Sunday show 02-22-15
George Washington could trace his family’s presence in North America to his great-grandfather, John Washington, who migrated from England to Virginia. The family held some distinction in England and was granted land by Henry VIII.
Moody’s downgrades Russia sovereign debt to junk
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt to junk status on Friday, citing the crisis in Ukraine and the falling price of oil. Moody’s cut Russia’s rating to Ba1 from Baa3, with a negative outlook.
Except for Oakland West Coast seaports in full operation
West Coast seaports were back at full operation Sunday, except in Oakland, California, which has seen another work disruption. It’s unclear what prompted the problems in Oakland. Work at the other 28 West Coast ports is back to normal, Pacific Maritime Association spokesman Steve Getzug said.
DHS circulates report warning of sovereign citizen extremists
While the White House held a Countering Violent Extremism summit this week to talk about “extremist ideologies that radicalize” – not radical Islam in particular but myriad forms of extremism domestic and foreign – CNN reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has circulated an intelligence assessment on the “domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists.
Montanans fight to last drop over precious water rights
The American West’s history of conflict between Indians and settlers apparently isn’t over, as tribes in Montana are demanding title to water rights and lands that long have been privately
Susan Rice: ‘Who Better Than a Mother to Spot Unusual Behavior in Her Child and Intervene?’
In a speech at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism, National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Thursday said part of the strategy to combat terrorism is training women – especially mothers – to recognize the signs of recruitment and radicalization in their own families.
Freedom From Religion Foundation says teacher’s memorial violates First Amendment
A West Virginia middle school took down the crosses from a memorial to a beloved teacher, but is standing firm on the angels etched into the stone, despite an atheist group’s threat to sue on constitutional grounds.
SF archbishop answers disapproving letter from lawmakers
The archbishop of San Francisco sent a letter to California lawmakers on Thursday asking them to respect his right to hire people who uphold Catholic teachings.
Thursday show 01-29-15
Brook Farm, the most famous utopian community in America, was founded by Unitarian minister and author George Ripley and his wife Sophia in rural West Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1841. The Ripleys were interested in a more balanced society where equality was the norm and class distinction and wage discrepancy were not.
Colorado to California: Hands off our water
Colorado is moving to keep tighter control over its own water supply, rankling drought-stricken western states like California. n the process, Colorado is learning a valuable lesson in interstate diplomacy.
Gun ban on Muslims draws fire
In the five months since Jan Morgan banned Muslims from her gun range in Hot Springs, Ark., business has boomed and predictions of a lawsuit brought by federal civil rights enforcers have so far proved inaccurate.
The American Jewish Experience through the Nineteenth Century: Immigration and Acculturation
American Jewish history commenced in 1492 with the expulsion of Jews from Spain. This action set off a period of intense Jewish migration. Seeking to escape the clutches of the Holy Inquisition, some Jews in the sixteenth century sought refuge in the young Calvinist republic of The Netherlands. A century later, hundreds of their descendants crossed the ocean to settle in the new Dutch colony of Recife in Brazil, where Jewish communal life became possible for the first time in the New World.
Illegal Experiments on Children Reminisent of Josef Mengele
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency paid the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles to conduct experiments on children, to determine whether exposure to diesel exhaust harms humans. These experiments are illegal under the Nuremberg Code, California state law, and federal regulations, concerning the protection of human subjects in medical research, according to Energy and Environmental Legal Institute attorney David Schnare.
Uncooperative Radio Show Notes: Sunday 02/17/13
Fewer bees in US a threat to world almond supply
In an almond orchard in California’s Central Valley, bee inspector Neil Trent pried open a buzzing hive and pulled out a frame to see if it was at least two-thirds covered with bees.
Cruise ship drama
As tourists-turned-survivors kissed the ground as they began to disembark from the Carnival Triumph early Friday, stories emerged about how passengers survived, and sometimes even thrived, while dealing with short supplies and a “sauna of sewage” on the paralyzed cruise ship.
Seattle superheroes warn Attacks could happen to anyone
The Emerald City’s self-proclaimed crime-fighting superheroes are warning the public after recent attacks on women in North Seattle. The incidents happened just days apart and police still don’t know if the crimes are connected.
Arizona teacher gives fourth-grade class a homework assignment that alluded to a “situation” of infidelity
A teacher at an Arizona elementary school gave her fourth-grade class a homework assignment that alluded to a “situation” of infidelity. According to ABC 15, students at Playa Del Rey Elementary School in Gilbert were asked to read passages last week detailing a certain situation.
NBC skit has Jesus on murderous rampage
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” spoofed famous Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino over the weekend with a gruesomely violent, fictitious movie trailer about Jesus wreaking bloody revenge upon the Romans who killed him.
Georgia pols ramp up campaign to shift Tennessee border and siphon water supply
Georgia residents are thirsty for Tennessee water. And state lawmakers are willing to try and move the border in order to get it.