Dr. Carol Ellison, Part 2. In her book “Women’s Sexualities” Dr. Carol has a Chapter about Sexual Choreography: Creating Pleasure in Partnered Sex, and we discussed some ways in which erotic experiences might be enhanced. Transitions and being in the moment are both important. We looked at consensual nonmonogamy as …
December 6, 2011
Guest: Eric Brooks –San Francisco Green Party organizer and local clean energy activist As the COP 17 climate talks in Durban, South Africa enter their second week, Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest features “clips and coverage” of the climate talks — along with protests by Greenpeace, African Womens’ groups, indigenous …
Deborah tells funny holiday pet stories and gives pet safety tips We have a nyc policeman calling in with a dog problem and his email in case he doesn’t get to a phone because he’s enjoying retired life too much. Deb Wolfe jokes with her guest Jane from The Pride …
Guests: Dr. Joseph Romm and Travis Bradford Joseph Romm, author of “Hell and High Water”, and Travis Bradford, author of “Solar Revolution” Download this episode (right click and save) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) | Embed
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Guest: Rory O’Connor Rory O’Connor of globalvision.org speaks on the continuing disaster of Fukashima, and the ongoing rape and pillage of the english language by the nuclear power industry. Download this episode (right click and save) Podcast: Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) | Embed
December 6, 2011 Show Description In the first half hour, Steve Kohn discusses the PFC Bradley Manning case and what rights national security whistleblowers currently have. Jeff Paterson, Project Director for Courage to Resist, shares insight about the status of PFC Manning’s legal case and the campaigns by the Bradley Manning Support …
December 3, 2011
By Robert Reich
If Congress refuses to extend the payroll tax cut and/or unemployment benefits by December 30, it will create another drag on the economy. When people ask me what Congress is likely to do I always say the same thing: The odds are in favor of nothing. So while today’s jobs report is in the right direction, it’s way too early to break out the champagne.
In brief: The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ household survey shows unemployment at 8.6 percent, and the payroll survey shows 120,000 new jobs in November (140,000 from the private sector, and a loss of 20,000 in the public sector). BLS also revised upward its job numbers for September and October.
What does it mean? We’re not out of the woods but we might be seeing some daylight.
Maybe. Here’s what you need to worry about:
First, this rate of job growth is barely enough to keep up with the growth in the working-age population. So we’re not making progress on the backlog of more than 13 million jobless Americans, and another 11 million working part-time who’d rather have full-time jobs.
Second, retail jobs constituted a third of new private-sector employment in November. Retail jobs tend to be unstable, temporary, and low-paying. Although the BLS is supposed to adjust for seasonal employment (i.e. Christmas), it doesn’t take account of the fact that more and more Americans have been pushing up their Christmas buying to before Thanksgiving. So some of these jobs may not be around very long.
Guests: Dr. William deBuys and Harvey Wasserman Dr. William deBuys is an environmental journalist and conservationist living on a farm in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico. His books have been widely acclaimed and have received many awards including the NY Times Notable Book of the year, …
Guest: Andrew Cohen Andrew Cohen, author of the new book EVOLUTIONARY ENLIGHTENMENT, is a spiritual teacher, cultural visionary, and founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext. He founded award-winning EnlightenNext magazine almost twenty years ago as a forum for serious spiritual and philosophical inquiry, and has since become known for his unique capacity to …
By Christopher Ketcham, Earth Island Journal
Posted on December 2, 2011, Printed on December 3, 2011
Consider this story: It’s January 1990, during the pioneer build-out of mobile phone service. A cell tower goes up 800 feet from the house of Alison Rall, in Mansfield, Ohio, where she and her husband run a 160-acre dairy farm. The first thing the Rall family notices is that the ducks on their land lay eggs that don’t hatch. That spring there are no ducklings.
By the fall of 1990, the cattle herd that pastures near the tower is sick. The animals are thin, their ribs are showing, their coats growing rough, and their behavior is weird — they’re agitated, nervous. Soon the cows are miscarrying, and so are the goats. Many of the animals that gestate are born deformed. There are goats with webbed necks, goats with front legs shorter than their rear legs. One calf in the womb has a tumor the size of a basketball, another carries a tumor three feet in diameter, big enough that he won’t pass through the birth canal. Rall and the local veterinarian finally cut open the mother to get the creature out alive. The vet records the nightmare in her log: “I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire practice… All of [this] I feel was a result of the cellular tower.”
Within six months, Rall’s three young children begin suffering bizarre skin rashes, raised red “hot spots.” The kids are hit with waves of hyperactivity; the youngest child sometimes spins in circles, whirling madly. The girls lose hair. Rall is soon pregnant with a fourth child, but she can’t gain weight. Her son is born with birth defects — brittle bones, neurological problems — that fit no specific syndrome. Her other children, conceived prior to the arrival of the tower, had been born healthy.
Book V of Aristotle’s Politics describes the eternal transition of oligarchies making themselves into hereditary aristocracies – which end up being overthrown by tyrants or develop internal rivalries as some families decide to “take the multitude into their camp” and usher in democracy, within which an oligarchy emerges once again, followed by aristocracy, democracy, and so on throughout history.
Debt has been the main dynamic driving these shifts – always with new twists and turns. It polarizes wealth to create a creditor class, whose oligarchic rule is ended as new leaders (“tyrants” to Aristotle) win popular support by cancelling the debts and redistributing property or taking its usufruct for the state.
Since the Renaissance, however, bankers have shifted their political support to democracies. This did not reflect egalitarian or liberal political convictions as such, but rather a desire for better security for their loans. As James Steuart explained in 1767, royal borrowings remained private affairs rather than truly public debts. For a sovereign’s debts to become binding upon the entire nation, elected representatives had to enact the taxes to pay their interest charges.
By giving taxpayers this voice in government, the Dutch and British democracies provided creditors with much safer claims for payment than did kings and princes whose debts died with them. But the recent debt protests from Iceland to Greece and Spain suggest that creditors are shifting their support away from democracies. They are demanding fiscal austerity and even privatization sell-offs.
Matt Welch | December 1, 2011
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Republican Jewish Coalition will host a presidential-candidates forumfeaturing Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. Not invited is the GOP candidate currently polling around third in New Hampshire and second in Iowa: Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). The explanation:
Paul was not invited to attend the RJC’s candidates forum because the organization – as it has stated numerous times in the past – “rejects his misguided and extreme views,” said [RJC Executive Director Matt] Brooks.
“He’s just so far outside of the mainstream of the Republican party and this organization,” Brooks said. Inviting Paul to attend would be “like inviting Barack Obama to speak.”
Link via the Twitter feed of an approving Jamie Kirchick.
Brooks gave a more detailed critique of Ron Paul back in May:
By Yasha Levine, eXiled Online
Posted on December 2, 2011, Printed on December 3, 2011
Editor’s note: Yasha Levine, editor of the Exhiled.com, spent a . Here’s his account of the crackdown on Occupy LA.
I finally got home Thursday afternoon after spending two nights in jail, and have had a hard time getting my bearings. On top of severe dehydration and sleep deprivation, I’ve got one hell of pounding migraine. So I’ll have to keep this brief for now. But I wanted to write down a few things that I witnessed and heard while locked up by LA’s finest…
First off, don’t believe the PR bullshit. There was nothing peaceful or professional about the LAPD’s attack on Occupy LA–not unless you think that people peacefully protesting against the power of the financial oligarchy deserve to be treated the way I saw Russian cops treating the protesters in Moscow and St. Petersburg who were demonstrating against the oligarchy under Putin and Yeltsin, before we at The eXiled all got tossed out in 2008. Back then, everyone in the West protested and criticized the way the Russian cops brutally snuffed out dissent, myself included. Now I’m in America, at a demonstration, watching exactly the same brutal crackdown…