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MLK Day Inauguration Special! We begin with the outpouring from the internets on the death of Aaron Swartz, too many to list but here's a few.
Grant Gross writes at ITWorld Lessig, Demand Progress support investigation of Swartz prosecutor Demand Progress, the tech activist group founded by the late Aaron Swartz, and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig have called on supporters to press the U.S. Congress to investigate Swartz's prosecuting attorney and to pass a law to decriminalize the type of hacking he was charged with. ........ Lessig, a long-time tech activist and commentator, and Demand Progress, a group founded by Swartz to fight the Stop Online Piracy Act, asked supporters to back an investigation by U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican, into U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz's prosecution of Swartz. Lessig and Demand Progress also asked supporters to contact their lawmakers in support of Aaron's Law, proposed legislation from Representative Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, that would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to decriminalize violations of terms of service agreements. "We spent Tuesday burying and mourning our friend Aaron," Lessig and Demand Progress said in a letter released Thursday. "We're sad, we're tired, we're frustrated -- and we're angry at a system that let this happen to Aaron. Now we want to set upon honoring his life's work and helping to make sure that such a travesty is never repeated." .......... Demand Progress is concerned that prosecutors could go after many TOS violations, said David Moon, program director for the group. "If a TOS violation is considered 'felony hacking,' simply breaking a website's rules (such as lying on a social network) could land you in court facing decades in prison," he said in an email. "A growing number of ordinary Americans are becoming less concerned about the effect of criminal hacking on their lives, and more concerned by our government's now persistent attempts to control the Internet and undermine its core principles." Read all of Lawrence Lessig's letter and watch DN! "An Incredible Soul": Larry Lessig Remembers Aaron Swartz After Cyberactivist’s Suicide Before Trial; Parents Blame Prosecutor AND Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Aaron Swartz’s partner; founder and executive director of & Alex Stamos, chief technology officer of Artemis Internet Exclusive: Aaron Swartz’s Partner, Expert Witness Say Prosecutors Unfairly Targeted Dead Activist. CLIMATE CHANGE UPDATE: National Climate Assessment details at The Guardian UK Climate change set to make America hotter, drier and more disaster-prone Future generations of Americans can expect to spend 25 days a year sweltering in temperatures above 100F (38C), with climate change on course to turn the country into a hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone place. The National Climate Assessment, released in draft form on Friday , provided the fullest picture to date of the real-time effects of climate change on US life, and the most likely consequences for the future. The 1,000-page report, the work of the more than 300 government scientists and outside experts, was unequivocal on the human causes of climate change, and on the links between climate change and extreme weather. "Climate change is already affecting the American people," the draft report said. "Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or intense including heat waves, heavy downpours and in some regions floods and drought. Sea level is rising, oceans are becoming more acidic, and glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting." ....... The report states clearly that the steps taken by Obama so far to reduce emissions are "not close to sufficient" to prevent the most severe consequences of climate change. "As climate change and its impacts are becoming more prevalent, Americans face choices," the report said. "Beyond the next few decades, the amount of climate change will still largely be determined by the choices society makes about emissions. Lower emissions mean less future warming and less severe impacts. Higher emissions would mean more warming and more severe impacts." As the report made clear: no place in America had gone untouched by climate change. Nowhere would be entirely immune from the effects of future climate change. ..... The rise will be even steeper in future, with the next few decades projected for temperatures 2 to 4 degrees warmer in most areas. By 2100, if climate change continues on its present course, the country can expect to see 25 days a year with temperatures above 100F. Night-time temperatures will also stay high, providing little respite from the heat. ..... Much more at link so read all of it! Then in Canada Study provides damning evidence that tar sands development causing carcinogenic pollution in Alberta reporting for the NRDC at Elizabeth Shope’s Blog A study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides damning evidence that tar sands development has been causing carcinogenic pollution in Alberta – not just in the immediate development region but even as far as 50 miles away. Today’s print edition of the New York Times features an article on the study entitled Oil Sands Industry in Canada Tied to Higher Carcinogen Level. As lead study author and Queen’s University Professor John Smol said to the New York Times, “Now we have the smoking gun.” The study published yesterday takes it a step farther than previous studies, showing a rise in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) deposits after the industrial development of the tar sands. Put another way, [from the Tyee]:
    The study conclusively shows that bitumen pollution "is not natural, is increasing over time and the footprint of the industry is much bigger than anyone thought," says John Smol, one of Canada's leading freshwater ecologists, a Queen's University professor and a contributor to the study.
..... In Andrew Nikiforuk's The Tyee article on the study, Dr. David Schindler – not one of the authors of this study but the lead author of several other major studies about tar sands pollution – says that the findings of this study should “deep six once and for all the bullshit that all pollution from the tar sands is natural.” Dr. Schindler goes on to say about the study:
    It shows that as production rises, so does the pollution fallout from the project. It also implies that we need some means of controlling these stack emissions. It also reinforces the now well-documented fact that past monitoring has been substandard. This sort of contamination should have been easily detected a decade or more ago.
.... With the results of this study out, it’s more important than ever for the governments of Alberta and Canada to get to the root of the cancer issue in Fort Chipewyan. .... Tar sands production is creating a mess in Alberta, but it’s not just Albertans who should be concerned. If President Obama approves the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the U.S. will be further aiding this pollution. The draft environmental review for the “northern segment” of the Keystone XL pipeline is expected any day, and should include information about the upstream impacts of tar sands extraction – not just the greenhouse gas emissions but also these carcinogenic and other disease-causing pollutants being caused by the rapid expansion of this extra dirty fuel.
Then Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog reports Breaking: Obama EPA Shut Down Weatherford, TX Shale Gas Water Contamination Study The Associated Press has a breaking investigative story out today revealing that the Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) censored a smoking gun scientific report in March 2012 that it had contracted out to a scientist who conducted field data on 32 water samples in Weatherford, TX. That report, according to the AP, would have explicitly linked methane migration to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in Weatherford, a city with 25,000+ citizens located in the heart of the Barnett Shale geologic formation 30 minutes from Dallas. ........ Despite this smoking gun, everything was soon shut down, with the Obama EPA reversing its emergency order, terminating the court battle and censoring Thyne's report. The AP explained that the Obama EPA has "refused to answer questions about the decision." "I just can't believe that an agency that knows the truth about something like that, or has evidence like this, wouldn't use it," Lipsky, who now pays $1,000 a month to have water hauled to his family's house, told the AP..... Lots more details to read there as well. Robert Parry at Consortiumnews explains America’s War for Reality The real struggle confronting the United States is not between the Right and the Left in any traditional sense, but between those who believe in reality and those who are entranced by unreality. It is a battle that is testing whether fact-based people have the same determination to fight for their real-world view as those who operate in a fact-free space do in defending their illusions. These battle lines do relate somewhat to the Right/Left divide because today’s right-wing has embraced ideological propaganda as truth more aggressively and completely than those on the Left, though the Left (and the Center, too) are surely not immune from the practice of ignoring facts in pursuit of some useful agit-prop. But key elements of the American Right have set up permanent residence in the world of make-believe, making any commonsense approach to the real-world challenges nearly politically impossible. The Right’s fantasists also have the passions of true-believers, like a cult that gets angrier the more its views are questioned. So, it doesn’t matter that scientific evidence proves global warming is real; the deniers will insist the facts are simply a government ploy to impose “tyranny.” It doesn’t matter how many schoolchildren are slaughtered by semi-automatic assault rifles – or what the real history of the Second Amendment was. To the gun fanatics, the Framers wanted armed rebellion against the non-violent political process they worked so hard to create. ..... The American Right’s collective departure from reality can be traced back decades, but clearly accelerated with the emergence of former actor Ronald Reagan on the national stage. Even his admirers acknowledge that Reagan had a strained relationship with facts, preferring to illustrate his points with distorted or apocryphal anecdotes. ........... This combination of dysfunction contributed to the rise of the Tea Party and the Republican congressional victories in 2010. But Election 2012, with Obama’s reelection and a general rejection of Tea Party fanaticism, has created the chance of a do-over for American rationalists. After all, the United States continues to see the consequences of three decades of right-wing delusions, including high unemployment; massive deficits; self-inflicted financial crises; a degraded middle class; poor health care for millions; a crumbling infrastructure; an overheating planet; costly foreign wars; a bloated Pentagon budget; and children massacred by troubled young men with ridiculously easy access to semi-automatic assault rifles. Yet, if rational and pragmatic solutions are ever going to be applied to these problems, it is not just going to require that President Obama display more spine. The country is going to need its conscious inhabitants of the real world to stand up with at least the same determination as the deluded denizens of the made-up world. Of course, this fight will be nasty and unpleasant. It will require resources, patience and toughness. But there is no other answer. Reality must be recovered and protected – if the planet and the children are to be saved. Over at HuffPoAOL/Media catch this VIDEO! Rachel Maddow Mocks The NRA For Response To Obama's Gun Control Press Conference (VIDEO) You all remember Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's tirade against "Obamacare" in 2009. Last week on NPR he stuck his Libertarian foot in his mouth AGAIN! Go to ThinkProgress for all the details Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Is ‘Like Fascism’. Then watch Thom Hartmann's Thursday Daily Take "The CEO of Whole Foods recently attacked Obamacare - calling it a prime example of facism. Well - he's a little wrong about that. Thom Hartmann will explain why." Watch Whole Foods - Now Serving Food & Fascism. Very important lesson on the concept of Fascsim! Go watch now! Senator Bernie Sanders urges us to sign this Letter to President at Shared Sacrifice which says in part Mr. President, please listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people who believe that deficit reduction must be about shared sacrifice. The wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations in this country must pay their fair share. At least 50 percent of any deficit reduction package must come from revenue raised by ending tax breaks for the wealthy and eliminating tax loopholes that benefit large, profitable corporations and Wall Street financial institutions. A sensible deficit reduction package must also include significant cuts to unnecessary and wasteful Pentagon spending. IN a related matter Chris Cillizza explains Why Republicans caved on the debt ceiling Days after President Obama held a press conference re-asserting his refusal to negotiate with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling, House GOP leaders announced Friday they would move to extend the country’s credit limit for another three months. ..... It’s an interesting — and smart — gambit by House Republicans who have done very little interesting or smart in terms of political strategy of late. The simple fact is that trying to go toe to toe with President Obama is a loser for the GOP at the moment. In a Washington Post-ABC News national poll released earlier this week, 55 percent of those tested approved of the job Obama was doing while just 24 percent said the same of House Republicans. Add those numbers to the fact that Republicans have no obvious foil for Obama — House Speaker John Boehner, who had been playing that role, was knee-capped by his own conference during the fiscal cliff negotiations — and it’s clear that Republicans are simply in no position at the moment to win a political fight with the president. By postponing a potential debt ceiling showdown and instead making their stand on the sequester (and, to a lesser extent the continuing resolution that must be passed to fund the federal government) the Republican-controlled House pits itself against a less popular political entity: the Senate. “We would like to open a fight against the Senate as opposed to Obama,” said one senior GOPer. “[Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid has gotten off scot-free in terms of being held responsible for this out-of-control deficit and the breakdown of the budgeting process.” This strategic move by House Republicans is not without short-term and longer-term risks, of course. ..... Over at Justin Elliot reports Revealed: America’s Arms Sales To Bahrain Amid Bloody Crackdown Despite Bahrain’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, the U.S. has continued to provide weapons and maintenance to the small Mideast nation. Defense Department documents released to ProPublica give the fullest picture yet of the arms sales: The list includes ammunition, combat vehicle parts, communications equipment, Blackhawk helicopters, and an unidentified missile system. (Read the documents.) The documents, which were provided in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and cover a yearlong period ending in February 2012, still leave many questions unanswered. It’s not clear whether in each case the arms listed have been delivered. And some entries that only cite the names of weapons may in fact refer to maintenance or spare parts. Defense Department spokesman Paul Ebner declined to offer any more detail. “We won’t get into specifics in any of these because of the security of Bahrain,” said Ebner. While the U.S. has maintained it is selling Bahrain arms only for external defense, human rights advocates say the documents raise questions about items that could be used against civilian protesters. “The U.S. government should not be providing additional military equipment that could make matters worse,” said Sunjeev Bery, Middle East advocacy director for Amnesty International USA. There have been reports that Bahrain used American-made helicopters to fire on protesters in the most intense period of the crackdown. Time magazine reported in mid-March 2011 that Cobra helicopters had conducted "live ammunition air strikes" on protesters....... The Obama administration has stood by Bahrain’s ruling family, who are Sunni, during nearly two years of protests by the country’s majority Shia population. Bahrain is a longtime ally and the home to a large American naval base, which is considered particularly important amid the current tensions with nearby Iran. .... State Department spokesman Noel Clay told ProPublica, “We continue to withhold the export of lethal and crowd-control items intended predominately for internal security purposes, and have resumed on a case-by-case basis items related exclusively to external defense, counter-terrorism, and the protection of U.S. forces.” The U.S. has also sold Bahrain a helicopter fit for the royal family. ...... For updates on the attack on BP's natural gas plant see Chris Irvine's Algeria BP attack: latest at the Telegraph while the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald explains the blowback in The bombing of Mali highlights all the lessons of western intervention As French war planes bomb Mali, there is one simple statistic that provides the key context: this west African nation of 15 million people is the eighth country in which western powers - over the last four years alone - have bombed and killed Muslims - after Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and the Philippines (that does not count the numerous lethal tyrannies propped up by the west in that region). For obvious reasons, the rhetoric that the west is not at war with the Islamic world grows increasingly hollow with each new expansion of this militarism. But within this new massive bombing campaign, one finds most of the vital lessons about western intervention that, typically, are steadfastly ignored. ....... As Owen Jones wrote in an excellent column this morning in the Independent:
    "This intervention is itself the consequence of another. The Libyan war is frequently touted as a success story for liberal interventionism. Yet the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship had consequences that Western intelligence services probably never even bothered to imagine. Tuaregs – who traditionally hailed from northern Mali – made up a large portion of his army. When Gaddafi was ejected from power, they returned to their homeland: sometimes forcibly so as black Africans came under attack in post-Gaddafi Libya, an uncomfortable fact largely ignored by the Western media. . . . [T]he Libyan war was seen as a success . . . and here we are now engaging with its catastrophic blowback."
...... As always, western governments are well aware of this consequence and yet proceed anyway. The NYT notes that the French bombing campaign was launched "in the face of longstanding American warnings that a Western assault on the Islamist stronghold could rally jihadists around the world and prompt terrorist attacks as far away as Europe." Indeed, at the same time that the French are now killing civilians in Mali, a joint French-US raid in Somalia caused the deaths of "at least eight civilians, including two women and two children". To believe that the US and its allies can just continue to go around the world, in country after country, and bomb and kill innocent people - Muslims - and not be targeted with "terrorist" attacks is, for obvious reasons, lunacy. As Bradford University professor Paul Rogers told Jones, the bombing of Mali "will be portrayed as 'one more example of an assault on Islam'". Whatever hopes that may exist for an end to the "war on terror" are systematically destroyed by ongoing aggression. .....
As usual much more in Greenwald's column! And also read Owen Jones at the Independent The war in Libya was seen as a success, now here we are engaging with the blowback in Mali. Reporting for The Black Agenda Report Radio we go to Glenn Ford The Master as “Guest”: The U.S. Military Swarms Over Africa ...... So, although there is no doubt that the U.S. will be deeply involved in the impending military operation in Mali, the 2nd Brigade’s deployment is a much larger assignment, aimed at making all of Africa a theater of U.S. military operations. The situation in Mali is simply a convenient, after-the-fact rationale for a long-planned expansion of the U.S. military footprint in Africa. The Pentagon’s larger purpose in placing an army brigade on roving duty all across the continent is to acclimate African commanders to hosting a permanent, large scale U.S. presence. This is a very different kind of invasion – more like an infiltration-in-force. The Pentagon’s strategy is designed to reinforce relationships that the U.S. Africa Command has been cultivating with African militaries since the establishment of AFRICOM during George Bush’s last year in office. As an infiltrating force, AFRICOM has been a phenomenal success. Militarily speaking, the African Union has become an annex of the Pentagon. The AU’s biggest operation, in Somalia, is armed, financed and directed by the U.S. military and CIA. The 17,000 African troops on so-called peace-keeping duty in Somalia are, for all practical purposes, mercenaries for the Americans – although poorly paid ones. Ethiopian and Kenyan forces act as extensions of U.S. power in the East Africa. U.S. Special Forces roam the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic – ostensibly looking for the fugitive warlord Joseph Kony but, in reality, establishing a web of U.S. military infrastructures throughout center of the continent. Uganda and Rwanda keep the eastern Congo’s mineral riches safe for U.S. and European corporations – at the cost of 6 million Congolese lives. Their militaries are on the Pentagon’s payroll. ......... The creeping, continental U.S. expeditionary force, soon to be spearheaded by the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade, will bunk down in African military bases throughout the continent, not as invaders, but as guests. Guests who pay the bills and provide the weapons for African armies whose mission has nothing to do with national independence and self-determination. Three generations after the beginnings of decolonization, the African soldier is once again bowing to the foreign master. For MLK Day be sure to watch TAVIS SMILEY at George Washington University: Tavis Smiley To Host A Future Without Poverty Event from "The World of Celebrity Giving". Be sure to check these REBROADCASTS! The conversation broadcasts annually LIVE on C-SPAN, and rebroadcasts three consecutive nights on Tavis Smiley on PBS beginning Tuesday, January 22 through Thursday, January 24, 2013. Additionally, the first half of “Vision for a New America” can be heard on The Tavis Smiley Show followed by the conclusion on Smiley & West, both distributed through Public Radio International (PRI), the weekend of January 18. Fellow citizens can also join the conversation streaming LIVE online at and by using the Twitter hashtag #PovertyMustEnd. For additional information, visit Good Item! We don't really have anything on the inauguration festivities but may have some coverage next week. And the Beltway Bubalas will surely cover every Shiny Object under the sun about it anyway. We do have a few words about Aaron Swartz. The world lost a great innovator in Aaron. With his successes of the now-common RSS and REDDIT the government sapped nearly all his money he made from these inventions and he was looking at having his parents put up their house to help pay for the costly defense he would have needed had the prosecutors went forward with their crazed obsession to "get him". This is just THE LATEST example of Obama's War on Whistleblowers. From continuing and expanding bu$h's illegal wiretapping of U.S. citizens, the prosecution of Bradley Manning and the ongoing financial blockade of wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange to the government's infiltration of Occupy and the ongoing weaponization of U.S. police forces we are witnessing an unparalleled unbridled power of government over its citizens. Just as the U.S.'s willingness to attack any nation it deems "harboring terrorists" and its "Kill List" sets a precedent for any other nation to attack another (despite international law saying otherwise) we are now seeing how this policy is being turned inward. If it weren't for Aaron's successful fight against SOPA/PIPA we would be living in a very different on-line world, one where copyright holders would have free reign over what content gets posted where. And BE SURE those forces that want to restrict the Free and Open Internet will be back again. Who will be there to alert us stop them next time? At only 26, Aaron did more in his time in this world that many activists haven't even done in a long full lifetime. To say Aaron was a genius is an understatement. In the I.T. world we have the FaceBuuk phenom Mark Zuckerberg with his ominous and scary moving target of "Terms of Service", Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google who proclaim "Do no harm" but assist the government in their spying and Bill Gates who wholly supports GMOs around the world and even the late much-lauded Steve Jobs whose Apple brand has been exploiting workers for years. Aaron was equally or more brilliant than these men but was motivated by a completely different set of principles that can be boiled down to "Knowledge is Power" and that our collective knowledge must be shared and spread. From the MIT Technology Review Why Aaron Swartz’s Ideas Matter ... Swartz clearly touched the lives of those who knew him well in unique and wonderful ways, and the tributes posted online are testament to a special human being. But those who never knew him were affected as well—through the technologies he developed, his contributions to projects such as Wikipedia and the Internet Archive, and his untiring efforts to create a new understanding of digital rights and ownership, most prominently by helping create the Creative Commons. In February of last year we interviewed him about his philosophy, and about his involvement in the campaign opposing SOPA, a bill that would’ve imposed more stringent rules on the sharing of digital information online (see “Aaron Swartz Hacks the Attention Economy”). You can read more about ideas in his 2008 “Guerilla Open Access Manifesto,” and you’ll find more of his writings in a collection gathered by the Internet Archive. ..... But it was in his role as a digital provocateur that his brilliance shone most brightly. By working on the technical standards for the Creative Commons, he helped extend the legal framework behind the free software movement to other creative endeavors. The impact is felt across the Internet and has helped reshape the public’s understanding of digital property rights more generally...... Please watch Freedom to Connect: Aaron Swartz (1986-2013) on Victory to Save Open Internet, Fight Online Censors. A brilliant powerful voice for our open internet and open society at-large has been lost, silenced. Who knows how many more groundbreaking inventions and ideas he would have come up with, imagined, engineered then put into practice had he survived? We'll never know. So now we can only hope another brilliant activist will come up through the ranks, barnstorm the internet/copyright barricades and show us the way. Rest in Peace Aaron. We miss you terribly already.

The world lost a brilliant activist and a leading proponent of information freedom last week.

Aaron Swartz

Aaron H. Swartz - November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013


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    Our permit to occupy public squares and parks is in The First Amendment, which affirms "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment. Yet Washington affirmed the universal right to assembly and protest. We do have a First Amendment. The force being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country is unacceptable. It must stop. &! A bailout of the people by the people Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits. ADDENDUM: Naked Capitalism reports Top Tax Expert Confirms Our Doubts About Occupy Wall Street’s Debt Buying/Forgiveness Scheme

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    Lawmakers concerned about the health effects on humans from mountaintop removal coal mining set forth legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives today. Representatives Dennis Kucinich (OH), Louise Slaughter (NY), Maurice Hinchey (NY), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), John Yarmuth (KY), Lynn Woolsey (CA), Judy Chu (CA), Raúl Grijalva (AZ), James Moran (VA), Michael Honda (CA), John Conyers (MI), and Keith Ellison (MN) introduced the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency (ACHE) Act H.R. 5959 which would place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services. The ACHE coalition presently consists of participants from Coal River Mountain Watch, Mountain Health and Heritage Association, and Christians for the Mountains. “We encourage you, if you’re concerned about mountaintop removal’s effect on your community’s health, to join us in making your voice heard,” said Allen Johnson, executive director of Christians for the Mountains. “Please contact us, learn about the issue, and take action to protect your community.” a project of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland brings together, for the first time, information about the broad range of community wealth building activity. Featuring Community Wealth Building in Action: The Cleveland Model Something important is happening in Cleveland. The Democracy Collaborative—the host of—in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Shorebank Enterprise Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, and the city's major hospitals and universities—is helping to implement a new model of large-scale worker-owned and community-benefiting businesses. The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is beginning to build serious momentum in one of the cities most dramatically impacted by the nation's decaying economy. Increasingly, this model is being referred to nationally as The Cleveland Model. Initial planning is now underway to assist other cities in Ohio and nationwide to replicate and adapt this innovative approach to economic development, green job creation, and neighborhood stabilization. Find more many resources at!

NET NEUTRALITY! Declaration of Internet Freedom Tired of fighting bad bills like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA? Want to stand up against those who are trying to control what we do and say online? It's time for something different. A group of more than 1,500 organizations, academics, startup founders and tech innovators has come together to produce a Declaration of Internet Freedom, a set of five principles that put forward a positive vision of the open Internet. Our goal: Get millions of Internet users to sign on to this Declaration. Build political power for Internet users to make sure that we get a seat at the table whenever, and wherever, the future of the Internet is being decided. It's time to stop playing defense and start going on the offensive. The open Internet is central to people’s freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate in the 21st century. But powerful interests want to censor free speech, block the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how Internet users get online. And all too often, people in power are making political decisions behind closed doors about how the Internet should operate — and they're doing this without the involvement of actual Internet users. The result: policies that could close down the open Internet and destroy our freedom to connect. It’s time for us to reclaim the Internet for its users. Take action now and sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom.

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CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE American Majority Rejects Washington Austerity Consensus – And We Demand Media Coverage by Roger Hickey, President, Campaign for America's Future: No more silent majority. The Campaign for America’s Future is joining with the Center for Economic and Policy Research (whose Co-Director, Dean Baker blogs regularly about economic bias in the media) and with FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) to monitor the media’s coverage and representation of the American Majority views as they go into covering the big deficit fight. But we want to enlist YOU too. Send us accounts of unbalanced coverage in the national media and in your local newspapers and television. Call up reporters, editors, assignment people and tell them when they are under-representing the views of the American Majority. We should have at least half the experts, pundits, quotes and real people represented in their coverage. In a debate as important as the one we are going into, we can’t allow the media to ignore the American Majority. Much more at

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  • This Week (ABC) Host George Stephanopoulos
    • White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe
    • Presidential Inauguration Committee co-chair Eva Longoria
    • ROUNDTABLE: George Will and Cokie Roberts; political strategist and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd; former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, host of Current TV's "The War Room"; and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum

  • Face The Nation (CBS) Host Bob Schiefer
    • DAVID PLOUFFE White House Senior Adviser
    • CONDOLEEZZA RICE Former Secretary of State
    • DEE DEE MYERS Former Bill Clinton Press Secretary and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor
    • BOB WOODWARD The Washington Post
    • PEGGY NOONAN The Wall Street Journal
    • ROUNDTABLE: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S LEGACY - TAYLOR BRANCH Author, The King Years; JOE CALIFANO Former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare; DR. JAMES PETERSON LeHigh University
    • MAYOR JULIAN CASTRO San Antonio, Texas

  • 60 Minutes (CBS)
    • "60 Minutes" will be preempted this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 by CBS Sports coverage of the American Football Conference Championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.

  • Meet the Press (NBC) Host David Gregory
    Microsoft, NBC News Dissolve Joint Venture NBC is buying Microsoft's 50 percent interest in the MSNBC website for an undisclosed amount. will be rebranded as, and readers who logged into late Sunday were automatically redirected to Microsoft is preparing to launch its own news service this fall. Although he declined to provide many details about the operation general manager of Bob Visse said the news staff will be about the same size as the roughly 100 people who created original content for the "There is no question that we are going to have more flexibility to make our own decisions," said Vivian Schiller, NBC News' chief digital officer. "This is really an amicable breakup. We think competition will make us better." Okay then.
    • Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York
    • Republican Ted Cruz of Texas.
    • ROUNDTABLE: David Axelrod; MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough; Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; and three of NBC’s finest: Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw; Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd

  • State of the Union With Candy Crowley (CNN) At 9 AM ET, Candy talks to the power players: politicians, business leaders and international newsmakers who will make Monday morning's headlines. At NOON ET, Candy wraps it all up with fresh interviews and the best of the earlier hours.
    • White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe
    • Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming)
    • Former Clinton Speechwriter Don Baer
    • Former George W. Bush Speechwriter Michael Gerson.
    • ROUNDTABLE: Former Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, USA Today’s Susan Page and CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein.

  • HEAD ON RADIO with Bob Kincaid
    Headon Radio with Bob Kincaid 6 PM Eastern, 3 PM Pacific, 2300 GMT. Duration: 3 hrs. To be part of Conversation Radio on Head-on Radio, call toll-free (877) 443-2366, or use our Liberal community line at 304-658-3333. Email bob [at] headonradio [dot] com during the show!
    • THORN IN THE SIDE THURSDAY!!!! Bob's last show until later next week ! Listen HERE NOW! Keep Bob on the air HERE ya hear? Amen to the White Rose Society! Donate to Head On HERE! And join Coal River Mountain Watch at!

    The Green News Report with Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen: 6 minutes of green news, politics, analysis & snarky comment! BOOKMARK NOW!
    'Green News Report' - January 17, 2013 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar steps down; Crop Killer: freeze hits CA citrus; 2012 tenth hottest year globally; EPA squashes fracking drinking water study; TX sues for OK's water; PLUS: No, it's not your imagination --- Spring is springing earlier than ever ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
    • IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see link): Coal exports to Asia: new battle against global warming; Court finds Bush EPA weakened soot regulations; Exploring environmental links to autism; Coal-ash dump leaking into WV neighborhood; Killer bat disease spreads to KY ... PLUS: Why the 'Idle No More' Movement Is Our Best Chance for Clean Land and Water ... and much, MUCH more! ...
    • BRADBLOG UPDATE! If at Twice You Don't Succeed, Rig, Rig Again Chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, signs off on plan to game the electoral college system in 'blue' states across the country...
    • BRADBLOG UPDATE! Daily Show: 'Confusing Tyranny With Losing Democratic Elections' Jon Stewart rips the RW yutzes in a panic over 'King Obama's' newly issued -- and rather tepid -- executive actions on gun safety...
    • BRADCAST UPDATE! KPFK 'BradCast': Obama's Gun Grabbing Tyranny! We're not the only ones who find Obama's proposals for so-called 'gun laws' to be an outrageous attack on our freedom and liberty. So do some of Brad's KPFK callers!...

  • The Peter B. Collins Show PODCAST!
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    The Peter B. Collins Show covers American news and politics from the Left Coast. Veteran talk radio personality Peter B. Collins, based in San Francisco, delivers fresh interviews, commentary and analysis on a range of important topics, with views and voices you don’t often find in the corporate media.
    Holiday Break and Website Changes
      To my valued listeners: We are making some changes to the website and our terms, effective in January. We will continue to offer free podcasts–my new daily news and commentary. Our in-depth interviews will be available for $1 per episode, or to subscribers who pay $5 per month or more. Loyal listeners who simply can’t afford it should send an email to, as we will be offering a limited number of scholarships to our friends who are hurting during these tough times. More information will be posted as we complete the revisions. I’m grateful to each of you for listening and supporting this work, and hope that the new model will enable us to keep it going well into the future. All the best, -pbc
    • PBC Standard Podcast January 15, 2013 Truthout’s Jason Leopold on His Upcoming Trip to Guantanamo, His Update on the Gitmo “Suicide” of Adnan Latif, and the Case of ex-CIA Spy John Kiriakou
    • PBC Standard Podcast January 16, 2013 Minstrel Roy Zimmerman Returns to Share New Songs, Report on 49-state US Tour
    • PBC Standard Podcast January 17, 2013 Two Progressives Review Obama’s First Term, Preview the Second: Prof. David Coates and Norman Solomon

  • Ring of Fire Radio
    Find us at and hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder
    Ring of Fire Radio - GoLeft TV - Robert F. Kennedy, Mike Papantonio, Sam Seder - Politics, Commentary, and News.
    This Week on Ring of Fire Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts Sunday nights at 8 pm Eastern
    • Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell will tell us about the options that President Obama has to address climate change.
    • Author and historian Rick Perlstein will tell us how the NRA evolved into one of the most deceptive, and politically inept, organizations in America.
    • Truth-Out reporter Darwin Graham will join us to discuss the greedy Wall Street banks that made billions in the housing bubble, and how they’re hoping to make billions more by snatching up foreclosed homes.
    • And America Blog’s Gaius Publius will tell us how we can build a powerful, sustainable Progressive movement in America.
    • VIDEO! THE HISTORY OF CORPORATE CORRUPTION & FRAUD with Robert Kennedy Jr & Mike Papantonio “Call us if you have a personal story about Fraud on Taxpayers or False Claims for Payment made by Corportations at 1-866-389-FIRE (3473)or contact us by email at if you have evidence of fraud that robbed taxpayer dollars. If our government is paying too much due to fraud by a corporation, Ring of Fire wants to do a story on it.”
    RFK, Jr. and Sam Seder: Drone Strikes, Torture Unequivocally Un-American The following is a transcript of an upcoming discussion between Sam Seder and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the un-American use of torture and drone strikes by American forces. The full discussion will be aired this weekend on Ring of Fire.
    • VIDEO! Papantonio: Deadly Chemicals Hiding in Our Waters (VIDEO) More than 30 years ago, the government banned the production and use of chemicals known as PCBs because they were causing serious illnesses in both humans and our environment. And even though PCBs have been off the market for 3 decades, they are still hanging out in waterways, in the air we breathe, and in our soil — causing cancers and other illnesses in people all over America. But recently, state governments decided that it was time to finally take action on the issue, and Mike Papantonio recently spoke with Spokane Riverkeeper Bart Mihailovich about what is being done to remove these toxic chemicals from our environments.
    • VIDEO! Papantonio: Gun Industry Exporting Death All Over The Globe (VIDEO) Mike Papantonio appears on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann to discuss the exporting activities of American gun manufacturers, as well as the ridiculous uproar from the Republicans over President Obama’s executive orders on gun control.
    • Join our blog at You can now SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST by clicking on the "Podcast" tab at the top of the Ring of Fire blog. Please help support progressive radio by signing up!
    Ring of Fire Radio Ring of Fire, hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder: Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts 8-11 et Sunday evenings on Chicago's Progressive Talk WCPT AM & FM and 4 pm et on Sirius/XM 167 featuring The PAP Attack! "We’ll bring you the stories that the mainstream media didn’t feel like reporting this week."

  • Majority Report with Sam Seder Streaming LIVE weekdays 11:30 am et @!

    • January 14, 2102 Matt Taibbi & Remembering Aaron Swartz
    • January 15, 2013 Michael Hastings, “The Inside Story of Obama’s Final Campaign”
    • January 16, 2013 Tech Day & Fran Lebowitz For Members No show today. Its a tech day. But, for Members Only we have a great interview from the MR, archives with Fran Lebowitz.
    • January 17, 2013 Obama Goes Big on Guns
    • January 18, 2013 Cliff Schecter & Isabel Gillies
    • MORE Podcast Interviews at!

  • On the Edge with Max Keiser Podcasts and more @!
    "HI Y'ALL! Tell the people! Tell the people!"
    WHO IS MAX KEISER? Max Keiser is a financial expert, Prediction Markets analyst, inventor and filmmaker. He is the creator of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) the first Prediction Market. Max Keiser co-hosts "The Truth About Markets" on ResonanceFM 104.4 in London. He also produces and presents documentary films covering markets and finance for Al Jazeera’s "People & Power" series. Max Keiser started his career on Wall Street in 1983. He is the creator of KarmaBanque a site that enables activists to challenge corporate power.
    • VISIT!!! Crowd Funding for Pirates!
    • NEW! MaxKeiserTV on YouTube! MaxKeiserTV PLUS here is Max Keiser’s official Facebook page And here is the official Keiser Report page
    The official Facebook pages for Max Keiser & Keiser Report STACY SUMMARY: For once and for all, here are our real Facebook pages, the other ones are fake. But if you feel like chatting to the fake ones, by all means, go ahead. Max Keiser & Keiser Report PLUS Stacey Herbert
    Taibbi: “The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come.” by maxkeiser - READ Secret and Lies of the Bailout (
    The Untouchables by stacyherbert - PBS Frontline will air a documentary called The Untouchables on 22 January. Here is the trailer. "FRONTLINE investigates why Wall Street’s leaders have escaped prosecution for any fraud related to the sale of bad mortgages."
    Both Nick Verbitsky and Teri Buhl were interviewed for the programme; and, while they don’t know yet whether they made it past the cutting room floor, their work certainly has been some of the most important in pursuing mortgage fraud as perpetrated by the big banks rather than by the individual homeowner as most of the MSM in the US relentlessly covers.
    Here is Teri Buhl’s story for The Atlantic: E-mails Suggest Bear Stearns Cheated Clients Out of Billions As you know, Keiser Report is the only financial news tv programme that has been covering this story for the past two years. You can search YouTube for all the interviews we’ve done with both Teri Buhl and Nick Verbitsky regarding mortgage fraud at the JPM/Bear Stearns unit. .... MORE! VIDEOS!
    And don’t forget Warren Buffett… And the tale of two men plugging servers into walls extracting stuff: one makes billions, the other one’s dead. by Max Keiser - Aaron Swartz was caught when he tried to retrieve the server from the site of building where he was downloading documents (documents subsidized with public money to begin with) to place them into the public domain – an action later repeated by the same institution when they released these documents into the public domain. He faced 35 yrs. hard time and killed himself; an act now widely understood to be a state sanctioned kill. Lloyd Blankfein (CEO of Goldman Sachs) plugs a server into a wall adjoining the NYSE and – using HFT – siphons off billions of free cash (as he admitted on Charlie Rose and other media outlets). Lloyd gets more free government money and a the cover of MSM magazines portrayed as a hero. READ Fed official alleges Geithner may have alerted banks to rate cut (
    “The United States is ripe for a revolution. People are pissed, and rightfully so.” by maxkeiser - I created PirateMyfilm (using Bitcoin only) anticipating the copyright revolution that would engulf the MPAA and America in controversy. The fact that Chris Dodd, the CEO of the MPAA, is now being fingered as the guy who effectively killed Aaron Swartz doesn’t surprise me. The MPAA/RIAA, the ‘copyright cartel’ aka Hollywood demean and destabilize Americans by using copyright to lock up our intellectual property on corporate balance sheets behind escalating pricey firewalls – reversing the freedom of the printing press and mass communication we’ve enjoyed post-Enlightenment – and returning to information priests who rule as dictators over a new, gigantic digital knowledge slum. Copyright started out problematically giving a limited monopoly right to creators for 28 years before, by law, all intellectual property was mandated to return to the public domain from where ALL IDEAS AND CREATIVITY COMES. Thomas Jefferson argued against any form of intellectual property law. Disney, and their copyright extension laws (every time Mickey Mouse was due to enter the public domain) extended copyright to lifetime plus 75 years; creating what Lawrence Lessig calls ‘perpetual copyright.’ This is devastating to the public domain; our birthright. READ Aaron Swartz, America’s Mohamed Bouazizi: We’re in the midst of a revolution, which side are you on? ( with VIDEO!
    • KEISER REPORT [KR393] Keiser Report: Whore-der of JP Morgan We discuss the fact that markets don’t kill economies, banksters kill economies. They also discuss JP Morgan’s copper ETF in London and Blythe Masters, the well known hoar-der of commodities. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to David Hales about the economics of bit torrent and the future of peer to peer banking.
    • KEISER REPORT [KR394] Keiser Report: Devil’s Deadly Derivatives
    • KEISER REPORT [KR395] Keiser Report: Welcome Home German Gold We discuss the currency war masquerading as a ‘storage plan,’ the Bond Kings threatening the gold repatriating Germany with having a Libya done to them and the Mexican taco stand in Florida advising customers to invest in silver. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Doug Casey of about German gold, Glenn’s Gulch and future war.
    • ON THE EDGE On the Edge with Greg Hunter An interview with Greg Hunter of USA Watchdog.
    • THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS [TaM-1263] The Truth About Aaron Swartz, Kim Dot God and HMV Gift Cards Download show HERE (mp3)
    • Donate to ResonanceFM here!

  • ANTIWAR RADIO with Scott Horton
    antiwarradio.jpg LIVE (9-11am Pacific, 12pm - 2pm Eastern) Plenty of archives too!
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    Pepe Escobar June 30, 2012: Globetrotting journalist Pepe Escobar discusses his article “Syria and Turkey’s Phantom War;” Turkey’s violation of Syrian airspace in a purposeful, measured provocation and test of Syria’s defenses; the near-invocation of NATO Article 5 and a wider war (an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all); looking for ways to bypass the UN on Syria, since China and Russia won’t let an interventionist resolution pass the Security Council; grand plans for NATO expansion in the official “Assured Security, Dynamic Engagement” plan; counterrevolutions in the Middle East and South America, as the US looks to rebuild its portfolio of client states; and how Qatar has become the new superpower in the Middle East, surpassing even Saudi Arabia.
    SCOTT HORTON July 5, 2012: Scott says goodbye to Scott Horton is the former host of Antiwar Radio. Visit his blog Stress. Due to budget cuts Scott lost his gig at! Whoa! See for archives! Send emails to Scott at to help Scott keep his podcast going!
    • Many more interviews at Antiwar Radio!

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    • David Plouffe, Senior Adviser to the President
    • Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)

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