In the latest assault on freedom of speech and academic freedom, reported by Democracy Now! (and other news outlets), legislators in Arkansas are considering a bill, Arkansas House Bill 1834, intended to censor one of the most celebrated American historians, Dr. Howard Zinn. The Arkansas House Committee on Education will consider the absurd and unconstitutional bill.
ARKANSAS TIMES—[2 MAR 2017] Bill introduced to ban Howard Zinn books from Arkansas public schools
The deadline for new legislation is fast approaching and it can’t come too soon. Just in from Sen. Rep. Kim Hendren: Legislation to prohibit any publicly supported schools (you, too, charters) from including in curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by Howard Zinn.
(Actually, anything Zinn wrote before 1959 is not covered.)
Zinn, who died in 2010, was a Ph.D. historian, social activist and more who wrote the best-selling “A People’s History of the United States.” A version for young readers came out in 2007.
Proudly, unabashedly radical, with a mop of white hair and bushy eyebrows and an impish smile, Mr. Zinn, who retired from the history faculty at Boston University two decades ago, delighted in debating ideological foes, not the least his own college president, and in lancing what he considered platitudes, not the least that American history was a heroic march toward democracy.
Almost an oddity at first, with a printing of just 4,000 in 1980, “A People’s History of the United States” has sold nearly two million copies. To describe it as a revisionist account is to risk understatement. A conventional historical account held no allure; he concentrated on what he saw as the genocidal depredations of Christopher Columbus, the blood lust of Theodore Roosevelt and the racial failings of Abraham Lincoln. He also shined an insistent light on the revolutionary struggles of impoverished farmers, feminists, laborers and resisters of slavery and war.
Such stories are more often recounted in textbooks today; they were not at the time.
“Our nation had gone through an awful lot — the Vietnam War, civil rights, Watergate — yet the textbooks offered the same fundamental nationalist glorification of country,” Mr. Zinn recalled in a recent interview with The New York Times. “I got the sense that people were hungry for a different, more honest take.”
As reported in the Arkansas Times, pending legislation would prohibit any publicly supported schools in Arkansas “from including in its curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn.” The bill, submitted by Representative Kim Hendren (R), can be read in full here.
This is not the first attempt to ban books by Howard Zinn in public schools. In 2010, Governor Mitch Daniels tried a similar move in Indiana. In 2011, A People’s History of the United States was removed from schools in Tucson, Arizona, as part of the ban on Mexican American Studies.
The Zinn Education Project defends the right of teachers in Arkansas to use materials by and about Howard Zinn. To date, there are more than 250 teachers in Arkansas who have signed up to access people’s history lessons from the Zinn Education Project website. One of those high school teachers and her U.S. history students tweeted their opposition to the HB 1834.
DEMOCRACY NOW!—[3 MAR 2017] Arkansas Bill Would Ban Howard Zinn Writings from Schools
And a bill before the Arkansas state legislature would prohibit publicly funded schools from teaching the works of late legendary historian Howard Zinn. In 1980, Howard Zinn published his classic book, A People’s History of the United States, which would go on to sell more than a million copies. The Arkansas bill is not the first attempt to censor Howard Zinn’s works. Indiana’s governor attempted a similar measure in 2010; and, in 2011, Arizona lawmakers removed A People’s History from schools in Tucson as part of the ban on Mexican American Studies.
HUFFINGTON POST—[5 MAR 2017] Arkansas Lawmaker Introduces Bill Banning Howard Zinn Books
A bill introduced in the Arkansas state legislature aims to bar public schools in the state from assigning books by the late author and historian Howard Zinn, the Arkansas Times reported last week.
Republican state Rep. Kim Hendrenbrought forth HB1834, a one-page bill that would halt the use of any book or other material authored by Zinn between the years of 1959 and 2010 in public schools and open-enrollment public charter schools. With these parameters, Zinn’s bestselling 1980 book, “A People’s History of the United States,” would be banned. The collection is a groundbreaking and controversial work that analyzed American history from the perspective of the poor and marginalized, or as Zinn put it, “the people who have been overlooked in the traditional history books.”
When the work was released, it was considered radical even for liberal historians.
“It’s not an unbiased account; so what?” Zinn told The New York Times. “If you look at history from the perspective of the slaughtered and mutilated, it’s a different story.”
More than 2 million copies of the book have been sold, and historians continue to evaluate the work’s claims, merits and accuracy. Zinn, who was a professor at Boston University, died in 2010.
Three years before Zinn’s death, his publisher released a young people’s version of the 1980 text. It also served as a companion volume to “The People Speak,” the 2009 film adaptation of Zinn’s works.
A 2009 college tour promoting the film featured performances by A-listers reading archival letters that the historian had included in his books.
The bill targeting Zinn’s work is not unprecedented. In 2013, the Associated Press obtained a series of emails sent by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), in which he attempted to remove the historian’s work from classrooms across the state. Daniels, who was in office from 2005 to 2013, is now the president of Purdue University.
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: “My question has to do with your—tonight you brought up civil disobedience and the lack, I guess, of it now. And, um, what makes me curious is: Why is that? And I just wanted—there’s people, like, um, Aaron Russo, who’s a filmmaker, who’s got a movie out, America: Freedom to Fascism. And they’re calling for, big people like that, are calling for civil disobedience. But I think there’s a lack of civil disobedience because of things, like the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act. People are scared to, you know, do that stuff as they weren’t back in the ’60s. (c. 42:09)
“So, is there a connection between, you know, that and the lack of people doing that kind of stuff today?
“And, also, uh, the Truth Movement for 9/11: Is there a Project for the New American Century—I’m sure you’re familiar with that—and, uh, I’m wondering if they had a plan? And do you think there was this plan before 9/11 happened, and a connection? You have any feelings on the 9/11 Truth Movement?” (c. 42:49)
DR. HOWARD ZINN: “You all know about the 9/11 Truth Movement?”
AUDIENCE: [collective silence]
DR. HOWARD ZINN: “No. [clears throat]
“It’s, it’s thought that people—tell me, if I’m misrepresenting—which I do—but our people very often repeat the questions, that they want to hear, not the questions, that were actually asked.
“So, but the 9/11 Truth Movement, I think, is a movement, which is very suspicious of what happened on 9/11, suspicious of the official story. And they think that maybe there’s another story, and maybe the administration is hiding something serious. Well, I don’t—frankly, I don’t know. I’m—no, I don’t know those secrets. I swear I don’t. [smiling innocently]”
DR. HOWARD ZINN: “You see? And, uh, I’ll just say this about 9/11. The administration has used 9/11, has used it to scare people and to do what it wanted. What it wanted was to move troops into the Middle East, where the oil is. He wanted to set up military bases in the Middle East. And it’s used 9/11 as a wonderful opportunity. It wasn’t going to do anything about terrorism. It’s very obvious now. (c. 44:21)
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: “The last speaker mentioned the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act.”
DR. HOWARD ZINN: “Yes.”
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: “In the past couple weeks the Bush administration has fired ten or more top attorneys in the Justice Department. And, under a secret provision of the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, has been replacing them without congressional approval and with, basically, no oversight.
“So, my question about that is: You mentioned that we should bring people to account, bring people to justice through impeachments and such things. What happens, if, or when, the legal system is no longer responsive or refuses to take action or is filled with figure heads, that will not act? What can we do, then, if the actual institutions no longer deliver that justice, that is necessary and needed?” (c. 45:44)
DR. HOWARD ZINN: “That’s—that’s a really important question because it represents reality. That is the reality is that the system of justice, there’s no longer—if it ever was really—something you can turn to to be sure that the justice system would protect you and protect your rights. Now, this has only rarely been true in America. The, uh, justice system has been like other parts of the government and, generally, beholden to powerful interests—now, worse than ever. Now, the Bush administration has taken a total hold of the system of justice. And it’s using all the federal court appointees on the district court level and the appeals court level—it has the Supreme Court in its hands, partly with the collaboration of the Democratic Party, which caves in, instead of fighting the Republican nominees.
“And, so, yes, what do you do when you can’t depend on a system of justice to redress your grievances? That’s where civil disobedience comes in. [smiling delightedly] That’s where popular action comes in. That’s where you go over the heads of the courts and do an appeal to your elected representatives, since the people in the Justice Department are not elected, are not beholden to anybody. They often have lifetime jobs. Your representatives have, at least, some commitment to representing their constituencies. And that’s why putting pressure on your representatives to begin holding impeachment hearings and to demand cutting off funding for the war and bringing the troops back as fast as possible, I think, that’s a way of bypassing a recalcitrant and reactionary justice system.” (c. 47:35)
 “Governments Lie: Howard Zinn On Class Warfare, Immigration, Justice, Film and History” by Film Archives is a video recording of a Book TV (C-SPAN 2) broadcast dated 18 JAN 2007, which consists of a lecture given by Dr. Howard Zinn at Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachussetts) to promote his book, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress (DEC 2016).
LUMPENPROLETARIAT—[Thursday, 11 FEB 2021] Yesterday, on Pacifica Radio, we heard coverage of the ongoing Second Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump. To be an informed citizen, or resident, or guest, of any nation requires that we pay attention to what’s going on in the world around us, outside our front door, beyond our own proclivities. Modern life in America was alienating before COVID-19. Post-lockdown, the statistics have been even more bleak.
“Carl Nielsen: Little Suite for Strings, Opus 1“ by Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, 12 AUG 2013.
With regard to the proto-fascist siege, which surprised state capitols across the divided United States on January 6th, including most saliently at the nation’s capitol in D.C., it seems it was an inside job, as corroborated by Empire Files (cf. link 1 and link 2). Of course, they have a whole team, dedicated to investigate journalism and researching this question. For the individual, or even family or group of neighbors or friends, trying to stay informed, individually or grouped, can still be a daunting task. It is a lot to take in all at once, assembling a comprehensive narrative of the events of January 6th. Yet, if we had a team, like a reader’s digest for Pacifica Radio and Friends, as it were, the case for impeachment would be so much stronger. We are all witnesses. Imagine if we could hear Jeremy Scahill testify, and Chris Hedges, and Noam Chomsky, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Dr. James McIntosh, representing more than 70,000 psychologists/psychiatrists, who tried to warn us that Mr. Trump may be a reactive narcissist. That is the type, which can never admit to being wrong, nor to admit defeat. Dr. McIntosh, on Pacifica Radio on the east coast, cited Hitler as an extreme example; and we know that story.
At the individual level, few have the stomach for engaging with the issues of the day. Most turn away, turn it off, or change the station or channel. Thank goodness some of us do. If not for independent media, all we would have is toxic, corporate gaslighting narratives. This is how we end up with the types of history books, which people like Howard Zinn and James Loewen later have to rectify. We must realize, as working class people, that we must tell our own narrative, from our own perspective. We must not let our oppressors dictate to us what our reality is. We know the incitement didn’t begin on January 6th, or even months earlier, as Senator Raskin argued. And we also know Mr. Trump met at Mar-a-Lago with GOP bosses only a couple of weeks ago to discuss next steps with Mr. Trump once again at the helm of the Republican Party. The Democrat Party’s line of argumentation, starting with the decision to only submit a single article of impeachment, narrowed the focus of the case, which also limited the evidence presented, and even rest their case early, with some five hours to spare. If nothing else, they should have taken public comment. They made it easy for the Republican side tomorrow.
The ills of society are not for kids to worry about. That’s for grown-ups. But we can understand the teachers, who have called in to Pacifica Radio to discuss their usage of impeachment coverage in their classrooms. And we applaud them. We heard various people on Pacifica Radio, expert guests being interviewed, confess how traumatizing it was to watch all of the “ghastly” video footage. One woman, “Christina”, said it was difficult for her to even bear listening to the audio on Pacifica Radio. Your author has made a deliberate effort to avoid obsessing over those video images. Those of us old enough to remember 9/11 know how unhealthy excessive consumption of violent propaganda and snuff news can be on the psyche. The more important information can be gleaned from radio, some independent journalism videos, and readings with much more fullness and detail than watching traumatizing violence on repeat. But to each his own.
So, we have done that. We have read what we can, given working class time constraints. And that effort, combined with Pacifica Radio and independent media, has given us enough notes, references, and information, such that we can confidently corroborate the fact that the events of January 6th were an inside job, a number of cops opened doors, took selfies with Trump loyalists, have racist tattoos or insignia, and so on.
On Tuesday, the Senate mainly debated the constitutionality of proceeding with impeachment. This was a frivolous, if not spurious, legal argument allowed by the Democrat Party, which has kowtowed to the Republican Party for too long.
Yesterday, the Democrat Party began laying out their case of incitement against Mr. Trump. Since we have a polarizing two-party system, with only two significant political parties, which are ever considered in our American public discourse, then divisiveness is guaranteed.
Logistically-speaking, according to Mitch Jeserich (Pacifica Radio), each political party gets 16 hours to make their case. Democrats finished presenting their case, get this, with hours to spare! They could have presented more evidence. They could have called witnesses. Why didn’t they subpoena Mr. Trump? For many of us, this was a farce. It was like the Democrat Party was trying to lose.
Today, we heard news reports on Pacifica Radio that statistics of COVID-19 are trending downward for the first time. The trend was seen over the previous week or so. Unfortunately, the rise of less predictable coronavirus variants is confounding the hopeful statistics. Independent media, including Democracy Now!, have done a good job of encouraging a scientific, evidence-based approach to COVID-19 responses, including encouraging social distancing and the use of face coverings. On the right-wing of the political spectrum, we are hearing arguments about profligate black and brown people, who only want to sit at home and collect unemployment. On the center of the political spectrum, i.e., centrists, U.S. ‘liberals‘, we are hearing paternalistic pap, symbolized by Mr. Biden’s winning smile. Don’t worry, he smiles. Go back to sleep. We got this. There is nothing to see here. Keep moving.
What we find most suspicious, as people, who have six-pack abs, little-to-no bodyfat and muscular physiques, is the glaring lack of advocacy for fitness and nutrition. In the natural bodybuilding community, we respect former pro-bodybuilder Ben Pakulski because of his intellectual approach to bodybuilding. Pakulski is not afraid to ask questions. He is now retired and, thus, decided to downsize his physique. But he is still a world class bodybuilder.
Last year, Pakulski introduced his audience to Dr. Benjamin Bikman, who wrote the excellent book, Why We Get Sick. We recommend everybody read that book because Dr. Bikman summarizes for us the latest scientific literature, which corroborates with science, what bodybuilders have long known—how to get in shape. That is to say, body recomposition, or build muscle and burn fat. Fitness is important for self-defense against all viruses, including coronavirus because the immune system is the foundation of one’s health. And the immune system begins in the gut. We’re not saying nutrition and fitness will kill the coronavirus. But we are saying that the most vulnerable to the coronavirus are the same people, who suffer from the pre-existing conditions and comorbidities, which contribute to our American pandemic of ill health, much of which stems from issues related to insulin resistance and insulin sensitivity. That’s where Dr. Bikman comes in.
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05:00 PST, WPFW, WBAI & KPFT (simulcast) > Democracy Now! […] 05:17 PST, Amy Goodman updating us on impeachment trial, but it sounds like parroting Dem narrative, no selfies or stand-down evidence. […] Nermeen Sheikh: ‘The House could have, but chose not to, subpoenaed Mr. Trump! […] guest wrote article, ‘Congressional Members are also guilty’ Yes! […] ‘Josh Holly, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, and others’ [….] 0544, Ann Sweeney’ r feen3y(?)Wisconsin Uprising ‘ john nichols next left podcast [….] newsclick raided’ […] ‘Twitter blocked hundreds to protect big capital’ [TW] 0654, ‘since April of 2020, using pandemic as pretext big media has shed ~1,500 journalists, mainly “those who dissent”, laws like -Unlawful Activities Act’ […] India is giving the world a preview of the future of neoliberalism, if we don’t wake the folk up.
0500 KPFK > […] 05:20 PST, The Tom HartmannShow (rerun?) > call-ins re: impeachment
0600 KPFA > Rising Up > 0522, flimsy argumentation from Sonali re: Trump. “It’s hard to pin down,” she said about proving Trump’s incitement. No. Simply listen to Scahill’s “American Mythology: The Presidency of Donald Trump”
0600 WPFW > on the margin > real talk. “Black gay visibility” “Harlem Renaissance ” “They dont look at the humanity of the creators of those works’
0600 KPFT > Rising Up [TW] ‘virus #s going down, but variants…'[…] 0612 Michael Humphrey book on 4 yrs of trump tweets. Nice. We were just wondering about that yesterday. ~20K tweets, incl retweets […] 0617, ‘five themes’ […] nihilism must be at the heart of susceptibility to Trumpism. […] 0621, “the convertibili5y of the themes” […] 0626 rerun […] 0627 ‘Trump accused Ted Cruz of cheating to win his victory’ […] ‘Greene demoted in congress for her Twitter feed’ Isn’t this political persecution? How is this different from McCarthyism? […] 0635, cf. The Conversation article. Assr Prof of journalism, Colorado State University 0636 cf. FreeSpeechFor People.org […] interlude > 06:39 ‘It protects bad police; and the good police already have constitutional protection’ […] “It’s circular reasoning.” re: police qualified immunity […] ‘some type of policing reform act to remove qualified immunity. It’s not an anti-police thing. We say support the good ones; and jail the bad ones.’ […] 06:44 PST, Sonali: ‘Even if cops are suspended or fired, they’re often rehired elsewhere. It’s like a serial rapist going free.’ […] guest: ‘The interesting thing is the police want better relations with the community. But they can’t do that without accountability.” ‘It’s only if they break the law or cause harm; so, police should have nothing to worry about.’ […] 06:46 PST, ‘Police can just say they are a coward and they had fear in their heart, which caused them to kill; and they get away with murder. You or I cannot use the coward defense.’ […] 06:49 PST, Guest: In almost all cases, individual cops are not personally liable for any judgments. […] 06:52 PST, ‘Police are granted use of lethal force’; a license to kill requires accountability or else it will be abused. […] 06:58 PST, ‘That was Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. He’s not just into ice cream. He also has a moral conscience. […] 07:00 PST
07:00 PST, KPFT > Wide Open Spaces > music: Americana.
07:00 PST, KPFK > […] 07:01 PST, Sojourner Truth > speech, on Kingian Non-Violence. [TW] ‘In 1956, I was so inspired. So, we went to get library cards. But we were told.. until 1958 with hundreds of white students. And, then, they gave me a library card.’ Whoa! > 07:05 PST, News Headlines with Aileen Alfandary | Christopher Martinez reports on ongoing Second Trump impeachment. > Margaret Prescod: black history, SNiCC, Ella Baker, et al.
07:00 PST, KPFA > […] 07:12 PST, Guest (male-sounding): ‘They are good at fabricating narratives.’ On the networks, “Trump”, “FOX”. […] [TW] ‘And that infuriated him. So, he said go watch x, y, & z, smaller, “fringe” networks.” […] ‘They are desperately trying to win back those viewers. And the way to do that is by saying over-the-top things about the January 6th ‘insurrection’. […] 07:16 PST, ‘FOX stuck their neck out by lying, along with Mr. Trump, now that Mr. Trump betrayed them, just like wannabe dictators are wont to do. […] Matt G Media Matters) […] BET: ‘I don’t even pay for cable.’ lol, who does? […] 0719, FOX is ‘going to be, from 7pm to midnight all right-wing talk’, less news, more of the opinions and “red meat” they think “the base” wants. The irony is not lost on any of us that the term Al Qaeda, literally, means “the base“. [.. ] ‘Wait, what? Tucker Carlson is starting to question vaccine safety? The KPFA guest finds this as alarming. We find it reassuring, in terms of the First Amendment.’ […] BET: ‘Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was just on Tucker Carlson.’ Oh, yeah, what did they discuss, Brian? Why don’t you tell us? It seems insidious of you to point that out, as if it’s a smear, that he spoke on FOX. Glenn Greenwald also speaks on FOX. We will speak on any TV show, if it means getting our message out. We already know any interview request has the intention of using the interview subject in service of the agenda of the interviewer. The only question has to do with where those agendas align or diverge. But, since when is finding common ground or building bridges a mark of shame. Pacifica broadcasters, such as BET lambast their political opponents, but never give them an opportunity to speak, to have free speech. Why speculate? Why not just invite the opponents on air? Why not debate? Would such debates not be enlightening for all? […] Matt Gertz(sp?) of Media Matters > 0730, up next, racial tensions between black people and Asian people > News Headlines with Aileen Alfandary | impeachment update |
07:00 PST, WPFW > […] 07:30 PST, It sounds like Dave Zirin, host of The Collision. “What they do is concussion tests” to figure out numbers for this class action lawsuit.
07:00 PST, KPFT [HD2] > […] Flashpoints | 07:35 PST, farmworkers. > music break > Sarah reporting: on farmworkers, ‘race’, and covid. feb 2, 2021 press conference. [TW] ‘ a tri-state project, California, Oregon, and (?). Dr. Deborax Saxton(sp?) and bonnie (?). Erica Fernandez, et al.
BET acknowledged that the last two callers were former KPFA LSB members. But BET did not mention they were members of his political LSB faction at KPFA.
. Bet & Kat respond to his remarks about the use of the word “terrorism” against [?] […]
Tomas, c. 08:45 PST, end of Tomas’ call
0848, next caller: “Nader” , impeachment looks like it will fail. What’s the point of going through the motions?’
Bob in walnut creek, 0852, KPFA BET: “Doo-do-doo, let’s see. [i.e., which caller should I take it. We suspect he won’t take our call.]
0854, banter is runnjnf out the clock.” BET started to groan, oh ,no i gotta take this call from Aztlan. Nope, let’s go to Berkeley, Matt, a white-sounding guy with an east coastish accent. 0855, qe suspect BET will block us again. Oh, come now, dear readers. Are we to believe they have that many phone lines? Your author was first in line. BET said he was willing to hear from defenders of free speech. We suspect not. […] It’s 0857, he said ‘CWA local 945’, that must be the same crooked union, which sold out the Unpaid Staff Organization (UPSO) at KPFA. Please look it up, dear readers. […] It’s 0859, I’m still on hold. I could have been given 90 seconds, and they would have still had 30 seconds to sign out. I literally used a stopwatch to time everything. Notice how uncritical callers were given free reign to run out the clock. […] 09:00 PST, KPFA just hung up on me. As a teenager, your author used to volunteer Friday nights at KPFA answering the phone lines. We would have to put listeners, who called in on hold, but we NEVER simply hung up on a caller because we wanted to build up the listenership, not erode it. […] 09:02 PST
“Krystal & Saagar: Neera Tanden CONFRONTED, Called Sanders Everything But an Ignorant Slut” by The Hill, 11 FEB 2021.
Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress) will be Biden’s ‘Ethical Watchdog’ in charge of “ethical waivers”? Among her credentials, NAFTA, TPP, and other neoliberalcrimes against humanity.
Kpfa 0900  0920, senator lady Diana Degette mentioned the selfies […] NEXT SENATOR: male-sounding […]
09:00 PST, KPFK > 09:36 PST, video/audio of violent minions and evidence of Mr. Trump inciting violence in the past. On the left and some liberals, we recall: ‘Just knock the crap out of him’ at an event.’ […] The case is getting stronger now by expanding the Apr 17 2020 Tweet: “Liberate Michigan“. Then, Trump loyalists stormed the building. Trespassers chanted: ‘We have a right to be here. Our president invited us.’ Others chanted, quote “Hail Hitler! Hail Hitler!” […];’Michigan siege was a “dress rehearsal” for the siege of January 6th. […] It’s good this senator guy is expanding the scope to loyalists attacking the Michigan capitol and Governor Whitmer. Let’s hope they expand the investigation to the what may have been the role of the Republican Party, which is still co7r8t […] 0945, ‘This is Tom Hartmann’s live coveragem
09:00 PST, KPFT > […] 0947 music: goofy rock music, this ain’t even some decent alternative or classic rock or metal. What is this? Why no impeachment trial awareness?
09:00 PST, KPFT [HD2]> […] 0948 rerun, Dr. gerald horne LAP, on the bitterweet science'[?], his book on boxing and white supremacy
0950 bai, anti-capitalist views on climate crisis [TW]
(c. 11:54) Ayaan Hirsi Ali: ‘In the 1960s, women had more freedoms than they have now. And people are talking about this at their dinner tables and social media and chat rooms. But it’s not talked about in polite society. And that’s wrong.’
(c. 34:52) “Absolutely. With the case of Black Lives Matter […]”
(c. 38:42) “Actually, the whole West is suffering a kind of a bit of philosophical crisis where it feels not proud of its history, not certain what it values. And, because of that, it’s chasing false gods, false ideals in an effort to try and find something good to do.”
‘As my late friend, Chris Hitchens’ Oh, no… a red flag.
We would appreciate a debate.
09:51 PST, , WPFW > blues music
Kpfa 0956 end of raskin, begin Ed liu(sp?)  1024, senator lady just said, “Violence is never patriotic.” Indeed. But, oh the irony coming from you and your ilk. […] “Cowboys for Trump” “Griffin” “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” Imagine what Griffin, Trump, et al. think about people, like us on the left, the real left. The Democrats are NOT leftists, they are centrists, especially in the electoral realm. […] 10:32 PST This is scapegoating, though the two-party dictatorship is the real culprit, guilty parties. 1033 PST, the good Senator lady’s evidence is getting very charged. But her whole line of argumentation, which is the Democrat Party line, which is that Mr. Trump was “singularly responsible” for the siege of January 6th at capitols across the nation. But behind Mr. Trump is the Republican Party because without a party, he has nothing. As we reported yesterday, on January 29, a GOP boss met with Mr. Trump to discuss how they will dominate upcoming election cycles.[..] “Let today be the day that we reclaim the definition of patriotism.” […] ‘aug 17, woman murdered, heather Hire, her mother is Susan Brow(sp?)’ […] deanna degette from Colorado  UP NEXT: David Cicilline a Democrat from [?] 1044, begin Cicilline’s remarks. We can hear the political opportunism in Cicilline’s voice. Even Mr. Trump is a scapegoat, the reCtive narcissist is a tool. […] 11:12 PST recess.
12:00 PST, KPFA > ongoing live coverage. We haven’t had time to monitor much of Pacifica Radio broadcasting this morning. But, hopefully, we can keep Pacifica Radio turned on for the rest of the day because this is historic. And Pacifica Radio is home for many of us, especially those of us who are Pacifica babies . We grew up in the Bay Area with KPFA, since childhood. We remember when it used to be “free speech KPFA”. We still have the car bumper stickers to prove it. We never thought we’d see the day when even Larry Bensky would be longed for, the liberal leftists complained about during his time. But, those of us, who remember Larry Bensky covering the U.S. Congress cannot deny how far KPFA and Pacifica Radio’s quality has fallen. Pacifica Radio archives are a historic national treasure. Today’s Pacifica Radio archives reflect the toxic influence of liberals, often funded by big-“D” Democrat money, which blocks all perspectives to the left of them. The few good shows on Pacifica exist in spite of those bourgeois liberals, not because of them. […] 1218, he said teachers get fired for espousing totalitarianism. No, we can tell you about the more common practice of firing teachers accused of being too liberal, etc. […] 1220 senator guy, this is layer upon layer of deception, as he ostensibly defends free speech, but runs cover for the two-party dictatorship. […] 1229, citing Voltaire. Oh, the irony! The earlier Dems basically engaged in McCarthyism when they began insulting China and their values. They asserted what Americans stand for. And its not that. THAT WAS RASKIN. Next Dean. No, Mr. LIU. […] 1241 PST, NEXT Mr. Joe Neguse, the Eritrean-American gentleman. […] 12:46 PST, It sounds like Mr.
13:00 kpfa ongoing 1311 arguments ending ‘5 hours under time?’ […] 13:22 PST, citing Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, again, the revolutionary pamphlet, which kicked off the American Revolution against the dictatorship of the British Crown and Empire. […] 13:24 PST, sounds like Senator Schumer. […] 1325, your author just got hung up on by the KPFA staffer on the switchboard. I remember her voice and face from back in the day. She’s an ally of BET, Jeserich, et al. She answered my call, after putting me on hold for 1 hour 45 minutes plus, just now. She came on the line and, no hello, no nothing, just a narcissistic abuser vibe, and said, “This is the line to call guests. We have to hang up now.” I immediately and swiftly said, “Wait! Wait! I’m here. I’ve been waiting almost two hours. Please don’t hang up on me.” 1329, still no guest on air, btw. […] 1343, the Brandenburg Case, we must defend even speech we don’t like. Censoring one hate monger only is like a bandaid on a gunshot wound. Circa 1335, guest liberal prof lady was entertaining notions of “the limits of free speech” […] 1346, “And our internet is not helpful right now,” said Nora Benavidez(sp?). We demand a debate to undo the misinformation and anti-free speech, anti-First Amendment rhetoric of fear, she peddled. […] 1350, author of ? And Ruin book […] 1356, Jeserich just said maybe its not so important whether Mr. Trump is impeachmed or not. Maybe what matters is the “perception” people have in the American public. Wow. Who needs the CIA with hosts like these. 1357, back to banter/interviews. […] 1440, MJ rambling, he spent 7.5 min on the last guy’s question, Mike(?), maybe, now “Charlie”. ‘Can Donald Trump be arrestes for trying to overthrow the giovt? No. Saysmj […l1450 jsut called jn […] 1458, MJ signed out.
15:00 PST, KPFA > Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar | News Headlines by Sonali | Interview on the legalities of the impeachment process. [TW]. […] ‘Removal and disqualification are two separate issues’ […] 15:17 PST, […] 15:52 PST, Guest just discussed ‘insurrectionism’ vs ‘institutionalism’. We don’t think he is referring to the economic school of thought, though. Maybe he is; but we doubt it. At any rate, Sonali’s follow up question was disappointing. She redirected her flock to question the institution of “the media”. One institution she and her ilk, Mitch Jeserich, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Aileen Alfandary, Amy Goodman, et al, will never question. It’s a sad fact, which keeps KPFA and Pacifica Radio listeners from contemplating or questioning the dangers and polarizing nature of two-party systems, which in our case in the USA, as Ralph Nader has long emphasized, is a two-party dictatorship. If you can’t see that, it may be because everyone, even liberals at Pacifica Radio, frame everything within a worldview, which is incapable of imagining anything other than undying (and too often uncritical) allegiance to the Democrat Party.
16:00 PST, KPFA > Hard Knock Radio | KPFA News Headlines with Kristina Aanestad. | impeachment trial update > 16:06 PST, Davey D on Imagine Public Safety Taskforce in Oakland[?] SF Bay Area[?]. First guest, Langston: ‘One of my parents is white. One of my parents is black. Taskforce formed late summer/early fall.’ Presumably 2020. […] 16:09 PST, Next guest, “Rosaline”, who was featured in a Chronicle article. […] 16:10 PST, ‘I’m Tongan-American.’ Hey, hello, my Tongan friends. Those of us, who grew up in San Mateo, grew up with Tongans. Evidently, the Princess of Tonga lived in the hills above San Mateo, in the wealthy township of Hillsborough. The Tongans always picked fights with us, Chicanos, back in the 1980s and ’90s. As a kid, I used to get bullied by Tongans all the time. My uncle taught my siblings and I how to box, as he was an amateur boxer and olympic wrestler and a legendary street fighter. We have no hard feelings against the bullies of our childhood. We’re sure those bullies regret their behavior. They say, steel sharpens steel. What say you, dear readers?
1700 WBAI > 1745 “We want black power.” […] ‘If we dying in Vietnam for this country. And, then, we come back home and can’t even take a piss in the bathroom!’ […] ‘We pushed Martin Luther King to speak out against the war.’ […] ‘So, they killed him.’ “Max” […] Next man: ‘Dr. RICHARD Green.’ ‘So, I said let’s get Sam Davis’ to talk about the ‘armed self-defense’ […] Third man: ‘The Civil Rights movements have always been armed. The underground railroad, too, was armed, which supported Harriet Tubman. Tubman, too, was always armed. The road to freedom was always a combination during our liberation. During Reconstruction in the South and white people were opposing all sorts of blacl advancement, for example, in South Carolina. So, they established the Red String Guard, a clandestine organization that tried to branch out throughout the South. Then, it spread to the North. Then, the African Blood Brotherhood, which was a precursor to SNiCC, an armed, non-violent organization. The Garvey Movement incorporated them’ […] 1753 ‘brother al’ ‘education at the crossroads. […] ‘I don’t care how you fight, but fight!'[…] “Biden ain’t nothin’ but a hypocrite.” [TW] ‘The Democrat Party ain’t nothin’ but a […]’ ‘We demand Pan-Africanism!’
1800 PST, KPFT [HD2] > talk. topic: permaculture […] 19:20 PST, ‘There will be three unmanned missions to Mars’ […]
1800 PST, KPFT > […] 18:07 PST, talk. topic: frivolity; Netflix. […] ‘Your story is one of self-love. Tell us your story.’ “Okaaa-yy.” […] ‘I had been unhappily in love…’
1800 PST, KPFK > […] 18:11 PST, audio of impeachment trial | The Nation‘s Sasha Abramsky said this impeachment trial will provide a definitive record. The problem with that claim is the lack of acknowledgment of how this was, to an extent, an inside job. Cf. Empire Files. […] 1832, [TW] Mericle is speaking kinda real here. THIS IS THE KPFA WINTER FUND DRIVE. PLEASE SUPPORT FREE SPEECH RADIO KPFA. […] 1834, tw […] ‘Brown people are showing COVID-19 infection rates are, reportedly, 50% higher than the California average. […] 18:42, “police accountability” […] 18:55 PST, “AB545” […] 18:58 PST, ‘Chick Corea, 79! rip
19:00 PST, KPFA > APEX Express > “racist internment camps” […] 19:10, “Haitian Bridge Alliance” […] ‘We are going to stage an outdoor socially-distanced protest noon feb 19 in front of ICE headquarters’ […] ‘and against mass incarceration’ […] ‘Students for Solidarity'(?), ‘Japanese-American community’ […] ‘supporting HR30’ [TW] […] ‘This is an important historical moment. And, if we can lend our historical narrative to help, we will.’
19:00 PST, KPFK > American Indian Airwaves(?) > real talk. “the global police state by dr. william Robinson’ […] “capitalist accumulation” […] 19:22 PST, real talk. ‘Biden already said he met with bankers: Don’t worry. Nothing will change. […] 19:24 PST, ‘He’s already said, we have to cut social security’ […] ‘He’s a staunch neoliberal.’ […] ‘He has put together a center-right cabinet ‘ ‘And the potential for a fascist base to develop is going to increase. Unless there is a mass protest movement, we are in big trouble.’ […] ‘In the 1930s, there were mass resistance, which forced the New Deal.’ Indeed. We have learned fece‘ Larry Smith and Marcus, hosts. Prof of sociology, at univ santa barbara. Pre-recorded interview. Excellent! Brilliant! […] 19:27 PST, THIS IS A FUND DRIVE BROADCAST. PLEASE SUPPORT FREE SPEECH RADIO KPFK. […818.985-KPFK or go online or join the Sustainers Circle. You won’t hear this kind of information on corporate media. It’s important to be exposed to different kinds of information,’ said Larry. Indeed. […] 19:29 PST, […] 19:35 PST, Back to the interview: “Part two of The Global Police State. [TW] […] 1940, ‘The very first battle Biden may have to deal with may be in Minnesota.’ […] We had BLM. BUT. ‘We also had the meat-packing workers, etc, labor. We need to form very broad alliances [to resist this rising white nationalism/proto-fascism]’ […] 1942, ‘open pit mine, 2.5 mile radius, destroying sacred sites’ […] 1945, ‘We need to link that to working class struggles’ […] 1950, “eco-socialism” […] 19:52, “transnational capitalist class” […] Host: “Larry Smith(sp?)”
1800 PST, KPFK > Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod (rebroadcast) > topic: black history, SNiCC [TW] > KPFA News Headlines with Aileen Alfandary | […] Biden’s first call with Xi Jin Ping(sp?) | Biden’s sounding like slurred speech? > 20:11 PST, back to Sojourner Truth.
20:00 PST, KPFA > Dead to the World > music: The Grateful Dead.
“What Everyone Missed About Biden’s Double-Speak About Ending Yemen War”by Empire Files, 11 FEB 2021.
“Krystal and Saagar: Tech Media TRIES TO DESTROY Clubhouse with Fake ‘Misinformation’ Attack” by The Hill, 11 FEB 2021.
LUMPENPROLETARIAT—[Friday, 29 JAN 2021] We’re still counting the days. It’s only day ten of this neoliberal madness. Americans are still asleep at the wheel. For some reason, barbaric treatment of prisoners trapped in covid-infected prison cells, immigrant families ripped apart, separated, disappeared. Black and brown people murdered by armed officials, who are supposed to be protecting, not endangering, and killing people of color on the streets in broad daylight with impunity; melting ice caps and escalating oil drilling, oil spilling, and oil burning.
None of these horrors seem to faze very many Americans. The entertainment is very powerful. But so are the forces of physics and the social forces, which are leading us to the brink of a planetary ecological disaster. And, since neoliberal governments use crises as shock treatments, to railroad unpopular forms of government around the world completely devoid of any democratic principles. What would MLK, X, Gandhi, et al think of us today?
“Reddit rebellion: amateur investors hold the line against Wall Street fat cats” by The Grayzone, 29 JAN 2021.
05:00 > KPFK > The Tom Hartman Show(rebroadcast) > [TP] call-ins: white supremacy, etc.
06:00 PST, KPFK > local announcements > 06:01 PST, The Stephanie Miller Show > opening banter: ‘Keystone XL action yesterday’, ‘Jill Stein’ […] 06:04, […] 06:29 PST, […] “We don’t have to do much to do better,” said liberal guy, “Carl”,, in a Freudian slip. […] The giddy crew seems to be content with taking a passive, uncritical approach to the Biden Presidency. They keep gushing about how nice, competent, and normal compared to the previous Republican president. It seems that the extent of their political analysis only extends to the superficial rhetoric of empty promises and political posturing of politicians, such as Mr. Biden. “We’re all gonna have to get used to government being boring again.” Unbelievable. We just need to get used to the fact that boring government is good. This sounds like the sort of attitude, which allows liberals to stay on cruise control in the political black hole known as the center. Despite Republican rhetoric, Democrats are not leftists, but centrists, center-right, or even right-wing. Stephanie Miller and company must read and grapple with the news and information from critical perspectives; The Gray Zone, The Empire Files, Glenn Greenwald, Media Roots news, Black Agenda Report, Scheerpost, Jacobin, SF Bayview Newspaper, Block Report, Lumpenproletariat. […] 06:40 PST, “They’re crazy people,” said Matthew, divisively, bashing the QAnon activists and politicians. If they are, the last thing we want to do is be cavalier or flippant about all of this. […] On the inside job of January 6th compared to the Watergate narrative and how shocked the nation was at that much lesser instance of corruption, or attempts to subvert justice. […] 06:57 PST, SM seemed to set up, then knock down, a straw man argument. Then, she celebrated about how flimsy the arguments of her political opponents are.
06:00 PST, Wpfw, 0606 b8den exec orders “EOs” [TP] 06:10, “This is a true victory.” […] “I just want to celebrate what happened this week.” Brown people see the electoral victory of black people in Georgia of our black brothers and […] 06:12 PST, ‘let’s make sure we don’t recolonialize the whole world’ ‘it’s great, but it’s layered. We have to be cautious.’ Yes, I was about to say the previous speaker gentleman, the reverend, was overly optimistic. 06:14 PST, next speaker guy, activism optimism. […] 06:15 PST, […]
06:00 PST, WBAI > (rerun; we heard this yesterday or earlier) [TP] COVID-19, vaccines, etc.
07:00 PST, KPFK> Sojourner Truth > [TP] On Biden’s first 100 days. […] Blinken: ‘the world is watching USA to see how Biden admin will proceed after the previous president’s America First doctrine, which alienated many nations. Indeed. If other nations are watchuhg, as he says, or remotely on edge, then this scenario looks like the U.S. is now pulling the same good cop/bad cop routine, which the ruling class has been doing to the > 07:12 PST, Laura Carlson on Mr. Biden’s foreign policy. [Cf. Foreign Policy in Focus] ‘It sounds like America First, continuation.’ Indeed. ‘He’s setting up adversary relationships of measuring force’ ‘imposing policies, even among allies’, ‘that model of dominance remains’, Obama’s ‘Asia-Pacific pivot continues’ […] “it’s very centralist” ‘involvement in the coup d’etat in Venezuela’ […] 07:17 PST. ‘reinforces that dominant male, patriarchal form’; Biden’s conflicts of interest’ […] Margaret Prescod stays silent, as the guest lady lays out all of the existing and ongoing evils of the Biden administration. […] On the issue of occupied Palestine […] 07:21 PST, “Jackie Goldberg” gets an easy lay-up from Margaret Prescod puffing up ‘a difference’ between Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden. But ‘Biden opposes BDS, which helped South Africa, claiming it’s antisemitic. […] The difference will be that Biden will base his imperialism “on policy”, rather than whims based on how he got up this morning, concluded Jackie Goldberg bizarrely. I dunno, Jackie. Imperialism in a tailored suit seems just as bad as imperialism in pajamas. […] 07:27 PST, Dr. Gerald Horn, [TP] ‘foreign policy will be shacked by the events of January 6th’ […] 07:33 PST, MP just offered an excessively polite, tepid, critique of US imperialism without using the i-word. “Bully” sounds less scary, apparently. […] music break song selection: “Bad Card” by Bob Marley. Really? Whose reputation needs defending? Biden’s? Or Prescod’s? It’s like the liberals are taunting their critics. Don’t shoot the messenger. The “propaganda spreading over my name“, which Bob’s lyrics speak to, in this particular context this morning, is spreading over the left, not the center. […] On the filibuster rule. […] 07:43 PST, Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan may be held up in Congress. Wait. What happened to the Democrat Party majority in the Senate? Is there no Dem majority in the House? […] 07:46, ”The main priority of the Republican Party is obstructionism.” […] Woman: ‘On the executive orders, it was a calculated risk, but he had to undue Trump’s dirty work. But it is dangerous for democracy. But it’s not a substitute for legislation, as it’s not lasting. Cf yo-yo policies. Also, EOs are polarizing, as is the two-party system. ‘
07:00 PST, WPFW > […] 07:50 PST, news: vaccines
07:00 PST, WBAI > […] 07:52 PST, pitch; health.
0700 – 0800 kpfa > […] 0757, anti free speech rhetoric from Spwncer Sunshine PhD, what a fool.
0800 urban permaculture Sabrina Jacobs
08:00 PST, WPFW > [Tp] onmal Co mm0822 PST, on why black people, and people of color should not be Dems esp not GOP. […] c.08:40, I called in and got in.
0900 tp bai gary Null
1000 bai pt The Michael Slate Show > Jason Stanley(?) author of How Fascism Works
11:00 PST, WBAI > Emergency Fund Drive with Gary Null. health topics. […] 11:45 PST, “immunological case studies”
11:00 PST, WPFW > [TP] (rerun) Biden and Trump admin abuses of indigenous rightsm […] 11:38 PST, on Biden TINA ideologies (‘There Is No Alternative’), Democrat Party apologism. Woman said she’s angered at Native American leaders saying aligning with Biden is the only way, and let’s just wait and see where this goes. No!, she says, we know exactly where this goes. We knew Obama would deceive us, too. Your author was deceived by Clinton. We saw Arsenio Hall endorse Clinton, after he went on his TV show and played sax with the band in some Ray Bans.
12:00 PST, KPFA > […] talk. human interest.
12:00 PST, WBAI > [TP] Sojourner Truth > […] 12:47 PST, all these people sound like Democrat partisans, which is why we hear all of this Democrat Party apologia. Laura Carlson just said “structural change” is what is needed. But her liberal, or bourgeois, imagination prevents her, and others of her ilk, from imagining meaningful structural change. Such liberals even forget the warnings of MLK and X about the traitorous character involved in being a person of color, who votes Democrat. A person of color voting Republican is the height of cognitive dissonance, or trauma bond (cf. Meredith Miller, Inner Integration), or Stockholm syndrome. […] 12:53 PST, Dr. Gerald Horn. 12:54 horn makes a critique of two-party dictatorship and host cut him off with 6 minutes to go. Oh, well Headlines. Right. >
1300 PST, WBAI > oN the ground > Audio: press conference re: murder of Kwamena Ocra. [TP] > News > excellent questioning of Margaret Flowers by Esther on public concerns around for-profit vaccines. This is excellent journalism by Esther Iverem, which we never get to hear from the political faction at KPFA (Berkeley), the LSB slate known as SaveKPFA. They had to change their name after they got a bad reputation among the listener-supporters, who vote in LSB elections. They changed their slate name from Concerned Listeners. Before that, they called themselves KPFA Forward. As a lifelong Pacifica Radio listener, the internal cold war, or cold civil war, at KPFA and at Pacifica, since the 1999 lockout, with hindsight, and, in light of the events of January 6th as well as the aftermath, all of this reminds me of the abandonment of Reconstruction by the North, when they pulled their troops and abandoned black people. The situation at KPFA is one, where corrupted liberals, shall we say, neoliberals, including Mary Frances Berry—and historian Matthew Lasar has acknowledged all of this—-tried to capture Pacifica. When that failed, they seemed to have settled for occupation. To me, that faction is there to block all perspectives to the left of them, which are critical of Democrat Party politics.
“Teachers speak out: school closures are a disaster” by UnHerd, 29 JAN 2021.
Indeed. We, parents, could have told you all this from the outset. Nobody asked us. The pandemic exacerbates existing class war conditions, which were already punitive relative to the working classses and the underclass.
Is it not possible to open schools, but with a livestream feed option for those families, who fear in-person/in-class attendance?
As a California parent, I can attest that this has been a disaster. ‘In some cities,’ said the American teacher, Cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles may not open until drug companies get paid by mandating a COVID-19 vaccination. No, thanks. My teenaged son is healthy. We haven’t had the flu in years, since eating “clean” and getting fit and staying fit. But folks like Dr. Gary Null, et al. emphasize how these COVID-19 drugs are experimental. Recipients are human guinea pigs, they say.
Cf. Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease—and How to Fight It by Benjamin Bikman, PhD
[29 JAN 2021]
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[TP = important text, Transcript Pending volunteer labor. Please help transcribe breaking news and information, which is not often heard or is marginalized by bourgeois media. Working class people, especially people of color, need to write the people’s history of the United States to pick up where Howard Zinn, Joy DeGruy, Eric Foner, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., et al. have left off.