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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, 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Ottawa Shooting Generates Push for Larger Security State in CanadaDan Dicks Dan Dicks of 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

World News Round-Up — This week's story topics include .... multiple stories on the US bombing campaign against ISIS; independence for Catalan, Spain; the Ebola epidemic in West Africa; failure of the ice wall to stop Fukushima's radioactive leaks from reaching the Pacific ocean. Israel has admitted that it erroneously blamed Hamas for the killing of the three Israeli teenagers in June, which was the reason Israel gave for its 50-day assault on the Gaza Strip.
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GP comment:  Wow. Israel gets to just shrug and say it made a mistake?

Original Show Pub Date: 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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".
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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth on C-SPANRichard Gage 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


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


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

Colorado River The Colorado River—Past, Present, and Future — Gary Wockner coordinates the Save the Colorado River Campaign, whose mission is to protect and restore the Colorado River and its tributaries from the source to the sea. Topics include the history of the river; water rights and farms vs. cities; impact of dams and water rights on species; and opportunities for improving the river's future.
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GP comment:  The chance of a major hydroelectric dam coming down to benefit species is zero (and, from an overall environmental perspective, should be zero). It's good that their "dam talk" acknowledges that reality.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Aug.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Blueprint for Armageddon IV — It's 1916, and machine guns, barbed wire, and millions upon millions of artillery shells create titanic meat grinders at the battles of Verdun and the Somme. Dan Carlin recounts the strategies of the generals and the horrors on the battlefields. There's never been a human experience like it, and it changes a generation.
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GP comment:  The experiences of the soldiers in WWI were truly horrific. The main change in today's warfare is that the horror is much less evenly distributed between the two sides.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Aug.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

Studies Show That Even Limited Nuclear War Leads to Global FamineSteven Starr Steven Starr, the Senior Scientist at Physicians for Social Responsibility, discusses his work on the environmental impact of nuclear warfare, including an examination of his recent article, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons.” From climate and ozone disruption to famine, electronic failures, and the risk of nuclear reactor meltdowns—science clearly says that nuclear war can have no winner.
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GP comment:  Starr offers a number of impacts that I had not considered before, which only strengthens my belief that there is no such thing as a "survivable nuclear war."

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Aug.2014


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

Crime in Modern Times—A Return to Les Miserables — Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss how some looters are more equal than others: A black kid gets taken out for stealing cigarettes while a rich white female shoplifter gets a slap on the wrist. And then there is the uber-criminal, Jamie Dimon, who gets to keep secret his mortgage fraud deal with the Department of Justice, with no admission of guilt and no damage to his reputation. ~~ In the second half, Max interviews journalist Matt Taibbi about the injustice that follows the wealth divide and how Ferguson, Missouri plays into that.
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GP comment:  Over-the-top snarky, but mostly right.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Aug.2014


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

The Five Dharma TypesSimon Chokoisky What is your dharma? What is your purpose in life? There is something that you do better than anyone else on the planet. Discover that, and everything follows from there! Have you ever wondered why, despite great obstacles, some people achieve success, while others, though given everything, seem to squander it away? Or why some people, despite having very little, radiate joy; while others appear miserable though surrounded by opulence? The answer is dharma—knowing your soul's purpose and living it is the key to creating a fulfilling life. Guest: Simon Chokoisky.
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GP comment:  Note that "slacker" is not a dharma type.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Jul.2014


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

The Bittersweet Truth About Artificial Flavors — "Flavorings were like gravity or electricity—something that was all around me but that I had never paid any attention to," Stephan Eirik Clark explains. His novel, Sweetness 9—the product of over a decade of research—explores the strange world of food flavorings, where chemicals are used to trick taste buds into thinking they're getting plant-based flavorings. Some of the moral and health issues are explored.
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GP comment:  Aspartame is to sugar as Mr. Clark's comments are to investigative journalism: The experience is not unpleasant, but it's not the same thing.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014


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

Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks — To understand why drinking can make us feel so good—and so bad—you have to know a little about biochemistry, says journalist Adam Rogers, author of Proof: The Science of Booze. Rogers talks about the myths and realities of hangovers, including how hangovers can be an inflammatory response, like the flu.
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GP comment:  Don' ferget about the dain bramage.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good CounterSpin

Risen v. Obama — First Amendment Rights vs. The Iron FistJames Risen giving speech Will New York Times reporter James Risen go to jail for refusing to testify against a source? Risen's case is seen by many as a clear-cut example of how the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers is also a war on journalists and journalism. Media watchdog Jeff Cohen talks about the state of the case and the activist pushback.
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GP comment:  Now the Obama administration is pursuing cases against whistleblowers even when the facts are old and irrelevant to current operations.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Aug.2014


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

Is Your Lawn Causing Water Pollution?water coming out of hose Mike McGrath's topics include .... adequate soil calcium combats tomato blossom end rot; weather and care factors in cherry production; crepe myrtle conundrums; outdoor potted plants approach the doom of winter; tips for new trees. In the question of the week, McGrath talks about runoff from lawn fertilizer, a problem that recently made Toledo's water undrinkable. Find out how to not be part of the problem when you feed your lawn.
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GP comment:  After all, it's just a lawn. Stop the madness!

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Aug.2014


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

Futures Near and FarFuturistic soldier in cyber-suit; The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata KMO speaks with "military science fiction" novelist Linda Nagata. The themes include eroding civil liberties; cybernetics and nanotechnology; the growing power of defense contractors; and the coercions of empire. As an example of the interstection of fiction and reality, the soldiers in Nagata's novel The Bohr Maker wear powered exoskeletons, which are more advanced versions of systems actually in development by Lockheed Martin.
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GP comment:  Insect-bots and super-soldiers and Big Brother cops, oh my! Unfortunately, we are already part-way there.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Aug.2014


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

Confronting the Myths of Hiroshima and Nagasakinuclear bombing victim Gary Kohls, MD discusses his recent article, "The Hiroshima Myth and the Glorification of American Militarism." Topics include the manufacturing of the "necessity" of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; the avoidance of firebombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki so they could be preserved as "whole cities" when they were hit with nukes; the real reasons that the nuclear annihilation of these cities took place; why the official narrative was so carefully crafted, and how to push back against it with the facts.
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GP comment:  Preserving some cities from one type of bombing to keep them as a control case for studying another type of bombing---sceince gone mad.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Aug.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin---Common Sense

Dan Carlin on the Ferguson/Iraq Trendlines — Dan Carlin examines the larger trends indicated by the violence in Ferguson and Iraq. Topics include the 450-fold increase in federal funding for militarization of local police forces over the last two decades; explosions of violence based on long-standing issues, not a single event; slow normalization of public attitudes (acceptance) towards over-policing; the continuing degradation of right to free speech and assembly; ISIS visuals should be horrifying even to Islamists; US intervention almost always causes problems; Ferguson as a template for a larger global cauldron boiling over.
Download/listen   58:00

GP comment:  Americans are smart enough to know that a US military presence in US cities means bad things. Are they smart enough to see that militarization of local police is little different?

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Aug.2014


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

Iraq—Meet the New Rebel Boss, Same as the Old Rebel BossISIS rebels Freelance foreign correspondent Reese Erlich has traveled widely across the Middle East and has just returned from Iraq. He comments on a number of stories from the area, including the apparent beheading of missing journalist James Foley; the battles for the Mosul Dam and the ISIS-held city of Tikrit in Iraq; what Americans think the US role in the current Iraq mess should be; and the political spin the US puts on their latest rebel allies and enemies, who seem to routinely fall in and out of favor with Uncle.
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GP comment:  Get this straight—the US will NEVER leave Iraq, regardless of the lies politicians keep offering to the contrary. Well, let me qualify that: The US will never leave Iraq as long as there is oil there.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Aug.2014


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

Sorry, Charlie—Fish Aren't So Dumb After All — Animal behavioralist Culum Brown discusses the fascinating learning and memory aspects of fish ecology. Fish can remember and apply previous experiences to improve their success in areas such as food gathering and interactions with other species.
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GP comment:  Even in the lowly fish, the moronic phrase "they're just dumb animals" does not apply.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Aug.2014


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

Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into HeadwindsA wind-powered water pump and a wind-driven electricity turbine share a field near the town of Calumet in western Oklahoma. Oklahoma is the nation's fourth-largest generator of wind energy. But wind developers in the northeast corner of the state, where the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve lies, are up against stiff opposition from an unlikely pair of allies: environmentalists and oil interests.
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GP comment:  Environmentalists need to stop letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Aug.2014


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

Glass-Free Menagerie New Zoo Concept Gets Rid Of Enclosures — For animal lovers, zoos can be a mixed bag. It's amazing to be in shouting distance of magnificent wild animals, but it's hard not to get the feeling that great apes, big cats, and other creatures don't really love being behind bars, walls, and windows. Now, a Danish architectural firm is working with the Givskud Zoo and safari park in Denmark to eliminate the walls and create what they're calling Zootopia.
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GP comment:  Or we could stop destroying the animals' natural habitats.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Aug.2014


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

Humans—Are We the Borg? ... Or Merely Delusional?Nate Hagens and slide show In an hour and a half, ecological economist Nate Hagens offers up a grand tour of how the human-dominated planet works, or more accurately, mis-works. It all comes down to bad programming—science shows that we humans are predisposed to making bad choices; or at least making choices that bolster short-term, selfish desires at the expense of long-term, altruistic interests. Energy, or an increasing lack thereof relative to our needs, is the hammer that will force us to recognize reality and make increasingly hard choices.
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GP comment:  Must listening. And Hagens is kind enough to explain how we "aware humans" can navigate the seemingly impossible mission ahead.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

End of the No-Alternative-To-Dollar Era?explosion Max Keiser draws a line through numerous data points, including Iraq, IS, American military sales, wars for oil, and free marketeers. The empire is fraying at the edges. ~~ Michael Hudson explains why he thinks the alternatives to the US dollar—like the new BRICs central bank—are quickly undermining the hegemony of the dollar. Other topics include the US financial Ponzi system; Warren Buffett and other corporate raiders taking large publicly held companies back to private ownership; the class war in Europe.
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GP comment:  If the dollar does continue to slip—in real terms, not just in rhetoric—we will be living in very interesting times, and it won't be pretty.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Aug.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Diet Science

Meta-Study Says Organic Produce Wins — A new meta-study says organic produce beats conventional produce: more nutrients, less toxic residue. Organic has higher levels of nutrients like flavanones, vitamin C, and beta carotene, as well as lower levels of sludge fertilizer toxins like cadmium. This is contrasted to the Stanford study from two years ago, in which the researchers claimed there was no nutritional benefit from eating organic. The new meta-study is much larger.
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GP comment:  I wonder who paid for that Stanford study? Or for the new one, for that matter.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Aug.2014


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

Changing Rules for Cameras in the Interrogation Roomcamera image of interrogation room A new Justice Department policy requires the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and several other federal law enforcement agencies to videotape interrogations with suspects held in custody. It's a change generally lauded by all sides of the adversarial process. But UCLA law professor Jennifer Mnookin has a couple of concerns.
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GP comment:  The concern about making sure the camera does not sometimes get turned off is important.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Aug.2014


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

No, Ebola is NOT Coming to the US — The ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented in size and geographic scope. But contrary to what the media suggests, it is definitely not coming to the United States. Dr. Daniel Bausch, an expert on the ebola virus, explains the nature of ebola and what the media keeps missing.
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GP comment:  Central bankers are the main plague in the US.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Aug.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

Exit Right—Visions of Super-Soveriegn Enclaves — There are various visions for gated communities of elites who want to escape the restrictions and taxation of the nation-state---an existance outside of the sovereign territory of any country. Historian Raymond Craib talks about visions for various libertarian enclaves, from the failed attempt to build the Republic of Minerva on a coral reef in the South Pacific, to the Seasteading Institute's plan to construct a floating city off San Francisco.
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GP comment:  On a square-footage basis, at-sea is far more difficult and expensive than on-land. Elites are not prone to self-deprivation, and their resources are not unlimited, so it's highly unlikely they'll ever realize their "mobile offshore base."

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Aug.2014 (originally aired 24.Feb.2014)


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

US Humanitarianism Only Applies to Oil-Rich Areasbombing zone Glenn Greenwald reviews news headlines related to US military action in Iraq over the past two decades, concluding that the premise of humanitarian intervention is an outright sham. Greenwald also provides detail on the far-reaching technical and analytic relationship between the US National Security Agency and its Israeli counterpart regarding mutually agreed upon geographic targets. Then he talks about NPR's recent (horrible/dishonest) reporting on the impact of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Watch A  |  Watch B
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GP comment:  NPR listeners and Fox News listeners have two things in common: They are convinced they are more informed than anyone else on the planet, and they are both quite wrong.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Aug.2014


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

Lita Lee on Food, Enzymes, Thyroid Function, and Overall HealthLita Lee Lita Lee, PhD talks about the importance of proper digestion and assimilation of food, as well as the importance of proper thyroid function, to overall health. Are you eating healthy foods and still not as well as you think you should be? What’s wrong with fish oil and most cooking oils? Why can't people be healthy on a vegan diet? Why does everyone need gelatin for joint health? What is the connection between rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid function? Why types of digestive enzymes work best?
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GP comment:  Interesting material, but Ms. Lee could be a lot clearer in her presentation.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Jul.2014


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

Gause on Derivatives Bubbles, Global Currencies, How to Preserve Your Gold, more — Andrew Gause's topics include.... In 2008 it was a liquidity crisis; today it is an insolvency crisis. Problems from 2008 not only have remained uncorrected but have gotten worse. The $50 trillion Deutsch Bank derivative problem is real. Will it lead to a collapse of the derivatives bubble? Gause explains what derivatives are and how they can affect the entire economy. He talks about fear as a method for keeping inflation at bay. Gause explains why people should not bet that Dollar, Inc. is going away anytime soon—it's the top franchise on the planet. Also discussed is how to avoid losing your gold to a government gold grab.
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GP comment:  Even if the dollar were to somehow collapse and be replaced by SDRs or some other global currency, such an event would almost certainly be a planned one, for the benefit of the financial harpies at the top. It is very unlikely to be a random event based in chaos that somehow sets the world on a better path.

Original Show Pub Date: 13. Aug.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! The Lifeboat Hour

Sacred Activism—Beyond Hope Lies Love, Not DespairAndrew Harvey Andrew Harvey says religiosity is no guarantee of ethics; spirituality and intent of purpose must combine if we are to solve the decline of everything. TPTB are VERY well organized, so success in activism requires a similar level of networked organizing. He discusses prayer (conscious intention) as an activist tool and as a way of maintaining personal sanity and stability. He explains why we should disdain "hopeium"—the irrational belief that somehow, some way things will just get better—without taking effective action for change. The machine will indeed end in destroying itself and all around it, but that is an opportunity to express compassion, not wallow in despair.
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GP comment:  Easy solutions will never have any effect and hard solutions are too difficult for 99% of people to bear. You'll feel much better once you accept that it's hopeless.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Aug.2014


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

Social Destabilization Tactics, from WWII to the War on Terror — Douglas Valentine, author of The Phoenix Program, discusses the dark impact of the US Central Intelligence Agency. Topics include ... the integration of the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and domestic control mechanisms aimed at politicians and the populace; how the police state in the US today was rolled out so rapidly after 9-11; the generation of off-the-books funding to support operations outside normal approval chains; the CIA/military complex as the mechanism by which global power is maintained, using all techniques necessary, no matter how Machiavellian.
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GP comment:  An excellent if too-brief tour of CIA hegemony in the last 60 years. Interesting how the dark world view of the CIA has even contaminated other agencies like the DEA and NSA.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Aug.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Corbett Report

Century of Enslavement—The History of The Federal ReserveCentury of Enslavement---The History of The Federal Reserve War. Poverty. Revolution. They all hinge on economics. And economics rests on one key concept: money. But what is money? How is it created? Who controls it? It is remarkable that, given its central importance in our lives, not one person in a hundred can answer such basic questions about money. James Corbett's new documentary, Century of Enslavement—The History of The Federal Reserve, endeavors to enlighten the public on the machinations of the banksters over the last few centuries, culminating in 1913 in the creation of their main tool, the Federal Reserve.
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GP comment:  Corbett is clear, cogent, and well researched on the topic. His film is not quite as engaging as The Money Masters, though it is more up-to-date.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jul.2014


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

How To Save Earth, The World's Dumbest Teenagers, Minimum Wage, more — Comedian Lee Camp and his team offer a humorous review of global events, especially as they relate to the machinations of empire.
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GP comment:  Lee Camp is somewhat amusing, but his presentation feels more like he's reading a script than doing live comedy. Nonetheless, there are some good insights offered here. There are some sight gags that will be lost in the audio-only approach, but not many.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

"President O'Bombing"—US Airstrikes Begin Anew in IraqBarack Obama US military aircraft carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq in an attempt to halt sweeping advances by ISIS. Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the situation.
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GP comment:  Beyond Amy Goodman's priceless "President O'Bombing" slip, this clip is pretty good because the guest puts the latest US insanity in context.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Aug.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Awakening to Conscious Co-Creation

How Do I Make My Life Matter? — For many people, life—with all its challenges, problems, conflicts and difficulties—seems like a snowball rolling downhill, with gathering momentum in directions that are not of our choosing. Neale Donald Walsch explains how you can use "conversations with God" to improve your level of life control and escape the fears that dominate your perception, to wake up each day feeling utterly connected, fulfilled, and motivated on a spiritual basis. Once you do that, the rest will fall into place naturally.
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GP comment:  Frankie say RELAX.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Gary Null Show

Celente: "God Wasn't a Real Estate Agent, and the Bible Isn't a Land Deed"Gerald Celente Gerald Celente discusses the Gaza situation, the disingenuousness of Israel's supporters, and a new global movement among Jews to "take back Judaism from Israel." Other topics include why climate change is an unsolvable problem for the general public; sociopathic behavior among increasing numbers of law enforcement personnel; the militarization of local police departments; America as a fascist state; the US dollar and manipulation of gold and silver prices.
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GP comment:  Fantastic title line ... a la the ridiculous argument that Israel—or anyone—is entitled by God to a certain piece of real estate.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Aug.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good You Bet Your Garden

Bat Houses, Lawn Chemical Breakdown, Garden on Wheels, Gooseberries, more — Master gardener Mike McGrath answers garden questions, such as... How do I design a raised bed to keep grasses from growing into the new soil? What is the best design for a bat house? When is an area too wet for a fruit tree? How long does it take lawn chemicals to completely break down after applications stop? He also interviews the inventor of the "Garden on Wheels," a portable raised-bed design that incorporates a frost cover and water recycling. In the question of the week, McGrath covers gooseberries (which taste a bit like grapes), including sun/shade requirements, climate, and disease-resistant varieties.
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GP comment:  The Garden on Wheels has some nice design ideas that are widely applicable, but this particular item will likely be too limited and pricey for average gardeners who are not limited by physical challenges.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Israel, Hamas, and the West Bank—Self-Defense vs. War Crimesbombed area of Gaza Human Rights Watch has accused Israeli soldiers of shooting and killing fleeing civilians in Gaza, which is a war crime. HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth comments on the likelihood of war crimes on the part of both Israel and Hamas. ~~ John Dugard, former UN special rapporteur on human rights in Palestine, discusses Gaza as an occupied territory, which means that Israel’s present assault is simply a way of enforcing the continuation of the occupation, which in turn means the response of the Palestinian militants should be seen as resistance to occupation.
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GP comment:  Roth makes two excellent points: (1) Even if Israel's claim of acting in self-defense is valid, they are still bound by the strictures of the Geneva convention. (2) The US should not be supplying weapons to Israel for use in war crimes.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Aug.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Conversations with Great Minds

Richard Heinberg on Peak Oil—Past, Present, and Future — Energy anthropologist Richard Heinberg talks about energy as the most important driver in our economy, and oil as the most important of the various energy sources. Topics include the relevance of M. King Hubbard's predictions; conventional oil and tight oil; energy density for oil vs. batteries; why the future will necessarily have less available energy.
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GP comment:  Heinberg is still the world's clearest presenter on this topic, even if he does pull his punches a bit on just how screwed we are.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Aug.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

Gelatin—The Cure for Your Joints and Leaky Gut? — Dee McCaffrey discusses the benefits on consuming gelatin, explaining why it works and what types of gelatin to get. (Hint: It's not Jello, and it's not even Knox.)
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GP comment:  I tried Knox a couple times. Now I know why it didn't work.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Jul.2014


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

James Howard Kunstler on the Third "World Made By Hand" Novelhouse with darkening sky James Howard Kunstler discusses his novel A History of the Future, the third book in his "World Made by Hand" series. Post-collapse topics include attitude as a survive-and-thrive strategy; the lack of mortgages in the future; the possible roles of religion, race, and mercenaries; why the insane pursuit of pointless leisure will likely continue even when it's difficult; the reemergence of social classes as the norm.
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GP comment:  Rating is "4" for those who have read any of the World Made By Hand novels; "3" for everyone else, who nonetheless will hear a lot of interesting talk about how life might look in a post-collapse world.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Jul.2014


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

Mr. Sulu, Set Course for the Cultural Nexus — Many fans know George Takei from his role as Mr. Sulu in Star Trek. But in the past decade, he has drawn followers who admire him because of who he is in real life. Takei's personal story offers insights into key chapters of American political and cultural history, including the US internment camps during WWII and professional challenges for a not-openly-gay actors.
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GP comment:  Interesting anecdotes abound.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good KunstlerCast

The Only Growth Industry Left: The Generation of Hallucinatory Wealth — John Michael Greer discusses a variety of topics related to energy, economy, and collapse, including slow collapse rather than "big, flashy collapse"; people who are chronically unemployed or have been otherwise economically marginalized are already in collapse; just as in the waning years of the Soviet empire, the US mainstream (state) media is full of reports that all is normal and going well; the major profit center of the shale-oil industry is not energy but rather scammy financial instruments. Greer sees the US empire as being in decline in terms of hegemony, with its global competitors getting increasingly bold at undermining the dollar as the global reserve currency. When this gets underway in full, it will result in global military conflict and, ultimately, a drastic decline in the US standard of living.
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GP comment:  Pretty much right, though he fails to perceive the hidden (bankster) hand that drives national monetary strategies.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Jul.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Meria Heller Show

Tales from the Forbidden Bookshelf — Book censorship is alive and well in the US, and the new project "Forbidden Bookshelf" is designed to combat that. Mark Crispin Miller talks about some of the books and themes that the project is trying to bring back into the daylight, including hidden CIA operations, the JFK assassination, and 9/11.
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GP comment:  The site is here, though it may be slow to load.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Lifeboat Hour

Abby Martin on Western Media Self-CensorshipAbby Martin Carolyn Baker interviews the savvy RT anchor Abby Martin. Topics include Ukraine and Martin's outspoken stance on the forces of empire; the mainstream news bias on the Israeli bombing of Gaza; and broader media issues. She points out that Western mainstream outlets do not need to be censored by the corp-gov state—they censor themselves.
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GP comment:  Martin speaks intelligently on these topics.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Jul.2014

CATEGORY:  GMOs — 30.JUL.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Making Contact

G.M.nO—Genetically Modified Democracy — More than 60 countries either ban or require labeling on GMO foods. The US is not one of them. As efforts by consumers and farmers to regulate and label GMOs move to the state and local level, the seed and pesticide companies are fighting back. In this clip, we hear interviews with a variety of activists working on the GMO issue.
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GP comment:  This was particularly good for exploring what's been going on in Hawaii on GMOs.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Global Stop-and-Frisk Program + Mass US Surveillance Targeting Journalists and Lawyersguidebook cover (A) The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving broad guidelines on who can be targeted. A leaked copy reveals that to be deemed a "terrorist" target, "irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary." ~~ (B) In a new report, Human Rights Watch and the ACLU warn that government surveillance is crippling US-based journalists and lawyers in their work. Sources are afraid of talking to reporters, as aggressive prosecutions scare government officials into staying silent, even about unclassified issues. Government surveillance is also forcing lawyers to take extraordinary measures to try to protect their clients' right to privacy.
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Watch B

GP comment:  Curtain descending, people.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Jul.2014


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

Hope in Heritage — Bob Cantisano, an expert on heritage varieties of fruit trees and vines, explains why the characteristics of the old varieties—members of which can be productive for more than 100 years—are superior to most of the current hybridized and genetically engineered varieties. Topics include Felix Gillette's mountain orchard, the plan for a mother orchard, strategies for preservation of heritage varieties, integrating superior characteristics into new varieties.
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GP comment:  Fun story about how Cantisano discovered the lost orchard of Felix Gillette, one of the most important developers of heritage varieties in the history of agriculture.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Jul.2014


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

Silliness and Moral IndignationJon Stewart How can topical comedians like Jon Stewart, John Oliver, and Stephen Colbert make us laugh at politically hot topics we would not normally discuss in polite company? They do it by combining silliness and moral indignation.
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GP comment:  Yes, but it's sad that people who can only be nudged by such an approach are still always stuck in their overall limiting framework of thinking.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jul.2014


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

Pennsylvania's Complicated Groundwater Contamination — In many locations in Pennsylvania, well water is unfit to drink, polluted with iron and manganese. But the source of the contamination is complex. Reid Frazier of the Allegheny Front reports that fracking, coal mining, and natural methane formations in the ground combine to make single-source blame difficult to prove.
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GP comment:  What IS easy to say is that extracting resources from the earth causes lots of water pollution.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jul.2014


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

The Band That Won't QuitThe Rolling Stones - England's Newest Hit Makers An uneven set that includes some classics and some clunkers, as well as a set of very early Rolling Stones songs. Best tracks overall include ... Cream - "World Of Pain" // The Doors - "You're Lost Little Girl" // Iron And Wine - "Grace For Saints And Ramblers" // Jeremy Messersmith - "Ghost" // Rolling Stones - "Route 66".
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GP comment:  The Stones material is interesting but not their best work.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Apr.2014


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

I, Me, MyGary Weber KMO speaks with Gary Weber, author of Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening, about the means of breaking from of the self-referential internal monologue that keeps us obsessing over where we’ve been, where we hope to go, and the certainty that death awaits us at the end of our personal story. While some people raise concerns that focusing too much energy and attention on one’s own mental states might take up cognitive and emotional resources that might be better directed outward toward social and political transformation, in Gary’s experience, once one has achieved a state of non-dual awareness, one becomes even more effective in the social sphere. Ditching the "I, Me, My" narrative will make us more effective agents in the struggle for progressive societal transformation.
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GP comment:  Can one do what he says without abandoning what we normally define as "life"?

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Making Contact

Fighting Goliath—The Tar Sands Monstersteaming landscape, tar sands The Canadian Tar Sands is the largest industrial project on earth. Its potential environmental consequences have brought together citizens from across borders, to fight its rippling effects. In Idaho and Montana, hundreds of gargantuan trucks were routed to haul mining equipment to the Tar Sands oil fields of Alberta, Canada, endangering sensitive wildlife areas and risking damage to roads and municipal utilities. But an alliance of citizens and community groups was able to block the transport project. Meanwhile, back in the Tar Sands extraction area, regulations lag and the enormity of the environmental damage grows.
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GP comment:  A pretty good treatment, mixing reporting and first-person accounts.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Jul.2014


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

Andrew Gause on MBS Tranching, Hidden Gold, BRIC Bank, Court Complicity in Dollar Inc.Andrew Gause Andrew Gause's topics this time include ... how the too-clever tranching was done for last decade's mortgage-backed securities market schemes (fraud); why the tales of vast hidden stores of gold are too tall to be true; how historical-bond fraud works; why the courts say the emperor DOES have clothes when it comes to people trying to claim gold or silver for their gold certificates and silver certificates; why the new BRIC bank is not a threat to the existing central banking cabal.
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GP comment:  All branches of US government are in full alignment with the operations of the central bankers. Criticism and ostensibly competitive operations are tolerated as long as they pose no real threat.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Jul.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Nutrition Diva

Vitamin E Basics — Nutrition Diva covers Vitamin E—how much do you need, what are its benefits, and what is the best way to get it.
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GP comment:  Go nuts over nuts and seeds. But read up on soaking and roasting to keep the tannins and lectins down.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

MSNBC’s Sole Palestinian Voice Takes on Pro-Israeli Bias in US MediaRula Jebreal Public outrage recently helped force NBC to reverse a decision to pull veteran journalist Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza after he reported on the killing of Palestinian children by Israel. Now, a week later, the sole Palestinian contributor to sister network MSNBC has publicly criticized its coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict. "We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue," Rula Jebreal said, citing a dearth of Palestinian voices and a preponderance of Israeli government officials and supporters in major media coverage. Jebreal discusses her decision to speak out against MSNBC and her broader criticism of the corporate media’s Israel-Palestine coverage.
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GP comment:  The reasons for TPTB's continuing unconditional support for Israel's illicit violence are murky; but the iron grip on US politics and media that heavily biases votes and coverage towards Israel is obvious and disastrous.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Understanding the Connections Between the Cancer Protocols of Gerson, Revici, Burzynski, Hoxsey, and Others — There are many people who claim to have THE alternative therapy that can cure cancer. Some of these practitioners present compelling evidence. But what is the meta theme? What are the overarching biological principles that cut through the basket of most-promising therapies? Steve Mitchell has spent countless hours reviewing medical literature about these therapies and talks here about what we know and what we don't know.
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GP comment:  Mitchell is not a medical man, but he has a sharp mind and serves as an honest evaluator of the various therapies, whether they work in practice, and WHY they work.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

REDD and the Perversity of Financial IncentivesNO REDD protesters Jeff Conant explains REDD, a scheme to financialize carbon and forests, where pristine, formerly priceless natural zones are turned into commodities for sale. Most market advocates argue that such a process should lead to efficient outcomes, but Conant explains why the devil lurking in the details of REDD means that the program is much more about making money than about reducing carbon or preserving forests. ~~ The Conant piece is preceded by a short reading of John Taylor Gatto's sorry tale of trying to use cash payments to incentivize and enhance the learning of his students, providing us with an example of the perverse way in which financial incentives—whether for learning or for forest preservation—can cause the opposite outcome from that which is desired.
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GP comment:  Of course, from the perspective of the banksters, exploitation of the forests is exactly the desired, if unspoken, outcome of REDD.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

Sub-Prime Car Loans and the Next Bubble — Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the emergence of a building bubble in the car loan market. It's a new subprime loan scam that will end in heartache for unqualified borrowers, bank-bailout taxes for the rest of us when the rescue packages get forced on us, and more bonuses for the clever banksters who keep coming up with these schemes.
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GP comment:  In the collapse of the subprime housing bubble, the media aimed the blame at unqualified borrowers. That was ridiculous—whether unlucky, stupid, or greedy, those borrowers took their lumps by losing their houses. The banks, on the other hand, did not take their lumps—the richie riches got a bailout. Will it be the same when the car loan bubble bursts?

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Jul.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Lifeboat Hour

Planetary HospiceZhiwa Woodbury In an ecosystem, each dying thing ultimately becomes part of the nutrient stream for new growth. Zhiwa Woodbury explains why humans' irrational fear of dying is a root cause of our lack of environmental understanding and why we do not properly value natural systems and interaction with nature. Just as we feel fear at the though of dying, we feel fear at the thought that the planet might die (from catastrophic environmental degradation). Indeed, the rich web of life is broken and ending; but there can also be liberation and rebirth in disintegration.
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GP comment:  "Listen to the tide slowly turning; wash all our heartaches away. We're part of the fire that is burning; and from the ashes we can build another day." -- Moody Blues, "Story in Your Eyes"

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

Fracking—Economic Insolvency, Environmental Insanity — Tina Rothery discusses the government's propagandistic stance on the 'inevitability' of fracking, the environmental damage the process causes, the poor economics for almost all fracking undertakings, how the moneychangers are propelling the technology forward despite the bad economics for most participants, and how fracking companies are now using paid squatters on fracking sites to prevent anti-fracking activists from doing the same and disrupting operations.
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GP comment:  This is mostly UK focused; they're having the same fracking issues we have in the US.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good You Bet Your Garden

Helpful Garden Pests, Ants, Carpenter Bees, Lawn-to-Garden Woes, Potatoes, Wild Violets, moreviolets Master gardener Mike McGrath's topics this time include ... why a few pest insects eating your plants may be better than none at all; what to do about ants in garden pots and around/in your house; how to keep carpenter bees from making swiss cheese out of your wood fence; problems in a garden space from recently converted lawn; something went wrong with the potatoes—or maybe not; wild violets—friend to some, foe to others.
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GP comment:  A few violets here and there are nice, but they can get out of control.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Uprising

Why An Israeli Academic Views the Assault on Gaza as "Incremental Genocide" — According to the United Nations, 80 percent of those killed in Gaza have been civilians, due to as a Israeli strikes directly on homes. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated recently that he would never end the occupation of Palestinian territories under any circumstances. Consistent with this extremist position is a sentiment increasingly prevalent in Israeli street protests and social media against Arabs as a whole. From pro-Israel chants of “Death to Arabs,” to tweets and Facebook posts celebrating the bombing of Palestinian civilians, a disturbing trend has emerged calling for a collective end to the Palestinian people. Israeli academic Ilan Pappe, who has referred to Israel’s long-term operations against Gaza as “incremental genocide,” critiques the meme that Israeli crimes are always justified while Palestinian actions are routinely criminalized.
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GP comment:  Includes some good deep background on the politics of the Israeli occupation.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Freeing Minks from Fur Farmminks The government has unveiled federal terrorism charges against two animal rights activists accused of helping to free minks and foxes from fur farms in rural Illinois. The prosecutors have accused Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff of freeing about 2,000 mink from their cages on a fur farm and then removing parts of the fence surrounding the property so the mink could escape. Lang and Olliff have been indicted under the controversial Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). Will Potter, who covers animal rights and environmental issues at, says the new statutes criminalize protests and civil disobedience: "This is really about a corporate campaign to demonize their opposition and to use terrorism resources to shut down a movement."
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GP comment:  Animals raised for fur—not quite as bad as animals used for testing of personal care products and human pharmaceuticals, but close.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Jul.2014


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

Fukushima Kids — Yumi Kikuchi was a resident of Fukushima. When she heard the news in March 2011 that there was a power shutdown in the region covering the nuclear power plants, her technical understanding was sufficient that she understood clearly that she and her family needed to leave the area immediately. On her way out of Japan via Okinawa, Kikuchi organized to bring over 260 pregnant women out of Fukushima and reduce their radiation exposure. Now, she and her husband are in Hawaii, organizing retreats for exposed Japanese children.
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GP comment:  As in most disasters, TPTB circle the wagons and the helping is left to those with a conscience.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jun.2014


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

Epigenetics—Changing the Way We Think, Changing Our DNADr. John Apsley Dr. John Apsley discusses his approach to reversing chronic degenerative disease through accelerated tissue repair and cellular regeneration. Topics include environmental factors; missing elements in food and unwanted contaminants in food; the science behind miraculous healings; meditation and fasting as a healing approach; water as a "hard drive" at the cell level; structured water.
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GP comment:  This is ostensibly a health segment, and there are some interesting body-function ideas, but it still feels pretty woo to me. Not that there's anything wrong with that; I'm just explaining why I'm calling it "COOL & COSMIC" instead of "HEALTH."

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

A FOIA Too Far — Jeff Scudder was working in the CIA's Historical Collections Division when he found a trove of documents that were declassified and ready for release to the public but hadn't been due to bureaucratic strife. So he filed a FOIA request. Scudder recounts how this request ultimately resulted in his ousting from the agency.
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GP comment:  Scudder's actions doesn't even qualify as poking the hornets' nest. Now TPTB are whacking anyone who tries to cast light on even irrelevant parts of the empire's infosphere—even when the protagonist has done it all by-the-book.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014


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

The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Sidecircuit board and lock Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards. Brian Krebs, who writes about cybercrime and computer security for his blog, , broke the story. A few days later, he broke the story of a credit card breach at Neiman Marcus. To do his work, Krebs has learned computer code, the Russian language, and how to get onto black market websites and cybercrime networks. Cybercriminals don't appreciate his efforts and have found creative and frightening ways to harass him.
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GP comment:  Entertaining and non-technical.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Jul.2014


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

The Impact of Recreational Off-Road Vehicles — Bethanie Walder, WildEarth Guardians Public Lands Director, discusses the impact of recreational off-road vehicles on non-motorized outdoor enthusiasts (hikers, campers, fishers, etc.) and on the environment and animals. Topics include history off off-road vehicles in parks, how NEPA applies, off-roaders as a vocal minority, the false "jobs vs. owls" argument in forestry decisions, rights vs. responsibilities.
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GP comment:  Recreational four-wheeling is one of those pet peeves of mine—very low redeeming value, lots of damage to environment, species, and water quality. Related rant: allowing fueled-motor boating on reservoirs is another example of the hegemony of the insane majority.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

The Real Story Behind the Border Kidsborder agent and child For the past few weeks, there have been a flurry of media reports about a surge in unaccompanied minors who are crossing the US-Mexico border illegally. But the reality of this latest immigration crisis is far more complicated. Bob Ortega, a reporter for The Arizona Republic, explains what's really happening on the border.
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GP comment:  What a mess. And, as usual, the right wing noise machine cares more about political points than innocent kids.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Feds Dis Lake Erie Wind Project But Fund Cape Windoff-shore wind farm (A) Wind turbines in the Great Lakes could provide a large amount of renewable energy, but NIMBY opposition and failure to obtain federal grants have put an off-shore wind project on Lake Erie on hold. ~~ (B) The US Department of Energy has given the 130-turbine Cape Wind project a $150 million loan guarantee. Ken Kimmell of the Union of Concerned Scientists says that this vote of confidence will help make Cape Wind the first commercial offshore wind turbine farm in the United States.
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GP comment:  That it taken this long for the US to get even one offshore wind farm is a national embarrassment. That we haven't exploited this excellent resource to a much greater degree is a national tragedy.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014


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

The Secret Teachings of Plants — Stephen Buhner discusses the evidence of intelligence in plants and the tradition of direct perception of nature through the "intelligence of the heart." All ancient and indigenous people insist their knowledge of plant medicines comes from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that these plant teachings are at the basis of many of the modern discoveries in both medicine and in plant foods.
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GP comment:  A nice combination of science, consciousness building, and woo.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

The Impact of WikiLeaks' Nearly 8 Million Released DocumentsAmy Goodman and Julian Assange Julian Assange reviews of some of the important shifts that have happed as a result of Wikileaks and similar reporting efforts, including the Collateral Murder video, the US decision to leave Afghanistan, and corrupt influence practices by the US in other countries. He also explains why the new supposedly independent media outlet "The Intercept" may prove to be limited by its elite ownership.
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GP comment:  Assange makes an interesting point that the de facto circumstances of his embassy environs, as limited by the threat of arrest if he leaves the building, do not even meet the international standard for fresh air and light for POWs.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Food Sleuth Radio

Nanomaterials In Soil—Our Future Food Chain? — Steve Suppan of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy discusses a new report on the presence of nanomaterials in soil and water, as well as their effects on soil health and, ultimately, the safety of food and drinking water.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   28:15

GP comment:  For nanotechnology and GMO technology, the profiteers have been given a license to use the world as their laboratory and us as their guinea pigs.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Jun.2014


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

The Unbalanced US Press Response to the Gaza Attacksrocket attack Yousef Munayyer of the Jerusalem Fund discusses the conflict in Gaza, where Israeli airstrikes have claimed over 100 Palestinian lives, including those of more than a dozen children. There are no Israeli casualties so far. The fact that US corporate media fail to note Israel's vastly superior power and the disproportionate suffering of Palestinians typifies the way Middle East coverage is distorted.
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GP comment:  The horribleness of US mainstream media reporting on geopolitical topics is exceeded only by the horribleness—and complete lack of understanding—of its reporting on the monetary system.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Jul.2014


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

Coal Problems Continue as the Noose TightensMary Anne Hitt After trash, coal ash is the second largest source of solid waste in the US. The recent massive coal ash spill into the Dan River in North Carolina has brought renewed attention to the problem of toxic pollution from coal operations. Mary Anne Hitt of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign discusses a variety of coal-related topics, including new political will to tighten regulations on coal ash; mercury pollution from power plants to be cut by 90%; and coal as the number one source of water pollution.
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GP comment:  We could stop using coal completely in the US in 10 years if we decided to.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Jun.2014


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

A Brief History of the (Planned) Financial CrisisAndrew Gause Andrew Gause offers a brief review of the financial "crisis" that began in 2008, explaining how the Federal Reserve (mostly) bailed out its member banks to keep their wealth-harvesting machine rolling on. Additional topics include ... tales of huge gold reserves around the world as a way to scare off investment in gold; a million new millionaires (but a million ain't what it used to be); the coming era of wage inflation at all income levels.
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GP comment:  By 2008, extraordinary sums of money had already been stolen by the elites, and as Gause aptly points out, it's easy to see that the bailouts were simply part of the plan to keep on stealing.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Jul.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good You Bet Your Garden

Container Gardening, Grass Gripes, Plum Problems, and morestinging nettles Mike McGrath offers tips on container gardening, including design, optimum container size, soil mixes, which plants will do well and which won't. Other topics include why plum trees must be pruned heavily in the winter, and how to do it; saving your lawn from invasive grasses and toxic fruit blooms; stinging nettles as medicine.
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GP comment:  Container gardening has its advantages, but you will have to water more.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Jul.2014


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

Fukushima is Still HappeningJapanese flag Paul Gunter and Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear discuss some of the current problems at Fukushima, including a loss of coolant in Unit 5's spent fuel pool and why Tokyo Electric has taken a "vacation" from bringing down damaged fuel rods at Unit 4. Other topics include Fukushima site location issues; the 30-ton crane that fell into the Unit 3 fuel pool; the wide dispersion of reactor core fragments after the explosions at the power plant; (mis)regulation and the revolving door of top regulators and industry executives; similar power plants in the US.
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GP comment:  There are some minor audio-quality problems with this MP3. Still recommended.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Jul.2014


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

The Origins and History of the Council on Foreign RelationsJames Perloff Researcher James Perloff discusses the origins, aims, and influence of The Council on Foreign Relations since its 1921 founding. The CFR is widely recognized by those in the know as one of the most influential organizations in the game of steering power and policy in the US. Perloff explains that the CFR's acknowledged goal is to prepare the American public for a new world order (global governance), and talks about how the CFR is working to accomplish that goal through the control of America’s foreign policy apparatus.
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GP comment:  Pretty good except the bit at the end where he suddenly starts painting Joseph McCarthy as an ace investigator rather than a rabid capitalist.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jun.2014


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

Jack White Spins Both Waysrecord A decent mix of mostly rock and alt rock/pop. Top tracks are ... Steely Dan - "Bodhisattva" // Electric Light Orchestra - "10538 Overture" // Joe Turner - "Shake Rattle And Roll" // Two Door Cinema Club - "Do You Want It All" // Husker Du - "Sorry Somehow" // Roger Daltrey - "After The Fire" // After The Fire - "Starlight".
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GP comment:  Pretty good, though as usual a few of the tracks are marred by sub-par vinyl quality.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jun.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! One Radio Network

The Disease DelusionJeffrey Bland Dr. Jeffrey Bland explains the principles of functional medicine and how it is designed to consider the biochemistry of the body as well as the individual quirks that we all have. It avoids the standard Western medicine "disease model," which largely treats symptoms while ignoring the underlying malfunction that is causing the problems.
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GP comment:  I read one of Bland's books about 15 years ago. It, along with books by two of his peers, Leo Galland and Sydney Baker, completely changed the way I view health and health care.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Jun.2014


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

The Functional Equivalent of a Conspiracy — KMO and Kevin Carson, author of The Desktop Regulatory State: The Countervailing Power of Networks and Super-Empowered Individuals, have a conversation about radical monopolies, car culture, retrofitting the built environment to compensate for peak oil, and how government and corporations “conspire” to criminalize low-cost living. Kevin explains the problem with literal, simplistic conspiracy narratives.
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GP comment:  Too dismissive of conspiracies and too starry-eyed about techno-Utopian solutions, but still worth a listen.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Jul.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Lifeboat Hour

Reclaiming the Future of FoodMichael Brownlee Michael Brownlee, founder of Local Food Shift in Colorado, explains what we're not being told about our food. Topics include the unholy alliance between Big Food, Big Ag, and Big Pharma; the systematic suppression of local food options; water issues; radical climate shift and agricultural output.
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GP comment:  This is generally good, though I find it rather laughable that he promotes agriponics—a growing technology that is solidly in the "industrial agriculture" basket—as part of the solution to food sustainability.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jul.2014


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

WildLeaks Set to Catch Poachers — WildLeaks is a new information-sharing platform that collects anonymous tips about wildlife poaching, illicit buying and selling of species, and illegal deforestation. Founder Andrea Crosta tells explains how WildLeaks is helping fight wildlife crime and prosecute the people involved.
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GP comment:  Good idea.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Jul.2014


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

Support Grows for Snowden Asylum in Germany after Merkel Cancels Verizon ContractEdward Snowden Revelations by Edward Snowden about US surveillance continue to shake Germany more than one year after he came forward as an National Security Agency whistleblower. Reports based on Snowden’s leaks revealed vast NSA spying in Germany. Last week the German government canceled its contract with US telecommunications giant Verizon, which has been providing network infrastructure for the German government’s Berlin-Bonn network. Meanwhile, the German Parliament is continuing to conduct an inquiry into spying by the NSA and German secret services. Some German lawmakers are calling on Merkel’s government to grant Snowden asylum. Snowden’s European lawyer, Wolfgang Kaleck, also of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, talks about the issues.
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GP comment:  More actual pain for the financialists (like the Verizon cancellation) would be helpful.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns and Butter

Catherine Austin Fitts on Wealth Harvesting and the Black Budget — Financial guru Catherine Austin Fitts talks explains how she came up with the figure of $40 trillion in wealth stolen from the general public in the last 30 years. Topics include... how they did it; who "they" are; what they are likely using the money for; the Financial Coup d'Etat; privatizing of government budget management; history and organization of the financial system since World War II; the Exchange Stabilization Fund, a weapon managed by the New York Fed; the future world of digital currencies; why the bubbles and financial schemes are far too large to be explained by incompetence or corruption.
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GP comment:  Lots of great speculation here, though much of it is indeed speculation. And she doesn't have it quite right on the budget stuff—-there's the normal government budget world, in which dutiful accountants, both govvies and contractors, monitor the funds down to the penny. Then there is the world of "off budget" items and black budgets, into which trillions flow.... and go missing.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jun.2014


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

Supreme Court Decision Says Warrants Required for Cell Phone Searcheswoman on smart phone in front of Supreme Court building This week, the Supreme Court ruled on two media technology cases, one that suggests an "internet rebroadcaster" of over-the-air content is going out of business soon, and another that privacy advocates are heralding as a win. The latter decision specifies that police must get a warrant before they search your cell phone. Dahlia Lithwick discusses the impact of these decisions.
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GP comment:  The decision on cell phone searches is a win, but it does not cover the crap NSA does. Also remember that TPTB never execute their agenda in a straight line—it's a ratcheting effect, and we move inexorably, almost imperceptibly in the wrong direction.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

Truvia—Sweetener or Insecticide? — The sweetener Truvia is touted as natural, but one of its major components comes from GMO corn and acts as an insecticide on certain bugs. Is Truvia OK for humans?
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GP comment:  Sweeteners—there's always a catch.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Quirks and Quarks

Malnutrition and the Microbiomemalnourished child with mother One of the tragedies of malnutrition in children is that the problems don't end when the hunger stops. A new study has shown that the microbial communities in the gut of children who experience malnutrition seem to be compromised over the long term and don't recover even after therapy and a return to a normal diet. Microbiologist Jeff Gordon led a team that found that the "microbiome" of these children seemed to be stuck in an immature state—not developing as it does under normal circumstances. This means that the children probably can't digest food properly, and leads to long term health issues, including stunted growth, a damaged immune system, and even neurological problems. Dr. Gordon hopes that understanding this problem better might lead to more effective therapies that take the gut microbiome into account.
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GP comment:  Much of the info here is also applicable to Westerners having health issues related to gut malfunction.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Uprising

Glenn Greenwald on Snowden, NSA, Media, and OrwellGlenn Greenwald Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald talks about the impact the NSA-spying information leaked by Edward Snowden has had on the public discourse and on media behavior. Topics include strict application of laws against whistleblowers but not against high officials; the apt parallel of Orwell's 1984 to today's surveillance world; the ridiculous notion that journalists can be objective; legislative measures attempting to curb some aspects of NSA surveillance programs.
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GP comment:  Many talking heads who front for corporate media actually believe the delusional things they say, but many otherwise good reporters are trapped in a system that has little tolerance for reporting truth.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Jun.2014


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

Privatization of UFO Technology — Richard Dolan is a researcher, author, and public speaker on the topic of UFOs and related matters. Here he discusses how UFO knowledge is likely at the heart of America’s black budget; how UFO knowledge has been "privatized" among a few key players in the military-industrial complex; what the profit motive and agenda might be; the possibility of other intelligences being involved; unguarded moments when insiders let information slip.
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GP comment:  I like the fact that Dolan is careful to constantly admit that much of this, however likely, is still speculative.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Jun.2014


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

As Ocean Acidity Rises, Will Phytoplankton Health Fall?phytoplankton Microscopic ocean creatures called phytoplankton produce an astonishing 60 percent of the Earth’s oxygen and they occupy the crucial bottom rung of our world’s ocean food chain. The survival of most life on this planet depends on healthy phytoplankton. Researcher William Cochlan discusses a new study that is attempting to predict the likely impact to phytoplankton from rising CO2 and ocean acidity levels. Though results are still unfolding, it appears that some phytoplankton turn more toxic in a higher acidity environment and, in turn, harm the shellfish and other marine animals that feed on them.
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GP comment:  Ocean impact is one of the more worrying effects of humanity's continuing mismanagement of the planet.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Jun.2014


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

Notions of a New Economy — At the CommonBound 2014 gathering, KMO interviews guests on the topic of shifting to a sustainable economy. Guests are NEC president Bob Massie; Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies; and Lauren Hudson of Solidarity NYC. All three conversations touch on technology, messaging, and what constitutes effective action in the movement to foster a just transition to a new economic reality and a political process that works for people, not plutocrats.
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GP comment:  It's always tempting to dash the ship of good hope on the rocks of reality, but the speakers here do get into some of the knotty issues that go with daunting goals like a "new economy."

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Jun.2014


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

Former World Bankster Exposes Neocon/Neoliberal Agendahand dipping in pool of water Peter Koenig is a former economist and water resource specialist for the World Bank. He discusses the two sides of the global imperialist agenda: neocon (the "war without end" crowd) and the neoliberal (the Wall Street crowd). Topics include the false paradigm of private-public partnerships; GMOs and corporate control of seeds and food; public pushback against corporate control of water resources; bankster loans and the whipping stick that is "structural adjustment."
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GP comment:  A bit rambling, but a decent tour through the global ills wrought by the central-banking-military-industrial complex. And by the way, the differences between "neoliberal" elites and "neocon" elites are just as irrelevant as those between Democrats and Republicans.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Jun.2014


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

Deanna Minich Food, Spirit & Quantum Healing — Nutritionist Deanna Minich talks about how we can navigate the choppy seas of health advice and information. It’s important to keep in mind whether or not the entity funding a study or promoting a "result" has a financial interest in the product, directly or indirectly. Nutrition is becoming more personalized; different diets suit different bodies. Going overboard and becoming too dependent upon supplements may backfire. Intermittent fasting allows the mitochondria to go through a self cleaning process. Quantum Healing means making small changes for big results.
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GP comment:  Good basic info; I suspect she has a lot more to say than we heard here.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Soap Podcast

The Imperial RiskMargaret Kimberly Margaret Kimberley and Douglas Lain discuss US imperialism. Topics include Ukraine, mainstream media, Obama the uber-imperialist, and capitalism as a game of Risk.
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GP comment:  Takeaway line: "Democrats or Republicans, you're still going to get imperialism."

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

America—The Walmart of FraudNomi Prins and Max Keiser Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the latest economic theory that more war—and even alien invasions—may be necessary to save our economies. They also look at inventory fraud and shrinkage at Wal-Mart and how applying that to the economy could boost GDP. ~~ Then Max interviews Nomi Prins, a former banker and author of All the Presidents' Bankers. They discuss Tim Geithner's book of lies, the role of bankers in war, and why high-level financial crimes are equivalent to war crimes.
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GP comment:  A quoted economist laments that today's wars kill fewer people relative to historical "norms," thus asserting war now gives less boost to the economy. The execrable nature of his notion aside, he's wrong on the facts: today's wars consume vast sums of MONEY, and that is the important thing to TPTB.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Jun.2014


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

Tree Swallows Have Winter of Discontentswallow Many species of birds that feed on airborne insects are in decline. Not only are their numbers diminishing, but the size of the remaining birds, particularly breeding females, has also been shrinking. Dr. Sebastien Rioux Paquette has been studying one of these birds, the tree swallow, in its summer habitat in Quebec. He's found that summer forage doesn't seem to be a problem for the swallows; the issue seems to be declines in insect prey in their wintering ground in the US and Mexico. Pesticides and shrinking habitat for insects due to agricultural intensification are depleting the swallows' winter food, and the birds are suffering as a result.
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GP comment:  Industrial agriculture—hard to like from any perspective.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

The Last Magazine—One Year After His Death, Michael Hastings Satirizes Corporate MediaThe Last Magazine - A Novel In 2010, investigative journalist Michael Hastings' Rolling Stone article on General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, sparked a political controversy that led to McChrystal's firing. Then in 2012, Hastings wrote a major piece on the American prisoner of war, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a subject that in 2014 has finally roiled into a public storm. A year ago this week, Hastings died in a car crash. Now, another major work from Hastings is upon us: "The Last Magazine," a posthumous, scathing satire of the corporate news media based on Hastings' time at Newsweek.
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GP comment:  Despite the host and guest going out of their way to deny the possibility that Hastings was taken out, he likely was. In today's media world, TPTB will only let you get way with so much.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

The Addiction to Waking—Getting to the Heart of Sleep DisordersRubin Naiman Rubin Naiman talks about a variety of issues related to sleep and how it impacts health. Topics include ... most of us are addicted to waking and suffer from hyper-arousal; sleep is inside of us, we must allow it to come; sleep as meditation; lucid sleeping; how even low light affects sleep; the importance of dreaming; why hypnogogic dreams are technically called hypnogogic hallucinations; narcolepsy; the problem of night-shift work; melatonin, valerian, and sleeping pills.
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GP comment:  There are few things one can do to improve health that work better than consistently getting good sleep.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Awakening to Conscious Co-Creation

The Collapse of Materialismnon-materialistic universe Can human consciousness be explained by Darwin and materialist science? Does matter exist outside of the mind, with no rationale or direction, the universe created completely by chance? Materialists have held that there is no room for purpose or design. We exist in a random and unconscious universe that has evolved through natural selection. However a very different view of the universe and its creation has co-existed with this point of view. In the alternative version, the universe is the creation of a powerful and purposeful mind, one that exists outside of matter and is the creator of matter. For millennia, these two opposing viewpoints have clashed with catastrophic results. Philip Comella proposes a profound shift in the way that we look at the exchange of beliefs between these two domains. We may be at the beginning of a time of great spiritual awakening, one that unifies the now-colliding cultures of science and religion.
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GP comment:  Not perfect, but many interesting ideas.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.May.2014


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

EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules Ignore Methane — Climate protection advocates have applauded the EPA's recent power plant regulations, but environmental lawyer Bill Snape says the new rules don’t deal with methane, and that's a serious problem for the climate. More broadly, it's a continuation of Obama's policy of underregulating the natural gas extraction industry.
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GP comment:  He's right about the sweetheart deals for fracking, but he generally applauds the new GHG rules. Sorry, but they are a fractional measure and will prove totally ineffective at stopping runaway climate shift.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

Rubby Dubby—Financial Chumming as Market Manipulation — Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert use the fishing metaphor of chumming to explain how financial elites use market manipulation to lure normal investors into the false impression that it's is safe enough to get back into the markets—only to have the next huge move down transfer wealth from the hoi polloi to the elites. ~~ Then Max interviews David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5000 Years, about how we are all forced to turn into market monsters to make it in the modern economy.
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GP comment:  Chum, churn, and harvest—the financial elites are constantly looking for ways to turn other investors upside down and shake the money out of their pockets. Being in the markets is the same as being in the casino. Think you can beat the house in a rigged game?

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Jun.2014


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

tape recorder Intelligence Community Directive 119 — In April 2014, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's website quietly posted Intelligence Community Directive 119, the implications of which could be devastating for journalists. Steven Aftergood talks about the effect this directive will have on contact between intelligence officials and the press.
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GP comment:  To a large extent, supposed leaks and inside info from intelligence sources are not contrary to the wishes of the intelligence establishment, they are part of a carefully woven disinformation tapestry.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jun.2014


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

D-DayD-Day beach launch This is a mix of some really great rock and pop songs, punctuated by lesser tunes from various eras. In the "great" category are ... Pink Floyd - "A Pillow Of Winds" // Beatles - "Getting Better" // Earth Wind & Fire - "Getaway" // Bruce Springsteen - "No Surrender" // Led Zeppelin - "What Is And What Should Never Be" // King Crimson - "Matte Kudesai". Special tip-of-the-hat for Harry James and Dick Haymes doing the WWII-era "I'll Get By."
Page for full track listing  |  Download/listen   57:54

GP comment:  Again, a number of crappy recordings mar an otherwise decent set. Boo-hiss ... crackle, pop.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Quirks and Quarks

Microplastics on Ice — Researchers have discovered that Arctic sea ice is contaminated with tiny fragments of plastic that originated from run-off, dumped garbage, and fishing gear. As multi-year sea-ice disappears, this reservoir of frozen plastic is likely to be released back into the Arctic Ocean. Dr. Rachel Obbard explains why the ice naturally takes up the particles of plastic that enter the Arctic Ocean from the Atlantic and Pacific, and expresses concern that as global warming causes more ice to melt, sea life will be more and more impacted.
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GP comment:  There aren't many pollution problems worse than plastic.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Alternative Visions

Obama's New CO2 Rules—The Bogus Brain Behind the Happy Facecoal plant Energy analyst Steve Breyman discusses the new Obama/EPA proposal to reduce CO2 emissions from existing industrial plants in the US by 30% by 2030. Are the proposals too little, too late, and cleverly crafted to defer the pain until after Obama leaves office? Topics include the slippery climate math of fracked natural gas; the XL pipeline loophole; a backdoor approach to cap and trade; increased taxation vs. consumer rebates; the future for coal-fired power plants.
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GP comment:  Though most of the mainstream environmental groups are trying to put a happy face on the new carbon rules, in reality the result will be increased taxation and energy costs to consumers without solving the climate problem. The guest and host make many good points here, but they are surprisingly naive about "Obama the Hopeful" vs. "Obama the Tool of the Elites."

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Peak Prosperity

Toby Hemenway: Explaining Permaculture — Permaculture is a word fast gaining adoption in (and beyond) the agricultural and gardening worlds. But what exactly does it mean? One of the top experts in the permaculture field, Toby Hemenway, gives an layman's overview of the philosophy, science, and best practices of the craft. Permaculture is about understanding and appreciating how systems naturally operate, and combining those systems in intelligent ways to accomplish intended goals, sustainably.
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GP comment:  I need to spend more time studying and implementing such methods. I've heard that "someday" there will indeed be more free time to do such things.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.May.2014


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

A Wilderness Too Tame — When was the last time you were really in the wilderness? Or, maybe you’re like the millions of Americans who’ve never even been in the wild before. Jason Mark, editor of Earth Island Journal, shares his misgivings about what he views to be a technological threat to some of nature's most mysterious spots. He says much of what we currently consider wild is actually pretty tame. Also discussed are conservation policy and the surprising number of bipartisan conservation bills that (unsurprisingly) have not yet been passed by Congress.
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GP comment:  I suspect most of us would find true wilderness highly inconvenient, if not incredibly daunting.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Food Chain Radio

Waste, Want Not — Caroline Snyder talks about the toxic chemicals that are found in sewage sludge and the conspiracy of corporations and municipal treatment operations that hides the truth from the public and attacks anyone who dares question their practices. Snyder is professor emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology and founder of Citizens for Sludge-Free Land. Joining the conversation is Patty Martin, a former town mayor in California and co-founder of Safe Food and Fertilizer.
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GP comment:  Just one more reason to eat organic—no sludge allowed on the fields.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.May.2014


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

Timelines for Collapse—Be Careful What You Wish ForAge of Limits 2014 KMO and a roundtable of guests from the Age of Limits conference discuss various aspects of collapse. Topics include ... resource and time allocation strategies for fast collapse vs. slow collapse; the difficulty of assigning a timeframe or speed to likely collapse scenarios; the importance of not seeing collapse as a panacea for societal ills but rather as a mortal danger for the fossil-fuel-based life support system that currently sustains nearly everyone in the Western world. Even low-end activities like dumpster diving and shopping at secondhand stores are dependent on the wastefulness of the current mainstream economy.
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GP comment:  This is a little rough in terms of format and audio quality, but there are a lot of important themes discussed. Rating: 3 for general audience; 4+ for collapsitarians.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good CounterSpin

Supreme Court Ruling Kills "Reporters' Privilege"James Risen New York Times reporter James Risen faces incarceration for citing a "reporter's privilege" to protect a source as he refused to testify in a criminal case against an ex-CIA employee. The Supreme Court refused to take his case on June 2nd, letting stand a lower court ruling that found there is no such thing as a reporter's privilege. Trevor Timm of the Freedom of the Press Foundation discusses the impact of the ruling.
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GP comment:  This is an ominous milestone in the slow but clear descent into to a totalitarian state.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jun.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! What Women Must Know

Jeffrey Smith The Truth About GMOs and Your Health — Top GMO watchdog Jeffrey Smith offers a flawless review of the politics, science, and dangers of genetically modified organisms in our food supply. Topics include gut disease from GM Bt toxin and from glyphosate, the top GMO pesticide; risks for infants and children; multiple tipping points that suggest consumers are winning the battle against GMOs, despite the political clout and dirty tricks of Monsanto and the rest of the GMO specters.
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GP comment:  Must-listening for anyone who eats food.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.May.2014


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

Strong Towns, Urban Development, and the Future of American Cities — Charles Marohn, President of the origanization Strong Towns, talks about urban development and what makes a strong town. Topics include how the post-World War II approach to town and city planning has led to debt problems and wasteful infrastructure investments; how changes as small as the width of roads make cities more vibrant; central Detroit today as a model of city growth; the incentive problems associated with how state and federal infrastructure funds are distributed; and Marohn's efforts to change civil engineers' perspective on growth.
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GP comment:  Marohn has a lot of good thoughts here, but he's still firmly inside the "growth is good" paradigm, which, in the end, must mathematically fail.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good ExtraEnvironmentalist

The Open Knowledge Societycircuit board connections Even with rapidly emerging innovative methods for distributing information and education, we’re still embedded in the economic relationships created in the 20th century. Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation and John Restakis, author of Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital talk about the concept of the partner state and the creation of a new knowledge commons as the basis of society. Can we better distribute knowledge to enable healthy forms of production and consumption as a template for a decentralized and equitable post-growth economy?
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GP comment:  These guys are smart enough to recognize that economic improvement cannot come through better ideas alone; the corrupt, lopsided, capital-driven system we have now must be forced to yield.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Nutrition Diva

Fructose Malabsorption and Gut Issues — Fruit is usually a healthy choice, but for those with fructose malabsorption, the wrong kind of fruit (or too much of it) can cause painful consequences. Nutrition Diva explains how to deal with fructose malabsorption.
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GP comment:  I suspect a related issue is the amount of FOS in some of these foods, like artichokes. FOS is not necessarily your friend.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Red Ice Radio

Paul Craig Roberts on the Crisis in Ukraine and the Geopolitical Chess GamePaul Craig Roberts Paul Craig Roberts discusses the neo-cons' broad "US hegemony" war agenda—sometimes referred to as the Wolfowitz doctrine—and how the Ukraine fits into the plan. Who has been the driving force behind the illegitimate takeover of Ukraine? What is the grudge between the West’s elite and Russia about? Washington’s willingness to work with anyone, including criminals, in order to achieve their goals is right out of their standard playbook, but it speaks volumes about their determination to remain the sole global superpower. Roberts explains why he thinks the USA is losing more and more influence around the world as other countries tire of its preponderant influence.
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GP comment:  Other than the host's implied assertion that bigotry is no longer a driving force in the world and the fact that neither the host nor guest knows how to pronounce "hegemony," this is pretty good. Roberts, for a former insider, is surprisingly blunt.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Common Pollutants and Chemicals Increase Breast Cancer Risk — A recent study from the Silent Spring Institute catalogued common pollutants and chemicals that increase breast cancer risk. Dr. Julia Brody explains how we can minimize exposure to these carcinogens and reduce the health risk.
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GP comment:  Cancer is just one of the many ways we're achieving better dying through chemistry.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.May.2014


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

Crack—The New Trend in Economic Numbers — The Italian government has announced that it will bolster its sagging economic numbers by including the drug trade and prostitution as part of its official economy. Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert use this as a launch point for a tirade on the ills of how TPTB view financial matters—at the expense of us all.
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GP comment:  Gives new meaning to the "service economy."

Original Show Pub Date: 29.May.2014


Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... C-Realm Podcast

C-Realm Book Club—Oryx and Crakeglowing pigs KMO is joined by four C-Realm listeners to discuss Margaret Atwood’s dark work of speculative fiction, Oryx and Crake. After a brief outline of the book's plot, KMO and guests consider whether the liberal arts have been degraded and devalued by corporate culture. In the near future of Atwood’s vision, science and technology reign supreme, and it is unfashionable to ask about consequences or ethical implications. Do you think that humans are part of nature or a plague upon the planet? If the latter, would you bother trying to design a successor species to replace us, or would it be better just to wipe the slate clean and leave it blank?
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GP comment:  This is mostly for people who have read and enjoyed the book. There are some interesting points here for the general audience, but only a few. Part 2, of you want it, is here.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Let's Create A Better World

radiation pattern on cell phone user's head The Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation — Kevin Mottus talks about the data on cell phone radiation and the problems it causes. Topics include ... brain tumors related to cell phones; tumors in areas where people carry phones; and wireless in schools. Mottus notes that the lead time for cancer related to cell phone radiation is 10-15 years. That's just about the amount of time cell phones have had wide market penetration, so we can expect cell phone-related cancers to start rising sharply now.
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GP comment:  Value your land line -- if you can get one!

Original Show Pub Date: 17.May.2014


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

Slip Kid Got Nuffin — A pretty good set of mostly rock, sprinkled with a bit o' soul and jazz. Top tracks are ... Wilco - "Impossible Germany" // Joe Jackson (with Elaine Caswell) - "Happy Ending" // Al Green - "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)" // Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Can You See Me" // The Who - "Slip Kid" // The Hollies - "Bus Stop" // Chuck Berry - "30 Days" // Spoon - "Got Nuffin".
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GP comment:  Starts off with two skippable live tracks but then settles in to some good stuff.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.May.2014


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

Will Japanese Reactors Restart?Aileen Mioko Smith The Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Agency is currently considering applications from eight different utility companies to restart 17 of the nation’s 54 nuclear reactors, which were taken offline in the wake of the Fukushima crisis. Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action Japan discusses the anti-nuclear movement in Japan and their efforts to stop the reactor restarts.
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GP comment:  All nuclear plants are dangerous and should be taken offline, wherever they are in the world. And "environmentalists" who think nuclear is the solution to global warming have lost their minds.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Apr.2014

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