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Side By Side

Two interviews here side by side, for two people who will never be side by side in just about anything.

Every time I see them on TV together I can’t help thinking that Kirsty Wark has such a visceral hatred for Alex Salmond that when she is confronted with him she leaves the realm of the professional interviewer and enters that of the outraged teenager…

You Can Hear That Special Olympic Spirit

Oh the camaraderie, the flag-waving and all that special olympic spirit is starting to build up.

The BBC, who will of course be the preferred jingoistic broadcaster for the event, had this to say

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed a sonic device will be deployed in London during the Olympics.

The American-made Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) can be used to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones.

The equipment was spotted fixed to a landing craft on the Thames at Westminster this week.

Furthermore…

Royal Marines operating in patrol craft from HMS Ocean are also heavily armed with conventional firearms.

In an article that contains no criticism of the measure or dissenting voices whatsoever, the BBC goes on to do its bit for US arms sales too…

The piercing beam of sound emitted by the device is highly directional. Some versions of the LRAD are capable of producing deafening sound levels of 150 decibels at one metre.

But the device, which was used this week during Exercise Olympic Guardian, can also be used to broadcast verbal warnings, such as ordering crowds to disperse.

LRAD Corporation has previously sold the device to the US Army, which deployed them in Iraq for crowd control.

They have also been bought by the US Navy and Air Force as well as a number of police forces worldwide.

It gets worse if you read the article.

 

 

Film Guide (with free films) – Part 1 – Media Documentaries

A few years ago I used to run a biweekly free film showing in the University for anyone who wanted to come along. The films were a mix of documentaries, fiction and  based on true story stuff. I would try to get a guest along to speak too.

Sometimes there would be as much as 60 people but usually there were about 30 and we would get a bit of a discussion going.

The embarrassing thing is that the time I got someone rather famous to come along, only about 3 people turned up and I had to spend the rest of the day apologising.

I thought I would make the list of films available here with links to where you can see them free where possible.

I’ll divide them into rough groups and post them on Mondays.

The first group is media documentaries.

Outfoxed – Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism was often the first film I would show in the series as it provides a bit of an eyeopener and a useful introduction to the subject. You can WATCH IT FREE ONLINE HERE. Although some of the people involved have changed, a lot of them haven’t and the basic idea is every bit as relevant now as it was a few years ago.

Weapons of Mass Deception – This film by Danny Schechter is about the media collusion in the run-up to the Iraq war. We can see much the same thing happening with the sabre-rattling about Iran. You can WATCH IT FREE ONLINE HERE. I met Danny Schechter at one of the G8 Alternatives discussion session too and he is a very likeable guy.

Orwell Rolls In His Grave – Another documentary with excellent contributors and well worth the watch. You can WATCH IT FREE ONLINE HERE and my review of it is here.

So there you have it. There will be more of these next Monday when I will do some of the actual films instead of documentaries.