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Ethan Bearman  January 20 2013 06:54:16 PM
Thank you for supporting the show! It is now the Ethan Bearman Show and thus the new blog is located at http://blog.ethanbearman.com . This site is now for archival purposes only.

President Obama Did This

Ethan Bearman  January 20 2013 06:56:30 AM


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President Obama issued 23 executive orders regarding firearm laws. Is he acting in an unprecedented manner or not?

Did you hear about the major cyberattack called 'Red October'? Sounds like a great hollywood thriller to see at the theater. Except it is real...

Were the big pharmaceutical firms the beneficiary of millions of dollars in Texas or the researchers intending to save lives?

A new bombshell about glyphosate (Roundup) and genetically engineered crops.

Plus your phone calls and so much more.

Tune in to Ethan Bearman's Smoke-Filled World Sundays 4-6 pm Pacific, 5-7 pm Mountain, 6-8 pm Central, 7-9 pm Eastern on your favorite talk radio station or online at http://www.gcnlive.com/programs/smokeFilledwld/
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Santa Cruz County Implements Moratorium On Gun Shops

Ethan Bearman  January 16 2013 07:18:40 AM
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Yesterday I attended the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors public comment hearing on a moratorium for new gun/ammunition stores. This is a very heated topic in light of the recent series of high profile shootings and the public let their voice be heard. However, it is clear in the final 5 to 0 vote in favor of the moratorium that the Supes had their minds made up beforehand.

Yes, indeed there wasn't a thought put into the public hearing. If there was any influence by the public whatsoever, at least one supervisor would have voted against the moratorium. I counted 117 people in attendance at one moment and over half the speakers were passionately against the moratorium.

I discussed this topic as host of KSCO Presents yesterday on air with surprise callers and a guest. Listen online or download from the podcast site right HERE

Hosting KSCO Presents all week

Ethan Bearman  January 14 2013 09:12:33 AM

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I have the great pleasure of hosting KSCO Presents all this week! Look for a variety of guests and topics that will intrigue and provoke...

Noon to 2 p.m. Pacific time, 2 to 4 p.m. Central time, on KSCO AM 1080 online at http://www.ksco.com 831-479-1080

There’s One Born Every Minute

Ethan Bearman  January 13 2013 07:29:18 AM


Genesis Communications Network


The big banks all think we are suckers. Settlements without acknowledging wrongdoing, no jail time for crooks, and convincing regulators to actually loosen regulations?!?

Law enforcement overreach alert! Even though it is legal to film law enforcement, they keep confiscating recording equipment. Why?

President Obama pushes forward with Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary and Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary. Are these wise, white-male choices?

Over half the food worldwide is wasted says a British study. Can that be true?  

Plus your phone calls and so much more.

Tune in to Ethan Bearman's Smoke-Filled World Sundays 4-6 pm Pacific, 5-7 pm Mountain, 6-8 pm Central, 7-9 pm Eastern on your favorite talk radio station or online at http://www.gcnlive.com/programs/smokeFilledwld/
The studio number to call in during the show is 1-800-259-5791

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Should you miss a show, want to share with a friend, or simply listen again, all shows are available for listening online or download at http://podcast.smokefilledworld.com

B-List Actor Bid For Tully’s Wins

Ethan Bearman  January 12 2013 12:57:46 PM
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From The Los Angeles Times:
"“I’m thrilled that we prevailed,” Dempsey said in a statement. “From Day One, we have been focused on saving jobs, keeping Tully’s independent and infusing new life and enthusiasm into the company.”"

Well good for his company Global Baristas. The bigger question is whether or not they can successfully resuscitate the bankrupt coffee chain. And what does playing a doctor on television have to do with corporate, retail chain know how? The golden halo from McDreamy will fade very quickly.

Did the bankruptcy court rule correctly that his company's $1.5 million lower bid than the Starbucks and AgriNuture combined bid will be better? At least we know Starbucks knows how to run a coffee chain. A very successfully one at that.

Best of luck to Mr. Dempsey in reviving Tully's. A competitive marketplace benefits us the consumers. But running a coffee chain may be more difficult than winning over a casting director.

Will a new drink be call McDreamy, Grey's, Anatomy or a combination of the three?

MacWorld Misunderstands Marketplace

Ethan Bearman  January 9 2013 08:58:23 AM
MacWorld's piece, "Office for iOS may be coming, but does it really matter?" completely misses the point. Whether or not the writer, John Moltz, loves iWork is moot to a competitive marketplace.

What a strange thought, doesn't competition generally make for better, cheaper products? I, for one, see Microsoft going after Apple via new products as win/win for me! Religious zealotry for a brand is illogical. Aren't computers logical?

If the author doesn't like a friendly, easy-to-use interface and would rather hack his way through writing, as he says in his article, why does he think that works for everyone else? Foolish computer industry, isolated thinking that fails in the marketplace.

"I'm not claiming that office applications are going to die out—that would be a stupid argument to make. But I do find them to be an anachronism. Mobile platforms and the Web have taught us the flip side of that old saw: If you hate something, let it go. If it doesn't come back, good riddance."

Law Enforcement Overreach Alert

Ethan Bearman  January 9 2013 08:54:35 AM
Do you like your right to vote? How about free speech? Or the right to a fair trial? With freedom comes the uncomfortable boundaries sometimes. Like the right of Neo-Nazis to espouse their despicable views.

We have many rights including recording events that occur in public. So why did the sheriff deputy in a small Minnesota town not get the memo?

From the Pioneer Press,"Little Canada man videotaped sheriff's deputies, and got charged for it"
"Henderson, 28, took out his small handheld video camera and began recording. It's something he does regularly with law enforcement.


But what happened next was different. The deputy, Jacqueline Muellner, approached him and snatched the camera from his hand, Henderson said."

Finally, A Giant Squid On Video

Ethan Bearman  January 8 2013 02:14:03 PM
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After recently handling a Humboldt squid after they washed up on shore (video here), I was particularly enticed by the Discovery Network News announcement,"Giant Squid Filmed In Pacific Depths"

Researchers have finally captured video of the legendary, deep water, giant squid. Seriously, the creature of legend that sunk ships in the sea and led to all kinds of scary stories and pictures. I love the tenacity of the researchers to have the patience, the ingenuity, and the technological know how to finally capture this amazing being on film. Sadly, we have to wait to see the video on the Discovery Network later in January.

"The giant squid, "Architeuthis" to scientists, is sometimes described as one of the last mysteries of the ocean, being part of a world so hostile to humans that it has been little explored.


Researchers say Architeuthis eats other types of squid and grenadier, a species of fish that lives in the deep ocean. They say it can grow to be longer than 10 meters.


Discovery Channel’s "Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real," premieres on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8/7c as the season finale of Curiosity."

Global Banks Beat Regulation

Ethan Bearman  January 7 2013 08:39:41 AM
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You and I are suckers. That's right, P.T. Barnum’s suckers born every minute kind.

Why should the 200 largest global banks learn from a crisis when you they can ignore those harsh lessons and make more money off the suckers?

They convinced regulators that the crisis of 2008 won’t happen again and they needn’t prepare properly.

Can you imagine buying a house with cash and then mortgaging it 20 times for gambling investing money? Now how about bashing regulators until they agree to let you mortgage it 33 times instead of just 20.

When people run a bank when they are scared, as they did numerous times in 2008 forcing government bailouts around the world, the banks have to have liquid assets to pay out the deposits for withdrawal.

Banks were overleveraged in 2008 and didn’t have the “cash” to pay the deposits, forcing the hand of governments into bailing them out by essentially printing the money needed.

These new rules were supposed to help minimize this exposure by requiring enough “cash” to cover 5% of total deposits in a 30 day bank run. The banks coerced the regulators into reducing that amount to only 3%.

According to the Wall Street Journal in, “Rules for Lenders Relaxed” they also convinced the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision that the junk mortgage backed securities which was a primary driver of the 2008 Credit Crisis can count as a cash equivalent for the new liquidity rules but gold doesn’t count.

Gold, the standard of all world currencies before modern banking was invented. Gold, the reserve requirement of those same currencies until fiat money was invented. Gold doesn’t count.

Even more inane on the part of regulators is this bit from Bloomberg Businessweek, “Under yesterday’s deal, banks would only have to meet 60 percent of the LCR obligations by 2015, and the full rule would be phased in annually through 2019…” Which means these 200 largest banks can take their sweet time.

I hope you liked bailing out the banks the last go around since it will happen again as regulators are refusing to implement necessary protections.

The big, fat cat bankers are laughing at all of us this morning, again. Cackling, rubbing their hands, laughing.

Google, Google, Everywhere

Ethan Bearman  January 6 2013 06:58:21 AM


Genesis Communications Network


Happy New Year 2013! Wow, that fiscal cliff was narrowly averted by Congress but they kicked the can three months down the road.

Google beat the FTC in an anti-trust case, settled a patent probe against federal regulators, the latest numbers show their lead in smartphones, and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is heading to North Korea. North Korea?!?

Speaker of the House John Boehner squeaked by re-election as speaker by three votes. What does that mean for Congress?

Surprise, surprise, new rules intending to shine light on the dark world of derivatives trading in the $650 trillion market are not penetrating. Great, this just means that another crisis will happen and we the citizen taxpayers will be expected to bail them out. Again.

Plus your phone calls and so much more.

Tune in to Ethan Bearman's Smoke-Filled World Sundays 4-6 pm Pacific, 5-7 pm Mountain, 6-8 pm Central, 7-9 pm Eastern on your favorite talk radio station or online at http://www.gcnlive.com/programs/smokeFilledwld/
The studio number to call in during the show is 1-800-259-5791

If your favorite station doesn't carry the show yet, please be sure to call and ask for them to broadcast Ethan Bearman's Smoke-Filled World on Sunday evenings!

Should you miss a show, want to share with a friend, or simply listen again, all shows are available for listening online or download at http://podcast.smokefilledworld.com

New Affiliate - WFLI AM 1070

Ethan Bearman  January 3 2013 04:05:58 PM
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Smoke-Filled World has a new affiliate!  WFLI AM 1070 broadcasting from Chattanooga, TN covering northern Georgia, far west North Carolina, and eastern Tennessee, live Sundays 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern time!

Al Gore’s Al Jazeera TV

Ethan Bearman  January 3 2013 08:22:38 AM
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Do you want a little jihad to go with your liberal viewpoint television? You sure will now!

As if we don’t have enough issues like politicians not dealing with fiscal issues, pork-laden Sandy relief bills held up in Congress, and the Dallas Cowboys missing the playoffs

Al-Jazeera, famous for anti-US viewpoints that almost caused a diplomatic row in 2005 between the Bush White House and the Qatari government, will now take over a network that nobody watches. Oh, that’s right, Al-Jazeera is a government owned mouthpiece from the Middle East and Current TV averages 42,000 viewers during prime-time programming.

Only the population of a small suburb is watching Current TV at anytime yet Al-Jazeera bought out Al Gore and pals for $500 million?!?

You don’t think they want to get their propaganda across really badly, do you? Oh yes, let’s slowly brainwash Americans in the cultural war for mindshare, is what the amir (think monarchy) and his family are thinking with this expensive purchase.

Brace yourselves for the onslaught of verbal attacks that you are not open-minded enough to handle an alternate viewpoint if you don’t like Al-Jazeera taking over the airwaves in the U.S.

And I am one who enjoys Japan’s NHK and the U.K.’s BBC among other non-U.S. media sources.

No thanks, I am not interested in being brainwashed by a viewpoint that America bad, Islamic caliphate good. I will not be watching the newly branded Current TV/Al Jazeera English other than for laughs and to dissect the tales being told.

From MSN.com and AP:
Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach in the U.S. nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. With a focus on U.S. news, it plans to rebrand the left-leaning news network that cofounder Al Gore couldn't make relevant.
The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shares Current TV's mission "to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling."
The acquisition lifts Al-Jazeera's reach beyond a few large U.S. metropolitan areas including New York and Washington, where about 4.7 million homes can now watch Al-Jazeera English.
Al-Jazeera, owned by the government of Qatar, plans to gradually transform Current into a network called Al-Jazeera America by adding five to 10 new U.S. bureaus beyond the five it has now and hiring more journalists. More than half of the content will be U.S. news and the network will have its headquarters in New York, spokesman Stan Collender said.”

Another Bombing Thwarted in NYC

Ethan Bearman  December 31 2012 08:22:53 AM
An article in the New York Daily News announces a bombing attempt thwarted with a very strange twist. Titled, "New York Greenwich Village couple busted for having explosives used for bombs,  bomb-making manuals, ammo and a sawed-off shotgun in apartment" shares the good news that the would-be terrorists were stopped before killing and causing mayhem.

The strange twist however is in this part of the article:
Gliedman’s arraignment was postponed when she went into labor.

So will she be charged with child endangerment as well? If not, why not?

Happy New Year 2013!

Ethan Bearman  December 31 2012 06:15:15 AM
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Happy New Year to all! May this year bring peace, prosperity, love, and good health!

What Are They Doing Now?

Ethan Bearman  December 30 2012 06:18:17 AM


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President Obama is shaking up the power cabinet positions. Is the U.S. Senate taking over? What does it all mean?

The EPA is burying its report on hazardous chemicals. Why?

People complain about Wal-Mart as a corporation. Where there is smoke, there is a fire.

Do gun buybacks work?

The latest on the misnamed Fiscal Cliff.

Plus your phone calls and so much more.

Tune in to Ethan Bearman's Smoke-Filled World Sundays 4-6 pm Pacific, 5-7 pm Mountain, 6-8 pm Central, 7-9 pm Eastern on your favorite talk radio station or online at http://www.gcnlive.com/programs/smokeFilledwld/
The studio number to call in during the show is 1-800-259-5791

If your favorite station doesn't carry the show yet, please be sure to call and ask for them to broadcast Ethan Bearman's Smoke-Filled World on Sunday evenings!

Should you miss a show, want to share with a friend, or simply listen again, all shows are available for listening online or download at http://podcast.smokefilledworld.com

YouTube Catches Music Industry Red-Handed

Ethan Bearman  December 28 2012 10:52:01 AM
The Daily Mail says YouTube has wiped billions of views on music videos from industry:
"The world's biggest recording companies have been stripped of two billion YouTube hits after the website cracked down on alleged 'fake viewers'.
Universal, home of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber, lost a total of one billion views in the video site’s biggest ever crackdown on artificially inflated figures.
Sony was second hardest hit, with the label behind such stars as Alicia Keys, Rita Ora and Labrinth losing more than 850 million views in a single day."

WOW! I find it likely that the music biz was utilizing gray market groups to pump those numbers up. They'll never admit to using those tactics of course. But money is the name of the game for every for-profit company in existence and as long as it isn't illegal, they will always push the envelope.

Merry Christmas 2012

Ethan Bearman  December 24 2012 08:55:05 AM
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May you have a joyous and peaceful Christmas with family and loved ones!

Over the Misnamed Cliff We Go

Ethan Bearman  December 24 2012 06:50:53 AM
The misnamed fiscal cliff will likely happen due to a broken two party system where spending is never addressed, politicians want to avoid reality, party loyalty is more important than country or constituents, and compromise is a dirty word. The democrats refuse to address the spending problems in Washington and a reasonable compromise led by Speaker Boehner on income over $1 milliion is shot down by Grover Norquist's flock.

Furthermore, the feel-good payroll tax cut simply puts Social Security in worse financial footing.

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming has it right as quoted in the New York Times today, "I just don’t think this is going to solve the problems — it actually doesn’t solve the problems. We have a spending problem in this country.”

When Using Wi-Fi Are You A Potato?

Ethan Bearman  December 23 2012 10:03:11 AM
When did you last consider yourself a potato? Apparently engineers find you dialectically similar...
From Yahoo News:
"Engineers at Chicago-based Boeing Co. used sacks of potatoes as stand-ins for passengers as they worked to eliminate weak spots in in-flight wireless signals. They needed full planes to get accurate results during signal testing, but they couldn't ask people to sit motionless for days while data was gathered.
"That's where potatoes come into the picture," Boeing spokesman Adam Tischler said."

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