Wednesday 26 May '10 show notes

Wednesday 26 May '10 show notes

  • Guests:
    • Richard Steiner, marine biologist and former University of Alaska fisheries extension agent.
    • Kuzma Tesvich Louisiana oyster harvester...his family has been in the business for generations.
    • Valerie Burch, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania.
    • Dan Gainor of the Business and Media Institute.
  • Topics:
    • Should BP's Tony Hayward be put in prison for murder, manslaughter or environmental terrorism?
    • Gulf oil spill is killing his business
    • Have our privacy rights been eroded to point where the police are coming to your house next?
    • Why is it that people aligned with the climate deniers tend toward violence while the people associated with people concerned about climate change tend toward bake sales?
  • Bumper Music:
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  • Quote: "The money power denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes." ~ Democratic Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan.
  • Clip:
    "I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest. It is impossible to say and we will mount, as part of the aftermath, a very detailed environmental assessment as we go forward. We’re going to do that with some of the science institutions in the U.S. But everything we can see at the moment suggests that the overall environmental impact of this will be very, very modest."

    BP CEO Hayward Bets On ‘Very, Very Modest’ Impact From Disaster By Brad Johnson.

  • Clip:
    "The entire water column is thick with this oil and chemical dispersant mix and it's absolutely disgusting. I think this has got to be one of the most horrible things I’ve ever seen underwater...

    A lot of people are saying that when you apply the chemical dispersant, you know, it disappears, the oil goes away. But here we go right now. This is evidence that it doesn't happen...

    This oil is now suspended. You can now imagine any fish coming through this would be covered in it."

    Cousteau Jr.: 'This Is a Nightmare... a Nightmare', ABC News. "Philippe Cousteau Jr. and Sam Champion take hazmat dive into Gulf's oily waters".

  • Article: Amendment IV.
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • Clip: "Does Gen. Hayden Know What the Fourth Amendment Says?" At the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 2006.
    QUESTION: Jonathan Landay with Knight Ridder. I'd like to stay on the same issue, and that had to do with the standard by which you use to target your wiretaps. I'm no lawyer, but my understanding is that the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to be able to do a search that does not violate an American's right against unlawful searches and seizures. Do you use --
    GEN. HAYDEN: No, actually -- the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure.
    QUESTION: But the --
    GEN. HAYDEN: That's what it says.
    QUESTION: But the measure is probable cause, I believe.
    GEN. HAYDEN: The amendment says unreasonable search and seizure.
    QUESTION: But does it not say probable --
    GEN. HAYDEN: No.
  • Member of the day was kengkendall, who won a copy of "Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back" for blogging on the daily blog:
    I recently joined the Green Party because eventually the U.S. Government will bankrupt itself fighting these ill thought out battles and a new foreign policy strategy will be needed and implemented.