August 27, 2015
Ep. 17: #StockMarkets #ChinaMeltdown #NYSE #Stingrays #MansurBallBey #BlackLivesMatter #Macedonia #Greece #RefugeeCrisis #Nauen #Heidenau #YouStink #Beirut #ClimateChange #COP21 #China #AirPollution #MidwestUnrest #MinneapolisPolice
#China #NYSE | This past Monday China’s stock market took a free fall, diving 8.5% and losing all of its 2015 gains. Being that China is the 2nd largest economy in the world, this affected the global markets and losses were felt in the United States as $2.1 trillion in value was lost over the last 6 days of trading and wiped out most of the gains over the last year and a half in the United States.
#China #AirPollution | From April 2014 to August 2015, a project named Berkeley Earth obtained air pollution data throughout China and found that over 1.6 million citizens die (correction: in video, we state 1.4 million) from the health impacts of the toxins they are breathing in. The study listed the exact pollutants and it is widely known that the extravagant amounts of coal run power plants is a major factor. Another new study shows that pollution has been traveling through the troposphere from China to the West coast of the United States of America. Among many other efforts, some of the major polluters like Arup Engineering, are now trying to help the citizenry to stay safe from the contaminants and are providing bus-stop-like ‘filtered air zones’ that circulate clear air.
#MidwestUnrest | Twenty environmental activists were arrested when they locked themselves down in front of Secretary of State John Kerry’s residence in Washington D.C. in an action dubbed Midwest Unrest. The action was aimed at pushing John Kerry and the State Department to reverse their agreements with Enbridge and the expansion of the Alberta Clipper as a federal court will hear the Alberta Clipper case on September 10th, 2015.
#Minneapolis #Police | Police in Minneapolis have been banned from making sex stings on massage parlors. In at least three recent cases, officers from the Minneapolis police have received sexual contact from masseuses before proceeding to detain the masseuse for suspected sex work. From court documents, its reported that one of the officers went as far as moaning while his genitals were fondled. In response to these cases, the Minneapolis police chief said “we are no longer using undercover operations to investigate suspected prostitution in massage businesses.”
Dee, the author of “Unify or Die: Revolutionary Struggle and American Gangs” joined us for a special in-the-studio interview about his article.
“Deprogram”, a live show hosted by Zo and Niko that attempts to examine the roots of the struggles that preside throughout different communities.