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VoteMatch Quizzes
Topic: Current Events 3:05 pm EST, Jan 23, 2004

Okay, *this* is what I was looking for! I've been searching high and low on the web so that I could meme it.

This webpage contains multiple 20-question quizzes on the issues. For example, the "Presidency 2004 Quiz" asks you where you stand on 20 different issues, pro and con, strongly or moderately or not at all. Then at the end you can compare your own answers against the answers of the major candidates, and see which candidates most closely match your own views.

VoteMatch Quizzes

Topic: Current Events 2:42 pm EST, Jan 23, 2004

The headlines screamed along with a haunting picture of a bearded Saddam Hussein: “Saddam the prisoner” (The Guardian), “Saddam captured” (The Times), “The tyrant is now a prisoner” (The Independent), “The tyrant is a prisoner” (Financial Times).

The event of the capture of Saddam Hussein, or rather the US approved mediatised representation of the capture, just like the events of September 11 or the ‘shock-and-awe’ bombing of Baghdad, was a spectacle for consumption of audiences throughout the world. How did the guardians of the free press (particularly newspapers, who do not have to respond to pressures of just-in-time news unlike the television news channels) react to and report this event on the morning after in the UK? A rhetorical analysis of most major newspapers published in England (broadsheet as well as tabloids, published on Monday 15 December) in terms of their reporting, leading articles and editorial comments on the ‘news’ of the arrest of Saddam Hussein questions the extent to which papers merely report an event. This essay is therefore an analytical exercise in examining the construction of news through representations. It challenges the glorification of the freedom of press in liberal democracy, which is based on an objectivist notion of news reporting: journalists merely report on events existing ‘out there’ as objectively as possible.


Washington Post Editorial: Too Much Power
Topic: Current Events 6:54 pm EST, Jan 21, 2004

] THIS YEAR'S intelligence authorization bill provided a
] little-noticed and dangerous expansion of a peculiar and
] unaccountable FBI investigative power. Last-minute
] efforts to modify the provision in conference committee
] failed, unfortunately, so the bureau now has more power
] to compel the production of certain business records in
] national security investigations, with no court oversight
] and in nearly total secrecy. The use of "national
] security letters" is not new, but in light of new
] authorities provided the FBI in the USA Patriot Act,
] Congress should be finding ways to curtail their use, not
] expand it.

Washington Post Editorial: Too Much Power

USDA Investigates Mad Cow Case
Topic: Current Events 6:11 pm EST, Dec 25, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials raced on Wednesday to find out where a Washington state cow, apparently infected with mad cow disease, was born and may have been infected.

Even as the investigation continued, officials sought to reassure Americans about the safety of the nation's food supply. That didn't stop several nations from banning U.S. beef, including Japan, Taiwan and Mexico, the three largest importers.

Been awhile since this has popped up.

USDA Investigates Mad Cow Case

RE: BBC NEWS | Africa | World reaction to Libya's decision
Topic: Current Events 1:56 pm EST, Dec 20, 2003

Decius wrote:
] ] Libya wants to solve all problems and we want to focus on
] ] development and advancing our country. This (weapons)
] ] programme does not benefit our people or country... We
] ] want to have ties with America and Britain because this
] ] is in the interest of our people.
] Saddam's capture has overshadowed two other major wins for the
] administration this week. The first was Iran's agreement to
] allow inspections of it's nuclear facilities. The second was
] Libya's disarmament agreement. In the wake of the Iraq war a
] number of our enemies have decided that opposing us is counter
] productive.

Either that or they just think Bin Laden's methods are more successful.

RE: BBC NEWS | Africa | World reaction to Libya's decision

Bush 9/11 Admission Gets Little Play
Topic: Current Events 2:58 pm EDT, Sep 19, 2003

"For months leading up this year's war on Iraq, the Bush administration implied that Saddam Hussein had a hand in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The argument was well-received by Americans, and might have been the single leading factor behind public support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. An oft-cited poll conducted by The Washington Post last month revealed that 69% of Americans continue to believe it likely that Hussein was personally involved in 9/11.

No real evidence to support this has emerged, however, leading some (including E&P, just last week) to declare that the media had failed in its duty to correct the public misperception.

So when President George Bush admitted on Wednesday, for the first time, that there was "no evidence that Hussein was involved with the September 11th" attacks, one would assume that would be big news and an opportunity for the press to make up for past failings."

We raise hell when the pot smoking president lies about getting a blowjob from a clerk, but dont care about the cokehead moron president's habit of lying about his reasons for feeding his murderous killing spree priapism.

Bush 9/11 Admission Gets Little Play

Cyber-Attacks by Al Qaeda Feared (
Topic: Current Events 2:23 pm EDT, Aug 16, 2003

] Working with experts at the Lawrence Livermore National
] Laboratory, the FBI traced trails of a broader
] reconnaissance. A forensic summary of the investigation,
] prepared in the Defense Department, said the bureau found
] "multiple casings of sites" nationwide. Routed through
] telecommunications switches in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia
] and Pakistan, the visitors studied emergency telephone
] systems, electrical generation and transmission, water
] storage and distribution, nuclear power plants and gas
] facilities.

] "We were underestimating the amount of attention [al
] Qaeda was] paying to the Internet," said Roger Cressey,
] a longtime counterterrorism official who became chief of
] staff of the President's Critical Infrastructure
] Protection Board in October. "Now we know they see it as
] a potential attack vehicle. Al Qaeda spent more time
] mapping our vulnerabilities in cyberspace than we
] previously thought. An attack is a question of when,
] not if."

] What they do know is that "Red Teams" of mock intruders
] from the Energy Department's four national laboratories
] have devised what one government document listed as
] "eight scenarios for SCADA attack on an electrical power
] grid" -- and all of them work. Eighteen such exercises
] have been conducted to date against large regional
] utilities, and Richard A. Clarke, Bush's cyber-security
] adviser, said the intruders "have always, always succeeded."

Cyber-Attacks by Al Qaeda Feared (

Topic: Current Events 5:00 pm EST, Mar 21, 2003

] There is only one responsible way to achieve the second
] goal. The polite term is civil disobedience. The street
] term is rebellion.


Vote To Impeach Bush
Topic: Current Events 4:56 pm EST, Mar 21, 2003

] The U.S. Constitution provides the means for preventing
] George W. Bush from engaging in a war of aggression
] against Iraq, and from advancing a first strike
] potentially nuclear preemptive war. It's called
] impeachment.

Vote To Impeach Bush

Committee Letter
Topic: Current Events 4:54 pm EST, Mar 21, 2003

letter from congress to bush

Committee Letter

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