Abe looks at the conundrum shared by the Portland Water Bureau and that segment of the populace which ingests water. Also, wingnut mobs descend upon town hall meetings across the land, intent on stopping the socialist conspiracy that emperils the Republic.
On the 7/23/09 Presswatch, Theresa Mitchell with "the news you're not supposed to know." When the symptoms are war, propaganda, poverty, environmental collapse, overcrowded prisons, currency collapse, loss of civil liberties, give-aways to the super-rich, and more --- what's the real emergency we're facing? Corporate Rule? What's the solution? Theresa weighs in.
An interview with the Urban League's Midge Purcell about their report on the state of Black Oregon.
Seven months after the inauguration of the first Black president, a statewide report on the condition of African Americans in Oregon reveals that black Oregonians remain at or near the bottom of every meaningful social and economic measure. African Americans in Oregon have significantly higher infant mortality rates, are more likely to live in poverty, have higher levels of unemployment, are half as likely to own their own homes and are far more likely to die of diseases such as diabetes than their white counterparts.
Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi gets to the heart of how one investment banking firm, Goldman Sachs, has engineered bubble after speculative bubble in the marketplace for years, always positioning itself to prosper in the wake of each disaster -- often at taxpayer expense.
What you need to know is the big picture: If America is circling the drain, Goldman Sachs has found a way to be that drain — an extremely unfortunate loophole in the system of Western democratic capitalism, which never foresaw that in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.
Read it. It's a blueprint of how the executive class rigs the game for its own benefit.
Abe digs in to a smokin' hot piece in Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi, about how Goldman Sachs -- and a who's-who cast of Goldman alumni -- has for years engineered speculative bubble after speculative bubble in the "free market" (including the recent housing/mortgage derivative bubble), and placed itself in a unique position to profit at taxpayer expense.
This morning on Guest Host Trillium Shannon speaks with members of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), about the history of solidarity work, current events and trends in Latin America, and how local communities are responding. Live, in the studio with Shannon are Shiruko Hashimoto, Megan Hise, and Maria Damaris.