Leid Stories – 06.23.15

Diversion and Distraction: Flagging Down ‘Progress’ in South Carolina

And now the nation is embroiled in a debate over whether the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of South Carolina’s statehouse and other governmental buildings and properties.

It’s a diversion and distraction from the matter that America for centuries has refused to address, says Leid Stories: white supremacy.

It was what informed the design of the “battle flag” in 1863 to galvanize the 13-state Confederacy’s fight “to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race,” as the flag’s designer, William T. Thompson, explained. It was the motivation for Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old gunman who massacred nine people attending a prayer and bible-study meeting last Wednesday at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Leid Stories discusses the intentional effort to avoid the reality America has known and lived for hundreds of years.


Infectious Myth – Guns – 06.23.15

David Crowe takes aim at guns in Episode 63, particularly gun culture and the death toll from guns, in the United States and elsewhere. Motivated by the Charleston gun massacre, David investigates facts and figures behind gun deaths, and examines the evidence that lax gun laws and widespread ownership of guns increases deaths from guns.


Project Censored – 06.23.15

Following a nonfatal outbreak of measles that began at Disneyland, the California Legislature is debating a bill (SB 277) to outlaw parental choice about childhood vaccinations. The bill would include the measles vaccine, as well as nine others.
Today’s guests support vaccinations, but oppose making them compulsory; they discuss the issues involved from a variety of perspectives, including law, civil rights, and medical ethics. Caitlyn Obolsky and Robert Krakow are attorneys; Elliot Cohen teaches ethics at Florida State University Medical School; Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist; Lori Martin Gregory is editor of the Mom Street Journal.


Ask Beatty – 06.22.15

Beatty talked about the horrific tragedy in Charleston where 9 people were killed at Emanuel AME Church by Dylan Roof. She posed the question whether families, schools, churches, mosques, synagogues and the media were committed on an-on-going basis to discuss the issues of racism, hate and morality after the dust settles. And more important, what if any ACTION are these groups prepared to take?

She also talked about how Caitlin Jenner could really help people struggling with transsexualism by setting up a Foundation that would offer both financial and emotional and psychological support. And finally, are genes to blame for extra-marital affairs? Weigh in with your thoughts and comments.


Smart Show (goharrison) with Cary Harrison – 06.22.15

Guest 1: Olympian Gold Medal Greek Champion Ioaness Melissanidis
Guest 2: Amy Canaan Mann – Director of Jackie & Ryan, starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes

Ioaness will serve as an ambassador of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, July 25 – Aug 2 in Los Angeles, running with the torch in West Hollywood and receive a medal in a ceremony with Nadia Comaneci.

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Global Research News Hour – Palestine Solidarity: Freedom Flotilla III and Empowering Gaza with Solar Power – 06.22.15

As Freedom Flotilla III is departing from an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean Sea to Gaza, this week’s Global Research News Hour focuses on activists abroad coming to the assistance of that region’s destitute population.

We’ll speak to Richard Day, a Queen’s University Professor and colleague of one of the Freedom Flotilla participants about the parallels between the plight of Palestinians in Israeli occupied territories and the plight of Indigenous peoples in Colonized Canada. We’ll hear a pre-recorded commentary from Professor Lovelace. We’ll hear from activist and Canadian Boat to Gaza Steering Committee member David Heap about the Flotilla itself, and we’ll hear from Dr. Benjamin Thomson, a physician who has worked in Gaza and is behind an exciting initiative to power Gaza hospitals with Solar panels.


Leid Stories – 06.22.15

The Charleston Massacre: Solace, Solidarity and Lots of Sidestepping

An outpouring of concern and support for the jolted, grieving congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., is helping to blunt the impact of the massacre last Wednesday of nine of its members, including its pastor, and wounding of three others at a prayer and bible-study meeting.

Dylann Storm Roof, 21, the alleged lone gunman, believes he struck a blow for white supremacy in America. (A 2,000-word “manifesto” posted on Roof’s website laments the inability of whites to keep African Americans, Jews and Latinos in check and maintain total control.) But “official” opinion—even by President Barack Obama—seems to disagree with Roof’s declaration of his motives. This was not an act of terrorism but of hate, the revisionists say, and the remedy urgently needed is gun control.

Leid Stories discusses their political sidestepping.