TMI 10/25/2014 – Another Party Heard From with Mary Jo Walters on Wisconsin and Patrick Walker on Politics

Mary Jo Walters is running a campaign to represent the people of Wisconsin as Governor (after trying to run for Lt. Governor), but she’s not about to limit herself to the two big parties to do it! We’ll have her live in studio to discuss what it means to run outside the system. Then, Patrick Walker has been thinking about how Bernie Sanders may run for President in 2016, and he thinks that should be as a Democrat – but not so Bernie can be co-opted! We’ll have all that and much more on TMI for 10/25/2014, broadcasting live at noon Central on WSUM 91.7 FM Madison or streaming live on http://wsum.org/ anywhere. Tune in for your Cure for the Common Media!

TMI 10/11/2014 – No KXL Required with Steve Horn, Colorado’s Push for “Personhood” with Karen Middleton, and SCOTUS Interruptus!

Usually, I prefer a relaxed attitude about things: no jacket required, open mic nights, etc. In the case of big oil, however, I make an exception: they want to bring Alberta tar sands bitumen to market, no Keystone XL required… and it looks like they’ve managed it. Steve Horn joins us to discuss how this came to be while we were focused on KXL.
Then, have you heard of “Personhood”? It’s the concept that a fertilized egg has the same rights as a full human being. It comes up every few years, but this time it’s been reframed in an insidious new way that tricked former opponents into backing it. Karen Middleton, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, joins us to help sort it out and pin down where in America is facing this new threat to women’s rights.
Finally, the Supreme Court is issuing rulings left and right, some good, some bad, and many confusing. We’ll go over some of what’s going on with the nation’s highest court.
Catch all that and more on TMI for Saturday, October 11, 2014, airing live at noon Central on WSUM FM 91.7 and streaming live everywhere on http://wsum.org/ – get your dose of the Cure for the Common Media!

TMI 10/04/2014 – You Don’t Know the Power of Economic Inquality, When Democracy Meets Fracking, When Democracy Meets Hong Kong and more!

When asked if they feel that income inequality is an issue, overwhelmingly Americans say yes, but when asked just how unequal, they say 30 to 1… and they’re wrong, by a lot. We’ll get into that, plus we’ll talk about what happened in Colorado when local communities wanted to keep fracking out via the power of the ballot box. Who their foes turned out to be may surprise you. Finally, we’ll go over the way forward in Hong Kong after their attempt to have their voices heard democratically. All that and much more on TMI for Saturday, October, 4, 2014, live at noon Central on WSUM FM 91.7 in Madison, and streaming live anywhere in the net-connected cosmos at http://wsum.org/ – tune in for your Cure for the Common Media!

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!