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“Tales From The Memory Hole” Episode 2 New York Fire Department Dispatch Tapes from 9/11 Released!


down-the-memory-hole.jpg It took a bitterly fought lawsuit brought by the New York Times to get the Fire Department of New York to release some of its dispatch tapes from 9/11. The NYT requested the tapes in early 2002, got denied, and went to court. When the FDNY lost the fight three and a half years later, on 12 August 2005 it made available 23 CDs, almost all containing audio of radio dispatches, plus transcripts of oral histories and some other text. The NYT posted about one-quarter to one-third of the audio. The Memory Hole also received the discs due to its freedom of information request, and we’re posting all of them.

Twenty-one of the CDs are audio CDs. The Memory Hole has ripped the audio into MP3 files and posted them at the Internet Archive. Each one lasts 44 to 47 minutes. The link below will open each MP3 (64 Kbps). «Read the rest of this article»

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Compass IV in Nashville, April 13-14


Tennessee Alliance for ProgressThe Compass IV Conference will be held April 13-14, 2007 at the Cohn Adult Learning Center in West Nashville. This is THE statewide progressive gathering of the year in Tennessee. You don’t want to miss it!

This two-day gathering of progressives from around the state will feature networking, workshops, skill trainings, films, live music, the TAP Long Haul Awards and Silent Auction plus other events. The keynote speakers are David Sirota, author of Hostile Takeover: How Big Money & Corruption Conquered Our Government – and How We Take It Back, and Paul Waldman, author of Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn from Conservative Success.

Registration prices go up April 7, so be sure to register before then. Here are links to TAP’s main web page, the conference schedule, and conference registration.

Political music videos


Barry McGuire Eve of DestructionHere’s a collection of protest music as a continuation of our Dear Mr. President article from the other day. Each of the videos below pose questions which deserve answers, but will likely never receive one from this administration. Oh well, I guess we can look forward to the next one in 2008.

Eve of Destruction

Barry McGuire‘s classic anti-war song, Eve of Destruction. «Read the rest of this article»

Support Net Neutrality


Save the Internet: Click hereNet neutrality is the principle that on the Internet everyone is equal. That a personal website or a small businesses web site is on equal footing with the largest multinational corporations. It was the founding principle of the Internet. Large corporate interests now want to change that.

They already control your Internet connection and now want to use that gatekeeper status to be able generate more income for themselves by charging content providers for faster access to your Internet connection. If you speed up some, it goes without saying that you must slow down others. Net Neutrality is important to ensure that small independent sites like Clarksville Online can continue to compete and provide an important alternative voice to corporate media.

Clarksville, TN will not be at the mercy of these corporations with alternatives available like CDE’s Fiber to the Home service which is coming soon.

PBS‘s program NOW did a show on this important subject. Lets take a look. «Read the rest of this article»

Dear Mr. President


P!nkIf you wrote a letter to President Bush what would you tell him. He most likely wouldn’t read it but lets pretend for a moment that he would. What would you want him to hear about the state of the nation and the world from you. The singer Pink wrote a song in this vein. Dear Mr. President is her personal letter to the President.

I think this song is almost perfect on its own, but several people have taken the song and added their own images to it in order to deliver their own unique messages to Dear Mr. President. Lets take a look!
Video by Phillygirl

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Public Discussion On Legalizing Marijuana


marijuana.jpgWhether or not to legalize marijuana will be a topic of discussion at Austin Peay State University.

The Public is invited to the debate scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th at 7 p.m., in the Morgan University Center. Ballroom.

Video: The fifth estate: The Lies That Led To War


CBC News' The fifth estate

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation‘s program, The fifth estate took a look at the lies and manipulations which lead to the invasion of Iraq and the failure of the media to question the lies which they were being fed by this administration. They point out the many simularities between what we heard then about Iraq and what we are hearing from the administration about Iran. This program first aired on March 7th 2007.

A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down.

Since the US-led invasion four years ago, the fifth estate has covered Iraq and the war on terror from virtually every angle–the military, media, intelligence, politics–revealing aspects of the story that you didn’t find anywhere else. Now, as the White House warns about the latest threat in the region, this time from Iran, it’s worthwhile looking back to examine the deception, suspect intelligence, even lies, that convinced the world of the rightness of targeting Saddam Hussein. «Read the rest of this article»

A message from Al Gore on Global Warming


Al GoreBy 10:00 AM yesterday, as I took my seat in the hearing room, an incredible 519,414 people had signed our message to Congress demanding immediate action to solve the climate crisis.

All of those boxes chock full of your messages, sitting right next to me as I testified, were a fantastic show of support and one that is already having an impact as our Representatives and Senators begin to debate solutions to the climate crisis. In fact, so many people signed our message in the 24 hours before the hearing, we are still working on printing them. But don’t worry, Congress now knows that you have spoken, and I will personally make sure every last message is delivered.

I also wanted to make sure that you had the chance to see the hearing for yourself, so I’ve posted video highlights on «Read the rest of this article»

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Larry DunlapI walked into The Pour House Cafe this morning and looked around for Leonard. I have been busy lately and haven’t seen him around. To tell the truth I have been hoping I wouldn’t run into him after our last time together when he showed me his song in progress about indoor toilets.

I strolled over to the round table in the corner and the usual crowd was there. Jelly, my big buddy, smiled and said, “Have a seat, Preacher, sit down and tell us something.”

I looked around the table and said my “how do’s ” to the two other fellows seated there.

“Well, Elvis, ” I said to the short, bald man directly in front of me.

“How’s your wife doing?” His wife had been sick with the flu.

Elvis was named Elvis about the time the other Elvis was in Jr. High. The name was all that they shared. He was short, bald and couldn’t carry a tune if it had handles on it. «Read the rest of this article»

What hurts our troops!


Rep John Murtha (D-PA)The House debates the U.S. Troops Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act. The House of Representatives has a choice: either endorse the President’s open-ended commitment to the war in Iraq or demand accountability, support our troops and set a timeline for the phased redeployment of our troops. It passed 218-212. Of course George W. Bush Jr. says he will veto the measure.

This is a portion of the debate from Rep. John Murtha  (D-PA)

This is a good example of why people who really support the troops are also peace activists. You don’t send our troops into harms way when they are not trained, equipped, and ready for combat. You don’t send them to war without an achievable plan for victory. You definitely don’t send them into combat without support systems in place for when they come home again. You don’t send them into battle while at the same time cutting the medical benefits that were promised to them and their families. «Read the rest of this article»

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