Saturday, September 08, 2007

2 Things

My friend Su is always sending me interesting links. I tell her she should start a blog but she says she has no time. I wish she'd change her mind because I know it would be an intelligent blog as well as very cool visually as she is an artist. I'm posting two links she recently sent me.

This first is an article on giving up bottled water:

The second is a link to Bill Moyers "Buying the War". If you don't have time to sit and watch the entire thing then just watch a chapter at a time. 15 minutes or so.

How did the mainstream press get it so wrong? How did the evidence disputing the existence of weapons of mass destruction and the link between Saddam Hussein to 9-11 continue to go largely unreported? "What the conservative media did was easy to fathom; they had been cheerleaders for the White House from the beginning and were simply continuing to rally the public behind the President — no questions asked.How mainstream journalists suspended skepticism and scrutiny remains an issue of significance that the media has not satisfactorily explored," says Moyers. "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?"



Blogger Babzy said...

Mary, thank you for posting the link about bottled water. Once you know, there is no excuse for ignoring it or denying it or defying it.

I'm going to add this to my growing list of things that will help and harm the environment.

I'm saving the Bill Moyers video for tonight. Thank you again.

9/08/2007 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Amen girl. The water AND the bill moyers link. Two books that can give you the details on why journalists (especially Judith Miller) are not providing the government counter by sorting out fact from propaganda fiction is Frank Rich's 'The greatest story ever sold' and 'Hubris', by Michael Isikoff and David Corn. That will provide quite a few answers.
Also, this country and its people are sold on a lot of things, it's on tv every day. Selling politics and providing the images and not too much substance isn't too much of a stretch when the majority of people don't take the time to engage in critical thinking.

9/08/2007 02:11:00 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Great post, Mary. I had the Moyers vid up a while back, but the bottled water issue was news to me. Thanks.

9/08/2007 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger Easybreathingfella said...

Hi Mary,

Greetings from this side of the pond.

How I loved reading your blog, I think like you to much support from the media was given to your Mr Bush and our Mr Blair.

Most of the propoganda issued by the press was totally misleading.

The perseption over here is that you Yank's belive anything that you are told, Just like some of our lot. I am glad to see it is not necessarily true.

Having found your blog, I now look forward to popping in again shortly.

Best wishers,


9/08/2007 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Thanks for the link - will go check them out..

9/09/2007 02:48:00 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

The bottled water thing was a good read!! We use some kind of a filtration device (I forget it's name now), that fills a two quart container with good water in about five minutes. We then fill those sport container things if we need water on the go.

Our water here is horrible, unless you grew up drinking it, but that filtration thing makes it just as good, if not better, than any bottled water I've ever had. Plus that bottled crap is getting expensive!

9/09/2007 03:52:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Babzy- Yeah we have to give up the bottled water.

Ingrid- I agree on the critical thinking. Everyone has to engage.

Tomcat- I know some people have probably seen it but don't want to miss anyone.

Easy- Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for coming by. Yes, some of us have our thinking caps on here.

LaBella- I think you will find them both informative.

TUA- We have well water here and don't drink because of the farming runoff. I MUST get a water filtration thingy! It's my goal.

9/09/2007 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

If you go to Chris Jordan's website (, and click on "Running the Numbers", you can see his artwork that gives a visual of our what we throw out. One work depicts the FIVE MILLION plastic beverage bottles that Americans use every 5 minutes.

I am amazed and sickened.

9/09/2007 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Wonderful blogs links...and Bill Moyers is a wonder...he also has a great blog- I will send you the link....

9/10/2007 02:34:00 AM  
Blogger just me said...

Thanks for the links, Mary. I think you have to look at the atmosphere is this country as well as the journalists. Look what happened to the Dixie Chicks, for Christ's sake. I was opposed to Bush and the war from the outset because my son was in the military. And even when we went, it wasn't about terrorism, it was about weapons of mass destruction.

So many lies, so many lives. It seems such a long time ago to me.

9/10/2007 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger just me said...

Thanks for the links, Mary. I think you have to look at the atmosphere is this country as well as the journalists. Look what happened to the Dixie Chicks, for Christ's sake. I was opposed to Bush and the war from the outset because my son was in the military. And even when we went, it wasn't about terrorism, it was about weapons of mass destruction.

So many lies, so many lives. It seems such a long time ago to me.

9/10/2007 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Your blog is interesting and intelligent and artistic! (Not that Su shouldn't have one.)

Yes, history will show that the media (and individual reporters) were complicit in the collapse of the empire. It's too easy to say that the corporations that own the media are responsible. So many journalists have been trained well enough to know that questioning the status quo, looking for the meaning behind the story, challenging power and going for objectivity are all values of the trade. Selling out to the corporation, to info-tainment, to 'if it bleeds it leads and to a power hungry and corrupt administration will not wash in the end.

In Canada we have a somewhat better mainstream media - especially CBC radio, which criticizes the hand that feeds it daily. If any government were to close it down or even cut the budget in a big way - they'd fall in an election over it.

Poor NPR out there fundraising and competing with ET Tonight and Survivor.

Keep up the good work Mary!

9/11/2007 01:25:00 AM  
Blogger Katie McKenna said...

The differences in choices are interesting....

I drink out of recycled water bottles.. filling them with drinkable tap ( not from my house here! but from the j.o.b. since my filter died ) ..but I've never seen anyone recycle their soda bottles...nor their juice bottles ...I was pleased to see the article pointed out the comparison of consumption and usage of water bottles verses carbonated beverages ( which is twice as much).

What do people drink when they are out? Does the soda come from cans or bottles in the bars, restaurants, rodeos and other events? coke machines? Or on tap? Mostly cans from what I've seen...or tap...Water is bottled as we know... Is any of that recycled? Rarely...yet, we buy into the waste cycle through our participation.....

Then we have the whole lifestyle.. At this time ( for the past 6 years ) I have not owned a car.. how many people would, could ? embrace this lifestyle? The average family has at least two vehicles,not to mention other toys... The nearest bus station is almost 2 miles away.. inconvenient.. yet doable... not always easy...

So many choices...I believe that if we all do what we can..we will make a difference... but will it be enough?

Thanks for sharing the link to the thought provoking article Mary!

9/11/2007 08:55:00 AM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

Here's one more good link dealing with the msm:

Good post Sister.


9/11/2007 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

Oh, and be sure to curl up with a copy of Begala & Carville's "Take It Back" for how we got here and how we can get out.


9/11/2007 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Lynn@ZelleBlog said...

The issue with reusing water bottles is not always a lazy one. Many are made from what is known in the industry as short term single use plastic. It breaks down and is not intended for repeated use.

Many groups on this issue advocate not using bottled water at all, using a home filter, and a sturdy plastic container that you reuse and does not leach chemicals over time.

If bottled is used, recycle the plastic.

Good links Mary.

9/11/2007 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger msliberty said...

This issue has long been dear to my heart...THANK YOU for sharing the link to such a great article. I linked it, and YOU!

9/12/2007 01:34:00 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

thanks for these links!

I saw the recent bush biographer on the daily show last night - that also looks interesting - if I find a link I'll post it.

we're off to the bahamas for a funeral - my hubs' father finally passed last weekend - but we'll be back next wednesday. keep safe,

- A

9/13/2007 10:35:00 AM  

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