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

20 May 2008

Stories of interest

A New Documentary Draws Stark Parallels Between Chile Under Pinochet and the Post-9/11 "War on Terror"

Sophia A McClennen for AlerNet writes: "Torture, the suspension of democracy and civil rights, illegal surveillance, forced displacement, and a culture of fear led by a despot who gains power through an act of violence committed on September 11. Sound familiar? Canadian director Peter Raymont's new documentary, A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, covers familiar ground but in less familiar territory as he intertwines the life of Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman with the history of Chile and with the events of 9/11 in both Chile and the United States."
For complete story click here.

Senate Rejects Media Consolidation

Truthout's Christopher Kuttruff reports: "On Thursday night, the US Senate initiated the process of overturning an FCC ruling made in December to allow for greater media consolidation."
For the complete story click here.

Democracy in America

Bill Moyers writes for Common Dreams: "Democracy in America is a series of narrow escapes, and we may be running out of luck. The reigning presumption about the American experience, as the historian Lawrence Goodwyn has written, is grounded in the idea of progress, the conviction that the present is 'better' than the past and the future will bring even more improvement. For all of its shortcomings, we keep telling ourselves, 'The system works.' Now all bets are off. We have fallen under the spell of money, faction, and fear, and the great American experience in creating a different future together has been subjugated to individual cunning in the pursuit of wealth and power - and to the claims of empire, with its ravenous demands and stuporous distractions."
For the complete story click here.

McCain Secured Federal Funds Aiding Developer

Reuters reports: "Presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain secured millions in federal funds for a land acquisition program that provided a windfall for an Arizona developer whose executives were major campaign donors."
For the complete story click here.

Farm Bill Highlights Rich-Poor Debate

Gail Russell Chaddock, of The Christian Science Monitor writes: "At the heart of the standoff between the White House and Congress over a $307 billion farm bill is the question: Should taxpayers subsidize rich farmers - and who counts as rich? What income levels qualify - or disqualify - Americans from federal aid programs has figured in several clashes between the Bush administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress."
For the complete article click here.

"Extraordinary Rendition" on Trial in Italy

Elisabeth Rosenthal reports for the International Herald Tribune: "Clutching her Italian identity card in a gloved hand, the cloaked wife of a fiery Muslim cleric Wednesday tearfully recounted publicly for the first time how her husband was kidnapped on a Milan street in 2003 and sent to Egypt to endure torture and repeated imprisonment... Ghali Nabila spent more than six hours on the stand, marking the first testimony in a complicated court case that opened nearly a year ago." And, The Los Angeles Times' Tracy Wilkinson reports: "Ghali became the first witness to testify in the trial of 26 Americans, most of them CIA operatives, who are accused of kidnapping Abu Omar and flying him to Egypt as part of the US government's secret 'extraordinary rendition' program."
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