The State of Local Talk Radio

From the Talkers 2014 conference in New York City, Ethan introduces the panel moderated by David Bernstein, featuring Jerry Crowley, Mike Baxendale, Lee Harris, McGraw Milhaven, Larry Young:



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Big Weekend of Independence Day Shows

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The Independence Day weekend will start off with a bang! CBS Radio Philadelphia, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, has invited me to do a show from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the Fourth of July! What could be better than doing a show in the actual city where the Second Continental Congress met and ratified the Declaration of Independence?!? Click HERE to listen to WPHT online.

Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time is the Ethan Bearman Program on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco. Dr. Kevin R.C. Gutzman will join me on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.to discuss the historical implications of that risky move by our founding fathers. Sunday at 4:30 p.m. will be interviews with the latest victims of the Injection Drug User (IDU) needle epidemic in Santa Cruz. Click HERE to listen to KSFO online.

Then Monday and Tuesday from 5 to 9 a.m. Pacific Time, I’ll be guest hosting for Brian Sussman on the KSFO morning show with Katie Green and Sheri Yee.

Thank you all for your support and spread the word!

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Did You Know About The Shows?

Tune in all weekend for shows from Ethan!

Listen to Ethan’s local show, the Ethan Bearman Program, on Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco, 4 pm to 7 pm Pacific Time Saturday and Sunday, online at KSFO’s website, studio number is (415)808-5600 

Listen for interviews with Carson Bruno regarding California’s election, 2-time Iraq war vet with extensive combat experience Sergeant Mike Ergo, VP of the national border patrol counsel Shawn Moran regarding the influx of children, and Professor Corey Cook of the University of San Francisco regarding the Eric Cantor loss.

And then the Ethan Bearman Show with the latest in national and international current events, trends, and politics. Interviews with:

  • Dr. Lanhee Chen, research fellow at The Hoover Institution, faculty member public policy program at Stanford University,  Bloomberg View columnist, policy director for Mitt Romney 2012, regarding the Eric Cantor loss and what this means to Republicans regarding Immigration Reform
  • Tom Fairless, reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Brussels, Belgium, regarding the EU Commission investigation into Apple, Starbucks, etc. and abuse of the tax code
  • Frank J. Granett, R.ph., director of clinical pharmacy operations at Behavioral Center of Michigan Psychiatric Hospital, author of “The American Epidemic: Solutions for Over-medicating Our Youth”, founder of Coalition Against Over Medicating Our Youth (CAOOY)

On the Genesis Communications Network nationwide 7-9 pm Eastern, 6-8 pm Central, 5-7 pm Mountain, 4-6 pm Pacific on your favorite talk radio station or online

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 

Welcome the Ethan Bearman Show’s Newest Affiliate – KBYR

Please welcome KBYR AM 700 in Anchorage, Alaska, simulcasting on 88.5 FM Kuparuk, AK and 100.1 FM Arco Base Camp, AK! When visiting Alaska, please be sure to tune in to the syndicated Ethan Bearman Show on Sundays from 6 to 8 pm Alaska Time.

This is also the station that carries Tech Talk with Ethan Bearman every other Wednesday morning at 6:45 am during the Morning News and Comment with Glen Biegel.

New Show on 560 KSFO – The Ethan Bearman Program

Listen to the Ethan Bearman Program every Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time on the Bay Area’s finest talk radio station, Hot Talk 560 KSFO! Tune in for a unique take on local and statewide topics, alongside interviews with thought leaders around the country. 

If you are not in the listening are or prefer an online experience, visit www.ksfo.com for the Mobile App available on iTunes, Google Play for Android, or Amazon Kindle, plus live streaming to your PC or Mac.

Thank you Cumulus Media!

How to Cut Carbon Emissions and Not the Economy

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President Obama has directed the EPA to issue new rules to the 600 coal burning power plants in the United States. This fiat move under the Clean Air Act is intended to reduce carbon emissions 30% and allow the U.S. to meet United Nations negotiated carbon emissions from 2009.

Needless to say, coal states have cried foul and the Chamber of Commerce says this will negatively impact our economy to the tune of $50 billion per year.

Keep in mind that the U.S. has already reduced carbon emissions from the 2005 benchmark of 6 billion metric tons of CO2 to 5.29 billion metric tons of CO2 in 2012 (source: USDOE), mostly through the switch to cheap natural gas.

I want clean air and clean water for me and my children as much as anyone.

Coal is a dirty fuel source. It creates pollution during mining, pollution during transport, pollution during the energy production, and pollution in the waste storage.

Coal is the number one source of toxic mercury pollution. Mercury is an acute neurotoxin that builds up in the environment and builds up in your body over time. Coal is also a major source of sulfur dioxide pollution.

But is this the right move? Are we focusing on the right issues? Is carbon a greater threat to my children’s health or is mercury and sulfur?

Toxic Pollution

I care more about the immediate effects of toxic pollution like mercury and sulfur, more than the debatable topic of carbon pollution.

Shockingly, nearly 30% of coal power plants have no controls for toxic air pollution which we can quickly fix in a way that is economically sound. The coal power plant pollution chain can readily be cleaned up.

For example, Constellation Energy has a very large, 1,300 megawatt coal power plant just outside Baltimore called the Brandon Shores plant. They quickly built a scrubber to meet new Maryland rules, breaking ground in June 2007 and completing the work in September, 2009. There were up to 1,385 construction workers building this upgrade, at a cost $875 million, and the power plant remains profitable.

The scrubber – a large chemical plant next to the plant – cuts 95 percent of the sulfur dioxide and 90 percent of the mercury. 

So why did the President leave out cleaning up toxic pollution? Why not talk about carbon capture and storage (CCS) or geothermal power?

Sadly, neither is likely to get the attention they deserve in this heated debate.

Carbon Capture and Storage

CCS is, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), “where carbon dioxide is captured at its source (e.g., power plants, industrial processes) and subsequently stored in non-atmospheric reservoirs (e.g., depleted oil and gas reservoirs, unmineable coal seams, deep saline formations, deep ocean).”

There are numerous CCS projects in the works, but it has been a secondary approach to carbon emissions. A properly functioning CCS power plant produces fewer carbon emissions than even a natural gas plant. Should this technology mature, retrofits to existing coal plants would become viable.

Geothermal Energy

The holy grail of reducing any energy production pollution that has been in use, and widely ignored, for over 50 years is geothermal energy.

Geothermal, simply put, uses the heat in the earth a couple of kilometers down (shallower than some oil wells) to heat water, which makes steam, which turns turbines, producing electricity. Take a look HERE for a video and description.

Any environmentalist who actually cares about what they claim, should be pushing geothermal far before wind or solar. Made in the USA, reliable (even more than a coal plant), doesn’t require any exotic materials or technology, and produces little to no pollution, geothermal is really the greatest answer to our energy needs.

Why isn’t the President talking about geothermal? Money. Too many of his donors have vested interests in the false promise of solar and wind technologies (which are perfectly fine for off-grid uses). There simply isn’t enough money to be made by his donors producing reliable, clean geothermal power.

If this administration or those in the environmental movement really want to reduce emissions of any pollutants, they need to look at how the economy will function in a manner that supports many aspects of our country and actually admit what is the truth in their goals.

Money Corrupts Politics and the Left is Possibly Worse Than The Right

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The media, particularly the left, keep telling us the Koch brothers are what is destroying America with money in politics. Yet here we have a Democrat, Tom Steyer, that is singlehandedly closing the gap with a $50 million war-chest to attack Republicans. Add in the unions and the Koch brothers are small-time.

Depending on how you measure, the Koch brothers spent $39 million in the 2012 elections. Add in their extended network of businesses, friends, associates, et cetera and that number balloons to $490 million according to PolitiFact.

The unions, according to PolitiFact and The Huffington Post, spent up to $1.7 billion in the 2012 elections and lobbying.

Basic math says that 1.7 billion (union spending) is more than 490 million (entire Koch network).

According to OpenSecrets.org this is the breakdown of money in 2014, and you can clearly see that money apparently corrupts Democrats more than Republicans:

Total Raised Total Spent Cash on Hand Debts
Democratic Party $409,979,764 $299,203,635 $84,192,958 $15,847,651
Republican Party $315,899,997 $264,969,148 $76,147,210 $1,987,309
Democratic National Cmte $91,909,513 $86,534,041 $10,334,717 $14,125,405
Republican National Cmte $105,991,576 $99,180,379 $13,031,082 $0
Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte $99,420,682 $60,669,018 $40,239,885 $0
National Republican Congressional Cmte $81,706,152 $52,093,966 $31,146,797 $0
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $74,074,362 $53,662,738 $22,221,584 $0
National Republican Senatorial Cmte $53,146,828 $40,659,255 $15,868,362 $0

NOTE: All the numbers in this table are for the 2014 election cycle and based on
Federal Election Commission data released on May 21, 2014.

Money is NOT speech. Corporations, unions, and non-persons should NOT be able to participate in political campaigns, only individuals.

How about we change the laws that campaign limits apply to Social Security Numbers and nobody else can donate? That is the way to protect our country from the corruption of money in politics.

Revolutionary idea, I know. Just a thought as we all deal with the frustrations of watching our country convulse under the weight of special interest money and election campaigns.

Special Weekend of Shows

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An exciting new weekend of shows is coming! Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco is trying me out for the 4 to 7 pm time on Saturdays and Sundays! I have a great guest Sunday at 4:30 pm, the Pitbull of Personal Development, Larry Winget! Please be sure to tune in on AM 560 in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Or listen online at http://www.ksfo.com . Please be sure to call in at 415-808-5600. Check the PODCAST page the day after the show to listen afterwards.

Then Monday morning at 6:45 am Alaska Time, listen to my Tech Talk segment with Glen Biegel on KBYR AM 700 in Anchorage, Alaska, 88.5 FM in Kuparuk and 100.1 FM in Prudhoe Bay.

 

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Tune in TODAY for two LIVE shows from Ethan! 

Listen to Ethan’s local show on KGO AM 810 in San Francisco, 10 am to 1 pm Pacific new-kgo-logoTime, online at KGO’s website, studio number is (415)808-0810 

At noon listen for a special segment regarding homeless and poor medical services offered this week in San Francisco and Oakland.

And then the Ethan Bearman Show with the latest in national and international current events, trends, and politics. Interviews with:

On the Genesis Communications Network nationwide 7-9 pm Eastern, 6-8 pm Central, 5-7 pm Mountain, 4-6 pm Pacific on your favorite talk radio station or online.

Also be sure to join the LIVE webcast of the show on the Google Hangout on Air

To follow all the ways to listen to the different shows check the How To Listen Page HERE

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Tune in TODAY for two live shows with Ethan!

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Listen to  Ethan’s local show on KGO AM 810 in San Francisco, 10 am to 1 pm Pacific Time, online at iHeart Radio HERE, studio number is (415)808-0810 At 11 am there will be a segment regarding the dangerous, used needles infecting the beaches and parks of Santa Cruz, California.

And then the Ethan Bearman Show with the latest in national and international current events, trends, and politics. Plus a special interview with Robert Mazur, DEA undercover agent, author of The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel“, a real estate update with Candy Evans, and The Buzz with Tod Hardin. On the Genesis Communications Network nationwide 7-9 pm Eastern, 6-8 pm Central, 5-7 pm Mountain, 4-6 pm Pacific on your favorite talk radio station or online.

Also be sure to join the LIVE webcast of the show on the Google Hangout on Air

To follow all the ways to listen to the different shows check the How To Listen Page HERE

Heartbleed Bug Demonstrates Deep Vulnerabilities of the Web

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If you haven’t yet heard, a massive vulnerability in a key piece of security software was announced this week. Researchers call it the Heartbleed bug.

Simply put, it is not your fault. Web servers at banks, airlines, and shopping sites use a type of encryption called Secure Sockets Layer or SSL. Your browser will display a lock icon in the address bar and maybe even change colors to green demonstrating you have a secure connection. Many websites use a piece of Open Source software, meaning nobody owns it and everyone can see the code, called OpenSSL.

OpenSSL is where the vulnerability was found. The problem is that 2/3 of all internet sites using SSL to secure the communication between your browser and their server use OpenSSL.

Why is that a problem? This bug means hackers can intercept what is supposed to be encrypted information between your browser and the bank’s server. In other words, what is supposed to be unreadable is readily readable to criminals.

And it gets worse.

In the past 24 hours or so word has leaked out that the core equipment used for the internet itself and most corporate networks has this bug too.  According to Network World, Cisco and Juniper routers are affected.

This is where it gets really ugly.

Fixing the OpenSSL bug on a website is relatively easy and the majority of websites have already put in the patches. Tracking down every router, taking it offline, and installing patches from the vendors is a very time consuming and difficult process that might take months.

Initially I wasn’t too concerned about you and me. This latest round of news truly has me worried and you need to take action now.

I am now suggesting to you and everyone you know that you take the time to change your password on every bank, shopping, travel, etc. website where you transact business with username/password and/or credit card information.

And then do it again in a week and then again in a month.

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 pwSafe. 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.

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

UPDATE 4/12/14 11:30 PDT – McAfee has a handy tool for testing websites for the Heartbleed vulnerability. You can use it to test a site you might visit BEFORE you go to the website. Click HERE for McAfee’s tool

Listen to Ethan on KSFO Again Tuesday, April 8, 2014

KSFO Hot Talk LogoEthan will be sitting in for Spencer Hughes on AM 560 from 9 am to noon in the San Francisco Bay area. Listen online or download the smart phone app at the KSFO web site HERE. Bay Area topics and other national stories are the focus of the program, so listen in to hear Ethan’s take!

 

Ethan Guest Hosts The KSFO Morning Show This Thursday and Friday

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Listen to Hot Talk 560 KSFO on Thursday and Friday (4/3 & 4/4/2014) as Ethan Guest Hosts the KSFO Morning Show for Brian Sussman from 5 to 9 am Pacific time in the San Francisco Bay Area!

And tune in on Sunday to KGO 810 from 10 am to 1 pm Pacific Time and the nationally syndicated Ethan Bearman Show from 7 to 9 pm Eastern Time.