Daily Archives: April 12, 2021

Prince Philip, A Royal Life – A PBS NewsHour Special

PBS NewsHour   Streamed live 12 April 2021

To commemorate the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, PBS NewsHour presents “Prince Philip: A Royal Life.” The special explores Prince Philip’s life, legacy, and his influence within the royal family, across the United Kingdom and around the world.

…. introducing, Sir David Attenborough:

The RSA Uploaded on Mar 16, 2011

Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough presents the 2011 RSA President’s Lecture.

The dangers facing the earth’s ecosystems are well known and the subject of great concern at all levels.

“We Need to Give the Workers a Fair Shot”: Jane McAlevey on What Went Wrong in Amazon Union Vote

Democracy Now – Apr 12, 2021

Labor organizer and scholar Jane McAlevey says there were many warning signs that the historic Amazon union drive in Bessemer, Alabama, would fail. Workers at the Amazon warehouse voted overwhelmingly against forming a union after a months-long vote by mail, with Amazon using widespread intimidation and misinformation to undermine the effort. But McAlevey says organizers made a number of missteps in their campaign and didn’t do enough to engage workers in the warehouse. “There’s a strategy and a method for every part of a hard campaign. Do we always win when we follow them? No. Do we stand a better chance of winning them? Yes,” says McAlevey.

Amazon “Broke the Law”: Union Seeks New Election After Alabama Warehouse Org anizing Drive Fails

Democracy Now!– Apr 12, 2021

The largest union drive in the history of Amazon has ended with the company on top. After a months-long battle, 738 workers at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted to unionize, and 1,798 voted no. Ballots from another 505 workers were challenged, mostly by Amazon. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that led the drive says Amazon illegally interfered in the vote, and it plans to file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Amazon, which is led by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, spent millions to defeat the closely watched election, and even got a private mailbox installed at the warehouse so it could pressure workers to mail their ballots from work and monitor votes. “It’s important that people don’t misread the results of this election,” says Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. “People were not saying that they were satisfied with Amazon’s working conditions in any way. They were saying that they were afraid to vote for the union.”

Remembering LaDonna Brave Bull Allard: Standing Rock Elder Helped Lead 2016 Anti-DAPL Uprising

Democracy Now!– Apr 12, 2021

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux tribal historian, has died of cancer at the age of 64, and we look back on her work, through interviews on her land and in the Democracy Now! studio. Allard co-founded the Sacred Stone Camp on Standing Rock Sioux land in April 2016 to resist the Dakota Access pipeline, to which people from around the world traveled, making it one of the largest gatherings of Indigenous peoples in a century. “We say mni wiconi, water of life. Every time we drink water, we say mni wiconi, water of life. We cannot live without water,” LaDonna Brave Bull Allard said in a September 2016 interview with Democracy Now! “I don’t understand why America doesn’t understand how important water is. So we have no choice. We have to stand. No matter what happens, we have to stand to save the water.”

Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General Turned Fierce Critic of U.S. Militarism, Dies at Age 93

Democracy Now! – Apr 12, 2021

Former U.S. attorney general and longtime human rights lawyer Ramsey Clark has died at the age of 93, and we look back on his life. Clark was credited as being a key architect of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. He served as attorney general from 1967 to 1969, during which time he ordered a moratorium on federal executions and opposed J. Edgar Hoover’s wiretapping of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., though he was also involved in the prosecution of antiwar activists. After leaving office, Clark became a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy. “The world is the most dangerous place it’s ever been now because of what our country has done, and is doing, and we have to take it back,” Ramsey Clark said while addressing a protest against the inauguration of George W. Bush on January 20, 2005. We also play an excerpt from an interview with Clark about defending the Hancock 38, a group of peace activists arrested at a U.S. drone base near Syracuse, New York.

Decision on Fukushima wastewater release


Apr 12, 2021

For more: https://www.cgtn.com/video​ The Japanese government has decided to release treated radioactive #wastewater​ from #Fukushima​ Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. The plant’s operator said the capacity to store the treated liquid will run out by the fall of 2022. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has tried to placate the anxieties of Fukushima fishermen who fear the contaminated water will hurt their livelihoods. Is the Pacific Ocean big enough to dilute the radioactive water? #Japan

Michael Parenti, The Darker Myths of Empire: Heart of Darkness Series

College of DuPage

http://cod.edu​ College of DuPage, Writers Read, Heart of Darkness Series – “The Darker Myths of Empire” Michael Parenti Jason Snart, SRC 2800, November 16, 2005,