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“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.” –Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail

Water Recycling and the Significance of Re-Usable “Waste” Water

According to architect and brewer Russ Drinker, “If Californians really want to have an impact on our water use, we have to recycle our freshwater…and get over our psychological resistance to that,” reports Kristine Wong for the Guardian. Active treatment of water is a simple way to save money, fuel, as well as time for any manufacturer. As the media constantly berates agriculturists and citizens for lack of conservation, there is a major misunderstanding that water from showers, sinks, dishwasher, and such can be utilized as an alternate source of H2O.

Within the past decade, technology has been introduced to combat waste of water. In fall 2014, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company developed and presented a blind test batch for one of its beers at an urban sustainability conference. After judges blindly tasted one product containing clean water and another batch that used recycled “greywater,” they could not taste a difference between the two. The recycling techniques utilized by Half Moon Bay Brewing Company to develop safe recycled water implements the same technology used by NASA for its astronauts (including Scott Kelly, during his one-year tenure on the International Space Station).

On a larger industrial scale, the EcoVolt is a proven prominent method of bacteria deterioration utilized by breweries and food and industrial manufacturers across the US. It can remove pollutants by up to 90%, decrease water usage by almost 40%, recreate energy and fully process up to 300,000 gallons of water per cycle. If more corporations and agriculturists nationwide utilized and implemented this process in their daily production, then environmental security could increase a substantial amount.

The idea of “toilet to tap” is a common theme among industrial and civil processing that converts pre-used nutrients and water back into safe consumables, though these processes are frequently misunderstood by the public and reported inadequately by the press. As a result, reuse of water is disregarded as a solution.

By actively conserving and reusing desalinated water sources such as rain and sea water, countries such as Singapore and Australia have already utilized methods of water recycling through a process that directly benefits the environment and the public. Drought has been a serious issue among the west coast, and water retention projects could very well improve conditions from multiple sectors; but instead, media demonstrates the local perspective rather than a proven global resolve.

Sources:

Kristine Wong, “The Californian Craft Beer Brewed From Waste Water,” Guardian, March 14, 2016, http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/14/californian-craft-brewer-beer-recycled-water-environment.

Tom McCormick, “Beer, Water & the Draught,” California Craft Brewers Association, June 23, 2015, http://www.californiacraftbeer.com/beer-water-the-drought-part-i/.

Kristine Wong,”Singapore Has No Natural Water Supply, but the Country Isn’t Going Thirsty,” Take Part, November 5, 2015, http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/11/05/singapores-solution-water-crisis.

Student Researcher: Alexander Protell (University of Vermont)

Faculty Evaluator: Rob Williams (University of Vermont)

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