2016

In 2016 I began focusing on climate change.

Michael Parenti: Superpatriotism and the Importance of being Number One

What does it mean to love one’s country? Why is it so important to be number one? In this sharp and funny speech MP dissects the uses of patriotism.
That was the introduction to a Michael Parenti talk given in 1988, at the end of the Reagan administration. That talk became a TUC Radio program and 2004 book published by City Lights. Superpatriotism: How hype, fear, and mindless flag-waving are supplanting informed debate, commitment to democracy, and real patriotism.
Now, in 2016, so many years later slogans such as: America First, America the Greatest Country on Earth are having a powerful come back. Resistance to Superpatriotism – even if it is simply remaining seated during the national anthem at a sports event, [ . . . ]

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Prof. Jeffrey Sachs: Sustainable Development and Deep Decarbonization

How the world lost a quarter century in the quest to get to zero carbon emissions, protect biodiversity, alleviate poverty and bring about sustainability for all.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author and syndicated columnist. His monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries.
He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize. That’s the global prize for environmental leadership. The New York Times called him “probably the most important economist in the world.”
Sachs was appointed University Professor at Columbia University in 2016, and also serves as Professor of Sustainable Development, and of Health Policy and Management at Columbia. Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty [ . . . ]

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The Dublin Interview with Professor Kevin Anderson (TWO of TWO)

This conclusion of the one hour interview covers Anderson’s intriguing proposal for carbon rationing; the fifth great extinction; the miserably small amount of money offered to the non-industrialized countries in the global climate fund; and it poses a provocative challenge to all of us: Are we choosing climate disaster or are we choosing a way out that requires courage and dramatic changes to the way we live? Because given the reality of our time and the clear state of science, says Kevin Anderson, this is the decision we are making now – not in 5 or 10 or 20 years. If we continue CO2 emissions as we do now it will be too late – possibly as early as in [ . . . ]

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The Dublin Interview with Professor Kevin Anderson (ONE of TWO)

At the Paris Climate Talks in 2015 195 countries made pledges how to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius – or even better 1.5 degrees. However there is very little information as to how or if at all – these pledges are being honored.
Kevin Anderson is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester, and Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
In March 2016 he came for a whirl wind speaking tour of Ireland and sat down for an interview in Dublin with John Gibbons from the National Trust for Ireland. Gibbons calls Anderson one of the world’s best known and most influential – and outspoken – climate specialists.
Here is the first part [ . . . ]

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The Project for the New American Century (TWO of TWO)

Updated Archival Program
On the enduring power of the neo-conservative movement in the US
This is the conclusion of the reading of a once well guarded document “Rebuilding America’s Defenses, Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New American Century”. It was commissioned by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and others in the year 2000, before any of them were in government. Named in the text are the countries to be invaded: On the A-list: Iraq, Syria, Libya and later Iran and North Korea. This is evidence that the invasion of Iraq on false “intelligence” was promoted – successfully one might say – by a neo-conservative interventionist movement of which Cheney and Rumsfeld were two important players among many who are still active. [ . . . ]

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The Project for the New American Century (ONE of TWO)

Updated Archival Program
The enduring power of the Neo-conservative movement in the US
The program opens with the peace poem: “Speak Out” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, features General John Allen’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president with Bernie Sanders supporters shouting “no more war”; and ends with a reading by SF Mime Troupe founder R.G. Davis from the bone chilling neo-con plan for US global military dominance.
The original 2003 program by TUC Radio was an appeal for peace and a disclosure of a well guarded document “Rebuilding America’s Defenses, Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New American Century”. The document was commissioned by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and others in the year 2000, before any of them were in government. Named in [ . . . ]

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From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima, Arjun Makhijani (Part TWO of TWO)

Hiroshima Day Archival Special 
Makhijani asks how it had been possible to exclude almost all military and civilian leaders of the WWII war effort from the Pentagon to the US government, including even the Vice President, and all but a handful of members of Congress, from knowing about and influencing the Manhattan Project.
Among the few in charge was the engineer and inventor Vannevar Bush. He was the first presidential science advisor and coordinated around 6,000 scientists working on war technologies. Bush was director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) in the Roosevelt White House, the very organization that initiated the Manhattan Project.
Notes: Makhijani has written books and articles on the nuclear fuel cycle, weapons production, testing, workers’ exposure [ . . . ]

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From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima, Arjun Makhijani (Part ONE of TWO)

Hiroshima Day Archival Special
Arjun Makhijani is an extraordinary and rare mix of nuclear scientist, historian and socially engaged philosopher. I’m presenting him every two years because his analysis is embedded in rarely scrutinized facts and remains shockingly timely:
Disarmament is more urgently needed now that nuclear weapons have spread far beyond the original weapons states and there are even voices in Japan today that call for nuclear weapons. And Makhijani shows that we can only find the path back from the abyss if we are clear and honest about how nuclear weapons were invented and first used. And there is much information in this talk that has been shunned or kept secret.
Questions raised in this part are: Why was the US [ . . . ]

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Who’s Counting – Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics (ONE of TWO) – ARCHIVE

A TUC Radio classic on the destructive power of endless economic growth
Marilyn Waring was shocked and dismayed when she learned that all countries that are members of the UN are forced to keep their books and design their budgets under the system of National Income Accounting. This GDP system counts only cash transactions in the market and recognizes no value other than money. This means there is no value to peace and to the preservation of the environment.
At age 22 (in 1974) Marilyn Waring became the youngest member of the New Zealand Parliament. She chaired the prestigious Public Expenditures Committee and became familiar with the Gross Domestic Product system and decided to disclose its pathologies in a film, her teachings [ . . . ]

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The Earth Wants YOU! – Bill Talen

30sec Preview/Promo is HERE

AKA Reverend Billy
Reverend Billy in his smart white suit and Elvis Presley hairdo is preaching the stop shopping gospel while standing knee deep in the rising floods of climate change. That’s the photo on the cover of his recent book by City Lights: The Earth Wants YOU, a motivational handbook meant to inspire its readers to challenge the consumerism that is killing our planet.
Bill Talen moved from San Francisco to New York City in the early nineties after many years in Bay Area Theater and performance art. There he began preaching on street corners in Times Square in front of Disney stores and advertising bill boards. His solo appearances soon attracted crowds and sympathizers and the Church of Stop Shopping [ . . . ]

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American Nuremberg – The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes

an interview with Rebecca Gordon
To this day the people of the United States have no accounting of what has been done in our names in the so-called war on terror. But we are left with ongoing misery for literally millions of people, destabilized regions in the Middle East, South East Asia, North Africa and blow-back and spill over into Europe. And it is extraordinary how a small group of political leaders could have created such ongoing expanding devastation and has not been held responsible in any way.
Rebecca Gordon writes that for the sake of the victims of the war on terror we need real accountability for American war criminals. Her book, American Nuremberg, published by Hot Books at Skyhorse, NY-City, [ . . . ]

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‘The End of Water As We Know It’ with Argonne National Lab Scientist Dr. Seth Darling (Part TWO of TWO)

This is the conclusion of a one hour talk by Dr. Seth Darling. In Part ONE he spoke about increasing water depletion while economists project that water demand will rise by at least 55% by 2050.
In this Part TWO Dr. Darling is turning to science, describing the amazing characteristics of water as well as its global history. Also included are a few of the questions that he answered at the end of his talk. They range from fracking to different methods of water cleaning and desalinization
Seth Darling is a Scientist at Argonne National Lab. and a Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He is the co-author, with Douglas L Sisterson, of the 2014 book: [ . . . ]

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‘The End of Water As We Know It’ with Argonne National Lab Scientist Dr. Seth Darling (Part ONE of TWO)

Even though water is most vital for survival the status of depletion or contamination is not well known to the public and there are very few mechanisms in place world wide for water protection and access to water as a human right.
In this May 18, 2016, talk valuable information is introduced to support and inspire local efforts. Dr. Darling updates statistics about the water embedded in certain products.
He also makes an interesting connection between energy production and water and surprises us with research that shows how the energy industry withdraws 200 billion gallons of water per day in the US alone.
Seth Darling is a Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the [ . . . ]

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Robert Fisk on the Armenian Holocaust (UPDATED ARCHIVE)

The ongoing controversy about the Armenian Genocide 
When on June 2nd, 2016, the German Parliament overwhelmingly adopted a resolution declaring the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 a genocide, the Turkish government angrily denounced the vote as “null and void,”. And Prime Minister Erdogan called his ambassador in Germany back to Ankara for consultations. Fear spread among German political leaders that Erdogan might retaliate and unleash tens of thousands of refugees that Turkey currently hosts.
Robert Fisk is the award-winning Middle East correspondent of the London Independent. He has reported from the Middle East since 1976, speaks arabic and lives in Beirut, Lebanon.
Fisk wrote on June 2, 2016 in the Independent that Germany now joined France and Russia and at [ . . . ]

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Climate Change is Here – Now What? Professor Bill Collins (TWO of TWO)

There are three surprises embedded in this headline. “Climate change is here” as statement of fact in a time of climate change denial. Combined with the question “Now What?” – that seems to indicate a new turn for scientists who hesitated to make recommendations. Also this acknowledgment of the current situation is coming out of a venerable 75 year old institution, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, that conducts scientific research on behalf of the US Department of Energy.
This is a lively Q/A over geoengineering, carbon intensity of food and agriculture, air pollution, methane, and heat waves. These are excerpts from an almost 2 hour event that also covered direct recommendations for the SF Bay Area – and by implication any [ . . . ]

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