Daily Archives: February 4, 2016

Barry Eisler, Former CIA Directorate of Operations


Commonwealth Club

Published on Feb 4, 2016

Barry Eisler, Former CIA Directorate of Operations; Author, The God’s Eye View

Mike Masnick, Founder and CEO, Techdirt—Moderator

This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

Within an elaborate game of political blackmail, terrorist provocations, and White House scheming, a global war is being fought—a war between those desperate to keep the state’s darkest secrets and those intent on revealing them. In Eisler’s new novel, NSA director Theodore Anders has a simple goal to keep America safe: collect every phone call, email, and keystroke tapped on the Internet. Evelyn Gallagher just wants to keep her head down and manage the NSA’s camera network and facial recognition program so she can afford private school for her deaf son, Dash.

But when Evelyn discovers the existence of an NSA program code-named God’s Eye and connects it with the mysterious deaths of a string of journalists and whistle-blowers, her doubts put her and Dash in the crosshairs of a pair of government assassins.

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Could MI Be The Site Of the Next Nuclear Disaster?


The Big Picture RT

Published on Feb 2, 2016

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, join Thom. If a new nuclear waste disposal plan goes forward – the Flint Water crisis could soon be the least of Michigan’s worries. Isn’t it time we abandoned nuclear power once and for all and embraced real clean energy that doesn’t turn our cities into potential fallout zones?

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Why Americans Are Turning Their Backs On Corporate Media…


The Big Picture RT

Published on Feb 3, 2016

Win or lose – Bernie Sanders and his supporters had a spectacular showing in the Iowa caucuses. I’ll tell you why that’s good news for our democracy – and bad news for the corporate media.

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What Today’s TPP Signing Means


The Big Picture RT

Published on Feb 4, 2016

Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch & Zahara Heckscher, Writer/Educator/Social Justice Advocate join Thom. Representatives from 12 countries are gathering in the world’s most remote capital to finally sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership. What effect will this have on the effort to block the deal here in the US?

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What Is Anarchism? Noam Chomsky on Capitalism, Socialism, Free Markets (2013)

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Published on Mar 27, 2015

In practice Chomsky has tended to emphasize the philosophical tendency of anarchism to criticize all forms of illegitimate authority. He has been reticent about theorizing an anarchist society in detail, although he has outlined its likely value systems and institutional framework in broad terms. According to Chomsky, the variety of anarchism which he favors is

“… a kind of voluntary socialism, that is, as libertarian socialist or anarcho-syndicalist or communist anarchist, in the tradition of, say, Bakunin and Kropotkin and others. They had in mind a highly organized form of society, but a society that was organized on the basis of organic units, organic communities. And generally, they meant by that the workplace and the neighborhood, and from those two basic units there could derive through federal arrangements a highly integrated kind of social organization which might be national or even international in scope. And these decisions could be made over a substantial range, but by delegates who are always part of the organic community from which they come, to which they return, and in which, in fact, they live.”

On the question of the government of political and economic institutions, Chomsky has consistently emphasized the importance of grassroots democratic forms. Accordingly current Anglo-American institutions of representative democracy “would be criticized by an anarchist of this school on two grounds. First of all because there is a monopoly of power centralized in the state, and secondly – and critically – because the representative democracy is limited to the political sphere and in no serious way encroaches on the economic sphere.”

Despite his marginalization in the mainstream US media, Chomsky is one of the most globally famous figures of the left, especially among academics and university students, and frequently travels across the United States, Europe, and the Third World. He has a very large following of supporters worldwide as well as a dense speaking schedule, drawing large crowds wherever he goes. He is often booked up to two years in advance. He was one of the main speakers at the 2002 World Social Forum. He is interviewed at length in alternative media.[96] Many of his books are bestsellers, including 9-11.[92]

The 1992 film Manufacturing Consent, was shown widely on college campuses and broadcast on PBS. It is the highest-grossing Canadian-made documentary film in history.[97] Chomsky’s popularity has become a cultural phenomenon. Bono of U2 called Chomsky a “rebel without a pause, the Elvis of academia”. Rage Against the Machine took copies of his books on tour with the band. Pearl Jam ran a small pirate radio on one of their tours, playing Chomsky talks mixed along with their music. R.E.M. asked Chomsky to go on tour with them and open their concerts with a lecture (he declined). Radiohead has recommended Chomsky’s works on their various websites and Thom Yorke in particular is an admirer.

Chomsky lectures have been featured on the B-sides of records from Chumbawamba and other groups.[98] Many anti-globalization and anti-war activists regard Chomsky as an inspiration.

Chomsky is widely read outside the US. 9-11 was published in 26 countries and translated into 23 languages;[99] it was a bestseller in at least five countries, including Canada and Japan.[92] Chomsky’s views are often given coverage on public broadcasting networks around the world—in marked contrast to his rare appearances in the US media. In the UK, for example, he appears periodically on the BBC.[100]

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was known to be an admirer of Chomsky’s books. He held up Chomsky’s book Hegemony or Survival during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2006.

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Noam Chomsky – ‘Requiem For The American Dream’ Trailer


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Published on Apr 6, 2015

Noam Chomsky is one of America’s most important thinkers, critical minds, and voices of dissent, and thus it’s hardly a surprise that his gripping ideas have been the subject of more than one documentary. 1992’s “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media” might be the most well known, and Michel Gondry’s “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” the quirkiest, but the upcoming “Requiem For The American Dream” — slated to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival — might be the most relevant given social and economic landscape of the moment.

Directed by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott, the film is constructed from four years worth of interviews with Chomsky, and explores the growing inequality in the country and what that means for stability, democracy, and more. Here’s the official synopsis:

In his final long-form documentary interview – filmed over four years – Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality. Tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority, Chomsky lays bare the costly debris left in its wake: the evisceration of the American worker, disappearance of the living wage, collapse of the dream of home ownership, skyrocketing higher education costs placing betterment beyond reach or shackling students to suffocating debt, and a loss of solidarity that has left us divided against ourselves.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, REQUIEM is a potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed – and is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.

“Requiem For The American Dream” has its first screening at Tribeca on Saturday, April 18th.

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Zika Virus: Are Climate & Ecological Factors Driving Spread of Viral Diseases in the Americas?


Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 4, 2016

http://democracynow.org – We look at the spread of the Zika virus, which scientists have linked to rising temperatures from global warming because of the increased incidence of mosquito-borne infections. The illness, while generally not life-threatening, has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads. The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency, saying the virus is “spreading explosively” and that up to 4 million people in the Americas could be infected by the end of this year. Brazil has been hardest hit by Zika with over 4,000 cases of infants with severe birth defects which could be linked to the virus. Meanwhile, officials in Texas have reported the first case of the virus contracted in the United States, saying it was sexually transmitted. We are joined by Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Amy Vittor, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida’s Division of Infectious Disease.

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Lori Wallach: Signing of TPP Marks Only Beginning of the Fight, Trade Deal Could Still Be Stopped


Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 4, 2016

http://democracynow.org – One of the world’s biggest multinational trade deals, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has been signed by 12 member nations in New Zealand and will now undergo a two-year ratification period in which at least six countries must approve the final text for the deal to be implemented. The Trans-Pacific Partnership encompasses 12 Pacific Rim nations, including the United States, and 40 percent of the world’s economy. Opponents say it will benefit corporations at the expense of health, the environment, free speech and labor rights. Activists have kicked off a worldwide series of protests around the signing of the trade pact, including a nonviolent blockade of the convention center in Auckland where the signing took place. A Maori tribe refused a request to perform at a welcome ceremony for trade ministers, saying the TPP threatens sovereignty. Meanwhile, the White House has warned Congress that a delay in ratifying the deal will cost the U.S. economy. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the Obama administration is doing everything in its power to move it forward. But our guest, Lori Wallach of Public Citizen, argues, “We have to make sure every member of Congress says there’s no way, we’re not meant to do this.” The deal has also become a campaign issue, and Wallach notes, “There’s no presidential candidate in any state polling over 5 percent who supports the TPP.”

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U.S. Joins 11 Nations Signing TPP


February 04, 2016 Headlines

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/2/4/headlines/us_joins_11_nations_signing_tpp

One of the world’s biggest multinational trade deals, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has been signed by 12 member nations in New Zealand. It will now undergo a two-year ratification period in which at least six countries must approve the final text for the deal to be implemented.

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TPP signing represents corporate wish list; farmers, consumers and the environment lose

IATP’s Trade Secrets Newsletter – February 2016
February 2016: Updates on the Trans Pacific Partnership
& Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Brought to you by:
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The newly released IATP statement on the Feb. 3 signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership reflects the major flaws with the trade agreement and the growing TPP opposition in the U.S. and around the world. The signing doesn’t mean the TPP is a done deal. It’s now up to Congress to authorize changes to US laws under Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority to make them compliant with the trade deal–a controversial and uncertain process that can still be stopped.

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