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CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 17.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

AGs Driving Environmental Politics at State Levelmen in suits on steps of a government building US Attorneys General are not usually big players in national policy-making, but in recent years that's changed. Democrat AGs have previously teamed with environmental groups to move on issues that were stalled at the national level; now Republican AGs are allying with fossil fuel companies to challenge federal environmental regulations in court. Political scientist Paul Nolette discusses this development.
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GP comment:  To put this in context, the Republicans are excelling at selling out on environmental issues and the Democrats are excelling at selling out on Wall Street issues. They are Scylla and Charybdis and we are a Greek tragedy.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Dec.2014 ~~ Original story title: Republican AGs Fight Environmental Regulations

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL, EMPIRE — 17.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Moyers and Company

Democrats Bow Down to Wall StreetBill Moyers and John R. MacArthur Bill Moyers talks to outspoken veteran journalist John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine, about the problems with the Obama-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated in secret. They also conclude that the Wall Street sellout means working people can no longer count on the Democrats to look out for their interests.
Watch  |  Download/listen   25:25

GP comment:  Just as Republicans are the tool of the oil-industrial-polluter-warfare complex, Democrats are the tool of the Wall Street bankster-parasites. Not that either party really objects to the other's agenda on those terms. Sure—it's fight, fight, fight when it comes to social issues, but when it comes to the bankster-dominated corporatocracy, there is one rule that both parties adhere to without exception: Don't fuck with the money.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, CHEMICALS — 17.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Food Sleuth Radio

Pesticides—Beware the Drifter — Attorney Amanda Heyman's job is providing legal counsel for independent farmers and food businesses. Here she discusses the legal aspects of pesticide drift, GMOs, organics, and "natural" labeling.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   28:15

GP comment:  Pesticide drift may sound like a boring technical topic, of limited interest to anyone but farmers. But it affects a wide variety of issues, from air quality for residences around non-organic farms to the integrity of organic foods.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 16.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio EcoShock

Catastrophic Failure of the Planet—Satire or SITREP?tv news set Joseph D'Lacey writes eco-apocalyptic/horror fiction as a way of exploring the way in which the human condition is broken. Here he discusses his fictional post-apocalypse books, which include the Black Dawn series, which extrapolates from our real-life era when corporations are literally sucking the earth dry of its high quality resources; and Meat, where a combination of powerful corporations and organized religion completely control the food supply, with living standards for animal welfare and human rights falling by the wayside. ~~ Then Stanford's Mary Kang explains the data on leaking methane from abandoned gas wells. ~~ A clip from the fictional show "The Newsroom" has an EPA scientist going non-linear, predicting absolute climate doom, with no possibility of escape. Real-life climate scientist Michael Mann gives his take on our climate prospects.
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GP comment:  Given humans' demonstrated inability to elevate their actions above their parochial interests, I think the "we're screwed" conclusion of the fictional EPA official will prove more likely than the hopium-based "we can still take meaningful action" assertion expressed by Michael Mann. That said, Alex Smith does a nice job at the end mediating the two extremes and adding more scientific—and psychological—context.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Dec.2014 ~~ Original story title: Eco Horror ... Is "The Newsroom" Climate Doom for Real?

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 16.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Beyond 50

Breathe, Move, Eat Well ... and Reduce Stress — Wellness guru Mark Lesley talks about the difference between regular "bad stress" and toxic "super-stress." He offers dozens of tips and techniques for reducing stress, from taking a "wellness inventory" to getting the body moving and improving nutrition.
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GP comment:  Plenty of good stress-reduction tips here, for sure, though I was hoping for more than a superficial treatment of the biochemistry of "super-stress."

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 15.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good CounterSpin

CIA Torture Report Lands with a Dull Thud — Baher Azmy, legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, discusses the recently released Senate report on CIA torture. Topics include the nature of the torture (worse than has been admitted to by the CIA); the lack of repercussions for those who directed the torture strategy; the US torture activities in light of international treaties; the media response to the report; the general lack of accountability of the CIA to the normal power structures of government.
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GP comment:  The report on CIA toture is a classic rendition of the "mistakes were made" gambit—criticize past behavior without exacting punishment. What's amazing is the ferocious denunciation of even a no-impact report like this by the pro-torture lunatics and their allies in the mainstream media.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 15.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

Girls Hitting Puberty Earlier, But Why?girl looking a letter cubes Many girls are beginning puberty at an early age, developing breasts and pubic hair sooner than girls of previous generations. Two doctors have written a book called The New Puberty that looks at the percentage of girls who are going through early puberty, the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors that influence when puberty begins, and whether early puberty is linked with an increased risk of breast cancer. Authors Julianna Deardorff and Louise Greenspan explain.
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GP comment:  This starts off with an interesting discussion of the science of possible factors in why girls are starting puberty sooner than they used to, but about half-way in it devolves into a generic discussion of parenting topics.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Dec.2014 ~~ Original story title: How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of New Puberty

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 15.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Keiser Report

A Debt Meteor is Headed for Planet Earth — Max Keiser explains why negative interest rates are state-sponsored confiscation and how centripetal force is creating the conditions for a financial blow-up. Whereas TPTB think exponential debt growth is a lever with which they can move the economy, Max thinks it's a meteor that will wipe us out. ~~ In the second half, crowdfunding pioneer Simon Dixon of "Bank to the Future" addresses Max's question: Can crowd-funding and crypto-currencies combine with a grassroots movement to rip out the dark heart of the kleptocractic financier class?
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GP comment:  Rip away, please!

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY, INTERNET — 12.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

A Short History of Personal Computers and the Internet — As told by Walter Isaacson, the story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess The electric analog computer named ANACOM, in 1950 at Caltech, weighed 6,000 pounds and filled 13 cabinets. to a WWII codebreaker to California hippies. In his book The Innovators, Isaacson profiles many of those characters, focusing on how their collaborations helped bring us into the digital age.
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GP comment:  Many familiar names and milestones, but generally well told, with some interesting nooks and crannies.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Oct.2014 ~~ Original story title: How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 12.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen NPR

Sloppy Fracking Practices Result In Large Methane Leaks — Faulty equipment and maintenance procedures in natural gas operations can inadvertently release large quantities of methane, new research reveals. Scientists say most of the problem can be pinned on a relatively small number of "clunker" wells.
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GP comment:  The report implies that just fixing the low-hanging fruit will eliminate the majority of the methane leaks. That sounds like a "see, things aren't so bad" result, just as one might expect from an industry-funded study. But even if the study's conclusion is correct, and even if the worst of the leaks are fixed, methane is such a potent greenhouse gas that the remainder would still be an issue.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 12.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good 9/11 Wake-Up Call

JFK, the Deep State, and the Darkening Shadow — Author Andrew Kreig talks about the JFK assassination plot as a pivotal point for the shadow government operating in the US—it proved that they could do big things with no consequences.
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GP comment:  Yes, exactly right. This is why it's the conspiracy refusniks who are the nut-jobs. If the bankster-CIA cabal will kill a president, what won't they do?

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT, CORPORATIONS — 10.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen CounterSpin

30 Years Since Bhopal, Justice May Finally Be Getting StartedBhopal protest scene It was 30 years ago that a gas leak at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, killed thousands of people and injured tens of thousands more. But if you think of Bhopal as a tragedy from the '80s, you're missing the point: It was a crime and it's far from over. Amitabh Pal of the Progressive talks about the ongoing disaster of Bhopal and the potential progress finally being made to clean up the area and properly compensate victims.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   10:14

GP comment:  It's important to remember that Bhopal was not an unavoidable accident, it was a manifestation of corporate pennypinching on maintenance and upgrades at an industrial facility that handled deadly reagents. It's extremely rare that we put corporate executives or board members on trial for such failures, but that should change. Their personal fortunes are made by reaping the revenue from such operations in good times; their liberty and wealth should be at risk when it goes wrong due to their mismanagement.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT, CORPORATIONS — 10.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

The US Role in Illegally Logging Peru's Forests — More than half of Peru is still covered by tropical rainforest—an area the size of Texas—which plays a crucial ecosystem role and is a significant carbon sink. A new report documents how more than 20 US companies have imported millions of dollars in illegal wood from the Peruvian Amazon since 2008. Guest is Julia Urrunaga, Peru programs director for the Environmental Investigation Agency and author of the new report, "The Laundering Machine: How Fraud and Corruption in Peru's Concession System Are Destroying the Future of Its Forests."
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GP comment:  You can see why these logs are coveted—they're huge compared to the re-growth trees available for lumbering in the US. Nonetheless, this is just another example of how most people in the West are fine with not asking too many questions about where wonderful (but illegally sourced) products come from.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 10.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Corbett Report

Gladio B and the Battle For Eurasia — Operation Gladio B—the continuation of the old NATO Gladio program—comprises a tangled web of covert operatives, billionaire Imams, drug running, prison breaks, and terror strikes. Its goal: the destabilization of Central Asia and the Caucasus to the advantage of the Western powers, especially the US. In this presentation, James Corbett lifts the lid on Gladio B, discussing the evidence, the key players, and the secret battle for the Eurasian heartland.
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GP comment:  A rather eye-glazing level of detail is necessary to understanding Gladio B, but Corbett does his best to wade through it without getting us lost in the skunkworks.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, FOOD, GMOs — 09.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Food Sleuth Radio

The Seed Underground—A Growing Revolution to Save FoodJanisse Ray Janisse Ray discusses the threat to seed sovereignty posed by multinationals like Monsanto, which are endeavoring to lock up the food-related profit stream from field to fork by owning the means of production. She explains how activism and seed saving both play a role in the fight.
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GP comment:  A simple solution would be to pass a constitutional amendment banning patents on life forms. Um, did I say simple?

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT, CORPORATIONS — 09.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Coal Baron Indicted in Mine Disaster — In 2010, in one of the deadliest mine accidents in US history, an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Don Blankenship Coal mine in West Virginia killed 29 miners. Now Don Blankenship, the CEO of mining company Massey Energy, has been indicted on federal charges, which accuse him of directing company policies that were contrary to mining regulations and laws and that contributed to the disaster. Law professor Patrick McGinley talks about the case.
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GP comment:  Couldn't have happened to a more bastardy bastard.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 09.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen It's Our Money

It's Not Nice (for Financial Systems) to Ignore Mother Nature! — Ignoring natural laws and limits puts you at certain peril, even when you’re talking about economies and financial systems. So says Jamie Brown Hansen, an international researcher who studies bio-mimicry to understand how economic sustainability can be derived and adapted from ancient systems of nature. If financial systems (such as capitalism) don’t conform to those laws, they ultimately die.
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GP comment:  Ah, the charming, naive brilliance of the young. The people currently running the financial system don't want it to be stable, efficient, and sustainable. They have fought hard to devise a system of "managed instability" that allows them to profit from both the ups and downs in the seemingly chaotic cycles, which are in fact just meta-manipulations. Don't expect any change in their goals or the system until we take it from them. This point is thankfully addressed here in the excellent epilog by Gwen Halsted of the Public Banking Institute.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Dec.2014 ~~ Original story title: Better Listen to Your Mother

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 08.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

The Con Artists Take the Media Sal Pain (Getty Images/Getty) In October 2014, when the news was All Ebola All the Time, you could scarcely avoid the media presence of Sal Pain, the Chief Safety Officer of Bio-Recovery, the company that won the emergency bid from the city of New York to decontaminate the apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer. But BuzzFeed's Investigative Team took a look into Sal Pain's past and discovered he wasn't who he claimed to be. Alex Campbell talks about this and other cases of con artists using the media to help create the illusion of credentials.
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GP comment:  Yes, the media should better investigate those they give a platform to. But realize that the mainstream media is not there to inform people; they are there to push their buttons. In their world, minor lapses in credibility are unimportant compared to keeping viewers off-balance and engaged.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 08.DEC.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Peak Prosperity

Dmitry Orlov: Russia's Patience Is Wearing Thin — Having lived in the former USSR before immigrating to the US, Dmitry Orlov has an invaluable perspective on US-Russian geopolitics, as well as the recent wrangling over Ukraine. It's more important than ever to cut through the propaganda to learn what we can about the most feverish geopolitical tensions in recent memory. Topics include ... the amateurishness of Western leadership; attitudes of the masses outside the US; the US leadership facing new rules imposed by reality and the BRICs; as Western anti-Putin propaganda grows, so does Putin's popularity within Russia.
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GP comment:  Must-listening. Orlov offers a clear-eyed assessment of the game in the Ukraine and the general nonsense the US calls foreign policy.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 08.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio Parallax

The JFK Assassination: Cop Inconsistencies and the Oswald Frame — This clip offers numerous tidbits from a recent JFK Assassination symposium, all indicating more troubling inconsistencies in the behavior of police and other officials at and around the scene of the JFK murder. Topics include .... Why rust in barrel of the supposed murder weapon means it was never fired; other ballistics inconsistencies; why the official timeline of the cops hot on the trail of fugitive Oswald does not compute; the oddity of so much background information on Oswald being provided in press releases almost immediately after his arrest.
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GP comment:  The more evidence like this that we see, the more amazing it is that the conspiracy could have been covered up at the time.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE, HEALTH — 05.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Off-the-Grid News

Could You Survive Without Modern Medicine?Dr. Joe Alton and Amy Alton If there were a natural disaster or a grid-down scenario in your area and a family member needed medical attention, would you know what to do? Dr. Joe Alton and his wife Amy Alton—better known as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy—talk about which techniques we need to know and which supplies we need to keep in stock to stay healthy when help is not on the way. They are the authors of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook. Topics include how to get started in putting together a medical kit; whether you should concentrate on natural medicine, traditional medicine, or both; and why you can't trust what the government says when a pandemic hits.
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GP comment:  Supplies and basic training are a great idea ... though such prepping is easy to put off, I must admit.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL, HISTORY — 05.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Real World of Money

Banksters, Corporations, the CIA, and the Mainstream Media — Andrew Gause's topics this time include... Senator Elizabeth Warren on reinstating Glass Steagall; the deep connections between centralized corporate media, the CIA, and Wall Street banksters; asset-backed Iraqi dinar will never happen; the fascinating story of Continental Bank of Illinois collapse; the origins of the CIA and what they do politically and financially; the three major rules for financial success; the new debt ceiling is $18 trillion bonded debt vs. $87 trillion of unfunded liabilities for US.
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GP comment:  As usual, Gause offers several excellent insights on how things really work. He is also "sort of correct" on his assertion that if you live debt-free you are not understanding how to use the system to best advantage in the way the elites do. But if you are not an elite who gets inside info, has deep pockets, and employs a team of financial tricksters to help you navigate the currents, then proceed with caution into the Sea of Debt!

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH — 05.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Sea Change Radio

Tis The Season For A Good Guideshopper in front of refrigerator case It's that time of year, again: the season of giving ... or at least the season of buying. When you're perusing the shelves, be they virtual or actual, what matters to you? Beyond price, quality, and value, what about knowing how the company that made the product treats its workers, the extent to which production depletes natural resources, and what impact this product has on the environment? Many of us care about these things in the abstract, but it's difficult to put our tenets into practice. If only there were an app. But there is! Dara O'Rourke explains the Good Guide, a website and smart phone app that consumers can use to make informed "green" decisions on what they're buying.
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GP comment:  Few of us can resist the draw of consumerism, so you might as well ka-ching your purchases in the right direction.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Dec.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 04.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Uprising

Michael Klare on Cheap Oil and Geopoliticsgas pump With the price of a barrel of crude oil having fallen almost 40 percent compared to its peak in June, filling your gas tank has gotten cheaper. Analyst Michael Klare talks about the impact lower oil prices are having. Topics include the reasons for falling oil prices; the effect on oil producers like Iran, Venezuela, and Russia; the psychology of car buying; boosts to American, Japanese and European economies; Keystone XL; wither peak oil?
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GP comment:  Yes, we peak oilers were wrong. While we knew the people in charge would be willing to turn the planet into an industrial wasteland to keep the petro-circus going, we didn't realize a majority of the populace would be OK with that. Silly us.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Dec.2014 ~~ Original story title: What Are Cheaper Oil Prices Really Costing Us?

CATEGORY:  SPECIES, GENETIC ENGINEERING — 04.DEC.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Quirks and Quarks

Genetically Modified Chestnuts — A century ago, the American Chestnut was a tremendously important species in the forests of Eastern North America, representing more than a quarter of all forest trees in a swath from Georgia to Ontario. But a fungus introduced on imported Asian chestnut trees turned out to be catastrophic for the American Chestnut, killing billions of trees and essentially wiping out the species by the 1950s. Breeding a blight-resistant tree has proved laborious and difficult, so now a research team has developed a genetically modified American Chestnut that uses a gene from wheat to resist the effects of the fungus. Lead researcher William Powell explains.
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GP comment:  As GMO applications go, this would seem to be one of the less objectionable ones. But beware anytime a GMO proponent says "this is for the people and for the environment." And Powell's additional assertion that GM technology is more targeted and sensible than standard hybridization is completely specious.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 03.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio EcoShock

The Anthropocene and Techno-UtopiaChristian Schwagerl Environmental journalist Christian Schwagerl discusses some of the concepts of assigning human impact as the dominant force of the current era, now being called "The Anthropocene" by many in scientific circles. Can the planet survive the wave of human modification washing over it? Can WE? ~~ Then we hear excerpts from speeches given by American Green Party founder Charlene Spretnak and author Susan Griffinon on the topic "Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth."
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GP comment:  I once believed in the idea that humanity must be awakened to the dangers of environmental destruction. That's still a worthy goal, but it is a subset of the need to awaken to humanity to the disease of financial parasitism, that we simultaneously are exploited by and are willingly participants in. In the end, the real question is whether the masses are psychologically capable of dealing with either of these problems even if they grasp them.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, LABOR ISSUES — 03.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

Food Chains: New Film Tracks How Immokalee Farm Workers Won Fair Wages from Corporate Giants — A new film, Food Chains, documents the groundbreaking partnership between farm workers, Florida tomato farmers, and some of the largest fast-food and grocery chains in the world. Twelve corporations have agreed to join the Fair Food Program, including McDonald’s, Taco Bell and WalMart. Participants agree to pay a premium for the tomatoes in order to support a "penny per pound" bonus that is then paid to the tomato pickers. Soon, the Fair Food label will appear on Florida tomatoes at participating stores. Gerardo Reyes-Chavez, a farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, discusses the issue.
Watch  |  Download/listen   9:32

GP comment:  Like all industrial products, modern food corporations do their best to put their "externalities" on the shoulders of others. Farm workers have always gotten more than their share of the unfairness.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 02.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

Films of the New World Order #21 — Tora! Tora! Tora!Tora, Tora, Tora Using the 1970 film Tora! Tora! Tora! as a basis for discussion, investigative author James Perloff and host James Corbett analyze the idea of Pearl Harbor as a false flag event. Topics include ... FDR's insistence that the Pacific Fleet be stationed at Pearl Harbor, despite strong objections from the Navy; the interesting fact that mostly US ships of lesser military value were at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack; what was known before the attack and who presented it to whom; the smear campaign against the admiral in charge of Pearl Harbor and the attempts to suppress public analysis of what happened there; how the movie paints Pearl Harbor as a tragic accident rather than a devious deception, and the historical revisionist behind that tack.
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GP comment:  Generally speaking, don't worry about trying to winnow out which things our leaders lie to us about. Just assume they lie about everything, and then we can focus our energies on disrupting the continuum of elite psychopaths rather than arguing about their press releases.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ELITES — 01.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio Parallax

Money—Avarice, Politics and Madness — Douglass Everett talks about recent news item that, collectively, show the broken mindset of the elites and the minions that serve them. Topics include ... comments made by Emil Michael, executive at the Uber car-sharing company, suggesting that his team should resort to dirty tactics to protect its image; wealth/poverty trends among the top 0.1% and the bottom 90%; the prices for modern works of art; job growth in the wrong areas; fake drugs for big profits; black loot for white ivory.
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GP comment:  I usually avoid "news" stories, but Everett does a nice job of stringing these together to show a pattern.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION), SPECIES — 01.DEC.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Quirks and Quarks

Lakes Turning to JellyJelly-coated crustaceans from an Ontario lake, courtesy Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry The problem of acid rain is often touted as one of the few success stories in controlling pollution, as the industrial emissions that cause it have been cut substantially. But the environmental damage and disruption caused by acid rain still echo in the wilderness. One example discovered is the "jellification" of temperate lakes, where acid rain has reduced calcium content, an essential element for most lake organisms. This has caused some crustaceans at the base of the aquatic food chain—the ones that make their exoskeletons from calcium—to be at a disadvantage, and they're now being displaced by species that have a jelly-like coating. These jelly organisms are inedible to many predators and thus are disruptive to the lakes' ecological balance.
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GP comment:  And what do geoengineering proponents most often propose to push back global warming? Why, of course, to blast sulfate particles—the most toublesome of the old acid rain pollutants—into the atmosphere.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC, MEDIA — 01.DEC.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen NPR

Pandora's New Deal—Different Pay, Different Play — The Internet radio service Pandora made its name by creating personalized stations by having users "like" and "dislike" songs and by tweaking playlists based on the relationships between artists and songs---relationships that have been established through its massive Music Genome Project. But a deal between Pandora and a group of record labels has raised concerns that the company will now start favoring certain songs over others because it can pay a smaller royalty to the musicians behind the favored songs.
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GP comment:  Payola lives! I personally have never found Pandora very helpful due its simplistic binary rating system. I miss Launchcast!

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 26.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen A Bowl of Soul

Sing A Happy SongO'Jays on stage Tracks include "Sing A Happy Song" by The O'Jays // "Every Day of The Week" by The Students // "So Much Things to Say" by Bob Marley // "Strategy" by Archie Bell and The Drells // plus a few nice R&B Christmas tunes by Lee Rogers, Darlene Love, and Otis Redding.
Page for full track listing  |  Download/listen   58:45

GP comment:  Nothing flashy here, but mostly solid.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 26.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Real World of Money

The Inflation Genie Is Out of the Bottle — Andrew Gause explains why the inverted yield curve means that a lot of companies and players are in financial trouble and are trying to borrow furiously to fend off disaster. Meanwhile, the top players (predators) are taking advantage of the weaknesses and are on a buying spree, purchasing all depressed assets and commodities. Gause reviews how the setup for the current harvest started in 2008, explaining who got the Fed-created money, what was done with it then, and what's being done with it now. Other topics this time include ... inflation about to pop; defending yourself against inflation; the Keystone backstory; Baby Boomers continuing to keep their wealth in cash; bail-ins are now official (per the G-20 in Australia this month); ISIS issuing their own gold and silver coin money; Sears' further decline.
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GP comment:  Remember that when the inflation comes, it's the final phase of the crime. Wall Street banks speculated wildly, reaping vast winnings and getting bailed out on vast losses. Then the Fed made all major financial institutions well again by creating money and parking it in the banks. The final phase is for the printed money to be released, which will unleash inflation, which has the effect of making all us peons pay to fix the imbalance caused by all the money printing, which helped fund the original crime.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 26.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio EcoShock

Healing Green Despair — Todd Wilkinson, author of a new biography of eco-billionaire Ted Turner, talks about Turner's attention to green issues. Is this proof that the wealthy can lead on environmental challenges? ~~ Kathleen Dean Moore comments on green despair, saying we should not wallow in self-loathing or use our own complicity in environmental issues as a reason to excuse the worst offenders—the fossil-fuel companies—when it comes to climate change and other issues. ~~ Writer and owl biologist Tim Fox sees humans as an unstoppable flood. Species that have been able to adapt have prospered; most have not.
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GP comment:  Working on environmental issues without solving the problem of the central banking-corporate-warfare complex will only get us so far. We've back-slid since the major green successes of the 1970s. Is it coincidental that the central banking-corporate-warfare complex has grown much more powerful in that same timespan?

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  INTERNET — 24.NOV.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... New Tech City

What Reading on Screens Does to Our BrainsWhen Maria Popova, editor of Brainpickings.org, can't read a book on the iPad, she uses an elaborate system of sticky tabs and a hand written index. This is her desk. (Manoush Zomorodi/WNYC) Paper or screen? There's a battle in your brain. The more you read on screens, the more your brain adapts to the "non-linear" kind of reading we do on computers and phones. Your eyes dart around, you stop half way through a paragraph to check a link or a read a text message. Then, when you go back to good old fashioned paper, it can be harder to concentrate—unless you can develop your 'bi-literate' brain.
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GP comment:  The screen itself is only part of the problem, and the terse format of web content is only part of the problem. We are, in general, HUGELY distracted in life, and that degrades any function that requires concentration.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH, EMPIRE — 24.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio Parallax

The Psychopath Inside — When UC Irvine neuroscientist James Fallon was studying the brain scans of known psychopaths alongside the brain scan of a "normal" control—himself—he discovered something fascinating and troubling: the scans showed that he too had the brain structure of a psychopath. This forced Fallon to reevaluate what psychopathy means, both in clinical terms and in practical terms. He talks about his odyssey and the conclusions it led him to.
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GP comment:  This is insightful and entertaining. I do disagree, though, with one of Fallon's conclusions: He says we need "good psychopaths" as enforcers against the "bad psychopaths." I say, if the psychopathic subset of humans were to disappear altogether, I am quite sure this would be a happier planet.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 22.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen CounterSpin

US/China Climate Deal—Not Built to LastUS and Chinese presidents shaking hands The White House's climate emissions deal with China has been praised throughout the media as a big step in the right direction. One liberal columnist told readers not to listen to the "yes but" naysayers. But critics of the deal are worth listening to; for one, Daphne Wysham of the Center for Sustainable Economy, who says the goals are timid, the timing is suspect, and the enforcement mechanism is weak.
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GP comment:  Understand that the hoopla from the corporate media is designed to put the public at ease because "now something is being done." And this may indeed be an improvement on business as usual, at least from the standpoint of general air pollution. But that's not the same as true progress on climate change, so in the end, this is a lot of noise about what will largely turn out to be a stalling tactic.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 22.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

A Conversation with George TakeiGeorge Takei George Takei has taken his fame as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek and used it as a platform from which to speak about important social issues, including marriage equality and redressment for Japanese-American internment during WWII, which he personally experienced. Here he talks about his personal odyssey, the issues, and the fun he's having in his new late-life career as a social-media darling.
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GP comment:  Solid guy, fun interview.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 21.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Sea Change Radio

Digging Deep with Paul HawkenPaul Hawken Paul Hawken is an environmental thought-leader, author, and perhaps best known as the co-founder of the high-end gardening supply chain Smith & Hawken. Hawken talks about the challenge of taking society to the next quantum level in the face of political factionalism and environmental immaturity. Topics include corporate social responsibility; the evolution of the open-source-economy and sharing-economy movements; and how communication technology has transformed global human interaction, holding promise for future green activism.
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GP comment:  Hawken vacillates between keen insight and delusional hopium. In the end, his conclusion that we need to try hard but also just live in awe of the spectacle is quite apt.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 21.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

No Debate—Antiwar Voices Absent from Corporate TV News Ahead of U.S. Attacks on Iraq and Syria — An analysis of corporate TV news has found that the public was given almost no debate about whether the United States should go to war in Iraq and Syria. The group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting found that of the more than 200 guests, just six voiced opposition to military action. On the high-profile Sunday talk shows, out of 89 guests, there was just one antiwar voice—Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation. Peter Hart of FAIR discusses the issue.
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GP comment:  Controlling the message is not a new concept, it's just that it has never been done so seamlessly or completely. We are not quite in Orwell's world of 1984 yet, but we are getting there.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 20.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio EcoShock

Stolen Future, Broken PresentDavid A. Collings David Collings discusses the epochal environmental crisis that is unfolding. Climate change is a centerpiece, but this is a many-faceted problem with no easy solutions. Overcoming the psychology that fathered the problem may not be possible, but it's still worth trying. ~~ Then Martin Persson explains how tropical deforestation is still stripping the planet—to provide products for us, the consumers in rich countries. ~~ Finally, Olli Tammilehto asks whether we can we survive a system that rewards the rich with a license to commit ecocide?
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GP comment:  Yep, the problem is one that is internal to the human makeup. It is indeed important that we keep trying to minimize the damage—it will make life more pleasant for longer. But we should always make the basis for discussion facts, not hopium.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 20.NOV.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Guns and Butter

Voting Machines—Computerized Election Theft — Jonathan Simon explains how Republicans have engaged in vote rigging via electronic voting machines over the last 10 years. Exit polls consistently disagree with election results, and Republicans are winning close races at a much higher rate than statistical probability would allow.
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GP comment:  Though some important issues are raised, this clip is mostly red meat for blue voters. Election theft started long before electronic voting machines, and while the Republicans may indeed currently have the upper hand in the legerdemain, the Democrats are not without their corrupt ways. Among other things, they sold their soul when they colluded with Republicans to change election rules in a way that de facto excludes valid third-party candidates from the process, ensuring the Democrat-Republican duopoly. And now, as their partner in crimes against democracy executes a doublecross to gain even more advantage, the Democrats cry foul. What nonsense. Any US citizen who still hopes that this mess can be fixed at the ballot box—or that it's "that other party" that is causing all the problems—is not paying attention.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 19.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Global Research News Hour

Dismantling the Pro-War Cult—The Myth of the Soldier as Guarantor of FreedomJoshua Key The myth of the soldier as the guarantor of a nation's security and freedom has become widespread and reinforced in the imaginations of citizens, particularly in America. Unthinking devotion to all things military has largely trumped public concern over the idea of war as an end unto itself or the effect war has on global stability or the amorality of US involvement in particular conflicts . Two US veterans, Stan Goff and Joshua Key , discuss the problem.
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GP comment:  "He's the Universal Soldier and he really is to blame // His orders come from far away no more // They come from here and there and you and me // And brothers can't you see // This is not the way we put the end to war." -- Donovan, "Universal Soldier"

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 19.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Insights on Hormones, HCG and Getting Back to Good HealthDr. Jonathan Wright Dr. Jonathan Wright is a "medical detective" who has perused over 50,000 research papers about hormones and other body systems; diet, vitamins, and minerals; botanicals, and other natural substances designed to heal. He specializes in non-drug treatments for chronic health problems. Topics in this show include .... the history of bioidentical hormone use; why many may have gluten issues even though they don't feel it; how HCG can regenerate the nervous system and hormones; uterine fibroid issues; free testosterone and free estrogen; medical uses of lithium at low dose; the osteoporosis-diabetes connection; why compounding pharmacies are endangered.
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GP comment:  This is a firehose of information. Each individual's ears will find the things that may be relevant to him or her, so put on your slicker and listen up.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 18.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

Hoover's FBI, the King Suicide Letter, and War on SubversivesJ. Edgar Hoover at press conference The attempts by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to discredit Martin Luther King Jr. were an ugly and well-documented chapter in American history. Perhaps the most monstrous example was the so-called "suicide letter," which threatened to expose King's sexual activities to the world unless he did "the one thing left" to escape shame. Yale Professor Beverly Gage discusses a recently discovered redaction-free version of the letter. ~~ In 1981, student journalist Seth Rosenfeld began researching the FBI's misconduct in its investigations of 1960s student protests at UC Berkeley. The project blossomed into a 30-year investigative odyssey, resulting in the release of 300,000 FBI documents, which the government spent over $1 million trying to block. Bob talks to Rosenfeld about some of the stunning revelations from his new book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power.
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GP comment:  Rosenfeld states that the FBI is more accountable today. Sure, because many of the heart-of-darkness operations have been migrated to other agencies, known and unknown.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 18.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Making Contact

This Changes Everything (Or Not) — Naomi Klein argues that while it's too late to stop climate change, we can still take action to save our civilization. But it’s going to take radical steps that will transform the way humans interact with the world. Klein offers her vision of how we can foster a global movement to counter climate change.
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GP comment:  This is worth listening to because Klein does correctly identify several culprits in the current ecocidal ruling system—the financier class, excessive military spending, corporate hegemony, and the fossil-fuel-friendly political system—as barriers to doing anything real about climate change. But she's got it backwards: The climate crisis is not the threat that will unite people against those elite forces. Instead, uniting the masses to take back power from the elites and reestablish a fair economic system should be the stated political goal. That is Job 1, and trying to superimpose a divisive issue like climate on top of it is brainless.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD, AGRICULTURE — 17.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Quirks and Quarks

Chicken Bigchicken sizes increasing: 1957, 905g to 2005, 4,202g Chickens raised for meat have quadrupled in weight since the 1950's, thanks to selective breeding. The meatier chickens are also being produced with much less feed, which makes the process of raising and marketing chicken more cost efficient. Martin Zuidhof, Associate Professor of Poultry Systems at the University of Alberta, explains how we got here.
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GP comment:  This is not a bad thing, but it says nothing about animal welfare in the industry, which is generally appalling.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 17.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Keiser Report

Whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann—JP Morgan's Worst NightmareAlayne Fleischmann Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the trend in some parts of the world where people are showing just how sick they are of a corrupt elite that holds itself above the law. They also look at the headlines of students in India who believe in the right to cheat, and at innocent people in America who plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit. ~~ In the second half Max interviews Alayne Fleischmann, a JP Morgan whistleblower. They talk about fraud in the mortgage backed securities business, the statute of limitations on wire fraud, and what exactly it is that Jamie Dimon wants.
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GP comment:  As long as the fines—regardless of whether they are "huge" and "record-breaking"—are less than the profit made from the illegal activities, the banksters will continue acting according to the dictum "crime pays."

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 15.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Real World of Money

Andrew Gause Big Banks Pay Big Fines But Grab Bigger Piles of Loot — Andrew Gause's topics include.... an analysis of large fines for big banks engaged in currency trading scams; commodity prices have remained stable but the dollar has lost value relative to them; more evidence of gold and silver price fixing worldwide; Obama signs a global warming deal that puts dubious science over the health of the US economy; how the banksters may push back against Russia's new SWIFT system; why wouldn't one buy silver at just $15 an ounce?
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GP comment:  It's surprising that a smart guy like Gause, who has a very clear vision of reality when it comes to the way the Ponzi money system works, doesn't seem to grasp that the science of global warming can be correct at the same time the proposed solutions are a scam. Anyway, pay attention to him on monetary issues; ignore him on climate science.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE — 15.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Steeling Ourselves Against the End of the Worldorange, angry sun In 1859, a solar storm threw an electromagnetic pulse at Earth so strong, it fried the telegraph system. A whole lot more is on the line now. Rocky Rawlins of the Survivor Library talks about his efforts to make sure we are prepared for getting zapped back to a time before computers and an electric grid. ~~ There are many civilization killing events that can happen other than an EMP. A killer asteroid, for instance. The Last Policeman trilogy imagines what we would all do if we knew the world would end in six months. Author Ben Winters explains.
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GP comment:  It's insane that the US does not harden the grid. The cost would be about 2% of one year's federal budget.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Nov.2014 ~~ Original Story Titles: Survivor Library, A Trilogy About the End of the World

CATEGORY:  INTERNET — 15.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Uprising

Obama Presses FCC on Net NeutralityObama giving thumbs-up President Obama has called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect the internet as a free and open communications platform by applying an already-existing regulatory classification. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler had previously proposed a set of rules, yet to be voted on, that would create a two-tier system where companies who can afford to pay extra get faster service, leaving non-payers in the slow lane. Craig Aaron of Free Press comments on the coming battle.
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GP comment:  I doubt it will be much of a battle. What Obama SAYS always sounds great; what he actually makes happen rarely is great. In this case, he has already telegraphed the out that will let him say one thing and do another: "the FCC is an independent agency." Well, he's the f'ing president, and on this particular issue, if he really wanted it to happen, I think he could make it happen without blockage FROM HIS OWN APPOINTEE.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Nov.2014 ~~ Original Story Title: Obama Pleasantly Surprises Progressives (For Once), On Net Neutrality

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, PEAK OIL — 14.NOV.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! C-Realm Podcast

Economists on Oil—Hubris and Substitutiongraph of oil production over time Richard Heinberg offers a good refresher on the basics of peak oil in light of recent trends in petroleum production, particularly the boom in the US. He also discusses the delusions that economists engage in when it comes to matters that are more governed by physics than finance, such as energy and the climate. In particular, he responds to Paul Krugman's recent piece on "climate despair," which claimed that anti-environmentalist right-wingers and anti-capitalist environmentalists are both wrong to think that the world can't have economic growth without increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Heinberg says Krugman either misunderstands or misrepresents the very reports that he cited to support his argument.
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GP comment:  Alas, Paul Krugman was the last best hope that mainstream economists had just one individual among them who was not an idiot.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, ENVIRONMENT — 14.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nature Bats Last

Higher Learning, Higher Debt, and The System — Guy McPherson talks to Karl Klein. Topics include....the inadequacies of IPCC climate reports; illegal asset forfeiture at the hands of local cops; the problem of limitations of rare-earth metals. Much of the conversation centers on how our higher-learning institutions are not training our students correctly at the same time they foster high levels of post-graduation indebtedness. McPherson contrasts his decision to leave academia with Klein's decision to stay within the system.
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GP comment:  A decent general discussion

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 14.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen New Tech City

Robots at WarAn HDT 'Protector' at the Army Robotics Rodeo at Fort Benning (David Axe/Flickr) Can replacing human soldiers with robot warriors save lives and make war more humane? The consensus seems to be that the laws of war are not written in computer code, and modern warfare is not ready for killer robots that "decide" without human input.
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GP comment:  Let's remember that humans already sometimes act inappropriately on kill decisions. And yes, everyone go watch the Terminator movies again.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE — 14.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio EcoShock

Dealing with Salination in Modern Irrigation AgricultureManzoor Qadir Accumulation of salt in soil is a problem that has plagued irrigation agriculture for millennia—and still does today. It's happening all over the world, from Australia's Murray Darling Basin, to America's San Joaquin Valley, to the Indus valley in Pakistan and India. Every day, the world is losing 2,000 hectares—almost 5,000 acres— of valuable farm soil to salt damage because of inept irrigation practices. Manzoor Qadir explains the problem, and the solution.
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GP comment:  Just as net energy declines as energy exploiters pursue ever-lower-quality resources, so too does "net agriculture" become a problem as we try to grow in soil that is ever-more depleted of nutrients and inundated with salt and pollutants.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Nov.2014 ~~ Original Story Title: Losing Farm Land the Size of France, Due to Faulty Irrigation

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT (COAL, CLIMATE) — 12.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio EcoShock

India's Mega-Coal PlantsNicole Ghio Targeted for 4,000 megawatts, the Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in India is ten times the size of the average coal power plant in the United States. Worse still, we find ourselves in an Orwellian world, where a mega coal plant in India is classified as "environmentally friendly technology"; where electricity customers in Europe can buy credits from a coal plant as a "clean development mechanism"; and where hundreds of millions of US taxpayer dollars help build a dirty coal project. Nicole Ghio of Sierra Club International explains.
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GP comment:  The project in India is just another example of our collective inability to sacrifice power demand for carbon reductions. It's just not going to happen. Alex Smith plays a brief sidebar at the end of this interview that sums it up perfectly. Listen, and awaken to climate reality.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 12.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Time Monk Radio Network

No Struggle, No Progress — Former Blank Panther Larry Pinkney talks about the need for continued struggle against the oppressing elites. The fight, he says, is not one of race or similar characteristic—but rather a challenge of critical thinking so that we may correctly perceive the web of deception, understand the oppressors' tactics, and find common ground with the many who are jointly used and abuse by the elites.
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GP comment:  Pinkney has the creds to talk this stuff. He's not an overly polished orator, but that seems to give his words more force.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT — 11.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio Ecoshock

A Path to Sustainable Energy by 2030Mark Z. Jacobson Super-scientist Mark Jacobson from Stanford explains the warming/cooling nuances of soot pollution in the atmosphere. Then he reviews the math on how available technologies can have the world well on the way to running on clean energy by 2030.
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GP comment:  I found Jacobson's attempts to clarify the effects of various types of particulate pollution on warming and cooling to be rather confused. But his rapid-fire solution list for a clean-energy transition is well worth hearing.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 11.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio Parallax

Kennedy Assassination: Two Shots from Different Directions — Josiah Thompson discusses his groundbreaking research on the Zapruder JFK-assassination film. Topics include evidence for two shots from different directions; acoustics evidence; the importance of the on-the-scene observations of grassy knoll witness S.M. Holland and others.
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GP comment:  Anyone who still thinks Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK is just not paying attention.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 10.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Green Issues in the 2014 Electionvoting booths Steve Curwood and guests review how environmental candidates and issues fared in the recent US election. Other stories in this show are .... Arsenic Released in Frackwater Spills // Fingerprinting Frackwater // Hyundai and Kia Fined for Misreporting MPG and Greenhouse Gas Emissions // Restoring California’s Giant Kelp Forests // Uprooting an Invasive Ribbon Grass on the Metolius River.
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GP comment:  Don't expect politicians to lead on green issues. You may be able to drag them to the water, but you'll probably have to throw them in before they drink ... or even think about doing the right thing on keeping our environment clean and adopting a forward-thinking energy policy.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 10.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Making Contact

Iraq, Islamic State, Kurdistan, and the Continuing War for Oil — More than a decade after the start of the second Gulf War, the United States has embarked on a bombing campaign targeting Islamic State forces inside Iraq and Syria. But the reasons for the new war keep shifting, from protecting ethnic and religious minorities, to preventing terrorist attacks on the US. As independent producer Reese Erlich reports from Northern Iraq, this latest conflict—and the future of the region—is tightly connected to the oil industry and international politics.
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GP comment:  What a confused mess over there. It's no wonder most of us Americans tune it out. Still, without the oil under those embattled lands, the continuing US presence would not be what it is.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 10.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Beyond 50

Over the Lips and Through the Gums — Cindy Haas offers a holistic view of oral health and the health connection between mouth and body. It's about far more than just brushing and flossing. Haas is a dental hygienist and holistic health coach and is alevel 2 Reiki practitioner.
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GP comment:  A couple of things Haas says seem a bit dodgy, but overall her advice is sound, and there are a few really good tips that alone make this worth a listen.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, ENVIRONMENT — 10.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio EcoShock

Solving the Problem of Ecocidal Capitalism — Frank Rotering is quite sure that capitalism is killing the planet. In the past, he has advocated a voluntary shrinkage of the industrial economy as a way to reduce pollution and resource pressures and let the planet come back into balance. But he now realizes that few are willing to join that quest, so he has a new strategy based on converting true conservatives of the capitalist class to a non-ecocidal posture.
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GP comment:  Rotering is an excellent logician, but he seems blind to the emotional traps that keep people locked into unhelpful mindsets. And don't look to the elites—from either side—to take down the system that made them. The only possible solution I see is a public education campaign that carefully distinguishes a market-based economy from a capitalist economy. Capitalists must be separated from entrepreneurs. The latter must be heralded and promoted; the former must be excoriated and squashed for being the financial parasites that they are.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 07.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

How Can Harsher Winters Be Related to Arctic Sea Ice Loss?map of Arctic sea ice retreat A new study published in Nature Geoscience found that the likelihood of unusually cold winters in parts of Eurasia doubles as the Arctic warms and sea ice declines. Rutgers University climate researcher Jennifer Francis explains how loss of Arctic sea ice can lead to harsher winters in some regions at the same time it causes warming-related phenomena such as drought or increased heavy rainfall events in other regions.
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GP comment:  Francis slips in an important fact: Arctic ice melt is in an unstoppable feedback loop. Of course, she then also softballs it at the end by saying we're in trouble if we can't figure out how to reduce greenhouse gases. She should have just stopped at the word "trouble."

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 07.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Keiser Report

Crash, Boom, Pop! — Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the psycho-banker murderers and how that act extends to the larger banking community. Then Max interviews Professor Steve Keen and artist Miguel Guerra about their new crowdfunded graphic novel series Crash, Boom, Pop!, where essential economic principles will be fun to learn. They also discuss the metaphorical godzilla in Japanese central banking that is consuming any debt the population throws at it and where this might lead for the final global debt showdown.
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GP comment:  Most banksters are not murderers in the direct sense, but make no mistake—their actions do result in deaths.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, FINANCIAL — 07.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen It's Our Money

Meet the Enemy—The Global Banking Cartel — From a surplus in 1974 to paying $1.1 trillion dollars today to borrow the same money it used to print for free, Canada, like most Western nations, is now controlled by and indebted to the global banking cartel. Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian defense minister, describes a harsh reality: a small number of oligarchic elites are well along in their goal of taking complete control of all economies. Hellyer discusses the increasing threat facing democratic institutions in the age of global finance.
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GP comment:  Hellyer is generally correct in his framing of the problem, though he's a little to quick to believe every little "dark truth" he comes across. (For example, he recounts the story of President Clinton telling a reporter that there is a government within the government that he did not control. An accurate framing, but it's highly unlikely that Clinton actually said it.)

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 07.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Corbett Report

Ottawa Shooting Generates Push for Larger Security State in CanadaDan Dicks Dan Dicks of PressForTruth.ca talks about the recent shooting in Canadian Parliament. He critiques the government’s eagerness to label this a terrorist act to help justify new “anti-terror” legislation, as well as the Canadian public’s general buy-in to this propaganda. Dicks also acknowledges the difficulty of investigating the machinations of government as they pertain to events like this.
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GP comment:  This is not "the Canadian 9/11," but Canadian Big Brother enthusiasts are not missing the opportunity to advance their agenda.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Nov.2014 ~~ Original story title: Dan Dicks on The Ottawa Shooting

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, FOOD, ORGANICS — 07.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Food Chain Radio

Feeding the Billions — As we head to ever-higher population levels, some say only industrial agriculture can feed the masses; others say only sustainable agriculture can get it done in the long run. Guests are John Kempf of Advancing Eco Agriculture and Mischa Popoff of the Heartland Institute. Topics include the divergent courses of ecological and industrial agricultures; whether government should encourage the development of one form of agriculture at the expense of the other; and the battle over the organic standard and small-farmers' rights.
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GP comment:  Popoff disses organic advocates for shunning genetic engineering and sewage sludge. Really?? There are very good reasons that those two things are not allowed in organic practice. And to praise Bill Clinton's failed effort to promote their inclusion only proves that Clinton was 100% corporatist and no friend of sustainability.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, FINANCIAL — 06.NOV.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Post Carbon Institute

Michael Shuman Delicious Development—The Powerful Role of Local Food in Job Creation — Michael Shuman, author of Local Dollars, Local Sense, makes the case that local food enterprises are a great way to get the "local economy" ball rolling in any community. He offers numerous examples of successes and explains some of the creative ways people got it done.
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GP comment:  If you want to not only fight TPTB but also make a difference in your community, here's how.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, RESILIENCE — 06.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Sierra Club Radio

Off the Grid—And Loving It — Nick Rosen discovered the benefits of living "off the grid" almost by accident. He has since become an advocate for distributed energy and self-sufficiency—and all the other benefits (both personal and ecological) of living without central utility services.
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GP comment:  Good thoughts here, though many of these concepts can be beneficial without completely cutting one's ties to the grid.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  SUSTAINABILITY, EMPIRE — 06.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen C-Realm Podcast

The Great GrabIf oil is the blood of the devil, then palm oil is his piss. KMO recently attended the "Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth" teach-in, where he met and recorded conversations with Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute and Helena Norberg-Hodge of Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture. Mittal explains how agricultural corporations are pulling off an enormous land-grab in Africa and Asia, with the support of the World Bank, and all the time fallaciously portraying their actions in terms sustainable practices and local wealth enhancement. Norberg-Hodge takes on the idea that humans are so selfish and short-sighted that they deserve to go extinct. This attitude plays into the hands of transnational corporations, who are more than happy to see the blame for climate change, inequality, and injustice fall on individual actors and not to the policies that create a marketplace that favors short-term profits over long-term responsibility.
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GP comment:  I think there is ample evidence that human beings, collectively, DO suck. While most individuals exhibit fine characteristics, we are individually and collectively ignorant and/or delusional about how the planet's environmental and political systems really work. The ruling corporate/elite power structure does indeed deserve much blame for reinforcing the delusions, but a study of history shows clearly that the elites and their ruled, easily manipulated masses have been a co-problem for a long time.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 06.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Is Filming a Police Officer a "Domestic Threat"? — After years of litigation and, recently, four days of proceedings, Antonio Buehler was found not guilty of "failure to obey a lawful order," which he was charged with after filming two officers arresting a woman. Buehler says he was at a gas station in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day in 2012 when he used his phone to take pictures of a woman being arrested and crying out for help. Buehler’s attempt to document what he felt was apparent police abuse ended with his own arrest. Buehler discusses the case, the broader issues, and the group he has co-founded, Peaceful Streets Project, whose members record police and post the videos online, and train others to do the same.
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GP comment:  Cops are often faced with tough tasks, but honorable behavior should not fear the light of public viewing.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  PRIVACY — 04.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

The Unseen World of Content Moderationpanic button Even though there is a lot of "offensive" content on the internet, mainstream search sites like Google rarely present any of it in search results. That's because they employ moderators to filter out content like beheading videos, pornography, animal torture, illegal solicitation, and all manner of the unimaginable and unspeakable.
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GP comment:  It's fine that search sites offer filtering, but they should also offer the option of getting your results unfiltered. It is not a very big step from suppressing off-putting content to suppressing political/activist content.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CHEMICALS) — 04.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Green Groups Sue EPA Over Agent Orange-Related Herbicide — A coalition of environmental groups and farmers is suing the EPA over approval of Dow Chemical’s new GMO crop herbicide, Enlist Duo, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D, one of two active ingredients in the notorious Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange. The lawsuit alleges inadequate environmental and health assessments by the agency. Bill Freese of the Center for Food Safety discusses the suit and the effects the herbicide is likely to have on weed resistance and pollinators.
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GP comment:  This case has gotten a lot of press, but the entire pesticide regime is out of control, as a walk down the pesticide aisle in the gardening section of a big-box store will tell you.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Oct.2014 ~~ Original story title: Agent Orange-Related Herbicide Approved for GMO Crops; EPA Sued

CATEGORY:  INTERNET — 04.NOV.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good New Tech City / On the Media

The Other Ed Snowdens—Inside the Mind of Two Privacy Whistleblowerswhistleblower in the shadows NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was not the only technologist to have defied the government's secrecy mandates. Ladar Levison and William Binney each paid the price for taking a moral stand against the US government, and your digital privacy is better for it.
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GP comment:  It's good that Binney and others have faith that one day the sleeping, spied-upon masses will finally rise up against domestic surveillance, but I suspect that our addiction to online benefits will trump our willingness to truly do anything about Big Brother.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 04.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen You Bet Your Garden

Turn Fall Leaves into Black Gold — Mike McGrath's topics include .... the harmless but menacing cicada killer; the top strategies for repelling deer; the environmental and psychological effects of urban trees; getting fruit (or not) from a northern avocado plant; why raised-bed gardeners may want a machete; which leaves make the best compost, why you should avoid black walnut leaves, and what else you want to put in there with the leaves.
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GP comment:  If your city has vacuum/shredder trucks for fall leaves, find out if you can get some delivered or whether you're allowed to load some in your truck at a depot. That's a great free resource if you can nab it.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Nov.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 02.NOV.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Radio EcoShock

Want to Kill Nuclear? Get SolarArnie Gundersen Arnie Gundersen updates us on Fukushima-related issues as well as the cozy relationship between the US Nuclear Regulatory Agency and the nuclear power industry, with safety and sensibility being routinely sacrified. Gundersen also says that those who want to hasten the demise of nuclear power should install solar panels, which produce their power during peak-load times. Peak-load times are the only times nuclear power plants make money. Deprive them of that, and (maybe) they will be driven to closure by poor economics.
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GP comment:  Gundersen mentions solar electric explicitly as a weapon in the fight against nuclear, but solar hot water is also a great technology and is cost effective for homeowners over the lifespan of the system.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  SUSTAINABILITY — 02.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen ExtraEnvironmentalist

Degrowth, You, and Your Id — The degrowth movement advocates sustainability via adoption of strategies like voluntary simplicity and convivial activities and through creation of an economic system that is compatible with the biosphere. Here, Hartmut Rosa offers his ideas for subverting the motivations in our own lives which replicate the logic of unsustainable growth.
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GP comment:  Just as with Heinberg's Powerdown proposal, Degrowth is a tough sell. But Rosa is quite witty, and this is worth a listen.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Sep.2014 ~~ Original title: Degrowth 2014 // Part A

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 02.NOV.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Corbett Report

Exactly How Many Trillions Did the Pentagon Lose? — In this episode of the Questions for Corbett series, analyst James Corbett tackles listener questions, including: Do drills by military, police, and other agencies presage troubling events ahead? With reports of missing funds at the Defense Department quoting different numbers in the trillions, just exactly how much money has been lost down the hole in the middle of the Pentagon? Did Prescott Bush agree to sacrifice his personal goals for assurances that his son (and later, his grandson, too) would be president? More...
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GP comment:  Mostly good analysis. I actually think Corbett is wrong about whether TPTB like inside jokes when they pull their strings. The Anthony Weiner episode must have had them ROTFL when they came up with it.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 30.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Carbon RecyclingA cement plant, like this one in Cupertino, CA, might one day contribute carbon dioxide to companies like Skyonic for profitable recycling. (Photo: Jitze Couperus; Flickr CC BY 2.0) A Texas company has started capturing CO2 from a cement plant in San Antonio and is set to recycle 75,000 tons of CO2 per year by incorporating it into profitable products, including baking soda, hydrochloric acid, and bleach. The process can also be used for fossil fuel power plants.
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GP comment:  Taking the waste stream from one process and making it an input to another process is always smart. But I'm not sure how hydrochloric acid can be counted here as capturing carbon. Even if CO2 is used in the process of making hydrochloric acid, the chemical formula is H-Cl (one hydrogen atom plus one chlorine atom)—exactly where is the carbon?

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Oct.2014 ~~ Original title: Carbon Capture and Recycling

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 30.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Peak Prosperity

Will Our Private Savings Be Sacrificed To Pay Down The Public Debt? — Financial analyst Daniel Amerman discusses "financial repression," where sovereign debts are slowly paid off by siphoning private savings from an unaware populace. He explains the possible methods of dealing with debt—austerity, tax hikes, default, inflating the debt away, and finally, financial repression. The last method is a popular choice because it is done in secret, with no political repercussions. But it's actually just as painful for the population as a whole, as people lose purchasing power and standard of living due to policies that promote ultra-low interest rates and inflation.
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GP comment:  It's important to understand that the US debt is not intended to be paid back—it can't be. But public oration about the need for us to tighten our belts and make sacrifices and get our financial house in order is part of the elites' con game. But it's not about stealing our money to pay down the debt, it's just about stealing our money, period.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE — 30.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Agroinnovations Podcast

Neofeudal Permaculture — Permaculture designer Darren Doherty talks to Frank Aragona about his experiences from the "Regrarians" world tour, and then describes the precarious economic situation of the commodity farmer and the often degraded state of the world’s agricultural landscapes. The conversation then launches into the complexities of the current land tenure system, as Doherty explains the neofeudal character of agricultural economies. The interview concludes with some observations about the need to develop a capable labor force to meet the market demand for sustainably produced food.
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GP comment:  Small-scale permaculture can make you a living, but it is not a casual pursuit.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 28.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Unwelcome Guests

Once More Unto The WhistleScott Bennett, whistleblower Scott Bennett, formerly of the US Army 11th Psychological Operations Battalion describes, how he moved from a background in advertising, with a specialist focus on the Muslim mind, to psychological warfare and counterterrorism. During his work on the latter, he became frustrated after noticing how little attention was being paid at the highest levels to tracking terrorist financing, concluding eventually that he was not being employed to be effective but merely to look good. While plenty of details remain obscure in Bennett's story, the larger picture is familiar: a corrupt Deep State establishment that uses the legal system and the commercially-controlled media to obscure its sponsorship of terrorism in the service of endless war and geopolitical hegemony.
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GP comment:  It's difficult to know how much faith to put in Bennett's story, especially given that the original interview was done by Project Camelot. That said, his presentation is cogent and the implications are perfectly in line with my own observations of the faux war-on-terror pattern.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 28.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good 9-11 Wake-Up Call

Politicians for 9/11 Truth — A brief discussion of research showing that "9/11 conspiracy theorists"—those who say the official story can't be right—now outnumber believers of the official story 2-to-1. ~~ Then an interview with Steve Fournier, a Connecticut attorney who is running for state attorney general on a 9/11 truth platform. Fournier discusses the relevance of his campaign even in the face of likely defeat.
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GP comment:  Fournier is quite sharp in his presentation. It's unfortunate that the Dem-GOP duopoly has the game so rigged now that a smart, honest person has no chance of winning.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 28.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Fracking Waste Water Proves Highly Resistant to Clean-Up — The oil and gas industry produces a high volume of dirty wastewater from fracking operations. That polluted water has to go somewhere, and the two typical solutions are down an injection well or, after some slight clean-up, into another fracking operation. But as public resistance to injection wells and fracking grows, some businesses trying to truly clean up fracking waste water so it can be put back into nature. Unfortunately, so far, it turns out that the matrix of pollutants in fracking wastewater is very difficult to deal with in volume.
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GP comment:  Such clean-up can be done, of course, but cost is the issue. Nonetheless, true cleanup of fracking wastewater should be required and incorporated as a cost of doing business.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Oct.2014 ~~ Original title: It’s Tough To Turn Frack Water into Profits

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 28.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Beard World Order via Traces of Reality

The ISIS Conspiracy ... and Other Lies of the War on Terror — James Corbett, Peter B. Collins, and Guillermo Jimenez have a roundtable discussion about the current state of the so-called War on Terror. They observe that the now-routine introduction of new enemies always, strangely, seems to occur in September. The story framing by the mainstream lackey media is designed to foster public support for endless US occupation of foreign lands. Deep State media memes still constantly inculcate disdain for public discussion of conspiracies. Despite the continuing torrent of propaganda, politicians are avoiding the WoT issue because they know it's a loser with the increasingly less brainwashed populace. The team also notes the falsity of US claims that their actions are due to a concern for the Syrian people or other locals.
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GP comment:  Mostly polemical, but lotsa fun and on-target.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH, FOOD — 27.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

How the Biochemistry of Cooking Food Impacts HealthDr. Bob Marshall Bob Marshall uses biochemistry to understand the deepest levels of how nutrients work in the body, and how unwanted substances degrade the body. Topics here include .... using low-heat methods for preparing foods that can't be eaten raw; how frying, grilling, and baking damage food in a way that wreaks havoc on the body; how most people are falling short on mineral intake and food digestion; the problem of anti-nutrients in otherwise wholesome foods like beans, nuts, seeds, and grains.
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GP comment:  I have no doubt that Marshall's science has merit, and we would all be well advised to consider his observations and advice. But at some point, life is not just about optimizing longevity; it's also about enjoyment, and tasty food is part of that. Some food is tasty raw or "warmed"; some isn't. Everyone must find their own balance between palate and preservation.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION, RECYCLING) — 27.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Who is Recycling E-Waste?e-waste Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, and a new survey from Best Buy found that only about a third of people in the United State recycle their electronic waste, even though many more claim that they would like to. US stores, including Staples and Best Buy, are helping to close this gap with free e-waste recycling programs.
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GP comment:  When new electronics are designed, ease of recycling is not a consideration. That's a problem.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, CORPORATIONS, LABOR ISSUES — 27.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Making Contact

Blowing the Whistle, Paying the Price — Whistleblowers are heroes to many, but the government is increasingly treating them as traitors. In this show, we hear about the whistleblowers you won't see on the nightly news. They’re not named Manning or Snowden; they’re ordinary people who report wrongdoing at their place of employment, and pay the consequences.
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GP comment:  Such actions do indeed take courage, and wisdom to know when something is important enough that it can't be ignored or overlooked. Bravo to those who step up.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CHEMICALS), SPECIES — 25.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Quirks and Quarks

The Pill is Harming Fishfathead minnow We have known for years now that pharmaceuticals make their way into our waterways, through residues in urine or by disposal of unused drugs down our toilets. The consequences are often detrimental to aquatic wildlife. Dr. Karen Kidd of the University of New Brunswick has studied this phenomenon in the fathead minnow in an experimental lake in Northern Ontario. The introduction of birth-control chemicals into the water not only caused the fathead minnow population to crash, it upset the balance of the entire ecosystem. This included a sharp decline in the trout population, which prey on the minnow.
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GP comment:  This particular pollutant is an actual form of estrogen. Many other chemical pollutants mimic estrogen or have other endocrine-disrupting effects.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 25.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good C-Realm Podcast

Energy Peak—Just a Matter of Time — KMO and Robert J. Fairchild (a.k.a. Solar Bob) discuss the dramatic increase in oil extraction from hydraulic fracturing, its effects on the US and global economies, and what it really represents in terms of net energy. They make extensive reference to an article by Grant Smith, "US Seen as Biggest Oil Producer After Overtaking Saudi Arabia," which asserts that the United States will remain the world’s top producer of fossil fuels until 2030. That seems unlikely, given the high depletion rates of fracking wells, but time will tell. One thing is for sure: there are limits, and they will be reached.
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GP comment:  Kudos and hello to Solar Bob, a friend here in Kentucky.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (MINING) — 25.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining Increases Cancer Riskmountain top removal mining explosion Overburden removal during mountain-top-removal coal mining in Appalachia blasts dust into the air that is then carried on the wind for miles and inhaled by nearby residents. Michael Hendryx is a Professor of Applied Health Science at Indiana University Bloomington and co-author of a study linking that dust to lung cancer. He's calling for a halt to this type of coal mining.
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GP comment:  MTR mining is an obscene thing to do to a landscape. Don't believe the industry flacks when they say they "restore" the area once they are done. Sure, they plant stuff, but the ecosystem is not at all "restored."

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 25.OCT.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! CounterSpin

The Economic Recovery—Just for the Top Earners — In the past few years, as some economic indicators have suggested a recovery is under way, US media have generally responded with celebratory reporting. But according to a recent NBC poll, just 18 percent of Americans say the economy is excellent or good. Economics professor Richard Wolff explains that the economy has been re-geared in a way that everyone but the top 10% now suffers from two factors: they have more debt, and even if they have a job, they are making less than they were. The media portrayal of an economic recovery is really just propaganda in service of a political agenda.
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GP comment:  Yes, quite right. Included here is an excellent point about the elites' patient, long-term strategy of slowly undermining public support for organizations and issues related to worker rights and economic justice—essentially brainwashing people to stop being in favor of things that are in their own best interest.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 23.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

Noam Chomsky Blasts Israel and USNoam Chomsky Noam Chomsky recently spoke in the hall of the UN General Assembly at an event sponsored by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. His topics included the false memes of the Israeli position; Obama's continuation of bad US policy; the media attention to the relatively few Israeli casualties and general avoidance of discussion of Palestinian casualties; Israeli maneuvers to skirt international rulings.
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GP comment:  One of the topics Chomsky orates ably on.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Oct.2014 ~~ Original story titles: In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State + Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up to International Law

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT, SPECIES — 23.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Resistance Radio

Has Capitalism Captured the Environmental Movement? — Tom Butler of the Northeast Wilderness Trust talks with Derrick Jensen about the problematic trend among mainstream environmental groups trying to steer capitalism in a better direction. The problem with that approach is that capitalists, when push comes to shove, will always prioritize corporate profits over natural preservation. Even more troubling is the shift in the framing of environmental issues, where the comfort, convenience, and continuation of modern life is a given, and any sacrifice along those lines to preserve species or protect the biosphere is not even up for discussion.
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GP comment:  This is a good talk, though the general tack is that this problem is mostly one of evil corporatists, venal politicians, and a lackey media. There are those aspects, for sure, but the general populace has fully embraced the benefits of modern industrial society, regardless of the environmental costs, and the gains in comfort and convenience will not be given up willingly, no matter how right the goals.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 21.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Not In The Supreme Court's BackyardSupreme Court plaza The Supreme Court has often determined that free speech is sacrosanct. However, when it comes to free speech around the Supreme Court building, apparently the concept does not apply. New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak talks about the court's determination in keeping protesters off its plaza.
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GP comment:  Bob Garfield sums it up perfectly: "Wuhhhh?" In today's America, TPTB are fine with free speech as long as it's done where they say you can do it and says nothing that truly threatens their power.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE, POLLUTION) — 21.OCT.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Sea Change Radio

Can Ozone Success Be Parlayed into GHG Success?Durwood Zaelke Durwood Zaelke was a key advocate decades ago in the fight to instate policies that would preserve the ozone layer. Those efforts were very successful and are often lauded as a sign that nations CAN come together to solve difficult environmental problems that are global in scope. Zaelke is still working on ozone protection, but his organization’s mission has broadened to include combating climate change. Zaelke contrasts the ozone protection effort with the climate protection effort.
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GP comment:  Sorry, but they can't be compared. Though ozone depletion was an equally serious threat, it was relatively easy to solve; corporations lost little revenue; consumers barely noticed the difference in product function and availability; and, most importantly, no one had to seriously modify their lifestyle. None of those characteristics apply to the climate problem.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Sep.2014 ~~ Original title: Durwood Zaelke and the Ozone Keepers

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 20.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Companies Pulling Out of Canadian Tar Sands OilTar sands scene With crude prices sharply down and the future of the Keystone XL pipeline in doubt, energy companies have become dubious about investing in oil projects based in the Alberta Tar Sands. OnEarth writer Brian Palmer discusses the problems facing the industry.
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GP comment:  (1) He hints at it, but Palmer does not explicitly mention the Achilles heel of the tar sands: low net energy. (2) I suspect the oil companies would be a lot less in favor of the XL Pipeline if they were required to pay for it and incorporate all of its costs into the price of their products (or in cuts to shareholder dividends).

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES — 20.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

The Status of Japanese Whalingminke whale There’s a global moratorium on commercial whaling, but Japan continues to kill thousands under the guise of “research”. Dr. Phillip Clapham of NOAA's National Marine Mammal Laboratory discusses Japan's motives for this continued flouting of international rules, as well as the status of a number of whale species.
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GP comment:  Japan needs to go back and watch Star Trek IV.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE, ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 20.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen C-Realm Podcast

No Matter What — KMO talks to Global Catastrophic Risk Institute researcher David Denkenberger about the technical feasibility of feeding everyone on earth in the aftermath of a calamity the wipes out conventional agriculture. The potential collapse scenarios include nuclear winter based on nuclear war or a massive volcanic eruption; a plague (natural or manmade); a catastrophic mistake in a high-impact technology; or even artificial intelligence taking over. Denkenberger is careful to distinguish technical feasibility from political or economic feasibility. Then KMO shares some thoughts on the incompatibility of capitalism and environmental stewardship from the Socialist Equality Party and with a brief clip from a conversation between Laura Flanders and Gar Alperovitz. He closes with some unconventional thoughts on technology from sci-fi author Karl Shroeder.
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GP comment:  This is generally good, but I'll offer two points: Whereas the capitalist model is inconsistent with sustainability, the socialist model is inconsistent with human nature. Similarly, it's silly to blame climate change on capitalism without recognizing the human characteristics that are equally to blame at the hoi polloi level—and that are equally difficult to change.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Oct 2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA, FINANCIAL — 17.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Keiser Report

Rebranding Unearned Income as a Good ThingKeiser Report set, Max and Stacy with Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert are joined by politically astute actor Alec Baldwin and comedian/actor Russell Brand for a rollicking conversation about the media, ultra-low interest rates, revolution, and elites. Observations include: The rule of law no longer applies. The wealthy now not only laud their ability to make money without working, they denigration those who must toil to earn a living. Though it's easy to target our anger towards mainstream media's talking heads, they are merely playing roles designed to tap into the disenfranchisement felt by many people.
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GP comment:  Fun, with some decent insights.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Oct.2014 ~~ Original Story Title: Meeting of Megaminds, E665

CATEGORY:  MEDIA, EMPIRE — 16.OCT.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Democracy Now

Can Journalism Keep the Homeland Security-Industrial Complex in Check?James Risen New York Times investigative reporter James Risen is at the center of one of the most significant press freedom cases in decades. In 2006, Risen won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting about warrantless wiretapping of Americans by the National Security Agency. He has since been pursued by both the Bush and Obama administrations in a six-year leak investigation for information he published in his book, State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. Risen talks about how the story broke and the suppression exerted by the government and the Times, as well as the significance of the continuing efforts by whistleblowers and reporters to expose illegal government activities in the face of unrelenting harassment and prosecution by the government.
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GP comment:  There are still a few actual investigative journalists at the major US papers, but they face huge barriers to truth-telling, even from their own organizations.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Oct.2014 ~~ Original Story Titles: James Risen Prepared to Pay Any Price to Report on War on Terror Amid Crackdown on Whistleblowers; James Risen on NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden: He Sparked a New National Debate on Surveillance

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (COAL, WETLANDS) — 16.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Coal Dust Poses Wetland Threatwetlands With recent proposals to bring coal by rail through the Pacific Northwest for export to Asia, some scientists worry that coal dust containing mercury might contaminate Washington's wetlands, threatening wildlife. Reporter Ashley Ahearn treks through marshes and muck near railways with USGS scientists as they look for coal’s potential impacts on wetland ecosystems.
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GP comment:  As anyone from the coal regions of Appalachia knows, coal dust is a serious pollutant.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT (GMOs) — 16.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Food Sleuth Radio

Failed Promises and Real Risks of GMO Crops — Raymon Seidler is a former senior scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency. Decades ago, he led the first team to study the environmental and health impacts of newly introduced GMO crops. He explains how we have ignored risks in favor of broad market penetration; in particular, plans for containing the unintended contamination of organic and non-GMO crops with GMO genetic material have been utterly inadequate. Pesticide use has also risen, not fallen as the industry promised.
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GP comment:  He's right—we should stop talking about labeling GMOs and begin the conversation about banning them.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 14.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen True Divine Nature

Matt Kahn: Understanding EgoMatt Kahn Matt Kahn discusses our ego and how it leads us to be "allergic" to our surroundings, to other people, and sometimes even to ourselves. By recognizing our behaviors that are born of ego and adjusting them, we can change the dynamic of our personal interactions, our lives, and the lives of others. As more and more people adopt such behavior, it will all ultimately lead to a re-tuning of humanity.
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GP comment:  Kahn presents some interesting concepts, and he's witty too. But it's a bit hard to accept that the idiotic behavior of people in general is something to embrace in a non-judgmental, supportive manner. (Hmm, which part of my ego did that just come from?...)

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR, ENERGY — 14.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Green Power And Wellness

Nuclear—Still Not Ready to Just Die Already — Harvey Wasserman and guests talk about some of the latest nuclear issues, including... A study shows a 37% increase in childhood leukemia for families living near nuclear power plants. The US nuclear and fossil-fuel power industries are running a propaganda campaign to subvert progress on renewables and grab more taxpayer subsidies to help with costs on outmoded nuclear power plants. Nuclear is not a greenhouse gas solution if the fuel cycle and nuclear-plant life cycle are considered. Thorium reactors are not "inherently safe." Renewable portfolio standards are starting to have a positive impact.
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GP comment:  The nuclear industry—surpassed in evil only by Monsanto.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION, CLIMATE) — 14.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

air pollution in china China Still Burning Plenty of Coal as Fracking Ramps Up — Among China’s energy efficiency initiatives is a program that replaces outdated coal-fired power plants with more modern—but larger—coal-fired plants. This has led to an overall increase in CO2 emissions as more coal is burned. ~~ Partly in response to the unprecedented air pollution crisis caused largely by burning coal, China is looking to its massive natural gas reserves for energy. But Mother Jones reporter James West says that fracking is bringing its own environmental problems to China.
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GP comment:  One of the few correct points made by climate obstructionists is that there is no game without China making significant reductions. Of course, no one else is able to make significant reductions either. That's what political spin is for.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Oct.2014 ~~ Original story titles: China's Energy Efficiency Program Still Promotes Global Warming ~~ China's Great Frack Forward

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 14.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

In Hotter (Sea) Waterocean research vessel As the climate warms, atmospheric temperatures don't tell the full story—much of the heat increase is being absorbed by the oceans. Scientists are increasingly concerned about the impact on ocean health. Paul Durack of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discusses new measurements that say mainstream estimates of ocean warming are off by more than 25 percent.
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GP comment:  Warmer water, less oxygen, lots of problems.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 14.OCT.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Making Contact

Not My War—The Military Deserters' Dilemma — More than 150,000 people sign up for the US military every year. Their reasons for joining vary widely, from those hoping for financial help through college, to others looking to follow in the footsteps of parents or grandparents. But some who join up become disillusioned with the enterprise of war and ultimately desert. In this radio adaptation of parts of two films, we hear several stories from deserters.
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GP comment:  More info on the lies told by the government w.r.t. its various wars would have made this piece more convincing.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Spe.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 13.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

The Secret History of Efforts to Mend US-Cuba TiesFidel Castro and others Authors Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrande discuss recently declassified documents that expose the secret history of dialogue between the United States and Cuba. Among the revelations are details of how then-US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger considered launching airstrikes against Cuba after Fidel Castro sent troops to support independence fighters in Angola in 1976. In the years that followed, administrations have quietly used secret US emissaries to engage in discussions with Cuba. But back in the world where all that matters is results, the Obama administration recently extended the more than 50-year embargo against Cuba for another year.
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GP comment:  Continuation of the Cuban embargo is a stain on the soul of the US. And BTW, the "domestic resistance" to normalizing ties with Cuba would be more properly characterized as the "ex-Cuban-capitalists-in-Florida resistance."

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, COLLAPSE — 13.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Post Carbon Inst / KCPW The Rundown

Heinberg: The Growth Model is Failing — Richard Heinberg says that the growth model is failing because of (1) failure of energy supplies to keep up with demand; (2) inability of consumers and businesses to accept more debt; (3) worsening environmental impacts related to energy extraction and industrial activity. There won't be any momentous collapse, but the trend towards contraction, stagnation, and depression will continue until change is forced upon us. Heinberg advises adoption of the Transition Town model.
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GP comment:  Heinberg portion begins at 6:00.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 13.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio Parallax

Big Ag Holds Fast (and Loose) on Antibiotics in Meat Animals — Despite protests from the medical industry, which says antibiotic effectiveness is being degraded, the industrial meat growers show no sign of giving up their practice of overusing pharmaceuticals in their animal-raising practices. Other health-news topics include the cost of drugs; statins vs. diet and exercise; vitamins and supplements.
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GP comment:  Humans overuse antibiotics too, just not as badly.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Sep.2014 Original Title: The latest sham in efforts to remove antibiotics from our meat

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, MEDIA — 10.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good C-Realm Podcast

Ferguson RorschachMayhem or uprising?  (Young people in Ferguson, MO) KMO talks with freelance writer and blogger Brian Kaller, who grew up in a town next to Ferguson, Missouri, about how the news and images out of Ferguson seemed to provide confirmation for disparate and sometimes contradictory narratives about the forces at work in American culture. Everyone saw what they wanted or expected to see, and few voices showed any hint of doubt, even while their reporting demonstrated near total ignorance of the story’s setting.
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GP comment:  This turned out to be surprisingly good—far more than just a rehashing of the Ferguson story through one more person's lens; rather, an apt mapping of media and public responses to the problems in Ferguson to the larger problems in the US.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT, SPECIES — 10.OCT.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Living on Earth

Obama Creates the World's Largest Ocean Reserve — President Obama expanded the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument, protecting nearly half a million square miles of Pacific Ocean from commercial exploitation. Elliott Norse of the Marine Conservation Institute talks about the impact of the reserve on the ecosystem and the precedent it sets for global conservation.
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GP comment:  A decent action. All presidents do this sort of thing. It's an easy green credit, much easier than taking meaningful action on issues like nuclear, chemicals, GMOs, sprawl, peak oil....

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, LABOR ISSUES — 10.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Agroinnovations Podcast

Market Cooperatives and Worker-Owned Permaculture — Luis Sierra of the California Center for Cooperative Development explains the concept of a cooperative as well as the rationale for creating co-ops. He also delves into existing cooperative models and their history in the state of California. He describes some of the pitfalls a cooperative can face in its creation and operation. In part 2, Sierra talks about the difference between a worker cooperative and a service cooperative, and provides historical examples of agricultural worker cooperatives. Why has the worker cooperative model been so sparsely adopted in the agricultural sector? How can people interested in agricultural co-ops make them work? Are social organization and enterprise management the holy grail of scalable permaculture?
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GP comment:  Agriculture aside for a moment.... We can see that capitalism—the elevation of money as the top force in civilization—is a disastrous model. But we can also see that socialism, despite its promise, does not work well with human nature. The proper alternative is the for-profit cooperative model—a system that incentivizes, empowers, and rewards the active participants in the enterprise but eliminates the parasitic financial overlord.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 08.OCT.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Quirks and Quarks

"Microbead" Plastic Pollution Plagues the St. Lawrence Rivermicrobead contamination in silt Microplastic beads, often found in industrial and household products like cosmetics and cleaners, are known to pollute ocean water. Now the beads have been found in the sediments of the St. Lawrence for the first time. Anthony Ricciardi, a biologist at McGill University, explains why it was surprising to find this type of pollution in a river, especially in the sediment, and what the impact on river life is.
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GP comment:  Well, crap. If it's in the St. Lawrence River, you know its in ALL the rivers in North America.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 08.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

US Healthcare Fails on End-of-Life Care — Despite our advances in medicine, Dr. Atul Gawande calls for a radical transformation in how we approach the end of life. He says a rigid focus on prolonging life can often undermine what is best for a dying patient. "Medical science has rendered obsolete centuries of experience, tradition, and language about our mortality," Gawande offers. "Our reluctance to honestly examine the experience of aging and dying has increased the harm we inflict on people and denied them the basic comforts they most need."
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GP comment:  He's too hesitant on assisted suicide—an obvious human right—but Gawande offers many excellent insights into issues related to eldercare and how society looks at life and death.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA, HISTORY, EMPIRE — 08.OCT.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... On The Media

Gary Webb and the CIAlobby of CIA headquarters In 1996, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published a series of articles that connected the CIA, the contra rebels in Nicaragua, and the exploding crack trade in Los Angeles. The story was a tale of deep conspiracy and faced incredible backpressure from the large news outlets of the day. Ryan Devereaux, a reporter at The Intercept, talks about the case.
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GP comment:  Devereaux's explanation of why the L.A. Times and other went after Webb is missing a key element: the pressure the ruling power structure puts on media outlets when they need a problem to go away. The media outlets that went after Webb no doubt got that pressure when Webb was going after the CIA. Not only was he messing with the spooks, he was messing with their money flow. In the end, Webb is a largely unsung hero, and no one should have any doubt about that.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD — 08.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

Study Advises Staying Away from Processed Foods — A new study confirms the wisdom of reducing simple carbohydrates, not saturated fat, as the best way to lose weight and maintain cardiovascular health.
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GP comment:  Don't go all Homer Simpson and start eating sticks of butter, but once again we see that saturated fat is not the enemy.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 07.OCT.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Democracy Now

Obama's Orwellian War in Iraq—We Created the Very Threat We Claim to be FightingJeremy Scahill Just as Dick Cheney told us we were facing "war that will not end in our lifetimes," Vice President Joe Biden now warns it will take a "hell of a long fight" for the United States to stop militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Jeremy Scahill explains how this meme is really about ensuring the profits of the military industry, observing that US pronouncements of its latest "enemy" are becoming almost clown-like in their predictability. From the Taliban to Al Qaeda to the Khorsan Group to ISIS—meet the new enemy, same meme as the old enemy.
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GP comment:  This is an excellent polemic. The only thing he doesn't quite say is that the foreign policy strategies are not inept, they are intentional, intended to ensure that we always have an enemy to fight.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 07.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio EcoShock

geology of seabed methane Why Lie to Ourselves About Methane? — While the world's focus is on carbon dioxide, a group of powerful scientists have written an urgent letter to the directors of five US government agencies. The scientists worry that the American government, like other governments around the world, is not paying attention to the big climate risk posed by methane, especially from the thawing Arctic. Mickey Moritz of the Center for Biological Diversity explains.
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GP comment:  Moritz explains that it's a political challenge for the US to tell the truth about how methane risk should be evaluated, because to do so would put the lie to our assertions of climate progress. This is true for all sectors of the climate conversation—at the political level, it's all spin.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 07.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen 11:11 with Simran Singh

Phillip Comella on the Collapse of the Material World — Philip Comella demonstrates how philosophy, science, religion, and the paranormal all point in the same direction: We are not random collections of stardust, but instead one mind rising to the realization that together we dream the world. Comella explains why the currently dominant concept of materialism utterly fails to explain the world around us.
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GP comment:  I featured a clip with Comella in May but this is a good addition.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 06.OCT.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Unwelcome Guests

The Morality Play of Austerityman wearing gas mask and pointing to austerity Three looks at the financial crisis and how "austerity" solutions punish the average Joe and further enrich the elite financier class. First, Professor Mark Blyth, author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea looks at the promotion of austerity as a financially necessary measure, uncorrelated to bailouts. Next, Les Leopold, author of How To Make A Million Dollars an Hour—Why Hedge Funds Get Away With Siphoning Off America's Wealth, describes financial chicanery of dubious legality and even less morality. Finally, we hear a stirring speech by Chris Hedges, who sets austerity in the context of a dying empire, and assets that the only consistent position for those of conscience is outright rebellion against the dehumanizing ideology of totalitarianism capitalism.
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GP comment:  These are three spot-on speeches that offer a grand tour of the financial parasitism that plagues the planet.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 06.OCT.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Living on Earth

The State of the Planet — The World Wildlife Fund recently released its 2014 Living Planet Report, which studied 10,000 wildlife populations across the globe to assess the overall state of the planet. The WWF's Keya Chatterjee discusses the report. A key finding was that the total number of vertebrate animals—excluding humans—is down by 50%. Other topics include climate, cities getting sustainable, and population.
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GP comment:  Other than the bad news about species, this report is mostly green techno-hopium. Let's get real: There is no nation or leader talking about truly effective climate solutions. There are no cities on their way to sustainability, only some that are more green than others. And almost no person is willing to reduce their ecological footprint to a sustainable level, which at this point in the climate conundrum, is a zero-carbon, zero-methane level of existance. Continuing to pretend that fiddling at the margins can work—as this report does—is to lie about our predicament. I say this not to be scary or depressing but because I feel that real solutions can only start from a point of truth.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 04.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Real World of Money

Andrew Gause on Wall Street Regulations, Alibaba, Banksters' Reach, moreAndrew Gause Andrew Gause explains how the regulatory structure that is supposed to govern the actions of Wall Street can only enforce the regulations that Wall Street agrees to. He also opines that the people who bought in to the Alibaba IPO are probably going to lose money, as people who participate in frothy financial opportunities almost always do. He also says that no matter what the financial scheme, in the US or globally, the US-centric banksters have their hand in it. Other topics include why the Euro is falling against the dollar today; what happens when QE ends; the BRICS nations and their new alternative to the US-managed SWIFT exchange system.
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GP comment:  That all recent presidents have hired a team of Wall Street executives to be on their cabinet says it all.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 04.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

Riding the Rumor — Craig Silverman, a longtime chronicler of media misinformation, has created a real-time rumor tracker called Emergent.info. Silverman discusses the life cycle of rumors and how news outlets handle debunking them.
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GP comment:  Mostly what this story proves is that the general public is hopelessly addicted to nonsense and utterly lacking in critical-thinking skills.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Oct.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 03.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Corbett Report

Has the NY Fed Stolen Ukraine's Gold?Ukraine/gold/eagle Geopolitical analyst James Corbett discusses whether or not the Federal Reserve has stolen Ukraine's gold reserves—or are just helping out by "storing it" for them during this time of chaos. Other topics in this edition of “Questions For Corbett” include... whether the US constitution was really developed in secret; how WTC-owner Larry Silverstein filed—and won—outrageous lawsuits after 9/11; how censorship in the media actually works.
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GP comment:  Corbett gets stuck in the muck on the "state vs. individualism" issue and global-warming denial nonsense, but most of his insights on other topics are quite apt.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 03.OCT.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Sierra Club Radio

Nukespeak—How the Industry, Regulators, and Politicians Use Euphemisms to Downplay Nuclear Dangers — A language of euphemism and distortion—a language like the “newspeak” from George Orwell’s 1984—has profoundly shaped public perception of nuclear technology since its inception. After World War II, nuclear developers used information-management techniques, including official secrecy and public relations, to promote what one called the “sunny side of the atom”—energy “too cheap to meter” that would supposedly power a new Golden Age. Richard Bell discusses the linguistic filter of the nuclear mindset and how nuclear proponents routinely cover up damaging information, have harassed and dismissed scientists who disagree with official policy, and have generated false or misleading statistics to bolster their assertions.
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GP comment:  All industries propagandize the public, but few others do it on a topic that so imperils life on the planet—and do it with the complicity of our government.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 03.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Vinyl Experience

A Sample of Joe SampleJoe Sample This is a tribute to master keyboardist Joe Sample, who played first with The Crusaders, then went on to a successful solo and session career. Sample died in September 2014. Featured here are songs in which Sample was involved in one way or another. Top tracks are ... Joe Sample - "Carmel" // Crusaders - "Street Life" // Steely Dan - "Black Cow" // Marvin Gaye - " Let's Get It On" // Average White Band - "Put It Where You Want It" // Joe Sample - "Night Flight" // Joni Mitchell - "Harry's House/Centerpiece"
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GP comment:  Sample may just have been the top smooth-jazz artist of his era. Not just great playing, but great songwriting too. Try his album Rainbow Seeker for starters. Carmel is also quite good.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 01.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Progressive Commentary Hour

Policing for Profitman in handcuffs Eric Balaban of the ACLU discusses the reemergence of debtor’s prisons and the social strategy to incarcerate the poor. ~~ Darpana Sheth, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, discusses the rise in civil forfeiture—where the cops take your property without arresting or charging you—as profit-making schemes for local law enforcement.
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GP comment:  Gary Null continually over-frames the issues, but the guests are quite good. And these are very important issues.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 01.OCT.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

Communities at Odds with States on Fracking Wastewater Zoning — Fracking wastewater is trucked from Pennsylvania into Ohio, where it is processed and injected into deep wells. Many locals worry about earthquakes and water contamination, but local councils are finding that state rules override citizens' concerns about waste-water well siting.
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GP comment:  Regardless of what the industry says, waste-water injection is just a regulated pollution activity. Inevitably, all injected waste will contaminate groundwater somewhere.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 30.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Jess Armine, The Sherlock Holmes of Chronic DiseasesJess Armine Jess Armine practices functional medicine and has been a health care provider for over three decades, now specializing in difficult-to-treat cases. Topics here include ... bio-individualized medicine; how the Standard of Care rules make some docs practice bad medicine; IV therapies; the biochemistry of the body; Leaky Gut Syndrome and rebuilding the gut to reduce inflammation.
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GP comment:  This is a blizzard of insights on how the body really works and the subtle systemic problems that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. One note: He confuses hybridized wheat with GMO wheat. The latter is not in production.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 30.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

How the US Concocted a Terror Threat to Justify Syria Strikes — The Obama administration has identified the "Khorasan group" as a new terrorist threat, and one which they say helps justify the military strikes in Syria. One month ago, no one had heard of Khorasan, but now US officials say it poses an imminent threat to the United States. Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept discusses this new phase of propaganda. ~~ Then Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-American political analyst explains why US military intervention in Syria is making a political solution harder.
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GP comment:  TPTB are getting sloppy in their cover stories. Or maybe they just don't care anymore whether a few of us can clearly see what they're really doing.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 29.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen C-Realm Podcast

March Then Floodstatue of liberty holding wind turbine KMO attended two recent events in NYC---the People's Climate March and Flood Wall Street. The first event was a permitted march that respected authority and was timed not to disrupt business. The second was unauthorized and was deliberately disruptive to traffic around the icons of finance capital in lower Manhattan. There were zero arrests at the People's Climate March. There were 102 arrests at Flood Wall Street. KMO shares interviews collected on location at both events.
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GP comment:  I don't usually go for such coverage, but overall, this was an engaging mix of good insights and delusionally hopeful thinking.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  PEAK OIL, COLLAPSE — 29.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio EcoShock

Taking Odds on Global CollapseGraham M. Turner If you are wondering how long this high-consumption civilization can keep going, you are not alone. It's not just counter-culture types either. A small parade of billionaires have recently appeared on the financial blog Zero Hedge, predicting a shattering financial crash. But seldom do we find academics asking whether global collapse is imminent. A new research paper by Graham M. Turner takes another stab at the "Limits to Growth" angle and, as with the original paper by that name, concludes that the current civilizational trajectory will indeed fail, and that energy constraints will be the main reason.
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GP comment:  Anytime billionaires start publicly pushing an angle, bet the other way.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 29.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

The USS Pueblo Propaganda WarUSS Pueblo In January 1968, an American spy ship called the USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea, and its 82 crew members became propaganda pawns on television and radio worldwide. Jack Cheevers, who wrote a book about the Pueblo incident, talks about the specifics of what happened and the broader case of propaganda in wars (hot or cold).
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GP comment:  Always remember: When it comes to information presented for public consumption, things are never as simple as they sound.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (FORESTS, CLIMATE) — 29.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio EcoShock

Fires in Northern Canada a Major Event in the Life of the Earth System — Northern Canada just experienced the worst fire season ever recorded. A Canadian scientist calls them "a major event in the life of the earth system." Soot from these fires may be a primary cause of the snow surface in Greenland turning from white to dark and dirty—i.e. a major change in albido. Marc-Andre Parisien, a research scientist for the Canadian Fire Service, talks about the characteristics of the great Boreal forest and why the fires there are such a major issue.
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GP comment:  Darker surface = more sun-energy absorption = more melting.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  LABOR, MEDIA — 26.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

The Labor Beat—Or Lack Thereofsteelworker In 1950, about a third of American private-sector workers were union members. Today, it’s roughly a tenth. As the power of the unions declined, so did the number of labor reporters covering them. New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, who is one of just a handful of full-time labor reporters left at major papers, talks about the issue.
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GP comment:  The general public stupidly bought in to Reagan's demonization of the unions, and now low-end jobs dominate the opportunities. It did not help that greed and corruption were often hallmarks of many unions.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 26.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Infectious Myth

The CDC Vaccine Scandal — A vaccine scandal erupted recently at the CDC, with a CDC whistleblower leaking data about the suppression of the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Dr. Toni Bark explains why we can now say that the CDC's claim that it was unaware of any connection between MMR and autism is false, that it has been lying to US citizens to maintain the illusion that all vaccines are safe and have no significant risk of side effects.
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GP comment:  The vaccine issue is a bit tricky, as we see when Barks condemns the CDC and certain vaccines but is supportive of other vaccines. This is as it should be.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES, ENVIRONMENT — 25.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living on Earth

The Wilderness Act at 50The Hoover Wilderness sign at Summit Lake. The Hoover Wilderness spans 128,000 acres and is managed by the Inyo National Forest and the Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forest mostly in northern California and Nevada. (Photo: Dcrjsr; Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0) In 2014, the Wilderness Act turned 50. American environmental writer Jordan Fisher Smith discuss the relevance of the Wilderness Act today, as well as changing perceptions of wild lands, their uses, and how to protect them.
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GP comment:  One of a handful of hallmark protection acts in the 20th century.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 25.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nature Bats Last

The Human Spiritual CrisisZhiwa Woodbury As the reality of coming climate chaos become more obvious, eco-activist Zhiwa Woodbury says that before we can arrive at solutions to the planet's problems, we will have to arrive at solutions for our own internal problems. We're a troubled mix of fear and anxiety, and we escape through endless distractions. So when you wonder what to do about runaway climate change or how to push back against the Powers That Be or where to go to escape societal collapse, the answer is: go inside.
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GP comment:  Activism is still important, but if you're not centered and balanced, you can't really be effective.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 25.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen NPR

Media Group Evolves From Covering Vice To War Zones — This is the story of the evolution of a news organization called Vice. Its stories are published online and aired on HBO. Years ago, it didn't really cover news, it covered sensational piffle like rare denim, cool sneakers, and hot supermodels. Almost by accident, the magazine migrated to covering war zones. Now, in addition to the piffle, it runs a serious, documentary-based news channel that tries to dig deep and ignore the distractions of the news cycle.
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GP comment:  This wisdom that more value is found in stories that take longer to investigate and produce is not new, it's just usually ignored.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 24.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Expanding US Strikes in Syria—A New Phase of "Perpetual War"?map of Syria The United States has launched airstrikes in Syria targeting the Islamic State, as well as members of a separate militant organization known as the Khorasan group. Medea Benjamin, founder of CodePink and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, talks about oil as a key factor in where US military activity occurs and the illegitimacy of the US operation in Syria.
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GP comment:  Are we all awake yet to the rotating/expanding US enemy/ally list?

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 24.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

Most Americans Fear ISISUS flag, Iraq Americans across the political spectrum are supporting Obama's military campaign against ISIS. Marc Lynch, director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, explains how the propaganda machine, not facts, have driven this mania.
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GP comment:  Most Americans are grossly ignorant of geopolitics and are easily duped by the incessant stream of "news" that is really just a presentation of what the elites want us to think, not what's actually happening.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  CLIMATE, COLLAPSE — 24.SEP.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Radio Ecoshock

Near-Term Climate-Driven Human Extinction—Or Not — In the first clip, conservation biologist Guy McPherson lays out his case that runaway feedback mechanisms have already been tripped and will alter the climate so significantly that humans will be unable to survive—and we'll be toast within just a few decades. Psychologist Carolyn Baker agrees and offers tips on how to live a happy life in the meantime. ~~ In part two, environmental writer Scott K. Johnson says it ain't so, that McPherson cherry picks data and extrapolates in inappropriate ways. Podcaster KMO, an excellent deep-thinker on collapse issues, says McPherson seems to be trying to make the data fit his foregone conclusions. Just as "collapse from peak oil" has not happened as precipitously as many predicted, so neither is "collapse from climate chaos" likely to drive human extinction in our lifetimes.
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GP comment:  I agree that McPherson is likely overstating the case, though there are enough possible bad climate scenarios that his message can't be discounted completely. What no one here mentioned is that no countries or politicians—and not even most of the scientists or environmentalists—are advocating the sort of radical climate action that would actually solve the problem. Climate chaos is coming, even if it's not in McPherson's timeframe.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 24.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

The Four Seasons—Songwriting, Harmonies, Frankie Valli's Vocal Range, and the MobFrankie Valli and the Four Seasons Frankie Valli used to be the only name people recognized from '60s pop sensation The Four Seasons. But Bob Gaudio, in addition to singing and playing keyboards for the band, wrote or co-wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, including "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Bye Bye Baby" and "Rag Doll." He also wrote the Frankie Valli solo hit "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." Here, Gaudio talks about the songwriting flexibility offered by Valli's multi-octave voice; how the songwriting worked in the band; and how he and Valli dealt with the mob's interest in the band and its members. Song clips are those already listed, plus a few others.
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GP comment:  Though the songs of the Four Seasons are clearly from a bygone era, they have not lost their charm.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 23.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

From Fracking Utopia to Cold, Hungry, and in the DarkBill Powers Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the increasing desperation in people's actions to acquire resources, from rich desert dwellers buying water to keep their plants green in a drought, to the natural gas industry running fracking wells at a loss. However, despite the obvious evidence of our unsustainable path, it appears very few are willing to leave behind all that they believe. ~~ In the second half, Max interviews Bill Powers, author of Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth. Powers talks about some of the troublesome fundamentals in the natural gas industry and explains how cheap-money policies are fueling the boom, not an abundance of the resource. He says all the elements are there for a repeat of a 1970s-style energy crisis.
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GP comment:  Are you resilient yet?

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 23.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

The Decline of Beat Reportingnewspapers You'd think that beat reporting has been fundamental to journalism since the birth of the business. But beats didn't really take off until a little over a century ago. Print-news analyst James McGrath Morris explains. ~~ Two-thirds of daily papers do not assign even one reporter to cover their state's legislature. The numbers are even worse for local TV stations. Amy Mitchell of the Pew Research Center talks about the decline of State House reporters.
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GP comment:  We often forget that as bad as corruption is at the federal level, it's probably worse at the state level. And now fewer and fewer reporters are doing ANY reporting on statehouse issues, let alone doing solid investigative journalism.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (TOXICS, CLIMATE) — 23.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

Poisoning the Sky—A Community Investigates Chemtrails and Fights Back — Residents of Shasta County, California have documented that the lingering white trails in the sky above—chemtrails—are correlated with an increase in toxic contaminants in rain, snow, and surface water, including aluminum, barium and strontium. In this clip, we hear experts and citizens present their evidence before the Shasta County Supervisors as a matter of public health and an issue of citizens' right to know. They point out that the chemicals in the contaminated water are also found in patents for weather modification chemicals used by the military and private contractors.
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GP comment:  This is not concerned citizens making unsupported allegations. There is science here, presented by credentialed witnesses.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 22.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

Lifting The Money Veil on the CIA's Off-the-Books Fundingmoney, drugs, and guns Off-the-books funding has routinely funded CIA operations since its inception. Emile De Antonio reviews the history of state-assisted drug trafficking as a funding source for covert operations. He also talks about key deep-state operatives, including George H.W. Bush. ~~ Journalist Craig Unger discusses the failure of the commercially controlled media to report on the collapse of WTC Building 7. ~~ Peter Dale Scott discusses the early history of the CIA and explains how post-WW2-captured funds worked as seed money to make sure that even before there was a CIA there was a black budget available for off-the-books operations.
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GP comment:  Not quite must-listening, but close. Highly recommended.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 22.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

The Story Of Little Feat's Fame, Destruction And Revival — The archetypal '70s band had a charismatic front man and wonderful songs, but they also had drug problems and kept breaking up. Their Warner Bros. recordings are in a new box set called Rad Gumbo, chronicling Little Feat's most productive years. Song clips include ... "Dixie Chicken"; "New Delhi Freight Train"; and "All That You Dream".
Go to page  |  Download/listen   8:33

GP comment:  Good for rock fans, even if they're not necessarily huge Little Feat fans (which I am not).

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES — 22.SEP.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Resistance Radio

Sage Grouse Conservation as a Bellwether for Species Issues — Erik Molvar is a wildlife biologist and directs WildEarth Guardians’ Sagebrush Sea Campaign. He discusses sage grouse conservation issues.
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GP comment:  Molvar is doing fine work and presents it ably here, but the scope felt a little limited.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 11.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio EcoShock

Siberia ice crater The High Arctic and High Anxiety — Alex Smith provides a review of some of the disturbing climate news in the high Arctic—trends that predict a hotter and less stable climate for all of us. Climate scientist Paul Beckwith, who is just back from the glaciers of Alaska, explains. ~~ Psychologist Susie Burke talks about mental preparation for disasters and ways to cope with eco-anxiety.
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GP comment:  As the Arctic goes, so goes North America's temperate climate.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Sep.2014, Original story title: The High Arctic and Eco-Anxiety

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE — 11.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Agroinnovations Podcast

Living Life as Collapse Proceeds — Host Frank Aragona and KMO of the C-Realm Podcast discuss a variety of issues, including.... collapse and one's personal posture towards it; the politics of poverty; the dominance of profit over service in corporate culture; permaculture as an outlet that deflates pushback.
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GP comment:  At one point KMO despairs that there is very little we can do that truly has an impact on fixing the massive problems of modern civilization. Gandhi agreed, but reminded us that it is very important that we do what we can, regardless.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Sep.2014, Original story title: The Peter Principle

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 11.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Vinyl Experience

Finest Work Songs — This is a solid set of songs about working. Top tracks are.... REM - "Finest Worksong" // Animals - "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" // Bruce Springsteen - "Out In The Street" // Eddie Cochran - "Summertime Blues" // Tennessee Ernie Ford - "Sixteen Tons" // Thom Chacon - "American Dream" // Pet Shop Boys - "Opportunities" // Kinks - "Dead End Street" // Arcade Fire - "The Suburbs" // Bob Dylan - "Maggie’s Farm" // Lucero - "Women And Work"
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GP comment:  Notably missing: Huey Lewis, "Workin' for a Living" and Rush, "Working Man"

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 09.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

US Militarism—Bring da Chaos, Bring da NoiseISIS As President Obama plans a sustained offensive against the Islamic State in Iraq, policy analyst Rami Khouri explains why the plan is counterproductive: "Combining American militarism with Arab dictatorships is probably the stupidest recipe that anybody could possibly come up with to try to fight jihadi movements like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and others. It was that combination of Arab autocracy and American militarism that actually nurtured and let these movements expand."
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GP comment:  Khouri's reasoning is sound. But this is an inside-the-envelope analysis that does not address the possibility that ISIS has been fomented by the US to create a pretext for reestablishing major operations in Iraq. You may remember me predicting a few years ago that we will never leave Iraq—at least not as long as 20% of the world's petroleum reserves remain under its sands. And now Uncle can point to a big ol' reason for being there.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL, COLLAPSE — 09.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen KunstlerCast

Survive the Coming Economic Collapse — JHK and Piero SanGiorgio, author of Survive the Coming Economic Collapse, discuss how factors like financial chicanery, peak oil, and discontented populations will lead us into an era of economic collapse. Solutions for protecting oneself are explored.
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GP comment:  Not bad, but he's not Chris Martenson.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 08.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Progressive Commentary Hour

Serviceman holding sign: I did not join the Navy to fight for Al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war. How the Rest of the World Views the US Empire — Americans tend to have a pretty rosy assessment of their country's role in the world, even if they think that internally the country is all screwed up. But Americans' grudging admiration of their country as a benevolent global cop is fallacious. People in other countries have a much darker assessment of the United States and its global agenda. Three guests comment on this issue: Garry Leech of the Center for International Studies; Roman Baudzus, an economist and financial analyst; and Andre Vltchek, a journalist, novelist, filmmaker, and philosopher.
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GP comment:  Three very coherent commentaries on the US as empire.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 08.SEP.2014

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Awakening to Conscious Co-Creation

The Chi of Change — Is there a way out of anxiety, depression, overeating, fear, phobias, addiction, insomnia, trauma, and low self-esteem—without taking pills? Peter Field will explain how your subconscious mind has been programmed to make you feel the way you feel; how these programs can be rapidly changed through the right kind of hypnotherapy; how your most difficult feelings and emotions can help you change your life for the better.; and how you can live a balanced, meaningful life and move forward in confidence and harmony with yourself and your world.
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GP comment:  Pretty much a straight-up discussion of hypno-psychotherapy. The cases discussed are interesting enough, but I was hoping for more insights into WHY hypnotherapy works.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Jun.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 06.SEP.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! On The Media

Marking of Paid Content Weakens FurtherNew York Times Native advertising, or ads that resemble editorial and news content, is now embraced by the vast majority of online publications. Originally, such content was clearly marked as advertising or as having been provided by a sponsor. But the commitment to marking appears to be fading fast. Bob talks with David J. Franklyn about the ethical implications.
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GP comment:  The "news" these days is largely just talking heads repeating unvetted, unchallenged corp-gov press releases. Paid content is actually less of a problem than that—though it is a problem.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Sep.2014, Original story Title: Even Blurrier Lines

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 06.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

The MH17 Crash—Machinations of Empire? — When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on July 17, 2014, we were immediately inundated with propagandistic reports that tried to convince us that the shootdown could be traced back to the Kremlin. But what was this rush to judgment based on? What have we learned about the crash since then? Why has MH17 completely disappeared from the news cycle? Who really stood to benefit from the disaster? There are many reports that are inconsistent with the official (Western) version of the event, but which of those can be discarded as baseless?
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GP comment:  A good analysis, though in the end we are left with more questions than answers. But consider the event as a stratagem: The US creates an event and then blames an adversary for it as part of a prelude to conflict. Hmmm.... We have seen that story in US history many times.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  INTERNET — 06.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

The Internet Slowdownactivists with Keep the Internet Free sign Parker Higgins of the Electronic Freedom Foundation talks about the status of efforts to keep everyone's internet speed the same, the potential for telecomm reclassification as a tool in FCC policy, and a new online initiative.
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GP comment:  We should preserve net neutrality as long as possible. But given that freedom of the press itself has already largely been lost to corp-gov interests, I suspect that net neutrality will eventually fall and the multi-lane toll system will happen. Moneyed interests are VERY persistent.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (PESTICIDES), HEALTH — 06.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Making Contact

Pesticides—Homes, Farms, and Kids — The pesticide chlorpyrifos was deemed toxic enough that it has been banned for household use. But the pesticide is still allowed for farm use, so what about the continued effects on the health of farmworkers and their children? What about pesticide drift into unintended areas? What about other pesticides—are we protecting children in general from their development-disruption effects?
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GP comment:  Most insecticides act through some sort of nerve disruption but also may act as endocrine disruptors. Why aren't parents more concerned about what they spray around their houses and lawns, or what others spray on nearby farms or road berms?

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, FINANCIAL, COLLAPSE — 05.SEP.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! ExtraEnvironmentalist

Falling Empireswarships / signs of collapse John Michael Greer offers a superb summary of the US as an empire, covering important topics such as .... the US as the first empire that does not call itself one; empire as a means of extracting wealth from outside the empire and transferring it inside the empire; the role of energy in the development of the US empire; the doubletalk of empire; how empires transition to oligarchies and ultimately end; why a new constitutional convention as a path to reclaiming democracy might backfire. ~~ Then Chris Martenson talks about the financial system as the most likely sector to have an empire-threatening catastrophe.
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GP comment:  I have a few minor differences with both Greer and Martenson, but overall, they present a clear and coherent picture of empire and inevitable collapse. Greer may turn out to be right that no one is in charge of the crazy train, but I doubt it. There's too much at stake for those who covet money and power, and the rest of us are mostly just trying to survive our little lives.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 03.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Sea Change Radio

Keeping An Eye On The Natural Gas BoomNeela Banerjee Even the most casual followers of energy policy have become aware of the controversy surrounding the massive expansion of fracking in this country over the past decade. Successful attempts to lift the curtain on fracking, like Josh Fox’s 2010 documentary film Gasland, have spurred a grassroots movement to push back against an industry that would have us believe that fracking is clean and safe as well as the solution to US energy woes. Journalist Neela Banerjee discusses the battle for America’s health and well-being that is being fought on the parallel fronts of policy and PR.
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GP comment:  There is some good info here but also some delusion. The natural gas boom is neither a substantial contributor to US economic well being or a meaningful path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Wind, solar, and plug-in electric vehicles, as good as they are, cannot supplant fossil fuels without significant lifestyle change.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 03.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good 9-11 Wake-Up Call

Israel and 9/11 — Professor Kevin Barrett discusses Saudi and Israeli involvement in 9/11. Topics include: the evidence of Israeli complicity in 9/11; distinguishing between Jews and Zionists; how the US used 9/11 to keep Saudi Arabia in the fold; why the Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state; 9/11 complicity of elements within the US government.
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GP comment:  He's a little to cavalier in accepting certain suppositions as fact, but he's mostly on-target and worth hearing.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE — 03.SEP.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Agroinnovations Podcast

Small-Scale Sustainable Agriculture—$90K per Acre, or Heartache By the Numbers?Joe Kovach Dr. Joe Kovach of Ohio State University describes a small-scale mixed fruit-vegetable polyculture designed to produce steady, high-yields with a good economic return on investment. Labor inputs, pest pressures, weed control, crop selection, retail sales, and marketing are all discussed in some detail. ~~ In part 2, Frank Aragona shares several articles that depict small-scale sustainable agriculture as a financial struggle, even for those with abundant capital and land resources. With story after story of small-scale sustainable producers struggling to make ends meet, he explores whether the permaculture movement is a failure on socio-economic grounds. Some suggestions for moving forward are offered.
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GP comment:  Both clips are very insightful for anyone who is contemplating small-scale organic growing—or is already trying to make it work.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 02.SEP.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Unwelcome Guests

Win the War on Terror - Stop Being Afraid Fear and Torture in the Post-9/11 United States — Rebecca Gordon is an activist and lecturer at the University of San Francisco. She suggests that US citizens have become habituated to living in fear, a situation promoted through media reports of terrorists and the post 9/11 "security theater." Torture, she says, is not primarily about obtaining information to protect civilians, but rather is a weapon of control to promote fear and to stifle political opposition. She describes how, post-9/11, the public consensus that torture was unconditionally wrong was quickly dismantled.
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GP comment:  It is the duty of every American citizen to wrap their head around the torture discussion in the first 30 minutes of the clip. The rest of the clip (featuring Bill Durodie) is skippable.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE — 02.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Food Sleuth Radio

Children in the Fields — Norma Flores Lopez, director of the Children in the Fields Campaign, describes child labor in agriculture, including her own personal experience at age 12.
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GP comment:  Child labor in the US farm industry is another subsidy for cheap food.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 01.SEP.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Washington Journal

Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth on C-SPAN — Richard Gage, founder of the group Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth discusses their evidence that Building 7 was destroyed by controlled demolition on September 11th. The group is calling for an open investigation into the science and facts of 9/11. Topics include: why modern skyscrapers with high-strength steel supports cannot collapse in free fall without controlled demolition; refutation of various claims by NIST in their analysis (cover-up); and evidence for use of the high-tech demolition explosive thermite.
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GP comment:  Excellent that this got on C-SPAN. The 9/11 crime is similar to the JFK murder—if left unsolved, it will be another huge helping of impugnity for the corrupt cabal that runs things, which will ultimately lead to true totalitarianism.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Aug.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, CHEMICALS — 01.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen One Radio Network

Together, We Can Protect Our Food, Our Farms, and Our Environment — Colin O'Neil and Larissa Walker of the Center for Food Safety talk about a variety of food and farm issues. Topics include the new 2,4-D-resistant GMO crops; toxic pesticides associated with cancers and birth defects; importance of honey bees to large-scale agriculture; effects of chemicals on honey bees, native bees, and other critical beneficial insects; neonicotinoid pesticides as a particular problem for bees.
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GP comment:  Nice to hear the "buzz about bees" give native insects equal weight for a change.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014

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For men who "just aren't sure yet" comes a line of jewelry that promises to keep her waiting ... forever. This funny video from Amy Schumer satirizes the crazy-stupid way some men think about relationships ... and delay, delay, delay on commitment.  Watch funny relationship video(1:18)

 

 

   

 

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