Kellia’s World – Recommended Reading

Challenging the assumptions we live by — Because I want to.

About Kellia

I’m Kellia Ramares. I’m a freelance journalist in Oakland, California. I’ve been a member of the KPFA (Pacifica – Berkeley), News Department since March 2, 1999, but most of the time I board op the news cast rather than do stories. Most of my journalism is done elsewhere. I have had work on The Monitor at KPFT (Pacifica – Houston), Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS), Online Journal, Speaking Truth To Power, Free Speech Radio News, several outlets of Indymedia.org (most frequently IndyBay.org), National Native News, Workers’ Independent News, Global Public Media, Center for Research on Globalisation, and several places that no longer exist. I have also done independent work on the internet, particularly on the subject of Peak Oil under another website name Rise4News. That site does not exist anymore either.

Most of my work has involved science/technology or law. But I have done general assignment reporting as well.

I’m 53 years old and have a BA in Economics from Fordham University in New York, as well as a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington. I worked for about 12 years in legal publishing, but I have never practiced law.

I have moved from Democrat, to Green to Decline to State. I vote regularly, but also see the limitations of the electoral system. I am concerned about what it costs to run political campaigns and the hazards of electronic voting. It should be banned. Let’s get back to paper ballots counted by hand in public!

I voted for Dennis Kucinich in the primary, even though he dropped out of the presidential ace a few days before. I will vote for Cynthia McKinney, of the Green Party, in the general election and I would like to see third party candidates get more attention. But that will never happen as long as the mainstream media has a stranglehold on which candidates get publicity.  I see the Internet as a way around that, but only under certain circumstances: Net Neutrality must be preserved so that the ISP’s can’t determine which sites we have access to. Likewise, the Internet must be kept free of any government censorship.

Also, content producers must be supported financially. Information should be free, but the reality is that information workers are flesh and blood human beings who have material needs that must be met through a money-based economy. Even if we gift, barter, DIY or do without, there are things for which we need money, often big things like the roof over our heads, or health care. An information worker should not have to be part of a large news organization to provide for him/her self and family. The fact that this is often the case now is the reason that good websites disappear after a short while. The difficulty that independent journalists have in making a living apart from the large news organizations is a form of social and media control.

I love the game of baseball, what it is and what it represents. It is to me the perfect balance between individual and group achievement. I invite you to visit my baseball blog –

Down The Left Field Line: Life, Baseball & Eric Byrnes.

You can contact me at ByrnesBlogger1@gmail.com

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