(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
In “An open letter to MoveOn”, Dennis put into words something that has been bothering me about the peace activist movement for a long time now. I commented here, voicing my own frustration and rage at these continued requests for my time and money. I’ve been extremely active in this movement since 2004, and I’ve already invested a great deal of time and money (I have rather a lot of one and very little of the other), with nothing to show for those peaceful efforts.
Iraq and Afghanistan wars rage on. Billion dollar bailouts of corrupt corporations continue. After a mealymouthed “Quest for the Holy Grail of Truth(tm)” charade conducted by the Judiciary, Rove and Miers have agreed to a private bellylaugh session. No accountability at all for Rove, Rice, Cheney and Bush – war criminals who have shredded our Constitution, made a mockery of our laws, and murdered millions for a lie.
Today was the coup de grace, the frosting on the cake. I get this from United for Peace and Justice, the first activist group I ever joined:
They need $5000 to make sure the story of their activism gets into the press.
Think about that for a minute.
They need to buy some coverage. As if it was an advertisement. But it’s not an advertisement – it’s SUPPOSED to be the NEWS.
They need to bribe someone in the media to do their job and report the fact that we exist and are angry.
And we need to pay off the press or we don’t get heard.
Got all that? We need to pay UFPJ’s fucking media bribe in order to have our concerns heard and taken seriously.
ARE YOU ANGRY YET?
“Did you say you want some more, well here’s some more!” /* Zappa
UFPJ’s web pages are hosted by an ISP/CLEC called Infohighway Communications. Donations to that organization go, in part, to pay those hosting fees.
Infohighway was my last place of employment. At the time, in 2006, Infohighway controlled the telecommunications and internet access for approximately 800 buildings in Manhattan alone. They also had points of presence in Long Island, Westchester, Philadelphia, DC, and were rolling out a new POP in Boston.
They control this access from the building level. When you move into an office or apartment as a tenant, they are who you get for telecommunications and internet access. You have no choice. They control the horizontal. They control the vertical. They own it all right down to the bare wire.
And if you think they’re not in bed with the NSA or if you have any privacy at all when you use those conduits to communicate, you’d better think again.
And UFPJ is one of Infohighway’s loyal customers – but they aren’t paying for those services. YOU are. YOU are helping to fund that corporation with your donations to UFPJ.
ARE YOU ANGRY YET?