Top 10 NEWS STORIES The Media COVERS UP
Mainstream media has been taking a real beating lately for being as what some call "government controlled pawns." We don't want to come off as conspiracy theorists', but there may be some merit to this argument. Certainly there is a story or two out there that could use a little more attention, and others that could use less. As social and alternative media outlets continue to grow, we are starting to see more and more stories that don’t seem to make it to the conventional airways. Here is our top 10 pick of news stories that were under-reported by mainstream media.
Doing Our Part to Increase Ocean Acidification
There’s no doubt that the mainstream media is all over global warming and climate change as a result of human intervention. For the most part, things such as the ice caps melting and the depletion of atmosphere are discussed. It’s well known that the burning of fossil fuels and other pollutants lead to the release of carbon dioxide into the air. What’s far less known, is that approximately twenty trillion pounds are absorbed by our oceans every year. A writer for the Seattle Times described this phenomenon as having every person on earth toss a hunk of dry ice, or CO2, as heavy as a bowling ball into the Pacific. The rate at which the oceans chemistry is changing is faster than ever seen before in human history. This could quite likely have devastating consequences on the way we go about everyday life. We depend on the ocean for so much more than trade and travel, it is the source of much of our diet.
From Wall Street, to Criminal Court, to Wall Street
Three former General Electric bankers – Dominick Carollo, Steven Goldberg and Peter Grimm – were convicted in 2012 of rigging auctions and stealing municipal bonds, which were intended to be used for public projects such as building schools, hospitals and libraries in many states across the United States. To the dismay of those lucky enough to hear about the crime, the conviction was overturned on a technicality. It took federal prosecutors so long to build the case, that the statute of limitations ran out. The three were released from prison the very next day, just in time to make it home for Thanksgiving dinner, as a defense attorney noted. This type of “white collar immorality” had an impact on thousands of people and local governments, and “Project Censored” declared this one of the most under-reported stories of the past decade.
Verizon Fights Net Neutrality
In September of 2013, the Federal Court of Appeals oversaw a very in-depth and of high importance case brought to it by Verizon Communications Incorporated. They challenged the Federal Communications Commission’s right to regulate internet service providers, citing the First Ammendment of the US Constitution. Under the FCC’s ‘Open Internet Order,’ providers could not legally charge customers varying prices or give priority to certain users that access certain websites or pay more for faster speeds. The company believes that they should have the right to manage and promote the content they see fit, again citing the First Ammendment. In late February 2015, federal regulators prohibited providers from selling fast-lane passes to its customers, like Netflix for example. Although the subject did get some attention, it was a quick “report and run” story for much of mainstream media.
On November 13th, 2013, Wiki Leaks, a website known for publishing top secret government documents, released a section of a trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. At first glance, it appears that treaty’s primary objective is to facilitate safe trade among eleven nations and the United States. Upon closer inspection, a number of red flags are found. Approximately 800 million people and 1/3 of world trade stood to be affected by its signing. All negotiations were done in secrecy and only three people from each nation involved had access to the entire document. It is made clear that this treaty represents big oil, pharmaceutical and entertainment companies. In it, corporations could gain the ability to sue their government not only for loss, but prospective loss as well. There are a plethora of arguments against the signing of this agreement, such as the need for internet providers to monitor your online activity and report on those who download content illegally. One source has declared the Trans-Pacific Partnership “the dirtiest trade deal you’ve never heard of.”
US Planned To Assassinate Citizens For Exercising Their Rights?
In October of 2011, the Occupy movement made its way to Houston, Texas, just one of the thousands of cities that seemed to become shut down across the United States. The very next year, investigative journalist Dave Lindorff of WhoWhatWhy.org, reported on a document obtained from the Houston FBI office which shows that the agency was aware of an attempt to assassinate Occupy movement leaders. What’s so shocking about this is the fact that there is no evidence that they did anything about it. This document was obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund via a Freedom of Information Act Request. This was something most of mainstream media didn’t dare tell their readers and viewers.
Giving Government A Modern Twist
It seems that there is a thing or two we could all learn from Estonia. The country is a relatively new nation, only regaining independence in 1991. Ever since, the government has sought to redesign its information infrastructure and has stressed openness, privacy and security. These are all important issues to citizens across the world, and it seems that Estonia has tackled a problem many of us face – we’re tired of government intervention and it spying on our every interaction. To help fight against tax fraud and corruption, all Estonians are given an identification number. This number can be used to do quite a few things including filing taxes and electing members of parliament online. A citizen can see what government employee accessed their data and file an inquiry to have that individual fired if it was not accessed with sufficient reason. In a world becoming more and more integrated with technology, it seems that the Estonians are doing something that we should learn from. We also know that few outlets have even mentioned this to their audience.
A New Way To Cut Back On Spending
The US military has taken some heat for forcing wounded and disabled veterans out of service. This is reportedly done to avoid paying benefits such as health care, unemployment and educational programs. Able-bodied men soon take their place, and the vicious cycle continues. Marginalizing injured soldiers as either delinquent or negligent has lead to a practice called “chaptering out”, which requires those men and women to leave the military without an honorable discharge, says Project Censored. Purple Heart recipient Sergeant Jerrald Jensen was required to pack his bags for what his supervisors called a “pattern of misconduct.” What misconduct, you may ask? Well, no more than not passing a urine test which came as the result of taking prescribed medication for an injury, and being written up for tardiness to an appointment. Such cases are rarely ever reported on, and those that are for the most part are quickly forgotten.
Gun Control – A Problem Or Solution?
Throughout the past several decades, gun control has been a highly controversial topic. Countries such as Turkey, Guatemala, Cambodia, China and Germany have all made the private ownership of firearms illegal at one point or another. As a result, approximately twenty million individuals have been killed by either their government or a foreign power. 2012 was an especially troubling year for the United States and its gun owners. On December 14th of that year, it is believed a lone gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary and opened fire, killing 26 teachers and students. President Obama took a strong stance and has since proposed numerous bills which would outlaw the ownership of certain firearms – in particular, semiautomatic assault rifles. All we can say is that this is a very troubling matter, and the debate over gun ownership seems like a subject many journalists and reporters have shied away from covering.
Should GMO Be On The Go?
Genetically Modified Organisms, better known to some as GMO’s, is a topic that seems to be avoided as a whole – not just by an overwhelming number of news networks. There are quite a number of reasons for this; one simply may be so not to sound like some sort of conspiracy nutcase. The Monsanto Company “revolutionized agriculture with a line of genetically engineered seeds.” Such a product is very controversial yet it’s a subject many news outlets have steered clear of. Advantages of GMO crops include a bigger and quicker yield and less crop loss due to insects and fungus. Critics of this non-organic method argue that it is proven to have long term health risks. A review of nineteen studies in which genetically modified corn and soy were fed to mammals shows that such a diet often led to liver and kidney problems. Not to mention, there are some twenty-six countries that have banned or heavily regulated the use of GMO’s. Those are the facts; we’ll leave the decision up to you.
Red Alert At The Ring of Fire
The Ring of Fire is an area located in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have taken place. Shaped like a horseshoe, it stretches approximately 25,000 miles or 40,000 kilometers, passing several continents in its path. It is believed that 452 volcanoes call the Ring of Fire home; 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes can be found here. Over 80% of the world’s largest and most destructive earthquakes occur in this zone. As of lately, it seems that the Ring of Fire has been roaring to life. One source even mentions that eruptions are so frequent, that the mainstream news should be reporting on them every couple of days for quite a few years now. Unfortunately, things of this nature are incredibly hard to gauge and much of the mainstream media may be avoiding the topic so they won’t be labeled as fear mongering.