IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51TnZLAVq0L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgIn truth, there is no country on earth that is gender- blind. Men dominate the politics and power around the globe. (Iceland comes closest in being gender- equal.) Catherine Mayer, founder of the Women’s Equality Party in the United Kingdom, imagines what it would be like if women were on the same footing as men so she designs Equalia and takes us there in her book, ‘Attack of the 50 ft. Women’, a title based on a B movie years back. We discuss with her whether the women she writes about could assume positions of power and make changes that undo some of the ‘man-made’ messes of today.

https://www.amazon.com/Attack-50-Ft-Women-Equality/dp/0008191158

ARE WE SCREWED?

https://media.bloomsbury.com/rep/bj/9781632864819.jpgGeoff Dembicki writes about millennials who think ‘gee, we’re going to be around long enough to suffer the dire consequences many climate scientists believe await mankind if we don’t wean ourselves off fossil fuels’. So, he explores what his generation is doing politically to become more active in this arena. And he finds that their impact is already being felt in many ways. You will be surprised at their activism and its effect already in the U.S., Canada and Britain.

https://www.amazon.com/Are-We-Screwed-Generation-Fighting/dp/1632864819

LIFE ON 1/10TH THE FOSSIL FUELS PROVES TO BE AWESOME

 

That’s according to Peter Kalmus, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in California. Alarmed by drastic changes in the Earth’s climate systems, Kalmus, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world in the process. He cut his carbon footprint by 90 percent. How did he do it, what insights can he share as we attempt to live less consumptive lives and can he(or we) really be happy with a simpler lifestyle? Doesn’t it involve tremendous sacrifices? He offers a great roadmap to ‘being the change’.

 

http://becycling.life/

SEABLINDNESS

https://www.encounterbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Seablindness-310x460.jpgNo, that’s not the horse who won America’s heart back in the day.  It’s an old term to sescribe a maritime nation’s forgetfulness of the oceans’ role in its prosperity and security.

And it’s the name of Seth Crospey’s new book.  He served as deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy under Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.  He feels that political neglect is choking American seapower at a very inopportune time as others powers are aggressively building their naval capability, particularly China, Russia and Iran. Is America taking on water when it comes to our naval supremacy?  We’ll discuss that important topic in this episode.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT…JUST NOT ENOUGH OF IT

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BCZajB7QJVU/T6P0JmylaVI/AAAAAAAAByo/Q5ptd_2q5zI/s1600/reward.jpgPresident Trump proposes to cut the number of green cards issued each year from one million to 500,000 and issuing them based on skill levels.  While our guest, Edward Conard, believes he may be on to something regarding the skills assessment he feels that fewer green cards will not support the economic growth necessary to sustain benefits to our aging baby boomer population.  Mr. Conard is an American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar and a former Bain Capital partner.  He is also the author of ‘The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class.

IS GERRYMANDERING WHAT’S BROUGHT GOVERNING TO A HALT?

https://queenbeeedit.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Ratfucked-by-David-Daley.jpgOperation RedMap is one of the great successes of modern politics and yet it remains a mystery to many. Yet its implications are apparent to all. A Republican House of Representatives guaranteed through 2020 despite more popular Congressional votes going to Democrats. How is this possible? If you can draw the Congressional lines, all things are possible. This story goes back to 2010 and is told, with authority by David Daley, who heads communications for FairVote and wrote the book, Ratf***ed. We’ll find out if there are reforms going forward that can get us back fairer representation of the popular will.

https://www.amazon.com/Ratf-ked-Behind-Americas-Democracy/dp/1631491628

THE NEW BROOKLYN AND GENTRIFICATION IN URBAN AMERICA

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51uw-Wi7zqL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgBy so many measures, Brooklyn is a borough of New York City that is rising. In her book, ‘The New Brooklyn’, Kay Hymowitz describes the process and who has benefited greatly from the re-emergence of Brooklyn and who has not. The Manhattan Institute scholar will give us a sense of what it takes for a hard luck city to come back in the 21st century

https://www.amazon.com/New-Brooklyn-What-Takes-Bring/dp/1442266570

CONGRESS UNDERSTANDS THE THREAT FROM AN ELECTRO-MAGNETIC PULSE ATTACK, SO WHY DON’T WE?

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Two bi-partisan studies done in 2004 and 2008, by Congress, of the threat of an Electro Magnetic Pulse attack indicate that as few as three weapons detonated over different parts of the country could cripple the nation. Yet, we barely know what the term means. It may mean that the North Korean threat could affect us in ways unimagined. We talk to William R. Forstchen, Ph.D, author of books including ‘One Second After’, ‘One Year After’ and ‘The Final Day’ twhich all deal with the subject. He is also a recognized expert on infrastructure security. If it may be part of a dark future for the world, we should have some understanding of it. So, please listen in

https://www.amazon.com/William-R.-Forstchen/e/B000APZ9N8

ONE NATION UNDER GOLD

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Recently, U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, visited Fort Knox, where we stash the nation’s gold supply. Yet the last time anybody went in to see the gold, other than, workers there,  was in 1974.  And the last time it was counted was in 1953.  This begs the question: how important is gold to a health monetary system?  And why gold?
America’s relationship to gold has been complicated and ever changing.  We will dig up some of the history of gold and our on again, off again pegging of currency to a gold standard.
The looming question is whether we will return to the gold standard.  Donald Trump said he was interested in considering it again. James Ledbetter, author of ‘One Nation Under Gold: How One Precious Metal Has Dominated the American Imagination”, joins us to discuss.

WHY CONGRESS IS DEAD WRONG ABOUT FOREST FIRES

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Dr. Chad Hanson is a forest fire ecologist from the John Muir Earth Island Institute and he believes the current logging bill before Congress will eliminate forest plan standards and open the forests up to clearcutting without any environmental analysis or public comment.  Is this a sop to the logging industry?  This is an important follow-up to our most recent episode on the future of public lands in America.