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 August 2008

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What’s Sex Got to Do With It?

Chris Hedges, a guest previously on Community Bridge, writes for Truthdig.com: "If I had to choose between George W. Bush, naked and neighing on all fours while being ridden around the Oval Office by a spurred cowgirl Condoleezza Rice, or enduring his shredding of domestic and international law to wage an illegal war and bilking of the country on behalf of his corporate backers, I could learn to stomach a wide array of sexual escapades."

Most Corporations Don't Pay Income Taxes
Richard Rubin writes for Congressional Quarterly: "Most corporations, including the vast majority of foreign companies doing business in the United States, pay no income taxes, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday."

Warrior John McCain: More Dangerous Than Bush
Steve Weissman writes for Truthout: "During the hottest days of the Cold War, Gen. Thomas Power headed the Strategic Air Command, whose nuclear-armed B-52s were meant to deter the Soviet Union. General Power, like many of the Air Force brass at the time, believed that nuclear war with the Soviets was inevitable. He thought the United States would do better to fight that war sooner rather than later and believed we could emerge victorious. 'At the end of the war,' he argued in 1960, 'if there are two Americans and one Russian, we win!' Listening to John McCain talk about Iraq and Iran, I keep thinking of Power. Counter-insurgency and nuclear obliteration are poles apart, I know. But McCain's insistence on 'winning in Iraq,' remaining there 'until Iraq is secure,' and 'bomb-bomb-bombing Iran' reveal the same mindset that made General Power so dangerous."

Where Are the Weapons of Mass Destruction?
Scott Ritter writes on Bush's crimes against American for Truthdig.com: "Dave continued pacing back and forth in front of Mohammed. 'My president,' he said, 'is in trouble. Can you help him?' Mohammed was taken aback by the question. 'Excuse me?' he asked. 'Could you repeat yourself?' Dave sat down next to the Iraqi. 'George Bush is in trouble. Our people did not find any WMD in Iraq. Can you help us?'"

Web Firms Tell Congress They Track Behavior Without Consent
Ellen Nakashima writes for The Washington Post: "Several Internet and broadband companies have acknowledged using targeted-advertising technology without explicitly informing customers, according to letters released yesterday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. And Google, the leading online advertiser, stated that it has begun using Internet tracking technology that enables it to more precisely follow Web-surfing behavior across affiliated sites. The revelations came in response to a bipartisan inquiry of how more than 30 Internet companies might have gathered data to target customers."

Neocons Now Love International Law
Robert Parry, of Consortium News, writes: "It's touching how American neoconservatives who have no regard for international law when they want to invade some troublesome country have developed a sudden reverence for national sovereignty. Apparently, context is everything. So, the United States attacking Grenada or Nicaragua or Panama or Iraq or Serbia is justified even if the reasons sometimes don't hold water or don't hold up before the United Nations, The Hague or other institutions of international law."

Students Teach Important Lessons on LGBT Rights
Columnist Deb Price writes in the Detroit News about the courageous efforts of high-school students such as Heather Gillman who are lobbying their schools -- and where necessary turning to the courts -- to gain the right to have gay-straight clubs on their campuses. "I really believe everyone is equal -- no matter what," Gillman told Price, who writes, "That's the Gillman Rule: School officials everywhere should memorize it."

Report: Metered Broadband Bad for Consumers, Businesses

Martin Bosworth writes for Consumer Affairs about a new report from Free Press that debunks the notion that it's necessary to introduce metered broadband plans in order to better control congestion of the network.

F.B.I.'s Use of Phone Records Shows Need to Protect the Press, Senators Say
Eric Lichtblau writes for the New York Times that the top-ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say the FBI’s collection of phone records of reporters at the New York Times and Washington Post underscores a need for a federal shield law.

Real World Sexuality Education

Since the Bush administration has come into power, it has spent over $1.5 billion in taxpayer money on abstinence-only sex-education programs that studies have shown are not only ineffective but counterproductive. Planned Parenthood is an advocate for and provider of real-world sex education and reproductive healthcare. Congress recently denied President Bush's request to increase funding for abstinence-only education programs - the first time since he came to office. To read more about the failure of abstinence -only programs, visit the Planned Parenthood webpage and download the 2007 report.

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