The Weekly Watch

What You Say?

I heard several interesting interviews over the last couple of weeks and thought I would feature a few of them for your listening pleasure in today's column. There will also be plenty of articles to read as well. As a homesteader, I lead an active life, so I use a couple of tricks to listen to these sorts of conversations. If I'm working around the house I put them on the stereo that includes outside (on the porch) speakers. That way I can do my chores and be informed at the same time. My other trick is to use an audio conversion program (like ) to create a MP3 file which I put on my little player (most people use their smart phone, but I don't have one). Then I can listen while I mow or travel (my truck radio has an auxiliary plug). So like most of you I love to learn from people, but we need to be active to stay healthy. I try to do both.

Let's start with national treasure Noam Chomsky in a wide ranging conversation over two hours. This podcast was published a couple of weeks ago and is only audio. I find Noam to be insightful on many levels.
This is a great interview to convert and listen to while traveling.

Chris Hedges and investigative journalist Mohamed Elmaazi discuss documents showing an alleged British government-financed propaganda mill, similar in nature to the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird psychological operations. Elmaazi’s work can be found at (27 min)
A detailed article about the government funded network of networks...


Max Blumenthal interviewed President Maduro this week. I wish more people would listen (or read) and meet Maduro and hear his goals and thoughts. (38 min)

Transcript here.

Ben Norton reports from Caracas, where thousands of Venezuelans marched to protest against the crippling US blockade of their country — and also to symbolically celebrate the 200th anniversary of Simón Bolívar's victory over Spanish colonialists at the Battle of Boyacá. (2 min)

NPR promotes the coup in Venezeula. I used to be a fan, but I don't donate nor listen anymore to what has become National Propaganda Radio.

The Trump administration's new sanctions freeze all of Venezuela's U.S.-based assets and those of anyone who helps Maduro which will only increase poverty, says Venezuelan economist Francisco Rodriguez (video or text)


Jimmy looks into the anti-BDS bill which recently passed the house. (25 min)


The defense of Palestinian rights has become more acceptable and accusations of anti-Semitism have become more sparing in the mainstream media, despite the House's recent resolution against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, says Phyllis Bennis (video or text)

Aaron Mate and Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifadah (his latest book is the The Battle for Justice in Palestine) discuss the anti-BDS bill. (11 min)

Shir Hever discusses two new Israeli military strategies, presented by Israeli chief of staff Aviv Kochavi, who calls for a more deadly invasion of Gaza, and former general Yossi Kuperwasser's plan of “changing the Palestinian narrative” in order to annex Palestinian land (video or text)

A scandal broke out in the Israeli media recently, when it became known that the Israeli government has been engaged in a systematic effort to conceal official documents on the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, in 1948. Prof. Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel's agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative (video or text)

When The New York Times asks in its headline “Is BDS anti-Semitic?,” it is prioritizing a claim and not asking whether Israel’s occupation and ethnic cleansing constitute anti-Palestinian racism. The framing is the takeaway.

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The press

The NYT pretends to be anti-war while pushing for war.

A fossil fuel baron is now an executive at the largest regional newspaper network in the United States. “Press freedom and democracy decline as gas tycoon Wes Edens increases his media and political power – as his Gatehouse Media acquires Gannett, creating the largest newspaper company in U.S. history,” said Jeff Cohen, founding Director of the Park Center for Independent Media. “With environmental struggles often localized and fought over issues like fracking and pipeline construction, it’s a grave situation when a gas and fracking investor like Edens is the ultimate owner of an ever-increasing number of local dailies and weeklies.”

Jordan Chariton speaks with Jeff Cohen, the founder of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) and executive producer of the film "The Corporate Coup D'Etat'". (19 min)

Stephen F. Cohen says that while Robert Mueller has closed up shop, dangerous U.S. fear-mongering about Russia remains. Aaron Mate's new podcast "Pushback". (18 min)

Politicians, activists, and intellectuals

Joe Rogan has been conducting some great interviews.
This week he talked with Bernie (1.1 hours)

And a few months ago he had an extended 2.5 hour conversation with Tulsi

A couple of weeks ago he had a great conversation with Cornel West (2 hours)

One more from Joe with one of my faves Abby Martin (2 hours)

Life style

Forty years ago poet and philosopher Randy Vining was determined to live a free life on wheels by living frugally. In this video, he looks back on those years with no regrets. If you listen carefully, he'll tell you how you too can enjoy the free life! In this video you meet the two stars of the documentary, "Without Bound". (27 min)

Here's an opposite philosophy focusing on becoming a creature of place...tying yourself to a piece of land. Creatures of Place is an insight into the wonderful world of Artist as Family: Meg Ulman, Patrick Jones, and their youngest son, Woody. Living on a 1/4-acre section in a small Australian town, Meg and Patrick have designed their property using permaculture principals. They grow most of their own food, don't own cars and ride their bikes instead, use very little electricity, and forage food and materials from their local forest. (12 min)

I enjoy this Brit farming in Sweden. I think he represents the future of food production. What an operation and productivity plus providing training for young farmers as he goes. It is the season of the harvest. (21 min)

So do you live on the road, set up a homestead, or something in between? All approaches are valid. We are witnessing the sixth great extinction and we may indeed be victims ourselves. Choose a path which you find enjoyable while you can.

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This 30 minute documentary about sea level rise is a must watch for people living close to the oceans, and everybody concerned with the future state of Earth. (32 min)

Chris Hedges talks to Roger Hallam, co-founder of the British-based group Extinction Rebellion. The global grassroots movement uses nonviolent acts of civil disobedience by occupying areas of capitals of major industrial countries in protest, to reverse what they argue is a one-way track to global extinction. Activists are demanding the ruling elites state the truth about the climate emergency and implement radical measures to halve carbon emissions by 2025 and terminate the 150-year binge on fossil fuels. (27 min)

On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and we’re inviting you to strike with us.


Brief introduction to the new UN Climate and Land report (video or text)

Here in the United States, the report shows that, I think they said we had 591 million acres in cropland, but only one fifth of that land is used to grow crops that feed human beings. The rest are soy and corn for industrial use to feed livestock like pigs and cattle. So it really, in many ways, we can talk about the desperation of people and what they’re trying to farm around the world, but in many ways, this problem is being driven, it seems to me, by corporations, the need for profit, what to sell us.

We need to be farming like the earlier clips... the Brit in Sweden or the family in Australia. Regenerative farming will take up rather than create greenhouse gases. It heals rather than degrades landscapes. Farmer's are changing. Here's the story of one farmer's journey.
Farming is everyone's business. (27 min)
...and a developing network of farmers

There are also consequences to our health and nutrition. We are growing the wrong crops in the wrong way. Study after study clearly show we should be eating a low carbohydrate high fat diet, yet they haven't changed the diet recommendations. We are using the wrong fats. Seed oils (Canola, corn, etc.) are NOT healthy. Olive oil, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, even butter and lard are healthier options. Dr Eades reviews the evidence (1st 5 min) (19 min)
part 2 - (25 min)

Uncle Dave lived during the Scopes Trial in his home state of Tennessee. He makes it clear that evidence doesn't matter, belief does.
"What You Say, What you say, it's bound to be that way"

Perhaps it is just human nature to resist change, but like it or not we've altered the planet's systems and change is acomin'. It really isn't about what we say, but what we do that makes our lives worthwhile or miserable. I enjoy learning from "what you say" and write, and all the people/links in this essay and all the others. Acting on all the information is more difficult. This week included many horrors...mass shootings, more sanctions on countries that have oil we want, ICE raids tearing apart families, accelerating melting of Greenland, and more. It can depress and overwhelm you if that is your obsessive focus...the horrors. That's one of the many reasons I push gardening. It is something productive, rewarding, and real...leading to better physical and mental health. As Jörgen Andersson says in the clip "Farming is Everyone's Business", we can't wait for systems and governments to create change. We can change our diets and improve our health. We can grow a garden or support local producers. We can lead active healthy lives. We can minimize our personal carbon footprint. We can lead a happy life despite the horrors. No, the horrors don't go away, but they are easier to understand when you are in a good place. Here's hoping you all are in a good place and are happy and productive.

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Thanks as usual for all the good reads. Will have to enjoy them later because sister is visiting and we are heading out to Canyon road here to enjoy the art walk and then up to Audubon center high above Santa Fe town to catch some bird sightings.

At the condos, we have a community garden area with a composter. I took my compost there and as we were walking back saw the apricot tree that grows near my place was loaded with apricots. Have picked enough for sister to make a simple spread and I blanched and froze at least two pounds. Have been enjoying just eating them as well.
Keep going back and reading old issues from your open thread about gardening in planters etc. Hope you have a great day and thanks for your work putting this together each week.

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Life is what you make it, so make it something worthwhile.

This ain't no dress rehearsal!

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Here in the south the fungus among us doesn't like apricots. We can get by growing peaches though. Thanks for the kind comments, and have a great day!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

is coming on well. Peas, beans, kale, chard, three different squash,,zuc's, pumpkins, cukes; all doing well. Blueberries making a comeback this year, potatoes, garlic and onions cranking. Three out of the five different apple trees just Loaded! One tree had to go and the other is in regen mode. Asian pears doing bumper crop style, as well as the Bartlett pear trees banging. We used a lot of the info from your columns and comments and the Big Book of organic gardening to redo the spread this year.
Thanks to all of you for the insights on what to try and what to look out for.
Yeah, still here, still lurking, just wanted you to know that it hasn't gone to waste(your essays).
As to Epstein furor;

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Explain Bldg #7. . .

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@Tall Bald and Ugly

Fun to grow, cook, and eat! Fresh food just tastes healthy.

Squirrel is right. Must admit I jumped the shark and scanned all the comments on the C99 essay on Epstein.

So glad you're having a good season. We're trying to get seeds going for the fall crops - mainly leafy greens. Tomatoes are about played out. We've got several beds of sweet potatoes this year. How did the crop turn out? Didn't turn out at all, we had to dig them.

Have a good one and thanks for the kind comment!

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I've been watching these guys more and more of late.
This one is about Macron, France and the neoliberal project that is the EU.

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Macron the banker is the neolib poster boy. The yellow vest are testament to it.
Here's some text for those who prefer to read...

Appreciate the link and visit.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

I think it was back in 2008 when heard a report on the Ohio democatic party primary. NPR's main expert on economics was the economics editor of the Wall Street Journal. At that time candidates were talking about the lost jobs due to NAFTA, etc. This guy gets on and just does a rant defending free trade, blah blah blah. Total propagandist. And this was the only voice talking about the primay. On matters of politics and economics might as well read National Review instead. Their reporting on VZ sounds like State Department press releases.

The local version is better and has had some good segments on various state issues. But NPR? Nope.

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...with real journalists. Sadly the Koch bros bought them out (or at least added to their BoD) and they spew the same nonsense as the others. Nice human interest stories to continue to deceive.

I knew Cliff Durr who helped establish public broadcasting. He would be appalled at what it has become.

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And everyone

Thanks for all the listening links. Guests just left so back to work. Weather here suddenly go a lot warmer. Hot actually. Still cooling at night. I like the idea of working and listening. Just need to set it up. As to real news reporting, all I can say is what a mess. At least the French understand what is happening via Macron. Not so much in the States. We are very far away from understanding the climate crisis for example. But also many other things as well. And yes there is just a lot of “squirrel” distraction. Same as it always was. Thanks for all you do. Have a good one...

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We are very far away from understanding the climate crisis

If only we would look, we might understand. The blindness is the big puzzle to me.

Hope your weekend was nice and you had a good day!

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This is the first day since I was bitten by a snake that my foot didn't swell as the day went on! I might be able to wear actual shoes in a few days!
I might actually be able to go back to Ecuador and Peru in 3 weeks!
At any rate, the collection of articles and videos is so appreciated, Lookout.
Thanks so much.

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@on the cusp

Really glad your swelling went down. My buddy bit by a copperhead on his finger (as he picked it stupid can you get?) Waited a week to go to the D. who told him he waited too late. Think they gave him prednisone to cope with the swelling.

Hope you recover quickly and get your trip in. Sounds like a great one!

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@Lookout @Lookout and infuse antibiotics. The dr. didn't ask if I had been given a tetanus shot. That 20 hour delay from bite to infusion is why this is going on so darn long.
I hope your friend is ok.
Hope he tells everybody to leave them alone, don't handle them.
I have some lawyer pals who call me "The Queen hometown." Like, they call the office, ask to speak to the Queen. The closest I will ever get to Queen is Cleopatra, and the only things we have in common is gender and snake bites.

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