I’m still waiting for that “change”. I don’t see it happening yet. Still us radio rebels continue our struggle. One of my favorites right now is an angry guy who goes down into his basement and makes videos for youtube. The show is called “The Stench of Truth” and I recommend it highly. We still have a little free speech in this country so let’s use it before we lose it. I see the ever-widening powers of federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and I get concerned. I see regular military troops at traffic stops and I get concerned. I see outbreaks of never-seen-before contagious diseases and I get concerned. During the Bush years, it felt sort of like Germany in 1938. Now we have Obama and it’s starting to feel like Germany in 1941. I’m currently reading “The Rise of the Fourth Reich” by Jim Marrs. I would also recommend that to you. I’m not all gloom and doom though. What I see is most Americans going about their daily activities, reporting for work, paying their taxes, and obeying the law. That’s where our strength is-in the people. Folks are worried. They have good reason to be worried, but if we all can keep it together and hold our “leaders” accountable, I have faith that we as a nation can pull through. Here in Berkeley, our local pirate station will be celebrating ten years on the air come july 31. There are plans for a big party. I’ll update you in the next newsletter two months from now. Until then, keep on fighting for freedom and support your local micro-power station. -Paul Griffin (for the AMPB)
The Prometheus Radio Project Storms Capitol Hill
Last week, from April 22-24, 2009, Prometheus wrapped up our third Low Power FM Leadership days in DC. It was a great trip; we made significant headway on our campaign to expand low power FM, traded stories with allies from around the country, and made (radio)waves with our giant corporate robot street theater piece!
Over 50 people, representing diverse communities ranging from farmworkers from Florida and Oregon, artists and musicians from Chicago to New Jersey, media activists and youth organizers from Atlanta to Detroit, low-wage workers from Baltimore, members of the faith community from rural North Carolina and radio programmers from Idaho to New York City, gathered in Washington DC to demand more Low Power FM radio through the passage of the Local Community Radio Act. Watch the You tube video, check out the photos, or listen to Free Speech Radio News story on the events.
The days of action began with a three-hour lobby training at St. Stephen's Church. Members of the Allied Media Project, Detroit Summer, the Media Mobilizing Project, and People's Production House presented on media justice and the importance of telling untold stories in the building of movements to end poverty. Members of the United Workers and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers shared stories about their campaigns for better wages, decent working conditions, economic human rights, and the role that media played in these campaigns. Lobbyists from US PIRG, the Consumer's Union, and the Media Access Project shared lobbying tips and provided an overview of the Congressional landscape of today.
On Thursday, April 23, 3 dozen people, including local participants as well as people from across the country, marched from Union Station to the Capitol Steps chanting, "Low Power Radio for our communities." We were being trailed by a Big Robot Puppet, which represented the Corporate Media and the powerful broadcast lobby industry. Upon arriving on the Capitol steps, the street theater piece "Corporate Media vs. Community Media" began, in which we struggled to take the giant microphone away from corporate media and gain access to the airwaves.
We met with over 46 Congressional offices and were assured support, through cosponsorship, in a number of the visits. Later, a the policy briefing, Representative Doyle (D-Pa.) assured his continued support for the Local Community Radio Act and enthusiastically announced that Chairman Boucher was also "inclined" to move this legislation to a vote. Liz Humes from WRIR-LP in Richmond addressed the importance of Low Power Radio to Emergency Response. Pop-musician Nicole Atkins from Neptune City New Jersey voiced the importance of Local Radio to musicians. Although she has a large following around the word, she still faces difficulties when she tries to get her music played on the radio stations in her own town. Erubiel Valladares, from KPCN-LP spoke of the importance of Low Power Radio in the farm worker community of Woodburn, Oregon where he lives and organizes. Cheryl Leanza from the United Church of Christ and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights released a report on Minority ownership of Radio and the ability of Low Power Radio to diversify the media landscape. Parul Desai from the Media Access Project moderated the Panel and gave an important recap of the 2003 MITRE study which disproves the National Association of Broadcasters claims about interference caused by LPFM (an opposition which had originally been an obstacle to expanding LPFM).
On Friday, April 24, Low Power Radio advocates brought their demands to the Federal Communications Commission, asking the FCC to grant more rights to LPFM stations so that larger stations cannot take over Low Power signals. Many groups spoke of their inability to get a radio station unless FCC gives preference to LPFM license applications over the satellite repeater signals of preexisting non-local stations.
After taking it to the streets, to our Congressional Representatives, and to the FCC, there was only one place left to go: the White House! Over 40 of us met with Susan Crawford, who is responsible for technology issues on President Obama's transition team, and Jim Kohlenberg, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Chief of Staff. There in the White House Conference Room we demanded that President Obama's words of support, as demonstrated through former cosponsorship of this legislation and his call to diversity media ownership, be transformed into action. We delivered a letter, signed by groups from across the country, expressing support of Low Power FM Radio and demanding that President Obama release a statement in support of the legislation.
After our hard days of advocacy and action we spent some time reflecting on our next steps, and how grassroots folks will continue to lead the way in the fight for more local community radio. People headed back to their homes with a heightened commitment to this work. Whether using their existing stations to inform people of the legislation, working to pass City Council Resolutions, setting up more lobbying visits in their home districts, or doing political education in their communities about the importance of community radio, we are organizing to win. We will expand Low Power FM radio to towns and cities across the country. Join us in the fight!
The Swine Flu Hoax
by W.C. Moore
One hasn't had to go very far lately to become thoroughly acquainted with the highly propagandized issues regarding swine flu. But, unfortunately, the majority of what you've learned from the mainstream sources amounts to little more than a promotional campaign for specific vaccines designed and marketed by the pharm-chem industry. Anyone who has done a dab of in-depth research into the highly controversial issues of the origins of AIDS may well be aware from the earliest research of Dr. Robert Strecker, and later of Dr. Len Horowitz highlighted in his book, "Emerging Viruses", that animal viruses cannot normally cross species by themselves. An elaborate bio-engineering process is required through which viral components are recombined ultimately with human blood cells to produce a contaminant which can live and thrive in humans. Dr. Horowitz recently produced a 10 minute video alert, available on YouTube,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBeKB7aKzOs which provides many of the details tracking the origin of this current swine flu outbreak from Mexico to the U.S. and the collusion among key operatives within the CDC and Novavax Inc. of Bethesda, Maryland. And this alert comes from Dr. Patrica A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies. " PLEASE, PLEASE, DO NOT TAKE ANY VACCINE THAT IS PURPORTED TO PREVENT THIS FLU. Remember 1976 and the so called Swine Flu outbreak that was purported to be a coming pandemic? It only infected recruits at Ft. Dix. Why? Because I believe that the so called Swine Flu virus infected the recruits due to the vaccines they were given. Whether the government developed the Swine Flu 1976 virus and infected the recruits as a means to test the public to see if people would comply with a call to take vaccination against Swine Flu, or the recruits became infected via contaminated vaccine they were given as part of the recruit regimen, that outbreak was as phony as they come. I was one of the people duped into taking a Swine Flu shot and it made me so sick. I was sick in bed for three months after taking the vaccine."For info warriors such as myself, it's sometimes hard to fathom how legions of an ill-informed public can still take the bait on repeated curtain calls of this nature, but an awakening process is at least underway. As of 5/12/09 there had already been 147,500+ viewings of the Horowitz alert video, and there have likewise been many other heads-up mailers circulating on the internet focusing on the issue as well. Sadly though, there will remain a lion's share of those who suck up to the network airheads. There's yet another YouTube piece called, "Creating a Nation of Zombies", www.brasschecktv.com/page/506.html that clarifies this side of the coin very well. But not to worry, it's likewise a short that won't eat up nearly as much of your time as "Night of the Living Dead".
W.C. Moore is a former co-programmer of San Francisco Liberation Radio and Systems Engineer for Westwood One Broadcasting, San Francisco.
'Anaconda' harnesses wave power
By Christine McGourty
Science correspondent, BBC News
A new wave energy device known as "Anaconda" is the latest idea to harness the power of the seas.
Its inventors claim the key to its success lies in its simplicity: Anaconda is little more than a length of rubber tubing filled with water. Waves in the water create bulges along the tubing that travel along its length gathering energy. At the end of the tube, the surge of energy drives a turbine and generates electricity.
The device is being developed by Checkmate Seaenergy Ltd, which has been testing a small-scale 8m-long prototype in a wave tank owned by the science and technology company Qinetiq. Paul Auston, chairman of Checkmate, says the tests have proved the concept works. The company is now looking to raise £7m from investors to build a larger version to test at sea. "We've seen excellent results in scale-model testing, and now we are gearing up to attract the necessary investment to develop Anaconda and begin producing the first full-sized units for ocean testing within the next three years," he told BBC News.
"The UK is known for its engineering excellence and politicians from all parties have been keen to challenge companies to come up with renewable energy projects that can be sold around the world.
"With Anaconda, we have an invention that changes conventional thinking and it can help to meet government targets for cutting CO2 by providing renewable wave energy from our coastal waters.
"It will also help cement the UK's world-leading position in this technology." The co-inventor of the device, Professor Rod Rainey of engineering design consultants Atkins, has been working in the field for several decades. He said: "The beauty of wave energy is its consistency. However, the problem holding back wave energy machines is that devices tend to deteriorate over time in the harsh marine environment.
"Anaconda is non-mechanical. It is mainly rubber, a natural material with a natural resilience, and so has very few moving parts to maintain." The long-term plan is to have hundreds of these devices offshore where waves are big, in northern Scotland for example. Other potential locations would be on western seaboards - off the coast of America, Australia, Ireland and Japan, to name a few. It is claimed that a group of 50 full-size Anacondas - each 200m long - could provide electricity for 50,000 homes. Professor Godfrey Boyle, an expert in renewable energy at the Open University, said the device sounded quite promising. If the required investment capital can be raised, the team "could be on to a winner", he said.
But he cautioned that the developers would need to achieve very long lifetimes for the device and the very high reliability required to withstand decades of battering by the waves - combined with low capital and maintenance costs and high-energy conversion efficiency.
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AMPB RECORD CHART FOR THE WEEK ENDING: 5/16/09
# TITLE - ARTIST - LABEL
1 WELCOME TO MALI - AMADOU & MIRIAM - NONESUCH
2 INVADERS MUST DIE - THE PRODIGY - TAKE ME TO THE ....
3 WITHIN MY WALLS - THE IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT - CUMBANCHA
4 DIVIDED BY NIGHT - THE CRYSTAL METHOD - TINY E RECORDS
5 BIG BLUE BALL - VARIOUS ARTISTS - REALWORLD
6 PUTUMAYO PRESENTS SALSA - VARIOUS ARTISTS - PUTUMAYO
7 DESTINY - GLEN WASHINGTON - VP
8 AT CARNEGIE HALL - BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB - NONESUCH
9 LIVE VOL. 1 - MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA - JAJOUKA
10 DAY BY DAY - FEMI KUTI - MERCER STREET
11 KNOWLE WEST BOY - TRICKY - DOMINO
12 THE ROUGH GUIDE TO AFROBEAT REVIVAL - WORLD MUSIC NET
13 VICTROLA FAVORITES - VARIOUS ARTISTS - DUST TO DIGITAL
14 DEATH WAS TOO KIND - SUBHUMANS (CANADA) - ALT. TENTACLES
15 THE GOLDEN HOUR - FIREWATER - BLOODSHOT
16 TROUBADOUR - K'NAAN - A & M
17 AROUND THE WORLD - SENOR COCONUT - NACIONAL
18 SLIDE TO FREEDOM 2 - DOUG COX & SALIL BHATT - NORTHERN BLUES
19 COBA COBA - NOVALIMA - CUMBANCHA
20 UNRELEASED RECORDINGS - HANK WILLIAMS - TIME-LIFE
21 YES WE CAN - COCOA TEA - ROARING LION
22 IN C - TERRY RILEY - SONY
23 NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL ARABIA - VARIOUS - EMI
24 JAI GANESHA - EMAM & FRIENDS - ETERNAL
25 THE ROUGH GUIDE TO LATIN STREET PARTY - W.M.N.
26 VIPER OF MELODY - WAYNE HANCOCK - BLOODSHOT
27 MR. LUCKY - CHRIS ISAAK - REPRISE
28 KEEP IT HID - DAN AUERBACH - NONESUCH
29 BACH IN HAVANA - TIEMPO LIBRE - SONY
30 DAMN RIGHT REBEL PROUD - HANK III - THE SIDEWALK
31 VOICES - YANNI - YANNI WAKE
32 (SELF TITLED) - FINBAR FUREY - COSMIC TRIGGER
33 THE OPTIMIST - STAN HARRISON - EDGE ARTISTS
34 RADIO RETALIATION - THIEVERY CORPORATION - ESL
35 IRISH PIRATE BALLADS - DAN MILNER - SMITHSONIAN
36 FROM THE ROOT - ZAC HARMON - NORTHERN BLUES
37 YO BABA - FUNKADESI - (SELF RELEASED)
38 DEFINING COOL - J.C. SMITH BAND - COZMIK
39 SOMETHING'S WRONG - SCOTT H. BIRAM - BLOODSHOT
40 LUV IS THE FOUNDATION - ROCKER-T - EPIPHYTE
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YEARS IN SIN SIN - MAD SIN - HEPCAT
EVERYTHING REPRISE VOLUME SEVEN - REPRISE
CAPTAIN FRED’S WORLD CRUISE #90
(this show is downloadable from www.radio4all.net and www.archive.org)
Omen (Reprise)-THE PRODIGY
Judgement Day-SCOTT H. BIRAM
Got To Be Free-GLEN WASHINGTON
Burn You Up, Burn You Down-PETER GABRIEL
Abbey Rockers #1-THE SUPERPOWERS
Puerto Rico Pa Gozar-CANDELA ALLSTARS
Habibi-MELISSA AND DR. ALBAN
Sekebe-AMADOU + MARIAM
The Forgotten People-THIEVERY CORPORATION
Quizás, Quizás-BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
Let's Make History-FEMI KUTI
Because I Should-DAN AUERBACH
This Too Shall Pass-IDAN RAICHEL PROJECT
Ten Thousand Miles Away-DAN MILNER
Freight Train Boogie-WAYNE HANCOCK
Se Me Van-NOVALIMA
Make A Better World-DOUG COX AND SALIL BHATT
Voodoo Dreams-SENOR COCONUT
Drown In the Now-THE CRYSTAL METHOD
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