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Yasmin Nair: 'The Secret History of Gay Marriage'

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Mon, 06/29/2015
Today's "Jiggery-Pokery" is eclipsed by the brilliance of my guest, Yasmind Nair.

Proof?  The Supreme Court digraced itself by handing a 'Get Out of Jail Free' to coal-fired power plants.  The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is still alive and kicking, although many of the animals involved in the 'enterprise' are not.  The Gifford-Pinchot Forest Plan is exactly that: a planned tree farm created to please the timber industry. ...
So it goes *

Here then, is a ray of light, a breath of air and a challenge to the Dominant Paradigm:

"The Secret History of Gay Marriage"
 
AP writes: "The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally."
 
YASMIN NAIR, (773) 784-3216, nairyasmin@gmail.com, @NairYasmin
    Nair is co-founder of the group Against Equality. She just wrote the piece "The Secret History of Gay Marriage," which states that just before the Supreme Court decision "All this simulated anxiety reminds me of the stereotypical Victorian woman, pretending to be surprised by the attentions of a suitor: 'Why, I never! Gay Marriage in my lifetime? Heavens, I am quite taken aback!'
"Surely, given the tremendous shifts in both cultural and legal attitudes to gay marriage both here and abroad, we might finally drop this pretense of surprise.
"Still, gays and lesbians everywhere are pretending. And part of this cultural exercise involves a rewriting of history to make it seem like marriage is not only the natural but the only desired outcome of decades, really, centuries of queer existence. ..."The secret history of gay marriage is that it was never a topic of huge concern in the LGBTQ community until the rise of the mainstream gay organisations in the mid-1990s. Here's what really happened: Following a depletion of political energy post-AIDS, we saw the growth of groups like Human Rights Campaign and the older National Lesbian and Gay Task Force (now The National LGBTQ Task Force), led by mostly white gay men and women or the occasional token people of color who fervently believed that normative politics was the only way to go."
Nair's work has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Stop It, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Arab Studies Quarterly and Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America.


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Call...Just Call...Call Obama and Remind him that his Legacy is in the Balance: 202-456-1111

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 06/24/2015

Call Obama:  202-456-1111.
Do Not Wait.  We no longer have the luxury of laziness.



        Despite Public Opposition, Obama and Republicans Ramming "Fast Track" Through
The Los Angeles Times is reporting: "President Obama's fast-track trade bill cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday in the Senate, all but ensuring it will win final passage this week and be sent to the White House for his signature.
"Despite deep reservations from many in the president's party, enough Democratic senators appear ready to join most Republicans to finish the legislation, which has sputtered in Congress but is a top White House priority."
A CBS/New York Times poll released in June found a majority oppose what the Congress and the President are pushing. The Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted to end debate on legislation granting President Obama enhanced negotiating powers to complete a major Pacific trade accord, virtually ensuring final passage on Wednesday of Mr. Obama’s top legislative priority in his final years in office.
Manuel Perez-Rochas has written extensively on NAFTA and now takes up the cudgel once again.   writes that:     "TTIP is a threat not only for the EU and the U.S., but for the whole world. Ultimately TTIP would serve as an instrument to the economic and political elites of the West to maintain their hegemonic power and dominance. The price is to be paid by the people in the Global North as well as in the Global South."
    Pérez-Rocha wrote the articles "NAFTA Pushes Many Mexicans to Migrate" and "NAFTA’s 20 Years of Unfulfilled Promises: The trade deal has become an engine of poverty in Mexico."
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Call The White House: 202-456-1111: It's Our Last Best Chance to Stop the TPP

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Tue, 06/23/2015

Call Obama. Leave a messge. Ask him to stop the TPP while we still can:  202-456-1111


This is all that is important.  Nothing else matters because if Obama signs off on The Transpacific Partnership, all we love and care about, everything that we love and value, indeed, the future of the planet...
It will all be under the iron fist of corporations.  
Permanently.
No way out.
No turrning back.

Here is a short thought to ponder:

Earth Enters Sixth Extinction Phase With Many Species – Including Our Own – Labelled 'The Walking Dead'

By Rose Troup Buchanan
June 21, 2015 "Information Clearing House" - "The Independent" - The planet is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are “essentially the walking dead” – including our own.  The research, which cites climate change, pollution and deforestation as causes for the rapid change, notes that a knock-on effect of the loss of entire ecosystems could be dire.
As our ecosystems unravel, the Centre for Biological Diversity has noted that we could face a “snowball” effect whereby individual species extinction ultimately fuels more losses.  The report, which builds on findings published by Duke University last year, does note that averting this loss is “still possible through intensified conservation effects,” but that “window of opportunity is rapid closing.”  
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From Pooling Corporate Mineral Rights in Idaho to Protestingg Privatized Protest...

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 06/17/2015

Two days of Interviews:  
Arun Gupta on the Corporate Creep that is Cornering the Protest Market.
And...
 Alma Hasse, Executive Director
ICARE (Idaho Concerned Area Residents for the Environment),   


Words from the airwaves: some of the folllowing material is mine, some of it is aggregated, all of it is yours for the reading.

0616 INT How the People’s Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign
by ARUN GUPTA
Arun Gupta contributes to outlets including Al Jazeera America, Vice, The Progressive, The Guardian, and In These Times.
 
I’ve never been to a protest march that advertised in the New York City subway. That spent $220,000 on posters inviting Wall Street bankers to join a march to save the planet, according to one source. That claims you can change world history in an afternoon after walking the dog and eating brunch.
 
Welcome to the “People’s Climate March” set for Sunday, Sept. 21 in New York City. It’s timed to take place before world leaders hold a Climate Summit at the United Nations two days later. Organizers are billing it as the “biggest climate change demonstration ever” with similar marches around the world. The Nation describes the pre-organizing as following “a participatory, open-source model that recalls the Occupy Wall Street protests.” A leader of 350.org, one of the main organizing groups, explained, “Anyone can contribute, and many of our online organizing ‘hubs’ are led by volunteers who are often coordinating hundreds of other volunteers.”
 
I will join the march, as well as the Climate Convergence starting Friday, and most important the “Flood Wall Street” direct action on Monday, Sept. 22. I’ve had conversations with more than a dozen organizers including senior staff at the organizing groups. Many people are genuinely excited about the Sunday demonstration. The movement is radicalizing thousands of youth. Endorsers include some labor unions and many people-of-color community organizations that normally sit out environmental activism because the mainstream green movement has often done a poor job of talking about the impact on or solutions for workers and the Global South.
 
Nonetheless, to quote Han Solo, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
 
Environmental activist Anne Petermann and writer Quincy Saul describe how the People’s Climate March has no demands, no targets,and no enemy. Organizers admitted encouraging bankers to march was like saying Blackwater mercenaries should join an antiwar protest. There is no unity other than money. One veteran activist who was involved in Occupy Wall Street said it was made known there was plenty of money to hire her and others. There is no sense of history: decades of climate-justice activism are being erased by the incessant invocation of the “biggest climate change demonstration ever.” Investigative reporter Cory Morningstar has connected the dots between the organizing groups, 350.org and Avaaz, the global online activist outfit modeled on MoveOn, and institutions like the World Bank and Clinton Global Initiative. Morningstar claims the secret of Avaaz’s success is its “expertise in behavioral change.”
 
That is what I find most troubling. Having worked on Madison Avenue for nearly a decade, I can smell a P.R. and marketing campaign a mile away. That’s what the People’s Climate March looks to be. According to inside sources a push early on for a Seattle-style event—organizing thousands of people to nonviolently shut down the area around the United Nations—was thwarted by paid staff with the organizing groups.
 
One participant in the organizing meetings said, “In the beginning people were saying, ‘This is our Seattle,’” referring to the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial that was derailed by direct action. But the paid staff got the politics-free Climate March. Another source said, “You wouldn’t see Avaaz promoting an occupy-style action. The strategic decision was made to have a big march and get as many mainstream groups on board as possible.”
 
Nothing wrong with that. Not every tactic should be based on Occupy. But in an email about climate change that Avaaz sent out last December, which apparently raked in millions of dollars, it wrote, “It’s time for powerful, direct, non-violent action, to capture imagination, convey moral urgency, and inspire people to act. Think Occupy.”
 
Here’s what seems to be going on. Avaaz found a lucrative revenue stream by warning about climate catastrophe that can be solved with the click of a donate button. To convince people to donate it says we need Occupy-style actions. When the moment comes for such a protest, Avaaz and 350.orgblocked it and then when it did get organized, they pushed it out of sight. If you go to People’s Climate March, you won’t find any mention of the Flood Wall Street action, which I fully support, but fear is being organized with too little time and resources. Nor have I seen it in an Avaaz email, nor has anyone else I’ve talked to. Bill McKibben of 350.org began promoting it this week, but that may be because there is discontent in the activist ranks about the march, which includes lots of Occupy Wall Street activists. One inside source said, “It’s a branding decision not to promote the Flood Wall Street action. These are not radical organizations.”
 
Branding. That’s how the climate crisis is going to be solved. We are in an era or postmodern social movements.
 
The image (not ideology) comes first and shapes the reality. The P.R. and marketing determines the tactics, the messaging, the organizing, and the strategy. Whether this can have a positive effect is a different question, and it’s why I encourage everyone to participate. The future is unknowable. But left to their own devices the organizers will lead the movement into the graveyard of the Democratic Party, just as happened with the movement against the Iraq War a decade ago. You remember that historic worldwide movement, right? It was so profound the New York Times dubbed global public opinion, “the second superpower.” Now Obama has launched an eighth war and there is no antiwar movement to speak of.
 
Sources say Avaaz and 350.org is footing most of the bill for the People’s Climate March with millions of dollars spent. Avaaz is said to have committed a dozen full-time staff, and hired dozens of other canvassers to collect petition signatures and hand out flyers. Nearly all of 350.org’s staff is working on climate marches around the country and there is an office in New York with thirty full-time workers organizing the march. That takes a lot of cheddar. While the grassroots are being mobilized, this is not a grassroots movement. That’s why it’s a mistake to condemn it. People are joining out of genuine concern and passion and hope for an equitable, sustainable world, but the control is top down and behind closed doors. Everyone I talked to described an undemocratic process. Even staffers were not sure who was making the decisions other than to tell me to follow the money. It’s also facile to say all groups are alike. Avaaz is more cautious than 350.org, and apparently the New York chapter of 350.org, which is more radical, is at odds with the national.
 
But when the overriding demand is for numbers, which is about visuals, which is about P.R. and marketing, everything becomes lowest common denominator. The lack of politics is a political decision. One insider admitted despite all the overheated rhetoric about the future is on the line, “I don’t expect much out of this U.N. process.” The source added this is “a media moment, a mobilizing moment.” The goal is to have visuals of a diverse crowd, hence the old saw about a “family-friendly” march. Family friendly comes at a high cost, however. Everything is decided by the need for visuals, which means organizers will capitulate to anything the NYPD demands for fear of violence. The march is on a Sunday morning when the city is in hangover mode. The world leaders will not even be at the United Nations, and they are just the hired guns of the real climate criminals on Wall Street. The closest the march comes to the United Nations is almost a mile away. The march winds up on Eleventh Avenue, a no-man’s land far from subways. There is no closing rally or speakers.
 
An insider says the real goal was to create space for politicians: “If you can frame it as grandma and kids and immigrants and labor you could make it safer for politicians to come out and support. It’s all very liberal. I don’t have much faith in it.”
 
When I asked what the metrics for success for, the insider told me media coverage and long-term polling about public opinion. I was dumbfounded. That’s the exact same tools we would use in huge marketing campaigns. First we would estimate and tally media “impressions” across all digital, print, outdoor, and so on. Then a few months down the road we would conduct surveys to see if we changed the consumer’s opinion of the brand, their favorability, the qualities they associated with it, the likelihood they would try. That’s the same tools Avaaz is allegedly using.
 
Avaaz has pioneered clickbait activism. It gets people to sign petitions about dramatic but ultimately minor issues like, “Prevent the flogging of 15 year old rape victim in Maldives.” The operating method of Avaaz, which was established in 2007, is to create “actions” like these that generate emails for its fundraising operation. In other words, it’s a corporation with a business model to create products (the actions), that help it increase market share (emails), and ultimately revenue. The actions that get the most attention are ones that get the most petition signers, the most media coverage, and which help generate revenue.begging slogans6
 
Avaaz has turned social justice into a product to enhance the liberal do-gooding lifestyle, and it’s set its sights on the climate justice movement
 
 
 
0617 US Corporate protest, Arun Gupta
I will join the march, as well as the Climate Convergence starting Friday, and most important the “Flood Wall Street” direct action on Monday, Sept. 22. I’ve had conversations with more than a dozen organizers including senior staff at the organizing groups. Many people are genuinely excited about the Sunday demonstration. The movement is radicalizing thousands of youth. Endorsers include some labor unions and many people-of-color community organizations that normally sit out environmental activism because the mainstream green movement has often done a poor job of talking about the impact on or solutions for workers and the Global South.
 
Nonetheless, to quote Han Solo, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
 
Environmental activist Anne Petermann and writer Quincy Saul describe how the People’s Climate March has no demands, no targets,and no enemy. Organizers admitted encouraging bankers to march was like saying Blackwater mercenaries should join an antiwar protest. There is no unity other than money. One veteran activist who was involved in Occupy Wall Street said it was made known there was plenty of money to hire her and others. There is no sense of history: decades of climate-justice activism are being erased by the incessant invocation of the “biggest climate change demonstration ever.” Investigative reporter Cory Morningstar has connected the dots between the organizing groups, 350.org and Avaaz, the global online activist outfit modeled on MoveOn, and institutions like the World Bank and Clinton Global Initiative. Morningstar claims the secret of Avaaz’s success is its “expertise in behavioral change.”
 
That is what I find most troubling. Having worked on Madison Avenue for nearly a decade, I can smell a P.R. and marketing campaign a mile away. That’s what the People’s Climate March looks to be. According to inside sources a push early on for a Seattle-style event—organizing thousands of people to nonviolently shut down the area around the United Nations—was thwarted by paid staff with the organizing groups.
 
One participant in the organizing meetings said, “In the beginning people were saying, ‘This is our Seattle,’” referring to the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial that was derailed by direct action. But the paid staff got the politics-free Climate March. Another source said, “You wouldn’t see Avaaz promoting an occupy-style action. The strategic decision was made to have a big march and get as many mainstream groups on board as possible.”
 
Nothing wrong with that. Not every tactic should be based on Occupy. But in an email about climate change that Avaaz sent out last December, which apparently raked in millions of dollars, it wrote, “It’s time for powerful, direct, non-violent action, to capture imagination, convey moral urgency, and inspire people to act. Think Occupy.”
 
Here’s what seems to be going on. Avaaz found a lucrative revenue stream by warning about climate catastrophe that can be solved with the click of a donate button. To convince people to donate it says we need Occupy-style actions. When the moment comes for such a protest, Avaaz and 350.orgblocked it and then when it did get organized, they pushed it out of sight. If you go to People’s Climate March, you won’t find any mention of the Flood Wall Street action, which I fully support, but fear is being organized with too little time and resources. Nor have I seen it in an Avaaz email, nor has anyone else I’ve talked to. Bill McKibben of 350.org began promoting it this week, but that may be because there is discontent in the activist ranks about the march, which includes lots of Occupy Wall Street activists. One inside source said, “It’s a branding decision not to promote the Flood Wall Street action. These are not radical organizations.”
 
Branding. That’s how the climate crisis is going to be solved. We are in an era or postmodern social movements.
 
The image (not ideology) comes first and shapes the reality. The P.R. and marketing determines the tactics, the messaging, the organizing, and the strategy. Whether this can have a positive effect is a different question, and it’s why I encourage everyone to participate. The future is unknowable. But left to their own devices the organizers will lead the movement into the graveyard of the Democratic Party, just as happened with the movement against the Iraq War a decade ago. You remember that historic worldwide movement, right? It was so profound the New York Times dubbed global public opinion, “the second superpower.” Now Obama has launched an eighth war and there is no antiwar movement to speak of.
 
Sources say Avaaz and 350.org is footing most of the bill for the People’s Climate March with millions of dollars spent. Avaaz is said to have committed a dozen full-time staff, and hired dozens of other canvassers to collect petition signatures and hand out flyers. Nearly all of 350.org’s staff is working on climate marches around the country and there is an office in New York with thirty full-time workers organizing the march. That takes a lot of cheddar. While the grassroots are being mobilized, this is not a grassroots movement. That’s why it’s a mistake to condemn it. People are joining out of genuine concern and passion and hope for an equitable, sustainable world, but the control is top down and behind closed doors. Everyone I talked to described an undemocratic process. Even staffers were not sure who was making the decisions other than to tell me to follow the money. It’s also facile to say all groups are alike. Avaaz is more cautious than 350.org, and apparently the New York chapter of 350.org, which is more radical, is at odds with the national.
 
But when the overriding demand is for numbers, which is about visuals, which is about P.R. and marketing, everything becomes lowest common denominator. The lack of politics is a political decision. One insider admitted despite all the overheated rhetoric about the future is on the line, “I don’t expect much out of this U.N. process.” The source added this is “a media moment, a mobilizing moment.” The goal is to have visuals of a diverse crowd, hence the old saw about a “family-friendly” march. Family friendly comes at a high cost, however. Everything is decided by the need for visuals, which means organizers will capitulate to anything the NYPD demands for fear of violence. The march is on a Sunday morning when the city is in hangover mode. The world leaders will not even be at the United Nations, and they are just the hired guns of the real climate criminals on Wall Street. The closest the march comes to the United Nations is almost a mile away. The march winds up on Eleventh Avenue, a no-man’s land far from subways. There is no closing rally or speakers.
 
An insider says the real goal was to create space for politicians: “If you can frame it as grandma and kids and immigrants and labor you could make it safer for politicians to come out and support. It’s all very liberal. I don’t have much faith in it.”
 
When I asked what the metrics for success for, the insider told me media coverage and long-term polling about public opinion. I was dumbfounded. That’s the exact same tools we would use in huge marketing campaigns. First we would estimate and tally media “impressions” across all digital, print, outdoor, and so on. Then a few months down the road we would conduct surveys to see if we changed the consumer’s opinion of the brand, their favorability, the qualities they associated with it, the likelihood they would try. That’s the same tools Avaaz is allegedly using.
 
Avaaz has pioneered clickbait activism. It gets people to sign petitions about dramatic but ultimately minor issues like, “Prevent the flogging of 15 year old rape victim in Maldives.” The operating method of Avaaz, which was established in 2007, is to create “actions” like these that generate emails for its fundraising operation. In other words, it’s a corporation with a business model to create products (the actions), that help it increase market share (emails), and ultimately revenue. The actions that get the most attention are ones that get the most petition signers, the most media coverage, and which help generate revenue.begging slogans6
 
Avaaz has turned social justice into a product to enhance the liberal do-gooding lifestyle, and it’s set its sights on the climate justice movement.
Avaaz has turned social justice into a product to enhance the liberal do-gooding lifestyle, and it’s set its sights on the climate justice movement.
 
The more dramatic the emails the better the response. It’s like the supermarket. The bags and boxes don’t say, “Not bad,” or “kinda tasty.” They say “the cheesiest,” “the most delicious,” “an avalanche of flavor,” “utterly irresistible.” That’s why climate change polls so well for Avaaz. It’s really fucking dramatic. But it’s still not dramatic enough for marketing purposes.
 
One source said the December 2013 email from Avaaz Executive Director Ricken Patel about climate change was a goldmine. It was headlined, “24 Months to Save the World.” It begins, “This may be the most important email I’ve ever written to you,” and then says the climate crisis is “beyond our worst expectations” with storms and temperatures “off the charts.” Then comes the hook from Patel, “We CAN stop this, if we act very fast, and all together. And out of this extinction nightmare, we can pull one of the most inspiring futures for our children and grandchildren. A clean, green future in balance with the earth that gave birth to us.”
 
Telling people there is 24 months to save the world is odious, as is implying an online donation to Avaaz can save the planet.
 
The same overblown rhetoric is being used for the People’s Climate March: It’s the biggest ever. There is “unprecedented collaboration” with more than 1,400 “partner” groups in New York City. Everything comes down to this one day with the “future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history.”
 
Presumably the orderly marchers behind NYPD barricades will convince the governments of the world that will meet for the Climate Summit that won’t even meet for another two days that they need to pass UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon’s “ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.”
 
Moon is now joining the march. But it’s hard to find details, including on the Climate Summit website, as to what will actually be discussed there. The best account I could find is by Canadian journalist Nick Fillmore. He claims the main point will be a carbon pricing scheme. This is one of those corporate-designed scams that in the past has rewarded the worst polluters with the most credits to sell and creates perverse incentives to pollute, because then they can earn money to cut those emissions.
 
So we have a corporate-designed protest march to support a corporate-dominated world body to implement a corporate policy to counter climate change caused by the corporations of the world, which are located just a few miles away but which will never feel the wrath of the People’s Climate March.
 
Rather than moaning on the sidelines and venting on Facebook, radicals need to be in the streets. Join the marches and more important the direct actions. Radicals need to ask the difficult questions as to why for the second time in fifteen years has a militant uprising, first Seattle and then Occupy, given way to liberal cooptation. What good is your radical analysis if the NGO sector and Democratic Party fronts kept out-organizing you?
 
Naomi Klein says we need to end business as usual because climate change is going to change everything. She’s right. Unfortunately the organizers of the People’s Climate March didn’t get the memo. Because they are continuing on with business as usual that won’t change anything.
 
One prominent environmental organizer says that after the march ends, “The U.N. leaders are going to be in there Monday and Tuesday and do whatever the fuck they want. And everyone will go back to their lives, walking the dog and eating brunch.”
 
The future is unwritten. It’s not about what happens on Sunday. It’s what happens after that.
 
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THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO STOP fAST tRACK

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Air Cascadia
program date: 
Thu, 06/11/2015
SUZANNE BONAMICI: 202-225-0855
503-469-6010

EARL BLUMENAUR: 202-225-4811
503-231-2300
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Three days of Air Cascadia...from The NSA to the TPP to the ISIS

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 06/09/2015
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0608 Air Cascadia
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."
 
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0609 Air Cascadia
   Today’s guest, Dahlia  Wasfi is an Iraqi-American justice activist who has written and spoken extensively on U.S. policy in the region. She recently wrote the piece "Battling ISIS: Iran-Iraq war redux" and said today: "President Obama continues to hear criticism for his failure to swiftly defeat ISIS. But while crushing ISIS may be the official stated goal, the actual agenda may be a long, drawn-out war to weaken regional powers. We have seen this policy before -- with many of the same players -- in the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s."In February 1979, the Iranian Revolution overthrew Shah Reza Pahlavi, the ruler of Iran since 1953, when a CIA-orchestrated coup brought him to power. Once the Shah’s U.S.-friendly regime in Iran was deposed, American administrators sought a new ally in the region and began to warm relations with Iraq. As tensions escalated between Iraq’s secular government and the new theocracy in Iran, both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia assured Saddam Hussein that he had their backing in any armed conflict with Iran. In September 1980, with U.S. encouragement, Saddam Hussein launched the Iran-Iraq War.    "U.S. President Ronald Reagan officially allied with Iraq during the conflict. In secret, however, government officials sold arms to Iran. The eight-year war, sustained by the U.S. backing both sides, yielded over a million casualties. The extended conflict also left two of the strongest nations in the region bleeding and weakened, which benefited U.S. and Israeli hegemony.  "Today, comparably, the U.S. is arming both sides of the 'war on ISIS,' which was born out of the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq. After the fall of Baghdad, U.S. administrators imposed a repressive theocratic Shia regime on Iraq. The brutality of its rule inevitably spawned a counter movement: a sectarian Sunni opposition faction which in the last several years has morphed into ISIS. Western powers supported its creation (via funding and arms to extremist 'rebel groups' in Syria) to serve as a check on Shia power in the region -- power that expanded as a result of U.S. policy in Iraq in the first place. ...
  "Just as with Iran and Iraq in the 1980s, the people in the battlefields of Syria and Iraq pay the highest price. And just as was the case in the 1980s, the devastation of these countries serves U.S. and Israeli hegemony."
 
 
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0609 Air Cascadia
  Today’s guest is Dr. Margaret Flowers, An activist with PopularResistance.org and FlushtheTPP.org, Flowers, who has written and spoken extensively about the Trans–Pacific Partnership and "Fast Track," is with other activists outside the Capitol engaging members of Congress. She noted a recent New York Timespoll that found that 30 percent of the public says they know "not much" about the TPP -- and 48 percent say they know "nothing at all." Flowers said: "What we see in this agreement is that it’s not really about trade; it’s about creating a backdoor for corporations to get some of the changes that they want. So deregulation of the financial industry, longer patent protections for the pharmaceutical industries, Internet privacy restrictions, these are the things that these corporations have wanted to get but they haven’t been able to so far, and this is a vehicle for doing that."
 
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Barry Rosenburg on The A to Z Plan: Money Really does Grow on Trees

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Air Cascadia
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Thu, 06/04/2015

Curated News Notes:


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.
 
2,  Ex-boyfriend accused of attacking new boyfriend's Chihuahua in Applebee's parking lot
  A Portland man is accused of repeatedly punching a Chihuahua that belonged to the new boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend during a trip to Applebee's.
 
3,  Black Mesa, The Dine Nation and Mining Mammoths...Due to this fall’s livestock impoundments and in light of the $88 million budget from the Department of Interior to “finish” the relocation,  there are many requests from families on Black Mesa for human rights observers and sheep herders. If you can come and support families in resistance to relocation from the US government and Peabody Coal Contact us  at blackmesais@gmail.com.
“We are trying to hang on to the livestock and ways to culturally survive, as well as hold jobs and schooling and take care of our elders. Having a supporters come help for a bit can really help make a difference in holding it all together” –Marie Gladue, Big Mountain resident 2015
 
 
4,  Jason Stanford,  (202) 637-5037, jason@coalitiontostopfasttrack.org
 
Ten Key Questions for President Obama About Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
 
President Obama is scheduled to talk with select local and state media outlets to discuss fast track authority for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. Below are ten key questions:
How do you respond to economists you have cited who say TPP will create no net jobs?
 
5,  N.S.A. Secretly Widens Cross-Border Internet Spying to Find Hackers
Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified N.S.A. documents.
In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show.
 
6,  For protestors and activists unhappy with a particular company or industry, driving up the cost of doing business is a tried and true way to apply pressure. Think about the grape boycott in the late ’60s for farmworkers rights. Or more recently, protests over worker wages at fast food restaurants.
But now some corporations are fighting back by putting financial pressure on activists.
Duncan Tarr is a 20-year-old junior at Michigan State University. He is also an activist.
One of the things he cares deeply about is a pipeline, called line 6B. It moves tar sands oil from Canada through Michigan and has an imperfect safety record.
Last summer, while the pipeline was being replaced, Tarr was part of a group determined to get some attention.
Firefighters came and cut the locks. Both the protest and the detaching took about 90 minutes. Tarr and one other young man were arrested and charged with trespass — they expected that.
What they didn’t expect was that the company, Precision Pipeline, would use Michigan’s crime victim restitution laws to assess charges to make up for the value of equipment and workers idled during their protest.   Tarr now owes more than $39,000. That’s twice as much in restitution as he owes in student loans.
 
 
7,  Once again the Left is walking a razor's edge on the issue of crime.  Two men meet on a tighrope...Derek Cohen of Right on Crime says the issue of criminal justice reform is too big to ignore. Mr. Cohen is available to discuss how issues such as juvenile justice, and over-criminalization have resonated in the states and with the people.
“Before President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators met in February at the White House to take serious steps on the matter, governors were dealing with the rising costs of state prisons filled to capacity, often because of drug crimes. Former Republican governors and likely presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Rick Perry both signed onto the statement of principles for Right on Crime, a conservative group in Texas advocating for focusing more on drug rehabilitation than on mandatory minimum sentencing. Among the group’s principles are holding the criminal justice system accountable for results, getting a better deal for taxpayers and not growing the size of government.
 
 
8,  The North Carolina Senate and House both voted Wednesday to override Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill that backers say would give North Carolina employers recourse against people who deliberately get hired to try to take company secrets or dig up dirt.   The North Carolina House voted 79-36 and the Senate voted soon after that.    The bill is officially the Property Protection Act.
The bill, which has been dubbed the “ag gag bill” by some, would let an employer sue and get monetary damages from someone who gains access to non-public areas of a company without authority and commits theft or sets up a camera or audio recorder.
 
McCrory, a Republican, said the bill’s intent is laudable but its content falls short of ensuring protections for “honest employees who uncover criminal activity.”
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'Human Ownership"? Conservatorship is can Happen to Anyone...

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 05/20/2015
The Gravest story Ever Told...

Conservatorship conjures up images of the aged being cared for with gentle kindness in a flowery bower, warm and safe...
Take that image and flip it: The victim of Conservatorship Gone Wrong, aged, stripped of all assetss - and I mean bank accounts, home, belongings, even food and medicine  - by a triad comprised of corrupt conservator, corrupt attorney and a corrupt judge.  The triad rounds up a bunch of people and pays them to sign a affadavit stting that the victim is not competant to run a life.  And that's it.  End of story.
The book is closed.  
The victim of the scam is as good as death for all the self-determination that remains. 
And forget  the courts and the legal system; those doors are closed.
And this "Human Ownership" is not just a threat to the elderly...Oh Ho Ho No:  It can happen to anybody for any reason or no reason. It can be used to silence activists of all ages.
Here is investigative reposter - and exile -  Janet Phelan.
Listen to the audio.  It will indeed shock you
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3 Days in May: Fast Track, 'We The People' and Scott Walker's nose job ...

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Air Cascadia
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Wed, 05/06/2015
Here are a few links to get us all across some rough rivers in May:

http://movetoamend.org

https://www.stopfasttrack.com


www.citizenactionwi.org

And a few quotes, excerpts and random thoughts...


 1, Obama will be at The Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave, for a fundraising event on Thursday, May 7th at the Sentinel Hotel that starts at 5pm.   Let's take this opportunity to remind him that we are waiting for him to do the right thing on KXL and finally reject it.   But perhaps more importantly, here we have the chance to urge the President  to stop the TPP madness now and instead promote fair and equitable trade that favors the people over corporate greed.
 
 
2,  350PDX is launching its summer outreach campaign to engage members of our community in the fight for a stable climate! Join us this weekend at this Saturday's St. John's Day Parade and a very special Mother's Day Sunday Parkways.  And check out the other volunteer opportunities this month to engage members of the community in your neighborhood: http://goo.gl/forms/jhvKBUpvSn
3, 0506  OR Subject: Field-checking timber sales helps protect forests!Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project will field-check thousands of acres in eight timber sales across Eastern Oregon this summer. Putting people in the forest gives us the information we need to:
stop ecologically destructive projects;
protect habitat for species such as Bull trout, salmon, fishers, Oregon spotted frogs, and Gray wolves;
and train a new generation of forest defenders!
4, from EcoWatch:  The Texas state legislature voted yesterday to ban fracking bans. Ever since the people of Denton, Texas voted to ban fracking last November, state lawmakers in cahoots with the oil and gas industry and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, have attempted to strip municipalities like Denton of home rule authority to override the city’s ban.  In response, citizens banded together to form Frack Free Denton to fight for home rule. The group has put together a powerful film, which premieres on Friday, documenting their fight to ban fracking within city limits in the heart of oil and gas country. The vote comes despite recent findings by a team of researchers from Southern Methodist University that linked the earthquakes in one area of Texas, which did not have earthquakes prior to the fracking boom.
 
5, In California’s Central Valley its pumpjacks and chemo-crops as far as the eye can see…so why not?  Use treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops.   Oil giant Chevron recycles 21 million gallons of that water each day and sells it to farmers who use it on about 45,000 acres of crops, about 10% of Kern County’s farmland.State and local officials praise the 2-decade-old program as a national model for coping with the region’s water shortages. As California’s four-year drought lingers and authorities scramble to conserve every drop, agricultural officials have said that more companies are seeking permits to begin similar programs. The heightened interest in recycling oil field wastewater has raised concern over the adequacy of safety measures in place to prevent contamination from toxic oil production chemicals.   Until now, government authorities have only required limited testing of recycled irrigation water.   They haven’t screened for the range of chemicals used in modern oil production.  No one knows whether nuts, citrus or other crops grown with the recycled oil field water have been contaminated.
 






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From BARK-OUT on Mount Hood to Thugged out in Baltimore...

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Air Cascadia
program date: 
Fri, 05/01/2015

 Excerpts, Rewrites and Roadkill at the Media Mall…

Here is the link to BARK Out:  http://www.bark-out.org
 
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians doesn’t expect the casino to become a destination attraction, unlike other major Indian casinos in Oregon.
The tribal group already operates one of nine Indian casinos in Oregon, the Three Rivers Casino and Hotel in Florence.
Its new casino will be named Three Rivers Casino Coos Bay and be labeled a Class II casino under the federal regulations on Indian casinos.   That means it’s more limited in the kinds of gambling it can offer than other Indian casinos, which are labeled Class III and can have table games.
 
Steve Horn's latest up on DeSmogBlog right now, digs into lobbying disclosure forms, White House meeting logs, Clinton Foundation funding, and other things to tell the story of how the Qatar Petroleum-ExxonMobil owned Golden Pass LNG export terminal has gone about peddling influence in Washington, DC and indeed, making policy progress. Anthony “Tony” Podesta began lobbying in late 2013 on behalf of a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum aiming to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the global market. Tony is the brother of John Podesta, former top climate change adviser to President Barack Obama and current top campaign aide for Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid for president.
 
From the May Day Action in Oakland California, this:  All around the world May Day has been a day for direct action, reclaiming the streets, speaking out against injustice. Systematic racism, police violence, environmental catastrophes, and economic inequality are some of the many oppressions that are destroying our lives and the planet we live on. May Day should always be the day to take it to the next level and #shutitdown. We cannot continue to live this way and May Day we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
On behalf of the Industrial Workers of the World, the Environmental Unionist Caucus endorses and will support the May Day Port Shut-Down called by the ILWU Local 10, the #LaborAgainstPoliceTerror March and Rally, and direct actions taken by Bay Area IWW members, as well as the May Day General Strike in Montreal.
 
In preparation for May Day protests, a determined unionist dropped a banner early this morning reading “May Day #SHUTITDOWN!” at 17th and Broadway. This Banner was intentionally dropped near Latham Square, the site of the 1946 Oakland General Strike, in hopes to revive the tactic. We think it is the most effective tool for working class people to achieve their demands for a living wage, against police violence, and against austerity and gentrification. We hope to shut down the city this May Day to show the world that the workers are the ones that run the system and it is time to stop it’s exploitation and stop the destruction of the working class, poor, and the planet we inhabit.
 
Another Bad Idea : Since the inception of the “Zoo Master Plan” proposal to establish the “California Native” conservation exhibit there has been grassroots push-back at every stage of the extended regulatory process. Several months ago, a referendum campaign by the community-neighborhood group, “Friends of Knowland Park”, which was aimed at overturning a city ordinance approving the private land grab, failed when only 8,000 of the required 21,000 signatures was collected within the deadline of one month. For the past nineteen years, Friends of Knowland Park has demanded for the EBZS to produce an Environmental Impact Report, required by the California Environmental Quality Act, and has analyzed fiscal records behind the $61 million “California Trail” expansion project. This has exposed the public-private partnership between the EBZS and the City of Oakland through the taxes extracted from Oakland residents.
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Comments

membership means more

your threat of quitting your membership gives me two options for analysis:

1) you gave money to Theresa via KBOO.

2) if Theresa died tomorrow, you'd give up your membership.

my interpretation

1) that's cool, man.  you support community-based radio based solely on your dedication to one weekly half-hour show. that demonstrates that Theresa's voice represents/intrigues you (and many, many others); however you don't feel represented by any one of the other 500 people who volunteer their time and energy in the 24/7 endevour, and you don't value the input (and miraculous existence!) of the other 5-10,000 members and ten times as many listeners; neither do you support the KBOO mission of including as many underrepresented voices as possible on the air, with natural turnover, schedule changes and opportunities as new people arrive.  Membership gives you the power to affect the decision-making, which is why you gave money to Theresa via KBOO; and, by golly, you will do everything in your power to keep her on the air, and you want the KBOO website visitors to know how you feel when they read the comments.  You'd even like them to join you in your fight.

2) wow.

my opinion

Personally, Theresa's show is one of my  favourites and there are plenty of shows that I not only don't like or don't listen to, but also complain about out loud.  It's my radio station, and, like my family, I will not be quiet when they need to shape up or ship out.

writing inflammatory statements on the webpage will remain simply that: inflammatory statements with a reaction or two from trolls (see the 20 pages of Anonymous written about me because of the audio I submitted that Jenka edited), which, in the end, result in: NOTHING.  If you want to chat with others online, that's fine, but you should know that nothing said here is considered in the Committee meetings. It's just an informal public forum, not policy binding.

my advice

Instead of threatening us (volunteers, members, listeners and our very existence), why not use your valuable internet time to phrase it as, for example, a question to which one of us could easily respond:  "Have there been any changes to Theresa's show?  I noticed lately that it has been preemented or even cut.  It is my favourite show. [I fear Air Cascadia will take its place--not necessary but very telling that you chose Chris' page to write it--ed.]. "  You can copy the question to Theresa's email (though I know from experience she doesn't respond) and/or print it out and put it in her cubby hole at the station. And/or show up to the meetings.  And/or call Theresa during her show--she takes calls, you know.  Ask her if she'll train or mentor you to do the same kind of work she does.

p.s.  Air Cascadia basically is the AM News is Chris Andreae: i was engineering {i'm flattered that you liked it}and was very sad when it was cut--but that is the way of the station; we adhere and adapt to the ever-fluctuating needs of the larger community--but i watched, with great pleasure, as it morphed into Air Cascadia.  Though i adore Dennis Bernstein, 15 less minutes of his voice is no skin off my back. 

Highting!

Crystal

air cascadia

im a conservative right wing trucker and i think cris andrae is the greatest broadcaster on the radio. i try to listen when i dont need traffic reports.
her scathing commentary is the best. i would join kboo but i fear america will become too weak and barry will force me to find a green job soon . keep up the good work
michael j

The anchor news program

The anchor news program Democracy Now, conveiniently aired at 11 AM so that all could tune in was moved to 7 AM with a result that most if not all of the people who work nights won't be tuning in as they are still sleeping. Also missed the 40th anniversary bash as it was inconveinently held from 4 to 10 Pm, on a weekday, which would exclude anyone working swing from attending unless they took a day off. Why couldn't this have been held on a Saturday or Sunday?
Air Cascadia is a very rough and unpolished program that leaves me tuning to OPB or just turning it off.
The choppy, emergent voice of Cris Andreae is certainly a large part in that.
If it is true that Press Watch will be axed for this then it will be an easy decision to withhold future pledges from this listener.

What happened to Presswatch?

Is Air Cascadia taking over what Therisa has been doing? If so, I may give up my membership. First, the am news gets axed to accomodate Democracy Now, now is Presswatch going under the plow?

 

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