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Friday
Jul242009

Project Censored 2010 

Project Censored and Media Freedom Foundation need your continuing support to document important news stories from independent media ignored by the mainstream corporate media in the US.

 

Because of Project Censored’s work millions of people are aware of the massive death rates of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan (Story #1, 2009) and the continuing undermining of American civil liberties (Story #1, 2008). You will soon see the emerging stories for the Censored 2010 yearbook. The list includes how $3.2 billion was spent on lobbying Congress in 2008, and how the Obama administration, despite contrary campaign promises, is continuing much of the same global military agenda we saw the last eight years.

 

Eight years ago the Project Censored team formed the Media Freedom Foundation (MFF) to serve as a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation for the perpetuation of Project Censored’s work. The Board of Directors of Media Freedom Foundation recently held a quarterly board meeting and set out plans to continue to prioritize fund raising for Project Censored at Sonoma State University, and to also support the creation of Media Freedom International with affiliate Colleges/Universities all over the world modeled after Project Censored.

 

We will soon be launching the new Media Freedom International (MFI) website http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/ that will feature daily news validated by college/university research teams. You may already be aware of our daily Validated Independents News (VIN) feeds on our website from nineteen trustworthy news sources http://mediafreedom.pnn.com/5174-independent-news-sources. Or just click on the PNN button, which can also be accessed from the PC homepage http://projectcensored.org to see daily VIN news.

 

We are already producing a weekly VIN radio news program airing on the Flashpoints program on KPFA and numerous other stations every Friday at 5:00 P.M. PST.

 

We would like to personally ask each one of you to consider making a special gift of support. Our collective efforts require us to raise $50,000 per year through donor appeals, and special fund raising events. Your continuing support is needed to make our 34th year a success and continue this work for freedom of information.

 

We now have over $7000 received towards our $25,000 summer fund drive goal . You can donate and watch our progress towards that goal on-line at http://projectcensored.org. If we are able to raise $25,000 twice a year from you, our supporters, with our other resources—book royalties, special events, speaking fees, direct Censored yearbook sales, web advertising & sales, instructional related activities fees, and the occasional foundation grant—we will be able to sustain and expand our work for years to come.

 

Please consider making a special gift to support this important work in difficult times. Any amount is perfectly fine. Our average donation is $30. But for this special fund drive anyone gifting $100 or more, will receive an autographed copy of Censored 2010 by the end of the summer signed to you by the editors, Mickey Huff and myself. A free media with open public information brings back the old saying of the 1960s—Power to the People. We know you agree.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Phillips and Project Censored 2009

 

Friday
Jul242009

NetRightNation.com Announces NRN 500 Coalition 

"We intend for the exclusive new NRN 500 coalition

to set the tone and the pace for countering the

Obama agenda every step of the way."

-- NetRightNation executive director Adam Bitely

 

NetRightNation.com (NRN) executive director Adam Bitely today announced the formation of the new NetRightNation 500, a coalition of the top 500 center/right bloggers committed to "countering the Obama agenda every step of the way."

 

"This is a major development for the center/right blogging community," said Bitely, the founder of NRN. "For the first time ever, the top bloggers will be able to coordinate major nationwide offensives with hard-hitting, unified messaging. We'll be able to impact critical issues from the grassroots up, helping to stop the Obama Big Government agenda dead in its tracks."

 

According to Bitely, the NRN 500 together reach more than 500,000 readers nationwide. And, he says, they are the readers that "most influence grassroots attitudes and actions."

 

In order to help the NRN 500 wield that influence, Bitely says, the NetRight Nation team has put together what he terms "a highly pro-active program," including:

  • A Twitter Instant Alert Service allowing NRN 500 members to further spread there message out to the entire blogosphere
  • A Text Messaging Service advising NRN 500 members of actions to take on breaking issues
  • Utilize technology such as Facebook Connect where NRN 500 members can discuss actions a nd events of critical import
  • A blogosphere Instant Aggregation Service enabling NRN 500 members to quickly pick up the latest blog entries on key issues
  • A weekly NRN 500 NewsMakers Conference tying in NRN 500 members with top members of Congress and other political leaders to strategize on key issues
  • A series of monthly NRN 500 Up Close & Personal Breakfasts brining NRN 500 members together with top leaders nationwide
  • An NRN 500 Weekly Update newsletter keeping members abreast of the latest political and technological developments

 

"The top priority for the NRN team is to make certain the members of the NRN 500 have everything they need to foment and focus change nationwide," Bitely said.

 

"The members of the NRN 500 coalition are what social scientists Berlo and Lazarsfeld identified as 'opinion leaders' in their 'Two-Step Flow' of communications study. So, when they NRN 500 members speak, others listen – and act.

 

"We intend for the exclusive new NRN 500 coalition to set the tone and the pace for countering the Obama agenda every step of the way," Bitely said.

 

Friday
Jul242009

DNC ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL TELEVISION AD CALLING OUT REPUBLICANS FOR TRYING TO KILL HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM 

“THE COST OF DOING NOTHING”TAKES LEADINGREPUBLICANS TO TASK FOR TRYING TO KILL REFORM, SPELLS OUT THE COST TO AMERICAN FAMILIES OF FAILING TO ACT

 

Click Here to View "The Cost of Doing Nothing": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc9dRP2iKuM

 

Washington, D.C. – As the Republican Party continues to declare that they will stop at nothing to “kill” health insurance reform and “break” the President over the issue, the Democratic National Committee released a new television ad today explaining the risks of the Republican strategy of doing nothing to fix America’s broken health care system. The ad notes that if the “Party of NO” gets its way and health insurance reform is derailed, the cost of doing nothing will result in premiums continuing to rise faster than wages, insurance companies dictating care and denying coverage while their profits soar, rising co-pays and out of pocket expenses and more and more families choosing between paying the mortgage and paying for health care. The ad also notes that leading Republicans, from Rush Limbaugh and Jim DeMint to Lindsey Graham and Michael Steele, want to kill health insurance reform for political gain.

 

“The Cost Of Doing Nothing” will run on national and D.C. cable stations beginning tomorrow for the next two and a half weeks. Please see below for a statement from DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse:

 

“For eight years the Republican Party ignored skyrocketing health insurance costs and American families and small businesses paid a devastating price for their negligence. Now, the ‘Party of NO’ admits their true intention is to ‘kill’ health insurance reform, putting their special interest friends over the people they were elected to serve. Already, families across the country are faced with insurmountable burdens: premiums that are rising at a rate three times faster than wages, insurance companies who are free to deny coverage to those who need health care the most, and rapidly rising co-pays that are forcing families to choose between paying their mortgage and paying their health care bills.”

 

“The status quo that the Republican Party is championing is breaking American families, small businesses and state budgets across the nation and only stands to get far worse in the years ahead if nothing is done - as they propose. And still, the GOP continues to see health insurance reform as an opportunity to score a political win for their ailing party. This time, however, the stakes are too high, the cost of doing nothing too great, for the Republican Party to engage in the same partisan political games we’ve come to expect from them.”

 

Click Here to View “The Cost of Doing Nothing”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc9dRP2iKuM

 

Friday
Jul242009

SBA Offers $10 Million Surety Bond Guarantee - Aids Recovery in Construction and Service Sectors 

WASHINGTON – Building on Recovery Act provisions implemented earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today it can now provide surety bond guarantees on federal contracts valued at up to $10 million, if the contracting officer certifies that the guarantee is in the best interests of the government. An Interim Final Rule is available for public inspection at The Federal Register.

 

Currently, under a related provision of the Recovery Act that was implemented in March, SBA can provide bond guarantees up to $5 million through September 2010 on all public and private contracts and subcontracts. SBA partners with the surety industry to help small businesses that would otherwise be unable to obtain bonding in the traditional commercial marketplace. Under the partnership, SBA provides a guarantee to the participating surety company of between 70 and 90 percent of the bond amount.

 

“Raising the surety bond limit is a critical step in making sure small businesses in the construction and service sector have access to federal contracting opportunities that will help drive economic recovery,” SBA Administrator Karen Mills said. “These changes support small and emerging businesses nationwide, particularly construction contractors who have seen their markets hurt by a poor economy and lagging construction.”

 

Additional program enhancements published in the rule include:

  • a new small business size standard for this program;
  • authorization for SBA to exercise discretion in deciding bond liability issues; and,
  • a definition of “Order” issued under an Indefinite Delivery Contract.

 

The new size standard (which will be in effect until Sept. 30, 2010) temporarily replaces the current size standard for the surety bond guarantee program. It states that a business is small if the business, combined with its affiliates, does not exceed the size standard designated for the primary industry of the business combined with its affiliates. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes contained in 13 CFR Part 121 establishes size standards for all industries http://www.sba.gov/contractingopportunities/owners/basics/GC_SMALL_BUSINESS.html.

 

Through its Bond Guarantee program, SBA will also help by guaranteeing bid, payment and performance bonds to protect the project owner against financial loss if a contractor defaults or fails to perform.

 

Finally, the rule adds a definition for an “Order” issued under an Indefinite Delivery Contract to clarify that SBA bond guarantees apply to individual orders, as well as contracts.

 

SBA assistance in locating a participating surety company or agent, and completing application forms, is available online. For more information on SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program, including Surety Office contacts, go online to http://www.sba.gov/osg/ , or call 1-800-U ASK SBA.

 

Thursday
Jul232009

NetRight Daily: Health Care and Tea Party Controversy 

The Truth Stinks on Health Care: With Barack Obama insisting that his government-run health care proposals be adopted before the August recess, he is probably better off without the truth being known.

 

What Happened in Ringgold, VA?: Last Friday, a series of events unfolded that leaves many questions unanswered. At a "Town Hall" function in Ringgold, VA attended by Obama Administration Secretaries Chu and Vilsack and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), a series of events began to unfold involving Nigel Coleman, the Danville Tea Party Chairman.

 

The Unseen Losses of Entrepreneurship: Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison are but a few of the countless luminaries in American history who have captured the imagination of school children for their innovative spirit as private sector entrepreneurs. Their contributions, along with millions of unsung entrepreneurs, have made America the leader in almost every economic indicator since it's conception.

 

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