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Season Four

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IKTV 405 - The Future Of Community Media In Tucson

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PEG had three of its six channels removed from the air by COX Communications in direct contravention to the Tucson Cooperative Cable Corporation Charter, Channel 12 had to move from the APM facility at UA to the TCCC basement, Access Tucson has had its funding stolen by the city, had its days of operation cut from seven to two, and had a staffing reduction of ten plus to three.  Now in July, Access Tucson's channels are being cut down to just one, due to a law paseed by the AZ Legislature.  What will it take to restore the funding and the proper role of community television and other media outlets to Tucson?  New Tucson mayor Jonathan Rothschild (he's a Rothschild) could obviously care less, since even his secretary failed to return my calls and emails about appearing on this show, and I'm sure he would be much happier if community broadcasting did not exist at all, anywhere. 
All six Tucson City Council members, to their credit, did return my calls eventually, although all six claimed to have "prior engagements", as quite inexplicably, did any member of LPFM in Tucson. 
Personally, I find it baffling that at least the TCC Dems and the LPFM guys would not want to find the time to make an appearance, although it just shows their priorities. 
In the Season Four finale, we will discuss what all of us can do to get our voices heard, whether on television, KXCI, APM/NPR, low power FM, on the InterTubes (IndyMedia), in city council, and online.
Guests: Lisa Horner, John Kromko
Running Time: 0:58:30
Air Date: 16 June 2012
Video is currently in post-production

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“For I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me”
  -- Thomas Jefferson


“"And what does it amount to?" said Satan, with his evil chuckle.  "Nothing at all.  You gain nothing; you always come out where you went in.  For a million years the race has gone on monotonously propagating itself and monotonously reperforming this dull nonsense--to what end?  No wisdom can guess!  Who gets a profit out of it?
"Nobody but a parcel of usurping little monarchs and nobilities who despise you; would feel defiled if you touched them; would shut the door in your face if you proposed to call; whom you slave for, fight for, die for, and are not ashamed of it, but proud; whose existence is a perpetual insult to you and you are afraid to resent it; who are mendicants supported by your alms, yet assume toward you the airs of benefactor toward beggar; who address you in the language of master to slave, and are answered in in the language of slave to master; who are worshiped by you with your mouth, while in your heart -- if you have one -- you despise yourselves for it.
"The first man was hypocrite and a coward, qualities which have not yet failed in his line; it is the foundation upon which all civilizations have been built.  Drink to their perpetuation!  Drink to their augmentation!  Drink to--" Then he saw by our faces how much we were hurt, and he cut his sentence short and stopped chuckling.”

  -- Samuel Langhorne Clemens, from "The Mysterious Stranger"


“I have lived perfectly well within this society; why cannot these oliogarchs and same misanthropes do as such then?  It is not because of any particular behavior for one sociological manner; rather it is solely caused by the lack of means and those resources to the great many which are foisted particularly by those which do not lack the same.  We have all faced the serpect sick and we know what it is, who it is and where it is, moreover, we all know what is better.  The question we need to ask these days is whether we are able to appreciate this and contribute.  Perhaps more pressing is that we must now, please keep track of each others' whereabouts: regardless of the presence of GITMO DELTA-4, we must assume that we all oblige to perform in our best.  While the shame of our collective nod to the perpetuation of subjugation and torture still happens, it needs to stop immediately, so this next becomes the most important.  The place in this world bears no more space for those ideologues of bigotry nor hatred.  The ancient thought that a betterment of one family or race or strain is somehow purity, that is now obviously not only quaint, but incorrect and patently obtuse and averse from reality.  The old lines are no longer to be sanely held.  We shall not now and ought not to ever more be alone.  I do not want to be this, only in, that only I am this; it is necessary this entire world needs to share that this immutable truth must be known, because, we all of everyone, we do collectively hold the highest and so care about our future, even when it is not our own.  If you will pick any one of the 3600 to stop, please pick ALL OF THEM and make EVERYONE THE CAUSE.”
  -- Michael Oatman  --  19 December 2019