"On tonight’s Big Picture, Sam discusses the right-wing push for a second Constitutional Convention and the dangers it presents to our democracy with Richard Eskow of Campaign for America’s Future. Then, Sam talks to Dave McCulloch of Capitol Media Partners and Kymone Freeman of We Act Radio about the Senate vote for Neil Gorsuch and an investigation revealing settlements paid by Fox News to women who accused Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment." If you think RT is out there and to be ignored, I submit the following: State Leaders Float The Idea Of A Constitutional Convention (NPR - Morning Edition)
"Moreover, no patient anywhere has ever wanted to establish a “consumer dynamic” with their doctor. You know the saleswoman at Best Buy doesn’t have your best interest at heart; you would like to believe that your neurosurgeon actually does and is not trying to upsell you on an expensive new brain operation."
"In this episode of The Real Baltimore our panel of journalists dissects the long-term consequences of giving tax breaks to developers and poor oversight of police for a city that can't adequately fund education."
"Laura speaks with Michael Hudson about the manipulation of economic terminology and how this process serves economic elites. Countering the narrative that privatization is better, Hudson asks: "Better for whom?" J Is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception
(Book listing @ Good Reads.com) "J IS FOR JUNK ECONOMICS is an A-to-Z guide that explains how the world economy really works - and who the winners and losers are. The book includes more than 400 concise and acerbic entries, several essays, and a full topic index. Expanding on KILLING THE HOST: HOW FINANCIAL PARASITES AND DEBT DESTROY THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, Prof. Hudson's new book covers contemporary terms that are misleading or poorly understood as well as many important concepts that have been abandoned - many on purpose - from the long history of political economy. Two key concepts are RENT THEORY and DEBT, which explain how Unearned Income and the Financial Sector impoverish governments and populations the world over as power and riches flow upward into the hands of the few. Several additional essays provide background for key points and explore today's uncertain political and economic environment. To understand what's really going on, it's not necessary to re-invent the wheel; the major issues that guide healthy economies were known to the Ancients and were expanded upon by the classical economists of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, E. Peshine Smith, Simon Patten, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, and others of many political stripes whose aim was to leave the brutal legacy of feudalism behind. Their ideas and principles are brought back into the spotlight here. It is hoped that this book will deconstruct today's "value-free," watered-down and deceptive economics that favor the wealthy, allowing the next generation to create a successful economy with proper checks and balances that will benefit everyone. This is a book you will want to refer to again and again."
I bought a book about thirty years ago that moved me, it choked me up. I've still got it. It's a picture book with quotes from folks who had seen Earth from space. It's brilliant to look at, the photos are fabulous, and it's an easy and amazing read. It's called The Home Planet, by Kevin W. Kelley (Editor).
Prepared under the aegis of the Association of Space Explorers and in cooperation with the Soviet agency Mir, The Home Planet conveys as no book ever has the human dimension of space exploration, and the deeply personal response to our terrestrial home which space travel awakens.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Six weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, ...this spectacular collection of photographs of Earth taken from space, accompanied by lyrical narrative of space travel in the words of astronauts and cosmonauts from eighteen different countries, illuminates just how precarious and vulnerable our planet really is. Full color throughout.
Published January 21st 1988 by Da Capo Press
Since it was published a lot more folks have seen Earth from space, and even more spectacular photos and videos have been taken of our Big Blue Marble.
There is a short documentary called Overview that captures the spirit of that picture book. In interviews and videos we hear and see how observing our brilliant home planet as a ball lost in a vast cosmos has shaped perspectives. I've linked to it below. Check it out and try to be nice to our shared home.