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Conversation about the Democratic Convention, Environment and Criminal Justice–July 16, 2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guests:  David Manthos,  Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic Nominating Convention; and Hassan Rasheed, Democratic Nominee for Prosecuting Attorney, Jefferson County, WV

Discussion:  A wide ranging conversation about the Democratic Convention, environmental issues and criminal justice as it relates to race relations.

Broadcast on WSHC Shepherdstown from the campus of Shepherd University on July 16, 2016.

Views expressed are those of the host and guests and are not intended to represent the views of the radio station or Shepherd University.

7 Generations Radio: Jill Merritt and Vaughn Lovejoy, Elders Rising for Intergenerational Justice–Feb 20, 2016

Host:  Joe Gray

Guests:  Jill Merritt and Vaughn Lovejoy of Elders Rising for Intergenerational Justice

Discussion:  The efforts of Elders Rising to stop the leasing of land by BLM for oil and gas exploration and drilling, the importance of elder involvement in civil action, environmental effects resulting from leasing of public action, working with Native people, the importance to future generations, strategy and tactics for civil action, effects of losing our touch with the earth.

Broadcast on WSHC Shepherdstown radio on February 20, 2016

Where’s the Minus for That?

Think of Mother Earth as the biggest corporation of them all, too big to fail, share prices are falling dramatically, If it falls we all fall.  Capitalism is fatally flawed in its assumptions and practices. For example, why is not Mother Earth on the spreadsheets, the balancing of the books, or the list of the Fortune 500? And yet what could be more important?

What about the immorality of distribution? The horrendous inequality? Why do these not show up as minuses on the books? It seems all humanity could be crushed into slavery and it would still show up as a plus on the books…rising GDP. Where are future generations represented? When resources are depleted why is this not a minus for future generations? So, it’s all in the bookkeeping. Standard capitalist bookkeeping is not in touch with reality. It is its own matrix, in isolation from reality. So, if you love capitalism then fix it. Correct the way that books are being kept and GDP calculated. We need to either fix capitalism by changing the way we keep the books and calculate assets and liabilities and profit and loss, or we need to ditch it and find a new system that takes care of earth and people.

Another species extinct? Where does that show up on the books? Not a blip.  Oceans polluted? Where’s the minus for that? Streams and rivers deadly to fish and not safe for people to swim in?  Where’s the minus for that?  Fish full of mercury, poisoning our children, where’s the minus? Coal dust being sucked into our lungs? Where’s the minus? It probably shows up as a plus in medical services.  Nonviolent criminals removed from the economy and stowed away in prison warehouses, where’s the minus for these lost lives? But it’s a plus to the corporate prison industry. What about the throwaways, kids coming out of high school or college without jobs, without any means to pay their debts or afford a decent living? Many of them resort to drugs to ease their pain and they die or get locked up. Where does this show up on the books? Why are bombs and poisons pluses on the balance sheet,  as if they had no negative effects. We need to either correct the way we keep the books or we need to find another system.

What kind of bookkeeping counts A $100 increase in wealth to a billionaire as the equivalent to the same hundred dollars in the hands of the poorest of poor? Our bookkeeping methods distort the reality of value. It is a fiction, nothing but a fiction, an elaborate illusion.

If you love capitalism then fix all these things and I will join you.

Joe Gray

7 Generations Radio: Kaitlin Butler, Women’s Congress for Future Generations–10/31/15

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Kaitlin Butler of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations

Discussion:  Kaitlin Butler discusses the origins and principles of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations.

Broadcast from the campus of Shepherd University on WSHC radio on October 31, 2015

7 Generations Radio: David Manthos, Candidate for WV Senate, Oct 17, 2015

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  David Manthos, Skytruth employee and Candidate for WV Senate

Discussion: Issues facing WV and proposed solutions including the epidemic of drug addiction and deaths, environmental issues, unemployment and proposals to increase employment.

Broadcast on WSHC from the Campus of Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV on Oct 17, 2015

Note:  The audio commences midstream during the conversation.

My Vision for a New Society

A Vision for a new Society

by Joe Gray

In my vision of a new society, greed will no longer be sanctioned or admired.  Wealth and property will be more equally distributed. Excessive profits and accumulation will be redistributed through graduated wealth and income taxation. People will invest in peace rather than war.  The people on the planet will consume only at a level sustainable into the indefinite future.  There will no longer be a greed based economy.  Nature’s goods will be on an equal par with pharmaceuticals and there will be no reward for lying about products.  Nature will be cherished for its inherent value.  Man will find his niche in nature.  Communities will be largely self-sustaining, particularly in energy and food.

This vision is based on a shift in the moral and ethical values of the society, accomplished through discussion and understanding, ultimately it depends on people adopting a new ethic because they believe it offers the greatest chance for man to succeed (and survive) on this planet.

Drugs, both manufactured and natural, will be managed through cultural awareness, knowledge and education.  Harmful addiction will be treated as an illness rather than a criminal offense.  Corporations, if they exist at all, will be answerable to the people and must show a net benefit to society.  Everyone will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful work and everyone will receive a minimum of a “living” wage.  Environmental costs, including health cost and the cost of climate change or global warming, will be included in the cost of goods sold. A carbon tax will be added to the cost of all fossil fuels and the conversion to alternative fuels will be a top priority.  Poisons will no longer be applied in agricultural practice.  Nature will be highly valued and all degradation of nature will be added to the cost of whatever has caused the degradation.

The benefits of technology and increased productivity will be shared with all people, including workers, rather than just the owners and top executives. Corporations will not be permitted to contribute to political campaigns or to lobby Congress or government.  Political campaigns will be publicly financed.  Private funding of elections will be severely limited so that no individual or organization can have an undue influence on the process or candidates.

Policing of the public will be kept to the minimum necessary to protect them from serious harm, and civil liberties will be respected as a sacred right.  Police will be trained in social empathy and non-violent means of resolving public disputes and deterring crime; the first line of problem resolution will be by special teams skilled in non-violent problem resolution.  Criminal justice will be reformed so that crimes alleged to be committed by police will be handled through special prosecutors and courts that are removed from local influence or intimidation.  The emphasis of our justice system will be protection of life and liberty.  Prison time will be reserved for violent criminals who are a danger to society; even there, people should be given the opportunity for rehabilitation and to leave prison when they are judged not to be a threat to society.

People will value and respect diversity in race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.  People will live in contact with nature rather than isolated and insulated from it.  Education will be free to those who wish to pursue it, health care will be free to all, the cost being borne by the entire society.

The money for this will come from the prison costs that are no longer necessary, reduction in military capacity, the carbon tax and progressive taxation of income and wealth. The carbon tax could be revenue neutral or with a portion reserved for development of renewable, non-polluting fuel sources and technology.

Peace will be vigorously pursued.  Peace will be pursued by discussion of ideological differences and practices and good faith attempts to change offensive or threatening behavior.  Countries will refrain from unwanted invasive attempts to remake other nations so that they constitute better markets for them, and from attempting to control another nation’s resources.  The departure from a greed based economy and economic encroachment will make our own country more trustworthy and less threatening in the world.  This will reduce international tensions and make other countries more likely to enter into fair trade and peace negotiations with us.

This is my vision.

7 Generations Radio: Vision for a New Society, WV economics and politics, John Christensen and Sean O’Leary, 9/5/15

Host:  Joe Gray

Guests:  John Christensen and Sean O’Leary

Topics:  Vision for a New Society (by Joe Gray), WV Politics and Economics, Arthur Laffer and WV taxation proposals, net metering, coal and solar energy, carbon tax proposal in Seattle, the post-factual world, jobs and sustainability in WV

Audio record of radio broadcast from WSHC Shepherdstown from the Campus of Shepherd University on 9/5/2015


7 Generations Radio: Consuelo Newman and Danny Lutz, 8/29/15

Host:  Joe Gray

Guests:  Consuelo Newman and Danny Lutz

Topics:  Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), food labeling, pesticides, nutrition and health, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (also known as the DARK Act), local sustainability, Citizens United, capitalism and free enterprise, reaction of the Hispanic Community to recent anti-immigrant statements.

Audio recording of radio broadcast at WSHC Shepherdstown from the campus of Shepherd University, 8/29/15

7 Generations Radio: David Manthos, Skytruth, August 1, 2015

Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  David Manthos of Skytruth

Discussion:  Satellite Data Observations of Oil Leakage in the Gulf of Mexico; detection of environmental damage associated with the extraction of fossil fuels; satellite tracking of illegal ocean fishing operations.

Broadcast of WSHC, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV on August 1, 2015

Note:  The audio commences midstream as David is commenting on damages assessed against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

7 Generations Radio: Natural Gas Fracking in Marcellus Shale, WV–Autumn Long–May 30, 2015


Host:  Joe Gray

Guest:  Autumn Long, Social Justice and Environmental Activism relating to impacts of Marcellus Shale Gas Fracking boom.

Discussion:  Fracking impacts on water, land and people in WV.  Legal, regulatory, environmental and health issues related to fracking.

Originally broadcast on WSHC Radio, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, on May 30, 2015