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Don Merrill's State Constitution Website a Platform for Education, Activism

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Wed, 12/04/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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How does your state Constitution impact your life? And how can you use it for social change?

Many people have no idea how our lives are affected by the decisions of state governments and the language enshrined in state Constitutions. Don Merrill wants to change that. With his new website, http://www.stateconstitutions.us, you can not only read and compare state Constitutions but you can also download audio files of each one like an e-book; plus you can learn about the most recent news relating to Constitutional challenges around the country. And Merrill hopes you will use this tool to make your state the best that it can be. Join us for Wednesday Talk Radio and find out more about Merrill's fascinating project.

David Walker on Media and Culture

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Wed, 11/27/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with David Walker, local journalist, filmmaker and comic book writer

Host Lisa Loving speaks with local journalist, filmmaker, and comic book writer David Walker. He has a new book about the importance of independent media.

Rob Smith of Cascade AIDS Project on what Obamacare might mean for those with HIV-AIDS

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Wed, 11/20/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Rob Smith of Cascade AIDS Project on what Obamacare might mean for those with HIV-AIDS

If all goes according to plan, January 1, 2014 stands as the first day in US history that everyone with an HIV-AIDS diagnosis can start receiving healthcare. The Obamacare rollout has been a disaster -- but it could also be a lifeline. Our guest is Rob Smith of the Cascade AIDS Project which has done more than almost any other group in the state to make sure its community gets covered. Will it work out? Call in to 503 213-8187 with your questions or comments.

Music and Politics with Justin Bridges and Simon Tam

Air date: 
Wed, 11/13/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Music and Politics with Justin Bridges and Simon Tam

On the second anniversary of the City of Portland's destruction of Occupy, Lisa Loving's guest is folk music artist Justin Bridges, who filed a lawsuit against the city for police brutality over the Occupy riots. He's bringing his guitar.

Also Simon Tam of The Slants stops by. The Slants are the Asian band fighting the feds over the right to copyright their band name which the US copyright office says is racist -- BUT THEY'RE ASIAN. 

How Global Warming Is Affecting Oregonians

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Wed, 10/30/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Discussion of the impact of climate change on our lives

Global warming is already here in the Pacific Northwest. What are you doing to change your habits and how are you adapting your home for the worse changes to come? 

We do not have a guest today because the guests are -- YOU. We'll look at  current research and new suggestions out of the Multnomah County Health Department. 
How has your life been impacted by climate change so far? And what do you think should be done on the policy level? Call in and testify, 503-231-8187.

Bill Power on his book, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth."

Air date: 
Wed, 10/23/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Looking at why shale gas is not the 'game-changer' touted in Wall Street's propaganda mills
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Bill Powers about his book, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth." Does shale gas change everything? Will its development lead to U.S. energy independence and decades of cheap energy for America? The significance of shale gas as an important energy source has been vastly overstated. Unlike many of the energy pundits who put forward wildly optimistic and completely unsupported estimates of future shale gas recoveries, "Cold, Hungry and in the Dark," looks at the facts of America's supply of natural gas.

Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

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Wed, 10/16/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Author Timothy Mitchell talks about the history of oil-based forms of modern democratic politics
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Timothy Mitchell about his new book "Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil." How does oil undermine democracy, and our ability to address the environmental crisis? In "Carbon Democracy" Timothy Mitchell argues that no nation escapes the political consequences of our collective dependence on oil. It shapes the body politic both in regions such as the Middle East, which rely upon revenues from oil production, and in the places that have the greatest demand for energy. In the twenty-first century, the oil-based forms of modern democratic politics have become unsustainable.

Mental Health First Aid with Leah Hunter

Air date: 
Wed, 10/09/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Lisa Loving's guest is Leah Hunter with the Mental Health First Aid project. They hold their first training this Friday.
Open Minds Open Doors and Folk Time are premiering the Mental Health First Aid Documentary at the Bing Lounge this Friday October 11th 5pm -- 7pm. The documentary participants will talk about how the training has impacted their lives. Also at the event Dave Mowry of Stand Up for Mental Health shows how he uses comedy as a tool for living with Bipolar disorder.

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Deep History & American Empire: Reflections on the Bundys, Manifest Destiny & left-right politics

program date: 
Wed, 02/03/2016
The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon has brought widespread attention to long-simmering (and occasionally boiling-over) conflicts over federally-owned and managed public lands in the West. Competing ideologies (states' rights vs. federal control; private property rights vs. public land management; "free market" access vs. environmental regulation etc.) echo debates and conflicts that go back to the founding of the United States. 

Guest Anthony Hall is Professor of Globalization Studies at Lethbridge University in Alberta, Canada. His 2003 book, "American Empire and the Fourth World," looks at how the United States continued and expanded the British Imperial project. The crucial period of the Seven Years War leading up to the War of Independence established an expansionist U.S. culture of private property and ruthless corporate capitalism. In his analysis,  the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which established a limit to colonial settlement at the crest of the Appalachian Mountains, was key to understanding these developments. 

The Bundys and their associates see themselves as the true heirs to the "American Revolution" and the vision of the "Founding Fathers" as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and ordained by God. And they have acted boldly and decisively on the basis of their beliefs. Meanwhile, many on the "Left" don't have such a strong foundation of political belief and religious faith, especially with the dissipation of Marxist-based movement-building (revolutionary or not). 

In his last program, by phone from Burns, Roland made an analogy between the Bundy gang's view of Federal control of public lands in the West and the colonial settlers' attitude toward the Royal Proclamation. He and his guest will use that as a starting point for their conversation.

To the extent that anyone still wants to carry the torch of anti-imperialism today in the
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Live From Burns, OR: Report-back on the siege of Malheur, with Arun Gupta

program date: 
Wed, 01/27/2016
 Special inside look at what's happening in Burns, Oregon. Roland and Gupta just spent a week in Burns, interviewing people in the community, visiting the occupation at the Malheur Wildlife refuge, hanging out in local bars, and generally getting a feel for how the "Bundy gang's" declaration of war on the federal government is playing out and affecting the local community.

Gupta has been covering the situation for "The Raw Story," a news website. See his reporting here: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/bundys-escalating-showdown-with-feds-as-support-dwindles-and-lone-wolves-come-looking-for-trouble/
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/bundys-escalating-showdown-with-feds-as-...
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/oregon-ranchers-who-sparked-standoff-threatened-to-wrap-officials-son-in-barbed-wire-and-drown-him/
  • Length: 54:00 minutes (74.16 MB)
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As Bundy gang heightens tensions in Burns community: What's at stake in the Malheur takeover?

program date: 
Wed, 01/20/2016
Today's guests are Linda Neale, co-founder of the Earth and Spirit Council and great-grandchild of Harney County homesteaders; and Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director of Portland Audobon. 

We discuss the complex and somewhat bewildering situation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. 


Further reading on the subject:

http://www.oregonlive.com/history/2016/01/oregon_standoff_feds_forcibly.html

http://www.opb.org/news/series/burns-oregon-standoff-bundy-militia-news-...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/05/showdown-in-the-malheur-marshes-t...

http://www.hcn.org/articles/the-people-v-the-blm-bundy-hammonds-malheur

http://usuncut.com/politics/bombshell-dhs-overlooked-anti-government-mil...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/08/rancher-rebels-the-rise-of-the-wi...

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/11/us/the-larger-but-quieter-than-bundy-p...

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/opinion/sunday/the-ideological-roots-o...

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/01/malheur_county_targeted_for_go.html

  • Length: 55:23 minutes (76.06 MB)
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The Necessity of Disobedience, with guest Tim DeChristopher

program date: 
Wed, 01/13/2016
While a group of armed antigovernment militants casually tears down fences and accesses personal and official files in their second week of occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge offices in Eastern Oregon, another group of protestors in Seattle goes on trial for blocking a mile-long oil train in September, 2014.

The case of the "Delta Five," as they've come to be called, went to court yesterday in Snohomish County District Court. The trial is attracting much more attention than a misdemeanor civil disobedience case ordinarily would because the judge has allowed the defendants to use the "Necessity Defense" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necessity ). This defense argues that it is legitimate to commit a lesser "crime" in order to prevent a greater harm. A classic example would be   breaking into a building in order to save someone from a fire. Allowing this defense means that expert witnesses can be called to support the argument that climate change is more dangerous than the group's alled crimes of trespassing and blocking a train. And it means that a jury of their peers will actually be able to decide on the merits of those deeper contextual arguments. http://delta5trial.org/

Guest Tim DeChristopher is himself no stranger to high-profile civil disobedience cases. In 2011, he was convicted in Utah on two federal felony charges relating to an action at a bitterly contested Bureau of Land Management auction for oil and gas leases adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. As "Bidder 70," DeChristopher bid on and won numerous parcels, thus keeping them from corporate exploitation. For his spontaneous gesture, he got  a two-year federal sentence. serving 21 months. In his trial the judge disallowed the Necessity Defense.

Released from prison on April 21, 2013, DeChristopher is studying social justice movements at  Harvard Divinity School. He also is a co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center,  which serves as a "catalyst for direct action, creating points of vivid moral clarity, emboldening both climate activists and the unlikeliest  of allies, capturing the heart and soul of the climate debate." http://www.climatedisobedience.org/

Relevant articles and links:

http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/01/12/necessity-defense-oil-train-...

http://www.hcn.org/articles/the-people-v-the-blm-bundy-hammonds-malheur

http://usuncut.com/politics/bombshell-dhs-overlooked-anti-government-militias/



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Incident at Malheur: An Indigenous perspective on "militia" occupation in Eastern Oregon

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Wed, 01/06/2016
As national and global media turn their attention to the small town of Burns in central-eastern Oregon, we here at KBOO are doing our best to keep up with events. By now you probably know the basic story: a small group of disgruntled Westerners, apparently mostly from Nevada and Arizona, split off from a larger march on Saturday and took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility outsid of Burns. Ostensibly in support of two local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted on arson charges, but had five-year minimum sentences imposed under the draconian Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, the occupiers are linked to various  "militia"/property rights/possibly white supremacist groups. Led by two sons of Cliven Bundy, who last year faced down federal agents with weapons pointed and suffered no legal consequences, the group of around 20 men wants to roll back the federal management of western lands and turn them over to counties and local people for cattle grazing, mining, logging, etc. Apparently starting with the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The occupiers are clearly tapping into deep resentments and dissatisfactions in much of the rural West, but they are also repeating the same old story of colonizing and exploiting land expropriated from the Native Americans who had lived there for thousands of years. Guest Jacqueline Keeler is a Navajo/Yankton Dakota writer and activist living here in Portland and has been on this program several times. She is heavily involved in the movement against Native sports mascots and team names. Last year she wrote an article for The Nation, "On Cliven Bundy's 'Ancestral Rights' " (http://www.thenation.com/article/cliven-bundys-ancestral-rights/) and is currently working on a follow-up on the current situation. 
  • Length: 58:50 minutes (80.8 MB)
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Gas well blow-out near L.A.: latest industrial mega-disaster, following on BP "spill" and Fukushima

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Wed, 12/30/2015
Since  October 23, an aging gas well that ruptured has been spewing enormous amounts of methane into the air at the northern end of the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles. Like the 2010 BP oil "spill" and the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns, this is an unprecedented, out-of-control situation involving energy extraction or production facilities. And, like those other two recent industrial disasters, the corporate and government response has been slow, deceptive and pathetically inadequate to the scale of the problem.

To discuss this unfolding situation, host Paul Roland speaks with Matt Pakucko, a resident of the nearby community of Porter Ranch, currently living in a hotel because the escaping gas has made living in his house impossible, just as for thousands of other residents. He is involved with Save Porter Ranch (http://www.saveporterranch.com/,https://www.facebook.com/SavePorterRanch/).Also on the show will be Alexandra Nagy, Southern California Organizer at the Los Angeles branch of Food & Water Watch. Among other things, Nagy has been working to get a statewide ban on fracking.

Do you think corporations should be left to clean up their own disastrous mishaps? Do you think the existing regulatory framework is adequate to prevent such colossal messes? Should we at least start talking about seizing corporate assets in order to most effectively address the situation? Is any solution actually possible within a profit-based capitalist economic system? Let's have a lively and coherent conversation!

Opening and closing song: "Too Much Pressure" by The Selecter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf7v1iWc4tk

Articles:
http://www.laweekly.com/news/what-went-wrong-at-porter-ranch-6405804

http://gizmodo.com/las-gas-leak-disaster-is-a-bigger-problem-than-you-real-1750035270

The Death and Rebirth of the Sun and Society

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Wed, 12/23/2015
Host Paul Roland discusses the Solstice and the cooptation of ancient spiritual beliefs by Imperial Christianity, and reads from a recent article by Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilizationhttp://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/were-doomed-now-what/
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Challenging the Militarization of Climate Change, with guest Nick Buxton

program date: 
Wed, 12/16/2015
The military is at the heart of the fossil fuel economy, yet military emissions were specifically excluded from the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 at the behest of the U.S. government. Though it's possible they may no longer be specifically excluded in the wake of the recent Paris agreement, individual countries' current reporting of emissions and planned actions to combat climate change ("Intended Nationally Determined Contributions") have so far failed to include military emissions.

The United States' vast empire of 800 bases is concentrated in oil-rich regions and is designed to protect long-distance shipping routes and an unsustainable consumer economy that also contributes to climate change. This vast military bootprint, bolstered by a powerful arms industry, ends up fueling conflicts that do untold damage to the environment and kill vast numbers of civilians.

Further, as climate chaos and extreme weather create greater social instability and conflict, the military will play an increasing role in controlling populations worldwide. And corporations will continue to profit from it all.

Guest Nick Buxton, communications manager at the Transnational Institute https://www.tni.org/en, is co-editor of a new book: The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-changed World.  He said in a press statement earlier today: "We need to open up a debate about how to cut record world military and homeland security expenditure and invest that money instead into climate adaptation for the world's most vulnerable people. That is the only way to deliver real human security, the security of a safe and sustainable future for everyone."
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Forests and climate; West Coast mayors and fossil fuel infrastructure, and more....

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Wed, 11/25/2015
Guests John Talberth (founder and Senior Economist) and Daphne Wysham (Director of Climate and Energy) of the Center for Sustainable Economy http://sustainable-economy.org/

Talberth has written a new report, "Clearcutting our Carbon Accounts," on the timber industry's massive contribution to climate change and how it shields its greenhouse gas emissions from public scrutiny. A synopsis can be found here: http://sustainable-economy.org/how-industrial-forest-practices-are-subverting-oregons-climate-agenda/. An article for Counterpunch on the report is here: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/18/clearcutting-our-carbon-accounts-how-the-timber-industry-shields-its-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-public-scrutiny/

Wysham also discusses the Portland City Council Resolution against new fossil fuel infrastructure and the upcoming meeting of five West Coast mayors on December 11/12, where climate change and homelessness will be on the agenda. She is involved with the campaign for a "united front" against new fossil fuel infrastructure. There is a new website for the campaign: http://www.nonewffi.org/.

Other articles mentioned on today's show:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/portland-fossil-fuel-resolution
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33756-cop21-too-little-too-late-temperature-co2-thresholds-breached-as-climate-disruption-intensifies

http://leave-it-in-the-ground.org/fossil-fuel-infrastructure/

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Ideology and illusion in the face of climate catastrophe

program date: 
Wed, 11/18/2015
Guest Clive Spash is an economist who writes, researches and teaches on public politcy with an emphasis on economic and environmental interactions.He is currently Chair of Public Policy and Governance in the 
Department of Socio-Economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. His main interests are interdisciplinary research on human behavior, environmental valuses and the transformation of the world political economy to a more socially and environmentally just system.

Spash has written extensive critiques of the dominant "market-based" approaches to dealing with global climate change, including carbon trading. His article Better Growth, Helping the Paris COP-out? Fallacies and Omissions of the New climate Economy Report dissects the flawed thinking and approaches that will likely prevail at the upcoming climate talks in Paris.You can find it here: https://ideas.repec.org/p/wiw/wiwsre/sre-disc-2014_04.html 
From his website http://www.clivespash.org/ :

This [interdisciplinary approach] has also involved moving away from mainstream environmental and resource economics, looking at links with natural sciences, understanding applied ethics, exploring models of democracy and public participation in political science, and linking with social psychology to develop models of human behaviour and motivation. In turn this has led me to question the foundations of accepted knowledge in both the natural and social sciences. As a result I have been been exploring a philosophy of science that combines and accepts realism, sociology of science, critical analysis and deconstructs the fact-value dichotomy.  For some time now, I have pursued this interdisciplinary and integrative work within the context of ecological economics and more recently through the evolving agenda of a politically aware and emancipatory “Social Ecological Economics“.

 

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