Theresa Mitchell with the news you're not supposed to know takes a deeper look at the nuclear crisis at Fukishima. Radioactive steam from cracks under the ground are suggesting major earthquake damage. The molten core is still fissioning--getting hotter--suggesting a "China Syndrome." The equivalent of 158 hiroshima bombs of cesium have been released. Theresa also takes a look at creating a solidarity movement here in Portland and putting the tiny minority of the super rich on notice that we've had enough, we're not going to be exploited any more. A cap on wealth -- ten million max! How would that work?
Speaking with Denise Morris, Mark Brenner of Director of Labor Notes talks a bit about what Labor Notes is and how it involves itself in the labor movement. They spend most of the interview talking about the relevance of 45,000 verizon workers going on strike. Mark explains how this strike and what it was about underscores what is so wrong with our economy today: when corporate profits break records and shareholders receive big bonus dividends, workers are told "there isn't enough". Mark points out why unions can't remain islands in seas of union-hostility and competition from non-union companies.
Joe briefly remarks on the biases we have for paid work and against unpaid work. He suggests we overlook the possibility for useful and needed contributions when our solutions to unemployment assume wage-labor as the only legitimate form of work we can do while still making demands for a decent livelihood.