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Choose your news wisely, you might have missed something

When it comes to the news, it’s important that we recognize that our choice of sources is extremely important. There is a reason it’s good not to rely on just one news source (even if it is Jon Stewart). The Internet has become a great tool for us to expand our awareness on news we might never have heard about through the major media outlets. Thanks to Project Censored, I bring you their recent list of the Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006:

#1 Bush Administration
Moves to Eliminate Open Government

#2 Media
Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Death

#3 Another Year of
Distorted Election Coverage

#4 Surveillance Society
Quietly Moves In

#5 U.S. Uses Tsunami
to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia

#6 The Real Oil for
Food Scam

#7 Journalists Face
Unprecedented Dangers to Life and Livelihood

#8 Iraqi Farmers Threatened
By Bremer’s Mandates

#9 Iran’s New
Oil Trade System Challenges U.S. Currency

#10 Mountaintop Removal
Threatens Ecosystem and Economy

#11 Universal Mental
Screening Program Usurps Parental Rights

#12 Military in Iraq
Contracts Human Rights Violators

#13 Rich Countries
Fail to Live up to Global Pledges

#14 Corporations Win
Big on Tort Reform, Justice Suffers

#15 Conservative Plan
to Override Academic Freedom in the Classroom

#16 U.S. Plans for
Hemispheric Integration Include Canada

#17 U.S. Uses South
American Military Bases to Expand Control of the Region

#18 Little Known Stock
Fraud Could Weaken U.S. Economy

#19 Child Wards of
the State Used in AIDS Experiments

#20 American Indians
Sue for Resources; Compensation Provided to Others

#21 New Immigration
Plan Favors Business Over People

#22 Nanotechnology
Offers Exciting Possibilities But Health Effects Need Scrutiny

#23 Plight of Palestinian
Child Detainees Highlights Global Problem

#24 Ethiopian Indigenous
Victims of Corporate and Government Resource Aspirations

#25 Homeland Security
Was Designed to Fail

And to see what the future holds… here’s the stories of 2007.

(h.t. Ka-Bar)

A “weekly” update podcast of Trying to Follow

Unfortunately, I haven’t done this in a while. I try to summarize the last two weeks post in this podcast, and you can see the long list below. Take a listen and if you like anything then find and read the link to the article below.

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  • Further thoughts on Kanye West.

    My original post on Kanye West was written before I saw the actual video footage of what he said. From the description and summary I had heard from many many other blogs and news articles I thought Kanye had gone off yelling and screaming, insisting Bush “hates” black people. Well, I finally found the clip here. And this is anything but a outspoken rant. Why didn’t anyone mention the fact that Kanye was stumbling over his words? Why didn’t anyone mention that he didn’t sound angry, but distraught and disturbed, nervous about speaking but concerned about sharing what was on his heart? Does anyone else see that in this video?
    Just my opinion, but I feel like this supports my original post that Kanye was speaking out of pain.

    Now to address a few of the comments:

    Anon: Kanye did not say Bush “HATES” black people, he said Bush doesn’t care about black people. And as far as evidence goes I think the evidence he was referring to (at least recently) was the Hurricane and New Orleans. You obviously don’t agree with him though do you. What if (I know another one of those “what if’s” you don’t like me asking) Kanye was a close personal friend of yours. What if in a conversation with your close friend, he got choked up and stumbling over his words expressed his hurt and emotions and said, “Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Would you ask him where his evidence is? Would you try and see things from his perspective a little?

    Mr. Strong, I don’t think the fact that 2 of the people on Bush’s cabinet are black is really a case against Kanye’s statement, do you?

    Brian and Jon and Stephen, I’d like to suggest that you try a different approach if you are really actually curious where the feelings that Kanye expressed come from. You see the way you post some of your comments, they sound argumentative, not like open and listening ears. If I was Kanye, or someone who shares his feelings, I don’t think I would want to share with you my hurt and emotions and the stories and evidence that make me feel the way I do. I’d be afraid you’d just rip into and discredit everything I just vulnerably shared with you. If your really interested though, and willing to listen, I’m sure you can find a person on Wheaton’s campus, or maybe in your church or neighborhood who would share with you some of their feelings, you just have to look.

    Bush appeals to citizens to give money

    I just watched a video of Bush talking about the situation in New Orleans on the BBC.

    At the end he encourages all the people who want to help that what is most needed right now is money to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. It struck me that in my conversation with a very conservative friend that this is exactly how he thinks this sort of thing should be done. No government forcing us to give our money, no forced benevolence.

    I guess I just think maybe Bush should have done the same thing with the war in Iraq. You know, if there was a real need for more funds to support that effort, why didn’t Bush do a press conference and ask us to send our money?

    To me it seems backwards. If we need to give money for the relief effort after Katrina then by all means take some of our tax dollars to do it. In my opinion, if you need money to relieve people in Sudan, SE Asia, Niger, and Iraq, please take billions and commit billions to care for the needs of those people. But please don’t take our money to buy bullets and missiles and land mines and kill people. Please don’t.