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    Out d'Coup | Build Back Better?; COP26; Big Oil Testifies; Cuomo Charged; FB Metaverse; Shapiro and Climate; Corman Runs; Black Flags; Paul Prescord; More Yass; DnD and Race; Dune

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 93:46


    Build Back Better? One thing is clear, there would have been next to nothing had it not been for the progressive caucus's willingness to hold their ground and not cave to pressure from Nancy Pelosi and corporate Democrats.  Half-full? From Harold Meyerson, the American Prospect.  David Dayen from The American Prospect, says the bill has some real positives, but does not meet standards of “permanent, hassle-free, and meaningful.”  Give with one hand, take with another. Los Angeles Times Mixed Bag, VOX Climate emergency and COP26 - We'll be focusing on this on Monday's Out d'Coup LIVE.  Big Oil testifies before Congress. Lies, lies, and more lies.  And a new report from Molly Taft and Emily Atkin shows how Big Oil uses Newsletter ads to spread misinformation. Big Oil targeted Punchbowl, Politico, and Axios newsletters that are frequented by beltway insiders. From the report: In the month leading up to the hearing, from October 1 to October 22: 63% of Punchbowl newsletters, or 30 out of 48, were sponsored by fossil fuel interests; 100% of POLITICO's Morning Energy newsletters, or 15 out of 15, were sponsored by fossil fuel interests; 62% of Axios Generate newsletters, or 10 out of 16, were sponsored by fossil fuel interests. Cuomo gets charged. Harvard University graduate students head into day 3 of their strike. The university administration has refused to meet demands for better pay, recognizing union shop clause, including undergraduate workers in the bargaining unit, and more. Harvard has the largest endowment in the world. It topped $53 billion during the pandemic and as the university reported a $283 million surplus operating budget. Facebook changes its name to “Meta” as it gives a sneak peak to its virtual life platform, metaverse.  Judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial says the people he shot and killed cannot be referred to as “victims.”  Democratic Josh Shapiro says he's not a fan of Gov. Tom Wolf's climate mitigation plans and decision to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Jake Corman begins flirting with his campaign for governor. He met with Pennsylvania's congressional republicans at the Capitol Hill Club in DC over a week ago and is expected to announce after election day. Senator Corman is announcing his run for governor while the Senate “audit” is polling at 55 percet opposed to 43 percent support.    Critical school board elections on Tuesday. Also on the ballot Justice of the PA Supreme Court, County district attorney, sheriff, mayors, more judges,   Black Flags flying in Bucks County. Cyril Mychalejko's latest piece just dropped on the increasing extremism in Bucks Co.  DSA Activist, union organizer and Philadelphia public school teacher Paul Prescord announced his campaign against Senator Anthony Williams for the Pennsylvania Senate.  Williams is a charter school proponent and one of the caucuses largest recipients of Jeffrey Yass Money Speaking of Jeffrey Yass, Jeffrey Yass and the Commonwealth Foundation are making it rain for Judicial and school board candidates.  The Commonwealth Leaders Fund gave at least $1.9 million in support of PA Supreme Court Nominee Judge Kevin Brobson.  Then the Commonwealth Children's Choice Fund and Students First PACs also gave $145,000 to groups supporting right-wing school board candidates across the commonwealth.   Kate Aronoff's book, Overheated should be on your must read list. Just picked up Tasha's Cauldron of Everything and dove into issues of race in D&D.  Still waiting to find the time to watch the new Dune.


    Out d‘Coup LIVE for October 25, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 57:49

    On today's show, we've got another round of open phones. From Bucks County, to Harrisburg, to Washington, the challenges we face just don't stop. What's on your mind? What's at the top of your agenda? We're taking your comments on YouTube. You can also join the show live on Riverside.fm and call in to the show. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress.  You can also help out the show by heading over to our YouTube channel if you are not there already and smash that subscribe button, like the stream for this show, and hit that notification bell so you'll know everytime we go live.  Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV Chatting on #livechat during and after the show.

    Out d'Coup | Death of Build Back Better?; Joe Manchin is Horrid; Mastriano Fleeces God; Summer Lee; HACC Unionizing; U Pittsburgh Union; KU Activists; KU Dining Hall Workers Union; Looking Ahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 74:32


    Biden makes a last attempt to personally lobby his “friends in the Senate” to pass his Build Back Better plan through reconciliation. So far, his efforts have led to a DECREASE in the size and scope of the bill. According to reports, Biden told progressive lawmakers that the bill is likely to be cut from $3.5 trillion to a ceiling of around $2 trillion. Recall that the $3.5 bill was the original compromise bill, down from the initial $6 trillion. Biden also reportedly told lawmakers that free community college will be cut and the extension of the childcare tax credit will be significantly scaled back. Can you see that white flag flying above the White House? Biden was in Scranton this past Wednesday to push the Build Back Better plan, but it looks like it's a whole lot of too little too late.  And with Joe Manchin's threats to leave the Democratic Party, we are left with the question posed by David Dayen in The American Prospect this week: “What if Build Back Better Builds Back Worse?”  And, as Will Bunch wrote this week in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “From college to climate, Democrats are sealing their doom by selling out yount voters.”  And it looks like Manchin's blocking of climate legislation will have a disproportionately disastrous effect on the people of West Virginia. How's that for representation.  Doug Mastriano is waiting for a “financial sign from God,” yes, that God, about running for governor.  Mastriano has been campaigning at different churches from around the Commonwealth ahead of his anticipated run for governor. Pennsylvania House Representative Summer Lee announced her run for US Congress with a powerful video highlighting the anger and betrayal industry has wrought in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Representative Lee picked up Representative - and the future mayor of Pittsburgh - Ed Gainey's endorsement for the seat on her first day. It has been over 300 days since full-time and part-time professors at Harrisburg Area Community College completed their card signing process and filed their petitions for a union vote.  The school is the only community college in Pennsylvania without union representation and PA Spotlight is getting ready to peel back the layers of Dr. Ski's anti-union past.  Buckle up.   University of Pittsburgh faculty voted overwhelmingly to unionize this week.  Kutztown University saw a flurry of progressive action this week. On Tuesday, the student group, KU Activists, protested the university's denial of ADA accommodations to at-risk students and faculty and President Hawkinson's over all magical thinking regarding COVID protocols. Then on Thursday, KU dining hall workers went public with their union organizing campaign holding rallies outside several university dining halls.


    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for October 20, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 37:07

    Welcome to another episode of The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko.  Cyril is a progressive columnist for the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer. On today's show, we talk about Cyril's latest column, “Right-wing 'media' triggers misinformed right-wing rage." We'll also check in on his newest entry in his newsletter, “Domestic Extremism Edition! Reopen Bucks Member: Masks Are 'Satanic Ritual,' 'Patriot' Movement Recruits Police in PA & Beyond, Oath Keeper Cops & Soldiers Across the U.S., And More!,” which amounts to a review of the crazy in Bucks County and the deep influence right-wing militias have sought out in police departments and the military.  Make sure to subscribe to Cyril's newsletter right here: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/  

    Out d‘Coup LIVE | Jordan Hopkins on his article, ”School Board Disruptions Escalate, Funded By Conservative Dark Money”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 66:10

    Tonight I welcome Jordan Hopkins back to the show. Hopkins is a writer, editor, and independent, investigative journalist based in Philadelphia. He's been covering the slimy money trail left behind the right-wing extremist slugs infecting our social and political networks. Listeners of the show will remember that the last time Jordan was on the show, we talked about his article, “A Party of Grifters” unpacking the grift at the core of the emerging Patriot Party and the rise of extremism in PA more broadly.  Jordan has followed the dark money trail once again, exposing the influence that right-wing extremist billionaires are having on local school districts. His article featured in Unicorn Riot last week, “School Board Disruptions Escalate, Funded by Conservative Dark Money,” will be the focus on our show tonight.  You can check out all his great reporting at https://www.ItsAlienMuse.com and you can follow him on Twitter @jhop_phl. After our break, we'll be taking your calls and comments and I'll give you some closing thoughts. If you want to call into the show, you should join the show on Riverside.fm. Details for how to join are in tonight's chat.  Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV  

    Out d'Coup | Joe-Kyrsten Drama; TX Abortion Ban; Striketober; Josh Shapiro for Gov; Ashley Ehasz for PA01; Sean Parnell Fail; Lincoln Project on Yass; KU Activists; Capt Kirk to Space; Dungeon Run

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 111:36


    In what has become a ping-ponging of women's Constitutionally protected right to an abortion, the conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Texas law banning almost all abortions. The decision puts the case on a direct pathway back to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema say they are ready to tank Biden's Build Back Better plan on the grounds that it's too hard on fossil fuel corporations; that it expands Medicare to include dental, vision, and hearing coverage; that it provides for tuition-free community college; and, generally, that everything isn't means tested. At least that's what Manchin laid out. Sinema seems just pissed that HER piece of legislation, the bi-partisan fossil fuel infrastructure bill, is not getting voted on first.   10,000 UAW workers went on strike against John Deere. The strike comes after workers rejected a tentative agreement by about 90% on Sunday. Workers say the two-tier employee system which would hurt newly hired workers was a non-starter. Now that's some solidarity for ya.  60,000 IATSE, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, workers will begin a strike on Monday if no significant agreement is reached. 98% of IATSE members voted in favor of a strike over issues of an increased minimum wage, humane working hours, and fair pay for work on streaming programming.  These job actions join the 1,400 workers at Kellogg's plants who went on strike on October 5 and close to 30,000 workers at Kaiser Permanente in California and Oregon have overwhelmingly passed their strike authorization.  #Striketober anyone? Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro launched his 2022 gubernatorial campaign in Pittsburgh and Montgomery County this week.  The Attorney General has essentially clearled the field of any challengers by gaining the endorsements of progressives and moderate Democrats throughout the Commonwealth. Ashley Ehasz becomes the first Democrat to throw their hat in the ring to try to unseat Brian Fitzpatrick in the PA01. Ehasz is an army vet who's campaign launch video focused on her anger that the American Dream is out of reach for so many. Her campaign announcement has spurred critical discussion about the political future of Bucks County and the whole of the #PA01.  Sean Parnell, the Trump endorsed candidate for US Senate, went to court to try and place a “sweeping gag order” against his ex-wife.  Parnell's wife filed two PFA's against Sean Parnell in 2017 and 2018.  Some are saying that this can be a liability for his campaign.   Scott Wagner was in the news again this week. On the third anniversary of his epic meltdown underneath a billboard on the side of a highway, Wagner stated that he will pledge $1.5 million to a PAC supporting Jeff Bartos if Bartos gets through the primary. The Lincoln Project put Pennsylvania's right-wing billionaire Jeffrey Yass on blast this week.  The group put together a 30 second ad detailing how Yass uses his money and a web of political action committees to spread disinformation to Pennsylvania's voters.  The group also highlighted a campaign finance complaint filed by Pennsylvania Spotlight & asked viewers to call Attorney General Josh Shapiro and demand action from the complaint.  KU Activists are holding a protest on Tuesday, October 19 from 10:30 - noon at the Alumni Plaza to advocate for the rights of disabled students, faculty, and staff. We all deserve an environment that is safe for us. Look for posters around campus soon! Yes, Captain Kirk got to go to space. Well, the edge of space at least. William Shatner joined three other passengers on Blue Origin's second rich people joy ride into suborbital space on Wednesday.  Gotta love the Dungeon Run.


    Out d‘Coup LIVE | Jamie Davis and Cyndi Shain - Palisades School Board Candidates | October 11, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 64:42


    Tonight, I welcome Jamie Davis and Cyndi Shain to the show. Davis and Shain are candidates for the Palisades School District School Board. The Palisades School District has become a hotbed of controversy as the right-wing extremism that has reared its ugly head throughout Bucks County has infected this district as well. We'll get into the controversies and why it is essential to elect Jamie Davis and Cyndi Shain.  Jamie Davis was born in the South Bronx, NYC and raised in suburban NJ. She was adopted at a young age by amazing parents, who are both educators. Jamie has worked with children of all ages as a caregiver and teacher for 13 years. Recently, she changed careers and now enjoys working  with people in a corporate environment. She is passionate about being a positive role model and an advocate in her community. She is also the parent of a Palisades Pirate  Cyndi Shain holds a master's degree in education from Lehigh University. She has spent the last 25 years as an educator, mostly teaching in private schools, and currently works for a charter school outside of Allentown. Her son is a 2020 graduate of Palisades and currently attends Northampton Community College. You can get involved by getting in contact with the candidates: Jamie Davis: davisforpalisades@gmail.com Cyndi Shain: shainforpalisades@gmail.com ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 2, 2021 OCTOBER 18, 2021 IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER BEFORE THE NOVEMBER 2, 2021 ELECTION Register here: Voter Registration Application Request mail-in ballot: Deadline to request mail-in ballot is October 26, 2021 @ 5pm. Applications must be RECEIVED by your County Election Board by that date and time.


    Out d'Coup | Bans off Our Bodies; Senate Report on J6; Pandora Papers; FB Whistleblower; Climate Action; Energy Transfer Charged; Corman Golfs; Mikey Stacks; Capt. Kirk to Space; Biniek BioTech Brews

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 78:47


    Hundreds of Bans Off Our Bodies rallies were held across Pennsylvania and the United States last Saturday.  The demonstrations brought out hundreds of thousands of people supporting access to abortion and reproductive healthcare.    The Senate Judiciary Committee releases a report saying we were much closer to a serious Constitutional crisis than we thought...and we already thought we were pretty close. And, of course, some PA regulars are in the cross hairs.  The House January 6 Commission says it will start issuing criminal subpoenas  The Pandora Papers dropped, exposing how world leaders, celebrities, and the uber rich are using U.S. tax havens and real estate to park their riches out of the reach of taxation and public scrutiny.  As described in The Washington Post, “The investigation identified 206 U.S.-based trusts linked to 41 countries. Nearly 30 of the trusts held assets connected to people or companies accused of fraud, bribery or human rights abuses in some of the world's most vulnerable communities.” Bernie Sanders is pretty much done with coddling Joe Manchin.  Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus all go down the day after Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee turned whistleblower appeared on 60 Minutes and spilled the beans on Facebook ignoring its own research that its platform was causing real-world damage to democracy and well-being.  The American Prospect lays out - again - how Biden can use executive actions to take decisive action on climate. So, what's it going to be, Biden? The climate or Joe Manchin's Foo Foos.  And a great piece in In These Times, discusses a new report from Democratic Party consultants that shows evidence that the fate of the Democratic Party is intimately tied to the decline of union power. Pointing to the fact that the Democratic Party and the labor movement itself needs to throw everything it has into new organizing. Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed 48 criminal charges against Energy Transfer Partners for environmental damage and contamination from the Mariner East Pipeline.  March on Harrisburg rained on Jake Corman's fundraising golf outing at Toftrees resort near Penn State. Wealthy donors paid between $500 - $10,000 to bend Corman's ear on the back 9. Activists lined the trail between the 10th and 11th hole, attempting to engage donors and holding signs that read “Senator Corman - Meet with Voters Not with Donors;” “Lawmaker Bribery: Par for the Course;” and “The Gift Ban Should be a Gimme.” Activists took this latest action after Senate Pro Tempore Jake Corman refused to bring Gift Ban legislation up for a vote.  School Board craziness continues.  I continue to dodge COVID.  Mikey Stacks is Back trying to get a hold of his old senate seat.  Stack's old senate seat went to John Sabatina - a Stack protege - when Mike Stack became Lt Gov.  Senator Sabatina is leaving the Pennsylvania Senate for a Philadelphia court seat.  Sabatina was picked as a replacement democratic nominee when the original nominee dropped out of the race.  Philly politics at its finest.   Captain Kirk is going to get a shot to go to space...or a part of space at least. That's right, William Shatner is getting a ride on the next Blue Origin scheduled for Tuesday, October 12. At 90 years old, he'll be the oldest person to go to space.  Special shout out to Matthew Biniek for the nice cache of Half-Orc Pumpkin Ale, homebrewed by Biniek BioTech Brews. And, Happy Birthday to my son who becomes a teenager this weekend! Love ya, Rowan!


    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for October 6, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 30:38

    On this week's show…We're going to dig into Cyril's latest column, “Bucks County Youth Must Rise Up to Defend Education.” In that column, Cyril interviewed Edha Gupta, a Central York High School activist who helped lead organizing efforts to overturn a ban on a list of books confronting racism written by people of color. Cyril sees lessons in those students' organizing efforts for battles being fought right here in Bucks County and across the Commonwealth. We'll also take a peek at what's happening in his newsletter and what he's got cooking for his next column.  You should also sign up for Cyril's newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible.  You can also help out the show by heading over to our YouTube channel - if you are not there already - and smash that subscribe button, like the stream for this show, and hit that notification bell so you'll know every time we go live. And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

    Out d‘Coup LIVE | Jordan Hopkins (POSTPONED). Tonight we talk about right-wing dark money in school board races

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 24:52

    *** UPDATE *** *** Unfortunately, Jordan was unable to join us for tonight's show. I provided an overview of Jordan's article and some of the political history around his piece. Hopefully, we'll be able to get him back on the show at a later date. My apologies for everyone who shared out the show promo over the past several days and were looking forward to tonight. We'll do our best to get him back on the show at a later date. *** Tonight I welcome Jordan Hopkins back to the show. Hopkins is a writer, editor, and independent, investigative journalist based in Philadelphia. He's been covering the slimy money trail left behind the right-wing extremist slugs infecting our social and political networks. Listeners of the show will remember that the last time Jordan was on the show, we talked about his article, “A Party of Grifters” unpacking the grift at the core of the emerging Patriot Party and the rise of extremism in PA more broadly. Jordan has followed the dark money trail once again, exposing the influence that right-wing extremist billionaires are having on local school districts. His article featured in Unicorn Riot last week, “School Board Disruptions Escalate, Funded by Conservative Dark Money,” will be the focus on our show tonight. You can check out all his great reporting at https://www.itsalienmuse.com and you can follow him on Twitter @jhop_phl.

    Out d'Coup | High Stakes Reconciliation Bill; Climate Crisis; Super Snail Mail; Sidewalk Socialists; Kavanaugh Gets COVID; PA House GOP Circus; Women's March; Happy Birthday NASA

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 91:13


    Progressives hold the line, forcing Nancy Pelosi to postpone a vote on the $1 trillion Kyrsten Sinima promoted the “bi-partisan” (aka the fossil fuel) infrastructure bill.  Meanwhile, Joe Manchin says he won't support a reconciliation bill larger than  $1.5 trillion - $2 trillion less than the compromise package and $4.5trillion less than the original package.  Some West Virginia kayactivists paddle up to Joe Manchin's yacht, ask him better questions than most of the beltway media, and get more from him that any cable news show.  Writing in his newsletter The Daily Poster, David Sirota reported Thursday that: Joe Manchin backed a huge bank bailout for Wall Street execs almost 13 years ago to the day. That's just rich as he deridedan "entitlement mentality" as a reason to kill the reconciliation bill that would help millions of people struggling to survive. The Wall St execs then bankrolled him. Greta Thunberg chastises world leaders about their climate change “blah, blah, blah,” over the past several decades; she calls for immediate, decisive action.  FEMA is removing subsidies for flood insurance as claims are expected to rise significantly due to the effects of climate change. Insurance premiums are expected to rise 18% per year for at least the next 20 years, particularly in areas already prone to flood.  Twenty-three species have been removed from the endangered species list. But this is not good news. They are being removed because they have been declared extinct. In the 50 years since the passages of the Endangered Species Act. Until Wednesday's announcement, only 11 species have been removed from the list - until today, that is.  Are you ready for some serious snail mail? “Beginning Friday, the U.S. Postal Service will start to "implement new service standards" for first class mail and periodicals — slowing its target delivery time by about 30%,” USPS spokesperson Kim Frum told NPR. Back in the day there were the “sewer socialists;” today, “sidewalk socialists” are making the theoretical question about what it would mean to govern as a socialist into a very practical one. Rebecca Burns of In These Times has a great article on the victories of India Walton in the Buffalo Democratic Mayoral primary and over 60 DSA-backed candidates who have been elected to local office from Denver to Chicago to Knoxville, TN.  Supreme Court Justice and all-around horrible human being, Brett Kavanaugh, tests positive for COVID-19 just a few days before the new term begins. Before you have to google it, yes, he's been vaccinated. Just didn't want to get anyone's hopes up.  Pennsylvania House Republicans shoot down their own school voucher bill.  They were planning on giving vouchers to parents of students who didn't want to wear masks and let them go to school districts or private schools that do not have masking requirements. House Republicans advanced their voter suppression agenda once again.  They voted House Bill 1800 out of committee and a series of constitutional amendments that would politicize the Secretary of State's office, mandate voter ID, establish election audits and more. About 3,000 people showed up in Harrisburg for a maskless, superspreader Pro-Life rally. Sean didn't want to get close to that thing even with his zoom lens.  Tomorrow, Women's Marches are happening around the country tomorrow including right here in the Commonwealth. Rallies will take place in Harrisburg @ 11 am. You can look for a rally times and locations near you by going to https://map.womensmarch.com/. Cyril Mychalejko - Central York High School students light a path for student uprisings in Bucks County and across the Commonwealth.  Happy Birthday to NASA. Yes, on this day in 1958 the legendary space agency was born! On Oct. 1, 1958, NASA was born!  The FAA is investigating Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin about safety measures after an explosive letter published by a group of 21 employees blue the whistle on the company's move to cut safety corners, pressuring employees to works long hours, in a rush to try and gain government contracts and compete with SpaceX.  The letter also alleges that there is a toxic working environment at the company, especially for women.


    Out d‘Coup LIVE for Monday, September 27, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 71:10

    On today's show, we've got another round of open phones. From Bucks County, to Harrisburg, to Washington, the challenges we face just don't stop. What's on your mind? What's at the top of your agenda? We're taking your comments on YouTube.  Tonight we're talking about refusal to work, bread and roses, journalism fails, Biden's faltering agenda, and D&D! Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV Chatting on #livechat during and after the show.

    Out d'Coup | Occupy at 10; J6 Subpoena Time; Manchin; Florida Wins Crazy; Central York School District; PA Fraudit; Penn State Suspends Students; SpaceX; Space Force; Roll a d20

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 98:27


    Happy 10 year anniversary to Occupy Wall Street!  We'll be reflecting on that. Here comes the subpoenas! The House Select committee on the January 6 insurrection issued subpoenas to several former Trump officials including former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former social media director Dan Scavino and Kashyap Patel, who was chief of staff to Trump's defense secretary. The CDC gave the green light for the Pfizer COVID booster shot for at-risk individuals. The third dose of the vaccine will be available for individuals over 65 and for adults who are at heightened risk of severe illness.  Guess who's writing our climate policy. I'll give you a hint. West Virginia & coal. Yup, you guessed it, Senator Joe Manchin is the chair of the Senate Committe on Energy and Natural Resources, Manchin will have an oversized influence on the shape of any climate policy that emerges from the Democrats' reconciliation bill.   Meanwhile, climate activists connected with Greta Thunberg staged the first large protest today in Berlin Germany. This is the first significant Fridays for the Future protest since the pandemic.  Call it a win for the AZ election Fraudit. A win for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, that is. That's right, the Cyber Ninjas pulled out all their bamboo detecting apparatuses and found there was no there there. Now AZ has to clean up the mess (after they pay off all those invoices from Cyber Ninjas, that is).  The New York Times reports on how raging anti-masking policies are hitting students with disabilities especially hard. The article features anti-maskers in Tennessee as the state is one of seven being investigated by the Department of Education for descrimination against students with disabilities during COVID.  Florida continues to impress with its ability to find new lows.  Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed a new State Surgeon General who, according to Slate, “was last seen on the national stage participating in a COVID miracle cure event with another doctor who believes that lizard people control the government and that demons cause gynecological problems by implanting stolen sperm, as well as a third doctor who later got arrested for being part of the mob that smashed into the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the presidential election.” Pennsylvania Senate Republicans launched their “sham election review” while we were away and at the second hearing last week.  We'll recap how Senator Cris Dush isn't ready for the primetime.  After the Central York School District banned books on Rosa Parks and MLK, students rose up and demanded the books be returned to the curriculum. After national attention to the Central York Monkey Trial-esq book ban, the school board reversed course and lifted the ban.  Susan Snyder of The Philadelphia Inquirer published an excellent profile of Steve Oross and his case against Kutztown University. You'll recall that We had Oross on Out d'Coup LIVE at the beginning of the month. Oross recently received a heart transplant, making him at the highest risk of severe/fatal effects of contracting COVID. Kutztown denied his ADA request to teach online.  Penn State suspends 117 students who missed their required COVID-19 testing.  PA Republicans looking to get back to work for the people of the Commonwealth, decide that going to war against Gov. Wolf's mask mandate is one of their top priorities, just as COVID cases spike and parents grow increasingly concerned about the safety of their children in schools. Good thing they can't get their shit together.  SpaceX launched four non-astronauts into REAL space for a three-day tour. The SpaceX Inspiration mission also raised about $200 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.  The U.S. Federal Court of Claims released a redacted version of Jeff Bezos's hissy fit lawsuit protesting NASA's decision to give SpaceX contracts for the lunar lander system to be used in upcoming Artemis missions, leaving Blue Origin's aspirations wanting. It's rich that Bezos is claiming he and his Blue Origin space baby had been treated unfairly.  New Space Force uniforms have got some serious Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek feels going on.  Scientists have discovered footprints in the White Sands National Park (NM) dating back to more than 21,000 years ago. That means that there were humans in North America several thousands of years before scientists previously thought.  Roll a d20.


    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for September 22, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 33:54

    On this week's show we talk about Cyril's latest column, "Bucks County GOP must reject militias, QAnon, Proud Boys, and other extremism." We also check in with some of the Anti-MaskerRaiders in Bucks County. It's also the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street which is a good opportunity to talk about the critical importance of organizing. You should also sign up for Cyril's newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible.  You can also help out the show by heading over to our YouTube channel - if you are not there already - and smash that subscribe button, like the stream for this show, and hit that notification bell so you'll know every time we go live. And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV

    Out d‘Coup LIVE | Open Phones and Comments for September 20, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 68:14

    On today's show, we've got another round of open phones. From Bucks County, to Harrisburg, to Washington, the challenges we face just don't stop. What's on your mind? What's at the top of your agenda? We're taking your comments on YouTube. You can also join the show live on Riverside.fm and call in to the show. Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV Chatting on #livechat during and after the show. You can support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. If you're listening to this show on the Podbean app, you can show us some love right now by hitting that green patron button at the top of the page.  You can also help out the show by heading over to our YouTube channel and smash that subscribe button, like the stream for this show, and hit that notification bell so you'll know every time we go live.

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for September 15, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 37:48

    We're back in your media feeds! Cyril Mychalejko is back with Kevin Mahoney to get us caught up on all the craziness in Bucks County.  The incredible disappearing Damsker? What? Rise in COVID numbers got you down? No longer the hero of local right-wing school board members? Worried about ties with Reopen PA? Who knows? School boards throughout the county continue to go off the rails. Right-wing training camps sponsored by right-wing GOP activists. We're looking at you, Meehan.  And Cyril will give us a little preview of his brand new column.  You should also sign up for Cyril's newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible.  You can also help out the show by heading over to our YouTube channel - if you are not there already - and smash that subscribe button, like the stream for this show, and hit that notification bell so you'll know everytime we go live. And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV

    Out d‘Coup LIVE | Dawn Curran and Carolyn Sciarrino, Pennridge United School Board Candidates | September 13, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 71:18

    On today's show I welcome Pennridge United school board candidates Dawn Curran and Carolyn Sciarrino.  Dawn Curran is a teacher at Central Bucks High School West and has two kids, the oldest of which started first grade this fall. Dawn and her husband have been part of the Pennridge community for the past 15 years. Dawn is especially interested in helping Pennridge evolve and rebuild after the pandemic. Specifically, she is interested in enhancing education with the district's new technology; promoting physical, social, and emotional well-being; and finding new ways to recognize and celebrate diverse backgrounds and experiences of the student body and the community. She comes from a family of teachers and has participated in curriculum writing and leadership activities at Central Bucks, coached several sports teams, is the faculty advisor for her school's newspaper and the newly formed No Place for Hate leadership committee.  Carolyn Sciarrino grew up in Springfield Township in a close-knit Colombian family. Her parents emigrated to the U.S. in their twenties and ran an electrical repair shop and a hair salon. She carries their values of hard work, respect, honesty, strength of character, and kindness into raising her own family in the Pennridge school district. She and her husband are raising their four young children in the district and she has been a fierce advocate for her children and all the students in the district. She has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Temple and a master's degree from St. Joseph's University. She has worked in foster care, adoptions, school-based educational programs, and in social service with the Defender Association of Philadelphia.  Dawn and Carolyn are running as part of the "Pennridge United" slate of candidates that also includes Adrienne King and David O'Donnell, who we had on the show back on August 16. This year's campaign is especially contentious as their opposition has embraced much of the right wing culture war tactics that are infecting school board races throughout Bucks County and across the nation. Upcoming fundraising event: Next Monday, September 20 there is a Yoga and Wine at Sunset fundraising event in support of Pennridge United candidates. To get information about attending the event you can click right here: Yoga and Wine at Sunset Fundraiser https://pennridgeunited2021.eventsmart.com/events/yoga-and-wine-at-sunset/ If you're looking for ways to get involved and help get the Pennridge United candidates elected to school board, fill out their volunteer sign-up form here: Pennridge United Volunteer Form. You can help out with everything from knocking doors, to phone banking, to writing letters to the editor, to doing research on school board policies.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SYXGFFV

    Out d'Coup | Biden's Vaccine Mandate; Dems Fumbling Infrastructure; Manchin Family Business; Climate Consequences; PA Spotlight Dunks on Dush; KU Pres Hawkinson Issues Hyperbolic Missive; and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 72:04


    President Biden announces a COVID vaccine mandate for all businesses with 100 or more employees. His administration seems to have had it with the politicization of the pandemic. In his address he said: “What makes it incredibly more frustrating is we have the tools to combat covid-19, and a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner...We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.” Centrist and right-leaning Democrats' are waffling on the big infrastructure bill. Writing in The American Prospect, David Dayen has is right: Democrats are bowing to the “curse of artificial scarcity,” allowing right-wing frames about deficits and wrong-headed economic reasoning to whittle away at critical climate and infrastructure investment.  Scientists are finding that animals are literally shape-shifting in response to climate change. But hey, no rush Joe Manchin.  Speaking of Manchin, looks like his daughter is in some hot water. Yup, seems like she was cashing in on the epipen price inflation scandal...uh oh.  Is the paste causing sterility in men? One study showed that Ivermectin may do that.  Senate Democrat Vincent Hughes cited Pennsylvania Spotlight's research at the end of yesterday's sham "fraudit" hearing.  It was so good it forced Senator Cris Dush to end the line of questioning and gavel out of the hearing.  Senator Hughes asked Fulton County Commissioner Stuart Ulsh about an email he sent to fellow committee members asking them to help overturn the 2020 election.   Kutztown University president, Kenneth Hawkinson, warns faculty, staff, and students about an even bigger threat than COVID: discussions about a possible solidarity action in support of Steve Oross and others who the university has denied ADA accommodations for. In a 720 word missive, he sounded the alarm that students and faculty would misconstrue a few people dressed in cover-alls standing on a sidewalk with signs supporting stricter COVID precautions and in support of Steve Oross as an actual biothreat. Wow.


    OdC LIVE | Steve Oross - Kutztown U Demands Faculty Member to Choose Between Life and Livelihood

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 74:27

    On today's Out d'Coup LIVE special I talk with Steve Oross, Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University. Eralier this year, Oross had a heart transplant and has spent the last six months rehabilitating and recovering from his surgery. While he has made a remarkable recovery, his status as a recent heart transplant patient puts him in a "severe risk" status when it comes to the risk of dying if he contracts COVID-19. When his doctors cleared him to return to work as long as it was remote teaching, Oross sought out direction for Kutztown University administration and human resources for shifting his classes from in-person to on-line for the fall semester. What followed was a devastating and cruel story of a university administration that has forced Oross to choose between his life and his livelihood. His story is equal parts devastating and enraging. Don't miss this show and please share it as widely as you can. And there is more you can do to help: Sign the Open Letter Re: KU COVID-19 Mitigations Fall 2021" - http://bit.ly/KUFall2021Petition Email KU President Kenneth Hawkinson urging him to provide appropriate ADA accommodations to faculty, staff, and students who are at risk of severe complications and/or death from COVID-19: hawkinson@kutztown.edu If you want to reach out to Steve to lend your support or share your story, you can email him at oross@kutztown.edu We will have additional resources and calls for action in the coming days and weeks.

    Out d‘Coup | SCOTUS OKs TX Abortion Bounty Hunting; Climate Disasters; Joe Rogan‘s Pasting; Mike Jones‘s Zombies; Steve Lynch‘s 20 Strong Men; Wolf‘s Masks; More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 83:17

    It's Raging Chicken's Friday politics round-up with Kevin Mahoney and Sean Kitchen. It's been quite a week and we're here to dig into it. You can help support homegrown, progressive media by becoming a patron of Raging Chicken for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress Join our Discord to live chat during the show: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Kierstyn Zolfo from Bucks Co. Indivisible on GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 80:15

    On this week's episode, I am talking with Kierstyn Zolfo from Bucks County Indivisible to dig into the myth vs. reality of Republican Rep. Brian Fiitzpatrick's (PA-01) reputation as a moderate. Fitzpatrick's "moderate" credentials have helped garner him endorsements from the PSEA, the PA AFL-CIO, and the Sierrra Club. But what's the real deal here? Zolfo will help us dig into his record in one of the most highly watched Congressional districts in the country. Kierstyn Zolfo is a resident of Bucks County and a volunteer organizer with Indivisible Bucks County. She also serves on the steering committee of Pennsylvania Indivisible as the Legislative Chair, and in that position edits and contributes to the Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking report, an effort that keeps an eye on the votes and quotes from the Commonwealth's 20 Members of Congress. Kierstyn is originally from New Jersey, but moved to PA when she was an undergrad at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, and has stuck around the area ever since. Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV Chatting on #livechat during and after the show.

    Out d' Coup | Kabul Airport Bombing; COVID Spikes; Don't Drink Poison; PA Prison Gerrymandering; More Mastriano; Pennridge; KU Mallet Center; Sean's Book

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 85:29

    Bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan leaves at least 112 people dead and 111 injured. That includes 13 U.S. service members.  Florida is facing its worst COVID outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic thanks to a Governor stuck in a right-wing media fantasyland and the rapid spreading delta variant. The Orlando area has begged residents to conserve water because the oxygen used to clean the water is needed in hospitals. And more devastating news on the COVID front. According to the go-to forecasting model, the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium, the U.S. is expected to see an additional 100,000 deaths unless people start doing basic things like getting vaccinated, wearing masks, and social distancing. That hits extra hard as schools across the country send kids back to classroom with a hodge-podge of safety plans passed by local school boards.  And for the fake-concern about the safety of vaccines, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer vaccine. That's right folks, it's official now. What's your next excuse for putting other people at risk? Poison control center calls in Texas are up 550% after residents start taking the horse medicine, ivermectin, in order to fight covid.  Evacuation orders are given to residents and visitors in the Lake Tahoe region as the Caldor Fire has grown to more than 213 square miles and is only 12% contained.  The Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission took the first huge step ending prison gerrymandering.  House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton's resolution ending the practice passed 3-2 after years of Republicans ignoring McClinton's legislation in the General Assembly. A long simmering feud between Senator Mastriano and Senate President Jake Corman over the ongoing audit saga boiled over into the public and has been lasting all week. Gov. Tom “too-little-too-late” Wolf pleads with the PA GOP to call the legislature back into session to pass a mask mandate. PA GOP leadership took a second away from their pool floaties and backyard cookouts to say, no thanks.  Pennridge school district, under the leadership of Board Vice President Joan Cullen, shoots down their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion curricular initiatives. That's several years worth of work down the drain. Now the ADL and the PA NAACP are publicly condemning the school board's move. And after several articles in big market PA news outlets, even the national media is starting to get clued to how far off the rails the Pennridge School Board is. Did I mention that the Board also chose to ignore all medical expert advice and go with a mask-optional policy. Roll the dice.  Once again Kutztown University's presidential tin man, Kenneth Hawkinson, and his HR advisors show what it looks like to treat people like line-items on a balance sheet. If you caught my special Out d'Coup on Wednesday, you already know that a faculty member who just had a heart transplant is being forced to go back to in-person teaching despite his CDC indicated “high risk” status.  In other KU related news, the university broke new ground on a musical mallet research center. 

    Out d'Coup Special | Kutztown University: A Caring Community?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 65:32

    On today's show, we dig into Kutztown University's back to school plans. If you've been following this show at all you'll know that the KU administration has been a bit belligerent when it comes to ensuring the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students. During the last academic year, KU had one of highest rates of COVID cases in the PA State System of Higher Education.  As the delta variant rages, KU is determined to head back to campus using PR to help fend off the risks. Well, OK, there is a mask mandate. But there will be no requirement for notifying the university of vaccination status; no systematic testing to get ahead of an outbreak; and, no contract tracing.   To make matters worse, the administration has denied some faculty requests to keep an all online schedule, despite being at high risk for dire consequences from contracting COVID. On today's show we'll get into the story of one faculty member, Steve Oross, who is being forced to make an awful choice between his job and his personal well-being. Today, we will set the stage for what's happening and next week we'll be talking directly to those faculty members on this podcast.  Some faculty are not taking this lying down. They are circulating a petition among faculty, staff, students, and parents, calling on the university to require vaccination or, at the very least, to mandate regular testing for unvaccinated individuals. You can check out the petition here: http://bit.ly/KUFall2021Petition You can help support homegrown, progressive media by becoming a patron of Raging Chicken for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Ben Tupper author of "Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 71:32

    On this week's episode, I talk with Ben Tupper about the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan. Ben Tupper served in the United States military for 20 years, and was part of Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan for a year long tour, responsible for mentoring, training, and fighting along side the Afghan National Army. Ben retired in 2015 at the rank of Major. Ben had previously visited and worked in Afghanistan as part of a program to support the education of girls and women. Ben has a long history of involvement in progressive organizations working nationally and internationally to combat injustice on economic, gender, and racial fault lines. These include work and studies in Nicaragua, Cuba, and Costa Rica during the 1980s and 1990s. Ben remains a strong supporter of democratic movements, organizations, and processes, and currently enjoys talking politics over good cigars and IPAs in Las Vegas and Syracuse NY. Resources and links: Donate to No One Left Behind, a non-profit organization working to ensure that the U.S. keeps it's promises to Afghans that assisted Americans over the past 20 years. https://nooneleft.org/ Read Ben's book, Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo.  NPR Interview with Ben following the release of his book.  More NPR dispatches from Ben.  Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV Chatting on #livechat during and after the show.

    Out d'Coup | Afghanistan and the media; getting wild in BuxMont; Wolf gives Berks Detention Center new life; Sean makes photo book

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 53:58

    It's a special Thursday version of Raging Chicken's weekly politics round-up. Surprise!  On today's show, we spend a good chunk of time talking about the situation in Afghanistan, how to grapple with fallout and aftermath of U.S. empire; and, how the media is fueling misleading and unhelpful narratives about the U.S. withdrawl.  We also talk more about the right-wing playbook for sowing the seeds of division, hatred, and violence in local school board meetings. It looks like Bucks and Montgomery County are ground zero. Sean fills us in on his plans for making a photo book based on his Instagram-ready photos taking in the Harrisburg region. And, yes, you'll have to buy one if you want to see it :-). Rumor has it he's going to sign every copy under an inked footprint of his Adidas clamshells.  You can help support homegrown, progressive media by becoming a patron of Raging Chicken for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress    

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for Monday, August 18, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 46:41

    It's a special Monday evening edition of The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko. It's been quite a week in Bucks County. We've seen rising tensions over mask mandates; right-wing ideologues flaming about Critical Race Theory; and, school board elections that seem to be smack dab in the middle of it all. In the midst of all that, David Damsker, the Director of the Bucks County Health Department is under scrutiny for encouraging schools to evade state COVID regulations, dismissing the seriousness of the pandemic, and bragging about his dismissal of CDC guidance. That came after a series of emails were released showing Damsker encouraging a day care not to report COVID cases and so much more.  Check out tonight's special episode for some behind-the-scenes on the Damsker Chronicles.  Be sure to subscribe to Cyril's newsletter: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ Resources: Bucks County Courier Times: Heated comments over masks and mental health halts commissioners meeting Monday WHYY: Bucks tweaks COVID guidance to schools following outcry over health commissioner's emails Support Raging Chicken. Become a patron for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress  

    Out d‘Coup LIVE | Pennridge School Board Candidates Adrienne King and David O‘Donnell

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 65:30

    On this week's episode, I welcome two candidates for school board in the Pennridge School District, Adrienne King and David O'Donnell. Adrienne King was raised in a working single parent home in Warminster, PA, and is a graduate of the Centennial School District. She has a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Science in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from Temple University. As one of the few black families in her school district growing up, and often the only black student in her classes, she learned at an early age the value of learning about others and working together while also embracing her differences. She and her family have lived in the Pennridge School District since 2007 and she has two daughters in elementary school. David O'Donnell and his family have lived in the Pennridge School district for the past 11 years. He has two children who have benefitted from the Pennridge School System. He has worked in management positions in retail and hospitality for over twenty years. He sees the School Board as the "bridge between the School District and the community," and he is following a family tradition in service to his community. Both Adrienne and David are running as part of the "Pennridge United" slate of candidates that also includes Dawn Curran and Carolyn Sciarrino, which I hope to have on the show in the coming weeks. This year's campaign is especially contentious as their opposition has embraced much of the right wing culture war tactics that are infecting school board races throughout Bucks County and across the nation. Get involved and support Pennridge United School Board Candidates: Pennridge United Facebook Page Donate to Pennridge United School Board Candidates Fundraiser @ Bishop Estate Vineyard & Winery, Aug. 26 @ 6:00 pm Adrienne King's Campaign Facebook Page David O'Donnell's Campaign Facebook Page Join Raging Chicken's Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV

    Out d'Coup | Big Week in Climate, Pandemic, Insurrection, Infrastructure, and Census; RTK Cache; Dungeons; and, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 99:58

    Sean and Kevin are back in the groove brining you this week's politics wrap up. It's been a big week with the UN's IPCC Climate Report, delta variant surge, infrastructure, insurrection, and census. 

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Open Phones/Listener Comments - UN Climate Report; Masking; School Boards Off the Rails; and, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 71:06

    We're back after our last vacation of the summer. Tonight we want to hear what's on your mind. Join in the chat or call-in on Riverside.fm. We'll be talking about the dire warnings in the newly released IPCC Climate Report. It's not looking good for business-as-usual. Plus, as schools plan for the coming school year, the idea of masking has sent groups of parents into a feverish frenzy. And, let's not forget about the QAnon-flavored outrage about CRT and DEI initiatives. Tonight's Pennridge School Board meeting is preparing for a full culture war around the issue of making our schools welcome for all students. Welcome to the PA-01. Resources: Kate Aronoff, "Playing nice with the fossil fuel industry is climate denial," The New Republic New York Times, "A hotter future is certain, climate panel warns. But how hot is up to us" IPCC, Sixth Assessment Report

    Out d'Coup | Infrastructure Bill; Jan 6 Commission; Delta Variant; Pelosi Fail; PA Fraudit-Palooza; Bucks Co School Boards; Sean's Birthday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 79:21


    The Portman-Sinema infrastructure bill passed the Senate, 67-32. The bill will not deal with the necessary investments for the challenges of climate change, but we're going to see some decent investment. However, given Senator Krysten Sinema's statement that she is not ready to support the reconciliation bill that is “part two” of Biden's infrastructure plan, there is no guarantee that it will be supported in the House.  Now the fight will be inside the Democratic Party - and it will be a battle over the future, the climate crisis, massive inequality, and perhaps a critical test as to whether our government is capable of doing anything for the vast majority of Americans. The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection held their first hearings this week. Capitol police officers retold their horrifying experiences of that day and urged lawmakers to leave no stone unturned when it comes to investigating who was behind the attacks. That includes investigating what happened in the White House and if any representatives were in on the planning.   According to new reporting in The Washington Post, the Delta variant of the coronavirus “appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants and spreads as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal federal health document.”  As we're seeing outbreaks of the Delta variant of COVID, we're seeing a rekindling of the anti-masking protests as the right-wing looks to capitalize on whatever that can weaponize for their culture war.  As the Delta variant burns through the unvaccinated and numbers of breakthrough cases are on the rise, Americans are also facing eviction. The national moratorium on evictions expires on Saturday - tomorrow - which will allow landlords to begin eviction proceedings against people who have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic. It is estimated that more than six million families have fallen behind on their rent and could face eviction.  A new poll from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs found that 47% of Republican voters say that “a time will come when patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands.” The same poll also found that 55% of Republicans said that “the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast we may have to use force to save it.”  And Nancy Pelosi turns to libertarian talking points in arguing against wiping out student debt.  In a meeting with President Biden during his recent trip to Pennsylvania, the director of Make the Road Pennsylvania, Maegan Llerena, delivered a letter signed by 52 elected leaders from the Commonwealth to shut down the Berks County Detention Center once and for all.  Get ready Pennsylvania!  Fraudit-Polooza is getting ready to swing through the state next week as Doug Mastriano's July 31st deadline approaches.  Mastriano has threatened to issue subpoenas to Tioga, York and Philadelphia Counties if they do not comply with his scam.  If you're not familiar with Republican candidate for Senate Kathy Barnette, now might be a good time to check out the recent article on her in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Barnette is a right-wing, African-American woman who is making a name for herself in the MAGA media world. And the kicker is that she has raised more money than any of the other GOP hopefuls. She just pulled in an endorsement from Michael Flynn.  York County officials have called in police after numerous reports of people claiming to be members of an “election integrity committee” going home to home asking residents about their voting in the 2020 election.  Bucks County school board meetings are becoming hotspots of QAnon conspiracies, anti-masking protests, and educational white-washing as we have been following on this show and on The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko. On Tuesday, tensions came to a head outside a Central Bucks School Board meeting during a press conference held by parents and medical professionals urging the Board continue to make masks mandatory for the upcoming school year. During the press conference hecklers yelled “lies,” “child abuse,” “my kids can't breathe,” and “murderer” as parents and medical professionals tried to express their concerns for their children and the community. The Board voted later that evening to make masks optional, despite new CDC guidance and a letter signed by over 100 medical professionals urging the Board to keep the mask mandate in place. 


    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for July 28, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 38:42

    On this week's show, we'll be talking about Cyril's freshly minted column, “Join the Civil Rights movement of 2021 and beyond,” published today in the Bucks County Courier Times. Cyril had the opportunity to talk to Kadida Kenner of the New Pennsylvania Project about the critical need to protect and extend voting rights in PA at a moment when echoes of Jim Crow are heard in our media, school board meetings, and legislative sessions. I also hope to get his take on the decision by the Central Bucks School Board to NOT require masks for the upcoming school year despite new guidance from the CDC. And, if we have time, we might dip into Kathy Barnette's bid for the Republican nomination for the PA Senate. You should also sign up for Cyril's newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible.  You can also help out the show by heading over to our YouTube channel - if you are not there already - and smash that subscribe button, like the stream for this show, and hit that notification bell so you'll know every time we go live. And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann.

    Out d'Coup LIVE | School boards and CRT; voter suppression; billionaires in space; and your calls

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 102:24

    So much is going on right now and it's pulling us in so many different directions. School board races are heating up as Republican's go all in on white supremacy & culture wars; Democrats are fumbling on offense when it comes to winning the battle for voting rights; and, of course, we've been "treated" to two more billionaire visions for space. We've got some things to say and will be taking your calls on Riverside.fm and your comments on our YouTube stream. Help support this show and all Raging Chicken podcasts. Become a patron for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress.  

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko | July 21, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 34:07


    On today's show, we're going to be talking about Cyril's latest column, “Anti-Critical Race Theory hysteria revives McCarthyism, Klan politics” and his conversation with Jason Stanley, author of “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.” We'll also check in with what's happening over in his newsletter about the State of the Nation and get his thoughts on Gov. Wolf's about-face on resistance to GOP attempts to suppress the vote with Voter ID.  You should also sign up for Cyril's newsletter on Substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible. And, if you are listening on the Podbean app, you can hit that Patron button to support this show as well.


    Out d'Coup LIVE | Student activists Paul Berlet, Monica Zheng, and Nick Marcil on PASSHE mergers and organizing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 90:24

    On tonight's show, I welcome student activists, Paul Berlet and Monica Zheng to the show. We'll be talking about last weeks PASSHE Board of Governors vote to approve the mergers of 6 state universities into two and growing discontent among students, faculty, and the public.  Paul Berlet is a senior at Kutztown university studying secondary English education. He is a member of the Kutztown student group KU activists as well as PASSHE Defenders.  Monica Zheng is an undergrad at West Chester University. She is a member of PASSHE defenders and a member of the Party of Socialism and Liberation. Nick Marcil co-founder of PASSHE Defenders.  These students are committed to the power of popular organizing and direct action to better the situation for working-class people, especially students and those working in education.  

    Out d'Coup | Back from vacation; end the filibuster; climate crisis; dark money; critical race theory; PASSHE vote; Brave Noise; and, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 111:12

    Out d'Coup podcast for July 16, 2021. It's our weekly politics round-up! We're back from vacation for a free-wheeling show! Today we catch up on our post-vacation reflections; discuss the pressing crises of our democracy; take a peek at dark money groups funding anti-CRT orgs and candidates in PA; check-in with the ever-green extremism of Doug Mastriano; reflect on PASSHE consolidations; and, close out with a little beer industry and a special unboxing of Sean's newest package. Join our Discord to live chat during the show: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for July 14, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 32:05

    On this week's show...we attempt to get our feet firmly planted in this timestream with a themed show: “This playing nice shit ain't cutting it.” That little ditty comes by the way of a striking miner in Alabama and it's a phrase we could all do well to get used to integrating in our political organizing. Today we talk about Texas Dems leaving their state en masse to prevent new voter suppression legislation; Biden's Philadelphia speech on voting rights; PASSHE Board of Governors voting to move forward with meeting 6 universities into 2; the coal miners' strike in Alabama; and, we get to hear a little bit about Cyril's new column (now released) on critical race theory. It's a show not to be missed! Cyril's latest column: “Anti-Critical Race Theory hysteria revives McCarthyism, Klan politics.”  Subscribe to Cyril's newsletter on substack: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ Support striking mine workers. Contribute to their strike fund HERE.   

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Open Phones - Summer Reading Lists? Space Tourism? Organizing? What's on Your Mind

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 80:27

    We're back from vacation and so much is going on. The vote on PASSHE consolidation is looming. Haiti's president just got whacked. Teachers are getting fired for teaching diversity. Sir Richard Branson launches into space with civilian passengers. Summer reading. So, much. We're opening up our phones through Riverside.fm (details below). We'd love to hear what's going on on your end of things! During the live show, I'll announce when we'll be taking calls. If you want to call into the show, you should join the show on Riverside.fm and turn the volume off on YouTube, otherwise you'll get a delay and feedback. You can join the show, Monday 7/12/21 @ 7pm using this link: https://riverside.fm/studio/out-dcoup-live Here's info for how it works from Riverside.fm: https://support.riverside.fm/en/articles/4666206-live-call-in  

    Out d'Coup | SPECIAL: Colleen Bradley and Her Lawyer Dan Kearney on PASSHE Whistleblower Case

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 63:50

    This is a special rebroadcast of our interview with whistleblower Colleen Bradley - former Vice President of Administration & Finance at West Chester University - and her lawyer, Dan Kearney. This is a follow up from last week's show from Raging Chicken's documentary about her case. Here's the description from the original podcast on March 29, 2018:  *** On today's Out d'Coup Xtra, Kevin Mahoney interviews Colleen Bradley and her lawyer, Dan Kearney, about her whistleblower case that is knocking on the door of the U.S. Supreme Court. Colleen Bradley was the former Director of Budget and Financial Planning at West Chester University who blew the whistle in 2014 about fraudulent budget practices at WCU and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. When she outed the fraud to the university community, she was fired. Bradley's suit initially appeared to be a textbook case of an employer retaliating against an employee for blowing the whistle on corruption and financial malpractice. However, the U.S. Third Circuit Court denied Bradley First Amendment whistleblower protection in a manner that threatens to dramatically narrow whistleblower protections for every public employee in the nation. Bradley is in the process of filing a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the lower court's decision. If the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review the lower court's decision, the rights of public employees - and all potential whistleblowers - will be gutted. Raging Chicken Press reported on Colleen Bradley's case when she filed her 62-page complaint against West Chester University and PASSHE in 2015. The documents Bradley filed confirmed Raging Chicken's ongoing reporting on PASSHE's dishonest and deceptive budgeting schemes (e.g. “Wall Street on the Susquehanna”; “PASSHE's Austerity Magic”; and, “The Persistence of Crisis at KU”). Her case also provided concrete evidence in support of an independent audit commissioned by the faculty union APSCUF in late 2014, which raised concerned about PASSHE's creative accounting practices. And yet, despite reams of evidence, the people responsible for the fraud at West Chester and other PASSHE universities have not been held accountable and, as the recently released “Bunsis Report” showed, the same deceptive practices continue. And now, PASSHE's decision to retaliate against Colleen Bradley for blowing the whistle on their deceptions has the additional consequence of putting all future whistleblowers at risk. Today's Out d'Coup Xtra focuses on the legal issues at stake in her First Amendment whistleblower case. 

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko | Interview with Rotimi Adeoye on defending voting rights in PA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 31:59

    This week Cyril is flying solo! Today, Cyril talks to locally grown Progressive from Bucks County Rotimi Adeoye. He worked in Congress as a Staff Assistant to Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Press Secretary to Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05). He is currently working on a campaign to defend and expand voting rights and democracy.  Resources: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/01/us/politics/supreme-court-arizona-voting-restrictions.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage  The Supreme Court Vs. Democracy https://steady.substack.com/p/the-supreme-court-vs-democracy Freedom Riders Ride Again for Voting Rights: A caravan led by UNITE HERE is part re-creation, part addressing a new wave of voter suppression. https://progressive.org/latest/freedom-riders-voting-rights-feliz-leon-210706/  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes GOP-backed election overhaul bill https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/30/politics/pennsylvania-tom-wolf-vetoes-gop-election-overhaul-bill/index.html The Brennan Center https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/ensure-every-american-can-vote ACLU: Voting Rights https://www.aclu.org/issues/voting-rights

    Out d'Coup LIVE | SPECIAL: Raging Chicken's Interview with Noam Chomsky on Occupy, Social Movements, and Higher Ed | Nov. 22, 2011

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 38:42


    The very first interview we ever did at Raging Chicken was with Noam Chomsky. Yup. Chomsky was the featured speaker for World Philosophy Day at Kutztown University in the fall of 2011. Kevin Mahoney reached out to Chomsky to see if there would be a chance that he'd be willing to be interviewed by a brand new left/progressive media site based out of Kutztown at the time. As you can see, he said yes.  The fall of 2011 was dominated by the Occupy movement and growing radicalism about gaping economic inequalities in the U.S. We talked quite a bit about Occupy, organizing, and social movements.  Be warned, the sound is really not good. We had very little idea what we were doing, but in classic punk rock DIY spirit, we did it anyway. 


    Out d'Coup | SPECIAL: Colleen Bradley - PASSHE Whistleblower - A Raging Chicken Documentary from 2018

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 53:30

    On this week's Out d'Coup podcast, we've got something timely and special. We are on vacation this week, so we look through the archives for something that will be useful today. Given PASSHE's plans to consolidate 6 universities into 2 and the on-going deception by PASSHE administrators, we wanted to take you back to a documentary we did in 2018 with an amazing woman who blew the whistle on PASSHE's deceptive, if not fraudulent, budgeting practices: Colleen Bradley, former Vice President of Administration and Finance at West Chester University. Kevin gives some context in the intro. Here's the description from the original release in 2018:  *** Colleen Bradley tells Raging Chicken Press editor, Kevin Mahoney, about the budget fraud she uncovered at West Chester University and other Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities. Bradley was hired as WCU's Director of Budget and Financial Planning in 2011. In less than a year, she uncovered deceitful budgeting practices that hid huge surpluses all the while promoting a "budget crisis" narrative to the public, to faculty, and to students. For exposing this deception, she was fired. Part 2 will focus on Bradley's decision to file a whistleblower case after she was fired in 2014. Bradley's lawyers, Dan Kearney and Ed Mazurek, thought her case was a "slam dunk." However, strange things began to happen as the case made its way into the Federal Court system. Despite solid, documented evidence of fraudulent practices and sworn depositions from her boss, a U.S. District Court is denying her whistleblower protection. Now Bradley and her legal team are making a direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. If the U.S. Supreme Court allows the lower court's decision to stand, we will see a historic narrowing of whistleblower protections for all public employees at the very time that corruption is running rampant at the highest levels of power. For a preview of the legal case, you can listen to Raging Chicken's podcast with Colleen Bradley and Dan Kearney from March 29, 2018 here: http://bit.ly/ColleenBradleyPodcast1 Part 2 of the video will be released in the coming days.

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Dana Morrison and Eleni Schirmer on the Other University Debt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 51:50

    On tonight's show, I welcome Dana Morrison and Eleni Schirmer to the show to talk about that Other debt crisis in American colleges and universities. You've probably heard about the crisis in student debt that is crushing a whole generation of graduates from American colleges and universities. However, the crushing debt held by colleges and universities threatens to crush American higher education - especially American public higher education - across the county. As we'll get into, that debt crisis stems from state legislature walking away from funding state universities on the one hand, and university presidents going on spending sprees to erect shiny luxury dorms, state-of-the-art gyms, and fancy amenities in a full-on, neoliberal approach to attracting students.  Dr. Dana Morrison, is an Assistant Professor at West Chester University's Department of Educational Foundations & Policy Studies, and an active member of APSCUF (PASSHE faculty union) and the Public Higher Education Workers (PHEW) Network.  Eleni Schirmer is a faculty associate at UW-Madison in Educational Policy Studies, where she researches and teaches about labor movements, social movements and the political economy of education. She is writing a political biography of Wisconsin's largest teachers' union, and its unsteady path towards social justice unionism. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Boston Review and elsewhere. 

    Out d'Coup | Buffalo to Get Socialist Mayor; Infrastructure Deal; Pacific NW Heat Wave; Idea Police in FL; Brandi Levy Wins in SCOTUS; Assault on Voting in PA; PASSHE; DuckDuckGo; Seder Owns Crowder

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 85:36

    India Walton, the socialist candidate for mayor of Buffalo, NY won the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday, all but securing her election in the fall, given that Buffalo is a deeply blue city. Walton will become Buffalo's first female mayor and will with the first socialist to lead a major American city since sewer socialists ran Milwaukee, Wisconsin in early 20th century. She beat Mayor Byron Brown, a four-term incumbent and close ally of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and ran a campaign focused on returning power to working people in New York State's second largest city.  Biden signals he'll back the new bi-partisan infrastructure bill as long as Congress sends him a second bill at the same time that includes investments in our social infrastructure cut from the bipartisan agreement. That second bill will most likely need to run through the reconciliation process. Already, Sen. Lindsay Graham is bolting.  The Pacific Northwest is expected to be hit by an extreme heatwave this weekend. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures as high as 109 degrees. The heatwave comes as the region is already experiencing a significant drought and high fire risk. One more argument for why climate changes needs to be front and center of the infrastructure bill - those very measures that were cut from the bipartisan agreement.  Joseph McCarthy...check that...I mean, Florida Gov. Ron Desantis has signed a bill into law that will cut university funds if it finds that critical race theory or any other intellectual pursuit that does not hum to the tune of a whitewashed version of American history. The bill encouraged students to record classes to rat on professors who deviate from GOP sanctioned speech.  Huge supreme court decision protecting free-speech in the cast of PA high school cheerleader Brandi Levy.  PA GOP continues its assault on voting rights.  One week left in public comment about PASSHE consolidation plans.  The International Space Station got some new solar panels this week.  Hope some of you caught last night's Strawberry Super Moon. DuckDuckGo, a Chester County-based search engine the claims not to share or collect any of your private information is making moves to launch a full-scale desktop browser. Twitter was all a-buzz this week as Sam Seder - host of the Majority Report - surprised the horrible right-wing YouTuber, Steven Crowder on the H3 podcast with Ethan Klein. Crowder had been avoiding a debate with Seder for years. His public meltdown, I admit, was a joy to watch.   

    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for June 23, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 38:12

    On today's show, we talk about Cyril's latest column, “Conversion therapy is a barbaric abuse of LGBTQ youth and it's legal in PA” and how important it is to support state legislators like Jessica Benham (D-Allegheny County) & Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) who are working to ban conversion therapy. Their co-sponsored bill, House Bill 729 would, as Cyril puts is, "ban this medical quackery based on the disproven premise that being LGBTQ is some kind of disease or disorder."  Then we dig into Cyril's newsletter on Substack a bit. We take a look at his news round up, "White Supremacy Gains Popularity in Oregon, Conservatives Give Millions to White Nationalist Hate Group, Climate Defenders in the Crosshairs, and More!” Then we check in with his latest "Meet a Progressive" feature, "Activism You Can Dance to with Bonnie Chang, "founder of Bucks Voices, a voter engagement group based in Bucks County, PA, that “informs, engages and mobilizes” our community to realize the ideals of our democracy."  Cyril will be moving over into the driver's seat for the next two shows as Kevin takes a couple of weeks of vacation with his family. Some great shows heading your way!  You can support this podcast and all of the podcasts Raging Chicken's media network by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/rcpress      

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Erin Wallace, Owner of the Devil's Den Gastropub in Philly and Co-Leader of Pink Boot Society, Philly

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 63:12

    On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE, I am thrilled to welcome Erin Wallace to the program. We'll be talking about craft brewing's reckoning in the wake of the flood of stories about misogyny, racism, sexual harassment and assault in the craft brewing industry. The catalyst for the latest round of stories follows an Instagram post by Brienne Allen, a production manager and brewer at Notch Brewing in Salem, MA. Hundreds of women in the industry responded by telling their experiences of sexism and harassment. The attention has led to the resignation managers/owners at several well-known breweries, Tired Hands being perhaps the most noteworthy locally. Erin Wallace is one of the Philadelphia region's premier beer experts. The founder and longtime owner of the renowned beer-centric bar and restaurant, Devil's Den, just south of Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, Wallace is a fixture on Philadelphia's ever-growing beer scene. Wallace is a self-taught beer connoisseur and has an extensive knowledge of local and imported craft beers. Former long time board member of Philly Loves Beer and Philly Beer Week, Wallace is also the regional founder & co-leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the Pink Boots Society — a non-profit organization with international membership which supports women working in the brewing profession, especially in creating craft beer. Erin attended Baltimore School for the Arts, and Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Her love for beer developed from her time as a server and bartender in various bars and restaurants in Philadelphia. She opened the Devil's Den in 2008. ‘The Den' is known for its excellent and diverse array of craft beer, curated by Wallace, as well as a dynamic events schedule. She is noted as one of Philadelphia's top craft beer bar owners. Devil's Den has won accolades from multiple publications and has appeared in Philadelphia magazine and on Foobooz's Top 50 Bars list multiple times. Looking for resources?  Pink Boots Society: https://www.pinkbootssociety.org/ Philly Chapter of Pink Boots Society: https://my.pinkbootssociety.org/Chapter_Leader?Code=PA_PHILA Philly Pink Boots on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinkbootsphilly Follow Philly Pink Boots on Twitter: @pinkbootsphilly Follow Pittsburgh Pink Boots on Twitter: @pinkbootspgh Visit the Devil's Den in South Philly:  https://www.facebook.com/Devilsdenphiladelphia      

    Out d'Coup | Special Co-Hosts: Shanna Danielson and Angela Valvano from Sisters of the Night Caucus Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 118:44

    Out d'Coup podcast for Friday, June 18, 2021. Sean is on his National Lampoon Vacation across the country with his family - latest sightings indicate his in Utah. So, as friend-of-the-show Chris puts is: Our Friday politics round-up is getting an upgrade.   On this week's show, I am joined by two guests hosts from the Sisters of the Night Caucus podcast, Shanna Danielson and Angela Valvano!   Follow the Sisters of the Night Caucus podcast on Twitter: @TheNightCaucus. Subscribe to their podcast on Anchor, Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.   Join our Discord to live chat during the show and all week long: https://discord.gg/BnjRNz3u

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Kadida Kenner, Exec Dir of The New Pennsylvania Project

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 57:56


    On this episode I welcome Kadida Kenner to the program. Kadida is the Executive Director of The New Pennsylvania Project. The New Pennsylvania Project (NPP) was founded in May 2021 to expand Pennsylvania's electorate so it reflects the Commonwealth's demographically changing population. The NPP will engage and empower young residents and those living in underrepresented and often neglected communities of color and immigrant communities. Kadida Kenner is the founding executive director of the New Pennsylvania Project. Kadida was previously a writer, producer, and director for college sports television programming in Charlotte, North Carolina, but energized by the 2016 elections, she decided to take a hiatus from TV production, and return to campaign and organizing work. In 2017 Kadida moved back to Pennsylvania to take on the role of director of campaigns for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center including the We The People – PA and Why Courts Matter – PA campaigns. Beginning in May of 2021 Kadida became the executive director of the New Pennsylvania Project, an organization modeled after the successful New Georgia Project and Fair Fight Georgia, both founded by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The New Pennsylvania Project civically engages, registers, mobilizes and empowers often-ignored constituents, especially the youth, and communities of color in rural, urban, and suburban Pennsylvania in a year-round effort to change and expand the electorate in the Commonwealth. Kadida is a tireless advocate for social and economic justice issues and is motivated to empower and excite the electorate to enthusiastically vote in every election, and all the way down the entire ballot. The Temple University graduate was born outside Pittsburgh and currently lives in Harrisburg, although she grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, coincidentally the birthplace of her organizing hero, civil rights icon, Bayard Rustin. Check out The New Pennsylvania Project: https://www.newpaproject.org/ Donate to The New Pennsylvania Project: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/the-new-pennsylvania-project-1 Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV Chatting on #livechat during and after the show.


    The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for June 16, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 22:24

    ** NOTE: apologies for some of the tech issues in today's show. We had some internet connection problems. I've had to cut several minutes of the show where Cyril's connection dropped out. We hope be be able to get this rectified for future shows. - Kevin Mahoney **  On today's show, Cyril and Kevin will be talking about the on-going freak-out over Critical Race Theory. We'll also be taking a look at some of the news coming out of Latin America. We hope you'll join us! Check out Cyril's newsletter here: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible. And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV  

    Out d'Coup LIVE | Cory Doctorow on his book, "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 76:56

    On this week's show, I welcome Cory Doctorow to the program to talk about his book, How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism.  Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. His latest book is Attack Surface, a standalone adult sequel to the young adult novels, Little Brother and Homeland. He is also the author of Radicalized and Walkaway, science fiction for adults; a young adult graphic novel called In Real Life. His first picture book for younger kids, Poesy the Monster Slayer, was released last summer. You can pick up all his books at the shop on his website. He maintains a daily blog at Pluralistic.net. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University, a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina's School of Library and Information Science and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles. You can get all of his books on his website at https://craphound.com/

    Out d'Coup | Manchin, the Filibuster, and the End of Biden's Big Agenda; PA Republicans Prep Us for 2022 Election; Space News; Notch Brewing; New Shows

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 115:09


    Joe Manchin decides to sink hopes of passing voting protections laid out in the For the People Act, taking out an editorial in West Virginia newspapers to spew nonsense about bipartisanship. His move happens, of course, while Republican state legislatures are passing voter suppression laws at a breakneck pace.  A similar fate awaits Biden's infrastructure plan as Manchin and Sinema refuse to get rid of the filibuster. Talks between Biden and West Virginia's Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito fell apart after it was clear the Republican position “did not meet the essential needs of our country to restore our roads and bridges, prepare us for our clean energy future, and create jobs,” according to a statement from White House press secretary Jen Psaki. A new bipartisan proposal from a group of 10 senators led by Krysten Sinema and Mitt Romney was developed late yesterday, but sounds like it will gut all investment in climate infrastructure. Senator Markey and other Democratic Senators have said they will not vote for a bill that does not invest in necessary climate infrastructure.  Turns out Trump's justice department was secretly subpoenaing phone and other records from Democrats on House Intelligence committee. The practice continued under Biden's administration until just a couple of weeks ago.  The Keystone XL pipeline is dead.  PA Republicans propose major changes in the Commonwealth's election law, calling for stricter voter ID rules and restrictions on early voting.  PA Republicans spent a good part of the week with attacks on women's rights, passing more restrictive anti-abortion laws.  The PA Senate also gleefully  passed a bill that prohibits PA health secretary from “mandating stay-at-home orders, imposing masking and social distancing guidelines, and ordering business closures.” The PA legislature also voted to end Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic disaster declaration this week. Republican Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward joyfully proclaimed: “for all practical purposes, the state of emergency in our Commonwealth is over.” PASSHE hearings were held this week and Chancellor Daniel Greenstein spent much of the hearing happy texting on his phone. However, as Bill Schackner reported, with over 100 individuals calling in with comments, only ONE person endorsed plans for consolidation.  Jeff Bezos announces that he is going to space with his brother for Blue Origin's first crewed suborbital mission. Bezos announced his intentions in an Instagram video in which he said, “You see the earth from space and it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It's one Earth. I want to go on this flight because it's the thing I've wanted to do all my life. It's an adventure. It's a big deal for me.” Ah yes, that warm fuzzy feeling you get when the richest person on the planet gets to live out his boyhood dreams, built on the back of massive exploitation of Amazon's workers.  NASA says that Russia may pull out of the International Space Station. Russia has been a key international partner on the ISS since the beginning. NASA's Chief administrator, Bill Nelson, is concerned that Russia may be looking to work more closely with China now that China has begun to build its own space station and has big lunar ambitions.  Notch Brewing: Brave Noise - Pale Ale, brewed to show solidarity for all those that have suffered discriminatory behavior in the workplace, now available at our Salem Tap Room & Biergarten in 16oz 4-packs and on draft. The release party featuring @lagerdogofficial official and donation opportunities for @pinksbootssociety starts at 6pm! New Show - Space Left


    Out d'Coup| The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for June 9, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 24:48

    On today's show, Cyril and Kevin will be talking about his latest column, "PA must make a long-term commitment to fund public transport;" his latest post to his newsletter, "Wither Pennsylvania? QAnon, Bigotry, Coup Mongers, and (Sadly) More!!;" and so much more. Check out Cyril's newsletter here: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/ You can help support this show by becoming a patron for as little as $5/month at patreon.com/rcpress. Your support has helped make today's show possible. And make sure to join our Discord Server to continue the conversation all week long. Just click on the link in today's show notes: https://discord.gg/WMW98RQEYV

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