Wednesday 1 June '11 show notes

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The war Ronald Reagan started against the working class is a resounding success today
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Who’s screwed? Minimum wage workers. The minimum wage is no longer enough to meet a person’s minimum needs in Michigan according to a new report. The organization – Wider Opportunities for Women – published the report and it finds that a single Michigan resident needs to make more than 12 bucks an hour just to house – clothe – and feed him or herself. The minimum wage in Michigan is well short of that marker – just $7.40. But when you throw children into the equation – the picture is even grimmer.
 
A mother with two children needs to make about $24 dollars an hour to meet their basic needs – that’s more than three times higher than minimum wage, and that's working a 40-hour week. That means each and every month – someone who’s trying to raise their kids on minimum wage has to forego dinner – or rent – or electricity – or a new pair of shoes just to get by in America – the richest nation on the planet. I guess Republicans will argue they just need to get a credit card.
 
Looks like the war Ronald Reagan started against the working class 30 years ago is a resounding success today.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Free Trade Huggers get richer...sweatshops and inequality for the rest of us (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Free Trade Huggers get richer...sweatshops and inequality for the rest of us with Andrew Langer, President-Institute for Liberty  Twitter
 
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"Be my little baby"... Is the Adult baby like Reagan's Welfare Queen? with Amanda Carey, Reporter - Daily Caller.org.  Twitter
 
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Prominent peace and justice advocates have signed a letter in support of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Afghanistan Withdrawal Resolution, to be delivered to the Senate Democratic Caucus as part of a June 7 Rally.

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Quote: "In the environment, every victory is temporary, every defeat permanent." -- Thomas Jefferson.
 
Hour One: Does Medicare turn adults into "whiney spoiled brats?"...conservatives say yes! with Ron Miller, conservative writer and commentator, and author of "SELLOUT: Musings From Uncle Tom’s Porch"  Twitter
 

Hour Two: Can your cell phone cause cancer? Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., Senior scientist-Environmental Working Group and the lead researcher of EWG's 2009 report  Twitter
Article: "WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk" by Danielle Dellorto, CNN.
 
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Movie: "Too Big to Fail". HBO.
 
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Ellen Ratner, Bureau Chief.  Twitter
 
Quote: "Those who give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." by Benjamin Franklin.

Hour Three: one community's fight against 'big coal' in the new movie "The Last Mountain" with Robert Kennedy Jr., attorney / veteran environmental activist / writer & author.  Twitter
Event: "March on Blair Mountain", June 4-11,2011.
Article: "The Battle of Blair Mountain" by John McCoy.
 
The good: Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF): "Fear the ‘twin Bells’: Petitions seek to halt AT&T takeover of T-Mobile" by Stephen C. Webster.
 
 
Article: "Mich. families need 3 times minimum wage to thrive" by Kathy Barks Hoffman.
Article: "Pentagon: All options on table in cyber-attack" by Shaun Tandon (AFP).
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