Mon, 11/20/2017, 9PM (CT) on 90.1FM. GUEST: David W. Brown TOPICS: Obamacare Registration, Tax ‘Reform’, Median vs Mean vs Average, Journalism literally on trial, Pedo-Grope-Gate, Taxing The Poor, more [AUDIO/VIDEO]@KPFTHouston

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Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

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For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 14, 2015)

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 7, 2015)

  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

SIGNOFF QUOTE[s]: “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., an American jurist and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932 (Reportedly first said by Holmes in a speech in 1904, alternately phrased as “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, including the chance to insure“, Compania General De Tabacos De Filipinas v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 275 U.S. 87, 100, dissenting; opinion (21 November 1927). The first variation is quoted by the IRS above the entrance to their headquarters at 1111 Constitution Avenue.)

 

 

 


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Mon, 11/13/2017, 9PM (CT) on 90.1FM. TOPICS: Obamacare Registration, Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands/Fukishima Recovery, Pedo-Grope-Gate, More, Trump in Asia, Europe’s Reaction, Japan’s Kamikaze’s 80 yrs Later, more [AUDIO/VIDEO]@KPFTHouston

OW AUDIO: Link is usually posted within about 72 hours of show broadcast. We take callers during this show at 713-526-5738.

Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)

Please take a moment to visit Pledge.KPFT.org and choose THINKWING RADIO from the drop-down list when you donate. Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio on Twitter), is a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

 

 

For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 14, 2015)

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 7, 2015)

  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

SIGNOFF QUOTE[s]:

“… I know this world well. One of the things that is … a deep conviction of the conservative world is they speak for the people. When they get evidence … that they don`t, they don`t respond to that … by confessing it. They respond to it by redefining who the people are. And one of the big themes of the year ahead is going to be a redefinition of who does and who doesn`t belong to the American people.”  ~ DAVID FRUM, SENIOR EDITOR, THE ATLANTIC, after Democrats swept most off-off-year contests and won Virginia (Transcript: Show: THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O’DONNELL, November 8, 2017)

 

 


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Mon, 11/6/2017, 9PM (CT) on 90.1FM. TOPICS: Nov. 7 Elections & Voting, Obamacare registration, Texas church gunman had threatened his mother-in-law, who attended servicesb  there, officials say, Joy Reid teaches RNC surrogate, Trump being Koi with Abe, Puerto Rico power restoration, US Virgin Islands, More[AUDIO/VIDEO]@KPFTHouston

SHOW AUDIO: Link is usually posted within about 72 hours of show broadcast. We take callers during this show at 713-526-5738.

Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)

Please take a moment to visit Pledge.KPFT.org and choose THINKWING RADIO from the drop-down list when you donate. Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio on Twitter), is a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

 

 

For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 14, 2015)

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 7, 2015)

  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

SIGNOFF QUOTE[s]:

“Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard.” ~ Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent in McCutcheon v. FEC (2014) (Dissenting)

 

 


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Mon, 10/30/2017, 9PM (CT) on 90.1FM. TOPICS: Nov. 7 Elections & Voting, Obamacare registration, Attorney Mark Small and Plaintiff Christopher Gagliardi Will Appear Live on ThingWing Radio tonight. GUEST: Attorney Mark Small and Plaintiff Christopher Gagliardi [AUDIO/VIDEO]@KPFTHouston

HOW AUDIO: Link is usually posted within about 72 hours of show broadcast. We take callers during this show at 713-526-5738.

Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)

Please take a moment to visit Pledge.KPFT.org and choose THINKWING RADIO from the drop-down list when you donate. Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio on Twitter), is a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

TOPICS:  SUPPORT KPFT!  Nov. 7 Elections & Voting, Obamacare registration, Attorney Mark Small and Plaintiff Christopher Gagliardi

GUEST(S):  Attorney Mark Small and Plaintiff Christopher Gagliardi

 Attorney Mark Small is an Appeals Attorney practicing law in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has had three novels published and hosted a podcast, “Civil Discourse Now,” for four years. He is Admitted to Practice Law in:

  • 1989, Indiana and US District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana
  • 1990, US Court of Appeals, Seventh and Ninth Circuits; 1998, US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, District of Columbia
  • From ReVote2017: “Mark will explain his decision to file a new complaint in the Federal District Court of DC, on behalf of the American electorate, whose right to a free and fair election was stolen by foreign invasion in the 2016.  This complaint will seek to nullify the election, thereby making Hillary Clinton the President of the United States, or triggering a new election altogether.  Mark will be joined by special needs activist Christopher Gagliardi, who was a petitioner in the last phase, on USSCC#16-1464 Bailey et al versus United States, and who has agreed to be a plaintiff in the next case. Small and Gagliardi, together with the rest of the ReVote2017 team, have vowed to [fight] for our democracy until we get our country back.  Tune in at 10pm EDT (9PM CDT) by clicking at the following link and then clicking on the left …”

Christopher Gagliardi  is a  Motivational Speaker, Youth Advocate for the physically and Mentally Challenged, Fmr. Candidate for assembly, Starbucks Barista, Self-Advocate Advisor to Autism New Jersey, Garden State Equality Board Of Directors. He lives in Englewood, New Jersey, USA

  • Christopher Gagliardi (<– CLICK LINK FOR MINI-AUTOBIO) is a truly courageous and passionate member of Bros4Hillary who penned this moving and inspirational open letter to the Electoral College. Gagliardi is 35-years-old and lives with a condition known as infantile autism, though his spirit and passion are outsized by any measure. We hope you will take a moment to see just one of the many voices out there speaking up for what they believe in. – Editor (from “Bros on the Ground: Christopher Gagliardi” December 5, 2016 Bros4AmericaNewsRoom)
  • From ReVote2017: “Mark will explain his decision to file a new complaint in the Federal District Court of DC, on behalf of the American electorate, whose right to a free and fair election was stolen by foreign invasion in the 2016.  This complaint will seek to nullify the election, thereby making Hillary Clinton the President of the United States, or triggering a new election altogether.  Mark will be joined by special needs activist Christopher Gagliardi, who was a petitioner in the last phase, on USSCC#16-1464 Bailey et al versus United States, and who has agreed to be a plaintiff in the next case. Small and Gagliardi, together with the rest of the ReVote2017 team, have vowed to [fight] for our democracy until we get our country back.  Tune in at 10pm EDT (9PM CDT) by clicking at the following link and then clicking on the left …”

For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 14, 2015)

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 7, 2015)

  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

SIGNOFF QUOTE[s]:

The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. … anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. …A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” … Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” ~ (Benjamin Franklin)  http://www.ourrepubliconline.com/Quote/41

 

To be fair, of all the sports I don’t care about, I like baseball the most. Maybe it’s because I have ADD, and the game moves slowly enough that if I briefly lose focus, I’m not likely to miss anything important. ~ Michael R. Honig, October 22, 2017

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#Thinkwing: Mon, 10/23/2017, 9PM @KPFTHouston 90.1FM. TOPICS: Fall FunDrive, Nov. 7 Elections & Voting, FALL FUNDRAISER, Obamacare registration, Astros, Mean vs Median, Just One Vote, Myeshia Johnson, Trump the NO-gotiator, more. GUEST: Open Forum [AUDIO/VIDEO]

HOW AUDIO: Link is usually posted within about 72 hours of show broadcast. We take callers during this show at 713-526-5738.

Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)

Please take a moment to visit Pledge.KPFT.org and choose THINKWING RADIO from the drop-down list when you donate. Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio on Twitter), is a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

TOPICS:  SUPPORT KPFTFall FunDrive, Nov. 7 Elections & Voting, FALL FUNDRAISER, Obamacare registration, Astros, Mean vs Median, Just One Vote, Myeshia Johnson, Trump the NO-gotiator, more.

GUEST:  Open Forum

For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 14, 2015)

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 7, 2015)

  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

SIGNOFF QUOTE[s]:

Baseball: Where the announcers have to work really hard to make nothing happening sound exciting. 😉

To be fair, of all the sports I don’t care about, I like baseball the most. Maybe it’s because I have ADD, and the game moves slowly enough that if I briefly lose focus, I’m not likely to miss anything important. ~ Michael R. Honig, October 22, 2017

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#Thinkwing: Mon, 10/16/2017, 9PM @KPFTHouston 90.1FM. TOPICS: Mensa, Fall FunDrive, more. GUEST: Taz Criss, Mensa Gulf Coast Local Sec/President. [AUDIO/VIDEO]

HOW AUDIO: Link is usually posted within about 72 hours of show broadcast. We take callers during this show at 713-526-5738.

Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio), a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

Listen live on the radio or on the internet from anywhere in the world! When the show is live, we take calls at 713-526-5738. (Long distance charges may apply.)

Please take a moment to visit Pledge.KPFT.org and choose THINKWING RADIO from the drop-down list when you donate. Thinkwing Radio with Mike Honig (@ThinkwingRadio on Twitter), is a listener call-in show  airing live every Monday night from 9-10 PM (CT) on KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). My engineer is Bob Gartner.

TOPICS:  SUPPORT KPFTMensa, Fall FunDrive, Nov. 7 Elections & Voting, more.

GUEST:  Tasha “Taz” Criss was re-elected to the American Mensa Board of Directors in 2017 as Vice Chair, Region 6, and is Gulf Coast Local Sec/President. (Contact at: Taz Criss)

Guest Profile: Taz is a second-generation Mensan who joined as a teenager. She has served in various roles in local groups and SIGs [Special Interest Groups – Mike]. Taz was elected as Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for Region 6 in 2015 and reelected in 2017. Her leadership style is uniquely honest, upfront, and jovial. If confidence were inches, she would be 10′ tall.

For the purposes of this show, I operate on two mottoes:

  • You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts;
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 14, 2015)

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker [L] with Mike, just before the show. (Dec. 7, 2015)

  • An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.

SIGNOFF QUOTE[s]:

 “An educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy.” ~ Michael R. Honig

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PRESS RELEASE, Dec. 7, 2016: Conference to Help Schools Hit Snooze Button for Student Health

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Conference to Help Schools Hit Snooze Button for Student Health

Washington, DC

Dec. 7, 2016

On April 27 and 28 school administrators and other stakeholders in student health and success will have the opportunity to gather in Washington, DC and learn how to implement later school day start times. This unique conference is a collaboration of the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the RAND Corporation, and the non-profit Start School Later.

Myriad health groups have recommended that middle and high schools start after 8:30 a.m., including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association of School Nurses, the Society of Pediatric Nurses, and the American Medical Association. The recommendations are based on decades’ worth of research showing that early school start times both decrease and disrupt adolescent sleep due to later shifts in sleep cycle that occur during puberty. Deficient sleep is correlated with a host of health and safety issues including car crashes, depression, diabetes, sports injuries, and more.

Many schools have adopted later start times in accordance with the recommendations, however they often do so after years of study and planning. This conference is aimed at educating on the science and helping school administrators and community advocates streamline the implementation process.

Attendees will hear from sleep scientists as well as districts who have acted on the research, including Start School Later Implementation Director Phyllis Payne who was instrumental in the later start times adopted by Fairfax Public Schools in Virginia.

“This conference will provide an opportunity to improve the health and well-being of young people across the country,” states Payne. “School leaders will join policy experts to collaborate on how to ensure a smooth return to more traditional school hours that allow middle and high school students the opportunity to sleep and wake at times that work with their body clocks and promote improved learning.”

Conference details and registration information can be found on the conference website: www.SchoolStartTimeConference.org .

Start School Later is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity. Visit their website at: http://www.startschoollater.net.

National Contact: Stacy Simera, Communications Director

Email: stacy@startschoollater.net   Tel: 330-389-9133

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“Houston voters tell HISD to force the state’s hand on collecting taxes,” November 11, 2016 by Betsy Denson

For my listeners who have heard me discuss the HISD Prop. 1 ballot issue, here is an article that discusses the election results.

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Houston voters tell HISD to force the state’s hand on collecting taxes

A choice between the devil and the deep blue sea, the vote on HISD’s Proposition One – “authorizing the board of trustees of Houston Independent School District to purchase attendance credits from the state with local tax revenues” to the tune of $162 million – has been decided by the voters, 209,069 to $124,632, who have chosen to roll the dice and try to force the state legislature to take up the broken cause of school funding.

Because of the no vote, the state must get its funding somehow, and HISD will now be subject to the detachment of about $18 billion worth of commercial property within district borders next July – starting with the most valuable. The properties would be reassigned to other school districts in Texas, and will be taxed at those districts’ rates.

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Number Of Postdocs Declines For First Time, New Study Shows – FASEB

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD  20814-3998  l  http://www.faseb.org

Press Release: October 21, 2015

Contact: Cassie Foss, Office of Public Affairs | 301-634-7335 l cfoss@faseb.org

Number of Postdocs declines for first time, new study shows

Bethesda, MD – After more than 30 years of steady growth, the number of postdocs in the biological and biomedical sciences is on the decline in the United States, according to a new paper in The FASEB Journal. The study shows that despite continuing increases in the number of PhD students, there was a 5.5 percent loss in the postdoctoral population from 2010–13, the most recent survey year. The findings have important implications for the biomedical workforce.

The authors, Howard H. Garrison, PhD, Louis B. Justement, PhD, and Susan A. Gerbi, PhD, found that the number of postdoctoral fellows in the biological or biomedical sciences at doctorate-granting institutions in the United States increased annually from 1979 through 2010. However, the postdoctoral population decreased from 40,970 in 2010 to 38,719 in 2013. Although the authors found declines in postdoctoral fellows among men and women as well as among U.S. citizens and foreign postdocs, U.S. men experienced the sharpest decline, dropping by 10.4 percent.

The decrease in the postdoctoral population did not correlate with reductions in graduate students or visas for foreign workers. But the findings may be consistent with reductions in the number of research grants, independent laboratories, and job announcements during the same time period.

“For some newly minted PhD students, eschewing a postdoc may reflect a rational response to a tight academic labor market with low compensation and uncertain prospects for success,” said lead author Howard Garrison.

FASEB is composed of 27 societies with more than 125,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy. For access to the pdf paper, please contact Cassie Foss.

 

Suggestions on How to Choose the News

I’ve been asked more than once how I decide what news sources to read and from which to extract information. This seems a deceptively easy question which actually turns out to be a somewhat complicated answer.

My thoughts on this complex topic follow.

For sources of news and information…

Start with one of my favorite sayings, often attributed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan by his former aide, Chris Matthews: “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.”

That should be gospel for anyone who is serious about learning, whether from news, history, or anything else.

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Police Recruiting: Who are they attracting?

This is a live link to Houston Police Department Recruiting: hpdcareer.com

On last week’s show, there was a lot of discussion on police and a police department’s relationship with the community it serves. There was also some discussion of the kinds of recruits police departments are attracting. Callers concluded that the primary pool of police recruits may come from ex-military personnel. At first blush, this would seem a perfect skillset fit; ex-military people are typically tough, disciplined, know how to take and give orders, and are trained in enforcing compliance.

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Reporting an IRS Impersonation Scam

Below, in the body of this post, links are provided to sites at the IRS and US Treasury Department to research or report fraudulent calls or emails.

The text and links are copied directly from web pages to which the links will take you. Quoting from a portion of what’s below:

  • “If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • “If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
  • “You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

“Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to http://www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.”

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We have recently been receiving threatening phone calls (on a cell phone number, in this case) from what is purported to be the IRS. The voice is digital. It claims that the phone call is a final warning before the IRS sues you. It them gives you a phone number with a Washington, DC area code to return the call.

If you call back, they ask you for your Social Security Number, among other things.

NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, DRIVERS LICENSE NUMBER OR CREDIT CARD NUMBERS UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN TO WHOM YOU ARE SPEAKING!

If you are told to call a number for the IRS, your bank, or any other institution or company which then asks YOU for information THEY should have, call back at a number you know is correct, such as on the back of your credit/debit card, or at the IRS.gov website.

More info and links below the jump.

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