Ever heard of an ‘A to Z’ timber sale? You know…when a private logging company pays off the Forest Service for the freedom to “manage” the land.?
You haven’t heard of it and that is exactly what the timber industry needs – secrecy, complacency ignorance – in order to get away with the murder of a forest.
Since the Forest Service has been paid a million dollars for the
contract in which Vaagen Brothers Timber will do all the work associated with the sale,
perhaps the FS will actually make a profit. This aspect needs to be further
investigated. If that is the case, what a motivator for the agency!
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A conversation with Jewish Theatre Collaborative's Executive Director and founder, Sacha Reich, and composer/cellist Gideon Freudmann, who wrote the music for JTC's current production, The Ministry of Special Cases, based on the novel by Nathan Englander 42:58 minutes (39.34 MB)
This week: we continue our coverage of the annual meeting of the UN's Commission on Narcotic Drugs, with audio from the Uruguayan delegate Milton Romani and also from Martin Jelsma of the Transnational Institute. Plus, we look at the recent firing of Tom Burns, who had been putting together Oregon's legal adult use marijuana program. 29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
Bill Resnick hosts this episode of the Mole and features suppressed radical versions of songs that have been turned into patriotic hymns by the mainstream: Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA," "America the Beautiful," and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."
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Literary Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Jane Gardam's trilogy Old Filth. Although Jane Gardam was not published until she was in her 40s, she has published twenty-five books in the past thirty years, and has won many prizes for both children's literature and adult fiction. Larry focuses in on her famous trilogy,Old Filth; filth is an acronym for 'Failed in London? Try Hong Kong', and is about so-called Raj orphans who return to work in Hong Kong in their adult lives. Surprisingly, all three volumes of the trilogy cover the same time period, and essentially the same characters, but more detail is included in each, and the lives of minor characters are stitched into the story as previously told.
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They call Airbnb and Uber parts of the "Sharing Economy", but they are only devices for the well-off to get cheap convenient work out of the economically desperate. What is real sharing? This article by Sam Bliss on the Grist.org website, read here by Patricia Kuhlberg, makes it clear.
Photo Credit: Grist/Amelia Bates
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Can movements against economic inequality and dictatorships arising from the middle class effect real social change? Prabhat Patnaik argues that they cannot because they lack an economic agenda, in this artlcle from the Monthly Review Zine read here by Clayton Morgareidge. 8:26 minutes (5.79 MB)
Joe Clement reports back on his attendance at the First Portland Renters Assembly(1), noting the interest among renters to both legally constrain landlord powers and challenge the political realities of housing under capitalism. His piece opens recalling Frann Michel's Well-read Red from March 9th about the contradictions of affordable housing.(2) He then reads from the SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition's March Newsletter(3), which offers its own description of the Renters Assemblies, and then shares his own perspective. Finally, the dates, times and locations of the next assemblies are discussed. 6:36 minutes (4.54 MB)
Joe Clement reports on the issues Portland renters face and the Renters' Assemblies that have been held recently to discuss how to deal with them. He also lets us know about the next Assemblies: Tuesday, April 21 at the Central Library at 5:45; and Sunday, April 26, at the North Portland Branch of the Multnomah County Library at 1 PM.