July 31, 2012
The failure of psychiatry and re-envisioning what it means to be “mad”
Dr. Seth Farber is a writer, social critic, dissident psychologist, and an activist in the human and animal rights, the environment and the anti-psychiatry movement. He is a co-founder of the Network Against Coercive Psychiatry, which stands in the tradition of great revolutionary psychologists such as Thomas Szasz and RD Laing. Dr. Farber is also the editor of scholarly review Journal of Mind and Behavior.
He has written several important books, his most recent release being “The Spiritual Gift of Madness: The Failure of Psychiatry and the Rise of the Mad Pride Movement”, which takes a fresh look at the failure of psychiatry to prove itself a science and the alternative, holistic way of viewing mental disorders.
July 30, 2012
If we do not do something in the very near future about global warming, it'll be too late - Bill McKibbin writing from Rolling Stone
Latest on health and healing
Writing by Martha Rosenberg (Truthout) on how bad it is at the FDA
plus your calls, and much more
July 27, 2012
Media as an ecosystem – deconstructing the corporate media’s mission of “emotional transfer”
Antonio Lopez is among the younger generation of visionaries challenging the dominant paradigm of corporate government, media and social institutions. He is a media educator and journalist who has written for many magazines and academic journals, and is a contributor to the MacArthur Foundation’s series: Digital Learning in the 21st Century. He was instrumental in the New Mexico Media Literacy Project’s groundbreaking Spanish language media and health program, Medios y Remedios, and founded a multicultural media literacy curriculum, Merchants of Culture, to train instructors in media literacy within rural communities.
Antonio attended the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco and the Peace and Conflict Studies at University of California at Berkeley. He received an MA in Media Studies from the New School and currently resides in Rome where he teaches media studies at an American University while completing a doctorate in education for sustainability.
He is the author of “The Media Ecosystem: What Ecology Can Teach Us About Responsible Media Practice” – which presents a new platform for proactively deconstructing mainstream corporate media and re-constructing an alternative that is ethically moral and sustainable.
July 25, 2012
Newsmaker – real underlying causes of growing violence in the US
Professor Henry Giroux holds the Global Television Network Chair of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Ontario Canada. He was previously the Waterbury Chair Professor at Penn State University and Director of the Forum in Education and Cultural Studies.
Professor Giroux is a leader in the field known as critical and public pedagogy – a term to describe the nature of spectacle in our new media, body politic and corporate education. He is a prominent advocate of radical democracy, which opposes the powers of neoliberalism, corporatism, and religious fundamentalism that is now diminishing our population’s sense of civic virtue, free-thought and well being. He has been named among the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern Period.
Henry has authored many books, his most recent being “Twilight of the Social: Resurgent Publics in the Age of Disposability”
July 24, 2012
The psychological dynamics of authoritarianism and its power as a threat to democracy
Dr. Diana Alstad is an author and lecturer. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, she received a PhD from Yale in 1971 and was a professor at Duke University in the humanities. Alstad taught the first Women’s Studies courses at Yale and Duke, co-founded New Haven Women’s Liberation in 1968, and was on the board of the Veteran Feminists of America from 1998 to 2004.
And we have Dr. Alstad’s partner for almost 40 years, Dr. Joel Kramer. Joel is the author of a early seminal work The Passionate Mind in 1974. He did his postgraduate work in philosophy and psychology at the University of Florida, NYU, and Columbia and was one of the early pioneers of transpersonal thought on the faculty at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. His work in mind/body approaches to Yoga as a means of self-transformation over the years has become an integral part of modern American yoga.
In addition to Diana and Joel being pioneers in the birthing of American yoga, they are also the authors of the Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power – written in 1993 which has become the standard classic text on spiritual authoritarianism and the misuse of power for personal gain and aggrandizement.
PLUS: An update on this shocking video from Anaheim, the creeping police state and our 1st Amendment rights.
SHOCKING : CALIFORNIA COPS OPEN FIRE ON MEN - WOMEN - CHILDREN - BABIES
Shackford comes to Reason.com after nearly a decade of serving in various editing positions for Freedom Communications, a libertarian-leaning media chain that may or may not still exist depending on when this profile is being read. Prior to moving to Reason, he was editor in chief of the Desert Dispatch in Barstow, Calif., where he wrote editorials focusing on libertarian issues like wasteful municipal spending, school choice, the drug war and abuse of police authority. He also editorialized about state and federal transportation and energy spending. Living in the midst of heavily subsidized solar developments in the Mojave Desert, he warned about potential problems with the Department of Energy’s guaranteed loan program months before Solyndra actually filed for bankruptcy.
July 20, 2012
NEW, INCONTROVERTIBLE EVIDENCE THAT BLOWS THE "LONE GUNMAN" THEORY OF THE JFK ASSASSINATION OUT OF THE WATER
A scientific look at the evidence behind the JFK assassination: the locations and multiple shooters. Paul Chambers will join us -- he is a physicist, a former contractor for the Optics division of NASA Goddard and a developer of renewable energy sources. He has specialized in Energetic Materials and Detonation with the Naval Surface Warefare Center and was a research physicist with the Condensed Mater and Radiation Division of the Naval Research Laboratory. He is al the author of Head Shot: The Science Behind the JFK Assassination.
July 19, 2012
8 Ways Americans are headed back to the Robber Baron era
Latest on how an entire country decided to decriminalize all drugs for 11 years
Proof that GMOs really are unhealthy
Record breaking expanse of drought across the US
and more ...
July 18, 2012
Prof. Joel Bakan is a lawyer and professor of constitutional and economic law and an internationally recognized legal scholar at the University of British Columbia. He was a Rhodes scholar and has law degrees from Oxford, Dalhousie and Harvard universities. Prof. Bakan is the author of the best selling book that turned into a documentary, “The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power,” which won 23 international awards, including the Sundance Cinema-Documentary Award. Following up on epidemic of corporate dysfunction, his book “Childhood Under Seige: How Big Business Targets Children” investigates the widespread exploitation of children by profit-seeking firms and our government’s and society’s failure to protect them.
July 17, 2012
The dumbing down of American students through high stake testing.
James Horn is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA. He is also an education blogger at Schools Matter and has published widely on issues related to social justice in education. Prof. Horn has been one of our nation’s more outspoken opponents of corporate education reform, the re-segregation of school systems, and high stakes testing models.
July 16, 2012
The Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund and the failures of Haitian reconstruction
Julie Levesque is an independent investigative journalist and a researcher associated with the Center for Research on Globalization – a non profit academic research and international media organization in Montreal, under the directorship of Michel Chossudovsky. She was among the first independent journalists to visit Haiti in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake.
Her articles can be found on the Center for Research on Globalization www.GlobalResearch.ca
Newsmaker: FDA caught spying on emails of its own scientists
Stephen Kohn is one of the nation’s leading advocates for corporate and government whistleblowers and has a long record spanning over 25 years of court victories on behalf of individuals bringing the truth to the public about corruption, fraud and misdemeanors. He is the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center in Washington and a Trustee of the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund. Stephen has testified in Congress and counseled the Senate Judiciary to protect whistleblower well being. He is the author of the first legal treatise on whistleblower back in 1985 and has since published numerous articles and books .
Stephen is the host of the program “Honesty Without Fear” on the Progressive Radio Network, every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm
July 13, 2012
News update – Recent solar X-Flare report
Matthew Stein is an engineer with a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and a National Merit Scholar. He is the owner of Aloha Aina Builders, which specializes in hurricane resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes, and is also president of Stein Designs which invents consumer and commercial water and bacteriological filtration systems, photovoltaic roofing and other energy efficient and sustainable products.
Matt writes extensively on sustainable preparedness and self-sufficiency in the face of predictable and unpredictable catastrophic scenarios and conditions. In addition to writing on the future of perfect storms for the Huffington Post, he is the author of several exhaustive books on how people can prepare themselves for having to rely on our own resources and ingenuity, most notably “When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency” and “When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival.”
July 12, 2012
Reon Schutte has become an international inspirational speaker following his release after 13 years in one of the world’s most renown and brutal prisons according to many international human rights organizations – the Chikurburi Prison in Zimbabwe.
At the age of 18, Reon was a member of the South Africa Special Forces and specialized in cross border raids – having fought in 13 countries before being captured while on a rescue mission in Zimbabwe. For the next 13 years he was imprisoned under a threat by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe that he would die in prison.
Today Reon travels the world speaking about the most basic moral principles of freedom, the power of our personal choice, perseverance against the worst of odds and forgiveness and acceptance that he experienced in Chikurburi Prison.
He is also the author of recent book about his spiritual lessons: Set Yourself Free: Breaking Out of Your Personal Prison through the Power of Choice.
Netanyahu legacy of smuggling nuclear materials and the US-Israeli nuclear connection
Grant F. Smith is director of the Washington, DC based Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, an independent nonprofit that studies U.S. policy formulation toward the Middle East. Grant launched IRmep was on Capitol Hill as a warning about the grave dangers of adopting a 1996 neoconservative plan for involving the U.S. military more deeply across the Middle East. His research and analysis about trade, law enforcement, and opportunity costs have appeared in Antiwar.com, the Financial Times of London, Arab News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Jewish Daily Forward, The New York Times and specialty publications such as the U.S. State Department's Washington File.
Before joining IRmep, Grant was a research program manager at the Boston based Yankee Group Research, Inc. and taught courses in finance, research, and marketing for five years at CESA in Bogotá, one of Colombia's top\ranked business schools. He is also the author of a new book “Divert!: Numec, Zalman Shapiro and the Diversion of US Weapons Grade Uranium into the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program” which is about the smuggling of nuclear material.
July 11, 2012
Bank raids on allocated gold; gold price manipulation
Dr. Steven Leeb is the founder, chairman and chief investment officer of Leeb Capital Management, an investment house managing large-cap growth portfolios. He is also the founder of the Leeb Group, which published extensive financial letters and has received multiple awards, including for the publications of The Complete Investor and Leeb’s Real World Investing.
For the past 30 years, Dr. Leeb has written many books on global economic trends and forecasts addressing oil and energy crises, future technologies and assets such as gold and metals. He is today considered one of the leading experts in global economics.
He is also the author of a more recent book “Red Alert: How China’s Growing Prosperity Threatens the American Way of Life” which focuses in great length on the long-term strategies behind China’s present national push to be the preeminent country in renewable energy technologies.
July 10, 2012
Why do vaccines fail to give us lasting immunity to viral diseases?
Why do vaccines provide no guarantee of protection from invasive bacterial diseases?
Why does vaccination destroy herd immunity and eliminate our chance to prevent diseases naturally?
These questions and more will be addressed by my guest, Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, who earned her Ph.D. in immunology from the Rockefeller University, New York, NY and has done postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. After a few years of career break devoted to birthing and caring for her young child, she resumed her postdoctoral research at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA. She is an educator on natural immunity and vaccines in her local birth community.
July 9, 2012
Newsmaker: Monsanto Rider snuck into the Agriculture Appropriations Bill in order to further the GMO agenda against organic farming
Prof Tony Pereira teaches chemical engineering at the Fuel Center Research Center and College of Engineering at Lamar University in Beaumont Texas, where he specializes in solar technology
Tony is a long time activist for energy, healthy and safe natural produce, and environmental causes and is the founder of the Institute for Sustainable Engineering. The Institute brings engineers, scientists and researchers together to educate and plan for transitions towards a sustainable society through international academic and public partnerships.
CALL TO ACTION: At the Organic Consumers Association website:
New time slot for The Smart Show with host Cary Harrison
Cary Harrison is a longtime radio host and activist broadcaster, heard in Los Angeles and nationawide on Think Green Radio and TV. His program – The Smart Show – will now be aired on the Progressive Radio Network every Monday evening at 6:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Pacific. Cary conducts exciting interviews and call-ins with well known politicos and celebrities exploring the interface between pop culture and politics.
July 6, 2012
US vendetta against Wikileak activists, including parliamentary officials
Birgitta Jonsdottir is a member of Iceland’s Parliament representing the progressive Movement pary, formerly known as the Citizen’s Movement, which is co-founded. She serves on the Parliamentary Environmental and Foreign Affairs committees. The Movement’s platform is to make Iceland an international model for free press and to promote sustainability of her nation’s ecology and environment.
Birgitta is also an accomplished poet, artist, writer and activist, involved in a variety of international organizations including Poets Against the War, Friends of Tibet, in particular serving as a spokesperson for Wikileaks.
Birgitta’s sponsorship and support of Wikileaks was instrumental in making the notorious video of the US airstrike on civilians in Afghanistan – known as the Collateral Murder video -- public. Subsequently in the Department of Justices witch hunts for Wikileak supporters, she herself has been a victim of attempted personal information hacking by the DofJ.
July 5, 2012
The ways Monsanto fails at sustainable agriculture – and call to action to oppose Monsanto disinformation campaigns
Dr. Doug Gurian Sherman is a senior scientist specializing in food biotechnology and sustainable agriculture for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Food and Environment Program. Earlier he was a senior scientist at the Center for Food Safety and the co-director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s biotechnology project and had worked for the EPA to assess the human health and environmental risk impacts of transgenic plants and microorganisms.
Dr. Gurian authored numerous peer reviewed papers and reports evaluating GMOs and other agricultural research.
Union of Concerned Scientists Twitter Campaign Opposing Monsanto: http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/what_you_can_do/join-us-to-set-the-record.html
July 3, 2012
With guest Suzanne Humphries, MD, outspoken advocate of patient rights, and a beacon for spearheading debate on public health issues.
Dr. Humphries is a conventionally educated, allopathically trained medical doctor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theoretical physics from Rutgers University in 1987. After a two year education as the head technician in a research biochemistry lab, she went to medical school, graduating from Temple University School of Medicine in 1993. She then explored the area of social medicine in the Bronx NY where she completed her 3 year medical residency. At this juncture, Dr Humphries became more aware of the failures of primary care medicine, observing that doctors are largely trained to prescribe drugs and hunt down disease. Despite this approach, the patients continued to get sicker, requiring more drugs and ultimately developing degenerative diseases. Not wanting involvement in the generation of chronically ill patients, she opted to work at the other end of the allopathic continuum. After 14 years of practicing medicine in the form of Nephrology, or otherwise known as kidney medicine, her perspective on the overall success of the allopathic paradigm has developed and matured. She views allopathic medicine as an overused system- that when implemented as first line treatment across-the-board for mild illnesses and symptoms, will mostly just drive the forces that generate chronic illnesses. She has been a student of homeopathy for 4 years and is at the end of her studies to becoming a fully certified homeopathic physician.
July 2, 2012
Preparing for another round of voter fraud in November
Bev Harris is a consumer and political activist who founder Black Box Voting Inc – a national non profit elections watchdog organization that investigates security flaws and weaknesses in electronic voting systems. In 2003, attention to Bev’s research into flaws in the Diebold Election Systems resulted in national attention and later confirmation from research performed at Rice and Johns Hopkins universities. Over the years, she and her organization have discovered widespread corruption in electronic voting systems corporations, such as the ability for systems to be easily hacked to distort voting records, falsification of security reports,
Bev is the author of the book “Black Box Voting” and was featured in the HBO documentary “Hacking Democracy.”