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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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

End The Abuses Against Girls And Women

President Jimmy Carter talks about abuses against girls and women around the world and discusses what can be done about the problem. President Carter is interviewed by Sally Quinn and David Ignatius.

Jimmy Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. Jimmy co-founded of The Carter Center with his wife Rosalynn Carter and is the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.

His books include "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid" and "Our Endangered Values." Happy Birthday Jimmy Carter!
Source: BookTV: A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Does Domestic Spying Keep The U.S. Safe?

Smile, you're on NSA's camera! It starts when you're are afraid. Big brother is here to calm your fears and protect you from the big bad boogie men!

The recent leaks about National Security Agency surveillance programs have renewed the debate over the balance between national security and civil liberties. Four people debated the motion "Spy On Me, I'd Rather Be Safe."

For The Motion: Stewart Baker, Richard Falkenrath, Against The Motion: David Cole, Michael German

Before the debate, the audience in Washington, D.C., voted 26 percent in favor of the motion and 41 percent against, with 33 percent undecided. After the debate, 29 percent agreed with the motion "Spy On Me, I'd Rather Be Safe," and 62 percent disagreed — making the side arguing against the motion the winners.
Source: intelligence2 Debates: Does Spying Keep Us Safe?

The Last Hours

"Last Hours" is a short film that explores the perils of climate change and the solutions to avert climate disaster. "Last Hours" is presented and narrated by Thom Hartmann and directed by Leila Conners. Executive Producers are George DiCaprio and Earl Katz. Last Hours is produced by Mathew Schmid of Tree Media Foundation, and was written by Thom Hartmann, Sam Sacks, and Leila Conners. Music is composed and performed by Francesco Lupica.
Source: YouTube: Last Hours

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Should The U.S. Break Up The Big Banks?

Douglas Elliott (left) and Paul Saltzman argue against the motion
"Break Up The Big Banks" Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S.

In 2008, the U.S. Treasury committed 245 billion in taxpayer dollars to stabilize America’s banking institutions. Banks that were once “too big to fail” have only grown bigger. Was size and complexity at the root of the financial crisis, or do calls to break up the big banks ignore real benefits that only economies of scale can pass on to customers and investors? The debaters are Richard Fisher, Simon Johnson, Douglas Elliott, and Paul Saltzman.

Richard Fisher (left) and Simon Johnson argue in favor of breaking up big banks,
as moderator John Donvan looks on. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S.
Before the debate, the audience at New York City's Kaufman Center voted 37 percent in favor of the motion and 19 percent against. Forty-four percent were undecided. After the debate, 49 percent supported breaking up big banks which is an increase of 12 percentage points and 39 percent opposed which is an increase of 20 points. That made the side arguing against breaking up the banks the winners of the debate.
Source: intelligence2 Debates: Should The U.S. Break Up Big Banks?

Obama’s Climate Plan

President Obama has a plan to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and to expand the use of renewables and natural gas. Steve Curwood gets reactions from David Hawkins Director of Climate Programs at NRDC, Sierra Club’s executive director Michael Brune, and student activist Jess Grady-Benson.
Source: living on earth: Obama’s Grand Climate Plan

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Climate Change and Excessive Government Power

John Gray
Facing Reality

John Gray reflects on what we know but prefer not to think about, whether it's the truth about the invasion of Iraq or the failures of the financial system that led to the banking crisis. "We humans are sturdy and resilient animals with enormous capacities of creativity and adaptability; but consistently realistic thinking seems to be beyond our powers."
Source: BBC: PoV: John Gray: Unknown Knowns: 10 Jan 14

Excessive Government Power

Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, discusses what the government does with Americans’ data and how the “fusion centers” have quickly expanded their focus from terrorism to all manner of criminal activity. Rachel asks whether public backlash can dial back the government’s excessive power. She is interviewed by Scott Horton.
Source: the Scott Horton show: 10/14/13 Rachel Levinson-Waldman

Oil rigs in Los Angeles in 1896. The study looked at emissions all the 
way back to the 19th century (photo: unknown, public domain)
Just 90 Firms Have Produced Climate Change

A recent study found that the number of state and investor-owned organizations responsible for the human impact on climate change is only 90. Rick Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute in Colorado talks to Steve Curwood about these findings.
Source: living on earth: Just 90 Firms Have Tipped the Climate

Pacific Coast leaders sign action plan on climate and energy.
From left to right: British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak,
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and
California Governor Jerry Brown. (Photo: Office of Governor Brown)
West Coast Action on Climate Change

California, Oregon, Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia have signed a pact to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by putting a price on carbon. British Columbia's Environment Minister Mary Polak discusses the agreement and how a carbon tax is working in that Canadian province with Steve Curwood.
Source: living on earth: West Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy

The Price Of Climate Action

The 2104 climate report from the IPCC says the price of climate action today is cheap compared to what it will cost. Physicist Joseph Romm, of the blog Climate Progress, and Steve Curwood discuss the cost-benefit analysis of immediate and delayed climate action.
Source: living on earth: Bargain Time For Climate Protection

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