The Left and the Law today focuses on recent court decisions in Texas that restrict access to abortion, and a decision by a judge in the 5th Circuit court that threw out some of the claims about the risks of abortion. Psychologist Jan Haaken and attorney Mike Snedeker talk specifically about the tactical shift among anti-abortion forces to build a case for mental health risks, and their efforts to gain legitimacy for what they term "post-abortion trauma syndrome." 10:57 minutes (7.52 MB)
Carpenter argues that attempts by humans to change the climate (such as shooting a huge amount of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to deflect sunlight) are so fraught with unpredictable consequences that it would be insane to make the attempt. Yet the attempt may become necessary if we don't reduce CO2 emissions. 7:56 minutes (5.45 MB)
As a special post-Valentine's Day segment, Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers, associate professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Tulane University, about polyandrous sexual practices and the conservative side of monogamous pair bonding. 11:21 minutes (7.8 MB)
Christian Parenti talks with Bill Resnick about his latest book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. It traces
· the collapse of many countries under the pressures of neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism that extract resources and keep the nations impoverished,
· militarism and the prevalence of weapons and highly armed thuggery,
· misrule by kleptocratic elites, and
· climate change, that the Pentagon calls a "threat multiplier."
Before a few words regarding the crimes of Enbridge:
What kind of people pay ttentioon to a pack of media weaselcunts who try convict and sentence their state's Governor before the investigation has even begun?
Oregonian weaselcunts, that's who.
When we have Republican Governor signing off of Death Train, the Pacific Connector, oil freight terminals poisoning the Pcific Ocean, When we have the eastern deserts burning coal for thousands of miles around the train tracks, when we have mass extinctions of wildlife, when we have cut the last living tree, killed off every living thing...
Will you be happy then?
You got rid of Kitz, one of our greatest statesmen.
History will spit in your face.
15:11 minutes (10.42 MB)
Here's some more material to have a bit of a Think about:
A Few Global Cultural Treasures We Will Lose For 20 Years Under the TPP
3 days ago
Electronic Frontier Foundation
What do Japan's Blue Sky Library, Malaysia's answer to John Wayne, and the first recorded composer from New Zealand, all have in common? They could all disappear from their countries' public domain for the next 20 years, if the current agreement on copyright term extension in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) holds.
10:16 minutes (7.05 MB)