Friday, March 27, 2015

Lies and World War

Facts are essential in a democracy. A government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” demands an informed citizenry. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction has always been a formidable challenge, often with life-and-death consequences. Those in power habitually seek to control the flow of information, corrupting its content and using lies, distortions, or simple suppression to cover their crimes.

Charles Lewis, a former 60 Minutes producer who founded The Center for Public Integrity, is a MacArthur Fellow and the founding executive editor of the new Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University. Charles Lewis is interviewed by David Swanson.
Source: Talk Nation Radio: Charles Lewis on 935 Lies and Media Decline

David Letterman talks to Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher is an American climate activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising. In December 2008, he protested a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction. DeChristopher was removed from the auction by federal agents and taken into custody, eventually serving 21 months in prison.
Source: YouTube: David Letterman - Environmental Activist, Tim DeChristopher

Arun Gandhi
Gandhi's Grandson Warns of World War
Arun Gandhi discusses his new children's book about his grandfather and applies its lessons to the world. Arun warns that we are currently on a path towards a world war. Arun Gandhi is interviewed by David Swanson.
Source: Talk Nation Radio: Gandhi's Grandson Warns of World War III

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Was Bush 43 The Worst President Of The Last 50 Years?

Not everyone appreciates George W. Bush's sense of humor as seen in the following quotes.

"You know, I could run for governor and all this but I’m basically a media creation. I’ve never really done anything. I’ve worked for my dad. I worked in the oil industry. But that’s not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office." ~ George W. Bush. In an interview with the Midland Reporter Telegram on July 4, 1989, quoted in Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential (John Wiley and Sons, 2003) by James Moore and Wayne Slater, p. 161.

"Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." ~ George W. Bush, speech in La Crosse, Wisconsin, (October 18, 2000)

"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." ~ George W. Bush, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2002).

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." ~ George W. Bush, signing ceremony for a $417bn defense spending bill, 5 August 2004

"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. (Short pause) And having said that, all options are on the table. (Laughter)" ~ George W. Bush, meeting with E.U. leaders, February 22, 2005

For the motion: Simon Jenkins, journalist and author and Jacob Weisberg, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group "I had great respect for Bush when he came to power. I liked his courtesy, I liked his moderation, and I liked his concept of humility in America's power projection. I think, tragically, after 9/11, he allowed the politics of fear to get the better of him; he persuaded my prime minister, Tony Blair, to let the politics of fear aid his re-election campaign as well. The politics of fear is the most corrosive of all forms of politics in a democracy." ~ British journalist Simon Jenkins, a columnist for the Guardian and the Sunday Times

"Bush was never up to the job of being president, and it's not a matter of lacking in intelligence; it's a matter of lacking character. Bush wasn't interested enough in policy; he couldn't tolerate challenge or dissent or disagreement; he couldn't open his mind long enough to consider alternatives or admit the possibility that he might sometimes be wrong. He let his righteousness and his arrogance and his anger get the better of him. And in the end, I think what's so damning about Bush and what does make him the worst president of the last 50 years is that these were things within his control." ~ Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group

Against the motion: William Kristol, Editor of the Weekly Standard and Karl Rove, Fox News Contributor "In the real world, the choices are not, you know, perfection, and ... in the real world, he's made a lot of tough decisions, most of them correct. ... There's no reason not to be critical of Bush, not to disagree with Bush, not to prefer Obama, not to have voted for Gore and Kerry — most people in New York, obviously, have all those views. But to think that he's the worst president in 50 years is just silly." ~ William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and columnist for The New York Times

"I will defend the president, and I will defend the record of the last eight years. Not always successful, but enormously successful over the long term and the long sweep of history." ~ Karl Rove, chief architect of Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, and Bush's senior adviser and deputy chief of staff from 2001-07

Moderator: John Donvan, author and correspondent for ABC News. This debate was conducted on December 2, 2008.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

The End of American Exceptionalism

Andrew Bacevich
"The United States today finds itself threatened by three interlocking crises. The first of these crises is economic and cultural, the second political, and the third military. All three share this characteristic: They are of our own making. ... Yet, as events have made plain, the United States is ill prepared to wage a global war of no exits and no deadlines. The sole superpower lacks the resources — economic, political, and military — to support a large-scale, protracted conflict without, at the very least, inflicting severe economic and political damage on itself. American power has limits and is inadequate to the ambitions to which hubris and sanctimony have given rise." ~ Andrew Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich is perhaps the only writer to regularly contribute to both the Nation and Pat Buchanan's The American Conservative. Andrew examines the United States’ daunting problem of overexpansion and overconsumption and argues for a return to pragmatism before the damage from such excessiveness becomes irreparable. Andrew calls for respect for power and its limits and an aversion to claims of exceptionalism and skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving force and a conviction that Americans must live within their means.
Source: Free Library of Philadephia: Andrew Bacevich | The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

The Collapse of Western Civilization

Science historian Naomi Oreskes joins Steve Curwood to discuss how democracy, the free market and science are all failing humanity and the planet.
Source: living on earth: The Collapse of Western Civilization

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Facing Racial Anxiety And Stereotype Threat

The U.S. prides itself on the ideal of equality. However, the educational, health care, and legal systems, are plagued by institutional biases against racial minorities. A closer look reveals that these disparities are likely not due to hateful intent, but caused by a combination of factors that include implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat.

Rachel Godsil
Lindsay Beyerstein interviews Rachel Godsil, research director of the Perception Institute, who explains how the unconscious associations and attitudes that we have towards people of different racial groups can affect the way we behave and what we can do to relieve some of the racial anxiety that may be inadvertently causing many of us to behave in ways that are contrary to our explicit values.

“All of us in law enforcement must be honest enough to acknowledge that much of our history is not pretty,” Comey said. “At many points in American history, law enforcement enforced the status quo, a status quo that was often brutally unfair to disfavored groups.” ~ FBI Director James Comey’s comments on race

Source: Point Of Inquiry: Getting Over Racial Anxiety, with Rachel D. Godsil

What Everyone Needs to Know about Marijuana Legalization

Angela Hawken talked about the pros and cons of marijuana legalization. Angela Hawken is an associate professor of public policy at Pepperdine University. Angela is a regular consultant for the United Nations and the U.S. State Department.
Source: C-Span: Book Discussion on Marijuana Legalization

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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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Music includes Brenna Sahatjian - Rise Like Lions, William Valenti - Wall Street Greedheads, The Compassionate Conservatives - In The Garden of Eden (Zinn-Fisk-Nader mix), Hari Kondabolu - 2042 & The White Minority, Jimmy Cliff at Glastonbury 2011 - We Don't Want Another Vietnam in Afghanistan, Capitol Steps - Obama Meets Osama, Jammin Inc - Propaganda, Dala Girls - Best Day, Queen - We Are The Champions, The Beatles- Here Comes The Sun, Philip Glass - Colourbox

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