marginalizing the g20 protests

I've been following the protests surrounding the G20 Summit more than the summit itself (although conclusion of the summit is that the IMF gets a lot of money, some solution). Like anytime a group of people get together and demonstrate against the powers that be, the media does what it can to marginalize them. This includes greatly underestimating the number of protesters (I usually see in the thousands in the main stream media, while indy media and blogs from first hand accounts puts the numbers in the tens of thousands and more), focusing on the violence of the few (nothing like a photo-op of one guy smashing a window while surrounded by a brigade of reporters taking pictures), and even this NY Times blog focusing on the costumes of the protesters. The last article is particularly interesting at how the wording uses questions to assume the protesters a bunch of costumed freaks who "would not have seemed out of place at a rave." The article ends "What do readers think, is the media to blame for focusing so much on what is most visually arresting, or are the protesters at fault for spending too much energy attracting attention and not enough articulating practical steps that might actually change the system?" Even though these protests aren't as organize as they could be, many of these people are trying to articulate a point, it's just they have no outlet since the media obviously won't give them one. I wish I had saved the links I read earlier but there were reports of London Metro police blockading in the protesters and not letting them leave and using other aggressive tactics. Don't trust corporate media, informing you is not in their agenda.

sensible drug policy?

Obama's nominee for drug czar might actually bring reason to drug policy in this country. The former Seattle police chief wants to focus less on incarceration and more on "evidence-based" methods such as treatment. It's probably too early to signal the end of the war on drugs, especially with all fear mongering dealing with the drug war at the Mexican border, which might lead to unconstitutionally deploying US troops on national soil and militarizing the border. The DEA hasn't gotten the memo yet, though. Even though Obama said raids on medicinal facilities would stop, a dispensary in San Francisco was recently raided.

On a side note, I've decided to revive this blog and use it for a variety of topics. Pretty much whatever is on my mind at the moment.