April 21 2009 Tuesday
Hour 1 : Gonzo & Jane Harman - Is it really all about wire tapping and blackmail?
Hour 2: "New EPA Rules - will they hurt or help the economy" Thom confronts Marlo Lewis with www.cei.org
Hour 3: Thom challenges Brad O'Leary on his new book "Shut up America: The End of Free Speech" www.www.endoffreespeech.com
This is about skin cancer and global warming
Why not classify the melted parts of the Arctic Ocean (which now absorb sunlight, rather than reflecting it) as "greenhouse liquid"? And we might be able to classify land areas that used to have glaciers on them as "greenhouse solids" for the same reason.
I like to see a Bio of Brad O’Leary, education, funding (backers). It's my opion (like noses, everyone has one) that opportunist will say and do, if there is money to be made. Lets uncover the FACTs behide the curtain, what is the true motivation behide the talk.
Creative Commons is a legally recognized alternative to the Copyright, meaning that the courts will recognize legal formats that are not created by Congress or a State Legislature. Can we use this crack in the door to create a new corporate form that would solve the issues about corporate personhood?
Tom, important to note: "shutting down the internet" is NOT pulling the plug. Whistleblowers would be on notice that any evidence they try to disseminate safely through out the web could be scrubbed. This was even in evidence in the days after 9/11, when sites were taken down hourly.
This initiative is to provide more reliable cover for less obvious ways of suppression and conversion, paralleling what's been done to the various leading media since the 1947 Nat'l Security Act, the media parts of which are still classified, and which allow gov't to secretly influence media with purchases and nat'l security employees acting as producers, advisors, reporters and even ownership (see Bill Casey / ABC and the Rise of Rush Limbaugh http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-libmedia.htm)
As a 25 year veteran of ARPA-Net/Internet, I can tell you with the web it is unbelievably easy to do real-time culling of any particular subject matter you wish, whether it be high crimes in progress, evidence of same, or persecution of "enemies", who could just as well be simply political opponents or the worst-case, whistle-blowers.
The only way to keep the most egregious likely offenders, such as Cheney and subordinates from being prosecuted, is to control the media, which increasingly means controlling the internet. This is why the full-court press by Cheney & Fox for pro-torture, pro-autocratic state, w. the help of plants to assist within each dept. That's the danger.
Funding (from Wiki)
In its IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, CEI reported revenues totaling $3,650,461, including donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. Its net assets were $2,012,478. Salaries and benefits to its top employees were reported as:
Fred L. Smith, President, $208,935
Marlo Lewis, Senior Fellow, $104,974
Sam Kazman, General Counsel, $132,152
According to page nine of a report from the CEI contained on the University of California, San Francisco's Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (LTDL), the following companies and foundations were among those listed as supporting CEI's work with annual contributions of at least $10,000, currently the CEI's "Entrepreneurs" level:
Aequus Institute, Amoco Foundation, Inc., Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, E.L. Craig Foundation, CSX Corporation, Earhart Foundation, Fieldstead and Co., FMC Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Gilder Foundation, Koch Family Foundations (including the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, and Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation), Philip M. McKenna Foundation, Inc., Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, Philip Morris Companies, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Precision Valve Corporation, Prince Foundation, Rodney Fund, Sheldon Rose, Scaife Foundations (Carthage Foundation and Sarah Scaife Foundation), and Texaco, Inc. (Texaco Foundation).
Other documents in the LTDL show that CEI has received funding directly from various tobacco companies.,, For example, the listing on the Philip Morris Glossary of Names: C gives the note "Received public policy grant from Philip Morris (1995); Pro-market public interest group dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government."
ExxonMobil Corporation was a major donor to CEI, with over $2 million in contributions between 1998 and 2005.  In 2002 the company gave $405,000; in 2004 it gave CEI $180,000 that was earmarked for "global climate change and global climate change outreach." In 2006, the company announced that it had ended its funding for the group.