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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Friday, January 16, 2015

How Americans Failed Their Soldiers And Their Country

The remains of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan in May arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. In Breach of Trust, writer and veteran Andrew Bacevich asks whether we the people are sufficiently connected to those who fight our wars — and die in them.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Andrew Bacevich talks about the issues facing the United States armed forces and traces them back to the war in Vietnam. Andrew sees a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Andrew warns of the prospect of endless war, waged by a “foreign legion” of professionals and contractor-mercenaries. Bacevich considers bankruptcy, moral as well as fiscal. Andrew is an author and retired Army officer.
Source: YouTube: Andrew Bacevich, Author, "Breach of Trust"

Andrew Bacevich
A video of Phil Donahue speaking with historian and Vietnam veteran Andrew Bacevich about America’s role in the world and the possible repercussions of our actions in the Middle East titled Andrew Bacevich on Taking Action in Syria.

Andrew John Bacevich, son of Andrew Bacevich
Gregory Johnson
Climate Change Haiku

The reports of the U.N.'s Panel on Climate Change are critically important but notoriously dense. Seattle oceanographer Gregory Johnson tells Steve Curwood about his personal project to write haiku poems to make the reports more understandable.
Source: living on earth: UN Climate Change Reports As Haiku

John Gray
John Gray Gives Two Cheers for Human Rights

John Gray argues that "rather than thinking of rights as a militant creed that can deliver the world from its conflicts, we should recognise rights for what they are - useful devices that quite often don't work".
Source: BBC Radio 4: PoV: John Gray: Two Cheers for Human Rights

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Jimmy Carter At The Civil Rights Summit

MLK Signing Ceremony for Civil Rights Act of 1964
Protestors against segregation 1963
Presidents Carter, Clinton, Obama and Bush at the Civil Rights Summit
President Jimmy Carter gave the closing address on the first day of a three-day Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Source: C-Span: Jimmy Carter at Civil Rights Summit

Civil rights march on Washington, DC, USA. Procession of African Americans carrying placards demanding equal rights, integrated schools, decent housing, and an end to bias. 28 August 1963. Photographer: Warren K Leffler. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
James Loney On Captivity In Iraq
James Loney On Captivity In Iraq

James Loney is the Canadian peace activist who was held hostage for 118 days in Iraq. Before that James worked for several years for the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq and Palestine.
Source: YouTube: James Loney on QTV

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Climate Changes Everything

Abrupt climate change is sudden climate change that is detectable over a human lifetime. Naomi Klein explains that we can embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.

Naomi exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of many mainstream green initiatives. Also she shows why the market cannot fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods.

Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, journalist, syndicated columnist and social activist known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization. Naomi is interviewed by Francesca Rheannon.
Source: writer's voice: Climate Changes Everything

Rod Marining

Greenpeace co-founder Rod Marining shares his story with David Michael Swanson

Rod Marining is one of the many co-founders of Greenpeace. In this interview, Rod talks about his early activist years before Greenpeace, establishing the now world-renowned organization, fighting nuclear testing and arctic oil drilling and the dangers he faced as a radical activist.

Russian policemen detain a Greenpeace activist during protests outside the offices of Rosneft and Statoil in Moscow

Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over forty countries and is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Greenpeace focuses its campaigning on world wide issues such as climate change, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling, genetic engineering, and anti-nuclear issues. Greenpeace uses direct action, lobbying, and research to achieve its goals.
Source: The activist: Greenpeace co-founder Rod Marining shares his story

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Spying on Democracy

Heidi Boghosian talks about government surveillance, corporate power and public resistance with Robert Scheer. Heidi Boghosian is Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild. Robert Scheer is Editor-in-Chief of Truthdig.

"Heidi Boghosian's Spying on Democracy is the answer to the question, 'if you're not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone's watching you?'" ~ Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU and former FBI agent

Michael German says that "this unrestrained spying is inevitably used to suppress the most essential tools of democracy: the press, political activists, civil rights advocates and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on corporate malfeasance and government abuse."

Heidi adds, “If the trend is permitted to continue, we will soon live in a society where nothing is confidential, no information is really secure, and our civil liberties are under constant surveillance and control.”
Source: C-Span: Book Discussion on Spying on Democracy

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Music includes William Valenti - Congress For Sale, Willie Nelson - Peaceful Solution, Capitol Steps - Hotel Arizona, Herman's Hermits Parody - I'm Pleading The Fifth I Am, Phillip Glass - Cloudscape

Thursday, December 18, 2014

America's Path to Permanent War

The U.S. spends more on the military than the entire rest of the world combined and maintains 300,000 troops abroad in an “empire of bases.” Andrew Bacevich says now is the time to examine the Washington consensus on national security. He argues that national priorities must shift from fixing Afghanistan to fixing Detroit.

With incisive analysis, Bacevich exposes the preconceptions, biases, and habits that underlie this pervasive faith in military might, especially the notion that overwhelming superiority will oblige others to accommodate America's needs and desires, including cheap oil, cheap credit, or cheap consumer goods. Bacevich argues that we must reconsider the principles which shape American policy in the world and acknowledge that fixing Afghanistan should not take precedence over fixing Detroit. As we enter a period when our militarism has become both unaffordable and increasingly dangerous, replacing this Washington consensus is crucial to America's future.

Source: YouTube: Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

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