Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

31 October 2007

Fair Trade Resources

On our 1 November show we discussed a variety of issues related to fair trade. To learn more visit the following sites:

Ten Thousand Villages:
You can order your holiday gifts on line and make sure the money you spend improves the lives of the artisans and craftspeople who make the product and does not go to line the pockets of rich multinationals corporations.

Fair Trade Advocates:
A good spot to begin learning about Fair Trade.

For information about "Buy Nothing Day" on 23 November, visit:

Oxfam American

Watch Oxfam's video "Reform the Farm Bill" at:

Watch a video on fair trade coffee vs. Starbucks.

Then visit:

But choose locally owned coffee shops over the multinational!

You might also be interested in reading a commentary: "The Great Retraining Lie: how our government gives false hope to workers displaced by so-called "free trade" by offering retraining to obtain jobs that will never replace the economic security inherent in a job lost to so-called "free trade." The false hope is offered by Democrats and Republicans. Visit:

Fair Trade Events - November 11 - 13

Sunday, November 11

12:00 PM - 6:00PM Annual German meal and Ten thousand Villages Bazaar at Potoff Hall, Cico Park.

6:00pm CrossRoads of ECM. Hunger Banquet. Hosted by KSU Fair Trade Advocates. Exciting and educational, the Hunger Banquet engages diners in learning about global inequality through a "world-wide banquet." Dinner served, catered by The Little Grill. Tickets available at ECM and all walk-ins are welcome. Suggested donation for students: $4.

Monday, November 12
10:00am-4:00pm Sunflower, Cottonwood and Flint Hills Rooms of K-State Student Union. Fair Trade Marketplace.
11:30am-12:30pm Presentation by Summer Lewis, Interfaith Liaison for Equal Exchange. K-State Student Union Stateroom 2.
12-1pm Fair Trade Fashion Show. K-State Student Union.
1-2pm Eyes of Bastet Belly Dancers. Bosco Student Plaza.
7pm Film: "Silent Killer" Hemisphere Room, Hale Library. Panel discussion following. The event is co-sponsored by KSU Fair Trade Advocates and the Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center. "Silent Killer" is a powerful documentary about the unfinished campaign against world hunger, addressing the role of agricultural development, biotechnology and anti-hunger movements.

Tuesday, November 13
10am-4pm Fair Trade Marketplace.
12-1pm "Higher or Lower" Fair Trade Game Show. Bosco Student Plaza. A fun activity for everyone! Stop by and win Fair Trade prizes. Organized by KSU Fair Trade Advocates.
12-1pm Union Foodcourt "walk through" fashion show.

Wednesday, November 14
10am-4pm Fair Trade Marketplace.
11:30am-12:30pm Presentation by Summer Lewis, Interfaith Liaison for Equal Exchange. K-State Student Union Flint Hills Room.
12-1pm Yosakoi Japanese Dance Group. Bosco Student Plaza.

Additional Activities and Events:
Tuesday, November 13
Connections Reign: Under our Umbrella for Social Change, partly organized by WOMST 380 "Women and Global Social Change"
10:30am-1:30pm "Connections Reign". General activities booths - Bosco Student Plaza and inside the Union on the first floor, near foodcourt. Activities include: Social Change trivia contest and prizes, Education on women's safety: help color high heels to represent the number of women who are assaulted every four years at K-State.

Recycling Bin Scavenger Hunt: prizes provided by Howie's recycling, Fair Trade educational activities and events: learn about how fair trade helps end hunger and promotes gender, racial and cultural inclusivity. Buy your Fair Trade t-shirt, and learn where to buy Fair Trade t-shirts for your organizations.

5:30-7pm High Heel Walk to End Violence Against Women at K-State and in Manhattan. All organizations and individual men and women are encouraged to participate. Men and women will wear high heels and other shoes to "walk a Mile in Women's Shoes". Participants show that they are both identifying with women and the violence that women face, and protesting the ongoing violence against women. At 5:30 pm meet in from of the Beach Art Museum for our walk through Aggieville. Food provided. Prizes given for best overall outfit, prettiest shoes and the group with most participants.

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