bm163 Other Elections Around the World

by bicyclemark

Everywhere you turn in the world of media it seems like the only election is that of the US congress next week. Yet big decisions are being made in different corners of the world, on every continent actually. This program is a brief run down of who and what is on the agenda in different elections worldwide right now. Naturally my opinion is mixed in there.. but so are the cold hard facts.

Wikipedia has a good Electoral Calendar

The Fog of Elections

by bicyclemark

I was on the phone with the great D-Rock yesterday evening. He is now working for a political campaign. He spoke a bit about the tasks he has to do… if you’ve ever heard people talk about American elections, you’ve probably heard about the phonecalls, donations, speeches, going door-to-door, etc. (do they still do that last one?)

Nevermind what I think of the whole system. Lets put that aside.

I decided to go look at what’s on the local New Jersey ballot that I’m no longer elligible to use.

HAHAHAHAHA

Now besides the normal dry, corrupt, and uninspiring selection of candidates, you also get what are called “Public Questions”. I guess it is something like a referendum only with a different name. Here’s how they read:

  • Dedicates Annual Revenue of an Amount Equal to a Tax Rate of 0.5% under the State Sales Tax for Property Tax Reform
  • Constitutional Amendment to Expand Uses of Dedicated Tax Revenues to Fund Improvements and Facilities on Preserved Open Space Lands
  • Constitutional Amendment Changes the Dedication of Motor Fuels Tax to State Transportation System
  • Generally boring, I know. But I find number 3 to be fun; maybe they’ll further re-introduce all the train systems and light rail systems they spent the better part of the last 60 years dismantling.

    Time to go find the more interesting ballot questions around the country.

    bm156 Driving to Hoboken and Investigating International Crime

    by bicyclemark

    Live from the car driving in New Jersey, this is my first podcast recorded with the Edirol R9. Still learning how to work this expensive thing. Some talk about the investigation of the IRI and republican role in fixing the Mexican presidential vote. More and longer programs when I have more time to myself.. which is rare.

    Links:


    Yeast Radio

    Greg Palast
    Democracy Now
    Macdocman

     

    bm124 The Other Big Election in Europe: Hungary

    by bicyclemark

    Atop any list of underreported nations in Europe, Hungary has handled huge changes over the past 15 years. Henrik of the Hungarian Accent blog joins me to discuss Hungary: from the end of the communist regime, to joining the European Union, to the cold hard truth of what lies ahead for the Hungarian people.

    AudioCommunique #124 (mp3)

    Music:

    K’Naan – In the beginning
    Clap Your Hands Say YEah – Over and Over
    Pink – Dear Mr. President

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