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English novelist Pat Barker is known for several novels about World War I, but Book Mole Larry Bowlden has discovered her first two books, Union Street and Blow Your House Down. They are about poor, working class, Northern English women and girls. Larry praises their articulate depth and insight.
Zaratha Young is with Transition PDX organizing Portland neighborhood committees to reduce energy use and build an environmental ethic. Bill Resnick talks with her about the work. Read all about it at their website.
Denise Morris hosts this program about the future of the US Postal Service, whether capitalism has a future, building sustainable neighborhoods in Portland, and the lives of British working class women.
Event: Bushra Kaliq, General Secretary of the Pakistan Women's Workers Help Line, speaks on "War and Resistance in Pakistan" at PSU tonight (June 29). Here is more info.
There is no crisis for Social Security funding, in spite of what we hear from politicians and news media. Nancy Altman of Social Security Works explains why we keep hearing about this phony crisis in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Altman has been studying Social Security for thirty years and is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble.
(The graph shows that by 2023, the Social Security surplus is estimated to grow to $4.3 trillion.)
Both the attack on the flotilla and the siege of Gaza are illegal, argues George Bisharat in this succinct article from Counterpunch, read here by Old Mole Tom Becker.
In this conversation from their series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan Haaken explore the enormous economic and human costs of the prison system and some of the reasons why we continue to bear those costs. Mike and Jan earlier discussed Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. To hear that discussion, click here.
Investigative film maker Joe Berlinger talks with the Old Mole's Wendy Webb about his new film Crude. The film details the Amazon oil disaster that is the subject of the largest environmental law suit in history. Berlinger has made many award-winning documentary films.
This edition of the Mole is hosted by Tom Becker, and its topics include the future of Social Security, Israel's impunity from the law, problems of the prison system and what can be done about them, and the havoc wreaked upon the forests and the people by Texaco-Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
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Tom Becker reads from "A Hell of Their Own Creation: Does the Ruling Class Really Want to Commit Suicide," by Charles M. Young. Young's essay that pursues just that question, and goes a step further with a murder-suicide analogy drawn from the Godfather II. The ruling-class, in a decadent downward spiral, lash out at their creations, including wage-slaves and nature, which only reflect their impotence. Young also imagines a Second Coming of Christ that they - sadly - aren't teaching in most Sunday Schools. Charles M. Young is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper: This Can't Be Happening
- Length: 7:13 minutes (6.61 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Today's show, hosted by Laurie Mercier, focuses on the challenges to organized labor; the need for and possibility of a new, cooperative world order; and a special piece that asks the question "does the ruling class really want to commit suicide?" There are also two brief musical interludes: Casey Neill's "Dancing on the Ruins (of multi-national corporations" and David Kearney's "Please Mr. President."
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