Political Corruption in America

158 American households comprised nearly half of all the money donated to 2016 presidential campaigns thus far. These donars are disproportionately white, male, old, and wealthy…deriving their wealth from just three industries: finance, energy, and real estate.” DailyKos.com and The New York Times Magazine

Political Corruption

Photo: jimpintoblog.blogspot.com

This week’s TVSet takes on the issue of political corruption and what it means for what remains of the middle class and those struggling to find a satisfying way of life. Tune in for a lively conversation on Portland Cable Access, Channel 11 at 6 p.m. (and Channel 22 for repeats; check the TV Set Schedule for dates and time).

Photo: joelgordon.photoshelter.com

Photo: joelgordon.photoshelter.com

Here are some links that will be referenced on the show:

State Integrety
Scoring how well various states measure up (Oregon got an “F”)
Battle to Expose Government Corruption
The American Anti-Corruption Act | Criminalize Corruption.
What’s in the Act? | The American Anti-Corruption Act
Frequently Asked Questions | The American Anti-Corruption Act
Just 158 families account for nearly half of all presidential campaign donations
Political corruption has been well documented.
Corruption book 3Corruption book 1Corruption book 2

6 pm tonight, January 4th 2015

We are covering the topic of propaganda for our first show of the winter broadcast season.  As usual, Jim will have some great stories, graphics and videos with co-host Anitra and all of the great TV Set crew.  Tune in to Portland’s Comcast cable channel 11 at 6:00 p.m.

more information on topics from nov 16th show

Our November 16th show will rebroadcast tomorrow, Monday, November 24 at 5:00 p.m. on cable channel 23.  Here is some additional information from that show’s topics:

The Al Jazeera interview with Evo Morales (parts 1 & 2):



Anitra’s favorite thrift stores.

Anitra's favorite thrift stores

Anitra’s favorite thrift stores

Food-Sharing Report: The Criminalization of Efforts to Feed People in Need (pdf).  A report by the National Coalition for the Homeless, www.nationalhomeless.org

Arnold Abbott  feeding the homeless in Ft Lauderdale.  Here’s some updated information from a local TV station which broadcast on November 19th, after our show aired.

Facebook page for Free Food Friday, which encourages people to get out and feed the homeless on the day after Thanksgiving.

And contact information for the Mayor of Ft Lauderdale, should anyone wish to contact him directly:

  • Mayor Seiler (954) 828-5003, jack.seiler@fortlauderdale.gov


links for june 15, 2014 show

Here is some additional media on the topics of net neutrality; media monopoly; community broadband; and related issues. Check our previous post for video introductions to tonight’s guests, Ward Cunningham and Russell Senior.

Free Press web page where you can submit your comments to the FCC on net neutrality and the future of the internet.  Bonus: they have embedded the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) segment on net neutrality.

The First Honest Cable Company:


Video on micro-trenching competition Google hosted.

Connect Us Movie website.  A film project:

We’re making this movie about the awesome range of lifestyles made possible through the web, so if you’re able to live in a camper or a submarine or in whatever makes you happy because of the internet, let us know!

Personal Telco YouTube videos.

MuniNetworks interactive community network map.

More on MuniNetworks.org

At MuniNetworks.org, we provide resources for those joining the movement to build broadband networks that are directly accountable to the communities they serve. Case studies, fact sheets, and video are some of the media we offer to help leaders make decisions about community owned networks.

How Chattanooga, Bristol, and Lafayette Built the Best Broadband in America

Small Alberta town gets massive 1,000 Mbps broadband boost



tonight’s show, June 15

We are ending the season tonight with some great guests to help us navigate the topic of net neutrality and related telecom/internet issues, including possible solutions to the current monopoly and high cost of internet access: Ward Cunningham, inventor of the Wiki, and Russell Senior of the Personal Telco project.  Here are some videos by way of introduction.  Tune in for the live broadcast at 6 pm, cable channel 11.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/62912592″>The Personal Telco Project</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user1002256″>William Hyler</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

tonight’s show

Tonight’s show, airing live at 6pm Portland cable channel 11, will be a discussion of the stories emanating from the documents Edward Snowden liberated for the public’s benefit; what we do with all this information; and what actions we can take about the massive surveillance state now in view.