Monthly Archives: May 2017

How Woodrow Wilson’s propaganda machine changed American journalism

April 27, 2017 9.51pm EDT Christopher B. Daly Professor of Journalism, Boston University When the United States declared war on Germany 100 years ago, the impact on the news business was swift and dramatic. In its crusade to “make the world safe for democracy,” the Wilson administration took immediate steps at home to curtail one…

State Senator Bill Dodd Receives an ‘F’ from the Courage Campaign

From the Courage Campaign: The Hall of Shame includes the legislators most out of step with their constituents, and most closely aligned with corporate and special interests that exploit the people of California. To make the list, a legislator needs to receive an F and demonstrate a voting record that does not represent the progressive…

Good Riddance Roger Ailes, Builder of One of the Most Formidable Propaganda Machines in History

Ailes Mourned in Palm Beach, Florida Service Roger Ailes – the television mastermind who fell hard for with Richard M. Nixon backstage on the set of the Mike Douglas Show in 1967 and went on to change the world as the founder of Fox News in 1996 – died last week. Apparently there were those…

FCC Chair Ajit Pai Aims to Help Corporations in Need

Pai’s Anti-Net Neutrality Agenda a War on the Public Commons Benefiting Corporate Telecom and Cable Giants If there were ever any doubt about who would benefit most from the rise of FCC commissioner Ajit Pai to the chairmanship of that Trump administration agency, Pai has moved quickly to clarify the issue – corporate giants such as…

What Can We Learn from the Flint Water Crisis?

Access to clean water is a human right, but who guarantees our human rights are observed? Under the terms of a recent court settlement, it will be 2020 before the old, lead-lined and galvanized steel water pipes of all the residents of Flint, Michigan are completely replaced. For a CNN timeline of the Flint water…

Know Before You Grow Petaluma! – Urban Chat Event at the Petaluma Library June 5 @ 7 pm

From neighbor Jerome Cleland comes word of this Petaluma Urban Chat event on Monday, June 5 at 7 pm that sounds like a ton of fun. Word has it that Dave Alden, Kevin McDonald, Ross Jones, Bill Wolpert and others will be on the panel for this event, the first in a series. Special thanks…

Petaluma Needs Affordable Housing & Public Open Spaces, Not Davidon’s Luxury Development

The official public comment period for the Davidon project DEIR has now passed, but you may certainly still contact your Petaluma City Council members to provide them with your thoughts on this project. Visit Petalumans for Responsible Planning for more information. This item will be on the agenda of the June 19, 2017 Petaluma City…

Muhammad Ali Indicted for Refusing to Fight in Vietnam, 50 Years Ago Today

On May 8, 1967 Muhammad Ali was indicted by a federal grand jury for refusing to serve in the U.S. military over his opposition to the U.S. war in Vietnam. Two weeks earlier, in response to a reporter’s question about Ali’s opposition to the war, he stated: Why should they ask me to put on…