Why Phil Knight’s eulogy of Paterno was so problematic

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

In Knight, we also have someone who pays college coaches a fortune so “student-athletes” can wear and by extension advertise their products. We have someone who ploughs millions to the University of Oregon football program funding state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, while the school endures terrible cuts. We have someone who ...

Reducing US spending? Cut the military budget

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

From Just Foreign Policy: FCNL has established a toll-free number: 1-877-429-0678. Urge your Rep. and/or Senators to press the Supercommittee to end the wars and cut the military budget. In talking to your Rep., urge support for the Lee-Campbell bipartisan letter to the Super Committee on cutting military spending.

AT&T to cap competing video services (or why we need net neutrality)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Lauren Weinstein has dug behind the newly announced DSL caps on AT&T to note the exemption for U-verse content (i.e. the in-house video service). This, of course, is exactly the sort of anti-competitive behaviour that net neutrality rules are meant to prevent.

Mixed employment numbers in US

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Interesting analysis from CQ Roll Call about the latest employment numbers in the US: What’s also clear is that the GOP’s spending-cut policies may limit overall improvement in the job market. While the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 1.3 million new jobs created over the past 12 months, ...

GEO wins tuition waiver security! Pickets suspended!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

In a successful 2-day strike - the first by a union local at the University of Illinois in 10-years, and one of the largest in the history of graduate unions in the US - the GEO has secured a commitment to retain tuition waivers for graduate employees. The University had ...

US healthcare debate trundles on

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

My ICR colleague Andrew Kennis has a fairly comprehensive overview of the US healthcare situation at Al Jazeera.net, drawing in part on an interview with Wendell Potter, but with far more facts and figures, from a range of sources, drawn together. A good primer for those who've been out of ...

Interesting statistics on station numbers in the US

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

From RadioWorld: "There are a total of 30,473 licensed U.S. broadcast stations. That’s as of June 30, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Of that total, 14,355 are radio stations, breaking down as 4,789 AMs, 6,460 FM commercial and 3,106 FM non-commercial. Another 858 LPFMs are counted separately."

Healthcare provision in the United States

Monday, July 21st, 2008

The American Federation of Teachers - with which my union, the GEO, is affiliated - has voted to endorse a bill to provide Universal Healthcare in the United States: HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system in the U.S. by expanding a greatly improved Medicare system to every resident. HR ...

FCC developments on LPFM

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Below are the comments I submitted to the FCC as part of their second notice of proposed rule-making on LPFM:My name is Andrew Ó Baoill, and I am station manager of WRFU-LP, a radio station in Urbana, IL, that is one of the beneficiaries and progeny of the LPFM licensing ...