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Tinnitus!!!

Op de voorpagina van de Volkskrant staat een kort bericht:

'Gehoorschade jongeren.

71 procent van de jongeren tussen 16 en 29 is zich wel bewust van de risico's van het luisteren naar harde muziek, maar ze ondernemen geen actie om gehoorschade te voorkomen. Dat blijkt uit een onderzoek onder vijfhonderd jongeren in opdracht van de Gezamenlijke Audiologische Industrie Nederland.' Lees verder in de Volkskrant.

Op een mooie lentedag drie jaar geleden begon het, een hoge piep in beide oren, in het rechter oor hoger dan het andere. Ik had er wel eens eerder last van gehad, maar na een minuut of tien verdween het weer. Nu bleef de hoge piep, ik werd er knettergek van. Om er minder last van te hebben, fietste ik overdag naar de fonteinen op het Frederiksplein, want het geruis van het vallend water onderdrukte het geruis en gepiep in mijn oren. Urenlang zat ik daar, hopende dat mijn gepiep uiteindelijk weer zou verdwijnen. Na een week raadpleegde ik mijn huisarts die me doorstuurde …

Deir Yassin 2

Mail van de Amerikaan Mazin Qumsiyeh:

'Deir Yassin Remembered April 9th. This massacre is one of 33 massacres (not
the largest but one of those publicized by the Zionists to scare the
remaining population) that helped the systematic cleansing (term actually
used by Zionists) of Palestine. Al Abbasiyya (4 May ‘48), Abu Shusha (14 May
‘48), Ayn az Zaytun (2 May ‘48), Balad ash Sheikh (25 April ‘48), Bayt Daras
(11 May ‘48), Beer Sheba (21 Oct ‘48), Burayr (12 May ‘48), Al Dawayima (29
Oct ‘48), Deir Yassin (9 April ‘48), Eilaboun (29 Oct ‘48), Haifa (21 April
‘48), Hawsha (15 April ‘48), Husayniyya (21 April ‘48), Ijzim (24 July ‘48),
Isdud (28 Oct ‘48), Jish (29 Oct ‘48), Al Kabri (21 May ‘48), Al Khisas (18
Dec ‘48), Khubbayza (12 May ‘48), Lydda (10 July ‘48), Majd al Kurum (29
October ‘48), Mannsurat al Khayt (18 Jan ‘48), Khirbet, Nasir ad Din (12
April ‘48), Qazaza (9 July ‘48), Qisarya (15 Feb ‘48), Sa’sa (30 Oct ‘48),
Safsaf (29 Oct ‘48), Saliha (30 Oct ‘48), Arab al Samniyya (30 Oct ‘48…

Iran 161

'Tomgram: Noam Chomsky on "the Iran Effect"

On Tuesday, meeting with the press in the White House Rose Garden, the President responded to a question about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Syria this way: "[P]hoto opportunities and/or meetings with President Assad lead the Assad government to believe they're part of the mainstream of the international community, when, in fact, they're a state sponsor of terror." There should, he added to the assembled reporters, be no meetings with state sponsors of terror.
That night, Brian Ross of ABC News reported that, since 2005, the U.S. has "encouraged and advised" Jundullah, a Pakistani tribal "militant group," led by a former Taliban fighter and "drug smuggler," which has been launching guerrilla raids into Baluchi areas of Iran. These incursions involve kidnappings and terror bombings, as well as the murder (recorded on video) of Iranian prisoners. According to Ross, "U…

De Koran van de VVD

Het Parool bericht:

'VVD-blad: verspreiden Koran misdrijf

ADDIE SCHULTE

DEN HAAG - Verspreiding van de Koran in de huidige vorm is een misdrijf. Dat stelt een auteur onder het pseudoniem 'H.S.M. Frankenvrij' in een artikel in het partijblad Liberaal Reveil. VVD-senator Heleen Dupuis, voorzitter van de redactie van het blad, schaart zich er grotendeels achter. In het blad stelt 'Frankenvrij' dat het verspreiden of openlijk ten gehore brengen van de Koran discriminatie en opruiing inhoudt. Als oplossing stelt de auteur voor om 'islamitische redacteuren' een legale versie van de Koran te laten maken. Alle oproepen tot haat en geweld moeten daaruit verwijderd zijn. De Bijbel is volgens de auteur een stuk verdraagzamer.'

Lees verder: http://www.parool.nl/nieuws/2007/APR/05/p1.html

Er is maar 1 conclusie mogelijk, de VVD kent de bijbel niet en zeker niet de oud-testamentische god der wrake. Vooruit dan maar jongelui, enkele voorbeelden. De eerste beschreven en do…

Suffen op het Werk

Een van de opmerkelijkste berichten van de laatste tijd: 'Suffen op het werk kost werkdag per maand
Werknemers verliezen gemiddeld een werkdag per maand omdat ze niet scherp zijn. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van TNS NIPO
23 minuten Op dat gebied is er nauwelijks verschil tussen mannen en vrouwen. Gemiddeld zitten medewerkers 23 minuten per dag te suffen op het werk. 6% van de ondervraagden zegt meer dan een uur per dag niet scherp te zijn.Rondje lopenOp die momenten loopt de werknemer vaak een rondje door het bedrijf, kijkt naar buiten of zit te staren. Opvallend is dat deze activiteiten populairder zijn dan roken, surfen op het internet en e-mailen voor priv├ędoeleinden.
Zie: http://www.rtl.nl/(/actueel/rtlnieuws/)/components/actueel/rtlnieuws/2007/04_april/03/binnenland/ 0403_1200_gebrek_scherpte_op_het_werk.xml Waarom is dit nieuws? Waarom is het nieuws dat miljoenen Nederlanders elke dag 23 minuten wegdromen? Het lijkt mij normaal aangezien het meeste werk monotoon is. Welnu, het is nie…

De Volkskrant 22

Ik heb net op de website van de Volkskrant deze vraag gesteld:

'hoe verklaart de volkskrant-commentator het dat een kwaliteitskrant als de britse independent het tegenovergestelde constateert dan de volkskrant. de volkskrant schrijft: 'iran haalt bakzeil'. de independent kop is deze: 'Both sides claim victory as Iran frees hostages.' met andere woorden, de independent blijft neutraal, onafhankelijk, de volkskrant kiest partij en komt met een kwalificatie. vanwaar dat verschil?' Zie: http://extra.volkskrant.nl/opinie/commentaar.php?id=674
Mijn verzoek aan u is, stel de Volkskrant-redactie vragen over hun Iran-verslaggeving. Die is zo tendentieus dat een zichzelf respecterende lezer wel vragen moet stellen.

De Volkskrant 21

Kijk, in tegenstelling tot de Volkskrant brengt een kwaliteitskrant het nieuws onafhankelijk, en het is notabe nog een Britse krant ook, de Independent:'Both sides claim victory as Iran frees hostages
By Angus McDowall in Tehran and Colin Brown
Published: 05 April 2007
The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was basking in triumph yesterday as he announced that the 15 British sailors and marines captured in disputed waters of the Persian Gulf two weeks ago would be freed.
The surprise decision, announced by the President after he awarded medals to the border guards who seized the UK service personnel, was presented as a gesture of magnanimity. But it also reflects a success for British diplomacy conducted under enormous public pressure.
The first Tony Blair knew of the release was when it was announced on television by Mr Ahmadinejad during a press conference. Downing Street and the Foreign Office had hoped for movement over the next few days, but expected nothing so sudden as an i…

De Volkskrant 20

Dit zal de Volkskrant nooit zelf onthullen: 'The Secret War Against Iran By Brian Ross and Christopher Isham Report: 04/03/07 "ABC News' A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.The group, called Jundullah, is made up of members of the Baluchi tribe and operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, just across the border from Iran. It has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials.U.S. officials say the U.S. relationship with Jundullah is arranged so that the U.S. provides no funding to the group, which would require an official presidential order or "finding" as well as congressional oversight.Tribal sources tell ABC News that money for Jundullah is funneled to its youthful leader, Abd el Malik Regi, through Iran…

De Commerciele Massamedia 51

Voor mijn collega's bij de Oorlogskrant een bericht van Media Lens: 'MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

April 4, 2007

MEDIA ALERT: A MENACE TO US ALL - MAX HASTINGS AND IRAN

When the big fish of British journalism enter the much bigger pond of the American prestige press, they understand that success requires a willingness to massage elite American prejudices.

This kow-towing to claptrap is received all the more warmly because it represents an independent, second opinion from beyond America’s shores, thus confirming everything that is understood to be true about the world. This “truth” revolves around two key intellectual propositions. First, “we” are the good guys. Second, “they” are the bad guys.

Masters of the art include Niall Ferguson, Michael Ignatieff (Canadian-born but formerly a British media star), and of course Christopher Hitchens - keen supporter of US-UK war crimes, notably in Iraq.

Thus, also, in a recent New York Times article, Max…

De Volkskrant 19

De Los Angeles Times bericht:
'Faye Turney and the other British sailors smile to the press after a speech by President Ahmadinejad in which he announced their immediate release. Ahmadinejad greeted the sailors at his presidential compound.
(Majid Saeedi / Getty Images)'
Zie: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-brits5apr05,0,3363390.story?track=mostviewed-homepage

Een week geleden schreef de Volkskrant-opiniemaker Henk Muller het volgende:
'De verhouding tussen het Westen en Iran is, ook militair, nu uiterst gespannen. De VS hebben hun troepen in de regio de laatste tijd flink versterkt en zijn dinsdag grootscheepse manoeuvres begonnen, inclusief ''luchtaanvallen''.'
Zie: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2007/03/iran-152.html

Naderhand zag de Volkskrant lezer op de voorpagina onder een maar liefst zes kolommen brede foto van een Amerikaanse patrouilleboot op het punt te worden 'gelanceerd',' zoals de Volkskrant dit noemde. Eronder…

De Commerciele Massamedia 50

The Unearthing: An Awakening Has Arrived
With Truth Comes Awakening
By Manuel Valenzuela
"ICH"

The suppression of truth has long been among the highest priorities for the upper echelons of power and authority. For a minority elite that clings to power by the manipulation of the masses using an omnipresent cocktail of lies, deception, mass-produced ignorance and ingrained propaganda, the destruction of truth is an essential method of control. It is a formula that has worked to unmitigated success for the elite throughout history, whether the shadows of power stretch from ancient pyramids, marble temples, castles, mansions or halls of governance. Those holding the levers of power and control understand, better than most, that the dissemination of truths to a blind majority could spell the end of their reign, for truth brings sight to the blind.
These entities understand that truth is like a massive breath of fresh mountain air, pure and energizing, refreshing and invigoratin…

The Empire 218

'EVEN MORMONS JUMPING OFF BUSH BANDWAGON AS WAR TAKES ITS TOLL
By Bill Gallagher

DETROIT -- Iraq is lost militarily and politically. Even the Mormons are now abandoning President George W. Bush's mad war. That's akin to the Swiss Guard deserting and leaving the pope to fend for himself with the Vatican under siege.
Other than his own greedy family members, oil barons and military contractors, no group of Americans has stood so steadfastly behind the Bush administration than the members of the Church of Latter-day Saints.
Voters in Utah, the Mormon theocracy, have supported Bush with loyalty they usually reserve for the Brigham Young football team. In 2004, Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney's criminal enterprise got 71 percent of the vote in Utah.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that a two-year compilation of Gallup polls showed staunch support among Mormons for the war in Iraq and Bush's handling of the violence: "American Mormons, more than any other religious gr…

De Commerciele Massamedia 49

'Big Media Runs to the Nanny State
By Dean Baker
t r u t h o u t Columnist

In today's hyper-competitive market economy, we all know what happens to businesses that can't compete: they run to the government for help. That is exactly what Viacom did last month as it became concerned about its future prospects in the Internet age.
Viacom is one of the world's biggest media companies. It owns MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime and Paramount Pictures in addition to many other cable networks. Its gross revenue was almost $10 billion last year and its profits were $1.26 billion. It also manages to write very healthy paychecks for its top executives. Three years ago, it split $160 million in compensation among its top three executives, enough to support almost 15,000 workers for a year at the minimum wage.
But all is not well at Viacom. Its stock price is down by close to 10 percent over the last year and a half, the period since it decoupled itself from CBS, reversing an earlier merge…

Het Arabisch Vredes Initiatief

'Style or substance following Riyadh summit?
Michael F. Brown,
The Electronic Intifada,
2 April 2007

The Arab League peace initiative is back in play after an Israeli and American-imposed five-year hiatus. The return to the previously shunted aside proposal comes only because the Bush administration has utterly fouled the region -- from the bloody sectarian turmoil of Baghdad to the tsunami of human waste that recently swept through part of northern Gaza -- and has evidently concluded there is now a better hope of "fixing" Israel and Palestine than Iraq.In an ironic twist, the Bush administration claim that the road to Middle East peace runs through Baghdad has been inverted by the total collapse in Iraq. Now Jerusalem, borders and Palestinian refugees are on the agenda. Only the growing strength of Iran and desperation for some success in the region could lead the White House to its current position and the risk of failure similar to that of President Clinton in the final d…

De Israelische Terreur 178

'Alleged POW Killings Spark Egypt-Israel Diplomatic Row Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani, The Electronic Intifada
CAIRO, Mar 30 (IPS) - Another diplomatic row has erupted between Cairo and Tel Aviv after a documentary film aired on Israeli television in February claimed that Israeli forces had executed hundreds of unarmed Egyptian prisoners of war (POWs) in the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.The foreign ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador to express "Egypt's anger" over the revelations, but critics from across the political spectrum decried the step as inadequate."The official reaction is in proportion to the weakness of the government, which has obviously lost much of its international influence," Hamdi Hasan, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood bloc in parliament told IPS.Israeli Television's Channel One aired a documentary film Feb. 26 about the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967 titled Unit Shakid. The film made the claim that Israeli soldi…

De Commerciele Massamedia 48

'An Academic Look at Fake TV News
By PR Watch.
In his paper “Loath to admit: Pressures on ethical disclosure of news release sources,” Australian academic Peter Simmons analyzes issues around video news releases (VNRs), or fake TV news. “When the source is not disclosed, news release material acquires the implied endorsement of a more credible and neutral party,” he writes, placing ethical responsibility on both newsroom staff and PR practitioners. In response to PR and broadcast industry portrayals of VNRs as important to “the free flow of ‘information,’” Simmons questions “the quality of the information flowing freely to the public.” Reviewing the May 2005 Congressional testimony of then-Public Relations Society of America president Judith Phair, D S Simon Productions head Doug Simon, and Radio-Television News Directors Association president Barbara Cochran, Simmons notes, “The testimony did not include reference to the journalism profession’s known resistance to be seen … using p…

De Commerciele Massamedia 47

'Sy Hersh: US imposes collective censorship on world
By The Peninsula.
Doha: Did the psychological effects of 9/11, re-prioritise substantive nature of the Press? Has journalism lost touch with its capacity to stand up to the authority and keep the public informed? Is it true that the Western media is waging a cultural war on Arab-IslamicEast?” These were some of crucial questions debated by veteran journalists and media analysts on the floor of the third annual Aljazeera Forum, opened here yesterday.
Renowned investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh said the ongoing media war between the West and the Arab region would continue for long.
Describing himself as an anti-government journalist, he said the US was squeezing Iran through sanctions and putting the supreme leaders of the world under frequent pressures. The US government has imposed a collective censorship on the world. It is glad to note that Al Jazeera is breaking this censorship on and off, he said.
“Hol…

De Commerciele Massamedia 46

'Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War.

How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?
In this clip from the premiere of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Bob Simon of 60 Minutes, who was based in the Middle East, talks about the reporting he was seeing and reading out of the Beltway, and John Walcott and Warren Strobel of Knight Ridder newspapers (now The McClatchy Company), discuss their work burrowing deep into the intelligence agencies to determine whether there was any evidence for the Bush Administration’s case for war. On Wednesday, April 25 at 9 P.M. on PBS (check local listings), watch “Buying the War,” a 90-minute documentary that explores the role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, which includes interviews with Dan Rather, formerly of CBS; Tim Russert of Me…

Iran 160

De context, de achtergronden, en de feiten van het conflict tussen Iran en het Verenigd Koninkrijk. Belangrijk voor de Nederlandse commerciele massamedia die ervan overtuigd zijn dat dit de oorzaak kan zijn van het bombarderen van Iran voor de deur staat.

'British MOD Issued Two Different Coordinates for the Gulf Incident.

The UK Ministry of Defence website still contains their widely quoted press release, issued on the 28th March, which attempts to clearly establish that the arrest of the fifteen British sailors and marines by Iran took place in Iraqi waters. Unfortunately for the MOD, it appears that they have used two different sets of position coordinates to fix the site of the incident. One of these coordinates is quoted in the text (para 4), another is pictured in their photograph taken from a helicoptor. Furthermore, the data was presented in the same press briefing. Assuming that both sets of data were expressed using the same coordinate system this is, at the least, an emba…

Haaien

'Why is it still acceptable to eat the endangered large predators of the sea?
By George Monbiot.
Published in the Guardian 3rd April 2007.
To Ransom A. Myers, who died on March 27th.

If these animals lived on land there would be a global outcry. But the great beasts roaming the savannahs of the open seas summon no such support. Big sharks, giant tuna, marlin and swordfish should have the conservation status of the giant panda or the snow leopard. Yet still we believe it is acceptable for fishmongers to sell them and celebrity chefs to teach us how to cook them.
A study in this week’s edition of Science reveals the disastrous collapse of the ocean’s megafauna. The great sharks are now wobbling on the edge of extinction. Since 1972 the number of blacktip sharks has fallen by 93%, tiger sharks by 97% and bull sharks, dusky sharks and smooth hammerheads by 99%(1). Just about every population of major predators is now in freefall. Another paper, published in Nature four years ago, shows tha…

Iran 159

De Independent bericht: 'The botched US raid that led to the hostage crisis
Exclusive Report: How a bid to kidnap Iranian security officials sparked a diplomatic crisis.
By Patrick Cockburn
Published: 03 April 2007
A failed American attempt to abduct two senior Iranian security officers on an official visit to northern Iraq was the starting pistol for a crisis that 10 weeks later led to Iranians seizing 15 British sailors and Marines.
Early on the morning of 11 January, helicopter-born US forces launched a surprise raid on a long-established Iranian liaison office in the city of Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. They captured five relatively junior Iranian officials whom the US accuses of being intelligence agents and still holds.
In reality the US attack had a far more ambitious objective, The Independent has learned. The aim of the raid, launched without informing the Kurdish authorities, was to seize two men at the very heart of the Iranian security establishment.
Better understanding of the…

Iran 158

Na alle overdreven herrie van Britten, Amerikanen en de EU, gebeurt wat er in dit soort gevallen allereerst had moeten gebeuren, doodgewoon diplomatiek overleg met Iran. 'Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Statement
The frenzy in America's corporate media over Iran's detainment of 15 British Marines who may, or may not, have violated Iranian-claimed territorial waters is a flashback to the unrestrained support given the administration's warmongering against Iraq shortly before the attack.
The British are refusing to concede the possibility that their Marines may have crossed into ill-charted, Iranian-claimed waters and are ratcheting up the confrontation. At this point, the relative merits of the British and Iranian versions of what actually happened are greatly less important than how hotheads on each side - and particularly the British - decide to exploit the event in the coming days.
There is real dange…

Paul Krugman

'Distract and Disenfranchise
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times

I have a theory about the Bush administration abuses of power that are now, finally, coming to light. Ultimately, I believe, they were driven by rising income inequality.
Let me explain.
In 1980, when Ronald Reagan won the White House, conservative ideas appealed to many, even most, Americans. At the time, we were truly a middle-class nation. To white voters, at least, the vast inequalities and social injustices of the past, which were what originally gave liberalism its appeal, seemed like ancient history. It was easy, in that nation, to convince many voters that Big Government was their enemy, that they were being taxed to provide social programs for other people.
Since then, however, we have once again become a deeply unequal society. Median income has risen only 17 percent since 1980, while the income of the richest 0.1 percent of the population has quadrupled. The gap between the rich and the midd…

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'A monstrous war crime

With more than 650,000 civilians dead in Iraq, our government must take responsibility for its lies
Richard Horton
The Guardian

Our collective failure has been to take our political leaders at their word. This week the BBC reported that the government's own scientists advised ministers that the Johns Hopkins study on Iraq civilian mortality was accurate and reliable, following a freedom of information request by the reporter Owen Bennett-Jones. This paper was published in the Lancet last October. It estimated that 650,000 Iraqi civilians had died since the American and British led invasion in March 2003.
Immediately after publication, the prime minister's official spokesman said that the Lancet's study "was not one we believe to be anywhere near accurate". The foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, said that the Lancet figures were "extrapolated" and a "leap". President Bush said: "I don't consider it a credible re…

Naomi Klein

'Acclaimed author and journalist Naomi Klein spoke about the 'privatization of the state' at a recent talk in New York City. Klein is a widely read columnist for the Nation magazine and the London Guardian and author of the international bestseller, "No Logo." Her forthcoming book is titled "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."
As we continue to look at the issue of Iraq and the US occupation, we turn to the acclaimed author and journalist, Naomi Klein. Naomi is a widely read columnist for the Nation magazine and the London Guardian. She is the author of the international bestseller "No Logo" and more recently of "Fences and Windows." She visited Iraq in 2004 and published an article later that year for Harper's Magazine titled "Baghdad Year Zero" in which she detailed the privatization of Iraq's state-dominated economy. She has continued to cover the issue and her forthcoming book on disaster capit…