With Joe on vacation, Abe reflects on the wreckage of another year gone by, and looks forward to the year to come. But it's not all about the host, oh no! Listeners will have the chance to comment about which events from 2010 they thought were the most significant, and what they hope to see come to pass in 2011.
It's that time of year, when Jo Ann and Dave review which of our public figures deserve a gift in their stocking and which deserve a lump of coal, such as Senator John McCain for his blind opposition to "don't ask, don't tell"; Governor-elect John Kitzhaber for stonewalling single-payer health care advocates once again; and even closer to home, Portland Police Chief Reese and his public position on participatory democracy.
Listeners called in and shared their holiday list of candidates.
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice.
Today's Guests are Kathy Turner and Joy Hunt from the IDA Initiative, and Doug Cooper from Merci Corps NW, in to talk about Individual Development Accounts, and how they can help Low Income citizens improve their lives. Qualified individuals can get FREE MONEY to accomplish a variety of goals, from buying a house to starting a business. Listen up, and find out more about this amazing program.
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What should the government be able to keep secret? Were the WikiLeaks a good thing?
The release of secret U.S. State Department diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks has prompted a draconian response, ranging from calls for founder Julian Assange's assassination to repeated attempts to shut down WikiLeaks and its satellite Web sites. Attacks from leading American political and media figures -- not to mention Assange's arrest -- suggest that it's a far graver sin to expose secrets than to govern under their aegis.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode centering around war, weapons of war, threats of war, and the national security state. We hear from David Krieger, an expert on nuclear weapons and their abolition; from the Movie Moles about Daniel Ellsberg and the parallels with Julian Assange; from Larry Bowlden about a novel raising questions about war reporting; and, in a piece presented by Clayton, from Tom Engelhardt on the growth of the national security state.
How does the State create the fear needed to justify its extreme security measures, and what does it cost us? Clayton Morgareidge comments on and reads from Tom Engelhardt's piece "The National Security State Cops a Feel" from the website of the American Empire Project. You can read this piece here, where you will find many links to related material.