[APR-news] Alternative Press Review - October 26, 2004

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Alternative Press Review - Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream
Tuesday - October 26, 2004

Purchasing Individuality in America
By M. Junaid Alam

Leaving aside the issue of cost, what kind of individuality save the most
superficial and trite can be gained by the obsessive fetishization of
apparel? How does one become more unique by announcing to the world via his
t-shirt logo that he is the "property of Abercrombie & Fitch?" All that
really occurs here is the subsuming of the individual into the hype and
mantra projected by the clique. This is a kind of vicarious fantasyland
where wearing sagging pants transforms one into a rhyme-rolling rap star,
sporting athletic shoes catapults one into all-star NBA player status, and
shrouding oneself in black adds the aura of a rock star. And if the 'rap
star', 'all-star', and 'rock star' all happen to harbor hatred or suspicion
for one another based on a quick glance, as so often happens in
clique-filled schools across the country, then chalk up one more point for
'individuality' - superficial differentiation.

Charles Krauthammer: Denying History and Telling Lies
By Kurt Nimmo, kurtnimmo.com

Krauthammer is our Hans Fritsche, who was head of the Nazi Press Section in
Germany, and deputy to Joseph Goebbels, who railed against "Bolshevik
terror" in much the same way the Straussian neocons ceaselessly rave about
"Islamic terror."

No more ABBullshite
by Shawn McDougal, Infoshop.org

These days when I'm chatting politics at a bar or in the supermarket line
with liberals or progresives, and the convo turns to the presidential race,
I tend to say something that can throw 'em for a loop. At least initially. I
tell them that in some ways I think Dubya is good for America. Sure, Shrub
sucks and all. But look at how people are waking up. One thing for sure: We
won't have a rat's ass of a chance for real democracy and social justice in
this country until a critical mass of people become completely disenchanted
with the elitism of the social managerial class.

Rumble in the Jungle (+ 30): Ali, Foreman, and the Congo
By Mickey Z., Press Action

I won $4.00 betting on Muhammad Ali when he fought the pre-grill George
Foreman for all the marbles in the wee hours of a 1974 Zaire morning. This
was a time when most white kids would regularly root for Ali to lose...so I
took advantage of such nonsense and put my money on The Greatest. Today, as
we approach the 30th anniversary of what became known as the "Rumble in the
Jungle," far more is known about the boxers (and a certain promoter named
Don King who got his start in Zaire) than the venue.

The new COINTELPRO: The feds are spying on - and harassing - political
activists with a fury not seen since the 1960s
By Camille T. Taiara, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Early this month the federal government launched the latest crude offensive
in its so-called war on terror. Titled the October Plan, the program called
for "aggressive - even obvious - surveillance" of a wide range of
individuals (regardless of whether or not they're suspected of any criminal
wrongdoing) until the Nov. 2 presidential election, according to an internal
document leaked to the press.

Other articles of interest

Jon Stewart v. 'Perception Management'
By Robert Parry, Consortium News

Election 2004 is turning out to be a surprising test for the old Reagan-Bush
concept of "perception management," as more and more Americans question the
official story on Iraq and seek alternative views, sometimes from satirical
programs like Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show."

Government Is a Weapon of Mass Destruction
by Anthony Gregory, Strike the Root

The US government, taken as a whole, does incalculably tremendous damage to
the lives, liberty and property of millions of individuals on a daily basis.
This is the thing people want to protect us from sickness, terrorism, crime,
inequality and ignorance? Why does anyone trust it?

Boston's Killer Cops
By Dave Zirin, CounterPunch

As a Caucasian 21 year old college student, Victoria Snelgrove was not your
typical brutality victim. But if this is what O'Toole describes as 'great
restraint' it raises the question of what police are doing in parts of the
city like Roxbury and Mattapan where the lights don't shine as brightly.
With the police department on the defensive, it's time to encourage people
at the wrong end of the nightstick to come forward.

John Kerry will make his adoring anti-war groupies look like fools
By Edward Luttwak, Telegraph

Of course many people support John Kerry for the next president of the
United States for a variety of reasons - he is credible when he promises to
cut the Federal deficit, for example. But to support him in the hope that he
would make American military policy more doveish is absurd. All the evidence
is that he will do the exact opposite.

Dumb show
By Charlie Brooker, The Guardian

On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush
loses. And Sod's law dictates he'll probably win, thereby disproving the
existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of
idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to
watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley
Jr - where are you now that we need you?


Shut Up: Two dissenters lose some freedom

NYC Sues to Stop Critical Mass

Duke newspaper writer says Jews use Holocaust to rebut criticism

Future looks dim for power-line foes

Iraq coalition vanishes from White House website

Super-Sized Deception From Fast-Food Giants

Portrait of a Country on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
'Our sons are seen as cannon fodder'

Use of Civilian Contractors in War Zones Is at Record Levels

Detainees Secretly Taken Out Of Iraq

Iraq purging tens of thousands of police officers for corruption,
dereliction of duty or loyalty to insurgents

War for oil has been U.S. policy for years

Iraqi pipelines hit again as oil losses grow; Latest sabotage leaves export
revenues far below prewar estimates

Energy independence a pipe dream

Inflation adjusted oil prices nearing all-time highs

OPEC `can do nothing' as crude heads to $60

The Economic Recovery That Never Was: Americans living on borrowed time

Economic Crash Imminent

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