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#188 SPEAKING OF APRIL FOOLS…
INTRODUCTION BY DR. SHADENFRUEDE
APRIL FOOLS, Brian Kinder
MY APRIL FOOLS “JOKE” I PUT ON FACEBOOK
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT…
ARE YOU HAVING ANY FUN?, from the film QUARTET
Radio speak!!! They talk to us as if we are patient in their
hospital … like morons and I hate it!
WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS … THEY ARE LOOKING TO TAKE ALL YOUR MONEY!
STOP COMPLAINING! GET OUT AND VOTE
THE VOTING SONG, Bobbie Horowitz
THE CUNNING BATS, Written, produced by Judy
SAY IT, Kurt Elling
Judy loves to learn about herself… it’s never too late!!
#187 JUDY RANTS ON and on ABOUT POTHOLES, WINTER, drugs and DIARRHEA with my apologies in advance…
I guess I’m just going through a phase
Lack of inspiration has put me into a solitary funk
Have you gone through that??
DO NOT TAKE DELSYM!! IT’S POISON
I WON’T SEND ROSES, Robert Preston
I’m so sick of this phony way of speaking that the television and some radio hosts practice. I’m not an idiot and don’t want to be spoken to as if I were!!!
TALK TO ME, Frank Sinatra
I had a WONDERFUL time seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel!
LOVED this movie. If you want to forget your troubles and just feel GOOD run to see this film.
I DO NOT KNOW A DAY I DID NOT LOVE YOU, Tony Bennett
George Carlin talks about his comparison to Lenny Bruce
He talks about his idea for a Suicide Channel
MEMORIES OF YOU, Rosemary Clooney
JUDY’S VERSION OF RUMPLESTILSKIN
HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SHOW!!!
Today we have a “veteran” with us, and I do mean veteran. He is a Vietnam Vet, a seasoned blogger (“War is a Crime”), and for several decades a protestor against war in any form.
This fight might be his toughest yet, fought not in the swamps of southeast asia, but the swamps of wall street banking. And no greater a foe and crafty a foe there than the Federal Reserve and its controlling banks. This is what this show will explore.
Don’t roll your eyes. Monetary Policy, Money Supply, Fractional Reserves – all of this needs to be understood by you and me if we are going to be effective in doing something about it. When this interview is completed, you’ll likely know more about banking economics than your local branch manager; a good start.
Nick Egnatz is an unlikely “economist,” but no better equipped than you and I (the famous, “If I can understand this, then YOU can understand this” wisdom is operative here) to get the essential understanding as to why our next big revolution will center around the creation – and sharing – of government created money.
This coming weekend, Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, Nick and a number of others called “Fed Up” will be manning booths in Washington DC adjacent to the Federal Reserve to do a teach-in and panel discussion. He and others will be there to educate, empower, and mobilize interested citizens in creating an economy that works for Main Streets across the globe.
The event is called “The People’s First Grassroots Conference on Monetary Policy.” A spotlight will be put on what is called the NEED Act, or National Emergency Employment Defense Act. This Act was introduced as bill #HR2990 two years ago by then Congressman Kucinich and has yet to see the light of day.
Here are a couple of reasons as to why it should – and why it is important to you and me to see that it does. It will:
1. Pay every American a Citizen’s Dividend of as much as $10,000.
2. Give small businesses debt-free money to purchase their goods and services.
3. Pay off the national debt, as it comes due.
4. Create 7–10 million new jobs repairing the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
5. Provide debt-free funds to beleaguered state governments.
6. Provide interest-free, loans to local governments for schools, libraries etc.
You don’t have to be a conservative or a tea-partier to listen to this list with some incredulity. Is this the welfare state gone amock? Quite the opposite, as you will learn in these compact 15 Minutes.
It gets better
FedUp’s main demand is that the the Federal Reserve be nationalized, which means to make it actually become part of the Federal Government as it’s misleading name implies it already is. This will take the power of money creation away from the secret banking cartel of elites and put it back into the Treasury as the Constitution states, providing U.S. citizens with their own debt-free currency.
The conference will provide workshops and panels on Bitcoin, the use of the Post Office as banking for the poor and underbanked, rescue plans for underwater homeowners and debt-burdened college students, and even on the importance and need for debt forgiveness.
If you cannot be at this affair in person, please support it on social media: Tweet to #FedUp @FedUpNewYork. You can reach Nick directly at OccupyNick@Yahoo.com or at his Facebook page.
Enjoy the show – and then go out and do what this knowledge will call for.
If there is one thing that I might be considered delinquent in, it would be in reporting on and interviewing the artists who have contributed so much to the birth and evolution of the Occupy Movement. I am going to correct that, in a major way, in this interview with Activist Dan Kinch.
Dan is a playwright, performer, radio producer and a decades-experienced activist. His play, “How to Stop the Empire While Keeping Your Day Job” has been performed continuously in support of the OWS movement since its 2012 debut. Truly, he has been putting his MFA in Theatre Writing from Brooklyn College to good use and for good causes.
I have crossed paths with Dan at a number of Occupy events, the most recent being an Occu-Evolve rally at Zuccotti Park against Citizens United. What (finally) got my full attention was his standing on a bench that morning to announce the ten ways in which we, the common citizen, can “Stop The Empire and still “Keep Our Day Job.”
Stop the Empire and Keep My Day Job, eh? I’m all ears.
And, I got an earful. Dan artfully weaves art, history, activism, performance, puppets, federal prisoners together in explaining each of the ways. A peek at the list:
Point #1 – Stop Working So Hard.
Point #2 – Do Not Buy Crap You Do Not Need.
Point #3 – Send The Money You Save To The People Who Need It.
Point #4 – Stop Dancing With The IRS. (Well, you didn’t say “dancing,” but this is a family show.)
Point #5 – Stop Giving the Government Extra Money.
Point #6 – Turn Off the Internet and Tweeting Your Thoughts and Meet Your Neighbors.
Point #7 – Don’t Make Fun Of Poor People – Or Anybody.
Point #8 – Occupy Juries.
Point #9 – Speak Truth to Power. (Haven’t we already been doing this? Hint: Not quite as powerfully as we might.)
And, his final point – #10 – Come to Demonstrations and March Your Ass Off.
Being a “word and visualization” story telling genius, Dan embroiders this list and provides for the listener a new framing of what is possible and what is not.
Coming from a veteran of activist groups such as ACT UP, the Green Party, the Kairos/Plowshares movement, and now Occupy, the points are not fanciful – they are logical, rational and essential to the success of ANY mission, much less that of Occupy.
Throughout the interview, he populates his talk with references to activists and troublemakers – likely the only awake human beings on our planet.
If you want to get in touch with one of those enlightened beings, Dan’s contact details can be found at the end of the interview. Enjoy.
There are those involved in Fracking, others in stopping the Trans Pacific Partnership, some are carrying signs opposing Monsanto, others are gathering in support of better gun control laws, and so on. At most, those in leadership roles rarely cross picket lines, so to speak – except for one unique Occupy veteran, Sumumba Sobukwe.
In my early days of reporting on Occupy I searched out different groups to ferret out the leadership and attempt to define the movement’s future. It seemed that almost everywhere I turned, I would find Sumumba. Fully involved, fully engaged.
And not in just one thing; seemingly, everything. Now, over two years later, he still hasn’t slowed down and which is why we have him on our show today.
Consider his present over-full plate: he currently coordinate campaigns between Occu-Evolve, the Occupy Movement and New York Communities for Change around the Boycott of Golden Farm as well as campaigning for a raise in the minimum wage, publicly financed elections, workers’ rights, affordable housing, a fair tax on Wall Street, health care for all and also organizing for May Day in New York City.
On top of this, he is also a co-founder of The People’s Progressive Lobby of New York State, which seeks to promote a progressive, people-centered agenda in Albany.
How does he do it? Probably even more important, why does he do it?
As a person of color, how does he confront the themes of racism and privilege? How does he manage to stay above petty, territorial disputes and seem to be accepted as an equal in every group he inhabits? And, at the most essential level – not being funded by the Koch Brothers – how does he survive financially so that he can do his important work?
His answers to all the above are classic Occupy – reflecting both the early optimism of the movement and the wisdom of the battle-tested veteran. Enjoy. The recording isn’t always the best, having taken place in a very, very cold NYC Union Square, but worth the listen
Oh yes – his contact details can be found at the end of the interview. He would love to hear from each and all of you.
Bobby podcasts via Skype with Ronnie Lee Smith aka Roland A. Duby, stand-up comedian, social media personality, and self-proclaimed healer of cancer by way of cannabis oil. Smith learned to cultivate the oil while growing and harvesting marijuana with Jack Herer, American cannabis activist and the author of ”The Emperor Wears No Clothes”. He also made a name for himself in Gallatin County, Kentucky, where he ran for sheriff with the promise of legalizing marijuana to allow farmers to grow the crop for its medicinal uses.
#186 WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
APPROVAL OF OTHERS, MORE INCOME, POPULARITY, NOTORIETY?
I SAW THE WORST MOVIE EVER!!!
SOMEONE ELSE’S CLOTHES, Jason Robert Brown
I’M A STORY TELLER … WAS BORN THAT WAY
RADIO CHAT WITH DENNIS LIVINGSTON
AN ORDINARY DAY, The Songs of Dennis Livingston
THE PRINCESS & THE PEA, Judy Stadt
ANGELO PARRA, Author of Playwrighting for Dummies
Bobby, along with maties, Cap’n Coletti, Tobia Spinelli and “Bert”, conduct this podcast, on location, while boating along the gulf and intracoastal waterways of Pinellas County, Florida – spanning Treasure Island to Shell Key. Our guest, Carlos Morales, is a graphic sign man, musician and able seaman, who, along with Bobby, share a common enemy in Robert Taylor, a retched scallywag who hornswoggled the pair for more than their doubloons. Ram shackled and marooned on a deserted island somewhere in the south pacific, Taylor has finally found his sea legs after 20 plus years. Dead men tell no tales, so the crew blethers about piracy, plundering, bleeding their powdered monkey, and spotting dolphins; Thar she blows!Related Websites
JUDY STADT HAS GREAT FUN WITH EILEEN FULTON! #185
JUDYISM … PROCRASTINATION
I WON’T BELIEVE MY EYES, David Silverman
ANGELO PARRA, JENNIE REDLING, DEBORAH VINES
JUDYISM … THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
IT’S TIME FOR LOVE, words BOB LEVY, music/voice RONNY WHYTE
JUDYISM: QUANTUM PHYSICS LESSON
GOSSIP, GOSSIP, GOSSIP: learning, iPhones, internet etc.
RADIO CHAT WITH EILEEN FULTON
JUDYISM: MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS
Soundcloud: judy Stadt
Gurkan gives us his insight as to the dangers to civil liberties to be found in the recent passage of an internet content control bill by the Turkish government. This, by a government with a Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, under investigation for a number of civil violations and who has also infamous for his attempts to throttle dissent at public protests over the past year.
Among other intrusions on civil liberties, the law permits Turkish agencies to access websites without court authorization if they (the websites) – and these are the key words – “are deemed to violate privacy, or feature content seen as ‘insulting.’”
In a way, the government’s logic cannot be faulted. What could be more “insulting” than to have their misdeeds and offenses to society discussed, made public, and widely circulated on the Internet?
The Turkish government already has a track record of being heavy hand in monitoring and censoring Internet content. Some 40,000 websites are already blocked, ranging from news portals to blogs to gay dating sites. Alternative news website owners have been fined, jailed or given prison sentences.
Naturally, many questions came to be asked, and each was responded to in studied and incisive answers. Was this bill prepared after the corruption scandal that was revealed last month, or did it have roots in earlier governmental misdeeds such as last year’s social movement protests? What recourse does the common citizen have in fighting this legislation?
And, a more euro-centered question: how might this affect Turkey’s candidacy for European Union membership?
As the person responsible for the Pirate Party of Turkey’s International Communications, does Pirate Party consider this new law more or less democratic as compared to the original bill from 2011?
We cannot complete 15 Minutes of Fact without my giving the listeners a bit of information about Gurkan and your credentials: a BA in Western Languages and Literatures, an MA centered around his investigation of the Rise of the Radical Right in European Politics, and a second MA from Istanbul’s Bilgi University at the Faculty of European Union. Not to forget his writings.
For those people listening who would like to contact Gurkan personally or to join his group in their struggle, use these contact links: http://theradicaldemocrat.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/gurkanozturan, and email@example.com
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