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Alan Wieder hosts this episode featuring discussions of carbon free energy; Portland and the Joint Terrorism Taskforce; war, peace and the US Civil War; and the myth of the recovering economy.
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1. What some cities are doing to reduce their carbon output: Al Weinrub talks with Bill Resnick.
2. Desiree Hellegers and Dan Handelman discuss Portland's alliance with the Joint Terrorism Taskforce.
3. How can one oppose war but not the US Civil War? Clayton Morgareidge comments.
4. The myth of the recovering economy: Tom Becker reads an article by Paul Craig Roberts.
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Iven Hale hosts this episode and plays music by Leslie and the LYs.
We also hear these segments:
Bill Resnick talks with Craig Morris about renewable energy in Germany
Joe Clement reads about seeking a green economy
Movie Moles review the vampire film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Iven talks about Not Killing Trans Women
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Bill Resnick talks with Craig Morris about Renewables International and the example of Germany. They discuss the Energiewende--Germany's aim to transition to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind--as well as the problems of subsidies for large polluters and the successes of democratizing sustainable energy production.
Joe Clement reads from Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy by Alison Hope Alkon, and plays a song from the Lorax.
Iven Hale reads the names of the transwomen killed in the US so far this year, and calls attention to Worldwide Don't Kill a Trans Woman Week, which has a page on facebook.
HRC report on AntiTransgender Violence
TransGriot on Anti-Trans Hate Speech
Planet TransGender on Can you stop killing us.
Denise Morris and Frann Michel touch on the history of the Oscars and critiques of the awards, before discussing the first feature written and directed by Iranian-American Ana Liliy Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, a Farsi-language black-and-white Vampire Western filmed outside Bakersfield, California, featuring a young female vampire who rides a skateboard, wears a chador, and kills sexist abusive men. They recommend a review by IMDB user mahdi-tourage, and mention Fatema Mernissi's essay Size Six: The Western Women's Harem and Lila Abu-Lughod's work on the diverse meanings of of veiling .
Christian Parenti talks with Bill Resnick about his latest book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence. It traces
· the collapse of many countries under the pressures of neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism that extract resources and keep the nations impoverished,
· militarism and the prevalence of weapons and highly armed thuggery,
· misrule by kleptocratic elites, and
· climate change, that the Pentagon calls a "threat multiplier."
The whole ensemble combines to threaten civilization as we know it. Parenti outlines some policies that might work to avoid that fate.
Carpenter argues that attempts by humans to change the climate (such as shooting a huge amount of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to deflect sunlight) are so fraught with unpredictable consequences that it would be insane to make the attempt. Yet the attempt may become necessary if we don't reduce CO2 emissions.