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The Shortwave Report 2/27/15 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,
            The latest Shortwave Report (February 27) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml  (128kb Highest Quality)

     This week's show features stories from Spanish National Radio, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK World Radio Japan.
    From SPAIN- SNR no longer produces news in English but podcasts feature stories. Here is one on the Academy Award given to Laura Poitras and Glen Greenwald for the documentary film on Edward Snowden called "Citizenfour."

Urbana IMC Celebrates our Collective Victory for Internet Freedom

WE DID IT! This morning the FCC voted 3-2 to adopt rules that prevent Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from blocking, throttling or otherwise discriminating against Web traffic and services. “The UCIMC was founded on the principle of media access, rights and representation – especially for underrepresented communities and perspectives,” shared 

Civil Rights and Media Activists Rally in Front of AT&T, Demanding Internet Freedom

Champaign, IL – Despite the snow storm, a crowd of civil rights activists and supporters gathered outside of AT&T store today, demanding the company and other Internet service providers (ISPs) nationwide #DontBlockMyInternet.

See more photos from the protest here. Photos available for use. Please credit: Jeffrey Putney

Watch the video of Aaron Ammons open the rally.

The Shortwave Report 2/13/15 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,
            The latest Shortwave Report (February 13) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml  (160kb Highest Quality)

     This week's show features stories from NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.

Need Bigger Jail? Think Again...Incarceration’s Front Door: The Misuse of Jails in America

The idea that Champaign County needs a bigger jail just won't go away. In fact, they should quit wasting taxpayer funds on what is basically a talking point for judges and prosecutors to get re-elected, but which makes for expensive, ineffective social policy as a debtor's prison. The present jail is more than large enough to hold those who need to be there versus those who simply can't afford to post bail, are mentally ill, etc and end up there despite being no threat to the public.

Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor, Ill and Addicted, a Report Says

by Timothy Williams

Jails across the country have become vast warehouses made up primarily of people too poor to post bail or too ill with mental health or drug problems to adequately care for themselves, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Federal Study Refutes Legal Fiction Basis of Illinois THC "DUI" Law

Federal Study: THC-Positive Drivers Not More Likely to be Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes

By Paul Armentano |  NORML Deputy Director

WASHINGTON, DC — Drivers who test positive for the presence of THC in blood are no more likely to be involved in motor vehicle crashes than are drug-free drivers, according to a federally sponsored case-control study involving some 9,000 participants.

The study, published Friday by the United States National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), is the first large-scale case-control study ever conducted in the United States to assess the crash risk associated with both drugs and alcohol use by drivers.

Marijuana Decriminalization, Legalization Bills Filed in Illinois

Marijuana Decriminalization, Legalization Bills Filed in Illinois

By Thomas H. Clarke |  The Daily Chronic

Senate Bill 753 bill would legalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana for adults, while House Bill 218 would replace criminal penalties with a $100 fine.

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Two separate proposals pending in the Illinois General Assembly could lead to dramatic changes for adults possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana in the state.

Both proposals — one filed in each chamber — would eliminate the possibility of jail time for simple possession of marijuana.  While the House version would replace criminal penalties with a $100 fine, the Senate version would legalize the possession and limited cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 or older.

Busting 'Three Men in a Room’ Culture: Good Enough for New York, So What About Illinois?

It was interesting to read about the US Attorney in NY's Southern District Preet Bharara comments about the case he's filed against Sheldon Silver, the former strong man in the NY state legislature, for taking bribes and public corruption. Bharara aggressively pursued the case against Silver after Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down a commission looking into public corruption. Silver probably thought he was good at that point. Rather like Mike Madigan felt after getting his daughter elected Illinois attorney general. Madigan's own tenure far exceeds Silver's run at the top and rumors of how one retains such a lock on the state's business year in and year out abound, no matter who gets elected.

Things could be changing. The "three men and a room" political culture in Illinois is most likely not a clean version of what went on under Silver in New York. The real question remains when will the law apply at the top in Illinois in the cruel way it applies to the rest of us after decades of Madigan misrule?

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