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2 Angry Buds – August 2014 Edition

 

While they realize things are terrible out there across the globe, they concentrate on the horrors happening right here at home – the terrible events in Ferguson, MO, for example, which have been ratcheted up in part thanks to the Pentagon’s 1033 program.  Navstar Defense MaxxPro Mine Resistant Armor Protected vehicle anyone?

And how about the GOP’s new Jack Abramoff-type financing scandal no one’s talking about?

Most importantly, however, they are supremely disappointed by the Obama Administration’s apparent war against journalists, whistleblowers and leakers – all of whom have been performing a patriotic service to the American public who deserves to know how their tax dollars are being spent!  What chance do any of us have in learning the truth when even the government’s Inspectors General can’t seem to get any information from others in their governmental circles!  Could it be that every bit of news we’re now fed is little more than dictation?  Could someone please dig up another serving of “predecisional” documents?

Last note – please add your name to the petition asking Attorney General Holder to release James Risen from wrong-doing!  Click here http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9775  to sign the petition . . .  Protect our journalists!  Maintain a free press!  Defend our news from being vetted by the government’s Ministries of Truth!

 

2 Angry Buds – July 2014 Edition

 

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy – for everyone but the Angry Buds, of course, who have been hard at work to bring you ‘campfire’ horror stories about some of the recent decisions by our SCOTUS! They also want to warn you about more of the outrageous primary candidates still plaguing our cities and states – last month’s list was insufficient, apparently! And they want all of you to call your Senators regarding S.J. Res. 19, the antidote to Citizens United currently being considered. So, get your phones out right now!

2 Angry Buds – June 2014 Edition

 

The Angry Buds, while serenaded by an insistent disgruntled pet, discuss the surprising outcome of various U.S. primaries and the E.U.’s vote, the mess at the Veterans Administration, the attempt to rollback Citizen’s United, and the hoopla surrounding the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  Yes, by ignoring the whole mess in Iraq, they hope it will go away . . .

2 Angry Buds – August 2014 Edition

 

While they realize things are terrible out there across the globe, they concentrate on the horrors happening right here at home – the terrible events in Ferguson, MO, for example, which have been ratcheted up in part thanks to the Pentagon’s 1033 program.  Navstar Defense MaxxPro Mine Resistant Armor Protected vehicle anyone?

And how about the GOP’s new Jack Abramoff-type financing scandal no one’s talking about?

Most importantly, however, they are supremely disappointed by the Obama Administration’s apparent war against journalists, whistleblowers and leakers – all of whom have been performing a patriotic service to the American public who deserves to know how their tax dollars are being spent!  What chance do any of us have in learning the truth when even the government’s Inspectors General can’t seem to get any information from others in their governmental circles!  Could it be that every bit of news we’re now fed is little more than dictation?  Could someone please dig up another serving of “predecisional” documents?

Last note – please add your name to the petition asking Attorney General Holder to release James Risen from wrong-doing!  Click here http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9775  to sign the petition . . .  Protect our journalists!  Maintain a free press!  Defend our news from being vetted by the government’s Ministries of Truth!

 

2 Angry Buds – July 2014 Edition

 

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy – for everyone but the Angry Buds, of course, who have been hard at work to bring you ‘campfire’ horror stories about some of the recent decisions by our SCOTUS! They also want to warn you about more of the outrageous primary candidates still plaguing our cities and states – last month’s list was insufficient, apparently! And they want all of you to call your Senators regarding S.J. Res. 19, the antidote to Citizens United currently being considered. So, get your phones out right now!

2 Angry Buds – June 2014 Edition

 

The Angry Buds, while serenaded by an insistent disgruntled pet, discuss the surprising outcome of various U.S. primaries and the E.U.’s vote, the mess at the Veterans Administration, the attempt to rollback Citizen’s United, and the hoopla surrounding the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  Yes, by ignoring the whole mess in Iraq, they hope it will go away . . .

2 Angry Buds – May 2014 Edition

 

 

In spite of the beautiful weather, the Angry Buds are back and ornery as ever. Irritations this month are plentiful, including “Dr.” Karl Rove offering non-expert medical opinions, the grating double standard society applies to women, and two recent disastrous Supreme Court decisions. Their discussion, as always, gets further revved up with forays into the FCC’s abysmal decision regarding prioritized internet service, the war against the poor (not to be confused with the War on Poverty which turns 50 this year), minimum wage increases of the distant future (with a helpful trip down memory lane for comparison), Georgia’s nitwit legislature, and the elusive smart gun – which will apparently remain so, thanks to the NRA’s yahoo membership. In the inimitable words of Firesign Theatre, our country is quickly heading “Forward into the past!”

 

Participatory Democracy Alert: Be sure to have your laptop loaded, as we urge you to send your angry missive to the FCC, demanding equal internet speeds for all!   Click here to participate in your democracy!

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Learning from ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland by Terry Taylor

Talk presented by Mr. Terry Taylor, Interfaith Paths to Peace, at the April 2014 “Third Thursday” Luncheon Program at The Rudyard Kipling

For several decades beginning in the late 1960′s the citizens of Northern Ireland endured a bloody civil war between Catholics and Protestants. The violence included terror bombings, kidnappings and assassinations. Today the war is over . . . but they don’t yet have peace. In his talk Terry Taylor describes his visit to that country in October 2013, and shares what he learned about how the citizens of Northern Ireland are struggling to get past their history of violence amid the animosities that still linger. He also details the similarities and differences between the Irish struggle and the violence in Louisville’s streets.

Terry is Executive Director of Louisville-based Interfaith Paths to Peace and the author of the 2009 book, A Spirituality for Brokenness.

Visit Interfaith Paths to Peace at www.paths2peace.org.

Follow Terry Taylor on Facebook and on twitter @interfaithterry.

To view the video of this talk, please click here,

 

Recorded live on April 17, 2014 at The Rudyard Kipling, Louisville, Kentucky.

2 Angry Buds – April 2014 Edition

 

Mel & Vic return to celebrate the first anniversary of their inaugural show!  Their discussion begins with the Russia-Ukraine standoff (complete with sound effects supplied by aircraft arriving for the Louisville Air Show) and the ludicrous response to it by some notable legislators, then touches on the NSA monitoring program, scary climate change, the Supreme Court’s obnoxious ruling on McCutcheon, and the potentially catastrophic Comcast-Time Warner merger.

But things haven’t been all bad – March 2014 was the first month since 2007 that there were no American combat deaths in Afghanistan.  So, celebrate for just a moment, then get out there, yell and be heard!  Life as we once knew it appears headed for annihilation — but are any of us truly surprised?!

The Forsooth Hour – April 2014

Alex Bradshaw interviews Cara Cooper, Environmental Activist

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Welcome to another edition of the FORsooth Hour – where we give time and space to individuals working towards social, economic, and environmental justice. Alex Bradshaw hosts this edition, talking with Lexington, Kentucky activist Cara Cooper.

Ms. Cooper is the state organizer of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition. She earned her Masters degree in Environmental Science from Florida International University. She is a frequent contributor to the FORsooth newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky. Her most recent contribution is an article in the April edition titled “Action Needed to Counter Misinformation About Climate Change.” In the interview, Ms. Cooper discusses why this is necessary and much more.

For more information about the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC), or to contact the organization, please visit their website:   http://www.kystudentenvironmentalcoalition.org/

To contact Ms. Cooper directly for more information or to schedule an environmental road show, email her at:  ksec.cara@seac.org

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Alex Bradshaw is an editor with FORsooth Newspaper. Alex is also a co-founder of Louisville’s NO BORDERS Radical Lending Library. He has been published in the periodical Perspectives in Anarchist Theory and Z Magazine. Alex also works as an occupational therapist in community health care with individuals with traumatic brain injuries. You can reach Alex at alexbrad11@hotmail.com.

 

Carla Wallace Speaks About Racial Violence

 Carla Wallace Talks with Brian Arbenz About Racial Violence,

Some of its Causes and Potential for Healing in Our Community

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Carla Wallace grew up on a farm in Oldham County, Kentucky and in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  She has been engaged in social justice work for more than 30 years, having worked closely with Louisville’s Anne Braden.  She led a successful effort in 1999 as part of the Fairness Campaign to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under Louisville’s Human Rights Ordinance. In 2002 she was arrested for protesting the fatal police shooting in Louisville of a handcuffed man. The Late activist Anne Braden has called Ms. Wallace one of the best civil rights organizers Louisville produced in the 20th century.  In 2007, she was inducted into the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Hall of Fame.  In 2009, she was honored for her achievements as a long-time leader of Louisville’s LGBT civil rights and anti-racist movements, and co-founder of the Fairness Campaign, by leading the annual Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade through downtown Louisville as Grand Marshall.

Ms. Wallace is co-founder of both Louisville’s Fairness Campaign and the recently formed Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (website: SURJ). She believes we will not solve any of our problems without lifting up the interconnections between all the issues before us, including immigrant rights, war, economic, environmental and health justice.

To see the video of this interview:  http://youtu.be/bKTieTLMaeA

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Brian Arbenz, formerly known as George Morrison, is Editor Emeritus of FORsooth Newspaper.  Contact him at  cyw_us@yahoo.com 

We’re Bringing Community Radio to Louisville!

 

 

 

Ruth Newman, a founding member of our low-power FM radio team, provides a brief synopsis of our plan to create a community radio station, FORward Radio, that empowers people who are under-represented on the airwaves.  We seek individuals to create and broadcast programs on topics and events under-discussed in mainstream media, with a focus on social justice and creative resolution of community challenges.

Come join us — we want your ideas and your programming!

Contact us:  wforwardradio@gmail.com  or  forwardradio-louisville@gmail.com

 

 

On Becoming a Journalist

 

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Gretchen Morgenson began her career as an editorial assistant at Vogue magazine and is currently assistant business and financial editor and a columnist at The New York Times.  In this address to the Miami University Public Relations Student Society of America, she reminds her audience that every job can provide a valuable learning experience, no matter how far off one’s expected career path it may be.

Ms. Morgenson has covered the world financial markets for the Times since May 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for her “trenchant and incisive” beat reporting on Wall Street.  In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, she has also received two Gerald Loeb awards for her outstanding journalism.  Her interests in the financial world developed when she was a stock broker at Dean Witter Reynolds, learning about Wall Street from the inside.  In the past, she has written for Money Magazine and Forbes, and even enjoyed a brief foray into politics when she served as Steve Forbes’ Press Secretary during his bid to become the Republican nominee for President of the United States.   She is the co-author, with Joshua Rosner, of Reckless Endangerment, a New York Times bestseller published in 2011 that chronicles the origins of the 2008 financial crisis.

 

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Recorded on March 17, 2014 at the Harry T. Wilks Theatre in the Armstrong Student Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  Sponsored by the Miami University Public Relations Student Society of America. 

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