The road not taken; everything is a choice.
In the month of February, fifteen former students of the for- profit Corinthian Colleges System declared they would no longer be paying off their sizable federal student loans. They see the Corinthian system as corrupt, making false promises and part of a predatory leding racket. This action sets the stage for a conversation about the Student debt crisis and the nature of money.
Ellen Brown author, former civil litigation attorney and founder of the Public Banking Institute comes on in the first half hour. She explains how student debt is not only crippling the debt holders with unfair debt repyment obligations, it is used by money managers as a commodity not unlike the Subprime mortgages that infamously led to the financial meltdown of 2008.
In the second half hour we hear a September 2011 speech given by San Francisco Bay Area-basedIndependent journalist and podcast producer Kellia Ramares-Watson. She goes further than Ellen BRown in suggesting that the money system not only has to be reformed but disbanded altogether. She suggests in the speech that students should default on their debts as a political action.
Mayhem, Murder, Madness, Money and Media Myopia
Leid Stories takes a look at a few major stories that illustrate how U.S. news outlets willingly toe ideological, political and racial lines in their coverage, and how this in turn shapes and controls our views of the world and our place in it.
Media literacy is a regular feature of Leid Stories.
The politics behind the US empire and its consequences for American citizens, with James Petras.
Four Arrows (Wahinkpe Topa), whose Anglo name is Donald Trent Jacobs, is a professor at Fielding Graduate University, an American Indian activist and author of 20 books and numerous articles and chapters about Indigenous worldview applications to contemporary world issues. We talk about his work to create a marine sanctuary off the coast of Mexico. Download this episode (right click …
At the depths of the first world war in 1915, about 1200 women from around the world met at The Hague to try to bring an end to that blood drenched disaster. As they celebrate their centennial, there’s much to learn from the past that remains in today’s news, many crucial topics needing attention. Guest on this Keeping Democracy Alive …
Meria with Michael Reccia on the “soul”. Download this episode (right click and save)
Updates on pizza politics, changing currency values, and tax-cutting politicians’ wild claims. Responses on workers coops’ competitiveness and on ‘unfree’ agricultural markets. Interview Walter South on economics of housing and dangerous economics of US cities and suburbs. Download this episode (right click and save)
-Expat Eddie checks out the proposed Nicaraguan Canal Zone himself- looking for new business opportunities. Being Eddie, along the way he strayed into a few bars and casinos (both legal and dodgy) and finally ended up getting scammed by a brand new gringo acquaintance and two young female con artists in Costa Rica. -Another example of why in Latin …
The host talks with our guest Mike Riggs, FAMM’s Director of Communications. He is a former journalist, who has covered civil liberties and criminal justice policy for Atlantic Media, Reason Magazine, the Washington City Paper, The Daily Caller, the Nation, and other outlets.