Are we hearing the truth about San Bernadio shootings?

Tune in to TVSet for the live show at 6:00 p.m. for a discussion on the San Bernadino shootings. Are we really hearing the true story being reported? The international Climate conference and other topics will also be discussed. And, of course, the show wraps up with international cartoons.

Below are links that will be referenced in the show.


Activists Urge Attorney General to Call Attack on Planned Parenthood Clinic an Act of Terror

FBI calls San Bernardino mass shooting a terrorist attack

Meet Syed Farook And Tashfeen Malik, The Husband And Wife San Bernardino Shooters

Gun Industry Executives Say Mass Shootings Are Good for Business

Are we hearing the true story in the media. An eye witness account: Sally Abdelmageed-1

Gun control bill


Paris climate talks accomplish nothing to curb global warming

India: Hundreds die in Tamil Nadu floods

How rains paralyzed India’s Chennai


Defense Contractors Cite “Benefits” of Escalating Conflicts in the Middle East


Donald Trump Tells Pro-Israel Crowd He Can’t Be Bought, Gets Booed

Specter of Drones Firing Tear Gas on Crowds Worries Human Rights Group

Congress Moves Again to Block Investigation of Congressional Insider Trading

“No More Excuses” for Not Prosecuting Government Officials for Torture

“Snowden Effect” in Action: NSA Authority to Collect Bulk Phone Metadata Expires

Lobbyists, in Strategy Session, Conclude That Refugee Crisis “Helps Us” Defeat Regulations

Israel is the Main Purchaser of ISIS Oil

Monsanto to Be Put on Trial for “Crimes against Nature and Humanity” at The Hague


Bernie and a Progressive Agenda

“When you take on the billionaire class, it ain’t easy,” Bernie Sanders said at Brookings [before announcing his candidacy for president]. “We would have to put together the strongest grassroots movement in the modern history of this country, where millions of people are saying, ‘You know what? Enough is enough.’ ” From Theo Anderson’s In These Times article titled “Why Bernie Sanders is The Perfect Candidate for this Moment in American Politics”

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Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. A man of the people. Photo credit:

He’s been called impatient, confrontational, a crackpot, and passionate about progressive issues. With an agenda a majority of Americans believe in, main stream press and political pundits are still saying presidential candidate and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is unelectable.

And yet, he’s packing venues.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

TVSet’s final program on June 21 before its summer break will focus on Senator Sanders’ entry into the presidential race. Be sure to tune in to cable Channel 11 (Portland area) at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“Bernie Sanders cannot be ignored—his message speaks too powerfully to the current political moment. And he certainly will not calm down—not when, as he says at every opportunity, 99 percent of all new income is going to the top 1% of Americans, the ‘real’ unemployment rate is 12.7 percent and the United States has the highest rate of child poverty in the developed world.” (Source:

Senator Sanders’ platform has remained consistent throughout his political career, unusual in the political arena.

“It’s safe to say that Mr. Sanders has never wavered, over the last half century, in his withering critiques of capitalism, poor race relations or the influence of money on democracy.” (Source: The Observer)

Sanders is being credited with pulling Hillary Clinton’s political platform to the left. So what is his focus? At its core: income inequality and a political system corrupted by money. His positions on related issues include:

  • Social Services: Expanding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and nutrition programs
  • Regulating Wall Street: Break up the big banks, which are too powerful to reform
  • Climate Change: Take a leadership role in reversing climate change and transform the U.S. energy system away from polluting fossil fuels and towards energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Healthcare: A fundamental right for all (he believes in a single payer system)
  • Income Taxes: Higher taxes on the wealthy (When asked why the rich should pay more taxes, he responded “Because they love this country and they want to see future generations do well.”)
  • Unions: Supports rebuilding unions
  • Wages: Supports raising the minimum wage
  • Pay Equity: Supports a federal law mandating equal pay for equal work; equal pay for women
  • Trade: Opposes the Trans Pacific Partnership and similar free trade deals
  • Education: Supports making public college tuition free in the United States
  • Campaign Finance Reform: Advocates a constitutional amendment that would effectively prevent corporations from making political donations. Supports public funding of elections.

Going back to the “then they fight you” part of the Gandhi quote above, a 1972 essay written by Senator Sanders for the Vermont Freeman, and alternative newspaper, has emerged and is being raised as a specter of his unelectability. Intended to attack gender stereotypes at a time when women were fighting for recognition and equality, the text is being used out of context and referenced in media interviews. The essence of the article proposed that there should be equality between sexes; no sex should be dominant or submissive. You can read the text for yourselves in the image below. Then you be the judge.

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Essay written by Bernie Sanders 43 years ago for a small alternative newspaper. Media is using it to question Senator Sanders’ integrity. Photo credit: Mother Jones

Charles C.W. Cooke, writer for the conservative National Review, dismissed the essay:

“Nobody honestly believes that Bernie Sanders is a sexual pervert or that he is a misogynist or that he intends to do women any harm. Nobody suspects that he harbors a secret desire to pass intrusive legislation or to cut gang rapists a break. Really, there is only one reason that anyone would make hay of this story, and that is to damage the man politically.”

Are you a believer in Senator Sanders’ platform and his integrity? Would you and your neighbors be better off under his reforms? Or perhaps you feel as Chris Hedges’ does: The corporate state seeks to get us to participate in the political charade of choreographed elections (see link below).

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Want to know more about Senator Sanders? Check out these links:

Katie Couric’s interview

Wikipedia on Bernie:

Juan Cole on Bernie Sanders:

Juan Cole in Bernie and Israeli support, issues

Project VoteSmart – Bernie Sandes

Well thought out Progressive critique of Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

And here is Chris Hedges to throw some cold water in your face:


Climate Changes Everything

“… Global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient, and barrier-free that ‘earth-human systems’ are becoming dangerously unstable in response. When a journalist pressed [Brad] Werner for a clear answer on the ‘Is Earth f**ked’ question, he set the jargon aside and replied, ‘More or less.’ — From Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

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Photo: Naomi Klein,

Most people – and scientists – believe that the climate change we’re experiencing is man-made. (There are the inevitable deniers, of course.) However, it’s going to take more than just believing and changing a few lightbulbs to reduce the erosion of the ice caps and rising ocean levels, or degree increases in average temperatures and extensive drought conditions. It’s going to take massive change in the way we live and respond to the environment. And that’s going to require sacrifice; not what anyone wants to hear let alone politicians want to say anything about.

There is hope. Democracy Now reports that a fossil fuel free world is possible. “Is a 100% renewable energy future possible? According to Stanford professor Mark Jacobson, the answer is yes. Jacobson has developed plans for all 50 states to transform their power infrastructure to rely on wind, water and solar power.”

In Naomi Klein’s most recent book This Changes Everything, she outlines the road we’re heading down with our capitalist system profiting from climate disasters and our politicians helping them along their merry way. It’s not a pretty picture. Tune into TVSet’s June 7 show (Comcast Channel 11 at 6 p.m. in Portland, Oregon) to learn more. It’s the topic of the show this week. A free and legal download of the book can be found on

The ray of hope exists for counteracting capitalism’s assault on the Earth’s resources, our consumption-hungry lifestyle, and the resulting impact on global climate change. It comes down to this, according to Brad Werner, University of California, San Diego professor of geophysics and complex systems (as noted in the last chapter of This Changes Everything): Environmental direct action, resistance, and a mass uprising of people will provide the likeliest source of friction to slow down the economic machine.

Voices and communities are crying out against fracking. There is a growing movement to divest from fossil fuels. In parts of the world, there is a green energy revolution and 100 percent renewable energy-driven economies are viable (sadly, without the political will demonstrated by Europe, the U.S. lags far behind).

Ms. Klein makes it clear: “Only mass social movements can save us now. If that happens, well, it changes everything.”

Can We the People, force a radical, transformational economic shift in a relatively peaceful, democratic manner, when our leaders have abdicated their responsibilities? This is what Ms. Klein asks.

Disruptive human rights movements have been led by the People and fought by legal and cultural battles. But transformational, disruptive economic change with a necessary redistribution of wealth? That’s another matter altogether with little, if any, precedence.

Ms. Klein surmises that climate change is an opportunity to galvanize and converge all the latent liberation social movements, albeit on a scale previously unimagined. But the lives of our grandchildren and the Earth depends upon our will to become activists, to raise our voices, mend our ways, and to vote with our dollars.

How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz from Global Footprint Network to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth.

Let’s be the catalyst!

The Real Reason Behind the Oil Price Collapse

“Emerging economies, notably China, have entered less oil-intensive stages of development . . . On top of this, concerns about climate change are influencing energy policies [and so] renewables are increasingly pervasive.” Maria van der Hoeven, IEA Executive Director

This article suggests that the full-steam-ahead production model Big Oil has adopted is out of date and out of touch with the realities of climate change, the impact of which has been largely ignored by the industry. The article originally appeared at Excepts are included here, but the full article is worth reading.

“Many reasons have been provided for the dramatic plunge in the price of oil to about $60 per barrel (nearly half of what it was a year ago): slowing demand due to global economic stagnation; overproduction at shale fields in the United States; the decision of the Saudis and other Middle Eastern OPEC producers to maintain output at current levels (presumably to punish higher-cost producers in the US and elsewhere); and the increased value of the dollar relative to other currencies. There is, however, one reason that’s not being discussed, and yet it could be the most important of all: the complete collapse of Big Oil’s production-maximizing business model.

The dramatic decline in oil prices had changed the viability of the production-maximizing business model, which was first adopted in 2005. “With demand stagnant and excess production the story of the moment, the very strategy that had generated record-breaking profits has suddenly become hopelessly dysfunctional.”

“[In 2005] Only one top executive questioned this drill-baby-drill approach: John Browne, then the chief executive of BP. Claiming that the science of climate change had become too convincing to deny, Browne argued that Big Energy would have to look ‘beyond petroleum’ and put major resources into alternative sources of supply. ‘Climate change is an issue which raises fundamental questions about the relationship between companies and society as a whole, and between one generation and the next,’ he had declared as early as 2002. For BP, he indicated, that meant developing wind power, solar power and biofuels. Browne, however, was eased out of BP in 2007 just as Big Oil’s output-maximizing business model was taking off, and his successor, Tony Hayward, quickly abandoned the ‘beyond petroleum’ approach.

“The production-maximizing strategy crafted by O’Reilly and his fellow CEOs rested on three fundamental assumptions: that, year after year, demand would keep climbing; that such rising demand would ensure prices high enough to justify costly investments in unconventional oil; and that concern over climate change would in no significant way alter the equation. Today, none of these assumptions holds true.

“Demand will continue to rise—that’s undeniable, given expected growth in world income and population—but not at the pace to which Big Oil has become accustomed. . . Big Oil’s multibillion-dollar investments in tough energy were predicated on all that added demand materializing, thereby generating the kind of high prices needed to offset the increasing costs of extraction.

“. . . the International Energy Agency (IEA), an arm of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (the club of rich industrialized nations), believes that oil prices will only average about $55 per barrel in 2015 and not reach $73 again until 2020. Such figures fall far below what would be needed to justify continued investment in and exploitation of tough-oil options like Canadian tar sands, Arctic oil and many shale projects.

“There is, as well, another factor that threatens the wellbeing of Big Oil: climate change can no longer be discounted in any future energy business model. Whether Big Oil is ready to admit it or not, alternative energy is now on the planetary agenda and there’s no turning back from that. ‘It is a different world than it was the last time we saw an oil-price plunge,’ said IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven in February, referring to the 2008 economic meltdown. ‘Emerging economies, notably China, have entered less oil-intensive stages of development . . . On top of this, concerns about climate change are influencing energy policies [and so] renewables are increasingly pervasive.’”

Changing the Moral Arguments to Engage Climate Change Non-Believers

The large majority of Americans (and apparently up to half of Republicans) say they support governmental action to address global climate change, this according to an opinion piece by Robb Willer of The New York Times on Sunday, March 1.

“While the number of Republicans who say global warming is a serious problem has reached high levels, there remains a very large gap in moral engagement with the issue . . . Where liberals view environmental issues as matters of right and wrong, conservatives generally do not.”

Most environmental arguments are couched in terms of needing to protect people and ecosystems from harm and destruction, a moral concern that resonates more with liberals than conservatives (even though a conservative president, Richard Nixon, founded the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970). However, the opinion piece and research suggest that pro-environmental messages specifically targeting conservative values—patriotism, respect for authority, sanctity or purity—could persuade conservatives to join in the environmental movement. When tested, emphasizing the need to protect natural habitats from desecration so that our children can experience the uncontaminated purity and value of nature resonated with conservatives.

“Such efforts to understand others’ moral perspectives might not only bring both sides in line on this important issue, but also foster the sort of sincerity and respect necessary to sustain a large-scale collective effort.”

Finding environmental common ground looks like a possibility. Rejoice!

Did Climate Change Cause Sinkhole in Permafrost?

A mystery crater spotted in the frozen Yamal peninsula in Siberia earlier this month was probably caused by methane released as permafrost thawed, researchers in Russia say. Almost 100 feet in diameter, the sinkhole is believed to be linked to the abnormally hot Yamal summers of 2012 and 2013, which were warmer than usual by an average of about 5°C. As temperatures rose, the researchers suggest, permafrost thawed and collapsed, releasing methane that had been trapped in the icy ground. Read more here: