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Invariably throughout this last year, I and FTW,
when asked what people can do to fight back, have always
made our first answer, "Vote with your
Now we begin what will be a continuing effort to show
people ways in which their financial decisions can
have an effect in the boardrooms and financial centers
that are driving the Empire's policies. One of the
first priorities we have said was that people should
stop giving their money to organizations that lie to
them. Some of the chief offenders in this arena have
been AOL-Time Warner, which owns and operates AOL,
CompuServe, CNN and Time Magazine, and Microsoft which
is the owner of MSN, Hotmail and MS-NBC along with
We have noticed that many of our online subscribers
are using email addresses ending in @aol.com or @msn.com or @hotmail.com or at @compuserve.com or @cs.com and
we wonder why.
Not only have these organizations been guilty of providing
the world with censored, pro-government and deceptive
news, each of these Internet Service Providers are
also entities that offer programming, news and information
which creates an obvious conflict of interest. In addition,
all of them have been extremely cooperative with the
government insofar as the Patriot Act and the invasion
of your personal privacy is concerned. Every penny
you pay to them strengthens the power of the organizations
that are eating away at your freedom.
There Is a Solution
FTW's service provider, Earthlink, is a large, efficient and fiercely independent
ISP that has both resisted government intrusion and
consistently refused to compromise its ethics by offering
news or any other programming. Their battle cry is
that those who own the pipeline should not also own
the product that passes through it. In the wake of
9-11 they have taken a strong stand in support of the
First Amendment privileges that other ISPs seemingly
want to see disappear.
Beginning immediately FTW is offering a $5
discount for any new subscriber
who switches away from AOL, MSN, Hotmail or CompuServe
and signs up with Earthlink. For
our current online subscribers we are offering the
same $5 discount on
your next annual renewal. We have made arrangements
with Earthlink so that we will be notified of each
If you would like to take advantage of this offer and
actually do something positive then please visit our
website and be sure to use the special code that will
identify you to Earthlink as a protestor against a
controlled and pre-packaged Internet.
We also strongly suggest that you drop an email to
your former ISP and let them know exactly why you have
made the change.
With one simple act you can start something that may
just catch fire in ways that we don't even know.
From The Wilderness
Dec. 30, 2002
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