Sep 17th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork
SAVING THE INTERNET is critical to a Solartopian future. But it's under attack from corporate "ISP" providers determined to censor public dialogue and make themselves even richer. TIM KARR of www.freepress.net and BOB FITRAKIS of www.freepress.org give us the full story on the attack of the corporate elite on the one remaining electronic bastion of a free press---the open, unrestrained internet. A regulation that would destroy this has been introduced by Thomas Wheeler, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, an Obama appointee. According to Tim Karr, this proposal has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments, 99% of which are in opposition to allowing corporations to charge websites more money for better access, a provision that would tilt the internet towards big money elites and destroy democratic interplay. PRN and so much more of what's left of our democracy depend on the defeat of this cynical regulation. Hear all about it on this show and TAKE ACTION NOW!
THE DEVIL'S NUKE at Diablo Canyon, California, cannot meet basic earthquake, tsunami, fire hazard or water quality standards. So DAVID LOCHBAUM of the Union of Concerned Scientists (www.UCSUSA.org) and ROCHELLE BECKER of California's ALLIANCE 4 NUCLEAR RESPONSIBILITY (www.A4NR.org) tell us how this pair of gargantuan reactors between Los Angeles and San Francisco threaten us all. A newly released report from Nuclear Regulatory Commission Insider Dr. Michael Peck warns that the fault lines surrounding these nukes could deliver shocks far stronger than the plant is designed to withstand. Dave Lochbaum has written than the plant can't meet basic fire protection criteria. And Rochelle Becker reports that state law requires major changes to the plant's cooling system that would cost billions of dollars to install. Grassroots citizen action recently shut two San Onofre reactors to the south. The question is: will it do the same to Diablo Canyon before disaster strikes?
Aug 26th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork
HIROSHIMA DAY in Berkeley allowed me the opportunity speak at the Unitarian Meeting House for the August 6, 2014 commemoration of the terrible bombing and ensuing destruction, which is now being matched and more at FUKUSHIMA. I had the honor and privilege of addressing a room full of fabulous citizen/activists about the burning issues of NUCLEAR POWER, ATOMIC WEAPONS AND OUR SOLARTOPIAN FUTURE on this sacred evening. The talk was beautifully recorded by Maria Gilardin of WTUC radio, for which we deeply thank her. We also thank the organizers of this evening, including Phoebe Sorgen, Cynthia Papermaster, Cecile Pineda and so many more. Cecile, who is author of THE DEVIL'S TANGO, was kind enough to do the introductions. We hope you find this hour-long presentation challenging and inspiring.
Green Power And Wellness - RICHARD NIXON & HENRY KISSINGER SABOTAGED THE 1968 VIETNAM PEACE TALKS - 08/19/14
Aug 19th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork
RICHARD NIXON & HENRY KISSINGER SABOTAGED THE 1968 VIETNAM PEACE TALKS and cursed us all with 7 more years of war and hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths. This "leftist conspiracy theory" which has been dismissed by the right for so many decades has now been definitively confirmed and is 100% part of the "mainstream" American legacy. DAVID SWANSON, one of America's great peace writer/activists, and attorney BOB FITRAKIS, publisher of www.freepress.org, professor of political science, thoroughly document this explosive reality now being so blithely ignored by the corporate media. Bob and David also explore, as only they can, the illegal lies that led us into the wars in Iraq and Libya, as well as George H.W. Bush's treasonous delay of the release American hostages in Iran, guaranteeing the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan. Proving once again that yesterday's "conspiracy theory" is tomorrow's proven historic reality, David and Bob plumb the depths of an imperial war machine that threatens us all while denying it all with ever-decreasing credibility.
PROFESSOR PETER MATHEWS tells us about his DOLLAR DEMOCRACY and how we must rise up to take back the power in this nation from the big corporations. A writer, teacher, Congressional candidate, Peter is an informed, energetic advocate for the power of the people. With his book in hand we cover issues of money in politics, the Constitutional Amendment ("Move to Amend") we need to deal with it, with war and empire, GMOs, education and much much more along the path to an enlightened, empowered grassroots nation. In the opening to DOLLAR DEMOCRACY, the late great Senator Paul Wellstone says "politics is about the improvement of people's lives." Peter Mathews beautifully expounds how his happens in this bracing, energetic chapter of the ride to Solartopia.
Jul 22nd, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork
Amidst chaos and danger on the world scene we hear from KEVIN KAMPS of BEYOND NUCLEAR (www.beyondnuclear.org) on how vulnerable our atomic reactors really are. From tissue-paper "containment" domes to terrorist targetings, vulnerable spent fuel pools, danger from "inland tsunamis" caused by dam breaks, exposed water pumps, unprotected control rooms and much more, we hear just some of the bad news about how a really dangerous world is made even more so by atomic reactors. Kevin further fills us in about the bad times at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where thoroughly corrupted William Magwood refuses to resign despite his multitude of direct conflicts of interest with the industry he is supposed to regulate. We're then joined by PAUL GUNTER, also of Beyond Nuclear, who exposes the conflicts between the United Nations and the horrific health impacts of the radiation from Fukushima. Long-standing commitments have made the UN a pro-nuke organization. With the World Health Organization compromised by agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN refuses to face the health impacts of atomic energy. As Paul and Kevin make clear, given what is happening at Fukushima, those impacts are worsening by the day.
VEGANISM and the sanctity of animals is our topic with Desert Storm veteran Eriyah Flynn, who gave up meat after reading about the mass slaughter of pigs in an animal rights magazine. Raised in California, Eriyah has become on of our most ardent advocates of a diet totally free from all animal products.
For moral reasons, and for our personal health and that of the planet, Eriyah brings a personal passion and a wealth of information to what has become one of our most divisive issues. Lively and informative, Eriyah's captivating style makes this tough, demanding issue easy to digest.
Jul 8th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork
FUKUSHIMA IS STILL HAPPENING as we hear from PAUL GUNTER and KEVIN KAMPS of BEYOND NUCLEAR about the horrific on-going disaster in Japan. Far from being calmed and cool, the crisis in spent fuel management continues at Fukushima. Loss of coolant in Unit Five's spent fuel pool has developed. Units Four, Three, Two and One are also in varying states of flux, to the extent that Tokyo Electric has taken a "vacation" from bring down damaged fuel rods at Unit Four. Paul also reports that a two-inch piece of spent plutonium fuel has been found more than a mile away from the reactors, along with many other fragments of what was obviously a fission explosion. That the assault on nuclear regulators in Japan continues. And that the Japanese people have stood firm against opening any of the 48 other reactors still shut. NONE of this is being reported in ANY corporate media despite its life-and-death impacts on us all. Paul and Kevin will be back with us for more reports. In the meantime, please listen closely and send the links for this important show so others can know that FUKUSHIMA IS NOT OVER!!!
Jul 1st, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork
Ohio's swing state legislature has become the first to REPEAL a pro-green portfolio standard meant to promote renewables and efficiency. As JEN MILLER, director of the Ohio Sierra Club tells us, the corporate billionaires from ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) have swung Ohio into anti-Solartopia attack mode. This is happening all over the country, and Ohio is now the cutting edge of a huge push-back from King CONG (Coal, Oil, Nukes & Gas). With campaign finance laws in ruins, the Koch Brothers are out in full force, and they've smashed their way through in Ohio.