============================================================================ From: •••@••.••• Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 21:12:49 EST Subject: Re: cj#1077> Beware of humanitarians bearing gifts To: •••@••.••• Dear Richard, I need some enlightenment. I don't understand what "matrix" means as you use it. Is it because I didn't see the film of the same name? (There was such a film, was there not?) Or is it a new-fangled cyberword which I haven't caught up with yet? Please help, this isn't the first time the same word has thrown me. Best, Bill ============== Dear Bill, A very good question. The reference is to the film, which I recommend. In the film, our everyday perceived reality turns out to be a collective dream, facilitated by some kind of virtual reality software known as 'The Matrix. In the actual reality of the film, people are literally asleep, cocooned in grotesque embryonic pods. Everyone believes matrix reality is real, and would never believe in a million years their true condition, unless they could somehow wake up and see it for themselves. Whether or not intentionally, I believe the film works very well as a metaphor for the poltical condition of American society. There is a fabricated reality, projected by the mass media, in which the "international community" takes action for purely humanitarian reasons, where the nation is run democratically, where growth is the only path to prosperity, and where capitalism is the only way things can be. And then there is actual reality. The two are as dramatically different as are the two film realities. Matrix reality is consensus reality. Those who are captured by it need to wake up from it if things are going to change. In the film 'Morpheus' says "The Matrix is the world they pulled down over your eyes to hide you from the truth... As long as the matrix exists, humanity cannot be free." I think that sums up our situation. rkm ============================================================================ Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 03:30:25 -0600 To: •••@••.••• From: Mark Douglas Whitaker <•••@••.•••> Subject: beriberi and pellagra [cj#1077> Beware of humanitarians bearing gifts] I would appreciate anyone telling me how someone can 'infect' and "expose" people to diseases which are nutritional deficiencies? Beriberi and pellagra are nutritional deficiencies. I would have appreciated a bit more from CounterPunch than this undocumented screed. Despite agreeing with its point, this kind of lumping in everything under the sun plus leaving it undocumented only serves to help people rationalize that EVERYTHING is made up as well, which I am sure was far from the intention. Mark Whitaker ber-i-ber-i (br-br) n. A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine, endemic in eastern and southern Asia and characterized by neurological symptoms, cardiovascular abnormalities, and edema. pel-lag-ra (p-lgr, -l-, -lägr) n. A disease caused by a deficiency of niacin and protein in the diet and characterized by skin eruptions, digestive and nervous system disturbances, and eventual mental deterioration. ================ Dear Mark, I believe there are possiblities you are not considering. There might be toxic agents which directly attack organs which are normally affected by one of the diseases you mention. People in the field would then interpret the symptoms as indicating the standard diseases they are familiar with. A reporter would have no reason not to report their conclusions, unless he or she happened to be familiar with the medical information you cite. In that case, the wording could have been changed to '...caused symptoms which resembled those of beri-beri...'. If those are your only two objections, I find the tone of your criticism a bit harsh. This is hardly 'lumping in everything under the sun', and whether the symptoms were misdiagnosed and mis-reported is not relevant to the claim that toxic agents were intentionally and covertly employed. Your concern is not for yourself, but rather for those readers who would reject the whole piece due to these possible errors. Many, however, would not notice. Of those who would notice, many might realize that the diagnosis is not really the issue. Of the rest, many are probably going to reject the article in any case, because if they believed it they would be too uncomfortable. I've heard many people say "I can't believe that - if I did then I'd have to do something about it, and I can't think of anything to do." Such are the inherent defenses of the matrix. Below, in the Press Freedom Conference announcement which you forwarded, perhaps we are seeing the beginning of an effective people's media - an antidote to the matrix. rkm ============================================================================ Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2000 22:13:50 +0800 To: •••@••.••• From: Betty Daly-King <•••@••.•••> Subject: Re: cj#1077> Beware of humanitarians bearing gifts Mime-Version: 1.0 Very good reference. Betty Daly-King ============================================================================ Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2000 02:35:30 -0600 To: •••@••.•••, •••@••.••• From: Mark Douglas Whitaker <•••@••.•••> Subject: (fwd) Press Freedom Conference Project Censored, Fordham Justice Project, Seven Stories Press, and the Nation Institute Present PRESS FREEDOM Conference Investigative Journalism, Media Activism and Democracy April 11 & 12, 2000 at Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, New York City West 62nd Street * Between Amsterdam and Columbus April 11 free. April 12 registration: $15 donation. For more info call: 718. 817. 4998 Advance registration: http://www.projectcensored.org/pfc.htm Project Censored in Cooperation with the Fordham Justice Project and Seven Stories Press are pleased to announce a conference for media activists, First Amendment advocates, students, grassroots publishers and producers, and writers/journalists of all persuasions. The Press Freedom Conference will focus on building a democratic "Real News" alternative media system in the US - a news system that informs, increases access, builds participation, strengthens freedom of expression. Hear from journalists and writers on the front lines of alternative media. Find out how to link into global alternative news sources. Discover the joys of direct action in real news situations. Join us in New York to explore these questions and brainstorm how we can work together to strengthen independent media as our best strategy for greater democracy. TUESDAY APRIL 11: 9:00am to 5:00pm. PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS 9:30am to 11am, LL Room 306, Lowenstein Building Project Censored Join members of Sonoma State University's Project Censored team discuss free speech, censorship, and how their year-round project monitors and evaluates the press. Plaza Conference Room, 12noon to 2pm Media & Democracy Direct Actions: Building Independent Media Centers as Models for Alternative Media Collaboration The Seattle protests that shut down the WTO in November were a stunning success that energized a new wave of cross-issue solidarity and activism. Among the most promising experiments that succeeded in Seattle was the creation of an Independent Media Center (IMC). Eric Galatas, Seattle and D.C. 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