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LISTENING POST on AlJazeera: must see TV (with video)
Aug 23rd, 2013 by Warren Swil

Show has had the best

coverage of Manning case

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was interviewed on Listening Post during its June 12 show. Click image to enlarge.

WITH THE ARRIVAL this week of AlJazeera America, those in the U.S. who have previously not been able to now can watch one of the best half hours on television.
“Listening Post,” a show about the media and journalism in general, is now scheduled to be aired on AlJazeera America on Saturdays, starting tomorrow, at 2:30 p.m. EDT (in the East) and again at 2:30 p.m. PDT (in the West).
It is not just a show for journalists.
It is an in-depth examination of the most important issues of the day, and how the media shapes public opinion – either with its coverage of these issues, or the lack thereof.
 WATCH A VIDEO OF THE SHOW BELOW THE FOLD


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GSR 2013 run climaxes at 9,200 feet: The back story (with movie)

CHALLENGING ROADS, SCENIC SPLENDOR, CAMARADERIE CAPTURED ON CAMERA (WITH MOVIE)
Part II
The southern reaches of the Kern River in the Sierra Nevada mountains was the bucolic destination chosen for the 2013 Gay Sport Bike Riders group’s annual run of motorcycle enthusiasts seeking camaraderie, hard and fast motorcycling, challenging terrain and an all-around great time.
After lunch on Aug. 2 the fun began with a fast downhill sprint along 9 Mile Canyon Road into the Owens Valley where it meets U.S. Highway 395.
Here’s the back story on how the movie was made.


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KERNVILLE GSR RUN 2013: Motorcyclists conquer the Sierra Nevada (with movie)

CHALLENGING ROADS, SCENIC SPLENDOR, CAMARADERIE MAKE FOR ‘FUN-TASTIC’ TIME
Kernville in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains was the bucolic destination chosen for the 2013 edition of the Gay Sport Bike Riders’ annual run of motorcycle enthusiasts seeking camaraderie, hard and fast motorcycling, challenging terrain and an all-around great time.
This year’s event began in Los Angeles (and San Francisco) on Aug. 1. The focus of the weekend, of course, is the motorcycle riding.
Challenging twists and turns, roads strewn with boulders and left-over snow runoff, steep inclines and similar downgrades put the rider to the test.
Can we cut it? Find out here and watch a movie of the funtastic weekend.


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GOP losing its grip on reality: fantasy ‘policy’ proposals abound

Republicans’ increasingly fantastical ¬– or is it fanatical? – policy proposals, like Rep. Paul Ryan budget plan, demonstrate an inability to grasp the consequences of their “proposals,” if they can be taken seriously at all.
Their unwillingness to compromise, or even see the potential devastation of their own proposals, is a sure indicator of increased detachment from reality.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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U.S. government penchant for secrecy must be fixed

ABUSE OF CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM LEADS TO LOSS OF CREDIBILITY, MASSIVE LEAKS

Classifying data simply to avoid a potentially embarrassing public debate is misusing the system.
The continued leaking of details of the massive spying program being conducted by the National Security Agency is just the latest embarrassing example.
It is time for a total revamp of the federal government’s penchant to stamp everything “top secret.” The policy is broken; it needs to be fixed.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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Inequality makes U.S. look like a Third World county

Economy, poverty made worse by gridlock in Congress
A shocking in-depth report on inequality in America, combined with Friday’s less-less-than-stellar jobs reports paints anything but not a pretty picture of the state of the U.S. economy.
So what is our Congress, paralyzed by partisan gridlock, doing about it?
Federal spending cuts mandated by the so-called “sequester” are having noticeable effects on the economy.
This is not a way to run a country – unless your goal is to run it into the ground.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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Educate yourself: take a trip abroad

TRAVEL BEATS ANY CLASSROOM, ANY TEACHER HANDS DOWN

There are few better ways to get a real education than to travel abroad.
No classroom – and no teacher, alas – can offer the kind of lessons one learns from foreign lands: the cultures, the history, the social norms (all different from one’s own, no matter where you call home)… even the different currency, drinking age and favorite local beverages.
In the final analysis, it is the sum of our experiences that makes us whom we are. The “stuff” just doesn’t matter. Don’t waste a minute. Start building who you are, today! Take a trip… it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and the return on your investment will last a lifetime.


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Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposes major banking overhaul

‘CO-SPONSORS’ NEEDED TO AVOID ANOTHER FINANCIAL MELTDOWN
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has, with three co-sponsors, introduced major new legislation that might just help avoid another financial meltdown like the one in 2008.
A bill she calls a “new 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to once again separate ordinary banking from the high-risk activities that broke our economy” needs our support.
A way to take action is included.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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SCHADENFREUDE: Rupert Murdoch has a problem

IT’S NOT PETER PAN, BUT IT HIS SOON-TO-BE EX-WIFE WENDI
Wouldn’t it be fun if the Murdoch’s had to do battle ¬– just like Michael Douglass and Kathleen Turner did in the classic movie “War of the Roses” – in a public court of law over their dissolving marriage?
Murdoch’s third – and soon to be EX – wife has hired a new lawyer, and The New York Times headline suggests the case may soon “turn messy.”
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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LGBT community’s silence on Manning is deafening (with video)

WIKILEAKS HERO DESERVED MORE SUPPORT FROM GAYS
So where, in all this time, has the gay community been in this riveting drama?
Was the LGBT community too afraid to take a stance in support of a controversial figure, one who is despised by the right wing (especially Fox News-types) but lionized by those who believe we have a right to know about what our government is doing on our behalf all over the world?
It is a great pity


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