Daily Archives: March 14, 2013

Money, Access, And The White House | On Point with Tom Ashbrook

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/03/14/money-access
March 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Money, Access, And The White House

Barack Obama was a controversial pathbreaker in putting big private money in campaign politics. Now he’s doing it in the White House. We investigate.

The White House in Washington is seen on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (AP)

Swanky dinner digs in Washington last night, as President Obama met with a “Founders Summit” of the new group launched to battle around the country for his second term priorities.

It’s raising big money – private money – to fight conservatives like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers and more over the national agenda. To fight fire with fire.

But critics say it’s unprecedented and dangerous for a sitting president to put high rollers in such a close, cash embrace of the White House. That it tempts corruption at the very top.

This hour, On Point: money politics and the presidency.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Philip Rucker, White House correspondent for the Washington Post. (@philiprucker)

Fred Wertheimer, founder and President of Democracy 21, which advocates for transparency in government and campaign finance reform. (@fredwertheimer)

Tad Devine, Democratic strategist. President of Devine Mulvey, a Democratic media consulting firm. He was a senior adviser in Al Gore’s 2000 and John Kerry’s 2004 Presidential campaigns. (@taddevine)

(read more)

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

CNN: Iran Targeting U.S. Drones


MOXNEWSd0tC0M

Published on Mar 14, 2013

March 13, 2013 CNN
http://MOXNews.com

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

Bucky Box: Taking Nature’s Cues for Creating a Sustainable Food System | Sustainable Brands

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/food/bucky-box-taking-natures-cues-creating-sustainable-food-system

Related:

The food system is not a machine, but this is how we have treated it in the last 50 years. With the growth of industrial food production, manufacturing and distribution, we have seen a vast range of short-term benefits and a swathe of longer-term challenges. The ramifications of this highly centralised food system can be seen in some of the well-documented symptoms: Nearly 35% of all food grown globally is wasted; we have a billion obese people in the world, and an almost equal number who go to bed hungry; and around 80% of the world’s hungry are involved in food production. Clearly something needs to change.

To understand how we will feed a growing population with decreasing resources and a changing climate, we must shift our mindset to understanding it is a living system. We can identify and create new opportunities for innovation by acknowledging it is a living system, and designing products and services for that reality. ….(read more).

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

PsyWar – Wake UP!


FeverIAm

Uploaded on Oct 3, 2010

PsyOps? PsyWar – already here and you are the victims. Wake UP!

Please visit the authors of this film at http://metanoia-films.org/

This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the “elitist theory of democracy” and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.

Includes original interviews with a number of dissident scholars including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips (“Project Censored”), John Stauber (“PR Watch”), Christopher Simpson (“The Science of Coercion”) and others.

I found an interview with the filmaker for those interested – http://v-radioblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/v-radio-interview-with-scott-noble.html

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

The Stockholders and the Stakeholders: Growing Inequality in a Globalized World | Cambridge Community Television

http://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/148997

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
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Putting the Justice Back in Environmental Issues | Environmental Justice

http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2013/03/putting-the-justice-back-in-environmental-issues/

2013 March 14   By Jessica Knoblauch

“Every little victory, a life is saved. Every big victory is a major advance for our society and for our planet.” During my interview with Vernice Miller Travis, I was reminded that fighting to clean up air or water pollution in your neighborhood is no easy task; and it’s even more difficult in communities already plagued by rundown housing, unemployment and other societal ills.

WE ACT co-Founders Peggy Shepard (right) and Vernice (left).
Environmental justice advocates like Vernice Miller-Travis have fought to end this injustice for years. Working with communities, environmental organizations and government agencies, Vernice has spent her life spreading awareness about environmental justice and helping build strong, sustained grassroots advocacy led by the people most impacted by environmental and public health threats.

This month, I had the pleasure of speaking with Vernice about her environmental justice work, which began in her own backyard of West Harlem, NY, in the 1980s. There, Vernice and her neighbors banded together after a giant sewage treatment plant was sited near their community, an area already plagued by a dirty industry, diesel bus depots and highways that fouled the air. The result was WE ACT for Environmental Justice, the first environmental justice organization in New York City, which successfully argued in court that the North River Sewage Treatment Plant was a public and private nuisance. As a result, New York City was forced to fix the plant, and a $1.1 million fund was established to address community concerns related to health, environment and service delivery. ….(read more).

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

Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there’s good news)


TEDtalksDirector

Published on Mar 14, 2013

Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono “embraces his inner nerd” and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight … if we can harness the momentum.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

One-Minute Speech by Rep. Lois Capps, Safe Climate Caucus (March 14, 2013)


EnergyCommerce

Published on Mar 14, 2013

Rep. Lois Capps spoke on the House floor on March 14, 2013, on behalf of the Safe Climate Caucus.

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

Google fined $7 million over ‘Street View’


RTAmerica

Published on Mar 14, 2013

Google has become a household name around the world. From online searches to YouTube, the web giant has become a part of everyday life. But the company’s Street View” technology is now in hot water. Thirty-seven states in the US are accusing Google of improperly obtaining data from unsecured wireless networks and snapping photos of unsuspected bystanders. Google has agreed to pay $7 million in fines over privacy concerns, and Hemanshu Nigam, founder of SSP Blue, joins us with more on the case.

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

Web War: US, China in cyber battle amid e-attack finger-pointing


RussiaToday

Published on Mar 14, 2013

US and China are not just sizing up to each other militarily. The two powers are also moving closer to a digital war after Barack Obama promised Beijing ‘tough talk’ over alleged cyber attacks. That’s as the US military is creating special units to launch offenses in cyberspace in response to further attacks. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports.

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