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

13 July 2008

Top Senator And 10 States Attack VA for Banning Voter Registration Drives
Steven Rosenfeld writes for AlterNet: "The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman, Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), has called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to reverse its new policy barring voting rights groups, "partisan or otherwise," from holding voter registration drives on campuses where injured veterans are living or receiving medical care. "Veterans receiving care at VA facilities risked life and limb to defend the freedoms we enjoy, including the right to vote," Akaka said in a July 10 letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary James B. Peake. "Current VA policy makes it unnecessarily difficult for some veterans to participate in the electoral process." Akaka said the VA's most recent explanation for barring registration drives -- that they would violate the Hatch Act, which prohibits government employees from engaging in political activities on official time or federal property -- made no sense."

For complete article, click here.

John McCain Hates Social Security

Bill Scher writes for The Campaign for America's Future: "Sen. John McCain, I'm one of your friends, right? The kind of friend who can handle some of your special brand of Straight Talk. So why won't you just tell me you hate Social Security?"

For complete commentary, click here.

Obama and the Progressive Base
Norman Solomon, writing for Truthout, questions the "progressive" image Senator Barack Obama has cultivated: "These days, an appreciable number of Obama supporters are starting to use words like 'disillusionment.' But that's a consequence of projecting their political outlooks onto the candidate in the first place."

For the complete commentary, click here.

US Environmental Agency Lowers Value of a Human Life
The Guardian UK reports: "It sounds like a spot of gallows humour, but the numbers are no joke: the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lowered the value of a human life by nearly $1 million under George Bush's administration. The EPA's estimate of the 'value of a statistical life' was $6.9 million as of this May - down from $7.8 million five years ago - according to an Associated Press study released today."

To read the complete report, click here.

U.S. Seeks Data Exchange Including Sexual Orientation of Foreign Visitors
Ellen Nakashima writes in the Washington Post that under agreements being negotiated with European countries, the U.S. would be able to swap fingerprint and DNA information -- and in some instances data on race, ethnic origin, political and religious beliefs, and sexual orientation -- in exchange for EU member states to gain or maintain the right to visit the U.S. without a visa. Some privacy advocates question whether appropriate safeguards for the sharing of the data are being included in the agreements.

For complete article, click here.

The Death of Reaganomics
E.J. Dionne write on Truthdig.com: "The biggest political story of 2008 is getting little coverage. It involves the collapse of assumptions that have dominated our economic debate for three decades. Since the Reagan years, free-market clich├ęs have passed for sophisticated economic analysis. But in the current crisis, these ideas are falling, one by one, as even conservatives recognize that capitalism is ailing."

For complete report, click here.

Why big business no longer pays any mind to AFA, similar groups

Noting the complete flop of the American Family Association's recent boycott of McDonald's over its joining a gay business group, columnist Mark Morford believes the AFA's failure to generate any outrage is a sign that its days of influence are over.

Cor complete article, click here.

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