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

17 September 2008

Clippings for September 17

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Palin: The Opposite of Progress
Cynthia Boaz writes for Truthout: "Is it possible that voters have, once again, been duped by the Rovian rhetoric machine? Are we really as gullible as the GOP seems to think? Apparently so."

Gas Underlies the Bolivian Crisis
(English translation)
Laurent Tourneux writes for the French paper Liberation: "Between the energy interests of some and others' opposition to the 'Yankee' enemy, Bolivia enjoys the 'unanimous' support of Latin American countries." For original French click here.

Is the U.S. Losing Its Edge in Tech

Arik Hesseldahl writes in Business Week that the United States still has the world's most competitive information technology industry, but its lead is slipping, according to a new study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the Business Software Alliance.

Will the Media Show Real Spine?
Edward Wasserman writes for the Miami Hearld that since the nominating conventions, we've entered a period of casual smears that have only the remotest bearing on the problems the electorate faces. And the news media, instead of acting as proxies for the public, have become enablers of a discourse that seems destined to grow evermore destructive.

Evaluating the Security of Electronic Voting Systems: Are Your Votes Really Counted?

The the Security Group of Univ. Calif. at Santa Barbara made a movie that shows how the virus-like attack would be carried out, and exemplifies the different scenarios that our malicious firmware would exploit.

The video shows how one can use a simple USB key to infect the laptop used to prepare the cards that initialize the various voting devices. As a result, the cards are loaded with a malicious software component.

Later, when the terminal is used by the voters to cast their votes, the firmware uses a number of different techniques to modify the contents of the ballots being cast.

The movie also shows that the physical security measures being used to limit access to essential parts of the voting systems are ineffective.

Part 1.

Part 2

The Corporate Control of Water Takes an Unexpected Twist
Jon Keesecker writes for Alternet: "During an otherwise unexceptional State of the City address in February 2008, Mayor Donald Plusquellic put before the residents of Akron, Ohio, a proposal to sell the city's sewer system. The still-nascent plan, news even to some in the mayor's administration, involved handing over the city's system to a private company in return to for a roughly $200 million fee."

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