Nora talks with local filmmaker Blake Lyon and welcomes co-host Chris Garrison to the show. There is also a rare exclusive special guest appearance by Oscar contender Dylan McElligott, who reviews Rust Within Olympus.
Ruth reads from Mark Twain's "Roughing It." This is the Thanksgiving Show. We are thankful Twain had a second chance at life. He and friends we caught in a snow storm, and figured they would die. Thank goodness they didn't or "Tom Sawyer," "Huck Finn," and "Roughing It" would have never been written. Thank goodness for all the second chances this Thanksgiving Time.
Guest Dan Meek, a public interest attorney in Portland, continues his discussion of recent US Supreme Court decisions which have enhanced corporate power to the determent of "We, the People." Decisions discussed included Clapper v. Amnesty International, AT&T v Concepcion, American Express Co. v Italian Colors Restaurant and Marx v. General Revenue Co. Then we discuss what Congress could do to end such decisions but has not chosen to do.
Today we continue our conversation with Paul Cienfuegos, Portland organizer working with the Community Rights Movement, started by Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF.org). Paul talks about how communities have grown tired of having their local decision making removed so that corporate projects, which they oppose and don't want, can proceed. Paul discusses the regulatory boxes created by industry to undermine our local decision making. Notes that the environment is currently viewed as property and advocates for giving nature rights.
More than two years have passed since the Japanese earthquake and tsunami caused three Fukushima nuclear power plants to melt-down. Charles Johnson, Director of the Oregon/Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Task Force on Nuclear Power, talks about that on-going crisis and connections between Fukushima and the Columbia (Nuclear) Generating Station (CGS) in Washington State. He calls for closure of CGS.
Guest Michael Meo of the Portland Green Party describes the plans by the City of Portland to cover the open air water reservoir system and how, because he expressed and used his constitutionally acknowledged free speech right to speak out against the plan, he was arrested and placed in solitary confinement in a 60 degree temperature cell. He further talks about how one develops an effective campaign of civil disobedience.
We give flowers, diamonds and gold as symbols of our love without thought as to how those symbols are mined or grown or even how they became symbols. Dr. Martin Donohoe discusses how these symbols have taken on their meaning and the consequences of giving these symbols. He suggests more humane expressions of our love, which do not encourage war and terrorism and consumerism.