Alternative Radio http://mtpr.org en Lester Brown - The Future of Civilization http://mtpr.org/post/lester-brown-future-civilization <p>07/28/2014 - When it comes to climate change the operative word is “hot” with “record” and "unprecedented" closely following. UN conferences on climate do little beyond the powerful issuing grandiose proclamations about how green they are and then it’s back to their destructive policies. <em>The Guardian,</em> captures the hypocrisy,&nbsp; “governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority.” Rome is burning. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 22251 at http://mtpr.org Glenn Greenwald - Unmasking the NSA http://mtpr.org/post/glenn-greenwald-unmasking-nsa <p>07/21/2014 - Imagine a gigantic vacuum cleaner scooping up all electronic communications. That’s what the National Security Agency does. Think you are safe from NSA snooping? That you can hide behind clever passwords? Think again. The Agency has the capability to generate one billion password guesses per second. On top of that it can remotely activate your cell phone and computer and use them as eavesdropping and tracking devices. The NSA is at the center of a system of monitoring and control beyond the wildest dreams of the greatest tyrants in history. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:06:14 +0000 Sue Ginn 22270 at http://mtpr.org Paul Cienfuegos - Community Rights http://mtpr.org/post/paul-cienfuegos-community-rights-0 <p>07/14/2014 - Most citizens have political opinions. Many are involved in nonprofit community-based organizations. But the time-impaired average person remains politically disorganized and distracted. Collective political action nationally is often limited to mobilizing for wars and elections. Disengagement can seem the norm. Community organizers are bucking this trend. Local issues, be they environmental, fair wages, or municipalization of energy and Internet services, are getting more and more people off their couches. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:24:14 +0000 Sue Ginn 21833 at http://mtpr.org Richard Wolff - Naked Capitalism http://mtpr.org/post/richard-wolff-naked-capitalism <p>07/07/2014 - Through its myriad booms and busts, capitalism manages to roll with the punches and emerge standing. We are constantly told: it's the only show in town. Do you want the old Soviet Union? No way. But can't we imagine an economic system that is responsive to the needs of people and our precious planet rather than Wall Street and the investor class? Idealistic, you say? Maybe. But the fiscal ship is headed for a huge crash and no amount of moving the deck chairs around will avert it. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:06:48 +0000 Sue Ginn 21577 at http://mtpr.org Noam Chomsky - State of Insecurity http://mtpr.org/post/noam-chomsky-state-insecurity <p>06/30/2014 - Security, security. Can’t get enough of it. Paradoxically, the more we have of it the less secure we feel. The latest weapons and massive military spending are never enough. Since 9/11 the term is bandied about. There is the huge bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security. Within it is the TSA, with its 60,000-plus employees and a budget over $7 billion. We go through checks and searches. Then there’s the NSA surveillance. Could U.S. global policies from drone strikes to invasions actually be undermining our security? Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 20799 at http://mtpr.org Noam Chomsky - State of Insecurity Eduardo Galeano - A Calendar of Human History http://mtpr.org/post/eduardo-galeano-calendar-human-history <p>06/23/2014 - When looking into the past, the great historian Howard Zinn said, "We never get 'just the facts.'" We often get glaring omissions and distortions. History is always a selection from an infinite number of facts. And what is selected is based not just on one's personal interest but on race, class, gender, and other factors. A true picture of the past is rarely achieved, and never by presenting "just the facts." Historians need the eyes of thousands of people, the ears of poets, a nose for secrets, the hands of a master painter. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 20421 at http://mtpr.org Eduardo Galeano - A Calendar of Human History Kathy Kelly - Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda http://mtpr.org/post/kathy-kelly-afghanistan-beyond-propaganda <p>06/16/2014 - The pretext of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was the September 11 attacks. Washington announced it was pursuing Osama bin Laden. But very quickly the Bush administration changed its objective to include the overthrow of the Taliban regime in Kabul. That mission switch precipitated the longest war in U.S. history. Washington and its NATO allies have said they are withdrawing their forces at the end of 2014. But it seems almost certain that U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:15:43 +0000 Sue Ginn 20586 at http://mtpr.org Kathy Kelly - Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda David Cay Johnston http://mtpr.org/post/david-cay-johnston <p>06/09/2014 - The Societal Impacts of Inequality - The U.S. has the dubious distinction of being the most unequal of all developed countries. The gaps between rich and poor have not been seen since the Gilded Age over a century ago. The one-tenth of one percent is loaded with stocks, bonds, hedge funds, cash and property. The respected business journalist Martin Wolf writes, "An out-of-control financial sector is eating out the modern market economy from inside, just as the larva of the spider wasp eats out the host in which it has been laid." Inequality is corroding democracy. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:48:18 +0000 Sue Ginn 20032 at http://mtpr.org David Cay Johnston Nomi Prins - The Wall Street White House Axis http://mtpr.org/post/nomi-prins-wall-street-white-house-axis <p>06/02/2014 -</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 19442 at http://mtpr.org Nomi Prins - The Wall Street White House Axis Black Box http://mtpr.org/post/black-box <p>05/31/2014 - This hour, we examine three very different kinds of black boxes—those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery.&nbsp;From the darkest parts of metamorphosis, to a sixty year-old secret among magicians, to the nature of consciousness itself, we confront the stubborn gaps in our understanding.</p><p><a href="http://www.radiolab.org/story/black-box/" target="_blank">http://www.radiolab.org/story/black-box/</a></p><p></p> Sat, 24 May 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Sue Ginn 19445 at http://mtpr.org Black Box