Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable announced their intention to merge today and the proposed forty five billion dollar deal is expected to draw scrutiny from both the justice department and the federal communications commission.
Media Reform advocacy group Free Press issued a scathing response to the potential alliance, referring to the acquisition as disastrous in their call on regulators and the justice department to block the merger.
KBOO reporter Robin Ryan spoke with the watchdog group about what to expect in terms of timing as well as how those opposed can take action to put a stop to these two media conglomerates joining forces. 6:28 minutes (5.93 MB)
Clayton Morgareidge reads three articles on the national security state. The first by Gleen Greenwald appears in Common Dreams. The second, by Tom Dispatch, appears in Portside. The final one by Noam Chomsky appears in Salon. The collectively make the point that the national security state is an apparatus of class power that cannot be meaningfully reformed. Here is an excellent excerpt from Greenwald's analysis of Obama's recent promise to "reform" the NSA. 8:34 minutes (3.43 MB)
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report today that called for an end to the collection of phone call metadata--who called who, when, and for how long--by the National Security Agency, or NSA. Robin Ryan spoke to Zeke Johnson, Director of Amnesty International's Security and Human Rights Campaign, about the report, which he believes signals a shift in political will towards shutting down intrusive surveillance of American citizens. 6:41 minutes (6.11 MB)
Denise Morris and Frann Michel review Spike Jonze new (quasi science fiction) romantic comedy "Her". Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, an introverted man who goes through a divorce with his child-hood sweetheart, only to fall curiously in love with his new, hyperintelligent operating system, dubbed "Samantha", that is voiced by Scarlett Johansenn. Samantha isn't the only one of her kind either. The story moves beyond Theodore and Samantha to include other operating systems in love affairs with other people, and eventually goals of self-actualization on the part of the operating systems beyond these limited connections.
Bill Resnick talks with Richard Smith about the havoc that Chinese development has wreaked on the people and environment within Chinese borders, and what that means in the context of global capitalism and increasingly global ecological crises.
18:35 minutes (7.44 MB)
The Federal Aviation Authority has named three sites in Oregon among the list of places to be used for testing drones. Robin Ryan speaks to Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and Becky Strauss of the ACLU of Oregon, for more. 10:18 minutes (9.44 MB)