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Thursday October 23, 2014

INGRID NEWKIRK OF PETA II - Mitch Perry

The animal rights group PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, frequently creates controversy in order to get their animal rights message into the news.

Perhaps their most controversial campaign was when the group directly compared farm-animal slaughter to the Nazi Holocaust.

Called, "Holocaust on your Plate," it invoked immediate outrage. It consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each showing photos of factory farms next to photos from Nazi death camps. Abe F...

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INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING - Mitch Perry

Earlier this month, WMNF reported that the Green Party of Hillsborough County was working to get a Tampa City Councilmember involved in sponsoring legislation that would bring Instant-Run off Voting, or IRV, to local elections.

Within the next couple of weeks, advocates for Instant Run-Off Voting, are now hoping to meet in front of the Sarasota City Commission.

IRV is a method of electing a single winner. It provides an alternative to plurality and runoff elections. In a plur...

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TAMPA AREA TENANTS ALLIANCE FORMING-Andrew Stelzer

Earlier this month, WMNF reported on residents of the Cinnamon Cove apartments in North Tampa, along 15th street, south of 125th Avenue. They were having trouble getting their landlord to do proper repairs and maintenance.

ACT-Santoro “They either flat refuse the repair, or say they will and then don’t, or when they get there, they dot do it correctly…

Bob Santoro is a resident of Cinnamon Cover apartments; he says for the past 2 and a half years they have...

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HOW THE RISE OF CHINA AS A SUPERPOWER CHALLENGES AMERICA AND THE WORLD - Radioactivity

Ted Fishman talks about his new book CHINA INC: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World (Scribner). China is on track to be the world’s leading manufacturing company by 2012, yet few Americans have any idea about its dramatic rise. How could they? Nothing like this has ever happened before. What will happen when China can make nearly everything that the U.S. and Europe can, at one-third of the cost? It's a dangerous question that not everyone wants answer...

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WMNF MEETS TO HEAR COMMUNITY WEIGH IN ON CANCELLING OF STRAIGHT TALK - Mitch Perry

Last night the Board of Directors at WMNF held their monthly meeting, where they heard the last formal grievance by Connie Burton. Burton’s 6 year tenure on the public affairs program “Straight Talk “ ended last month, when the staff of WMNF canceled the show, saying that as host, she was in violation of parts of the station’s mission statement.

On the first weekday of programming in the station’s new building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, d...

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PETA CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF BENETTON FOR CRUELTY TO SHEEP-Andrew Stelzer

People for the Ethical treatment of animals, or PETA has launched a campaign against the Australian wool industry, because of how the treat sheep.

SOUND “Most sheep in Australia are Marino sheep, in a cruel effort to reduce infestation, they conduct meulsing, and with no pain relief carve from their legs an rum,

this new video by PETA is available at savethesheep.com

SOUNDv Farmers carve away the flesh this is supposed to create a scar, but it gets infected a...

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INGRID NEWKIRK OF PETA I - Mitch Perry

The animal rights group PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, frequently creates controversy in order to get their animal rights message into the news.

Perhaps their most controversial campaign was when the group directly compared farm-animal slaughter to the Nazi Holocaust.

Called, "Holocaust on your Plate," it invoked immediate outrage. It consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each showing photos of factory farms next to photos from Nazi death camps. Abe F...

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THE HISTORY OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE - Radioactivity

Since 1992, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn has served as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution's religious liberty provisions (www.au.org). Lynn discussed recent controversies involving the Ten Commandments, prayer in schools, faith based initiatives and the growing influence of conservative Christians in the Republican Party.

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LIBRARIANS DISCUSS THE PATRIOT ACT AND CIVIL LIBERTIES-Andrew Stelzer

Last week, more than 40 college, private and public librarians from throughout west central Florida came to Stetson university college of Law to learn about how the patriot act effects their ability to serve the public. Section 215 of the patriot act allows the FBI to request lists of books that people have checked out; the discussion also touched on internet filters that have been placed on library computers. Kathy Hoeth, the incoming chair of the Florida library associations intellectual ...

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MARCH IN NEW PORT RICHEY COMMEMORATES "BLOODY SUNDAY. " Mark Antokas

INTRO: As part of its diversity program, the New Port Richey library organized, along with community activists, a half mile march on Saturday, to commemorate the “Bloody Sunday� march held forty years ago in Selma Alabama. Martin Luther King Jr. and others marched into Selma to bring attention to racial injustice, intimidation and violence against blacks in their efforts to register to vote. Blacks and whites marched in Saturday’s event to remember those days forty years ag...

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