Daily Topics - Wednesday May 4th, 2011

Daily Topics - Wednesday May 4th, 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...BIG win for WI Dems! John Nichols, The Nation Magazine

Hour Two: Are liberals really the enemy of the poor?! Ryan Streeter, Conservative Home USA

Hour Three: Benton Harbor City Commission fights back...defies emergency manager! Commissioner Dennis Knowles

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making progress's picture
making progress 3 years 47 weeks ago
#1

A Monster of Our Own Creation
http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/a_monster_of_our_own_creation_20110504/

We, as a country, have become the monster that we are attempting to fight.

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 3 years 47 weeks ago
#2

I'm in the "show the photo" crowd. We have pictures of Mussolini hanging like a butchered pig, we have photos of gangsters shot by the FBI and other gangsters. Release the picture, there's no squeamish reason not to. I don't think people who want to commit terrorist acts are going to say, "You released his death picture, oh no you didn't, now we's gots to kill you even more!!!" They already want to sow terror, show the picture now while the wound's still fresh. If you wait six months or a year, your basically bringing up an old issue and tearing open the wound again. Do it now while the true believers are in shock about it.

If you want to argue about how gruesome such pictures are, that's fine, but its not a social taboo. That's a different issue.

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rladlof 3 years 47 weeks ago
#3

More horrific than the Ryan Plan for Poverty is Senator McCaskill's Plan for Poverty by Screwing America Behind Their Backs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/the-republican-plan-with-_b_857242.html

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fbacher 3 years 47 weeks ago
#4

I would like to see one or more experts on education budgets, including higher education, shed some light on where the money goes and if there is any basis to the common wisdom that we spend too much on administration. Budgets can be difficult to comprehend and I doubt if more than a tiny percent understand what is going on. The enemies of education get a lot of milage talking vaugely about waste. What's the truth? Are administrative expenses largely waste, or is it more like R&D at a company? Are sports and theatre an extravegent expense?

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mathboy 3 years 47 weeks ago
#5

There are no pictures of Hitler's body.

Why the House of Representatives Doesn’t Represent Americans

One of the really weird ironies of politics these days is the huge divergence between what the American people actually want and what the radical right-wingers in Washington actually do. You won’t hear this on Fox So-Called News, but right now the American people are as progressive as they ever have been.

Don’t believe me? Just check the polls.

From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"In an age rife with media-inspired confusion and political cowardice, we yearn for a decent, caring, deeply human soul whose grasp of the problems confronting us provides a light by which we can make our way through the quagmire of lies, distortions, pandering, and hollow self-puffery that strips the American Dream of its promise. How lucky we are, then, to have access to the wit, wisdom, and willingness of Thom Hartmann, who shares with us here that very light, grown out of his own life experience."
Mike Farrell, actor, political activist, and author of Just Call Me Mike and Of Mule and Man
From Cracking the Code:
"No one communicates more thoughtfully or effectively on the radio airwaves than Thom Hartmann. He gets inside the arguments and helps people to think them through—to understand how to respond when they’re talking about public issues with coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This book explores some of the key perspectives behind his approach, teaching us not just how to find the facts, but to talk about what they mean in a way that people will hear."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen
From Cracking the Code:
"Thom Hartmann ought to be bronzed. His new book sets off from the same high plane as the last and offers explicit tools and how-to advice that will allow you to see, hear, and feel propaganda when it's directed at you and use the same techniques to refute it. His book would make a deaf-mute a better communicator. I want him on my reading table every day, and if you try one of his books, so will you."
Peter Coyote, actor and author of Sleeping Where I Fall