"The culture of the eight-hour workday is big business’ most powerful tool for keeping people in this same dissatisfied state where the answer to every problem is to buy something," according to David Cain's blog post. Clayton Morgareidge reads and adds further commentary.
This piece is an interesting companion piece to this CounterPunch article read on today's show by Tom Becker. Is it really enough to just "say no"?
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The advertising industry is largely responsible for a consumer obsessed society by creating need where there was no need through sophisticated psychological manipulation of people of all demographics. Tom Becker reads John K. White's article "Just Say No: The Manufactured Need" from CounterPunch.
The US war on drugs in Mexico and Columbia are more about militarizing the country side and controlling land and workers. It takes a huge toll on the poor and the peasantry, but makes lots of money for gangsters, including transnational companies, local landowners, and the corrupt parts of the state apparatus. Journalist Dawn Paley talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about her new book, Drug War Capitalism.
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This episode focuses on the Railrood Workers United campaign to stop the employer push to move to one man crews in the industry. Read about it here. We also talk to author and economics instructer Rob Larson about what's happening in rail and the impact of fossil fuel freight.
You can listen to more songs by John Paul Wright at www.railroadmusic.org. Read more from Rob Larson here. 29:27 minutes (26.96 MB)
AN INTERVIEW WITH JHON JAIRO CASTRO, PRESIDENT OF THE BUENAVENTURA CHAPTER OF THE UNIÓN PORTUARIA OF COLOMBIA. THE PREDOMINANTLY AFRO-COLOMBIA CITY OF BUENAVENTURA, COLOMBIA'S LARGEST PORT, SUFFERS CRUSHING POVERTY AND VIOLENCE DESPITE THE WEALTH FLOWING ACROSS THE DOCKS. EXPLOITATION OF DOCKWORKERS CONTINUES NOTWITHSTANDING THE US-COLOMBIA "LABOR ACTION PLAN" THAT CAME WITH THE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TWO GOVERNMENTS. ALLOF WHICH MIGHT SEEM FAR AWAY UNTIL YOU REALIZE THAT THE CORPORATIONS EXTRACTING PROFIT FROM BUENAVENTURA HAVE NAMES THAT ARE FAMILIAR IN PORTLAND,TOO. 10:48 minutes (9.89 MB)
Clergy and youth activists will publicly call on media and policymakers to focus on the real, deeper issues that sparked protest after the killing of teen Michael Brown and will once again be front and center should Officer Darren Wilson be acquitted by a grand jury.
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There is a jewel buried amongst the businesses and warehouses of SE Portland. Volunteers of America Oregon operates a facility that helps women rise out of addiction into a better life and helps moms improve life for their kids. This is not your parent's VOA. These days, it does a lot more than pick up mattresses and refrigerators. Don Merrill followed the trail of a klatch of women standing in a parking lot to a truly remarkable pair of heroic and life changing programs. 15:17 minutes (13.98 MB)
Last month we learned that the Energy Department does not have an adequate system at Hanford to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers.
More than 50 workers in the past year have reported smelling vapors and then becoming ill after working around some of Hanford's 177 underground storage tanks holding nuclear waste. The workers were checked by doctors and cleared to return to work.
The nuclear reservation near Richland contains waste left over from the Cold War-era production of plutonium for nuclear weapons.
Yesterday Washington State AG Bob Ferguson said Wednesday that Hanford workers since 1987 have been reporting exposure to harmful vapors, with no solution found.
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