06 April 2004

Passive resistance to racial politics


Twenty-five percent of students who take the SATs refuse to identify themselves by race or ethnicity. The growing number of “non-responders” has undercut the validity of data on the achievement gap between races and ethnic groups. In fact, “non-responders” are now the largest minority among SAT takers.

Maybe there’s hope for the younger generation yet.

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Sic transit gloria nudium


So, Alanis Morissette thinks she’s being bold by attacking American “censorship” by stripping down naked in public. Of course, she doesn’t actually do it. She wears a fake nude bodysuit. How is she any different than when Jason Alexander as George Costanza on “Seinfeld” tried to get fired by streaking on the field at Yankee stadium but didn’t have the guts to actually streak. If you’re going to be bold by “speaking truth to power” do it or don’t do it. Don’t pretend to do it.

So this is how the naked protests end with a whimper, not a bang.

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Not quite on the leading edge


President George Bush first asked Tony Blair to support the removal of Saddam Hussein from power at a private White House dinner nine days after the terror attacks of 11 September, 2001.


Bush, claims Meyer, replied by saying: ‘I agree with you, Tony. We must deal with this first. But when we have dealt with Afghanistan, we must come back to Iraq.’ Regime change was already US policy.

What’s bizarre about this is that it’s prresented as a shocking revelation, as if the government of the USA hadn’t adopted regime change as official policy back in 1998. So here President Bush is, 3 years later, revealing this to PM Blair. No mention at all of this in the article because that would pollute the internal narrative of the author.

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Another "lazy or biased" moment in Big Media


The scarce references [in President Clinton’s 2000 National Security report] to bin Laden and his terror network undercut claims by former White House terrorism analyst Richard A. Clarke that the Clinton administration considered al Qaeda an “urgent” threat, while President Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, “ignored” it.

The Clinton document, titled “A National Security Strategy for a Global Age,” is dated December 2000 and is the final official assessment of national security policy and strategy by the Clinton team. The document is publicly available, though no U.S. media outlets have examined it in the context of Mr. Clarke’s testimony and new book.

At what point will it become clear to the general public that Big Media has no interest in pedestrian facts but only their internal narative?

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