Friday, June 24, 2005

Independent World Television - Birth of a Network

IWTnews takes L.A.

IWTnews played to a packed house in L.A. Monday night, with what was meant to be a small gathering turning into a major event that drew over 200 Hollywood activists, actor and producers. Supporters squeezed in to see Birth of a Network and hear Gore Vidal and Paul Jay talk about news, democracy, and building the world's first global independent news network.
"When Dan Rather was asked to justify his network's poor coverage on the issue of Weapons of Mass Destruction," Paul gave as one example after the screening, "he said he 'gives the benefit of the doubt' to any President, Republican or Democrat, and doesn't apologize for that.'
"Well, we need a TV network that doesn't give the benefit of the doubt to those in power, be they Republican or Democrat."

(boilingfrog's comments)

Congrats! Paul, and the rest of the folks at IWT.

Regarding objectivity and diversity:
I believe that as long as we allow dirty deceptions, and black budget ops to go on unchallenged, and without question, we will certainly end up where we are headed.

I look forward to a proper airing of the assorted variations of truths, especially concerning bogus war pretexts (Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Gulf War's I and II, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terrorism, which would of course include revisiting the horrors of 9/11.
This will help create a space for facts to emerge quicker, which may just help prevent future wars, save lives and the rights of people everywhere.

Thank you all for your dedication and hard work making IWT a reality.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Dear CBC, where's the rest of the story?

A letter sent this morning to Canadian Broadcast Corporation's audience relations.

(Dear CBC),
Can you provide some follow up on this story about the recent 260 million dollar missile defense contract for Raytheon, who wants to build missile defense components (radar) in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador?

This story was top of the news last Friday morning as a lead national story, yet it didn't show up on the main page. I eventually found it here

2 questions: Does this mean that Canada will be involved in US Missile Defense, and is the Canadian arm of Raytheon involved in this?

I have asked Raytheon Canada's Corinne J. Kovalsky, Director of Public Affairs & Communications if they are involved in this and haven't received a reply.

Hope to receive a satisfactory response from the CBC.

thank you for your time.
Kelly Reinhardt

Monday, June 20, 2005

Raytheon, where art thou?

Well, I must have pissed them off because I am now forbidden from visiting their Canadian Website. So, for fun (?) I'm including a couple of lovely quotes from their main website in the US.

'Throughout its more than 80-year history, Raytheon Company has been a leader in developing defense technologies and in converting those technologies for use in commercial markets. From its early days as a maker of radio tubes, its adaptation of World War II radar technology to invent microwave cooking, and its development of the first guided missile, Raytheon has successfully built upon its pioneering tradition to become a global technology leader.'

'We at Raytheon are proud of our reputation for excellence: a reputation based on our commitment to the highest ethical standards.'

like building weapons of mass destruction for instance.
sure, who wouldn't be proud?

Friday, June 17, 2005

Canadian missile defense, highway 407, and Israel. What do these have in common?

'Raytheon pitches Goose Bay for missile defence'

The corporation mentioned on the June 17, 2005 CBC radio story is Raytheon, however it is unclear whether Raytheon Canada is involved.

Raytheon Canada
has locations in Ottawa, (Headquarters); Waterloo, Midland and Toronto Ontario, as well as Calgary Alberta, and Richmond BC.

'... Raytheon Canada developed the technology behind the world's first all electronic toll collection system that is used in Canada on highway 407, north of Toronto. That same technology has been exported to Israel where it is used on the Cross Israel Highway. ...' excerpted from bio

I have phoned them, but they are real busy, and didn't have time to confirm or deny their involvement. So I sent an email to Corinne J. Kovalsky, Director of Public Affairs & Communications.

here is a copy of the email I sent to

Hi Corinne, could you please tell me if Raytheon Canada is involved in this new missile defense contract for radar installation in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador? see this CBC story for details

I tried to reach you by phone, but you were understandably busy.
Because of the urgency and severity of the missile defense issue, I have also forwarded the contact and location information for Raytheon Canada to thousands of Canadian Peace Activists.

I look forward to your reply.

Kelly Reinhardt

Political pressure prompted Paul Martin to publicly declare Canada's non-involvement in US missile defense. Maybe corporate pressure will change the Raytheon mind?
Maybe we should ask the CEO?

Ronald D Fisher
President and CEO, Raytheon Canada

Thursday, June 16, 2005

'I've got the George Bush the second, neo, neandrathal Blues ...'

A line from a great song by local Toronto band SINVA. Studies in Non-Violent Action have been rockin' out great original tunes for years. We had some fun with them on the Solidarity Sundays.

Wanna hear their stuff? Phone NatRadio and request it.

Anyway, i've been feeling a little blue, but can't really blame ol' George. I'm pinning it on 6 consequetive Smog Days coupled with hot, humid weather, high UV / low ozone levels, and a generally apathetic populace.

or, maybe i'm working to hard?

Nope. that can't be it.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Energy Healing

Amandha Vollmer, Angela Bischoff and Don Weitz joined us last night (June 8, 2005) on our weekly radio show, 'Between the Lines with Sammuel Jennings. Picking up where we left off on Monday night, we delved a little deeper into the topics of Psychiatric medicine, anti-depressants, suicide and the 'medical mafia' in general.

Don spoke passionately for psychiatric survivors , and sadly, those who didn't survive psychiatric medicine. Don encourages people to support the Coalition Against Pshychiatric Assault, an 'organization that is focused on strategic activism.' Thank you Don for all the work you do.

We talked about the medical establishment and pharmaceutical drugs being the # 3 leading cause of death in North America.

Amandha spoke of the CODEX, which in a nutshell (if I understand it correctly) would put jurisdiction of what are considered alternative therapies into the hands of pharmaceutical corporations.

Please visit her energy healing blog for a lot of info on CODEX, as well as her personal tidbits blog .

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

**SMOG ADVISORY** how ironic ?

mere hours after GTA politicians came together for 'Smog Summit 2005' we receive our 3rd smog advisory in less than a week. enjoy (cough .! * ack /"

'ironic' was the word David Phillips (Environment Canda senior climatologist) used on June 6 (Toronto Star A8) at the start of environment week.

Tragic is the word I'll use because later that day, we also learned 822 people every year die in Toronto because of our toxic, smoggy air. Please read the following advisory and take whatever actions you deem appropriate.

My hat off to Air Apparent activists for risking arrest this morning, doing what they can in the fight for clean air.

We'll be sure to talk about this at tonights Climate Change screening (7 pm 321 Bloor W, rm 35), and again on the radio show tonight at 10.

the following was sent to me at 1:47 pm June 8, 2005 by Air Quality Ontario. you can sign up there to get your own **smog adivosories**

For general inquiries about smog alerts, or if you are experiencing technical
difficulties, e-mail:
For media inquiries call the media line at (416) 314-6666.

A SMOG ADVISORY* has been issued by the Ontario Ministry of the
Environment for the following forecast regions:
For: Wednesday June 8, 2005
Barrie - Orillia - Midland
City of Hamilton
City of Ottawa
City of Toronto
Cornwall - Morrisburg
Dufferin - Innisfil
Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand
Grey - Bruce
Halton - Peel
Huron - Perth
Oxford - Brant
Prescott and Russell
Simcoe - Delhi - Norfolk
Waterloo - Wellington
York - Durham
The SMOG ADVISORY (issued on a previous date) for the
following forecast region(s) is still in effect:

Elgin: From June 7, 2005
London - Middlesex: From June 7, 2005
Sarnia - Lambton: From June 7, 2005
Windsor - Essex - Chatham - Kent: From June 7, 2005
Advisories will remain in effect until further notice.
For more details visit the Air Quality Ontario website at:

During the smog episode, individuals may experience eye
irritation. Heavy outdoor exercise may cause respiratory
symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. People
with heart or lung disease including asthma may experience
a worsening of their condition.
* A Smog Advisory means that there is a strong likelihood
that there may be poor air quality within the next 24 hours
due to fine particulate matter.
Spare the Air Actions
During a smog advisory, there are a number of actions that you can
take to help spare the air.
Travel tips - all year round:
- leave your car at home - walk, cycle, carpool or take public transit
- tele-conference instead of driving to meetings
- limit car trips by doing all your errands at once, and do
not let your engine idle
- keep your car well tuned, check your tire pressure and
drive at moderate speeds
Health tips:
- avoid exposure to vehicle exhaust fumes
- consult your doctor for specific health advice
Electricity saving tips:
- save electricity at home by turning off
lights you are not using
- wear light clothing at work while air conditioning is reduced
- avoid strenuous exercise in the heat of the day
- save electricity at home by setting your air conditioner
temperature a few degrees higher (health permitting) and turning
off lights you are not using

Other pollution reduction tips:
- leave lawn mowing for another day
- restrict the use of gasoline-powered equipment
- delay using oil-based paints, solvents and cleaners
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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Your Drug May Be Your Problem

Angela Bischoff and Don Wietz spoke last night in Toronto about the dangers of anti-depressant and other psychiatric drugs, and their connection to suicide.

It was the second speaking engagement in a week by Angela on this topic. She has recently begun this campaign because her husband, the late Tooker Gomberg, killed himself while on anti-depressant drug, Remuron. Angela boldly states her belief that Tooker would not have killed himself if not for the powerful adverse effects from this drug, including suicidal ideation.

His doctor failed to warn him of the deadly side effects. The drug company failed to notify doctors, and Health Canada failed us all, again, in their duty to keep dangerous drugs off the market.

It is clear that drug companies are driving the agenda on the classification of disease, and the treatments for them.

What we need to do is keep up the pressure on our elected representatives, Big Pharma, and the 'medical mafia' in general. In addition, it is up to us to constantly search for the truth, help to educate others, and seek out alternatives to our health treatment that don't involve consuming toxic, and deadly pharmaceuticals.

Please visit Angela and Tookers website for background on there work, and updates on this anti-pharma campaign.

And please add any links you can think of in your comment to this post that may help others educate themselves on this important issue.