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Progressive Commentary Hour – 05.24.16

May 24, 2016

Conchita Sarnoff is the executive director of the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, a non profit organization based in Washington DC with a mission to increase political and public awareness about human trafficking and child sex trafficking in particular. A large part of the organization’s work is rescue girls between the ages of 6 and 12 in North America. She broke the story in 2010 about billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophilia ring. She has been a contributor to the Financial Times, Latin America Herald Tribune, the Huffington Post, Daily Beast and other publications and has appeared as a television commentator on NBC, Fox, ABC, Russia TV among others. Conchita graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science and received additional credentials from the Harvard Business School. This month she published her book “Trafficking” – which takes a hard look at the underground of child sex trafficking and highlights the case of Jeffrey Epstein, a close confidante of Bill Clinton. Her websites are ConchitaSarnoff.com and ATRVT.org

Roberto A. Ferdman – The pay gap between CEOs and workers is much worse than you realize

May 12, 2016

Americans might think they know how bad inequality is, but it turns out they actually have no idea. A new study conducted at Harvard Business School found that Americans believe CEOs make roughly 30 times what the average worker makes in the U.S., when in actuality they are making more than 350 times the average worker. “Americans drastically underestimated the gap in actual incomes between CEOs and unskilled workers,” the study says. But that underestimation isn’t merely drastic—it is also unmatched in the world. The gap between Americans’ perception and reality is the most among any of the 16 countries for which the researchers measured both the perceived and actual pay inequality. Read

The Gary Null Show – 05.06.16

May 6, 2016

n "The Gary Null Show" today, Gary gives us great information on the topics below, as well as a great interview with Ray McGovern. Click on the links to read more or watch. High blood pressure lowers significantly after drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice Probiotic supplements beneficial in rheumatoid arthritis T cells use 'handshakes' to sort friends from foes Health Benefits of Amaranth Grain Good nutrition positively affects social development Gary takes a quick music break and plays this oldie but goodie: Bad Luck - Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Gary then introduces his guest, Ray McGovern and is his bio: Ray McGovern served as an Army intelligence officer and a CIA analyst for 27 years under 7 presidential administration, from the John F. Kennedy White House to that of George H. W. Bush. Among his duties was preparing the President’s Daily Brief, which was a one-on-one to President Ronald Reagan’s most senior national security advisers. He was responsible for the analysis of Soviet intelligence regarding Vietnam and at one time served as the Assistant National Intelligence Officer for Western Europe. Since retiring from government service, Ray has been a vocal peace activist and journalist and helped create Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose the way intelligence was falsified to “justify” war on Iraq and the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. He also works with Tell the Word, an ecumenical Catholic publishing house. Ray’s opinion pieces appear in many leading news sources here and abroad. He holds degrees in theology and philosophy from Fordham University, an MA in Russian History, is a graduate from Harvard Business School Gary played this video for Ray to listen to and discuss: VIDEO: General Wesley Clark: Wars were planned - Seven countries in five years This is the video Gary is discussing with Ray about Michael's comments on George Bush Jr. VIDEO: Michael Moore's warning to Democrats: Take Trump seriously

Cole Mellino – There Will Be More Plastic Than Fish in the Ocean by 2050

January 22, 2016

There will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, warned the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in a report published Tuesday. The report, The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, was produced by the foundation and the World Economic Forum with analytical support from McKinsey & Company.   Every year “at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean—which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute,” the report finds. “If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. “In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).” Read

CORY DOCTOROW – Don’t work with assholes, says new research from Harvard Business School

December 10, 2015

In Toxic Workers , a new Harvard Business School working paper, Michael Housman and Dylan Minor look at the paradox of “superstar” workers who outperform their colleagues by 2:1 or more, but who are “toxic” — awful to work with and be around. The connection between toxicity and productivity has been validated in several studies, but the question that Housman and Minor set out to answer is, “are 1%, superstar workers worth the trouble they cause in the workplace?” Using a clever empirical methodology, they demonstrate that, basically, you shouldn’t work with assholes. It’s better to hire two average employees than to keep one “superstar” on the payroll, once you factor in the disruption that your talented jerk wreaks on their colleagues. Read

Julie Fidler – Study Finds Stress at Work is Just as Bad for Your Health as Second-Hand Smoke

October 16, 2015

Being stressed out at work is just as bad as regularly being exposed to second-hand smoke, a new study by researchers at Harvard Business School and Stanford University finds. Using data from 228 other studies that assessed the effects of 10 workplace stressors on employee physical and mental health, morbidity, and mortality, researchers concluded that workers who faced a great deal of stress on the job were 35% more likely to be diagnosed with an illness by a doctor. People who worked long hours were found to have a 20% increased chance of early death. Potential stressors included work-family conflict, job insecurity, high job demands, no health insurance, long work hours, and low organizational control. Read

Chris Hedges – ‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’

October 12, 2015

The defeat of the Harvard University debate team by a team from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in the Catskills elucidates a truth known intimately by those of us who teach in prisons: that the failure of the American educational system to offer opportunities to the poor and the government’s abandonment of families and children living in blighted communities condemn millions of boys and girls, often of color, to a life of suffering, misery and early death. The income inequality, the trillions of dollars we divert to the war industry, the flight of manufacturing jobs overseas and the refusal to invest in our infrastructure wrecks life after innocent life. Read
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