Politics

Meet the new boss

 Part of the problem inherent in the many-armed bailout of the financial sector is that it hasn't been clear exactly who's in charge. Prior to and during last fall's financial meltdown, it was clear that the money men were calling the shots -- and the grim aftermath of that orgy is apparent to everyone.

President Obama was catapulted into office largely on the hope that it would be he -- and, by extension, us -- who was now in charge. But it seems that the bankers are still calling the tune. Obama's apparent impotence in the face of the AIG bonus scandal, for example, seems to speak to the pervasive influence that the financial sector still weilds over the legislative process.

And now, as the next stage in Obama's bank rescue plan goes forward, the banksters are still acting as if they didn't torpedo the whole economy, as if they are still somehow entitled to the largesse they took for granted. From the NY Times:

 

But some executives at private equity firms and hedge funds, who were briefed on the plan Sunday afternoon, are anxious about the recent uproar over millions of dollars in bonus payments made to executives of the American International Group.

 

Some of them have told administration officials that they would participate only if the government guaranteed that it would not set compensation limits on the firms, according to people briefed on the conversations. The executives also expressed worries about whether disclosure and governance rules could be added retroactively to the program by Congress, these people said.

I went into the wrong line of work. Shoulda been a banksta.

-A

H/T Atrios

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/24/09

Air date: 
Tue, 03/24/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Abe and Joe dive into Tim Geithner's bank bailout plan

 Abe and Joe dive into Tim Geithner's bank bailout plan, the ongoing looting of the Treasury, and the perks of membership in the ruling class.

Out Loud on 03/23/09

Program: 
Out Loud
Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Local organizers making an impact on our queer community

On KBOO community radio station (90.7fm), every Tuesday from 6 to 7pm  is affectionately known as the Homo Hour, when you'll hear programs relating to the LGBTQ community. Tonight on Out Loud, tune in to hear from local organizers on how they are impacting our community.

Guests include Danielle from Portland Lesbain Network. We'll hear about how the group got started, what types of events are happening today, and plans for the future. We'll also hear from Courtney Eck, who will discuss work she's doing with new queer media in Portland. During the second half hour, Glenn Goodfellow, from the Q Center, will let us know what's been happening lately at Portland's queer community center.

Health and Health Care Forum

program: 
Radiozine
program date: 
Sun, 03/22/2009

 

"Four Health Care Advocates Talk about the Oregon State Legislature." 

 

28:11 minutes (25.81 MB)

If You Love This Planet on 03/23/09

Air date: 
Mon, 03/23/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Mary Olson, Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) talks about the nuclear 'renaissance' in the United States, including the push for the flawed Generation IV reactors.

Political Perspectives on 03/31/09

Air date: 
Tue, 03/31/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Avigail Abarbanel, a former Israeli soldier who now lives in Australia. She says her army experience turned her into a pacifist. She is the Canberra director of Deir Yassin Remembered. She is a psychotherapist in Canberra.

Flashpoints on 03/20/09

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Fri, 03/20/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Palestinian Legislator Mustafa Barghouti speaks about Avigdor Lieberman's appointment as Israel's Foreign Minister.

Alternative Radio on 03/25/09

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 03/25/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Tenzin Tsundue - Free Tibet (interview)

Tenzin Tsundue is a poet, writer, author and a noted activist for Tibetan freedom. He is widely regarded as a leading voice of the Tibetan exile community. His book "Kora" is in its fifth edition and has been translated into several languages. His poems and essays appear in the Indian media as well as various publications around the world.

Tibet is the inspiration behind the idea of Shangri la, paradise on earth. Scholars can debate the veracity of that. But today Tibet, in the words of the Dalai Lama, its spiritual leader, is "hell on earth" and "these 50 years have brought untold suffering and destruction to the land and people of Tibet. Today, the religion, culture, language and identity, which successive generations of Tibetans have
considered more precious than their lives, are nearing extinction." The Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke on March 10, 2009 in Dharamsala, India, the Himalayan hill town that is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile. Tibetans outside of China and their supporters held rallies around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of the failed revolt against Chinese rule. The Chinese military crushed the rebellion, forcing the Dalai Lama to flee to India.

Political Perspectives

Air date: 
Tue, 03/24/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Linda Olson Osterlund speaks with journalist and historian Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 759 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison."For the first time there is a definitive Guantanomo prisoner list. Andy discisses this just released list and answers the question, "Where have released prisoners gone? Also who's locked up and under what conditions?"

Political Perspectives on 03/24/09

Air date: 
Tue, 03/24/2009 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Emily Young interviews Joel Berg, author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?"

In his new book Joel Berg looks at the growing number of people who are hungry in America. He  takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation’s poor than healthy fare. He even chides organic food gurus such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters for saying that the recent increase in food costs is a positive development, an assertion Berg deems to be class biased.

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