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Emil Guillermo: Journalist Danny Schechter died on March 19, his WBCN radio pal, Charles Laquidara, released this interview recently.

I went to college in Boston in the ’70s and while I was messing around on WHRB as Emil For Real, the  radio king in the market was  Charles Laquidara and his “Big Mattress” morning radio show on WBCN in Boston.

His newsman was Danny Schechter, the “News Dissector.”

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Schechter died on March 19th. Earlier today, Laquidara released this interview with Danny conducted a few months ago.

It’s an interesting history of American progressive radio before it was overly corporatized. And well before the world was digitized. “I Heart Radio” it’s not.  But it was what you needed.   If you were in Boston in the ’70s, you will be nostalgic over how simple things were back then, when all we had to worry about was U.S. imperialism and ordinary greed. 

Listen to the interview  here.

You should also check out  Laquidara’s FB page.

In the interview, Danny mentions  his involvement with the Media Channel. 

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Emil Guillermo: Odd fund-raising pitch from Sen. Ted Cruz–a Bill Maher joke!

Sen. Ted Cruz  is sending out fund-raising e-mails with this joke:

“People have Ted Cruz fever! It’s kind of like that flu bug going around except the sh*t comes out your mouth!” – Real Time with Bill Maher

End result:  No money from me.

But it did soften me to Maher for all his recent generalizations about Muslims.

Maher knows his Ted Cruz disease.

Of course, what does this say about Cruz’s fund-raising tactics–

That he likes to crap on himself?

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Emil Guillermo: Going back to Indiana? NOT. The pendulum continues to swing on civil rights in America.

The late Michael Jackson sang that song about Indiana. An oldie but goodie.

Going back to Indiana?

The answer now is an unqualified,  “HELL NO!”

Jackson  was from Gary, which is practically Chicago, and a real indication of how segregated the state remains today. More black and urban to the north, more white and ag to the south.

Now Gov. Mike Pence has signed a controversial new law that some say is a revival of Jim Crow.

It’s called “The Freedom of Religion Restoration Act,” and critics say it provides the cover for legal discrimination against more than just religion.

Those who defend the law readily say it’s a way to show concern with same-sex marriage. Those against the law say it creates the opening to discriminate against others. Don’t think it won’t happen.

Now what about the other 19 states with these so-called “religious freedom” laws pending?

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This MSNBC map shows the full list of 20 states that have ventured into this arena of legal discrimination:  Indiana,Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma,Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

All the states I won’t be visiting anytime soon.

Now you see how important a tiny little thing like a commemoration of Selma was.

Just as we lurch forward, there are forces that would have our  progress recalled.

And now, we really are going backwards.

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Emil Guillermo: Analiza Moitinho de Almeida declines comment, but gives a statement on Beverly Hills bakery suit on worker/trafficking abuse.

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Analiza Moitinho de Almeida, an owner with her husband Goncalo, of the L’Amande  French Bakery in Beverly Hills, declined to comment, but did speak to me by phone Thursday when I called her this week.

See what she had to say about the lawsuit filed by 11 of her workers who allege worker abuse/fraud/trafficking  in a suit worth more than $1 million.  

See original NBCnews.com story here.

UPDATES:  More to come on this story. Keep checking back on amok.com.

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