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US oil company donated millions to climate skeptic groups, says Greenpeace

The obscenity of war by Amy Goodman

Citizens united against Citizens United by David Swanson

Police: Teaching kids to mistrust govt. makes couple ‘unsuitable’ parents

FINANCIAL SHENANIGANS

Bailed out banks are even more powerful now than before the crisis

Elizabeth Warren: Bank lobbyists fought for very thing they’re now against

Supreme Court hands victory to mutual fund industry

Student loans: Govt. is now officially in the banking business

TECHNOLOGY POLITICS

Google goes evil, gets in bed with Verizon by Josh Silver

PR firm behind propaganda videos given $25M stimulus contract

Google says China’s ‘great firewall’ blocked search

Fox News has best quarter in network history from Mediaite

POLITICAL INTRIGUE

Thanks health bill, for $250M back to abstinence-only education

Naomi Wolf thinks Tea Parties help fight fascism from Alternet

Brown vs. Democracy in California by George Lakoff

States high on marijuana tax as budget cure

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Sen. Franken rips into Comcast CEO by Josh Silver

Franken makes CEO look like a tool from Consumerist

CEO argues rules protect customers, lawyers argue rules unconstitutional

Jeff Zucker lies to Congress from TechDirt

NBC caught lying to Congress from Public Knowledge

Boxee responds to Jeff Zucker to set the record straight

Op-ed: Don’t let Comcast & NBC merge into a conglomerate

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Howard Zinn, dissident historian, dead at 87

TOP STORIES

Iraq War ending, all troops coming home: Obama

Did Justice Alito ‘mouth off’ to Obama during speech?

Idaho Public Television faces loss of entire state funding

The ‘Ellie Light’ letter-to-the-editor mystery gets weirder

BACK & FORTH

RIAA offers to settle Jammie Thomas case for $25K

Settlement rejected in ‘shocking’ RIAA file sharing verdict

Internet freedoms & Internet radicals by Andrew Keen

Net neutrality key to open Internet by Josh Silver & Craig Aaron

WIRED’S ELLIOT VAN BUSKIRK

Forget the iPad, Apple needs to rebuild iTunes

DOJ approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation merger

Spotify hits 250K paid subscribers, US rollout still unknown

YouTube for rent: Today Sundance, tomorrow the world

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Comcast killing free online TV?

TV Everywhere? Say goodbye to free online TV by Josh Silver

Entire staff quits after Congress-member defects to GOP from Raw Story

Amanda Simpson is Obama’s 1st transgender appointment from Air America

Tip the balance in favor of family farms & good food by John Nichols

Civil rights hero caught in corruption probe to begin serving from CNN

Editor defends Politico’s Cheney coverage from Huffington Post

Beyonce under fire for throwing concert for Qaddafi son from Prefix Mag

Scott Horton interviews: Sibel Edmonds & Cindy Sheehan from Antiwar Radio

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The second day, Friday, I was up pretty early helping out with Free Speech TV. I ran sound in their amazing and fancy satellite truck. The opening speakers represented a solid mix of viewpoints, with Yolanda Hippensteele, Josh Silver and Robert McChesney (all of Free Press) introducing Adriene Maree Brown from Ruckus Society (who was on Democracy Now! on Friday LISTEN HERE), Lawrence Lessig of Change Congress and Rep. Keith Ellison from here in Minnesota.

In the Free Speech TV lunch room, I had the opportunity to speak with Denis Moynihan and his mom. Last month, he was featured on DN! announcing he was leaving the organization to run FSTV. I spoke with him on mic, and will feature the interview on Digital Crossroads June 13th. I didn’t ask Amy Goodman to do an interview, but she is really excited about Boise Community Radio.

After lunch I kicked it with Erin Gentry at the panel on hip hop community organizing. I hope to play audio from this event on the show, featuring Julie C from 206Zulu and Reclaim the Media, Rosa Clemente from R.E.A.C.HipHop, Shamako Noble (past guest on Crossroads) of Hip Hop Congress, JR Fleming of Coalition to Protect Housing, and Toki Wright of Yo! the Movement from here in Minneapolis.

The next panel I saw was organized by the Future of Music Coalition, looking at new music services and the music industry bottom line. It was hosted by Ann Chaitovitz, the chief at Future of Music, and featured Peter Gordon of Thirsty Ear Records. They both said they would do interviews on an upcoming show. I’m curious to follow up with Peter because he said Sound Exchange, the royalty collection agency, is not as bad as I think.

Bryan Calhoun, who does A&R and new media development for Kanye West and Ludacris talked about widgets and other tools for artist promotion. Plus, Stic.Man of DeadPrez was a surprise guest on the panel and said he was there to learn too, describing his goal as “seeing how to pimp the system even more harder.” He talked about “putting the power in your hands, and no middle man.”

The consensus on the panel is that America needs to preserve network neutrality, because e-commerce shouldn’t be controlled like the physical market. Speaking from the audience, Future of Music’s Michael Bracy said Time Warner’s proposed pay-as-you-use plan could be okay, but the key is protecting the “nondiscriminatory nature” of the web in terms of content.

At this point I went to the packed 24th floor of the Hyatt for a Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting and Institute for Public Accuracy party with free beer. Nobody seemed to have a problem drinking Coors-produced brew as long as somebody else was paying. I talked to Alexandra Peterson from Media Education Foundation and Sam Husseini from Institute for Public Accuracy.

There was an awesome party at a place called The News Room, thrown by Media & Democracy Coalition and others. The free drinks flowed and I met a lot of cool people including Nan Rubin, who is kind of a queen of grassroots radio organizing and Stan Lyles from SEIU United Health Workers West.

After catching some grub at Pancho Villa on Eat Street, I caught up with blogger and video activist Josh Wolf. He talked to me off the record about his thoughts on shield laws and his run for mayor in San Francisco. I’m hoping to interview him this weekend or very soon.

So many business cards to follow up on. Thanks Free Press! This is great!

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