Friday 9 December '11 show notes

Friday 9 December '11 show notes

   
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Dangerous times for Democracy?
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In a crisis - we're seeing democracy die in Europe. Led by France and Germany - a new treaty was worked out between Eurozone nations in an effort to halt the growing financial crisis sweeping the continent. The treaty - written mostly by banksters - imposes strict new rules on individual European nations including: capping how high annual budget deficits can run - agreeing to "automatic consequences" if deficits get too high - changing national constitutions - and forcing contributions to a continental bailout slush fund. In other words - handing over national sovereignty to bankster rules.
 
The new treaty was too much for the U.K. - as Prime Minister David Cameron refused to sign on to it - meaning it will have to be a treaty among Euro nations individually - and not one binding the Eurozone as a whole. A year ago - if you would have asked the proud people in Italy - if their elected Prime Minister could be replaced by an unelected bankster to impose harsh austerity measures on them without a single vote - they would have called you crazy. Similarly - if you would have asked the Greeks - the cradle of democracy - if their elected Prime Minister could be run out of office for just asking for a national referendum on a bailout - and replaced by a bankster - they too would have called you crazy. Yet - that's exactly what's happened - and is continuing to happen in Europe.
 
Democracy is under attack around the world - including the United States - where Republican Governor Rick Snyder in Michigan has given himself the power to appoint unelected "financial managers" to take over cities struggling with budget deficits - fire elected city council officials - void union contracts - and sell off large chunks of cities to private corporations. Other Republican governors are thinking this is a good idea.
 
These are very dangerous times.
 
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Hour Two: What if Obama Taxed the Rich but Never Told Anyone?
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Article: "Howard Dean Guest-hosts Topic [A] With Tina Brown", August 8, 2004 (Bev Harris shows him how to hack a voting machine).
 
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Article: "Hillary Clinton and Internet Freedom" by Glenn Greenwald.
Documentary: "Renewal".
 
The very, very ugly: "Santorum: Undocumented Immigrant Families Should Be Broken Up" by Amanda Peterson Beadle.
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Article: "GOP Filibusters Middle Class Tax Cut — Again" by Alex Seitz-Wald.
Article: "Jack Kingston: Drug Test The Jobless" by Arthur Delaney.
Article: "Children Dead After Mother Shoots Them" by Chelsea Hoffman.
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