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

05 August 2008

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FCC Rules Against Comcast in Net Traffic Case
Wendy Davis writes on MediaPost that in a decision hailed as a precedent-setting move, a divided FCC ruled that Comcast's methods for managing Web traffic are unlawful.

Voting Rights Destruction (Part 2): Lack of Transparency
Heidi Stevenson, writes for Truthout: "It is not enough to have the right to vote. The people also need to know that their votes are counted in an open and fair manner. Without that transparency, there is no way to be sure that an election was fair or that one's vote mattered. The result of that lack is a people who have no faith in their government, who cannot trust that members of the legislature or any administration position truly respond to them. There can be no assumption that the government is supported by its citizens."

Internet Eclipses Print Media, Radio as a Source for News
BigNews writes: "The Internet is rivalling and even eclipsing traditional media, particularly television, with users spending less time watching TV, listening to the radio and reading newspapers than non-users, according to a new study here."

Obama Leads Two to One With Low-Wage Workers
Michael D. Shear and Jon Cohen write for The Washington Post: "Democratic Sen. Barack Obama holds a 2 to 1 edge over Republican Sen. John McCain among the nation's low-wage workers, but many are unconvinced that either presidential candidate would be better than the other at fixing the ailing economy or improving the health-care system, according to a new national poll."

"Da Nile:" Why Are So Many Progressives in Denial about the Economic Crisis?
Danny Schechter writes: "New York, August 4: We have all heard the line, ‘DA NILE is not just a river in Egypt.’ Denial can be a pervasive social and political phenomenon. Some of us just don’t want to know the truth or face its consequences. Maybe that’s why we envelop ourselves in national myths to survive. We want them to be true. Remember the slogan, “What, me worry?”

Hersh: Cheney Plan for Creating False Flag Attack
Faiz Shakir, reporting for ThinkProgress.org, writes: "Speaking at the Campus Progress journalism conference earlier this month, Seymour Hersh - a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker - revealed that Bush administration officials held a meeting recently in the Vice President’s office to discuss ways to provoke a war with Iran."

Running While Black

Bob Herbert, writing for The New York Times, says: "Spare me any more drivel about the high-mindedness of John McCain. You knew something was up back in March when, in his first ad of the general campaign, Mr. McCain had himself touted as 'the American president Americans have been waiting for.'"

Despite Overwhelming Evidence, Creationists Cling to Unreality
Nathan Schneider writes for AlterNet: "The great Harvard biologist Richard Lewontin once wrote -- or, rather, sighed -- that "creationism is an American institution." As an institution, creationism has crossed social strata as easily as it crosses decades. Despite all that science and secularism can do to explain it away, the crusade against evolution -- the foundation of modern biology -- is as intransigent, and strangely modern in its anti-modernism, as ever. The actor-author-documentarian-presidential speechwriter Ben Stein, with his movie Expelled, has become only the latest in the long line of its media-savvy critics. Today, around half of all Americans prefer creationism, in some form, to the scientific consensus."

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