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Michael Parenti
THE PATHOLOGY OF WEALTH

The first talk of 2012 by the social critic and noted author Michael Parenti fit perfectly into the debates of the time, that of the One versus the 99% and the finally no longer taboo question: What exactly is CAPITALISM? Parenti is debunking some of the myths of capitalism: That it creates jobs, peace, democracy and wealth - and more. In Part TWO Parenti describes the pathologies of capitalism by its inability to respond to climate change. Quoting a businessman in a New Yorker cartoon he reads: "While the end of the world scenario will be rife with unimaginable horrors, ..the pre-end period will be filled with unprecedented opportunities." Also in this segment arguments for the benefits of socialism in areas of our lives that should not be managed under the profit system. He lists health care, energy, and transportation.

Michael Parenti spoke on January 6, 2012, at the La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA. He is one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts. Raised in a working class district of New York City, Parenti went on to earn a Ph.D. from Yale and lost his chance at an academic career when he openly opposed the war on Vietnam.
Thanks to John Parulis for the recording.
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Richard Grossman
WHEN INJUSTICE IS LEGAL
WHAT DO THE ABOLITIONISTS TEACH US ABOUT CHALLENGING CORPORATE RULE

This program is in remembrance of Richard Grossman, who died of cancer in November 2011. He was one of the great uncompromising, courageous thinkers and activists in the unfolding project to define, limit and abolish corporate power. Ralph Nader called Grossman "the preeminent historian of corporations" and this speech, that Grossman gave at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in November 2006, shows what that meant. Grossman refers to the radical branch of the Abolitionists who confirmed that we are born with inalienable rights that precede the formation of governments, rights that governments are tasked to protect. As with the Abolitionists in the 1800-reds who determined that slaves could not be free under the existing constitution, anti corporate campaigner also need to re-write the constitution to dismantle the corporate state.

Grossman describes how corporations usurped many of the rights that are properly due to human beings and have become the dominant institutions or our time – and how that dominance needs to be challenged in the constitutional arena. He proposes how to bring about the changes in self-governance, be it energy, agriculture, transportation, peace or environmental protection by directly challenging the law.

Richard Grossman was teaching Democracy Schools with CELDF, the Community Legal Defense Fund. CELDF was formed to provide free and affordable legal services to community-based groups and local governments working to protect their quality of life and the natural environment. They help mount campaigns that challenge the legal clout of corporations to overrule decisions made by citizens for their communities and for a sustainable future. <http://www.celdf.org/>
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Christopher Hitchens:
THE TRIAL OF HENRY KISSINGER
Hitchens Evidence for Kissinger's War Crimes
Hitchens died on December 15, 2011. His work on the war crimes of Henry Kissinger may be his most enduring. In this recording he describes Kissinger as a "a one man rolling global crime wave." Acerbic, witty, fact and passion filled. Recorded in the Fall of 2001 in San Francisco at a book release party for: The Trial of Henry Kissinger.

In Part TWO Hitchens discusses whether Nixon and Kissinger stole the elections of 1968, offers additional information on Kissinger's role in Israel, Palestine, and Cyprus, and reviews some of the instruments of international law that may be used to bring war criminals to trial. Updated in December 2011.

"Hitchens investigates Kissinger’s involvement in the war in Indochina, planned assassinations in Santiago, Nicosia and Washington, D.C., and genocide in East Timor. Drawing on first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation, and material released under the Freedom of Information Act, Hitchens mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose (actions)resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter." (Verso Press)
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Richard Grossman
DISMANTLING CORPORATIONS
Remembering Richards work and life
Richard Grossman said: ".. corporations don’t have rights. Rights are for people. Corporations only have privileges, and only those that we the people bestow on them." In a nutshell that was the essence of his research and teaching for the last 20 years. Richard died of melanoma on November 22nd, 2011, at a hospital in New York City, where he was born sixty-eight years earlier.

Ralph Nader called him the “preeminent historian of corporations” and a new, inspiring reading of history was his special gift. Richard said that the American revolution was fought less against the crown but against the crown corporations. And he believed that it's time to remember that fight and assert sovereignty of the people over the corporate state and ask: Why should the many be governed by the few?" In the last 15 years he had been an important member of POCLAD, the Project on Corporations, Law and Democracy and CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. His lasting legacy are the Democracy Schools that continue to be taught across the country, and a pamphlet: Taking Care of Business describes the process of de-chartering corporations.  <http://www.ratical.org/corporations/TCoB.html>

Two important projects that Richard Grossman initiated in the last months of his life do not receive enough notice in the obituaries about his work: Upstate New York, where he lived in a small town, is in the cross hairs of natural gas exploration and hydrofracking. Richard Grossman became active in the Sovereign People's Action Network (SPAN). He presented, at the August 2011 Green Fest in New York City, the draft of a law to not just regulate or limit the practice but to formally criminalize the procedure in an amendment to the penal code. <http://corporatecrimereporter.com/documents/fracking.pdf>

The second legacy of Richard Grossman's work that he formalized as draft just 4 weeks before he died is An Act To Criminalize Chartered, Incorporated Business Entities as a class.<GrossmanActToCriminalize.html> Several Obituaries refer to that Act by name without offering a link to the text. It seems as if those who want to remember Richard shy away from presenting his most radical proposal. But Richard himself wanted it to be seen. It is his contribution to the Occupy movement.

This is the first and second in a two hour tribute to this passionate and erudite man, beginning with this recording of a 1995 presentation to a planning meeting with the members of the International Forum on Globalization.
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Alex Carey: Corporations and Propaganda
The Attack on Democracy

The 20th century, said Carey, is marked by three historic developments: the growth of democracy via the expansion of the franchise, the growth of corporations, and the growth of propaganda to protect corporations from democracy. Carey wrote that the people of the US have been subjected to an unparalleled, expensive, 3/4 century long propaganda effort designed to expand corporate rights by undermining democracy and destroying the unions. And, in his manuscript, unpublished during his life time, he described that history, going back to World War I and ending with the Reagan era. Carey covers the little known role of the US Chamber of Commerce in the McCarthy witch hunts of post WWII and shows how the continued campaign against "Big Government" plays an important role in bringing Reagan to power.

John Pilger called Carey  "a second Orwell", Noam Chomsky dedicated his book, Manufacturing Consent, to him. And even though TUC Radio runs our documentary based on Carey's manuscript at least every two years and draws a huge response each time, Alex Carey is still unknown.

Given today's spotlight on corporations that may change. It is not only the Occupy movement that inspired me to present this program again at this time. By an amazing historic coincidence Bill Moyers and Charlie Cray of Greenpeace have just added the missing chapter to Carey's analysis. Carey's manuscript ends in 1988 when he committed suicide. Moyers and Cray begin with 1971 and bring the corporate propaganda project up to date.

This is a fairly complex production with many voices, historic sound clips, and source material. The program has been used by writers and students of history and propaganda. Alex Carey: Taking the Risk out of Democracy, Corporate Propaganda VS Freedom and Liberty with a foreword by Noam Chomsky was published by the University of Illinois Press in 1995.
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Bill Moyers: Politics Today is Money Laundering
Keynote for Public Citizen
Moyers says: "Politics Today is Money Laundering and the Trafficking of Power and Policy" - and "why New York’s Zuccotti Park is occupied is no mystery.  Reporters keep scratching their heads and asking: Why are you here? But it’s as clear as the crash of 2008: they are occupying Wall Street because Wall Street has occupied America." 

Part TWO is a reading of Moyers' concise and revealing mini history of the corporate takeover of America's democracy, beginning with the infamous secret 1971 memo by Lewis Powell to his friends at the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. Powell soon became Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Moyers sums it up: "We look back on it now as a call to arms for class war waged from the top down... Within two years the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce formed a task force of 40 business executives. Their assignment was to defend the free enterprise system and push the corporate agenda. In 1971, only 175 firms had registered lobbyists in the capital; by 1982, nearly twenty-five hundred did. Corporate PACs increased from under 300 in 1976 to over twelve hundred by the middle of the l980s. Powell had set in motion a revolt of the rich." (Moyers omitted this very important section due to time constraints.)

Bill Moyers, elder, intellectual, journalist and public broadcaster for four decades has known politics more intimately than most of his media colleagues. He was an organizing founder and deputy director of the Peace Corps, Special Assistant and then Press Secretary to President Lyndon Johnson and played a key role in organizing and supervising the 1964 Great Society legislative task forces.

Bill Moyers delivered the keynote address at Public Citizen's 40th Anniversary celebration in October 2011. Public Citizen was co-founded by Ralph Nader, and now has over 225,000 members. Their motto is "defending democracy, resisting corporate power"
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Natural Process Farming
Bob Cannard
In the description of the Bioneers he is: "Iconoclast, piano player, great cook, and an incredible farmer". Bob Cannard is a frequent guest at their annual conferences. His produce and fruit are so exquisite that they are used in the most expensive restaurants, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley. His farm store is open year round and sells vegetables and home-canned goods at affordable prices.

As the cities are taking over the land Cannard is taking back what he can. He is acknowledged by Michael Pollan as one of the important members of the sustainable food movement, creating solutions to the growing crisis of the loss of farmland - caused by urbanization and the techniques of industrial agriculture.

After explaining how to have fun restoring a compacted weedy piece of land or lawn, how to use biochar and more, Cannard proposes to build the Garden Party and lays out the principles of taking responsibility for one's food on a personal and local level to a cheering audience. Those are the criteria for membership in the Garden Party.
Cannard runs Green String Farm <www.greenstringfarm.com/> and Institute in Petaluma, CA.
Recorded Sept. 15, 2011 in Santa Rosa.
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Vandana Shiva
The Seed at the Heart of Freedom
and Genetic Engineering's War on Life
Shiva came in September 2011 to the first national Heirloom Seed Expo held in Santa Rosa, CA, to give the keynote speech. 10,000 people had come on short notice to see plants and seeds that would already be extinct had not someone lovingly collected and bred them.

Vandana Shiva, trained in quantum physics, became a seed saver and ecologist in 1982. She and her organization Navdanya <http://www.navdanya.org/> have done a huge part of the work limiting the spread of GMOs into India. For her the attempts to impose GMOs on India is a war on life and the most recent wave of colonialism. She and the members of Navdanya learned from Gandhi's campaigns against the British - and as Gandhi chose the spinning wheel and salt, they chose the seed as the vessel of life and dedicated themselves to its protection.

Vandana Shiva explains how biotechnology creates super weeds, poisons beneficial insects and soil microbes and only brings high yields when fertilizers, pesticides and abundant water are applied. She reports on Monsanto's intrusion into the Indian market by burning heirloom seeds, and locking farmers and seed vendors into exclusive agreements. Monsanto is using the patent rights they received via former Monsanto lawyer Clarence Thomas on the US Supreme Court to collect royalty payments and make it illegal to save and exchange seeds. She calls for the international abolition of GMOs and the removal of patents since seeds are a gift from nature to be shared freely.

Shiva’s books include Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest, Monocultures of the Mind, and Water Wars. Her many awards include the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Peace Prize." She spoke on September 15, 2011, at the Heirloom Seed Expo organized by Baker Creek Seeds along with many independent seed companies, farmers and schools.
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9/11 Reclaiming Our Future
With Ed Asner, Kevin Danaher, Richard Gage and Anodea Judith
This program begins with an excerpt from the trailer for an upcoming movie by Engineers and Architects for 9/11 Truth about the destruction of World Trade Center Building #7, followed by a talk by Kevin Danaher about reclaiming our future. Danaher is co-founder of Global Exchange and executive producer of the annual San Francisco Green Festival, and husband of Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin.

Reclaiming our Future was the motto of the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 held in 2011 at San Francisco's Herbst Theater. The event signaled a break through on 9/11 in two important areas. A trailer for an upcoming movie by Engineers and Architects for 9/11 Truth about the destruction of World Trade Center Building #7 has already gone viral on the internet. Narrated by Ed Asner, it shows the latest research that rebuts the government explanation that office furniture fire caused the free fall collapse of the 47 story building, that was not hit by an airplane. Of all the 9/11 issues the case of building #7 is the most compelling to-date to initiate a new investigation. Architects and engineers are joined by 9/11 family members and first responders who are joining that demand. Kevin Danaher supports the movie and gives a passionate appeal for reclaiming our future, the second theme of the event.

Anodea Judith is founder and director of Sacred Centers. Her book, Waking the Global Heart: Humanity's Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love, was the winner of the 2007 Nautilus Book Award for Social Change. She is a groundbreaking thinker, writer, and spiritual teacher. Her passion for the realization of untapped human potential matches her concern for humanity’s impending crises — her fervent wish is that we “wake up in time.” She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology and Human Health, is a registered yoga teacher, with lifelong studies of healing, mythology, history, sociology, systems theory, and mystic spirituality.
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Remembering Doris "Granny D." Haddock
- and her fight to get money out of politics
TUC Radio Archive
At a time when the 2010 midterm elections set a record for campaign spending; and a new populism is on the rise that contains elements of anger and racism it's good to remember Doris "Granny D." Haddock the amazing, eloquent, funny grandmother who gave the last 15 years of her life to getting money out of politics and to embody a populism that is fueled by love, compassion and a bright, clear sense of justice.

Granny D. was best known for walking, in her 90th year, from Los Angeles to Washington DC to tell those she met along the way that there is a way to restore democracy by removing the privilege of money. Among the many proposals for campaign finance reform that she pursued, one national piece of legislation was then under debate, the McCain Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act - and she is widely credited for galvanizing the public support that helped pass that Act in 2002.

She had worked on campaign finance reform on the state level before her walk and she continued to do so when she returned home in March 2000. For another decade she did vigils, was arrested, met with over half the Senators and about 100 House members. She walked 300 miles across Missouri with the Alliance for Democracy and founded a group that pushed the New Hampshire state legislature to create the Citizen Funded Election Task Force.

Granny D. died March 9, 2010, at the age of 100. Just before her death, which came very suddenly, she had jokingly discussed with her friends and supporters what it would be like to walk across the country again to call attention to the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled corporations are persons and have First Amendment rights and that the government cannot impose restrictions on their political speech. That decision cleared the way for corporations and other special interest groups to spend record amounts of money to buy Congress and elections.

Granny D. left behind a treasure of writings, recorded speeches, and an inspiring diary of her 1999/2000 walk across America - some of which you will be able to enjoy in this double program. The late journalist Molly Ivens said about her: Granny D, gives you "the strength, courage and optimism to keep fighting for change."

Thanks to <http://www.humanmedia.org/> for clips of Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower and Dennis Burke. David Freudberg produced a beautiful one hour portrait of Granny D. that you can access at: <http://www.humanmedia.org/catalog/program.php?products_id=104> And thanks to Amy Goodman of <http://www.democracynow.org/> for parts of her interview with Granny D. during her Senate campaign.
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Michael Parenti:
THE STRUGGLE FOR HISTORY
Dissident Truth and Official Deception
In this talk Michael Parenti quotes Winston Churchill who said to his fellow party members: “History will be kind to us because I plan to write it.” Far from being an objective account of events history bears the mark of its writer, the omissions of the censors, and the interests of those who benefit from making it. In this speech Parenti shows how to take the recording of history back from politicians, the media, professors, clergy, and business people.

Michael Parenti is one of the nation's leading progressive political analysts. With roots in a working class Italian district of New York and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale Michael Parenti has become an internationally known lecturer. He is the author of over twenty books.
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MICHAEL PARENTI
The JFK Assassination and the Gangster Nature of the State
When Oliver Stone’s movie JFK opened in December 1991 a huge PR campaign was mobilized against the film. Even progressives spoke out. Noam Chomsky wrote in support of the Warren Commission's findings – in contrast Michael Parenti gave one of his highly acclaimed talks criticizing the lone assassin theory. The bitter questions that haunted defenders and critics alike was whether government agencies of a democratic country would do such a thing as assassinate an elected President.

In this talk Michael Parenti turns to that question first – he examines, in part one, what he calls “the gangster nature of the state.” In part two he goes over details of the assassination and critiques The Nation, The Progressive, Chomsky and Cockburn. He spoke in Berkeley, CA, on the 30th anniversary of the JFK assassination.

This is one of many "standing ovations" talks by Parenti. The master for this program was lost and this appears to be the only copy of the original recording.
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THE ASSASSINATION OF JULIUS CAESAR
A People's History of Ancient Rome
Who was Julius Caesar, a dictator or a populist? And who really was Brutus, who murdered him on the Ides of March? A young hero or a participant in a deep seated conspiracy? This intriguing lecture by the noted author, speaker, activist and scholar Michael Parenti provides surprising new insights and parallels to today that are both shocking and amusing.

This rebroadcast is part of the very popular and ever expanding series on what Parenti calls Real History, a different and intriguing reading of a surprisingly large number all too familiar stories. Parenti spoke about his Pulitzer Price nominated book: The Assassination of Julius Caesar, a people's history of ancient Rome. He was recorded by Brian Barry in the summer of 2003 in San Francisco.

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INTO ETERNITY
Helen Caldicott and Michael Madsen
This is a conversation between Helen Caldicott and Michael Madsen whose film, Into Eternity, premiered in the US in February 2011. Helen called Madsen "One of the more extraordinary people I've ever interviewed". This is a thought provoking exchange between the veteran campaigner, Helen Caldicott, who dedicated her life to alerting us to the nuclear danger, and the young Danish artist. He introduces thoughts about civilization, language, danger and eternity.

Into Eternity is a documentary about the building of the world's first permanent repository for nuclear waste in Finland. It shows not only the construction under way that will take 140 years, but introduces the people involved, the scientists, regulators and corporate executives who oversee this project. None of them will be alive when Onkalo, as the repository is called, will be finished in 2120; and they must expect this repository to remain intact and untouched by future humans for at least 100,000 years. Such is the danger and longevity of waste from nuclear power plants.

This is a re-broadcast of Helen's weekly radio program, If You Love This Planet.
Recorded June 17, 2011 in Australia and Denmark
. The web site for the movie is Into Eternity.
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NUCLEAR ETERNITY
at Chernobyl, Fukushima and Onkalo

Joanna Macy and Natalia Manzurova
NUCLEAR ETERNITY at Chernobyl, Fukushima and Onkalo

How long does radiation from nuclear fuel remain dangerous to life? At least 100,000 years. At Fukushima that fuel lies littered under the ruins of the exploded buildings. Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy and Natalia Manzurova, who worked at Chernobyl after the accident, talk about nuclear eternity.

Natalia Manzurova is a Russian radiation ecology expert. For almost five years she worked in a lab in the abandoned town of Pripyat two miles from Chernobyl. She was an engineer at another nuclear facility in Russia and was ordered to the site of the accident. She saw several of her colleagues die and is ill herself.

A founder of Chernobyl Union, a support group for liquidators, Natalia Manzurova currently works with Planet of Hope, advocating for people exposed to radiation, such as downwinders, people living in radiation areas, and nuclear workers; a large and growing category of victims of the nuclear age.

She spoke in Berkeley on April 10, 2011. The Center for Safe Energy <http://www.centerforsafeenergy.org/>, that organized the event, had asked Joanna Macy, longtime anti nuclear activist and author of books such as: "Pass It On: Five Stories that Can Change the World" to give an introduction.
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Onkalo - Into Eternity
Onkalo is the first permanent storage for waste from nuclear power plants in Finland. Blasted into bedrock of the island of Olkiluoto on the shores of the Baltic Sea, it has to remain secure for 100,000 years.

Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen's documentary of the building in progress of Onkalo is a meditation on eternity, insanity and the impossibility of projecting anything 100,000 into the future. The film also proves eloquently and with expert statements the terrible danger that arises from so-called "spent" nuclear fuel and makes us see Fukushima with very different eyes.
 
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Encore:
Ellen Brown

THE FINANCIAL HIJACKING OF AMERICA
How and why to escape the web of debt
This is a talk about the trillion dollar bailout of the too large to fail banks and how it relates to the underlying crisis caused by the private control of the US - and soon the world's - money supply. Brown has an intriguing theory that she sets out to prove: Congress was initially not very interested in a bailout of the banks and needed to be shown, she says, that the situation was serious and that more money than ever before had to flow from taxpayers and the Federal Reserve into the banking system. In part ONE of her talk Ellen Brown runs down the incidents that led to the collapse of Lehman Brothers. She asks whether Lehman was purposefully bombed with short and naked short sales, and then was left unsupported by fellow banks in order to prove to Congress and to us that the crisis was serious. She quotes from a NY Times headline: "Lehman had to die, it seems, so global finance could live."

In part TWO Ellen Brown covers the little known but highly consequential role of the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland. The BIS serves as a bank for central banks and is not accountable to any national government. It plays an increasingly important role in the ever centralizing global financial system. Brown points to the risk of formalizing the money system for the world as the unregulated and unaccountable private domain of private banks - a process that is taking place right now. And you are about to hear about the Bank of North Dakota, an amazing, little known, highly successful state owned bank founded in 1919 and flourishing today. She suggests that California adopt that model to solve both the budget and the overall financial crisis - as 5 states are already planning to do. Washington, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts and Virginia have bills pending for state owned banks.

Ellen Brown is the author of Web of Debt, a book about the Federal Reserve. She shows how the private banking cartel has usurped the power to create money, and how we the people can take back that power. You can see the film of this presentation on: <http://understandingdeeppolitics.org/conference-video>
For updates on public banking and the growing number of state initiatives to bypass Wall Street go to <http://publicbankinginstitute.org/>

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THE GOLDSTONE REPORT
The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict
Co-edited by Adam Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner and Philip Weiss
Published in early 2011 by Nation Books

Part ONE: Prof. George Bisharat and Adam Horowitz
In the spring of 2009, South African judge Richard Goldstone set out on a mission to the Gaza Strip on assignment from the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate possible war crimes committed during "Operation Cast Lead," Israel's invasion of Gaza a few months earlier. Many other reports on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had come and gone, but the account Goldstone's mission produced ... became the report heard around the world. It is one of the most controversial and historic documents published in the century-long conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Horowitz and Weiss of the influential blog Mondoweiss, with Lizzy Ratner, produced a readable version of the voluminous Goldstone report and included luminaries, such as Bishop Desmond Tutu and Canadian writer Naomi Klein. This is a recording of the appearance of Horowitz and Weiss at the First Congregational Church in Oakland, CA, on June 5, 2011. Introduction by UC Hastings law professor George Bisharat. Thanks to Jeffrey Blankfort for the recording.
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In this Part TWO: a segment of Bishop Desmond Tutu's foreword to the book; Horowitz repeats the story of the children of a Gaza family shot in front of their home by Israeli soldiers; Phil Weiss give a moving account of the international solidarity expressed after the onslaught on Gaza; and Horowitz reads from Naomi Klein's introduction.
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From TUC Radio's timeless archives - remastered
Iain Boal: THE BEGINNING OF THE NUCLEAR AGE
Enrico Fermi and Henry Moore

Part TWO:
Enrico Fermi's experiment, setting off the first nuclear chain reaction, provided the blueprint for the plutonium bomb. In his commemoration of this little known event that changed the world, the historian of technology, Iain Boal, describes the mindset of the early nuclear scientists who began releasing the most long lived toxic substances on earth. He also sketches the beginning of  resistance to nuclear weapons in SDS and CND..
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Did the nuclear age begin at Alamogordo, in Hiroshima, or with Fermi's experiment? Fermi set off the first nuclear chain reaction in the middle of Chicago in 1942, risking a first China Syndrome. With the help of a Chicago street gang he built an unshielded graphite pile with uranium pellets and control rods tacked to a two by four. His experiment led to the building of the plutonium bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. Iain Boal is a historian of technology and author of Resisting the Virtual Life (City Lights Books) and The Green Machine, a history of the bicycle, just out by Notting Hill Editions, 2011.
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TO THE MEMORY OF CHERNOBYL
April 26, 1986 - 2011
SUMMARY Part ONE
Instead of honoring its victims at this time Chernobyl is referenced to minimize the impact of Fukuchima.
Supposedly only 35 people died. The World Health Organization and the IAEA, whose mission is to promote nuclear power, claim that "there is no scientific evidence of increases in overall cancer incidence or mortality rates or in rates of non-malignant disorders that could be related to radiation exposure from Chernobyl."
That the reality on the ground is very different comes to life in a book, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.
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The extensive section on health effects in this book offers a whole new view of the consequences of radiation induced disease. Yes, there are cancers to specific organs, many thyroid cancers caused by Iodine 131 and 129 but there are also diseases that affect body systems such as the whole endocrine system, not just the thyroid, or the immune system, the respiratory and the reproductive systems. - Also a brief explanation of "half life" "hot spots" and why background radiation is different from radiation from nuclear processes.
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This program presents the consequences of the Chernobyl explosion on the environment. How has the radiation affected - and continues to affect air, water, the soil, plants and animals. How does radiation move, disperse, bio-accumulate and enter the food chain. Specific examples are from studies on rivers and lakes, wild and domestic animals, birds, fish, fungi, bacteria, viruses, studies that show that they were all affected, in varying degrees, but without exception.
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Today's last of four program presents important information on the plight of the children of Chernobyl who - to this day - need vacations in uncontaminated areas to detoxify their bodies from some of the embedded radioactive substances that they absorb in every day life, substances such as cesium, cobalt, thorium, plutonium etc. Also explained is the danger of contaminated food, and how to set up ongoing projects, under control of local communities, to deal with the persisting radiation and find methods to measure the burden of internal radiation.
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Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, was compiled by Alexey Yablokov, member of the Russian Academy of Science, and Vassily Nesterenko, former director of the Belorussian Nuclear Center. Yablokov and Nesterenko wrote a synopsis of the over 1,000 titles and more than 5,000 printed and internet publications that reflect the impact of radiation not just on the health of human beings but on the whole ecosystem. They compiled research on rivers and lakes, the soils and the grains and vegetables growing there, wild and domestic animals, birds, fish, fungi, bacteria, viruses, trees, mushrooms, and berries,  - a literature that shows that they were all affected, in varying degrees, but without exception.

It is an extraordinary and auspicious coincidence that the book becomes freely available at a time where the world is trying to make sense of Fukushima. The similarities are uncanny, the experience gained and described is potentially life saving. Even the chapter on mitigation, how to treat exposed persons, how to remediate soils that are contaminated, how to get ready to live with contaminations that will persist, can be helpful.

Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment was first published in 2009 in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences  -  and promptly ignored. After an original print run of only 700 copies the report is no longer available from the Academy. However, the authors and editor are now (April 2011) offering the book for free as pdf file - and they are placing a new print run back into circulation.

Watch this film please! Children of Chernobyl <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fCCVU4y7oE>
(There is a graphic warning - it refers to images of children with birth defects - please don't be deterred by the warning. I believe that we all need to see them and be moved to compassion and action.)
Mike McCormick, KEXP, Seattle, did an excellent interview of Dr. Alexey Yablokov. He is co-author of "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment" Recorded March 27, 2011.
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-hHTFWXr90>

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Kay Drey and S. David Freeman
IT WAS AND IS POSSIBLE TO STOP NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
Kay Drey speaks on Routine Releases by nuclear reactors. They emit dangerous gases and fission products during their day to day operations. David Freeman states that no nuclear power plants should be built since they are dangerous, cost prohibitive, and can easily be replaced with renewable energy. He also says that we need a police state to live with them. He closed down 8 nuclear reactors during his tenure as Chief Executive at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and one more when he was General Manager of the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD).

Program Notes:
Kay Drey speaks on Routine Releases by nuclear reactors. They emit dangerous gases and fission products during their day to day operations. Drey is former board member of Beyond Nuclear and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service. Now retired, she has worked for 30 years as an advocate for the protection of the general public, workers and the environment from the hazards of nuclear power and radioactive waste.

David Freeman states that no nuclear power plants should be built since they are dangerous, cost prohibitive, and can easily be replaced with renewable energy. He also says that we need a police state to live with them. He closed down 8 nuclear reactors during his tenure as Chief Executive at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and one more when he was General Manager of the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD).

He is Interim General Manager of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Water System since October 6, 2009, overseeing the largest municipal utility in the country. Freeman oversaw and managed the Port of Los Angeles where he led the boards of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to adopt the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action plan, a comprehensive strategy to reduce port air emissions by nearly 50 percent over a period of five years. He has a five-decade career in both the electric and water utilities. He served in Chief Executive positions at the largest power authorities in the world, including the New York Power Authority, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Lower Colorado River Authority, and General Manager of the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD).

An engineer and lawyer, Freeman has served in high-level government positions, including adviser to President Carter. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Hydrogen Car Company (HCC).
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Mary Olson and Jacqui Cabasso
PLUTONIUM FOR NUCLEAR REACTORS?
The disaster at Fukushima makes it apparent how little is known about the operation of a nuclear power plant. For example the so-called "spent" fuel in the cooling pools on the rooftops is many times more dangerous than the fresh, non irradiated fuel. The biggest danger from the Fukuchima nuclear accident comes from unit 3 that was stocked in September 2010 with MOX, a new mixed oxide reactor fuel that contains plutonium - not as a fission byproduct - but from the outset inside the fuel rods. MOX fuel is many times more lethal than uranium fuel.

This is conversation between Mary Olson from NIRS, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, and Jacqui Cabasso from the Western States Legal Foundation. It is a rare historic document of the origins of a campaign against MOX plutonium fuel for nuclear power, an analysis of the terrible pact of mutual support between utilities, weapons makers and bought off congress people.
 
President Obama says, after Fukushima, that nuclear power will remain quote "part of the overall energy plan". Republicans - in their merciless budget cuts leave as yet a program untouched that funds the ongoing construction of a MOX fuel generating plant at Savannah River in South Carolina.
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Helen Caldicott
IMPACT OF RADIATION FROM NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
As world attention is focussed on the severely damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan it become apparent how little is known about the radioactive substances being released and their impacts on life.

Helen Caldicott says that 200 new elements are made inside a nuclear reactor, all intensely radioactive, some lasting seconds, some 17 million years. Many of them are carcinogenic, some are mutagenic. In this speech she explains how radiation induces cancers and mutations, and describes the effects of the four most significant isotopes present in nuclear power plants: radioactive iodine-131, cesium-137, strontium-90, and plutonium-239.

This a an extremely timely excerpt of a one hour lecture given in 2009. Helen Caldicott was then campaigning against the pro-nuclear power stance of the Obama administration. She spoke to create awareness of the terrible danger from nuclear reactors and demanded that no new plants be built and the existing one's be closed.

For almost 40 years the Australian physician Dr. Helen Caldicott has campaigned against nuclear weapons and nuclear power. In 1971 she led her first successful antinuclear campaign that stopped French atmospheric testing in the Pacific. She came to the US in 1977 and worked and taught at Harvard Medical School and at the Children's Hospital Boston. Physicians for Social Responsibility, the organization that she founded, received a Nobel Peace Prize.
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STOP NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
Helen
Caldicott's Appeal to President Obama
This is a medical lecture on the health effects of uranium mining, processing, radiation damage to cells and genes and the routine releases of radioactive materials such as Tritium from nuclear power plants during "normal" operations.

When Obama in his 2010 State of the Union address strongly endorsed nuclear power as one of the solutions to global warming - and said: "That means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country" the anti nuclear campaigner Helen Caldicott responded in the Huffington Post. Throughout her almost 40 year long international campaign and her writings in seven books she has always made the connection between nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and environmental destruction. She said that not only should no new nuclear power plants be built but called for: ending "the sale of nuclear reactors globally by the US, Russia, France and others for they are fundamentally factories for nuclear weapons production because they manufacture plutonium..". Ultimately - she said - "the goal should be the cessation of the production of enriched uranium and plutonium by closing all nuclear power plant operations."
2009-06-28
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Bernie Sanders:

One: SECRET FUNDING BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE
Two: THE WAR OF THE RICH AGAINST THE POOR
Three: WE MUST BREAK UP THE LARGEST BANKS
Four: INTERNATIONAL TRADE, TRADE DEFICIT & JOB LOSSES

BEST-OF from Sanders' Senate Filibuster - FOUR 29 minute programs

Summary:
ONE: Sanders reports on the "jaw dropping" $3.3 trillion in emergency loans and more than $9 trillion in over 21,000 short-term loans and other financial arrangements the Federal Reserve handed out without input or supervision, dwarfing the $700 billion Treasury Department bank bailout during the Wall Street meltdown.

TWO: During 8 years of Pres. Bush the wealthiest 400 families saw their income double while tax rates dropped almost in half. They now earn on average $345 million a year and pay an effective tax rate of 16.6% - that is the lowest tax rate ever. Collectively the 400 richest Americans have accumulated $1.27 trillion in wealth.

THREE: While taxpayers bailed out Wall Street banks because they were too big to fail, 3 out of 4 financial institutions that were bailed out are now larger than before. Wells Fargo is 43% bigger, JP Morgan Chase 51% bigger, and Bank of America is 138% bigger. If we are serious about preventing a future collapse worse than the current one we have to break these banks up, says Sanders.

FOUR: After devoting time to the $13.7 trillion national debt and our deficit which is $1.4 trillion, Sanders turns to our trade deficit. He says: In 2008 the trade deficit was nearly 700 billion - last year our deficit with China alone was almost 227 billion - we urgently need trade reform.

Program Notes:
Bernie Sanders names names: In December 2010 the Federal Reserve finally disclosed their secret  funding of banks, corporations and individuals during the Wall Street meltdown. The Fed. was forced to do so by legislation introduced by Bernie Sanders. Sanders reports on the "jaw dropping" size of $3.3 trillion in emergency loans and other assistance and more than $9 trillion in over 21,000 short-term loans and other financial arrangements the Federal Reserve handed out without input or supervision. The figures revealed dwarf the $700 billion Treasury Department bank bailout signed into law under President George W. Bush - which Sanders voted against. <http://sanders.senate.gov/>In Part TWO Sanders says: There is a war going on in this country, waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people  against the working people and middle class. Billionaires want more and more. The income going to the top 1% nearly tripled since the 1970s. 80% of all new income earned from 1980 to 2005 has gone to the top 1%. But that is not enough.

Vermont's independent Senator Bernie Sanders' 8 1/2 hour filibuster speech in protest of the Bill that - among other gifts - extended tax breaks to the richest Americans, crashed the Senate servers. Bars and Pizza parlors carried his speech live. He began speaking on the morning of Friday, December 10 and did not eat or sit down until 7 pm. He gave one of those speeches many wished Pres. Obama was capable of giving.

Even though - or really because the bill did pass both houses a few days later - Sanders' words must be remembered. This bill, ironically called: Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 is an attack on social security and a blueprint for even larger gifts and tax relief to corporation and the richest of the rich.
The speech is also filled with fascinating details of the ongoing work by Bernie Sanders and a few colleagues. Sanders had led a fight against the powerful U.S. Federal Reserve and won, forcing the central bank to disclose more details than ever on its rescue actions during the financial crisis.
<http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/reform_transaction.htm>
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Michael Parenti:
How I Became an Activist
Parenti rarely talks about his life. How does a NYC street kid get accepted to Yale? Hoe does he lose the privilege of his PhD. in an arrest at a demonstration against the war on Vietnam, and become an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer?

Michael Parenti grew up in a poor, working class Italian community in New York City. When he received his PhD in political science from Yale in 1962 he was the success and pride of his family. He risked and ended his academic career when he openly opposed the war on Vietnam. Ultimately the choice he made then was a good one. He now is an independent political writer and thinker and author of over 20 books. Invitations to speak come from all over North America. His topics are history, fascism, US Imperialism, globalization and terrorism. His writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Recorded in Berkeley, CA June 6, 2003. Length 64 min

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF UTAH PHILLIPS
Utah talks about his life and how he became an activist
Starting off the New Year with an enjoyable and encouraging special from the "How I Became an Activist Series", this is a tribute to the late Utah Phillips, the amazing, wise, funny folk singer and to the times his life spanned - from the Great Depression to 2008.

In this 2004 recording Utah Phillips talked about the events that shaped his life. He said that he never put his life story into a one hour narration like this one. He spoke freely from the heart with humor, deep conviction and wisdom, honoring many unsung heroes who influenced his life in vivid anecdotes. From his childhood to Salt Lake City to the Korean war, his life as a Hobo, his work with transients and migrants, his discovery of anarchism and pacifism and how to use music as a weapon, this is a moving, honest account of an extraordinary life.

Utah Phillips died on May 23, 2008 in Nevada City. His passing generated a flood of letters and news stories from across the country. You can see why he is remembered with such admiration and love. Recorded by Maria Gilardin. 
Utah founded a homeless shelter, Hospitality House. <www.hospitalityhouseshelter.org>
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JUST RECORDED:
THE PROLIFERATION OF WIRELESS DEVICES
Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields
Eileen O'Connor, UK; Olle Johansson, Sweden; Joel Moskowitz, UC Berkeley; Martin Blank, Columbia

SUMMARY
Independent researchers say that  radiation emitted by cell phones and cell towers has been linked to DNA damage, cancer, immunological impairment, neurological diseases, reduced fertility and impacts on neurological function. The radiation is also harming animals and nature, and is as much an environmental as human health issue.

Federal law, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, denies local communities the right to challenge cell tower sitings on health and environmental grounds. There is no government agency that studies the impact of an ever increasing electronic smog emitted by cell towers, cell phones, wifi's, smart meters and new wireless electronic devices unheard of only last year. Most of us are now exposed to one or more of these emitter 24/7, even those who do not own or operate any of of them.

At the end of November 2010 a conference was held on The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields in the prestigious Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. Physicians, grassroots campaigners, and scientists from many countries had come together to address this urgent issue.

Part ONE
Eileen O'Connor, UK, was diagnosed with breast cancer when she discovered that she was living in a cancer cluster. He village was dominated by a cell tower placed there in 1994. In 2003 the villagers forcefully removed the phone mast and prevented it from being put back up. Eileen is the director of the Radiation Research Trust.

Olle Johansson is Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and Professor, The Royal Institute of Technology. Dr. Johannson is a leading world authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects. He has published more than 500 original articles, reviews, book chapters and conference reports within the field of neuroscience.

Part TWO
Dr. Joel Moskowitz is Director of the Center for Family and Community Health, at the School of Public Health, at the University of California, Berkeley. This Research Center is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Martin Blank is Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University. He holds a PhD from Columbia in Physical Chemistry and a PhD from Cambridge, England, in Colloid Science.
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FIND CELL TOWERS NEAR YOUR HOME OR YOUR KID'S SCHOOL
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JUST RECORDED:
Alexander Cockburn
OBAMA'S PLACE IN THE GLOBAL EXPANSION OF CAPITAL
& THE DEMISE OF THE WELFARE STATE

SUMMARY
Cockburn (pronounced: coburn) says that the current economic crisis is the outcome of the neoliberal age that began in the seventies by promoting corporate power and eviscerating social services. He alludes to the role presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II have played in this neoliberal expansion and argues that Obama comes out in support of capital.

PROGRAM NOTES
Cockburn is co-editor, with Jeffrey Saint Clair, of the biweekly newsletter CounterPunch. He says about their newsletter, http://www.counterpunch.org, that it supports "the battles against the war machine, big business and the rapers of nature." He and Saint Clair have also written or co-edited many books, among them Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press, Imperial Crusades, and: Dime's Worth of Difference. Cockburn writes for The Nation and the Los Angeles Times.

Cockburn lives and works in Petrolia, a very small town in Northern California. He was recorded on December 3, 2010, in yet another small town on the ocean in Mendocino County on one his very rare public appearances. He was invited by Parents for Peace, Mendocino.
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Chalmers Johnson died on November 20, 2010.
- this archival broadcast is in memory of his timeless work

Chalmers Johnson on NEMESIS:
The Last Days of the American Republic
A conversation with Gray Brechin
Chalmers Johnson died age 79 on November 20, 2010, after a full and amazing life as author, professor, historian and scholar on Asia's political economy. This recording contains many of his most important arguments. Johnson said that the U.S. is on the verge of internal collapse, due in large part to the vast expenditures required to maintain its ever-expanding empire.  Nothing is more dangerous to democracy than military expansion and war. He said "The political system of the United States, history tells us, is one of the most unstable combination there is - that is domestic democracy and foreign empire - the choices are stark. A nation can be one or the other, a democracy or an imperialist, but it can't be both."

Chalmers Johnson is the acclaimed author of Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire. He is a former analyst for the CIA and professor emeritus of the University of California San Diego. He was interviewed by the California based author of “Imperial San Francisco”, Gray Brechin, at an event hosted by KPFA radio and Global Exchange in March 2007.
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Alex Carey: Corporations and Propaganda
The Attack on Democracy

Alex Carey said that the people of the US have been subjected to an unparalleled, expensive, 3/4 century long propaganda effort designed to expand corporate rights by undermining democracy and destroying the unions. The 20th century, he wrote, is marked by three historic developments: the growth of democracy via the expansion of the franchise, the growth of corporations, and the growth of propaganda to protect corporations from democracy. Carey’s unique view of US history goes back to World War I and ends with the Reagan era.

Noam Chomsky dedicated his book “Manufacturing Consent” to the memory of Alex Carey. Chomsky says that the Australian sociologist would have written the definitive history of propaganda in the US, had he lived to complete his work. This is a fairly complex production with many voices, historic sound clips, and source material. The program has been used by writers and students of history and propaganda. Alex Carey: Taking the Risk out of Democracy, Corporate Propaganda VS Freedom and Liberty with a foreword by Noam Chomsky was published by the University of Illinois Press in 1995.
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Remembering Doris "Granny D." Haddock
- and her fight to get money out of politics
At a time when the 2010 midterm elections set a record for campaign spending; and a new populism is on the rise that contains elements of anger and racism it's good to remember Doris "Granny D." Haddock the amazing, eloquent, funny grandmother who gave the last 15 years of her life to getting money out of politics and to embody a populism that is fueled by love, compassion and a bright, clear sense of justice.

PROGRAM NOTES
Granny D. was best known for walking, in her 90th year, from Los Angeles to Washington DC to tell those she met along the way that there is a way to restore democracy by removing the privilege of money. Among the many proposals for campaign finance reform that she pursued, one national piece of legislation was then under debate, the McCain Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act - and she is widely credited for galvanizing the public support that helped pass that Act in 2002.

She had worked on campaign finance reform on the state level before her walk and she continued to do so when she returned home in March 2000. For another decade she did vigils, was arrested, met with over half the Senators and about 100 House members. She walked 300 miles across Missouri with the Alliance for Democracy and founded a group that pushed the New Hampshire state legislature to create the Citizen Funded Election Task Force.

Granny D. died March 9, 2010, at the age of 100. Just before her death, which came very suddenly, she had jokingly discussed with her friends and supporters what it would be like to walk across the country again to call attention to the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled corporations are persons and have First Amendment rights and that the government cannot impose restrictions on their political speech. That decision cleared the way for corporations and other special interest groups to spend the record amounts of money which we see in the 2010 midterm election.

Granny D. left behind a treasure of writings, recorded speeches, and an inspiring diary of her 1999/2000 walk across America - some of which you will be able to enjoy in this double program. Molly Ivins said about her her: Granny D, gives you "the strength, courage and optimism to keep fighting for change."

Thanks to <http://www.humanmedia.org/> for clips of Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower and Dennis Burke. David Freudberg produced a beautiful one hour portrait of Granny D. that you can access at: <http://www.humanmedia.org/catalog/program.php?products_id=104> And thanks to Amy Goodman of <http://www.democracynow.org/> for parts of her interview with Granny D. during her Senate campaign.
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Robert Fisk and Hatem Bazian
LIES, MISREPORTING AND CATASTROPHE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
SUMMARY
A talk and conversation on the role of the journalist in the misreporting on the Middle East. Fisk begins with a linguistic analysis and says that our language has become not just a debased ally but a full verbal partner in the language of governments, armies, generals and weapons makers. Journalists become participants in the unfolding catastrophe, particularly in Palestine, where peace has become almost impossible.

PROGRAM NOTES
England's most famous reporter for the Middle East, Robert Fisk, made his annual trip to Berkeley, CA, to speak at a benefit for MECA, the
Middle East Childrens Alliance. He is an acclaimed author and Middle East correspondent for the London Independent. This time he had asked to be interviewed on stage by Hatem Bazian, the young Palestinian American lecturer at the University of CA Berkeley. Between Fisk and Bazian they filled the Berkeley Church to capacity.

Robert Fisk has lived in and reported on the Middle East since 1976. He says that every journalist in the Middle East needs to keep a history book in their pocket as reminder of why the injustices inflicted by the West on the Middle East are engraved in people’s minds and have a powerful influence on what happens next.

Hatem Bazian was born in Nablus in the West Bank, went to school in Amman, Jordan, and came to the US to attend San Francisco State University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from UC Berkeley and is a well loved and politically engaged teacher.
Recorded September 22, 2010.
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Richard Heinberg
PEAK EVERYTHING
Richard Heinberg has influenced the work of those who are searching for a way out of today's interlocking crisis of climate, finance and resource depletion. I visited him in Sept. 2010 at a crucial moment. He had just written the new preface for his 2007 book Peak Everything, Waking Up to the Century of Declines. Analyzing the events of the past three years Heinberg writes in his update that the question of when we will reach the peak of the resources that we made ourselves dependent on has finally been answered - and the time is NOW. The economic crisis, he says, is not a dip from which we will recover. Humanity has achieved an unsustainable pinnacle of population size and consumption rates, and our species needs to learn right now to live within the resource limits of the Earth.

This interview brings up the intriguing history of the limits to growth movement, what other energy sources and raw material are close to peak, the need to reform the financial system and the growth imperative built into policy. Heinberg's work inspired the transition town movement - and he gives a brief survey of the recent successes.

Heinberg is the author of eight other books, including The Party’s Over, and Blackout, Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis. He is currently Senior Fellow-in-Residence at Post Carbon Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities. His appearance in the movies: The End of Suburbia and Leonardo  DiCaprio’s 11th Hour popularized and demystified the concept of peak oil and so many other diminishing resources.
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BEST of TUC - anniversary of the Hurricane.
This story never made the national media.

HURRICANE KATRINA and the War on the Poor
PREVENTED - AT GUNPOINT - TO RESCUE THEMSELVES
Eyewitness report from two S.F. paramedics, Lorrie Beth Slonsky and Larry Bradshaw
Among their experiences: Gretna Sheriffs block the Greater New Orleans Bridge across the Mississippi and shoot when they and a large group of African Americans try to walk to safety. Later their temporary shelter is destroyed by police and their food and water taken away. When they finally get picked up they and thousands of others sit in a dirty cage at the New Orleans airport, again without food and water, forced to wait for the George W. Bush photo opportunity to end. As they arrive in San Antonio they are made to stand on a dark tarmac and are subjected to two dog sniffing ordeals. This and more in a 24 minute interview with Lorrie Beth and Larry by Maria Gilardin, recorded on Sept. 9, 2005.
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Julia Whitty
For Love and Protection of the Deep Ocean - on the impact of the BP oil spill

Julia Whitty is a diver, former nature documentary filmmaker, author and investigative journalist. As environmental correspondent for Mother Jones she had just returned from the Gulf Coast. She wrote: "BP and its partners reckless quest has endangered and perhaps condemned not just the Gulf Coast, but the largest, richest, most pristine, most biologically important, and last completely unprotected ecosystem left on Earth: the deep ocean."

Julia Whitty explains why the deep ocean is the foundation of life for the upper layer of the sunlit sea. Many whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sharks, manta rays, and smaller predatory fish are nocturnal hunters, dependent on the movements of a vast community of organisms that live in the deep ocean. That community is known as the Deep Scattering Layer. And this Deep Scattering Layer that rises and falls with day and night and that is visited by the creatures of the sunlit sea is threatened by the invisible part of the gigantic out-pour that never came to the surface because it was hit by chemical dispersant and now made doubly invisible by the White House climate and energy adviser, Carol Browner, who claims that 75% of the oil has already disappeared.

But researchers and divers report on huge clouds of dispersed oil, and of dissolved natural gas and methane that remain below the surface and now move around the gulf. These toxic clouds are separating the creatures of the deep ocean from those in the twilight and sunlit zones. And wherever the clouds of oil and gas move in, the creatures from above and below have to travel through the poisonous brew twice in one day to survive.

The second part of the program has a more personal cast. After reading from her new book, Deep Blue Home, the amazing story of the encounter with an ancient iceberg while diving off Newfoundland, Whitty responds to a rich variety of questions about diving, close encounters with sea life, the invisible rivers that flow beneath the surface of the seas, coral reefs - and more.

You can reach Julia Whitty here: WEBSITE <julia.whitty.googlepages.com> BLOG <deepbluehome.blogspot.com> You can see a 9 minute excerpt of my film of this presentation on: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3EMIco5nf0>
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Michael Parenti
IDEOLOGY AND CONSPIRACY
From: Understanding Deep Politics Conference, Santa Cruz, CA. - May 14/16 2010
In this entertaining talk, rich with historic references, Parenti describes the right-wing agenda of dismantling social democracy while calling anybody who describes this as a purposeful strategy a conspiracy theorist. He shows that this strategy began right after World War II but culminates now as powerful segment of right wing media and the GOP have moved so far to the right that they have overshot their popular base. Meanwhile democrats, including Obama, unable or unwilling to formulate the social democratic alternative, still talk of bipartisan approaches.You can see the film of this presentation on: <http://understandingdeeppolitics.org/conference-video>
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Michael Parenti
VOTING IN THE USA
How the Vote was Won and Lost
If the right to vote is taken as a measure of a vibrant democracy, the United States came off to a bad start. Dr. Michael Parenti says that the most interesting list from the period of 1787 is the rather long one of people who were not allowed to vote - and he names all of them. Also, in Part TWO, the many ways in which votes have been stolen during the Bush administration. This archival recording is a primer on the history of voting and the day to day efforts to make democracy come alive that shows Parenti at his best as historian and engaged political thinker.

Parenti is one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts. After receiving his Ph.D. in political science from Yale Parenti has taught at colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. Parenti risked and ended his academic career when he openly opposed the war on Vietnam.  He is a prolific author and an engaging speaker. He serves on the board of judges for Project Censored and is the author of 22 books, among them: Democracy for the Few, Superpatriotism, History as Mystery, and - most recently - God and His Demons.
Recorded by Contra Costa TV at the Pleasant Hill Library in Contra Costa, California 1-24-07.
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Michael Parenti
Political Liberties and Economic Democracy

From the University of Hartford Series: CIVIL LIBERTIES IN THE 21st CENTURY
In his November 2009 lecture at the University of Hartford Dr. Michael Parenti answers intriguing questions about democracy. Is US democracy a result of capitalism as some claim - or does it exist - such as it is - in spite of the current economic system. AND did the founding fathers even envision a democratic system - and why were so many of them opposed to democracy.

Parenti is one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts. This is part one of his one hour lecture. He was introduced by the President of the University of Hartford, Walter Harrison. After receiving his Ph.D. in political science from Yale Parenti has taught at colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. Parenti grew up in a conservative, catholic, working class Italian community in New York city. He is a prolific author and an engaging speaker. He serves on the board of judges for Project Censored and is the author of 22 books, among them: Democracy for the Few, Superpatriotism, History as Mystery, and - most recently - God and His Demons.
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FAMILY OF SECRETS
An interview with the author, Russ Baker

Gore Vidal called Baker's book about the Bush Dynasty and America's invisible government one of the most important books of the past ten years. In Family of Secrets Baker asks the obvious, but unanswered question, how can "such a clan occupy the presidency or vice presidency of the US for 20 of the past 28 years" with yet another Bush, Jeb Bush waiting in the wings. Family of Secrets reads and was conceived as a detective story, based on more than 500 interviews and thousands of documents, backed up by more than a 1000 footnotes. And even though the book uncovers a secret political life for all Bushes it is much more than a family expose. In this interview Russ Baker describes the powers behind the scenes, with examples from the CIA, oil and banking, and how these institutions are created by, and make use of people like the Bush family.

Russ Baker is an investigative journalist and has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and served as a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and is the founder of <http://whowhatwhy.com/>, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.
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GASLAND
Resistance to drilling in the Marcellus Shale
Six weeks into the BP oil disaster President Obama said we need to move to natural gas as a clean fuel alternative. Material from the trailer to the movie GASLAND and voices from DamascusCitizens.org call that into question. They say that chemicals used in the process of hydraulic fracturing and set free in drilling have poisoned water and air. A grassroots movement is resisting the encroachment of gas drilling into Pennsylvania and upstate New York. 

They encounter two problems: The fossil fuel industry was exempted from the clean air and safe drinking water act under the Bush administration, and corporations do not need to disclose what chemicals they use. Test results from drinking water in people's homes and from spills and sediment in evaporation ponds at drill sites have now identified 247 out of over 300 chemicals and they include carcinogens, mutagens, and neurotoxins.

Josh Fox, for his movie GASLAND, reports from 24 states on the impacts of chemical hydraulic fracturing. He uncovered water that can be lit on fire right out of the tap, talks to chronically ill residents of drilling areas from many different locations in the US, describes pools of toxic waste that kill cattle and vegetation, and well blowouts and gas explosions. Natural Gas, in the eyes of oil service corporations such as Halliburton, and the stock market, is in it's tenth year of an unprecedented boom. The US, they say, is the Saudi Arabia of natural gas with 450,000 gas wells already operating in over 32 states and aggressively expanding. This program tries to capture some of the imagination and determination of the local people in this David and Goliath confrontation.

Part ONE: Josh Fox from his trailer for the movie GASLAND and Barbara Arrindell and Joe Levine from Damascus Citizens, interviewed by Fred Pecora, producer at WJFF. <http://www.damascuscitizens.org/> <http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/>
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Michael Ruppert
COLLAPSE
This is a one hour program based on the movie Collapse. Shot in only two days in May 2009 in an abandoned warehouse in Los Angeles the film has become an internet sensation. Pirated almost 2 million times before its official release as DVD in June 2010 the film has undercut the censorship of oil and money. <http://www.collapsemovie.com/>

Beginning with a surprising number of favorable reviews, including from the New York and Los Angeles Times, the film continues to expand attention in spite of its stark and scary message:  A collapsing global financial system and the end of an abundant supply of oil are removing the underpinnings of the current economic system. Michael Ruppert says that human industrial civilization is collapsing, and that it becomes impossible to sustain the way of life we have been living. <http://www.mikeruppert.blogspot.com/>

Here is paraphrased, what Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in the New York Times after the premiere of the movie Collapse: Since 2001, Michael Ruppert has devoted his life, two books and a self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, to connecting the dots between population, economics and energy, and concluding that the center will not hold. Lucidly and with weary conviction, he cites evidence for a declining global oil supply, like costly offshore drilling, and demolishes hopes pinned on substitutes like ethanol (“a complete joke”) and clean coal (“no such thing”). He is shockingly persuasive, and the majority of his premises are verifiable. - end of paraphrased NY Times review.

Richard Heinberg, author of The Party is Over said about Ruppert's most recent book: Confronting Collapse: "Ruppert has an unblemished track record for saying things that are incendiary, outrageous, shocking - and true. Our new president needs desperately to hear the uncomfortable message of this book about energy and the economy, and so do the rest of us."

In the first part of the radio version of Collapse I focus on Ruppert's line of arguments around Peak Oil. There are several respected researchers who also argue that we have reached Peak, the halfway point between the discovery and the end of oil where oil companies take greater and greater risks to tap the last remaining oil fields - as the disastrous British Petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico shows. In part two Ruppert addresses the collapse of the fuel based agriculture and of the financial system.
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Michael Parenti
GOD AND HIS DEMONS
This is Dr. Michael Parenti's first talk on his most recent book: God and His Demons. The 2010 book covers the many evils committed in the name of godly virtue throughout history, and the threat posed by fundamentalists and theocratic reactionaries.

Parenti is one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts. He is a prolific author and an engaging speaker. Parenti grew up in a conservative, catholic, working class Italian community in New York city. After receiving his Ph.D. in political science from Yale he has taught at colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. He risked and ended his academic career when he openly opposed the war on Vietnam. He serves on the board of judges for Project Censored and is the author of 22 books, among them: Democracy for the Few, Contrary Notions, Superpatriotism, History as Mystery, and Dirty Truths.
Recorded at the Unitarian Universalists Hall in Berkeley, CA, on April 27, 2010.
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Frances Moore Lappé
GETTING A GRIP
Barbara Kingsolver says of Frances Moore Lappé's most recent book: Getting a Grip, “This is not an ordinary book; it’s more like a new pair of glasses, allowing you to see everything around you with greater clarity. Suddenly the world is more comprehensible, even more beautiful."

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Diet for a Small Planet was the first book to expose the enormous waste built into U.S. grain-fed meat production. For Frances that was a powerful symbol of a global food system that is creating hunger out of plenty. Eating a planet-centered diet, she argued, means choosing what is best for the earth and our bodies—a daily action that reminds us of our power to create a saner world.

France Moore Lappé asks several important questions: how can we make sense of the fact that we are creating a world that none of us individually would chose and - what are the causal forces that produce this needless suffering. She lays out how we can draw on the resources that lie dormant in every human being. Neuroscience, she says, affirms that human beings are predisposed or "softwired," for empathy, cooperation, fairness, and the desire to have power, to be imaginative and to create.

Lappé's  work of the last two decades is dedicated to help set free those creative forces that produce real democracy and to collect inspiring international examples of where this is already happening.
Recorded at Yoga Mendocino, Ukiah, CA on April 11, 2010
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Peter Dale Scott on Thomas Merton
THE MANY GATED CITY

This is a 25 minute talk by Peter Dale Scott on Thomas Merton, the catholic priest, Trappist monk, writer of over 70 books, poet, and social activist. Scott, best known for his writings on foreign policy, the CIA and the drug trade, shares many of the complexities that have made Thomas Merton, who died in 1968, so intriguing. To this day Thomas Merton's name and writings are associated with the acceptance of the spiritual traditions of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sufism by western spiritual thinkers and poets such as Thoreau, Yeats, Pound, Eliot, and Rilke.
 
The spiritual and literary connections that Scott lays out in this talk are interwoven with not just Merton's ideas on mutual respect, inner and outer peace, liberation theology, and Gandhian nonviolence - but with the vision for a cultural societal as well as a personal change that can bring about a peaceful world.

This is a fascinating survey of the rich history of mutually inspiring contact between the living traditions of the East and West that now have been suffocated in the war on terror. Literary and spiritual contacts that are essential for world peace have been broken by war. And in that sense a talk on Merton is a talk on the road to peace - especially from a poet and political writer such as Scott who knows so much about war.
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti
and people of Willits
END OF INDUSTRIAL CIVILIZATION
and Wild Dreams of a New Beginning
Documentary of an art exhibition under the title of End of Industrial Civilization in the small former logging town of Willits, CA, with poems and paintings by Ferlinghetti; and collages, and photos from Indian reservations by Maria Gilardin.

The program opens with the Ferlinghetti poem: Wild Dreams of a New Beginning, written in 1974, about the mile high tidal wave that runs over Los Angeles which sinks like the Titanic, all lights lit; crosses the country to sweep Manhattan Island clean in 16 seconds. The washed land then awakes again to wilderness, and the Indians reclaim their canoes.

The poem was part of an art exhibition in Willits, CA, around the theme: End of Industrial Civilization, with poems and paintings by Ferlinghetti; and collages, and photos from Indian reservations by Maria Gilardin. The show also included a small library with The Airconditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller and Kirkpatrick Sale's article: Lessons from the Luddites.

Sale had written in the Nation in 1995 that we need to set limits on technology: "As our own daily experience has convinced us, we in the industrial world are in the middle of a social and political revolution that is almost without parallel. ..This transformation is, without anyone being prepared for it, overwhelming the communities and institutions and customs that once were the familiar stanchions of our lives.

Resistors to industrial civilization, Sale said, .. could find their most useful models in the 19th century Luddites who fought the introduction of the huge mechanized looms and child labor. "It was not all machinery that the Luddites opposed, but "all Machinery hurtful to Commonality," as a March 1812 letter to a hated manufacturer put it.
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Silvia Ribeiro
GEOENGINEERING THE PLANET
Addressing the effects, not the causes, of climate change

Geo-engineers are proposing large scale global projects to reduce solar radiation. They want to force the oceans into absorbing more CO2 through "fertilization", and they work on carbon sequestration and weather modification.  

While most climate scientist left the Copenhagen Summit feeling gloomy about the lack of action to halt climate change, a small group felt emboldened. They are the geo-engineers who are proposing large scale global projects to reduce solar radiation by spreading sulphate aerosols into the atmosphere, placing sunshades into space or by whitening the clouds. They also want to force the oceans into absorbing more of the excess CO2 through "fertilization" by spreading urea, iron or phosphorous. And they work on carbon sequestration and weather modification. What seemed until recently a mad science fiction project is now gaining acceptance by corporations, politicians, the US Department of Energy, climate change deniers and funders.

Among the institutions where geoengineering research is being done are: Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Stanford University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the German Max Planck Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Universities of Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh, UK - as well as labs and corporations in Canada, India, China, Australia and many other places.

The nonprofit civil society organization, the ETCGroup, has probably followed the issue of geoengineering more closely and over the longest period of time. At least that is the opinion of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. They commission the ETCGroup to write a pamphlet called "Retooling the Planet?" with an overview over and detailed critique of geoengineering. It came out in the Fall of 2009, and is freely available on their website ETCGroup.org. The ETC group has fundamental objections to geoengineering since it treats only the symptoms, not the causes of climate change and can be used as an excuse for delaying the implementation of CO2 reductions. But they also wanted to issue a warning that large scale open field, real world experiments in ocean fertilization and solar radiation management may be about to begin and need to come under scrutiny.

The ETCGroup reports that indigenous peoples, civil society organizations and women's group have already expressed their opposition to geoengineeering schemes. Most of these organization are in the global South and they need to hear from the opposition in the industrialized countries, especially in the US and the UK. The goals are to bring about a ban on any real-world experimentation in geoengineering, to expose the overt and covert interests of the players, and to demand accountability from governments, corporations and scientists who are actively promoting these technologies.
2010-03-26, San Francisco
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Iain Boal
WHO WERE THE LUDDITES?

Machine smashers of the 19th century or members of a fascinating social movement with visionary insights into the unfolding drama of industrialization? The impact of today's technologies on social relations and the planet itself is becoming an intriguing field of inquiry. However so far the discussion of nuclear power, biotechnology, deforestation, automobiles or computers is pretty much dominated by industry and government who want us to take all this for granted.

In this context it is inspiring to remember the Luddites who questioned industrial civilization at its very beginning in England during the introduction of mechanized textile mills. They knew that the power-looms that they selectively destroyed were not just a technology but would create a whole new set of relations: Factory work, child labor, and the demise of artisan and skilled labor. They anticipated that the new machines, that they themselves had helped build, were not the promised tool to help them in their work but would eventually become part of a machine culture with power over human life and even human consciousness.

Iain Boal is an independent scholar and historian of technology. He taught a course on the Luddites at Stanford University. This lecture was expanded into a book project, Resisting the Virtual Life, an anthology edited by Iain Boal and James Brook and published by City Lights.
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Ali Abunimah
ON THE ONGOING EFFORTS TO FREE GAZA AND THE BOYCOTT ISRAEL MOVEMENT

Ali Abunimah spoke in Berkeley, CA, at the end of February 2010 and gave an assessment of the situation in Gaza, one year after the terrible 22 day long assault by Israel. Homes, schools and health clinics still lie in ruins because Israel and Egypt who control all land and sea access into Gaza do not allow building materials to enter. Of 122 clinics 46% are destroyed, of 640 schools 18 are completely destroyed, 280 are damaged and can't be repaired. People still live in the ruins of their former homes.

A vibrant international movement to end the blockade is making ongoing attempts to enter through Egypt and by sea to bring supplies into Gaza. Ali Abunimah was part of the Gaza Freedom March in December 2009. The suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza has strengthened the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The movement has also united Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza with those dispersed through the world and with the few still living in Israel as second class citizens. Abunimah, along with author Naomi Klein are prominent supporters of that boycott Israel movement.

The plight of the people in Gaza has also revived a venerable idea to solve the Israel Palestine conflict. Instead of the failed two state solution Abunimah and others are calling for one state for two peoples. I this speech as well as in his 2006 book One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Abunimah explains how that may come about.

Ali Abunimah is a Palestinian American activist and author. He is often heard on Democracy Now as co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, an online publication about the Israel Palestine conflict. Born in Washington, DC, he spent his early years in England and Belgium before returning to attend Princeton University. His mother was expelled from from Lifta, now controlled by Israel, his father is from the West Bank.

Recorded by Jeff Blankfort on 2010-02-28 at an event of the Middle East Children's Alliance, MECA.
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Helen Caldicott
STOP NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
Helen
Caldicott's Appeal to President Obama
This is a medical lecture on the health effects of uranium mining, processing, radiation damage to cells and genes and the routine releases of radioactive materials such as Tritium from nuclear power plants during "normal" operations.

When Obama in his 2010 State of the Union address strongly endorsed nuclear power as one of the solutions to global warming - and said: "That means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country" the anti nuclear campaigner Helen Caldicott responded in the Huffington Post. Throughout her almost 40 year long international campaign and her writings in seven books she has always made the connection between nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and environmental destruction. She said that not only should no new nuclear power plants be built but called for: ending "the sale of nuclear reactors globally by the US, Russia, France and others for they are fundamentally factories for nuclear weapons production because they manufacture plutonium..". Ultimately - she said - "the goal should be the cessation of the production of enriched uranium and plutonium by closing all nuclear power plant operations." 2009-06-28
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Helen Caldicott
IF YOU LOVE THIS PLANET
The Canadian writer Naomi Klein said about Helen Caldicott: (she) "has the rare ability to combine science with passion, logic with love, and urgency with humor." In 2009 the revised edition of Caldicott's book: If You Love This Planet was published by Norton.

In a yearlong research process she updated the information on dangerous global trends such as ozone depletion, global warming, toxic pollution, food contamination, and deforestation - and, as always, she gives a prescription for a cure and cause for hope. Helen Caldicott rallies readers to action with the contention that our fight for the planet will draw its strength from love for the Earth itself.

Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last 38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. She was only 23 years old when she received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 1961. Ten year later, in 1971, she was in her first successful antinuclear campaign to stop French atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific.

While living in the United States from 1977 to 1986, she co-founded Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war.
 
Helen Caldicott has written for numerous publications and has authored seven books, among them: Nuclear Madness, Missile Envy, The New Nuclear Danger, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, and If You Love this Planet. Recorded in Oakland, CA, October 23-2009

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Helen Caldicott
BANNING NUCLEAR WEAPONS

In 1986 the city of Berkeley, CA, - as one of many around the globe - passed a Nuclear Free Act which allows the city to boycott companies involved in nuclear work. The University of CA Berkeley however, which runs the nuclear weapons lab at Lawrence Livermore and - until recently the Los Alamos Lab is - as State institution - exempt from the municipal regulation.

The anti-nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott spoke in Berkeley at a June 2009 meeting of SuperBOLD, an organization dedicated to enforcing the Nuclear Free ordinance. They are trying to prevent the Berkeley Public library from hiring the 3M corporation to maintain the Radio Frequency checkpoint system there. 3M refuses to sign a contract that they will not do “work for nuclear weapons.”

For over 35 years Helen Caldicott has led the international efforts to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear power and weapons and has been named one of the most influential women of the 20th century by the Smithsonian Institute.

She has written numerous books, among them Nuclear Power is not the Answer (2006), and War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space (2007). Helen Caldicott has begun producing a free, weekly one hour radio program entitled: If You Love This Planet.
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In the aftermath of Martin Luther King's Birthday
We all heard his speeches again - who was afraid of him?

The EXECUTION of Martin Luther King
by Dr. William Pepper
Dr. William Pepper became James Earl Ray's lawyer when he found out that Ray was not the murderer and investigated the plot to kill King. This extraordinary story has implications for history, civil rights, justice and democracy.

Bill Pepper's friendship with King and his family goes back to 1967. Pepper had gone to Vietnam and taken photos of children burned by napalm. King asked to meet with him and they worked closely together during the anti-Vietnam war phase of King's life. In this recording Pepper explains why he became convinced of Ray's innocence and, during 25 years of investigative work, pieced together the plot to kill King. The extraordinary story has implications for history, civil rights, justice and democracy. (Feb. 2003)

William Pepper is an acclaimed lawyer who practices international law. His book by Verso is: AN ACT OF STATE, The Execution of Martin Luther King. Recorded 2003-02-10. For more information: <http://www.thekingcenter.com>
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Martin Luther King Birthday SPECIAL
This is a rare recording of a man who remained in the background.
Without him the civil rights movement might have taken a different turn.

Black History Special
Fred Gray
CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY FOR ROSA PARKS AND MARTIN LUTHER KING

This is a rare recording of a man who remained in the background.
Without him the civil rights movement might have taken a different turn.
When Fred Gray's friend Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for violating the segregated seating ordinance on a Montgomery bus, 26-year-old Martin Luther King, was chosen to lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and 24-year-old Fred Gray became his--and the movement's--lawyer. Gray's legal victory in the federal courts ended the boycott 381 days later.

In this program Fred Gray tells his story. He grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and had to leave the state to finish his education because blacks could not then attend Alabama law schools. He returned to his hometown in 1954 and became one of two black lawyers in the city. His first case was that of the 15 year old Claudette Colvin. Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat on the Montgomery bus, Claudette did the same. Fred Gray won scores of civil rights cases in education, voting rights, transportation, and health. He represented the Freedom Riders, the Selma-to-Montgomery marchers, and the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Recorded at the Republican Roundtable in San Francisco, July 2009.  It was a Republican, Peter Buxtun, who blew the whistle on the Tuskegee study. Poor black sharecroppers were led to believe they were being treated, while in reality the study recorded the progression of untreated Syphilis. Buxtun is now the events coordinator for the Republican Roundtable,  TUC Radio was there by invitation.
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David Korten
COMMUNITY AND THE NEW ECONOMY
Why Wall Street can't be fixed and how to replace it

David Korten is the author of the 2009 book: "Agenda for a New Economy" and chair of the board of YES Magazine. He is probably best known for his famous anti-globalization book: When Corporations Rule the World. He argues that pouring trillions of dollars in bail-out money into the Wall Street institutions that created the crisis does nothing to repair the failed economic system.

In this speech, given in March 2009 at the NW regional conference of  Veterans for Peace, he analyzes two major flaws of the current economic system and points to ways to replace them. One is the monetary system, the other the concept of ever increasing growth, measured as GDP.
Thanks to Ed Mays of Pirate TV for the recording.
The web site for David Korten is <http://www.davidkorten.org>
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MICHAEL PARENTI
Theocracy VS. Democracy - The Political Uses of Religion

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Michael Parenti says that democracy can't survive under religious rule – whatever that religion may be. Parenti's warning in this archival recording is as timely and urgently expressed as it was when this speech was first given during the second term of the Reagan administration. This talk is also very funny. Parenti explains how God may be considered as a "founding father" and why Woody Allen calls him an underachiever. It is easy to extend this timeless analysis to the present circumstances.

With roots in a working class Italian district of New York and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale Michael Parenti has become an internationally known writer and lecturer. He is the author of twenty books.

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Dr. Lonnie Thompson
MELTING OF THE HIGH MOUNTAIN GLACIERS OF THE WORLD
Abrupt Climate Change and Our Future

Dr. Thompson issues a warning that the mountain glaciers he knows and loves are melting ever more dramatically just within the year of 2007. He is the leading expert on glaciers with 30 years of on location research.

Dr. Lonnie Thompson saw one of the first ice cores that was recovered from a glacier when he was in graduate school. He was fascinated by the amount of data on earth history, past climate and world changing events that can be read from these ice cores and made the exploration of ice his life's work. He now teaches in the Department of Geological Sciences and is Senior Research Scientists at the Byrd Polar Center at Ohio State University.

In three decades he has explored most of the mountain glaciers of this world, has learned their history going back tens of thousands of years via the ice cores he and his team drilled at altitudes that no helicopter can reach. He came to San Francisco in early December 2007 to issue this warning.

Thompson was the honored speaker at the December 2007 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The hotel where Dr. Thompson spoke recorded the event for the AGU. This is the only other audio or visual record of this amazing talk.

The melting of the world's glaciers is an unfolding emergency. This archival program was updated in December 2009 using the following information:
Dr. Lonnie Thompson's most recent research on Mount Kilimanjaro was published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS (11/3/09)
<http://www.pnas.org/content/106/47/19743.full?sid=4051f11f-1c2f-4182-98be-e2dddd593820>

Dr. James Hansen sent out an e-ail on Dec. 12 announcing the publication of the following paper: Survival of Tibetan Glaciers:  New PNAS paper on black soot & Himalayan glaciers is available at <http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/12/07/0910444106.full.pdf+html>
A NASA press release on this work is expected 
in mid-December.
Jim
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Jutta Kill and Dr. Arjun Makhijani
CONFRONTING THE GLOBAL TRIPLE CRISIS
False Solutions to Peak Oil and Climate Change

In September of 2007 the International Forum on Globalization held a Teach in Washington DC on climate change, peak oil and global resource depletion & extinction. <http://www.ifg.org>

Several Panel meetings addressed the many false solutions to the climate crisis that may be accelerating the danger rather than alleviating it. Coal for example is now promoted as a substitute for oil and promises for the capture of the carbon are made that are not yet possible with current technologies and may never be available on a large scale.

Jutta Kill is a climate campaigner and activist for FERN, an NGO based in Europe. A participant in the Durban Group's critique of carbon trading she eloquently describes how the system favors large corporations and will prevent a transition to renewable energy production. Dr. Arjun Makhijani argues against the resurgence of nuclear power. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering, specializing in nuclear fusion, from U.C. Berkeley. He is the principal author of the first study ever done (and completed in 1971) on the energy conservation potential in the U.S. economy.

The speakers were recorded at the Confronting the Global Triple Crisis teach in, organized by the International Forum on Globalization, in Washington DC in September 2007.
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WITNESS TO THE MELTING OF THE GREENLAND ICE
An Inuit elder speaks
Recorded in a tent during a rainstorm
by Cien Fuegos in July, 2007
in the Valley of the Ancients on Greenland.

When I first heard his voice in 2007 I wished I could move radio stations to play this recording every day to show that voices like his can reach us and inspire us to recognize our common future. But even though there is enough water bound up in the melting Greenland ice sheet to raise sea level by 21 feet and drown the cities of London and New York this program had very limited distribution. That's why I decided to play his appeal again - two years later as the Inuit of the circumpolar regions appeal to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. They want the world to pay attention to the one region of the world where climate change is the most rapid and has accelerated since Ithluk spoke.

In 2008, one year after he was recorded, Greenland had the greatest ice losses ever, three times the amount that Ithluk had observed. That may mean that Greenland has reached the tipping point. Jason Box, associate professor of geography at Ohio State’s Byrd Polar Research Center, said after the 2008 numbers were compiled QUOTE “We now know that the climate doesn't have to warm any more for Greenland to continue losing ice,” Box said. “It has probably passed the point where it could maintain the mass of ice that we remember." That loss of ice translates into global sea level rises of potentially up to 6 feet by 2100.
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Ross Gelbspan, Susan George and Walden Bello
SOLUTIONS TO THE GLOBAL TRIPLE CRISIS
In September of 2007 the International Forum on Globalization held a Teach-in in Washington DC on climate change, peak oil, global resource depletion & extinction. At the end of the three-day event proposals to resolve the crisis were made By Ross Gelbspan, Susan George, and Walden Bello.

Ross Gelbspan is a Pulitzer Price winning journalist, climate activist and author of The Heat Is On and Boiling Point. He says that the speed of global warming has blind sided all of us. The first warning by James Hansen came in 1988. 20 years later scientists tell us we are at, or have passed, the point of no return. All this came from one degree of warming. We can no longer burn coal and oil. Susan George is chair of the planning board of the Transnational Institute, <www.tni.org>. One of her recent books is: Another World is possible if.. (Verso 2004) Susan George proposes a new Keynesianism, not military but environmental this time, that could bring about a massive conversion to eco friendly industry and alternative energies and resolve the looming recession that we are facing at the same time. Walden Bello is professor of sociology at the university of the Philippines and leader of the anti corporate globalization and peace movement. He is cofounder of Focus on the Global South, <www.focusweb.org> based in Bangkok, Thailand. His book, Dragons in Distress, is widely regarded as the classic that predicted the collapse of the East Asian economies later in that decade.” He puts the triple crisis in the context of capitalism and the policies of globalization and growth. An 8 to 10% growth rate is ecologically criminal.
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ANTHRAX-WAR
A film by Bob Coen & Eric Nadler

Film makers Bob Coen and Eric Nadler investigate the forgotten story of the 2001 anthrax attacks. A week after 9/11 letters containing the weaponized Ames strain of anthrax began arriving in the mail. These attacks— despite the FBI’s claim that the case is closed— remain  unsolved to this day.

In tracing the anthrax attacks to the center of the U.S. bio-defense program, this film raises an alarm. Biological weapons research on global pandemics is now being conducted by corporations and private labs without government oversight.

The 2009 film, ANTHRAX-WAR, and the accompanying book: Dead Silence, Fear and Terror on the Anthrax Trail, detail the seven-year global journey by Coen and Nadler. They uncover an underground black market in bio-warfare materials and attempts to develop a so-called "ethnic bio-weapon", targeting black populations in Africa. Along the way they investigate the suspicious sudden deaths of scientists, among them Bruce Ivins, who was named the lone suspect eight days after his alleged suicide and the questionable suicide by British weapons inspector and anthrax researcher David Kelly.

The film: Anthrax War is a Canada-France co production produced by Galafilm and TelFrance/Transformer Films for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Société Radio-Canada and ARTE. For more information of this excellent film and book go to their web site:
http://www.anthraxwar.com/
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David Ray Griffin
THE MYSTERIOUS COLLAPSE OF WORLD TRADE CENTER 7
The collapse of Building 7 on the afternoon of 9/11 was overshadowed by that of the Twin Towers in spite of one eerie similarity. Even though it had not been hit by a plane, the 47 story building also came down at free fall speed, collapsing into it's footprint. FEMA admitted in their initial report in 2002 that they had no good explanation as to why the building came down and an official silence fell over the fate of the building for six more years.

Then, in November 2008, the federal technology agency NIST released the Final WTC 7 Investigation Report. In their executive summary they say that heating of floor beams and girders caused one of 82 support column to fail, initiating a fire-induced progressive collapse that led to the failure of the 81 others and brought the building down.

9-eleven researcher David Ray Griffin scrutinized the NIST report page by page and published his findings in book form in the summer of 2009. He set out to prove that NIST arrived at their conclusions by disregarding evidence and said that "The omission of evidence by NIST is so massive, that I treat it as a distinct type of scientific fraud."

The omissions listed in this talk include work done by FEMA, the USGS, dust analysis by international labs, and eyewitness reports from police officers and city officials.

Prof. Griffin retired from the Claremont School of Theology, where he had taught for 30 years, and wrote in 2004 the most widely read book on the subject: The New Pearl Harbor, disturbing questions about the Bush administration and 9-11.
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BUSH Radio, Cape Town
South Africa's first community radio station

Noam Chomsky praised the vitality and professionalism of South Africa's most influential community station. This is an intriguing look into the day to day operations of the station that defined how radio is done and trained staff for 80+ stations. When you visit Bush Radio in Cape Town any Saturday morning you find children as young as 6 years doing their own programming. Weekdays the news department presents local news on the air, in writing as blog, including photos and video.

Denied a license under the old Apartheid regime, Bush Radio went on the air illegally in 1993. Two broadcasters were arrested and the equipment confiscated. After the historic elections of 1994 the first broadcast licenses issued by the Mandela government were specifically for community broadcasters. In June of 1995 Bush Radio received its license to broadcast. Bush Radio played a huge role in defining the laws and practice of community radio in South Africa. Over the last eight years they trained approximately 500 people to operate a radio station. Almost every one of the nearly 90 stations in existence in South Africa today employs at least one person trained at Bush Radio.

In the summer of 2009 Brenda Leonard, the Bush Radio administrator, went on a US tour of public radio stations. I met her in San Francisco and asked her to tell me about the day to day operations of Bush Radio. <http://www.bushradio.co.za>
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THE REAL PATCH ADAMS
In the 1998 movie Robin Williams played Patch Adams, the funny doctor with a red clown's nose, the young man who almost committed suicide but then found joy in becoming a physician and taking care of people. That movie made Patch Adams a folk hero but it also undermined the deeper meaning of the healing project that he and his friends were and are building today.

In this program Patch Adams gives a review of the history of his project, the Gesundheit Institute, <http://www.patchadams.org> lists some of the international activities on behalf of orphans, prevention of child sexual slavery and women's mortality in childbirth. Adams now wants to build a full hospital based on the principles of healing that he laid out in this talk.

One week before this talk, Adams was invited by Republican congress members to talk about health care. This program includes his report of his defense of Single Payer to a group that had applauded Cheney and Rove a week earlier.

Patch Adams was recorded on July 5, 2009 in Willits, CA. Justin Briggs operated the audio system.
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Cynthia McKinney &
THE FREE GAZA MOVEMENT

The Free Gaza Movement <http://www.freegaza.org/> began in the Fall of 2006. Seeing all land borders of Gaza controlled by Israel - and by Egypt at Rafah - severely restricting the crossing of urgently needed food, fuel, and medicine for 1.4 million Palestinians - they decided to reach Gaza by sea, and directly challenge the Israeli siege. 

They found two, small, wooden fishing boats. In August 2008 they became the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years. Between August and December 2008 the Free Gaza Movement successfully broke the Israeli siege five times and arrived in Gaza with international crews and humanitarian aid.

In response to the month-long Israeli war on Gaza that began at the end of December 2008 the Free Gaza Movement sent a ship with over 3 tons of emergency medical supplies, and 3 surgeons. Cynthia McKinney, former U.S. congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate, decided to participate in this journey.

This time the Israeli navy rammed the ship, almost sinking it - then abandoned the disabled vessel. This is McKinney's story of confrontation with the Israeli navy in international waters, up to the boarding of the second Free Gaza Boat by Israeli commandos and the kidnapping and imprisoning the passengers.

Cynthia McKinney <http://www.allthingscynthiamckinney.com/> came to Sonoma State University on August 15, 2009 to tell a story that made it around the world as breaking news - but was almost completely ignored by the US media.

Cynthia McKinney made history in 1992 when she became the first African American woman to represent Georgia in Congress. However she soon found herself in the sites of AIPAC, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Israel's officially registered lobby, when she refused to sign a statement supporting Israel that is routinely demanded by AIPAC of every candidate for Congress from either party.

She went on to be one of the handful of members of Congress to defend the rights of the Palestinians. She lost the Democratic primary of 2002, when contributions from across the country from pro-Israel sources flowed to her opponent. In 2004, she ran again and, despite attacks again from pro-Israel forces, she regained her seat in office although she was denied her seniority by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2006, her Democratic party opposition united behind a single candidate. Cynthia McKinney was defeated and left Congress.

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Cynthia McKinney and the Free Gaza Movement
This is yet another story that never made it into the US mainstream media. Former US Congress woman Cynthia McKinney joined two boat trips to bring humanitarian aid into the port of Gaza.

On the first trip the Free Gaza boat was rammed and almost sunk by the Israeli navy. The second boat that tried to reach Gaza in June 2009 was boarded by Israeli commandos, and the passengers imprisoned in Israel. Cynthia McKinney became Israeli prisoner number 77894. Don't miss her story on TUC Radio.

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THE CERES COMMUNITY PROJECT
A phone conversation with the Executive Director Cathryn Couch and client Katherine Kraemer.
In the California town of Sebastopol high school students meet for two hours after school on a day of their choice to cook organic healing food for people with serious health problems. Named after the Greek goddess of agriculture and generosity, Ceres, this project is almost entirely based on gifts. The teenage volunteers enjoy cooking so much that there is a waiting list. Sonoma County organic farmers donate most of the food, the use of the first kitchen was donated by a church, and volunteers are bringing the prepared dishes to the homes of the clients. These clients, and often their whole family receive a week's worth of beautifully prepared food as gift for up to three months. After that time they are asked to contribute. Their donation to the Ceres Community Project can be as little as $5 a week.

The Ceres Project is young - it started in March of 2007 - but it has touched so many lives, and inspired such gratitude and a kind of generosity that increased fourfold the number of meals provided in 2008. In early 2009 there is already the first attempt to duplicate the project in a neighboring county.

The Ceres Project came to the attention of another community organization, the West Marin radio station KWMR <http://kwmr.org/> and Mike Litchfield, host of the series: Heading Home. When Ceres Project founder Cathryn Couch first appeared on the air the station received so many requests to hear her again that Cathryn came back on the air in March of 2009. Thanks to KWMR and Mike Litchfield for allowing the re-broadcast of the program.

Part ONE: Interview with Cathryn Couch, Executive Director of the Ceres Community Project.
Part TWO: Conversation with Ceres Community Project client Katherine Kraemer who is going through chemotherapy. Cathryn Couch is participating as well.
Both interviews are made by phone. Recorded on March 10, 2009.
The web site of the Ceres Project is <http://www.ceresproject.org>
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Peter Dale Scott
AMERICA'S AFGHANISTAN
US National Security and a Heroin-Ravaged State

The US State Department calls Afghanistan a failed state that justifies US intervention, rather than acknowledging that US intervention has caused that so-called failure. And among all the triggers to that failure from US support of the Mujahedin and Al Quaeda to the war lords one element is not recognized in it’s real importance: the role of the trade in opium.

Peter Dale Scott, author of “Drugs Oil, and War” and “Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America” is one of the most respected researchers on the use of drugs in the strategies of the CIA and in US foreign policy. <http://www.peterdalescott.net/> He says that the unprecedented increase in Afghani opium production in the last 5 years could never have happened without outside support.

While Afghanistan is being ravaged by heroin and many farmers are forced to grow for very little profit the real gains of drug production are made by large political players and on the international market. Even though Afghanistan now supplies over 90% of the world’s heroin, the Afghan portion of the global heroin network, in dollar terms, is financially minute compared to what is earned elsewhere. According to the UN, the ultimate value in world markets in 2007 of Afghanistan’s $4 billion opium crop was about $110 billion.

This talk by Professor Scott is putting names and faces on the beneficiaries of that drug trade.
Peter Dale Scott was recoded in the mountains of Northern California at a small gathering of friends and neighbors on April27, 2009. He has since expanded this speech and the longer text with footnotes is posted at <http://www.japanfocus.org/-Peter_Dale-Scott/3145>

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Derrick Jensen:
BRINGING DOWN CIVILIZATION
Derrick Jensen wrote in his early book: “Listening to the Land”: “We are members of the most destructive culture ever to exist. Our assault on the natural world, on indigenous and other cultures, on women, on children, on all of us through the possibility of nuclear suicide --all these are unprecedented in their magnitude and ferocity." And he follows that with a question: “Why do we act as we do? What are sane and effective responses to outrageously destructive behavior? What will it take for us to stop the horrors that characterize our way of  being? My work and life revolve around these questions. “

When I recorded him in the Oakland, California warehouse of AK Press, Derrick Jensen asked that question in a much more pointed way: If civilization is destroying us and the earth – do we need to bring down civilization? Derrick Jensen lives in Northern California, he teaches creative writing in prison and has written many books, among them The Culture of Make Believe, A Language Older Than Words, and Listening to the Land.
<http://www.derrickjensen.org>
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Helen Caldicott
BANNING NUCLEAR WEAPONS

In 1986 the city of Berkeley, CA, - as one of many around the globe - passed a Nuclear Free Act which allows the city to boycott companies involved in nuclear work. The University of CA Berkeley however, which runs the nuclear weapons lab at Lawrence Livermore and - until recently the Los Alamos Lab is - as State institution - exempt from the municipal regulation.

The anti-nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott spoke in Berkeley at a June 2009 meeting of SuperBOLD, an organization dedicated to enforcing the Nuclear Free ordinance. They are trying to prevent the Berkeley Public library from hiring the 3M corporation to maintain the Radio Frequency checkpoint system there. 3M refuses to sign a contract that they will not do “work for nuclear weapons.”

For over 35 years Helen Caldicott has led the international efforts to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear power and weapons and has been named one of the most influential women of the 20th century by the Smithsonian Institute.

She has written numerous books, among them Nuclear Power is not the Answer (2006), and War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space (2007). Helen Caldicott has begun producing a free, weekly one hour radio program entitled: If You Love This Planet.
Arjun Makhijani, is President of IEER.

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Tom Greco
THE END OF MONEY AND THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION

Tom Greco demystifies money and banking and explains the destructive power of the current financial system. He challenges us to recognize that our dreams of a sane, just and ecologically sound future can become reality only if we change the way in which money is created and used.

Tom Greco was recorded at the beginning of his lecture tour for his most recent book: THE END OF MONEY AND THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION. A former engineer and college professor, Greco has written on monetary and financial innovation for over 30 years. Earlier books include: New Money for Healthy Communities and Money and Debt, A Solution to the Global Crisis. His web site is http://www.reinventingmoney.com
Kelly Durkin and I recorded him at IONS in Petaluma, CA, on May 5, 2009.
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Stephen Zarlenga
THE AMERICAN MONETARY ACT
Solving the Financial Crisis by Monetary Reform
Congressman Dennis Kucinich has posted the following on his web site:
"The U.S. monetary reform is urgently needed: It is long past time we look at the implications of . . . the privatization of money created by the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, the bank fractional reserve system and our debt-based economic system. Unless we have dramatic reform of monetary policy, the entire economic system will continue to accelerate wealth upwards. I am currently working on drafting legislation for an ‘American Monetary Act’ to address these and other issues in order to protect the economic well being of America."
<http://kucinich.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2786&Itemid=76>

Observers believe that this single measure has the potential of bringing together tens of millions of people who have realized that our bank-run debt-based monetary system lies at the center of the financial crisis. The question is of course - how are these tens of millions going to find out that there is such legislation being developed?

Kucinich is working closely with Stephen Zarlenga, director of the American Monetary Institute <http://www.monetary.org/> and author of: The Lost Science of Money. I interviewed Zarlenga in May 2009 after his return from Washington, DC, where he had briefed members of Congress. A report on the briefing was done by Richard Cook. <http://www.richardccook.com/>

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George Galloway
VIVA PALESTINA

George Galloway is an outspoken Member of the British Parliament, serving since 1987. He is perhaps best known for his support of Palestine and his campaign to end economic sanctions against Iraq. When he stood up to Tony Blair and called the invasion of Iraq illegal he was expelled from the Labour Party.

After participating in daily demonstrations in England during the Israeli assault on Gaza from the end of December 2008 into January 2009, Galloway led a convoy of vehicles loaded with humanitarian aid to Gaza. Under the name VIVA Palestina the convoy began in England in February 2009, crossed from Spain into North Africa and entered Gaza from Egypt with over 200 vehicles through the Rafah crossing that is usually kept locked by the Egyptian government.

Galloway says that if it were not for the extraordinary influence of the Israeli government that  maintains a blockade of GAZA, aid from governments and UN sources would be pouring into the war ravaged Gaza strip. He says that 61,200 homes were destroyed and Palestinians are still living in the rubble because Israel refuses to allow building materials into Gaza. Galloway plans to do what the international community fails to do and continue to lead convoys from other countries as well, including Russia and China.

Galloway was touring the US in April and May 2009 to invite donors and participants from the United States for the next convoy to Gaza. The plan is to leave New York on the 4th of July, fly directly into Egypt, purchase vehicles and medical supplies and repeat the successful breach of the Rafah crossing. <http://www.vivapalestina-us.org >
Thanks to the Middle East Children's Alliance for organizing this event. <http://www.mecaforpeace>

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Peter Dale Scott
LIFTING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY
An unresolved legacy of the Bush administration

Very few seem to know and among the few who know most don't seem to care that the US remains under a state of emergency declared by the Bush administration. The state of emergency was formally proclaimed five days after 9/11 on September 14th, 2001, and extended by Bush repeatedly thereafter, most recently on August 28th, 2008 for yet another year.

Under cover of this State of Emergency, the Bush administration enacted many extreme measures, ranging from suspension of habeas corpus, to the preparations for martial law in the US.
In early 2009 an attempt was made to alert the public and put pressure on Congress to lift the state of emergency.

In February 2009 Professor Peter Dale Scott and former Congressman Dan Hamburg wrote a formal letter to President Obama's staff and several congress people. They referred to the National Emergencies Act, one of the post-Watergate reforms that requires specifically that not later than six months after a national emergency is declared, and not later than the end of each six-month period thereafter that such emergency continues, each House of Congress shall meet to consider a vote on a joint resolution to determine whether that emergency shall be terminated.
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THE CERES COMMUNITY PROJECT
A phone conversation with the Executive Director Cathryn Couch and client Katherine Kraemer.
In the California town of Sebastopol high school students meet for two hours after school on a day of their choice to cook organic healing food for people with serious health problems. Named after the Greek goddess of agriculture and generosity, Ceres, this project is almost entirely based on gifts. The teenage volunteers enjoy cooking so much that there is a waiting list. Sonoma County organic farmers donate most of the food, the use of the first kitchen was donated by a church, and volunteers are bringing the prepared dishes to the homes of the clients. These clients, and often their whole family receive a week's worth of beautifully prepared food as gift for up to three months. After that time they are asked to contribute. Their donation to the Ceres Community Project can be as little as $5 a week.

The Ceres Project is young - it started in March of 2007 - but it has touched so many lives, and inspired such gratitude and a kind of generosity that increased fourfold the number of meals provided in 2008. In early 2009 there is already the first attempt to duplicate the project in a neighboring county.

The Ceres Project came to the attention of another community organization, the West Marin radio station KWMR <http://kwmr.org/> and Mike Litchfield, host of the series: Heading Home. When Ceres Project founder Cathryn Couch first appeared on the air the station received so many requests to hear her again that Cathryn came back on the air in March of 2009. Thanks to KWMR and Mike Litchfield for allowing the re-broadcast of the program.

Part ONE: Interview with Cathryn Couch, Executive Director of the Ceres Community Project.
Part TWO: Conversation with Ceres Community Project client Katherine Kraemer who is going through chemotherapy. Cathryn Couch is participating as well.
Both interviews are made by phone. Recorded on March 10, 2009.
The web site of the Ceres Project is <http://www.ceresproject.org>
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ITHACA COMMUNITY MONEY
A history of the ITHACA HOURS community currency
During the Great Depression when banks were closed so they could be audited - over 400 currencies called SCRIPT were used in the US to buy food and services. When the banks reopened, sometimes several months later, SCRIPT was replaced with the federal currency.

Since the beginning of the financial crisis a resurgence of interest in alternative money systems has led to many new initiatives. A new website in the US called mainstreetcash.org is giving an overview over a huge number of community currencies and computer based trading systems with space for comment and discussion.

Featured on that web site are the Ithaca Hours, the oldest printed paper currency in the US. Founded in 1991 by Paul Glover it has been in continuous use, it's popularity rising and diminishing with fluctuations in the overall economy.

Each paper bill is a small piece of art and a commentary on the federal currency. At the top it says: IN ITHACA WE TRUST. - rather than In God We Trust. The currency is issued for the town of Ithaca and the surrounding farms - which means that the money will benefit local  exchanges and local jobs and can never go away as it does when we take dollars to WalMart.

I'm inviting you to re-visit with me one of the most important journeys I have taken as radio reporter, my 1995 visit to Ithaca. Paul Glover, who founded Ithaca Hours in 1991 is still doing community currency work. I spoke to him in March of 2009 to update the information in this program. His web site is http://www.paulglover.org
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Marilyn Waring
SEX, LIES AND GLOBAL ECONOMICS

The gross domestic product, the GDP, allegedly is an indicator of the well being of a society. Since powerful forces in banking and public policy are driving attempts to increase growth to solve the 2009 financial crisis it is important to listen to the critics of growth.

The GDP formula was invented by John Maynard Keynes who wrote a pamphlet during World War II entitled: The British National Income and How to Pay for the War. In 1953 that Keynesian set of rules was imposed on everybody.  The rules are called The United Nations System of National Accounts. All countries must use them or they will not be allowed to be a member of the UN, or deal with the World Bank and IMF. These unquestioned rules have been used to make public policy for the last 56 years.

Marilyn Waring says that the GDP system counts only cash transactions in the market. In other words it recognizes no value other than money. This means there is no value to peace to the preservation of the environment, and no value to unpaid work. This system leaves out half the population of the planet and the planet itself.

Marilyn Waring's work and intriguing life is described in a documentary film by Terre Nash. I'm bringing back the soundtrack of this film to support a debate on changing the current National Income Accounting using the GDP.

Marilyn Waring is an author, former member of the New Zealand Parliament, and goat farmer. She is Professor of Public Policy at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. The film is distributed by Bullfrog Films in Oley, Pennsylvania.
The web site of the film is: <http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/>
Thanks to Terre Nash for making his film available.
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Annie Machon
BEYOND THE WAR ON TERROR

When Annie Machon studied classics at Cambridge University she was recruited by MI5, the British equivalent of the FBI. Machon spent 6 years as an operative against so-called political subversives.

While working for MI5 she and her then partner and colleague David Shayler discovered illegalities and outright crimes committed by their colleagues - both in MI5 and MI6, the British equivalent to the CIA. They ranged from illegal surveillance of labor politicians, and illegal phone tabs, to direct funding of Al Qaeda and false flag operations.

In the mid nineties, when Shayler was the head of the Lybian section at MI5 he worked with the corresponding section in MI6. He learned about their plot to assassinate Colonel Muammar Qaddafi. The plot was funded by MI6 and carried out. Several people were killed, most of them local residents who simply watched the convoy go by. Qaddafi was not hurt.

The assassination plot was the turning point for Machon and Shayler. They resigned from the agency and became whistle blowers. They hoped to initiate a parliamentary investigation into MI5 and MI6 to shed light on the increasing power of spy agencies and the growing immunity of what they call the Secret State. They say that after 9/11 the power of the Secret Sate is being enlarged everywhere and even a change in administration does not appear to roll back that power - not just in Britain, but apparently in the US as well.

While Shayler and Machon were fighting to reign in the MI5 and MI6 they encountered another, even larger complex of lies and secrets. The false information that led to Britain joining the war on Iraq. They joined the peace movement in hopes to alert others to learn from their example and mistrust the information on weapons of mass destruction coming out of the US CIA. Machon explains why she joined the 9/11 truth movement and how many vibrant groups in Europe and Russia are now campaigning for an independent - potentially international - new investigation of the events of 9/11.

Annie Machon was recorded on September 22, 2008 at the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA, by Ken Jenkins and Hummux. Annie Machon mentions two Palestinians jailed on false evidence. They are Samar Alami and Jawad Botme and the web site in their support is <http://www.freesaj.org.uk/>. She also spoke abut Moazzam Begg, Guantanamo, and the web site <http://www.cageprisoners.com/> Machon's web site is: <http://www.anniemachon.com/>

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Peter Dale Scott
SAVING AMERICAN POLITICS FROM THE PRESENT TWO-PARTY SYSTEM
The disparity of income and wealth in this country was increased by the first round of bank bail-outs. On Jan. 27, 2009, in front of an audience of Republicans, Scott explained in great detail the necessity to construct future bail-outs to diminish that gap for the sake of democracy. This is a lucid analysis and a well researched guideline for all who want to influence future financial policies.

This is also the only recording of a very unusual event. The San Francisco Republican Round Table crossed party lines and invited Peter Dale Scott. Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and professor of Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. His latest books are: The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America, published in 2007 by the University of California Press, and The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War, published in 2008 by the Mary Ferrell Foundation Press. His website is <http://www.peterdalescott.net>

The Republican Round Table meets in a SF hotel. About 60 members, some with recognizable names, came to hear him. The only media in attendance were TUC Radio and, as guest, the former Ramparts editor Warren Hinkle accompanied by his basset hound.
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Fred Morse
SUN ENGINES AND CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER (CSP)
A brief history of a carbon free technology that could produce enough electricity to replace coal. CSP was pioneered by US engineers in the late 19th century and lost out to oil and coal. 

President Nixon asked Fred Morse whether solar energy made sense for America. His answer was "definitely yes". Fred Morse went on to manage solar energy in the Department of Energy for Presidents Carter and Reagan until 1989 when the programs were dismantled. Today Morse is the senior adviser for US operations for the Spanish firm Abengoa. They operate in over 70 countries and specialize in solar and bio-energy. Abengoa is trying to build the world's largest CSP plant near Phoenix, AZ. <http://www.abengoasolar.com/sites/solar/en/our_projects/usa/arizona/index.html> Coal and nuclear are lobbying hard to retain the lion's share of loan guarantees in the new stimulus package. (
The interview with Morse was recorded on 2008-08-26 in San Francisco/ Washington DC by phone.)

NOTES:
Our foremost climatologist, NASA's James Hansen, has demonstrated that our only hope of getting our atmosphere back to a safe level - below 350 parts per million CO2 - lies in stopping the use of coal to generate electricity.

Hansen points out that policy devices such as emissions reduction targets and cap-and-trade schemes simply will not work because there is already too much CO2 in the air. Much of the carbon dioxide given off by Robert Stephenson’s “Rocket” locomotive in 1829 is still in the atmosphere. Around 20% will still be present in thousands of years. If carbon dioxide continues to be released, even at the reduced rates now proposed, the amounts that remain will continue to build up. With present-day levels already posing real dangers, today’s policies of emissions reduction and carbon trading represent merely a slightly slower road to climate apocalypse. The lesson, Hansen argues, is that the bulk of the Earth’s remaining fossil fuels must be left untouched.

Thanks to Ken Butti and John Perlin whose book: A Golden Thread describes 2500 years of solar architecture and technology. Also to my friend Alex Carlin who first made me aware of CSP - a technology that has been made to lose out against oil and coal for decades - and that now needs it's day in the sun.
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MORE INFO:
Harvey Wasserman: A $50 Billion nuke power bomb is dropping toward Obama’s stimulus package, January 31, 2009. (Wasserman was on Democracy Now! on this issue on Feb. 5.) <http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/7/2009/1721>

James Hansen, NASA: Tell President Obama About Coal River Mountain
<http://www.columbia.edu/%7Ejeh1/mailings/2009/20090203_CoalRiverMountain.pdf>
Coal River Mountain is the site of an absurdity.  I learned about Coal River Mountain from students at Virginia Tech last fall.  They were concerned about Coal River Mountain, but at that time most of them were working to support Barack Obama.  They assumed Barack Obama would not allow such outrages to continue. The issue at Coal River Mountain is whether the top of the mountain will be blown up, so that coal can be dredged out of it, or whether the mountain will be allowed to stand.


Arjun Makhjijani and David Freeman
IS NUCLEAR POWER COMING BACK?
- and do we need a police state to live with it?
Pres. Obama's energy secretary, Steven Chu, says he will streamline loan guarantees to build nuclear and coal fired power plants. This puts nuclear power on the watch list for the Obama administration.

This program features one of the great orators and elders of the anti nuclear movement. David Freeman shut down 8 of their 14 reactors while heading the Tennessee Valley Authority under Pres. Carter. He calls nuclear a failed technology and says that, in the age of terrorism, we need a police state to guard those Trojan horses.

Preceding Freeman's comment you will hear from Dr. Arjun Makhijani. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion. He is the principal editor and co-author of NUCLEAR WASTELANDS, the first global assessment of the effects of nuclear weapons production. He addresses the issues of nuclear proliferation and why nuclear technologies have spread in spite of the efforts, begun in the early 1960s to dismantle the existing weapons stockpiles.

Both speakers were attending a November 2005 conference organized by Dr. Helen Caldicott to deter the Bush administration from building new nuclear power plants. This is an updated version as a reminder to the current administration.

This program contains a chilling quote from Sen. Obama indicating that he is aware of the problems associated with nuclear power. (Source: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRxl2cVFTLw> "I don't think there is anything that we inevitably dislike about nuclear power - we just dislike the fact that it might blow up and irradiate us and kill us."
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WAR ON GAZA

An interview with journalist Jeffrey Blankfort
ISRAEL'S WAR ON GAZA

On January 8 and 9, 2009 the US Senate and House passed resolutions overwhelmingly supporting Israel’s offensive in Gaza. This in the face of growing condemnation of the war on Gaza from another overwhelming majority in the United Nations General Assembly, and in the face of popular outcry not just in Muslim countries but in major cities throughout Europe as well as in the US and Canada.

There is a general consensus that the US is the only country that can bring about a cease fire - given the fact that it is Israel's strongest ally and financier. Yet the governing bodies and political elites in the US remain near unanimous in their support for Israel's actions even though they are increasingly isolated in world opinion. 

This interview covers four topics: the elections that led to the victory of Hamas in Gaza, the question of who broke the cease fire, and the so called coup by Hamas which was instead a failed coup against Hamas by US trained Fatah fighters. (See: Vanity Fair) Part two of the interview is dedicated to the most critical issue, the power of the Israel Lobby, its influence in taking the US into the war on Iraq and maintaining support for Israel in Senate and House.

Jeffrey Blankfort is a journalist, former editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin, and host of "Takes on the World", a twice monthly radio program on foreign affairs on KZYX radio in Northern California. He has reported from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel since 1970.
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On January 29, 2009, Jeffrey Blankfort interviewed Prof. John Mearsheimer on his radio program on KZYX, Takes on the World. HERE is the 39 minute unedited interview.

This is also the time to hear - again - three other voices: Edward Said, Norman Finkelstein and Ilan Pappe. Please listen, copy, and pass on the links.
 
Edward Said:
PALESTINE AND THE UNIVERSALITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

This is a special tribute on the anniversary of the death of Edward Said who died on September 25, 2003. Friends say that he knew that his life was coming to an end when he gave this legacy address on the eve of the invasion of Iraq.  Said was born in Palestine before the founding of the Jewish State. By 1950 his extended family had all fled Jerusalem for Cairo. Like hundreds of thousands of Palestinians they were displaced by the Jewish state that had been established two years earlier.
PART ONE - 29 min.
PART TWO - 29 min.
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Norman Finkelstein
BEYOND CHUTZPAH
“Beyond Chutzpah is the most comprehensive and well documented work of its kind. Rational and unemotional, it is one of the harshest texts about the daily practices of Israel's occupation and colonization of the Palestinian territories.” Baruch Kimmerling, professor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
PART ONE - 29 min.
PART TWO - 29 min.
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Ilan Pappe
THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE
The daily news on Israel and Palestine is impossible to understand without knowledge of the history of the 1948 expulsion of 3/4 of a million Palestinians by the Jewish army from what then became the state of Israel. When, in 1998, the Israelis opened the military archives it became clear that the Zionist movement had planned to expel the Palestinians long before 1948.
PART ONE - 29 min.
PART TWO - 29 min.

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Annie Machon
BEYOND THE WAR ON TERROR

When Annie Machon studied classics at Cambridge University she was recruited by MI5, the British equivalent of the FBI. Machon spent 6 years as an operative against so-called political subversives.

While working for MI5 she and her then partner and colleague David Shayler discovered illegalities and outright crimes committed by their colleagues - both in MI5 and MI6, the British equivalent to the CIA. They ranged from illegal surveillance of labor politicians, and illegal phone tabs, to direct funding of Al Qaeda and false flag operations.

In the mid nineties, when Shayler was the head of the Lybian section at MI5 he worked with the corresponding section in MI6. He learned about their plot to assassinate Colonel Muammar Qaddafi. The plot was funded by MI6 and carried out. Several people were killed, most of them local residents who simply watched the convoy go by. Qaddafi was not hurt.

The assassination plot was the turning point for Machon and Shayler. They resigned from the agency and became whistle blowers. They hoped to initiate a parliamentary investigation into MI5 and MI6 to shed light on the increasing power of spy agencies and the growing immunity of what they call the Secret State. They say that after 9/11 the power of the Secret Sate is being enlarged everywhere and even a change in administration does not appear to roll back that power - not just in Britain, but apparently in the US as well.

While Shayler and Machon were fighting to reign in the MI5 and MI6 they encountered another, even larger complex of lies and secrets. The false information that led to Britain joining the war on Iraq. They joined the peace movement in hopes to alert others to learn from their example and mistrust the information on weapons of mass destruction coming out of the US CIA. Machon explains why she joined the 9/11 truth movement and how many vibrant groups in Europe and Russia are now campaigning for an independent - potentially international - new investigation of the events of 9/11.

Annie Machon was recorded on September 22, 2008 at the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA, by Ken Jenkins and Hummux.
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Peter Dale Scott
SAVING AMERICAN POLITICS FROM THE PRESENT TWO-PARTY SYSTEM
The disparity of income and wealth in this country was increased by the first round of bank bail-outs. On Jan. 27, 2009, in front of an audience of Republicans, Scott explained in great detail the necessity to construct future bail-outs to diminish that gap for the sake of democracy. This is a lucid analysis and a well researched guideline for all who want to influence future financial policies.

This is also the only recording of a very unusual event. The San Francisco Republican Round Table crossed party lines and invited Peter Dale Scott. Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and professor of Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. His latest books are: The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America, published in 2007 by the University of California Press, and The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War, published in 2008 by the Mary Ferrell Foundation Press. His website is <http://www.peterdalescott.net>

The Republican Round Table meets in a SF hotel. About 60 members, some with recognizable names, came to hear him. The only media in attendance were TUC Radio and, as guest, the former Ramparts editor Warren Hinkle accompanied by his basset hound.
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Fred Morse
SUN ENGINES AND CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER (CSP)
A brief history of a carbon free technology that could produce enough electricity to replace coal. CSP was pioneered by US engineers in the late 19th century and lost out to oil and coal. 

President Nixon asked Fred Morse whether solar energy made sense for America. His answer was "definitely yes". Fred Morse went on to manage solar energy in the Department of Energy for Presidents Carter and Reagan until 1989 when the programs were dismantled. Today Morse is the senior advisor for US operations for the Spanish firm Abengoa. They operate in over 70 countries and specialize in solar and bio-energy. Abengoa is trying to build the world's largest CSP plant near Phoenix, AZ. Coal and nuclear are lobbying hard to retain the lion's share of loan guarantees in the new stimulus package. (
The interview with Morse was recorded on 2008-08-26 in San Francisco/ Washington DC by phone.)

NOTES:
Our foremost climatologist, NASA's James Hansen, has demonstrated that our only hope of getting our atmosphere back to a safe level - below 350 parts per million CO2 - lies in stopping the use of coal to generate electricity.

Hansen points out that policy devices such as emissions reduction targets and cap-and-trade schemes simply will not work because there is already too much CO2 in the air. Much of the carbon dioxide given off by Robert Stephenson’s “Rocket” locomotive in 1829 is still in the atmosphere. Around 20% will still be present in thousands of years. If carbon dioxide continues to be released, even at the reduced rates now proposed, the amounts that remain will continue to build up. With present-day levels already posing real dangers, today’s policies of emissions reduction and carbon trading represent merely a slightly slower road to climate apocalypse. The lesson, Hansen argues, is that the bulk of the Earth’s remaining fossil fuels must be left untouched.

Thanks to Ken Butti and John Perlin whose book: A Golden Thread describes 2500 years of solar architecture and technology. Also to my friend Alex C. who first made me aware of CSP - a technology that has been made to lose out against oil and coal for decades - and that now needs it's day in the sun.
For a broadcast quality 29 minute self contained mp3 version click HERE

Arjun Makhjijani and David Freeman
IS NUCLEAR POWER COMING BACK?
- and do we need a police state to live with it?
Pres. Obama's energy secretary, Steven Chu, says he will streamline loan guarantees to build nuclear and coal fired power plants. This puts nuclear power on the watch list for the Obama administration.

This program features one of the great orators and elders of the anti nuclear movement. David Freeman shut down 8 of their 14 reactors while heading the Tennessee Valley Authority under Pres. Carter. He calls nuclear a failed technology and says that, in the age of terrorism, we need a police state to guard those Trojan horses.

Preceding Freeman's comment you will hear from Dr. Arjun Makhijani. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion. He is the principal editor and co-author of NUCLEAR WASTELANDS, the first global assessment of the effects of nuclear weapons production. He addresses the issues of nuclear proliferation and why nuclear technologies have spread in spite of the efforts, begun in the early 1960s to dismantle the existing weapons stockpiles.

Both speakers were attending a November 2005 conference organized by Dr. Helen Caldicott to deter the Bush administration from building new nuclear power plants. This is an updated version as a reminder to the current administration.

This program contains a chilling quote from Sen. Obama indicating that he is aware of the problems associated with nuclear power. (Source: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRxl2cVFTLw> "I don't think there is anything that we inevitably dislike about nuclear power - we just dislike the fact that it might blow up and irradiate us and kill us."
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ON ISRAEL'S WAR ON GAZA

I am interrupting my mini-series against nuclear power to present this one hour history of Gaza and analysis of the refusal of the US political elites to bring an end to the war. Traditionally any program critical of Israel has caused my program, on some stations, to be taken off the air or moved to a bad night-time slot. Please resist pressure from those who refuse an open debate on Israel and watch for TUC Radio and let me know if it disappears.

An interview with journalist Jeffrey Blankfort
ISRAEL'S WAR ON GAZA

On January 8 and 9, 2009 the US Senate and House passed resolutions overwhelmingly supporting Israel’s offensive in Gaza. This in the face of growing condemnation of the war on Gaza from another overwhelming majority in the United Nations General Assembly, and in the face of popular outcry not just in Muslim countries but in major cities throughout Europe as well as in the US and Canada.

There is a general consensus that the US is the only country that can bring about a cease fire - given the fact that it is Israel's strongest ally and financier. Yet the governing bodies and political elites in the US remain near unanimous in their support for Israel's actions even though they are increasingly isolated in world opinion. 

This interview covers four topics: the elections that led to the victory of Hamas in Gaza, the question of who broke the cease fire, and the so called coup by Hamas which was instead a failed coup against Hamas by US trained Fatah fighters. (See: Vanity Fair) Part two of the interview is dedicated to the most critical issue, the power of the Israel Lobby, its influence in taking the US into the war on Iraq and maintaining support for Israel in Senate and House.

Jeffrey Blankfort is a journalist, former editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin, and host of "Takes on the World", a twice monthly radio program on foreign affairs on KZYX radio in Northern California. He has reported from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel since 1970.
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Nuclear waste and routine releases from nuclear reactors
IS NUCLEAR POWER COMING BACK?

When the anti nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott called on leading scientists and policy makers to debunk the claims that nuclear power plants needed to be built to halt climate change, she was aiming at the Bush administration. It now appears that plans to bring back nuclear power are bipartisan and not restricted to the US either. So it is time to revisit the arguments and remember the passionate campaigns of the 60s and 70s that stopped the building of new nuclear power plants in the US and even raised hopes for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The first speaker, Rep. Ed Markey, Mass, said that the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island was the beginning of the end of nuclear power in the US. Within a year Markey, Helen Caldicott and others introduced the nuclear freeze resolution into the House of Representatives. Sen. Kennedy introduced it into the Senate. They made the linkage between nuclear weapons, nuclear power and nuclear proliferation, a linkage that still exists today.

Proponents of nuclear power claim that nuclear plants are emission free. That is not true. All nuclear power plants release radioactive substances into air and water during their day to day operations. Kay Drey is a member of the board of directors of Beyond Nuclear. She has worked for 30 years to protect the public, workers and the environment from the hazards of nuclear power and radioactive waste. In 1996 she chaired a statewide campaign in Missouri, her home state, that led to the cancellation of a nuclear reactor then under construction. She also led the successful campaign against the construction of a permanent disposal bunker at the St. Louis Airport for uranium and thorium wastes generated during the production of atomic weapons in the 1940s and ‘50s.

Kay Drey and Ed Markey spoke at a two day conference in November 2005 called by the internationally known anti nuclear campaigner Helen Caldicott to deter the Bush administration from funding new nuclear power plants. I am bringing back the highlight of that November 2005 conference since nuclear power projects are still part of the energy mix.
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Please go to the original two hour series with these and other speakers for more facts and analysis of what is euphemistically called the "nuclear renaissance".
IS NUCLEAR POWER COMING BACK?

A four-part mini-series based on a briefing, on November 7 and 8, 2005, organized by Dr. Helen Caldicott.


IN MEMORIAM
Harold Pinter died in London on December 24, 2008. This is a re-mastered, carefully edited version of the original 46 minute speech.
Pinter was too ill to travel to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize. This is a 2005 studio recording of a powerful voice, struggling to be heard.
The video was played at the ceremony and distributed world-wide via the internet and other independent media.
Not even the BBC dared play it during daytime.

Harold Pinter
ART, TRUTH & POLITICS

When Harold Pinter won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, he used his acceptance speech on December 7 to launch a blistering attack on George Bush and the British government, and a challenge to the conscience of people to not stand by in the face of Bush's crimes.

Harold Pinter was born in October 1930 in East London. He was a playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist. He has written twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal, and twenty-one screenplays including The French Lieutenant's Woman and The Handmaid's Tale, a chilling expose of what life would be like for women under a Christian fascist regime in America.

Pinter's interest in politics was a very public one. His biographer Michael Billington said: "Pinter remains, to his credit, a permanent public nuisance, a questioner of accepted truths, both in life and art." Pinter was an outspoken endorser of the call The World Can't Wait, Drive Out the Bush Regime.
http://nobelprize.org/literature/laureates/2005/pinter-lecture.html
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HELEN CALDICOTT
Nuclear Power is not the Answer
Grand Round lecture by the Australian pediatrician, anti nuclear campaigner, and Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott at Oakland Children's Hospital, CA. This is a personal and passionate appeal to doctors to inform the public and politicians about the proven effects of radiation that the medical profession has studied and treated for so long.

Helen Caldicott covers radiation dangers from each stage of the nuclear fuel chain, from uranium mining, depleted uranium, to the fissioning of the fuel rods inside the nuclear reactor. She talks about Alpha and Gamma rays, isotopes, half lives and which parts of the human body are affected by various forms of radiation.

This is a response to the international effort to bring back nuclear power under the guise of holding off climate change. Helen Caldicott explains that nuclear power is not emission free, it is dangerous in all it's phases, and expensive. Unlike renewable wind and solar energy nuclear power will not come on line fast enough to make a difference, a difference that is needed now, not in 15 years.

For over 35 years Helen Caldicott has led the international efforts to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear power and weapons and has been named one of the most influential women of the 20th century by the Smithsonian Institute. She has written numerous books, among them Nuclear Power is not the Answer (2006)and War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space (2007) Helen Caldicott has begun producing a free, weekly one hour radio program entitled: If You Love This Planet. Her site is <http://www.ifyoulovethisplanet.org>

In September 2008 Helen Caldicott did a phone interview with her friend and colleague, Dr. Kate Hudson, chair of the CND, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. The CND, active since 1958, is making a renewed and very well received effort to remove nuclear weapons from Britain and to stop the recent plans to build new nuclear power plants. Kate Hudson is a long time peace activist and the chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in England. She is also Head of Social and Policy Studies at London South Bank University and edits the journal Contemporary Politics.  She has written several books including: CND - Now More Than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement
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ROBERT FISK
The Age of the Warrior

Fisk is Britain’s most celebrated foreign correspondent and has been named International Journalist of the Year seven times. He is currently the Middle East correspondent for The Independent of London and has covered eleven major wars in over three decades. He lives in Beirut and was one of only two journalists who had the courage to remain there through the duration of the Lebanese civil war. I filmed him at his most recent, rare, visit to the US as he spoke in front of a capacity audience in Berkeley, CA. He was greeted with a standing ovation.

Anybody writing on current events or making policy decisions for the Middle East needs to take Fisk's analysis into account. Fisk argues for an immediate troop withdrawal, both from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Age of the Warrior, his most recent book, is a collection of essays from his paper, The Independent. Robert Fisk's previous books include Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilization. He spoke at a benefit for the Middle East Children’s Alliance in Berkeley, CA, on September 25, 2008. Fisk is a captivating speaker who supports his arguments with reports from war zones where few dare to tread and a wealth of historic examples.
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MICHAEL PARENTI
Contrary Notions

City Light books in San Francisco's North Beach was filled to capacity for the book party of Michael Parenti's most recent work: Contrary Notions. This is a rich selection from the writings of a life time on history, empire, wealth, class power, ideology and much more. Parenti goes where few political analysts dare to go and - with acerbic wit -  makes transparent how he arrives at his conclusions. This excerpt of his 45 minute talk addresses taboo subjects such as the murder of the town of New Orleans and 9/11.
This is a highly professional recording by Brightpath Video of Parenti in an intimate book store setting on January 22, 2008.
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Michael Parenti
DIVERSITY AND ORTHODOXY IN THE NEWS MEDIA
This August 28, 2008 analysis of the media is Parenti's most up-to-date contribution. He gave the keynote speech for the Modern Media Censorship lectures by Project Censored. Each year Project Censored <http://www.projectcensored.org/> gives awards for the most censored news stories of the year. Parenti lists important criteria by which to judge media bias, ranging from ownership to labeling, false objectivity and sensationalism, omission, outright lies and the denial of causality with the famous theory of "stuff happens".

Michael Parenti has written an lectured on the mainstream media for decades. His key book on the topic is "Inventing Reality - The politics of the News Media."

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Michael Parenti
CAPITALISM'S APOCALYPSE
Why the rich can't save anybody - not even themselves

Parenti predicted the financial crisis and said that giant corporate capitalism - by it's very nature - is an apocalyptic system. When unregulated the built in elements of ever increased growth may well bring the whole system down. And he described the growing national debt not as a tragic mistake but as a means to shift ever more money from the tax payers to the financial institutions in the form of interest payments. This speech is an analysis of the many structural flaws of a capitalist system that puts it on a permanent collision course with democracy.
Recorded on August 23, 2008 at the closing reception for Maria Gilardin's ART SHOW.
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SPECIAL
Alexander Cockburn
On the financial crisis and the 2008 elections
I recorded the political journalist, editor of CounterPunch, long time observer of the American political scene, writer for the Nation and author of many books in the Northern California coastal town of Fort Bragg. Cockburn had come down from Petrolia in Humboldt County to give a pithy, provocative assessment of the presidential candidates. There is not enough time to place this speech into radio distribution before the November 4 deadline - but i want to do my best to get his opinions on the financial crisis and the candidates McCain and Obama to the widest possible audience via the internet and this web site. Here are three sound files:
On the FINANCIAL CRISIS (4:30)
On McCAIN (3:47)
On OBAMA (9:18)
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Michael Parenti: CONSPIRACY & CLASS POWER
One of Parenti's most influential archival speeches


This is an in-depth analysis of the modern state and the exercise of power behind the scenes. The speech is also an important historic document. Given in 1993 it issues a warning of the use of deception to justify going to war. The speech also explains the expansion of the deregulated free market that would lead to a financial crisis as we see it today.

The speech on Conspiracy and Class Power was lost for several years and only recently discovered in the collection of a listener in Seattle.  Michael Parenti spoke before an overflow audience in Berkeley, CA

Michael Parenti is an internationally known author and lecturer. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1962 and is one of the nation's leading progressive political thinkers.  His highly informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad. His books include Democracy for the Few, Superpatriotism, The Assassination of Julius Caesar, History as Mystery, and Contrary Notions.
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NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST OF TUC Radio's BEST OF SUMMER PROGRAMS.
AMAZINGLY TIMELY AND HOPEFUL - GIVEN THE RECENT ECONOMIC NEWS.

Bill McKibben on DEEP ECONOMY
A talk and conversation with Michael Pollan

Bill McKibben’s book: ‘The End of Nature’ is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. Published in 1989, it has been printed in more than 20 languages.  He has since written on localization, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. In his most recent book: ‘Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future’ he envisions a transition to local-scale enterprise.

McKibben and his family live in Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College where he launched the campaign: stepitup2007, demanding that global warming pollution be cut 80 percent by 2050. McKibben spoke in Berkeley in March 2007. The church was filled to capacity with an enthusiastic crowd. He was joined on stage by a colleague and fellow author, Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore's Dilemma”, and “Botany of Desire”.

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Dr. Lonnie Thompson
ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR FUTURE

Dr. Thompson issues a warning that the mountain glaciers he knows and loves are melting ever more dramatically just within the year of 2007. He is the leading expert on glaciers with 30 years of on location research.

Dr. Lonnie Thompson saw one of the first ice cores that was recovered from a glacier when he was in graduate school. He was fascinated by the amount of data on earth history, past climate and world changing events that can be read from these ice cores and made the exploration of ice his life's work. He now teaches in the Department of Geological Sciences and is Senior Research Scientists at the Byrd Polar Center at Ohio State University.

In three decades he has explored most of the mountain glaciers of this world, has learned their history going back tens of thousands of years via the ice cores he and his team drilled at altitudes that no helicopter can reach. He came to San Francisco in early December 2007 to issue this warning.

Thompson was the honored speaker at the December 2007 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The hotel where Dr. Thompson spoke recorded the event for the AGU. This is the only other audio or visual record of this amazing talk.
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Edward Said:
PALESTINE AND THE UNIVERSALITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

This is a special tribute on the anniversary of the death of Edward Said who died on September 25, 2003. Friends say that he knew that his life was coming to an end when he gave this legacy address on the eve of the invasion of Iraq.

Professor Said was known as both a scholar of modern literature and an expert on Middle Eastern politics. Educated at Princeton and Harvard he taught at Columbia.  His books, which have been translated into 36 languages, include: Covering Islam, and The Politics of Dispossession. He was born in Palestine before the founding of the Jewish State. By 1950 his extended family had all fled Jerusalem for Cairo. Like hundreds of thousands of Palestinians they were displaced by the Jewish state that had been established two years earlier.
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John Nichols
THE IMPEACHMENT OF BUSH AND CHENEY
This is a repeat of Nichols' popular November 2006 talk, a contribution to the renewed debate on impeachment.
The acclaimed author, Washington correspondent for the Nation, and media critic John Nichols wrote a book entitled: The Genius of Impeachment. The author Studs Terkel said about this book: "Never within my memory has the case for impeachment of Bush and his equally crooked confederates been so clearly and fervently offered as John Nichols has done in this book. They are after all our public SERVANTS who have rifled our savings, bled our young, and challenged our sanity. And Nichols has given us the history, the language and the arguments we will need to do so."

John Nichols had come to San Francisco just before the November 2006 election to urge the group of friends who had gathered to meet him that the real political work was to begin on the day after the election. And that work would be – he suggested - to bring about the impeachment of Bush and Cheney.
Recorded by Maria Gilardin in San Francisco, November 1, 2006.

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SPECIAL - given the continued threats of attacks on IRAN
Daniel Ellsberg
THE THREAT OF WAR ON IRAN

When Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers in 1971 they revealed the US Government's lies about the war on Vietnam. 35 years later Ellsberg received the Right Livelihood Award, the so-called alternative Nobel Price, for “… dedicating his life to inspiring others to follow his example.”

For the last 6 years Ellsberg has campaigned against the exercise of executive power by the Bush administration. He calls for action to end such Presidential violation of the constitution and to prevent an expansion of the war in the Middle East and an attack on Iran. He urges government insiders to come up with the new set of Pentagon papers, to act now and not wait until they write their memoirs. The American public needs to see the current attack plans on Iran in order to prevent a terrible expansion of the war in the Middle East.

He voices criticism of the new democratic congress and their support – with few exceptions - of the Kyl/Lieberman amendment of Sept. 2007. This bill designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. Opponents of the amendment are saying that it could be used by Bush to attack Iran.

Daniel Ellsberg spoke on December 18, 2007, at the Republican Round Table in a downtown hotel in San Francisco.

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Restoring a Forest
- with fire and love

Dennis Martinez
Church and military records show that in the early 19th century California's forests were not "wild" but carefully tended. The catastrophic wildfires of today were extremely rare. Dennis Martinez talks about Indian forest practice and restoration.

The forest at the Mountain Grove Center For New Education, near Glendale in SW Oregon was clear-cut in the 1930s and 40s. It has come back thick, young, and dark. When Indians cared for the land the old growth incense cedars and chinquapins were spaced widely, plants thrived on the sun-lit forest floor, and animals found shelter and food. Dennis Martinez knows about Indian forest practice and was restoring this land when I interviewed him in 1996.
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Jeremy Scahill
BLACKWATER

In San Francisco, at the start of his book tour, Scahill gave an eloquent and fact filled one hour overview of the main points: Blackwater is the most powerful force in privatized war fought for profit by unaccountable corporations. Don't miss it!

Scahill's book, Blackwater, made the New York Times bestseller list when it was first published. The updated paperback edition came out in June 2008. Scahill is correspondent for Democracy Now! and a writer for the Nation.

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Michael Parenti
STOP the Pesticide Spray of the Bay Area

Parenti weighs in on the Apple Moth eradication
What do Homeland Security and FEMA have to do with the California Department of Food and Agriculture's plans to spray the San Francisco Bay Area with pesticides? Is this more dangerous to us and rights than to the light brown apple moth?

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The Day the WTO Stood Still
A TUC Radio Archives program

SUMMARY:
Mass media claim that food insecurity, climate change, environmental degradation are natural processes. We say that the global economic system is at fault. Voices calling for the re-design of NAFTA & WTO are getting louder.

NOTES: We are being told that climate change, species extinction and environmental degradation are natural processes. That the rising cost of food and gas are due to fluctuation in a market economy that will eventually level off. As we are trying to respond to one crisis after another we are being prevented from recognizing the powers behind the scenes.

At this crucial moment it is worth remembering that the rules of the game were changed with the founding of the World Trade Organization in 1995. The first challenge to the WTO occurred in Seattle in 1999. This program from the TUC Radio archives brings you some of the visionary voices who foresaw the consequences that we are facing today. Then they were lone voices. Today a growing movement is calling for a radical re-design of trade rules. A new poll from the Pew Research Center finds that a majority of Americans now oppose trade agreements such as NAFTA and the WTO. In the 2006 election 37 congressional challengers replaced NAFTA-supporting incumbents.

The International Forum on Globalization, the IFG, helped organize the resistance to the WTO leading up to Seattle and beyond. The speakers in this program are affiliated with the IFG:
Maude Barlow is national chair of the Council of Canadians, Canada's largest public advocacy organization, and founder of the Blue Planet Project. She was one of the first activists to call attention to the fact that a handful of corporations are gaining control of water world wide. She has co-authored an international bestseller Blue Gold. Her newest book: The Blue Covenant, was published in 2008.

Jose Bové is a goat farmer from the South of France and member of the Confédération Paysanne. He had become aware of the power of the WTO when trade sanctions were imposed on French cheese, including his own roquefort. He went on to become a folk hero in France for opposing MacDonalds and genetically modified seeds. He ran in the first round of presidential elections in 2007, garnering almost 1/2 million votes.

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho is a geneticist, biophysicist and director of the non profit Institute of Science in Society. With more than 30 years of research and teaching in biochemistry, evolution, and molecular genetics, she has become an eloquent critic of genetic engineering. Mae-Wan Ho has authored or co-authored 10 books, such as The Rainbow and the Worm, the Physics of Organisms, Genetic Engineering Dream or Nightmare?, and: Living with the Fluid Genome.

The Indian physicist and ecologist Vandana Shiva founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, in 1982. She co-founded Navdanya to promote biodiversity conservation, organic farming, the rights of farmers, and the process of seed saving. Shiva has participated in the movements to save the forests (Chipko) to prevent the flooding of land by hydro projects, and the impositions of genetically modified seeds. Shiva's books include Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest, Monocultures of the Mind, and Water Wars. Her many awards include the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Peace Prize."

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David Ray Griffin: 9/11 Contradictions
A guide to Congress and the press
David Ray Griffin's most recent book: 9/11 Contradictions, was published in March 2008. The book, and this speech, take a new approach to finding the truth about the events of 9/11. It focuses entirely on contradictory statements made by members of the Bush administration, government departments and agencies, and the 9/11 Commission. All the statements examined by Griffin are official claims in direct conflict with other official claims. How could this be? And why, if the government pronouncements are contradictory, haven't members of Congress and the mainstream media launched investigations to determine which stories are true and which are false?

Griffin begins with two official White House versions of the timeline at George W. Bush's stay at the Florida school on the morning of 9/11. He also covers Osama bin Laden. To this day he is named the instigator of the 9/11 attacks. Griffin examines the absence of hard evidence for bin Laden's involvement.

The retired theologian David Ray Griffin is one of the foremost authors in the movement that is challenging the official story of the events of 9/11. His most important books are: The New Pearl Harbor, disturbing questions about the Bush administration and 9-11; The 9-11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions; and Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory. Griffin's talk at the University of Colorado, Boulder, on October 21, 2007, was recorded by Hummux and Ken Jenkins. They can be reached at <http://www.911TV.org>

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Microwave Radiation, the shadow side of the wireless revolution
The BIOINITIATIVE REPORT
with: Dr. Magda Havas, Cindy Sage & Dr. David Carpenter

Moved by the mounting evidence of dangerous health effects of radio-frequency radiation and electromagnetic fields a group of internationally acclaimed scientists collaborated on the August 2007 Bioinitiative report. They reviewed over 2000 research publications and raise concerns about the safety of existing public limits that regulate how much exposure is allowable from power lines, mobile phones, and other electronic devices.

The report received prominent notice in the European press but was ignored by the US commercial media.  The Environmental Agency of the European Union contributed to the report with a section on the need to apply the precautionary principle. The EU agency supports the demand to come up with new and stricter public exposure standards for electromagnetic fields.

Contributors to the Bioinitiative report gave a presentation at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club on March 19, 2008. Among the speakers are: Dr. Bill Grant, member of the Commonwealth Club’s health and medicine forum; Dr. Magda Havas, Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University, Canada; Cindy Sage, environmental consultant and co-editor of the Bioinitiative Report; and Dr. David Carpenter, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the School of Public Health at the University of Albany, NY. The full text of the Bioinitiative report is posted on the web at <http://www.www.biointiative.org> Thanks to the S.F. Commonwealth Club for sponsoring and recording this event.

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Dr. Hermann Ott, Mary Anne Hitt, Jutta Kill and Dr. Arjun Makhijani
CONFRONTING THE GLOBAL TRIPLE CRISIS
False Solutions to Peak Oil and Climate Change

In September of 2007 the International Forum on Globalization held a Teach in Washington DC on climate change, peak oil and global resource depletion & extinction. <http://www.ifg.org>

Several Panel meetings addressed the many false solutions to the climate crisis that may be accelerating the danger rather than alleviating it. Coal for example is now promoted as a substitute for oil and promises for the capture of the carbon are made that are not yet possible with current technologies and may never be available on a large scale.

Dr. Hermann Ott is head of the Berlin office of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He is the co-author of the book: The Kyoto Protocol International Climate Policy for the 21st Century. From the Appalachian mountains came Mary Anne Hitt. She lives and works at the center of one of the large unreported ecological tragedies of out time. In surface mines, some the size of New York's Manhattan, whole mountain ranges are blown off to strip mine the coal. Mary Anne Hitt is Executive Director of Appalachian Voices. Go to their web site at  <http://www.appvoices.org> and to a sister web site <http://www.Ilovemountains.org>. There you can see aerial photos of the Appalachian mines and photos of the forests, streams and mountains before they were demolished. 

Jutta Kill is a climate campaigner and activist for FERN, an NGO based in Europe. A participant in the Durban Group's critique of carbon trading she eloquently describes how the system favors large corporations and will prevent a transition to renewable energy production. Dr. Arjun Makhijani argues against the resurgence of nuclear power. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering, specializing in nuclear fusion, from U.C. Berkeley. He is the principal author of the first study ever done (and completed in 1971) on the energy conservation potential in the U.S. economy.

The speakers were recorded at the Confronting the Global Triple Crisis teach in, organized by the International Forum on Globalization, in Washington DC in September 15, 2007. The teach in was recorded by Conference Recording Services in Berkeley, California <http://www.conferencerecording.com/>.

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On occasion of the 40th anniversary of King's murder
WHO KILLED MARTIN LUTHER KING?

Dr. William Pepper at the Memphis, TN, King Assassination Trial
(This program contains archival recordings never heard before.)
In 1977 the family of Martin Luther King engaged an attorney and friend, Dr. William Pepper, to investigate a suspicion they had. They no longer believed that James Earl Ray was the killer. For their peace of mind, for an accurate record of history, and out of a sense of justice they conducted a two decade long investigation. The evidence they uncovered was put before a jury in Memphis, TN, in November 1999. 70 witnesses testified under oath, 4,000 pages of transcripts described that evidence, much of it new. It took the jury 59 minutes to come back with their decision that exonerated James Earl Ray, who had already died in prison. The jury found that Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim’s Grill, had participated in a conspiracy to kill King. The evidence showed that the conspiracy included J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, the Memphis police department, and organized crime.

The finding of the jury should have shaken the world. However news of the verdict, in one of the most important national security trials in modern history, was suppressed. And to this day, with very few exceptions, the public does not know that this trial took place and what the outcome was. 

This TUC Radio program presents an archival recording never before heard: Key parts of the closing argument in the courtroom in Memphis on December 8, 1999, by Dr. William Pepper. He describes why King had become dangerous to the powers to be, parts of the local conspiracy, and the cover-up. You can read the complete set of trial transcripts on the web site of the King Center at <http://www.thekingcenter.org/news/trial.html>. Excerpts of the films of the proceedings are being posted on Youtube under the search term “Martin Luther King trial”. Dr. William Pepper's book, An Act of State, The Execution of Martin Luther King came out in paperback by Verso in 2008.
Thanks to attorney William Pepper for allowing me to use the recordings made by his law office for this program.

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TUC Radio Archive
OUR ELECTRIC BODIES AND THE EVER THICKENING ELECTRO-SMOG

Dr. Henry Lai & Dr. Neil Cherry

Our bodies are finely tuned and responsive electric organisms and the super-imposition of an ever thickening layer of electric signals from cell phones and towers to WIFI to other communications systems can interfere with our innate electric life within our cells, nerves, immune system, heart and brain.

Dr. Neil Cherry said that electromagnetic fields are intrinsic to us. But today we are living with exposures from technological sources up to a million times higher than those from the sun and other natural sources and we give little thought to what that is doing to us. Cherry was Associate Professor of Environmental Health at Lincoln University, NZ. He died in 2003 of motor neuron disease.

Henry Lai is research professor in the department of bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is often quoted as the first to have written how DNA breaks can occur under exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Each DNA molecule contains the blueprint for life. When both DNA strands break and the DNA dies or mutates the person can develop cancer, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

More recently Henry Lai became know as one of the authors of the Bioinitiative report. <http://www.bioinitiative.org> Published in August of 2007 the report made it to the web site of the Environmental Agency of the European Union. The European Union agency suggests that we need new and stricter Public Exposure Standards for electromagnetic fields from power lines, mobile phones, and many other sources of EMF exposure in daily life.

This is a TUC Archives program, celebrating, with a 1998 recording, the memory of people who had the courage to speak out early on controversial issues. For the ongoing work on electromagnetic radiation safety check <http:/www.energyfields.org/> or <http://www.microwavenews.com/>

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Vandana Shiva, Maude Barlow & Daphne Wysham
CONFRONTING THE GLOBAL TRIPLE CRISIS

In September of 2007 the International Forum on Globalization held a Teach in Washington DC on climate change, peak oil and global resource depletion & extinction

Vandana Shiva had just witnessed the arctic melt on Greenland and speaks eloquently about the destructive forces of globalization that are driving the ecological crisis. She also sheds light on the effects of rapid economic growth in her home country, India.

Maude Barlow has completed a new book, entitled: Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water. She explains how we are losing water through pollution, over-pumping and displacement while the demands for water are rising. She names the corporations that are in the process of capturing water sources – the new Blue Gold.

Daphne Wysham of the Institute for Policy Studies speaks on the World Bank’s destructive role in driving climate change. She lays out in great detail how the system of carbon trading came about and how the World Bank is funding destructive development in fossil fuels - and she talks about solutions.
Contact the IFG at <http://www.ifg.org>
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Peter Dale Scott
THE ROAD TO 9/11

Peter Dale Scott is a former diplomat and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written on 9/11, the CIA involvement in South East Asia, the drug wars, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He also is an accomplished and much published poet.

His most recent book: The Road to 9-11, Wealth, Empire and the Future of America, was published by the University of California Press in late 2007. Reaching back to the 1960s Scott gives evidence of cover-ups of domestic criminal acts and momentous secret decision making by an ever smaller number of players. He investigates how policies of Presidents since Nixon have created the background for 9/11. He also shows how US intelligence agencies have become involved in groups they backed or created, such as the Taliban and al Quaeda.

Peter Dale Scott spoke about his new book in September 2007 at Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s bookstore, City Lights.

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Michael Parenti
LIES, WAR, AND EMPIRE

In this 2007 talk for Antioch College in Seattle Parenti  raises the intriguing question of how make a valid analysis of our social reality – given that so many lies are told to confuse us.

In Part one of this talk Parenti speaks about lies, dissent, and how we arrive at the truth of our situation and still retain our sanity. In the second half of his talk Parenti raises the question whether the Iraq war was not a failure but a success for some parts of the empire – and why.

Michael Parenti is one of the nation's leading progressive political analysts. He is a prolific author and an engaging speaker. After receiving his Ph.D. in political science from Yale he has taught at colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. He serves on the board of judges for Project Censored and is the author of twenty books. The most recent are:
Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader; the eighth edition of his classic: Democracy for the Few; 
Superpatriotism and The Assassination of Julius Caesar.

Thanks to Mike McCormick for the film and audio recording of this event. Mike is the host of MIND OVER MATTERS on KEXP radio, Seattle.

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Dr. Lonnie Thompson
ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR FUTURE

Dr. Thompson issues a warning that the mountain glaciers he knows and loves are melting ever more dramatically just within the year of 2007. He is the leading expert on glaciers with 30 years of on location research.

Dr. Lonnie Thompson saw one of the first ice cores that was recovered from a glacier when he was in graduate school. He was fascinated by the amount of data on earth history, past climate and world changing events that can be read from these ice cores and made the exploration of ice his life's work. He now teaches in the Department of Geological Sciences and is Senior Research Scientists at the Byrd Polar Center at Ohio State University.

In three decades he has explored most of the mountain glaciers of this world, has learned their history going back tens of thousands of years via the ice cores he and his team drilled at altitudes that no helicopter can reach. He came to San Francisco in early December 2007 to issue this warning.

Thompson was the honored speaker at the December 2007 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The hotel where Dr. Thompson spoke recorded the event for the AGU. This is the only other audio or visual record of this amazing talk.
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Thierry Meyssan
A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE ON THE US WAR ON TERROR

Thierry Meyssan is a French author and political activist. He is the founder and director of Voltairenet.org a network of non-aligned press groups. The multilingual website on international affairs gets as many as 2 million visitors a month. <http://www.voltairenet.org> In July 2005, the US State Department published a document declaring Meyssan and his Voltaire Network as major sources of anti-American misinformation in the world.

Shortly after 9-11 Meyssan wrote two books: "The Big Lie" and "Pentagate", calling into question the official story of that day. While dismissed as conspiracy theory by US Homeland Security, "The Big Lie" was translated into 28 languages and "Pentagate" became a bestseller.

In this interview Meyssan gives a fascinating view of the United States from a European perspective. In a conversation with radio journalist Jeff Blankfort Meyssan talks about the US design and control of the War on Terror. He also speaks to the consequences for Europe of the threatened attack on Iran, secret CIA prisons, and the hidden and ongoing history of US intervention in European affairs.

Ambiance alert: Blankfort met with Meyssan on September 3, 2007, in a restaurant in Paris opposite the Gare du Nord. During their one hour conversation the place became more and more lively.

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Cynthia McKinney
CONFRONTING EMPIRE

The former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was invited to England in September 2007. She spoke about Martin Luther King and the plans for him to become the running mate of Bobbie Kennedy in his bid for the US presidency.

She was introduced by Annie Machon who quit her job at the British spy agency MI5 in protest over MI5 plans to assassinate the Libyan leader Muammar Gadafy. 

In 1992 Cynthia McKinney made history when she became the first African American woman to represent Georgia in the United States House of Representatives. McKinney voted against record Bush administration military budgets, and challenged the Pentagon to explain how it "lost" over $2.3 trillion in un-traceable transactions. She continues to decry the Bush administration's sweetheart deals with Halliburton, the Carlyle Group, and DynCorp; and she speaks out against the loss of fundamental freedoms under the Bush administration.

McKinney lost her congressional seat when an estimated 40,000 Republicans voted in the Georgia Democratic Primary to oust her. It is called "crossover" voting and her supporters filed a lawsuit against this practice.
 
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Dr. James Hansen
THE THREAT TO THE PLANET
How can we avoid dangerous human-made climate change

Dr. James Hansen is one of the few scientists who have consistently warned that the impact that humans have on the climate is bringing about changes that are faster than we ever believed and may be irreversible if action is not taken now. Hansen is Director of the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, and he teaches at Columbia. Since the late 1970s, he has worked on studies of the Earth's climate. He has run afoul of government censors since the 1980s. Repeatedly his testimony before Congress was suppressed or re-written. 

Hansen says that the unprecedented and rising amounts of greenhouse gases added each year AND the speed at which we are altering the energy balance of the earth are completely out of the range of proven earth history of hundreds of thousands of years. Hansen fears that we may soon be reaching feedback mechanism or tipping points such as the melting of the ice sheets that has already begun on Greenland and West Antarctica.

In part one of this program Hansen gives a fascinating account of the earth's climate history, in part two he talks about solutions. Dr. Hansen's work - including the slide projections for this talk, can be found at < http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1>

I added a third program, a collection of the most intriguing questions from the audience and answers, by Hansen, on issues such as sea level rise, hurricanes, interglacials, and the ongoing censorship of climate scientists by the Bush administration.
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WITNESS TO THE MELTING OF GREENLAND
An Inuit elder speaks
Recorded in a tent during a rainstorm
by Cien Fuegos in July, 2007
in the Valley of the Ancients on Greenland.

For two weeks a small group of five constructed the ceremonial fire pit for the 2008 second circumpolar meeting. Inuits from Canada, Greenland, Siberia and Alaska, who live along the Arctic Circle, will gather again to consult on how to alert the world to the enormous changes in climate that they are experiencing already, changes that are forcing them now to fundamentally alter their lives. The accelerating melt of the Greenland ice cap may eventually lead to sea level rises around the world up to 7 meters or 21 feet, drowning the cities of London and New York.

The Inuit elders, who had chosen the ceremonial site, were joined by two North Americans and one Canadian. They pitched their tents on the tundra below towering rock mountains and the glacier behind. In the distance a river, swollen by the accelerating melt, discharged mud and boulders into the ocean. Lakes of melt-water are forming on the top of the ice cap and that water has found its way to the bottom, causing the glaciers to slide faster and swelling the rivers.

After five days the group got weathered in for 24 hours in fierce cold and driving rain. Cien Fuegos, the North American, invited Ithluk to tell her about Greenland and how the Inuit are experiencing the change of the climate.

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John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt
THE ISRAEL LOBBY AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard, have written one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. ‘The Israel Lobby,’ originally published in the London Review of Books and on the web in March 2006, examined one of the most taboo issues in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. policy.

The authors say that “the response to the essay was breathtaking. Three month after the posting the (web site) recorded more than 275,000 downloads”. There was also a media campaign condemning the article and the authors in the Jerusalem Post, New York Sun, Wall Street Journal, New Republic and Washington Post.

Now Mearsheimer and Walt have expanded the essay into a 500 page book entitled, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy. They argue that the policies encouraged by the lobby are profoundly damaging to both America's national interest and Israel's own long-term security.

Mearsheimer and Walt spoke in Berkeley, CA, on September 19, 2007 at an event organized by Tikkun magazine and Cody’s books. Introduction by Rabbi Michael Lerner in Part TWO.
 
Link to the publisher:
http://www.israellobbybook.com/
Link to more URLs of the controversy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Israel_Lobby_and_U.S._Foreign_Policy

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Edward Said:
PALESTINE AND THE UNIVERSALITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

This is a special tribute on the anniversary of the death of Edward Said. Friends say that he knew that his life was coming to an end when he gave this legacy address on the eve of the invasion of Iraq.

Professor Said was known as both a scholar of modern literature and an expert on Middle Eastern politics. Educated at Princeton and Harvard he taught at Columbia.  His books, which have been translated into 36 languages, include: Covering Islam, and The Politics of Dispossession. He was born in Palestine before the founding of the Jewish State. By 1950 his extended family had all fled Jerusalem for Cairo. Like hundreds of thousands of Palestinians they were displaced by the Jewish state that had been established two years earlier.
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MICHAEL PARENTI
The JFK Assassination and the Gangster Nature of the State
When Oliver Stone’s movie JFK opened in December 1991 a huge PR campaign was mobilized against the film. Even progressives spoke out. Noam Chomsky wrote in support of the Warren Commission's findings – in contrast Michael Parenti gave one of his highly acclaimed talks criticizing the lone assassin theory.

The bitter questions that haunted defenders and critics alike was whether government agencies of a democratic country would do such a thing as assassinate an elected President.

In this talk Michael Parenti turns to that question first – he examines, in part one, what he calls “the gangster nature of the state.” In part two he goes over details of the assassination and critiques The Nation, The Progressive, Chomsky and Cockburn. He spoke in Berkeley, CA, on the 30th anniversary of the JFK assassination.


This is one of many "standing ovations" talks by Parenti. The master for this program was lost and this appears to be the only copy of the original recording.
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Interviews with DR. JAMES HANSEN, NASA and DR. HERMANN SCHEER,
World Council for Renewable Energy and member of the German Parliament

Dr. James Hansen is one of the few climate scientists who has consistently warned that the impact that humans have on the climate is bringing about changes that are faster than we ever believed and maybe irreversible if action is not taken now. Hansen is Director of the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, a division of the Goddard Space Flight Center. <http://www.giss.nasa.gov/> Since the late 1970s, he has worked on studies and computer simulations of the Earth's climate.

Hansen has run afoul of government censors since the 1980s when he was asked to testify before Congress. He found that the record of his testimony had been re-written. His testimony to Vice President Cheney and other cabinet members in 2001 was ignored. In early 2006 officials at NASA headquarters ordered the public affairs staff to review Hansen’s coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.

I interviewed Hansen <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hansen> after his lecture at the December 2006 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Dr. Hermann Scheer
A large industrialized country already gets 10% of their electricity from renewable sources. And if the present rate of conversion is maintained, this country will have phased out nuclear and fossil fuels within the next 50 years. And this country, Germany, is not even blessed with abundant wind or sun. Germany, for 15 years now, has shown the determinations to move away from centralized to decentralized power, from commercial to non-commercial energy production, and to come up with solutions to climate change, peak oil and the dangers of nuclear power. <http://www.german-renewable-energy.com/Renewables/Navigation/Englisch/root.html>

At the root of these developments is the German Renewable Energy Act, the EEG. It started as a one page act passed by the German parliament in 1990. It was simple and based on three concepts: Free access to the grid to all producers, the obligation for utilities to purchase, and guaranteed fixed prices for each producer in accordance with their cost of production and state of technology. The lead author of the Renewable Energy Act is Dr. Hermann Scheer, chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy, now serving his 6th term as elected member of the German Parliament.

I interviewed Scheer <http://www.hermannscheer.de/en/> on February 16 in the noisy courtyard of his hotel in Palo Alto, CA.

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THE IMPEACHMENT OF BUSH AND CHENEY
John Nichols

San Francisco, November 1, 2006.
The acclaimed author, Washington correspondent for the Nation, and media critic John Nichols wrote a new book entitled: The Genius of Impeachment. The author Studs Terkel said about Nichols book: "Never within my memory has the case for impeachment of Bush and his equally crooked confederates been so clearly and fervently offered as John Nichols has done in this book. They are after all our public SERVANTS who have rifled our savings, bled our young, and challenged our sanity. And Nichols has given us the history, the language and the arguments we will need to do so."

John Nichols had come to San Francisco just before the November 2006 election to urge the group of friends and activist that had gathered to meet him that the real political work was to begin on the day after the election. And that work will be – he suggested - to bring about the impeachment of Bush and Cheney.
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Michael Ratner and Lynne Stewart
FIGHTING BACK
At an event in San Francisco attorneys Michael Ratner and Lynne Stewart spoke about what it means to do political legal work – exclusively and for many, many years. And how that work, in the case of Lynne Stewart, may lead to government action and the attempt to put her in prison for her work as an attorney, for 30 years.

Michael Ratner is President of the Center for Constitutional Rights often heard on Democracy Now on behalf of the prisoners in Guantanamo and his attempts to hold Donald Rumsfeld criminally responsible. Here is an opportunity to get an impression of him as a person, his history, causes, friendships and dedication to his work:

Lynne Stewart represented the blind Egyptian cleric Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and has been accused of helping terrorists by passing on a press release by him to the media. In her long career as movement attorney, Stewart has defended Black Liberation activists, Weather Underground people and many who were too poor to afford a lawyer. (Recorded in February 2007)

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Michael Parenti
SUPERPATRIOTISM
A perfect July 4th SPECIAL
A sharp and funny talk about Superpatriotism and the importance of being number One.
This talk examines how hype, fear and mindless flag waving supplant informed debate and commitment to democracy and justice.

Parenti raises intriguing questions such as: What does it mean to love one's country? Why is it so important to be number one - and what is the messianic message behind so much nationalism? This is one Parenti's great archival lectures, recorded in 1988 by KGNU radio in Boulder, CO.

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Ilan Pappe
Part ONE: THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE
The daily news on Israel and Palestine is impossible to understand without knowledge of the history of the 1948 expulsion of 3/4 of a million Palestinians by the Jewish army from what then became the state of Israel. Even though he had written two books on that period, the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe still felt haunted by the story. When, in 1998, the Israelis opened the military archives it became clear that the Zionist movement had planned to expel the Palestinians long before 1948. In 2006 Ilan Pappe published his most recent book: The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. He spoke about his work at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands in January 2007.

After years of being involved in political activism, Pappe supported the boycott of Israel in 2005, including the academic boycott. In the same year, Pappe initiated the annual Israeli Right of Return conferences, which called for the unconditional right of return of the Palestinian refugees who were expelled in 1948.

Pappe was born in Haifa to German-Jewish parents who had fled Nazi persecution in the 1930s. He graduated from the Hebrew University in 1978, and obtained his Ph.D.. from the University of Oxford in 1984.

Thanks to the web site of the the <http://electronicintifada.net> where the full speech is posted.
Ilan Pappe's own web site is <http://www.ilanpappe.org>

Part TWO: PROPOSALS FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL
NOTE TO RADIO STATIONS ON THIS PROGRAM ON PEACE PROPOSALS
You will get phone calls with complaints from some listeners when you play this program with Ilan Pappe.

Pappe says that he is concerned that Israel will create disaster for itself and the Middle East unless it changes its current policies towards the Palestinians. He is proposing a boycott of Israel and an end to the ethnically defined Jewish State. He asks for international help in ending the Apartheid System in Israel.


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Bill McKibben on DEEP ECONOMY
A talk and conversation with Michael Pollan

Bill McKibben’s book: ‘The End of Nature’ is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. Published in 1989, it has been printed in more than 20 languages.  He has since written on localization, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. In his most recent book: ‘Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future’ he envisions a transition to local-scale enterprise.

McKibben and his family live in Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College where he launched the campaign: stepitup2007, demanding that global warming pollution be cut 80 percent by 2050. McKibben spoke in Berkeley in March 2007. The church was filled to capacity with an enthusiastic crowd. He was joined on stage by a colleague and fellow author, Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore's Dilemma”, and “Botany of Desire”.

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Robert Fisk: THE ARMENIAN HOLOCAUST & CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ AND LEBANON
Part ONE of this program is a 29 minute special for the April 2007 remembrance

Robert Fisk, foreign correspondent for the London Independent, received an exuberant welcome when he came to the Bay Area in December 2006. He spoke on civil war in Iraq and Lebanon and the ongoing denial of the genocide of one and a half million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915.

Even though he consistently criticizes the New York Times they described him as "probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain" He has over thirty years of experience in international reporting. His best-selling books, based on his field notes and recordings, offer strong criticisms of Middle Eastern governments as well as British and United States government foreign policy. He spoke on December 14, 2006, in Oakland, CA.


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Chris Hedges: AMERICAN FASCISTS
The Christian Right and the War on America

Chris Hedges writes about his new book: "What is happening in America is revolutionary. A group of religious utopians, with the sympathy and support of tens of millions of Americans, are slowly dismantling democratic institutions to establish a religious tyranny, the springboard to an American fascism." There are now more than 70 million evangelical Christians living in America, many of whom have established their own set of media outlets, schools, and communities.

In response to those who argue that fascism cannot possibly come to the USA Chris Hedges describes the discontent and despair that historically have driven other peoples into right wing movements. Hedges reminds us that there is fertile ground for that in the US today. The top 1 percent control more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined. During the research for this book Hedges traveled through towns obliterated by the flight of manufacturing jobs and through soul-less suburbs. He interviewed members of mega churches who lived in despair and alienation until the church filled that void. And that’s the fodder that demagogues use to amass totalitarian movements.

Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent, for nearly two decades, for The New York Times and lost his job when he spoke out against the war. He now is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and teaches in the Program for American Studies at Princeton University.

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Interviews with
DR. JAMES HANSEN, NASA and DR. HERMANN SCHEER,
World Council for Renewable Energy and member of the German Parliament

Dr. James Hansen is one of the few climate scientists who has consistently warned that the impact that humans have on the climate is bringing about changes that are faster than we ever believed and maybe irreversible if action is not taken now. Hansen is Director of the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, a division of the Goddard Space Flight Center. <http://www.giss.nasa.gov/> Since the late 1970s, he has worked on studies and computer simulations of the Earth's climate.

Hansen has run afoul of government censors since the 1980s when he was asked to testify before Congress. He found that the record of his testimony had been re-written. His testimony to Vice President Cheney and other cabinet members in 2001 was ignored. In early 2006 officials at NASA headquarters ordered the public affairs staff to review Hansen’s coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.

I interviewed Hansen <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hansen> after his lecture at the December 2006 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Dr. Hermann Scheer
A large industrialized country already gets 10% of their electricity from renewable sources. And if the present rate of conversion is maintained, this country will have phased out nuclear and fossil fuels within the next 50 years. And this country, Germany, is not even blessed with abundant wind or sun. Germany, for 15 years now, has shown the determinations to move away from centralized to decentralized power, from commercial to non-commercial energy production, and to come up with solutions to climate change, peak oil and the dangers of nuclear power. <http://www.german-renewable-energy.com/Renewables/Navigation/Englisch/root.html>

At the root of these developments is the German Renewable Energy Act, the EEG. It started as a one page act passed by the German parliament in 1990. It was simple and based on three concepts: Free access to the grid to all producers, the obligation for utilities to purchase, and guaranteed fixed prices for each producer in accordance with their cost of production and state of technology. The lead author of the Renewable Energy Act is Dr. Hermann Scheer, chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy, now serving his 6th term as elected member of the German Parliament.

I interviewed Scheer <http://www.hermannscheer.de/en/> on February 16 in the noisy courtyard of his hotel in Palo Alto, CA.

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Cornel West:
DEMOCRACY MATTERS
The charismatic scholar, author, activist and Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University spoke on October 1/04 in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this 26 minute speech he referred to our most difficult moment in history in the precious experiment called democracy. He describes three features that contribute towards what we are when we are at our best, among them "frank speech", un-intimidated by the powers to be and open to revision.
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RALPH NADER and THE GREENS
Progressive Politics after the Democrats' Election Victory
An hour before the event was to begin a line started forming at the doors of the historic old Roxie Theatre in San Francisco's Mission District. It was the end of December 2006, on the verge of the sea change in Congress. The question on most people's mind was how the election victory of the Democrats would translate into political action.

Who was better suited to analyze the situation than Ralph Nader, long associated with the Green Party and electoral politics. Public Citizen, founded by Nader in 1971, is credited with helping to pass the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Freedom of Information Act and prompting the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA.

In part TWO you will hear form the Greens at the event: The biggest victory of the California Green Party is that of Gayle McLaughlin. She is now the major of Richmond, the largest US city with a green major. And she won that seat even though she was outspent 4 to 1 by the incumbent major who was supported by the Chevron Corporation. Her victory gave the Greens 19 wins during 2006, and they now hold 50 elected offices in the state of CA. Ross Mirkarimi, founder of the California Green Party, is currently the District 5 member of the S.F. Board of Supervisors. Matt Gonzales almost became the first Green major of San Francisco in 2003. In one of the most inspiring political campaigns thousands, many of them young, participated personally in a grass roots, multicultural effort to spread Green issues, register voters and have him elected major of San Francisco. He lost to Gavin Newsom by only 14.217 votes - and that difference, many believe was, paid for by personal visits to SF by Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson and Joe Lieberman.
  Recorded December 28, 2006

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ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The Elections, the Bush Response, and the Iraq War


NOTE: This program is about grassroots anti-war activism and the witty, radical and very timely analysis by a renowned international journalist. These days one has to travel to small abandoned logging towns to hear Alexander Cockburn speak. I recorded him in Fort Bragg on January 19, 2007

Alexander Cockburn "The Elections, the Bush Response, and the Iraq War."
"No major political figure, no major newspaper, has had the courage or the wisdom to say what should now be obvious, that we must withdraw our military from Iraq and the sooner the better. The reason is simple, our presence there is a disaster for the US people and an even bigger disaster for the Iraqi people." (Howard Zinn)

Fort Bragg town hall was filled to capacity by an animated crowd of people who had come to hear Alexander Cockburn speak. What united and inspired everybody that night was that Mendocino County had overwhelmingly passed Measure Y during the last election. The slogan was: “End the Occupation of Iraq and Bring the Troops Home Now!"

Alexander Cockburn is an Irish journalist and author who has lived and worked in the United States since 1973. He writes the "Beat the Devil" column for The Nation, and co-edits, with Jeffrey St. Clair, the political web site CounterPunch. He is the co-author or author of many books such as: Fate of the Forest, Washington Babylon, Whiteout, The CIA, and A Dime's Worth of Difference, about the two-party system in America.
 
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WHAT MAKES OUR LIGHTS GO ON?
The environmental impacts of large dams and reservoirs

Jacques Leslie is a foreign correspondent turned non-fiction writer who once covered the war on Vietnam for the Los Angeles Times. When he did a cover story for Harper's Magazine, entitled "Running Dry: What Happens When the World No Longer Has Enough Freshwater?" he began a lasting involvement with the environmental and political issues of water. What Jacques Leslie discovered when he wrote for Harper’s was that “At the core of every argument about water are dams, the modern pyramids, generators of extravagantly apportioned electricity, water storage, and environmental and social disasters …“

Some dams are so huge that they can be seen from space. Dams have shifted so much weight towards the equator that geophysicists believe they have slightly altered the speed of the earth's rotation the tilt of its axis, and the shape of its gravitational field.
Jacques Leslie http://www.jacquesleslie.com/ is the author of: Deep Water, The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment. He was recorded at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA.

A battle is being fought by independent scientists and those employed by the hydropower industry over the discovery that reservoirs behind the world's dams are a source of global warming pollution. In the case of big reservoirs in the tropics -- where most new dams are proposed -- hydropower can actually emit more greenhouse gases per kilowatt-hour than fossil fuels, including dirty coal.

The worst example studied by an independent scientist, the Balbina Dam in the Brazilian Amazon, had a climate impact in 1990 equal to an astonishing 54 natural gas plants generating the same amount of power.

Patrick McCully is the author of Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Dams and Development Project - and the Executive Director of the International Rivers Network. <http://www.irn.org/> I interviewed him right after his return from the November 2006 UN negotiations on global climate in Nairobi.

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MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL IN KENTUCKY
What makes our lights go on?
Part ONE: Wendell Berry and Michael Pollan
Part TWO: Teri Blanton and Burt Lauderdale of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Wendell Berry grew up on a farm in Kentucky, taught creative writing in college and returned to farming in 1965. He is a prolific author of novels, short stories, poems, and essays. Michael Pollan has written books and articles about food, agriculture, and gardens. He is the author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”Burt Lauderdale is executive director of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. Teri Blanton works to fight mountaintop removal on their project called "The Canary Project". The event was recorded by Paul Knight for KWMR and
sponsored by Marin Organic, an organization committed to turning Marin County into the first all organic county in the country.
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THE US GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN THE MURDER OF MARTIN LUTHER KING
and a history of the growth of secret operations from WWI to 9/11
John Judge
John Judge is an acclaimed researcher and lecturer. He is co-founder of the Committee for Open Archives and the Coalition on Political Assassinations. He helped draft legislation that led to the declassification of government documents on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

John Judge is currently working on legislation to declassify government documents on the assassination of Martin Luther King. This legislation has been introduced into the House by Cynthia McKinney and the Senate by John Kerry and is based on the legislation that led to the release of additional documents on the murder of John F. Kennedy.

The release of documents on John F. Kennedy came about because of a huge public demand for openness, triggered by the movie by Oliver Stone. A similar popular movement might bring us open access - not just to the King assassination - but break the stranglehold of secrecy that allows the political class in the US to operate with impunity. 

John Judge was recorded by Active Ingredients in April 2006 at Smith College in Northampton

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RACE, GENDER AND CLASS STRUGGLE

Michael Parenti

Arcata, CA, April 9, 2006.

Discussion of racism is usually a discussion about personal attitudes – not of the larger system of power that sustains and feeds institutional racism and sexism. Race, gender and class are interrelated and part of a systemic dynamic. In this talk Michael Parenti asks the important question: How were racism and sexism used by employers, the police, colonial powers and even the CIA to maintain the existing order.

Michael Parenti is an internationally known lecturer and the author of nineteen books. He has taught at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.

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THE GLOBAL DOMINANCE GROUP AND 9/11

Peter Phillips

Chicago, June 4th, 2006.

The leadership class in the US is now dominated by a neo-conservative group of people with the shared goal of asserting US military power worldwide. This global dominance group, in cooperation with major military contractors, has become a powerful force in world affairs. 240 global dominance advocates have been the primary promoters and beneficiaries of the so-called war on terror - before and after 9/11.
Dr. Peter Phillips is Director of Project Censored.

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STOLEN ELECTIONS
"The Right will steal the next one too - unless we stop them."
Professor Mark Crispin Miller, NYU
Mark Crispin Miller writes in his book, Fooled Again, that both the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen. Miller presents massive documentation, backed by 56 pages of notes, of how this was done. In this talk he describes the mindset of both the major parties and the media that allowed the theft to happen and go unchallenged, and why and how the Right will steal the next election too.

Miller says that talking about particular candidates, crafting a message, getting out the vote etc. are all crucial but there is a big “if”: We no longer have the right to assume that we can have a fair election.

We need to reclaim America and insure ourselves the right to vote, he says, otherwise this experiment in democracy is finished. Most importantly, the installation of voting machines in state after state needs to be stopped.

Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University and the author of the book: Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections.

This talk was recorded at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California, on May 4th, 2006.

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Norman Finkelstein
BEYOND CHUTZPAH
“Beyond Chutzpah is the most comprehensive and well documented work of its kind. Rational and unemotional, it is one of the harshest texts about the daily practices of Israel's occupation and colonization of the Palestinian territories.” Baruch Kimmerling, professor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
In spite - or maybe because - of that praise Finkelstein's work is being ignored - even by the alternative media.

Here are Finkelstein’s findings on the Israeli settler movement, Gaza, the West Bank, Israel's history of torture, and the thorniest question of all: Did Israelis commit and act of ethnic cleansing when, in 1948,  they expelled 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and village to create the state of Israel. Norman Finkelstein is assistant professor of political science at DePaul University. He spoke in Berkeley, CA, October 6, 2005. Recorded by Voices for the Middle East.

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Michael Parenti:
Z-Net COMMENTARIES
Written from late 2005 to todate and published in Z-Net,
these commentaries address the urgent issues of our time

PART ONE

HOW THE FREE MARKET KILLED NEW ORLEANS and
RIGHT WING JUDICIAL ACTIVISM


How the Free Market Killed New Orleans
Parenti explains how the free market system was instrumental in the destruction of New Orleans and the deaths of so many residents – and ultimately in the total mismanagement of the rescue operations.

Right Wing Judicial Activism
In his commentary on Right Wing Judicial Activism Parenti proves how right-wing judicial activists – from the Civil War to now – have stretched the constitution in matters of slavery, segregation, child labor, the first amendment, and the awarding of the presidency to George W. Bush.


PART TWO
GOVERNMENT BY GIVEAWAY and
GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN VENEZUELA


Government by Giveaway
Parenti's commentary on Government by Giveaway was written in response to the cuts by the Bush administration of $42 billion from the human services budget. Parenti assembles a long list of government handouts to Corporate America, including tax cuts for corporations and the superrich, hidden and not so hidden subsidies to transnational corporations, allowing big business to exploit the nation's oil, coal and mineral reserves on public land for a pittance, tariff protections and trade supports, loopholes for agribusiness and much more. In the end it becomes obvious that, compared to corporate America, ordinary working Americans get the least support while carrying the heaviest financial burden.

Good Things are Happening in Venezuela
Parenti returned from Venezuela with an inspiring and long list of “good things” that are happening there - from education, health care, indigenous rights, worker and farming cooperatives, and resistance to neo-liberal plans for privatization of the oil industry.

With roots in a working class Italian neighborhood in New York and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale, Michael Parenti has become an internationally known lecturer. He is the author of nineteen books. The Assassination of Julius Caesar, The Culture Struggle, and Superpariotism are the most recent ones.
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Michael Parenti:
The Struggle for History
Dissident Truth and Official Deception
In this talk Michael Parenti quotes Winston Churchill who said to his fellow party members: “History will be kind to us because I plan to write it.” Far from being an objective account of events history bears the mark of its writer, the omissions of the censors, and the interests of those who benefit from making it. In this speech Parenti shows how to take the recording of history back from politicians, the media, professors, clergy, and business people.

Michael Parenti is one of the nation's leading progressive political analysts. With roots in a working class Italian district of New York and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale Michael Parenti has become an internationally known lecturer. He is the author of nineteen books. The Culture Struggle and Superpariotism are the most recent ones.

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THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT
Part ONE: Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern on torture
Part TWO: Cindy Sheehan on ending the war

Cindy Sheehan and Ray McGovern spoke at an event for THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT,
drive out the Bush regime, at the International House, Berkeley, CA, in March 2006.

Part ONE: Ray McGovern
Ray McGovern’s 27-year career as a CIA analyst spanned administrations from John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush.  He now is co-director of the Servant Leadership School, an organization dedicated to helping the marginalized poor.

In 2003 Ray McGovern co-founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group critical of Bush administration policies. He and his colleagues have appeared on TV and radio, on Democracy Now and in documentaries such as “Uncovered” and in John Pilger’s “Break the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror”

Part TWO: Cindy Sheehan
When Cindy Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in Iraq she dedicated herself to the mission of not just ending this war, but to addressing the underlying causes that lead us to accept violence and war. Cindy Sheehan is part of THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT, an organization dedicated to driving out the Bush regime and holding the administration responsible for the war crimes committed in our name.

Cindy Sheehan is the founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization of Americans who have loved ones killed in wars. She has written three well received books: "Not One More Mother's Child”, “Peace Mom” and “Dear President Bush”

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WHY, INDEED, DID THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BUILDINGS COLLAPSE?
Prof. Steven E. Jones
Recorded at Utah Valley State College
February 1, 2006

Professor Steven E. Jones is challenging the official version that jet fueled fires brought down World Trade Center buildings on 9-11 and is calling for an independent investigation.

Steven Jones is Professor of Physics in the department of physics and astronomy at Brigham Young University in Utah.

When the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, finally released a 3 year study on the collapse of the buildings in late 2005 they left several questions unanswered, among them: Where did the pools of molten metal come from that were discovered weeks after the collapse of the twin towers and building #7? Steel can get weakened but not melted by jet fuel fires. Also the 47 story building #7 that collapsed in the afternoon on 9/11 was not hit by a plane but came down in the same freefall manner as the twin towers.

In short many scholars and structural engineers are now looking at the finally released report by NIST and can't make sense of it and are beginning to ask questions and speak up.

This talk was given on February 1, 2006 at Utah Valley State College.
A transcript of this talk will be published in David Ray Griffin's upcoming book.
The scholars web site is at
<http://www.ST911.org>
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9-11, THE MYTH AND THE REALITY
Dr. David Ray Griffin
Recorded at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA
March 30, 2006

A Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology, David Ray Griffin is the author of: The New Pearl Harbor- Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9-11; and: The 9-11 Commission Report- Omissions and Distortions - A Critique of the Kean-Zelikow Report.

David Ray Griffin lists nine myths propagated by the Bush administration and the 9-11 Commission Report and systematically lays out his critique. This is a compelling introduction to the key events of 9-11 and provides answers to some questions people might have, such as: "Would the government do such a thing?" "What would be their motive?" "Was the 9-11 commission impartial?"

David Ray Griffin also describes a scene in the emergency operations bunker under the White House on the day of 9-11. Secretary of transportation Norman Mineta testified that Dick Cheney was aware of an aircraft approaching the Pentagon but did nothing. Mineta's testimony was omitted from the 9-11 report.

For more information and a transcript of this talk go to <http://www.911truth.org>
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IS NUCLEAR POWER COMING BACK?

A four-part mini-series based on a briefing, on November 7 and 8, 2005,
by Dr. Helen Caldicott's organization, the Nuclear Policy Research Institute
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Anti nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott invited scientists, members of the Bush administration, and journalists for a two-day conference to address the following issues:  What is the connection between nuclear power and war, what is the safety record of nuclear power plants, and what is their effect on the people living around them? And what lies behind the claim of the Bush administration that nuclear power plants are being brought back to ward off global warming?

In domestic and foreign policy, in legislation and funding priorities, the Bush administration has begun a major shift towards building new nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel reprocessing sites; technologies that were abandoned in the US decades ago. The energy bill, passed in the fall of 2005,, set aside $8.7 billion dollars for the nuclear, oil, and coal industries while offering only $1.3 billion for alternative fuels. Some have asked why the oil industry, with record high profits needs a $1.6 billion dollar subsidy. Not enough critics have investigated the biggest line item of them all: the unprecedented $4.3 billion to the nuclear industry.

A281/Part ONE:
IS NUCLEAR POWER COMING BACK?

Congressman Ed Markey (D. Mass.)
Rep. Ed Markey on the status of waste disposal at Yucca Mountain, on the Bush administration's violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and on massive subsidies to the nuclear industry.

Congressman Ed Markey was first elected to Congress in 1976, and has fought against nuclear proliferation and for environmental protection. Rep. Markey and Dr. Caldicott are friends and have worked together on the Nuclear Freeze and in the aftermath of the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.

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NUCLEAR RADIATION'S IMPACT ON LIFE

Dan Hirsch (Committee to Bridge the Gap), Dr. Helen Caldicott (Nuclear Policy Research Institute), and David Richardson (School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina)
On the efforts of Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to raise allowable exposure levels, and on the biological effects of radiation. We now have ample evidence, gathered in the last 60 years, of how nuclear radiation harms life. All radiation is cumulative; there are no safe levels. Radiation causes cancers in organs, glands, bones and blood.

But this issue is about more than the individual deaths from cancer.  Radiation affects by mutation the genetic heritage each of us carries in our DNA. The future of life is present today within the bodies of living people, animals and plants -- the whole seed-bearing biosphere.  We are now altering these carefully evolved seeds by randomly damaging them, and passing on that damage to future generations.

Dan Hirsch is president and co-founder of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a nuclear watchdog group that provides technical and legal assistance to communities near existing or proposed nuclear power projects.

Dr. Helen Caldicott explains in detail how radiation damages life. She is president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute and the author of numerous books on nuclear and environmental issues. Her book, Nuclear Power is not the Solution to Global Warming will be published in the fall of 2006.

David Richardson is assistant professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in long-term effects of radiation exposure.

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ROUTINE RELEASES FROM NUCLEAR REACTORS

Kay Drey (NIRS), and David Lochbaum (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Very few people know that nuclear power plants routinely release highly radioactive substances into the environment. Even accidents at the 103 U.S. plants hardly ever get reported.

Kay Drey is a Board member of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS). Since 1974 she has worked on hazards from so-called routine releases of radioactive gases and wastewater from nuclear power plants. You can find out more about her work at <http://www.nirs.org>

David Lochbaum began his career as nuclear engineer a few months after the Three Mile Island meltdown. For the next 17 years he worked at nuclear power plants in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. Now he is a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists where he monitors the performance of all US nuclear power plants.

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NUCLEAR POWER FOR A POLICE STATE

Or: A Police State for Nuclear Power?
Dr. Arjun Makhijani and David Freeman
When David Freeman became the head of the Tennessee Valley authority 30 years ago he halted construction of eight nuclear power plants. Today he warns that nuclear power is a failed technology and that it takes a police state to live with it.

Freeman has dealt with nuclear power plants and public utilities all his life. An engineer and lawyer, he was energy adviser to President Jimmy Carter. He held top positions at the New York Power Authority, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Lower Colorado River Authority and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). During his tenure in Sacramento Freeman initiated the nation's most intensive utility conservation program, including electric vehicle, wind and solar programs.

Dr. Arjun Makhijani holds a degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion. He is the principal editor and co-author of Nuclear Wastelands, the first global assessment of the health and environmental effects of nuclear weapons production. Dr. Makhijani addresses the issue of nuclear proliferation and why nuclear technologies have spread in spite of the efforts, begun in the early 1960s, to dismantle existing weapons stockpiles.

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A FAREWELL TO JUSTICE
Jim Garrison, John F. Kennedy's Assassination,
and the Case That Should Have Changed History
- a new investigation of the assassination
by Prof. Joan Mellen
New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison was the only public official to have indicted a suspect in President John F. Kennedy’s murder. Biographer Joan Mellen met Garrison in 1969. His relentless search for the truth about who killed President Kennedy made a deep impression upon her. In 1997, five years after Garrison’s death, Mellen started to work on the story of his life. Her biography turned into a new investigation of the assassination itself.

Joan Mellen spoke in New York in January 2006 - a few weeks after the release of her book: A Farewell to Justice. She found new evidence in the National Archives' JFK Assassination Records Collection and conducted more than one thousand interviews, with many witnesses speaking out for the first time. Joan Mellen names those responsible for the assassination and shows how the cover-up began in New Orleans months before President Kennedy was shot in Dallas.

Joan Mellen is professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is the author of seventeen books, ranging from film criticism to fiction, Latin American studies and biography.
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A Question of Survival:
AN ARMAGEDDON OF OUR OWN MAKING
Noam Chomsky’s lecture on the Current Nuclear Danger
at the University College Dublin, Ireland, in January 19, 2006


Prof. Noam Chomsky repeated the urgent appeal to end all war that was first issued by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein half a century ago. The terrible contradiction of our time is that the US is threatening war, including nuclear strikes, against countries such as North Korea and Iran for their alleged or real ownership of nuclear weapons while actively dispersing these weapons and nuclear material for reactors to countries of their liking, such as Israel.

While the US is withdrawing from all major treaties limiting nuclear proliferation and use, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, NTP, or the Anti Ballistic Missile treaty, ABM, it is actively building so-called useable nuclear weapons. In this speech Chomsky said if the US was serious about stopping the spread of nuclear weapons it should "stop compelling" other countries, such as Iran, to have them. 

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Hidden History:
Tom Russell & Lawrence Ferlinghetti
THE MAN FROM GOD KNOWS WHERE

A conversation and songs from Russell's CD
The poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti received a CD in the mail – The note said “this is about another America where the spirit has not been tamed by the restless machine of modern materialism.” Jack Kerouac wrote those words and Tom Russell is the singer songwriter of that CD, entitled: “The Man from God Knows Where” Ferlinghetti and Tom Russell met for the first time in the summer of 2005.

The setting is an early morning breakfast in a hotel near the historic San Francisco Fillmore auditorium where Russell had performed the night before. This is our conversation. I added the songs from The Man from God Knows Where later - by permission. You will hear Tom Russell, Dave Van Ronk, Iris DeMent, Dolores Keane and Kari Bremnes.


Tom Russell was born in Los Angeles in 1950 and now makes his home on the border in El Paso, Texas. He started performing in bars along Skid Row in Vancouver, B.C. He has recorded eighteen albums of original material and published two books.

The Man From God Knows Where was termed "one of the most important folk records ever recorded," by John Lomax III. Rolling Stone and UPI writer John Swenson noted: "Russell is one of America's great songwriters ... this record is as close to a Homeric treatment of American history as we're ever likely to see ... "

Lawrence Ferlinghetti needs no introduction. He is writing the second book of Americus and an anti war opera called "Waratorio". 

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Ken Deffeyes
THE PEAK OF WORLD OIL PRODUCTION

Thanksgiving Day, 2005

Born in the middle of an Oklahoma City oil field Ken Deffeyes has spent a lifetime in the oil business and the academic study of petroleum. He is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University where he taught geology. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 1967, Deffeyes worked in the Shell research lab in Houston. At Shell he was a colleague of M. King Hubbert, who was the first person to predict that a peak in oil production was even possible.

After his retirement from Princeton in 1998, Ken Deffeyes published two books on the subject of Peak Oil, Hubbert's Peak and Beyond Oil. Deffeyes says that the methods that M. King Hubbert used to accurately predict the peak of United States oil production for the early 1970s can now be applied to world production.

Ken Deffeyes wrote that quote: "It is my opinion that the peak will occur in late 2005,” and nominated Thanksgiving 2005 as his World Oil Peak Day wherein quote "we can pause and give thanks for the good years of abundance, and face up to the coming decline of this life-force fuel."

The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena invited Ken Deffeyes to talk about his theory of Peak Oil one week after Thanksgiving 2005. He was recorded by the L.A. Sound Posse.

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Harold Pinter
ART, TRUTH & POLITICS

When Harold Pinter won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, he used his acceptance speech on December 7 to launch a blistering attack on George Bush and the British government, and a challenge to the conscience of people to not stand by in the face of Bush's crimes.

Harold Pinter was born in October 1930 in East London. He is a playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist. He has written twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal, and twenty-one screenplays including The French Lieutenant's Woman and The Handmaid's Tale, a chilling expose of what life would be like for women under a Christian fascist regime in America.

Pinter's interest in politics is a very public one. His biographer Michael Billington said: "Pinter remains, to his credit, a permanent public nuisance, a questioner of accepted truths, both in life and art." Pinter is an outspoken endorser of the call The World Can't Wait, Drive Out the Bush Regime.

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Robert Fisk:
THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION

The Conquest of the Middle East
In his talk about his new book, The Great War for Civilization, Robert Fisk offers his thoughts on the most urgent issues of our day: From the Algerian war, the Palestine Israel war, the invasion of Afghanistan, the sanctions on Iraq and the spread of depleted uranium, each invasion by the new and old colonial powers has made Muslims more angry of the West. In light of decades of bloodshed Fisk says how surprised he is “how restrained Muslims have been with us.”

In 1917 it was Britain that invaded Iraq, claiming to be the liberator. Britain was driven out by the insurgency after great loss of life. Now it is the United States. Will we be able to learn from history? Fisk says that every journalist in the Middle East needs to keep a history book in their pocket as reminder why the injustices inflicted by the West on the Middle East are engraved in people's minds and have a powerful influence on what happens next. Tragically though, Fisk says, the relationship of America with the Middle East is the one taboo subject in the US.

Robert Fisk has lived in and reported on the Middle East since 1976 and has seen or tracked down firsthand accounts of all the major events of the last quarter century. He speaks Arabic and has a keen understanding of both the plight of ordinary people and the machinations of extraordinary villains and politicians. He was recorded at a benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance in Berkeley, CA, November 19, 2005.

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Ward Churchill
THE HISTORY OF COINTELPRO AND THE FBI
This is a passionate, scholarly, and far reaching analysis of the Counter Intelligence Operations of the FBI. Beginning with World War I, Churchill covers the Palmer Raids, the defeat of the Anarchists and of Marcus Garvey; the attacks on the Civil Rights Movement, the 1964 murders of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney, and the murders of Black Panthers. Dedicating his speech to Leonard Peltier, who by now has spent almost 30 years in prison, Churchill gives a detailed description of the FBI raid on the Pine Ridge reservation on June 26, 1975 and of the case against Peltier.

For years the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs, BIA, had supported and financed a private army (the goons) of Tribal Chief Dick Wilson. Wilson had  agreed to sell of 1/8 th of the reservation land to the Federal Government when uranium was found on the Sheep Mountain Gunnery Range. Tribal elders refused to turn over the land and asked for help from AIM after over 60 people had been murdered. The FBI and the BIA, says Churchill, then provoked a shoot-out in order to militarize the area and defeat the land rights movement. Two FBI agents died. A Native American, who admitted to killing them, was found to have acted in self defense and is free. Leonard Peltier, who denied involvement, was charged with murder and convicted.

Amnesty International considers Leonard Peltier a political prisoner who should be "immediately and unconditionally released." Nelson Mandela, Rigoberta Menchu, the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, the Dalai Lama, the European Parliament, and countless others have called for his freedom.

Ward Churchill is professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is also a Vietnam veteran and survivor of the FBI war against the American Indian Movement. Among his many books are: The COINTELPRO Papers, Indians Are US, and A Little Matter of Genocide. (This is an updated archival TUC Radio program from 2001) Contact <http://www.freepeltier.org>

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Mr. George Galloway comes to San Francisco
A passionate speech by one of the great orators of our time. Topics include the crimes of the Bush and Blair administrations, the three failed policies that lead to rising anger and resistance in the Arab world: Ignoring Palestinian rights, allowing Israel to take land and possess weapons of mass destruction while Iraq is broken on the wheel for taking Kuwait, and the death toll of the 12 years of sanctions against Iraq.

George Galloway had been a member of the British Labour Party for 36 years when he was expelled, in October 2003, for his opposition to the war on Iraq.  In May of 2005 he had one of the most amazing upset victories in electoral history. Standing for the Respect Party, and campaigning passionately for an immediate end of the war on Iraq, he returned to Parliament as the representative for the East London Bethnal Green and Bow district.
Contact the Respect Coalition at <http://www.respectcoalition.org/>
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Ward Churchill
A LITTLE MATTER OF GENOCIDE
Why did so many voters in the 2004 election agree with the Bush War on Iraq? And all the other wars against indigenous peoples before? This will continue, says Churchill, until we acknowledge our history of genocide here, in the USA. This is a very serious account - supported by a stunning array of new evidence - of the scope of the genocide of Native American Nations.

Ward Churchill is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a member of AIM.
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Tariq Ali: Movement to end the Wars in the Middle East &
Religious Fundamentalism

This is an eloquent analysis of the wars in Iraq and Palestine and the reasons for the absence of an anti war movement in the US. Part two is on religious fundamentalism - is the US a religious state?.

Writer, journalist and film-maker Tariq Ali came to Berkeley at the end of April 2005. Tariq Ali was born in Pakistan in 1943. Educated at Oxford, he became involved with the movement against the war on Vietnam. He is also a world renowned scholar on the history and culture of Islam. Tariq Ali is editorial director of Verso books and editor and board member of the New Left Review.
Tariq Ali’s fiction includes a series of historical novels about Islam: Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, A Sultan in Palermo and The Stone Woman. His non-fiction includes the just re-issued Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties. His book Bush in Babylon attacks the US invasion of Iraq. He spoke on April 24, 2005 in Berkeley at an event for Cody’s books. More information on Tariq Ali is on <http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth164>
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Hurricane Katrina and the War on the Poor

Eyewitness report from two S.F. paramedics, Lorrie Beth Slonsky and Larry Bradshaw
Among their experiences: Gretna Sheriffs block the Greater New Orleans Bridge across the Mississippi and shoot when they and a large group of African Americans try to walk to safety. Later their temporary shelter is destroyed by police and their food and water taken. When they finally get picked up they and thousands of others sit in a dirty cage at the New Orleans airport, again without food and water, forced to wait for the George W. Bush photo opportunity to end. As they arrive in San Antonio they are made to stand on a dark tarmac and are subjected to two dog sniffing ordeals. This and more in a 24 minute interview with Lorrie Beth and Larry by Maria Gilardin recorded on Sept. 9, 05.
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Downing Street Minutes
With John Bonifaz, Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan, and Joseph Wilson.
The Downing Street Minutes say that the Bush administration was already committed to waging war on Iraq a year before the war began and was asking the British government to “fix” the intelligence data and facts around the policy. The three page memo contains the minutes of a highest level cabinet meeting with the British Prime Minister at Downing Street in July 2002. It was published in the Times of London on May 1, 2005. The Downing Street Memo created a storm in the international press but was suppressed in most US media. If the allegations are true they may lead to impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush.

On Thursday June 16th, 2005, Rep. John Conyers, ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, along with other Congress Members, held a 3 hour hearing at the Capitol on the Downing Street Minutes. The witnesses called were attorney John Bonifaz, veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan whose son Casey was killed in Iraq, and ambassador Joseph Wilson.
The Downing Street Minutes are posted on <http://www.afterdowningstreet.org>
Interesting article in the Los Angeles Times <http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-smith23jun23,0,1838831.story>
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John Trudell
What it means to be a Human Being
This is a moving, thought provoking spoken word and poetry address given in honor of the U’wa and their resistance to oil drilling on their ancestral land in Colombia. At this juncture, where life on the planet hangs in the balance, he reminds us of ways to find self-knowledge, the understanding and the strength to act.

Trudell is a poet, musician, and an advocate for Native American rights. He did not set out to be a poet. His poetic and political sensibilities developed out of the remarkable, sometimes horrifying circumstances of his life. From 1973-1979 Trudell served as National Chairman of AIM, the American Indian Movement. The government response to A.I.M. was swift: Trudell said, "They waged a war against us. They killed, jailed, destroyed by any means necessary."

In 1979 that war took a terrible personal toll on John Trudell. On February 11, 1979 he led a march to the FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. Approximately 12 hours later, in the early morning hours, a fire "of suspicious origin" burned down Trudell's home on the Shoshone reservation in Nevada, killing his wife Tina, their three children, and Tina's mother. Devastated by this loss of his family, Trudell withdrew from the world; "writing words" became his way "to keep some sanity" and continue to survive.
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Downing Street Minutes
The Downing Street Minutes say that the Bush administration was already committed to waging war on Iraq a year before the war began and was asking the British government to “fix” the intelligence data and facts around the policy. The three page memo contains the minutes of a highest level cabinet meeting with the British Prime Minister at Downing Street in July 2002. It was published in the Times of London on May 1, 2005. The Downing Street Memo created a storm in the international press but was suppressed in most US media. If the allegations are true they may lead to impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush.

On Thursday June 16th, 2005, Rep. John Conyers, ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, along with other Congress Members, held a 3 hour hearing at the Capitol on the Downing Street Minutes. The witnesses called were attorney John Bonifaz, veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan whose son Casey was killed in Iraq, and ambassador Joseph Wilson.
The Downing Street Minutes are posted on
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Dangers of Climate Change

This SIX-part series is based on audio recordings of the Hadley Center/MET Office/Exeter/England
In early February of 2005 a headline appeared in the London Independent. It said: "How Mankind Is Sleepwalking to The End Of The Earth; floods, storms and droughts, melting Arctic ice, shrinking glaciers, oceans turning to acid. The world's top scientists warned last week that dangerous climate change is taking place today, not the day after tomorrow." The award winning environmental writer Geoffrey Lean wrote these words.

The conference was called: Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change and it was held by request of the British Government. In order to counter the refusal of the United States to acknowledge the urgency of the issue of climate change they brought together 200 respected scientist from the fields of ecology, glaciology, meteorology, and oceanography.

Three issues covered at the conference were reported widely in the international media – and almost not at all in the US. They were recent data on the accelerated melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and the possible collapse of the Gulf Stream that brings warm waters from the tropics across the Atlantic Ocean and to Europe.
 
The US accounts for 35% of the world's emissions. Oil use is the largest cause of global warming internationally. In the United States it accounts for 42 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. U.S. automobile use alone accounts for 11 percent of world oil consumption. While the US is the world's largest contributor to Climate Change, The Bush administration relies on advice from the Competitive Enterprise Institute that claims that climate change is a European invention to undermine the competitiveness of US corporations. 

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Update on Climate Change by Professor Stephen Schneider (ONE/SIX)
West Antarctic Melting, Interview with the Director of the
British Antarctic Survey (TWO/SIX)
I'm beginning this 6 part series on climate change with an interview with Professor Stephen Schneider. He gave the opening address at the Hadley Center conference on Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change on February 1, 2005. Stephen Schneider is professor of biological sciences at Stanford University. He co-directs Stanford's Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. He is doing research on ecological and economic implications of climate change; climatic modeling, the carbon dioxide "greenhouse effect", and environmental consequences of nuclear war.

Chris Rapley addresses the accelerated warming on the Antarctic Peninsula and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Find the notes by the Hadley Center at
<http://www.stabilisation2005.com/programme.html>
Find the IPCC at  <http://www.ipcc.ch/>
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Global Warming on Greenland (THREE/SIX)
Possible Collapse of the Gulf Stream (FOUR/SIX)

Is the melting we are seeing today the precursor of a major deglaciation of Greenland or a momentary anomaly. How fast will this process unfold and can deglaciation be stopped if it begins accelerating due to internal feedback mechanisms. Also, according to the Hadley Center models:  Even after CO2 levels are brought under control the oceans will keep expanding – raising the sea levels around the world - the question is for how long. With Jason Lowe, Hadley Center, UK,  and Jay Zwally, NASA, US.

The possible collapse of the Gulf Stream, leading to a dramatic cooling of Europe, was considered a "high impact - low probability" event. Recent data show that there is now a 70% chance of collapse due to global warming. Michael Schlesinger is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He directs the UIUC Climate Research Group within the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
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The Impacts on Oceans and Land (FIVE/SIX)
Speakers: Prof. Rik Leemans and Dr. Carol Turley
The Bush Wars on Climate Science (SIX/SIX)
Speakers: Myron Ebell, Senator Inhofe, Prof. Chris Rapley
How the Bush Administration undermined climate science and even prevented an agreement on limits of CO2 emissions at the G8 meeting in Scotland. (Myron Ebell and Sen. Inhofe) Also: How science tells us more about the accelerated collapse of earth systems than ever before (Chris Rapley)

Notes on Part FIVE: Scientist have recently discovered that about half of the man-made carbon dioxide produced by fossil-fuel burning has been absorbed by the oceans. CO2 reacts with sea water to form carbonic acid and that lowers the ph level of the water and makes the oceans more acidic. Today the ph level of the oceans is already 0.1 unit lower than before the industrial revolution. These  changes are accelerating the extinction of marine life from plankton to cod to coral reefs.

Dr. Carol Turley, head of science of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, talks about the impact of the increasing acidification of the world's oceans. She said that the ph level of the oceans had remained incredibly constant for thousands, if not millions of years. Now about 400 billion tons of fossil fuel CO2 have been absorbed by the oceans

Professor Rik Leemans from the Environmental Sciences Department of Wageningen University in Holland directs projects on global biodiversity. He presents studies of birds, fish, insects, lichen and plants and their struggle for survival under global changes in growing seasons and distribution.

Animals and plants are on the move everywhere. They try to move north or up mountains to avoid warming or they follow the warming trends if they benefit from warm weather. Changes in the oceans are especially fast. Some plankton species have already moved north by up to 1000 kilometers. Some warm-water fish are moving into the warming seas at a rate of 250 kilometers every 10 years. Extinction rates are high among those unable to move and among those who no longer find the other species they depend on in the new environment.

This is number five of six half-hour programs on the dangers of climate change, recent research on the warming of the Antarctic and Greenland, on risks to the ocean currents, such as the Gulf Stream, and to plants and animals. Thanks to the staff of the Hadley Center in Exeter, England, for making the recordings of that extraordinary conference available.

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David Ray Griffin: 9-11 and the American Empire,
how should religious people respond (two parts)

David Ray Griffin takes a critical look at the official 9/11 Commission Report. Professor Griffin argues that "omissions and distortions" in the report amount to a cover-up by government officials and says that the available evidence suggests that the Bush administration was complicit in the 9/11 attacks. Professor Griffin covers topics he says have been inadequately answered by the commission. These include questions surrounding the failure of fighter planes to intercept the hijacked planes, failure to admit that the FBI had information in advance about the attacks, and the behavior of President Bush and his Secret Service detail following notification that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center. The talk was recorded at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 18, 2005.

David Ray Griffin is professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, where he taught for over 30 years (retiring in 2004). He has authored or edited over two dozen books, including "God and Religion in the Postmodern World," "Religion and Scientific Naturalism," and "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11."
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Ralph Nader: How to End the War on Iraq
In early 2005 Ralph Nader began a 10 city tour to stop the war and end the occupation of Iraq. Undaunted by the outcome of the 2004 election he presents a passionate critique not just of Bush but of the democratic party and launches a grassroots movement of a million committed activists that demands a complete pull out of troops and corporations from Iraq within a 6 month period. Nader acknowledges the work of <http://www.veteransforpeace.org>
Ralph Nader was recorded in Seattle in January of 2005

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Robert Fisk on the Armenian Holocaust
In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the events of April 1915
This moving talk begins with the account of Fisk walking the killing fields and still finding reminders of an event that has been hidden from public consciousness for too long. His talk is based on research on location and conversations with Armenian elders in senior homes in Beirut. Fisk spoke before the Armenian National Committee in San Francisco in March 2001.

As a war and Middle East correspondent for the London Times, and now for the London-based
Independent, Robert Fisk has shown both personal and political courage. His coverage of the wars in the Middle East has often incurred the wrath of governments whose policies he exposes. This talk on the Armenian Holocaust - and he explains why he chose that term - also generated much criticism from those who want silence to shroud these events forever.
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Brave New Voices
The Youth Poetry Movement
Youth Speaks is a Bay Area nonprofit, with satellite workshops around the country. They are providing a safe space for high school students to put their thoughts and emotions on paper and on the stage. Since the founding of Youth Speaks in 1996 the youth poetry movement has spread to many places, including Seattle, New York City and even abroad.

Places to hear the young poets are the Teen Poetry Slam, Brave New Voices and the Bringing the Noise Reading Series.  Every event inspires many more teens to join workshops where they learn from each other honest writing and critical thought.

Four of us, including the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, had asked to meet with members of Youth Speaks to understand this new wave of creative self-expression, and the collaborative nature of their work. After just offering a single open ended question: "What is the use of poetry?" we became witness to a free flowing dialogue among the eleven students that continued for over an hour and left us inspired and moved.

Here is a half hour selection of that poetry reading and conversation. You will be amazed at the youth of the speakers, most are just 16, the range of thoughts and feeling that led them to speak out, and the fact that in the school system that we have right now most of them would have never had a chance to be heard at all. <http://www.youthspeaks.org>  
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Arming the Heavens
Reading from the US Air Force Transformation Flight Plan
One of TUC Radio's best received programs was a reading from the Project for the New American Century document on Rebuilding America's Defenses that predicted the war on Iraq. In that document the authors, among them Cheney and Rumsfeld, laid out a plan to place weapons in space in order to maintain US global reach and military superiority. Like other predictions in the PNAC document the arming of space is becoming a reality. In early 2005 the Air Force posted their Transformation Flight Plan on their web site. The plan discloses strategies for global dominance, refers to new space weapons based on laser and microwave, and makes the case for nuclear power in space.

Reading from that document by activist and comedian Dave Lippman <http://www.davelippman.com> with comments by Karl Grossman, author of "Weapons in Space" and Dr. Helen Caldicott.
The full text of the document is here:
http://www.oft.osd.mil/library/library_files/document_385_2004_USAF_Transformation_Flight_Plan.pdf
Analysis of the text is at: <http://www.space4peace.org> <http://nuclearpolicy.org> <http://www.cdi.org>
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Naomi Klein
WAR AND FLEECE: How Economic Shock Therapy Backfired in Iraq
Also available as a DVD!
Naomi Klein, the award-winning journalist and author of the international best seller, No Logo, spoke to the abyss between the spin of the new democratic Iraq in the US media and the reality on the ground. The wave of privatization, instituted by Paul Bremer and reinforced by the International Monetary Fund, will not easily be reversed since the new government needs an impossible to reach majority to undo Bremer's laws and enact the wishes of the Iraqi people. The IMF, the US government, the Paris Club and other international organizations are making a cruel joke of the promise of self determination in Iraq.
Naomi Klein writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation, The Guardian and The Globe and Mail. Her web site is: <http://www.nologo.org>  
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FOUR MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
Dr. Helen Caldicott
In 2002 Helen Caldicott returned from Australia to – once again - help build an anti nuclear movement in the US. The so-called end of the Cold War had made everybody complacent. Now, thirty years after Helen Caldicott first appeared in the US and became a charismatic speaker and tireless organizer she says that matters are worse now than they were then. They are worse because the old weapons are still in place, worse because they're building new nuclear weapons, some intended for use in space, worse because the US violates the major arms control treaties, worse because the US is now threatening the preemptive use of nuclear weapons, and worse because very few of us know these facts.

Helen Caldicott founded the still thriving organization Physicians for Social Responsibility and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Her recent book is The New Nuclear Danger, The New Press.
My friend Bonnie Faulkner, host of the KPFA radio show Guns and Butter <http://www.gunsandbutter.net>, interviewed Helen Caldicott at the end of 2004. Bonnie and Helen are happy to see their conversation re-broadcast on TUC Radio.
Helen's organization is <http://www.nuclearpolicy.org>
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HOWARD LYMAN AND COWS
His lone fight against some giants of industrial agriculture
(chemical manufacturers and cattle growers)
The Montana rancher Howard Lyman first came to world attention in 1998. He and Ophra Winfrey had been sued by Texas cattlemen and feedlot operators because Lyman had said, on the Ophra show, that mad cow disease might already be in the US. Since Lyman's warning the first case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in the US. In Part TWO Lyman says we are till feeding cows to cows and test less than 1% of slaughtered cows while Japan is testing every cow.

In Part ONE Lyman explains what chemical agriculture did to his farm, his family and himself, and what gave him the strength to keep up the fight against mad cow disease that is only now beginning to surface to a larger public. After selling the majority of his farm Howard Lyman became an organizer with the Montana Farmer's Union. In 1995 he formed the organization he now works for: Voice for a Viable Future. He is the author of Mad Cowboy.
He was recorded at the 22nd National Pesticide Forum in April of 2004 in Berkeley.
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COUNT EVERY VOTE!
Elections, Democracy and Voter Fraud in Ohio
A documentary by Evan Davis
While the international press asks whether George Bush really did get elected this time, the US commercial media barely pay attention to voting machines that leave no record, to voters removed from voter rolls, and to uncounted ballots.

The Pacifica Radio correspondent Evan Davis lives in the battle ground state of Ohio. He was witness to the unprecedented effort of voter registration, and to the fight against the use of the Diebold voting machines long before they were put to use. He remains involved as investigative journalist in the legal challenges to the outcome of the vote in Ohio that may change who will be president for the next four years.
Evan recommends these web sites for updates: <http://www.caseohio.org> <http://www.freepress.org>
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WELFARE RANCHING
Cows and the Subsidized Destruction of the American West
300 million acres of public land in the West, equal in size to 3 Californias, are leased to ranchers. Cattle grazing is subsidized at $0.5 billion per year. Cows and other livestock destroy and pollute rivers and springs, devastate plant and tree life, and compete out other animals. The National Public Lands Grazing Campaign is working on legislation to permanently retire grazing permits. Fore more information: <http://www.publiclandsranching.org>
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Mike Ruppert
CROSSING THE RUBICON
On the eve of the publication of his new book, Crossing the Rubicon, Mike Ruppert spoke at the prestigious San Francisco Commonwealth Club. His research, laid out on 600 pages and supported by over 1000 footnotes, shows that members of the Bush administration knew about the impending attack of 9-11 and helped them succeed. Ruppert describes war games that were conducted on the same day as the WTC attacks with the same scenario, leading the FAA and NORAD to question whether what they saw on their screens was a game or reality.

In part one of the program, Ruppert investigates the motive for the creation of a new Pearl Harbor, i.e. the dwindling supplies of oil; in part two he names names, including Dick Cheney. Recorded August 31, 2004
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Peter Camejo and Ralph Nader
US Presidential Elections 2004
On October 11, 2004 Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo appeared before a standing room only audience of over 2000 at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. They point to the overwhelming world-wide consensus regarding the US war on Iraq. From Europe to Africa, Asia and Latin America, the war is condemned while the two presidential candidates debate how to wage it more efficiently.

Whatever the outcome of the current election, the issues raised by Camejo and Nader are vitally important for our future domestic and foreign policies; among them reasons for the demise of US democracy, the electoral rules that leave us with a dysfunctional two party system, growing corporate power, global warming and the impending end of oil.
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Cornel West:
DEMOCRACY MATTERS
The charismatic scholar, author, activist and Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University spoke on October 1/04 in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this 26 minute speech he referred to our most difficult moment in history in the precious experiment called democracy. He describes three features that contribute towards what we are when we are at our best, among them "frank speech", un-intimidated by the powers to be and open to revision.
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FAST FOOD WORLD:
Vandana Shiva, Wendell Berry, Eric Schlosser, Carlo Petrini & Michael Pollan (3 parts)
Three out of every five Americans are now overweight. Children who eat fast food every day gain an extra 6 pounds every year. It now appears likely that - for the first time in American history - our children will actually have a shorter life span than their parents.

This program about fast food is not just about the fact that grease, sugar, and extra calories make us fat and sick. It is about the giant industries behind fast food that change not only our bodies but the body of the earth and the lives of farmers who traditionally grew our foods.

With a cast of real stars: The physicist and seed collector Vandana Shiva from India, the Kentucky farmer and poet Wendell Berry, Eric Schlosser who wrote: Fast Food Nation, the founder of the Slow Food movement Carlo Petrini from Italy AND Michael Pollan, teacher and author of The Botany of Desire.
http://www.slowfood.com
http://www.vshiva.net
http://www.ecobooks.com/authors/berry.htm
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Edward Said: Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights
This is a special tribute on the anniversary of the death of Edward Said. Friends say that he knew that his life was coming to an end when he gave this legacy address on the eve of the invasion of Iraq.

Professor Said was known as both a scholar of modern literature and an expert on Middle Eastern politics. Educated at Princeton and Harvard he now teaches at Columbia.  His books, which have been translated into 36 languages, include: Covering Islam, and The Politics of Dispossession. He was born in Palestine before the founding of the Jewish State. By 1950 his extended family had all fled Jerusalem for Cairo. Like hundreds of thousands of Palestinians they were displaced by the Jewish state that had been established two years earlier.
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Project for the New American Century (PNAC)
A reading from the document by Mime Troupe founder R.G. Davis
Introduced by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The paper was commissioned by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and others in the year 2000, before any of them were  in government. The think tank, the Project for the New American Century, produced a blueprint for a system of world-wide US military dominance and intervention. The document remained secret until 2002 when it was discovered by the Irish Sunday Herald. Check out PNAC and the text REBUILDING AMERICA'S DEFENSES at their site <http://newamericancentury.org>
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COMEDY SPECIAL : Behind every terrorist there is a Bush
With Will Durst, Rene Hicks, Bill Santiago, David Rovics and Drew Dellinger
Recorded LIVE at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on 2/1/04 at a benefit for the International Inquiry into 9-11. Bill Santiago called this event "The first ever Bush bashing super-bowl party". He felt honored to attend. Humor can be more radical than "straight" talk. David Rovics sings: Who would Jesus bomb? The theme of 9/11 comes up throughout.

Comedienne Rene Hicks was the MC for the Comedy Special. She is comfortable in tiny clubs and on national TV. She was the first African American woman ever nominated for the American Comedy Awards. Drew Dellinger is a poet, rap artist and activist; Amy Goodman called David Rovics the musical version of Democracy Now; Puerto Rican comedian Bill Santiago is a former journalist for the Washington Post and the Miami Herald; Will Durst is America's premier political comic. He writes a daily internet column.
http://www.davidrovics.com
http://www.willdurst.com
http://ReneHicks.com
Contact Drew Dellinger at < drew@poetsforglobaljustice.org >
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Food that kills: THE POLITICS OF OBESITY
A panel at UC Berkeley's School of Journalism called attention to the role of the food industry in our current obesity crisis.
The media and the food industry - even government agencies - tell us that the serious current obesity crisis is our own fault and that we need to exercise more. Of course exercise is good for us but nobody tells us that the food industry, with the help of huge government subsidies, through advertising and addictive ingredients promotes ill health by feeding us grease, sugar and starch.

There is talk of law suits targeting fast food chains patterned after the law suits against the tobacco corporations. They also claimed that there was no health risk associated with smoking. The food industry, like the tobacco corporations, target children.

There are only three academics in the health field who talk and write about the role of the food industry. All three are on this program::
Marion Nestle from New York University, author of: Food Politics
Kelly Brownell from Yale, author of: Food Fight
Joan Dye Gussow, formerly with Columbia University, author of: This Organic Life
For a broadcast quality mp3 version of Part ONE click HERE
For a broadcast quality mp3 version of Part TWO click HERE
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Dear Friends of KPFA
On November 10, 2004 former and current KPFA Board members, former and current staff expressed their concern about the lack of change at KPFA. The event was aptly named:
KPFA/Pacifica - Democracy Deferred
The speakers were: Susan Stone, James Vann, Maria Gilardin, Gerald Sanders, Riva Enteen and Bill Mandel (in that order) The moderator was Solange Echeverria.
You can download the talk here: Part ONE  / Part TWO / Part THREE

 
 

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