” she said. And I remember feeling so proud, because I knew that what I’d been teaching her was working.”

via Humans of New York.