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  • 01:05

    Let's Talk about Voting: Lunch with Louden 10/23/14

    in Politics

    Americans all across the country are now or are about to have the opportunity to vote. But will they?

    Today we will be discussing voter participation in America with two experts in the field: Tomas Lopez, Brennan Center for Justice, and Rob Richie, Executive Director of FairVote.org Center for Voting and Democracy.

    According to The Brennan Center for Justice: ince the 2010 election, new voting restrictions are slated to be in place in 22 states; in 15 states, 2014 will be the first major federal election with these new restrictions in place; the courts will play a crucial role in 2014, with ongoing suits challenging laws in seven states. Voting restrictions for the most part have to do with voter identification.

    Laws to improve the election system and increase voting access passed in 16 states since 2012, and these laws will be in effect in 11 states this November. The most common improvements were online registration and other measures to modernize voter registration, and increased early voting.

    According to FairVote: voter turnout in the US fluctuates in national elections, but has never risen to levels of most other well-established democracies. In countries with compulsory voting, turnout hovered near 90% in the 2000s. Other countries, experienced turnout rates near 80%. Overall, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries experience turnout rates of about 70%, while in the US, about 60% of the voting eligible population votes during presidential election years, and about 40% votes during midterm elections.



  • 00:30


    in Spirituality

    The United States Continues to Outspend All Other 
    Countries on Health Care (Exhibits 1, 2, and 3) 
     In 2008, health care spending in the U.S. reached $7,538 per capita—far more than in any other country studied and more than double the OECD median of $2,995. Health care spending in the next-highest spending countries—Norway and 
    Switzerland—was less than two-thirds as much per 
    capita ($5,003 and $4,627, respectively). In all but 
    two of the remaining eight countries, spending per 
    capita was less than half the U.S. figure, and in New 
    Zealand it was close to one-third ($2,683).

     The U.S. spent 16 percent of its GDP on health 
    care. This proportion was nearly double the OECD 
    median (8.7%) and over 40 percent more than the 
    country spending the second-largest share of GDP 
    (France 11.2%).

  • 01:01

    Rayne Today Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd

    in Current Events

    Rayne Today has spent her career as a technology consulatant in a variety of industries.We discuss private sector security practices and the role of industrial espionage conducted by both private entities and by OECD governments.
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  • 01:00

    Women, Global Leadership, Innovation & Gender Advancement

    in Relationships

    Ripa Rashid is a frequent speaker and panelist and has been invited to speak by leading global organizations and businesses, including the Asia Society, the Conference Board, International Women's Forum, OECD and the United Nations, among others. She is the coauthor of Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women are the Solution (Harvard Business Press, 2011) and numerous publications and whitepapers, including “Asians in America: Unleashing the Potential of the “Model Minority”” (CWLP 2011), and a series of reports on female professionals in India, Brazil and China (2010-2011). Ripa will join the Malaysian-based international leadership and corporate governance center ICLIF as Director of Research and Curriculum.  Women and Global Leadership, Innovation & Gender Advancement. More info to come...

  • 00:29

    The ongoing eGovernment evolution

    in Technology


    With the emergence of new trends like open government and open data, there is a perception by many that eGovernment is yesterday’s news, and has largely been completed.

    In a candid conversation, Barbara-Chiara Ubaldi, head of the OECD's eGovernment unit, explains that there is much work still to be done to bring eGovernment into the daily work of the public sector.

    For more information about this interview, including links and downloads - see gov20radio.com

  • 00:58

    Ian Welsh Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd

    in Politics Progressive

    Toronto based social media consultant, editor and writer Ian Welsh  writes at IanWelsh.com. Formerly the Managing Editor of FireDogLake and the Agonist, his work has also appeared at Huffington Post, Alternet, and Truthout, as well as the now defunct Blogging of the President (BOPNews). In Canada his work has appeared in Pogge.ca and BlogsCanada.
    Ian and Jay talk about how the events in Boston illuminate the intelligence and military apparatus now operating in the US,  in support of an increasingly oligarchic system of governance throughout much of the OECD. 

  • 01:17

    Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd Virtually Speaking A-Z

    in Current Events

    Stuart and Jay discuss persuasion, politics and acceptance of differences of opinion of those who would oppose the modern US, or rather, OECD oligarchy

  • 01:02


    in Current Events

    Dr. Gusmano’s research interests include politics of health care reform, comparative health systems, aging, health and health care inequalities, and normative theories of policy analysis. His most recent book, Health Care in World Cities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), documents the implications of national and local health care policies for access to care in New York, London and Paris. The first book from the World Cities Project, Growing Older in World Cities (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006), which explored how the largest cities in the OECD are addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with population aging. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Masters in public policy from the State University of New York at Albany. He was also post-doctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy program at Yale University (1995-1997). Dr. Gusmano is member of the Academy of Management, the American Political Science Association (APSA), the American Public Health Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and is the secretary of APSA’s Organized Section on Health Politics and Policy. He serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law and Health Economics Policy and Law.  

  • 00:07

    Russia warns against attacking Iran over nuclear fears (Second Coming Watch Update #219)

    in News

    Russia warns against attacking Iran over nuclear fears. According to Reuters, Russia has starkly warned Israel and the United States against attacking Iran, saying Moscow sees no evidence that Tehran's nuclear program is aimed at developing weapons. Deputy Foreign Minister Ser-gei Ry-ab-kov said, "We warn those who are no strangers to military solutions that this would be harmful and literally disastrous for regional stability."

    Recession is 'taking hold' across the Eurozone. According to The Associated Press, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said that Europe's debt crisis is pushing the 17-country eurozone toward recession and is dragging down the global economy. Even growth in traditional economic powerhouse Germany is slowing, and the OECD's interim assessment said that Europe's largest economy could slip into recession by the end of the year.

    Christians face raids, threats, and persecution in Turkmenistan. According to religious freedom group Forum 18, Protestant Christians have faced an upsurge since late July in raids, threats of expulsion from villages, threats that their children will be kept under close scrutiny, and other forms of harassment. At least three separate trials of Protestants have taken place, leading to large fines. And local imams have threatened to kick Christian families out of their villages. Christians say that they do not know why the situation has suddenly gotten worse, and the government has not spoken publicly about the matter.

    The Bible says in John 15:20: "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also."

    You can read these stories in more detail and get more prophecy-related news at SecondComingHerald.com

  • 00:50

    Country Leadership

    in Radio

    In 2005, over 100 countries and international development organizations agreed on five principles to aid to be effective and really help countries achieve the MDGs. These principles are: ownership, harmonization, alignment, managing by results and mutual accountability. 1. Ownership: Developing countries set their own strategies for poverty reduction, improve their institutions and tackle corruption.
    2. Alignment: Donor countries align behind these objectives and use local systems.
    3. Harmonization: Donor countries coordinate, simplify procedures and share information to avoid duplication.
    4. Results: Developing countries and donors shift focus to development results and results get measured.
    5. Mutual accountability: Donors and partners are accountable for development results.
    Since 2005, the OECD, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, through its Development Assistance Committee has been promoting and measuring how well these principles are being followed by donors and developing countries. Particularly in health, progress has not been as fast as we would have liked. In 2008, a conference in Accra proposed an agenda for action.

  • 00:59

    Interview with Richard Millington of FeverBee

    in Social Networking

    Richard Millington is the founder of FeverBee Limited, an online community consultancy, and The Pillar Summit , an exclusive course in Professional Community Management.
    Richard's clients have included the United Nations, The Global Fund, Novartis, OECD, BAE Systems, AMD and several youth & entertainment brands. Richard is also the the author of the Online Community Manifesto.
    In addition, Richard has also worked with Seth Godin (Squidoo founder, author of the world's most popular marketing blog and twelve best-selling marketing books), on community projects.
    Based in London, United Kingdom, Richard works to help clients understand best practices for creating thriving online communities and build invaluable communities of their own. In the past 9 years Richard has worked on 10 successful online communities and contributed to success of dozens more.
    Richard's blog, FeverBee, which attracts a readership of 3000 community experts, is ranked amongst the top 10 UK marketing blogs and is widely cited for its influence in helping organizations around the world improve their community efforts.

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