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Moyers & Co

Bill Moyers has announced he is retiring with his Jan 3rd show of Moyers and Company. You can hear his show on KFCF this Sunday night Dec. 21st at 6:30 PM.

Just beneath the surface in Washington, there’s a Deep State running everything. And you didn’t vote for it. Next on Moyers & Company. Piece Description America’s first Gilded Age, more than a century ago, was a time of vast riches and conspicuous consumption, as well as degrading poverty. “It wasn’t merely that poverty lived alongside great wealth,” historian Steve Fraser tells Bill Moyers on this week’s Moyers & Company, “It’s that poverty was being created by great wealth.” Senators and Representatives were owned by Wall Street and Big Business, and then, as now, those who footed the bill for political campaigns were richly rewarded with favorable laws. We've just watched the Senate and the House -- aided and abetted by President Obama -- pay off financial interests with provisions in the new spending bill that expand the amount of campaign cash wealthy donors can give and let banks off the hook for gambling with customer( and taxpayer) money. The social safety net, Fraser says, has been “shredded to a very significant degree.” But what was different about the first Gilded Age is that people rose in rebellion. Today we do not see “that enormous resistance.” Nonetheless, he concludes, “people are increasingly fed up… their voices are not being heard. And I think that can only go on for so long without there being more and more outbreaks of what used to be called class struggle, class warfare.” Steve Fraser is a writer, editor and scholar of American history. Among his books are Every Man a Speculator, Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace and Labor Will Rule. His latest, The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power, will be published early next year.


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DOWN IN THE VALLEY

Dear listeners to my monthly radio show "Down in the Valley." I will be off the air until early next year while I tend to some health problems. I hope all have a happy holiday season. Lloyd G Carter

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Wednesday - Dec 17 Vandana Shiva

There was much fanfare as the leaders of the U.S. and China, the world's largest carbon polluters signed what was trumpeted as an "historic" deal cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But the Center for Science & Environment in India denounced the agreement as "self-serving" and "business as usual." Much more urgent action is required to avoid a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. As the eco-crisis accelerates and the major contributors to climate change make grandiose statements but then take halfhearted measures, it is easy to despair. But we simply can't afford to do nothing and wallow in negativity. The moment calls for action and engagement not passivity and indifference. The magnitude of the crisis requires radical compassion for the Earth and all its inhabitants and flora and fauna. Despite probes landing on comets this is the only home we have.

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned voice for sustainable development and social justice. She's a physicist, scholar and social activist. She is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She's the recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize and of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books, including Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil and Making Peace with the Earth.

  • Dec 17 Vandana Shiva - Radical Compassion
  • Dec 24 Justin Lewis - Media & Consumer Capitalism
  • Dec 31 Chris Giannou - Understanding the Middle East
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    [Michael Brune] Clean Energy Victories

    Many people see the crisis posed by climate change clearly but governments, largely influenced by money coming from coal, oil and natural gas corporations, do not act. Huge demonstrations from New York to more than 150 cities all over the world indicate that people want action on climate change now. Germany is leading the way with solar technology. Prices are coming way down. China is investing more in renewable energy than the U.S. And in an extraordinary development, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is divesting from fossil fuel companies. The historical significance can’t be missed. It was John D. Rockefeller who, a century ago, began Standard Oil, the precursor of Exxon Mobil. In addition to the Rockefeller move more than 800 big investors have pledged to withdraw $50 billion from fossil fuel investments. It’s a symbolic and substantive victory.

    12/18/14 1:04 pm

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    FSRN

    FSRN Weekly Edition – December 19, 2014

    US and Cuban leaders announce thaw in Cold War-era diplomatic relations More mass kidnapping in northern Nigeria; Boko Haram suspected Taliban militants slaughter almost 150 children at a Peshawar school Israel showcases drone technology...

    Israel showcases drone technology as the world’s top exporter

    Wikileaks this week published a CIA assessment of its program to assassinate so-called “high value targets.”  In the internal secret report from 2009, the CIA recognized the program could be counterproductive in that targeted...

    More mass kidnapping in Northern Nigeria; Boko Haram suspected

    The jihadist group Boko Haram has allegedly abducted about two hundred women and girls from a remote village in northeastern Nigeria. The same group is responsible for the kidnapping of more than 200 school...

    New York environmentalists celebrate first-ever statewide fracking ban

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced during a year-end cabinet meeting Wednesday that the state will ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – for natural gas. This makes New York...

    Wichita outfits all police with body cameras, L.A. and Houston announce similar plans

    Support for mandating the use of officer-worn body cameras has surged as a movement for police accountability gains momentum nationwide. It’s also the accountability mechanism that has encountered the least resistance from police departments...

    Counterspin

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    CounterSpin

    David Dayen on Citibank and Cromnibus, Ladd Everitt on Gun Control

    Progressive Democrats launched an unexpected attack on a Congressional spending bill, leaving some pundits complaining once more about nasty Beltway polarization. But legislators were trying to do something substantive: Stop an attempt to roll back an important part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Journalist David Dayen will join us to explain what was at stake. Also this week: It was two years ago that 10 first graders and 6 adults were killed by a troubled young man with an assault rifle. Media were transfixed by the disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but did it affect the way they report on gun control? We'll talk about guns and the press with Ladd Everitt, communications director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

    12/19/14 6:42 am

    Baher Azmy on Torture, Mel Goodman on Ashton Carter

    This week on CounterSpin: It's hard to think of a time when a free press is more necessary than when the public needs to know about crimes committed in our name. So the release of a Senate report on CIA torture is a test for US media. We'll talk about the report and the media response with Baher Azmy, legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Also this week: Ashton Carter will likely be the next Secretary of Defense. Press coverage tells us he's a Rhodes Scholar, a physicist, and an 'uber wonk.' But else should we know about him, and what does his selection mean for US military policy? Author and military analyst Mel Goodman will join us to discuss that.

    12/12/14 6:33 am

    Estates, Trusts and Wills Workshop

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