Bill Resnick talks with John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance about local control of energy, the value of democratic control and participatory society, and how the economics of energy has changed in recent years to make this more feasible as well, especially given the increasing costs of transporting energy long distances. They note that Boulder, CO in 2011 voted to form a municipal utility and Minneapolis, MN is currently considering the same possibility, and they consider a variety of programs for clean contracts or feed-in tariffs.
Psychologist and Mole Jan Haaken and attorney Mike Snedeker discuss the case of Mohamed Mohamud. They consider the legal meanings of entrapment and the history of government use of entrapment in child pornography cases in the 1980s. Despite the wide public recognition of the extraordinary manipulation and pressure placed on the defendant by the FBI, the government typically wins such cases. Arguably, of the 150 recent prosecutions for terrorism charges, only three were pre-existing terrorist cells; most of the cases involved "equipment malfunction" as seen in the Mohamud case. Mike suggests that this manufacturing of cases serves to maintain the budget of the FBI rather than to keep America safe.
Alan Wieder discusses the boycott of a standardized test by the teachers at Garfield HS in Seattle. He points out the many problems with standardized tests and the ways they are (mis)used, and notes the widespread and increasing support for the boycott.