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The Personal Computer Radio Show – 12.21.17

Personal Computer Show Wednesday, December 20th 2017 Broadcast PRN.fm on the INTERNET 6:00 PM ET IN THE NEWS: FCC ACTS TO RESTORE INTERNET FREEDOM Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us? A Huge Security Hole In AT&T DirecTV Gives Hackers An Easy Route To Spy On Your Home T-Mobile to Launch Pay-TV Service FEATURE SEGMENTS Wearable …

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Nika Knight – Facing Right-Wing Future, Local-Level Resistance to Trump Agenda Swells

Around the country, people who woke up on November 9 shocked and galvanized by the election results are forming new local organizations and networks to resist president-elect Donald Trump’s right-wing agenda. Many of those getting involved on the local level are entirely new to political organizing, testifying to the powerful and frightening shift represented by the ascendance of an administration …

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Katherine Burton – The Golden Era of Hedge Funds Draws to a Close With Clients in Revolt

Drinks flowed as hedge fund titan Robert Mercer, dressed as Mandrake the Magician, partied with Donald Trump, dressed as, well, Donald Trump. The occasion that early December evening was Mercer’s 2016 holiday costume party, an intimate gathering of 250 at his Long Island estate. This year’s theme: “Villains and Heroes.” In Trump, Mercer and his fellow hedge funders had much …

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Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott – These Professors Make More Than a Thousand Bucks an Hour Peddling Mega-Mergers

IF THE GOVERNMENT ENDS UP approving the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger, credit won’t necessarily belong to the executives, bankers, lawyers, and lobbyists pushing for the deal. More likely, it will be due to the professors. A serial acquirer, AT&T must persuade the government to allow every major deal. Again and again, the company has relied on economists from America’s …

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Insight – MILLIONS FOR HIRE WITH VAST ABILITIES…”THE BOSS” BREAKS OWN MARATHON CONCERT RECORD AND GOLD MEDAL PARALYMPIAN TO CRANK UP THE RIO HEAT – 09.01.16

Bruce Springsteen’s shows are unparalleled for many reasons including performance time that he so graciously gives adoring fans. I think his 4 plus hour shows are equally fulfilling for him as much as his fans as it’s evident just how elated he is performing in front of fellow New Jerseyians. Hear clips from the 8/30/16 show that where he proved it ALL night long why no other musician can match his shows!

Cable Customers Beware: This Mega-Merger Just Created a ‘Price-Gouging’ Monster

The maligned merger between Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks is complete, which means the three companies have now become the country’s second-largest cable provider, despite months of warnings from consumer and open internet advocates who assailed it as the creation of a ‘price-gouging’ monster. Charter ultimately paid $55 million to purchase Time Warner Cable and $10.4 billion for …

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Richard Smith – Anyone Want to Buy Deutsche Bank?

Serial capital raiser Deutsche Bank (which tapped the markets first here in 2008 and then, oopsie, we’re still a little bit short of the readies again here in 2014) is telling anyone who’ll listen that it really doesn’t need any more capital. But who knows? Over to Deutsche’s regional head of Group Audit: Mr Roesch, the regional head of Group Audit, set out, in an …

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Making Science History – Jim Hightower

We’ve all seen those touchy-feely TV ads with baby deer, butterflies, and sylvan streams — claiming that some big corporate polluter is nature’s best friend. There’s a word for such hokum: greenwashing. Leave it to the Koch brothers, however, to invent a whole new category of greenwashing. Doling out millions of their oil-smeared greenbacks, David and Charles Koch have been …

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The Big Chill: How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money

Not long ago I was asked to speak to a religious congregation about widening inequality. Shortly before I began, the head of thecongregation asked that I not advocate raising taxes on the wealthy. He said he didn’t want to antagonize certain wealthycongregants on whose generosity the congregation depended. I had a similar exchange last year with the president of a …

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Who Supports Comcast-Time Warner Merger? Follow the Money

With cable giant Comcast still hoping to receive a federal blessing for its bid to acquire Time Warner Cable, currently its largest rival, the lobbying blitz is in full swing to sway lawmakers and federal regulators that the mega-merger will not, as critics charge, negatively impact consumers by further monopolizing an already highly-concentrated sector. Known for having one of the …