Monday 28 March '11 show notes

Monday 28 March '11 show notes

  • Erica Sagrans, Freelance Journalist. Why isn't the MSM covering the massive protests in London?
  • Event: "April Day of Action".
  • John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine. Latest on war on democracy.
  • David Vines, University of WI poly sci student, Huff Po blogger and a founding member of Autonomous Solidarity.org. Are students taking back America?
  • Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear. Is Fukushima already worse than Chernobyl?
  • Dr. Peggy Carey, Family Practice physician and a leader of the Vermont chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. Is Vermont single payer going to be a reality?
  • Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women's Forum. Should we abandon the social safety...get a job?
  • Howard Simon, Executive Director - ACLU of Florida. Are drug tests for work or welfare unconstitutional?
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500,000 were in the streets of London to protest $130 billion cuts in spending and 500,000 public workers - did you hear it in the US news?
More than 500,000 people took to the streets of London over the weekend to protest the British Government’s proposed austerity program that will cut $130 billion in spending and lay off nearly 500,000 public workers. All walks of British life are expected to be affected by the cuts to childcare services, retirees, public safety programs and sets the nation’s single payer healthcare system on the road to privatization. London hasn’t seen a protest this big since the 2003 demonstration again the Iraq war.
 
Front and center in the protests was the UK Uncut movement - that targets corporate tax dodgers. The organization's counterpart in the United States – US Uncut – also held demonstrations across our country at more than 40 Bank of American branches on Saturday. The entire world is rejecting corporate tax cuts paid for by spending cuts that screw working families.
 
And here in the US – while we may be getting a late start – more and more people are standing up against John Boehner and the Republicans radical agenda to devastate the middle class – and sell our nation out to transnational corporations.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Feed the greed? (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: 500,000 Brits protest in the streets...where was the mainstream media? With Erica Sagrans, freelance writer.
 
Screwed: Feed the greed? After Paying Zero Income Taxes, GE Plans To Ask Its Union Workers To Make Wage And Benefits Concessions. With Mike Elk, freelance labor journalist and third generation union organizer.
 
Is Fukushima already worse than Chernobyl? With Paul Gunter, Director Reactor Oversight Project - Beyond Nuclear.
 
Indian Point...could it be America's Fukushima? With Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th District).
 
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Single payer health care...could it be a reality? With Governor Peter Shumlin (D-VT) and Dr .Margaret Flowers, Maryland pediatrician, Congressional Fellow of Physicians for a National Health Program, working on single-payer health care reform full time.
 
Free speech for all...? "Bryan Fischer: Muslims Have No First Amendment Rights". With Bryan Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis - American Family Association.
 
Daily Take: Republicans plan to destroy the economy and retake the White House in 2012
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Quote: "The welfare of the people is the ultimate law." -- Cicero, Roman author, orator, & politician (106 BC - 43 BC).
 
Hour One: Why isn't the MSM covering the massive protests in London? Erica Sagrans, Freelance Journalist.
Site: "UK Uncut".
Site: "US Uncut" (that's .org. Note, the .com is a right wing spoof site).
 
Event: "April Day of Action". Participate to make April 4, 2011, and the days surrounding it, a day to stand in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin and dozens of other states where corporate-bought politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for.
 
Latest on war on democracy with John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine.
Article: "Has WI Gov. Walker killed his own bill?" by David Ferguson.
Video: "Prepared to Die For Democracy". Matthew Schauenburg hunger striker.
 
Book: "Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country" by Thom Hartman. Read it for free at truthout.
 
Are students taking back America? with David Vines, University of WI poly sci student, Huff Po blogger and a founding member of Autonomous Solidarity.org

Hour Two: Is Fukushima already worse than Chernobyl? Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear.
 
Is Vermont single payer going to be a reality? Dr. Peggy Carey, Family Practice physician and a leader of the Vermont chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.
 
Movie: "The Insider".
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Jay Goodman Tamboli, Legal Affairs Correspondent and IT Director.

Hour Three: Should we abandon the social safety...get a job? Thom challenges Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women's Forum.
Article: "Moms Know Government Unions Aren't Fair" by Carrie Lukas.
Article: "Welfare Reform: Necessary AND Good" by Hadley Heath.
Book: "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin " by Benjamin Franklin.
 
Are drug tests for work or welfare unconstitutional? with Howard Simon, Executive Director - ACLU of Florida
Article: "Gov. Rick Scott orders random drug tests for state workers" by Aaron Sharockman and Marc Caputo, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau.
Article: "Fascism Coming to a Court Near You" by Thom Hartmann.
Article: "4th Amendment".
 
Book: "Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back" by Thom Hartmann - new updated version out now!
 
Article: "NATO takes total control over Libya military operations" by Indo-Asian News Service.
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Hour Three: Why should your kids have give up their American Dreams to pay for lifestyles of the rich? Thom asks Ryan Streeter, Editor of ConservativeHomeUSA; Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush-White House Domestic Policy Council.
 
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