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Letters and Politics - June 6, 2012 at 10:00am

Letters and Politics, for June 6, 2012 - 10:00am

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A.G. Block on the CA primary results.

Will Allen on Urban Farming.

The play Aftermath.

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A.G. Block Deceives Because

A.G. Block Deceives Because Tobacco Tax Prop Deceives

The after election guest A.G. Block June 6th, "Letters and Politics" either didn't read the "tobacco tax" PROP 29 text or uses the same cynical style as many of the KPFA evening news Don Perata supporters.

Simply reading the text you see that the $ would be administered by very high-level bureaucratic appointees including 3 UC chancellors. This is the problem with KPFA ("save KPFA") being run by a small group of "professionals" with huge financial backing whose source they may or may not completely have followed. Some of the ingrained may be sincere, hard to know; some definitely are not. Some day, under this system with no real elected KPFA board (it's "elected" now, but on-air "news" is free to air propaganda for one side in the "election" and voters are discouraged from voting), KPFA Pacifica will simply be Republicrat or DemoRepub Radio. I do not believe the money from prop 29 (if it passes) will go to "cancer research." 20 % is explicitly earmarked for construction (read Perata/Bates etc. campaign fund and even more than now, good-bye justice for very neediest, though of course some liberals will sip their good wine). Much of the rest of the money will (read the text of the bill) go to "biomedical" companies (read General Electric mammography machines, thereby freeing G.E. to spend more on weapons. These machines are more controversial than you are hearing about because media is so locked up). Why will it go mostly to these? Because those administering funds are heads of large corporations and chancellors. Yet Mitch's "expert" raiils against the stupid public for failing to pass this. Maybe he should read the text.

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