In this episode, Rob touches on climate change again in discussing the flooding in the Balkans, along with some feedback and podcast recommendations before getting to some current events. First up, Rob looks at Macklemore and his problematic racist actions and the awareness he claims that make his actions that much worse, and the California Dietetic Association’s conference sponsored by and promoting junk and fast food companies and products. The show switches gears then to cover the male bullies with guns who are using threats of violence to silence women speaking out for gun control. There is a trigger warning for portions of this program that deal with violence directed at women and threats of sexual violence used as a silencer.
- 1 year ago
In this new shorter, much more singularly focused episode Rob takes a look at all of the fallout from election day 2012 and gives an appropriate nod to the day that began this podcasting journey as we roll into our sixth year on the internet airwaves! Before the fallout though, Rob looks at a little feedback which covers transphobia and a community dedicated to ending this oppressive societal norm, before bridging the dialog gap with a story about Colorado voters legalizing the recreational use and possession of marijuana for adults. This takes us across topics like the stigma of marijuana use, the drug war, forcing the federal government to either suppress the will of the people or re-evaluate their outdated stance on marijuana. As we cover more election fallout, we look at the racist reaction to Obama’s second term, the hopelessness plaguing white people across the country, conservatives’ continued determination to stall progress and subvert the will of the people, the mandate for taxing the rich and the Republican refusal to even discuss it, Mitt’s mischaracterization as a hater of women and their lady part rights, the sexist attacks of women who voted for Obama labeling them sluts, teaching hate, moving forward towards full equality, and more. Then Rob looks at some of the other positives from the election like the defeat of Republican Team Rape like Akin/Murdoch and their ilk, Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, Maine/Maryland/Minnesota all standing up for marriage equality, Mary Gonzalez, Tammy Baldwin, and Grace Meng. All with humor, music and more.
- 2 years ago
In this all new episode Rob dives into some feedback from a few listeners which takes the discussion down a couple of avenues dealing with veganism, high cost of beef, food prices in general, supply and demand, exploitation, genetic discrimination, GINA, and a predisposition to illness costing people jobs and opportunities. Then Rob gets into the current events he had prepared for the show which include Mitt Romney’s campaign of lies, knowingly misleading the public, our broken political system, systemic inequalities, starvation, food supply, ending world hunger, police brutality, Anaheim protests, Manuel Diaz, murdered by police, Jarell Brooks, Aurora hero, theatre shooting leads to calls for more gun control in US, 2nd Amendment rallying, arming the citizenry, Old West returns, more guns equals safer US, India’s power grid failure, resource supplies faltering in light of expanding populous’ demands, government transparency, Romney’s gubernatorial deleted data, hypocrisy, illegal wiretapping, cellphone surveillance, scope of spying not known by government branch tasked with overseeing and regulating, Big Brother’s blind eye, privacy disappearing, oppression in the name of safety, Chik-fil-a, LGBTQ oppression, oppression and hate embraced by elected officials, land of the free with exceptions, cowards speak hate through chicken, Merican ignorance, what US citizens don’t know about US, world view of US, status, healthcare, Chavis Carter, Jonesboro PD, suspicious circumstances surrounding death of Carter while in custody, and police search fails. Then Rob discusses the right’s embrace of racism, Romney’s campaign gets subvertly racist, the right’s obviously racist base, Michele Bachmann’s racist ranting, paranoia played out on Capital Hill, Muslim Brotherhood, Islamaphobia, George Zimmerman wants an apology for killing Trayvon Martin, with poetry and more.
- 2 years ago
The Ku Klux Klan says membership is booming in Colorado.Imperial Grand Wizard Cole Thornton says the United Northern and Southern Knights of the KKK is active and successfully recruiting in Colorado, but no membership numbers were available. Southern Poverty Law Center spokesman Mark Potok tells the Durango Herald the radical right in the U.S. has grown enormously in the last 10 years, particularly since President Barack Obama’s election in 2008.According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization, 12 white supremacist groups are currently active in Colorado.Colorado has a long history with the KKK. Benjamin Stapleton, who served five terms as mayor of Denver between 1923 and 1947, had ties to the Ku Klux Klan.There are reports that the Klan took over a resort on top of South Table Mountain in Golden in the 1920s. They reportedly used it as a major meeting and ceremonial place. The resort burned to the ground in an arson fire in 1927.Learn more about the KKK’s history in Colorado in this article by the Colorado Independent.
I’m liking my state less and less…*sigh*
(via hissingbooth)Source: so-treu
In this all new episode Rob discusses Chicago’s new marijuana decriminalization laws as submitted by Thor before he thanks everyone for the kind words and well wishes during the Waldo Canyon Fire and our evacuation here in Manitou Springs. Rob then launches into the headlines and covers current events like the sexism and racism that reportedly pervades the US coverage of the Olympic Games, a story that looks at rape culture in Sweden, the feminist haven myth busted, gender politics still need work, Stuxnet virus, US government wants to prosecute reporters, too hard for Big Brother to cover-up illegal activities so they want to muzzle media, checks and balances, freedom of the press, Espionage Act, Coral Harbour protests, high food prices, government regulations, the Nutrition North Canada program, people starve while local store gouges customers, carnivorous plants getting enough nitrogen through pollution so cut back on eating bugs, carnivorous plants have more compassion than average human, getting nutrients without eating others, first lady Michelle Obama threatened by DC police officer in conversation with other officers, White House motorcade officer suspended while investigation over comments takes place, Bill Nye versus CNN, climate change deniers damaging public dialog, media complicit in pandering to deniers pushing opinion over science, 16 of last 17 years have been hottest on record, wildfire in CO predicted by scientists because of unusually dry conditions, Carol Costello invalidates Bill Nye’s entire interview in introduction, young Mitt Romney used to dress up like a state trooper and pull people over for fun, Romney would break the law to get his kicks, conservative Canadian government makes damaging cuts to needed science programs, anti-science governments pushing for ignorance, US destabilizing Syria as they’ve done elsewhere, Iraqization of other countries in region, arming groups to detriment of public safety, acting on agendas not on best interests of people in the region, Houla massacre, Assad’s regime, and more before going on to discuss the sex segregation of US schools, Teaching Stereotypes, Sax/Gurian junk science too long allowed to steer US education, girls brains versus boys brains, media darling dumb-shits push damaging sexism into curriculum, predatory loan practices, and student loans. With music, poetry and more.
- 2 years ago
In this all new, lengthy and loaded episode of the podcast Rob dives into a whole host of stories sent in and topics brought up by listeners like forest fires in Spain, caring about animals’ suffering, Trayvon Martin, aggressors with guns, armed white supremacists patrolling Sanford in case of race riots, American society’s recent history of executing black men, Bernie Goetz, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, Ousmane Zongo, Tim Stansbury, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Ramarley Graham, Orlando Barlow, Travares McGill, Ronald Madison, Kiwane Carrington, Victor Steen, Steven Eugene Washington, Jimmell Cannon, Wendell Allen, losing agency over our bodies, Supreme Court votes for degrading detainees, following up on Fluoride, reverse osmosis filtration, Koch brothers, and decolonization before diving into the state of racism in the US. Rob covers a number of stories in this arena, including talks of racial bias affecting perception of threats and violence, the ‘shooter bias’, studies prove American racism threatens safety of people of color in the country, Obama has faced severe racial bias as President, hate crimes, Shaima Alawadi, Islamaphobia in the US, Anna Brown, left to die on floor of jail for demanding treatment for pain hospital denies she had, blood clots in her legs moved to her lungs, black women often dismissed/labeled as angry, former Colombian President says US drug war a failure, Obama administration continues to dismiss claims of failure and calls for legalization, federal discrimination lawsuit brought against NYPD, racism in highest NYPD ranks, targeting black communities in New York, Howard Morgan, four white cops shoot Howard Morgan and leave him for dead, and Morgan sentenced to 40 years. Rob then discusses illegal drug checkpoints, police breaking laws to enforce them, more Arizona anti-choice antics, pregnancy begins two weeks prior to conception, limiting access, Michigan GOP illegally passed 96% of legislation since Republicans took hold in 2011, routing democracy, dismantling democracy, CISPA, Obama says he’ll veto new anti-piracy legislation moving through Congress, more Monsanto madness, Monsanto versus Vermont, GMO labeling requirements, poisoning food supply and lobbying to lie about it, Gov. Walker versus equal pay, women aren’t as driven in careers as men, Republican climate change, experience trumps science, Judges admit to jailing children for money, privatizing prisons, private prisons call to kept at 90-95% capacity, Catholic Church tried to erase native culture from Canada through abuse and torture of children in special schools, sexual abuse and torture inflicted on children in attempts to kill an entire culture. With poetry, music and more.
- 2 years ago
- 2 years ago
This is a story that isn’t getting the traction in the press that it should. I posted the case about Howard Morgan not long ago here.
Morgan was a veteran police officer in Chicago. He is black. He was shot 28 times by 4 white officers. 21 of those shots were administered to the back of his body. Morgan never fired a weapon, and a witness corroborated that. In fact, one of the officers took Morgan’s weapon away from him. Morgan was acquitted of aggravated discharge of a weapon in 2007.
Some key facts via this online petition
Howard Morgan’s van was crushed and destroyed without notice or cause before any forensic investigation could be done.
The State only produced 3 of the 28 bullets shot into and taken from Howard Morgan’s body, whereby the rest of the 25 bullets could have shown whether or not the police officers who shot Mr. Morgan shot him with his own gun after taking it from him.
Howard Morgan was never tested for gun residue to confirm if he even fired a weapon on the morning in question.
The State never produced the actual bullet proof vest worn by one of the officers who claimed to have allegedly taken a shot directly into the vest on the morning in question. The State only produced a replica.
Despite all this, and the fact that Morgan was earlier acquitted of firing his own weapon, Morgan was found guilty of attempted murder of the 4 white officers who shot him 28 times, with 21 of those shots having entry points on the back of his body. How does one not fire a weapon, get shot 28 times by four officers, and then be found guilty of attempted murder? It doesn’t make sense.
Morgan is set to be sentenced in April. More info here.
u get shot 28 times
and YOURE guilty???
(via kinkyturtle)Source: newsinblack.com