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The Smart Show - 12/30/13

Stephanie Harker. A
 native Californian and a 30 year resident of West Hollywood.  She is co-founder of a grassroots organization known as Protect Plummer Park, which formed in August of 2011 as a group of concerned community members who banded together to fight City Hall in an attempt to stop a 41.3 Million dollar plan to develop a small, historic, neighborhood park by inserting underground parking.
 
Lori Wallach. director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, 
NAFTA at 20" [PDF]. Wallach said today: “NAFTA’s actual outcomes prove how damaging this type of agreement is for most people, that it should be renegotiated and why we cannot have any more such deals that include job-offshoring incentives, requirements that we import food that doesn't meet our safety standards or new rights for firms to get taxpayer compensation before foreign tribunals over laws they don’t like. Given NAFTA’s record of damage, it is equal parts disgusting and infuriating that now President Barack Obama has joined the corporate Pinocchios who lied about NAFTA in recycling similar claims to try to sell the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is NAFTA-on-steroids.”
 
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The Smart Show - 12/23/13

“Santa Legend Result of Drinking Urine”  

Dr. Stephen Larsen, Center for Symbolic studies (symbolicstudies.org)
Fukushima officially hits California food & Water supply
Steven Starr, Senior Scientist for Physicians for Social Responsibility, Associate member of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri.  Steven has spoken as an expert witness on the dangers of launch-ready nuclear weapons for Switzerland, New Zealand, and Chile at the UN — and has been published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, with writings on the Strategic Arms Reduction website of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
www.nuclearfamine.org  - on the long-term environmental consequences of nuclear war.
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The Smart Show - 12/16/13

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The Smart Show - 12/09/13

Mark Diehl. Are We Evolving Into a Corporate Species? Scholar Says Humans are on the Way to Becoming a Society of Conformists?

Ellen Brown. Brown is president of the Public Banking Institute and author of The Public Bank Solution and Web of Debt. She recently wrote "The Detroit Bail-in: Fleecing Pensioners to Save the Banks," which states: "In Detroit, it is the municipal workers who are being bailed in, stripped of a major portion of their pensions to save the banks. Bank of America Corp. and UBS AG have been given priority over other bankruptcy claimants, meaning chiefly the pensioners, for payments due on interest rate swaps they entered into with the city. Interest rate swaps -- the exchange of interest rate payments between counterparties -- are sold by Wall Street banks as a form of insurance, something municipal governments 'should' do to protect their loans from an  unanticipated increase in rates. Unlike ordinary insurance, however, swaps are actually just bets; and if the municipality loses the bet, it can owe the house, and owe big. Many activists have suggested that public banking -- state or municipally-owned public banks operating as public utilities -- could save cities millions of dollars by avoiding bond debt, keeping interest rates low, and feeding interest back into the communities and municipalities supported by the democratically-run banks. The video "No More Detroits" puts forward this argument, as does the article "Why Cities Should Use Public Banks Instead of Big Banks." See also, a view from the right just published in the Alaska

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The Smart Show - 12/02/13

MATTHEW RODRIGUEZ, 72 Hour HIV Remedy 
 
LAURA GOTTESDIENERlauragottesdiener@gmail.com@Gottesdiener.  Author of A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, Gottesdiener just wrote the piece “The Empire Strikes Back, How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme -- Again,” 
    "Over the last year and a half, Wall Street hedge funds and private equity firms have quietly amassed an unprecedented rental empire, snapping up Queen Anne Victorians in Atlanta, brick-faced bungalows in Chicago, Spanish revivals in Phoenix. In total, these deep-pocketed investors have bought more than 200,000 cheap, mostly foreclosed houses in cities hardest hit by the economic meltdown.
 
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