More on that mythical Superhighway
0 comment Saturday, September 20, 2014 |
Macquarie Media Group of Australia is buying a chain of small weekly and daily newspapers in Texas. Coincidentally Macquarie is investing in buying up roads in the United States, and is involved in the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. Of all the possible newspapers they might buy, why these small papers in Texas? Couldn't have anything to do with trying to control the flow of information on the TTC project, or the media coverage and commentary, could it?
But wait: the neocons and their media 'right-wing' lapdogs have been telling us that there is no Superhighway project, and no North American Union in the works. So pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
However, for those who prefer to be aware rather than to be lulled to sleep by their Trusted Authority Figures like talk-radio hosts and various flacks and hacks, it might be worth checking out some of the links below.
Here is the Sydney Morning Herald's account of the story
But here is a more to-the-point report.
Australian toll road giant Macquarie agreed Wednesday to purchase forty local newspapers, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, for $80 million. Macquarie Bank is Australia's largest capital raising firm and has invested billions in purchasing roads in the US, Canada and UK. Most recently the company joined with Cintra Concesiones of Spain in a controversial 75-year lease of the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road.
Sal Costello, the leading opponent of toll road projects as head of the Texas Toll Party, says the move is directly related to a 4000-mile toll road project known as the Trans-Texas Corridor.'
[...]"The newspapers are the main communication tool for many of the rural Texan communities, with many citizens at risk of losing their homes and farms through eminent domain," Costello wrote.
Many of the small papers purchased, most have a circulation of 5000 or less, have been critical of the Trans-Texas Corridor. An article in the Bonham Journal for example, states, "The toll roads will be under control of foreign investors, which more than frustrates Texans." [Emphasis mine]
Here is Sal Costello's report of the story from his own blog.
And for lots of links to information and commentary on the TTC, the Trans-Texas Corridor blog.

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