The Militarization of Google

Photography by Graham Richards.

Photography by Graham Richards.

Our neighborhood spy mega-store, Google has been making a recent PR push to distance itself from some rather alarming partnerships with known mercenaries and intelligence agencies. This week, comedian-veteran Marine Rich Dreyling joins us to discuss the Eye of Sauron’s growing involvement with the military industrial complex. Consider it an apropos bedtime story for our sleeping nation.

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Produced by Crisman Richards. Theme music and engineering by Graham Richards. Music by G Koop & O-man.

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Reclaim the News

Once my mother asked where she “had gone wrong” with me and I told her “you taught me to read and bought me a radio.” It was a pink boom box for my 8th birthday and it ruined me in the most effective manner, simultaneously developing my lifelong addictions to Motown music, old radio variety shows, and world news. I kept the transistor between my pillow and the wall, allowing the frequencies to shape my mind while I slept. I came to understand the world around me from a broader perspective and that mattered to me, even at a young age. The dulcet tones of WBBM Chicago lulled me to sleep at night and kept me company as I moved about the solitary afternoons granted by eight years of homeschool. I used money earned from my paper route to buy a battery-powered radio with a long strap to sling around my shoulder so I could listen to long stretches of afternoon news reports while I rode my 10-speed bicycle through the quiet streets of West Chicago. I was extremely cool at that age, most evident in my new hobby of watching the Comedy Channel in the basement while my mom worked mornings for the church. I discovered quickly that I would get more jokes by staying abreast of global politics. Left to my own devices, I developed analytical opinions and learned the value of well-placed reference in conversation, especially where grown-ups are concerned.

As an adult myself, I am endlessly infuriated by the corporate media’s iron grip choking journalists into a culture of sensationalized self-censorship and military-industrial apologetics. Isn’t it bad enough Citizens United has corporatized Capitol Hill, disenfranchising We, the People from our “elected” representatives? I’ve had enough. Over the past year, I have cultivated a diverse feed of editorially-independent journalists that amply fill the void left by the pathetic death rattle of the mainstream media complex. If you also demand to know what is going on in our world, you must rise above the mind control programming of the 24 hours news cycle. Disengage. Occupy your own mind. Subscribe to the following programs and newsletters to take back the sanctity of news. In seeking the truth, remember to follow the journalist, not the outlet.

Breaking the Set

Friend-of-the-show Abby Martin offers revolutionary anti-Establishment coverage the MSM is too chicken shit to touch. Watch as she illuminates the dark corners of corporate oppression and calls to action an awakening of activists demanding progress of the People over profit.

Listen to Everything’s Fine with Abby Martin on The Crisman Show.

The Young Turks

TYT is the largest online news show in the world, with over 1 billion views and counting. Hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break down news, politics, entertainment, and current events without scripts or teleprompters and without any corporate bias.

The Big Picture

Author Thom Hartmann introduces his program by reminding us the press is the only industry specifically mentioned in the Constitution, because a free and open press is critical to a functional democracy. The Big Picture reveals what is actually going on in the world, going beyond merely identifying the problem and trying to fix it with rational debate and a real discussion of the critical issues facing America.

The Resident

Quick, informative, and cheeky as hell, The Resident talks about the insanities surrounding life in these United States.

Moment of Clarity

Activist and Investigative Comedian Lee Camp creatively carries on the ball-busting legacy of Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce through stand up, documentary shorts, and sketch animation.

Newsletters Worth a Damn

BORDC Daily News Digest

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee provides a fantastic daily rundown of top civil liberties issues.

Occupy.com

Make it your homepage.

Nation of Change

One of my absolute favorite editorial newsletters, I rarely miss an issue and tend to share most every article I read either on Twitter or Pinterest.

CounterPunch

Named “America’s Best Political Newsletter” and easily the most addictive on this list.

EcoWatch

Environmental news and critical calls-to-action.

EFF Digest

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is on the front lines of digital privacy rights, and leading the fight against patent trolls now threatening the podcasting landscape. To learn more about this battle, check out Adam Corolla’s campaign against trolls (then donate to the defense fund here).

Oakland Eyes with Rich Dreyling

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We put a lot of research into our season finale to thank you kindly for a great year of podcasting.  We are joined by Iraq Veteran and Comedian Rich Dreyling  to discuss the militarization of the police force and the criminalization of dissent as seen in the Port of Oakland. Written and Produced by Crisman Richards. Theme Music and Engineering by Graham Richards. Music by G Koop & O-man featuring Garret Shider and Marshall “Seedless” Shider.

The podcast is on hiatus through the end of the year. Stay tuned to this space for upcoming dates and publications.

Happy Trails, Fuckers.

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Sources:

NSA Files Decoded (The Guardian).

Oakland activist allegedly fired after police tracked him at protest, alerted employer (RT)

Oakland dedicating anti-terrorism funding to surveillance supercenter. (RT)

ACLU urges Oakland City Council to Put Brakes on Surveillance Center.

Oaklandwiki — Domain Awareness Center

SAIC: Oakland’s Border Militarization, Nuclear Weapons Engineering Surveillance Contractor (Pueblo Lands).

Nuclear law forces Oakland to back out of surveillance center contract (San Jose-Mercury News).

The Committee

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Celebrating activism through improvisation and the secret history of American comedy with The Committee documentarian, Jamie Wright (thecommitteemovie.com).  Produced by Crisman Richards.  Theme music and engineering by Graham Richards.  Music by G Koop & O-man featuring Markese from the East and Willie Joe.

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Open Secrets

 

From Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood.

From Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood.

Whose money is representing you on Capitol Hill? This week we put The Center for Responsive Politic’s OpenSecrets.org to good use and take a look at the money oiling our slick congressman, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15th).

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Theme music and engineering by Graham Richards. Music by G Koop & O-man with Taylor Eigsti and NHT Boyz.

Off Beat News Sources:

OpenSecrets.org

Breaking The Set: Oil Industry’s Pig in the Pipeline

Exxon Oil Spill Arkansas

Moment of Clarity: What Exxon Doesn’t Want You To Know

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Abby Martin: On Comedy in Revolution

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“Killing Hope” by Abby Martin.

In our second installment of Everything’s Fine! with Abby Martin, we discuss the powerful and dangerous aspects of comedy’s role in times of revolution and push back on establishment rule over America’s most influential voices.  

Produced by Crisman Richards.  Theme music and engineering by Graham Richards (BMI).  Music by G Koop and O-man (RM Moods and Colors, BMI).  Guest appearance by Prozack Turner.

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Comedy v. Rape Culture

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Crisman Richards photo by Tiffany Black, blackbirdphoto.com

Big Brother is watching — put on a tutu and give him a twirl!  Off Beat News explores Senator Elizabeth Warren’s solution to the student debt crisis, Collin County Judge John Roach’s flagrant inequality tearing a Texas family apart, comedy vs. rape culture, and the final frontier of military sexual assault.  

Music by G Koop and O-man featuring Marc Stretch, JP Von Hitchburg, and Shady Blaze.

Written by Sarah Crisman.  Theme music and engineering by Graham Richards (BMI).

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