World-Class Anti-War Show Gone From 9a.m. Slot
by Ed Murray
The veil of “Shadow Censorship”, like that of Twitter, has even taken hold in the premier Pacifica Radio line up at Anti-War station KPFK in Los Angeles. The station’s premier program on both foreign policy and progressive national issues has been removed from its 9 a.m. weekly spot. It can only be heard if you get up really early, at 6 a.m.
Amy Goodman has been the main framework of the KPFK line-up for many years. It could be argued that her show, “Democracy Now”, has gone a long way to keep KPFK afloat. Her show is one of most popular progressive shows in the country. Not only does this weaken the prime 9 a.m. broadcast hour, but it will hit KPFK’s bottom line, as Amy Goodman is one of the best “pitch” persons at KPFK, bringing in untold thousands of dollars to support the station over the years. In addition, Goodman makes appearances in Los Angeles as KPFK sponsored events, bringing the station even more publicity and funding.
What is strange about this is that no notice was given to the listeners. No vote was taken as far as can be determined. Evidently the Program Director made the decision by himself.
Shadow Banning. This is a method used by the large social media platforms to remove programs and individuals from the platforms without anybody knowing what is really going on. The person or program is still there, it just can’t be seen by anybody else. Twitter just admitted to “hiding” over 600,000 individual accounts. This is pure and simple corporate censorship. By “hiding” Goodman’s program at 6 a.m., before most folks are even awake in the morning, they are exercising a form of “shadow censorship”. Her former 9a.m. time slot was in the key morning time that folks flip on their radios.
Anti-War activist Frank Dorrel has put out a statement on this sudden removal of Democracy Now:
I am totally against this change. If Democracy Now underperforms during a fund drive at the 9:00 AM time-slot, I would think it is because more often than not, you cut away from the show to have Christine offering some other product not associated with Amy Goodman. In my humble opinion, Democracy Now is by far the most important show on KPFK. Tom Hartman is no Amy Goodman, not at all. Not even close. He’s OK and I think his program deserves being on the station. I can’t believe you are making this change. So now Democracy Now will only be on KPFK at 6:00 AM. I would think this move will end up with less people listening to KPFK then before. Just one man’s opinion. I have been listening to KPFK since 1980. This is the station where I learned all about U.S. foreign policy, hence my film: “What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy”- www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdMWOjYuYwk&t=183s – which Amy promoted along with the anti-war book I publish & distribute: ADDICTED To WAR – during a fund drive many years ago and received over 100 orders at $200 per order. She did this with Jerry Quickly. I still get many orders for ADDICTED To WAR. I have distributed close to 240,000 copies since 2002.his.
This move comes after Pacifica station in Berkeley KPFA has removed another popular program, Guns and Butter. They also purged the 17 years of archives for the show at the same time without notice. This show also dealt with controversial topics. The question is why Pacifica stations are going down the censorship road, “shadow banning” and outright removal of controversial, but popular programs. Is Pacifica turning into another corporate authoritarian platform, removing the most controversial programs? YouTube hired 10,000 censors to “police” and remove controversial videos. Facebook has been caught censoring, as well as google. In the last few years, around a billion pages, platforms, and individuals have been removed from social media. This is the worst attack on Free Speech in the history of mankind. A shame that the so-called free speech radio stations at Pacifica are going down the same path.
Youtube Hires 10,000 Censors To Purge Alternative News Channels
Google/youtube has hired an army of “invisible” censors to purge information and videos that are at odds with the elite establishment and the military-industrial complex. This army of 10,000 purge agents is also in the process of training robotic Artificial Intelligence software programs so that the censorship can be multiplied by a factor of four or more.
This has come in a period when Americans are watching more and more videos, rather than reading news reports. Video has become a powerful tool to expose war crimes, political dirty tricks, fraud, and government misconduct. The explosion of video and the internet has led to many diverse folks to start their own channels because they are fed-up with the so-called mainstream news setting the agenda and ignoring important issues.
This censorship benefits only the current elite and the huge military-industrial-pharma complex, who are losing their ability to propagandize and pull the wool over the eyes of the average American. The government has lied to the American people for years about many things, foreign wars being one the biggest and continuous lies. Alternative news channels have sprung up to show videos and first hand reports of the slaughter of innocent civilians around the world by these military operations. These videos are now being taken down from youtube. The government does not want you to see the horrific damage in countries like Syria and Yemen. Seeing human rights violations and the killing of thousands of innocent women and children is something the neo-con war boys do not want you to see.
This massive purge of truth crosses to all areas of the political spectrum, from progressive and anti-war sites to Ron Paul Libertarian videos, to independent investigators to alt-right. Here is a snip from the website of the World Socialist Website, for instance:
YouTube began removing photographic and video documentation of war crimes in Syria in August, terminating some 180 accounts and removing countless videos from other channels, including footage uploaded by Airwars of coalition air raids that have killed civilians, according to Hadi al-Khatib, the founder of Syrian Archive. YouTube later stated that it would work to “quickly reinstate” any videos and channels that it “removed mistakenly.”
In November, YouTube removed over 51,000 videos concerning Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American imam who was assassinated via missile raid by the Obama administration on September 30, 2011. Awlaki was never charged with, let alone convicted of any crime. The mass removal was praised by the New York Times, one of the largest mouthpieces of the American ruling elite, as a “watershed moment.”
The Goal of the Purge is to Eliminate Both the Progressive Left and the Alt Right From The Political Landscape
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of youtube, and the leader of the secret 10,000 censors, is shown in the above photo at the elitist World Economic Forum. This secretive group of elites hate being exposed for their attempted control of the world and its resources. Did Wojcicki get her marching orders from the WEF?
The Political Purge was started in the late summer of last year. We know that tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands off videos have been purged and banned. We know that hundreds of youtube channels are gone, wiped out overnight without a trace. We know that de-monitization of videos on many sites has caused great financial distress to youtube creators who are working full-time on their projects. In addition, since last August, a sinister youtube program run by AI software has placed untold thousands of videos in a Video Stasis, or “Limited State”. These videos are not searched by google, are removed from the youtube owners playlist, and are placed in a “Stasis” somewhere on the web where nobody can possibly find them. This operation sounds like some strange science fiction story. It is so insane that it is unimaginable, but shows the lengths that these authoritarian elites will go to shut down any truth.
It is imperative that folks protest this outrage. It is time for the U.S. Government to seize google entirely as a monopoly. Youtube should be separated and run as a government sponsored social media platform, dedicated to all free speech.
The Secret Space Program, Chemtrails, and the Space Fence
A hard science researcher, Elana Freeland, in a startling revelation last week, claimed that the U.S. Military is weaponizing space and has secret programs to build “space fences” to protect our satellites and “kill” other satellites belonging to other nations. In addition, the military-industrial companies are using pulse weapons and many other secret operations to gain “full spectrum dominance” over not just the earth, but the space area around planet earth.
This has serious implications, leading to another round of military adventures with many nations gearing up for a “war” in space that could have very serious consequences to those of us living on the planet. Ms. Freeland also shared her research on the so-called “Chemtrail” controversy, leaving little doubt that there is a secret program conducted by the U.S. and its allies to use “aerial spraying” for various nefarious plans and experimentation on the population.
You can listen to this complete, shocking report, by clicking on the video box below.
U.C. Berkeley, Home of the Free Speech Movement has Cancelled Free Speech Week
University Bows To Antifa and Revolutionary Communist Party.
In a recent radio interview, a spokeswoman for the Revolutionary Communist Party explained their position. They are against Free Speech for “Fascists”. Who are the “Fascists”? Basically, almost anyone who is not a communist is a “Fascist”. Hence, only communists should have Free Speech.
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In addition, a faculty professor was interviewed on another radio station and said there should be no Free Speech for Milo Yiannopoulos because it creates a “security problem”, and “security” is much more important than the “idea” of Free Speech. Besides, he lamented, he would have to walk to his class through police lines and show his I.D. Boo Hoo. What an inconvenience. And what is his salary teaching at Berkeley?
A Collision Between a VW and a Motorcycle Sends Rider to Hospital
A crazy crash on Thursday, July 13, 2007 at the intersection of San Fernando Blvd. and Alameda resulted in a motorcycle being split in half. Whose fault and what happened could not be determined at the scene, but photos taken may offer clues. The bike rider was still alive, carried away by Fire Department rescue. The intersection is on the border of Burbank and Glendale and is the scene of many crashes, many caused by young males speeding west down Alameda and attempting to run the light at San Fernando. All photos copyright by Southland News Bureau.
What Happens When You Don’t Keep Up Your Property
Photos by uncle paulie
An uninhabited house on Riverside Drive a block east of Laurel Canyon has taken a big hit as an untrimmed tree split and crashed onto the house. This property was supposedly purchased recently for around $900,000, but has sat empty for almost a year. Transients were living in it for a time this month, but they were finally evicted.
The tree could not grow to the east because of the apartment building that butts up against it, so it grew to the west until it became so unbalanced that it split and crashed into the house. It’s always interesting how much money some folks have to buy a house for almost a million dollars and then let it sit empty and rot. It proves the old adage “Money does not care who it belongs to.”
Last Minute Anti-Trust Division Action Stops Tribune Monopoly Plans
by Ed Murray
Dateline: Orange County
As we reported earlier, the Los Angeles Times has some big plans to extend their newspaper monopoly to the entire Southern California region. In a previous article entitled: The Los Angeles Times, the Shameful Showboat of a Powerful Press Monopoly, we wrote that the Tribune Company, owner of both the San Diego Union and the L.A. Times, was sneaking around the bankruptcy court hearings offering to loan the owners of the Riverside Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register 3 million dollars at no interest to tide them over for a while until the bankruptcy court held an auction, where they planned to buy up the Register and the Press Telegram. Here’s what we said:
“Things have since become even stranger, when the Orange County Register filed for bankruptcy late last year. The same company also owns the Riverside Press Telegram. So here comes the Tribune, now owner of the Times and San Diego Union, offering a 3 million dollar loan at zero interest rate to the company that owns the Register and Press-Telegram. This would give them a crack at buying the two papers out of bankruptcy, and thus increase their monopoly over all of Southern California. If that works out, the Tribune will own the Times, the San Diego Union, The Riverside Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register. Any beginning psychic can see more layoffs, consolidated printing, consolidated news, and immense power over the entire Southland. Oh, and the big hurt on real freedom of the press.”
Plot Foiled by Alert Anti-Trust Attorneys
Luckily for the entire population of the Southland, the Anti-Trust Division of the Justice Department was paying attention to all this. Today, March 17, 2006, the Justice Department filed suit to block this outrageous monopoly grab by the Tribune Company. Below is the complete Press Release from the Department of Justice:
Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit to Stop L.A. Times Publisher from Acquiring Competing Newspapers
Acquisition Would Monopolize Newspapers in Orange and Riverside Counties in California
The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today seeking to block the acquisition by Tribune Publishing Company, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, of Freedom Communications Inc., publisher of the Register in Orange County, California, and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside County, California. Tribune was selected as purchaser of Freedom’s newspapers following a bankruptcy auction and will seek bankruptcy court approval of its acquisition on March 21. The department is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the sale to Tribune from proceeding.
According to the department’s complaint, filed in federal district court in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times and the Register together account for 98 percent of newspaper sales in Orange County and the Los Angeles Times and Freedom’s newspapers together account for 81 percent of English-language newspaper sales in Riverside County. Tribune’s acquisition of its most significant competitor would give it a monopoly over newspaper sales in each county and allow it to increase subscription prices, raise advertising rates and invest less to maintain the quality of its newspapers.
“If this acquisition is allowed to proceed, newspaper competition will be eliminated and readers and advertisers in Orange and Riverside Counties will suffer,” said Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “Newspapers continue to play an important role in the dissemination of news and information to readers and remain an important vehicle for advertisers. The Antitrust Division is committed to ensuring that competition in this important industry is protected.”
Tribune Publishing Company is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Chicago. It publishes 11 major daily newspapers across California, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
If Not Blocked, Newspaper Competition Will Be Eliminated
The Justice Department did make one small error in that in Los Angeles and San Diego, newspaper competition is already defacto non-existent and has been for decades due to the Times either buying up their competition or secretly financing certain owners of “competing” papers that won’t really compete. If this bankruptcy sale goes through, the Tribune will “own” the Southland. It’s not just the advertising revenue that is at stake, it is the cultural control and even more important, the political control. Which candidates, for instance, will get “press coverage”, and which candidates will be endorsed by the Tribune political tribunal? We sincerely hope that the Justice Department is successful in their efforts to prevent this press monopoly from going any further.
Millions Lost to Mismanagement
by Uncle Paulie
Dateline: Los Angeles
The incredible financial mess continues at Pacifica. Because they have blown the audit dates for 2 years and have lost about 2 million dollars in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the network is danger of financial failure. The new June 2016 deadline for filing looks like a repeat disaster, possibly blowing close to another million, despite hiring a new Chief Financial Officer, Sam Agarwal, who is facing an uphill battle to literally pry basic financial information from the stations. Some of the Pacifica stations, like KPFK, do not even have regular bookkeepers at this point, and Agarwal has taken the financial records away from at least 2 stations, it was revealed by Fred Blair in his first KPFK financial report as the treasurer of the Listener Board.
Some serious financial information came out at the recent National Finance Committee, WBAI’s report, and the KPFK Listener Board meeting. Here’s a few bullet points:
—Only 2 of Pacifica’s 5 stations have full-time business managers. This in itself is insane behavior of management. They have been unable or unwilling to commit to straighten out the chaotic financial situation.
—Neither WPFW, Washington, D.C., nor WBAI, New York have had their draft FY16 budgets approved yet. FY16 began on October 1, 2015.
—The CFO said that cash flow is a major concern now, some stations can’t even meet the National Office’s payroll deadline and are critically behind on health care insurance payments, Central Services fees, and other expenses.
—The CFO said that Pacifica should not count on getting Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) grants for four to six months because of the lateness of the audit. He said that meeting the short range cash needs for those four to six months would be a challenge. (And this may not happen if the auditors cannot get the information.)
—The CFO has not been able to even access all the bank accounts, meaning a lot of information is not available.
—WBAI winter fund drive after the entire month of February and an additional week is only 65% of projected budget.
—CFO has not been able to get ANY information from WPFW. Financially he doesn’t know what is going on there.
—Pacifica has not sent the financial statements to the stations that were due in February.
—The amount of information that has been demanded from the auditors
Click on Box to view KPFK Treasurer’s Report. Keep watching entire video as last part is a Supplemental Report by former Treasurer Kim Kaufman.
Former KPFK Treasurer Outlines Dire Conditions
Kim Kaufman, former KPFK LSB Treasurer issued the following report
I have written elsewhere how Lydia Brazon’s majority has approved deficit budgets for KPFK totaling approximately $1 million dollars the last two years. But what’s really telling about this year’s KPFK budget is that the majority of fund drive days – almost 2/3s – come in the first half of the year. There’s mostly smoke and mirrors in the second half. I wonder if they intend for KPFK to be in business in the second half of this fiscal year which starts April 1.
As Fred said, there is a new CFO. His last job was at a San Francisco non-profit. It was largely funded by various state department and law enforcement agencies that are usually associated with regime change in foreign countries. It’s an unusual choice for Pacifica one would think.
The CFO has been at Pacifica for less than two months and said he hasn’t reviewed most of the station’s budgets – but suggested they may be unnecessary and can be replaced by “innovative thinking.” He can’t possibly be familiar with all our operations in this short time and yet he’s decided our business model is no good. And that he and Lydia, without informing the board, have put out proposals for alternate funding. But he’s not prepared to get into specifics yet.
Such “innovative thinking” may be underwriting as was discussed at the last National Finance meeting. This seems to me to be a straw man – a sham argument set up to be defeated. It seems odd that after two years of the national board majority claiming how fantastic they were doing because they were in charge, now suddenly, there’s a financial disaster with the only choice being presented is to take underwriting. And the board saying nothing while the CFO says publicly that listener support should be dismissed as reliable or even desirable.
The majority on the national board have already forfeited $2 million dollars in lost funding because of two late audits filed to the State of CA and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The CFO seems really fuzzy about the next CPB deadline which he seems likely to miss which will cost Pacifica another one million dollars in lost grants. It seems odd that making that deadline in June to make sure we get that $1 million dollars isn’t his highest priority.
This is a straw man because first of all, our audience is simply too low to be attractive for any serious underwriting. Any business that would be aligned with our programming is not likely to provide much financial support relative to our low listenership. It won’t bring in significant funding and in exchange, it will upset our listeners at the mere idea of this. But perhaps that is the point. Say no to this scary underwriting and the alternative is… wind up in bankruptcy court? Sell off a license?
But why is no one talking about the real choices? What real management and leadership would do with a radio network would be to improve the programming, which is what we do to serve the public which is why we have non-profit radio licenses in the first place. We would get a plan to do appropriate marketing. And we would clean up the sloppy or outright fraudulent accounting and business practices.
In KPFK’s case, we would ask why is there unqualified management making obviously bad decisions… like taking off KPFK’s most popular programs and replacing them with cronies? Or why did the GM fire the webmaster and allow KPFK’s website to degenerate to a non-functional mess? That has cost us thousands, if not tens of thousands of listeners who used to listen on-line, download shows – and donate through the website. Rather than underwriting, how about re-hiring the webmaster and getting back those listeners?
Lew Hill, the founder of the Pacifica Foundation, which owns the five radio licenses, was very clear in his writings. Popular programs would get listener support. Unpopular ones wouldn’t. This the integrity of listener sponsor radio. That’s why it’s a public service not a private broadcasting club. Why is the national board majority so allergic to talking about this? Why are they allowing management to drive away KPFK’s listeners? Who benefits?
Supplemental Finance Report
As of Wednesday, the February fund drive total was: $261,469 after 15 days/ $17,431 per day. The budgeted goal is $600,000 for 22 days/ $27,272 per day. To reach the goal, the drive would have to be extended to 34 days (assuming per day doesn’t decline).
The budgeted goal for December was $400,000 at 15 days/ $26,666 per day. Two days were added. The pledged amount was $316,752 for 17 days/ $18,632 per day. Novick and the GM assumed in the budget the rest of the days of December would be “quiet drive days” to achieve the goal. That leaves the “quiet drive” magic dust to make up the $83,248 difference.
This February drive is the last drive in this half of the year. 102 fund drive days were budgeted for FY2016, 63 in the first half of the fiscal year (October-March). With the addition of 8 days already added, the total drive days are now up to 110 days with 71 in the first half, assuming no more days are added to the February drive (a not-likely assumption).
There are only 39 budgeted fund drive days in the second half of the year (April-September) at an average of $23,111 per day (an overly rosy number based on actuals). The rest of the listener support comes from 92 budgeted “quiet drive” days at $5,400 per day to raise about $500,000 in the months of April, June, August and September.
The LSB or Treasurer should ask management for the results of the quiet drive days in December. How many days did it run and how much was pledged/ paid per day? This was supposed to all go through the website. It does not show up in MEMSYS.
It’s important to see how realistic these quiet drive number are going forward. My estimate is the December quiet drive brought in something over $1,000 per day which falls far short of the $5,400 per day budget. December is historically the best month for this kind of pitch
This appears to leave a $400,000+/- gap in fundraising for the second half of the year for the quiet drive days, plus the much lower than budget per day $ in these first three drives.
The NFC approved FY2016 budget was created entirely by Treasurer Novick, iED/Chair/NFC rep Brazon and GM Radford on the NFC. An earlier draft was approved by the LSB majority with a $1 million deficit. This draft is an improvement but is still a severely deficit budget.
While I would not preclude a severe financial crisis before the end of March, it appears extremely likely after March.
Secretary, Finance Committee
Former KPFK LSB Treasurer
February 19, 2016
Despite Rio Tinto’s Slick Propaganda – Its Worldwide Mining Operations Are Exposed
As if we don’t already know enough about Rio Tinto and their proxy Resolution Copper in their role of manipulating Sen. John McCain’s “land swap” deal into last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, new information has surfaced about their horrible record of treatment of their own workers world wide in a study released by IndustriALL Global Union. Now that Resolution has its hands on the ancient Apache land of Oak Flat and the 160 billion dollars of copper underneath it, what can be expected from the company in dealing with its workers?
A recent report entitled “Rio Tinto: The Way It Really Works“, documents how the stated propaganda and public relations spin in the mainstream press ignores the facts on their dealings with indigenous peoples around the world. Rio Tinto was slammed in the report for their “systematic failures in environmental, social and governance factors.” Rio Tinto is charged with anti-union behavior, failures in worker health and safety, including their role in many deaths of workers around the world, irresponsible political activity, and failure to respect indigenous peoples’ rights, among many other charges. This report should give pause to the U.S. Senate, and hopefully help the Apache Native Americans reverse the unethical “land-swap” deal. Here is the entire report:
As Ron Johns, an editor on the graphic novel “Red Eden a Vision of Mars” has stated about the Rio Tinto copper scheme in Arizona: “Really, it’s like the last straw in a 200 year rampage against (Native Americans), broken treaties, banishment to desert so-called reservations, starvation, slaughter. And now this Oak Flat thing, where McCain gives away something that even President Eisenhower said should be left to the Apaches and the public forever, untouched. You can’t even make up this kind of stuff in fiction, nobody would believe it,” Johns said.