Daily Topics - Thursday April 28th, 2011

Daily Topics - Thursday April 28th, 2011

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Truthout proudly presents weekly installments of Thom's bestselling book "Unequal Protection"

Hour One: Latest on the war on democracy...Wisconsin sets the date! John Nichols, The Nation Magazine / Plus, GOP pushes Voter ID - David Vines, Autonomous Solidarity Organization

Hour Two: Can we afford the high cost of regulation...?! Mike Swartz, Pajamas Media / Plus, Geeky Science Rocks...the social life of bees

Hour Three: With profits at an all time high...why are "we the people" still subsidizing "Big Oil?" Myron Ebell, Competitive Enterprise Institute

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mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 25 weeks ago
#1

I'm glad you caught yourself, Thom, and said "man-made".

"Anthropogenic" is a misnomer when applied to global warming or climate change. "-genic" means that it makes whatever is indicated by the prefix, and "anthropo-" means person or people. Unfortunately, there's no suffix that means "made by", so we have to use a two-word phrase.

j.sea's picture
j.sea 3 years 25 weeks ago
#2

The true answer to health costs is to remove the cause of illness: pollution, poisons in the air, in the water, in the food, in the soil, in the materials we build with, and spray on our lawns. Now fish from the Gulf has "Correctexit" in it (want to drink a bottle of that?) and the fish from the Pacific are radioactive.

The true answer to war is to remove the cause: oil, damned oil, the sin of the last century. The secret that everyone knows -- and everyone ignores out of convenience or connivance. Who has gone to war over a windmill?

The true answer to poverty is wealth for everyone. And ------ if you can generate your own power, you are wealthy. You do not have to live in the fear that you cannot keep yourself warm in winter. That your children are cold. That you cannot get where you need to go, that you are cut off from information, light, your access to the use of tools. What you earn you may keep. Instead of giving it to the nasty bits that sit in suits all puffed up and acting like they are smarter than all of us put together. And they have been so far. As they have fooled us into thinking we have to go along with this. That there is no other way. Bull-Frisbees.

The technology for solar and wind, etc. has been around forever --- and has been suppressed because if we all have to get power from only one source we are all dependent on that source and must obey and serve that source. It is like some silly myth about a dark crystal.

We have no right to poison the oceans, we have no right to generate nuclear waste which no one knows how to store safely for 50 years -- much less 20,000 years or more.... WE HAVE NO RIGHT.

If we withdraw all the fake subsidies from these poisons and take that NASA solar tech and fast track it to adhesive applied film we can be there. Combine it with wind and hemp tech for misc. materials. We can do it. It will not bring back the dead. It will not undo the damage. But we may be spared the shame of allowing the necromancers to eat this whole planet alive and toss the burnt carcass back into the dust of the universe.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 25 weeks ago
#3

Wait, so Myron Ebell thinks that we're building less solar power capacity because it takes so long to get permits for a coal-fired power plant??

j.sea's picture
j.sea 3 years 25 weeks ago
#4

How much does watching your child suffer from asthma, or your brother die from cancer cost?
Why is measuring the Quality of Life always the empty measurement?

It is a useless measurement. Don't these people have kids? Sisters?
He isn't stupid. He knows about carbon. He knows windmills don't create any.
Are they all so stuck in the pay of their lobbyist gig that they can't look at the truth anymore?

This interview caller is out of his mind.
If he does care about the environment getting cleaner, than won't he come clean?

You may not insult Thom, who has more integrity in his left shoe than the caller has in his whole paycheck.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 25 weeks ago
#5

Wow, this Wormwood guy is dumb. A brown dwarf is several times more massive and larger than Jupiter. If there were one between Mars and Jupiter, it would have been noticed before Newton invented the reflecting telescope.

And ~~ooh~~ rich countries have launched infrared telescopes. Because, you know, there's no reason scientists want to look at infrared in space other than one invisible star that all real scientists think doesn't exist!

I know you won't say it, Thom, but I will. That guy is an idiot.

j.sea's picture
j.sea 3 years 25 weeks ago
#6

... "and all this just to boil water", as the wonderful and much beloved Norm says.

If we have the tech to engrave a thousand 3-D maps of the world on a speck the size of a grain of sand (which we do) -- don't tell me we can't figure out how to boil water without killing each other or the entire Amazing Divine Gift of A Miraculous Planet That Came Complete with Real Food Ready Made in Berries, Greens, Seeds, Nuts, Roots, Tubers, Plants, and Medicines That Were Given To Us Already Complete and Gave Themselves Freely --- And Beauty --- Beauty EveryWhere....From the Amazonian Dancing Color Birds -- to the Fleeting Glance of the Snow Leopard -- To the Hummingbird Outside your Window -- we will Destroy all that?

... to boil our water?

Who Should an Economy Serve?

The top one percent own half of all the world's assets. In stark contrast, the bottom fifty percent of the world owns less than one percent. According to the 2014 Global Wealth Report from Credit Suisse, global inequality has surged since the 2008 financial collapse. The report explains that while global wealth has more than doubled since the year 2000, the vast majority of overall growth has gone to those who were already wealthy.

From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel."
David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for A New Economy
From Screwed:
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom’s great work, it helps show us the way forward."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While
From Screwed:
"Hartmann speaks with the straight talking clarity and brilliance of a modern day Tom Paine as he exposes the intentional and systematic destruction of America’s middle class by an alliance of political con artists and outlines a program to restore it. This is Hartmann at his best. Essential reading for those interested in restoring the institution that made America the envy of the world."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World