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 5 years 21 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.

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Maxrot 5 years 21 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 5 years 21 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 5 years 21 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 5 years 21 weeks ago
#5

There are no pictures of Hitler's body.

We Have All Won An Oligarchy and Lost A Democracy

Here's a thought experiment for you. Ask yourself, "When was the last time I heard any conversation at all about the role of corporations in America in the American public media?"

In the abstract, it seems like a silly question. So let me rephrase it:

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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."
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."
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
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