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Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They consider the largely progressive history of occupation, often as a response to exhaustion of other attempts at redress, and usually entailing personal risk, as in occupations of segregated lunch counters, or the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee by American Indian Movement activists. They note the potential overlap in outlook or rhetoric between some left and right perspectives on the value of the local, but that the underlying issues in the Malheur case have to do with narrow material interests, often coming down to the desire to privatize public lands. Jan comments on the traditionally conservative perspectives of ranchers (as opposed to dairy farmers), who are more distant from their animals and land, and can seem to deny their actual dependence on government subsidies and regulations. Similar observations apply to the incident involving gold miners last year in southern Oregon. Todd notes the Malheur occupation raises and faces similar struggles to the Occupy (Wall St) movement--who will speak for the group, how will occupiers be fed. Jan notes that soliciting material aid is also a way of declaring dedication and locating political support. They conclude with the importance of how to name the Malheur occupation and the grounds on which to critique it.
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Bill Resnick talks with China scholar Richard Smith about China's economic and environmental problems
Desiree Hellegers interviews John Linder on the history of Portland anti-war activism since the first Gulf War.
Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Images: our host, Tom Becker, by Clayton Morgareidge, and A statue of Elephants in the North Park Blocks of Portland, Oregon. The placard reads: The young elephant standing peacefully on his father's back symbolizes safe and prosperous offspring. A replica of a wine pitcher from the late Shang Dynasty (circa 1200-1100 BC) this sculpture is about sixteen times larger than the original. The elaborate surface decoration features cloud-shaped curves and birds and animals from ancient Chinese mythology. Da Tung may be translated as "universal peace" or "large bronze". Xi'am Bao Bao means "baby elephant". A gift to the City of Portland from Mr. Hou Baozhu of Xi'an China as a gesture of goodwill and evidence of his belief in the importance of cultural exchanges.
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Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, is based on the 1952 novel originally titled The Price of Salt, written by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley Like Highsmith's Ripley novels, The Price of Salt was unusual for its day in allowing the protagonist to escape the typical fate of literary characters who violate the conventions and rules of bourgeois life. This film has gotten almost universal praise from critics and viewers, and it's well worth seeing.
The first half (available here), played last week, explored:
- Incenting local sun and wind installations and rid the planet of fossil fuel energy
- Encouraging energy efficiency in all buildings
- Integrating nature into the city to encourage walking and cool the city
- How saving the cities saves the countryside
- Job creation
This second half covers….
- The need for local initiative and local competent planning
- The need for very large reconstruction of the productive apparatus and changes of ways of life that will require diverting resources from the military and other wasteful projects.
Lew is a part of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United Portland Tenants United has its meetings every Sunday from 5-7pm at KBOO.
Lew is a part of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United Portland Tenants United has its meetingsevery Sunday from 5-7pm at KBOO.
1. Part Two of Bill Resnick's interview with Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's Climate Action Plan;
2. Medea Benjamin's list of ten really good things that happened in 2015 (read by Tom Becker);
3. The Movie Moles' review of the movie "Carol"
4. Joe's conversation with Lew Church about the Portland Tenants Union and a possible rent strike.
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Bill Resnick interviews Mike Houck and Kaitlin Lovell about Portland's latest Climate Action Plan. Mike Houck has been a member of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and is director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. Kaitlin Lovell is Manager of the Science, Fish and Wildlife Division for the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. This is the first of a two-part conversation.
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