As for F-911, the two are completely irrelevant so I do not understand
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From: "Mark W. Kopp" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2005 11:12 am
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Military Ads on Chanel One
> Where was your outrage when schools showed Fahrenheit 911?...hmmmm?
> Oh, that's right...someone claimed THAT was a documentary!!
> THERE'S NO SHAME IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THE UNITED STATES
> MILITARY!!!!!!!!!Without them, neither of us could have our own
> opinion and share it!!
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> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Melissa
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> Subject: [Videolib] Military Ads on Chanel One
> >From: "U.S. Labor Against the War" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >To: (Recipient list suppressed)
> >Subject: [uslawaffiliates] MILITARY TV IN THE SCHOOLS
> >Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 15:38:43 -0800
> >Why Go to College, When You Can be Cannon Fodder?
> >Do You Know What Your Kids Are Watching on "Educational" TV at
> >By Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
> >"A parent who's too busy or doesn't realize the importance of
> tuning in
> >to his or her child often expresses surprise when the child gets
> >trouble or drops out of school. The child knows, but can't
> >that those "bad kids" he or she hangs out with are alike a
> >This is the secret pullall the unpleasantness and risk in the
> world is
> >worth the feeling of being seen and heard by someone."
> >on Parenting: 10 Essential Principles that Will Transform Your Family
> >I learned something new yesterday. Channel One News, the
> >TV show that my daughter Isa and millions of other American kids
> >every morning at school, is busy recruiting our teenagers into
> >"Mom, they're really aiming at the black kids, and the Hispanic
> >too. I'm so sick of seeing those military ads everyday. "The
> Power of
> >One", and all that lots of my friends are falling for it!"
> >This is especially upsetting to Isa because several of her black
> >friends, 18, 19 and 20 years old, have been shipped to Iraq. Some
> >promised they wouldn't have to be in combat, but would be doing
> >"mechanical work", "communications", or "wiring".
> >It seems doubtful that, when push comes to shove, kids who've
> >promised such jobs will be allowed to avoid combat. One of her
> >has already been shot "in an embarrassing place"; he's being
> >overseas instead of the US so that he can be sent quickly back
> >combat in Iraq. Mr. Bush's military needs warm bodies, able or not.
> >I stopped the car and asked, "Wait a minute. What do you mean
> when you
> >say you're "seeing those military ads every day"?"
> >"We have to watch this short thing every morning in homeroom
> >"Channel One News"," Isa explained with a weary tone. "It's
> >educational, supposedly. You know, the day's news, so we'll be up
> >current events. But in between the stories, there are more and
> more ads
> >for the Army and the Marines."
> >I thought about "No Child Left Behind" and the malignant purpose
> >that sweet-sounding act that Mr. Bush and his men (and at least
> >journalist paid $250,000 by the White House) have continuously
> >to trusting parents across the US. After catching my breath I asked,
> >"Are you saying you're being recruited through the TV you watch
> >homeroom?" She nodded. I asked again, "What do your teachers
> >about this? What about Mr. Hitchens (not his real name), who told
> >privately that he's antiwar? Doesn't he say anything against it?"
> >Persuaded Away from College, Towards the Military
> >"No, I think the teachers and the kids are so used to it at my
> >that they don't even notice anymore. I mean, the other day I was
> >walking to Sociology class and heard the ROTC instructor telling
> >kids, "Okay, this is how you hold your M-16". The whole culture
> of the
> >school is military these days, so nobody notices anything unusual
> >this. And I think the few teachers who aren't prowar or proBush
> >afraid to get in trouble if they say anything that doesn't sound
> >As noted in my recent articles on military recruitment and the
> >draft, for two years my daughter and I have been fighting the
> >aggressive and often sneaky efforts of military recruiters to
> sign her
> >up. Certainly they don't want her for her physical prowess-she
> >98 pounds-so I can only assume they want her for other reasons.
> >they've seen her high verbal scores, or they just want young
> >bodies-even a tiny one-to serve as cannon fodder.
> >With a military recruiter present every day in the cafeteria,
> >"speakers" visiting classrooms, and huge recruiting posters in
> >guidance office, perhaps it's not surprising that teachers and
> >guidance counselors have been influenced by the constant hum of
> >"enlist, enlist, enlist". Students at Isa's school are told that,
> >they could consider college, but that it's "very expensive" and
> >not guarantee you a job", while the military "will pay for
> college" and
> >"practically guarantees you'll have a great career". Oh, and "a
> >cash bonus right now if you sign up today!"
> >Joining the military is presented as the one and only path of
> >heroism, and service to one's country. Many students, not
> >want to be heroes or get out of poverty, so they're signing up in
> >droves. College recruiting is a rarity at this school, and at her
> >previous school, as well. Ah, but military recruiters are
> >lurking around, spending quality time with fatherless boys,
> handing out
> >materials, giving "aptitude tests" (played down as "just helping
> >figure out what you're really good at"), handing out Marine
> >stickers, and otherwise making their smartly-uniformed presence
> >"It's just everywhere", Isa continued. "Here's an example: In gym
> >don't exercise or play sports like we used to do-now we "sound
> >just like in the military, while running and doing jumping jacks,
> >push-ups, and pull-ups. The freshmen are told to shout, "one,
> >then the sophomores are supposed to answer, "three, four!", and
> >the whole group of us has to say "Sound off!" I mean it's
> >Mom! How are you supposed to exercise while you're shouting at
> the top
> >of your lungs?"
> >As I started driving again, I took a moment to reflect on this
> >"military culture" that's replacing the educational culture in
> >America's public schools. Surely Channel One News, which parents
> >educators have criticized from the start as nothing more than a
> way to
> >let corporations advertise their products directly to kids
> >their parents' knowledge, wouldn't go so far as to market the
> >to children as a (better, more heroic, more exciting) alternative
> >college? Surely they wouldn't override Mom and Dad by sneakily
> >recruiting through "educational" TV at school? Would they? Could
> >To be continued in, "Military Recruiting Commercials on
> >TV in Public Schools: Day after Day, Military Ads Target
> >Children-Especially Hispanics and Blacks-On Channel One News in
> >Across the Nation"
> >Dr. Teresa Whitehurst is a clinical psychologist and writer. Her
> >recent book describes the nonviolent guidance of
> >on Parenting: 10 Essential Principles that Will Transform Your
> Family,>Baker Books, 9/2004.
> >You can contact her at
> >Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
> >PO Box 652
> >Brunswick, ME 04011
> >(207) 729-0517
> >(207) 319-2017 (Cell phone)
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