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

11 June 2008

Blame Rising Oil Prices on Bush
Robert Scheer writs for Truthdig: "Wow, a lot of people must have bought Hummers last week. How else to explain the spike in oil prices? No, I’m not being silly: They are, and by they I mean the gaggle of media pundits and other administration apologists—abetted by some green zealots—who want to explain our energy crisis by reference to profligate consumers."

For complete column, click here.

Investigate This
Also on Truthdig this week, Scott Ritter, chief weapons inspector for the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, writes: "As a critic of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, especially when unsubstantiated allegations of weapons of mass destruction are used to sell a war, I am no stranger to the concept of questioning authority, especially in times of war. I am from the Teddy Roosevelt school of American citizenship, adhering to the principle that “to announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but it is morally treasonable to the American public.”

For complete article, click here.

Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Articles Against Bush
Christopher Kuttruff of Truthout reports, "Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush late on Monday during a speech on the House floor."

For the complete story, click here.

Prices Leap for Corn and Crude Oil

Keith Good, FarmPolicy.com, writes: "The New York Times editorial board stated in today’s paper that, 'Over the past year, the prices of grains and vegetable oils have nearly doubled. Rice has jumped by about half. The causes include soaring energy costs, drought in big agricultural producers, like Australia, and rising demand by a burgeoning middle class in China and India. But misguided mandates and subsidies in the United States and Europe to produce energy from crops are also playing an important role.'"

For the complete article, click here.

Make No Mistake: McCain's a Neocon
Robert Parry, of Consortium News: "Since clinching the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain has sought to hide the forest of his neoconservative alignment with George W. Bush amid the trees of details, such as stressing differences over military tactics used in Iraq. But the larger reality should be clear: McCain is a hard-line neoconservative who buys into Bush's 'preemptive war' theories abroad and his concept of an all-powerful 'unitary executive' at home."

For the complete article, click here.

These Steps Could Lower Oil Prices, but Nobody'll Take Them
Kevin G. Hall writes for McClatchy Newspapers: "As gasoline prices soar to new records, America's president - and the two men who hope to succeed him - are offering only partial or long-term solutions and ignoring three steps that many experts say could bring some relief now. Americans began this workweek by crossing a dismal threshold, paying a once-unthinkable nationwide record average of $4.02 per gallon Monday for unleaded gasoline, with the prospect of even higher prices in months ahead."

For the complete story, click here.

Irony of All Ironies: FOX Shows Up at Media Reform Conference

FOX News once again had the gall to show up with a film crew to a progressive conference (their last escapade involved an assault on Arianna Huffington at Take Back America). Ironically, this time they were at the National Conference for Media Reform. They're not the only ones with cameras, though! Of course, as Greenwald points out, this guy in the green striped shirt isn't the enemy per se, but his bosses are. FOX is propaganda, and will be greeted as such.

Watch the video by clicking here.

The Tipping Point for Media Reform
Megan Tady writes for CommonDreams.org: "There are moments in every decade when monumental struggles for social change finally tip in favor of the public interest. We've seen the relief of a 40-hour work week, the long-awaited arrival of women’s right to vote, and the even longer fight to end segregation. This decade — now — we’re facing another tipping point. Our fight is to reform our broken media system, and to stop heavy-handed corporate control of what Americans read, watch and hear."

To read her complete blog entry click here.

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