"Blue Engine" (literally the name of the firm) is the massive inside/outsider PR machine behind the push to expedite permits on fracked gas terminals around the US. Lots of White House insiders at "Blue Engine Media" and a key Dept. of Energy insider (the agency in charge of gas exports) on that PR file for the industry's "Our Energy Moment" propaganda campaign.
Higher Learning; Hiring Labor...Portland State University received notice Thursday that American Association of University Professors (AAUP) represented faculty could go out on strike on April 16.
Despite the strike notice, the University and the union will resume negotiations Friday to try and reach an agreement on faculty pay and other contract issues. 14:47 minutes (5.92 MB)
My guest today, Jeff Milchen of the American Independent Business Alliance out of Montana fought Citizens United and he's fighting the plutocrats again in the wake of the supreme Court Justices disgracefull decision on campaign finance: Here's a quote to get he riot under way: "The five Justices who voted to expand the Court's 'money equals free speech' doctrine have made the democratic republic, promised to us by our Constitution, impossible. Citizens' votes are stripped of power when the wealthiest few can pre-determine which candidates and parties are acceptable for the rest of us to make our choices."
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KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke with Alka Pradhan, Counter-Terrorism Counsel with Reprieve US, who is representing Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Rabbani in the Washington DC Court of Appeals, in one of the first court cases related to conditions of detention at the controversial military prison. Rabbani has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay since his arrest in Pakistan in 2002, and is joining historic litigation begun by fellow prisoner Imad Abdullah Hassan. Both men are attempting to have a the court issue an injunction against abusive force-feeing techniques used by guards against hunger-striking prisoners.
I had a very interesting and helpful conversation with Erin Donley, a communication specialist about the importance of conscious communication.
Erin Donley is a connection queen in Portland, Oregon. She's known for helping businesses and individuals gain respect, rapport and results with their words.
Erin was a media sales executive for several years, until she left seeking role models who could show her when (and how) to swallow her pride or express her views -- carefully and professionally.
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1, Hanford workers say they don't know what's going on. They have voiced concerns to the Department of Energy, another entity that does not know what's going on but is less forthcoming. Two-dozen workers have reported medical problems over the past two weeks after breathing chemical vapors. The vapors were detected primarily in the Hanford area that houses large tanks holding radioactive waste.
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1, State and federal pipeline safety investigators have been dispatched to the site of an explosion and fire at a liquefied natural gas storage facility in southeastern Washington.
2, The Eugene City Council had voted that the closing of the homeless camp could beginning immediately . With city officials set to begin closing the unauthorized Whoville homeless camp as early as today, about 30 camp residents and homeless advocates made a public plea Monday for another short delay. All Whoville coalition wants is for the the city to hold off until the City Council returns from its monthlong break on April 9. 12:13 minutes (11.18 MB)
Hosted as well as engineered by Joe Clement, this episode features discussions of Education, Labor, Aging, Reading, Psychiatry and Cinema: Bill Resnick talks with Portland State University Professor Patricia Schechter about faculty labor struggles and neoliberal education; Joe talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin Magazine about rethinking work; Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews new nonfiction form Penelope Lively, and Jan Haaken talks with Grace Silvia about the upcoming Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival.
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Jan Haaken talks with Grace Silvia about the Rethinking Psychiatry Film Festival. The organization Rethinking Psychiatry is an activist organization trying to shift away from pathologizing and toward recognizing a variety of ways of being in the world, toward recognizing that psychological suffering is often a result of problems in society or a consequence of trauma, and toward countering the pharmaceutical industry's model of easy cures for the spiritual or medical ailments of modern life. The first night's videos April 2nd explore the Soteria model of being with people going through psychotic breaks with no or minimal medication. 11:41 minutes (5.35 MB)