Mike Quigley, Congressman for the Illinois 5th Congressional district helped set the stage for the Malaysian Airlines catastrophe in Ukraine. It was laudable to stand with pro-reform protesters in Ukraine before the conflict erupted into Civil War. It was not justified, however, to pander and take sides as the US government abandoned true diplomacy, and amid the chaos of violence began working nationalist angles. They are using the people of Ukraine as chess pieces in a game against Russia,(Russia played too). Quigley hid among the headlines, then took a taxpayer funded trip to Ukraine and declared “We’ll send sleeping bags!”(Interviewed on AM560 May 2014). Quigley represents a purposeful US effort to manipulate and even profit from the Ukraine crisis. Quigley and the administration allowed money to become the priority. Hunter Biden, the Vice President’s son joined a Ukrainian gas and oil company. Quigley joins State Department official Victoria Nuland and Senator John McCain in siding with the Ukrainian government NOT as a means of supporting democratic institutions, but as a crass and dangerous hedge to destabilize Russia. Evidence a lack of real focused negotiations to end violence in Ukraine, even on a level seen during the Bosnian Conflict. 298 people died when MH-17, a civilian airliner, was shot down by pro-Russian rebels and still not a single concerted call for a ceasefire. With a large Ukrainian constituency in the 5th district, that silence is most deafening from the Quigley office, but then more and more the evidence shows he votes and speaks only when told. Toying with the lives of innocent people should not be American foreign policy. In American 2014 apparently that’s considered leadership.

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WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Reset the Debt, a strategy to save the world

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And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”


This time the losses won’t be passed along to the tax payer. When the next derivatives bubble bursts, and it will sooner rather than later there isn’t enough money on the planet to bail us out of this one. Here is the funny part, the global derivatives market is roughly about $1.2 Quadrillion. The output of the entire world economy is less than $100 trillion. Under the current more or less integrated global economic system in the event of a global economic collapse somebody owes somebody about $1.1 quadrillion, which would require every man, woman, child and nation on Earth 11 years to pay back, if 100% of the global economic output went only to that effort. Here is the really funny part; derivatives essentially represent nothing but emotion.

But this isn’t about derivatives. It is about debt and the absurdity and perversity with which our global economy has and is being managed. It is a measure that much of the world’s economy now is built on debt rather than output and production. The production of and profit from debt has replaced true innovation and creation, or even simple repair and sustainability. In America mounting and choking debt inhibits repair of a critically crumbling infrastructure. It impedes and restricts efforts that would restore communities and is even used as a weapon against profitable companies, such as Bain capital’s dismantling and selling off of the Sensata factory in Freeport Illinois back in 2012.Freeport_Romney_protest

Ironic, since Bain was owned in part by then presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who had made the nation’s debt a campaign issue. Not a single corporate news outlet, and painfully few so-called liberal or progressive sources mentioned at the time that much of Romney’s fortune came from buying companies, borrowing money against those companies, saddling them with his monstrous debt liabilities, while he walked away with the cash. The closing devastated Freeport. Such is the basic philosophy now at the heart of modern economics. Supply and demand? What century were you born in?

It is hardly a secret that far too many college and university graduates emerge from school crushed by debt. It is of course their choice to incur that debt. Their hand signs the contract. Then again had they decided to forego school, well, Starbucks wants a degree these days. Try finding a job without a degree, and now without the “right” degree. Communities are likewise sapped and stymied by voluminous debt, preventing the repair of bridges and roads and necessitating the closing of schools, hospitals and public institutions. Programs critical to feed or help the poor, elderly and disabled are cut, and our federal government has remained at a virtual political stand still over fights about the national debt.

Internationally the debt crisis feeds poverty, extremism, starvation, war and global instability. It sets nations up to be abused, and for their workforce to be abused by international corporations. Debt is a tactic used frequently in human trafficking and child pornography. Debt has not served humanity well at all, and indications are growing loudly and starkly that debt may soon lead the global economy off a cliff that will dwarf the 2008 crisis and plunge it over a cliff to a historic crash from which it might not recover. American-Dollar-Toilet-Paper

What is needed is a Reset the Debt effort, in which global debt on the international, national, local and personal is reset to zero. The planet must choose a date and cancel out all debt on the planet. Wealth at that moment would be based entirely upon possession. If you live in a home, drive a car those things would be the basis for your personal wealth. On day two the debt clock would begin again, stimulating a whole new era in humanity. Poverty would all but disappear. Starvation would be eliminated, and the root causes and environment feeding extremism would be catastrophically undermined or eliminated. Trade between nations would rise to historic levels. Essentially the world’s economy would stop on day one and begin new and fresh on day two, with investments, leveraging and borrowing bringing a new economic renaissance based upon true vision and innovation.

I understand the criticism of ending debt only to create new debt. The difference here is that debt would be based upon reality, where now it is based upon pure abstracts and fraud, which essentially, if you remove the element of trust, is what derivatives represent. And a new system of laws and oversight would guide this new economy. The world would instill and enforce an international minimum wage based upon the nation’s trade output and GDP. A debt to GDP ratio would protect nations from over leveraging and penalize corporations, predatory interests or belligerent government.

What is the alternative? Clearly the system we have is not working. The root cause of that breakdown is debt. The current system is not part of our DNA, nor a necessity like water or food. It is an invention of accommodation and agreement. It can be changed, and those who refuse to accept that it can be changed, scrapped or re-envisioned are holding the rest of the species back from a fundamental aspect of our humanity; the mandate for survival by predicting the calamities threatening us. That we are the architects of the coming global debt implosion but refuse to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves points to a fundamental flaw that must be corrected if we are to survive and progress.

It is time. Reset the debt!

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I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.

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Que Radio AM1710 Create Beauty & Defend It

Here are some notes on what was discussed on the Revolution and Beer morning show, on Que4 Radio, Que4.org, this morning. You can catch the show there every morning, Monday through Friday, from 9-11 a.m. You can catch our two-hour weekend show on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. as well.

Corporate Welfare and Corporate Personhood:

WC provide a rant of radical irreverence a la carte, smothered in an edgy helping of 1788 French radical sauce. Of course, we all hope that much has been learned as to how we structure and maintain a transformation. What got his goose this morning?

DOJ settlement with JP Morgan Chase for $13 billion, $7 billion of which is tax deductible, evidently as a cost of doing business. Talk about corporate welfare!

Hobby Lobby is yet another example of a corporation using the law to gain even more discretion than is allotted to the majority of citizens. A bit extreme for corporate citizenship? How about a class action lawsuit against the Federal Government and the corporations who thrive off of war profiteering? They’ve denied many of us the choice not to waste enormous amounts of money on wars and poorly managed contracts.

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Last Saturday’s Show Notes

The burning question on our minds: Could we get the world back on track if we cancelled the debt of the nations and the global working class? It’s an idea that you hear amidst discussions of solutions to the global economic crisis, and it’s far more historically grounded in reality than you might assume. We’ve been inspired by the writing of those such as David Graeber and Murray Bookchin, as well as the Occupy movement’s work on the debt alleviation issue with Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee. WC mentioned these campaigns throughout the week last week, and we wanted to get deeper into the broader details and circumstances.

The video below is a wonderful discussion from this year’s Global Uprisings conference featuring David Graeber, along with Silvia Federici (in absentia), and George Caffentzis. I first came across this on ROAR magazine on Twitter. It’s lengthy, but believe me, it’s worth the view. They explore the circumstances of contemporary work environments and the nuances of the debt structure.

Climate and Action

We also discussed the climate talks that took place in Warsaw, and the frustration expressed by attendees of the green movement: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25044961. We also discussed how the global climate discussion is being coopted by multinational capitalists, and the cycle of such coopting and marginalization of successful or urgent grassroots social justice campaigns. This frustration with the swindling of the dialogue is expressed clearly in this statement from Oxfam‘s Celine Charveriat:

“We need to tell them you are not allowed to make a mockery of this process. We can’t continue to watch in silence. Enough is enough.”

Here in the states we’ve heard many statements on the importance of diversifying our energy supply to include much more sustainable/renewable sources by our politicians, including many from president Obama throughout his presidency; with a spike during both of his presidential campaigns. However, the realities of hydro-fracking and dirty coal are still causing massive destruction to our surroundings, and there seems to be very little political will by our politicians to curb the rapid expansion of these forms of resource extraction.

We then moved on to discuss how we’ve let ourselves get duped by special interests before, and the importance of all working class people to step forward and take more control over this discussion. We also explored the parallels between the climate situation and the debate over guns; and the use of the race card, and how special interests like the NRA are playing the same game when it comes to the development of any sort of rational gun policy. One example would be the recent murder of Renisha McBride, and the counter narrative being espoused by right-wing pundits related to a grossly exaggerated “epidemic” of the violent pranking known as “Knock Out.”

We also expressed a little of our own frustration over mayor Rahm’s privatization parade, and how the “negotiated” solutions often leave us in a soar place, paying more for weaker service and no accountability.

Beer

Big Muddy Brewing’s Galaxy IPA

We “sampled” Southern Illinois Brewery Big Muddy’s Pale Ale, brewed with American Cascade hops and the soothing notes of caramel malts. This one finishes with a citrusy and bitter hint that doesn’t linger. We’re endorsing this one for your Thanksgiving after-meal drink. We balanced this just a hint of caramel malt sweetness. A delicious American Pale Ale full of fragrant and flavorful hops.along with a wonderfully dark and caramelly holiday ale.

 

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Obama’s “I have a Yawn” Speech

Full transcript of Obama’s speech.

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Really? The first Black president in America’s history, speaking on the 50th anniversary of the historic Civil Rights march on Washington delivers a speech characterized by a notable lack of energy and perhaps interest. And given the record of this nation, and the revival of institutionalized, statistically-excused, and even overt racism, this speech might have been a rallying call to the work yet to be done, and the progress imperiled.

In glaring monotone, one could almost make the case that his words were weighted with the guilt of supporting a system marked by injustice and the deepening, systemic inequality supposedly eschewed in the very founding documents of our nation. Perhaps that is a natural arc for those who come to issues of race and injustice as more an observer than a victim. Certainly Obama, as he has sincerely indicated, has been the target of racism; but he has also had a more privileged perspective by virtue of a mixed race and opportunities in life not afforded to many in the African American community are still burdened with today.

At times the President seemed to come alive, finding moments of realization about the struggle continuing among too many in the minority communities of this nation. There was none of the noble and resistant exaltation of King’s speech on that spot 50 years earlier. There was no accounting of the progress or lack of progress of the dream King heralded and demanded. Instead, in a rambling and rarely evocative late-term speech that did little to celebrate the anniversary, nor decry injustices yet to be corrected Obama still seemed to stand more on policy than purpose.

We have entered a new era in race relations, but one that could hardly be described as post-racial. Instead there are those who would learn from the past to sharpen and polish their racism and racially divisive attitudes. They argue with the deepest sincerity using statistics to validate horribly racist policies such as stop and frisk law, racial profiling and crime as a means of evading the larger culture’s complicity, abandonment and responsibility in issues directly impacting, impeding and damaging the black community.

Pound the lectern, Mr. President. Rage at those injustices because that is what is needed. You are a leader whose responsibility is to lead this nation. But you are also a black man, and your/our-brothers and sisters remain in bondage as deeply as they did on that August day in 1963 when an unassuming reverend responded to a call to tell us about “the dream.” Can we rightly say that dream has been fulfilled or realized as schools close, black neighborhoods bear the brunt of economic downturns first and more acutely, and when guns from a white dominated gun industry magically proliferate among black neighborhoods due to lack of adequate and reasonable policy?

This nation still blames the symptoms of racial and economic inequality and injustice while lauding the cancer of greed and racism.

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Revolution and Beer TV Show, Series 1 prt2

Revolution and Beer Episode 10: Art vs. The Status Quo

Revolution and Beer Episode 9: Evictions and Bad Landlords – How to Handle It

Revolution and Beer Episode 8: Peoples Theatre Part 2


We return to where we left off at Lost Eras for the second part of our discussion on community-centered theatre. We continue to explore the rolls of artists in society. Is it just for entertainment, or is there a higher purpose? Should the arts teach and inspire a vision of the future? We’re joined again by Democracy Burlesque‘s Joseph Fedorko and Erik Parsons, along with Carl Lindberg from Stone Soup Theatre Project.

Special thanks again to all of our guests for this two-part series: Joseph Fedorko, Mallory Green, Erik Parsons, Whitney Jones, and Carl Lindberg.

http://stonesouptheatreproject.org/

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http://www.democracyburlesque.com/


Revolution and Beer Episode 7 – Peoples Theatre Part 1

Revolution and Beer Episode 6 – TIFfed Off

Feminism and Beer – Part 2

On episode 5, Feminism and Beer part 2, We continue with our intelligent, creative, and very classy guests, Paula Kamen, Regina Buccola (@TheLittleProf), and Linda Bubon. Please join us as we continue to explore this topic in a very nuanced matter…with good beer in-hand.

Here’s the full schedule for the second part of series 1 on CAN TV. We’re scheduling shoots for series 2 now!

(Ep. 5) Women In the World, Part 2


Tuesday, July 02, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 – 2:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Sunday, July 07, 2013 – 10:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 6) TIFs Where Has the Money Gone

Monday, July 08, 2013 – 10:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 -02:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 7) Radical Theater, and Artistic Community Expression Part 1

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – 2:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Thursday, July 18 2013 – 10:00 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 8) Radical Theater, and Artistic Community Expression Part 2

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 7:30 pm Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 – 2:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Saturday, July 27, 2013 – 10:00 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 9) Fair Housing vs. Eviction and Foreclosure

Sunday, July 28, 2013 – 10:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – 02:30pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

To catch-up on past shows, click here.

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Sequestration Impact on the ARRA

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This infographic from the

href=”http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/” target=”_blank”> National Skills Coalition illustrates what the recent budget cuts set in motion mean for the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA wikipedia, official gov. site).

Download the full report by clicking here (.pdf 603kb).

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