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The Infectious Myth – End Game – Assisted Suicide – 12.19.17

In Episode 167, David talks with the makers of the documentary, End Game, about assisted suicide in the United Kingdom, where it is currently illegal. Some people with devastating health conditions are fighting in the courts for the right to end their life with assistance. Others, more able to travel, go to Switzerland where lack of laws allow people to …

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Economic Update – Worker Coops as our Economic Future – 05.28.17

Updates on Trump’s 2018 budget, Ford’s undemocratic decisions, US opioid epidemic, Swiss vote to end nuclear power, Harley-Davidson moving jobs overseas, Canada outlaws overbooking seats on planes. Interview John Curl, author and coop worker, on importance of worker coops. Download this episode (right click and save)

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8 men now own the same as the poorest half of the world: the Davos killer fact just got more deadly

It’s Davos this week, which means it’s time for Oxfam’s latest global ‘killer fact’ on extreme inequality. Since our first calculation in 2014, these have helped get inequality onto the agenda of the global leaders assembled in Switzerland. This year, the grabber of any headlines not devoted to the US presidential inauguration on Friday is that it’s worse than we …

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Franklin Frederick – Trade Agreements and the Globalization of Fascism

Going east or west from Switzerland one would have to cross at least half the planet before reaching the Pacific Ocean. This distance alone makes it very unlikely that Switzerland would get involved with the Pacific Alliance (PA) or in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). However, the Swiss based transnational Nestlé is very much engaged with the PA and its objectives. Nestlé also seems to …

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Carolanne Wright – Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD is Largely a Fraud

Viewed by academics as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, Jerome Kagan ranked above Carl Jung (the founder of analytical psychology) and Ivan Pavlov (who discovered the Pavlovian reflex) in a 2002 American Psychological Association ranking of the eminent psychologists. He is well-known for his pioneering work in developmental psychology at Harvard University, where he has spent decades documenting how babies and small children …

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Kira M. Newman – Would Unconditional Basic Income Make Us Happier?

On June 5, Swiss voters weighed in on a referendum for universal basic income, a policy that would give every person, rich or poor, working or not, a modest amount of money per year—no strings attached. Although Switzerland voted against the referendum, it’s the first time an entire country has weighed in on the idea. The United States and Canada …

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Leslee Goodman – A Monthly Income Just for Being Human, and Other Sensible Ideas

Unconditional basic income, a policy option that seems radical by American standards, is gaining new traction across Europe, Canada, and even a few places in the United States. Also known as “universal basic income,” the policy mandates a guaranteed stipend to every resident of a community, with no strings attached. It is promoted as a way to address rising inequality, …

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Joseph Jankowski – Scientists and Political Leaders Warn “It May Be Too Late” To Save Humanity From Killer Robots

Scientists, arms experts and political leaders warned at an elite gathering in the Swiss Alps that it may be too late for humanity to advert the dangers that will come along with the development of lethal autonomous technology. Rules must be agreed upon to prevent the development of such weapons, they said at a January 19-23 meeting of scientists, billionaires, …