Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Was Edward Snowden Justified?

Edward Snowden
Two teams faced off on the motion "Snowden was justified" in his release of highly classified national security documents. The team that sways the most people by the end of the debate is declared the winner.










Andrew C. McCarthy and R. James Woolsey (right)
AGAINST THE MOTION

Andrew C. McCarthy, a contributing editor at National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, is a former top federal prosecutor. A former chief assistant U.S. attorney, he is best known for leading the prosecution against Omar Abdel Rahman and 11 others for waging a terrorist war against the U.S., including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks.

Ambassador R. James Woolsey, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, chairs the board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and is a venture partner with Lux Capital Management. Previously, he served in the U.S. government on five different occasions, where he held presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations.

Ben Wizner (left) and Daniel Ellsberg
FOR THE MOTION

Daniel Ellsberg is a former U.S. military analyst who, in 1971, leaked the Pentagon Papers, which revealed how the U.S. public had been misled about the Vietnam War. After serving in the Marine Corps, he became in 1959 a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation and consultant to the White House and Defense Department, which he joined before transferring to the State Department to serve in Saigon. Ellsberg's trial on 12 felony counts was dismissed on grounds of governmental misconduct against him.

Ben Wizner, legal adviser to Edward Snowden, directs the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry.  He has litigated numerous cases involving post-9/11 civil liberties abuses, including challenges to airport security policies, government watch lists, extraordinary rendition and torture.
Source: intelligence2 Debate: Was Edward Snowden Justified?



The Birth Of The Fed

This story includes a 70-year-old man with a bad head cold and a bunch of mistresses, a nation that's deeply ambivalent about a central bank, and a secret meeting at an island with a sketchy name.

You will hear from Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance, and Gary Richardson, Federal Reserve System historian and professor at UC Irvine.
Source: planet money: Episode 505: A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just 15 Years to Avoid Climate Calamity

Karen Krett
The Dark Side Of Hope

Psychotherapist and author Karen Krett talks with Francesca Rheannon about THE DARK SIDE OF HOPE: A Psychological Investigation and Cultural Commentary

"Hope saturates the cultural air we breathe: in movies, songs, advertising, political slogans and self-help books. Now, for the first time, "hope" is being put on the therapist’s couch and its duality is examined in depth.

For too long, hope has been promoted as an unmitigated virtue without any consideration of its darker side. Hope that is a reflex divorced from reality may, all too frequently, impede development and contribute to psychological suffering.

In a childhood lacking in parental love or protection, hope can be the emotional glue that keeps one from falling apart, from losing the thread of life. In adulthood, replaying unconscious patterns of hoping for what can never be interferes with our ability to make good choices in the most important areas of our lives. It may seem as if giving up any hope would be disastrous, but this book offers a different and progressive perspective. By breaking the hold of the dark side of hope, we can become free to direct ourselves toward hopes which can be realized and thereby gain greater fulfillment." ~ Karen Krett, LCSW

Karen Krett has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1988, with an office on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Karen is married, a mother of two, and a grandmother of two.
Source: writer's voice with Francesca Rheannon: Karen Krett, THE DARK SIDE OF HOPE

Only 15 Years to Avoid Climate Calamity


A top U.N. science panel says humanity has just 15 years to avoid climate calamity. But humanity knows what to do and how to do it, says the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Still the question is when and whether humanity will.


Robert Stavins
Tom Ashbrook talks to Gautam Naik, science and environment reporter at The Wall Street Journal, Robert Stavins, an economist and expert on climate agreements at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics program, and Leon Clarke, who is a senior scientist at the University of Maryland’s Joint Global Research Institute.
Source: On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Climate Change Countdown

Leon Clarke


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Best Hope For A Sustainable Future On Earth

Amy Moas
Saving The Forests

The United Nations' program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation and degradation, REDD, started with great promise. But Amy Moas, a senior forest campaigner for Greenpeace in Indonesia, tells Steve Curwood that very little progress has actually been made.
Source: living on earth: REDD Today


Alan Weisman
The Best Hope For A Sustainable Future On Earth

Alan Weisman explains the impact of human populations on the environment and infrastructure. Alan relates developments from Iran. In 1987, a month after its bloody conflict with Iraq ended, Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the development of what Alan calls the best voluntary family-planning program in the world. It has since cut the average family size from eight children to fewer than two.

Alan’s cogent and forthright global inquiry shows how education, women’s equality, and family planning can curb poverty, thirst, hunger, and environmental destruction. Alan makes a strong case for slowing global population growth as a prerequisite for achieving a sustainable future.

Melanie Lenart is Adjunct Professor at University of Arizona, Soil, Water and Environmental Science Department.
Source: C-SPAN: Book Discussion on Countdown


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Unfair U.S. Justice System

Author and journalist Matt Taibbi speaks to a crowd of Occupy Wall Street protestors after a march on the offices of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in New York. There was a heavy police presence around the 42nd Street area as the demonstration began Wednesday morning outside. (AP)
Journalist Matt Taibbi explains the growing divide in the U.S. justice system. Matt touches on the issues of big money buying innocence and poverty often resulting in guilt.

In an age of great inequality the rule of law has been subverted. Justice divided into two tiers. Free passes for the rich. Criminalization for the poor. Matt talks to Tom Ashbrook.

Matt Taibbi is the author of “The Divide: American Injustice In the Age of the Wealth Gap.” and “Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History” and “The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire.” (@mtaibbi)

Also Authur Laby speaks. He is professor of law at Rutgers University.
Source: On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Matt Taibbi On Unequal Justice In The Age Of Inequality



Who is really poor?

According to the U.S. government, there are 46.5 million Americans who live below the poverty line officially. But everyone who has studied poverty agrees that this figure is completely wrong. Why still measure poverty in a way that so many people agree is wrong? How could we do it better?
Source: planet money: The Trouble With The Poverty Line

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Climate Justice Movement with Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher
Tim DeChristopher is an American climate activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising. On December 19, 2008 Tim disrupted a highly disputed Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction of 116 parcels of public land in Utah's red rock country by successfully bidding on 14 parcels of land (totaling 22,500 acres) for $1.8 million. Tim had no intention to pay the $1.8 million. Tim was removed from the auction by federal agents, taken into custody, and questioned. DeChristopher served 21 months in prison, from July 2011 through April 2013.

Tim DeChristopher, center, stands by
environmental authors Janisse Ray and Bill McKibben
Tim outbid industry giants on land parcels which, starting at $2 an acre, were adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park. Two months later, incoming Interior Secretary Ken Salazar invalidated the auction. Bidder 70 is a documentary film about Tim DeChristopher and his actions of civil disobedience. In this program, Tim DeChristopher was interviewed by Terrence McNally who is a journalist and radio host.

Tim DeChristopher
"At this point of unimaginable threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like. In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what patriotism looks like. With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow." ~ From Tim DeChristopher's statement to the court at his sentencing hearing.
Source: Free Forum Q&A - TIM DECHRISTOPHER: Activist, Civil disobedience (bidding) at public lands auction landed him 21 months in prison

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Warren!







Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American professor and politician and the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. Elizabeth was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law. Elizabeth is an active consumer protection advocate whose work led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Elizabeth has written a number of academic and popular works, and is a frequent subject of media interviews regarding the American economy and personal finance. June 22 is Elizabeth's birthday.
Source: Elizabeth Warren: Fixing the Banks, Lifting the Middle Class

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Would the world be better off without religion?

Blaise Pascal
In the words of seventeenth-century mathematician, philosopher, physicist and Catholic, Blaise Pascal, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?

For the motion: Matthew Chapman who is an author, filmmaker and co-founder of Science Debate and A.C. Grayling who is a renowned atheist and Professor of Philosophy

Against the motion: Dinesh D'Souza who is President of The King's College and author of What's So Great About Christianity and Rabbi David Wolpe who was named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek.

Source: intelligence2 Debates: THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT RELIGION

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