Bill Resnick and Tyler MacGuiness of the Oregon Center for Public Policy explore Child poverty in Oregon. Twenty-five percent of Oregon kids live in destitution, 50% are in ordinary poverty, and 75% of those are in working families. The "business community" has become concerned but their proposals are false and self-serving, and they are fighting against raising the minimum wage, the best way of reducing poverty.
Photo Credit: Oregon Food Bank
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Today’s guest is William Binney. Binney is an NSA whistleblower. He said today: "While this is a step in the right direction, it doesn't go nearly far enough in ending bulk acquisition of data. It doesn't stop activity under [executive order] 12333, that does acquisition right off the fibers -- it's an automatic flow to the NSA. It's both content and meta data." Edward Snowden has said: "Without Bill Binney, there would be no Edward Snowden," See: "The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni."
The Last Thursday shooting on NE 20th and Alberta St. has led to a police response that may do more harm than good.
After people were seen taking selfies near the crime scene, two black men were arrested while helping one of the three shooting victims.
In the meantime, the Portland Police Bureau is adding six new officers to its Gang Enforcement team. The Chief of Police says it will help curb the rise in gun violence. 4:34 minutes (4.18 MB)
An active nuclear power plant in Washington state is being refueled.
Washington’s Columbia Generating Station, or C.G.S will be refueled using raw radioactive material.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that radiation levels in the area will increase significantly, but that the equipment used to measure that radiation will be completely shut down during the refueling process.
KBOO’s Nathan Behensky spoke with Miriam German of No Nukes Northwest about the plant’s current problems and the future of nuclear power in Oregon and Washington. 15:49 minutes (14.48 MB)
Yesterday in Burundi, the government announced that presidential and parliamentary elections planned for this Friday will be indefinitely postponed.
The announcement follows more than a month of unrest as protesters and police have clashed in the capital of Bujumbura, leading to dozens of deaths and large scale imprisonment and an escalating refugee crisis.
The protests erupted after the current two-term president Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would seek an unconstitutional third term. 30:43 minutes (28.13 MB)
1, According to the DAT North American Freight Index, Portland has been caught in a spring surge in freight volume. Between February and March 2015, total truck freight moving in and out of Portland grew 34 percent over last year's volume. While increased freight usually means a healthy economy for major exporters such as Portland, the recent virtual closure of the city's port container terminal has brought a new set of challenges to local businesses.
The Port of Portland has been trapped in troubled waters due to a lengthy dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, a coalition of West Coast port operating companies.
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Coloradan Karin Lazarus had a brainstorm in 2009, start a bakery with pastries that are infused with marijuana. In 2013, NY Magazine called her, "the Queen of the Munchies" said she's "brought a pastry chef’s savvy to the world of pot brownies" Her new cookbook, called the "Sweet Mary Jane cookbook" has 75 pot infused recipies. Karin Lazarus talked with Don Merrill about why she started making marijuana pastries, her steep learning curve and why she hopes every state eventually allows medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
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Host Paul Roland talks about the "homeless sweeps" currently underway by the Portland Police in inner Southeast Portland, in the context of the endless social war. After the opening song by Leonard Cohen, he reads from The Invisible Committee's "To Our Friends" comunique of last year. http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/the-invisible-committe-to-our-friends
He then takes calls from the listeners....
The city of Denton, Texas passed a ban against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) last November. Despite being overspent 10 to 1 in campaign funding, the anti-fracking initiative passed by a wide margin of 18%, which included a majority of both Democratic and Republican voters.
However, the Texas state legislature effectively overturned the ban by passing House Bill 40. The law also limits the ability of all Texas municipalities from regulating fracking within their city limits.
Fracking has started back up in Denton. The Denton City Council meets Tuesday, June 2 to decide whether to repeal the ban.
To find out more, KBOO's Ken Jones spoke with Cathy McMullen, president of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group. 6:34 minutes (3 MB)
Subversives traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures who clashed at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Through these converging narratives, the award-winning investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters, and secret detention lists all centered on the nation's leading public university. 29:49 minutes (27.29 MB)