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Unlike Water, Money Flows Up Hill

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Air Cascadia
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Tue, 03/05/2013

http://www.endtheoccupation.org/

So this squestration, eh? who'll cruise and who'll lose, you ask.  Israel, it seems is going to come loout smelinglike cordite, I mean rose.  Yes.  Roses.  But then thanks to AIPAC, Israel already gets so much weapons money that they can't tell which ways up.  It's like being buried under an avalanche and you don't know which way to dig to get to the surface...? You don't recall anything like that ever happening to you? 

Here's the numbers for Defence, first off:

Total Defense Spending – Between 2001 and 2011 the United States spent $7.2 trillion dollars (in constant FY2012 dollars) on defense, including the Pentagon’s annual base budget, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and nuclear weapons-related activities of the Department of Energy (Function 050). See below for a breakout of the base budget, nuclear weapons, and war costs. 

The following is by Nidal el Khairy, formerly of Gaza, currently stateless, living in Amman, Jordan

 

 

 

The Pentagon’s “base” budget – The Pentagon’s annual budget (Function 051) – not including war costs or DoE’s nuclear weapons activities – grew from $290.5 billion in FY2000, to $526.1 billion in FY2011. That’s a nominal increase of $235.6 billion (or 81 percent) and a “real” (inflation-adjusted) increase of $160.3 billion, or 43 percent.

 

Department of Energy – Annual funding for the nuclear weapons activities rose more slowly between FY2000 and FY2011, from $12.4 billion to $19.0 billion. That’s a nominal increase of $6.6 billion (or 53 percent) and a “real” increase of $3.3 billion, or 21 percent.

 

War Costs – The total costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the Department of Defense and all other federal agencies (Department of State, USAID, etc.) will reach $1.26 trillion by the end of the current fiscal year (FY 2011) on September 30, 2011. Of this, $797.3 billion is for Iraq, and $459.8 billion is for Afghanistan. In constant FY2012 dollars, the totals through FY2011 are $1.36 trillion, $869 billion for Iraq and $487.6 billion for Afghanistan.

 

 

 

These figures, or ones like them, are well known and fairly simple to track. Both the Department of Defense and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide data on Pentagon and other military-related spending as part of the annual federal budget request released in February each year. The Congressional Research Service does an excellent job of analyzing the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. NPP also does its own war cost analysis on its “Cost of War” website.

 

 

 

Homeland Security – One security spending figure that isn’t well known is the amount the U.S. government has spent to date on “homeland security.”  This is because homeland security funding flows through literally dozens of federal agencies and not just through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For example, of the $71.6 billion requested for “homeland security” in FY2012, only $37 billion is funded through DHS. A substantial part is funded through the Department of Defense – $18.1 billion in FY2012 – and others, including Health and Human Services ($4.6 billion) and the Department of Justice ($4.1 billion).

 

 

 

Because tracking homeland security funding is so difficult, starting back in FY2003 OMB began looking across the entire budget and providing summary tables of the annual request by agency. This analysis does not, however, provide historical data nor any cumulative funding figures. By going back and reviewing each annual request, however, NPP has been able to determine total government homeland security funding since the September 11 attacks.

 

 

Funding for homeland security has risen from $16 billion in FY2001 to $71.6 billion requested for FY2012. Adjusted for inflation, the United States has spent $635.9 billion on homeland security since FY2001. Of this $163.8 billion has been funded within the Pentagon’s annual budget. The remaining $472.1 billion has been funded through other federal agencies. For full details of the FY2012 homeland security request, see the “Homeland Security Mission Funding by Agency and Budget Account” appendix to the FY2012 budget.

 

Drones

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones.

 

And we know this because? The documents!  Of course, the documents.  Good thing no one went to prison. 

 

So what exactly do these  documents have to say? Well,  more details about the surveillance capabilities of the department's unmanned Predator B drones, which are primarily used to patrol the United States' northern and southern borders but have been pressed into service on behalf of a growing number of law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Secret Service, the Texas Rangers, and local police.

 

Homeland Security's specifications for its drones, built by San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, say they "shall be capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not," meaning carrying a shotgun or rifle. They also specify "signals interception" technology that can capture communications in the frequency ranges used by mobile phones, and "direction finding" technology that can identify the locations of mobile devices or two-way radios.

 

The Electronic Privacy Information Center obtained a partially redacted copy of Homeland Security's requirements for its drone fleet through the Freedom of Information Act and published it this week. CNET unearthed an unredacted copy of the requirements that provides additional information about the aircraft's surveillance capabilities.

 

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The Good, The Bad and Obama...

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Thu, 02/28/2013
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Way-Out West...or, 'Privatize This!'

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Wed, 02/27/2013

Way out West on the western border of Crater Lake National Park timber and environmental groups are debating a logging proposal.  The Forest Service has a choice which – in theory – should incorporate the late, great Will of the People.  Okay.  The Opinion of the People.  Will the Service approve logging or conduct a more exhaustive environmental impact statement?  Tomorrow the public comment period will crash and burn, leaving us once again at the mercy of the Private Sector.

 

Just to reiterate: A ‘managed’ forest is a tree farm.  Forests manage themselves very well, in fact they manage far better than man-managed forests. The corollary to that equation is:  You can’t ‘plant’ a forest; forests happen to the earth. The timber industry is the keystone (I know what you’re thinking!) of the privatization of Nature.

 

Comes the night…

 

And the Ilahee Institute brings us a lecture by Buck Parker on ‘Who Owns the Environment’.

 

Says Buck Parker:

 

 

 

"When I was 12 or 13 we watched the dam at The Dalles being built.... It was my first introduction to the damage that could be done, environmentally and culturally, when you let others define what is progress."

 

 

 

 

 

Says George Sexton of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center says the operation would run logging roads into an area functioning as wilderness in one of Oregon's highest-value recreation areas.

 

 

Says Dave Schott of the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association says annual growth in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is outpacing the annual cut by at least 10 times. He says the logging would follow the Northwest Forest Plan.

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Bahain and Florida: Separated at Birth?

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Tue, 02/26/2013

The Voices in our Heads

 

The question that hung in the air, after police in the little redneck town of Sanford, Florida, gunned down 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, at last is answered.  Trayvon was, of course, African-American (You just knew it; the hoody spoke volumes…indeed)

And George Zimmerman is white (Or ‘Hispanic’, if you are playing ‘Dee-fence’).

Trayvon had a soda, not a gun, - or even a telephone receiver.

The ‘voices’ in Mr. Zimmerman got there thanks to America’s current obsession with Fear: terrorism, secrecy, privacy, identity theft, drones, guns, designer drugs, processed foods, “germs”,  bullying, cyberspying, Chinese cyberspies, Xanax, no Xanax…

 

 

The town of Sanford wound up with a small memorial and a new police chief.

 

Come April 29th, a judge could grant immunity to Zimmerman at the pre-trial hearing, thanks to the American Legislative Exchange Council.   under Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to use lethal force in self defense if they are in fear of serious bodily harm.

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Sink Sanc Sunktions: Why Punishing Iran Isn't Working

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Fri, 02/22/2013

1000 Days

 

As Chase Madar points out in 'The Passion of Bradley Manning' millions of people watched in abject horror 'Collateral Murder' the video released by Wikileaks as provided by Manning.  And yet not one of the major human rights groups - Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First - has come out with a statement condemning the atrocity. Because as atrocities go, this one was legally defensible according to the laws of war.
pfc Bradly Manning has been incarcerated for 1000 days come Saturday, February 23rd.  His crime? Facilitating public access to a video in which US soldiers murder civilians.

 

Here is an excerpt from the Just Foreign Policy website:  http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/

Iran

 

Western leaders appear lackadaisical about striking a deal with Iran, writes Yousaf Butt in the National Interest. As the New York Times recently reported, "Obama's aides seem content with stalemate." If Iran's nuclear program is truly the concern that has been claimed, then the West should be willing to put real sanctions relief on the table in order to get a deal.

 

 

 

8) At an event at the Wilson Center, Siamak Namazi presented findings of a study on the role of sanctions in creating shortages of life-saving medical supplies and drugs in Iran, the Wilson Center reports. The study found that, despite existing provisions meant to facilitate humanitarian trade, unilateral sanctions by the US and Europe are causing disruptions in the supply of medicine and medical equipment in Iran. Namazi said sanctions are affecting the supply of the most advanced medicines, providing relief in the most dire cases of illness, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and hemophilia. Most of the US, European, and Iranian pharmaceutical representatives he interviewed found that Western sanctions were the greatest obstacles to humanitarian trade with Iran.

 

 

Namazi gave three recommendations to alleviate the medical shortages in the country. First, he argued that existing contradictions in the legal structure must be removed to permit humanitarian trade. Second, the financial institutions must be reassured that there will be no punitive actions taken against them if they trade with Iran. Lastly, Namazi argued, Iran must be given a narrow ability to receive hard currency solely for the purchase of Western medicine and medical treatment.

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Out-Sourcing In-Coming: The Pentagon hands over it drones to the CIA

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Thu, 02/21/2013

Here's the link to Gareth Porter's writing on IPS:  http://www.ipsnews.net/author/gareth-porter/

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Own The Drone, Pass on the Gas...

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Wed, 02/20/2013

Kansas City Missouri: A natural gas explosion apparently began in slow motion: people reporting that they “smelled something, maybe gas?”, the fire engine arriving and then leaving at the command of Missouri Gas Energy Man On The Scene, someone coming into the restaurant - JJ’s Restaurant – and gently suggesting that diners Leave!…time passes.  From the report, it would appear that despite warnings of every possible description, people did nothing.

Why? One explanation might ruffle some tail feathers: Perhaps Americans bought the story that liquefied natural gas was so clean, cheap, safe that even when great clouds of the stuff were billowing around, there was nothing to worry about. 
citizensagainstlng.com/

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John Kiriakou: They performed the torture; Kiriakou does the forfeiture

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Tue, 02/19/2013
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It's a Hard BahRain's Gonna Fall: An oppressive dictatorship on the skids

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Fri, 02/15/2013

 

 

Journalist and author Reese Erlich

has just returned from a stint in bahrain, Saudi Arabia - The Route.  There is a lot of 'ground truth' out there to unearth.  When you have a chance to hear the story written from the ruins on up, that is  a rare opportunity.  Reese will be in Portland tomorrow, Saturday February 16th at the First Unitarian the wave of popular uprisings in SW Asia and North Africa in the context of the 10 year anniversary of the US war on Iraq on Saturday, February 16 at 7 PM..  Erlich's talk, "Middle East and Arab Spring, 10 Years After the  Invasion of Iraq" will be held in the Eliot Chapel at First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th in downtown Portland.

Website? It is a superb source of information and insight.  reeseerlich.com/

Here's a sample:

Last year, militant unions set up tents in the center of Bahrain’s capital.  They were showing solidarity with peaceful demonstrations calling for an end to the country’s dictatorship.Within a week of the first protests on Feb. 14, the country’s labor union federation called a general strike. But the protests, including a second general strike, were short-lived.

 With the help of Saudi Arabian troops, the Bahraini monarchy tried to crush the revolt with tanks, tear gas and live ammunition.

 More than 4,500 workers were fired for their alleged participation in the general strikes, and their fate has now become a major rallying point for the opposition, which has been weakened but not defeated.

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Cabin Fever: Was Chris Dorner's Death a 'Targeted Assassination'?

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Thu, 02/14/2013

Cabin Fever: Was Chris Dorner's Death a 'Targeted Assassination'?

 

Travis Gosa is a Professor of Social Science at Cornell and he blogs at hiphopedu.  His specialty is in the field of Inequality.   As a featured guest today on 'Air Cascada', he barely had time to get started on the subject of Chris Dorner.  Dorner has been apothosized as Hero and Horror.  His dual citizenship in American Mythology serves to highlight  - bring to the surface, really - the deeply engrained racism that poisons American culture.  Racism today seems to have become a reflex, a subconscious and/or unconscious respose to The Other.

 The only surprising aspect of the story is that it did not happen sooner.  That it does not happen more often.  The social, economic and political disenfranchisement of African-Americans describes a strange arc:  It is virtually in the DNA of White citizens so much so that it goes unrecognized; so much so that many White people quite confidently tell one another that they aren't racist...of course they don't say that out loud to their Black friends and associates.  Because African-Americans know it's not like that..

 

 

 

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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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