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

29 July 2008

A Step Backward for Voting System Transparency
Pamela Smith writes for The Verified Voting Foundation: "On June 26, 2008, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Robert Bennett (R-Utah) introduced the Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act (S. 3212). The press release accompanying the introduction of S. 3212 observes, 'the ability to ensure there is an accurate, reliable and transparent method for Americans to cast and count votes is fundamental to our democratic process.' Unfortunately, S.3212 falls far short of ensuring accuracy, reliability, and transparency in our elections and is likely to do more harm than good."

To read the complete commentary, click here.

Special-Interest Lobbies Pour Cash Into Judicial Races
Tim Jones writes for The Chicago Tribune: "Sixty-six percent of Americans can name at least one judge on the popular TV show 'American Idol,' while only 15 percent can identify John Roberts as chief justice of the Supreme Court. That's according to a poll showing Americans are largely clueless when it comes to knowledge of the nation's judicial system."

For the complete article, click here.

Hate for Liberals and Gays Drove Gunman
Shalia Dewan writes for the New York Times: "
A man who the police say entered a Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday and shot eight people, killing two, was motivated by a hatred for liberals and gay people, Chief Sterling P. Owen IV of the Knoxville Police Department said Monday."

For the complete story, click here.


Audit Finds Millions Wasted in Iraq Reconstruction Contract

Agence France-Presse writes: "Millions of dollars were likely wasted on a $900 million army contract to build courthouses, prisons, police and other security facilities in Iraq, an audit released Monday has found."

For the complete article, click here.

Offshore Drilling: We Have a Choice of Simple Confusion of Outright Lying
Adam Siegel, writes for AlterNet: "Every day it seems gas prices are edging higher. For almost a year, oil prices have increased by 1 percent per week. A year ago, $100 per barrel seemed a nightmare fantasy to many. Today, oil at that price is viewed almost nostalgically -- as the good old days. In the face of growing price pressures during an election year, the Democratic and Republican parties have radically different answers, radically different approaches to the challenge. At the end of the day, neither is dealing with the fundamental challenges facing humanity with full honesty. One party seems caught in confusion and disarray; the other is providing direct answers to the challenge based on fundamental dishonesty -- answers that will aggravate, rather than solve, our problems."

For the complete column, click here.

Department of Justice Illegally Discriminated Against Non-Republicans
Lara Jakes Jordan, writes for The Associated Press: "Top aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales broke the law by letting politics influence the hiring of career prosecutors and immigration judges at the Justice Department, says an internal report released Monday."

To the complete story, click here.

The Battle for a Country's Soul
Jane Mayer, The New York Review of Books: "Seven years after al-Qaeda's attacks on America, as the Bush administration slips into history, it is clear that what began on September 11, 2001, as a battle for America's security became, and continues to be, a battle for the country's soul."

For the complete essay, click here.

How Ignorant Are We? Voters Choose... But Basis on What?
Rick Shenkman writing for TomDispatch.com asks: Is American ignorance of the outside world so great that it constitutes a threat to national security? Shenkman, the author of the recently published book Just How Stupid Are We? (Basic Books, June 2008) breaks down the results of the 2003 study on knowledge of world affairs to amusing, yet sobering effect. Alternet reposted the article as its lead story; it received 140,000 page views. The article also appeared on Truthout, Pacific Free Press, a blog of the History News Network; he was also interviewed about his book on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, by U.S. News and World Report and on BuzzFlash.

For the whole story, click here.

How Should We Respond to the Imploding Economy?
Danny Schechter on The Media Channel writes: "The question we face in late July, as regulators seize two more banks, is: Will we be engulfed by a further collapse in our economy or can the damage be contained, or, even turned around?"

For the complete blog entry, click here.

In Study, Evidence of Liberal-Bias Bias
James Rainey of the Los Angles Times reports that while the pundits on Cable accuse the broadcast networks of liberal bias, a think tank finds that ABC, NBC, and CBS were ** surprise! ** tougher on Barack Obama than on John McCain in recent weeks.

For the complete story, click here.

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