"A decade ago, PBS told Globalvision that human rights is not a 'sufficient organizing principle' for a TV series (unlike cooking!). We went on to produce four years of the hard-hitting series Rights & Wrongs anyway. Recently, a PBS station that had been an ally told us that despite AIDS and SARS, a global health series is not a 'sufficient organizing principle.' The very same words! The world may change, but institutional attitudes don't. Today we lack the resources to do it ourselves."
But section 2 begins with a shocker:
"We are just learning the full extent of the Federal Reserve Bank's loans to banks the world over, while a promised crackdown on fraud has yet to come. [$17.7 TRILLION in no-interest money, acc. to section 3, blog 6]
"Wall Street is stronger than ever. Its 'reforms' are proving to be a joke. No big execs that profited from pervasive mortgage fraud have gone to jail as prosecutions dwindle.
"Politicians will do and say anything to avoid explaining that inflation is a monetary problem."
Barack Obama just wants to cheer us up.
Section 3: "The Activists among Us"
The first blog in this section reports that
"While the official unemployment rate is 8.8 percent, its 15.7 percent if unemployed, underemployed and those who have given up looking for work are included--more than 24 million people. [. . .]Young people and people of color continue to experience the worst jobless rates which have remained high, with 24.5 percent of teenagers out of work and 15.5 percent of black workers and 11.3 percent of Hispanics jobless. Some 7.9 percent of white workers are jobless, as are 7.1 percent of Asian workers."
In his tribute to Jesse Jackson, another stalwart comrade of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Schechter displays false modesty in his tribute to this gutsy progressive minister:
"In perpetual motion, his life makes mine seem almost like a slow motion exercise. In his world, I play turtle to his hare, even as I am often considered by some to be frenetic and an Energizer bunny."
Who else begins his day at 6 a.m. by blogging and ends as the new day dawns doing what else, blogging? Others closer to him than I am have sworn to this hyperactive regime.
Just as he foresaw the explosion of the real estate bubble, Schechter anticipates the Occupy movement in 2010 by way of a verse from Bob's " A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall":
"We ask ourselves how we can be experiencing the largest economic meltdown in decades, with millions out of work [he has given stats relevant to unemployment; see above] and millions more losing their homes, yet with no real mass mobilization or ongoing response from the progressive world."
To backtrack a bit: