- Please send as far and wide as possible.
Editor, The Konformist
For Immediate Release:
DISINFORMATION NOMINATED FOR BEST WEIRD WEB SITE (AGAIN)
At The 5th Annual Webby Awards
New York, NY - April 30 - The Webby Awards, the leading international
honors for Web sites, today announced the nomination of Disinformation
(http://www.disinfo.com) for a Webby Award in the category of Best
The Webby Awards are a unique ovation for the people who push the
envelope. Widely hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet", The Webby
unite members of the international online community for a celebration
the Internet's best.
"The Webby Awards showcase the power of the Internet to entertain, to
enlighten and to share information with people all over the world,"
Maya Draisin, Executive Director of The International Academy of
Arts & Sciences. "Disinformation's nomination for a Webby Award is a
testament to its great contribution in pushing the Internet envelope."
The 5th annual Webby Awards will take place this year on Wednesday
18th, 2001 at San Francisco's magnificent War Memorial Opera House.
3,000 luminaries from around the world will attend The 5th Annual
As a nominee for a Webby Award, Disinfo.com is also eligible to win a
People's Voice Award. Voting is open to the public from April 26 to
4, 2001, at http://www.webbyawards.com. People's Voice Award winners
be announced during the webcast of The Webby Awards on July 18, 2001.
"It's a great honor for Disinformation to be nominated for a Webby
for the fourth time," said Gary Baddeley, The Disinformation Company
Ltd.'s CEO, "but quite honestly we're fed up with being nominated
year and not winning, so please, if you're a fan of the site, visit
webbyawards.com and vote for us." The Disinformation site has been
nominated for a Webby in four out of the five years that the Awards
been held; it did in fact win a People's Voice award in 1997 in the
About The Disinformation Company
As well as owning and operating the Disinformation Web site
(http://www.disinfo.com), The Disinformation Company is the producer
the hit TV series Disinfo Nation (second season just concluded on
Britain's Channel 4 network); the publisher of the controversial book,
"You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion,
Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths," and, with joint venture
partner Loud Records, has released the definitive Moog Rock
album "Best of
Moog". The Disinformation Web site is a member of the critically
acclaimed Razorfish Subnetwork (http://www.rsub.com).
About The Webby Awards
Widely hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet," The Webby Awards is the
leading international honor for consumer Web sites and individual
achievement in technology and creativity. The critically acclaimed
theatre production attended by 3000 attendees includes films,
installation art and performances. The International Academy of
Arts and Sciences selects the nominees, and winners, and hosts the
event. Sponsors for The 5th Annual Webby Awards include Intel, Adobe,
Metropolis Editorial, The Creative Group and Commission Junction.
sponsors include "Wired" and "Entertainment Weekly" magazines.
is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. For more information visit
About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated
creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and
evolving forms of interactive media. The Academy's goal is to
brilliant panel of leading new media experts, visionaries,
and luminaries to propel the Internet and Interactive Technology into
future. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that
includes over 350 members such as film director Francis Ford Coppola,
musician Bjork, Chairman of Miramax Talk Media Tina Brown, cyberguru
Esther Dyson, creator of "The Simpsons" Matt Groening, Public Radio
International Personality Ira Glass, and Oracle Chairman Larry
Members also include writers and editors from publications such
New York Times", "Wired", "Forbes", "Details", "Fast Company", "Elle",
"The Los Angeles Times", "Vibe", and "WallPaper". For more
Wed, 2 May 2001
Robert Stanley <rstanley@...>
Here are the best links to the ongoing Antartica story.
U.N. Sends Weapons Inspectors to Antarctica
UNITED NATIONS (AMP) Hours after an ailing American
snatched from the South Pole before the onslaught of
winter, the U.N. Security Council recommended on Monday
international weapons inspection team be dispatched
immediately to the bottom of the world to investigate
secret U.S. military maneuvers.
The General Assembly must now approve the Council's
before the United Nations Antarctica Commission
(UNACOM) and its high-risk mission becomes official.
approval is a formality now that Col. Ali Zawas, a
44-year-old Egyptian air force officer, has been
nominated to head
Zawas is the scion of a highly regarded family of
diplomats and the
grandson of a top American aide to U.S. Gen. Mark Clark
during World War II. He is also a graduate of the U.S.
Academy. During the Persian Gulf War, Zawas flew under
Allied command and shot down two Iraqi warplanes.
The U.N. is trying to determine whether the U.S. carried
nuclear test in violation of the international Antarctic
The treaty, which entered into force in 1961, establishes
as a zone of peace and bans all military activities,
including the testing of weapons.
The U.S. has steadfastly denied the existence of a secret
base or weapons testing on the "peace continent,"
although it now admits that its National Science
Foundation (NSF) is
using American military personnel to construct a new
base deep inside the Antarctic interior at Lake Vostok.
Earlier this month, however, a classified spy satellite
Antarctica revealed a physical anomaly two miles beneath
ice that could be a man-made structure - and not just the
phenomenon the NSF claims to be studying at Lake
Vostok. Furthermore, the anomaly appears to be located
away from Lake Vostok, near the epicenter of a recent
quake in East Antarctica (see seismic map). That quake,
still under investigation, may have caused a huge chunk
of ice twice the size of Delaware to break away from the
The United States, the only council member to issue any
UNACOM's formation, abstained from the vote. But
sources insist the abstention was on humanitarian
"The Twin Otter plane that rescued Dr. Shemenski from the
a few days ago braved whiteout conditions and
temperatures of 65 degrees below zero," noted an American
in New York who wished to remain anonymous. "It was
a dangerous 10-hour evacuation flight across Antarctica
and the crew
barely got out of there alive . But that was Romper
Room compared to the insanity Colonel Zawas and his U.N.
inspection team will face when they go in. It's a
suicidal mission that ultimately will come up with
nothing but lost
UNACOM will work in conjunction with the Russians,
other nationals already in Antarctica and hunkered
down for what promises to be a long winter of 24-hour
Ronald Shemenski, 59, the only physician at the Amundsen-
Pole Station, barely escaped last week before the
rescue window of opportunity closed. He had been
potentially life-threatening pancreatitis. Eighteen
ago another American physician, Dr. Jerri Nielsen, was
after she discovered a tumor that was diagnosed as
"This time around," said the American diplomat at the
Nations,"nobody is going to be able to save Colonel Zawas
and his men."
MEDAL OF HONOR
firstly, i would like to say that i have never won one. and by the
of god, though i was USMC, i was never put into the position where i
could have won one. that having been said, i think it important to
there are those who can discuss them better than i: siefried sassoon,
rupert brooke, for instance. but i should like to say this, the medal
honor may not signify that a recipient was a man of honor for the
activities that earned him the citation.
i think of a two-time medal of honor winner[one of the last, by the
by the name of SMEDLEY DARLINGTON BUTLER. this man retired as a major
general of the USMC. he penned a book entitled WAR IS A RACKET in his
later years, after he became honorable. in that book, he identified
himself, in the actions that earned him the medal of honor, and the
USMC, as gangsters in the service of US corporations, specifically
Bros. Harriman, City Bank, Chase Manhatten, United Fruit, et alia.
here is what he had to say in 1933...
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as
something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a
small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the
benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a
nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with
America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then
gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag
follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy
investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight
for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of
Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is
blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle
to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and
It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison.
Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four
in active military service as a member of this country's most agile
military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks
from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I
most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for
Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a
I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of
it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a
thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties
in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This
typical with everyone in the military service.
I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil
interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the
National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping
of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall
Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua
for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912
(where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the
Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to
to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a
swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al
Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in
three districts. I operated on three continents.
possibly what awakened BUTLER to a notion of true honor was what
happened to him in 1933. As he testified to the US Congress, he was
approached by JJRASKOB[ceo of Dupont and the representative of a
of like-minded plutocrats/industrialists] attempting to engage his
services to assassinate the president of the united states, franklin
Butler went semi-public with the details of the assassination
conspiracy, but none of his hirers were ever jailed, nor charged with
the crime of committing a conspiracy to murder. and for most citizens
amerika, this historical event has been buried. but it really
you can look it up. and maybe you can find it. what i found in the
library of congress thirty years ago was that anything concerning this
event had been removed: not available.
it is sort of what happened to DAVID SHOUP. he became a non-person
he resigned his office and commission in protest to LBJ's decision to
land marines in Danang.
imagine, a member of the JCS[joint chiefs of staff, he was commandant
the USMC] resigned in protest. yet, this resignation went down
unnoted in the press.
now, who was david monroe shoup? well, as a colonel in the USMC,
and in charge at Tarawa, he was awarded the medal of honor.
david shoup was remarkable in the mid-60's. the only member of the JCS
who publicly said, "wrong place, wrong time, wrong war." and who had
cohones to back that opinion up with a resignation. in my view, the
general officer in my lifetime[1947 onwards] with character,
suffice it to say, he died in ignominy some years ago. his honor
forgotten by all but a few. i daresay that bob kerrey does not hallow
his name, nor his counsel to this country.
in closing, i care to say that there are men of honor who are awarded
the medal of honor. and there are men who are awarded the medal of
i invite you and your readership to figure out the differences.
thanks for the forum.
Labor Alerts (11,500 subscribers), a free service of:
Campaign for Labor Rights, 1247 "E" Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.
Phone: 202-544-9355, fax: 202-544-9359
Trim Bissell, National Co-Coordinator
Daisy Pitkin, Co-Coordinator, <clrdc@...>
Web site: <www.summersault.com/~agj/clr>
CLR is a member of the Alliance for Global Justice.
To subscribe/unsubscribe, contact <clrmain@...>
CLR Labor Alert, posted May 1, 2001.
"Mayday Call-in Action"
In this Alert:
1. Guatemalan Unions Call for Suspension of Guatemalan Trade Benefits
2. Mayday Call-in Action-get your Representatives to sign letter in
of Guatemalan workers.
3. Background on SITRABI Trail-Del Monte union leaders testify then
[Information in this Labor Alert provided by US/Leap]
Guatemalan Unions Call for Suspension of Trade Benefits
In October of 1999, the leaders of Guatemala's largest private union,
represents Del Monte banana workers, were surrounded by 200 men and
at gunpoint to go to a radio station and call off a legal walkout
union had planned for the next day. After the kidnapping, the union
were forced to flee for their lives with their families.
The violent intimidation of the SITRABI union is a clear violation of
International Labor Organization conventions on freedom of
well as the conditions of the GSP (General System of Preferences)
The GSP is the General System of Preferences-a trade agreement signed
the mid-1980's that included workers' right to organize as criteria
It took the Government of Guatemala over a year and a half to begin a
for 24 of the 200 violent intimidators, and the families of the union
leaders lived in fear throughout this entire period due to the
inadequate protection efforts. Last week, the men who kidnapped
union leaders at gunpoint were only given fines - and no jail time -
their crimes. This outrageous outcome is yet another example in
long history of impunity for those caught using violence to dissuade
from utilizing their right to organize a union.
Last month, the Guatemalan SITRABI banana workers' union sent
representatives to Washington D.C. to testify to the USTR (U.S. Trade
Representative) in favor of removing Guatemala from this year's list
nations that receive GSP trade benefits.
The delegation of Guatemalan workers were given the opportunity to
because the USTR initiated a GSP review of Guatemala's labor rights
violations based on serious and credible evidence of illegal firings,
threats, abduction and violence against the banana workers of the
For nearly ten years, human rights organizations have petitioned the
for reviews of Guatemala's compliance with the GSP labor rights
These organizations have never before called for full suspension of
Guatemala's GSP benefits, but now we are calling for this suspension
of labor rights violations like those that occurred in the SITRABI
Guatemalan trade unions have strongly supported the GSP process. Now
unions are calling for a suspension of Guatemala's benefits from the
The Guatemalan government appears to be convinced that there is no
incentive for it to comply with the basic labor rights standards
the GSP. It is time to provide that incentive.
A letter to the USTR is being circulated in Congress that would
that office to make the suspension of trade benefits a reality. This
has already been signed by several Congress-people, but many more
are needed to effectively pressure the USTR to suspend Guatemala's GSP
benefits. The letter makes it clear that these benefits are to be
until the Guatemalan government has made progress on the impunity
well as enacted changes in its labor code that meet the International
Mayday Call-in Action
Call your U.S. Representative and tell her/him that, as a
would like her/him to contact Representative Lane Evans' office to
letter supporting Guatemalan unions.
The letter, initiated by Rep. Evans' office, is addressed to the USTR
encourages that office to suspend Guatemala's GSP benefits-as
unions have requested.
Get your Representative's contact information from www.house.gov
Or call the congressional hotline at: (202) 224-3121.
Del Monte Union Leaders Testify Then Go Into Exile
(The following article was provided by U.S. Labor Education in the
On March 22, 2001, 22 men were convicted in the first trial in
modern day history for perpetrators of violence against workers
exercise their basic worker rights. But the punishment meted out
match the crimes, and international observers rejected the
convictions as a
credible step against impunity.
The 22 were convicted for their role in the violent intimidation of
Monte banana union in October 1999 during which the leaders of the
SITRABI, were surrounded by 200 men, many heavily armed, forced to
gunpoint, and warned to leave their homes or they would be killed.
incident took place the night before the union was to hold a legal
protest Del Monte's abrupt shut down of three plantations in the Bobos
district and the illegal firing of more than 900 workers.
The criminal case became the key test case for impunity for violence
workers in Guatemala, but only the threat of losing U.S. trade
ensured that the trial took place at all. The trial, however, failed
test of credibility. The government prosecutor failed to cross-
witnesses for the defense and failed to present to the judge the
evidence needed to obtain the more serious charge of kidnapping.
Consequently, the defendants were tried and convicted on lesser
coercion and detention. While the court sentenced the criminals to
three-and-a-half years in jail, jail terms of less than five years in
Guatemala can be avoided by paying a fine. Fines in this case ranged
$.65 to $13 for each day not served.
Notably, the court failed to find the defendants guilty of a criminal
trespassing charge, filed because the criminals entered the union's
headquarters, as well as the house of the general secretary of the
Marel Martinez. A conviction on the trespassing charge would have
sentence of greater than 5 years. It is apparent that the court was
on avoiding mandatory jail sentences for the criminals, perhaps
judges feared for their lives.
Ruling Appealed by Both Sides:
Ironically, both the defendants and the government have appealed the
the government because it realized that the Puerto Barrios trial had
to satisfy GSP concerns and the defendants because they are outraged
they were convicted of anything at all.
The five Del Monte banana union leaders who had been living with their
families in a safe house in Guatemala City returned to Puerto Barrios
heavy security to testify against the accused. Immediately after the
they flew to the U.S. to join their families. Meanwhile, witnesses
braved death threats to testify against the thugs have been provided
protection by the Guatemalan government and moved into the city.
Representatives of the U.N., the U.S. government, the AFL-CIO,
Peace, STITCH, NISGUA, and US/LEAP observed the trial. See NISGUA's
at <www.nisgua.org> for eyewitness reports of the trial and
For more information on this case, check US/Leap's web site:
If you are interested in a free subscription to The
Konformist Newswire, please visit:
Or, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the
subject: "I NEED 2 KONFORM!!!"
(Okay, you can use something else, but it's a kool
Visit the Klub Konformist at Yahoo!: