Daily Archives: October 15, 2012

Peter Singer’s Strategy to Ration End-of-Life Care

Published on Oct 14, 2012 by ForaTv

Arguing for the motion, Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, provides his strategy for effectively rationing end-of-life care.

Complete program available for free at
http://fora.tv/2012/10/10/Debate_Should_the_United_States_Ration_End-of-Life_Care

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

A Campaigner’s Story: Land Grabs Campaign Launch Stunt

Published on Oct 15, 2012 by OxfamGreatBritain

On the 4th October 2012, Oxfam launched a new global campaign to tackle the big land deals that are forcing hard-working people from their homes, jobs and food — leaving them destitute and hungry.

Activists from across the UK came to London to help launch the campaign by staging a land grab — complete with JCB diggers and 1940s ‘land girls’ – outside the Houses of Parliament.

Find out more and join the campaign to ask World Bank President, Jim Kim, to freeze the bank’s investment in land and set a fair standard for others to follow. http://www.oxfam.org.uk/land

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Rise of the Machines – USA

Published on Oct 15, 2012 by journeymanpictures

For downloads and more information visit: http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=64311

Most people see drones as a controversial weapon prowling over foreign battlegrounds. But as America’s military campaigns wind down, these machines are coming home and set to change civilian lives forever.

“This is a powerful technology. No amount of hand-wringing is going to stop it”, says drone expert, Peter Singer. Whether it’s a floating TV station streaming live to the web, the prying lens of the paparazzi, the police chasing a criminal or a government agency spying, small domestic drones are experiencing an exponential growth. At the world’s largest drone convention in Las Vegas a salesman tells the crowd, “this can be used in law enforcement, disaster relief and industrial applications. It’s also very good at dusting floors. Every home owner should have one”. And as the technology advances at a frightening speed, anyone with a few hundred dollars can buy one over the counter. These hobby drones can fly for miles and provide sharp video feedback to the pilot. “I wouldn’t cheat on your wife!”, laughs columnist Charles Krauthammer. But jokes aside, there are real fears over the “political, legal and ethical issues that play out with this”, argues Singer. In 3 years time an order from the US congress will see tens of thousands of drones legally occupy an already crowded sky, raising numerous questions about basic safety, terrorism and civil liberty. As companies rush to cash in on this new billion dollar industry, experts warn, “we’re not ready for this”.

Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

2 Americans Win Nobel Economics Prize

Published on Oct 15, 2012 by AssociatedPress

Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley have been awarded the Nobel economics prize for research that helps explain the market processes at work when doctors are assigned to hospitals, students to schools and human organs for transplant to recipients. (Oct. 15)

Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

West Nile Surge Keeps Exterminator Busy

Published on Oct 15, 2012 by VOAvideo

The surge in West Nile cases in the United States is keeping one pest control company in Virginia busy. VOA’s Faiza Elmasry reports.

Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Cyprus International Institute (CII) (Harvard School of Public Health) http://Cyprus-Institute.us
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Koch Brothers Among U.S. Billionaires Pressuring Thousands of Employees to Vote For GOP – YouTube

Published on Oct 15, 2012 by democracynow

DemocracyNow.org – A new exposé raises alarming questions about the ability of corporations to influence the voting decisions of their employees. In an article published by “In These Times” magazine, labor journalist Mike Elk examines the contents of a voter information packet that Koch Industries sent to tens of thousands of employees at its subsidiary, Georgia Pacific. The packet advised the employees on whom to vote for and warned them of the dire consequences to their families, their jobs and their country, should they choose to vote otherwise. Koch Industries is run by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Corporations like Koch are legally allowed to pressure their workers to adopt their political views at the ballot box because of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Elk joins us to discuss his In These Times article, “Koch Sends Pro-Romney Mailing to 45,000 Employees While Stifling Workplace Political Speech.”

see also: http://www.alternet.org/election-2012/koch-employees-vote-romney-or-bad-things-will-happen-maybe-your-job and http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/15/1010581/koch-employee-votes/

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Texas Landowners Join Environmentalists For Blockade of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Published on Oct 15, 2012 by democracynow

DemocracyNow.org – A standoff is underway in Texas over construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would run oil from the Canadian tar sands fields to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. In a protest now entering its fourth week, dozens of environmental activists working with local Texas landowners have blocked the pipeline’s path with tree sits and other non-violent protests. We speak to Susan Scott, who owns land where the pipeline will run; actress Daryl Hannah, who was arrested there last week and has long been active in protests against the pipeline; and Tar Sands Blockade coalition spokesperson Ron Siefert.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120