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CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 19.APR.2014

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

Robot Worldrobot The word 'robot' first appeared in 1920 in Karel Capek's play, Rossum's Universal Robots. Since then, intelligent machines have starred countless times in novels and films. Professor Jay P. Telotte talks about the ways our fears and fascinations with robots are reflected in culture. ~~ Despite the technological leaps made in the realm of artificial intelligence, people often object to the idea that the minds of machines can ever replicate the minds of humans. But for engineers, the proof is in the processing. Stanford professor Jerry Kaplan talks about how the people who make robots view the field of AI.
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GP comment:  Man: "I think. I think I am. Therefore, I am. I think..." // Overlord: "Of course you are, my bright little star. I've miles And miles Of files, Pretty files, of your forefather's fruit; And now to suit, Our great computer, Your magnetic ink."  — Moody Blues, In The Beginning

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY, EMPIRE — 19.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns and Butter

Ukrainian Crisis In Historical Context — Webster Tarpley reviews the history of Ukraine, which was formed in nexus between WWI German occupation of the region and the Bolshevik revolution that resulted in the formation of the USSR. Tarpley discusses the parallel of today's situation with Germany in 1917 using the Ukraine region as a strategic pawn against Russia.
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GP comment:  This starts out a little overly detailed but overall is adds important historical context to our analysis of the Ukraine situation.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 19.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Nutrition Diva

Soil-Based Organismsseedling growing in rich soil Soil-based organisms are beneficial bacteria that some people believe are more helpful than the bacteria in probiotic foods like yogurt. Are they better? And are these products safe?
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GP comment:  I've done two trials with Primal Defense, the original SBO probiotic. The first time—about 8-10 years ago—was helpful. The second time, more recently, was not—I think because they had changed their formula to be less SBOs and more traditional probiotics. As for Prescript-Assist, which is mentioned in the clip, I tried it recently with no noticable benefit.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 19.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Sunrise Ocean Bender

Is It Secret? — The first third of this set is somewhat drony prog and neo-prog—not bad, but not particularly noteworthy. Then we get a three-song set of very nice accessible prog—recent releases that are throwbacks to the classic short prog-psyc sound of the 1970s. These tracks are "Altar Hexes" by White Candles, "Paper Sky" by Ian Skelly, and "The Brook Horse" by Barrett Elmore. This hattrick is immediately followed by a long Floydian instrumental, a la "Echos"—"Slumbers Gate" by Sky Picnic. Unfortunately, things head for deep space after that—so deep that static is all I could hear.
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GP comment:  Recommendable overall, but you can pretty much cut out after the first half ends with "Slumber's Gate."

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Feb.2014

IN MEMORIAM — 18.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Grinning Planet

Michael C. Ruppert — 1951-2014Michael C. Ruppert Earlier this week, Michael C. Ruppert, one of the most featured commentators on Grinning Planet in the last decade, was found dead of a gunshot wound, apparently self-inflicted. For those of us who understand the high level of irritation Mike Ruppert caused The Powers That Be, it is tempting to think "they finally killed him" and just made it APPEAR as though he committed suicide. They certainly do that on a regular basis to people who are causing them problems. But a quick read through ... Read more ... or check out a selection of Ruppert audio and video

CATEGORY:  CORPORATIONS — 18.APR.2014

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

Nader on Breaking the Corporate Lock on PowerRalph Nader Ralph Nader presents his thoughts on a left-right coalition that can find common ground to wrest power from the iron hand of corporations and their elite masters, and return control of the government to the people. He also discusses how lax oversight and failure to enforce existing vehicle safety laws has promoted profits over driver well being.
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GP comment:  I appreciate Nader's hopeful vision, but I think he underestimates the venality of the two parties.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 18.APR.2014

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

Ukraine Update, Fukushima Problems, Killing Environmentalists, Protecting Savers, more — Stories in this week's world news roundup include ... Ukrainian forces have been attempting, unsuccessfully, to run separatists out of government buildings in the East. Russia denies involvement in the protests. The US is backing the Ukrainian government's military operations there and is keeping warships in the Black Sea as part of a NATO military expansion. ~~ There is yet another setback at Fukushima in attempts to decontaminate water. ~~ There has been a significant increase in the killing of environmentalists defending land rights around the world. ~~ The EU has new authority to restructure failing banks in a way that better protects savers.
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GP comment:  Crazy monkeys, we are.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  FUN, MEDIA — 18.APR.2014

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

Letterman Departs, Colbert Rises and RevertsStephen Colbert David Letterman, who boasts the longest tenure of a late night host on broadcast TV, has announced his retirement. The news was quickly followed by the announcement of his replacement—Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert, whose satirical (faux) right-wing character has been reigning blows down on establishment politics for almost a decade.
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GP comment:  Contrary to OTM's assertion, Colbert is happy to bash politicians on both sides of the party line. He's also quite brilliant in general terms, as the funny unscripted comments he often makes during interview segments show. He will be a fine replacement for the long-tired Letterman formula.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 18.APR.2014

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

Greening the Power of the Web — If the internet were a country, it would be the sixth largest consumer of electricity in the world. Greenpeace analyst Gary Cook discusses his report detailing which tech companies are using renewable energy to power their servers, and which are still "dirty tech."
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GP comment:  Power should be as green as possible, but remember that there is no such thing as zero-impact energy.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 17.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Muzzled!Jefferson Muzzles logo Every year the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression issues the "Jefferson Muzzles" awards. These are booby prizes, awarded to individuals and institutions who act against Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech "cannot be limited without being lost." This year's winners include the US Justice Department, for overzealous (and illicit) pursuit of whistleblowers; the North Carolina General Assembly, for suppressing reportage related to public protest; and a high school principle, for cutting off a salutatorian's speech.
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GP comment:  George Carlin rolls in his grave.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 17.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

The Growing Threat From Methane — Methane is many times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Evidence from prehistory suggests methane was a major factor in Earth's largest extinction, and current global warming projections warn of ballooning methane emissions in the future. The White House has launched plans to reduce methane emissions from US sources.
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GP comment:  This is a decent short history of the relevance of methane to climate change. But regardless of what politicians say, the world will not be any more successful at (or truly interested in) controlling methane than it was at curbing CO2. In fact, methane from a tipping-point event or runaway feedback loop is the most likely scenario for catastrophic, rapid climate shift.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 17.APR.2014

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

Did This Miserable Winter Wipeout Mildew and Blight?mildew on leaf Mike McGrath's answers this time cover two important questions: Did the super-cold of the last winter help gardeners by killing off pathogens and pests? How do you know if the compost available at your local municipal composting facility contains lawn-pesticide residues or weed seeds? Other topics include crop rotation vs. crop interplanting and tips on begonias, daffodil variations, and roses.
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GP comment:  Fewer pests should be the LEAST the weatherman can offer after three months of polar vortex.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 17.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Vinyl Experience

Hall of FamePeter Gabriel A nice set of songs featuring this year's Rock 'n' Roll hall of Fame inductees. Top tracks are ... Cat Stevens - "Peace Train" // The Beatles - "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" // Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies - "Different Drum" // Nirvana - "Lithium" // Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - "The E Street Shuffle" // Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra - "The Last Time" // Peter Gabriel - "DIY" // Kiss - "Love Gun" // Daryl Hall, John Oates, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick - "Apollo Medley (live)".
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GP comment:  (Mostly) great songs. My only complaint is that a few of the vinyl tracks are marred by surface noise and other quality problems. Frankly, in those cases, I'd rather have the CD Experience.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 16.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Uprising

Jeremy Scahill on JSOC, Drones, and the Dingbat FactoryJeremy Scahill Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill discusses the tragedy of the US drone wars—a tragedy for those who suffer the "collateral damage" of the strikes, and a tragedy for the US because this amoral approach to war creates such antipathy against the country as a whole. He also discusses the outing of JSOC (the Joint Special Operations Command), a previously low-profile DoD outfit that is now globally recognized as another US "wet works" operation. He also laments the inanity of opinion among many in the US—apparently the output of a dingbat factory.
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GP comment:  Lots of inconvenient and uncomfortable truths in this one.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 16.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Leid Stories

Smash the Duopoly—The Case for New Political Parties — We in America are free to choose our elected leaders, as long as we don't mind choosing from a field of preselected Democrats and Republicans. The GOP-Dem duopoly has had a stranglehold on Americans’ political choices for way too long, says J. David Gillespie, author of Challengers to Duopoly: Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics. Gillespie discusses how two-party politics became the norm; how fledgling parties are targeted for annihilation; how debates and ballot slots are rigorously controlled to exclude third-party persons; and why it’s important that Americans engage in the formation of new parties that reflect their unique concerns.
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GP comment:  The corruptagon that is the Republican-Democrat duopoly is far more vast than a mere agreement to share power and exclude others. However, breaking that hammerlock is one possible avenue to breaking open the power vault and starting to repair the damage these execrable traitors have done to democracy.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 16.APR.2014

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

SSRIs and Violent BehaviorDr. David Healy Professor of psychiatry Dr. David Healy discusses the issue of antidepressants and behavior modification, including the link between SSRIs and mass shootings. Healy resists the temptation to make a blanket statement that SSRIs cause crazy, violent behavior. But he does say that the statistical correlation is sufficient to suggest that SSRIs cause SOME people to go nuts in the worst sort of way, and that patients and families should be warned whenever these medications are prescribed.
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GP comment:  SSRIs are one of the most overprescribed drugs. It seems inevitable that a drug designed to modify the central nervous system will occasionally have bizarre and tragic unintended side effects.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 16.APR.2014

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

Chemtrails and the New Biology — Vincent Freeman is a molecular biologist and artificial intelligence scientist working to identify and expose covert geo-engineering and bio-engineering. Freeman discusses a biological pathogen that has been linked to chemtrails. He explains the biological evidence that this is a "cross-domain bacterium"—certainly genetically engineered, and possibly also employing nanotechnology. He explains where the pathogen is being found, how widespread it is, and what the likely ramifications of it are.
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GP comment:  Interesting, but mostly to be filed under "more research needed."

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, ENERGY, HISTORY — 15.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

The Supranational Deep Stateshadowy figure Charlotte Dennett recounts how her research into the life of her deceased father, a high-level CIA agent, helped her understand how the world works. Studying information obtained using FOIA requests and interviewing people from her father's life, Dennett could see how oil fields and projected pipeline routes in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia were the very locations that Western nations continually seem to find reasons to foster regime change, engage in military operations, and set up military bases. She concluded that access to energy is the dominant factor in why foreign powers incessantly exploit local religious, ethnic, and political rivalries to achieve the larger strategic goal of securing access to energy reserves.
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GP comment:  Yup. No other explanation passes the smell test.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  CLIMATE, HISTORY — 15.APR.2014

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

In the 17th Century, a Different Climate Crisis but the Same Old Elites — In the 1600s, the world faced a global climate crisis—an extended period of cooling known as the Little Ice Age—which severely depressed agricultural output. Most rulers of the time took the opportunity not to help their populations adapt to the problem but as an opportunity to purge internal enemies and harvest the wealth of other lands. Historian Geoffrey Parker discusses the lessons of the 17th century, where elites—with the exception of Tokugawa Japan—responded to the crisis with wars and scapegoating.
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GP comment:  Well, given that bankster types have been around since about that time, it's no surprise.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH, FOOD, PESTICIDES — 15.APR.2014

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

Study Links Pesticides and Lowered IntelligenceCAUTION - pesticide spraying in progress - proceed at own risk Studies conducted in the Salinas Valley and New York City have found that the effects of pesticides on development in children can be similar to those of lead, including lower IQs and slower mobility. Journalist Susan Freinkel discusses the findings.
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GP comment:  Freinkel soft-pedals on her recommendations. Forget that "wash the pesticides off" nonsense—washing reduces but does not eliminate pesticide residue. Buy organic, or grow 'em yourself. And for heaven's sake, if you are still using lawn chemicals or "Turfbuilder" type products, STOP!

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 15.APR.2014

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

Moving Back Toward Wholeness—Soul and Non-Ordinary States — Ukiah Marcus talks about the healing process for the soul, holotropic breathwork, and working with non-ordinary states of consciousness. Many of us have forgotten our innate sense of wholeness, but our soul's directive is always pulling us back toward it, whether to reclaim or to integrate. Find out what kinds of experiences you may have in these non-ordinary states and the major life shifts that can happen.
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GP comment:  Might work for some people.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 14.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

Radiation and Ways to Monitor ItFarmer with tools This clip opens with a collage of nuclear tidbits: First we hear the seminal song Radioactivity by Kraftwerk; then a summary of Marie Curie's fascination with, and tragic death from, radioactive substances; then comedian Dick Gregory offering that radiation is worse than hunger and war: “Because I can feel hunger. I can see war... I cannot see radiation. I cannot smell radiation. I cannot hear radiation. I look around one day and I am dead.” ~~ The majority of the clip centers on Geiger counter builder Dan Sythe and the SafeCast network that has been set up to monitor Fukushima radiation.
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GP comment:  I rail against stupid, insensitive humans quite a bit. Here we get to hear about some humans that are quite the opposite.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE, RESILIENCE — 14.APR.2014

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

The Ultimate Metric of Doom — Sustainability prepper Orren Whiddon explains how the original Limits to Growth study put him on his life-long course of learning about energy/ecological limits and adapting his life to them—even if the modern world around him did not have much interest in joining him (at least not yet). Whiddon argues that the level of peak human population will be the ultimate metric of our civilization's undoing. In the meantime, sterile phrases like "peak population" mask the abyss of human suffering that will occur as we descend back to a sustainable level of people on the planet.
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GP comment:  Just as the ecological footprint connects population and lifestyle to planetary destruction, that equation can be reserved, and we can see that as planetary constraints descend, lifestyles will degrade for many people before the actual number of them begins to fall.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 14.APR.2014

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

Hurricane Sandy's Lessons in Coastal ResilienceMeera Subramanian As major weather-related calamities like Hurricane Sandy are teaching us, decisions around where buildings are built and vegetation is planted are important, especially as they relate to the encroaching coastline and other impacts of climate change. Meera Subramanian discusses post-Sandy restoration efforts that draw upon engineering insights from a hundred years ago.
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GP comment:  People shouldn't build where natural has a tendency to thrash. But they still do.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  PRIVACY — 14.APR.2014

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

Big Data and the Future of Corporate Surveillance — These days, little surprises us when we hear of a new way in which the National Security Agency has been spying on us. But while anger at government surveillance unites much of the left and right, we often don’t stop and think about corporate surveillance—the myriad ways in which corporations track our habits online and, increasingly, in the real world, too. Catherine Crump of the ACLU discusses life in the fish-bowl world of "Big Data."
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GP comment:  It's up to each of us to find the balance point where the service provided is not worth making our data public. An BTW—from a legal standpoint, if you give your info to a corporation, you give it to the government, too.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 12.APR.2014

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

Sounding the Alarm—Noise Pollutionpoliceman holding up hand to stop Noise pollution is a growing problem. On this edition, we hear three stories about noise pollution: how it affects marine mammals; how it affects people near airports; how it feels to be in a remote area with only natural sounds.
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GP comment:  Noise is one of those things that can subtly wears your nerves down when you're awake and keep you from getting proper deep sleep at night, thus slowly degrading your health.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 12.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

Where is the Next Generation of Protesters? — Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss an article in The Guardian that examines why young people are not protesting against a system that clearly does not have their best interests in mind. The young people point out that the interconnection between corporations and government, combined with the restrictive policies that cause police to deal with any protest as if it were a riot, make protest a risky proposition, from a short-term safety standpoint and from a career standpoint.
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GP comment:  For now, at least, the youngsters are somewhat exaggerating the risk of protest and free speech. Beyond that, though, why is it the younger generation's responsibility to fix this mess? It's the previous two generations that abandoned good citizenship in favor of the perks of empire. Step up, people.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 12.APR.2014

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

The Coming Robot Army Just Wants To RockZ-Machines, a power trio designed by Japanese roboticists, on stage in Tokyo last year. The songs on Music for Robots, a new EP by the U.K. artist Squarepusher, is performed entirely by the group. British electronic musician Tom Jenkinson, better known as Squarepusher, was approached by a group of Japanese roboticists last year with a pitch he calls "the ultimate 12-year-old-boy fantasy." The team explained that they had constructed a band of mechanical musicians with superhuman abilities: a dreadlocked bot with 78 fingers that could play two guitars at once, an octopus-like drummer with 22 arms, a laser-shooting keyboard player. They were called the Z-Machines. All they needed were songs.
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GP comment:  There are some interesting insights here about how preconceptions can influence whether we appreciate a musical piece. More generally, robotic music probably won't be a thing, but then again I would have said that about the Blue Man Group, too.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE — 12.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Peak Prosperity

A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming — We are all awakening to the realities of a future defined by declining net energy, concerns about food security, community resilience, and reliable income. Small-scale farming usually quickly surfaces as a pursuit that could help address all of these. Yet most dismiss the idea of becoming farmers themselves; mainly because of lack of prior experience, coupled with lack of capital. Enter Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Maude-Helene. They are a thirtysomething couple who have been farming successfully for the past decade. In fact, they've been micro-farming—their entire growing operations happen on just an acre and half of land. And they make a fine living at it.
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GP comment:  It can be done, IF you develop the right skills, have a high level of persistence, and have access to a customer base willing to pay something other than Walmart prices.

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 11.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Peak Prosperity

The Benefits of Deploying Investment Capital LocallyMichael Schuman One can make a strong case that all investing—making money just because you have money—is a parasitic activity on the productive workforce. But if you're not ready to go that far, Michael Shuman's plan is probably more your speed. He suggests that it's waaaaay better to invest in local businesses than to invest in Wall Street or similar markets. Local investing can provide better returns for you personally and it is proven to improve capital retention within a community.
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GP comment:  And let's not forget about the improved karma.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 11.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Post Carbon Institute

Drilling California — Energy expert David Hughes and investment wonks discuss the prospects of developing California’s Monterey Shale. The potential oil reserves in the Monterey geologic region dwarf all other US shale reserves. But those who seek public support for tapping the resource are greatly overestimating the amount of oil that will be generated, exaggerating the economic benefits that will accrue to California, and downplaying the pollution associated with the oil extraction methods.
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GP comment:  Holy cow, even CERA, one of the biggest pimpers of bad energy data in the US, won't get onboard with the ridiculous numbers that are being slung around on the Monterey play.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  CORPORATIONS — 11.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Arundhati Roy on India's Corporate-Driven Totalitarian PathArundhati Roy Arundhati Roy discusses India’s transforming political landscape. She makes the case that globalized capitalism has intensified the wealth divide, racism, and environmental degradation, asserting that India's coming election is going to be about who the corporations choose, about who is the puppet who won't blink when it's time to deploy the Indian army against the poorest people in the country, pushing them out to give the land, rivers, and mountains to the major mining corporations.
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GP comment:  Roy sometimes gets lost in the weeds, but she is quite clear and cogent here.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 11.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns and Butter

Continuity of Government and the Suspension of the US Constitution — Historian Peter Dale Scott explains continuity of government (COG) planning. It's supposed to be a way for the federal government to ensure order and safety during a national emergency, but Scott says that since 2001, as a matter of law, Bush and Obama have kept the US in a quietly declared state of emergency, thus keeping COG in effect. Topics include laws, executive orders, and presidential directives related to COG planning; the National Preparedness Review of 2001—four months before 9-11; shifting COG responsibility from FEMA to the US Army; "The Doomsday Project"; COG vs. the US Constitution.
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GP comment:  The operations of government—people whose salaries we pay and who are supposed to work in our best interests—are at their most secretive state in the last 100 years.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD — 10.APR.2014

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

The Carageenan ControversyCarageenan Carrageenan is a seaweed extract widely used in the food industry, mostly as a thickener and gelling agent. You'll find it in ice cream, cottage cheese, non-dairy milks, jelly, pudding, and infant formula. Some scientists have presented evidence that carrageenan is highly inflammatory and toxic to the digestive tract. Equally respected scientists have detailed the reasons that this evidence is flawed and misleading, concluding that there is no valid reason to ban its use. The Diva dives in on the controversy.
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GP comment:  Probably better to not eat it regularly.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 10.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

Testing the Waters (for Fukushima Radioactivity) — Three years after Fukushima, the ocean currents are finally bringing the first of that accident's radioactive releases via the ocean currents to the shores of the US and Canadian west coasts. One would think that agencies like NOAA, EPA, NIST, or even the NRC would see it as a priority to monitor the situation. All have declined, stating that this is not their responsibility. Because of that leadership vacuum, volunteers have stepped into the breach, becoming a network of measurement takers—a combination of crowd sourcing and academic work.
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GP comment:  Ingestion of radioactive particles—as might happen if contaminated Pacific fish are consumed—is the big issue.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 10.APR.2014

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

On a Rigged Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Differencereporter Michael Lewis Reporter Michael Lewis explains how the stock market is rigged to maximize the take for Wall Street, big banks, stock exchanges, and high-frequency traders at the expense of ordinary investors. The game is so refined that minimizing the length of the wires connecting individual traders to the exchanges is part of the a business model for the traders and the exchanges.
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GP comment:  As with the financial system in general, the stock market is structurally designed to vacuum money from the bottom to the top. High frequency trading is simply the most parasitic activity within the parasitic system.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 10.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Beyond 50

The Real Goodfellas — Joseph Trigoboff was a fat, four-eyed kid growing up in the toughest, most Mafia-filled slum in the country—East New York. From surviving protection rackets at the age of five, violent anti-Semitism, and brutal gang wars during the 1950s and 60s, he not only knew but exchanged blows with members of street gangs that were headed by future "Goodfellas." But Trigoboff says the truth was very little like the snappy mobsters portrayed in the Hollywood movie.
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GP comment:  It's hard to understand our general fascination with mobsters. Something about the allure of power, I suppose. In any event, Trigoboff's story is a captivating one.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 09.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good NPR

A mini-drone lands with a 12-pack of beer for ice fishing anglers in Minnesota in January. The Federal Aviation Administration grounded future deliveries when they learned of the service. The Drones Are Coming, Whether We Like It Or Not — The Federal Aviation Administration will officially allow commercial use of drones starting next year. Donna Dulo, who is writing a law book about unmanned aviation, says, "We need to look at the safety of these systems... We're going to see an exponential explosion of these aircraft in the skies in the near future—where news happens, where there are police incidents, where we're doing firefighting operations. Facebook wants to put these things in the sky to create a wireless cloud across the globe." Dulo is concerned about the many unanswered questions raised by drones, including privacy issues, collisions, and legal culpability.
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GP comment:  It's easy enough to scoff at the seemingly ludicrous economics of Amazon.com using drones to deliver packages. But if they cost-shared with someone who was interested in using the drones simultaneously for other purposes—say, surveillance and spying—then it starts to look more plausible. But hey, a mega-corp would NEVER cooperate with the spy agencies, would they?

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  PRIVACY — 09.APR.2014

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

Lawmakers Call for Ending Secrecy of US Intel's Black Budget — Using documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Washington Post has revealed the nation's so-called "black budget" to be $53 billion, a 54 percent hike over the past decade. The documents also revealed the NSA is paying hundreds of millions of dollars a year to US telecomm companies for access to their communications networks. Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont discusses a bipartisan bill that would force President Obama to include the total dollar amount requested for each of the 16 intelligence agencies in his budget proposal, with the goal of increasing Congressional oversight.
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GP comment:  Good goal, but I suspect the tail will not be successful at wagging the dog.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE — 09.APR.2014

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

Is Our Highly Complex Society Ripe for Rapid Collapse?David Korowicz There is a small band of pundits warning of civilizational collapse, and there are a growing number of people who suspect they are right. David Korowicz explains why certain events could cause our highly integrated, very complex modern world to become dysfunctional very quickly. He addresses examples like Ireland, which just went through an economic beating, as well as the UK fuel-depot blockade, which brought Britain to its knees in less than a week.
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GP comment:  Everything said here is correct, but none of it is new. Excellent listening for collapse newbies; a decent refresher—though underweight on peak energy and EMPs—for veteran collapsitarians.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CLIMATE) — 09.APR.2014

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

IPCC Climate Change Report Advocates Adaptation — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its latest report, which focuses on "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability," or how humans and the natural systems are likely to be affected by climate change, and how we can try to adapt to it. We are definitely already seeing the impacts of climate change, and while we've started to prepare for the more serious issues to come—including extreme weather, drought, floods, potential crop failures, and wildfires—there is still much to do.
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GP comment:  Because of their nature as "consensus reports," IPCC reports have always been far behind current science, understating impacts and lowballing predictions. Even with the increased urgency here, this report is no exception. It's good that they're focusing on adaptation to warming, because avoidance is no longer an option.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 08.APR.2014

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

Catherine Austin Fitts—We're only 10% of the Way into Their Schemechart - risk management, debt management, financial freedom, cash flow Catherine Austin Fitts and Meria Heller discuss the various ills of the bankster-run crime world we live in. Fitts observes that most people live their lives in a way that supports the very people—the corp-gov-bankster cabal—who are draining wealth and energy from them. She estimates the total amount the banksters and elites have harvested via their various schemes to be about $40 trillion. But she thinks we're only about 10% of the way into the transition to the brave new world where all transactions are digital, the remaining middle-class wealth has been harvested, the average American is chipped, and drones surveille the US skies.
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GP comment:  Heller makes a big point of how bad shopping at Walmart is for locally owned businesses but then boast that she shops online as much as possible. The latter is generally not any better for locally owned businesses, though I have to agree it's preferrable to Walmart.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL AND COSMIC — 08.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Lifeboat Hour

Stand Up on Your Hind Legs and Howl — Mike Ruppert comments that mainstream culture is insane. Many people are waking up to this; though the crazy train rolls on. ~~ An audio essay by John Trudell speaks to the need for (and effectiveness of) relentless passive resistance. ~~ An audio clip from Terrence McKenna explains why it's ludicrous that the people at the top of the various political, economic, and religious hierarchies think they are more informed on "how things are" and therefore entitled to tell the rest of us what to think and do. The only thing that is real (and knowable) is the experience, the moment. The authenticity of our own minds must take precedence over thought- and behavior-modifying rules. Act on your intuition, without regret—stand up on your hind legs and howl.
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GP comment:  Ruppert advises, "Stop asking crazy people whether you are insane." In other words, stop using the reference points of the mainstream but bat-shit-crazy world to assess yourself, your thoughts, and your actions.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ANIMAL WELFARE — 08.APR.2014

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

International Court Saves Whales (?)whale breaching Japan has been hunting whales under the guise of science since a global ban nearly thirty years ago. A new ruling from the International Court of Justice may finally put an end to Japanese whaling. Duke University marine biologist Andy Read explains.
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GP comment:  We'll see. Countries (and people) have a way of continuing doing what they want to do, regardless of what others think about it.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 08.APR.2014

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

Gaye King Knuckles — A Bowl of Soul plays songs in honor of Marvin Gaye, Martin Luther King Jr., and Frankie Knuckles. Best tracks are ... "Inner City Blues" by Marvin Gaye // "Confidential" by Sonny Knight // "Brothers and Sisters" by MFSB // "Don't Let Love Get You Down" by Archie Bell & The Drells.
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GP comment:  With a few exceptions, this is run-of-the-mill pop soul. Not bad, but not essential.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY, PEAK OIL — 07.APR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! ExtraEnvironmentalist

Energy Slavescoal miners Where past societies shackled human muscle with force and subjugation to create an energy surplus, beginning in the late 19th century we began using coal, then oil, then natural gas to create an unprecedented energy abundance. As the era of surplus energy comes to an end, how will our everyday reliance on energy slaves for mechanical and cognitive work change and adapt? Andrew Nikiforuk, author of The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude, discusses ways of understanding our use and abuse of cheap energy. ~~ Also in this show, Chris Nelder talks about an energy-transition tipping point, clean energy in Germany, and the decline of the big oil players.
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GP comment:  The concept of "energy slaves" is essential. The combination of technology and cheap energy has freed us from most of the drudgery associated with past centuries. If the per capita level of available energy begins to fall—as it inevitably will on a finite planet with an expanding population—the average number of energy slaves each of us commands will also begin to fall.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE, FINANCIAL — 07.APR.2014

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

Global Imperialism, Currency Wars, and Decoupling from the Bankster System — James Corbett talks about the crisis of civilization, as the gaping maw of the global empire starts to turn inward to gobble up its own. Topics include the collapse of the dollar reserve paradigm and the threat it poses to the average man or woman; Putin and Russia's gambit; ways that people can disengage from the military-banker system and avoid being crushed by its machinations and perturbations.
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GP comment:  BitCoin and other global alternative currencies will always, one way or another, eventually be absorbed, co-opted, or taken down by the establishment financial system. More hope lies in local currencies and true lifestyle change. Have you stopped using your credit card yet? (And remember, even if you get your card from your local bank or credit union, the banksters run the back end and still make their money.)

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 07.APR.2014

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

Supreme Court OK's Billionaires to Buy ElectionsBernie Sanders In a 5-to-4 decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case, the US Supreme Court has struck down a long-standing limit on how much individual donors can give to federal candidates, political parties, and political action committees in a two-year election cycle. Without any aggregate limit, wealthy donors can now give millions directly to candidates and parties. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont explains the impact of the landmark decision and outlines his battle plan to remove big money from the electoral process.
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GP comment:  I guess the good news about the decision is that anyone who doubted that we live in a plutocracy can now stop resisting the obvious.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD — 07.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

The Skinny on Evaporated Cane Sugar — The health food industry routinely—and intentionally—misuses the terms like "evaporated cane sugar" to allow consumers to incorrectly infer that the ingredient is essentially "sugar cane squeezin's" and better for you than white sugar. Dee McCaffery explains the nuances of cane sugar—and why you should beware the "evaporated" moniker.
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GP comment:  Oh, those rascally corporate foodies, what will they think of next? That said, let's all take personal responsibility for our sugar habits.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD, ORGANICS — 05.APR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Food Sleuth Radio

Chuck Benbrook on the Benefits of Organic and Grass-FedChuck Benbrook Agricultural nutritionist Chuck Benbrook talks about why organic foods typically have better nutrient profiles than conventional foods; why grass-fed dairy is far superior to grain-fed, regardless or whether it's organic; and why the advent of GMO crop technology has ultimately meant MORE herbicide use, not less.
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GP comment:  My only complaint here is that it was too short!

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 05.APR.2014

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

"Big Men" Documentary Exposes the Colliding Worlds of Oil Men, Militants, and State-Owned Oil — A new documentary chronicling the worlds of Texas oil executives, Nigerian government officials, and armed militants shows how competing interests over resources and power can warp whole nations. Rachel Boyton's documentary Big Men follows an American company called Kosmos as it wins a lucrative contract with Ghana’s government. With intimate access to the executives of Kosmos and the armed insurgents of Nigeria, Boyton exposes backroom wheeling and dealing in a way that is rarely seen on the big screen.
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GP comment:  The documentary itself it probably fascinating. This clip, not so much.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 05.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Love, Lust, and Laughter

Sexual Health for Older Men — Topics include... the life story of the (aging) penis; testosterone issues and the nuances of bioidentical hormone replacement; personality attractiveness vs. physical attractiveness; the importance of stress management and regular exercise to good sex; improving sexual stamina. This is part 2 of the interview with Dr. Dudley Danoff.
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GP comment:  If you are offended by the word "penis," this one will not be for you.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  PRIVACY — 04.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Dragnet Nation—Do Google and Facebook Collect More Private Info Than the NSA?man at computer Investigative journalist Julia Angwin discusses the topics in her new book, "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance." Angwin outlines the online/cell phone privacy challenge and details the complex steps she took to increase her own privacy by reducing her exposure to sites like Facebook and Google and by closing windows that can be exploited by web-cam hackers, password crackers, and others.
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GP comment:  Just assume everything you do online is monitored, tracked, and will be used to exploit you at some point. But there are still steps you can take to reduce exposure, and they are worth doing.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 04.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Green Power and Wellness

The Death Toll from the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant — Nuclear experts Jerry Brown and Joe Mangano report on their just-released study showing a clear rise in death rates and health effects around California’s two nuclear reactors at San Luis Obispo (Diablo Canyon). Mangano also discusses what we can expect when sea-borne radiation arrives on the beaches of California. Mangano's studies were the first to show the impacts in the United States from the radiation that came here by air just five days after the explosions at Fukushima, and he warns that worse is yet to come.
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GP comment:  Also discussed is the pro-nuclear lie about the safe level of ionizing radiation. (There is no safe level.)

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 04.APR.2014

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

Andrew Gause on Money Printing and Infrastructure, the SS Trust Fund, Taking Over the Federal Reserve, moreAndrew Gause Andrew Gause's topics include ... TPTB are creating lots of new money, but they clearly don't think it should be used for infrastructure in US; why the Social Security Trust Fund doesn’t exist; why China's currency being a reserve currency is unlikely; why we should not dissolve the Federal Reserve System but rather should just have Treasury take it over for the benefit of all taxpayers; the troubles Mr. Putin is having with the banksters.
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GP comment:  In the end, circumstances may prove him right about investing in collectible coins, but just remember that the premium price commanded by a collectible collapses if everything else collapses.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Apr.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD, HEALTH — 04.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Food Sleuth Radio

FODMAP—Change Your Carby Food, Change Your Bloaty Life — Patsy Catsos discusses the FODMAP diet—which is really more of a "problem-food elimination scheme." Many people have a gut imbalance that causes certain types of sugars, alcohols, and fibers to ferment in the large intestine, causing problems that range from simple bloating and discomfort to full-blown bowel disease. By eliminating the whole complement of fermentable foods and then reintroducing them one at a time to monitor symptom reoccurrence, a person may be able to design a permanent diet that allows their gut to heal and their life to return to normal.
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GP comment:  Problems with inappropriate fermentation of foods in the lower gut is no doubt a problem for a great many people. Just don't forget that it may combine with other gut issues and make the diagnosis and cure less than simple.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 03.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

What's Eating You—Testing for ParasitesRaphael d'Angelo Raphael d'Angelo, M.D. talks about his "detective work" trying to help people overcome gut issues, particularly those related to parasites. Topics include, why a compromised immune system may not handle parasites well; common symptoms of parasites; a 3-month program that almost always gets protozoans out; essential oils for taking care of parasites; candida overgrowth in the gut; the sugar problem; parasites from pets; is it possible to have no symptoms and still have parasites?
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GP comment:  We all have a few; overgrowth is the problem.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 03.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns and Butter

The Deep State, from WWII to Present — Historian Peter Dale Scott discusses the rise of the Deep State—a covert organization with the CIA at its heart that pulls the strings of the world. Topics include the importance of the illicit drug trade to the behavior of the US empire; before there was an Israel there was a Mossad trying to get Israel set up; the "rat lines"—a sort of underground railroad that smuggled both Nazis and Jews out of Germany; the War on Drugs as just another facet of the CIA-controlled drug trade.
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GP comment:  Excellent point about the War on Drugs being undertaken to make the illicit side more profitable. More broadly, the machine always seeks to profit off both sides of any duality.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 03.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Agroinnovations Podcast

The Soil Food Web and Compost Microbiology — Elaine Ingham gives listeners an overview of soil microbiology—the scope, scale, and dynamics of the soil food web. In part B, Dr. Ingham discusses the impact of natural disasters on soil microbiology, testing laboratories for soil microbes, aerobic composting techniques, and methods for managing soil microbiology using compost tea.
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GP comment:  Material was recorded in 2011 but was broadcast for the first time in 2014. Still 100% relevant.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 02.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Red Ice Radio

Patrick Henningsen Ukraine, Crimea, Russia and the Machinations of the West — Patrick Henningsen of the 21st Century Wire news website explains the history of Crimea and the inaccuracies in the framing of this issue by Western media outlets. Other topics include how the globalists are keeping the US in a permanent state of war; past revolutions and how NGOs do the groundwork; the disinformation surrounding Russia, from anti-gay laws to Russia's desire to expand.
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GP comment:  Henningsen is very sharp. Another good addition to the insightful analyses of the Ukraine situation.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 02.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good KunstlerCast

Chris Nelder on Energy — JHK and Chris Nelder's topics include ... how tight oil and the declining global economy are affecting investment in petroleum infrastructure; the quiet movement towards more efficient use of energy; how price competitiveness and new political alliances are boosting renewables; how the political death-grip of the oil and gas industry in the United State depresses investment in alternative energy and transportation modes; how the suburbs may fare as energy prices demand demographic change.
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GP comment:  The majority of people in the US will not be "disappointed by the failure of the overhyped shale oil/gas revolution," at least not directly. Most of them aren't even paying attention to such topics.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 02.APR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Pop Goes the World

Post-Fund-Drive Victory Lap! — A good set of high-energy alt pop. Top tracks are ... "Staying Cool" by Natalie Portman's Shaved Head // "Bohemian Like You" by The Dandy Warhols // "To Be Like I" by China Rats // "Hit Me" by The London Suede" // "Heart" by " by Rockpile // "Rockin' Around N.Y.C." by Marshall Crenshaw // "That's Entertainment" by The Jam // "Spacehead" by Primitives // "Steady Love" by Title Tracks // "I Love You" by Said The Whale // "Someone's Going To Break Your Heart" by Fountains Of Wayne // "Tokyo" by The Pinkertones.
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GP comment:  Be thankful I spared you the picture on the track listing page.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 01.APR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Political Analysis

The Myth of Nuclear Securitynuclear security tag Anti-nuclear activist Chuck McCune talks about various nuclear safety issues, as well as the flaws and vulnerabilities of nuclear power. Topics include the recent radioactivity leak at the "WIPP" nuclear-waste storage facility in New Mexico; secrecy in Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proceedings and votes; NRC interference in state's rights issues.
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GP comment:  The NRC should just admit that it's first priority is to protect industry profits.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  PEAK OIL — 01.APR.2014

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

Peak Oil—Past, Present, and Future — Richard Heinberg and Mike Ruppert, two veterans of the effort to alert the public to the problem of peak oil, review the last decade from that perspective. Were the peak oil prophets right? Will peak oil mean collapse, or burning the last, worst dirty fuels, or merely transitioning to alternative energies? Who have been the most influential players in the peak oil movement?
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GP comment:  Good to hear these two guys talking.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Mar.2014

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

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living On Earth

Oil Spills Increasingoil spill on beach The 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill was marked by a tanker spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an oil pipeline rupture in an Ohio nature reserve, and a BP refinery leaking oil into Lake Michigan. Lorne Stockman of Oil Change International says that oil producers are increasingly going after difficult-to-extract oil reserves. The more difficult production environments and changing oil substrates are stressing the infrastructure, so we're seeing an increase in spills.
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GP comment:  Yup, just another sign that we're in the "burning the furniture" phase.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 01.APR.2014

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

Nonviolence Before Gandhi — We usually associate nonviolent protest with Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., but nonviolent protest started before that. Historian Micah Alpaugh cites the case of the Parisian masses who during the French Revolution primarily use non-violent methods, engaging in violence only when the royal forces first used violence against them or when all other avenues had been exhausted.
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GP comment:  The non-violent protest can be very effective. I do note, however, that our best leaders of non-violent protest keep getting assassinated by The Powers That Be, a notably non-non-violent measure.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 31.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good It's Our Money with Ellen Brown

Using Eminent Domain to Stem Big-Bank Foreclosuresforeclosure sign Cities around the country have been ravaged by foreclosures following the mortgage loan scandals of recent years. Big banks have been wheeling and dealing these finance contracts, often illegally, to execute fraudulent takings of property or have been profiteering via high servicing fees. But they may now be facing their Achilles Heel, as bold government leaders devise plans to force the banks to the negotiating table by challenging their legitimacy of title. The pioneer of this eminent domain legal strategy, Prof. Robert Hockett of Cornell University, discusses the legal rationale and the probability of its success in Richmond, CA and elsewhere.
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GP comment:  The gambit is a bit complicated, but this clip is very worthwhile. It's time to light the banksters' big pile of fraudulent paper on fire.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD — 31.MAR.2014

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

The Modern Diet and the Jungle Effect — Dr. Daphne Miller once had a patient. The person was originally from a jungle area south of the border but had lived in the US for many years, acquiring the subtle ill health effects of modern living. When the patient returned to her jungle home for an extended visit, all the nagging health complaints that had crept up on her vanished. The patient—and the doctor—wanted to know why.
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GP comment:  Two words: Industrial food.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES — 31.MAR.2014

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

The Extreme Life of the Seasea life Life in the ocean is a longstanding mystery to most humans. Even with modern technology, we're still learning new things about the ocean. A new book, The Extreme Life of the Sea, sheds an entertaining and informative light on some of the ocean’s oldest, oddest, fiercest and strangest creatures. Coauthor and biologist Steve Palumbi discusses the work.
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GP comment:  It's a bit sad that Palumbi has to try to bring a Discovery Channel-style level of hyper-excitement to the topic to get us interested. Nonetheless, these species ARE interesting.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 31.MAR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Warrior Connection

Depleted Uranium and the Legacy of Dirty War — The US military uses depleted uranium in many of its munitions because it makes for a denser payload. They claim that there is no radiation risk, but the evidence is clear that use of DU munitions affects not only combatants during warfare but that DU also leaves a legacy of contamination in ex-battle zones for years after combat operations have ceased. Several experts discuss radiological weapons, explosives, hazardous materials policies, and military reports on the topic of DU.
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GP comment:  A bit unpolished in format, but this is an important topic.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 30.MAR.2014

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

Spring Springs Eternal — A set of songs in celebration of spring. Top tracks are ... Zombies - "Time Of The Season" // XTC - "Grass" // Stranglers - "Always The Sun" // Simon and Garfunkel - "At The Zoo" // Allman Brothers Band - "Revival" // Outlaws - "Green Grass And High Tides Forever (live)" // Wilson Pickett - "Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You" // Traffic - "Berkshire Poppies" // Talk Talk - "Life’s What You Make It."
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GP comment:  There are another half-dozen songs (not listed) in the "eh" category. I would have preferred that a couple of those get dropped in favor of bringing in the longer, awesomer studio version of "Green Grass And High Tides Forever." And I fail to see why DJs seem to always favor Taj Mahal's lesser version of the Monkees' classic "Take a Giant Step." Still, a good set overall.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE — 29.MAR.2014

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

Sci-Fi Dystopia and Distinguishing Collapse from Catastropheburnt-out scene KMO welcomes Chad Hill, the author of the Hipcrime Vocab blog, to carry on the conversation about the future. It may seem a mere artistic choice that science fiction has transitioned to squallid depictions of dysfunctional futures and away from Utopian visions of people and societies liberated from drudgery and conflict by advanced technology and good governance. But many of these trends reflect the reality of our increasingly Orwellian techno-fascist society.
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GP comment:  KMO's audio essay at the end is must-hear.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 29.MAR.2014

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

Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs — In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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GP comment:  A brief but important glimpse at the harsh realities created by the US invasion of Iraq.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 29.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Nutrition Diva

Cancer Prevention—Beyond Good Dietveggies in heart shape The Centers for Disease Control recently hosted a meeting at which experts from several different fields discussed "Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Midlife." Why midlife? As the authors wrote, "Positive changes during this phase of life have the potential to prevent cancer incidence later in life, making this phase an opportune time for targeted prevention efforts to facilitate healthy aging and increased longevity." Nutrition Diva agrees but thinks the recommendations outlined in their report make sense at any age.
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GP comment:  Pretty good coverage. One nit: The reason the "data are not there" to support the connection between chemicals and cancer is that studies and researchers showing such connections are ruthlessly attacked by industry. Buy organic; grow your own.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CHEMICALS) — 29.MAR.2014

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

Toxic Chemical Dioxane Detected In More Water Supplies — West Virginia's drinking water crisis earlier this year highlighted an unsettling truth about tap water: Treatment plants test for only a fraction of the chemicals in use. The chemical 1,4-dioxane, which is used by industry to dissolve oily or greasy substances—and likely causes cancer—is one chemical that is being detected now that it's being tested for.
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GP comment:  Why it should surprise anyone that a common industrial solvent contaminates our waters is beyond me. This "hope for the best" approach to chemicals has to stop.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 28.MAR.2014

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

solar panels on roof Electric Utilities Fight Home Solar and Net Metering — Utility companies want to scale back a key incentive for homeowners to install solar panels—net metering, a policy that allows homeowners to sell or bank their excess solar power on sunny days. Bryan Miller of the Alliance for Clean Energy details utilities' attempts to reduce or do away with net metering.
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GP comment:  As with all corporate enterprises, energy companies will fight anything that detracts from their bottom line, regardless of whether it supports the long-term goals of society. The corporate shark relentlessly swims and eats, swims and eats. But I insult the actual shark with such an association.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 28.MAR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Dan Carlin - Common Sense

Crimea, The Monroe Doctrine, and the CIA Off the Rails — Dan Carlin talks about the Crimea/Ukraine/Russia situation in the context of American ideals of self-determination. He explains why he thinks Putin has made a brilliant case, one that America cannot reject without looking hypocritical. ~~ Carlin also comments on the spat Diane Feinstein is having with the CIA—which can be interpreted as one of the intelligence community's biggest defenders saying the CIA is out of control and sees itself as accountable to no one. Dan explains why this is currently the biggest threat to future liberty in America, and if Obama doesn't do something about it, he should be impeached.
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GP comment:  There are some core truths about the United States here, presented in a less wild-eyed manner than I usually can pull off.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 28.MAR.2014

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

Gause on Gold Games, China and the Dollar, Bubbles/Bursts, Bankster History, more — Andrew Gause's topics this time include ... leveraged asset purchases, bubbles, and bursts; why easy credit is coming back; the physical-gold shell game; why there is no such thing as the free market; the real reason for the 1973 OPEC embargo; the bankster coup during/after the Revolutionary War; why the War of 1812 was once again really all about the banksters; is China's accumulation of gold a preparation for dumping the dollar?
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GP comment:  Gause names mining, manufacturing, fishing and farming as the only true ways to produce new wealth. He misses power generation with non-mined sources (solar, wind, wave, etc.).

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 27.MAR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Fairewinds Energy Education

Nuclear Power—Their Profits, Our RisksFukushima nuclear plant During the three long and frightening years since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, the world has heard less and less from mainstream media about this manmade disaster. Money, power, and engineering hubris were put ahead of the lives and health of the people of Japan and the northern hemisphere as radiation releases continue to leave the site and migrate into the environment. Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen calls this the greatest industrial disaster of all time. Here he gives an update on the state of Fukushima Daiichi three years later and cites Germany as a reason to believe the future will be just fine without nuclear power.
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GP comment:  Takeaway comment: "The world never imagined radiation contamination like this, so no mitigation technology exists." Tsk, tsk, clever monkeys.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 27.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Beyond 50

Parent Essential Oils, Not Fish Oil — Brian Peskin discusses a torrent of research that will strike us alternative-health types as wrong—that fish oils are not only unhelpful in solving most physical ailments, they oxidize so rapidly that they actually cause problems in the body. Peskin explains why the supplement industry promotes the seemingly "irrational madness" that leads so many health providers to unwittingly prescribe or recommend pharmacological overdoses of marine oils and other oils. Peskin's solution is Parent Essential Oils—those that the body cannot manufacture from other food substrates.
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GP comment:  I heard Peskin a couple of years ago—he's really sharpened his message. However, his diminution of exercise is overstated.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY, COOL & COSMIC — 27.MAR.2014

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

Gold, Shamans and Green Fire—Romancing the Cosmic Stone — Adventurer Lee Elders relates his decades-ago journey in Ecuador searching for gold and emeralds but ultimately finding something much more important. Highlights of the tale include a prolific gold-bearing river named Hell; a last will and testament whose century-old riddle led him to a dangerous, uncharted area of Ecuador; good shamans and bad shamans; unpredictable weather, precarious jungle trails, and pack-hunting jaguars.
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GP comment:  Quite a fun tale with a good message at the end.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ANIMAL WELFARE, EMPIRE — 26.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

FBI Goes Non-Linear on Animal Rights ActivistsRyan Shapiro Over the past decade, Ryan Shapiro has become a leading freedom of information activist, unearthing tens of thousands of once-secret documents. His work focuses on how the government infiltrates and monitors political movements, in particular those for animal and environmental rights. Today, he has around 700 Freedom of Information Act requests before the FBI, seeking around 350,000 documents. That tenacity has led the Justice Department to call him the "most prolific" requester there is and claim his dissertation research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would "irreparably damage national security." Shapiro discusses his methodology in obtaining government documents through FOIA requests, and the details that have emerged therein about the crackdown on animal rights activists.
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GP comment:  The point here is not how you feel about animal cruelty or whether we should eat meat. The essential issue is that the government is now prosecuting minor civil-disobediance crimes with a vengance and suppressing free speech and public information when it threaten's one of their client corporation's bottom lines. Remember, fascism always creeps upon a populace slowly, starting with marginal issues and players.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE — 26.MAR.2014

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

NASA Study Explores Two Paths to Collapse — KMO and Frank Aragona of the Agroinnovations podcast discuss a NASA-funded report that details how growing inequality and resource depletion both have the potential to bring about the fall of our globalized industrial civilization. Other topics include ... global warming trends; land grabs in Africa by powerful nations attempting to secure the ability to feed their populations; the photosynthetic ceiling; and human appropriation of net primary production.
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GP comment:  This meanders a bit at the beginning but gets really good when they start talking about the NASA study and related issues. The completely unrelated segment at the end is Ramez Naam offering 10 minutes of techno-utopian nonsense—it's worth listening to just to keep in mind the unlikelihood that we will ever convince a majority of people that technology will not save us.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  CLIMATE, EMPIRE — 26.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Red Ice Radio

Climate Change, Geoengineering, and the Collapse of CivilizationDane Wigington, geoengineering Dane Wigington is a former employee of Bechtel Power Corp, with an extensive background in solar energy. When he began to lose significant amounts of solar uptake due to ever-increasing "solar obscuration," Wigington undertook an investigation that has turned into a 10-year quest to understand and document government geoengineering programs, their impact on the weather and climate; their use for political pressure, military conquests, and land grabs; and their impact on environmental and human health. He explains why he thinks all this tinkering with earth's natural systems has gotten out of control, setting us up for catastrophic collapse.
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GP comment:  Though this is an area that is often ignored as mere wild-eye conspiracy talk, Wigington's presentation is clear and cogent, and it weaves together a number of details that have previously been difficult to place.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 25.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

robot Holding Journalistic Algorithms Accountable — When an earthquake sent tremors through Los Angeles this week, an algorithm called Quakebot allowed the LA Times to release the news faster than any other media outlet. But how good was the story? Nick Diakopoulos of the Columbia Journalism School talks about what reporters—and readers—should keep in mind as algorithms increasingly play a role in newsrooms.
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GP comment:  The host's framing is perfect: "garbage in, garbage out ... garbage algorithm, garbage story."

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (POLLUTION) — 25.MAR.2014

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

25 Years After Valdez Spill, Alaska Town Still Struggling With Aftermath — On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in US history. Today, its legacy is a lasting social and economic disaster.
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GP comment:  It's easy to hate Exxon-Mobil and all the big oil companies. But as long as we expect to have reasonably priced fuel and unfettered mobility, we drivers remain part of the problem.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.,Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 25.MAR.2014

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

Gideon's Army—The Court System and the Courage of Public Defenders — A 1963 Supreme Court ruling in the case Gideon v. Wainwright resulted in a phrase we know well: "You have to right to an attorney... If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you at no cost to you." Public defenders typically handle hundreds of cases at a time—almost exclusively for poor people—and are chronically overworked and underpaid. Who are the public defenders and why do they keep doing the work they do? A new documentary called Gideon's Army profiles three young public defenders as they struggle to do their job despite overwhelming challenges. Director Dawn Porter talks about the issues in the film.
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GP comment:  A story about public defenders and the people they represent is not likely to stimulate many of us on the ouside. But a number of the principles discussed here are important to consider as the corp-gov totalitarian state—which includes the prison industry—descends.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD — 24.MAR.2014

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

Farm-Raised vs. Wild-Caught Fishfish dinner Eating at least two servings of fish or shellfish per week appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, delay the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia, and (if you're pregnant) make your baby smarter and healthier. Although meat, poultry, and fish are all good sources of protein, seafood is low in saturated fat and high in omega-3 fats. But when you get to the fish counter, does it make a difference whether you buy wild-caught or farm-raised fish?
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GP comment:  She blows past a couple of standard industry canards and loopholes and, shockingly, does not include radiation when discussion contamination issues. But she pulls it out at the end by recommending the useful Seafood Watch guide.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  PRIVACY — 24.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Not-So-Private Metadata — The NSA has defended its controversial surveillance program by arguing that it just collects "metadata," and therefore doesn't get enough specifics to violate the privacy of individual Americans. But computer scientists at Stanford Security Lab conducted their own simulation of the NSA program and found the metadata to be inherently revealing. Jonathan Mayer, one of the researchers on the project, gives examples of what can be learned from supposedly benign metadata.
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GP comment:  Even the NSA's lies about what they do can be proved to be more than Americans are comfortable with. That is, "we only collect metadata" is the cover story, but even that is now shown to yield more than they are entitled to on a security basis.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 24.MAR.2014

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

Michael Fremer's Stereo-Filesold-style record player and 45's This is an interesting peak at some recent remasters, with commentary from vinyl maestro Michael Fremer. Top tracks are ... Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" // Weather Report - "Birdland" // Beach Boys - "In My Room" // XTC - "Senses Working Overtime" // The Who - "Underture" and "The Song Is Over".
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GP comment:  There are a couple of weak tracks (not listed here), but overall the picks are quite good—a nice, mostly rock set.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (TRANSPORTATION) — 24.MAR.2014

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

Boosting Public Transit — Congestion and smog in Paris are bad enough that authorities are taking aggressive measures to deal with the problem. Can bold steps taken in an iconic city abroad make Americans more accepting of the actions necessary to solve transportation woes in US cities? Former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Fred Salvucci explains why public transit is a key to limiting congestion and reducing emissions from cars. in spite of this, many cities with public transit, including Boston, aren't keeping up with growing demand and infrastructure requirements.
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GP comment:  Mass transit is low-hanging fruit for almost all cities, yet investments always seem to lag. It doesn't make sense.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 23.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Big Banks, Mortgage Fraud, and the Un-Justice DepartmentWells Fargo sign A new internal report says the Justice Department was publicly beating its chest about successes in targeting mortgage fraud while in actuality it was ranking the task as a low priority. The Justice Department's inspector general says despite playing a central role in the nation's continuing financial crisis, mortgage fraud has been deemed either a low priority or not a priority at all. And the fraud continues, as a recently revealed internal Wells Fargo document appears to guide lawyers step-by-step on how to fabricate missing documents to foreclose on homeowners.
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GP comment:  We don't call it the corp-gov axis for nothing. Every story like this should be reviewed using the basic notion that the people who run the corporations and the elected officials and appointees in the federal government work in concert as part of the same planet-raping, people-ravaging criminal enterprise. (Sorry, didn't mean to sugar-coat it.)

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY, FINANCIAL — 23.MAR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Guns & Butter

The Commons, Banking In the Ivory Tower, and Public-Private Partnerships — Channeling founding father Ethan Allen, Jim Hogue offers a standing-ovation-worthy speech that excoriates the execrable, parasitic, traitorous (British) banksters and usurpers of citizens' rights. Also in this clip are worthy speeches from Charlie Eaton and Darwin Bond Graham on Wall Street profits vs. public capital at the University of California, how the murky world of interest rate swaps has affected higher-learning institutions, and the privatization (stealing) of public assets.
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GP comment:  The "Ethan Allen" speech is funny, riveting, and right-on—a must-hear.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 23.MAR.2014

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

Local Seed Banks, Asparagus Tips, Wildflowers on City Lots, Monarch Butterflies, more ...monarch butterfly Master gardener Mike McGrath's tips include ... the benefits of starting a seed bank in your town; how to make that asparagus you planted last year happy; what crops might be a good idea for a few acres of ex-pasture; putting wildflowers on a bare city lot where a building was torn down; ways we can help the threatened monarch butterfly do better.
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GP comment:  Saving seeds and swapping with neighbors is the easy way to start a seed bank. But learn a little about the how-to of seed saving before you dive in—no point in wasting time on things that won't work.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 23.MAR.2014

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

Little By Little—Nanoparticle Technology — In a relatively short period, ultra-small nanoparticles have become ubiquitous in modern products. And probably in the environment, too. We don't really know about the latter because no one has bothered to test what happens to nano products when they are disposed of. Though most people don't pay much attention to nano, the technology is found in everyday applications, from making toothpaste whiter and sunscreens more transparent to making hair dryers hotter and clothing more stain-resistant to making food more visually appealing. Journalist Heather Millar talks about the pros and cons of nano.
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GP comment:  For industry to release nanomaterials into the environment and put them in food without long-term studies is the height of irresponsibility. Millar is mildly cautionary, but she asserts that nano is here to stay so there's no point in talking about killing the industry. Such an assumption is also irresponsible.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 21.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Uprising

Killing the Messenger—The Deadly Cost of NewsKilling the Messenger - The Deadly Cost of News Fifty-two-year-old Swedish journalist Nils Horner has become the latest casualty in the on-going undeclared global war on journalists. Today, the leading cause of workplace-related deaths for journalists is murder in the line of work. While the murders of foreign war correspondents like Nils Horner and Daniel Pearl make international headlines, it is often local journalists who are in even more danger while doing their work. A new documentary, Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News, explores the dangers facing journalists in war zones from Iraq and Afghanistan to Mexico, relating harrowing tales of bombs, sniper fire, days in captivity, and fallen fellow journalists.
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GP comment:  To add to the tragedy, the ones that get killed are the ones most likely to tell us the truth about what's going on.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 21.MAR.2014

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

The Complexity of Accounting for Externalities — Robert Frank of Cornell University talks with host Russ Roberts about the implications of Ronald Coase's views on externalities. Legislating away externalized costs is the preferred approach of the left, and a totally unregulated market is the preferred approach of the right. Both extremes present public policy challenges when one person's actions affect another's rights. Examples discussed include pollution, cigarette smoking, and racism.
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GP comment:  This is a pretty dry, pedantic discussion. The topic, however, is worthy, and they do manage to illuminate some of the pitfalls of assuming that accounting for externalities is simple.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE / COSMIC — 21.MAR.2014

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

The New Age of Transhumanism and the Future Deconstruction of the Human BeingDaniel Estulin Daniel Estulin discusses the themes of his book TransEvolution: The Coming Age of Human Deconstruction, which maps out The Powers That Be's vision for humanity. As humans increasingly embrace technology and internet-enabled connectivity, they are willingly changing their fundamental nature. How far will this trend go?
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GP comment:  Peak energy will probably mean that a lot of the plans for cyber-humans fall of their own weight.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 21.MAR.2014

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

In Digestion—What Happens To The Food We Eat? — Mary Roach, author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, reviews some of the many fascinating details of the human digestive system, from the mouth on down. Roach wants readers to say not that "this is gross" but instead "this is interesting! ... and, OK, maybe a little gross."
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GP comment:  Interesting enough, though there's nothing here to help people solve gut issues.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 20.MAR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Against the Grain

Kill Anything That Moves - The Real American War in Vietnam The Vietnam War and the Secret Bombing of Laos — The bombing of Laos was, and still is, the most protracted bombing of civilian targets in world history. Fred Branfman discusses the secret---and lied about---war waged by the US executive branch from 1964 to 1973. Branfman addresses Laos as a model for subsequent (and current) US force projection and military aggression; as well as today's tragic legacy of unexploded ordnance in Laos. ~~ Tacked on to the end of both clips, Nick Turse offers a disturbing discussion of the targeting of civilians by US troops in Vietnam during the war.
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GP comment:  These two clips are a disheartening but riveting look at how the elites lie routinely about war and enforce military policies that bring out the worst in most (but not all) Americans.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL, EMPIRE — 20.MAR.2014

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

Enclosing Abundance — KMO talks with Kevin Carson, author of The Homebrew Industrial Revolution about the technologies that seem poised to end the dominance of capital-intensive production methodologies and break the stranglehold that capitalists and government minions hold over our lives. Included here are clips from Jeremy Rifkin describing the current state of human affairs as we transition from the Second Industrial Revolution to the Third. Going forward, says Rifkin, capitalism will be a much diminished force in human affairs.
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GP comment:  We'll see. The financial parasites are very, very strong, and the majority of people still rabidly support their existence, even at their own expense. Regardless, this was a very good discussion.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  POLLUTION — 20.MAR.2014

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

everglades Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida's Everglades — Drilling companies have new interest in southern Florida's Big Cypress preserve. The prospect of large-scale operations, with or without fracking, worries environmentalists and residents.
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GP comment:  Even without any chemicals being used, fracking rearranges things below the surface, and contamination of fresh water is almost a given.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  GMOs, CORPORATIONS — 20.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

The Safe Food Movement vs. the Agrochemical Giants — Campaigns attempting to label genetically engineered food have swept the US, from California to Washington and on to Connecticut, Maine, Alaska, Oregon and Vermont. But the right to know about the food we put into our bodies is always challenged by a powerful and extremely well funded lobby that represents the interests of biotech/chemical corporations such as Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, and BASF, as well as junk-food manufacturers such as Kraft Foods, Pepsico, and Coca Cola. Vandana Shiva and Andy Kimbrell update us on the evidence against genetically modified foods and the war with the corporations that profit from them.
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GP comment:  This is very good overall, though I do find it rather amusing that environmentalists worry about "super-weeds," which by definition are only a problem for industrial agriculture. True, their rise does cause use of more toxic pesticides, but super-weeds are really a small sidebar compared to other GMO issues.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL & COSMIC — 19.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Expanding Mind

sand and sea foam Complexity and Consciousness — Stem cell specialist Neil Theise explores how self-organization, cell theory, and complexity relate to consciousness and the quantum foam.
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GP comment:  Quite interesting, if a bit complex itself.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 19.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Keiser Report

The Bad, The Innocent, and the Wall Street Shuffle — Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert's topics include the North Korean's peoples' fawning over Kim Jong Un as the model for the financial media fawning over the markets and Vinnie the Goombah, the financial Mafioso. ~~ Then Chris Whalen talks about a financial system replete with fraud and why the failure to restructure and punish means the fraud problem is still with us. He also talks about the surprisingly stiff whacks the Wall Street fraudsters are taking as the settlement period of the Detroit bankruptcy proceeds.
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GP comment:  Good that Wall Streeters may start suffering some consequences. When we can put their whole racket out of commission, let me know. If ever RICO should be applied somewhere, it's there.

Original Show Pub Date: 15.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 19.MAR.2014

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

New And OldGraham Parker A decent, eclectic mix of modern rock and classic rock. Top tracks are ... Nirvana - "Come As You Are" // Led Zeppelin - "The Immigrant Song" // Bonzo Dog Band - "I'm The Urban Spaceman" // Rolling Stones - "2000 Man" // Echo & The Bunnymen - "Never Stop" // Graham Parker & The Rumour - "Stick To Me" // The Reflections - "Just Like Romeo & Juliet" // Neil Young - "Cortez The Killer".
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GP comment:  Hard to believe it's been 40 years since Neil Young did Zuma.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  DIET, NUTRITION — 19.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Diet Science

"Calories In, Calories Out" Formula is Flawed — Dee McCaffrey explains that the "Calories In vs. Calories Out" concept of weight loss is flawed because it ignores the dysregulation of metabolism-related hormones that is driven by many food additives and overloads of simple carbs.
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GP comment:  An unmentioned aspect of this is the use of healthy fats to buffer glycemic overload of high-carb meals.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  CHEMICALS, HEALTH — 18.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living On Earth

BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe baby with sippy cup Though those numbers on the bottom of plastics tell you what can be recycled, plastic waste now litters the earth and seas, and what once seemed an inert material can sometimes affect human health by mimicking estrogen. The ingredient bisphenol A (BPA) is now widely banned in baby bottles and children's sippy cups, but BPA-free alternatives may not be much safer. Recent research suggests Tritan, a BPA replacement, is also estrogenic. Mariah Blake, a reporter with Mother Jones, discusses the findings and the corporate dirty tricks designed to discredit anyone who finds fault with their products.
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GP comment:  Plastics are a classic example of balance in the universe. Their incredible usefulness is counterbalanced by the fact that they are incredibly damaging to the environment, animals, and us.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FARMING — 18.MAR.2014

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

To Catch a Thief — Perhaps farming wasn't hard enough already. So Universe created a class of criminals that specialize in large-scale stealing from large-scale farms. They steal equipment, pump wiring, farm chemicals, even whole loads of harvested crops. Sgt. Mike Chapman of the Fresno County Task Force talks about the problem of farm thieves.
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GP comment:  Yup, that's a problem. I'm totally for catching them thar theives. I do note, however, that small organic operations don't seem to have this problem.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 18.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

NSA Adding Malware to Web Sites and ComputersNSA building New disclosures from Edward Snowden detail how the NSA is massively expanding its computer hacking worldwide. Software that automatically hacks into computers—known as malware implants—had previously been kept to just a few hundred targets. But the news website The Intercept reports that the NSA is planning to spread the software to millions of computers under an automated system, codenamed Turbine. The Intercept has also revealed the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server to infect a target's computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive.
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GP comment:  The news of government privacy violations is so rampant now you would think the US populace would be demanding that it stop. But consider this: In the supermarket parking lot yesterday, I noticed that all it takes is a little rain to make the average person decide it's too much trouble to put their cart in the rack that is only 25 feet away. Don't look for pushback from such a lazy bunch.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 18.MAR.2014

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

The Re-Birth of the First Amendment — Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court made a decision in the case New York Times v Sullivan that would forever alter the way journalists practiced journalism. Andrew Cohen, contributing editor at The Atlantic and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, explains why the First Amendment, thankfully, hasn't been the same since.
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GP comment:  The Supreme Court used to make some decent decisions. That has been less and less the case as the decades rolled on and the corporatists installed more and more friendly judges.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL — 17.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good ExtraEnvironmentalist

Positive Moneyfinancial graph Incorrect narratives of money have misdirected and befuddled our thinking on finance and currency. Ben Dyson explains why journalists, academics, economists and citizens have so much difficulty talking in an intelligent way about our money system, why our monetary system is broken, and how it can be fixed. Then, Brett Scott describes leverage points where activists can disrupt global financial flows to support ecological and social initiatives.
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GP comment:  Understanding and reclaiming the money-creation power is the key to everything.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  PEAK OIL — 17.MAR.2014

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

Heinberg:  The "Oil Revolution" Story Is Dead Wrong — With the US fracking boom and media headlines touting our destiny as the new "Saudi America", many pundits have been quick to pronounce Peak Oil dead. Even Richard Heinberg began wondering whether he had gotten it wrong when he wrote The Party's Over more than a decade ago, so he went back and reexamined the data and predictions in that book. The good news—and the bad news—is that the predictions were startlingly accurate, and we are right on schedule for energy descent.
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GP comment:  Heinberg is in top form, as usual, clearly exploring the apparent contradiction between what the fracking flacks say and what the oil-production data say.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 17.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

FOIA's Report Cardpaperwork The Freedom of Information Act has been around since 1966, but according to a new report card, federal agencies haven't yet mastered the art of disclosing. Sean Moulton of the Center for Effective Government, which just released The Access to Information Scorecard 2014, explains this sobering look at government transparency.
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GP comment:  What the government agencies HAVE mastered is the art of information obfuscation. And it's not ineptitude, it's intentional evasion.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 15.MAR.2014

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

Janet Starr Hull The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners — Janet Starr Hull talks about the damaging effects of artificial sweeteners. Topics include saccharin vs. aspartame vs. sugar alcohols vs. sugar vs. honey vs. maple syrup (vs. nothing!); health effects of artificial sweeteners; reversing artificial-sweetener toxification; the dark history of aspartame.
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GP comment:  Less sweetener better than more, but not as good as none. Natural sweetener better than artificial, period.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  RESILIENCE — 15.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Beyond 50

When Disaster Strikes—Extreme Cold & Solar Storms — Mat Stein shares his tips for emergency planning. He talks about two extremes: crisis survival in extreme snow and ice conditions during the winter when technology fails and a solar storm that will take down the electrical grid. Stein says the chance of super solar storm is 100%; the only question is when. Such a disaster would also cause meltdowns in most of America's 104 nuclear reactors, since the cooling water there is kept moving by electric pumps. Stein says compared to many things society spends money on, it's not that expensive to harden the grid, and it's stupefying that we haven't done so. But given that we haven't, what should an individual do to prepare?
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GP comment:  Yep, hard to understand why the amount we spend on potato chips every year isn't worth investing in hardening the grid. In a way, this is extra curious—isn't the corp-gov axis all about funneling money to the private interests that would do such work?

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD — 15.MAR.2014

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

A Predictably Cheesy Move by Kraft — Kraft has pledged to eliminate the artificial preservative (sorbic acid) they use in some of their sliced "cheese products." But will the new preservative really be any better?
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GP comment:  If you're eating "cheese food slices" and you're worried about the preservative, I think you've missed the point.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 14.MAR.2014

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

Winter Damage—Can This Plant Be Saved?ice on a plant Has this miserable winter done damage to your poor plants? Mike McGrath discusses how to tell if those precious plants are really dead—or just pining for the Fiords. Plus: Author Miriam Goldberger discusses adding wildflowers to your landscape for beauty and for supporting native bees. Other topics include hanging tomato plants (or not); horse compost basics; clever fences for clever groundhogs.
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GP comment:  The winter has indeed left many of my plants stunnnned. But soon enough they will again have beautiful plumage.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 14.MAR.2014

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

Charles Hugh Smith on the Deep State — JHK and Charles Hugh Smith yak about the "deep state"—the overarching ruling apparatus that makes decisions without needing the consent of the people or the elected government. This conglomeration includes the intelligence agencies and parts of the Department of Defense; selected corporations and university research institutions; and the black budget. Smith says many overestimate the power and talent of the deep state, and given sufficient push-back from the sheeple, the Deep State will be willing to "throw Wall Street under the bus."
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GP comment:  I agree with Smith that those who run the deep state are not all-powerful or infallible, but his estimation that they are incompetent is laughable. He also misunderstands the key element of the deep state: The Wall Street banks and the elites who own them are supernational and they use the US and its dollar as a tool; and when it's time for a new tool, the dollar will be stripped of its preeminent status, and so will the US.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 14.MAR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Electric Politics

Healing by HandThe Energy Cure It's difficult to say which is more astonishing: that it's possible to cure a fatal illness by opening energy gates with mental concentration, or that mainstream medical science has so blinkered itself that it refuses to examine the data. But data there is, in abundance. Dr. William F. Bengston, author of The Energy Cure, has been doing anomalous scientific research for decades and has produced revolutionary, consistently replicable results. The establishment medical journals, however, won't consider "these kinds of papers."
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GP comment:  The analysis of the corrupt politics of the medical establishment is interesting enough, but I would have liked to hear more about how his healing approach works and examples of cures.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL & COSMIC — 14.MAR.2014

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

Gregg Braden:  Conscious Evolution and the Inertia of Old Science — Gregg Braden explores how we can solve our critical problems by changing the way we think of ourselves and our world. He says that the mental and emotional constructs that are based on the science and politics of the last few centuries are false—necessarily so, as we discover that the underlying information is false. Awakening to new realities—as proved by emerging science—will lead us to a new consciousness and a new way of living.
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GP comment:  We are indeed stuck in old ways of thinking, given that the modern power structure reinforces them at every opportunity.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  CORPORATIONS, VEHICLES\ — 13.MAR.2014

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

Nader:  Regulators Complicit in GM Cover-Up of Safety Defect Tied to 13 DeathsRalph Nader After hundreds of complaints and 13 deaths, the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into how General Motors may have covered up deadly safety defects in its compact cars. Six GM models made from 2003 to 2007 could at times suddenly turn off while being driven. For 11 years, GM reportedly treated the defect as a matter of customer satisfaction, not safety. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says federal regulators also failed to take action, declining to investigate despite a flood of complaints.
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GP comment:  These days, bad corporate behavior often goes hand-in-hand with bad government behavior.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 13.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Senate Intel Chair Accuses CIA of Spying on Senate — The spat between the CIA and its Congressional overseers has intensified after Senator Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to directly accuse the CIA of spying on Congress as it probes the CIA's torture and rendition program. The Senate Intelligence Committee's report has yet to be released but reportedly documents extensive abuses and a cover-up by CIA officials. Feinstein says the CIA broke the law in secretly removing more than 900 documents from computers used by panel investigators.
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GP comment:  Feinstein is a top inside player in the intelligence world, one who has worked ceaselessly at the behest of descending Big Brother state. When she is openly fighting with the CIA, you know something's going on.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES — 13.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Sierra Club Radio

The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction — At one time, there were 3-5 billion passenger pigeons in the US, with some flocks large enough that their passing through an area could take days. Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky, discusses the reasons that the passenger pigeons were hunted, the intentional misinformation that allowed hunting to continue in the face of plummeting pigeon numbers, and the analogs of the pigeons' fate to pressures on species today.
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GP comment:  The relevance to today should not be underestimated. Many of our favorite wild food species have populations (and average sizes) that are way down from their highs.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 13.MAR.2014

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

For What's Ailin' You — There are seven songs that make this set worth downloading. Fortunately, five of the seven are played in the first 20 minutes. The songs in the rest of the two hours vary from "OK but non-essential" to "beware the fuzztone drone attack"; except, of course, for those other two good songs. Whether it's worth wading through the whole thing to hear them or not is up to you and your ear bones. The superlative seven are ... "Forget Everything" by Os Noctambulos // "I Wanna Make It With You" by The Smoke // "Zookeeper" by The Melted Americans // "Don't Look Back" by 39th & the Nortons // "The Gypsies Graveyard" by The Higher State // "Monkey On My Back" by Sonic Jesus // "Rise" by This Other Kingdom.
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GP comment:  Didn't fix me much.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jan.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 12.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Fairewinds Energy Education

nuclear storage facility diagram Radiation Leaking from Nuclear Waste Site Accident — Nuclear accidents happen not only at power plants, they also happen at nuclear waste storage sites. Located near Carlsbad, New Mexico, a Department of Energy (DOE) experimental dump is attempting to store radioactive waste from the US weapons program. On February 14, 2014 there was a nuclear safety failure at the site. Arnie Gundersen pieces together what happened and explains the major concerns about the facility, the accident, and the lack of transparency at the DOE.
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GP comment:  This waste needs to be controlled for a quarter of a million years before it's safe. The clever monkeys couldn't even make it a quarter century with this attempt. Nuclear is a bad idea. Period.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  COLLAPSE, EMPIRE — 12.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Lifeboat Hour

The Horror and Beauty of Collapse — Mike Ruppert reads part of James Howard Kunstler's worthwhile essay, Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse?, which explains the factors that have allowed the elites to keep their Ponzi scheme going a lot longer than many predicted they could. Ruppert cautions us not to get too wrapped up in the machinations of the TPTB (like Dem-GOP politics, proxy wars, etc.)—constant engagement in negativity cannot be part of a positive outcome. He also talks about some of the dire climate predictions of Paul Beckwith. Finally, he reminds us of Terrence McKenna's comment that a human birth is a beautiful thing but, in its way, also a horrific experience. Similarly, as the horror of collapse unfolds, we must remember to see the beauty in the rebirth of humanity.
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GP comment:  The first 10 minutes or so is an update of Ruppert's personal situation—for Ruppert fans only. The rest of you, hang in there; the remainder of the show is worth it.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 12.MAR.2014

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

New Rules Will Reduce Fuel Sulfur and Air Pollutionvehicle exhaust pollution Sulfur in gasoline makes automobile engines less efficient and creates more pollutants. The US EPA has released new regulations to cut the amount of sulfur in gasoline. Dan Greenbaum from the Health Effects Institute explains how the new rules are expected to save money and prevent more than 2,000 premature deaths.
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GP comment:  Bravo. But this was low-hanging fruit that should have been picked long ago. When US auto manufacturers get behind doubling fuel-efficiency standards and reducing total emissions by more than half, let me know.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 12.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

From Hiroshima to Fukushima, Vietnam to Fallujah, State Power Lies About Massive Harm — Noam Chomsky talks about multiple instances in the last 70 years when the government lied—and in some cases, is still lying—about the disastrous consequences for soldiers and civilians of it's military actions.
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GP comment:  The government motto: lie early and often.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 11.MAR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! King World News

Celente on UkraineGerald Celente Trend forecaster Gerald Celente explains the banking and energy aspects of the US/EU play in Ukraine. The ultimate goal is to break Russia's power, which currently counterbalances Western interests in geopolitical affairs.
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GP comment:  Another excellent analysis of the US/EU machinations in Ukraine.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 11.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Against the Grain

Mammograms—Reevaluating the Risk-Benefit Calculation — Do mammograms save lives? Not according to an extensive study of 90,000 women over a quarter century. Historian of science Robert Aronowitz discusses the history of mammograms and the problematic notion of risk. He says the strong bias of most doctors is to recommend standard mammograms and other supposed cancer preventatives, but this is not supported by science or outcome statistics. Then Ellen Leopold explores the Cold War medical use of the byproducts of the nuclear industry, as well as our exposure to radiation today.
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GP comment:  By far the best approach to cancer is to reduce your exposure to specific risk factors related to smoking, alcohol, food, and environmental toxins. To be effective, though, that needs consistent commitment.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 11.MAR.2014

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

Mosaic—Direct Investment in Clean Energysolar system is located on Cesar A. Batalla School Mosaic is an investment company that links small- and medium-capital investors with solar energy projects in the US. Company founder Billy Parrish explains how it works, discusses current successes, and talks about the vision for 100% clean energy in the United States.
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GP comment:  The goal of greatly increasing the proportion of US energy that comes from non-fossil sources is great. But there is no such thing as totally clean energy—even wind, wave, solar, and hydro are dirty at some level, if you include the entire life cycle. Additionally, while this type of investment is far better than the typical Wall Street investment, in the long run, me must recognize that investment—making money from manipulating money—in any form is a parasitic activity.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY, MEDIA — 11.MAR.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen News Dissector

Hoover’s FBI and the Lapdog Press — Communications scholar Matthew Cecil discusses the themes of his book “Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control The Press and The Bureau's Image Topics include the magnitude of Hoover's secret surveillance and blackmail program; how he honed the technique of saying the right thing while doing the wrong thing; the mainstream media's general complicity in promoting a positive image of Hoover and the FBI during instead of doing investigative reporting.
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GP comment:  Once again proving the simple maxim about those in power: They lie.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL & COSMIC — 10.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Red Ice Radio

David Icke on the Perception DeceptionDavid Icke David Icke says, if we understand that the world we perceive is really just an energy field, a holographic representation of physical reality that we decode with our brains, then we must also understand that we have a great deal of choice in what/how we choose to decode. But TPTB understand how this works, too, and they work ceaselessly to influence our awareness of the matrix and what we choose to decode; that is, to alter our perception. He also discusses distortions in the normal positive flow of the matrix that result in inversions, ironically inverting major areas, making everything backwards: doctors destroy health, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the mainstream media destroy information, religion destroys spirituality.
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GP comment:  Your thought exercise for today— and the rest of your life— is to evaluate each piece information offered you using the initial assumption that it is false, and likely intentionally so.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE, SPECIES — 10.MAR.2014

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

Pollinator Problems—Honeybees and Beyond — Eric Lee-Mader of the Xerces Society explains how food production is dependent upon beneficial insects for pollination. Topics include honeybees and colony collapse disorder; pressure on native pollinators; dependence of modern agriculture and plant species on pollinators; conservation as a solution.
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GP comment:  Where is the native-pollinator habitat on YOUR property?

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA, INTERNET — 10.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

Crimean Journalism Take-Down Reversed by Internet Archiveman at computer Despite the seizure of their office and most of their files and equipment by masked gunmen, the journalists at the Crimean Center for Investigative Journalism were prepared: over the weekend they had backed up their entire web history through the Archive-It service from the Internet Archive. David E. Kaplan, executive director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and one of the coordinators of the effort, explains how they managed to pull it off.
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GP comment:  It can happen that fast. The NSA is not the only organization in the data game. Have redundant backup methods.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  CLIMATE — 10.MAR.2014

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

Ocean Acidification—A Basic Problem — Carbon dioxide generated by the burning of fossil fuels is being absorbed into the oceans with already serious (and potentially catastrophic) consequences for marine life and, eventually, human life. Meg Chadsey describes the phenomenon of ocean acidification and the myriad physical and civilizational threats it poses.
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GP comment:  The question may be less one of the absolute acidity level vs. the rapidity of the change. Regardless, if the oceans die, we die.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  NUCLEAR — 08.MAR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Green Power And Wellness

Fukushima nuclear reactor on fire The Crazy Train That is the Nuclear Power Establishment — David Lochbaum and Susan Stranahan of the Union of Concerned Scientists give us the layman's version of what went wrong at Fukushima, what design (cost-saving) choices were made during the construction phase that exacerbated the disaster, and why numerous US reactors face similar potential calamities. They also reveal many examples of shockingly irresponsible decisions by companies that run nuclear plants and by their ostensible overseer, the Nuclear Regulator Commission.
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GP comment:  This is an excellent review, with detail that is technical enough to be convincing but not so technical we can't grasp it. Plenty of sardonic humor too.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 08.MAR.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! The Keiser Report

Dmitry Orlov on Russia vs. the West in Ukraine — Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert talk about bad free trade deals and discounted EU memberships. ~~ Then Dmitry Orlov explains the tug-of-war between the EU/US and Russia over Ukraine. Basically, Ukraine needed an economic lifeline; the EU deal stunk; the Russian deal was accepted; the West fomented revolution and their neo-Nazi allies got in. But Orlov says the current thugs in power have no legitimacy or popularity, and Ukraine will eventually end up in Russia's sphere because that's the only plan that really makes sense for Ukraine.
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GP comment:  This is easily the best analysis I've heard on Ukraine—rated 5/5!

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 08.MAR.2014

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

US Media and Rootin' Tootin' PutinVladimir Putin There's a sudden chorus of mainstream media in the US claiming that Putin has lost his mind, proved not just by his invasion of Crimea, but also by his preposterous suggestion that the US has, on several occasions, acted lawlessly. Robert Parry says, on the contrary—Putin seems quite rational and coherent in stating his country's interests and in opposing US interference in the country of a key ally (Ukraine).
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GP comment:  I don't know why it surprises anyone at this point that the Washington Post and other mainstream outlets parrot whatever nonsense the State Department is saying. They are on the same team—the corp-gov fascist/empire team.

Original Show Pub Date: 07.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 08.MAR.2014

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

Our Oceans—Pollution and Plunder — Dr. Robert Callum discusses the devastating effect human activities—some intentional, some not—are having on the health of the oceans and the sea life in them.
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GP comment:  The first 30 minutes is worth hearing. The second half is a ridiculously inept discussion about the role music plays in various aspects of human existence.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 07.MAR.2014

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

Addiction Thinkingman standing in cloud of smoke As the energy/technology revolution of the last 150 years granted us a surplus of leisure time and money, our ability to indulge in addictive behaviors rose. Today, screen-based addictions are piling on top of more traditional addictions like alcohol, drugs, food, and porn. Addiction expert Stanton Peele discusses the proper framing of the addiction concept and talks about ways to escape addictive behavior. Then Charles Eisenstein discusses our addiction to the stories by which we define ourselves and our civilization, as well as how we might respond in the future as the stories look less and less like reality.
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GP comment:  A little wonky, but important, given the general public's preoccupation with just about anything except the basic planetary issues that threaten our existence.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 07.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report / The Jack Blood Show

Ukraine and the Shadow of the Cold War — James Corbett explains how Russia and the US are using Ukraine as yet another proxy war, seemingly heading the world towards a revival of the good ol' Cold War. Other topics include the backstory on the terror attacks in China and the unprecedented size of the current bond bubble.
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GP comment:  Jack Blood seems a bit stuck in nationalist nonsense, but Corbett's comments here are quite apt and cogent.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Mar.2014

CATEGORY:  MUSIC — 07.MAR.2014

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

Bootzilla Gives Me FeverJohnnie Taylor This is (mostly) a decent mix of Motown, R&B, funk, and blues. Top tracks are "Masterpiece" by The Temptations // "Fever" by Little Willie John // "My Girl Josephine" by Fats Domino // "I'm Gonna Make It (I Will Wait For You)" by Diana Ross & The Supremes // "Bootzilla (Wind Me Up)" by Bootsy Collins.
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GP comment:  The set falls into the chamber pot of saccharine pop-soul at the end, but the first 2/3 is good.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 07.MAR.2014

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

Worm Composting, Rat Poison, Raspberries, more... — Master gardener Mike McGrath answers green-thumb questions... Should your new raspberries go in a raised bed? (No) Can you add too much coffee grounds to plant areas? (Yes) How can you deal with rats—other than poison? (Agh!) Can you use worms to improve your composting? (Yup)
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GP comment:  McGrath recommends only a light pruning of raspberry canes at the end of the season. He's correct that this will give you a bigger early crop the following year, but those canes will die shortly after bearing, and the greater volume of dead canes can add unwanted obstructions to picking the later (and better) crop from the new season's canes. For people with a large number of plants, cutting canes back to 12" at the end of the season is a reasonable compromise.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES, HABITIAT — 06.MAR.2014

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

Endangered Oregon Minnow Thriving, To Be Delisted — A tiny minnow called the Oregon Chub was put on the Endangered Species chub pond List more than 20 years ago. But the species has rebounded, and now officials want to make it the first fish ever taken off the Endangered Species List because of population recovery.
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GP comment:  A rare success story in the world of endangered species.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  GMOs, AGRICULTURE — 06.MAR.2014

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

GMOs and “The Stomach Study” — Howard Vlieger, an independent crop and livestock nutrition consultant, discusses the troubling results of his study on the long term consumption of GMOs on the stomachs of pigs.
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GP comment:  Vlieger is a well informed commentator on the ills of GMOs, though his message gets a little lost here because of the awkward interviewing style of the host.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  CLIMATE, POLLUTION — 06.MAR.2014

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

New Data on Methane Leaks from City Gas Systems — Last year a team of scientists drove a truck loaded with measuring equipment around Boston and found thousands of places where natural gas (including its prime component, methane) was escaping from decaying distribution pipes. A new study shows a similar situation in Washington, D.C. Overall, methane is 25-30 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, though short-term effects are even worse. Nathan Phillips reviews the study results and discusses the risks to trees and human health, as well as the climate change risks.
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GP comment:  The will to fix this problem probably does not exist. Look at the huge backlog of undone infrastructure repairs at the same time we pay hedge fund managers billions of dollars, keep building new sports stadiums, and give huge local tax breaks to corporations. It's a system run by venal maniacs.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 06.MAR.2014

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

Conspiracy in Rome — Robert Bauval will discuss some pf the topics in his book, The Vatican Heresy. Two powerful movements came together during the Renaissance in Italy in the 16th century: The first was the Hermetic Movement, which was inspired by an ancient set of books housed in the library of Cosimo de Medici and written by the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus. The Movement expounded the return of the "true religion of the world," based on a form of natural magic, drawing down the powers of the heavens and incorporating them into statues and physical structures. The other, the Heliocentric Movement launched by Copernicus, directly challenged the Vatican's biblical interpretation of a geocentric world, which had been declared heresy by the Pope. Amazingly, the final result was an architectural plan with occult features and the building of a Hermetic Temple of the Sun right in front of, and blessed by, the Vatican itself!
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GP comment:  A non-essential but fun tale. Bauval is an enthusiastic storyteller.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES — 05.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living On Earth

wolf Gray Wolf to Lose Federal Protection Due to Regulatory Trickery — The US Fish & Wildlife Service plans to drop federal protection for the gray wolf on the basis of a taxonomic reclassification. Geneticist Bob Wayne explains the, um, scientific shortcomings of this action and the repercussions for wolves.
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GP comment:  Evil never sleeps.

Original Show Pub Date: 28.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY, EMPIRE — 05.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Red Ice Radio

The Death Squad Network — One of President Eisenhower's acts was to establish an assassination team to be used against US enemies. Less than a decade later, that team would go rogue and play a pivotal role in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Researcher Ole Dammegard has spent 30 years investigating high-profile assassinations, including those of JFK, Robert F. Kennedy, Che Guevara, and Salvador Allende. Dammegard talks in detail about the players in the assassination game, explaining the connections and the motivations.
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GP comment:  I wish he would have spent more time on the "how I know this" question. Nonetheless, his narrative is cogent.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  CLIMATE — 05.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio EcoShock

The Climate Impact of Arctic Ice LossPaul Beckwith Arctic ice expert Paul Beckwith discusses a newly released NASA study that has calculated the changing reflection of the sun's rays as sea ice increasingly diminishes during the Arctic summer. It's about 4% more heat absorbed now, compared to 1979, which doesn't sound like much, but NASA says it's huge, accounting for 25% as much global warming as all human-made fossil fuel burning.
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GP comment:  Beckwith rightly sees this as a feedback loop that is about to reach its tipping point.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL & COSMIC — 05.MAR.2014

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

Amit Goswami on Quantum Creativity — Deep-woo physicist Amit Goswami discusses his concept, "Quantum Creativity." He says that if you can tap into the quantum-probability layer of how things work, you can be extraordinarily creative. Quantum physics says reality is a combination of possibility and actuality. We the observers influence the outcomes of the combinations with our consciousness.
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GP comment:  Between Goswami's accent and the complexity of the material, this is tough going—but interesting if you take the time to focus on it.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 04.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

Leviathan Remixed—Resistance AudiocollageSea monster ruling over the land This is an audiocollage that gives different angles on the ongoing destruction of our sustaining ecosystems and the descent into totalitarian rule. Voices range from Aldous Huxley and Terence McKenna to Chris Hedges, with many others chiming in. Hedges calls the situation a "500-year rampage"; but McKenna challenges us directly: "We're talking about the fate of a whole planet. Why are people so polite? Why are they so patient? Why are they so forgiving of gangsterism and betrayal? It's very difficult to understand. I believe it's because the dominator culture is increasingly more and more sophisticated in its perfection of subliminal mechanisms of control."
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GP comment:  There is also some appropriate rock music mixed in. Bravo!

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  HEALTH — 04.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Peak Prosperity

Inflammation From Our Diet Is Killing Us Slowly — Medical research now suggests that inflammation is a key factor in the aging process. In particular, diet-caused inflammation wears down our internal systems, resulting in impaired performance (e.g., leaky gut, weight gain) and disease (e.g., diabetes, heart disease). Dr. David Seaman discusses diet-based inflammation—how it arises, the damage it does to our bodies, and the dietary changes we can make to reduce our exposure to it.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   40:33

GP comment:  I particularly like that he mentions "large quantities of green vegetables" multiple times as a key to mediating the body's ability to use protein, fats, and starches.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  AGRICULTURE — 04.MAR.2014

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

Farmwars—The Anti-GMO BattleBarbara Peterson Barbara Peterson lives on a small ranch in Oregon where she raises geese, chickens, goats, and horses. Yet this rural lifestyle is threatened by regulations, policies slanted towards corporate agriculture, and invasive GMO technology. Topics include how to grow your own food, small-scale animal agriculture, and healthy recipes.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   1:11:29

GP comment:  The corp-gov juggernaut promotes the interests of giant corporations over the interests of the little guy (or gal) in all facets of life, including farming.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  EMPIRE — 04.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good WWL/Garland Robinette Show

Celente:  No Foreign Entanglements! — Gerald Celente says no matter where you look on the globe, there is an increased level of chaos. Topics include Ukraine; US recession (depression); $6T on Iraq and Afghanistan wars; markets driven by cheap (Fed) money; protest zones; putting elected officials under the microscope; remembering the Founding Fathers' advice on foreign entanglements; the importance of reestablishing the rule of law and a focus on small business.
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GP comment:  Celente is right: Regardless of party, our leaders keep getting it wrong.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT — 03.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living On Earth

Plastic Microbeads Contaminating US Waterwaysplastic microbeads Microbeads are tiny plastic spheres found in facial scrubs and other cosmetics. Sewage treatment doesn't remove them from wastewater, so they end up in lakes and streams. As Kara Holsopple of the Allegheny Front reports, they are a hazard to fish and to anyone who might eat the fish.
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GP comment:  The microbeads are intentionally put in facial scrubs when a natural substance would work just as well. Humans—shiny faces, tarnished souls.

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  ENERGY — 03.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Sea Change Radio

Renewed Energy for Renewables — Can the winds of Wyoming power an air conditioner in Southern California? It may be happening soon! Wind energy consultant Shalini Ramanathan gives us a peek into new advances in the wind industry. Then, Michael Kyes, the mayor of Sebastopol, California, discusses his town's controversial-yet-effective solar power ordinances, which are helping get Sebastopol off of fossil fuels and making them a trailblazer in the shift to sustainability.
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GP comment:  Buyers are interested; builders are resistant. Strong building standards are a key to progress.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  GARDENING — 03.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Geoff Lawton—Create Your Own Paradise on Earth with PermacultureGeoff Lawton Geoff Lawton is a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. Topics here include off-grid living; solar and wind power; waste management; healing the land; using problems to create solutions; permaculture as a weapon against GMOs; intensive rotational grazing; profitable farming.
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GP comment:  Some really interesting thoughts here on pollution as unused inputs.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 03.MAR.2014

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

DoD Still Sticking to It's (Long-Disproved) Story on Vietnam War — Historical understanding doesn’t always move ahead. Case in point: In 2012, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of official US involvement in Vietnam, the Pentagon quietly launched VietnamWar50th.com. Historian Nick Turse noticed that the website's version of the war seems stuck in the past, with the DoD reasserting information long since debunked by journalists, historians, and the government's own Pentagon papers.
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GP comment:  Well, it's one-two-three, what are we fightin' for? Don't ask me I don't give a damn; next stop is Vietnam... -- Country Joe & the Fish

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  COOL & COSMIC — 01.MAR.2014

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

Has Sci-Fi Abandoned the Utopian Alternative?futuristic scene KMO welcomes filmmaker Joshua Bregman to discuss why contemporary science fiction—on the screen at least, if not on the page—is stuck in a dystopian quagmire. What happened to the utopian vision of Star Trek? Were Francis Fukuyama and Margaret Thatcher right—are representative democracy and markets the highest expression of human civilization? Is self-interest the human trait via which we unavoidably devolve away from our potential utopian greatness? Topics include Star Trek TOS and movies; Bladerunner as a visual trendsetter that has become a stylistic black hole; She as a return to thoughtful scifi; why Avatar induces depression in some people.
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GP comment:  Utopia—she's dead, Jim.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  FINANCIAL, EMPIRE — 01.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Andrew Gause:   Banksters and Ukraine — Andrew Gause explains how the financial Powers That Be are at the root of the struggles in Ukraine, though the mainstream media mentions none of this and sells it as "revolution." Other topics include ongoing take-down operations of developing nations' currencies, notably in Venezuela and Argentina; the possible real meaning of the name of "The Trilateral Commission"; why US manufacturing is not part of TPTB's vision of the future.
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GP comment:  Gause is correct on the MSM framing of Ukraine (or wherever)—these things are almost NEVER as they would have us believe.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Feb.2014

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

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

Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions — Residents who live near areas of oil and natural gas fracking have long complained that the industry's activities contaminate groundwater. A new investigation is shedding light on another concern: air quality. David Hasemyer and Lisa Song, two of the reporters who worked on the investigation, explain the findings.
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GP comment:  The air pollution aspect is a negative, for sure; but the water pollution aspect should be the deal-breaker for all Americans.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  SPECIES — 01.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Resistance Radio

Mike Mease on Buffalo in the USbuffalo Mike Mease is the co-founder and campaign coordinator for the Buffalo Field Campaign. He has spent the last 16 years living with and helping protect this sacred species in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Here he talks about the status of buffalo in the US west, the history of buffalo slaughter, and the continuing pressure from the cattle industry on the remaining protected buffalo.
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GP comment:  The plight of the buffalo is a sad but important one to understand.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  HISTORY — 01.MAR.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Project Censored

The Untold History of the United States — Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips review the new DVD release of the Oliver Stone/Peter Kiznick film, The Untold History of the United States. Deeply researched by an American University team of historians, the 10-hour Showtime documentary series is a provocative challenge to the status quo of American history in the tradition of Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States. The film series covers the rise of the American empire and national security state from the late nineteenth century through the Obama administration.
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GP comment:  There are some interesting historical tidbits here, all supporting an important realization about mainstream historians: They lie.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Feb.2014

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