Friday, February 27, 2015

We're Already Paying Carbon Taxes

"The fact is that American taxpayers are paying for the costs of climate change now. These costs don't hit us all at once but sporadically, in different places and at different times. They don't feel like a carbon tax, though they amount to one. Every time we use fossil fuels, we increase our tax burden, a burden that unfolds like a sequence of trap doors, just like climate change itself." ~ Mark Shapiro

“The ground is shifting beneath our feet," declares author Mark Shapiro. Mark explains how he reacted to an oil spill from the tanker Prestige along the coast of Galicia in 2002 devastated a nearby town's economy and cost billions in cleanup expenses. From the agricultural fields of California to the Amazon rainforest, from the export powerhouses of China to the bizarre world of carbon traders, Mark tells the story of how profoundly climate change is shifting the economic landscape. Mark explores how some new powers are rising and others are falling as the world struggles to contend with the fundamental economic fact of our time, the rising price of carbon.

Mark Schapiro writes about the intersection of the environment, economics, and political power. Mark teaches journalism at UC-Berkeley and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
"In his powerful new book Carbon Shock, Mark Schapiro transcends standard discussions about the well-known culprits and ramifications of climate change and takes us on a harrowing, international exploration of the universal economic costs of carbon emissions. In his path-breaking treatise, Schapiro exposes the multinational corporate obfuscation of these costs; the folly of localized pseudo-solutions that spur Wall Street trading but don't quantify financial costs or public risks, solve core problems, or provide socially cheaper and environmentally sounder practices; and the laggard policies of the US, Russia and China relative to the EU in fashioning longer-term remedies. Not only does Schapiro compel the case for a global effort to thwart the joint economic and environmental plundering of our planet in this formidable book, but he expertly outlines the way to get there." ~ Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents' Bankers and It Takes a Pillage
Source: COMMONWEALTH NATIONAL PODCAST: Mark Schapiro: Carbon Shock – A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Living With Stereotypes

Sarah Jones performances include many characters. Here are some of those characters. Bella is a African-American feminist. Habiba Rahal is a Muslim professor of comparative literature. Lorraine Levine is an older woman. Ms. Lady is poor, homeless and disabled. Joseph Mancuso is Italian-American police officer. Praveen Mandvi is Indian-American human rights worker. Rashid is a hip hop artist.

"I hope what I do is portray people as honestly as I can. I try not to strip away what's actually there." - Sarah Jones

Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes his role in challenging stereotypes of Middle Eastern Muslims in America. "When casting directors find out you're of Middle Eastern descent, they go, 'Oh, you're Iranian. Great. Can you say 'I will kill you in the name of Allah?'" — Maz Jobrani

Artist Hetain Patel plays with race, identity, language and accent to challenges us to think beyond surface appearances. "This is my art. I strive for authenticity, even if it comes in a shape that we might not usually expect" — Hetain Patel

Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott shows the three distinct flavors of English that she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.

Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral. The key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray. "Stereotypes are often rational and useful, but sometimes they're irrational, they give wrong answers and other times they lead to plainly immoral consequences." — Paul Bloom
Source: TED Radio Hour: Playing With Perceptions

Shaka Senghor
Moving Beyond Murder

"I refused to leave prison, or die in prison, trapped in this animalistic state. And I would do whatever was necessary to reclaim the parts of me that I knew were good." - Shaka Senghor

At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption. While serving his sentence for second-degree murder, Shaka discovered redemption and responsibility through literature and his own writing.

After his release, Shaka reached out to young men following in his footsteps. Senghor collaborated with the MIT Media Lab to imagine creative solutions for the problems in distressed communities.
Source: TED Radio Hour: How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder?

James Bevel
Nonviolence In Action

An interview of James Bevel regarding the nature of nonviolence. James Luther Bevel was a leader of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement who, as the Director of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) initiated, strategized, directed, and developed SCLC's three major successes of the era: the 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade, the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement, and the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement. Rev. Bevel also called for and initially organized the 1963 March on Washington and initiated and strategized the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.
Source: YouTube: "with love I can address the problem"

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Friday, February 13, 2015

The End of American Exceptionalism with Andrew Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him.” — Bill Moyers

Andrew examines of the triple crisis facing America. An economy in disarray that can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad and a government transformed by an imperial presidency into a democracy in name only and an engagement in endless wars that has severely undermined the nation.

Andrew recommends a respect for the limits of power and an aversion to claims of exceptionalism and skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving force. Andrew is convinced that Americans must live within their means.
Source: The End of American Exceptionalism with Andrew J. Bacevich
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Does U.S. Military Intervention In The Middle East Help Or Hurt?

"After much occasion to consider the folly and mischiefs of a state of warfare, and the little or no advantage obtained even by those nations who have conducted it with the most success, I have been apt to think that there has never been, nor ever will be, any such thing as a good war, or a bad peace." – Benjamin Franklin, as quoted in H.W. Brands, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000), p. 620

10 influential young Egyptians
This debate focuses on the U.S. bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Also other Muslim majority counties are included where the U.S. has been involved, such as Libya, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In this debate, two teams of foreign policy experts faced off on the motion "Flexing American Muscles In The Middle East Will Make Things Worse."

"With overlapping civil wars in Syria and Iraq, a new flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and tense nuclear talks with Iran, Middle Eastern politics are more volatile than ever and longtime alliances are shifting. Here's a guide to who's on whose side in the escalating chaos." ~ Joshua Keating and Chris Kirk
Before the debate, the audience at the Kaufman Music Center in New York voted 26 percent in favor of the motion and 31 percent against, with 43 percent undecided. After the debate, those who agreed and disagreed with the motion were tied, at 45 percent each. That made the team arguing in favor of the motion the winner of the debate.

For the motion:

Aaron David Miller is vice president for new initiatives and a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Between 2006 and 2008, Aaron was a public policy scholar. For the prior two decades, Aaron served at the Department of State as an adviser to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, helping to formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process. Aaron also served as the deputy special Middle East coordinator for Arab-Israeli negotiations and a senior member of the State Department's policy planning staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research and in the Office of the Historian.

Paul Pillar is a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies of Georgetown University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Paul retired in 2005 from a 28-year career in the U.S. intelligence community, with senior positions that included national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia, deputy chief of the DCI Counterterrorist Center and executive assistant to the director of central intelligence. Paul is a Vietnam War veteran and a retired officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Against the motion:

Michael Doran is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in Middle East security issues. Michael served as senior adviser to the undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in the State Department. Prior to that Michael held an appointment at the Pentagon as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for support to public diplomacy and at the National Security Council as the senior director for the Near East and North Africa. At the White House, Michael helped devise and coordinate national strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and the containment of Iran. Michael has held several academic positions, teaching in the history department at the University of Central Florida, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service.

Bret Stephens is deputy editor of the editorial page at the Wall Street Journal, responsible for the opinion sections of the Journal's sister editions in Europe and Asia. Bret also writes the Journal's foreign affairs column, Global View, for which he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Previously, Bret was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed in 2002 at age 28.
Source: intelligence2 Debates: Debate: Does U.S. Military Intervention In The Middle East Help Or Hurt?

The Secrets Of Your Cable Bill

If you have cable, your bill has probably doubled over the past decade. The rise is largely driven by fees for channels you have to pay for, whether you want them or not. Why can't we just pay for the channels we want? Or you could watch TV without cable.
Source: planet money: Episode 488: The Secret History Of Your Cable Bill

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Angry White Men

Washington Post, August 29, 2012
Sociologist Michael Kimmel has spent hundreds of hours in the company of America’s angry white men including white supremacists to men's rights activists to young students. Downward mobility, increased racial and gender equality, and a tenacious clinging to an ideology of masculinity has left many men feeling betrayed and bewildered. Raised to expect unparalleled social and economic privileges, white men are suffering today from what Kimmel calls "aggrieved entitlement".

Shoppers examine handguns on display for sale at The Nation's Gun Show held in the
Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia, USA, 28 July 2012.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO
Many white men believed that the benefits were their due have been snatched away from them. Michael believes that the school shootings perpetrated by middle-class white male students, the men’s-rights movement, white supremacists, the fathers’-rights groups, and more are due to aggrieved entitlement. The choice for angry white men is not whether or not they can stem the tide of history because they cannot. Micheal is interviewed by Hanna Rosin, the author of "The End of Men".
Source: C-Span: After Words with Michael Kimmel

Autism Linked to Pesticide Exposure

Women's exposure to agricultural pesticides during pregnancy appears to sharply increase the risk for developmental delays and autism in their children, according to a paper published in Environmental Health Perspectives. Irva Hertz-Picciotto is a senior author of the study and Professor of Epidemiology at the MIND Institute at UC Davis. Irva discusses the study and the dangers of pesticides with Steve Curwood.
Source: living on earth: Autism Linked to Pesticide Exposure

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The economy works like a simple machine

"The economy works like a simple machine," Dalio claims. "But many people don't understand it -- or they don't agree on how it works. And this has led to a lot of needless economic suffering."

Ray Dalio On How The Economic Machine Works (VIDEO)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Does Income Inequality Impair The American Dream? - A Debate

Income inequality has been on the rise in the U.S. for decades. The top 1 percent of earners in the U.S. now holds a much greater share of national income than three decades ago. At the same time, incomes for the bottom half of American households have remained virtually flat.

Some economists and social scientists argue that income inequality leads to unequal access to opportunity and resources like nutrition and education. That's left children born to poor families with little hope of escaping poverty themselves, they argue, and has made upward mobility unattainable for many in the middle class, as well.

But others say that income inequality is not inherently a bad thing. They point to research that finds that countries with greater inequality also experience more economic growth. That means that people at all income levels will benefit, they argue, even if their individual slice of the economic pie becomes smaller.

Before the debate, the audience at the Kaufman Music Center in New York was 60 percent in favor of the motion and 14 percent against, with 26 percent undecided. After the debate, 53 percent favored the motion and 37 percent voted against it, making the team arguing against the motion the winner of this debate.

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, with Elise Gould, argues that a robust economy
 relies on large numbers of innovators and affluent consumers —
and that too much inequality prevents too many Americans from joining those groups.
Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S.
For The Motion: Elise Gould is the senior economist and director of health policy research at the Economic Policy Institute, where she researches wages, poverty, inequality, economic mobility and health care. Elise a author and has written for academic journals. Elise has testified before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Maryland Senate Finance and House Economic Matters committees, the New York City Council and the District of Columbia Council.

Nick Hanauer is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with more than 30 years of experience across a broad range of industries. Nick has managed, founded or financed more than 30 companies, creating aggregate market value of tens of billions of dollars. Nick is actively involved in a variety of civic and philanthropic activities and has served a broad range of civic organizations. Nick currently serves as a director for the Democracy Alliance and as a board advisor to the policy journal Democracy. In 2012, his TED talk on income inequality went viral after TED, citing it as overtly partisan, declined to publish it on their website.

Edward Conard, a former partner at Bain Capital, argues that the success
of America's top earners actually spurs economic growth —
growth that, in turn, has increased incomes at all levels of the economic spectrum.
Samuel LaHoz
Against The Motion: Edward Conard is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Edward was a senior managing director at Bain Capital, where he headed the New York office and was responsible for the acquisitions of large industrial companies. He previously worked for Wasserstein Perella, an investment bank that specialized in mergers and acquisitions, and Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, where he headed the firm's industrial practice.

Scott Winship is the Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Previously a fellow at the Brookings Institution, his areas of expertise include living standards and economic mobility, inequality and insecurity. Earlier in his career, Winship was research manager of the Economic Mobility Project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and a senior policy advisor at Third Way. His research has been published in National Affairs, National Review, The Wilson Quarterly, Breakthrough Journal and Real Clear Markets, among other outlets.
Source: intelligence2: Debate: Does Income Inequality Impair The American Dream?

Amazon tribes threatened by energy industry

There are still hunter-gatherer groups in the Amazon who have had little or no contact with the outside world. Oil and gas exploration brings the threat of disease and catastrophic loss of life. Rebecca Spooner is a campaigner with Survival International in London, England. Rebecca speaks with Jane Williams about the situation.
Source: Redeye Collective: Uncontacted tribes in Peru threatened by energy industry

Executive Producer James Cameron.
(Photo: The Years Project/SHOWTIME)
Years of Living Dangerously

Hollywood Director James Cameron won a 2014 non-fiction EMMY for the TV documentary, Years of Living Dangerously that he produced. With celebrity hosts, the series covered the globe and laid out the gravity of climate change. The series is now released on DVD. Cameron discussed the show and its message with Steve Curwood.
Source: living on earth: Years of Living Dangerously

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