Waiting for the Decision

By: Monday November 24, 2014 6:09 pm

Kevin will have something up shortly after the decision is announced. This is the local NBC TV Station. ADDED: Brown family statement: #FergusonDecision — Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) November 25, 2014

Book Salon Preview: Angels By The River, A Memoir

By: Sunday November 23, 2014 8:35 am

In Angels by the River, James Gustave “Gus” Speth recounts his unlikely path from a southern boyhood through his years as one of the nation’s most influential mainstream environmentalists and eventually to the system­-changing activism that shapes his current work.

Late Night: The Muse of the Snowdragon

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 8:00 pm

There’s an inspiring system of ice caves in the Sandy Glacier on the west face of Mount Hood in Oregon (waving to Suz here). In the past few years these caves have been spelunked, photographed and filmed. Here is the haunting result.

James Risen’s Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War – Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 8:40 am

Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses — and until this book, it has worked very hard to cover them up.

President Obama Addresses the Nation, Taking Executive Action on Immigration.

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 4:55 pm

Citing a broken system, President Obama “is taking executive action to fix what he can to help build a system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.” The speech, scheduled for 8:00pm ET, is expected to last fifteen minutes. It will be on cable, CSPAN and PBS, but the broadcast networks have their priorities, sweeps.

Late Night: Game Over

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:00 pm

The day wasn’t a total loss, the “Save Mary Landrieu’s Senate Seat” bill didn’t pass, so still no Keystone XL Pipeline -yet.

Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United – Book Salon Preview

By: Sunday November 16, 2014 10:00 am

For two centuries the framers’ ideas about corruption flourished in the courts, even in the absence of clear rules governing voters, civil officers, and elected officials. Should a law that was passed by a state legislature be overturned because half of its members were bribed? What kinds of lobbying activity were corrupt, and what kinds were legal? When does an implicit promise count as bribery? In the 1970s the U.S. Supreme Court began to narrow the definition of corruption, and the meaning has since changed dramatically. No case makes that clearer than Citizens United.

Sunday Talking Heads: November 16, 2014

By: Sunday November 16, 2014 2:00 am


CNN’s Reliable Sources is covering the happenings in Ferguson MO, Melissa Harris-Perry hasn’t posted her syllabus yet but she’ll be covering that as well. Sen. Al Franken visits Candy Crowley to talk net neutrality, what he calls “the free speech issue of our time.” There’s also a net neutrality segment on CSPAN’s Washington Journal, there should be more. Otherwise it’s The President vs the GOP – which has been going on since January 20, 2009 as you all know. Also the fighting ISIS. Blowback, it’s a bitch. If only we went solar+ years ago, the world would be a better place all over.

Late Night: Catch A Falling Star

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 8:00 pm

The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks Monday afternoon so the best USA viewing time is between midnight and dawn early Monday, so get out there and Catch A Falling Star.

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