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PressWatch is a weekly counterpropaganda and Left opinion program hosted by Theresa Mitchell; expect analysis, alternative news, humor, and transgender politics.  

 

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Presswatch on 03/28/13

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Thu, 03/28/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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burn baby burn

On PressWatch: how corrupt is the USA, and how shall we replace it?  Updates on war and geoclimate collapse, and more News You're Not Supposed To Know.

Presswatch on 03/21/13

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Thu, 03/21/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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f the debt

PRESSWATCH sez "Fix the debt?  F  THE DEBT."  Join KBOO today before some fascist makes it illegal.  ....and listen for THE NEWS YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW.

Presswatch on 03/07/13

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Thu, 03/07/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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revolution

Chavez is dead, long live Chavismo!  There can be no economic recovery for US citizens until we learn from his programs: build the society by lifting up the worker!  And tune in for the News You're Not Supposed to Know.....

Presswatch on 02/14/13

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thoughtcrime

 Wouldn't you rather live in a free country?  Let's talk about what that would be like.  Imagine having your right to free speech--without getting clubbed or gassed.  Imagine respecting the right to have a place to live--indoors.  Yep, today we'll cause some big thoughtcrime trouble.  And, of course, I'll present the NEWS YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW.

Presswatch on 01/31/13

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Thu, 01/31/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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 Call in with your comments on an hour-long PressW@tch.  Get the news you're not supposed to know!

Presswatch on 01/24/13

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Thu, 01/24/2013 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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 The Germans want their gold back in their hands. Why now?  And could it be that those gold mines in Mali look especially tempting these days?   Get the News You're Not Supposed To Know.

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Solutions to Health Care and Climate Crisis Shackled by the Ultra-Rich?

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Wed, 07/01/2009

Host Theresa Mitchell with the "News You're not Supposed to Know." The ultra rich continue to hold a stunningly disproportionate share of the world's wealth--and guess what?  They don't want to share.  And our government is reluctant to inconvenience them.  So government continues to neglect health, global climate crisis, etc. Also, new worries on swine flu.   Check out topic sources at Theresa's blog:  http://theresaspresswatch.blogspot.com/

Single Payer Health Care--How would that look? Nuclear War Scenario with N. Korea? Billions in US Bonds Seized--Why?

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Wed, 06/10/2009

This morning on Presswatch, what would single-payer health care really look like?  Nuclear war scenario with North Korea?  And did the Japanese government just try to smuggle $134 billion in US bonds to beat the collapse?

Andre Codrescu, author of "Posthuman Dada Guide"

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Wed, 06/03/2009

 tzara and lenin play chess (The Public Square)On KBOO's 6/4/09 Presswatch, host Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know, converses with Andre Codrescu, surrealist poet and NPR commentator, and author of Posthuman Dada Guide, a book on the opposing ideologies of art and communism. 

Also, call it "terrorism:" the murder of Doctor George Tiller promoted by fundamentalist Christians.  Guantanamo prisoner  gives up all hope.  Banks wallowing in cash from federal government, but loans still unavailable.  EvenTim Geithner can't sell his house.  A conversation with Andre Codrescu, surrealist poet and NPR commentator, and author of Posthuman Dada Guideuide, a book on the opposing ideologies of art and communism.

Parasite Class, Iraqi Killing Fields, Infragard & More!

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Wed, 05/27/2009

Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know." A look at the "parasite" class . . .  "In 2007, the year the new Survey of OECD Report: Gap between Rich, Poor Growing: OECD Report: Gap between Rich, Poor GrowingConsumer Finances data cover, a family needed to sport a net worth of at least $8.3 million to enter the nation’s richest 1 percent. Together, these top 1 percent families held a collective net worth of $21.9 trillion, $3.5 trillion more than the net worth of all the families in the nation’s bottom 90 percent combined." -- http://toomuchonline.org
What's troubling about these statistics?  How do the rich gain from invalidating gay marriage?  What allows the truly rich to remain invisible? When will we value generosity and the security it provides?  And stop lionizing the parasites?

Also, Deaths in Iraq rival "Killing Fields" of Cambodia.  Millions dead.  And the bombing will go on . .. and on . .. and on? NAFTA to be expanded?  The role of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) born of the "war on terror."  How is the government conscripting the private sector and individuals to spy on us? Find out about InfraGard.   More military aid to Latin America? If you oppose the Iraq war, your bank account could be frozen?  All in Project Censored 2009.

Presswatch 05/21/2009

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Wed, 05/20/2009
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PressWatch 05/14/2009

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Thu, 05/14/2009
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Theresa hosts a special extended edition of Presswatch for Membership Drive.

Author Peter Leeson: "The Invisible Hook" -- Pirate Democracies

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Wed, 05/06/2009
Ye scurvy barrrnacles! Harken!

Thursday I'd be preparin' to launch PrrressWench with Peter Leeson, who has written "The Invisible Hook," (get it?), a history of the democracies that we call historic pirate society. 'Tis an eye opener and no mistake.

I needed PIRATES who'd be ready to say "ARRRGH" a lot in the background.

And then I needed rum! A lot of rum!

How did the pirate raise his mast?

He used a wench!

Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet?

Because they can spend years at C!

Yes, I'd be using BOTH THOSE AWFUL JOKES AND MORE, so be sure to put in a landin' party, and check it out.

Swine Flu and the Potential for Pandemic

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Wed, 04/29/2009

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Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know" discusses Swine Flu --  potential for pandemic? 

Torture in US History: Dark Role of the CIA

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Wed, 04/22/2009

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Host Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know:"    Continuing global recession with rising unemployment. And the shame of torture in U.S history--from slave days to post WWII and into the present. Torture achieves only hostility and  resistance.  But may help to perpetuate myths as to who was responsible for the 911 attacks.  Also bankruptcy financing in the works for automakers, swine flu evolving--found in Californians,   and more dust storms in US from global warming.

 

The Incredible US Incarceration Rate, Tax Havens for Scoundrels, and Suspicious Debris from the Twin Towers

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Wed, 04/15/2009

Host Theresa Mitchell takes a look at how our prison cells are overcrowded, one of 4 of the world's prisoners is an American, and we lock up our children.  Totalitarianism? Also evasion of taxes through foreign tax havens, and politicians going easy on the bankers  -- bodes ill for economic recovery.  Debris from Twin Towers--thermite--what is it? who planted it?  Israeli threats against Iran.

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The best program on the airwaves.

We need more programs like this.  Theresa, you are fantastic!

a new story idea!

How about a story about Theresa Mitchel's suggestion on Indymedia that a person with a military background should not be protected from harassment?

 

03-25-10

Gald you are back.  Tell it like it is sister!

One Love

Michelle

Virus researcher live next week on PressWatch

The creator of recombinomics.com, internationally reknowned virus researcher Dr. Henry Niman, will be interviewed August 13th on PressWatch at 9AM. Call in with your comments.

Don't Inject Me (the Swine Flu Vaccine Song) by the Health Range

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiXmw5a9kiM

 

Michio Kaku at http://kboo.fm/node/13358

It was a blast getting to meet Michio Kaku, the co-founder of String Theory. The man is a titan, not because he's eclipsing Hawking's and Sagan's video legacy, but because he's constantly contributing to the cutting edge of theoretical physics. One of the first (off-air) things I asked him was whether he was the exercising sort, because I couldn't figure out how he did so many things without collapsing from exhaustion--he's been on book tour for a month now, has another month to go, he's being filmed for a new 12-part series based on his book Physics of the Impossible--and he seemed quite poised. But he says he's not an exerciser, although he likes to figure-skate (!!).

Well, when conducting the interview on air, I figured it out. At one point in the audio ( http://kboo.fm/node/13358 ) you can hear him say the phrase "like this phone interview." But he was right in front of me. I noticed then that his eyes drifted to his right while he was expounding, and his left eye had an occasional rapid dance to it. He was working on his theory as he responded to my questions! I think he was probably developing mathematical solutions--just a feeling. But it was clear that he could meta-multi-task. I mean, I had his attention, it's just that he had SO MUCH MORE BRAINPOWER to work with, that he could have a lively conversation with me, and do some intellectual heavy lifting at the same time. Damn.

Theresa

well waddaya know

Theresa Mitchell

Thursday's audio: http://kboo.fm/node/6089

Friday, February 29, 2008
a lovely day for revolution

Years after left commentators (like myself) began pointing out that we had a million people in prison--no, two million--no, more than any other country in history--no, two-point-two million--it's come out that one in a hundred persons is actually behind bars in this massive prison state:

http://rawstory.com//printstory.php?story=9483

What's left to say? If punishment stopped drug use, it would have ended in the Seventies, and if capitalism were the ultimate system, it would not be constantly associated with crime. I maintain that a capitalist society deserves crime--especially a cruel capitalist nutcase society like this one, in which people must rob banks to pay for their young children's cancer treatments. Well, no one can argue now that we aren't getting what we deserve! One in a hundred--incredible! Nearly three million completely chained and enslaved!

This is not enough for the police-state mentality, which also wants to criminalize dissent. Dig this:

"DEVICE WILL HELP SAN JOSE CONTROL LOUD CROWDS

By Sean Webby

San Jose Mercury News (2/25/08)

Think louder than a jet engine. Think the front row of a Metallica concert. Think of the piercing scream of a smoke alarm - inches from your ear.

Now, imagine a bad guy, holed up with hostages, refusing to budge, surrounded by sharp-shooters and anxious neighbors. [notice how the discussion is immediately drawn to scary criminals rather than to the demonstrators this will be used on--tm]
Instead of bullets, San Jose police can blast him with the latest in high-tech cop gadgetry: a dish-shaped, sonic weapon.
This ear-splitting, mind-blowing device is growing in popularity around the globe, used by soldiers flushing terrorists out of caves in Afghanistan to cruise ships scaring off pirates in the sea off Somalia.
So why did San Jose plunk down $27,000 in state grant money for its own Long Range Acoustic Device?
Police say it will be used mostly as a high-grade sound system to clearly amplify a police officer's order at great distances. But it can also be used as another of the department's "less-lethal" weapons, along with Tasers and 40mm projectile guns.

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Of course, LRAD is not just a loudspeaker, but a focused sound device that can torture an individual in a crowd or make her think the voice of God or demons or whatever is speaking only to her.

Our mental conditioning towards fascist collaboration is at an advanced stage. I had to attend a training class for security and safety on my job—I drive a municipal bus—and in stead of teaching us how to deal with the inevitable strong earthquake for this region, or how to manage after strong storms, we were shown pictures of bombs and told to sweep the bus after every trip. We were told about the appearance of weaponized anthrax, and warned to call if someone left their backpack on the bus.

I was furious at this blatant fearmongering and risked my job speaking out against it at the meeting. The response was interesting; it was as if I could not be heard. I was ignored studiously, as if I were the voice of Satan. “Anthrax?” I jeered, “there’s no anthrax.” And indeed the only weaponized anthrax available, Ft. Detrick’s special de-staticized powder, was unlikely to re-appear considering that Lt. Col Philip Zack is out of the country. But we were to pretend that the stuff could appear at any time, and we’re expected to help create a a hysteria, the next time someone spills their flour or Coffee-Mate or whatever.

If there were any truth to the post-9/11 fearmongering, one might expect some furious defense from the instructor of the class when I raised objections. But there is of course no reason to do all the ridiculous things we do in the name of security, because the threat is far less significant than the threat of car accidents, smoking-related disease and deaths, alcohol-related injury and deaths, and deaths from poor nutrition. Compare the numbers of deaths in the US over the past ten years, add in death and injury from crime, and the ratio is staggering. Terrorism is not a statistically significant problem in the US. The only reason to undertake all of these ridiculous measures is to keep the population fearful and under control. And it’s worked beautifully. I refused to let some poor shmo put his gasoline-powered scooter on the bus, because of course the potential gas spill could injure dozens. He was too dim to understand, and felt persecuted, but there was nothing I could do; as I drove away, another Einstein commented that it was a good thing I had not allowed the man on, because ‘he could be a terrorist and might have wanted to blow us up.’ I don’t blame people with mental disabilities for their condition; it’s shocking to think on, but nonetheless true, that half the population, by definition, has an IQ in the double digits. I blame vicious demagogues for taking advantage of them. And as the neocon demagogues know, there is a strong intimidation factor to a blatantly false idea, when it is repeated as gospel by the masses of weak-minded, politically uneducated people.

Don't let it stand. Say something.

Well Waddaya Know

Thank you for writing this article. It is such a shame that the American people can be suckered into believing anything. The chances of a person being killed by a terrorist in the United States is 1 in 100,000. The chances of someone being killed by disease, car accidents, suicide, pollution is 1 in the 1000+. It is all political hype to get people to support Bush and make him and the oil companies that he represents richer. He cares nothing about the American people or how many of us he sends over to fight and die for his war. Thank you again for writing this and hopefully the American people will read it and actually open their eyes to what is happening in the USA!

 

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