US Mass Media Is Dying

In the following video Marina Portnaya with Russia Today interviews Michael Wolff. Wolff is the creator of Newser.com, in the interview Wolff explains how the US mass media is transforming and how that change will create opportunities for alternative news outlets.

Back to Boom Times?

Yesterday the St. Petersburg Times published a front page story with the headline “Back to Boom Times?”. To say the title is misleading would be an understatement. The current economic depression has been the furthest thing from boom times for our economy and for the St. Pete Times…

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Nationalist Coalition Southeast Region Meeting

by John Ubele

Our Florida Chapter is looking into the feasibility of holding a meeting for our members throughout the Southeast. We have a considerable number of members and supporters in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas and we would like to meet you in person and give you some ideas on how to become more politically active. At the meeting we’ll give a review of past activism in our region, and we’ll tell you about our media projects and our recent successes using Youtube and other video hosting sites to get our message out to the public.

Other topics we’ll discuss will be my last campaign for Florida representative and how we can use political campaigns to generate publicity for our organization. I’ll also be speaking about ways to get involved with your local political committees. The meeting will be conducted by Todd Weingart, our Florida Chapter coordinator and myself. The meeting will be open to non-members as well as members.

Right now we’re in the planning stages of this event, so we need those of you who can commit to attending to contact us at info@ncoal.com. If we can get a substantial number of commitments and advance ticket sales then we’ll set up a date during the second half of the year at a conference room located in the greater Tallahassee area.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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John Ziegler vs Contessa Brewer

As you’ll see from the following video journalists absolutely hate being on the defensive. Contessa Brewer is like all journalists in the regard that they can dish it out but they can’t take it. Please pass this video on to your contacts so they can watch and see what a total joke news reporting in America has become.  -Ed.

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Over 30 Daily Newspapers for Sale Across US

Across the United States, more than 30 daily newspapers are for sale, and buyers are scarce.

From Los Angeles to New York, leading newspapers have slashed newsrooms with buyout offers, and when those failed to reach budget-cutting goals, with layoffs.

The newspaper industry has been caught in a tailspin for three years, a trend variously blamed on plummeting ad revenues, declining readership, growing competition from the Internet and a deepening national recession.

On Thursday, Colorado’s oldest newspaper joined the growing list of dailies on the market. E.W. Scripps Co., owner of the 149-year-old Rocky Mountain News, offered to sell it after reporting an $11 million loss through the first nine months of this year.

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What Toastmasters Can Do For You

by John Ubele, CC

Sometimes we find ourselves in a position where we need to give a speech. Since most of us are not experienced speakers we find the prospect of having to speak before a group frightening. How does one go about becoming a better speaker? There have been many books written on public speaking and there are college classes available but neither of these will help you with developing your speaking skills as much as Toastmasters can.

Toastmasters International has been around for more than 80 years and has over 200,000 members in 11,700+ clubs in 92 countries around the world. The organization’s primary purpose is to help people become better communicators. They do this through a variety of activities by showing members how to improve their speaking abilities. More importantly they teach people how to get over their stage fright.

Local Toastmasters clubs hold meetings several times a month. The meetings provide members a forum to practice public speaking. At the meetings you’ll find fellow Toastmasters who will guide you through a process to help you improve your speaking skills.

There are four main activities at each Toastmasters meeting. They are Table Topics, Speeches, Evaluations and Awards.

Table Topics: A Table Topics Master creates questions and fires them randomly at members. The members respond to the questions by giving one to two minute long impromptu speeches. This activity forces the members to think on their feet and to respond to questions quickly.

Speeches: Typically there are at least two speeches given at each meeting. Most speeches run from five to seven minutes long. Usually the speeches are projects taken from the Toastmaster manuals. Each speech project from the manual centers on different aspects of giving speeches. For example projects may focus on vocal projection, body language, speech organization, or other elements of speech giving.

Evaluations: Each speech is evaluated by an Evaluator. The Evaluator’s job is to pay very close attention to the speaker and to give positive and negative feedback about the speaker’s speech. This is one of the most helpful activities for speakers because the evaluation helps the speaker focus on improving the things that need to be worked on.

Awards: At the end of the meeting awards are given out to the best table topics speaker, the best speaker and the best evaluator.

The meetings provide an excellent opportunity to develop your speaking abilities. I’ve attended many of them and I can say that not only did I enjoy them but I always learned something new at each meeting which helped me refine my speaking skills.

My membership with the organization began at the end of 2007 and since that time I have delivered over 10 speeches in my local club, along with participating a few dozen times in Table Topics and I have also given several speech evaluations. I highly recommend Toastmasters to anyone who wants to become a better communicator. The fees to join are very reasonable because they breakdown to less than $100 a year and I can promise you that you will get more than your money’s worth if you regularly attend meetings and participate in club activities.

Like every other activity in life you get out of it what you put into it. So the key is to attend as many Toastmaster meetings as possible to get through as many speeches as you can so that you’ll be able to advance through the communication levels. Toastmasters can do a lot for you, but you have to take the first step by attending a local club meeting.

For more information please visit www.toastmasters.org.


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Seeking News Contributors

One of the hardest things with operating a blog is finding interesting content to post on it.

I’m currently looking for additional news contributors so if you’re interested in becoming one please e-mail me directly at john@voteubele.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
John Ubele

The Listening Post – Iran’s Media

Part 1

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VIDEO: What is the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee?

CBS Will Get to Keep Documents of Interest in Dan Rather Suit Away from the Public; But Redstone Must Speak!

Dan Rather and his lawyers were back in a Lower Manhattan courthouse yesterday for yet another round in Mr. Rather’s ongoing $70 million civil lawsuit against his former employers.

Over the course of a 45-minute hearing in front of Justice Ira Gammerman, tempers occasionally flared as the lawyers for both sides argued over a number of issues, ranging from the scheduling of depositions to the transparency of the discovery process.

On the latter issue, Mr. Rather and his lawyers petitioned the justice to release a number of key documents turned up in discovery. Mr. Rather’s lead attorney, Marty Gold, suggested to Justice Gammerman that the documents, if released, would help refute CBS’s repeated, public characterization of Mr. Rather’s claims in the suit as a fantasy. He said that of the thousands of documents handed over by CBS, Mr. Rather would like to give the public access to roughly 10.

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Chapter 13 standoff thwarts foreclosure on St. Petersburg house for years

With the economy tumbling, thousands of Floridians have filed bankruptcies in a last-ditch bid to keep their homes from foreclosure. Among them was 55-year-old Rose King. In the end, she was unable to save her home, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying.

Between 1999 and last January, King filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection eight times — a move that kept lenders from forcing the sale of her St. Petersburg bungalow. And when she finally moved out in March, she took everything, including the kitchen sink.

“She lived two years for free, I can tell you that,” says Kelly Goff, who held the most recent mortgage and had to schedule foreclosure sales four times. “I’ve never had anything like it, and I’ve had hundreds of loans. It’s luck of the draw that I happened to get somebody who knew how to abuse the system and used it.”

King, who until recently made $75,000 a year breeding schnauzers, insists she did nothing wrong.

“I didn’t abuse it,” she says. “I just used what was available to me by law.”

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White Community Scholarship Commercial

Hamas: Jews planned the Holocaust

Jewish leaders concocted the mass murder of handicapped Jews in order to keep from having to support them, and this murder is what the Jews term “the Holocaust,” according to a documentary special that aired on April 18 on Hamas’s Al Aqsa television station.

Palestinian Media Watch located and translated the contents of the footage, which it uploaded to YouTube under the headline “Hamas: Jews planned Holocaust.”

According to the documentary’s narrator, Israel’s first prime minister David Ben Gurion decided that Jewish “disabled and handicapped are a burden to the state,” after which “the Satanic Jews” – the film cuts to a picture of a hassidic Jew – “thought up an evil plot to be rid of the burden of disabled and handicapped” – the film then cuts to piles of emaciated corpses – “in twisted criminal ways.”

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US company in Iraq accused of malpractices

Half of Employees at WFLA-Ch. 8, Tampa Tribune and Other Tampa-Area Outlets Offered Buyouts By Media General Subsidiary

Florida Communications Group president John Schueler confirmed to me moments ago that the company will offer buyouts to half its 1,326 employees, including people who work at WFLA-Ch. 8, TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune Spanish-language CENTRO, Hernando Today, Sunbelt Newspapers and a host of other smaller daily and weekly newspapers.

Schueler said it was an alignment of the Media General-owned company that would save money and meld responsibilities of staffers across their various media platforms in the same way their “convergence” efforts share news material. For example, the president and publisher of the Tampa Tribune, Denise Palmer, is now responsible for content across all the FCG platforms. The president and general manager of WFLA, Mike Pumo, is now responsible for revenues across all platforms, and their operations at all platforms will also be centralized under a single vice president.

Schueler said staffers can request to be part of the buyout, becoming eligible for either one week of salary per year of service up to 26 weeks or 2 weeks per year up to 39 weeks, depending on their position within the company. He expects to spend two weeks analyzing the requests and their possible impact before informing employees whether they will accept the requests.

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The Neocons as a Hostile Conservative Elite

by Kevin MacDonald

I haven’t read Jacob Heilbrunn’s book on the neocons yet, but I’m not sure I need to after seeing Philip Weiss’s review. Weiss’s review makes it clear that Heilbrunn’s book corroborates several of the themes in my writing on the neocons and on Jewish intellectual and political movements generally.

First, neoconservatism is a Jewish movement. That should have been clear to everyone by now, but references to the Jewish basis of the movement have been noticeably missing from much of the mainstream media, to the point that Bill Kristol was introduced as a columnist at the New York Times as simply a “conservative.” This is critical because the neocons have now become the conservative establishment. When Kristol (or Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity) hold forth at Fox News, most people have no idea that they are tuning into the public face of a fundamentally Jewish movement that elbowed out more traditional conservatives.

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Journalists a target in Lebanon

Three Ways to Own Silver Before it Reaches $30

silver_bullion.jpgLeprechaun investors found their pot of gold four days
before St. Patrick’s Day, when gold broke the historic
$1,000 an ounce mark.

The chief reason for gold’s ascent is simple. Gold is a
“safe haven.” When economic and geopolitical turmoil
rears up, investors scurry for gold. And the billions in
subprime write-downs and the failing confidence in
U.S. equities sent them into gold holdings on a dead run.

While gold stole all the headlines when it broke the
$1,000 mark, few took notice seven days earlier
when silver hit its highest price in 28 years. Silver’s
current spot price is $17.21 an ounce, but one analyst
[a gold bug, nonetheless], believes “the poor man’s
gold” will break the $30 barrier this year.

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http://www.moneymorning.com/2008/03/24/three-ways-to-own-silver-before-it-reaches-30-2/

SPECIAL REPORT: Are Job Cuts Signaling The End For America’s Newspapers?

sptimesii.jpgThe digital wave washing over newspapers has turned
into a tsunami in the past several weeks, as hundreds of
newsroom layoffs coast- to-coast are raising fears that
the push for profits and a dismal economy are teaming
up to accomplish the unthinkable — putting the print
industry in its grave.

Daily publications ranging from the San Jose Mercury News in the San Francisco Bay Area to the venerable New York Times have axed reporters and editors — more than 750 — in little more than a month, as competition from the online world has joined forces with financial pressures to put on the squeeze.

Sales, profits and circulation all are down sharply, as newspapers say they long ago abandoned the prospect of trying to stop the bleeding. Some now say they cuts are so deep, they have to “amputate” portions of their business to stay alive. Meanwhile, they’re trying to embrace new media, but can’t do so effectively because of constrained resources.

Full story:
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200803171443DOWJONESDJONLINE000746_FORTUNE5.htm

Katyn Massacre Movie Trailer