The Occupy movement faces winter, eviction and premature announcements of it’s death by the media… How does Occupy stay alive and active through the winter? Is an Occupy movement with occupations really effective, or is this just the end of the first phase? Next week we speak to the author …
December 7, 2011
My trashiest green friend, Annie Leonard, joins me on The Green Front to talk about The Story of Stuff and her latest (en)viral video, The Story of Broke. Annie has it all; talent, brains, heart of green, humor and passion so don’t miss this interview with my she-ro! Next we’ll …
Guests: John Schlimm and Terry Romero Part 1 – John Schlimm, The Tipsy Vegan Just in time for the holidays, John Schlimm, a member of one of the oldest brewing families in the U.S., brings together the flavor of the kitchen and the fun of the bar in The …
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/26/medical-journals-using-ghost-writers.aspx?e_cid=20111126_DNL_art_2 Unfortunately, the practice of employing ghostwriters can have very serious ramifications for your health. For example, an August 4, 2009 New York Times article reported how Wyeth Pharmaceutical Company used this ghostwriting practice to successfully peddle hormone replacement therapy in women. Physicians prescribed these drugs based on 26 …
Guest: William Arkin William Arkin is a political columnist and journalist for the Washington Post, which has been associated with for over a dozen years. As an expert in military policies and national security he has advised the United Nations and the US Air Force, as well as non profit …
Guest: Kris Hallbom Another reason to stay out of a bad relationship Kris Hallbom on attracting the perfect partner emails: dating questions & living alone How does FB affect your life? Your brain? Feeling socially excluded? Hug a teddy bear (really) How competitive are you? Download this episode (right click …
Guest: Amit Goswam Amit Goswami, Theoretical Nuclear Physicist is best known as an interviewed scientist in the blockbuster film, What The #$*! Do We Know? Amit Goswami, PhD, balances the materialistic view of reality against the fascinating quantum experience. He invites us to break free of a Newtonian materialistic view …
Posted on December 4, 2011, Printed on December 5, 2011
Coming to a Theater Near You: The Greatest Water Crisis in the History of Civilization
By William deBuys
Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles. New records tell the tale: biggest wildfire ever recorded in Arizona (538,049 acres), biggest fire ever in New Mexico (156,600 acres), all-time worst fire year in Texas history (3,697,000 acres).
The fires were a function of drought. As of summer’s end, 2011 was the driest year in 117 years of record keeping for New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana, and the second driest for Oklahoma. Those fires also resulted from record heat. It was the hottest summer ever recorded for New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, as well as the hottest August ever for those states, plus Arizona and Colorado.
Virtually every city in the region experienced unprecedented temperatures, with Phoenix, as usual, leading the march toward unlivability. This past summer, the so-called Valley of the Sun set a new record of 33 days when the mercury reached a shoe-melting 110º F or higher. (The previous record of 32 days was set in 2007.)
At the time, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department was preparing for an imminent confrontation with the nascent “Occupy” movement that had set up camp in downtown Oakland, and would demonstrate the brunt of its repressive capacity against the demonstrators a month later when it attacked  the encampment with teargas and rubber bullet rounds, leaving an Iraq war veteran in critical condition  and dozens injured. According to Police Magazine , a law enforcement trade publication, “Law enforcement agencies responding to…Occupy protesters in northern California credit Urban Shield for their effective teamwork.”
Training alongside the American police departments at Urban Shield was the Yamam,  an Israeli Border Police unit that claims to specialize in “counter-terror” operations but is better known for its extra-judicial assassinations  of Palestinian militant leaders and long record of repression  and abuses  in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Urban Shield also featured a unit from the military of Bahrain, which had just crushed a largely non-violent democratic uprising by opening fire  on protest camps and arresting wounded demonstrators when they attempted to enter hospitals. While the involvement of Bahraini soldiers in the drills was a novel phenomenon, the presence of quasi-military Israeli police – whose participation in Urban Shield was not reported anywhere in US media – reflected a disturbing but all-too-common feature of the post-9/11 American security landscape.
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(updated below – Update II)
A bill co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and GOP Sen. John McCain (S. 1867) — included in the pending defense authorization bill — is predictably on its way to passage. It is triggering substantial alarm in many circles, including from the ACLU – and rightly so. But there are also many misconceptions about it that have been circulating that should be clarified, including a possible White House veto. Here are the bill’s three most important provisions:
(1) mandates that all accused Terrorists be indefinitely imprisoned by the military rather than in the civilian court system; it alsounquestionably permits (but does not mandate) that even U.S. citizens on U.S. soil accused of Terrorism be held by the military rather than charged in the civilian court system (Sec. 1032);
(2) renews the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) with more expansive language: to allow force (and military detention) against not only those who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and countries which harbored them, but also anyone who “substantially supports” Al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces” (Sec. 1031); and,
(3) imposes new restrictions on the U.S. Government’s ability to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo (Secs. 1033-35).
There are several very revealing aspects to all of this. First, the 9/11 attack happened more than a decade ago; Osama bin Laden is dead; the U.S. Government claims it has killed virtually all of Al Qaeda’s leadership and the group is “operationally ineffective” in the Afghan-Pakistan region; and many commentators insisted that these developments would mean that the War on Terror would finally begin to recede. And yet here we have the Congress, on a fully bipartisan basis, acting not only to re-affirm the war but to expand it even further: by formally declaring that the entire world (including the U.S.) is a battlefield and the war will essentially go on forever.
By Bill Quigley, AlterNet
Posted on November 30, 2011, Printed on December 4, 2011
The Obama administration has affirmed, continued and expanded almost all of the draconian domestic civil liberties intrusions pioneered under the Bush administration. Here are twenty examples of serious assaults on the domestic rights to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience that have occurred since the Obama administration has assumed power. Consider these and then decide if there is any fundamental difference between the Bush presidency and the Obama presidency in the area of domestic civil liberties.
On May 27, 2011, President Obama, over widespread bipartisan objections, approved a Congressional four year extension of controversial parts of the Patriot Act that were set to expire. In March of 2010, Obama signed a similar extension of the Patriot Act for one year. These provisions allow the government, with permission from a special secret court, to seize records without the owner’s knowledge, conduct secret surveillance of suspicious people who have no known ties to terrorist groups and to obtain secret roving wiretaps on people.
Criminalization of Dissent and Militarization of the Police
December 3, 2011 by In These Times
The marketplace has always been at the heart of India–exuberant bazaars brimming with local hawkers and traditional wares and foods. But the country’s old-fashioned markets may soon be eclipsed by the towering “free market” of globalization, as multinational superstores push the government to open the gates.
The India Cabinet wants to enable businesses with 51-percent foreign direct investment to enter India’s retail sector–basically inviting in big box behemoths like Wal-Mart under the banner of efficiency and consumer choice. But many Indians aren’t buying it. This week, UNI Global Union reports that shops went on strike:
Over 50 million small traders across India have put down their shutters as part of strike action aimed at getting the India government to review its decision.
Guest: Dave Lindorff Lindorff is an award-winning investigative reporter/journalist. He contributes regularly to numerous publications and popular web sites in America and abroad. A prolific author, his books include “The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing George W. Bush;” “This Can’t Be Happening: Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy;” …
Guest: Ann Wright Former US Army colonel/State Department diplomat became an outspoken critic of America’s imperial wars. As a result, she resigned in protest against Iraq’s 2003 invasion. Major world and national issues will be discussed. Download this episode (right click and save) Podcast: Play in new window | Download …