Tuesday 21 June '11 show notes

Tuesday 21 June '11 show notes

   
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He had no other option to receive medical care – except for prison
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A North Carolina man – James Richard Verone – was sent to jail earlier this month after he tried to rob one dollar from a bank. Verone’s motive for the petty crime was simple – he wanted to go to prison so that he could get healthcare. After he was laid off as a delivery driver for Coca Cola – Verone found himself without health insurance and in constant pain due to arthritis. He was repeatedly denied health insurance – and denied disability. So he had no other option to receive medical care – except for prison.
 
So Verone walked into a bank and slid a note to the teller saying he is robbing them for just one dollar. Unfortunately – there are more than 50 million people just like Verone who don’t have health insurance and thus are blocked from seeing doctors in America. Republicans like to argue that the United States doesn’t go the way of every single other industrialized nation on the planet and offer healthcare as a basic right because we are “an exceptional nation” – we’re not like Canada or France with their “socialized medicine.” But at least in Canada you don’t have to go to prison to get life-saving healthcare.
 
If serving time just to see a doctor is what being exceptional means – then the conservative vision of America truly has become a nightmare.
 
-Thom
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Howard Dean weighs in on Health care and Libya (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Howard Dean weighs in on Health care and Libya with Gov. / Dr. Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont.
 
Screwed: Second Japan Nuke...more dangerous than Fukushima with Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear  Twitter
 
The Best of the Rest of the News...
 
Supreme Court favors Walmart over women with Jonathan Tasini, former union leader & organizer / social activist / commentator & writer on work, labor and the economy  Twitter
 
I-Phone video kill switch...threat to democracy? with Ginger McCall, Staff Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)  Twitter
 
Daily Take: David Burgert arrest and terror plot ignored by MSM
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The Daily Stack Daily Stack
Quote: "I do not believe war the most certain means of enforcing principles. Those peaceable coercions which are in the power of every nation, if undertaken in concert and in time of peace, are more likely to produce the desired effect." -- Thomas Jefferson.
 
Hour One: It's time for our Troops to Come Home Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)  Twitter
Article: "It's Time for Our Troops to Come Home" by Sen. Jeff Merkley.
Article: "US reveals plans to pull out troops from Afghanistan" by Anna Fifield in Washington and Matthew Green in Islamabad.
 
Article: "Opium production in Afghanistan" by Wikipedia.

Hour Two: Why do conservatives want to throw "Obamacare" under the bus? Peter Ferrara, General counsel of the American Civil Rights Union, author  Twitter
Case: "Marbury v. Madison", 1803.
 
Book: "The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind " by Richard E. Leakey and Roger Lewin.
Article: "Lead Poisoning in China: The Hidden Scourge" by Sharon LaFraniere.
 
Nurses take Mainstreet Message to Wall Street as part of International Day of Action Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director - National Nurses United  Twitter
 
Article: "Article 3".
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief  Twitter
Article: "Home sales hit 6-month low, supply rises" by Lucia Mutikani.
Article: "Huntsman Enters Presidential Race" by Benny Martinez.
Article: "Perry Supporter Puts Out Feelers in Iowa" by Caitlin Huey-Burns.

Hour Three: New i-phone video kill switch...threat to democracy? Ginger McCall, Staff Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)  Twitter
 
"Walmart: Too Big to Sue" Lila Shapiro, Business Writer - Huffington Post  Twitter
Article: "Walmart: Too Big to Sue" by Lila Shapiro.
Case: "Roe v. Wade", 1973.
Site: "UFCW".
 
Article: "Current Event Notification Report" by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Operations Center.
Site: "theyrule.net".
 
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