Daily Archives: August 30, 2014

Listening Post Feature – Japan: Nuking the news


Al Jazeera English

Published on Aug 30, 2014

As the government prepares to restart its nuclear plants, will the country’s media reboot its coverage of the story? The Listening Post’s Gouri Sharma reports on the challenges of covering the nuclear story in Japan.

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Strategies for Revolution: Featuring, “Chris Hedges, Ted Rall and David Valle”


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Published on Aug 29, 2014

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The panelists met on August 27th 2014 at Project Reach located in NYC and discussed Strategies for the Revolution. The panelists included Ted Rall an American columnist and syndicated editorial cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges. Also David Valle-OWS Zapatistas, Kiki Makandal- One Struggle, Jen Bilek and Frank Coughlin DGRNY and Itzy Ramirez and Javier from AIM. The meeting was sponsored by Deep Green Resistance of New York http://deepgreenresistancenewyork.wor…

This minimally edited video will feature 5 different areas impacting Strategies for a Revolution:

What is a Revolution? featuring Chris Hedges, Ted Rall, Jen Bilek and Frank Coughlin.

Role of Woman in a Revolution, featuring Chris Hedges, Itzy Ramirez, David Valle, Kiki Makandal, and Jen Bilek.

What is the Culture of Resistance, featuring Ted Rall and Frank Coughlin.

Destruction of and Role of Indigenous Cultures In a Revolution, featuring Chris Hedges, Kiki Makandal and Javier

How a Revolution Happens Featuring, Chris Hedges, Ted Rall, David Valle and Kiki Makandal

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NSF Science Now 26


National Science Foundation

Published on Aug 29, 2014

Researchers explore 20-million-year-old amber, origami robots made from sheets of paper-and finally an iPad app called “Storm Evader” excites kids about meteorology. Check it out!

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Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise


VOAvideo

Published on Aug 29, 2014

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/24…

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How Corporate Money Influences Politics: Can Corporations Be Stopped? Financing Campaigns (2007)


The Film Archives

Published on Aug 29, 2014

The Congress passed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), also called the McCain-Feingold bill after its chief sponsors, John McCain and Russ Feingold. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on February 14, 2002, with 240 yeas and 189 nays, including 6 members who did not vote. Final passage in the Senate came after supporters mustered the bare minimum of 60 votes needed to shut off debate. The bill passed the Senate, 60-40 on March 20, 2002, and was signed into law by President Bush on March 27, 2002. In signing the law, Bush expressed concerns about the constitutionality of parts of the legislation but concluded, “I believe that this legislation, although far from perfect, will improve the current financing system for Federal campaigns.” The bill was the first significant overhaul of federal campaign finance laws since the post-Watergate scandal era. Academic research has used game theory to explain Congress’s incentives to pass the Act.

The BCRA was a mixed bag for those who wanted to remove big money from politics. It eliminated all soft money donations to the national party committees, but it also doubled the contribution limit of hard money, from $1,000 to $2,000 per election cycle, with a built-in increase for inflation. In addition, the bill aimed to curtail ads by non-party organizations by banning the use of corporate or union money to pay for “electioneering communications,” a term defined as broadcast advertising that identifies a federal candidate within 30 days of a primary or nominating convention, or 60 days of a general election. This provision of McCain-Feingold, sponsored by Maine Republican Olympia Snowe and Vermont Independent James Jeffords, as introduced applied only to for-profit corporations, but was extended to incorporate non-profit issue organizations, such as the Environmental Defense Fund or the National Rifle Association, as part of the “Wellstone Amendment,” sponsored by Senator Paul Wellstone.

The law was challenged as unconstitutional by groups and individuals including the California State Democratic Party, the National Rifle Association, and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), the Senate Majority Whip. After moving through lower courts, in September 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, McConnell v. FEC. On Wednesday, December 10, 2003, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling that upheld its key provisions.

Since then, campaign finance limitations continue to be challenged in the Courts. In 2005 in Washington state, Thurston County Judge Christopher Wickham ruled that media articles and segments were considered in-kind contributions under state law. The heart of the matter focused on the I-912 campaign to repeal a fuel tax, and specifically two broadcasters for Seattle conservative talker KVI. Judge Wickham’s ruling was eventually overturned on appeal in April 2007, with the Washington Supreme Court holding that on-air commentary was not covered by the State’s campaign finance laws (No New Gas Tax v. San Juan County).[6]

In 2006, the United States Supreme Court issued two decisions on campaign finance. In Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc., it held that certain advertisements might be constitutionally entitled to an exception from the ‘electioneering communications’ provisions of McCain-Feingold limiting broadcast ads that merely mention a federal candidate within 60 days of an election. On remand, a lower court then held that certain ads aired by Wisconsin Right to Life in fact merited such an exception. The Federal Election Commission appealed that decision, and in June 2007, the Supreme Court held in favor of Wisconsin Right to Life. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court declined to overturn the electioneering communications limits in their entirety, but established a broad exemption for any ad that could have a reasonable interpretation as an ad about legislative issues.

Also in 2006, the Supreme Court held that a Vermont law imposing mandatory limits on spending was unconstitutional, under the precedent of Buckley v. Valeo. In that case, Randall v. Sorrell, the Court also struck down Vermont’s contribution limits as unconstitutionally low, the first time that the Court had ever struck down a contribution limit.

In March 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about whether or not the law could restrict advertising of a documentary about Hillary Clinton.[7] Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was decided in January 2010, the Supreme Court finding that §441b’s restrictions on expenditures were invalid and could not be applied to Hillary: The Movie.

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Raw: Small Volcanic Eruption in Iceland


Associated Press

Published on Aug 29, 2014

Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red on Friday during a small eruption at the Holuhraun lava field in the Bardabunga volcano system. (Aug. 29)

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Ebola outbreak started with funeral in Guinea, report finds


PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 29, 2014

The Ebola virus has now reached a fifth country. Officials announced a Guinean student in Senegal was confirmed to have the disease. Meanwhile, a new report traces the deadly outbreak to a funeral in Guinea near the Sierra Leone border. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Stephen Gire of Harvard University about his on-the-ground experience in Sierra Leone and the latest on how the virus has spread.

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‘If threatened, China could take serious action against US’


RT

Published on Aug 30, 2014

American officials claim the Chinese jet performed a ‘barrel roll’ – at one point coming within 10 meters of their plane. Beijing says it was keeping a safe distance and that American spy missions pose a threat to its core security interests, and could be considered as a hostile act. Every year the US flies about five hundred missions around China – as well as monitoring from the sea and from satellites. Andrew K. P. Leung – a China specialist – says Beijing could take serious action if it feels it’s being threatened

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Voices from Small Islands: Barbados


UNEP

Published on Aug 30, 2014

Drought and debt are two signature issues Barbados is grappling with as a small island developing state.

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Paradise lost: 60% of US citizens believe American dream is unachievable


RT

Published on Aug 30, 2014

Hard work will lead to success – at least that’s part of what’s known in the US as the American Dream. But some 6 out of every 10 citizens there now think the idea that ties the nation together – is under threat and a summit is taking place in Dallas to try and save it. RT’s Marina Portnaya looks at why – for many – the American Dream is now out of reach.

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