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Let's Appreciate
How Social Media Shapes Economic Perception

Let's Appreciate

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2023 16:08


One thing I've been trying to square lately is online discourse and real world action.I spend a lot of time on this topic (like a lot of time) and it's because I think it's important. A lot of people will shrug off how people feel because people are people, and it's volatile and prone to change, but there is always something within the weeds of these whispers that can be informative to thinking about change.The economy is weird right now. We all know this. We all feel this.Political Narratives and Economic PoliciesWe are about to go into an election year, there was a debate last night, some key gubernatorial races this week (go Kentucky!!!) and of course, political sentiment is going to shape economic sentiment - and divide. I was fortunate enough to interview David Dayen of the American Prospect this week, and he said -Republicans are going to focus on inflation, even if the inflation statistics are pretty moderate at that time… They think it's a winning issue. The Democrats are going to focus on the fact that over 10 million [jobs] have been created under Biden's presidency. That the unemployment rate is at historic lows that the gap between the black and white unemployment rate is at historic lows… There is a problem with touting the economy too much when people's circumstances don't feel like that they're in the same place. I don't know if I would say demeaning, but it seems like it sort of erases people's experience to a certain degree.And people CARE about inflation. They feel like their experience has been erased.Full article: https://kyla.substack.com/p/how-socia...Blog: https://kyla.substack.com All materials in these videos are used for educational purposes and fall within the guidelines of fair use. No copyright infringement intended. If you are or represent the copyright owner of materials used in this video and have a problem with the use of said material, please contact me.DISCLAIMER: This video does not provide investment or economic advice and is not professional advice (legal, accounting, tax).  The owner of this content is not an investment advisor.  Discussion of any securities, trading, or markets is incidental and solely for entertainment purposes.  Nothing herein shall constitute a recommendation, investment advice, or an opinion on suitability.  The information in this video is provided as of the date of its initial release.  The owner of this video expressly disclaims all representations or warranties of accuracy.  The owner of this video claims all intellectual property rights, including copyrights, of and related to, this video.

Foreign Press Association USA
Eric Alterman's We Are Not One: A History of America's Fight Over Israel

Foreign Press Association USA

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2023 54:55


Eric Alterman's We Are Not One: A History of America's Fight Over Israel is a very timely, critical examination of how the "pro-Israel" side has dominated public discourse in the US  to the point that  for many decades only one side of the argument could be heard by all but the most specialized of audiences. Today that has changed considerably, and Israel is at the center of ferocious debate in a multi-sided argument characterized largely by intense emotion, character assassination and an insistence on rewriting history, with a commitment to emotional “certainties” that have little patience for the complexity of the history that they evoke.  Thursday 11 am the FPA hosts Alterman on his book and dissects the current mismatch between the US/Israel relations while exploring how Israel loses support from American Jews as it gains support from GOP Christian fundamentalists. https://bookshop.org/p/books/we-are-not-one-a-history-of-america-s-fight-over-israel-eric-alterman/18334624?ean=9780465096312&ref=&source=IndieBound&title=We+Are+Not+One%3A+A+History+of+America%E2%80%99s+Fight+Over+Israel Alterman is contributing writer to the Nation and to The American Prospect. In the past, he has been a senior fellow of the Center for American Progress, the World Policy Institute and The Nation Institute, a columnist for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, MSNBC.com, The Forward, Moment and the Sunday Express (London) as well as a contributor to The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Le Monde Diplomatique, among other publications.

Living in the USA
UAW Makes History: Harold Meyerson; Hamas and history: D.D. Guttenplan; 'American Midnight": Adam Hochschild

Living in the USA

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2023 58:19


Victory for the United Auto Workers in their strike against the big three automakers, GM, Ford, and Stellantis. Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large of The American Prospect, explains what's in the new contract, and what it took to get there.Also: A cease-fire in Gaza is only the beginning of what Israel and the Palestinians need. D.D. Guttenplan, The Nation's editor, argues that “both peoples will have to find a way to share the land—in peace, yes, but also with justice.”Plus: Adam Hochschild: Woodrow Wilson's threats to American Democracy. Adam's book "American Midnight" is out now in paperback.

KPFA - Letters and Politics
The U.S. Military Aid for Israel, No Humanitarian Assistance for Gaza & the Calls for a Ceasefire

KPFA - Letters and Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2023 59:58


Guest: David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect. He is the author of Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power.  His latest piece in American Prospect is The Agonizing Drift Toward Cease-Fire. The post The U.S. Military Aid for Israel, No Humanitarian Assistance for Gaza & the Calls for a Ceasefire appeared first on KPFA.

Stand Up! with Pete Dominick
SUPD 955: Who is Mike Johnson and What is Christo Fascism ? Author and Scholar Sarah Posner

Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2023 46:01


Please subscribe now for as little as 5$ and gain access to a community of over 700 awesome, curious, kind, funny, brilliant, generous souls Check out StandUpwithPete.com to learn more Sarah Posner is the author of UNHOLY: How White Christian Nationalists Powered the Trump Presidency, And the Devastating Legacy They Left Behind. Her 2008 book, God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, explored the unholy alliance between the Republican Party and prosperity televangelists. ​Her  investigative reporting and analysis on the religious right in Republican politics has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Republic, Vice, HuffPost, Reveal, The Nation, Mother Jones, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The American Prospect, Talking Points Memo, and many other publications. She is a widely cited expert and frequent commentator on religion and politics. Pete on YouTube Check out all things Jon Carroll Follow and Support Pete Coe Pete on Twitter Pete On Instagram Pete Personal FB page Stand Up with Pete FB page ​

Living in the USA
Biden and Bibi, Israel and Hamas and Gaza: Harold Meyerson and Amy Wilentz

Living in the USA

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2023 51:29


Biden's trip to Israel, Israel's attack on Gaza, politics in the US and Israel: Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect comments--and talks about why he left DSA; and Amy Wilentz, former Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker, provides analysis.

News Beat
Secrecy, Deceit & Redactions: Inside Amazon & Google's Antitrust Wars (With David Dayen)

News Beat

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2023 37:14


Consumers -- YOU -- are getting screwed! That's right—Amazon and Google, the tech giants that have become so omnipresent in our lives, are facing accusations that the monopolies they've built in their respective industries are crushing consumers, and in Amazon's case, the small businesses that are forced to comply with the retail giant's rules in order to survive. The ongoing Google trial over its search engine's dominance and the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against Amazon reveal how our lives—and wallets—are effectively controlled by two of the most massive companies in the world. David Dayen, the executive editor of The American Prospect, helps us better understand what these cases are about—and crucially, how they impact all of us. Head over to newsbeat.substack.com to learn more about this episode. News Beat is produced in association with Manny Faces Media. Sign up for our free newsletter at newsbeat.substack.com Producer/Audio Editor: Michael "Manny Faces" ConfortiEditor-In-Chief: Chris TwarowskiManaging Editor: Rashed MianEpisode Art: Jeff MainExecutive Producer: Jed MoreySupport the show: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=EYkdQRkbZ6vNTGfNSGWZjx7_15orqqDl8vkmrAg3TkxLprft1OguFwxlheC3tAkNd-KVPG&country.x=US&locale.x=USSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Guns and Mental Health by Walk the Talk America
Episode 80: Exploring Veteran Suicide and VA Care

Guns and Mental Health by Walk the Talk America

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2023 97:57


Mike and Jake have a frank discussion with Russell Lemle and Aimee Johnson about their multiple decades of experience working with the veteran community and dispelling myths about veteran care within the VA system and how best to help someone who is in need. Russell B. Lemle, PhD is a Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute Policy Director. He's authored numerous scientific publications and media commentaries, and testified to Congress, on veterans' health care and the prevention of firearm suicide, including in Guns & Ammo, The Hill, The American Prospect, Washington Monthly, Task & Purpose, and Federal Practitioner. From 1993 to 2019, he served as Chief Psychologist for the San Francisco VA Healthcare System.Aimee Johnson, LCSW has over 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker. From direct clinical practice with youth, families, and adults in crisis working with military service members, Veterans, and their families, she has worked in the private sector and for the federal government, most recently at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is considered a national subject matter expert on firearm suicide prevention and lethal means safety strategies, creating and launching media campaigns, building, leading, and implementing public-private partnerships, and leveraging innovation to bring new strategies to the field of suicide prevention. She owns and operates Aimee J Consulting.

Scheer Intelligence
Labor Is Back and Standing Tall

Scheer Intelligence

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2023 43:26


Labor has once again emerged as a hot button issue in the United States, so much so that even the likes of Joe Biden and Donald Trump have been spotted lurking around picket lines and union events popping up across the country. To talk about the rise in the American labor movement, Harold Meyerson, editor at large for The American Prospect, joins host Robert Scheer on this episode of the Scheer Intelligence podcast. Meyerson has a distinguished career reporting on labor issues for multiple publications, among them the L.A. Times and Washington Post. Meyerson says public support for unions is almost at an all time high and the proof is in the pudding when looking at the various industries organizing in real time across America. From the writer's strike in Hollywood to the autoworkers in the Midwest to the assistant professors on numerous campuses, people are standing up for their rights as workers and recognizing their strength in numbers. “Gallup and Pew poll on [unions] every year and in the last few years, it's been about 70% approval rating, which is, so far, in excess of the approval rating of virtually any other American institution,” Meyerson said. Scheer makes sure to remind people of the successes of the labor movement in the past, most notably in one of America's greatest exports, the entertainment industry, where even Ronald Reagan championed organizing. Along with the autoworkers, Scheer argues the two groups represented the models for unionization and the reason why America had a middle class. The continued recognition of exploitation, greed and misrepresentation at the hands of past administrations, along with corporations reaping the benefits, has culminated in lessons learned from the 2008 financial crisis and previous organizing movements like Occupy. This has resulted in “a greater awareness of the economic inequality between major investors and CEOs on the one hand and regular people on the other hand,” as Meyerson put it. In the case of teaching and research assistants on campus, Meyerson has seen an especially huge increase in their enthusiasm for organizing. Mentioning his access to voting data from the National Labor Relations Board, amongst unionized graduate students Meyerson has noted “it was at 89% Yes. That is a statement of generational approval of unions. These are all young people and the polls show that more than 80% of young people are pro-union. And these are workers who can't be fired.”

The Majority Report with Sam Seder
3187 - McCarthy Gone, WGA Wins, Amazon Obscures w/ Greg Iwinski, Moe Tkacik

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2023 81:31


It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Greg Iwinski member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) negotiating committee, to discuss the agreement struck between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to end their strike. Then, they're joined by Moe Tkacik, investigations editor at the The American Prospect, to discuss her recent piece on the complaint levied against Amazon by the Federal Trade Commission. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on labor action among healthcare workers and the UAW, Federal challenges to monopoly, Trump's gag order, and Septembers record heat numbers, before parsing through the ousting of Kevin McCarthy, and his total shock in reaping what he sowed during his confirmation. Greg Iwinski then joins, first reflecting on the massive progress made by the WGA since his last MR appearance, and the ongoing process of ratifying their deal with studios – before briefly stepping back to analyze the role of the growing national labor movement and mass contraction of the streaming model in creating this moment. After briefly touching on the future of the industry model, Iwinski walks Sam and Emma through the big wins from the WGA deal, including various pay protections, job protections, and a peek behind the curtain of streaming data. Next, Moe Tkacik tackles the FTC's ongoing anti-trust suit against Amazon, exploring the elements of monopoly that this case is targeting, and Amazon's massive ability to leverage third-party sellers and shippers into horrendous deals – with severe algorithmic consequences if they don't agree. After parsing through the details of the allegations (and what remains foggy), Tkacik, Sam, and Emma look to the growing anti-trust movement in both law and politics, and why anti-trust messaging is so necessary to combat the media manipulation of massive monopolies. They wrap up the interview with an analysis of the future of the anti-trust movement, and what it will take to fight against generations of brainwashing by the Chicago School of economics. And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the beautiful culmination of the absolute sh*t show hosted by the House GOP, tackling responses from both the Gaetz and McCarthy coalitions, and exploring where the Right-Wing media falls along these lines. Hannity floats a Trump-Speakership and is shut down by hopeful Jim Jordan, and Grant Stinchfield shifts to another off-brand Fox station to rant about Dianne Feinstein's passing, plus, your IMs! Find out more about the WGA deal here: https://www.wga.org/ Check out Moe's piece here: https://prospect.org/power/2023-09-27-redacted-case-against-amazon/ Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com: https://fans.fm/majority/join Help out MR friend Star Fox here!: https://www.gofundme.com/f/starfox-treatment-fund Subscribe to the ESVN YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/esvnshow Subscribe to the AMQuickie newsletter here: https://am-quickie.ghost.io/ Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store: https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ Get the free Majority Report App!: http://majority.fm/app Check out today's sponsors: Stamps.com: Sign up with promo code MAJORITYREPORT for a special offer that includes a 4-week trial, plus free postage, and a free digital scale. No long-term commitments or contracts. Just go to https://stamps.com, click the microphone at the top of the page, and enter code MAJORITYREPORT. Henson Shaving: Just go to https://hensonshaving/com/MAJORITY, That's https://hensonshaving.com/MAJORITY. Add a razor and 100-pack of blades to your cart, then enter code MAJORITY to get the blades for free. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @MattBinder @MattLech @BF1nn @BradKAlsop Check out Matt's show, Left Reckoning, on Youtube, and subscribe on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/leftreckoning Subscribe to Brandon's show The Discourse on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ExpandTheDiscourse Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Check out Matt Binder's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/mattbinder Check out Ava Raiza's music here! https://avaraiza.bandcamp.com/ The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/

Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by a Human
#1585 Workers Rights Ascendent Amid Writers and Actors Strikes in Hollywood and the UAW Strikes Against the Big 3 US Automakers all While the Sociopathic Reality of Capitalism is Laid Bare by CEOs Explain How Exploiting Workers is Intrinsic to the System

Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by a Human

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2023 59:06


Air Date 9/26/2023 Rays of hope for the worker's struggle against unfettered, exploitative capitalism are coming from multiple angles as strikes from creatives in Hollywood and autoworkers in Detroit are striking to demand wages, benefits, and protections while executives make arguments for why workers should be made to feel the threat of poverty to keep them in line. Be part of the show! Leave us a message or text at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Members Get Bonus Clips and Shows + No Ads!) Join our Discord community! Related Episodes: #1463 People Are Waking Back Up To The Need For Labor Unions #1557 Tactics and Counter-Tactics of the Struggle for Labor Rights SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: GM CEO Flails In Response To CNN Question Over Her Pay vs. Workers - The Rational National - Air Date 9-15-23 On day 1 of the UAW strike, CNN questioned CEO of General Motors Mary Barra over why she has seen a 34% increase in her pay while GM workers haven't. I break down how ridiculous her response here is. Ch. 2: Far-Right Anti-Science Conspiracies Are Literally Killing Us - The New Abnormal - Air Date 9-18-23 Dr. Peter Hotez joins The New Abnormal this week to discuss his new book, “The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science”—and why anti-vaccine conspiracies are so dangerous. Plus! An interview with labor reporter and author Kim Kelly about the UAW strike. Ch. 3: Sociopath Businessman Tells The Truth About Capitalism - Novara Media - Air Date 9-14-23 A CEO says the quiet part out loud about the inhuman fundamentals of capitalism Ch. 4: GOP, Corporate Media Attempt to Manufacture Conflict Between Autoworkers and Climate - Citations Needed - Air Date 9-20-23 In this public News Brief, we break down recent attempts by Politico, Axios, New York Times and faux populist Republicans to pit autoworkers against climate mandates. Ch. 5: Labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein on the UAW strike and the U.S. labor movement rising - The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman - Air Date 9-18-23 UC Santa Barbara labor historian Dr. NELSON LICHTENSTEIN explains the specific concerns of autoworker unions, how 2023's summer of unionization compares to prior waves of union organizing in the US and the political implications of unionization Ch. 6: Labor Decision Could Lead To A Union Revolution In America - The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder - Air Date 9-23-23 Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large at The American Prospect, discusses the recent decisions made at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Ch. 7: Workers Fighting Back: The UAW Goes on Strike! - Revolutionary Left Radio - Air Date 9-19-23 Teddy Ostrow and Maximillian Alvarez from The Real News Network join Breht to discuss the recent "stand up" strike launched by the United Auto Workers labor union. Teddy and Max discuss the strike and explain the causes MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 8: How These Strippers UNIONIZED Their Strip Club with Equity Strippers Noho - Factually! with Adam Conover - Air Date 9-13-23 Every worker deserves a union — including strippers! Recently, strippers at the Star Garden in North Hollywood became the first strippers in decades to unionize. On this week's Factually, Charlie and Lilith from Equity Strippers Noho join Adam Ch. 9: Marvel workers just won the first union in visual effects history - More Perfect Union - Air Date 9-13-23 The workers who power the biggest superhero movies on the planet voted unanimously to unionize with VFX-IATSE. This is a major first step for the industry, and Disney is next. FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 10: Final comments on Biden's visit to the picket line and the importance of how moral questions are framed MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions)   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

One Planet Podcast
Speaking Out of Place: LIZA FEATHERSTONE on Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA)

One Planet Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 31:08


"We have passed the Build Public Renewables Act which mandates and requires the state's power authority the New York State Power Authority to build its own publicly funded renewables: renewable energy, wind, and solar. And this was a long, long hard hard-fought victory. And to say how it happened, we need to think back to the early Bernie days just after the Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Obviously, people were very disappointed that Bernie Sanders didn't win, but a lot of people were also very politicized by that campaign and by that moment. And so a lot of people were joining DSA (Democratic Socialists of America). At the same time, a lot of young people were becoming very aware and very anxious, disturbed, and deeply depressed by the climate crisis."In this episode of the Speaking Out of Place podcast, Professor David Palumbo-Liu interviews Liza Featherstone about Build Public Renewables Act. It's a huge victory for ecosocialists, and for everybody in New York, that came with the passage of a bold piece of legislation, the Build Public Renewables Act, or BPRA. Featherstone explains the genesis of the bill, and the specific wrk that activists put into its passage. What obstacles did they confront, how did they work together to overcome those obstacles, and what can other environmental activists learn from this historic moment?Liza Featherstone is the author of Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation, published by O/R Books in 2018, as well as Selling Women Short: the Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Walmart (Basic Books, 2004). She co-authored Students Against Sweatshops (Verso, 2002) and is editor of False Choices: the Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Verso, 2016). She's currently editing a collection of Alexandra Kollontai 's work for O/R Books and International Publishers and writing the introduction to that volume.Featherstone's work has been published in Lux, TV Guide, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ms., the American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Dissent, the Guardian, In These Times, and many other publications. Liza teaches at NYU's Literary Reportage Program as well as at Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs. She is proud to be an active member of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America and of UAW local 7902.https://publicpowerny.org/legislationwww.orbooks.com/catalog/divining-desire-liza-featherstonehttps://twitter.com/lfeatherzwww.palumbo-liu.com https://speakingoutofplace.comhttps://twitter.com/palumboliu?s=20

Sustainability, Climate Change, Politics, Circular Economy & Environmental Solutions · One Planet Podcast
Speaking Out of Place: LIZA FEATHERSTONE on Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA)

Sustainability, Climate Change, Politics, Circular Economy & Environmental Solutions · One Planet Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 31:08


In this episode of the Speaking Out of Place podcast, Professor David Palumbo-Liu interviews Liza Featherstone about Build Public Renewables Act. It's a huge victory for ecosocialists, and for everybody in New York, that came with the passage of a bold piece of legislation, the Build Public Renewables Act, or BPRA. Featherstone explains the genesis of the bill, and the specific wrk that activists put into its passage. What obstacles did they confront, how did they work together to overcome those obstacles, and what can other environmental activists learn from this historic moment?Liza Featherstone is the author of Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation, published by O/R Books in 2018, as well as Selling Women Short: the Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Walmart (Basic Books, 2004). She co-authored Students Against Sweatshops (Verso, 2002) and is editor of False Choices: the Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Verso, 2016). She's currently editing a collection of Alexandra Kollontai 's work for O/R Books and International Publishers and writing the introduction to that volume.Featherstone's work has been published in Lux, TV Guide, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ms., the American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Dissent, the Guardian, In These Times, and many other publications. Liza teaches at NYU's Literary Reportage Program as well as at Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs. She is proud to be an active member of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America and of UAW local 7902."We have passed the Build Public Renewables Act which mandates and requires the state's power authority the New York State Power Authority to build its own publicly funded renewables: renewable energy, wind, and solar. And this was a long, long hard hard-fought victory. And to say how it happened, we need to think back to the early Bernie days just after the Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Obviously, people were very disappointed that Bernie Sanders didn't win, but a lot of people were also very politicized by that campaign and by that moment. And so a lot of people were joining DSA (Democratic Socialists of America). At the same time, a lot of young people were becoming very aware and very anxious, disturbed, and deeply depressed by the climate crisis."https://publicpowerny.org/legislationwww.orbooks.com/catalog/divining-desire-liza-featherstonehttps://twitter.com/lfeatherzwww.palumbo-liu.com https://speakingoutofplace.comhttps://twitter.com/palumboliu?s=20

Feminism · Women’s Stories · The Creative Process
Speaking Out of Place: LIZA FEATHERSTONE on Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA)

Feminism · Women’s Stories · The Creative Process

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 31:08


In this episode of the Speaking Out of Place podcast, Professor David Palumbo-Liu interviews Liza Featherstone about Build Public Renewables Act. It's a huge victory for ecosocialists, and for everybody in New York, that came with the passage of a bold piece of legislation, the Build Public Renewables Act, or BPRA. Featherstone explains the genesis of the bill, and the specific wrk that activists put into its passage. What obstacles did they confront, how did they work together to overcome those obstacles, and what can other environmental activists learn from this historic moment?Liza Featherstone is the author of Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation, published by O/R Books in 2018, as well as Selling Women Short: the Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Walmart (Basic Books, 2004). She co-authored Students Against Sweatshops (Verso, 2002) and is editor of False Choices: the Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Verso, 2016). She's currently editing a collection of Alexandra Kollontai 's work for O/R Books and International Publishers and writing the introduction to that volume.Featherstone's work has been published in Lux, TV Guide, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ms., the American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Dissent, the Guardian, In These Times, and many other publications. Liza teaches at NYU's Literary Reportage Program as well as at Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs. She is proud to be an active member of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America and of UAW local 7902."We have passed the Build Public Renewables Act which mandates and requires the state's power authority the New York State Power Authority to build its own publicly funded renewables: renewable energy, wind, and solar. And this was a long, long hard hard-fought victory. And to say how it happened, we need to think back to the early Bernie days just after the Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Obviously, people were very disappointed that Bernie Sanders didn't win, but a lot of people were also very politicized by that campaign and by that moment. And so a lot of people were joining DSA (Democratic Socialists of America). At the same time, a lot of young people were becoming very aware and very anxious, disturbed, and deeply depressed by the climate crisis."https://publicpowerny.org/legislationwww.orbooks.com/catalog/divining-desire-liza-featherstonehttps://twitter.com/lfeatherzwww.palumbo-liu.com https://speakingoutofplace.comhttps://twitter.com/palumboliu?s=20

Books & Writers · The Creative Process
Speaking Out of Place: LIZA FEATHERSTONE on Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA)

Books & Writers · The Creative Process

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 31:08


In this episode of the Speaking Out of Place podcast, Professor David Palumbo-Liu interviews Liza Featherstone about Build Public Renewables Act. It's a huge victory for ecosocialists, and for everybody in New York, that came with the passage of a bold piece of legislation, the Build Public Renewables Act, or BPRA. Featherstone explains the genesis of the bill, and the specific wrk that activists put into its passage. What obstacles did they confront, how did they work together to overcome those obstacles, and what can other environmental activists learn from this historic moment?Liza Featherstone is the author of Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation, published by O/R Books in 2018, as well as Selling Women Short: the Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Walmart (Basic Books, 2004). She co-authored Students Against Sweatshops (Verso, 2002) and is editor of False Choices: the Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Verso, 2016). She's currently editing a collection of Alexandra Kollontai 's work for O/R Books and International Publishers and writing the introduction to that volume.Featherstone's work has been published in Lux, TV Guide, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ms., the American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Dissent, the Guardian, In These Times, and many other publications. Liza teaches at NYU's Literary Reportage Program as well as at Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs. She is proud to be an active member of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America and of UAW local 7902."We have passed the Build Public Renewables Act which mandates and requires the state's power authority the New York State Power Authority to build its own publicly funded renewables: renewable energy, wind, and solar. And this was a long, long hard hard-fought victory. And to say how it happened, we need to think back to the early Bernie days just after the Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Obviously, people were very disappointed that Bernie Sanders didn't win, but a lot of people were also very politicized by that campaign and by that moment. And so a lot of people were joining DSA (Democratic Socialists of America). At the same time, a lot of young people were becoming very aware and very anxious, disturbed, and deeply depressed by the climate crisis."https://publicpowerny.org/legislationwww.orbooks.com/catalog/divining-desire-liza-featherstonehttps://twitter.com/lfeatherzwww.palumbo-liu.com https://speakingoutofplace.comhttps://twitter.com/palumboliu?s=20

Social Justice & Activism · The Creative Process
Speaking Out of Place: LIZA FEATHERSTONE on Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA)

Social Justice & Activism · The Creative Process

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 31:08


In this episode of the Speaking Out of Place podcast, Professor David Palumbo-Liu interviews Liza Featherstone about Build Public Renewables Act. It's a huge victory for ecosocialists, and for everybody in New York, that came with the passage of a bold piece of legislation, the Build Public Renewables Act, or BPRA. Featherstone explains the genesis of the bill, and the specific wrk that activists put into its passage. What obstacles did they confront, how did they work together to overcome those obstacles, and what can other environmental activists learn from this historic moment?Liza Featherstone is the author of Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation, published by O/R Books in 2018, as well as Selling Women Short: the Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Walmart (Basic Books, 2004). She co-authored Students Against Sweatshops (Verso, 2002) and is editor of False Choices: the Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Verso, 2016). She's currently editing a collection of Alexandra Kollontai 's work for O/R Books and International Publishers and writing the introduction to that volume.Featherstone's work has been published in Lux, TV Guide, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ms., the American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Dissent, the Guardian, In These Times, and many other publications. Liza teaches at NYU's Literary Reportage Program as well as at Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs. She is proud to be an active member of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America and of UAW local 7902."We have passed the Build Public Renewables Act which mandates and requires the state's power authority the New York State Power Authority to build its own publicly funded renewables: renewable energy, wind, and solar. And this was a long, long hard hard-fought victory. And to say how it happened, we need to think back to the early Bernie days just after the Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Obviously, people were very disappointed that Bernie Sanders didn't win, but a lot of people were also very politicized by that campaign and by that moment. And so a lot of people were joining DSA (Democratic Socialists of America). At the same time, a lot of young people were becoming very aware and very anxious, disturbed, and deeply depressed by the climate crisis."https://publicpowerny.org/legislationwww.orbooks.com/catalog/divining-desire-liza-featherstonehttps://twitter.com/lfeatherzwww.palumbo-liu.com https://speakingoutofplace.comhttps://twitter.com/palumboliu?s=20

The Bitchuation Room
Hooked on Bidenomics with David Dayen & Erin Lennox (Ep 199)

The Bitchuation Room

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 97:34


No Justice, No Jeeps! The UAW strikes and President Biden tries to curry workers' favor. But union President Shawn Fain won't be wooed so easily. Executive editor of The American Prospect, David Dayen joins Francesca in The Bitchuation Room to explain the ins and outs of the strike and how green energy is wrongly being pitted against good jobs. And scabs repenting in "real time" as both Drew Barrymore and Bill Maher reverse their decisions to bring back their talk shows in the midst of the actors and writers' strikes. Then, climate protests coincide with a UN summit that doesn't involve the oil and gas industries. Imagine that. Finally, actors are auctioning off mundane tasks for strike funds. What would we want which actor to do for us? *wink**Catch Francesca and Matt Lieb LIVE at the Punchline in San Francisco on Tuesday October 17th! Tickets: bit.ly/3OCzLiBFeaturing: Erin Lennox, https://www.erinlennox.com/ David Dayen, https://twitter.com/ddayenThe Bitchuation Room Streams LIVE every TUESDAY and FRIDAY at 1/4pmEST on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/franifio and Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/franifioSupport The Bitchuation Room by becoming a Patron: www.patreon.com/bitchuationroom to get special perks and listen/watchback privileges of the Friday *BONUS BISH*Tip the show via Venmo:@TBR-LIVE Cash-App:@TBRLIVEMusic by Nick StarguFollow The Bitchuation Room on Twitter @BitchuationPodGet your TBR merch: www.bitchuationroom.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

The Bitchuation Room
Hooked on Bidenomics with David Dayen & Erin Lennox (Ep 199)

The Bitchuation Room

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 97:34


No Justice, No Jeeps! The UAW strikes and President Biden tries to curry workers' favor. But union President Shawn Fain won't be wooed so easily. Executive editor of The American Prospect, David Dayen joins Francesca in The Bitchuation Room to explain the ins and outs of the strike and how green energy is wrongly being pitted against good jobs. And scabs repenting in "real time" as both Drew Barrymore and Bill Maher reverse their decisions to bring back their talk shows in the midst of the actors and writers' strikes. Then, climate protests coincide with a UN summit that doesn't involve the oil and gas industries. Imagine that. Finally, actors are auctioning off mundane tasks for strike funds. What would we want which actor to do for us? *wink**Catch Francesca and Matt Lieb LIVE at the Punchline in San Francisco on Tuesday October 17th! Tickets: bit.ly/3OCzLiBFeaturing: Erin Lennox, https://www.erinlennox.com/ David Dayen, https://twitter.com/ddayenThe Bitchuation Room Streams LIVE every TUESDAY and FRIDAY at 1/4pmEST on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/franifio and Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/franifioSupport The Bitchuation Room by becoming a Patron: www.patreon.com/bitchuationroom to get special perks and listen/watchback privileges of the Friday *BONUS BISH*Tip the show via Venmo:@TBR-LIVE Cash-App:@TBRLIVEMusic by Nick StarguFollow The Bitchuation Room on Twitter @BitchuationPodGet your TBR merch: www.bitchuationroom.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

The Majority Report with Sam Seder
3174 - UAW Strikes, Antitrust Trials Of The Century & Biden's Prospects w/ David Dayen, Shunte Sanders Beasley

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2023 102:11


It's Casual Friday! Sam speaks with David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, to round up the week in news. Then, Sam speaks with Shunte Sanders Beasley, former vice president of UAW Local 869 and worker at the Stellantis Stamping Plant in Warren, Michigan to discuss the UAW strike against the Big 3 automakers that started today. First, Sam runs through updates on US labor action, the impending government shutdown, Trump's fraud trial, Hunter Biden's indictment, COVID boosters, student loan debt, and a new old EPA ruling, before diving into Shawn Fain's exceptional leadership as the UAW launches a strike against the big three auto manufacturers. David Dayen then joins, as he and Sam parse a little deeper through the UAW's ongoing negotiations with the “Big Three,” how Shawn Fain more than lived up to his union president platform, and Biden's perspective on record profits meaning record contracts. Expanding on this, Dayen and Sam then expand on the state of labor in the US, exploring why CEOs from GM to Hollywood keep making themselves out to be ghouls (accurate), the role of the NLRB and its recent CEMEX ruling, and how the negotiation process can still be shored up. Next, David dives into the DOJ's ongoing case against Google as the conversation moves to anti-trust, before they assess rising poverty (and child poverty) rates with the US sunsetting countless welfare programs. Shunte Sanders-Beasley then dives right into the breadth of the UAW's ongoing labor action, with her local plant standing at the ready to strike, and the solidarity nationwide as auto workers refuse to back down after a decade-and-a-half of severe exploitation. Wrapping up, Sanders-Beasley explores the incredible role played by union leadership in fighting for the workforce as a whole, and what external support for the UAW can and should look like. And in the Fun Half: Sam talks with Jackie from CT about the various obstructions to Biden's student loan forgiveness (and how the CFPB can help), DeSantis continues his anti-vax crusade as Trump tiptoes between taking credit for the success and shirking responsibility for the failures of early COVID policy. Dan from Oceanside discusses his beautiful dream for the postal union, Lauren Boebert gets caught being a horrible person (likely thing for her to be), Matt Gaetz goes for McCarthy's throat, and Robin from South Florida reflects on the inspiration that is Hot Labor Summer, plus, your calls and IMs! Check out David's work at the Prospect here: https://prospect.org/topics/david-dayen/ Find out more about the UAW labor actions here: https://uaw.org/ Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com: https://fans.fm/majority/join Subscribe to the ESVN YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/esvnshow Subscribe to the AMQuickie newsletter here: https://am-quickie.ghost.io/ Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store: https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ Get the free Majority Report App!: http://majority.fm/app Check out today's sponsors: Fast Growing Trees: Listeners to our show get 15% OFF your entire order when you go to https://FastGrowingTrees.com/MAJORITY, but only through OCTOBER 15TH. That's 15%  OFF at https://FastGrowingTrees.com/MAJORITY. HelloFresh: Go to https://HelloFresh.com/50majority and use code 50majority for 50% off plus 15% off the next 2 months! Sunset Lake CBD: Sunsetlakecbd is a majority employee owned farm in Vermont, producing 100% pesticide free CBD products. Use code Leftisbest and get 20% off at http://www.sunsetlakecbd.com.  Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @MattBinder @MattLech @BF1nn @BradKAlsop Check out Matt's show, Left Reckoning, on Youtube, and subscribe on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/leftreckoning Subscribe to Brandon's show The Discourse on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ExpandTheDiscourse Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Check out Matt Binder's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/mattbinder Check out Ava Raiza's music here! https://avaraiza.bandcamp.com/ The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/

Working People
The UAW Is Ready to Fight (w/ Marcelina Pedraza, Torice Sawyer, & Nick Livick)

Working People

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2023 77:38


After the high-stakes contract fight between the Teamsters and UPS, the eyes of labor are now on the contract negotiations currently taking place between the United Auto Workers and the Big Three automakers: Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis (formerly Chrysler). The UAW's master agreement with the Big Three covers around 150,000 autoworkers, and the current contract expires on September 14. If a tentative agreement is not reached by then, the auto industry could be the next to be rocked by a major strike, and UAW president Shawn Fain has stated clearly that the union is prepared to strike at all three automakers if necessary. What brought us to this point, and what's at stake in this contract fight (for autoworkers, for the UAW, and for the labor movement writ large)? What are workers demanding, and what role do we all have to play in ensuring they get the contract they deserve? In this panel discussion, we talk with three rank-and-file workers and UAW members from each of the Big Three automakers: Marcelina Pedraza, a Ford electrician in Chicago and member of UAW Local 551; Torice Sawyer, a Stellantis plant worker at the Detroit Assembly Complex–Jefferson and member of UAW Local 7; Nicholas Livick, a General Motors autoworker and rank-and-file member of UAW Local 31 in Kansas City.  Additional links/info below… United Auto Workers website, Facebook page, and Twitter page Unite All Workers for Democracy (UAWD) Facebook page, Twitter page, and Instagram Dan DiMaggio & Keith Brower Brown, Labor Notes, "Auto Workers Have Big Demands for the Big 3" Luis Feliz Leon, Labor Notes, "Kentucky Auto Workers at Ford Are Preparing for a Strike" Luis Feliz Leon, The American Prospect, "As Auto Workers Contract Talks Heat Up, Stellantis Threatens to Move South" Teddy Ostrow & Ruby Walsh, The Upsurge / The Real News Network, "Auto Workers May Strike Next Week—What Electric Vehicles Have to Do With It" Teddy Ostrow & Ruby Walsh, The Upsurge / The Real News Network, "United Auto Workers Could Strike Next After Teamsters" Maximillian Alvarez, Breaking Points, "UAW Worker SPEAKS OUT As Union Prepares For Historic Strike" Working People, "Justin Mayhugh"  Michael Wayland, CNBC, "Second UAW President Sentenced to 28 Months in Prison in Union Corruption Probe" Jonah Furman, The Real News Network / Labor Notes, "A Once-in-a_Generation Chance to Revive the UAW Is Coming" Jonah Furman, The Real News Network / Labor Notes, "Auto Workers Win Direct Democracy in Referendum" Permanent links below... Working People Patreon page Leave us a voicemail and we might play it on the show! Labor Radio / Podcast Network website, Facebook page, and Twitter page In These Times website, Facebook page, and Twitter page The Real News Network website, YouTube channel, podcast feeds, Facebook page, and Twitter page Featured Music (all songs sourced from the Free Music Archive: freemusicarchive.org) Jules Taylor, "Working People" Theme Song

My Labor Radio's Podcast
Ultium Cells - Luis Feliz Leon MLR 9 6 23

My Labor Radio's Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2023 53:29


Meet writer Luis Feliz Leon. He wrote an amazingly indepth article about Ultium Cells and the plant they built in Lordstown Ohio. He is an assistant editor at Labor Notes and while doing free lance Labor Journalisim, he wrote this piece for In These Times. The article is linked here Ultium Cells Inside of this article there is a link to other articles that enhance and help tell the story with great background. One piece that stood out to us was the UAW White Paper, linked here. To better understand what the workers are dealing with we have to understand the Health and Safety aspects of what these electric vehicles and batteries contain as they are assembled. Follow this link to read the entire article on Ultium Cells  On Twitter/X he is @lfelizleon  Luis also references an article he wrote for The American Prospect that you can read by following the link here, Can't See The Forest For The Trees  Let's be clear about Luis, he has pages and articles in multiple areas of Labor Journalisim:  The Real News Jacobin Labor Notes The American Prospect In These Times Left Voice The Baffler Thanks for listening, you can find us at My Labor Radio and on Twitter we are @mgevaart   

Ralph Nader Radio Hour
The San Quentin News

Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2023 97:56


Ralph welcomes newspaper publisher, Steve McNamara, to discuss the "San Quentin News," California's largest resident-run newspaper and the birthplace of the San Quentin News Forum— where incarcerated men and visiting police, attorneys, and judges share their perspectives on the criminal justice system. Then Peter Lurie, President of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) joins us to talk about CSPI's work advocating for a safer, healthier food system, as well as their newsletter "NutritionAction." Plus, Ralph questions why the US still hasn't ratified the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child— everyone else has done it!Steve McNamara is a newspaper publisher, editor, and reporter. He has previously written for and edited the Winston-Salem Journal, The Miami Herald, Car and Driver magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner. From 1966 to 2004 Steve and his wife, Kay McNamara, published the Pacific Sun—the country's second-oldest alternative weekly newspaper— and Steve has served as president of the California Society of Newspaper Editors and as founding president of the National Association of Alternative Media. In 2008 he helped revive the San Quentin News— a newspaper written and edited by incarcerated men at San Quentin Prison— and continues to work as a volunteer adviser at the paper. The recidivism rate among the inmates is zero… And actually, the problem that we have is the turnover is terrific because they keep getting paroled or serving their sentence. Steve McNamara, San Quentin NewsPrisons are little empires and the emperor is the warden, and what he decides goes. And many, if not most of the other wardens in California wanted no part of this damn newspaper. So we had a lot of trouble getting it distributed. But by now it's become very popular with the inmates throughout the state, and with many of the correctional officers as well. Because we've made some intelligent decisions. One was to write the personality profiles of some of the better correctional officers and of the programs that take place in the prison.Steve McNamara, San Quentin NewsMost people in the criminal justice system think that it goes this way: somebody breaks into a house, and then they get caught, and they go before a judge, and they get sentenced, and they disappear. And as far as many, many people in the criminal justice system are concerned, that's the end of it. These people have disappeared. We don't need to worry about them any more. But as everybody should know, 80-90% of them will be back on the streets…So do you want these guys to have the same sort of attitude about life as they did when they went into prison? If not, here's a chance maybe to move things in a better direction.Steve McNamara, San Quentin NewsI've credited the Center for Science in the Public Interest with transforming the nutritional habits of perhaps 40 million people. It generated front page news, it was on the evening television news, Congressional hearings. Recently, and this has happened to a lot of citizen groups, the media has not been covering what we're doing.Ralph NaderDr. Peter Lurie is President and Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest—an independent, science-based consumer advocacy organization that advocates for a safer, healthier food system. The CSPI also publishes NutritionAction, a healthy-living guide for consumers. Dr. Lurie previously worked with the Food and Drug Administration and Public Citizen's Health Research Group, where he co-authored their Worst Pills, Best Pills consumer guide to medications.We at CSPI try to educate consumers on the one hand. And on the other hand, we try to take care of the environment such that consumers in some ways don't even need to be as educated because the environment is different.Peter Lurie, President of Center for Science in the Public InterestI think that most people—including in all likelihood the Current Commissioner— understand that the food program within FDA has been the sort of “poor stepchild” of  the agency. People have focused more on drugs, they've focused more on medical devices, vaccines, even more recently on tobacco. And so food has been relatively neglected. And I think that we've at times paid the price for that.Peter Lurie, President of Center for Science in the Public InterestThere's no issue too trivial for the industry to show up in an obviously self-interested way and advocate on their own behalf.Peter Lurie, President of Center for Science in the Public InterestIn Case You Haven't Heard with Francesco DeSantis1. Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision in the Cemex Construction Materials case, establishing a “new framework” that “when a union requests recognition on the basis that a majority of employees in an appropriate bargaining unit have designated the union as their representative, an employer must either recognize and bargain with the union or promptly file a... petition seeking an election.” Crucially though, this ruling also establishes that “if an employer who seeks an election commits any unfair labor practice that would require setting aside the election, the petition will be dismissed, and—rather than re-running the election—the Board will order the employer to recognize and bargain with the union.” This stunning decision is among the most important revisions to labor rules in decades and will apply retroactively.2. On a hot streak, Bloomberg Law reports that the NLRB also decided last week that Quickway Transportation “must reopen a terminal in Louisville, [Kentucky], that the company illegally shut down in 2020 after drivers there formed a union.” This sets a powerful new precedent for recourse against companies that have used the tactic of shutting down locations in order to stave off unionization – most notably Starbucks.3. The American Prospect reports that in Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp has aggressively courted EV manufacturers using Inflation Reduction Act tax incentives. Yet, Governor Kemp has awarded these “lucrative contracts for building out the factories to non-union construction firms.” These firms also happen to be major donors to Georgia Republicans, including Kemp himself, who formerly owned a non-union construction company. 4. Mondoweiss has published a new report on the founding of the Institute for the Critical Study of Zionism. This Institute “aims to support the delinking of the study of Zionism from Jewish Studies, and to reclaim academia and public discourse for the study of Zionism as a political, ideological, and racial and gendered knowledge project, intersecting with Palestine and decolonial studies, critical terrorism studies, settler colonial studies, and related scholarship and activism.”6. NBC News reports that a group of nearly 90 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to President Biden last week calling on him to take further action to address the student debt crisis. These members ended the letter by writing “We urge you to continually find ways to use your authority to bring down student debt, address the rising cost of college, and make postsecondary education affordable for all students who choose that path. Borrowers have already waited nearly a year for the relief you announced in August 2022, and critics of your plan to help 43 million Americans are likely to renew their attacks with regard to your rulemaking announcement. We urge you to reject their bad-faith, partisan attempts to delay relief and carry out your efforts to help borrowers as quickly as possible.”7. According to the Baltimore Banner, Charm City may soon be facing its own version of the Cop City fight. Per the report, Baltimore officials are planning to construct a “tactical village” which will be used to train police. There are some differences between the projects however: whereas Atlanta's Cop City is slated to be built upon a razed section of forest, Baltimore's tactical village is proposed to be built on the campus of Coppin State University, a historically Black institution. Another key difference, while Cop City is estimated to cost $90 million, the tactical village is estimated at a whopping $330 million. The city has proposed a new “public safety income tax” to fund the project.8. The Washington Post has published a profile of Sarah Feinberg, an employee at the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who blew the whistle on rampant over-billing of the government by the company. In July, Booz Allen agreed to pay $377 million to settle the case. Perhaps the most shocking portion of her complaint was when “a senior manager…called federal auditors “too stupid” to notice overcharging.”9. WTOP reports the fast-casual chain Chipotle has agreed to pay over $300,000 in a settlement with the District of Columbia regarding the company's alleged violations of child labor law. DC Attorney General Brian Schwalb's office identified more than 800 alleged violations in the District, including “requiring minors to work past 10 p.m., working more than eight hours a day, working more than six consecutive days, or working more than 48 hours in one workweek.” The settlement does not require Chipotle to admit wrongdoing.10. Finally, AP reports that, during an address to Jesuits in Lisbon,  Pope Francis “[said] ‘backward' U.S. conservatives have replaced faith with ideology.” So remember listeners, now when you say conservatives have replaced faith with ideology, you can cite the Pope.This has been Francesco DeSantis, with In Case You Haven't Heard. Get full access to Ralph Nader Radio Hour at www.ralphnaderradiohour.com/subscribe

The Majority Report with Sam Seder
3165 - New Era For Unions & From Blackwater To Wagner w/ Ibrahim Al-Marashi & Harold Meyerson

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2023 92:30


It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Associate Professor of History at the California State University San Marcos, to discuss his recent writing on the Wagner Group and Blackwater. Then, he is joined by Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large at The American Prospect, to discuss the recent decisions made at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). First, Sam runs through updates on the Department of Labor's overtime change, the delay of the Proud Boys' sentencing, the labor market, Hurricane Idalia, and other natural disaster and climate updates, before parsing through Biden's Medicare and student debt agenda. Ibrahim Al-Marashi then dives right into Blackwater's blueprint for the Wagner Group, and the role of South Africa's Executive Outcomes in setting the stage for them both, exploring how these three groups were the outcome of their nations capitalizing on the demobilization of state military by funding independent mercenary groups that largely work outside of any accountability apparatus, be it international of public. Expanding on this, Al-Marashi walks through the immense role Blackwater played in US involvement in Iraq, helping commit atrocities in the US' name without requiring a greater loss of US soldiers, before expanding on the Wagner Group's relationship to Russia beyond its role in Ukraine, with its operations largely located in Africa, where they've spent time warlording and extracting from local communities, all while Russia denied operations in the region. Wrapping up, Sam and Ibrahim walk through the conflict between state militaries and contracted forces, and explore the role that has, and will continue to play in Russia's floundering invasion of Ukraine. Harold Meyerson then joins, contextualizing the NLRB's recent Cemex ruling as one of the most empowering labor developments in a half-century of dwindling organizing, and why Jennifer Abruzzo's Board has chosen now as their moment to be active. Next, he and Sam parse through the actual details of the Cemex decision, why it's a great first step back towards the Joy-Silk doctrine of the NLRB, and how it aids in both forcing bargaining and punishing union busting. Wrapping up, Meyerson expands on the necessity of labor unions to capitalize on this moment, as they finally have both leverage and public opinion on their side, as well as touching on the role the Supreme Court and Senate have yet to play. And in the Fun Half: Sam watches the Right meltdown over Oliver Anthony not being a Republican, Nick from St. Louis calls in with a Prigozhin conspiracy, Okajic in NY relays Vivek's newest freestyle, and Tim Pool accidentally reveals a pattern about his programming. Graham from Maine expands on the evolution of Blackwater, and Mitch McConnell stares into the void, plus, your calls and IMs! Check out Ibrahim's writing here: https://www.pacificcouncil.online/commentary/putin-prigozhin-perils-of-privatizing-political-violence-via-proxy https://www.aljazeera.com/author/ibrahim_al_marashi_2014617113651720669 Check out Harold's writing here: https://prospect.org/topics/harold-meyerson/ Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com: https://fans.fm/majority/join Subscribe to the ESVN YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/esvnshow Subscribe to the AMQuickie newsletter here: https://am-quickie.ghost.io/ Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store: https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ Get the free Majority Report App!: http://majority.fm/app Check out today's sponsors: HelloFresh: Go to https://HelloFresh.com/50majority and use code 50majority for 50% off plus free shipping! Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @MattBinder @MattLech @BF1nn @BradKAlsop Check out Matt's show, Left Reckoning, on Youtube, and subscribe on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/leftreckoning Subscribe to Brandon's show The Discourse on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ExpandTheDiscourse Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Check out Matt Binder's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/mattbinder Check out Ava Raiza's music here! https://avaraiza.bandcamp.com/ The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/

Your Call
Inside the corporate takeover of healthcare in the US

Your Call

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2023 52:08


On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss a recent American Prospect special report about the business of healthcare. The series examines the "inner workings of monopolies and cartels extracting ever greater sums for ever lousier outcomes, and the policies and protocols pushing doctors and nurses to the brink - and increasingly into labor unions." In the US, the portion of national health expenditures commanded by administrative overhead and waste has grown to an estimated 30 percent, while the portion that pays doctors and nurses has fallen. We look closer at the continuing bipartisan effort to gut the Veterans Health Administration, the growing influence of private equity, drug price gouging, and the retail-ification of healthcare.

Ralph Nader Radio Hour
Financing Co-ops

Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2023 65:18


Ralph welcomes the CEO of the National Cooperative Bank, Casey Fannon to discuss his bank's work serving cooperatives and other member-owned organizations. The NCB helps finance affordable housing, healthy food, renewable energy, small businesses, community-driven health care, and non-profit organizations and generally advises cooperatives around the country on how to build and grow. Plus, Ralph talks a little more about the Trump indictments and responds to some of your feedback.Casey Fannon is President and CEO of National Cooperative Bank, a leading financial services company dedicated to providing banking products to cooperatives and socially responsible organizations nationwide.Access to capital is one of the major stumbling blocks for any small business, but particularly small cooperative and new, young cooperatives.Casey FannonThere's a small tent view of cooperatives and a large tent view of cooperatives. And I think that by focusing on the big tent…allows for a better NCB. I think NCB is better, and I think our consumer cooperatives are better off that we are tied into the cooperative ecosystem in a more fulsome way.Casey FannonIn Case You Haven't Heard with Francesco DeSantis1. The progressive, Wisconsin-based legal group Law Forward has filed a brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court alleging that the state's legislative maps violate the state constitution due to rampant partisan gerrymandering. Not only are the petitioners demanding new legislative maps, they are also calling on the court to cut all existing senate terms short. In practice, this would mean the entire legislature would be up for election in 2024. This could mean a political sea-change in the Badger State.2. The LA Times reports that AOC, along with ten other progressive members of Congress, are planning to visit Latin American nations led by Leftist governments, in order to “learn from our counterparts in these countries, including how to confront disinformation and violent threats to our democracies.” She went on to add “It's long past time for a realignment of the United States' relationship to Latin America…The U.S. needs to publicly acknowledge the harms we've committed through interventionist and extractive policies, and chart a new course based on trust and mutual respect.”3. In a win for workers, the Department of Labor has issued a rule on the Davis-Beacon Act, which “sets a wage floor for construction workers on public-works projects,” per the American Prospect. This law is also known as the “prevailing wage,” law as it sets benchmarks for wages in a given area. This rule could have major positive ramifications for workers as President Biden's infrastructure package and the CHIPS Act are put into action. This New Deal era labor rule was significantly weakened under the Carter and Reagan administrations, and labor groups have been pushing for its restoration ever since. The article notes however that “the rule…is expected to be immediately challenged,” with the Associated Builders and Contractors trade group poised to file a lawsuit as early as next week.4. In more labor news, the Washington Post reports that 11,000 Los Angeles city employees joined the writers, actors, and hotel employees in a one day strike to “shut down the city of Los Angeles,” according to David Green, executive director and president of SEIU Local 721. Green added “The message we're sending is that our workers are just fed up. They've reached a breaking point. And we need these folks in the city to come back to the table for the good of the city.”5. VICE reports that a group of 32 economists have sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency in support of rent control. This is the latest tactic in a campaign led by People's Action. The article notes that “Economists have historically been the strongest critics of rent control,” but, like on the issue of minimum wage “some economists believe the orthodoxy on the topic has been contradicted by research and real-world examples.”6. The climate focused news site Heatmap reports that the Department of Energy is launching a new procurement program focused on technology to “remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere.” Notably, while agencies have “previously granted money to carbon-removal companies, funded R&D, or subsidized their activities, it has never pledged to buy their services directly.” Utilizing the government's purchasing power to effect changes in society more broadly has been done before, perhaps most famously with automobile airbags, following the advocacy of Ralph Nader.     7. A new report on 90 year-old Senator Dianne Feinstein in the New York Times covers the legal battle between her daughter and her step-daughters over her late husband's estate. Buried in this report is a startling fact – Senator Feinstein's daughter holds power of attorney over her mother's legal affairs. It is disturbing to think that a person incapable of managing their own legal affairs is one of only two Senators representing 40 million people in the upper house of Congress.8. DCist reports that the Washington, D.C. Democratic Party is suing to prevent ranked choice voting and open primaries from appearing as ballot measures in next year's elections. D.C. Democratic Party officials have claimed these reforms would disenfranchise voters, with one opponent even calling ranked choice voting “electoral gentrification.” Implicit in these criticisms is the fact that the overwhelming power of D.C.'s Democratic Party may be challenged somewhat by these reforms, opening electoral space for independents or other parties.9. The tech website Stackdiary reports that the ubiquitous teleconferencing app Zoom has quietly added sinister new sections to their terms of service. Put simply, sections 10.2 and 10.4 explicitly allow for the company to collect user data and “use this data for machine learning and artificial intelligence, including training and tuning of algorithms and models…effectively allow[ing] Zoom to train its AI on customer content without providing an opt-out option.”10. The American Prospect reports that a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Roger Marshall of Kansas, are championing the Credit Card Competition Act, which aims to crack down on credit card swipe fees by “forc[ing] card issuers…[like] (Visa and Mastercard) to enable competitor networks to manage the processing and routing—the service for which swipe fees are levied.” Panicked by these developments, “shadowy right-wing groups have been issuing mailers and other advertisements claiming the [the bill] is a liberal handout for “woke” big-box retailers like Target. One set of mailers was bankrolled by the Conservative Accountability Foundation, a newly formed organization based in Sen. Marshall's home state of Kansas but without a listed address or phone number.” In other words, corporations and their political front groups are pushing the culture war button to avoid consumer protection regulation. What else is new. Get full access to Ralph Nader Radio Hour at www.ralphnaderradiohour.com/subscribe

The Majority Report with Sam Seder
3149 - The Niger Coup, & Biden's Prevailing Wage Gambit w/ Hannah Rae Armstrong

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 74:08


It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam and Emma speak with writer and conflict analyst Hannah Rae Armstrong to discuss the developments in the conflict in Niger. First, Sam and Emma check in on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, doing some retail politics in Kentucky and getting mercilessly booed and heckled for his troubles. Then, they're joined by Hannah, in a dispatch from where she's located in Dakar, Senegal, to give some context to the burbling conflict in Niger, and the history of the Sahel region where the country is located, one that has been defined by coups recently. Hannah mentions that, given the turbulence in the Sahel countries of Niger, Burkina Faso, & Mali, it's been known as the "Coup Corridor" in Africa. Emma probes on why, in Niger, per Hannah, the leadership under Nigerien President Bazoum was mostly democratically elected in name only. Hannah then breaks down some of the electoral history in Niger prior to Bazoum, and the military action that was taken to depose Bazoum and who seized from him. Sam asks Hannah about the colonial and resource-based interests within the country and if that factors in at all to the regional turbulence, an influence (in this case, from the French) that Hannah concedes is slightly overblown at this point. They then touch upon the regional influence that the Russian mercenary Wagner Group have in the area, with Wagner leader Prigozhin going so far as to congratulate military leaders on the coup of President Bazoum, and if that had any influences on the conflict, and if there's any chance of a proxy war in the region given some of these outside foreign influences. They then discuss the inevitable American influence on this conflict, and how, as with many global destabilization efforts, military leaders and members had been trained and matriculated in the U.S., and whether the U.S. support for President Bazoum is sincere. Hannah tells Sam and Emma what might be next for Niger the country and the Sahel region going forward before she jumps off. Afterwards, Sam touches on Lee Harris's reporting in The American Prospect about Biden's Labor Department being set to issue a ruling on the Davis-Bacon Act, a ruling that could raise the salaries of some of the lowest-paid workers on infrastructure projects. And in the Fun Half, Sam and Emma check in on Ron DeSantis bravely monologuing to NBC for 2 minutes before conceding that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, as well as former Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany potentially...admitting she watched private testimony from Hunter Biden's business associate Devon Archer last week. They then touch on an inscrutable point Greg Gutfeld tried to make about "mobs", then zero in on RFK's...seemingly thin healthcare policy that he outlined on milquetoast podcaster Jimmy Dore's show yesterday. Plus, your calls & IM's! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com: https://fans.fm/majority/join Subscribe to the ESVN YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/esvnshow Subscribe to the AMQuickie newsletter here: https://am-quickie.ghost.io/ Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store: https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ Get the free Majority Report App!: http://majority.fm/app Check out today's sponsors: Henson Shaving:  Henson Shaving: Go to https://hensonshaving.com/majority and use code MAJORITY for a free 100-pack of blades! Rhone: Upgrade your closet with Rhone and use MAJORITYREPORT to save 20% at  https://www.rhone.com/MAJORITYREPORT ZBiotics: Remember to head to https://ZBiotics.com/MAJORITY and use the code MAJORITY at checkout for 15% off.  Thank you ZBiotics for sponsoring this episode. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @MattBinder @MattLech @BF1nn @BradKAlsop Check out Matt's show, Left Reckoning, on Youtube, and subscribe on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/leftreckoning Subscribe to Brandon's show The Discourse on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ExpandTheDiscourse Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Check out Matt Binder's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/mattbinder Check out Ava Raiza's music here! https://avaraiza.bandcamp.com/ The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/

Ralph Nader Radio Hour
Wonder Drug

Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2023 69:21


Ralph spends the whole hour with Jennifer Vanderbes, author of “Wonder Drug: The Secret History Of Thalidomide In America And Its Hidden Victims.” Thalidomide was never “commercially available” in the U.S., but American doctors handed out samples to patients even though no one could prove the drug was safe. Or could definitively say what the drug did. And by the time thalidomide landed at the FDA for approval, whistleblowers, journalists, doctors, and patients in Germany, Australia, and the UK were sounding the alarm about its shocking side effects.Jennifer Vanderbes is an award-winning novelist, journalist and screenwriter. Her latest book is Wonder Drug: The Secret History Of Thalidomide In America And Its Hidden Victims.It did not shock me researching this story that the pharmaceutical firms operated with a focus on profit, and that allowed for cutting corners. What really did shock me in my research was realizing that the doctors uniformly gaslit these patients. And it was stunning to me that you didn't have any of these physicians who had given the drug to pregnant women who realized.Jennifer VanderbesI was very surprised to be looking through materials that were so at odds with what had been reported. And in many ways this became, to me, a story about what can happen when the media accepts at face value a certain spin on the story. The FDA was very dependent initially on what the drug firms were telling it, and then the press was depending on what the FDA was telling it, and then everybody sort of moved on. It was also a happy story that people wanted to believe: “we were the one wonderful country that had stopped this drug.“Jennifer VanderbesTheir number one tactic is to just not even argue the merits of [thalidomide cases], but get them dismissed on the basis that, “All these people should have known.” And I would say six years of my life—and this book— is really an examination of how incredibly reasonable and understandable it is that these individuals did not know. They were not given the information, and the government was quite complicit.Jennifer VanderbesThe best investigative reporters in America didn't uncover this story, until [Jennifer Vanderbes] put it together in a book. Because it took unbelievable energy, curiosity, travel, interviewing the survivors, going to their homes, and the most recent development— which was really incredible that it didn't get national TV and radio coverage— was the gathering, for the first time, of thalidomide victims in San Diego.Ralph NaderIn Case You Haven't Heard with Francesco DeSantis1. On July 25th, The Teamsters reported that UPS caved to their demands, narrowly avoiding a massive strike. The wins in the new contract include higher wages, more jobs, ending the two-tier wage system, air conditioning in UPS trucks, part-time Rewards, and drivers getting Martin Luther King Day off. The union has triumphantly declared “We've Changed the Game” If these negotiations had fallen through, 340,000 UPS Teamsters would have gone on strike. Other employers, such as the Hollywood AMPTP, should take notes.2. The Intercept reports that the Sanders-led Senate HELP Committee has passed an amendment to the  Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act allocating $3 million to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to explore new options to pay for developing pharmaceuticals, specifically through public funding or “innovation prizes.” These drugs would then enter the public domain so they could be sold as generic medications. Sanders has made the cost of prescription drugs a high priority during his chairmanship on the committee, and hopefully this effort will bear fruit.3. Following months of protest, CNN reports that Israel has rammed through their controversial judicial reform legislation. This law will limit the independence of the Israeli judiciary, which has been a bulwark against the most extreme Right-wing factions in the country. This measure has sparked a new round of scrutiny regarding the $3.8 billion in military aid the US provides to Israel annually.4. Progressive Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has requested $15 million for a plan to help decarbonize 200 to 350 homes by modernizing heating and insulation for low-income Chicagoans, Gregory Pratt of the Tribune reports. One hopes to see more progressives pushing for these localized and tailored climate change plans.5. Anchor Brewing, a San Francisco institution, has been on a roller-coaster for several years. The workers organized the plant, then it was sold to Sapporo, and now Sapporo is attempting to sell the company for parts. In response, the union is attempting to raise funds to purchase Anchor Brewing and run it as a worker-owned cooperative. More information is available at Vinepair.com.6. In other alcohol related news, the American Prospect reports that Total Wine, the company founded by Rep. David Trone of Maryland – who is currently seeking the open Senate seat in that state – is fighting an FTC antitrust investigation. The agency is investigating the chain for “price discrimination and exclusive dealing arrangements in alcohol markets as part of a broader crackdown that's also charging Pepsi and Coke for similar anti-competitive conduct.” Total Wine has reportedly sought to impede this investigation at every turn, and have succeeded in slowing it down even as the Biden administration seeks to crack down on anti-competitive behavior. It remains to be seen whether this will become an issue in the Senate campaign.7. Following Rep. Jamaal Bowman's boycott of Israeli President Isaac Herzog's address to Congress, Jewish Insider reports that  AIPAC – among the most powerful Washington lobbies – is pushing for Westchester County executive George Latimer to run a primary challenge against Bowman. Historically, AIPAC has been instrumental in keeping progressive voices, and their criticism of Israel, out of the halls of Congress.8. The German news service DW reports that Ukraine has imposed a “ban on Russian-language culture…such as books, music, plays and concerts.” Whatever one's opinions are on the war in Ukraine, this ban approaches dangerous territory of limiting expression for minority groups in the country and could presage more militarized crackdowns on the Russian minority in Ukraine similar to Japanese-Americans during WWII. All parties must come to the table to negotiate an immediate ceasefire and engage in high-level diplomacy; only that can prevent this war spinning into graver and graver circumstances.9. Finally, on July 20th a super-majority of workers at Grindr, the LGBTQ dating app, voted to unionize with the Communications Workers of America, per Kim Kelly. This came as a response, in part, to revelations showing Grindr's new CEO had previously voiced support for anti-LGBTQ politicians on Twitter and via political donations. Bring on “Hot Labor Summer.” Get full access to Ralph Nader Radio Hour at www.ralphnaderradiohour.com/subscribe

America's Work Force Union Podcast
Lee Harris, Journalist, American Prospect | Scott Chelette and Luke Edington, SMART-Transportation Division

America's Work Force Union Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2023 54:40


Lee Harris, a journalist for the American Prospect, joined the America's Work Force Union Podcast and discussed the issues surrounding the construction of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's chip plant near Phoenix. She spoke about workplace safety issues and the projected financial support the company could receive from the federal government through the CHIPS Act. International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers - Transportation Division General Chairpersons Scott Chelette and Luke Edington appeared on the America's Work Force Union Podcast and talked about the addition of paid sick days to the Collective Bargaining Agreement of Union Pacific workers. They also spoke about their negotiation history with Union Pacific and the union's next steps in the process.

Time To Say Goodbye
Fukushima's toxic tail and Ramaswamy's media blitz

Time To Say Goodbye

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2023 57:56


Hello from Honolulu! It's just us this week, trading places: Tammy is home in humid Brooklyn, and Jay is on the road, visiting family in Hawaii! (6:00) First, we discuss the planned release of 500 swimming pools' worth of radioactive(?) wastewater from Fukushima, which has spurred lousy takes from Beltway types and a run on salt in South Korea. (19:10) Next, we look at Vivek Ramaswamy's long-shot candidacy for President and try to discern what the entrepreneur brings to a flailing Republican Party. In this episode, we ask: Was “Mad Men” a good show? How does the Fukushima conversation serve as a barometer for China–Japan–South Korea relations? Is Trumpism analogous to Modi-ism? Are we doomed to have an amoral, debate-brained candidate in every Republican primary? For more, dig into: * Regional reactions to the wastewater plan at Fukushima * Images of Vermont's floods and the proximate climate apocalypse * Sheelah Kolhatkar's jealousy-inducing profile of Vivek Ramaswamy for The New Yorker* DeSantis's jump-the-shark hate ad* Our May ep about the American Prospect's Tucker Carlson piece (and its backlash): Karaoke soft power + left media cowardice Thanks for listening! Subscribe on Patreon or Substack, and follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. Email us at timetosaygoodbyepod@gmail.com.  This is a public episode. If you'd like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit goodbye.substack.com/subscribe

The Majority Report with Sam Seder
3127 - The Death Of The "Neoliberal" Trope & The Future Of Student Debt Relief w/ David Dayen

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2023 88:21


It's Casual Friday! And Sam's BACK from vacation! He and Emma talk to David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through this week's headlines, including the impact of the Fed's continuing impact on workers, US funding for Ukraine, three straight days of global heat records, Lula's impact on Amazon deforestation, and labor action, before Sam parses through his recent trip to Monticello. David Dayen then joins as he starts by peppering Sam with questions about his work with RFK as well as Kennedy's political evolution over the last two decades, before the conversation shifts to Dayen's recent article on the economic theory of government spending “crowding out” private business. David parses through what this economic theory entails, how it has become baked into any US policy, with any public spending requiring equivalent support for private businesses, and why the incredible success of the IRA and CHIPS act should absolutely be challenging this and the role direct public investment can play in the economy. Continuing, David, Sam, and Emma tackle the material impact a change in our economic philosophy could have, and what a return to big government could mean. After a quick discussion on the continuing inflation misinformation, they wrap up the interview by assessing the Biden administration's pivot to the Higher Education Act for Student loan forgiveness. And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Fox and Friends try to shift recent job growth to be demonstrative of… the failure of Biden's government, Ron DeSantis gets hit with “Why don't people like you?” by a Fox host, and Ben Shapiro, notorious theocrat, tries to make out queer identity to be a “belief system” thus not a protected identity. NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson does apologia for the Moms for Liberty, and Greg Gutfeld talks violent crime, like detergent theft, plus, your calls and IMs! Check out David's work at the Prospect here: https://prospect.org/topics/david-dayen/ Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com: https://fans.fm/majority/join Subscribe to the ESVN YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/esvnshow Subscribe to the AMQuickie newsletter here: https://am-quickie.ghost.io/ Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store: https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ Get the free Majority Report App!: http://majority.fm/app Check out today's sponsors: Tushy: Go to https:/hellotushy.com/MAJORITY and use promo code MAJORITY to get 10% off plus FREE shipping on your first bidet order. That's https:/hellotushy.com/MAJORITY for TEN PERCENT OFF.  Henson Shaving: Go to https://hensonshaving.com/majority and use code MAJORITY for a free 100-pack of blades! Sunset Lake CBD: sunsetlakecbd is a majority employee owned farm in Vermont, producing 100% pesticide free CBD products. Great company, great product and fans of the show! Use code Leftisbest and get 20% off at http://www.sunsetlakecbd.com. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @MattBinder @MattLech @BF1nn @BradKAlsop Check out Matt's show, Left Reckoning, on Youtube, and subscribe on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/leftreckoning Subscribe to Brandon's show The Discourse on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ExpandTheDiscourse Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Check out Matt Binder's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/mattbinder Check out Ava Raiza's music here! https://avaraiza.bandcamp.com/ The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/

Keen On Democracy
Is most of rural America really plotting to destroy democracy?

Keen On Democracy

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2023 40:34


EPISODE 1567: In this KEEN ON show, Andrew talks to David Neiwert, the author of THE AGE OF INSURRECTION, about the radical right's assault on American democracy David Neiwert is a journalist and author and an acknowledged expert in American right-wing extremism. He has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Newsroom, and The Rachel Maddow Show and is the managing editor of the popular political blog Crooks and Liars. His work has also appeared in The American Prospect, The Washington Post, MSNBC.com, Salon.com, and other publications. His previous books include The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right(Polipoint) and Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese-American Community (Palgrave), and he has won a National Press Club award for Distinguished Online Journalism. Named as one of the "100 most connected men" by GQ magazine, Andrew Keen is amongst the world's best known broadcasters and commentators. In addition to presenting KEEN ON, he is the host of the long-running How To Fix Democracy show. He is also the author of four prescient books about digital technology: CULT OF THE AMATEUR, DIGITAL VERTIGO, THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER and HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE. Andrew lives in San Francisco, is married to Cassandra Knight, Google's VP of Litigation & Discovery, and has two grown children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

This Is Hell!
The Shame of the Suburbs / Dave Denison

This Is Hell!

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2023 101:46


Today on This is Hell! Chuck interviews Dave Denison about his Baffler article “The Shame of the Suburbs” Dave Denison is a senior editor of The Baffler. He has written and edited for The Texas Observer, CommonWealth magazine, and The American Prospect. A selected archive of his writing is warehoused at www.davedenison.net. A transplanted Midwesterner, he lives near Boston and claims to be an amateur carpenter, an aspiring mason, and an above-average bowler. Read Dave's article on Baffler at https://thebaffler.com/salvos/the-shame-of-the-suburbs-denison

Ralph Nader Radio Hour
War Made Invisible

Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2023 72:33


Ralph spends the entire hour with co-founder of RootsAction.org and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, Norman Solomon, to discuss his latest book, “War Made Invisible: How America Hides the Human Toll of Its Military Machine,” which examines how our “military-industrial-media-intelligence complex” conspires to suppress the truth about war.Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He is the author of War Made Easy, Made Love, Got War, and his newest book, War Made Invisible: How America Hides the Human Toll of Its Military Machine.The tacit motto of huge media outlets like the New York Times is: Being pro-war means never having to say you're sorry. If a journalist or a media outlet is in favor of the US engaging in war, that is couched as “objective.” If a journalist (such as Phil Donahue on MSNBC) in the leadup to the war even raises questions, serious questions critical of an impending invasion or ongoing US war then that's considered “biased.”Norman SolomonThese wars are treated as though they aren't wars. That they don't exist. That “there's nothing to see here, folks!” Because we say so. We have our own criteria. And part of that is the jingoism and the nationalism and the racism that says if the people at the other end of US firepower don't look like us, are not in a country aligned with us, then we don't think there's really a reason to consider it a major problem. It's only a problem when Americans are dying.Norman SolomonThis was a real sociocide—thousands and thousands of bombs and missiles dropped on Iraq. And here's the New York Times, being fed by one of their reporters Judith Miller total lies about Saddam importing uranium from Niger and Africa and other falsehoods that made page one in the New York Times. What is clearly probably its darkest journalistic chapter… There doesn't seem to be anything learned today. They could just as well do it today against another country.Ralph NaderIn Case You Haven't Heard1. On Wednesday, The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Amazon, alleging that the online retailer “tricked and trapped people into recurring subscriptions [for Amazon Prime] without their consent, not only frustrating users but also costing them significant money,” according to FTC Chair Lina Khan. Khan added “These manipulative tactics harm consumers and law-abiding businesses alike.” According to internal documents “Amazon named [the cancellation] process ‘Iliad,'…refer[ing] to Homer's epic about the long, arduous Trojan War.” More about this lawsuit is available at the Washington Post.2. As the Teamsters continue to negotiate for a better deal with UPS, the membership has voted overwhelmingly to approve a strike. This vote – which passed with 97 percent support – gives the union “maximum leverage to win demands at the bargaining table,” according to the union's statement. The statement goes on to note that the Teamsters represent more than 340,000 UPS package delivery drivers and warehouse logistics workers nationwide. Teamsters president Sean O'Brien added “The strongest leverage our members have is their labor and they are prepared to withhold it to ensure UPS acts accordingly.”3. For the fist time since 2019, the Democratic-controlled Senate Banking committee will hold a “mark-up” session on a bill – a key step toward enacting any legislation. This bill – sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown, who chairs the committee, and Tim Scott of South Carolina – seeks to claw back excessive compensation from executives at failed banks and penalize them for misconduct. This legislation was almost certainly drafted in response to the failure of Silicon Valley Bank. The draft text of this bill is available at Punchbowl News.4. The American Prospect reports that, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Tesla's “Full Self Driving” or FSD has led to at least 736 crashes – causing 17 fatalities – since 2021. Mile for mile, Tesla's FSD system is “likely…ten times more dangerous at driving than humans.”5. Leaving aside self-driving, a CBS News report sheds light on new dangers associated with electric vehicles. “Their batteries make the vehicles heavier, offering better protection to the passengers inside, but that extra weight — hundreds to even thousands of pounds — has traffic safety advocates concerned about the potential risk to other drivers.” To give some perspective on how heavy these vehicles are, “GMC's Hummer EV weighs more than 9,000 pounds…more than 3,000 pounds heavier than the GMC's full-size pickup. The Hummer EV's battery alone weighs about the same as a Toyota Corolla.”6. The Washington Post reports that the strike at Insider magazine, the “longest ever [strike] in digital media,” has ended. The new deal raises the minimum salary for Insider staff and prevents any further layoffs this year, along with an immediate 3.5 percent raise upon ratification of the contract. The strikers got a boost in public support when the editor-in-chief was filmed “tearing down fliers bearing his face with the phrase, “Have you seen this millionaire?”' Insider, formerly Business Insider, was acquired by German media conglomerate Axel-Springer in 2015; Axel-Springer's later acquisition of POLITICO was covered in the first edition of the Capitol Hill Citizen.7. Yahoo Finance reports that, in a major reversal, Shell plans to “[pivot] back to oil to win over investors.” The company will forego its goal to reduce oil outputs by 1-2% each year, and its CEO Wael Sawan emphasized that “shift[ing] to low-carbon businesses cannot come at the expense of profits.” No word yet on whether life on planet Earth can come at the expense of corporate profits.8. This month, American troops will begin arriving in Peru, where they will be stationed until the end of the year. These troops, invited by the wildly unpopular Peruvian Congress and unelected president Dina Boluarte, are charged with “preparing Peru's intelligence command for “joint special operations.” The timing of this arrival is notable; while protests against the antidemocratic Peruvian government peaked in February, resulting in 70 deaths, a new rash of protests are planned for July. This from CounterPunch.9. The Catholic News Agency reports that a restaurant in Sacramento, California “had an individual impersonate a priest to encourage employees to confess their “sins” against their employer,” – the catch? He wasn't a priest at all. The Department of Labor called this “among the most shameless” of employee intimidation methods they'd ever seen. In addition to the priest fiasco, investigators said the restaurant “denied overtime pay to employees and illegally paid managers from the employee tip pool….[and] threatened employees with retaliation and immigration-related consequences for cooperating with investigators.” The employer has agreed to pay $70,000 in back wages and $70,000 in damages to 35 employees, as well as $5,000 in civil penalties to the Department of Labor.10. Daniel Ellsberg, the legendary whistleblower who exposed the lies being fed to the American people regarding the Vietnam War via the Pentagon Papers, has passed away. He was 92. Ellsberg, who had been in hospice following a diagnosis of inoperable pancreatic cancer, wrote a final note in March. This note mostly focused on the nuclear peril posed by the war in Ukraine, but the last few lines should be repeated here:“I'm happy to know that millions of people–including all those friends and comrades to whom I address this message!–have the wisdom, the dedication and the moral courage to carry on with these causes, and to work unceasingly for the survival of our planet and its creatures.I'm enormously grateful to have had the privilege of knowing and working with such people, past and present. That's among the most treasured aspects of my very privileged and very lucky life. I want to thank you all for the love and support you have given me in so many ways. Your dedication, courage, and determination to act have inspired and sustained my own efforts.My wish for you is that at the end of your days you will feel as much joy and gratitude as I do now.Love, Dan” Get full access to Ralph Nader Radio Hour at www.ralphnaderradiohour.com/subscribe

Lever Time
The Fix Was In With Biden's Debt Ceiling Deal

Lever Time

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2023 52:21


The country may have narrowly avoided a debt default catastrophe by passing a debt ceiling deal on June 3, but that doesn't mean we should allow the fiasco to fall into the memory hole. David Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect, joins host David Sirota to dissect the event, discuss the political misuse of the debt limit, and explore what was traded away in this crisis. While the Biden administration is literally advertising the deal as a bipartisan triumph, the two scrutinize its controversial implications: slashed budgets, renewed student debt payments, and major fossil fuel concessions. Dayen, who covers the intersection of politics and economics, questions the acceptance of such outcomes by the Democrats: Are these political tradeoffs, or do they represent the party's true goals? Links: California Passes Law To Divest Pensions From Fossil Fuels  Supreme Court Won't Review Ruling Barring Offshore Fracking In California  The Leonard Leo Dark Money Behind Kansas' Misleading Anti-Abortion Campaign  Democrats' Resounding Vote for Debt Ceiling Concessions Won't Age Well  A transcript of this episode is available here.BONUS: Next Monday's bonus episode of Lever Time Premium, exclusively for The Lever's supporting subscribers, is a deep dive on the climate crisis in the American West, and how new fights over climate legislation there could determine climate policy for years to come.If you'd like access to this and other episodes of Lever Time Premium, head over to LeverNews.com to become a supporting subscriber.If you'd like to leave a tip for The Lever, click the following link. It helps us do this kind of independent journalism. levernews.com/tipjar

The Majority Report with Sam Seder
3108 - Israel's Shadowy Weapons Industry; Racist Predatory Lending w/ Antony Loewenstein, Ramenda Cyrus

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2023 72:10


It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She talks to independent journalist Antony Loewenstein to discuss his recent book The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the World. Then, she is joined by Ramenda Cyrus, John Lewis Writing Fellow at The American Prospect, to discuss her recent piece entitled "Predatory Lending's Prey of Color." First, Emma runs through updates on the Freedom Caucus' debt ceiling tantrum, Comer walking back his contempt vote, the Supreme Court turning out a surprising Voting Rights Act decision, Fox's lawsuit against Tucker, growing jobless claims, the passing of Pat Robertson, Louisiana's gender-affirming care ban, and foreshadowing of a coup in Colombia, also diving into Steve Malloy's appearance with Laura Ingraham to reassure us that the health effects of smoke are actually just a liberal conspiracy. Antony Loewenstein then dives right into his reporting on Israel's export of their apartheid technologies, beginning with his work in Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Honduras, and his realization that in these very geographically-specific conflicts, there were always traces of the tactics and technologies employed by Israel in their occupation of Palestine.  Next, he and Emma step back to assess Israeli apartheid as the longest-running occupation in modern history, with the Israeli economy – largely in tech and defense – raking in the big bucks from the relationship, with financial ties to the West from the beginning of the Nakba strengthening their economic and political support over the last 75 years. Antony then assesses Israel's role as the 10th biggest arms dealer in the world, despite their relatively small size, with the occupation of Palestine acting as one of the most active military and intelligence testing grounds in the world, before he walks Emma through the long history of this industry and export in Israel, including their role in supporting genocide across the Global south during the 1970s and ‘80s, and how they have kept those ties strong over the last decade. Next, Ramenda Cyrus walks through the story of Ms. Lilly to demonstrate the prominent and growing issue of predatory lending in the US, parsing through the tactics these predators use, and the infrastructural gaps they exploit. Wrapping up, Cyrus and Emma explore the particular role of Bank-deserts in inflaming this issue, why this exploitation primarily affects low-income people of color, and how this all relates to the defanging of Dodd-Frank. And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they assess the Supreme Court's surprising decision on an Alabama voting rights case, Tom from Raleigh discusses the validity of abstinence, and Chris Christie launches his campaign with an attack on the Trump family swamp. DeSantis catches backlash for a low blow against Trump (literally just using AI), Dan from Boise explores the idea of abortion “tourism” and the backlash to it, and the MR Crew covers LIV Golf's merger with PGA. Tommy from somewhere gives some music recs, David Sacks spreads his billions between the DeSantis and RFK bandwagons, and Kristi Noem starts her campaign for Trump's VP, plus, your calls and IMs! Check out Antony's book here: https://www.versobooks.com/products/2684-the-palestine-laboratory Check out Ramenda's piece here: https://prospect.org/economy/2023-06-05-predatory-lendings-prey-of-color/ Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com: https://fans.fm/majority/join Subscribe to the ESVN YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/esvnshow Subscribe to the AMQuickie newsletter here: https://am-quickie.ghost.io/ Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store: https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ Get the free Majority Report App!: http://majority.fm/app Check out today's sponsors: Sunset Lake CBD: Sunset Lake CBD is celebrating dads this year— regular dads, dog dads, andeven plant dads. Save 20% on your order at https://sunsetlakecbd.com with coupon code DADHAT (one word.) Orders over $100 will get a FREE Sunset Lake CBD Dadhat included with their purchase. Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @MattBinder @MattLech @BF1nn @BradKAlsop Check out Matt's show, Left Reckoning, on Youtube, and subscribe on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/leftreckoning Subscribe to Brandon's show The Discourse on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ExpandTheDiscourse Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Check out Matt Binder's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/mattbinder Check out Ava Raiza's music here! https://avaraiza.bandcamp.com/ The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/