Daily Archives: February 20, 2023

The Rich Hooked America on the Free Market Myth Featuring Naomi Oreskes

Thom Hartmann Program Feb 20, 2023 #MoreFromThom

Do YOU Believe? You may not know it…but you’ve been sold a BIG lie… How and when did corporate America propagate the myth of the free market and exploitation of workers. Politicians used to work together in the early/mid parts of the last century. How and why did all that change?

Bio: Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science-Harvard University / Co-Author w/Erik Conway The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe the Government & Love the Free Market (Their previous book was Merchants of Doubt.)

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“Log Off”: 1 in 3 U.S. Girls Weighs Suicide. Will Congress Restrict Big Tech?

Democracy Now! – Feb 20, 2023


As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns teen girls face record levels of depression and hopelessness, we host a roundtable on the role of social media and a bipartisan push against Big Tech in Congress. Several child safety-focused bills to curtail children’s exposure to harmful online interactions are being proposed this session. Critics say the measures may not actually help children while limiting speech and privacy rights. We are joined by three people who testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee: Emma Lembke, a college student and founder of the LOG OFF movement, which promotes healthy social media use among teens; Mitch Prinstein, professor of psychology and neuroscience and chief science officer at the American Psychological Association; and Josh Golin, executive director of Fairplay, a consumer advocacy group dedicated to ending marketing targeted at children.

Haití: Más casos urgentes en hospitales debido a violencia de pandillas

Associated Press – Feb 20, 2023

(21 Feb 2023) Mientras la violencia a manos de las pandillas causan un aumento en el número de pacientes en la unidad de cuidados intensivos de un hospital en la capital haitiana

Future of abortion access, voting rights faces critical test in Wisconsin primary

PBS NewsHour – Feb 20, 2023

Voters in Wisconsin will head to the polls Tuesday for a crucial primary race. What would normally be a little noticed judicial election is now a high-stakes battle for control of the state’s Supreme Court. The race is expected to shape abortion rights and could help decide the outcome of the 2024 presidential election. Geoff Bennett discussed the race with Zac Schultz of PBS Wisconsin.

UN warns rising sea levels threaten international peace and security

CGTN America – Feb 20, 2023

Member states of the United Nations are working on an international treaty to conserve seas beyond national borders, as climate change impacts the globe.

Security Council members are warning the effects of the rise in global sea levels could also impact international peace and security. CGTN’s Jody Jacobs has more on this story.

The Mapping of Race in America, Washington Map Society, February 16, 2023

California Map Society – Feb 2, 2023

Title: The Mapping of Race in America: The Legacy of Slavery and Redlining from 1860 to Present Speakers: John Hessler, Library of Congress (retired) and Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, with Library of Congress GIS Research Fellows: Catherine Discenza (University of Florida, fourth-year student) and Anika Fenn Gilman (Tulane University, senior). The mapping of the racial demographics of the United States has a long and difficult history. From the earliest counts of enslaved individuals and the practice of redlining, to the under counts of various groups in modern Census tabulations, there have always been questions about both its purpose and its accuracy. In the summer of 2022, John Hessler and two GIS Research Fellows, Anika Fenn Gilman and Catherine Discenza decided to plunge into this mass of historic data and started to apply modern GIS tools to some of it, like that collected by Ida B. Wells and the practice of redlining. Inspired by Hessler’s work with the House Select Committee on Racial Inequality, they sought to answer three questions about the history and legacy of the mapping of race: Who was doing it?; Who was using it?; and What were they using it for?” They will discuss their journey through this mostly unknown and ephemeral data, talk about some surprising answers to these questions and detail the making of their web making application, Mapping Race in America. Bios: John Hessler is a Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of the Lambda Lab for high-performance computing and public policy analysis. The Lab is currently developing new statistical tools for mapping far from equilibrium spatiotemporal processes, like the spread of pandemics and refugee flows.

Catherine Discenza is a fourth-year student at the University of Florida. They are pursuing a degree in medical geography, with a minor in health disparities. After graduation, they plan on attending graduate school, and hope to continue to do research at the intersection of space, identity, and health.

Anika Fenn Gilman is a senior at Tulane University. She is studying Mathematics and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, while also pursuing a certificate in Geographic Information Science. She is interested in geopolitical analysis and in exploring how spatial data can illustrate, explain, and contextualize contemporary issues.

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Teenage girls experiencing record high levels of sadness, violence and trauma, CDC says

PBS NewsHour – Feb 20, 2023

In 2021, the CDC saw an increase in mental health challenges across the board, but it’s girls in the U.S. that are engulfed in a wave of sadness, violence, and trauma. Nearly three in five reported feeling persistent sadness and hopelessness, 25% of girls reported having made a suicide plan and 14% reported having been forced to have sex. Stephanie Sy spoke with Sharon Hoover about the survey.

Recovering a Looted Past: “Repatriating” African History & The Question of “Just” Reparations

This piece of art is unique in West African history because of its “acquisition” is relatively well documented and established well before its significance — both local and universal — became apparent to many millions of people.   In 1874, a sketch of this piece of art is published in the Illustrate London News with the label indicating that it was part of the “Ashantee Golden Ornaments and Trophies:”


Recovering a Looted Past: “Repatriating” African History – Digitizing Historical Maps, Images & Artifacts to Enhance Global Collaborative Research & Understanding

Captured as part of the Ashantee War “booty” in 1874 by the expedition lead by Sir Garnet Woolsey, this mask is now prominently displayed at the Wallace Gallery in London as one of their most prized museum pieces of art.

Other similarly looted pieces of indigenous are the subject of much attention in Art circles in out world today.

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Trump special counsel on a subpoena spree

MSNBC Feb 20, 2023 #donaldtrump #january6 #court

Special prosecutor Jack Smith is seeking testimony from multiple Trump White House officials about January 6, including former Vice President Mike Pence. MSNBC Legal Analyst Charles Coleman shares which ex-staffer could be the “linchpin” in the federal case against former President Trump and how soon the Fulton County, Georgia district attorney is likely to announce charges.


Chris Hedges Fan Club – Feb 2, 2023

John Joseph Mearsheimer is an American political scientist and international relations scholar, who belongs to the realist school of thought. He is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He has been described as the most influential realist of his generation.

Mearsheimer was born in December 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City. When he was eight, he moved with his family to Croton-on-Hudson, a suburb in Westchester County. When he was 17, Mearsheimer enlisted in the US Army. After one year as an enlisted member, he obtained an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point, which he attended from 1966 to 1970. After graduation, he served for five years as an officer in the US Air Force.

In 1974, while he was in the Air Force, Mearsheimer earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Southern California. He entered Cornell University and in 1980 earned a Ph.D. in government, specifically in international relations. From 1978 to 1979, he was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. From 1980 to 1982, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs. During the 1998–1999 academic year, he was the Whitney H. Shepardson Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Since 1982, Mearsheimer has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Political Science Faculty at the University of Chicago. He became an associate professor in 1984 and a full professor in 1987 and was appointed the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in 1996. From 1989 to 1992, he served as chairman of the department. He also holds a position as a faculty member in the Committee on International Relations graduate program, and he is a co-director of the Program on International Security Policy.

Mearsheimer’s books include Conventional Deterrence (1983), which won the Edgar S. Furniss Jr. Book Award; Nuclear Deterrence: Ethics and Strategy (co-editor, 1985); Liddell Hart and the Weight of History (1988); The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001), which won the Lepgold Book Prize; The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (2007); and Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics (2011). His articles have appeared in academic journals like International Security and popular magazines like the London Review of Books. He has written op-ed pieces for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

Mearsheimer has won several teaching awards. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching when he was a graduate student at Cornell in 1977, and he won the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Chicago in 1985. In addition, he was selected as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for the 1993–1994 academic year. In that capacity, he gave a series of talks at eight colleges and universities. In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s 2020 James Madison Award, which is presented every three years to an American political scientist who has made distinguished scholarly contributions. The Award Committee noted that Mearsheimer is “one of the most cited International Relations scholars in the discipline, but his works are read well beyond the academy as well.”

Mearsheimer’s works are widely read and debated[according to whom?] by 21st-century students of international relations. A 2017 survey of US international relations faculty ranks him third among “scholars whose work has had the greatest influence on the field of IR in the past 20 years.”