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Monsanto: Sowing Seeds of Doom

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 02/13/2013

Vernon Bowman versus Monsanto

www.centerforfoodsafety.org/2013/02/12/cfs-save-our-seeds-release-new-report-seed-giants-vs-u-s-farmers/

(This piece in its entirety comes from the Center for Food Safety) Washington, D.C. – February 12, 2013 – Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds Investigate Role of Seed Patents in Consolidating Corporate Control of Global Food Supply

Today, one week before the Supreme Court hears arguments in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Save our Seeds (SOS) – two legal and policy organizations dedicated to promoting safe, sustainable food and farming systems – will launch their new report, Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers.

 The new report investigates how the current seed patent regime has led to a radical shift to consolidation and control of global seed supply and how these patents have abetted corporations, such as Monsanto, to sue U.S. farmers for alleged seed patent infringement.

Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers also examines broader socio-economic consequences of the present patent system including links to loss of seed innovation, rising seed prices, reduction of independent scientific inquiry, and environmental issues.

Debbie Barker, Program Director for Save Our Seeds and Senior Writer for the Report, said today:  “Corporations did not create seeds and many are challenging the existing patent system that allows private companies to assert ownership over a resource that is vital to survival, and that, historically, has been in the public domain.”

 Among the report’s discoveries are several alarming statistics:

     As of January 2013, Monsanto, alleging seed patent infringement, had filed 144 lawsuits involving 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses in at least 27 different states.

 Today, three corporations control 53 percent of the global commercial seed market.   Seed consolidation has led to market control resulting in dramatic increases in the price of seeds. From 1995-2011, the average cost to plant one acre of soybeans has risen 325 percent; for cotton prices spiked 516 percent and corn seed prices are up by 259 percent.

 The report also disputes seed industry claims that present seed patent rules are necessary for seed innovation.  As Bill Freese, senior scientist at Center for Food Safety and one of the report’s contributors notes:  “Most major new crop varieties developed throughout the 20th century owe their origin to publicly funded agricultural research and breeding.”

 Additionally, Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers reports a precipitous drop in seed diversity that has been cultivated for millennia. As the report notes:  86% of corn, 88% of cotton, and 93% of soybeans farmed in the U.S. are now genetically-engineered (GE) varieties, making the option of farming non-GE crops increasingly difficult.

 While agrichemical corporations also claim that their patented seeds are leading to environmental improvements, the report notes that upward of 26 percent more chemicals per acre were used on GE crops than on non-GE crops, according to USDA data.

 Further, in response to an epidemic of weed resistance to glyphosate, the primary herbicide used on GE crops, Dow AgroSciences is seeking USDA approval of “next generation” corn and soybeans resistant to 2,4-D, an active ingredient in Agent Orange.  Monsanto is seeking approval for GE dicamba-resistant soybeans, corn, and cotton.

 At the launch of the report via teleconference today, experts from the Center for Food Safety and Save our Seeds were joined by Mr. Vernon Hugh Bowman, the 75-year-old Indiana soybean farmer who, next week, will come up against Monsanto in the Supreme Court Case.  When asked about the numerous comparisons being drawn between his case and the story of David and Goliath, Mr. Bowman responded, “I really don’t consider it as David and Goliath. I don’t think of it in those terms. I think of it in terms of right and wrong.”

 In December of 2012, the Center for Food Safety, and Save Our Seeds submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of Mr. Bowman, which supports the right of farmers to re-plant saved seed. Arguments in the case are scheduled for February 19th.

For the full report: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Seed-Giant...

 More information on the CFS and SOS can be found at:  http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org

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Yesterday, Today and tTomorrow

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 02/12/2013

(The linkks referenced in the programs will be here Wednesday.)

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What Ails US?

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 02/06/2013

A Wing and a Payer...

www.pnhp.org/facts/what-is-single-payer, www.pnhp.org/facts/what-is-single-payer, www.pnhp.org/facts/what-is-single-payer,

After this week's "white paper" leak, exposed the Department of Justice's "profoundly disturbing" justification of drone executions of U.S. citizens a bipartisan group of 11 senators wrote a letter urging President Barack Obama to release the Justice Department's still unreleased full legal opinion on drone strikes. The white paper, which had already been shown to senators several weeks ago, contains a memo which outlines the administrations rationale for such attacks.  But wait! This isn’t  the actual legal memos used to authorize the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki and who knows who else....

 

 The Drone Report...

Ah, Did you notice anything in this report? A particular word, perhaps?  A that can get you sent away for upwards of 45 years? The word ‘leak’?

 In their letter to Obama, the 11 senators wrote, "We ask that you direct the Justice Department to provide Congress, specifically the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, with any and all legal opinions that lay out the executive branch's official understanding of the President's authority to deliberately kill American citizens." – especially with the prospect of domestic “surveillance” drones on the horizon…

A not too distant horizon.

www.justforeignpolicy.org/http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/

 

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Drum Roll: Drone Control, Gun Control

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 02/05/2013

First City in U.S. Passes Resolution Against Drones

By David Swanson

http://warisacrime.org/firstantidrone

 

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday, February 4th, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., passed what is believed to be the first anti-drone resolution in the country.  According to my notes, and verifiable soon on the City Council's website, the resolution reads:

 

    "WHEREAS, the rapid implementation of drone technology throughout the United States poses a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people, including the residents of Charlottesville; and

 

    "WHEREAS, the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia have thus far failed to provide reasonable legal restrictions on the use of drones within the United States; and

 

    "WHEREAS, police departments throughout the country have begun implementing drone technology absent any guidance or guidelines from law makers;

 

    "NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorses the proposal for a two year moratorium on drones in the state of Virginia; and calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court, and precluding the domestic use of drones equipped with anti-personnel devices, meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or other device designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being; and pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones."

 

The same City Council passed a resolution on January 17, 2012, calling for an end to drone wars, as well as ground wars, excessive military spending, and any possible attack on Iran.

 

The wording of Monday's resolution comes largely from a draft suggested by the Rutherford institute. An initial line was deleted and two amendments were made to the final paragraph, one endorsing a two-year moratorium on drones (something that had passed in committee in both houses of the Virginia legislature as of Saturday in the House and Monday in the Senate), the other committing the City not to use drones for surveillance or assault.

 

The wording was not as comprehensive as the draft that had appeared in the City Council's official agenda for Monday's meeting, a draft I had authored.  See it here in the city agenda or on my website.

 

At the previous meeting of the City Council on January 7, 2013, I and a few other residents had spoken in support of a resolution, and three of the five city council members agreed to put it on the agenda for the February 4th meeting.  Some of the public comments were excellent, and the video of the meeting is on the city's website.

 

On Monday, citizens speaking in favor of the anti-drone resolution dominated the public speaking period at the beginning of the meeting, shortly after 7 p.m.  Many were quite eloquent, and the video will be available soon on the city's site.  The council members did not discuss and vote on the matter until shortly after 11 p.m.  The discussion was quite brief, coming on the heels of hours devoted to other matters.

 

The same three city council members who had put the item on the agenda voted in favor of the resolution, passing it by a vote of 3-2.  They were Dave Norris, Dede Smith, and Satyendra Sing Huja.  Norris and Smith negotiated the slight improvements to the Rutherford Institute's draft with Huja, who initially favored passing that draft as it was written.  Norris and Smith favored banning the City from purchasing drones, but Council Member Kristin Szakos argued that there might be a positive use for a drone someday, such as for the fire department.  Kathy Galvin joined Szakos in voting No.

 

Norris has been a leader on the City Council for years and sadly will not be running for reelection at the end of his current term.

 

Following the January meeting, I submitted my draft to the city, asked people to phone and email the council members, published a column in the local daily newspaper, and organized an event in front of City Hall on Sunday, the day before the vote.  Anti-drone activist John Heuer from North Carolina delivered a giant model drone produced by New York anti-drone activist Nick Mottern.  Our little stunt produced coverage on the two television channels and in the newspaper.  I asked people to commit to attending the meeting on a FaceBook page.  The room ended up packed, and when I asked those who supported the resolution to stand, most of the room did so.

 

No organized pro-drone lobby ever developed.  We met and confronted the argument that localities shouldn't lobby states or Washington.  And, of course, some people are opposed to drones in the United States but eager to see them used however the President may see fit abroad.  Charlottesville's City Council ended up not including the section in my draft that instructed the federal government to end its practice of extrajudicial killing.  But there was no discussion on that point, and several other sections, including one creating a local ordinance, were left out as well.  The problem there, according to Smith, was that "we don't own the air."

 

Yet, we should. And Oregon is attempting to do so with its draft state legislation.

 

In the past, Charlottesville has passed resolutions that have inspired other localities and impacted federal and state policies.  Let us hope this one is no exception.

 

 

 

David Swanson, featured guest on the show this morning, posted this on warisacrime.org. 

Justice Department Leaks Memo "Legalizing" Murdering Americans (But Not Some Americans Already Murdered)

 Here is the memo.  With a few tweaks and a more creative title -- like "Murder With Your Hands Clean" -- this memo could sell a lot of copies.

 And why not?  Either there's a whistleblower in the Department of So-Called Justice about to be charged with espionage, and NBC is about to face the same persecution as WikiLeaks, or this is one of those "good" leaks that the White House wanted made public in an underhanded manner -- perhaps as an imagined boost to morality-challenged CIA director nominee John Brennan who faces his Senate Rejection Hearing on Thursday.

 The memo, which is thought to be a summary of a longer one, says the United States can murder a U.S. citizen abroad (abroad but somehow "outside the area of active hostilities" even though killing him or her seems rather active and hostile) if three conditions are met:

     "1. an informed, high-level official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States;"

 The memo goes on to base its claims on the supposed powers of the President, not of some random official.  Who is such an official?  Who decides whether he or she is informed?  What if two of them disagree?  What if he or she disagrees with the President? or the Congress? or the Supreme Court? or the U.S. public? or the United Nations? or the International Criminal Court? What then?  One solution is to redefine the terms so that everyone has to agree.   "Imminent" is defined in this memo to mean nothing at all.  "The United States" clearly means anywhere U.S. troops may be.

     "2. capture is infeasible, and the United States continues to monitor whether capture becomes feasible;"

 And if a high-level official claims it's infeasible, who can challenge that?

     "3. the operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable law of war principles."

 When a U.S. drone strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, no one had shown either of them to meet the above qualifications.

 When a U.S. drone strike targeted and killed 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, no one had shown him to meet the above qualifications; I don't think anyone has made such a claim to this day.  And what about his cousin who died for the crime of being with him at the wrong time?

 The sociopaths who wrote this memo have "legalized" the drone-killing of Americans with the exception of all the Americans known thus far to have been murdered by our government with the use of drones.

 

 

 

 

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John Kiriakou: When You Cross the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell about Torture' :Line

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Air Cascadia
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Mon, 02/04/2013

Here is One Good Thing you can do for the world today:

action.firedoglake.com/page/s/pardon-kiriakou

www.defendjohnk.com/

Question:  If we do not exercise our conscience, will we lose it, collectively, as a country? Some among us who  appear to have no conscience to lose…

And then there are the rare individuals who ac - without fear and aware of the risks - out of conscience.  While no one involved in the waterboarding of terror suspects has ever faced criminal charges, John Kiriakou has been convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison.  His life is ruined.

All for the "crime" of having talked honestly to journalists about what happened and who did it.

 The prosecutors did not claimed that John talked to any foreign government, passed any government documents or accepted funds from anyone hostile to the United States. Because they couldn’t.

 John Kiriakou, a hero to civil libertarians, spoke Truth to Power – not just any ‘Power’ but the US National Security apparatus that keeps America locked down, buttoned up afraid of the acts of  conscience that keep us free.  The irony is extraordinary. For more than 14 years, John worked in the field and at home, under conditions of great peril and stress and at great personal sacrifice, dedicating himself to protecting America and Americans from harm at home and abroad.

Not Your Grandfather's Jury:Has America's Mistrust of Reason Contaminated the Legal Waters?

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Air Cascadia
program date: 
Thu, 01/31/2013

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive -Sir Walter Scott, in his poem "Marmion" (1808)

Perhaps both defense and prosecution ought to have looked a little closer at the 'kandy-colored tangerine-flake stream-lined 'Expert Witnesses' called to testify in the trial of Mohamed Mohamud.

That said, while both blood and ink are still wet, a second glance at the jury selection proccess might be in order.  This case requires a lot of 'vertical' as well as 'horizontal understanding.  It demands of a jury the capacity to set emotions aside - but not off the table entirely - and look at the story from reason's perspective.  Once the fundamental algorithms come into focus, empathy is called for...and plenty of it.

Trouble is that the one thing the American Left and Right have in common is a distrust bordering on contempt for the intellect.

 

 

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'Brave New Word': What 'Jihad' Really Means

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Air Cascadia
program date: 
Wed, 01/30/2013

What's Your Jihad?

myjihad.org/

What is in your heart and mind the drives you, inspires you, transforms your world?

Me? Well, researching stories, lining up guests, producing 'Air Cascadia', for one.  It takes a lot longer to 'write short' than to 'write long'.  Mark Twain famously said, "I would have written you a shoter letter but I didn't have time."  Alternately, I could also say 'Squirrel Farm', a living, breathing 'Food Forest' and a 3-D paradigm for a permatural approach to life.  And my answer to the question, 'What's your Jihad?' might be as simple as 'Kindness': I strive to be kind.

So, what's your Jihad? And those close to you, friends, family, co-workers, ask them What's your Jihad? Get that beautiful, forbidden, hot-button word out in the Loud. Voice by  voice by voice by voice...it adds up to a clarion call for understanding, communication and sharing our common truth.

The more you use it, the more you defuse it.

 

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Skin & Bone Drone: The 'Build Your Own Boy Terrorist' Kit

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Air Cascadia
program date: 
Thu, 01/17/2013

Al Qaeda Goes to Hollywood!

“High in the coastal mountains of Lincoln County, three men -- Mohamed Mohamud and two undercover FBI agents posing as al-Qaida terrorists -- readied for an explosion.

One of the agents, using the pseudonym "Hussein," handed Mohamud a cell phone to detonate what he thought was a 3-pound bomb loaded into a backpack. The men had set the pack on the ground, downhill from their perch, on that cloud-covered Thursday: Nov. 4, 2010.

 Out of sight, FBI agents had snatched up the pack and switched the dummy bomb loaded inside with a real one. After a few failed attempts to dial the number that would ignite the bomb, Mohamud's phone rang through.”   (from The Oregonian, January 16th, 2013)

 It’s the whole Package: Action: The Feds drive too fast on their way to bomb practice; Mohammed complains he can’t study for finals  because the motion makes him carsick), Suspense: Whoops! Wrong bomb! Okay, this next bomb is real ..Jesus! That was hella loud, dude; I nearly shit myself. Love Interest:  Language problem, people.  In Somalia we call it Romance.  You Jingo-Military-Imperialist bullies call it rape.  In the end love conquers all (Lindsay Lohan would be perfect; how much did they say the bail would be?) Pathos: When Mohammed can’t come up with the scratch to pay his rent, for some weird reason the Feds-dressed-up-like-al-Qaeda-terrorist-co-conspirators just happen to have the money right here…so, Okay, maybe it wasn’t really sad  after all, but for a moment… He could always sleep in the bomb-van.

A loud boom rocked the hillside.

"How do you feel?" Hussein asked Mohamud.

"I feel good, Allahu Akbar (praise be to God)," Mohamud said.

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Lost ion Transmission: The BPA Gets Bitch-Slapped for the 'Worst Pick-up Line'

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Air Cascadia
program date: 
Tue, 01/15/2013

The Petition:

We Petition the Obama Administration To:

Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.

It is too late to do anything for Aaron Swartz, but the who used the powers granted to them by their office to hound him into a position where he was facing a ruinous trial, life in prison and the ignominy and shame of being a convicted felon; for an alleged crime that the supposed victims did not wish to prosecute.

A prosecutor who does not understand proportionality and who regularly uses the threat of unjust and overreaching charges to extort plea bargains from defendants regardless of their guilt is a danger to the life and liberty of anyone who might cross her path.

news.firedoglake.com/2013/01/15/white-house-petition-to-remove-carmen-ortiz-launched/

 the Tar Sands Blockade link:

Audrey's tree sit holds fast to earth and sky...despite the slings and arrows, the cherry-pickers and the backhoes.

www.tarsandsblockade.org/

And Good News from the Heart of Cascadia::

The PGE Cross-Cascades Transmission Corridor, Cascade Crossing, has signed an MOU with BPA to drop the leg of the power line that goes through Mt. Hood and Willamette National Forests. Instead, the line will stop at the Warm Springs Reservation.

www.bark-out.org/article.php

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Bonfire of Inanities: How SuperPACs Fuel Climate Collpse

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Air Cascadia
program date: 
Fri, 01/11/2013

 

Money, Money Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink...

As a nation of consumers, as opposed to citizens of a nation.  (Note how you can take that first phrase, 'Citizens  of a Nation' and plug in the word, 'consumers': 'Consumers of a Nation' - which accurately describes Americans. 

Last year, Americans witnessed an explosion in million-dollar checks from a handful of uber-wealthy people underwriting political campaigns and election ads. In 2012, there were also numerous efforts to make it harder for Americans to exercise their fundamental right to vote through restrictive voter ID legislation and limits on voter registration.

 That is why the weekend of January 19, 2013, is so important. That coming weekend marks two dates significant to American democracy. It includes the federal holiday marking the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which commemorates the civil rights leader who worked to secure voting rights for all Americans. It also marks the anniversary of the devastating U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which opened the floodgates for big money and helped make the 2012 elections the most expensive in the history of the world.

 On January 19, activists in more than 60 towns and cities across the country will participate in a national day of action through rallies, teach-ins, and conferences to move closer to taking back our democracy.

 

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 The Bonneville Power Administration ‘s deadline for public comment on massive transmission towers in the Gorge is  March 1.  Activists, property right voices and just about anyone doomed to live beneath the shadow of the behemoth want more time.

  At least 90 days.   The transmission line is part of its I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Plan when BPA hosts the first of six public meetings tonight to discuss the construction.

 BPA is deciding between four proposals to extend power to residents, with its "central alternative" as a 79-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line from Castle Rock to Troutdale across the Columbia River. However, the agency's plans have come under attack from some local residents, as the planned power towers will be within 500 feet of 327 property owners.

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Comments

membership means more

your threat of quitting your membership gives me two options for analysis:

1) you gave money to Theresa via KBOO.

2) if Theresa died tomorrow, you'd give up your membership.

my interpretation

1) that's cool, man.  you support community-based radio based solely on your dedication to one weekly half-hour show. that demonstrates that Theresa's voice represents/intrigues you (and many, many others); however you don't feel represented by any one of the other 500 people who volunteer their time and energy in the 24/7 endevour, and you don't value the input (and miraculous existence!) of the other 5-10,000 members and ten times as many listeners; neither do you support the KBOO mission of including as many underrepresented voices as possible on the air, with natural turnover, schedule changes and opportunities as new people arrive.  Membership gives you the power to affect the decision-making, which is why you gave money to Theresa via KBOO; and, by golly, you will do everything in your power to keep her on the air, and you want the KBOO website visitors to know how you feel when they read the comments.  You'd even like them to join you in your fight.

2) wow.

my opinion

Personally, Theresa's show is one of my  favourites and there are plenty of shows that I not only don't like or don't listen to, but also complain about out loud.  It's my radio station, and, like my family, I will not be quiet when they need to shape up or ship out.

writing inflammatory statements on the webpage will remain simply that: inflammatory statements with a reaction or two from trolls (see the 20 pages of Anonymous written about me because of the audio I submitted that Jenka edited), which, in the end, result in: NOTHING.  If you want to chat with others online, that's fine, but you should know that nothing said here is considered in the Committee meetings. It's just an informal public forum, not policy binding.

my advice

Instead of threatening us (volunteers, members, listeners and our very existence), why not use your valuable internet time to phrase it as, for example, a question to which one of us could easily respond:  "Have there been any changes to Theresa's show?  I noticed lately that it has been preemented or even cut.  It is my favourite show. [I fear Air Cascadia will take its place--not necessary but very telling that you chose Chris' page to write it--ed.]. "  You can copy the question to Theresa's email (though I know from experience she doesn't respond) and/or print it out and put it in her cubby hole at the station. And/or show up to the meetings.  And/or call Theresa during her show--she takes calls, you know.  Ask her if she'll train or mentor you to do the same kind of work she does.

p.s.  Air Cascadia basically is the AM News is Chris Andreae: i was engineering {i'm flattered that you liked it}and was very sad when it was cut--but that is the way of the station; we adhere and adapt to the ever-fluctuating needs of the larger community--but i watched, with great pleasure, as it morphed into Air Cascadia.  Though i adore Dennis Bernstein, 15 less minutes of his voice is no skin off my back. 

Highting!

Crystal

air cascadia

im a conservative right wing trucker and i think cris andrae is the greatest broadcaster on the radio. i try to listen when i dont need traffic reports.
her scathing commentary is the best. i would join kboo but i fear america will become too weak and barry will force me to find a green job soon . keep up the good work
michael j

The anchor news program

The anchor news program Democracy Now, conveiniently aired at 11 AM so that all could tune in was moved to 7 AM with a result that most if not all of the people who work nights won't be tuning in as they are still sleeping. Also missed the 40th anniversary bash as it was inconveinently held from 4 to 10 Pm, on a weekday, which would exclude anyone working swing from attending unless they took a day off. Why couldn't this have been held on a Saturday or Sunday?
Air Cascadia is a very rough and unpolished program that leaves me tuning to OPB or just turning it off.
The choppy, emergent voice of Cris Andreae is certainly a large part in that.
If it is true that Press Watch will be axed for this then it will be an easy decision to withhold future pledges from this listener.

What happened to Presswatch?

Is Air Cascadia taking over what Therisa has been doing? If so, I may give up my membership. First, the am news gets axed to accomodate Democracy Now, now is Presswatch going under the plow?

 

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