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Cooperatives & Alternative Economies

Interview with Robert Jensen on Capitalism v. Christianity: A Tale of Two Cults

In an interview with Robert Jensen on Capitalism v. Christianity, He challenges the conventional wisdom of many secular and religious folk. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Journalism, Dr. Robert Jensen argues that faith in the Cult of Capitalism is irrational and that a commitment to a reformulated Cult of Christianity (along with other religious traditions) is rational as we face up to the corrosive effects of modern life on human nature and the destructive effects of modern life on nature. As inequality and ecological collapse intensify, where do we look for values based on solidarity and sustainability?

This talk is part of the First Unitarian Universalist Church’s weekly Public Affairs Forum.
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756

Produced / Edited by Jeffry Zavala.
Videography by Grace Alfar, Jeff Zavala, & Michelle Dougherty.

An Austin Indymedia Production.
http://Austin.Indymedia.org

UN Treaty Could Enact Global Bankruptcy Process and Stop Predatory Funds

 Jubilee USA Urges and Prays for US Support

The UN General Assembly votes Tuesday on a convention that could enact a global bankruptcy process and stop predatory hedge funds. Bolivia proposed the resolution that if voted upon is expected to pass by a majority. 

Predatory Hedge Funds and Argentina Face Supreme Court Showdown in Landmark Global Poverty Case

 Argentina is expected to appeal to the US Supreme Court by mid-February in response to a US 2nd Circuit Court ruling order

IMF and Grenada Negotiate Debt Restructuring

 

On Typhoon Bhopa and the Doha Conference

Typhoon Bhopa (Philippine name Pablo) have resulted to a total number of 647 casualties, with another 1,842 people injured, and 780 missing.

The Shortwave Report 11/16/12 Listen Globally

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (November 16) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from  Radio Deutsche-Welle, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK World Radio Japan.
    From GERMANY- Spain is one of the worst hit economies in the EU- here is the story of a town in the south named Marinaleda, where a maverick mayor is seeking a socialist utopia in the midst of financial chaos. The Israeli military has been attacking Gaza with escalating violence since the weekend, in response to Hamas rocket attacks. Israel also fired into Syria to defend the occupied Golan Heights. On Wednesday Israel assassinated the military chief of Hamas and the attacks are increasing as I produce this show on Thursday morning. Anti-austerity demonstrations swept across Europe on Wednesday, with Spain, Portugal, and Italy seeing the most violence.
    From SPAIN- After 20 years the so-called "banana wars" are over- the EU and 11 Latin American countries signed an accord on tariffs and preferential treatment on the importing of bananas. Argentina saw the biggest anti-government demonstration in many years. A judge has frozen $19 billion worth of Chevron/Texaco assets over environmental damage claims in Ecuador. Many are calling for a change in the mortgage laws in Spain- currently if one falls behind on payments they are evicted but still liable for the mortgage debt.
    From CUBA-  The UN General Assembly voted 188-3 for the US to cease its blockade of Cuba. For the first time, voters in Puerto Rico passed a ballot initiative calling for statehood. John Kerry former Presidential candidate and Vietnam veteran is being considered for the Secretary of State position in Obama's new cabinet.
    From JAPAN- Xi Jinping has been chosen as the new leader of China's ruling Communist Party. While at a conference in Japan, the Dalai Lama has condemned the Chinese government for repeated human rights violations. An international conference aimed at a nuclear-free Middle East has been postponed due to turmoil in the region.
     
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line -

 

I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
NEW TIME SLOT on KZYX! This program will be aired on Sunday afternoon at 4pm (PDST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org > 
 
 
I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
links for this week's edition- 
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_11_16_12_128.mp3  > (27 MB) HIGHEST QUALITY
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_11_16_12.mp3  > (16MB) Broadcast Quality
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_11_16_12_24.mp3 > (6MB) Slow Modem streaming
Website Page- 
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts
 
"We must reconstitute the natural world as the true terrain of politics. We must draw our standards from our natural world, heedless of ridicule, and reaffirm its denied validity. We must honor with the humility of the wise the bounds of that natural world and the mystery which lies beyond them, admitting that there is something in the order of being which evidently exceeds all our competence."
 --Vaclav Havel
 
Dan Roberts
Shortwave Report-
 www.outfarpress.com
YouthSpeaksOut!-

 

The Shortwave Report 10/19/12 Listen Globally

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (October 19) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from  Radio Deutsche-Welle, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, and the Voice of Russia.
    From GERMANY- Scotland will vote in 2014 on leaving the United Kingdom. The UN has again expressed concern over the large number of foreign troops fighting against government forces in Syria. 2 days after huge anti-austerity demonstrations, Portugal has announced large tax hikes and spending cuts. As Spain faces more unemployment and cut backs in government services, a system of 300 time banks has emerged- a non-governmental system where workers earn hours rather than money, then can barter for labor services they need.
    From SPAIN- November 14th has been chosen as a Europe wide day of action to protest the economic and social situation in austerity bound countries in the EU. Spanish students are striking for 3 days calling for the resignation of the Educational Minister whom they describe as a throwback to the Franco era. The EU imposed new sanctions against Iran's oil and gas companies and increased restrictions on the central bank. Turkey's Economy Minister condemned the EU as the most hypocritical organization in the world. Cuba will remove most travel restrictions for its citizens, except for doctors and some other high-value professionals.
    From CUBA-  Global Noise was the banner for international demonstrations against austerity and inequality held last weekend. Indigenous Chileans participated in the Long March of Dignity and Resistance against government repression in their communities. Peace negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels are underway in Oslo. According to the NYT most of the weapons shipped by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebels are ending up in the hands of Jihadists.
    From JAPAN- The UN Food and Agricultural Organization is very worried about skyrocketing grain prices  because of the drought in the US. The Prime Ministers of Australia and India have agreed to negotiate the export of uranium to India for peaceful purposes.
    From RUSSIA-  Unbeknownst to most American citizens, the US government is set to spend $640 billion on nuclear weapons development in the next 10 years. The Pentagon and State Department are speeding up efforts to help the Libyan government set up a commando force to combat Islamic extremists.
     
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line -

 

I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
NEW TIME SLOT on KZYX! This program will be aired on Sunday afternoon at 4pm (PDST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org > 
      or feed://radio.indymedia.org/en/podcast?keys=shortwave++
 
I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
links for this week's edition- 
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_10_19_12_128.mp3  > (27 MB) HIGHEST QUALITY
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_10_19_12.mp3  > (16MB) Broadcast Quality
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_10_19_12_24.mp3 > (6MB) Slow Modem streaming
Website Page- 
       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts
 
"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn."
 --Mary Catherine Bateson
 
Dan Roberts
Shortwave Report-
 www.outfarpress.com
YouthSpeaksOut!-

 

Mother Earth Asks You To Vote Against Romney's Ecocide

 

Gar Alperovitz on Democracy and the New Economy

Gar Alperovitz, a leading scholar and activist in the building of a new economy, speaks on "Democratizing the Emerging Economy.

Cooperatives, social enterprises, public banks and other new structures provide a new vision for the next economy. Alperovitz, the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, will explain how this work, especially the various forms of cooperative ownership, is helping to lay the groundwork for important new directions in the coming era that will see major political and economic changes.

READ MORE HERE

BTL:Romney-Ryan: The GOP's Ticket to Slashing The Nation's Social Safety Net

 Romney-Ryan: The GOP's Ticket to Slashing The Nation's Social Safety Net

Interview with Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, conducted by Scott Harris

When presumed Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced his pick of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on Aug. 11, much of the media coverage focused on the choice as a possible catalyst that could move the country toward a substantive national debate on the future of Medicare and other social safety net programs. As House Budget chairman, Ryan was the architect of a 2011 budget plan that would have made dramatic cuts to funding for education, Head Start, aid to college students and other vital social programs, while simultaneously providing ever larger tax cuts to the nation’s wealthiest citizens. But perhaps Ryan’s best-known signature policy proposal was to end the Medicare program as the nation has known it since its establishment in 1965. Under Ryan’s plan, Medicare would move to a voucher program, offering seniors a limited amount of money to shop for private health insurance, while shifting the burden of thousands of dollars of additional health care costs onto the elderly the program serves. Under the current Medicare system, the government directly pays doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. 

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http://www.btlonline.org/2012/seg/120831af-btl-baker.html

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