Daily Archives: April 29, 2016

Bernie Sanders Has Changed Politics for the Millennials!


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Published on Apr 28, 2016

Thom Hartmann talks with Farron Cousins, Editor-Trial Lawyer Magazine / Co-host, Ring Of Fire Radio, Website: www.trofire.com, who says Bernie Sanders has shaped the political philosophy of 18-35 year olds.

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Amy Goodman at the Cambridge Forum | Democracy Now!

May 10, 2016 | Tuesday | 6:30 pm
First Parish Church Meetinghouse
3 Church Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138 ( see map )

Join Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman on her national speaking tour to celebrate 20 years of the daily, independent, global TV/Radio news hour and the release of her most recent book, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America.

Returning to the Cambridge Forum, Amy will give a lecture on the most pressing issues facing our democracy today, the 2016 election, and reflecting on the past twenty years of covering the heroes at the forefront of movements for change in America. She will be available to sign books after she speaks, as will her co-authors Denis Moynihan and David Goodman.

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War on Whistleblowers (ft. Edward Snowden & David Carr) 2015


Brave New Films

Published on May 28, 2015

War on Whistleblowers highlights recent cases where American government employees and contractors took to the media to expose fraud and abuse. In all cases the whistle-blowing was to the detriment of their professional and personal lives. SUBSCRIBE:

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With President Obama’s commitment to transparency and the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, there was hope that whistleblowers would finally have more protection and encouragement to speak up. But according to the film, times have never been worse for national security whistleblowers. Obama’s administration has attacked more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.

2:30 After the death of Major Megan McClung who was killed by an IED while riding in a Humvee, Franz Gayl asked himself, “If not me, then who? If not now then when?” Gayl blew the whistle on the Military Industry who were dragging their feet to provide MRAPS, a vehicle that could replace the Humvee and prevent unnecessary casualties amongst American Soldiers in Irag.

11:53 “Why didn’t they do the right thing?” , asks Gayl. It comes down to money and reputations. The Humvee, though not the safest choice for our soldiers, is backed by millions of dollars and powerful lobbying. Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President of the National taxpayers Union stresses the need for more accountability in our spending.

13:18 The more powerful our National Security State becomes, the greater the need for Whistle Blowers and as our need for Whistle Blowers has increased, so has the aggression towards and attacks on them via the Obama Administration.

“We talk about a National Security State that pretends it’s interested in our National Security when in fact it’s interested in the security of corporate interests, of agency interests, of politicians keeping their jobs…”
-Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower

16:24 Meet Thomas Drake, Former Senior Executive of the NSA. WhistleBlower.

18:23 Meet Michael Dekort, Former Lead Systems Engineer of the Deepwater Program. Whistleblower.

20:40 Meet Thomas Tamm, Former Attorney in the Department of Justice. WhistleBlower.

23:21 Hear how Drake, Dekort and Tamm arrived at their fateful decisions to brave the risk and blow the whistle.
“…we nickname whistleblowing the sound of professional suicide.”
Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

32:26 Michael Dekort uses YouTube as a last resort tactic to be heard. It worked.

35:26 Drake recounts the day they came for him, the charges made against him and the severity of punishments he faced under the Espionage Act.
“I met the Chief prosecutor at a secret FBI facility in Maryland where the prosecutor threatened me with spending the rest of my life in prison…”
-Thomas Drake

39:55 The Obama administration began with promises of transparency and accountability to the American people, yet turned very quickly in to an administration that has cracked down on Whistleblowers harder than any other. Thomas Tamm also finds himself charged under the Espionage Act.

44:55 Jesselyn Radack writes an article in the L.A times on behalf of Thomas Drake calling attention to the differences between “leaking” and “whistleblowing”. The tide turns for Drake who begins to receive long overdue recognition for telling the truth.

47:10 Thomas Tamm recalls his moment to speak and be heard in the press.

51:12 It’s a bittersweet moment when Thomas Drake is vindicated.

52:49 The Obama administration prosecutes, prosecutes, prosecutes some more.

“Efforts to target me have continued under the Obama administration which has been aggressively investigating whistleblowers in a way that will have a chilling effect on the freedom of the press in the United States.”
-James Risen

55:07 The government uses selective leaking to release only the stories that cast them in a good light.

1:02 What kind of nation are we becoming? Edward Snowden encourages us to decide what kind of contribution we will make together, not just by saying, but by doing.

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Behind The Scenes • “Making a Killing; Guns, Greed, and the NRA.”


Brave New Films

Published on Apr 19, 2016

Follow the Money… our research while producing the Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA lead us toward one conclusion, and one conclusion only – that the NRA wants criminals to have easier access to more guns, so the gun industry makes more money at the expense of thousands of innocent lives. When you consider how little negative impact universal background checks law would have on a the proverbial “law-abiding gun owners”, you have to ask, “How could anyone be opposed to such a law?”

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Florida company running nuclear power plant called to explain water contamination


RT America

Published on Apr 28, 2016

Elevated levels of ammonia, phosphorous and radioactive compounds have been detected in cooling canals connected to the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant south of Miami, Florida, and a have seeped into the Biscayne Aquifer affecting much of south Florida’s drinking water. The company operating the plant is now under a 21-day deadline to provide any information on how it occurred, and negotiate solutions. RT America’s Marina Portnaya reports.

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Fake and Abandoned Disneyworld in China


Trey Ratcliff

Uploaded on Oct 5, 2011

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Some behind-the-scenes footage in this very strange place… More on http://www.StuckInCustoms.com. The actual name of this place is the Wonderland Amusement Park Chenzhuang Village, Nankou Town, Changping district. 昌平区南口镇陈庄村

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Uncovering China’s Empty Ghost Cities


Journeyman Pictures

Published on Sep 30, 2013

Empty Cities, 2012 China is the world’s most populated country but it’s full of vast, empty cities, including a replica Paris. Is it forward thinking or a crazy economic risk?

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In the world’s most populated country there are dozens of empty cities and more are being built every year. Is China’s ‘build-mentality’ good urban forward planning or an economic bubble that’s about to burst?

Tianduchenga, a near deserted replica of Paris complete with its own Eiffel Tower, was meant to attract new residents and businesses. But the new businesses are struggling to survive. “There aren’t many people here; our business is volume-based”, says the owner of a takeaway lunch shop. Meanwhile, in the Lanzhou New Area a range of 700 mountains has been leveled and demolition of houses and forced relocation is underway to make space for a new 130,000 hectare metropolis. According to Li Tie, who heads the country’s top economic planning agency, the federal government “must stop any fanatical actions by local authorities who blindly and hastily implement unreasonable urbanisation measures”. But urbanisation expert Tom Miller rejects the claim that China is on the brink of a property crisis. “Imagine China as bubble wrap. Some of those bubbles within it might burst. But in places like Shanghai there is massive demand for housing.”

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China’s Empty Cities House 64 Million Empty Apartments


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Uploaded on Apr 18, 2011

Ghost Cities-China: China continues to build vast cities, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns.

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Vast new cities are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns. Racing to stay ahead of the world economy, is the superpower about to implode?

“There are around 64 million empty apartments in China,” claims analyst Gillem Tulloch. It’s all part of the Chinese government’s efforts to keep its economy booming and there are plenty of people who would love to move in, but the properties are priced out of the market. It’s after 2pm and in the new city of Dongguan shop owner Tian Yu Gao is yet to serve a single customer. “It’s a bit boring,” he sighs. His open shop is a rare sight in the Great Mall: once heralded by the New York Times as proof of China’s astonishing consumer culture, today it is an eerie vista of emptiness. “It can’t stay this way,” insists Tulloch, “when the bubble bursts, it will impoverish vast numbers of people”.

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Naomi Klein on Global Neoliberalism


Big Think

Published on Apr 23, 2012

Naomi Klein on the end of “El Modelo.”

Question: Why did you write Shock Doctrine?
Naomi Klein:It came out of reporting that I was doing in Iraq after the invasion the first year of occupation. But I guess it dates back earlier than that. I happen to have been in Argentina making a documentary film when the war in Iraq began. And it was a really amazing time to be in Latin America. This was 2002, 2003. And this was, I guess, the beginning of what we now think of as this pink tide that has swept Latin America. But it was a moment in Latin American history — certainly a moment in Argentinean history — where the economic model that Latin Americans call neo-Liberalism, Americans call the free market. But these policies of privatization; free trade . . . the so-called free trade deregulation in the interest of corporations; deep cuts to social spending; healthcare and education cuts; things like that, in Argentina they actually just call this “el modelo” — the model. Everybody knows what the model is. It’s the so-called Washington Consensus. It’s the policies that have been imposed on Latin America first through military dictatorships, then as conditions attached to loans that were needed during economic crises . . . the so-called “debt crisis” of the 1980s. When I was in Argentina the model was collapsing, and Argentineans overthrew five presidents in three weeks. So it was this moment of incredible tumult and political excitement because people were trying to figure out what would come next. But it went beyond Argentina. In Bolivia they hadn’t yet elected Evo Morales, but they had these huge protests against water privatization. And Bechtel had just been thrown out of Bolivia. And in Brazil they had just elected Lula. And of course Chavez was already in power in Venezuela, but he had successfully overcome a coup attempt. He had been brought back to power. So there were all of these things going on in Latin America that were all connected in this rejection of this economic model. So to be in Latin America when the invasion of Iraq began was a really unique vantage point from which to watch the war. I’m very grateful to have had that experience to have been able to watch that through the eyes of my Latin American friends who saw the war so differently from . . . from the way it was seen, I think, by so many of us in North America. They saw a real connection between their rejection of these economic policies and the fact that the same economic program was being imposed in Iraq through tremendous violence. And you really saw and felt those connections in Latin America. You know Bechtel just thrown out of Bolivia suddenly shows up in Baghdad with the exclusive contract to rebuild their water system. And what it felt like was that . . . was that there was a change going on; that this model that had been imposed coercively though peacefully through the International Monetary Fund, through the World Bank, through the World Trade Organization — that that wasn’t working anymore. People were rejecting it that the legacy of these policies . . . the legacy of inequality was so dramatic that the sales pitch of “Just wait for the trickledown” wasn’t working anymore. And so now there was this new phase. And it wasn’t even asking, and it wasn’t negotiating. It was just imposing through raw violence. And that’s where I came up with the thesis for the book, which is we have entered this new phase that I’m calling “disaster capitalism”; or the Shock Doctrine using a shock — in this case the shock and awe invasion of Iraq — to impose what economists call “economic shock therapy”. So I think it was . . . It was definitely that experience of seeing it from Latin America — a continent in revolt against these policies — that made it easier to identify this as a new phase. And once I identified that I started to see these patterns recurring. After the Asian tsunami there was a very similar push to use the shock of that natural disaster to push through, once again, these same policies. Water privatization, electricity privatization, labor market …, displacing poor people on the coasts with hotel developers. So a sort of social re-engineering of societies in the interest of corporations, which I think is what we’ve been doing under the banner of free trade. But now it’s under the banner of post-disaster reconstruction.

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Perfect Mind, Perfect Body


CuriosityStream

Published on Oct 30, 2015

Michio Kaku, physicist and futurist, opens up the brave new world of information and the innovative ways to interpret and use it to our advantage. Available at https://CuriosityStream.com.

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