Labor

Masters of the Universe, Redux

July 21, 2009

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.

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The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 07/21/09

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Tue, 07/21/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Goldman Sachs lives high on the taxpayer dole

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.

The July 20 Old Mole Variety Hour

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Sun, 07/19/2009

 

Hosted by Frann Michel (pictured here), this program deals with Israel-Palestine, a better way to think about taxes, a movie about walled-in globalization, and why the Democrats are not doing what we elected them to do.  

 

56:50 minutes (32.52 MB)

What's Really Wrong With the Democrats

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Sun, 07/19/2009

  6:33 minutes (3.76 MB)

Movie Moles: "Sleep Dealer"

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Sun, 07/19/2009

  

14:13 minutes (8.14 MB)

Locus Focus on 07/15/09

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Locus Focus
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Wed, 07/15/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

This morning on Locus Focus, 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.

Knights of the road: lost history of the tramp printers and their union

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Labor Radio
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Sun, 07/05/2009

You’ve heard of the cowboy poets and the lumberjacks, but why has history almost hushed up the tale of the tramp printers, who hopped trains and drank and set type and ran presses, and who by the mid-1800s had built a militant union with equal pay for women and a worker-run hiring system?  Labor Radio spoke with Charles Overbeck, co-founder of Portland’s Eberhardt Press, and author of a new essay on the history of tramp printers.  Read more in his article Knights of the Road in the latest issue of Steampunk Magazine.

8:11 minutes (3.28 MB)

Los Angeles teachers' hunger strike against layoffs; Mining communities in Colombia and Kentucky

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Labor Radio
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Sun, 07/12/2009

Dolores Huerta and Sean Leys 6/12/09Sean Leys, Los Angeles public school teacher and AFT member, found the support of his dry cleaner and even the rival school's debate team when he participated in a 24-day hunger strike against 6,000 teacher layoffs he said would violate students' civil rights.  Now he and fellow teachers are organizing a radical volunteer summer school.  For more, see LA Hungry 4 Ed.

27:34 minutes (11.05 MB)

Positively Revolting on 07/10/09

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Fri, 07/10/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Theresa Mitchell discusses the financial crisis with Les Leopold, author of The Looting of America. Call in with questions and comments at 503-231-8187.

The Looting of America
How could the best and brightest (and most highly paid) in finance crash the global economy and then get us to bail them out as well? What caused this mess in the first place? Housing? Greed? Dumb politicians? What can Main Street do about it?

Service Works Picket Legacy Hospital

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Evening News
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Mon, 07/06/2009

The employment contract for service workers at Legacy Good Samaritan hospital expired Wednesday (June 30) without agreement after negotiations broke down between SEIU Local 49 and Legacy management. KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld filed this report.

4:07 minutes (3.78 MB)
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