Daily Archives: October 13, 2014

The Unheard Story of Hurricane Katrina: Blackwater, White Militias & Community Empowerment


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Published on Sep 4, 2014

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EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin features special coverage dedicated to the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, discussing the military response to the humanitarian disaster and why Blackwater mercenary forces were sent in to New Orleans as first responders. Abby then speaks with Ward “Mack” McClendon, founder of the Lower Ninth Ward Village, a community center that served as one of the only sanctuaries for adults and children of the Lower Ninth Ward, the area hardest hit by Katrina about his experience with the storm and how he is revitalizing his community. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with two co-founders of Common Ground Collective, Malik Rahim and Scott Crow, about the white militias that patrolled the Algiers Point neighborhood and killed as many as 11 black people in the aftermath of the storm.

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Confronting Crisis: Global Cooperation and the IMF

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Caller: The Attack on Columbus is a Marxist Plot…

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Liberia, Sierra Leone at Ebola ‘tipping point’

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Chris Hedges on Willful Blindness, Climate Corporatism & the Underground Revolt


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Published on Sep 23, 2014

Abby Martin speaks with journalist and author, Chris Hedges, going over where the recent mass climate change demonstrations in New York fall short, as well as why he believes revolt is the only solution to restoring a functioning American democracy.

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US Cities Reject Columbus Day to Tell the True Story of America


breakingtheset

Published on Oct 13, 2014

Manuel Rápalo discusses the announcement by the cities of Seattle and Minneapolis to supplant Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day in order to bring awareness to the boarder history and current plight of Native Americans.

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Neonicotinoids: The New DDT?


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Published on Oct 13, 2014

(Earth Focus: Episode 69) Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. They’ve been linked to the decline of honeybees. But scientists now say they also harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. They damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off the insects that many birds, amphibians, and reptiles rely on for food. According to Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, through the widespread use of these pesticides “we are killing the underpinning of the food chain.” In human blood studies, neonicotinoids are linked to DNA damage and cell mutation.

Neonicotinoids command 30% of the global insecticide market with sales of over $2.6 billion in 2009. Manufacturers argue that their pest-fighting power is indispensable to agriculture. They were introduced in the 1990s to replace more damaging insecticides. They are systemic and absorbed by the plant, making all parts of the plant — including nectar and pollen — toxic to pests.

Neonicotinoids are widely used as seed treatments, applied as soil drench, or sprayed onto foliage. In the US, they are used on some 200 million acres of crop land — on almost all corn, canola, and half of all soybean crops as well as on many fruits and vegetables. They are also extensively used in home and garden products. They are persistent, water soluble, and now found in stream samples across the United States and Canada.

“We are witnessing a threat to the productivity of our natural and farmed environment equivalent to that posed by organophosphates or DDT,” says Dr. Jean-Marc Bonmatin. Dr. Bonmatin is the lead author of an analysis of 800 peer-reviewed reports on the risk of neonicotinoids (and the systemic pesticide fipronil) published in June 2014 by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, a group of independent scientists from 15 countries. DDT was widely promoted for pest control in the US after World War II but was subsequently banned due to both environmental and human health concerns.

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Caller: Columbus Wasn’t Such a Horrible Guy…


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Published on Oct 13, 2014

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Bush/Cheney Wars


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Published on Oct 13, 2014

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Would a Person of Color Have Come up with the Term “Homeland”?


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Published on Oct 13, 2014

Thom Hartmann says for most of us, the United States isn’t really our homeland.

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