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June 10 screening accents video storytelling, healthy communities

by June 1st, 2011

Get an in-person look 6 p.m. June 10th in the Chinatown Community Center at grassroots videos by South Seattle residents on nutrition and health, which are featured in an innovative digital storytelling public health campaign that will utilize online mapping and collaboration with Seattle neighborhood groups. The videos feature stakeholders from The International District, Georgetown, West Seattle, White Center, South Park, and other South Seattle neighborhoods telling their own stories about starting community gardens, finding youth sports programs for low-income families, green space and exercise, smoking and other prevention and health topics. The June 10 screening coincides with an open house at the center, and refreshments will be provided. There will be Q & A with the video producers and organizers welcome suggestions from attendees on how and where to use the videos in their community outreach effort. Some of the videos are already posted to an interim Vimeo channel and in October 2011 will be available via an online map at the Mapping Our Voices for Equality (MOVE) web page. (It currently re-directs to the interim Vimeo channel).

MOVE is a digital media and health initiative staffed by several Seattle-area non-profits with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Public Health Seattle and King County. It’s part of a program in King County and 54 other locales nationwide called Communities Putting Prevention To Work, designed by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control, and aimed at obesity and tobacco use among low-income and minority populations. Following are several of the videos.

Keynes And Hayek Throwing Down – Round Two

by May 4th, 2011 has done it again. Experience this new rap video starring the theories of “prime the pump” government stimulus theorist John Maynard Keynes versus the laissez-faire free market views of Frederick Hayek. The staging in what looks like a U.S. Senate or House committee hearing room is perfect, and the extras play their parts to a T. The intro is pretty funny, as Keynes gets a hero’s welcome from the security guard and is waved through the metal detector even though he sets it off. Hayek gets a very different welcome but is finally let into the ring. The econo-rappers state their opening arguments well, but it’s at 4:26 – after a brief joust over the lessons of WW II U.S. stimulus spending – that the flow really emanates. Here’s the whole thing.

One set of money verses:

Keynes: “My solution is simple and easy to handle. It’s spending that matters, why is that such a scandal? The money sloshes trough the pipes and the sluices, revitalizing the economy’s juices. It’s just like an engine that’s stalled and done dark. To bring it to life, we need a quick spark.”

Hayek: “Spending’s not free, that’s the heart of the matter. Too much is wasted as cronies get fatter…. The economy’s not a car; there’s no engine to stall. No expert can fix it, there’s no ‘ít’ at all. The economy’s us, we don’t need a mechanic. Put away the wrenches, the economy’s organic.”

And another.

Keynes: “So what would you do to help those unemployed? This is the question you seem to avoid. When we’re in a mess, would you have us just wait? Doing nothing, until markets equil-i-brate?”

Hayek: “Ï don’t want to do nothing, there’s plenty to do. The question I ponder is who plans for who? Do I plan for myself, or leave it to you? I want plans by the many, not by the few.”

They take it deeper, but never lose the Plain English thread. What a teaching tool. High school and college teachers of economics, political science and communications will find this a great addition to the curriculum.

Props to creators John Papola and Russ Roberts, and to Billy Scafoli as Keynes and Adam Lustick as Hayek.

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Washington State Database On Insurance Providers

by September 9th, 2010

Today on my regular weekly KOMO-AM 1000 segment featuring the work of our Public Data Ferret government transparency project, I talked with “Nine To Noon” co-anchors Brian Calvert and Nancy Barrick about another consumer-friendly government database. It’s from the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Office, and lets consumers check for disciplinary actions against insurance companies and agents, by name and by year. A related database at the site provides information on the financial background of long-term health care providers. Here’s the original Ferret write-up, plus the audio segment. The transcript follows.

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: The High Level Nuclear Waste Disposal Challenge

by September 3rd, 2010

On my latest regular weekly KOMO-AM 1000 segment featuring the work of our Public Data Ferret project, Wednesday Sept. 1, I spoke with co-anchor Nancy Barrick and guest anchor Bill Rice about the challenge the U.S. faces in developing a policy for long term disposal of high level nuclear waste. The conversation stemmed from a white paper published at the Ferret site. Here’s the audio of the radio segment. The transcript follows.

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Rising U.S. Debt Dicey

by August 27th, 2010

In this week’s regular live KOMO-AM 1000 radio segment featuring the work of our Public Data Ferret government transparency project, I talked with co-anchor Nancy Barrick and guest anchor Bill Rice about some sobering news on U.S. government debt. Here’s the original Ferret write-up and here’s the audio. The transcript follows.

Nancy Barrick: “A recent report by the Congressional Budget Office offers a serious warning to the feds: stop spending all that money. And on the KOMO news line we have Matt Rosenberg of, and Matt, what did this report have to say about our national debt?”

Matt Rosenberg: “We’re highlighting this report called “Federal Debt And The Risk Of A Fiscal Crisis” at our Public Data Ferret government transparency hub, and it says that the U.S. government’s public debt – that’s what’s owed to investors in the financial markets – is now higher than ever, except for in the years right after World War Two. Our U.S. public debt reached $8 trillion, or about 54 percent of projected year-end gross domestic product for 2010, and it’s going to go higher by the end of the year to about 62 percent of GDP, so the prescription is stiff medicine, at least from the Congressional Budget Office. They’re saying we’ve got to cut spending and look at increasing revenues, and it’s not going to be pretty no matter how you slice it.”

Bill Rice: “Yeah, and apparently it just gets worse unless something is done now. How bad does the debt get by, say, 2035?”

Matt Rosenberg: “Well, they’ve got a couple of different scenarios. One is called the ‘extended baseline scenario,’ which sees a continuation of current law and no big changes, and even then, the public debt is going to reach about 80 percent of GDP, considerably higher than now, and that’s thanks to an aging population and increasing health care costs. But if there are changes made, under the ‘alternative fiscal scenario’ that the CBO outlines, it could be much, much worse, and the public debt could reach as much as 180 percent of GDP by 2035. So they’re saying we’ve got to get on it right now and cut spending equal to at least one percent of GDP under the ‘okay’ scenario and up to (five) percent under the ‘recipe for trouble’ scenario.”

Nancy Barrick: “And Matt, the thing I like is you always sift through these sorts of technical reports. As you were looking through this, is this something the general public can get ahold of, or is it pretty technical?”

Matt Rosenberg: “Well, no, you can make good sense out of it, and at our Public Data Ferret site we link also to some of the sources that we use. Actually that’s in the blogroll section of our blog. So, yeah, you can go right to a lot of these government sites, find recent reports written in plain English, sometimes it takes a little translation, and that’s part of what we’re here for, but you know, if I were to summarize what these guys are saying here, it’s that the federal government has been gorging on public debt like Little Debbie snack cakes, and it’s time for the fresh grapefruit and Meusli, instead.”

Bill Rice: “Matt Rosenberg of For a link to Matt’s Web site, go to and click on “Nine 2 Noon.”

Nancy Barrick: “That was very well put.”

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Indoor Smoking Ban’s Effect On Retail Sales In Bars And Taverns

by August 18th, 2010

Today on my regular weekly KOMO-AM 1000 Seattle radio segment featuring the work of our Public Data Ferret project, I talked with “Nine2Noon” show co-anchors Brian Calvert and Nancy Barrick about a new study on how sales at bars and taverns were affected by the indoor public smoking ban approved by Washington voters. Here’s the original Ferret article on the study, and here’s the audio file of today’s radio appearance. The transcript follows.

Brian Calvert: “KOMO News time 9:46. Along with Nancy Barrick, I’m Brian Calvert. Pass a smoking ban, drinking rates go down, right? Not so fast. Matt Rosenberg with joins us this morning. Matt, the prevailing thought back in 2005 when Washington voters banned smoking in public places was that the taxable retail sales at bars might go down, but you found otherwise.”