Hungry for change at FERC

Activists setting up outside FERC

Activists setting up outside FERC

On the sidewalk below a nondescript office building nestled behind D.C.’s Union Station, a dozen activists are camped out. It’s Day 4 of their 18-day hunger fast outside a little-known federal agency.

As a result of their fast, and earlier more confrontational actions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has become more widely known, if not loved, by activists. The agency regulates interstate oil and gas pipelines, but activists say it’s been captured by industry and is more rubber-stamp than regulator, and has allowed U.S. fracking to grow uncontrollably.

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How U.S. Media Helped Wash That Little Boy Ashore

Aylan's body washed ashore (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Aylan’s body washed ashore (Photo:AFP/Getty Images)

A picture of a little boy’s body washed ashore has touched a nerve. It’s that of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, according to news reports. His 5-year old brother, Galip, drowned on the same boat, along with their mother, Rehan. The father, Abdullah Kurdi, who survived, spoke with the AP.

The family is from Syria, but had fled to Turkey. They were trying to get visas to Canada, where Abdullah’s sister lives, but Turkey wouldn’t oblige, so they set out on an ill-fated boat ride to Greece.

The image of little Aylan lying lifeless facedown in the sand has stirred much debate: Should the pictures be shown? Is Europe doing enough for refugees? While important questions, they are being asked here in the U.S. by a media that is complicit in Aylan’s death.

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Slain journalist’s dad criticizes media, but coverage omits this

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Screen shot of Andy Parker and Chris Hurst being interviewed by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly

While Andy Parker’s sharp criticism of politicians and the NRA has received extensive coverage, there’s been a noticeable silence surrounding his critique of the media.

“I’m challenging you, the media, because… this is one of your own,” Parker told CNN. A day earlier his daughter, Alison Parker, a 24 year-old reporter with WDJB in Roanoke, Virginia, was gunned down on live television, along with her cameraman, Adam Ward.

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Petition calls for Jon Stewart to moderate debate

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Photo courtesy of change.org

Jon Stewart should moderate a 2016 presidential debate. That’s what a change.org petition, which has nearly 300,000 signatures, is calling for.

Having Stewart moderate would liven things up, something the-usually-staid debates could use, particularly if Donald Trump doesn’t win the Republican nomination. It would also attract younger viewers, who make up the Comedy Central star’s base.  Continue reading

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The Post vs. Vincent Gray

photo-1D.C.’s paper of record, while maintaining its reputation as an objective news source, is on the verge of swinging the mayoral election.

On an almost daily basis the Washington Post is cutting down Mayor Vincent Gray, as it bolsters its candidate, Councilmember Muriel Bowser. The latest polls show the Post’s efforts are having an effect, with Bowser and Gray now neck-and-neck.  Continue reading

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D.C. Taxi Documentary in the Making

Taxi Commissioner Stanley Tapscott on The Taxi Link - photo by Julie Espinosa

Taxi Commissioner Stanley Tapscott on The Taxi Link – photo by Julie Espinosa

D.C.’s taxicab industry and recent credit card mandate are the subject of an upcoming documentary. Filmmaker Julie Espinosa recently released the teaser, which includes footage from The Taxi Link.

“Currently there is a lot of confusion surrounding reforms to the D.C. cab industry,” Espinosa told DCist. She plans to “tell the story through the eyes of independent cab drivers, the D.C. Taxicab Commission and owners of the incoming tech startups.”

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The Taxi Link Wraps Up, Struggle Continues

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WUST studio. Photo by Julie Espinosa – look for her upcoming documentary on D.C.’s credit card mandate

Listen to The Taxi Link’s Season 2 finale

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“Even though there have been different issues every week, there were still some fundamental consistencies,” The Taxi Link co-host Tony Norman said on the show’s retrospective season finale. “These are drivers that are not being fairly treated… Some of it could be racial, but clearly there’s a cultural, class bias,” he said.  Continue reading

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Uber and Allies Up in Arms, Again

The Taxi Link airs Sat. 7-8 pm on WUST 1120 AM. Listen here: 

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The D.C. Taxicab Commission recently voted to exclude smaller cars from the sedan-class of public vehicles for hire. The move prevents Uber, the largely unregulated luxury sedan service and phone app, from using smaller cars to compete more directly with taxis, which are highly regulated. The commission’s decision has Uber and its allies, including several D.C. councilmembers, up in arms.

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Should Cabbies Choose Their Company?

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Should cab drivers be able to freely choose the company they work for? That’s the question a task force created by the Alexandria city council is grappling with.

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As Smart Meters Go In, VeriFone Is Out as PSP

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Picture courtesy of VeriFone

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One of the largest Payment Service Providers has backed out as a PSP, as the deadline for installation of credit card readers in all District cabs fast approaches.

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