P Tagg's Anti-Disinformation Marquees
and other short texts 2002-2008, 2013-
Marquee texts 2013-04-14 until 2013-11-15
Free the Greenpeace Arctic 30 and save the Arctic for coming generations!
Arguments for austerity are based on error, reveals an academic study from the USA (click here for more; or here)
Facebook is a great tool for intelligence gathering about individuals, says a CIA deputy director. It’s no joke. Facebook, Twitter, Google etc. are seriously detrimental to our civil liberties.
“Every day the world economy grows by $1½ trillion [and] devastates the planet to the tune of $4½ trillion. We have officially moved into reverse, laying waste to more than we create... We should blame the economists for sloppy thinking and the politicians for selling us such twaddle” (Graeme Maxton in ‘The End of Progress’, Financial Times Book of the Year, 2011). Click here for more...
Governments in serious debt... Billions in poverty... Crippling unemployment... Irrefutable proof of climate change... These problems can all be solved if companies, trusts and individuals with assets of $1 million or more were to be taxed globally to the tune of just 1%. Yes, one percent! The figures do add up! If you want the future to be all doom and gloom, do nothing. Otherwise please click here, take a few minutes to learn how this really can work (no pie in the sky) and sign the petition. Future generations will thank you!
The UK government spends billions on internet surveillance of law-abiding citizens. Do yourself and everyone else a favour by clicking here and taking action. Please!
The AVAAZ site is under constant cyber-attack, most likely coming from a government or large corporation. This is serious. Click here to help stop the bloated 0.2% from attacking us, the 99.8%.
The U.S. secret police (NSA) will, if we don't act, soon be allowed to monitor ALL internet activity, including YOURS. Corporations like Facebook and Microsoft will help spy on you unless we all do something to stop it. This is no joke. Click here for more info and to take action.
A U.S. judge rules that there are grounds for bringing action against the government in the case against Chelsea (was Bradley) Manning case. Click for more...
BANKS ― One easy, concrete and constructive step in combatting the capitalist con artists of private banking is to take your money out of their clutches and transfer it to a credit union like the Co-op Bank which is owned by its members. It's easy to switch. If you're in the UK, just click here or on the Cooperative logo, above.
"If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything" (Gill Scott-Heron's grandma).
● Facebook is a fantastic tool for intelligence gathering about individuals, says CIA deputy director.
It’s no joke. Facebook, Twitter, Google etc. are seriously detrimental to our civil liberties.
● IRAN is NOT the PROBLEM. The US GOVERNMENT IS because it’s been sold to big shots in the military-industrial complex and to fat cats in AIPAC.
Don’t believe me. Click here instead and watch the documentary made by US citizens who really care about their country...
● “Every day the world economy grows by $1½ trillion [and] devastates the planet to the tune of $4½ trillion. We have officially moved into reverse, laying waste to more than we create...
We should blame the economists for sloppy thinking and the politicians for selling us such twaddle” (Graeme Maxton in The End of Progress, Financial Times Book of the Year, 2011).
● Governments in serious debt... Billions in poverty... Crippling unemployment... Irrefutable proof of climate change...
These problems can all be solved if companies, trusts and individuals with assets of $1 million or more were to be taxed globally to the tune of just 1%. Yes, one percent! The figures do add up!
If you want the future to be all doom and gloom, do nothing. Otherwise please click here, take a few minutes to learn how this really can work (no pie in the sky) and sign the petition.
● The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a giant, top-secret global pact, with an international tribunal to enforce it.
Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Walmart and almost 600 other corporate lobbyists are all in on it.
It involves things like cutting down on environmental legislation, affordable medicines and free speech on the Net. Click here to help stop this destructive, anti-democratic idiocy!
● The UK government wants to spend billions on internet surveillance of law-abiding citizens. Do yourself and everyone else a favour by clicking here and taking action. Please!
● The AVAAZ site is under constant cyber-attack, most likely coming from a government or large corporation. This is serious. Click here to help stop the bloated 0.2% from attacking us, the 99.8%.
● The U.S. secret police will, if we don't act, soon be allowed to monitor ALL internet activity, including YOURS. Corporations like Facebook and Microsoft will help spy on you unless we all do something to stop it. This is no joke. Click here for more info and to take action. Do it, please!
● A U.S. judge rules that there are grounds for bringing action against the government in the Bradley Manning case. Click for more...
● BANKS ― One easy, constructive step in combatting the capitalist con artists of private banking is to take your money out of their clutches and transfer it to a credit union like the Co-op Bank which is owned by its members. It's easy to switch. If you're in the UK, just click here.
● GOLDMAN SACHS, PAY YOUR TAX!
● Click here to SHUT DOWN GUANTANAMO...
Italian musicology and the popular
[2007-07 through 2008-01]
According to this month's "Il giornale della musica" (http://www.giornaledellamusica.it), there are 121 teaching posts ("professori e ricercatori") in various musicological disciplines (music history, music theory, etc.), and 14 teaching posts in ethnomusicology. The figure for popular music studies (and film or television music studies) is zero. (Thanks to Franco Fabbri for this information)
Chosen peoples and their holy wars [2006-09-03]
Heathen, infidel, gentile, pagan, unbeliever, apostate, ungodly, unholy, heretic, blasphemer, doomed, damned, cursed, condemned... That's you if you don't agree with the dogma of religious fanatics, be they Christian, Muslim, Jewish or whatever. Religious fanatics claim monopoly on what is right, true and good. They claim to be chosen by God. They treat others as lesser mortals because we think we're chosen by another God, or because we make no such rash claims. No matter if we're Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Shiite, Suni, atheist or agnostic: God's on their side. This religious hate is arrogant and destructive. It's arrogant towards the God in question because no mortal can claim exclusive rights on matters immortal. Worse, it's through such unilaterally declared divine right and superiority that humans are best able to commit attrocities like the holocaust, the Vietnam war, the exploitation of Latin American and Arab peoples in the hunt for profits, the killing of innocent civilians in suicide attacks, the indiscriminate destruction of southern Lebanon, etc. "Gott mitt uns", "holy war", "God's chosen people", "promised land", etc. Give us a break! Fanatics (e.g. radical right-wing Christians, Jihadi extremists and Zionists) should remember that the only guarantee for religious freedom is, as Ataturk noted, a secular society. This is just one good reason for becoming an atheist today. It's no good leaving matters of morality and ethics to the self-appointed experts of the divine. We have to reclaim those values, not only from the fanatics but also from the foul perversions of consumerist propaganda ("advertising").
Iraq war; Lockerbie & Shirley McKie; Walocaust; Cheney & Co. behind Irans nuclear programme, etc. [2006-03-09 - ]
 US economists: The Iraq war could cost >$2 trillion ($2,000,000,000,000). Every US citizen (man, woman, child) currently owes the US government $28,000 to cover the national debt.  Sites Internet sur l'opposition à la guerre en Irak  Evidence about the Lockerbie (PanAm) disaster was faked so that Libya could be framed as a ‘rogue’ nation. In the process, falsely incriminated policewoman Shirley McKies life and career were ruined. A complex web of cynical deceit, it seems, involving the FBI, the CIA, heroin smuggling and improper pressure on Scottish authorities to fall in line with US foreign policy agendas.  WalMart and the Walocaust site: The world is our labour camp (report in The Guardian).  Cheney, Rumsfeld & Wolfowitz backed Irans nuclear programme. [They] endorsed Iranian plans to build a massive nuclear energy industry... [and] worked hard [on] a multibillion-dollar deal... [to give] Tehran control of large quantities of plutonium and enriched uranium. So (personal plea) Dear Visitor to this Site, Please help depose the hooligans responsible for all this mayhem. With deepest respect and thanks, Yours sincerely, www.tagg.org.
Esso, global warming and terrorism [2005-08-15 - 2006-03-07]
Esso (Exxon) spends astronomical sums spreading the lie that burning fossil fuel has nothing to do with climate change. Researchers at the UK’s Meteorological Office say man-made climate change caused the 2003 heat-wave which killed 27,000 people across Europe. Makes no difference to Esso, apparently propagate to kill... The Bush regime spends equally astronomical sums propagating against publicly funded social security. The fact that all that money could cover the needs of thousands of disadvantaged “fellow Americans” seems to make no difference to a regime put into power by the likes of Esso propagate to kill at home and abroad, if not the whole planet... I will not mention the war in Iraq or the disastrous terrorism caused, at least in part, by policies of greed, corruption and death in the Middle East to gain control of fossil fuel. Those who propagate terror must be outlawed. It is a principle applicable to all who seek to wound or kill innocent victims, whether it be by inciting suicide bombers, lying bare-faced about global warming or cynically dismantling social security. “George’s answer to any problem at the ranch is to cut it down with a chain saw, which I think is why he and Cheney and Rumsfeld get along so well” (Laura Bush, Washington, D.C., 2005-04-30)
Québec student strike this spring [2005-06 - 2005-06-15]
Our students were on strike for 3 weeks this spring [info English | français]. The liberal government of Québec may still be set on turning student grants into student debt but student action has stopped the rot for the time being. Ive taught students since 1971. They do no-one any harm. They are an important investment in our common future. Students lose money by paying to attend university. At the same time, they make unemployment statistics look much better than they really are. My generation benefitted from a system of student grants. We have NO right to turn against todays students, very few of whom are guaranteed a steady job after unversity. Why lumber students with debts many wont be able to pay off? In whose interests? No wonder support for the students in Québec was so massive. It warms my heart to know that my students care about their future and about the future of a world where articles 23 and 26 of the UN Human Rights Declaration are taken seriously.
Freedom of movement and the Land of the Free
I just heard [2005-04-12] that Fred Frith, reputed musician (and brother of Simon), has been denied the right to run a workshop he was invited to run in Italy.
So what?, you may well ask. Well, heres what.
Fred is a British citizen who has worked for many years in the USA. He holds a chair at Mills College in Oakland (CA). He has applied for permanent residence in the USA but his request was recently denied. No reasons were given for this decision.
Fred was supposed to have left for Europe yesterday. If he had done so he would have been denied re-entry into the USA. Faced with the alternatives of either losing a lot of work in Europe over the next few months or of losing his job not to mention his partner, children and house in California if were to have left the USA, he had to cancel his trip. Now Fred has to apply for a temporary US residence permit which will not necessarily be granted.
US musicians can tour Europe with little or no bureaucratic hassle whereas European musicians intent on working in the USA have no real alternative but to enter the Land of the Free illegally. Its also worth noting that the same federal bureau which denied Fred his residence permit was also responsible for delivering full US residence permits to the addresses of two September 11 terrorists.
Once upon a time, remarks Franco Fabbri, this sort of thing happened to Soviet artists and intellectuals. People quite rightly protested, he continues, against a system that denied individuals the right to travel freely. Now it happens, more often than we realise, in The Land of the Free.
My personal reflection? Well, had Fred been a Soviet citizen denied the right to travel freely, people would have probably kicked up a stink on this side of the Iron Curtain (perhaps with support from some Republican party propaganda organisation). Everybody would have known that the restriction of personal freedom was wrong because we all knew then that the Soviet Union was an Empire of Evil. So why dont we kick up a stink now? Do we so unequivocally identify with the USA as to apply a completely different set of values when seeing the same denial of individual liberties? Because we don't have the support of the Republican Party in the USA? Or because we are cowards? Or because we are morally compromised? Or because we are too stupid and indoctrinated?
This episode constitutes another reason for my refusal (as well as reluctance) to visit the USA. It may only an hours drive away from here but, as far as Im concerned, its ideologically and ethically on another planet.
Our students are on strike
The liberal government of Québec seems set on turning student grants into student debt. This regressive measure affects those least able to afford a university education. Ive taught students since 1971. They do no-one any harm. They are an important investment in our common future. Losing money by paying to attend university, they make unemployment statistics look much better than they really are. People like Blair and Charest, who benefitted from a system of student grants, turn on todays students, very few of whom are guaranteed a steady job after unversity. They want to lumber those students with debts they wont necessarily be able to pay off. No wonder the student demonstrations are so massive. It warms my heart to see that at least our students care about their future and about the future of a world where that will hopefully comply with article 23 of the UN Human Rights Declaration, i.e. that they will be allowed to earn a decent living... [March-April 2005]
Iraq: learning from history... ...or not...
Headline: U.S. ENCOURAGED BY VOTER TURNOUT (Peter Grose, New York Times, 4 Sept., 1967, p. 2). U.S. officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnams presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting. According to reports from Saigon, 83% of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong. A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in President Johnsons policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam.
Just after the Tsunami
Humans are greedy by nature. What?! C'maaaahn! Everyone wants to make a quick buck for themselves, not for the next guy! Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla...
How can anyone believe such capitalist claptrap given the surge of human generosity in response to the tsunami disaster? Still, some greedy gutzes have already tried to cash in on the current surge of altruism.
Speaking for the Bush regime (2005-01-04), Colin Powell said: The rest of the world is being given an opportunity to see American generosity, American values in action. Oh yeah?
Excuse me!! What planet does that guy live on? It'll take much more than donating the equivalent of a few days warring against all those Iraqi weapons of mass destruction”, much more than a progandist platitude about "American values" (and, yes, he did really say that) to persuade the rest of the world as I know it. I shall remember these days the next time some idiot tells me that humans are intrinsically evil. The capitalist system may well be evil and its advocates would have us believe we are all as evil as they are. Bollocks! Get real!.... C'maaaaaaaaahn, yourself!...
Made in China (Just before the Tsunami)
Cheaper if 'Made in China?'... Yes, if you live in China. If youre in North America, it's worth remembering that a Trans-Pacific freighter, carrying 5,000 containers of cheaply manufactured goods, uses 150 tonnes of bunker fuel (grade 360: like asphalt) and spews out 5 tons of sulphur into the atmosphere every single day. If that's a good deal, I'm a duck's uncle... ......... US elections were rigged. ......... Canada and free trade with the USA?... ......... China again.  If you think my Chinese history (in English) of 21st-century music in the West is weird, please remember that China now owns Canadas biggest mining company...  China tells the USA not to blame its economic problems on others. ......... Meanwhile, back in the 'free world', in order to cover its current deficit, the USA has to import $2.6 billion in cash, every single working day. Thats 80% of the entire worlds net savings... When did your news media last connect this capitalist catastrophe with, for example: ENRON?... Iraq?... SUVs?... consumerism?... not ratifying the Kyoto protocol?... short-termism?... greed?... cynicism?... stupdity?... All of which = capitalism, of course, an obvious conclusion constituting heresy and blasphemy in the eyes of the 'free enterprise' inquisitors torturing the world in the name of the Church of the Holy Market Forces schmarket forces... 2 + 2 = 4, whatever voodoo economists may say...
THE US-LED INVASION OF IRAQ
17 March 2003
Whenever youve got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up... Shame on you, Mr Bush! (Michael Moores Oscar speech, 2003).
How many were actually in favour of the war declared unilaterally by the USA and its allies?
Argentina 3%, Australia 12%, Bolivia 9%, Bulgaria 5%, Cameroon 9%, Canada 10%, Colombia 15%, Denmark 10%, Ecuador 3%, Finland 6%, France 6%, Germany 9%, Iceland 7%, Ireland 8%, Kenya 17%, Malaysia 3%, Netherlands 7%, New Zealand 8%, Nigeria 10%, Pakistan 3%, Romania 11%, Russia 7%, South Africa 9%, Spain 4%, Switzerland 5%, Uganda 20%, UK 15%, Uruguay 9%, Yugoslavia 8% (Gallup International Iraq poll, 2003)
Now, how about some justice for the Palestinians? [Please note that Zionism is incompatible with the Torah]
NOT EVERYONE IN THE USA HAS GONE MAD!
17 May 2002
From all the hype you would be excused for believing that everyone in the USA had gone stark raving bonkers. Do they really all support the Bush administration and its terrorist war on terrorism, its disregard for the interests of people in every nation in the world (including its own), its disregard for the ecological welfare of the planet?
No. Lies and propaganda.
Not everyone in the USA is bonkers...
Yesterday on BBC2s Newsnight programme, Dan Rather, veteran anchorman for the US CBS Evening News, talked of patriotism gone mad.
Rather criticised himself and his fellow TV journalists for allowing themselves to be threatened into silence. He slated the deals the Pentagon has made with latter-day producers of Top-Gun-style militainment.
Theres a neo-McCarthyist witch hunt on for those who still believe in the basic democratic values of the US constitution...
a student accused of having un-American material in her apartment it was an anti-death-penalty poster
a phone company employee questioned by the FBI for having questioned government policy
thousands of US citizens of Arab origin detained illegally
a surveillance system allowing government to eavesdrop without detection on anyone on line
... and theres worse...
Click on Neo-McCarthyism for more...
Click also on Support teachers persecuted for opposing the «War on Terrorism»
The list of assaults on Americans liberties grows each day... they grow further away from their ideals as a free people. By their actions, Americans give their enemies the comfort of realizing that they are right: freedom and the rule of law have no place in the world.
(The Casper (Wyoming) Star Tribune)
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS - REMINDER #1
Article 12: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence
Article 14 § 1: Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
Article 23 §1: Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
Article 23 §2: Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
Article 23 §3: Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
Article 23 §4: Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Article 25. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Article 26 §1: Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
The US and UK governments spend huge amounts on internal security wire taps, satellite communication interception, etc . The UK government throws refugees back into persecution. Neither the UK nor the USA guarantees the right to work, nor favourable conditions of work, nor equal pay for equal work, nor an existence worthy of human dignity, nor the right to form and join trade unions, nor the care, nor the services, nor security in the event of circumstances beyond our control, nor university education accessible to all on the basis of merit.
When did the US and the UK leave the UN? Or did they just forget Article 30?
Article 30: Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
Letter to a US Citizen
Liverpool, 23 Feb. 2002
Politics here in the UK has reached the standard youre used to.
Our Mr Blair, like Mrs Thatcher before him, sucks up to your president. He tries hard to make everything here like in the USA and has had some success.
First, he was voted in again with the lowest electoral turnout in a century. That almost matches your Mr Bushs fantastic mandate last year.
Then, our Mr Blair has learnt how to push through one item of ludicrous legislation after another. Hes part-privatised public transport and health, not because anyone wants that, not because its a good idea, not because its cheaper or better, but because hes in bed with big business, just like your own King George II.
(Funny how lots of Brits want to get rid of the monarchy and how your republic has introduced hereditary presidency by the back door.)
But I really wanted to ask something else.
Both you and I are citizens of the same world. My problem is that what your government and what US corporations do in your name has a really bad effect on all of us. Let me give an example.
I just turned 58 and have experienced more extreme weather in the last 5 years than ever before. Today were on our 5th day of severe gales and torrential rain. All experts say its due to carbon emissions, something your country produces much more of than even we Europeans manage to belch out.
Your government wont do anything to help stop global warning. Please get them to at least sign the Kyoto protocol. Thanks.
Then theres the war which both our Führers support...
Many, many more civilians, including thousands of children, have been killed in US attacks on Afghanistan than were killed on September 11 in the USA. Isnt that enough revenge as if revenge was the answer! More like a recipe for another attack on innocent US citizens, if you ask me.
The more innocent civilians the USA war machine kills or maims, the more determination there will be to fight back. The more US goverment and corporations exploit the poor of this world, the more anger and resentment will be aroused and the more September 11ths we can expect in our part of the world.
The trouble is that US corporations want to rule the world and the US government wants to help them.
How would YOU like to be ruled and policed by a system you never had the chance to vote for or against?
Thats not democratic and its one reason why those who suffer infinitely more than I do under US rule abroad hate the USA so strongly.
As an upstanding US citizen who believes in democracy, you deserve better than to be despised by the rest of us. I know its not your fault, but you are in a much better position than most to influence US policy.
So, if you agree with the principle of rule by democratic mandate, please pressure your congressman to help ALL of us. Ask him/her to propose that the whole world be allowed to vote for a US presidential candidate next time, for someone who will not go to bed with big business and destroy the only world we have, for someone who will not make life a misery for most of this planets inhabitants.
Thanks for your help. Im sorry to have to burden you with these requests, but I really am looking forward to the opportunity of finally being allowed to vote for or against those who want to rule me,
When I give food to the poor they call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist.
Dom Hélder Camara, 1909-1999, Bishop of Recife