Via the following URL, be sure to listen to the National Public Radio’s [NPR] October 15th, 2010,
“Talk of the Nation” ‘Science Friday’ broadcast (podcast) interview with
Julie Holland, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine
[Editor of "The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis" (Inner Traditions, 2010)
(essays on the science, history, politics, and medicine of marijuana);
author, "Weekends at Bellevue" (Bantam, 2009) New
York, New York]
in regards to medical marijuana legislation spreading around the country:
Personalizing Solar Power
- (12-1/2 min. audio) -
(NPR’s “Science Friday” November 20, 2009)
Discusses the successful coupling of a solar panel to an efficient hydrolysis unit
that splits water into oxygen and hydrogen.
Dr. Daniel Nocera of MIT says the approach could lead to personal ($1000) solar power units
that could get many houses off the grid.
Listen to (and watch) Terry Hansen, author of the book,
give a talk on the subject of his book
via this (Total time: 65 min.) YouTube video:
Also be sure to watch the Sept. 27, 2010, 3-1/2 minute YouTube clip
which provides military witness testimony of
UFO incursions at U.S. nuclear missle facilities. :
There have been a couple of UFO public press conferences
held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.,
at which numerous military (some high-ranking)
and commercial pilots and personnel
have recounted their personal encounters with UFOs.
It is highly recommended that listen to (& watch)
them giver their testimony on YouTube.:
February 11, 2006; National Press Club - (2 hrs.) :
September 27, 2010; National Press Club - (71 min.) :
IF you have made any FOIA
(Freedom Of Information Requests)
-- or, are considering doing so --
then BE SURE to check this out!:The New Face of Big Brother?
“MUFON Under Siege?":
"40-Year Organization Object of Dirty Tricks
from USG [United States Government]?”http://www.jerrypippin.com/mufon_under_siege.htm
Study: Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Like Chemicals - (4-min. - NPR audio) - http://mcaf.ee/86573
Maddow/ Naomi Klein: GOP
Disaster Capitalism - (11-min. video) - http://mcaf.ee/52349 - This
must-see/hear video highlights the Republicans “Shock
Doctrine” strategy to take advantage of “crisis” situations (such as
the trumped-up governmental financial deficits; which, to whatever extent they
may exist, they do so because of massive tax cuts given to the rich.) Their plan: To replace government and
services on all levels with “privatized” corporate profiteering!
Senator Bernie Sanders: "The Speech" - (51-1/2 min. audio) - (Thursday, March 31, 2011 - NPR - The Diane Rehm Show) - The economy, the federal budget, and the growing national deficit are touchstone issues defining politics in Washington today. Lawmakers are proposing cuts to programs that benefit middle class and working families. In December, President Obama signed into law an extension of tax cuts -- including cuts for the very wealthiest Americans. One Independent senator delivered an eight-hour speech on the Senate floor decrying the tax deal and what he believed it symbolized: corporate greed and the collapse of the middle class. U. S Senator Bernie Sanders talks about his appeal for a fundamental change in national priorities. - http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2011-03-31/senator-bernie-sanders-speech
Physics of Invisibility
Physicist Michio Kaku
(1-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Time Travel, Parallel Universes, and Reality
Physicist Michio Kaku
(4-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Gerald Celente's Top Trends for 2011
(6-1/2 min. YouTube audio/video)
'America lives in a fascist state' - Gerald Celente
(11-1/4 min. YouTube audio/video)
The High Probability Of Finding 'Life Beyond Earth' - (37- min. audio - April 4, 2011 - Fresh Air - WHYY/NPR) - Scientific interest in extraterrestrial life has grown in the past 20 years. The field of astrobiology now includes researchers from a wide variety of disciplines — microbiologists studying bacteria that survive in the most extreme conditions on Earth; astronomers who believe there may be billions of planets with conditions hospitable to life; chemists investigating how amino acids and living organisms first appeared on Earth; and scientists studying rocks from Mars are seeing convincing evidence that microbial life existed on the Red Planet.
In First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth, Marc Kaufman, a science writer and national editor at The Washington Post, explains how microbes found in some of Earth's most inhospitable environments may hold the key to unlocking mysteries throughout the solar system.
Kaufman talks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about the ongoing search for life in the universe — from current research, to the unknowns in the field.
"There are undoubtedly billions or trillions of planets out there and there are most likely billions in the Milky Way itself — just one of billions of galaxies," Kaufman says. "There are billions of planets in habitable zones in relation to their stars that would allow for water to be liquid and for other important conditions for life." - http://www.npr.org/2011/04/04/135040012/the-high-probability-of-finding-life-beyond-earth
The Worldwide 'Thirst' For Clean Drinking Water - (April 11, 2011 - Fresh Air/NPR) - (38 min. - audio) - The typical American uses 99 gallons of water a day for activities like washing clothes, bathing, toilet-flushing and cooking. But that amount doesn't even come close to the amount of water used on a daily basis by electrical power plants.
Each day, coal, nuclear and natural gas plants use about five times the amount of water used on a daily basis by all American households combined — including 250 gallons of water per American per day to generate our daily electricity usage.
"So your flat-screen TV has a little hidden water spigot running to it," says investigative reporter Charles Fishman. "[We use] 10 gallons of water an hour every hour of every day just to power our computers and our refrigerators and our washing machines at home."
In a Fast Company cover story published in 2007, Fishman examined how the bottled water industry turned what was once a free natural resource into a multibillion-dollar business. He expands his investigation of the water industry in the new book The Big Thirst, which examines the future of a natural resource that, Fishman says, we can no longer take for granted.
"The last 100 years has been the golden age of water in the developed world: water that has been safe, unlimited and essentially free," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "But that era is over. We will not, going forward, have water that has all three of those qualities at the same time: unlimited, unthinkingly inexpensive and safe." - http://www.npr.org/2011/04/11/135241362/the-worldwide-thirst-for-clean-drinking-water
Growing The Technology For Artificial Leaves - (Friday, April 8th, 2011 - Science Friday/NPR) - (12-1/4 min. - audio) - Researchers are developing practical, low-cost materials that can use energy from sunlight to break water into oxygen and hydrogen. Daniel Nocera of MIT explains the science of 'artificial photosynthesis,' and describes his plan to create distributed power generation systems in developing countries. - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201104081
Physicians for Social Responsibility
National Press Club Conference (4/26/11)
The ongoing impact of
the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
to public health
25 years after the accident,
the continuing nuclear catastrophe
in Fukushima, Japan,
and the lessons from both
for U.S. public health and safety.
(52-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Cold Fusion is a Reality
(7 min. - YouTube audio)
Details about the current reality
of working Cold Fusion
begins at 3 minutes and 45 seconds
into the discussion.
Where is all that
Fukushima radiation going,
and why does it matter?
Expert testimony by
Marco Kaltofen, PE,
of the Worcester Polytecnic Institute,
on the long-term hazards
airborne radioactive contaminates
to U.S. citizens.
(17-3/4 min. - audio/video)
The Weird Lives Of Viruses
(16-1/4 min. - NPR/Science Friday audio)
Eli Pariser: "The Filter Bubble" - (51-1/4 min. - audio - May 17, 2011 - The Diane Rehm Show/NPR) - A quiet revolution is taking place on the Internet. The top 50 websites collect an average of 64 bits of information each time we visit. The personal data they track -- from our politics to the shoes we just browsed on Zappos – help advertisers tailor offers just for us. But one online pioneer believes we pay a big price for that customized experience – living in our own information universe. In our so-called “filter bubble,” we receive mainly familiar news that confirms our beliefs. And we don’t know what’s being hidden from us. Diane and her guest, Eli Pariser, talk about understanding the costs of online personalization.
Dr Chris Fichtner, MD
Time To Put Marijuana
In Every Home
(17-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
The Marijuana Policy
(9-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Nebraska Nuclear Plant:
Emergency Level 4
About to Get Worse
(June 14, 2011)
(14-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
of UFOs at
National Press Club
Sept. 27, 2010
(1 hr. & 27 mins. - YouTube audio/video)
State of the Ocean:
(2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Chemtrails Hit Big Time
PYX 106 in Albany, NY
(10-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
(51 min. - audio)
(July 5, 2011 - The Diane Rehm Show/NPR)
MUFON Under Seige continues
Kloetzke was given the job as
Star Team [Fast Response
contract with Bigelow Aero Space
Chase was a happy camper then things started to crumble before her
In an effort to find out why she was so up beat in a previous interview
and then abruptly left MUFON, Jerry
[Pippin] does this probing interview
where she reveals a strange series of
events with upper level managers
of the UFO organization that resulted in her complete disillusionment.
an effort by some inside the world's leading UFO investigative
to disrupt and stop the admirable work of MUFON investigations?
Listen and make up your own mind. - http://www.ufoshows2go.com/
[The following URLs are
for Part 1 (27-1/2 min.) & Part 2
of the Jerry Pippin Show July 10, 2001, interview with Chase
In particular, be sure not to miss listening to Part 2
in which Kloetzke “outs” a possible government mole!]:
[Alternately, audio files for Windows Media Player]:
Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea Found In Japan - (July 15, 2011 - Science Friday/NPR) - (12 min. - audio) - Health officials in Japan have discovered a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to the last remaining family of antibiotics used to treat the sexually-transmitted bacterial infection. STD expert Peter Leone discusses the new strain and gonorrhea’s long history of developing resistance to treatments. - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201107151
UFO & MUFON History
Past and Present
is the former Director of Research
for “UFO Magazine”
and a retired
2011, on his “Dark Matters” radio show)
some of his personal UFO investigative
-- including purported
UFO-related human mutilations!
He also interviews
former MUFON State Directors for
Texas (Ken Cherry)
and Utah (Elaine Douglass).
(2 hrs. - audio)
Sex, Drugs, Rock n’ Roll
(1 hr. - audio podcast file download)
David Wise: "Tiger Trap" - (51-1/4 min. - audio) - (July 14, 2011 - Diane Rehm Show/NPR) - For decades while the U. S. was preoccupied with Soviet spies, China quietly penetrated the highest levels of our government. In fact, emerging evidence suggests China has been America’s biggest spy threat all along. Unknown to most Americans, China has discovered the details of our most advanced nuclear warhead and aerospace secrets. Their intelligence has penetrated the FBI, CIA, and the State Department. And cyber attacks by Chinese hackers on U. S. military and defense industry computers are on the rise. A look behind America’s secret spy war with China -- and what we must do to win it. - http://mcaf.ee/np5uv
Affect Or Effect? 'Grammar Girl' Is Here To Help - (16-3/4 min. - audio) - (July 7, 2011 - Talk of the Nation/NPR) - Further versus farther, compliment versus complement, affect versus effect — the ever-complex, often-irregular English language is full of traps and pitfalls. But don't despair! Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty has come to the rescue of America's befuddled masses.
Fogarty is the grammar guru behind the weekly Grammar Girl podcasts, which offer tips and lessons on proper English usage. Her latest book, is a gentle guide for those of us who can't seem to remember the difference between disinterested and uninterested. - http://www.npr.org/2011/07/07/137657833/affect-or-effect-grammar-girl-is-here-to-help
Don't Go After
(37-1/2 min. - audio)
James E. Clarkson
Over a Quarter of a
James Clarkson talks about his 25
years of UFO investigations,
most of it with MUFON as Washington
Last January he was ordered around by one of the
board of directors
and this was the "straw that broke the Camel's
back" according to Clarkson.
The episode is explained in detail and
Clarkson's views on UFOs
and governmental involvement is expressed by him in a
(This interview recorded July 19, 2011)
In Part Two -
goes to computer security at MUFON itself
and some interesting facts are
has MUFON become too much like
and not a volunteer organization?
Then James tells Jerry
about some of the cases
he has covered over the past 25 years.
The Progressive Magazine:
Is Not the One
Who Should Be
(1-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
'Secrets Of The FBI'
min. - audio)
(August 2, 2011 - Morning Editon/NPR)
Steve Inskeep talks with
about his new book,
The Secrets of the FBI
James Bamford ‘Outs’ NSA’s
on “Democracy Now!”
Louis County suburb,
Bridgeton, Missouri, and
San Antonio, Texas, facilities)
(10 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Charlie Rose - Eric Kandel
Prize-winning medical researcher and University Professor at Columbia)
On Mind vs Brain - (Part of “The Brain” series)
(1-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Disc Shaped UFO Spotted By Mike Sewell BBC Reporter Over Stansted UK 3rd August 2011 - (3-1/2 min. - YouTube audio) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVBWzdBE4ik&feature=player_embedded
We Need To Fight
The Super Congress
And Take Back
(9-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
(10 min. - YouTube audio/video)
CNN: Is Facebook
Bad For You?
(4-1/2 min. - YouTube
When Capitalism is Great and Not-so-great - Understanding when capitalism can potentially undermine innovation, competition and merit - Khan Academy - (14 min. - YouTube audio/video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NJEeEUUhaI
"I gave up on my species"
(4 min. - YouTube audi/video)
Are we slaves to debt?
(7-3/4 min. - video - Need To Know/PBS)
America's Nuclear Nightmare - (8
min. - YouTube audio/video) - A Rolling Stone article by Jeff Goodell
shares shocking facts about the dangerous state of many nuclear power plants
and lack of oversight in America. Is a
Fukushima type meltdown inevitable in the United Sates? Cenk Uygur and Ana
Kasparian discuss. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ9Wxmwab0M
Kick Corporations OUT
of The Power Structure!
(7 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a76gSgf7c4&feature=player_embedded
Aliens: They Come In Peace?
(6 min. video/2011)
MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Inteviews
Physics Prof. Michio Kaku
How To Take
The Democratic Party
Back To Its
(6-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnHvrmjGnaU&feature=player_embedded
The Evangelicals Engaged In Spiritual Warfare - (39 min. - audio) - (Aug. 24, 2011 - Fresh Air/NPR) - An emerging Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus, is becoming more of a presence in American politics. The leaders are considered apostles and prophets, gifted by God for this role.
The international "apostolic and prophetic" movement has been dubbed by its leading American architect, C. Peter Wagner, as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Although the movement is larger than the network organized by Wagner — and not all members describe themselves as part of Wagner's NAR — the so-called apostles and prophets of the movement have identifiable ideology that separates them from other evangelicals.
…[Kansas City-based] The Call, held at locations around the globe and led by Lou Engle, who has served in the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders of the NAR. Other NAR apostles endorsed Perry's event, including two who lead a 50-state "prayer warrior" network. Thomas Muthee, the Kenyan pastor who anointed Sarah Palin at the Wasilla Assembly of God Church in 2005, while praying for Jesus to protect her from the spirit of witchcraft, is also part of this movement.…Rachel Tabachnick, who researches the political impact of the religious right…says the movement currently works with a variety of politicians and has a presence in all 50 states. It also has very strong opinions about the direction it wants the country to take. For the past several years, she says, the NAR has run a campaign to reclaim what it calls the "seven mountains of culture" from demonic influence. The "mountains" are arts and entertainment; business; family; government; media; religion; and education. - http://www.npr.org/2011/08/24/139781021/the-evangelicals-engaged-in-spiritual-warfare
The Unsavory Story Of Industrially-Grown Tomatoes - (25 min. - audio) - (Aug. 25, 2011 - Science Friday/NPR) - In his book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, Barry Estabrook writes of perfectly round, orangish supermarket tomatoes -- grown largely in Florida -- and how the migrants who pick them are sometimes bound into modern slavery by farm bosses. - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201108265
“Religion Poisons Everything”
(5-3/4 min. YouTube audio/video)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqK4TM97ZCE&feature=player_embedded
Mike Rowe Celebrates
(Nuts or Knots!)
(20 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRVdiHu1VCc
(7-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWPQZ9yolWI
in our Food!
(10-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We50AVrTMk8
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Says "I would be willing to testify…” and calls for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to be held accountable for their crimes in office - (Aug. 30, 2011 - Amy Goodman - Democracy NOW!) - (3 min. - YouTube audio/video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsSDLazFvyg&NR=1
(Sept. 8, 2011)
(15-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQKJxNicj8A&feature
The 'Worm' That Could Bring Down The Internet - (43 min. - audio) - (Sept. 27, 2011 - Fresh Air - WHYY/NPR) - For the past three years, a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker has been spreading rapidly around the world. As many as 12 million computers have been infected with the self-updating worm, a type of malware that can get inside computers and operate without their permission.
"What Conficker does is penetrate the core of the [operating system] of the computer and essentially turn over control of your computer to a remote controller," writer Mark Bowden tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "[That person] could then utilize all of these computers, including yours, that are connected. ... And you have effectively the largest, most powerful computer in the world."
The gigantic networked system created by the Conficker worm is what's known as a "botnet." The Conficker botnet is powerful enough to take over computer networks that control banking, telephones, security systems, air traffic control and even the Internet itself, says Bowden. His new book, Worm: The First Digital World War, details how Conficker was discovered, how it works, and the ongoing programming battle to bring down the Conficker worm, which he says could have widespread consequences if used nefariously.
"If you were to launch with a botnet that has 10 million computers in it — launch a denial of service attack — you could launch a large enough attack that it would not just overwhelm the target of the attack, but the root servers of the Internet itself, and could crash the entire Internet," he says. "What frightens security folks, and increasingly government and Pentagon officials, is that a botnet of that size could also be used as a weapon." -http://www.npr.org/2011/09/27/140704494/the-worm-that-could-bring-down-the-internet
Michael Moore on support of Occupy Wall Street protest - (“Countdown” with Keith Olbermann) - Michael Moore, filmmaker, activist and author of "Here Comes Trouble," calls on people all over the country to bring the Occupy Wall Street movement to their communities. - (7 min. - YouTube audio/video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrFQs5X-I1Y
Occupy Wall Street - Ongoing online video documentation archive (via Current TV’s “Countdown”
with Keith Olbermann) - http://current.com/shows/countdown/topic/occupy-wall-street
Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku - Alien Civilizations - (10-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of Theoretical Physics, City University of New York, talks about making contact with Extraterrestrials that could be millions years ahead of us in technology. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iKS9qXSZT4&feature
Physicist Michio Kaku: UFOs Are Real - MSNBC Dylan Ratigan Show - (3-1/2
min. - YouTube audio/video) - Theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku discusses Leslie Kean's new book, "UFOs: Generals, Pilots
and Government Officials Go on the Record." - www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pw13F7ahjY&feature
Using DNA To Shape Nanostructures - (12-1/4 min. - audio) - (Oct. 14, 2011 - Science Friday/NPR) - Chemists and materials scientists are trying to learn to build ultra-small, precisely ordered structures for use in optics, electronics, and other applications. Writing in the journal Science, Chad Mirkin and colleagues describe a way to use snippets of DNA to tailor the shape and size of crystal structures, tweaking them to fit specific uses.
By altering the DNA strands involved, and the size of the tehered nanoparticles, researchers can control the superstructure of the crystal lattice. - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201110141
More Reasons To Eat Your Fruits And Veggies - (11-1/4 min. - audio) - (Oct. 14, 2011 - Science Friday/NPR) - In a new study, researchers from McMaster University found that in people with a certain gene that elevates heart attack risk, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help lower the risk. Dr. Sonia Anand explains the study, and what still needs to be learned about the gene. - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201110147
Jon Stewart Rips Into GOP Hypocrisy on 99%ers: Claim to Love Country, Hate its People - (9 min. - video) - (Oct. 19, 2011- By Sarah Seltzer - AlterNet) - Hey Republicans, for years you said, "take our country back," said Jon Stewart on his show last night. And now that people are doing that by joining the "occupy" movement, you're saying no, not cool?
He then segued into a classic Daily Show montage o' hypocrisy, with killer soundbites of GOPers saying over and over again how disturbed they are by The 99% movement "pitting Americans against each other" juxtaposed with those same politicians attacking Americans: unions, the poor, gay people, and more.
"On a venn diagram the group of Americans Republicans say it's okay to pit Americans against" overlaps perfectly with those who don't vote Republican, Stewart said. "They love America so much, but hate three-quarters of its people," he said.As for how Stewart compares Eric Cantor with a certain type of kid in the playground, watch the video to see (hint: he's not the one being bullied.) - http://mcaf.ee/46p1m
I support the
Occupy Wall Street
(1-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
I Met the Walrus
(5-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
The Beauty and Brains Behind ‘Hedy’s Folly’ - (23-1/2 min. - audio) - (December 2nd, 2011- Science Friday/NPR) - In a new book, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Richard Rhodes tells the behind-the-scenes story of movie star--and inventor-- Hedy Lamarr, "the most beautiful woman in the world." Lamarr invented "frequency hopping," a concept that’s still used in today’s wireless technology. - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201112025
Hitting The ‘Off’ Switch On Antibiotic Resistance - (9 min. - audio) - (December
2nd, 2011- Science Friday/NPR)
- Doctors are running out of effective antibiotics,
as bacteria evolve ways to evade one drug after another. Now DARPA has called
for alternatives to conventional
Chad Mirkin Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, and George
B. Rathmann Professor of ChemistryNorthwestern University Evanston, Illinois, discusses one such weapon--tiny globs of DNA and RNA
that can switch off the bugs’ antibiotic resistance. - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201112021
It comes in the form of the "The Saving American Democracy Amendment" sponsored by Bernie Sanders [Independent, VT] in the senate, and Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida in the House -- a similar measure has been introduced in Colorado.
Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people.
Corporations are subject to regulation by the people.
Corporations may not make campaign contributions.
Congress and states have the power to regulate campaign finances.
Last night Sanders appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss this new amendment, how difficult it will be to pass, and how important it is to get all Americans behind the effort. Watch the 3-1/4 min. video: - http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/746494
The Corbett Report: Open Source Intelligence News - The Corbett Report provides a weekly podcast as well as interviews, articles and videos about current events and suppressed history from an independent perspective. - http://www.corbettreport.com/
Seattle Police Chief Says Legalize Drugs - (5-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - Retired Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper thinks we should legalize drugs after what he witnessed fighting on the front lines of the "war on drugs." Norm is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which any citizen can join at http://www.CopsSayLegalizeDrugs.com - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWcGjf1i0qg
Defense Authorization Act
(13-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
American Companies Providing Technology Helping Repressive Regimes (& the U.S. Gov’t.) Spy On Protestors - (31 min. audio) - (Dec. 14, 2011 - Fresh Air/NPR) - journalist Ben Elgin talks about a Bloomberg News series, "Wired for Repression," which details how Western companies are selling surveillance technology to regimes including Iran, Syria, Bahrain and Tunisia.
Those regimes have then used the information obtained from those technologies to torture protesters and dissidents, Elgin tells Fresh Air contributor Dave Davies.
The surveillance industry is booming, Elgin says, with some analysts estimating that the sector brings in between $3 billion and $5 billion a year. A recent surveillance trade show — which is not open to the public — was attended by 1,300 people, with representatives from 35 U.S. federal agencies."Some of the sessions at these shows are just remarkable," Elgin says. "They do publish the agenda online so you can see the types of things that they talk about. In an upcoming show in Dubai in February, there's a session on government IT hacking, on how governments can essentially penetrate the computers or cellphones of would-be targets — their citizens. ..." - http://www.npr.org/2011/12/14/143639670/
(10 min. - YouTube audio/video)
(38-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJszidRiWoQ
(30-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TetjnazdY0
On Winner Take All Politics - Moyers & Company 101 - (57 min. - video) - Bill Moyers explores how America's vast inequality didn't just happen, it's been politically engineered. - http://vimeo.com/35039196
(8-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe2fMMaVE7Q
The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators - (40-3/4 min. - audio) - (Jan. 23, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - Cullen Murphy's new book God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World traces the history of the Inquisitions — there were several — and draws parallels between some of the interrogation techniques used in previous centuries with the ones used today."A few years ago, the intelligence agencies had some transcripts released ... of interrogations that were done at Guantanamo, and the interrogations done by the Inquisition were surprisingly similar and just as detailed," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "[They were] virtually verbatim." - http://www.npr.org/2012/01/23/145512271
Seeking Revenge In 'Underworld Of Vanished Bikes' - (17 min. - audio) - (Feb. 6, 2012 - Talk of the Nation/NPR) - In 2006, thieves stole writer Patrick Symmes' bike in broad daylight on a crowded, New York City street. This inspired Symmes to set out to catch a bike thief — any bike thief.
He tells the tale of this revenge-fueled, cross-country journey in the Outside magazine piece "Who Pinched My Ride?" The story is filled with GPS trackers, police stake-outs and undercover stings.
By some estimates, more than one million bike thefts go unreported annually. The annual value of stolen bikes is as much as $350 million, according to the FBI and the National Bike Registry. Still, some police departments are not following up on the crimes.Symmes talks with NPR's Neal Conan about the world of organized bike crime and the measures bike owners will take to retrieve their stolen property. - www.npr.org/2012/02/06/146474749
What Breast Cancer Is,
And Is Not!
(4-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Should Sugar Be Regulated Like Alcohol? - (18 min. - audio) - (February 17th, 2012 - Science Friday/NPR) - Writing in the journal Nature, UCSF pediatrician Robert Lustig and colleagues suggest regulating sugar just like alcohol and tobacco--with taxes and age limits, for example--due to what they call the 'toxic' effects of too much sweet stuff. Education, they say, is not enough. - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201202172
Air Pollution Ups Risk Of Stroke, Impaired
Memory - (11-1/4 min. - audio) - (February
17th, 2012 - Science Friday/NPR) - Two studies in the Archives
of Internal Medicine suggest short and long-term exposure to air pollution
can increase the risk of stroke and cognitive declines. Study author Jennifer
Weuve discusses the results, and why particulate matter and gases like ozone
may harm the body. - http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201202173
New Concerns Over Online Privacy - (51-1/2 min. - audio) - (February 20, 2012 - Diane Rehm Show/NPR) - Technology companies collect vast amounts of information about you and your habits. In return, you get free content, play games and connect with friends. But recent findings are raising concerns over security and privacy. A Stanford researcher discovered Google and other companies bypassing the privacy settings on Apple's Safari web browser. An app company called Path was collecting and storing personal address book information without permission. And an FTC report on children’s app privacy showed parents are not getting information on what data is being collected, how it is being shared, or who will have access. Diane and her guests discuss privacy and transparency in our rapidly changing computer world.Guests interviewed include: Marc Rotenberg, Exec. Dir. of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and teaches Information Privacy Law at Georgetown University Law Center; Edward Markey, Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts, co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus; Cecilia Kang, technology reporter for the Washington Post; Jonathan Mayer, a graduate student in computer science and law at Stanford University; Morgan Reed, executive director of the Association for Competitive Technology. - http://mcaf.ee/wde89
How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online - (38-3/4 min. - audio) - (Feb. 22, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - Every time you click a link, fill out a form or visit a website, advertisers are working to collect personal information about you, says Joseph Turow, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. They then target ads to you based on that information.
On Wednesday's Fresh Air, Turow — the author of the book The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth — details how companies are tracking people through their computers and cellphones in order to personalize the ads they see.Turow tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that tracking is ubiquitous across the Internet, from search engines to online retailers and even greeting card companies. - http://www.npr.org/2012/02/22/147189154
Goes Into Detail About
General Curtis Lemay
(1 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=gPFBg1NNUBU
Waiving Your Right To Sue - (51 min. - audio) - (March 8, 2012 - The Diane Rehm Show/NPR) - A growing number of companies are including forced arbitration clauses in their contracts. What consumers and job seekers give up when they unknowingly waive their right to sue.Guests: Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service, George Washington University Law School; Andrew Pincus, a partner with Mayer Brown law firm, who represented AT&T in the Concepcion case before the Supreme Court, former Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice; Richard Naimark, senior vice president of the American Arbitration Association; Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen's Congress Watch. - http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-03-08/waiving-your-right-sue
Drones Over America: What Can They See? - (32 min. - audio) - (March 12, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, have long played a role in military operations. But imagine thousands of drones flying over U.S. skies — something we may see in just a few years. In February, President Obama signed an aviation bill requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to make plans to integrate drones into American airspace.On Monday's Fresh Air, John Villasenor, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of electrical engineering at UCLA, explains what these drones will be able to see and how they work. He also talks about the privacy and national security concerns raised by using drones for surveillance purposes. - http://www.npr.org/2012/03/12/148293470
(5 min. - YouTube audio/video)
The New World Of Massive Data Mining - (51-1/2 min. - audio) - (April 2, 2012 - The Diane Rehm Show/NPR) - Every time you go on the Internet, make a phone call, send an email, pass a traffic camera or pay a bill, you create data, electronic information. In all, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day. This massive pile of information from all sources is called “Big Data.” It gets stored somewhere, and everyday the pile gets bigger. Government and industry are finding new ways to analyze it. Last week the administration announced an initiative to aid the development of Big Data computing. A panel of experts join guest host Tom Gjelten to discuss the opportunities -- for business, science, medicine, education, and security … but also the privacy concerns.Guests interviewed: John Villasenor , senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and professor of electrical engineering at UCLA; Michael Leiter, senior counselor, Palantir Technologies, former director, National Counterterrorism Center; Dr. Suzanne Iacono, co-chair, Big Data Senior Steering Group and senior science adviser, Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation; Daphne Koller, professor,Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. - http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-04-02/new-world-massive-data-mining
(The History Channel)
(5 parts; 9 min. each):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ULXR2qP21Y
Look Out! There Are Robots All Around - (30-1/4 min. - audio) - (April 4, 2012 - Talk of the Nation/NPR) - Marketplace correspondent David Brancaccio wanted to see if it was possible drive across the country without interacting with a human being — just machines. He discovered how technological advances — from factory robots to self-checkout machines — are changing the future of U.S. jobs.
BRANCACCIO: …. But that then led to the next bit of research, that showed that in fact journalism is becoming digitized and robotized even as we speak, Neal. If you go to Forbes, the business publication, if you go to Forbes online and look for a byline on some of the pieces that are posted there, if you look for the byline narrative sciences, that's a company in which a computer writes the news story.
BRANCACCIO: It has some sort of algorithm...
CONAN: The who, what, where, why, when story, the algorithm?
BRANCACCIO: Yeah, I mean, you know, it's probably not the in-depth feature story, Neal, in which he went to a developing country and came back with some important multi-layered story of injustice. It is probably the story about corporate profits, where the machine - anything really repetitive, sports reporting lends itself to computers writing the stories.
And I have a journalism professor actually just up the road at the Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU who says to me - he tells his students, really, that if they think journalism is calling one side, then calling someone on the other side of the story, then sort of brief synthesis in the middle, that a robot has already taken that job. - http://mcaf.ee/f9jl3
From 'App' To 'Tea': English Examined In '100 Words' - (30-1/4 min. - audio) - (April 2, 2012 - Talk of the Nation/NPR) - http://mcaf.ee/fwh7x
"We Don’t Live in a Free Country": Jacob Appelbaum On Being Target Of Widespread Gov’t Surveillance - (7 min. - video) - (April 20, 2012 - Democracy Now!) - Jacob Appelbaum, a computer researcher who has faced a stream of interrogations and electronic surveillance since he volunteered with the whistleblowing website, WikiLeaks. He describes being detained more than a dozen times at the airport and interrogated by federal agents who asked about his political views and confiscated his cell phone and laptop. When asked why he cannot talk about what happened after he was questioned, Appelbaum says, "Because we don’t live in a free country. And if I did, I guess I could tell you about it." A federal judge ordered Twitter to hand over information about Appelbaum’s account. Meanwhile, he continues to work on the Tor Project, an anonymity network that ensures every person has the right to browse the internet without restriction and the right to speak freely. This interview is part of a 4-part special. Click here to see segment 1, 2, and 4. - [Includes rush transcript] - http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/20/we_do_not_live_in_a
Detained In The U.S.:
Filmmaker Laura Poitras Held, Questioned Some 40 Times At U.S. Airports -
(5-3/4 min. - video) - (April 20, 2012 - Democracy Now!) - The Academy
Award-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses how she has been repeatedly detained and questioned by federal agents
whenever she enters the United States. Poitras said the interrogations began after she began working on her documentary,
"My Country, My Country," about post-invasion Iraq. Her most recent
film, "The Oath," was about Yemen and Guantánamo and follows the
lives of two past associates of Osama bin Laden. She estimates she has been detained approximately 40 times and has had
her laptop, cell phone and personal belongings repeatedly searched. …. Poiras
is currently at work on a film about post-9/11 America. This interview is
part of a 4-part special. Click here
to see segment 1, 3, and 4. - [Includes rush transcript] - http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/20/detained_in_the_us_filmmaker_laura
Global Clean Energy
(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
ExxonMobil: A 'Private Empire' On The World Stage - (38-3/4 min. - audio) - (May 2, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - In Private Empire, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Steve Coll investigates how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., particularly during the Bush administration. - http://www.npr.org/2012/05/02/151842205
(2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Reckoning with Torture - (56-3/4 min. - video) - (May 25, 2012 - Bill Moyers’ Journal/PBS) - Larry Siems and Doug Liman join Bill to talk about U.S. torture tactics, and how you can take action to expose them. - http://mcaf.ee/c0w5i
"CIA are drug
smugglers." - (2-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) -
60 Minutes segment in which head of DEA, Judge Robert Bonner, (and others) accused CIA directly of being drug
smugglers. - www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_UbAmRGSY
Lockheed’s Ben Rich says,
“We can take ET Home” - (May 30, 2012 - by George Filer - Filer's Files # 22 - 2012) - Web Talk Radio Network in January
of 2012 interviewed Jan Harzan the California assistant state director for the
Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) who is a member of the International MUFON Business
Board. Jan also directed last year's excellent 2011 annual MUFON Conference.
Jan who is an IBM Executive recounted his attendance at a1993 Ben Rich Lecture by the former president of the Lockheed-Martin “Skunkworks” in Palmdale, California. The late Ben Rich, a UCLA School of Engineering alumnus (MS '50) is known as the Father of Stealth. He was recognized as one of the best aircraft engineers in the world and led development of the F-117 stealth fighter.
During the UCLA Alumni association lecture Ben Rich stated that Lockheed-Martin then had the technology to travel to the stars — using an entirely new technology not dependent on rockets and chemical propellants. He stated that, “It would not take years to travel to the stars, and some UFOs are theirs and that some of them are ours.”
Ben showed slides and went through the history of the Skunk Works, the U2, and SR-71 and drones that no one had seen before.
He also showed a black disk headed for space stating, "We now have the technology to take ET home". During a Q&A, he stated, “It was now possible to travel to the stars. There was an error in the equations which was corrected. The time of travel is fast, but he didn't say how fast."
Ben said he believed that security was too oppressive and that the time had come to develop this technology in the commercial world now that the cold war has ended. Months later he died of cancer.
[Jan Harzan’s interview (36 min. - audio / mp3 download) on WTRN]: http://mcaf.ee/n5yvl
Thanks to Jan Harzan. - http://www.nationalufocenter.com/artman/publish/printer_455.php
J. Craig Venter
And The Sea
(16-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Assessing Consumer Concerns About The Meat Industry- (39-1/2 min. - audio) - (June 7, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - Tom Philpott, who covers food and the agricultural industry for pink slime, proposed legislation affecting joins 's Terry Gross for a wide-ranging discussion about the meat and poultry industries — covering topics like antibiotics in the livestock food chain, labor issues within the meat industry, and the practice of feeding "chicken litter" to cows, which raises concerns about passing along bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the food chain. - http://www.npr.org/2012/06/07/154504565
Under The 'Nuclear Shadow' Of Colorado's Rocky Flats - (39-1/4 min. - audio) - (June 12, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - [Interviewed]: Kristen Iversen's new book, Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, is…an investigation into the decades-long environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination in and around Rocky Flats. Weapons production ended there after FBI agents raided the plant in 1989. Its operators later pleaded guilty to criminal violations of environmental law.
On missing plutonium at Rocky Flats
"The Department of Energy has admitted to more than 3,000 pounds of missing plutonium. It has kind of a funny acronym. It's called MUF, which stands for missing unaccounted-for plutonium. Well, where did that missing plutonium go? Three thousand pounds is a lot when you think about the fact that one-millionth of a gram of plutonium can cause cancer or a health effect. So where was it? Well, in 1990, they revealed that 62 pounds of plutonium had been trapped in the vents and the piping between the building. That's enough for six or seven bombs right there. The Department of Energy has claimed that much of the plutonium that was missing was due to administrative errors or they put it somewhere and meant to put it somewhere else. It's just plutonium that has somehow been lost in the system. Or it could be administrative errors for part of it. I think some of it ended up in my backyard, frankly. A lot of it went out into the Denver metro area." - http://www.npr.org/2012/06/12/154839592
Can 3D Printers Reshape The World? - (23-1/2 min. - audio) - (June 22, 2012 - Science Friday/NPR) - What if you needed a new toothbrush and all you had to do was hit print? What if doctors could print out transplantable organs and pastry chefs turned to a printer, not a kitchen, for their next creation? Ira Flatow and a panel of guests discuss 3D printing technology, how far it's come and what a 3D-printed-future could look like. - http://www.npr.org/2012/06/22/155582850
Guest Lloyd Pye On The Kate Valentine UFO Show - (50-1/4 min. - YouTube audio) - (June 15, 2012 - The Kate Valentine UFO Show/WVNJ) - Starchild Skull expert- Lloyd Pye Researcher and author known for his work with the Starchild Skull and Intervention Theory. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfpw4ICxiCc
Seeking The Micro, Scientists Find The Big Picture - (30-1/4 min. - audio) - (June 25, 2012 - Talk of the Nation/NPR) - E.O Wilson and Sylvia Earle see the through very different lenses. Wilson started with his eyes to the ground, following ants as they lead him to the study of biodiversity and human nature. Earle dove into the Gulf of Mexico to focus on aquatic plants. That underwater view ultimately led her to study the relationship between degrading seas and life everywhere.
WILSON: Yeah, we've given extensive examination to that, made intensive examination, and here it in the rough figures: Before the coming of humanity, averaged out over long periods of time and then excluding the previous great extinction spasms that occurred on four occasions in the last 450 million years, the average extinction rate of species has been approximately one in a million per year, and the rate of origin of new species has been roughly the same, one per million species per year. We have now jacked the extinction rate up by some three orders of magnitude - a thousand and probably approaching 10,000 - at the same time that we are eliminating the birthplaces in which species occur.
Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi: What Is The Link? - (42 min. - video) - Nuclear industry expert/whistleblower Arnie Gundersen and Maggie Gundersen, Fairewinds Associates, discuss the on-going cover-up of the extensive world-wide short-term and long-term dire health threats posed to all by the nuclear industry. - http://tinyurl.com/6ug8kwe
The Libor Banking Scandal That Directly Affects Us ALL! - (9 min. - YouTube audio/video) - (July 4, 2012 - Viewpoint with Elliot Spitzer/CurrentTV) - Watch this video to understand the largest banking corruption scandal in history. These large banks have stolen money from every single human on the planet. Not one person was left out. Not even YOU! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oV2m
(6-1/2 min. - YouTube audio)
Fake Bylines Reveal Hidden Costs Of Local News - (4-1/2 min. - audio) - (July 7, 2012 - by David Folkenflik - NPR) - Newspapers acknowledged publishing dozens of items in print or online from outsourcing firm Journatic that appeared under fake bylines. - http://www.npr.org/2012/07/06/156311078
America Is Not
(3 min. - YouTube audio/visual)
Braking The Banks - (12 min. - video) - (July 13, 2012 - Need To Know/PBS) - On the front-lines of this effort is Better Markets, a relatively new advocacy group pushing to ensure new regulations are as strong as possible. Better Markets Pres. & CEO Dennis Kelleher says that if Wall Street’s current practices are not reigned in, the next financial crisis could be right around the corner — and could be much worse. - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/video/video-braking-the-banks/14255
Sheila Bair On Keeping Banks Honest - (27-3/4 min. - video) - (July 13, 2012 - Bill Moyers/PBS) - Bill talks with financial expert Sheila Bair about the lawlessness of our banking system and the prognosis for meaningful reform. Bair was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to chair the FDIC. During the 2008 meltdown, she argued that in some cases banks were NOT too big to fail — that instead of bailouts, they should be sold off to healthier competitors. Now a senior adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts, Bair has organized a private group of financial experts including former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, former Senators Bill Bradley and Alan Simpson, and John Reed, once the chairman of Citicorp, to explore ways to prevent the banking industry from scuttling reforms created by the Dodd-Frank Act.
Talks About Light
(6 min. - YouTube audio/video)
The Unhealthy Truth About Genetically Engineered Food - (18-1/2 min. - video) - (March 24, 2011 - by Robyn O’Brien - TedxTalks) - Robyn authored "The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It." A former Wall Street food industry analyst, Robyn brings insight, compassion and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of our children. She founded allergykidsfoundation.org and was named by Forbes as one of "20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter." The New York Times has passionately described her as "Food's Erin Brockovich." - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rixyrCNVVGA
Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism - (1-1/2 hour - YouTube audio/video) - Award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author, Naomi Klein, talks about her latest book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism". - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA736oK9FPg
How 99% Invisible Will Change Public Radio - (July 20, 2012 - by Tim Maly - Wired) - The hugely inventive podcast 99% Invisible treats the design of everyday things like a forensic science. In each episode, creator and host Roman Mars highlights some nearly invisible design process that you had no idea was incredibly interesting and then tells you why it is.
(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Chris Hedges on Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’ - (51-1/2 min. - video) - (July 20, 2012 - Bill Moyers/PBS) - Exploring parts of America “that have been destroyed for quarterly profit.”
There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed. Journalist Chris Hedges calls these places “sacrifice zones,” and joins Bill this week on Moyers & Company to explore how areas like Camden, New Jersey; Immokalee, Florida; and parts of West Virginia suffer while the corporations that plundered them thrive.
These are areas that have been destroyed for quarterly profit. We’re talking about environmentally destroyed, communities destroyed, human beings destroyed, families destroyed,” Hedges tells Bill.“It’s the willingness on the part of people who seek personal enrichment to destroy other human beings… And because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from creating essentially a corporate oligarchic state.” - http://billmoyers.com/segment/chris-hedges-on-capitalism
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Building Organs, On One Microchip At A Time - (17-1/2 min. - audio) - (July 27, 2012 - Science Friday/NPR) - Bioengineers are developing microchips, about the size of a thumb, that can behave like human organs. Donald Ingber, director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, discusses how the "organ-on-a-chip" works and why the technology could replace the animal model for drug testing.…scientists at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University are engineering microchips to do just that - behave like human organs. And they've had some success with what they call the lung-on-a-chip, and they have now designed a human gut-on-a-chip. And they're looking into mimic even more organs with the hope of linking them all together one day and creating a human-on-a-chip. - http://www.npr.org/2012/07/27/157489675
California Nuclear Plant
Could Be Next Fukushima
(2-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw6XNJ4Rohw
Drive For Profit Wreaks 'Days Of Destruction' - (16-1/2 min. - audio) - (August 2, 2012 - Talk of the Nation/NPR) - In his latest book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Chris Hedges takes a look at the tensions that arise between profit, progress, technology and the pursuit of the American dream. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, written with co-author Joe Sacco, critiques an economic system that they say abandons too many Americans.Hedges describes places such as Pine Ridge, S.D.; Camden, N.J.; Welch, W.Va.; and Immokalee, Fla., as sacrifice zones, parts of the country where human beings and natural resources have been used and then abandoned, where wrenching change has spawned hopelessness, desperation and ravaged landscapes. With cartoonist Sacco, Hedges describes places and people at the bottom of the American economy and argues that without profound change, too many other places will join them soon. - http://www.npr.org/2012/08/02/157813661
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
Exposes The Extreme
Wealth Grab Of
The Top One Per Cent
(13 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq1zpHF0J04
Student 'Subversives' And The FBI's 'Dirty Tricks' - (28-1/4 min. - audio) - (August 21, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - Seth Rosenfeld's new book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power, details how the FBI employed fake reporters to plant ideas and shape public opinion about the student movement; how they planted stories with real reporters; and how they even managed — with the help of then-Gov. Ronald Reagan — to get the UC Berkeley's President Clark Kerr fired.
To research the book, Rosenfeld pored over 300,000 pages of records obtained over 30 years from five lengthy Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the FBI.
The records "show that during the Cold War, the FBI sought to change the course of history by secretly interceding in events, by manipulating public opinion and taking sides in partisan politics," Rosenfeld says.
The book also details how the FBI influenced Reagan's politics as president of the Screen Actors Guild, governor of California and finally as president.Rosenfeld, a freelance journalist based in San Francisco, was a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle for 25 years and is a winner of the George Polk Award. - http://www.npr.org/2012/08/21/159373688
(4-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
(4-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Jason Silva's Top 5:
TED and Dreamliner
(6-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
"Turning Into Gods"
(11-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Is Not Appropriate
(2-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video)
The Audio Spotlight
(2-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h3KZjysoEo
Why Your Cellphone Could Be Called A 'Tracker' - (16-1/2 min. - audio) - (September 6, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - Your cellphone is a tracking device collecting a lot more information about you than you may think, says ProPublica investigative reporter Peter Maass.
"They are collecting where we are — not just at one particular moment in the day, but at virtually every moment of the day," Maass tells Fresh Air…. "They are also taking note of what we are buying, how we're purchasing it, how often we're purchasing it." - http://www.npr.org/2012/09/06/160627856
The Secrets In A Cigarette - (30 min. -
audio) - (September 6, 2012 - Science
Friday/NPR) - In his book Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case
for Abolition, historian Robert
Proctor, an expert on the tobacco
industry, reveals little-known
secrets of the cigarette. The book is
a 737-page indictment of the tobacco industry, loaded with secrets about smoke
and smoking you may have never known, like that filters don't filter, he says,
or that cigarette
smoke is radioactive and contains Polonium-210, or that only two-thirds of an American cigarette is tobacco, the rest
additives, hundreds of them like antifreeze, ammonia, high fructose corn syrup,
carob beans, cocoa, licorice, and over 100 other additives. - http://www.npr.org/2012/09/07/160752629
Flight 93 Eyewitness
Says Flight 93
Was Shot Down
(2-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWcdSyyppHI
(8 min. - YouTube audio/video)
A Close Look At Your Bills' 'Fine Print' - (20 min. - audio) - (September 20, 2012 - Fresh Air/NPR) - Americans are paying high prices for poor quality Internet speeds — speeds that are now slower than in other countries, according to author David Cay Johnston. He says the U.S. ranks 29th in speed worldwide.
In his new book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, Johnston examines the fees that companies — such as cellphone and cable — have added over the years that have made bills incrementally larger.
Johnston says that telephone and cable companies worked the regulatory process and the legislatures and Congress to get the rules written for their benefit.
[….]An investigative reporter, Johnston worked for The New York Times for 13 years and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for exposing loopholes in the American tax code. He is a columnist for Reuters. - http://www.npr.org/2012/09/20/161477162
Mitt Romney On
Plan To Buy And
(1-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Battling Bad Science
(14-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Star Wars Flashmob
(2-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)
Taking On The Plutocrats - (49-1/4 min. - video) - (Oct. 19, 2012 - Bill Moyers/PBS) - Bill Moyers discusses “The One Percent’s Power and Privileges” with Matt Taibbi, of “Rolling Stone” magazine, and Chrystia Freeland, author of the new book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.The One Percent is not only increasing their share of wealth — they’re using it to spread millions among political candidates who serve their interests. - http://tinyurl.com/8kgts79
(12-3/4 min. - YouTube audio/video)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYyJgFmYX94
Third Party Presidential Debate - (1-1/2 hrs. - video) - (Oct. 23, 2012 - C-SPAN) - Four Third Party Presidential candidates participated in a debate in Chicago, organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.The participants included Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson. The hour and half event was moderated by former CNN anchor Larry King and Christina Tobin, founder and chair of the Free and Equal Elections Foundation. - www.c-span.org/Events/Third-Party-Presidential-Debate/10737435220-1
In Digital War, Patents Are The Weapon Of Choice - (34 min. - audio) - (October 11, 2012 - Fresh AirNPR) - If you don't think of patents as a particularly exciting or interesting field, consider a point Charles Duhigg makes in his recent The Patent, Used as a Sword": According to an analysis done at Stanford: "In the smartphone industry alone ... as much as $20 billion was spent on patent litigation and patent purchases in the last two years — an amount equal to eight Mars rover missions." article, "
These widespread patent lawsuits are discouraging entrepreneurs, Duhigg tells 's Terry Gross. "Entrepreneurs do not try and create new types of smartphone technologies now because they know it's pointless: They're going to get sued almost immediately."
[….]In the race to the patent office, companies will file the patent for a concept before they actually figure out how to turn the concept into a product. Duhigg says the big losers in this patent race are the consumers and innovation itself. "Patents are being used to wage war in the digital world," he says, "and as a result, patents have become a toll gate on the road of innovation." - http://www.npr.org/2012/10/11/162717373