This week on Act Out! Facial recognition is here – but far from being the slick Bond-style tech of tomorrow, it can't seem to recognize faces very well. It also happens to be in the hands of the untrained and apparently senile.
Next, cops and the most marginalized and oppressed in our society don't have a lot in common – by definition. But they soon may if Congress has their way.
And finally, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou joins us to talk CIA, whistleblowing, deep state and more.
UC workers strike but find a foe where the friendlies should be – an unfortunately familiar story. Next up, unemployment rates may be going down but what does that actually mean? Hint: no, our economy is not doing well. And neither are the soon-to-be-homeless elderly of Louisiana – because you know, budget cuts – and screw grandma. --- Finally, Alex Cohen of Earth Defense Coalition joins us to talk Puerto Rico – a colony wrestling with both climate change and colonial capitalism – and what aid and autonomy look like on the ground.
Water wars in the west are heating up – and did you know you could go to jail for more than a year for recycling?
Next, Iran is on our shit list now more than ever – but why? And who actually deserves that prime spot?
Finally, Michelle Saahene joins us to talk about the Starbucks call heard round the world – she was there and as a black woman, she has a few things to say about the layers of racism manifested in that incident and beyond.
A grotesque and yet not all-together that surprising admission from our for-profit-healthcare system. Then, after hundreds of years of colonization, the Trump administration has a new idea on how to further oppress and torture indigenous peoples.
Next, ALEC had their annual meeting last week – here's a look at the human rights they wanna slash.
And finally, Laura Roth from Barcelona en Comu joins us to talk municipalism, the feminization of politics and a global network of local direct democracies.