Daily Archives: February 22, 2017

Van Jones: “Decoding Race” | Talks at Google

Talks at Google

Published on Feb 22, 2017

Google’s Decoding Race Series – is the first step of a longer-term strategy – intended to inform and empower Googlers to have open and constructive conversations on race, and its intersections.

In December 2016, Alphabet’s Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, talked with Van Jones for a fireside chat. They discussed a variety of topics, including the election of Donald Trump, Americanism, the love army, #yeswecode, and much more.

Following this fireside chat, be sure to check out the Decoding Race panel on “Programming and Prejudice: Can Computers Be Racist?” moderated by Van Jones available at https://youtu.be/Rq3ao5xmpy0

Inundated by storms and flooding, California hopes for sun

PBS NewsHour

Published on Feb 22, 2017

Rain and flooding have wreaked havoc on Northern California, a region that just recently was struggling to overcome a historic drought. In San Jose, officials ordered some 14,000 people to evacuate overnight. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo about when it may be possible for residents to return to their homes.

New research casts doubt on govt line on fracking

RT America

Published on Feb 22, 2017

There were more than 6,600 spills at fracked oil and gas wells in the US over a 10-year period, according to a new paper on hydraulic fracking authored by university scientists from around the country. This figure far exceeds the numbers given in an earlier Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report. Prof. Zacariah L Hildenbrand, co-founder of Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR), joins RT America’s Anya Parampil to discuss the significance of these disparate figures and how to mitigate the problem of spills at fracked sites going forward.

Massive floods hit California, 1,000s flee

RT America

Published on Feb 22, 2017

Nearly 50,000 people have been asked to evacuate San Jose, California due to record flooding. Hundreds of others have been rescued by boat as floods swallow entire neighborhoods. RT America correspondent Brigida Santos joins RT America’s Anya Parampil from Los Angeles to bring us the details of the disaster and to update us on the continuing Oroville Dam crisis.

Active, illegal clearance of Sumatran elephant habitat in the Leuser Ecosystem

Rainforest Action Network

Published on Feb 22, 2017

GPS: 4°34’0.60″N, 97°41’7.20″E

A Rainforest Action Network (RAN) field investigation has found evidence of active, illegal clearance of critically endangered Sumatran elephant habitat within the rainforests of the Leuser Ecosystem. The culprit is a rogue palm oil producer known as PT. Agra Bumi Niaga (PT. ABN) who supplies a nearby crude palm oil processing mill operated by PT. Koperasi Prima Jasa (KPJ)—a known supplier to Wilmar International. Wilmar ships this Conflict Palm Oil around the world where it is may be used by consumer brands, including PepsiCo.

This investigation uncovered evidence showing how PT. ABN has accelerated the clearance of hundreds of hectares of forest over a six-month period. The activity documented is in clear violation of the moratorium announced by the President of Indonesia in April 2016 as well as instructions from the Governor of Aceh made on June 17th, 2016 ordering the same company to cease all forest clearance activities, including areas with existing permits.

Noam Chomsky on Moral Relativism and Michel Foucault- Noam Chomsky Quotes

Noam Chomsky New 2017

Published on Feb 22, 2017

Standing Rock’s Last Stand- #NoDAPL Camp Eviction — Chase Iron Eyes Interview

Acronym TV

Published on Feb 22, 2017

full podcast: https://www.atrumpshow.com/episodes/014

Wednesday, February 22, 2017— Today in North Dakota the last remaining water protectors at Standing Rock face a 2 pm deadline to vacate the camp.

On the podcast today, I interview Standing Rock Sioux member, Chase Iron Eyes. Iron Eyes is a Native American activist, attorney, politician, and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Additionally, Chase is a member of the Lakota People’s Law Project and a co-founder of the Native American news website Last Real Indians and in 2016 ran unsuccessfully for US Congress.

In brief, here is where we are in the epic- almost year long struggle to protect the water by stopping the Dakota access pipeline from drilling under the Missouri river. It has been a peaceful and prayerful protest that has been ongoing since April of 2016 and has captured the imaginations of people all over the world faces and that today faces overwhelming force of local, state and federal agencies—including Morton County police, Bureau of Indian affairs, National Park Service Rangers, and the Department of Homeland Security—armed for war are prepared to enforce the deadline. The tactic of the militarized police state, acting as agents in our country’s longest war—our war against the Native Americans— has been well documented. Water protectors have been shot with rubber bullets, tazed and blasted with water cannons in freezing temperatures. The water cannon tactic reminiscent of the civil rights protests in the 1960s. As reported in the Guardian, FBI representatives have contacted several ‘water protectors’, raising alarm that an indigenous-led movement is being construed as domestic terrorism.

Mni Wiconi, or Water is Life—has become the rallying cry for this movement— and on December 4th, 2016— I was at Standing Rock when a victory—albeit temporary—was achieved when President Barack Obama had the Army Corps of Engineers deny an easement that Energy Transfer Partners needed to finish construction the pipeline. As part of the delay, an Environmental Impact Statement was to be completed. Donald Trump reversed that decision and halted the Environmental Impact Statement when Donald Trump issued an executive order on January 24—during his first week as president—ordering the go-ahead of the Dakota access pipeline.

Although not explicitly written on Trump’s Executive Order, it may has well have been titled: money is life.

In the 2nd half of the podcast, I interview Michal Nigro. Michael is an award award-winning filmmaker, Emmy nominated writer-director and social justice activist. He is a photojournalist and often travel partner of mine—we were at Standing Rock together back in December.

Thanks for listening,
– Dennis