While You Were Watching The Oscars

The Ethan Bearman Show

 

While you were wondering about how Seth Macfarlane made Tommy Lee Jones smile at the Oscars, The Ethan Bearman Show was making fellers think all across America.

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Here is a little of what happened on the show:

• Sequestration
• Navy Seal who shot Osama Bin Laden is destitute and essentially abandoned by our government.
• Interview with Karen & Colin Archipley, founders of Archi’s Acres and VSAT
• Facebook, Google, Apple and nearly every large multinational corporation pays almost no corporate tax. Even though it is legal, is it ethical? How do they do it?
• A U.S. tire magnate didn’t just reject a French request, he verbally blasted them too.
• Egypt fills the Gaza smuggling tunnels with sewage. Where are the protests and flotillas?
• You thought the meteorite and asteroid were exciting, what until you hear what is coming later this year!

It’s A Disgrace

The Ethan Bearman Show

 

The Navy Seal who shot Osama Bin Laden is destitute and essentially abandoned by our government. Is this right? What is the level of support we should provide all of our combat veterans?

And when our veteran’s come home, how do they adapt back to civilian life and find a job? I will speak with Karen & Colin Archipley of Archi’s Acres,  founders and creators of the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program.

Facebook, Google, Apple and nearly every large multinational corporation pays almost no corporate tax. Even though it is legal, is it ethical? How do they do it?

A U.S. tire magnate didn’t just reject a French request, he verbally blasted them too.

Egypt fills the Gaza smuggling tunnels with sewage. Where are the protests and flotillas?

You thought the meteorite and asteroid were exciting, what until you hear what is coming later this year!

Plus your phone calls and so much more.

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show, Sundays 4-6 pm Pacific, 5-7 pm Mountain, 6-8 pm Central, 7-9 pm Eastern on your favorite talk radio station or online at http://goo.gl/3Bbba

The studio number to call in during the show is 1-800-259-5791 or email me:  radio@ethanbearman.com

If your local station doesn’t carry the show yet, please be sure to call and ask for them to broadcast The Ethan Bearman Show on Sunday evenings!

Click HERE  for a complete listing of affiliates and ways to listen to the shows

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Your Words, Not Mine

The Ethan Bearman Show

To what extent does the First Amendment free speech guarantee extend to media and journalists? I will discuss this important topic with Gary L. Bostwick, esq. He is one of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the First Amendment area and a leading media and entertainment attorney.

Did President Obama set forth a new agenda with his State Of The Union address? What made sense and what did not.

Need a telephone or mobile phone? Just tell the government you need one, no proof necessary…

Don’t like the TSA and security? Simply become Kanye and Kim.

New news in carbon and methane sources which will surprise you and, apparently, will surprise the IPCC as well.

Plus your phone calls and so much more.

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show, Sundays 4-6 pm Pacific, 5-7 pm Mountain, 6-8 pm Central, 7-9 pm Eastern on your favorite talk radio station or online at http://goo.gl/3Bbba

The studio number to call in during the show is 1-800-259-5791 or email me:  radio@ethanbearman.com

If your local station doesn’t carry the show yet, please be sure to call and ask for them to broadcast The Ethan Bearman Show on Sunday evenings!

Click HERE  for a complete listing of affiliates and ways to listen to the shows

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Change Your Passwords Now

ChangePasswordsNowSince the first computer virus was created in 1982, everyone who uses a computer has needed to take precautions to safeguard data and sensitive personal information.

Endless streams of stories about hacks of government sites, the Federal Reserve, major industries, and both large and small banks should all keep you on edge. Websites you use like Facebook, LinkedIn, eHarmony, and last.fm have all suffered from attacks which potentially stole your passwords.

These are just the latest in a long history of sites being attacked and passwords compromised.

Those attacks are not all. Your friends on Facebook start posting weird messages due to their account being compromised, you find out that another friend has been abducted in London and needs money wired, that the UN has millions of dollars waiting and you could be of help and get a percentage, or you get another email from your “bank” asking for personal information.

You can never let your guard down or you too could be taken.

Change your passwords right now. It is likely that you have not changed them in a long time, you use a weak password, or a combination of the two.

Too difficult to remember all of your passwords? There are tools to help you besides sticky notes on the side of your monitor.

Protect your passwords using software like Password Safe1Password, or Password Gorilla. Those applications are a securely encrypted safe in which to store all of your passwords. Use the random password generator in the software for creating your passwords.

When you use software like those three, use an entire password phrase as the master password. Something you can remember like the old “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”, but make sure to use spaces and capital letters, even use the quotation marks if you’d like.

In all applications and all websites always use a password, never use a default password, the longer the password the better, don’t use the same password in multiple sensitive places, and protect your passwords.

Here are some basic rules:
•        Always use a password, never let a password be blank
•        Always change a password immediately after receiving one that was given to you
•        Use as many characters as possible when creating a password, don’t just use eight use 16 or 20 or more
•        Use different passwords everywhere, at least for sensitive information like banks or anywhere they might store your credit card information

Since email and HTML (the language of the web) were created prior to the commercialization of the Internet, security was not a primary concern. As a result spoofing and phishing are possible. Phishing emails are the number one source of hackers getting your personal information and making your computer part of a zombie botnet. Spoofing is when an email appears to come from a source other than the true source.

The most common spoofing and phishing attacks are fake emails from a bank, the IRS, or the Social Security Administration. These emails are made to look identical to one from the bank and if you click the link in the email, it will take you to a website that looks just like the bank as well. But beware, look carefully in the address bar of your web browser, it will not actually be bankofamerica.com (for example). The criminals ask for your personal information and then use it to steal from you and the bank.

Here are a few other basic security principles:
•        Never directly click a link in an email message, always copy and paste or type the address
•        Do not download a file from a website or an email message unless you are 100% sure of the source
•        Do not buy software from a questionable source as it may contain a virus, worm, or spyware

The moral of the story is to trust but always verify and to change your passwords regularly. Go forth, be safe, and enjoy the world of technology.

Happy Valentine’s Day

shutterstock_93446434Happy Valentine’s Day 2013!

Our world needs more love. Love for your spouse, your partner, your parents, your brothers, your sisters, your children, your neighbors, your strangers.

A little more love will lead to more understanding and patience, which leads to more peace and happiness.

Let’s practice a little extra love today!

In the words of the author Robert A. Heinlein, “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

 

Carmel Controversy Continues

Intrigue

First amendment protected free speech or defamation?

Monday and Tuesday this week on KSCO Presents, I covered the story out of Carmel, CA that made international headlines, such as The Daily Mail from the U.K., “Outrage as newspaper brands lingerie models ‘sluts’ in protest at them staging a fashion show in affluent California town.“ A tequila and lingerie modeling party at Vesuvio’s restaurant to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament has caused a major ruckus.

The publisher of The Carmel Pine Cone, Paul Miller, kindly joined me on the air Monday to discuss the article his writer, Mary Schley, wrote titled, “Hardy: Vesuvio tequila party ‘disgusting’ and ‘appalling’” His claims regarding the headline, the jump line, and photograph, as being First Amendment and California SLAPP statute protected speech are now being challenged.

I had requested both the citizen, Carolyn Hardy, and the owner of Racey Promotions, Amber Phillips, to join me on the air to present their sides of the story.

I never did hear back from Carolyn Hardy, but Amber Phillips and I had a nice conversation about her joining me on-air. She did notify me that she needed to check with her attorneys first. About 30 minutes before showtime, I received an email from Amber that she and her model would not be able to discuss the topic at that time.

On the show, I voiced my disappointment that her attorneys blocked her appearance. Are lawyers always such a bummer? After berating her attorneys over the airwaves and the fact that maybe I should go to law school after nailing the LSAT, I received a message from Amber that she could join me another day.

Today, Wednesday, I received word that Amber’s attorneys were trying to get in touch with me. Not waiting, I immediately called Lindsey Savage, Associate Attorney at Parravano Witten PC. She stated that they had a statement to issue and would send it via e-mail.

Well here it is for all of you to catch up on the other side’s argument. Do you think the attorneys are right claiming damage or is The Carmel Pine Cone publisher Paul Miller within his rights as a media outlet?

Following is the statement in its entirety:

For Immediate Release
 February 13, 2013

 Contact:
 Jeannette Witten
 Tel: 831-373-0486
 legal@parravanowitten.com www.parravanowitten.com

PARRAVANO WITTEN LAW FIRM RESPONDS ON BEHALF OF YOUNG WOMEN DEFAMED IN ‘THE CARMEL PINE CONE’

Sexist Comments and Reckless Journalism Smacks of Libel

Carmel, CA - Attorney Jeannette Witten of Parravano Witten PC is speaking on behalf of several young women from California’s Central Coast. The young women, most of whom are full time students, became newsworthy after a free weekly newspaper plastered a photograph of them on its front page, with a caption below their photograph labeling them “whores and sluts,” and a jump caption, ‘See SLUTSpage 23A’ directly above their photograph.

The photograph and offensive labeling was splashed on the front page of the February 8-13, 2013 issue of “The Carmel Pine Cone.” The story, “Hardy: Vesuvio tequila party ‘disgusting’ and ‘appalling’” included references to the young women as “whores and sluts.”  Although the jump word for every front page article in the issue included a word pulled from the relating headline, the paper instead chose to use the offensive jump word, “SLUTS” for this story.

The offending Pine Cone story purported to report on a “brouhaha” instigated by Carmel resident Carolyn Hardy.  Hardy reportedly took issue with a private party taking place at Vesuvio’s restaurant, in Carmel.  The party, a fundraiser for victims of hurricane Sandy, was promoted in part by Racey Promotions, a local promotional company.  Hardy reportedly pulled multiple photographs of young women from the Facebook page of Racey Promotions and emailed the photos of the women, with the subject, “This is Disgusting” to various individuals.  The Pine Cone then chose to publish the photograph Hardy provided, along with parts of Hardy’s letter, without confirming who the women were or whether any of them actually attended or promoted the party.  Further, the Pine Cone did not obtain permission from the owner of the photograph before running it.

“If the Pine Cone or Hardy had bothered to find out anything at all about these women, they would have found intelligent, kind, caring, beautiful young women who believe in giving back to their community. They would have found daughters, sisters, mothers, students and young professionals.  They would have found women who promote and organize charity events, fundraisers, beach cleanups, food drives,” said Witten.

The Pine Cone could have posted the letter from Hardy to the City Council as an open letter.  The Pine Cone could have investigated into the details behind the photograph or contacted the women for a response. The Pine Cone could have reached out to the owner of the photo, to request permission to use the image. Instead, the Pine Cone chose to abandon industry standards involving fact-checking and clearances and sensationalized the letter, generating a front page news story where none existed.

The law surrounding this issue balances two important concerns. The Pine Cone and Hardy have a right to engage in free speech; but the young women in the photo also have rights.  They have the right to be free from untrue attacks on their reputation.  They have the right to express themselves through clothing and photography.   Hardy’s references to these young women as “whores and sluts,” went too far.  And when the Pine Cone placed a defamatory and offensive word directly above a photo of these young women, it too crossed a line.

The impact of the presentation of Hardy’s words in the Pine Cone is severe and offensive.  The juxtaposition of the jump word and the photograph of the young women is such that unification of the word and the photograph is inevitable and unavoidable. The decision of the Pine Cone to publish their report in this manner exposed the young women to ridicule, shame and embarrassment. No woman should be subjected to this type of attack on her reputation whether wearing an evening gown or a bathing suit.

The Pine Cone must be held accountable for its recklessness.  The paper’s actions have adversely impacted the lives of these young women living, learning and volunteering in our community. The Pine Cone went too far, stampeding the tenets of protected free speech and recklessly trampling these women’s rights to privacy and freedom from unfair and unwarranted attacks on their reputation.

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Racey Promotions Rebuttal

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Yesterday’s show received overwhelming feedback on my interview with The Carmel Pine Cone publisher Paul Miller and the tequila/lingerie model party story in Carmel. Today I will talk to the owner of Racey Promotions, Amber Phillips and hear her side of this story. And so much more!

Noon to 2 p.m. Pacific Time today at KSCO AM 1080, listen online at http://goo.gl/2IJBL

Keep those great calls coming in at 831-479-1080, email eb@ksco.com, send me messages on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ethanbearmanshow or Twitter @EthanBearman

If you miss it, want to hear it again, or share with a friend, all shows are available for listening online or mp3 download at the podcast site HERE.

What Happened During The Pebble Beach Pro-Am?

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You will not believe what happened, from a jewelry heist to a tequila and lingerie party making international headlines. So much news to discuss!

Noon to 2 p.m. Pacific Time today at KSCO AM 1080, listen online at http://goo.gl/2IJBL

Keep those great calls coming in at 831-479-1080, email eb@ksco.com and send me messages on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ethanbearmanshow

If you miss it, want to hear it again, or share with a friend, all shows are available for listening online or mp3 download at the podcast site HERE.

You Don’t Get It

The Ethan Bearman Show

 

Due process is no longer applicable in drone warfare, according to the latest news out of the Obama administration. Professor Avner Cohen, Senior Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, author of Israel and the Bomb, and I will discuss.

Conversely, the president rightfully overruled the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency regarding sending weapons to Syrian rebels. Listen to hear the story.

How tough is it to get guns from people who illegal possess them?

I always said diet soda wasn’t good for us. New science confirms that statement.

Genetically modified seed yields are dropping. Are GMO foods worth the price?

Plus your phone calls and so much more.

Tune in to The Ethan Bearman Show, Sundays 4-6 pm Pacific, 5-7 pm Mountain, 6-8 pm Central, 7-9 pm Eastern on your favorite talk radio station or online at http://goo.gl/3Bbba

The studio number to call in during the show is 1-800-259-5791 or email me:  radio@ethanbearman.com

If your favorite station doesn’t carry the show yet, please be sure to call and ask for them to broadcast The Ethan Bearman Show on Sunday evenings!

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Published in the Santa Cruz Good Times

Santa Cruz Good TimesCheck out my latest piece, “Political Parties and Post Partisan Politics” at the Santa Cruz Good Times!

Have you ever felt like our politicians in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. are never getting anything done? It’s gridlock baby and it’s our own fault.

There is a deep-seated human need to identify with a group and see other groups as the enemy. We haven’t evolved much from the Stone Age. It’s one of the reasons sports are so popular—I have my team to cheer for and everybody else is the opposition to be defeated.

The duopoly that we call our political system today with the Democrats and Republicans fits cleanly into this deep psychological need that we have. Sadly, it has devolved into something akin to sport or even warfare. And the Internet, with the anonymity of attacks, has sharpened the edge of the divide.

Every one of you shaking your head that it is only the other side that acts that way needs to bring your head back into the delightfully warm sunlight (while dodging the chemtrails) and realize that your side—whatever it may be—engages in this counterproductive behavior too.

Click HERE to continue reading

 

Post Office Cutting Back

USPS Delivery Truck

The beleaguered United States Post Office (USPS) is making a reasonable business move in their latest announcement. I agree with canceling Saturday mail delivery. The surprising part is the news that packages will still be delivered on Saturday, just not first class mail.

We have all been hearing about the budget shortfalls facing the USPS for years. People not writing letters due to technology, competition from UPS and Fedex, and spiraling costs due to generous defined benefit pensions are all responsible for the budgeting problems.

And for those that claim the Post Office should privatize, I say no. Not only do we already have competition in the marketplace, but the Post Office is a function of government as defined in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution:

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

More from the Press Release 13-019:

The United States Postal Service announced plans today to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5, 2013 that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday. The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented. 
“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and CEO. “We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”
The Postal Service is currently implementing major restructuring throughout its retail, delivery and mail processing operations. Since 2006, the Postal Service has reduced its annual cost base by approximately $15 billion, reduced the size of its career workforce by 193,000 or 28 percent, and has consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations. During these unprecedented initiatives, the Postal Service continued to deliver record high levels of service to its customers.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Amazing Big Wave Surfing Footage

I still have never surfed in my life, but I appreciate nearly any sport when the best in the world get together.

The Mavericks Invitational big wave surfing spectacular was recently held in Half Moon Bay, California. The predictions were for up to 60 foot waves this year! Those size waves weren’t realized but some spectacular surfing still took place.

Take a look at the amazing footage from champion Peter Mel’s board, it is absolutely breathtaking.

Tantalizing Tuesday Talk Radio

KSCO AM 1080Michael Dell is buying back his company from all of us, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano calls the U.S. border with Mexico a safe border, and dogs off-leash are killing people.

Noon to 2 p.m. Pacific Time today at KSCO AM 1080, listen online at http://goo.gl/H7Kzl

Keep those great calls coming in at 831-479-1080, email eb@ksco.com and send me messages on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ethanbearmanshow

If you miss it, want to hear it again, or share with a friend, all shows are available for listening online or mp3 download at the podcast site HERE.

 

Latest Talker’s Piece Published Today

TalkersTalkers magazine has published my latest industry piece today! And check out the glowing introduction - ”One of the brightest young news/talk hosts on the rise today, Ethan Bearman of KSCO, Santa Cruz and Genesis Communications Network shares the story of his recent adventure in simple-yet-effective remote broadcasting in which he conveniently packed a bag of all the gear necessary to capture an interview with a Times of London reporter under the tightest of security restrictions at the Houses of Parliament in London to get an international perspective on the American presidential election.”

A Talk Show Host Nerd’s Adventure in Expedient Remote Broadcasting

What happens when you mix a nerd and talk radio broadcaster who loves politics and current events?
During the presidential election last fall I saw many posts on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs all over the web sharing international opinions regarding our vote. And I thought, “How do I tap into that information in a manner that is different from everybody else?”
Go to where those opinions are originating.

Click the link to read the rest of the article.