2013

A $300 Million Freeway Bypass Built on Wetlands – and on a Lie

From TUC Radio’s Going Home series A freeway bypass is being built around the small Northern California town of Willits. Even network TV is recognizing that it will destroy precious wetlands and is grossly expensive and overbuilt with a capacity for 5,000 vehicles per hour while top traffic around Willits is only 8,000 a day. The breaking news around which this story is built is the discovery that the California Department of Transportation, Caltrans, lied in their permit application to inflate the need for four instead of two lanes.
An effort is currently under way to halt construction and bring back a two lane design for the Northern Interchange, where the bypass meets up with the old two lane highway 101. [ . . . ]

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How Many Reasons for an Attack on Syria?

An interview with Middle East analyst Jeffrey Blankfort recorded on September 8, 2013, before the, then planned, congressional votes.
This interview covers the vote in the UK Parliament, the critics of the preparation for war at home and abroad, Israel’s position, the role of the Saudis in fomenting military actions at a time when demonstrations in Syria were still peaceful, and the role of Hezbollah.
Blankfort refers to the long list of incidents where the US used chemical weapons in Vietnam and Iraq and supplied them or condoned their use. He also comments on constitutional issues around the War Powers Act which limits the President’s discretion to launch a war.
Jeff Blankfort is a journalist, photographer and radio host of Takes on [ . . . ]

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Alex Carey: Corporations and Propaganda – The Attack on Democracy Part TWO of TWO

Journalist John Pilger has called Carey “a second Orwell in his prophesies”. This segment covers the little known role of the US Chamber of Commerce in the McCarthy witch hunts of post WWII. Carey also shows how the continued campaign against “Big Government” plays an important role in bringing Reagan to power. Also mentioned the famous secret memo by Lewis Powell, later Supreme Court Justice, that set in motion what Bill Moyers today calls “the revolt of the rich.”
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 [ . . . ]

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Alex Carey: Corporations and Propaganda – The Attack on Democracy Part ONE of TWO

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Alex 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. 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 [ . . . ]

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James McGreen: THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC CARS?

From TUC Radio’s Going Home series
McGreen and friends built a prototype for an electric vehicle that is not a car, that is not yet in mass production, that is assembled from parts used by early VW, electronics from Silicon Valley, lithium batteries from China, and a motor invented by Nicola Tesla in the 1890s. A vehicle design that raises an important question about the future of electric transport. Is the automobile as we know it really the only model for personal electric vehicles? Are there lighter, simpler solutions that use less power but might remain impossible if traffic is dominated by cars that weigh 3,000 lbs and more and shoot along at murderous speeds?
McGreen, is the principal inventor of the [ . . . ]

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Helen Caldicott: Nuclear Power, Radiation & Our Health Part TWO of TWO

This is the conclusion of Helen Caldicott’s keynote presentation at a public forum in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 7, 2013. Caldicott covers essential knowledge: How do radioactive iodine, strontium and plutonium affect the body? Why do the body and placenta mistake plutonium for iron and strontium for calcium and embed them in our organs and the fetus? Caldicott also covers the latest studies on birds in the Chernobyl and Fukushima exclusion zones by biologist Timothy Mousseau and she ends with a personal account of how she, as young med-student, was moved by the novel On The Beach. The author, Nevil Shute, describes how a nuclear world war III can poison the earth with radiation.
The organizer of the Taipei forum was [ . . . ]

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Helen Caldicott: Nuclear Power, Radiation & Our Health, Part ONE of TWO

This is the keynote presentation at a public forum in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 7, 2013. The organizer was an antinuclear alliance of mothers called Mom Loves Taiwan. They are campaigning to prevent the opening of yet another nuclear power plant on that small island and invited Dr. Helen Caldicott to help inform the public and the media.
This is a brief and concise talk covering the nature of power plants accidents, the different forms of radiation released, and how exactly radiation acts on the human cells and causes cancer.
There are very few people currently alive who have given as much time and effort to the whole complex of the nuclear nightmare, as Helen Caldicott. Beginning in 1971 with atmospheric [ . . . ]

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Alfred W. McCoy: The Making of the US Surveillance State

In July 2013 an article appeared on line in TomDispatch that gave an up to date and chilling analysis of the unprecedented powers of the US Surveillance state. It’s author, University of Madison, Wisconsin, professor of history Alfred McCoy, credits Edward Snowden for having revealed today’s reality. And McCoy adds his perspective of the intriguing history that led up to this point – and he makes a few predictions as to what to expect in the near future. That article in TomDispatch caught the attention of radio host, writer and Middle East expert Jeff Blankfort who allows me to broadcast the highlights of his interview with Professor McCoy.
McCoy studied Southeast Asian history at Yale University before coming to Madison. In [ . . . ]

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Paul Cienfuegos: The Emergence of the COMMUNITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT

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A grassroots movement to defend local communities from corporations is celebrating 16 years of successes. The new COMMUNITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT created binding ordinances that prevent hydraulic fracking, industrial hog-farms, water withdrawals by giant bottling plants, corporate mining, and so on – with many more projects under way.
The non-profit law firm that is supporting the movement is CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Paul Cienfuegos works closely with CELDF’s attorneys and he is teaching workshops to inspire communities to set and defend their own local ordinances.
I recorded Cienfuegos on July 1, 2013 at [ . . . ]

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Paul Cienfuegos: Community Rights VS Corporate Rights ONE of TWO

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Two decisions transferring power to corporations have captured the imagination and a great deal of nationwide resistance. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited spending on political campaigns and the much older decision conferring person-hood on corporations.
Paul Cienfuegos adds the part of the story that’s shrouded in secrecy – disclosing the many other decisions that make corporations so powerful today. And he shows a way out that is successfully practiced by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. CELDF, by the summer of 2013, has helped 150 communities in 9 states to ban corporate fracking, [ . . . ]

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Paul Cienfuegos: Community Rights VS Corporate Rights TWO of TWO

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tuc@tucradio.org
In this second part of his talk Cienfuegos describes the corporate rights conferred by two states: New Jersey and Delaware. And he covers in depth the original decision giving person-hood to corporations and the many consequences that followed by expanding the privileges based on that decision.
Two decisions transferring power to corporations have captured the imagination and a great deal of nationwide resistance. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited spending on political campaigns and the much older decision conferring person-hood on corporations.
Paul Cienfuegos is a workshop leader, lecturer and writer. He has devoted most [ . . . ]

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Resistance to the Willits Bypass – direct action and civil disobedience

From TUC Radio’s Going Home series: On January 18, 2013 the British Guardian reported that tree sitters had gone up to stop a road project they say “will be expensive, unnecessary and ineffective at tackling congestion and cut through beautiful wetlands” in the south of England. Ten days later and unaware of each other, in Northern California, tree sitters went up in the former logging town of Willits, protesting a four lane bypass that will be expensive, unnecessary and ineffective at tackling congestion and cut through the treasured wetland of Little Lake Valley. Both groups are part of a growing effort to scale down fossil fueled construction and transportation in a global effort to reverse climate change.
The escalation to [ . . . ]

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Poet Laureate

On Poetry and City Culture, 1998 In October 1998 Lawrence Ferlinghetti became the first poet laureate of the city of San Francisco. Major Brown said he got the idea during a visit to the city of Seoul, South Korea. He had been asked when the city Poet Laureate would be giving his annual talk. A decision had to be made very fast to create the office and, as City Librarian Regina Minudri said, picking Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a no-brainer. She introduced him as a literary legend, a voice of dissent, and an internationally acclaimed writer, artist, bookseller and publisher.
Ferlinghetti is known to everybody in North Beach from his walks from his modest second floor flat to his roll-top desk in [ . . . ]

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Rebecca Solnit, HOLLOW CITY

The destruction of San Francisco in the late 1990s
A new generation of writers Rebecca Solnit, Mike Davis, and Gray Brechin are intriguing us into seeing our familiar surroundings with new eyes. They also offer a different perspective on the radical transformation that development and venture capital have brought to so many cities. San Francisco, formerly famous for taking a travelers heart away, is now reaching for the soul and the wallet. A dot com boom combined with the growing biotechnology industry have driven housing prices up and residents and local small businesses out.
Rebecca Solnit says she wrote Hollow City in a hurry to document the beauty and rich culture that was being destroyed, and to inspire the growing movement of [ . . . ]

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From the City of Quartz to San Francisco

Interview of urban historian Mike Davis
This program takes you back to the year 2000, it is the third of TUC Radio’s four part series on the fate of California cities and the forces that shape them. When Davis spoke in San Francisco he was already widely known as author of Beyond Blade Runner: Urban Control, The Ecology of Fear; Prisoners of the American Dream; and City of Quartz, Excavating the Future in Los Angeles.
This conversation between Mike Davis and the editor of the SF Bay Guardian, Tim Redmond, was recorded at a benefit for the SF Anti-Eviction Coalition. Standing room only audience had come to see the man who had taught Los Angelinos to see their city with new eyes. [ . . . ]

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