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Voices from the Edge

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Thu, 01/08/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Winners and Losers in the 2009 Oregon Budget

Next week the new Oregon legislature will face the challenge of crafting a budget in the midst of a deep economic crisis. Governor Kulongoski wants to spend shrinking state revenues to spur the growth of green industries, even if it means cutting services to seniors, the disabled and the poor. Will Oregon lawmakers follow the governor's lead or develop a different strategy to keep Oregon open for business in these hard times? Who will be the winners and who will be the losers in the upcoming budget fight? Join Jo Ann and Dave this Thursday as they take a look at proposals for the 2009 Oregon budget. 

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.

-A

Prospects for Health Care Change

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Sun, 12/28/2008

 

How many of the problems with our health care will, and will not, be solved by what's on the table in the national health care debate that will take place in the Obama years?   Paul Gorman of  Physicians for  a National Health Care Program, and a Portland physician, talks with Bill Resnick and explains the options and what has worked best in other countries.  

17:40 minutes (10.12 MB)

Calls to End Prohibition of Drugs

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Evening News
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Wed, 12/03/2008

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the end of Alcohol Prohibition in the U.S. 
Some members of the law enforcement and legal communities are calling for the repeal of the current Prohibition on drugs.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg has more.
 

3:21 minutes (3.08 MB)

Oregon Budget Cuts Posed to Hurt Social Service Groups

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Evening News
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Wed, 12/03/2008

The next round of state budget cuts may be setting Oregon up for even more trouble, according to the social service groups whose clients will be seeing less money to pay for services.
From the AARP to Area Agencies on Aging, to the Service Employees International Union, they say the governor’s recommendation to cut human services by 15 percent will cost federal matching money and trim jobs, at a time when the state needs both.
KBOO’s Leah Yanoff reports, in collaboration with Oregon News Service.
 

1:09 minutes (808.31 KB)

Bush's Attack on the American Landscape

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Locus Focus
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Tue, 12/02/2008

 Utah Red RocksHost Barbara Bernstein invites Heidi McIntosh, associate director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, discusses the impact that some of Bush's midnight regulations could have on pristine and remote areas in southeastern Utah (which are among Barbara Bernstein's favorite spots in the world).

 

55:56 minutes (25.61 MB)

Mark Weisbrot on the Financial Crisis

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Evening News
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Tue, 11/25/2008

A new 'national bank' plan by the Federal Reserve will allow the government to lend out up to 800 billion more dollars to banks and businesses.
This is just the latest attempt to bail out the failing financial system in the US.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research about the economic crisis, and Obama's planned response.
 

2:02 minutes (1.86 MB)

Kulongoski's Budget

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Evening News
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Tue, 11/25/2008

Governor Ted Kulongoski unveils his budget on Monday, December 1, and already, rumors suggest it will include across-the-board trim for state departments, reflecting the economic downturn.
But with unemployment and use of social services at record highs in Oregon, charitable organizations say it’s no time for cutbacks in the types of assistance that keep vulnerable families afloat, and could help the economy as well.
Crystal Leighty has more, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service:
 

1:30 minutes (1.38 MB)

Portland Proposition Eight Protest

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Evening News
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Sun, 11/16/2008

In Portland, a protest was held Saturday as part of a national effort to mobilize for equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender couples.
KBOO’s Rebecca Nay spoke with protest organizer Lindsey Asher. 
 

2:53 minutes (2.64 MB)

Labor and the Auto Bailout

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Evening News
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Wed, 11/12/2008

The US Congress is considering a bailout of the top three car manufacturers in the U.S. - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.
While some unions favor the bailout as a way to save their jobs, others have called for this crisis to be turned into a real opportunity for change in the transportation infrastructure of the country.
Mark Brenner is the head of the Detroit-based periodical 'Labor Notes'.
 

5:39 minutes (5.18 MB)
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