Scott Mills is is a Democrat running for the Oregon House in the 18th District. He talked with Don Merrill about the caustic influence of money into Oregon politics, why unions have a role in protecting civic culture and how he and his Shadow love helping Oregon's veteran's feel better. 29:49 minutes (27.3 MB)
"Ever since New York Times reporter James Risen received his first subpoena from the Justice Department more than six years ago, occasional news reports have skimmed the surface of a complex story. The usual gloss depicts a conflict between top officials who want to protect classified information and a journalist who wants to protect confidential sources. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Sterling—a former undercover CIA officer now facing charges under the Espionage Act, whom the feds want Risen to identify as his source—is cast as a disgruntled ex-employee in trouble for allegedly spilling the classified beans.
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Bill Resnick reads from Horace Campbell in Counterpunch on "Ebola, the African Union, and Bioeconomic Warfare," and summarizes and comments on other accounts of the Ebola Crisis. He concentrates on the neo-liberal defunding of public health agencies and the exploitation of the Ebola crisis by the right wing that blames the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress for not properly responding. The right intends this attack on Obama to influence voters to vote Republican. 7:41 minutes (3.52 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Drew Spencer of FairVote.org about Measure 90, on the November 2014 ballot, that would undermine an already dysfunctional election system. They also discuss the changes required in election procedure-- rank choice voting and proportional representation-- that would democratize elections. 14:27 minutes (6.62 MB)
Movie Mole Jan Haaken talks with Mimi Schippers about feminist controversies over the film Gone Girl, a thriller directed by David Fincher and based on the global bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also adapted the story for the screen. Mimi teaches sociology at Tulane University, writes about gender and popular culture, and is a regular blogger. For other interesting feminist criticism and dialogue, check out her blog site at http://www.marxindrag.com/Marxindrag/Blog/Blog.html 13:43 minutes (6.28 MB)
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward is a democrat who is running for reelection in the Oregon Senate for District 17. She talked with Don Merrill about why she's a good fit for her fiscally conservative but socially liberal district, how she is a strong supporter of women's rights issues and what the legislature needs to do to get more involved regarding the inequitable treatement of latinos and blacks in the state. 28:35 minutes (26.17 MB)
Portland has a Fair Wage Policy for workers at companies that contract with the City. Currently, the wage for janitors, security guards, parking attendants, civic stadium workers and others, is $10.38 per hour. A community hearing Monday evening, attended by over a hundred low-wage workers and their allies, presented testimonty to representives from Mayor Hales and Commissioner Saltzman, urging the Commissioners to raise the "fair wage" to $15 per hour. The first speaker is Marty Hart-Landsberg, an economics professor at Lewis and Clark College, followed by Jamie Partridge, a 15 NOW pdx organizer, then Linda Sporer, a security guard at the City. 18:12 minutes (16.66 MB)
In mid-September, Dr. Lisa Brosseau and Dr. Rachael Jones wrote a commentary for CIDRAP News, a service of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and policy at the University of Minnesota, titled “Health Workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola.”
Brosseau and Jones are professors in the School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Their article was picked up by some right-wing bloggers, who exaggerated and misattributed some of its contents, adding fuel to the fire of sensationalistic media coverage of the current Ebola outbreak, as well as to the politicization of the issue during this campaign season. 22:38 minutes (20.73 MB)