And now the most captivating two minutes in television, the latest from the political grapevine:
Special Showing Shut Down?
Out in California a special showing of the 1970 movie Tora, Tora, Tora, which had been scheduled for Dec. 7, has been canceled and veterans groups smell political correctness. The showing was set for a World War II era theater in the town of San Pedro, and the film was selected because the joint U.S.-Japanese production is considered historically accurate. But Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn decided that showing it would have been insensitive. "Dec. 7," she said, "is a tough day, especially for second and third generations of Japanese Americans. Why do we want to do something that makes it more difficult?"
Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder?
Two Boston social workers and a psychologist are working to get colleagues to recognize "post-traumatic slavery disorder" as a mental health condition among blacks that leads to drug abuse, broken homes, crime and low education achievement. The three are writing a book about it, but the Boston Globe reports that they are not the first to claim lingering effects of slavery among blacks who were never slaves themselves. That idea originated with Harvard Psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint, who argued two years ago that, "A culture of oppression, the by-product of this nation's development -- has taken a tremendous toll on the minds and bodies of black people."
Murderous Thugs Have E-Mail Accounts Too!
Saddam Hussein's son, Uday, is regarded as a murderous thug by the State Department, but that apparently has not prevented him from having an e-mail account with the giant U.S. Internet Service Yahoo. In fact, as Wired magazine notes, the Web site of Uday Hussein's Babil newspaper, tells visitors that they can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. This would seem a clear violation of the U.S. trade sanctions against Iraq but Wired quotes former CIA agent Robert David Steele as saying, "The U.S. government is probably reading everything in that account and is probably quite happy that Uday has that e-mail."
Not Exactly Pleased With Election 2002
Journalists friendly to the Democratic Party are seeing last week's election results in dire terms. Among them is Bill Moyers of PBS, who says the federal government is now "united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate." One item on that agenda, says Moyers, is "to force pregnant women to give up control over their own lives." Also on the agenda, he said, are "using the taxing power to transfer wealth from working people to the rich," and "giving corporations a free hand to eviscerate the environment."