Daily Archives: April 26, 2018

Noam Chomsky on the new Trump era | UpFront special

What EPA‘s Scott Pruitt means for environmental policy and regulation

Days After Pruitt Becomes EPA Head, Newly Released Emails Show His Ties to Koch Bros. & Energy Firms

How Black Students Helped Lead the 1968 Columbia U. Strike Against Militarism & Racism 50 Years Ago

Democracy Now!  Published on Apr 23, 2018

https://democracynow.org – Fifty years ago today, on April 23, 1968, hundreds of students at Columbia University in New York started a revolt on campus. They occupied five buildings, including the president’s office in Low Library, then students barricaded themselves inside the buildings for days. They were protesting Columbia’s ties to military research and plans to build a university gymnasium in a public park in Harlem. The protests began less than three weeks after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 1968 Columbia uprising led to one of the largest mass arrests in New York City history—more than 700 people arrested on April 30. It also inspired student protests across the country. Today, we spend the hour looking back at this pivotal moment. We are joined by Raymond Brown, former leader of the Student Afro-American Society; Nancy Biberman, a Barnard College student who joined the protests as a member of Students for Democratic Society; Mark Rudd, chair of the Columbia University chapter of SDS during the student strike; and Paul Cronin, editor of the new book “A Time to Stir: Columbia ’68.” We also feature excerpts from the 1968 documentary “Columbia Revolt” by Third World Newsreel.

After Fleeing Genocide, Over Half a Million Rohingya Refugees Now Face Monsoon Season in Bangladesh

Macron warns US Congress: There’s no Planet B


Published on Apr 25, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers an address before the US Congress, hitting on issues on which he and President Donald Trump differ.

French President Blasts Trump’s Policies in Address to U.S. Congress

On climate accord:

Apr 26, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress Wednesday, drawing a three-minute standing ovation as he took the podium. Macron claimed the U.S. and France share the values of liberty, tolerance and equal rights, and spent much of his 50-minute speech swiping at President Trump’s policies on trade and the environment. He also urged the U.S. not to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement.

President Emmanuel Macron: “It is true to say that this agreement may not address all concerns and very important concerns. This is true. But we should not abandon it without having something substantial and more substantial instead. That’s my position.”

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt to Face Lawmakers’ Questions About Ethics Scandals

Apr 26, 2018

EPA chief Scott Pruitt heads to Capitol Hill today, where he’ll face questions about a slew of inspector general investigations into his spending habits and ties to industry lobbyists. Pruitt faces more than a half-dozen inquiries, including charges he paid just $50 a night to live in a Capitol Hill condo linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies. Pruitt then lied by saying the lobbyist did not have business before the EPA. Pruitt had a $43,000 soundproof phone booth installed in his office, which a government watchdog says violated spending laws. Pruitt had the EPA spend $3 million on his security detail, including 18 full-time agents. He later demoted officials who challenged his use of those funds and fired a security agent who refused to turn on his car’s emergency sirens in order to speed through a Washington, D.C. traffic jam. Pruitt routinely travels first- or business-class; an EPA official told POLITICO it’s because Pruitt was routinely confronted by economy-class customers angry over his policies. When away from home, Pruitt stays in luxury hotels, and his international travel expenses have soared into six figures. And as Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt used a private email for state business. He later told the Senate environment committee that he hadn’t.

Advertising & the End of the World Trailer

Published on Oct 3, 2006


Advertising & the End of the World features an illustrated presentation by Sut Jhally of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the producer and writer of the award-winning Dreamworlds II.

Focusing directly on the world of commercial images, he asks some basic questions about the cultural messages emanating from this market-based view of the world: Do our present arrangements deliver what they claim– happiness and satisfaction? Can we think about our collective as well as our private interests? And, can we think long-term as well as short-term?

Drawing from the broad arena of commercial imagery, and utilizing sophisticated graphics, Advertising & the End of the World addresses the issues these questions raise, encouraging viewers to reflect on their own participation in the culture of consumption.

Making the connection between society’s high-consumption lifestyle and the coming environmental crisis, Jhally forces us to evaluate the physical and material costs of the consumer society and how long we can maintain our present level of production.

Sell and Spin, A History of Advertising – Documentary

Fresno Bobster
Published on Sep 11, 2017