Thursday 1 December '11 show notes

Thursday 1 December '11 show notes

   
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Thanks to Republicans – this winter – 20% of Americans will have to make a choice – stay warm at home – or put food on the table
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This winter – the poor are screwed. According to forecasts by the U.S. Energy Information Administration – the price of heating the average home with oil this winter is expected to spike 10% to $2,500 for the whole season. That’s a 45% increase from just two years ago. There are more than 8 million homes in America that rely on oil for heating purposes – and roughly 1-in-4 in the Northeast. Unrest in the Middle East – and rampant speculation on Wall Street are to blame for the oil price spike.
 
At the same time – thanks to Republicans demanding spending cuts – the LiHEAP program – or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – saw it’s budget nearly cut in half this year – meaning more and more poor people won’t be able stay warm in America during the winter. Currently 1-in-5 Americans are economically insecure – meaning they can’t afford to pay for the essential to live.
 
So thanks to Republicans – this winter – 20% of the country will have to make a choice – stay warm at home – or put food on the table. A disgraceful reality for the richest nation on the planet.
 
-Thom
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... GOP admits they're afraid of OWS (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: GOP admits they're afraid of OWS
- Zaid Jilani, Think Progress.org Twitter Twitter
 
Screwed: GOP make poor choose...heat or food?
- David Selig, Conservative Commentator.
 
The Best of the Rest of the News...
 
What happens next after 2 million people shut down an entire country?
- Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent Twitter Twitter
 
Secret behind "Carrier IQ" phone tracking software
- Amie Stepanovich, National Security Counsel-Epic Twitter
 
Schools allow corporations to target young students
- Elizabeth Ben-Ishai, Public Citizen Twitter Twitter Twitter
 
Daily Take: What happened to the debate about America's "leisure society?"
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Hour One: Why do Republicans think that a sexual affair is worse then a sexual assault?

Hour Two: Blackwater CEO Erik Prince tried to intimidate Rep. Schakowsky
- Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky Twitter
Article: "Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater’s Founder" by Mark Mazzetti And Emily B. Hager.
 
Geeky Science rocks!
Geeky Science alert: "Violent Video Games Alter Brain Function in Young Men" by ScienceDaily.
 
 
Article: Amendment 9. "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
Article: "Federalist No. 84" by Alexander Hamilton (Bill of Rights).
Letter: "The omission of a bill of rights" from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, December 20, 1787.
Letter: "The Question of a Bill of Rights" from James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, October 17, 1788.
Letter: "Reply to October 17, 1788 letter" from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, March 15, 1789.
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
- Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent Twitter

Hour Three: What happened to America's "Leisure Society?"
Article: "Productivity and Compensation" by Matthew Yglesias.
Book: "Toward a Society of Leisure" by Joffre Dumazedier, 1967.
Article: "Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren" by John Maynard Keynes, 1930.
Article: "The Elusive Leisure Society" by A. J. Veal.
 
"I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus"
- Phil Austin, Phil Proctor, Peter Bergman, David Ossman - Firesign Theatre Twitter
Book: "Anythynge You Want To" by Firesign Theatre.
Events: "I think we're all Bozos on this Bus" by Firesign Theatre.
 
Article: Amendment 10. "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
The very, very ugly: Jeremy Clarkson: "BBC Host on Striking Workers: 'Execute Them in Front of Their Families'" by David.
Article: "Joshua 6:21".
 
Los Angeles poised to end corporate personhood... voting next Tuesday
- Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend Twitter
 
Article: "SEC's Schapiro asks for tougher penalty powers" by Sarah N. Lynch and Aruna Viswanatha.
Coming up on The Thom Hartmann Program
 
Hour One: If it's Friday, it's "Brunch With Bernie"... the honorable Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be here with all the news from our nation's capitol and as always he'll be spending the hour taking your calls and answering your questions too... Twitter
 
Hour Two: Congress is looking at lawmakers insider trading...will banksters be next?
- Jack Abramoff, author, "Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist" Twitter
 
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