Thursday 22 December '11 show notes

Thursday 22 December '11 show notes

   
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When a poor guy robs a rich guy, he goes to prison. But when the mostly-white rich guys screw over poor minorities – no one goes to jail. Bailed out Bank of America will pay a $335 million "settlement" to the federal government – after it was found that a subsidiary of the bank – Countrywide Financial, “systemically discriminated against minority home-buyers at the peak of the U.S. Housing bubble.” The banksters charged Blacks and Latinos much higher interest rates on homes than they did to whites of similar financial backgrounds. The investigation found that minorities were far more often conned into subprime exploding home mortgages – the stuff responsible for the Housing bubble and crash, and the foreclosure crisis. So now Bank of America will dish out a couple hundred million dollars to make the crime go away – and not one executive will go to jail for robbing poor people. It’s good to be rich in America.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Professor Gar Alperovitz (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Conversations with Great Minds - Professor Gar Alperovitz, Historian/Political Economist/Activist and Author "America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy" Twitter
 
The Big Picture Rumble:
- Neil McCabe, Human Events Online Twitter Twitter
- Sam Sacks, Progressive Strategist Twitter
- Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist Twitter
 
Daily Take: Why the 1% are less empathetic to the poor
 
Tomorrow night on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Axel Caballero and Richard Dawkins
 
Conversations with Great Minds - Axel Woolfolk Caballero, Founder/Producer-Cuéntame (a Brave New Foundation Campaign) Twitter Twitter Twitter
 
Conversations with Great Minds - Professor Richard Dawkins, British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author Twitter
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Hour One: A special edition of "Brunch With Bernie"... the honorable Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joins Thom 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...
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Article: "America must not back down on sustainable energy" by Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator John Kerry, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
Speech: "156 - Christmas Eve Message to the Nation." by Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 24, 1941.

Hour Two: How Zuccotti Park changed his life...
- (Retired) Bishop George Packard, Arrested at Duarte Park (Trinity Church property).
Article: "Occupy 2.0" by Brook Packard.
Site: "Occupy Theory".
 
Latest on the growing support for Occupy the Courts
- Steve Justino, Colorado Move to Amend Twitter
Book: "The Supremacists" by Phyllis Schlafly.
 
Article: "Lincoln's Prophecy" by Snopes.
 
Talk Radio News Segment:
- Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent Twitter
Article: "Senate G.O.P. Chief Weighs In With Plan for Payroll Tax Deal" by Jennifer Steinhauer and Jackie Calmes.

Hour Three: Is it good to be rich?
 
Case: "Roe v. Wade", 1973.
Case: "Dred Scott v. Sandford", 1857.
Case: "Plessy v. Ferguson", 1896.
Article: "Constitution of the United States", article 3 section 2. "... the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make..."
 
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Article: "An Explosive Child Learns How to Cope" by The Oprah Winfrey Show.
 
The good: Americans for Safe Access: "Medical marijuana advocates launch free iPhone app" by Eric W. Dolan.
Case: "Buckley v. Valeo", 1976.
 
Report from Occupy Seattle
- Mark Taylor-Canfield, Occupy Seattle Twitter Twitter
Article: "Justice Dept. alleges 'systemic' excessive force by Seattle police" by Mike Carter AND Steve Miletich.
 
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