Civil Liberties

Siddharth Kara: author of Sex Trafficking: Inside The Business of Modern Slavery

program: 
Radiozine
program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2009

Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews Siddharth Kara author of the new book               
Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery. His book chronicles his
travels around the globe to investigate the business of sex slavery in the world today.
He brings us the stories of escaped slaves from Nepal to Albania and he details the
economics of one of the most profitable businesses in history.

29:04 minutes (13.31 MB)

The Permitted Coup

      It is the Season to  review. Review the past year and the almost past Bush administration, that is.. The media and many people I know seem eager to believe that the new Obama Administraion will bring a fundamental change to the functioning of the Federal government and the totalitarian policies it has been carrying here at home and the Superpower violence it has been visiting to people all over the globe. This is a hopeful view but not one I share. We have been living within a country taken over by a Coup. If you doubt my use of that word I refer you to  Jane Mayers Book, The Dark Side or Eric Lichtblau's Bush's Law and my interviews with them.

Gay Racism and Black Homophobia - Part 2.

program date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009

Rebecca Nay is joined by KBOO's Jamilah Bourdon and a close local friend named Aswad.  We had a frank and honest discussion about Homophobia in the Black Community and Racism in the Gay Community.  Originally recorded on 11/28/08.

28:04 minutes (25.69 MB)

Gay Racism and Black Homophobia

program date: 
Thu, 11/27/2008

Rebecca Nay is joined by KBOO's Jamilah Bourdon and a close local friend named Aswad.  We had a frank and honest discussion about Homophobia in the Black Community and Racism in the Gay Community.  Click here to listen to Part 2.

28:00 minutes (25.63 MB)

LNG Protest in Salem

program: 
Air Cascadia
program date: 
Mon, 01/12/2009
12:20 minutes (11.29 MB)

Shockin n Rollin

 Once again, Digby nails it.

The fundamental purpose of the shock doctrine is to use crisis to push through unpopular and unjust "solutions" that favor the wealthy. We are seeing this battle take shape on several fronts. The right is working feverishly to discredit the New Deal at the same time that outside groups of so-called elder statesmen are lining up to screech about the deficit and entitlements. All of this obscures the real source of the current problem and obstructs the president's ability to do what's necessary to solve it.

If Obama were to succeed in fixing the economy, re-regulating the financial system, enacting health care and a modern environmental and energy policy, the right would be discredited for a couple of generations --- and the wealthy would lose many of their unfair advantages under a fair and equitable system. They not only do not want to take that chance, they also see this crisis as an opportunity to bury liberal economics and end the government programs that ensure a stable and prosperous society with a vast middle class. The stakes are huge for both sides.

This gets back to something we've touched on repeatedly over the years on the Abe and Joe show: the decades-long -- and largely successful -- endeavor by the monied class to undo the New Deal. As Digby notes, it's no accident that we're seeing an attempt in the news media to discredit the efficacy of the New Deal even as the President-elect and prominent economists like Paul Krugman call for a new, FDR-esque reinvestment in old and new infrastructure.

This has been going on for some time. The marginal personal and corporate income tax rate topped out in the World War II era at 94%, and with a few exceptions, has been in decline ever since. At the height of the Depression, in the late 1930s, the highest bracket was in the low 70% range. And during both crises -- depression and war -- we spent like drunken sailors and obtained solid results. And after the war, we kept on taxing and spending like the New Deal Democratic nation we were -- flaming leftists by today's standards. Hell, under Ike, the quintessential conservative of his age, the highest rate was over 90%.

But here's the thing. Consider what we did during that postwar era*.

We sent millions of ex-GIs to college. We built the interstate highway system. We rebuilt our conquered enemies. We built the most extensive public university system in the history of humanity. We put people on the moon. We saw sea changes in race and gender relations. We birthed history's first truly large-scale, educated middle class. We witnessed a riotous explosion of culture, as every imaginable tradition and heritage collided.

And people got rich. Lots of them. While paying high taxes.

But more importantly to the monied class -- and I think that these would-be assassins of the New Deal are oblivious to this, perhaps willfully so -- the middle class of the postwar era had money to spend on the products made by the monied class. Our ownership elite owes its exalted status to the fact that we and our parents and grandparents all spent money in the industrial economy.

So the attempt to bury the New Deal, organized labor, and the very notion of liberal Keynsian economics, is self-defeating. If you kill the middle class, there's no one to buy your useless crap. Now is the time to whip out that well-tuned sense of irony I've been urging you to develop.

Now is also the time to contact Obama and urge him to do the right thing with his economic policy. It's time to rebuild the middle class and invest in schools and solar power plants and high-speed trains and universal health care. It's time to bury conservative supply-side economic dogmatism for a good long time.

-A

* Yes, we also kept military spending at wartime levels. Yes, we started striking devil's bargains with brutal men in exchange for their nations' resources. Yes, we built an arsenal of doomsday weapons. Yes, we meddled ceaselessly all over the world. Yes, we presided over the maturation of the brutally exploitative global capitalist system. Yes, we waged cynical wars in far-flung places, both overt and covert. Yes, we perpetuated the global subjugation of the non-European peoples. Yes, we allowed the wholesale corporate acquisition of the wheels of government. Yes yes yes. I deny none of it. But we also did the stuff I said.

 

Cruel and Unusual

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 01/11/2009

One of the producer/directors of the award winning film, “Cruel and Unusual”, Janet Baus gave Prison Pipeline a telephone interview. We discussed the problems that transgender prisoners must face. The conversation between Janet, Rebecca (our KBOO engineer) and Ruth (PP Host) as they shared information and insights about this issue was candid and informative.

CONTACT  INFORMATION:
Outcast Films
www.cruelandunusualfilm.com

28:45 minutes (26.32 MB)

Positively Revolting

Air date: 
Fri, 01/09/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Melodie Silverwolf and Crystal Leighty speak with Madeline Martinez of Oregon NORML about the upcoming Oregon legislative session, what to expect and how to express your views to your representatives.

Books to Prisoners

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 01/04/2009

Jonathan Farbowitz and Alex Fish from Books for Prisoners gave us an update about the program.

Books to Prisoners

P.O. Box 11222

Portland, OR 97211

pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net

pdxbookstoprisoners.org

Volunteer Nights are Mondays & Tuesdays 5:30-8pm. at 1112 NE Morton St.


Prisoners should sent request books from:

Seattle Books to Prisoners

c/o Left Bank Books

92 Pike St. Box A

Seattle, WA 98101

Book Donation Drop Boxes are located:

In Other Words Books

Roccos Pizza

Hollywood Theatre

Laughing Horse Books

Red & Black Cafe

Blackrose Bookstore

28:17 minutes (25.89 MB)

Index of leading asshattery indicators

 I love Harper's Index.

For those of you not familiar with it, Harper's Index appears near the front of every edition of Harper's magazine. It presents a sort of snapshot of current affairs by way of assembling a bunch of seemingly obscure, but ultimately telling, statistics. The index can really help break an issue down to irrefutable numbers in a way that cuts through ideological trappings.

Take the current iteration of Harper's Index, for example. It's all about the legacy of the Bush years, the whole fucking war-ridden, corrupt, incompetent, greedy, murderous, filthy lot of them. Here's just a few choice nuggets:

 

Percentage of Bush’s first 189 appointees who also served in his father’s administration: 42

Minimum number of Bush appointees who have regulated industries they used to represent as lobbyists: 98

Date on which the GAO sued Dick Cheney to force the release of documents related to current U.S. energy policy: 2/22/02

Number of other officials the GAO has sued over access to federal records: 0

Number of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and North African men detained in the U.S. in the eight weeks after 9/11: 1,182

Number charged with an immigration violation: 762

Days since the federal government first placed the nation under an “elevated terror alert” that the level has been relaxed: 0

Percentage of the amendments in the Bill of Rights that are violated by the USA PATRIOT Act, according to the ACLU: 50

Minimum number of laws that Bush signing statements have exempted his administration from following: 1,069

 

... and on and on. It's an itemized chronicle of catastrophic mis-government. Read the whole thing, and then print it off and give it to your Republican co-workers.

-A

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