A six-year battle to keep Nestle out of Cascadia and the Columbia Gorge is heating up again as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has agreed to trade its water rights at Oxbow Springs, which could pave the way for a Nestle bottled water plant in Cascade Locks, just west of Hood River. Concerned citizens in the Gorge, environmental groups, labor unions and others are renewing efforts to prevent that from happening. http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/04/odfw_agress_to_new_approach_fo.html 56:16 minutes (77.28 MB)
Joe Clement reads an article by Dylan Matthews titled "Is The Future Of America A Crummy Service Job Stamping On A Human Face, Forever?" He considers how Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton both approach the economy in much the same way: make sure that there's a ready supply of people willing to take jobs when most of the new jobs created are low-wage, low-skill, and inconsistently scheduled. He argues that the more ethical and economically rational answer to "the jobs question" is a basic income. [Image from here] 8:07 minutes (3.72 MB)
On this week's Century Of Lies we talk with Jeff Anderson from United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 about organizing workers in the cannabis industry, and with activist and federal medical marijuana patient Elvy Musikka, plus we hear part of a presentation on marijuana as medicine from Donald Abrams, MD, of the University of California at San Francisco. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Mariann Hyland, a Portland Oregon attorney, along with a partner and a programmer, created the controversial "DWB" or "Driving While Black" app. She talks with Don Merrill about the app and its implication in light of the April 2015 police shooting of an unarmed motorist in South Carolina.
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Bill Resnick talks with Stephen Zunes about the Iran Negotiations, the history of western involvemnt in Iran since the 1953 CIA coup, the current political conflicts in the middle east as about resources and power rather than religious ideology, the strange bedfellows of Israel and Saudi Arabia, the prospects for peace.
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