As most of America remains transfixed by the upcoming presidential elections, Political Analysis host Sandy LeonVest reminds listeners that there are other (possibly more critical) things going on in the world. Tonight's show features excerpts from the film documentary Tar Sands Oil Extraction -- The Dirty Truth, as well as clips from the current (and expanding) blockade of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Winnsboro, Texas. The program also features excerpts from Chris Hedges 2010 speech, "How Corporations Destroyed America," in which Chris Hedges talks about the ravages of unlimited corporate power and how consumers have so internalized corporate values that we barely know who we are -- or how to begin reclaiming ourselves.
Last we heard (October 15, 2012), TransCanada was standing their ground. But, so too were the protesters. This, despite the fact that protesting anything in these corporate-owned times is an increasingly difficult -- and dangerous -- act of patriotism. Activist Ron Seifert told DemocracyNow's Amy Goodman that even reporters were being arrested, and that in at least one instance, a New York Times reporter was handcuffed and removed from private property (not owned by TransCanada) by TransCanada’s private security forces.