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

22 June 2008

The Return of the Neocons
In The Washington Independent, James Risen says, "Ever since the Rumsfeld era at the Pentagon ended abruptly in the aftermath of the Democratic victory in the 2006 mid-term elections, the civilian hawks who ruled the Defense Dept. during the early years of the Iraq war have remained largely silent. They have not engaged publicly even as their culpability for the Iraq war's myriad failures has congealed into accepted wisdom."

For the complete commentary, click here.

Democrats Legalize Bush's Crimes
Writing for Consortium News, Robert Parry says, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims that a key positive feature of the new wiretap 'compromise' is that the bill reaffirms that the President must follow the law, even though the same bill virtually assures that no one will be held accountable for George W. Bush's violation of the earlier spying law."

For the complete column, click here.

Is the Tyranny of Right-Wing Radio Coming to an End?

Roy O'Conner writes for Medicachannel.org: "Conservative fears of an impending Democratic attack on talk radio - dubbed the “Hush Rush” effort in an homage to top-rated radio talker Rush Limbaugh — continue to escalate, despite ample evidence that such an assault is unlikely to occur when (as is likely) Democrats sweep back into power in the forthcoming elections in November."

For complete commentary, click here.

Disabled Soldier Returning to War, Facing "Stop Loss"

The Handford Sentinel's Tom Philpott writes: "One day last August, while manning the .50-caliber gun atop his a Humvee on a dirt road in northern Iraq, Army Spc. Daniel 'Joey' Haun suddenly lost consciousness. His vehicle had struck a buried bomb, an 'improvised explosive device.' Haun was ejected, his vehicle flipped over."

For complete article, click here.

Is Obama Flipflopping on So-called "Free Trade"
Jonathan Tasini writes for glabour writers: "Yesterday, Senator Obama made comments to a business reporter that leave the impression that he is already shifting his stated position on NAFTA and, by extension, so-called "free trade." It is worth looking at as a sign where Senator Obama really intends to lead us on trade if he wins the White House."

For the complete article, click here.

Health Care and Ghosts of War
For Truthout, Norman Solomon writes: "Speaking in a time of war, Martin Luther King Jr. said: 'Somehow this madness must cease.' Forty-one years later, young soldiers are returning to the United States from terrifying zones of carnage. The old claims of a justified war have melted away. So have the promises of a humane society back home. Statistics about the war dead tell us very little about human realities. And familiar downbeat numbers about health care - 47 million Americans with no health insurance, perhaps an equal number woefully underinsured - tell us very little about the actual consequences or other options."

For the complete column, click here.

A Government of Law, not Fear.
Stanley Kutler writes for Truthdig.com on McCain, Obama and the abuse of power the following: "The Constitution holds, albeit by a slender thread. The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote in Boumediene v. Bush, ruled unconstitutional a 2006 law barring enemy combatants held at Guantanamo from seeking writs of habeas corpus. For now, we are not under Chief Justice John Roberts’ or Justice Antonin Scalia’s constitution. Fear reigns in their dissent amid Cassandra-like threats that we are doomed unless we scrap our constitutional protections for the duration of that never-ending and nebulous 'war on terror.'"

For the complete commentary, click here.

Weather Reports Are Missing the Story.
Journalist Amy Goodman write for Truthdig.com: "The floodwaters are rising, swamping cities, breaching levees. Tens of thousands are displaced. Many are dead. No, I am not talking about Hurricane Katrina, but about the Midwest United States. As the floodwaters head south along the Mississippi, devastating communities one after another, the media are overflowing with televised images of the destruction. While the TV meteorologists document “extreme weather” with their increasingly sophisticated toolbox, from Doppler radar to 3-D animated maps, the two words rarely uttered are its cause: global warming."

For the complete column, click here.

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