Thursday 24 March '11 show notes

Thursday 24 March '11 show notes

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Have we officially returned to when the Robber Barons ruled?
We know that millions around the nation have been screwed over by predatory lenders and fine print credit card contracts – and now are swimming in debt. But can you believe that some of these people are actually being thrown in prison for going into debt? That’s right – American in the 21st century is bringing back debtors’ prisons. People who can’t pay off their credit cards can be thrown in jail in a third of the states in our nation – and since the start of 2010 – over 5,000 arrest warrants have been issued against people who owe as little as $1,000 to massively profitable corporations like Capital One.
So let me get this straight – a few years after the financial crisis where massive fraud was perpetrated by Wall Street – not one bankster is in jail – but 5,000 low or middle-class Americans who were screwed over by these banksters were sent to debtor’s prison??
It’s official - Republicans have set our country back more than 100 years – to the 1800’s – when the Robber Barons ruled and our politics were corrupted to the core.
(Who is top of your list to be sent to prison? Tell us here.)
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... War on the poor (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
Need to Know: War on the middle class.
Screwed: War on the poor With Seton Motley, President of Less Government.
Gov. Rick Scott orders random drug tests for state workers With With:
- Howard Simon, Executive Director-ACLU of Florida
- Daniel Halper, Deputy Online Editor at The Weekly Standard.
The Best of the Rest of the News...
What's wrong with the world & how do we fix it? With Tom Shadyac, Director "I AM".
US day of action planned for 3/26/11 With Ryan Clayton, Regional Spokesperson US Uncut.
Daily Take: More Than 200 Doctors Contemplate Moving to Vermont if it Adopts Single-Payer Health System        Free Speech TV
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Quote: "Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." -- Thomas Jefferson.
Hour One: Latest on the fight for democracy with John Nichols of The Nation Magazine...
Book: "Conservatives Without Conscience" by John Dean.
Article: "Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf got $19M in 2010" by Adam O’Daniel.
Twilight Zone alert: "Obama is locked out of the White House (temporarily)" by David Jackson.
Article: "Welcome to Debtors' Prison, 2011 Edition" by Jessica Silver-greenberg.
Anniversary of The Exxon Valdez oil spill...Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989.
Movie: "Waterworld".
Green Report: "Source of latest Gulf oil spill determined" by Brett Michael Dykes.
Article: "Fed Lifts Veil of Secrecy" by Bernie Sanders.

Hour Two: War on the poor...jail for unpaid bills? With Matthew Vadum, Capital Research Center.
Article: "Are debtors prisons coming back?" by doubleace.
"I AM"...the shift is about to hit the fan! "I AM" the movie (featuring Thom Hartmann!) Tom Shadyac, award winning director of "Bruce Almighty", Liar Liar and Ace Ventura-Pet Detective who walked away from the Hollywood lifestyle.
Article: "Transcript: Wetiko and Politics" by Thom Hartmann.
Book: "The Prophet's Way" by Thom Hartmann.
Book: "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn.
Article: "Remembering labor's martyred heroes" by Alice Hoffman.

Hour Three: "Forced union membership is just like the Jim Crow laws of the South!" WHAT?! Thom confronts Ken Klukowski, legal analyst and policy consultant, specializing in the Constitution.
Book: "Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.
Article: "Boehner criticizes Obama's rationale for Libyan mission" by Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro.
Coming up Friday on The Thom Hartmann Program 
"Brunch With Bernie". Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) spends the hour with Thom discussing the issues and answering listener questions.
Hour Two: should English be designated the "official language" of the United States? Thom talks with Congressman Steve King (R-IA)...
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