TMI 9/20/2014 – The Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia, Peter Barca has Miles To Go with Carl Gibson, American Exceptionalism and Ebola, and more!

Lots of news from Wisconsin and abroad!

First: Wisconsin’s historic recall spawned backlash in a number of ways: perhaps the most insidious is the website http://putwisconsinfirst.com/, which took all of the names and addresses and political donation history of those who signed the recall petition and made all of that public and easily searchable, but MORE, matched them up with court data to list those who owe back taxes, are registered sex offenders, etc. But, as if that wasn’t bad enough, now there is a group calling themselves the “Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia” who intend to go to heavily-Democratic districts, find people who signed the recall petition, follow them home and call the authorities on them. They swear they won’t go after any Republican voters… so yeah, they’re the “good guys”. *sigh*

On the other hand, Representative Peter Barca (D – Kenosha) is often considered one of the “good guys” in Progressive circles; as Minority Leader in the State Assembly during Scott Walker’s administration, he’s been seen as someone who can be counted on to oppose the machinations of the GOP. Enter activist Miles Kristan, who knew if Barca’s reputation, and wondered why Barca was endorsing a Republican-turned-Dem who publicly supported Walker in 2010. Simply asking the question got Miles arrested. There’s even more to this story, and thanks to Carl Gibson’s reporting, we’ll discuss it.

Then: we commonly see America’s foreign policy as being well-intended, even if sometimes poorly executed. The response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa provides us an interesting and current example of why we need to hold that view of America’s intentions suspect, and we’ll go over all that and more on TMI for Saturday, September 20, 2014, airing live on WSUM FM 91.7 in Madison and streaming live anywhere on http://wsum.org/ – tune in for your Cure for the Common Media!

TMI 9/13/2014 – Anthony Ingraffea and the Science of Fracking, Walker’s Stunning Voter I.D. Win, and much more!

We’ve discussed fracking – the practice formally known as hydraulic fracturing – and have had on Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog and others to tell us what the oil and gas industry is up to with implementing it. Today we warmly welcome Anthony R. Inagraffea, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University, who knows the actual scientific and engineering principles behind fracking. We’ll discuss what parts of the hydraulic fracturing process have been shown to be environmentally hazardous, and what parts, if any, have been shown to be safe. You want the facts? We’ve got them.

Then, a Federal Appeals Court on Friday overturned a lower-court ban on Wisconsin’s Voter ID law. There has been no small amount of misunderstanding about why this law is a problem, so we will analyze it and see how this could truly make a mess of the voting process on November 4.

All that and more on TMI for Saturday the 13th of September, 2014, airing live at noon Central on WSUM FM 91.7 in Madison and streaming live at http://wsum.org/ anywhere! Don’t miss your cute for the common media!

TMI 9/06/2014 – Steve Horn’s Keystone Clone, Yoon’s Polar Vortex Revelation, and much more!

Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog.com has been working all summer on a five-party series that shows how the focus on Keystone XL, while good in many ways, has distracted us from the efforts of Enbridge and the Federal Government to create what amounts to a clone of the dreaded KXL. He joins us by phone to go over what’s been going on while we were enjoying the halcyon days.

Then, Jin-Ho Yoon of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington is more concerned about winter. A study he coauthored had found that the Polar Vortex phenomenon that plagued is here in the U.S. last year may become the new normal, thanks to how arctic sea ice has been steadily disappearing.

We’ll have all that and more on TMI for Saturday, September 6th, 2014, live at noon Central on WSUM FM 91.7 in Madison and live streaming at http://wsum.org/ – tune in for your Cure for the Common Media!

TMI 08/23/2014 – Jack Russell Weinstein on Open Carry, Police Outfitted as Soldiers in a War on Whom? and much more!

Jack Russell Weinstein, Professor at University of North Dakota and host of the Why? radio program, authored a blog post this summer that set many folks on both sides of the gun ownership debate abuzz, called, “How Should People Respond to Open-Carry Gun-Rights Activists?” He joins us on TMI to discuss this, and what exactly is driving the great divide in gun culture here in America. To that end, are laws like Stand Your Ground and movements like Open Carry rationale for the marked increase in the militarization of our police officers? As seen not only in Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, more and more police and sheriff departments are becoming equipped not like the officers of the peace we need them to be, but as soldiers fighting a war – but who is the enemy? Us?

We’ll explore all that and much more on TMI for Saturday, August 23, 2014, airing live at noon Central on WSUM FM 91.7 and http://wsum.org/ – tune in for your Cure for the Common Media!

TMI 08/16/2014 – Stepping Up: The Peoples Climate March with Brian Elvert, Neil de Grasse Tyson’s GMO Conundrum, and much more!

Brian Elvert, member of Climate Action 350 UW, knows a thing or two about getting the attention of those in power when it comes to climate change… and he also knows that those who are truly in power are the People, when they awaken to an issue. Towards that end, he joins us to discuss the People’s Climate March, happening in New York City on September 21st – barely a month away! They will be there the same time as heads of state will arrive for an historic climate summit. He’ll give us all the details.

Then, Neil de Grasse Tyson, a brilliant communicator of scientific knowledge, has stepped into a firestorm with his recent comments on GMOs. The star of Cosmos wants it said that there isn’t any real difference between selective breeding changing the genetic structure of organisms for humanity’s benefit and using modern genetic modification to splice together new genetic structures in organisms. There’s a technical correctness and a large problem to what he is saying, and we’ll go over that, and much more on TMI for Saturday the 16th of August 2012, airing live at noon Central on WSUM FM 91.7 and http://wsum.org/ – tune in for your cure for the common media.

TMI 08/09/2014 – Of Primary Concern: Which Ryan is Right for You, The Hulsey Question of Dem Principles, and Has Access Journalism Stifled Political Press?

On this episode of TMI, we focus on principles and core values, and those who challenge us to live up to them. Up first, we have Jeremy Ryan of http://therightryan.com/ – he challenges Republican Rep. Paul Ryan in Tuesday’s (August 12) primary, asking why it seems so hard for Paul Ryan and much of the GOP to live up to their states principles, such as, “The proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well, by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.” We’ll dig into that and more.

We’ll talk to Wisconsin State Senator Brett Hulsey, who is running in Tuesday’s Primary against Mary Burke, noting that she lacks in many ways when compared to his standards of restoring the money the Walker administration took from Wisconsin’s school system, workforce and public healthcare programs, and his stance on keeping jobs in Wisconsin (as well as bringing more in). Just as Jeremy Ryan is challenging the former VP candidate Paul Ryan to be a real Republican, State Senator Brett Hulsey is challenging Mary Burke to be a real Democrat.

Finally, we’ll look at the state of the media when it comes to political press coverage. A nasty little practice, dubbed “Access Journalism” by those who oppose it, has arisen to become the new normal: if you’re a member of the media that isn’t liked, you get little to no access to those who hold public office or make the decisions that affect us all. We’ll explore how this works, and what can be done about it.

All that and more gets covered on TMI for Saturday, August 9th, 2014, airing live at Noon Central on WSUM FM 91.7 or http://wsum.org/ anywhere in the world. Tune in and get your Cure for the Common Media!

TMI 8/02/2014 – ALEC’s Cookin’ with Gas (w/ Steve Horn), Mary Jo’s Campaigning for Local Control and More!

Are you a natural gas corporation, unhappy with the rapid pace of hydraulic fracturing development under the current administration (you want even more)? Then do what Cheniere did: join the ranks of corporate bill-mill ALEC, and have them write model legislation that will pave the way for you. Steve Horn returns to shed light on this and more!

Then: returning to TMI in the middle of her campaign for Lt. Governor, Mary Jo Walters joins us from the midst of a multi-day bike ride across Wisconsin to promote the idea that maybe, instead of electing people who will allow big moneyed interests to take control of local resources away from the communities near them, we should consider focusing our elected officials’ attention on maintaining the integrity of local control.

All that and much more live today on TMI at noon Central on 91.7 WSUM FM in Madison and globally via wsum.org – tune in for your cure for the common media!