This Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast is in honor of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
Often torture is ignored and oversimplified in main stream media
It’s hard to talk about torture and sell ads
It’s hard to talk about torture without diminishing to topic
It’s hard to talk about torture
But we’re going to try and do the hard thing …
According to Cornell Law School’s web site torture is defined as
(1) “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;
(2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—
(3) “United States” means the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States.
I sat down with two experts in the field of torture.
First Arturo Jimenez Bicardi a PhD candidate at University of California at Irvine and he’s doing his dissertation on US torture and targeted killings programs since World War II.
Also joining me was Suzanne Bacon the Community Relations Manager for Survivors of Torture, International. They are a San Diego based group that helps people that have survived torture heal.
Did you know that there are over 11,000 survivors of politically motivated torture living in San Diego?
That’s whom Survivors of Torture, International helps. They also give twice monthly tours of their facility, showing anyone interested the good work they do.
Go to the web site www.notorture.org. Give money. Give time. Take the tour.
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June 26th is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
I’ll be putting up a special Political Podcast.
But this is a sample of what you can expect.
We talk about surviving torture and how governments (the USA included) use torture.
This time to record Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast Ric Epps and I met up over at Roucco Park.
It’s a nice park with some very cool modernist/minimalist flair. My only criticism is that the park doesn’t have any shade. While the park was named for a local Architect Lloyd Ruocco. The park is designed to honor Ruocco’s minimalist and modernist style.
However it is in desperate need of shade. There are benches that no one sits in unless they want to fry in San Diego’s famous sunshine. Let’s be honest so many parks around San Diego don’t have any shade. That’s bad and seems to be something that many out of town designers forget. While the sun is great we need shade.
OK now that’s off my chest.
For the podcast Ric and I talked about:
How Mayor Filner faced his third veto override in a row.
The Tourism Marketing District.
Here’s that picture for my idea for the new San Diego ad campaign.
Why being aware of local politics is super important.
And as always if you want to hope on your soapbox call us and leave a message at 619-663-4531 and we’ll include you and your ideas.
This time on San Diego Political Podcast I sat down and talked to Josh Board at Polite Provisions and we spend the better part of an hour talking about movie and politics.
Josh ate a massive pork sandwich and was a pleasure to hang out with.
He doesn’t think movies play an important role politically while I think they do.
Oh and about 3 minutes in we talked about the Equal Time for more info on that go HERE.
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This week Ric Epps and I (Matthew Bowler) met up at Kensington Park next to the library. We talked about Republican Carl DeMaio announcing his run for Congress against Democrat Scott Peters. Even though Peters has only been in office 5 months.
What kind of affect could an openly gay Congressman from San Diego have on the Republican Party? Nationally?
The European Union approved shipping arms to the Syrian opposition. Russia and China are arming and supporting the Assad regime. Is Syria a proxy war for the United States and Europe vs China and Russia?
What do the protest in Turkey tell us?
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San Diego’s Political podcast number 5 !
This time we recorded at Polite Provision … this place is very cool … it have a European vibe … I half expect James Joyce of Ernest Hemingway to come stumbling in … they make their own soda and fancy craft cocktails …
I got say I was worried they would be very expensive but no … decent prices … 5 – 9 for a cocktail type of prices … I had a fancy soda that they make themselves … 2 bucks …
Lots of light … cool tables… I this place is going to last. I hope at lest.
I met up with Dan Gilleon … he’s a San Diego lawyer … mostly he does civil litigation.. that means he sues people for stuff … we talked about the twerking debacle .. I wanted to talk about what kind of liability the San Diego Unified School District is potentially facing if the parents of the suspended students start to sue all at the same time … 32 students now have to say they were suspended for “Sexual Harassment” .. The ACLU is involved … think about how much this is going to cost to defend? Where’s that money come from?
Of course we talked about other stuff too … he had some fun stories …
Polite Provisions 30th and Adams … classy joint and cool people … lots of mustaches, vests, and cocktails
And as always if you have an opinion you want to share on the Political Podcast call me … leave a message … we may play it and respond 619-663-4531
Call leave a message … ask a question … From Polite Provision on the South-West corner of 30th and Adams
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