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Friday 2-24-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, www.DailyTorch.com www.GetLiberty.org and a great talk on the DC Swamp update about the World Health Organization’s dangerous pandemic treaty:
We also talk a lot about the apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound that Ukraine is inflicting on the future of the U.S. Daily Torch writes on this, too.
7:10 Greg Roberts with the Outdoor Report from www.RogueWeather.com
8:10 Dr. Murray Sabrin As Congress messes about with the debt ceiling, libertarian economist Dr. Murray Sabrin writes on Substack about the larger issue: “the Federal Reserve’s 2% inflation target” is “another bull$%it idea that won’t go away.”
- Will it actually be disastrous if we default on the debt ceiling?
- Will veterans and seniors really be left without promised benefits?
- What role has the Federal Reserve played in getting us to this point?
Dr. Murray Sabrin’s recently published autobiography “From Immigrant to Public Intellectual: an American Story” is now a bestseller on Amazon! Dr. Sabrin writes at Murraysabrin.substack.com and is the noted author of thought-provoking books on the economy and health care.
“Dr. Sabrin’s new autobiography, “From Immigrant to Public Intellectual: An American Story,” is truly an American story about an immigrant child’s rise from humble beginnings to forge a stellar career as an educator, author, candidate for governor of New Jersey, and media influencer. Sabrin explains libertarianism in plain language using his own life story set against a half-century of changing times.”
From Immigrant to Public Intellectual: An American Story
A truly American story about an immigrant child’s rise from humble beginnings to forge a stellar career as an educator, author, candidate, and media influencer. Murray Sabrin explains libertarianism in plain language using his own life story set against a half-century of changing times.
BIO: Murray Sabrin, PhD, author of From Immigrant to Public Intellectual : An American Story, is Emeritus Professor of Finance, Ramapo College of New Jersey. Dr. Sabrin is considered a “public intellectual” for writing essays about the economy in scholarly and popular publications. He is the author of Tax Free 2000, Why the Federal Reserve Sucks, Universal Medical Care: From Conception to End-of-Life, and Navigating the Boom/Bust Cycle. Sabrin’s latest book, The Finance of Health Care was recently published. His new book, From Immigrant to Public Intellectual, An American Story was just released.
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Thursday 2-23-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
7:10 Craig Bannister of www.cnsnews.com
BlackRock and Vanguard, wealth management funds that are also two of the largest financiers of radical left environmental, social, and governance (ESG) causes are intimately involved with the company responsible for the Ohio toxic chemical disaster – and they may be working to suppress the story.
Craig Bannister of CNS News writes that while the firms are “the top two shareholders of Norfolk Southern, whose train derailment created an environmental disaster, they’re also among the top shareholders of the parent companies of the broadcast networks that have abandoned coverage of the ongoing toxic threat.” ABC, CBS, and NBC – who are all connected to the firms via their parent companies – have all but shut down their coverage of the disaster in spite of the ongoing threat to Ohio residents and the environment.
All of this, Craig writes, raises the obvious question: are BlackRock and Vanguard using their influence to suppress a story that imperils their ESG credentials?
7:45 Kevin Starrett of Oregon Firearms Federation www.OregonFirearms.org warns of some firearms bills moving in the Legislature that may have good intentions, but are dangerous nonetheless.
8:10 Capt. William E. Simpson, naturalist and founder of the Wild Horse Fire Brigade www.WIldHorseFireBrigade.com
Capt. Simpson is one of the MANY speakers at Saturday’s Patriot Conference at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 10a to 8pm – Tickets and information at www.JoCoGOP.org
Wednesday 2-22-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Eric Peters, www.EpAutos.com with a great talk as always on Cars and politics!
7:35 State Senator Dennis Linthicum via cell with a legislative update and a talk on the progress of the election integrity lawsuit he and State Sen. Kim Thatcher filed last year.
8:10 Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the Institute For Policy Innovation
Is a Four-Day Work Week in Our Future?
Are we seeing the gradual demise of the five-day workweek and school week? More importantly, if that change occurs, will it be by choice or government mandate?
The Dallas Morning News reports, citing the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, that 40 Texas school districts have shifted from a five-day to a four-day week. Another dozen are in the process of making the switch. And several more districts are looking into the option.
As you can imagine, some parents are supportive of the transition, others are not.
One problem is what parents, who have a five-day workweek, do about younger children who no longer have to go to school on Friday. Some of the four-day schools are providing a type of day care option to address that need.
Schools that have made the switch say the four-day week helps to attract and retain teachers, especially in rural areas.
But now some Maryland state legislators think transitioning to a four-day workweek is a good idea for everyone, not just students and teachers, and have introduced legislation to start the process.
Oh, and Maryland will make available taxpayer-provided subsidies to companies that make the change.
The Maryland legislation is called the “Four-Day Workweek Pilot Program and Income Tax Credit.” The bill would “incentivize companies to switch to a four-day workweek, allowing employees to work 32 hours instead of 40 without losing any pay or benefits,” according to Fox News. [Emphasis added]
Private employers with at least 30 employees that choose to participate would receive a tax credit of up to $10,000, which is intended to offset part of the cost of paying employees the same for working fewer hours. The state will spend up to $750,000 per year for up to five years on the subsidies.
And the United States isn’t alone in considering a shift to a four-day week—though Maryland may be alone in thinking it has to ladle out taxpayer dollars to do it.
The BBC reports that a recent pilot program in Great Britain ended with 56 of the 61 participating companies saying they will continue with the four-day week, at least for now.
It’s hard to know if this shift is the first step in what may become a national, or international, trend toward a shorter workweek. The Covid pandemic, along with new technologies and work-from-home practices, have forced a rethinking in how and where employees work.
What we do know is that if employers see a shift to a four-day week as beneficial to their customers and employees, they will likely make the change without the government subsidizing it.
The real threat isn’t a change in the workweek; it’s progressives in the government concluding they must lead the charge by mandating the change whether employers, employees or consumers want it or not.
Today’s PolicyByte was written by Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation.
Tuesday 2-21-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Dr. Salvatore J. Giorgianni, Jr., PharmD. is Senior Science Adviser to the Men’s Health Network and a Past-Chair/Chair-Emeritus of the American Public Health Association and former Alumni Association Board Member of Columbia University School of Public Health.
Men’s Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness and disease prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.
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7:35 Josephine County Herman Baertschiger with a weekly dive into state and economy and politics!
8:15 Dr. Eric Fruits with the Cascade Policy Institute www.CascadePolicy.org
Portland, Ore. – A new report published by Cascade Policy Institute finds that school choice programs such as vouchers and education savings accounts can improve public school quality.
The report, “Decades of Research Finds Voucher Programs Are Associated with Improved Public School Quality” reviews more than 20 years of research evaluating the relationship between school choice programs and public school performance. These studies indicate that school choice programs are associated with small, but statistically significant, increases in public school quality.
Proponents of school choice programs argue that competition between public and private schools will drive public schools to improve in order to remain competitive and to attract and retain more students. Because public school funding is often tied to public school enrollment or attendance, it is claimed competition among public schools, private schools, and homeschool options provides an incentive for public schools to improve to maintain their funding.
Cascade’s research reports that most studies evaluate short-run effects—the first years—of voucher programs on public school performance. However, a few studies have examined the longer-term effects, which are more mixed. For example, some research suggests that despite large positive effects in the short run, these effects fade out over time. Even so, other studies find public schools facing higher competition from private schools prior to the introduction of a voucher program experience improved long-term performance after the voucher program is in place.
Eric Fruits, Cascade’s Vice President of Research, notes, “Improving public school performance is not a key objective of school choice programs. Nevertheless, empirical evidence shows that fears of diminished public school quality should not be considered as a serious risk associated with such programs.”
About Cascade Policy Institute: Founded in 1991, Cascade Policy Institute is Oregon’s free-market public policy research center. Cascade’s mission is to explore and promote public policy alternatives that foster individual liberty, personal responsibility, and economic opportunity. For more information, visit cascadepolicy.org.
Monday 2-20-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Danielle Runyan, Senior Counsel, First Liberty Institute
Guest: Danielle Runyan
Chyron: Senior Counsel, First Liberty Institute
Location: Plano, TX
Background: Danielle Runyan serves as senior counsel for First Liberty Institute. She joined the First Liberty team in December of 2021 after serving as Senior Trial Counsel in the Commercial Litigation division of the Department of the Air Force for four years. Her continuous commitment to leadership and public service earned her the Department of Defense Spirit of Service Award in May of 2021. Mrs. Runyan continues to proudly serve our nation as a member of the United States Air Force.
As a 2000 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and 2011 inductee in the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Mrs. Runyan also serves on the Board of Advisors for the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. Earning her law degree in 2004 from St. John’s University School of Law, she brings over 17 years of legal experience to First Liberty Institute and presently handles all aspects of litigation on behalf of the firm.
The report does not include guidance on reinstating sailors separated from the Navy who refused COVID-19 vaccinations during the mandate.
7:10 Greg Roberts at www.RogueWeather.com with today’s outdoor report!
7:35 Jackson County Commissioner Roberts discusses her trip to DC, the effort to end nationwide the “Let It Burn” Wildfire Policy, as Jackson County has. Here’s documentation of what Commissioner Roberts pushed:
8:15 Dr. Dennis Powers, Retired Professor of Business Law at Southern Oregon University with today’s “Where Past Meets Present”. We also discuss the challenges in the SOU budgeting process.
Daniel Henderson: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Sculpturer
By Dennis Powers
Dan Henderson’s father, an artist and award-winning creative director, influenced him with an early interest in form, design, and background, leading to being a technologist and later focusing on sculpture. He grew up wood working, painting signs, sketching, and restoring cars. To keep his young son from sneaking out at night, his dad had the young Henderson put together a 1949 Ford; “Unfortunately, the car that I bought had no wheels, tires, or running engine,” he said later.
After attending Medford schools and service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Henderson earned two degrees from Southern Oregon University, including a Bachelor of Science degree in Business in 1984. As a SOU intern for IBM’s Medford office, he began selling typewriters and word processors. That opportunity gave him a “real job” in Texas, where he learned to sell the company’s entire line of products. “It occurred to me during that time, he said, “that I had a desire to be creative.”
This led to being assistant to Kazuo Hashimoto, the inventor of Caller ID and the modern answering machine, and also working with Jack Kilby, inventor of the computer chip and Nobel Laureate for this discovery. Dan waited on tables at IHOP while getting the support he needed to start his own business to springboard Direct-Connect, an automatic phone dial system; this included pitches to American Airlines, among other large companies. “I wanted to either do it or die,” he said later.
Setting up his own technology companies centering on communications, he has now over 30 patents, including Direct-Connect, as well as wireless picture and video messaging for which he is best known. This now is used in every cell phone in the world and licensed to over 170 of the largest companies. His patents have been cumulatively cited in other patents over 1000 times. His prototypes for wireless picture and video messaging are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History collection. Dan received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2011 and was featured as a mobile technology innovator in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Best Buy.
Henderson does not stress, however, his extensive knowledge of technology through his sculptures. Although his works are often exhibited with other digital artists on technological implications, his fabrication techniques spring him into another category of “digital artists.” (These artists use CAD, or computer aided design, technologies with traditional stone carving techniques). Dan has had many public exhibitions of his large scale stone sculpture in the United Kingdom, China, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and at SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art.
Named “Outstanding Alumnus” by SOU in 1999 and a commencement speaker in 2003, he served on the SOU Foundation Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2014 (and an emeritus member since 2018). He is involved in numerous philanthropic efforts, including The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Cliburn Foundation, and other institutions. He also serves on the Board of Overseers, the Dorman Honors College Board and other boards at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Currently, he is focusing on innovation, creativity and diversity in STEM education, including potentially with the SOU bi-organic chemistry faculty.
Recently, Henderson was elected to the 2022 class of fellows in the National Academy of Inventors. Election as a fellow in the National Academy is the highest professional distinction for academic inventors. This class will be honored and presented their medals at the 12th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors this June in Washington, D.C.
To say that Daniel Henderson stands out is not sufficient. As a Southern Oregonian and contributor on many stages, one shakes their head.
Sources: SOU News, December 2022, “SOU alumnus and Foundation Board member inducted into inventors’ academy,” at SOU Release; New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT): Daniel Henderson at Technological Innovations; Daniel A. Henderson website at Background; Kevin Opsahl, “Local inventor joins ‘luminaries’,” Mail Tribune, January 3, 2023 at Connections.