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

25 January 2008

Move to cut domestic registry stalls: Report finds more same-sex couples in state

Move to cut domestic registry stalls
Report finds more same-sex couples in state
By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence Journal World
January 25, 2008

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TOPEKA — The fate of a legislative proposal that is aimed at repealing Lawrence’s domestic registry remains up in the air, just as a new study shows rapid growth in the number of same-sex couples in Kansas.

In 2000, 3,973 same-sex couples were living in Kansas; by 2005, the number had increased to 6,663, according to research released Thursday by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. The growth in same-sex couples in Kansas equals a 68 percent increase.

Adam Romero, a public policy fellow at the Williams Institute, said the increase is due to both general migration of same-sex couples to the Midwest and more couples feeling at ease in reporting their relationships.

He said the study based on Census data could be used by policymakers in debates on issues concerning domestic partnerships, hate crimes and employment discrimination.

“Our hope is that by providing state-specific information, we can better inform the debate within Kansas so that people know what same-sex couples look like,” Romero said.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, said he wants to advance his proposal — House Bill 2299 — that would prevent cities and counties from adopting domestic partnership registries.

Last year, the Lawrence City Commission established a domestic partnership registry, at the request of gay and lesbian couples who said it could help them secure health insurance benefits for their partners.

The registry allows unmarried couples — both same-sex and heterosexual — to register their domestic partnerships at City Hall.

But Kinzer said the registry violates a Kansas constitutional amendment that voters approved in 2005, recognizing marriage as only between one man and one woman. He also says that rules affecting couples and families should be uniform throughout the state. A legal opinion by Attorney General Paul Morrison, however, says the registry doesn’t violate the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

During the 2007 legislative session, a House committee approved Kinzer’s bill, but it never received a vote before the full House.

Currently, the bill is listed on the House calendar and could be brought up for consideration if House leaders want to do so.

“It’s still my desire that we have that debate and move it through the process,” Kinzer said. But Kinzer said he has received no word from House leaders on what will happen with that bill.

House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, said no decision has been made yet on whether Kinzer’s bill will be debated.

Demographics of gays, lesbians in state
The study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law provides a snapshot of information about gays and lesbians in Kansas. The study also shows 17 percent of same-sex couples in Kansas are raising nearly 1,800 children. Other findings include:

• An estimated 72,557 gay, lesbian and bisexual people live in Kansas.

• Same-sex couples were in every county with the highest percentage in Kearny County (0.71 percent of households); Jackson County, 0.68 percent; and Douglas County, 0.62 percent.

• Same-sex parents in Kansas have fewer financial resources to support their children than married parents. The median household income of same-sex couples with children is $50,400, or 11 percent less than that of married parents at $56,530.

The full report is available at: http://www.law.ucla.edu/williamsinstitute/publications/KansasCensusSnapshot.pdf

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