Climate Scientist Who Fled CA Wildfire: We’re Going to Keep Paying Price If We Ignore Climate Change

At least 44 people are dead and more than 200 remain missing as two massive wildfires, fueled by easterly winds and a historic drought, continue to rage in … Read More →

As Fires Devastate California, 350.org Calls for Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Economy

California’s Camp Fire has become the state’s deadliest fire on record, decimating the town of Paradise, killing 42 people and destroying 7,200 structures. The fires in … Read More →

“An Incredible Victory”: Opponents of Keystone XL Pipeline Praise Judicial Order Blocking Construction

On Thursday, a federal judge in Montana temporarily halted the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands … Read More →

Gaza Is Already Unlivable: A Response to Israel’s Deadly Airstrikes Targeting TV Station & Homes

The death toll in Gaza has risen to at least six after Israel launched its heaviest airstrikes on the region since 2014, targeting scores of buildings, including the … Read More →

Acting AG Matt Whitaker Scrutinized over His Radical Judicial Beliefs & Past Dirty Work for GOP

Controversy is growing over President Trump’s selection of Matt Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general following the ousting of Jeff Sessions. The state of … Read More →

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California’s Record-Breaking Wildfires Kill At Least 44 Across State
Arizona’s U.S. Senate Seat Flips Blue as Sinema Declares Victory
Trump Falsely Claims Voter Fraud in FL, Says Races Should Go to Republicans
Mississippi Senator Under Fire for “Public Hanging” Comment
Daily Beast: ICE Imprisoning Record High of 44,000 People
Audio of Khashoggi’s Murder May Implicate Saudi Crown Prince
Amnesty Int’l Withdraws Top Honor from Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Gaza: Israeli Airstrikes Kill 6 Palestinians as Fighting Intensifies
DRC: Ebola Outbreak Worst in Country’s History, Kills Almost 200
NYT Investigation Accuses North Korea of Expanding Missile Program
Vatican Orders U.S. Bishops to Halt Vote on Stopping Child Sex Abuse
Roger Stone Associate Jerome Corsi Expects to Be Indicted by Mueller
In New Memoir, Michelle Obama Slams Trump’s Sexism and Bigotry
Amazon Selects Queens, NY and D.C. Suburb for Headquarters Expansion
Trump Blames Democrats as Stock Market Falls 600 Points
Legendary Comic Book Creator Stan Lee Dies at 95

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Episode date : November 13, 2018
On Democracy Now!


A Century After End of WWI, Trump Snubs Peace Summit While Macron Warns of Growing Nationalism

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—that’s when World War I ended in 1918, 100 years ago this weekend. On Sunday, world leaders gathered in Paris to … Read More →

Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams: Honoring Antiwar Resisters on the 100th Anniv. of WWI’s End

This weekend marked 100 years since the armistice that ended World War I. In a speech commemorating the anniversary, French President Emmanuel Macron … Read More →

A Century After WWI’s End, Adam Hochschild Cautions: “Think Long and Hard Before Starting a New War”

Between 1914 and 1918, about 10 million civilians perished in World War I, and almost 10 million soldiers were killed. Another 21 million were wounded. This … Read More →

On Veterans Day, Advocates Warn Against Pence & Trump-Led Attacks on VA Healthcare

On the federal observance of Veterans Day, we take a closer look at the issue of veterans’ healthcare. On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence wrote an article for … Read More →

After Former Marine Kills 12 in Thousand Oaks, CA, a Discussion on Mental Health for Veterans

On November 7, 2018, a former marine opened fire at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California, killing 12 people, mostly college students. Police have … Read More →

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Over 30 Killed and 200 Missing in California Wildfires
Gov. Brown Blames Climate Change for Fires as Trump Blames California
Thousand Oaks Evacuated for Wildfires Days After Deadly Mass Shooting
Florida Recounts Underway in Contested Senate and Governor Races
Senate Race in AZ Still Uncalled as CA District Flips to Democrats
MS Senate Candidates Head to Runoff as GOP Incumbent Under Fire for Racist Joke
FBI Probing “Scam Company” Where Acting AG Matt Whitaker Once Served
Trump Continues Attacks on Black Women Reporters
In Final Act as AG, Sessions Limits Police Abuse Consent Decrees
Trump Skips Paris Peace Forum During WWI Commemoration
Yemen: U.S.-Backed Assault Threatens Supplies to Millions Facing Famine
NYT: Saudi Intelligence Officials Discussed Iran Assassinations
Somalia: Al-Shabab Attack Kills 39 as U.S. Ramps Up Airstrikes
Gaza: Israeli Raid Kills Seven Palestinians
Gaza: Israel Allows Qatar to Pay Palestinians’ Back Salaries
Aetna Ordered to Pay Family of Cancer Patient Denied Treatment

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Monday, November 12, 2018
Episode date : November 12, 2018
On Democracy Now!

This week on CounterSpin: There’s a lot to think about in terms of who “won” in the 2018 midterms, but there’s also a lot to think about in terms of how we locate electoral politics in our efforts to change the world. As Phyllis Bennis and Rev. William Barber wrote: “Elections are not how we change history. But they are a big part of how we — social movements, poor and disenfranchised and marginalized people, communities of color—engage with power.” So Tuesdays in November and what happens every other day of the year is our topic.

First we’ll hear from Negin Owliaei, inequality editor and researcher at the Institute for Policy Studies, about choices voters made about a range of ballot initiatives that can have major impact in their communities.

We also talk with civil rights attorney Liz OuYang, of the New York Immigration Coalition, about the fight over the 2020 Census. If you don’t know just how that relates to elections, you certainly should.

Plus, Janine Jackson takes a very quick look at press coverage of the midterms.

Trumps Judges Imperil Our Rights for Decades

In less than two years, Donald Trump has two installed not one, but two, right-wing justices on the Supreme Court, ensuring a conservative majority for decades to come.

Republican congressional leadership appropriated (stole?) a high Court appointment from Barack Obama and appointed Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch has cast the deciding vote in 14 cases that hurt workers, consumers, voters, immigrants and reproductive rights, while upholding abuses of government authority. Notably, he cast the deciding vote to uphold Trumps Muslim travel ban in Trump v. Hawaii.

Republicans then pushed through the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, who lied under oath and displayed conduct unbecoming a Justice. Just as Gorsuch has upheld the views of conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation backers, Kavanaugh will surely do the same.

The public is less aware, however, of Trump’s systematic appointment of 29 right-wing judges on the federal circuit courts of appeals. And he hopes to appoint even more by year-end. These circuit court appointees have handed down regressive decisions favoring interests of the rich and upholding unlimited spending in politics. Judges who sit on the circuit courts wield enormous power because most cases are resolved at that level.

Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, for example, voted in one case to allow a corporation to racially segregate its workplace. She also rejected the asylum claim of an immigrant who alleged he was tortured, without even considering the case merits. In the Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar voted to allow public officials to lead Christian-only prayers at public Board of Commissioners meetings.

These decisions are just the tip of the iceberg.

Guest – Attorney Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she taught for 25 years. The former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney is a legal scholar and political analyst who writesbooks andarticles, and lectures throughout the world about human rights, US foreign policy, and the contradiction between the two. She has testified before Congress and debated the legality of the war in Afghanistan at the prestigious Oxford Union. Her columns appear on Truthout, HuffPost, JURIST, Truthdig, Portside, Alternet, CommonDreams and Consortium News,and she has provided commentary for CBS News, BBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, NPR and Pacifica Radio. Her website ishttp://marjoriecohn.com/


The Nature of American Fascism
Iron Heel 2

111 years ago American socialist and famed novelist Jack London in his book The Iron Heel anticipated what we are seeing developing in the USA today. He wrote There is a shadow of something colossal and menacing that even now is beginning to fall across the land. Call it the shadow of an oligarchy if you will; it is the nearest I dare approximate it. What its nature may be I refuse to imagine. But what I wanted to say was this: you are in a perilous position.

With our experience with fascism in the 20th century in Germany and Italy and with what we see developing in the USA right now we can clearly imagine what American fascism would look like.

– Socialism would be illegal and its proponents imprisoned
– Labor unions would be totally illuminated as an organization for those without property
– Quality public education would be further reduced
– The independence of public universities would be totally undermined
– Billions of dollars would continually being devoted to slick propaganda
– Much of traditional government functions with the exception of the police and thearmed forces would be privatized
– The media and the Internet would be put under direct government control
– Human caused catastrophic climate change would not be addressed as anti-scientific thinking and anti-intellectualism would be encouraged in a fact free culture
– Minorities, blacks, Muslims, Jews, Mexicans, and lgtbq people would be scapegoated for societies ills.
– Women would be denied control over their own bodies
– Church and state would no longer be separated
– The rule of law would be cast aside.

Fascism doesnt just doesnt descend on us all at once like the falling of a dark curtain. It creeps in. It has been creeping in over the last 40 years of neoliberalism and with the rise of the ultra right who have taken over the Republican Party. All this was topped off to years ago with the election of Trump. In the last two weeks it has gotten even worse. Two black people were assassinated in Kentucky, 11 Jews were slaughtered inside there Pittsburgh synagogue, Trump canceled a nuclear non-proliferation pact with Russia, he declared himself a nationalist, really a white nationalist, and then sent 14,000 troops to the Mexican border to prevent desperate mostly women and children walking north from Honduras from claiming their lawful ride to asylum, and then he threatened to cancel birthright citizenship, a right guaranteed by the 14th amendment to our constitution.

We know which fascism looks like. We have identified it. But what do we do to fight it?

Contact email [email protected]

Guest – Barry Sheppard, a blogger from Oakland California, a longtime socialist, activist, and author.


Update: Hosts Discuss U.S. Primary Election

Bette Tate Beaver, Executive Director of The National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), and Lewis Diuguid, Author and Journalist, share insights from their tour of the southern states featuring symbols of confederacy.

In addition, Boni Tolston educator, author and poet discusses the 2nd agreement of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Thoughtful Conversations
Episode date : August 25, 2018
On Urban Connections

Shakespeare said it best. “Brevity is the soul of wit.” The classic 1966 animated TV version of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Chuck Jones proves that Shakespeare was right. “The Grinch” was perfect at 26 touching minutes. While the new computer-generated adaptation is pleasant enough, at 86 minutes, it seems a bit padded.

Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voice of the Grinch and other voice talent includes Pharell Williams, Rashida Jones, Angela Lansbury and Keenan Thompson. It comes from the filmmakers behind the “Despicable Me” franchise and they know how to do cute, attempting to flesh out the run time of the story with kid-friendly humor. The visuals are dynamic and its heart is in the right place…even if the heart of this Grinch is two sizes too small.

Actor Paul Dano makes his directorial debut in an austere adaptation of Richard Ford’s melancholy novel, “Wildlife.” It tells the sorrowful story of the deterioration of a marriage from the perspective of the couple’s 16-year-old boy son. Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal are excellent as the bickering parents as is young Ed Oxenbould as the perplexed boy. Dano also adapted the screenplay along with his partner, Zoe Kazan. “Wildlife” is a very slow-moving but involving tale bolstered by the accomplished acting ensemble and sharp 1960s period details.

Also opening this week, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is a thriller that continues the story of Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. Claire Foy stars. “Overlord” is a horror thriller about zombies set in Nazi occupied France. “Here and Now (Blue Night)” is a character study about a successful singer. Sarah Jessica Parker stars. “River Runs Red” is an action thriller starring Taye Diggs and John Cusack. “Welcome to Mercy” is a supernatural thriller set in Latvia.

Comedienne Melissa McCarthy makes a rare dramatic turn as famed author Lee Israel in the intriguing story, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” The screenplay is based on Israel’s book that details her time as a forger. Although she’d had success as a biographer, Israel took to forging letters from other authors such as Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward to make ends meet. Her ability to mimic their voices allowed her to succeed for some time. British actor Richard E. Grant plays Israel’s partner in crime, Jack Hock. The film was directed by Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”).

Take Two: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (R)
Episode date : November 9, 2018
On Take Two

Sahj Kaya of Exonerate MA People Justice Initiative Inc.

Exonerate MA People Justice Initiative is formulated to address the injustices and the inhumanness of the penal industrial complex, which allows for the existence of a “new Jim crow” 21st century slave trade supported by the 13th amendment that re install slavery through criminal conviction by man made racist and economic biased laws designed to entrap, incarcerate, incapacitate and brutally penalize humans for years for mistakes errors in judgement, lack of knowledge understanding or just being poor. We’re talking about wrongly convicted. Someone who DIDN’T do it.

Host Jamie Jackson talks with Sahj Kaya Founder of Exonerate MA People Justice Initiative about their mission to exonerate those who have been falsely convicted. They were joined in the second half of the broadcast by Latahra Smith of the KC Freedom Project and phone calls from our listeners.

FaceBook Page – https://www.facebook.com/FreeMApeople/

*Jaws of Justice Radio is sorry neither of our guests for the second half of the broadcast, Nellie Ann McCool of Free Hot Soup and Stacy Hill with the WE BELIEVE IN YOU, were unable to get to the station. The weather did not cooperate.

A Special 2 hour Show Next Week, November 12th with First time Airing of The Dayroom Club by Patty Prewitt With interviews after the play airs.

Next week on Jaws of Justice Radio, a special 2 hour presentation from 9 – 11 Am. We will air the Prison Performing Arts, St. Louis Missouri, production of The Dayroom Club by Patty Prewitt a radio podcast produced in 2018 from a workshop cast of inmates at the Women’s Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia, MO, (WERDCC) whose stories inspired Ms. Prewitt’s original play. The production was directed by PPA’s Artistic Director Christopher Limber with recording and editing assistance from Katie Leemon.

We hope you will join us for this special presentation and interviews with the playwright, Patty Prewitt, recording engineer, Katie Leemon and Prison Performing Arts Artistic Director Christopher Limber.

The JoJR Calendar for the week of November 12th

Corey’s Network invites survivors of murder to their weekly workshops to learn how to deal with grief, the media, investigation, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. This is a workshop, not a grief group, you should bring something to take notes with and please include only those individuals mature enough in age to deal with the issues. The next workshop, How To Deal Wih The Media, will be held Monday, November 12th from 6 to 8 PM at the Church of the Four Corners, 14300 E. US HWY 40, KCMO. The church is located East of the HyVee at 40 Hwy and Noland Rd. For more information and listing of future workshops call 816-834-9161 or email [email protected]
State Representative Brandon Ellignton is sponsoring the 7th Annual Charity Basketball Tournament to Feed the Hungry on Thursday November 14th 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emmanual Cleaver II Blvd, KCMO. If you want to field a team you must register between 4:45 and 5:30 PM and each player must donate a frozen turkey as their entrance fee. Admission to watch the game is either 5 canned goods or a frozen Turkey or slightly used or new clothes or a new toy.
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, November 15th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.

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