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Victory Day in Russia! This is the celebration of the end of World War Two and the Russian equivalent of Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day marking the surrender of Nazi Germany. This year see Boston Globe's Big Picture Victory Day in Ukraine and Crimea. More on the Ukraine situation in a bit.
Here's a SALON.com Exclusive: Private documents reveal how Big Restaurant lobby monitors fast food protests by Josh Eidelson In internal communications obtained by Salon, the National Restaurant Association, the world’s largest food service trade association, warns of growing traction for “rent-a-mob” fast food protests, describes “closely monitoring social media for any plans or signs of activity” and compiles news about an activist antagonist’s book signings and Wikipedia profile. The three documents, provided to Salon on condition of anonymity, include December and February “Labor Activism Update” memos and a description of the January board meetings of the National Restaurant Association (the so-called “other NRA”) and the NRA Educational Foundation. The meeting notes are introduced with a message from NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeney pledging “active engagement in responding to reputational attacks on our industry and the organized wage protests that have gained such traction in the last few months.” Toward that end, the January meeting report reveals that the NRA’s Jobs & Careers Committee and its Restaurant PAC both “recommended that the Restaurant Advocacy Fund provide $600,000 in additional support for the ongoing project to combat the tactics of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers, or ROC, and the new industry reputational campaign.” Reached by email, NRA Communications Director Katie Niebaum acknowledged the set of documents “appears to be some of our member communications.” ......... The NRA has for decades helped defeat attempts to raise the current $2.13 minimum for tipped workers, including in the mid-’90s under the leadership of then-CEO Herman Cain. ................ But the NRA’s private messages take a different tone. “In preparation for the [fast food] protests,” a Dec. 19, 2013, “Labor Activism Update” reveals, “NRA entered several hundred zip codes” into the Low Pay Is Not OK website (designed by organizers to help protesters find demonstrations to join), so that the NRA could “locate and track protest locations across the country.” Then, “All of this information was compiled into a spreadsheet that was distributed to our chain and SRA allies prior to the protest taking place so that they could prepare for protest activity at specific locations.” ................... But the NRA’s Dec. 19 “Labor Activism Update,” and a subsequent message dated Feb. 12, shower their most detailed attention on the efforts of a relatively low-profile organization (one they suggest is also in league with SEIU): the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, and its network of local affiliates. Among the largest in an array of “alt-labor” groups that have sprung up to organize and mobilize workers without collective bargaining over the past two decades, ROC aims to transform the overwhelmingly non-union restaurant industry through a mix of laws, lawsuits, protests, training and media. (“Our approach,” ROC’s Sekou Siby told me in 2011, “is to surround the industry.”) While arguing ROC has recently “taken some hits to its reputation,” including withdrawing from being an Obamacare “navigator,” the December NRA memo warns ROC has been “steadily expanding its operation under the radar”; the February follow-up reports a post-State of the Union “flurry of labor activity from ROC and other allied groups that we expect to continue from now until after the 2014 midterm elections.” It reports that “NRA has been closely monitoring social media for any plans or signs of activity from ROC and other allied groups.” Social media isn’t all the NRA appears to be monitoring. ......... MORE! WOW! And no doubt the astroturf website www.minimumwage.com has its owners HIDDEN by Domains By Proxy, LLC thereby delegating responsibility for managing unsolicited contacts from third parties and keeping the domains owners personal information safe from the public eye. That $600,000 "to combat the tactics of ROC" works out to over 82,000 hours of $7.25 wages or about 53 minimum wage workers' 30-hr work-week yearly salaries! A mere pittance! Pocket change! "Walkin' Around" Money! Hold on to yer hats! In a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies Restaurant Industry Pay: Taxpayers' Double Burden New report shows that while restaurant executives are fighting living wages for their workers, they're also benefiting from tax subsidies for their own pay. .......What’s less well known is that taxpayers are also subsidizing these corporations’ executive compensation. This report calculates the cost of CEO pay subsidies at the 20 largest corporate members of the National Restaurant Association, a lobby group that is leading the charge to block minimum wage increases. Specifically, we calculate the cost of a loophole that allows corporations to deduct unlimited amounts from their income taxes for the cost of executive compensation — as long as the pay is in the form of stock options and other so-called “performance pay.” This loophole serves as a massive subsidy for excessive executive compensation. Key report findings:
- During the past two years, the CEOs of the 20 largest NRA members pocketed more than $662 million in fully deductible “performance pay,” lowering their companies’ IRS bills by an estimated $232 million. That would be enough to cover the cost of food stamps for more than 145,000 households for a year.
- One NRA member —Starbucks— was off the charts. CEO Howard Schultz pocketed $236 million in exercised stock options and other “performance pay” over the 2012-2013 period. That translates into an $82 million taxpayer subsidy—enough to raise the pay for more than 30,000 baristas to $10.10 per hour for a year of full-time work.
- The next four largest beneficiaries of the CEO pay subsidy are fast food corporations. Chipotle, Yum! Brands (owner of Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut), McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ Brands each raked in CEO pay subsidies ranging from $12 million to $68 million over the period.
- Among full-service restaurants, the company that has enjoyed the largest CEO pay subsidy is Darden, the owner of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and several other chains. CEO Clarence Otis took in nearly $9 million in fully deductible “performance pay” over the years 2012 and 2013. That works out to a more than $3 million taxpayer subsidy.
BRICK TEEVEE ALERTS!©
- Salah Hassan, Al Jazeera journalist Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalist Details Abu Ghraib Torture & Why He’s Suing U.S. Contractor CACI
- Baher Azmy, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the Abu Ghraib lawsuit, Al Shimari v. CACI, et al. 10 Years After Abu Ghraib, Ex-Prisoners Seek Justice in Torture Lawsuit Against U.S. Contractor CACI
- Carmelo Cintrón Vivas, media spokesperson for the No Rice Campaign and a senior at Rutgers University "War Criminals Shouldn’t Be Honored": Rutgers Students Nix Condoleezza Rice from Commencement Speech
- Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of SaharaReporters.com & Ijeoma Uduma, a writer and former journalist Bring Back Our Girls: Nigerians Caught Between Deadly Boko Haram Attacks & Military Reprisals
- Martin Stolar, a criminal defense attorney affiliated with the National Lawyers Guild & Lucy Parks, field coordinator for the Justice for Cecily Support Team Occupy Wall Street on Trial: Cecily McMillan Convicted of Assaulting Cop, Faces Up to Seven Years
- Danny Glover, actor, film director and political activist & Kathleen Cleaver, professor at Emory Law School Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on "Black Power Mixtape," Rare Footage Capturing Movement’s Rise Based on the film with the same name, the extraordinary new book "The Black Power Mixtape" chronicles the black freedom movement in the United States using found footage of top African-American leaders between 1967 and 1975. Shot by Swedish journalists and discovered in the basement of Swedish public television 30 years later, the film features some of the leading figures of the black power movement in the United States, including Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver.
- Radley Horton, a climatologist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University Foretelling Devastating Impact, Will White House Climate Report Spark Action on Global Warming?
- Michael Peñuelas, a student Stanford University and an organizer with Fossil Free Stanford Stanford Divests: Student-Led Movement Forces Elite School to Pull Its Money from Coal Companies
- Chris Kromm, executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies Will Dark Money Reshape North Carolina Political Landscape from Senate Race to State Supreme Court?
- Barbara Blaine, president and founder of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) & Katherine Gallagher, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights As UN Torture Committee Probes Vatican, Sex-Abuse Survivors Urge Church to End Decades-Long Cover-up
- Kathryn Joyce, reporter and author Protestant Church Faces New Sex-Abuse Scandal as Victims Defy Threats, Censorship to Speak Out Her new cover story in The American Prospect is "By Grace Alone: As Sex-Abuse Allegations Multiply, Billy Graham’s Grandson is on a Mission to Persuade Protestant Churches to Come Clean."
- Chase Strangio, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project & Aaron Romano, Jane Doe’s lawyer in federal court After Abuse Under State Supervision, Transgender Connecticut Teen Held in Solitary Without Charge
- Dara Lightle & epileptic daughter Madeleine Lightle Marijuana Refugees: Virginia Family Moves to Colorado to Treat Epileptic Child with Cannabis Oil
- Dave Philipps, investigative reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette & Margaret Gedde, founder of the Clinicians’ Institute for Cannabis Medicine As Marijuana Refugees Flock to Colorado, Will Medical Community Force Rewriting of U.S. Drug Laws?
GRITtv @ www.grittv.org with Laura Flanders »»» FEATURED SHOW Ford Foundation: New Labor in New York From taxi drivers working long hours and nights to restaurant workers taking home little but tips, New York is home to one of the fastest growing "precariats" in the United States. ........ more!
BRICK TEEVEE SPORT!© »»» SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL on ESPN Cardinals @ Pirates 8 pm et »»» MONDAY NIGHT BASEBALL on ESPN Cubs @ Cardinals 7 pm et »»» NBA on ABC & TNT Second round continues! SUNDAY ABC 3:30 pm et Oklahoma City at LA Clippers Game 4 - Thunder lead 2-1; SUNDAY TNT 8 pm et Indiana at Washington Game 4 - Pacers lead 2-1. More games all week on TNT!
BRICK TEEVEE ACTION!© The 1st Amendment is Our Permit Our permit to occupy is The First Amendment. Quickly sign the following statement which will be delivered to mayors, police chiefs and major media across the country:
- 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.
StrikeDebt.org & RollingJubilee.org! 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
STOP the ACHE NEW WEBSITE! AcheAct.org and Appalachian Community HEALTH EMERGENCY Advocating for government action and protection of the public from the health crisis in mountain top removal communities. The A.C.H.E. Act Is Re-Introduced In The 113th Congress!
- Washington, DC – Today a group of U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers introduced the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (ACHE Act, H.R. 526) to protect Appalachian families and communities from the nation’s most extreme form of coal mining, mountaintop removal. The Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act’s leading sponsors are Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), joined by original cosponsors Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Rep. Janice Schakowksy (D-IL), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Rep. Jared Polis (DCO).
Community-Wealth.org community-wealth.org a project of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland Community-Wealth.org brings together, for the first time, information about the broad range of community wealth building activity. Featuring Overview: The Cleveland Model—How the Evergreen Cooperatives are Building Community Wealth Something important is happening in Cleveland. The Democracy Collaborative—the host of C-W.org—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 Community-Wealth.org!
NET NEUTRALITY! SaveTheInternet.com 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. ACTION! Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet The Federal Communications Commission is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online. Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. And no one would be able to do anything about it. We must stop the FCC from moving forward with these rules, which would give the green light to ISPs eager to crush Net Neutrality. The agency can preserve Net Neutrality only by designating broadband as a telecommunications service under the law. Anything else is an attack on our rights to connect and communicate. Tell FCC Chairman Wheeler to throw out his proposed rules. Demand nothing less than real Net Neutrality. SIGN NOW at Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet at freepress.net NOW. Join the Day of Action on May 15! The Internet will rise up online and take to the streets. SIGN UP HERE to learn more!
Stop Media Consolidation! Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is trying to change the agency’s ownership rules to pave the way for Murdoch to get exactly what he wants. Worse, Genachowski and Murdoch are keeping this all very hush-hush, hoping you won't notice. These changes wouldn’t just benefit Murdoch. If the FCC proposal passes, one company could own the major daily newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in your town. And that one company could be your Internet provider, too. What is the FCC thinking?!? We can still stop the agency from taking this perilous step — but we have less than a month to do it. By taking action, you’re joining a movement of millions who are working to stop big media from getting even bigger. Please take action today. Click HERE to view our infographic and send a message to the FCC! More info at Another FCC Cave-In: Julius Genachowski’s Media Consolidation Christmas Gift to Murdoch at StopTheCap.com! And Sign Senator Bernie Sanders petition to the FCC Protect Media Diversity: Stop Media Consolidation! NEW!!! NATION ACTION! Stop the Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger! GO THERE NOW!
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 www.ourfuture.org
MOVE TO AMEND! www.movetoamend.org SIGN HERE NOW! And check out more actions on the Move to Amend Calendar for more! UPDATE! Legalize Democracy Film Premieres on Free Speech TV Jan 21 Move to Amend is thrilled to announce that the premiere of our mini documentary, Legalize Democracy, will be airing on Free Speech TV (FSTV) next week to coincide with the "anniversary" of Citizens United. Legalize Democracy is a 28 minute film by Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the movement to amend -- why it is needed, and how you can get involved. Watch live on our website here. Also visit Rep Alan Grayson's site www.savedemocracy.net GET INVOLVED! And Alan Grayson is BACK in the 113th Congress! Help out at CongressmanWithGuts.com and check out his latest effort DontAttackSyria.com!
REPRESENT.US IT’S TIME TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN REPRESENT US. Represent.Us is a fresh campaign to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act: a law that would overhaul campaign finance, impose strict lobbying and conflict of interest laws, and end secret political money. We are mobilizing millions of Americans — conservatives and progressives, young and old, every issue group fighting K Street, online and offline — to join this campaign. Represent.Us is not just building a movement to pass the Act. The campaign will use hard-hitting accountability tactics to unseat politicians who fail to endorse the Act. If passed, the Act will completely reshape American politics and policy-making and give people a voice. See this Guest Blog at Greenpeace by Executive Director Josh Silver The $6 Billion Auction: Finally, A Plan to Get Money Out of Politics for more information!
SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHO REFUSE TO FIGHT See CourageToResist.org and Bradley Manning Support Network From the Bradley Manning Support Network Announcing the "Chelsea Manning Support Network" March 19, 2014. By CMSN. PVT Manning has filed to change her name legally to "Chelsea Elizabeth Manning" and to receive hormone therapy. To show our support in this struggle, we are renaming ourselves to the "Chelsea Manning Support Network." ..... UPDATE! Defending Democracy: A presentation by Chelsea Manning's defense team, now on youtube! April 19, 2014. See Chelsea Manning's new defense team, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, give their first public presentation alongside NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, FBI whistleblower Mike German, and Support Network Organizer Emma Cape..... AND Update 4/5/14: Today marks the fourth anniversary of the release of Collateral Murder It has been four years since the public became witness to Collateral Murder, the shocking video which exposed the murder of innocent civilians and two Reuters journalists, which was released by Chelsea Manning and then published by WikiLeaks on April 5, 2010. .....
DONATE YOUR OLD CELL PHONES TO T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION Help save lives. Donate your old & used iPhone, Blackberries, Droid and other phones to help the T.J. Martell Foundations fund life-saving cancer & AIDS research. For more information, go to www.tjmartellfoundation.org
CELLULAR PHONE TASK FORCE EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, SUPPORT at CellPhoneTaskForce.org The Cellular Phone Task Force is dedicated to halting the expansion of wireless technology because it cannot be made safe. We provide: education to the public concerning electromagnetic pollution (electrosmog); advocacy for an electromagnetically cleaner environment; support for individuals disabled by radiation from wireless technology and other sources. WATCH THIS MOVIE at Top Documentary Films Resonance: Beings of Frequency Now we live an an ocean of electromagnetic radiation. It’s all around us now, invisible, but we know it’s there. Every time you lift up your mobile phone you know it’s there. It is very hard to turn the clock back, in fact it is impossible, but we need to be aware of the adverse health effects so that we can have the choice of taking precautions against the exposures. How we could have possibly thought that putting microwaves to our brain was safe. We just don’t fully understand what we’re doing. "Resonance: Beings of Frequency" is the first documentary to investigate the actual mechanisms by which mobile phone technology can cause cancer. The film takes a deeper look at how humanity is reacting to the most profound environmental change the planet has ever seen. Read more HERE!!
- This Week (ABC) Host George Stephanopoulos
Meet ABC News' Newest Contributor, Laura Ingraham 10 Moments That Illustrate The Right-Wing Radio Host's Fringe Viewpoints And Disdain For Civil Discourse - Ingraham has repeatedly engaged in inflammatory and hateful rhetoric, lobbing numerous attacks against everyone from President Obama to people who receive government assistance to her favorite target, immigrants. Here are 10 hateful moments from Ingraham in the past year...
• Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
• Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida
• ROUNDTABLE: Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile, Weekly Standard editor and ABC News contributor Bill Kristol, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, and radio host Michael Smerconish
- Face The Nation (CBS) Host Bob Schiefer
• Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
• former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
• ROUNDTABLE: David Ignatius of The Washington Post, Michael Crowley of Time, and CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan.
- 60 Minutes (CBS)
• The Fox 'News'-ification of CBS News and '60 Minutes': 'The Cleantech Crash'
• CBS' '60 Minutes' admits to faking Tesla car noise
• Coming Up Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT
• Washington's open secret: Profitable PACs
• Free surgery saves children's lives in Sudan
• Salmon farms: Helping or hurting wild salmon?
- Meet the Press (NBC) Host David Gregory
• Microsoft, NBC News Dissolve MSNBC.com Joint Venture NBC is buying Microsoft's 50 percent interest in the MSNBC website for an undisclosed amount. MSNBC.com will be rebranded as NBCNews.com, and readers who logged into MSNBC.com late Sunday were automatically redirected to NBCNews.com. Microsoft is preparing to launch its own news service this fall. Although he declined to provide many details about the operation general manager of MSN.com Bob Visse said the news staff will be about the same size as the roughly 100 people who created original content for the MSNBC.com. "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.
• Pre-empted by coverage of Premier League soccer.
- State of the Union With Candy Crowley (CNN) Sunday at 9 am ET and Noon ET.
• Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
• Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
• LEWINSKY ROUNDTABLE: Hilary Rosen, Susan Page, and Ramesh Ponnuru
• Mother’s Day ROUNDTABLE: authors and moms Claire Shipman, Iris Krasnow, and Jennifer Senior
- 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 call our Liberal community line at 304-658-3333. Email bob [at] headonradio [dot] com during the show!
• FRONT PORCH FRIDAY!! Featuring the H.O.R.N./Malloy skype group! Listen here NOW! Friday, May 9th, 2014 (mp3)! Amen to the White Rose Society! Bob's show archives at the White Rose HERE! Keep Bob on the air! Donate to Head On HERE! And join Coal River Mountain Watch at www.crmw.net!
- YOUR GREEN NEWS REPORT With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen!
The Green News Report with Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen: 6 minutes of green news, politics, analysis & snarky comment! BOOKMARK greennews.bradblog.com NOW!
• 'Green News Report' - May 8, 2014 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Stanford University breaks up with coal - billions of dollars of it; It's official: fracking causing earthquakes in Oklahoma; Fracking also increasing traffic fatalities; Koch Brothers conning your grandmother; PLUS: New rules for the deadly 'Ford Pinto of rail cars'... All that and more in today's Green News Report! IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links at site): Protecting communities of color from industrial pollution; How the US stopped its fisheries from collapsing; Why wave power is lagging behind as an energy source; Judge rules victims of Citgo’s criminal pollution not entitled to compensation; Marco Rubio accuses Obama of not being a meterologist; Judge smacks down 'wind turbine syndrome' lawsuit; NASA to grow lettuce in space; Japan testing space-based solar energy transmission; Solar cells the size of a pencil point ... PLUS: Is a Godzilla-sized El Nino heading our way this fall? ... and much, MUCH more! ...
• 'Green News Report' - May 6, 2014 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Green News Report special coverage: Buckle up - landmark US report from 13 federal agencies warns climate change is here and now, and a clear and present danger... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
• BRADCAST! Democracy, Rights and Health Care for All: KPFK 'BradCast' GUESTS: Dr. Margaret Flowers from Popular Resistance; Christina Tobin from Free And Equal Foundation; and MUCH MORE...
• BRADBLOG UPDATE! VIDEO! Hartmann TV: Brad Explains BIG Federal Court Ruling on GOP Photo ID Restrictions What the recent landmark ruling in WI means and how it may spell trouble for the GOP's nationwide voter suppression efforts...
• BRADBLOG UPDATE! Beginning of the End for GOP Polling Place Photo ID Restriction Laws? Legal analyst Ernie Canning explains why the federal court decision striking down WI's statute is 'likely' to spell trouble for similar Republican laws nationwide...
• BRADBLOG UPDATE! Huh?!: Gun Safety Advocate Calls E-Voting 'Fool-Proof' Appearing on MSNBC to advocate for 'smart gun' technology, Mark Glaze offers puzzling, troubling, wildly inaccurate, insane assertion ....
• BRADBLOG UPDATE! Paper-Ballot Vote Tabulators Failed in FL Special Election Computerized ballot scanners broke down in two different counties during last month's special primary for the U.S. House. The news only came to light this week...
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 News & Comment 7 May 2014 PBC News & Comment: Putin Shifts Strategy, Still Holds All the Cards Putin announces Russian troop pullback from Ukraine border, asks for delay in separatist referendum; but he controls Ukraine’s gas supply…
• PBC News & Comment 8 May 2014 PBC News & Comment: Do-Nothing House Doubles Down on Benghazi, IRS Scandals Bruno Mars opens the podcast with The Lazy Song, dedicated to John Boehner and the Republican House Circus, um, Caucus….
• PBC News & Comment 9 May 2014 PBC News & Comment: Snowden Leaks Lead to Crackdown on Intelligence Workers While high ranking leakers face no consequences, new rules crack down on rank-and-file intelligence employees; Clapper’s perjury outraged Snowden….
• PBC Standard Podcast April 30, 2014 New Progressive Political Party Launches in Detroit May 2 Free Preview Clip No subscription required The Occupy movement resurfaces with the launch of the After Party in Detroit this weekend. We get details from Carl Gibson of the national steering committee.
• PBC Standard Podcast May 2, 2014 Former Telecom Exec Calls on Obama to Fire FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler over Net Neutrality James P. Tuthill is a former top executive at A T & T who slams the FCC’s handling of Net Neutrality, and says President Obama should replace new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
• PBC Standard Podcast May 8, 2014 Journalist Lou Wolf Confronts the “Truth Emergency”, and Pays Tribute to the Late John Judge Louis Wolf, co-founder of Covert Action Quarterly and editor of Rock Creek Free Press, talks about the challenge of exposing government lies, and honors his friend and colleague, John Judge, who died recently.
- Ring of Fire Radio
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This Weekend on Ring of Fire Radio! May 9, 2014 Saturdays at 3 o’clock Eastern, rebroadcasts Sunday nights at 8 pm Eastern.
• Heather Hurlburt from Human Rights First will tell us about Obama’s foreign policy legacy.
• Author and Nation magazine correspondent Ari Berman will tell us about the recent victory in the fight for equal voting rights.
• And author Ken Silverstein will be here to tell us how the oil industry is able to skirt international laws in order to secure sweetheart deals for themselves.
• NEW! This Week on Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV! May 10, 2014 Sundays at NOON!
»» Howard Nations will tell us why Walmart is the queen of corporate welfare.
»» David Haynes will explain the growing problems with the pharmaceutical industry, which includes unprecedented political influence and a complete lack of oversight.
»» Best-selling author Thomas Frank will talk about the Clintons’ corporate image problem, and how they want to change that before the 2016 elections.
»» David TeSelle will tell us how the Koch Brothers, after successfully purchasing our political system, are now trying to buy up America’s judges.
»» Robert Price will tell us about the dangers of pelvic mesh and the lies that got it on the market.
• Ring of Fire’s Weekly Rewind Posted on May 10, 2014 by Joshua De Leon - Ring of Fire’s top stories from the past week.
• 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 email@example.com 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.” Also see Papantonio & Kennedy on Corporate Corruption and Fraud — Pt. 1/4
• Ring of Fire’s Weekly Rewind Posted on March 29, 2014 by Joshua De Leon
• VIDEO! Papantonio: Do The Kochs Own The Judiciary? (VIDEO) After buying up American politicians, the Koch brothers have now set their sights on the judiciary. Mike Papantonio and Thom Hartmann talk about the influence-buying that is now taking place between corporate America and our judicial system.
• VIDEO! Pap and Seder: Secularism is Constitutional. Deal With It. (VIDEO) On Monday, a 5-4 Supreme Court decision will allow Christian prayer in government meetings within the town of Greece, New York. On the surface, the decision may appear just, but it actually undermines the principal of secularism in America. Additionally, the decision further shows the nauseating state in which the United States Supreme Court exists. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder discuss the decision, how the SCOTUS has drifted so far from elementary principals.
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• Assange: How cryptography is a key weapon in the fight against empire states by maxkeiser - READ What began as a means of retaining individual freedom can now be used by smaller states to fend off the ambitions of larger ones (guardian.co.uk)
• The Decline of Small Business and the Middle Class by Charles Hugh Smith - The only way to not just survive but thrive as an entrepreneurial enterprise is to destroy fixed costs and labor overhead. It is not coincidental that the middle class and small business are both in decline.Entrepreneurial enterprise and small business have long been stepping stones to middle class incomes and generational wealth, i.e. wealth that is passed down to future generations rather than consumed. As the headwinds to entrepreneurial enterprise and small business rise, the pathway to middle class prosperity narrows. Read more HERE .......
• Headlines: Unpaid Taxes and Stockholm Syndrome by Stacy Herbert - READ Concern at plan to let HMRC recover unpaid tax directly from bank accounts (theguardian.com) AND Stockholm Syndrome in the Baltics (michael-hudson.com) PLUS Ukraine crisis EXCLUSIVE: West draws up plan to ‘disarm’ Russia’s energy supply threat (independent.co.uk). Stacy again: I think it’s adorable that Americans are so patriotic as to be willing to double or triple their own energy bills so that Europe may be ‘free’ from Russian energy hold! Watch the Get REAL interview with Jan Skoyles with Reuters’ natural gas expert for a bit of sense on this energy war in Ukraine: VIDEO here!
• Oops, USA Today spills the beans: Insiders get rich on IPOs, masses lose by Stacy Herbert - READ Insiders get rich on IPOs, masses lose "The odds seems stacked against the common investors, too. More than half of the IPOs to start trading over the past 12 months, 127, are trading for less than the closing price on their first day. However, nearly two-thirds of these deals are still trading at or above their offering prices paid by the well-heeled. Periodically individual investors may get a chance to buy shares at the offering price, but the allocation is usually scarce for deals that are attractively priced." Don’t expect this to stop the ‘individual investor’ from doing anything but piling in on the next one; cuz the next one is ALWAYS certain to be the winning ticket!
• Is Wall Street killing its bankers? by Stacy Herbert - READ Bloomberg View: Is Wall Street killing its bankers? "It’s probably just a sad coincidence, but the sudden deaths since December of a group of young men who worked for JPMorgan Chase & Co. (or who once did) have conspiracy theorists in a tizzy."
• Tim Geithner Admits “Too Big To Fail” Hasn’t Gone Anywhere (and that’s the way he likes it) Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg. - There are so many choice nuggets in this article, all of which make Geithner look worse and worse as you read on. It’s almost as if he is some sort of lab created, android bankster butler sent back to earth from the future in order to ensure Wall Street bonuses never experience a downtick. It’s truly remarkable. Early in the article, we learn a little bit about Timmy’s family history, and how, shocker, it overlaps quite nicely with Obama’s own family history. Read the rest HERE.
• KEISER REPORT [KR597] Keiser Report: Scots, Get Rid of Westminster Losers! A double-header discussing the Scottish Independence movement by looking at some of the facts of English politics and economics some in Scotland are against. They start with the ‘botched’ Royal Mail privatisation and how the Business Secretary had his strings pulled by Lazard bank. And then look at the proliferation of precarious ‘zero hour’ contracts in which there is no obligation on the employer to provide regular shifts – or for the employee to work a certain number of hours.
• KEISER REPORT [KR598] Keiser Report: Medieval Tortures from Wall Street We discuss the brutal tortured to death industry in America and suggest some Medieval ideas, such as the Tub, the Lead Sprinkler and the Brazen Bull. We compare these old techniques to the modern financial and monetary systems in which, for example, investors’ wealth is trapped inside the ‘Brazen Bull’ and the Dow hitting all time highs is actually these investors screaming in financial pain. In the second half, Max interviews Reggie Middleton of BoomBustBlog.com about ‘Reggie Middleton’s Ultracoin’ being to crypto what Google is to the internet – a gatekeeper of value on the block chain.
• KEISER REPORT [KR599] Keiser Report: The Speculation Game We discuss the warning from legendary stock market speculator, Jesse Livermore, that speculation is “not a game for the stupid, the mentally lazy, the person of inferior emotional balance, or the get-rich-quick adventurer. They will die poor.” And, yet, speculation has become the economic model for a nation of stupid and mentally lazy speculator-taxpayers. We also discuss splat collateralized debt obligations and fracking Walden Pond to pay off our bad debts. In the second half, Max interviews Steve Keen, author of Debunking Economics, about housing bubbles, falling wages and why Mom & Pop investors are always wrong.
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• Scott Horton Radio Show Progress Report: All right, yall, welcome back to the show to the inaugural Scott Horton Show progress report! It’s been an eventful year since the show and I (amicably) parted ways with Antiwar.com, so I thought I would highlight just a few of the show’s important milestones, as well as preview some of the exciting projects to look for in the near future. ........ The show on Pacifica KPFK 90.7 FM in L.A., still called Antiwar Radio, has now moved to join their Sunday morning public affairs line up (8:30 am pt), and remains the largest source of listeners, with 15,000-20,000 people tuning in weekly. The future: Liberty Express Radio is growing and bringing me along for the ride. The great Charles Goyette hooked me up with Alan Butler and the Liberty Express earlier this year, and what has been the daily replay there from 3-5 eastern time has become my best listened-to show. And now they’re adding my friend Tom Woods to the lineup from 2-3 PM. That does it. I’m making the switch! Starting Monday, October 14, the live show is moving to 3-5 PM Eastern time on LibertyExpressRadio.com, as well as NoAgenda and my own stream.......
• Scott Horton Radio Show 05/06/14 Marcy Wheeler: Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses the NSA “reform” bills making the rounds through Congress; how the once-promising USA Freedom Act was ruined; renewing the PATRIOT Act through 2017; the FBI’s unfettered surveillance of Americans; and the NGOs embracing the lesser-evilism of crappy reform legislation (hey, it’s better than nothing…).
• Scott Horton Radio Show 05/07/14 Dahr Jamail: Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff report and author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, discusses “The Iraq Commission” conference for holding government officials accountable for war crimes in Iraq; the class action lawsuit against Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz; and the legacy of violence and authoritarianism (despite elections) in Iraq today.
• Scott Horton Radio Show 05/09/14 Ray McGovern: Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer turned political activist, discusses Robert Parry’s assertion that Putin and Obama are working behind the scenes to deescalate the Ukraine crisis; the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity’s (VIPS) call for an Obama-Putin summit; and the Israeli/US policy of perpetuating the fighting in Syria, civilian death toll be damned.
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