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Takes on the World: Diana Johnstone: Sanctions, Washington's Insanity & Nukes, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
Diana Johnstone blasts the arrogance of the US Congress in approving veto proof sanctions against Russia as a way of getting at Trump and demonstrating their contempt for Washington's European allies, who will also be victimized by the sanctions, especially the Nordstream 2 gas project which would send cheap Russian gas to Germany and Western Europe, suggesting that Congress is representing the interests of US producers of more expensive, poor quality fracked gas from US. She notes that expansion of European Union to include a number of reactionary Eastern European states, largely to annoy Russia, has crippled it from acting in response to US sanctions because it can only make decisions when every country is in agreement, so they end up following the US lead/ Trying to establish good relations with Russia was the one thing Trump was doing right and that had to be stopped since Russia remains in the eyes of the military-industrial complex the essential enemy, regardless of the fact that it is now Christian, not communist in order to justify massive military spending. Johnstone sees much of the anti-Russian hysteria by liberals as reflecting their frustration in not getting Hillary Clinton elected president and will do anything to get him out of office. She points out their failure to care about the horrible record of Clinton in Libya, where she helped to destroy that country, which had enjoyed the highest standard of living in Africa and her role in the coup in Honduras and her efforts to oust Assad in Syria. In discussion of role of the Russian annexation of Crimea which Obama used as justification for ordering a trillion dollar update of US nuclear weapons system and Congress as excuse for sanctions, Johnstone points out that the Crimeans’ decision to be part of Russia, although essential to Russia’s national security, was supported overwhelmingly by a democratic vote, which the West ignores as it has the US role in the coup that overthrew Yanukovych. She also expresses her admiration for Putin who has been the recipient of a train of abuse from the US and the West and has maintain his cool. She points out that that the East-West conflict is in Ukraine not about democracy, as the West likes to portray it. The “pro-West” part is not more “democratic” but more ultra-nationalist, with anti-Russian sentiment that has been encouraged for centuries by rival powers: Poland, Germany and now the United States. The Russian-speaking East is defending itself against such violent Russophobia. Johnston also points out that her late father, Paul Johnstone, had been part of the US national security structure that came up with the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction or MAD (See Program Notes) which kept the US, the USSR and China from waging nuclear war in the last century and expressed concern that there are those in Washington who now believe a nuclear war can be winnable, and suggests that contingency plans are being or have been made for a first strike on Russia although that does not mean it will be carried out. She is worried, however, that, unlike the last century when there were individuals in the government who would make sure a nuclear war would not start accidentally, there none in the government today.
Jeff Blankfort

Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort: News/Op:Nagasaki, Hacking NOT, AIPAC, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
Blankfort notes that this is 72nd anniversary of Nagasaki bombing that he condemns as worst ever act of state terror coming as it did after Truman and military knew what happened at Hiroshima, that US viewed Japanese as subhuman as they later would Koreans and Vietnamese. He slams Obama for going to Hiroshima and not apologizing and even more for refusing to do so in Vietnam and Laos. He goes on to quote from Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) memorandum proving that DNC files were not hacked but leaked, pointing out that this story has been suppressed by mainstream and alternative media. Re North Korea, he says that it is a good sign that two No. Korean generals responded to Trump and not Kim Jong-Un. He then attacks the New York Times for its 4000 word poorly sourced story claiming that Iran now controls Iraq and Syria and will also take over Afghanistan if US doesn't send in more troops. His good news is that NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has taken her name of AIPAC supported legislation that would have penalized supporters of BDS against Israel and quotes from AIPAC letter to voters attacking her. He concludes by playing clip of Sen, Lindsay Graham at Senate hearing on foreign agents registration asking if AIPAC should have to register as a foreign agent and gets mealy mouthed response from Justice Dept. rep.
Jeff Blankfort

Sea Change Radio: Michael Carolan: “No One Eats Alone”, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
Food. It is as necessary as air and water. But the systems around food production and distribution have created a good deal of distance between ourselves and our food sources. Our guest today on Sea Change radio believes that food represents a wonderful, if somewhat untapped, opportunity for human connection. Colorado State University sociology professor Michael Carolan joins us to discuss food as a social enterprise and his new book, “No One Eats Alone.” We discuss how human connection is often lacking in modern food movements, talk about what it means to be a better “food citizen,” and define and explore what Carolan calls “foodscapes.”
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RURAL WAR ROOM RADIO: Tuneage Show Pt 1, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
The opening hour of Rural War Room's four-hour weekly radio broadcast 10pm-2am central time from KABF 88.3 FM Little Rock, Arkansas; KAOS Radio Austin, Texas. Details on the international works of Rural War Room - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Soundcloud, Google+, Tumblr, ReverbNation, SongKick. Buy albums by the RWR cyberband on iTunes & Amazon. http://www.RuralWarRoom.com @ruralwarroom - Click Series above for full archive
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RURAL WAR ROOM RADIO: Tuneage Show Pt 2, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
The second hour of Rural War Room's four-hour weekly radio broadcast 10pm-2am central time from KABF 88.3 FM Little Rock, Arkansas; KAOS Radio Austin, Texas. Details on the international works of Rural War Room - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Soundcloud, Google+, Tumblr, ReverbNation, SongKick. Buy albums by the RWR cyberband on iTunes & Amazon. http://www.RuralWarRoom.com @ruralwarroom - Click Series above for full archive
Rural War Room

RURAL WAR ROOM RADIO: Tuneage Show Pt 3, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
The closing hour of Rural War Room's four-hour weekly radio broadcast 10pm-2am central time from KABF 88.3 FM Little Rock, Arkansas; KAOS Radio Austin, Texas. Details on the international works of Rural War Room - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Soundcloud, Google+, Tumblr, ReverbNation, SongKick. Buy albums by the RWR cyberband on iTunes & Amazon. http://www.RuralWarRoom.com @ruralwarroom - Click Series above for full archive
Rural War Room

RURAL WAR ROOM RADIO: Tuneage Show Pt 4, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
The closing hour of Rural War Room's four-hour weekly radio broadcast 10pm-2am central time from KABF 88.3 FM Little Rock, Arkansas; KAOS Radio Austin, Texas. Details on the international works of Rural War Room - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Soundcloud, Google+, Tumblr, ReverbNation, SongKick. Buy albums by the RWR cyberband on iTunes & Amazon. http://www.RuralWarRoom.com @ruralwarroom - Click Series above for full archive
Rural War Room

The Michael Slate Show: You still think things will work out? Sunsara Taylor, Resistance and Repression at Claremont McKenna College; Jeffery Robinson, ACLU – Trump's Police State Speech; “Trouble in Mind”, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
Sunsara Taylor, the harsh punishment given to students at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, for setting an example for people everywhere by shutting down a speech by the white supremacist and fascist Heather Mac Donald. Jeffery Robinson Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU: Donald Trump’s Talk to Police Officers Was Police-State Authoritarianism Distilled to Its Essence. Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress
Michael Slate

The Conflict in Venezuela and US Role, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
Lucas Koerner counters the disinformation campaign in the corporate press about Venezuela. He has been a writer at Venezuelanalysis.com for over 3 years and resides in Caracas. He addresses the recent elections and explains the constitutional process and the constituent assembly, and what changes might be proposed by the assembly and why. He speaks of class and race hatred toward the mass of Venezuelan society that pervade the opposition and how its leadership trashed democratic institutions and initiated a reign of terror during the short lived coup of 2002. Koerner also addresses the failings of the PSUV, the ruling party, corruption, communes, popular assemblies, and the grass roots militias that have kept pressure on the government to not compromise with the neoliberal efforts intent on destroying the basic gains in living standards of the Venezuelan masses achieved by the revolution.
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Sea Change Radio: Orange County: Wastewater Reuse Leader, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
What would you say to the idea of drinking a tall, cool glass of wastewater? On the face of it, it sounds, well, yucky. But it turns out you've probably been drinking it all along. There's good technology now for extracting impurities and making even the dirtiest water potable. And some water districts around the country are taking this technology to scale. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Mike Markus, the General Manager of the Orange County, California Water District. Orange County's practices may represent the high water-mark for the re-use of H2O. Markus and host Alex Wise discuss the innovative technology the district uses to clean its wastewater, examine the costs compared to other alternatives like desalination, and talk about his team's efforts to overcome common misperceptions about turning wastewater into clean drinking water.
Sea Change Radio

Sea Change Radio: Takin' It To The Streets: Solar Roadways Update, Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
What if the roads we drove on, instead of being made of carbon-intensive petroleum sludge, were actually solar panels? And what if whenever electric vehicles drove on these solar roads, they were automatically re-charged? Sounds like a fiction, wishful thinking, a dream? Well, here at Sea Change Radio we like to celebrate the dreamers, and in 2014 we profiled Solar Roadways, a hot new startup at the time, based on the wild idea of paving roads with solar panels. There were critics who pooh-poohed the idea, but there were also a lot of us who fell in love with it. This week on Sea Change Radio, we give our listeners an update on the progress being made to bring this innovative technology to the streets, in Europe and via US government contracts. We talk to the co-founders of Solar Roadways, Scott and Julie Brusaw to get the latest on their company, learn about dynamic charging technology, and allow them to respond to criticism about their product.
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TUC Radio: The Beginning of the Nuclear Age (TWO of TWO), Segment 2

3 months 1 week ago
The Italian physicist Enrico Fermi set off the first nuclear chain reaction in an underground tennis-court at the University of Chicago in 1942. His experiment led directly to the building of the plutonium bomb that destroyed the city of Nagasaki. Exactly 25 years after that experiment, with Fermi already dead of radiation induced leukemia, a statue by Henry Moore was unveiled on December 2, 1967, at that location, to commemorate the first self sustained nuclear chain reaction. Boal describes the fascinating clash of ideas, from the early anti nuclear resistance by SDS students in the US and the British CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), to the visual impression of Moore's statue that seems to depict a skull plus storm trooper helmet plus mushroom cloud. Ignoring the early resistance to nuclear power scientists still envisioned thousands of nuclear power plants while discussing already how one could possibly keep nuclear waste safe for tens of thousands of years. Iain Boal is co-editor of Resisting the Virtual Life, published by City Lights Books and the author of the history of the bicycle: The Green Machine (2011). Boal was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and London Universities and has taught at Harvard, Stanford and UC Berkeley.
Maria Gilardin

TUC Radio: The Beginning of the Nuclear Age (TWO of TWO), Segment 1

3 months 1 week ago
The Italian physicist Enrico Fermi set off the first nuclear chain reaction in an underground tennis-court at the University of Chicago in 1942. His experiment led directly to the building of the plutonium bomb that destroyed the city of Nagasaki. Exactly 25 years after that experiment, with Fermi already dead of radiation induced leukemia, a statue by Henry Moore was unveiled on December 2, 1967, at that location, to commemorate the first self sustained nuclear chain reaction. Boal describes the fascinating clash of ideas, from the early anti nuclear resistance by SDS students in the US and the British CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), to the visual impression of Moore's statue that seems to depict a skull plus storm trooper helmet plus mushroom cloud. Ignoring the early resistance to nuclear power scientists still envisioned thousands of nuclear power plants while discussing already how one could possibly keep nuclear waste safe for tens of thousands of years. Iain Boal is co-editor of Resisting the Virtual Life, published by City Lights Books and the author of the history of the bicycle: The Green Machine (2011). Boal was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and London Universities and has taught at Harvard, Stanford and UC Berkeley.
Maria Gilardin