Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Meet The Underground Economy

Alice Goffman
The underground economy is where drug wars and police lockdowns meet urban America. America’s underground economy includes an estimated $2 trillion in off-the-books work and trade. Much of it is in tough neighborhoods where the formal economy is very thin and the hand of the law is very heavy.

Alice Goffman finds an urban economy and culture so shadowed by police and incarceration that it lives “on the run.” Alice Goffman spent six years living in Philadelphia, and her close observations and often harrowing stories reveal the pernicious effects of drug wars and police lockdowns.

"A dramatic record of how race is still a key predictor of whether or not some young Americans will have a chance at a 'pursuit of happiness.'" ~ Los Angeles Review of Books

Alice Goffman, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison talks to Tom Ashbrook. Alice is the author of “On The Run: Fugitive Life In An American City”.
Source: On Point: Life ‘On The Run’ In America's Big Cities

Elizabeth Kolbert on Species Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert talks to Sasha Weiss about the species extinction that is apparently caused by humanity's activities.
Source: New Yorker's Out Loud: Elizabeth Kolbert on extinction

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Andrew Bacevich on Decades of War

Andrew J. Bacevich(l) and his son(r)
After more than six decades of war, Andrew Bacevich evaluates the U.S.' military effort in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries. When and how will these wars end? Andy takes us thru the various stages of these wars.

Western crusaders attacking Muslims from a fourteenth-century
manuscript (Bibliothèque Boulogne-s-Mer).
The two sides can be distinguished by their swords and shields.
The bending of rules of war has become the current strategy. Assassination and spying on Americans or others are part of this strategy. Andy claims that the current war is mostly hidden from view. Andy criticizes Washington for wasting resources on unnecessary wars, of being unaware of the problems facing the nation and being unable to respond to these problems.

Andrew J. Bacevich
Andrew J. Bacevich is an American expert on international relations, security studies, American foreign policy, and American diplomatic and military history. Andy graduated from West Point in 1969 and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Andy retired from the service with the rank of Colonel in the early 1990s. Andy holds a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University, and taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at Boston University in 1998.
Source: YouTube: Andrew Bacevich: "A Decade of War"
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Does State Surveillance Protect Our Freedoms?

Glenn Greenwald (left) and Michael Hayden (right)
Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz argued that, “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms.” Journalist Glenn Greenwald and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian argued against.

“It is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril.” ~ Michael Hayden
“Surveillance equals power. The more you know about someone, the more you can control and manipulate them in all sorts of ways. That is one reason a Surveillance State is so menacing to basic political liberties.” ~ Glenn Greenwald
“The state now is moving much more from reacting to violence to a proactive, preemptive, preventive mode of intelligence gathering.” ~ Alan Dershowitz
“Every other country in the world looked at us as a role model for privacy and freedom. And we dropped the ball.” ~ Alexis Ohanian
The pre-debate results was 33% pro, 46% con, 21% undecided. The post-debate results was 41% pro, 59% con. The team opposed to the resolution won with a 13% vote gain. “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms.”

More at Munk Debates: State Surveillance

Source: C-Span: Munk Debate on State Surveillance

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Sins Of Wall Street

Bloomberg News financial journalist Bob Ivry talks with Francesca Rheannon about the sins of Wall Street. Bob Ivry explains the sins include “Size, secrecy, pride, greed, impunity, complexity, and immunity from adequate regulation”.
Source: writer's voice with Francesca Rheannon: Bob Ivry, THE SEVEN SINS OF WALL STREET

Climate Risk in South Florida

Mayor and biologist Phil Stoddard comments on the risk to a South Florida suburb threatened by rising sea levels. Phil tells Steve Curwood that municipalities in Florida are doing all they can to prepare for climate change, but the state government is in denial. The risk to these communities is considerable.
Source: living on earth: Climate Risk for Real Estate Values in South Florida

Charlie Chaplin stands on Douglas Fairbanks' shoulders
during a Liberty bonds rally at Wall Street in 1918.

U.S. EPA Rules Ignore Methane

Some climate advocates have applauded the EPA’s recent power plant regulations, but environmental lawyer Bill Snape tells Steve Curwood, the new rules don’t deal with methane, resulting in serious problem for the planet.
Source: living on earth: EPA Rules Ignore Methane

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Searching For The Meaning of the Holocaust

Elie Wiesel at the age of 15 was deported by the Nazis, along with his family, from their home in Transylvania to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Elie lost both his parents and younger sister in the Holocaust. Elie has made it his lifelong goal to teach the world about the Holocaust. The prize-winning author of more than 40 works of fiction and nonfiction, has tried to capture in his writings the vibrant Jewish world that had existed before the war in addition to its destruction in the Holocaust. He received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his efforts.
Source: YouTube: Elie Wiesel: Universal Lessons of the Holocaust

Dan McMillan
Dan McMillan Explains the Holocaust

Dan McMillan presents his thoughts on the causes for the Holocaust. Dan notes the prevalence of anti-Semitism and political fissures incurred from World War I, to Germany's inability to become a democracy until 1918.

"Dan McMillan holds a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law. He has published scholarly work in both history and law, and has worked as prosecuting attorney and as a history professor. He lives in New York City and writes about history and politics.

How Could This Happen is Dr. McMillan’s first book and is the result of nearly four decades of engagement with German history and the Holocaust. Reading Simon Wiesenthal’s The Murderers Among Us as a teenager, Dan felt compelled to understand how something so horrific could have been possible. His quest for an explanation has shaped the course of McMillan’s life ever since: he became fluent in the German language, studied History and German at Stanford University, earned a Ph.D. in German history at Columbia, taught at universities in New York, New Jersey and Illinois, read everything he could on the Holocaust and constantly refined his understanding of its causes." - From the web site

Adolf Hitler
Source: BookTV: How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

U.S. Government Spying Over The Centuries

I know a something about the works of Andrew Bacevich and Stephen Kinzer and hold them in highest regard. Andrew Bacevich is author and professor at Boston University. Stephen Kinzer is author of "The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and their Secret World War". Evan Thomas is author and professor of Journalism at Princeton University. They discusses American intelligence gathering and international surveillance policies over the last half century through the current NSA crisis. Boston Globe national security reporter Bryan Bender moderates.

Apparently more data has been collected on each and every American than the people of East Germany, Nazi Germany or Stalin's Russia. Included in the great U.S. government data banks are information on most Americans' phone calls, purchases, emails, text messages, Internet searches, social media communications, health information, employment history, travel and student records. See Americans Are The Most Spied On People In World History

"In the need to develop a capacity to know what potential enemies are doing, the United States government has perfected a technology capability that enables us to monitor the messages that go through the air ... Now that is necessary and important to the United States as we look abroad at enemies or potential enemies. We must know at the same time that capability at any time could be turned around on the American people. And no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor anything, telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide...I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return." ~ Senator Frank Church on Meet the Press, 8/17/1975

Source: Spying: From Eisenhower to Obama

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Automation, Inequality and What To Do About It

Insights into the world where machines think and people don't. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee talked about work and progress in a time of technological advancement. They argue that technological advancements have taken over our lives and our economy and suggest ways to use those advancements to benefit society. The co-authors spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco to Andrew Leonard of

“How we build, use, and live with our digital creations will define our success as a civilization in the twenty-first century. Will our new technologies lift us all up or leave more and more of us behind? The Second Machine Age is the essential guide to how and why that success will, or will not, be achieved.” ~ Garry Kasparov, thirteenth World Chess Champion

"To deal with what they see as the inevitable increase in income inequality, the MIT duo would turn to a negative income tax, with which the government would assure a minimum income to anyone who works — an old idea now gaining popularity on both the left and the right." ~ Steven Pearlstein
Source: C-Span: Book Discussion on The Second Machine Age

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