Culture of the National Security State, an Interview With Deepa Kumar

By: Sunday October 19, 2014 5:25 pm

This is the last in a series of interviews Deepa Kumar gave the Real News Network wherein she tells host Paul Jay “that a culture of fear and obedience has developed so we give consent to Cold War policies, to hot wars, to the complete militarization of society.”

Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe – Book Salon Preview

By: Sunday October 19, 2014 11:05 am

On the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts assembled at the prestigious New York Academy of Medicine. A project of the Helen Caldicott Foundation and co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, this gathering was a response to widespread concerns that the media and policy makers had been far too eager to move past what are clearly deep and lasting impacts for the Japanese people and for the world. This was the first comprehensive attempt to address the health and environmental damage done by one of the worst nuclear accidents of our times.

It Came From the Oort Cloud: Comet Siding Spring’s Close Encounter with Mars

By: Sunday October 19, 2014 9:05 am

This afternoon newly discovered Comet Siding Spring makes a close fly by Mars. Although NASA had to move all Mars orbiting spacecraft to the lee side to protect them from potential debris in the comet’s wake, Curiosity Rover will be positioned to observe (mastcam) and detect (chemcam). The comet was first observed by astronomer Robert H. McNaught working at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.

“We’re going to observe an event that happens maybe once every million years. This is an absolutely spectacular event.” -Jim Green, director of NASA’s planetary science division.

Sunday Talking Heads: October 19, 2014

By: Sunday October 19, 2014 2:00 am

Good morning, who scrambled the eggs?

Ebola, Ebola, Ebola. We won’t have CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden to kick around today, but Dr. Anthony Fauci does the Full Ginsburg for the administration. Marsha Blackburn (CBS) and Ted Cruz (CNN) think we are at real risk from Ebola-laden illegal West Africans sneakily making their way to Mexico (and Canada, even sneakilyer) to swarm our borders and kill us all with their influenza’d ebolas; these are not serious people to discuss the merits of a travel ban from the affected West African countries. Interestingly, Fox News booked Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) for a more sensible point of view, as well as Dr. Michael Osterholm who is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Osterholm rightly believes the urgency is in West Africa. Bob Schieffer did schedule a knowledgeable group of medical people for his roundtable.

Late Night: Principal Skeleton

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 8:00 pm

Supervising education in autumn can be a lonely affair.

Also too Monster Mash.

#Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will – Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 11:00 am

“#Newsfail is not your grandmother’s comedic-memoir-slash-political-manifesto. From page one (in a preface titled, “In Which the Authors Interview Ralph Nader in the Bathtub”), comedian Jamie Kilstein and journalist Allison Kilkenny pledge to give you the news like you’ve never gotten it before.”

Late Night: The Thrill of the Calve

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 8:00 pm

I felt a thrill watching this, and I could feel the winds. I’m pretty sure the sound in real life was lots louder. The glacier retreated 8 miles in one hundred years, and then nine miles in the last ten years.

On World Day of Food Sovereignty, Struggling for Land in Brazil

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 4:16 pm

October 16 is World Food Day. To ensure that there is food for the world, and that it is not controlled by corporations, small farmers and allies across the globe have also named October 16 the Day of Action for Food Sovereignty and against Transnational Organizations.

A prerequisite of food sovereignty is comprehensive land reform, through which small farmers can control their own land and production, and have access to credit, marketing assistance, and other government support on which their livelihood often depends.

Late Night: How Is This Still a Thing?

By: Monday October 13, 2014 8:00 pm

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Columbus Day – How Is That Still A Thing

Economics: The User’s Guide – Book Salon Preview

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 11:15 am

In his bestselling 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works—in real-world terms. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep knowledge of history, and a disregard for conventional economic pieties, Chang offers insights that will never be found in the textbooks.

Unlike many economists, who present only one view of their discipline, Chang introduces a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, revealing how each has its strengths and weaknesses, and why there is no one way to explain economic behavior.

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