2 years ago
833: Narc Shadows Shows
- Journalist Scott Horton explains how America’s foreign policy moved into the shadows.
- Attorney Flint Taylor delivers a history lesson in racism, brutality and law enforcement.
- Economist Yanis Varoufakis campaigns for Syriza’s anti-austerity vision of Greek society.
- Writer Johann Hari uncovers hidden stories from all sides of the century long drug war.
- The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper examines the vanishing footprint of a craft beer giant.
- Jeff Dorchen flips through the Vatican raffle catalog.
Scott Horton: “There is a ‘deep state’ in the US, that has the power to make decisions about essential national security issues. And that deep state exists outside the democratic process, deep in the background.”
Journalist Scott Horton explains how America’s national security apparatus bypassed the democratic process and moved into the shadows.
Scott is author of the new book Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare.
Flint Taylor: “Obama, for all his pious statements after Eric Garner and Tamir Rice and Michael Brown, has been behind funneling money to police departments for militarization. And that means the kind of weaponry and tactics that are used on the military battlefield.”
Attorney Flint Taylor delivers a history lesson in racism, brutality and law enforcement.
Flint wrote the piece Blood On Their Hands: The Racist History of Modern Police Unions for In These Times.
Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago.
Yanis Varoufakis: “These loans are not to be used for the purpose of saving Greece. This is a cynical transfer of losses from the books of the banks – primarily Northern European banks – onto the shoulders of the taxpayers. And this they have the audacity to refer to as austerity.”
Economist Yanis Varoufakis challenges dominant narratives about the Euro crisis, Greek economics and austerity’s exuberant debt.
Yanis is a Greek economist running for office, which he explains in his blog post Why I am running for a parliamentary seat on SYRIZA’s ticket.
Yanis Varoufakis is a professor of economics at the University of Athens and member of the Syriza party.
Michael Roper: “How do you jump out the customer’s eyes in a way that nobody has used before? That’s becoming more difficult. Every cute and amusing way of putting the word ‘hop’ has been used. It is getting difficult, and it’s starting to get legal.”
The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper talks about diminishing cool, lawsuits, kerning and other brewery ingredients.
Michael Roper has been the owner operator of the Hopleaf Bar in Chicago since he opened it in 1992.
Johann Hari: “When you say ‘there’s a rational solution to the drug problem,’ you’re totally right. But what you then ask is ‘was the drug policy in the United States designed to solve the drug problem?’ Well, not really. That’s not what drove it from the start.”
Writer Johann Hari uncovers stories from a century of prohibition, from social scientists and lab rats, to Billie Holiday and her stalker – the forgotten architect of America’s war on drugs.
Johann’s new book is Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.
Johann Hari is a journalist and current Visiting Fellow with Purpose.
Jeff Dorchen: “… Anwar Sadat’s yacht, a gusset of rarified nautilus snot, a boogerball from a Seraphim, a travertine velveteen jungle gym, a treadle for weaving beatifical thread, a yeti pelt, a breaded smelt, a beaver spleen, a two-headed beetle, a helmeted weevil, a funnel-cake funnel, a tunnel trestle…”
Jeff Dorchen browses the Papal catalogue, and loses his mind somewhere between Anwar Sadat’s yacht and Arnold Ziffel’s whiffle ball bat.
According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.