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Garment workers around 1900. (Credit: Kheel Center, Cornell University, photographer unknown)
23 March 2011 - Turn back the clock on New York City’s garment district to around the year 1900.
“The average work week was 84 hours, 12 hours every day of the week,” said Ellen Rothman with the Jewish Women’s Archive in Brookline, Mass. “During the busy season, the grinding hum of sewing machines never entirely ceased day or night.”
Against robbery: unity of "opposites" - March 13, 2011 (SOAPBOX #90) - Cindy brings you "two-fers" featuring 1) "conservative" Karen Kwiatowski, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel whose assignments included duties as a Pentagon desk officer and a variety of roles for the National Security Agency. (There's also another good biography of her on the web here, from Source Watch.) Next, she brings you 2) "the left," represented by our old good web buddy, David Swanson, the author of two (2!) books: Undoing the Imperial Presidency, plus his latest, War is a Lie. Karen's archives can be found at Lew Rockell. What fascinated me the most was how eloquently these two vastly different personalities shared the heart of their vision, namely their dedication the TRUTH, and the way both despise politically-motivated lies presented as "truth." Gee; they even made me feel that maybe; just maybe - there are people out here who care about actual truth! (What a concept! Wow!) If so, then maybe there's still hope for humanity. Karen had MUCH to say on "intelligence" and its politicization. David noted revolutionary organizations cannot only align with Democrats when they oppose Republicans. Why is organized labor in such deep horse excrement today? Anyone think it just might be related to the fact that the Labor Movement never went after the Democrats when they failed to put the Employee Free-Choice Act through, when the Democrats were elected to do it - and had the power to do it? You can't win without an offense and you can't have an offense if you're subservient to a party that's the lesser of two evils. (That lesser's still evil, folks.) Today it's like pulling teeth to seek honesty out of groups who see dedication to the Democratic Party as part of their agenda. Example: the fictitious "cuts" to the military budget that actually represents its increase. But I've said ENOUGH here. And anyway, David speaks far better for himself than I can. Please use the link above, to listen to Karen and David!
eighth anniversary of America's invasion of Iraq.
Yep, and it seems now that the U.S. media is trying to spin their own rovian revisionist history as to why they didn't do their jobs, eight years later!
And after all this time, questions still remain as to why the United States launched the war in the first place.
Really Simon, questions? Seems hundreds of thousands here with added millions, us 'focus groups', around this planet were questioning before, on the day the invasion started and all these years later, as well as paying attention to the better late then never Inquiries held as well as all the proof then and through these eight years. Where have all of you been?
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox wants to extend our deepest sympathy with the people of Japan after the quake and tsunami last week. We also fervently hope that Japan does not suffer another nuclear disaster.
Why nuclear power plants are built on or near fault lines when it is a very filthy energy, anyway, is beyond belief!
The president of this country is pro-nuclear power and pro-off shore drilling. All of the billions of dollars in damage, loss of life, and illnesses due to these dangerous energies is not necessary. Technology already exists to move to completely clean and renewable forms of energy.
Anyway, our guests on Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox this weekend are the Virginians!
Karen Kwiatkowski, an antiwar Republican, retired Lt. Colonel, and possible candidate for U.S. Congress from Va.
Our good Soapbox buddy, David Swanson, also of Va. We chat about the role of the Democrats and their supporters in killing vibrant movements that may actually have a chance to succeed.
Listen at 2pm (PST), or any time after in the archives at:
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This is a live feed coming out of Madison:
Right now they are bouncing back and forth from the speaker at the station to show recordings from yesterday as well as some live feeds via cell phones as the rally goes on today.
Reason I'm posting this up, besides the obvious of some wanting to watch, is they announced that the 14 State Senators will be speaking at around twelve noon CST and they are hoping to bring live coverage of those speeches.
This feed comes from The UpTake.
This is in an e-mail from GRITtv:
March 11th, 2011 - This week on War News Radio: Best of Spring 2011. We will hear about the Basetrack program and the controversy surrounding its sudden closure. Then, we will learn about training the Afghan National Army. Finally, we talk to a Swarthmore alumnus who returned home to Afghanistan following graduation.
This is how we treat a lower rank soldier suspect, as the leaders walk free with no worries, apparently, as to accountability of what they did In Our Names!!
No need to say much as to an intro to this discussion, they, as usual, do a great job.
One thing I would like to say is that think Keith would be doin great if he picked up Laura and gave her a spot on the rebuild of that Gore and company TV Station.
She's always done a great job when doing radio, her books, and now with this GRITtv venture, though to a to small an audience and Rachel's still under contract to MSNBC.
Michael Moore: People Still Have the Power
March 1 2011 - "This is a movement that is not going to stop," says filmmaker Michael Moore of the uprising in Madison, Wisconsin (and across the country--all 50 states held solidarity rallies this weekend). "I knew sooner or later people would say they've had enough."
This week on War News Radio, "Under Pressure." We speak with a blogger and a filmmaker about recent protests in the Iraqi province of Sulaimaniyah. Then, we hear about the February 25th "Day of Rage" in Iraq. Finally, we explore media coverage of the controversy surrounding the arrest of a CIA contractor in Pakistan. But first, a round up of this week's news.
This photo of inmates from the Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute was taken in 2007. Among those pictured are (left to right, bottom row) Ibrahim al-Hamdi, Avon Twitty, Enaam Arnaout.
March 3, 2011 - Part 1 of a two-part series
Reports about what life is like inside the military prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay are not uncommon. But very little is reported about two secretive units for convicted terrorists and other inmates who get 24-hour surveillance, right here in the U.S.
A Chinese man works at a photovoltaic power plant built with Japanese help in Xining in northwest China's Qinghai province, 11 June 2008. The 300kw solar panel power plant is the first to be connected to the local power grid. | EPA/ANGHAI JIN
27 February 2011 - Investing 2% of global GDP a year, could lead to a green and sustainable future, one that will outshine predictions of GDP growth under the current economic model.
This week on War News Radio, we hear about the Boeing company and its defense contracts.
Then, we look at coverage of the recent Veterans rape scandal.
Finally, we talk with author and professor Richard Sobel about changing public opinion regarding the U.S.’ involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But first, a round up of this week's news.
A Dialectical Moment in Madison?
The U.S. plutocracy won't feel safe until it's crushed all resistance. Case in point, the organized way the plutocrats set their sights on Wisconsin — the birthplace of public sector unions — hoping that Scott Walker, the newly elected Republican Governor, would show the rest of the country how to break the public sector unions' backs. The stakes are very, very high. If the plutocrats succeed, times will get even more tough all over. For the latest news from Wisconsin I turned to Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, in Madison. Hopefully our understanding of this unfolding history won't come too late... Total runtime forty one minutes. “To be free is nothing, to become free is everything.”
2.24.11 Best-selling author and political analyst David Swanson joins Coy for an extended conversation about the events in Wisconsin. Swanson breaks down the comments made by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker during the recent prank call by an imposter claiming to be well known philanthropist and political advocate David Koch. He also addresses the idea of a “class war” which we may or may not be witnessing in the Packer state. Finally, the two discuss the movement right here in Charlottesville to give UVA employees a “living wage.” Be sure to check out his most recent book War is a Lie.
February 23, 2011 - At the National Press Club Wednesday morning, scientists showed a video of an ocean teeming with wildlife: colorful coral, crabs, sea anemone and bright orange starfish.
The video underscored some not-so-new, but still sobering, news. If trends continue unchecked, our ocean may soon be robbed of its rich coral reefs and many of the 4,000 fish species that depend on them.
Some 75 percent of the world's reefs are facing the threat of extinction, and absent major changes, that number will rise to 90 percent by 2030, and reach 100 percent by 2050, according to a new analysis released Wednesday.
2.21.11 Best-selling author David Swanson joins Coy to discuss the labor unrest in Wisconsin. Be sure to check out his most recent book War is a Lie.
Also on CounterSpin today, public interest groups and media activists of all stripes lined up to oppose the Comcast-NBC merger. And among the coalition of anti-merger activists was... Bloomberg, the media company owned by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. So what did they want? And did they get it? Journalist Aram Roston took a look at Bloomberg's media policy activism in a new piece for the Nation magazine. He'll join us to talk about it.
Video: Bread and Puppets Circus Explains Everything - With Music, Magic, and Headless People on Stilts
The U.S. Economy:
Bread and Puppets Circus
Random Row Bookstore
Feb 17, 2011
Video by David Swanson