Whistleblowers and Surveillance in 21st Century USA —
02 Mar 2013—
The US government has a Whistleblower Protection Act, but this podcast recounts multiple cases where people who blew the whistle on the illegal and unethical activities of the American empire have been ruthlessly punished or prosecuted. ~~ Then Glen Greenwald gives a speech titled "Challenging the US Surveillance State." He begins by reviewing the evidence that all US administrations have systematically abused their technological ability to listen in on US citizens. And as the powers of technology have increased, so has covert spying on the populace.
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Fairewinds Energy Education
Zombie Nukes—Undead Power Plants That Feast on Human Money! —
06 Mar 2013 —
There are a number of utility-owned nuclear power plants in the United States that are offline and not coming back online anytime soon, but also not scheduled to be shut down. Of course, you can't just abandon a dormant nuclear plant, at least not until the decision has been made to properly shut it down for good. Thus, these zombie plants continue to drain the public's pocketbook—usually through electricity rates—sometimes to the tune of $50 million dollars a month—without generating a single watt of electricity!
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Post Carbon Institute
Joshua Farley on the Political Economy of Ecosystem Services —
07 Mar 2013—
Professor Joshua Farley of Vermont University explains why we need to escape the traditional thinking of economists and politicians that says the environment is a subset of the economy. It is, of course, the other way around. For now, as we try to out-clever the system and continue flouting the proper economy-environment relationship—i.e. the laws of nature—we are merely bulldozing the pile of consequences further (and higher) into the future. But that cannot last.
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