The climate deniers over at the New York Post say that climate scientists and environmentalists are creating a "monster" that's sucking up resources in the name of protecting the planet. But isn't the real monster the fossil fuel industry and it's lifeblood - carbon? Anybody who reads it is almost guaranteed to lose a few IQ points. But there’s one lie that really stands out from Harris’ piece. And that’s the idea that climate scientists and climate activists are actually evil, that they’re part of a big virus or “monster” that’s sucking up money and resources all in the name of saving the planet
Dr. Richard Wolff, Economist / Author-Democracy At Work / Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of MA, joins Thom Hartmann. Sweden has said good riddance to austerity. On Sunday - the country's voters chose a group of left-wing and center-left parties -led by the Social Democrat party - to head a new government. In total - left wing parties won 43.7 percent of the vote and 159 seats in parliament. When all is said and done and the Social Democrats have formed a government - it will mark the end of Sweden's short-lived experiment with austerity. In the eight years since outgoing prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's right-leaning Moderate Party took control of parliament - Sweden has seen huge tax cuts and a flurry of so-called "pro-market reforms" - a change that many in the country saw as a a betrayal of a decades-long tradition of social democracy. With Sunday's elections - though - it looks like the Scandinavian Model is back in business - and will be for quite some time.
Sheriff Richard Mack, Former AZ Sheriff (Graham County) / Board of Directors-Oath Keepers Movement joins Thom Hartmann. Most Americans have never heard of The Oathkeepers - but according to the Southern Poverty Law Center - the group is quickly becoming a mainstay of the far-right militia movement. So - what are The Oathkeepers really about - and does the group really pose a violent threat to America?
Bishop Council Nedd II, founding member-Project 21 / third presiding bishop-Episcopal Missionary Church, Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist joins Thom Hartmann. Ted Cruz-endorsed New Hampshire GOP candidate is in some hot water…State Rep. Marilinda Garcia - a strong critic of Obamacare - has refused to answer what kind of healthcare she has…Why is Garcia refusing to say whether or not she has healthcare under Obamacare? After all - Obamacare is a success.
Bishop Council Nedd II, founding member - Project 21 / third presiding bishop - Episcopal Missionary Church, Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist joins Thom Hartmann. Republicans have already wasted millions and millions of dollars worth of taxpayer money on their Benghazi witch-hunts. So - why do they want to waste even more of our money on yet another Benghazi circus?
Thom takes a look at the Republican obsession with Benghazi and debates the successes of Obamacare in the Lone Liberal Rumble. Thom tries to shed light on the rise of right-wing militias during the Obama administration with former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, one of the leaders of the Oath Keepers movement. Economist Richard Wolff joins Thom to discuss Sweden's rejection of austerity politics and the prospect of an independent Scotland.
Rev. Bill Keller, LivePrayer.com, joins Thom Hartmann. As ISIS continues to take over more and more of Iraq - it's also dictating what students there can and can't learn about. In Mosul - schools have been given new sets of rules and curriculum from ISIS - which include things like the outlawing of patriotic songs and anthems - and the outlawing of chemistry and philosophy. ISIS has also banned the teaching of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. That one sounds kind of familiar right? It should. That's because all across our country - evangelical conservatives are trying to pass laws that would limit - or entirely remove - the teaching of evolution - along with other scientifically-proven subjects like climate change. Louisiana already has a law on the books that promotes teaching creationism and climate change denial. And - under the guise of "academic freedom" - last year - at least 4 states considered legislation that would have teachers teach creationism alongside evolution. Meanwhile - this week - the Texas Board of Education is considering implementing new textbooks that put a heavy focus on traditional Christian teachings - and that downplay or misinform on settled science. So - while ISIS may be dictating what can and can't be taught in Iraq - don't we have are own little form of ISIS right here in the US: the evangelical movement?
What happens when the news media stops covering news objectively - and instead becomes a source of very specific opinions that serve a very narrow agenda?
For example - in the case of the democratic primary - consider the news coverage of the mere possibility of Vice President Joe Biden challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party's nomination for president.