Economic imperialism

The Bailouts: Who gets helped. Who doesn't.

program date: 
Wed, 12/10/2008

On the Dec 11 Presswatch, host Theresa Mitchell, with the "News you're not supposed to know," looks at who's being bailed out and who's not by the government and the U.S. Treasury (and all of us taxpayers).   Guess what?  There's a $40,000  handout that you aren't getting! 

26:31 minutes (12.14 MB)

Circle A Radio

Air date: 
Wed, 01/07/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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we discuss Hawaiian Sovereignty with Portland Author Elinor Langer, and Dr. Kekuni Blazedell, conven

Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. She was deposed by opposition forces who called themselves the Committee of Safety,  with the help of the U.S. Marines.
On January 17, 1893, Queen Liliuokalani yielded her authority:
. . . Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.

Index of leading asshattery indicators

 I love Harper's Index.

For those of you not familiar with it, Harper's Index appears near the front of every edition of Harper's magazine. It presents a sort of snapshot of current affairs by way of assembling a bunch of seemingly obscure, but ultimately telling, statistics. The index can really help break an issue down to irrefutable numbers in a way that cuts through ideological trappings.

Take the current iteration of Harper's Index, for example. It's all about the legacy of the Bush years, the whole fucking war-ridden, corrupt, incompetent, greedy, murderous, filthy lot of them. Here's just a few choice nuggets:


Percentage of Bush’s first 189 appointees who also served in his father’s administration: 42

Minimum number of Bush appointees who have regulated industries they used to represent as lobbyists: 98

Date on which the GAO sued Dick Cheney to force the release of documents related to current U.S. energy policy: 2/22/02

Number of other officials the GAO has sued over access to federal records: 0

Number of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and North African men detained in the U.S. in the eight weeks after 9/11: 1,182

Number charged with an immigration violation: 762

Days since the federal government first placed the nation under an “elevated terror alert” that the level has been relaxed: 0

Percentage of the amendments in the Bill of Rights that are violated by the USA PATRIOT Act, according to the ACLU: 50

Minimum number of laws that Bush signing statements have exempted his administration from following: 1,069


... and on and on. It's an itemized chronicle of catastrophic mis-government. Read the whole thing, and then print it off and give it to your Republican co-workers.


Positively Revolting

Air date: 
Fri, 01/02/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Ani will discuss economics and actual wealth with her guest Will Newman II, student, teacher, a

Host Ani will discuss economics and actual wealth with her guest Will Newman II, student, teacher, rabble rouser and general ne'er do well, who is also the Research and Education Director of Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust (OSALT).

We will discuss some basics of the economy, and the difference between money and wealth. The U$ treasury, the Federal Reserve, and Congress have poured at least 7 trillion dollars (that looks like $7,000,000,000,000, just in case you were wondering) into this failing economy, but can this system be saved? Or are the very fundamental principles of this economic system based in fictions and pyramid schemes?

Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 10:30am - 2:30pm

The Zapatista Uprising and NAFTA - 15 Years Later

A special program on the anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising against so-called "free trade."

Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 12/31/2008 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Kevin Phillips - Swimming with the Sharks: The U.S. Economy

Kevin Phillips was chief political analyst for the 1968 Republican presidential campaign, which culminated in the victory of Richard Nixon.  Phillips also was partly responsible for the design of the Republican "Southern strategy," which transformed the once Democratic South into a Republican stronghold. In 1969 he wrote "The Emerging
Republican Majority." His politics have evolved over the ensuing decades. He is the author of many books including "American Theocracy" and "Bad Money."


Free Speech Radio News

Air date: 
Thu, 01/01/2009 - 5:30pm - 6:00pm
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RIAA To Shift Tactics

Interesting notes on the RIAA and their War on Us:

Alternative Radio

Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 12/24/2008 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Benjamin Barber speaks on Runaway Capitalism (lecture)

Benjamin Barber is a well-known scholar and political theorist. He is the author of many books including the bestseller Jihad vs. McWorld. His latest book is Consumed: The Fate of Citizens under Capitalism Triumphant.


More Talk Radio

More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Cecil and Celeste speak with Peter Phillips of Project Censored with a look back at 2008 and the most censored stories.

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